Homeschool Events List for November 7, 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information.

Fall Coed Volleyball Clinic – Still has Openings
Who? St. Louis Christian Patriette Lights Volleyball
Where? Francis Howell Middle School
When?  The first three Mondays of November and December
Time?  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Age?   5th – 12th
Level? Beginner – Intermediate
Cost? $32
Content? Skills, Games, Contests
Benefit? Physical, Social, School Credits
Patty Yager, Athletic Director and Varsity Coach
St. Louis Christian Patriette Lights
Girls Varsity Volleyball Program

Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators CRAFT FAIR
November 9, 2013; 10 am – 3 pm
Come check out the incredible assortment of craft items!
Find the perfect Christmas Gift!
West County Assembly of God, 13431 N. Outer 40 Rd., Chesterfield, MO 63017
Concessions available
For information or questions, visit:

Four Christmas Classics!
Hi-Pointe Theatre, 1005 McCausland Avenue, St Louis, MO 63117
Enjoy FOUR holiday Saturday classics this season as they were meant to be seen!
November 9th: Holiday Inn!
December 7th: The Bishop’s Wife!
December 14th: It’s a Wonderful Life!
December 21st: White Christmas!
So mark your calendars and enjoy a cup of Good Cheer at the Hi-Pointe with Friends! Hope to see you this coming Saturday morning for the first in the series, Holiday Inn!
Doors open at 10:00AM
Movie starts at 10:30AM
Admission $5.00

November 9, 2013; 10 am – 3 pm
Sponsored by The Blue Knights Home School Basketball Team
Family Vision Library, 2020 Parkway Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376
Classic Red Hot will provide food at cost—Chicago Style Menu!
Prizes, Attendance Giveaways!!!
Vendors are:  Thirty One, Silpada, Wild Tree, Partylite, Juice Plus, Scentsy, Arbonne, Velata, Tupperware, Pampered Chef, It Works!, Norwex, Do Terra, Able Heat and Cool, and more!
For more info: Email

DaySpring MUSICAL – Audition Info
Participation in any of the musicals below requires enrollment (and tuition payments) in the class associated with that show.  Classes are held weekly at the same day, time, and location as the audition.  There will be the occasional additional rehearsals on Saturdays closer to the production.
Auditioning is part of musical theater and an important skill to learn and practice.  We teachers, and the other students, are always very encouraging and supportive. This is likely to be the most encouraging and safe audition experience they will encounter.
Don’t hesitate to call if you have questions, 314-291-8878.
>>DRAMA – Audition Info
Open Auditions – Anyone ages 10 & Up… including Adults!
No preparation necessary, just come and bring your creative selves.  Rehearsals will be held Saturday afternoons and some Wednesday late afternoons (but not every character will need to be at each rehearsal). There will be a participation cost for this show to pay for rehearsal time and theatre cost, but it will depend on casting and involvement.
Date: Saturday, November 9th
Time: 12:00-2:00 (Ages 12 & Up for Thoroughly Modern Millie)
Place: DaySpring: 2608 Metro Blvd, Maryland Heights 63043
It’s a Wonderful Life
Ages 10 – Adult
Auditions are open to anyone age 10 and above (including Adults).
Come and live with George Bailey in everyone’s favorite small town… Bedford Falls… No man is a failure who has friends!
The performances will be February 7th and 8th at Kirkwood Community Center Theatre.
>>Date: Monday, November 25th
Time: 4:00-5:30 (Thoroughly Modern Millie)
5:30-6:45 (The Little Mermaid, Jr.)
Place: DaySpring: 2608 Metro Blvd, Maryland Heights 63043
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Ages 12-18
Auditions are open to children ages 12-18.
The performances will be on May 9th & 10th at
DeSmet High School Theatre.
>>The Little Mermaid, Jr.
Ages 9-12
Auditions are open to children ages 9-12.
This show will also include classes with children ages 5-8
(enrollment is still open in these classes but an audition is not necessary).
The performances will be on March 14th and 15th at
DeSmet High School Theatre.
>>Date: Monday, November 25th
Time: 5:30-6:45 (The Jungle Book Story)
Place: DaySpring Crestwood: – 4646 S. Lindbergh at Gravois, 63127
The Jungle Book Story
Ages 9-15
Auditions are open to children ages 9-15.
The performances will be in April, dates and location are still TBD.
DaySpring School of the Arts | 314.291.8878 | |

In the month of November Lindi will be offering instruction in the basics of Swing and Ballroom dancing. The details are listed below. Please write if you have questions.
1. What: A series of five beginning Swing and Ballroom dance classes
2. Who: a minimum of 10 teens and adults at each class
3. When: Saturday November 9th, 16th, and 23rd, Wednesday, November 13th & 20th. Time- 7:30-9:00pm (1 hour instruction, 30 minutes practice)
4. Where: Studio Forte, Dance and Fine arts, 2907 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood
5. Cost: $10 per student per class attended
6. Other notes concerning how:
>It is not necessary to attend all 5 classes.
>Register for class before Saturday, November 9th by emailing me at . Be prepared to tell me which days you plan to attend.
>Payment is due at each class attended.
>If a particular class doesn’t have enough people, the class in that time slot will be cancelled.
>By joint effort we’ll adjust classes to be boy, girl even. So everyone planning to attend should contact me as soon as possible with particular dates.
>You are welcome to invite friends who might like to come.
Hope some of you can join us, it will be fun.

Story Time
November 15 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for a story time! Best suited for ages eight and under—parents and older siblings welcome. Sign up today!
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Dr. St. Peters, MO 63376

Find Your Inner “Maker” at uControl HackerSpace!
What do art, science, technology, crafting, robotics and imagination all have in common?
uControl brings the Maker Movement to St. Peters! Each month we offer fun, stand-alone projects of varying difficulty designed to encourage local students to join the DIY community. Experts at uControl HackerSpace in St. Peters share knowledge and ideas with a multitude of exciting projects to entice kids from ages 8 to 18 to expand the limits of their abilities and see what they can make!
November Offerings at The Hacker Factory:
Paracord Pandemonium!  Paracord accessories are a fantastic fashion statement but in an emergency you can unravel it and have a length of strong cord at your disposal for a million and one survivalists needs.  We will have several knot patterns available to make lanyards, key fobs, or a bracelets with a whistle clasp to attract attention in a jam!  Choose two designs to make here and bring supplies and a pattern home for a third!  Makes a great Christmas gift!
Minecraft Custom Skinbot:  Make a three dimensional papercraft bot using your own custom Minecraft skin!  All we need is your Minecraft name to prepare materials in advance.  If you don’t have a custom skin, choose one of the Yogscast skins or a creeper.  Once you are done using it as a bot, it is easily convertible to a Christmas ornament for your tree!
For more information on class dates and times:
LOCATION: uControl Hacker Space, Matrix DPS LLC, 15 Arrowhead Industrial Blvd, St. Peters, MO 63376

Homeschool Day at Barron Gymnastics
The nice folks at Barron Gymnastics have once again graciously opened their doors exclusively to homeschooling families for a once a month open gym, and the best part is that they are going to continue giving us a reduced rate for the 2013-14 school year!!
When? 3rd Monday of every month beginning this month…
November 18
(No December event)
January 20
February 17
March 17
April 21
May 19
Where? Barron Gymnastics, 5411 Jedmed Court, St. Louis, MO 63129
Time? 10:45 am. – 12:00 p .m. (1 hour and 15 minutes)
Cost? 1st child = $8.00 Each additional family member = $6.00
>1.25 hours of supervised unstructured time where children enjoy fun and excitement.
>Equipment available includes: Beams, Bars, Vault, Spring Floors, Foam Pits, 30’ Long Trampoline, 2 In-ground Tramps, 18’ Rope Climb.
>Includes the Giant Adventure Island Inflatable!
>Homeschool Day is for children 14 months up to 22 years of age.
>A parent or adult must assist children younger than 1st grade.
Only adults assisting this age group are allowed in the gym after signing the blanket release located at front desk.
Adults are not allowed on equipment.
>Parent viewing is available on the mezzanine.
>All participating non-members must have a release form signed by their parent.
Registration available Online ( or by calling the Front Desk at 314-892-6909.
Here’s what else you need to know:
>Barron’s must have at least 18 children to make this event happen.
>They can only take a maximum of 60 children.
>Refunds only given for illness and Barron’s must be notified before the event begins.
>If event is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified the Saturday before the event by an email.
>Note: This is not to be confused with the Homeschool Program at Barron’s Gym.

Bob Johnson Tutoring is conducting a two-part ACT Workshop in Kirkwood on Saturdays, November 23 and December 7.  More information–including times, location, cost, registration instructions, and testimonials–can be found at
Bob and his wife, Jill, homeschool their two children.

Holiday Market
Saturday, Nov. 23 – Sunday, Nov. 24; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Audubon Center at Riverlands, 301 Riverlands Way, West Alton, IL 63386
We’re pleased to invite you to the first annual “Working Wildfowl” Holiday Market, a unique shopping experience that includes artisan carvers, antique decoys, watercolors, photography, and kayaks! You’re sure to find something special for everyone on your list. While you’re shopping, enjoy the exhibit “Working Wildfowl: Decoys, Carvings and the Waterfowl Tradition,” featuring displays of vintage and contemporary decoys, nature carvings, and the waterfowl photography of Danny Brown. Spend some time at the Center to experience the great fall migration of waterfowl and the arrival of the beautiful Trumpeter Swans. View bald eagles and dozens of species of waterfowl up close in the quiet waters of Ellis Bay through high-powered spotting scopes from the Center’s windows. For more information and directions, visit our website at

Saturday, December 7th  from 2:30-5:30
Barnes and Noble, Ladue and 170
Have a nice afternoon full of cheer, watching performances from our students, enjoying North Pole treats in the cafe, and getting started on holiday shopping.
A percentage of all purchases sold in the store that day, as well as online throughout that week, will come right back to DaySpring!
We will also have a PreBookfair Dessert Sale (see below for details).
What can you do to help?
>Volunteer your time during the bookfair to help kids make holiday crafts, or to wrap presents for customers.  Please email if you’d like to help.
>Pre-Order your holiday desserts by 11/26 and pick them up during the bookfair!  Click here for an order form, including delectable Cheesecake Factory cheesecakes and Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars.  You pick up and pay on the day on the day of the bookfair, just in time for parties and family get-togethers.
>Attend the fair with your family and see all the cool things we have planned!  It will be a wonderful thing to experience with the kids, from crafts to performances, even special appearances by their favorite Holiday characters!
>If you’re not able to join us, you can use our voucher number 11147345 to order gifts online at from 12/7 to 12/14.  We will get a percentage of the sales made in that period as well.  Click here for the details for this option.
Thanks so much for all you do, and we hope to see you at this festive event!

SHARE-Sponsored 2013-2014 AIMS Classes
This is an outreach of the Practical Anatomy and Surgical Education Department of Saint Louis University’s School of Medicine and has been offered to area students since 1991. The AIMS teaching staff of science professors and physicians present a variety of human anatomy enrichment classes for jr. high and high school students (mature 5th and 6th graders count as jr. high).
The Auditorium Presentations and Hands-On Dissection Programs are a wonderful supplement to ANY jr. high or high school science and/or health curriculum. All classes take place in SLU’s Paul A. Young Hall at 3839 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis MO 63108. Auditorium Presentations are $5 and Dissection Labs are $15. Parent Chaperones are free, but must sign up ahead of time.
To register for one of the AIMS Auditorium Presentations and/or Dissection Labs, go to the Public Page of the SHARE website at and click on the “Public Calendar” link on the left sidebar at the bottom. When the calendar appears, click on the date/class you’re interested in. A pop-up window will appear on the left side of your screen. Fill out the required information and your name will be added to the sign-up list. When your name is on the list SHARE pays for your spot. You must sign up individually for each AIMS class, including the Dissection Labs, even if they are on the same day.
Mail your check (made payable to SHARE) to Kerrie Tate, 617 Bacon Ave., St. Louis MO 63119. You can write one check for all classes, but be sure to make a notation about class choices in the memo section of the check. Please put “AIMS” on the outside of the envelope. You can also drop off your payments in the red Payment Box in the Homelink Cafeteria, or give it to Kerrie at a SHARE event.
If you are interested in any of the AIMS classes, don’t wait to sign up – they fill up quickly (especially the Dissection Labs that have a strict limit). Also – we must give AIMS our exact count at least one week before each program. Since we usually have a waiting list, SHARE can give a refund or credit if you cancel before the class and we will fill your spot.
For more details about this event, go to the “AIMS New 2013-2014” link on the left sidebar of the SHARE website. Scroll over to the “AIMS PROGRAM IMPORTANT INFORMATION” webpage. Feel free to call, text or email Kerrie at 314-791-0000 or with any questions about this event.
Hope you can make it to one or more of the classes!  Kerrie (Tate)
>>December 11, 2013, Wednesday
Auditorium Presentation- The Human Brain and Central Nervous System, 9:30 – 11:15 am, $5
Sheep Brain Dissection, 11:30 – 12:45 pm, $15
>>January 28, 2014, Tuesday
Auditorium Presentation- How the Body Works: A Study of Human Organs & Systems, 9:30-11:15 am, $5
Human Cadaver Demonstration, 11:30 am -12:45 pm, $15 (age 15 & up only)
>>March 19, 2014, Wednesday
Auditorium Presentation- The Human Heart and Lungs, 9:30 – 11:15 am, $5
Pig Heart Dissection – 11:30 –12:45 pm – $15
>>April 9, 2014 Wednesday
Auditorium Presentation- Forensic Science/Autopsy, 9:30-11:15 am, $5

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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