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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information.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

Schaefer’s Hobby Shop
11659 Gravois Rd, Sunset Hills, MO 63126 314-729-7077
Every Saturday from 1-4pm
April 12th– Bunny Basket
April 19th– Bunny Hut
April 26th– Mosaic Bowl
All Ages Welcome

S.H.A.R.E. Homeschool Prom
Thursday, April 24, 2014
“Be Our Guest”
The Prom committee invites you to “Be Our Guest” on Thursday, April 24, 2014 with dinner, dancing, and a small gift to take home. All homeschool Juniors and Seniors may enter their name in our drawing for Prince/Princess or King/Queen (see registration form). We encourage students to submit song requests (see registration form). All song selections will be forwarded to our DJ. He will do his best to play the music that you have requested. The prom will be on a Thursday again this year in order to have a larger room.
Who: Homeschool highschool students (9th-12th grades) and their guests.
(Sorry, no one under 9th grade. This is special event for older students).
How to register? Mail the completed registration form and payment to Pat Zink.
Cost: $40.00 per person
*Last day to register is Friday, April 18th! (We have to give Andre’s our total that day; therefore, NO late registration forms will be accepted.)
Where: Andre’s Banquet Center in South County, 4254 Telegraph Rd., 63129
Time: 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30, dinner served at 7:15)
What to wear: This is a formal event. Guys need dress pants, shirt, and tie. (Some do wear tuxedos.) Ladies, dresses should not be too low cut (front or back), and not too short if wearing a shorter style. Strapless is fine as long as it stays up and everything is covered.
*Professional photographs will be available. The package includes 2 5×7′s and 8 wallets. Price: $18 if mailed with prom payment, $20 if paid that night. Photos will be mailed to you. (Photographer will begin at 6:30pm)
Parents are welcome to come in to see the decorations and take some pictures before they leave. Sorry, only assigned chaperones may attend. The prom is well-chaperoned.
All Prom registrations and payments must go to Pat Zink, to guarantee your spot at Prom. We have 260 spots available.
Questions? Please contact Pat Zink at (314) 540-2957 or

Video Contest
Oak Meadow is throwing a video contest and we want you to play! Great prizes, video exposure, and your chance to show the world what homeschooling in high school is really all about.
P.S. The contest is open to ALL homeschooling high schoolers! Spread the word!
Grand Prize: Google Nexus 7 and one free enrollment in any Oak Meadow class
Two Runners Up: Google Nexus 7 and one free high school curriculum package.
Three Honorable Mentions: One hour of college counseling or a $60 gift certificate in the Oak Meadow Bookstore
Here’s what you need to do (in a nutshell): Submit two minutes of video that gives us a glimpse into your daily life and shows the world why homeschooling is so cool. The winning videos will be shared on our website. Click HERE to see the full contest information. Deadline is May 15.

Something to read
Submitted by Cathy Mullins
“Five Things the Second Generation of Homeschoolers Needs from the First” by Jacinda Vandenberg.

Fun Way to Study Missouri!
A note from one of our Expo exhibitors:
On facebook I have a new imaginary persona of an expert on Missouri history, geography, etc. My new character is named Miss Ouri and she helps students, parents, and teachers with their questions about the Show-Me State. I don’t sell books or anything like that on this page – it’s just to help the kids, parents, and teachers and make the learning a little deeper and a little more fun.
Please check Miss Ouri out by visiting facebook and typing her name at the top. Then, if you do have and e-mail list, you might like to pass the information along. I have also added the link to that facebook page here.
Thanks again for helping us to have a pleasant and profitable time at the St. Louis Home Educators Expo.
Ross Malone

Sight and Sound Theater discount
New show, “Jonah”
Parents, students, teachers, and administration, our scholastic special for the most amazing show of the year in Branson, Mo has begun! Sight and Sound Theatres in Branson, Mo. believe that your students deserve the best possible faith building experience, so we are excited to announce our greatest show ever, “JONAH”! You’ll be amazed at an incredible underwater scene, a very giant whale, live animals, towering set pieces, a 55-ft long ship, and colorful costumes as one of the Bible’s most incredible stories becomes real right before your eyes.
CLICK HERE to view our new 2014 “JONAH” promotional video (yes, you will get a quick glimpse of the giant whale!)
To honor students, teachers, and parents, Sight & Sound Theatres’ 2014 Scholastic Discount offers exclusive to our Christian schools and homeschool families will be active for selected dates:
April 1–May 23, 2014
September 23–October 11, 2014
December 9–December 31, 2014
Scholastic Discount Offer:
$25 for Adult tickets + tax
$15 for Teen tickets (13-18 yrs) + tax
$10 for Child tickets (3-12 yrs) + tax
To receive these significantly discounted prices, just mention code: BR14SC. Reservations can be booked online at, or phone 800.377.1277.
Feel free to forward this information to your homeschool and Christian school friends and family.
In addition, beginning May 24–August 30, 2014 we will offer our special FAMILY PASS for $99 + tax

Emmenegger Nature Park BioBlitz  
Friday/Saturday, May 16th-17th, 1 pm – 1pm.
24 hours of nature hikes and educational inventory of on-site flora and fauna, sponsored by Webster Groves Nature Study Society and St. Louis Academy of Science. Rain or shine. FREE and open to all ages.
Emmenegger Nature Park, 11991 Stoneywood Drive, Kirkwood.

Summer Recreational Swim Team
Gateway City Aquatic Club, a sports ministry of Hole in the Roof Ministry Center, is announcing its 2014 Summer Recreational Swim Team. The Gateway City Summer Swim Team is a program that teaches athletes ages 6 & up the basics of all four competitive strokes. Participants get the experience of being on a swim team in a fun and low pressure environment while learning the fundamentals of swimming from a professional coaching staff. Developmentally, our summer swim team fits between swim lessons and the year-round competitive swim team. The summer swim team is a great opportunity for kids, and parents, to get an idea of what year-round swimming has to offer without making a long term commitment. The program is open to any swimmer who has some background in swimming lessons, who can complete 25 yards of freestyle, and is comfortable in deep water. During the course of the season, the team will participate in six swim meets that will be located in the St. Louis surrounding area. The meets will mainly be on Monday evenings with one meet being on a Tuesday. Here is the information:
Dates: May 27th thru July 15th. (No practice on July 3rd)
Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Tuesday and Thursdays (Meets on Monday nights)
Cost: $80.00 per person. A portion of the cost ($20) is to register with AAU and receive a team swim cap. Registration is due on or before May 24th
Where: Cherokee Recreational Center Pool, 3200 S. Jefferson, St. Louis, MO 63118
Contact: Coach Jamie Hamilton 314-884-0824 or
Mandatory Evaluation: Tuesday, May 22 or Thursday, May 24 – 6:45pm – 7:15pm
Swimmers wanting to join must attend a swim evaluation session located at the Cherokee Recreational Center Pool. Swimmers must bring a towel, swimsuit, and a pair of goggles.

As performed by the all homeschooled cast of LifeLight Youth Theatre.
LifeLight Youth Theatre presents Disney’s BEAUTY & THE BEAST jr! DISNEY’S BEAUTY & THE BEAST TICKETS ON SALE NOW ONLINE at Tickets online at or BY PHONE AT 636-294-2978.
WHEN: 4 show times- Thursday, May 29TH at 7:30pm; Friday, May 30TH at 7:30pm; Saturday, May 31st at 1pm & 7:30pm
Pre- show events include: Be Our Guest Parties & FREE pre-show reception on Friday with over 20 participating restaurants.
WHERE: JOIN us at the Westminster Christian Academy, 800 Maryville Centre Drive, Town & Country, MO 63017
ABOUT BEAUTY & THE BEAST : This classic Disney title contains all of the songs from the Academy Award® winning animated feature film as well as new songs from the Broadway show, BEAUTY & THE BEAST JR. It’s a tale as old as time! The heart-warming musical tells the classic tale of Belle, an intelligent beauty who is imprisoned in a forbidding castle, where she forms an unlikely friendship with her captor, a hideous beast. The stage show features all the enchanted characters from the popular film including Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, Chip and Cogsworth. The unforgettable score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice includes the show-stopping “Be Our Guest,” the rousing “Gaston” and the romantic “Beauty and the Beast,”the Academy Award®-winning Best Song plus additional songs not heard in the film. This wonderful stage adaptation was Disney’s Theatricals first show on Broadway where it ran for more than 13 years. Bring the entire family to experience this enchanting fairy tale.
Ticket prices: RESERVED SEATING- $10.00
**Groups of 15 or more may schedule a backstage tour that will take place after the show.

Green Homes Festival
WHEN: Saturday, June 7, 2014; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: The Missouri Botanical Garden
ADMISSION: Included with Garden admission. St. Louis City/County residents enjoy FREE Garden admission before noon. FREE for Garden members.
Celebrate sustainable living with the whole family! Join us for a hands-on, day-long festival of learning, playing, and engaging with people of all ages and backgrounds with an interest in sustainable, healthy lifestyles.
Visit the 2014 Festival event page for updates. Coming soon: schedules, presenter bios, menus and other resources.

Introduction to Residential Plumbing
Tuesdays starting June 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376
This DVD series provides an entertaining and practical introduction to the world of residential plumbing. Students will learn about water pressure PSI, schedules of PVC pipe and their applications, valves and fittings, identification and labeling of the parts of a toilet and of a valve, and much more!
This class is for students 8 and up. It includes quizzes and a final test. Class fee is $10.00 per student for the workbook.
The series will include a hands-on plumbing and soldering demonstration.

Wednesdays starting June 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376
The Family Vision is pleased to announce our Summer 2014 EntrepreLAUNCH, is a program designed to help young men and women develop the entrepreneurial spirit and skills. We desire to help train and launch young entrepreneurs into the business world.
EntrepreLAUNCH is for young people ages 15 and up, who want to learn entrepreneurial business skills. Participants should have a business idea which they would like to develop (this is recommended for getting the most out of the instruction, but is not required).
EntrepreLAUNCH will contain seven two-hour sessions, each featuring an entrepreneur from seven different fields. Each entrepreneur will talk about his passion for his/her business, what skills they needed how their faith guided and encouraged them. There will be Q & A for each session. These sessions will encourage participants in how to navigate the process of starting and running a business.
The cost for all seven sessions is $70 per student. Call today to sign up!

Gifted Resource Council Summer Academies
Our Summer Academies begin June 16th. The full brochure is available at

At Generation Joshua, a division of HSLDA, our programs and activities are designed to complement and further the efforts that parents make to ensure that their kids are equipped to be thinkers, leaders, and active citizens in their nation. That is why we want to tell you about an exciting opportunity for your 14–19-year-old. We’re inviting you to send your student to one of our iGovern Summer Leadership camps!
What is iGovern?
Each year, Generation Joshua hosts three camps at different locations across the country. These camps combine civic education, leadership training, and a Christ-centered understanding of government into one unforgettable experience called iGovern.
At camp, students take part in realistic and detailed government simulations. Your student can become a Senator, a Representative, or even a foreign ambassador to our international summit.
Outside of the political simulation, students will hear inspiring messages from the GenJ staff and nationally-known conservative leaders.
At Generation Joshua, we approach all student interactions with a heart for encouragement and ministry. Every day, the GenJ chapel team leads the camp in heartfelt times of worship and powerful messages from God’s word. In addition to the main chapel and worship times, each night includes prayer and Bible-study in a small-group setting.
When & Where?
We are hosting three iGovern Leadership Camps this year. Here are the details:
iGovern East: July 6th–12th at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia.
iGovern West: July 20th–26th at Bear Trap Ranch in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
iGovern Pacific: August 3rd–9th at Camp Pu’u Kahea in Oahu, Hawaii.
Bottom Line:
Go here to learn more, and please email us at if we can answer any questions for you.
In Christ,
Joel Grewe
Director of Generation Joshua

Registration is open!
November 8, 2014
Mark your calendar NOW! Start planning your crafts. It’s never too early to start making and creating. The craft fair is such a fun family-friendly day. Invite your neighbors, family, friends, church family.
Check out the website for everything you need to know and for the registration form.
NEW location this year! First Baptist Church Ellisville (home of ELC) near the intersection of Manchester and Clarkson Road. The craft fair runs from 10am to 3pm with concessions available.

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, Lincoln 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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