New Events for 10/6/11

Remember to visit the website often, There you will find additional events under Ongoing Offerings, the Homeschool Business Listings and several Educational Helps, as well as the ability to search all past posts. Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; found at the top of the right column.  My contact information is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions.

Homeschool Days at Fantastic Caverns Near Springfield
Just a quick note to remind you that we will once again host Homeschool
Days here at the cave. From October 1 through October 14, we will extend
our Group Rates to smaller homeschool families for the 1-hour all riding
cave tour. Those rates are $16.50 for adults and $6.00 for children grades
If you plan to attend, please call us at 417-833-2010 and tell us when you
plan to visit, your family name and how many are in your family.
We are open daily from 8 AM to 6 PM. Tours depart every 20-30 minutes.
Thanks and I hope we’ll see you in October.
For more information go to
Kirk Hansen

Riverbend Christian Home Educators Coalition
RCHEC is a group for homeschoolers in the Riverbend area.  All homeschoolers are welcome to join us for meetings or events.
Our first meeting of the 2011-12 school year will be on Friday, October 7, at 1 p.m. at
Emmanuel Free Methodist Church, 3993 Fosterburg Road, Alton, IL 62002
All homeschoolers (or families that are considering homeschooling) are welcome.

Patriettes Homeschool Girls Basketball Tryouts
October 8 – Saturday  08:30 AM – Patriettes Try Outs
Location: Emmaus Luthern Church Gym
Tryouts for team placement and team meetingwill be heldSaturday, October 8, 2011 at 8:30 am at Emmaus Lutheran.There are no cuts, everyone who wants to play will be placed on a team. There are 4 teams available at this time but we can always expand; Junior High, Junior Varsity – League, Junior Varsity, and Varsity.
If you have any questions, please contact Head Coach Gary Brehe at 636-239-1272(evenings) or 618-406-1986(cell).
Information modified in the last week:

City Museum Homeschool Program
Due to the tremendous response to our Homeschool Hangout program, we’re extending the program into October. On Wed & Thurs in October, City Museum welcomes homeschoolers with a special rate and activity just for you! Reserved groups will receive admission for $8.00 (+ tax per) person with NO MINIMUM NUMBER required!
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

AIMS CLASSES 2011-2012
I have been getting MANY calls and emails about AIMS (Adventures in Medicine and Science) classes for the 2011-2012 school year. There were a few delays in finalizing the classes because of construction at Young Hall. We now have the final schedule for the SHARE-sponsored AIMS Auditorium Presentations and Dissection Labs – SEE BELOW. Sorry to all of you Tuesday Homelink students – we didn’t get much choice about class days because of construction issues!
For those of you that haven’t heard about the awesome AIMS Program… is an outreach of the Practical Anatomy and Surgical Education Department of Saint Louis University’s School of Medicine and has been offered to area students since 1991. The AIMS teaching staff of science professors and physicians present a variety of human anatomy enrichment classes for jr. high and high school students (mature 5th & 6th graders count as jr. high).
The Auditorium Presentations and Hands-On Dissection Programs are wonderful supplement to ANY jr. high or high school science and/or health curriculum. A student does not have to be considering the medical profession or a science degree to benefit from the classes – they are for anyone that wants to learn more about the human body and how to keep it healthy (and who doesn’t?!).  
All classes take place in SLU’s Paul A. Young Hall at 3839 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis MO 63108. Auditorium Presentations are $5 and Dissection Labs are $15. Parent Chaperones are free, but must sign up ahead of time.
To sign up for one of the AIMS Auditorium Presentations and/or Dissection Labs, go to the Public Page of the SHARE website at and click on the “Public Calendar” link on the left sidebar at the bottom. When the calendar appears, click on the date/class you’re interested in. A pop-up window will appear on the left side of your screen. Fill out the required information and your name will be added to the sign-up list. Your seat will be guaranteed when your payment is received. You must sign up individually for each AIMS class, even if they are on the same day.
Mail your check (made payable to SHARE) to Kerrie Tate, 617 Bacon Ave., St. Louis MO 63119. You can write one check for all classes, but be sure to make a notation in the memo section of the check. Please put “AIMS” on the outside of the envelope. You can also drop off your payments to Kerrie at Homelink, support group meetings, field trips, etc.
If you are interested in any of the classes, don’t wait to sign up – they fill up quickly (especially the Dissection Labs that have a limit of 50 students). Also – we must give AIMS our exact count at least one week before each program. Since we usually have a waiting list, SHARE can give a refund if you cancel before the class day and we fill your spot.
For more details about this event, go to the “AIMS Program 2011-2012” link on the left sidebar of the SHARE website. Scroll over to the “AIMS PROGRAM IMPORTANT INFORMATION” webpage. Feel free to call or email Kerrie at 314-791-0000 or kertatefieldtrip[at]aol[dot]com with any questions about this event.
Hope you can make it to one or more of the classes!  Kerrie (Tate)

SHARE-Sponsored 2011-2012 AIMS Classes

Auditorium Presentations in RED   Hands-On Dissection Labs in BLUE

November 1, 2011, Tuesday
How the Body Works: A Study of Human Organs & Systems, 9:30-11:15 am, $5
November 29, 2011, Tuesday
The Human Heart and Lungs, 9:30 – 11:15 am, $5
(Eat your own sack lunch in the Dining Hall – 11:30 am -12:15 pm)
Pig Heart Dissection – 12:30 – 1:45 pm – $15
December 14, 2011, Wednesday
The Human Brain and Central Nervous System – 9:30 – 11:15 am – $5
(Eat your own sack lunch in the Dining Hall – 11:30 am -12:15 pm)
Sheep Brain Dissection –12:30 – 1:45 pm – $15
January 24, 2012, Tuesday
Organ Transplants, 9:30 – 11:15 am, $5 
March 14, 2012, Wednesday
The Muscles, Bones, & Joints of the Human Body, 9:30-11:15 am, $5
March 20, 2011 Tuesday
Forensic Science/Autopsy, 9:30-11:15 am, $5
(For high school students only)
May 1, 2012, Tuesday
The Human Ear, Nose & Throat, and Eyes – 9:30 – 11:15 am – $5
(Eat your own sack lunch in the Dining Hall – 11:30 am -12:15 pm)
Pig Eye Dissection – 12:30-1:45 pm – $15

Auditions for Godspell THIS WEEK!
Looking for Young Actors, Singers and Dancers Ages 5-16
For DaySpring – Crestwood’s production of Godspell.
This will be a joint production of the Musical Theatre department and Circus Arts department of DaySpring School of the Arts, resulting in a show that will be fun, high energy, full of color and will showcase the physical elements of acting.
Auditions will be held:
Monday, October 10th from 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
Friday, October 14th from 12:00 noon – 1:15 pm
(you only need to attend one audition session)
at DaySpring School of the Arts in Crestwood Court Shopping Center (Formerly Crestwood Mall)
Please come prepared to sing 32 measures of a Musical Theatre piece from memory and perform a 30 second to 1 minute monologue from a play.  Bring sheet music for piano accompanist or accompaniment CD (no vocals on CD).
Email or call with questions: office[at]dayspringarts[dot]org or 314-291-8878.

Homeschool skating at Spinning Wheels in Crystal City, Mo.  2nd Friday of each month, Sept – April.  2-4 p.m., $5 covers admission and skate rental.  You can rent inline skates for an addtional $2 or bring your own (still have to pay $5 admission).  The owner plays Contemporary Christian Music during our skate.  This is a very small, family-oriented rink.

Chess Club
First Thursday of the month at the Windsor Branch of the Jefferson County Library in Barhnart, Mo.  1-3 p.m.  All ages and levels of ability are welcome.  We are very laidback, just set up and let the kids play for a few hours.  We do keep a very basic score (based on wins, losses and stalemates) and have small prizes.  Everyone bring a chess set for every two players so we have enough to go around.

The Nutcracker School Performance
This is the 10th year that SHARE has sponsored a field trip to see the School Performance of St. Louis Ballet’s The Nutcracker!  What a wonderful holiday tradition it has been! This year we will be organizing a homeschool group on Thursday, December 15 at 11:45 am. For the third year in a row, the School Performance will be held at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of University of Missouri – St. Louis.
St. Louis Ballet is a professional ballet company, with Gen Horiuchi as Artistic Director. The performers in The Nutcracker are professional dancers from all over the world, with some of the children’s roles filled by student dancers from the St. Louis Ballet School. This is a shortened, one-hour narrated version of their (almost) 3-hour regular full-length production. Students from Pre-K to 12th grade can attend with their parent/teacher/chaperone. The cost is $6 per person if you go with the SHARE group.  If you attend one of the School Performances as your own family “school” (at 9:45 or 11:45 on Dec. 15) the cost is $12 for an adult and $6 for a student.
To sign up for The Nutcracker School Performance with the SHARE group, go to the Public Page of the SHARE website at and click on the “Public Calendar” link on the left sidebar (at the bottom). When the calendar appears, go to the December 15 box and click on “The Nutcracker.” A pop-up window will appear on the left side of your screen. Fill out the required information and your name will be added to the sign-up list. Your seat will be guaranteed when your payment is received. We need to give St. Louis Ballet our count by November 1 – please sign up before then if possible! If they are not sold out, we may be able to get additional seats after November 1.
Mail your check (made payable to SHARE) to Kerrie Tate, 617 Bacon Ave., St. Louis MO 63119. Seats are $6 per person and lapsitters are free. You can also drop off your payments to Kerrie at Homelink, support group meetings, field trips, etc. Please write “Nutcracker” on the outside of the envelope. We are not allowed to take payments in the lobby of the Touhill on performance day.
Go to the St. Louis Ballet website at to find out more about the full-length performances, the dancers, the Sugar Plum Fairy Tea AND to download the informative “The Nutcracker Study Guide.” Click on the “Nutcracker” tab at the top of the page, then the “School Performances” tab.
For the “THE NUTCRACKER IMPORTANT INFORMATION” webpage with many more details about this event, go to the “SHARE EVENTS – open to all” link on the left sidebar of the SHARE website. Scroll down and click on “Nutcracker 2011 – NEW.”
Feel free to contact Kerrie at 314-791-0000 or kertatefieldtrip[at]aol[dot]com with any questions.

The Nutcracker Educational Performance
Missouri Ballet Theater is offering three full-length, two-hour, non-narrated “Educational Performances” of The Nutcracker at Washington University’s Edison Theater. Seats are $6 per person, with one free teacher ticket per 10 students. The three shows are: Monday, December 19 at 9:30am; Monday, December 19 at 12:30pm; and Tuesday, December 20 at 10:30am. To download and print a Reservation/Order Form, go to and click on “The Nutcracker Educational Performances.” Contact Michelle Beasley at treasure1{at}charter{dot}net with any questions. Deadline to sign up is November 1.

Currencies and Hard Assets 101
Thursday Oct. 20, 2011   7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Join Aaron Stevenson, an account executive with EverBank World Markets, for an informational seminar! Stevenson has a B.S. in finance and 25 years’ experience in financial management, including 16 years’ experience trading precious metals, 10 years’ experience trading foreign currencies, and 21 years’ experience with Bank of America.
Come learn about money, world currencies, hard assets, and biblical economics. This seminar is not a sales pitch; it is a valuable introduction to many important aspects of today’s economy. Contact The Family Vision to sign up!
The Family Vision Library, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376

Fall Ball English Country Dance
Sunday, October 23, 2011 at the Columns in St. Charles.
The theme is “Books” and you are invited to come dressed as any character in any book.  These dances are so much fun—I highly recommend them!
Bill writes about English Country Dance…..Whereas most modern activities demand age-, gender- or skill-dependent prerequisites, English Country Dance provides a meaningful and fun way for “children of all ages” to interact as a community while making their own entertainment. As an art form ECD is easy enough for anybody to do (if you can walk, you are well on your way to proficiency), yet it provides just enough of a challenge so that everybody comes away with a deep sense of community satisfaction at having corporately built something of beauty and old-fashioned wholesome fun. The music and laughter alone are reason enough to explore the possibilities!If you are interested, stay tuned for more info or contact the McDonalds at:  jo-ellen[at]

Please join the ARCH Co-op for a fun night of swing dancing!
Where: St. Elizabeth of Hungary —  1420 S. Sappington Rd
When:  October 29th    6:30-10:00 p.m.
Admission is $5   Ages 10 and up, please.   There will be a 30 minute lesson from 6:30-7:00 and then open swing! Please bring a snack to share.  Tell your friends!

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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.