Events List for 10/31/11

Happy Halloween to those who party with the pumpkins!!!!

Remember to visit the website often, There you will find additional events under Ongoing Offerings.  As well as the Homeschool Business Listings, several Educational Helps, and 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.

Steel Shop Tennis Club in St. Charles is starting a new session of home school tennis. They are located at 900 N Main, St Charles. Sessions are from 1:00 – 2:00 Mon., Tues. or Wed. beginning the week of 10/31 for 8 weeks. Sessions cost $96 with a membership ($55/individual or $95 family for annual membership). All kids get a FREE hour of walk on court time each week! Call 636-916-1400 to reserve your spot! They have been open for a year and have already developed a great after school kids tennis program with large demand.

There ARE still openings in this Tuesday’s (November 1st) Young People’s Concert, The Composer is Dead by Lemony Snicket! Many SHARE families saw the concert last Wednesday and can highly recommend it! It was an exciting way to learn about the orchestra and composers, and is not as “dark” as it sounds!
To sign up, go to the Public Page of the SHARE website at and click on the “Public Calendar” link on the left sidebar at the bottom. Go to the November page and click on “Young People’s Concert” on the November 1st box. 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. Since the concert is so soon, you can bring your payment to us at Powell Hall.
The cost is $5 per person and lapsitters are free. The performance begins at 11:00 and lasts about an hour. For more information, go to the “Powell Hall Concerts – NEW” link on the left sidebar of the SHARE website at  Click on the “POWELL HALL EDUCATIONAL CONCERT IMPORTANT INFORMATION” page. You can also text, email or call Kerrie Tate at 3one4-79one-00zero0 or kertatefieldtrip{at}aol{dot}com

To sign up for this class, 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 November screen and click on the class name on the November 1st box. 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. Since it is so close to November 1st, you can bring your payment on the day of class. Cost is $5 per student.
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 Tate at 3one4-79one-0zero00 or kertatefieldtrip{at}aol{dot}com with any questions or concerns.

“Home Educating on the Autism Spectrum”
Live Online Presentation by the Special Needs Advisory Board for Home Education Council of America
Thursday Nov. 3rd at 1pm Pacific
(that’s 2pm Mountain, 3pm Central, 4pm Eastern)
The presentation is free to HECOA members, but membership is free as well, so totally worth it if you or someone you know is dealing with any of these challenges.
For more information and to register:

Great Skate is hosting another Homeschool Skate, next Friday, November 4 from 1pm-4pm.  Admission is $5.00 and skate rental is FREE if you mention you are a homeschooler at the ticket counter.  Great Skate is located at 130 Boone Hills Drive in St. Peters, 1 block from the Spencer Road Library.  Please call 636 441 2530 for more details.

There a several of the St. Louis County libraries offering their Homeschool Exploration program in November and December (and through May 2012). To find an event close to you, visit the Library website event calendar, search keyword “homeschool”, with a date range of November 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.

WCCHE November Support Night
Come join us at The Pillar Foundation, 15820 Clayton Rd., Ellisville , MO, 63011
on Monday,  November 14 at 7 p.m.
Pastor Paul Stolwyk, a home school dad, will present:
Calling the Sculpture From the Stone: What God Can Accomplish Through Home Schooling Parents
According to Pastor Stolwyk, “Each of our children is a masterpiece waiting to be revealed- like a sculpture hidden in the stone until the artist chisels it out. We will look at what God is offering to your children through you as he calls them to be His image bearers. With the dirty reality of everyday life as our backdrop, and some examples from our own journey, we want to help you not lose sight of what God is really using to call out the sculpture- as you teach math, reading or science at your kitchen table.”
Fellowship time will follow the presentation
>Children aged 7 years and older are welcome to quietly play board games in the library during the presentation. Adult supervision will be provided.
Newcomers are also invited to attend a pre-event meeting from 6:30-7:00 p.m.
Pacing Your Home School Year to Make it Through
This session will offer various scheduling ideas for pacing your year to completion, including how to navigate through the holidays (cheerfully) while home schooling! There will also be suggestions for incorporating Christmas in your December school days. A Question/Answer time will conclude our newcomer meeting.
EVERYONE is welcome for both of these topics; you do NOT have to be a WCCHE member to attend. If you sign up at , we’ll have a seat for you!

American Macaroni, A Celebration of the American Tapestry
Friday November 18, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
America is made up of all different kinds of folks, from different regions, with different tastes and perspectives. We could call it American Macaroni.
Because of this richness that makes America great, we will have a day of American Macaroni. What is special about where you grew up? What special foods do you like? What are some of your family traditions? Come and share with us what makes you and your family unique, and we will all enjoy the unique heritage of our great land, the rich blending of many peoples and cultures–American Macaroni.
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Drive, Saint Peters, MO 63376
Tel:  63six-4four7-69zero0

Community Fall Festival
Come join us for our Fall Roundup at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church.  There will be lots of activities for the whole family and it’s FREE.  Ride a mechanical bull, play western games, practice with a lasso, pony rides, face painting and more! Food will be offered for a nominal fee with at least one low cost option.
November 11; 5p.m. – 10p.m.
Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, 4355 Butler Hill Road, St Louis MO 63128
Feel free to share this event with your friends.

Strings Classes
Child of God Lutheran School is offering private violin lessons for grades 1-8. Lessons include Suzuki, American Folk/Gospel, sight singing experience. Group, and ensemble classes available.
Child of God Lutheran School, 650 Salt Lick Rd., St. Peters, MO 63376
Contact: Paul Huppert
Email plhuppert{at}yahoo{dot}com

Friday, November 11 at 7 pm
Ridgecrest Baptist Church, 1731 Zumbehl Rd,  St. Charles
Chrysalis Dance Company Fall Dance Concert – “bloom”
The message of God’s love and hope through dance.
Admission: canned food item (donated to Powell Terrace Food Pantry)
Chrysalis dancers tell a story that leads to true hope and joy.  And reminds us to bloom where we are planted – no matter how rough the terrain. Where you are right now is God’s place for you. Live and obey and love and believe right there. 1 Cor 7.17 for more details

A Big Band Christmas
Saturday, December 3rd; 2:00 PM
Main Stage
Westminster Christian Academy (NEW LOCATION: 800 Maryville Centre Drive; south of 40/64)
Tickets: $20 adults, $10 children 12 and under
Groups of 10 or more: $15 per person
Dessert Bar: $5 (suggested donation)
Audiences of all ages will enjoy this sparkling holiday performance featuring Swing St. Louis and The St. Louis Big Band! Enjoy Christmas favorites from the Big Band Era complete with tight harmonies, tap dancing, and classy retro costuming.

Mizzou New Music Initiative – C.O.M.P. 2012 Competition
Seventh annual Creating Original Music Project (C.O.M.P.) competition offers prizes, recognition for Missouri student composers
Columbia, MO
From concert halls to Hollywood movies to TV, video games, commercials and more, every minute of music we hear starts with a composer – and every composer needs a start.
Giving young composers their start is the purpose of the Mizzou New Music Initiative Creating Original Music Project (C.O.M.P), an annual statewide competition now in its seventh year that recognizes Missouri students in grades K-12 who compose original music in a variety of styles.
Sponsored by the University of Missouri School of Music; the Department of Learning, Teaching & Curriculum; and the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, C.O.M.P. in September mailed information to music teachers across the state inviting students to participate in the 2012 competition. The winning composers and their schools will be awarded cash prizes, and the winning compositions will be performed at the Creating Original Music Project’s New Music Festival on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the University of Missouri in Columbia.
Students in grades K-5 may submit compositions in the categories of Vocal Music or Instrumental Music. For grades 6-8, the categories are Fine Art Music or Popular Music; and for grades 9-12, they are Fine Art Music, Popular Music, Jazz, or other styles. All entries must be original music written by the student, and only one entry per student is allowed. Arrangements of previously composed pieces or improvisation based on composed pieces will not be accepted.
Mentors and teachers are encouraged to offer support and critiques, though the submissions must be the students’ own original compositions. Music teachers and/or mentors may assist students in notating or recording the pieces, and each student who applies must have the signature and sponsorship of their school’s music teacher. Only three submissions per category per school are allowed. It is the responsibility of the school music teacher(s) to decide which three pieces per category will be entered in the contest. The postmark deadline for submission of all compositions is January 2, 2012.
For more information about the Creating Original Music Project and an application for the 2012 competition, please visit the C.O.M.P website at
For students looking for additional guidance or feedback on their work, the Mizzou New Music Initiative also offers Composer Connection, a distance-learning program that gives aspiring composers a chance to talk with and receive instruction from a graduate student in composition at MU. Students can e-mail works in progress and ask questions about composing, and receive suggestions and answers directly from the composer on call. The composer on call for the 2011-12 academic year is David Witter, who can be reached by email at composerconnection{at}Missouri{dot}edu
The Mizzou New Music Initiative brings together a diverse array of programs intended to position the University of Missouri School of Music as a leading center in the areas of composition and new music. The Initiative is the direct result of the generous support of Dr. Jeanne and Mr. Rex Sinquefield and the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.
For more information about the Mizzou New Music Initiative, please visit

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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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