Homeschool Events List for September 28, 2015

Children’s Garden
Explore Music
Deutsch Country Days
Penguin Ski Club
College Fairs
Teen Talent Competition

KidSing is a professional musical performance group that invites children from 8-18 to come and share their talents in performance settings. There will be opportunities to showcase musical talent and dance. The group meets on Tuesday nights from 6:30 – 8 on Main Street in downtown St Charles. More information is on the website
Auditions are done on a as needed basis at this point. They are held on Tuesdays before class at 6:00. Your child can start at any time during the year but it may be harder for the performances. The sooner the better for auditions. Our first performance is Oct 27th. We will do 2 shows this semester. One is a 50’s show and the other is a Christmas show. There will be 3-4 performances each semester.
The fee for KidSing is $15 month per child. Family discounts available
Contact Karla Matson for more information * (314)737-0014 *

Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110
Children’s Garden entrance fee is waived for visits now through November 1, 2015. MOBOT entrance fees do apply: St. Louis City/County residents- $4 adults (ages 13–64), $3 seniors (ages 65 & over): Non-residents- $8 adults (ages 13 & over), Free children (ages 12 & under). St. Louis City and County residents (with proof of residency) receive free general Garden admission on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 7 a.m. to noon. *Please note: Promotional offers are not valid during special admission rate events, exhibits, or attractions, including those held the third weekend of May, Labor Day weekend, and the first weekend of October.

Saturday, October 10, 2015, 12:30-5 p.m.
FREE and open to the public.  For all ages.
Participants can attend multiple workshops or just a single activity.
Community Music School of Webster University, 535 Garden Avenue, Webster Groves, MO 63119
Bring your lawn chairs or blankets. Weather permitting, the event will take place outside.
Part of the American Arts Experience St. Louis 2015! A celebration of American Arts in St. Louis.
Timeline of activities:
12:30 p.m. Food Trucks The Southerner and Pie Oh My! in parking lot K
12:30-2:00 p.m. Storyteller Marcia Ollinger tells stories and children’s quilting and weaving projects
2:00 p.m. Music workshop on traditional American folk music featuring Ozark Mountain Music
3:00 p.m. Folk toy activity
4:00 p.m. Music session on the music of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

Deutsch Country Days
The 34th Annual German Living Historic Festival on Historic Luxenhaus Farm
Saturday & Sunday, October 17 & 18, 2015
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Located on Historic Luxenhaus Farm, 18055 State Highway O, 3 Miles N.E. of Marthasville, Missouri 63357
~Advanced Tickets~ (ON or BEFORE October 1, 2015)
Advance Tickets Valid Either Day
Adults/Military/Seniors ~ $15.00 Daily
Children (5 – 15) ~ $8.00 Daily (under 4 Free)
Advanced Groups – Twenty or more $12.50 Ea.
Purchase Advance Group online
Secure Ticket Purchases through Paypal
Mail Order: (payable to Deutsch Country Days)
Please mail check with a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope to:
18055 State Highway O ~ Marthasville, MO 63357-1678
~Gate Entry (Tax Deductible)~
Adults ~ $18.50 Daily Ea.
Military/Seniors ~ $16.50 Ea.
Children (5 – 15) ~ $8.50 Daily (under 4 Free)
~Sunday Family Special ~
(Available only when purchased at gate)
Children (5 – 15) ~ $3.50 with purchase of
One Adult Ticket at $18.50
Additional Children (5-15) $8.50 Ea.

Penguin Ski Club!
It’s an unbelievable price and makes a fantastic Christmas gift.
For $129 each person receives a lift ticket and an individual pass that they will keep with them. This pass is flexible allowing you to vary your choice of day from week to week (Mon-Thurs). It must be presented at the ticket window with each visit to Hidden Valley so a current lift ticket can be issued to the pass holder.
There is also a Friday option. If you would like to ski on Fridays only, you can buy a Friday pass for $159. Friday is a high demand day, but still less busy than weekends. The same person cannot buy both a Mon-Thurs pass and a Friday pass.
For an additional onetime fee of $20 per pass, ski or snowboard rental will be included with each visit (once a week Mon-Thurs).
Joining the Penguins club is still less expensive than skiing twice without a pass. This is a fundraiser for the students of SHARE and the Homelink Learning Center. In the past they have used the funds to go to Japan and England.
Anybody can join, including your friends, neighbors and family who aren’t homeschooling.
The deadline to join is December 1st at midnight. Hidden Valley makes no exceptions to the deadline.
To join the Penguin Ski Club, visit Click “Plan and Buy” along the top. Click School programs, then under HV Ski and Ride Club click Learn More, and then click the box to buy now. Our user name for the club is “Penguins” with a capital P. Our password is “homeski” with a lower case h. You are now in our club site.
Next you will click the blue “go shopping.” At the top left there is a box of categories where you click 15/16 ski passes. Select the pass you would like. Most people want the Mon-Thurs option for $129. An alternative is to select the Friday only option for $159 and add it to the cart and check out. Only one deal per person. Don’t forget to add ski rental. (There is sales tax.)
During check out you will assign a guest for the pass. If you were a member last year, type in the name of each person one at a time and see if it is still in the system. If not, you may need to create a new guest. New members do this by typing in the name, address and birthday, etc.
Once you find the guest, or create a new one, you select the guest and enter his or her birthday. Check out is like most other things on line. You enter your billing name and address and make payment via Visa, Master Card or Discover.
To learn more about Hidden Valley, you may visit the website at If you still have questions, please email me at or call 314-607-8023.

Saint Charles Community College Regional College Fair will take place on Wednesday, September 30 from 6:30 – 8 PM in the College Center building. See the list of colleges attending at
October 18, 1-4 PM. NACAC Fall College Fair. At the Saint Louis University Simon Recreation Center.
The SCC, and NACAC College Fairs are all “automated” college fairs. This means that students should register with at ( You enter your demographic data one time and receive a barcode that you can show to the college reps at each fair. This saves you from having to write out your name and contact information multiple time for each rep.

2016 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition
Online Registration Is Open!
Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation is excited to announce the 6th 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 6th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the Fabulous Fox Theatre where students will compete for cash awards, special performance opportunities and college scholarships. 1st Place $7,000 scholarship (underwritten by Ameren Corporation Charitable Trust) – 2nd Place $5,000 scholarship – 3rd Place $3,000 scholarship
We encourage St. Louis Metro area teens who are homeschooled to register and showcase their talent. Students should be studying at grade levels 9, 10, 11 or 12 to participate. Acts may consist of 1 to 6 students in the categories of (but are not limited to): Singer, Musician, Actors, Rappers, Magician, Comedian, Ventriloquist, 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: January 30 or 31, 2016. Those who advance will participate in the Semi-final Competition March 5, 2016 leading to the Final Competition on stage at the Fabulous Fox Theatre April 23, 2016.
For complete competition details and to register visit
Deadline to register online is November 20th at 5 p.m.
PLUS: FREE Pre-competition Workshops are offered on 3 dates.
Learn how to prepare for the first round of the 2016 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition in a fun & relaxed environment.
For workshop information and to register visit

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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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