Homeschool Events List for January 21, 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information.

We’re excited about our upcoming Homeschool Day on Monday, January 28!
Our theme this month is The Civil War in Missouri.
Entrance to the gallery will be free for homeschool families with reservations only, so plan ahead and register today! Reservations must be made online by midnight on Sunday, January 27 so that we can print out enough tickets. Families without advance reservations will not be eligible for free tickets, and, as always, registration is done by each family (not by co-ops or groups). Thanks for your help!
Our doors will open at 10am and ticket distribution will begin at the sign-in table located in the Grand Hall. Activities will run from 10am to 2pm, all other free exhibits in the museum are open the full day.
This month we are hosting an essay contest! Students should write a review on The Civil War in Missouri exhibit and send it back to the Museum by Monday, February 4th. Please refer to the MHM article Going Beyond the Scavenger Hunt for ideas and suggestions.
There will be three divisions based on age: grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Each winner will receive a free family level membership. There is a 500 word limit. Please include your name, grade, phone, and address on your essay. These should be emailed to
Families interested in participating are kindly requested to RSVP.
We’re looking forward to seeing you on Monday, January 28!

“Like” the Expo Page on Facebook for a chance to win free Expo admission! They will have a drawing every Monday from now until April 8th. Save the date, Expo is April 11-13, 2013!

Educational Events in Alton, IL
>The Eagles are coming…Check out the list of Eagle Watching Programs available for your next field trip. Then as you look forward to the end of the school year, keep in mind the great options for class field trips all around Alton, Illinois. We have some wonderful educational opportunities to expand classroom learning, as well as first-class museums, special events and sites that just make the day outside of the classroom lots of fun. Best of all, so many of the sites available for touring are absolutely FREE. What could be better than that? If you are looking for new ideas for a field trip for your group this school year, give us a call at 1-800-258-6645 or visit us online at  We’re here to help!
>Audubon Eagle Watch
Sundays, Jan. 6 – Feb. 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
We guarantee you’ll see one eagle, up close and personal. The World Bird Sanctuary will be at the Center for an eagle meet and greet. High powered telescopes will be available to enhance the eagle viewing experience and knowledgeable staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist visitors and answer questions. Admission is free. For questions or to schedule a group, please call (636) 899-0090.
>TreeHouse Wildlife Center
Live Bald Eagle Weekends – January & February, Saturdays & Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The TreeHouse Wildlife Center is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of wildlife while promoting environmental awareness through education. Admission is free and donations are appreciated. For more information please call 618-466-2990.
>National Great Rivers Museum & Melvin Price Lock & Dam No. 26
Bring your group to the National Great Rivers Museum and Melvin Price Lock & Dam to meet the Mississippi. The museum is FREE with a suggested donation of $1. Allow at least 1 hour to tour the museum; 2 hours for both sites. Group reservations can be made by calling Becky or Sissy at 1-800-258-6645.
~Masters of the Sky
Saturday, Sunday & Monday, Feb. 16 – 18, 2013 – Show times at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Witness the “Masters of the Sky” birds of prey demonstration. Come see eagles, falcons, owls and other birds of prey at this educational and informational program presented by the World Bird Sanctuary. Admission fee: $5 for Adults; $3 for children 12 and under; 3 and under are free. Also, there will be a free eagle display at noon and 2 p.m. for 30 minutes. For more information, call the National Great Rivers Museum at (877) 462-6979.
Experience the Illinois side of the Lewis & Clark story at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and National Trail Site #1 in Hartford, IL. The museum features five exhibit rooms, the film “At Journey’s Edge” (20 minutes in length), 55-foot full scale “cutaway” keelboat and replica of the Camp River Dubois. Educational materials are available through the museum. After visiting the museum, site interpreters are on hand at the fortified Camp River Dubois to explain what life was like for the men as they prepared for the journey. The sites are FREE with a suggested donation of $2 for adults and $1 for children. Allow 90 minutes to tour both sites. New pavilions at the site make this a great location to enjoy your sack lunch! Group reservations can be made by calling Becky or Sissy at 1-800-258-6645.
~Highler Learning
From platforms at 50, 100 and 150 feet, your class will experience the stories of Lewis & Clark, history of the region, watch wildlife roam and view the confluence of two great rivers – the Mississippi & Missouri. Admission is $2 per person. For group reservations,contact Becky or Sissy at 1-800-258-6645.
~Eagles over the Confluence: Bird of Prey Display
Saturday, Jan. 26, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Treehouse Wildlife Center will be at the Tower with some of their resident raptors. Bald Eagles usually steal the spot light, but what about the other birds of prey? Come to the tower to witness the other large birds that live by our confluence.
~Eagles over the Confluence: Itchy Brother’s Chainsaw Wood Carving
Saturday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Watch the Itchy Brothers Chainsaw Art carve wooden sculptures with their tools to send a salute to the Bald Eagle.
~Eagles over the Confluence: Native American Tribute to the Bald Eagle
Saturday, Feb. 9, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Celebrate the elegance and significance of our nation’s symbol throughout North American history. Kathy Dickerson, a member of the Kiowa Tribe in Oklahoma will teach you about Native American traditions and authentic hand crafted artwork. There will also be Native American dancers performing every hour starting at noon.
~Eagles over the Confluence: Live Eagle Display
Saturday, Feb. 23, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Get up close and personal with a Live American Bald Eagle from the World Bird Sanctuary.
>These events are Free! For more information contact the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower at 618-251-9101.
~Big Truck Day!
Join the Village of Godfrey and their fleet of BIG Trucks on Wednesday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the sixth annual BIG Truck Day in Glazebrook Park. Displays will be presented by the Godfrey Fire Protection District, Pepsi America, Madison County Sheriff’s Department, Godfrey Street Department and many more that children can view, touch and explore. Admission is free. For more information, call (618) 466-1483.
~Measuring up to Wadlow
Visit the museum to learn about Robert Wadlow, Alton’s Gentle Giant, still the tallest man in the world measuring 8’11.1″. Check out the Pioneer Room that describes the exploits of Lewis & Clark, the Lincoln & Shields Duel, the Confederate Prison & more. The exhibits also include information about the Piasa Bird, the Lincoln Douglas Debates and the Civil War. Cost for children is $1. Group reservations can be made by calling (618)462-2763 or emailing
~Down on the Farm
The Agricultural Enrichment Program at the Tri-County Antique Club in Jerseyville is a great educational program for students preschool through Grade 6 to learn about farm life in rural Illinois. Enrichment programs are “Hands-on, hands-in” and give students a glimpse of farm life. During the program, students see antique farm equipment, learn how wheat and cornmeal are made, ride on a wagon, learn to make soap, make and sample homemade butter, pet animals, shell corn, make rope, use old-fashioned wood tools and play games. Reservations are required, and groups are limited to a minimum of 25 and a maximum of 65. The cost is $3 per child, and one adult is free for every seven kids. Please contact Cindy Gelsthorpe, by email to make your reservation.
Looking for more ideas for your group? Call the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-258-6645 or visit online at Our experienced staff is available to help you put together the perfect field trip all around Alton, Illinois.

On the Trail of Mis-Folded Proteins:
Biochemistry and Neurodegenerative Disease
THURSDAY, January 24, 2013, 7 p.m.
Kirkwood High School Keating Theater, 801 West Essex, 63122
FREE and OPEN to ALL. Registration not Required.
Michael R. Nichols, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Missouri – St. Louis
Mis-folded proteins are a fascinating biochemical topic and the accumulation of these mis-folded protein aggregates looks to be the next big medical challenge. The phenomenon is an underlying cause of numerous neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s. As our lifespans increase and more people live to a ripe old age, the detrimental effect of protein aggregation is now much more appreciated and a tremendous number of biophysical, biomedical, and clinical studies have been conducted.
A Pioneering Science Seminar brought to you by: The Academy of Science – St. Louis and the Kirkwood School District.

I’m coordinating a Missouri Regional Science Bowl for middle school students to take place March 2, 2013 at the Saint Louis Science Center. 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 28 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.
Amanda Yuen, Coordinator
Missouri Regional Science Bowl–Middle School
WHAT-­ First-ever Missouri Regional Science Bowl for middle school students
WHEN­‑Saturday, March 2, 2013
WHERE-­ Saint Louis Science Center Exploradome, 5050 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110
WHO-­ Teams of 4-5 middle school students (grades 6-8) and 1 coach
HOW MUCH­‑$20 registration fee per team
The winning team receives an all-expenses paid trip to the National Science Bowl!
QUESTIONS?‑Contact Amanda Yuen at
Registration is limited to 30 teams!

Performing Arts Classes – Christian Perspective * Wholesome * Modest * Affordable
Accepting New Students! Starting: Week of Jan. 22nd
~Power Tap Fusion Workshop
Thursday, January 31st
Whether you’re a seasoned tapper or just getting your feet wet, come experience the joy of our favorite dance form – power tap!
2012 / 2013 Performing Arts Classes
(Company A: ages 6-11, Company B: ages 12-18)
BOTD Company Classes are a multi-faceted approach to assisting students who want to pursue their “niche” in musical theatre with Godly integrity.  In the Company, Students enjoy the full musical theatre experience!  Students train in acting, singing, dancing & power tap preparing them for the stage.  They will also venture behind the scenes exploring the various specialty skills needed to put on a Broadway-style show.
~POWER TAP (teacher placement, ages 6-18)
Powerfully Percussive!  Adrenaline Infused!  Extremely Fun!  Broadway-style and rhythm tap class – featuring dance combinations with a retro flair.  The exciting news of the year is that Company Classes include Power Tap!  Students will further hone their performance skills as they learn to “tap like the hoofers in the musicals!”
~PRIVATE TAP (teacher evaluation)
Shuffle off to buffalo in the style of Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and more!  Advance through tap combos, techniques & show-biz “wow” steps at your own pace.
Don your tutu and tiara as fairy tales come alive through ballet!  Little girls will discover the basics of ballet as they learn the art of imaginative storytelling through music and dance.
~BALLET (teacher placement: ages 6-11)
Grace and poise for the aspiring ballerina!  Dancers will learn foundational techniques of barre, balance, stretching, footwork, rhythm, interpretation & poise to prepare them for the many dance forms of musical theatre.
~VOCAL ENSEMBLE (ages 6-11, 12 & up, sibling groups)
An excellent class for the young singer!  Students will learn the basics of vocal safety, breathing, ear training, vocal technique & harmonization as they hone their showmanship and performance skills.
~PRIVATE VOICE (12 & up)
Bask in the joy of singing and learn vocal safety, posture, breathing technique, diction, ear training, vocal placement, phonation, resonance & interpretation.
Tickle the ivories and enhance your theory and technique!  Students will be assigned a variety of musical pieces to practice each week.  As students advance, they will be introduced to finger exercises, scales, chords, arpeggios, theory & chord charts.
Private lessons are highly focused on proper technique and geared toward each student’s level and individual needs.  Students are expected to practice their assignments 5 days a week (various lengths of time depending on age & skill level).  E-mail or call to inquire about available time slots on Tuesdays.
~New! Adult Tap Class
Thursdays, 11:15am-12noon
8 week session, begins Feb. 14th ($80)
Beginner/early intermediate class
~It’s a Wonderful Life- The Musical Auditions
April 26th & 27th (Ages 7 – college)
More info coming soon on BOTD’S 19th annual
FREE Summer Musical!
Visit Website:
Storage Space Needed
Broadway on the Driveway is looking for an additional storage space for costumes & props.
-St. Louis area
-300 sq. ft. or 1-2 garage bays
– Reciprocal advertising available

My Music Room, owned by singer/guitarist Robin Lopate, gives private and group lessons in Kirkwood.  I have posted some new guitar classes up on my website –   I am looking for teens and kids to fill some classes up.  There is also a “Woman to Woman” guitar class, ages 11 and up, great for moms and daughters, and “Guitar For Teens”, for teens only.   Class schedules will be determined based on students’ availability.  Discount for any private or group student that schedules between 9am-3pm.  Please check my website for class descriptions.  I am also accepting private students.
If you are interested in a class, let me know. I have to have at least 3 students to run a class.
Thanks – Robin

Ohana Martial Arts is now offering exciting and FUN morning and afternoon self-defense classes EXCLUSIVELY for home schooled students of any age.  Please contact Sifu Ken Sills (4th Degree Black Belt) at 314-486-4127 for information.
Ohana Martial Arts
2060 Dorsett Village, Maryland Heights, MO 63043 (In the Schnuck’s Plaza)

Volleyball Clinic
Are you interested in attending our next clinic?
It is for players ages 9-19.
The St. Louis Christian Patriette Lights will hold a Winter Volleyball Clinic on Friday afternoons for girls and boys at Gametime Sports in Chesterfield – just a mile off of Hwy 40 – from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm, beginning on February 1st and running through March 22nd. The cost is $68 for the first player and $60 for the second and third from the same family. This is a wonderful opportunity to make new friends, get some exercise, and learn a lifetime sport.
USA Volleyball Certified coaches will do stretching, conditioning, plyometrics, and also teach basic volleyball form and strategies. There will be contests, games, and scrimmages. The players will be divided onto 2 separate courts – one for beginniners and one for experienced competitive players who know offensive and defensive systems. It’s a lot of fun!
If you’re interested, please contact Mrs. Yager for the application.
I am always happy to answer questions.
In His Name,
Patty Yager
USA Volleyball IMPACT, CAP I and CAP II Certified Volleyball Coach
St. Louis Christian Patriette Lights, Girls Varsity Volleyball Program

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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