Homeschool Events List for February 15, 2013

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“Myth of the Zombie Apocalypse: A Lesson in Infectious Diseases and Disaster Preparedness”
Don’t miss the first St. Louis Science Center TEEN SCIENCE CAFE!
Come hear scientist Dr.Terri Rebmann – an infectious disease and biosecurity expert from St. Louis University’s Institute for Biosecurity. Dr. Rebmann will lead a fun, educational and highly interactive program designed to teach young people about disease and disaster prevention. After attending this event, teens will have the tools to survive any type of disaster – including a zombie apocalypse! 😉
The FREE Teen Science Cafe is for all students age 13 & up, and takes place on Tuesday, February 19, from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Taylor Community Science Resource Center. Complimentary sub sandwiches and snacks will be provided for teen participants. Parents are welcome to stay and wait in the Taylor Center, but younger siblings are not allowed (similar to the AIMS Program rules).
Note: The Taylor Center is part of the St. Louis Science Center, but is in a separate building at 4900 Manchester Ave., 63110 (at the corner of Manchester Ave. and Kingshighway)
Please RSVP by emailing Kerrie Tate at and put “Teen Science Cafe” in the subject line. Include your name, phone number and the names of participating teens.
For more information about this month’s topic and to read Dr. Terri Rebmann’s complete biography, go to the Teen Science Cafe website at
The Teen Science Café is a free, fun way for teens to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Stimulating conversations with scientists, engineers, and inventors take place in an informal and relaxed setting…with free food!
The program is sponsored by the St. Louis Science Center and is run by teens, for teens. It was inspired by the Café Scientifique programs that have become popular at science centers throughout the world. There will be a different Teen Science Cafe event each month. The March Teen Cafe will feature “Bionics.”

NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting Class
Taught by Monty Schrunk starting Feb. 19 at Homelink, SHARE’s learning center, located at 309 Hoffmeister, St. Louis, MO 63125.
Course Description:
The goal of this course is to learn the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for the safe and proper use of a shotgun in shooting a moving target. Topics covered are:
– Identification of shotgun parts, action types, and demonstration of how each functions.
– NRA rules for safe gun handling; explain and demonstrate how to handle a shotgun safely
– Ammunition: components of a shotgun shell, types of shotgun ammunition and their intended use, matching ammunition to the correct shotgun and dealing with ammunition malfunctions.
– Explain and demonstrate the fundamentals of shooting a shotgun
– Safely shoot a shotgun on a range, shooting at a moving target using the five fundamentals of shotgun shooting.
– Identify and safely use the materials needed to clean a shotgun
– Explain ways to pursue shotgun-shooting activities after the course
– Explain the criteria for selecting a shotgun
– Identify various shooting organizations and explain how to become involved with them
Students who successfully complete the course, demonstrate the skills learned and pass the final exam will receive a NRA certificate of completion.
Grade/Age Level: 7th grade and up; minimum age 12
Curriculum: Class will use materials from the National Rifle Association. Packets will be distributed on the first day of class.
Parent Info:
One parent may attend with each minor student, as an unregistered observer, at no additional charge. However, only registered students will receive course materials, participate in shooting exercises and be eligible to receive a course completion certificate. Parents are welcome to register as a student and participate in all class activities with their child, but in case of over-enrollment priority will be given to youth students.
Cost: $125 per student. This covers all course materials, range time and ammunition.
Family Discount: When multiple members of a single family register for the course, members will receive a progressive $5 discount. In other words the first member pays full price, the 2nd receives a $5 discount, 3rd receives a $10 discount, etc.
Class Size: Minimum: 4 students; Maximum: 6 students
Additional Information:
– No live ammunition is permitted in the classroom at any time. Firearms and ammunition will be provided for the course; students should not bring their own unless previously arranged with and approved by the instructor.
– Range exercises will be conducted at St. Louis Skeet & Trap Club, possibly on two Mondays. Tentative dates (pending final scheduling) are March 25 and April 15
– Class will begin later than other Spring Homelink classes. The first class will be on Tuesday, February 19. This is so that the (outdoor) range sessions will occur later in the term.
– If interested contact Monty Schrunk at

St. Louis Symphony’s 2013 Winter Educational Concerts at Powell Hall
Hosted by SHARE and all homeschoolers are welcome to attend with us.
The new Educational Director has brought in some talented, creative performers to complement the St. Louis Symphony music. She told a group of homeschoolers – “We listened to your suggestions and are trying to bring back the wonderful multi-sensory concert experience from past years.”
Don’t miss these two offerings in February…
~Young People’s Concert – “Magical Movements – the Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra”
Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 11:00 am
Britten’s classic “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” gets a new spin with the addition of dancers from DanceWorks Chicago. Watch as the orchestra comes together section by section before your eyes. This dynamic partnership makes for a magical experience where the whole is much larger than the sum of its parts
~Kinder Konzert – “Remarkable Farkle” on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 11:00 am
Poor Farkle McBride tries every instrument, but none of them are quite right. With text from the popular children’s book by John Lithgow accompanied by selections from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, join Farkle on his journey to find his place in the orchestra, and learn about the different instrument families along the way.
To sign up for one or both of the Educational Concerts, 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/concert 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. SHARE pays for your spot when your name is on the list.
Send your payment of $5.00 per person (child or adult) to Kerrie Tate, 617 Bacon Ave. St. Louis MO 63119. Checks are made payable to SHARE. The beautiful Powell Symphony Hall is in the Grand Center District, located one block north of The Fox Theatre, at 718 N. Grand, 63101.
For more information go to the “Powell Hall Concerts – NEW” link on the left sidebar of the SHARE website. Scroll over to the different concert webpages. Feel free to email, text or call with any questions.
Hope you can join us!   Kerrie Tate ( or 314-791-0000)

6th, 7th, 8th grade girls and boys are invited to practice volleyball skills starting every Friday from  February 22nd- March 15th, from 4:30-6:30pm.
All players must submit a registration form that should be turned in on the 1st day, Feb.22nd. The price to participate is $35 per player to cover the cost of the gym space due Feb. 22nd.
Players will learn and practice passing, serving, and other volleyball techniques as well as playing the game to develop individual skills for the volleyball season.
For more information contact, Asa and Dana Merritt–Asante, UCity Parents and UCity Alumni at 314-862-4302 or email

Live Bald Eagle Display
Saturday, Feb. 23; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
435 Confluence Tower Drive, Hartford, IL
Witness an eagle up close and personal with The World Bird Sanctuary! Ask handlers questions about eagles and see the majestic beauty of our nation’s symbol. Event is free.

The SHARE Kindergarten Graduation is open to all homeschoolers as we know that not too many groups offer this ceremony for the little ones. Here’s the details on our first planning meeting:
St. Andrew Catholic School, 309 Hoffmeister, St. Louis, MO 63123
Thursday, February 28, 2013; 7 p.m.
IMPORTANT: Please bring your calendars for the first meeting.
Our biggest challenge is finding a date that works for the most people.
If you are unable to make the meeting, your student can still participate in the graduation (you just don’t get much input). But after each meeting I send out a little email recap so that all those who were unable to attend know what decisions have been made and what is expected of them. If you want to participate but can’t make the first meeting, please email me your graduate’s full name and I will add you to the email list.
Cathy Mullins, SHARE Leader

Earth Day Slogan Contest:  5th graders
Attention Fifth Grade Teachers –
We have extended our Earth Day Slogan Contest deadline to Feb. 28! If your students have not submitted their slogan entry, there is still time to get it sent in.
It’s also time to think about registering to attend our annual Earth Day Celebration April 19, at the Missouri State Capitol. This hands-on educational event is geared toward fifth grade students and continues the long tradition of promoting environmental awareness and educating our students. The day is packed with fun activities, including live presentations by the World Bird Sanctuary, a recycled craft area, several learning booths, and live stage games and performances.
Drop your lunch coolers off with our “cooler corral” attendant and spend the day learning ways to use energy efficiently and protect our air, water and land.
-Learn how to make unique crafts using everyday items that may have otherwise been discarded.
-Experience the thrill of seeing a huge endangered hawk swoop across the crowd as the bird handlers describe the efforts taken to protect these amazing creatures.
-Discover the wonders of water and learn what we can do to protect it.
-Join in the Zero Waste Challenge to see how we can reduce the waste from our lunches each day.
-Check out the impressive collection of exhibits at the Missouri State Museum, located in the State Capitol Building.
-Join us on stage to play Environmental Survivor and win prizes!
Visit to submit your slogan entry and register for the event.

HELPS 3rd Annual Curriculum Sale
Saturday, March 23rd
Sale from 9-12pm
Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 3515 Shackelford Rd. Florissant, MO 63031
Please join us on Saturday, March 23rd for HELPS curriculum sale. This is a great opportunity to buy or sell used curriculum prior to the Expo. This is open to all homeschoolers.
To sell curriculum, you will need to reserve a table. The cost for non-HELPS member is $6. This includes a table and 2 chairs. Please bring your own change. Reservations can be made by sending an email to Laura at We will take reservations until all tables are sold. Set up will be Saturday from 8am-9am.
Refreshments will be available to purchase. Proceeds benefit the HELPS home ec club.

DaySpring School of the Arts, 2608 Metro, St. Louis, Missouri 63043
This Summer…
Shakespeare Family Festival
Performing Arts
Circus & Preschool
Academy Enrichment
Registration forms can be downloaded from our website.
Sibling and multiple camp discounts: 10%
Registration Fee: $20 per student after June 1st
Click here to see more camp details on our website.
Please call us if you have any questions at all.

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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