Homeschool Events List for July 19, 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information.

Common Core/Agenda 21- Free event This Saturday
July 20th   9am – 12:30pm
The Trigg Banquet Center, O’Fallon, MO
Join us to learn about what Common Core and Agenda 21 are, why they’re bad for us, and what we can do to stop their implementation. Hosted by Saint Charles County Liberty Project and Lincoln County Liberty Project.
Speakers include:
– Kasey Bryzcki – Missouri Education Watchdog
Anne Pharo – Missouri Education Watchdog
Gretchen Logue Logue – Missouri Education Watchdog
– Rep. Paul Curtman – speaking on 10th Amendment Rights
Ike Skelton – Missourians Against Agenda 21
– Mindy Patterson – President & Co-Founder of The Cavalry Group, speaking on effects of Agenda 21 on Agriculture & animal ownership

I’m looking at potentially starting a Girls on the Run group for homeschoolers since my 10yo has shown interest in joining a group. I’d like to see what kind of interest there would be. If anyone is interested in a group for their homeschool girls grades 3-8, please email me at tiacallas @ gmail. com. The curriculum is divided into two age groups (3rd-5th and 6th-8th) so please let me know how old your daughter is as well. Also, I have no running experience myself so we’d need to have a volunteer coach as well. If you might be interested in help there, please let me know. If you want more information on the program you can check out their website here:

Got a swimmer in your family? The Gateway City Avengers swim team that is coached by Jamie and Paul Hamilton, homeschoolers who have graduated all their children comes highly recommended!!!!
Registration day for the swim team, Gateway City Avengers, will be Thursday, August 1st from 7 pm to 8:15 pm at 3200 S. Jefferson Avenue. All the information about the team can be found at their website.

The Back to School Sales Tax Holiday is coming up! On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 2-4, 2013, there is no state sales tax on most clothes, computers, and school supplies. Some counties and cities participate; some do not.
Here is a link for more information. Be sure and check out the list of cities and counties to verify if your city/county is participating. Also, there is a detailed list of what is and what is not included.

The St. Louis Christian Home School Patriette Lights
Varsity, JV, and Junior High Volleyball  Tryouts
Beginners are welcome! Most of the girls who come to us are beginners when they first come. We are happy to train them.
Monday,  August 5th
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Westminster Christian Academy
Girls 5th – 12th Grade
Aug.– Oct.  Season
Our #1 Priority – To Honor Our God in our Sports Activities
Join us for a fun-filled season!
To Hold Your Spot at Tryouts, Please email Miss Patty for the Tryouts Application.
Patty Yager   10yagers @ att. net     Cell (314) 566-3667

Summer Movie Night: “Follow Me, Boys!”
August 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join us for a family movie night! Come see the 1966 classic “Follow Me, Boys!” starring Fred MacMurray. This is a free event. Don’t miss it!
The Family Vision Library, 2020 Parkway Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376

Learn to play the Harmonica!!!
A Special FREE event for Kids Ages 7 and Up
Friday, August 16, 2013 • 9:00 – 11:30 AM
Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel • 9801 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, MO 63134
SPACE FOR THIS EVENT IS LIMITED. Those wishing to bring children to this event must:
• make advance reservations for the number of children who will attend.
• provide transportation (FREE PARKING PASS for the hotel parking lot. Just bring your parking meter ticket to the SPAH table when you arrive in the convention area and exchange it for a Parking Pass.)
• remain with the children during the event.
RESERVATIONS: Because of limited space, RESERVATIONS WILL BE MADE ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS. Please make your reservation as soon as possible by contacting:
(314) 302-3219 or
JOE FILISKO, a world class performer and harmonica customization expert, will lead the kids in this special learning session. Joe loves to teach the art of playing the harmonica to kids, as well as to youth and adults. He will be assisted in this session by expert players attending the SPAH 2013 50th Anniversary Convention, held at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel on August 13-17.
This FREE event is presented by M. Hohner, Inc. and SPAH (Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica). SPAH is an international not-for-profit organization, now in its 50th year of service. For further information about SPAH, please go to The local host of this year’s SPAH Convention is the Gateway Harmonica Club, a St. Louis Metro Area not-for-profit organization, now in its 25th year of service. For further information about the club, please call (314) 873-6633 or go to

A homeschool graduate works at this YMCA and is trying to start up a P.E. program with her boss. Here is the information if anyone is interested.
All classes are for 3-10 year olds.
In support of our community the Mid-County Family YMCA is again offering a home school program this school year! We have three options for you to choose from, see details below! Fall Session I starts Monday, September 9th. Registration for members begins Monday, August 26th, and registration for non-members begins Monday, September 2nd.
Rates: Member: $40 Non-member: $56
-Gymnastics and Swimming
Wednesdays 1:00-2:45
Children will have a 45 min swim lesson followed by a 45 min gymnastics class. Our swim lessons will follow the YMCA swim program and incorporate stroke development, water sports and games as well as personal safety. The gymnastics class introduces age-appropriate skills to increase balance, coordination, and strength. Parents will be responsible for transition from swimming area to locker room and gymnastics facility.
-Fitness and Swimming
Thursdays 1:00-2:45
Children will be divided according to age for fitness and skill level for swimming. Our swim lessons will follow the YMCA swim program and incorporate stroke development, water sports and games as well as personal safety. The fitness class is designed to increase strength, endurance, and flexibility through games and other activities. Parents responsible for transition times from one area to the next and must remain in the building during the program.
-Gymnastics Only
Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00-1:45
Children will participate in a 45 min gymnastics lesson twice a week. Classes introduce age-appropriate skills to increase balance, coordination, and strength.
Mid-County Family YMCA, 1900 Urban Drive, St. Louis, MO 63144
Sarah Steiner, Gymnastics Director
314-962-9450 ext. 229

Bookish Ball
August 25 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Family Vision is pleased to announce our first annual Bookish Ball! Join us for English country and swing dancing. Dress as your favorite book character and earn a free raffle ticket!
Doors will open at 5:30 PM. We’ll have English country dancing 6-9 PM, then swing dancing and fellowship 9-10 PM.
Each family, please bring finger foods (hors d’oeuvre or desserts) to share, perhaps a treat from a favorite book!
Tickets are $10 per person, maximum $40 per family. Contact Jamie Stull at 636-447-6900 or to purchase tickets.
The Bookish Ball is a fundraising event for TFV. Raffle tickets will be sold at the event for gift cards and prize packages from area businesses. This event is best suited for adults and young adults 12 years old and up.
2020 Parkway Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376

Upcoming Art Exhibits
The Family Vision Library, 2020 Parkway Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376
In an effort to continue reaching out to our community, Potter’s Clay will be hosting several art exhibits at The Family Vision Library during the upcoming school year.The exhibits are open to all artists (students and adults) in the St. Louis metropolitan area who would like to exhibit artwork that gives glory to God. Start preparing your artwork now!
All pieces entered should reflect the exhibit’s theme and must be framed. The fee is $10/student to exhibit up to 3 pieces with a maximum family cap of $25.00. This fee is payable to The Family Vision Library to cover the costs of the reception, ribbons, judging, and other costs incurred. This is a great way to showcase talent or even sell your artwork! Ribbons will be awarded for Pre-K through 2nd, 3rd-6th, 7th-12th, and adult. Each exhibit has an opening night reception for fellowship: all exhibiting artists are expected to be there and dressed in their Sunday-best.
November 1: “God is the Master Artist”  All artwork should depict one of the six days of creation. Artwork is due by October 28th, and judging is October 30th.
January 17: “Splash of Color”   All artwork should reflect the beauty of color (no black and white pieces at this exhibit). Artwork is due by January 13th, and judging is January 16th.
March 21: “Doodling Around”   All artwork should convey line, pattern, and doodles. Artwork is due by March 17, and judging March 20th.
Even if you don’t have art in the exhibit, please come to the receptions to meet the artists and enjoy some entertainment! These are always a great time of fellowship! If you can’t come to the receptions, come on by and be inspired by God-honoring art in our community!

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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