Homeschool Events List for June 30, 2012

The Events List will be on vacation during the month of July, so no new lists will be posted. During the off time I plan to finish the updates. 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the coming changes.

Big Garage Sale
Clear out the building
Saturday June 30, 7 am to 12 Noon
Items for Sale: Office Furniture, Costumes, New Dancewear (leotards, tights, shoes, pants, etc), Stage Props, Computer peripherals, Mac software, Office Supplies, Large Mirrors, Pianos, Tempered Glass, Lots and Lots of Academic & Homeschool Curriculum–Sonlight readers, history books, complete Math & Spanish curricula, Teacher books, student workbooks, Usborne books, Music and Music books and more.
DaySpring School of the Arts, 2608 Metro on the corner of Dorsett, just east of I-270

Chill Out with Cool Summer Savings!
I scream, you scream, we all scream for SAVINGS! Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month? In 1984, the president of the United States, Ronald Reagan declared that July would be National Ice Cream Month, and that the third Sunday of July would be recognized as National Ice Cream Day. Come celebrate in St. Louis and check out some of the Gateway City’s local flavors! Top your summer off with your St. Louis Family Attractions Card with over $1,000 in discounts at area attractions, hotels, and restaurants! Grab a scoop of summer at one of the fantastic attractions or events in St. Louis!
Sweet Summer Fun!
Did you know that the ice cream cone was invented at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis? Learn more about the history of the ice cream cone and how it impacted the city of St. Louis here!
Enjoy some ice cream and other fun activities in downtown St. Louis July 4-7 for the annual Fair St. Louis 2012! There will be live music and concerts, an airplane show, fun activities for kids at the Kid Zone, and of course, lots of fireworks!
Make your own ice cream at home by following these easy directions here!

Dear Homeschool Families,
We’re excited about our upcoming Homeschool Appreciation Day on Friday, July 6!
As you know, we love having homeschool families at the Missouri History Museum. Together, over 2,300 of you attended Homeschool Days during the 2011–2012 school year! To say “thank you” for this amazing season, we’ll have free exhibit tickets, theatre performances, and craft workshops on Homeschool Appreciation Day on Friday, July 6.
Plus, that day we’ll be offering homeschool families $10 off a family-level membership! Members receive a host of benefits, including free exhibit tickets year-round and access to members-only events. This is a great opportunity to save money and help the Museum at the same time!
Exhibit tickets and membership savings coupons will be free for homeschool families with reservations only, so plan ahead and register today! Reservations must be made online by midnight on Wednesday, July 4 so that we can print out enough tickets. Families without advance reservations will not be eligible for free tickets, and, as always, registration is done by each family (not by co-ops or groups). Thanks for your help!
Please see below for the schedule of activities. We are anticipating high attendance at this event. If exhibit tickets are your main interest, you’ll be glad to know that we’re keeping the sign-in table open until 5:00 p.m. so that you can come for an afternoon visit. As always, it’s about finding what works best with your family schedule.
On that note, if you’re out of town that day, please know homeschool families are always welcome at Family Fun Days (drop in anytime—no reservation needed). Homeschool co-ops are invited to book our Summer Camp programs (register here).
We hope to see you next week on Friday, July 6!
Families interested in participating are kindly requested to RSVP.
Gallery Exploration: The Civil War in Missouri
The Civil War in Missouri gallery | tickets required
open all day (10am — 6pm)
Missouri may best reflect the Civil War’s rending of our nation. Prior to the Civil War, the state was bitterly divided between pro-slavery secessionists and those determined to preserve the Union. Tickets free to homeschool families with advance registration only.
Gallery Exploration: FIRE! Friend and Foe
FIRE! Friend and Foe gallery
open all day (10am — 6pm)
Whether it is a simple spark or a roaring inferno, fire elicits both fear and fascination. Fire warms us but it can just as easily destroy us. Using artifacts from its extensive collection and local collectors, the Missouri History Museum examines the mystifying duality of fire.
Gallery Exploration: Underneath It All
Underneath It All gallery
open all day (10am — 6pm)
Underneath It All showcases fashionable silhouettes through fully dressed mannequins accompanied by mannequins clad in undergarments needed to create the desired silhouette. This exhibit offers the opportunity for sensitive conversations about body image, self-esteem, and women’s roles in an ever-changing society.
Gallery Exploration: Seeking St. Louis
Seeking St. Louis galleries
open all day (10am — 6pm)
St. Louis is a fascinating city representing more than 200 years of dreams, ideas, and efforts. Two galleries, Currents and Reflections, tell the story of the St. Louis region through interactive displays featuring thousands of artifacts. Come explore with us—and get to know this city through the eyes of the people who journeyed before us.
Craft Workshop: Patriotic Sparkle
AT&T Foundation Multipurpose Room
10am — 2pm | Supplies limited
Recreate the wonderful beauty of fire with patriotic flair! Come make your own sparkler to rival the ones set off on the 4th. Our classroom has a limited number of seats, but this workshop will be open for an extended time span.
Fire Safety Q&A
Front Lawn
10:30am — 11:30am
Stop by and meet some of St. Louis’ own brave firefighters. Representatives from the St. Louis fire department will be on hand to talk about fire safety and answer all your firefighting related questions. Look for the fire truck parked in the front circle near the fountain! Please know while here the firefighters will still be ‘in service’ and may have to respond to emergency calls.
Theatre in the Museum: Fire!
MacDermott Grand Hall
11am — 11:30am | Seats are limited
What started as a beautiful day in May 1849 would, by dawn the next day, see St. Louis become a smoldering ruin. Relive this harrowing night through the eyes of our actor in this Theatre in the Museum performance.
Theatre: Civil War, So What?
Des Lee Auditorium
11:30am — 12:15pm | Seats are limited
Join the Teens Make History Players to find out why we study the Civil War, how Museum visitors have answered that question, and how the war continues to both divide and unite us today. This presentation includes a dramatic play and audience discussion.
Documentary: Brick by Chance and Fortune
FIRE! Friend and Foe gallery
Noon and 3pm | Seats are limited
St. Louis has a rich history as both a producer and a user of building material that’s as lovely as it is sturdy: brick! This documentary offers a look at the use of fire to make brick and details the past, present, and future of brick in St. Louis.

The Missouri Baptist University Head Men’s Basketball Coach, and homeschool dad, Ray Farrell, is hosting another great Summer Basketball Camp for boys and girls ages 8-18.  There is still time to sign up for this last session!
Teaching the fundamentals of basketball and game play
Camp #4 July 9 -13 Mon. – Fri. 9:00 am – 12:00 noon $100/camper
For information, call Coach Ray Farrell @ 636-220-6783
Thank you,
Mark and Judy Maichel
St. Louis Patriots Basketball

Lakeside Lanes, 1254 Dougherty Ferry Road, Valley Park, MO 63088, (636) 225-2400
Mark your calendars for the following dates for the Fall League startup:
Wednesday 9/5/12 Open House Bowling – come check out the lanes!
League will begin 9/12/12 – 12/5/12 (excluding 11/21/12 which we will take off for Thanksgiving).
Bowling will start back up again 1/9/13 for the winter.
Keep in mind with all this heat, that Lakeside Lanes has graciously offered to all homeschool families and friends $5 for 3 games including shoes; only pay for the weeks you can attend.  They keep the place so cold that I often have to bring a jacket just to sit there, just putting it out there in case anyone wants to get out and stay cool at the same time. You can find all the details below. This is a come if you can don’t if you can’t situation!!
OPEN BOWL – Bowling Club
Wednesdays 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
This is open to anyone and everyone that would like to attend.  Just let them know you are there for the homeschool bowling club and they will take care of you!
$5.00 includes 3 games and shoes

Dr Brian Ray, of National Home Education Research Institute needs the assistance of St. Louis Homeschool families in completing his latest research project.
Dr Ray is conducting a study/research of Black homeschooling families across the country. Part of the study includes testing of these students. Testing that is scheduled to occur, in St. Louis, is in jeopardy of falling short of fruition. This could compromise the success of the research that Dr Ray is conducting unless he can find a volunteer who is willing to help administer testing to these students.
A date has already been scheduled for July 11th, a facility has already been secured, the families are confirmed and ready to test. He just needs someone to help administer testing to approximately 12 students.
If you are already a qualified BJU tester, your help would be appreciated here. If not, it is very easy to become a tester and costs you nothing to do so. Read this, from Dr Ray.
(If you are not already qualified by BJU) “The person must get qualified then would give/volunteer about one day of time to the study. It would be a tremendous help to a significant piece of research. (The tester pays for none of the testing materials, of course.)
The arranged date is July 11 and we already have the Family Vision Library (2020 Parkway Drive  St. Peters, MO) reserved.”
How to become a BJU tester; pretty simple:
1. Go to
2. At the right, middle, click on “Test Administrator Application”
3. Click on “register and account” if you do not have a BJU account
4. Complete the form
5. It will automatically give you an account number
6. Then complete the “Test Administrator Application”
7. BJU told me the person must have earned a 4-year degree (BA or BS) and might be asked to send a copy of the college transcript or diploma
8. When applying, the person could call BJU and e-mail telling them, “I’m participating in the NHERI homeschooling study, with Dr. Brian Ray, so is there any possible way to super-expedite this process?” Contact Dr Ray at:
Brian D. Ray, Ph.D., President
National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI)

Murder at the Haunted Museum
Age Group(s): Teen
Date: 7/13/2012
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM
As you dine, participate in a murder mystery presented by Upstage Productions. In “Murder at the Haunted Museum,” Pansy, Roger Worthington’s first wife has been murdered. Who dunnit? Was it Jeeves the psychotic but lovable butler? Abigail, the sweet but sinister fiance? Or the person sitting beside you? Find out in this inter-active comedy of terrors!
Location: SP Community Commons Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital Event Room (Rm.240 & 243)
Other Information: Dinner AND dessert provided!!!

Summer Painting Class for ages 6-16
July 30-Aug 3, 10:30–noon at Hobby Lobby in Manchester
Teacher:  Linda Thompson
Cost:  $25 plus $10 supply fee.  All materials provided except paint smocks.
Students will express themselves in tempera paint as they explore brushstrokes, color mixing, and picture composition.  Alumni students are welcome and will be given additional instruction.
To sign up, call Linda at 314-276-5584

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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