Events List for September 24, 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the current changes.

Home School PE Class
Children will have fun with structured physical activities that will give them the building blocks for proper fitness development.  Parents may also sign up for a boot camp-style class and make getting physically fit a family affair.
$20 per child, $30 parent/child combo
Renaud Spirit Center in O’Fallon, MO
Wednesdays, 1pm, 4 weeks, beginning September 26
Ages: 7-15
Call the RSC front desk (636-474-2732) to register.

Colonial History Day for Homeschooling Families
Saturday, September 29th from 10 to 4
We’ll have new activities and adventures and stories ready for your enjoyment. And, for the first time, we’re hosting a swap meet. If you have gently used clothing, curriculum, or fresh baked goods or produce, or crafts or products your family makes, you are invited to bring them to trade or sell. We do need to know in advance whether you will need a table to display your items. In addition, if you are interested in making a basket, the materials cost $5.00/person over the registration fee which is $35/family and we have enough basketry material for the first 15 participants.
To preregister for the Colonial History Day for Homeschoolers on Saturday, September 29th, please click the green “Learn More” button on our website:  While it is fine to register at the door, it really helps us to know how many people will be attending. You can pay in advance or at the door by check, cash, credit card, or debit card.
Don’t hesitate to call for information or directions.
Thank you for letting us be your resource for 18th century French colonial Missouri history.
Lesley Barker, Director
Bolduc House Museum, 125 South Main Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670

Homeschool Morning at the Magic House is October 1st
No sign-up necessary.  Their new traveling exhibit, The Art of the Brick, will be open along with the renovated Rams Training Center in the former Fitness Center.  Time:  9:30-11:30.   Mark your calendars now–the other dates are November 5, January 7, February 4. Other details:
>Price: $3.00 per person (adults included) (everyday price is $9.50)
>Children under the age of 1 are free.
>You may NOT use any membership pass or discount coupons as this is already a special price.
>Sign up is not necessary. You may pay at the counter and you may use the following:
Cash ~ Check ~ Credit Card ~ Debit Card
>Be sure to use the entrance to the new Educational Center…do NOT use the old entrance (facing the school) and do NOT use the front doors facing Kirkwood Road.
>THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL HOMESCHOOLERS, …SO INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! Please feel free to copy this and forward to them.
>We need to have about 400 homeschoolers participate in these events in order to keep the price this low.  Why not plan to make a day of it?  Go to the Magic House from 9:30-11:30 then do lunch.  Next, visit the Science Center or History Museum or your favorite library. Thanks!

Painting Class
Cost: $150
Contact: Melissa Cunningham
Phone: (618)795-2844
I am offering an 8 week course in painting for middle school and high students in my home on Wednesday afternoons, from 2:00-3:00. We live in Fairview Heights, IL. Class dates are: October 10th, 17th, 24th, November 7th, 14th, 28th, December 5th, and 12th. (please note there is no class on Oct. 31 and Nov. 21 – we will be out of town on those days.) I have space for 5 students. Please call or e-mail me to sign up for the class.
In this 8 week course, students will work with watercolor, acrylic, and oil paints. Please feel free to call or e-mail me with any questions.
Thank you,
Melissa Cunningham

If you have a highschool graduate this year and would like to participate in the SHARE graduation ceremony, please come to our first meeting on:
Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Location:  St. Andrew cafeteria (Homelink location) 309 Hoffmeister 63125
Grads and families are invited.  We will be choosing a date and our charge speaker, so bring your calendar!!!!  You will also be choosing a “job” to volunteer for.
Got questions?  Contact Cathy Mullins, 314-769-7965 or
NOTE:  This graduation is open to all homeschoolers in the area—you do not have to be a member of SHARE to participate.
🙂 Cathy
P.S. 8th grade graduation and Kindergarten graduation planning meetings will begin in January.

Post-Secondary Education Fair
For home-schooled students
This event will take place Friday, October 12, 2012  from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Woodcrest Chapel, 2201 Nifong, Columbia, MO.  This fair is a wonderful opportunity for home schooled students and parents to visit with many different universities, four-year colleges, community colleges, and vocational-technical/trade schools at one time. The 2008 – 2011 fairs included 45 different types and styles of schools, not only from Missouri, but also from states as far away as Wyoming and Tennessee. The schools in attendance will showcase their degree and certification programs and the relaxed environment encourages students to converse with the school representatives. The fair not only gives students and parents information concerning schools and their offerings to our home- schooled students, but it also allows home schooled students to explore the variety of opportunities waiting for them in post-secondary education.
We will again offer the mini-seminar, “Preparing your High School Home-schooled Student for Post-secondary Education,” lead by Cindy Campbell, a home school mom of three. Mrs. Campbell’s seminar was much appreciated by the families that attended the past two years.  She guides and advises home schooling families as they prepare their home-schooled high school student for college. The seminar will address what subjects and records are needed to assist your students with their college preparation. Mrs. Campbell’s oldest child is working as an ASL interpreter and on a master’s program to prepare for a career in speech pathology, her middle son is a full-ride-scholarship graduate of Westminster College and is now earning his master’s at MU on a full scholarship, and her youngest has attended Westminster and is now attending MU to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy.
We hope to offer another mini-seminar concerning Life after High School for your home schooled student.
Hart Career Center, will again this year be offering free of charge, “Education and Career Interest Assessment.” This will be offered to each student that would like to take advantage of this service.  It is voluntary and only for your personal benefit.
Woodcrest is located in an area that has many types of restaurants close at hand.  The church has been very good to us and we would like to respect their building by asking that you eat away from the building and do not carry food/drink into the building.  Closed water bottles would be fine to bring.
If you have any questions about this Post-Secondary Education Fair, please contact the sponsors,
Ron and Brenda Crowe, past home-schooling parents of three at or at their home-based business number 573-642-0659.

Operation Wild Lands
For those who enjoy Autumn and being outdoors, there is an amazing volunteer opportunity.  Join us October 13th in La Barque Creek, November 3 at Bluebird Park in Ellisville, and November 10 at Central Park in Chesterfield for the removal of invasive plants and native plantings.  All events will run from 9a.m.-12p.m.  Everyone in the St. Louis region is encouraged to come out and get involved with all Operation Wild Land events (OWLs). Equipment will be provided for all volunteers.
More information about this event and other OWL’s events may be found by visiting the Operation Wild Lands website.
About Operation Wild Lands (OWLs)
Recognizing that natural habitats are a precious resource and that most of the public-owned urban wild acreage in the St. Louis region is passively managed as a matter of practicality, The Open Space Council for the St. Louis Region created OWLs to help facilitate ongoing wildlife habitat improvements that include area clean-ups, trail development and maintenance, invasive species removal, native plant re-vegetation, tree planting, and educational trips.  We hope you will join us for one of these events.

Drawing class
Cost: $100
Contact: Melissa Cunningham
Phone: (618)795-2844
I am offering an 8 week drawing course for middle school and high school students in my home on Monday afternoons from 2:00 – 3:00. We live in Fairview Heights, IL. Please call me or e-mail me to sign up for the class. I have space for 5 students. The dates for the class are: October 15th, 22nd, 29th, November 5th, 19th, 26th, December 3rd, and 10th.
This 8 week class covers drawing from “life”. We will use still lifes to learn how to “record” what we see. Feel free to call me with any questions.
Thank you,
Melissa Cunningham

OCTOBER 17….this is especially good for you new homeschoolers!  Find out what wonderful resources are available to enhance your curriculum!!!!
Educators, scout and other youth-group leaders are invited to learn about programs, resources and free materials from St. Louis area museums, cultural institutions and organizations at the Resource Center Network’s annual Resource Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 4-6 p.m. in the Living World at the St. Louis Zoo.
Some of the more than 20 exhibitors include Challenger Learning Center, City Museum, Humane Society of Missouri, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, The Magic House, Missouri Botanical Garden, Missouri Department of Conservation, National Great Rivers Museum, Saint Louis Zoo, Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Courthouse and Judicial Learning Center, Ulysses S. Grant Historic Site, and the World Chess Hall of Fame.
Admission is free. Free parking is provided on the North Lot on Government Drive. For more information, visit or call (314) 781-0900  ext. 4554.

Event for local homeschoolers to be held during our Educator Appreciation Week.  There will be a speaker at the West County store from the St. Louis County Library to discuss the programs and offerings available at local library branches.  They will also be signing homeschoolers up for our educator discount card.  B&N offer a 20% discount all year for educators on books purchased for use in their lessons and a 25% discount on all book purchases during our educator appreciation events.
The speaker will be here at 6pm on October 18th, she will have a 20 minute presentation and will then open up the floor for questions.  This event is free of charge and no RSVP is required.  To sign a homeschooler up for our discount we need to see some proof of membership in a Homeschool organization.
We will also have more events, discounts, and give aways that week.
Barnes and Noble, 113 West County Center, Des Peres, MO  63131

Who is Invited:  Homeschooled highschool students (9th – 12th grades) and their guests (who are also 9th-12th grade). This is a special event for highschool students only. (Sorry, no one under 9th grade.)  You do not need to bring a date. Please come and enjoy the company of other homeschoolers.
When:  Thursday, October 25, 2012
Time:  6:30 pm – 10:30 pm     Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Come hungry!  Dinner will be served at 6:45 p.m.
Note:  It’s a Thursday night, so please allow extra drive time due to rush hour traffic.
Where:  Andre’s Banquet Center in South County, 4254 Telegraph Rd., 63129
What to Wear: This dance is formal.
Ladies, dresses should not be too low cut (front or back), and not too short if wearing a shorter style.  Strapless is fine as long as it stays up and everything is covered.
Guys, are required to wear dress pants, shirts, and tie. Many young men will wear a suit coat but it is not required to get in. (No jeans, please!)
Price:  $20 per person.  This includes dinner and music by DJ, Mark Chrun.
How to Register:  Please complete the registration form below (scroll down) and mail it with your check (payable to SHARE) to:
Pat Zink, 720 Woodrun Dr., Ballwin, MO 63021
NOTE:  Advance registration is required—a student’s name must be on the guest list to attend the dance.  Deadline to register is Friday, October 19th at midnight.
NO Exception will be made after the October 19th deadline.
Parents, this dance will be well chaperoned and the DJ will select appropriate, popular music.  Parents are welcome to come in to see the decorations and take some pictures before they leave.
Sorry, only assigned chaperones may attend.
Questions?????  Please call Pat Zink: Cell: 314-540-2957 Email:
Registration Form below scroll down……
Fall Formal Dance – October 25, 2012
Please print homeschool student’s information below.







Phone #__________________________________

I am in Grade:  9   10    11     12    (circle one)

Guest Name________________________Grade___

Number attending____ x $20.00 per person  = $____.00
Make checks payable to S.H.A.R.E.
Please mail this form with payment to:
Mrs. Pat Zink, 720 Woodrun Dr., Ballwin, MO 63021
>>>Last day to register is Friday, October 19th! We have to give Andre’s our total number of people attending on Saturday morning.  This is why you must register before the deadline.
NO Exception will be made after October 19th deadline.
NOTE:  You will not receive tickets. Your name will be placed on the guest list which allows you to enter the dance.  If you want confirmation that I have received your registration, please include your e-mail address above.

Oct 28, 2012, Sunday at 2:30 pm.
Fall Halloween Concert
Featuring Dr. Chiann-Yi Yawitz, Piano, performing Listz Piano Concerto #1
Stravinsky Rite of Spring
Berlioz Symphony Fantastique
Saint Saens-Dance Macabre
TCSO members wil be in costume for the concert!
Ridgway Auditorium
The Principia, 13201 Clayton Road, 63131
(East of Mason Road and west of Ballas Road)

For homeschoolers interested in starting a robotics program, attending this conference will teach you everything you need to know!
Save the date for the Missouri Educational Robotics Conference
November 9-11, 2012. Jefferson City, MO
This is a conference for adults and teens who are leading or want to lead educational robotics opportunities in their communities. The conference is sponsored by Missouri 4-H and the Missouri AfterSchool Network.
Keynote speakers include –
Ross Higashi from the The Robotics Academy at Carnegie-Mellon University will speak on the future of robots and robot education while emphasizing how learning with and about robots contributes to Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math(STEM) education.
Arlene Lantz, lead volunteer, G-Force robotics club and Ann Sherrard, 4-H Extension Educator,
Mt Lake Park, MD will share their experience bringing a wide range of youth groups and robotics opportunities into a comprehensive community robotics education program.
In addition to the keynote speakers there will be 12 hours of workshops on a wide range of topics that address all levels of experience-
>kits to curriculum
>getting started to advanced hardware and software
>local challenges to competitive leagues
>running a project meeting to organizing a community program and plenty of networking opportunities.
Bookmark the conference website Registration will open September 22.
For more information, please call, text or email Ann Boes 573-327-2009

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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