Homeschool Events List for August 6, 2012

More  information about area events can be found at  and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And you can always use the search feature to look through all past posts and any pages. 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the coming changes.

Masterworks Children’s Choruses now scheduling auditions
The Masterworks Children’s Choruses announce openings for talented young musicians entering grades 3-12. Weekly rehearsals are held on Thursday afternoons at Saint Paul United Church of Christ in downtown Belleville. Rehearsals begin on August 30, 2012. AUDITIONS will be held on Tuesdays, August 14, 21 and 28 from 3-6pm at Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville. To schedule an audition, please contact Laurie Lindauer, Marketing Associate at 618-910-3804 or For details, visit
The Masterworks Children’s Choruses are ideal for young people who have a love for music and singing, and seek a quality, challenging musical experience. Upon completion of the audition, singers are placed in either of two performance levels, depending on age, ability, and experience.
LEVEL ONE: The Masterworks Children’s Chorus is open to beginning and less experienced singers, grades 3 to 8. The Children’s Chorus emphasizes the formation of basic musical skills through quality performance, and participates in four public concerts each year. Students are admitted through an elementary audition process. Prior experience is not required, but students are expected to demonstrate a rudimentary grasp of singing skills, and an appropriate level of maturity. Rehearsals are 4:30 – 5:45 p.m. on Thursdays at St. Paul UCC, Belleville.
Audition requirements: Prospective singers are given a ten-minute audition. Candidates may prepare a simple song, such as a standard patriotic selection (i.e. “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”.) Pop and Broadway selections are not appropriate. Candidates will also be given simple musical exercises to demonstrate vocal range and elementary melodic and rhythmic understanding.
LEVEL TWO: The Masterworks Youth Chorale is a select ensemble open to talented students, grades 5 through 12. The chorus performs at four public concerts each year, and aims for a high level of musicianship and artistic achievement. Admission is by audition. Prior experience is preferred, but not required; older beginners may be accepted at the discretion of the conductor. Students are expected to demonstrate vocal and musical ability, an appropriate level of maturity, and a genuine desire to work toward artistic goals. Rehearsals are 5:30 – 7:15 p.m. on Thursdays at St. Paul UCC, Belleville.
Audition requirements: Prospective singers are given a ten-minute audition. Candidates should prepare an audition piece, either from the standard repertoire of art songs, or from previous choral study and experience. Pop and Broadway selections are not appropriate. Candidates will also be expected to demonstrate vocal range and music reading skills.
For more information, visit our website at
To schedule an audition, please contact Laurie Lindauer, Marketing Associate at 618-910-3804 or
Also, in case you’re looking for a similar opportunity for yourself, the Masterworks Chorale (for adults) is seeking new members in all voice parts.  An audition flyer with more information is attached.
And finally, we are seeking a piano accompanist for the Children’s Choruses.  If you or anyone you know may be qualified and interested in this professional opportunity, please contact Dr. Stephen Mager, Music Director and Conductor at for more information.

The Homeschool Violin Classes will again meet at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Union Missouri on Tuesday afternoons. The entry level class will meet at 12:30 followed by the intermediate class which will meet from 1:15-2:00 pm. As you can see we will be working with a very tight time frame so please have your instruments and music in place ready to go at the appointed class time. The class fee schedule has changed this year. Classes will meet beginning September 4 and will meet every Tuesday until May 21 except the following weeks. There will be no class on October 30, December 25, January 1, or April 30. If more than 2 class periods are cancelled due to inclement weather or teacher illness make up classes will be held in June. The fee for the Homeschool Class lessons is $25.00 per month per student with a cap of $50.00 per family per month. This fee is due the first class of each month with a $5.00 late fee for lessons paid after the first lesson of the month without prior arrangement.  Classes are open to students over the age of 8. Parents, as always, are welcome and encouraged to observe and take notes as well as play and learn alongside their child.
Gina Leeker (636-346-6265 or )
If there is enough interest in an advanced violin class or string orchestra I will consider offering those courses as well again this year. Please contact me for more details if you are interested.

Wednesday – September 5th from 1:00 – 2:30
This sign-up event is free and open to any homeschool family that would like to check out the lanes and the Homeschool Bowling Club.  Reservations are required please call the lanes direct at (636) 225-2400.  Each person who signs up will receive free shoes and 3 free games.
All ages and skill levels are welcome!
Our fall league will begin 9/12/12 and run thru 11/28/12 (no bowling 11/21 for Thanksgiving), cost is $5.00 per week and includes 3 games, shoes and coaching.  In addition we have several special parties planned to add to the FUN factor).
1254 Dougherty Ferry Road, Valley Park, MO 63088
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.  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 on the group calendar any Wednesday at 1:00 all summer long.  This is a come if you can don’t if you can’t situation!!

To register for the Institute for Excellence in Writing Conference in Fairview Heights, September 6-8 go to their website:
There will be Advanced Student Workshops for Grades 3-8 on Thursday the 6th. Friday will be for a High School Intensive from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Friday evening there is a Free Event for parents, “Conquering Corrupt Culture by Raising Christian Communicators.” Saturday is a mini-conference for parents with four sessions. Fairy Tales and the Moral Imagination, Teaching Boys & Other Children Who Would Rather Make Forts All Day, Freedomship Education: Rebuilding Your Education Paradigm, and Selling and the Brain.

Four Days in the Four States
George Washington Carver National Monument (along with many other organizations) is working with the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce for an exciting event coming in September. Four Days in the Four States is billed as the “An Unconventional Homeschool Convention”. The dates are September 16th-19th and I encourage you to learn more at the following website:
Each day consists of trips to various educational and historic sites in the area, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon, followed by well-planned events each evening. One of the venues is George Washington Carver National Monument and park staff are planning special programs for the hundreds of homeschoolers we expect during the convention.
I am trying to reach as many homeschool families as possible, especially those who have used the park as an educational resource. Please share information about the convention with other homeschool educators. Registration takes place on the website and if there are questions, please contact the event organizers by telephone at 417-501-6041 or by email at You may also find them on Facebook at:
Thank you and we hope to see you and your family in September.
Diane Eilenstein, Park Ranger
George Washington Carver National Monument, 5646 Carver Road, Diamond  MO  64840

Homeschool Day at Barron Gymnastics
The nice folks at Barron Gymnastics have once again graciously opened their doors exclusively to homeschooling families for a once a month open gym, and the best part is that they are going to continue giving us a reduced rate for the 2012-13 school year!!
When?   3rd Monday of every month: September 17, October 15, November 19, (No December event), January 21, February 18, March 18, April 22 (actually 4th Monday), May 20
Where?   Barron Gymnastics, 5411 Jedmed Court, St. Louis, MO 63129   Phone:  314-892-6909
Time?     10:30 am. – 12:00 p .m.
Cost?      1st child = $8.00         Each additional family member = $6.00
>1.5 hours of supervised unstructured time where children enjoy fun and excitement.
>Equipment available includes: Beams, Bars, Vault, Spring Floors, Foam Pits, 30’ Long Trampoline, 2 In-ground Tramps, 18’ Rope Climb.
>Includes the Giant Adventure Island Inflatable!
>Homeschool Day is for children 14 months up to 22 years of age.
>A parent or adult must assist children younger than 1st grade. Only adults assisting this age group are allowed in the gym after signing the blanket release located at front desk. Adults are not allowed on equipment.
>Parent viewing is available on the mezzanine.
>All participating non-members must have a release form signed by their parent.
Registration available Online ( or by calling the Front Desk at 314-892-6909.
Here’s what else you need to know:
>Barron’s must have at least 28 children to make this event happen.
>They can only take a maximum of 60 children.
>Refunds only given for illness and Barron’s must be notified before the event begins.
>If event is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified the Saturday before the event by an email.
>>>Note: This is not to be confused with the Homeschool Program at Barron’s Gym.

Chesterfield Arts, 444 Chesterfield Center, Suite 130  636-519-1955
Painting with the Masters – 6 classes
1st – 3rd grade  •  Tuesdays  •  September 18 – October 23  •  10:30am– 12pm  • $120
4th – 6th grade  •  Tuesdays  •  October 29 – December 5  •  10:30am– 12pm   • $120
Van Gogh , Monet, and Picasso are just a few of the many famous painters who shaped the way we look at art today. What better way to learn how to paint then by learning from  the masters. In this painting class students will learn the history of each painter and paint their own painting inspired by the style and creativity of each artist they learn about.
Pottery Wheel & Hand-building– 6 classes
Explore sculpture and ceramics working with kiln-fired clay. Create useful items or artistic gifts for friends and family. Learn unique but simple, ceramic techniques.
Your objects will be artistically glazed and completed as a finished piece in this class.
1st – 3rd grade  •  Tuesdays  •  October 29 – December 5  •  10:30am– 12pm  • $120
4th– 6th grade  •  Tuesdays  •  September 18 – December 5  •  1– 2:30pm  • $120

Homeschooler Weekend at YMCA of the Ozarks Camp Lakewood
For the very first time, we are offering a weekend of fun and adventure at YMCA Camp Lakewood at a special rate for families that home school their children.
We have put together a package you won’t be able to resist.  For only $85 per person (children under 5 are free) for the entire weekend, you and your family will enjoy 2 nights lodging, 6 meals from dinner on Friday to lunch on Sunday and numerous activities to keep the kids busy.  The weekend should be a fun time for both parents and children and will be a good time to meet and gain new ideas from other parents that home school their children.
The following weekends have been designated “Home Schooler’s Weekend”:
September 21-23, 2012, February 18-20, 2013 and March 20-22, 2013.  For
More information, check out our website at or give me a call at the number listed below.  I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.  Better still, call soon to make your reservation for a fun weekend.
We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Judy Gillam, Outdoor Education Conference Coordinator
13528 State Hwy AA, Potosi, MO 63664
573-438-2154 ext 114

invites you to join us at Two Hearts Banquet Center, 4532 South Lindbergh, for a fascinating evening of Civil War history:
September 26, 2012 “The Capture of New Orleans” by Dale Phillips, NPS.
October 24, 2012 “The Battle of Ball’s Bluff” by Jim Morgan, historian.
December 5, 2012 “Iron Brigade” by Lance J. Herdegen, historian and author.
January 23, 2013 “The Civil War in Film” by Diane Mutti-Burke, Professor of History, UMKC.
February 27, 2013 “One Man’s Story of the Civil War” by Tim Heggemeier, CWRT St. Louis.
March 27, 2013 “The Battle of South Mountain” by Tom Clemens, historian and author.
April 24, 2013 “Abraham Lincoln” by Harold Holzer, historian and author.
May 22, 2013 “The Battle of Wilson’s Creek” by Jeff Patrick.
Doors open at 5:30 pm with buffet dinner served at 6:30 pm. The guest speaker begins at 7:30. For Non-members, dinner and the presentation cost $20, and the presentation without dinner costs $10. We accept cash and checks. Sorry, no credit cards. If you would like to join us for our next meeting and would like to dine with us, you may make a dinner reservation by sending an email to We ask that you do so at least a week prior to the next scheduled meeting.

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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