Events List for August 20, 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the coming changes.

The Jubilation Chorale will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 5. at 2:00 PM.  Contact Mrs. Scheidhauer for the registration form. This will be an exciting year for the choir. I hope you will consider joining us!
Meeting Dates:  Wednesdays from 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Place:  Canaan Baptist Church Choir room (5409 Baumgartner Rd 63129)
Age:  12 yrs (by 9/1) through 18 — grades 7-12
Cost:  $20 per month for the first child $35 per month for 2 or more children
Contact:  Mrs. Scheidhauer at 314-293-8112 or or 314-402-5038
Class Description:
The choir will focus on music literacy, practicing good vocal production, singing in 3 and 4 part harmony, sight-singing and performance etiquette.  Although most of the class will be participation in the choral ensemble, it may also include written assignments and both singing and written tests.  No audition is necessary for participation in this class but a vocal evaluation will be done to determine the ability level of the students and individual placement within the group.  Literature will include a variety of musical styles and time periods.  The choir will have the opportunity to perform several times each semester.

Homeschool Band
Homeschool Band meets on Mondays at Bayless Baptist Church, 8512 Morganford, St. Louis, 63123.
The classes are endorsed by SHARE, but independent of our Homelink classes. Students must be SHARE members to participate in band (so that they are covered by our insurance plan).  However, there is no Homelink registration fee, as these classes do not meet at the Homelink location.  Many thanks to Bayless Baptist Church for their kindness in allowing us to use their rooms.
All levels of musical experience are welcome—beginning, intermediate and advanced.  Band instrumentation includes brass, woodwinds and percussion.  Mr. Heitmann, band director and teacher, is highly recommended by the homeschool community.
Classes are VERY reasonable at $20.00 per month.
Classes are 50 minutes long.
Recommended Grade: Varies–each student must be able to read the written word.  They do not have to read music, but must be able to physically hold their chosen instrument so it works properly.
Contact Steve Heitmann at 636-208-6914 or  for more information.
Teacher:  Steve Heitmann has a Music Education degree from University of Missouri-St. Louis along with lifetime certification in instrumental music for K-12. Steve has taught and performed music in all types of settings for many years. This is his 14th year of teaching band for homeschoolers. Steve is the orchestra leader of his church, where he also plays trumpet. Steve and his wife Cheryl are homeschool parents of 6 children, ages 11 to 25.
The band/guitar schedule will be as follows:
Beginning Guitar Class for first-timers (1) 11:30 a.m.
The beginning homeschool guitar class is designed to help beginning students learn to play the guitar, read standard music notation and to pick simple melodies on the guitar.  We will also learn some very basic chords and strumming patterns.  We do prefer that each student have an acoustic guitar, but we will accept those students that already have an electric guitar.  You will have to carry your amp to class each week. Students must be physically large enough to hold the guitar and have basic reading and math skills.  This class will be limited to 12 students.  The cost is $20.00 per month.  It is recommended that students arrive around 10 minutes early so they can quietly tune their guitar in the hallway.  I will have books with me on the first day of class for purchase.
Immediate Guitar Class for second year students(2)   12:30 p.m.
This will be a continuation of the beginning class.  The same suggestions apply to intermediate students as is written above for the beginners.  The cost is $20 per month also.
Advanced Homeschool Band   1:30 p.m.
The instrumentation for the advanced band is the electric bass, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments.  Students must already play their instrument and know how to read music.  Auditions may be required if you have not gone through the beginning or intermediate band and you have not had any formal training on your instrument of choice.  We play selected band arrangements and work with several books for scale work and basic musical training.  The cost is $20.00 per month.
Beginning Homeschool Band for new students    2:30 p.m.
The instruments in the homeschool beginning band include the electric bass, woodwinds, brass and percussion.  Students who have never played an instrument, cannot read music or desire to start a different instrument are welcome to join us.  Students must be physically large enough to hold the instrument that they choose to play and have basic reading and math skills.  We will be using the Standard of Excellence Book One.  The cost is $20.00 per month.

Recorder Class
Recorder Class meets again in the fall of 2012 on Mondays at Bayless Baptist Church, 8512 Morganford, St. Louis, 63123.
The class is endorsed by SHARE, but independent of our Homelink classes. Students must be SHARE members to participate in this class (so that they are covered by our insurance plan).  However, there is no Homelink registration fee, as this class does not meet at the Homelink location.
Trisch Breed is a homeschooling mother of five (four graduated), church musician, singer and flautist. In college, she double-majored in art and music.  She has been teaching flute, piccolo and recorder, both in private lessons and group classes for the past 25+ years
If you have questions or for more information, e-mail Trisch Breed at or call 314-775-5294.
Music Schedule: This year Trish is only offering beginning recorder class
10:30 p.m.   Beginning Recorder Class:
Ages 8 and up.  Younger students and special needs students are welcome with a parent or other helper to assist them.
Learn Basic Skills
Read Musical Notation
Fingerings for Soprano Recorder
Ensembles, Duets and Solos
Games and Drills to reinforce skills learned
Voluntary participation in Nursing Home Ministry and Recital
Class Prices and Fees
$20.00 per
$12.00 for Yamaha Soprano Recorder and Book
5 Reasons to Choose A Recorder As Your Child’s First Instrument:
1.  The recorder is one of the easier musical instruments to play.
2.  The recorder takes just a little patience and practice.
3.  The recorder is a quiet flute-like instrument, that is unlikely to bug the neighbors.
4.  The recorder is so much cheaper to purchase than other instruments.
5.  The recorder is small and easy to carry around.
Note from Trisch Breed:   I also give private lessons in Flute and Voice.  For more information, please call me at 314-775-5294 or e-mail me at

Violin Classes
Laura Hintze will be teaching Homeschool Violin Group Classes on Monday mornings at Bayless Baptist Church (8512 Morganford, St. Louis, 63123). Assuming there is enough interest for both, the entry level class will meet from 10:30 to 11:20 am followed by the intermediate class which will meet from 11:30 am to 12:20 pm.
As you can see we will be working with a very tight timeframe so please have your instruments and music ready to go at the appointed class time. Classes will begin September 10 and will meet every Monday until mid-May except during the month of December (with possible other breaks TBA).
The first class will consist of individual placement auditions. This is no stress and students should play something with which they are comfortable but adequately represents their skill level. We will be using the String Builder books by Samuel Applebaum and possibly the Suzuki books (we won’t be using the Suzuki method, but the songs in the books are good ones to learn from).
The class fee is $20 per student per month, with students providing their own instrument and books. The 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 6. Students will be expected to practice a minimum of 20-30 minutes each day, depending on age and skill level. Parents are welcome and encouraged to observe and take notes as well as play and learn alongside their child.
For more information or to sign up, please contact Laura Hintze at 801-368-7767 or
Laura has played the violin for over 25 years, trained classically and dabbled in fiddling and folk music. She has been a member of the Ricks College Symphony Orchestra, Brigham Young University Philharmonic Orchestra, Brigham Young University Folk Ensemble, and Webster University Symphony Orchestra, among others. Laura has been teaching the violin for over twelve years. Laura is also an attorney and mother of two-and-a-half kids!

St. Charles Community College Homeschool Classes
I hope this email finds everyone well. SCC is offering homeschool classes this fall in science and Lego Robotic Engineering Math. Our classes are small and taught by Mr. Jack Bilow who has taught in the S.E.M.A.A ( science, Engineering, Math, Aerospace Academy) program which was sponsored by NASA. All classes are hands on and a great way to learn science and math. If you or anyone you know could benefit from these classes, please pass it on or call 636-922-8233 to receive a catalog. Class descriptions and registration is also online at  Just click on homeschool classes.

Registration is now open for the Fall/Winter classes at Missouri Botanical Garden, Shaw Nature Reserve and The Butterfly House. From gardening practices to nature study and everything in between—the Missouri Botanical Garden offers a full range of classes for adults, families, and children of all ages. We offer weekend, evening and weekday classes and programs year-round! To view class options and register online visit:

Great Skate 130 Boone Hills Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376
The Great Skate Artistic Roller Skate Club is accepting new members now!  This club is for skaters of all ages and all levels.  Membership is $30 per month which includes private lesson time, club meetings, free admission at public skate sessions, opportunities to participate in skate competitions and exhibitions, and more!
Please contact Coach Bernie at 636 441 2530 for more details!

Grand Opening:
Friday, August 31st 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Outdoor Movie: 8 PM
August 31st – Oct 28th
Friday: 6-10 PM
Saturday: 10AM – 10PM
Sunday: 1PM – Dusk
Labor Day: Monday, September 3: 10AM – Dusk
Fall Corn Festival: Saturday, October 6th: 10 AM – 10 PM – Games, Live Music & Much More!
Columbus Day: Monday, October 8: 10 AM – Dusk
Haunted Maze: October: 12, 13, 14 & October 19-28th
Adult Sheriffs: $6.00
Lil’ Deputies (6-11): $4.00
Young’ns (5 and under): FREE
Group Rates Available
For a $1 off coupon visit

New Homeschool Girls Basketball Team!
Team: St. Louis Patriettes
Age: 10 and Under
Regular Season: November -February
Practice Location: Missouri Baptist University – old gym
Weekly practice days/times: Every Tuesday evening (7-9p.m.) and Saturday (12-2p.m.)
Practices begin: November
Cost per player: $350
Team Meeting and Registration: October 6th – team meeting and registration at  Emmaus Lutheran School 2241 S Jefferson Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63104-2237
Interested in this? Contact Coach Brehe at or Beth Brehe at or 636-667-2308.

Bricks 4 Kidz Jr. Robotics Home School Workshop
October 26, 9am – 2pm,
Christ Community Lutheran School, 110 W. Woodbine Ave., Kirkwood, MO 63122
Program Description: How would you like to turn your next LEGO creation into a robot, programmed to do exactly what you tell it to do? At this special Bricks 4 Kidz Junior Robotics camp especially for homeschoolers, we partner the fun of building with LEGO bricks with the challenge of computer programming! After building motorized LEGO models and exploring the engineering behind them, you’ll then learn to program your models using WeDo drag-and-drop icon based software. All campers take home a certificate. Please send your camper with a nut-free bag lunch and drink. Recommended ages: 6-11
Cost is $45 per child. Register at and click “Register Now!”
SARAH JUSTIN, Owner/Director

Registration has begun for our Fall 2012 Manners Programs for Children and Teens at Nordstrom West County.
Each class is interactive and includes actual practice of all skills learned.  Not only will your children learn great manners, but they will have a great time as well.
Our Manners for Girls program will begin on Friday, November 9, 2012 and continue for three (3) more weeks on November 16, November 30 and December 7.  The class meets at West County Nordstrom at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., depending on their age.  We meet for one hour per week.  Topics include first impressions, introductions, posture, conversations, being a good friend, good grooming, table manners and social etiquette.  The course ends with a wonderful mother/daughter tea held at Nordstrom on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.  We have added a new feature to the older girls class.  The young ladies will actually assist in hosting our Mother/Daughter Tea.  This is promised to be a fabulous, unforgettable experience.  Each student receives a book, workbook, class supplies and of course the tea.  The courses are interactive and fun.  We emphasize confidence, kindness, courtesy and respect.  Tuition is $140.00.
Our Manners for Boys program will begin on Friday, November 9, 2012 and continue for two (2) more weeks on November 16 and November 30.  The class meets at West County Nordstrom from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The boy’s class ends with a five-course dinner on Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  I always love hearing moms tell me how much boys enjoy this class.  We use activities and games to emphasize our lessons.  Topics for the boys include first impressions, table manners, how to treat a lady, good grooming, tie tying and more.  We even practice conversations in class.  Tuition for this class is $140.00 and includes the dinner.
Our Teen class will be held for both teen girls and teen boys on Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at Nordstrom.  The teen boys class includes interview skills, how to dress, table manners, how to treat a lady and more.  The teen girls class includes beginning makeup and skin care lessons from the Nordstrom Cosmetic Experts, dealing with social situations, fashion trends, table manners and more.  We continue our lesson and combine the teen girls and teens boys class with a five-course dinner that same evening from 5:15pm to 7:00pm.  Tuition for this class is $145.00 and includes the dinner.
The manners classes are held at Nordstrom in a conference room on the second floor.  We always meet in customer service each week.  We allow you to drop off your child(ren) for their class and enjoy a cup of coffee or a little shopping.
Please email or call as soon as possible to submit your registration.  Good manners bring a lifetime of self-confidence.
Melenie Broyles

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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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