Homeschool Events List for November 22, 2013

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Our last Homeschool Tuesday for the year will happen on December 3rd. Our topic is French Colonial Christmas. We’ll decorate a Paradise Tree for the Bolduc House – this was used as early as the 13th century in France. Then we’ll talk about French Christmas traditions, frost and eat a gingerbread squirrel, and you will be the first to experience our Vieux Noel Christmas Lights in the Linden House Yard. This should be fun. Please let us know if and how many of you plan to attend – the usual cost applies – $4/participant with a maximum of $10/family. We’ll start at 10AM and be done by noon.
In addition, homeschoolers in grades 6-12 may want to be involved in the National History Day competition. We’re inviting any students who want to be involved to a “club” style group that I will facilitate. We’ll have an informational meeting immediately following the December Homeschool Tuesday at noon.
Finally, we need volunteers to help us staff our View Noel Christmas Lights. Would your family be interested in volunteering for two hours between 6-8PM on an evening between December 7th – December 31st? It would be an outside job -greeting visitors, taking their admission ($1/person to defray the cost of the materials and electricity) and helping them follow the path to the manger. One of our staff members will be inside to man the phones and the shop. Please let us know if this interests you and, if so, which day/date you would be able to volunteer.
Happy Thanksgiving!
Lesley Barker, Director
Bolduc House Museum, 125 South Main Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670

Thursday, December 5; 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Taylor Center, 4900 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110
BAD AIR: The Dirt on Indoor Air Pollution – Air pollution is getting worse, and can have a long term impact on our health…but we only have to worry about outdoor pollution, right? Join us as we explore the very real dangers of indoor air pollution with Dr. Glenn Morrison. We will learn about items that you may have in your home that can effect your health, how to reduce pollution in your home, and the steps that need to be taken for remediation of homes used as meth labs. Expect interactive discussion with a real scientist and hands-on activities!
FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and middle & high school students.
For more information, or to register, CLICK HERE, or call 314.533.8586.

Show Dates: Dec. 5-7 7 p.m. & Dec. 8 2 p.m.
The Crestwood-Kirkwood Youth Theater.
This production is an all young people cast, ages 11-18.  The show is dance heavy and a lot of fun.  They have taken out some parts to make it very family and kid friendly.  Shows are only $7 per person and run December 5-8.
See below or Kirkwood’s website:
For ticket information please call the Kirkwood Community Center at 314-822-5855.
All tickets are $7 each and go on sale Oct. 21.
Performances held in the Robert G. Reim Theater.
Interested in Auditioning? E-mail: to join the Youth Theatre e-mail list.

Dimension Dance Center’s The Nutcracker
(Ballet school with guests for a few parts, including recent homeschool graduate Julia Martin)
Dimension Dance Center presents their 13th annual production of The Nutcracker, edited to present a complete story in a time format suitable for all ages. Choreographed by Artistic Director Sandra Morgan, the late Ballet Master Michael Newton, Michelle Seymour and Jennifer Cudnik to the classic Tchaikovsky score, this family-friendly performance can be enjoyed on December 6th at 7:00 pm, December 7th at 3:00 pm, and December 8th at 3:00 pm at the Clayton High School Auditorium, #1 Mark Twain Circle, Clayton, MO 63105. Tickets are $14 for adults, and $7 for children under 10 and seniors. Tickets are available at Dimensions Dance Center, located at 1201 N. Warson, St. Louis, MO 63132 and online at Tickets may be purchased at the door based on availability.

Lewis & Clark program
To all Educators: We are pleased to announce that the Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, representing the Legacy of Lewis & Clark will again be exhibiting and demonstrating primitive life skills of the era of Lewis & Clark. This event will take place on Friday, Dec. 6th from 10:00am -2:00pm at the Hofgarten in Hermann, Missouri. Flag Raising will be at 9:45am
I encourage you to bring your students to experience our American Heritage first hand as told & demonstrated through the medium of Living History. Please schedule your group with Jan Donelson, 636-391-8833 (
We would ask that you pass this information about this opportunity along to all other educators throughout your district and affiliation.
Thank you, the Corps of Discovery looks forward to sharing our heritage with you again.
Kindest Regards
Jan P. Donelson
Discovery Expedition of St. Charles

Kids can learn how to garden from the experts of the Children’s Garden Club! Meetings are held at different locations throughout St. Louis City and County at 9 a.m. to educate and bring delight in gardening and horticulture through projects that participants begin themselves and take home to grow and enjoy. All events are free. For more information call (314) 822-9095 or email
>>Saturday, December 7
Sherwood’s Forest Nursery & Garden Center
2651 Barrett Station Rd.
>>Saturday, January 3
Baisch & Skinner, Inc.
2721 LaSalle Street
>>Saturday, February 1
Sappington Garden Center
11530 Gravois Rd.
>>Saturday, March 1
Sherwood’s Forest Nursery & Garden Center
2651 Barrett Station Rd.

Home School Holiday Party
Thursday, December 12, 2013 1:00-3:00 PM
Microsoft Store at Saint Louis Galleria, Community Theater
2417 St. Louis Galleria, St. Louis Missouri 63117
You’re invited for some Holiday fun at the Microsoft Store at the St. Louis Galleria.  Join us for Holiday card making with Freshpaint, Holiday music with Xbox Music, Ornament decorating, and Facepainting.  Space is limited, R.S.V.P. your spot today.  Register for event

Greening Your Future
A high-impact and informative science careers program that introduces students to real-world science and possibilities of future science careers.
Each session during the program puts students in touch with working scientists, engineers and STEM professionals to explore careers in science through interactive and hands-on demonstrations. Students experience the interdisciplinary nature and impact of science today.
WHO? 6th – 8th grade students.
The program can accommodate four groups of 20 – 25 students per day. Individual students are welcome, but must register and be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
WHERE? Missouri Botanical Garden, Commerce Bank Education Center
4651 Shaw Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63110
(NE corner of Shaw and Kingshighway)
January 22
January 28
January 30
February 4
February 6
February 21 (room remaining for 20 students)
February 28
Program is from 9 am – 1 pm each day.
Pick one or more available dates. NOTE: Dates are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
HOW? If you would like to participate in Greening Your Future, please REGISTER HERE, or contact program director, Rose Jansen at 314-537-7889, or
Registration Deadline: Thursday, December 19, 2013
PLEASE PROVIDE: The date/s you would like to attend, the name and address of your school, grade level/s to attend, number of students per grade level group, and the name and contact information.
BRING: sack lunches and drinks for students, teachers and chaperones on the day of the program. Sharpened pencils.

DISCOUNT Tickets to the Creation Museum
Use coupon code 8111752 for a $20 two-day adult ticket (regularly priced at $29.95).
The Creation Museum is a wonderful location to visit any time of year but Fridays and Saturdays in December they have a beautiful Christmas exhibit called “Christmas Town”.
Purchase the discounted tickets at the $20 price online at until December 18, 2013 but the tickets are valid for a year after purchase date.

Award winning educational software program sets this class apart from others.  As we all know kids today live & breathe technology.  MusIQClub is an innovative piano class that incorporates traditional teaching methods enhanced by 21st century technology.  Students will learn to read music fluently, compose, improvise, learn rhythms and so much more..  MusIQ Clubs is a 1 hour class, once per week for 10 weeks, culminating with an ensemble recital.  Cost $160/10 weeks.  Contact Sue Alexander St. Louis Director 314-351-0117 or go to for more information including videos and to register.   New classes starting in January.

Legend of Lone Elk Park
Sunday 2/23/14; 1 – 3 p.m.
Lone Elk Park
A park naturalist will guide hikers on the White Bison Trail to observe the elk, deer, bison and other wildlife that call Lone Elk Park home. Hikers will encounter steep rocky trails.
Advance registration is required by calling (314) 615-8472.
All Ages $6/person

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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