Homeschool Events List for January 17, 2013

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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information.

Hi Pointe Theater Classic
January 26th, Saturday at 10:30am
1005 McCausland Ave.,  St. Louis, MO 63117
Hi-Pointe will be offering a second classic feature, MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS. Ticket price $10.00.
(Note:  The price is higher this time because this show is a fundraiser for The Medical Alliance, an organization dedicated to serving the St. Louis community with many services in areas of need throughout the city.)
Planning ahead: Remember the nostalgic fun of classics at Christmas at the Hi-Pointe? The fun doesn’t have to end with the holidays, join us every second Saturday morning for a carefully chosen treasured film and enjoy the memories all year long.
Now that you have that brand new 2013 calendar, just go ahead and mark every 2nd Saturday for the Hi-Pointe Classic.
You know you don’t want to miss a single one!!
Hope to see y’all Saturday morning!
PS: to learn about current movies at the Hi-Pointe click here .

An Evening with Dr. Brian Ray
Thursday, January 31, 2013; 7:00pm until 8:30pm
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Dr., Saint Peters, Missouri 63376
Have you or someone you know ever wondered:
• Are parents qualified to teach their children?
• Are these children receiving an adequate academic education?
• What about socialization? (And what is socialization, anyway?)
• How will homeschooled children behave when they get into the “real world of adulthood”?
• What do different worldviews have to say about who should be educating children?
• Are proponents of statism cooperating with or co-opting homeschoolers’ standards and plans for their children and their country?
• If you homeschool, what should be your short-term and long-term visions?
Come and hear Dr. Brian Ray answer these and many other questions! Dr. Ray is the President of the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI), and a homeschooling father of eight. He has been critically reviewing research in the area of home-based education since 1984.
Dr. Ray will address the attacks of professors and other academics homeschooling freedom, and will explain what research says about homeschooling students and families.
What impact might common core standards, now accepted by many states, on homeschoolers and their children? Dr. Ray will explain what common core standards are and why they matter.
The evening will conclude with a question and answer period; whether you are a longtime homeschooler or a critic of homeschooling, Dr. Ray will provide informative answers to your questions.
Admission is free; a suggested donation of $5 per person or $8 per family will be received by NHERI. Books, CDs, and DVDs from NHERI and Dr. Ray will be available for purchase as well.
To sign up, please contact NHERI at or 503-364-1490

The Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Variety Show is once again scheduled for Thursday evening, April 11th at 6:00 p.m. at the First E-Free Church in Manchester. Last year’s show was a huge success thanks to the professionalism of all of the organizations that performed!
Because the number of acts and the timing of their performances kept our show to exactly one hour, we are going to keep the same set-up for this year. Our feedback from the patrons and the vendors was favorable, as a shorter show allows for more shopping and fellowship. With that said, we will be coordinating a total of 16 blocks that last 4 minutes or less. Larger groups may wish to audition for more than one block, but a second block cannot be guaranteed, so your entries should be two different numbers lasting 4 minutes or less.
Judges will choose the acts based on audition DVDs or online submissions, working to have a variety of acts. You can mail the DVD auditions (along with microphone, lighting, and other needs) to Gina McAndrew at 15 St. Lawrence, St. Peters, MO 63376 or email them to us at   All auditions must be received by February 15th, 2013 to be considered. There are absolutely no exceptions to this deadline because of judging, scheduling, church needs, and emcee requirements.
All performers will be required to attend the dress rehearsal, which is tentatively set for Tuesday, April 9th. The church will be testing mic’s, lighting, projections, and other technical issues on that evening, so this is a mandatory rehearsal.
The Variety Show is an excellent way to showcase the talent of your organization’s homeschoolers! We will have a table in the auditorium for flyers and include your group in the program with your contact information. Please keep in mind that if you are not selected for this year’s Show, you are invited to audition again next year. Participants will be selected not only by performance quality, but also by how their acts fit into the overall schedule. Non-selection is not intended to be a negative gesture.
We look forward to seeing all of your auditions! Don’t forget to include your microphone, lighting, or other requirements, as well as the exact timing of your act. If chosen, you will need to bring any equipment not provided by the church.
In Christ,
Gina McAndrew, Kelly Weston, Karla Boyer
Variety Show Coordinators

The Disability Project
March 6, 10:00 – 11:30 am at the Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Road
The Saint Louis Art Museum and That Uppity Theatre Company will be collaborating to present the DisAbility Project at the Ethical Society on March 6th. I would like to invite you and other homeschool families you are associated with to join us. This fun production builds public awareness about a variety of disabilities and seeks to empower individuals, honor their stories, and encourage dialogue. The ensemble members present vignettes about true-life experiences of people with disabilities in a format that is both entertaining and educational.
There will be a Q & A session following the performance and each group will receive materials and teaching suggestions for follow-up activities. No one will feel left out as we explore how our society responds to people with disabilities, how we can help with respectful inclusion, and how all people can be engaged in the arts.
Lisa Stelling-Jokisch
Educator, Community Partnerships
Saint Louis Art Museum

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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