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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information.

New Home School choir program
Wanted – home school students who love to sing, want to learn more about music, and want to have a blast together!
We will meet on TUESDAYS at Harvest Bible Chapel, 17795 Wild Horse Creek Rd., Chesterfield, MO 63005
We begin right after Labor Day, on Tuesday September 3rd
2:15-2:45    Pre – K
3:00 – 4:00  1st – 6th
4:15 – 5:15  7th – 12th
Our Choir Director will be Latisha Gilliland, from Dardenne Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Gilliland is certified in K through 12 vocal music.
Monthly Choir Fee:
1st child   $20
2nd child  $20
3rd child   $15
4th and on  free
Please e-mail Leah Hall at to be added to the list of interested families – provide your student’s name and  grade level, your name and the best number to reach you, in that e-mail.  This will not be a commitment, just a way to let us know you are interested. If you have a question that you would rather call Leah about, her phone number is 636–543–8574.  Registration and payments will begin next Monday, 8/19.
This program is open to any interested home schoolers, there is no support group membership required. Please see the program details below.
We are very excited about this new opportunity for our kids! I know many of you have been asking for a chance to join together for a choir in West County and we appreciate your patience as these details have been worked out. The program is offered at a very reasonable price, with an experienced, fun-loving director, and we don’t even have to drive far!  — Marianne Brookman, Leah Hall, and Jo Ann Peterson
~Pre-K  and K  – “Play and Praise” produced by Lifeway Worship, will be for 4 and 5 year olds. This is much like the music and movement classes that are popular throughout the U.S. but with the addition of biblical emphasis. The children will also learn to create music with handbells using the DVD series, DVDots.   The children will match a color to a bell tone and have great fun!
~1st through 6th grades – “We Three Spies” by Group Publishing.  This program provides active music education with a devotional and an emphasis on Christian missions, resulting in a choral Christmas performance for friends and family.
Sshh! Grab your dark shades and go undercover to join the exciting Christmas mission of We Three Spies. Agents E, L and F are recruits with the CIK (Christmas Intelligence Kids), a covert group of spies who secretly bring Christmas cheer to the needy. But this year they’re facing an especially difficult challenge: keeping Ms. Harriet (pronounced “Har-ret”) King, a Scrooge-like landlord, from evicting them from their headquarters, confiscating donations, and cancelling their Christmas Nativity program. It takes a little expert espionage and a lot of God’s unconditional love for Ms. King to change her tune as she finally joins the CIK and the entire town in a musical celebration of the true meaning of Jesus’ birth.
This Christmas, your classified mission – should you choose to accept it – is to join We Three Spies as they blow their cover to proclaim joy to the world! – See more at:
~7th through 12th grades – Choir will sing a variety of contemporary music determined by the experience level of the singers.

So that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and together with you be refreshed. Romans 15:32
Fall semester begins Fridays September 13, 2013 through December 6th, 2013
Registration- Friday, August, 23; 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at Twin Rivers Worship Center, 1057 Tesson Ferry Rd. St. Louis, MO
~Creating a Masterpiece
12:30 – 1:55
Cost: 15$ plus supplies (some supplies will be included) Supply list to be included at registration.
We will be using various art mediums as we use Creating A Masterpiece DVD curriculum. This curriculum is for young and old alike (ages 8 and up) for your seasoned and non- seasoned artist. We will complete 6 high quality projects throughout the year your children will be proud to display.  Class size will be limited.
~Jesus Freaks
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Ages 13 and up
We will be looking at those in the faith who really know what it means to suffer for Christ. We will be encouraging prisoners in other countries imprisoned for their faith, and be missions minded while we will be doing a missions project. Join us as we learn to stand firm in our faith in Jesus Christ.
Parent participation will be a requirement. Parents of young or nursing children will be considered in their role of serving.
Please contact Dawn Leslie @ 636-212-0686. Or email or
Zandra Martin @ 636-942-4823 or email @

Junior Wildlife Explorers at the Wildlife Rescue Center
Did you know the Wildlife Rescue Center offers monthly, outdoor, interpretive programming for kids in K- 8th grade?
We are starting up another season and we’d love to have you (and your friends) join us in the fun!
Go to for more information.
The Wildlife Rescue Center’s mission to “provide environmental awareness, promote a harmonious relationship with native wildlife, and encourage the community to protect our delicate ecosystems” is put into action with our one-of-a-kind Junior Wildlife Explorers program. It’s been growing along with the center since 2003, and we are proud of where it is now.
Every meeting we explore what’s changed and what’s new in nature. A “Season Pass” is the most convenient way to give your child a full year of outdoor fun and discovery. This opportunity is available only until the end of August and it’s a great way to support the Wildlife Rescue Center and its mission.
Coming this October we’ll be hosting our 3rd annual nocturnal animal celebration “TAILS OF THE NIGHT.”  This costumed nighttime trail walk is fun for whole family! Check the website next month for all the details.
We also offer one-day camps during winter and spring break that kids are sure to enjoy. Think of us when you’re looking for things to do when the kids are out of school.
Thank you for all your support, and I hope to see you soon!
Casey Philips
Education Department
Wildlife Rescue Center
(636) 394-1880 ext.209

The Microsoft Retail Store at the Saint Louis Galleria provides the perfect opportunity for children to explore technology, develop skills, and discover new interests – all at no cost to educators.  We invite our friends and members of the Homeschool community to visit us the Saint Louis Galleria.  This is a unique opportunity for students to explore cutting-edge technology alongside our knowledgeable team of technical advisors.  From mainstream products such as PCs, to cutting – edge Windows 8 and Surface, students will have an opportunity to explore a playground of technology and gaming.
Weekly, we host several groups of homeschool children throughout the US with workshops on essay writing, reading, and technology. We have a wide variety of training topics to choose from, whether your students are interested in making movies, designing presentations, or using Microsoft Office and Windows 8 to get ahead in school.  We tailor our activities to fit the age group of the parties that attend and the experience can be scheduled any day of the week and time depending on the needs of your group.
To find out how you can participate and schedule your homeschool, or any other activity in our store, please contact Trina Claggett, Community Development Specialist, at 314-655-2550, or via email

Jubilation Chorale and Worship Team
While you are planning your schedule for this year, don’t forget the Jubilation Chorale.  We always welcome new members.  This is wonderful way to get your fine arts credit, meet a wonderful group of students, develop your musical abilities and just have fun!  Our first meeting will be 9-11-13.
We are also trying to put together a Worship/drama team this year.  The start date for that group will be later in Sept. or the first week of Oct.  We need 4-8 singers/drama members, keyboard player, bass, drums and lead guitar.  This group will travel to other churches and events to perform and develop leadership skills for worship.   Students do not need to be members of Jubilation Chorale to participate.  If you are interested please contact me at or call 314-402-5038
Check out our web page at all of the information for the choir.
We hope to see lots of you in class!
Meeting Dates:  Wednesdays from 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Place:  Canaan Baptist Church Choir room (5409 Baumgartner Rd 63129)
Age:  12 yrs (by 9/1) through 18 — grades 7-12
Cost:  $20 per month for the first child $35 per month for 2 or more children
Contact:  Mrs. Scheidhauer at 314-293-8112  or
Class Description:
The choir will focus on music literacy, practicing good vocal production, singing 4 part harmony, sight-singing and performance etiquette.  Although most of the class will be participation in the choral ensemble, it may also include written assignments and both singing and written tests.  No audition is necessary for participation in this class but a vocal evaluation will be done to determine the ability level of the students and individual placement within the group.  Literature will include a variety of musical styles and time periods.  The choir will have the opportunity to perform several times each semester.

Saturday, August 24, 10am – 7pm & Sunday, August 25, 10am – 6pm
Join us in Tower Grove Park for the region’s premier multicultural celebration, featuring over 40 ethnic food booths, non-stop dance and music, arts and crafts, and an international bazaar with unique gifts from around the world.
Admission is Free!
Tower Grove Park is located near Grand and Arsenal on the City’s South Side, only steps away from St. Louis’ famed International District!
A shuttle service will provide complimentary rides on designated routes during operating hours.
Parking is available in the park and at lots and streets in surrounding neighborhoods.

Bob Johnson Tutoring is conducting two ACT Workshops.  One workshop will take place on Saturdays, September 7 and 14, and the other workshop will take place on Saturdays, October 5 and 12.  More information–including times, location, cost, registration instructions, and testimonials–can be found at
Bob and his wife, Jill, homeschool their two children.

Homeschool Bowling League
……is looking for you!!!!
Who?   Anyone in your homeschool family!  Moms, Dads, Kids—all are welcome to bowl!
When?   Wednesday mornings beginning September 11, 2013
Time?  10 a.m.
Where?   Imperial Bowl, 6045 W Outer Rd, Imperial, MO 63052
How much?   $5.00 per week; this includes shoe rental  (you pay weekly, not by semester)
Contact?  Ed and Nancy Ockrassa @ or 314-537-4771
Special Note:  If you have a child with special needs, this is ideal!  The first few lanes are taken over by the Fun School Kids (see SHARE Homelink) and they are the loudest group in the house!  Whether you get a strike or a gutter ball, the moms (and caregivers) are ready to applaud, high-five, and give lots of praise!   A ramp is available for anyone in a wheelchair and Imperial Bowl has a large supply of lightweight balls.

Chess Club
Chess Club meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, October through May, from 2:00-3:00 p.m.(immediately following PE class) at the Salvation Army, 824 Union Road, 63123. This is a drop-in club.
Come every time or whenever it fits with your schedule. This is a great opportunity for chess enthusiasts to gather and enjoy the game of chess. We begin with a short lesson and then fit in as many games as time allows. Price is FREE!
If you have questions, contact Judy Maichel at 314-352-1319 or

November 9, 2013; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
West County Assembly of God, 13431 N. Outer 40 Rd., Chesterfield MO 63017
Come check out the incredible assortment of craft items.
Find the perfect Christmas gift!
Concessions available
Vendor registration now open.
For information, questions or registration form, visit:

St. Louis Speedskating Club
Has released its new website and is looking for new members for the 2013/2014 season.
All of the details are found on the site.

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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