New Events for 10/17/11

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SLCC Collaborative College Fair
Area high school juniors and seniors are encouraged to visit St. Louis Community College at Meramec Monday, Oct. 17, for the annual Collaborative College Fair. More than 100 colleges and universities will be on hand in the Meramec Gym from 6-7:30 p.m. to speak with students about college choice, financial aid and admission requirements. The Collaborative College Fair is sponsored by STLCC-Meramec, Oakville, Mehlville, Lindbergh, Webster Groves and Kirkwood High Schools. The Meramec Campus is located at 11333 Big Bend Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122. The gym is on the east side of campus.

Missouri Day Celebration
Wednesday, October 19, 2011   10 am- 4 pm
The staff of the First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site at 200 South Main Street in St. Charles invites you to attend a special celebration in honor of Missouri Day. The Missouri State Legislature in 1915 declared the third Wednesday of October each year as Missouri Day. This year the site will focus on famous Missourians and their achievements. The historic site         will be the host to numerous museums, organizations and agencies all representing famous Missourians. This will be an exciting learning opportunity for school groups as well as the general public. This is a chance to discover many of Missouri’s amazing citizens and their accomplishments all at one location.  Famous authors, artists, entertainers, business people, political figures, frontiersmen, athletes and more will all be represented. This is one event that you are not going to want to miss! Come take our famous Missourian trivia scavenger hunt challenge and participate in many other hands on activities.
Some of the museums already confirmed:
Thomas Hart Benton Home & Studio SHS- Kansas City,MO
Arrow Rock SHS (George Caleb Bingham)-Arrow Rock, MO
Rose Cecil O’Neill Museum (Kewpie Dolls)-Walnut Shade, MO
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Shrine-St. Charles, MO
Lewis & Clark BoatHouse & NatureCenter(William Clark)-St. Charles, MO
Laura Ingalls Wilder Home & Museum-Mansfield, MO
Eugene Field House & St. Louis Toy Museum-St. Louis, MO
Bellefontaine Cemetery-St. Louis, MO
Missouri Sports Hall of Fame-Springfield, MO
Scott Joplin SHS-St. Louis, MO
Mark Twain Birthplace SHS-Florida, MO
Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site-St. Louis, MO
Faust County Park, Gov. Fredrick Bates Estate-St. Louis, MO
Historic Daniel Boone Home & Boonefield Village, Defiance, MO
Junior Achievement, St. Louis, MO
Many more to be confirmed!
This is a free family friendly event. For more information please contact the First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site at 636-940-3322.

Sponsored by the Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo
Begin planning now to attend the Homeschool Craft Fair!
Mark your calendars and bring a friend or two!
When: October 22, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: West County Assembly of God Gymnasium, 13431 N. Outer 40 Rd., Chesterfield, MO 63017
Lunch and snacks available all day.
Attendance Prizes- Drawings every hour!
You’ll find:
up-cycled denim skirts, custom photo albums, handbags, decorated journals, embroidered items, ornaments, hand-made cards, bead creations, wooden signs, blankets, yo-yo’s, dolls, jewelry, stilts, hair accessories, fabric, baked goods, clay items, pillow cases, model horse tack, bird feeders, barefoot sandals, homemade dog biscuits, knitted items, artist drawing boards, wood cutting boards, hair bows, fleece hats and scarves, dog bandanas and more!

“Excellence In Mathematics” contest
I am coordinating the St. Louis area homeschooled students’ registration for the “Excellence In Mathematics” contest at Forest Park Community College on November 12, 2011.  The test is for students in grades 9 through 12.  (Some of you may know the test as MEGSL.)
Here are the details:
On November 12, 2011 from 9am to 2pm
Held at Forest Park Community College
There are team awards as well as individual awards
Individual awards will be given to the top 10 students from each grade level in each division
Team awards will be given to the top 5 teams at each grade level in each division
Compete against high schools from all over the metro area
Two (2) $1000 scholarships will be awarded to the highest scoring seniors in each division
Each team can consist of up to 10 students (teams are students all from one grade)
A Texas Instruments calculator will be presented to one student from each grade based on a random drawing
Team scores are determined by the 4 highest-scoring students on that team.
NO calculators are allowed during the test.
Copies of last year’s test and answers may be found at
If you would like to have one or more of your children participate, what do you need to do?
Contact Sheri Diehl at kabdsmom{at}yahoo{dot}com for registration form.
Enclose a check for $5.00 per student made out to Sheri Diehl to cover the entry fee for the contest.  I will send back to you a map of the campus and other details as I receive them.
Make sure that the form and check arrive to me no later than 10/24/11.   I need to send the information back to the organizers shortly thereafter so I need the forms promptly.
Registrations will be on a first come first serve basis.  Since we are limited to sending 10 students per grade level, the first ten students for each grade that I receive registrations and payments from will be the students who get to participate in the test.
If you have any questions, reply to kabdsmom{at}yahoo{dot}com or call me at 63six-8six6-7two59.
Thank you,
Sheri Diehl

Linda Thompson is teaching some art classes at Hobby Lobby in Ballwin with class times especially for homeschoolers.  Sign up at Hobby Lobby at the class info area in the front of the store or contact her. Space is limited to 12 students for each class.
Drawing 101—for beginners or anyone wanting to dust off their skills, age 12 to adult
Mondays, for 6 weeks, Oct 24 to Dec 5, cost is $35 plus students will need to buy a few supplies.  Supply lists available at the store or contact me.
Times:  1 pm-2:15 pm, OR 7 pm-8:15 pm.  (Two different sections.)
Painting 100—Tempera
This is a solid introduction to painting, color theory, and picture composition.  Meets on Fridays for 7 weeks, Oct 21 to Dec 9, for ages 8 to 18.  Cost is $50 and includes all supplies.
Times:  1:30 pm-3 pm, OR 3:30 pm-5 pm.  (Two different sections.)
Call or email if you have questions.
Linda Thompson  dclrthomp{at}, 3one4-two76-558four

Auditions for “A Big Band Christmas”
Featuring Swing St. Louis and The St. Louis Big Band!
Presented in partnership with Broadway on the Driveway and Westminster Christian Academy
(application, lyrics, recordings)
Tuesday, October, 18th, 2011 – 6pm-10pm (by appointment)
(The Pillar Foundation 15820 Clayton Rd)
Friday, December 2nd, 5pm-10pm
(The Pillar Foundation 15820 Clayton Rd)
Saturday, December 3rd (Call: 11am, show @ 2pm) (Westminster Christian Academy)
*younger cast members may have a later call time (TBA)

St. Louis Science Center
October 18-23
SciFest is a six-day celebration of science and technology through captivating presentations, thought-provoking talks, wacky experiments and engaging hands-on activities. Choose from more than 100 individual sessions covering controversial, cutting-edge and everyday topics in science, presented by scientists and engineers who are transforming our world.
Visit for schedule and ticket information.

Sunday, Oct 23rd, CENTENNIAL COMMONS (indoor soccer field)
1:00 – 2:30 pm, 3rd through 6th Grade, Boys and Girls
2:30 – 4:00 pm, 7th through 10th Grade, Boys and Girls
>FSC currently has 2nd grade boys on our U9 (3rd grade) boys team. But they are grandfathered in for our Club Teams program. Our future 1st and 2nd Grade teams will be part of the growing A.D.T.L program we have recently started.
If FSC already has teams, why are we having tryouts?
We are continually trying to increase the number of players in our Club as long as we have the coaching available. FSC is hosting a tryout for many players who are just now hearing about our Club and are considering playing competitively. These new players need to see what our players are learning and what type of people are coaching them so that they can decide if they want to play for us. We also need to evaluate their abilities so we can place them appropriately. This is why your children are expected to be present. We will hold another tryout for the Spring season. If you cannot attend the tryout, please let us know.
What goes on at the tryout?
We will group the children according to age. We will then play small sided games and run through some basic skill drills.
Does this mean my child has to re-tryout for the FSC since I cam to the summer tryouts? No. Your child has already made the Club. Once a child “makes” the FSC Club, they are in for life!…in a matter of speaking. FSC is trying to increase the size of the Club and fill in rosters to reach the maximum numbers per roster. (U12 and below teams roster size is 12, U13 and roster above size is 16)
What level of player is FSC looking for to attend?
We are a Select Level Club and are looking for children who show the ability to play at competitive levels, and parents who understand the commitment level that is expected from them. The FSC player profile for tryouts lists these qualities:
Better than average speed.
Focused minds ready to learn.
High level of interest in soccer.
Can get along with other children.
People who understand that playing select soccer carries with it more responsibility than REC soccer – attendance-wise and financial.
Social, Friendly, Mature, Community-Oriented personalities.
People who can accept that our Player Development philosophy is a process, is not a short term destination.
People who share in the same goals we have set for the children who participate in the FSC.
Tony Reynoso
FSC Director
(314) 921-4110 ph
(314) 921-9110 fax

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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.