Homeschool Events List for March 7, 2013

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March Morpho Mania
Butterfly House, Faust Park, 15193 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, MO 63017
March 1–31, 2013; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Open 7 days a week (March only)
Presented by Novus International, Inc.
March brings a very special kind of madness to the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House—our annual March Morpho Mania® event! Visit us during the month of March, when the Butterfly House floods the tropical conservatory with thousands of breathtaking Blue Morpho butterflies—a perennial favorite. What better way to celebrate spring?
Native to the forests of Central and South America, the Blue Morpho’s dazzling, metallic blue is all in the eye of the beholder: their wings are not actually colored blue, but are lined with many tiny scales that only allow blue light to escape. And what a sight to behold: thousands of these creatures catching the light in our sunny conservatory.
Despite their opulence, wild Morpho peleides prefer to stay in the forest understory, feeding on fermenting fruit, tree sap, even decomposing animals—keeping their wings folded to avoid catching the eye of would-be predators. But during mating flights, Blue Morphos rise high into the canopy, attracting mates with their iridescent splendor.
Throughout the month, visitors will learn about the critical role butterflies play in nature, and how the Butterfly House is involved with butterfly conservation efforts in Costa Rica. Come inaugurate the season with these majestic creatures at the Butterfly House and immerse yourself in a sea of blue—all March long!
Don’t miss this dramatic sight while it lasts! All activities are free with admission.

Kick Up a Storm @ Your Library
The Magic School Bus® Kicks Up A Storm exhibit will be on display at The Magic House® through May 27. St. Louis County Library is excited to present fun, science-related programs inspired by The Magic School Bus.
The Magic School Bus Kicks Up a Storm
Feature Program: Liz’s Lab
Join us for some weather-related science fun inspired by The Magic School Bus. We will investigate weather concepts with plenty of hands-on activities. Ages 7-11. Registration required.
For a complete listing of days, times and other associated programs visit

Friday, March 8, 2013; 7:00 pm
Steinway Recital Hall, 12033 Dorsett Rd, Maryland Heights 63043
Performances from DaySpring’s Music Faculty:
Nancy Schaaf, Rebecca Garcia, Alison Rolf, Mary Bryant, Jeremy Novak, Andrew Gibson, Sarah Walseth, Elizabeth Kusterer, Keren Marzine, Alisha Beseth, Julia Hornberger, Johanna Ballou, Christina Williams
…and from the winners of the 2013 Honors Auditions:
Udonne Eke-Okoro, piano
Michael Buckner, violin
Eric Bateman, cello

Oil Painting Classes at First Baptist Church Arnold
April 5 – 26, 2013
Trina Stephens will be teaching oil painting for home school children.  There are two classes:
>Advanced oil painting is open only to those who have oil painting experience and are at least 14 years of age.  They will be painting a floral/still life “Forsythia and Lemons”.  The class meets 9 AM – 11:30 AM; cost is $37.50 and you may purchase a canvas for $9.75 (or bring your own).
>Beginning Oil Painting is open to children 10 years and older.  This class is designed for the child with no (or limited) oil painting experience.  They will be painting “Pansies and Butterfly”.  This class meets 12:30 – 2:30 PM; cost is $30 and you may purchase a canvas for $6.75 (or bring your own).
For each class you may purchase the oil paints needed from the instructor, purchase on your own, or for your first session you may purchase a palette of paint for $10 which covers all that is needed for the current painting.  There is a listing of additional supplies needed on our website and you can register your child for the class there as well  Call or email Trina with any questions – 636-296-7729  ext. 148 or

Dear Homeschool Parents,
Hi, my name is Bob Schembre.  I am an Elder at Rockport Baptist Church in Arnold, Mo. And I currently coach football at Westminster Christian Academy in St. Louis.
I am currently in the process of testing the waters regarding interest in a Homeschool High school football team in the St. Louis / Jefferson county area.  High School football with Homeschoolers has met with huge success in other states, and has yet to come to fruition in our area.  Our plans are to coordinate with private schools and eventually develop a network for a schedule.
To begin this endeavor, I plan on holding a Summer Football Clinic, probably in June, to see what the interest would be. We would begin with ages 13 and up for the clinic.  There would be a minimal charge for participation in the clinic.
What I would like you to do is to simply respond to this email or call if your family is interested and tell the number and age of young men interested.  I will then put the clinic schedule together, collaborate further with the interested families, and plan for the future, the Lord willing.
Bob Schembre

Challenging Times for Conservation in Madagascar
Tue, Mar 19; 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Featured Speaker: Ingrid Porton, Curator of Primates, Saint Louis Zoo
In 1991 Saint Louis Zoo primate curator, Ingrid Porton, led a survey of ruffed lemurs in the Betampona Natural Reserve for the Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group (MFG); and in 2004, she became the Group’s Vice-Chair.
The Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group has taken a holistic approach to addressing conservation issues by building an integrated and multidisciplinary program that focuses on four strategies: research, education, capacity building and conservation action. Since a January 2009 coup that ousted the democratically elected President, Madagascar has been ruled by an interim President. The political turmoil, along with the withdrawal of financial aid by the U.S. and European countries, increased lawlessness, poverty and hunger. Illegal logging and hunting is further threatening the survival of Madagascar’s already endangered species. Despite these, and additional challenges, the MFG has continued to run its programs and protect Betampona’s biodiversity.
Location: Saint Louis Zoo Living World Auditorium. Parking is FREE in the Zoo North Lot.
FREE and OPEN to ALL. Adults, teachers, middle and high school students, and the general public are invited to attend. For more information call 314-646-4544 or 314-533-8586. Registration not required.

Ahoy! It’s a Spring Dance!
We will be welcoming the upcoming freshman of 2013….
WHO IS INVITED?   Homeschooled high school students and their guests.  But…8th graders may also come!
WHEN:  Thursday, March 28, 2013
TIME:  6:30-10:30 P.M.
WHERE: St. Andrew’s Gym (Homelink location), 309 Hoffmeister Ave., Lemay, MO 63123
COST:   $10.00 per  student
DRESS CODE: Ladies please remember to make modest choices, nothing too  low cut, skirts not too short.
Boys dress pants or khakis and dress shirts, ties optional.
MORE DETAILS:   Mark Chrun will again be our DJ and treat us to an evening of fun and dance.
Snacks and drinks will be provided.
HOW TO REGISTER:  Go online to the SHARE website calendar  and register before  Friday, March 22. You can use Paypal to pay for this event when you register.  If you do not have Paypal, you may send cash or check (made out to SHARE) to:
Charlotte Wagner, 790 Walnut Ridge, Fenton, MO  63026
Email Charlotte Wagner at
Note:  This dance will be well-chaperoned, but parents are  welcome to stay and help.

Metamo4ic Math has added robotics and changed our name to…Everything Engineered
Please join us for Trivia Night, Friday, March 22, 2013
The Savoy Banquet Center, 119 South Florissant Road, Ferguson, Missouri 63135
$20.00 per person
Includes: Mostaccioli, Salad, Toasted Ravioli, Bread, Trivia
Doors open at 6:00 PM
Dinner served through first round of Trivia
Trivia begins at 7:30 PM
Eight people per team/table
We are glad to assign individual players to a team
Eight Rounds of Trivia
Cash Bar
Reservations Call: 314-807-3290
First Place $160
Vendors present donating 20% of their sales to Everything Engineered

Nature Play
March 26-May 8
The Green Center | 8025 Blackberry Ave | University City | MO | 63130
“Nature play” programs reconnect children to nature and offer them experiences to explore, discover and interact with the natural environment. Connecting children to nature has beneficial effects on a child’s health, development and well being. Many programs will take place in our Discovery Garden which became a certified Nature Explore Classroom in 2011!
>Green Thumbs Up!
Tuesday, March 26 (ages *4-5)           Wednesday, March 27 (ages 6-7)
It’s never too early to discover a green thumb for planting!  Explore our greenhouse, learn how plants grow and plant a seed for your spring garden.
>Trail Trekking
Tuesday, April 02 (ages *4-5)            Wednesday, April 03 (ages 6-7)
Hike our forest trail to discover what belongs in the forest and what does not.  Use your observation skills to complete the trek!
>Insect Safari
Tuesday, April 09 (ages *4-5)             Wednesday, April 10 (ages 6-7)
Students will use investigation tools to go on a “safari” for insects in our outdoor spaces!  And will create an insect to take home.
>I Spy…A Mystery!
Tuesday, April 16 (*4-5)                     Wednesday, April 17 (ages 6-7)
Follow clues to figure out where to find nature’s hidden treasure!  Use a journal that you will create to record clues and treasures you discover.
>Will You Speak for the Trees?
Tuesday, April 23 (ages *4-5)              Wednesday, April 24 (ages 6-7)
Find out the importance of trees by reading “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss and discover the different kinds of trees around the Center.
>Garden Party
Tuesday, April 30  (ages *4-5)              Wednesday, May 01 (ages 6-7)
You are invited to a party in our garden!  Join us for tea and treats made out of plants from our gardens and meet our special secret guest!
>Nature Bingo
Tuesday, May 07  (ages *4-5)                Wednesday, May 08  (ages 6-7)
Play bingo with nature!  Use your senses to win a prize!
Time: 3:45-5:00pm
Cost:  $8 student per program
Location: The Green Center  8025 Blackberry Ave  St. Louis, MO  63130
Payment must be received in advance of the registered class.
Pre-registration is required for each program!
>>>Parent/Guardian must stay on site with children 4 & 5 years old.
Programs will occur indoors & outdoors. Please dress children appropriately for the weather.
To register for a class, contact:
Kathleen Evans at 314-725-8314 Ext. 105 or

Stanford Achievement Testing
Living Word is again offering Stanford Achievement testing to area home school students (first grade through high school).
Dates: April 22nd through 25th, 3:45 p.m. until 5:15 p.m.
310 Cardinal Place, St. Peters, MO 63376
Phone: (636) 970-2398
Monday through Fri-day, 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. beginning Monday, February 25th. Registration closes Wednesday, March 27th.
You can stop by our office to register or mail your registration to the address above.
If you mail in a registration, be sure to include your student’s name, ad-dress, birth date, your email and a contact phone number.
Fee: $40 per child, payable no later than Wednesday, March 27th.
Please note: We will be closed for Spring Break the week of March 8th through March 15th.
New this year: Supply us with a self-addressed, stamped envelope, and we will be happy to mail your test results as soon as they arrive!
Currently, we are using the Stanford 10, Form C, Multiple choice Assessment featuring the Bible Assessment Subtest. We realize that the SAT is just a single indicator of how your child is progressing academically. It is our desire, as yours, that your child do their best. Properly preparing your student for the test will pro-vide the most accurate information when you receive the report in the summer.
1. Remove as much stress as possible. Nervous students may not test well.
2. Make sure your students have plenty of rest the week of testing. Having a consistent bedtime is extremely important.
3. Eat well. Since testing is in the afternoon, a healthy snack before arriving should help your student focus more effectively.
4. Supplies. Bring a few #2 pencils and maybe a book to read if your child works through tests quickly.
5. Help your child realize that he or she is uniquely created in the Father’s image. Doing their best brings glory to Him. That’s all He asks.
6. The purpose for the test is to indicate how the student has learned since last year, not to com-pare them to a sibling or others.

S.H.A.R.E. Homeschool Prom
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The Prom committee invites you to “There’s No Place Like Prom” with dinner, dancing, and a small gift to take home. All homeschool Juniors and Seniors may enter their name in our drawing for Prince/Princess or King/Queen (see registration form). We encourage students to submit song requests (see registration form). All song selections will be forwarded to our DJ. He will do his best to play the music that you have requested. The prom will again be on a Thursday this year in order to have a larger room.
Who: Homeschool highschool students (9th – 12th grades) and their guests. (Sorry, no one under 9th grade. This is special event for older students).
How to register? Mail the completed registration form and payment to Pat Zink.
Cost: $30.00 per person if you register by April 5th $40.00 cost per person if postmarked after April 5th.
Important Note: Last day to register is Friday, April 19th! (We have to give Andre’s our total that day; therefore, NO late registration forms will be accepted.)
Where: Andre’s Banquet Center in South County, 4254 Telegraph Rd., 63129
Time: 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30, dinner served at 7:15)
For complete information and the registration form visit

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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