Homeschool Events List for October 29, 2012

More  information about area events can be found at  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/  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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the current changes.

NOW CASTING
Three Short Films for “Christ in Youth” Ministries. http://www.ciy.com
Shoot Location: Joplin, MO
Shoot Start Date: Nov 5 (7 day shoot)
Produced by: Kenny Jackson
Casting by: Katrina Cook
Must be available to work as Local Talent.
Casting Note: Prefer that you live within 3 hours of Joplin, MO in case your days are spread out, so you can go home in between. All options considered, please note on your submission where you would be coming from! If you have someone you can stay with while in Joplin, MO (family, friends) make a note of that as well.
Character Breakdown:
Principal Roles: $200/Day (2 Days, may be spread out)
Note: Prefer older to play younger, especially for Principal roles. Any ethnicity.
Jenna:  14-15 yrs, female, Jr High student,  Typical straight A Student. Likes sports & theater. Must be a strong swimmer. Scenes in a pool,frantically drowning.  $200/day (2 days) Must be available to shoot Nov 7 (Wed).
Joel – 14-15 yrs, male,  jr. high student, scenes with snow, $200/day (2 days)
Russ – 14-15 yrs, male,  jr high student, teddy bear, goes to church, everyone likes him. $200/day (2 days)
Luke: 14-15 yrs, male, Middle school kid, scenes with smoke, curious.  $200/day (2 days)
Featured Roles: $50/Day (1 Day)
Featured roles are either Non-speaking or have less than 2 lines, but will have a significant featured role in the film.
Caitlyn: 14-15 yrs, female, Jr High student. Basketball player. Strong swimmer, scenes in a pool.
Tom Brooks –14-15 yrs, male, jr. high student, into Heavy Metal, Rocker, Air guitarist
Steven Wilson –14-15 yrs, male, jr high student, thinks he is funnier than he actually is, jokester
Matthew Stern –14-15 yrs, male,   jr. high student, tries out his karate moves on anyone who comes within 2 feet
Noah:  14-15 yrs, male,  Middle school kid, plays basketball
Brett: 14-15 yrs, male,  Middle school kid,
Casey: 14-15 yrs, female , Middle school kid,
Dad: Banker, Male. Age 35-42. Father of 15 yr old.
Mom:  Teacher’s assistant. Age 35-40. Female, mother of 15 yr old.
Young Jenna:  Must match with cast “Jenna” , TBD, Age 5-9.
David: Jenna’s brother. Age TBD
Kimmy: Jenna’s sister. Age TBD
Joel’s Mom – divorced, single mom, Age 35-40
To Submit:
Send Email to auditions@katzkasting.com
Put “Joplin” in the subject
Include:
-Your Name, Contact Info, and age (minors)
-Headshot, and bodyshot or casual photo (must match with how you currently look)
-Acting resume
-Why do you want to do this role?
-Where do you live? (How far away is it?)
-Can you do a Video audition if requested? (Will be a very quick turn around)
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Katrina Cook
Casting Director & Owner of Katz Kasting
~Star Casting~Principal Casting~Extras Casting~Reality Casting
Website & Mailing List ~ http://www.KatzKasting.com
Facebook ~ http://www.facebook.com/katzkasting1
IMDB ~ http://www.imdb.me/katzkasting

Ultimate Lunar Landscape
516 S. Kirkwood Rd. St. Louis, MO 63122
The Magic House is hosting an amazing robotics presentation (using LEGO Mindstorms NXT), on November 4 at 2:00 p.m. The Google Lunar X Foundation Moonbots 2012 team, Team Starling (facebook.com/TeamStarling) from Ballwin, MO, will present their Moonbots 2012 “Ultimate Lunar Landscape” that Sunday afternoon. There will be a 6.5 square foot 100% LEGO lunar surface traversed by an autonomous NXT robot (very cool stuff), a solar powered landing ramp leading to a 6-inch tall lunar ridge, an asteroid mining mission, a moonquake simulator, an Archimedes screw powered lunar resource processing facility, an NXT mineral spectrometer implementation, and more!
If you are unable to make it to The Magic House, you can still watch the event live online at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/team-starling-moonbots-2012 on Nov.4 at 2:00 p.m.
Come out to The Magic House and support Team Starling — they’re one of Moonbots 2012 top 30 robotics teams from across the globe!

2013 English Country Dancing – Doubled!
(No prior experience required!)
John & B. Ramsay will again lead us, and we’ll continue to use the gym of Trinity Lutheran School in Orchard Farm!  We’re again planning one “Snow Day” into our schedule!  If we don’t need to use it, it will be a free day of dance review for everyone! This year, we’re trying something else new! We’re going to offer a double session each evening! You can come for the whole evening and get two sessions for the price of one!
EASY (Beginner and less vigorous) ECD: 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Break (to socialize and for dancers to be able to leave or to arrive graciously): 8:00 – 8:30 PM
ADVANCED (for those who like the challenge of the more complex/vigorous dances): 8:30 – 10:00 PM
Dates:
Friday, January 11, 6:30-10 PM  (Casual attire, bring water bottles)
Friday, January 18, 6:30-10 PM  (Casual attire, bring water bottles)
Friday, January 25, 6:30-10 PM  (Casual attire, bring water bottles)
Friday, February 1, 6:30-10 PM  (Casual attire, bring water bottles)
Friday, February 8, 6:30-10 PM  (Casual attire, bring water bottles)
—(skip Feb 15)—
Friday, February 22, 6:30-10 PM – Snow Day make-up if needed; Review before Ball if not (Casual)
Friday, March 1, 6:30-11 PM – Ball  (Dress fancy, bring snacks!)
TOTAL COST:  Still just $60/family for Early Registration & Payment for all six/seven nights
OR $4/dancer, aged 5 and over, per night (either or both sessions!)  MUST be received before Jan 13!!!
OR $72/family At-the-Door Registration & Payment (Jan 13 or later) for all six/seven nights
OR $5/dancer. aged 5 and over, per night (either or both sessions!)
This $4 or $5/person cost applies to guests you bring that are not part of your family; they must have a separate registration.
Only your children’s grandparents and people living under your roof are included as part of your family.  There is no charge for younger children; they are most welcome, but you must be responsible for them!
The facility will be the gym of:
Trinity Lutheran School, 4689 North Highway 94, Saint Charles, MO   63301
Directions:  From I-70 or I-270 take 370 to Hwy 94.  Go north (east) on Hwy 94 about 4 miles (about 5 minutes) to Trinity Lutheran School.  It will be on the left, shortly after a curve to the left and then back to the right again.  Look for a well-lit, red brick school building with flagpoles out front.
Rules for the building include basic courtesy and common sense.  We will have the gym, rest rooms, and entry foyer, (plus the kitchen on the last evening for our Ball).  Non-marking/court shoes are required.  (If we need to pay extra for cleaning or damages, the price goes up, of course.)  All children must be attended by a responsible person at all times.  If they don’t wish to participate, they will be able to play quietly on the floor in the entry or along the edges of the gym while we dance, but they must stay off the dance floor and they must have someone with them to keep them out of harm’s way or from getting into mischief.  We’d like to be welcomed back next year, too!
Registration opens October 1, 2012.
To confirm your reservation, please sign the liability waiver on the back, and return with a check for $60 (or as calculated at $4/dancer aged 5 and over/night) made payable to Steve or Carol Stearns:
Steve & Carol Stearns, 509 Rolling Hills Drive, Saint Charles, MO   63304
cstearns@swbell.net
Trinity Lutheran School Multi Purpose Building Usage Policy
>Smoking or other forms of tobacco use are NOT permitted inside any of the buildings in the school complex.
>Only clean gym/court shoes (no street shoes) are permitted on the gym floor during recreational activities.
>Only authorized personnel are allowed in the equipment room.
>When the kitchen is used (just for the night of the Ball), it will be left in a clean and sanitary condition suitable for the next use.  All tables and counter tops shall be wiped down with a damp rag and mild detergent.  All utensils, dishes, and other items shall be washed clean in soapy water and stored in their proper locations.
>Speech and conduct must be appropriate for each activity and reflect Christian standards.
>Animals are prohibited from the building unless specifically trained for assisting a disabled individual.
>Individuals using the building and equipment are responsible for losses or damages.  It is the responsibility of each family to insure that all facilities are returned to the condition they were in prior to the activity.
>At least one adult must be present at all times for every five minors.  Children will not be allowed to enter the building until adult supervision arrives.
>Trinity Lutheran Church and School is not responsible for accident or injury.  All users are expected to use equipment properly and safely.  Examples of prohibited activities are hanging from basketball rims or nets, kicking or throwing balls, climbing on stacked mats, risers, chairs or tables, or using equipment in a manner inconsistent with its intended use or in a way that would be deemed unsafe.
>The group is responsible for leaving the used rooms neat.  Specifically, all trash will be collected and deposited in the proper waste receptacles throughout the building.  If a custodian must be hired to clean up after the group, an extra fee will be charged.  If the premises are damaged, an extra fee will be charged and the security deposit forfeited.
>Horseplay or loitering is not allowed.  Adults are responsible for the conduct of the minors under their supervision.  No one is permitted in any room other than the one they are scheduled for.
>The Multi Purpose Building may remain closed during inclement or severe weather.  Closing the facility due to weather will be announced by way of e-mail and/or phone call to all families registered.  Every effort will be made to reschedule the activity at a later date.
(to confirm reservation, fill out form below, clip and send with payment to Stearns’ address)
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I acknowledge my responsibility and that of my family in using the facilities of Trinity Lutheran Church.  I agree to abide by the regulations as specified above.  I agree to exercise the utmost care in the use thereof; to leave the building and equipment in clean and orderly condition; and to provide adequate care and supervision of children who attend.  I agree that no controlled substances and tobacco products will be used in the facility.  I further agree that Trinity Lutheran Church is not responsible for any accidents or injuries that may occur.

Signature: ___________________________

Date: _______________________

(Printed Name)  ______________________

# in Family age 5 and over:  ______

Phone:  _____________________________

E-mail: _____________________________

# Sessions ______

Total paid: $_________

Performers, Volunteers Needed for 2013 International Festival
The Maryland Heights Cultural Arts Commission is now accepting music and dance act submissions for the 12th annual International Festival to be held on Feb. 24, 2013. Previous events have included music and dance from Ireland, India, Brazil, Japan, Haiti, Spain and more. New performers and vendors are added every year, and no two festivals are the same.
All submissions must be submitted with a YouTube link including group name, group contact, group phone number and number of performers. The deadline for entry is Nov. 16. Applications should be emailed to Angela Ament or faxed to (314) 738-2547.
The commission also needs volunteers in several areas:
>The city has flags from more than 50 countries all over the world and is looking for people with ties to each country to carry the flags into the opening ceremonies.
>Volunteers are needed to serve on the lobby decoration committee.
>An assistant is needed in the demonstration area.
For more information about performing or volunteering at this popular event, email Alicia or call (314) 738-2599

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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Homeschool Events List for October 26, 2012

More  information about area events can be found at  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/  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.

Discover the Creatures of the Night
Oct. 27 at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park
Discover the creatures that you hear but may not see in the night at a special program Oct. 27 at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park in Wildwood. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the event will feature hikes at 6:15 and 7 p.m. Both are free and open to the public.
Enjoy an evening of games, crafts and hikes as you discover the creatures that go bump in the night. Have fun while learning about Missouri’s nocturnal animals. Come in costume if you would like and remember to bring a flashlight and clothes for a fall evening hike. No reservations are required.
Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park is located 20 miles west of St. Louis on Highway BA, between U.S. 40 and Highway 100. For more information about state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

WINTER READING PROGRAM
St. Louis County Library is introducing a new Winter Reading Club for kids, teens and adults from November 1 – December 31. Adults are asked to read four books; kids and teens are asked to read five hours during the two month period. Those who complete the club will be entered into a raffle to win a winter prize pack which includes such items as sleds, hand warmers, gift cards, DVDs, books, Kindles and more. Log sheets will be available at all SLCL branches starting November 1. For more information call 314-994-3300 or visit the Winter Reading Club webpage.

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    sharrell@lwcs.us       636-978-1680 x107

OPEN SPACE COUNCIL
This group welcomes homeschool volunteers!
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.
Upcoming OWLS Events
November 3: Bluebird Park, Ellisville
November 10: Central Park, Chesterfield
December 1: Work Day, TBD
Find more information about this event and RSVP for OWL’s events by visiting the Operation Wild Lands website.  http://www.openspacestl.org/programs/operation-wild-lands

Homeschool Morning at the Magic House
November 5; 9:30-11:30
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. Mark your calendars now–the other dates are 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!

Drawing Class opportunity for Teens from Linda Thompson
I am offering beginning drawing classes for adults at the Hobby Lobby store in Manchester, MO, starting Nov. 5.  Homeschooled teens (13+) who are serious about drawing are welcome to take this class.  We will meet 9 times (Nov 5, 12, 19, 26, Dec 3, 10, Jan 7, 14, 21.)   The morning class will meet from 10:30 to 11:45 am.  The evening class will meet from 6:45 to 8 pm.  Cost is $40, plus supplies.  To sign up, call Linda Thompson at three 1 four 2 seven six 5 five eight four.

“CHRISTMAS ON THE AIR” AUDITIONS!
The good old days are here again!  Our WWII Era Christmas dessert theatre is back by popular demand.  Sip warm coffee or cocoa and enjoy delightful desserts as the cast of Broadway on the Driveway and Swing St. Louis ring in the season with nostalgic holiday hits and lively dance routines.  Proceeds from this show benefit Broadway on the Driveway’s 2013 summer musical.
General Audition & Show Info:
http://www.broadwayonthedriveway.com/Events.html
Audition Instructions, mandatory dress rehearsal/show dates/times, application form, song lyrics & audio clips:
http://www.broadwayonthedriveway.com/COA_Application.html
Broadway on the Driveway
info@broadwayonthedriveway.com
636.541.2813

ROLLER SKATING
Rock Roll-O-rena in Arnold is having FREE skating (it still costs to rent skates if you need them, but no cover!) on November 6 from 6-8 PM. All you have to do is bring 2 canned goods per person. Cans go to Arnold Food Pantry.
4153 Jeffco Blvd., Arnold, MO  63010   636-464-5688

Missouri Educational Robotics Conference – For Mentors
As a program partner, I want to make you aware of an opportunity Missouri 4-H and the Missouri AfterSchool Network is offering to adults who work with youth in robotics.  The Missouri Educational Robotics Conference is November 9-11 in Jefferson City.  Registration is open and details are on the website http://4h.missouri.edu/events/robotcon/
If you are or want to work with kids and robots, this event is for you! This conference has wide appeal and will help participants learn more about this rapidly growing opportunity to help our young people learn more about science using robotics as an avenue.
The conference is planned for adult volunteers, teachers, after school staff, and teens.  Our focus is developing leadership for local programs.  The conference will feature presentations, workshops, and demonstrations covering a range of interests and expertise about robot technology, robot competitions, youth development, and program development. I’ve attached the “schedule at a glance”, “workshops at a glance”, and the “detail schedule and workshop descriptions”.
Please pass this along to anyone else you think might be interested and post on social media your organization may use. Let me know if you have additional questions.
Thank you,
Lynna J. Lawson, M Ed
4-H Youth Development Specialist
e-mail: lawsonl@missouri.edu
website: http://extension.missouri.edu/stfrancois

2012 HOMESCHOOL CRAFT FAIR!
NOVEMBER 10, 2012; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
West County Assembly of God, 13431 North Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017
Hosted by The Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo
Come on out and join the fun, chose Christmas presents – and buy some delicious food! The kids can shop for gifts to surprise Mom and Dad with – no peeking allowed. Home School Crafters from across the St. Louis area will fill the gym!
For more info, see www.craftfair2012.com and the great FAQ section there!

Homeschool Writing Contest
November 24, 2012
This writing contest for children who are Homeschooled. It is an opportunity for Homeschooled children to have their creative writing read by a panel of judges (2 tiers – first level of judges will be parents, second level will be an author/editor).
Rules:
1. Entries must be the work of a Homeschooled child.
2. All entries must be submitted via e-mail attachment to Melissa Cunningham – fiveslypigs@yahoo.com
3.  All entries must be in standard format (Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, 1” margins)  Send  attachment as a .doc file.
4.  All entries must be a story—NO Reports.  Can be fiction or non-fiction (ie, a story about your family vacation)
Guidelines:
1.  Children’s essays will be divided by grade as follows:
K-2
3rd-5th
6th-8th
9th-12th
2.  All entries must be submitted by midnight 11/30/2012
3.  Word count for each age bracket:
K-2 = 50-200
3rd-5th = 200-500
6th-8th = 500-1000
9th-12th = 1000-1500
3. All entries must be in standard format (Times New Roman, 12pt. font, 1″ margins) Please be sure to send attachment as a .doc file
4. All entries must be a story – NO Reports. Can be fiction or non-fiction (ie – a story about your family vacation).
If you have questions, please contact Melissa Cunningham at fiveslypigs@yahoo.com

TEEN TALENT COMPETITION
It’s time for the 3rd annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition to take acts. Ages 12-18
The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation is accepting applications from senior high school students in the St. Louis Metro area. Acts may consist of one to six students competing in (but not limited to) the following categories: Singer, Actor, Dancer, Musician, Comedian, Magician, Ventriloquist, Circus Skills performer (i.e. Juggler, Clown, Aerialist, etc.).
Students will compete for college scholarships, prizes and public appearance opportunities. Visit www.foxpacf.org to register or for more information. Must register by December 1, 2012.

YOUNG ACTORS WORKSHOP & SHAKESPEARE
Will be participating in the ESU National Shakespeare Competition 2013
This is an exciting opportunity that I have been made aware of and am so pleased to be able to organize a competition and offer it to our homeschool community through YAWS.
Young Shakespeareans will have the opportunity to perform a monologue and a sonnet from one of Shakespeare’s works for a panel of judges.
I have the honor of serving as judge for the Saint Paul II High School competition on Jan 11, 2013 as they choose a student for the St Louis Branch competition..
Students in grades 9 – 12  will compete in a local competition offered through YAWS.  The winner will go on to the ST. Louis Branch competition held in January 2013.  The winner of the branch competition will go on to the national competition in NYC in April 2013.
The national winner will have the opportunity to attend “summer school” with the Royal Shakespeare Company in England!
I will be working with the students to prepare them completely for their audition including selection of material, staging, voice and diction, character interpretation and rehearsing for the YAWS competition.  I will also work with our winner in preparation for the Branch competition.
Each student will participate in a 6 week  group workshop as well as a one-hour private workshop in preparation. Students will also be expected to memorize outside of our scheduled workshop.
I am limiting the workshop to 8 students.  If there are more interested we will form a second workshop.
The YAWS competition will be held in early January and the branch competition is scheduled for January 26, 2013.
For additional details and to register your student please email me at heathersartin@yahoo.com.
Looking forward to an amazing experience!
Thanks- Heather Sartin, Director

SCIENCE BOWL
I’m coordinating a Missouri Regional Science Bowl for middle school students to take place March 2, 2013. Registration is only $20 for a 4-5 student team, and the winning team wins an all-expenses paid trip to compete in National Science Bowl in DC. Registration is now open on the national website (http://science.energy.gov/nsb/middle-school/middle-school-regionals) and is limited to the first 30 teams. Homeschool teams are welcome, and students must be born on or after September 1, 1997 and on or before April 25, 2003.
I’m happy to answer any questions you might have, and I’d love if you could make this information available to your members in your weekly email.
Thanks!
Amanda Yuen, Coordinator
Missouri Regional Science Bowl–Middle School
http://tinyurl.com/moscibo

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.

Homeschool Events List for October 24, 2012

Just a little note for my readers…
My name is Susie Thurmond. I am the Owner/Editor/Writer of the St. Louis Area Homeschool Events List (inherited from Wayne Walker in 2008). This blog is NOT associated with any singular area homeschool group. I post almost anything sent to me. Think there should be more of your groups events posted? Give your leaders my email address (found at the bottom of this post). I will not share any private group events without permission from group leaders. Some groups are just more open to sharing their events than others.
At this time, I would also like to request the assistance of some research assistants. The pay is terrible ($0), but the hours are great (as your schedule allows) and the rewards are fabulous (ensuring your community has information and choices). The best people for this position will be those who like to “do stuff”. No training necessary! Everyone is hired!  Just put my email address (see below) in your contacts and when you see something I could use, shoot me an email. In the body of the email please, I usually will not open attachments. Also, when you have time (I know that phrase is humorous to a homeschool parent), peruse the website to look for broken links and incorrect or out of date information. I am looking forward to getting some volunteers! I do not charge anyone to post their events, nor do I receive payment for this blog. So also let businesses you frequent know to send me their classes and events. Illinois side this includes you, too!!!
Thanks to all for reading and subscribing. As usual, feel free to forward! 🙂

More  information about area events can be found at  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/  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.

A.G. Edwards JA Finance Park Homeschool Visit Day
When: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
This is the same day as the homeschool visit for JA BizTown.
Time: Arrival: 9:15 until 9:30
JA Finance Park: 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Ages: Ages 13 to 18
Where: Junior Achievement, Dennis & Judy Jones Free Enterprise Center, 17339 North Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield, Missouri, 63005
Enroll: Online at www.jastl.org
Look for the Homeschool menu item under JA Finance Park
Enrollment is limited to 100 students
Student Fee: $25 for 1st student (includes curriculum and visit)
$15 for each additional student within a family.
$15 for stand alone visit day
Registration through January 22, 2013
Curriculum Pick-up: Starts September 1, 2012; from 8:30 until 4:00 M-F.
Please allow 3 business days after registration for materials to be prepared.
January 25, 2013 is the last day to pick-up materials.
The curriculum takes about four weeks to complete.
Ask for Nancy Armstrong
Training: Online training is available at, www.jastl.org
Additional information: Cheryl Bohlen
Phone: (636) 728-0707 ext. 234
E-mail: cbohlen@jastl.org

FOUNDRY ART CENTER CLASSES
The St. Charles Foundry Art Center is now offering art and drama classes for many age ranges. See their website at http://www.foundryartcentre.org/education.aspx   As each class is a separate topic or project, there’s no loss in joining mid semester.  Costs will be prorated for remaining classes.  Offering several classes for children is new to the Foundry so enrollment is low. It’s almost like private lessons!!  Please consider joining us for these great classes so they will continue offering them in spring!

TEACHER’S LOUNGE MOVING SALE
The local store The Teacher’s Lounge (in S. Country) is moving in November and started a sale to cut down inventory. A lot of stuff is geared towards traditional classrooms, but the selection of workbooks is pretty good. http://www.the-teachers-lounge.com/

HOMESCHOOL GYMNASTICS
They are starting a homeschool gymnastics class at Olympiad, the Manchester location on Mondays from 2:30-3:20 if anyone is interested. We would love it if some other families could join us!
For more information, call Bonnie or Kim at 636-227-7460.
312 Sovereign Court, Manchester, MO 63011
http://www.olympiadgymnastics.org/manchester.htm

SPANISH CLASSES
We’ve had a great summer-fall session so far and I am excited to see how much the kids are learning!  I’m collecting registrations for our fall-winter Spanish session. Classes will run from the week of Oct. 22th – the week of December 17th. This session will last 8 weeks. For classes scheduled on Thursdays, we won’t meet on Thanksgiving Day.
I would like to add an extra day to our class options to give more families the ability to enroll. Below is the list of classes that are available.
> Grade School: Wednesday 10:45-11:45
> Grade School: Thursday 10:45-11:45
> High School: Wednesday 9:30-10:30
> High School: Thursday 9:30-10:30
I am also offering an advanced level class to anyone who has completed Spanish 2 and would like to proceed into a conversational level. This class will meet on Wednesday or Thursday from 12-1.
ONLINE CLASSES ARE NOW AVAILABLE!
I will allow up to 5 students in a class and we will use Skype’s Video Chat feature. Students can download the free version of Skype and we will meet once a week and follow the same curriculum as the live classes.
The class fee is $8/day or $56/whole session when paid in full (discount of one class cost).
Discounts are also given to families with more than one child enrolled in the same class. Contact me to get your discounted rate.
Please pass on this information to anyone you know who may be interested in Spanish classes.
Please let me know via email at b_mcstnd@yahoo. com if you would like to register. Feel free to call/text me with any questions. 314-643-7173.
Gracias! -Becca Castaneda

AMAZING MARRIAGES! Seminar 
“What 5 Minutes Can Do For Your Marriage.”
Join us on Friday, October 26 at 6:30 PM for an Amazing Marriages seminar!
Come and hear marriage counselors (and TFV patrons) Dianne and Perry Dodge!
Dianne and Perry will speak on “What 5 Minutes Can Do For Your Marriage.”
Maybe you think to yourself sometimes, “Sure! A better marriage would be great, but who has the TIME?” Dianne and Perry will help you learn how to capitalize on the small moments that will have a BIG impact on your marriage.
Perry and Dianne Dodge help people experience God’s life-giving power in their relationships. They hosted the Marriage Minute, a live weekly radio segment, and have been featured on NBC TV News, KSIV Bott Radio Network, and Saint Louis Woman Magazine. The Dodges have been married 12 years and enjoy spending time with their two daughters. For more details on the Dodges’ ministry, visit www.amazingmarriages.com.
The cost for this event is $10 per couple. This seminar will be accompanied by a potluck dinner. Please bring a main dish for the dinner; The Family Vision will provide dessert.
To sign up, please contact The Family Vision by Wednesday, October 24. We hope to see you and to get an AMAZING MARRIAGE!
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO  63376
Office: 636-447-6900

Storytelling with Monte Yellow Bird Sr.
Foundry Art Center
520 North Main Center, Saint Charles, MO 63301 p: 636-255-0270
Friday, October 26, 2012; 6:00pm
Free & Open to the Public
The Foundry Art Centre welcomes Monte Yellow Bird, an award-winning artist, educator and storyteller for an evening of imaginative fun! Families and people of all ages will enjoy listening to traditional Native American stories. Original artwork will also be on display for viewing.
http://foundryartcentre.org

Free Showings of 2016 Obama’s America – Love Him, Hate Him, You Don’t Know Him
Friday, Oct. 26; 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27; 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 28; 2:00 p.m.
Pillar in the Valley, 229 Chesterfield Business Parkway, Chesterfield MO 63005
About the movie:
2016 Obama’s America takes audiences on a gripping visual journey into the heart of the world’s most powerful office to reveal the struggle of whether one man’s past will redefine America over the next four years. The film examines the question, “If Obama wins a second term, where will we be in 2016?”
Across the globe and in America, people in 2008 hungered for a leader who would unite and lift us from economic turmoil and war. True to America’s ideals, they invested their hope in a new kind of president, Barack Obama. What they didn’t know is that Obama is a man with a past, and in powerful ways that past defines him–who he is, how he thinks, and where he intends to take America and the world.
Immersed in exotic locales across four continents, best selling author Dinesh D’Souza races against time to find answers to Obama’s past and reveal where America will be in 2016. During this journey he discovers how Hope and Change became radically misunderstood, and identifies new flashpoints for hot wars in mankind’s greatest struggle. The journey moves quickly over the arc of the old colonial empires, into America’s empire of liberty, and we see the unfolding realignment of nations and the shape of the global future.
CWA of Missouri
PO Box 22014, St. Louis MO
www.cwfa.org

TOWN AND COUNTRY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Halloween Concert
Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 2:30 pm
No Charge for Admission!!!
The Principia, Ridgway Auditorium, 13201 Clayton Road, 63131
Featuring:
Dr. Chiann-Yi Yawitz, Piano Soloist
Liszt Piano Concerto #1
Also Presenting:
Stravinsky Rite of Spring
Berlioz Symphony Fantastique
Saint Saens-Dance Macabre
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.

TEEN CAMPAIGN BLITZ
You know that many of our leaders – nationwide, statewide, county, and city – will be chosen during the election next week. I will be doing all I can to make sure quality men & women are elected to these positions. Would you join me for a day of campaign work & fun in the St. Louis area next week?
Who: teenagers (homeschool & beyond), friends/family they would like to invite, & alumni of Teen Eagles & TeenPact Leadership School
What: a day full of campaign opportunities for teen volunteers!
When: Tuesday, October 30th (one week from election day!)
Where: in & around the St. Louis area, but based out of the Pillar Foundation in Ellisville (15820 Clayton Road)
Why: to support great candidates for political office (and earn civics credit)
We will be working in four different shifts. You are invited to join for whatever times you can. Our projects are expected to include –
1st – 10:00am to 12:00pm – neighborhood literature drop for Representative Kurt Bahr
2nd – 2:00pm to 4:00pm – shift for state Attorney General candidate Ed Martin
3rd – 4:00pm to 7:00pm – campaigning for State Representative Paul Curtman
4th – 6:00pm to 8:00pm – phone banking & etc for US Senate candidate Todd Akin
All shifts will leave from the Pillar Foundation but volunteers may join the team at any time. We will offer car-pooling for those who need it, but let us know in advance.
Be sure to rsvp!
For more information or to join, contact Sarah Greek at 417-712-4688 or excelsior.g@gmail.com

Reformation Day Family Movie Night
Featuring the movie “COURAGEOUS”
Wednesday, October 31
Come and celebrate Reformation Day with us!
This annual tradition at TFV is always a big hit. Families can come and fellowship together, sharing a meal and a movie.
The evening will start at 6:00 PM. Bring a pot of chili and a dessert to share!
The movie will start at 6:45 PM. We will show the movie Courageous, an action-packed, family-friendly movie about a small group of police officers and friends who challenge each other to be better husbands and fathers.
Admission is free; a love offering will be taken. Contact us to let us know you’re coming!
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO  63376
Office: 636-447-6900

Hip Hop Symphony
Don’t miss the next Educational Concert – the “Hip Hop Symphony” Young People’s Concert on Wednesday, October 31, 11:00 am. There are still spots in the (wonderful!) Grand Tier section with SHARE.
The new Educational Director wants us to know that even though the concert is on October 31st it will not contain any “Halloween” themes! The Teachers’ Guide at www.slso.org describes this fun and educational event…
Learn about musical form in this innovative program pairing hip hop choreography by Redd Williams with classical favorites performed by the St. Louis Symphony. When the dancers take the stage, you’ll see the visual and physical representation of what you’re hearing!
To sign up for “Hip Hop Symphony” or any other SHARE-sponsored Educational Concert, go to the Public Page of the SHARE website at www.homeschool-life.com/mo/share/ and click on the “Public Calendar” link on the left sidebar at the bottom. When the calendar appears, click on the date/concert you’re interested in. A pop-up window will appear on the left side of your screen. Fill out the required information and your name will be added to the sign-up list. SHARE pays for your spot when your name is on the list.
Send your payment of $5.00 per person (child or adult) to Kerrie Tate, 617 Bacon Ave. St. Louis MO 63119. If you are signing up at the last minute you can bring your payment on the day of the concert. Checks are made payable to SHARE. Powell Symphony Hall is in the Grand Center District, located one block north of The Fox Theatre, at 718 N. Grand, 63101.
For more information go to the “Powell Hall Concerts – NEW” link on the left sidebar of the SHARE website. Scroll over to the different concert webpages. Feel free to email, text or call with any questions.
Hope you can join us for one or all of the concerts! Feel free to call, text or email with any questions…
Kerrie Tate (kertatefieldtrip@aol.com or 314-791-0000)
Other SHARE-sponsored Educational Concerts….
“Magical Movements – The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” Young People’s Concert on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 11:00 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!
“Remarkable Farkle” Kinder Konzert on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 11:00 am
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.

ASL CLASSES
Invite to all St. Louis area homeschoolers and interested people … We will be starting an American Sign Language class on Thursday evenings beginning November 1st. If you are interested please text fellow homeschooler Deb Johnson at 1-9three6-six48-5nine36 for more details.

Fontbonne University/Charlie Brennan Show Book Club Meeting
November 1 at 10am
MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM, Lindell & DeBaliviere, Forest Park
Join MHM for a live Charlie Brennan broadcast and interview. Pulitzer finalist and professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin H.W. Brands talks about his new book, “The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace”.
Brands gives us the first full biography of Grant in more than a decade. Attend this event, meet Brands, and learn how a St. Louis businessman saved our country from collapse not once but twice.
Doris Kearns Goodwin says this book has stories “not found anywhere else. In this compelling narrative, Grant emerges more fascinating than ever before.”
All attendees will also receive free admission to the exhibit The Civil War in Missouri. The event is free, but reservations are required. Please call (314) 444-1827 or email to reserve your space.

GREAT SKATE
The folks at Great Skate in St. Peters are still doing the first Friday of the month afternoon skate session in the fall and winter. This used to be their homeschool skate, but they have opened it up to the public, although many homeschoolers still attend. The first one is Friday, November 2, 1-4pm. The fee is $5/skater, and skate rental is $2. They allow parents to walk in the rink with your skater. This is great for those of us with young kids. The rink also rents skate mates for $2, which are basically walkers on wheels.
130 Boone Hills Drive, St. Peters, MO  63376
636 441 2530
www.greatskaterocks.com

OIL PAINTING CLASSES
at First Baptist Church Arnold; 2012 Missouri State Road; Arnold, MO:
Beginning Oil Painting Students (those with NO or limited experience)
“Crocuses”;  Fridays, Noon – 2 PM; November 2 – 30, 2012
Cost $28; Canvas available for $6.50; Paint palette available for $10
Advanced Oil Painting Students and Adults (Call if you are not sure if you qualify)
“Ninfa, Italy”; Fridays, 9 – 11 :30 AM; November 2 – December 7, 2012
Cost $35; Canvas available for $9.50
NOTE:  There will be NO class on Friday, November 23, due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Photos of the paintings, list of supplies needed and registration are all available on line at
www.fbcarnold.org/artsandcrafts.  You may also email the instructor or call with questions – trina.stephens@fbca.us;  636-296-7729  ext. 148.
Thank you!
Trina Stephens
Coordinator Arts and Crafts
First Baptist Church Arnold

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.

Homeschool Events List for October 8, 2012

More  information about area events can be found at  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/  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.

Tracking Turtles
From the Volcanoes of Galapagos to Washington University’s Tyson Research Center and Downtown St. Louis
Oct 23rd, 2012 (Tue); 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Conservation Conversations Series
Featured Speaker: Stephen Blake, Ph.D., Programme Coordinator, Giant Tortoise Project; post-doctoral Researcher, Max Planck Institute of Ornithology; International Volunteer, Charles Darwin Foundation, Galapagos; Adjunct Researcher, Saint Louis Zoo, Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Missouri – St. Louis and School of Environment and Forestry, State University of New York; visiting scientist, Washington University in St. Louis
Iconic Galapagos tortoises are the world’s largest living terrestrial reptiles and are famous for stimulating Charles Darwin’s early ideas on evolution by natural selection. Despite their fame, the ecology and conservation status of Galapagos tortoises remains remarkably poorly understood.
In this fascinating look at turtles and tortoises, Stephen Blake introduces an applied research programme that seeks to understand the movement ecology of Galapagos tortoises, during which long distance stereotypic seasonal migrations have been documented for the first time. He illustrates efforts to translate applied science into exciting conservation outreach and education for the children of Galapagos – the future stewards of the Islands. And he discusses the parallels between the Galapagos tortoises and box turtles right here in St. Louis, and describes a sister programme to the Galapagos work for conservation, research, and education of turtles that has been piloted in Forest Park and Washington University’s Tyson Research Center.
Location: Saint Louis Zoo Living World Auditorium. Parking is FREE in the Zoo North Lot.
FREE and OPEN to ALL. Adults, teachers, middle and high school students, and the general public are invited to attend.

Battle of Pilot Knob Guided Tour
Join the members of the Civil War Round Table of St. Louis on Saturday October 27, 2012 for a guided tour of the Pilot Knob, Missouri battlefield. The Battle of Pilot Knob was the first major engagement of General Sterling Price’s 1864 Missouri Expedition, and a crushing defeat for Confederate hopes of a successful invasion of Missouri. Cost of the tour is only $15 per person. This guided tour includes stops at the Fort Davidson State Historic Site visitor center and museum, the remains of Fort Davidson, and  various locations in and around Ironton and Pilot Knob, where fighting occurred on September 26-27, 1864. There will be an optional discussion period at the Fort Davidson Café before the tour and an optional integration period immediately following the tour. The tour begins at 10:00 a.m. from the visitor center at Fort Davidson State Historic Site in Pilot Knob, Missouri. The tour, including a stop for lunch, will last until approximately 5:00 p.m. The tour will be conducted convoy style with each participant providing their own transportation. Participants are responsible for providing their own picnic lunch. This tour is intended to be a true learning experience for all participants regardless of their knowledge of the Civil War. In addition to stops at significant points on the battlefield and a description of the fighting in that area, tour participants will also explore such topics as logistics, technology, tactics, coordination, battlefield medicine, reconnaissance, civilians on the battlefield, intelligence, and leadership. Participants will examine and discuss the battlefield terrain, which was an important factor in shaping the plans and outcome of the battle. The tour is limited to 40 participants so reserve your place on the tour right away.  Participants will also receive a commemorative tour program. To register for the tour, or for more information, please visit our web site at www.civilwarstlouis.org or e-mail the tour leader at historynutt@hotmail.com

Greater St. Louis Area Volunteer Fair
October 28, 2012; Noon – 5pm
The Event is open to the public and admission is free
Hilton St. Louis Frontenac, 1335 South Lindbergh Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63131
Located in the Ambassadeur Ballroom
Here is a link to the event website – http://www.501connect.com/fair/volunteer-fair.php
FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS OF ALL AGES AND SKILL LEVELS
We invite St. Louis community members of all ages, interests and skill levels to attend.
• Find a meaningful opportunity for you and your family.
• Find a Service Project to satisfy community service graduation requirements.
• Find an opportunity for your business or group to get involved in community service.
• Sign-up for a one-time, special project or make a commitment to help with an ongoing need.
Over 90 organizations will be on hand to discuss opportunities with potential volunteers. Speak to representatives from St. Louis area nonprofit organizations and learn about their services and opportunities to get involved.  Organizations large and small will be on hand to meet with you. These local organizations help those in need, beautify communities, preserve history, rescue animals, protect the environment, and ultimately, make St. Louis a better place to live. Give back by volunteering with an organization that interests you.

Halloween at the Museum
Put on your costume and celebrate Halloween with us!  Go trick-or-treating in the galleries, hang out with Radio Disney, make Halloween crafts, and much more!
When: Tuesday, October 30; 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Missouri History Museum, Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri; Throughout the Museum
How Much: Free

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.
Sincerely,
Melenie Broyles
www.etiquettesaintlouis.com

St. Louis Mineral and Gem Society Show
November 16-18, 2012
White-Rodgers Community Center in Affton
The kids can make free rock starter kits, and there are lots of beautiful and interesting things to see (and purchase if you so choose). Very educational! These folks LOVE to share their hobby!
http://www.stlrockclub.com/show.htm

Penguin Ski Club!
Though the price went up a little this year, it’s still an unbelievable deal and makes a fantastic Christmas gift.
For only $119 each person receives a lift ticket, ski or snowboard rental each time they visit (once a week Mon-Thurs), and an individual pass that they will keep with them. This pass is flexible allowing you to vary your choice of day from week to week (Mon-Thurs). It must be presented at the ticket window with each visit to Hidden Valley so a current lift ticket can be issued to the pass holder.
Joining this club this way is still less expensive than skiing twice without a pass. It’s a fundraiser for the Homeschool Japanese Club. We are planning to go to Japan this summer.
There is also a Friday option. If you would like to ski on Fridays only, you can buy a Friday pass for $149. Friday is a high demand day, but still less busy than weekends. The same person cannot buy both a Mon-Thurs pass and a Friday pass.
Anybody can join, including your friends, neighbors and family who aren’t homeschooling. But the deadline to join is December 1st at midnight. Hidden Valley makes no exceptions to the deadline.
To join the Penguin Ski Club, visit http://www.hiddenvalleyski.com/. Click “Plan and Buy” along the top. Click School programs, then under HV Ski and Ride Club click Learn More, then click the box to buy now. Our user name for the club is “Penguins” with a capital P. Our password is “homeski” with a lower case h. You are now in our club site.
Next you will click the blue “go shopping.” At the top left there is a box of categories where you click 12/13 ski passes. Select the pass you would like. Most people want the Mon-Thurs option for $99. You can also select the Friday only option for$149 if you want and add it to the cart and check out. (There is tax on tickets, which is about $7.50.)
During check out you will assign a guest for the pass. If you were a member last year, type in the name of each person one at a time and see if it is still in the system. If not, you may need to create a new guest. New members do this by typing in the name, address and birthday, etc.
Once you find the guest, or create a new one, you select the guest and enter the birthday of that guest. Check out is like most other things on line. You enter your billing name and address and make payment via Visa, Master Card or Discover.
To learn more about Hidden Valley, you may visit the website at http://www.hiddenvalleyski.com/
If you still have questions, please email me at K3instl@att.net or call 636-273-9565. If needed, I will contact Hidden Valley for you. The season is crazy busy, and they want us to have one contact person for all our questions.
Thanks!
Heidi Keifer

How Great Thou Art Workshop
Coming in December 3-5, 2012
A few years ago we brought in Barry Stebbing, who writes the “How Great Thou Art” art curriculums. It was very successful and, guess what? He is coming to St. Louis again!!!!
Barry and Saundra Stebbing are so sweet!  They are super talented, love art, and have the desire to inspire students to do good works, to show them that God has given each and every one of them ability to create, and that drawing and painting are learned disciplines. The course includes teaching many of the basic fundamentals of beginning drawing and painting, an introduction to art appreciation (studying the great masters), and new techniques in the use of colored markers and colored pencils.
You will be amazed at how much your child will learn in just 3 days. The classes are large, all ages are taught at the same time, but it really works well! I sat in on the class last time and found it not only instructional but encouraging. I truly felt like my drawing skills were enhanced!  And I was impressed at how Barry is able to control the classes and keep the students hanging on to every word he says and every line he draws.
We need a minimum of 70 students to make this workshop viable and I don’t think I will have any problem getting that many.  December is the kind of month where everyone likes to kind of kick back and do less school and more preparing for the holidays.  So make plans to have your children bake cookies, make homemade gifts, and log 7-1/2 hours of art.  After they take the class, you might want to have them also design your Christmas card and then mail it out to all your family and friends!
Additional information and the registration form is available on the SHARE website navigational bar and on the calendar. (www.homeschool-life.com/mo/share)
Feel free to email me with questions.
Blessings! Cathy (and Kerrie too)

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.

Homeschool Events List for October 7, 2012

More  information about area events can be found at  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/  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.

NEW SECULAR GROUP – ST. CHARLES AREA!
With the encouragement and support from some other homeschoolin’ parents, we have decided to create an environment for ourselves and our children that is relaxed and conducive to building relationships. You know, the public is ALWAYS worried about our ability to socialize. 😉
If you are interested in helping us start this group we’d love to see you whenever you can.
Our first meeting will consist of choosing a name, discussing our mission, and getting the kids together to PLAY! From there we will figure out the rest.
From the feedback I’ve gotten, we are looking for a non-hierarchical, consensus decision-making group.
The first meeting was October 5th. (Sorry for the too late notice ~ Susie)
Any ideas/thoughts – feel free to email me! After the meeting, we will post the notes/minutes as soon as possible for all to see.
Thanks!
Shannon
shannonburgdorf@gmail.com

KINDER KONZERT
I’ve been getting a lot of calls and emails asking if there is still room in “Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham” Kinder Konzert this Wednesday, October 10 at 11:00 am at Powell Hall. The answer is YES – there is still plenty of room in our Dress Circle Box section and you do not have to be a SHARE member to attend. It should be an awesome concert with a special on-stage performance by the Really Inventive Theater Group. Here is how the new Educational Director describes it:
“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. Louis Symphony and the Really Inventive Stuff theatre group. Featuring actor Michael Boudewyns and soprano Kimberly Schroeder. Join Sam as he explores all the different ways to eat his favorite dish! Words by Dr. Seuss and music by Robert Kapilow.”
To sign up for “Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham,” or any other Educational Concert, go to the Public Page of the SHARE website at www.homeschool-life.com/mo/share/ and click on the “Public Calendar” link on the left sidebar at the bottom. When the calendar appears, click on the date/concert you’re interested in. A pop-up window will appear on the left side of your screen. Fill out the required information and your name will be added to the sign-up list. SHARE pays for your spot when your name is on the list.
Send your payment of $5.00 per person (child or adult) to Kerrie Tate, 617 Bacon Ave. St. Louis MO 63119. Checks are made payable to SHARE. The concert is geared for students in grades K – 4th grade, but all ages are welcome to attend. Powell Symphony Hall is in the Grand Center District, located one block north of The Fox Theatre, at 718 N. Grand, 63101.
For more information go to the “Powell Hall Concerts – NEW” link on the left sidebar of the SHARE website. Scroll over to the different concert webpages. Feel free to email, text or call with any questions.
Hope you can join us! KerrieTate (kertatefieldtrip@aol.com or 314-791-0000)

Beginning Flintknapping Workshop
Cahokia Mounds, 30 Ramey Dr, Collinsville, IL 62234
Larry Kinsella will teach a Beginning Flintknapping Workshop, October 14th, from 12:00 – 4:00 pm at the Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center.  All supplies are included in the $30 fee.  Advance registration is required by calling (618) 346-5160.

Homeschool Day at Barron Gymnastics!!!
The nice folks at Barron Gymnastics have once again graciously opened their doors exclusively to homeschooling families for a once a month open gym, and the best part is that they are going to continue giving us a reduced rate for the 2012-13 school year!!
When?   3rd Monday of every month: October 15, November 19, January 21, February 18, March 18, April 22 (actually 4th Monday), May 20
Where?   Barron Gymnastics, 5411 Jedmed Court, St. Louis, MO 63129
Time?  10:30 am. – 12:00 p .m.
Cost?  1st child = $8.00; Each additional family member = $6.00
What?
~1.5 hours of supervised unstructured time where children enjoy fun and excitement.
~Equipment available includes: Beams, Bars, Vault, Spring Floors, Foam Pits, 30’ Long Trampoline, 2 In-ground Tramps, 18’ Rope Climb.
~Includes the Giant Adventure Island Inflatable!
Who?
~Homeschool Day is for children 14 months up to 22 years of age.
~A parent or adult must assist children younger than 1st grade. Only adults assisting this age group are allowed in the gym after signing the blanket release located at front desk. Adults are not allowed on equipment.
~Parent viewing is available on the mezzanine.
How?
~All participating non-members must have a release form signed by their parent.
>>>YOU MUST REGISTER BY THE SATURDAY BEFORE THE EVENT!
Registration available Online (http://barrongymnastics.com/special-events/homeschool-day/) or by calling the Front Desk at 314-892-6909.
Here’s what else you need to know:
~Barron’s must have at least 28 children to make this event happen.
~They can only take a maximum of 60 children.
~Refunds only given for illness and Barron’s must be notified before the event begins.
~If event is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified the Saturday before the event by an email.
~Note: This is not to be confused with the Homeschool Program at Barron’s Gym.

The Truth About Chimpanzees
Oct 15th, 2012 (Mon); 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Conservation Conversations Series
Featured Speakers:
Crickette Sanz, Ph.D., Co-Director, Goualougo Triangle Ape Project; Assistant Professor, Physical Anthropology, Washington University in St Louis, and
David Morgan, Ph.D., Co-Director, Goualougo Triangle Ape Project; Research Fellow, Lincoln Park Zoo Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes
Join explorers and primatologists David Morgan and Crickette Sanz as they share their groundbreaking discoveries from the Congo about mankind’s closest living relatives. For the past decade, they’ve trekked the forests of the Republic of Congo’s Goualougo Triangle to uncover truths about chimpanzees and their gorilla neighbors. Their research on ape behavior and the impact of logging in this eco-sensitive region was featured in the February 2010 edition of National Geographic magazine.
Drs. Sanz and Morgan co-direct the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project in the Congo’s Nouabale-Ndoki National Park. It is one of a few sites in all of Africa to include focused studies on sympatric (occupying the same, or overlapping geographic areas without interbreeding) populations of chimpanzees and gorillas.
To learn more about Drs. Sanz and Morgan and the Congo’s Goualougo Triangle apes, visit National Geographic on-line.
Location: Saint Louis Zoo Living World Auditorium. Parking is FREE in the Zoo North Lot.
FREE and OPEN to ALL. Adults, teachers, middle and high school students, and the general public are invited to attend.

Learn-To-Skate Program 2012-13
St. Louis County Parks is proud to present ice skating lessons that follow the Ice Skating Institute’s structured program where skills are broken down into progressive, achievable levels that encourage skater development.
Skating lessons will be held at the Greensfelder Recreation Complex, located at 550 Weidman Road in Queeny Park. Sessions are as follows:
Session 1:
Monday, Oct. 15-Nov. 12
Tuesday, Oct. 16-Nov. 13
Saturday, Oct. 13-Nov. 10
Session 2:
Monday, Nov. 19-Dec. 10
Tuesday, Nov. 20-Dec. 11
Saturday, Nov. 17-Dec. 18
Session 3:
Monday, Jan. 7-Feb. 4
Tuesday, Jan. 8-Feb. 5
Saturday, Jan. 5-Feb. 2
Session 4:
Monday, Feb. 11-Feb. 25
Tuesday, Feb. 12-Feb. 26
Saturday, Feb. 9-Feb. 23
Registration for all sessions is now open. To register for skating lessons at the Greensfelder Recreation Complex, please call (314) 615-8472.

More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Missouri Women
Celebrates the women who shaped the Show-Me State. Author Elaine Warner discusses some of these extraordinary ladies who served as teachers, writers, entrepreneurs, and artists.
Books will be available for purchase in the Missouri History Museum Shop.
When: Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Where: Missouri History Museum, Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri; AT&T Foundation Multipurpose Room
Free

LEGO CREATIONS CONTEST
Are your LEGOS waiting to become a masterpiece? If so, enter our LEGO Creations Contest for a chance to have your creation displayed at The Magic House where The Art of the Brick exhibit created by artist Nathan Sawaya is being displayed starting September 22, 2012.
Rules and Guidelines:
Kids age 5-12 are encouraged to enter.
Participants may submit one (1) original LEGO creation.
Participants must use own LEGOS. (Submissions will be returned.)
Creations must be comprised of LEGO bricks ONLY. (No kits, windows, base plates, etc.)
Creations must be a maximum of 17″X11″X17.”
Creations must be one unit. (No separate pieces.)
Participants must have a valid SLCL card.
Winners will be chosen in two (2) categories: Age 5-8 years and Age 9-12 years.
Top three in each category will have their entries displayed at The Magic House during The Art of the Brick exhibit. Winners will also receive a free pass to The Magic House.
Creations may be dropped off at the Headquarters branch for judging during the following times:
Friday, October 19, 12:00-4:30 p.m. OR  Saturday, October 20, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Judging will take place Saturday, October 20, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Judges decisions are final.
Winners will be notified on Saturday, October 20. Winning creations will be taken directly to The Magic House and be displayed from October 25, 2012-January 27, 2013. All others can pick up their submissions during the following times:
Saturday, October 20, 3:15-4:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 21, 1:00-4:30 pm
Monday, October 22, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Ballet Magnificat! presents “Hiding Place”
Where: West County Community Church, Living Water Academy, 17770 Mueller Road, Wildwood, MO 63038
When: Friday October 19, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Church doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Seating begins at 6:30 p.m.
West County Community Church and Living Water Academy are pleased to present the world-renowned Christian dance company Ballet Magnificat! performing the haunting ballet “Hiding Place.” Inspired by the true story of Corrie Ten Boom’s experiences during the Holocaust, the story unfolds with great drama, pain, and ultimately hope, as the audience is challenged to believe the seemingly unbelievable – the power of forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
Advance tickets to the performance are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under. Only 500 tickets are available, so please purchase as soon as possible before they sell out!
We hope you’ll join us for this powerful performance, and please help us reach even more with this life-impacting performance by sharing this invitation.
If you have questions or need additional information, email LWA Board Member Mistie Thompson at mthompson@LivingWaterAcademy.com or call LWA at 636.821.2308.
Purchase tickets at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e6gmgm9yd7ea7147&oseq=

National Archaeology Day
Cahokia Mounds, 30 Ramey Dr, Collinsville, IL 62234
Cahokia Mounds will host an open house, with hands on activities, at the Interpretive Center October 20th. The site will be open regular hours, with Lectures at 10 am and 1 pm.

Free Family Fun Day
Sunday, October 21, 2012; 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Foundry Art Center, 520 North Main Center, Saint Charles, MO 63301
Free & Open to the public
Come enjoy an afternoon of fun and creativity. Children 12 and under can decorate their own mini-pumpkin — supplies are limited to the first 100 kids. Other fall-themed art projects, a scavenger hunt, and light refreshments will be available.
Featured Entertainment:
We Glee! – 12:00pm – 12:30pm
A performance group of kids (age 8 – 21) who sing contemporary music you hear on the radio!
Amazing Animals! with Kevin “The Frog Man” – 12:30pm – 3:00pm
Get up close with some cool creatures!
“Frilly & Miller” – 1:00pm & 2:00pm

Dear Homeschool Community:
A letter from Lisa Payne-Naeger
You might have received a voting guide from Missouri Family Network, earlier this week. It stated, within the guide, to VOTE YES for Missouri’s Prop A. I would like to give you some information about that proposition and urge you to contact Mr. Messer to ask him to reconsider his choice on that initiative.
It is my belief that Mr. Messer may not have complete information regarding this issue. The police force and several prominent state senators, along with many of the conservative grassroots organizations across Missouri are not supporting this issue.
Please view this youtube video. It is full of valuable information that may not have reached some who find this particular issue of “Local Control” a to be all it is cracked up to be.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=y5c8IjXQ61g
Local Control is a good thing in almost all cases, but in this instance, the term is deceptive. In this case, the city has demonstrated a failure to operate efficiently and effectively on many levels, not the least of which is its public education system. Financially, the city has demonstrated a lack of competence there. This is about control of the money, specifically pensions. If the police have no confidence in the city’s management ability in this area, shouldn’t that be taken into consideration?
While Mr. Messer admits the city has significant political problems, and still rejects claims of corruption, it cannot be ignored that there has been a long-standing yearning, from the city, to merge with the county, to gain access to the county tax revenue. Of course, there would be no hue and cry from the hardworking citizens because, for the moment, it’s about finding money from anywhere, to maintain social programs and buy votes.
Please watch the video, and VOTE NO on PROP A. Also please ask Mr. Messer to reconsider his position on this issue.
Thank you

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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.

Events List for October 1, 2012

More  information about area events can be found at  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/  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.

TEEN FALL READING PROGRAM
St. Louis County Library now has a Fall Reading Program for teens! Read 3, Get 1 Free!
Read 3 books, write three original reviews, and receive a free book.
For teens in grades 6-12
October 1, 2012 – December 31, 2012
Sign up online starting October 1! https://mo.evanced.info/slcl/sr/homepage.asp
Or you may pick up a print brochure at your local branch.
Read three books and write three original reviews.
Your review should answer the following:
1. What is this book about?
2. What did you like/dislike about it?
3. Who would you recommend this book to?
Submit your reviews through your account online* or write them on the print brochure (available at your local branch).
Stop by your branch to get your free paperback book!
*only reviews submitted online may be posted to the Teen Read blog.
For questions, please contact Youth Services at 314-994-3300.

ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE
A Different Sort of Fall Dance!
There is a change in the air—do you feel it? The nights are crisp, the thoughts of cozy fires, hot mugs of chocolate and long winter naps keep persistently coming to mind…
As the Sun’s kingdom retreats over the southern border, Fall announces its return amidst glorious color, bracing temperatures and harvest bounty: The perfect recipe for enjoying the warm company of good friends as we laugh in Winter’s angry face and dance outside among falling leaves!
(NOTE: Our Fall celebration will be offered in conjunction with Maplewood’s “Fiddlefest!” so as a bonus you’ll also get to hear some of the area’s finest musicians “dance on the strings”)
Time: Friday, October 5th 5:30- 10:00PM
Place: Maplewood’s Green Space (on Sutton Avenue. 2 blocks south of Manchester)
Cost: $7.00 per person or $30.00 per family ($10.00 and $35.00 at the event) Bring: 2 Trays of appetizers or desserts
Attire: Warm fall clothing

New Homeschool Girls Basketball Team!
Team: St. Louis Patriettes  http://www.homeschool-life.com/mo/patriettes/
Team will consist of players grades 4th-6th grade
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
Required Registration/Team Meeting on October 6th from 8:30-11:00a.m. at Emmaus Lutheran School, 2241 S Jefferson Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63104-2237
Interested in this? Contact Coach Brehe at Gary.Brehe@veoliaes.com or Beth Brehe at sportsmomx4@linuxmail.org or 636-667-2308.

FREE MOVIE NIGHT
The Family Vision Presents a Free Family Movie Night Featuring October Baby
Join us Thursday, October 11th at 7:00 PM for a showing of the powerful new movie “October Baby.” You will be encouraged and challenged by the pro-life message of this movie.
“You saw me before I was born.” Psalm 139:16 (NLT)
As the curtain rises, Hannah hesitantly steps onto the stage for her theatrical debut in college. Yet before she can utter her first lines, Hannah—unscripted—collapses in front of the stunned audience.
After countless medical tests, all signs point to one underlying factor: Hannah’s difficult birth. This revelation is nothing compared to what she then learns from her parents: she was actually adopted … after a failed abortion attempt.
Bewildered, angered, and confused, Hannah turns for support to Jason, her oldest friend. Encouraged by his adventurous spirit, Hannah joins his group of friends on a Spring Break road trip, embarking on a journey to discover her hidden past … and find hope for her unknown future.
In the midst of her incredible journey, Hannah finds that life can be so much more than what you have planned.
Call us to reserve your free tickets.
Sign up by Tuesday, October 9!  Seating is limited to 200
I look forward to seeing you.
http://octoberbabymovie.net/synopsis
The Family Vision
2020 Parkway Drive  St. Peters, MO  63376
636-447-6900  www.thefamilyvision.org

2013 National Radon Poster Contest
>The Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services (DHSS), Healthy Indoor Environments program, conducts the state level judging in Missouri.  The top three posters will be sent to the National Radon Program Services for the national contest judging.
>Entries are due to DHSS by October 19, 2012.  A completed artwork submission form must be submitted with each poster.  http://sosradon.org/poster-contest/organizers
>National judging will occur the first week in November.  Notification of state winners chosen as part of the national judging will occur by November 30, 2012.
>Eligibility Requirements: Children ages 9-14 (at the time poster is created) are eligible.  They can be enrolled in a public, private, territorial, tribal, U.S. Department of Defense or homeschool — or through a sponsoring club, such as an art, computer or science club; scouting organization; or 4-H club.
>The Prize:  Awards and Recognition
State:  Gift cards will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners and their teachers.  Amounts of the gift cards are $100 for first place, $50 for second, and $50 for third place, plus $50 gift cards to each winner’s teacher.
National:  The national winners will receive award plaques and gift cards in the amount of $1000 for first place, $600 for second, $400 for third, and $400 for special online voting recognition.  We will work to recognize national winners in the state and EPA region where they live, and the posters will be reproduced and distributed nationally to promote radon awareness.
Please contact Cathy Wood at 573-751-6102 or at Cathy.Wood@health.mo.gov with any questions.
Send your entries to:
Cathy Wood
Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
PO Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102
Go to http://www.sosradon.org/poster-contest for national contest rules.

BRICKS 4 KIDZ
My company, Bricks 4 Kidz, is offering a home school workshop on October 26th in Kirkwood. The workshop will focus on robotics, as students will build and then program motorized LEGO models. I would appreciate it if you could share the event information with your group. I am sure the program would be of interest to many of your families. The information is below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thank you.
Bricks 4 Kidz Home School Workshop – Jr. Robotics
At Christ Community Lutheran School in Kirkwood (across from the Magic House)
Friday, October 26 from 9am – 2pm.
$45 per student
Register at http://www.bricks4kidz.com/missouri-saintlouis-kirkwood/
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 Jr. Robotics camp especially for home schoolers, 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. Ages 6+.
Sarah Justin
BRICKS 4 KIDZ – Saint Louis – Kirkwood
Owner/Director
sjustin@bricks4kidz.com
http://www.bricks4kidz.com/missouri-saintlouis-kirkwood/home
(314) 252-2254

VOLLEYBALL CLINIC
The Lights are going to hold another Fall Volleyball Clinic this year at the Renaud Spirit Center on Thursdays from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm for 6 weeks beginning November 8th and excluding Thanksgiving. The cost of the clinic will be $60 per person. This clinic will be open to players ranging in ability from brand new beginners to club level. We will work on basic skills, education of the game of volleyball, physical fitness, and lots of game playing.
If you are interested, please contact Patty for the registration application.
We would love to see everyone there!
Blessings,
Patty Yager  10yagers@att.net
Athletic Director and Varsity Coach
St. Louis Christian Patriette Lights
Girls Varsity Volleyball Program
www.orgsites.com/mo/patriettelightsvolleyball/
314-566-3667

2012 Phyllis Corbet Writing Contest
For High School & Middle School
Guidelines and Submission Information
Eligibility: The contest is open to high school students in grades 9 through 12 who meet any of the following criteria:
(a) live in Chesterfield, MO
(b) go to school in Chesterfield, MO
(c) attend any Parkway or Rockwood school
(d) are members of Chesterfield Arts
(e) are homeschooled in the West County area
(f) attend a private or parochial school in St. Louis County where their language arts (English composition) class has at least one student who lives in Chesterfield.
>>>>Deadline for entries: 5:00 PM, November 9, 2012<<<<
High School Division
~Cash Prizes Awarded
~Awards Event: Monday, December 3, 2012, 7:00-8:30 PM at Chesterfield Arts
Theme: “The first shall be last and the last shall be first.” In either a poem or short fiction, the first line (poem) or first sentence (fiction) and the last line/sentence must be the same, but the reader should feel differently about the line/sentence the second time he/she encounters it because of what has happened in the poem/story.
For Writers of Fiction: Write and submit a short story of no more than 1,000 words, double-spaced.
For Writers of Poetry: Write and submit a poem of no more than 40 lines, stanzas single-spaced.
Submission: Include a cover page with writer’s name, home address, home and cell telephone number, email; parents names, telephone, email; the title of the submitted work, the name of the writer’s school, and the name of the writer’s teacher. Names should not appear on the entries.
Mail entries to Chesterfield Arts, c/o Nancy Sparr, 444 Chesterfield Center, Suite 130, Chesterfield, MO 63017, or send a Microsoft Word file attached to an email sent to Nancy Sparr at nancy@chesterfieldarts.org.
Middle School Division
~Awards: Winners will receive a certificate of achievement and a “behind the scenes” tour of Metro Theater Company’s production of “Jackie & Me.” The winners will receive tickets to a production of “Jackie & Me” at The Edison Theatre at Washington University.
~Awards Event: Monday, December 3, 2012, 7:00-8:30 PM at Chesterfield Arts
Background: Dan Gutman has written a series of books where a boy can move from the present to the past and encounter important historical sports figures. A particular book for this contest is Jackie & Me, which will also be produced as a play by Metro Theatre Company in early 2013.
Theme: “The present is the past and the past is the present.”
Fiction: Write a short story of 1,000 words or less in which you encounter a person (actual person, not a character from a book or movie) in that person’s time. Your story should deal with conflicts and problems that existed then and now and relate the two. Any American historical figure is acceptable.
Submission: Entry must be double-spaced. Include a cover page with writer’s name, home address, home telephone, email; parents names, telephone, email; the title of the submitted work, the name of the writer’s school, and the name of the writer’s teacher. Names should not appear on the entries.
Mail entries to Chesterfield Arts, c/o Nancy Sparr, 444 Chesterfield Center, Suite 130, Chesterfield,
MO 63017, or send a Microsoft Word file attached to an email sent to Nancy Sparr at nancy@chesterfieldarts.org.
>>>Winners are asked to come to the Awards Event and read their winning pieces. Winning poems and stories will be published on the Chesterfield Arts website. If you have questions about the contest, please email Nancy Sparr at Chesterfield arts, or telephone her at (636) 519-1955.

JA BizTown Homeschool Visit Day
REGISTRATION occurring now online!
February 19, 2013 – Student Visit Day
January 8, 2013 – Parent Training & Curriculum Pick-Up; 6:00pm
Where:  Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis, Inc., 17339 N. Outer Forty Road, Chesterfield, MO  63005; Northwest corner of Boone’s Crossing
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Enroll today: Enroll by completing the JA BizTown  homeschool enrollment form at www.jastl.org or mail the online form to the address above.
Cost:
First Time Families – binder is required
Returning Families – who would like a new binder
1 student – $30.00
2 students – $50.00
3 students – $70.00
4 students – $90.00
Returning Families – binder not be needed (parent brings binder)
1 student – $25.00
2 students – $45.00
3 students – $65.00
4 students – $85.00
Ages: Ages 10-13 (Priority enrollment will be given to students that have never been to JA BizTown, if a waiting list becomes necessary.)
What happens after I enroll my student for the homeschool visit day?
Parents attend a training session and pick up curriculum.
Parent Curriculum Training:  January 8, 2013 – 6pm – (at JA offices)
>Approximately 15 lessons are taught at home.
Students will apply for jobs and eventually get together in small business groups.  We will organize multiple business groups by location throughout the St. Louis metro area.
>Students work in assigned business groups for 7-8 lessons.
>Details on meeting place & time for business groups will vary.
Homeschool students come to JA BizTown for a student visit day and are prepared to assume job responsibilities, manage bank accounts, and experience life as a consumer and employer.
Questions or to request a presentation on JA BizTown at a Homeschool event:  Call Jenny Eickhorst, 636-728-0707, ext. 237 or jeickhorst@jastl.org
Junior Achievement:  empowering young people to own their economic success.

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.