Homeschool Events List for March 15, 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information.

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
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.
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: Click on the SHARE calendar to 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
QUESTIONS: Email Charlotte Wagner at
Note: This dance will be well-chaperoned, but parents are welcome to stay and help.

The International Festival scheduled for April 10th at Salem Evangelical Church in Florissant is CANCELED…due to lack of participants. Sorry- maybe next year- thanks.

WHY A SURVEY? The Expo board has posted a survey to help in assigning rooms to the seminars being presented each hour. And we need your help! Please take about 5 minutes of your time and go to the Expo website and let us know which talk you are interested in hearing in each time slot.
HOW LONG DOES THE SURVEY RUN? The survey will be conducted through midnight on March 17th.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? Anybody can participate – we need lots and lots of participants!
CAN I DO THE SURVEY WHEN I REGISTER FOR THE EXPO? Yes! That would be a great time to do it. That way you won’t forget. And don’t forget about the next early bird registration deadline – March 15th. Six winners will be selected from those registered before midnight March 15th; three winners will receive $100.00 “Expo Cash” certificates, and three winners will receive $50.00 “Expo Cash” certificates, redeemable at the exhibitor of your choice at the 2013 Expo.
WHAT IF I HAVEN’T REGISTERED FOR THE EXPO – CAN I STILL DO THE SURVEY? Yes. Registering for the Expo is not a prerequisite for participation in the survey. Even if you are not yet sure if you can come to the Expo, you can still provide your input.
WHAT DOES THE SURVEY INVOLVE? We just want you to give us an idea of which talk you would be interested in attending within each time slot of talks.
DO MY CHOICES ON THE SURVEY LOCK ME INTO ATTENDING THAT SEMINAR? No. Picking a particular seminar does not lock you into attending that seminar at the Expo. You can change your mind at any time. But your answers do give us a feel of how many Expo attendees are interested in each seminar. The more people that participate in the survey, the better picture we will have in terms of assigning talks to rooms.
WHERE IS THE SURVEY? The survey can be found on the left navigation bar on the Expo website ( , or you can just click here and go right to it.
DON’T FORGET! THE NEXT EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS COMING: The final early bird registration deadline is March 31st. If you register before midnight, March 31st, your name will be entered in a drawing to win one of six $50.00 “Expo Cash”certificates, redeemable, of course, at the exhibitor of your choice at the 2013 Expo.
See you at the Expo!
The Expo Board

Solar Daze
4/13/2013 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower, 435 Confluence Tower Drive, Hartford, IL 62048
Join astronomer Steve Sands for a new program at the Tower. Sands, a member of the St. Louis Astronomical Society, is bringing equipment for guests to look at the sun. Witness solar activities that you cannot see with the naked eye. Sands will discuss facts about the sun, for example how we are currently heading into the peak of the solar cycle. Use equipment that makes it safe to view these rare experiences.
Sun gazing should only be conducted with the proper equipment and with the presence of a professional. Looking at the sun without proper equipment may cause injury to the eye, including blindness. This activity may not be suitable for very young kids and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tickets are $5. Reservations are accepted but not required. You may make reservations by calling the Tower at (618) 251-9101 or by emailing

Ugandan Thunder Children’s Choir
April 18th, 2013; 7pm
Hatheway Hall on the campus of Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, IL.
Price: FREE as they will take up an offering to support Pennies for Posho which is the name of the ministry associated with the Ugandan orphanages

The Hellbender – A Journey in Saving a Declining Ozark Salamander
Apr 30th, 2013; Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Conservation Conversations Series
Featured Speaker: Jeff Briggler, Ph.D., Herpetologist, Missouri Department of Conservation
Hellbenders are large, aquatic salamander inhabiting cool, highly oxygenated, fast-flowing streams in the Ozark Highlands. Historically, hellbenders were abundant in these Ozark streams, but populations have experienced severe declines. Over the past decade, individuals from Federal and State agencies, academia, zoos, non-governmental organization, and Missouri’s citizens have banded together to save this unique Ozark salamander. An overview of some recovery efforts will be briefly discussed from abnormalities and diseases to assessing water quality and sperm, as well as captive propagation efforts underway. Learn more about the amazing life history of the hellbender and other noteworthy highlights in a journey to save this species from extinction.
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.

For Sale by Appointment :
Hope Lutheran School in St. Ann, MO still has some leftover textbooks,  novels, and story books to give away at low prices!  Lots to choose from  for K thru 8th.  Please call or email and set up a time to come look at them!
314-429-0988 or
Thank you!
Jill McEuen
Hope Lutheran School, St. Ann, MO 63074

Dear Educator,
We’d like to send you our totally-free DVD (even the shipping and handling is free)—the 2013 Edition: Good Intentions Gone Wrong—for use in your classroom! Place your order now!
This 77-minute DVD includes 10 specially-selected segments from my television programs for use in your classroom, along with a Teacher Guide (available in English and Spanish) with suggested discussion topics and activities. Topics on this year’s DVD include Lemonade Stand: Consumer Protection Gone Wrong, Professional Panhandling: Charity Gone Wrong, Food Police: Regulation Gone Wrong, Job Creation Gone Wrong, Innovation: Private vs. Public, Collaboration Leads to Innovation, Mystery of Happiness: Is Happiness Relative?, Income Disparity: Should Equality Be the Goal?, Police Accountability: Privacy Laws Gone Wrong, and Censorship at College: Politeness Gone Wrong.
For more information about this TOTALLY FREE DVD, including segment descriptions, please click here:
Feel free to forward this email to other teachers who might appreciate this opportunity.
John Stossel

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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