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 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 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 October 29, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lego Build & Play
November 21 @ 10:00 AM – NOON
Have fun with friends and library Legos! This is a great time to visit with other parents while the children exercise their creative minds. All ages are welcome; we have an assortment for all ages, including larger DUPLO pieces for the little kids, and LEGO Technic pieces for ages 12 and up.
No sign up needed—just come on in. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376
www.thefamilyvision.org

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

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

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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 October 20, 2014

Please read all the way to the end. Thank you.

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Gymstars
Boy’s Homeschool Golf
Monumental Pilgrim Principles
Classical Conversations
Primates Teen Science Cafe
Missouri Education Standards
Answers in Genesis
Town & Country Symphony
Blue Knights Basketball
Karate Classes
Free Family Art Day
Swim School and Safety
Greater St. Louis College Fair
Home School Craft Fair
A Bagful of Fables
St. Louis Teen Talent Competition
Classic Christmas Dessert Theatre
Student Speech Competition

Please visit the SLHSEV website for corrections to the JA Finance Park and Biztown registration links (October 5 and 8). They were in the process of updating their website when the original information was posted.

Gymstars
There is a new gymnastics center that has just opened up that is one block away from our Homelink location. They have classes for trampoline, tumbling and gymnastics (and fitness classes) and are offering a special 1 hour class just for homeschoolers on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Price is $80 for an 8-week session. If interested, please contact them at 314-845-6600. Their website is: www.GymStars-STL.com

BOYS HOMESCHOOL GOLF
I am organizing a Boys Golf team as a new addition to the St Louis Area Christian Homeschool Association sports teams. This is the same organization that has organized Boys and Girls Basketball, Boys and Girls Soccer, and Girls Volleyball in the home school community.
If your son is interested in high school golf, please send me a direct email with the following information:
Player’s Name:
Player’s Birthday (to ensure eligibility):
Best Email address (my preferred method of communication):
Phone (Best to reach – Cell or Land Line):
Parents’ Names:
Once I have a general head count, I can negotiate group rates for practice and game facilities.
I will be distributing additional information regarding Goals, Practices, and Matches once available.
I look forward to meeting everyone!
Thank you,
Doug Kelsey
Patriots Golf Athletic Director
St Louis Area Christian Homeschool Association
email: dougkelsey@gmail.com

MONUMENTAL PILGRIM PRINCIPLES
The Pillar Foundation, 15820 Clayton Rd., Ellisville, MO 63011 636.386.7722
Please RSVP
Free, Family Friendly & Open to the Public
Make it a most memorable Thanksgiving in 2014 by participating in a new 6-week class on Tuesday nights beginning October 21 and concluding November 25; 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Former Congressman Todd Akin will teach and lead discussion on a subject dear to his heart: The Pilgrims. Using the curriculum based on Kirk Cameron’s movie, Monumental, you will delve into the Pilgrim principles that laid the foundation for the greatest and most blessed country on earth…AMERICA! Kirk Cameron and historian Stephen McDowell will offer a short perspective with illustrations from the movie, then Congressman Akin will share a brief teaching and lead discussion. Please RSVP with your enrollment for this fascinating look into MONUMENTAL PILGRIM PRINCIPLES.

Classical Conversations
Do you have questions about Classical Conversations, or have you ever wondered what a typical day in a CC community looks like? If so, we welcome you to come to our open house day on Thursday, October 23, and check us out! We meet at Crossroads Presbyterian Fellowship in Maplewood, MO from 9:00 am until noon for Foundations, and from 1:00-3:00 for Essentials.
In addition to Foundations and Essentials, our community offers Challenge A, Challenge B, Challenge I, and Challenge II. (To visit a Challenge class, please contact me, and I will put you in touch with the Director for the program you’d like to visit.)
Each week, we pack our lunches and let the children play while the families visit at a park nearby, weather permitting.
If you would like a sneak peek into what makes us passionate about our Classical Conversations community, call or email me to make your reservation. We’d love to have you bring your children and be our guest for the day! If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact me at 314-583-9251.
Lisa Gray, Foundations/Essentials Director, Classical Conversations of Maplewood, Thursday Community

Primates Teen Science Cafe
Thursday, October 23 @ 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
St. Charles County Library – Spencer Road Branch, 427 Spencer Road, St. Peters, MO 63376
FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and middle and high school students. Registration required. REGISTER HERE or call 314.533.8586.
Featured Speaker: Jennifer Rehg, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology, Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville
At a Teen Science Cafe, teens have the opportunity to interact with science professionals in an informal and relaxed setting. Teen Science Cafe is presented and powered by Junior Academy of Science members.
http://www.AcademyOfScienceSTL.org

Missouri Education Standards OR Common Core?
Let’s Promote Local Control of Education!
Last May, a new Missouri law created academic work groups to develop Missouri’s K-12 academic standards. Speak up and help us to raise public awareness! Developing Missouri’s own academic standards is one of the most important things that will happen in Missouri this year!
A series of special events have been planned to allow Missouri voices to be heard on K-12 academic standards. Next week, Dr. Sandra Stotsky is coming to Missouri to speak about academic standards.
Dr. Stotsky is Prof. Emerita of the University of Arkansas, and one of the members of the Common Core Validation Committee who would not sign off on the Common Core standards in English because the “standards” would not prepare students for post-secondary education. Dr. Stotsky has extensive experience evaluating academic standards.
Please come to this event:
Thursday, October 23, St. Louis, MO 6:30 – 8:30 pm
American Kennel Club Museum (near Queeny Park)
1721 S Mason Rd, Des Peres
Topic: Dr. Stotsky’s experience as a member of the Common Core Validation Committee, why Common Core must be stopped, and how to influence your local school board
You are welcome to share this information with other groups who are willing to send a message to the Governor and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: “Missouri does NOT want Common Core!”
Let’s work together to establish high K-12 academic standards and keep Common Core out of Missouri!
Anne Cori, Missouri Eagle Forum
Locations subject to change: please check for updates at www.moagainstcommoncore.com

Answers in Genesis
Hear AiG’s Dr. Tommy Mitchell in Villa Ridge, MO, from Oct. 26, 2014 to Oct. 27, 2014
Where: First Baptist Church of Villa Ridge, 51 Hwy M, Villa Ridge, MO 63089 US (Get Directions)
Sun, Oct 26
8:30 a.m. Genesis and the Authority of Scripture
10:30 a.m. Genesis and the Authority of Scripture
6:30 p.m. Why Can’t A Day Mean A Day?
7:40 p.m. Noah’s Ark & the Global Flood
Mon, Oct 27
9 a.m. Were There Dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark? (Grades K-6)
10:15 a.m. Are You Intimidated? (Grades 7-12)
6:30 p.m. Dinosaurs and the Gospel
7:40 p.m. Worshipping the Creator God
For more information about this particular event please visit the event’s webpage or call 636-742-3662.
NOTE: The information concerning this event was accurate as of the time this email was generated. However, Answers in Genesis cannot guarantee that the information will not change. Please visit the event’s webpage or visit AiG’s Events page for the most current information.

Town & Country Symphony Orchestra 2014 Halloween Concert
Sunday October 26 at 2:30pm
The Principia, Ridgeway Auditorium, 13201 Clayton Rd, Town and Country, MO 63136
Selections include:
William Tell Overture (Rossini)
Danse Macabre (Saint-Saëns)
Light Cavalry Overture (Suppe)
“The Toreador Aria” from Carmen (Bizet)
Brandon Smith, Baritone
Bronze Horse Overture (Auber)
Ichabod’s Wild Ride (Robert Vinson)
“Hai gia vinta la cause” from Marriage of Figaro
Brandon Smith, Baritone
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.

BLUE KNIGHTS BASKETBALL
The St. Louis Blue Knights basketball organization is pleased to announce details for the upcoming winter session for boys and girls ages 8-13. This is a great opportunity for home schooled children to make great friends and have a blast playing basketball. Practices begin in November with games starting in January. The cost for the winter session is $75 plus a $20 uniform cost for players new to the Knights.
The Knights have fielded teams for 7-12th grade home schooled boys for 9 seasons. Last year the Knights started our first ever 10U and 12U teams for home schooled boys in the St. Louis area, and the program continues to grow. This fall an 11U boys team was added and we anticipate at least adding a 9U boys team and a 10U girls team this winter.
For more information or to register, please contact Dona Funke at stlblueknights@gmail.com. The deadline to register for the winter session is October 28.

KARATE CLASSES
Cost: $30 for a 4 week trial
Contact: Steve Robinson (Robinson’s Karate)
Phone: 314-849-6660
Steve Robinson, owner of Robinson’s Karate, is extending a special offer to homeschoolers on Tuesday mornings at 9:15. It would be a 4 week trial for anyone who would like to try karate without a long term commitment at a deeply discounted rate of $30 per child. My kids have been attending there for over a year and love classes with Steve. For more information check out his website http://www.robinsonskarate.com/index.htm

Free Family Art Day
The St. Louis Artists’ Guild, a non-profit arts center based in Clayton, MO has Free Family Art Days on every first Saturday of the month, a program St. Louis homeschooling families might be interested in. From 12pm to 2pm on every first Saturday of the month, we present free art activities for young artists ages 5–10 years old and their families. All supplies are provided.
Our next is:
Vessels and Containers
November 1, 2014
12pm–2pm
Containers are a reoccurring theme in fine crafts: bowls, cups, boxes and vases have all been classic starting points for creative inspiration.
We Will Make: Coil pots, Pinch pots, Origami boxes

AVENGER SWIM SCHOOL WITH SWIM AND SAFETY LESSONS
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 II – November 5th thru December 17th (6 weeks)
Wednesday evenings from 6:15pm – 7:00pm
or
November 6th thru December 18th (6 weeks)
Thursday afternoons from 3:30 pm – 4:15pm
(There must be a minimum of 4 students to hold this class)
NO PRACTICE ON NOVEMBER 25 & 26TH
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)
Sibling Discounts: 20% off additional children – session fee only!
Please call Coach Jamie for more information/registration (314) 884-0824
Note: Jamie and Paul Hamilton have homeschooled and graduated all their children!!!

29th Annual Greater St. Louis College Fair
Thursday, November 6: 6:00PM – 8:30PM
On Thursday, November 6, 2014, Living Word Christian High School will be hosting the 29th Annual Greater St. Louis Christian College Fair. The fair will run from 6:00 – 8:30pm, and will include Christian colleges and universities from all over the country. This is the largest Christian college fair in the Midwest.
Living Word Christian High School is located at 1145 Tom Ginnever Blvd., approximately 2 miles north of Highway 70.

St. Louis Home School Craft Fair
Saturday, Nov 8, 10:00am to 3:00pm
Come see fantastic gift ideas for the Holidays and a wide variety of quality made items.
Location of Craft Fair:
First Baptist Church in Ellisville, 137 Clarkson Road, Ellisville , MO 63011
Visit www.homeschoolcraftfair.com/ for more information and directions.
Registration forms can be found at: http://www.homeschoolcraftfair.com/registration_form_craft_fair_2014.pdf
Or contact Aleea at 636-399-6427 and she will be more than happy to send you a form.

A BAGFUL OF FABLES
Jefferson College Children’s Theater is proud to present A Bagful of Fables for our annual children’s show. This performance features five popular stories from Aesop’s fables including The Fox and the Crow, The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, and the Tortoise and the Hare. The show is lively interactive and perfect for kids in grades pre-K to 5.
Performances:
Nov. 19, 20, 21- Jefferson College Hillsboro Fine Arts Theater-Schools and Homeschoolers only- 10am performance, doors open at 9:15am. Admission is $2 per child and accompanying adults are free
Nov. 22-Jefferson College Hillsboro, Fine Arts Theater-Public Performance- 2pm performance, doors open at 1pm. Admission is $2 per person.
Nov. 23-Jefferson College Arnold (behind the Jefferson County Recreation Center)- Community Room, 3rd floor- Performance at 2pm, doors open at 1pm. Admission is $2.00. Note: This performance will be open to the public, but modified for children on the autism spectrum.
For more information, including a parent information packet for the Nov. 23rd show, please contact Lisa Pavia-Higel at lpaviahi@jeffco.edu or at 636-481-3411.

2015 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition
Online Registration Is Open!
Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation is excited to announce the 5th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition, a bi-state metropolitan area-wide competition which will showcase the talents of high school performing arts students.  The Finals of the 5th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015 at the Fabulous Fox Theatre where students will compete for cash awards, special performance opportunities and college scholarships (1st Place $7,000 scholarship – 2nd Place $5,000 scholarship – 3rd Place $3,000 scholarship).
We encourage St. Louis Metro area high school students enrolled in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 to register and showcase their talent.  Acts may consist of 1 to 6 students in the categories of (but are not limited to): Singer, Musician, Actors, Rappers, Magician, Ventriloquist, Comedian, Circus Skills Performer (i.e. Juggler, Clown, Aerialist, etc.)
There are no fees to participate.
Registered students will participate in one day of the Preliminary Competition: February 28 OR March 1, 2015. Those who advance will participate in the Semi-final Competition March 28, 2015 leading to the Final Competition on stage at the Fabulous Fox Theatre April 24, 2015.
For complete competition details and to register visit http://www.foxpacf.org/teen-talent-showcase.aspx 
Deadline to register is November 21st by 5 p.m.
FREE Pre-competition Workshop
Learn how to prepare for the first round of the 2015 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition in a fun & relaxed environment.
For workshop information and to register visit http://www.foxpacf.org/slttc-pre-comp-workshop-info.aspx 

A “Classic Christmas” Dessert Theatre – UPDATED 10/29/14
Where:
Grace Community Chapel
7661 Mexico Road, St Peters, MO 63376
When:
Friday December 12, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM CST
Greetings!
LifeLight Youth Theatre presents a night of live holiday music, 2 classic Christmas tales (Little Women and A Christmas Carol) and delicious desserts at our 4th Annual Christmas Dessert Theatre!
Dinner and a show is good, but Dessert and a show is GREAT!
Tickets are $11 ($13 if purchased after November 24th) and includes a delicious dessert of either cheesecake or chocolate cake.
FOR ONE SHOW ONLY!
ADVANCE PURCHASE IS REQUIRED, SO THAT WE MAY HAVE YOUR REQUESTED DESSERT.
THIS IS A SURE SELL OUT, SO EARLY PURCHASE IS SUGGESTED.
Buy Tickets Now!
We look forward to sharing these wonderful classics with you. See you at the show!
Sincerely,
LifeLight Youth Theatre

Winston Churchill Student Speech Competition
For competition dates and deadlines visit: http://www.nationalchurchillmuseum.org/speech-competition.html
Topic: “The price of greatness is responsibility.” – Winston Churchill, September 6, 1943, Harvard University

  • Speeches are to be 4-5 minutes in length
  • Open to all students in the  6th-8th grade (public, private, parochial, and homeschool).
  • For the 2014-2015 school year, we are opening the competition to out-of-state entries as well.*

Please call 573.592.6242 or email us to express your interest. Print or email our Save The Date Flier!
>>For Out-of-State Entries
Please follow the rules laid out below and within our speech competition pages. We are currently working on the best way  to judge an out-of-state zone competition. Possibly, it will be either via Skype or recorded video (YouTube) entries.
Rules & Score Sheet
Please visit our rules page to view the complete list of rules. Visit our score sheet page to see how students will be judged at the zone and state level competitions.
Research Resources
Please visit our speech resources page to view research resources.

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.