Homeschool Events List for September 4, 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the coming changes.

Homelink, our SHARE- sponsored learning center begins this Tuesday and/or Thursday (September 4th and 6th). We have an awesome group of teachers, students and parents this year – with a wide variety of excellent classes!
It is not too late to sign up for classes. Quite a few families jump in during the first week. Even though some classes filled up quickly we have opened up additional time slots.
To view the updated schedule, go to the SHARE website at and click on “HOMELINK CLASSES 2012-2013” on the left sidebar. Scroll down to see menu options, including the “2012-13 Schedule” and “Course Descriptions” webpages.
Homelink is a wonderful support to the homeschooling experience and a great way to connect with other homeschool families. We’d love to have you join us!
Feel free to contact us with any questions!  Kerrie & Cathy
Kerrie Tate ( and 314-791-0000)
Cathy Mullins ( and 314-769-7965)

NRA Basic Rifle Shooting
Course as part of the SHARE Homelink classes during this fall’s semester, starting September 4.  There is currently room for 3 more students in this class.
>Class dates/times: Tuesdays, September 4 – December 11, 4:00 – 5:30 pm. Shooting is planned to take place on Monday, October 29 from 1:00-5:00 pm.
>Cost: $100 per student; Family discount applies.**  Limited financial aid is available.***
>Location: St. Andrew Catholic Church, 309 Hoffmeister, St. Louis, MO 63125.  Shooting at Top Gun Indoor Range, 4075 West Outer Road, Arnold, MO 63010
>Student Requirements: Anyone grades 5 and up, minimum age 10, interested in learning the fundamentals of safe rifle handling and shooting. No prior shooting experience is required.
>Parent Info: One parent may attend with each minor student, as an unregistered observer, at no additional charge. However, only registered students will receive course materials, participate in shooting exercises and be eligible to receive a course completion certificate.
Those interested in registering for the course must first be members of SHARE and registered for Homelink.  Contact Cathy Mullins ( or Kerrie Tate ( for information on SHARE and/or Homelink.  You can also visit the SHARE website at
Once you have signed up for the class via Homelink, please download, fill out, sign and return the class registration form from the following link:
>>When multiple members of a single family register for the course (even in different class sessions), each member will receive a $5 discount + the family discount of the previous member. In other words the first family member pays full price, the 2nd receives a $5 discount, 3rd receives a $10 discount, etc.
>>Financial aid is available through a Youth Training Fund that I have established.  For information on this fund, including how to contribute and a link to an application form, click on this link:
Monty Schrunk

Don’t forget there are morning classes just for Homeschoolers at a discounted rate! Check em’ out! Lindi McDonald, a homeschool graduate, is owner and teacher.

Floor Hockey registration has been taking place. We hope to sort teams on Tuesday. There is still room for your child.
We’d love you have you and your friends participate. More information is at
As in the past, you can scan and email the form to
Drop the from at Ferguson Church of the Nazarene (mailbox on the North side by the door) or at NCCS.
Don’t hesitate. Register Now!
We want you to participate. You may choose to make a deposit and pay over the month.
Thank you,
Children’s Floor Hockey Committee

From Debbie C…
This is a little late, but dance classes start at Charmette tomorrow!  Hunter has been taking dance there for 3 years now and really enjoys it.  They have 2 homeschool dance classes, one for younger kids and one for older kids.  Enrollment is low so the kids get a lot of one on one attention.  Ms. Angie Klevorn is their teacher and co-owner of Charmette.  She has been a wonderful teacher!  I encourage anyone to check out Charmette if your child is interested in dance.  The studio also offers dance classes during the evening and on week-ends if Tuesday doesn’t work for you.  Give Charmette a call if you have any questions, here is their website:

American Indian Education Days
Cahokia Mounds, 30 Ramey Dr  Collinsville, IL 62234
(618) 346-5160
September 8 – 9, 10 am – 5 pm
Come share the day with American Indian demonstrators, craftspersons, artists, and performers.
Booths will be set up in the lobby of the Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center, where they will: demonstrate crafts such as beadwork, sell Indian-made jewelry, display clothing and dance regalia, discuss current American Indian issues, customs, beliefs and traditions. There will also be performances from John Boyd – Storyteller and David Beck – American Indian Flute player.
There is no admission charge.
This event is sponsored by American Indian Educational Resources of St. Louis.
>>>Also this weekend
Missouri Atlatl Association
September 8, 10 am – 4 pm
The annual competition and demonstration of this ancient spearthrowing device, will be held in the Grand Plaza area of Cahokia Mounds.

Whole Foods Market, SW Corner of Clayton and Woodsmill Roads
The St. Louis County Library Foundation and Whole Foods are teaming up for the 2nd Annual Children’s Book Fair. The book fair will be held on Saturday, September 8, at the Town & Country Whole Foods Market. All proceeds will support the Library Foundation’s Gift of Reading Program, which provides free new books to at risk preschoolers.  Call 314-994-3300 for more info.

“Junior Bowling Appreciation Day”
Sunday, September 9th from 12 PM – 2 PM.
Plaza Lanes, 506 Droste, St. Charles, MO 63301
This event is completely free, and open to anyone that is of-age to be in the junior division of bowling leagues (ages 20 and under).  We do ask that any interested parties call in advance at 636-946-3230 and sign up for the event.  If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at the center and we will be happy to help you in any way possible.

Becca Hubbard will be teaching elementary enrichment classes at the Salvation Army again this year!  She has developed an awesome new class for homeschoolers called “Trains, Plains, and Musical Refrains.”
Students will use the music in the “Little House” series by Laura Ingalls Wilder as a springboard to look at Laura’s pioneering life, but also to explore topics related to the songs such as the Civil War, the westward pioneer movement, the Gold Rush, the building of the railroads, and more!
The class can be offered at multiple times starting on September 11, 12 or 13 (the week after Homeschool P.E. and Homelink begin) and will run for 13 weeks. The cost is only $70 per student. It is geared for ages 6 –12 but can be flexible.
The possible times are designed to correspond with the Homeschool P.E. classes offered in the same building (824 Union Rd., St. Louis MO 63125). You do not have to be a P.E. student to participate. Becca will decide when the class is offered based on interest. It takes six students to form a class.
If interested contact Becca at or 618-281-4944 and let her know the age of your student and what day and time would work best for you. She needs feedback to finalize the classes!
Becca Hubbard is a wonderful teacher and her enrichment classes come highly recommended! She is also available for tutoring in a variety of subjects.
For more information on the 26th year of Homeschool P.E. at the Salvation Army Gateway Community Center, contact Coach Cort Hubbard at  or 314-631-0727.
See some possible class times for “Trains, Plains, and Musical Refrains.”
10:45 – 11:45 am
12:00 – 1:00 pm
1:00 – 2:00 pm
9:00 – 10:00 am
10:00 – 11:00 am
11:00 am – 12 Noon
9:45 – 10:45 am
11:00 am – 12 noon
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Becca Hubbard’s Bio:
This is Becca Hubbard’s fifth year teaching enrichment classes for S.H.A.R.E. Becca has a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois. Her twenty-five years of teaching experience have encompassed pre-K through adult education, the majority of those years in full-time elementary classrooms. She has tutored in a variety of subjects at Sylvan Learning Center and privately. She is married to Homeschool P.E. teacher Cort Hubbard.

HOMESCHOOL TENNIS (homeschooler recommended)
Steel Shop Tennis Club is a little over 1 year old. They are located at the far end of Main Street in St. Charles (you actually get to it from Second Street). They are offering a daytime session for homeschoolers at a discounted price. We can pick the day of the week that suits us best as a group. If we get enough people, we can have two days a week, which would help to make up missed classes. They also offer free court time once a week to let the kids get some practice in (see below). They will periodically have tennis matches for these kids to test their skills and have a pro there to give them tips. They have BBQs, pizza days, and other fun stuff for the kids. Their evening program has lots of kids in it. The 8 week session would be $96.00 plus a membership. Membership is $55.00 for youth or $95.00 for a family per year. Website listed below.
This is what is included with the sessions: open court time from 1-3 pm on those two days, class from 2-3 pm, membership required, three free hitting alley passes per player, need 6 players to make a class, we can talk about when the eight week session should start.
Steel Shop Tennis Club
900 North Main, Old St Charles, 63301

Women’s Health and Hormones
Pharmacist Frank Nuber
Thursday, September 13; 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376
Join us for an informative evening with Frank Nuber, on the topic of health and hormones. Nuber is a compounding pharmacist in St. Peters, specializing in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.  Frank is always a popular speaker and works with women in various phases of life.  You will want to come and invite your friends. This is a FREE event.

St. Louis Symphony On Stage at Powell Chamber Concert Series
Sit on the stage of beautiful Powell Hall and interact with musicians from the St. Louis Symphony to enjoy a casual and unique evening of music.  On Stage concerts are absolutely free, are about an hour long, and no tickets or reservations are required.  Doors open at 6:30pm and the concerts begin at 7pm.  Each concert is followed by a complimentary reception.  Please mark your calendar with concert dates for the 2012/2013 season:
Wednesday October 10, 2012
Wednesday November 28, 2012
Wednesday February 6, 2013
Wednesday March 13, 2013
Wednesday April 10, 2013

St. Louis Symphony Tuesdays at Tower Grove Park Chamber Concert Series
This popular concert series, featuring members of the St. Louis Symphony, returns for its twelfth season. The Victorian beauty and exceptional acoustics of Tower Grove Park’s Piper Palm House provide an enchanting chamber music experience. Doors open at 6:30pm and concerts begin at 7pm.  Seating is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  No tickets or reservations are required.  Please mark your calendar with concert dates for the 2012/2013 season:
Tuesday October 16, 2012
Tuesday December 4, 2012
Tuesday February 26, 2013
Tuesday April 16, 2013

Murray’s Technical Education
Hello, my name is Michael Murray and I teach AutoCAD drafting online to homeschoolers. I am a state certified teacher and have been teaching for almost 30 years. I am very happy to have my online drafting class ready and available to anyone who wants to learn to use the AutoCAD program.
The field of Drafting and Engineering is growing and CAD is the program most used in the industry. By learning the basic fundamentals taught in my online class, students can become certified in AutoCAD and have an edge when entering college.
Teenage homeschoolers who are looking for a fun and rewarding learning experience will benefit from my classes. I offer two classes: Mechanical and Architectural Drafting. I teach the classes, I am available by phone or e-mail for support and I can promise that the students will enjoy learning AutoCAD Drafting and Design.
Please visit my website for more information. If you feel that this is a good fit for your homeschooling families please pass it along to them.
Thank you,
Michael Murray

Hello, my name is Michael Levine, I am the owner of Gateway Guitars and offer guitar and piano lessons in the home. I am curious about reaching out to home schoolers in your network, and would appreciate you advising me on how I could best do that. My website is:
Thanks, Michael

Since I will be commuting to St. Louis everyday (I live in Alton, IL) to take my daughter to high school, I would really like the opportunity to teach piano to home schooled children in their home …….do you think there might be an interest from parents?   Let me know your thoughts!
I would love for you to check out my website as an introduction!
Thank you!
Gigi Darr

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.