Homeschool Events List for May 2, 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.  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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the current changes.

Cub Scout Pack 387 is hosting a “Try out Scouts” night on Thursday, May 2nd at 6:45pm.  Cub Scouts is for boys ages 7-11.  Our pack is a Christian, family based pack of mostly homeschooled boys.  We meet at St. John’s Church, 332 Old Sulphur Springs Rd. 63021, on Thursdays during the school year.  We will also have pack activities once a month during the summer.  Please come on Thursday to see what scouts have to offer.  Please contact us for more information.
Neil Amiri, Cubmaster
Gwen Amiri, Pack Trainer 314.348.3980

1. Lots of calls and interest, but many of those who are supposed to play have still not sent in their forms, so, we don’t have the level of commitment we need, especially at the Varsity level.  (Players, I need a commitment now.)
2. Lots of interest, but only two willing to serve on the board.  We need at least two more board members.  It will only be a one year commitment.  It may be weekly meetings on Saturday mornings for about an hour starting off, but once the season starts probably once a month will do.
We cannot go forward without a board, for a number of reasons.
Forms for the Clinic will go out this week.  The fee for the clinic is $50.00 if on time.  $75.00 if late.  The due date is May 17th.  After that, late fee applies.
Coach Schembre

Liberty Christian Church 709 Crestview Dr, O’Fallon, MO.
Liberty Classical School has been providing a variety of core classes to homeschooled high school students for many years.  check out the web site for info  and you can register on-line beginning May 1!
The following classes are confirmed for the 2013-14 School Year:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, American Government (Fall Semester only), Bible I, Bible III, Chemistry, Computers, Economics (Spring Semester only), Greek I, Geography (Fall Semester only), Geometry, Health (Fall Semester only), Latin Rudiments 2 (Middle School), Latin 2 (High School), Physical Science

Public Viewing Day @ Academy of Science – St. Louis Science Fair
Fri, May 3; 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Greensfelder Recreation Complex @ Queeny Park, 550 Weidman Road, Ballwin, MO 63011
The Academy of Science – St. Louis Science Fair is open for PUBLIC VIEWING and school field trips.  More than 1,400 K-12 student projects from throughout the region are on display at one of the nation’s largest science fairs!
Research projects from Honors Division students on display!
6:30 PM Grades K-5 Awards Ceremony…
celebrating students with blue ribbons and special awards and open to K-5 blue ribbon and special award students, families and teachers!
THE ACADEMY OF SCIENCE – ST. LOUIS SCIENCE FAIR is underwritten through the generous support of the MONSANTO FUND and MEMC SunEdison.

For all Homeschool Prom attendees!
We still have a few prom t-shirts left. Color is teal and letters are shiny gold.
Here is a list of shirt sizes we have left and instructions.
3 small, 3 medium, 5 large, 1 xlg, 1 2xlg
Cost $10.00.
Call, text or email Pat Zink to reserve your shirt size.
314 540 2957 or
Checks payable to SHARE
You can pick up shirt at Homelink or Pat can mail it for additional charge of $2.00.

Saturday May 4th  2:00pm
Cahokia Mounds, 30 Ramey Street Collinsville, IL 62234
Cahokia Mounds will host Gene Tagalan, Native American Storyteller, in conjunction with the 33rd Annual St. Louis Storytelling Festival.  Gene Tagalan grew up with the songs, dances and stories of Alaska’s Tlingit people.  His amazing physical storytelling delights audiences of all ages.  Of Cherokee, Tlingit and Filipino ancestry, he shares his wisdom and talent via dance, native flute and storytelling. This free event is sponsored by the University of Missouri St. Louis, and will be held in Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center.

Town & Country Symphony Orchestra
Season Finale
Sunday, May 5th at 2:30 pm
The Principia, Ridgway, 13201 Clayton Road, 63131
(East of Mason Road and west of Ballas Road)
No Charge for Admission!!!
The Town & Country Symphony Orchestra enjoys serving the St. Louis area through its free musical concerts. The Orchestra performs at local universities and schools, churches, malls, retirement centers and parks. The musical style varies from classical, broadway, pops to holiday. Music Director and Conductor: David Lowell Peek

Our next Home School Tuesday “Arrows & Arrowheads” – will be on May 7th from 10AM to noon.
In addition, the Colonial History Day for Homeschoolers event been postponed until Saturday, September 7, 2013.
Lesley Barker, Director
Bolduc House Museum, 125 South Main Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670

Tuesday, May 7; 7:00 p.m.
Calling all 5th and 6th graders and their parents!
Join us for a “Window into Challenge” evening, May 7, 2013, 7:00 p.m. at Concordia Lutheran Church in Maplewood. Challenge A is a rigorous, classical academic program for 12-14 year-old students. Even if you will not be ready to move up yet this year, we would love for you to be our guests and learn more about the Classical Conversations Challenge A program.
We will begin at 7:00 with presentations by this year’s Challenge A students, and follow up with a question and answer time. You will have an opportunity to see samples of their work in all 6 academic strands. Light refreshments will be served.
Concordia Lutheran Church, 7291 Sarah St., Maplewood, MO 63143
R.S.V.P. to Melissa Trippeer by May 5.

Twilight Tuesdays
Admission: free
Missouri History Museum Front Lawn, Lindell & DeBaliviere in Forest Park
Our popular outdoor concert series returns on Tuesday, May 7 with a spectacular spring line-up! Grab your blankets and lawn chairs, pack your picnic basket and come hear some terrific music under a beautiful Forest Park sunset.
May 7: Cedric Shannon Rives, Amber Bullock (Sunday’s Best 2011 winner), and Michael Lampkin (Sunday’s Best 2012 second runner-up) offer a spectacular evening of uplifting and inspirational tunes.

Learn to Play Hockey
Great Skate, 130 Boone Hills Drive, St. Peters, MO  63376
New session begins May 13th for 6 weeks, $60 for one-hour classes every Monday night.
Call 636-441-2530 to register TODAY!

Manchester Arts Photography Competition
The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers. Maximum of three entries per person.
Four prize categories:
Amateurs:    Ages 5-11; Ages 12-20; Ages 21 and over
No entry fees for amateurs.
Professionals:  21 and over (who have sold an artwork in the previous 12 months)
Professional entry fee is $10.00 per photo, or $25.00 for three.
Online entry form and information:
For further information:

West County Christian Home Educators Used Curriculum Sale
Friday, May 17 – 6 – 9 P.M. and Saturday, May 18 – 10 A.M. – 2 P.M.
Pillar Foundation, 15820 Clayton Rd. in Ellisville
More than 40 homeschoolers will be selling…
Books, curriculum, software, educational games, instruments, puzzles, dance and sports equipment and more!

Kids Day
Sunday, May 19th, 11am – 4pm
Cahokia Mounds, 30 Ramey Street Collinsville, IL 62234
Kids Day is an excellent way to introduce your family to the skills used by Native Americans.  Activities will include:
Flintknapping Arrowheads, Making Pinch Pots, Throwing Spears with an Atlatl,  Face Painting Playing Indian Games, Grinding Corn, Identifying Animal Pelts and Tracks, Fingerweaving a bookmark, and Storytelling.
Performances by the Kahok Dancers will be at 2:00 & 4:00.
There is no charge for the above activities.
Food and Drinks are available for purchase, as well as Make Your Own T-Shirt for $5.00.
In case of rain Kids Day will be moved inside the Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center.

May 23 – 27, 2013: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
The Nina and Pinta, replicas of Christopher Columbus’ ships will be open to the public for touring at the Loading Dock Restaurant in Grafton IL. Archaeology magazine has called the Nina, the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built. While in the port, Teachers wishing to schedule a 30 minute guided tour with a crew member should call the ship directly at (787) 672-2152. If you can’t schedule a trip with your class, let your students know that the ships will be in Grafton over the Memorial Day Holiday. Minimum of 15 – $5.00 per person.

Nature Culture Hike
Saturday May 25th 9:30am – 1:00pm
Cahokia Mounds, 30 Ramey Street Collinsville, IL 62234
The Nature Culture Hike will be lead by an archaeologist and naturalist. To join the tour meet inside the Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center. This 3-mile hike will wind through archaeological and natural areas. Dress appropriately with; walking shoes, drinking water, snack & bug spray.
A guide book is available in the Museum Shop for purchase of $1.50 plus tax.

Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 2
St. Charles Convention Center
Friday, May 31; 9:00am – 12:00pm
Friends Members Advance Shopping Hours
Friends memberships will be sold immediately after the 9 am opening.
12:00pm – 9:00pm
Sale Opens to the Public; Free Admission
Saturday, June 1; 9:00am – 7:00pm; Free Admission
Sunday, June 2; 10:00am – 3:00pm; Free Admission
The Book Fair will be held at the St. Charles Convention Center – One Convention Center Plaza in St. Charles. Over 250,000 books, records, sets & magazines are available for purchase.
Would you like to volunteer at the Book Fair on Thursday (set up), Friday, Saturday or Sunday? Call Lisa Dunham at (636) 441-2300 ext 1583.
Nonprofit Organizations and Educators can get free books on Sunday after 1 pm. You must register in advance with Lisa Dunham at (636) 441-2300 ext 1583.

Cub Scout Skate Night and Hotdog Cookout!
Sunday June 2nd 5:30-8:30
Great Skate, 130 Boone Hills Drive, St. Peters, MO  63376
$10 per Scout Includes Skating, Skate Rental, Games, Hot Dog (with soda and chips)
Call Us to reserve your spot! at 636-441-2530
Meets Belt loop requirements!

Summer Literature Class at The Family Vision
Do you want your children reading interesting and enriching books during the summer months?
As part of our summer reading program, THE FAMILY VISION will be offering a summer literature class featuring two classic novels:  Hostage Lands by acclaimed Christian author, Douglas Bond, and well-known classic, Rascal by Sterling North.
WHO:  The class is designed for advanced readers who have completed 5th grade through students who have completed 8th grade; approximately 10-14 years old.
WHAT:  Reading and literature study with an emphasis on group discussion.  The class will include vocabulary study and some writing assignments.
WHEN:  We will meet on Wednesdays from 2:30-3:00 pm.  Beginning on June 5, 2013, we will meet for six weeks (no class June 26 due to Vacation Liberty School).  Our final class will be July 17, 2013.
WHERE:  THE FAMILY VISION, 2020 Parkway Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376
COST:  The cost of the class is $20.00 per student for books and materials.
REGISTRATION:  Either call THE FAMILY VISION at 636-447-6900 or email Jamie Stull at
Classes will be taught by Jamie Stull.  Jamie is currently the Director of Development for THE FAMILY VISION.  He is also the homeschooling father of 4 young-adults.  Prior to working at TFV, Jamie taught 5th and 6th grade language arts and social studies for twenty-three years.  He desires to share his love of children’s literature with homeschooling families in the St. Louis / St. Charles region.

Time to register for the 2013-2014 school year. Open to homeschooler families with K-6th graders.

I would like to take this opportunity to reach out to your homeschoolers and let them know that 4-H is in St. Louis City and County.  Our clubs draw on research from the University of Missouri and Lincoln University and programs are offered in cooperation with the USDA.  If anyone would like to start a club, please let them know that the University of Missouri is here to support them and create opportunities for young people to learn by doing as much as possible.   We are looking for volunteer adult leaders to make a difference in the lives of our youth.
4-H focuses on agriculture, but its spectrum includes entrepreneurship, robotics, citizenship, leadership, public speaking, photography, fashion, and more.  All new 4-H clubs for the 2013-2014 School year will participate in the St. Louis County Fair and will also take part in the first annual 4-H Clover Ball in August.  There are many events and opportunities offered to Missouri 4-Hers and I believe it will be an excellent opportunity for students to become exposed, have educational opportunities, and make new friends.  For more information, feel free to contact me.
Erika S. Johnson
4H Youth Development Specialist
Office:   314-400-7288
10650 Gateway, St. Louis, MO 63132

VIOLIN TEACHER – homeschooler recommended
Hannah Frey is a Suzuki and Mark O’Connor trained violin teacher and an in demand violin performer, with BM and MM degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She teaches all ages out of her home in the Fox Park neighborhood. She is offering a special rate for homeschoolers who can come before 3:30 pm on weekdays: $60 per month for half hour weekly lessons. Hannah offers twice yearly recitals and will be adding in occasional group classes for enrichment. Call or email for more information: 216-224-4067 or

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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