Homeschool Events List for March 12, 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information.

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We’re excited about our upcoming Homeschool Day on Monday, March 18!
Our theme this month is Design Your Own Museum.
Things will be a little different this month. Instead of highlighting a certain exhibit on display at the Missouri History Museum, we will be hosting a series of workshops and activities that delve into what happens behind the scenes.
In order to participate in two of the activities to the highest, students should choose a topic in advance that interests them. Please come to our day with a certain theme for an exhibit in mind, anything from World War II tanks, Siberian tigers, or electricity, as well as an easily portable object that you would include in your exhibit.
Our doors will open at 10am and ticket distribution will begin at the sign-in table located in the Grand Hall. Don’t forget that our family-level memberships offer you free tickets every day of the year and even though activities will run from 10am to 2pm, the rest of the museum is open until 5pm.
We’re looking forward to seeing you on Monday, March 18!

Homeschool International Festival – DATE CHANGE
Editor’s Note: The Festival is not associated with any homeschool group, just a homeschool mom looking to create an event to support our community and do a little good. It would be great if we could support it!
Come be a part of a homeschool international festival this spring.  All homeschoolers are welcome.  It will be held Wednesday, April 10, 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.

The Expo is April 11-13!
Plan on attending? Register by March 15th to win Expo Cash!!
If you pre-register “extra early,” by midnight on March 15th, your family’s name will be placed in a drawing for one of six “Expo Cash” certificates—three worth $100.00 each and three worth $50.00 each, redeemable at the exhibitor of your choice at this 2013 Expo. You will be contacted if you are a winner, and you can pick up your Expo Cash on Friday morning.
You will not want to miss this Expo! We have a tremendous lineup of speakers and exhibitors.
Come be equipped and encouraged!
· FREE Thursday night – Variety Show, Exhibition Hall, New Home Educators Seminars, awesome talks by featured speakers, Joyce Herzog and Kirk and Casey Martin Click here for details.
· Homeschool Clinic is back! Ask a veteran homeschooler that hard question!
· Awesome Youth Track! Details coming very soon.
· Check out our new Expo flyer here. Print and share with others!
· Check out our speakers here.
· Check out the exhibitors here. Note: Many exhibitors discount their products and offer extra incentives to homeschoolers that purchase their products at the Expo.
· Check out the new Children’s Program schedule here. Register early for a chance to win prizes here, too!
· Don’t forget to “like” the Expo Facebook page here for a chance to win a free admission. Click here.
Thanks for spreading the word about the Expo! Please forward this email on to anyone that might be interested!
The Expo admission price is still only $10 per person! Help keep our prices low by encouraging business and organizations to purchase an ad in the Expo Program or an insert in the Expo Bags! Contact Cathy Mullins at for pricing and other details!

Bionics: A Lesson in Biomechanics and Brain- Computer Interfaces
Dr. Dan Moran, professor of Biomedical Engineering at Washington University, will help students explore the latest research and progress in the field of biomechanics and the world of robotic prosthetic devices through a brain-computer interface. As in the February Cafe, there will be plenty of hands-on, interactive exploration!
The FREE Teen Science Cafe is for all students age 13 & up, and takes place on Tuesday, March 19, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Taylor Community Science Resource Center. Complimentary pizza will be provided for teen participants. Space is limited, but parents are welcome to stay and wait in the Taylor Center. However, younger siblings are not allowed.
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 going to the Teen Science Cafe website at and clicking on the “SLSC Teen Cafe Link” under the “BIONIC CAFES, St. Louis Science Center Teen Cafe @ Taylor Center.”  Fill in the student’s name, age and an email address.
Check the website for more information about the Academy of Science- sponsored Teen Science Cafe on March 21. NOTE: This event is open to the public but many homeschoolers attend.
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 April Cafe will feature “The Science of Sleep.”

Classical Conversations – Chesterfield 2013-14 Information
Classical Conversations – Chesterfield will meet on Tuesdays, beginning August 20,  2013
West Hills Community Church, South Outer 40 Road (between Maryville Center and Mason)
Courses offered: Foundations, Essentials, Challenge A, Challenge B, Challenge 1
Email Mickey Button to register and for more information.
Visit to learn about Classical Christian education.
Open House:  4/8/2013 8:45 am to 1:00 pm
Information Meetings:  3/19/2013, 7:00-8:00 and  4/3/2013, 7:30-8:30
Please RSVP for information meetings and open house-

2nd Annual Tower Wind Festival
3/30/2013 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower, 435 Confluence Tower Drive, Hartford, IL 62048
Come celebrate the mighty river wind at the Tower the last Saturday in March. Kite and pinwheel making, shopping from “wind” related vendors and contests will help guests bring in spring. Gateway Kite Club will be participating with their sport kite flying and will offer tips with their trainer kites. We are at it again with our paper plane contest! Bring your own paper airplane to the Tower to throw it off 150 feet. The plane that travels the furthest will get a special Tower surprise. Make whichever model you want, but the material has to be only paper. These activities are free and open to the public, there is a charge to tour the Tower. See below for entire event schedule.
Kite and pinwheel making- All day until supplies last
Wind Vendors- Will arrive at 10 a.m. and will continue to sell their items until end of day
Paper Airplane Contest- Will occur on the 11:30 a.m.
Gateway Kite Club Stunt Kite Flying- Noon to 2 p.m.
Open kite flying- 2p.m. to 4 p.m. (Bring your own kite and if we like what we see, we will give out prizes for the brightest, biggest and the best)

Final Session of Shake Hands with Shakespeare: Interactive Lit
Mondays – April 1 – May 6    9:30am-12:15pm
This is the third and final session of the spring semester and a wonderful way to make Shakespeare and other great classical playwrights come alive for your student!
Students will study “Othello” by William Shakespeare and “School for Scandal” by Richard Sheridan.
Class will consist of reading the play outloud with emphasis on language, rhythm, meter and dramatic oral interpretation. Discussion of character, plot, theme, subplot, social issues and historical importance along with literary functions will be a large part of each class time.
Students will reap the benefits of lively discussion as well as the chance to hone the skills of voice, diction, articulation and reading for correct emphasis and dramatic interest.
Class is limited to 10.
Shakespeare at Sunset presents:  “THE COMEDY OF ERRORS”, June 6, 7, 17 – 28
Performances June 28 – 30, 2013
This is a unique opportunity to immerse your young actors in the world of Shakespeare! Join like minded students and make new friends while working as an ensemble of actors to present three outdoor performances of a complete work of Shakespeare.
Students will spend each day from 9:30am-2:30pm in skill and actor training using a wonderful resource for acting Shakespeare called “Will Power”. It unlocks the mystery and magic in the language and characters of undoubtedly the greatest playwright and takes away the fear and worry in deciphering what can be an intimidating author for most people!
At the close of camp, students will perform (to a packed hillside!) “THE COMEDY OF ERRORS”. All students attending camp will have a dramatic role in the production.
Camp is rigorous and suitable for ages 12+. Younger students will be considered on an individual basis. (I know there are some younger ones that are more than capable!)
Camp is limited to 15 students.
To register and for tuition information please email me at:
Complete details on both opportunities and photos from June 2012 production of”Twelfth Night” can be seen at

Beeologics: Monsanto’s Commitment to Honey Bee Health
Apr 3rd, 2013 (Wed); Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Science Seminar Series
Featured Speaker: Gerald Hayes, Ph.D., Beeologics Commercial Lead, Monsanto Company; founding member of the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) Working Group; science advisor for Project Apis Mellifera
Under siege from a variety of invasive and novel pests, parasites and diseases, honey bee health in general is simply not good. We benefit personally from a huge variety of fruits, nuts, vegetables and berries that honey bees are directly responsible for providing to us from their pollination activities. A large section of our environment benefits from these same pollination activities that allow plants to reproduce with seeds and nuts which leads to another generation of these valuable wild plants, which then preserves both bio-diversity and watershed positive impacts. And these same seeds and nuts feed a variety of wildlife and maintain the ecosystem balance. Learn more about how honey bee health is a priority for St. Louis-based Monsanto from Beeologics Bee Health Lead, Jerry Hayes.
To be held at: Saint Louis Zoo Living World auditorium (north side of Zoo) Parking is FREE in Zoo’s North Lot.
FREE & OPEN to ALL. Registration not required.
For more information call 314-533-8586 or email

April 2013 Parent & Me
Missouri History Museum, Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri
Bring your preschool-age children to experience St. Louis history by exploring the Museum’s permanent exhibits and participating in hands-on activities! Each class has a different theme. For more information on prices, dates, and themes please visit our website.
Registration is required. Register today by calling (314) 454-3161.
Week 1 – Blue Skies April 4, 5, & 20 | Week 2 – Animal Adventures April 11, 12, & 27
Week 3 – Hard at Work April 18 & 19 | Week 4 – Treasures of the World April 25 & 26

Homeschool Football informational meeting
Dear Parents and Interested Parties,
The response to the inquiry regarding interest in a Homeschool Football team has been pretty good.  In fact, I really believe that this is going to be a venture that reaches out far beyond the St. Louis area.  We have inquiries for all surrounding counties.  I truly believe that if done right, this could develop into an actual league. At this time, the majority of interest involves ages 11-15, so I am going to stick my neck out and say that we will include those ages and the clinic, camps and actual play will all be age appropriate. (We do need more interest in ages 16-18 if we are to have an immediate schedule  in 2013, for High School age.)
I see no reason why our Homeschoolers would have to go to a public school to play sports, when there is enough support and interest amongst Homeschool parents to facilitate their own league.  It is done in other states very successfully, more limited in Western Missouri, and of course other sports interests are accommodated in our area.
The Tentative date for the HS Christian Football Clinic is May 30, 31, Jun 31.  I would appreciate responses concerning this date and any major issues with it, as it is certainly tentative.
In order to facilitate the implementation of the sport in our area, we are holding an informational, communication, networking and facilitation meeting on
Friday Evening, April 5th, 7:00 P.M.  at Rockport Baptist Church, in Arnold, Mo. (The address is 3761 Telegraph Rd.)
Please help me spread the word by:
1. Contacting any Homeschoolers you know of that may or may not be interested in participating, supporting, helping or Coaching.  This includes outlying areas.
2. Send this email to your current Homeschool contacts, lists, conferences etc.
3. Ask if there are any sizeable homeschool gatherings that we could present this opportunity to.
4. Pray that the Lord’s will would be done in all of this. ( and pray for me please )
Coach Schembre

Spring horseback riding / equine science classes
Since the fall course was a great success and had high demand, El Shaddai Ranch has decided to offer a spring equine class.  It will be a 6 week course, 3 hours a day.  Students will learn about care for the horse, the horse’s body, history and breeds of horses, and get plenty of riding instruction.  The final class day students will ride in a show put on for parents and family.
The ranch is located in Moscow Mills, MO about 15 minutes north of hwys 70 &79 in St. Peters.  It is a not for profit Christian based ranch.
2 classes will be held on Thursdays from 11:00 – 1:30 or  2:30 -5:00.  They will begin April 11th.  The classes are open to all school age children, though younger children may need a parent to be with them or be asked to attend a specific class.  The cost for the class is $140.00.    They will only accept 6 to 8 students per class.
Any questions would best be sent to Susie Russo, the instructor and barn manager.  Her email address is:  You can also call her on her cell phone at anytime.  Her cell number is: 636-466-2993

Volunteers Needed
April 25-28, 2013
If you enjoy shopping at the Greater St. Louis Book Fair, have you considered experiencing Fair excitement from the other side of the counter?
Volunteers are needed for cashiers, baggers, restockers, greeters, information booth helpers, setup and cleanup. Individuals, church groups, social clubs and other volunteer organizations are welcome.  Most shifts are less than four hours.  We hope you will consider donating just a few hours of your valuable time.
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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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