Homeschool Events List for October 20, 2014

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Gymstars
Boy’s Homeschool Golf
Monumental Pilgrim Principles
Classical Conversations
Primates Teen Science Cafe
Missouri Education Standards
Answers in Genesis
Town & Country Symphony
Blue Knights Basketball
Karate Classes
Free Family Art Day
Swim School and Safety
Greater St. Louis College Fair
Home School Craft Fair
A Bagful of Fables
St. Louis Teen Talent Competition
Classic Christmas Dessert Theatre
Student Speech Competition

Please visit the SLHSEV website for corrections to the JA Finance Park and Biztown registration links (October 5 and 8). They were in the process of updating their website when the original information was posted.

Gymstars
There is a new gymnastics center that has just opened up that is one block away from our Homelink location. They have classes for trampoline, tumbling and gymnastics (and fitness classes) and are offering a special 1 hour class just for homeschoolers on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Price is $80 for an 8-week session. If interested, please contact them at 314-845-6600. Their website is: www.GymStars-STL.com

BOYS HOMESCHOOL GOLF
I am organizing a Boys Golf team as a new addition to the St Louis Area Christian Homeschool Association sports teams. This is the same organization that has organized Boys and Girls Basketball, Boys and Girls Soccer, and Girls Volleyball in the home school community.
If your son is interested in high school golf, please send me a direct email with the following information:
Player’s Name:
Player’s Birthday (to ensure eligibility):
Best Email address (my preferred method of communication):
Phone (Best to reach – Cell or Land Line):
Parents’ Names:
Once I have a general head count, I can negotiate group rates for practice and game facilities.
I will be distributing additional information regarding Goals, Practices, and Matches once available.
I look forward to meeting everyone!
Thank you,
Doug Kelsey
Patriots Golf Athletic Director
St Louis Area Christian Homeschool Association
email: dougkelsey@gmail.com

MONUMENTAL PILGRIM PRINCIPLES
The Pillar Foundation, 15820 Clayton Rd., Ellisville, MO 63011 636.386.7722
Please RSVP
Free, Family Friendly & Open to the Public
Make it a most memorable Thanksgiving in 2014 by participating in a new 6-week class on Tuesday nights beginning October 21 and concluding November 25; 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Former Congressman Todd Akin will teach and lead discussion on a subject dear to his heart: The Pilgrims. Using the curriculum based on Kirk Cameron’s movie, Monumental, you will delve into the Pilgrim principles that laid the foundation for the greatest and most blessed country on earth…AMERICA! Kirk Cameron and historian Stephen McDowell will offer a short perspective with illustrations from the movie, then Congressman Akin will share a brief teaching and lead discussion. Please RSVP with your enrollment for this fascinating look into MONUMENTAL PILGRIM PRINCIPLES.

Classical Conversations
Do you have questions about Classical Conversations, or have you ever wondered what a typical day in a CC community looks like? If so, we welcome you to come to our open house day on Thursday, October 23, and check us out! We meet at Crossroads Presbyterian Fellowship in Maplewood, MO from 9:00 am until noon for Foundations, and from 1:00-3:00 for Essentials.
In addition to Foundations and Essentials, our community offers Challenge A, Challenge B, Challenge I, and Challenge II. (To visit a Challenge class, please contact me, and I will put you in touch with the Director for the program you’d like to visit.)
Each week, we pack our lunches and let the children play while the families visit at a park nearby, weather permitting.
If you would like a sneak peek into what makes us passionate about our Classical Conversations community, call or email me to make your reservation. We’d love to have you bring your children and be our guest for the day! If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact me at 314-583-9251.
Lisa Gray, Foundations/Essentials Director, Classical Conversations of Maplewood, Thursday Community

Primates Teen Science Cafe
Thursday, October 23 @ 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
St. Charles County Library – Spencer Road Branch, 427 Spencer Road, St. Peters, MO 63376
FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and middle and high school students. Registration required. REGISTER HERE or call 314.533.8586.
Featured Speaker: Jennifer Rehg, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology, Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville
At a Teen Science Cafe, teens have the opportunity to interact with science professionals in an informal and relaxed setting. Teen Science Cafe is presented and powered by Junior Academy of Science members.
http://www.AcademyOfScienceSTL.org

Missouri Education Standards OR Common Core?
Let’s Promote Local Control of Education!
Last May, a new Missouri law created academic work groups to develop Missouri’s K-12 academic standards. Speak up and help us to raise public awareness! Developing Missouri’s own academic standards is one of the most important things that will happen in Missouri this year!
A series of special events have been planned to allow Missouri voices to be heard on K-12 academic standards. Next week, Dr. Sandra Stotsky is coming to Missouri to speak about academic standards.
Dr. Stotsky is Prof. Emerita of the University of Arkansas, and one of the members of the Common Core Validation Committee who would not sign off on the Common Core standards in English because the “standards” would not prepare students for post-secondary education. Dr. Stotsky has extensive experience evaluating academic standards.
Please come to this event:
Thursday, October 23, St. Louis, MO 6:30 – 8:30 pm
American Kennel Club Museum (near Queeny Park)
1721 S Mason Rd, Des Peres
Topic: Dr. Stotsky’s experience as a member of the Common Core Validation Committee, why Common Core must be stopped, and how to influence your local school board
You are welcome to share this information with other groups who are willing to send a message to the Governor and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: “Missouri does NOT want Common Core!”
Let’s work together to establish high K-12 academic standards and keep Common Core out of Missouri!
Anne Cori, Missouri Eagle Forum
Locations subject to change: please check for updates at www.moagainstcommoncore.com

Answers in Genesis
Hear AiG’s Dr. Tommy Mitchell in Villa Ridge, MO, from Oct. 26, 2014 to Oct. 27, 2014
Where: First Baptist Church of Villa Ridge, 51 Hwy M, Villa Ridge, MO 63089 US (Get Directions)
Sun, Oct 26
8:30 a.m. Genesis and the Authority of Scripture
10:30 a.m. Genesis and the Authority of Scripture
6:30 p.m. Why Can’t A Day Mean A Day?
7:40 p.m. Noah’s Ark & the Global Flood
Mon, Oct 27
9 a.m. Were There Dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark? (Grades K-6)
10:15 a.m. Are You Intimidated? (Grades 7-12)
6:30 p.m. Dinosaurs and the Gospel
7:40 p.m. Worshipping the Creator God
For more information about this particular event please visit the event’s webpage or call 636-742-3662.
NOTE: The information concerning this event was accurate as of the time this email was generated. However, Answers in Genesis cannot guarantee that the information will not change. Please visit the event’s webpage or visit AiG’s Events page for the most current information.

Town & Country Symphony Orchestra 2014 Halloween Concert
Sunday October 26 at 2:30pm
The Principia, Ridgeway Auditorium, 13201 Clayton Rd, Town and Country, MO 63136
Selections include:
William Tell Overture (Rossini)
Danse Macabre (Saint-Saëns)
Light Cavalry Overture (Suppe)
“The Toreador Aria” from Carmen (Bizet)
Brandon Smith, Baritone
Bronze Horse Overture (Auber)
Ichabod’s Wild Ride (Robert Vinson)
“Hai gia vinta la cause” from Marriage of Figaro
Brandon Smith, Baritone
No Charge for Admission!!!
The Town & Country Symphony Orchestra enjoys serving the St. Louis area through its free musical concerts. The Orchestra performs at local universities and schools, churches, malls, retirement centers and parks. The musical style varies from classical, broadway and pops to holiday. Music Director and Conductor: David Lowell Peek.

BLUE KNIGHTS BASKETBALL
The St. Louis Blue Knights basketball organization is pleased to announce details for the upcoming winter session for boys and girls ages 8-13. This is a great opportunity for home schooled children to make great friends and have a blast playing basketball. Practices begin in November with games starting in January. The cost for the winter session is $75 plus a $20 uniform cost for players new to the Knights.
The Knights have fielded teams for 7-12th grade home schooled boys for 9 seasons. Last year the Knights started our first ever 10U and 12U teams for home schooled boys in the St. Louis area, and the program continues to grow. This fall an 11U boys team was added and we anticipate at least adding a 9U boys team and a 10U girls team this winter.
For more information or to register, please contact Dona Funke at stlblueknights@gmail.com. The deadline to register for the winter session is October 28.

KARATE CLASSES
Cost: $30 for a 4 week trial
Contact: Steve Robinson (Robinson’s Karate)
Phone: 314-849-6660
Steve Robinson, owner of Robinson’s Karate, is extending a special offer to homeschoolers on Tuesday mornings at 9:15. It would be a 4 week trial for anyone who would like to try karate without a long term commitment at a deeply discounted rate of $30 per child. My kids have been attending there for over a year and love classes with Steve. For more information check out his website http://www.robinsonskarate.com/index.htm

Free Family Art Day
The St. Louis Artists’ Guild, a non-profit arts center based in Clayton, MO has Free Family Art Days on every first Saturday of the month, a program St. Louis homeschooling families might be interested in. From 12pm to 2pm on every first Saturday of the month, we present free art activities for young artists ages 5–10 years old and their families. All supplies are provided.
Our next is:
Vessels and Containers
November 1, 2014
12pm–2pm
Containers are a reoccurring theme in fine crafts: bowls, cups, boxes and vases have all been classic starting points for creative inspiration.
We Will Make: Coil pots, Pinch pots, Origami boxes

AVENGER SWIM SCHOOL WITH SWIM AND SAFETY LESSONS
The Gateway City Aquatic Club, a sports ministry of Hole in the Roof Ministry Center, is now offering swim and safety lessons through their “Avenger Swim School”. Children ages 4 and older will be taught basic skills to more advanced skills according to their ability. Lessons are progressive, so attendance is crucial to a child’s success. With the use of underwater swim mirrors, noodles, and other fun equipment, children will learn to be comfortable and confident in and around the water. Classes are limited to no more than 6 students, and all classes are taught with excellence by experienced swimmers and directly supervised by USA Swim Coaches. Each class is 45 minutes in length. Space and classes are limited!
When: Session II – November 5th thru December 17th (6 weeks)
Wednesday evenings from 6:15pm – 7:00pm
or
November 6th thru December 18th (6 weeks)
Thursday afternoons from 3:30 pm – 4:15pm
(There must be a minimum of 4 students to hold this class)
NO PRACTICE ON NOVEMBER 25 & 26TH
Where: Cherokee Recreational Center Pool (Home of the Avengers)
3200 South Jefferson, Saint Louis, MO 63118
Cost: $48.00 Session fee
(Additional $16.00 registration/insurance fee due yearly)
Sibling Discounts: 20% off additional children – session fee only!
Please call Coach Jamie for more information/registration (314) 884-0824
Note: Jamie and Paul Hamilton have homeschooled and graduated all their children!!!

29th Annual Greater St. Louis College Fair
Thursday, November 6: 6:00PM – 8:30PM
On Thursday, November 6, 2014, Living Word Christian High School will be hosting the 29th Annual Greater St. Louis Christian College Fair. The fair will run from 6:00 – 8:30pm, and will include Christian colleges and universities from all over the country. This is the largest Christian college fair in the Midwest.
Living Word Christian High School is located at 1145 Tom Ginnever Blvd., approximately 2 miles north of Highway 70.

St. Louis Home School Craft Fair
Saturday, Nov 8, 10:00am to 3:00pm
Come see fantastic gift ideas for the Holidays and a wide variety of quality made items.
Location of Craft Fair:
First Baptist Church in Ellisville, 137 Clarkson Road, Ellisville , MO 63011
Visit www.homeschoolcraftfair.com/ for more information and directions.
Registration forms can be found at: http://www.homeschoolcraftfair.com/registration_form_craft_fair_2014.pdf
Or contact Aleea at 636-399-6427 and she will be more than happy to send you a form.

A BAGFUL OF FABLES
Jefferson College Children’s Theater is proud to present A Bagful of Fables for our annual children’s show. This performance features five popular stories from Aesop’s fables including The Fox and the Crow, The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, and the Tortoise and the Hare. The show is lively interactive and perfect for kids in grades pre-K to 5.
Performances:
Nov. 19, 20, 21- Jefferson College Hillsboro Fine Arts Theater-Schools and Homeschoolers only- 10am performance, doors open at 9:15am. Admission is $2 per child and accompanying adults are free
Nov. 22-Jefferson College Hillsboro, Fine Arts Theater-Public Performance- 2pm performance, doors open at 1pm. Admission is $2 per person.
Nov. 23-Jefferson College Arnold (behind the Jefferson County Recreation Center)- Community Room, 3rd floor- Performance at 2pm, doors open at 1pm. Admission is $2.00. Note: This performance will be open to the public, but modified for children on the autism spectrum.
For more information, including a parent information packet for the Nov. 23rd show, please contact Lisa Pavia-Higel at lpaviahi@jeffco.edu or at 636-481-3411.

2015 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition
Online Registration Is Open!
Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation is excited to announce the 5th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition, a bi-state metropolitan area-wide competition which will showcase the talents of high school performing arts students.  The Finals of the 5th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015 at the Fabulous Fox Theatre where students will compete for cash awards, special performance opportunities and college scholarships (1st Place $7,000 scholarship – 2nd Place $5,000 scholarship – 3rd Place $3,000 scholarship).
We encourage St. Louis Metro area high school students enrolled in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 to register and showcase their talent.  Acts may consist of 1 to 6 students in the categories of (but are not limited to): Singer, Musician, Actors, Rappers, Magician, Ventriloquist, Comedian, Circus Skills Performer (i.e. Juggler, Clown, Aerialist, etc.)
There are no fees to participate.
Registered students will participate in one day of the Preliminary Competition: February 28 OR March 1, 2015. Those who advance will participate in the Semi-final Competition March 28, 2015 leading to the Final Competition on stage at the Fabulous Fox Theatre April 24, 2015.
For complete competition details and to register visit http://www.foxpacf.org/teen-talent-showcase.aspx 
Deadline to register is November 21st by 5 p.m.
FREE Pre-competition Workshop
Learn how to prepare for the first round of the 2015 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition in a fun & relaxed environment.
For workshop information and to register visit http://www.foxpacf.org/slttc-pre-comp-workshop-info.aspx 

A “Classic Christmas” Dessert Theatre – UPDATED 10/29/14
Where:
Grace Community Chapel
7661 Mexico Road, St Peters, MO 63376
When:
Friday December 12, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM CST
Greetings!
LifeLight Youth Theatre presents a night of live holiday music, 2 classic Christmas tales (Little Women and A Christmas Carol) and delicious desserts at our 4th Annual Christmas Dessert Theatre!
Dinner and a show is good, but Dessert and a show is GREAT!
Tickets are $11 ($13 if purchased after November 24th) and includes a delicious dessert of either cheesecake or chocolate cake.
FOR ONE SHOW ONLY!
ADVANCE PURCHASE IS REQUIRED, SO THAT WE MAY HAVE YOUR REQUESTED DESSERT.
THIS IS A SURE SELL OUT, SO EARLY PURCHASE IS SUGGESTED.
Buy Tickets Now!
We look forward to sharing these wonderful classics with you. See you at the show!
Sincerely,
LifeLight Youth Theatre

Winston Churchill Student Speech Competition
For competition dates and deadlines visit: http://www.nationalchurchillmuseum.org/speech-competition.html
Topic: “The price of greatness is responsibility.” – Winston Churchill, September 6, 1943, Harvard University

  • Speeches are to be 4-5 minutes in length
  • Open to all students in the  6th-8th grade (public, private, parochial, and homeschool).
  • For the 2014-2015 school year, we are opening the competition to out-of-state entries as well.*

Please call 573.592.6242 or email us to express your interest. Print or email our Save The Date Flier!
>>For Out-of-State Entries
Please follow the rules laid out below and within our speech competition pages. We are currently working on the best way  to judge an out-of-state zone competition. Possibly, it will be either via Skype or recorded video (YouTube) entries.
Rules & Score Sheet
Please visit our rules page to view the complete list of rules. Visit our score sheet page to see how students will be judged at the zone and state level competitions.
Research Resources
Please visit our speech resources page to view research resources.

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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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