Events List for September 7, 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the current changes.

Town & Country Symphony Orchestra 2012-2013 Season Opener
Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 2:30 pm
No Charge for Admission!!!
The Principia, Ridgway Auditorium, 13201 Clayton Road, 63131
The Town & Country Symphony Orchestra enjoys serving the St. Louis area through its free musical concerts. The Orchestra performs in a variety of community locations including area universities and schools, churches, plazas and malls, retirement centers and parks. The Orchestra also performs in a variety of musical styles — classical, pops, Christmas pops, operettas, and oratorios. Music Director and Conductor: David Lowell Peek.

Dance teacher Kirsten McKeown will be offering an eight-week dance class for boys and girls age three and up. Kirsten earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from Webster University and has taught students from age two through adult in both studios and schools for six years. Sound like fun? Here’s what you need to know:
Who: Boys and girls age three and up
What: Class will include both ballet and creative movement. Creative movement focuses on self-expression, gross motor skills, balance, coordination, creativity, and following directions rather than specialized dance steps or styles.
Where: Rooftop Community Church preschool room, 6915 Weber Road, Affton
Due to space constraints as well as young ones’ limited focus, parents will not be allowed inside the room during class, nor will the upper door be open. Parents are welcome to either remain in the building during class time or leave.
When: Mondays, September 10 – October 29, 10:00-10:45am
Additional Information:
>Students do not need special dance clothes or shoes – any outfit that allows free movement is fine. Wear socks but not shoes, and pull hair back off the face. Do not wear jewelry.
>Cost for classes is $55 payable to Kirsten McKeown with your registration. Additional siblings from a family will receive a $10 discount. Tuition will not be refunded for absences due to illness, vacation, or other reasons. An official registration form with liability waiver will need to be filled out on the first day of class.
Questions? Contact Kirsten at (314) 307-3915, or

Homeschoolers Winter Bowling League
THE HOMESCHOOL BOWLING LEAGUE is looking for you!!!!
Looking for something fun and inexpensive for your children to do?
Looking for a way to take a fun break from your homeschool studies?
Then look no more! The SHARE Homeschool Bowling League is just for you!!!!
All Ages Welcome!
When? Wednesday mornings beginning September 12th
Time? 10 a.m.
Where? Imperial Bowl (see directions)  This is only a few seconds from the Imperial Exit of Highway 55.
Much closer than you think!
How much? $5.00 per week; 3 games plus this includes shoe rental!
Contact? Ed and Nancy Ockrassa @ or 314-537-4771
Why?  Because it’s lots of fun and you could win a trophy at the end of the year! (Yes, this year we WILL do trophies!!!!!)
You can also log it for PE and if you teach your child how to keep score, log it for math hours!

Special Needs Classes For Grades Kindergarten and Up
Grades K-6 Taught by Deanna Fisher:
Inspiration Art – Thursdays 9:00 – 9:45
This open studio art class will feature a choice of 2 weekly guided art projects.  Focus will be on incorporating both fine and gross motor skills while working with multi sensory media such as paint, sand, clay, and chalk. We will also be making various types of clay and paint.  Artist apron and beret will be provided.
Cost:  $115 per semester for the first child.  Each additional sibling is $90 per semester.  Materials fee is an additional $15 per child per semester.
Wacky Fun Science – Thursdays 10:00 – 10:45
This interactive class studies space, weather, animals and plants.  Students will put on lab coats and become junior scientists while performing fun experiments with fizzing potions, rockets, magic ketchup, blobs in a bottle, and slime.  Lab coats will be provided.
Cost:  $115 per semester for the first child.  Each additional sibling is $90 per semester.  Materials fee is an additional $15 per child per semester.
Music and Movement – Thursdays 10:45 – 11:30
Targeting gross motor function we will combine music with stretching, dance, exercise and relaxation techniques. Cost:  $115 per semester for the first child.  Each additional sibling is $90 per semester.
Deanna Fisher has a degree in Disability Studies and is currently finishing a degree in Special Education from Fontbonne University.  She currently home schools her 6 year old son and is a full-time caregiver for her adult stepson with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy.  Deanna worked for Special School District for two years and has decided to spend her teaching career helping homeschooled students with special needs. All classes are offered through the Homelink learning center in south St. Louis.  Classes start Sept. 13, 2012 and run through May 15, 2013. For additional information contact Rene Hayes at or 314-922-4632.

The Family Vision is pleased to announce the third series of EntrepreLaunch, a program designed to help young men and women develop the entrepreneurial spirit and skills. We desire to help train and launch young entrepreneurs into the business world.
EntrepreLaunch is for young people ages 15-20 plus, who want to learn entrepreneurial business skills. Participants should have a business idea which they would like to develop (this is recommended for getting the most out of the instruction, but is not required). The previous two series, which ran in spring 2012 and summer 2012, were a great success, and some of the students are working on their own businesses now and putting to work what they learned.
EntrepreLaunch, now in its third series, will begin on September 18, and will contain seven two-hour training sessions, each covering a basic area of business development.  These sessions will feature professionals and entrepreneurs, who will teach participants how to navigate the process of starting and running a business. Here is a breakdown of the schedule and sessions:
Session One: How to Write a Business Plan
Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Session Two: Introduction to Bookkeeping
Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Session Three: Government Requirements: An Overview
Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Session Four: Skills and Methods of Marketing
Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Session Five: Sales Tips and Techniques
Tuesday, October 16, 2012,10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Session Six: Communications in Business
Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M.
Session Seven: Business Ethics and Character
Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
The cost for all seven sessions is $70 per student. Call or email today to sign up!
The Family Vision Library, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO  63376

30 Ramey Dr, Collinsville, IL 62234
(618) 346-5160
>>Nature/Culture Hike September 22
This 3 mile tour will be lead by an Archaeologist and Naturalist, through culturally and naturally significant areas of Cahokia Mounds.  Meet in the Interpretive Center Lobby for the 9:30 am departure. The tour should last about 3 hours, with a short break. Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, bug spray, and bring drinking water. There is no charge for the tour, but an accompanying booklet can be purchased in the  Museum Shop for $1.63.
>>Fall Equinox Sunrise Observance
Meet at Woodhenge Sunday, September 23rd, for a 6:30 am sunrise observance.  Information about the purpose of Woodhenge will be presented by an Archaeologist.  In case of rain this event will be canceled.
>>Artifact Identification Day
September 23, 10 am – 4 pm
Ever wondered about the origin, or correct name of that mystery object you’ve collected? Bring your items to Artifact I.D. Day, for a panel of archaeologists and specialists to look at. There is no charge for this event, held inside the Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center.

Lindell & DeBaliviere, Forest Park
MHM Homeschool Days are completely free! All activities will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and you can spend as much or as little time with us as you’d like. Families interested in participating are kindly requested to RSVP by registering at  Advance registrations allow us to make sure we have enough activity materials for everyone.
We communicate information about these programs exclusively via email. Please sign up for our e-newsletter at to make sure you stay in the loop!
OUR OLYMPICS Monday, September 24
NUMBERS AND NOTES Monday, November 19
WINTER WONDERLAND Monday, December 10
ST. LOUIS IN BLACK AND WHITE Monday, February 25
EXHIBIT TBA Monday, March 18
THEME TBA Monday, April 15

Join your friends to kick off the trivia season with a good “Hart-beat”
Saturday, Sept. 29
Doors open 6:30, Questions start at 7 p.m.
Tables of 8 – $160
Popcorn, beer, and soda will be provided.
Heads or Tails and Dead or Alive
Trinity Lutheran School – gym
4689 N. Hwy. 94, St. Charles, MO 63301
All proceeds go to The Heart-to-Hart Fund to benefit the family
For Reservations call or e-mail by Sept. 23:
Sandy Macke (636) 734-4764 or
Michelle Wilson (636) 946-4801
Checks can be mailed to Sandy Macke
3755 Olsney Dr., St. Charles, MO 63303
Sponsored by friends of the Hart family

Opening in September
283 Lamp and Lantern Village, Town and Country, MO 63017

Chess Club
Chess Club meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, October through May, from 2:00-3:00 p.m.(immediately following PE class) at the Salvation Army, 824 Union Road, 63123. This is a drop-in club. Come every time or whenever it fits with your schedule.
This is a great opportunity for chess enthusiasts to gather and enjoy the game of chess. We begin with a short lesson and then fit in as many games as time allows. Price is FREE! If you have questions, contact Judy Maichel at 314-352-1319 or mjmaichel at juno dot com

We are thrilled to announce the upcoming conference entitled “Encouragement for the Homeschool Family” taking place on October 19 & 20 (Friday and Saturday) at Victory Baptist Church in Saint James, MO. We have the privilege of hosting Steve and Teri Maxwell, parents of 8, who for 19 years have written articles and books addressing issues that are at the heart of Christian families.  Some of their titles include Managers of Their Homes, Managers of Their Chores, Keeping our Children’s Hearts, and Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit. Their website is  The Maxwell’s are engaging speakers; those attending the conference will be able to witness the beauty of a homeschool family devoted to following Christ as they watch the Maxwell family working together in unity.
There is NO charge for the conference. Please consider passing this information along to your group or congregation. We are grateful for any help you can give us in getting the word out about this wonderful opportunity!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at or call (573)201-7751.

Christian College Fair
Thursday, November 1, 2012; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Christian High School, 1145 Tom Ginnever Ave., O’Fallon, MO  63366
For more info, contact :
Stacie Harrell, Director of Admissions and Human Resources
Living Word Christian School       636-978-1680 x107
Over 50 colleges may be represented – stay tuned for the final number!

From Carol Sterns:
I am happy to announce that Harts on Strings (some very dear friends of ours from church) will be releasing their new Christmas CD, King of Kings, on November 1, 2012!  What a great gift idea!  hint, hint…  : )
(Our son Bryan did the promo-video for them.)  Take a look:
Here’s their web-site (still being updated) for more information.

New Guitar Classes Posted!
My Music Room, owned by singer/guitarist Robin Lopate, gives private and group lessons in Kirkwood.  I have posted some new guitar classes up on my website –   I am looking for teens and kids to fill some classes up.  There is also a “Woman to Woman” guitar class, ages 11 and up, great for moms and daughters, and “Guitar For Teens”, for teens only.   Class schedules will be determined based on students’ availability.  Discount for any private or group student that schedules between 9am-3pm.  Please check my website for class descriptions.  I am also accepting private students.
If you are interested in a class, let me know. I have to have at least 3 students to run a class.   My phone number is 314-313-6094.
Here is a little bit about my method:
I am dedicated to the education and empowerment of kids of all ages through music and especially the guitar. Students are encouraged to explore and discover their own talents and capabilities.   My private lesson program is tailored to fit their needs, interests and goals and will provide them with an introduction to open chords, power chords, and simple scales, as well as reading guitar tablature and learning how to finger-pick. I will also touch on some music theory and vocal harmony, as the students’ progress. Material is drawn mostly from the songs they want to learn to play.
I am also very open to teaching adults and could do beginner guitar classes.

Experienced piano teacher currently accepting new students.
My name is Laureen Di Bisceglie. I hold both Bachelor’s of Music and Master’s of Music degrees and am involved in continuing education through a variety of local associations. I am an accomplished pianist and teacher with over 30 years of experience in the classical, traditional method. I maintain a well-established piano studio, conveniently located in St. Louis County. I am currently seeking homeschooled students and can offer daytime hours to fit your family’s schedule. I provide a positive learning experience for students and can tailor a musical education to fit each student’s needs. In addition to a weekly private lesson, students have periodic group lessons in which older students mentor and nurture younger students. Students are given the opportunity to perform in these group classes so that they become comfortable performing in an encouraging and supportive environment. I also offer a variety of performance opportunities to motivate my students and to enrich their piano experience. I accept beginning through advanced students. References are provided upon request. For more information, please call me at 314-601-3217.

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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.