Homeschool Events List for October 7, 2012

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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the current changes.

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.

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 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 ( 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
~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!
~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.
~All participating non-members must have a release form signed by their parent.
Registration available Online ( 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

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 or call LWA at 636.821.2308.
Purchase tickets at

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.
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

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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