Homeschool Events List for August 16, 2015

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Homelink Learning Center
English Country Dancing
DaySpring Arts & Education
Classical Conversations
Swim Team & Lessons
IEW Seminars
Homeschool Day at Barron’s Gym
DATE CHANGE FOR HOMESCHOOL CRAFT FAIR

HOMELINK REGISTRATION IS OPEN
The Homelink Learning Center schedule is complete and we are finally able to use the new online registration system! Thanks for your patience & understanding with the many delays as we dealt with unexpected “start-up” issues. The new system may be confusing and time-consuming at first, but in the long run it will make things easier and more efficient for teachers, students and parents.
Note from Kerrie: My son’s college admissions rep said our course descriptions and schedule look more complicated than theirs! She said they have a team of 50 paid staff working on the classes year round and asked how big our “staff” was. I told her we don’t need a staff of 50 people when we have the amazing Cathy Mullins volunteering her time… with a new kidney!
We are so excited about the 2015-2016 teachers and classes and hope Homelink can meet some of your homeschooling needs and offer support as we face another school year together!
For ALL the details you need to know, go to the SHARE website Home Page at www.sharehomeschool.com and click on ‘Homelink Classes” on the black navigation bar at the top. You will see seven 2015-2016 pop-out webpages entitled:
GENERAL INFORMATION
HOW TO REGISTER
STEP 1: HOMELINK REGISTRATION FORM
STEP 2: SCHEDULE AND CLASS REGISTRATION
HOMELINK CURRICULUM REFERENCE GUIDE Thanks for compiling this, Judy Musick!
HOMELINK HANDBOOK
SALVATION ARMY HOMESCHOOL P.E.
Note: We included a pop-out about the Homeschool P.E. Program because the Salvation Army is only 5-7 minutes away from the Homelink location and many Homelink families take classes at both places. We try to avoid conflicts with P.E. class times but it is getting harder each year! P.E. tends to fill up quickly on Tuesday and Thursdays so contact Coach Cort Hubbard ASAP if you are interested in classes on those days. See the webpage for info..
The HOW TO REGISTER page explains the new registration process in detail. Feel free to call us with any questions as you check the Matrix/Schedule Grid, read the Course Descriptions, fill out the online Registration From, and pay your Class Deposit Fee to hold a spot. Also let us know if you find any mistakes. Cathy Mullins is truly the “Website Wonderwoman” and can solve any problem you encounter!
You can imagine how difficult it was to make all of the classes fit together for all the students and teachers! We had to consider conflicts with P.E, carpools, Pillar, Speech & Debate, college dual enrollment, Patriots practice & games, dance classes, gymnastics, music lessons, jobs, volunteering, therapies, youth groups, scouts, musical theater, St. Andrew staff…and MORE! We welcome your input if you have a conflict in ANY of your classes! There is no guarantee that we can change the schedule…but we will try to make adjustments if enough students have a problem.  Email Kerrie Tate at kertatehomelink@aol.com with class feedback and/or questions. Please include conflict/class details and your phone number.
We will be adding other webpages in the next few weeks, including 2015-2016 FUN SCHOOL CLASSES, ORIENTATION INFO, COURSE GUIDE BY SUBJECT, PAYMENT PLAN FORM, and others!
Mark your Calendars for the Homelink Orientation on Tuesday, August 25th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. More details to come!

English Country Dancing for the Metro East
Don’t miss out on the last of the Summer Dance Series hosted by the English Country Dancers of the Metro East.
The dances are open to the public, so invite your friends!
Tuesday, August 25th.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Dancing from 7-9 p.m.
On a lovely wooden dance floor in the historic Turkey Hill Grange (next to Eckert’s-Belleville).
Space is limited, so register soon to ensure you don’t miss out on this fun event!
Children 8 years and under are free.
All others: $5 each.
Maximum per family: $15
Visit www.ECD4ME.org for more information and to register.
Please spread the word!
Dances are called by homeschool graduate Zoe Quinn.

DaySpring 15-16 Schedule Now Online
Visit our website www.dayspringarts.org or call 314-291-8878
DaySpring Arts & Education
We’ve Moved!
2500 Metro Blvd, Maryland Heights (just on the other side of Dorsett)
GHOP in South County
Linbergh at Gravois
August 30th – Grand Opening Celebration, come see our new building!!!
September 4th – Enrichment Open House, meet teachers and learn about classes
August 24th – Fall Private Lesson Semester Begins
September 8th – First Day of Group Classes
PERFORMING ARTS    Musical Theatre, Drama and Backstage with full performances in the SPRING session
DANCE   Classical Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and Tap – Dance classes for 10&up
Petite Allegro – Ballet and Tap Program for the young child
FINE ARTS mixed medium art classes for all ages
MUSIC   Private Music Lessons in most instruments, group classes for homeschoolers
ACADEMY   Core Program – University Style Education, partnership with homeschooling parents teaching Core subjects
Enrichment Program – elective classes for Homeschoolers
PRESCHOOL     Creative Arts Preschool and Preschool Arts Morning art, music, movement, and academic readiness for ages 3-5
Please check out our site, you will find full class descriptions, class times, teacher bios, and prices at www.dayspringarts.org.  Registration forms can be found our site or you can fill one out by  clicking here.

Byrnes Mill Classical Conversations
Imagine greatness for your child. What if your child’s school was amazing? What if your child loved learning? What if your family became stronger through school?
It can be. Welcome to Classical Conversations – a home-centered, Christian education program that equips you to teach your child through resources and community support.
What is Classical Conversations?
With Christ at the center of our efforts, we are a group of like-minded parents in your community that meet weekly. We share a focused curriculum as our core and lead our families through the materials at our own pace.
I am pleased to announce there will be a new Classical Conversations Community is opening this fall 2015-2016 school year in Byrnes Mill, MO.
Spring Hills Presbyterian Church, 6247 Upper Byrnes Mill Rd, Byrnes Mill, MO 63051
To attend an information meeting please contact Katie Donahue 314-229-1283 or directorkatie.cc@gmail.com
Classes begin August 31st

Swim Team
The Gateway City Avengers is a small, year-round USA Swimming competitive swim team located in south St. Louis City. This smaller swim club approach provides for individual coaching attention as well as plenty of training space which allows all swimmers to excel to their highest levels. The Gateway City Aquatic Club is a not-for-profit organization: a Christian sports ministry of Hole in the Roof Ministry Center. It is coached by long time homeschooling family, Jamie and Paul Hamilton. The Avengers are supported by a team of highly motivated and dedicated parent volunteers as well as a group of private and corporate sponsors. When a swimmer becomes a member of the team, they learn the meaning of courage, goal-setting, dedication, determination, responsibility, sportsmanship and teamwork. Our swimmers learn that you achieve what you work for, not what you wish for. Some Avenger swimmers may swim fast enough to become Olympic champions, but ALL Avenger swimmers will develop a life-long commitment to excellence, to discipline, to sacrifice, and high character living.
Registration for the 2015-2016 season is now open. Swim team practice begins on Tuesday, September 1st at the Cherokee Recreational Center, 3200 South Jefferson, St. Louis, MO 63118. . Participation in one USA Swimming swim meet per month is required. There are squad for children 4 to 18 years of age and all abilities.   To schedule your child’s squad placement evaluation, please contact us at 314-884-0824.
Swim Lessons:
The Gateway City Aquatic Club 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: Fall Session 1 – Sept 9th through November 18th (10 weeks)
Wednesday evenings from 6:15pm – 7:00pm
NO CLASS ON SEPTEMBER 23, 2015
Where: Cherokee Recreational Center Pool (Home of the Avengers), 3200 South Jefferson, Saint Louis, MO 63118
Cost: $80.00 Session fee
(Additional $16.00 registration/insurance fee due yearly. Good from September 1, 2015 tillAugust 30, 2016)
Sibling Discounts: 20% off additional children – session fee only!
Please call Coach Jamie for more information/registration (314) 884-0824
GATEWAY MASTERS
Gateway City Masters is a new, developing aquatic fitness program open to all adult swimmers (fitness, tri-athlete, competitive, and non-competitive) who are dedicated to improving their fitness through swimming. Coached workouts for all skill levels will be provided along with instruction in stroke technique. Opportunities will be offered for pool and open water races, to those who are interested. This program is designed to help swimmers improve their fitness and/or train for specific goals, and offer active support for a healthy lifestyle through friendship, fun and camaraderie. Swimming is a healthy, lifelong sport, no matter what your age! So, what are you waiting for? Grab your suit, cap, goggles, and towel and let’s get swimming!
When: Fall Session 1 – Sept 9th through November 18 (10 weeks)
NO CLASS ON SEPTEMBER 23, 2015
Wednesday evenings from 6:15pm – 7:30pm
Where: Cherokee Recreational Center Pool (Home of the Avengers), 3200 South Jefferson, Saint Louis, MO 63118
Cost: $50.00 Session fee
(Additional $16.00 registration/insurance fee due yearly. Good from Sept 1, 2015 – August 30, 2016. Do not register with AAU until Sept 1 as they are not offering AAU 2016 memberships till that date.)
11 Swimming spots open.
Please call Coach Jamie for more information/registration (314) 884-0824

IEW SEMINARS
Andrew Pudewa from Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) is coming to the Family Vision Library in St. Peters, MO on September 10th-12th, 2015. Please check out the schedule and register here: http://iew.com/mo2015
Questions? Please contact IEW’s customer service at 800.856.5815

Homeschool Day at Barron’s Gym
5411 Jedmed Ct., St. Louis, MO 63129
We have opened the doors exclusively to homeschooling families for a once a month open gym at a REDUCED RATE!
DATES: Dates below for registration (3rd Monday of the month)
September 21, 2015
October 19, 2015
November 16, 2015
February 15, 2016
March 21, 2016
April 18, 2016
May 16, 2016
No homeschool days in August, December, January, June and July
TIME: 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
PRICE: $10.00
FAMILY DISCOUNT: $7.00
AGES: 14 months through 22 years old
DETAILS: 1 hour and 15 minutes 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 Trampolines, 18′ Rope Climb.
INCLUDES THE GIANT ADVENTURE ISLAND INFLATABLE!
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.
CANCELLATION DETAILS:
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: YOU MUST REGISTER BY THE SATURDAY BEFORE THE EVENT! Registration available online or by calling the Front Desk at 314-892-6909. These days should not be confused with the daytime homeschool gymnastics classes Barron’s offers at a reduced rate.

DATE CHANGE FOR HOMESCHOOL CRAFT FAIR 
SAME LOCATION – SAME TIME.
Hopefully this new date will accommodate even more families.
You have an extra week to prepare!
It is time to start thinking about the Homeschool Craft Fair!  It will be here before you know it –
November 14, 2015;  10 A.M. – 3 P.M.
Consider working in a brief course in Art or Business Management to your new school year! (preparing a craft and how to promote/sell at the Craft Fair)  Parents – this is a great opportunity to encourage your young entrepreneurs! Adults are welcome to participate as well.
Full and half tables are available.  The venue for the Craft Fair this year is new but not new to homeschool families – same location as the Expo! (First Free Church on Carman Rd. in Manchester)  This facility will be an awesome, central location for all area homeschool families.
Checkout the Craft Fair website for more information!  Get your registration in now to reserve your space!

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 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.

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).

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.