Homeschool Events List for December 11, 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. Please do not link to individual posts without permission. Linking to the website is always fine. 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information.

SHARE-Sponsored 2012-2013 AIMS Classes
December  12, 2012, Wednesday
The Human Brain and Central Nervous System – 9:30 – 11:15 am – $5
Sheep Brain Dissection –11:30 – 12:45 pm – $15 (Hands-On Dissection Lab)
January 29, 2013, Tuesday
How the Body Works: A Study of Human Organs & Systems, 9:30-11:15 am, $5
February 19, 2013, Tuesday
Forensic Science/Autopsy, 9:30-11:15 am, $5
March 20, 2013, Wednesday
The Human Heart and Lungs, 9:30 – 11:15 am, $5
Pig Heart Dissection – 11:30 –12:45 pm – $15 (Hands-On Dissection Lab)
May 8, 2013, Wednesday
The Human Ear, Nose & Throat, and Eyes – 9:30 – 11:15 am – $5
Pig Eye Dissection –11:30 – 12:45 pm – $15 (Hands-On Dissection Lab)
For those of you that haven’t heard about the awesome AIMS Program…it is an outreach of the Practical Anatomy and Surgical Education Department of Saint Louis University’s School of Medicine and has been offered to area students since 1991. The AIMS teaching staff of science professors and physicians present a variety of human anatomy enrichment classes for jr. high and high school students (mature 5th & 6th graders count as jr. high).
The Auditorium Presentations and Hands-On Dissection Programs are wonderful supplement to ANY jr. high or high school science and/or health curriculum. A student does not have to be considering the medical profession or a science degree to benefit from the classes – they are for anyone that wants to learn more about the human body and how to keep it healthy (and who doesn’t?!).
All classes take place in SLU’s Paul A. Young Hall at 3839 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis MO 63108. Auditorium Presentations are $5 and Dissection Labs are $15. Parent Chaperones are free, but must sign up ahead of time.
To sign up for one of the AIMS Auditorium Presentations and/or Dissection Labs, 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/class 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. When your name is on the list SHARE pays for your spot. You must sign up individually for each AIMS class, even if they are on the same day.
Mail your check (made payable to SHARE) to Kerrie Tate, 617 Bacon Ave., St. Louis MO 63119. You can write one check for all classes, but be sure to make a notation about class choices in the memo section of the check. Please put “AIMS” on the outside of the envelope. You can also drop off your payments to Kerrie at Homelink, support group meetings, field trips, etc.
If you are interested in any of the AIMS classes, don’t wait to sign up – they fill up quickly (especially the Dissection Labs that has a limit of 52 students). Also – we must give AIMS our count at least one week before each program. Since we usually have a waiting list, SHARE can give a refund or credit if you cancel before the class and we fill your spot.
For more details about this event, go to the “AIMS Program 2012-2013” link on the left sidebar of the SHARE website. Scroll over to the “AIMS PROGRAM IMPORTANT INFORMATION” webpage. Feel free to call, text or email Kerrie at 314-791-0000 or with any questions about this event.

Foundry Art Centre
FREE and Open to the Public
Wednesdays, December 12 & December 19, 2012; 5:30pm – 7:30pm
520 North Main Center, St. Charles, MO 63301
The Foundry Art Centre is hosting two nights of family fun, free of charge, to celebrate the holiday season! On Wednesdays, December 12th and 19th, come inside the Foundry Art Centre to create holiday crafts with your family to escape the winter weather and make some memories! Art-making projects are suitable for children 12 & under. Enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and cookies, too.

School Prep Talk with Robin
Wednesday, December 12, 6:00 p.m.
Lewis and Clark Branch, 9909 Lewis-Clark Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63136-5322
Are you interested in furthering your work training after high school, but are not exactly sure what you want to do with your life? Come and be encouraged to take advantage of the higher education opportunities that may be available to you. Ages 15 and up.

Homeschool Explorations: Holiday Ornaments
Friday, December 14, 10:00 a.m.
Weber Road Branch SLCL, 4444 Weber Road, St. Louis, MO 63123-6744
Get in the holiday spirit by creating a variety of ornaments to decorate your house. Ages 5-12. Registration required. 314-994-3300

Happy Birthday, Jesus Christmas Party!
All Homeschoolers Are Invited  (You do not need to be a  member of SHARE to attend this party.)
Date: Friday, December 14, 2012
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Place: St. Andrew Catholic Church Gymnasium, 309 Hoffmeister, St. Louis, MO 63123
PLEASE NOTE: This gym is on the second floor and there is no elevator.
Price: $3.00 per child–parents and babies free
(Maximum $10 per family) Pay at the door.
Who: Whole families, but it is geared to the younger crowd (although any age will enjoy a juggler and ice cream & cake!)
1:00-2:00: CRAFTS and GAMES!
♦Make a Happy Birthday, Jesus giant ornament
♦Color Your Own Cutout Candy Cane Cross…Learn the inspirational meaning behind the stripes of candy canes with this fun activity you can color yourself.
*********PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN MARKERS IF YOU CAN!!!!!!!!!**********
♦Walk the Candy Cane Walk
2:00-4:00 Entertainment
♦Performance by Joe, the Juggler
♦Sing Happy Birthday to Jesus!  (Win a chance to blow out the candles!!!!!)
♦Christmas Sing-a-long including the 12 Days of Christmas Song
♦Eat cake & ice cream while we watch the new video “Why Do We Call It Christmas?” on the big screen.
(Staying to watch is optional, of course.)
Want to come? Please sign up on the SHARE website – see the calendar page for December 14 – so that we know how many are coming….pay at the door.

Homeschool Explorations
Monday, December 17, 2:00 p.m.
Prairie Commons Branch, 915 Utz Lane, Hazelwood, MO 63042-2739
Make St. Louis County Library a partner in your homeschool programming as we explore various topics and ideas through hands-on learning. We’ll explore sound waves and use boomwhackers to create musical sounds. Ages 5-11. Registration required. 314-994-3300

Monday, December 17, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Headquarters SLCL, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131-3598
Is there anything you can’t build with LEGOs? Let’s find out. Join us for an evening of building fun. We provide the LEGOs, you provide the creativity. LEGOs will be provided but cannot go home with you. Ages 5-12. Registration required. 314-994-3300

CollegePlus Regional Admissions Director, James Glenn, will be in Fairview Heights the evening of December 18th. James will present a dynamic seminar on transforming higher education and the huge opportunities available for today’s motivated students.
If you or your student are considering dual-credit, college, and beyond, you should know that four years of traditional college is no longer an automatic ticket to a successful career. You should also RSVP now to attend James’ “Straight Talk About College” and learn how your student can take advantage of their opportunity to achieve the extraordinary.
Tuesday, December 18th, 2012, 7:00 pm
Fairview Heights Church of Christ, 9955 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights, IL 62208
Please click here to RSVP:
Want to tell your friends on Facebook? Here is our Facebook event. Feel free to forward this email!!/events/386515794764733/

Winter Warm-Up Matinee Movie Series
Cliff Cave Branch, 5430 Telegraph Road, St. Louis, MO 63129-3556
Have a case of cabin fever? Kids getting restless during the holiday break? Join us for holiday and family movies at the library! Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Recommended for all ages.
Wednesday, December 19, 1:00 p.m. “The Polar Express”; MPAA rating: PG. Running time: 100 min.
Thursday, December 20, 1:00 p.m. “The Santa Clause”; MPAA rating: PG. Running time: 97 min.
Thursday, December 27, 1:00 p.m. “The Muppet Christmas Carol”; MPAA rating: G. Running time: 85 min.
Saturday, December 29, 1:00 p.m. “Arthur Christmas”; MPAA rating: PG. Running time: 97 min.

Winter Solstice Sunrise Observance
December 23rd – 7:00 am
Cahokia Mounds Museum Society, 30 Ramey Street, Collinsville, IL 62234
Meet at Woodhenge for an informational Observance, led by an archaeologist. This is a great opportunity for sunrise photography, and to learn about the significance of Woodhenge.

Holiday Concert
Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm
The Principia, Ridgway Auditorium, 13201 Clayton Road, 63131
No Charge for Admission!!!
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.
Angela Moore, Soloist and Sarah Grant, Harp
– Ave Maria, Franz Schubert
– Panis Angelicus, Cesar Frank
– Gesu Bambino, Pietro Yon
– Wizards in Winter, Trans-Siberian Orchestra
– Fantasia on Greensleeves, R. Vaughn Williams
– The Polar Express, Alan Silvestri/Glen Ballard
– Chrismas Music for Orchestra, John Cacavas
– The Nutcracker #2, #14, #12, #13, P.I. Tchaikovsky
– Dueling Jingle Strings, Andrew Dubczynski
– I’ll Be Home, Kim Cannon/Walter Kent
– The Christmas Song, Mel Torme
– Sleigh Ride, Leroy Anderson
– Jingle Bells Forever, John Philip Sousa

Lewis & Clark Computer Club
Friday, December 28, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Lewis and Clark Branch, 9909 Lewis-Clark Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63136-5322
Join the new Lewis and Clark Computer Club to discuss computer- related topics in a fun environment. This month we will talk about saving your files to the cloud.

Home Schoolers looking to participate in a fun, safe, and nurturing PE program?  Students will be taught by Brandon Horschig, physical education degree and 4 year lacrosse player from Missouri Baptist University, looking to teach the fundamentals of various sports throughout the session.  Students will also implement a nutrition program through the 8 weeks, as well as covering a health unit, teaching them how to implement a healthy active lifestyle.
STL Elite Performance is offering an 8 week session, 3 days a week (Monday/Wednesday/Friday), 45 minute classes.  The cost is $95.  Pre K-1st grade class is 8am-8:45am, 2nd-5th grade class is 9am-9:45am, 6th-8th grade class is 10am-10:45am.  These classes will be held in a state of the art athletic training facility in south county.  The address is: 9719 Green Park Industrial, St. Louis, MO.  The first session will begin on January 7th.  Space is limited so please email for availability and/or questions.

I am the Vice Chair of Picture the Music, a program presented by the Saint Louis Symphony Volunteer Association, now in our 23rd year.  This program is for students in grades K-6th and incorporates art and music.  Children listen to a specific piece of symphonic music and then paint, draw, or color, what they feel as they listen.
Each school or home school can submit up to seven art works which are then judged by a group of art professionals.  One hundred submissions are chosen as finalists.  The winning students are then honored at an awards ceremony which will be held the evening of Feb. 28, 2013, on the stage of Powell Hall.
Picture the Music is a wonderful program; many home educators have participated in it over the years. For information on the program and how to enter Picture the Music, please visit the Saint Louis Symphony website at:
We hope that you will share this information with other homeschoolers.  Should you have any questions please feel free to contact me at
Violet Steinmeyer
Picture the Music, Vice Chair
Saint Louis Symphony Volunteer Association

You can WIN A TRIP TO NEW YORK when your students enter our 2012-2013 “NO THEY CAN’T” ESSAY CONTEST Sponsored by the Smith Family Foundation. Help your students earn LOTS of great prizes by entering them in Stossel in the Classroom’s essay contest, for students aged 13-18! And we have super prizes for teachers, too!
ESSAY TOPIC: In John Stossel’s TV special and book of the same name, “No They Can’t,” Stossel makes the case that free people and free markets do a better job of solving problems than government. Do you think he’s right? Why or why not? Please write a 500-1000 word essay on this topic, illustrating your position using a recent example of a problem private individuals solved where an attempted government solution failed OR a problem government solved where private individuals’ attempts had failed. You must include at least one reference to John Stossel’s “No They Can’t” book or TV special.
• 225 students will receive CASH PRIZES totaling $23,000.
• 1st and 2nd place students will also win an all-expense-paid trip to New York City for themselves, a chaperone, and the teachers who submitted their essays to see a live taping of STOSSEL.
• Teachers whose students receive at least an honorable mention will receive an autographed copy of one of John Stossel’s best-selling books.
• Each teacher may submit an unlimited number of student essays (500-1000 words) on our web site between now and the Feb. 13th deadline.
Our 2013 Edition FREE DVD Is Here! Use this link to come to our site to order our brand-new DVD, 2013 Edition: Good Intentions Gone Wrong. The DVD includes ten new video segments on a range of topics, both English and Spanish subtitles, and an accompanying Teacher Guide (also in English and Spanish) containing lesson plans, graphic organizers, activity suggestions, viewing guides, and vocabulary. Order yours today!
Stossel in the Classroom is a project of the Center for Independent Thought, 1112 River Oaks, Benton, AR 72019
Visit us online at

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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