Events List for April 26, 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the coming changes.

STEM Robotics Learning Opportunities
Smart Kids Robotics is a fun, innovative opportunity for kids of all ages.  Smart Kids Robotics uses robotics in a high-tech, hands-on learning facility to excite kids about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The goal at Smart Kids Robotics is to encourage adaptive expertise by inspiring kids to confidently pursue their ideas, collaborate and realize their accomplishments (and have lots of fun with robotics!)

Investing in the Next Generation
Are we STEM Ready?
Friday, April 27, 2012; 2pm – 3:30pm
Ferrara Theatre, America’s Center, St. Louis, MO
In conjunction with the 2012 FIRST® CHAMPIONSHIP
Al Wiman, Saint Louis Science Center
2pm Leaders Forum, 3:30pm Pit Tours
Bert Vescolani, President and Chief Executive Officer Saint Louis Science Center
LT General Robert R. Allardice, Vice Commander, Air Mobility Command Scott Air Force Base
Christopher “Kit” Bond, Former United States Senator, Missouri Chairman & Partner Kit Bond Strategies
William A. Peck, M.D., Director, Center for Health Policy Washington University in St. Louis
Dr. Phyllis Wise, Chancellor University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Following the Forum, please join us for special tours to meet the innovators of the future:
FIRST® Robotics Competition, FIRST® Tech Challenge, FIRST® LEGO® League and Jr. FIRST® LEGO® League teams from around the globe.
Closed toe shoes are required to enter the pit area.
Safety glasses will be provided.
RSVP to : Or Call (314) 289-4402

FREE WWII reenactment April 28th and 29th at Jefferson Barracks
The 2nd Rangers will hold their annual WWII reenactment this weekend at Jefferson Barracks Park. Admission is free — just bring your own lawn chair!
There are two battles on Saturday (one at 10:00 AM and one at 3:00 PM), a dance Saturday night, and a battle on Sunday at 12:00 PM. In addition, there is an encampment you can walk through, with tents, authentic vehicles, etc.
This event has been going on at JB for over 30 years (almost always the last weekend in April) — we’ve taken our sons for the last 6 years (or more!), and it’s on our annual list of “not-to-be-missed” events. The battle reenactments will leave you feeling very patriotic and with a sense of the high cost of securing our freedom.
For more info, check out the 2nd Rangers website:
For photos of past weekends:

ACT & SAT Workshops
Bob Johnson Tutoring is conducting two ACT Workshops.  One will be in O’Fallon, MO on Saturdays, May 19 and June 2, and the other will be in Kirkwood on Saturdays, May 12 and 26.  All participants will take home five complete ACTs with answer keys and explanations.
Also, openings remain for the SAT Workshop taking place in Kirkwood on Saturday, April 28.
More information–including times, directions, cost, reviews from past workshop participants, and registration instructions–can be found at
If you have any questions, feel free to call Bob at 314-646-9548, or you can e-mail him at
Bob and his wife, Jill, homeschool their two children.

Announcing the Hi-Pointe Theatre’s classic choice for May: film noir masterpiece DOUBLE INDEMNITY.
The first Tuesday of May comes early so plan now to join us May 1st at 1:30pm or if Saturday is better for you mark May 12th at 10:30am on the calendar.
This title may be less familiar, but you won’t be disappointed.  Eddy G is outstanding and, of course, no one can resist Barbara Stanwyck…not even Fred MacMurray…and therein lies the tale.
Tickets are only $5 each and even better ask about Brian’s great discount pass card.
Come be a part of the 90th Anniversary excitement as
Film of the night comes to the daytime at the Hi-Pointe Theatre, 1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis MO 63117

Academy of Science – St. Louis Science Fair
Tue, May 1 – Sat, May 5, 2012
Greensfelder Recreation Complex @ Queeny Park, 550 Weidman Road, St. Louis, MO 63011
For more than 60 years, the Science Fair has been an amazing science catalyst for students in kindergarten through high school. Under the leadership of the Academy, hundreds of educators, scientists and science advocates work year-round to bring science inquiry to life for more than 55,000 students in the St. Louis area participating each year in the Science Fair. School districts select their top student projects and submit them to the Academy of Science – St. Louis Science Fair, held at Queeny Park.
In 2011, more than 1,700 top projects, representing 250 public, private and home schools, were on display and eligible for further awards.
High school students with honors-level projects further compete for scholarship awards and represent the St. Louis area at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
THE ACADEMY OF SCIENCE – ST. LOUIS SCIENCE FAIR is a SCIENCE INQUIRY INITIATIVE of the Academy of Science – St. Louis underwritten through the generous contributions of The Monsanto Fund and MEMC.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012; Anytime between 10:00 am until 8:30 pm
>>Judges need only stay about an hour (to judge 10 projects); but you can stay longer if you want to!
Queeny Park, Greensfelder Recreation Complex, 550 Weidman Road, Ballwin, Missouri 63011
Map located at
The Academy of Science – St. Louis is seeking volunteers interested in evaluating Elementary (Grades K-5) and Secondary level (Grades 6 – 12) student science projects entered in the Academy of Science – St. Louis Science Fair.
Guidelines and judging rubrics provided.
PRE-REGISTRATION PREFFERED, but walk-in judges are welcome.
Email questions to or call 314-533-8291.
Judges may be anyone with an interest in science and inquiry-based student learning. Service groups, Honors students (grading elementary projects), parents, retired teachers and other professionals, pre-service teachers, and all science and engineering professionals are welcome and encouraged to volunteer.
It’s easy!  Guidelines & judging rubrics provided!
It’s fun!  Join your friends & make new friends while judging about 10 projects
Win valuable prizes!  Free raffles during judging!
Free Snacks! Provided throughout the day!
Free Dinner! Buffet supper for judges provided from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm!
…and judging only takes about an hour of your time. Of course you can stay longer if you want to! Help us reach our goal of every project to be judged 3 times for a nice average for each student!
Behavioral and Social Science
Computer Science
Earth and Space
Environmental Science
Medicine and Health
Students with award-winning projects receive college scholarships, special awards, 1st, 2nd or 3rd place ribbons.

Cub Scout Pack 387
Try out scouts night
Thursday, May 3rd; 7:00 – 8:30pm
St. Johns UCC Church (332 Old Sulphur Spring Rd.63021)
Cub Pack 387 in Manchester is a Christian, family-based cub scout pack including almost 90% homeschooled boys.  Boys in grades 1 through 5 are eligible for cub scouts.  Boys ages 11-17 are eligible for boy scouts and Troop 387 meets at the same location on the same night.
Our May 3rd meeting will be a “try out scouts” night.  Interested families are invited to come to our pack meeting and see first-hand what a pack meeting looks like.  You will have the opportunity to participate in the pack meeting, meet the den families, and observe our final awards presentation of the school year.  There will be time for questions and answers and applications for membership will be available.
Our pack usually meets 2 Thursdays per month September through May, and provides 1 pack activity (which the entire family is invited to attend) each month year round.
Please contact us with any questions about scouts.
Gwen Amiri, Pack Trainer   314.348.3980
Neil Amiri, Cubmaster   314.267.7389

Randy Mayfield and the All Star Band in Concert
Friday, May 4, 7 to 9 p.m.
Chesterfield Amphitheater, Chesterfield, MO
On Friday, May 4, St. Louis’ own Randy Mayfield will be in concert, singing a variety of musical styles from classical to contemporary Christian. He will be joined by several area musicians.
All are welcome and the concert is free.
During the past year Randy has performed with symphony orchestras in Iraq, Russia, England and Hungary as well as singing many times here in the U.S. The May 4 concert will feature music for the whole family and will be a time of fun, fellowship and uplifting music!
The concert will be held at the outdoor Chesterfield Amphitheater, right behind the Chesterfield YMCA at 690 Chesterfield Parkway. There is plenty of parking around the amphitheater as well as at the YMCA.
For more information on Randy, check out

The Sound of Music
Presented by DaySpring School of the Arts
May 4 and 5 at 7:00pm
DeSmet Theatre, 233 North New Ballas Road, St. Louis, MO 63141
Tickets available from the DaySpring office, a performer, or at the door
$7 children (12 and under), $10 adults, $13 reserved seating
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Tony-Award winning musical The Sound of Music is based on the true story of the Von Trapp Family Singers in the late 1930s. This classic tale of music, love, and family has enchanted audiences for over 50 years!  Performed by DaySpring’s 12-18 year old Musical Theatre class including the title song “The Sound of Music”, “Edelweiss”, “My Favorite Things”, “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” and “Do-Re-Mi”.

Scholastic Book Customer Appreciation Warehouse Sales
Warehouse Sales are exclusively for school employees, school district personnel, homeschoolers, and Book Fair chairpeople and volunteers.
2089 Corporate 44 Drive, Fenton, MO 63026
May 04 – May 17
Weekdays (May 4-17): 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturdays (May 5 & 12): 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Closed Sundays
To register visit
Stegton Regency Banquet Center, 1450 Wall Street, Saint Charles, MO 63303
May 07 – May 09
Monday (May 7): 1 p.m.-8 p.m.
Tuesday (May 8): 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Wednesday (May 9): 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
To register visit

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
The St. Louis County Health Department will hold two household hazardous waste collection events for county residents. Both events will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The first event is May 5 at St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley; the second event is June 16 at South County Center.
ACCEPTABLE MATERIALS: Paints, stains, varnishes, pesticides, herbicides, poisons, gasoline and other fuels, solvents and strippers, aerosols, motor oil and filters, gas cylinders (BBQ pit size or smaller), fluorescent tubes, rechargeable batteries, antifreeze, brake and transmission fluid, pool chemicals and other acids and bases, car batteries, wood preservatives, driveway sealant, and items containing mercury (such as thermometers, thermostats, and mercuric salts).
UNACCEPTABLE ITEMS: Explosives and ammunition, radioactive waste, smoke detectors, medical waste, household trash, tires, electronics and other bulky items.
Visit for additional details, including maps to the collection sites.

Registration for the 2012-2013 school year opens on Monday, May 7th at 9am.
Visit The Pillar Foundation (15820 Clayton Rd.) or call (636-386-7722) Monday-Thursday, 9am-5pm to register.
Courses being offered and descriptions can be viewed at

The Family Vision Library Summer Courses

Introduction to Residential Electricity

Wednesdays May 30 – July 11  (no class July 4th)     10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
This DVD series provides an entertaining and practical introduction to the world of residential electricity.  Students will learn about fuses, breakers, voltage, amperage, conductors, insulators, transformers, kilowatt hours and much more!
This class is for students 8 and up.  There are quizzes and a final test.
Class fee is $7.00 per student for the workbook.
There will be one hands-on class where we will set up a complete wiring circuit for a light switch.


Tuesdays June 5- August 7  (no class June 19, July 2 and July 17)   10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
The Family Vision is pleased to announce EntrepreLaunch, a new program designed to help young men and women develop the entrepreneurial spirit and skills. We desire to help train and launch young entrepreneurs into the business world.
EntrepreLaunch is for young people ages 15 and up, who want to learn entrepreneurial business skills. Participants should have a business idea which they would like to develop (this is recommended for getting the most out of the instruction, but is not required).
EntrepreLaunch will contain seven two-hour training sessions, each covering a basic area of business development.  The sessions will cover the following:  How to Write a Business Plan; Introduction to Bookkeeping; Government Requirements; Business Ethics and Character; Communications in Business; Sales Tips and Techniques; Skills and Methods of Marketing. These sessions will feature professionals and entrepreneurs, who will teach participants how to navigate the process of starting and running a business.
The cost for all seven sessions is $70 per student. Call today to sign up!

Young Adult Resume Writing and Interview Skills

Thursday June 14 and Thursday July 12    10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
You may be young but you can begin to build your resume now.  This 2 hour course will give you an introduction to the importance of building your resume.  We will also cover practical interview skills and communications that will give you confidence when you get that first interview.
This course is for students 14 and up.

Introduction to Residential Plumbing

Wednesdays July 18 – August 29     10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
This DVD series provides an entertaining and practical introduction to the world of residential plumbing.  Students will learn about Water Pressure PSI, different schedules of PVC pipe and their applications, valves and fittings, identification and labeling of the parts of a toilet and of a valve and much more!
This class is for students 8 and up.  There are quizzes and a final test.
Class fee is $7.00 per student for the workbook.
There will be one hands-on class where we will have a plumbing demonstration and solder joints.
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO  63376
Faithfully Equipping Generations

New Girls Volleyball Homeschool Team
The Panthers: A Competitive Volleyball Team for Christian Homeschool Girls…
Summer Volleyball Clinic & Try-Outs
Date:  June 6, 7, & 8
Time:  Noon – 3:00 PM
Place:  Willott Road Community Church – (Gym is in the Back)
Cost:  $30.00
Grades: 7th – 12th
If you are interested in attending our clinic or trying-out for the team, Please send an email to:
Our Clinic and Team will have a great time, while making new friends and working to build valuable team-work skills.  If you are interested in playing for the Panthers, you must attend the clinic in June.  The season will start in August, and end at the end of October.
Learn more about us at:

Animeggroll (homeschool family owned business) is open at our new location. The new place is located across the street from the mall in Crestview Plaza by Aldi’s, Red Cross and Zen Restaurant, at 9254 Watson Road.

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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