New Events for 10/10/11

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.

Penguin Ski Club at Hidden Valley
Back by popular demand:  Penguin Ski Club!
The program is an unbelievable price.  It’s a bargain even if only used twice and makes a fantastic Christmas gift.
For only $99 each person receives a lift ticket, ski or snowboard rental each time they visit (once a week Mon-Thurs), and an individual pass that they will keep with them.  This pass is flexible allowing you to vary your choice of day from week to week (Mon-Thurs).  This pass must be presented at the ticket window with each visit to Hidden Valley so a current lift ticket can be issued to the pass holder.
Joining this club is still less expensive than going to ski without a pass twice.  The same plan would be triple the price without our club.  This is a fundraiser for the Homeschool Japanese Club. We are planning to go to Japan to minister this summer.
Anybody can join, including your friends, neighbors and family who aren’t homeschooling.  But the deadline to join is December 1st at midnight.  Hidden Valley makes no exceptions.
NEW THIS YEAR:  To join the Penguin Ski Club, visit  Click “Plan and Buy” along the top.  Click School programs, then under HV Ski and Ride Club click Learn More, then click the box to buy now.  Our user name for the club is “Penguins” with a capital P.  Our password is “homeski” with a lower case h.  You are now in our club site.
Next you will click the blue  “go shopping.”   At the top left there is a box of categories where you click 11/12 ski passes.  Select the pass you would like.  Most people want the Mon-Thurs option for $99.  You can also select the Friday only option for$149 if you want and add it to the cart and check out.  (This year they are charging us tax on tickets, which is about $7.50.)
During check out you will assign a guest for the pass.  If you were a member last year, type in the name of each person one at a time and see if it is still in the system from last year.  My daughter’s name must have been spelled wrong in their system, so I had to create a new guest.  New members do this by typing in the name and address and birthday, etc.
Once you find the guest, or create a new one, you select the guest and enter the birthday of that guest.  Check out is like most other things on line.  You enter your billing name and address and make payment via Visa, Master Card or Discover.
To learn more about Hidden Valley, you may visit the website at   If you still have questions, please email me at K3instl[at]att[dot]net or call 636-273-9565.  If needed, I will contact Hidden Valley for you.  The season is crazy busy, and they insist we have one contact person for all our questions.

Fox Performing Arts St. Louis Teen Talent Showcase Competition 2012
Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Showcase Competition Announces Call for Entries
Students May Enter Directly This Year. There Will Be NO Preliminary Competitions for Advancement to Finals.
Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation (FPACF) is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Showcase Competition in Spring of 2012.  Registration to participate is now open for all senior high school students in the St. Louis Metropolitan area.  The event will follow a competition format with students vying for scholarships, prizes and the opportunity to compete in the finals on the Fabulous Fox Theatre stage on Friday, April 27, 2012.  This event will truly showcase the most talented teens in our region who excel in the performing arts. The 1st Teen Talent Showcase, which received tremendous response from the community, took place on May 6, 2011 before a sold-out crowd at the Fox Theatre.
In September 2011, more than 180 senior high schools and performing arts organizations received in the mail details about the 2nd Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Showcase Competition including a December 1, 2011 “Call for Entries” deadline.  This year’s Showcase Competition has changed its’ registration process.  Students no longer register through their schools.  This year students and/or student groups are required to register themselves to participate. “This allows more than one student or student act from each school which will open the competition up for more students to participate,” said Mary Strauss, President of FPACF and event producer.  All contestants must be enrolled in the 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade in the 2011-2012 school year and must attend a high school/home school in a 50-mile radius from the Arch.  The preliminary round will be held on Saturday, March 10 and Sunday March 11, 2012.  Acts may include up to six students performing as a group.  “We want students to think creatively and enter in any performance art they feel passionate about,” said Strauss.  Students may enter in, but are not limited to, any of the following categories: singer, dancer, actor, musician, comedian, circus skill artist.
Finalists in 2011, the 1st Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Showcase Competition, included an aerialist, singing groups, soloists, dancers, a spoken word artist, and baton twirlers. Micah Manaitai, from Crossroads College Prep, who performed “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” on an electric ukulele, was awarded the 1st Place college scholarship prize of $5,000.
Three preliminary round locations for Saturday, March 10 and Sunday March 11, 2012 have been arranged: St. Louis Community College/Forest Park, UMSL’s J.C. Penney Conference Center and Lindenwood University’s Belleville campus in Illinois. A fourth location will be added if necessary.  De Smet Jesuit High School will host the semi-final round on Saturday, March 31.
Senior high school students can respond to the “Call For Entries” and register on-line at or new this year – on Facebook – “like” Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation and find the complete guidelines for the competition.
Each round and location will have a panel of at least three judges who will adjudicate and advance acts to the next round of competition.  The finalists will compete on the Fox stage as part of a professionally produced show on Friday, April 27, 2012.  Judges for the finals will represent both St. Louis and national arts professionals.
Students placing First, Second and Third will win college scholarships. The top 25 contestants will be eligible for various prizes, yet to be announced.  Finalists will also be provided unique performance opportunities within the St. Louis area arranged by the Foundation. In 2011 finalists performed at the Muny Lichtenstein Plaza, Six Flags St. Louis, Webster Groves Art & Air Festival, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Dancing in the Street and First Night St. Louis.
“We were thrilled with the response to our first competition from both the schools and the community.  Providing this opportunity for the students to perform at the Fox and on other stages around St. Louis again this year was really an easy decision” said Strauss.
Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation fosters and promotes the performing arts in the St. Louis Metropolitan area, encouraging audiences of all ages and from all walks of life to experience the joy and wonder of live performance.
Call for Entries
2nd Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Showcase Competition
DEADLINE: December 1, 2011
Register on-line:
For additional information about this and other Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation events, please visit or contact:
Kathryn Ballard, Executive Director
Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation
314-367-1573 / Kathryn[at]foxpacf[dot]org

Rallystar Tennis Academy Classes Accepting Students
My name is Steve Hatfalvi and I am the director of RALLYSTAR TENNIS ACADEMY in St. Louis. We are proud to be celebrating our 30th year teaching the great game of tennis. The sport of a lifetime. Our head instructor trained at the world class level with the most successful men’s coach in tennis history, Gloria Connors. We teach a simple yet powerful biomechanically sound approach to the game and start children at the age of three as opposed to other programs that wait longer in the child’s development. This past year we were able to assemble an advanced class of 3 year olds and decided to concentrate on the pre-school student as well as older children because of this remarkable success. We teach both children and adults and have a special program developed for families at a discounted rate.
The RALLYSTAR program is unprecedented in its dedicated approach to successfully teaching the game of tennis. The technique is so advanced and the learning curve so accelerated that we guarantee results in the first session of four lessons or we give a free lesson to bring the student up to speed. RALLYSTAR TENNIS ACADEMY students are accustomed to learning the game skillfully enough within the first lesson to be playing tennis within that first lesson. Our rates are reasonable and private instruction is also available. The lessons are conducted year round at local courts and held indoors during the winter months at Vetta Sports Complex just minutes from downtown Webster Groves. Class size is limited to 4 students so that doubles skills can be mastered.
We also design the class size for the all important 4:1 ratio to alleviate the common boredom associated with most large parks programs that run a boot camp to maximize profits. RALLYSTAR conducts men’s, ladies’, mixed group, and corporate sessions for all skill levels and has the endorsement of Wilson Racquet Sports to test the latest equipment available to all students. Please contact us anytime to discuss a custom program for your school or organization. Excellent references are available. Family rates for private instruction are 44.00 per hour and group private lessons are 20.00 per hour for each student. Sessions are scheduled 7 days a week with morning, afternoon, and evening times available. Each session is a 4 week program and cancellation for a lesson is required within 24 hours to receive a no-charge, one-time 30 minute makeup which we offer to each student for their particular session. See you on the courts.
Best Regards,
Steve Hatfalvi
PO BOX 11604, St. Louis, MO 63105

The DaVinci Machines Exhibition – EXTENDED STAY
The DaVinci Machines Exhibition is an interactive and educational exhibit that is great for students of all ages.  The exhibit has four categories of machines that showcase some of DaVinci’s best work in the areas of military, flight, nautical & hydraulics, and mechanics.  In addition to the guided group tour, we also have a theater that shows “Da Vinci Genius,” a 50- minute educational film about DaVinci’s life and machines.
The exhibit which is on loan from the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci in Florence, Italy, contains over sixty hand-crafted inventions built from Leonardo’s 500 year old designs and is the life work of three generations of Florentine artisans, who have painstakingly brought to life the creations and concepts devised by the brilliant scientist, inventor and artist Leonardo Da Vinci.
When: Open now through December 31, 2011
Venue: 800 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63101, Suite 100 (Lobby Level)
The building sits on the southwest corner of 8th St. and Market St. directly across from the City Gardens in the heart of downtown Saint Louis.
Hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm / Open 7 days a week
Pricing: Small Group (5 – 25 people) – $ 6.00 per person
Large Group (25 + people) – $ 9.00 per person
Info: On weekdays, we offer a school group package that includes a guided group tour of the exhibit as well as a showing of the “DaVinci Genius,”a 50 – minute educational film.  For our younger students, we have four 10 – minute video segments about DaVinci as an alternative film option. We do have a Teacher’s Guide available with activities for those who would like to further enhance the learning experience. We can reserve bus or van parking in front of the exhibit.  Also, we have space available inside and outside for students to enjoy lunch.
Student group guided tours are available 3 times daily at 11am, 1pm, 3pm
Phone – (314) 241-1241        Email – info{at}

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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.

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