New events for 9/8/11

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2011

Calling all Families! Calling all Moms & Dads! Calling all Homeschoolers!

Please join St. Louis homeschoolers and thousands of families nationwide to see the movie Dolphin Tale on September 23 together. It makes a statement to Hollywood to rally behind movies that “get it right” and tell great stories without all the junk, twaddle, and moral compromise! This movie has all the good stuff we want more of and is truly entertaining and inspiring from ages 5-95!!!

It’s time the conservative Christian Family and Homeschool community shows Hollywood we have a voice. But how? We need a story we can support and get behind, a story that affirms who we are and what we stand for.

Dolphin Tale is such a story!  This is a family movie that will inspire, instruct, and bring you to tears because of the great story line. This movie even has two homeschool kids who play the main roles! (The casting agents went to a local support group in California and found them!)

The bottom line is that the Homeschool Movie Club wants to show Hollywood that those of us with Christian and strong family values are a big enough market to support other great movies with traditional, conservative family values.  Won’t you join in?

WHO IS PUTTING THIS TOGETHER? S.H.A.R.E. (St. Louis Homeschooling Activities, Resources and Encouragement) is working with The Homeschool Movie Club to promote this Homeschool Day at the movies.   Homeschool Movie Club founder, Sydney Taylor, says, “This is the opportunity for the homeschool community to unite and show Hollywood that homeschoolers are valuable customers that can impact ticket sales and the entertainment industry.”

WHEN?   Friday, September 23, 2011.

WHAT IS THE MOVIE ABOUT?  Starring Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., and Ashley Judd, Dolphin Tale is the inspiring true story of a dolphin named Winter and the people who banded together to save her life.  Click here for a quick peek video clip.

WHERE?  Ronnies 20, 5320 S Lindbergh Blvd, St. Louis, MO  63126

TIME? 10:00 a.m. (but be there at 9:00 a.m. so that you have time to purchase concessions and get a good seat!)

HOW MUCH?    The movie will be shown on two different screens at the same time.

Regular view:  $5.00 per person

3D:    $8.00 per person

~Everyone age 2 and over must have a ticket.

~When you check in, you will receive a coupon for a 12% discount at the concession stand

Why go as a group?

Because it’s fun! Taking a field trip with like-minded people who can celebrate the perks of homeschooling together can be enriching. And how many other people can go to a matinee on a school day! 🙂

Also, it makes a statement to have the homeschool community unite and let Hollywood know we have a voice. We can be a valuable force in the entertainment industry if we collectively let them know (with our ticket buying) what types of movies we want more of.


1.  Go to the SHARE website ( ) .

2.  Click on “Sign Up For Dolphin Tale”. (5th bar down)

3.  Follow directions to order tickets using Paypal.

(Note: You could go on your own, but SHARE has already put down a $500.00 deposit, so we would appreciate it if you go through us….thanks!)

4.  If you do not use Paypal, please send a check, made out to SHARE, to:

Cathy Mullins, 3675 Montana, St. Louis, MO 63116

Please attach a little note explaining # of tickets you want and which screen you prefer.


Homeschool Movie Club is a fun online community created to help homeschooling families discover new and old movies, media & curriculum to help augment their home education. Homeschool Movie Club offers discounts, givewaways, curriculum, and special screenings for homeschoolers and their families. The mission of Homeschool Movie Club is to create a community and resource that will help families find the right movies to use for their home education and enjoyment. To learn more, visit   Once you log in, you can download the following:

~Curriculum to go with Dolphin Tail.  (The Dolphin Tale curriculum was written by Apologia author Sherri Seligson. Sherri Seligson is a marine bi­ologist and homeschooling mother who also authored “Exploring Creation with Marine Biology” high school text and curriculum.)

~Scholastic’s Lesson Plans on Winter the Dolphin (echolocation game/science behind dolphins/dolphin  basics pintables).

~Starting Your Career as a Marine Mammal Trainer book.

~HomeschoolShare Dolphin Lapbook (free).


The South County YMCA has Wednesday afternoon homeschool swim classes (7 weeks long) for $37. You do NOT need to be a member to get that rate. Classes for this session begin this week and repeat each session. Children need to be 5 years of age or older.

12:30-1:15 advanced

1:15-2:00pm intermediate (can swim, but does not know the strokes or rythmic breathing)

2:00-2:45 beginner (no swimming experience)

Missouri History Museum 2011-2012 Homeschool Days

SAT/PSAT Workshop

Bob Johnson Tutoring is conducting an SAT / PSAT Workshop on Saturday, September 24, and an ACT Workshop on Saturdays, October 1 and 8.  Both workshops will take place at The Pointe in Ballwin.

Participants will learn strategies and content for every section of each test, and they will take home several practice tests with answer keys.

More details–including times, directions, cost, parent reference letters, student comments, and registration information–can be found at   If you have any questions, call Bob at 314-646-9548, or e-mail him at Bob[at]BobJohnsonTutoring[dot]com

Bob and his wife, Jill, homeschool their two children

Homeschool Gymnastics

Manchester Olympiad is offering homeschool classes.  Times available are Monday 2:00 and Tuesday 2:00 at the.  Please call Olympiad at 636-227-7460 for more information.

MBU String Ensemble

MBU String Ensemble is seeking talented home schooled string musicians (Violin, Viola, Cello, or Bass) who might be interested in rehearsing and performing with the group this year. While we’re primarily hoping to reach out to the home school community, other members of the community (non-home schooled students and adults) are also encouraged to join us. The MBU String Ensemble meets Monday evenings from 6:30pm-8:30pm. I would be grateful if this information would be passed along to anyone interested. Those that are should contact me at the email address or cell phone number below. Thank you kindly!

Michael B. Dunsmoor

String Ensemble Director

Missouri Baptist University


Cell: 417.234.7777

Upcoming Dance Dates for Jovial Dancers

After a lot of date shuffling we are finally able to announce our September and October dances.

Friday, September 23, 6 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran in Rolla Mo.

Saturday, October 22, 6 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran.  This will be our autumn ball! We will have an out of town caller coming, which will help make the evening extra fun. Admission will be $7 per person, or $35 for families. Dress in period costumes or formal apparel. We will provide punch, please bring fancy refreshments.


Oil Painting with Trina Stephens
Oil painting classes for children age 10 and up resume on October 7, 2011.  The class lasts the month of October on Fridays, noon-1:45 PM.  Class size is limited to allow for one-on-one time with individual students during the class.  There are only 3 spots left in this beginning class.  These classes are taught at First Baptist Church Arnold in a nurturing, safe environment.  The children will learn brush techniques, color mixing, color values and much more all while having fun and completing a small Fall themed painting “Pumpkins for Sale”.  You can see the painting and information including supplies needed at  If you have questions, or want to take one of the 3 remaining spots; email the instructor at trina.stephens[at]fbca[dot]usTrina Stephens
Coordinator Arts and Crafts
First Baptist Church Arnold

City Museum Homeschool Program

Brand new in September 2011- City Museum offers “Homeschool Hangouts”

On Wednesdays and Thursdays in September, City Museum welcomes homeschoolers with a special rate and activity just for you! Reserved groups will receive admission for $8.00 plus tax per person with NO MINIMUM NUMBER required! What’s more, if you can provide us with a copy of your group’s tax exemption letter when making the reservation, we’ll reduce the rate to just $5.00 per person.

Also, if you meet us by the big rock at the front desk at 10:30AM, we’ll offer a special 30-45 minute tour of the museum. Learn some of the history of the building, hear stories about museum’s creation, and have a Q&A with one of our ‘Museum Ambassadors’.  Bring a sack lunch, and after the tour you can eat and network with the other homeschool groups visiting that day.  There’s a free circus show at noon, or you can spend the rest of your day exploring and enjoying the museum!  Reservations are required, so call 314-231-2489, ext 601, or email groups[at]citymuseum[dot]org to arrange your visit.

Thank you,

Tracey LaRiccia

City Museum, 701 N. 15th Street, St. Louis, MO  63103

(314) 231-2489 ext. 601

HSLDA Essay Contest for 2011

Below is a link to the annual HSLDA essay contest.  The age groups and topics are as follows:
Ages 7-10 – Romans 12:15
Ages 11-14 – Romans 12:12
Ages 15-19 – Romans 12:18

2011 Great Forest Park Balloon RaceThe 2011 Great Forest Park Balloon Race is scheduled for Saturday, September 17, 2011 at Central Field in Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri. The Balloon Glow will take place on Friday, September 16, 2011 also on Central Field. A detailed event schedule will be available later this summer. All events are free to the public –no admittance or parking charges.

For more information go to:

Free Square Dance Classes

Fun for all ages; an activity entire families can do together from grandparents to older children (minimum age 10). Great physical and mental exercise.

Sponsored by the Wheelers and Dealers Square Dance Club

Classes begin Thursday, September 15th from 7:30-9:30 pm and continue on Thursdays thereafter

Mike Corns Instructor (39 years of experience)

Location:  Parkside Meadows Retirement Home, 2150 Randolph St., St. Charles MO

For additional information contact:

David Fares 636-527-3015

Scotty Scott  314-831-3363

Mike Corns    636-284-7915


American Indian Education Days

September 10 -11, 10am – 5pm

Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center

This event is an opportunity to learn about Indian customs, beliefs, dress, programs, crafts and art.   Included in the event will be; a storyteller, author, hoop dancer, and flute music.  The author, Karen Coody Cooper, will be doing book signing. Frybread will be available for purchase.

Missouri Atlatl Association

Saturday, September 10, from 10am – 4pm

Cahokia Mounds will host the Missouri Atlatl Association annual competition and demonstration of this ancient spear throwing device.

Nature Culture Hike

Saturday, September 24th, 9:30am – 1pm

Meet in the Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center lobby.

Join our guided, 3 mile hike, through archaeological and natural areas. Bring your own snacks, bug spray, and wear comfortable shoes.

Fall Equinox Sunrise Observance

Sunday, September 25, 6:30am

Meet at Woodhenge to learn about the significance of this inspiring site.

Artifact I.D. Day

September 25th, 12- 4pm

Held in the Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center.

Ever Wondered About Your Own Artifact? What is it made of, where did it come from, how old is it? Bring in your artifacts for archaeologists to identify.


My name is Teri Eddy and I co-organize the new St. Charles Secular Homeschoolers support group ( I recently met with a local author that is holding a FREE teen writing workshop sponsored by Barnes and Noble during Teen Read Week at the McClay Library in St. Charles and subsequent events in St. Louis County as well.

Her name is Angela Sage Larsen. She is very interested in becoming a writing/literature resource for homeschool groups in the area and has offered to explore the idea of doing classes/book clubs/writing workshops for writers of all ages. She writes children’s and young adult fiction. Her YA books, Fifties Chix, emphasize strong female role models. I was treated to a spoiler for her Travel To Tomorrow book and I can say that if I had a young teen/tween girl, I would love for her to pick this up and read it. Her books are rich with the potential to incorporate academic lessons to our children on nature, science, history, art, and character education.

She has also written the Petalwink series for younger readers about the adventures of a fairy named Petalwink. Very cute! They were also illustrated by Angela herself. The artwork is amazing!

I’ve set up an event on Facebook, for those that have accounts, to ask the author more specific questions and to RSVP:

Kid’s Pottery Classes at Kruegers

Krueger Pottery Supplies’ Clay Classes are a great way for kids to have fun and get creative! We offer classes for kids of all ages and skill levels including wheel throwing classes and classes for youngsters. No experience is needed and classes include everything you need. Please wear old clothes and bring a towel. Camps include studio sessions and one glazing session. Sign up by phone or stop by the gallery to register.

Wheel Throwing (6 weeks, ages 8-14) $90
Wheel Throwing Saturdays 11:30am-1pm 9/17 – 10/22

Parent & Child Class (4 weeks, ages 5-9) $110
Parent & Child Sundays 1pm-2:30pm 9/11 – 10/2

Everything Clay (6 weeks. ages 7-11) $90
Everything Clay Wednesdays 4-5:30pm 9/14 – 10/19

One Hour, One Project (ages 5-11) $25
Bat Mobile Saturday 10-11am Oct. 1

Our classes are a great way for kids to have fun & get creative. No experience is needed. Repeat students will increase their skills. Please wear old clothes and bring a towel. Classes include everything you need.

About our Pottery Classes
Designed for both beginning and advanced students, our small classes ensure students get individual attention from trained instructors. Please wear old clothes and bring a towel to class. Adult classes include: 50 lbs. stoneware & unlimited glazing, firing and studio access. All tools will be supplied and each student will get a shelf to store their works in progress, tools and clay during class. We use Cone 6 clays and fire electric kilns. Our clays/glazes are lead free, food, microwave and dishwasher safe. Your space in class is not reserved until paid in full. Tuition will be refunded, less a $20 cancelation fee, if you withdraw 7 days before the first class. Once classes start, NO tuition will be refunded. Classes with less than 3 people enrolled will be cancelled.

If you know of an event, class, happening, or link you would like to see added, please contact me at zana8796 [at] yahoo [dot] com  Comments are not available, but sharing is.

The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions). Those marked with an asterisk (*) do not take place within the target area for this list, but are open to all homeschoolers who live in the target area. NOTE: Inclusion in this list does not necessarily indicate endorsement by the blog owner. I try to include as many events or classes I know of in the Greater St. Louis area that would be of special interest to homeschoolers. Some of these events come from a distinctively “Christian” perspective, while others are purely “secular” in nature. If you see things that you would not be particularly interested in, just ignore them and look for the things that do appeal to you.

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