Events List for May 3, 2012

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Saturday, May 5, 2012, 2:00 pm
“The Old Stories Still Speak To Us”
Cahokia Mounds, 30 Ramey Street, Collinsville, IL 62234
Dovie Thomason will present stories from her Kiowa Apache and Lakota relatives. The lessons and beliefs of our indigenous/Native peoples show us ancient cultures through traditional teaching stories. Sponsored by the University of Missouri St. Louis and the 32nd Annual St. Louis Storytelling Festival. This event will be held in the Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center.

Town & Country Symphony Orchestra
Season Finale
Partnering with the St. Charles County Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 2:30 pm
No Charge for Admission!!!
The Principia, Ridgway Auditorium, 13201 Clayton Road, 63131
The Town & Country Symphony Orchestra enjoys serving the St. Louis area through its free musical concerts. The Orchestra performs in a variety of community locations including area universities and schools, churches, plazas and malls, retirement centers and parks. The Orchestra also performs in a variety of musical styles — classical, pops, Christmas pops, operettas, and oratorios. Music Director and Conductor: David Lowell Peek.

Twilight Tuesdays
May 8th – June 12th; 6:00pm; Admission free
Missouri History Museum Front Lawn, Lindell & DeBaliviere in Forest Park
Our popular outdoor concert series returns with a spectacular spring line-up! Grab your blankets and lawn chairs, pack your picnic basket and come hear some terrific music under a beautiful Forest Park sunset.  In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be rescheduled to a later date. After 3pm, call the Twilight Tuesdays Information Hotline at (800) 916-8212 or listen to the Clear Channel stations for details.
Food and drink are available from Bixby’s.
On concert evenings, space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tables sized 36″x36″ or smaller, blankets, and chairs are allowed on the Museum’s lawn.
Make-and-take activities for children are offered beginning at 5:30pm through the end of intermission.

Missouri State Parks is teaming up with The North Face’s Explore Your Parks Program this summer to teach families how to have an enjoyable and safe camping experience in its Learn2 Camp program.  Some families may want to go camping but are uncertain as to how to do it and what equipment is needed. The new Learn2 Camp Program answers all those questions with camping experts who will lend a hand with every aspect of the adventure.
Forty families will have the opportunity to participate in the program, which will be held at five different Missouri state parks during June. Workshops will be held at the following locations:
-June 2  — Watkins Woolen Mill State Park, Lawson
-June 9 – Sam A. Baker State Park, Patterson
-June 16 – Stockton State Park, Stockton
-June 23 – Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park, Wildwood
-June 30 – Thousand Hills State Park, Kirksville
Tell your friends and family members to go to and tell us why they want to learn to camp. Application deadline is 5 p.m. May 11 and the winners will be notified by Tuesday, May 15.

Kids Day At Cahokia Mounds
Sunday, May 20, 2012; 11 am – 4pm
Cahokia Mounds, 30 Ramey Street, Collinsville, IL 62234
Free Activities: Flintknapping Arrowheads, Making Pinch Pots, Throwing Spears with an Atlatl,  Face Painting,
Grinding Corn, Playing Indian Games,  Making Bone Tools, Storytelling by Marilyn Kinsella
Kahok Dancers at 2:00 & 4:00 pm,
plus Food and Drink Booths Available
Make Your Own T-Shirt (for a small fee)
For more information: 618-346-5160

Nature Culture Hike
Cahokia Mounds, 30 Ramey Street, Collinsville, IL 62234
Join an archaeologist and a naturalist for a three-mile Nature/Culture Hike, on Saturday, May 26 from 9:30am to 1:00pm.  This free hike will lead you through several ecozones, explaining how the Indians used the plants for food, medicine, dyes and other purposes.  Information will also be given on mounds and other site features, as well as what excavations have revealed.  Participants should come dressed for the weather, bring water and insect repellent.  In case of rain the hike will be canceled.

Summer is not far away! Join us this June and July on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays for free family fun! This series combines special guests, storytelling, and hands-on arts and crafts projects inspired by objects and themes in our exhibitions.
Check the Museum’s website for updates and more information!
Tuesdays at 10:30am Don’t miss special appearances! Radio Disney will debut this series on June 5, and other Tuesday performances and presentations will include Mama Lisa, Katie Banister, Mad Science, Belle of the Ball Fire Performers, PAWS for Reading, and Mr. Saxophone!
Thursdays and Fridays from 10:30am-11:15am Storytelling in the galleries for kids ages 2-5.
Thursdays and Fridays from 11:30am-1:30pm Drop in anytime for Make-and-Take activities! Kids ages 2-10 can make crafts inspired by themes and objects in the museum.

Make and Take Workshop
Just in time for Father’s Day!
Adult/Child Hands-On
When: Saturday June 16, 2012 at 9:30am
Where: Gateway Electronics, 2220 Welsch Industrial Court, St. Louis, MO 63146  (314)427-6116
What: Parents or grandparents, this is a great opportunity to share electronics with the child in your life. Build a game kit then take it home to play together. This workshop involves soldering – one child per adult. Not recommended for kids under 8 years old.
Instructor: Brad Ziegler
Materials Fee: $10.00
Class size is limited
Advanced registration required

Parkway Annual District Book Sale
The time is fast approaching for the Parkway School District annual book sale. This year the sale will be located at South Middle School located at 760 Woods Mill Road, Manchester 63021. The sale will take place on Friday June 22nd from 8:00am until 4:30pm and on Saturday June 23rd from 8:00am until noon.
We will have a wide variety of books available with something that will interest everyone. The books are collected from all of our schools so there will books from K-12. There are fiction books from all the popular authors; non-fiction books; biographies; documentary books; do-it-yourself books; self help books; text books; almost any type of books you would find in a book store will be at our sale. We are keeping the price the same as last year which is $.50 per book and we are anticipating about the same number of books as last year. For those of you that were not lucky enough to attend last year’s sale, we have approximately 80,000 books available for purchase. The overwhelming majority of these books are hard backed books and in excellent condition.
There is NO admission fee so it will not cost you anything to browse. This is the book sale you do NOT want to miss.

The St. Louis Children’s Choirs Summer Camp
Calling all 2nd-4th grade students! This exciting week-long camp is open to current Choir members as well as new friends who will be entering 3rd-5th grades in the fall (2012-2013) – enroll your child now! Students will have fun exploring music and singing at the first Children’s Choirs’ summer camp for young singers on Monday, July 9-Friday, July 13 (9am-noon)! Learn new songs, enjoy music games, meet new friends, and celebrate with a special Song Sharing for family and friends on July 13th. Children will enjoy the special mentoring skills of master teachers Karen Kaibel and Megan Meier, ensemble directors of Children’s Choir and Chorale levels. It’s a great opportunity for prospective students to come see what the program is all about and for current students to keep singing during the summer! Register online at: Please call the Choir Office at 314-993-9626 with any questions. We look forward to meeting your young singer!

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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