Events List for October 1, 2012

More  information about area events can be found at  and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And you can always use the search feature to look through all past posts and any pages. Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; sign up is at the top of the right column.  My contact information is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the current changes.

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!
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.

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
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 or Beth Brehe at or 636-667-2308.

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.
The Family Vision
2020 Parkway Drive  St. Peters, MO  63376

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.
>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 with any questions.
Send your entries to:
Cathy Wood
Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
PO Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102
Go to for national contest rules.

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
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
(314) 252-2254

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!
Patty Yager
Athletic Director and Varsity Coach
St. Louis Christian Patriette Lights
Girls Varsity Volleyball Program

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
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
>>>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 or mail the online form to the address above.
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
Junior Achievement:  empowering young people to own their economic success.

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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.

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