Homeschool Events List for October 8, 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the current changes.

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 or e-mail the tour leader at

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 –
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.
Melenie Broyles

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!

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 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
If you still have questions, please email me at 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.
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. (
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.

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