Homeschool Events List for February 1, 2014

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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information.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

Home School Open Gym
Mondays; 1-2:30pm
South County Family YMCA 12736 Southfork Road
All Ages – $5.00 per child or $12.00 per family
Home School Gymnastics Contact: (314)849-4668, Kathy at ext. 248 for information/questions
They also have a homeschool gymnastics, dance, and swim classes you can ask about.

Speech/Vision Screenings
Do you have any concerns regarding your child’s articulation skills, language development, social skills, or hearing? Victory Speech Therapy is doing FREE speech, language, social skills, and/or hearing screening and consultations! Screenings are FREE on Monday, February 3, and Wednesday February 5, but you must make an appointment. Please call Jan Butler at 314-635-5400, or email at: to answer any questions and set up an appointment.

Ken Ham – Bill Nye Debate
The Family Vision will host the LIVE SIMULCAST
6:00 PM Tuesday, February 4, 2014
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Drive  St. Peters, MO 63376
Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern, scientific era? Leading creation apologist and bestselling Christian author Ken Ham is joined at the Creation Museum by popular TV personality and evolution apologist Bill Nye.
Ham, a former science instructor who emigrated to the USA from Australia over 25 years ago, is joined by the popular children’s program personality Bill Nye “the Science Guy” for this first and only scheduled debate. Each man delivers what he believes is the best information currently available for his case. Each then has an opportunity for rebuttal and afterward answers questions submitted by the audience.
The upcoming February 4 debate has already generated significant attention from national media, and tickets to attend live were completely sold out within two minutes of release.
Don’t miss our FREE live stream of this “debate of the decade”!

Homeschool Explorations: Pathways to Freedom
2/5/2014; 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Have you ever heard of secret messages sewn into quilts? Join us as we learn about the Underground Railroad and Freedom Quilts. Ages 5 and up. Registration recommended.
Indian Trails Branch, 8400 Delport Dr., St. Louis, MO 63114-5904

Minecraft Club
Wednesday, February 5, 4:00 p.m.
Weber Road Branch, 4444 Weber Road, St. Louis, MO 63123-6744
Explore the amazing world of Minecraft in the library’s computer lab.Ages 10-14. Registration required.

Cliff Cave Family Night: Book Bingo
Wednesday, February 5, 6:30 p.m.
5430 Telegraph Road, St. Louis, MO 63129-3556
Beat the winter doldrums with a fun night of Book Bingo. Have a fun evening out with your family while playing for a chance to win books. Registration required.

50th Greater America Coin Fair
February 7, 8, & 9th
Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel, 10330 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63134
Across I-70 from the airport
110 Dealers – Free Parking – Door Prizes
Commemorative Tokens Available
Show Hours: Friday and Saturday 10 am – 7 pm, Sunday 10 am – 3 pm
Admission is $1 to the general public.
Admission is free to members of any coin club. Membership Card Required.
Thursday Early Bird Preview; February 6th    3 pm – 8 pm, Early Bird Registration Required – Cost $35, Register at the show
For more information visit our website at

Highlights Include:
>“Witnesses to Freedom” presented by the Black Rep
Friday, February 7, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Inspired by events during the Civil Rights movement, this play focuses on happenings in the lives of Dr. Frankie Freeman, Margaret Bush Wilson and Norman Seay. Enjoy engaging stories, poetry and prose based on the book “Witnesses to Freedom: Young People Who Fought for Civil Rights” by Belinda Rochelle. The Antioch Baptist Church will present a puppet ministry following the performance. Refreshments will be served. Headquarters
>Gift of Gospel Celebration
Saturday, February 22, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Enjoy a myriad of gospel artists who will leave you feeling encouraged and inspired. Refreshments will be served. Lewis and Clark
>Set the Night to Music
Friday, February 28, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Wendy Gordon & Friends will perform selections from her celebrated Jazz Heaven Series. The music of jazz legends Billie Holiday and Nina Simone will be featured along with historical prose detailing pivotal moments from these two jazz legends. All ages are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Florissant Valley
>African Percussion
Explore the diverse percussion traditions of Africa with Freedom Arts and Education Center. Participants will expand their cultural knowledge and learn the techniques and rhythms of authentic instruments like the djembe, caxixi, agogo and kalimba. Through rhythmic games and call-and-response exercises, students will increase their musical abilities and communication skills. Ages 8-16.
>African Dance
Afriky Lolo, the region’s premier West African dance company, returns to St. Louis County Library. Diadie Bathily (pronounced Jah-jee Bah-chilly), the celebrated West African choreographer and artistic and executive director of Afriky Lolo, will lead the dance company in an exciting performance. All ages.
>Br. John’s African Folktales
Join acclaimed, motivational storyteller Br. John as we explore the continent, languages and cultures of Africa through fun activities and interactive folktales. The program finishes with an energetic “Harambe” call-and-response and djembe drum session. Ages 3 and up.
Visit the St. Louis County Library calendar for a complete listing of events during the month of February.

Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable paired in Frank Capra’s 1934 Classic.
Delightful story of a spoiled heiress, running away from her family, helped by a streetwise reporter looking for a story
Winner of 5 academy awards (including Best Picture)!
Saturday, February 8th; 10:30am
Tickets only $5.00
Hi-Pointe Theatre, 1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, MO 63117

Dittmer ArtBarn Grand Opening
February 8, 1 – 4 p.m.
Yes folks, it’s finally here. We are sooo excited to share or very cool space with you. It’s warm and cozy – just ripe for creativity. The construction will be complete and the doors open for real. Come check us out and help pass the work along.
Bring the family to tour the Studio, interact with the animals. We”ll have some wet and dry (needle) felting demonstrations and hands-on opportunities and products for sale.
There will also be door prizes, nibbles (chocolate and more chocolate!) and lots of things to look at to inspire.
Whether you can come or not, make sure to mention us to your friends. Word of mouth is the best advertisement of all.
Dittmer ArtBarn, 6420 Castle Rock Ln, Dittmer, MO 63023

This is just a reminder that the deadline for Variety Show auditions is fast-approaching on February 10th. We have two 45-minute shows, and with a 4-minute cap on performances, we are limited to our total number of acts. We would love a sampling of talent from many different groups in the St. Louis metro area. The panel of judges is really looking forward to watching all of your auditions on February 11th…definitely the highlight for them! Please contact me for the Variety Show packet. Many blessings!
In His service,
Gina McAndrew

Kente Cloth
Monday, February 10, 4:00 p.m.
Weber Road Branch, 4444 Weber Road, St. Louis, MO 63123-6744
Learn about this traditional African ceremonial textile. Use the colors and patterns discussed to create your own meaningful cloth. Ages 5-12. Registration required.

Homeschool Explorations: A Travel Adventure
2/12/2014; 2:00 PM- 3:00 PM
Can you guess where in the world we are “going” this month? We are taking a travel adventure to the world’s 6th largest country. It is also known as “the land down under.” You are right – Australia! Registration required.
Sachs Branch, 16400 Burkhardt Pl., Chesterfield, MO 63017-4660

Kids Card Class
First Baptist Church Arnold, 2012 Missouri State Rd., Arnold, MO  63010
The kids will be making two cards and a note holder on February 13, 10 AM – Noon.  Cost of $12 covers the instruction plus all supplies needed to complete these cute projects.  Your child must be at least 8 years old for this class.  Photos of the project may be seen on line at  You may register on line or by sending an email to

Homeschool Day at Barron’s Gym
February 17; 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Barron Gymnastics, 5411 Jedmed Court, St. Louis, MO 63129
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. Future dates are:
March 17
April 21
May 19
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.

Kids Art Club: Painting on Wood Blocks
Thursday, February 20, 7:00 p.m.
5430 Telegraph Road, St. Louis, MO 63129-3556
This month children will create art work on wood blocks that will be ready to hang. Ages 7-14. Registration required.

Oil Painting for Beginning Children
First Baptist Church Arnold, 2012 Missouri State Rd., Arnold, MO  63010
The next class will be “Making Snowmen” and starts on Friday, February 21, 12 – 1 PM for four weeks.  The cost is $30 for the class, $12 for paint, canvas $6.75 and there is a list of simple other supplies on my website  There is also a photo of the painting on the website and you can register on line there as well.  Email any questions to the instructor at

Homeschool Explorations: Love is in the Air
2/14/2014; 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM
On Valentine’s Day they say love is in the air, but is that what that smell is? Test your olfactory sense and see how accurate your sniffer is, then create a delightful smelling Valentine’s Day craft. Ages 5-12. Registration required.
Weber Road Branch, 4444 Weber Rd., St. Louis, MO 63123-6744

Homeschool Explorations
2/19/2014; 2:00 PM- 3:00 PM
Make St. Louis County Library a partner in your homeschool programming as we explore various topics and ideas through hands-on learning. This month we will continue our series of Art History projects. Our featured artist is Maria Martinez. We’ll have a brief discussion about the artist’s history and style. Then, we’ll do a project representing her style. Students can use library resources to learn more about Martinez! Registration requested.
Oak Bend Branch, 842 S. Holmes Ave., St. Louis, MO 63122-6507

Homeschool Explorations: Inventors and Inventions
2/21/2014; 10:00 AM-11:15 AM
Make St Louis County Library a partner in your homeschooling as we explore the world of an inventor. How did they ever think of that? What makes it work? Registration required.
Daniel Boone Branch, 300 Clarkson Rd., Ellisville, MO 63011-2222

Homeschool Explorations
2/24/2014; 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Make St. Louis County Library a partner in your homeschool programming as we explore various topics and ideas through hands-on learning. This month we will explore the life of Abraham Lincoln. What made him such a memorable President? Ages 5-11. Registration required.
Prairie Commons Branch; 915 Utz Ln., Hazelwood, MO 63042-2739

Homeschool Explorations: Animal Homes
2/25/2014; 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM
People are not the only creatures that build homes. Animals design and build their homes for protection, storing food, and shelter, as well as providing a home for their family. Come for a look at what some animals do and how they do it.
Ages 5-12. Auditorium. Registration required. Limit 50.
Tesson Ferry Branch, 9920 Lin-Ferry Dr., St. Louis, MO 63123-6914

English Country Dance Classes for ages 8-14
Beginning March 5th!
Contact Zoë Quinn for more information.
Session One teaches 4 complete dances!
You are invited to attend a series of lessons in English Country Dancing! These classes are intended primarily for young people between the ages of 8 and 14 or those who are just beginning ECD.
The one-hour classes will meet in the Quinn family home, near Grant’s Farm. Each month a new session will begin, consisting of 3 classes on Wednesdays. Depending on what works best for the participants, these classes may be scheduled either in the morning or afternoon, to be determined.
This first series will teach several calls commonly used in ECD, as well as 4 complete dances! The cost of Session One (three classes) is $5 per family.
Each family will receive a set of custom-made instruction cards to use at home. These cards can be used to review the calls and dances from week to week.
These classes are taught by Miss Zoë Quinn, a homeschool graduate who loves the beauty, order, and elegance of the English Country Dances. Zoë is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and love of dancing with her younger friends so that they too may enjoy the good times of this fun and friendly activity!

The St. Louis Christian Patriette Lights Girls Volleyball Program has signed up to enter 3 teams in the Renaud Spirit Center’s Spring League. We may even enter 4 if there is enough interest. At this point in time we have lots of openings in both the 9-12 age group and the 13-15 age group. The cost to play for us is $80 per person plus $10 for a t-shirt. We practice once a week and have a match once a week. I think the league promises to run for 8 weeks in March and April. The 9-12 year olds practice on Mondays from 5-6:30 pm at Francis Howell Middle and have a match on Wednesday evenings. The 13-15 year olds practice at New Covenant on Seidentop on Tuesdays from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm and have a match on Thursday evenings. All of our lead coaches are USAV certified at minimum the IMPACT level. We work developmentally towards teaching real volleyball as opposed to rec ball.
If you are interested in playing for us, I am happy to answer any questions you may have. My phone number is 314-566-3667. Please feel free to e-mail, text, or call – whichever is convenient for you.
Please contact Mrs. Yager for the application and contracts.
Patty Yager
Athletic Director and Varsity Coach, St. Louis Christian Patriette Lights, Girls Varsity Volleyball Program

2014 InHome Conference
March 14-15, 2014  Registration opens 10am on Thursday, January 30th.
Workshops are listed on the website now for March 15th!
Please visit to start window shopping the great workshops, plan your visit, and consider volunteering.
Why volunteer? The InHome Conference is 100% volunteer organized and run. EVERYBODY from the HECF Board of Directors to the workshop planning committee, from the talent show and dance organizers, to the chaperones volunteers to make this wildly popular event succeed. We volunteer for many of the same reasons we homeschool; love, discovery, hidden perks. PERKS?! Yup. Volunteers earn discounts on hotel rooms and registration fees. For example, committee chairs can earn free hotel room-nights and free registration. Workshop presenters pay significantly less in registration fees. Even volunteer chaperones enjoy credits towards registration. In fact, depending on family size and commitment level, volunteers can earn enough to cover the entire InHome Conference weekend!

Base Camp will take place June 9-13. Save the dates!
In a real college setting our speakers challenge Christian teens to think through the toughest objections to Christianity and equip them to articulate the gospel with confidence and clarity.
The Results are both encouraging and humbling!
This summer, we’re modifying camp to reach more students. In addition to adding an extra day, we will be offering a 101 track and a 201 track! More details to come!
Please pray about:
1. Sponsoring camp scholarships for students in need.
2. Sending a 16-18 year old student to camp.
3. Talking to your pastor about camp.
4. Volunteering at camp.
If you feel called to help please contact us. We work very hard to stay in touch with everyone but the staff and I would love to hear from you!
For His Glory,
Jeremy Smith
Executive Director, Faith Ascent Ministries

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).
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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