Homeschool Events List for October 18, 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. Don’t forget to check out the top tabs too! 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information.

Saint Louis National College Fair
Location & Hours
Location: Saint Louis University
Simon Recreation Center, 3639 Laclede Avenue, Saint Louis, MO 63108
Estimated Attendance: 4,500
Fair Date and Hours:
Sunday, October 20, 2013
12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
List of colleges attending
Transportation, Directions and Parking:
Maps and Directions
The Laclede garage is adjacent to the Simon Recreation Center. Parking is available from 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., $1 per hour, $8 maximum.
*Rates and availability are subject to change without notice.

Missouri History Museum Homeschool Day
Numbers and Notes – Monday, October 21, 2013
Please register in advance if you’re joining us, and we’ll look forward to seeing you on Monday, October 21!
~Math by Design | Weaving Algorithms & More
with Malke Rosenfeld
AT&T Foundation Multipurpose Room
10:15am to 11am
Limit 70 participants
~Classroom Workshop: Dusty Grooves
Schnucks Learning Center
10:15am to 11:15am
~Parents and Professor: Dr. Edward Crowther
Lee Auditorium
10:30am to 11:30am
~Math by Design | Fold, Cut, Glue, & Build
with Malke Rosenfeld
AT&T Foundation Multipurpose Room
11am to 11:45am
Limit 70 participants
~Poor Souls Society presents
“Music & Math: 1+1 = Music”
Schnucks Learning Center
Noon to 2pm
Recommended for K–5
~Story Time
The 1904 World’s Fair Gallery
12:15pm to 12:45pm
~“Math in Your Feet” Percussive Dance Workshop
with Malke Rosenfeld
AT&T Foundation Multipurpose Room
12:15pm to 12:55pm
Limit 30 participants
~Concert: Irish Harpist Eileen Gannon
Lee Auditorium
1pm to 2pm
~Gallery Exploration: Reflections
Seeking St. Louis: Reflections Gallery
Open all day

We are still working on a charter, but in the meantime, we have set up an informational meeting on October 22 at 6:30 at the Family Vision! (2020 Parkway Dr. St. Peters, MO 63376) Thanks to John Thrower and the Family Vision for allowing us to use the facility!!  I will briefly cover some things I learned in Nashville, and I will show a video about the program.  We will start gathering information for those who are ready to jump in.  Whether you are all in, or just curious, please feel free to come out and hear about Trail Life USA.  Also – please forward this to anyone who might be interested.
Most of all – please pray for God’s hand to be in this process as well as those involved in the decision making, and the future leaders and the boys who we will be training to be the Men of tomorrow.
If you have any questions – feel free to email me at, or call or text at 636-345-2283.  We have a facebook page for Trail Life USA Missouri – jump on and join that as well – we will be posting there more frequently.
Cheryl Bates

I am contacting you with regards to opportunities for students who are home schooled to participate in theatrical productions at Ursuline Academy.
We currently have opportunities for a production that will take place on November 22 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and on November 23 at 7:00 p.m.
This is a musical adaptation of the Dickens classic story of A Christmas Carol with a twist of its own and written for “children of all ages”.  There are parts available for males ages 12-18.  If you know of anyone interested, please have them contact me.
Ann M. Shea
Speech/Drama Director
Ursuline Academy, Performing Arts Department

Halloween DARE Dance
Friday, October 25; 7 – 9 p.m.
Affton Community Center
If you DARE, join your friends and dance the night away! Wear your costume for a chance to win prizes. Admission limited to grades 5 through 7 only. Tickets may be purchased after October 1 by calling (314) 615-8822. Thank you to DARE for co-sponsoring this event. Cost is $5/person.

Community Day
Kemper Art Museum
October 26, 2013; 11a-3p
Come enjoy great art and family fun at the Kemper Art Museum Community Day! All-day activities include scavenger hunts, button-making, a free expression art-making station, and a film screening of Irma Boom’s Art Barcodes.
Other special activities include:
• Book signing with Jan Greenberg, author of The Mad Potter and Action Jackson, 11a–1p.
• Reading of Action Jackson, 11:30a.
• Performance by Jazz St. Louis’s JazzU band, noon–1p.
• Art-making activity led by Arika Parr and inspired by Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks, noon–3p.
• Docent-led tours at 1p, 2p, and 3p.
Museum admission is always free; parking is free on weekends.
Support for Community Day is provided by Women and the Kemper & The Woman’s Club of Washington University.

The Haunted Extravaganza
Saturday, October 26; Noon – 4 p.m.
St. Vincent Park – St. Vincent Shelter
Presented by St. Vincent Community Center and St. Vincent Greenway, Inc. Come and enjoy a night of fun at St. Vincent’s “Haunted Extravaganza” where kids can enjoy Halloween in a safe and clean environment! Enjoy hotdogs, candy baskets, hot chocolate, roasted marshmallows and prizes for the best costume. For more information call (314) 615-8STV. Kids 13 and under are free.

Bolduc House Museum
125 South Main Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
~October 26th:
Next Saturday, October 26th is our second annual BOO!silliage and French Colonial Zombie Festival. The point is to build a fun day around the pun , “boo” – in French, “boue” means mud. So, next Saturday we will be offering our visitors the chance to do some hands-on historic preservation – removing old bousilliage from the Louis Bolduc House and replacing the gaps with a new supply. We’ll also be making bread in our clay oven, roasting and serving “bloody some more’s”, and having Zombie karaoke in the afternoon. There will also be a loup garou hunt (which is based on 18th century French colonial folk beliefs). If you come dressed as a zombie, you get in for half price. The same day is the community’s celebration of Rural Heritage Days – we’ll have a quilt display at the Linden House and there will be plenty of free crafts and demonstrations around town all day long.
~November 5th:
This will be Family History Homeschool Tuesday. Carolyn Bach will join us show how she used genealogy to keep track of red pandas around the world when she worked at a zoo in Australia. We’ll be considering how to collect and share your family history too. Come at 10AM. We’ll be done by noon but you are welcome to hang out and picnic on our yard or one of the porches. Cost: $4/participant or $10/family
~National History Day:
Does your 6th-12th grader have a serious interest in history? Why not participate in National History Day this year. The theme is “Rights and Responsibilities in History.” We will be mentoring homeschoolers who are interested in participating here at the Bolduc House Museum and also displaying the entries here during an Art Walk in early 2014. There is a regional competition in Cape Girardeau. Winners from the region compete at the State level and those winners go to the National competition. Email me if you would like for your student to participate and be mentored by us. You can also enter as an independent homeschool participant. Check out to learn more.
~Essay Contest sponsored by The National Society of the Colonial Dames:
Winners receive an all-expenses paid week in Washington DC from June 21-27th (including airfare and spending money) to attend a congressional seminar. The topic is: “To what degree can it be said that the decisions of John Marshall’s Supreme Court laid the essential groundwork for establishing a strong federal government?” The deadline for submissions online is November 28, 2013; or it must arrive as a hard copy submission by December 1 2013. More information is available at when you click on the Essay Contest tab. Students must be sophomore, juniors, or seniors in high school to apply. The Missouri Society of this organization owns an operates our Bolduc House Museum. Each state society chooses the winner from their state to send to Washington DC. For questions and advice, please email or call.
~Volunteers Needed:
We will have a lit walk-through display of Christmas lights behind our Linden House from Saturday, December 7th – December 31. It will be “open” from 6-8PM nightly during those weeks. If your family would like to help us on one or more than one evening, please let us know. Your task would be to take admission fees, distribute lanterns, and help to navigate visitors through our display.
The Bolduc House Museum is owned and operated by The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Missouri, a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization.

Homeschool Explorations: CSI Investigation
Tuesday, November 05, 2013; 10:30 AM
St. Louis County Library: Thornhill Branch
Make Thornhill Branch a partner in your homeschool programming through hands-on learning. Come join the fun! Ages 5-11. Registration required. Call 314-994-3300.

Life-Size Chutes and Ladders!
Age Group(s): School Age
Date: 11/6/2013; Time: 6:00 PM- 7:00 PM
Description: Come to the library to play a life-size version of the game Chutes and Ladders! You will be your own game piece, so dress silly if you’d like.
Library: Corporate Parkway Branch  Map  Location: CP Meeting Room A & B
Status: Openings (20)
Please Note: Attendee must be between the grades of K and 5.
Registration required, opens October 23

Homeschool Explorations: Exploring the Water Cycle
Friday, November 08, 2013; 10:00 AM
St. Louis county Library: Weber Road Branch
Explore the water cycle with a story followed by a hands-on experiment. We will wrap up our exploration with a craft. Ages 5-12. Registration required. Call 314-994-3300.

Stories in Dance
Featuring performances of…
Waves of Mercy – a modern dance by Vanessa Waggoner-Zayas
Pinocchio – a new ballet by Robyn Hartley
Introduce your children to the world of dance through Ballet and Dance Theatre with this performance of two original works brought to you by the dancers of DaySpring.
Beginning with Waves of Mercy: This dance theatre work follows the Israelites as they are freed from Egypt, journey into the desert, and are saved by the mercy of Yahweh. You will be enriched by the heartfelt and compelling performance of these dancers as they bring you this timeless story of deliverance and the power of mercy.
Followed by Pinocchio: The charm and wise lessons from the story Pinocchio takes the stage in ballet form! Follow Pinocchio’s adventures from being a wooden puppet given the precious gift of life through the hard lessons he must learn on his journey to find freedom, acceptance, love and, most importantly, learning to always let his conscience be his guide.
November 9th at 7pm
November 10th at 3pm
DeSmet High School Theatre, 233 North New Ballas Road
Tickets available in the office, from a performer, or at the door $10 adults, $7 children
DaySpring School of the Arts

Minecraft Monday!
Age Group(s): School Age, Teen
Date: 11/11/2013; Time: 4:30 PM –  5:30 PM
Description:  Join our minecraft group and play against your friends. You must already have your own account.
Library: Spencer Road Branch   Map  Location: SP Technology Training Room 221
Other Information:  Call the library at 447-2320 to register.

Whovian party
Age Group(s): Teen
Date: 11/12/2013; Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Description:  Calling all Whovians. Lets celebrate 50 years of Dr. Who with trivia, fan favorites, and more! Snacks provided.
Library: Corporate Parkway Branch  Map  Location: CP Meeting Room A & B
Registration Ends: 11/11/2013 at 12:00 AM
Please Note:
Attendee must be between the ages of 12 Years and 18 Years old.
Attendee must be between the grades of 6 and 12.

Homeschool Explorations: The Language of Art
Wednesday, November 13, 2013; 2:00 PM
St. Louis County Library: Sachs Branch
Make St. Louis County Library a partner in your homeschool programming as we explore various topics and ideas through hands-on learning. This month art instructors from Chesterfield Arts will work with students to create a unique mixed-media collage, incorporating the use of written words and printed text. (This program coincides with Chesterfield Art’ s November 1 – December 20 exhibit ”The Language of Art” at the Gallery at Chesterfield Arts.)
Registration required. Or Call 314-994-3300.

Homeschool Explorations: Mark Twain
Tuesday, November 26, 2013; 10:00 AM
St. Louis County Library: Tesson Ferry Branch
Come for a look at Mark Twain’s life and learn how his early life is reflected in his writing.
Ages 5-12. Auditorium. Registration required. Limit 50. Or Call 314-994-3300.

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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