Homeschool Events List for February 7, 2013

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Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition
Foundry Art Centre, 520 North Main Center, Saint Charles, MO 63301
Wednesday, February 20, 2013; 10:00am – 1:00pm
In case of inclement weather: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 10:00am -1:00pm
Poetry Out Loud begins in the classroom as students select poems to recite from the Poetry Out Loud anthology of more than 650 classic and contemporary poems. The program follows a pyramid structure. After a classroom contest, champions will advance to a school-wide competition, then to a regional and/or state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals.
Participating Schools: Herculaneum High School, Northwest High School, Rolla High School, St. Louis University High School, Washington High School, Wentzville High School & Windsor High School

Gift of Gospel Celebration
Saturday, February 23, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Lewis and Clark Branch, 9909 Lewis-Clark Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63136
Enjoy a myriad of gospel artists including Gregg Haynes, who will leave you feeling encouraged and inspired. Refreshments will be served.

Annual International Festival
On Sunday, Feb. 24, the Maryland Heights Centre (2344 McKelvey Road, Maryland Heights, MO 63043) will become a melting pot of world cultures at the annual “Celebrate the World” International Festival. Now in its 12th year, the festival draws thousands of visitors from around the region for a free afternoon of music, dance, crafts, food and more.
The event kicks off at noon with the “Parade of Nations” opening ceremony led by local scouting troops and country representatives. Two stages will feature live music and dance from around the globe from noon to 5 p.m. Scheduled performers include Latin jazz musicians Acoustic Element, Bollywood dancers (India), St. Louis Osuwa Taiko Drummers (Japan), Shaolin Lohan Pai Lion Dance Troupe (China), five-piece German band Die Spitzbuam and Drums and Dances of Congo.
Several artisans will be on hand to demonstrate their crafts, including ice carving, sitar (a stringed instrument popular in India) and didgeridoo, a native Australian wind instrument. The festival will also offer an international marketplace, where vendors from a number of different nations will sell jewelry, crafts, artwork and other original items.
Ranken Jordan Pediatric Specialty Hospital, Saint Louis Art Museum and the St. Louis County Library will host special activities for youngsters and their parents in the children’s area. And of course, the day wouldn’t be complete without the delectable culinary delights of the “Taste of the World” refreshment area. Be sure to bring a few dollars to sample dishes from Mexico, the Middle East, Jamaica and more.
Sponsors for this year’s festival include the Maryland Heights Cultural Arts Commission and the City of Maryland Heights.
Volunteers are still needed for the festival; please call (314) 738-2599 for more information. A complete performance schedule and vendor listing will be online soon.

Rhythms and Folklore of Africa
Monday, February 25, 6:30 p.m.
Mid-County Branch, 7821 Maryland Ave., St. Louis, MO 63105
Experience a unique combination of storytelling, drumming and dance. Hand- picked customers will be dancing and playing the African instruments. Immerse yourself in the rhythms of Africa as you join Kenya Ajanaku in this exciting program. All ages.

Game Show Night: Deal or No Deal
Monday, February 25, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Cliff Cave Branch, 5430 Telegraph Road, St. Louis, MO 63129-3556
Can you make the best deal or find the million dollar case? Grades 3-12.

Self-Defense for Teens
Tuesday, February 26, 7:00 p.m.
Eureka Hills Branch, 156 Eureka Towne Center, Eureka, MO 63025
Attend this workshop for a basic introduction to self-defense and an opportunity to practice techniques. Presented by Sensei Harub Taalib of Maat Karate Do. Recommended for ages 12-18. Registration required.

Families for Home Education will host our annual Rally at the Rotunda on Tuesday, March 26, at 2:30pm.  Prepare now to bring your family for a field trip to Jefferson City!  Plan a day of meeting new legislators and visiting those you already know, touring the Capitol and Governor’s Mansion (reservations required for Governor’s Mansion), as well as gathering with other homeschool families from across the state to join in one voice to express appreciation to our homeschool-friendly legislators and show your support for home education.  You will also hear from Kerry Messer, our lobbyist who is at the Capitol every day of the legislative session, who will discuss any current legislation that could affect homeschooling.  FHE board members and various legislators working hard to protect our right to continue home educating our children in freedom will also be speaking.
Please share this with all your homeschooling contacts!  We look forward to meeting you under the Dome on March 26!
Check out this link to plan a fun filled family day in Jefferson City! :

The Paul Mesner Puppets
Tuesday, February 26, 4:30 p.m. – Prairie Commons Branch , 915 Utz Lane, Hazelwood, MO 63042
Wednesday, February 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Cliff Cave Branch, 5430 Telegraph Road, St. Louis, MO 63129-3556
Art @ Your Library: Presents Comical Adventures of Old Mother Hubbard
In this comic poem, written in 1805, Old Mother Hubbard is always looking out for her best friend and in return, he delights her with dancing, spinning, sitting and standing. Ages preschool and up.

Genealogy for Teens
Thursday, February 28, 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131
Have you ever wanted to discover your family history, but didn’t know where to begin? Don’t miss this opportunity to learn the basics of genealogical research. This session will open with a brief meeting of our Teen Advisory Group. TAG is a way for teens to provide input on services the library provides to teens. Ages 12-18.

Creative Journaling
Thursday, February 28, 7:00 p.m.
Samuel C. Sachs Branch, 16400 Burkhardt Place, Chesterfield, MO 63017
Join us as we explore creative journaling. Gather thought-provoking prompts and exchange ideas with others. No previous experience necessary…jump in right where you are. Adults and teens. Registration preferred.

Foundation for Economic Education
(  A non-profit organization that teaches students about the basic principles of free-markets and economics. I came across your website and was wondering if it would be possible for you to let your student network know about our summer educational programs.
FEE offers summer seminars to both college and high school students, and we are offering three different high school seminars in three locations across the country this summer.  One of our seminars is at Saint Louis University, close to you!  Each seminar is three days long and includes 17.5 hours of lecture time.  Furthermore, our seminars are free!  Room and board for the length of the seminar are generously provided by our donors.  The only cost incurred by the students is getting to the seminar, which should be quite low since families are already in the area.  More information, including complete schedules and the link to the application, can be found at  Applications are open until March 31st!
Sara Walcott
High School Programs Coordinator

GRADES K-12 – April 30, 2013
The 7th annual SHARE Homeschool Art Show is a fun opportunity for young artists to see their work on display, view others’ artwork, and enjoy fellowship time with others who love art.  Ribbons will be awarded to place winners in each grade category (including separate categories for photography) and participant ribbons will also be given.
This contest is open to all homeschooled students, Kindergarten – 12th grade. We encourage students of all ages to submit pieces.  Let’s make this SHARE Art Show another great one!
Artwork will be judged twice.  First, privately before the Show begins.  All award ribbons will be held until the awards ceremony, so as not to influence the Children’s Choice awards.  The second judging will be “Children’s Choice:” students who have submitted artwork will vote on the pieces they like the best, and the winner in each category will receive a special ribbon.  All awards will be announced after everyone has had a chance to view the artwork.
Friday April 12           Registration deadline (to allow us time to order ribbons)
Friday, April 26          Deadline for project drop-off  (see drop-off contacts below)
Tuesday, April 30       Viewing 6:00-7:00 p.m.;  Announcement of winners 7:00 p.m.
Bayless Baptist Church, 8512 Morganford, St. Louis, MO  63123
(PLEASE protect your artwork with a plastic bag or other container.  If your artwork is fragile, you may drop it off between noon and 3 p.m. on Monday, April 29 at Bayless Baptist Church. )
You may bring your art project to any SHARE event before April 26 or you may drop it off at one of these locations:
Cathy Mullins’ home, 3675 Montana, 63116.
(Montana Street is west of Grand Ave., between Meramec St. and Chippewa.)
It may be helpful to contact Cathy before you drop off:  314-769-7965 or
Rebekah Matt’s home, 165 Chatwood Terrace
(in Crestwood, one block south of the intersection of Sappington and Big Bend)
Please contact Rebekah before you drop off:  314-984-9173 or
1)  The pieces must be the original work of the homeschooled student. Up to 2 submissions per student.
2)  The winning pieces will receive ribbons before the event, to be awarded at the close of the evening.  During the show, special “Children’s Choice” ballots will be give to all children who have submitted artwork, and those winners will also receive a special ribbon.
3)   The pieces can be two dimensional or three dimensional..  Pieces do not have to be framed, but a simple cardboard mat can make any artwork look great!  PLEASE, for display purposes, keep artwork as lightweight as possible; if the piece is in a heavy frame or under glass, please attach adequate hanging wires or supply an easel.
4)  Artwork must not exceed 24 x 36 inches.
5)  Each piece must have the SHARE ART FORM attached to the back of it. (Located on bottom half of registration form.)  Photography entries have a separate form.  Please use this form for photography only!
For registration forms, visit  and look under the SHARE events – open to all tab.

Grades 1 – 12
LOCATION:  The Pillar Foundation, 15820 Clayton Rd, Ellisville, MO  63011
TESTING DATES:  May 28, 29 and 30, 2013     TIME:  8:30 A.M. to 12 noon
TESTING FEE:  *$57.00 for first student, *$54.00 for each additional student in the same family. Open to all homeschoolers, do not have to be a WCCHE member.
The testing fee includes the cost of the test, taxes, administration fee, scoring, postage and detailed report.
Questions?    Contact
Tawnia or Kim at
 Click here for the 2013 Application as a PDF download
These forms are also available at the WCCHE site
Members of the WCCHE group has been coordinating Stanford Testing sessions  for many years.
The tests dates are usually at the end of May and the applications for the current year are available on the WCCHE website in February and March.
NOTE: Parents may now self-administer Stanford Tests themselves.  Please see the bju website for information on how to become and administrator and order tests for your homeschool.

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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