Events List for 10/20/11

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Make your plans now to attend the English Country Dance Fall Ball
Time: Sunday, October 23, 2011, 6:30-10:00PM
Place: The Columns Banquet Center, 711 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, St Charles, MO
Cost: $8.00 per person or $30.00 per family ($10.00 and $35.00 at the door)
Bring: 2 Trays of appetizers or desserts
Attire: Dress up as character from a book
Introduce your family to the fun and frivolity of historic dance!
No experience needed—all instruction will be provided. So Come Let Us Be
Merry at the 2011 Fall Ball!
SPACE IS LIMITED! To reserve your place, mail your check by October 21st to Jo-Ellen McDonald, 7329 Lohmeyer Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63143. For more information, call 3one4-six45-1three72 or e-mail jo-ellen{at}

You are invited to attend the Patriette Lights Volleyball Clinic that will begin soon on Friday afternoons beginning October 28th and ending on December 16th. It will run from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm at the Renaud Spirit Center on Hwy K. The players will be divided into two groups. One group will be called JV and will mostly work on skill building but will do a minimum of 45 minutes of game play. Those with experience will be called Varsity and will do only an hour of skill building. The rest of their time will be spent on match play. If enough players sign up we will make teams that will compete in mini-tournaments. The cost for a JV player is $80 and the cost for a varsity player is $60. I do apologize for the high price but gym time is expensive!
If you would like to sign up please fill out the form found here and mail it to me with a check.
I am happy to answer questions.   Patty Yager     3one4-5six6-36six7

Once again Creve Coeur Racquet Club will be providing a Home School tennis program for your children. Listed below are the times, days and levels that we will be offering.
Monday: 10:30-12  High  Intermediate/Advanced
Tues:  1:00-2:00 Beginners
Wed: 2:00-3:30  Adv.Begs/intermediate  (may have to move time)
The cost will remain the same as last year.  $12 per class, for the whole session ($84), payment is due by the first day of class.  This session will start the week of Nov. 7 and going thru Dec. 19th.  We do need at least 4 participants to have the class go.
Please feel free to contact me with questions.  Erica Peterson Erica{at}

SHARE 2011-2012 Educational Concerts
Hope you can join SHARE for the 2011-2012 Educational Concerts at Powell Hall! We have extra seats in the (awesome!) Dress Circle Box section. The Kinder Konzerts and Young People’s Concerts are NEW this year and will be conducted by Ward Stare, Resident Conductor and Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. Conductor Stare did a great job last year and is a student favorite! The first ones are coming up on October 26 and November 1! Don’t miss out – these concerts are a wonderful experience for our kids! (and ALL of us!)
To sign up for one of the Kinder Konzerts or Young People’s Concerts, 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/concert 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.
Send your payment of $5.00 per person (child or adult) to Kerrie Tate, 617 Bacon Ave. St. Louis MO 63119. Checks are made payable to SHARE. Because of all the “extras” this year, seats have gone up $1.00 in price. As always, lap sitters are free.
For more information, go to the “Powell Hall Concerts – NEW” link on the left sidebar of the SHARE website. Read the “POWELL HALL EDUCATIONAL CONCERT IMPORTANT INFORMATION” webpage. You can also go to the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra website at to download their (very helpful!) Educational Concert Teacher’s Guides. Click on “Community and Education” then scroll down to “Teacher’s Guides.”
Feel free to call, text or email with any questions!  Hope you can join us!  Kerrie (kertatefieldtrip{at} or 3one4-79one-0zero00)
The fall 2011 SHARE-sponsored Powell Hall Educational Concerts are….
Kinder Konzert – “The Composer is Dead” on Wednesday, October 26, at 11:00 am Exciting “whodunit” composition with music by Nathaniel Stookey and text by Lemony Snicket. Experience a narrated orchestral mystery where the instruments are the suspects! (Also an award-winning children’s book and CD).
Young People’s Concert – “The Composer is Dead” on Tuesday, November 1, at 11:00 amExciting “whodunit” composition with music by Nathaniel Stookey and text by Lemony Snicket. Experience a narrated orchestral mystery where the instruments are the suspects! (Also an award-winning children’s book and CD).
The winter 2012 SHARE-sponsored Powell Hall Educational Concerts are….
Kinder Konzert – “The Magic Flute” on Wednesday, February 8 at 11:00 am
Endlessly inventive, charmingly fantastical and utterly unique, Mozart’s final opera is a light-hearted tale of love and the art of bird-catching. The STL Symphony presents a special condensed version for kids featuring the Young Artists of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Young People’s Concert – “Beethoven and the Boys” on Tuesday, March 6 at 11:00 am Classical with a twist. A new spin on familiar music featuring YouTube sensation PROJECT TRIO. The group says “We are dedicated to galvanizing artistic awareness through performance, education and community engagement. We believe that there is a direct correlation between artistry and scholastic achievement. Creativity encourages critical thinking. By combining classical repertoire with elements of hip-hop and popular music, PROJECT TRIO hopes to engage today’s younger audience.” Visit

We’re looking forward to our Homeschool Day coming up next Wednesday, October 26!  Our theme this month is NUMBERS AND NOTES.
If you’re planning on attending, please click here to register. As always, Homeschool Days are free! Advance registrations help us to prepare enough supplies for the day.
This month’s musical theme is inspired by the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Nathaniel Stookey’s The Composer is Dead.   Consider attending both MHM’s Homeschool Day and the SLSO’s Family Concert to make for a harmonious October!
Our musical theme is also the perfect opportunity to announce History To Our Ears, our first-ever K-12 community recital.  Your students are eligible to audition for a place on the program.  Please click here for the application and more details.
We’re looking forward to seeing you this Wednesday, October 26!

Drawing, January – May
Tuesdays 9:30-11:00 or Wednesdays 1-2:30
Cost:  $60/4-week month
$75/5-week month
This class will meet once a week and work on various technique skills using many types of mediums.  Students will learn the basics of drawing through the use of such mediums as pencils, charcoal, pastels, and pen & ink.  Students will also begin basic clay sculpting and acrylic painting.  Begin studying famous artists and their style of art.  Concepts such as the color wheel, proportion, perspective, and distance will be studied.  Introduce art from various locations and cultures in the world.
Tuesday Drawing Class
Cost:  $125
11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Glass Painting or Woodburning Classes
Woodburning   Cost: $45
December 5th    11:15-1:15
Glass Painting   Cost:$30
December 7th    11:15-12:45
December 12th    11:15-12:45
Contact me if you are interested in any of the class offerings.
Joy Lapicki jlapicki{at}

How would you like to expose your students to the exciting world of opera for FREE?
On December 8, 2011, Union Avenue Opera will once again open its doors to students to attend a free performance of the family-friendly opera Amahl and the Night Visitors as part of its commitment to the belief that the arts are vital to the health and reputation of a community. This year’s program will begin at 9:30am with a participatory pre-performance presentation followed by a fully staged performance of the opera, and will conclude at approximately 11:00am.
Union Avenue Opera strives to ensure that all children are afforded the opportunity to experience opera. In the past two years nearly 900 students attended the school matinee performance of Amahl and the Night Visitors. When asked if she would like to see another opera one student commented “Yes, because now that I’ve seen an opera I want to see another one.” While another replied “I want to see more operas. It doesn’t occur in my life.” For many children Amahl and the Night Visitors is their first exposure to live opera.
Amahl and the Night Visitors tells the tale of a young crippled shepherd, Amahl, and his widowed mother. Their lives are changed forever by a mysterious star in the night sky and the arrival of three kings seeking a wondrous child. What follows is an enduring interdenominational message about the power of faith and how ordinary kindness leads to extraordinary miracles.
I sincerely hope you will consider this educational opportunity for your students as it is just one more way that we can enrich the future arts community of St. Louis. Seating is limited and should be reserved early. To make reservations for your students or for more information please contact Union Avenue Opera at 314.361.2881 or Emily{at}
See you at the opera!
Thank you,
Emily DePauw, Administrative Director

Strong Tower Ranch is having its 4th Annual Harvest Hoedown on Saturday, November 5th. This year’s show will take you on a journey back in time as we remember the adventures of a cowboy as written in his long lost letters. Nothing can fill you with the excitement of the Old West more than Zeke’s bravery and determination as he carves out his place in history.
Morning Show
9:30     Gates Open
10:30   Show “A Wild West Story” (Arena)
Other things included are petting zoo, hay rides, barrel train, hot dog luncheon
Tickets: Adult $10.00 in advance $15.00 at gate
Children 4-12 $5.00 Children 3 and under FREE
Evening Show
3:00     Gates Open
4:00     Show “A Wild West Story” (Arena)
Other things included are hay rides, barrel train, our Famous Chili Cook-off Dinner and we will top the evening off with square dancing.
Tickets: Adult $15.00 in advance $20.00 at gate
Children 4-12 $5.00 Children 3 and under FREE
For more information and to purchase tickets please visit:

Independent Youth and Clayton High School’s DECA Business Club partners to inspire high school students through an engaging, interactive and informative conference.
This event will focus on giving high school students various perspectives on entrepreneurship while teaching key entrepreneurial concepts in a hands-on setting.  The Symposium includes:
+Keynote Speaker Maxine Clark, Founder and CEO of Build-A-Bear Workshop
+Interactive break-out sessions led by established and well recognized teen entrepreneurs
+A networking lunch event
Teen Entrepreneurship Symposium Agenda
KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Maxine Clark, Founder & CEO of Build-A-Bear Workshop
Adele Ann Taylor – Adele’s Literacy Library
Perry Chen – Perry’s Previews
Main Hart – ManCans
Lily Sandler – BLAMtastic
John Schenk – Show Me Signatures
Teen Entrepreneurship Symposium Participants will:
>Develop and strengthen their entrepreneurial mindset
>Increase social and networking skills
>Gain an in-depth understanding of entrepreneurship
UMSL, J.C. Penny Conference Center
(210 JC Penny Conference Center, One University Blvd., St. Louis, MO. 63121)
Date:  Monday November 7, 2011
Time:  9:00am – 2:00pm  (Lunch included)
Cost:  $15.00 per attendee (Financial aid available upon request)
INDEPENDENT YOUTH INC., 10632 S. Memorial, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133
(877) 617-0494

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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.