Homeschool Events List for August 24, 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information.

We hope the new school year is off to a great start!  This email is to let you know that we are offering FLL and FTC robotics through a venture with St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley.  There are opportunities for individuals or for a group of students.  Please share this with students, colleagues, or friends who may be interested as classes are starting soon.  Please call Cathy Sylve at 314-488-0164 or visit for additional information.

4-H Horsemanship Program
4-H Horse Project, emphasizing Pat Parelli’s principles of “Relational Horsemanship”, will begin on Thursday, September 12, from 5-7. This group will meet each Thursday from September through December, excluding November 28 and December 26.
Club participants will learn horse safety and ground training, and then work on developing riding skills and training techniques that will enable them to safely ride and work with horses.
They will also have the opportunity to put together and present project books, participate in speech competitions, and exhibit items in the local Jefferson County fair.
Parents are encouraged to get involved too, as there are many things that working with horses can teach you about working with your children, and other adults.
In order to make this club successful, I need parents to be involved. Siblings are welcome too, as we have many other animals that they can enjoy while their older brothers and sisters work with the horses. Children must be 8 years-old by January 1st, of 2013, in order to work with the horses.
Cost for this program $125.00
Meetings are held at Team Miller’s Homestead at 9313 West Fork Creek Rd., in Dittmer, Missouri 63023. 314-341-5300. Write to for more information.
Come and visit our Monday group, which meets from 5-8, and see if 4-H might be what your family is looking for.

My Gym of Chesterfield is excited to announce our Champions Class for Homeschoolers (ages 6-11 years).  This class is offered on Thursdays at 1:00 pm and is a great opportunity for the children to get involved with other kids and to get a great workout, which can be logged as Physical Education.
This one-hour weekly class introduces a wide range of physical skills and cooperative group activities. Activities include stretches, gymnastics, tumbling, sports skills, games and more. The activities are designed to improve strength, coordination, balance, endurance and overall fitness. We emphasize effort, diligence and a spirit of camaraderie, as our Champions are taught the meaning of fair play and teamwork. Children are also challenged with a weekly skill to practice and perfect at home.
Through Sept. 30 we are offering the first month of classes plus the Lifetime My Gym Membership for only $49. (A savings of $71). Additional siblings are $35 each. Ongoing tuition is $70 for one child and $35 each for additional sibling per four weeks. Tuition includes one class per week and unlimited Practice & Plays (open gym time). We only have an 8-week minimum commitment and you can start anytime.  Your first class is free, so call to schedule a Trial Class: (636) 536-9949

Free Pizza for your readers via Pizza Hut
Encourage reading by rewarding students with pizza. It is sign up time for the 2013-14 school year Book It! Program.
Homeschoolers are welcome to sign up students who are between the ages of 5 and 12, in Kindergarten through 6th grade, as of September 1, 2013. Sign up through Pizza Hut using this form.  Deadline: The 2013 enrollment deadline is September 1st., however, we will continue to accept enrollment requests on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.
After you sign up, a packet of information, including coupons to be used for free pizzas, will arrive in the fall. Included in the kit will be one coupon per month for October 2013 through April 2014. The last coupon must be used by May 1, 2014.
Once you receive the reading packet, your students will set reading goals. Each month they accomplish their goals, you fill out a coupon for them to redeem for a free personal pan pizza. The coupons must be used within 30 days of the date issued.

Twilight Tuesdays Return This September
Tuesday, September 3, 6:00 pm
Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63112
Our popular outdoor concert series returns with a spectacular fall lineup! Grab your blankets and lawn chairs, pack your picnic basket, and come hear some terrific music under a beautiful Forest Park sunset. Our first show of the fall season features DJ Ranx playing some of the most popular reggae tunes.

Home School Open House
Microsoft Store at Saint Louis Galleria; Zone D, level 2
September 10th  & September 12th ; 10am-12pm both days
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.
You’re invited to learn more about all your Microsoft Store has to offer…
~Computer training
~Workshops on essay writing, reading, and technology
~Making movies & digital photography
~Designing presentations
~Using Microsoft Office and Windows 8 to get ahead in school
~….and much more
To R.S.V.P click below
September 10th – R.S.V.P. Here
September 12th – R.S.V.P. Here

Free Guitar Classes: Tuesday Nights
Twin Rivers Worship Center, 10575 Tesson Ferry Road, St. Louis, MO 63123
Classes begin September 10, 2013 in rooms 202 and rooms 205, Classes will end in May 2014,Classes are dismissed Thanksgiving through December 31st.
Classes offered:
~Joyful Noise (a class for beginners) This class meets from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. (this class will begin 9-10-2013)
This is a note class for beginner students.  Students will learn to read notes and will be introduced to some theory.
Purchase book:  Alfred’s Basic Guitar Method Complete Book with CD
Bring a music stand
Extra set of strings and picks
An electronic guitar tuner
3 ring binder and pencil
~ Joyful Strings (a beginner’s chords class) this class meets from 7:00 pm to 7:40 pm. (this class will begin 9-17-2013)
This class is for individuals who would like to play the guitar using chords. (Students are not required to read notes)
Purchase Book:   Alfred’s Basic Guitar Method Complete Book with CD
Bring music stand
Extra set of strings and picks
An electronic guitar tuner
3 ring binder and pencil to class
~Joyful Strings Advanced (advanced chords class) this class meets from 7:40 pm to 8:40 pm. (this class will begin 9-17-2013)
This class is for returning students or new students with knowledge of chords
Purchase Book:  Alfred’s Basic Guitar Method Complete Book with CD
The Daily Ukulele book by Liz and Jim Beloff 365 songs, this book can be used for the guitar and the ukulele
Please contact Don or Sharon for details when you sign up for class.
Contact information: Don or Sharon Cummins call 314-353-1420 after 5:30 pm – you may leave your name and number for a return call if no answer.

Family Farm Fun Day
Joni and Friends Greater St. Louis is sponsoring a Family Farm Fun Day for families and friends affected with disabilities including things like ADHD, DS, cerebral palsy, etc. on Saturday, September 28 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. at Vesterbrook Farm near Clarksville, MO. Enjoy a farm experience, petting zoo, hayrides (wheelchair accessible), pumpkins and other fall vegetables available for a nominal fee, games, crafts, growing stations, dinner of hot dogs and hamburgers, live music and bonfire. To register and get directions, call 314-773-5664 or email RSVP by September 14.

Tuesday, September 17, 7:00 pm
Steven Jarvi, conductor
Art Hill in Forest Park
The STL Symphony kicks off its 134th season with a FREE concert at Forest Park. Join new Resident Conductor Steven Jarvi as he leads the orchestra in an evening of classical favorites and highlights from the 2013-14 season. Bring a blanket, a picnic and your closest friends. The evening will be capped off with fireworks at the bottom of Art Hill.
SMITH The Star-Spangled Banner
BERLIOZ Roman Carnival Overture
WAGNER Prelude to Act III from Lohengrin
BRITTEN “Frolicsome Finale” from Simple Symphony
BEETHOVEN First Movement from Symphony No. 6, “Pastorale”
DUKAS The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
MASCAGNI Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana
STEINER Casablanca Suite
BROOKS The Producers
WILLIAMS “Throne Room & End Title” from Star Wars
SOUSA Stars and Stripes Forever

Radon Poster Contest
The State of Missouri Radon Program will be coordinating this year’s State Radon Poster Contest in partnership with the National Radon Program Services of Kansas State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The entries for the national contest will come from each state’s contest winners.  The winners of the National Poster Contest will receive award plaques and gift cards in the amount of $1000 for first place, $600 for second, and $400 for third.
We invite your school to partner with us as we reach out to children ages 9-14 and encourage them to participate in the 2013 Missouri Radon Poster Contest.  Prizes for the state poster contest are awarded to first, second, and third place entries and to their teachers.  This contest highlights the risks posed by indoor exposure to radon.  The posters will help increase awareness of radon, which the U.S. Surgeon General has warned is the second leading cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoking and the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon causes about 22,000 deaths from lung cancer annually in the United States.
Go to for national contest rules.
Artwork must be received by close of business on Thursday, October 31, 2013.  Send your entries to:
Cathy Wood, Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services, PO Box 570 (930 Wildwood Dr.), Jefferson City, MO 65102
If you have any questions or need more information about this event, please contact us at 573-751-6102 or email

Cost: $35 for 1 table, $50 for 2 tables
Contact: Analda Merritt
Phone: 636-357-7910
The St. Louis Blue Knights Basketball Team will be hosting the State Championships here in St. Louis on Feb. 21-22, 2014.  We would love your support and attendance at these games.  This is one of your home school basketball teams and they would appreciate your fan base support.  In an effort to help with the cost, we are having several fundraisers one of which is a Vendor Fair to be held on Saturday, November 9 from 10-3.  This is an opportunity for home-based business or self employees to demonstrate their services or products to the public much like a trade show.
The Family Vision Library (2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376) has graciously allowed us to do this at their facility.  It will be open to the public and this is my third time organizing one of these.  Each vendor will have a great door prize as will the Knights.  It will be a great day of shopping, browsing and fellowship.  Entrance as an attender is free but we need vendors as well.   Please contact me if you desire to know more of how you can participate and promote your business!  More information will be forthcoming but for now… contact me and reserve a spot.  Some spots are already taken.  There will be no duplicates so once you have registered and paid, no other rep can set up.
Thanks in advance for your support!

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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