Homeschool Events List for January 27, 2015

Maple Sugaring
Coin Fair
Library Open House
Children’s Garden Club
Homeschool Classes at Jeffco Library
Cake Walk
Catholic Homeschool Conference
St. Louis County Parks Volunteering
Latin Tutor
Musical Instrument Lessons
Missouri Bill HB557

Homeschool Special: Maple Sugaring
Rockwoods Reservation, 2751 Glencoe Road, Wildwood, MO 63038
Feb 13 • Friday • noon – 1:30 p.m. or
Feb 19 • Thursday • noon – 1:30 p.m.
(All ages)
Embark on a Missouri tradition. Learn the history of maple sugaring, collect sap, and learn how to boil it down into syrup. Dress for the weather as the entire program is outdoors. Note: part of the trail is not stroller accessible. (Call 636-458-2236 to sign up. Reservations begin January 30.)

51st Annual Greater America Coin Fair
Hosted by the St. Louis Numismatic Association
Big Three Day Coin Show
February 6 — 7 — 8
Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel, 10330 Natural Bridge Road, Bridgeton, MO 63134
ROOMS — 314-426-5500 — SHOW RATES
Free Parking
For more information and driving directions to the show visit our website WWW.STLOUISCOINCLUB.COM

SHARE Lending Library Open House
WHEN: Saturday, February 7th, from 11:00 – 3:00
WHERE: Homelink/St. Andrew, 309 Hoffmeister Ave., 63125
Mark your calendars for the first annual SHARE Library Open House event! Sign up at the SHARE website…look at the top bar of the homepage or go straight to the February calendar page.
The Open House is sponsored by the SHARE Lending Library and is a fund raiser to benefit the library as well as the SHARE Benevolence Fund. Monies collected provide scholarships for SHARE membership and provide financial assistance to members in need.
The SHARE Classical and Curriculum Libraries will be open during the Open House, issuing SHARE membership/library cards (including new key tag library cards for teens!), conducting tours and showing patrons how to use the online search catalog, place holds, etc.  Take a look at our books for sale, talk with a home school veteran who can provide curriculum advice and/or homeschooling help, browse the free table, pick up resources for high school transcript creation, get information on the Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo, coming up on March 19-21.
We really want families and teens to come and pick up their SHARE membership card.  This card does double duty:   it is official proof of your eligibility for teacher discounts at area stores, and it is also your library subscription membership number which you need to check out books and curriculum from the SHARE lending libraries.  The laminated library card costs $1.00.  If you have a library card, the events at the Open House are either free or $1.00 each (prices listed with the event).  If you do not have a library card, the cost of each event doubles (please note:  double the cost of free is still free)
The theme of the SHARE Library’s Open House is “Improve Your Life.” 
To that end we have set up a number of activities for all ages to help and encourage you:
~For the wee ones and children:  (or anyone who is interested)
* Valentine themed crafts ($1.00)
* Face painting and balloon animals (free)
* Preschool Story Time with Miss Lottie (free)
* School Age Story Time with Mr. Bobby (free)
* Making valentines for veterans (free)
~For middle school and high school: (or anyone who is interested)
* Illusionist show ($1.00)
* Zumba exercise session ($1.00)
* Pottery demonstration and a chance to create a project using a pottery wheel ($1.00)
* Learn to crochet lesson ($1.00)
* Learn to knit lesson($1.00)
* Origami paper folding lesson ($1.00)
* Fabric Dye lesson ($1.00)
~For the adults: (or anyone who is interested)
* Kombucha brewing seminar (you will receive your own SCOBY so you can make kombucha at home) ($1.00)
* Kefir making seminar (you will receive your own kefir grains so you can make kefir at home) ($1.00)
* Healthy cooking and baking seminars ($1.00)
* Maple syrup seminar (how to tap trees and create your own delicious maple syrup) ($1.00)
* Self-Defense seminar (tentative) ($1.00)
Free Blessing Table:  In the beginning of the year many of us try to get the clutter out of our homes.  If you have items you no longer use or need, or if you have too much of a good thing, bring the items you want to get out of your house and bless someone else by donating them to the Free Blessing Table.  For a donation of any amount to the SHARE Benevolence Fund, participants in the Library Open House can browse the table’s contents and take home what will be of use to their family. Any items left at the end of the Open House will be donated to a local thrift charity.  Win-win situation.  (free)
We do request you sign up for the SHARE Library Open House so we have an idea of how many people we can expect.  You can sign up for the Open House at the SHARE website…look at the top bar of the homepage or go straight to the February calendar page.
If you would like to offer a product, service or seminar at the Library Open House, please contact Judy Musick at

Children’s Garden Club
Saturday, February 7; 9 a.m.
Sappington Garden Center, 11530 Gravois, Saint Louis Missouri 63126
This Club is designed 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 Admission is free! This month’s theme is “Fun Things to do in the Garden.”

Homeschool Classes at Jeffco Library
The Jefferson County Library in Arnold is offering these homeschool classes:
Wednesday, February 11 @ 10:00-11:00 a.m.
The History of Clothes
Thursday, March 19 @ 3:00-4:00 pm
Does an Apple a Day Keep the Doctor Away? and Other Health Questions
Wednesday, April 15 @ 4:00-5:00 pm
The Vikings
Monday, May 4 @ 2:00-3:00 pm
The 1920’s
All programs are for ages 5-14 years. Sign-up is required.
Call 636-296-2204 or email to sign up for any of the programs.

Eighth Annual Cake Walk
Valentine’s Day Cake Walk
February 13 @ 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376
This is one of the sweetest times we have here at TFV. Bring a cake – win a cake. Every family is a winner.
There is a $2 entry fee per cake with a maximum entry fee of $6 per family.
Sign up today!

2015 Catholic Homeschool Conference
featuring Patti Maguire Armstrong
Join us for a day of exciting and informative discussions designed to introduce and educate Catholic families to the endless possibilities of homeschooling.
Friday, March 27, 5 – 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 28, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis MO 63119
Visit for more info.
Parents’ Happy Hour at the SLCHA Conference
Friday, March 27, 6 – 8 p.m.
Come mix and mingle with other homeschooling parents and enjoy complimentary wine and cheese. We hope you’ll join us!
Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis MO 63119
Visit for more info.

St. Louis County Parks Volunteering
Want to volunteer in your St. Louis County Parks? Enjoy history?
Then Faust Park is the place for you! Students ages 12 and older (ages 12-15 with a parent) can volunteer to help with historic programs where they can try their hands at how life was in the 1800s.
Enjoy working with children teaching them how to do historic crafts, play games and more!
Interested in gardening … and history? Faust Park brings the two together and may be the place for you! We are always looking for help in our historic gardens and with other projects around the park.
If you are interested in volunteering in please contact Lori at 314-615-8336 or to discuss the jobs and programs we need your help with!

Latin Tutor
Casey Carmichael recently moved to St. Louis and is available for Latin tutorials. He earned a Post-Baccalaureate in Classics (Latin and Greek) from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Master of Arts degree in Classics (Latin and Greek) from the University of Kentucky. Mr. Carmichael has experience teaching Latin in the classroom and in the homeschool; he has taught a wide range of students, from 8 year-old children to college-aged adults. His contact details are as follows: Phone: 832-689-2488; Email:

Professional Violin, Viola, Fiddle, Voice, and Piano Lessons
Personalized instruction for the Beginner as well as the experienced student! Contact Gina Gruhn Leeker at 636-346-6265. More than 35 years teaching experience. Three locations: Eureka, Union and Sullivan, Missouri

Missouri: Bill HB557 Needs Your Help Today
Please take a moment today to contact your state-level representative and ask him or her to cosponsor Rep. Kurt Bahr’s HB557. The bill, based on language suggested by, would preserve the fundamental right of parents to make decisions for their children without undue government interference.
Technology is a wonderful thing, and often brings about unlooked-for changes. In the Missouri legislature, the ability of lawmakers to sign on as cosponsors of a bill through a simple online link has led to an atmosphere where generally the only bills to move forward are the ones that gain cosponsors early. So urging your representative to sign on can have a huge impact on whether or not HB557 is taken up in committee.
Your message can be very simple and may be based on the following example:
“My name is _________ and I live in ______. I am calling/writing to urge my representative to sign on as a cosponsor of HB557. Parents have the fundamental right to make decisions for their children, and that right should not be overridden without a compelling government interest. House bill 557 will preserve this common sense standard in Missouri law. Please support this bill by signing on as a cosponsor today.”
If you get questions, it may also be helpful to know that this bill would restore the traditional standard of Missouri’s courts, which was undermined by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Troxell v. Granville ruling of 2000. Since then, the Missouri Supreme Court has held that parental rights are only protected by a “case-by-case analysis” and not by the strict judicial scrutiny that protected them before.
You can find your representative’s name and contact information by typing your address into this online form.
We ask that you please call or email your representative today to make sure this bill moves forward into committee.
Thank you for taking a moment to stand up for parental rights in your state!
Michael Ramey
Director of Communications & Research

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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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