Homeschool Events List for 2/13/12

The changes are happening, slowly (there is a lot of information!). **HINT** Hover over the tabs at the top when visiting the website, to view all the additional pages. You will find more events under Ongoing Offerings, as well as the ability to search all past posts and the new additional information. 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the coming changes.

SHARE’s Monthly Support Group Meeting is Thursday, February 16, 2012
Please join us as we welcome our guest speaker:  Perry Akin
“Perry is the second born of six children to Congressman Todd  Akin and his wife, Lulli. He was homeschooled through high-school and attended the US Naval Academy where he graduated with Bachelors of Science in Systems Engineering. He was commissioned as an officer in US Marine Corps and became a Combat Engineer. Throughout his five and a half years as an officer he made two deployments to the Middle East. He was honorably discharged from the Marines in 2008. In 2010, he graduated with High Honors from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business with a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). He then joined John Deere where he worked in the Treasury Department and then the Marketing Group for their Construction and Forestry Division.  Perry is married to Amanda (who was also homeschooled) and they have five boys, the oldest two they home school.”
Perry (and maybe Amanda too) will give insight as to what their homeschooling experience was like and how they are enjoying the same journey with their own children.  There will also be a Question and Answer period too.  Whether you are just starting the journey or have been homeschooling for a long time, Perry will be able to answer all of your questions!
WHEN:  Thursday, February 16, 2012
WHERE:  St. Andrew Catholic Church, 309 Hoffmeister,  St. Louis, MO 63125  (drive around back to access parking)
TIME:  7:00 p.m.

MHM Homeschool Days are completely free! All activities will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and you can spend as much or as little time with us as you’d like. Families interested in participating are kindly requested to RSVP. Advance registrations allow us to make sure we have enough activity materials for everyone.
Monday, February 20 2012 at 10:00 am
Mammoths & Mastodons (Registration Required)

The Potter’s Clay Fine Art Program and The Family Vision Library invite all home school students to participate in our Mid-Winter Art Exhibition Friday, February 24 at 7:00 PM
This is an open exhibit without any specific theme.  You are free to submit up to three pieces for exhibition.
Here are the details:
Entry fee: Payable to The Family Vision Library , which is $10/student for up to 3 pieces of art
All work must be framed, each piece must have the students name, age, title of work, and the medium.
The library patrons have really enjoyed seeing the artwork up and this is a great way to minister to the community! Once again, we will have an opening night with ribbons and maybe even a skit. If you would like to bring a snack, please let Gina McAndrews know her email is: This exhibit is open to all home schoolers!
We are looking forward to another great opening.  Call today to sign up to exhibit your work.
The Family Vision
2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376

International Festival
On Sunday, Feb. 26, the Maryland Heights Centre will be filled with the sounds, sights and smells of world cultures at the 11th annual Celebrate the World International Festival. The event runs from noon to 5 p.m., and admission and parking are free.
The event kicks off with the “Parade of Nations” opening ceremony led by local scout troops and representatives of various countries. Two stages – the International Stage and Unity Stage – will feature live music and dance from around the globe from 12 to 5 p.m. This year’s festival features a number of new performers, including hip hop dancer Ashley L. Tate, steel drummer Nigel Thomas, Lotus Art Studio, Master Xing Xue of St. Louis Kung Fu Arts, flamenco guitarist Gabie McGarrah and Irish musicians Ian Walsh and Kevin Buckley.
Several artists will be on hand to share demonstrations of their crafts. Heather Woodson of Ceramic Sculpture will demonstrate how a potter’s wheel works, while Linda Evans will lead audience members through Hawaiian and Polynesian dances. Rounding out the roster are Mildred Rias (African-American crafts) and Seema Shintre (henna painting).
Once again, the festival will offer an international marketplace, where vendors from a number of different nations will be selling jewelry, crafts, artwork and other original items. A display of Japanese artifacts, sponsored by Pat Petty of Electro Savings Credit Union, will be located in the lobby. And of course, the day wouldn’t be complete without the delectable culinary delights of the “Tastes of the World” food court.
Ranken Jordan Pediatric Specialty Hospital, Pattonville Early Childhood PTO, the Saint Louis Art Museum and the St. Louis County Library will host special activities for youngsters and their parents in the World Encounters children’s area. Festival sponsors include the Maryland Heights Cultural Arts Commission, the City of Maryland Heights and Edward Jones.

Daysprings School of Arts Crestwood branch is trying to start a new art class for homeschoolers. Below is their description of the class. The class will meet on Friday mornings, 10:15 to 11:30. They are moving from Crestwood Plaza to 4646 S. Lindberg Blvd (just a mile down the street to the corner of Sappington and Lindberg) starting March 2. If anyone is interested, they should contact Vanessa Waggoner at Daysprings (
“Art Techniques – Ages 9& Up (15) A structured class for the slightly older child, teaching units in drawing, and three-dimensional art. The students will see their skill level and confidence grow by sticking with one medium over several weeks and being taught how to explore what they can do. An exhibition of their favorite work will be mounted at the end of each unit.”

WCCHE Used Curriculum Sale
Monday, March 19th; 6:00- 9:00 P.M.
Pillar Foundation, 15820 Clayton Rd. in Ellisville
Open to all homeschool buyers. Must be WCCHE member to sell.

The National Park Service will be offering fee-free days at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees.
Mark your calendar for these fee-free dates in 2012:
April 21-29, National Park Week
June 9, Get Outdoors Day
September 29, National Public Lands Day
November 10-12, Veterans Day weekend
Read more:

Effective Parenting in a Defective World
Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28
Join us Friday, April 27, from 6:30–9:00 P.M., and Saturday, April 28, 9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M., for “Effective Parenting in a Defective World.” This Walk Through the Bible video and live presentation is based on Chip Ingram’s popular parenting teaching.   Cost is $45.00 per couple and includes a workbook.  This presentation is what parents need to get a Biblical handle on parenting in today’s world.  Registration ends April 17.
The Family Vision Library
2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 633376

Are your students looking for a scholarship essay contest to participate in this Spring?  The Federated Republican Women’s Club of St. Louis is hosting its first annual essay contest for female high school seniors and college freshmen and sophomores living in the St. Louis area.  This year’s topic is economic freedom.  The prize will be a $500 scholarship towards the student’s college tuition or for use at the college bookstore.  Submissions must be received by May 1 and the prize will be awarded at a FRW meeting on May 22.
The official rules and application can be found here.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Elise Kostial
Chair, Youth Outreach Committee
Federated Republican Women’s Club of St. Louis
(636) 230-7612

St Louis Kali – Silat Martial Arts
Meets at: Shrewsbury Parks and Recreation
5200 Shrewsbury Ave, Shrewsbury, MO 63119
Contact Information:
You can pay by class $10 or $35 or $50 per month (depends if you want one or two per week)
This is an exceptional opportunity because he teaches several complex (but makes it fun) styles.  If you click on Martial Arts Taught, there is a list of the four types.
The first class is free.  Classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7:30pm once or twice weekly…or on a drop in basis.  He would appreciate us sharing this with other homeschool families we may know who would be interested.
Here is his bio:
Mr. U. Fuentes R. is the founder of the St Louis Kali – Silat Martial Arts school.  He has studied and explored the martial arts for 28 years. He holds the rank of full instructor (level 15, 6th degree black belt) under Guro Bruce Ogle of the Indiana Kali-Silat Association in Indianapolis.  Mr. Fuentes R. also holds a black belt in traditional Tae Kwon Do under master Stephen McCall in Springfield, OH, red belt (2nd gup) in Olympic Tae Kwon Do under master Eddy Brochin in Indianapolis, and has 20 years of experience in kick-boxing.  He has traveled to The Far East to explore and train Martial Arts.
Mr. Fuentes R. has practiced and attended JKD training seminars for the past 20 years, taught by leading experts in this powerful system.  He has a solid understanding of Jeet Kune Do Concepts, an integral part of his teachings.  He also holds intermediate level ranks in Jun Fan Gung Fu and Filipino Martial Arts under Sifu, Guro Jeff  Westfall of the Rising Phoenix Martial Arts in Evansville, IN.

Greetings Homeschoolers!
Just a friendly reminder about some deadlines that are coming up THIS TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2012.
>>If you pre-register “extra-early,” by February 14th, your family’s name will be placed in a drawing for one of six prizes consisting of three $100 “Expo Cash” certificates and three $50.00 “Expo Cash” certificates, redeemable at the exhibitors of your choice at this 2012 expo.
>>If you pre-register “early,” by February 29th, your family’s name will be placed in a drawing for six $50.00 “Expo Cash” certificates, redeemable at the exhibitor of your choice at this 2012 Expo.
If you are a winner, you can pick up your Expo Cash on Friday morning at the main registration table. (Only one entry per family)
Register by Feb 14th for a chance to win $50 in “Expo Cash”. (Vouchers good anywhere at the Expo.) Four registrations will be drawn.  Note:  You cannot register for the Children’s Program online…it is a print n’ mail form only, so plan accordingly if you want a chance to win!
If you plan on attending, why wait?
You have a good chance of winning Expo Cash if you register now!!!
If you are interested in your group or act auditioning for the Variety Show, please fill out the registration form on the Expo Website. Registration deadline is Tuesday, February 14th at midnight. Registrations submitted after that date will not be accepted.
Thank you!
The Expo Board

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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