HEART of Texas

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

FEBRUARY 2009 ISSUE
Home School News and Events
 
Dear Home School Families and Friends,

We are excited to share with you some 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 would like for us to help you spread the news about an event or activity that your group is doing, or 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.

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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JANUARY 27  MARCH 31
RESCHEDULED!!!
HEART OF TEXAS REGIONAL
HOME SCHOOL COLLEGE NIGHT

Location:   Grapevine Convention Center
                1209 S. Main Street
                Grapevine, TX  76051

List of Attending Colleges:
http://www.heartoftex.org/college/attendees/attendees.html   

At the Door:
Pre-registrations postmarked on or before March 25, 2009
$15 per family – for pre-registrations postmarked on or before January 16, 2008
$10 per family – HEART of Texas Members with a valid Family I.D. card (must show at the door)

$10 per person (ages 5 and up)
($25 family maximum if more than 2 family members attend)

Admission: 
$15/family (pre-registrations postmarked on or before March 25)
$10/family (HEART of Texas Members with valid family I.D. card)

At the Door:  
$10 per person at the door (ages 5 & up)
($25/family maximum if more than 2 family members attend)

We can only accept checks or cash, please.

Save Time - Register Via Our Online Form
Online form located at http://www.heartoftex.org/college/familyreg/familyreg.php

Speaking Sessions Offered:   
David Orsag, Associate Director of Financial Aid at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will talk about
various ways to fund college, and will discuss several options and tips for families who don't have lots of funds to send their kids to college.

Sarah Bowdin, Director of Admissions at the University of Texas at Tyler will share her tips for how to make your application and transcript stand out to an admissions officer.

The military academies will offer a session where they will have representatives from each academy give a brief presentation and answer questions.

Jean Burk of College Prep Genius will talk about strategies to get free college!

Shawn Cohen of CollegePlus will offer practical tips for saving money, such as CLEP tests and other strategies.


For More Information and College Night Schedule:  
www.heartoftex.org/college/college.html

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FEBRUARY 1
REGISTRATION OPENS FOR
SIGNING CHOIR CLASSES AT CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION
(FORMERLY CREATIVE ARTS IN ACTION)

Grades: Pre K4-2nd & 3rd and up
Special needs students are welcome but should meet with Lara to determine the best class fit.

Class Time:
1 hour
To Register:  Call 817-281-2293

Location:   Center for Home Education (formerly Creative Arts in Action)
                5733 Watauga Road
                Watauga TX 76148
                www.centerforhomeeducation.com

Details:  Students will learn basis basic sign language while exploring many styles of music (including patriotic, folk, pop and Christian).   They will strengthen their sense of rhythm and language while practicing and learning good vocal and performance skills. The class will perform at the spring recital and will peruse other opportunities to perform around the community.

Teacher Bio:
Lara Bledsoe has a B.M. in Music Therapy and has used her expertise and gifts to impact children and adults in public schools, nursing homes and hospitals for over 7 years. After becoming a wife, and mother of two wonderful children, now 10 and 7, Lara moved her focus to raising her family yet still finds time to teach flute, piano, guitar lessons and Kindermusik to babies through 5 year olds. Over the last 5 years Lara has used music with the babies and nursery teachers at Gateway Church in Southlake. Lara is very excited to extend her passion for music, teaching and sign language to your precious children.

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FEBRUARY 2
REGISTRATION OPENS FOR
CHRISTIAN HOME SCHOOL PROM

April 3, 2009

Time:  7 p.m.
Location:  Sheraton Hotel (formerly The Adams Mark)
               Lone Star Ballroom
                  
Dallas, TX

Theme:  
The Magical Time Machine

Admission: 
$85 (first 250 tickets)
                 $90 (second set of 250 tickets)
                 $95 (the last 275 tickets)

Online Registration:  
http://www.christianhomeschoolprom.org/


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FEBRUARY 3, 4, 10, 11
DALLAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS:
CLOWNING AROUND WITH THE SYMPHONY

The Dallas Symphony's Youth Concerts bring students in grades PreK-6 to the Meyerson Symphony Center for fun, educational programs.

Time:  10:00 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.
Who:  Recommended for grades 3-6
Admission:  
$6 per person ($8 DISD)
Advanced Registration and Payment Required.
Online Registration:  
dsokids.com/2004/concertreservations.asp

Free curriculum materials are provided in printed form to teachers and will also be available online at www.DSOKids.com.

Details:  A clown escapes from the circus and wants to join the symphony! As he is introduced to all the most important terms in a musician’s vocabulary, he successfully applies them to things he knows from the circus. Words such as allegro, crescendo, forte, and accelerando all vividly come to life in this entertaining and educational program. Repertoire will include music by Rossini, Ravel, Satie, Grieg, Saint-Saëns, Britten and Bizet.

* Students will have the opportunity to identify musical vocabulary.
* Students will have the opportunity to experience how musician's use music vocabulary in a symphony performance.
* Students will have the opportunity to experience how composers highlight and feature words such as allegro, crescendo, and forte in their music.

For More Information:  Call Kristin Carpenter at 214-871-4006

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FEBRUARY 6
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR SPRING SEMESTER
CHAT ENRICHMENT DAYS PROGRAM

Time:  7p.m. - 8p.m.

Location:  
Cedar Hill, TX (SW Dallas, Duncanville, DeSoto area)
Cost: $3/child (including Nursery) for semester, plus supply fees for individual classes

Spring Semester Classes begin February 20

Details:  Enrichment Days is a fun, exciting, and educational learning group that meets six times each semester at a local church.  Classes meet every other Friday over a period of twelve weeks.

To Read More:  Click Here
 


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FEBRUARY 6
APPLICATION DEADLINE
TEXAS HOME SCHOOL COALITION SCHOLARSHIP
FOR PATRICK HENRY COLLEGE

In keeping with its mission to serve the home schoolers of Texas, Texas Home School Coalition has established a scholarship fund for Texas home school graduates who attend Patrick Henry College (PHC) their freshman year. The amount of the scholarship depends largely on the amount of money THSC has in the fund and how many students are awarded THSC PHC scholarships in a given year. In the past, scholarships have ranged from $1000-$3000.

The recipients of these scholarships will be notified early in March and recognized at the THSC Annual Awards Banquet, to be held in Austin in the spring. The deadline for submission of an application is Friday, February 6, 2009 (postmark date).

For Rules and Application:  www.thsc.org/news_and_resources/PHScholarship.asp

To Download the Application:  Click Here

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FEBRUARY 7
FRANK TUREK SPEAKING
CROSS EXAMINED SEMINAR

Time:  9am - 4pm
Location:  Grace EFC
                2500 Estates Parkway
                Allen, Tx  75002
Cost:  $20/person (includes lunch)
Topic:  I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be An Atheist
To Register:  Click Here
For More Information:  Click Here

Bio: Frank Turek is the founder and president of CrossExamined.org and its primary presenter. Frank is a dynamic speaker and award-winning author or coauthor of: I Don't have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, Correct, Not Politically Correct and Legislating Morality. He hosts an hour-long TV program each week called I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist that is broadcast every Monday night at 8 p.m. and midnight eastern on the NRB network, DirecTV Channel 378.  He writes a column for Townhall.com and has appeared on many TV and radio programs including: The O'Reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes, Faith under Fire, Politically Incorrect, The Bible Answerman, and Focus on the Family.  A former Aviator in the U.S. Navy, Frank has a Masters from George Washington University and a Doctorate in Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary.

Other Apologetics Speakers:
February 16 at 7:30 pm:
 Dr. Tim Keller
Location:  
Park Cities Presbyterian Church
For More Information: Click Here

February 17 at 7pm:
Dr. Os Guiness
Location:  The Covenant School - Covenant Hall
                7300 Valley View Lane, Dallas, 75240
For More Information:  Click Here

February 18 at 7p.m.: Dr. Os Guiness
Location:  SMU (Ballroom, Hughes-Trigg Student Center)
                3140 Dyer Street, Dallas 75205
For More Information:  Click Here

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FEBRUARY 7
JAG DAY AT
JACKSONVILLE COLLEGE

Time:  
9:30 a.m.
Cost:  Free
Location: Jacksonville College
                105 B.J. Albritton
                Jacksonville, TX  75766
For More Information:  800-256-8522

Come and see what Jacksonville College has to offer!
Jag Day includes campus tour, free concert, 2 tickets to basketball game, financial aid workshop

What Makes us "The College That's Different"?
Our Christian Environment - Jacksonville College is proud of our Christian heritage.  Our faculty and staff help promote a deepening of our students' faith rather than create an environment hostile to the students' beliefs that you will get at most state schools.
 
Our Cost - Private colleges usually make you think of high expense.  Not at Jacksonville College.  Compare other schools' total cost for tuition, fees, books and room and board to Jacksonville's ~$5000 per semester (at current rates) and you will be pleasantly surprised.  And add to that the fact that 95% of our students receive financial aid and scholarships to reduce that cost even more.
 
Our Class Size - Our classes make the move from home schooling to college and easy transition.  With the larger universities having core classes with 200-400 students in each, Jacksonville College's classes of 15-25 students give the students a better learning environment and better chance to succeed.

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FEBRUARY 7
ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION
FAMILY SCIENCE EVENT AT UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS

Time:  
10am - 3pm

Location: University of North Texas
                Elm Fork Education Center
                Environmental Science Building
                1704 W. Mulberry St.
                Denton, TX 76201

Cost:  $8/child; Adults free
           $1 off each ticket with a canned food donation
            Cost includes sky theater show, exhibits, activities, soda, & popcorn
     
Girl Scout Badges:   Creative Solutions, Math Whiz, Try Its, Senses        

For More Information:  
Click Here

Details:  This is a Hands-on Science event for the whole family!  Participants will explore crime scene investigation techniques.  They will go through the basics of crime scene training and will earn a badge. Once they earn their badge, participants will use new skills to solve an environmental crime! Local police & EPA rescue workers will help the children along the way.

We will offer a special area for our youngest explorers ages 3-6. It will include Child ID kits,  hands on activities, and their own mini crime to solve!!!

March Family Science Activity:
March 7 -- Space Frontier

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FEBRUARY 7 & 8
FREE CONCERTS
US AIR FORCE ACADEMY BAND - STELLAR BRASS

February 7
Time:
3p.m.
Location:  Southern Methodist University - Carruth Hall
Free Admission

February 8
Time:
1p.m.
Location:  Modern Art Musuem of Ft. Worth Auditorium
Free Admission

For More Information:  www.usafacademyband.af.mil

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FEBRUARY 7-8
PRIMITIVE SURVIVAL SKILLS CLASS 2
AT CAMP TONKAWA

Cost:  $45 (ages 17 and under) $45 / Adults $60 Call us about family and group rates
Time:  Begins Sat Morning at 9:30 and ending Sunday Afternoon at 2:30 pm.
To RSVP:  
903-429-6483
To View other Camp Offerings:  Click Here

Class Description:
This class can be taken before or after the Primitive Survival Class 1. The survival sacred order is: Shelter, Water, Fire, Food. This "Class 2" covers the food aspect while "Class 1" covers the shelter, water and fire.

Nature's Supermarket is always open with a buffet of choices. Learning to gather and prepare wild edibles throughout the seasons is an exciting adventure, that includes both plant materials and animals. Then knowing how to prepare them into palatable meals is the next important step. The class cover the three aspects of Wild Edible Plants, Wild Meats, and Primitive Cooking.

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FEBRUARY 9
COLORS BY NATURE (EXPLORING NATURAL DYES)
HOME SCHOOL CLASS & TOUR
FOSSIL RIM

Time:  10:00-2:30ish.
     Break for Lunch:  12:00-1:00
    Guided Tour of Fossil Rim:  1:00-2:30ish 
Details:  Cochineal is a scale insect found on prickly pear cactus that is used to produce a natural dye. It was used historically as a clothing dye, and is still used as a food dye today. We will talk about cochineal and other natural dyes, and use cochineal to dye bandanas in our morning class. After a picnic lunch at the Overlook, we will take a guided tour of Fossil Rim.
To Register:  homeschool@fossilrim.org  or call 254-898-4216

Other February Events at Fossil Rim
FEBRUARY 23 -- Homeschool Robin Hood Day Camp
Time:  9a.m. - 4:30
Details:   Based on Howard Pyle's classic, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, this program combines elements of several shorter programs. Topics include European Red Deer, Horns vs. Antlers, archery, poaching, How to Catch a Rhino or Other Wild Creature, camouflage, and a tour of Fossil Rim.
To Register:  Call 254-898-4216

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FEBRUARY 11 & 25
NIP & TUCK'S BARNYARD BUDDIES
STORYTIME FOR PRESCHOOLERS
DALLAS HERITAGE VILLAGE

Time:  11a.m.
Cost:  $5/participating child
Theme:  "Be Mine, Old-Fashioned Valentine"
Book:  
Miss Meg will read Tomie's Little Book of Love by Tomie dePaola.
Details:  Dallas Heritage Village’s Mammoth Jack Donkeys, Nip and Tuck, welcome parents and preschoolers every 2nd and 4th Wednesday this spring to the Renner School for a story or two and to make a craft relating to the month’s theme.
To Make Reservations:  214-413-3674 or click here to send an email
For More Information: Click Here

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FEBRUARY 12
AUDITIONS FOR CREATIVE ARTS IN ACTION
3RD ANNUAL TALENT SHOW

Time:  7 p.m.
Location:  Creative Arts in Action
                5733 Watauga Road
                Watauga, TX  76148
Cost:  $10 per act

Open to all ages!

To Make An Audition Appointment:  Click Here to email or call 817-571-9839   

Details: All auditioners must have a prepared performance piece and although we do have a sound system and small keyboard, performers must provide their own soundtracks and/or any additional or special equipment. Set up time and clear out time must be included in the act as timing will be important.

FEBRUARY 19 -- Rehearsal
Time:  
7-10 p.m.

FEBRUARY 20 -- Performance
TIME:
7:30 p.m.
(possible performance February 21 at 2:30 p.m.)

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FEBRUARY 13
DADDY DAUGHTER DINNER & DANCE

Time:  7p.m.
Location:  Woodland Heights Baptist Church in Baptist
(pretty red brick chapel on Central near Cheeksparger)

Contact: Jackie Parnell at 817-490-9990
Space is limited. Please mark your calendars and book your reservations.

Volunteers Needed for the Following:
•Sponsoring a table by decorating and setting 8 beautiful places for our guests
•Kitchen/cooking help
•Bringing food to be prepared
•Dance hall decorations
•Music and live entertainment

We also need young men 12+ years of age to volunteer by setting up, waiting tables, and cleaning up.

We would like to call on our noble grandfathers this year to assist fathers of many daughters, that none would be left waiting to dance, and to foster a gracious generational imparting.

We have been offered many wonderful ideas to make this year's event especially momentous for our own Knights in Shining Armor and our Princesses!

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FEBRUARY 13
ENTRY DEADLINE
IGNITING CREATIVE ENERGY CONTEST FOR K-12

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.

To Read More: Click Here

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FEBRUARY 14
THE GARDEN WALK FOR LOVERS...OF ROSES!
TEXAS DISCOVERY GARDENS AT FAIR PARK

Time:  10am - 11am
Location:  Texas Discovery Gardens

Celebrate Valentines' flower with this always-exciting Garden Walk with Dr. Peter Schaar. If the thought of growing roses leaves you feeling grumpy, this is the Garden Walk for you! You'll fall right back in love with roses, pricks and all, as you learn how easy it is to have these gorgeous flowering shrubs in your yard. No registration necessary.
 

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FEBRUARY 14 & 21
SWAN LAKE BALLET PERFORMANCES
AT MAJESTIC THEATER & BASS HALL
SPECIAL HOMESCHOOL PRICING!

We are pleased to announce that Texas Ballet Theater has partnered with HEART of Texas to offer special ticket prices to homeschoolers! Any homeschooler can take advantage of these tickets.  Just mention HEART of Texas when you call.

The performances and dates that are available for the special homeschool price are:  

Swan Lake – February 14 at 2pm at Majestic Theater
Homeschool Pricing:
 $20/ticket (best available seating)
To Reserve Tickets:  Call Cyndee Weeks 877-828-9200, ext 126
You will need to mention "HEART of Texas" when you call to get the special rate.

Swan Lake – February 21 at 2pm at Bass Hall
Homeschool Pricing:  $20/ticket (best available seating)
To Reserve Tickets:  Call Cyndee Weeks 877-828-9200, ext 126
You will need to mention "HEART of Texas" when you call to get the special rate.

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FEBRUARY 15-21
ENGINEER SOME FUN DURING
NATIONAL ENGINEERS WEEK
FORT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY

See how much fun aerodynamics, science, math and technology can be through engaging engineering activities.  Join us along with engineers from Lockheed Martin and IBM at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.

*Please note the extended hours on Tuesday, February 17, from 2-5.  We've invited our Lockheed and IBM engineers to stay all afternoon (after field trip groups have headed back to school) specifically for homeschool educators and their families.

School Field Trips:  Monday - Friday (Feb 16-20):  9:30-11:30a.m. or 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m.  
Group Rates: Groups must be a minimum of 15 students and booked two weeks in advance.
To Book Group Rates:  817-255-9440

Public E-Week Times:
 (Sunday) Feb 15: 2-5pm
                                  (Mon-Fri) Feb 16-20: 9:30 - 2p.m.
                                  *(Tuesday) Feb 17: 9:30 - 5p.m.
                                  (Saturday) Feb 21: 11a.m. - 5p.m.
Cost:  $8/adults;  $7/children 3-12; seniors (60+); members free

Admission includes access to the Museums' Living in Space, Hands On Studio and KIDSPACE exhibit, plus the Cowgirl experience upstairs.  

E-Week Challenges (offered on a rotating basis):
•Build structures with newspaper and tape and test your skills against other guests
•Use spoons, rubber bands, and paint sticks to create a unique cottonball catapult
•Learn about some of nature's natural engineers through specimens from the Museum's colelction
•Test your skills in building the tallest, strongest KEVA structure against Lockheed's engineers
•Create roller coasters for ping pong balls using paper and other simple materials
•Build a flying object and let it rip!
•Use a vertical wind tunnel as a testing ground for flying structures
•Learn about Lockheed's F-35 through a computer flight simulation

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FEBRUARY 17
NO HAND IDLE:  DOMESTIC ARTS IN THE 19TH CENTURY
DALLAS HERITAGE VILLAGE

Time:  Tues-Sat: 10a.m. - 4p.m.;  Sun: Noon - 4p.m.

February 21 --  Special Preview Event -- 10am -4pm

Location:  
Dallas Heritage Village
                1515 Harwood
                Dallas, TX   75215-1273


Dallas pioneer families had many skills like making warm blankets from scraps of material; turning wood into furniture and tools; and coaxing plants to grow from the ground. Even in
the hardest of times, people can be creative, searching for beauty and creating lasting works of domestic art.

The new Learning Lounge introduces visitors to the crafts of the "No Hand Idle" exhibit. Through hands-on, interactive exhibits, visitors of all ages can try their hand at designing
a quilt's color scheme or working with tools. Explore the changing fashions in quilt fabrics, study Victorian flower painting and learn to distinguish familiar and exotic woods.

Be sure to meet at 1:30 p.m. on the porch of Millermore for daily tours of both Millermore and Sullivan House. You’ll see and learn about 25 quilts from Dallas Heritage Village’s own collection.

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FEBRUARY 20-21
WHOLEHEARTED MOTHER CONFERENCE
WITH SALLY CLARKSON

Location:  Dallas Marriott Las Colinas
                223 West Las Colinas Boulevard
                Irving, TX  75039

Conference Theme:  Smiling at the Future with Faith

Details:  A two-day hotel conference and getaway designed especially for Christian mothers, now in its 11th year of ministering to moms. This year, in a time of faith-challenging uncertainty, Sally's heart is to give moms the ability to "smile at the future" like the Proverbs 31 mother. You heart will be strengthened and encouraged for the life of trust and faith to which God has called you in raising wholehearted children at home. The conference also includes inspiring guest speakers, practical workshops, inspirational worship, a seated banquet luncheon, book tables, and more.

To Register: click here.

To Read More About the Conference:  Click Here


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FEBRUARY 23 & 25
AUDITIONS OPEN FOR JANE EYRE
COTTAGE THEATRE AT CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION

Ages:  8-adult
Time:  4:30 - 6:30 pm
Location:  Center for Home Education (Creative Arts in Action)
 
Call Backs:  Feb 27 at 4:30

Rehearsals: Mondays & Wednesdays (March 23-May 6)
                   4:30-6:30pm  

Performances: May 15 - 18           

Call For Audition Appointment: 817-281-2293

Fees:  Costume: $35
          Scripts/Materials: $25
          Production & Class: $295

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FEBRUARY 25
REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR
HOME SCHOOL DAY AT FORT WORTH ZOO

March 5 - Home School Day at the Fort Worth Zoo

All home-schooled children, and their families, are invited to a fun-filled educational day in the wilds of the Fort Worth Zoo on Thursday, March 5. Keeper chats and activity stations tailor-made for home-schoolers will be available throughout the park. Enjoy asking keepers your best animal questions around the Zoo's world-class exhibits, and consider purchasing additional tickets to the Zoo's Wild Wonders Live Animal Program and/or lunch!

To Register: Click Here
Registration Deadline: February 25 to take advantage of lunches and programs.
If you register on-site on the day of the event, only discount admission tickets will be available.

Admission:
Children 2 and under:  FREE
Pre-K through 5th grade:  $3.75/person
6th grade through College:  $5.25/person
Adults: $5.50/person

Ticket Pick Up:
Tickets available for early pick up Feb 27 - March 1, 10am - 4pm, at Guest Relations at the front entrance of the zoo.
Pre-registered tickets not picked up during early pick up will be available at Will Call, starting at 9:30 March 5

Parking: $5 per vehicle (paid when entering park)

Lunches: $4 each
Includes hot dog, chips, and lemonade
Lunches must be pre-ordered

Wild Wonders Live Animal Programs: $2.00 per person
Must be pre-registered by Feb. 25.  Select your time when you register online.
Children under 2 do not need a ticket for this program.

Wallaby Pocket: $6.00 each
Must be pre-ordered by Feb. 25.  
Each pocket contains a Zoo exhibit activity for all age groups, two pairs of mini-binoculars, golf pencils and one nylon backpack for five students.

Location:
Fort Worth Zoo
1989 Colonial Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76110

No refunds, rain checks, reimbursements, or exchanges, no exceptions.
Event is held rain or shine.

For More Information:  817-759-7200


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FEBRUARY
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR
HOME SCHOOL PE CLASSES AVAILABLE AT VELOCITY SPORTS
(Discount for HEART of Texas members)


We are very excited to announce that the Velocity Sports Performance locations in Highland Park and Southlake have partnered with HEART of Texas to offer special discounts to homeschoolers!

The PE programs at Velocity Sports are taught by trained, degreed coaches who have coached college, professional, and Olympic level athletes.

Classes are one hour long, and focus on speed enhancement, strength, power, agility, core development, flexibility, and balance.  Participants can expect increased muscle tone, a higher vertical jump, better running form, reduced likelihood of injury, increased confidence and increased endurance.

Their 16,300 square foot indoor facility is climate-controlled and features turf, track, hard court, and weight areas, as well as a viewing area for parents/guests.  

For the Highland Park Location:
Call Mark Cox at 214-739-1122
www.velocitysp.com/highlandpark

For the Southlake Location:
Call Emily Hubbard at 817-416-0606
www.velocitysp.com/southlake


Please Note:  Each Velocity Sports location is independently owned and operated, and offer different pricing and discount rates for their classes.  Please contact the location directly for more information.

Discount:  HEART of Texas Members receive a discount on classes!
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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~~What's Inside This Issue ~~
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FEATURED ARTICLES

Who Needs Truancy Laws? We Have Daytime Curfews!– by Tim Lambert 

Texas Leads the Way in Growth of Home Schooling – Press Release

The Day the Chicken Brought the Truant Officer to the Door – by Christine Westfall, Athens-Chandler Home School Association

Texas Ballet Theater Offering Homeschoolers Discount Tickets on Their Best Seats!

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 2008 Preview:  Just Plane Crazy! -- Texas Best
5.   Texas State Fish-Art Contests -- Entries Due March 31, 2009
6.   National Engineers Week -- Future City Competition
7.   USA Mathematical Talent Search -- Contest Over
8.   Igniting Creative Energy Challenge for K-12 -- Entries Due February 13, 2009
9.   Robofest 2009 -- Registration Open
    
CIVICS/GOOD CITIZENSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
10.   City of Fort Worth Youth Advisory Board -- Fort Worth
11.   City of North Richland Hills Teen Court -- North Richland Hills
12.  Texas Home School Coalition Good Citizenship Award Program -- State-wide

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

HOME SCHOOL ENRICHMENT CLASSES
15.  THEO Home School Classes -- Plano
16.  Christian Cottage Prep -- Fort Worth
17.  Christian Educators Resource Center -- Rowlett
18.  Christian Homeschool Alliance of Texas -- Cedar Hill/SW Dallas area
19.   Cooke County Cotillion for Home Schooled Teens -- Gainesville
20.  Creative Arts in Action -- Watauga
21.  Eastfield College -- Mesquite
22.  Enrichment Classes, Inc. -- Lewisville
23.  Faith Christian Academy -- McKinney
24.  Fabulous Fridays -- Little Elm
25.  Home Educators Resource -- Lewisville
26.  Homeschoolers East Co-Op Classes -- East Dallas
27.  Homeschool Heritage Domus Schola -- Keller
28.  Legacy Home School Enrichment Program at First Baptist Euless -- Euless
29.  Homeschool Theater Classes at PFAmily Arts --- Plano
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
          Wichita Falls - February 7
          Hurst - February 20
          Carrollton - February 26-March 1
34.  Christian Educators Resource Center -- Rowlett
35.  Creative Arts in Action -- Watauga
36.  Home Educators Resource -- Lewisville
  
NATURE CENTERS & OUTDOOR PROGRAMS/CAMPS
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
        Miss Nelson is Missing -- February 20 - March 8

48.  Performances at CATS -- Arlington
       Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court -- January 30 - February 8

49.  Cottage Theater – Creative Arts in Action -- Watauga
        The Sound of Music – February 27 - March 2 (2009)
50.  Theater Performances at Artisan Center Theater -- Hurst
        Irving Berlin's I Love a Piano - January 2 - 31
        Artie's Children's Playhouse: The Emperor and the Nightingale - Jan 3- 31

51.  Performances at Bass Performance Hall -- Fort Worth
        CATS -- February 3-8
52.  Dallas Children’s Theater -- Dallas
        Click, Clack, Moo Cows that Type -- January 23 - February 22
 
53.  Plano Children’s Theater -- Plano
        Peter Pan -- February 6-24

54.  Texas Ballet Theater Performances -- Special Homeschool Pricing -- Dallas/Ft. Worth
        Swan Lake - February 14 (Majestic Theater)
        Swan Lake - February 21 (Bass Hall)
        Cleopatra - March 28 (Bass Hall)
55.  Home School Discount Tickets to Dallas Theater Performances

        Bob the Builder - February 21 & 22 (Majestic Theater)

ART MUSEUMS
56.  Amon Carter Museum Exhibits – Fort Worth
57.  Dallas Museum of Art Exhibits -- Dallas
        
Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs
58.  Kimball Art Museum Exhibit -- Fort Worth     
      
Paintings from an Altarpieceby Fra Angelica -- Through February 15
59.  Museum of Nature & Science -- Dallas
          
Raise the Roof: An Exhibit About Buildings (now open)
          
Your Incredible Body

60.  Museum of Science & History -- Fort Worth
        Living in Space is Out of This World --- Through May 10
61.  Nasher Sculpture Center -- Dallas
        George Segal: Street Scenes -- Through April 5

IMAX/OMNI THEATERS
62.  Shows at the Dallas Imax Theatre -- Museum of Science and Nature
        Wired to Win
        Journey into Amazing Caves
63.  Shows at the Fort Worth Omni Theater -- Ft. Worth Museum of Science & History
            The Dark Knight: The IMAX Experience (Rated PG-13) -- Jan 23-March 5
        Dinosaurs Alive
        Mummies:  Secrets of the Pharoah
        Deep Sea

HISTORICAL PROGRAMS
64.  Programs at Log Cabin Village -- Fort Worth
65.  Dallas Heritage Village -- Dallas

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

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

SUPPORT GROUP ANNOUNCEMENTS
81.  Smoothing the Way Meetings in North Texas
82.  Arlington Association Home Educators (AAHE) -- Arlington
83.  Denton County Christian Home School Association -- Denton
84.  How Now Homeschooling -- Plano/Frisco/Allen/McKinney area
85.  Keller 4H Club Meetings -- Keller
86.  Lewisville Area Speech and Debate Club -- Lewisville
87.  North Irving Christian Home Educators -- Irving
88.  Park Day Drama Club -- Plano
89.  Ready to Answer Speech and Debate -- Decatur
90.  SALT Co-Op -- DeSoto
91.  Homeschoolers Offering Moms Encouragement (HOME) -- Flower Mound

COLLEGE PREP
92.  SAT Test Dates
93.  SAT Prep Classes with Jean Burk -- Across North Texas   

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

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
95.  Volunteer Opportunities Available for Home School Students in 21 Counties -- American Cancer Society
96.  Learn to Laugh in Another Language: Be a Host Family for a Foreign-Exchange Student -- INTO EdVENTURES
97.  Homeschool Volunteers Needed to Deliver Hot Meals -- Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County
98.  Homeschool Volunteers Needed to Deliver Meals -- Meals on Wheels of Johnson & Ellis Counties
99.  Volunteers Needed to Serve Meals at The Stewpot -- Dallas -- The Stewpot

OTHER EVENTS BY DATE
100. Private Piano Lessons in Your Home! -- Dallas Area
101. "Jag Day" at Jacksonville College -- Jacksonville -- February 7
102. Homeschool Week at Snow Mountain Ranch -- Colorado -- February 8-13
103. Wholehearted Mother Conference -- Irving -- February 20-21
104. Home School Mission Trip to Guatemala -- March 1-14
105. Southern England Study Tour for Homeschoolers -- March
106. Teen Pact Texas Capitol Classes -- Austin -- March/April
107. Home School Day at the Fort Worth Zoo -- Fort Worth -- March 5
108. Space Frontier Family Activity at UNT -- Denton -- March 7
109. Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Presents "Young Virtuosi" -- March 8
110. Living History Day: 1800-1840 (School Day) -- March 13
111. HEART of Texas Regional Home School College Night -- Grapevine -- March 31

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


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Who Needs Truancy Laws?  We Have Daytime Curfews!
--by Tim Lambert, Texas Home School Coalition

This article comes from Mr. Lambert's blog: Right in Texas and is reprinted with permission.

More and more Texas cities are jumping on the bandwagon of daytime curfews. In 1995, the Texas legislature enacted a law to allow cities and counties to adopt daytime curfews under the reasoning that students not in school were driving up crime rates. Homeschoolers have generally opposed these ordinances because home school students sometimes get caught up by over zealous police officers. (Read how daytime curfews impact home schoolers.)

We are now seeing school districts asking cities to adopt daytime curfews to help them enforce the compulsory attendance laws. HEB school district asked Hurst, Euless and Bedford to adopt such a curfew last fall, and Beford and Euless dutifully complied. In fact, Bedford did not even have a public hearing on the issue. Bedford, by the way, will have a hearing on a proposal to rescind the curfew next Tuesday, January 27, at 7PM at City Hall. Today the Star Telegram said the school district reported a decline in crimes from 22,805 last year at this time to 13,800 this year. Yet in December the police reported only one citation had been given. Those numbers smell to me, and I don't mean in a nice way. The city council in Bedford is in full defense mode, trying to justify the ordinance as home schoolers push for it to be rescinded. The district is obviously trying to do its part to protect the ordinance. Home schoolers in Bedford should call their city councilmen to ask for the recinsion of the measure and attend the meeting to make their voices heard.

Dallas has also joined the cry for a daytime curfew but wants one with a dentention center and fines for parents of up to $500. In Waco last year a similar measure was defeated by a coalition of home school parents, minority citizens and the ACLU. Public opposition to the measure continued to build as these groups talked about the impact on home schoolers and minorities. The Houston Chronicle ran a story about the selective enforcment of its daytime curfew against minorities in 2007. The final straw in Waco was when opponents pointed out that the legislature enacted a law in 2007 to allow police to enforce the compulsory attendance statute by taking a truant back to his school and so there was really no reason to have such a curfew. (Read that story.)

History has shown that these measures are a danger to the freedom of law-abiding citizens and can be defeated when the public is informed and people take action. Home schoolers would do well to watch for these efforts from their cities and counties and be ready to respond.


To learn about some of the curfew issues facing cities in the North Texas area:
Teens Face Daytime Curfew In Dallas (1/7/2009)
N. Texas Cities Adopting Daytime Curfew Ordinances (10/27/2008)
Fort Worth Juvenile Curfew Ordinance Expires (2/25/2008)
Southlake Considering Imposing Teen Nighttime Curfew (2/12/2008)

Dallas says it will hold a public hearing on March 25. 
A second hearing and final vote would be scheduled for April 22.
This is a chance to make your voices heard.


Tim Lambert is the president of the Texas Home School Coalition, 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.  To read or subscribe to Mr. Lambert's blog, please visit www.rightintexas.com


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Texas Leads the Way in Growth of Home Schooling

According to a recently released report by the U. S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, the number of home schooled students reached 1.5 million in 2007.  This represents a 74% increase since its first report in 1999 and a 36% increase since its 2003 estimate.  The percentage of the school-age population being homeschooled increased from 2.2% in 2003 to 2.9% in 2007, according to the Department of Education.

However, Dr. Brian Ray, President of the National Home Education Research Institute, believes these estimates are low because home schooling parents are significantly less likely to answer government-sponsored surveys, and his organization estimates over 2 million home school students in 2008.

Tim Lambert, President of the Texas Home School Coalition, says that Texas leads the country in the number of home schooled children, with an estimate of well over 300,000 children and close to 120,000 families.  "Since the Texas courts clarified that home schooling was legal in 1987, we have seen a robust growth of about 6-8% per year," he said.

Some of the top home schooling reasons in a 2007 Parent and Family Involvement in Education Survey include: concerns about the school environment (including safety, drugs, peer pressure): 88%; a desire to provide religious or moral instruction: 83%; a dissatisfaction with instruction at other schools: 73%; an interest in a non-traditional approach: 65%.  The percentage that fell into the category for "other reasons" was 32%, indicating that there are a good many reasons that families choose to teach their children at home.  The survey allowed families to choose more than one reason, and it is very likely that most families took advantage of that option.  Mr. Lambert said, "Many Texas home school families would acknowledge many of these same reasons in their decision to teach their children at home."


Tim Lambert is the president of the Texas Home School Coalition, 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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The Day the Chicken Brought the Truant Officer to the Door
--by Christine Westfall

I knew we were in for a new and different experience when my youngest daughter was given a few chickens to raise.  Learning to wake up to the unique alarm that only a rooster can provide was an experience all its own.  But even that experience didn't compare to the day the chicken brought the truant officer to my door.

It all started when my daughter asked if she could show her rooster in our county livestock show.  Before she could enter the rooster into the show, we found out that we first had to have him tested and certified.

"Call this number and schedule an appointment," our 4-H leader told us.  "The Chicken Man will come to your house and test the chicken."

Okay. That didn't sound too difficult . . . right?

The call was made, the day arrived, and right on time the Chicken Man pulled into our driveway.

Now, here is where things got a little tricky. I really try to avoid the chicken, if at all possible, because I am just not into handling live animals.  So, I called my youngest daughter outside so she could take the Chicken Man to the coop.

As we ventured toward the backyard the Chicken Man started up a conversation with my daughter, "So, you're homeschooled huh?"

"Yes," she answered.

"Well, I guess it's only fair to tell you that I am also a part-time truant officer," he said, looking over his shoulder at me.

Surprised, and a tad bit stunned, I replied, "Oh! That's nice. And how is that working out for you?" Perhaps now is a good time to mention that sarcasm runs deep in our family communication style.

"It's alright," he replied.  "Just earlier today I had one in tears when I found him at home and his momma thought he was at school."

We were distracted back to the task at hand as my daughter struggled to hold the rooster tightly while the Chicken Man/Truant Officer poked his wing a few times.

As we walked with him back to his truck, he returned to his original line of questioning. "How many hours a day to you teach them?" he asked.

"Depends on the season," I replied.

This is where I found myself having to make a decision. I could take this conversation one of two ways:
(A) I could stand on my rights that what I am doing is legal and not offer any further information to this man.
Or (B) I could use this opportunity, knowing I am within my rights, to educate this person and offer him a chance to see that homeschooling works in our family . . . and perhaps leave my home with a better feel for homeschoolers in general.

I like a challenge, so I chose option B.

"You see, it's like this," I explained.  "We school year-round, based on the seasons. During the winter and summer months we school full days because it's too hot or cold to get out. During the spring and fall months we back off on how much we school in order to do other activities such as soccer, 4-H, church, or other social and learning opportunities or just to get outside and enjoy the world around us. It's what works for us."

"I see," he said, handing my daughter a form to fill out.  

I began to pray under my breath.  Dear God PLEASE let her remember her address. Oh! And please let her hand-writing be legible.

I had not realized that calling the Chicken Man would result in a pop quiz for my daughter. If I had, I would have helped her study for it. Thank goodness he came out when he did, and not a week or two prior, as we had taken a four-week break for a family vacation. Who knows what all the children might have forgotten over the holiday!

The Chicken Man asked a couple of questions about curriculum, and I returned his queries by explaining how great our kids learn because they are given more personalized attention then their public school counterparts.

We must have passed his test because he didn't have any more questions.  He handed us the bird's certification
papers and went on his way.

The rooster aced his test, too.


Christine Westfall is co-founder and co-leader of the Athens-Chandler Home School Group in Henderson County.  She and her husband have 5 children (3 are still at home) whom they have homeschooled for nine years.  Christine can be reached through her group's website at 
www.actshomeschoolgroup.com


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Texas Ballet Theater Offering Special Ticket Prices for Homeschoolers!


We are pleased to announce that Texas Ballet Theater has partnered with HEART of Texas to offer special ticket prices to homeschoolers! Any homeschooler can take advantage of these tickets.  Just mention HEART of Texas when you call.

The performances and dates that are available for the special homeschool price are:  

Swan Lake – February 14 at 2pm at Majestic Theater
Homeschool Pricing:  $20/ticket (best available seating)
To Reserve Tickets:  Call Cyndee Weeks 877-828-9200, ext 126
You will need to mention "HEART of Texas" when you call to get the special rate.

Swan Lake – February 21 at 2pm at Bass Hall
Homeschool Pricing:  $20/ticket (best available seating)
To Reserve Tickets:  Call Cyndee Weeks 877-828-9200, ext 126
You will need to mention "HEART of Texas" when you call to get the special rate.

Cleopatra (PG-13) – March 28 at 2pm at Bass Hall
Homeschool Pricing:  $20/ticket (best available seating)
To Reserve Tickets:  Call Cyndee Weeks 877-828-9200, ext 126
You will need to mention "HEART of Texas" when you call to get the special rate.

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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

TUESDAYS & WEDNESDAYS -- Story Time
Time:  10:45 – 11:15 a.m.
Ages:  3-6 years old

MONDAYS & THURSDAYS -- Toddler Time
Time:  10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Ages:  1-3 years old

MONDAYS -- Chess Club
Time:  4:00 – 5 pm
Ages:  Elementary ages and up

SECOND TUESDAY OF MONTH -- Chapter Chats
Nov 11, Dec 9)
Time:  
7-8pm
Ages:  4th-6th graders
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.


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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

HOME SCHOOL PROGRAMS FOR FALL 2008
Registration is required. 

DECEMBER 4:  Getting to Know Your Library
*Please choose one date to attend.
Grades:  K—3rd
Time:  10:30 a.m.
Dulaney Room
Details:  Participate in a special program to learn more about the library and the Children’s Dept.

DECEMBER 8:  Basic PowerPoint
Grades:  4th—6th
Time:  3:30 p.m.
Conference Room (Upstairs)
Details:  Gain hands-on experience and make a basic PowerPoint presentation.

DECEMBER 15, 22, 29 & JANUARY 5, 12:  Texas BlueBonnet Book Club
Grades: 3rd—6th
Time:  3:15 p.m.
Children’s Department
Details:  The Bluebonnet book club will meet five times to discuss all of the 2008/2009 Bluebonnet book nominees and then participants will vote for their favorite nominee.

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 2008-2009 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: http://www.bookitprogram.com/enrollment/k6enroll.asp

To Enroll Your Homeschool: http://www.bookitprogram.com/enrollment/pub_priv_enroll.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 sports-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.  TEXAS STATE FISH-ART CONTEST

ENTRIES DUE MARCH 31, 2009 (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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6.  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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7.  USA MATHEMATICAL TALENT SEARCH


2008 CONTEST OVER

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8. IGNITING CREATIVE ENERGY CONTEST FOR K-12


FEBRUARY 13, 2009 --- ENTRY DEADLINE

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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9. ROBOFEST ROBOTICS COMPETITION 2009

Who:
 Students in Grades 5-12

Robofest is an annual autonomous robotics competition focusing on learning STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Math) for students in grades 5 - 12. Robofest challenges teams of students to design, build, and program robots to compete in the following categories in two age divisions:

    * Game Competition - A team of students competes to accomplish robotics missions using fully autonomous robots.
    * Exhibition - Each team has complete freedom to show off any creative autonomous robotics project they have created.
    * RoboFashion & Dance Show
    * Vision Based Mini Urban Robot Challenge

2009 Season Schedule
    *  2009 Rules was announced and Registration began on Dec. 11, 2008
    * Jan ~ Feb: Workshops (check out Workshop Participation Requirements, pdf )
    * Feb 28, 2009: Warm-up competition at Lawrence Tech in Michigan
    * March ~ mid April 2008: Qualifying Competitions
    * May 9, 2009: World Robofest 2009 Championship (Please note the date change!)

2009 General  Information
    * Robofest FAQ | How to start a Robofest team (Powerpoint, 256KB)
    * Robofest Mentoring Programs / Robofest Academy - on-site classes
    * 2009 General Flyer (pdf)

For Rules, Team Registration, and Participation Forms:  Click Here

For Frequently Asked Questions:  Click Here

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10.  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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11.  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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12.  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, 2008, and April 1, 2009. 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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13.  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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14.  ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ART COMPETITION

The 2008 competition is over, but will be held again in Spring 2009.

"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.

This spring, several North Texas Congressional offices will hold 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.

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


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15.  THEO IN PLANO OFFERING CLASSES FOR HOMESCHOOLERS


CLASSES OFFERED at THEO
FALL 2008 CLASSES

Classes offered in the following subject areas:
Math
Science
Music
Art
Business/Computer
Languages
Writing/Grammar/Literature
History/World Views
Drama
Sewing
Drafting
Yearbook
Speed Reading
Public Speaking


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

For More Information:   www.THEOsonline.org


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15.  CHRISTIAN COTTAGE PREP

Christian Cottage Prep is taking applications for the 2008/2009 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.  

JANUARY
Registration Open for 6th, 7th, 8th/9th grade

Literature/writing, math, English, and Science dissection lab

What if your home education student could be enriched one, two, or three days a week in literature/writing (Tue/Thur), math (pick your 3 days a week), English (pick your three days a week), or Science dissection labs (Mon)....there is so much opportunity to learn!  This is the perfect way to round out your home education.  Christian Cottage Prep works closely with parents to find the right mix of curriculum and level that makes your student blossom to their fullest potential.  

Second semester begins January 6, 2009
Parents attend for FREE!

Location:  5601 Bridge Street, Suite 335
        Fort Worth, TX 76112

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

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16.  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.

New Classes for Spring (Pre-k through 12th):
Registration Deadline:  December 5
Chef’s in the Making
Cooking Fun
Introductory Spanish
Drama I
Health and Nutrition
People Skills 101
“Speak Before You Think”: Beginning Public Speaking
Macaroni & Please
Proud to Be Polite
Babysitter’s Guide to Survival
Handling Money God’s Way
Total Health: Integrating God’s Perspective
Financial Peace University
Encore! High School Speech
The Solar System and Beyond

Thinking Outside the Box
A Trip Through the US

 
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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16.  CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOL ALLIANCE OF TEXAS

FEBRUARY 6 -- Registration Open for Spring Semester
CHAT Enrichment Days Program

Time:  
7p.m. - 8p.m.

Location:  
Cedar Hill, TX (SW Dallas, Duncanville, DeSoto area)
Cost: $3/child (including Nursery) for semester, plus supply fees for individual classes


Details:  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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17.  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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18.  CLASSES AT CREATIVE ARTS IN ACTION

Creative Arts in Action, located in Watauga, provides the best in curriculum, classes and classical theatre.

Spring 2009 Classes!
We are excited at the expanded array of classes and teachers God has blessed us with.

MONDAY
Intro to Theatre with Anicia Brown – Grades K-3
Musical Theatre with Anicia Brown – Grades 8-12
Readers Theatre with Rosie Watson – Grades 4-6
Jane Eyre Production with Anicia Brown – Auditions Only

TUESDAY
Junior Musical Theatre with Anicia Brown – Grades 4-8
Acting Up with Anicia Brown – Grades 4-7
Intro to Theatre with Anicia Brown – Grades K-3
Around the World in 180 Days with Kathy Abelanet – Grades 3-4
Around the World in 180 Days with Kathy Abelanet – Grades 5-6
Sound of Music Production with Anicia Brown – Auditions Only

WEDNESDAY
Super-Math 3 with Amie Pollock
Super-Math 5 with Sherri Heinzman
Super-Math 7 with Bianca Anderson
Dramatic Studies (Romeo & Juliet) with Anicia Brown – Grades 8-12
Common Sense Economics with Sherri Heinzman – Grades 9-12
Stage Direction & Management with Anicia Brown – Grades 8-12
Speech with Rosie Watson – Grades 7 & up

THURSDAY
Exploring Art 2 with Christine Palmer – Grades 4-6
Exploring Art 1 with Christine Palmer – Grades 1-3
Science Explosions with Krystal Bare – Grades 4-6
Studio Art II with Christine Palmer – Grades 7-9
Stage Craft with Yolanda Cranford – Ages 13 & up

FRIDAY
Exploring Art 1 with Christine Palmer – Grades 1-3
Beginning Drawing with Christine Palmer – Grades 3-6
Teaching Science through Literature with Kath Abelanet – Grades 1-3
Studio Art with Christine Palmer – Grades 7-9
Super-Math Captains Course with Dr. Miles Jones – Must have completed a semester of Super-Math
Super-Math 9 – SAT Math Prep with Dr. Miles Jones – Pre-requisite Super-Math 8

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://www.creativeartsinaction.com/    

Discount:  Creative Arts In Action 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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19.  EASTFIELD COLLEGE

Homeschool Connection
Parent & Student Orientation Meeting Schedule
(One meeting is required each semester before registering for the graded homeschool connection courses.)

For SPRING 2009 Registration
January 10, 2009, at 9-11am, Building  C, Room 118
January 17, 2009, at 9 a.m., Building  C , Room 118


For Registration or Other Information:  
Contact Mary Ann Fitzsimmons at 972-860-7017 or Click Here to Email Mary Ann


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20.  ENRICHMENT CLASSES, INC, IN LEWISVILLE

We are currently accepting applications for our Winter Semester 2009.

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. 

JANUARY 9, 2009 – Classes Begin
FEBRUARY 13, 2009 – Mid-Semester Break
MARCH 20, 2009 – Classes End

Classes meet on Fridays
8:30am to 12:20 Noon
An optional fourth hour is available for high school students. 


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


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21.  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.  

Academic classes through 5th grade:  Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Classes include Math, English, Science, and Social Studies.
 
Enrichment classes through 5th grade: Tuesdays and Thursdays

Classes include Spanish, Music, Drama, Bible, P.E., Art, Crafts, and more!)
 
6th -7th grade Enrichment classes:  Mondays
Classes include Stock Market Game, Speech, Music Multi Media, Bible, and Study Skills.  Students also have the opportunity to participate in the National InvestWrite Essay Competition.
 
8th grade Elective and Academics classes:  Mondays/Tuesdays/Thursdays:  
Classes include Algebra I, English, Earth and Space Science w/LABS (approved 4x4 class by the Tx. SBOE), Government, Music Multi Media, Spanish, Bible, Study Skills, “College Prep Genius” SAT Lab, Stock Market Game, Speech, and *National InvestWrite Essay Competition
 
High School Elective and Academics classes:  Mondays/Tuesdays/Thursdays:  
Classes include Algebra I, English, Earth and Space Science w/LABS (approved 4x4 class by the Tx. SBOE), Government, Music Multi Media, Spanish, Bible, Study Skills, “College Prep Genius” SAT Lab, Stock Market Game, Speech, and *National InvestWrite Essay Competition.
 
*FCA Home School student won the National InvestWrite Essay Competition Fall of 2007!  He received a school trophy, class party, a lap top computer and a trip to New York!
 
Chapel:  Preschool through High School
 
Community Service Opportunity: 
Habitat for Humanity community service projects offered to students 14 years and older.  For information on how to participate in the next project, click here to e-mail Terrie Odonnell
 
Stanford Achievement Testing: 

Spring 2009 Testing Date TBD (call 972-562-5323 ext. 22 for details)
 
SAT College Prep Genius 2 Day Workshop: 

November 24 and 25 from 9:00 am - 2:30pm  
FCA will offer a rigorous TWO DAY course by Jean Burk designed to teach students the techniques needed to become successful in taking the SAT and PSAT/NMSQT tests.
This course will equip students with the necessary strategies and tips that can help increase their test scores.  Students will also learn how to dispel common practices and misconceptions about the
SAT that can harm their scores. Workshop CLASSES ARE LIMITED!!!!
To reserve a spot, please register online   
 
Fall classes are still taking enrollment.
To see 2008 Fall Home School Class Schedule, visit this link and click on age/grade level

 
For More Information:
Contact Toni Gore at tgore@fcamckinney.org or 972-562-5323 ext. 22
 
Location:      Faith Christian Academy
                    115A Industrial Boulevard

                    McKinney, TX  
                    www.fcamckinney.com


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22.  FABULOUS FRIDAYS IN LITTLE ELM
    
Hands on experiments will be an exciting part of this comprehensive science curriculum taught by Kidz Science, for grades K-5th!  Everything from Chemical Reactions to Weather to Solar Photography will be offered during this 12 week course!
 

FRIDAYS
FEBRUARY 6 - MAY 1

Time:  10 am - 10:45 am - Karate (runs 10 weeks, with Oct. 10 & 24 off)
          11 am - Noon - Kidz Science
          (choose one or both)

Grades:  K-5

Location:  
Sidekicks Karate Studio   
                2700 E. Eldorado Parkway, Suite 207
                Little Elm, TX 75068
                972-294-8100


Cost:  
$40 Deposit (will apply toward tuition)
         Karate:  $50/month; no registration fees; $25 for optional uniforms

          
Kidz Science:  $120 total or pay in $40 installments.

Current members have first dibs on spots - only 30 spots total and we filled them ALL this Fall! 

To Register:  Please email Jennifer by Clicking Here to confirm your interest and get your name at the top of the list.
Once I reply with your confirmation.....THEN MAIL your $40 deposit to:

Jennifer Mcbride
2639 Greyhawk Dr.
Little Elm, TX 75068


For More Information:  Jennifer McBride at Jenjas5@yahoo.com


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23.  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.

2008-2009 Classes Offered:
MONDAY CLASSES
Art
Secondary Drawing with Art
Saxon Algebra II
Saxon Algebra I
Advanced Math
Pre-K & Kindergarten Montessori Class
Experience Texas!  Past, Present and Future
World History One-Oh-Fun!
Creative Journaling through Scrapbooking (High School Elective)

TUESDAY CLASSES
Robotics
Basic Latin
Art
Art (High School Elective)
Fantastic French
U.S. History 20th Century
Our American Heritage - US History
Elementary Spanish
Exploring Creation with Zoology I:  Flying Creatures
Exploring Creation with Zoology III:  Land Animals
Exploring Creation with General Science (with labs)
Apologia Botany & Zoology II (with Labs)

WEDNESDAY CLASSES
Exploring Creation with General Science (with labs)
World History
Biology with Labs
Chemistry with Labs
Speech (1 semester) - High School Elective
World Views Year 1 (3 High School Credits)
World Views Year II (8-1/2 High School Credits)
Starting Points (3 High School Credits)
BJU Pre-Algebra
BJU Algebra II
BJU Algebra I
BJU Geometry

THURSDAY CLASSES
Spanish II
Spanish I
Exploring Creation with Astronomy
English III & IV (Junior & Senior)
English Middle School
English I & II (Freshman & Sophomore)
French I
Taste of Shakespeare (one semester)
Keys to Algebra
US Government
US History
Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC) with Labs
Human Anatomy & Physiology with Extensive Labs (Biology II)
Reading Fluency & Comprehension (Special Needs)

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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24.  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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25.  HOMESCHOOL HERITAGE DOMUS SCHOLA
    
This homeschool group is based out of Heritage Family Church in Keller.

For more information: Click Here to send an email

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26.  LEGACY HOME SCHOOL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM AT FIRST BAPTIST EULESS

Science, History, and Fine Arts Classes
Grade:  K-8
Contact:  817-267-3313 ext 267
        Email:    legacy@discoveryfirst.org


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27.  HOMESCHOOL MUSIC THEATER WORKSHOP AT PFAMILY ARTS

PFAMILY ARTS introduces an all new class for home school students! 

Workshop students will study Acting, Dance and Vocal curriculum based in classical techniques from Stanislavsky, Meisner, Alexander and all dance styles incorporated on the musical theatre stage such as Fosse, Tap, Ballet, Jazz and Modern.  The Workshop is meant to be a fun, yet highly educational performing arts class for the serious student and beginner.  The Workshop will present a session ending presentation at the end of the Fall Session and a full scale musical in the Spring Session.  Spring Musical will be decided based on class enrollment.  Seeking home schooled musicians for pit orchestra and crew (stage manager, running crew, costume design, set design, etc.) for Spring production.
 
The goal of the Home School Music Theatre Workshop is to provide the home school student their own theatre program of classes and performance opportunities.  PFAMILY ARTS Academy is the only performing arts school in the greater Dallas-Ft. Worth area that is staffed by Broadway veterans, local professional actors and university faculty members, providing student’s unparalleled instruction.  PFAMILY ARTS is a 501(c)(3) not for profit arts association.
 
Fall Session:  September 2-December 13.
Home School Music Theatre Workshop:  Tue/Thu 1:00-4:00
Cost:  $1,440
Early Enrollment Discount of 10%:  July 21-August 16. 
Multi-Family Discount of 10%.
 
For More Information: 972.378.1234 or info@pfamilyarts.org
 
Location:  PFAMILY ARTS
                4017 Preston Road, #544

                LakeSide Market
                Plano, TX  75093

Contact:   972-378-1234
                www.pfamilyarts.org

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28.  TARRANT COUNTY COLLEGE MATH AND SCIENCE HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES
FOR HOME SCHOOLERS

Math Classes Offered Spring 2009:
Please register by December 12
Southeast Campus
Algebra II (MTHX 2001-45022; Syn. 0137870)
    T/TH  3-4:30pm  (January - May)
Geometry (MTHX 1000-45023; Syn. 0137871)
    M/TH 9am-Noon  (January - May)
Advanced Math (College Algebra) (MTHX 1011-40654; Syn. 0144956)  
    MWF  1-3pm  (January 12 - March 6)

Northwest Campus
Algebra II (MTHX-2001-31287; Syn. 0138181)
    Mon   8am-10am  (January - May)
Geometry (MTHX 1001-31285; Syn. 0138182)  
    Mon  10am-Noon  (January - May)

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 Spring 2009:

Northeast Campus (Dept of Continuing Education):

High School Biology Laboratory (BIOX 1430)
    M/W 12:10-2:00 p.m.  (January 26 - April 22)
Must be at least 14 years of age to take this class.
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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29.  VENTURE HOME SCHOOL CLASSES

Registration Open for Fall 2008 Classes

High School Classes Offered:
Biology/Lab
American Government/Economics
Effective Writing for a Purpose
Algebra 1, 2, and Geometry
Spanish 1B
Apologetics/Hermeneutics/Book of Ephesians
World Geography/World History
Health/Physical Education


For More Information:  Contact 817-788-5248 or Click Here to send an email
or fbccolleyville.com (navigate to Children's/Sonshine)



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30.  YMCA OF IRVING HOME SCHOOL CLASSES

SPRING REGISTRATION OPENS DECEMBER 1

SPRING 2009 CLASSES:
Mondays from 9:30 - 10:25 a.m.  
Advanced Lego (ages 12-14); $75 class fee; $10 supply fee
Kid's Math (ages 5-8); $75 class fee; $10 material fee

Monday/Thursday from 9:30 - 10:25 a.m.
Beginner Spanish (age 9-11); $120 class fee; $20 material fee

Mondays from 10:30 - 11:25 a.m.
Math Explorer (ages 12-14); $75 class Fee; $10 material fee
Beginner Lego (ages 9-11), $75 class fee; $10 material fee
Magic of Science (ages 5-8); $75 class fee; $10 material fee

Mondays from 11:30 - 12:25p.m.
Basketball (ages 6-11); $60 class fee; no material fee

Mondays/Thursday from 11:30 a.m. - 12:25p.m.
Spanish II (ages 12-14); $120 class fee; $75 book fee

Fridays from 10:30am - 11:25a.m.
Fun with Art (Crafts) (ages 5-8); $75 class fee; no material fee
Focus on the Arts (Artists) (ages 9-11); $75 class fee; $20 material fee
Dissection (ages 12-14); $75 class fee; $20 material fee

Friday from 11:30a.m. - 12:25p.m.
Basketball (ages 6-11); $60 class fee; no material fee

For More Information or to Register:  Contact 972-986-8898



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31.  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.


WICHITA FALLS –  February 7
Time:    Noon - 5 p.m.
Location:   Friends of the Library Bookstore
                Wichita Falls Public Library
                600 11th Street
For More Information:  940-767-0868 ext 248
             

Books:  3,000 books; 100% donated; 85% hardcover; .50 - $2
Half-price sale on most books 1st Saturday of each month
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HURST – February 20

Time:    Fri: 5-7 p.m.;  Sat: 9am - 6pm
Location:   Hurst Public Library
                901 Precinct Line Road
                817-788-7300
 
Books:  10,000+ books; 50% donated; not picked over; .50 - $1;
last hour-$2 brown bag

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CARROLLTON – February 26 - March 1

Time:    Thurs, Fri, Sat: 10a.m. - 9p.m.
             Sun: 12p.m. - 6p.m.
Location:   Trinity Valley Shopping Center
                (N. Josey Lane & George Bush Tollway 190)
                972-968-6230
Contact for More Info: 972-968-6230

Books:  Over 100,000 books

Thursday - $1 paperbacks; $2 hardbacks
Friday - .75 paperbacks; $1.50 hardbacks
Saturday - .50 paperbacks; $1 hardbacks
Sunday - Box of books: $12 box  OR .25 paperbacks, .50 hardbacks



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32.  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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33.  CREATIVE ARTS IN ACTION

Creative Arts in Action, located in Watauga, provides the best in curriculum, classes and classical theatre.

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

Website:  http://www.creativeartsinaction.com/    

Discount:  Creative Arts In Action 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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34.  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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35.
 DAY CAMPS AT CAMP TONKAWA

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

February 2009
7th to 8th -
Primitive Survival Skills Class 2
11th -
Nature Awareness Day Camp
12th -
Nature Awareness Day Camp
21st -
Horsemanship Day Camp
22nd -
Primitive Survival Skills Day Camp - Fire


HORSE EVENTS/ACTIVITIES
Horsemanship Day Camps
Many extra camps have been book through out this autumn, week ends and week days!  If you are not with a group, and wanted to join any one of the many scheduled days, we have a few opening in each - perfect for homeschoolers, just 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.
Donations
Barn Repair - TIME : Helpers who know how to use a hammer / MONEY : to pay for supplies
Feed - Soon we will need to be graining the horses, come on out with a bag of feed to help and then ride!
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.

FEBRUARY 11 & 12
MARCH 11 & 12
APRIL 15 & 16
MAY 14 & 15

Time:
9:30am - 2:30pm.  You are welcome to stay at the camp until 3pm, for free time to explore and play with new friends.
Costs:
$15 per camp, if pre registering by mail, $18 at the camp (walk ins welcome), $10 for 4 year olds. Parents and Under 4 Free.
Save with the Semester Rate: 
Pay for at least 4 camps in one semester to get a $12/camp rate.
Group Rates Available!


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!!

JANUARY:  Shelter - When, where and how to construct a Debris Hut. Other shelter types also addressed. We also cover Natures Cautions
FEBRUARY: 
Fire - How to build a fire. Bow Drill Fire Starting - If the camper is old enough to handle a knife they will need to bring one and will be carving out their own bow drill set. Younger campers will learn the technique on pre-made sets.
MARCH:
Water - Where to find water and how to make it safe to drink, prevention of dehydration. Cordage - Making rope from plant materials. Knots - Useful lashings, hitches and knots to use in outdoor activities.
APRIL:
April's session will cover Food - Edible plants along with poisonous ones to avoid. Medicinal uses of plants. Primitive Cooking Methods.
MAY:
May's session will cover Food - Traps and Snares - How to construct them and where to put them. Basic Tracking - Foot prints plus an array of other animal signs to follow.


ATTN:  BOY SCOUT TROOPS!!!
Camp Tonkawa is a Great Place to Earn Merit Badges!

Please consider us in your planning meetings this year!  Also, we would greatly appreciate, if you would forward this on to any other troops that you think might be interested in working on their outdoor skills this year.
Hope to see you all soon!

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.

We have two camps scheduled where individual boys can come or schedule a date for your troop.  Group rates available.

Scheduled dates: Jan 17-18, 2009.
This is our most popular camp for the Boy Scouts!!! The leaders enjoy it too!
  
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 Nov 1-2, 2008 and April 4-5, 2009 or 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.
Scheduled dates May 30-31 or 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:
Contact April at camptonkawa@bigplanet.com or 903-429-6483

www.camptonkawatexas.com      


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36.  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.

Hours:  Open Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission:
 
$8 for adults
$7 for seniors (65+)
$5 for children (ages 3-12)
Free for children ages 2 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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37.  FORT WORTH NATURE CENTER AND REFUGE PROGRAMS

FEBRUARY 7 -  Birding By Ear
Time:  
1 & 2 p.m.
Admission:  
Free with paid admission
For some, it is  hard enough to identify a bird by its appearance, much less by its sound.  We will listen to common bird calls and test our new-found knowledge by visiting a variety of areas on the Refuge in search of our avian friends.

FEBRUARY 22 - Recycling
Time:  
1-3p.m.
Admission:  Free with paid admission
Recycling is an act as old as mankind.  Recycling can keep money in your  pocket, add money to your pocket, and help the environment at the same time.  Come learn how and where to recycle many of the things most folks just throw away.

Location:  9601 Fossil Ridge Road
        Fort Worth, TX 76135

For More Information about these or other events:    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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38.  FOSSIL RIM HOME SCHOOL CLASSES AND EVENTS


February Events:
FEBRUARY 9 -- Colors By Nature Class & Tour
Time:  10:00-2:30ish.
     Break for Lunch:  12:00-1:00
    Guided Tour of Fossil Rim:  1:00-2:30ish 
Details:  Cochineal is a scale insect found on prickly pear cactus that is used to produce a natural dye. It was used historically as a clothing dye, and is still used as a food dye today. We will talk about cochineal and other natural dyes, and use cochineal to dye bandanas in our morning class. After a picnic lunch at the Overlook, we will take a guided tour of Fossil Rim.
To Register:  homeschool@fossilrim.org  or call 254-898-4216

FEBRUARY 23 -- Homeschool Robin Hood Day Camp
Time:  9a.m. - 4:30
Details:   Based on Howard Pyle's classic, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, this program combines elements of several shorter programs. Topics include European Red Deer, Horns vs. Antlers, archery, poaching, How to Catch a Rhino or Other Wild Creature, camouflage, and a tour of Fossil Rim.
To Register:  Call 254-898-4216

March Events:
MARCH 9 -- Conservation in Action Day
Time:  
9a.m. - 2:30p.m.
Details:  
Homeschool: Conservation in Action Day
Learn about different ways YOU can conserve natural resources; participate in an on-site conservation project, then take a guided tour of Fossil Rim.
To Register: Call 254-898-4216

MARCH 23 -- Home School Fossil Dig & Tour
Time:  10:00-2:30ish.
     Break for Lunch:  12:00-1:00
    Guided Tour of Fossil Rim:  1:00-2:30ish 
Details:  In the morning, take a bus down to our Fossil Pit and dig for marine fossils! Share a picnic lunch at the Overlook, then take a guided tour of Fossil Rim's current, non-marine residents!!!
To Register:  Call 254-898-4216


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


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39. 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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40.  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.


Thirteen Weeks of Classes (26 hours of classtime)
JANUARY 13 - APRIL 1 (Tuesdays or Thursdays)
Ages:  5-14 (as of September 1, 2008)
Time:  1-3 p.m. on either Tuesdays or Thursdays
Cost:  $205 (museum members)                            
         $225 (non-members)
         Monthly payment plans are available
        10% sibling discounts available
Registration Deadline:  January 5, 2009

Classes:  
Which Ology is Which? – Earth and Planetary Science
Age:
 5 year olds
Description:  
How does hail form? How many kinds of lava are there? What is special about our oceans? Weather, Oceans, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Moon, Stars and Planets are some of the wonderful topics we will learn about and have fun with. Hands on interactive lessons and outdoor adventure await your little scientist!

 

Discover Your World:  Planet Earth
Ages:  
6-7 year olds
Description:  What is inside the Earth? How are rocks made? How do clouds form? Why does it get cold in the winter? Can we live on any other planet? These are just some of the questions we will explore as we take a look at how our amazing planet works. Topics include weather and seasons; earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes and tsunamis; rocks, minerals and fossils; and the solar system.

Amazing Adaptations
Ages:  
8-9 year olds
Description:  Adaptations: What are they? What do they look like? Who has them? How can you tell? The answers to these and other interesting questions will be investigated in this animal study during class and on the wildlife sanctuary. Learning and interaction with live animals are part of this course.

Earth Trek III – Living on the Planet
Ages:  
10-12 year olds
Description:  
The culmination of Earth Treks I and II, this class will study where and how animals live on Earth in their respective ecosystems around the world, including adaptations to habitats, weather and climate and human encroachment as well as effects of global climate change, pollution, and natural disasters.

To register:  Download Registration form by clicking here
                       
Download Medical Record form by clicking here

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

Complete application includes:
• Registration form
• Medical Record Form
• Payment according to selected payment plan

Only complete application packets will be processed.  Birth certificates and 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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41.  HERITAGE FARMSTEAD MUSEUM -- PLANO
 
The Museum Grounds are Open Year-Round (Except Mondays and Holidays)
Tuesday - Sunday 9:00am - 4:30pm

FRIDAYS AT THE FARMSTEAD (Programs last 90 minutes)
For Children Ages 2-5
Time:  10:30
Cost:  $6/child/program & $3/adult
To Register:  Call 972-881-0140
NOTE:  Prepayment and registration are required.  Registrations are welcome until Wed noon for the Friday program that same week.  All fees are non-refundable.


FRIDAYS AT THE FARMSTEAD (Programs last 90 minutes)
For Children Ages 6-12
Time:  1:30 p.m.
Cost:  $8/child/program
To Register:  Call 972-881-0140
NOTE:  Prepayment and registration are required.  Registrations are welcome until Wed noon for the Friday program that same week.  All fees are non-refundable.


Docent-Led Tours - Tuesday through Sunday
Time:  1:30 p.m. (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 - Tuesday through Sunday
Time:  9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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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42.  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)

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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43.  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.

The Modern Victory Gardens: a Community Garden Educational Series Topics
MARCH 14:  Preparation for planting, when and what to plant, planting techniques, feeding and fertilizing, companion planting, integrated pest control.
MAY 30:  Harvesting, mulching, summer maintenance and tips. Plants available for sale in the Greenhouse.
Time:  9 am to noon
Cost:  $25 per class; $20 for members
Details:  Tired of $3 bell peppers at the grocery store and the $4 gas that gets you there? Join a growing trend and learn how to create a bountiful community or backyard garden.  Texas Discovery Gardens presents its inaugural Community Garden educational series Nov. 15, 2008.  We start with discussions on composting and Fall bed prep. Join our panel of three garden gurus to learn how to cultivate your community garden and talk with other garden enthusiasts in the Dallas area.
Meet the panel:
*Randy Johnson, horticulturist for Texas Discovery Gardens, enjoys trying different vegetable crops in the Gardens. His specialties are native plants of Texas and organic gardening.
* Neli Spurrell, Children's Education Coordinator for Texas Discovery Gardens and certified Master Composter,  has a background in forestry and spends her free time gardening, composting and rainwater harvesting at her home in Rockwall.
* A.L. Nickerson is a local supporter of community gardens and started the first community garden in Lake Highlands in April 2008.


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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44.  TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT ACTIVITIES

ATHENS, TX

DECEMBER - MARCH — Rainbow Trout Harvest
Location:  Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
Time:  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost:  Catch & release fishing FREE with admission to the Center; or $5 to harvest up to 5 trout
Details:  Fish for rainbow trout in the center's ponds and streams. Admission fees apply; catch-and-release fishing is free, or pay $5 for the opportunity to harvest up to five trout. Tackle and bait furnished, or bring your own. No treble hooks allowed, and EVERYONE who fishes must check in at the Anglers Pavilion for equipment inspection and orientation before beginning to fish. Harvest fee must be paid in advance. Bring your own ice chest and ice for harvested fish. No fishing license is required. Accessible for the mobility impaired.  
For More Information:  903-676-BASS.

MARCH 7 — Fly Fish Texas
Location:  Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
Time:  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost:  $5.50/adults;  $4.50/senior citizens;  $3.50 children 12 and under
Details:  Flyfishing clubs and anglers from across Texas come to TFFC to share flyfishing tips and techniques and teach them to others. Aimed at the novice fly fisher, this event is designed to teach you how to tie a fly, cast it and catch a fish with it-all in the same day. Visit the event Web page or watch the video for more information. Accessible for the mobility impaired.
For More Information:  903-676-BASS.


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CEDAR HILL, TX

FEBRUARY 7 – Traveling the Talala Trail
Location: Cedar Hill State Park
Time:  1:00 - 3p.m.
Details: Hike the Talala Trail, identifying some of the plants and animals of the area along the way. This approximately two-mile hike will be at a slow pace allowing for discussion and learning. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and a snack. Meet at the Talala Trailhead.
For More Information: 972-291-5940 or 972-291-3900, ext. 232.

FEBRUARY 14 – Mammals - Our Furry Friends
Location: Cedar Hill State Park
Time:  1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Details: Learn about the different mammals at the park as we share different stories about the animals. 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.

FEBRUARY 21 – Duck Pond Trail Nature Walk
Location: Cedar Hill State Park
Time:  10:30-Noon
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 Duck Pond Trail Head.
For More Information: 972-291-5940 or 972-291-3900, ext. 232.

MARCH 7 – Mammals - Our Furry Friends
Location: Cedar Hill State Park
Time:  2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Details: Learn about the different mammals at the park as we share different stories about the animals. 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.

MARCH 7 – Traveling the Talala Trail
Location: Cedar Hill State Park
Time:  10:00 a.m. - Noon
Details:  Hike the Talala Trail, identifying some of the plants and animals of the area along the way. This approximately two-mile hike will be at a slow pace allowing for discussion and learning. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and a snack. Meet at the Talala Trailhead.
For More Information: 972-291-5940 or 972-291-3900, ext. 232.

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DENTON, TX

MAY 30-31 - Texas Outdoor Family Workshop

Location: Eisenhower State Park
Time:  Call for times
Cost:  $55/family (up to eight)
Reservations Required
For Reservations:  
Click here to email or call 512-389-8903 or 903-465-1956 (M-F; 9-6)
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, e-mail



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EUSTACE, TX (Henderson/Van Zandt Counties)

FEBRUARY 7 – Campfire Skills
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Call: 903-425-2332.
Details:  Campfires were once essential survival skill, now campfires are mostly for enjoyment around a campsite. Come learn basic fire building skills, the use of safe fire starters and how to keep kids safe. Bring marshmallows to roast and enjoy a movie afterwards. Accessible for the mobility impaired.

FEBRUARY 14 – Night Hike
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Call: 903-425-2332.
Details:  Meet at the overflow camping area parking lot and take a hike into the dark. Learn about nocturnal animals at the park and how your senses are affected by darkness. The hike is approximately one mile.

FEBRUARY 21 – Stargazing
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Call: 903-425-2332.
Details:  Come explore the night sky and make your own star wheel and learn how to use it. Accessible for the mobility impaired.

FEBRUARY 28 – Basic Compass Skills
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Call: 903-425-2332.
Details:  Learn the basics of compass use and participate in activities where we use your newly acquired skills.

MARCH 14– Interpretive Canoe Tour
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
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.

MARCH 14 – 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.

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GLEN ROSE, TX

MARCH 14, 28 - Bird Program

Location: Dinosaur Valley State Park
Time:  Dusk-till; weather and staff permitting
Cost:  $55/family (up to eight)
Reservations Required
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


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JACKSBORO, TX

FEBRUARY 14 – Family Fishing Day
Location: Fort Richardson State Park & Historical Site & Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway
Time:  9 a.m. - Noon
Details: Bring the family to fish on Quarry Lake. Prizes given out for first fish, biggest fish and most fish caught. The lake will be stocked with rainbow trout, bass, catfish and perch. Accessible for the mobility impaired.
For More Information:  940-567-3506.

FEBRUARY 21-22 – WWII Living History Day
Location: Fort Richardson State Park & Historical Site & Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway
Time:  Sat: 9 a.m. - Noon;  Sun: 9a.m. - 4pm
Details: This event honors the Lost Battalion, a Texas National Guard unit which mobilized at Fort Richardson during WWII. Living historians will be performing on the parade grounds all day Saturday, including a battle and a weapons demonstration during the afternoon. They will also be available to visit with both days. Complimentary refreshments served to all veterans at the Interpretive Center. Accessible for the mobility impaired. 
For More Information:  940-567-3506.


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MINERAL WELLS, TX

FEBRUARY 7 — Bird Walk  on the Trailway
Location: Lake Mineral Wells SP & Trailway
Time:  9-11a.m
Reservations Required
Call: 940-328-1171
Details: Take a guided birding walk on the State Trailway to locate and identify birds of the Cross Timbers area. We will begin our walk at the Weatherford Trailhead on the east end of the State Trailway in Weatherford near Cartwright City Park. See birds in three different habitats: open prairie, Post Oak-Blackjack Oak Woodlands and lake shore. We will have binoculars on hand to loan to those without.

FEBRUARY 14 — Penitentiary Hollow Wild Walk
Location: Lake Mineral Wells SP & Trailway
Time:  1-3p.m.
Reservations Required
Call: 940-328-1171
Details: Take a guided birding walk on the State Trailway to locate and identify birds of the Cross Timbers area. We will begin our walk at the Weatherford Trailhead on the east end of the State Trailway in Weatherford near Cartwright City Park. See birds in three different habitats: open prairie, Post Oak-Blackjack Oak Woodlands and lake shore. We will have binoculars on hand to loan to those without.

FEBRUARY 21 — Kid's Wilderness Survival
Location: Lake Mineral Wells SP & Trailway
Time:  1-4p.m.
Reservations Required
Call: 940-328-1171
Details: This course is a fun way for kids to learn what to do if they become lost. It includes interactive games, demonstrations and a hike on the nature trail. Kids must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or youth group leader.

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PILOT POINT, TX

Ray Roberts Lake SP/Johnson Branch Unit

APRIL 18 — Fish-On
Location:  Ray Roberts Lake SP/Johnson Branch Unit
Time:  9a.m. - 1p.m.
Details: Fish have schools and so do anglers! Catch your limit of fish and fun while learning the basics of fishing through our interactive Angler Education Program. We furnish all tackle and bait or you can bring your own. We'll also have drawings for door prizes and free hotdogs for lunch. Accessible for the mobility, visually and hearing impaired.
For More Information: (940) 637-2294.


Ray Roberts Lake/Isle du Bois Unit

MARCH 28 — Fish-On
Location:  Ray Roberts Lake SP/Johnson Branch Unit
Time:  9am-1 p.m.
Details: Fish have schools and so do anglers! Catch your limit of fish and fun while learning the basics of fishing through our interactive Angler Education Program. We furnish all tackle and bait or you can bring your own. We'll also have drawings for door prizes and free hotdogs for lunch. Accessible for the mobility, visually and hearing impaired.
For More Information: (940) 686-2148.

APRIL 18-19 — Texas Outdoor Family Workshop
Location:  Ray Roberts Lake SP/Johnson Branch Unit
Time:  Call for times
Cost:  $55/family (up to eight)
Reservations Required
For Reservations:  Click here to email or call 512-389-8903 or 903-465-1956 (M-F; 9-6)
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.


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ROCKWALL, TX

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TYLER, TX

FEBRUARY 7 — Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration
Location:  
Tyler State Park
Time:  
10 a.m. - 11:15 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

FEBRUARY 21 — Make Fire!
Location:  
Tyler State Park
Time:  
4-6pm

Details:    Learn to start a campfire with and without matches, then stay awhile and enjoy the fellowship around the fire. Bring a chair, a drink and what ever you want to roast. Accessible for the mobility impaired.
For More Information:  903-597-5338

FEBRUARY 28 — Let's Go Birding!
Location:  
Tyler State Park
Time:  
8:30 a.m. - 10a.m.

Details:    We'll go on an easy to moderate hike to find where the birds are, observe them in the wild so you can add them to your lists. Check at the park headquarters for location of the hike. Bring binoculars, a field guide and comfortable shoes; no pets please
For More Information:  903-597-5338

APRIL 25-26 — Texas Outdoor Family Workshop
Location:  Tyler State Park
Time:  Call for times
Cost:  $55/family (up to eight)
Reservations Required
For Reservations:  Click here to email or call 512-389-8903 or 903-465-1956 (M-F; 9-6)
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.



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

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45.  THEATER PERFORMANCES AT CASA MANANA CHILDREN’S THEATER

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 2008-2009 Season:

FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 8 -- Miss Nelson is Missing!
The students in room 207 just won’t follow the rules and are not being respectful to their teacher, Miss Nelson. One morning, Miss Nelson is mysteriously missing from school, which makes her students believe they have succeeded in driving her away. Their celebration quickly ends when the substitute teacher, the mean and scary Miss Viola Swamp, descends upon the classroom. You’ll love what happens next in this new musical based upon the popular children’s books by Harry Allard and James Marshall.

APRIL 3 - 19 -- Rockin' with Mother Goose
See Jack & Jill, Humpty Dumpty, Little Bo Beep and more of those beloved characters as we present the classic Mother Goose rhymes to upbeat, catchy music. There are little life lessons tucked into each song to help teach children about good manners, safety and responsibility. Developed by local artists Brad Jackson and Alex Vorse, this world premiere musical puts a new spin on the classics to make your favorite rhymes come alive.

MAY 1 - 17 -- A Year with Frog & Toad
The Tony Award-nominated adaptation of the beloved Arnold Lobel classic stories where cheery Frog and grumpy Toad leap off the page to the stage just in time for blossoming, bird-chirping spring. With hilarious and tender songs inspired by snazzy jazzy music, this charming musical comedy gloriously suggests that having a very best friend for flying kites, racing sleds and baking cookies, is as good as it gets.

Order Season Tickets!
Order a 6-Show Season Ticket package to secure GREAT SEATS for these fantastic, family fun productions at Casa Mañana Theatre.  And as a Season Subscriber, you will receive a discount equal to seeing ONE SHOW FREE!

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


The Children's Playhouse Producers Circle
Two rows of seats in front of Sections 2 and 3 are reserved exclusively for members of The Children's Playhouse Producers Circle.  Join today and receive a free seating upgrade, plus other fantastic benefits.  
For More Information: Call 817-321-5013.

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46.  PERFORMANCES AT CATS THEATER IN ARLINGTON

2008 Summer Series Shows
Tickets:  $6 regular admission
             $5 for lap passes for children 0-3 years old


2008/2009 Children's Show Schedule:

JANUARY 30 - FEBRUARY 8 -- Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
A teenager who works on his school's stage crew, is knocked out by a co-worker and finds himself transported back to the thrilling days of King Arthur, Queen Guenevere and the Knights and Ladies of the Round Table. Hank, who has been studying astronomy, predicts an eclipse of the sun and is hailed a great wizard. He is knighted "Sir Boss" and sets about modernizing Camelot, complete with telephones, bicycles and T-shirts. But the king's wicked half-sister plots against Camelot, planning an invasion with her own army. How "Sir Boss" overcomes the evil plot and finds his way back to Hartford, Connecticut, provides fun and excitement for everyone.
Intermission Tea Party with the Characters:
Make your reservations early, there are only 30 seats.
Cost $5.00 per person


FEBRUARY 27 - MARCH 8 -- Boxcar Children
Auditions: January 12-13
This story is about four children: Henry James Alden, 14; Jessie Alden, 12; Violet Alden, 10; Benny Alden, 4, and their dog Watch. Upon the death of their mother and father, their grandfather assumes custody of the children, but they run away because they believe him to be cruel. Finding an abandoned boxcar, they start a new life of independence. A man named Dr. Moore, who lives in a nearby city, hires Henry to do jobs around his home, such as mowing the lawn and organizing his garage. With the help of Henry's income and living off the land, the children are able to take care of themselves until Violet becomes ill and they must go to Dr. Moore for assistance.
Intermission Tea Party with the Characters:
Make your reservations early, there are only 30 seats.
Cost $5.00 per person

MARCH 27 - APRIL 5 -- Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny
Auditions:  February 2-3
Peter Rabbit is lucky to have escaped Mr. MacGregor's garden, but then his cousin Benjamin suggests they go back together for Peter's missing coat and shoes.
Intermission Tea Party with the Characters:
Make your reservations early, there are only 30 seats.
Cost $5.00 per person

MAY 1 - 10 -- Into the Woods (2009 Fundraiser Show)
Open Auditions:  March 9-10

Annual Auction to be held during the show
Tickets are 3 for $5
A childless baker and his wife cannot have a child until they follow the bidding of the witch next door to get a cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn, and the slipper as pure as gold. Good thing, then that they've got neighbors named Jack, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Cinderella to help them before (and after) Happily Ever After.
Intermission Tea Party with the Characters:
Make your reservations early, there are only 30 seats.
Cost $5.00 per person


Summer Shows:
JUNE 16-18 -- Go Dog, Go
JULY 7-9 -- Dear Edina, Jr.
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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47.  COTTAGE THEATER – CREATIVE ARTS IN ACTION

Creative Arts in Action’s Cottage Theater Presents:


FEBRUARY 27 - MARCH 2 – The Sound of Music
Times:  
Fri, Sat, Mon (Feb 27, 28, Mar 2): 7:30pm
            Sat, Sun (Feb 28, Mar 1):  
2:30 pm
Tickets:  $10/adults; $8/students; free/small lap children.
No baby carriers or strollers, etc.
To Purchase Tickets:  817-281-2293
Auditions December 2 & 4:  Click here for details



AUDITIONS:
Auditions for The Sound of Music Will Be Held:  December 2 & 4
To set an audition appointment:  
Anicia Brown at 817-571-9839 or Click Here to email

Call Backs:  December 9 at 4:30pm
Rehearsals:  Tues/Thurs (Dec 11 - Feb 19) from 4:30 - 6:30pm
Performances:  February 27 - March 2


For More Information:
  817-281-2293

www.creativeartsinaction.com    
 

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48.  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:
FEBRUARY 6 - 28 -- Harvey
This Pulitzer-Prize winningplay by Mary Chase is about a man whose best friend is a "pooka" (a mischievous, magical creature from Celtic mytholgy) named Harvey - in the firm of a six-foot three-and-one-half inch rabbit.  The classic story iof Elwood is one of the most beloved and enduring comedies of the century; in 1950 it was made into amove sarring James Stewart as Elwood.


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:
JANUARY 3 - 31 -- The Emperor and the Nightingale
Follows the story of a beautiful singing nightingale who learns a lesson about love and believing in herself.

FEBRUARY 7 - 28 -- The Brave Little Tailor
A brave little tailor outsmarts two giants pretending to be queens.

MARCH 7 - APRIL 11 -- Disney's Aladdin, Jr.
Take a magic carpet ride in the adaption of the Disney hit,  Includes Aladdin, Jasmine, and or course, the Genie.

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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49.  PERFORMANCES AT BASS PERFORMANCE HALL

Broadway at the Bass Presents:
FEBRUARY 3 - 8 -- CATS
MARCH 10-15 -- High School Musical On Stage
APRIL 21-26 -- Driving Miss Daisy (Pulitzer Prize-Winning Play by Alfred Uhry)

Tickets:  
$75 Orchestra/Box Tier; $65 Mezzanine;  $45 Lower Gallery;  $30 Upper Gallery

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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50.  DALLAS CHILDREN’S THEATER PERFORMANCES

2008 - 2009 Season:

JANUARY 23 - FEBRUARY 22 -- Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type
FEBRUARY 15 - MARCH 1 -- Honus & Me
MARCH 20 - APRIL 19 -- The Tale of Peter Rabbit
APRIL 3 - MAY 3 --- dont u luv me? (young adult series)
MAY 1 - MAY 17 -- And Then They Came for Me (young adult series)
JUNE 19 - JULY 26 -- The Neverending Story


Ticket Prices:
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 individual tickets:
        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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51.  PLANO CHILDREN’S THEATER PERFORMANCES

FEBRUARY 6-21 – Peter Pan
FEBRUARY 6-21 – My Fair Lady

Location:  Plano Children's Theatre

Tickets: $7 in advance and $9 at the door.

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.


Tickets:      $7 in advance;  $9 at the door (children’s productions)

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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52.  TEXAS BALLET THEATER PERFORMANCES

The Texas Ballet Theater is offering homeschoolers special ticket pricing on the best seats available,
during select performances.  The dates and times of these performances are listed below.

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.


2008-2009 SEASON



FEBRUARY 13, 14, 15 – Swan Lake
Location:  
The Majestic Theater, Dallas
Special Homeschool Tickets for February 14, 2pm Performance
Homeschool Price:  $20/ticket (best available seating)
To Reserve Homeschool Tickets:  Call Cyndee Weeks 877-828-9200, ext 126
You must mention HEART of Texas to get the special ticket price.

FEBRUARY 20, 21, 22Swan Lake
Location:  Bass Hall Performance Hall, Ft. Worth
Special Homeschool Tickets for February 21, 2pm Performance
Homeschool Price:  $20/ticket (best available seating)
To Reserve Homeschool Tickets:  Call Cyndee Weeks 877-828-9200, ext 126

You must mention HEART of Texas to get the special ticket price.

MARCH 27, 28, 29Cleopatra (Rated PG-13)
Location:  Bass Hall Performance Hall, Ft. Worth
Special Homeschool Tickets for March 28, 2pm Performance

Homeschool Price:  $20/ticket (best available seating)
To Reserve Homeschool Tickets:  Call Cyndee Weeks 877-828-9200, ext 126

You must mention HEART of Texas to get the special ticket price.

For General Ticket Information: 877-828-9200


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53.  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:

2008-2009 Season:
Bob the Builder (at Majestic Theater)
15% Homeschool Discount
Show Times:
Feb. 21 at 11a.m., 4p.m, & 7p.m.
                       
Feb 22 at 2p.m. & 5p.m.
Come see BOB THE BUILDER and his team embark in a brand new adventure! Bob and his team- even Farmer Pickles, Pilchard and Bird- work together to save Sunflower Valley from Spud's old tricks! And this time, the friends pull together to build the first ever Sunflower Valley recycling plant and wind farm!
To Order your Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com/bobatschool
Special password:  SCHOOL
Please email to Susan Frederick at sjf@jsoft.com and let her know how many tickets and which date, so she can keep track of the number of people needed to make the minimum of 20.

More Details to Follow About the Following Performances:
Frost/Nixon:  
April 28-May 3
15% Homeschool Discount
Show Times:  April 28, 2009 at 8pm
                    April 29, 2009 at 8pm
                    April 30, 2009 at 8pm   
                    May 1, 2009 at 8pm
                    May 2, 2009 at 2pm
                    May 3, 2009 at 2pm and 8pm
To Order Your Tickets:  www.ticketmaster.com/promo/sviyp1
Special password:  FROST

Fiddler on the Roof:  May 20 & 21: 8p.m. (Music Hall at Fair Park)
Wizard of Oz:  June 18: 2p.m. 8p.m. (Music Hall at Fair Park)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang:  June 29: 8p.m. & July 2: 2p.m. (Music Hall at Fair Park)
Mary Poppins:  September 24: 2p.m. & Sept 30: 8p.m. (Texas State Fair Show/Fair Park Music Hall)
101 Dalmatians: Date tba

For the Texas State Fair shows, your theater ticket also gives you free admission to the fair for that day. In 2007 we had a great response for the Lion King but we skipped the Color Purple in 2008.


Questions: Click Here to Contact Susan Frederick

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


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54.  AMON CARTER EXHIBITS

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:
SEPTEMBER 20 - JANUARY 11 (2009) -- Sentimental Journey: The Art of Alfred Jacob Miller
Embark on a captivating visual adventure in this special exhibition of paintings and drawings by Alfred Jacob Miller (1810–1874), the first American artist to journey into the heart of the Rocky Mountains. See his first-hand depictions of the Lakota, Shoshone, and Nez Perces he encountered, and meet the last of the true fur trappers and traders of the nineteenth-century American West.

OCTOBER 26 - APRIL 19 -- An American Original: George Bellows, His Lithographs, and the 1936 Texas Centennial
Experience the fascinating and diverse lithographs of famed American painter and printmaker George Bellows (1882–1925) in this special exhibition from the Carter’s permanent collection.

NOVEMBER 15 - FEBRUARY 15, 2009 -- Mary Lucier:  the Plains of Sweet Regret
Enter a hauntingly beautiful world of landscape and loss in a video installation that brings into view, through music and imagery, the rapid depopulation of the northern plains.  Laced with both melancholy and loveliness, this work by video artist Marcy Lulcier examines the seismic changes that have swept away family farms, and ranches, small towns, and rural schools.


SECOND SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH:  Family Fun Days
Time:  
1-4 p.m.
Admission:  
FREE

DECEMBER 14 -- Holiday Howdy
Get into the holiday spirit with fun art exploration and creative hands-on activities inspired by the Carter’s incredible collection of western art.

JANUARY 11 -- Arty Animals
Make tracks to the Carter for this fun-filled family day. Explore the “wild” side of the Carter’s collection, then unleash your creativity with art-making activities.



Location:
 Amon Carter Art Museum

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


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55.  DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART EXHIBITS  

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs
October 3, 2008–May 17, 2009

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs provides insight into the life of Tutankhamun and other royals of the 18th Dynasty (1555–1305 B.C.). All of the treasures in the exhibition are between 3,300 and 3,500 years old.

Tutankhamun was one of the last kings of Egypt’s 18th Dynasty and ruled during a crucial, turmoil-filled period of Egyptian history.The boy king died under mysterious circumstances around age 18 or 19, in the ninth year of his reign (1323 B.C.).

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs offers glimpses of that evolving period. On display are fifty of Tutankhamun’s burial objects, including his royal diadem — the gold crown discovered encircling the head of his mummified body that he likely wore as king — and one of the gold and precious stone inlaid canopic coffinettes that contained his mummified internal organs.

More than seventy additional objects from tombs of 18th Dynasty royals, as well as several non-royal individuals, are also exhibited. These stone, faience, and wood pieces from burial sites before Tut’s reign give visitors a sense of what the lost burials of other royalty and commoners may have been like.

To Reserve Tickets for Your Group:  
Call Cilecia Foster at 213-763-2135 and mention HEART of Texas when you call.
Information Flyer pdf available at:  http://www.heartoftex.org/downloads/downloads.html

No deposit required to make a reservation.

$100 Free Gas Card:  If your group is at least 50 miles from the exhibit (every 40 people including students and teachers), receive a $100 free gas card.

1 complimentary chaperone ticket:  For every 10 student tickets purchased

Educators Guide/Lesson Plans:  Available on the website soon at www.kingtut.org.

To View Exhibit Video:  Click Here

For an Exhibition Preview:  Click Here



Family Activities:
Family activities are free with paid admission. No registration is necessary.
Please call 214-922-1822 for more information.


Family Audio Tour:
Join Arturo, the Museum’s family mascot, for an interactive Family Audio Tour. Three fun-filled tours are available for ages 5–11 at the Visitor Services Desk at no charge.


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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56.  KIMBALL ART MUSEUM EXHIBITS

THROUGH FEBRUARY 15 -- Reconstructing the Renaissance:  Paintings from an Altarpiece by Fra Angelico
In this focus exhibition, shown only at the Kimbell, we reunite the Museum’s great Fra Angelico painting with the ensemble to which it originally belonged. The other four paintings in the group come to us from collections in New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Florence.
  
Fra Angelico was a central figure in the development of painting in Renaissance Italy and remains among the most beloved artists of all time. He was a pioneer of the new representational style championed in Florence in the early 15th century by Brunelleschi, Masaccio, and Donatello, and one of the great artistic minds of his age. When the Kimbell acquired his Saint James Freeing the Magician Hermogenes in 1986, it became one of the most important early Italian paintings in the United States.
  
The occasion for the exhibition is the Kimbell’s publication this fall of Laurence Kanter’s book Reconstructing the Renaissance: Saint James Freeing Hermogenes by Fra Angelico. Kanter brought the five altarpiece panels together for the first time in living memory in a Fra Angelico exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2005. In his new book he synthesizes all past attempts at reconstructing the altarpiece, including his own, and uses new technical studies and archival research to refine and correct them. His discussion of the original context, physical and artistic, of the Kimbell’s Fra Angelico painting provides an excellent opportunity to reunite the five panels again in a way that reflects new ideas he has developed about the order in which they were originally placed.


To Learn More About this Exhibit:  Click Here  


MARCH 15 -JUNE 14 – Art & Love in Renaissance Italy
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 This Special Exhibit:    
    $14 for adults
    $12 for seniors age 60 and over and students with ID
    $10 for children between 6 and 11.
    Children under 6 are free, as are Museum Members.

An Acoustiguide audio tour is included in the ticket price.

Members may purchase an audio tour for $3.

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).

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.

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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57.  MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE

Raise the Roof - An Exhibit About Buildings
If walls could talk, what sorts of secrets, surprises or extraordinary engineering feats would they reveal? Discover the story behind the structures we humans spend 90 percent of our lives within

The exhibit will feature buildings and building science from around the world, including a Collapsible Dome.

Other highlights include a Mongolian ger (sometimes called a yurt), a home not so unlike those found in Western societies, yet composed of a round shape with a low ceiling and constructed of felt, rawhide, and canvas. Inside the ger, kids can play house and learn how these marvelous homes are constructed.

Near the ger will be recreated mud brick ruins of Çatalhöyük, from what is believed to be the world's oldest city. An archaeological dig of the 9,000 year-old area, located near Ankara, Turkey, is still only a portion of the way through a 25-year study.

The ruins lead to Timber!, an activity station that allows you to examine and work with a variety of hand crafted wooden joints. An activity at the center of this area lets you assemble ingenious wooden joints held together beautifully without nails.

And what about your dogs? They need homes too, so the interactive computer game Dogtastrophe will let people design dog houses that can survive things like a snow blower blizzard or a lawn sprinkler flood.

A skyscraper area will immerse you in an environment of steel, concrete, and glass to help you realize that lots of engineering know-how goes into making a building tall. A 3-D "View From the Top," lets people look down the side of a building -- from 40 stories above. The forces of tension and compression can be tested in the Build a Truss and Triangle Tryout sections. An earthquake shake table will show how different buildings respond to different quake frequencies and a tuned mass damper simulates the work of the big moving weights used in some tall buildings to slow their sway during wind gusts.

Other exhibit features include Listening to the Walls, a story area and activity drawn from interviews with blind and visually impaired people who navigate through buildings using their sense of sound. In Cultural Design Rules a panel compares a house plan from Levittown, N.Y., an American home design standard, to the standards of Feng Shui, a practical design philosophy guided by the flow of spiritual energy.




Your Incredible Body
Where does sweat come from? Why does the body shiver when it’s cold? Why do we sneeze when we’re allergic to something? Everyday your body is continually under fire from countless factors threatening the delicate internal balance needed to function properly. From the day you are born, your systems are under siege from the environment, so why is it that we aren’t forced to live in a sterile, highly regulated environment? Our bodies engage in a constant cycle of balance – a process called homeostasis. Every organism from a single cell to an entire human being experiences homeostasis. Join MNS on an incredible journey through the human body as you and your family discover a unique internal look at how our bodies work.

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. The 2000 sq. ft. exhibit features 24 interactive kiosks with multimedia games, fun learning stations and engaging explorations. Begin with the immune and digestive systems to discover balance in an entire body system before moving on to a single organ – the skin. Finish this mesmerizing exhibit with a closer look at DNA and homeostasis in a single cell.

Kids will love exploring stations that utilize a variety of fun and engaging learning tools while parents get the opportunity to learn about some topics a little more in depth. There is something for everyone in this fascinating exhibition about balance in the body, ensuring a fun-filled afternoon!


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

ONSITE Exhibits:
Ancient Microworlds
Applied science collides with the visual arts in the high-tech practice of macrophotography
http://www.natureandscience.org/exhibits/ancient_microworlds.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    

Disaster Zone
Explore natural disasters that from time to time visit us in Texas: tornadoes, ice storms, flash floods, earthquakes, wildfires, lightning, and hail.
http://www.natureandscience.org/exhibits/disaster_zone.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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58.  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 Omni Theater is under renovation and will reopen in late spring 2008. 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

JANUARY 17 - MAY 10 -- Living in Space is Out of this World
(1st floor of the National Cowgirl Musuem & Hall of Fame)
Admission:
Included with regular exhibit admission (see above)
Details:  Inspired by the International Space Station (ISS) and created in collaboration with NASA, Living in Space allows children to experience the challenging and rewarding environment of this historic project. You can experience sleeping, dressing, and working like astronauts, becoming ISS crewmembers for a day.
For More Information:  Click Here


EXPLORAZONE EXHIBITS

THROUGH MAY 26 -- “Seeing”
Grades: 3-12; Systems; Psychology
Seeing is believing, or is it? Investigate the phenomena of perception and learn why seeing may be believing for some of us, even though we can’t always believe what we see. Seeing questions our notion of objective reality; provides insights into how the eye and brain function together; and determines what we see or think we see. The exhibit is the latest installment from San Francisco’s Exploratorium.
For More Information: http://www.fortworthmuseum.org/exhibits/explorazone_OIC07.html    

 
Dinosaur Roundup
Explore our prehistoric past in Dinosaur roundup at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, our temporary home during construction.  Meet some of North Texas' earliest inhabitants, play the role of a junior paleontologist and have some Cretaceous fun.


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.


FREE FAMILY FRIDAYS (last Friday of the month)

DECEMBER 26
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).



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59. NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER

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

JANUARY 24 - APRIL 5 - George Segal: Street Scenes
Although he initially focused his efforts on painting, George Segal’s career took a turn in the early 1960s when he began making plaster casts of his family and friends to create life-size figures that he presented together with elements from everyday environments, such as chairs, benches, window frames, and other building fragments. Stimulating both the return to figuration and the rise of installation art in the 1960s and 70s, the work of George Segal (1924–2000) is widely recognized as one of the most important contributions to the art of the second half of the twentieth century.

This spring, the Nasher Sculpture Center will present the sculptor’s unique investigations of the human condition in the urban environment.  Featuring 15 of Segal’s single- and multi-figure installations from the early 1960s to the end of his career in the 1990s, George Segal: Street Scenes is the first exhibition to offer a focused exploration of the themes of urban life in the artist’s work.

www.nashersculpturecenter.org


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

Journey into Amazing Caves 
Ticket Prices:  $7/adult; $6/child (3-11) and seniors (62+); $6 students 18+
Details: All over our planet there are landscapes that hold caves beneath them. Challenged by the underground frontier and inspired by the secrets it may yield, cavers share a passion for exploration. Journey into Amazing Caves follows Hazel Barton and Nancy Aulenbach on an adventure to explore caves in canyon walls, in glaciers and beneath the rainforests of Mexico. In these unusual and hostile places, Barton, a microbiologist, searches for tiny organisms that somehow survive there. The microorganisms that live in environments with no light, few nutrients, and in the case of glaciers, locked in ice for hundreds or thousands of years, have developed unique survival tactics and lethal weapons against other organisms that compete for the same, few nutrients. Barton studies this subterranean life in hopes it may point to new drugs or antibiotics to fight human illness.

Wired to Win
Ticket Prices:  $7/adult; $6/child (3-11) and seniors (62+); $6 students 18+
Details: Australian pro cyclist Baden Cooke and his French teammate Jimmy Caspar are two of the 200 riders competing in the legendary Tour de France. Just to finish in Paris, they will need to avoid danger, stave off crushing pain and fatigue, control their emotions, seize fleeting moments of opportunity, and stay highly motivated. As the race crosses the Alps and the Pyrenees, the film combines spectacular live-action footage with cutting-edge computer graphics and medical imagery to demonstrate how each brain responds to experience and challenge in ways we're only just beginning to understand.


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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61.  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.

JANUARY 5 - FEBRUARY 26 -- Ride Around the World
Cost: $7/adults; $6/children 3-12 and Seniors 60+
Order Tickets:
Details:  
Ride Around the World, takes you on a spectacular journey through Morocco, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, British Columbia and Texas, to meet vaqueros, gauchos, baqueanos and cowboys who are part of a single global horse culture – an unbroken trail stretching back 1,500 years. These rugged men and women were often first to settle the wild frontiers, lay the foundation in language, music and dress for the entire New World, and shape a culture. Filmed in exotic and rarely visited locations, Ride Around the World includes some of the most spectacular horse footage ever seen on an IMAX® screen, truly a profound visual and cultural experience.
For More Information About this Film:  www.ridearoundtheworld.com/


JANUARY 23 - MARCH 5 -- The Dark Knight: The IMAX Experience

(RATED PG-13)

Tickets:  $10/adults; $8/children (3-12) and seniors (60+)
Group Rates Available
Order Tickets: 817-255-9540 or Click Here for online ordering
Details: This film is rated PG-13 by the MPAA “for intense sequences of violence and some menace.” Children under 13 will not be admitted unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Museum strongly encourages parents to use discretion before bringing children under 13 to this movie.
In The Dark Knight, Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good, with the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent.  The triumvirate proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as the Joker, who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces the Dark Knight ever closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante.
To Read More About the Film:
Click Here

Deep Sea
Cost:
$7/adults; $6/children 3-12 and Seniors 60+
Details: Dive in this spring when Deep Sea debuts at the Omni Theater, an IMAX dome at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Through the magic of IMAX technology, audiences will be transported below the ocean surface to swim with some of the planet’s most unique, dangerous and colorful creatures, from the unusual Wolf Eel to the Giant Pacific Octopus.  Deep Sea brings moviegoers face to face with these underwater inhabitants to witness their peculiar and amazing behavior as they rely on one another for survival.
For more information about Deep Sea:  www.imax.com/deepsea


Dinosaurs Alive
Cost: $7/adults; $6/children 3-12 and Seniors 60+
Details: Dinosaurs Alive brings dinosaurs, their behaviors and their ancient environments to life on screen as never before seen—juxtaposing stunningly realistic and scientifically accurate computer generated imagery (CGI) with intriguing 1920s documentary footage, dramatic new scenes of real fossils and current dinosaur hunting expeditions. Using state-of-the-art techniques, the filmmakers have created an array of amazingly life-like creatures based on the latest fossil evidence so that audiences can experience these creatures on the giant screen.
For more information about Dinosaurs Alive!: www.dinosalive.com    


Mummies:  Secrets of the Pharaohs
Cost: $7/adults; $6/children 3-12 and Seniors 60+
Details: Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs unravels some of the mysteries enshrouding the ancient royal mummies; how they were embalmed and where they were hidden; and also recreates the dramatic story of their recovery.   Interwoven throughout the film’s historic narrative is a modern-day forensic story, a scientific journey to extract clues about our past that could have an impact on our future.  More than a decade ago, Dr. Brier and a colleague used the clues he had assembled to perform the first human mummification in the Egyptian style since the time of the pharaohs.  Now, in the film, he and a DNA specialist check in on the progress of that modern mummy and conduct key genetic testing.  The forensic aspect of the film includes a scientific first—a discovery that could help researchers understand how ancient diseases have evolved into modern-day counterparts. Perhaps the DNA held in mummies like Rameses will be able to help to cure people today.
For more information about Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs:  http://www.mummiesfilm.com/    


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62.  PROGRAMS AT LOG CABIN VILLAGE

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

JANUARY 10 -- Watcha Got Cookin'?
Time: 1:00—4:00 p.m.
Cost:  Regular Village Admission plus $2 craft fee to make a "foodie" craft
No reservation required.
Details:
Join us in welcoming the Prairie Dog Chapter of the Lone Star Dutch Oven Society to the Village as they show us how everything from soup to dessert can be prepared in a cast iron pot! Get your hands “dirty” as you discover frontier foodways for yourself. The weather may be cool, but things will be heating up around here!

Please note, the village will be closed January 26 - February 9

FEBRUARY 21 -- The Art of Necessity
Time: 1:00—4:00 p.m.
Cost:  Regular Village Admission plus $2 craft fee to make a "necessary" craft
No reservation required.
Details: 
The daily chores of the nineteenth century are the lost arts of today! Members of the South Central Region of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America, Inc., will be on hand showcasing some of the skills used during this creative time period. Then dig in to try your hand at carding, dyeing, spinning, and weaving cotton, wool, and other fibers!


MARCH 13 -- Timber Tales Storytime
Time: 10:00—11:00 a.m.
Cost:  Regular Village Admission plus $3 fee
Reservation required:
817-392-5881
Details:
Featured story: Texas Zeke and the Longhorn by David Davis. Can Zeke get his ornery longhorn home? With a little help from “friends,” this cowboy will be enjoying his chili in no time! $3 fee includes a story, fun activities, and a craft, all geared towards 3-5 year olds.


MARCH 14 -- Tooling Around . . .
Time: 1:00—4 p.m.
Cost:  Regular Village Admission; no craft fee
No Reservation Required

Details:
Grab your punches and your awls...it’s time to craft leather! Fort Worth ’s own Lone Star Leather Crafters Guild will be here demonstrating their fine work and giving Village visitors the chance to stamp a little leather on their own!  Crafts for this event are generously provided by Tandy Leather Factory.


For More Information:  www.logcabinvillage.org

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63.  DALLAS HERITAGE VILLAGE

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

March 1 Theme:
"How Does Your Garden Grow?
Join us at the Farmstead and help us prepare our spring garden! Then plant your own seed and watch it grow this spring!
May 3 Theme:  Wood Works
Explore the buildings and woodcrafts of Dallas Heritage Village. Make your own wood creation to take home!
June 7 Theme: Meet Me at the Village Fair

Celebrate summer with the Villagers as they show off the creations they’ve been working on all spring! Make some ice cream and a crafty creation of your own!


SECOND WEDNESDAYS (SEPT - MAY):
Nip & Tuck's Barnyard Buddies Storytime
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: Join us this spring in the barn behind Millermore for storytime. Hear a story or two and make a craft with your child. All in the only historic village in Dallas!
Monthly Themes:
March Theme
: Woodworks  
March 11 (RSVP by March 10): Miss Meg will read Henry Builds a Cabin by D.B.Johnson

March 25 (RSVP by March 24):  Miss Meg will read Henry Builds a Cabin by D.B.Johnson
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


FEBRUARY 17 - JUNE 16 -- No Hand Idle: Domestic Arts in the 19th CenturyTime

Time:  Tues-Sat: 10a.m. - 4p.m.;  Sun: Noon - 4p.m.
(Special Preview Event -- February 21, 10am -4pm)
Dallas pioneer families had many skills like making warm blankets from scraps of material; turning wood into furniture and tools; and coaxing plants to grow from the ground. Even in
the hardest of times, people can be creative, searching for beauty and creating lasting works of domestic art.

The new Learning Lounge introduces visitors to the crafts of the "No Hand Idle" exhibit. Through hands-on, interactive exhibits, visitors of all ages can try their hand at designing
a quilt's color scheme or working with tools. Explore the changing fashions in quilt fabrics, study Victorian flower painting and learn to distinguish familiar and exotic woods.

Be sure to meet at 1:30 p.m. on the porch of Millermore for daily tours of both Millermore and Sullivan House. You’ll see and learn about 25 quilts from Dallas Heritage Village’s own collection.

For More Information:  Click Here



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64.  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.

NO STAR PARTIES THIS MONTH

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


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65.  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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66.  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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67.  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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68.  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/sports


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69.  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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70.  ELITE TRACK CLUB/CROSS COUNTRY PROGRAM


Over hill & dale to Kansas we go… all the way to the finish line.
We’re ready for another year of off-road fun. With more than 20 years of coaching experience at all levels and ages from 6-21, I feel confident in getting any runner ready for the trials of cross country running. With personal bests of 9:06 (2M), 14:32 (5k), & 30:10 (10k), along with all-state & all-conference awards in high school and college, I have the personal experience of being a top-level runner as well.

My goal this season is to provide an opportunity to run @ the fabled Rim Rock Farm (http://rimrockfarm.net/) in Lawrence, Kansas. The USA Track & Field National Jr. Olympic XC Meet will be there on December 8th, & I’d like to help as many local XC athletes as possible have this nearly once-in-a-lifetime experience that I had back in 1987 as a senior @ UTA. This is true cross country!


For More Information:  Contact Calvin McGill at calmcgill@yahoo.com
                    817-800-3922                                


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71.  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.

Wanted:  Baseball Players!!
If you are a home schooled baseball player, HSAA (Home School Athletic Association) has been providing home schoolers the opportunity to play school ball since 1995.

We are looking for players at the middle school thru varsity levels for the 2008-2009 school year.

Need Help Organizing a Team?
If you have elementary school boys interested in playing baseball with other home school boys, we would be interested in helping you organize a team for your age group. Please feel free to contact Ken Goode at hsaabaseball@yahoo.com.

 

Contact Information:
Commissioner:  Marci Elkins steveandmarcielkins@msn.com    972-489-6055
High School:  Chris Schultz – coachschultz@sbcglobal.net    972-743-7544
Middle School: Christie Warden – volleyballcw@aol.com        214-213-8750


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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72.  THESA RIDERS HOME SCHOOL SPORTS ASSOCIATION

THESA Riders is a home school sports 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 sports:
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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73.  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 sports 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 sports 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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74.  HOME SCHOOL PE PROGRAMS AT VELOCITY SPORTS IN HIGHLAND PARK

Velocity Sports in Highland Park is Offering Home School PE Classes!

Velocity Sports Performance is a sports 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 Sports:
www.velocitysp.com/highlandpark

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

Discount:  Velocity Sports/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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75.  HOME SCHOOL PE PROGRAMS AT VELOCITY SPORTS IN SOUTHLAKE

Velocity Sports in Southlake is Offering Home School PE Classes!

Velocity Sports 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 Sports:
www.velocitysp.com/southlake


Velocity Sports Performance is a sports 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 Sports/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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76.  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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77.  PARKER-TARRANT HOME SCHOOL SPORTS

Parker-Tarrant Home School Sports exists to promote and accomplish sports 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 sports 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 sports 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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78.  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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81.  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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82.  ARLINGTON ASSOCIATION HOME EDUCATORS (AAHE)

Contact:  Yvonne Behneman 972-642-5798

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83.  DENTON COUNTY CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOL ASSOCIATION

A support group for families in the Denton County area!

Contact:  Rosanne LeRoy at 972-317-5032

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83.  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:  
Beverly Stewart at beverlystewart@gmail.com

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84.  KELLER 4H CLUB MEETINGS

Who:  Youths Aged 8-18
What:  Keller 4-H Club
Why:   To learn life skills and meet other students living in Tarrant County and make friends while learning to use spare time creatively and with a parent’s supervision.
Where: Keller Lions Club, on 1709 three blocks east of Hwy. 377 in Keller
When:  1st Tuesday of each month, except January (Meetings are held September – May)

For More Information: Connie Roach at gtodash@verizon.net. 
 
The 4-H clubs are a family organization whose goal is to teach youth life skills and have fun while learning.  The Tarrant County Extension Service provides a number of workshops to teach youth about several of the projects offered through 4-H.  There are about 40 different topics in all and information can be obtained from the website at http://tarrant.tamu.edu/youth/4-H_Home.html,    

To Locate a Club in Your Area: 817-884-1291

What is 4-H?
4H provides youth an opportunity to pursue their own interests - from photography to computer science, from entrepreneurship to entomology.  There are a wide range of activities to choose from. You don’t have to raise livestock to be a member of 4-H!  

4H Clubs also allow young people to serve as officers and learn to conduct meetings, handle club funds, and facilitate group decision-making. In a growing number of communities, 4-H youth serve as youth representatives in municipal or county government or as members of Teen Courts. They give back to their communities. 4-H members get involved in volunteer projects to protect the environment, mentor younger children and help people who are less fortunate.

A list of 4-H projects is available online:  http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/index.html


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85. 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 Tetsch
www.LAHSD.org

SPRING 2009 MEETING TIMES
Tuesday evenings
6:00-7:30 Speech (1st & 3rd)
7:30-7:45 Announcements & snacks (for speech & debate students & parents)
7:45-9:30 Debate (Logic)

No childcare provided.


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86.  NORTH IRVING CHRISTIAN HOME EDUCATORS

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or More Information:  texasniche06@gmail.com

FEBRUARY 4 -- Monthly Meeting
Time:  7:00pm
Location:  The Alcove at Irving Bible Church
Childcare Provided:  
FREE childcare.  Must reserve your space at least 48 hours in advance.  Click here to email Tammy Hutchinson with your your children’s names/ages and let her know you’ll be attending the NICHE meeting.
 
Anita Foster, Senior Communications Officer and Mickey Mason, Health and Safety Manager from the AMERICAN RED CROSS come to talk to our group of home schoolers and those with little ones at home!!!!  We will also have Dr. Trina Bivens come and discuss what ‘must haves’ you will want to stock in your first aid kits for times of trauma/crisis.  Learn how to take care of your HEART and those you hold near and dear to your HEART by attending this meeting!  The American Red Cross will also have items to sell at this meeting, so you may want to bring your checkbook!!! J
 
For More Information:  Click Here to email Bobbi George

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87.  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 sports, and develop friendships.  “Nature, Fitness, Fun, Friendship, Group Learning, No Worries.”

For More Information: Janet Moos jmoos@hotmail.com


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88.  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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89.  SALT EDUCATIONAL CO-OP CLASSES -- DeSOTO, TX

Details:  We offer classes from Nursery - 12th grade on Mondays and/or Wednesdays.  Our class choices range from extracurricular preschool to high school requirements. 

To Register:  We are offering online registration until August 22, 2008, simply go to our website and click on "Registration" to see our Monday Schedule and Wednesday Schedule and Class Catalog.  If you would like to register please send an email requesting a username and password to saltcoop@sbcglobal.net.

For More Information:
saltcoop@sbcglobal.net



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90.  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 Giacumakis at 940-455-2779


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91.  OFFICIAL 2008 -2009 COLLEGE BOARD TEST DATES

2008 PSAT/NMSQT TEST DATES ARE PAST
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.


2008 SAT DATES:


JANUARY 24, 2009
Regular Registration Deadline:  December 26, 2008
Late Registration Deadline (late fee applies):  January 6, 2009

MARCH 14, 2009
Regular Registration Deadline:  February 10, 2009
Late Registration Deadline (late fee applies):  February 24, 2009

MAY 2
Regular Registration Deadline:  March 31, 2009
Late Registration Deadline (late fee applies):  April 9, 2009

JUNE 6
Regular Registration Deadline:  May 5, 2009
Late Registration Deadline (late fee applies):  May 15, 2009

Important Information for Test Takers:
Sunday administrations occur the day after each Saturday test date for students who are unable to take the test on a Saturday due to religious observance.

The Language Tests with Listening are only administered in November.

On March 14, only the SAT Reasoning Test is offered.

For SAT Subject Test Calendar:  Click Here


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


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92.  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. Below are a few of the important concepts that will be covered in this class, but students will learn so much more!


CRITICAL READING:
•    How to cut your Critical Reading time in half
•    The three main question types in all the passages
•    The most common mistake people make on the Dual Reading Passage
•    How not to be fooled by certain questions
•    How to eliminate wrong answer choices  
•    Which words in the answer choice are paramount to circle
•    The four recurring tricks hidden in the answer choices 
•    The vocabulary trick most people fall for
•    The secret to answering the Short Reading Passage
•    The place to look for the main idea in the Short Passage—it’s always the same
•    How to take advantage of the semi-colon or colon clues in the Sentence Completion section
•    How to answer the double blank questions quickly
•    When to ignore the first blank

MATH SECTION:

•    How to rarely use your calculator
•    How to answer the problems the short way
•    What to do with unknown variables
•    The hidden math pattern that screams “this is the answer”
•    How wrong answers point you to right answer
•    How to eliminate 2-3 answers right off the bat
•    Why the order of the answers is so important
•    Three easy geometry rhymes to help your remember formulas
•    The fastest way to answer a fraction question
•    How to dismantle a scary problem

WRITING SECTION:

•    How to write a great essay in 15 minutes
•    What are the essay judges looking for
•    The four C’s and four S’s of a great essay
•    Types of essay topics that might appear
•    The biggest key to an amazing essay
•    The timing mistake to avoid
•    How to make the best use of all the lines provided
•    Recurring patterns and mistakes on the Sentence Error section 
•    The key to finding the Improving Sentence answer quickly
•    Answering Improving Paragraph questions in shorter time
After taking this class students will know what to expect on the SAT and PSAT. On test day there should be no surprises!

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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93.  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

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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94.  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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95.  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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96.  MEALS ON WHEELS, INC. OF TARRANT COUNTY SEEKS HOMESCHOOL FAMILIES TO DELIVER HOT MEALS

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.  

Weekly volunteers select one weekday to drive at the lunch hour.  Meals are picked up from local neighborhood sites and delivered to homes within close proximity.  Delivery typically takes about one hour after meal pick up.  Meals On Wheels, Inc. needs your help in order to continue this much-needed service to the homebound residents in your neighborhood.

Here are some details about the program.

1.  Meals On Wheels provides training, an established route, and hot, nutritious meals to deliver.
2.  You volunteer your time and the use of your car.
3.  One lunch hour a week, you pick up your meals at a distribution site near your home and make deliveries to clients.
4.  Sixty minutes later, you're feeling great that several Tarrant County neighbros received a hot meal . . . often the only one they'll have that day.  Time invested with Meals On Wheels helps improve the quality of life in Tarrant County and pays big dividends.  Like those who currently serve as drivers, you'll get a personal lift from being part of a team that makes a real difference in our community.


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 at 817-336-0912


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97.  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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98.  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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99.  HERITAGE FARMSTEAD MUSEUM'S HOMESCHOOL RESOURCE DAY

JANUARY 23
Time:  1p.m. - 3p.m.
Location:  Heritage Farmstead Museum
                1900 West 15th Street
                Plano, TX  75075

Cost:  $5/person - registration received by January 14
         $7/person after January 14

Historic House grounds Tours
Blacksmith Demonstration
Lesson on Turn of the Century School Life
Lesson about life on the North Texas Blackland Prairie at the turn of the century
Make a Victorian era craft

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100.  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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101.  "JAG DAY" AT JACKSONVILLE COLLEGE

FEBRUARY 7

Time:  
Registration for all events begins at 9:30 a.m.

For More Information:  admissions@jacksonville-college.edu or 800-256-8522

Location:   Jacksonville College
                105 B.J. Albritton Drive
                Jacksonville, TX  75766

Details:  Jacksonville College is a fully accredited two-year institution nestled in the piney woods and rolling hills of East Texas.  Our Christian environment is an excellent place to deepen both your intellectual and spiritual understanding.  Jacksonville College's classes prepare you for easy transition to a four-year school to continue your education, or the workplace with an Associate's degree.

If you can't make this event, please call to schedule a campus visit where we can sit down with you to discuss class options and financial aid to help get your college career underway.

Activities Include:  
Free Admissions/Financial Aid Seminars
Free Campus Tours
Free Concert
Free Lunch
Free admission to 2 basketball games
Auditions for theater, choir, and ensemble scholarships will be held for intersted students

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102.  HOMESCHOOL WEEK AT YMCA SNOW MOUNTAIN RANCH

FEBRUARY 8-13

Come explore their 5,000 glittering acres with your family, while learning about winter ecology and survival. Picture your family enjoying cross-country skiing lessons, tubing, ice skating with the pristine Colorado Rockies as a backdrop.
 
Cost:  All these activities will only cost $60 for the whole family for the entire week. (Lodging and food is extra.) For an additional cost you may take advantage of horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowmobiling, and downhill skiing.
 
Snow Mountain Ranch is nestled between two downhill skiing areas.  Sol Vista, the family-oriented and less expensive resort, is only five minutes away.  For those in need of a more intense adrenaline rush, mammoth Winter Park is about fifteen minutes away.
 
Lodging: Aspenbrook (Capacity 6; 2 queen beds; 1 set of bunks; full bath and wireless internet) or Silver Sage (Capacity 6; 1 queen bed; 2 sets of bunks; full bath and wireless internet) - $370.00 + Tax and $60.00 per reservation program fee.   Cabins available at additional charge.  The Program fee includes 1 Nordic Learn to ski package per family member, ice skating, tubing, all outdoor education classes, 1 climbing wall session, Winter carnival activities


Meals:  At the Schlessman Commons – 3 meals per day buffet/all you can eat dining - Children 6-12 years old $17.00 per day and adults $27.00 per day.  Other dining options include the Skinny Ski Café located at the Nordic Center (8:00 am – 4:30 pm) and the Buckboard Grille located in the Snow Mountain Ranch Administration Building complex.  Both of these dining options provide lighter menu ordering and are not included as part of the meal package.

For Reservations:  1-800-777-9622 - YMCA of the Rockies Central Reservations Office

For More Information: www.ymcarockies.org

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103.  WHOLEHEARTED MOTHER CONFERENCE

FEBRUARY 20-21

Location:  Dallas Marriott Las Colinas
                223 West Las Colinas Boulevard
                Irving, TX  75039

Conference Theme:  Smiling at the Future with Faith

Conference Registration: $95.00
All registrations must be made either online (best way), or by phone (Monday-Thursday, 9:00AM-3:30PM MDT), and paid in full either by a credit/debit card (Visa/MasterCard/Discover) or by a check draft (with your bank routing and account numbers). Register early to insure attendance, room selection, and rate availability. Refunds prior to Early Registration deadline will be subject to a $20.00 administrative fee. Refunds after Early Registration ends will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee. No refunds for cancellations after February 6. Registration transfers are allowed free of charge, but are the responsibility of the registrant. If unable to attend, the full amount may be receipted as a tax-deductible donation upon the request of the registrant prior to the event. A pre-conference information letter will be mailed to all registered guests approximately two weeks prior to the conference.


To Register: click here.

Details:  A two-day hotel conference and getaway designed especially for Christian mothers, now in its 11th year of ministering to moms. This year, in a time of faith-challenging uncertainty, Sally's heart is to give moms the ability to "smile at the future" like the Proverbs 31 mother. You heart will be strengthened and encouraged for the life of trust and faith to which God has called you in raising wholehearted children at home. The conference also includes inspiring guest speakers, practical workshops, inspirational worship, a seated banquet luncheon, book tables, and more.

Conference Schedule (subject to change):
FRIDAY
1:00-3:00, registration and booktable
3:00-5:15, workshops (3:00, 4:15)
7:00-9:30, Session 1

SATURDAY
8:30-11:30, Session 2
12:15-1:30, Seated banquet lunch
2:00-4:30, Session 3
5:00, Conference ends

Restrictions: There are just a few necessary registration restrictions. We appreciate your understanding.
1) Children: Mobile babies or children are not allowed in the ballroom. To be fair to all, we cannot make exceptions to this rule, either before or during the conferences.
2) Nursing Mothers: For mothers with infants ("lap babies" only, no crawlers), special seating near an exit and a nursing mothers area will be provided. If you have a nursing infant, we encourage you to consider bringing a family member or friend to watch your baby so you can enjoy the sessions without distraction.
3) Daughters: The minimum registration age is 14. Please be sensitive to the maturity of your child around other adults if you wish to register a daughter. Thank you.

Hotel Information: After you have registered for a conference, be sure to call the hotel and reserve a room. Although we have blocked sufficient rooms based on prior reservation patterns, we cannot always guarantee availability of a room at the special conference low rates. Ask for the “WholeHearted Mother Conference” discounted room rate when you call to make your reservation, available Thursday through Sunday of the Conference weekend. Room reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card, but may be cancelled without penalty up to 24 hours prior to check-in.  You are responsible for making your own hotel reservation. Conference registration does not include the cost of a hotel room. Parking is free at the hotel if you are driving. For airport shuttle information from DFW Airport, check with the hotel.
 
The Dallas Marriott Las Colinas Hotel: 223 West Las Colinas Blvd., Irving, TX 75039
Reservations: 972-831-000 (Hotel) or 888-236-2427 (Marriott)
Conference room rate: $83/night flat rate (plus state/local taxes)
Room Rate Cut-off Date: February 6 (subject to availability after 2/6)
Hotel website: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/dalcl-dallas-marriott-las-colinas/
 
Ministry Information: Whole Heart Ministries is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) Christian ministry dedicated to equipping and encouraging Christian parents to build a biblical home and a godly heritage by nurturing, discipling and educating their children at home. Proceeds from conference registrations accrue entirely and only to WHM, a faith ministry dependent in part on the contributions of friends who share the Clarkson's hearts for ministering to Christian parents and their children. Registration fees for attending this event are not tax-deductible.

Speakers and Messages:
Keynote Speaker
Sally Clarkson—The heart of a WholeHearted Mother conference is Sally’s ministry of encouragement and inspiration. She is a gifted speaker and teacher who touches the lives of thousands of women and mothers around the world through her heartfelt messages and inspiring books for mothers, and her blogs and newsletters for Christian women. She speaks from her heart to your heart with personal warmth, real-life humor, biblical insight, and inspirational passion. You can expect to have your heart re-charged, challenged, and changed. Sally’s messages are drawn from her own full life as a mother of four wholehearted children for 25 years, and from her walk with God for 35 years in ministry, missions, marriage, and family. She is the author of Seasons of a Mother's Heart, The Mission of Motherhood, The Ministry of Motherhood, and The Mom Walk, and co-author of Educating the WholeHearted Child. She and Clay live in Monument, CO. Sally will speak on:
 
A Heart for God: Living Joyfully for God
A Heart for Motherhood: Hearing the Beat of God’s Mom Heart
A Heart for Faithfulness: Choosing to Live for the Living God

Featured Speakers
Sandra Maddox—Sandra Maddox is an outspoken advocate for Christian motherhood, a speaker and ministry leader, a long-time Bible teacher, a children's book author, and an accomplished interior designer. She founded and directs Treasures, a ministry to young mothers at Saddleback Church in southern California. Her heart's passion is to encourage, train, and inspire moms to use their homes as places of ministry, where each can uniquely express the love and reality of Christ in her marriage, in her motherhood, and as a woman of God. Sandra lives with her husband, Dr. Ron Maddox, in Newport Beach, California. Sandra will speak on:
 
Faith in the Furnace: Finding Beauty in Life’s Refining Fires

Rachael Carman—As a devoted wife of 22 years, and mother of seven children, Rachael is passionate about family. She is a requested speaker, has led “Real Refreshment Retreats” for women since 2003, and now directs the new ApologiaLive Conference for homeschool moms, part of Apologia Educational Ministries now owned by the Carmans. Her heart’s desire is to affirm, encourage, challenge, inspire, and celebrate motherhood. Rachael wrote SoundBites from Heaven for Focus on the Family (2005), a collection of 52 statements parents make to their children that echo God’s heart for us. The Carmans live in Charlotte, NC. Rachael will speak on:
 
Listening to God: Soundbites from Heaven for You and Your Children

Sarah Clarkson—Sarah, 24, brings a wealth of knowledge about life-giving literature and writing, and a thoughtful insights about the importance of truth, goodness, and beauty to the wholehearted spiritual life. She is known for her blog, The Itinerant Idealist (itinerantidealist.com), and is developing Graceful Heart Ministry (gracefulheart.org) to address the need to understand, experience, and express the grace of God in our daily lives. She is the author of Journeys of Faithfulness: Stories for the Heart for Faithful Girls, and is working on her second book, Read for the Heart: Books for the WholeHearted Family. Sarah lives in Monument, CO. Sarah will speak on:
 
The Graceful Heart: Serving Others with Truth, Beauty, and Goodness
 

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104.  HOME SCHOOL MISSION TRIP TO GUATEMALA

MARCH 1-14
Cost:
$1,900 (includes food, housing, training, leadership, ministry opportunities, and airfare)
To Apply for the Trip:  
Click Here

Are you interested in sharing your faith story, playing games and sports with children and youth, and participating in outreach events? Do you desire to experientially grow spiritually as a Christ-follower outside the comforts of home?

Adventures in Missions is excited to offer for the very first time a trip experience designed specifically for home schooled high school students to the Latin America nation of Guatemala.

For more information on this life changing experience, please call Chad Mustain at Adventures In Missions or click on the flyer link below.

For More Information: Click Here to Contact Chad or 770.983.1060 x 236
 
Guatemala Flyer: Click Here

 


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105.  GREATER DALLAS YOUTH ORCHESTRA PRESENTS "YOUNG VIRTUOSI"

MARCH 8
Time:  
7:30 p.m.
Location:  
  Meyerson Symphony Center
                   
2301 Flora Street
                 Dallas

Tickets:  
$8-$30
To Purchase Tickets:  214-528-7747 or at the Meyerson Box Office on the night of the performance

The concert features five winners of the 2009 GDYO Concerto Competition.  Christina Kwon, violin will perform the Sarasate, Ziegeunerweisen.  Four horns (Alex Kovling, Laurel Roseborrough, Reese Farnell and Rhema McGee) will perform Schumann’s Konzertstuke. Other works performed included Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2.
 
For more information: www.gdyo.org or click here to email.
 
 
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106.  LIVING HISTORY DAYS: 1800-1840

MARCH 13 -- School Field Trip Day

Time:  9a.m. - 3p.m.
Cost: FREE
To RSVP:
940-538-5610

Directions:  
From Nocona: Take FM 103 north approximately 1/2 mile to FM 1956. 
Turn east on FM 1956 and travel approximately 7 1/4 miles to the SWRR gate.

From St. Jo: Travel approximately 5 1/2 miles to FM 1815. 
Turn north on FM 1815 and travel approx. 4 3/4 miles to FM 1956. 
Turn west and travel approximately 1 mile to the SWRR gate.

Demonstrations: 
Tomahawk Competitions
Knife Competitions
Archery Competitions
Rifle Shoots
Firestarting
Beadwork
Quillwork
Leather Bag Making
Soap Making
Tatting
Flute Playing
Basket Making
Flint Knapping
Dutch Oven Cooking
Story Telling
Inkle Loom Weaving


For further information contact:
Jan Kitlinger at 940-538-5610 or click here to send an email

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107.  SOUTHERN ENGLAND STUDY TOUR FOR HOME SCHOOLERS

DEPARTING MARCH 2009

Exerience Southern England with your kids!  This exciting customized 9-day trip taking you through the beautiful and historic English countryside is designed specifically by homeschoolers for homeschoolers. Experience first hand thousands of years of history and culture in the unique villages of Southern England and its fascinating capital city of London.  Explore the pre-historic monoliths of Stonehenge, the birthplace of Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon, make your own pilgrimage to Canterbury and revel in its Gothic towers and experience a West End show in London.  Truly a journey of a lifetime!

There are just a few openings left for this tour lead by local homeschool leaders. 

We depart March of 2009. Come and join us! 

Learn more at www.e-tours.biz or contact Dana Opper directly at 817-303-9621

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108.  TEEN PACT TEXAS CAPITOL CLASSES

TeenPact State Capitol Class trains student statesmen to impact their world for Jesus Christ and brings Texas government to life!

From a thoroughly Christian worldview in an atmosphere that promotes godly leadership, TeenPact sponsors a four-day, "hands-on" state government class for teens and a one-day seminar for 8-12 year olds.   Your student will have more fun than they  dreamed possible at the state capitol by maneuvering their own bills through a mock legislature, participating in the election process, interviewing elected officials and lobbyists, analyzing the legislature in session, examining legislators' financial records, praying for public servants, and enjoying fellowship with like-minded students from all across Texas.   Furthermore, TeenPact is dedicated to high standards of behavior and encourages parental involvement. 
Most importantly, students leave TeenPact equipped, inspired, and challenged with an intense desire to impact their world for God's glory through citizenship and statesmanship!


Parents of registered students can attend FREE!

2009 Dates:
MARCH 30 - APRIL 2 (Four Day)
Ages 13-19
Cost:  
First Time Students:  $209
           
Returning Students: $169
Times:  
Monday: 1pm-5pm;  Tues-Thurs: 8:45am-3pm;  

APRIL 3  (Public Speaking)
Ages:  
13-19
Cost:  $40 ($35 if registered with 4-day class)
Time:  10am-4pm

APRIL 3 (One-Day)
Ages:  
8-12
Cost:    First Child:  $34
           Siblings:  $29
Time:  10am-4pm

For Other Details (What to Bring, Where to Meet, Housing, Meals, and Transportation, etc):
www.teenpact.org

To register with only a $50 deposit, please visit our website at www.teenpact.com.  TeenPact will refund all tuition costs up until the first day of the event.

Questions:  Click Here to email Janet Baber

Housing:
Students are invited to stay with TeenPact leadership and staff at Twin Oaks Ranch, a Christian camp/retreat center in Buda, about 17 miles southwest of Austin in a beautiful wooded setting. Students will be transported to and from the Capitol by adults. After the students leave the Capitol, they will enjoy afternoon fellowship and recreation at the camp, including canoing, volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee and more! It is a great time to make lasting friendships from all over the state! The evening sessions will consist of praise, worship, and convicting speakers that will encourage the students to make an impact on their nation for Christ.

Students and chaperoning parents will stay in dormitory style rooms with separate facilities for boys and girls. The TeenPact Guest Director, State Coordinator and Staff will be on duty at all times to serve the students and parents.

Cost for the residential camp is $105 for 3 nights and 6 meals, and for those students who will be attending the Public Speaking class on Friday, the cost will be $140 for 4 nights and 8 meals. Breakfasts and dinners are included in the cost of the camp.

Parents needed to help chaperone and transport students to and from the capitol.
If you are interested in chaperoning: Click here to email Suzi
or call 830-643-4563. Parents/chaperones who can assist in this way will stay at a special rate.

Discounts and Specials:
(discounts only available via online registration and don't apply to residential camp housing)
For the One Day Class
Register 60 days before your class and receive $5 off with the Early Bird discount.
Get a group of 10 or more first-time students to register and get another $5 off.
Register a sibling and get $5 off their registration.

For the Four Day Class
Register 60 days before your class and receive $15 off with the Early Bird discount.
Are you a returning student to the Four Day class? Get $40 off.

Get $15 off if you have done any of the following:
· attended a Worldview Academy camp
· been an officer for a Generation Joshua Club
· got elected in 2008 at your state class
· participated in any kind of speech and/or debate

Group Rates:
Get a group of 10 or more first-time students to register and get $20 off.
Get a group of 20 or more first-time students to register and get $30 off.

Refund Policy
TeenPact will refund all tuition costs up until the first day of the event. After that we will refund all but the $50 deposit.

Questions about discounts or registration? Call our office at 1-888-343-1776.


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109.  FORT WORTH ZOO HOMESCHOOL DAY

MARCH 5

February 25 - Registration Deadline to take advantage of all programs

To Register (by February 25): Click Here
If you register on-site on the day of the event, only discounted admission tickets will be available.

Location:  
Fort Worth Zoo
                1989 Colonial Parkway
                Fort Worth, TX  76110

Admission: $3.75/children Pre-K – 5th grade
                   
$5.25/childres 6th grade – college
                   
$5.50/adult chaperones

Lunches:
$4/per lunch (must be pre-ordered by February 25)
Includes hot dog, chips, lemonade

Lunches will be picked up in the Bluebonnet Cafe in Texas Wild!  
Refer to the registration link below to order your lunches and select a pick-up time.
If you are purchasing for a group, you will receive only one ticket with your group number for your entire group. Participants must have a ticket to receive lunches.

Additional Programs: Must be pre-ordered by February 25
$2/person - Wild Wonders Animal Program
$6/each Wallaby Pockets

Wild Wonders Animal Program: The Wild Wonders Live Animal Program will be presented inside the Zoo at seven different times throughout the day. You must pre-purchase your tickets by Wednesday February 25, 2009 for this program as attendance is by reservation only. One ticket with total number of participants is issued for each group. Wild Wonders Live Animal Program times are listed on the registration link below.

Wallaby Pockets:
 Enrich your students' visit with our new Wallaby Pocket. Each hands-on pocket contains a Zoo exhibit activity for all age groups, two pairs of mini-binoculars, golf pencils and one nylon backpack for five students. Wallaby Pockets must be pre-ordered and cost.




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110.  SPACE FRONTIER FAMILY SCIENCE ACTIVITY AT UNT - DENTON

MARCH 7

Time:  
10am - 3pm
Location:   University of North Texas
                   
Elm Fork Education Center
                Environmental Science Building
                1704 W. Mulberry St.
                Denton, TX  76201

Cost:  
$8/child (ages 3 and up); adults free
          Bring a canned food donation and receive $1 off each ticket
          Cost includes 1 sky theater show, exhibits, activities, soda, & popcorn

GSA Badges:  Badges; Discovering Technology,& Sky Search, TRY-ITS; Space Explorer

For More Information:  Click Here

Details:  This is a hands-on science event for the whole family!

Put on your seat belts because we are taking off!  Join us as we dive into hands-on Astronomy & Physics experiments. Ride a Hover Craft, try to drive a simulated Mars Rover, see if you can handle a worm hole, participants will enjoy exhibits, activities, demonstrations and a Sky Theater show! We will also have our Little Explorer's Area for ages 3-6.

Sky Theatre shows are first-come, first-served, and are held at 11:15; 12:45, and 2pm (schedule subject to change on event days)


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111.  HEART OF TEXAS HOME SCHOOL REGIONAL COLLEGE NIGHT

MARCH 31 (rescheduled from Jan 27, due to ice storm)
Time:  To be confirmed shortly
Location:  Grapevine Convention Center

We are excited about this year's college night - with more colleges and informative speaking sessions, it will be even bigger and better than last year! New colleges participating this year include: Patrick Henry College, Hillsdale College, Tarleton State, and Ouachita Baptist!  

We will have several speaking sessions to address important topics such as: How to Fund College, How to Make Your College Application and Transcript Stand Out to a College Admissions Officer, Free College at Your Fingertips, and more!

The Service Academies will all be represented, and they will hold a special presentation explaining each of the 5 academies as well as the application process.

Staff members from 5 Congressional Offices will also be there - so stop by their table and introduce yourself!


Admission:
$10 per person (ages 5 and up)
(maximum $25/family if more than 2 people attending)
We can only accept cash or check, please

Save Time - Pre-Register Online and Pay at the Door:
Fill out the online form located
at http://www.heartoftex.org/college/familyreg/familyreg.php
Online form available until Noon Tuesday, January 27.  
After that time, registration will only be at the door.

List of Attending Colleges: http://www.heartoftex.org/college/attendees/attendees.html

College Night Schedule:  http://www.heartoftex.org/college/college.html

We look forward to this opportunity for your family to meet with college representatives from various
colleges and learn how to best prepare your child for college.

If you have any questions, please contact us at info@heartoftex.org


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112.  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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113.  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 Sports 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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