Homeschool Events List for 4/2/12

My apologies for the long time between posts. Sometimes life gets in the way…

The updates are happening a little more quickly (just a few hick-ups) and I still hope to be finished soon. Click on 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 information. Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; sign up is 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the coming changes.

2012 Gateway Classic Speech & Debate Tournament
April 11–14: Ferguson Church of the Nazarene, 1309 North Elizabeth Avenue, Ferguson, MO 63135
Team Policy Debate (Topic: US Policy on Revenue Generation)
Lincoln Douglas Value Debate (Topic: Personal Freedom vs. Economic Security)
Limited Prep: Impromptu, Extemporaneous, & Apologetics
Interpretive Events: Dramatic, Duo, Humorous & Open
Platform Speeches: Expository, Original Oratory & Persuasive
Judge training provided; 3-hour time commitment required
Complimentary food & drink provided to thank you for your time
Click on “JUDGE REGISTRATION” at top of screen
Sign up for one or more rounds that fit your schedule!
Judge Coordinators: Donna Whipple,, 636-346-9644
Beth Unger,, 314-629-5526
Community judges needed – No experience necessary!
Gateway Classic Speech & Debate Tournament April 11–14, 2012
Ferguson Church of the Nazarene, 1309 North Elizabeth Avenue, Ferguson, MO 63135
3-hour time commitment includes: 30 min. for check-in and judge training, 1½ hours to judge event, 30 min. for ballot preparation, and 30 min. for eating/fellowship. Come before or after judging and enjoy a complimentary meal and beverage. Thanks for your time!

Gather the family, young and old, and follow the yellow brick road to the wonder-filled land of Oz!
This golden path will lead you to the charming Hi-Pointe Theatre where you may see THE WIZARD OF OZ as it was meant to be seen.
This cinematic treasure is a part of The Hi-Pointe’s 90th anniversary celebration.
Rarely seen in a real theatre, it’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss!
Admission is only $5.00. Show times are Tuesday, April 3rd, 1:30pm and Saturday April 14th, 10:30am.
I’ve heard there may even be a surprise visit from Dorothy, the Tin man, the Lion, and the Scarecrow.
Come and see!!
Hi-Pointe Theatre, 1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis MO 63117

It is now the time to get ready, set, and go! Spring soccer is now here.
WHEN: April 6 -May 25 Friday mornings
WHERE: Ferris Park Field, 500 New Ballwin Rd., Ballwin, MO 63021
COST: $5 per player for the season (8 weeks)
We will be playing from 9:00-10:00 for ages 13 and up
10:00-11:00 for ages 10 to 12
11:00-12:00 for ages 4 to 5 years
6 to 7 years
8 to 9 years
Some of you have already contacted me about volunteering this season; and I really appreciate the response. However, I am still looking for more help as a coach or assistant for the 10 to 12 year olds at 10:00, the 4 to 5 year olds at 11:00, 8 to 9 year olds at 11:00. If you can help in any way please let me know. Thanks to all of you have already responded.
Just as a reminder, we are representing not only our homeschool group, but also the character of Christ Jesus where ever we are. Please be attentive to your children as we are learning and enjoying the fellowship of each other. We will be at a public park, so there could be other children that are not of our group on the playground or nearby. We want to leave a good impression of who Christ is as we are enjoying our time together. I am looking forward to seeing you all on the 6th of April. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at  If you have not yet joined our yahoo group you may go to  I look forward to seeing you all at the fields.  Have a blessed day.

Bird Fosters Needed
Looking for a Challenging and Rewarding Spring Project?
The Wild Bird Rehabilitation of Overland, MO is inviting Home School families in the Greater St. Louis and St. Charles areas to participate in an innovative program, caring for orphaned and abandoned Starlings and Sparrows in the home.
Who we are
Wild Bird Rehabilitation is a non-profit, volunteer based organization dedicated to the care of ill, injured, and orphaned birds with the goal of releasing those birds back into the wild. We are the only organization in Eastern Missouri that specializes in small avian species. Wild Bird Rehabilitation must adhere to the rules and regulations set forth by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Missouri Department of Conservation, who issue our permits. (Only non-native birds may be cared for without permits).
We need your help
Every Spring, WBR cares for hundreds of abandoned, displaced and orphaned nestlings, including Starlings and Sparrows—an overwhelming responsibility for a small staff of volunteers! Wild Bird Rehabilitation is hoping to foster a partnership with the community by offering an extraordinary opportunity for children to connect with nature, learn responsibility, compassion and teamwork, all while earning a science credit.   WBR will be with you every step of the way answering questions, giving guidance and encouragement. We’ll even team you up with a “Buddy!” Training will be provided, and a pamphlet with helpful information will be included. We’re calling our program “Second Chances.” We look forward to hearing from you!
For more information, contact: Tracy Durrell, Volunteer Manager   314-973-5821
“Like”us on Facebook, Wild Bird Rehabilitation

Physical Fitness 101 – Ages 7 to 15
Physical fitness for homeschooled students and parents
This four-week class offers structured physical activities that will give children the building blocks for proper fitness development, and they will have fun doing it!  Activities are age-appropriate.  Parents may also sign up for a boot-camp style class and make getting physically fit a family affair.
Wednesdays, 1-2 pm, beginning April 11th at the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC)
Child only registration: $20 ($23 for non-members) / Parent and child registration: $30 ($34 for non-members)
For more information, conact Ty Joyce at 636-734-8122, or contact the RSC at 636-474-2REC to register.

2020 Parkway Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376       636-447-6900
The Five Stages of Pregnancy
Tuesday, April 10, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Join Dr. Angie Chaudoir and learn the real stages of pregnancy! You will discover:
Why you get morning sickness and how to fix it
How to prevent colic in newborns
Why you need extra Omega-3 for male babies
Jaundice–how did that happen?
And much more!
The cost is $15 per family; seating is limited, so call today to reserve your spot. For more information or to sign up, contact Dr. Angie at 636-629-8444, or visit
Coffeehouse Night
Friday, April 13, 6:00 P.M.
Join us for an evening of music, baked goods, and fellowship. Music will be provided by the Providence Fine Arts Center Jazz Band ( Sign up today!
Lego Build and Play
Friday, April 20, 2:00-4:00 P.M.
Have fun with friends and library Legos! This can be a wonderful time to visit with other parents while the children exercise their creative minds. No sign up needed–just come on in. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Beginning Machine Quilting Classes
Baby doll Quilt – For Kids and/or Adults
Friday, April 13th from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Tuesday, May 15th from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Learn machine quilting from start to finish with a cute Baby Doll Quilt.
During this 3-hour class, students will choose their fabrics, construct their quilt top, put together their quilt “sandwich”, machine quilt, and bind their baby doll quilt.
If you have ever wanted to learn machine quilting, this is a great way to learn without a big commitment!  Supplies and equipment all provided.  If you have a sewing machine you can bring to work on, it is appreciated! If not, that’s ok too!
The cost is $30 per person, with a 10% discount for two or more people.
Students will each leave with a doll quilt they completed, a mini pillow and pillowcase.  Snack will also be provided. The classes are in Ballwin – Sulpher Springs/Big Bend Road area.
Quilt Block Sampler Table Topper  (or Wall Hanging)  – For older teens and/or adults
Friday, April 27th from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Friday, May 11th from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Thursday, May 24th, from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Learn machine quilting from start to finish with Block Sampler Table Topper/Wall Hanging.  During this 3-hour class, students will choose their fabrics, construct their quilt top, put together their quilt “sandwich”, machine quilt, and bind their quilt.
If you have ever wanted to learn machine quilting, this is a great way to learn without a big commitment! The techniques you learn making this project are the same as you would on a quilt – just a smaller scale.
Supplies and equipment all provided.  If you have a sewing machine you can bring to work on, it is appreciated!
The cost is $35 per person, with a 10% discount for two or more people sign up together.  Snack will also be provided. The classes are in Ballwin – Sulpher Springs/Big Bend Road area.
For more information or to register, please contact Krista Robbins at 636-527-7896 or by e-mail at
If you have 2 or more people interested and would like to schedule another date, please contact me!
Private lessons also available, including t-shirt quilts.  For more information, please contact me for more information.

Broadway on the Driveway
CASTING FOR: 18 Male Roles, 11 Female Roles, Singing and Dancing Ensemble
AGES 7-11:
April 13th: 12PM – 6PM
Pillar Foundation: 15820 Clayton Rd.
AGES 12-25ish:
April 14th: 8AM – 12PM
Pillar Foundation: 15820 Clayton Rd.
April 14th: 1PM
Pillar Foundation: 15820 Clayton Rd.
For Details: CLICK HERE
How to Audition for a Musical Workshop: CLICK HERE
Now accepting applications for:
Running Crew
Wardrobe Assistants
Sewing Team
Rehearsal Assistants
Tech Assistants
Set Building Team
For Details: CLICK HERE

Spring Indian Market Days
April 13 – 15
Cahokia Mounds Museum Society, 30 Ramey Street, Collinsville, IL 62234
Indian artists and vendors display and sell crafts, artwork, clothing, jewelry, etc.  This year we have 25 artists, 7 are new to our event.   Many of the Artists accept special requests and produce one of a kind pieces. The Market will be held inside the Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center; Friday 12 – 5, Saturday 9 – 5, Sunday 9 – 4:00 pm.

This colorful and energetic production of Godspell is a collaborative performance featuring DaySpring’s Musical Theatre and Circus Arts students.  The cast will sing, dance, act, tumble, balance and juggle their way through this musical story based on the biblical account of Matthew.
Friday, April 13th at 7:00pm
Saturday, April 14th at 3:00pm
DeSmet High School Theatre, 233 North New Ballas Road, St. Louis, MO 63141
Tickets available from a performer, the DaySpring office, or at the door
$7 children (12 & under), $10 adults, $13 reserved
Originally Adapted and Produced for the New York Stage by Edgar Lansbury, Stuart Duncan, Joseph Beruh
Originally Conceived and Directed by John-Michael Tebelak
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
GODSPELL JUNIOR is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 541-4684 Fax: (212) 397-4684

Hi Homeschoolers!
Just a reminder,
From April 1st to April 20 you may register at the cost of $35.00 per person.
Remember NO late registration forms will be accepted and no walk-ins are allowed.
You must sign up on time to attend.
Pat Zink
The prom info is available on the SHARE website:

SONS OF GEORGIA – from Laura Kostial
This is a “professional” quality movie produced by a local homeschooler, Samuel Saffa, along with several other homeschool families from across the country.  Samuel is also one of the main characters.
Children of Light Productions would like to cordially invite  you to the Premiere showing of Sons of Georgia.
This film, under the directorship of Stephen Littmann, depicts Sherman’s epic March to the Sea, as seen through the eyes of Georgia citizens.
The Premiere will be held at the Historic Hi-Pointe Theatre in Clayton, Missouri.
Date: April 21st 2012
Time: 10:30 A.M.
Location: 1005 McCausland Ave.
We would love for you to experience this debut with us!
This thought provoking film will launch the career of Stephen Littmann while featuring the talents of Samuel Saffa, Addison Brown, Abriana Price, Ezra Proch, Evan Petzoldt, Gracie Lee Saffa, Darrel and Terri Mays and many more!
For your official invitation please see this link:
Tickets will be $5 at the door with a cap of $25 per family. To enhance your full “Theatre Experience” the concessions will be open for popcorn and soda.
We will be selling the “Sons of Georgia DVD for a special premiere price of $12.99. This would be a perfect time to pick up your copy!
We look forward to spending the morning with you!!!
God Bless,
The Sons of Georgia Crew
For more info and the official trailer please see:
In anticipation of high support, please plan on arriving 15-20 minutes prior to ShowTime to allow for parking and a short walk to the theatre. Parking is available in the “now closed” fast food restaurant south of the theatre on McCausland. Also there is parking on the streets … Clayton Ave., Hi-Pointe Place, and Ethel Ave.
The first parking lot south of the Hi-Pointe and the Lindell Bank parking lot (large white building) across from the theatre are un-available on Saturday morning.
There is a nice sized parking lot directly behind the theatre, (Note: It has a large “Parking will be towed” sign, but the Hi-Pointe owner says he now has permission to use this lot.)

We are gathering teens to form a Teen Novel writing club for the coming academic school year using the One Year Adventure Novel curriculum.
We have 4 families (6 teens total) already committed with kits purchased and would love to have more if there are other teens interested it. The age group is 13-19 (high school, basically) as per the curriculum instructs, plus they need to be at least 13 (strictly) due to the fact that they may be meeting at times at Starbucks or something similar in a “drop-off” scenario so no one younger, please, as all parents may not always be there to supervise. They need to be old enough to work independently during these types of meetings. But most of the meetings, held weekly, will be over Skype done remotely so the location you are in is not critical that you are close by. The live meetings will be fewer and as we are able to get them scheduled in everyone’s calendar.
At Expo, we were able to secure $30 off the price, but that deal has passed. However Homeschool Buyers Coop has nearly the same deal going on right now $20 off plus 500 smart points (with which can get you a nice little freebie from their rewards list).
If you have any questions about the novel club, please reply to me directly or post to the group and I can answer what we know so far, but as it hasn’t begun yet, it’s not fully formed yet and still being planned. We were able to get approval to buy the co-op teacher’s book even though we opted not to secure the co-op license. We chose personal licenses so that subsequent children can use the curriculum in later years for a MUCH smaller fee ($25) vs. the full 1-yr license. Plus the personal license allows your student to repeat the course as many times as he or she wishes during their high school years on one license. The small increase in price for the personal license over the co-op price made choosing this route a no-brainer.
It’s always easier to take on a large, and sometimes daunting project with help and encouragement from friends, so if you’d like to join us, please consider it! Contact me or Sarah Catlender at for more info, or to join the Teen Novel Club. The families involved are not just from the St. Charles area. We have 1 family from O’fallon, 1 from Wentzville, 1 from up in Foley, and 1 from all the way over in Collinsville, IL. So you can see proximity isn’t a deterrent as our meetings will be predominantly remote.
Thanks for your time.
Teri Eddy
Secular Homeschool Society

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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