Homeschool Events List for October 26, 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the current changes.

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 Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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       636-978-1680 x107

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.

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.

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:
Audition Instructions, mandatory dress rehearsal/show dates/times, application form, song lyrics & audio clips:
Broadway on the Driveway

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
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

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 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).
1. Entries must be the work of a Homeschooled child.
2. All entries must be submitted via e-mail attachment to Melissa Cunningham –
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)
1.  Children’s essays will be divided by grade as follows:
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

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 to register or for more information. Must register by December 1, 2012.

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
Looking forward to an amazing experience!
Thanks- Heather Sartin, Director

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 ( 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.
Amanda Yuen, Coordinator
Missouri Regional Science Bowl–Middle School

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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