Homeschool Events List for July 9, 2013

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Saint Louis Art Museum: Outdoor Film Series 2013
Spend Fridays in July on Art Hill!
Enjoy film, music, and food in Forest Park.
The 2013 film lineup:
– July 12: West Side Story
– July 19: The Princess Bride
– July 26: Roman Holiday
Bring your own picnic or come early and enjoy the second annual Food Truck Fest presented by Sauce Magazine. Food Truck service will begin at 7:00 pm. Located in the new East Building, the Museum’s Panorama Restaurant will also be open until 9:00 pm. It offers full service in an elegant setting. Located on Level 1, the Cafe will serve casual fare. It will be open until 8:00 pm. The list of Food Trucks will be announced soon.
There will also be live music to enjoy!
– July 12: Ryan Spearman Band
– July 19: Kreative Pandemonium
– July 26: La’Tinos Latin Tropical Band
Free music and festivities begin at 7 p.m. The films will begin promptly at 9 p.m., but you are welcome to arrive at any time to claim your spot on Art Hill.

Bastille Day Celebration
Sunday July 14, 2013; 2-5pm
3352 DeMenil Place, Saint Louis, MO 63118
Shouts of “Liberte’! Egalite’! Fraternite’!” will fill the air once again at the Chatillon DeMenil Mansion Bastille Day
Free tours of the museum including our extensive collection of 1904 World’s Fair Memorabilia
Reenactments and demonstrations by French Marines from  The Milice de Ste Famille and Ste Anne’s Parish Milice
Meeting costumed characters from the colorful history of the French Revolution including the Queen herself, Marie Antoinette!
An 18th Century dance performance by Dance Discovery
Demonstrations by the DeMenil Craft Guild on creating your very own Revolutionary Ribbon Cockade
A fun French Revolution themed photo opportunity area
Our Annual Flag Ceremony with a reading from The Rights of Man and singing of the French National Anthem
Drinks will be available for purchase in our carriage house. Admission to the event is free.

Stargazing Series under the Gateway Arch
National Park Service Hosts Gateway to the Stars
WHAT: National Park Service, in partnership with the St. Louis Astronomical Society, hosts Gateway to the Stars, a free educational stargazing series under the Gateway Arch. Park Ranger, Richard Fefferman invites visitors to unleash their inner Galileo as they take in the incredible night sky views and learn about astronomy and its impact on cultures and events. The series features a variety of unique topics including:
>Plains Indian Sky Lore, Monday, July 15, 8 – 10:30 pm: Visitors will discover the mystery, intrigue and sky lore of the Plains Indians, a civilization that devised their own constellations and legends that were “written in the stars.” The moon and ringed planet Saturn can be viewed during the telescope stargazing.
>Solar System Explorers, Monday, Aug. 12, 8 – 10:30 pm: Washington University research assistant Michael Zanetti will present “Solar System Explorers.” Visitors will learn about modern day robotic explorers and their role in exploring the unknown and broadening our horizons. The moon and countless craters and objects can be seen during the stargazing.
>Ghosts of the Arch Grounds, Fridays, Sept. 13, 7:00 – 9 pm and Oct. 11, 6:30 – 8:30 pm: This exciting twilight walking tour visits the various incarnations of buildings, people and boats that once occupied the historic area where the Arch stands today. Stargazing to follow tour.
WHERE: Event begins at the Odyssey Theater located below the Gateway Arch. Stargazing happens outside (weather permitting) on the Gateway Arch Grounds.
COST: FREE and open to the public.
CONTACT: Call 314-655-1750, ext. 472 to check weather conditions the evening of the program.

Brushing Up on History: Dentistry Through the Ages
Jul 24th, 2013 (Wed);  1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
On Science Series
Featured Speaker: Kurt H. Studt, DDS, MS, FAGD, Clinical Professor of Applied Dental Medicine, Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville; Adjunct Faculty, St. Louis Community College, Department of Dental Hygiene, Forest Park; part-time private practice
George Washington was perhaps the most famous wearer of dentures in American history. Want the tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth on the dental health and infamous “wooden” teeth of our Country’s quintessential Founding Father? Then don’t miss this fascinating talk on Dentistry through the Ages with Dr. Kurt Studt. It’s a cringe-worthy look back at the history of dentistry with a peek at today’s kinder, gentler dental technology.
To be held at:
Center of Clayton OASIS, 50 Gay Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63105
Registration required.  FREE to the first 10 registrants, $10 per person thereafter. OPEN to ALL. Space is limited. Middle and high school students welcome.
For more information, or to register, CLICK HERE, or call 314.533.8586.

Meet John Doe
Lend Me Your Ear Productions, a Christian fine arts company, is performing a stage adaption of Frank Capra’s 1941 film, “Meet John Doe” as a fundraiser for the Christian Pro-life ministry ThriVe St. Louis.  The show will be performed on July 26th at 7pm and July 27th at 3:30 at Community Covenant Church in Kirkwood, MO.  Tickets are $5 per person ages 10 & up.  Children under 10 are free.  To learn more about the fundraiser and reserve tickets, visit our website:

The Asian Elephant’s Conservation Conundrums
Jul 28th, 2013 (Sun); 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Conservation Conversations Series
Featured Speaker: Raman Sukumar, Ph.D., Professor of Ecology, Indian Institute of Science
Raman Sukumar is Professor of Ecology at the Indian Institute of Science, recipient of the International Cosmos Prize, and an internationally acclaimed researcher and conservationist of the Asian Elephant.
The Asian elephant has enjoyed a close cultural relationship with people for over four millenia and yet is more threatened than its African cousin. This lecture provides an overview of the status and conservation challenges facing the lesser known elephant throughout its range as a result of habitat loss and fragmentation, poaching and the ensuing conflicts with people. It concludes by explaining that in certain countries such as India and Sri Lanka, where wild populations are increasing, elephants will continue to be managed in human care and their welfare should be an important aspect of conservation efforts.
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.

Lost Golfers: Hydrogeology and Engineering Problems of St. Louis Area Caves and Karst
Aug 23rd, 2013 (Fri); 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
On Science Series
Featured Speaker: Robert Criss, Ph.D., Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis
While he survived his fall down the “rabbit hole” in mid-March, a relaxing day on the fairway turned into a terrifying ordeal when the ground opened beneath the feet a golfer on a Waterloo, Illinois golf course. The Ozark ecoregion, which includes Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Illinois, and a corner of Kansas, is an area prone to soil collapses. Featuring local examples, hydrologist and Washington University professor, Robert Criss, talks about the uses and importance of caves and springs and the problems that commonly arise when karst lands are developed; and he shares information on nearby places where Missouri’s remarkable karst features can be experienced safely.
To be held at:
OASIS in Forest Park, Dennis and Judith Jones Visitor’s Center
5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park, St. Louis, MO 63112
Registration required. FREE to the first 10 registrants, $10 per person thereafter. OPEN to ALL.  Space is limited. Middle and high school students welcome.
For more information, or to register, CLICK HERE, or call 314.533.8586.

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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