Homeschool Events List for April 29, 2015

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Greater St. Louis Book Fair
Classical Conversations
2- Used Curriculum Sales
Panthers Volleyball

Hello Readers! A computer wipe and reinstall has kept me from my duties for awhile, but hopefully I am now back in the swing of things. These are a few timely items, but there is more coming soon!

2015 Greater St. Louis Book Fair
Schedule & General Information
The following is a preliminary schedule. Fair times, special events, admission and policies may be subject to change.
>>Thursday, April 30       Opening Night
Opening Remarks            03:30 pm – 04:00 pm
Gates Open. $10 General Admission       04:00 pm – 09:00 pm
>>Friday, May 1                FREE General Admission               10:00 am – 08:00 pm
>>Saturday, May 2          Shopping for Persons with Disabilities    09:00 am – 10:00 am
FREE General Admission               10:00 am – 08:00 pm
>>Sunday, May 3             FREE General Admission – Half-Price Day               11:00 am – 06:00 pm
Location / Venue
Macy’s at West County Center, 80 West County Center, St. Louis MO 63131
Lower Level of Macy’s East Parking Garage
Macy’s at West County Center is located at the intersection of I-270 and Manchester Road. The Macy’s East Parking Garage is located on the east side of Macy’s, toward Ballas Road.
Payment Options: Cash, Check, Credit Card: Discover, MasterCard, VISA
Policies:
Persons found not abiding by the following policies will be asked to leave Book Fair at once:
>Patrons may stay in the parking garage overnight Wednesday provided they remain in their vehicles. No campers are allowed.
>Patrons may begin lining up at 6 am on opening day.
>Patrons are limited to one shopping cart at a time.
>Cart contents can be reserved at the secure reserve, large purchase area.
>All reserved items will be boxed & sealed until payment is received.
>All reserved items must be paid for & removed by closing time of that day.
>We are not responsible for protecting or securing items stored for patrons after a sale.
>Unattended boxes or carts will be resorted and restocked.
>Electronic scanners/book purchasing lists may be utilized at book tables only; books may not be scooped up and removed from tables for scanning.
>Patrons purchasing rare and collectible merchandise must remain at the purchase counter while their items are being pulled from the display cases. Request lists will not be fulfilled unless the interested patron is present.

Classical Conversations
We have several openings in the Classical Conversations Challenge A, B and I program in the Eureka/Wildwood area. We meet on Tuesdays from 8:30-3:30PM at the Heritage Presbyterian Church, Alt Road, Wildwood, MO.
Join us at Eureka Bread Co on May 19, 2015 from 7-9PM for more information on this excellent program for teens. Students must be 12 years of age before Sept. 30, 2015 to enroll.
Classical Conversations is a national Christian homeschooling program that equips parents, supports your homeschool calling and offers both accountability and encouragement.
RSVP Directors Shelly Redman at shelly6595@sbcglobal.net, Stephanie Kaiser, stephiekaiser@yahoo.com or Melissa George at dmcalm@gmail.com if you are interested in attending the meeting!

TROY (MO) USED CURRICULUM SALE
The Troy area homeschoolers will be hosting a Used Curriculum Sale at Troy First Baptist Church.  All homeschoolers and others interested in buying or selling curriculum or educational items are welcome to attend. There will be no admission charge to buy or sell. The first 35 people that reserve a table will be able to sell their books.
Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2015.
Location: Troy First Baptist Church, 1000 Elm Tree Rd., Troy, MO
Times:  9:00-10:00: Check in and Set Up.  Volunteers needed to be there at 9:00 to help set up.
(Tables must be reserved ahead of time; see below.) Sellers may buy and sell to each other.
10:00-1:00: Regular shopping. No admission fee.
1:00–2:00: Clean up. Volunteers needed!
* TO SELL YOUR BOOKS: You need to reserve a table ahead of time, bring your books with you, and set them up to sell at that table. You should label them with prices and bring your own change.
* There is no charge for a table rental. Because of this, there is a limit of one table per family. You may share a table with one other family.
* Since there is no charge, you may be tempted to reserve a table and then not show up. Or you might bring a couple of books to sell just so you can get early shopping. Please do not do this.
TO RESERVE A TABLE:
* Please email your name, address, email address, and phone number to Charlotte Schlup at cschlup@centurytel.net  We have small, medium, and large tables available.  It will be first come, first served on the day of the sale. You will be sent an email confirmation.
* You will be asked to sign in at the door, and two adults per table will be allowed to sell. There will not be any tickets mailed to you.
* Please do not sell any food or drinks. You may bring your own lunch and drinks, but we ask you to clean up after yourselves.
* Please remember that this is a curriculum sale, not a garage sale.
* Please be respectful of the church property and of other people.
* Please keep your children with you at all times and do not allow them to walk around unsupervised. Under no circumstances are they to be roaming the hallways of the church.
* If you sign up, I expect you to show up. Please let me know if circumstances keep you from attending so I can give your table to someone else.
*If you have any questions, please send an email to Charlotte at cschlup@centurytel.net  Please put “Used Book Sale” in the subject line.

USED CURRICULUM SALE
FCM (CHEF) USED CURRICULUM And BOOK SALE Saturday, June 6, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon at the beautiful Salem United Methodist Church, 1200 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131; conveniently located just off Hwy 40/64 between Hwy 270 and 170, a little north of Frontenac Plaza. Both buyers and sellers have told us that this one is the best! We have people come from all over the state and other states. Sellers may begin setting up at 8:00 a.m. Tables are $13 for an 8-ft. table. To reserve your table please contact Sonia at fcm@familycovenantministries.com or 314-920-6135.

Panthers Volleyball
Girls Volleyball in the St. Peters / St. Louis / Chesterfield area
Girls going into the 6 – 12 grades this Fall 2015
Summer Volleyball Camp 2015 is set for June 29 – July 1
Try-outs for the 2015 Team is set for July 2
Place: St. Joseph Church in Cottleville
Time:  Noon – 3:00 PM
Cost:  $30 for Camp  – $10 for Tryouts
Free T-shirt included when registered for both, by June 1, 2015
We will select girls for at least 3 teams, Varsity, Jr. Varsity & Jr. High.  We will also have a practice squad for girls who are either new to the sport or just need a little more practice, but may want to get ready for next season.
Visit our website:  www.panthersvolleyball.org
For more information:  Email:  panthers_volleyball@hotmail.com
Or call Tony Latham at:  636-236-1371

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 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 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).

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.

Dr. Brian Ray speaking about Gen2 Results

Does Homeschooling Work?

New Study: Generation2 Survey
Research Findings on Home Based Education
Brian D. Ray, Ph.D.
February 26, 2015 • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Pillar Foundation • 15820 Clayton Road, Ellisviille, MO 63011

Dr. Ray will help you consider the answers to questions such as the following?

  • Are parents qualified to teach their children, academically?
  • What about socialization?
  • Should ethnic minorities homeschool their children?
  • How will these children succeed – or fail – in the “real world” of adulthood”?
  • What are the findings of the Gen2 Survey (Generation 2, Millennials)?
  • Is Common Core any good?

If you have an interest in or concern about the “outcomes of home education,” think that homeschooling is bad for society (or good for society), or you are a veteran homeschooler who just needs a little morale boost, you won’t want to miss this presentation. Good books and other relevant resources on child training and homeschooling will be available.
Admission: FREE to the public. Offerings appreciated to benefit the nonprofit National Home Education Research Institute and ongoing research. Books, reports and videos will be available for purchase.

Bring the curious, the critic, your friend, your pastor, and your children’s grandparents. Dr. Ray will have some good books and reports on homeschooling and child training for sale.

Who is Dr. Brian Ray?

Dr. Ray has been critically reviewing research in the area of home education for about 32 years. He is the founding editor of Home School Researcher, a quarterly peer-reviewed journal on home education; has published numerous articles on home education in professional journals (e.g., Peabody Journal of Education, Educational Leadership), Christianity Today, and Homeschooling Today magazine; has been interviewed by numerous radio, print, and television media, including two appearances on the “NBC Today Show” with presidents of the National Education Association; is a former professor of education at the undergraduate and graduate levels; is a former classroom teacher in private and public schools; is an outstanding researcher, and takes a logical and friendly approach to home education. His Ph.D. is in science education from Oregon State University. His newest books are Home Educated and Now Adults and Worldwide Guide to Homeschooling (available online http://www.nheri.org). Dr. and Mrs. Ray have/are homeschooling their eight children (and they have six grandchildren), and live on a small farm in western Oregon.

Contact: Lisa Payne-Naeger at Lisa.Naeger@mac.com with questions.
Dr. Brian Ray at NHERI: mail@nheri.org or (503) 361-1490

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 February 7, 2015

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Bradburn’s Closing
Girls Homeschool Soccer
Home Education Information Event
Pillar Speaker
Swim & Safety Lessons
Gala Dinner
Got Talent Show
Expo Facebook Contest

Bradburn’s Location closing
They are closing their Creve Coeur location at 734 North New Ballas Rd, but the Hampton Ave store will remain open.   See http://bradburnspts.com/. The website hasn’t been updated with a store closing announcement. They told me today everything might be cleared out by Feb 15th or so.
Right now everything in the Creve Coeur store is 40% off. Good deals on school, art, and office supplies. They have some bulletin boards, chalk boards, supplies for Sunday School crafts, too.

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS HOMESCHOOL SOCCER TEAM
Calling all high school girls who are interested in playing soccer!! The St. Louis Patriettes could use some more players for the Spring 2015 season. They play about 10 games per season. Practices are held at Green Trails Elementary in Chesterfield. They mostly play smaller private and Christian schools in the area. If you are interested, please contact Coach David Pipes at david.pipes@mallinckrodt.com.

Learn About Home Schooling in Missouri
February 23, 2015; 7-8:30pm
Speak with representatives from local Home School Organizations
Receive a list of laws in Missouri pertaining to home schools
Ask questions about how to get started
Home Education Information Event
Do you wonder if home education is right for your family? Do you have doubts and fears as to whether you are “qualified” to teach your own child? This is an informational meeting to raise awareness about what it takes to teach your children at home in Missouri. It is not tied to any particular style, curriculum or company.
LOCATION: Christ Presbyterian Church, 2156 Bluestone Dr., St Charles, MO 63303
For more information or to RSVP contact:
Mary Fink: mfink@classicalconversations.com

Pillar Speaker
What Conservative Christians (and their children) need to know about Religious Liberalism
Col. John Eidsmoe Nationally-known Speaker Constitutional Attorney Author and Historian
Wednesday, February 25: 7:00pm
The Pillar Foundation, 15820 Clayton Rd. Ellisville, MO 63011
636.386.7722
www.thepillar.org

SWIM & SAFETY LESSONS
Summer is coming and now is the time for kids to learn to swim and be water safe. The Gateway City Aquatic Club (a sports ministry of Hole in the Roof Ministry Center) is now offering swim and safety lessons through their “Avenger Swim School”. Children ages 4 and older will be taught basic skills to more advanced skills according to their ability. Lessons are progressive, so attendance is crucial to a child’s success. With the use of underwater swim mirrors, noodles, and other fun equipment, children will learn to be comfortable and confident in and around the water. Classes are limited to no more than 6 students, and all classes are taught with excellence by experienced swimmers and directly supervised by USA Swim Coaches. Each class is 45 minutes in length. Space and classes are limited!
When: Session IV – March 4th thru April 8th (6 weeks)
Wednesday evenings from 6:15pm – 7:00pm
or
March 5th thru April 9th (8 weeks)
Thursday afternoons from 3:30 pm – 4:15pm
(There must be a minimum of 4 students to hold this class)
Where: Cherokee Recreational Center Pool (Home of the Avengers), 3200 South Jefferson, Saint Louis, MO 63118
Cost: $48.00 Session fee
(Additional $16.00 registration/insurance fee due yearly. Good till August 30, 2015)
Sibling Discounts: 20% off additional children – session fee only!
Please call Coach Jamie for more information/registration (314) 884-0824

Fifth Annual Gala Dinner
Friday, March 6 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Please join us for a special evening!
Our guest speaker for our Fifth Annual Gala is
Mark Moebius, founder of The Rock FM St. Louis.
Candle light dinner with catering by Tornatores.
This is a great way for the community to support the work of The Family Vision .
The cost is $25 per person.   RSVP by February 27.
Call TODAY to Reserve Your Seats.
The Gala will be held at
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Drive   St. Peters, MO 63376
636-447-6900 – www.thefamilyvision.org

Got Talent Show
Sunday, March 22 – 3:30 p.m.
Sponsored by College Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1702 Clawson St., Alton
Everyone in the community is invited to enter and share their talents!
Singing – Dancing – Visual Arts – Magic – Instrumentalists – Acting
Any amateur talent you want to showcase!
A panel of judges will preside and cash prizes will be awarded for the top three presentations.
Entry fee is $20 per act for ages 16 and over; $10 for under 16. Scholarships will be available.
A free-will offering will be received and proceeds will be shared between the ministries of College Avenue Presbyterian Church and Partners for Just Trade (PJT), a non-profit, faith-based organization that builds partnerships between producers living in extreme poverty and consumers in North America. PJT addresses root causes of poverty through Fair Trade sales, education, solidarity, and a commitment to trade justice.
Following the show, a light soup and salad supper will be available for purchase.
Entry forms available from the church office, Karen Wilson, or electronically – just send an email to dlc0906@gmail.com. Entry deadline is March 8, 2015.

Expo Facebook Contest
We have an amazing group of speakers and exhibitors for the 10th anniversary Expo on March 19-21, and the final speaker seminar schedule is coming soon! Check the Expo website frequently as we update the speaker pages during the next two weeks. Go to www.stlhomeschoolexpo.com.
Even though we have an extra-special line-up this year, the cost is still ONLY $10 per person!
We will also be sending out lots of helpful info about the Exhibition Hall, Youth Track, Special Needs Seminars, High School Helps Seminars, Toddler to Tween Seminars, Children’s Program, Homeschool Clinic, prize drawings, volunteer opportunities, and much more!
In the meantime, don’t miss the new Expo Facebook contest!
Go to the Expo Facebook Page (Have you “liked” it yet?) and comment under the Exhibition Hall picture with three of your favorite Expo Exhibitors by 9:00 pm on Sunday, February 8th.  You can find all of the awesome 2015 exhibitors/vendors listed on the “Exhibitors” link on the Expo website.
Your comments will enter you in a prize drawing for $25 in Expo Cash to be spent on any exhibitor during the 2015 Expo.  Winner will be randomly selected and announced on Facebook page. Expo Cash prizes will be held at the lower level Registration Table for pick-up during Expo hours.  Stay tuned …there will be a different Expo Facebook contest every Sunday night!
Don’t forget additional Expo Cash prize drawings for those that pre-register by February 15th!
Thanks for helping to spread the word about this year’s Expo!
The Expo Board

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 January 27, 2015

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Maple Sugaring
Coin Fair
Library Open House
Children’s Garden Club
Homeschool Classes at Jeffco Library
Cake Walk
Catholic Homeschool Conference
St. Louis County Parks Volunteering
Latin Tutor
Musical Instrument Lessons
Missouri Bill HB557

Homeschool Special: Maple Sugaring
Rockwoods Reservation, 2751 Glencoe Road, Wildwood, MO 63038
Feb 13 • Friday • noon – 1:30 p.m. or
Feb 19 • Thursday • noon – 1:30 p.m.
(All ages)
Embark on a Missouri tradition. Learn the history of maple sugaring, collect sap, and learn how to boil it down into syrup. Dress for the weather as the entire program is outdoors. Note: part of the trail is not stroller accessible. (Call 636-458-2236 to sign up. Reservations begin January 30.)

51st Annual Greater America Coin Fair
Hosted by the St. Louis Numismatic Association
Big Three Day Coin Show
February 6 — 7 — 8
Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel, 10330 Natural Bridge Road, Bridgeton, MO 63134
ROOMS — 314-426-5500 — SHOW RATES
110 COIN DEALERS
FREE ATTENDANCE PRIZES
COLLECTORS – DEALERS – PUBLIC **ALL WELCOME**
Free Parking
For more information and driving directions to the show visit our website WWW.STLOUISCOINCLUB.COM

SHARE Lending Library Open House
WHEN: Saturday, February 7th, from 11:00 – 3:00
WHERE: Homelink/St. Andrew, 309 Hoffmeister Ave., 63125
Mark your calendars for the first annual SHARE Library Open House event! Sign up at the SHARE website…look at the top bar of the homepage or go straight to the February calendar page.
The Open House is sponsored by the SHARE Lending Library and is a fund raiser to benefit the library as well as the SHARE Benevolence Fund. Monies collected provide scholarships for SHARE membership and provide financial assistance to members in need.
The SHARE Classical and Curriculum Libraries will be open during the Open House, issuing SHARE membership/library cards (including new key tag library cards for teens!), conducting tours and showing patrons how to use the online search catalog, place holds, etc.  Take a look at our books for sale, talk with a home school veteran who can provide curriculum advice and/or homeschooling help, browse the free table, pick up resources for high school transcript creation, get information on the Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo, coming up on March 19-21.
We really want families and teens to come and pick up their SHARE membership card.  This card does double duty:   it is official proof of your eligibility for teacher discounts at area stores, and it is also your library subscription membership number which you need to check out books and curriculum from the SHARE lending libraries.  The laminated library card costs $1.00.  If you have a library card, the events at the Open House are either free or $1.00 each (prices listed with the event).  If you do not have a library card, the cost of each event doubles (please note:  double the cost of free is still free)
The theme of the SHARE Library’s Open House is “Improve Your Life.” 
To that end we have set up a number of activities for all ages to help and encourage you:
~For the wee ones and children:  (or anyone who is interested)
* Valentine themed crafts ($1.00)
* Face painting and balloon animals (free)
* Preschool Story Time with Miss Lottie (free)
* School Age Story Time with Mr. Bobby (free)
* Making valentines for veterans (free)
~For middle school and high school: (or anyone who is interested)
* Illusionist show ($1.00)
* Zumba exercise session ($1.00)
* Pottery demonstration and a chance to create a project using a pottery wheel ($1.00)
* Learn to crochet lesson ($1.00)
* Learn to knit lesson($1.00)
* Origami paper folding lesson ($1.00)
* Fabric Dye lesson ($1.00)
~For the adults: (or anyone who is interested)
* Kombucha brewing seminar (you will receive your own SCOBY so you can make kombucha at home) ($1.00)
* Kefir making seminar (you will receive your own kefir grains so you can make kefir at home) ($1.00)
* Healthy cooking and baking seminars ($1.00)
* Maple syrup seminar (how to tap trees and create your own delicious maple syrup) ($1.00)
* Self-Defense seminar (tentative) ($1.00)
Free Blessing Table:  In the beginning of the year many of us try to get the clutter out of our homes.  If you have items you no longer use or need, or if you have too much of a good thing, bring the items you want to get out of your house and bless someone else by donating them to the Free Blessing Table.  For a donation of any amount to the SHARE Benevolence Fund, participants in the Library Open House can browse the table’s contents and take home what will be of use to their family. Any items left at the end of the Open House will be donated to a local thrift charity.  Win-win situation.  (free)
We do request you sign up for the SHARE Library Open House so we have an idea of how many people we can expect.  You can sign up for the Open House at the SHARE website…look at the top bar of the homepage or go straight to the February calendar page.
If you would like to offer a product, service or seminar at the Library Open House, please contact Judy Musick at judysfun@sbcglobal.net.

Children’s Garden Club
Saturday, February 7; 9 a.m.
Sappington Garden Center, 11530 Gravois, Saint Louis Missouri 63126
This Club is designed to educate and bring delight in gardening and horticulture through projects that participants begin themselves and take home to grow and enjoy. All events are free. For more information call (314) 822-9095 or email dwolter@stlouisco.com. Admission is free! This month’s theme is “Fun Things to do in the Garden.”

Homeschool Classes at Jeffco Library
The Jefferson County Library in Arnold is offering these homeschool classes:
Wednesday, February 11 @ 10:00-11:00 a.m.
The History of Clothes
Thursday, March 19 @ 3:00-4:00 pm
Does an Apple a Day Keep the Doctor Away? and Other Health Questions
Wednesday, April 15 @ 4:00-5:00 pm
The Vikings
Monday, May 4 @ 2:00-3:00 pm
The 1920’s
All programs are for ages 5-14 years. Sign-up is required.
Call 636-296-2204 or email aheld@jeffcolib.org to sign up for any of the programs.

Eighth Annual Cake Walk
Valentine’s Day Cake Walk
February 13 @ 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376
636-447-6900 www.thefamilyvision.org
This is one of the sweetest times we have here at TFV. Bring a cake – win a cake. Every family is a winner.
There is a $2 entry fee per cake with a maximum entry fee of $6 per family.
Sign up today!

2015 Catholic Homeschool Conference
featuring Patti Maguire Armstrong
Join us for a day of exciting and informative discussions designed to introduce and educate Catholic families to the endless possibilities of homeschooling.
Friday, March 27, 5 – 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 28, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis MO 63119
Visit http://stlouiscatholichomeschool.com/2015-conference/ for more info.
Also…
Parents’ Happy Hour at the SLCHA Conference
Friday, March 27, 6 – 8 p.m.
Come mix and mingle with other homeschooling parents and enjoy complimentary wine and cheese. We hope you’ll join us!
Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis MO 63119
Visit http://stlouiscatholichomeschool.com/2015-conference/ for more info.

St. Louis County Parks Volunteering
Want to volunteer in your St. Louis County Parks? Enjoy history?
Then Faust Park is the place for you! Students ages 12 and older (ages 12-15 with a parent) can volunteer to help with historic programs where they can try their hands at how life was in the 1800s.
Enjoy working with children teaching them how to do historic crafts, play games and more!
Interested in gardening … and history? Faust Park brings the two together and may be the place for you! We are always looking for help in our historic gardens and with other projects around the park.
If you are interested in volunteering in please contact Lori at 314-615-8336 or LRitchey@stlouisco.com to discuss the jobs and programs we need your help with!

Latin Tutor
Casey Carmichael recently moved to St. Louis and is available for Latin tutorials. He earned a Post-Baccalaureate in Classics (Latin and Greek) from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Master of Arts degree in Classics (Latin and Greek) from the University of Kentucky. Mr. Carmichael has experience teaching Latin in the classroom and in the homeschool; he has taught a wide range of students, from 8 year-old children to college-aged adults. His contact details are as follows: Phone: 832-689-2488; Email: carmich0@etu.unige.ch

Professional Violin, Viola, Fiddle, Voice, and Piano Lessons
Personalized instruction for the Beginner as well as the experienced student! Contact Gina Gruhn Leeker at 636-346-6265. More than 35 years teaching experience. Three locations: Eureka, Union and Sullivan, Missouri

Missouri: Bill HB557 Needs Your Help Today
Please take a moment today to contact your state-level representative and ask him or her to cosponsor Rep. Kurt Bahr’s HB557. The bill, based on language suggested by ParentalRights.org, would preserve the fundamental right of parents to make decisions for their children without undue government interference.
Technology is a wonderful thing, and often brings about unlooked-for changes. In the Missouri legislature, the ability of lawmakers to sign on as cosponsors of a bill through a simple online link has led to an atmosphere where generally the only bills to move forward are the ones that gain cosponsors early. So urging your representative to sign on can have a huge impact on whether or not HB557 is taken up in committee.
Your message can be very simple and may be based on the following example:
“My name is _________ and I live in ______. I am calling/writing to urge my representative to sign on as a cosponsor of HB557. Parents have the fundamental right to make decisions for their children, and that right should not be overridden without a compelling government interest. House bill 557 will preserve this common sense standard in Missouri law. Please support this bill by signing on as a cosponsor today.”
If you get questions, it may also be helpful to know that this bill would restore the traditional standard of Missouri’s courts, which was undermined by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Troxell v. Granville ruling of 2000. Since then, the Missouri Supreme Court has held that parental rights are only protected by a “case-by-case analysis” and not by the strict judicial scrutiny that protected them before.
You can find your representative’s name and contact information by typing your address into this online form.
We ask that you please call or email your representative today to make sure this bill moves forward into committee.
Thank you for taking a moment to stand up for parental rights in your state!
Sincerely,
Michael Ramey
Director of Communications & Research

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 January 24, 2015

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Teen Science Cafe
Eureka Classical Conversations
Wentzville Classical Conversations
Winter Dance 2015​
Avocado Growing Class
Magic House Homeschool Morning
MHM Homeschool Day
Bolduc House Homeschool Day
FHE Alert

Nanotechnology Teen Science Cafe:
The Science of the Small
Wednesday, Jan 28; 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Farrell Learning and Teaching Center
520 S. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110
REGISTER HERE
Featured Speaker: Suzanne Lapi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering, Washington University School of Medicine
How small can you get? What does “nano” mean? Is nanotechnology already present in our everyday lives? What can it lead to in the future? Join us for the next Teen Science Cafe to find out! Dr. Suzanne Lapi from Washington University will talk about her work in nanotechnology, and you will even get to try some activities with objects that use real nanotechnology! Hear from Dr. Lapi about how she found her career in nanotechnology and about her current research in the production of novel radio isotopes for medicine and development of new radiopharmaceuticals for cancer imaging.

Eureka Classical Conversations
Enrollment for the 2014/15 school year will open on February 1 for the Eureka Classical Conversations Campus. Our campus offers Foundations, Essentials, and Challenge A, B and I (see website for more details on each program).
A parent information meeting will be held on Thursday, January 29 at 7:00 p.m. in Eureka. Exact location TBD. RSVP to eurekamocc@gmail.com. Include the ages of all your children and your cell number.
About Classical Conversations:
The term “classical education” is a phrase that is becoming more commonly heard throughout homeschool circles. What does it mean? To put it most simply, classical education is a model of rigorous and thorough education that equips a young student not only throughout their school days, but creates a lifelong learning process that carries into adulthood. At the core of this educational process, is the grammar stage. During this period, students soak in knowledge through memorization and learning who, what, where, and when of those facts memorized. As they start to test their boundaries in life, they move into the dialectic stage, and begin to grow in understanding. Students question how facts relate and explore cause and effect. The rhetoric stage occurs during their high school years. Students draw upon the knowledge they gained during their grammar years and the understanding produced from the dialectic stage in order to formulate their opinions and have the ability to express them with grace, ease, and persuasiveness.

Info Meetings for Classical Conversations
Contact: Lydia Kaiser dlkaiser5@gmail.com
Do you want structure, vision, and goals while keeping your homeschool simple too?
You’re invited to join us for two informational meetings to learn more about Classical Conversations!
January 30th @ 7 p.m. – Wentzville Bread Co
February 4th @ 7 p.m. – Wentzville Parkway Library (reserved room)
Learn about our programs: Foundations (4 yrs – 6th grade), Essentials (4th-6th grade), and Challenge Programs (Junior High-High school)
What Is Classical Conversations?
Classical Conversations supports homeschooling parents by cultivating the love of learning through a Christian worldview in fellowship with other families.
We believe there are three keys to a great education: Classical, Christian, and Community.

S.H.A.R.E. Winter Dance 2015​
​​Open to all homeschoolers in the area​
“Meet Me In St. Louis”
When: Friday, January 30, 2015; 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Where: Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, 4355 Butler Hill Road, St. Louis, MO 63128
Cost: $10.00 per person, $15.00 after 1/25/2015
Who Is Coming: All homeschooled highschoolers and 8th Graders are invited to join us!
Food: A Light “St. Louis favorites” buffet will be provided
Dress Code:   St. Louis themed dressy casual. Jeans are allowed;
St. Louis themed t-shirts or jerseys are encouraged.
No adult or over 21 related apparel.
Please dress modestly, nothing too low cut or too short.
Clarification:  You can wear dressy-casual to formal – your choice.
But, we are opening the dance to a more casual attire this time…
meaning you can wear jerseys, etc, with jeans, skater skirts, etc
How to Register:  Go to the SHARE website and click on Winter Dance on the top bar.
This will link you to our calendar where you can sign up. You can use Paypal to pay for this event when you register.
If you do not have Paypal, you may send cash or check(made out to SHARE) to: Cathy Mullins, 3675 Montana, St. Louis, MO 63116  DON’T DELAY! WE ONLY HAVE ROOM FOR 200 DANCERS!
Note: This dance will be well-chaperoned, but parents are welcome to stay and help. When you register though, only register the student who is coming. IF YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER TO HELP WITH THE Winter Dance, PLEASE GO TO THIS LINK: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050C48AAAF22A20-20151/8576529

Avocado growing class
Have you ever wanted to grow your own avocados, and enjoy fresh avocados right from your very own avocado tree? If so, this class may be for you. In my class, you will learn all the basics of setting up to grow your own avocado saplings, what conditions they like best, and how to keep them healthy. I am trying to aim for having a class the first Saturday every month. So, if I get enough interest, then we could proceed.
I am trying to see what people would think about taking a class on how to grow their own avocado plant, as well as to care for them.
I live right in the middle of Ellisville. But if there is enough interest, I will try to get a larger place to hold the classes.
The tuition for the class will be $14.99 per class, which is held once a month.
As I don’t have the internet at home, if you are interested in the class, please call me directly @ 636-284-0383 Susanna Kelley

Homeschool Morning at the Magic House
February 2, 2015; 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…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.
*Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
*If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Mullins at Ekcjmullins@gmail.com

MHM Homeschool Day
Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112
Get ready for our upcoming Homeschool Day, Happy Birthday, St. Louis, on Monday, February 2, from 10:00am to 2:00pm! We are celebrating the
251st birthday of the founding of St. Louis and the closing of our record-setting exhibition, 250/250, with a full day of activities, tours, crafts, and performances for your families to enjoy. The 250/250 gallery will be closing on February 15, 2015.
Please note: To ensure the safety of our artifacts and to provide an engaging experience, all tours will be ticketed. All children five years of age or older and adults are required to have tickets to attend a tour. There will be five different tours offered, one of which will be offered twice. To ensure that the maximum amount of homeschoolers can enjoy the tours, we ask that each guest attend no more than two tours. You may request tickets at the registration table. Tickets are free and are first come, first served. Also, to ensure that homeschoolers attending a special 250/250 tour have an enjoyable learning experience, we ask that you limit your free exploration time in the 250/250 gallery to 10:00am–12:00pm. Thank you!
Please RSVP to join us. We look forward to seeing you!

Bolduc House Homeschool Day
Homeschool Tuesday will happen on February 3, 2015 beginning at 10AM. We’ll be doing various print-making activities and then using the prints to make Valentine’s cards. Did you know that there are lots of French connections to Valentine’s Day? As always, we’ll include a mini-tour of our collections as they relate to the theme. We’ll be done before noon. The cost remains $4/participant with a $10/family maximum. We really need to know how many people will be participating ahead of time so give us a call at 573-883-3105, reply to this email, or “join” the event on our Facebook page. Please do invite your homeschooling friends, too.
Just in case: In the event that the weather is inclement, check the news to see whether the Ste. Genevieve schools are closed. If they are closed, the museum will also be closed. In that case, Homeschool Tuesday will be postponed to the following week, Tuesday, February 10th. Otherwise the event will be on Feb 3rd as planned.
Lesley Barker, Director
Bolduc House Museum, 125 South Main Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
www.bolduchouse.org

FHE Alert
It has come to the attention of FHE, a research firm identifying themselves as “20/20 Research” is contacting homeschool families. They are NOT with the show 20/20. FHE advises homeschool families use caution when talking with alleged researchers that initiate the contact. While it may not be the case here, in the past FHE has been contacted by homeschool parents who have started answering questions that seemed innocuous, and then the questions devolved into inappropriate probing (EG, obviously some kind of stalker/fraud).”
FHE also hopes that many will be attending their Rally in the Rotunda on March 3rd!  (I love doing this!  It’s so great to be sitting in the capital building surrounded by hundreds of homeschoolers from all over the state!!!  You can log the whole day if you visit the various historical sites!  We enjoyed taking the train—I found it very relaxing!   -Cathy)
FHE’s 32nd Rally
Tuesday, March 3, 2015; 12:30pm
At the Capitol Rotunda
“Standing Together for Home School Freedom”
Featured speaker:    Former U.S. Congressman, Todd Akin
Take time to visit Your Legislators
There are many educational Points of  Interest :
*Tour the Capitol
*Spend time in the State Museum
*Visit the Governor’s Mansion or the
*Supreme Court Building
See Guide to Jeff  City  website!

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.