HEART of Texas

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August Newsletter HEART OF TEXAS   
Home Educators Alliance for Resources and Training of Texas, Inc.

AUGUST 2009 ISSUE
Home School News and Events
 
Dear Home School Families and Friends,
We were involved in We are excited to share with you information about several events that may be of interest to home schoolers in the Greater Dallas/Fort Worth and surrounding North Texas region. Please feel free to pass along this newsletter to the homeschooling families in your network.

If you use any content from this newsletter for placement within your own newsletter or other communications, we ask that you please acknowledge the HEART of Texas newsletter as your source and include our website address: www.heartoftex.org.  

If you know of an event or activity that would benefit other home schoolers, please drop us a line at info@HEARTofTex.org so we can include it in the next issue of our bi-weekly e-newsletter.  Advertising space available for those wishing to advertise their businesses, classes, job listings, or other opportunities.

We also have a “featured articles” section.  We hope that you will find the articles that we will include to be informative, encouraging, and full of wisdom.  If you or anyone in your group would like to submit articles, or have suggestions for future article topics, please contact us at info@heartoftex.org.   

We would love to hear from you!


www.HEARTofTex.org


Our deadlines are as follows:  
the 12th of the month, for the mid-month issue;
the 27th of the month for the issue that goes out at the beginning of the following month.

Thanks so much!
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Home Educators Alliance for Resources and Training of Texas, Inc., (HEART of Texas) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to serving the home schooling support groups, leaders and families in our regional service area. Our mission is to provide leadership, training, resources and support within the home school community through communications, networking activities, and events directed at home school support groups, leaders, and families in the Greater Dallas/Fort Worth and surrounding North Texas region.

This information is provided as a service to our fellow home schoolers. HEART of Texas does not necessarily endorse, warrant, or represent any of the activities, events, or organizations listed, or their content, views, opinions, or recommendations. Please use your own judgment when considering taking part in or attending any of these events or activities or visiting any of the websites or links provided.  HEART of Texas assumes no responsibility for the content of any ads, promises made, or the quality/reliability of the products or services offered.

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~UPCOMING HEART OF TEXAS EVENTS ~

HEART OF TEXAS HOME SCHOOL COLLEGE NIGHT

We'll be announcing the date soon!  
Watch our newsletter for more details!
www.heartoftex.org


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~MONTHLY HIGHLIGHTS ~
 
THROUGH AUGUST 9
RINGLING BROTHERS BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS
AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER
DALLAS, TX

AUGUST 1 - 11:30am or 3:30pm or 7:30 pm.
AUGUST 2 - 10:30am or 2:30pm or 6:30 p.m.
AUGUST 4 - 7:30p.m.
AUGUST 5 - 7:30 p.m.
AUGUST 6 - 7:30 p.m.
AUGUST 7 - 7:30 p.m.
AUGUST 8 - 11:30a.m. or 3:30p.m. or 7:30p.m.
AUGUST 9 - 10:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m

To Purchase Tickets Online: Click Here
(Receive your tickets via e-mail through ticketFast® -- click here to learn more.)
By Phone: Call 1-800-745-3000 to reserve your seats.
Group Sales: Call at 1-866-248-8740 ext. 103

Ticket Prices: $95.00(Circus Celebrity) / $75.00(Front Row) / $45.00(VIP) / $30.00(100 Level) / $20.00(200 Level) / $15.00(200 Level Side)  Ages 2 and up must have a ticket.

Military Discounts:  SAVE 50% on general seating prices during select shows.
Click here for Dallas shows with Military Discounts
Other Special Offers: Baby’s First Circus, E-Specials/Discounts, Free Commemorative Certificate

FREE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES:
Circus-Related Educational Activities:
Click Here
Circus Field Trip Kit:  Click Here
Circus Fitness Activities:  Click Here
CircusFit is a national youth fitness program from Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey that encourages America's youth to lead healthy, active lifestyles by combining the fun of circus skills with stretching, strength building, and aerobic exercise.
Circus Reading List:  Click Here


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AUGUST 1-31

AUGUST DOLLAR DAYS AT
DALLAS ARBORETUM

Every day is "dollar day" during the month of August at the Dallas Arboretum!


Admission: $1/person (during month of August only)
This is a significant discount off the regular ticket price of $9.50/adults

Parking:  $5/car

Location:  8525 Garland Rd
               Dallas, TX  75218

Hours of Operation: 9am-5pm

The Arboretum is wheelchair accessible and tram service is availalbe for the mobility impaired.

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AUGUST 1 & 3
COTTAGE THEATER PRESENTS:
SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS
AT CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION IN WATAUGA

Times: 7:30 pm (on both dates)
Tickets:  $5/adults and children; no charge for lap children.
To Purchase Tickets:  817-281-2293.  No refunds.

Story:  This bewitching dramatization of the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm has all the favorite characters: beautiful Snow White and her father, the good-hearted king; her stepmother, the wicked queen who likes to admire herself as she chants, "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all"; the dwarfs, and, of course the gallant, handsome prince.

Location:  The Cottage Theatre
                5733 Watauga Road
                Watauga, TX  76148
                817-281-2293

AUGUST 22 -- Theatre Workshop: Introduction to Stage Combat (Grads 8-12)
Time:  1-4pm
Tuition:  $30
To Register:  817-281-2293

Click here for Other Productions

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AUGUST 1-4
HALF PRICE ADMISSION DURING ZOOFARI DAYS
AT DALLAS ZOO

Admission: $5/adults (ages 12-64)
                 $3.50/seniors and children ages 3-11
                 FREE/ages 2 and under

Attend the kick-off event on August 1 and receive FREE Target bag giveaways and activity books.  
$1 hot dogs,  popcorn, canned drinks, sno-cones, and novelty ice cream (while supplies last.).  
Chill out at multiple "cool zones" designated throughout the park.  Enjoy animal training presentations throughout the day.  Participate in a scavenger hunt. Listen to animal tales during our wildflife book readines (special book reading by Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert at 2pm on Tues. Aug 4).  Make the ady an adventure and take the DART Red Line to the zoo entrance to save an extra dolloar on admission and avoid parking fees!

For More Information: Click Here


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AUGUST 2
REGISTRATION DEADLINE
SPEECH & DEBATE SUMMER CAMPS IN COPPELL

Camps Offered by DFW Speech & Debate in Coppell:
Intro to Speech: July 6-7, Aug. 3-4
Advanced Interpretive speech: August 4
Intro to Team Policy Debate: Aug. 5-7
Coaching Team Policy Debate (for parents): August 7

All camps are taught by highly accomplished NCFCA alumni and coaches with proven student leaders assisting -- including the 2009 National LD speaking champion and State & Regional LD champion!

Who Can Participate:  
Home schooled students ages 12-18.

Location:  First Baptist Church Coppell
                590 Denton Tap Rd
                Coppell, TX   75019

To Register:  Click Here
For More Information:  
Click here to email Suzanne


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AUGUST 3
FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
DALLAS HSAA

Time:  6-8:15pm (M-F)

Field:  2660 E. Trinity Mills
          Carrollton, TX 75006
          (Trinity Mills & Marsh Lane -- old American Heritage practice field)

Attn:  No players or team members are allowed to cross Trinity Mills Road by foot from the Covenant Church parking lot to the practice field. This will be strictly enforced.  All football players, coaches, other participants, and accompanying individuals must be transported by car to and from the practice field.
 
Parking:  Park in the Covenant Church parking lot located at the northwest corner of Trinity Mills Road and Plumdale. Vehicles are prohibited from parking on Briar Hill Drive or in the alley located adjacent to the site to the North or on any streets near or around the football practice field.  

Physical: Each player must have a physical exam & medical form from your doctor proving physical fitness for football.
Registration: Each player should download & complete the following forms and BRING THEM ON THE FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE. Players will not be allowed to practice until all forms are turned in with payment. 
1.  2009 Football Application
2.  HSAA Athletic  Release and Medical Authorization
3.  HSAA football Player contract
4.  HSAA football Parent contract
5.  Physical exam form

 
Click Here to Read All the Details


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AUGUST 4
ARLINGTON ASSOCIATION OF HOME EDUCATORS
OPEN HOUSE

Time:  6:30 - 8pm  
Location:  Mayfield Rd. Baptist Church (Fellowship Hall)
                1701 E. Mayfield Rd
                Arlington, TX  76014
Refreshments will be available.
Please RSVP: Click here to email


AUGUST 21 -- Annual Back to School Ice Cream Social & Fall Business Meeting
Time:  6:30 - 8:30pm  
Location:  Veteran's Park
                3600 W. Arkansas Lane
                Arlington, TX  76016
Please RSVP: Click here to email

    
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AUGUST 5
CINEMARK SUMMER MOVIE CLUBHOUSE
CHARLOTTE'S WEB
TINSELTOWN IN GRAPEVINE


Time:  10am
Cost: $1/person
Location:  911 State Hwy 114 W
                Grapevine, TX  76051

Other $1 Movie Dates at this Location:
AUGUST 12 -- Over the Hedge
SEPTEMBER 18 -- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (all Cinemark Locations)

For More Information: Click Here

For Other Cinemark Summer Movie Listings in North Texas: Click Here

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AUGUST 5
NATURE IN ART
DAY CAMP AT CAMP TONKAWA

Time:  9:30am - 2:30pm
Cost:
$15/camp or $50/4 camp package price
Bring a lunch and plenty of cold drinking water.

Other Camps in August:
AUGUST 12 -- Birds, Birds, Birds

AUGUST 19 -- Native Amerian Indians
AUGUST 26 -- Texas Wildlife

To RSVP:  
903-429-6483

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AUGUST 6-8
THSC STATE CONVENTION & FAMILY HOME SCHOOL CONFERENCE
THE WOODLANDS, TX

Location:  The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center
                1601 Lake Robbins Drive
                The Woodlands
, TX  77380

Experienced vendors from all over the nation will be on hand to offer the very latest in educational material for home schoolers!

Come Thursday evening for a FREE taste of the workshops and shopping to be enjoyed all weekend! Have friends interested in homeschooling? Bring them along for the Beginner's Track!

Keynote Speakers: Sally Clarkson, Voddie Baucham, John Erickson (author of Hank the Cowdog series)
Featured Speakers:   Tom Clark, Tim and Lyndsay Lambert, David Hazell, Mary James, Doug and Patsy Arnold, Phillip Telfer, Jim and Karen Stobaugh

Registration Fee:
Adults:  Free (card-carrying THSC members); $25 (nonmembers)
Spouse (or grandparent): Free
Additional Adult (additional grandparent or adult child): $25

A few more great reasons to attend:
Children’s Program (ages 4-12)
Special Buddies Program (for special needs children)
Special Fellowships -- Saturday from 3pm-4pm
Encouragement by Chocolate – A Moms Night Out with Mary James
Thursday Field Trip
Houston Area Amenities


Click here for more details

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AUGUST 7
PRE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR FALL CLASSES
AT CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION IN WATAUGA

Anyone wishing to signup after August 7th will be required to pay their class fees in full at the time of registration.

Available Classes:
Consumer Math
Advanced Math & Calculus
Super-Math
Theatre
Science
Art
Economics
 

For Complete Fall Schedule: Click Here
To Register: 817-281-2293
Location:   Center for Home Education
                5733 Watauga Rd
                Watauga, TX  76148


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AUGUST 10
HOMESCHOOL: "GO AHEAD, MAKE MY DAY!" CLASS & TOUR
FOSSIL RIM

Time:  10am - 2:30ish.  
    Break for Lunch:  12:00-1:00
    Guided Tour of Fossil Rim:  1:00-2:30ish  Meet our current (non-marine!) animal residents!
Cost:  $16/person (ages 2 and under free)
Details:  
Investigate the process of enrichment for animals in captivity. A look at how Fossil Rim keeps its animals happy and entertained. Participants will make enrichment items for various animals during our morning class, then share a picnic lunch, followed by a guided tour of Fossil Rim.
Bring a picnic lunch. 
After lunch, take a guided tour of Fossil Rim!
To Register:  Call 254-898-4216 ext 216

For other August Events at Fossil Rim Click Here

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AUGUST 10
HSA & ETC CROSS COUNTRY TEAM INFO MEETING
REGISTRATION AND 1ST DAY OF PRACTICE

Time:  9:30a.m.  
Location:  Veteran's Park in SW Arlington

If you're wanting to get started early, come out to Veteran's Park in Arlington on August 3-7 at 10am
and run with the GP team!

For More Information: Click Here to email the coach

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AUGUST 12-16
RINGLING BROTHERS BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS
FORT WORTH CONVENTION CENTER
FORT WORTH, TX

AUGUST 12 - 7:30 pm.
AUGUST 13 - 7:30 p.m.
AUGUST 14 - 10:30am or 7:30p.m.
AUGUST 15 - 1:30p.m. or 5:30 p.m.
AUGUST 16 - 2:30 p.m.

To Purchase Tickets Online: Click Here
(Receive your tickets via e-mail through ticketFast® -- click here to learn more.)
By Phone: Call 1-800-745-3000 to reserve your seats.
Group Sales: Call at 1-866-248-8740 ext. 103

Ticket Prices: $95.00(Circus Celebrity) / $75.00(Front Row) / $45.00(VIP) / $30.00(PL4) / $20.00(PL5) / $15.00(PL6)  Ages 2 and older must have a ticket.

Military Discounts:  SAVE 50% on general seating prices during select shows.
Click here for listing of Fort Worth Shows with Military Discounts
Purchase America Supports You Special Offer tickets through Military ITT/ITR offices (in select markets), at the arena box office with valid Military ID (Active, Reserve, National Guard, Retired) or online using Code "ASY" (excludes Circus Celebrity, Front Row and VIP seating).
Other Special Offers: Baby’s First Circus, E-Specials/Discounts, Free Commemorative Certificate

FREE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES:
Circus-Related Educational Activities:
Click Here
Circus Field Trip Kit:  Click Here
Circus Fitness Activities:  Click Here
CircusFit is a national youth fitness program from Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey that encourages America's youth to lead healthy, active lifestyles by combining the fun of circus skills with stretching, strength building, and aerobic exercise.
Circus Reading List:  Click Here


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AUGUST 21-23

SALES TAX HOLIDAY
SCHOOL SUPPLIES INCLUDED FOR 2009

Texas shoppers get a break from state and local sales taxes on August 21, 22 and 23 - the state's annual tax holiday. Lay-away plans can be used again this year to take advantage of the sales tax holiday.

As in previous years, the law exempts most clothing and footwear priced under $100 from sales and use taxes, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend. Backpacks under $100 and used by elementary and secondary students are also exempt. A backpack is a pack with straps one wears on the back. The exemption during the sales tax holiday includes backpacks with wheels, provided they can also be worn on the back like a traditional backpack, and messenger bags. The exemption does not include items that are reasonably defined as luggage, briefcases, athletic/duffle/gym bags, computer bags, purses or framed backpacks. Ten or fewer backpacks can be purchased tax-free at one time without providing an exemption certificate to the seller.

The 81st Texas Legislature recently passed HB 1801 (2009) expanding the list of items qualifying for exemption from Texas state and local sales and use taxes during the annual sales tax holiday in August. Effective this year, in addition to clothes, footwear and some backpacks, Texas families also get a sales tax break on most school supplies priced at less than $100 purchased for use by a student in an elementary or secondary school.

For List of Qualifying School Supplies and Other Details:  Click Here

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AUGUST 27
REGISTRATION DEADLINE
AND MANDATORY PARENT/STUDENT ORIENTATION
COPPEL SPEECH & DEBATE CLUB

Time:  6:30-8:30pm

Location:  
First Baptist Church Coppell
                  590 Denton Tap Rd
                  Coppell, TX   75019


Details:  
This is a mandatory orientation for families interested in joining the Coppell Speech & Debate club. Families can register to join the club at that time.
Click here for more information or to download membership forms.
 

Note:
New students will need to attend the 2-day Intro to Speech camp before joining Speech Club and attend the 3-day Intro to Team Policy camp before joining Debate Club. Click here for more information about our camps.

For More Information:  Click here to email Suzanne

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~~What's Inside This Issue ~~
     (Click on the links below)

FEATURED ARTICLES

THSC Leadership Training Conference Coming to Waxahachie, TX, Oct 23-25

Don't Bank On Just a Good SAT Score – by Jean Burk

How to Register Your High Schooler for the 2009 PSAT/NMSQT Test - by Anne Gebhart


Volunteer Area Editors Needed for HEART of Texas Newsletter

NEST Family Learning Offering Discount and Free Shipping to Our Readers


CALENDAR OF EVENTS

LIBRARY PROGRAMS
1.   Library Programs at North Texas Libraries -- North Texas
       Other Libraries are Welcome to Include Their Events – contact info@heartoftex.org

     Bedford Public Library    
     Fort Worth Public Library
     Hurst Public Library
     McKinney Public Library System
     Tyler Public Library

READING REWARD PROGRAMS
2.   Book It!  Reading Program -- Enrollment Open
3.   Braums Book Buddy Reading Program -- Enrollment Open
   
CONTESTS/COMPETITIVE EVENTS
4.   BEST Robotics 2009 Preview:  Just Plane Crazy! -- Texas Best
5.   FIRST Lego League -- Leagues Starting in North Texas
6.   Texas State Fish-Art Contests -- Entries Due March 31, 2009
7.   National Engineers Week -- Future City Competition
8.   USA Mathematical Talent Search -- Contest Over
9.   Igniting Creative Energy Challenge for K-12 -- 2010 Contest TBA
10. Texas Beef Leaders of Tomorrow Contest -- 2010 Contest TBA
    
CIVICS/GOOD CITIZENSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
11.   City of Fort Worth Youth Advisory Board -- Fort Worth
12.   City of North Richland Hills Teen Court -- North Richland Hills
13.  Texas Home School Coalition Good Citizenship Award Program -- State-wide

CONGRESSIONAL OFFICE ANNOUNCEMENTS
14.  Certificates of Special Congressional Recognition for Graduating Seniors
15.  National Congressional Art Competition -- Districts 3, 4, 5, 12, 24, 26, 30

HOME SCHOOL ENRICHMENT CLASSES
Become a HEART of Texas Partner to list your Enrichment Program

16.  THEO Home School Classes -- Plano
17.  Christian Cottage Prep -- Fort Worth
18.  Christian Educators Resource Center -- Rowlett
19.  Christian Homeschool Alliance of Texas -- Cedar Hill/SW Dallas area
20.   Cooke County Cotillion for Home Schooled Teens -- Gainesville
21.  Center for Home Education -- Watauga
22.  Eastfield College -- Mesquite
23.  Enrichment Classes, Inc. -- Lewisville
24.  Faith Christian Academy -- McKinney
25.  Fabulous Fridays -- Little Elm
26.  Home Educators Resource -- Lewisville
27.  Homeschoolers East Co-Op Classes -- East Dallas
28.  JOY Christian Academy -- Decatur

29.  Morning Glory Academy -- Hurst
30.  Tarrant County College -- High School Math and Science Classes for Home Schoolers
31.  Venture Home School Classes -- Colleyville
32.  YMCA/Irving Home School Classes -- Irving

BOOK SALES & HOME SCHOOL BOOK STORES
33.  Library Used Book Sales in North Texas
          Plano - July 30-Aug 1
          Wichita Falls – Aug 1
          Dallas – August 6-8
          Bedford - Aug 14-16
          Dallas – Aug 15
          Hurst – Aug 21-22
          Van Alstyne – Aug 28-29
          Corinth – Aug 29-30
34.  Christian Educators Resource Center -- Rowlett
35.  Center for Home Education -- Watauga
36.  Home Educators Resource -- Lewisville
  
NATURE CENTERS & OUTDOOR PROGRAMS/CAMPS
Become a HEART of Texas Partner to list your program
37.  Camp Tonkawa (Day Camps and Outdoor Education) -- Collinsville
38.  Dallas Arboretum -- Dallas
39.  Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge Programs
40.  Fossil Rim
41.  Haven's Horses (Horsemanship & Outdoor Education)-- Keller
42.  Heard Museum Homeschool Classes – McKinney
43.  Heritage Farmstead Museum -- Plano
44.  Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch -- Pilot Point
45.  Texas Discovery Gardens -- Dallas
46.  Texas Parks and Wildlife Programs -- State Parks in North Texas

PERFORMING ARTS
47.  Performances at Casa Manana Children’s Playhouse --Fort Worth
       The Jungle Book -- Sept 25-Oct 11

48.  Performances at CATS -- Arlington
        The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew -- August 4-6

49.  Cottage Theater – Center for Home Education -- Watauga
        Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – July 30-Aug 1
50.  Theater Performances at Artisan Center Theater -- Hurst
        West Side Story – July 24-August 29
        Artie's Children's Playhouse: 
Disney's The AristoCats Kids – July 2-September 12
51.  Performances at Bass Performance Hall -- Fort Worth
52.  Dallas Children’s Theater -- Dallas
53.  Plano Children’s Theater -- Plano
        Pipi Longstocking – Aug 5, 19, 21
        Broadway – through Aug 8

54.  Texas Ballet Theater Performances -- Special Homeschool Pricing -- Dallas/Ft. Worth
        HEART of Texas Newsletter Readers Receive Special Discount on the Following Performances:
        The Russian Masters (Bass Hall) – October 4 at 2pm
        The Nutcracker (Winspear Opera House) – November 27 at 2pm; December 5 at 2pm
        The Nutcracker (Bass Hall) – December 19 at 2pm; December 24 at 2pm
        Romeo & Juliet (Bass Hall) – February 13 at 2pm
        Romeo & Juliet (Winspear Opera House) – March 13 at 2pm
        The Sleeping Beauty (Bass Hall) – April 10 at 2pm
        The Sleeping Beauty (Winspear Opera House) – June 12 at 2pm

55.  Home School Discount Tickets to Dallas Theater Performances
        Shows TBA shortly
      
ART MUSEUMS
56.  Amon Carter Museum Exhibits – Fort Worth
        The Harmon & Harriet Kelley Collection of African-American Art: Works on Paper - closes Aug 23
          Masterworks of American Photography: Moments in Time -- closes Jan 3, 2010

57.  Dallas Museum of Art Exhibits -- Dallas
        About Materials & Meanings -- Through Summer 2010
        Through the Eyes of Our Children - Something Beautiful -- closes Aug 23
        Private Universe -- closes Aug 30
        Willie Doherty: Requisite Distance -- closes Aug 30
        American Art 1950s-1970s -- closes Oct 18
        Private Universes: Media Works -- closes Nov 8

58.  Kimball Art Museum Exhibit -- Fort Worth     
            Butchers, Dragons, Gods & Skeletons -- Jul 18-Oct 25
59.  Museum of Nature & Science -- Dallas
          
The Science of Spying:  The new spy skills exhibition
60.  Museum of Science & History -- Fort Worth
       
Tales from the Land of Gullah -- June 13-Sept 7
61.  Nasher Sculpture Center -- Dallas
        Highlights from the Nasher Collection
        

IMAX/OMNI THEATERS
62.  Shows at the Dallas Imax Theatre -- Museum of Science and Nature
        Hurricane on the Bayou
        Coral Reef Adventure
63.  Shows at the Fort Worth Omni Theater -- Ft. Worth Museum of Science & History
        Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk
        Dolphins
        Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure

HISTORICAL PROGRAMS
64.  Programs at Log Cabin Village -- Fort Worth
       
There are no special events in August.
        Log Cabin Village will be closed for annual maintenance August 24-September 7

65.  Dallas Heritage Village -- Dallas

SCIENCE EVENTS/ACTIVITIES
66.  Star Parties at Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

HOME SCHOOL SPORTS/PE PROGRAMS
Become a HEART of Texas Supporting Partner to list your non-profit Sport/PE program
67.  Aledo Christian School's Basketball, Baseball, Volleyball, Softball Teams -- Aledo
68.  Berne Academy's Varsity Boys Basketball Team -- Lancaster

69.  Homeschool Swim -- The Colony Aquatic Park -- The Colony
70.  Homeschool Swim & Swim Team -- Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium-- Allen
71.  Christian Martial Arts -- Bedford
72.  Dallas Thunder Homeschool Basketball Organization -- Registration Open
73.  Elite Track Club/Cross Country Program for Home Schoolers  
74.  Home School Athletic Association
75.  THESA Riders Home School  Association
76.  Hulcy Home School PE Classes -- Richardson
77.  Home School PE Classes -- Velocity in Highland Park
78.  Home School PE Classes -- Velocity in Southlake
79.  Home School Fencing Classes -- Fencing Institute of Texas -- Farmers Branch
80.  Parker-Tarrant Home School 
81.  Pop-In Playtime -- Pump It Up of Grapevine -- Grapevine

SUPPORT GROUP ANNOUNCEMENTS
Become a HEART of Texas Supporting Partner to list your Support Group here & on our site!
82.  Smoothing the Way Meetings in North Texas
83.  Arlington Association Home Educators (AAHE) -- Arlington
84.  Coppell Speech/Debate Club -- Coppell
85.  Denton County Christian Home School Association -- Denton
86.  Fellowship Church Homeschool Network -- Grapevine
87.  How Now Homeschooling -- Plano/Frisco/Allen/McKinney area

88.  Lewisville Area Speech and Debate Club -- Lewisville
89.  North Irving Christian Home Educators -- Irving
90.  Park Day Drama Club -- Plano
91.  Ready to Answer Speech and Debate -- Decatur
92.  SALT Co-Op -- DeSoto
93.  Homeschoolers Offering Moms Encouragement (HOME) -- Flower Mound

COLLEGE PREP
94.  SAT Test Dates
95.  SAT Prep Classes with Jean Burk -- Across North Texas   

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR HOMESCHOOLERS
96.  Baylor and Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) Scholarship -- Deadline December 1, 2008

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
All volunteer opportunities must indicate a direct homeschool interest to be included in this listing.
97.  Volunteer Opportunities Available for Home School Students in 21 Counties -- American Cancer Society
98.  Learn to Laugh in Another Language: Be a Host Family for a Foreign-Exchange Student -- INTO EdVENTURES
99.  Homeschool Volunteers Needed to Deliver Hot Meals and Friendship -- Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County
100.  Homeschool Volunteers Needed to Deliver Meals -- Meals on Wheels of Johnson & Ellis Counties
101.  Volunteers Needed to Serve Meals at The Stewpot -- Dallas -- The Stewpot

OTHER EVENTS BY DATE
102. Private Piano Lessons in Your Home! -- Dallas Area
103. World View Studies Classes -- Haltom City & Weatherford -- Registration Open
104. Advanced Placement, Pre-Advanced Placement English and CLEP Classes -- Ft. Worth
105. Speech & Debate Camps -- Watauga & Coppell-- Summer 2009
106. Youth Basketball of America Division 3 Basketball Tournament -- Florida -- July 26-Aug 1
107. THSC State Convention and Family Conference -- The Woodlands -- August 6-8
108. MGA Academy Registration Open for Fall 2009 Classes -- Hurst
109. Register Early & Save on THSC Leadership Training Conference Oct 23-25 -- Waxahachie -- Early Reg ends Aug 31

JOB OPENINGS
110.  Check-In Receptionist, Check-Out Receptionist, and Technician Positions Open -- DeSoto Area
111.  Great Opportunities for Students at Pump It Up of Grapevine


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THSC Leadership Training Conference Coming to Waxahachie, TX, Oct 23-25

Pre-registration is now open for the 2009 THSC Leadership Training Conference, which will be held at the Lakewood Conference Center in Waxahachie, TX, October 23-25.  If you have never attended a THSC Leadership Training Conference, you are in for a treat!

THSC is excited to once again welcome motivational speaker, Norm Wakefield from the Spirit of Elijah Ministries, as our guest speaker.

The Leadership Training Conference is designed to encourage veteran leaders and help renew their vision, while training and inspiring new leaders, so whether your leaders are new or long-time veterans, get your leadership team off to a great start at the THSC Leadership Training Conference.

Pre-register by August 31 and save!
Save $10 on the teen program, on-site hotel and cabin lodging and $5 on commuter registration! 

Save even more when you attend with other leaders from your group!
Come as a board and get inspired and motivated together!  Save up to $75 each, when four or more leaders from your group attend! No need to pay as a group, simply list the other members of your group who are attending on the registration form.

New or veteran leader, the Leadership Training Conference is for them!
Send them as a board, with their spouses, by themselves, or with friends in leadership.
They’ll leave blessed, refreshed, and ready to lead!

Rally around your leaders and encourage them to attend the Leadership Training Conference.  Offer to watch their younger children, feed their pets, and water their plants.  Take a collection to pay for the cost!  Show them you value them by sending them to the THSC Leadership Training Conference.

We guarantee they will love it, and you will love the results!

For Registration and other Details:  Click Here

 
The Texas Home School Coalition is our state advocacy organization whose purpose is to help protect home school freedoms.  For more information about THSC, please visit their website at www.thsc.org.  


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Don't Bank on Just a Good SAT Score
--by Jean Burk

“We’re not just looking for smart kids, there are plenty of those around, but we’re looking well-rounded students,” the Harvard recruiter replied. This question was asked by a parent at the honors program when she wanted to know what SAT score they were looking for in a student. The good test score must just be the beginning of this prestigious college’s criteria.  So what exactly does that mean to those of us who just want some college money for our kid to go to a good school—maybe even Harvard?

Many colleges give the big scholarships to the students who will represent their school well while they’re attending college as well as after graduation. Usually, each college department has several big scholarships they like to give to well-deserved students. How do they select these world changers- by seeking out students who already have a proven background of abilities and ambitions long before they have ever entered a college classroom? These students started their own portfolio of accomplishments in their early days of high school or before.  Being well-rounded encompasses a five-fold program that speaks volumes about the student.

Academics are important to colleges, but they understand there is more to a student.  Maintaining a strong high school G.P.A. while being involved in other areas shows potential for college success.  The student’s SAT score generally solidifies his or her academic achievements.  An SAT math and critical reading score of 1200 shows excellent preparation; a score around 1300 shows remarkable preparation; and a score of 1400 and above is evidence of an extraordinary student.

The second part of the portfolio is the student’s extracurricular activities.  These show the colleges what a student has been involved in along with his or her academics.  Participation in sports, music, dance, or a part time job would all be considered extracurricular activities.  Students have so many opportunities to get involved and should start as early as possible.

Volunteer work is equal to extracurricular activities in importance.  This displays how the student is a valuable asset in his or her own community.  Some volunteer work ideas are Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, tutoring others, food banks, candy striper, teen court, nursing homes, and library help.  Look around; there are always openings for volunteers to help out in the community.  Start volunteering early in order to log as many hours as possible.  To really stand out amid other college candidates, consider starting your own organization—one that fills an important need for others.

Club involvement is another important part of being a well-rounded student.  Some club ideas are Drama Club, Boy Scouts, and 4-H, Debate Teams, Student Government, and the YMCA.  Also in this fourth part of the five-fold program, it is noteworthy to become leaders in these clubs.  Most clubs have offices to be held.  This is not only a good experience but also will show evidence of your leadership abilities.

Last of all, you will want to keep a record of all awards you have received.  This is the fruit of your labor and it is where you are rewarded openly for all your hard work.  To name a few awards, there are sports trophies, Piano Guild, Honor Society Awards, Who’s Who Among High School Students, writing contests, art contests, and community service awards.

Every student should start at least in the ninth grade working on this five-fold program.  Good records should be kept, pictures taken and letters of recommendation solicited.  Get the whole family involved; this can be very challenging as well as life changing.  By focusing on the needs of others and the world around them, the student’s life can be not only be enriched personally now but also financially later during the college years.

Jean Burk is a published author, speaker and teacher. Her “Master The SAT Class” has been featured on NBC, CBS and Fox. To sign-up for her free report, “Good-bye Student Loans, Hello Free College, go to www.collegeprepgenius.com      Contact info:   jean@collegeprepgenius.com      81-SAT-2-PREP


Jean Burk is a published author, speaker and teacher.  Her "Master the SAT Class" has been featured on NBC, CBS and Fox  To sign up for her free report, "Good-Bye Student Loans, Hello Free College," go to www.collegeprepgenius.com.  You can contact Jean at 81-SAT-2-PREP or click here to email her.



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How to Register Your High Schooler for the 2009 PSAT/NMSQT Test
--by Anne Gebhart

Now is the time to contact your local public high school to get your child registered for the PSAT/NMSQT, if you are planning to have your high school student take it this fall. 

Schools will administer the test on only one of the official 2009 testing dates:  either October 14 or October 17.  Check with your local public school to find out which date they are offering the test. 

Most high schools begin registering their students during the first couple of weeks of school, so you will need to contact your public school counseling office or principal as soon as possible to ensure that you do not miss the registration deadline.

The PSAT/NMSQT, also called the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, is a standardized test that serves as a practice test for the SAT Reasoning test.  It also gives students a chance to enter the competition for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.  Some students, including homeschoolers, have been able to win full scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship competition.  It is wise to encourage your student to learn test-taking skills, take practice tests, and even take the full-fledged PSAT in the 9th and 10th grades for practice.

The PSAT/NMSQT is only administered once each year, usually in October.  Test scores only count toward the National Merit Scholar awards in a student's eleventh grade year, although students may take the PSAT/NMSQT for practice in the years preceding their eleventh grade year.

The Texas Home School Coalition was instrumental in getting a law passed by the Texas legislature requiring independent school districts to allow home school students residing within their district to take the PSAT/NMSQT test with their students.  The law went into effect September 1, 2007.

Additionally, the law states that public schools may not charge homeschool students a higher testing fee than they charge their own students.  If the school charges its students $20, homeschoolers cannot be charged more than $20.  If students at the school can take the test for free, homeschoolers must be able to take it for free as well.

Some students prefer taking the test at a private school which offers the test.  While there is that option, it must be pointed out that private schools are not required to open their testing to those outside of their student body, and are not subject to the state law.  

When contacting your local public school to register your child for the test, if you experience resistance, confusion, or receive conflicting information from the school official, please contact the Texas Home School Coalition by email at staff@thsc.org.  In your correspondence, include the following information:  the date you contacted the school, the school district, the school name, the name of the person with whom you spoke, and the essence of the conversation, including the reason(s) given for not allowing your child to test at their school.   

Since the law went into effect two years ago, most of the kinks have already been worked out; however, there might be a few school districts which may need to be familiarized with the law, and THSC will be happy to help if necessary.

When your child takes the PSAT/NMSQT, he will need to include a School Code on his test sheet.  The College Board's code for Texas Home School Students is "994499".

On test day, your student will need to provide a form of picture ID. 

Until last year, the only acceptable forms of photo identification were a driver's license, state-issued ID, valid passport, or a school identification card with a picture.  This has been an issue in the past, as homeschoolers do not have school-issued photo ID cards, such as those provided to public school students.

The College Board's listing of acceptable forms of photo ID now includes a more accessible and less expensive option for homeschoolers:  a Student ID Form that can be prepared by a local support group or by the local public school. 

The SAT Student ID form can be downloaded from the College Board website and printed on the organization's official letterhead.  The form must be dated and accompanied by a "recognizable" photo of the student.   The student will need to sign the ID form in the presence of the organization's representative or public school principal.  The student will also be asked to sign the ID form again at the testing center to verify the signature.

The Student ID Form is valid for one year, and must be presented each time the student tests.


We hope that this information makes registering your student for the PSAT test a little easier.  If we can help you with any questions, please contact us by clicking here to send us an email.


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Volunteer Area Editors Needed for HEART of Texas Newsletter

Do you enjoy looking for fun activities, inexpensive field trips, discounts, freebies, and other things homeschoolers love?

The HEART of Texas newsletter staff is looking for volunteer editors from different parts of the North Texas region to join our team and help us find information to share with the thousands of homeschoolers who read our newsletters each month.

We would especially be interested in hearing from anyone in or near the following areas:  Tyler, Sherman, Frisco, Midlothian, Weatherford, Rockwall, Waxahachie, Cleburne, Mansfield, Gainesville, Wichita Falls,Corsicana, Wichita Falls.

Whether you are a homeschool parent, "completed" homeschooler, or even a responsible homeschool student looking for activities to include on your high school résumé, if this opportunity sounds appealing we would love to hear from you!

Please click here to email Anne.  Include your name, phone number, city, along with a brief explanation of why you are interested in being an area editor.  

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NEST Family Learning Offering Discount and Free Shipping to Our Readers!

NEST Family Learning has partnered with HEART of Texas to offer a special discount to readers of our newsletter!

For a limited time, you can enjoy an additional 15% discount on materials plus FREE shipping on orders of $49 or more.


Simply visit
http://www.nestlearning.com/c-5-homeschool.aspx?s_cid=heart
to start shopping and begin enjoying your savings today! Use coupon code "HEART" when placing your order.  

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS



1.    LIBRARY PROGRAMS AT NORTH TEXAS LIBRARIES

Summer Reading Programs, Clubs, Story Times, Events, Activities, and more!  Libraries in North Texas are gearing up for an action-packed, fun-filled summer that will inspire a love of reading!

To find out what programs your local libraries have going on, visit the website below.  It includes links to public libraries all over Texas, so you and your kids can get in on the adventure of reading.

http://www.publiclibraries.com/texas.htm


BEDFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY
Location:  1805 L. Don Dodson Drive
                Bedford, TX  76021
                817-952-2342
Contact:  Jeannie Green

TUESDAYS -- Sprouts Story Time
(for the more active child)
Time:  10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
Bonnie Finn Room

TUESDAYS -- Story Book Club
(for the child who is ready to be a sitter and llstener)
Time: 11 am. – 11:25 a.m.
Bonnie Finn Room

THURSDAYS -- Peapods Story Time
(for babies 2 years and under and their caregiver.)
Bonnie Finn Room
Registration is required for this program.
For More Information:  Contact Kids Help Desk at 817-952-2373



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FORT WORTH PUBLIC LIBRARY

CENTRAL LIBRARY BRANCH
Location:      500 W. 3rd St
        817-871-7701

DIAMOND HILL/JARVIS
Location:      NE 35th Street
        817-624-7331

EAST BERRY LIBRARY
Location:      4300 E. Berry St.
        817-536-1945

EAST REGIONAL LIBRARY
Location:    6301 Bridge St.
        817-871-6436

MEADOWBROOK LIBRARY
Location:      2800 Stark St.
        817-451-0916

NORTHSIDE LIBRARY
Location:    601 Park Street
        817-626-8241

RIDGLEA LIBRARY
Location:    3628 Bernie Anderson Drive
        817-737-6619

RIVERSIDE LIBRARY:
Location:    2913 Yucca Avenue
        817-838-6931

SHAMBLEE LIBRARY
Location:      959 East Rosedale St.
        817-871-6621

SOUTHWEST REGIONAL LIBRARY
Location:    4001 Library Ln.
    817-782-9853

SUMMERGLEN LIBRARY
Location:      4205 Basswood Blvd.
        817-232-0478

WEDGWOOD LIBRARY
Location:      3816 Kimberly Ln.
        817-292-3368


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HURST PUBLIC LIBRARY
Location:  901 Precinct Line Road
               Hurst, TX  76053
               817-788-7300
Contact:  rreynaro@ci.hurst.us

SUMMER ACTIVITIES AT HURST LIBRARY
And They All Read Happily Ever After—the End!
August 1 - 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
A day-long tribute to readers like you! Various activities throughout the day include special performances by the Puppet People, face painting, space experiments, a chance to meet some book characters…and your last chance to turn in time for the Club!



TUESDAYS & WEDNESDAYS -- Story Time for ages 3-6
Time:  10:45 – 11:15 a.m.

MONDAYS & THURSDAYS -- Toddler Time for ages 1-3
Time:  10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

MONDAYS -- Chess Club (elementary ages and up)
Time:  4:00 – 5 pm

SECOND TUESDAY OF MONTH -- Chapter Chats (4th-6th graders)
Time:  
7-8pm
Details:  
Do you enjoy talking about books? Here’s your chance! Share your views with other kids who have read what you have!
To Find Out Which Books We'll Be Talking About Each Month:  Call 817-788-7302

ON EXHIBIT:
FOYER DISPLAY:
GALLERY WALL: 
HISTORICAL GALLERY:  

To put your collection on exhibit at the Hurst Library:  Contact the Information Specialist to fill out a form with your contact information and a description of your collection.  To be considered, personal collections must meet the Library display criteria.


Live Homework Help (online tutoring)
Hurst Public Library now offers Live Homework Help
Subjects:  math, science, social studies, and English
Time:  3pm - 10pm
Cost:  Free - must have a Hurst Library Card
How To Access: V
isit www.hurst.lib.tx.us
From a library computer, or from your home PC or Mac
Spanish-speaking tutors are available to help students in math and science.
All sessions are confidential and
monitored for quality and safety.
For More Information:  C
all Youth Services at 817-788-7302 or www.hurst.lib.tx.us


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McKINNEY PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM
Location:  101 E. Hunt Street
               McKinney, TX  75069
               972-547-READ
Contact:  Wendy Turner –  wturner@mckinneytexas.org  or 972-547-7319

Program Calender:
Click Here    


For More Information:  Contact Wendy Turner at 972-547-7319 or wturner@mckinneytexas.org

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TYLER PUBLIC LIBRARY
(all events are free and open to the public)
Location:  201 S. College Ave
One block southwest of the square in downtown Tyler
Contact: Evelyn James – 903-593-7323 – programs@tylertexas.com

Preschoolers DayCare StoryShare
MONDAYS & TUESDAYS
Time:  10:30 a.m. in the Storyroom
Friends share stories, songs, and books with childcare groups.
Please email or call to register

ReadAloud Crowd
WEDNESDAYS &  THURSDAYS
Time:  10:30 in the Storyroom
Storyteller Evelyn James and friends share songs, stories, and simple crafts with preschoolers and their families

AfterSchool Rules!
THURSDAYS
Time:  3:30 – 5:00 in Taylor Auditorium
A reading incentive program for children in grades K-5
Reading games and activities PLUS! One on one reading time with middle and high school “reading buddies”


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2.  BOOK IT! READING PROGRAM

ENROLL TODAY FOR 2009-2010 PROGRAM
(individual families only may enroll)

Who Can Participate:  Children in grades K-6.

The Book It! Reading Program is sponsored by Pizza Hut and runs from October 2008 through March 2009. It is available for children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade.

The reading program allows the children to earn free personal pan pizzas for meeting their reading goals.

Important Note:  This year, the Book It! Program is changing its enrollment procedures for home schoolers.  Support groups will no longer be able to register families for the program.  Each family will need to enroll individually to be able to participate.

For Program Information: www.bookitprogram.com/enrollment/k6enroll.asp

To Enroll Your Homeschool: www.bookitprogram.com/enrollment_online/homeschoolform.asp  

Book It! Hotline:  1-800-426-6548
Hotline hours:  9:00 am - 4:00 p.m. CT (Monday through Friday)


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3.  BRAUMS BOOK BUDDY PROGRAM

NOW ENROLLING FOR 2008-2009

The Braum's Book Buddy program gives children the opportunity to read for delicious prizes from Braum's!

Who Can Participate: Children in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades.

Program Runs:  September through end of school year.

Reward:  Each child can earn up to six Braum's treats throughout the year including Single Dip Sundaes, Single Dip Ice Cream Cones and more! The best part...it costs nothing to participate in Braum's Book Buddy reading program. We're happy to offer this program to elementary schools and home schools absolutely free! At Braum's, we want to promote a positive attitude in children for a lifetime love of reading.

How does Book Buddy work?
Teachers distribute Braum's Book Buddy booklets to their students and then monitor book reading by placing a Book Buddy sticker in the student's booklet for each book read. When a student has read six books, the teacher rewards the student with a coupon for a free treat from Braum's!

To Enroll:
Send us a written request for enrollment information on school letterhead to:
Braum's Book Buddy Reading Program
PO Box 25429
OKC, OK 73125

Upon receipt of your written request (and upon meeting criteria) we will add your school to our mailing list and your school will automatically receive information on the program each year. Braum's Book Buddy program is a great way to encourage children to read and earn prizes at the same time!

For More Information:
www.braums.com/bookbuddy.asp   

   
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4.  BEST ROBOTICS 2008 PREVIEW:  JUST PLANE CRAZY!

BEST is a non-profit, volunteer organization whose mission is to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering, science, and technology through participation in a -like, science- and engineering-based robotics competition.

Get the first look at the theme for next year's competition!
 
Visit:  http://www.bestinc.org/MVC/

YES Program Information
Igus® Inc. offers free products through the Y.E.S. (Young Engineers Support) Program, designed to foster the mechanical design ideas and inventions of students who have a passion for engineering. The program aims to not only support students and engineers, but also educate them on the merits and benefits of plastic components. The program offers donations to students and engineering competitions across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The benefits of the Y.E.S. Program are boundless for both igus and
young engineers.

To get an extra copy of the 2008 Product Data Guide included in your igus kit?
Download it here: www.igus.com/yesprogram/

ATTENTION FIRST TEAMS!
Due to the excited, enthusiastic, yet overwhelming number of requests from FIRST teams this season, igus must alter its policy regarding its product donation to teams. As of February 1, 2008, igus will only be able to donate products included in the original kit of FIRST parts to teams.

Student Sample Request Form
If you are a student or individual involved with an engineering project or robotics competition who would like request products, please fill out the Student Sample Request Form located at
www.igus.com/yesprogram/student_request.asp

Please note that the Y.E.S. Program is not limited to students, but also welcomes requests from all individuals or organizations competing in robotic and autonomous vehicle competitions.

Curriculum Product Request Form
If you are a teacher, professor or advisor and would like to request products and information to incoroporate into your curriculum or would like an in-class presentation from a cable carrier or bearings expert, please fill out the Curriculum Product Request Form located at
www.igus.com/yesprogram/curriculum_request.asp


For more information on the Y.E.S. Program:
Please contact Courtney Toomey, Y.E.S. Program Administrator at (800) 521-2747 ext. 146
or via e-mail at ctoomey@igus.com
or visiting www.igus.com/yesprogram


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5.  FIRST LEGO LEAGUE

Teams are already being formed, for students ages 9-14.  
There is a huge need for coaches -- this would be a great opportunity for dads to be involved.

If you are interested in coaching or being involved:
please click here to email Mike or visit the website to learn more.

Teams consist of up to 10 students.  Students cannot be older than 14 years of age as of January
1, 2009.  Students may only participate in one team.  Coaches, however, may coach more than one team
if desired.

Core Values of FLL:
The FLL Core Values are among the fundamental elements that distinguish FLL from other programs of its kind. By embracing the Core Values, participants learn that friendly competition and mutual gain are not separate goals, and that helping one another is the foundation of teamwork.
    * We are a team.
    * We do the work to find solutions with guidance from our coaches and mentors.
    * We honor the spirit of friendly competition.
    * What we discover is more important than what we win.
    * We share our experiences with others.
    * We display Gracious Professionalism in everything we do.
    * We have fun.

We must hear from you soon. Registration closes when all available slots are filled.  This usually happens sometime in mid-September.  All materials must be ordered by then.


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6.  TEXAS STATE FISH-ART CONTEST

ENTRIES DUE MARCH 31, 2010 (ongoing annual contest)

The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is the official host for the Texas State-Fish Art Contest sponsored by Wildlife Forever. All Texas entries in the annual contest are to be sent to TFFC for judging. Winning Texas entries will be forwarded to Wildlife Forever to compete for national best of show and art of conservation stamp honors.

Who Can Participate:  All Texas students in grades 4 through 12.

Categories: State-Fish Art Contest entries are judged in three categories: grades 4-6, grades 7-9 and grades 10-12. One Texas winner from each category is selected each year.

Winners are invited to attend the national awards ceremony at Minnesota's Mall of America each summer. Winning designs will be featured on the official State-Fish Art website. One piece of artwork in each grade category will be selected as the national best of show winner, and one entry will be chosen as the annual art of conservation stamp award and be featured on Wildlife Forever's conservation stamp for the coming year. Entries must be postmarked by March 31 each year and must comply with all rules and regulations. An official entry form must accompany all entries.


How to Enter:  Students must create an illustration of the Texas state fish or one of the other state fishes and write a composition on its behavior, habitat and conservation. Texas students are encouraged, but not required, to depict the Texas state fish, the Guadalupe bass. Texas entries are judged only against other Texas entries no matter what fish is depicted.

About the Contest:  The State-Fish Art Contest is part of a conservation education program designed to spark the imaginations of students while providing valuable lessons about fish and the importance of conserving Texas' aquatic resources. We also offer you the choice to use our free lesson plan.

For Rules:
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/visitorcenters/tffc/education/fish_art/rules.phtml    

For More Information: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/visitorcenters/tffc/education/fish_art/


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7.  NORTH TEXAS REGIONAL NATIONAL ENGINEERS WEEK FUTURE CITY COMPETITION FOR 7-8TH GRADERS

This program gives middle school students a fun way to tackle real-world
problems while building their math, science and technology skills.

Ages:  Teams of seventh and eighth grade students, with the guidance of a teacher and an
engineer, design a city using SimCity software.

Cost:  Cost is minimal and we provide the software.
The winning team gets a trip to Washington, DC to compete in the national finals.

Details:  Last year was the seventh year DFW hosted a regional competition. More
than 600 students participated. Dozens of engineers have already signed up
to support the 2007-08 competition. We need your help to notify middle
school teachers of this exciting, worthwhile opportunity, which is aligned
to national educational technology standards***.


For More Information:  Contact Jean Eason at  j.eason@ieee.org
                or visit www.dfwfuturecity.org


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8.  USA MATHEMATICAL TALENT SEARCH


2009 CONTEST OVER

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9. IGNITING CREATIVE ENERGY CONTEST FOR K-12


2009 Contest Over

The Challenge is an incentive based educational opportunity for students K-12 throughout the U.S. and much of Canada. Students are asked to use their creative energy to develop entries in the categories of Visual Arts and Music, Science and Technology, and Language Arts. Entries are to relate to the theme "Igniting Creative Energy" and demonstrate character building as it applies to wise energy choices and environmental stewardship. The entries are also to demonstrate an understanding of what an individual, family or group can do to make a difference in their home or community.

Who Can Enter?  All students, kindergarten through 12th grade in the United States and Canada are invited to enter. Void in Quebec. Travel Prize Winners must be students and teachers at an accredited K-12 public or private school and may not be immediate family members of Johnson Controls, Inc., USEA or National Energy Foundation employees.

Can home school students enter?  Yes. All students K-12 are invited to enter. However, home school students are not eligible for the grand prize.

Awards:  
There are separate prizes for elementary, middle school and high school students in addition to a teacher prize.  The grand prize in each category is a trip for two to Hawaii.  In addition to the national grand prizes each state has a prize winner. 

Various local, state and national partners are providing extra awards and recognition above and beyond the national grand prize trip:
1. The highest scoring student in each state and province will receive a prize package valued at $1,000 U.S. If you are a national winner, you will not be recognized as a state or province winner.
2. A lighting project winner will be announced. The student with the highest scoring project that addresses lighting as it related to the theme Igniting Creative Energy will win a special prize for the student and an energy-efficient lighting upgrade for a designated area within his or her school. If you are a national grand prize winner, you will not be eligible to win this award.
3. Some cities, state energy offices, and individual school districts wanting to recognize students in their specific geographical areas are sponsoring local challenges. Click on Local Challenges to see the participating areas and the awards that are available.

Official Online Entry Form:  Click here
Mail In Entry Form:  Click Here
For Guidelines:  Click Here

To Enter:  
Follow these simple steps:
1. Think about how you use electricity, gasoline, natural gas...energy (ex. electricity, gasoline, natural gas and/or if you could use less or how you could help your community use less).
2. Think of a creative new way to use less energy.
3. Use your talents and skills to create an exciting unusual project that will communicate your idea to someone else. Your project could be a science project, essay, story, artwork, photograph, music, video or web site project.
4. Write a one page explanation of how your project relates to the theme. Be sure to include the following:   * What motivated you to enter this Challenge?
                * What actions and ideas are you trying to express?
                * What is the impact of your project in your life and/or in the lives of others?
5. Make sure your name is on your project.
6. Complete the entry form. Make sure that you have your parents or legal guardian and teacher sign it.
7. Mail your project, entry form and explanation to:

            IGNITING CREATIVE ENERGY CHALLENGE
            NATIONAL ENERGY FOUNDATION
            145 South 400 East
            Salt Lake City, UT 84111

8. Wait patiently.
9. Sit back and feel great about doing something yourself to conserve energy and help the environment.
10. Grand Prize winners will be notified.

If you aren't selected for the Grand Prize trip, no worries there is always next year. Plus you may be featured on the ICE web site for the world to see.

For More Information:  Click Here


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10. TEXAS BEEF LEADERS OF TOMORROW CONTEST

Win up to $1500 prizes/scholarships
 
There are four first places!

Contest Takes Place August 1
2010 Contest TBA

Contestants must be 17-20 years old
 
Compete in a live media interview and live beef sample demonstration

Contest also includes an essay and lesson plan

Competition Held:  August 1, 2009 at Texas A&M
University in College Station
 
For More Information:  Click Here to Email Rosemary Gambino
(281) 375-8836                    
 
Contest hosted by Texas CattleWomen and sponsored by the Beef Checkoff


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11.  CITY OF FORT WORTH YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD

In recent years, there has been a growing trend to involve youth in local government.  The Fort Worth City Council believes that the voices of young people are important.  To facilitate that, the Council has approved a new Youth Advisory Board for the City of Fort Worth.  The Youth Advisory Board will advise the City Council on issues regarding the youth in the City of Fort Worth.  A brief summary of the Youth Advisory Board follows.

Who May Apply:  High school age students who are between the ages of 14-18 and who reside in Fort Worth may submit an application for consideration for appointment to the advisory board.
 
 Purpose:                
The Youth Advisory Board shall:
• act in an advisory capacity to the Fort Worth City Council;
• study youth issues important to the community;
• encourage youth to become actively involved in matters pertaining to the community; and,
• act as a source of information and education on issues important to youth.
 
Members:             
The Youth Advisory Board shall be composed of 27 members who will meet bi-monthly.  
 
Activities:           
To be determined by the Youth Advisory Board, following the direction of City Council.
 
 Contact For More Information:  Carol Everhart at carol.everhart@fortworthgov.org
Community Relations Department, School and Youth Outreach
1000 Throckmorton, Fort Worth, TX 76102
817.392.8444       817.392.7529 (fax)

For an application:  http://www.heartoftex.org/downloads/downloads.html
    

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12.  CITY OF NORTH RICHLAND HILLS TEEN COURT

Teen Court benefits both youth and community by providing an alternative method of adjudicating juvenile offenders and allowing teen volunteers to learn about the judicial system, while documenting Community Service hours.
 
Who Can Volunteer:  Full time students ages 13-18 who are in PUBLIC, PRIVATE OR HOME SCHOOLS.  

Volunteers may serve as jurors for our Teen Court sessions, or once trained, can act as a defense attorney or prosecutor in our Teen Court trials.
 
Teen Defendants are held responsible for their behavior while giving them the opportunity to participate in and become knowledgeable about the judicial system. Juvenile Offenders "pay" for their offense(s) by performing community service and participating in Teen Court. Volunteer teen attorneys present offender's cases to a jury of their peers.

Upon successful completion of the program, offender's cases are dismissed and do not appear on their permanent records.

Teen Court alleviates the strain on the regular court system, besides giving juvenile offenders a second chance. The program also provides youths in the area a chance to participate in the judicial process.

Location:  North Richland Hills Teen Court 

        6720 N.E. Loop 820

        North Richland Hills, Tx 76180
817-427-6705


To Volunteer:  Contact Heather Hollingsworth at hhollingsworth@nrhtx.com

For More Information: http://www.nrhtx.com/dept_courts_teen.aspx

You may also come to Teen Court on any night Teen Court is in session to observe, prior to signing up to be a volunteer.
    

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13.  TEXAS HOME SCHOOL COALITION GOOD CITIZENSHIP AWARD PROGRAM

Do you ever scratch your head when thinking about how to fulfill the requirement of a "study of good citizenship"?  THSC offers a Good Citizenship Program, which rewards students for their participation in the political process and helps them fulfill that requirement.

Certificates are printed, upon request, for students who have volunteered at least forty hours in Voter Registration, Political Party Process, Campaign Process, and Legislative Process, in any combination.


Each year the program culminates with rewards presented at the annual THSC Awards Banquet.

  The volunteer hours may be tracked on a form that can be downloaded and printed as often as needed. Students will be granted eight hours for each Capitol Day attended.

Please note that, while certificates will be issued upon request at any time, the awards will be given based on hours worked between April 1, 2009, and April 1, 2010. The forms must be postmarked or e-mailed no later than April 1 if students are to be considered for awards.
 
What is a course in good citizenship:  For a detailed description, please visit:  http://www.thsc.org/good_citizen/good_citizenship_program.asp
 
 
The Good Citizenship Certificates and Awards                
THSC has instituted an ongoing program to recognize home school students who participate in good citizenship activities with its Good Citizenship Certificate.  This certificate will be awarded to each student who participates with at least forty (40) hours of volunteer work in any combination from the following areas:  Voter Registration, Political Party Process, Campaign Process, and Legislative Process.  

Home school students may be awarded THSC Good Citizenship Certificates at any time following the completion of 40 hours of good citizenship work.  

Any home schooled student who earns a Good Citizenship Certificate is automatically entered into the competition for THSC’s Good Citizenship Awards.  The following awards recognize the Texas students with the most volunteer hours (highest number of voters registered for the Alamo Award) in each category and are presented at the annual THSC Awards Banquet.

Alamo Award
New voters can be registered most easily when an adult becomes a deputy voter registrar.  The parent or support group member can then work with home school students as a deputy voter registrar to take voter registration cards to people who fill  them in and give them to the deputy voter registrar.  These completed cards will then be delivered by the deputy voter registrar to the voter registrar of the county.  Home school students can use meetings of support groups, church meetings, and other gathering to register new voters.  Deputy voter registrars will be responsible for documenting the number of hours completed by home school students in this area for credit toward the THSC Good Citizenship Certificate.  In addition, THSC will award the Alamo Good Citizenship Award to the student who registers the most new voters in Texas for each year.
 
Ranger Award
Credit for the certificate may also be earned by volunteer work in the campaign of candidates for public office.  Any local, state, or federal campaign qualifies for this effort.  Campaign officials are responsible for documenting the number of hours completed by home school students in this area for credit toward the THSC Good Citizenship Certificate.  In addition, THSC will award the Ranger Good Citizenship Award to the student with the most hours of volunteer work in political campaigns.

Lone Star Award
Home school students may earn credit for good citizenship in the political party process by volunteering to help at precinct, county/senatorial, or state conventions or other political party functions of their chosen political party.  Political party officers are responsible for documenting the number of hours completed by home school students in this area for credit toward the THSC Good Citizenship Certificate.  In addition, THSC will award the Lone Star Good Citizenship Award to the home school student with the most hours in the category of the political party process in Texas.

Republic Award
Finally, credit for this certificate may also be earned by students who are involved in the legislative process at any local, state, or federal level.  Time spent in working for or against any particular issue qualifies.  Parents or leaders of any group working on such issues are responsible for documenting the number of hours completed by home school students in this area for credit toward the THSC Good Citizenship Certificate.  In addition, THSC will award the Republic Good Citizenship Award to the home school student with the most hours each year in the category of the legislative process.


The THSC Good Citizenship Certificates will be mailed to students upon receipt of verification from the officials documenting the hours.  The Alamo, Ranger, Lone Star & Republic Awards will be given to winners at the THSC Awards Banquet held each year.

 
 To View a Sample Certificate: http://www.thsc.org/good_citizen/good_citizenship_certificate.asp    

To Download the Good Citizenship Registration and Tracking Form: http://www.thsc.org/good_citizen/good_citizenship.asp    
    

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14.  CERTIFICATES OF SPECIAL CONGRESSIONAL RECOGNITION

District 24
Congressman Kenny Marchant, U.S. House of Representative, would like to give each graduating senior, who resides in the 24th District of Texas, a certificate of Special Congressional Recognition.
 
The certificates will be printed with the name of the senior and will be signed by the Congressman.
 
The completed certificates will then be mailed directly to the senior’s home address.
 
If interested, please send the name of the graduating high school senior, the date of graduation and the senior’s home address to:
tammi.bartlett@mail.house.gov or call Congressman Marchant’s office at 972.556.0162.
  
Address:
Congressman Kenny Marchant
9901 E. Valley Ranch Parkway, Ste. 3035
Irving, Texas  75063

To find out if your Congressman has a similar program, please contact your representative:

To Locate Your Representatives:
www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/
 

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15.  ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ART COMPETITION

2009 ART COMPETITION (2009 contest over)

"An Artistic Discovery" is the annual nationwide Congressional High School Art Competition initiated by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives.  Each Congressional District may host its own competition, and since the competition was first launched in 1982, hundreds of thousands of students have participated in over 5000 locally conducted contests.

The winning student from each district will have his or her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol complex for one year! In addition, the winners and their two guests are invited to the nation's capital in the summer to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony honoring the winning artists from across the country and opening the 2008 "An Artistic Discovery" exhibition.  Thousands of people visiting the nation's capitol, as well as Members of Congress and their staffs, are able to walk through the exhibit daily, viewing artwork from Congressional districts throughout the country—each piece highlighted with the name of the work and student artist.

Who Can Participate:  All high school students including homeschoolers.

Acceptable Medium:  Paintings (oil, acrylics, watercolor); drawings (pastels, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers); two-dimensional collages; prints (lithograph, silkscreen, block prints); mixed media; computer generated art; and photography. All work must be original in concept, design, and execution, and must not violate any U.S. copyright laws.


Interested students and teachers should contact their congressional office ASAP for more information.



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16.  THEO IN PLANO OFFERING CLASSES FOR HOMESCHOOLERS

FALL 2009 CLASSES OFFERED (this is not the complete list):
Saxon Algebra ½-Calculus,
BJU pre-Algebra through pre-Calculus,
Physical Science through Saxon Physics, including Apologia Physics and Chemistry
Spanish
JASON science curriculum
Texas history
Speech
Research and Debate
Institute of Excellence in Writing courses plus two other writing methods
Drama
Economics and Honors Economics
Government
Sign Language
Total Language Plus classes
BJU World History and Literature classes
Understanding the times
Ensemble a/k/a band a/k/a orchestra a/k/a pep band

For Complete List of Classes or More Information:  www.THEOsonline.org

Testing Available:
Stanford Achievement testing
Iowa Basic Testing (two day testing periods for three hours each day)
the weeks of May 18-22 and May 26-29.


Location:  1301 Custer Road, Suite 703
                Plano, TX 75075

For Questions:   Click Here to email Terri


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17.  CHRISTIAN COTTAGE PREP

Christian Cottage Prep is taking applications for the 2009/2010 Academic Year!
CCP is a unique educational experience.  The all-girl classes for grades 6th-8th focus on learning style differences and how to achieve maximum goals academically. There are multi age and grade groups of young ladies in combined classes to achieve higher learning towards grade level and beyond.


AUGUST 10 - Open House For Fall 2009 Home Education Classes
Time:  
5pm - 7:30 pm
Come have coffee, treats, fellowship, and browse through classes that are offered to home education families!!
 

There are still openings for students in the following classes:
ART 2 Dimensional Designs 1st semester Fridays from 2:00-3:00     $45.00 monthly
            (for ages 11-14 beginner level)
 
Vocabulary and beyond......   Fridays from 1:00 - 1:55       $45.00 monthly
            (for ages 12-16)
 
Algebra 1  8:30-10:40    2, 3, 4, or 5 day a week classes 
           (For students who have been challenged by math in the past and are ready to succeed)
Prealgebra   8:30-10:40    2, 3, 4, or 5 day a week classes 
           (For students who have been challenged by math in the past and are ready to succeed)
Saxon 7/6 and 8/7   8:30-10:40    2, 3, 4, or 5 day a week classes 
           (For students who have been challenged by math in the past and are ready to succeed)
     MATH IS A SEQUENCIAL PROCESS AND ALL STUDENTS WILL BE PLACED WHERE THEY ARE ACADEMICALLY.  
           
English (full grammar, vocabulary, spelling, Bible, Latin roots)  10:45-1:10  2, 3, 4, or 5 day a week classes                     (5 day a week students get the BONUS Friday class too)
 
Literature and Writing Class     Tuesday and Thursday     1:15-3:10      Meets 4 hours each week 
                                                                                                                        $145.00 monthly
 
Private Tutoring is available for all subject matter at all academic grade levels.
 
Classes begin the week of August 24.
 


Location:  5601 Bridge Street, Suite 335
                Fort Worth, TX 76112
                  (in the Western Insurance Building)

Contact:    817-975-6209 or click here to email the director  
    

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18.  CHRISTIAN EDUCATORS RECOURCE CENTER IN ROWLETT

Christian Educators Resource Center is a dedicated homeschool bookstore that offers new and used curriculum, faith-based readers and educational resources.  It also has classrooms available for co-operative teaching.

Bookstore Hours: Mon-Thur 9-5pm
Saturday 10-2pm

August
Scripture Scrapbooking
Speed Reading for Better Grades
Photography Camps (dates TBD)
 

Testing:
CERC offers Stanford and Iowa Testing year round!
Don’t miss the deadline for ordering your tests and reserve your spot on-line.
 

See our Schedule and find Registration Forms on-line under CLASSES


Discount:  CERC is offering HEART of Texas members a 15% discount on any in-stock items.  You must present your valid HEART of Texas Family I.D. card to qualify for the discount.  
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: www.heartoftex.org/membership/membership.html

Location:  Christian Educators Resource Center
        4501 Rowlett Rd., Suite 105
        Rowlett, TX 75088

Contact:    972-475-4138
        www.cerconline.org


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19.  CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOL ALLIANCE OF TEXAS

Enrichment Days is a fun, exciting, and educational learning group that meets six times each semester at a local church.  Spring Semester Classes begin February 20, and meet every other Friday over a period of twelve weeks.
 
Each child (K-12) signs up for three classes.  Preschoolers have playtime, snack time, and age appropriate activities or crafts.  Nursery is available for children three and under at no additional cost.
 
Classes vary each semester based on the interests of the individual teachers.  You can view a sample class schedule on our website at www.c-h-a-t.org .  The classes offered that semester will not necessarily be offered again, but this will acquaint you with the kinds of classes available.  The actual spring class schedule will be posted in mid February on the website.
 
Each parent is expected to teach or assist for two of the three class periods with one free period for fellowship with other moms.  If you are interested in teaching a class, please contact us at enrichmentdays@c-h-a-t.org .
 
You must be a member family in the Christian Homeschool Alliance of Texas to participate.  Membership is $30 per year.  New member families can join mid-year for $15.




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20.  COOKE COUNTY COTILLION FOR HOME SCHOOLED TEENS!

Our mission is to provide our homeschooled teens an opportunity to learn etiquette, semi-formal dining etiquette, and ballroom dancing skills in a Christian environment.  We meet 8 times per season with our last cotillion of the season a formal and usually at a special location.
 
Cost:  $30 per family per year for registration.  Each event is $15 per teen.  We emphasize RSVP for each event.  Teens are not required to pay for an event if they are unable to attend.
 
We also allow non-homeschooled teens.  Each season we have had a couple of teens who were not homeschooled yet wished to participate in our cotillion.  They have all been a blessing to our group.
 
This past year, our teens came from Denton, Sherman, Denison, Ft. Worth, Mansfield, Burleson, as well as Gainesville and the surrounding small communities.


Contact:    Sara D. Bell at mommers@ntin.net or
        940-668-7833 or 940-736-6792 (cell)


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21.  CLASSES AT CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION

Center for Home Education, located in Watauga, provides the best in curriculum, classes and classical theatre.

AUGUST 3-7 -- Super-Math Olympics with Dr. Miles Jones
Pre-requisite: One semester of Super-Math
Time:    Super-Math Levels 3-6: 9:30am-12:30pm
            Super-Math Levels Adv. Algebra - 10: 1:30-3:30pm
Grades:  
Super-Math Levels 3-6
Class Fee:  $199
Bring the last level of Curriculum completed

Description: Work directly with Dr. Miles Jones as you review and refine your Super-Math skills for the Fall. You will also extend and perfect rapid calculation skills.
This class culminates with a Super-Math Olympics competition that will be filmed for television.

AUGUST 3-7 -- Summer Media Camp
Registration Deadline:  July 15
Ages: 9-16
Time: 9am-4pm
Cost: $225
Class is limited to first 15 students
Description:  Calling All Producers and Directors:
Write, act, shoot, direct, edit and perform your own comedy, music video, talk show, drama or 'reality' program. Dallas I-Media will provide the production gear and professional staff to train the students during this week-long day camp.  Students will work together to produce a drama, talk show, comedies, newscasts, etc. Media professionals will oversee and teach students how to use the same broadcast media equipment used in television production. All participants will receive a DVD of the week's productions and the final products are aired on Dallas iMedia Network's Youth Channel.
Registration:  If you have a budding producer or director or just would like to learn about film production, call 817-281-2293 to register. Due to contract obligations, the entire camp fee is due at registration and is non-refundable unless the camp is cancelled by CAIA or Dallas iMedia Network.


FALL 2009 CLASSES!!
REGISTER TODAY FOR FALL 2009
We are very excited to announce that the Center for Home Education in Watauga TX has released its Fall 2009 class schedule. The Learning Center at the Center for Home Education believe that learning should be enjoyable, stimulating and purposeful and have designed our classes to reflect this philosophy. We also believe that true learning takes time and hard work and want to make sure that our students and parents hold to these same principles.
For more information on classes: http://www.centerforhomeeducation.com/The_Learning_Center.html


Ride Share with other parents
The Learning Center is pleased to announce:  CAIAeRideShare
A quality education partnership at The CAIA Learning Center
PLUS Ride Sharing with other homeschooling Moms to reduce the expenses.

For More Information: 817-281-2293
http://www.creativeartsinaction.com/CAIAeRideShare.htm

Location:
5733 Watauga Road
Watauga TX 76148
817-281-2293
(Between 377 and Rufe Snow in Northeast Fort Worth, Texas)

Website:  http://centerforhomeeducation.com/  

Discount:  Center for Home Education is offering HEART of Texas members a 10% discount off all new and used curriculum and tickets to our student theatre performances, with a valid Heart of Texas family membership card.   
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: www.heartoftex.org/membership/membership.html



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22.  EASTFIELD COLLEGE

For Class Registration or Other Information:  Contact Mary Ann Fitzsimmons at 972-860-7113 or  Click Here to Email Mary Ann


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23.  ENRICHMENT CLASSES, INC, IN LEWISVILLE

We offer classes from preschool through high school with a nursery available.  In addition, we offer monthly activities for families to connect outside of classes. 

For More Information:  Lesa Bledsoe at 940-455-7000
www.enrichmentclasses.org


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24.  FAITH CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

FCA is a Christian School in McKinney, Texas which offers Academic and Enrichment classes to home school families with children Pre-school aged through High School.  

For More Information:
Click Here to email Faith Christian Academy
 
Location:      Faith Christian Academy
                    115A Industrial Boulevard

                    McKinney, TX  
                    www.fcamckinney.com


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25.  FABULOUS FRIDAYS IN LITTLE ELM
    
2009 information not available.

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26.  HOME EDUCATORS RESOURCE ENRICHMENT CLASSES

The Home Educators Resource sells a large array of new and used books and curriculum, plus they offer classes and other resources to homeschool families.

For Class Descriptions, Fees and Other Information:
http://homeeducatorsresource.com/news/

Location:

1288 W. Main Street Suite 203
Lewisville, TX 75067
972-956-8320

Website:  http://homeeducatorsresource.com/    

Discount:  Home Educators Resource is offering 10% off new and used books to HEART of Texas family members. Plus, members will still earn punches on their HER Buyer's Card.
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: www.heartoftex.org/membership/membership.html
    

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27.  HOMESCHOOLERS EAST CO-OP CLASSES -- EAST DALLAS
    
Classes Offered:
Mock Trial I (Grades 1-3)
Mock Trial II (Grades 4-6)
Model United Nations (Grades 9-12)
Youth and Government I (Grades 6-8)
Youth and Government II (Grades 9-12)
Ballroom Dancing (Grades 4-6)
Readers’ Theater I (Grades 1-3)
Readers’ Theater II (Grades 4-6)

Contact For More Information:  Click Here to send an email

Location:  The Summit Church
        4101 East Park Blvd.
        Plano, TX  75074


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28.  JOY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY IN DECATUR
    
For more information on the JOY Christian Academy and the home school enrichment courses we offer, please go to www.joyca.org.


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29.  MORNING GLORY ACADEMY

Biology Class Offered
This fall, Dr. Jeanmarie Stiles (adjunct instructor of Biology at TCC-NE Campus) will be teaching a high school Biology class at Morning Glory Academy.  The class will include lecture, review, and some labs and demonstrations.  The perfect companion to this Biology class will be two 14-week laboratory courses offered to homeschooled students at TCC Northeast campus.  In the fall, TCC-NE will be offering an Anatomy and Physiology lab; in the spring, a General Biology lab.  Both are offered to homeschooled students who are 14 years old and older.  These two Biology labs provide an opportunity for homeschooled students to experience a true laboratory environment.   Students who complete my Biology class at Morning Glory Academy and one of the TCC labs will be well prepared for a college-level biology course.
 
If you would like more information about the Biology class, visit:  www.themga.org, as it is offered as part of Morning Glory Academy.  For more information about the two homeschool labs offered through the Continuting Education Department at TCC this upcoming school year, please contact Katherine Hoffman, coordinator of the science enrichment programs at katherine.hoffman@my.tccd.edu. 
 
If you would like to learn more about MGA, visit our website:  www.theMGA.org. 
We are centrally located in Hurst and the directors are available to you by phone or email:
Leslie Kent, Upper School:  leslie@themga.org    817-905-3861
Susan Riddle, Lower School:  susan@themga.org   817-706-9888
 
MGA:  Your Home . . . Our School . . . Perfect Fit.


Discount:  HEART of Texas Members receive a discount on tuition at MGA!
See http://www.heartoftex.org/partners/partners.html for more details.

To learn more about  HEART of Texas membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/membership/membership.html    
 

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30.  TARRANT COUNTY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL MATH & SCIENCE CLASSES
FOR HOME SCHOOLERS

MATH CLASSES Offered Fall 2009:
All classes begin at the end of August and end mid-December
Southeast Campus (Arlington)
PreAlgebra  Tuesday 1:30-4:30 Section Number MTHX-1010-41009
Algebra I Thursdays 1:30-4:30   Section MTHX-2000-42351
Algebra II Fridays 8:30-11:30    Section MTHX-2001-42355
Advanced Math Fridays 11:30-2:30   Section MTHX 1011-42355
Geometry to be added in spring if enough interest.

Northwest Campus (Ft. Worth)
Algebra I Mondays 8-11 Section MTHX-2000-35352

Cost:  
$166 (includes book)

FREE math assessment tests offered upon request.
Cost equates to $3.50 an hour, $166 for entire semester including book.
For More Information about the Math Classes:  Call Maurine Amend at 972-660-8414 or Click Here to email her.


SCIENCE CLASSES Offered Fall 2009:

Northeast Campus (Dept of Continuing Education):
Biology
BIOX-1430-23433                         
Laboratory
Days/Time: Tuesday 2:30-5:00 PM
Dates: Sept 1- Nov 17
Class size limited 20
Minimum age of 14 years old

Anatomy and Physiology
BIOX-1320-23435
Laboratory
Days/Time:  MW 2:30-4:20 PM
Dates: Sept 2- Nov 18
Class size limited to 20
Minimum age of 14 years old

Bioethics
BIOX-1310-23437
Lecture
Days/ Time:  Saturday 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM
Dates: September 19, 26
Class size limited to  20
Must have completed high school biology; 10-12 grade


To sign up online:  www.tccd.edu
 
For More Information about the Biology Class:  Call Katherine Hoffman at 817-515-6946 or Click Here to email her.
                       


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31.  VENTURE HOME SCHOOL CLASSES

Registration Open for Fall 2009 Classes

Tuesdays
5th-6th Grade Math
Middle School Math
Elementary & Middle School Art

Thursdays
Enrichment/Academic Program
1st-8th Grades
(openings available in all grades)

High School Classes Offered (Tues/Thurs)
College Prep Courses
Spanish I
Spanish II
Algebra I
Algebra II
Geometry
American Government/Economics
World Geography/World History (in Christian Perspective)
Art
US History
Literature & Creative Writing
Health/Physical Education (in Christian Perspective)
Life Management Skills

For More Information:  Contact 817-788-5248 or Click Here to send an email
www.fbccolleyville.com

Location:  First Baptist Church Colleyville
                5405 Pleasant Run
                Colleyville, TX  76034
                       

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32.  YMCA OF IRVING HOME SCHOOL CLASSES

For More Information:  Contact 972-986-8898


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33.  LIBRARY USED BOOK SALES IN NORTH TEXAS

Looking for inexpensive literature books and other resources to add to your home school library?  Library used book sales are excellent opportunities to purchase books at bargain prices.   Here are a few sales that we know about in the North Texas area.

PLANO - July 30 - August 1
Time:    Fri: 9am-9pm;  Sat: 9am-1pm
Location:   Plano Centre
                2000 E. Spring Creek Pkwy
                972-208-8002

Books:  75,000 books; 75% donated; 50% hardcover; $2 or less

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WICHITA FALLS - August 1
Time:    Noon - 5pm
Location:  Wichita Falls Public Library
                600 11th St
                940-767-0868

Books:  3,000 books; 100% donated; 85% hardcover; .50-$2
            Half-price sale on most books first Sat of the month.

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DALLAS - August 6-8
Time:    Thur: Noon-4:30; Sat: 10-4:30
Location:   Skyline Library
                6606 Everglade Rd.
                214-670-0938

Books:  1,000 books; 100% donated; 50% hardcover; .50$1

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BEDFORD - August 14-16
Time:    Fri: 10am-6pm; Sun: Noon - 4pm
Location:   Bedford Public Library
                1805 L Don Dodson Dr
                Click Here to email for information

Books:  8,000 books; 75% donated; 40% hardcover; .50-$1; Sunday bargain day and sealed bids for remainder of books

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DALLAS - August 15
Time:    10am-4pm
Location:   Bachman Lake Library
                9480 Webb Chapel Rd.
                (1 blk N of Northwest Hwy)

Books:  100% donated; hardcovers $1; paperback .50-$1; cash or check only

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HURST - August 21-22
Time:    Fri: 5-7pm; Sat: 9-6
Location:   Hurst Public Library
                901 Precinct Line Rd
                817-788-7300

Books:  10,000 books; 70% donated; 80% hardcover; $1

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VAN ALSTYNE
- August 28-29
Time:    Fri: 9am-5pm; Sat: 9am-4pm
Location:   Van Alstyne Community Center
                211 North Preston
                903-482-5991

Books:  3,000 books; 90% donated; 80% hardcovers; .50-$1

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CORINTH
- August 29-30
Time:    Sat: 10-3; Sun: Noon-4pm
Location:   Corinth Commons Retail Strip Center
                7650 I-35 E
                Suite 140, 104
                (between Monarch Dental & Lady of America's Fitness)

Books:  Sunday discounts


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34.  CHRISTIAN EDUCATORS RESOURCE CENTER

CERC, located in Rowlett, is a home school book store offering classes, testing, and other home school resources.

It is located at:
3810 Industrial, Suite 300
Rowlett, TX  75088
972-475-4138

Website: http://cerconline.org/    

Discount: CERC is offering HEART of Texas members a 15% discount on any materials that are in stock,
with a valid Heart of Texas family membership card.   
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: www.heartoftex.org/membership/membership.html


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35.  CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION

Center for Home Education in Action, located in Watauga, provides the best in curriculum, classes and classical theatre.

Stanford Achievement Test for Grades 2 - 8
Beginning May 18th, 2009. (We recommend students in highschool take the PSAT, ACT or SAT.)

The Stanford Achievement Test is a nationally standardized test.
It is not a timed test and is given each spring.
It evaluates students at various grade levels in the following areas:
Word study skills(K5-grade 4)
Reading Skills/Comprehension (K5-grade 12)
Vocabulary (grades 2-12)
Mathematics (K5-grade 12)
Language (grades 1-12)
Spelling (grades 1-12)
Social Studies/Science (K5-grade 12)
Listening (K5-grade 8)

Stanford results provide:
       Scaled, percentile, grade equivalent scores
Achievement percentiles graphed
Content cluster skills evaluations
Skills performance ratings

For more information including scheduled days and times, contact 817-281-2293 or  http://www.centerforhomeeducation.com/stanford_achievement_testing.htm


Location:
5733 Watauga Road
Watauga TX 76148
817-281-2293
(Between 377 and Rufe Snow in Northeast Fort Worth, Texas)

Website:  http://www.centerforhomeeducation.com/    

Discount:  Center for Home Education is offering HEART of Texas members a 10% discount off all new and used curriculum and tickets to our student theatre performances, with a valid Heart of Texas family membership card.   
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: www.heartoftex.org/membership/membership.html

For List of Classes:  

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36.  HOME EDUCATORS RESOURCE

The Home Educators Resource sells a large array of new and used books and curriculum, plus they offer classes and other resources to homeschool families.

Visit them at their NEW Location:
401 E. Church St
Lewisville, TX 75057
972-956-8320

Website:  http://homeeducatorsresource.com/    

Discount:  Home Educators Resource is offering 10% off new and used books to HEART of Texas family members. Plus, members will still earn punches on their HER Buyer's Card.
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: www.heartoftex.org/membership/membership.html


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37.
 DAY CAMPS AT CAMP TONKAWA

Camp Tonkawa is an Outdoor Learning Center, where we teach nature through hands on experiences.  Located outside of Collinsville, TX, on a 35 acre tract of land certified as a wildlife refuge.

Summer Nature Awareness Day Camps
Time:
9:30am - 2:30pm
What to Bring:  
Lunches and plenty of cold drinking water
Who: Children of all ages (younger children must have a parent or guardian in attendance with them)
Aug 5 - NATURE IN ART numerous fun art projects all looking at the Masters, incorporated with nature awareness activities.
Aug 12  - BIRDS, BIRDS, BIRDS
Invite and identify birds in your backyard, games and activities.  Scouts work on Bird badges!
Aug 19 - NATIVE AMERICAN INDIANS
Come play Indians with us, from tipis to archery. Bring swim gear for canoeing too.
Aug 26 - TEXAS WILDLIFE
Mammal, reptile, insect, bird, wildflower, tree, just a little bit of everything. Learn native wildlife.  Scouts work on Wildlife badges!
 

R.S.V.P:  903-429-6483 or by e mail, so that we have enought supplies for everyone attending.
Cost: $15/camp or $50 for a 4 camp package price.  Mix and match months to work around your other summer plans.
Invite your neighbors, scout troops and friends to car pool with you.  We need a minimum of 12 to host each camp.
 
This series is repeated again in August:
Aug 5    NATURE IN ART
Aug 12    NATIVE AMERICAN INDIANS
Aug 19    BIRDS, BIRDS, BIRDS
Aug 26    TEXAS WILDLIFE
 
 
Horse Events/Activities
Horsemanship Day Camps
If you are not with a group, and want to join any one of the scheduled days, call for available dates.
Horse Lease Program
To help cover the cost of our horses upkeep, we have a horse lease program.  Adults and children with some experience can pay for a monthly usage of one of our horses and then enjoy partial ownership - grooming, riding, feeding, training.  Detailed information is on the web site.
Horse Birthday Parties
Great family or friend event.  Bring your own cake and ice cream, we provide the rest

Nature Awareness Day Camps
Homeschoolers and Natural Learners we invite you all out to Camp Tonkawa, for time in Nature once a month at our Nature Awareness Day Camps.  Sometimes we get so busy with our curriculums that we don't take the time to learn "in," not just "about" the natural world.  Schedule a day each month for a fun learning session with us!  Car pool with your friends to beat the gasoline prices!  Don't forget to bring your lunches and your Nature Journals (sketch pads or notebooks), so that you can remember the information from the day, and further investagate any topics that inspired you.

Primitive Survival Camps

Come on out to Camp Tonkawa this fall, to learn the Tom Brown method of surviving with minimal resources.  Prepare yourself for any life situation and build your self esteem by knowing that you can take care of yourself and your loved ones.  This is set up as teaching workshops and is NOT an actual survival situations. 
 
Primitive Survival Day Camps

Sign up for one or all 5, to learn everything taught in Primitive Survival 1 & 2.
Time:  All camps are held from 10am - 3pm

Cost:  See website www.camptonkawatexas.com
Pre-registration required.
Minimum and Maximums are enforced, so register early!!


Boy Scout Camps/Merit Badges:
Wilderness Survival Camp
Our level one camp, upon completion, will not only earn you your merit badge but you will learn to make a Bow Drill Fire!  All must have a Tote & Chip because you will be working with your knives.
Horsemanship Camp
Monthly we have a scheuled Day Camp where individuals or small groups can earn this merit badge.  If your whole troop wants to come out and/or do a week-end camp out with our horses, we will be happy to schedule a date for you.
Indian Lore Camp
Come and get started on this extensive merit badge, we get you off to a great start. Scheduled dates Schedule a date for your troop. Group rates available!
Hiking and Backpacking Camp
Give you the Basics and set you up on a training program to prepare you for a trek of your own.
Schedule a date for your troop.  Group rates available!
Nature Related merit badges:
Fish and Wildlife Management
Fishing
Insect Study
Mammal Study
Reptile and Amphibian Study
Schedule a week-end camp out with us to work on any of the above listed. 
We can customize the camp for your troop.

 
Family camps available for the Cub Scouts and Webeloes:
Please help us spead the word to these Packs, so that we can help them earn any outdoor skills needed for rank advancement and belt loops.



For More Information:
Click Here to Contact April or call 903-429-6483

www.camptonkawatexas.com      


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38.  DALLAS ARBORETUM EVENTS

No matter the time of year, the Arboretum is always in bloom. Both spring and fall feature wild bursts of color. Summer does nothing to diminish the bloom of the Arboretum plantings, which thrive on the warmth of Dallas' summer months. And, because of Dallas' temperate winter temperature, the arboretum is even in blooming the middle of winter. Regardless when you come, there will be plenty to see and plenty of flowers to enjoy.

OPENING SEPTEMBER 19 -- Autumn at the Arboretum: The Great Pumpkin Festival
Highlights include the Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch, 15' Pumpkin House, 12'' Pumpkin Topiary
Hay Bale Maze.  Weekly activities will also be featured and include Hay Bale Maze
Storybook Playhouses, Music on the Loggia - 11am-2pm, AT&T Senior Citizen Thursdays ($6.50 admission, 65 & older), 'Two for One' Wednesdays (limited one per person with coupon), Wednesday morning garden tours, 11am (limited to 30 guests)

Through DECEMBER 31 -- Storybook Playhouses
14 Juried Playhouses Based on the Following Books:
The Termok 
      
James and the Giant Peach
The Little Prince     
Peter Pan   
The Owl and The Pussy Cat
 
Thumbelina 

City Green
   
Alice in Wonderland

Eragon 
Hope for The Flowers
 
Treasure Island 
    
The Lorax

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
The Bamboo Cutters Daughter

 
Hours:  Open Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission:
 
$9.50 for adults
$8 for seniors (65+)
$6 for children (ages 3-12)
Free for children ages 3 and under.
Senior Citizen Thursday Discount:  Seniors get in for just $5 with photo ID and can receive 20% discount at gift shop.
   
Onsite parking:                                                                
$5 per vehicle                                                     
Valet Parking:  $10 for non-members; $8 for members
Offsite parking is available at selected locations during peak visitation. Shuttle busses transport guests directly to the Arboretum ticket booth.

Discount tickets are available for groups of 20 or more.
Advance registration is needed.
For Group Sales Information: Click Here

Located:
8525 Garland Road
Dallas, TX  75219
214-515-6500

www.dallasarboretum.org    


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39.  FORT WORTH NATURE CENTER AND REFUGE PROGRAMS


Location:
 9601 Fossil Ridge Road

        Fort Worth, TX 76135

For More Information:    817-237-1111  
http://www.fwnaturecenter.org  


The Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge (FWNC&R) is located just inside the city limits of Fort Worth, TX.

The FWNC&R is a hidden jewel, a wilderness comprised of forests, prairies, and wetlands reminiscent of how much of the Fort Worth/Dallas metroplex once looked. Replete with native flora and fauna, the area beckons to those searching for a piece of nature to refresh their spirits and reintroduce a measure of tranquility to their increasingly urban lifestyles.

Over 3600 acres, the FWNC&R is the largest city-owned nature center in the United States and offers residents and visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the natural history of north central Texas.  Over 20 miles of hiking trails provide easy access to a myriad of natural wonders to be found on the Refuge.

Staff naturalists at the Hardwicke Interpretive Center are available to facilitate your exploration.   

The FWNC&R is located on the northwest side of Fort Worth, four miles west of I-820 on Jacksboro Hwy. (TX Hwy 199).

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40.  FOSSIL RIM HOME SCHOOL CLASSES AND EVENTS


August Events:
AUGUST 10 -- Homeschool Class & Tour "Go Ahead, Make My Day!"
Time:  10am - 2:30ish.  
    Break for Lunch:  12:00-1:00
    Guided Tour of Fossil Rim:  1:00-2:30ish  Meet our current (non-marine!) animal residents!
Cost:  $16/person (ages 2 and under free)
Bring a picnic lunch.  After lunch, take a guided tour of Fossil Rim!
Details: Investigate the process of enrichment for animals in captivity. A look at how Fossil Rim keeps its animals happy and entertained. Participants will make enrichment items for various animals during our morning class, then share a picnic lunch, followed by a guided tour of Fossil Rim.

To Register:  
C
all 254-898-4216

AUGUST 24 -- Species in Peril: Wolf Conservation Class & Tour
Time:  10am - 2:30ish.  
    Break for Lunch:  12:00-1:00
    Guided Tour of Fossil Rim:  1:00-2:30ish  Meet our current (non-marine!) animal residents!
Cost:  $16/person (ages 2 and under free)
Bring a picnic lunch.  After lunch, take a guided tour of Fossil Rim!
Details:  Learn about Fossil Rim's wolves, about wolf conservation efforts, and what you can do to make a difference! 2-hour morning class, followed by a picnic lunch and a guided tour of Fossil Rim. Ages 7 and up.
To Register:  
C
all 254-898-4216


For more Details:     www.fossilrim.com/visiting/home_school.html


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41. HAVEN'S HORSES HORSEMANSHIP & OUTDOOR EDUCATION CLASSES AT CHRIST'S HAVEN

Christ's Haven is offering homeschoolers Christian Horsemanship and Outdoor Education programs at their facility in Keller, Texas.  The classes will be held during the day, while their foster children are at school.

Monday - Fridays at 9am, 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2pm
September 1 through December 13
Thursdays at 10:30am and 4pm; Mondays at 4pm


Christian Horsemanship
Ages 4-18

Cost:  
$25/child
Class Length:  1 hour, 15 min.
Details:  First visit is free!  Spiritual Values are incorporated into each Horsemanship Lesson through group devotions and activities.  It's more than a basic riding lesson!  Christian Horsemanship unites children and inspires them to grow in the areas of Horsemanship Skills (grooming, saddling, feeding, groundwork, riding and horse anatomy); Spiritual and Personal Growth, and Communication Skills.

Outdoor Adventure
Ages 7-14
Cost:  
$20/class
Course Length:  
1 hour, 15 min.
Details:  
First visit is free!  Teaches children about God's creation in an outdoor spiritual setting.  Activities include:  day hikes, fishingm, flying kites, and much more!  Outdoor Adventure classes focus on: Science in the Outdoors, Servant Leadership, Self Expression, Self Reflection and Silent Retreats.

Discount Prices available for group rates.
Please call for details.

Location:  
4150 Keller-Haslet Road
                Keller, TX  76248

For More Information:  Kristin Kirkland at 817-925-1982 or email her here


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42.  THE HEARD MUSEUM - HOMESCHOOL CLASSES
 
These Homeschool Classes will introduce your student to the Natural Sciences. Students will experience learning through classroom activities, outdoor field investigations, laboratory science, small group activities and take-home study packets.  Each course curriculum is developed by the Heard Museum's education staff who strive to recognize and meet the needs of home school families.

All curricula are based on current scientific theory.


Please note that you will need to submit a medical record form including immunization history to be able to participate in their programs.

Fall 2009 Classes Run:  13 weeks (9/8 – 12/10), Tues or Thurs, 1-3pm
Meet the Teacher Day:  August 28
Cost:  Only $8 per hour, sibling discount, monthly payment
 
5 year olds
Which Ology is Which?
“Ology” refers to the study of a topic, and in this class young scientists are introduced to the study of a variety of scientific fields. Ornithology (birds), herpetology (reptiles and amphibians), entomology (insects) and mammology (mammals) are just a few of the “ologies” that are explored in class, on the sanctuary, and with our live animals and specimens.
 
6-7 year olds
Discover Your World: Animals
Animals come in a vast array of shapes and sizes. Students will explore animal diversity though their classification, habitats, survival requirements and interrelationships. In addition to spending time finding out about the wild animals that make our sanctuary home, each week also includes interaction with a live animal visitor.
 
8-9 year olds
Explorers: Forest Ecology
Students will study forests around the world, the relationship between trees and plants and the animals that depend on them, as well as explore the importance of forests to us and the global environment. This class utilizes the different woodland habitats found on the sanctuary.
 
10-12 year olds
Earth Trek: Sharing the Planet
From ants to zebras, every animal on the Earth has a purpose. Students will discover the importance of a myriad of animal species on our planet and learn the connections they have to us and each other. We will explore different ecological dilemmas from endangered species to the effects of climate change on ecosystems, animal behavior and health. With the application of the scientific method, this will be an in-depth, thought-provoking and problem-solving experience.


Complete application includes:
• Registration form
• Medical Record Form
• Payment according to selected payment plan
Only complete application packets will be processed.  Medical record forms already on file at the museum may be used.  One registration form per participant.  Complete applications processed on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are paying by check and fax your reservation it won't be complete until the check is received.


For more information:
Click Here to send an email
                                  972-562-5566 x237
                                                       
Location:  One Nature Place
                McKinney, TX  75069
               
www.heardmuseum.org


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43.  HERITAGE FARMSTEAD MUSEUM -- PLANO
 
THURSDAYS THROUGH AUGUST 13 - FARMER DUCK TOURS
Time:  10am - 11:30am (begins promptly at 10)
Cost:  $5/child (includes wagon ride); adults admission free (adult wagon ride $3)
Details:  You and your children are invited to experience a Farmer Duck Tour, based on the book Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell and Helen Oxenbury.  We begin the tour reading aloud to the group.  We discuss chores; comparing turn-of-the-century chores with modern chores.  Children learn about history through hands-on activities like feeding chickens, grinding corn, churning buter, and even milking our very own creation Odessa the teaching cow!
No advanced reservations required!

FRIDAYS AT THE FARMSTEAD SCHEDULE
AUGUST 7 – Hair Art:  Jewelry to be Worn Close to the Heart
(School age 6-12)
Cost: $8/child
Payment and registration required one week in advance
Arts and crafts were a big part of Victorian life, and using every scrap of consumable goods was important.  This class will teach about making button jewelry, and bracelets made of hair.  (Not to worry, our take home porjects will be made of yarn/string.)

AUGUST 14 – Jack Knows Tasty Books!
(Pre-school ages 2-5)
Cost:  
Free
Jack our Boer goat offers up his tastiest children's classics, for you adn your family.  This is a free day for you and your children to curl up on a picnic blanket and read some classic stories.  We provide the books, shade, blanket, and fun.  (And Jack promises not to eat the books!)


SEPTEMBER 4 – Canning & Preserving Our Garden
(School age 6-12)
Cost: $8/child
Payment and registration required one week in advance
Over an open fire we'll learn the method of canning and making preserves.  We'll take fresh fruit and boil it to turn it into jelly, and then seal it into a canning jar to take home.  Other methods, including pickling, will be discussed.

SEPTEMBER 11 – 3Ps of Gardening
(School age 6-12)
Cost: $8/child
Payment and registration required one week in advance
Come to the Farmstead and learn about fall gardening.  We will start in our turn-of-the-century schoolhouse with a lesson on gardening.  We will discuss what can be grown, types of vegetables and fruits. We will talk about preparing the soil, planting and nurturing.  We will then get in the garden and experience farming. Each student will plant their own plant to take home.


SEPTEMBER 18 – 3Ps of Gardening
(Preschool ages 2-5)
Cost: Free
Payment and registration required one week in advance
Learn about fall gardening.  We will start in our turn-of-the-century schoolhouse with a lesson on gardening. We will discuss what can be grown types of vegetables and fruits.  We will then get in the garden and eperience farming.  Each student will plant their own pumpkin seed to take home.


SEPTEMBER 25 – What's in Your Cabinet?
(School age 6-12)
Cost:  
$8/child
Payment and registration required one week in advance
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a museum curator?  Have you ever wanted to see all those artifacts that aren't on display?  Why aren't they on display anyway?  Students can enjoy the rare opportunity of seeing some of our fine cabinets and interesting tables opened and on display to the public. There will be short specialist talks about chosen objects from the collection.


The Museum Grounds are Open Year-Round (Except Mondays and Holidays)
Tuesday - Sunday 9:00am - 4:30pm

Docent-Led Tours
Time:  1:30 p.m. Tues-Sun. (one tour daily)
Tour begins on the front porch.  Includes Farrell-Wilson house, outbuildings, and grounds.
Admission:  $5 Adults; $3.50 Children 5 & up, Students, and Seniors (65+);
Children 4 and under are free; Museum members free
Docent will collect admission fees before the tour begins.

Self-Guided Grounds Tours

Time:  9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tues - Sun
Tour the grounds only.  No access to the Farrell-Wilson house our outbuildings.
Grounds guide available.
Admission:  $2 per person
Children 4 and under are free; Museum members free.

Group Tours

Time:  
Each program lasts about 1 1/2 hours
Available by appointment only.
Cost:  $5/child; $3/adult chaperones
Depending on the size of the group, up to two teachers can attend free of charge
Tour Themes:  
Farmer Duck --
This pre-school program is designed for children ages 3-6 and follows the story Farmer Duck written by Martin Waddell (about a lazy farmer who doesn’t work and a duck that does all the chores around the farm), a discussion and hands-on experiences at 3 – 10 different stations, depending on the program/needs of group.  Costumed Docent(s) lead children in groups of 10 through each hands-on activity. 
On the Wagon Trail --
Designed for elementary school- age participants, this program focuses on the thoughts and activities of a 10 year-old boy as he leaves his home in Illinois to move with his family to Plano at the turn-of-the-century.  Activities include packing a wagon, riding the wagon to different spots on the property and rein-acting the diary entries.  Two costumed Docents lead children along this trip.  Each program is volunteer-led and lasts about 1 ½ hour long.  Best with a small group, 8-10 children.
Tag-Along Tom -- This costumed volunteer-led program introduces the children to the fictional character of Tom Sawyer while experienced chores around the farm.  Designed for children ages 6-12, activities include white-washing the side of the Pole Barn, gathering water from the creek for the Children’s Garden, and playing turn-of-the-century games. 
What's Inside a Barn --
Features the elements of a barn; how they are built, their daily use, and seasonal activities farm families celebrated inside a barn.   A craft is included.  Designed for children 3-6.
Traditional Children's Tour -- 
Offers children an inside look at the Farrell-Wilson house and out-buildings; its theme, life at the turn-of-the-century, and participants experience three early 19th century chores.  Leaders are dressed in period costume.  Designed for children ages 6-16.
Living on the Prairie --
This program is designed to give children a variety of hand-on experiences revolving around the four fictional characters in Patricia MacLachlan’s book, Sarah, Plain and Tall.  Children will visit the one-room schoolhouse, create an original watercolor, compare and contrast prairie and coastal landscapes and practice critical thinking skills.    Program is led by costumed Docents and s designed for children ages 8-12
For More Information:  Call 972-881-0140


FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH -- Scout Tours

REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS -- Call the Farmstead office to reserve a date.

Tours are booked on a first come first served basis
Cost:  Pricing has been revised.  Contact the Farmstead office for more information.
    (No siblings under 4 years old)
Tours must be PREPAID.
Scouts will receive a patch from the Farmstead.


VOLUNTEER GARDEN HELPER AND TOUR DOCENTS NEEDED:
The Heritage Farmstead Museum is looking for a volunteer garden helper and tour docents.
Please contact Angie Carroll, Volunteer Coordinator, for further information. 972-881-0140.

 
For Registration and Other Information:       972-881-0140                                                          http://heritagefarmstead.org/events.htm    
           
Location:      Heritage Farmstead Museum
                    1900 West 15th Street
                    Plano, TX
        

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44.  SHARKAROSA WILDLIFE RANCH

Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch sits on 126 breathtaking acres near Lake Ray Roberts in Denton County, Texas.  Our mission is to provide the North Texas community with the opportunity to experience rare and endangered exotic wildlife in a unique and personal setting. What better way to learn about conservation than by seeing it up close and hands on?

Open to the Public Days are every Saturday March through November. All other events require an advanced reservation.   We offer educational park offers field trips, private tours, open to the public Saturdays and rental for events large and small!  Group camping, bucket train rides & dining area help make Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch your next wild adventure!

Open to the Public Days (MARCH - NOVEMBER)
SATURDAYS
Time:  10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last tour begins at 4:30)

Admission:  $8 per person;  kids 2 and under are free
INCLUDES: - Meet & Greet with our Education Animals (kangaroos, monkeys, lemurs & more) *Animals available for meet and greet vary with the season and off-site events schedule*
- Safari Wagon ride through exotic pastures to see camels, zebra, buffalo & more
- Kids Bucket Train rides thru 22 acres of “wild” trails!
- Use of pavilion for lunch (you may purchase lunch at our concession stand or bring your own)


OCTOBER 13 – Wild Home School Day
Time:  
9am - 4pm (last Safari Tram runs at 3pm)
Admission: $5/person (everyone walking in requires a ticket)
Adults must be accompanied by a child.


Directions:

http://www.sharkarosa.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=26&Itemid=50
Please do not use MapQuest it WILL get you lost!

Please visit the Field Trip page under the "Visitors Guide" section of our web site for details on booking a field trip for your home school group.

For More Information:
www.sharkarosa.com
940-686-4600 (main)
940-686-3715 (fax)


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45.  TEXAS DISCOVERY GARDENS

Texas Discovery Gardens is a year-round urban oasis located at historic Fair Park. The gardens showcase beautiful native and adapted plants that are grown using sustainable methods that help to protect the environment.  The first certified organic public garden in the state, Texas Discovery Gardens offers educational programs and exhibits that teach children and adults how to provide vital habitat for butterflies and other native Texas wildlife, add beauty, conserve water and restore the natural environment in urban areas.

Regular Admission & Hours:
$3/adults; $2 seniors (60+); $1.50 children 3-12yrs; free children under 3yrs.
Hours:  Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm.  Last ticket sold at 4:30 pm.
For more info:  214.428.7476 ext. 23.
Location:
3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Fair Park.
Fair Park is
two miles east of downtown Dallas just south of Interstate 30.


THIRD SATURDAYS – Garden Walks

Garden Walks are a guided tour on various topics. Unless noted, Garden Walks are on the third Saturday of the month and last one hour.
Time:  10am - 11am

Cost:  Free with garden admission.
Pre-Registration is required.



Children's Outdoor Education Programs:
Cost:  $5/person;  $60 minimum fee per program
Availability:  Tuesday - Friday, 9am-4pm
To Make Reservations:  214-428-7476
Gardening for Children: - introduction to gardening and seeds.  Students even plant thier own seeds to take back to the classroom. (Grades Pre-K - 2)
Butterflies, Bugs & Botany: - Insects and their amazing lives help students inderstand the concepts of adaptation, habitats, and pollination.  (Grades 1-8)
Terrarium Worlds: - Your class will build a terrarium (a home for a plant) and see the water cycle, the carbon-oxygen cycle, and the nitrogen cycle in action.  (Grades 1-8)
Life in the Compost Bin: - Recycling and decomposition come alive as students see that an ecosystem is powered by a complex web of creatures and energy. (Grades 1-8)
Math in Nature: - Math is seen as a real world tool as students visit diverse garden habitats to record data, such as temperatures, time, and mesurements.  (Grades 2-8)
Careers in the Garden: - Explore the various careers that are necessasry to keep the garden beautiful and running, including landscape design and greenhouse management.  (Grades 2-8)


SCOUTING PROGRAMS:

Girl Scouts: We offer 'Try-Its' and 'Let's Get Outdoors' badge programs for younger Girl Scouts.
For more information on these programs: http://www.texasdiscoverygardens.org/girl_scouts.htm
Boy Scouts: We have a number of 'Achievements' and 'Arrow-point' badge programs for younger Scouts.  We also work with Scout Leaders to put together Webelos and Eagle Scout projects, and have a number of Community Service opportunities for older Scouts.   For more information please click here.
Community Service Projects:  Opportunities for older scouts are available on special projects and community events such as Day at Fair Park. Training is provided by the staff of Texas Discovery Gardens.
For Scouting Program Info: 214-428-7476 x 27

For More Information: www.texasdiscoverygardens.org


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46.  TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT ACTIVITIES

ATHENS, TX

AUGUST 8 - Bird & Nature Walk
Location:  Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
Time:  9am - 11a.m.
Cost:  Free fishing until 8:30pm
Details:  Expect to see 25 or more different species of birds as we explore our Interpretive Wetland Trail and other areas of the hatchery. Bring binoculars; field guide welcome. Accessible for the mobility impaired.
For More Information:  903-676-BASS.

SEPTEMBER 11 - Bird and Nature Walk
Location:  Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
Time:  9am - 11am
Details:  Expect to see 25 or more different species of birds as we explore our Interpretive Wetland Trail and other areas of the hatchery. Bring binoculars; field guide welcome. Accessible for the mobility impaired.
Fees:  $2.75 Texas State Parks Pass members, $5.50 non-members, $4.50 senior citizens and $3.50 children 12 and under.
For More Information:  903-676-BASS.

SEPTEMBER 26 - Bluegill Family Fishing
Location:  Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
Time:  7am - 2pm
Details:  Join us for a fun-filled day of trying to catch the biggest bluegill here at our center and on Lake Athens. The tournament awards prizes for the heaviest stringers of sunfish, but the event is really about adults and children having fun fishing together. Accessible for the mobility, visually and hearing impaired.
Tournament entry fee: $15 per team; preregistration required;
To Register
or For More Information:  903-676-BASS.


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CEDAR HILL, TX

AUGUST 1 - Mammals  Our Furry Friends
Location: Cedar Hill State Park
Time:  3pm - 4pm
Details: Learn about the different mammals at the park as we share different stories about them. Includes skins and skulls to see and touch and maybe even learn a song or two to help us remember our animal friends. Held at the Penn Farm Amphitheater.
For More Information: 972-291-5940 or 972-291-3900, ext. 232.

AUGUST 1 - Traveling the Talala Trail
Location: Cedar Hill State Park
Time:  9:30 am - 11am
Details: e will take a hike along the Talala Trail, identifying some of the plants and animals of the area. The trail is approximately 2 miles, but the hike will be at a slow pace allowing for discussion and learning. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and a snack. Meet at the trail head.
For More Information: 972-291-5940 or 972-291-3900, ext. 232.

AUGUST 8 - Family Fishing Program
Location: Cedar Hill State Park
Time:  9 am - 1pm
Details: Learn the basics of fishing and become a Jr. Angler. Then try your hand using your new skills with a fishing pole. All equipment provided. Held at the South Boat Ramp
For More Information: 972-291-5940 or 972-291-3900, ext. 232.

AUGUST 15 - Duck Pond Trail Nature Walk
Location: Cedar Hill State Park
Time:  9:30 am - 11am
Details: Take a leisurely walk and learn about the plants and animals at the park. The trail is approximately one mile and is a great hike for families with children. Meet at the trailhead. 
For More Information: 972-291-5940 or 972-291-3900, ext. 232.

AUGUST 15 - Reptiles Our Scaly Skinned Friends
Location: Cedar Hill State Park
Time:  3pm - 4pm
Details: Hear about the reptiles found in the area, learn about their benefits to this ecosystem and see some live examples of a couple scaly friends. Held at the Penn Farm Amphitheater.
For More Information: 972-291-5940 or 972-291-3900, ext. 232.

AUGUST 22 - The Lost Prairie
Location: Cedar Hill State Park
Time:  3pm - 4pm
Details: Discover the tallgrass Blackland Prairie Ecological Region. Learn about the history, plants, animals, and human impact on this now endangered land area of Texas. Begin to understand the importance of maintaining and restoring the tallgrass grasslands. Held at the Penn Farm Amphitheater.
For More Information: 972-291-5940 or 972-291-3900, ext. 232.

AUGUST 29 - Penn Farm Tour
Location: Cedar Hill State Park
Time:  9:30 am - 11pm
Details: Learn what life on the farm was like from the 1850s to the 1950s.
For More Information: 972-291-5940 or 972-291-3900, ext. 232.

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DENTON, TX

AUGUST 8 - Wildlife Slide Show

Location: Eisenhower State Park
Time:  45 minute program starts at dusk
Details:  Come to the Amphitheater and see the variety of birds and other animals that live in the park and fish that live in Lake Texoma at this slide show.
For More Information:  (903) 465-1956

AUGUST 15 - Venomous Snakes of Texas
Location: Eisenhower State Park
Time:  45 minute program starts at dusk
Details:  Identify some of the myths and examine the truth about venomous snakes in Texas.
For More Information:  (903) 465-1956

SEPTEMBER 12 - Wildlife Slide Show
Location: Eisenhower State Park
Time:  45 minute program starts at dusk
Details:  Come to the Amphitheater and see the variety of birds and other animals that live in the park and fish that live in Lake Texoma at this slide show.
For More Information:  (903) 465-1956

SEPTEMBER 19 - Venomous Snakes of Texas
Location: Eisenhower State Park
Time:  45 minute program starts at dusk
Details:  Identify some of the myths and examine the truth about venomous snakes in Texas.
For More Information:  (903) 465-1956


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EUSTACE, TX (Henderson/Van Zandt Counties)

AUGUST 1 - Nature Hike
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 4pm - 5pm
Call: 903-425-2332.
Details:  Take a guided hike and learn about the flora and fauna of the park. Weather permitting, meet at the overflow camping parking lot.

AUGUST 2, 23 - Sunday Morning Canoe Tour
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 9am - Noon
Cost:  
$6/person (children 5 and under free)

Call: 903-425-2332
Reservations required. Space is limited. Must reserve one week prior to tour.

Details:  Canoe across the lake to the island. Explore there and see active beaver dams and lodges and, if we're lucky, beavers and other native wildlife.

AUGUST 22 – Night Hike
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Call: 903-425-2332.
Details:   Take a hike into the night and learn about the nocturnal animals that frequent the park. Discover how the darkness affects your senses. The hike is about one mile and on relatively flat terrain. Meet at the over flow camping parking lot.

AUGUST 29 – Stargazing
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Call: 903-425-2332.
Details:  Take a walk through the solar system and view the night sky through a telescope. Then make your own star wheel and learn how to use it. Weather permitting, meet at the overflow camping parking lot.

SEPTEMBER 5 - Saturday Movie Night
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 7:30pm
Call: 903-425-2332.
Details:  Enjoy a family movie under the stars at the park. Bring blankets or chairs. Weather permitting. Accessible for the mobility impaired.


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GLEN ROSE, TX

AUGUST 8, 22 - Bird Program
Location: Dinosaur Valley State Park
Time:  Dusk-till; weather and staff permitting
Details: Meet Lee Clauser and "Lady," a 25-year-old red-tailed hawk at this program about the birds you may see on your visit to the park. Come early and pet Lady. Accessible for the mobility, visually and hearing impaired.
Call to Confirm Program: 254-897-4588


SEPTEMBER 12-13 - Texas Outdoor Family Workshop
Location: Dinosaur Valley State Park
Time:  Call for times
Cost:  $55/family (up to six)
Reservations required
Details: Ever wanted to camp at a state park with your family but feel unsure of what or how to do so? This workshop is designed to teach your family all the basic outdoor skills you'll need to enjoy a great overnight camping experience. You will get hands-on experience learning basic outdoor skills such as camping, outdoor cooking and also be able to get basic instruction on fishing skills, kayaking and how to use a GPS unit on trail walks. Best of all, no experience is necessary! For more information, visit the Texas Outdoor Family Web site.
For Reservations or more information: Email tofsp@twpd.state.tx.us or call "Texas Outdoor Family" customer service reps at 512-389-8903 or 254-897-4588 (M-F from 9am-6pm)



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JACKSBORO, TX

AUGUST 15 - Doc Wood "Cowboy Poet"
Location: Fort Richardson State Park & Historical Site & Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway
Time:  7pm - 8:30pm
Details: Don't miss renowned Cowboy Poet Doc Wood who will perform on the steps of the Fort Richardson Hospital.
For More Information:  940-567-3506.

SEPTEMBER 19 - Republic of Texas Guest Lecturer
Location: Fort Richardson State Park & Historical Site & Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway
Time:  1pm - 3pm
Details: Renowned Historian, Ron Paynter, of the Texas 13th Cavalry will hold an afternoon lecture and question and answer session. Ron has been a Civil War and Republic of Texas Historian/Re-enactor for over twenty years and invites open discussion from his audiences. Please join us for this great opportunity to learn about our state's marvelous history. Meet in the Interpretive Center.
For More Information:  940-567-3506.

OCTOBER 10
- Civil War Weekend
Location: Fort Richardson State Park & Historical Site & Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway
Time:  9am - 4pm
Details: Re-enactors will spend the day performing drills, doing battle re-enactments, giving history lessons, etc. They will sound their morning gun to start the day. Most of the activities will be over around 4 p.m., however, there is talk of a night skirmish/battle!
For More Information:  940-567-3506.

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MINERAL WELLS, TX

AUGUST 8 - Cowboy Campfire - Music & Poetry
Location: Lake Mineral Wells SP & Trailway
Time:  8-10pm
Call: 940-328-1171
Details: Enjoy a peaceful evening of cowboy music, poetry and stories. Experience the cow camp lifestyle and local historical treasures through the music and poetry of the old time cowboys. Bring your favorite lawn chair. Accessible for the mobility impaired.

AUGUST 15 - Night Sounds
Location: Lake Mineral Wells SP & Trailway
Time:  8:30 - 10pm
Call: 940-328-1171
Details: Listen to the sounds of a Texas summer night. Actual and recorded sounds of insects, birds, frogs and mammals will be heard and identified with slides of the animals. Bring a lawn chair. Accessible for the mobility impaired.

AUGUST 22 - Spider Walk
Location: Lake Mineral Wells SP & Trailway
Time:  8:30-10pm
Call: 940-328-1171
Details: Learn the importance of spiders in the wild at the amphitheater. View slides and hear about the different types, focusing on wolf spiders. Afterward, take a walk down the Trailway with flashlights watching for the eye shine reflection of the park's wolf spiders. Accessible for the mobility impaired.

AUGUST 29 - Name that Bird
Location: Lake Mineral Wells SP & Trailway
Time:  8:30-10pm
Call: 940-328-1171
Details: Come to the Lone Star Amphitheater to play a fun game of Texas bird identification. We will divide into teams and test our skills at identifying calls and photos of birds that can be found in the park. Accessible for the mobility impaired.

SEPTEMBER 5 - Cowboy Campfire - Music & Poetry
Location: Lake Mineral Wells SP & Trailway
Time:  8-10pm
Call: 940-328-1171
Details: Enjoy a peaceful evening of cowboy music, poetry and stories. Experience the cow camp lifestyle and local historical treasures through the music and poetry of the old time cowboys. Bring your favorite lawn chair. Accessible for the mobility impaired.


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PILOT POINT, TX

Ray Roberts Lake SP/Johnson Branch Unit

NO EVENTS THIS MONTH AT THIS LOCATION



Ray Roberts Lake/Isle du Bois Unit


NO EVENTS AT THIS LOCATION THIS MONTH


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TYLER, TX

AUGUST 1 — Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration
Location:  
Tyler State Park
Time:  
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Details:   Learn the basics of the fine art of historic camp cooking with cast iron! Visit with members of the Dogwood Chapter of the Lone Star Dutch Oven Society. CAUTION: You will be hooked! Accessible for the mobility impaired.
For More Information:  903-597-5338

AUGUST (SATURDAYS)— Snake Feeding (PG Rated)
Location:  
Tyler State Park
Time:  
2pm-3pm

Details:   Every Saturday. Snakes have to eat, but they don't like vegetables! Also learn to identify venomous snakes and what to do at a close snake encounter. Accessible for the mobility impaired.
For More Information:  903-597-5338

AUGUST 8, 22 – Kid's Wilderness Survival
Location:  
Tyler State Park
Time:  
3pm - 4pm

Details:   Create a survival guide with hidden messages! Learn how to make a handy survival pack. This program was developed for 3rd to 5th graders, but is open to all those who think they are smarter than a 5th grader! Accessible for the mobility impaired.
For More Information:
 
903-597-5338

AUGUST 8, 22 – Knotty-Time for Kids!
Location:  
Tyler State Park
Time:  
10am-11am

Details:    Celebrate past cultures and enhance outdoor living skills by learning a few basic camp knots. Discover where and why your favorite knot came to be. Accessible for the mobility impaired.
For More Information:  903-597-5338

AUGUST 8, 22 –  Wild Food Hike
Location:  
Tyler State Park
Time:  
11am - Noon

Details:    Explore the edible wildscape during a moderate, half-mile hike. Learn to identify and prepare some of the common edible wild plants. What other benefits do wild plants offer? Accessible for the mobility impaired.
For More Information:  903-597-5338

AUGUST 15, 29 — Wildflower Hike
Location:  
Tyler State Park
Time:  
3:30pm - 4:30pm

Details:    Discover birds, butterflies and wildflowers of the season during an easy walk between two ecosystems. Accessible for the mobility impaired.
For More Information:  903-597-5338

AUGUST 15, 29 — Woodpeckers!
Location:  
Tyler State Park
Time:  
10am - 11am

Details:    Join us for a short, half-mile or so hike up the Old Road and witness some interesting woodpecker behavior. This is the best spot in the area to have a chance to see all the regions' woodpeckers. Bring binoculars, a field guide, good walking shoes and water.
For More Information:  903-597-5338


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Free TPWD Coloring and Activity Books to Download: www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/learning/color/

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47.  THEATER PERFORMANCES AT CASA MANANA CHILDREN’S PLAYHOUSE

For over 40 years, Casa Mañana's Children's Playhouse has introduced children of all ages to the magic of live theatre.  This tradition continues as Casa Mañana's Children's Playhouse proudly presents its 2009-2010 Season:

Check Back - 2009-2010 Season Performance Schedule
SEPTEMBER 25 - OCTOBER 11 -- The Jungle Book
This moving and unique musical, based on the classic works of Rudyard Kipling, is an extraordinary adventure that follows Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves, and his friends Baloo the bear, Bagheera the panther and Kaa the python. Together they laugh, sing and learn about the Jungle Law while thwarting the evil Shere Khan, a man-eating tiger who has vowed to destroy Mowgli. This show is suitable for all audiences.

NOVEMBER 20 - DECEMBER 23 -- Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Christmas is in trouble! When the greedy toy company DeBiggy Toys International gets a judge to outlaw Santa Claus, a rag-tag band of singing, dancing children are the only ones who can save Christmas. The adventure zips from the North Pole to Acapulco and back again in this clever, fun-loving musical by Joel Ferrell. A true North Texas classic! This show is suitable for all audiences.

FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 7 -- Alamo (The Musical)
Adapted for students of all ages, this heroic, historic tale is based on the eyewitness account of Enrique Esparza, one of the children who witnessed the battle of the Alamo firsthand and lived to tell about it. Watch history come alive on stage as Casa Mañana presents a historically-accurate, musical portrayal of the siege of the Alamo. Combat is suggested theatrically in a manner suitable for all audiences.

APRIL 2-18 -- Cinderella
When her Fairy Godmother transforms her rags into a beautiful gown and sends Cinderella to the Royal Ball in a pumpkin chariot, not even her wicked stepmother and evil stepsisters can keep her from finding true love. But when the spell is broken at midnight and Cinderella flees the castle, the Prince must scour the kingdom to find the girl of his dreams, whose foot alone will fit into the magical glass slipper. This show is suitable for all audiences.

APRIL 30 - MAY 16 -- Peter Pan
Never grow up! Fly off to Neverland with Peter Pan, Wendy and Tinkerbell and join the Lost Boys in a magical adventure, as they battle against the evil Captain Hook and his band of pirates. Get swept away in this exhilarating, Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of the classic J.M. Barrie play. This show is suitable for all audiences.

Order Season Tickets!
Order a 5-Show Season Ticket package to secure GREAT SEATS for these fantastic, family fun productions at Casa Mañana Theatre. 

For More Information:
  Call Customer Service at 817-332-2272 or visit http://www.casamanana.org/playhouse/seasontix.html



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48.  PERFORMANCES AT CATS THEATER IN ARLINGTON



2009 Summer Shows:
AUGUST 4-6 -- The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew

 

Show Times:

Spotlight Shows:
Friday 7:30 p.m.
Saturday 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday 2:30 p.m.
 
Ticket Information:
2007/2008
  * Regular admission $10.00.
  * Group rate for a group of 10 and more $9.
  * Group rate for a group of 20 and more $8.
  * Lap passes for children 0 to 3 years old are $5.00.
  * School Matinees group rate $5. See link below for group rates.
  * 2007-2008 Season Tickets – See link below for info on Season Tickets
  * 2008 Fundraiser Show $15 for adults & $10 for children/students

To Order Tickets Online: https://vss131.viux.com/creativearts_org/tixonline.htm
For Information on Group Rates: http://www.creativearts.org/grouprates.html
For Information on Season Tickets: http://www.creativearts.org/seasontickets.html

For More Information:  817-861-2287;   metro: 817-265-8512

Location:  1100 West Randol Mill Road
        Arlington, TX  76012


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49.  COTTAGE THEATER – CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION

Center for Home Education’s Cottage Theater Presents:

JULY 30 - AUG 1 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Times:
7:30 pm
Tickets:  $5/adults and children; no charge for lap children.
To Purchase Tickets:  817-281-2293.  No refunds.

Story:  This bewitching dramatization of the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm has all the favorite characters: beautiful Snow White and her father, the good-hearted king; her stepmother, the wicked queen who likes to admire herself as she chants, "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all"; the dwarfs, and, of course the gallant, handsome prince.

AUGUST 22 -- Theater Workshop:  Introduction to Stage Combat
Time: 1-4p.m.
Tuition:  $30
Introduction to Stage Combat is a fast-paced intensive program that focuses on familiarizing students with the essential requirements for performing safe, effective stage combat. Students will learn to perform fundamental techniques in the basic “fight” disciplines recognized by the Society of American Fight Directors.  Aja Wiltshire (instructor) is Stage Combat certified with the Oklahoma City University’s Theatre Department.
To Register: 817-281-2293

OCTOBER 23 -31 – Godspell Junior
Times:  
Oct 23/24/30/31: 7:30pm;  Oct 24/25/31: 2:30pm
Tickets:  $10/adults; $8/children; no charge for lap children.
To Purchase Tickets:  817-281-2293.  No refunds.

Story:  Godspell Junior boasts a string of recognizable songs, led by the international hit, "Day By Day." Based on the Gospell of St. Mathew, Godspell Junior is a celebration of the life and teachings of Christ.  

JANUARY 15-23 – Sleeping Beauty of Loreland
Times:  Jan 15/16/22/23: 7:30pm;  Jan 15/17/23: 2:30pm
Tickets:  $10/adults; $8/children; no charge for lap children.
To Purchase Tickets:  817-281-2293.  No refunds.

Story:  To save Princess Beauty from marrying the wrong prince, her old Nanny lets her prick her finger and the spell begins. The hubbub of wedding preparations stops as, one by one, servants and courtiers begin to slow down, nod and fall asleep. This process is reversed just as humorously as—the hundred years having passed—the true prince awakens Princess Beauty with a kiss.

APRIL 16-24 –  Once Upon a Mattress
Times:  April 16/17/23/24: 7:30pm;  April 17/18/24: 2:30pm
Tickets:  $10/adults; $8/children; no charge for lap children.
To Purchase Tickets:  817-281-2293.  No refunds.

Story:  If you thought you knew the story of "The Princess and The Pea," you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that it may not have been the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of beguiling songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are, you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again.



Class Performance Auditions:
OCTOBER 27 - 28 (4:30pm) – Sleeping Beauty of Loreland
Auditioners need to make appt and have 1-2 minute monologue prepared.
Callbacks:  NOVEMBER 2
Class Rehearsals:  NOVEMBER 9-FEBRUARY 6 (Mon/Wed; 4:30-6:30)
Tech Week: JANUARY 11-14 (6:30-9:30pm)
For Appointment/Schedule of Fees:  Contact Anicia at 817-571-9839

JANUARY 19 - 20 (4:30pm) – Once Upon a Mattress
Auditioners must make appt and have 1-2 minute song prepared w/accompaniment CD or accompanist.
Callbacks:  JANUARY 26
Class Rehearsals:  FEBRUARY 2-APRIL 8 (Tues/Thurs; 4:30-6:30)
Tech Week:  APRIL 12-15 (6:30-9:30pm)
For Appointment/Schedule of Fees:  
Contact Anicia at 817-571-9839



For More Information:
  817-281-2293

http://centerforhomeeducation.com/thecottagetheatre.aspx  
 

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50.  THEATER at ARTISAN THEATER IN HURST

Artisan Center Theater holds quality, "in the round" performances that are family-friendly, entertaining, and affordable! Artie's Playhouse, their Interactive Children's Theater, offers original, fun-for-all-ages productions featuring familiar characters and themes, but with fresh twists that keep it entertaining and exciting for parents as well as children. Each story has its own character focus, which is reinforced throughout the play.

The "Artie's Playhouse" productions are about 30-45 minutes long, and include lots of audience participation to hold the interest of even the youngest child in the family. The theater's full-length stage productions include musicals, comedies, and family dramas which are entertaining, as well as family-friendly. Past performances have included such classics as Godspell, Cheaper By the Dozen, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and The Sound of Music.

Full-Length Productions:
JULY 24-AUGUST 29 -- West Side Story
Full of gorgeous music numbers and dazzling choreography, this modern retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet is the perfect musical to end your summer.  The story is about two lovers caught in the crossfire of two New York City street gangs.  Nothing can stand in the way of their love for each ohter, even with the danger involved.

Ticket Prices:   
Fridays & Saturdays:    $13.00 for adults,
                $11.00 for students and senior citizens,
                $8.00 for children 12 and under.
Mondays Tuesdays & Thursdays: $9.00 for everyone
                $6 Children (12 & under)
Reservations recommended.
Season Tickets and Group Discounts Available.
To Reserve Tickets: 817-284-1200
For More Information:  http://www.artisanct.com
Address: 420 E. Pipeline Road in Hurst, Texas (in the Bellaire Shopping Center)


Artie’s Children’s Playhouse Productions:
JULY 25 - SEPTEMBER 12 -- Disney's The AristoCats Kids


Artie’s Playhouse Ticket Price:
  $5 per person

Tuesdays:  4:30 p.m.
Thursdays/Saturdays:  10 a.m.

To Reserve Tickets: 817-284-1200


For More Information:
  http://www.artisanct.com

Address: 420 E. Pipeline Road in Hurst, Texas (in the Bellaire Shopping Center)


Artisan Theater can come to you!!!
For more information about how to schedule a performance at your location, contact the theater at 817-284-1200. They can perform for events, birthday parties, church functions, and more!!! Bring their family-friendly, entertaining shows to your front door!! Very reasonable prices!!


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51.  PERFORMANCES AT BASS PERFORMANCE HALL

Broadway at the Bass Presents:
Performance Schedule Not Available

Location:  Bass Performance Hall

        Fort Worth, TX

To Order Tickets:    817-212-4280 or 817-332-2272
Discount Group Tickets (10 or more):  817-321-5028

To Order Tickets Online:  Click Here
 
To Purchase Tickets at the Box Office or to Learn About Season Tickets:
Call 817-212-4280 or 817-332-2272.


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52.  DALLAS CHILDREN’S THEATER PERFORMANCES

2009 - 2010- Season:
Please note that not all productions are suitable for all audiences.  

SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER -- Junie B. Jones & a Little Monkey Business
Baker Theater/Rosewood Center
Suggested Age:
5 years and above
Kindergartner Junie B. Jones is feistier, sassier and more irresistible  than ever!  There’s a new “B-A-B-Y” brother at her house, and when  her grandmother calls the baby “the cutest little monkey,” Junie just may have the best Show and Tell ever.  Based on the wildly popular
book series, this spritely musical is a laugh-out-loud winner!

OCTOBER -- The Vampire Play
*
Studio Theater/Rosewood Center
Suggested Age:  Ages 13 and above
For the Twilight generation, this is the horror masterpiece that
started it all.  Lucy is showing signs of a mysterious illness.  Her
doctor father has his suspicions. Could it have something to do with
her strange new neighbor from Transylvania? This original Broadway
adaptation has been thrilling audiences since 1927.

NOVEMBER - DECEMBER -- The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Baker Theater/Rosewood Center
Suggested Age:
5 years and above
It just isn’t Christmas without the Herdmans!  The worst kids in the history of the world are determined to be in the annual Christmas pageant.  The congregation is horrified, but sometimes compassion  and generosity come from the most unexpected places.  Blessings abound in this all new production of  DCT’s Yuletide Blockbuster!

NOVEMBER - DECEMBER -- Santa's Holiday for Strings

(Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts)
Studio Theater/Rosewood Center

JANUARY 2010 -- How I Became a Pirate

Baker Theater/Rosewood Center
Suggested Age:  4 years and above
It’s a swashbuckling musical based on the colorful award-winning book. Young Jeremy Jacobs joins Captain Braid Beard’s scurvy crew for high seas adventure, but learns that the truly important things in life are worth more than buried treasure. A joyful musical that will leave you and your young mateys singing and dancing in the aisles!

FEBRUARY - MARCH -- Hansel & Gretel

(Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts)
Studio Theater/Rosewood Center
Suggested Ages:  Ages 4 and above
Striking puppetry, an enchanting forest, and the familiar music of Engelbert Humperdink come together in this magical re-telling of the classic fairy tale. Two children set out on a journey to save their family and encounter a mysterious old woman in a house made of candy!  Kathy Burks' talented troupe creates another haunting and highly visual production.

MARCH - APRIL -- The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe
Baker Theater/Rosewood Center
Suggested Ages:  7 and above
A celebrated piece of children’s literature comes to the stage!  Join four courageous children as they step through the wardrobe and enter the mythical land of Narnia. Hurled into a battle between the forces of good and evil, they must help free the land from the clutches of the White Witch and in doing so discover the heroes within themselves.  A thrilling adventure from a master storyteller!

APRIL -- hard 2 spel dad *
Studio Theater/Rosewood Center
Suggested Ages:  12 years and above
Pamela is excited to make a “fresh start” when she and her mother move away.  Pamela is learning different.  So is her new friend Zak.  Navigating their way through adolescence, both young people struggle to accept who they are and how they learn.  Illuminating the difficult and often misunderstood world of dyslexia, the play follows the lives of two young people and their paths to self-acceptance.

MAY -- Carnival of the Animals
Baker Theater/Rosewood Center
Suggested Age:  4 years and above
Experience life on the wild side with this new and expanded puppet interpretation of Saint-Saens’ “zoological fantasy for orchestra.”  This musical menagerie set in motion with multiple styles of
puppetry is an exhilarating experience for all ages.  It’s an innovative introduction to classical music brought to life with stunning colors, comedy, movement and sound.  A visual spectacle you don’t want to miss!


MAY -- Most Valuable Player *
Studio Theater/Rosewood Center
Suggested Age:  11 years and above
DCT’s National Touring Company brings this highly praised production home to the Rosewood Center in the inspiring story of one of America’s true heroes. Jackie Robinson was the first African-American to break the color-barrier of professional, major league baseball. His story is a lesson in dignity and integrity that continues to reverberate today!

JUNE - JULY -- Giggle, Giggle, Quack
Baker Theater/Rosewood Center
Suggested Age:  3 years and above                                                                
Duck on the loose!  In this hilarious sequel to last season’s barnyard blockbuster, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, good ol’ Farmer Brown decides to take a vacation and leaves his city-slicker brother, Bob, in charge with specific directions on how to care for the animals.  Duck re-writes the instructions demanding “pizza for the hen”, “bubble baths for the pig”, and ”movie night for the cow.”  It’s another madcap musical mutiny, so, join in the summer fun.

* Indicates a Y.A.R.D (Young Adult Relevant Drama) production.  These productions may contain mature subject matter and strong language.  


Ticket Prices: See website below
Lap Pass for Children under 3 years: $6.00
Please note that DCT does not encourage the attendance of children under 3 years of age.

Performance Times for Public Performances
(Unless otherwise indicated on individual show pages)
Fridays 7:30pm
Saturdays 1:30pm
Sundays at 1:30pm & 4:30pm

Box Office Hours
9am to 5pm, Monday - Friday
Ticket Sales are subject to availability.
Reservations are recommended and require prepayment with either
Cash, Check, Mastercard,Visa, or Amex.
Coupons and discount offers must be arranged in advance with the box office and may be suspended at any time.


Tickets:  To purchase tickets call the box office: 214-740-0051
        www.dct.org/Performances/ChooseaShow/tabid/181/Default.aspx

Student Matinees:  Tuesday – Thursday at 10 a.m.
            $7/person
            (unless otherwise noted on their website)

             Groups of 10 or more $7.00 per person
             (1 FREE chaperone per 20 student tickets)
    
            *Deposit required with reservation.
            Balance due SIX WEEKS before performance.

Contact:    214-740-0051
        www.dct.org/Performances/tabid/115/Default.aspx


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53.  PLANO CHILDREN’S THEATER PERFORMANCES

AUGUST 5, 19, 21 -- Pipi Longstocking
Times:
10:45 am
Tickets:
$6 in advance; $8 at door
To Order:  972-422-2575
You never know what's going to happen when Pippi's around- except for lots of fun! Come see Jeff Swearingen's funny adaptation of the beloved book.

THROUGH AUGUST 8 -- Broadway
Times:
Fri & Sat: 7:15pm;  Sat & Sun: 2:15pm
Tickets:
$7 in advance; $9 at door
To Order:  972-422-2575
Share your love of musical theatre with your family!


Location:  Plano Children’s Theater
        1301 Custer Road
        Plano, TX 75075
Times:     Fridays and Saturdays:  7:15 p.m.
               Saturdays and Sundays:  2:15 p.m.

Contact:    972-422-2575
        www.planochildrenstheatre.com/

NOTE:  Some of these productions may not be appropriate for children.  Please use your own judgment when considering allowing your children/family to view these productions.  

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54.  TEXAS BALLET THEATER PERFORMANCES

SAVE THE DATE!!
The Texas Ballet Theater is once again offering HEART of Texas newsletter readers special ticket pricing on great seats, during select performances.  The dates and times of these select performances are listed below.
We will have discount ticket ordering information available very soon -- we just wanted to give you a heads-up on the dates so you can plan ahead and save on your favorite ballet performances.

Please Note:  Some performances may not be appropriate for all audiences.  Please use your own judgment when considering allowing your children/family to view these productions.


2009-2010 SEASON:
OCTOBER 2-4 -- The Russian Masters (Bass Performance Hall)
HEART of Texas Discount Day: OCTOBER 4 at 2pm

NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 6 -- The Nutcracker (Winspear Opera House)
HEART of Texas Discount Days:  NOVEMBER 27 at 2pm
                                                         DECEMBER 5 at 2pm

DECEMBER 11-24 -- The Nutcracker (Bass Performance Hall)
HEART of Texas Discount Days:  DECEMBER 19 at 2pm
                                                                        DECEMBER 24 at 2pm

FEBRUARY 12-14 -- Romeo & Juliet (Bass Performance Hall)
HEART of Texas Discount Day:  FEBRUARY 13 at 2pm
                                                         

MARCH 12-14 -- Romeo & Juliet (Winspear Opera House)
HEART of Texas Discount Day:  MARCH 13 at 2pm

APRIL 9-11 -- The Sleeping Beauty (Bass Performance Hall)
HEART of Texas Discount Day:   APRIL 10  at 2pm

JUNE 11-13 -- The Sleeping Beauty (Winspear Opera House)
HEART of Texas Discount Day:   JUNE 12  at 2pm



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55.  HOME SCHOOL DISCOUNT TICKETS TO DALLAS THEATER PERFORMANCES

These shows are put together by Susan Frederick of TAFFIE.
Dates are subject to change and shows are pending approval:

2009-2010 Season TBA

To Order Tickets:  http://budurl.com/othersuper
Enter Password: SUPER
Click on the date you would like to order  and a new page comes up.
Go to the section that says "Promotions and Special Offers"
Pick the number of seats you are interested in
Type in the word SUPER in the offer code

Bonus:  
Mamma Mia! -- Aug 18-30
Save 15% off select performances
Using the same offer code http://budurl.com/othersuper with password SUPER, you can order for any of these shows.


Questions: Click Here to Contact Susan Frederick

For other cities: - Click Here
FAQ section: - Click Here


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56.  AMON CARTER EXHIBITS

The Carter houses one of the nation’s preeminent collections of American art, from works by the early nineteenth-century artist-explorers through those of the mid-twentieth-century modernists and up to the work of contemporary photographers. The museum also holds one of the most comprehensive collections of work by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell.

Hours:      
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday:  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday:  Noon – 5 p.m.
Closed Mondays and major holidays

Admission:  Admission to permanent collection is free.
Tickets for special exhibitions can be purchased
at the information desk.
All galleries in the Amon Carter Museum offer barrier-free access.



Museum Exhibits:
THROUGH AUGUST 23 -- The Harmon & Harriet Kelley Collection of African-American Art:  Works on Paper
See the works of more than fifty African-American artists from the late 1800s to the early years of this century. Drawn from one of the most esteemed private collections of works by African-American artists, this special exhibition features over ninety works by such luminaries as Elizabeth Catlett, William H. Johnson, and Charles White.

AUGUST 1 - NOVEMBER 29 -- Circle of Friends: Portraits of Artists
With the advent of American modernism, artists began making portraits of one another with increasing regularity. Photographers made portraits to document the members of their artistic communities, but in so doing they also created works that embody their artistic and personal ambitions.

JUNE 19 - JANUARY 3, 2010 -- Masterworks of American Photography: Moments in Time
Journey through photography’s history in an exhibition of works from the medium’s early years to the present day. Taken together, these images from the Carter’s permanent collection reflect the diversity and richness of an American visual tradition and explore photography’s unique relationship to time.

SEPTEMBER 19-JANUARY 10, 2010 -- Views & Visions: Prints of the American West
Experience the intrigue and fascination of the early American West in a special exhibition of nineteenth and twentieth century prints and illustrated books from the Carter’s permanent collection. Views and Visions: Prints of the American West features works by American artists who were enamored with depicting the grand landscapes, wild animals, and rugged individuals of the West.


Storytime at the Carter: (WEDNESDAYS)
Time:  
10:30am - 11:30am
Admission:  
FREE

Location:
 Amon Carter Art Museum

        3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard
        Fort Worth, TX 76107
        817-738-1933


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57.  DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART EXHIBITS  

FREE First Tuesdays of each month


SUMMER 2010 -- About Materials & Meanings
THROUGH AUGUST 30 -- Private Universe
JUNE 14-NOVEMBER 8 -- Private Universes: Media Works
MAY 24 - AUGUST 30 -- Willie Doherty: Requisite Distance
JANUARY 25-OCTOBER 18 -- American Art 1950s-1970s
JUNE 1 - AUGUST 23 -- Through the Eyes of Our Children - Something Beautiful


 Family Activities:
Tuesday­–Friday, 2:00­–3:00 p.m.
Cost: Family activities are free with paid admission. No registration is necessary.
Please call 214-922-1822 for more information.

Experience the Museum's premier collection through a cinematic lens with Summer Spotlight drop in activities for families. Meet in the Center for Creative Connections.

TUESDAYS at 2pm:  Interactive Cinema Family Tour
WEDNESDAYS at 2pm: Sketching in the Galleries for Kids
THURSDAYS at 2pm: Showdown at the Materials Bar
FRIDAYS at 2pm: Summer Spotlight Story Time


Family Audio Tour:
Tuesday-Sunday from 11am-5pm
Cost:  Free; at the Visitor Services Desk
Ages 5–11.

Late Night for Kids
AUGUST 21 6pm-Midnight
One Friday a month, the Museum is open until midnight with music, tours, and performances in the galleries.

Studio Creations
AUGUST 1-29 (SATURDAYS)
1pm-3:30pm in the Art Studio
Works of art in the Summer Spotlight set the stage for you to create your own costumes and props to act out stories from the works.

Sketching in the Gallery for Kids

AUGUST 16 (EVERY THIRD SUNDAY with some exceptions)
1pm-3pm
in the American Art Galleries, Level 4
Families are invited to sketch from original works of art. All supplies are provided.

Family Films

SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS at 2pm in the theater
AUGUST 1-30



Location:  Dallas Museum of Art
1717 North Harwood
Dallas, Texas 75201

Hours:  Tuesday and Wednesday: 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas

General Admission:  
The general admission fee includes viewing the Museum’s permanent collection and most exhibitions.  An audio tour of the permanent collection is included in general admission. Audio tours for adults and families are available.

Members FREE
Adults $10
Senior citizens (65 and over) $7
Students* $5 (with current school ID)
Children under 12 Free

Free on Thursday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Free on the first Tuesday of each month

Group Discounts (10 more more):      Joanne Nichols at 214-922-1222  
Or e-mail groupsales@DallasMuseumofArt.org.
For Information:    214-922-1200
To Purchase Advance Tickets:  214-922-1803

For more information about family experiences:  214-922-1822 or e-mail familyexperiences@DallasMuseumofArt.org.


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58.  KIMBALL ART MUSEUM EXHIBITS

The Kimbell Art Museum’s holdings include artworks ranging in period from antiquity to the 20th century. The collection includes masterpieces by Fra Angelico, Caravaggio, El Greco, Cézanne, Matisse, and Picasso, as well as antiquities, Asian, African, and pre-Columbian art.

JULY 18 - OCTOBER 25 – Butchers, Dragons, Gods & Skeletons
Commissioned by the Kimbell, Philip Haas’s film installations interpret and elaborate upon selected works in the Museum’s permanent collection. Though based on deep research into the original artists and cultures, Haas’s films are poetic and sensuous in approach rather than factual like a documentary. Between seven and twenty minutes in length and running continuously, they are projected on screens of various unconventional formats and configurations. All are accompanied by original music, and several appear in elaborate architectural and sculptural sets, further immersing the viewer in the experience.
The installations complement a full display of the Kimbell’s permanent collection, each occupying a space near the work to which it relates.
To Learn More About this Exhibit:  Click Here



Hours:  Mondays – Closed
            Tuesdays–Thursdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
            Fridays, noon–8 p.m.
            Saturdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
            Sundays, noon–5 p.m.
            Closed New Year's Day, the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day

Admission to the Museum’s permanent collection is always free.
There is a charge for special exhibitions.
Half-price exhibition admission is offered on Tuesdays (all day) and on Fridays from 5–8 p.m.

Tickets:  Click Here

Half-Off Admission:  Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
            (not applicable for Member audio tours).

Group Sales:  Discounted tickets for groups of 20 or more are available with a reservation for a specific date and time, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. For reservations, call 817-332-8451, ext. 229. Reservations for groups should be made at least two weeks in advance.


Location:  Kimball Art Museum
        3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard
        Fort Worth, Texas 76107-2792
        817-332-8451
        Metro: 817-654-1034
        Fax: 817-877-1264


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59.  MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE

The Science of Spying:  The new spy skills exhibition
Get ready for a fun and educational sleuthing odyssey!

Spy recruits, report for training: Learn to crack a safe. Detect a lie. Take on a secret identity. Fine-tune your powers of observation. Once you have the skills, a secret mission awaits. Do you have what it takes to carry out this exhilarating covert operation? Only you can crack the case!
With action-packed adventure and surprises at every turn, this is an experience you don’t want to miss!


PLANETARIUM SHOWS:
For Planetarium Show Schedule:  Click Here


ONLINE Exhibits - Journey to Alaska

Dr. Tony Fiorillo explores Alaska
http://www.natureandscience.org/exhibits/alaska/default.asp


Permanent Exhibits:
Your Incredible Body
Your Incredible Body is a brand new addition to our permanent galleries designed to help lead you and your children through many of the common questions about homeostasis and balance in the body.
http://www.natureandscience.org/exhibits/your_incredible_body.asp

Lagoon Nature Walk
Explore the Leonhardt Lagoon Nature Walk
http://www.natureandscience.org/exhibits/lagoon.asp    

Paleontology Lab
See fossils brought back from the field for preparation
http://www.natureandscience.org/exhibits/paleolab.asp    

Ice Age Dallas
Fossils from the last Ice Age
http://www.natureandscience.org/exhibits/ice_age_dallas.asp    

Ocean Dallas
See ocean creatures that once swam near Dallas
http://www.natureandscience.org/exhibits/ocean_dallas.asp

Texas Dinosaurs
Life and death in the Big Bend examines dinosaurs that once lived in Texas
http://www.natureandscience.org/exhibits/texas_dinos.asp

Wildlife Dioramas
View the Museums four distinct wildlife diorama halls
http://www.natureandscience.org/exhibits/dioramas.asp    

Dental Gallery
Come learn about dental health
http://www.natureandscience.org/exhibits/dental.asp    

Little Urban Farm
Vividly illustrate to children and families the crucial role that farms play in all our lives
http://www.natureandscience.org/exhibits/farm.asp    

NetWorks:  The World of Digital Communication
Take a virtual ride through a network
http://www.natureandscience.org/exhibits/networks.asp    

Astronomy & Space
Visit the only public planetarium in Dallas County.
http://www.natureandscience.org/exhibits/space.asp 

Mixed Signals Gallery

(reopening Sept 26)
Mixed Signals is an experience about how you process your visual world.
http://www.natureandscience.org/exhibits/mixed_signals.asp


Museum Information:

The Museum of Nature & Science consists of several buildings all located in Fair Park, Dallas. The Nature Building is located at 3535 Grand Avenue, the Science Building is located at 1318 South Second Avenue and the Planetarium Building is located at 1620 First Avenue.

Location:  535 Grand Avenue and 1318 S. 2nd Avenue in Fair Park     
Phone: 214-428-5555     
Email: info@natureandscience.org

Hours and Admission:
All buildings: 10am-5pm Monday-Saturday, Noon-5pm Sunday
(In the event of inclement weather, please call 214-421-3466 ext. 382)
Admission Pricing: www.natureandscience.org/information/admission.asp


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60.  FORT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY

While the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History builds for the future, you’ll find some of our interactive exhibits on the lower level of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame next door. The Noble Planetarium will reopen with a state-of-the-art facility in fall 2009.

Admission:
$8 for adults
$7 for children (3-12) and seniors (60+)
Admission to ExploraZone and all National Cowgirl Museum exhibits is one price and free for all Museum members

Location:  1600 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, 76107 (corner of Montogomery & Gendy)

Exhibits:
JUNE 13 - SEPTEMBER 7 -- Tales from the Land of Gullah
(1st floor of the National Cowgirl Musuem & Hall of Fame)
Admission:
Included with regular exhibit admission (see above)
Details:  Explore the Gullah culture through inspiring songs and candid folktales.
For More Information:  Click Here


FREE FAMILY FRIDAYS (last Friday of the month)

AUGUST 28
Time:  3- 7 p.m.
Cost:  FREE exhibit admission from 3 to 7 p.m. on the last Friday of every month. While the Museum of Science and History builds for the future, you’ll find many of your favorite exhibits on the lower level of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.
Details:  Includes admission to both museum experiences:
* Celebrate the Cowgirl Experience – activities and exhibits that capture the extraordinary courage and pioneer spirit of the American West.
* Explore exhibits from the Museum of Science and History – ExploraZone, KIDSPACE and a new Hands On Studio.
* Check out plans for the Museum of Science and History’s new campus in the Preview Center.
Bring the entire family! You’ll discover fun, exploration and learning for all ages.

Free Family Fridays does not include free admission to the Omni Theater (reopening summer 2008).




COMING FALL 2009:  CSI:  The Experience
Imagine entering a crime scene and being the one responsible for noticing and collecting every trace of evidence. The pressure is on: you know the analysis of your evidence must be scientifically sound to crack the case.  You've seen the hit television crime drama, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation on CBS. Now, there's a forensic science exhibit related to the TV show, as well as a Web-based learning adventure.

CSI: The Experience is a completely immersive exhibit that invites visitors to enter "crime" scenes where they identify and record evidence. It takes them inside "laboratories" for scientific testing and to "autopsy" rooms for pathology analysis. Then it returns them to the "office" to build their case, based on the scientific evidence. The exhibit brings to life real scientific principles and the most advanced scientific techniques used today by crime scene investigators and forensic scientists.

From DNA and firearms analysis to forensic anthropology and toxicology, visitors will be immersed in hands-on science in an exciting multi-media environment with dazzling special effects direct from the CSI TV series. Cast members from the TV show welcome guests into the exhibit from a large video monitor, lead them through the experience, and praise them for a job well done at the end. The exhibit is geared toward adults and youth ages 12 and above.

CSI Exhibit Walk-Through:  
Click Here

CSI Family Guide:  
Click Here to download the "Family Forensics" educational guide. (Spanish Version, 4.1 MB.) This full color brochure provides springboard topics and experiments to enjoy together. Discuss important skills that are essential to Crime Scene Investigators and add to your knowledge with additional interesting details.
•       Test your power of observation.
•       Solve logistical riddles.
•       Experiment with blood spatter, using our recipe for fake blood.
•       Learn about telltale fingerprint details and examine your own with this informative guide.
With broad appeal for many ages, this guide is excellent for expanding the learning and the fun.



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61. NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER

Location:  Dallas Arts District
                2001 Flora Street
                214-242-5100

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 6 -- Highlights from the Nasher Collection
The Nasher Sculpture Center presents a new iteration of its rotating installation of works from the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection.  Comprising approximately 100 works installed in the Center’s indoor galleries and sculpture garden, this installation continues the investigation of several key developments in modern and contemporary sculpture.  Masterworks by artists such as Auguste Rodin, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Alberto Giacometti embody the modernist interpretation of the human figure, incorporating radical formal and psychological investigations.  The realm of dreams and the subconscious is examined in some of the best known sculptures of the Surrealist movement by artists such as Jean Arp, Alexander Calder, Max Ernst, and Joan Miró.

2009 Movie Schedule (First Thursday of each month at 7pm)
Cost:  Free
(movies not appropriate for all audiences; use parental discretion)
AUGUST 6 - The Grapes of Wrath
SEPTEMBER 3 - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
OCTOBER 1 - The Maltese Falcon
NOVEMBER 5 - All the President's Men
DECEMBER 3 - It's a Wonderful Lifea

www.nashersculpturecenter.org


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62.  SHOWS AT THE DALLAS IMAX THEATER - MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & NATURE

Hurricane on the Bayou
Ticket Prices:  $7/adult; $6/child (3-11) and seniors (62+); $6 students 18+
Details: A powerfully moving film unlike any other, Hurricane on the Bayou carries audiences behind the news headlines on a journey deep into the soul-stirring heart of Louisiana – before, during and after the unprecedented devastation of Hurricane Katrina.  Unfolding against the backdrop of the most costly natural disaster in America’s history, Hurricane on the Bayou follows a group of four musicians, both legendary and rising, as they explore the electrifying culture of New Orleans: speed through the beautiful, alligator-filled bayous on airboats; recount their heart-wrenching, personal stories of Katrina; and most of all, bring the focus to the rapidly disappearing wetlands that are New Orleans’ first line of defense against deadly storms. Vanishing at an astonishing rate, the wealth, cultural vitality and very future of New Orleans depend on the preservation of these wetlands. 

Coral Reef Adventure
Ticket Prices:  $7/adult; $6/child (3-17) and seniors (62+); $6 students (18+ with student ID)
Details: Coral Reef Adventure follows the real-life expedition of ocean explorers and underwater filmmakers Howard and Michele Hall. The Halls guide us to the islands and sun-drenched waters of the South Pacific to document, in the biggest and best film format that exists, the health and beauty of coral reefs. On the giant screen, you’ll feel like you’re diving and exploring right alongside them.  From the dazzling underwater seascapes of Australia's Great Barrier Reef to the mysterious deep ocean corals of Fiji, and from the azure skies above Tahiti to shark-filled canyons off isolated Rangiroa, the Halls visit many reefs that are flourishing and capture on film many interesting reef inhabitants. You’ll laugh at the little shrimp that wants to climb in your mouth to get its own bite to eat! You’ll see how reef animals rely on each other in surprising ways. You’ll dive down to the mysterious deep reefs of The Twilight Zone, a place no one else has ever been. You’ll swim with hundreds of grey reef sharks, then zoom through coral canyons, riding a fast current beneath the waves. But sadly, you’ll also swim through vast stretches of bleached coral boneyards, and learn with the Halls how our actions may cause these devastating results.
For more Info and to Purchase Tickets: 
www.natureandscience.org/imax/default.asp  


For Showtimes: http://www.natureandscience.org/imax/imax_showtimes.asp

Online Tickets: https://emuseum.natureandscience.org/GeneralAdmission.aspx


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63.  SHOWS AT THE FORT WORTH OMNI THEATER - MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY

The Omni  Theater is currently undergoing renovation while the Museum builds its new campus.  The Theater will reopen in late Spring 2008 with digital sound system, improved facilities, and all-new Imax adventures.

NOW PLAYING:  Dolphins
Tickets: $7/adults; $6/children 3-12 and Seniors 60+
Order Tickets: 817-255-9540 or Click Here for online ordering
Details: From the dazzling coral reefs of the Bahamas to the wind-swept seas of Patagonia, Dolphins takes audiences under the water's surface for a romp with inquisitive Atlantic spotted dolphins, acrobatic dusky dolphins, and the familiar bottlenose dolphin of Flipper fame.
For more information about Dolphins:  click here

NOW PLAYING:  Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure
Tickets: $7/adults; $6/children 3-12 and Seniors 60+
Order Tickets: 817-255-9540 or Click Here for online ordering
Details: Bugs!  is a live-action nature drama filmed on location in Borneo and in a purpose-built studio in Oxford,  England, Bugs! explores the dramatic and savage lives of an  Old World praying mantis and a beautiful butterfly, known by their Latin names, Hierodula and Papilio. This 40-minute feature combines incredible footage with cutting-edge IMAX® technology to deliver a fantastically entertaining and enlightening experience about the little guys in life.
For more information about Bugs!:  click here

THROUGH SUMMER 2009:  Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk
Tickets: $7/adults; $6/children 3-12 and Seniors 60+
Order Tickets: 817-255-9540 or Click Here for online ordering
Details: Get ready for a thrilling ride down the Colorado River when Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk splashes onto the Omni Theater’s IMAX dome on February 27, 2009. Created by MacGillivray Freeman Films, producers of the blockbuster giant-screen hit Everest, the film combines exhilarating river-rafting action on America’s most iconic river, family fun, and the grandeur of the Grand Canyon to tell an engaging story of how ordinary people can make a difference for our parched planet – one that is running out of clean, fresh water so fast that the U.N. estimates that 40% of the world could face life-threatening shortages by the year 2050.
For more information about Grand Canyon:  click here

JULY 13 - AUGUST 2:  Ride Around the World
Tickets: $7/adults; $6/children 3-12 and Seniors 60+
Order Tickets: 817-255-9540 or Click Here for online ordering
Details: Ride Around the World explores a thriving global culture that has helped shape Western civilization for a thousand years.  The film transports you to Morocco, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Patagonia, Canada, adn the Four Sixes Ranch in West Texas to ride with cowboys and cowgirls from around the world.  Don't miss the exhibit inspired by the film: Ride: A Global Adventure, too.
For more information about Ride Around the World:  click here



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64.  PROGRAMS AT LOG CABIN VILLAGE

Location:  2100 Log Cabin Village Lane
        Fort Worth, TX  
        817-392-5881

There are no special events in July or August.
Log Cabin Village will be closed for annual maintenance August 24-September 7


SEPTEMBER 18 -- Timber Tales Storytime
Time: 10:00—11:00 a.m.
Cost:  Regular Village Admission plus $4 fee
Reservation required:
817-392-5881
Featured stories:
Tortillas and Lullabies by Lynn Reiser and The Copper Tin Cup by Carole Lexa Schaefer.
Details:  How can the objects we treasure bring back powerful memories? Learn with two wonderful stories about the continuity of family and our heirlooms. $4 fee includes a story, fun activities, and a craft, all geared towards 3-5 year olds


SEPTEMBER 26 -- Harvest Homecoming
Time: 12:00—4 p.m.
Cost:  No admission charge for this day only!
No Reservation Required

Details:
Celebrate Fort Worth’s “Day in the District” at the Village! Enjoy a day full of music, crafts, living history and activities for the whole family. This is the Village's biggest event of the year! No reservations required. Be sure to visit other exciting “Day in the District” participants as well, including the Modern Art Museum, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Kimbell Art Museum, National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Community Arts Center, and more!


For More Information:  www.logcabinvillage.org

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65.  DALLAS HERITAGE VILLAGE

Family Past Times
FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH
Admission:  
FREE
Bring the whole family for historic fun and participate in themed activities for everyone to enjoy.

AUGUST 4:  Goodbye, Mr. Lincoln
For the closing of the traveling exhibit from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, "Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America," there will be specially themed hands-on activities and crafts for the whole family.

Nip & Tuck's Barnyard Buddies Storytime
SECOND WEDNESDAYS (SEPT - MAY)
Stories, Music and Hands-On Activities for Preschoolers
Time:  11 a.m
Cost:  Non-members:  $5/child – includes admission to Dallas Heritage Village before or after program.
Tickets can be purchased at the gate.
Details: Hear a story or two and make a craft with your child. All in the only historic village in Dallas!
Monthly Themes: Not yet available for 2009-2010

RSVP:  By calling 214-413-3674 or Click Here to e-mail your reservation
or Click Here to purchase tickets online

For More Information: http://www.dallasheritagevillage.org/Event_Detail.aspx?EID=213


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66.  STAR PARTIES at  FORT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND HISTORY

Have you ever seen the rings of Saturn? Have you ever wanted to view the moons of Jupiter? Have you been dazzled by a star cluster? Are you in the market for a telescope and don't know where to start? This and more can be discovered every month outside the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History during the free monthly telescope observing. The star gazing events are held every month on area north of the Museum on the Saturday nearest the first quarter moon, weather permitting.   They are presented by the Noble Planetarium staff and members of the Fort Worth Astronomical Society.

The Noble Planetarium is under construction, but you can still gaze at the stars and learn about the night sky during our free monthly  Star Parties.

AUGUST 1
SEPTEMBER 26
Cost:  
Free
Location:   In the parking lot just south of Museum construction (corner of Montgomery and Harley).
Time:  Dusk - 10:30pm

For more information:  Contact Linda Krouse at 817-255-9409
                http://fortworthmuseum.org/noble/parties.html


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67.  ALEDO CHRISTIAN SCHOOL'S BASKETBALL, BASEBALL, VOLLEYBALL, SOFTBALL TEAMS

Aledo Christian School, located in Aledo,TX, is offering their sports programs to home schoolers.

Who:  7-12th grade boys and girls
Girls Sports:  
Volleyball, Basketball, Softball
Boys Sports:  Basketball & Baseball

Location:  Aledo Christian School
                400 Queen Street
                Aledo, TX  76008

For Information About Baseball:  817-939-2979 or click here to email Coach Snethen.
For Information About Other Sports: Contact Tim Barton at 817-441-7357
 

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68.  BERNE ACADEMY'S BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL

Berne Academy, located in Lancaster, TX, is looking for homeschoolers to play on their Boys'  Varsity Basketball Team.  They are associated with T-CAL (Texas Christian Athletic League) out of San Antonio.

Who:  7-12th grade boys
Location of Practices:  Tommie Allen Recreation Center on Bonnie View Road
For More Information:  972-218-7373 or click here to email Coach Batey.
 

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69.  HOMESCHOOL SWIM-- The Colony Aquatic Park

Brand New!  Expanded Homeschool Swim in The Colony!!
The price for fall season passes are very reasonable, especially since there are now
three different days a week that you can come!
 

When: 
Monday/Wednesday/Friday
Time:  
11-Noon

Location:  
The Colony Aquatic Park
               5580 N. Colony Blvd  
               The Colony, TX  75056


Cost:  
$3 - ages 7 & up
         $2 - ages 6 & under

Note:  Children 6 and under MUST be directly attended by a swimming adult within arms reach.

Seasonal Passes available:
 $45 - Individual
                                          $60 - Micro-family (2-3 members)
                                               
  $80 - Family (4+ members)

For More Information: Elise Knox 972-624-2225
                Swim@TCPARD.Com
                www.TCpard.com


And for those of you who are concerned about the Cryptosporidium Outbreak in the DFW area, please paste this link to read what we have done to prevent the problem:
www.ci.the-colony.tx.us/Depts/PARD/Aquatics/CryptosporidiumUpdate.html
 

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70.  HOME SCHOOL SWIM AND SWIM TEAM AT DON RODENBAUGH NATATORIUM
IN ALLEN

Home School Open Swim
Half-Price Fridays at the Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium!

Time:  1pm – 3pm during the school year
Who:  Home school students and their families.
Cost:  $2/Students;  $2.50/adults
For More Information:  Call 214-509-4770 or visit www.allenparks.org


City of Allen Home school Swim Team
Practices:  Monday through Friday from 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Location:  Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium
For more information:  Call 972-992-3996 or visit www.metro-aquatics.org


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71.  CHRISTIAN MARTIAL ARTS

Christian Martial Arts, an outreach of First Baptist Church of Euless, is offering a free month of classes to homeschooling families who wish to try out their program.  Christian Martial Arts has been ministering to the physical as well as spiritual needs of local families for almost ten years at First Euless!

It is a fun way to get plenty of exercise in an environment that seeks to honor God and teach respect for others. The tenets of CMA are Courtesy, Humility, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control and Indomitable spirit. Students learn fundamentals of self-defense, balance, flexibility, practice and repetition. We encourage progress through belt promotions but each student is only in competition with himself to advance. We have sparring nights, optional board breaking, tournaments and special events including Christmas parties and demonstrations. If you are looking for a great family activity, you've found it!


Cost: $25/month per person

Times/Class Descriptions:
Monday: 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm - Children only
Monday: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Beginners & Advanced of all ages
Thursday: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Beginners of all ages
Thursday: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Advanced students
Saturday: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Open Workout for all students



For More Information:
www.firsteuless.com/


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72.  DALLAS THUNDER HOME SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Contact:  David Parker at 972-475-3946 or jsjparker@sbcglobal.net

Dallas Thunder is a home school competitive basketball organization.  For our 2008/09 season, we plan to have boys and girls teams ranging in ages from 12 and under through 18 and under. 


Dallas Thunder offers:
Christ-centered, competitive Basketball for Home schooled boys and girls
Experienced, Professional Coaches.
The opportunity to play top public and private schools in the area
Participation in the National Christian Homeschool Basketball Tournament.
 
For more information:  Robert Glaess at (972) 636-7299
                                    David Parker at (972) 475-3946

Website: www.dallasthunder.org

To view their Game Schedule:
http://www.dallasthunder.org/custpage.php?cid=18519    



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73.  ELITE TRACK CLUB/CROSS COUNTRY PROGRAM


AUGUST 10 -- Team Info Meeting, Registration, and 1st Day of Practice
Time:  9:30 a.m.

If you're wanting to get started early, come out to Veteran's Park in Arlington on August 3-7 at 10am
and run with the GP team!

I hope we're all really excited about the upcoming XC season. I know that I am. There are so many new, great things to look forward to.

 
For the home schoolers, we have so many new opportunities this year. For the 1st time ever, there will be a national meet for us on Nov. 7th. And.... yours truly (Calvin McGill) is slated to be the meet director for the meet in Springfield, MO. Also, we'll be hosting our own meet for the 1st time on Oct. 24th, & we'll be the host team for the JH & elem. races @ the Grace Prep XC Festival on Sep. 19th. I would really love to see us have full teams, both boys & girls, for these meets, especially the national meet. So, spread the word. Let's get more kids involved in this great season.
 
The national meet we'll be attending for ETC is only a 6-hr drive away in Joplin, MO on Dec. 5th. I would love to have 30-40 kiddos going up there to the AAU Jr. Olympic XC Meet. Also, Elite may be hosting the collegiate races for the GP XC Festival. We also will be hosting our 3km Tune-Up Meet on Nov. 1st again, just like last year.
 
Looking forward to a great season!

For More Information:  Click Here to Contact Calvin
                    817-800-3922                                


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74.  HOME SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

The Home School Athletic Association is a Christian-based organization providing athletics for homeschoolers through volunteer home school parent. They provide various programs including football, baseball, volleyball, soccer, and basketball for high school and middle school home schoolers.

FOOTBALL PROGRAM:
Physical - Each player must have a physical exam and obtain a medical form from your doctor proving physical fitness for football.
Registration: Each player should download & complete the following forms and BRING THEM ON THE FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE. Players will not be allowed to practice until all forms are turned in with payment. 
1.  2009 Football Application
2.  HSAA Athletic  Release and Medical Authorization
3.  HSAA football Player contract
4.  HSAA football Parent contract
5.  Physical exam form
 
Fees: The total football player fee is $650.00.   If you attended spring football and paid $75.00, your balance is $575.00.  Make checks out to HSAA. No cash accepted. Payment is due the first day of practice.

Insurance: HSAA will provide a small amount of liability insurance per player.
 
What to bring:  Water! Please be sure to be well hydrated before practice
 
Wear: HSAA issued helmet, gym shorts, T-shirt and cleats/tennis shoes for the first few days, Coach Scott will give you direction beyond that.
Equipment: HSAA will furnish pads, uniforms, and head gear. Player will provide cleats, mouth guards, gloves, ankle braces, and other extras.
Schedule: The football schedule can be found on the website under Varsity football.  Due to our current number of players for the 2009 season, we will have a full Varsity schedule and a limited Junior Varsity schedule.
 
For More Information:  Click Here to contact Varsity Coach Scott or 972-849-7260
                                         Click Here to contact Junior Varsity Coach Kinville or 214-313-8690



VOLLEYBALL TEAM

HSAA Dallas Angels Volleyball Team:
http://www.hsaa.org/Gen%20Info_Volleyball.htm    

Contact:    
High Schoolers contact Deanna Morales 972-661-2479 or dhmorales@sbcglobal.net        
Middle Schoolers contact Susan Bryant at 972-754-1553 or cs.bryant@verizon.net    

For More Information about HSAA:  www.hsaa.org    


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75.  THESA RIDERS HOME SCHOOL  ASSOCIATION

THESA Riders is a home school  association, providing the DFW area with competitive and Christ-centered athletic programs for home schoolers at the high school and junior high level.

THESA offers the following :
Baseball: http://www.thesariders.org/baseball%20page.htm    

Boys Basketball: http://www.thesariders.org/basketball%20page.htm    
Girls Basketball: http://www.thesaridersbball.com/    
Girls Volleyball: http://www.freewebs.com/thesavolleyball/    

For More Information: http://www.thesariders.org/


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76.  HULCY HOME SCHOOL PE CLASSES IN RICHARDSON

Register Today for Fall 2008!

Come try your first class for free and see if our 20 year reputation of helping kids enjoy  in a competitive Christian atmosphere is right for your family. 100% of the children that have tried it... have stayed.
 
Ages:  6-12
 
Cost:  $20 a month for first child... $15 a month for any additional children.
 
When:  Tuesdays (once a week)
Girls meet from 2:00-3:30 pm.
Boys meet from 3:30-5:00 pm.
To sign up just call 214-695-5560
 
Where: - Heights Park in Richardson on Floyd
in between Belt Line and Arapaho on the West  side of 75 (south of Arapaho).
 
We play an array of competitive  for kids at any skill level: dodgeball, football, kickball, flag tag, capture the flag, war, softball, baseball, crazyball, flipperball, Frisbee golf, soccer, circle dodgeball, track and field, and tons more.  We also play fun and easy games such as:  squirrel in a tree, two headed monster, parachute games, and much more!

We have a family camp out in October, and a Field Day at the end of the year that includes a picnic dinner, volleyball, hay ride, playing in a tree house, games, a bonfire, and cooking hotdogs outside!
  
Call RHETT HULCY directly to enroll or for any questions about the class:
214-695-5560

Discount:  Rhett is offering HEART of Texas members one free month of classes, with a valid Heart of Texas family membership card.  
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: www.heartoftex.org/membership/membership.html


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77.  HOME SCHOOL PE PROGRAMS AT VELOCITY  IN HIGHLAND PARK

Velocity  in Highland Park is Offering Home School PE Classes!

Velocity  Performance is a  training facility with a staff of degreed and certified coaches.  Their programs focus on all facets of athletic performance, including speed and agility, strength and explosive power, flexibility and mobility, endurance and energy system development, and injury risk prevention.

Their 18,200 sq. ft. indoor facility includes a 30 yard turf field, 60 yard speed track, regulation volleyball court, Olympic weight area, comfortable viewing area for parents/coaches with wireless internet, men's and women's showers, electronic timing system and video analysis, and SPARQ testing.

Classes:  Available Monday through Thursday – you choose what day(s) works best for you!

Location:  7730 N. Central Expressway
        Dallas, TX  

For More Information: Call Mark Cox at 214-739-1122
Ask about their special offers for HEART of Texas members.

To Learn More About Velocity :
www.velocitysp.com/highlandpark

Please note:  The Highland Park and Southlake locations operate independently.  Each location sets its own pricing.  

Discount:  Velocity /Highland Park is offering HEART of Texas members a 10% discount on Home School PE and Athletic Training classes, with a valid Heart of Texas family membership card.   
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: www.heartoftex.org/membership/membership.html


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78.  HOME SCHOOL PE PROGRAMS AT VELOCITY  IN SOUTHLAKE

Velocity  in Southlake is Offering Home School PE Classes!

Velocity  Performance has designed a program to meet the needs of home school families!

Location:      1800 East Hwy 114, Suite 101
        Southlake, TX  

For More Information: Call 817-416-0606
Ask about their special home school pricing offers for HEART of Texas members.

Please note:  The Southlake and Highland Park locations operate independently.  Each location sets its own pricing.   

To Learn More About Velocity :
www.velocitysp.com/southlake


Velocity  Performance is a  training facility with a staff of degreed and certified coaches.  Their programs focus on all facets of athletic performance, including speed and agility, strength and explosive power, flexibility and mobility, endurance and energy system development, and injury risk prevention.

Their 18,200 sq. ft. indoor facility includes a 30 yard turf field, 60 yard speed track, regulation volleyball court, Olympic weight area, comfortable viewing area for parents/coaches with wireless internet, men's and women's showers, electronic timing system and video analysis, and SPARQ testing.

Discount:  Velocity /Southlake is offering HEART of Texas members a 10% discount on all training, whether it is with the Home School program, regular training program or any camps that are held at this location., with a valid Heart of Texas family membership card.   
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: www.heartoftex.org/membership/membership.html


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79.  HOME SCHOOL FENCING CLASSES AT FENCING INSTITUTE OF TEXAS

Fencing Institute of Texas is committed to supporting our Home Schooled children by providing physical fitness that challenges the mind as well as the body.  

Home School Classes
Times:      4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Tuesdays and Thursdays
        10:00 a.m. – 11:30 am. – Saturdays

Instructor:  Coach Rhonda Trietsch

Students enjoy private lessons, group training, and mini-tournaments during this time.

Parents are welcome to participate along with their children in these programs.

Additional classes during the week between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM will be added
as this program and need grows.  

Open Enrollment: Students may join this program at any time; the first month's fees are prorated.  There is no pro-ration of fees after the first month.  Fees are $90 per month plus $50 tuition ($140), and are due by the 5th of the month.  Fees are due in advance and are non-refundable.

Students may take additional private lessons outside of the class meeting time for an additional fee.

To Register: Class size is limited to 15 students; pre-registration is required.  If you are interested, please call our school at (972) 444-8498, or complete and mail or FAX the Home School Registration form.

To Download Registration Form: http://www.fenceintexas.org/homeschool.html

Discount:  Fencing Institute of Texas is offering HEART of Texas members a $10 discount off the monthly tuition (individual or family) with a valid Heart of Texas family membership card.   HEART of Texas students participating in the FIT Saturday Page or Squire programs receive a $5 discount off the monthly program fee with a valid Heart of Texas family membership card.
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: www.heartoftex.org/membership/membership.html

For More Information:      Contact 972-444-8498
                Or visit: http://www.fenceintexas.org/homeschool.html


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80.  PARKER-TARRANT HOME SCHOOL 

Parker-Tarrant Home School  exists to promote and accomplish  education for the Texas Home School student in a Christian environment. With a focus primarily in the Parker County and West Tarrant County areas of North Texas, the organization’s objective is to provide a competitive environment for middle school and high school  competition that is not normally provided by traditional home school organizations or support groups. PTHSS desires to accomplish this goal in a way that both works alongside the parents and honors Jesus Christ.

Currently the PTHSS organization offers boys' Varsity and Junior Varsity Baseball, boys' Basketball from middle school through high school, girls' high school basketball and girls' Varsity and Junior Varsity Volleyball. Six-Man boys' football is being added this fall! Other  programs and age divisions may be offered in the future.

Many of the PT Warriors athletic activities occur at Birchman Baptist Church in West Fort Worth.


For More Information:  click Here to email Corey Linscombe or
www.pthss.org/

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81.  POP-IN PLAYTIME AT PUMP-IT-UP OF GRAPEVINE

WEDNESDAYS AND THURSDAYS
Time:  Between 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Ages:  2-6 years old

WEDNESDAYS
Time:  Between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.
Ages:  6-12 years old

Discount:  Pump-It-Up of Grapevine is offering HEART of Texas members a 10% discount on private parties. Members also receive $1 off Pop-In-Playtime on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for ages 2 through 6, and on Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 for ages 6-12.  

Members must present their valid HEART of Texas Family ID card to take advantage of these special offers.

To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: www.heartoftex.org/membership/membership.html    

For More Information:  817-329-1332 or grapevine@pumpitupdfw.com


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82.  SMOOTHING THE WAY MEETINGS -- NORTH TEXAS

Smoothing the Way is a support group dedicated to serving first-year homeschooling mothers. Each month a topic of specific interest to the new homeschooler is offered.  We will offer you information that will make your first year less confusing. We will also offer you the opportunity to meet other new homeschoolers who are sharing your experiences — both good and bad! You will meet veteran homeschoolers who can reassure you that these experiences are very normal and can help you to navigate through your first year.

For Information about Smoothing the Way groups near you, or to find out how you can lead a group: http://www.smoothingtheway.com/


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83.  ARLINGTON ASSOCIATION HOME EDUCATORS (AAHE)

Contact:  Yvonne Behneman 972-642-5798

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84.  COPPELL SPEECH & DEBATE CLUB

A speech & debate club for homeschoolers in or near Coppell, Texas!
For More Information:  
Click Here

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85.  DENTON COUNTY CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOL ASSOCIATION

A support group for families in the Denton County area!
Contact:  Rosanne at 972-768-9066

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86.  FELLOWSHIP CHURCH HOMESCHOOL NETWORK

A support group for families in the Grapevine/Flowermound area.
Click Here for More Information

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87.  HOW NOW HOMESCHOOLING

A new support group for New Homeschoolers in the Plano/Frisco/Allen/McKinney area!

LAST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH 

Time:  7pm - 9pm
Location:  
 THEO
                1301 Custer Road, Suite 703

                Plano, TX 75075
Cost:  
$35/year
Details:  Each month we will address a different topic related to homeschooling for newbies.

Contact:  
Click Here to email Beverly

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88. LEWISVILLE AREA SPEECH & DEBATE CLUB


Location:  Christ Presbyterian Church, Annex Building
                3410 Peters Colony Road
                Flower Mound, TX  75022
                Located across from Flower Mound High School (not Marcus).
For Directions:  Click Here  Please do not call the church.
Details:  This is your opportunity to come and hear what our speech & debate club is all about. You can watch our promo video on the website to get a feel for speech and debate if you’re new to the activity. We compete in the NCFCA league

For More Information or to RSVP:  Click Here to email Lisa
www.LAHSD.org


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89.  NORTH IRVING CHRISTIAN HOME EDUCATORS

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or More Information:  click here to email group


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90.  PARK DAY DRAMA CLUB

First Friday of the Month from September through May

Time:  1p.m. – 4 p.m.
Where:  Westwood Park – located between Plano Parkway and 15th Street, on the west side of Westwood.
Westwood runs north and south between Alma & Custer in Plano.
Details:   1st Fridays Homeschool Park Day runs from September through May. Moms visit with one another receiving home school support and fellowship while homeschooling children of all ages,  play, do seasonal activities, participate in groups , and develop friendships.  “Nature, Fitness, Fun, Friendship, Group Learning, No Worries.”

For More Information: Click here to email Janet


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91.  READY TO ANSWER SPEECH & DEBATE CLUB

Located in Decatur, Texas, we compete with students all across the nation.  Our goal is to facilitate the training of local home school students to analyze life issues and effectively communicate a Biblical worldview.  We look forward to hearing from you and hope you enjoy your visit.

Location:  JOY Christian Academy
1604 US287/1810 Decatur, TX
 (the red building on the right at the 287/1810 junction near the dance studio)

For More Information: Contact Mitzi at 940-399-9057
http://www.rta.embarqspace.com/

    

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92.  SALT EDUCATIONAL CO-OP CLASSES -- DeSOTO, TX

"I can't take it anymore! You're going to public school tomorrow!" If these words have ever escaped your mouth, SALT Educational Co-op would like to offer a helping hand.  We are a homeschool co-op that meets Mondays and Wednesdays at Faith Bible Church in DeSoto, Texas.  We offer a variety of academic and enrichment classes for grades PreK through 12th. 

For More Information: click here to email group



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93.  HOMESCHOOLERS OFFERING MOMS ENCOURAGEMENT (HOME)

Valley Creek Church in Flower Mound has a support group for Homeschool moms:
HOME (Homeschoolers Offering Moms Encouragement).
We hold monthly meetings, and we invite you to attend and be encouraged!

Meetings:  3rd Tuesday of every month.
Time:  7-9pm
Contact:  Amie at 940-455-2779


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94.  OFFICIAL 2008 -2009 COLLEGE BOARD TEST DATES

2009 PSAT/NMSQT TEST DATES:
OCTOBER 14 or OCTOBER 17
(each school offers only one test date)
To Find out When Your Local High School is Offering the PSAT Test:  Click Here

PSAT TESTING FEE:  $13 (some schools charge an additional fee to cover administrative costs)
Homeschoolers who take the test at their local public school should not be charged more than the school charges its own students.  The College Board makes fee waivers available to schools for students in eleventh grade from low-income families who can't afford the test fee. See the school counselor for more information about fee waivers.

2009-2010 SAT DATES:
OCTOBER 10 (registration deadline September 9)
NOVEMBER 7 (registration deadline October 1)
DECEMBER 5 (registration deadline October 30)
JANUARY 23 (registration deadline December 15)
MARCH 13 (registration deadline February 4)
MAY 1 (registration deadline March 25)
JUNE 25 (registration deadline April 29)

For SAT Subject Test Calendar:  Click Here


For More Information: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/calenfees.html


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95.  MASTER THE SAT CLASSES WITH JEAN BURK

After hearing Jean Burk speak at the HEART of Texas Regional Homeschool College Night, people from all over Texas organized a “Master the SAT Class” in their city. If you are interested in a class for your student, please contact Jean Burk about organizing a class in your town.

What's Covered in Class:
"Master the SAT Class” is a thorough investigation of the SAT and PSAT including an extensive review of all three test sections: Critical Reading, Math, and Writing.

Testimonial:  A father put his younger son, Buddy, in one of my classes.  Buddy raised his SAT score 600 points and received a $200,000 scholarship from Brown. He is also the first student from SW Christian to go to an IVY League school.

For More Information:  www.collegeprepgenius.com


Discount:  College Prep Genius is offering a 10% discount to HEART of Texas family members.  You must have a valid membership card to qualify for the discount.

To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: www.heartoftex.org/membership/membership.html
                     
 
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96.  BAYLOR & AIR FORCE ROTC (AFROTC) SCHOLARSHIP

Baylor and Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) have teamed up to provide an enormous scholarship opportunity to help students afford a Christian college education while pursuing their dream in a career in aviation, medicine, science, engineering, law, space, business, etc. 

DEADLINE:  DECEMBER 1, 2008 (2009 date not confirmed)

To Apply:  Visit www.afrotc.com and fill out the on-line application.


Highlights:

• We appreciate the homeschooled student and know first-hand the talent and intellect they offer.  Our Cadet Wing Commander last Fall was homeschooled and she was outstanding!
 
• Who do we want to help?  Your students interested in leadership who are about to graduate, applying to a service academy (Baylor would be a great Plan B), excels academically, involved in Eta Sigma Alpha or other honor societies and service organizations, as well as competitors of all kinds.
 
• The application deadline for AFROTC high school scholarships is December 1, 2008. 

• AFROTC’s best scholarship (Type 1) pays full tuition and fees (~$25,000/year at Baylor).
The second best scholarship (Type 2) pays $15,000/year. 
The majority of our cadets are on these two types of scholarships.

 
• Baylor is very generous with their merit scholarships which range from $3,000 - $14,000/year.  Have your student go to www.baylor.edu/admissions/calculator and input their ACT/SAT scores and class ranking into the Scholarship Calculator to see what they could be offered.  You will be amazed.
 
•  If your student receives an AFROTC high school scholarship and brings it to Baylor, they will receive the Baylor AFROTC Incentive Scholarship worth $3,000/year.  They get this just by simply bringing the AFROTC scholarship to Baylor!
 
•  Students on scholarship also receive $900/year for books and a monthly, tax-free stipend of $300-$500.  They can use this stipend however they like (cheeseburgers and coffee??).
 
•  A student with a high school scholarship can try AFROTC their freshman year, and if they decide not to continue, they can simply walk away without having to pay back their scholarship.  No kidding!
 
•  If your student does not receive a high school scholarship, there’s an even greater opportunity to receive an AFROTC scholarship once they are at Baylor.  AFROTC has a $60 million scholarship budget to award scholarships from and as of the end of the Spring 2008 semester, 86% of Baylor cadets were on scholarship.
 
•  Baylor AFROTC is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year (the Air Force is 61 years old) and for the first time in our history, we are opening an AFROTC Living & Learning Center where cadets have the option to live among themselves.  Visit www.baylor.edu/rotc/llc for more information.

•  If you would like to come for a visit, we have a “Bunk with a Bear” program where your students can spend the night with a cadet, attend classes, eat with them, meet other cadets, take the campus tour, talk to academic advisors, and get the feel of Baylor. 

For More Information:  Click here to email Lt. Col Randy Penson or call 254-710-3513.


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97.  VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE for HOME SCHOOLERS IN 21 COUNTIES ---- AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

The American Cancer Society is the largest nonprofit voluntary organization in the world. The Society depends on the competence, creativity and dedication of its 2 million volunteers nationwide to   achieve   its   mission.  Along  with  learning  the value  of volunteering in your community we can offer your home schooled student a way to apply all they are learning in a real world atmosphere.

Counties in the North Texas Region of the American Cancer Society:  Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, Rockwall, Parker, Palo Pinto, Wise, Cooke, Grayson, Fannin, Collin, Hunt, Rains, Kaufman, Ellis, Johnson, Eastland, Comanche, Erath, Hood, Rockwall

For more information:  Contact  Shirley  Dial
                                   817.570.0612
                                   shirley_dial@cancer.org


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98.  BECOME A HOST FAMILY FOR A FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENT THROUGH INTO EdVENTURES HIGH SCHOOL EXCHANGE ORGANIZATION

Learn to Laugh in Another Language!

INTO EdVENTURES High School Exchange Organization offers you the opportunity to host a young high school student from another nation in your own home...let these incredible young people from other countries  show you their culture, up close and personal.  Welcome them as a son or daughter...touch their lives, and change their world, and your's too.  The experience will teach you and your children how another family lives across the world, while they, in turn, learn about you and the American culture...many of them love to cook and share themselves and their family with you.. They become part of your family for a lifetime.

Share your heart, your faith, your family and your home with a high school foreign exchange student. 

IF you have children at home, they can learn so much and make a life long friend.  If you do not have kids at home you will LOVE the new dimensions they will add to your life, and the new life they will give to your home.

There are boys and girls ages 15-18 from South america, Asia and Europe.  They bring their wide-eyed enthusiasm and a desire to learn our culture, and in turn share their's.

They will attend your local high school for the academic year.

IF THIS SPEAKS TO YOUR HEART...you can make a huge difference in a young person's life.  You will touch a nation, and change the world!!

All host families are volunteer
Who can become a Host Family:  
Young families with small children, families with teens, empty nesters, grand parents, even single parents!

Our host families must provide:  Room, Board, Food, and Transportation.  Host families
Must also be financially able take in another child.

The students have:  Full health insurance coverage and their own spending money ($200-$300/month, which takes care of personal things or extra things they want, and school activity expenses).  These will not have to be provided by the host family.

Student information:  Our students are boys and girls ranging in age from 15-18.  They are from South America, Asia, and Europe.  

They arrive the third week of August, hopefully a week or two before school starts.

They will attend the LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL for either the ENTIRE ACADEMIC YEAR...OR ONE SEMESTER (either spring for fall)  

INTO EdVENTURES will share with the prospective host families the student's pictures & letters to the host family from the student and their parents...  

How are families and students matched:  We do our best to match common interests, etc.  And once a match is made, host families can begin communicating with their new "son/daughter"...usually, the student overseas emails as soon as they hear they have been placed with a family...  THEN, MEETING THEM AT THE AIRPORT IN AUGUST… IS AWESOME!!

For more information:  Contact Mikki Hunt 817-545-5058  or email txintoteam@aol.com   


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99.  MEALS ON WHEELS, INC. OF TARRANT COUNTY SEEKS HOMESCHOOL FAMILIES TO DELIVER HOT MEALS AND FRIENDSHIP

Meals on Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County is a community based agency that provides meals to the homebound in Tarrant County. Delivering meals is a great community service as well as a unique learning opportunity, and we welcome students, along with adults, to be involved in the meal delivery.  Our clients depend on volunteers to deliver hot, nutritious meals along with care and compassion.

Several home school families currently volunteer for our program and we would like you to join us. 
Weekly and substitute volunteers are needed now. 
Meals are picked up from local distribution sites and delivered to homes within close proximity. 
Delivery typically takes about hour. 
If you join our volunteer team you will feel great ensuring that several Tarrant County neighbors
have received food and a friendly visit.


From a Homeschool Mom's Perspective - by Trudi L.
Benson (age 10) and I started delivering meals when he was two years old.   It's been a very rewarding experience.  We both have learned so much and met some really nice people along the way.  I incorporate our volunteer activities into our daily lessons.

Math:  We count the number of clients, meals, and milks on a route sheet; use a lot of addition and subtraction.

Reading and Spelling:  Letters and words are everywhere on a route sheet.

Science and Health:  We've learned about diabetes and good nutrition.  We also talk about different disabilities.

Social Studies/Geography: We interact with people from different socioeconomic groups.  as we deliver meals, we discuss surrounding terrain, lakes, rivers, and teh weather.  Map reading skills are also developed.

Community Service:  By providing hot, nutritious meals, we help a lot of people in our community.


For More Information:  Contact Julie Donovan or Natalie Carroll at 817-336-0912


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100.  MEALS ON WHEELS OF JOHNSON & ELLIS COUNTIES SEEKS HOMESCHOOL FAMILIES TO DELIVER HOT MEALS

Volunteers Needed!!!
Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties serves the children of yesterday by helping needy elderly and disabled persons to remain independent and healthy in their own homes by providing home-delivered meals, daily personal contact, and support for individuals and their families. 

Meals-on-Wheels could not operate one day without the help of volunteers.  Dedicated, caring volunteers assist in providing hot, noontime meals.  Not only do our volunteers deliver nutritious meals, they also ensure the safety of our clients.  Daily contact is as important as the meals we serve. 

A meal route takes approximately 45 minutes to deliver with convenient pick-up sites located throughout each county.  By volunteering, you help bring hope, love, and friendship to the elderly and disabled homebound in your community. 

To Volunteer:  817-558-2840 or 972-351-9943.


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101.  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO SERVE MEALS AT THE STEWPOT IN DALLAS

Is your family or support group looking for an opportunity to help the needy?

The Stewpot is a 501c(3) organization that reaches out to the homeless of Dallas by providing meals and other services.

The Stewpot serves 3 meals a day, every single day of the year.

To meet this great need, The Stewpot is seeking volunteers  (individuals or groups of 10-15) to serve a meal once a month.

For more information:  Contact Bobbie Taylor at 214-746-2785 ext. 320
http://www.thestewpot.org/    


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102.  PRIVATE PIANO LESSONS IN YOUR HOME

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR HEART OF TEXAS HOMESCHOOLERS AT SPECIAL DISCOUNTED RATES
 
Have you or your child always wanted to learn to play the piano?  Gail Sandra’s Piano Studio has partnered with Heart of Texas to offer special rates of $20 off monthly tuition to homeschoolers (also to adult family members).
 
This is an excellent opportunity to learn in a warm, nurturing, and yet challenging setting.  Professional, experienced and kind teacher provides lessons that leave students enthusiastically anticipating the next lesson and new pieces of music.
 
Students learn music fundamentals, theory and appreciation while playing progressively more complex and interesting music.  Lessons are fun and emphasize a love of music.   Teacher’s approach increases student’s self-esteem, encourages creativity, and enhances skills including self-discipline, reading and math comprehension, and fine motor coordination.
    • Each lesson is customized to match the ability and learning style of the individual
    • Learning is paced to meet student’s goals and available practice time
    • Students experience the success of producing beautiful music at their rate
    • Children through adults accepted
    • Lessons provided in instructor’s home near 635 (LBJ) and Tollway or will travel to a nearby location for 5 or more students
 
Teacher Credentials:
Education:  Masters in Music Education and Music Therapy
Experience:   Over 20 years piano teaching experience, plus currently working with a Homeschool Co-op in the Dallas area
State of Texas Certified Music Teacher
 
For more information contact:
gailpianoteacher-music@yahoo.com
OR phone 972-392-7922


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103.  WORLD VIEW STUDIES CLASSES IN HALTOM CITY AND WEATHERFORD

WORLD VIEW STUDIES
BIBLICAL HIGH SCHOOL FOR YOUR HOMESCHOOL
 
Classes are starting this fall to teach David Quine's "World Views of the Western World" curriculum.  More information on these classes can be found at:
 
www.worldviewstudies.org
 
These classes will be held at:
 
Living Word Community Church
3001 Bewley St
Haltom City, Texas, 76117-4106
 
and:
 
Providence Reformed Episcopal Church
405 S. Bowie
Weatherford, Texas, 76086
 
Please email Mark Woolsey by
clicking here for more information on how to sign up for these classes, or simply to ask for more information.


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104.  ADVANCED PLACEMENT, PRE-ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH & CLEP CLASSES

Your high schooler can GET COLLEGE CREDIT by placing out of college English courses!

DON'T WASTE TIME with weak, watered-down, secularly-taught, Dual Credit English courses!
Give the gift of a course that will prepare him/her well for college-level thinking, reading, & writing.

SMALL CLASS SIZE! ALL COURSES ARE TAUGHT FROM THE CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW!

Taught by Private School Teacher --- Melody Lambert, B.S., M. Ed.
EXPERIENCED-31 Yrs! (20 Yrs-AP/Pre-AP)

Full-scale Literature & Composition Courses Emphasize & Develop: Critical Thinking, Reading of Classic Literature, Analysis, Discernment, & Writing Skills, which are not only essential for scoring well on the AP, CLEP, SAT, and ACT Exams, but more importantly, are imperative for success in all college courses. Discernment is important for life!

COURSES OFFERED:
Seniors: *Senior Advanced Placement Lit & Comp--with CLEP prep.
Juniors: *Junior Advanced Placement Language & Composition--with CLEP prep.
*These are 2 different courses to prepare for 2 different AP Exams.
{Note: Scoring well on either exam may earn 3-6 college semester hours.
Scoring well on both exams may place your student out of ALL of his/her college English courses!}

9TH- 10THGrade Class: Pre-AP/Novel Studies/Analytical & Creative Writing.

REGISTER NOW FOR 2009-2010 COURSES!
For More Information & To Register:
Contact Melody Lambert, B.S., M. Ed. by visiting her website at www.MelodyLambertAP.com, by email—Llambertmark@aol.com, or at 817-292-9409. 

Please supply this information when you call or email:
Parent Info: Name, phone number(s), email, & home address.
Student Info: Name, age, date of birth, and grade student is entering this fall.
 
HURRY! CLASSES ARE FILLING QUICKLY!!!

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105. SPEECH AND DEBATE CAMPS IN WATAUGA & COPPELL - SUMMER 2009

Coppell Camps:
Veteran debate coach and author Suzanne Nasser is teaming up with her daughter Samantha Nasser (National NCFCA competitor and collegiate champion) to bring Speech/Debate camps to the DFW area this summer!  If you have been considering getting your kids involved in speech/debate to sharpen their analytical and rhetorical skills or increase their confidence and poise, be sure to signup before the camps fill up!   Experienced students, be sure to check out our new 3-day resolution-based Advanced Debate camps to jumpstart the new season!
Location:  
First Baptist Church Coppell
590 S. Denton Tap Rd, Coppell 75019
Just north of DFW Airport
Camps Offered in Coppell:
Intro to Speech
Advanced Speech: Interps
Intro to Team Policy Debate
Intro to Lincoln Douglas Debate
Advanced Lincoln Douglas Debate
Advanced Team Policy Debate
Extemporaneous Camp
Mock Trial
For More Information about Coppell Camps:  Click Here

Watauga Camps:
Rosie Watson, along with nationally ranked speech and debate college competitors Alan Carrillo and Adam Hardy, will take your students through a life changing journey into the Art of Rhetoric.
Location:
 Center for Home Education in Watauga
Camps Offered in Watauga:
Intro to Speech
Intro to Debate
Lincoln Douglas Debate
Advanced Team Policy Debate
For More Information about Watauga Camps:  
Click Here


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106. YOUTH BASKETBALL OF AMERICA DIVISION 3 BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN FLORIDA

JULY 26-AUGUST 1

Youth Basketball of America is celebrating its 20th year of providing basketball tournaments for boys and girls in the United States and 20 different countries.

We have recently added a Division 3 for Club, Recreation and Home School teams.  We would like to extend an invitation to your Organization to participate in the YBOA National Basketball Championships to be held in Central Florida this summer.

The Division 3 National Basketball Championships are scheduled for July 26 – August 1, 2009.  The boy’s age divisions are 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U and 15U.

This is a great opportunity for your organization to enjoy championship basketball while also enjoying a family vacation at the same time.  For your review, we have attached an information sheet on this event which includes YBOA discounted attraction ticket prices that are available during our event.

We are very fortunate to be able to also offer great savings on housing accommodations.  We have a large variety of 3 to 7 bedroom homes located in Polk County, Florida.  These homes are fully equipped and have their own private swimming pools.  We have attached and additional flyer with further details on the housing discounts.

YBOA is excited about the opportunity to have your Organization participate.  We hope your team will be inspired to come together and work towards taking home a National Championship title. 

For More Information:  Click here to email Natalie Shelton 
                                   Click here to email Donald Ruedlinger 


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107. THSC STATE CONVENTION AND FAMILY HOME SCHOOL CONFERENCE

AUGUST 6-8

Location:  
The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center
                1601 Lake Robbins Drive
                The Woodlands
, TX  77380

Registration Fee for Card-Carrying THSC Members:
Adults:  Free
Spouse (or grandparent): Free
Additional Adult (additional grandparent or adult child): $25

Registration for Non-THSC Members:
Adults: $25
Spouse (or grandparent): Free
Additional Adult: $25

Children and Teens
Infants and Toddlers – ages 0-3 – FREE
Children’s Program – ages 4-12 – $30
*Child and Teen Exhibit Hall Pass – $15

Medical Waivers
A medical waiver is required for each child/teen registration.
Child Medical Waiver
Teen Medical Waiver

NEW FOR 2009!
Convention Appetizer ~ Thursday, August 6
Come Thursday evening for a FREE taste of the workshops and shopping to be enjoyed all weekend! Have friends interested in homeschooling? Bring them along for the Beginner's Track! Start your vacation weekend with an Appetizer like no other!
Convention Appetizer Schedule (Thursday, August 6 only):
On-site Registration – 5-9 p.m.
Exhibit Hall – 5-7 p.m.
Evening Workshops – 7-9 p.m.

Experienced vendors from all over the nation will be on hand to offer the very latest in educational material for home schoolers. There will be full-scale curricula, books and materials for specific subjects, traditional textbooks, unit study materials, life skills (needlework, carpentry skills, homemaking skills, mechanical skills, etc.), fun extras (educational games, videos, art supplies, science kits, music programs), and more.

Keynote Speakers: Sally Clarkson
Voddie Baucham
John Erickson (author of Hank the Cowdog children’s book series)
Featured Speakers:  
Tom Clark
Tim and Lyndsay Lambert
David Hazell
Mary James
Doug and Patsy Arnold
Phillip Telfer
Jim and Karen Stobaugh

Children’s Program (ages 4-12)
Grab your magnifying glass and look around—the clues are everywhere! Join Children’s Ministries of Texas and lots of children your age for two days packed with sleuthing adventures as Truth Seekers! Learn valuable lessons, meet new friends, and enjoy hilarious skits and memorable songs while uncovering truths from God’s Word that will help you detect life’s counterfeits.

Teen Staff Program
Registration for the TSP is full. Teens registering with their parents can register for an Exhibit Hall pass ($15) and may shop with their parents (and attend Adult Workshops only if space is available) OR may register as adults ($25) to insure attendance at Adult Workshops.

Special Buddies Program
THSC, together with Texas’ Special Kids, will again provide a limited program for Pre-Registered* children with special needs up to age 18. The program will offer Bible-based curriculum with music, crafts, and videos; low staff-to-student ratios; and self-contained, modified mainstream, and reverse-inclusion models. There are a limited number of spaces available for medically fragile children, with nurses on staff.
*Limited space is still available in the Special Buddies Program (SBP)! The SBP will not be available for on-site Registration. Registrations will continue to be accepted while space lasts or through July 30!
**The Special Buddies Program (SBP) is available on a case-by-case basis. Parents must complete and remit the SBP Registration Form and include payment for the SBP registration fee.

Special Fellowships -- Saturday from 3pm-4pm
Do you ever feel like you are the only one facing unique circumstances? There will be special fellowships for minority families, support group leaders, families with single parents, families with special needs children, and families with only children. Come be encouraged, build relationships, and share ideas with others facing similar situations.

Encouragement by Chocolate – A Moms Night Out
Moms who pre-registered for Encouragement by Chocolate, will enjoy a delicious time of chocolate, coffee, and sweet fellowship Friday night! Mary James, co-founder of Smoothing the Way, will host this rich fellowship packed with chatting, snacking, and relaxing with the girls! Additional details and information will be e-mailed to participants in the pre-conference packet.

Thursday Field Trip
Please Note: THSC has learned that the launch scheduled for August 6 has been rescheduled for a later date. However, attendees will be able to view footage of previous shuttle launches.
Pre-registered attendees will experience behind-the-scenes sites at Johnson Space Center and see where astronauts train for missions! An astronaut or other special guest from NASA will come and speak with us to give cool information about a day in the life of a NASA employee.

Tentative Field Trip Schedule:
Field trip begins - 10 a.m.
Tram rides (90 minutes)
Guest Speaker from NASA (60 minutes)
Self-guided Tour of Space Center Houston (approximately 1-3 hours)

Houston Area Amenities
Make the most of your weekend by taking advantage of what the Houston area has to offer. We have compiled a list of area amenities where visitors and residents alike will find fun and interesting places to see and things to do! Be sure to check each website for operating hours and other details.
For List of Area Attractions: click here


For Registration and Many Other Details Available:
www.thsc.org/convention/General_information.asp


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108.   MGA ACADEMY ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS FOR FALL 2009 CLASSES

Join the MGA Homeschool Learning Community!  

Morning Glory Academy, a part-time Christian school for home-centered students, is enrolling this summer for classes that will begin Sept. 14.  We meet three mornings a week for worthwhile, engaging group learning experiences. 

Your child’s learning SHOULD be home-centered –  it allows you, the parent, to place your family, your schedule and your priorities first.  But we offer your children the opportunity to learn with other homeschooled children in a very part-time environment.   Your child grows in new and fun ways, and a friendship community grows.

Morning Glory Academy is conveniently located at 7650 Precinct Line Rd. in Hurst, Texas.

For more information, visit our website:  www.theMGA.org, or call us at 817-905-3861.
 


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109. PRE-REGISTER BY AUGUST 31 & SAVE ON THSC LEADERSHIP TRAINING CONFERENCE REGISTRATION!

Early Registration Ends August 31

Pre-registration is now open for the 2009 THSC Leadership Training Conference, which will be held at the Lakewood Conference Center in Waxahachie, TX, October 23-25.  If you have never attended a THSC Leadership Training Conference, you are in for a treat!

THSC is excited to once again welcome motivational speaker, Norm Wakefield from the Spirit of Elijah Ministries, as our guest speaker.

The Leadership Training Conference is designed to encourage veteran leaders and help renew their vision, while training and inspiring new leaders, so whether your leaders are new or long-time veterans, get your leadership team off to a great start at the THSC Leadership Training Conference.

Pre-register by August 31 and save!
Save $10 on the teen program, on-site hotel and cabin lodging and $5 on commuter registration! 

Save even more when you attend with other leaders from your group!
Come as a board and get inspired and motivated together!  Save up to $75 each, when four or more leaders from your group attend! No need to pay as a group, simply list the other members of your group who are attending on the registration form.

New or veteran leader, the Leadership Training Conference is for them!
Send them as a board, with their spouses, by themselves, or with friends in leadership.
They’ll leave blessed, refreshed, and ready to lead!

Rally around your leaders and encourage them to attend the Leadership Training Conference.  Offer to watch their younger children, feed their pets, and water their plants.  Take a collection to pay for the cost!  Show them you value them by sending them to the THSC Leadership Training Conference.

We guarantee they will love it, and you will love the results!

For Registration and other Details:  Click Here


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110.  CHECK-IN RECEPTIONIST, CHECK-OUT RECEPTIONIST & TECHNICIAN

A DeSoto area Ophthalmologist's office has the following openings for students looking for a job experience.  Positions will be unpaid initially, but could lead to a permanent part or full time employment annd certification as an opthalmic technician.  Students will go through a hiring interview and positive attitude will be a big factor in the selection process.  Hours are flexible, but dependability is essential.

Parents are welcome to visit the office and meet the doctor to be comfortable and feel safe with the environment.

Check-in Receptionist:
Answer the phone
Input patient data into computer system and paper files
Prepare paperwork for patient arrivals
Call patients the day before their next visit to remind them of that appointment.
Keep paper and electronic schedules updated
Cover check-out's position during their lunch break
Other duties as required
 
Check-out Receptionist:
Answer the phone
Fax exam reports
Collect and record payments
Cover check-in's position during their lunch break
Assist check-in as needed
Other duties as required
 
Technician:
Taking patients through a general exam
Recording info in chart
Basic care of equipment
Keep exam room supplies stocked
Call to check on post-operation patients
Other duties as required


For More Information:  Bill Purcell at 214-549-8676



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111.  GREAT OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS . . . AT PUMP IT UP

Pump It Up of Grapevine is seeking "cast members"  to work with kids in a fun, safe, clean environment.

We have very flexible schedules and have many home school students in our current cast.
If you know of outgoing, fun, warm-hearted young people who seek a great place to learn and earn .... tell them to stop by for a Cast Member Application.
 
Contact:     
General Manager
850 Mustang Drive
Grapevine, TX

817-329-1332

Website:     
http://www.pumpitupparty.com/StoreHome.aspx?StoreID=63&PageName-StoreHome.aspx
 
 
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If you enjoy this newsletter, please consider becoming a member supporter!  For $25 a year, your family can receive all of the benefits of membership, including $15 off THSC annual membership, discounts at various area homeschool stores, Velocity in Southlake and Highland Park, and other organizations that have partnered with us.  

Support groups can also partner with us for just $25/year, which includes a FREE HEART of Texas family membership for the primary leader of the group. Board Members of Partnering Support Groups will also receive a discounted rate to our annual Leadership Conference.  

To learn more about becoming a member supporter:  www.heartoftex.org/membership/membership.html 
To view our growing list of partners:  www.heartoftex.org/partners/partners.html

This newsletter is free to any and all homeschool families and support group leaders who wish to receive it!

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