Homeschool Events List for August 24, 2015

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Homeschool Art Classes
Daniel Boone Homeschool Day
River Clean-Up
Christian Family Night
Comic Workshop

HOMESCHOOL ART CLASSES
Art Unleashed, 13379 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield, MO 63017
http://www.artunleashed.org/art-classes/homeschool-program

DANIEL BOONE HOMESCHOOL DAY
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
1868 Hwy F, Defiance, Missouri
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Students: $7.00
Adults (18 and older): $5.00
Children (4 and under): free
One free adult per 4 paying students.
Families are encouraged to bring a “sack” lunch and enjoy lunch on their own under our new pavilion!
Please note: Due to the nature of the historic site, there is limited stroller and handicap accessibility.
Homeschool students and their families are invited to experience frontier life through various pioneer skill stations. Watch black powder demonstrations, dip candles, barter in the General Store, explore the principles of physics through fire starting, relive life in a “one-room” school house, learn frontier carpentry, and much more!
For more information: www.danielboonehome.com

MISSOURI RIVER CLEAN-UP
Missouri River Relief to host 10th St. Charles Missouri River Clean-up
On Saturday, September 12th 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to noon
At the Lewis and Clark Boat House and Nature Center – Bishop’s Landing
Volunteers will get a free boat ride to locations along the Missouri River to pick up as much trash as possible in the morning.  Missouri River Relief will provide a t-shirt, work gloves, drinking water, reusable water bottles, life jackets, trash bags, tools and free lunch for all volunteers.  Volunteers should wear sturdy work boots or shoes (no flip flops allowed), work and weather-appropriate clothes (prepare to get muddy).  Bring sunscreen and bug spray! All ages and abilities are welcome and encouraged to attend. Land sites are also available for those who don’t want to get out on the river.  For more info and to register as a volunteer, please visit:  bit.ly/stcharlesclean2015
Event Contact:
Jen Davis, Event Coordinator
Jennifer@riverrelief.org
www.riverrelief.org

CHRISTIAN FAMILY NIGHT
Edison’s Entertainment Complex
2477 South State Route 157, Edwardsville, IL 62025
Edison’s Christian Family Night will be 4-9pm on Sunday, September 27. For just $20 (plus tax), each guest will enjoy a snack, a soda, and UNLIMITED bowling, laser tag, and arcade!
We’ll be playing contemporary Christian music all night long, and a portion of the proceeds will go to charity.
There is no fee to RSVP. All payments will be collected upon arrival. RSVPs are requested but not required. This event will sell out!
We look forward to sharing a night of fun and fellowship with you!
Tell your friends!

KIDS COMIC WORKSHOP
Attention children of earth! Your mission is to help mankind by drawing comics! Yes, society needs you! Do you have what it takes? Do you like to draw? Do your parents need a break every week? If so, then this Kids Comic Workshop is for you! Webster Groves resident and comic artist, Todd Tevlin, offers a six week course that will teach the basics of cartooning and comic strips to 8-12 year old children.
This course includes character design, speech bubbles, motion lines, panel layout, writing stories, drawing a single, three panel, and finally six panel comic of their very own. There will also be fun group activities for the kids as well! Each week is one hour long and the price per child is $60 for entire course, which includes all materials.
If interested, please visit http://toddtevlin.com/comicworkshop/ and fill out the Homeschool specific registration form. He is capable of holding the course during the day on weekdays, which is perfect for homeschoolers! Ideal class size is around 10 kids, but can take more. Once enough people express interest, he will look at where everyone lives and find a venue to hold the event that is convenient for everyone and will also work on a start day/time. Any questions feel free to ask!
For those around Webster Groves, he will be conducting this workshop at The Novel Neighbor bookstore starting October 3rd. More info on that class can be found at the link above as well. Thank you!

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 August 19, 2015

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Third Degree Glass Factory
Thornhill Open House
STL Symphony
Fall Nature Play Programs
MHM Homeschool Days
Piano Lessons
Green Center Youth Education
New SLCL Benefit
The Speech Spot

Third Friday: “Back to School”
August 21; 6pm
Third Degree Glass Factory, 5200 Delmar Blvd., St Louis, MO 63108
http://www.thirddegreeglassfactory.com/thirdfridays/
Before the school year kicks in to high gear, come join us for one last exciting summer outing the whole family will enjoy!
Sure, this summer’s been fun. Why not have one final family outing before the madness begins again? Join us at Third Friday for exciting night of fun with glass, featuring dazzling glassblowing demonstrations by guest artist Tony Cray!
-Chow down on some delicious nosh from Holy Crepe!
-Exciting guided glass art activities: Work in our studios to make your own paperweight, flameworked glass beads, fused glass jewelry or nightlight ($35). Featured project this month: Fused glass chalkboard tiles! ($25) – SIGN UP BEGINS AT 6:00PM
-East Gallery presents its new installation: “Beloved Objects” by Jeffrey Sass: a collection of fascinating manipulated photographs!
-8:00p: The Kevin Mitchell 4 Band is back for another swingin’ good time!
-Sunset fire spinning by St. Louis Fire Technicians.

THORNHILL OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, August 29 & Sunday, August 30
1 – 5 p.m.
Thornhill Grounds in Faust Park
Faust Park has added more chances to tour the former home of Governor Frederick Bates. Walk or drive down the gravel road behind the Butterfly House to find this nearly 200 year old treasure. The house was restored to its 1820 appearance and is partially furnished. The estate also includes a detached kitchen, period barns, a smokehouse, ice house, orchard and family cemetery. Period dressed guides offer a glimpse into Missouri’s past. Call (314) 615-8328 for more information. This is a free event.

FREE SYMPHONY CONCERT
Join David Robertson and the STL Symphony for our FREE annual concert in Forest Park on September 15! This performance previews the season of musical storytelling and classical favorites capped off with a fireworks spectacular at the base of Art Hill. Pack a picnic, grab a blanket and invite your family and friends to one of St. Louis’ favorite musical events of the year!
SMITH The Star-Spangled Banner
BERNSTEIN Candide Overture
MENDELSSOHN Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture
WILLIAMS Flying Theme from E.T.
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Capriccio espagnol
WARD America the Beautiful
SOUSA Stars and Stripes Forever

Fall Nature Play Programs
“Nature play” programs reconnect children to nature and offer them experiences to explore, discover and interact with the natural environment. Connecting children to nature has beneficial effects on a child’s health, development and well being.
(These programs can also be scheduled separately with schools or organized groups.)
Wednesday, September 23 (ages 4-7) – AUTUMNAL EQUINOX CELEBRATION
It is the first day of fall! You are invited to our party to celebrate! Find out what changes will be happening during the new season.
Wednesday, October 7 (ages 4-7) – CONNECT TO YOUR SENSES
Learn how to use your five senses in the outdoors by exploring a variety of different habitats. Taste from our herb garden, too!
Wednesday, October 14 (ages 4-7) – SEEK AND FIND
Create your own collection of natural items as we search for the colors and textures of fall.
Wednesday, October 21 (ages 4-7) – PUMPKIN PATCH PICKIN’
Learn how pumpkins grow, visit our “pumpkin patch” to find a pumpkin to decorate and enjoy a pumpkin snack.
Wednesday, October 28 (ages 4-7) – CAMOUFLAGE DETECTIVE
Explore the outdoors by investigating critters that blend in with their surroundings. As Halloween approaches, would could be hidden in the trees and grass?
Wednesday, November 4 (ages 4-7) – ADVENTURE CHALLENGE
Take part in a fall scavenger hunt where you will have to look up in trees, under logs, around a pond and throughout the rest of our outdoor spaces to find all of your items and win a prize!
Time: 4:00-5:00pm
Cost: $8 per student/ program (includes all materials)
Payment must be received in advance of the registered class.
*Parent/Guardian must stay on site with children 4 & 5 years old.
**A minimum of 5 students are needed to hold each class.**
To register for a class, contact: Kathleen Kapayou at 314-725-8314 X 105 or kevans@thegreencenter.org
The Green Center, 8025 Blackberry Ave, University City, MO 63130

MHM HOMESCHOOL DAYS
Dear Homeschool Families,
Get ready for a new school year with FREE Homeschool Days at the Missouri History Museum!
Homeschool Days are an opportunity for homeschool families to experience the Gallery + Classroom programs regularly offered to K-12 schools. In addition to these exhibit-based educational programs, we also facilitate a variety of other activities depending on the day’s theme! We offer activities for specific age groups as well as activities that the whole family can enjoy together.
Homeschool Days take place once a month on Mondays. All activities are available from 10am to 2pm, and you can spend as much or as little time with us as you’d like.
Thanks to the generous support of our members, donors, and taxpayers, MHM Homeschool Days are completely free! Families interested in participating are kindly requested to RSVP by registering at mohistory.org/homeschool. Registration opens 2 weeks prior to the Homeschool Day date.
We communicate information about these programs exclusively via email. Please sign up for our eNewsletter to make sure you stay in the loop!
We look forward to spending an engaging and educational school year with you and your family!
Sarah Sims, Manager, K–12 Education Programs
Monday, October 19 – ECONOMICS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Monday, November 16 – 1875 COMES ALIVE!
Monday, December 7 – HOLIDAYS IN HISTORY
Monday, February 15 – HISTORIC ST. LOUIS
Monday, March 14 – MUSEUM DETECTIVES
Monday, April 18 – ENGINEERING THE 1904 WORLD’S FAIR
Monday, May 9 – FASHION: BUSINESS AND CREATIVITY

LISTENING HOUSE STUDIO
Piano lessons tailor-made for your homeschooler
Rhonda Barfield listeninghousemedia@gmail.com
Now is the perfect time to sign up your children for piano lessons, but where to go? Consider Listening House Studios for these 10 reasons:
1) Prices are reasonable. Tuition costs $80 a month, which includes at least four monthly lessons and/or performance opportunities per semester. Or for those who need more flexibility, try the five-week plan for $100.
2) Parents get more for their money with LHS. Most lessons overlap 10 minutes of “partner time” with the next student (or sibling) on the schedule.
3) LHS lessons include performing for other students, music history, theory, and games. Piano lessons provide a complete music program for your children.
4) Students learn and memorize 10 songs, which they have ready to perform at all times. They play an “in-class recital” of their repertoire twice yearly during lesson time.
5) LHS teachers (like me) are highly qualified. I’ve taught piano for 20+ years in two piano schools (Truman State University Prep Program, Kirksville, and Beverly Milder’s Musical Arts, Chesterfield) and at my home studio. I also homeschooled four children, K-12, so I understand homeschoolers’ needs.
6) LHS can teach all styles of music: traditional, classical, jazz, rock, blues, worship, hymn style, etc. If children advance beyond what I can offer in a particular style, they have the option of transferring to my son Eric, a professional musician who shares a studio with me.
7) Students learn to read notes, but also to play by chord symbols and by ear. This uniquely equips them to play, for example, worship music.
8) Students are also encouraged to be creative. They compose original music and learn to improvise (make up) music on the spot.
9) LHS offers wonderful recitals: a coffee house recital (with tips!) in the fall, a formal classical recital in March, and a fun festival and contest in May.
10) Parents highly recommend the studio. Ask me for homeschooled families’ names.
Email for more information or set up a free consultation to learn more about fun, professional, reasonably-priced piano lessons, tailor-made for your homeschooling family.

THE GREEN CENTER
Youth Education
Program Time: 2 hours – Cost: $7 per student – Chaperones are free of charge – Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
An environmental education and arts-integrated science curriculum offered to school districts sets The Green Center apart from other local cultural and science organizations.
The Green Center offers outdoor classrooms that enable students to learn about the natural world through inquiry-based programming. Whether students are investigating the prairie, forest or wetland, they will receive a hands-on experience that will encourage them to observe and explore. In addition, Scouts can earn badges through field experiences at The Green Center.
Below are just a few general topics of programs that we offer. We can customize a program to support educational needs. All programs are available to students of all ages in any school or organized group.
Wetland Ecology, Insects, Prairie Ecology (fall only), Ecosystem Plot Studies, Forest Ecology, Letterboxing, Keying Out Tress-Classification, Geodesic Greenhouse Growing, Prairie By Design (fall only), Missouri Rocks: Geology, Pollination Appreciation, Discovery Garden Exploration
The Green Center, 8025 Blackberry Ave, University City, MO 63130

NEW SLCL BENEFIT
SLCL cardholders can now access Lynda.com-a popular video tutorial website. Normally, using Lynda.com requires a paid subscription, but SLCL cardholders will be able to access Lynda.com content for free at home or in the library with a valid SLCL card number and PIN. Lynda offers a variety of tutorials to help users build skills in software, design and business­. Get started with Lynda.com.
Turn On. Log in. Get Smart. Training in: 3D, Animation, Audio, Business, Design, Developer, Home Computing, Photography, Video, Web + Interactive, plus Creative Inspirations. Access training at www.slcl.org

The Speech Spot
Elizabeth Dunn M.S., CCC- SLP
3284 Ivanhoe Ave., Saint Louis, MO, 63139
(618) 791-8271
www.TheSpeechSpotSTL.com
I have a dedicated therapy room in South Saint Louis and specialize students up to age 14. I can provide therapy services, 2nd opinions or full evaluations for parents seeking profession guidance for their students needs.

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.

Homeschool Events List for June 28, 2015

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Classical Conversations
History Clubhouse
Summer Family Fun Series
Bolduc House
Workshop for Educators
Hopping Homes
Spider Sniff
Scene, Ad & Action Camp
Youth Frog Gigging Clinic
Hiring Homeschoolers
Children’s Choir and Group Voice lessons

Classical Conversations
There are openings in the Classical Conversations Foundations and Essentials programs in the Kirkwood area. We meet on Tuesdays at Kirkwood Road Christian Church.
Please join me for an informational meeting on Monday, June 29 from 7-9. Please email me for the exact location as it may change due to interest. Foundations and Essentials are the programs for children 4 years-11 years old.
Classical Conversations is a national Christian homeschooling program that equips parents, supports your homeschool and offers a community for accountability and encouragement.
RSVP to Amy Russell at arussell7@gmail.com.

History Clubhouse
Missouri History Museum, Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park
Free Admission!
Created with input from regional families, the History Clubhouse is a space for families to foster a love of history, learning, and museums. Families can step back in time, explore, discover, and play in some favorite St. Louis places in a welcoming environment where nothing is hands off. Walk among the buildings of downtown St. Louis, steer a steamboat on the Mississippi River, prepare food in the ancient city of Cahokia, sell ice cream at the 1904 World’s Fair, and learn history along the way!
Family Nights in the History Clubhouse
Tuesdays, June 30–September 29
4:00pm to 7:30pm
Free
Join us for free family fun on Tuesday evenings in the History Clubhouse! On these special evenings, your family also will enjoy music, face painting, crafts, and more. Activities vary each week; please visit mohistory.org/historyclubhouse for a complete listing.

Summer Family Fun Series
Missouri History Museum, Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays in July
(No program July 3)
10:30am
FREE
Join us for free family fun! This series combines special guests, storytelling, and hands-on arts and crafts projects inspired by objects and themes in our exhibitions. Groups of eight or more MUST call (314) 454-3114. Groups may not be permitted to attend the Summer Family Fun Series but may be invited to make private reservations on Wednesdays and Thursdays. See our website for a complete schedule.

Critters, Crawdads and the Creek Homeschool Tuesday
Tuesday, July 7th is the next Homeschool Tuesday. Ed and Lesley will be taking everyone on a walking adventure to find all kinds of critters – we’ll see how many different kinds of critters we can find and we’ll probably get wet and muddy so wear appropriate clothing as well as bug spray and sun screen. Bring butterfly nets or bug collecting boxes too if you have any. And, a camera! As usual, please let us know by email, FB post, or calling the office at 573-883-3105 to say how many people you will be bringing. Cost: $4/participant or $10/family/maximum. We start at 10 and should be done by noon
Lesley Barker, Director
Bolduc House Museum, 125 South Main Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
www.bolduchouse.org

National Park Service Workshop for Educators
Osage History and Enduring Culture
Old Courthouse, downtown St. Louis
Friday, July 10, 2015
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Free
Presenters:
Dr. Andrea Hunter, Director, Osage Nation Historic Preservation Office
Kathryn Red Corn, former Director of Osage Tribal Museum
Julie Northrip, Director of Education, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
When Pierre Laclede established his fur trading post in St. Louis he had exclusive rights from France to trade with the Native Americans in the Missouri River Valley and the territory west of the Mississippi. This was the land of the Osage Indians, the largest and the most powerful group in the region. They numbered eight to ten thousand people controlling a 100,000 square mile hunting area bordered by the Missouri River on the north, the Mississippi River on the east and Arkansas River on the south.
Dr. Hunter will provide a brief history of the Osage Nation from the origin of the tribe, based on tribal oral tradition, to its current status on a reservation in Oklahoma. Dr. Hunter will also discuss archaeological research that has been conducted on several Osage sites in Missouri.
Throughout generations of loss, tragedy, and oppression, the Osage have shown tremendous resiliency. Kathryn Red Corn, former Director of Osage Tribal Museum, will show how the Osage have maintained their culture and oral traditions and continue to share them with younger generations today.
For more information about this workshop, or to register, please call Julie Northrip at 314-241-1244 ext. 100 or e-mail at julie_northrip@nps.gov

Hopping Homes
Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, 801 Strodtman Road, St. Louis, MO 63138
July 14, Tuesday; 12:30 – 2 p.m.(All ages)The sounds of summer often feature a chorus of Missouri’s frogs and toads. Let’s decorate an abode for these vocal amphibians to place in your yard or garden for your own private concert. If time allows, we will venture out on the area to find some of our jumping residents. (Reservations begin July 1.) Call 314-877-6014

Spider Sniff
August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area, 2360 Hwy D, St. Charles, MO 63304
July 18, Saturday; 8 – 9:30 p.m.(Families, Ages 6 and up) Do you have a nose for nature? Bring a flashlight and your night vision for a walk around August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in search of these “jewels of the night!” Become an official Spider Sniffer after attending this exciting program where you will learn about Missouri’s eight-legged critters and how to sniff them out in the dark! (Reservations begin July 3.) Call 636-441-4554

Scene, Ad & Action Camp 2015
Presented by Craftibility
Does your child sing along to commercial jingles? Does your child watch television advertisements more than television shows? In this class, your child will create fun television advertisement scenes and design a magazine cover featuring his/her very own products. At the end of each class, your child will present his/her advertisement to the other campers.
Ages 5-12 years old
Location: Lucky’s Market
Lucky’s Market, 15830 Fountain Plaza Drive, Ellisville, MO 63011
Thurs, July 23
Friday, July 24
Thurs, July 30
Friday, July 31
Time: 10:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. (Bring your own lunch)
Cost: $30 for one class
$25 if you sign up for more than one class
10% discount for a sibling or friend referral
To sign up, contact: Terri Canis
Craftibiliity@gmail.com
Here’s where to register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NHJQ9T3

Youth Frog Gigging Clinic
July 31, Friday; 7 p.m. – midnight. (Ages 11 – 15 accompanied by adult mentor)In this clinic, we’ll teach you how to hunt frogs at night using a technique called gigging. Gigging for frogs is an entertaining and unique summer pastime that can be enjoyed by all. Learn about frog habitat, the basics of frog gigging, necessary equipment, and gigging rules and regulations. When it gets dark, we’ll head out to actually go frog gigging! Afterwards, we’ll demonstrate how to clean and cook your frogs, and everyone will get to taste a sample of real frog legs! This event will be held at the BK Leach Memorial Conservation Area in Lincoln County. (Reservations begin July 1 by calling 636-441-4554.)

CHICK-FIL-A HIRING HOMESCHOOLERS
Dear Homeschool Families: My name is Jill Hume and I am the Human Resources Director at Chick-fil-A Sunset Plaza. We will be hosting our third Chick-fil-A Sunset Plaza Homeschooler’s Informational Meeting on the following dates:
Wednesday, August 19th from 10:00am-11:00am
Thursday, August 20th from7:00pm-8:00pm
at the Sunset Hills Community Center. Our Owner/Operator, Eric Benting, will share the Chick-fil-A story as well as our vision and values. He will expand upon Chick-fil-A’s corporate purpose, which is, “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A”. We are looking for energetic team-members who lead with a servants’ heart and are excited to make a difference in the community and in the lives of others.
We will serve samples of our delicious Chick-fil-A Nuggets and refreshing iced tea while you learn more about Chick-fil-A Sunset Plaza and why it is such a rewarding place to work. The restaurant is located in Sunset Hills off Lindbergh, we offer competitive pay, flexible schedules and are closed on Sunday. This opportunity is for employment at the Sunset Hills location only.
The address for the community center is:
Sunset Hills Community Center, 3915 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Sunset Hills, MO 63127
If you would like to attend, please e-mail me at jillhume@mac.com to reserve your spot. Please include candidate’s name and total number in your party; parents please join us too!
Thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to meeting you!

Children’s Choir and Group Voice lessons
Does your child love to sing? Join us for group lessons! This group is designed for children 8 to 11 years old and will last for 15 weeks. We’ll sing music from a variety of styles, including pop and Broadway. We’ll perform as a group at the end-of-semester recital, with opportunities for solos! We’ll learn the basics of healthy vocal technique, note-reading, and a little music history. The group will be limited to 10 students, so contact bethany@themusicroomstl.com to reserve a spot.
Mondays 6:30-7:15 PM with Ms. Lisa. Fall session runs 8/31-12/14, no class on Labor Day. Maximum of 10 students. At our first session (8/31), students will have a one-on-one lesson with Ms. Lisa to assess vocal range and previous note-reading knowledge.
Semester tuition $250 per child plus $15 materials fee. May be paid in monthly installments.

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.

Homeschool Events List for June 8, 2015

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FRC Informational Meeting
American Heritage Girls
Kid’s Carnival Day

FRC TEAM 1094 INFORMATIONAL MEETING
June 11, 2015; 7-9pm
We are currently recruiting students who want to learn about or participate in any of the following areas:
Mechanical Engineering, Design and Drafting: Graphic Arts and Crafts: Metal Fabrication and Machining: 3D Animation: Electrical Engineering and Sensor applications: Website Design: Leadership Skills: Community Relations and Outreach: Performance Arts: Communications: Public Speaking: Creative Writing
The address is 3858 Corporate Centre Drive, O’Fallon, MO Near Hwy K and Hwy 40/61. Schneider Electric is the big building located at the corner of Technology Drive and Corporate Center Drive that can be used for a landmark. The sign in front of the building is MMTC. Please enter the building by going up the dock ramp and enter the building through the door at the top of the ramp. Questions? email rivercityrobots@hotmail.com

American Heritage Girls
Faith, Service and Fun!
American Heritage Girls is a Christ-Centered scouting program for girls, grades K-12. Our mission is building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country.
Dardenne Prairie, Troop MO3130 is now opening registration!
We meet the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month from 6:00-7:30 for girls grades K-6 and from 6:00-8:00 for girls in grades 7-12. We meet at Dardenne Presbyterian Church next to Winghaven beginning August 24th.
What does AHG offer for the 2015-2016 program year?
Christian friendship, service projects, squad meetings, special events, badges, patches, unique life skills experiences, religious awards, outdoor experiences, leadership training, ceremonies and much, much more! (…like giggles and pizza)
To find out more:
Visit www.ahgonline.org or call Christy Westover at 314.239.9818
To register, contact:
Christy Westover ahgchristy@gmail.com
OR contact Kris Seton ahgseton@gmail.com

Kid’s Carnival Day
We are having a Kid’s Carnival and Game Day on June 27th from 12pm-4pm. We would like to invite all of your kids out for a day of fun and games. We also have a coloring contest going on until the day of the event. If they turn the coloring page in on the day of the Carnival, they will receive a prize. They can pick up the coloring pages and flyers at our store. If you have any questions, please give me a call.
Thank you
Catherine Branham, Owner
Head To Tail Pet Supplies, 1692 Gravois Rd, High Ridge, MO 63049
636-692-4581

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.

Homeschool Events List for March 20, 2015

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Automation and Robotics Technology degree
Liberty First 2015 Tour
Chemistry Class for Homeschoolers
Poetry Contest
Daniel Boone’s Homeschool Day
Carpentry Camp

ADVANCED MANUFACTURING TECHNICIAN
www.statetechmo.edu
State Technical College of Missouri is now offering a 5 semester program, located at Lewis & Clark Career Center in St Charles, MO, that allows students to earn a degree in Automation and Robotics Technology.
This program provides students the opportunity to participate in paid work experiences three full days a week while attending classes two full days a week. Thus, students enter the workforce with more experience, less debt and a significant employment advantage. This highly engaging program develops multi-skilled technicians who have the technical knowledge and abilities to perform well, communicate effectively, think critically, work in teams and act professionally. Students will graduate with a degree in Automation and Robotics Technology. The cutting-edge nature of the Associate of Applied Science degree prepares students to be ready to excel in the manufacturing industry or continue on to an advanced degree.
Come to an introductory meeting and hear from school representatives in person, Monday, March 23rd, 2015 at 7pm, at the Deer Creek Library in O’Fallon, MO (1300 North Main O’Fallon 63366-2013).
If this time/date does not work for you, or if you have other questions, please feel free to contact school representatives at: Steve.Doede@statetechmo.edu or James.Henley@statetechmo.edu

Liberty First 2015 Tour
A great event for all…should Christians be involved in politics? Hear Constitutional Attorney KrisAnne Hall at The Pillar Foundation on Monday, March 23, 2015, 6:00-9:00 pm…sponsored by Concerned Women for America Missouri.
“Liberty First 2015 Tour: KrisAnne Hall teaches the history of religious liberty in America that isn’t being taught anywhere else. As a pastor’s wife, KrisAnne speaks with authority regarding the Christian’s Biblical obligation to defend liberty. She teaches the history that is essential to understanding our Constitutional Republic. This history has not been taught for decades but is essential to the preservation of liberty for future generations. No opinions. No politics, Just historical facts. Hall gives real time solutions that We, The People need to correct this out-of-control federal government.”
​“No cost to attend. Women, men and teens are encouraged to attend.”
The Pillar Foundation, 15820 Clayton Road, Ellisville, MO 63011
www.thepillar.org

Chemistry Class for Homeschoolers
Informational Meeting for 2015-2016
Tuesday March 24, 2015 at 1:40 pm
First Evangelical Free Church in Manchester
We will meet in the Big House located behind the church
Taught by Mrs. Kacey Marner
Email for more information if you cannot attend Kaceymarner@gmail.com
The Chemistry course is designed for homeschool high school students. The class will meet 3 hours a week for 16 weeks per semester. The first two hours of the course will focus on the content of Chemistry. This will consist of answering questions from the homework the previous week, a quiz, and teaching of new material through lecture and examples. Most weeks the last hour will consist of a lab where the students will have the opportunity to experience Chemistry first hand. The class includes over 25 labs as well as notes, grades, test, quizzes, labs, homework, and the text. The class will likely be held at First Evangelical Free Church mid morning on Tuesday.

HSLDA’s Poetry Contest
How better to celebrate National Poetry Month this April than by giving your children a creative incentive to write a poem of their own!
HSLDA’s annual spring Poetry Contest offers all homeschooled students ages 7–19 a place to have fun practicing their poetic techniques in a creative response to one of three classic poems.
Open to HSLDA members and non-members alike and offering cash prizes upwards of $200, this contest promises to be a fun, educational experience for all!
View Contest Info & Guidelines
This year, our themes for the three age categories focus on the whimsical, even zany, side of poetry:
~Category 1 (ages 7–10): “Green Eggs and Ham” (excerpt) by Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss’s poem “Green Eggs and Ham” has become an American favorite, beloved for its humorous repetition and wacky illustrations. Your assignment is to read the excerpt and write a new, creative continuation of this zany poem, picking up right from where the excerpt leaves off! Keep the original rhyme scheme of AABB and keep your poem’s length to no more than 6 quatrains.
~Category 2 (ages 11–14): “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll
In 1871, Lewis Carroll published one of the best known English nonsense poems in his fanciful sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  Titled “Jabberwocky,” the poem uses nonsense words and whimsical language to transport Alice and all of its readers to a mythical land where strange creatures dwell.  Carroll paints an unreal world using unreal words, but in doing so, he leaves a very real impression of mystery and mythology that brings the story vividly to life in the imagination! Your assignment is to be creative in a similar way: write a poem of similar length (5-7 quatrains) and rhyme pattern (ABAB or ABCB) that takes place in a fun, perhaps mysterious, new world!  Incorporate some of the techniques Carroll used, including made-up vocabulary, neologisms, words with strong visual impact, and rich creativity of expression and idea.
~Category 3 (ages 15–19): “To My Valentine” by Ogden Nash
With his characteristic humorous flair, American poet Ogden Nash uses unexpected metaphors and atypical expressions to convey his nonetheless powerful love in his poem “To My Valentine.”  Your assignment is to think outside the box to do the same: defy clichés and write a modern-sounding poem that expresses a positive emotion in an uncharacteristic way.  Let your choice of vocabulary, metaphors, examples, theme, or the very emotion expressed be laced with originality. Follow Nash’s rhyme pattern (ABAB or ABCB) and keep your poem’s length between 5 and 7 quatrains.
To get a sense of what to look for or avoid when writing a poem, you can view the judges’ comments or read the winning poems from previous years!
Guidelines and entry forms can be found on our website, as well as information about our other annual contests for art, photography, and essay.  We look forward to reading your creative rhymes!
Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful. ~Rita Dove

Daniel Boone’s Homeschool Day
Wednesday, May 20, 2015; 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center, 1868 Hwy F, Defiance, Missouri
Homeschool students and their families are invited to experience frontier life through various pioneer skill stations. Watch black powder demonstrations, dip candles, barter in the General Store, explore the principles of physics through fire starting, relive life in a “one-room” school house, learn frontier carpentry, and much more!
Students: $7.00
Adults (18 and older): $5.00
Children (4 and under): free
One free adult per 4 paying students.
Families are encouraged to bring a “sack” lunch and enjoy lunch on their own under our new pavilion!
For more information: (636) 798-2005   www.danielboonehome.com
Please note: Due to the nature of the historic site, there is limited stroller and handicap accessibility.

Carpentry Camp
June 29th – July 2nd, 2015, 10 AM – 2 PM
Deer Creek Park, Maplewood
6th-9th grade
In the week-long Carpentry Camp, a skilled professional will lead the class through proper technique and craftsmanship and supervise each participant with their very own project.
Projects include measuring, sanding, drilling, hammering, staining, painting and other skills. Each participant will take his finished work home at the end of the week.
Class fee includes project material, apron and tools, and a T-shirt!
EARLY REGISTRATION = $165 (Before May 15th)
After May 15th = $185
Get $20 off your enrollment fee for every friend that registers!
To enroll or for more information visit http://kenneyremodelers.com/camp.html

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 March 10, 2015

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Spirit Night @ Chick-fil-A
DaySpring Academy – Informational Meeting
The Compassion Experience
Town & Country Symphony Orchestra
Homeschool Day at Barron Gymnastics
Confessions of a Prodigal Son
Ancient Skywatchers
The Write Stuff Contest
Wetlands for Kids
State Forest Nursery Open House
Congressional Art Competition
SHARE Prom
Pen Pal Program
Great American Human Foosball
Free Summer Bowling

Patriots’ baseball Spirit Night @ Chick-fil-A!!
We’ll be having a Spirit Night on Wednesday, March 11, from 5-8pm @ the Mid Rivers location.   All you have to do is tell them that you’re there for the Patriots’ Spirit Night when you order, and they’ll donate a portion of your total to the Patriots. It’s even good if you use the drive-thru, but then you’d miss out on chatting w/all the baseball players and their families! Come see us and support this great program!

DaySpring Academy – Informational Meeting
Where students learn to think Critically & Creatively while building Communication & Collaboration skills.
Do you have more questions about the program and our curriculum? We are hosting an Evening Informational Meeting to see the curriculum, sample schedules of a week and ask questions to staff, teachers, and fellow parents… Friday, March 13th at 7pm. Let us know if you’d like to come!
Did you miss our Open House? Inquiring families are welcome to tour anytime, please call so we can be sure your are visiting the correct day to see the correct level.
DaySpring is a Unique Educational Experience that offers…
Preschool through High School academics in all the core subjects & elective classes to enrich
-Structured in a University Style
-Hybrid of home school and private school
-Students work in the classroom with peers and a teacher two days a week (three days for older students); then work at home with parents the other days of the week.
-Challenging Curriculum
-Creative – Imaginative – Investigative – Cooperative styles of learning
-Parents and teachers working cooperatively to see growth in students
-A safe and healthy environment that encourages individuality and a love for learning
www.dayspringarts.org       314-291-8878       office@dayspringarts.org

The Compassion Experience
Reservations Required
Change the Story: The Compassion Experience is coming to St. Louis, MO with an event hosted at Faith Lutheran Church. The free event will bring visitors on an interactive journey through the lives of children living in Kenya and the Philippines.
Through over 2,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space, visitors will step inside daily life in a developing country — visiting homes, markets and schools — without getting on a plane. Through the use of an iPod and headset, each tour is guided by a child whose story starts in poverty but ends in hope. The event is an excellent opportunity to experience another culture and better understand the realities of global poverty. Don’t miss this life-changing event brought to you by Compassion International and Faith Lutheran Church.
Event Information:
Date: March 13-16
Location: Faith Lutheran Church, 6101 Telegraph Road, St. Louis, MO 63129
The Compassion Experience is free and appropriate for all ages. Click here for additional details and to reserve your spot to attend.

Town & Country Symphony Orchestra
Sunday March 15 at 2:30pm
Parkway United Church of Christ, 2841 N. Ballas Rd., Town and Country, MO 63131
Selections include:
Vivalid Concerto for 4 Violins
Jeff Lindhorst, Stephanie To, Hiran Fernando, Rachel Rabe – Violins
Mozart Symphony #39
Pelleas and Melisande (Faure)
Rapsodie pour Orchestre et Saxophone in E (Debussy)
James Meyer, Saxophone
Prairie Night & Celebration Dance (from Billy the Kid) (Copland)
No Charge for Admission!!!
The Town & Country Symphony Orchestra enjoys serving the St. Louis area through its free musical concerts. The Orchestra performs at local universities and schools, churches, malls, retirement centers and parks. The musical style varies from classical, broadway and pops to holiday. Music Director and Conductor: David Lowell Peek.

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, with a reduced rate for homeschoolers.
When?   3rd Monday of every month
March 16
April 20
May 18
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 = $10.00         Each additional family member = $7.00
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.

Confessions of a Prodigal Son
Homeschooler Nathan Clarkson has written and directed a movie about being a Prodigal Son. It is starring Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, God’s Not Dead) and also Nathan’s wife, Rachael Lee as well as St Louis native, Dawin Harris. I am working on getting a screening here in the St Louis area. Tickets must be pre-ordered and I have to sell about another 80 tickets to make the screening happen. This movie is not recommended for younger children due to some of the scenes showing alcohol and other teen-related events.
If you would please join me and others in supporting this and showing Hollywood we want more Value-based films. Also, please feel free to share the link via any social media you may be on. Share with friends and family that are in the area.
Here is the link to purchase the tickets. Tickets must be pre-ordered NO LATER THAN MARCH 19TH! The screening is Thursday evening, March 26th at 4pm, Ronnie’s Theater in St Louis. The link will show the address and other information.
https://www.tugg.com/events/13348#.VPfKN-oL5_E.facebook

Ancient Skywatchers of the Eastern Woodlands
Sunday – March 22nd – 2:00pm
Dr.William Romain, PhD, chronicles a five-thousand year-old tradition of Native American skywatching. Using state-of-the-art LiDAR imagery and archaeoastronomic assessment protocols, he documents celestial alignments of representative sites from the Archaic, Woodland, and Mississippian periods. He also explores certain design principles held in common across the region and significant trends through time.
This lecture is free, open to the public, and held at the Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center.
For more information phone 618-346-5160.

The Write Stuff Contest
Enter your original literary work and you could win a prize!
Calling all kids and teens ages 8-18 with a talent for creative writing! The St. Louis County Library is holding a contest for all writers. There will be prizes for the winners.
How to enter:

  1. Send an email with your original literary work attached to kidzone@slcl.org or teenzone@slcl.org between March 1 and March 31, 2015.
  2. In the body of the email, please include the following: name of entrant, age, current SLCL Library card number, library branch, phone, email, parent/guardian name, school.
  3. Also include the following statement in your email: Yes, I have read the official contest rules and followed them. I agree that the attached document is my own work and contains my own original ideas.

The Write Stuff Contest Official Rules and Guidelines
-Students age 8-18 are encouraged to enter.
-Entrant must have a valid SLCL card.
-Limit one submission per person.
-Write one story, including the line: “I peeled back the paper and there you were…”
-Entry can be funny, serious, etc. Judging will be based on originality, story flow/continuity and mechanical elements (grammar, punctuation, spelling).
-Story must be between 250-500 words long for ages 8-14 and between 500-1000 words long for ages 15-18. (title does not count)
-Please send entry as a “.doc” or “.rtf” file.
-Each entry must be typed and double-spaced (no fancy fonts please).
-Do not write your name or place any other identifying marks on the story pages.
-Entries must be received between Sunday, March 1 and close of business on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.
-Winners will be chosen in three categories: Ages 8-10, Ages 11-14, and Ages 15-18.
-Winners will be notified by Friday, April 17 and posted at www.slcl.org within a week.
-First place entries will be posted in their entirety on the Kids Blog and Read Alert teen blog.
-Judges decisions are final.
-Visa gift cards will be given for 1st ($50) and 2nd ($25) place in each category. Winner and runner-up will receive certificates.

WETLANDS FOR KIDS
Saturday, April 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles
Wetlands for Kids Day is hosted by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Ducks Unlimited (DU). The event, supported by grants from the Enterprise Foundation, US Bank and the Mississippi Valley Duck Hunters Association, is free for both kids and adults.
Wetlands for Kids Day is designed to help families have fun discovering nature while also learning about the importance of these vital habitats in Missouri.
The activities include more than 20 stations where visitors can learn about wetland creatures first hand. There will be a chance to see real birds of prey courtesy of the World Bird Sanctuary. A live reptile and amphibian station will provide a close-up look at these wetland inhabitants. Kids can explore the Duck Wing Maze while learning to identify ducks by wings and plumage along the way. They can also crawl through a simulated beaver den.
Retriever demonstrations are popular with visitors who enjoy watching the dogs perform on land and water.   Other stations include fish tasting, air rifle shooting, archery, DU Laser Shot, and a rod and reel casting station.
Each child who attends gets a free subscription to the MDC Xplor: Adventures in Nature Magazine for kids. They will also receive a DU Greenwing membership and a subscription to Puddler Magazine. There will also be free tree seedling giveaways while supplies last.
In keeping with its watery theme, Wetlands for Kids Day will be held rain or shine. In the event of wet weather, the event will be moved indoors. Food will also be available for purchase during the event.
To learn more about Wetlands for Kids Day on April 4, call 636-441-4554. The August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area is located in St. Charles on Route D, about two miles west of Highway 94.

State Forest Nursery Open House
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites the public to discover nature through an open house on Saturday, April 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its 754-acre George O. White State Forest Nursery near Licking, MO. Reservations are requested by calling 573-674-3229.
MDC staff will provide guided tours on a small bus to show attendees how Nursery staff grow and sell more than 3 million seedlings annually. Visitors will learn how seeds from more than 60 species of trees and shrubs are collected, cleaned, planted, grown, lifted, graded, stored, and shipped. In addition to tours, staff will demonstrate the workings of a portable sawmill and answer conservation questions. Smokey Bear will also be at the event.
To get to the Nursery, take Highway 63 north from Licking a half mile to Shafer Road and then go west for four miles.
The State Forest Nursery has provided seedlings to Missourians since 1947 for reforestation, windbreaks, erosion control, and wildlife habitat. Learn more about the Nursery from the MDC website at mdc.mo.gov/node/3986.

Congressional Art Competition
I am pleased to announce that Missouri’s 2nd congressional district will participate in the Annual Congressional Art Competition again this spring. This competition is an excellent opportunity to recognize the rich artistic talents of the high school students in our district. Each year I look forward to seeing the outstanding work of our accomplished young artists. You can view the 2014 entries through a link on my website  www.wagner.house.gov .
The winning entry from the 2nd district will not only be recognized at the local level but will also be displayed for one year in the United States Capitol along with other student’s artwork from around the country.   The 2nd district winner   will   receive round-trip airfare to Washington, D.C.to attend a ceremony unveiling the winning   pieces from across the nation.   The second and third place entries will be displayed in my Washington D.C. and District offices, respectively, for one year.
All entries and release forms must be delivered to my District Office at 301 Sovereign Court Suite 201, St. Louis, MO 63011 by 5 PM on Monday, April 13, 2015. All the entries will be displayed and the winners announced at the 2nd District Exhibit and Awards Ceremony. Details regarding this event will be forth coming shortly. Please encourage your students to participate in this worthwhile program.
If you have any questions, please go to my website at  www.wagner.house.gov or contact Jaci Winship at 636-779-5449 or   jaci.winship@mail.house.gov . The Congressional Art Competition Guidelines and Student Information and Release Forms may be downloaded from my website.

SHARE Prom
All homeschooled high school students and homeschooled alumni are invited to attend.
Our theme is “A Night In Paris”
We have a NEW LOCATION this year:
Andre’s West Banquet Center, 211 South Old Highway 141, Fenton, MO 63026
April 16, 2015 – 7:00-11:00 p.m.
~Prom Cost is $30.00 per person ($40.00 after April 2nd)
~Pam Weatherford will be our photographer.
Prom package includes 2-5×7’s, 4 wallets $18.00 ($20.00 at the door)
~Last day to register is Friday April 9th (We have to give Andre’s a final total; therefore, NO late registration forms will be accepted)
~This year registration will be online. Please note that you will have to go to 3 different websites to register correctly. (Note: If a parent cannot volunteer, you can skip #3)
If you do not have access to Paypal, you may send a check or cash to:
Cathy Mullins, 3675 Montana, St. Louis, MO 63116
How To Register:

  1. SIGN UP AT THIS SITE: http://stlshareprom.weebly.com/

Here you will sign up yourself and/or a guest, enter the optional poll for Prom Court (juniors & seniors only), request 2 songs; and read the Prom Rules.

  1. GO TO THE SHARE CALENDAR PAGE TO SIGN UP AND PAY WITH PAYPAL:

https://www.homeschool-life.com/sysfiles/member/events/events_view.cfm?memberid=283&public=1&private=&eventid=1222094

  1. VOLUNTEER TO CHAPERONE OR HELP CLEAN UP AT THIS SITE: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050c48aaaf22a20-20152

Pen Pal Program
HSAMF (Home School Association for Military Families) Pen Pal Program is for both military and civilian homeschooled children.
Our Pen Pal Program is a FREE literacy based, traditional letter writing program.  It is a great way to get children writing traditional letters, a skill that is often lost in today’s society, as well as make friends with children they would otherwise not have met.
Quite honestly, it has been a great way to work on grammar and spelling with my children, without them even realizing they are “working on school.”
If you are interested, or know of any other homeschooling families that may be interested, we encourage you to check out our website, www.hsamf.org Look for the Pen Pal Program under the Programs tab.
We also want to encourage you to sign up for our e-newsletter.  Penpal Tidbits is a bimonthly publication that will give you fresh ideas to share with your penpal. For example, August 26th was Australia Day, so the children were encouraged to learn something new about Australia and then share it with their pen pal.

Great American Human Foosball
A unique and fun form of physical activity and team building!
Homeschool reservations are Mon. or Fri. 1-3 pm
$5/head/one game (12 minimum), or $150/2 hrs (25 maximum)
For more info. contact Sherri: (314)-882-6191/GreatAmericanHumanFoosball@gmail.com
S.L.S. Building
3227 Morganford Rd.
St. Louis, MO  63116
www.greatamericanhumanfoosball.com

FREE SUMMER BOWLING
Just go to http://www.kidsbowlfree.com and pick a bowling alley!

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 February 26, 2015

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Daddy Daughter Dance
Home School Swim Program
Bowling Outing
Bolduc House
Curriculum Fair
Judges for Speech and Debate
Expo Updates
New Co-op
Music Together
Regional photography competition
Pam Tebow
SHARE Homeschool Art Show

Daddy Daughter Dance
Koinonia, out of First Baptist Wentzville, is hosting their first Daddy Daughter Dance! Feb 27, 6-9p. Dinner, Devotion & Dancing. Open to the public. Invite a friend and his daughter as well and allow God to bless you! $20 for Dad and one daughter, $25 for Dad and *all* his girls. Modest dress required (nothing too low or too short). Tickets are limited. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact us at fbcwkoinonia@gmail.com

Home School Swim Program
Stroke Mechanics/Endurance Swim and Swim to Suit Lessons
Where: Wildwood Family YMCA
When: Fridays February 27 – April 3, 2015
Time: 11:00-12:00pm & 12:00 – 1:00pm
Ages: Stroke Mechanics ages 5-18 yrs / Swim to Suit ages 3 -12 yrs
Stroke Mechanics- is designed for swimmers who can swim a minimum of 25 yds. freestyle and 25 yds backstroke.
Swim to Suit- is designed for children who are working on water orientation and the basics of swimming and stroke development.
Cost: $30 members / $50 non-members
Contact Jennie Smith, Aquatic Director @ 636-458-6636 ext 245, or at jennifer.smith@ymcastlouis.org

WINTER Bowling Outing
When: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 – 01:30 PM to 03:00 PM
Where: Brunswick Zone Lakeside 1254 Dougherty Ferry Road Valley Park, MO 63088 (636) 225-2400
Notes: Open to all homeschoolers and their families
$5.00 includes 3 games and shoe rental
No league, no commitment, just a FOR FUN event!!

Bolduc House Homeschool Day
The March 3rd Homeschool Tuesday should be really fun. A local artist will be here with a series of paintings about people and life in the Ste. Genevieve colonial community. The homeschoolers will brainstorm about the stories that might be illustrated by the paintings and then, working alone, or in groups, go through the writing process to create an original story or poem. As always, the event begins at 10AM and will end by noon. It costs $4/participant and we’ll be done by noon as usual. Please let us know if you are coming and how many people you are bringing.
Bolduc House Museum, 125 South Main Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
www.bolduchouse.org

CHC USED CURRICULUM FAIR
We are excited to host the 2nd Annual CHC Homeschool Curriculum Fair!  Our fair will be held on Friday, March 6, 2015, from 1:00pm – 3:00pm; and is open to ALL area homeschoolers!
-Tables available for $5.00 to sell your homeschool items.
-Free admission to browse and shop!
-Free parking!
-CASH-only transactions for peace of mind and ease of both Seller and Buyer.
-Fun and free activities to keep your littles occupied while you shop and sell:  open to youth ages 3-13 years.
The table cost is just $5.00 and can be shared with a friend if you choose.  Your table fee is due at check-in on March 6 and to be paid in cash.
For more details, please contact Christina Wright at info@collinsvillehomeschoolcoop.com or by visiting the Curriculum Fair page at www.collinsvillehomeschoolcoop.com.
Hope you can join us!
*Items being sold are in AS-IS condition with no liability accepted by CHC, CHC Admin Team, MHBC, or seller.  Purchaser assumes all liability.
*All unsold items must be removed by seller during Clean-up.
*Supervised youth activities are being offered as a free convenience for parents to sell and shop.  Activities are offered with no liability accepted by CHC, CHC Admin Team, or MHBC.  Parents assume all liability.
*Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Homeschooling families will be accepted first, and registration to non-homeschoolers will be accepted as space allows (Non-homeschoolers refers to educational material providers only i.e. Discovery Toys, Usborne Books, etc.  Registrations for non-education related vendors will not be accepted i.e. Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Thirty-One Bags, etc.).  Registrations will be accepted while space is available or until March 1, whichever happens first.
Curriculum Fair will be held at Meadow Heights Baptist Church, 1498 Vandalia Street, Collinsville, Illinois 62234.

WANTED
Judges for Speech and Debate Tournament March 18-21, 2015
West County Assembly of God, 13431 North Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017
Homeschool speech and debate is raising up a generation that is not afraid to speak out for truth and justice, for faith and hope. We need community judges willing to listen and encourage. We need you!
Description:
Gender: Male or Female. 400 judges needed!
Occupation: ANY. Professional, parent, college student, doctor, teacher, pastor. Any background and experience accepted! You may feel unqualified, but you are exactly the kind of judge we seek. Students must learn to communicate with everyone, not just those trained in speech and debate
Age: Anyone over 19 and out of high school
Training: No previous experience required A brief training session is provided.
Commitment: Approximately 2 1/2 hours Times are available throughout the day and evening.
Caution: You may become a repeat participant! Many people who have volunteered enjoy the experience so much, they come back to judge again and again. The judge hospitality room remains armed and loaded throughout the day with an abundance of delicious food. Overindulgence is a danger!
Reward Offered: No, there’s no monetary reward. But there is the opportunity to listen and encourage as future leaders: lawyers, actors, mechanics, Bible teachers,—maybe even a future president—share their talents and sharpen their skills. You just sit back, enjoy the speakers, fill out the ballots, and enjoy the food.
Anyone meeting this description may register at https://gatewayclassic2015.homeschooldebate.net/

Expo updates….
-The Expo speaker pages now have the 2015 seminars along with their descriptions, times, and room numbers! Go to the Home Page of the Expo website at www.stlhomeschoolexpo.com and click on “Read More” under each speaker picture to see the awesome talks they will be giving this year. There will be a few additions, changes, and adjustments, but the majority are posted.
-The Schedule Grids for Friday (March 20) and Saturday (March 21) are almost finished and should be posted on the Expo website sidebar over the weekend. Keep checking!
-There are three “Track Talks” pages posted – “Youth Interest,” “Struggling Learner,” and “High School Helps.” More tracks based on subject and interest will be posted as it gets closer to the Expo.
-Interested in the fun & educational Expo Children’s Program that will be held next door in the “Bigg House” this year? Register for the program by February 20 for a chance to win one of four Expo Cash prizes of $50!
-We are so excited that HSLDA’s new High School Consultant, Carol Becker, will be giving seven helpful seminars in our “High School Helps” Track! On the 2014 Evaluations Forms many attendees requested jr. high and high school support and we scheduled Carol’s seminars plus lots of others. See the “High School Helps” Track link on the website.
-Stay tuned for more updates on the Exhibitor Giveaways & Prizes, “Toddler to Tween” and “Dad” Seminars, Volunteer Opportunities, Leaders’ Fellowship, Homeschool Clinic, and much more!
-Thanks for purchasing ads to put in the Program/Booklet, Expo Tote Bags, or Business & Services Guide, and for spreading the word about our event.  This helps keep prices low (still only $10 per person!) and Thursday nights free!
-Please feel free to contact us with any questions or feedback! Looking forward to seeing you at this year’s Expo!
The Expo Board

NEW CO-OP
A new Homeschooling Co-Op is starting in Cedar Hill, MO Fall 2015.
Please come to the information meeting at First Baptist Church of Cedar Hill, 8265 Local Hillsboro Road, Cedar Hill, MO 63016 on March 24, 2015 @ 6:30PM!
The goal for this Co-Op is to provide homeschooling families the opportunity to join together and share in their children’s education. We will be meeting once a week for classes (examples may be life skills, creative writing, health, dance, etc.) and have regular field trip opportunities. We also are striving for parties and events such as prom, graduation, etc.
Free childcare will be available at the meeting.

Music Together
In a Music Together class, up to twelve children and their parents meet weekly in a 45-minute class to sing songs, dance, play with simple musical instruments, have fun with chants, fingerplays, rhythm games and a rich variety of other music and movement activities. This program is geared toward children birth – 5 years old, and the adults who love them. Come experience how children learn music through play!
Tuition: $175/ 10 weeks (first child), $120 for additional siblings over 8 months in age
Starts: Tuesday, March 31st 9:45am
Babies younger than 8 months attend FREE
Tuition includes 1 CD, MP3 song download code, and a beautifully illustrated songbook.
City Music and Education Center
9299 Watson Rd., Crestwood, MO 63126
314-961-8700 (ask for Janelle)
janelle@citymusicstl.com
www.citymusicstl.com

REGIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION
Manchester Arts is seeking entries for our third annual regional photography competition, FOCUS 2015. The competition is open to photographers of all ages and skill levels, who reside in the greater Metro St. Louis area. Prizes totaling more than $1,600 will be awarded to 23 entrants, within three age categories: Youth (ages 5-13), Young Adult (ages 14-20), and Adult (ages 21+.)
Submit your best photographs (family-friendly, 3 images maximum.) of any subject matter, created anywhere  Entry deadline is April 6-7, 2015, and the main exhibit will run April 17-19, with an opening reception and awards program, the evening of April 17. An awards exhibit will be on display after that, through May. For all of the details about the competition and exhibits, please download the two attached files: (a) FOCUS 2015 Call For Entries (with info, rules, entry forms, etc.); and (b) FOCUS 2015 Poster/Flyer, that we invite you to share and display if you wish. For more information about Manchester Arts, or to find more info about FOCUS 2015, please visit our website at manchestermo.gov/arts, and follow event updates on Facebook and Twitter (links and contact info, below.)
We invite you to please help us spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested in participating! Feel free to forward this email to whomever it is appropriate; display or share our event poster/flyer; tell a friend, family member, colleague, neighbor, or student; mention the event on social media, etc. We greatly appreciate your assistance in helping our event succeed and grow, and we hope to see everyone’s photography on display at this fun community arts event!

Having Faith – Pam Tebow
Musical Guest Michael O’Brien
April 11, 2015
10:00 am (doors open at 9:00 am)
Pam Tebow, mother of Tim Tebow, will be a guest speaker for a women’s event at First Baptist Church of Wentzville (653 Luetkenhaus Blvd. Wentzville, MO 63385) in April. As a veteran homeschooling mother of five, Pam has specifically asked us to invite you and your friends; and as always, we are thrilled to do so. Please join us for a day of fun and inspiration.
Tickets may be purchased through itickets.com (search Pam Tebow), the church office 636.327-8696, or the women’s ministry table Sunday mornings. They are $20 per person. For more details and directions: www.fbcwentzville.com

9th ANNUAL SHARE HOMESCHOOL ART SHOW
GRADES K-12 – April 28, 2015
The 9th annual SHARE Homeschool Art Show is a fun opportunity for young artists to see their work on display, view others’ artwork, and enjoy fellowship time with others who love art. Ribbons will be awarded to place winners in each grade category (including separate categories for photography) and participant ribbons will also be given.
This contest is open to all homeschooled students, Kindergarten – 12th grade. We encourage students of all ages to submit pieces. Let’s make this SHARE Art Show another great one!
Artwork will be judged twice. First, privately before the Show begins. All award ribbons will be held until the awards ceremony, so as not to influence the Artists’ Choice awards. The second judging will be “Artists’ Choice”: students who have submitted artwork will vote on the pieces they like the best, and the winner in each category will receive a special ribbon. All awards will be announced after everyone has had a chance to view the artwork.
IMPORTANT DATES
Friday April 10          Registration deadline (to allow us time to order ribbons)
Friday, April 24         Deadline for project drop-off (see drop-off contacts below)
Tuesday, April 28     Viewing 6:00-7:00 p.m.; Announcement of winners 7:00 p.m.
Registration information and submittal guidelines can be found on the SHARE website (top bar, calendar and link on home page).

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The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Lincoln County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions).
NOTE: Inclusion in this list does not necessarily indicate endorsement by the blog owner. I try to include as many events or classes I know of in the Greater St. Louis area that would be of special interest to homeschoolers. Some of these events come from a distinctively “Christian” perspective, while others are purely “secular” in nature. If you see things that you would not be particularly interested in, just ignore them and look for the things that do appeal to you.