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(I know that phrase is humorous to a homeschool parent), peruse the website to look for broken links and incorrect or out of date information.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  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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the current changes.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
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,
Additional information: Cheryl Bohlen
Phone: (636) 728-0707 ext. 234

The St. Charles Foundry Art Center is now offering art and drama classes for many age ranges. See their website at   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!

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.

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

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.
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

“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
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.

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

Halloween Concert
Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 2:30 pm
No Charge for Admission!!!
The Principia, Ridgway Auditorium, 13201 Clayton Road, 63131
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.

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

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 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 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 ( 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.

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.

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

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  You may also email the instructor or call with questions –;  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.

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