Homeschool Events List for 12/5/11

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.

We’re excited about our upcoming Homeschool Day on Monday, December 12!  Our theme this month is Winter Wonderland.
As always, Homeschool Days are free! Advance registrations help us to prepare enough supplies for the day.  If you’re planning on joining us, please click here to register your family.
Once again, Metro Theater Company has graciously agreed to join us for theatre and craft workshops in anticipation of January’s musical play BATTLEDRUM. Click here to learn more about this play, and contact Nancy Tonkins at 314-997-6777 x103 or nancy{at}metrotheatercompany{dot}org with any questions.  Homeschool families are indeed eligible for the $8 school group rate for January’s school matinees!
Plus, we’re grateful to the Diversity Awareness Partnership for offering all participating families a complimentary 2012 calendar.  It’s a gift that helps us keep the holiday spirit in our hearts year-round!
We look forward to seeing you on Monday, December 12!

CHEF 18th Annual Spectacular Christmas Ball
Saturday, December 10, 2011, 6:00 p.m.-Midnight
St. Francis Xavier Church’s gorgeous ballroom
$6 per person ($42 maximum/family). Children 2 and under free
The Ball will be called by Jeremy Suerman including dances that the whole family will enjoy. Our theme this year is a Civil War Ball. Please feel free to dress in ball costumes or your Sunday best clothes. This will truly be another spectacular holiday event as always. Our family looks forward to seeing all of you there. All are welcome. Please bring 2 two-liter bottles of ginger ale and a finger food for our buffet.
Please dress modestly. Parents, we realize how difficult it is these days to find modest apparel for daughters; however, we ask that you make sure that your daughters do not wear low necklines or spaghetti strapped dresses. If anyone comes in inappropriate clothing, we will ask that the young girl wrap a shawl or jacket around her shoulders. Jon and I are busy with details and conversations all evening so are somewhat oblivious to the few dresses we hear about each year. Therefore, if you see any dresses that are inappropriate, please let us know so that we can ask the young girl to wrap a shawl around her shoulders.
Mail checks payable to CHEF, c/o Jon Summers, 236 St. Louis Ave., Ferguson, MO 63135 by December 6. You may still pay at the door, but we would like to know how many people will be attending.
Directions: From Hwy. 40 or 44, go north on Grand. Make left on Laclede (at St. Louis University) and then an immediate left into parking garage. If there is anyone at the garage gate, just tell them that you are going to St. Francis Xavier. From garage, walk north on Grand to church. Enter church on left side. St. Francis Xavier is at the corner of Grand and Lindell (3628 Lindell) just down from the Fox Theatre.

CHEF 22nd Annual Math Olympics
Grades 3-12
Friday, January 20, 2012
Southgate Christian Church, 9820 East Watson Road, Crestwood, MO 63126.
Registration deadline is December 31, 2011. The registration form is available at  For more information, contact Marsha Siecinski at marshaski6{at}aol{dot}com or 314-835-9557.

Lakeside Lanes will be hosting a free bowling event on Wednesday 1/4/12 at 1:00 (during our normal time).  This FREE of charge event will include 3 games of bowling and free shoes, please pass this info on to anyone that may be interested in participating.  We will have sign ups that day for the new session that will begin the next Wednesday.  The event is open to anyone that wants to participate but they do need to call the bowling alley and reserve their spots, info below.
We are hoping to have a lot of new families at the sign up event, so they can check out the lanes and think on whether that is something they may be interested in, so again please pass this on to anyone that might consider joining us or that would just enjoy a day out.
Brunswick Lakeside Lanes
1254 Dougherty Ferry Road
Valley Park, MO 63088
(636) 225-2400

We have much to be thankful for this year!  After losing our facility in the Good Friday tornado, we received a 15,000 square foot building at 123 South Florissant Road in Ferguson, Missouri from Ralph & Kathy Rockamann and the SPORTSPRINT Family.  As you can tell from the address, it is a perfect place to reopen the Math Center!
We are looking for many different ways to raise the money for renovations and have come across an opportunity through Gazelle.
Please join our online gadget drive through Gazelle to raise money for The Metamo4ic Math Center.  We would love your support!
A gadget drive is a new way to fundraise that turns your used electronics (laptops, cell phones, MP3 players, digital cameras & more) into cash to support a cause. Contributing to our drive is simple. Just visit our drive webpage, find the value of the gadgets you would like to donate, and send them to Gazelle (shipping is free). The value will go to support The Metamo4ic Math Center.
If you would like to donate, please check out our drive’s page to learn more and track our progress. You will receive a confirmation of your donation by email, and we will be notified as soon as you make your donation.
We would be so very grateful if you would share this with your friends and family!
As always, thank you for your support,
Vicki and all your Math Friends at The Metamo4ic Math Center
To learn more about Gazelle, visit

Missouri Botanical Garden
Gardenland Express annual holiday flower and train show, culminating the Garden’s TREEmendous year. The display celebrates “the gifting tree” by exploring the many benefits we receive from trees – oxygen, shade, food, shelter, recreation and more. Eight G-scale model trains travel through a whimsical landscape of festive scenes, towers of brightly-colored presents and a stacked poinsettia “tree.” More than 500 colorful poinsettias and other flowers are featured throughout the display.
Now – January 2, 2012; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Christmas Day; Closed
$13 adults (ages 13 & over)
$9 St. Louis City / County residents
$5 children (ages 3–12)
Free Garden members
Free members’ children (ages 12 & under)

If you know of an event, class, happening, or link you would like to see added, please contact me at zana8796 [at] yahoo [dot] com  Comments are not available, but sharing is.

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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