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Home Educators Alliance for Resources and Training of Texas, Inc.

JULY 2009 ISSUE
Home School News and Events
 
Dear Home School Families and Friends,
We were involved in 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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~UPCOMING HEART OF TEXAS EVENTS ~

JULY 18
HEART OF TEXAS
Leadership Conference

It’s Time to Get Connected and Encouraged!

Do you help newbies get started homeschooling?
Do you coordinate activities or field trips?
Do you lead a home school support group, co-op, or e-list?


Time:   8am - On-site Registration
           9am-4pm – Leadership Conference

Location:   Restoration Church
                1350 W. Euless Blvd
                Euless, TX 76040

Theme:  
Get Involved!

Speakers:  Mary James, Dana Tillman, Terri Threadgill, Tim & Lyndsay Lambert!

Early Bird Registration:  (Postmarked on or before July 10)
$20/person;  $30/married couple
HEART of Texas Members or Board Members of Partnering Home School Organizations:
$15/person;  $25/married couple

Registrations Postmarked After July 10 and at the door:
$30/person;  $40/married couple
HEART of Texas Members or Board Members of Partnering Home School Organizations:
$25/person;  $35/married couple

Registration includes coffee, light breakfast snacks, boxed lunch from Jason's Deli and drink, light afternoon snacks

Details:  http://www.heartoftex.org/leadership/conference.html


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~MONTHLY HIGHLIGHTS ~
 

JULY 1
EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE
CSI: HOMESCHOOLING - CREATIVE SPECIAL NEEDS INTERVENTIONS
A CONFERENCE FOR PARENTS OF HOME SCHOOLERS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Conference Dates:  July 10 & 11
Location:  
The Church on Rush Creek (Main Worship Center)
2300 S. Green Oaks Blvd.
(Intersection of W. Green Oaks Blvd & Bowen Rd; .7 miles west of S. Cooper, 1 mile South of I-20 in Arlington)


Hear great speakers!
• Patsy and Doug Arnold, founders of Texas' Special Kids, a ministry to parents of Special Needs Children
• Keynote Speaker: Will Kantz, MA, LPC
• Parent panel discussion moderated by Pat Harrell!

 Helpful workshops, including: "Sherlock Homeschooler," "It's Elementary, My Dear Watson," and "The Spiritual Side of Raising a Special Needs Child"!

For Speakers, Schedule & Registration:  
www.txspecialkids.org/conf09.htm

Registration:  
$50 (registration by July 1); $60 onsite registration
$20 spouse or other (relative, caretaker, etc.) - only 1 extra registration per full registration
Dinner on Friday evening and Lunch on Saturday included in registration

If you plan to register at the door, please let us know you're coming so we can plan for enough food.  Email us at TxSpecialKids@gmail.com.

For More Information:  www.txspecialkids.org

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JULY 1
EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE
SPEECH & DEBATE CAMPS
CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION IN WATAUGA

Speech/Debate Camps Offered at Center for Home Education:
Intro to Competitive Debate - July 8-10
Lincoln Douglas Debate - July 20-21
 
Other Fun Summer Camps Available:
Audition Clinic - July 2
Spanish in Song and Dance - July 6-24
Speed Reading - July 6-24
Christian Worldview of Antiquity - July 6-24

Animal, Arts, & Crafts (Kindergarten-4th) - July 13-17
Cooking for Kids (3rd-6th grades) - July 13-17
Stage Management & Design - July 20-30
Super-Math Olympics - August 3-7
Summer Imedia Camp (ages 9-16) - Aug 3-7

For More Details: Click Here


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JULY 2
REGISTRATION DEADLINE
SPEECH & DEBATE SUMMER CAMPS IN COPPELL

Camps Offered by DFW Speech & Debate in Coppell:
Intro to Speech: July 6-7, Aug. 3-4
Extemporaneous Speech: July 11th
Advanced speech: July 6th
Intro to Team Policy Debate: July 8-10, Aug. 5-7
Intro to Lincoln Douglas Debate: July 13-15
Advanced Team Policy Debate: July 20-22
Advanced Lincoln Douglas Debate: July 16-18
Parent/Coach Workshops 1/2 day workshops

Who Can Participate:  Home schooled students ages 12-18.
New students interested in competing next school year will need to attend the 2-day Intro to Speech training before joining Speech Club and attend the 3-day Intro to Team Policy training before joining Debate Club. 

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

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


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

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JULY 4
BOOMS AND BLOOMS AT
TEXAS DISCOVERY GARDENS

Time:  10am - 8pm
Cost:  FREE
Celebrate Independence Day at Fair Park.  Enjoy free admission to Fair Park museums from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm, free live music (starting at 4pm) and a fireworks show at dusk at the Cotton Bowl.

Register for free prizes and enjoy our beautiful organic gardens.

Bring a lawn blanket and come early for best seating. After our concert, head over to the Cotton Bowl for patriotic music at 8:30 pm and fireworks at 9:30 pm.

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JULY 13
COLORS BY NATURE (EXPLORING NATURAL DYES) CLASS & TOUR
AT FOSSIL RIM

Time:  10am - 2:30ish.  
    Break for Lunch:  12:00-1:00
    Guided Tour of Fossil Rim:  1:00-2:30ish  Meet our current (non-marine!) animal residents!
Cost:  $16/person (ages 2 and under free)
Details:  
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. 
Bring a picnic lunch.  After lunch, take a guided tour of Fossil Rim!
To Register:  Call 254-898-4216 ext 216

Other July Events at Fossil Rim:
JULY 27 -- Amazing Arthropods (Insects, Spiders, & Scorpions, Oh My!) Class & Tour
Click Here for More Information


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JULY 18
HEART OF TEXAS
HOME SCHOOL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

It’s Time to Get Connected and Encouraged!
Do you help newbies get started homeschooling?
Do you coordinate activities or field trips?
Do you lead a home school support group, co-op, or e-list?


Time:   8am - On-site Registration
           9am-4pm – Leadership Conference

Location:   Restoration Church
                1350 W. Euless Blvd
                Euless, TX 76040

Theme:  
Get Involved!

Speakers:  Mary James, Dana Tillman, Terri Threadgill, Tim & Lyndsay Lambert!

Tickets:  
Early Bird Registration:  (Postmarked on or before July 10)
$20/person;  $30/married couple
HEART of Texas Members or Board Members of Partnering Home School Organizations:
$15/person;  $25/married couple

Registrations Postmarked After July 10 and at the door:
$30/person;  $40/married couple
HEART of Texas Members or Board Members of Partnering Home School Organizations:
$25/person;  $35/married couple

Registration includes coffee, light breakfast snacks, boxed lunch from Jason's Deli and drink, light afternoon snacks

Details:  http://www.heartoftex.org/leadership/conference.html


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

FEATURED ARTICLES

Every Man's Fight for Freedom– by Tim Lambert 

Butterflies:  An Art Lesson from Visual Manna – by Sharon Jeffus

To Clep or Not to Clep – by Jean Burk

Is Your Child Eligible for the Home School Honor Society? - Eta Sigma Alpha


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
6.   National Engineers Week -- Future City Competition
7.   USA Mathematical Talent Search -- Contest Over
8.   Igniting Creative Energy Challenge for K-12
9.   Robofest 2009 -- Registration Open
10. Texas Beef Leaders of Tomorrow Contest -- Registration Due July 1, 2009
    
CIVICS/GOOD CITIZENSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
11.   City of Fort Worth Youth Advisory Board -- Fort Worth
12.   City of North Richland Hills Teen Court -- North Richland Hills
13.  Texas Home School Coalition Good Citizenship Award Program -- State-wide

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

HOME SCHOOL ENRICHMENT CLASSES
16.  THEO Home School Classes -- Plano
17.  Christian Cottage Prep -- Fort Worth
18.  Christian Educators Resource Center -- Rowlett
19.  Christian Homeschool Alliance of Texas -- Cedar Hill/SW Dallas area
20.   Cooke County Cotillion for Home Schooled Teens -- Gainesville
21.  Center for Home Education -- Watauga
22.  Eastfield College -- Mesquite
23.  Enrichment Classes, Inc. -- Lewisville
24.  Faith Christian Academy -- McKinney
25.  Fabulous Fridays -- Little Elm
26.  Home Educators Resource -- Lewisville
27.  Homeschoolers East Co-Op Classes -- East Dallas
28.  Homeschool Heritage Domus Schola -- Keller
29.  JOY Christian Academy -- Decatur
30.  Legacy Home School Enrichment Program at First Baptist Euless -- Euless
31.  Homeschool Theater Classes at PFAmily Arts --- Plano
32.  Morning Glory Academy -- Hurst
33.  Tarrant County College -- High School Math and Science Classes for Home Schoolers
34.  Venture Home School Classes -- Colleyville
35.  YMCA/Irving Home School Classes -- Irving

BOOK SALES & HOME SCHOOL BOOK STORES
36.  Library Used Book Sales in North Texas
          Wichita Falls - July 4
          Waxahachie - July 9-11
          Denton - July 11
          Grand Prairie - July 18
          Plano - July 30-Aug 1
          Bedford - Aug 14-16

37.  Christian Educators Resource Center -- Rowlett
38.  Center for Home Education -- Watauga
39.  Home Educators Resource -- Lewisville
  
NATURE CENTERS & OUTDOOR PROGRAMS/CAMPS
40.  Camp Tonkawa (Day Camps and Outdoor Education) -- Collinsville
41.  Dallas Arboretum -- Dallas
43.  Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge Programs
44.  Fossil Rim
45.  Haven's Horses (Horsemanship & Outdoor Education)-- Keller
46.  Heard Museum Homeschool Classes – McKinney
47.  Heritage Farmstead Museum -- Plano
48.  Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch -- Pilot Point
49.  Texas Discovery Gardens -- Dallas
50.  Texas Parks and Wildlife Programs -- State Parks in North Texas

PERFORMING ARTS
51.  Performances at Casa Manana Children’s Playhouse --Fort Worth
       2009-2010 Season Not Yet Available

52.  Performances at CATS -- Arlington
        Dear Edina, Jr. - July 7-9

53.  Cottage Theater – Center for Home Education -- Watauga
        Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – July 30-Aug 1

54.  Theater Performances at Artisan Center Theater -- Hurst
        The Man with the Pointed Shoes – June 26-July 18

        Artie's Children's Playhouse: Rumple Steal Skin - June 27-July 18
        West Side Story – July 24-August 29
        Artie's Children's Playhouse: 
Disney's The AristoCats Kids – July 2-Septmber 12
55.  Performances at Bass Performance Hall -- Fort Worth
56.  Dallas Children’s Theater -- Dallas
        The Neverending Story -- June 19-July 26

57.  Plano Children’s Theater -- Plano
58.  Texas Ballet Theater Performances -- Special Homeschool Pricing -- Dallas/Ft. Worth
        2008-2009 Season Ended
59.  Home School Discount Tickets to Dallas Theater Performances

       Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - June 23- July 5 (Fair Park Music Hall)
       A Chorus Line  - July 7-19

ART MUSEUMS
60.  Amon Carter Museum Exhibits – Fort Worth
            High Modernism: Alfred Stieglitz & His Legacy -- closes July 19
        The Harmon & Harriet Kelley Collection of African-American Art: Works on Paper - closes Aug 23
          Masterworks of American Photography: Moments in Time -- closes Jan 3, 2010

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

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

IMAX/OMNI THEATERS
66.  Shows at the Dallas Imax Theatre -- Museum of Science and Nature
        Hurricane on the Bayou
        Coral Reef Adventure
67.  Shows at the Fort Worth Omni Theater -- Ft. Worth Museum of Science & History
            Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (Rated PG) -- (through July 12)
        Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk
        Dolphins
        Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure

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

69.  Dallas Heritage Village -- Dallas

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

HOME SCHOOL/PE PROGRAMS
71.  Aledo Christian School's Basketball, Baseball, Volleyball, Softball Teams -- Aledo
72.  Berne Academy's Varsity Boys Basketball Team -- Lancaster

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

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

COLLEGE PREP
97.  SAT Test Dates
98.  SAT Prep Classes with Jean Burk -- Across North Texas   

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

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

OTHER EVENTS BY DATE
105. Private Piano Lessons in Your Home! -- Dallas Area
106. World View Studies Classes -- Haltom City & Weatherford -- Registration Open
107. Advanced Placement, Pre-Advanced Placement English and CLEP Classes -- Ft. Worth
108. Speech & Debate Camps -- Watauga & Coppell-- Summer 2009
109. Morning Glory Academy Offers Trial "Mini-Mester" -- Hurst
110. Women Explore Engineering Summer Camp at Texas A&M/College Station -- July 12-15
111. HEART of Texas Home School Leadership Conference -- Euless -- July 18
112. Youth Basketball of America Division 3 Basketball Tournament -- Florida -- July 26-Aug 1
113. THSC State Convention and Family Conference -- The Woodlands -- August 6-8

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


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FEATURED ARTICLE

The Political Realities of Daytime Curfews
--by Tim Lambert, Texas Home School Coalition

This article comes from a March 30, 2009, post from Mr. Lambert's blog: Right in Texas and is reprinted with permission.

On March 23, 2009, many home schoolers in Dallas and Bedford joined other concerned parents and leaders of the ACLU in rallies protesting the current and proposed daytime curfews in those cities. At a meeting with PEACH (Plano Educational Association of Christian Homeschoolers) in Plano, I heard reports from one mom who reported that 40 home school parents testified against the proposed daytime curfew in a hearing before the Dallas City Council. This mother was surprised that the great number of phone calls from home school parents and testimony to the council did not seem to move the council members to change their position. The same has been true for dozens of parents in Bedford who have publicly opposed the daytime curfew of that city with little results to show for their ongoing efforts since October of 2008.

So what is the problem? In Dallas, one council member said that if this was truly a problem there would be an outcry from those living in Dallas, not just those who live in surrounding areas. Therein lies the problem. Many years ago I came to the startling conclusion that elected officials rarely make decisions based on the facts alone; rather they most often make decisions based on poltical realities. Political reality is what a majority of the voters who elect people to a particular office support or oppose. Most elected officials have as their main goal to be reelected, and if they become convinced that a majority of the voters support or oppose a measure they will, in most cases, change their opinion to fit that reality to avoid the wrath of voters in the next election.

So as we have heard in Bedford, most council members state that only a handful of home schoolers have a problem with the daytime curfew - and these people do not represent the opinion of a majority of the citizens of that fair city. The Dallas City Council members were essentially saying the same thing when they noted that opposition was coming from outside the city rather than from within it.

How then do we change the opinion of these elected officials? Most will only be convinced if several of those seeking election or reelection to the city councils are defeated at the ballot box in May elections by candidates who oppose the daytime curfews. That should now be the focus of those who wish to see these curfews defeated or repealed.

From a political standpoint, the reason that Texas home schoolers have gained influence in the Texas legislature is their active participation in primaries and general elections. As an example, in a recent special election for the Texas Senate, a political consultant told the Republican candidate in that race that it was critical to her success to have support of the home school community, because the voter turnout in such elections was so low that Republican voters were either pro-lifers, gun rights activists or home schoolers. The candidate recieved the active support of home schoolers and won that election decisively.

However, home schoolers have not generally participated actively in city elections because they have not seen them as important to their freedom to homeschool and have therefore ignored them. That must change. Home schoolers in Texas should talk to candidates (incumbants and challengers) and find out their position on daytime curfews while the campaigns for city council are now underway.

THSC PAC will endorse, at the request of local home schoolers, candidates who oppose daytime curfews and encourage home schoolers in the area to volunteer for these candidates and work hard for their election. City elections are very often low voter turnout affairs and can be influenced dramatically by volunteers who give time and effort for a candidate. The next thirty days will, in many cases, hold the key for the success of efforts to oppose daytime curfews. If candidates who oppose these curfews are elected to city councils, we will have a much better chance to defeat these ordinances and protect our freedom. Home schoolers can make that happen by volunteering in great numbers for candidates who oppose daytime curfews.


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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Butterflies:  An Art Lesson from Visual Manna
--by Sharon Jeffus

Note:  You will need to download the Butterflies pdf to be able to access the artworks referred to in this lesson.

It is said that a butterfly is a flying flower.  Butterflies are things of beauty and part of our job as an artist is to uplift and help people around us appreciate beauty.  An old Irish blessing says:

                       May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun
                         And find your shoulder to light on,
                         To bring you luck, happiness and riches
                         Today, tomorrow and beyond.
So what are some very important things in art about the butterfly?  Butterfly wings have symmetry. This is formal balance.  Butterfly wings contain patterns. 

The picture in Figure 1 is by an artist named Kessel.  Do you see shading, shadow and texture on this work of art?  This could be called a study of insects, but what you notice the most are the butterflies.  You can see on every berry that there is a highlight.  Where is the light coming from in this picture? 

Here are some ways to draw butterflies:
http://pixarra.invisionzone.com/uploads/1165914994/gallery_333_25_13005.png
http://www.billybear4kids.com/Learn2Draw/sheets/butterfly.gif
http://www.exploringnature.org/graphics/drawing/draw_butterfly.jpg
http://www.easy-drawings-and-sketches.com/images/butterfly-drawings01.jpg
Here is a way to make one out of paper (origami).
http://www.ganymeta.org/~darren/images/origami/diagrams/butterfly.png
Get a piece of light blue paper and make an arrangement of butterflies and insects similar to Kessel's artwork. Be sure and put a plant in the picture.

There is a story about a very famous butterfly collector named Sandved who found all the letters of the alphabet and all the numbers hidden on the wings of butterflies.  What can you hide in a wing? You can go to this website and see it: http://www.butterflyalphabet.com/posters/index.php?action=view&id=1  

The picture in Figure 2 shows a man with a butterfly net about to try and capture some butterflies.  There is something in literature called “point of view.”  Write a paragraph about the picture telling it from the man’s point of view.  Now write a paragraph telling what happens from the butterfly’s point of view.  Lastly, write the paragraph from an outsider’s perspective.  It looks a lot like he is in the rainforest.  Go to this website for more information:  http://teachers.net/lessons/posts/414.html

The picture in Figure 2 is done on a dark background.  Take a piece of brown or black paper and make several butterflies.  You will need to use light colors so that you can have contrast.  You can see a large variety of butterflies in the picture above. 
For a wonderful website about the world’s smallest and largest butterflies go to:
http://www.entomon.net/largest-smallest-butterfly-moth.htm

When we think of a butterfly, we think of metamorphosis.  A butterfly goes through a series of changes.  It changes from a caterpillar to a cocoon to a beautiful butterfly.  M.C. Escher is an artist who is a master at this.  Go to this website to see one of his pictures: http://www.mcescher.com/

In Figure 3 you see a preliminary picture of a flower turning into a butterfly.  Did you know that a butterfly is called a flying flower?  You can see that the butterflies are coming out of the flower.  Color the picture below making the flower a cool color and the butterflies in warm colors. Cool colors are green, blue and violet.  Warm colors are red, orange and yellow. 

The Chinese picture in Figure 4 is from 970 A. D. 

In the picture in Figure 5, the butterfly is a cool color and the flowers are warm colors.

When I teach watercolor, I like to start with flowers and butterflies. The center of a flower is darker on one side and lighter on the other.  A flower is usually darker in the center and lighter as it gets to the end of the petal.  Children need to be encouraged to go lighter rather than darker.  http://www.watercolorpaintingandprojects.com/techniques/wash.html

Color the picture in Figure 7 in cool colors.

In the picture in Figure 8, the artist fills in the flower using different shades.   The difference is in the details.  Draw butterflies coming out of a flower and then turn the picture into a color wheel: http://www.colormatters.com/colortheory.html

The butterfly in Figure 9 is symmetrical.  That means both sides are the same.  In other words, there is formal balance.   


One of my favorite ways to make butterflies is very simple.  This is something that you do with watercolor paints.  You take water and outline the shape of butterfly wings in clear water.  Make sure the shapes are wet.  Only do the wings. Drop your paint into the shape.  The colors will look fuzzy.  Let this dry and then look at the wing shape with colors on it once more.  Have students hide a message in the wings of the butterfly.  Take a black marker or felt tip pen and draw the body.

With younger children you can have them draw a “B” on a fold and then cut it out.  (See Figure 9). They will have the shape of a butterfly.

You can also have children make a popout card butterfly like the one in Figure 10.

Notice how you fold the card and cut out the butterfly.  Remember that a pattern is a repeated design.  You can make a butterfly life cycle mobile at this website:
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/butterfly/lifecyclemobile/

You can also go to this website to learn how to make a butterfly mobile:
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/butterfly/mobile/

Projects to do about butterflies are many. 

I love the quote “Love is like a butterfly:  It goes where it pleases and it pleases wherever it goes.  ~Author Unknown
Copyright 2009  All rights reserved.



Partnership Discount:  
Visual Manna is in partnership with HEART of Texas and gives our members a discount on their tuition for their live internet workshops.  See their listing on the Partners page of our website.   For information on how your family can become a member of HEART of Texas and enjoy all the benefits of membership, please visit the Membership page on our website.


Sharon Jeffus is an internationally known writer and teacher, as well as founder of the internationally-known company Visual Manna, a popular art curriculum which integrates art appreciation, techniques, vocabulary and core subjects. She holds a B.S.S.E. in Art Education from John Brown University and earned her teaching certification in English from the University of Arkansas.  She studied painting at Metropolitan in Denver and sculpting at Southern Illinois University. Sharon and her late husband, Richard, started Visual Manna to encourage young Christians in the arts and meet the needs of visual and kinethestic leaners.   They taught art to thousands of homeschoolers across America. Sharon's materials are recommended by Montessori. To learn more about Visual Manna, please visit:  www.visualmanna.com/index.html or call 1-888-275-7309 or email visualmanna@gmail.com.

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To Clep or Not to Clep
--by Jean Burk

Should my child CLEP out of class some or all their college courses? This is the question that is on the mind of a lot of homeschooling families. It has become a popular trend over the last few years. Stay at home, save money-get college credit. Sounds like a win-win situation, but know all the facts before you jump head first into this new concept.

The College-Level Examination Program® or CLEP is a program that allows students of
any age the chance to gain college credit through a series of exams in undergraduate
college courses. Like AP courses, there are several advantages to doing well on CLEP
tests. Ask a local school advisor or go to www.collegeboard.com  for more information on the CLEP program. CLEP program is in not necessarily a substitution for taking college courses, but it can help you prepare and enhance your college experience.

• Take fewer classes in college. You can get college credit for information you
already know. If you have already studied a particular subject you can channel
that knowledge into other college hours and therefore take a lighter load in college.

• Spend less money of education. CLEP exams coast roughly $65, which is
minimal when compared the coast of dollars in tuition. CLEP exams are also free
to those who are serving in the military.

• Skip the stuff you already know. Why waste time and money learning
something you already know? CLEPing out of beginner classes can help you
jump into the more advanced and interesting courses college has to offer.

• Finish your Degree. If you are missing some courses for graduation, CLEP
exams are a great way of helping you get those few college hours.

There can also be disadvantages that you need to be aware of as well. Remember that this still new territory especially when it comes to CLEPing out more than a few classes.

• Credibility of your degree. Many families have opted to have their child do all their college work through some of the “distance learning” programs. Make sure that by earning your “degree” this way will actually be counted as legitimate.

• Longer than you think. Some programs claim that a four year degree can be obtained in six months through accelerated learning and then CLEPing out of normal college classes. Don’t just take the word of someone who has written a book; do more research to find out if anyone you know has been this successful in such a short time?
 
• Scholarships nullified. Imagine spending a lot of time working on CLEP tests to then find out that you have too many college hours and are disqualified for scholarships. Many students have lost out on scholarship money because they were no longer considered an incoming freshman-but a transfer student because of their “earned college credit”.

The decision when and how many CLEP tests should be administered is a personal choice. CLEPing certain classes can actually benefit students in several ways. Too much CLEPing could be more of a hindrance. Make sure you base your college class decisions on facts and research and what will best fit the needs of your family. A happy medium might be to enter college with a some credits, get scholarships and then CLEP out of as many classes as you want.

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


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



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Is Your Child Eligible for the Home School Honor Society?

Eta Sigma Alpha is the first honor society established exclusively for home schooled students.  Founded in 1999 by Joanne E. Juren, M. Ed., Executive Director of the Home Education Partnership of Texas, it has grown into a national organization with 234 chapters in 38 states.

As a former public school administrator, Juren contacted the National Honor Society with the intent of forming a homeschool chapter for her sons and others in a local support group in 1997. When told that NHS did not accept homeschool students, Juren decided to start a new honor society for homeschoolers. 

HISTORY OF THE NAME
Eta, the Greek letter that is shaped like an “h” and Sigma, the letter for “s” were chosen, along with Alpha, the first letter of the Greek alphabet to create the name of Eta Sigma Alpha.  The letters Eta Sigma Alpha together signify the "first homeschool” honor society.

ELIGIBILITY
Membership is only available through chapters;  no at-large members are permitted.

Becoming a member of Eta Sigma Alpha requires outstanding academic achievement. Membership is available to 9th -12th grade students who meet the academic and application requirements of the honor society. There are several requirements for new membership for each student:

• ESA members must be home school students, and must meet the HSLDA definition of a home schooler which states that students must complete 50% of his/her studies at home under the direct supervision of the parent. Co-op programs, group classes, and even community college courses are acceptable as long as the 50% rule is followed.  

• Students enrolled in public school programs, charter school programs, full-time college programs, or other programs where more than 50% of the school time is spent in the supervision of a school setting or where the public school receives 50% funding for the student's attendance or where the public school system, umbrella school, on-line school assigns the grades without parent participation, are not eligible for ESA membership.


• A test score of 1800 (SAT) or 26 (ACT) or 180 (PSAT) or a 90% on the composite/complete battery on the IOWA or Stanford nationally normed standardized achievement tests is required for ESA membership.  All tests must be administered in a group setting.  Parent administered tests are not acceptable.  Test scores should not be more than 1 year old.

• MAT, Woodcock Johnson, PASS, THETA, and COMPASS Tests are not acceptable.  Also, the parent is not to administer the test.

• CAT scores taken during the spring of 2008 before this guideline was changed may be used since many new members took this test thinking they would use it as their test score for ESA membership.  CAT scores, administered in a group setting where the parent has absolutely NO access to the test or answer sheet, may be used.

Note:  The Core total is NOT to be used; only the composite or complete battery scores.


ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
Each individual chapter may establish its own additional requirements, such as:

• 3.5 grade point average based on a 4.0 scale.  (This GPA may include the parent transcript, early admission college courses, co-op or support group homeschool class grades, or similar coursework supervised/directed by the homeschooling parent.)

• Essay written by applicant

• Statement of faith; membership in a certain organization such as a state, regional, or local homeschool group; co-op; or sponsoring organization

• Attendance, service, participation guidelines  - We do recommend that chapters have meetings, but the chapter may determine how often.

• Other requirements established by the By-laws of each local chapter

• Letters of recommendation


ESTABLISHING YOUR OWN CHAPTER
Anyone who is interested may apply for a chapter.  Support groups, co-ops, church groups, or other interested parties may apply for a charter.   Individual chapters do have the right to establish their own membership guidelines to be compatible with the organization that sponsors it.  We are friendly to people of all faiths and political persuasions! We do reserve the right to locate chapters so that they do not compete with one another for students.


NORTH TEXAS CHAPTERS:
Phi Chapter - Roanoke/Hurst, TX - Contact: Meredith McNair
Chi Chapter - SW Dallas Home School Association - Contact: Kim Rimmer
Iota Alpha Chapter - Plano, TX - Contact: Annette Scott or Kathi Boor
Sigma Beta Chapter - Paris, TX - Contact: Marybeth Burns
Upsilon Eta Chapter - Fort Worth, TX  - Contact:  Marty Walker
Delta Kappa Chapter - Carrollton, TX (NW Dallas Area) - Contact:  Naomi Dunton
Iota Kappa Chapter - Dallas, TX - Contact: Veda Johnson
Gamma Lambda Chapter - N. Richland Hills, TX - Contact: Lorraine Ellis
Omicron Lambda Chapter - Sonlight Christian Education Classes - Forth Worth,  TX
 Contact: Ashley Black

For More Information about Eta Sigma Alpha, visit:  http://esa.homeeducationpartnership.com/


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

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

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


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

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS



1.    LIBRARY PROGRAMS AT NORTH TEXAS LIBRARIES

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

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

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


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

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

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

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



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FORT WORTH PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

SUMMER ACTIVITIES AT HURST LIBRARY
Tag-along Tuesdays
(for the whole family)
Time: 7:00 p.m.
July 7 - Spaced Out A hands-on introduction to the universe around us
July 14 -  Puppet People More puppet shows done by young people for folks young and old
July 21 - Tall Tales—American Style Bigger than life characters
July 28 -  Shoot for the Moon A hands-on exploration of our closest celestial neighbor

Wide Range Wednesdays (1st-6th graders)
Time: 1:30 p.m.; repeated at 3pm
July 1 -  Texas Critters A glimpse of our animal neighbors by the Fort Worth Nature Center
July 8 - Puppets by Sandy Shrout Imagination comes to life
July 15 -  Reading, Rhythm, and Rhyme Judy Stock uses music to tap your imagination
July 22 -  Pets 101 The Humane Society of North Texas and an animal friend give pet care pointers
July 29 - To the Moon! Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original moon walk

Small Fry Fridays (Kindergartners and younger)
Time: 11:00 a.m.
July 10  - Puppet People More puppet shows done by young people
July 24  - Miss Jo Sing-along stories and an animal friend

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




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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

Program Calender:
Click Here    


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

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

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

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

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


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2.  BOOK IT! READING PROGRAM

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

Who Can Participate:  Children in grades K-6.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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3.  BRAUMS BOOK BUDDY PROGRAM

NOW ENROLLING FOR 2008-2009

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

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

Program Runs:  September through end of school year.

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

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

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

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

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

   
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4.  BEST ROBOTICS 2008 PREVIEW:  JUST PLANE CRAZY!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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5.  TEXAS STATE FISH-ART CONTEST

ENTRIES DUE MARCH 31, 2010 (ongoing annual contest)

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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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


2009 CONTEST OVER

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8. IGNITING CREATIVE ENERGY CONTEST FOR K-12


2009 Contest Over

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For More Information:  Click Here


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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. TEXAS BEEF LEADERS OF TOMORROW CONTEST

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

Registration Due by July 1, 2009

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

Contest also includes an essay and lesson plan

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


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11.  CITY OF FORT WORTH YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD

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

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

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

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12.  CITY OF NORTH RICHLAND HILLS TEEN COURT

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

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

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

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

Location:  North Richland Hills Teen Court 

        6720 N.E. Loop 820

        North Richland Hills, Tx 76180
817-427-6705


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

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

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

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13.  TEXAS HOME SCHOOL COALITION GOOD CITIZENSHIP AWARD PROGRAM

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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14.  CERTIFICATES OF SPECIAL CONGRESSIONAL RECOGNITION

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

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

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

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15.  ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ART COMPETITION

2009 ART COMPETITION (2009 contest over)

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

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

Who Can Participate:  All high school students including homeschoolers.

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


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



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16.  THEO IN PLANO OFFERING CLASSES FOR HOMESCHOOLERS

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

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

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


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

For Questions:   Click Here to email Terri


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17.  CHRISTIAN COTTAGE PREP

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

Summer Arts & Crafts Workshops:
JULY 10 - ALL ABOUT ME collage on wood frame
Time: 9:30-Noon
Ages: 7 to 11
Cost:  $25/student -- all supplies included

JULY 10 SELF PORTRAITS in graphite and charcoal.
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Ages: 9-12
Cost:  $20/student -- all supplies included

 

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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18.  CHRISTIAN EDUCATORS RECOURCE CENTER IN ROWLETT

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

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

July
High School Humanities: Picturing America
American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training

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

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

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


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

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

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


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19.  CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOL ALLIANCE OF TEXAS

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




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20.  COOKE COUNTY COTILLION FOR HOME SCHOOLED TEENS!

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


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


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21.  CLASSES AT CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION

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

Speech & Debate Camps
JULY 8-10 -- Introduction to Competitive Debate
Registration Deadline: July 1
Class Times:
July 8/9: 10am-4pm; July 10: 1pm-5pm
Cost: $145 (Lunch not included)

Coaches: Alan Carrillo & Adam Hardy
Class will culminate with an evening presentation: Friday July 10th 7:00 - 8:30pm

JULY 20-21 -- Lincoln Douglas Debate
Registration Deadline: July 13
Class Times: 10am-4pm
Cost $95.00 (Lunch not included)
Coaches: Alan Carrillo


Other Fun Summer Camps

JULY 2 -- Audition Clinic
Grades: 6-12
Time: 1pm-4pm
Fee:     $30.00/student
Description:  Audition Clinic - Do's and Don'ts and Maybe's
Does your son or daughter have dreams of becoming the next American Idol? Learn how to have a powerful and uplifting experience the next time you audition for a theatrical production, group, class or anything! All aspects from resume' building to filling out an application, from what to choose for an audition song or monologue to how to move like a pro on those steps the choreographer throws at you. Fun and educational, this clinic will fill up fast, so register today!

JULY 6-24 -- Spanish in Song and Dance
Time:  9:30am - 11:30am
Grades: 8-12
Cost:  $298
Description: Participants will Sing, Dance and explore popular Spanish Music. They will learn to dance the Salsa, Meringue and Tango. (All in Spanish) We will watch Spanish Language Movies and read several stories in Spanish. Focus is on learning via materials and activities that are fun and interesting.

JULY 6-24 -- Speed Reading
Time: 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Grades: 7-12
Class Fee: $200
Curriculum Fee: $130
Description: Readers will TRIPLE their reading speed during this 3 week course. Not only will they learn to speed read but they will comprehend the Literature being read regardless of how they are tested. Participants will read and discuss three different classics of literature during this summer camp.

JULY 6-24 -- Christian Worldview of Antiquity
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Grades: 9-12 (high achieving junior high students may be admitted on case by case basis)
Class Fee: $298
Curriculum Fee: $59.95
Description: This Christian Worldview Ancient History course is unlike any other. It focuses on the period after creation and before Christ. The history of the civilizations of the Mid East are interlaced with the events of the Exodus. Secularists go to great lengths to rewrite history to eliminate the events of the Old Testament, one of the most ancient historical sources of all time. Recent archaeological discoveries about the Exodus and the true location of Mount Sinai in Arabia are just beginning to be made public. An international team of scholars has been called to examine the evidence from Sinai. Dr. Jones is part of that team and has translated ancient inscriptions found at the base of Mount Sinai in Midian. His book, The Writing of God, is due to be published in mid 2009.

Students will study from Dr. Jones' book, participating in and perhaps contributing to the cutting edge of research in biblical archaeology and ancient history. They will study the ancient civilizations of the region and the major events that shaped their times. They will be required to learn a timeline, research and write about events of the period. For those interested in the truth of the Bible and how it lead the march of civilization, this is a course not to be missed.

JULY 13-17 -- Animal Arts & Crafts
Time:  
10am - Noon
Cost:  $125
Grades: Kindergarten - 4th grade
Description: Each class day will focus on one animal. On that day we will:  Learn all about the animal, Read stories, Write stories.  Learn a song about that animal, Make a craft about that animal.  A great way for children to learn more about their favorite animals, practice their reading and writing during summer, have fun with arts and crafts and make new friends!  (Ponies, Baby chicks, Puppies, Kittens, Bunnies)

JULY 13-17 -- Cooking for Kids
Time:  1pm - 3pm
Cost:  $125
Grades: 3rd - 6th
Description:
Each day we will cook an appetizer, entrée, and dessert, learning how to cook different foods with hands on experience and using math skills. The class should help budding cooks discover how to cook safely and enjoy fresh and healthy food. (Don’ worry – we will include making Macaroni and Cheese… it is just that it will be homemade!)
About the Teacher:  Kathleen Jones is a former personal chef and field editor for Taste of Home magazine. Mrs. Jones has also taught children to cook in professional kitchens for many years. She also has her food handlers’ license.


JULY 20-30 -- Stage Management & Design Camp (2-week camp)
Grades: 8 & up
Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Description: Prepare stage, props and tech for Summer Camp production of "Snow White". Learn about staging, costuming, lighting and sound.
Option to crew for "Snow White" (July 20 - 30)
Time: 1 - 4 p. m. (Monday - Thursday)
Performances: July 30th, 31st & August 1st @ 7:30 p.m.

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

Website:  http://centerforhomeeducation.com/  

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



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22.  EASTFIELD COLLEGE

JULY 13-17 - One  Week Camp for Teens
Time:
9am to 3pm. 
Details:  Learning is more than reading a textbook and answering the questions.  The biggest challenge of homeschooling is taking responsibility for one's own life learning.  This one week camp will be an activity-based experience for teens.  This is a guide for stepping off the traditional path.  Come prepared to make friends, have fun and learn about Eastfield College along the way!"

Other activities planned:  swimming, folk dancing, cooking, drama improv, clay working and loads of other fun activities! 

Don't miss this "entertaining yet functional" opportunity! 

Cost:  $75 per teen (age 13-17).
 
For Registration or Other Information:  
Contact Mary Ann Fitzsimmons at 972-860-7113 or  Click Here to Email Mary Ann


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23.  ENRICHMENT CLASSES, INC, IN LEWISVILLE

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

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


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24.  FAITH CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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

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

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26.  HOME EDUCATORS RESOURCE ENRICHMENT CLASSES

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

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

Location:

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

Website:  http://homeeducatorsresource.com/    

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

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

Contact For More Information:  Click Here to send an email

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


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


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30.  LEGACY HOME SCHOOL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM AT FIRST BAPTIST EULESS

Science, History, and Fine Arts Classes
Grade:  K-8
Contact:  817-267-3313 ext 267


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31.  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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32.  MORNING GLORY ACADEMY OFFERING TRIAL "MINI-MESTER"

Morning Glory Academy (MGA) is offering you the opportunity to ‘try us on for size!’  Many homeschool parents are interested in group learning experiences for their children, but enrolling for a full year before your child has experienced the environment can give you . . . pause.  MGA would like to offer you a nine-week ‘mini-mester’ enrollment this spring, to help you discern whether we are part of God’s provision for educating your children.
 
At MGA, students attend core classes three mornings a week, 30 weeks/year.  We are a Christian learning community, studying World History & Geography, Literature, and Science together.  We offer worthwhile, interactive group learning experiences for students whose education is home-centered.  We don’t usurp the role of the parent and our part-time schedule does not dominate yours.  We are just one part of your education plan for your children.
 
Your child can join us for classes April 6 – June 4.  We have nine weeks of fun, engaging, learning experiences planned!   If you would like to learn more about MGA, visit our website:  www.theMGA.org.  We are centrally located in Hurst and the directors are available to you by phone or email:

Leslie Kent, Upper School:  leslie@themga.org    817-905-3861
Susan Riddle, Lower School:  susan@themga.org   817-706-9888
 
MGA:  Your Home . . . Our School . . . Perfect Fit.


Discount:  HEART of Texas Members receive a discount on tuition!
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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33.  TARRANT COUNTY COLLEGE MATH AND SCIENCE HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES
FOR HOME SCHOOLERS

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

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

Cost:  
$166 (includes book)

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


SCIENCE CLASSES Offered Fall 2009:

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

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

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


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


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34.  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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35.  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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36.  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 -- July 4
Time:    Sat: Noon-5
Location:   Wichita Falls Public Library
                600 11th St.
                940-767-0868 x248

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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WAXAHACHIE -- July 9-11
Time:    9am - 5pm
Location:   Sims Library
                515 Main Street
                972-937-2671

Books:  50% donated; $1 -$4

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DENTON -- July 11
Time:    Sat: 10am - 4pm
Admission:  $1 (children under 12 free)
Location:   North Branch Library
                3020 N. Locust Street

Books:  Paperback .50; hardcovers $1

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GRAND PRAIRIE - July 18
Time:    9am - 5pm
Location:   Grand Prairie Library
                901 Conover Dr
                972-262-8015
                fgpltx@aol.com

Books:  9,000 books; 90% donated; 80% hardcover; all aitems .25

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

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

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BEDFORD - August 14-16
Time:    Fri: 10am-6pm; Sun: Noon - 4pm
Location:   Bedford Public Library
                1805 L Don Dodson Dr
                gymtique@aol.com

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


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37.  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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38.  CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

For List of Classes:  

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39.  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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40.
 DAY CAMPS AT CAMP TONKAWA

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

Summer Nature Awareness Day Camps
Time:
9:30am - 2:30pm
What to Bring:  
Lunches and plenty of cold drinking water
Who: Children of all ages (younger children must have a parent or guardian in attendance with them)
JULY 1 - Nature in Art - numerous fun art projects incorporated with nature awareness activities.
JULY 8 - Native American Indians - come play Indians with us, from tipis to archery.
JULY 15 -Birds, Birds, Birds -  Invite and identify birds in your backyard, games and activities.
JULY 29 - Texas Wildlife -  Mammal, reptile, insect, bird, wildflower, tree, just a little bit of everything. Learn native wildlife.

R.S.V.P:  903-429-6483 or by e mail, so that we have enought supplies for everyone attending.
Cost: $15/camp or $50 for a 4 camp package price.  Mix and match months to work around your other summer plans.
Invite your neighbors, scout troops and friends to car pool with you.  We need a minimum of 12 to host each camp.
 
This series is repeated again in August:
Aug 5    NATURE IN ART
Aug 12    NATIVE AMERICAN INDIANS
Aug 19    BIRDS, BIRDS, BIRDS
Aug 26    TEXAS WILDLIFE
 


Summer Nature Family Camp
JULY 19 - 21
Costs:
 Adults (16+) - $50;  12 to 15 year olds - $45;  7 to 11 year olds - $40;  4-6 year olds - $30
Toddlers - $20;  Babies - Free
Length of Time: Sunday arrive at the Camp as early as 2pm, Potluck dinner at 4pm, and Opening campfire at 8pm. Closing ceremony is on Tuesday at 2:30pm
Details: This will be a family event, at least one parent must be in attendance.
Children under 5, must be supervised and accompany by parent to workshops.
Day Activities: Archery, Nature Awareness Activities, Birding, Canoeing, Kayaking, Swimming, Horseback Riding, Fire Building, and Fishing workshop (bring your own equipment).
Evening Activities: Star Gazing, Storytelling, Campfire Song & Music, Nightwalks and Night Woods Activities.
Food: Potluck Sunday 4pm. We Provide breakfast both Monday and Tuesday along with Dutch Oven cooked dinner Monday night. Bring your own ice chests for lunches and snacks.
Sorry No Pets allowed.
 
Horse Events/Activities
Horsemanship Day Camps
If you are not with a group, and want to join any one of the scheduled days, call for available dates.
Horse Lease Program
To help cover the cost of our horses upkeep, we have a horse lease program.  Adults and children with some experience can pay for a monthly usage of one of our horses and then enjoy partial ownership - grooming, riding, feeding, training.  Detailed information is on the web site.
Horse Birthday Parties
Great family or friend event.  Bring your own cake and ice cream, we provide the rest

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

Primitive Survival Camps

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

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

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


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

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



For More Information:
Contact April at camptonkawa@bigplanet.com or 903-429-6483

www.camptonkawatexas.com      


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41.  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.

WEDNESDAYS IN JULY -- "Buy One Get One Free"
Buy One Get One Free Wednesdays" is extended through July 31st with a coupon available on the Dallas Arboretum website that allows one free admission with one paid adult admission of equal or lesser value. One coupon per person.

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

City Green
   
Alice in Wonderland

Eragon 
Hope for The Flowers
 
Treasure Island 
    
The Lorax

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

 
Hours:  Open Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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

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

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

www.dallasarboretum.org    


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43.  FORT WORTH NATURE CENTER AND REFUGE PROGRAMS


Location:
 9601 Fossil Ridge Road

        Fort Worth, TX 76135

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


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

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

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

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

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

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44.  FOSSIL RIM HOME SCHOOL CLASSES AND EVENTS


July Events:
JULY 13 -- Colors By Nature (Exploring Natural Dyes) Class & Tour

Time:  10am - 2:30ish.  
    Break for Lunch:  12:00-1:00
    Guided Tour of Fossil Rim:  1:00-2:30ish  Meet our current (non-marine!) animal residents!
Cost:  $16/person (ages 2 and under free)
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.

JULY 27 -- Amazing Arthropods (Insects, Spiders, & Scorpions, Oh My!) Class & Tour
Time:  10am - 2:30ish.  
    Break for Lunch:  12:00-1:00
    Guided Tour of Fossil Rim:  1:00-2:30ish  Meet our current (non-marine!) animal residents!
Cost:  $16/person (ages 2 and under free)
Details:  
Learn about insects, spiders, and other arthropods, with a special focus on Texas natives.  Picnic lunch at the Overlook at 12:00, followed by a guided tour of Fossil Rim.


To Register:  
C
all 254-898-4216


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


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

All curricula are based on current scientific theory.


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

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


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


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


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

FRIDAYS AT THE FARMSTEAD SCHEDULE
JULY 3 - Jack Knows Patriotic Books
(Pre-school ages 2-5)
Cost:  
Free
Jack our Boer goat offers up his patriotic selection for this pre-4th of July day, for you and your famiy.  
This is a free day for you and your children to curl up on a picnic blanket and read some classic stories. We provide the books, shade, blanket and fun. (And Jack promises not to eat the books!)


JULY 10 - The Whole Place Has Gone BUGGY
(School age 6-12)
Cost: $8/child
Payment and registration required one week in advance
Pick up a quiz and see if you can track down the pests around the Wilson Farrell House! They may be nibbling our carpets or munching on the furniture - you have to find out. Then talk to the farm Staff and see some of the bugs for yourself and find out what they are and how we deal with them.

Project – make some bugs

JULY 18 - Stop Bugging Me!
(Preschool ages 2-5)
Cost:  
$6/child; $3/adult
Payment and registration required one week in advance
In love with ladybugs? Wild about worms? And simply loco over longlegs? Whether they're icky, gross, or oh so cute, we've got a bug your child will love! Come visit the farmstead and find out what bugs are helpful, and which ones are not! Then we will make a bug Mobile.

JULY 24 - Creek Picnic!
ALL AGES
Bring a family picnic and enjoy a cool breeze and a cool creek. Learn about water and how it is used for humans and animals too! Play games, and splash around in the creek.

 

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

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

Self-Guided Grounds Tours

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

Group Tours

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


FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH -- Scout Tours

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

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


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

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

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48.  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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49.  TEXAS DISCOVERY GARDENS

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

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


THIRD SATURDAYS – Garden Walks

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

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



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


SCOUTING PROGRAMS:

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

For More Information: www.texasdiscoverygardens.org


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50.  TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT ACTIVITIES

ATHENS, TX

JULY 4 - Fireworks at the Fisheries
Location:  Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
Time:  5pm - 10:30 pm
Cost:  Free fishing until 8:30pm
Details:  One of the biggest fireworks displays in East Texas will light up the skies over TFFC and adjacent Lake Athens. Accessible for the mobility impaired.
For More Information:  903-676-BASS.

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


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CEDAR HILL, TX

JULY 4 - Celebrating Our Flag
Location: Cedar Hill State Park
Time:  7pm - 9pm
Details: Honor America through the retirement of our country's flag. Learn some of the history of the Star and Stripes; experience what it means to retire Old Glory in the proper manner. This will be an evening of patriotic poetry and music as we remember our struggle for independence and the men and women who serve our country to keep us free. This will be a great family program to experience on July 4th. Held at Penn Farm.
For More Information: 972-291-5940 or 972-291-3900, ext. 232.

JULY 18 - Duck Pond Trail Nature Walk
Location: Cedar Hill State Park
Time:  9:30 am - 11am
Details: Take a leisurely walk and learn about the plants and animals at the park. The trail is approximately one mile and is a great hike for families with children. Meet at the trailhead.
For More Information: 972-291-5940 or 972-291-3900, ext. 232.

JULY 18 - Reptiles Our Scaly Skinned Friends
Location: Cedar Hill State Park
Time:  3pm - 4pm
Details: Hear about the reptiles found in the area, learn about their benefits to this ecosystem and see some live examples of a couple scaly friends. Held at the Penn Farm Amphitheater.
For More Information: 972-291-5940 or 972-291-3900, ext. 232.

JULY 25 - Penn Farm Tour
Location: Cedar Hill State Park
Time:  9:30 am - 11pm
Details: Learn what life on the farm was like from the 1850s to the 1950s.
For More Information: 972-291-5940 or 972-291-3900, ext. 232.

JULY 25 - The Lost Prairie
Location: Cedar Hill State Park
Time:  3pm - 4pm
Details: Discover the tallgrass Blackland Prairie Ecological Region. Learn about the history, plants, animals, and human impact on this now endangered land area of Texas. Begin to understand the importance of maintaining and restoring the tallgrass grasslands. Held at the Penn Farm Amphitheater.
For More Information: 972-291-5940 or 972-291-3900, ext. 232.

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

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


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DENTON, TX

JULY 11 - Texoma Fun Fish for Kids
Location: Eisenhower State Park
Time:  8am - Noon
Details:  Come fish for the many types of fish that lurk in deep in the cool blue waters of Lake Texoma. Bring your favorite pole or use one provided by the park. All bait is provided. Fishing will be from an enclosed floating boathouse where the fish are hungry and waiting to be caught. Educational games and fishing-related activities will he held immediately after the fishing derby. Accessible for the mobility, visually and hearing impaired.
For More Information:  (903) 465-1956


JULY 11 - Wildlife Slide Show

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

JULY 18 - Venemous Snakes of Texas
Location: Eisenhower State Park
Time:  45 minute program starts at dusk
Details:  Identify some of the myths and examine the truth about venomous snakes in Texas.
For More Information:  (903) 465-1956

AUGUST 8 - Wildlife Slide Show
Location: Eisenhower State Park
Time:  45 minute program starts at dusk
Details:  Come to the Amphitheater and see the variety of birds and other animals that live in the park and fish that live in Lake Texoma at this slide show.
For More Information:  (903) 465-1956

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


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EUSTACE, TX (Henderson/Van Zandt Counties)

JULY 4 - Parade in the Park
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 9am - Noon
Call: 903-425-2332.
Details:  Meet at the amphitheater and decorate your bike (materials provided or bring your own) then parade through the park. Prizes awarded to the best decorated bike. Meet back at the amphitheater for refreshments and games.

JULY 11 – 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.

JULY 12, 26 - Sunday Morning Canoe Tour
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 9am - Noon
Cost:  
$6/person (children 5 and under free)

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

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

JULY 18 - Nature Hike
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 4pm - 5pm
Call: 903-425-2332.
Details:  Take a guided hike and learn about the flora and fauna of the park. Weather permitting, meet at the overflow camping parking lot.

JULY 25 - Nature Hike
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 8pm - 9pm
Call: 903-425-2332.
Details:  Take a hike into the night and learn about the nocturnal animals that frequent the park. Discover how the darkness affects your senses. The hike is about one mile and on relatively flat terrain. Meet at the over flow camping parking lot.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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GLEN ROSE, TX

JULY 7, 25 - Bird Program

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


JULY 18 - Stargazing Party
Location: Dinosaur Valley State Park
Time:  Dusk-till; weather and staff permitting
Details: A starry, starry night brings Dr. Raymond Benge of Tarrant County College to present an informative program on Astronomy followed by a look at the night sky. Dr. Benge and staff provide telescopes or bring your own. Accessible for the mobility, visually and hearing impaired.
Call to Confirm Program: 254-897-4588


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

JULY 18 - Doc Wood "Cowboy Poet"
Location: Fort Richardson State Park & Historical Site & Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway
Time:  7pm - 8:30pm
Details: Don't miss renowned Cowboy Poet Doc Wood who will perform on the steps of the Fort Richardson Hospital.
For More Information:  940-567-3506.

JULY 18 - Republic of Texas Guest Lecturer
Location: Fort Richardson State Park & Historical Site & Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway
Time:  1pm - 3pm
Details: Renowned Historian, Ron Paynter, of the Texas 13th Cavalry will hold an afternoon lecture and question and answer session. Ron has been a Civil War and Republic of Texas Historian/Re-enactor for over twenty years and invites open discussion from his audiences. Please join us for this great opportunity to learn about our state's marvelous history. Meet in the Interpretive Center. 
For More Information:  940-567-3506.

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

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MINERAL WELLS, TX

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

JULY 11 - Night Sounds
Location: Lake Mineral Wells SP & Trailway
Time:  8:30 - 10pm
Call: 940-328-1171
Details: Listen to the sounds of a Texas summer night. Actual and recorded sounds of insects, birds, frogs and mammals will be heard and identified with slides of the animals. Bring a lawn chair. Accessible for the mobility impaired.

JULY 25 - Spider Walk
Location: Lake Mineral Wells SP & Trailway
Time:  8:30-10pm
Call: 940-328-1171
Details: Learn the importance of spiders in the wild at the amphitheater. View slides and hear about the different types, focusing on wolf spiders. Afterward, take a walk down the Trailway with flashlights watching for the eye shine reflection of the park's wolf spiders. Accessible for the mobility impaired. 


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PILOT POINT, TX

Ray Roberts Lake SP/Johnson Branch Unit

NO EVENTS THIS MONTH AT THIS LOCATION




Ray Roberts Lake/Isle du Bois Unit


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ROCKWALL, TX

NO EVENTS THIS MONTH AT THIS LOCATION

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TYLER, TX

JULY 4— Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration
Location:  
Tyler State Park
Time:  
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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

JULY 11, 25 — Knotty-Time for Kids!
Location:  
Tyler State Park
Time:  
10am - 11am

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

JULY 11, 25 — Wild Food Hike
Location:  
Tyler State Park
Time:  
11am - Noon

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

JULY 18 — Wildflower Hike
Location:  
Tyler State Park
Time:  
3:30pm - 4:30pm

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

JULY 18 — Woodpeckers!
Location:  
Tyler State Park
Time:  
10am - 11am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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51.  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 2009-2010 Season:

Check Back - 2009-2010 Season Performance Schedule Not Yet Available

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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52.  PERFORMANCES AT CATS THEATER IN ARLINGTON



2009 Summer Shows:
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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53.  COTTAGE THEATER – CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION

Center for Home Education’s Cottage Theater Presents:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Class Performance Auditions:
JULY 21-23 - (4:30pm) Godspell Junior - Musical
Auditioners must make appt and have 1-2 minute song prepared w/accompaniment CD or accompanist.
Callbacks:  JULY 28
Class Rehearsals:  AUGUST 11 - OCTOBER 15 (Tues/Thurs; 4:30-6:30)
Tech Week:  OCTOBER 19-22 (6:30-9:30pm)
For Appointment/Schedule of Fees:  
Contact Anicia at 817-571-9839

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

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



For More Information:
  817-281-2293

http://centerforhomeeducation.com/thecottagetheatre.aspx  
 

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54.  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:
JUNE 26 - JULY 18 -- The Man with the Pointed Shoes
Take a bunch of wild and uncouth cowboys and pair 'em up with a beautiful and proper schoolteacher to teach 'em how to function in a civilized world, and you've got yourself a mess on your hands!  Without a doubt, this is one of the funniest shows ever.  This western comedy is loaded with lots of laughs, fun and romance!

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

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


Artie’s Children’s Playhouse Productions:
JUNE 27-JULY 18 -- Rumple Steal Skin
The miller's daughter must spin straw into gold.  A strange little man offers help, but ends up stealing everything that she owns.

JULY 25 - SEPTEMBER 12 -- Disney's The AristoCats Kids


Artie’s Playhouse Ticket Price:
  $5 per person

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

To Reserve Tickets: 817-284-1200


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

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


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


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55.  PERFORMANCES AT BASS PERFORMANCE HALL

Broadway at the Bass Presents:
Performance Schedule Not Available

Location:  Bass Performance Hall

        Fort Worth, TX

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

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


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56.  DALLAS CHILDREN’S THEATER PERFORMANCES

2008 - 2009 Season:

JUNE 19 - JULY 26 -- The Neverending Story
Location:  
Baker Theater/Rosewood Center
Reality and fantasy collide as Bastian, a very real and lonely boy,
becomes captivated by a mysterious book. A fictional young warrior
fights to save Fantastica from The Nothing, but will Bastian save
imagination itself? Keep the story alive by coming to find out!
Filled with loveable characters, dark villains and unlikely heroes, the
quest begins again and again and again as Bastian discovers that
he holds the key to the story's end.


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

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

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


Tickets:  To purchase 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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57.  PLANO CHILDREN’S THEATER PERFORMANCES

Peformance Schedule Not Available.  Check Back.

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.

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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58.  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.


2009-2010 SEASON:
OCTOBER 2-4 -- The Russian Masters (Bass Performance Hall)
NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 6 -- The Nutcracker (Winspear Opera House)
DECEMBER 11-24 -- The Nutcracker (Bass Performance Hall)
FEBRUARY 12-14 -- Romeo & Juliet (Bass Performance Hall)
MARCH 12-14 -- Romeo & Juliet (Winspear Opera House)
APRIL 9-11 -- The Sleeping Beauty (Bass Performance Hall)
JUNE 11-13 -- The Sleeping Beauty (Winspear Opera House)

For General Ticket Information: 877-828-9200


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59.  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:
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG -- June 23-July 5
Location:  Fair Park Music Hall in Dallas
You'll believe a car can fly! CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG is everything you could want in a musical- and more. Sensational sets, stunning special effects, an irresistible story, and an unforgettable Sherman Brothers score, all add up to a Broadway blockbuster the whole family will love.
Performance dates: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 8pm, Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 8pm, Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 8pm, Friday, June 26, 2009 at 8pm, Sunday, June 28, 2009 at 8pm, Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 8pm, Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 8pm, Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 2pm, Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 8pm, Friday, July 3, 2009 at 8pm, Saturday, July 4, 2009 at 1pm, and Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 2pm

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

Bonus:  Happy Days -- May 26-June 7
A Chorus Line-- July 7-19

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


Questions: Click Here to Contact Susan Frederick

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


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60.  AMON CARTER EXHIBITS

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

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

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



Museum Exhibits:
THROUGH JULY 19 -- High Modernism: Alfred Stieglitz and His Legacy
Modern art photography is widely recognized as being born in the 1910s from the work of Alfred Stieglitz and his hand-picked group of artists. Follow the pathway set by Stieglitz and his colleagues in this exhibition that blends sharp focus, fine printing, and subscription to beauty.

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

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

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


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

JULY 1 -- Birds, Bears & Buffalo
Animals abound, move around, and make fun sounds in the Carter’s collection and the books From Head to Toe by Eric Carle and A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni. These stories will be accompanied by fun activities that both parents and young children can enjoy.

JULY 8 -- Roses are Red, Violets are Blue
Explore poetry’s power to put feelings into words and art’s power to put emotions into pictures by discussing artworks from the Carter’s collection paired with poems from Caroline Kennedy’s beloved book, A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children. These stories will be accompanied by fun activities that both parents and young children can enjoy.

JULY 15 -- Art Outside the Box
See how clever characters make masterpieces out of everyday materials in A Day with No Crayons by Elizabeth Rusch and Not a Box by Antoinette Portis, and then look at innovative artworks in the Carter’s collection. These stories will be accompanied by fun activities that both parents and young children can enjoy.

JULY 22 -- This Land is Your Land
Let looking lead you to see landscapes in a new light while exploring artworks in the Carter’s collection and listening to The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie dePaola and River by Debby Atwell. These stories will be accompanied by fun activities that both parents and young children can enjoy.

JULY 29 -- Express Yourself
Do you ever have trouble saying what you see or showing what you want to say? See how two characters solve these problems in Hanoch Piven’s My Dog is as Smelly as Dirty Socks and Laurie Rosenwald’s And to Name But Just a Few: Red, Yellow, Green, and Blue. Then discover how artists in the Carter’s collection express their own feelings in artworks. These stories will be accompanied by fun activities that both parents and young children can enjoy.



Location:
 Amon Carter Art Museum

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


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61.  DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART EXHIBITS  

SUMMER 2010 -- About Materials & Meanings

THROUGH AUGUST 30 -- Private Universe

JUNE 14-NOVEMBER 8 -- Private Universes: Media Works

MAY 24 - AUGUST 30 -- Willie Doherty: Requisite Distance

JANUARY 25-OCTOBER 18 -- American Art 1950s-1970s

JUNE 1 - AUGUST 23 -- Through the Eyes of Our Children - Something Beautiful



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

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

Tuesdays at 2pm:  Interactive Cinema Family Tour

Wednesdays at 2pm: Sketching in the Galleries for Kids

Thursdays at 2pm: Showdown at the Materials Bar

Fridays at 2pm: Summer Spotlight Story Time


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

Late Night for Kids
JULY 17 6pm-Midnight
One Friday a month, the Museum is open until midnight with music, tours, and performances in the galleries.

Studio Creations
JULY 5-26 (SATURDAYS)
1pm-3:30pm in the Art Studio
Works of art in the Summer Spotlight set the stage for you to create your own costumes and props to act out stories from the works.

Sketching in the Gallery for Kids

JULY 18 (EVERY THIRD SUNDAY with some exceptions)
1pm-3pm
in the American Art Galleries, Level 4
Families are invited to sketch from original works of art. All supplies are provided.

Family Films

SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS at 2pm in the theater
JULY 4-26: Who is the Artist? Artist of Pop Art: Lichtenstein, Thiebaus, Warhol (26 min)
Ages:
9and up



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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62.  KIMBALL ART MUSEUM EXHIBITS

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

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



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

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

Tickets:  Click Here

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

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


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


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63.  MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE

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

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


PLANETARIUM SHOWS:
For Planetarium Show Schedule:  Click Here


ONLINE Exhibits - Journey to Alaska

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mixed Signals Gallery

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


Museum Information:

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

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

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


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64.  FORT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY

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

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

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

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


FREE FAMILY FRIDAYS (last Friday of the month)

JULY 31
AUGUST 28
Time:  3- 7 p.m.
Cost:  FREE exhibit admission from 3 to 7 p.m. on the last Friday of every month. While the Museum of Science and History builds for the future, you’ll find many of your favorite exhibits on the lower level of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.
Details:  Includes admission to both museum experiences:
* Celebrate the Cowgirl Experience – activities and exhibits that capture the extraordinary courage and pioneer spirit of the American West.
* Explore exhibits from the Museum of Science and History – ExploraZone, KIDSPACE and a new Hands On Studio.
* Check out plans for the Museum of Science and History’s new campus in the Preview Center.
Bring the entire family! You’ll discover fun, exploration and learning for all ages.

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




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

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

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

CSI Exhibit Walk-Through:  
Click Here

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



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65. NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER

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

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

2009 Movie Schedule (First Thursday of each month at 7pm)
Cost:  Free
(movies not appropriate for all audiences; use parental discretion)
JULY 2 - Jaws
AUGUST 6 - The Grapes of Wrath
SEPTEMBER 3 - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
OCTOBER 1 - The Maltese Falcon
NOVEMBER 5 - All the President's Men
DECEMBER 3 - It's a Wonderful Lifea

www.nashersculpturecenter.org


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

THROUGH JULY 12 -- Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
(RATED PG)

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: Washington landmarks come to  life in this sequel to the hit movie.  After the Museum of Nature and History closed for upgrading, the museum pieces are moved into storage at the Smithsonian Institute.  Security guard Larry Daley must infiltrate the institute to rescue his friends.
To Read More About the Film:
Click Here

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



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68.  PROGRAMS AT LOG CABIN VILLAGE

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

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


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


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

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


For More Information:  www.logcabinvillage.org

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69.  DALLAS HERITAGE VILLAGE

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

JULY 5:  Keeping Cool!
Discover how Dallas’ earliest residents kept cool in the Texas heat before air conditioning. Decorate your own paper fan and enjoy some homemade ice cream.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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72.  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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73.  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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74.  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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75.  CHRISTIAN MARTIAL ARTS

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

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


Cost: $25/month per person

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



For More Information:
www.firsteuless.com/


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76.  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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77.  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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78.  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.


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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79.  THESA RIDERS HOME SCHOOL  ASSOCIATION

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

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

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

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


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80.  HULCY HOME SCHOOL PE CLASSES IN RICHARDSON

Register Today for Fall 2008!

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

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

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


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81.  HOME SCHOOL PE PROGRAMS AT VELOCITY  IN HIGHLAND PARK

Velocity  in Highland Park is Offering Home School PE Classes!

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

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

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

Location:  7730 N. Central Expressway
        Dallas, TX  

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

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

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

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


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82.  HOME SCHOOL PE PROGRAMS AT VELOCITY  IN SOUTHLAKE

Velocity  in Southlake is Offering Home School PE Classes!

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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83.  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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84.  PARKER-TARRANT HOME SCHOOL 

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

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

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


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

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85.  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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86.  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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87.  ARLINGTON ASSOCIATION HOME EDUCATORS (AAHE)

Contact:  Yvonne Behneman 972-642-5798

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88.  DENTON COUNTY CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOL ASSOCIATION

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

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89.  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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90.  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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91. 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


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92.  NORTH IRVING CHRISTIAN HOME EDUCATORS

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or More Information:  click here to email group


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93.  PARK DAY DRAMA CLUB

First Friday of the Month from September through May

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

For More Information: Janet Moos jmoos@hotmail.com


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94.  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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95.  SALT EDUCATIONAL CO-OP CLASSES -- DeSOTO, TX

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

For More Information: click here to email group



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96.  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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97.  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:


For SAT Subject Test Calendar:  Click Here


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


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98.  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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99.  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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100.  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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101.  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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102.  MEALS ON WHEELS, INC. OF TARRANT COUNTY SEEKS HOMESCHOOL FAMILIES TO DELIVER HOT MEALS AND FRIENDSHIP

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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103.  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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104.  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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105.  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:
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106.  WORLD VIEW STUDIES CLASSES IN HALTOM CITY AND WEATHERFORD

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


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

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

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

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

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*These are 2 different courses to prepare for 2 different AP Exams.
{Note: Scoring well on either exam may earn 3-6 college semester hours.
Scoring well on both exams may place your student out of ALL of his/her college English courses!}

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

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

Please supply this information when you call or email:
Parent Info: Name, phone number(s), email, & home address.
Student Info: Name, age, date of birth, and grade student is entering this fall.
 
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108. SPEECH AND DEBATE CAMPS IN WATAUGA & COPPELL - SUMMER 2009

Coppell Camps:
Veteran debate coach and author Suzanne Nasser is teaming up with her daughter Samantha Nasser (National NCFCA competitor and collegiate champion) to bring Speech/Debate camps to the DFW area this summer!  If you have been considering getting your kids involved in speech/debate to sharpen their analytical and rhetorical skills or increase their confidence and poise, be sure to signup before the camps fill up!   Experienced students, be sure to check out our new 3-day resolution-based Advanced Debate camps to jumpstart the new season!
Location:  
First Baptist Church Coppell
590 S. Denton Tap Rd, Coppell 75019
Just north of DFW Airport
Camps Offered in Coppell:
Intro to Speech
Advanced Speech: Interps
Intro to Team Policy Debate
Intro to Lincoln Douglas Debate
Advanced Lincoln Douglas Debate
Advanced Team Policy Debate
Extemporaneous Camp
Mock Trial
For More Information about Coppell Camps:  Click Here

Watauga Camps:
Rosie Watson, along with nationally ranked speech and debate college competitors Alan Carrillo and Adam Hardy, will take your students through a life changing journey into the Art of Rhetoric.
Location:
 Center for Home Education in Watauga
Camps Offered in Watauga:
Intro to Speech
Intro to Debate
Lincoln Douglas Debate
Advanced Team Policy Debate
For More Information about Watauga Camps:  
Click Here


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109. MORNING GLORY ACADEMY OFFERS A TRIAL "MINI-MESTER"

Morning Glory Academy Offers a Trial “Mini-Mester”
 
Morning Glory Academy (MGA) is offering you the opportunity to ‘try us on for size!’  Many homeschool parents are interested in group learning experiences for their children, but enrolling for a full year before your child has experienced the environment can give you . . . pause.  MGA would like to offer you a nine-week ‘mini-mester’ enrollment this spring, to help you discern whether we are part of God’s provision for educating your children.
 
At MGA, students attend core classes three mornings a week, 30 weeks/year.  We are a Christian learning community, studying World History & Geography, Literature, and Science together.  We offer worthwhile, interactive group learning experiences for students whose education is home-centered.  We don’t usurp the role of the parent and our part-time schedule does not dominate yours.  We are just one part of your education plan for your children.
 
Your child can join us for classes April 6 – June 4.  We have nine weeks of fun, engaging, learning experiences planned!   If you would like to learn more about MGA, visit our website:  www.theMGA.org.  We are centrally located in Hurst and the directors are available to you by phone or email:
Leslie Kent, Upper School:  leslie@themga.org    817-905-3861
Susan Riddle, Lower School:  susan@themga.org   817-706-9888
 
MGA:  Your Home . . . Our School . . . Perfect Fit.
 

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110. WOMEN EXPLORE ENGINERING SUMMER CAMP AT TEXAS A&M COLLEGE STATION


JULY 12-15
Location:  
Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas
Who:  Students currently enrolled in 10th or 11th grade in high school and have
As and Bs in their high school courses and a strong interest in a technical career that could include engineering.

Details:  C
urrently accepting applications for this summer’s Women Explore Engineering (WEE) summer camp, held July 12-15, 2009 on campus at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. 

The WEE camp is a 4 day residential summer program designed to give female high school students with an interest in science and/or mathematics an opportunity to explore engineering as a career. Participants stay in modern residence halls, attend special classes, participate in group and panel discussions with female engineers and engineering college students, see engineering activities in progress in state of the art facilities and they get to do a bit of engineering themselves by completing a design project. 

Cost:  This program is made possible by Texas A&M Engineering and corporate sponsors. There is, however, a non-refundable program fee of $325 required to cover costs of food, housing and program activities.  A limited number of partial scholarships will be available for students who qualify for free or reduced school lunch.

Application Deadline:  Applications must be postmarked on or before Friday, May 15, 2009.

To download application forms or to review additional information: http://essap.tamu.edu/wee/
 
For More Information:  click here to email the recruiting team
 

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111. HEART OF TEXAS LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

JULY 18

It’s Time to Get Connected and Encouraged!
Do you help newbies get started homeschooling?
Do you coordinate activities or field trips?
Do you lead a home school support group, co-op, or e-list?


Time:   8am - On-site Registration
           9am-4pm – Leadership Conference

Location:   Restoration Church
                1350 W. Euless Blvd
                Euless, TX 76040

Details Coming Soon!!


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112. YOUTH BASKETBALL OF AMERICA DIVISION 3 BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN FLORIDA

JULY 26-AUGUST 1

Youth Basketball of America is celebrating its 20th year of providing basketball tournaments for boys and girls in the United States and 20 different countries.

We have recently added a Division 3 for Club, Recreation and Home School teams.  We would like to extend an invitation to your Organization to participate in the YBOA National Basketball Championships to be held in Central Florida this summer.

The Division 3 National Basketball Championships are scheduled for July 26 – August 1, 2009.  The boy’s age divisions are 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U and 15U.

This is a great opportunity for your organization to enjoy championship basketball while also enjoying a family vacation at the same time.  For your review, we have attached an information sheet on this event which includes YBOA discounted attraction ticket prices that are available during our event.

We are very fortunate to be able to also offer great savings on housing accommodations.  We have a large variety of 3 to 7 bedroom homes located in Polk County, Florida.  These homes are fully equipped and have their own private swimming pools.  We have attached and additional flyer with further details on the housing discounts.

YBOA is excited about the opportunity to have your Organization participate.  We hope your team will be inspired to come together and work towards taking home a National Championship title. 

For More Information:  Click here to email Natalie Shelton 
                                   Click here to email Donald Ruedlinger 


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113. THSC STATE CONVENTION AND FAMILY HOME SCHOOL CONFERENCE

AUGUST 6-8

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

Registration Fee for Card-Carrying THSC Members:
Adults:  Free
Spouse (or grandparent): Free
Additional Adult (additional grandparent or adult child): $25

Registration for Non-THSC Members:
Adults: $25
Spouse (or grandparent): Free
Additional Adult: $25

Children and Teens
Infants and Toddlers – ages 0-3 – FREE
Children’s Program – ages 4-12 – $30
*Child and Teen Exhibit Hall Pass – $15

Medical Waivers
A medical waiver is required for each child/teen registration.
Child Medical Waiver
Teen Medical Waiver

NEW FOR 2009!
Convention Appetizer ~ Thursday, August 6
Come Thursday evening for a FREE taste of the workshops and shopping to be enjoyed all weekend! Have friends interested in homeschooling? Bring them along for the Beginner's Track! Start your vacation weekend with an Appetizer like no other!
Convention Appetizer Schedule (Thursday, August 6 only):
On-site Registration – 5-9 p.m.
Exhibit Hall – 5-7 p.m.
Evening Workshops – 7-9 p.m.

Experienced vendors from all over the nation will be on hand to offer the very latest in educational material for home schoolers. There will be full-scale curricula, books and materials for specific subjects, traditional textbooks, unit study materials, life skills (needlework, carpentry skills, homemaking skills, mechanical skills, etc.), fun extras (educational games, videos, art supplies, science kits, music programs), and more.

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

Children’s Program (ages 4-12)
Grab your magnifying glass and look around—the clues are everywhere! Join Children’s Ministries of Texas and lots of children your age for two days packed with sleuthing adventures as Truth Seekers! Learn valuable lessons, meet new friends, and enjoy hilarious skits and memorable songs while uncovering truths from God’s Word that will help you detect life’s counterfeits.

Teen Staff Program
Registration for the TSP is full. Teens registering with their parents can register for an Exhibit Hall pass ($15) and may shop with their parents (and attend Adult Workshops only if space is available) OR may register as adults ($25) to insure attendance at Adult Workshops.

Special Buddies Program
THSC, together with Texas’ Special Kids, will again provide a limited program for Pre-Registered* children with special needs up to age 18. The program will offer Bible-based curriculum with music, crafts, and videos; low staff-to-student ratios; and self-contained, modified mainstream, and reverse-inclusion models. There are a limited number of spaces available for medically fragile children, with nurses on staff.
*Limited space is still available in the Special Buddies Program (SBP)! The SBP will not be available for on-site Registration. Registrations will continue to be accepted while space lasts or through July 30!
**The Special Buddies Program (SBP) is available on a case-by-case basis. Parents must complete and remit the SBP Registration Form and include payment for the SBP registration fee.

Special Fellowships -- Saturday from 3pm-4pm
Do you ever feel like you are the only one facing unique circumstances? There will be special fellowships for minority families, support group leaders, families with single parents, families with special needs children, and families with only children. Come be encouraged, build relationships, and share ideas with others facing similar situations.

Encouragement by Chocolate – A Moms Night Out
Moms who pre-registered for Encouragement by Chocolate, will enjoy a delicious time of chocolate, coffee, and sweet fellowship Friday night! Mary James, co-founder of Smoothing the Way, will host this rich fellowship packed with chatting, snacking, and relaxing with the girls! Additional details and information will be e-mailed to participants in the pre-conference packet.

Thursday Field Trip
Please Note: THSC has learned that the launch scheduled for August 6 has been rescheduled for a later date. However, attendees will be able to view footage of previous shuttle launches.
Pre-registered attendees will experience behind-the-scenes sites at Johnson Space Center and see where astronauts train for missions! An astronaut or other special guest from NASA will come and speak with us to give cool information about a day in the life of a NASA employee.

Tentative Field Trip Schedule:
Field trip begins - 10 a.m.
Tram rides (90 minutes)
Guest Speaker from NASA (60 minutes)
Self-guided Tour of Space Center Houston (approximately 1-3 hours)

Houston Area Amenities
Make the most of your weekend by taking advantage of what the Houston area has to offer. We have compiled a list of area amenities where visitors and residents alike will find fun and interesting places to see and things to do! Be sure to check each website for operating hours and other details.
For List of Area Attractions: click here


For Registration and Many Other Details Available:
www.thsc.org/convention/General_information.asp

 

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114.  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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115.  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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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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