Events List for August 23, 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the coming changes.

Baton Twirling Classes
The SugarBabies Baton Twirling Team has a new session of classes starting September 18, 2012.  This is a great activity/sport that past home school families have used for PE, arts, and social opportunities for their kids.
There is an early registration special good through August 31, 2012…Register online for the first 8-week session and get classes for the rest of the semester at no additional charge.
Our class fee is minimal, to help offset the cost of insurance and gym rental, and there are no costume or recital fees.  We are a small, non-profit, independent group and I appreciate your help in spreading the word about this unique opportunity for kids.
For Information & Registration visit us online at
Lisa Bartfeld
SugarBabies Baton Twirling Team

Improv and Believability
Drama Workshop with Ashley Shaefer
Ashley, a home school student, graduated from Day Spring School of the Arts.  She went on to earn a double major degree from Missouri Baptist Unviersity  in Musical Theater / Music.  She is presently on staff at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City.  This workshop should be a lot of fun and is a great opportunity for home school drama students!
Join us at the Gateway House of Prayer for a morning of instruction on improv and good old fun! Ashley has served in the prayer rooms of both GHOP and IHOP-KC. She is currently serving and creating as a member of Forerunner Arts Drama Troupe in Kansas City.
Saturday, September 1st; 10AM -12PM
in the GHOP Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)
Ages 12 and up
Please RSVP to John at johngrapperhaus [at] gmail [dot] com
A love offering will be taken.

Free Guitar Classes
Tuesday Nights
Location:  Twin Rivers Worship Center, 10575 Tesson Ferry Road, St. Louis, MO 63123
Classes begin September 11, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in room 202 and room 205, Classes will end in May 2013
Classes offered:
Joyful Noise (Class for beginners) This class is from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
This  is a note class for  beginner students.  Students will  learn to read music and will be introduced to some theory.
Joyful Strings is a beginners chords class
This class is for individuals who would like to play the guitar using chords. (these students are not required to read notes)
There will be a beginners chords class and an advanced chords class this year.
Beginners class is from 7 pm to 7:30 pm
Advanced class is from 7:30 p.m.. to 8:30 p.m.
Joyful Noise  (beginners note class):
Purchase book:  Alfreds Guitar Method 1 Book (with CD  is useful if you have a computer)
Bring a music stand and
An electronic guitar tuner
3 ring binder and pencil
Joyful Strings (beginners chords class):  (this class will begin 9-18-2012)
Purchase Book: JUMBO Easy Guitar Songbook by Hal Leonard
Bring music stand
An electronic guitar tuner
3 ring binder and pencil to class
The Advanced Class for continuing students  (this class will begin 9-18-2012)
Purchase Book:  The Daily Ukulele book by Liz and Jim Beloff
365 songs book can be used for the guitar and the ukulele
Please contact Don or Sharon for details when you sign up for class.
Contact information: Don or Sharon Cummins call 314-353-1420 after 5:30 pm

Zoo Fall Programs for Homeschoolers Classes include live animals, biofacts, and observation and investigation activities to help meet your child’s science needs. Programs are held on the 3rd Monday of each month from 2 – 3:30 p.m. Classes meet in the lower level of The Living World building. For more information, call (314) 646-4544.

Presented by Independent Youth and Clayton High School’s DECA Business Club
Location: Saint Louis University (Saint Louis, MO.)
Date: Monday September 24, 2012
Time: 9:00am – 2:30pm (Breakfast & Lunch included)
Cost: $15.00 per attendee (Limited Financial aid available upon request)
Independent Youth and Clayton High School’s DECA Business Club partners to inspire high school students through an engaging, interactive and informative conference.
This one-day event will focus on giving high school students various perspectives on entrepreneurship while teaching key entrepreneurial concepts in a hands-on setting.  The Symposium includes:
Keynote Speaker Mike DeLazzer, Creator of the Redbox movie kiosk
Interactive break-out sessions led by established and Nationally recognized teen entrepreneurs (visit for complete listing)
A networking lunch event
Door prizes
Teen Entrepreneurship Symposium Participants:
Develop and strengthen their entrepreneurial mindset
Increase social and networking skills
Gain an in-depth understanding of entrepreneurship
Register Now!!!
For more information visit or for specific questions regarding the Teen Entrepreneurship Symposium send an email to

Fall 2012 Nature Play Programs
The Green Center, 8025 Blackberry Ave, University City, MO 63130
Enroll today in one of our fall Nature Play classes!
Connecting children to nature has beneficial effects on a child’s health and development.  As children continue to spend less time outdoors, they lose touch with the natural world.  “Nature play” programs reconnect children to nature and give them an opportunity to learn while making new discoveries, observations and adventures!
“Nature Play” Schedule
September 25:  Curiosity Cabinet
Join our scavenger hunt to fill your own “curiosity cabinet” with objects in nature.
October 2: Going Batty!
As the sun sets, bats take flight! Find out about these creatures of the night and which bats call Missouri home.
October 9: Camouflage Detective
Explore the outdoors by investigating critters that blend in with their surroundings!
October 16:  What Do You See In The Clouds?
Spin your imagination to create cloud images while learning about what types of clouds we see in the sky.
October 23: Web Weavers
Learn about one of nature’s amazing architects, the spider, and create a web of your own.
October 30: Pumpkin Patch Pickin’
Learn how pumpkins grow, visit our “pumpkin patch” to find a pumpkin to decorate and enjoy a pumpkin snack.
November 1:  Colors of Fall
Look for the colors of fall while exploring our outdoor classrooms. Use items collected along the way to create a wreath, place mat and other works of art.
Time:  3:45-5:00pm
Ages:  Pre-K through 2nd grade
Cost:  $8 per student/ program (includes all materials)
Payment must be received in advance of the registered class.
Pre-registration is required for each program!  Space is limited!
To register for a class, contact:
Kathleen Evans at 314-725-8314 Ext. 105 or

Powell Hall 2012-13 Education Concerts
Plan your field trip to Powell Hall for this fall!  Download your reservation form today or call 314-286-4156 to reserve your seats.  Don’t wait – seats are limited!
Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham
Words by Dr. Seuss, Music by Robert Kapilow
Michael Boudewyns, actor
Kimberly Schroeder, soprano
Kinder Konzert (Grades K-3): Oct. 9 & 10, 2012 at 9:30am &11am
Would you like them in a train? Or on a plane? Dr. Seuss’ greatest children’s book comes to life with the accompaniment of the ST L Symphony and the Really Inventive Stuff theatre group. Join Sam as he explores all the different ways to eat his favorite dish!
Hip Hop Symphony
Presented in partnership with COCA
Young Adult Concert (Grades 6+): Oct. 24, 2012 at 9:30 & 11 am
Young People’s Concert (Grades 3-6): Oct.. 31, 2012 at 9:30 & 11 am
Learn about musical form in this innovative program pairing hip hop choreography by COCA’s Redd Williams with classical favorites performed by the ST L Symphony. When the dancers take the stage, you’ll see the visual and physical representation of what you’re hearing!
Magical Movements: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
DanceWorks Chicago, special guest artists
Young Adult Concert (Grades 6+): Feb. 20, 2013 at 9:30 & 11 am
Young People’s Concert (Grades 3-6): Feb. 21, 2013 at 9:30 & 11 am
Britten’s classic The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra gets a new spin with the addition of dancers from DanceWorks Chicago. Watch as the orchestra comes together section by section before your eyes. This dynamic partnership makes for a magical experience where the whole is much larger than the sum of its parts!
The Remarkable Farkle McBride
Based on the book by John Lithgow
Kinder Konzert (Grades K-3): Feb. 22 & 27, 2013 at 9:30am &11am
Poor Farkle McBride tries every instrument, but none of them are quite right. With text from the popular children’s book by John Lithgow accompanied by selections from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, join Farkle on his journey to find his place in the orchestra, and learn about the different instrument families along the way.

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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