Homeschool Events List for October 9

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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information.

Home School Computer Basics Classes – Just got this yesterday (Tuesday)!!
Microsoft Store at Saint Louis Galleria
The Microsoft Retail Store at the Saint Louis Galleria provides the perfect opportunity for children to explore technology, develop skills, and discover new interests.
To R.S.V.P for a scheduled October class for HomeSchool students, click the links below:
Computer Basics with Microsoft Word October 10th at 10:00AM – R.S.V.P. Here
Computer Basics: Essay Writing with Microsoft Word October 15th at 1:00PM – R.S.V.P. Here
Computer Basics: Essay Writing with Microsoft Word October 17th at 10:00AM – R.S.V.P. Here
Computer Basics: Organize with OneNote October 22nd at 1:00PM – R.S.V.P. Here
Computer Basics: Organize with OneNote October 24th at 10:00AM – R.S.V.P. Here
Computer Basics: Powerpoint October 29th at 1:00PM – R.S.V.P. Here
Computer Basics: Powerpoint October 31st at 10:00AM – R.S.V.P. Here
Make sure you also register for the Cre8tive Workshops covering Photography, Art, Music, & Movie offered every Tuesday from 11:00AM – 1:00PM.  Separate registration is required on\stlouis
Don’t see the class you need, visit\stlouis for our full calendar of events.  Coming Soon….Kodu Game Design, Programming, & Developers workshops!

Taste and See Conference
First Baptist Church of Arnold, October 18 & 19, 2013
Admit it – we all love food and feeling good! Designed Healthy Living has the conferences that will deliver both – great food and simple principles from God’s Word for building health.  You are invited to join us for a fresh perspective to learn how food and Scripture intimately coincide.  Your hunger for good foods, combined with your hunger for solid biblical teaching will be delighted at this one-of-a-kind event.
True Bible teaching of simple biblical principles
Hands-on cooking classes
Three meals: tasty, delicious and extremely nutritious
Inspiring health seminars
PLUS – Pre-Conference “Fabulous Foodie Friday” Cooking Classes to get the conference started early with 8 more cooking classes to choose from. Perfect for homeschool families.  Ages 10+
Featured Speakers:
Annette Reeder – Your Personal Tour Guide to Biblical Health from Richmond, Virginia. She is an author, speaker, and founder of Designed Healthy Living. Annette is changing lives one meal at a time as she leads others to design healthy lifestyles using the gift of food from God’s Word.
Sue Becker – Speaker, teacher and owner of The Bread Beckers. She is dedicated to educating and supplying those in need with the food and tools for a healthier lifestyle.
Joyce Rogers – A committed homemaker, author, speaker and women’s ministry leader. She is the wife of the late Adrian Rogers.
Visit our website for registration.

Saturday October 12th 10:30am
Hi-Pointe Theatre, 1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, MO 63117
Get in the Spirit of Halloween with a Double Serving of SPOOKY fun!
This time Brian offers not one but TWO Great classic films: FRANKENSTEIN AND THE INVISIBLE MAN!!!
High-Def quality only $5.00.
Bring the whole family and a bunch of friends for this
Halloween Treat No Tricks!
PS.  Come in costume for an extra treat!

Brought to you by the directors of Broadway On The Driveway – you won’t want to miss Swing St. Louis’ new, Branson-style show to be performed LIVE in Kirkwood MO on October 12th at 2pm and 7pm at the Robert G. Reim Theatre!
In The Show . . .
Annie Oakley has a new trick up her sleeve and no one’s gonna rain on her parade!  Watch very closely – don’t even blink as Eliza Doolittle takes center stage for her dazzling new number with a surprise ending.  If we’re lucky, we might get a special visit from Hollywood’s Golden Girl, Doris Day but, que sera, whatever will be, will be.   Rumor has it that a precocious personality from the classic radio era will stir up nostalgia by making a comedic whistle stop.  In addition, Lacy’s jazzy pizzazzy female crooner hits and Emily’s high octane tap and choreographic extravaganzas will be sprinkled throughout the show.  Of course, your all-time favorite Andrews Sisters melodies will grace the air, so don’t just sit under the apple tree, boogie woogie over to and save your seats, or call: 636-751-2357

St. Louis Canine Games
Ever wonder if your dog has what it takes to be a canine athlete? At the St. Louis Canine Games, try events such as Agility, Lure Coursing, Flyball, Harness Pulling, and more. The Canine Games are being held Sunday, October 13 from 9:00am-4:00pm at Purina Farms in Gray Summit.
All dog breeds, ages, abilities are welcome. The event raises money for the St. Louis Samoyed Rescue and other rescue groups in the area.
Cost: $15 for 4 events, or $4 per individual event
More Information:

Missouri Day
10/16/2013: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site, 200 South Main Street, St. Charles, MO
In 1969, the 75th General Assembly set aside the third Wednesday in October as Missouri Day. Missouri Day is a time for schools to honor the state and for the people of the state to celebrate the achievements of all Missourians. Come commemorate our unique state and learn about the state symbols of Missouri in a fun, interactive approach. The event is organized into stations and groups are invited to wander through each station and spend as much or as little time at each exhibit as they wish. The event will be held in the buildings and on the grounds where our first legislators and senators met from 1821-1826 to undertake the task of reorganizing Missouri’s territorial government into a progressive state system. This is a free event and is open to the public. School groups are encouraged to make reservations. For more information, please call the site at 636-940-3322. Click here to read the news release.

Lego Build & Play
October 18 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Have fun with friends and library Legos! This is a great time to visit with other parents while the children exercise their creative minds. All ages are welcome; we have an assortment for all ages, including larger DUPLO pieces for the little kids, and LEGO Technic pieces for ages 12 and up.
No sign up needed—just come on in. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Dr. St. Peters, MO 63376

Common Core Conferences
Please note: Nancy Sarocco will be co-facilitating a break out session representing the homeschool community at this conference.  She would like to know what concerns and questions home educators have regarding Common Core and home education if any and will be compiling a list to share with others at the conference. People can contact her via or via Facebook.  Thanks!
Know nothing about Common Core State Standards for K-12 education? Know a little something, but want to learn more?  Know a lot, but feel stuck with them because everyone seems to think they are law? Then this is the conference for you.
Common Core Standards are bad for Missouri and bad for our national education policy. Proponents offer only hollow talking points. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has refused to have a dialogue with the public about the standards and associated assessments, so we will present the facts and give you the tools to Take Back Our Schools from the education elite and the NGO’s who are trying to control them.
St. Louis – Sunday October 20, 2013 1-6:00 pm
Wildwood Hotel, 2801 Fountain Place Wildwood 63040 (MAP)
Featuring Speakers On
*The History of Common Core Standards – How did we get here?
*Why the standards won’t deliver what they promise and could actually hurt our youngest learners
*A culture of standardized testing that harms education and our children
*Data collection on our kids
*Why local control is the answer and your right to have it
Additional Sessions
Break-Out networking sessions for:
Public School Grassroots activists
Non-public School Grassroots (private, parochial, home)
School Board Members
Get your Grassroots Activist Kit with actions you can take in your school district
Sponsored By
The Missouri Coalition Against Common Core
Americans For Prosperity

Missouri Wilderness:
The Citizen Campaign that Protected More than 71,000 Acres of Missouri Wildlands
Tue, Oct 22; 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Lee Auditorium @ Missouri History Museum, Lindell and DeBaliviere, St. Louis, MO 63112
Featured Speaker: John Karel
FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students, welcome. Registration is not required.
Presented in conjunction with the photographic exhibition, 50 Years of Wilderness: Through the Lens of Missouri’s 8 Wilderness Areas, on display at the Museum thru February 2, 2014.

Transition Summit – Tools for Life
Information Packet
” We offer, on average, 12 trainings a month statewide.”
October 24, 2013; Jefferson City
The Summit is a one-day learning experience designed for students who have disabilities, special education transition personnel and student teams, family members, case managers, VR counselors, and Centers for Independent Living personnel.  Summit sessions are focused on the preparation of youth for transition to postsecondary education, employment, independent living and community experiences.
Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Career soft skills development
  • Self-determination
  • Youth leadership
  • Planning for college
  • VR and CIL services
  • Understanding ADA
  • Social Security

Click here to view the most current agenda
Registration Fees

  • School Team or Professionals with Students:  No Charge
  • Parents, Guardians, or Family Members with Students:  No Charge
  • Parent Mentors:  No Charge
  • Parents, Guardians, or Family Members without Students:  $25.00
  • Educators or Professionals without Students:  $50.00
  • Exhibitor:  $75.00 (Booth only)
  • Exhibitor+:  $85.00 (Booth and meal)
  • Sponsorship:  $100 (Logo on t-shirt distributed to students)
  • Sponsorship+:  $125 (Booth, Meal, and T-shirt logo)

Register Online

  • Free Registrations – Parents, Guardians, Family Members, Educators, and Professionals with student(s), as well as Parent Mentors
  • Paid registrations – Parents, Guardians, Family Members, Educators, and Professionals without students, as well as Exhibitors and Sponsors.

Please remember to turn in your Release and Waiver Form, or your registration may be rejected.
Vonda Minor
Family Support Coordinator and Autism Navigator
Kansas City Regional Office
(816) 889-3027

Trivia Night
October 25 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Join us for a fun night of trivia challenge at The Family Vision! All proceeds benefit the growth of The Family Vision.
Doors open at 6:30 PM; trivia will begin at 7 PM sharp.
Tickets are $100 for a table of eight, or $15 per individual (TFV will place individuals at tables).
Please bring your own snacks; water and coffee will be provided.
For tickets, contact The Family Vision at or 636-447-6900.
Space is limited, so sign up today! This event is best suited for adults and young adults 15 years and older.
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Dr. St. Peters, MO 63376

Science of the Hunger Games: Plant Identification
Tue, Oct 29; 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
St. Louis County Library Prairie Commons Branch, 915 Utz Lane, Hazelwood, MO 63042
Featured Speaker: Catrina Adams, Ph.D.

We are offering an opportunity to families to learn how to tap Maple trees to make Maple Syrup. This takes place in February and March. We are located in Black, Mo.  Plan to enjoy the day out in the country at our sugarbush.   Any groups or families interested in this experience can learn more by emailing us at
Koinania Valley Ranch
Vacation Lodging 2 Hours SW of St Louis
1231 County Road 66, Black, MO  63625
Contact: Mary Wiltberger

Join Carolina Homeschooler for our group trip to New York City in May 2014! We’ll visit the Statue of Liberty (and Ellis Island, if it reopens in time), tour the Tenement Museum to see how early immigrants really lived, watch a Broadway play and explore Times Square, enjoy Central Park, get great views of the city at Rockefeller Center’s Top of the Rock, walk along the Brooklyn Bridge, have a guided tour of Wall Street and Ground Zero, and more.
The registration deadline is October 31. Find out more at:
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The time has come for Notgrass Company’s fourth annual photo contest.
We hope you’ll enter. You could win $100 cash!
Contest Rules
• Homeschooling households may submit up to five photos.
• Photos must be taken by homeschooling parents or students.
• Photos must include one or more homeschooled students with one or more Notgrass Company products. (For copyright purposes, please ensure that no books from other publishers are visible in the photos.) Parents may be in the photos as well.
• By submitting a photo, you give Notgrass Company a non-exclusive, worldwide right to use the photo in any medium (print, online, video, or other).
• Please note: High resolution photos have a greater chance of winning. It is best if submitted photos be at least 3300 pixels on the longest edge or have a resolution of 300 dpi. (If you don’t know what that means, just take the highest-quality photo you can.)
• Send your entries by e-mail to Mary Evelyn McCurdy at
• Don’t be afraid to get creative! Photos may be taken outside, inside, upside down, or rightside up!
• Entry deadline is November 1, 2013.
• One grand prize winner will receive a $100 cash prize and will be featured on the cover of our 2014 catalog.
• First-place winners will receive a $25 Notgrass Company gift certificate.
• Runners-up will receive a $10 Notgrass Company gift certificate.
Tips for taking a winning photo:
• Smile! Look interested! Be excited!
• Make sure your subject is well-lit.
• Position the book so that the title is obvious.
• Hold the camera steady so the image is sharp and clear.

Mobile Print @ SLCL
You can now print from your laptop or mobile device, or even print documents from home and pick them up the library. For more information visit

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.