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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the current changes.

Let’s Celebrate President Jefferson at The Family Vision
Two days only, November 8-9!
Why the Jefferson Sale? Because prices are low enough, a two-dollar bill—the portrait of our third president—is sure to get you something good. We have to clear out a lot of books. They’re good books, but we just don’t have the space. Maybe you can help find a new home for some of them. Maybe the low prices will help you out.
Be sure to stop by Thursday-Friday, November 8-9, for our Jefferson Sale!
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO  63376

Emerging Technologies in the ER
THURSDAY, November 8, 2012; 7 – 8 p.m.
Saint Louis Science Center Exploradome Exhibit Hall
Featuring Jason Wagner, M.D., Washington University School of Medicine
Imagine the emergency room of the future. What life-saving technologies will it have? What advances will increase the efficiency of doctors, nurses, and technicians? Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Simulation Studies for Emergency Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Jason Wagner, takes us on a fascinating trip to visit the future of Emergency Medicine.
FREE and OPEN to ALL. Registration is not required. Recommended for high-school-age students and adults.
Find out more about our other Special Partnership Presentations

Now open for registration

Seussical the Musical!
This includes students from ages 5 – 18.
Beginning Musical Theatre, ages 5-8,
Saturday from 11:15 to 12:15
Musical Theatre, ages 5 to 11,
Wednesday from 1:15 to 2:30
Musical Theatre A, ages 9-12,
Mondays from 5:30-6:45
Musical Theatre B, Ages 13 – 18,
Mondays from 4 to 5:30.
Everyone in the classes will be in the show, and auditions will be held for the many exciting roles and solos. This will be performed at the end of April or early May, date and location soon to be set. There will be a live orchestra and amazing costumes and set, prepared by our Technical Theatre class, which meets on Monday, from 6:30-8:30.
Seussical Party!!!
Join us on Friday, November 9, from 4:30-6:30, for Pizza and drinks, while we all watch the show together. This is an opportunity to meet the others in the classes, meet the teachers, see the show together, see what DaySpring is like, and have fun!
Auditions will be held on November 19 from 5 to 7 pm. Students 9 and above should prepare a short musical theatre song, memorized and showing character. Students 13 and above should also prepare a one minute memorized monologue. (This is also optional for 9-12 year olds). It is a good idea to choose a song and a monologue which show contrasting strengths. Students 5-9 years old do not need to audition but just join the class.
To get involved, or for general information and registration, please contact or call 314-291-8878 For more info about DaySpring and our programs for Homeschoolers, teachers, prices, visit the website at For specifics about the shows, contact the director at the following email:

The Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo has hosted an area wide Homeschool Craft Fair in the fall for the past two years and this is your reminder that our third one is THIS SATURDAY!!!!
Saturday, November 10th!
It is being held from 10 am till 4 pm at:
West County Assembly of God, 13431 N. Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017
For those who don’t know, West County Assembly of God isn’t far from Missouri Baptist University. It’s just off of 270 and 40/64.
We have lots of homeshool families from all over the area selling crafts. Last year’s was really good and this year’s will be even better!
For more information on the craft fair, click here.

Raptor Awareness Show
November 10th, 2:00 pm
Cahokia Mounds Museum Society | 30 Ramey Street | Collinsville | IL | 62234
Learn about Native Birds of Prey through a demonstration and flight show.  The World Bird Sanctuary will provide a free show inside the Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center.

Considered Capra’s finest film, it will be showing at the Hi-Pointe Theatre, Saturday, November 10th at 10:30am for one show only.  (Please note there will be no Tuesday matinee.)
1005 McCausland Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63117
And be sure to save the dates Tuesday, November 19th and Wednesday November 20th. Great plans are developing for the Hi-Pointe Theatre’s 90th Anniversary parties.  Details will be coming soon.

Johnson Horse Riding School
2545 Little Antire Road, High Ridge 63049
Hosting our Annual Christmas Camp 12/8-12/9 Includes the following:
Horse Riding, Horse Care Management, Christmas Spirit, Christmas Crafts, Santa, Gifts, Professional Photography, Surprises & Tons Of Fun
Also 11/12 We’re offering Stocking Stuffers (Riding Lesson Specials)

Alice in Wonderland, Jr.!
This year DaySpring in Crestwood will be producing the challenging and hilarious show Alice In Wonderland Jr.  We are looking for young, talented singers and actors ages 5-15 years old. This Disney musical, based on the novel by Lewis Carroll, is set in a colorful fanciful world full of wacky characters. Alice embarks on an adventure that just gets curiouser and curiouser. The musical theatre classes at DaySpring’s Crestwood location will rehearse the show in their weekly classes until the performance in early April.
The classes take place on:
Monday from 5:15-6:30 pm for ages 10 & up
Friday from 1:15 – 2:30 pm for ages 6-12
Auditions will be held on Monday,
November 12th from 5;15-6:30pm, and on
Friday, November 16th from 1:15 – 2:30pm at the Crestwood satellite location of DaySpring located at 4646 South Lindbergh at Gravois, 63127. Young actors ages 9-15 years old should prepare a short musical theatre song, memorized and showing a character. Actors 12 and older should also prepare a one minute monologue. This is also encouraged for actors 9-12 years. Actors 5-9 years old do not need to audition, but only need to join a class.
To get involved, or for general information and registration, please contact or call 314-291-8878 For more info about DaySpring and our programs for Homeschoolers, teachers, prices, visit the website at For specifics about the shows, contact the director at the following email:

Discovering the world through Geographic Information Systems. This is and educational geography and mapping event. The event is free and open to the public (students of all age groups).
November 14, 2012; 9:00a – 3:00p
St. Charles Community College, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, Cottleville, MO 63376
IF you would like to showcase your work in the map gallery at this year’s GIS Day or participate as an exhibitor please R.S.V.P. Ellen Wilson at or Chuck Lovelace at

Arianna String Quartet’s Home-School String Workshop
This special morning of master classes, presentations, and string technique classes will be held on Friday, November 16th, from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM in the Lee Theater of the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of UMSL. This rare opportunity to learn from these experienced and communicative artists is offered to Home School students free of charge by the UMSL College of Fine Arts.
Through this workshop you will learn techniques proven to
~Make your practicing much more focused and efficient
~Help you execute difficult passages with more ease and authority
~Make your performances twice as exciting, vivid, and communicative
~Play with much more variety and color
The Arianna String Quartet is a professional ensemble that has been based at UMSL since 2000. Awarded the status of tenured professors of music in 2006, they have built an exciting and dynamic undergraduate string program offering a comprehensive approach to string playing and musicianship. The Arianna String Quartet performs and teaches throughout the world, and has received many rave reviews for their remarkable performances.
Members of the Arainna String Quartet were educated at the Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, and Oberlin Conservatory, among other fine institutions, and were students of many of the world’s finest musicians. In addition to their work in chamber music and as soloists, they have been members of  the St. Louis Symphony, the Alabama Symphony, the New World Symphony, and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra.
To register for this one day opportunity, please send an e-mail to
Please include the names of the students who wish to participate, and what repertoire they are currently working on or have performed recently. This will help us group the students appropriately to give them the most relevant information.
Hope to see you on Friday, November 16th, at 9:00!

Art Exhibition
November 16 – January 4
Grafica Fine Arts, 7884 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, Mo 63119 314.961.4020
Outside/Inside; Marilynne Bradley and her paintings of St. Louis landmarks, restaurants and neighborhood establishments.

Myths and Trivia About George Washington
Did George Washington ever chop down a cherry tree? What were his dentures really made of? Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association curator Amanda Isaac explores fact, fiction, and little-known tidbits about our nation’s first president.
Sunday, November 18, at 1pm, and Monday, November 19, at 10:30am
Missouri History Museum, Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri, AT&T Foundation Multipurpose Room

Bill and Annie Simmons along with Seamus McDaniels are hosting a fundraiser for the victims of Breezy Point, NY on Sunday November 18th from 12pm-7pm at Seamus McDaniel’s, 1208 Tamm Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63139. This event is open to the public and for all ages. There will be Food, Live Music, face painting, multiple raffles, 50/50 drawing and a Silent Auction. A cash bar is available. Proceeds will be donated to the Breezy Point Cooperative Disaster Relief and will aid the victims directly. Please come join us if you can.

The homeschooling community is invited to kick up their heels for a Traditional Contra Dance!
A fundraising event for the Piasa Palisades Group of the Sierra Club, presented in cooperation with the Edwardsville YMCA
Sunday, Nov. 18th at 6:30pm
Edwardsville YMCA, Esic Center, 1200 Esic Drive, Edwardsville, Illinois
$10 for adults, $5 for college students, children, and teens under 18
(cash or checks accepted at the door)
R.S.V.P. appreciated at 618-462-6802
Directions – From Interstate 255, take Interstate 270 east and go northeast on Illinois 157 to Edwardsville and right on Esic Drive or call the YMCA at 618-656-0436.
New to contra dancing?
Contra dancing refers to several partnered folk-dancing styles that are much like square dancing. Dancers form two lines, facing each other. It’s not necessary to bring a partner, as dancers pair up as each song begins.   A “caller” directs the action.  A fiddler often leads the live musical accompaniment.
Dress is casual, and comfortable shoes are encouraged!
This is a family oriented event, so all ages are welcome, including children and senior citizens. Contra dancing will come easy, even if you have never done it before. Beginners can follow along because the caller guides everyone through.  Some prefer to simply sit, visit, and enjoy the music!
We hope you will join us!

Model Trains and Military Toys
Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 23-Dec. 30, Noon-4 p.m
Jefferson Barracks Park, 345 North Road, Saint Louis, MO 63125
Operating O and HO gauge trains will bring back the experiences of a childhood long forgotten while you share this holiday train show with your children or grandchildren. Military toys, dolls and games will also be displayed.

Beyond Earth: A Personal Experience of Human Space Flight and the Course of Future Exploration
Kirkwood High School Keating Theater, 801 West Essex, Kirkwood, MO 63122
Science Opportunities Fair, 6-6:45 pm
Representatives from community organizations will be available to share information about summer and other science opportunities for students.
Nov 29th, 2012 (Thu); Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Featured Speaker: Linda M. Godwin, Ph.D., former NASA Astronaut; Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Missouri – Columbia
This hometown girl from Missouri is the second woman to have earned a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Missouri – Columbia, one of only 523 humans to have traveled to space, and the fourth woman ever to have stepped out of the space shuttle – twice. UMC professor and former astronaut Linda Godwin is a veteran of four shuttle flights; and she shares her experiences on her Space Shuttle journeys, including visits to the Russian Space Station MIR, and the International Space Station. And she talks about what the United States plans to do in the next few years in space, the possibilities of going beyond low Earth Orbit, and the efforts of the private space industry to provide Low Earth Orbit access. Don’t miss this Pioneering Science seminar on the final frontier.
STUDENT OPPORTUNITES TO COMPETE FOR COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS— two $250 scholarships for middle and high school students. Attend 3 seminars or panel discussions and write about your experience. Scholarship decisions announced in May 2013.
DRAWINGS FOR TWO FREE JUNIOR SCIENCE ACADEMY MEMBERSHIPS at each Pioneering Science Seminar. Junior Academy of Science– Real-world science opportunities and field trips monthly— for students of all abilities in grades 6 – 12.
FREE parking in Kirkwood High School lots.
FREE and OPEN to ALL—middle and high school students, teachers, adults and the general public. Registration not required.

Homeschool Pop Art 8 Week Class & Gallery Event
Artmart, 2355 S. Hanley Rd., St. Louis, Mo 63144   314.781.9999
1st-4th Grade – Wednesdays, Jan 9th – Feb 27th; 1-2:30pm
5th-8th Grade – Thursdays, Jan 10th – Feb 27th; 1-2:30pm (last class is on a Wed, 1-2:30pm, because of the show)
Our 8 week Pop Art Class for Homeschoolers will offer an explosive view of famous Pop Artists and their effect on today’s modern art. Curriculum and art projects will be inspired by famous artist’s such as: Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Wayne Thiebaud, Claes Oldenburg, Jasper Johns, and more. The session will culminate with an art show combining both age levels on the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 27th from 5pm-8pm. The students will set up the show and host their featured work. Artmart will advertise the event. All supplies included.
We are really excited to have homeschoolers come to our studio to experience fine art like they never would anywhere else! Great things that are happening for homeschoolers at Artmart.
Maggie McCart, Studio Director

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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