Homeschool Events List for February 5, 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information.

I know this is not an event, but thought it important to share for those who may be able and want to help.
I think you all know Joyce Herzog and what she has done and has helped so many in the homeschool community. Did you know they are in dire straits? They are living in a retirement home with no car and not money left for anything personal. Her husband’s health has been very poor and it has hurt them financially. I realize this is a very hard time for so very many of you, me included, but if you have any extra to give, can you find it in your heart to bless this great lady who has done so much for the homeschool community? Her address is Joyce Herzog, 1417 N. Mack Smith Road #215, Chattanooga, TN 37412. I know any amount would be so very appreciated.

Thursday, February 7; 10:00 A – 8:00 P and Friday, February 8, 2013; 9:00 A – 4:00 P
Two days only! 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 during our Jefferson Sale.
The Family Vision Library, 2020 Parkway Drive St. Peters, MO  63376

Create a Puppet
Friday, February 8, 10:00 a.m. – Weber Road Branch, 4444 Weber Road, St. Louis, MO 63123
Tuesday, February 19, 6:30 p.m. – Lewis and Clark Branch, 9909 Lewis-Clark Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63136
Have you dreamed of becoming a puppet maker and puppeteer? Now is your chance to create a puppet to take home with you and learn some beginning techniques to perform for your friends, family and neighbors. All materials will be provided; just bring your creativity and imagination. Ages 7-11. Registration required.

Saturday morning, February 9th at 10:30am
Tickets only $5.00
Classic movies at the Hi-Pointe continues this month with Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and William Holden in SABRINA.

African Inspired Jewelry Making Workshop
Saturday, February 9, 11:30 a.m. – Samuel C. Sachs Branch, 16400 Burkhardt Place, Chesterfield, MO 63017
Tuesday, February 26, 3:30 p.m. – Weber Road Branch, 4444 Weber Road, St. Louis, MO 63123-6744
Make your own African inspired jewelry with Imani Aisha Creations! In this 90- minute workshop, participants will be using Egyptian Ankh and African shapes to make a necklace or a brooch. Paint will be used, so please dress appropriately. Ages 7-11. Registration required.

Free Family Fun Day
Foundry Art Centre, 520 North Main Center, Saint Charles, MO 63301
Sunday, February 10, 2013; Noon – 3:00pm
FREE & Open to the Public
Come enjoy an afternoon of free fun at the Foundry Art Centre! Check out the new attractions in the Baue Family Children’s Gallery as we open our children’s library and reading area. The Foundry’s Puppet Theatre will also be debuted with live puppet shows! Children 12 and under are welcome to create art projects based on our featured book of the month and enjoy puppet-making projects and light refreshments.

Design like DaVinci
Monday, February 11, 4:30 p.m. – Lewis and Clark Branch, 9909 Lewis-Clark Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63136
Tuesday, February 12, 4:30 p.m. – Eureka Hills Branch, 156 Eureka Towne Center, Eureka, MO 63025
Saturday, February 16, 2:00 p.m. – Samuel C. Sachs Branch, 16400 Burkhardt Place, Chesterfield, MO 63017
Thursday, February 21, 4:00 p.m. – Weber Road Branch, 4444 Weber Road, St. Louis, MO 63123
Leonardo DaVinci was a man ahead of his time, creating some ingenious and futuristic inventions. Join us as we recreate some of his structures with hands-on activities. Ages 8-12. Registration required.

Just For Teens: Michael Jackson Experience Party
Monday, February 11, 6:30 p.m.
Prairie Commons Branch, 915 Utz Lane, Hazelwood, MO 63042
Love to dance? Got rhythm? Come join us as we groove to Michael’s moves on the Wii and compete for book prizes! Ages 12-18. Registration required.

Knitting @ Sachs
Mondays, February 11 and February 25, 7:00 p.m.
Samuel C. Sachs Branch, 16400 Burkhardt Place, Chesterfield, MO 63017
Join us to knit, crochet or work on other fiber arts. Bring in a project you have already begun, start a new one, or share ideas and techniques with experienced knitters. Library staff members can provide assistance for beginners. On February 11 we will learn how to create hairpin lace. Please bring your own hairpin lace loom, crochet hook and yarn. All ages. No registration required.

Homeschool Explorations: Puppets
Wednesday, February 13, 2:00 p.m.
Samuel C. Sachs Branch, 16400 Burkhardt Place, Chesterfield, MO 63017
Make St. Louis County Library a partner in your homeschool programming as we explore various topics and ideas through hands-on learning. Have you dreamed of becoming a puppeteer? Create a puppet to take home with you and learn some beginning techniques to perform for your friends and family. Registration required.

Annual Valentine’s Day Cake Walk
Bring the whole family and join us for The Family Vision’s Fifth Annual Valentine’s Day Cake Walk! Bring a cake, walk to the music and win a cake!
Signup for this fun time begins February 1.
Mark the date and time on your calendar:
Thursday, February 14  12:00 P – 2:00 P
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Drive  St. Peters, MO  63376

Open Skate Sessions
February  15, 1-4pm; February  18, noon-5pm; March 1, 1-4pm
Admission $5.00
Skate Rental  $2.00
Great Skate, 130 Boone Hills Drive, St. Peters, MO  63376

Teen Books into Movies
Friday, February 15, 6:00 p.m.
Samuel C. Sachs Branch, 16400 Burkhardt Place, Chesterfield, MO 63017
See books brought to life on the big screen. Join other teens after hours to watch “Murder on the Orient Express,” based on the book by Agatha Christie. Hercule Poirot is a dapper detective for whom murder-solving is a precise, intellectual exercise. When murder occurs aboard the Orient Express, Poirot agrees to interview all passengers in the Calais coach. MPAA rating: PG. Running time: 127 min. Ages 12 and up. Registration required.

We’ve got a new workshop for February!  For those who know how to solder thru-hole components but are unsure about those tiny surface mount parts, this is what you’ve been waiting for.  On February 16, 2013 at 9:30am, Jeff Jackson from St. Louis Computronics will share his surface mount repair expertise.  This hands-on Surface Mount Solder and Removal workshop does require that you already know how to solder thru-hole components.  As usual, space is limited and advance registration is required.  There is a $10 materials fee.
For those who are having fun with microcontrollers, we continue expanding our Arduino related items.  Many of you have asked, so we are also starting to bring in things for the Raspberry Pi.
Are you excited about amateur radio?  Winter is a great time to prepare for your license or upgrade.  We stock the study manuals for tech, general, and extra class as well as the 2013 ARRL Handbook — a great reference for hams (and everyone else).
It seems we are continually adding capacitors to our selection, and it has been great hearing about the many TVs that have been resurrected as a result.
DeoxIT Faderlube has been really popular lately, and we have it in stock.  Also, in addition to our regular DeoxIT D5 (the red stuff), we are now stocking the non-flammable and 100% DeoxIT sprays.
If you stop by the store in the coming weeks, we may be unpacking some of the new items currently on order.  Books, connectors, kits, and so much more.  Of course, we never know what glorious surplus surprises we will come across, so come by often to check out the latest finds before they are gone.
We’re on Facebook — If you have a project you’re proud of, we’d love for you to share.  New workshop announcements, random thoughts, and the occasional special promotion get posted there too!
Gateway Electronics, 2220 Welsch Industrial Court, St. Louis, MO 63146 (314)427-6116

The Bommity of Errors
Saturday, February 16, 2:00 p.m.
Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131
Students will perform their own modernized version of a Shakespeare play after first looking at an excerpt from a hip hop version of Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors.” Learn skills in improvisation, character development and physical theatre. Presented by DaySpring School of the Arts. Ages 12-18. Registration required.

Winter Lecture Series 
Sunday, February 17th, 2:00 pm
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Interpretive Center
“The People of the River’s Mouth:  The Search for the Missouria Indians” by Michael Dickey
Michael Dickey, Site Administrator, Arrow Rock State Historic Site, will present the second program in our 2013 Winter Lecture Series. This talk reviews the history of the once powerful Missouria native nation that gave name to the river, then the state. The Winter Lecture Series is free of charge, open to the public.

Teen Sassy Fashion Scarves
Tuesday, February 19, 6:30 p.m.
Eureka Hills Branch, 156 Eureka Towne Center, Eureka, MO 63025
Scarves are all the rage. Learn how to make a fashion scarf by either crocheting or knitting. Don’t know how to do either? We can teach you! No time to learn? Then we can help you make one which is super, super easy. Ages 11-18. Registration required. Refreshments will be provided.

Stage Combat for Teens
Saturday, February 23, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Cliff Cave Branch, 5430 Telegraph Road, St. Louis, MO 63129-3556
Practice your acting skills and learn techniques for stage fighting. No previous experience necessary. Parent is required to sign waiver before teens can participate. Presented by local actor and stage combat choreographer Michael Monsey. Ages 14- 18. Registration required.

High School Creative Writing Contest
Greenville College is holding a free creative writing contest for high school students.  We are contacting various schools in the surrounding area to promote the contest and want to make sure homeschooled students are included as well!  The competition is open for 9-12 grade students and will include both poetry and short story.  Contestants will be judged against the works of others in their grade and prizes will be items to encourage further writing.  The link for online submissions is  If you have any questions, feel free to call at 618-664-6802 or e-mail
Contest Details:
-Students in 9th-12th Grade are Eligible to Enter
-3 Poems and 1 Short Story (up to 10 pages) Per Student
-Submit an Etry Form for Each Genre You Submit (Poetry/Fiction)
-Entries are Judged by Grade and Genre (Except the Grand Prize in Each Genre)
-Entries Are Due March 29, 2013 . No Late Entries Will Be Accepted.
-All Entries Must Include the Signature of the Student and His/Her Guardian to be Accepted
-Winners Will Be Announced April 19, 2013
-Winners Will Be Awarded on April 30th, 2013 in the Krober Room at Greenville College at 7PM
-Grand Prize Winners Will Be Published in the 2013-14 Edition of Scriblerus

The Greater St. Louis Home Educator’s Expo is coming up on April 11-13, 2013! Renovations at the First E-Free Church are finally complete and there will be an amazing line-up of speakers and exhibitors! This is the eighth annual Expo but prices will remain at the VERY reasonable price of $10 per person!
Check the Expo website at for all the latest details. Next month we will be posting the Expo Speaker Survey and welcome your feedback so we can make accurate room assignments.
Stay tuned for other important Expo updates…but in the meantime…Don’t miss these exciting giveaways…
Facebook “Likes” Drawing
Every Monday at 12:00 noon from January 21st until April 8th there will be a drawing to win a free Expo admission! The winner will be randomly chosen from ALL those that have “liked” the Expo Facebook page. The contest is open to all ages and the $10 admission prize IS transferable.
Hurry and “like” the Expo page before the next drawing! Go to
There will be other Facebook contests from Expo speakers and exhibitors!
While you’re on the Expo Facebook wall, be sure to post any feedback or questions. Also check out the 2012 pictures and tag yourself and others!
Special Expo Admission Pre-Registration Incentives
If you pre-register “extra-early,” by March 15th, your family’s name will be placed in a drawing for one of six prizes consisting of three $100 “Expo Cash” certificates and three $50.00 “Expo Cash” certificates, redeemable at the exhibitors of your choice at this 2013 expo.
If you pre-register “early,” by March 31st, your family’s name will be placed in a drawing for six $50.00 “Expo Cash” certificates, redeemable at the exhibitor of your choice at this 2012 Expo.
You will be contacted if you are a winner, and you can pick up your Expo Cash any time at the registration table. (Only one entry per family)
Go to the “Register for the Expo” link on the Expo website for all the registration information you need to know.
Children’s Program Pre-Registration Prizes!
As always, the Expo offers a fun-filled Children’s Program coordinated by the Verity Institute – with special guest appearances by Expo speakers and others.
Register by March 15th for a chance to win $50 in “Expo Cash” (vouchers good anywhere at the Expo). Four pre-registration prizes will be awarded.
Go to the “2013 Children’s Program” link on the Expo website to register and find out more information.

Homeschool International Festival
Come be a part of a homeschool international festival this spring.  All homeschoolers are welcome.  It will be held Friday, April 12, 2013 at Salem Evangelical Free Church (2490 Pohlman Rd.) in Florissant from 12-4 pm.  Let’s all learn from each other!  Bring your projects, crafts, clothing, art, artifacts, etc. regarding a country/culture of interest to you.  Take time to walk around and learn from what other homeschoolers have brought as well.   Students are welcome to bring small crafts or eatables from their country to sell.
Email any questions or to reserve a spot to  Tables and chairs will be provided.  Let me know if you will require half of a 6 foot folding table or an entire table to display your information/ projects.  Please also include the country/culture you will be representing.   This festival is free for participants and for spectators!  A donation box will be available, with all proceeds benefiting Franklin Graham’s international ministry Samaritan’s Purse.

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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