Homeschool Events List for January 24, 2016

Green Spiral Tours
Stratospheric Balloons Over Antarctica Talk
Maple Sugar Festival
Makerspace and classes
Homeschool Winter Dance
Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs Talk
Homeschool Informational meeting
Home Educators Expo

Green Spiral Tours
What are the properties of water in winter? Is it so cold it’s hard as rock or can you poke through it?  Where does wildlife hide when temperatures drop or are the animals still out and about? Have you heard that our bodies may actually be able to withstand the cold and flu season better by being outdoors in the winter? Beat the blues this winter by bringing your kids to “Urban Wild Winter!” Angela of Green Spiral Tours will be at a different park each Tuesday at 10am beginning Jan 19th until Feb. 9th. (the last two Tuesdays in Jan & the first three in Feb) The educational nature adventures will be about 1.5 hours long and will include historical, cultural or geographical points of interest related to each park, catered to kids with handouts for moms and older kids when pertinent. So don’t become a slug this winter – come with us to where the urban wild things are!  $10 per family Meet at 9:45am at the playground pay when you arrive Questions call Angela: 314-646-1009 Or email rsvp NOT necessary but appreciated Reply to get more info and an email reminder each week January 19th -Webster Scultpure Park (kirkham & gore ave 63119) January 26th – Memorial Park, Brentwood February 2nd- Forest Park February 9th – Blackburn Park, Webster Groves February 16th – Layfayette Park, StL city If there’s snow we’ll still go! Babies and toddlers always welcome (baby carriers recommended!) Check in the coming days for info on other upcoming trips including one to a Water Treatment Plant, a Preschool  and an Eagle Watching trip.

Stratospheric Balloons Over Antarctica
Astrophysics with Instruments 125,000 Feet Above the Ground
Tuesday, February 2 @ 7:30 pm-9:00 pm; Free
Saint Louis Zoo Anheuser-Busch Theater, The Living World
1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110
(Zoo North Entrance and North Parking Lot ONLY)
Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Reservations not required. Parking is free in the Zoo North Lot.
Featured Speaker: Martin H. Israel, Ph.D., Professor of Physics, Department of Physics and the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis; Fellow, The Academy of Science – St. Louis
During the Antarctic summer (December and January), scientists from Washington University’s Cosmic Ray Group, in collaboration with partners from across the globe, launch their research into the stratosphere in a quest to understand the fundamental nature of our universe. Helium-filled balloons as big as a football stadium lift two-ton instruments above 99.5% of the atmosphere. There, one of these instruments detects cosmic rays– atomic nuclei that have been accelerated by stellar explosions to speeds close to the super speed of light. These cosmic rays help us understand how stars in our Milky Way Galaxy make heavy elements from lighter elements. Another instrument looks down from that altitude monitoring a million square kilometers of ice for radio pulses signaling the arrival of extremely high-energy neutrinos. Since the universe is almost perfectly transparent to neutrinos, the highest energy neutrinos are probably messengers from extremely distant galaxies. You won’t want to miss this fascinating talk by Academy Fellow, Martin Israel, on astrophysics in Antarctica!

Rockwoods Reservation’s Maple Sugar Festival
The 2016 Maple Sugar Festival takes place Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is open to the whole family at no cost. No reservations are necessary. Parking will be available on-site, and off-site with shuttle bus service at the St. Louis Community College-Wildwood campus, 2645 Generations Drive.
For about six weeks, from mid-January to the end of February, nature cooks up its own sweet delights within sugar maple trees as the sap begins to flow, ready to be tapped for making sugar and syrup.
The Rockwoods Maple Sugar Festival is an excellent opportunity for families to break free of cabin fever and learn skills to collect, boil and create their own maple syrup or sugar while they still have several weeks of the season to try it out.
Visitors will see firsthand how Native Americans and early settlers harvested the sap—and boiled it down over an open fire to create sugar and syrup. Guided hikes will demonstrate how to identify and tap sugar maple trees.
Tasting the sugar and syrup is one of the most popular attractions. Kids will also delight in trying a pioneer favorite—sugar on snow, a toffee-like treat created when warm maple syrup mixes with the cold snow.
MDC’s Rockwoods Reservation is located in Wildwood at 2751 Glencoe Road, off Highway 109 between I-44 and Highway 100. For additional information on the Maple Sugar Festival, call 636-458-2236.
To learn more about backyard maple sugaring, including step-by-step instructions, go online at

Craft Alliance has a new Makerspace with all kinds of great stuff! Here’s the website for Craft Alliance
The Grand Center (second location for Craft Alliance) has free classes! Here’s the URL for the free Makerspace classes…
Here is the write-up in their catalog…  Come to FREE Makerspace Sundays and experience the 3D Makerbot printers, Liquid 3D printer, 3D scanner, CNC Router and CAD software in our Boeing Graphics Studio. An instructor will be on hand to help you explore the programs, the 3D printers, laser cutter, and other digital technology.

Put on Your Boots & Bling for a Western Winter Dance hosted by S.H.A.R.E.
Friday, February 26th from 7 pm – 11 pm Doors will open at 6:30 pm
St. Andrews Catholic School Building (Homelink), 309 E. Hoffmeister – 63125
As with all our dances, it is open to homeschooled 9th – 12th graders. AND, keeping with tradition we are inviting 8th graders to the dance. Each may bring a guest who is non-homeschool or alwww.sharehomeschool.comumni.
* BBQ dinner will be served *
Cost: $10.00 per person, $15.00 after February 21st
Sign up early
Dress Code:  Dressy casual – jeans are ok at this dance
Girls:  Dresses should not be too low cut in back or front and not too short.  You should be able to dance with your arms up or sit without showing too much upper leg.  No midriffs or full sides showing.
Boys:    Jeans are ok, as well as dressier.  No “sagging” pants.
To register, go to and click on the “Boots and Bling” icon on the homepage or the “Winter Dance” tab on the top navigational bar.
We can’t have a dance without good volunteers.  If you would like to chaperone or help in any other way, please sign up at the link below:

Combating the Evolution of Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs Across Diverse Habitats
Tuesday, March 1 @ 7:30 pm-9:00 pm; Free
Saint Louis Zoo Anheuser-Busch Theater
The Living World, 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110
(Zoo North Entrance and North Parking Lot ONLY)
Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Reservations not required. Parking is free in the Zoo North Lot.
Featured Speaker: Gautam Dantas, Ph.D., 2015 Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Innovation Award recipient, The Academy of Science of St. Louis; and Associate Professor, Department of Pathology & Immunology, Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Department of Molecular Microbiology, Washington University School of Medicine
Disease-causing bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to all available antibiotics, causing approximately 23,000 deaths and costing the U.S., $35 billion each year. This scenario is predicted to worsen, with fewer and fewer new drugs coming to market. New DNA sequencing and computational technologies are enabling a deeper understanding of how antibiotic resistance evolves and spreads in diverse bacteria, providing critical insights into prevention and diagnosis of future infections.
Join 2015 Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Innovation Award recipient, Gautam Dantas for a compelling look at how these technologies reveal an intricate network of antibiotic resistance exchange between bacteria across habitats as diverse as the soil, the human body, and hospital environments.

Chick-fil-a hosting Homeschooler Informational Meeting
Dear Homeschool Families:
My name is Jill Hume and I am the Human Resources Director at Chick-fil-A Sunset Plaza. We will be hosting our fourth Chick-fil-A Sunset Plaza Homeschooler’s Informational Meeting on Wednesday, March 2nd from 10:00am-11:00am and a second session that same day from 7:00pm-8:00pm at the Sunset Hills Community Center.  Our Owner/Operator, Eric Benting, will share the Chick-fil-A story as well as his vision and values.  He will expand upon Chick-fil-A’s corporate purpose, which is, “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A”.  We are looking for energetic team-members who lead with a servants’ heart and are excited to make a difference in the community and in the lives of others.  Since we opened in November, 2013, we have employed several SHARE homeschoolers with great success and find it to be a very mutually-beneficial relationship. The kids really enjoy the friendly environment, the flexible hours we offer and they embrace our corporate mission beautifully.
We will serve our delicious chocolate chip cookies that are baked in-house and refreshing iced tea while you learn more about Chick-fil-A Sunset Plaza and why it is such a rewarding place to work. The restaurant is located in Sunset Hills off Lindbergh, we offer competitive pay, flexible schedules and are closed on Sundays.  This opportunity is for employment at the Sunset Hills location only and for those who are at least 15 years old.
The address for the community center is:
Sunset Hills Community Center, 3915 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Sunset Hills, MO 63127
If you would like to attend, please e-mail me at to reserve your spot. Please include candidate’s name, which session you will be attending and total number in your party. Parents, please join us too!
Thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to meeting you!

Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo
Mark YOUR calendar for the Expo!
April 7, 8 and 9, 2016; Plan to join in!
We are blessed to have another opportunity to gather with Home Schoolers from across the region to learn, be inspired, be encouraged and to shop!
You will love the speakers again this year.
You asked for Susan Wise Bauer and she IS joining us for 2016. See the home page for the news on the line-up of speakers, and stay tuned as we post more in the next few days.
If you are new to Home Schooling or new to St. Louis, and have never been to the Expo, maybe I should explain: The Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo is an annual conference coordinated by volunteers that focuses on educational and family topics.  The purpose is to help equip and encourage parents as they seek to raise and educate their children.  Information on beginning home educating including MO and IL homeschool law will be provided.  The event hosts a variety of exhibitors, speakers and a wonderful children’s program.  Thursday night admission is FREE.
It is so nice to be able to examine the curriculum “live”, in-person and purchase what you need.
Each year, we have over 100 seminars to choose from, including New Homeschooler sessions. There will be topics for Moms, Dads, Youth, and valuable help for teaching Special Needs and High School students.

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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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