Homeschool Events List for April 7, 2012

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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the coming changes.

Brunswick Zone Lakeside, 1254 Dougherty Ferry Road, Valley Park, MO 63088
Please join us for bowling at Lakeside Lanes on Wednesdays at 1:00 if you are available.  $5 includes 3 games and shoes.  We will just be bowling for fun, no coach, or assigned teams. This event will be continuing through the summer.

April 11, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22 7:15 PM
Saturday Matinee on April 21 • 2:00 PM
This April, St. Louis Family Church presents Godspell, a powerful musical based on the Gospel of Matthew. Right now it’s back on Broadway, but you and your family can experience it right here in St. Louis. All performances of Godspell are free, and tickets are not required (an offering will be received). Doors open one hour before performances and there is no reserved seating. Childcare will be available for birth to eleven years.

The Meramec campus of St. Louis Community College is host an Engineering, Mathematics and Science Night at 6pm on April 12.
Students and their parents can learn more about attending the community college and transferring to Missouri University of Science and Technology.  This program is hosted in partnership with Missouri S&T.
Another website for those interested:

You and Yours Are Invited to Join the Teen Eagles’ Spring Picnic!
Saturday, April 14 ~ 4:00 pm till dusk
The Pillar Foundation (On the grassy knoll around back) 15820 Clayton Rd., Ellisville, Mo. 63011
Who is invited: Students aged 13 – 19 and their families
Including Teen Eagles’ families AND others interested in knowing more about Teen Eagles
– Have you ever wondered what Teen Eagles is all about?
– Are you a conservative Christian concerned with the direction of our country?
– Are you interested in developing leadership skills?
– Do you want to know how you can make a difference?
Please bring:
– A side dish to share
(Hamburgers/Hotdogs provided by Teen Eagles)
– Lawn chairs
R.S.V.P. Tim Jones at by Tuesday, April 10. Include student’s name, age, and number (including family) attending.

The Coming War with Robots: A Historical Perspective
— a Lawrence A. Morgan lecture, experts panel and book signing
Tue, Apr 17; 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Lee Auditorium @ Missouri History Museum
Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park, St. Louis, MO 63112
FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students, teachers, adults and the general public welcome to attend. Registration not required.
Keynote Speaker: Minsoo Kang, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, University of Missouri – St. Louis, and author, Sublime Dreams of Living Machines
Kang and Experts Panel discussion on the future of robotics follows the Keynote.
Copies of Sublime Dreams of Living Machines available for purchase and signing by the author in the Missouri History Museum Shop following the presentation.
THE COMING WAR WITH ROBOTS is a PERSPECTIVES ON SCIENCE and HISTORY SERIES PRESENTATION of the Academy of Science – St. Louis, the Missouri History Museum and the Thomas Jefferson School. SERIES INFO AT

Colonial History Day for Homeschoolers
We are so excited to invite you to our second Colonial History Day for Homeschoolers on Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 10AM-4PM. We will hold the event rain, snow, or sunshine but if it is cold and wet we will substitute some indoor activities for a few of the outdoor ones.
We hope you will let us know you are coming in advance. There is a registration form on the website: You can also call 573-883-3105 or email to tell us you plan to attend. It costs $35/family with a discount when a family registers as part of a “group” of at least five families (i.e. $25/family in group of five families or more). There are per person prices as well on the registration form which may be cost effective for very small families.
Please help us connect with your homeschooling friends by forwarding this invitation to them. Thanks so much. We love serving homeschoolers here at the Bolduc House Museum.
Lesley Barker, Director
Bolduc House Museum, 125 South Main Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670

2012 JA Finance Park Homeschool Visit Day
Junior Achievement Finance Park Homeschool Visit Day is May 15th, 2012 from 9:30 to 1:30.
Register online here
At A.G. Edwards JA Finance Park we incorporate real-world learning, technology, and critical thinking skills as students learn what it takes to balance a budget and make choices in a simulated economy.
JA Finance Park offers students a cross-curricular, experiential education in personal finance and career exploration through classroom instruction and active participation in a simulated community.
Students receive a four-week, in-class personal finance curriculum that concentrates on spending (credit vs. debit, checking), saving and investing, taxes and salary, budgeting, and careers which culminates in a visit to our amazing facility.
The students receive a workbook to keep that contains all of the worksheets and resources.
During their visit to A.G. Edwards JA Finance Park, students create a monthly budget based on an assigned personal income and family scenario.
The A.G. Edwards JA Finance Park facility is divided into more than a dozen businesses that represent budget categories such as housing, transportation, health care, and more
At the conclusion of the day, students pay their bills and adjust spending to balance their budgets.
The goals of JA Finance Park are to:
Help students think creatively, analyze tasks, and solve problems
Encourage students to develop and demonstrate personal responsibility for learning and self-management
Actively involve the business community and parents in helping students attain their goals
Communicate and work with schools to promote the highest level of student achievement
Help students develop and follow a monthly budget
Questions: Contact Cheryl Bohlen,, JA Finance Park Manager.

St Louis Parks & Rec Events

Explore the National Park Service in Your Own Backyard at Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site’s Junior Ranger Day
Explore the many facets of the National Park Service on Saturday, April 21, 2012, as Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site celebrates National Junior Ranger Day. Junior Ranger Day activities will introduce children ages 5 through 14 to Civil War soldiers’ experiences based on four different National Park Service sites: Fort Donelson National Battlefield in Tennessee, Shiloh National Military Park in Tennessee, Pea Ridge National Military Park in Arkansas, and Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site in St. Louis. Children who want to be Junior Rangers can enlist as a Civil War soldier, make Civil War crafts, draw maps, write letters using dip pens, and explore what makes national parks special.
As a special bonus, the Missouri State Museum’s Cannon Crew will be on site with their air-powered cannon.  Junior Rangers and their families will get to experience what it would be like to be part of a Civil War cannon crew – complete with firing the cannon.
Activities will start every 20 minutes beginning at 10 a.m., with the last group starting at 2 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The program is free, but groups of 10 or more are asked to make reservations by calling 314-842-1867 x230. Children who complete the day’s activities will receive special Junior Ranger Day patches and certificates in addition to a Ulysses S. Grant Junior Ranger badge.
Junior Ranger Day is one of an ongoing series of special activities at this unit of the National Park Service, also known as White Haven. Ulysses S. Grant NHS is located at 7400 Grant Road in south St. Louis County. The park is open for regular visitation from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
If you would like more information or a digital version of the flier for this event, please let me know.
Arlene Jackson, Chief of Interpretation
Ulysses S Grant National Historic Site
(314) 842-1867 Ext 223

Pat Zink is out of town caring for her father who is ill.  She asked me to send out an email to let everyone know that Prom Confirmations/Invitations will be delayed this year because the company lost our order!  She has re-ordered and expects to have them mailed out in a few weeks.  If you do not get your Prom Confirmation/Invitation by April 21, please contact Pat Zink at
Also, don’t forget that you can still register for the SHARE Prom up until April 20.  Forms can be found on the SHARE website at:      Or go to   and click on “SHARE Events- Open to all”  or “Youth Events – Open to all”.

Greater St. Louis Book Fair
April 26th – 29th, 2012
Macy’s at West County Center, 80 West County Center, St. Louis MO 63131
Lower Level of Macy’s East Parking Garage
Admission opening night is only $10. Admission all other days is free.
For full schedule and additional information visit:

St. Louis Christian Patriette Lights Girls Volleyball Team Workshops
Are you just not sure if you even like volleyball?
Do you have a weak area?
Would you like to improve your Overhand Serve before Tryouts?
Do you just LOVE TO HIT and can’t get enough of it?
Are you good at Defense but want to get better?
Do you often say that you’re not a setter but secretly wish you were???????
Choose the Workshops that work for you!
Hitting Workshop   April 27     2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Serving Workshop    May 11      3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Defense Workshop     May 18     2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Setting Workshop     June 1     2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Hitting Workshop      June 8      2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Only $10 Each
To Hold Your Spot,  please mail application and check to:
Patty Yager      2 Clydesdale Ct.,    St. Charles, MO     63304
(314) 566-3667
Workshops will take place at the Renaud Spirit Center in O’Fallon, MO, Hwy K

I have posted some new classes up on my website –
For those of you in my current “Intro to Guitar” class, or for anyone that has had some guitar experience, Guitar 1 will start the week after the current class ends (Thursday, May 3rd at 7:00pm). I have another evening class which will start on Tuesday, May 1st at 6:00pm and go for 8 weeks. This class is called “Women to Women Guitar 1” and will be for women and girls (age 12 and older).  Both of these classes are also offered in the morning, as an option for anybody that can do a daytime class at that point.
For the summer, I have several daytime classes that I am offering that meet twice weekly.  There is an “Intro to Guitar” class, a “Guitar 1” class, a “Woman to Woman Guitar 2” class and a “Guitar for Teens”.  These will start after school is out.  All classes are $150.00 per class (8 one-hour classes), and tuition is due at the beginning of the class.
If you are interested in a class, let me know.  I have to have at least 3 students to run a class.  If there is one that you are interested in but is not offered at a time that is good for you, let me know and I can see what I can do.  I can give a discount of 10% if you refer a friend.
Of course, private lessons will continue as well!
Thanks – Robin

Classical Conversations
Foundations Open House
Come observe and participate in a full day of Foundations (grammar school level). The day will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will conclude at 1:00 p.m. Bring a sack lunch for you and your children. Reservations are required.
Friday, May 4, 2012
Location: West County Assembly of God, 13431 N. Outer 40 Rd.
If you would like to attend, please fill out the form at this link:
Information Meetings
Each campus director hosts informal, monthly information meetings throughout the spring and summer. These meetings cover a basic explanation of classical education, an overview of Classical Conversations, and the exact campus details on tuition, supplies, community guidelines, etc. This is a perfect time to have all your questions about the program answered. Attending an information meeting is vital if you would like to join a community.
Sign up with your local area director.
Greater St. Louis Area Classical Conversations Foundations/Essentials Directors
Maplewood – Tuesdays, Crossroads Pres Church, Debbie Rehmer –
South City/County – Mondays, Bayless Baptist Church, Vicki Jensen –
Eureka – Tuesdays, Heritage Presbyterian Church, Melanie Carter –
Chesterfield – Mondays, West County Assembly of God, Colleen Grunwald –
Lake St. Louis – Thursdays, Chapel of the Lake, Kim McKnight –
O’Fallon, MO – Thursdays, Andrea Bond –
Fairview Heights, IL – Mondays, Edgemont Bible Church, Renee Pitts –

Town & Country Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert
Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 2:30 pm
No Charge for Admission!!!
Featuring Kirby Anne Kay, Violin, performing Vivaldi’s “Spring” from Four Seasons.
Also presenting Brahms’ Symphony #2.
The Principia, Ridgway Auditorium, 13201 Clayton Road, 63131
(East of Mason Road and west of Ballas Road)

We have been given the opportunity by a leader at Kamp Kanakuk in Branson Missouri to register as a group for the first term of their Family Kamp to be held next year from June 1st -June 8th, 2013. If we are able to sign up 10 families Kamp Kanakuk will give us a 20% discount. (which for our family of 4 will save us $600) There will be room for up to 40 families though if many are interested.
K-Kaua’i Family Kamp is a 5 star rated resort! The cost will include lodging, all meals and planned activities by their exceptional staff. We will be extending this to homeschool families first and then if there is still room in April we will open it up to other Christian families who we all know. Kamp Kanakuk has a very good reputation and is highly recommended by Michael W. Smith, Chuck Swindoll and Gary Smalley. Doug Goodwin, who I am working with to make this happen said the Kamp is an unbelievable experience!
I am excited that this could be a reality because it will be such a wonderful opportunity for us to connect with our own families and with each other. We will be keeping a list of families who are interested and then 2 weeks before the regular registration opens on June 1st, 2012 Mr. Goodwin is giving us the opportunity to pre-register. So somewhere around Mid-May of this year our pre-registration will open. The only thing required financially at registration will be $200 per adult in the family. The rest of the Kamp can be paid off anytime between mid May 2012 and March 31st, 2013. See pricing below. There will be a cost of living increase for 2013 that will add a bit to the prices below so I asked them how much and they guaranteed me that it will not exceed 3% for our group. So our prices will be $860 (per adult) – $644 (per child 7-18) – $428 (per child 3-6) – Kids (0-2) free instead of what you see below. These prices are before the 20% discount so remember to take that off your total! I have also included a link to K-Kaua’i at the bottom of the page.
After looking through this info and praying about this, if you know your family would be interested please email me at so I can add you to the list. Then I will be in touch the week of May 7th to give everyone instructions on how to officially register their family.
Morning Activities for Kids while Parents do Activities Together
Koconut Kids
Infant care, toddler, and preschool program. Your child will be supervised and entertained by loving, trained K-Kauai staff as they provide age appropriate activities, Bible stories, teaching, and singing. We desire to model Christ’s love to our campers, big and small! (Newborns: Some restrictions apply.)
Riptide and Breakers
High-energy programs for youth ages 7-18. There’s no shortage of fun and adventure for the kids! “Surf’s up” for the youth with adventure, sports, games, and activities that never end. Worship and Bible study are also part of the fun. Kamp activities include: archery, canoeing, crafts, hiking, sports, ziplines, swimming, and much more! All these activities are led by our college age staff who can’t wait to show your kids a great time!
Low Tide
Morning program for parents with daily seminars, breakout sessions and fun activities led by nationally-known experts in marriage, family, and Christian living.
Afternoon Family Fun Activities Together
Here are just a few of our activities available for afternoon Family Fun:
Family Excursions*, Frisbee Golf, Canoeing, Zipline, High Elements and Ropes Course, Dogwood Canyon Hiking, Fishing, Biking, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, and Wildlife Tram Tours*, Island Putt-Putt, Sunset Cove Water Park complete with a lazy river, Jolly Oyster Arts and Crafts*, Discounted Tickets and Local Attractions*, Shopping at Branson Landing, (*Additional fees may apply)
Available On-Site You’ll Find
Bamboo Bean Speciality Coffee Shop, Muscle Beach Workout Facility, Tide Pool I and II (Laundry Facility), Hana Bay Themed Pool & Slide, Playground, Putt Putt Golf Course, Indoor/Outdoor Gymnasiums, Water Park with Lazy River and Slides, Child Care and Children’s Programs, Family Style Dining in our Themed Dining Hall, Computer Lab, Game Room
I have included this link below so you can go to their website yourself and check out photos, a video, a list of frequently asked questions etc.
God Bless,
Steve and Sandra McCollom

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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