Homeschool Events List for May 14, 2015

Lego Build & Play
Special Needs Fun Fair
Blue Knights
Youth Activity Park Day
Great Skate
Lantern Festival
Combating Superbugs
Classical Conversations
Auditions for Oliver!
Horsemanship Opportunity
Physics of Bridge Failures

Lego Build & Play
May 15 @ 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Have fun with friends and library Legos! This is a great time to visit with other parents while the children exercise their creative minds. All ages are welcome; we have an assortment for all ages, including larger DUPLO pieces for the little kids, and LEGO Technic pieces for ages 12 and up.
No sign up needed—just come on in. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
The Family Vision
2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376

SATURDAY MAY 16, 2015 10 AM – 2 PM
Individuals with special needs and their families can discover activities and resources within a fun, informative and relaxed atmosphere. The Fair is not specific to any one diagnosis, or age, and encompasses a wide range of disabilities. Come celebrate life and meet new friends!
>Hands on Activities
>Alpaca and horse therapies
>Inclusive Soccer Game
The Special Needs Family Fun Fair will give families a daytime outing that is designed just for them. The fair will be held in the Commons and ball field. There is no cost for the event, RSVP if possible.
Zion Lutheran School, 3866 S. Old Highway 94, St. Charles, MO 63304

St. Louis Blue Knights
The Blue Knights invite players and prospective players to:
Knights Summer Camp 1 – May 18, June 1, June 8 – $5 per player per night
Community Christian Church (623 Meramec Station Rd in Manchester 63021)
*2:30-4:30 pm…..Guys ages 15-18
*4:30-6 pm………Guys ages 11-14
*5:30-7 pm……….Guys ages 7-10
*Guest instructors includes shooting specialist Trey Griggs.
Knights Summer Camp 2 – June 22, 29 July 6, 13
Community Christian Church (623 Meramec Station Rd in Manchester 63021)
*2:30-4:30 pm…Guys ages 15-18 with Coach Dwayne Polk – $10 per night
*4:30-6 pm…….Guys ages 11-14 with Coach Dwayne Polk – $10 per night
*5:30- 7 pm……Ladies ages 7-14 with Amber Plymale – $5 per night

St. Charles Youth Activity Park Day!
Tuesday, May 19th, 12:00-3:30
It is time to get outside and enjoy this beautiful spring weather. Better yet, let’s enjoy the Youth Activity Park one last time before the schools let out and it becomes crowded!
The YAP park is a great place to hang out for the day. They have a multi-skill level rock climbing wall, ping-pong, air hockey, wii & play station consoles, and a snack bar on the inside, AND a large bike/skate park, basketball, volleyball, and walking trails on the outside. For this event, it is available to homeschoolers for the low rate of only $3. This includes unlimited attempts at the rock climbing wall! The normal entrance fee is $5-$7 and allows only 3 tries on the rock climbing wall.
Check out their website:
So please call and invite your friends and join us for a fun day!
We must have at least 20 participants so please sign up on the calendar or contact Maria Jeffers. 636-358-1434 or
All kids that want to use the bike/skate park and/or the rock climbing wall must have a parent signed liability release form at the front desk.

Family Night at Great Skate
We have a special guest on Family Night!
Meet Cinderella!
Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 7:30pm to 10pm
$6 Admission / $2 Skate Rental
>2 1/2 hours of skating
>skate with Cinderella
>photo opportunities, bring a camera
Wear your favorite “Princess” costume!
Great Skate | 130 Boone Hills Dr. | St. Peters | MO | 63376

Lantern Festival
Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110
May 23 to August 23, 2015
Open Thursday-Sunday evenings from May 23-July 31*
Open nightly from August 1-23
6 to 10 p.m.
Magic Reimagined brings all-new lighted works of art to the Garden this summer!
Celebrating the Garden’s ongoing botanical research in China, 22 all-new sets crafted from silk and steel will once again offer visitors from around the world the opportunity to experience an event rarely staged outside of Asia.
*Daytime viewing included with regular Garden admission from May 23 to August 23. Lanterns will not be lit on the Fourth of July or on Whitaker Music Festival evenings.

Combating the Evolution of Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs Across Diverse Habitats
Wednesday, May 27, 7 pm – 8:30 pm
St. Charles City-County Library, Middendorf-Kredell Branch
2750 Highway K, O’Fallon, MO 63368-7859
Featured Speaker: Guatum Dantas, Ph.D., 2015 Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Innovation Award recipient, The Academy of Science of St. Louis; and Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Department of Pathology & Immunology, Washington University School of Medicine
Join 2015 Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Innovation Award recipient, Gautam Dantas for a compelling look at how technologies can reveal an intricate network of antibiotic resistance exchange between bacteria across habitats as diverse as the soil, the human body, and hospital environments.
Free and Open to ALL. Registration required. Register here.

Classical Conversations Info meeting
Thursday May 28, 7pm at Church on the Rock in St. Peters.
Learn about our programs and local communities in St. Charles county: Foundations (4 yrs – 6th grade), Essentials (4th-6th grade), Challenge Programs (Jr. & Sr. High)
Classical Conversations is a nation-wide organization of home schooling families that have the same mission, model and method. Our mission is “to know God and to make Him known,” our model is a classical model and our method is small communities with trained lead learners who present subjects to students and their parents. This info meeting is presented by Lori Lohrman and Lydia Kaiser (636) 262-9593.
Meeting weekly in community has many benefits: Parent is equipped and has accountability to keep up with school, students have motivation to keep up and do well so as to perform well on community day, students give weekly presentations so they don’t struggle with fear of public speaking, art and science projects on community day relieve parent of those items, students recognize that high standards of scholastic excellence are not unique to their own home, parents enjoy fellowship in the CC community, the CC program aids in moving students through the classical trivium stages of learning—grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric.

The Alpha Players will be holding non-equity auditions for the musical Oliver! on Sunday, May 31st beginning at 1pm at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre (Parker & Waterford Roads, Florissant, MO 63033.) An appointment is strongly recommended. You may obtain an appointment by emailing or calling 314-258-3018. For auditions, prepared 16-20 measures of a song from the show and be prepared to learn an easy, short dance. Performances will be Sept 25, 26 and October 2, 3 & 4 at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre.
We’re looking for kids with a wide variety of skill levels. Prior theatrical experience is not required. This is a great opportunity for kids who are interested in doing a show but aren’t ready for a big role and for parents and children who would like to do a show together.
For more information visit The Alpha Players Facebook page or Facebook event or call 314-258-3018.
The Alpha Players are in their 56th season and are a 501(c)3 non-profit community theatre group.  We are not affiliated with any specific religion or political group.  Our mission is to present high quality, family friendly productions to the community for a reasonable cost and to give anyone interested in theatre the opportunity to experience it whether onstage, back stage or from the audience.   Our website is:

Horsemanship Opportunity
Workshop Options:
June 7th – June 10th; Sunday 2:00-5:00, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 4:30-7:00
July 31st – August 2nd; Friday 4:30-7:30, Saturday 9:00-1:00, Sunday 2:00-5:30
The Dreamcatchers 4-H club is offering summer workshops to introduce horse enthusiasts to the basic techniques and theory involved in training and riding horses. Participants will be taught basic safety while learning and practicing exercises that will help them develop a balanced seat. They will also be introduced to the Parelli Natural Horsemanship techniques used for working with horses on the ground and while riding; concepts which will help them to understand how playing with their horse leads to the development of a relationship that is based on love, language and leadership.
Sessions are limited to students age eight and over. Participants will be divided into groups based on their knowledge and riding capability. These groups will rotate through a variety of ground stations, theory stations and riding stations at each session. Upon completion, students will be able to safely lead, groom, mount, dismount and play the Seven Basic Parelli Training Games while mounted and on the ground.
The farm where we meet is located off Highway 30, near Cedar Hill, Missouri, about 30 minutes from Eureka, St. Clair, DeSoto, and Hwy 270 and Gravois Rd.
Cost: $125.00 (10% discount for siblings or children already enrolled in 4-H.)
Contact Wendy Miller at 314-341-5300 for more information or e-mail to
Check out the Dreamcatcher 4-H Group on Facebook at Dreamcatchers 4-H Club and learn about all of the fun programs 4-H offers here in the St. Louis area!

London Bridge is Falling Down
The Physics of Four Bridge Failures
Wednesday, June 24 @ 10:00 am-12:00 pm
OASIS at the Center of Clayton, 50 Gay Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63105
Registration required. FREE to the first 10 registrants, $10 per person thereafter. OPEN to ALL. Space is limited. Middle and high school students welcome. Register here.
Featured Speaker: Bernard J. Feldman, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Missouri – St. Louis and Associate Dean, Joint Undergraduate Engineering Program, University of Missouri – St. Louis and Washington University in St. Louis
Physicist and physics professor, Bernard Feldman shares the physics behind the failure of four bridges: the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis, the London Millennium Footbridge, the Nimitz Freeway, and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in this fascinating look at bridge building physics failures. All four of these failures have alternate explanations and all these explanations—correct ones, incorrect ones, and inconclusive ones, involve simple physics that can explain four very complicated events.

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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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