Homeschool Events List for July 21, 2015

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Henry Shaw’s Birthday
Blue Knights Basketball
American Heritage Girls
Jubilation Chorale
Abundant Life Baptist Church Homeschool Classes
Homeschool Network 9Up
MAC at The Family Vision
2015 Homeschool Craft Fair

Henry Shaw’s Birthday Celebration!
Friday, July 24, 2015; 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden
Missouri Botanical Garden founder Henry Shaw’s 214th birthday celebration. Festivities take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include a silhouette artist, stilt walker, balloon artist and marionette shows (10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m.). Sign an oversized birthday card for Henry at Tower Grove House. Henry Shaw’s Museum will be open on this special day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free for all visitors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. No registration is required.

St. Louis Blue Knights Basketball Camp
July 27 and August 10
The last basketball camp of the summer for home school boys hosted by the St. Louis Blue Knights is July 27 and August 10.
We are excited to welcome former SLU Billiken Star, Dwayne Polk as he leads our camps for boys ages 11-18. Coach Polk played under legendary Hall of Fame Coaches Rick Majerus and Floyd Irons.
Camp for boys ages 15-18 is 4-6 pm, boys ages 11-14 is 5-6:30 pm and boys ages 7-10 is 5:30-7 pm. Camp will be held at Community Christian Church (623 Meramac Station Rd in Manchester, MO). For more information please contact Lori at stlblueknights@gmail.com

AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS
You’re invited to AHG Troop MO3130 Parent Information and Open House Night
Monday, July 27th; 6:00-7:30pm
Dardenne Presbyterian Church
Ever thought about scouting? Have you heard of AHG, but you’re not sure what it’s all about? Come and see!
Parents and girls, grades K-12, are invited to come and see what American Heritage Girls is all about!
> Informative Presentations
> Meet the Leaders!
> Cookies and Punch
> Program Displays
> Open Registration
> Question and answer time
Bring your daughter(s) and join us for a fun evening of information and fellowship.
American Heritage Girls, Building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country for 20 years.

Jubilation Chorale
South County’s JUNIOR HIGH/HIGH SCHOOL Home School Choir
www.jubilationchorale.com
Meeting Dates: Wednesdays from 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Place: Canaan Baptist Church Choir room (5409 Baumgartner Rd 63129)
Age: 12 yrs (by 9/1) through 18 — grades 7-12
As you are planning your schedules and registering for classes for this coming school year, don’t forget the Jubilation Chorale. (See the attached flier for detailed information) For those interested in participating in the choir, there will be a mandatory parent meeting on Wed. Aug.12 from 2:00-3:30 pm at Canaan Baptist Church. If for some reason you cannot attend this meeting please notify Laura Scheidhauer about the alternate meeting date. Receive last year’s tuition price for the first month, $20 for one student or $35 for a family, if paid by Aug. 19. You may register at the meeting or on line. Registration will still be open after Aug. 19 for the regular tuition price of $25 for the first student or the $40 family rate. Class will begin Wed. Sept 2nd. This will be another exciting year and we hope you will join us!
Contact: Mrs. Scheidhauer at 314-402-5038 or n2singin@gmail.com
CLASS DESCRIPTION:
The choir will focus on music literacy, practicing good vocal production, singing 4 part harmony, sight-singing and performance etiquette. Although most of the class will be participation in the choral ensemble, it may also include written assignments and tests. No audition is necessary for participation in this class but a vocal evaluation will be done to determine the ability level of the students and individual placement within the group. Literature will include a variety of musical styles and time periods. The choir will have the opportunity to perform several times each semester.
INSTRUCTOR:
Laura Scheidhauer holds a Bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Missouri, St. Louis with an emphasis in choral/vocal music. She has taught music for kindergarten through high school in both private and public schools. Laura has actively worked in the music and/or youth ministry of her local church for over twenty five years, leading choirs, ensembles and bible study. She performs as a soloist and has been a member, off and on, for the past fifteen years of the Cornerstone Chorale and Brass, a professional ensemble performing across the United States, including concerts at the Sheldon in St. Louis, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and New York’s Carnegie Hall. Laura is married with four children and has homeschooled and used private Christian school for their education. Her heart is to help young people discover and develop their talents for the glory of God with a commitment to excellence.

Fall 2015 Abundant Life Baptist Church Homeschool Classes
Facility Fee is $15 per family per semester, Checks made out to Abundant Life Baptist Church but given to Kendra Beck.
Tuition Checks made out directly to the instructor.
All Classes are listed on the calendar for the first start date. Please sign your student up there FIRST. The instructor will receive an email with your information. Then mail the appropriate checks to:
Mail your checks to:
Flavia Everman, 31200 Everman Lane, Warrenton, MO 63383 or email flaviaev@gmail.com
Mary Fink, 10 Sheffield Dr., Troy MO 63379 or email marykaymary@hotmail.com
Kendra Beck, 135 Westmier Drive, Troy MO 63379 or email kendra@jbecklaw.com
>>IEW Student Writing Intensive
Instructor: Mary Fink
15 weeks, 1.5 hours per class
Tentative: Monday 9:-10:30 am. Troy, Missouri location to be announced
A 1.5 hour class would count as .5 English credit, .25 speech credit per semester. So for the year a student would earn 1 English credit and .5 speech credit.
This writing course by the Institute for Excellence in Writing is for 9-12 grade students and lays a solid foundation of writing skills. Students will learn how to effectively use a wide range of structural models and stylistic techniques in their compositions. This course assumes no previous IEW experience enabling you students to jump right in no matter what their grade.
The cost is $125 per student per semester. The class will be held one day each week for 15 weeks and will be 1 1/2 hours long. In addition the student will need notebook paper and pencils.
Cost for the student book is $22, which Mary will order to save shipping costs.
>>Stories in Action
Instructor, Flavia Everaman
Thursdays:
September 10, 16 (Wednesdays to accommodate Old Threshers Day Field Trip), 24,
October 8, 15, NOT 22, 29
November 5, 12, 19
December 3
1-2pm
A story and practice basic acting skills, with facial expressions, voice infections and some miming. Storyline props will be included using the supply fee. Enjoy this from our very own Master Storyteller Flavia Everman.
Ages 4-8 recommended 10 weeks
$63.00 tuition $5 supply fee for creating storyline props
>>Beginning Drawing
Instructor, Flavia Everman
Thursdays:
September 10, 16 (Wednesdays to accommodate Old Threshers Day Field Trip), 24,
October 8, 15, NOT 22, 29
November 5, 12, 19
December 3
2-3pm
This class will cover perspective, basic drawing techniques, shading, cartooning and the popular Zentangles.
Ages 8+ recommended 10 weeks
$63.00 tuition $7.00 supply fee includes eraser, 2 drawing pencils, stump and drawing paper
>>“Presentation of the Spoken Word”
Instructor, Flavia Everman
Thursdays:
September 3, 10, 16 Wednesdays to accommodate Old Threshers Day Field Trip), 24,
October 8, 15, 22, 29
November 5, 12, 19
December 3
11-12pm
Middle School and High School ages allowed
High School Credit Class, Fall Semester =18 hours for ½ high school credit, Graded Class with
Documentation provided, 12 week class, maybe repeated second semester for full credit.
Poetry Out-Loud (where a scholarship is available) and St. Louis Storytelling Festival competitions are available. Flavia can work with students to publicly perform poetry and storytelling. Poetry Out-Loud competitions are held in January and February. The Storytelling Festival is in May. Competitions are available up thru national levels.
YOU CHOOSE which level of tuition:
$90 tuition will cover the Graded class with documentation
$75 tuition will cover the class only with parent providing documentation and grading
>>“Introduction to Art thru Drawing, Pastel and Acrylic”
Instructor, Flavia Everman
Thursdays:
September 3, 10, 16 Wednesdays to accommodate Old Threshers Day Field Trip), 24
October 8, 15, 22, 29
November 5, 12, 19
December 3
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
This class will cover perspective, basic drawing techniques, shading, and other techniques needed to draw. Mediums will be basic pencil drawing, pastels and acrylics.
Middle School and High School ages allowed
High School Credit Class, Fall Semester =18 hours for ½ high school credit, 12 week class, second semester class will be offered for a full credit option.
$25 supply fee will cover acrylic and pastel kits, pencils, 2 stumps, eraser and appropriate paper for that medium. If you have some supplies and want to know if they will work, contact Flavia for a breakdown on what you would need for the remainder of the class.
YOU CHOOSE which level of tuition:
$90 tuition will cover the Graded class with documentation
$75 tuition will cover the class only with parent providing documentation and grading

HOMESCHOOL NETWORK 9UP
Chesterfield Presbyterian’s Homeschool Network 9Up still has some openings in the high school classes for this upcoming year. All classes meet on Thursdays for 2 15-week semesters. Details and registration forms are available at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UaACAZMhiDYTLtJvwCwFkzQaduwKI2rUF9lOWhyi3Po/edit?pli=1 or by going to www.chespres.org and look under Ministries and then Children.
Apologia Physics–$500 for the year. 1:45-3:15 pm. This is a great opportunity to get a solid grasp on physics at the high school level. Taught by Mrs.Cindy Bianucci.
Apologia Biology–$500 for the year. 12:30-2:00 pm. A solid course, taught by Mrs. Aili Grasso.
Analytical Grammar–$250 for the year. 8:30-9:30 am. Get ready for the ACT/SAT. Taught by Mrs. Beth Unger.
High School Public Speaking–$125, fall semester, 9:30-10:30 am. Invaluable skills, taught by Mrs. Beth Unger.
How To Write a Research Paper–$125, winter semester, 9:30-10:30 am. Taught by Mrs. Beth Unger.
Logic and Advanced Logic–$250 for the year. 10:30-11:30 am. Taught by Mrs. Beth Unger.
CPC’s Homeschool Network also offers classes for grades K-8, which also meet on Thursdays. Information can be found a the same link for 9Up.
God bless you as you plan for the upcoming year.
Contact Linda at lindat @ chespres DOT org (fix the email address) if you have any questions.

MAC at The Family Vision fall 2015
Coming Fall 2015 to Family Vision Library
Genesis 101: Understanding Creation, The Flood and the Tower of Babel
Classes will be held on Fridays at noon beginning September 11
The Missouri Association for Creation will be providing a unique educational opportunity for all Christians interested in expanding their knowledge on these critical topics.
Classes will begin September 11 and will be led by Missouri Association for Creation Speakers.
Classes are open to ALL. Count it for credit!
Recommended for ages 12 and up.
To sign up and be included in the MAC emails please contact: macspeakers@mocreation.org
“In the beginning GOD created the heavens and the earth”.
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376
636-447-6900   www.thefamilyvision.org

2015 Homeschool Craft Fair
It is time to start thinking about the Homeschool Craft Fair! It will be here before you know it – November 14, 2015. 10 A.M. – 3 P.M.
Why not use some of your summer days to brainstorm, plan and create! Parents – this is a great opportunity to encourage your young entrepreneurs as well as selling your own creations.
Full and half tables are available. The venue for the Craft Fair this year is new but not new to homeschool families – same location as the Expo! (First Free Church on Carman Rd. in Manchester) This facility will be an awesome, central location for all area homeschool families.
Checkout the website for more information! Get your registration in now to reserve your space! www.homeschoolcraftfair.com

Please visit  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/ and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And don’t forget to check out the top tabs too! Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; sign up is at the top of the right column. LIKE THE LIST ON FACEBOOK! FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
If you know of an event, class, happening, or link you would like to see added, please contact me at zana8796 [at] yahoo [dot] com  and please let me know if you have any questions or find incorrect/out of date information. Comments are not available, but sharing is.
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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Homeschool Events List for October 29, 2014

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Sexual Abuse Prevention Week for Homeschoolers
Homeschool Dance Class
Magic House
Lady Knights Basketball
Basketball Skills Clinic
Winter Bowling Outing
Home School Swim Program
Music Trivia & Silent Auction
Homeschool Kids Craft Fair
College Planning
Lego Build and Play
Teens Make History Academy
Girls in the Know

Sexual Abuse Prevention Week for Homeschoolers
October 27-31
Leading Experts speak daily at 2pm & 7pm www.FrontlineFamilies.org
DID YOU KNOW?????
>Some are accusing the homeschool community of ignoring sexual abuse issues, harboring abusers and unreasonably resisting regulation.
>1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused by age 18.
>Sexual abuse knows no demographic boundaries.
>Left untreated, sexual abuse wounds can destroy lives.
1) We believe homeschoolers are responsible parents who work hard to care for their children.
2) We believe we, as a homeschool community, can raise up safety standards and protect our kids in a sexually perverse culture.
3) We believe families want help and information….
BUT it is TIME we take ACTION!
THIS IS OUR WEEK!
WE MUST INCREASE OUR SKILLS TO PROTECT our families!
Join us online for the following
COMPLETELY FREE week of events:
Sexual abuse happened to our homeschool daughter. It was a nightmare we would wish on no one! We made mistakes as a family that we do not want you to make! In our book “Unmask the Predators: The Battle to Protect Your Child” you can learn how to avoid the same attack against your family. If you are in the middle of a crisis this book will provide encouragement and wisdom to help you find healing and restoration. Get 20% off + Free Shipping when you enter Coupon Code “homeschool” at checkout.

HOMESCHOOL DANCE CLASS
O’Fallon Parks & Rec offers a home-schooled dance classes for ages 4-7. Thursdays at 10:30AM and the new session starts the week of Nov. 3.
$54 for two months for O’fallon residents and $62 for non-residents

Homeschool Morning at the Magic House
November 3, 2014; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
EXCITING NEWS: For all the dates, the price will only be $3.00 per person again (ages 12 months and older)
Dear Homeschoolers,
Once again the Magic House, has graciously agreed to give us the wonderful $3.00 price for ALL of our Magic House Mornings this school year. We have promised them that “if they make it affordable, we will come”. Please, please spread the word about this great deal and make plans to attend one or all of the Homeschool Mornings at the Magic House. It’s such a wonderful experience to have that entire venue full of like-minded families. You can let your children have a lot of freedom knowing that the building is closed to the public and is open to only homeschool families and sweet Magic House employees. My goal again this year is to fill the Magic House with hundreds of homeschoolers and show our appreciation to the Administrative Staff of the Magic House for their generosity towards us!
Please note the following:
*Price: $3.00 per person (adults included)
*Children under the age of 1 are free.
*You may NOT use any membership pass or discount coupons as this is already a special price.
*Sign up is not necessary. You may pay at the counter and you may use the following: Cash, Check, Credit Card, Debit Card
*Be sure to use the entrance to the new Educational Center…do NOT use the old entrance (facing the school) and do NOT use the front doors facing Kirkwood Road.
* THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL HOMESCHOOLERS…SO INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!   Please feel free to copy this and forward to them. It is important that we have over 400 participants or the price could be raised.
*We have 4 Magic House dates. There is no September or December event.
*Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
*Mark your calendar for these future dates:
January 5, 2014
February 2, 2014
*If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Mullins at Ekcjmullins@gmail.com

LADY KNIGHTS BASKETBALL
The St. Louis Blue Knights are expanding to form their first girls’ basketball team! The first meeting/practice of the Lady Knights will be on Monday, November 3rd from 6:30 to 7:45 at Pheasant Point Elementary School on Highway K in O’Fallon. After this meeting, numbers will be finalized in hopes to have enough to field at least one team in the 8-11 year old range, with the season beginning in early January.
Please have the girls bring a water bottle, basketball (if you have one) and shoes for playing ball.
If you are unable to attend this practice, but would like more information, please contact Amber Plymale @ amberplymale@aol.com.

Basketball Skills Clinic
with Professional Basketball Coach Wayne Mendezona
The St. Louis Blue Knights Home School Basketball organization is excited to welcome Coach Wayne Mendezona for a basketball skills clinic on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at Community Christian Church (623 Meramec Station Rd. in Manchester, MO 63021). Coach Mendo has coached professionally and in college as well as led Quick Handle Camps for 20+ years. Coach Mendo has trained thousands of players across the world including NBA ALL-STAR Dwayne Wade.
The Knights are excited to welcome Coach Mendo to the St. Louis area to train boys and girls ages 8-18 on November 4.   The cost for the clinic for boys and girls ages 8-11 is $15 and will be from 5-7 pm. The cost for the clinic for boys and girls ages 12-18 is $20 and will be from 7-9:30 pm.
Coach Mendo also has founded the ministry Next Steps Athletics through which he uses basketball to teach children about character development and most importantly a life changing relationship with Jesus. During his visit to St. Louis, the Knights will be partnering with him to lead a free basketball clinic to the children in the Ferguson / Florissant area.
Registration for the Winter Session is still open
Registration for the St. Louis Christian Home School Blue Knights winter basketball session is still OPEN for boys and girls ages 8-13. The cost for the winter session is $75. Practices will be once a week beginning in November with games starting in January. Registration for the winter session is open until October 28.
For more information or to register for the clinic on November 4 please contact Dona Funke at stlblueknights@gmail.com

WINTER BOWLING OUTING
November 11, 2014
Bowling during this time is open to any and all homeschoolers, parents or siblings that would like to come.
$5.00 gets you 3 games and shoes are included as well.
This is not part of a league, this is just a for fun event to add to the winter line-up.
Bowling will begin at 1:30, just let them know when you arrive that you are part of the home school group and they will get you all set.
Brunswick Zone Lakeside1254 Dougherty Ferry Road, Valley Park, MO 63088 (636) 225-2400
Please check the website for directions or more info at: http://www.bowlbrunswick.com/about-us/254/1

Home School Swim Program
The Wildwood Family YMCA at 2641 Highway 109 is pleased to offer a brand new swim program to our home school communities.  Our “Home School Swim Program” will consist of a Stroke Mechanics and Endurance swim component, similar to swim team for ages 5-18.  Those swimmers too young for the Stroke Development and Endurance clinic can attend our Swim to Suit program.  Swim to Suit is for children ages 3-13. We will customize swim lessons to fit your child’s needs, and instructors will evaluate swimming levels on the first day.  The YMCA helps youth develop valuable skills and a lifetime love of the water, while instilling responsibility and safety instruction. Swim instructors are certified through the National YMCA Swim Instructor Training. Stroke Mechanics will be taught by Lori Conran, former collegiate swimmer, and high school swim coach.  Space is limited, register today!
Dates:  Fridays, November 14 – December 19, 2014
Times:  11:00-11:45 am – Swim Level 1 and Swim to Suit
12:00-12:45pm – Swim to Suit
12:00-1:00pm – Swim Level 2 & 3
Cost: Members $30; Non-Members  $50
How do I register?  Online at ymcastlouis.org, or contact our Service Desk at 636-458-6636. Questions? Contact Jennie Smith, Aquatics Director at 636-458-6636, ext. 245
***Financial Assistance is available. Please contact the service desk for more information***
>Swim Level 1:  Intended as an introduction to competitive swimming for ages 5-older. Athlete needs to swim 25 yds freestyle and 25 yds backstroke without assistance, and have knowledge of rotary breathing. Emphasis will be placed on learning all four strokes.
>Swim Level 2:  This group is for elementary age swimmers who have knowledge of all four competitive strokes. Emphasis will be placed on stroke technique, endurance, starts, and turns. Swimmers must be able to swim 100 IM and 200 Freestyle.
>Swim Level 3:  This group will be comprised of advanced elementary/middle school swimmers that have mastered proper technique of all four strokes and are becoming more involved in the competitive aspect of swimming Emphasis will be placed on technique, endurance. Longer distances will be swam.

Music Trivia and Silent Auction
“NAME THAT TUNE” Fundraiser
You won’t want to miss this fun filled evening of “Name That Tune” hosted by the Jubilation Chorale.   So pull out your old albums (what are those?), brush up on your favorite songs from your favorite musicals or Disney movie (this is when you can really “Let it Go”), and test your musical memory at our fundraiser. Bring your friends and make an unbeatable team to fill your own table. Light snacks and soda will be provided, but feel free to bring appetizers to share with your table. The evening will include a silent auction and dessert auction (lots of specialty desserts like a decadent Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake). This is not your typical trivia night, so come for something exciting and different.
When: Friday November 14th, 2014 from 6-9 pm
Where: Canaan Baptist Church, 5409 Baumgartner Rd. St. Louis, MO 63129
Cost: $10 in advance $12 at the door
Contact: Julie Daubendiek–Event Coordinator 314-440-6038 or julieanddon@gmail.com

HOMESCHOOL KIDS CRAFT FAIR
Hosted by the HELPS homeschool group
What: created by kids craft fair
When: Saturday November 15th 9am-noon
Where: Lindsay lane Baptist Church, 920 Lindsay Lane, Florissant 63033
Items included: homemade soap, frozen pies, crochet items, pot holders, ornaments, picture frames, hair accessories, and more

College Planning Success for a Whole Lot Less
November 18 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376
Please join us for a FREE Educational College Financial Planning workshop that will focus on high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.  We’ll discuss the FAFSA form and all the other information you need to understand in order to maximize the amount of financial aid you are eligible to receive!
Even if your family is not eligible for need-based aid, we will cover the best strategies on how to pay for college on the most tax efficient basis-without it putting a strain on the rest of your finances.
In this workshop, you will learn:
>How to increase your tax deductions and tax credits
>How to pick colleges that will give you the best financial aid packages
>How to send your child to an expensive private university for less than a state school.
>Which assets are taken into consideration when the U.S. Department of Education calculates your Family Contribution.
>How to pay for college in a failing economy without relying on 529 plans, expensive student loans or raiding your retirement accounts.
>How to get ahead by developing a customized plan to meet all the college costs you will incur as a family.
>How to lower your “out-of-pocket” costs and get the maximum amount of money from each school.
Kevin Anderson, of Exodus College Planning, helps make college more affordable so parents can send all their children to a school of choice without bankrupting retirement and other goals. Kevin was recently chosen as one of the nation’s leading authorities on college financial planning and funding to co-author the forthcoming book “Transform” featuring Brian Tracy.
Kevin came to the financial planning industry after 25 years in management and executive roles primarily in Fortune 500 companies. Now specializing in college financial planning, Kevin has over 10 years of financial industry experience spanning the areas of financial planning, retirement planning, life insurance and investments.
RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS FREE EVENT Go here to reserve your seat. www.tfvl11-collnite.eventbrite.com or call 636-594-2280

Lego Build & Play
November 21 @ 10:00 AM – NOON
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
www.thefamilyvision.org

Teens Make History Academy
Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112
An eight-week intensive workshop that explores different areas of the Museum like research, exhibitions, and theater. Teens meet Museum staff, conduct weekly challenges, and complete a capstone project with teammates. Successful graduates of the Academy will be considered for a limited number of paid apprenticeships with the Museum.
The Academy will run from Saturday, January 17, to Saturday, March 7, 2015. It will be held on Thursdays from 3:30–5:30pm and on Saturdays from 10am–2pm.
Applications are due Friday, November 21, 2014. Visit www.mohistory.org/tmh/apply to fill out the online application.
Paper copies are also available by request.
If you have questions, please contact Ellen, the Teens Make History coordinator, at (314) 746-4436 or ekuhn@mohistory.org.
Successful applicants will be contacted to set up a time for a formal interview in December. Final selections will be made by Friday, December 19, 2014.

Girls in the Know
Mother-Daughter Speaker Series
4 one-hour sessions Led by a group of women professionals, this month long program meets weekly teaching healthy communication skills to strengthen the mother-daughter bond while promoting positive self-esteem.
Who’s Invited? The speaker series is designed for mothers/caregivers and their 9-13 year old girl
Week 1: Empowering Your Pre-Teen Daughter
Week 2: Promoting A Healthy Body Image
Week 3: All About Safety: Internet, Cell Phones, Home & Away
Week 4: The Birds & The Bees ~ What Pre-Teen Girls Should Know
Fee: $125 per mother-daughter pair. Financial assistance available, no one turned away
Dates: Tuesdays from 7-8pm: Jan 13, 20, 27, & Feb 3, 2015
Location: Babler Elementary School: 1955 Shepard Road, Glencoe, MO 63038
Register Now Space is limited to 20 mother/daughter pairs. 15 pair minimum requirement. On our website, click the program tab, then speaker series, then registration.
>>Program Leader Melissa DuPerrett: 314-497-1873 melissayd@charter.net
For details on other events, additional locations, or more information about Girls in the Know, check out our website or send an e-mail to info@girlsintheknow.org

Please visit  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/ and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And don’t forget to check out the top tabs too! Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; sign up is at the top of the right column. LIKE THE LIST ON FACEBOOK!
If you know of an event, class, happening, or link you would like to see added, please contact me at zana8796 [at] yahoo [dot] com  and please let me know if you have any questions or find incorrect/out of date information. Comments are not available, but sharing is.
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.

Homeschool Events List for April 7, 2014

More information about area events can be found at https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/ and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And you can always use the search feature to look through all past posts and any pages. Don’t forget to check out the top tabs too! Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; sign up is at the top of the right column.  My contact information is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information. LIKE THE LIST ON FACEBOOK!

FREE MAKE-N-TAKES
Schaefer’s Hobby Shop
11659 Gravois Rd, Sunset Hills, MO 63126 314-729-7077
Every Saturday from 1-4pm
April 12th– Bunny Basket
April 19th– Bunny Hut
April 26th– Mosaic Bowl
All Ages Welcome

S.H.A.R.E. Homeschool Prom
Thursday, April 24, 2014
“Be Our Guest”
The Prom committee invites you to “Be Our Guest” on Thursday, April 24, 2014 with dinner, dancing, and a small gift to take home. All homeschool Juniors and Seniors may enter their name in our drawing for Prince/Princess or King/Queen (see registration form). We encourage students to submit song requests (see registration form). All song selections will be forwarded to our DJ. He will do his best to play the music that you have requested. The prom will be on a Thursday again this year in order to have a larger room.
Who: Homeschool highschool students (9th-12th grades) and their guests.
(Sorry, no one under 9th grade. This is special event for older students).
How to register? Mail the completed registration form and payment to Pat Zink. https://www.homeschool-life.com/sysfiles/site_uploads/events/event1055117_2.pdf
Cost: $40.00 per person
*Last day to register is Friday, April 18th! (We have to give Andre’s our total that day; therefore, NO late registration forms will be accepted.)
Where: Andre’s Banquet Center in South County, 4254 Telegraph Rd., 63129
Time: 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30, dinner served at 7:15)
What to wear: This is a formal event. Guys need dress pants, shirt, and tie. (Some do wear tuxedos.) Ladies, dresses should not be too low cut (front or back), and not too short if wearing a shorter style. Strapless is fine as long as it stays up and everything is covered.
*Professional photographs will be available. The package includes 2 5×7′s and 8 wallets. Price: $18 if mailed with prom payment, $20 if paid that night. Photos will be mailed to you. (Photographer will begin at 6:30pm)
~~Important~~
Parents are welcome to come in to see the decorations and take some pictures before they leave. Sorry, only assigned chaperones may attend. The prom is well-chaperoned.
All Prom registrations and payments must go to Pat Zink, to guarantee your spot at Prom. We have 260 spots available.
Questions? Please contact Pat Zink at (314) 540-2957 or pzink463@charter.net

Video Contest
Oak Meadow is throwing a video contest and we want you to play! Great prizes, video exposure, and your chance to show the world what homeschooling in high school is really all about.
P.S. The contest is open to ALL homeschooling high schoolers! Spread the word!
Grand Prize: Google Nexus 7 and one free enrollment in any Oak Meadow class
Two Runners Up: Google Nexus 7 and one free high school curriculum package.
Three Honorable Mentions: One hour of college counseling or a $60 gift certificate in the Oak Meadow Bookstore
Here’s what you need to do (in a nutshell): Submit two minutes of video that gives us a glimpse into your daily life and shows the world why homeschooling is so cool. The winning videos will be shared on our website. Click HERE to see the full contest information. Deadline is May 15.

Something to read
Submitted by Cathy Mullins
“Five Things the Second Generation of Homeschoolers Needs from the First” by Jacinda Vandenberg.

Fun Way to Study Missouri!
A note from one of our Expo exhibitors:
On facebook I have a new imaginary persona of an expert on Missouri history, geography, etc. My new character is named Miss Ouri and she helps students, parents, and teachers with their questions about the Show-Me State. I don’t sell books or anything like that on this page – it’s just to help the kids, parents, and teachers and make the learning a little deeper and a little more fun.
Please check Miss Ouri out by visiting facebook and typing her name at the top. Then, if you do have and e-mail list, you might like to pass the information along. I have also added the link to that facebook page here.
https://www.facebook.com/missouriexspurt
Thanks again for helping us to have a pleasant and profitable time at the St. Louis Home Educators Expo.
Ross Malone
RnDMalone@att.net
www.RossMalone.com

Sight and Sound Theater discount
New show, “Jonah”
Parents, students, teachers, and administration, our scholastic special for the most amazing show of the year in Branson, Mo has begun! Sight and Sound Theatres in Branson, Mo. believe that your students deserve the best possible faith building experience, so we are excited to announce our greatest show ever, “JONAH”! You’ll be amazed at an incredible underwater scene, a very giant whale, live animals, towering set pieces, a 55-ft long ship, and colorful costumes as one of the Bible’s most incredible stories becomes real right before your eyes.
CLICK HERE to view our new 2014 “JONAH” promotional video (yes, you will get a quick glimpse of the giant whale!)
To honor students, teachers, and parents, Sight & Sound Theatres’ 2014 Scholastic Discount offers exclusive to our Christian schools and homeschool families will be active for selected dates:
April 1–May 23, 2014
September 23–October 11, 2014
December 9–December 31, 2014
Scholastic Discount Offer:
$25 for Adult tickets + tax
$15 for Teen tickets (13-18 yrs) + tax
$10 for Child tickets (3-12 yrs) + tax
To receive these significantly discounted prices, just mention code: BR14SC. Reservations can be booked online at www.sight-sound.com, or phone 800.377.1277.
Feel free to forward this information to your homeschool and Christian school friends and family.
In addition, beginning May 24–August 30, 2014 we will offer our special FAMILY PASS for $99 + tax

Emmenegger Nature Park BioBlitz  
Friday/Saturday, May 16th-17th, 1 pm – 1pm.
24 hours of nature hikes and educational inventory of on-site flora and fauna, sponsored by Webster Groves Nature Study Society and St. Louis Academy of Science. Rain or shine. FREE and open to all ages.
Emmenegger Nature Park, 11991 Stoneywood Drive, Kirkwood.

Summer Recreational Swim Team
Gateway City Aquatic Club, a sports ministry of Hole in the Roof Ministry Center, is announcing its 2014 Summer Recreational Swim Team. The Gateway City Summer Swim Team is a program that teaches athletes ages 6 & up the basics of all four competitive strokes. Participants get the experience of being on a swim team in a fun and low pressure environment while learning the fundamentals of swimming from a professional coaching staff. Developmentally, our summer swim team fits between swim lessons and the year-round competitive swim team. The summer swim team is a great opportunity for kids, and parents, to get an idea of what year-round swimming has to offer without making a long term commitment. The program is open to any swimmer who has some background in swimming lessons, who can complete 25 yards of freestyle, and is comfortable in deep water. During the course of the season, the team will participate in six swim meets that will be located in the St. Louis surrounding area. The meets will mainly be on Monday evenings with one meet being on a Tuesday. Here is the information:
Dates: May 27th thru July 15th. (No practice on July 3rd)
Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Tuesday and Thursdays (Meets on Monday nights)
Cost: $80.00 per person. A portion of the cost ($20) is to register with AAU and receive a team swim cap. Registration is due on or before May 24th
Where: Cherokee Recreational Center Pool, 3200 S. Jefferson, St. Louis, MO 63118
Contact: Coach Jamie Hamilton 314-884-0824 or coachjamie.gcaquaticclub@gmail.com
Mandatory Evaluation: Tuesday, May 22 or Thursday, May 24 – 6:45pm – 7:15pm
Swimmers wanting to join must attend a swim evaluation session located at the Cherokee Recreational Center Pool. Swimmers must bring a towel, swimsuit, and a pair of goggles.

DISNEY’S BEAUTY & THE BEAST
As performed by the all homeschooled cast of LifeLight Youth Theatre.
~A PORTION OF THE PROCEEDS FROM THURSDAY’S PERFORMANCE WILL GO TO SUPPORT THE FAMILY VISION LIBRARY.
LifeLight Youth Theatre presents Disney’s BEAUTY & THE BEAST jr! DISNEY’S BEAUTY & THE BEAST TICKETS ON SALE NOW ONLINE at Tickets online at http://www.tktassistant.com/Tix/?u=LYT or BY PHONE AT 636-294-2978.
WHEN: 4 show times- Thursday, May 29TH at 7:30pm; Friday, May 30TH at 7:30pm; Saturday, May 31st at 1pm & 7:30pm
Pre- show events include: Be Our Guest Parties & FREE pre-show reception on Friday with over 20 participating restaurants.
WHERE: JOIN us at the Westminster Christian Academy, 800 Maryville Centre Drive, Town & Country, MO 63017
ABOUT BEAUTY & THE BEAST : This classic Disney title contains all of the songs from the Academy Award® winning animated feature film as well as new songs from the Broadway show, BEAUTY & THE BEAST JR. It’s a tale as old as time! The heart-warming musical tells the classic tale of Belle, an intelligent beauty who is imprisoned in a forbidding castle, where she forms an unlikely friendship with her captor, a hideous beast. The stage show features all the enchanted characters from the popular film including Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, Chip and Cogsworth. The unforgettable score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice includes the show-stopping “Be Our Guest,” the rousing “Gaston” and the romantic “Beauty and the Beast,”the Academy Award®-winning Best Song plus additional songs not heard in the film. This wonderful stage adaptation was Disney’s Theatricals first show on Broadway where it ran for more than 13 years. Bring the entire family to experience this enchanting fairy tale.
Ticket prices: RESERVED SEATING- $10.00
**Groups of 15 or more may schedule a backstage tour that will take place after the show.

Green Homes Festival
WHEN: Saturday, June 7, 2014; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: The Missouri Botanical Garden
ADMISSION: Included with Garden admission. St. Louis City/County residents enjoy FREE Garden admission before noon. FREE for Garden members.
Celebrate sustainable living with the whole family! Join us for a hands-on, day-long festival of learning, playing, and engaging with people of all ages and backgrounds with an interest in sustainable, healthy lifestyles.
Visit the 2014 Festival event page for updates. Coming soon: schedules, presenter bios, menus and other resources.

Introduction to Residential Plumbing
Tuesdays starting June 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376
636-447-6900 www.thefamilyvision.org
This DVD series provides an entertaining and practical introduction to the world of residential plumbing. Students will learn about water pressure PSI, schedules of PVC pipe and their applications, valves and fittings, identification and labeling of the parts of a toilet and of a valve, and much more!
This class is for students 8 and up. It includes quizzes and a final test. Class fee is $10.00 per student for the workbook.
The series will include a hands-on plumbing and soldering demonstration.

EntrepreLAUNCH
Wednesdays starting June 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376
636-447-6900 www.thefamilyvision.org
The Family Vision is pleased to announce our Summer 2014 EntrepreLAUNCH, is a program designed to help young men and women develop the entrepreneurial spirit and skills. We desire to help train and launch young entrepreneurs into the business world.
EntrepreLAUNCH is for young people ages 15 and up, who want to learn entrepreneurial business skills. Participants should have a business idea which they would like to develop (this is recommended for getting the most out of the instruction, but is not required).
EntrepreLAUNCH will contain seven two-hour sessions, each featuring an entrepreneur from seven different fields. Each entrepreneur will talk about his passion for his/her business, what skills they needed how their faith guided and encouraged them. There will be Q & A for each session. These sessions will encourage participants in how to navigate the process of starting and running a business.
The cost for all seven sessions is $70 per student. Call today to sign up!

Gifted Resource Council Summer Academies
Our Summer Academies begin June 16th. The full brochure is available at http://www.giftedresourcecouncil.org/pdf/S14.pdf

iGovern
At Generation Joshua, a division of HSLDA, our programs and activities are designed to complement and further the efforts that parents make to ensure that their kids are equipped to be thinkers, leaders, and active citizens in their nation. That is why we want to tell you about an exciting opportunity for your 14–19-year-old. We’re inviting you to send your student to one of our iGovern Summer Leadership camps!
What is iGovern?
Each year, Generation Joshua hosts three camps at different locations across the country. These camps combine civic education, leadership training, and a Christ-centered understanding of government into one unforgettable experience called iGovern.
At camp, students take part in realistic and detailed government simulations. Your student can become a Senator, a Representative, or even a foreign ambassador to our international summit.
Outside of the political simulation, students will hear inspiring messages from the GenJ staff and nationally-known conservative leaders.
At Generation Joshua, we approach all student interactions with a heart for encouragement and ministry. Every day, the GenJ chapel team leads the camp in heartfelt times of worship and powerful messages from God’s word. In addition to the main chapel and worship times, each night includes prayer and Bible-study in a small-group setting.
When & Where?
We are hosting three iGovern Leadership Camps this year. Here are the details:
iGovern East: July 6th–12th at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia.
iGovern West: July 20th–26th at Bear Trap Ranch in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
iGovern Pacific: August 3rd–9th at Camp Pu’u Kahea in Oahu, Hawaii.
Bottom Line:
Go here to learn more, and please email us at generationjoshua@hslda.org if we can answer any questions for you.
In Christ,
Joel Grewe
Director of Generation Joshua

HOMESCHOOL CRAFT FAIR
Registration is open!
November 8, 2014
Mark your calendar NOW! Start planning your crafts. It’s never too early to start making and creating. The craft fair is such a fun family-friendly day. Invite your neighbors, family, friends, church family.
http://homeschoolcraftfair.com/
Check out the website for everything you need to know and for the registration form.
NEW location this year! First Baptist Church Ellisville (home of ELC) near the intersection of Manchester and Clarkson Road. The craft fair runs from 10am to 3pm with concessions available.

If you know of an event, class, happening, or link you would like to see added, please contact me at zana8796 [at] yahoo [dot] com  Comments are not available, but sharing is.
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.

Homeschool Events List for November 7, 2013

More information about area events can be found at  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/  and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And you can always use the search feature to look through all past posts and any pages. Don’t forget to check out the top tabs too! Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; sign up is at the top of the right column.  My contact information is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information.

Fall Coed Volleyball Clinic – Still has Openings
Who? St. Louis Christian Patriette Lights Volleyball
Where? Francis Howell Middle School
When?  The first three Mondays of November and December
Time?  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Age?   5th – 12th
Level? Beginner – Intermediate
Cost? $32
Content? Skills, Games, Contests
Benefit? Physical, Social, School Credits
Patty Yager, Athletic Director and Varsity Coach
St. Louis Christian Patriette Lights
Girls Varsity Volleyball Program
www.orgsites.com/mo/patriettelightsvolleyball/

Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators CRAFT FAIR
November 9, 2013; 10 am – 3 pm
Come check out the incredible assortment of craft items!
Find the perfect Christmas Gift!
West County Assembly of God, 13431 N. Outer 40 Rd., Chesterfield, MO 63017
Concessions available
For information or questions, visit: www.homeschoolcraftfair.com

Four Christmas Classics!
Hi-Pointe Theatre, 1005 McCausland Avenue, St Louis, MO 63117
Enjoy FOUR holiday Saturday classics this season as they were meant to be seen!
November 9th: Holiday Inn!
December 7th: The Bishop’s Wife!
December 14th: It’s a Wonderful Life!
December 21st: White Christmas!
So mark your calendars and enjoy a cup of Good Cheer at the Hi-Pointe with Friends! Hope to see you this coming Saturday morning for the first in the series, Holiday Inn!
Doors open at 10:00AM
Movie starts at 10:30AM
Admission $5.00

HOLIDAY VENDOR FAIR
November 9, 2013; 10 am – 3 pm
Sponsored by The Blue Knights Home School Basketball Team
Family Vision Library, 2020 Parkway Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376
Classic Red Hot will provide food at cost—Chicago Style Menu!
Prizes, Attendance Giveaways!!!
Vendors are:  Thirty One, Silpada, Wild Tree, Partylite, Juice Plus, Scentsy, Arbonne, Velata, Tupperware, Pampered Chef, It Works!, Norwex, Do Terra, Able Heat and Cool, and more!
For more info: Email isbg@juno.com

DaySpring MUSICAL – Audition Info
Participation in any of the musicals below requires enrollment (and tuition payments) in the class associated with that show.  Classes are held weekly at the same day, time, and location as the audition.  There will be the occasional additional rehearsals on Saturdays closer to the production.
Auditioning is part of musical theater and an important skill to learn and practice.  We teachers, and the other students, are always very encouraging and supportive. This is likely to be the most encouraging and safe audition experience they will encounter.
Don’t hesitate to call if you have questions, 314-291-8878.
>>DRAMA – Audition Info
Open Auditions – Anyone ages 10 & Up… including Adults!
No preparation necessary, just come and bring your creative selves.  Rehearsals will be held Saturday afternoons and some Wednesday late afternoons (but not every character will need to be at each rehearsal). There will be a participation cost for this show to pay for rehearsal time and theatre cost, but it will depend on casting and involvement.
Date: Saturday, November 9th
Time: 12:00-2:00 (Ages 12 & Up for Thoroughly Modern Millie)
Place: DaySpring: 2608 Metro Blvd, Maryland Heights 63043
It’s a Wonderful Life
Ages 10 – Adult
Auditions are open to anyone age 10 and above (including Adults).
Come and live with George Bailey in everyone’s favorite small town… Bedford Falls… No man is a failure who has friends!
The performances will be February 7th and 8th at Kirkwood Community Center Theatre.
>>Date: Monday, November 25th
Time: 4:00-5:30 (Thoroughly Modern Millie)
5:30-6:45 (The Little Mermaid, Jr.)
Place: DaySpring: 2608 Metro Blvd, Maryland Heights 63043
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Ages 12-18
Auditions are open to children ages 12-18.
The performances will be on May 9th & 10th at
DeSmet High School Theatre.
>>The Little Mermaid, Jr.
Ages 9-12
Auditions are open to children ages 9-12.
This show will also include classes with children ages 5-8
(enrollment is still open in these classes but an audition is not necessary).
The performances will be on March 14th and 15th at
DeSmet High School Theatre.
>>Date: Monday, November 25th
Time: 5:30-6:45 (The Jungle Book Story)
Place: DaySpring Crestwood: – 4646 S. Lindbergh at Gravois, 63127
The Jungle Book Story
Ages 9-15
Auditions are open to children ages 9-15.
The performances will be in April, dates and location are still TBD.
DaySpring School of the Arts | 314.291.8878 | office@dayspringarts.org | http://www.dayspringarts.org

SWING AND BALLROOM DANCE LESSONS
In the month of November Lindi will be offering instruction in the basics of Swing and Ballroom dancing. The details are listed below. Please write if you have questions.
1. What: A series of five beginning Swing and Ballroom dance classes
2. Who: a minimum of 10 teens and adults at each class
3. When: Saturday November 9th, 16th, and 23rd, Wednesday, November 13th & 20th. Time- 7:30-9:00pm (1 hour instruction, 30 minutes practice)
4. Where: Studio Forte, Dance and Fine arts, 2907 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood
5. Cost: $10 per student per class attended
6. Other notes concerning how:
>It is not necessary to attend all 5 classes.
>Register for class before Saturday, November 9th by emailing me at jo-ellen@swbell.net . Be prepared to tell me which days you plan to attend.
>Payment is due at each class attended.
>If a particular class doesn’t have enough people, the class in that time slot will be cancelled.
>By joint effort we’ll adjust classes to be boy, girl even. So everyone planning to attend should contact me as soon as possible with particular dates.
>You are welcome to invite friends who might like to come.
Hope some of you can join us, it will be fun.

Story Time
November 15 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for a story time! Best suited for ages eight and under—parents and older siblings welcome. Sign up today!
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Dr. St. Peters, MO 63376
636-447-6900
www.thefamilyvision.org

Find Your Inner “Maker” at uControl HackerSpace!
What do art, science, technology, crafting, robotics and imagination all have in common?
uControl brings the Maker Movement to St. Peters! Each month we offer fun, stand-alone projects of varying difficulty designed to encourage local students to join the DIY community. Experts at uControl HackerSpace in St. Peters share knowledge and ideas with a multitude of exciting projects to entice kids from ages 8 to 18 to expand the limits of their abilities and see what they can make!
November Offerings at The Hacker Factory:
Paracord Pandemonium!  Paracord accessories are a fantastic fashion statement but in an emergency you can unravel it and have a length of strong cord at your disposal for a million and one survivalists needs.  We will have several knot patterns available to make lanyards, key fobs, or a bracelets with a whistle clasp to attract attention in a jam!  Choose two designs to make here and bring supplies and a pattern home for a third!  Makes a great Christmas gift!
Minecraft Custom Skinbot:  Make a three dimensional papercraft bot using your own custom Minecraft skin!  All we need is your Minecraft name to prepare materials in advance.  If you don’t have a custom skin, choose one of the Yogscast skins or a creeper.  Once you are done using it as a bot, it is easily convertible to a Christmas ornament for your tree!
For more information on class dates and times:   http://www.stlhackerscouts.org/blog/
LOCATION: uControl Hacker Space, Matrix DPS LLC, 15 Arrowhead Industrial Blvd, St. Peters, MO 63376

Homeschool Day at Barron Gymnastics
The nice folks at Barron Gymnastics have once again graciously opened their doors exclusively to homeschooling families for a once a month open gym, and the best part is that they are going to continue giving us a reduced rate for the 2013-14 school year!!
When? 3rd Monday of every month beginning this month…
November 18
(No December event)
January 20
February 17
March 17
April 21
May 19
Where? Barron Gymnastics, 5411 Jedmed Court, St. Louis, MO 63129
Time? 10:45 am. – 12:00 p .m. (1 hour and 15 minutes)
Cost? 1st child = $8.00 Each additional family member = $6.00
What?
>1.25 hours of supervised unstructured time where children enjoy fun and excitement.
>Equipment available includes: Beams, Bars, Vault, Spring Floors, Foam Pits, 30’ Long Trampoline, 2 In-ground Tramps, 18’ Rope Climb.
>Includes the Giant Adventure Island Inflatable!
Who?
>Homeschool Day is for children 14 months up to 22 years of age.
>A parent or adult must assist children younger than 1st grade.
Only adults assisting this age group are allowed in the gym after signing the blanket release located at front desk.
Adults are not allowed on equipment.
>Parent viewing is available on the mezzanine.
How?
>All participating non-members must have a release form signed by their parent.
>YOU MUST REGISTER BY THE SATURDAY BEFORE THE EVENT!
Registration available Online (http://barrongymnastics.com/special-events/homeschool-day/) or by calling the Front Desk at 314-892-6909.
Here’s what else you need to know:
>Barron’s must have at least 18 children to make this event happen.
>They can only take a maximum of 60 children.
>Refunds only given for illness and Barron’s must be notified before the event begins.
>If event is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified the Saturday before the event by an email.
>Note: This is not to be confused with the Homeschool Program at Barron’s Gym.

ACT WORKSHOP
Bob Johnson Tutoring is conducting a two-part ACT Workshop in Kirkwood on Saturdays, November 23 and December 7.  More information–including times, location, cost, registration instructions, and testimonials–can be found at www.BobJohnsonTutoring.com
Bob and his wife, Jill, homeschool their two children.

Holiday Market
Saturday, Nov. 23 – Sunday, Nov. 24; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Audubon Center at Riverlands, 301 Riverlands Way, West Alton, IL 63386
We’re pleased to invite you to the first annual “Working Wildfowl” Holiday Market, a unique shopping experience that includes artisan carvers, antique decoys, watercolors, photography, and kayaks! You’re sure to find something special for everyone on your list. While you’re shopping, enjoy the exhibit “Working Wildfowl: Decoys, Carvings and the Waterfowl Tradition,” featuring displays of vintage and contemporary decoys, nature carvings, and the waterfowl photography of Danny Brown. Spend some time at the Center to experience the great fall migration of waterfowl and the arrival of the beautiful Trumpeter Swans. View bald eagles and dozens of species of waterfowl up close in the quiet waters of Ellis Bay through high-powered spotting scopes from the Center’s windows. For more information and directions, visit our website at http://riverlands.audubon.org

BARNES AND NOBLE BOOK FAIR
Saturday, December 7th  from 2:30-5:30
Barnes and Noble, Ladue and 170
Have a nice afternoon full of cheer, watching performances from our students, enjoying North Pole treats in the cafe, and getting started on holiday shopping.
A percentage of all purchases sold in the store that day, as well as online throughout that week, will come right back to DaySpring!
We will also have a PreBookfair Dessert Sale (see below for details).
What can you do to help?
>Volunteer your time during the bookfair to help kids make holiday crafts, or to wrap presents for customers.  Please email office@dayspringarts.org if you’d like to help.
>Pre-Order your holiday desserts by 11/26 and pick them up during the bookfair!  Click here for an order form, including delectable Cheesecake Factory cheesecakes and Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars.  You pick up and pay on the day on the day of the bookfair, just in time for parties and family get-togethers.
>Attend the fair with your family and see all the cool things we have planned!  It will be a wonderful thing to experience with the kids, from crafts to performances, even special appearances by their favorite Holiday characters!
>If you’re not able to join us, you can use our voucher number 11147345 to order gifts online at barnesandnoble.com from 12/7 to 12/14.  We will get a percentage of the sales made in that period as well.  Click here for the details for this option.
Thanks so much for all you do, and we hope to see you at this festive event!

SHARE-Sponsored 2013-2014 AIMS Classes
This is an outreach of the Practical Anatomy and Surgical Education Department of Saint Louis University’s School of Medicine and has been offered to area students since 1991. The AIMS teaching staff of science professors and physicians present a variety of human anatomy enrichment classes for jr. high and high school students (mature 5th and 6th graders count as jr. high).
The Auditorium Presentations and Hands-On Dissection Programs are a wonderful supplement to ANY jr. high or high school science and/or health curriculum. All classes take place in SLU’s Paul A. Young Hall at 3839 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis MO 63108. Auditorium Presentations are $5 and Dissection Labs are $15. Parent Chaperones are free, but must sign up ahead of time.
To register for one of the AIMS Auditorium Presentations and/or Dissection Labs, go to the Public Page of the SHARE website at www.sharehomeschool.com and click on the “Public Calendar” link on the left sidebar at the bottom. When the calendar appears, click on the date/class you’re interested in. A pop-up window will appear on the left side of your screen. Fill out the required information and your name will be added to the sign-up list. When your name is on the list SHARE pays for your spot. You must sign up individually for each AIMS class, including the Dissection Labs, even if they are on the same day.
Mail your check (made payable to SHARE) to Kerrie Tate, 617 Bacon Ave., St. Louis MO 63119. You can write one check for all classes, but be sure to make a notation about class choices in the memo section of the check. Please put “AIMS” on the outside of the envelope. You can also drop off your payments in the red Payment Box in the Homelink Cafeteria, or give it to Kerrie at a SHARE event.
If you are interested in any of the AIMS classes, don’t wait to sign up – they fill up quickly (especially the Dissection Labs that have a strict limit). Also – we must give AIMS our exact count at least one week before each program. Since we usually have a waiting list, SHARE can give a refund or credit if you cancel before the class and we will fill your spot.
For more details about this event, go to the “AIMS New 2013-2014” link on the left sidebar of the SHARE website. Scroll over to the “AIMS PROGRAM IMPORTANT INFORMATION” webpage. Feel free to call, text or email Kerrie at 314-791-0000 or kertatefieldtrip@aol.com with any questions about this event.
Hope you can make it to one or more of the classes!  Kerrie (Tate)
>>December 11, 2013, Wednesday
Auditorium Presentation- The Human Brain and Central Nervous System, 9:30 – 11:15 am, $5
Sheep Brain Dissection, 11:30 – 12:45 pm, $15
>>January 28, 2014, Tuesday
Auditorium Presentation- How the Body Works: A Study of Human Organs & Systems, 9:30-11:15 am, $5
Human Cadaver Demonstration, 11:30 am -12:45 pm, $15 (age 15 & up only)
>>March 19, 2014, Wednesday
Auditorium Presentation- The Human Heart and Lungs, 9:30 – 11:15 am, $5
Pig Heart Dissection – 11:30 –12:45 pm – $15
>>April 9, 2014 Wednesday
Auditorium Presentation- Forensic Science/Autopsy, 9:30-11:15 am, $5

If you know of an event, class, happening, or link you would like to see added, please contact me at zana8796 [at] yahoo [dot] com  Comments are not available, but sharing is.
The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions). Those marked with an asterisk (*) do not take place within the target area for this list, but are open to all homeschoolers who live in the target area. 
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.

Homeschool Events List for October 24, 2013

More information about area events can be found at  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/  and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And you can always use the search feature to look through all past posts and any pages. Don’t forget to check out the top tabs too! Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; sign up is at the top of the right column.  My contact information is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information.

Ancient Stardust
A Guide to the Hitchhikers of the Galaxy
Monday, October 28, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Kirkwood High School Keating Theater, 801 West Essex, Kirkwood, Missouri 63122
Featured Speaker: Evan Groopman, Ph.D. candidate, Laboratory for Space Sciences, Department of Physics, Washington University in St. Louis
Before the birth of our solar system, PreSolar grains of stardust hitched rides on Primitive Meteorites and Cometary Dust on spacecraft to land here, on EARTH, in the lab, where scientists study their composition and structure to understand the history of our galaxy and unravel the mysteries of our solar system.
Registration is not required. FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students welcome. Parking free in Kirkwood High School lots.
For more information, call 314.533.8586.
For more on Ancient Stardust, visit the Academy’s website at www.academyofsciencestl.org

Homeschool Morning at the Magic House
November 4, 2013; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Once again the Magic House, has graciously agreed to give us the wonderful $3.00 price for ALL of our Magic House Mornings this school year. We have promised them that “if they make it affordable, we will come”. Please, please spread the word about this great deal and make plans to attend one or all of the Homeschool Mornings at the Magic House. It’s such a wonderful experience to have that entire venue full of like-minded families. You can let your children have a lot of freedom knowing that the building is closed to the public and is open to only homeschool families and sweet Magic House employees. My goal again this year is to fill the Magic House with hundreds of homeschoolers and show our appreciation to the Administrative Staff of the Magic House for their generosity towards us!
Please note the following:
*Price: $3.00 per person (adults included)
*Children under the age of 1 are free.
*You may NOT use any membership pass or discount coupons as this is already a special price.
*Sign up is not necessary. You may pay at the counter and you may use the following:
Cash * Check * Credit Card * Debit Card
*Be sure to use the entrance to the new Educational Center…do NOT use the old entrance (facing the school) and do NOT use the front doors facing Kirkwood Road.
* THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL HOMESCHOOLERS, NOT JUST S.H.A.R.E. MEMBERS…SO INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! Please feel free to copy this and forward to them. It is important that we have over 400 participants or the price could be raised.
*Mark your calendar for these future dates:
January 6, 2014
February 3, 2014
*If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Mullins at Ekcjmullins@gmail.com
From the Magic House website:
SPECIAL EXHIBIT: Football the Exhibit
through January 5, 2014
The traveling exhibit, Football, introduces visitors to the science, mathematics and technology behind the game and how they relate to our everyday lives. This highly interactive exhibit provides hands-on learning covering a wide array of science topics through football themed areas such as Forward Pass and Game at the Line of Scrimmage.
Football brings all the excitement and experience of playing football while also teaching about the science that makes it all possible. Test your throwing skills in the Passing Cage area and learn what they truly mean when they say someone has a “rifle arm.” Try and match the speed of an NFL running back and learn the ideal trajectory for kicking a field goal. Football covers everything from the history of the game to the science of catching a pass!

Annual Christian College Fair
Thursday, November 7th from 6 to 9 pm
Christian High School, A Living Word School
1145 Tom Ginnever Ave. O’Fallon, MO 63366
Colleges confirmed:  http://www.lwcs.us/news-events/college%20fair%20list13.pdf
JOY FM is offering a $5000 scholarship in conjunction with the Fair.
See:  http://www.lwcs.us/campus-life/7th%20Annual%20JOY%20FM%20IMPACT%20Award.pdf

BRICKS 4 KIDZ
These Early Engineers Classes are designed to be educational and fun. We teach children principles of science, technology, engineering, and architecture using motorized LEGO bricks. Each lesson is unique and designed to engage a child’s mind. We have models of varying degrees of difficulty to accommodate the age range of the class, grades K-5th.
The topic of this six-week session will be Construction Craze. Students will make their own motorized models of tools of the trade from a hand-held power drill and power saw to a tough, all-terrain bulldozer and giant dump truck. Would you be surprised to learn that one of these objects has a history stretching from the Stone Age to the Space Age? And who thought of making a saw blade in the shape of a circle? Where does the word bulldozer come from? How big is the biggest dump truck? Build your knowledge of construction and build your own motorized LEGO tools.
Construction Craze Class Details
~Class is for students in grades K– 5th. Sorry, this is not a pre-school class and students must be kindergarten age to participate (six years old or a mature 5 year old)
~Class will run for six weeks on Thursdays from November 7 – December 19 at 3:30 – 4:30 pm (no class on November 28 because of the Thanksgiving holiday)
~Registration and payment is done online at the BRICKS 4 KIDZ website at www.bricks4kidz.com/stl  Scroll down to bottom of main page to “Click here to Enroll.”
~Cost is $70 per person for the six-week session
~Class will meet in Room 8 (2nd floor) of the St. Andrew Catholic School building, 309 Hoffmeister Ave. St. Louis, MO 63125. This is the Homelink Learning Center location in the South County area.
~For more information contact Kerrie Tate at kertatehomelink@aol.com or Sarah Justin at  sjustin@bricks4kidz.com

Introduction to Patrick Henry College
November 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for an introduction to Patrick Henry College (PHC)! Come by and meet Aaron Kamakawiwoole, Assistant Director of Admissions for PHC. This event is open to all high school students and their parents. For more information on PHC, visit www.phc.edu
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Dr. St. Peters, MO 63376
www.thefamilyvision.org

CRAFT FAIR
November 9, 2013
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
West County Assembly of God, 13431 N. Outer 40 Rd., Chesterfield MO 63017
Come check out the incredible assortment of craft items. Find the perfect Christmas gift!
Concessions available
For information or questions, visit:
www.homeschoolcraftfair.com
Hosted by the Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo

If you know of an event, class, happening, or link you would like to see added, please contact me at zana8796 [at] yahoo [dot] com  Comments are not available, but sharing is.
The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions). Those marked with an asterisk (*) do not take place within the target area for this list, but are open to all homeschoolers who live in the target area. 
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.

Homeschool Events List for August 19, 2013

More information about area events can be found at  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/  and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And you can always use the search feature to look through all past posts and any pages. Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; sign up is at the top of the right column.  My contact information is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information.

New Home School choir program
Wanted – home school students who love to sing, want to learn more about music, and want to have a blast together!
We will meet on TUESDAYS at Harvest Bible Chapel, 17795 Wild Horse Creek Rd., Chesterfield, MO 63005
We begin right after Labor Day, on Tuesday September 3rd
Schedule:
2:15-2:45    Pre – K
3:00 – 4:00  1st – 6th
4:15 – 5:15  7th – 12th
Our Choir Director will be Latisha Gilliland, from Dardenne Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Gilliland is certified in K through 12 vocal music.
Monthly Choir Fee:
1st child   $20
2nd child  $20
3rd child   $15
4th and on  free
Please e-mail Leah Hall at drfhall@aol.com to be added to the list of interested families – provide your student’s name and  grade level, your name and the best number to reach you, in that e-mail.  This will not be a commitment, just a way to let us know you are interested. If you have a question that you would rather call Leah about, her phone number is 636–543–8574.  Registration and payments will begin next Monday, 8/19.
This program is open to any interested home schoolers, there is no support group membership required. Please see the program details below.
We are very excited about this new opportunity for our kids! I know many of you have been asking for a chance to join together for a choir in West County and we appreciate your patience as these details have been worked out. The program is offered at a very reasonable price, with an experienced, fun-loving director, and we don’t even have to drive far!  — Marianne Brookman, Leah Hall, and Jo Ann Peterson
~Pre-K  and K  – “Play and Praise” produced by Lifeway Worship, will be for 4 and 5 year olds. This is much like the music and movement classes that are popular throughout the U.S. but with the addition of biblical emphasis. The children will also learn to create music with handbells using the DVD series, DVDots.   The children will match a color to a bell tone and have great fun!
~1st through 6th grades – “We Three Spies” by Group Publishing.  This program provides active music education with a devotional and an emphasis on Christian missions, resulting in a choral Christmas performance for friends and family.
Sshh! Grab your dark shades and go undercover to join the exciting Christmas mission of We Three Spies. Agents E, L and F are recruits with the CIK (Christmas Intelligence Kids), a covert group of spies who secretly bring Christmas cheer to the needy. But this year they’re facing an especially difficult challenge: keeping Ms. Harriet (pronounced “Har-ret”) King, a Scrooge-like landlord, from evicting them from their headquarters, confiscating donations, and cancelling their Christmas Nativity program. It takes a little expert espionage and a lot of God’s unconditional love for Ms. King to change her tune as she finally joins the CIK and the entire town in a musical celebration of the true meaning of Jesus’ birth.
This Christmas, your classified mission – should you choose to accept it – is to join We Three Spies as they blow their cover to proclaim joy to the world! – See more at: http://wordmusic.com/kids/we-three-spies.html?SID=#sthash.8AyPudww.dpuf
~7th through 12th grades – Choir will sing a variety of contemporary music determined by the experience level of the singers.

RE:FRESH ENRICHMENT CLASSES AND FELLOWSHIP
So that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and together with you be refreshed. Romans 15:32
Fall semester begins Fridays September 13, 2013 through December 6th, 2013
Registration- Friday, August, 23; 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at Twin Rivers Worship Center, 1057 Tesson Ferry Rd. St. Louis, MO
~Creating a Masterpiece
12:30 – 1:55
Cost: 15$ plus supplies (some supplies will be included) Supply list to be included at registration.
We will be using various art mediums as we use Creating A Masterpiece DVD curriculum. This curriculum is for young and old alike (ages 8 and up) for your seasoned and non- seasoned artist. We will complete 6 high quality projects throughout the year your children will be proud to display.  Class size will be limited.
~Jesus Freaks
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Ages 13 and up
We will be looking at those in the faith who really know what it means to suffer for Christ. We will be encouraging prisoners in other countries imprisoned for their faith, and be missions minded while we will be doing a missions project. Join us as we learn to stand firm in our faith in Jesus Christ.
Parent participation will be a requirement. Parents of young or nursing children will be considered in their role of serving.
Please contact Dawn Leslie @ 636-212-0686. Or email dawnleslie2011@hotmail.com or
Zandra Martin @ 636-942-4823 or email @ themartinslovejesus@charter.net

Junior Wildlife Explorers at the Wildlife Rescue Center
Did you know the Wildlife Rescue Center offers monthly, outdoor, interpretive programming for kids in K- 8th grade?
We are starting up another season and we’d love to have you (and your friends) join us in the fun!
Go to http://www.mowildlife.org/jwe.html for more information.
The Wildlife Rescue Center’s mission to “provide environmental awareness, promote a harmonious relationship with native wildlife, and encourage the community to protect our delicate ecosystems” is put into action with our one-of-a-kind Junior Wildlife Explorers program. It’s been growing along with the center since 2003, and we are proud of where it is now.
LIMITED TIME OFFER:  SEASON PASS
Every meeting we explore what’s changed and what’s new in nature. A “Season Pass” is the most convenient way to give your child a full year of outdoor fun and discovery. This opportunity is available only until the end of August and it’s a great way to support the Wildlife Rescue Center and its mission.
EVENTS:
Coming this October we’ll be hosting our 3rd annual nocturnal animal celebration “TAILS OF THE NIGHT.”  This costumed nighttime trail walk is fun for whole family! Check the website next month for all the details.
We also offer one-day camps during winter and spring break that kids are sure to enjoy. Think of us when you’re looking for things to do when the kids are out of school.
Thank you for all your support, and I hope to see you soon!
Casey Philips
Education Department
Wildlife Rescue Center
(636) 394-1880 ext.209
www.mowildlife.org

YOU’RE INVITED
The Microsoft Retail Store at the Saint Louis Galleria provides the perfect opportunity for children to explore technology, develop skills, and discover new interests – all at no cost to educators.  We invite our friends and members of the Homeschool community to visit us the Saint Louis Galleria.  This is a unique opportunity for students to explore cutting-edge technology alongside our knowledgeable team of technical advisors.  From mainstream products such as PCs, to cutting – edge Windows 8 and Surface, students will have an opportunity to explore a playground of technology and gaming.
Weekly, we host several groups of homeschool children throughout the US with workshops on essay writing, reading, and technology. We have a wide variety of training topics to choose from, whether your students are interested in making movies, designing presentations, or using Microsoft Office and Windows 8 to get ahead in school.  We tailor our activities to fit the age group of the parties that attend and the experience can be scheduled any day of the week and time depending on the needs of your group.
To find out how you can participate and schedule your homeschool, or any other activity in our store, please contact Trina Claggett, Community Development Specialist, at 314-655-2550, or via email trclagge@microsoft.com.

Jubilation Chorale and Worship Team
While you are planning your schedule for this year, don’t forget the Jubilation Chorale.  We always welcome new members.  This is wonderful way to get your fine arts credit, meet a wonderful group of students, develop your musical abilities and just have fun!  Our first meeting will be 9-11-13.
We are also trying to put together a Worship/drama team this year.  The start date for that group will be later in Sept. or the first week of Oct.  We need 4-8 singers/drama members, keyboard player, bass, drums and lead guitar.  This group will travel to other churches and events to perform and develop leadership skills for worship.   Students do not need to be members of Jubilation Chorale to participate.  If you are interested please contact me at n2singin@gmail.com or call 314-402-5038
Check out our web page at www.jubilationchorale.com all of the information for the choir.
We hope to see lots of you in class!
Meeting Dates:  Wednesdays from 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Place:  Canaan Baptist Church Choir room (5409 Baumgartner Rd 63129)
Age:  12 yrs (by 9/1) through 18 — grades 7-12
Cost:  $20 per month for the first child $35 per month for 2 or more children
Contact:  Mrs. Scheidhauer at 314-293-8112  or  n2singin@gmail.com
Class Description:
The choir will focus on music literacy, practicing good vocal production, singing 4 part harmony, sight-singing and performance etiquette.  Although most of the class will be participation in the choral ensemble, it may also include written assignments and both singing and written tests.  No audition is necessary for participation in this class but a vocal evaluation will be done to determine the ability level of the students and individual placement within the group.  Literature will include a variety of musical styles and time periods.  The choir will have the opportunity to perform several times each semester.

FESTIVAL OF NATIONS
Saturday, August 24, 10am – 7pm & Sunday, August 25, 10am – 6pm
http://www.festivalofnationsstl.org/
Join us in Tower Grove Park for the region’s premier multicultural celebration, featuring over 40 ethnic food booths, non-stop dance and music, arts and crafts, and an international bazaar with unique gifts from around the world.
Admission is Free!
Tower Grove Park is located near Grand and Arsenal on the City’s South Side, only steps away from St. Louis’ famed International District!
A shuttle service will provide complimentary rides on designated routes during operating hours.
Parking is available in the park and at lots and streets in surrounding neighborhoods.

ACT WORKSHOPS
Bob Johnson Tutoring is conducting two ACT Workshops.  One workshop will take place on Saturdays, September 7 and 14, and the other workshop will take place on Saturdays, October 5 and 12.  More information–including times, location, cost, registration instructions, and testimonials–can be found at www.BobJohnsonTutoring.com
Bob and his wife, Jill, homeschool their two children.

Homeschool Bowling League
……is looking for you!!!!
Who?   Anyone in your homeschool family!  Moms, Dads, Kids—all are welcome to bowl!
When?   Wednesday mornings beginning September 11, 2013
Time?  10 a.m.
Where?   Imperial Bowl, 6045 W Outer Rd, Imperial, MO 63052
How much?   $5.00 per week; this includes shoe rental  (you pay weekly, not by semester)
Contact?  Ed and Nancy Ockrassa @ tinmop26@yahoo.com or 314-537-4771
Special Note:  If you have a child with special needs, this is ideal!  The first few lanes are taken over by the Fun School Kids (see SHARE Homelink) and they are the loudest group in the house!  Whether you get a strike or a gutter ball, the moms (and caregivers) are ready to applaud, high-five, and give lots of praise!   A ramp is available for anyone in a wheelchair and Imperial Bowl has a large supply of lightweight balls.

Chess Club
Chess Club meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, October through May, from 2:00-3:00 p.m.(immediately following PE class) at the Salvation Army, 824 Union Road, 63123. This is a drop-in club.
Come every time or whenever it fits with your schedule. This is a great opportunity for chess enthusiasts to gather and enjoy the game of chess. We begin with a short lesson and then fit in as many games as time allows. Price is FREE!
If you have questions, contact Judy Maichel at 314-352-1319 or mjmaichel@juno.com.

GREATER ST LOUIS AREA HOME EDUCATORS CRAFT FAIR
November 9, 2013; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
West County Assembly of God, 13431 N. Outer 40 Rd., Chesterfield MO 63017
Come check out the incredible assortment of craft items.
Find the perfect Christmas gift!
Concessions available
Vendor registration now open.
For information, questions or registration form, visit: www.homeschoolcraftfair.com

St. Louis Speedskating Club
Has released its new website and is looking for new members for the 2013/2014 season.
www.stlouisspeedskating.com
All of the details are found on the site.

If you know of an event, class, happening, or link you would like to see added, please contact me at zana8796 [at] yahoo [dot] com  Comments are not available, but sharing is.
The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions). Those marked with an asterisk (*) do not take place within the target area for this list, but are open to all homeschoolers who live in the target area. 
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.

Homeschool Events List for November 7, 2012

More  information about area events can be found at  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/  and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And you can always use the search feature to look through all past posts and any pages. Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; sign up is at the top of the right column.  My contact information is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the current changes.

JEFFERSON SALE
Let’s Celebrate President Jefferson at The Family Vision
Two days only, November 8-9!
Why the Jefferson Sale? Because prices are low enough, a two-dollar bill—the portrait of our third president—is sure to get you something good. We have to clear out a lot of books. They’re good books, but we just don’t have the space. Maybe you can help find a new home for some of them. Maybe the low prices will help you out.
Be sure to stop by Thursday-Friday, November 8-9, for our Jefferson Sale!
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO  63376
636-447-6900  www.thefamilyvision.org

Emerging Technologies in the ER
THURSDAY, November 8, 2012; 7 – 8 p.m.
Saint Louis Science Center Exploradome Exhibit Hall
Featuring Jason Wagner, M.D., Washington University School of Medicine
Imagine the emergency room of the future. What life-saving technologies will it have? What advances will increase the efficiency of doctors, nurses, and technicians? Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Simulation Studies for Emergency Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Jason Wagner, takes us on a fascinating trip to visit the future of Emergency Medicine.
FREE and OPEN to ALL. Registration is not required. Recommended for high-school-age students and adults.
Find out more about our other Special Partnership Presentations

READ TO SUCCEED
Now open for registration
https://feedback.sixflags.com/rts/default.aspx

Seussical the Musical!
This includes students from ages 5 – 18.
Beginning Musical Theatre, ages 5-8,
Saturday from 11:15 to 12:15
Musical Theatre, ages 5 to 11,
Wednesday from 1:15 to 2:30
Musical Theatre A, ages 9-12,
Mondays from 5:30-6:45
Musical Theatre B, Ages 13 – 18,
Mondays from 4 to 5:30.
Everyone in the classes will be in the show, and auditions will be held for the many exciting roles and solos. This will be performed at the end of April or early May, date and location soon to be set. There will be a live orchestra and amazing costumes and set, prepared by our Technical Theatre class, which meets on Monday, from 6:30-8:30.
Seussical Party!!!
Join us on Friday, November 9, from 4:30-6:30, for Pizza and drinks, while we all watch the show together. This is an opportunity to meet the others in the classes, meet the teachers, see the show together, see what DaySpring is like, and have fun!
Auditions will be held on November 19 from 5 to 7 pm. Students 9 and above should prepare a short musical theatre song, memorized and showing character. Students 13 and above should also prepare a one minute memorized monologue. (This is also optional for 9-12 year olds). It is a good idea to choose a song and a monologue which show contrasting strengths. Students 5-9 years old do not need to audition but just join the class.
To get involved, or for general information and registration, please contact Office@dayspringarts.org or call 314-291-8878 For more info about DaySpring and our programs for Homeschoolers, teachers, prices, visit the website at www.dayspringarts.org For specifics about the shows, contact the director at the following email: aprilmccandless@dayspringarts.org

HOMESCHOOL CRAFT FAIR
The Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo has hosted an area wide Homeschool Craft Fair in the fall for the past two years and this is your reminder that our third one is THIS SATURDAY!!!!
Saturday, November 10th!
It is being held from 10 am till 4 pm at:
West County Assembly of God, 13431 N. Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017
For those who don’t know, West County Assembly of God isn’t far from Missouri Baptist University. It’s just off of 270 and 40/64.
We have lots of homeshool families from all over the area selling crafts. Last year’s was really good and this year’s will be even better!
For more information on the craft fair, click here. http://www.craftfair2012.com

Raptor Awareness Show
November 10th, 2:00 pm
Cahokia Mounds Museum Society | 30 Ramey Street | Collinsville | IL | 62234
Learn about Native Birds of Prey through a demonstration and flight show.  The World Bird Sanctuary will provide a free show inside the Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center.

MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
Considered Capra’s finest film, it will be showing at the Hi-Pointe Theatre, Saturday, November 10th at 10:30am for one show only.  (Please note there will be no Tuesday matinee.)
1005 McCausland Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63117
And be sure to save the dates Tuesday, November 19th and Wednesday November 20th. Great plans are developing for the Hi-Pointe Theatre’s 90th Anniversary parties.  Details will be coming soon.

Johnson Horse Riding School
2545 Little Antire Road, High Ridge 63049
www.johnsonhorseridingschool.com
Hosting our Annual Christmas Camp 12/8-12/9 Includes the following:
Horse Riding, Horse Care Management, Christmas Spirit, Christmas Crafts, Santa, Gifts, Professional Photography, Surprises & Tons Of Fun
Also 11/12 We’re offering Stocking Stuffers (Riding Lesson Specials)

Alice in Wonderland, Jr.!
This year DaySpring in Crestwood will be producing the challenging and hilarious show Alice In Wonderland Jr.  We are looking for young, talented singers and actors ages 5-15 years old. This Disney musical, based on the novel by Lewis Carroll, is set in a colorful fanciful world full of wacky characters. Alice embarks on an adventure that just gets curiouser and curiouser. The musical theatre classes at DaySpring’s Crestwood location will rehearse the show in their weekly classes until the performance in early April.
The classes take place on:
Monday from 5:15-6:30 pm for ages 10 & up
Friday from 1:15 – 2:30 pm for ages 6-12
Auditions will be held on Monday,
November 12th from 5;15-6:30pm, and on
Friday, November 16th from 1:15 – 2:30pm at the Crestwood satellite location of DaySpring located at 4646 South Lindbergh at Gravois, 63127. Young actors ages 9-15 years old should prepare a short musical theatre song, memorized and showing a character. Actors 12 and older should also prepare a one minute monologue. This is also encouraged for actors 9-12 years. Actors 5-9 years old do not need to audition, but only need to join a class.
To get involved, or for general information and registration, please contact Office@dayspringarts.org or call 314-291-8878 For more info about DaySpring and our programs for Homeschoolers, teachers, prices, visit the website at www.dayspringarts.org For specifics about the shows, contact the director at the following email: vanessawaggoner@dayspringarts.org

GIS DAY
Discovering the world through Geographic Information Systems. This is and educational geography and mapping event. The event is free and open to the public (students of all age groups).
November 14, 2012; 9:00a – 3:00p
St. Charles Community College, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, Cottleville, MO 63376
IF you would like to showcase your work in the map gallery at this year’s GIS Day or participate as an exhibitor please R.S.V.P. Ellen Wilson at ewilson@stchas.edu or Chuck Lovelace at Chuck.Lovelace@stcharlescitymo.gov

Arianna String Quartet’s Home-School String Workshop
This special morning of master classes, presentations, and string technique classes will be held on Friday, November 16th, from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM in the Lee Theater of the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of UMSL. This rare opportunity to learn from these experienced and communicative artists is offered to Home School students free of charge by the UMSL College of Fine Arts.
Through this workshop you will learn techniques proven to
~Make your practicing much more focused and efficient
~Help you execute difficult passages with more ease and authority
~Make your performances twice as exciting, vivid, and communicative
~Play with much more variety and color
The Arianna String Quartet is a professional ensemble that has been based at UMSL since 2000. Awarded the status of tenured professors of music in 2006, they have built an exciting and dynamic undergraduate string program offering a comprehensive approach to string playing and musicianship. The Arianna String Quartet performs and teaches throughout the world, and has received many rave reviews for their remarkable performances.
Members of the Arainna String Quartet were educated at the Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, and Oberlin Conservatory, among other fine institutions, and were students of many of the world’s finest musicians. In addition to their work in chamber music and as soloists, they have been members of  the St. Louis Symphony, the Alabama Symphony, the New World Symphony, and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra.
To register for this one day opportunity, please send an e-mail to John_McGrosso@umsl.edu.
Please include the names of the students who wish to participate, and what repertoire they are currently working on or have performed recently. This will help us group the students appropriately to give them the most relevant information.
Hope to see you on Friday, November 16th, at 9:00!

Art Exhibition
November 16 – January 4
Grafica Fine Arts, 7884 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, Mo 63119 314.961.4020
Outside/Inside; Marilynne Bradley and her paintings of St. Louis landmarks, restaurants and neighborhood establishments. http://www.graficafinearts.com/

Myths and Trivia About George Washington
Did George Washington ever chop down a cherry tree? What were his dentures really made of? Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association curator Amanda Isaac explores fact, fiction, and little-known tidbits about our nation’s first president.
Sunday, November 18, at 1pm, and Monday, November 19, at 10:30am
Missouri History Museum, Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri, AT&T Foundation Multipurpose Room
www.mohistory.org

HURRICANE RELIEF BENEFIT
Bill and Annie Simmons along with Seamus McDaniels are hosting a fundraiser for the victims of Breezy Point, NY on Sunday November 18th from 12pm-7pm at Seamus McDaniel’s, 1208 Tamm Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63139. This event is open to the public and for all ages. There will be Food, Live Music, face painting, multiple raffles, 50/50 drawing and a Silent Auction. A cash bar is available. Proceeds will be donated to the Breezy Point Cooperative Disaster Relief and will aid the victims directly. Please come join us if you can. https://www.facebook.com/events/366597876766998/

FAMILY CONTRA DANCE
The homeschooling community is invited to kick up their heels for a Traditional Contra Dance!
A fundraising event for the Piasa Palisades Group of the Sierra Club, presented in cooperation with the Edwardsville YMCA
Sunday, Nov. 18th at 6:30pm
Edwardsville YMCA, Esic Center, 1200 Esic Drive, Edwardsville, Illinois
$10 for adults, $5 for college students, children, and teens under 18
(cash or checks accepted at the door)
R.S.V.P. appreciated at 618-462-6802
Directions – From Interstate 255, take Interstate 270 east and go northeast on Illinois 157 to Edwardsville and right on Esic Drive or call the YMCA at 618-656-0436.
New to contra dancing?
Contra dancing refers to several partnered folk-dancing styles that are much like square dancing. Dancers form two lines, facing each other. It’s not necessary to bring a partner, as dancers pair up as each song begins.   A “caller” directs the action.  A fiddler often leads the live musical accompaniment.
Dress is casual, and comfortable shoes are encouraged!
This is a family oriented event, so all ages are welcome, including children and senior citizens. Contra dancing will come easy, even if you have never done it before. Beginners can follow along because the caller guides everyone through.  Some prefer to simply sit, visit, and enjoy the music!
We hope you will join us!

Model Trains and Military Toys
Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 23-Dec. 30, Noon-4 p.m
Jefferson Barracks Park, 345 North Road, Saint Louis, MO 63125
Operating O and HO gauge trains will bring back the experiences of a childhood long forgotten while you share this holiday train show with your children or grandchildren. Military toys, dolls and games will also be displayed.  http://www.stlouisco.com/ParksandRecreation/ParkPages/JeffersonBarracks/JeffersonBarracksEvents

Beyond Earth: A Personal Experience of Human Space Flight and the Course of Future Exploration
Kirkwood High School Keating Theater, 801 West Essex, Kirkwood, MO 63122
Science Opportunities Fair, 6-6:45 pm
Representatives from community organizations will be available to share information about summer and other science opportunities for students.
Nov 29th, 2012 (Thu); Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Featured Speaker: Linda M. Godwin, Ph.D., former NASA Astronaut; Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Missouri – Columbia
This hometown girl from Missouri is the second woman to have earned a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Missouri – Columbia, one of only 523 humans to have traveled to space, and the fourth woman ever to have stepped out of the space shuttle – twice. UMC professor and former astronaut Linda Godwin is a veteran of four shuttle flights; and she shares her experiences on her Space Shuttle journeys, including visits to the Russian Space Station MIR, and the International Space Station. And she talks about what the United States plans to do in the next few years in space, the possibilities of going beyond low Earth Orbit, and the efforts of the private space industry to provide Low Earth Orbit access. Don’t miss this Pioneering Science seminar on the final frontier.
STUDENT OPPORTUNITES TO COMPETE FOR COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS— two $250 scholarships for middle and high school students. Attend 3 seminars or panel discussions and write about your experience. Scholarship decisions announced in May 2013.
DRAWINGS FOR TWO FREE JUNIOR SCIENCE ACADEMY MEMBERSHIPS at each Pioneering Science Seminar. Junior Academy of Science– Real-world science opportunities and field trips monthly— for students of all abilities in grades 6 – 12.
FREE parking in Kirkwood High School lots.
FREE and OPEN to ALL—middle and high school students, teachers, adults and the general public. Registration not required.

Homeschool Pop Art 8 Week Class & Gallery Event
Artmart, 2355 S. Hanley Rd., St. Louis, Mo 63144   314.781.9999
http://www.artmartstl.com/classes/homeschool-classes/
1st-4th Grade – Wednesdays, Jan 9th – Feb 27th; 1-2:30pm
5th-8th Grade – Thursdays, Jan 10th – Feb 27th; 1-2:30pm (last class is on a Wed, 1-2:30pm, because of the show)
Our 8 week Pop Art Class for Homeschoolers will offer an explosive view of famous Pop Artists and their effect on today’s modern art. Curriculum and art projects will be inspired by famous artist’s such as: Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Wayne Thiebaud, Claes Oldenburg, Jasper Johns, and more. The session will culminate with an art show combining both age levels on the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 27th from 5pm-8pm. The students will set up the show and host their featured work. Artmart will advertise the event. All supplies included.
We are really excited to have homeschoolers come to our studio to experience fine art like they never would anywhere else! Great things that are happening for homeschoolers at Artmart.
Maggie McCart, Studio Director

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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, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions). Those marked with an asterisk (*) do not take place within the target area for this list, but are open to all homeschoolers who live in the target area. 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.