HEART of Texas

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

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

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

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

We also have a “featured articles” section.  We hope that you will find the articles 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 ~

FEBRUARY 2, 2010
3RD ANNUAL HEART OF TEXAS REGIONAL HOMESCHOOL COLLEGE NIGHT
GRAPEVINE CONVENTION CENTER

Time:        7pm-9pm (speaking sessions start at 6pm)
Location:   Grapevine Convention Center
                1209 South Main Street
                Grapevine, TX 76051

Stay tuned for more details on our website and in future newsletter issues:  www.heartoftex.org


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~MONTHLY HIGHLIGHTS ~
 
OCTOBER 10
HOMESCHOOL FOSSIL DIG AND TOUR
FOSSIL RIM


Time:  10am - 2:30ish.  
    Break for Lunch:  12:00-1:00
    Guided Tour of Fossil Rim:  1:00-2:30ish  Meet our current (non-marine!) animal residents!
Cost:  $16/person (ages 2 and under free)
Details:  
Learn about different ways you can conserve natural resources; participate in an on-site conservation project, then take a guided tour of Fossil Rim.
Bring a picnic lunch.  After lunch, take a guided tour of Fossil Rim!
To Register:  Call 254-898-4216 ext 216

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OCTOBER 14
HARVEST TIME NATURE AWARENESS DAY CAMP
CAMP TONKAWA

Time:
9:30am - 2:30pm
Location:  1036 CR 203,
                Collinsville TX 76233
What to Bring:  
Lunches and drinking water
Cost:  $15/Pre-Registered by Mail; $18/Walk-ins; $10/4 year olds; FREE/Under 4 and parents with at least one paying child.
R.S.V.P:  903-429-6483

OCTOBER 22 - Horsemanship Day Camp
OCTOBER 24-25 - Basic Camping Skills
OCTOBER 30 - Birds in Autumn

For Info on Other Events at Camp Tonkawa:  Click Here

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OCTOBER 15 & 18
AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER OPENING WEEK CELEBRATION
VARIOUS EXHIBITIONS
NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER

Time:
5pm-9pm (Thursday), 11am-6pm (Sunday)
Admission:  FREE
Location:   Nasher Sculpture Center
                2001 Flora St
                Dallas, TX 75201

Details: Join us on opening day of the exhibition for a free event featuring artist demonstrations, tours, live performances, and sketching in the Galleries. 

For more information about additional exhibitions: 
Click Here.

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OCTOBER 23 - 25
THSC LEADERSHIP TRAINING CONFERENCE
LAKEWOOD CONFERENCE CENTER IN WAXAHACHIE

If you have never attended a THSC Leadership Training Conference, you are in for a treat!  THSC is excited to once again welcome motivational speaker, Norm Wakefield from the Spirit of Elijah Ministries, as our guest speaker.

The More the Merrier!
New this year!!  SAVE when you attend the LTC along with other leaders of your support group!
Every member of the support group will get a lower rate! The more that attend, the cheaper it is!!
To View Special Savings Options: Click Here

Come as a board and get inspired and motivated together!  Save up to $75 each, when four or more leaders from your group attend!

For More Details: Click Here


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OCTOBER 23 - 31
COTTAGE THEATER PRESENTS: GODSPELL JUNIOR
CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION IN WATAUGA

Time:  October 24, 26, 29, 30, 31:  7:30pm
          October 25: 2:30pm
Cost: $8/student; $10/adult
Small children who sit in laps are no charge.  No baby strollers, carriers, etc.    
No refunds.
To Purchase Tickets:  
817-281-2293
Location:  Center for Home Education, 5733 Watagua Rd, Watauga, TX,  76179


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OCTOBER 23
SARAH PLAIN & TALL
"FRIDAY FUN AT THE FARM"
HERITAGE FARMSTEAD MUSEUM

Time:  10:30 am
Cost: $5/child; $3/chaperone  (includes tractor-pulled covered wagon ride)
Ages:  Programs geared for groups ages 3-6 or 6-12.  
Advanced Registration Required: 972-881-0140

Details:  This program is based on Patricia MacLachlan’s novel, Sarah Plain and Tall that tells the story of how two young farm children were influenced by the arrival of their new step-mother.  Children will spend time in the sheep pens, children’s garden, and pole barn exploring and learning about childhood on the farm.

For other events at Heritage Farmstead Museum:  Click Here

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OCTOBER 24
FREE YOUTH EVENT WITH KIRK CAMERON
MARSHALL CIVIC CENTER IN MARSHALL, TX

Time:
 7pm-9pm
Cost:  
FREE
Location:
 Marshall Civic Center
                  
2201 East End Boulevard South, Marshall, 75672
For Directions: 
Click Here
Details:  
Click Here

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OCTOBER 24
TECHFEST 2009:  ENGINEERING A BETTER TOMORROW
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS DISCOVERY PARK

Time:
10am - 3pm (come and go)
Location:  UNT's Discovery Park, located 4 miles north of main campus at 3940 North Elm in Denton
Event will take place on the first floor in the discovery building.
Cost:  
$8/child ($1 off for canned food donation);  two adults per child free;  $8/additional adults

Details:  Through hands-on exploration, participants will investigate the uses of technology in our modern world.  We will provide children opportunities to create their own inventions, and discover how technology has evolved from the past, to the present and envision technology needs in the future.  Participants will work as a team, with family or friends to brainstorm problems in our world, locally and globally, adn think of ways to solve them using technology.

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THOUGH OCTOBER 24
LIVE BUTTERFLY EXHIBIT
TEXAS DISCOVERY GARDENS AT FAIR PARK

See eye-to-eye with a butterfly during the Skies of Butterflies exhibit at Texas Discovery Gardens. This seasonal butterfly house contains 200+ colorful native Texas butterflies like Giant Swallowtails, Pipevine Swallowtails, Monarchs, Sulphurs, Question Marks, and more.

As you walk through the 30' by 48' free standing flight cage, closely observe butterflies as they feed on nectar from the blossoms of both native and tropical plants. Learn which species enjoys rotting fruit! Find out when butterflies roost (go to sleep). Be captivated by fast and furious flyers! An emergence box filled with uniquely camouflaged and vibrantly colored chrysalis will reveal the last mysterious step in the life stages of the butterfly. Afterward, visit the Butterfly Display Garden and learn how you can attract these fascinating creatures to your yard by using the right plants. We will have monarch tagging presentations each day.

Garden & Exhibit Hours:
During State Fair (Sept. 26 - Oct. 19): 10 am to 6 pm.
Butterfly House Exhibit: $3/person.  Last ticket sold at 5:30 pm.
Garden Admission:  Free, but State Fair admission applies.

Before & After State Fair (Sept. 13 - 24; Oct. 20 - 24): 10 am to 5 pm.
Butterfly House Exhibit (includes Garden Admission):  
        $8/Adults; $6/Seniors 60+; $4/Ages 3-11; Free/Under 3
Garden Admission: (does not include Butterfly House):
        $4/Adults; $3/Seniors 60+; $2/Ages 3-11; Free/Under 3
 
Location:
Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park
Located at the Martin Luther King Entrance (Gate 6) of the Fair Grounds.    
3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas, TX 75210


Parking: Enter Fair Park at gate # 6 (the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. & Robert B. Cullum Blvd). Just inside the gate, turn right on Second Ave. Enter the parking lot on your right.


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OCTOBER 24-25
FALL FESTIVAL AT FORT WORTH JAPANESE GARDENS

Time:  Sat: 10am - 5pm
; Sun: 9am-11:30pm
Location:  Fort Worth Japanese Gardens

Cost:  $5/adults; $3/children 4-12 years; Free/under 4 years
Parking:  All festival parking will be in the Linden Street lot.  

Details:  Feast your eyes on the spectacular fall color of the Japanese Garden while you and your family enjoy traditional Japanese dance, music, martial arts demonstrations, papermaking, and tea ceremonies. The festival is expanding this year with more exciting performers and a food court.

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OCTOBER 25
SEASON OPENER
GREATER DALLAS YOUTH ORCHESTRA

Time:  7:30pm
Location:  Meyerson Symphony Center
Cost: $10-$40 
To Order Tickets: 214-528-7747
Details:  Concert features Chee-Yun performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, Cindy McTee's "Timepiece" and Elgar's Enigma Variations.

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OCTOBER 31
TRACK & FIELD INFORMATIONAL MEETING AND REGISTRATION
HOME SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (HSAA)

Time:  2-3:30pm
Location:  Haggard Library, 2501 Coit Rd., Plano, 75075
What to Bring:  Click Here
Details:  This is a competitive program for Middle School athletes in 7th-8th grade and High School athletes in 9th-12th grade.  There are no try-outs to make the team.  However, practice attendance, practice logs, and level of performance will determine whether High School athletes will compete on the JV or Varsity level.
Practices/Meets:  The team will practice from mid/late Jan to early May on Mondays and Wednesdays at tracks in Plano.  There will be several optional Saturday practices at the beginning of the season, as well as several event-specific clinics.  The 2010 meet schedule is not yet confirmed, however, it will be similar to last season’s schedule which is still on the HSAA website.

Alternate registration session:  
NOVEMBER 21
Time:  
10am - 11:30am
Location:
 Davis Library, 7501 Independence, Plano, 75025

Parents and prospective athletes must attend one of the sessions.  

If unable to attend either session:  
Click Here to contact coach



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THROUGH OCTOBER 31
PUMPKINS ON THE PRAIRIE
AT GRACE AVENUE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH IN FRISCO

Times: Monday-Friday: 1-8pm (or sunset)
           Monday, October 12 will open at 9am (due to school holiday)
           Saturday/Sunday: 9am-8pm (or sunset)

Location:  Grace Avenue United Methodist Chuch
                3521 Main Street, Frisco,Texas, 75034
                972.335.2882

Admission:  FREE

Details:  Pumpkins on the Prairie celebrates its 7th year of fun and festivities for families and friends! And this year, we'll have even more pumpkins and more families and friends than ever before!  The community is welcome!

Everyone can pick their favorite pumpkins, children will enjoy playing in the bounce house, running through the hay maze and playing games in our "Kid's Patch!" Plus, there are lots of picture taking opportunities with our fall set-ups and family-fun hayrides!

Extra special activities are planned for the weekends, including ... back by popular demand, the Great Pumpkin Launcher! (You've got to see it, to believe it!).

Click Here find out about all the fun activities that will be going on each day of the event.  

Bounce Houses
Pumpkin Carving
Craft Show
Family Movie Nights
Weekends:  Face Painting • Pumpkin Launching


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THROUGH OCTOBER - 31
HALL'S PUMPKIN FARM
GRAPEVINE

Time:
Mon-Thurs: 3pm-8pm;  Fri: 3pm-10pm;  Sat: 10am-10pm;  Sun: 1pm-8pm
Admission:  General Admission is FREE  ($5 corn maze; $2 hay ride)
Location:   Hall's Farm
                3420 Hall Johnson Rd.
                Grapevine
Details:  Corn Maze:  $5 admission; children 3 and under free.
“Get lost” in our mind-bogglin corn maze. Approximately 2 acres of twists, turns and dead-ends. Try it alone or as a group if you please. For those who would like a greater challenge, bring a flashlight and give it a try after dark!!!   We do recommend adults stay close to young children at all times.
Hayrides:  $2; Fri, Sat, Sun from 5pm-close.
Come enjoy a fun-filled adventure on a hay-filled trailer pulled by a genuine farm tractor.
Pumpkins: We have big pumpkins, little pumpkins, sweet pie pumpkins, fairy-tales, cinderellas, gourds of all kinds, hay bales and corn stalks too!!!

For more information about additional the farm:  click here


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THROUGH OCTOBER 31
THE FLOWER MOUND PUMPKIN PATCH

Time:  9am - Dusk
Admission:  FREE (all activities are free of charge);  Pumpkins start at $1
Location:  Located off highway FM 1171 (Main Street Lewisville or Cross Timbers in Flower Mound)  Entrance is on the north side of the road, approximately 6.5 miles west of I-35E or 2 miles west of Long Prairie Road (FM 2499) and a short distance east of Tour 18.  Plenty of free parking.

Details:  
Face painting, hayrides, and mazes built from hay bales. You may bring lunches or purchase drinks and snacks from the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch.  Picnic tables are provided for individual use, however use of tables by any large groups or parties must be reserved and confirmed.
 
Free hay rides run all day on the weekends, subject to weather conditions. Hay rides during the week are by prior reservation only. Please see the reservations page for complete details.

NOTE:  There is a charge for parties and large groups, and all groups/parties must have a reservation.

For More Information:  Click Here


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THROUGH NOVEMBER 1
AUTUMN AT THE ARBORETUM: THE GREAT PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
OPENS AT THE DALLAS ARBORETUM

Highlights include the Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch, 15' Pumpkin House
12'' Pumpkin Topiary
Weekly activities will also be featured and include Hay Bale Maze
Storybook Playhouses
Music on the Loggia - 11am-2pm
Wednesday morning garden tours, 11am (limited to 30 guests)

Discount Days:
AT&T Senior Citizen Thursdays ($6.50 admission, 65 & older)
"Two for One' Wednesdays (limited one per person with coupon)

Location:
Dallas Arboretum
8525 Garland Road

Dallas, TX  75219
214-515-6500

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

FEATURED ARTICLES

Lessons in Life- by Tim Lambert, THSC

NASA Johnson Space Center Invites Homeschoolers to Apply for High School Aerospace Scholar Program -- by Anne Gebhart

Texas Ballet Theater Offering HEART of Texas Newsletter Readers Discount Tickets for Select Performances
at Bass Hall and Winspear Opera House

Learning Disabilities and the Visual/Kinesthetic Approach - by Sharon Jeffus
, Visual Manna

Volunteer Area Editors Needed for HEART of Texas Newsletter

NEST Family Learning Offering Discount and Free Shipping to Our Readers


CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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

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

READING REWARD PROGRAMS
2.   Book It!  Reading Program -- Enrollment Open
3.   Braums Book Buddy Reading Program -- Enrollment Open
   
CONTESTS/COMPETITIVE EVENTS
4.   BEST Robotics 2009 Preview:  Just Plane Crazy! -- Texas Best
5.   FIRST Lego League -- Leagues Starting in North Texas
6.   Texas State Fish-Art Contests -- Entries Due March 31, 2010
7.   National Engineers Week -- Registration Deadline October 31, 2009
8.   USA Mathematical Talent Search -- Round 2 Solutions Deadline November 23, 2009
9.   Igniting Creative Energy Challenge for K-12 -- 2010 Contest TBA
10. Texas Beef Leaders of Tomorrow Contest -- 2010 Contest TBA
    
CIVICS/GOOD CITIZENSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
11.  City of Fort Worth Youth Advisory Board -- Fort Worth
12.  City of North Richland Hills Teen Court -- North Richland Hills
13.  Texas Home School Coalition Good Citizenship Award Program -- State-wide

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

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

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

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

BOOK SALES & HOME SCHOOL BOOK STORES
33.  Library Used Book Sales in North Texas
          Wichita Falls – October 3
          Euless – October 9-11
          Denton – October 10
          Grand Prairie – October 14-18
          Granbury – October 17-18
          Arlington – October 22-25
          Fort Worth – October 23-25
          Frisco – October 23-24
          Addison – November 6-7
34.  Christian Educators Resource Center -- Rowlett
35.  Center for Home Education -- Watauga
36.  Home Educators Resource -- Lewisville
  
NATURE CENTERS & OUTDOOR PROGRAMS/CAMPS
Become a HEART of Texas Partner to list your program
37.  Camp Tonkawa (Day Camps and Outdoor Education) -- Collinsville
38.  Dallas Arboretum -- Dallas
39.  Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge Programs
40.  Fossil Rim
41.  Haven's Horses (Horsemanship & Outdoor Education)-- Keller
42.  Heard Museum Homeschool Classes – McKinney
43.  Heritage Farmstead Museum -- Plano
44.  Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch -- Pilot Point
45.  Texas Discovery Gardens -- Dallas
46.  Texas Parks and Wildlife Programs -- State Parks in North Texas

PERFORMING ARTS
47.  Performances at Casa Manana Children’s Playhouse --Fort Worth
       Santa Claus is Coming to Town -- November 20-December 23

48.  Performances at CATS -- Arlington
        Bunnicula -- October 23-31

49.  Cottage Theater – Center for Home Education -- Watauga
        Godspell Junior -- October 23-31

50.  Theater Performances at Artisan Center Theater -- Hurst
        The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe -- October 16-November 14
        Artie's Children's Playhouse: Seussical Jr --
September 19-November 7
51.  Performances at Bass Performance Hall -- Fort Worth
        Riverdance -- December 1-6

52.  Dallas Children’s Theater -- Dallas
        Junie B. Jones & a Little Monkey Business – September 18-November 1
53.  Dallas Symphony Orchestra -- Dallas
        Fanfare! – October 6, 7, 13, 15
        Musical Families – February 2, 4
        Bach to the Future – March 26, 31, April 1, 13
54.   Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra -- Fort Worth
        The Composer is Dead – January 13, 14
        Green Eggs and Ham – March 25
55.  Plano Children’s Theater -- Plano
56.  Texas Ballet Theater Performances -- Special Homeschool Pricing -- Dallas/Ft. Worth
        HEART of Texas Newsletter Readers Receive Special Discount on the Following Performances:
        The Nutcracker (Winspear Opera House) – November 27 at 2pm; December 5 at 2pm
        The Nutcracker (Bass Hall) – December 19 at 2pm; December 24 at 2pm
        Romeo & Juliet (Bass Hall) – February 13 at 2pm
        Romeo & Juliet (Winspear Opera House) – March 13 at 2pm
        The Sleeping Beauty (Bass Hall) – April 10 at 2pm
        The Sleeping Beauty (Winspear Opera House) – June 12 at 2pm

57.  Home School Discount Tickets to Dallas Theater Performances
      
ART MUSEUMS
58.  Amon Carter Museum Exhibits – Fort Worth
       
Family Fun Day -- November 8
        Circle of Friends: Portraits of Artists -- closes November 29
          Masterworks of American Photography: Moments in Time -- closes Jan 3, 2010

        Views & Visions: Prints of the American West, 1820-1970 -- closes Jan. 10, 2010
        Freedom Now: Tamarind Lithography Workshop -- opens Nov. 24
        Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian -- opens December 12

59.  Dallas Museum of Art Exhibits -- Dallas
       
Private Universes: Media Works -- closes November 8
        The Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs -- Through January 3, 2010
        A Dream Come True: The Dallas Arts District -- Through January 31, 2010
        All the World's a Stage -- Through February 28, 2010
        Performance/Art -- Through March 21, 2010
        Materials & Meanings -- Through May 16, 2010
60.  Kimbell Art Museum Exhibit -- Fort Worth     
            Butchers, Dragons, Gods & Skeletons -- Through Oct 25
        Michelangelo's First Painting: The Torment of St. Anthony
61.  Museum of Nature & Science -- Dallas
          
The Science of Spying:  The new Spy Skills exhibition
         Putting DNA to Work
62.  Museum of Science & History -- Fort Worth
       
CSI: The Experience -- Opening November 20
63.  Nasher Sculpture Center -- Dallas
        The Art of Architecture: Foster & Partners
        

IMAX/OMNI THEATERS
64.  Shows at the Dallas Imax Theatre -- Museum of Science and Nature
        Dinosaurs of Patagonia
        Hurricane on the Bayou
        Coral Reef Adventure
65.  Shows at the Fort Worth Omni Theater -- Ft. Worth Museum of Science & History
        Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk -- Through October 2009
       
Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure -- Through October 2009
       
Dolphins -- Through December 2010
        The Alps -- Through January 2010

HISTORICAL PROGRAMS
66.  Programs at Log Cabin Village -- Fort Worth
67.  Dallas Heritage Village -- Dallas

SCIENCE EVENTS/ACTIVITIES
68.  Star Parties at Fort Worth Museum of Science and History -- September 26

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OTHER EVENTS BY DATE
104. Private Piano Lessons in Your Home! -- Dallas Area
105. Advanced Placement, Pre-Advanced Placement English and CLEP Classes -- Ft. Worth
106. THSC Leadership Training Conference Oct 23-25 -- Waxahachie
107. Free Youth Event with Kirk Cameron -- Marshall -- October 24
108. Worldfest 2009 -- Addison -- October 24
109. Pumpkins on the Prairie at Grace Avenue United Methodist Church -- Frisco -- Through Oct 31
110. Volunteer Judges Needed for Speech/Debate Tournament -- Frisco -- December 4-5
111. TeenPact State Capitol Classes in April 2010 -- April 2009

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


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Lessons in Life
--by Tim Lambert

This post is different from most. It is not about public policy or issues that could impact our freedom. Rather, it is about life. Lyndsay and I decided to homeschool our children twenty-five years ago because we wanted to have the greatest impact possible on the spiritual growth and well-being of our children. We reasoned that, if we taught them ourselves, we could better integrate our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ with their academic instruction. We realized that someone was going to "indoctrinate" them or "disciple" them, and we believed it should be us, their parents.

I've often recounted the years of battling the state of Texas in the courts to overcome the position of some that home schools were not private schools and, thus, not legal. I've talked on many occasions about the vital necessity to be involved politically to protect our right as parents to teach our children at home. The reason that this fight is so important, in my mind, is that the right to teach our children at home made it possible for us to raise our children "in the nurture and admonition of the Lord," in a way that is not possible if they were in a classroom setting where someone else was doing the instruction.We were able to spend vast amounts of time with them on a daily basis, giving them not only academic instruction but also spiritual instruction about God's ways.

Today all of our children are walking with the Lord, and three of the four are married, all to godly spouses. A couple of months ago we were told by our younger son and his wife that they were going to be parents - and we were going to be grandparents for the first time. We rejoiced together and gave thanks to God for such a blessing. We looked forward to that time of seeing a baby born, beginning a new generation of our family.

Last week we received a call from this son, who told us that it appeared that his wife may have miscarried. We joined them in prayer and asked our church family to join us in asking for God's healing hand to save the baby. Alas, she did lose the baby. Lyndsay, my daughter, and our other daughter-in-law went to be with them. It was painful to see them mourn the loss of this child, but it was joyful to see our adult children reaching out to their brother and his wife in this time of sorrow and loss.

I joined them on Thursday as we gathered at a cemetery to bury the child and worship. As a small group of our family and his wife's family came together, my sons and I led us in worship as we contemplated the loss of Isaiah Lambert and looked forward to that time when we would see him in heaven. The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away; blessed be the name of the Lord!

I was struck as I contemplated, during this time of mourning and loss that we had experienced, the joy of relationships developed over years of growth and discipleship that had been a great part of our home schooling experience. While academic excellence is clearly a part of the home school experience, for many, including my family, the greatest blessing is investing in the lives and hearts of our children and teaching them the lessons of life that will have an eternal impact.



Tim Lambert is president of the Texas Home School Coalition, our state advocacy organization whose purpose is to help protect home school freedoms.  Click to subscribe to his blog "Right in Texas."  For more information about THSC, please visit their website at www.thsc.org.  


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NASA Johnson Space Center Invites Homeschoolers to Apply for High School Aerospace Scholars Program
--by Anne Gebhart

Registration Deadline:  November 13, 2009

Texas homeschool juniors with an interest in math, science, engineering, or technology, are invited to submit their applications for the NASA Johnson Space Center High School Aerospace Scholars program.  Students are nominated by their state legislator to participate in the program though a competitive process.  Student must submit their completed applications online by November 13, 2009.
 
The High School Aerospace program (HAS) is an interactive, online learning experience where students complete web-based lessons during the school year.  Selected students can participate in a six-day summer internship where they are encouraged to study math, science, engineering, or computer science by interacting with engineers at the NASA Johnson Space Center.  


There is no cost for participation in the HAS program, and all expenses are included. The HAS program is funded by The State of Texas, along with community organizations who partner with the Johnson Space Center.

To be eligible for the program, students must meet the following requirements:
    * The student must be a U.S. citizen
    * The student must be a Texas resident
    * The student must currently be a high school junior
    * The student must be interested in math, science, engineering, or technology
    * The student must commit to a one-year relationship with JSC, including a 6-day summer residential internship
    * The student must have access to the Internet (home, school, or public library) and e-mail

What will the students do?
During the school year, scholars will complete 10 web-based lessons.  Lessons begin in December and are due every two weeks.  These assignments, which are aligned to state and national standards, include a variety of activities such as reading online curriculum, writing essays, designing upgrades to be used on the Shuttle and ISS, solving math problems, and taking online quizzes.

Selected scholars will attend a six-day summer session at JSC, which will include:
    * Designing a human mission to Mars
    * Tours of JSC facilities
    * Mentoring by NASA engineers
    * Participating in hands-on engineering activities
    * Briefings by astronauts, engineers, and other NASA experts.
    * Transportation, housing, and meals during their week-long stay at JSC.
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Students who complete the summer program may be granted a science elective credit towards graduation.

How to Apply:
1.  Gather the following information:
     •High school name, school district, school address, school phone number
     • Electronic copy of your high school transcript (can be uploaded later)
     • Letter to your state legislator requesting nomination for HAS that includes the following (can be uploaded later):
          -Your reasons for wanting to participate in HAS
          -Your extra-curricular activities, work experience, volunteer work, honors, awards, and hobbies
          -Your career aspirations
    • Parent & emergency contact information (name of contact, relationship to the student, contact's phone number)
    • Teacher's email address (homeschoolers may submit their parent/homeschool teacher's email)
          -Your teacher will receive an email requesting that they write a letter of recommendation for you.
2.  Once you have gathered the information: click here to complete the online form.
3.  After submitting your online application:
    • You will receive a confirmation email.
    • Use the link within the email to confirm your account and gain access to the website.
    • The teacher you specified will receive an email requesting that they upload a letter of recommendation.
    • Note: Your application is not complete until you have confirmed your account and your teacher has uploaded a letter       of recommendation.
4.  Selected students will receive email notification of their acceptance into the program around December 4, 2009.
    • Accepted students will be sent information via email to begin working on the online curriculum.
    • Each of the 10 online lessons and final project will be graded according to the rubric at the end of each assignment.
5. Students will be selected for participation in the 6-day summer program at NASA Johnson Space Center, based on the following parameters:  completion of lessons, quality of work, and timeliness.


For More Information:  Click Here


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Texas Ballet Theater Offers HEART of Texas Newsletter Readers Discount Tickets for Select Performances at Bass Performance Hall and Winspear Opera House

The Texas Ballet Theater is once again partnering with HEART of Texas to offer our newsletter readers (that's you!) special ticket pricing on great seats, during select performances.  The dates and times of these select performances are listed below.  You can purchase tickets as a group or as a family -- everyone can enjoy these great discounts regardless of  the size of your party.  

Tickets are sold on a first-come, first served basis, so please reserve your tickets as soon as possible to ensure the best section seating available during our select performances.

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


2009-2010 SEASON:
NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 6 -- The Nutcracker (Winspear Opera House in Dallas)
HEART of Texas Discount Days:  NOVEMBER 27 at 2pm
                                                      DECEMBER 5 at 2pm

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

                                                     DECEMBER 24 at 2pm

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

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


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

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



Special Ticket Prices for HEART of Texas Discount Days:
Bass Performance Hall:  $30 for Orchestra or Mezzanine
                                     $15 for Upper or Lower Gallery

Winspear Opera House:  $30 for Orchestra or Mezzanine
                                     $15 for Dress Circle or Grand Tier


To Purchase Tickets:
 
www.texasballettheater.org/?q=showschedule
Promo Code:  HEARTDAYS

Can't attend one of these performances?  

Texas Ballet Theater still has a great deal for you!
All other performance dates will be discounted 20%.

Promo Code:  HEART20

To order by phone:  
877-828-9200.  Give the ticket agent your promo code.



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Learning Disabilities and the Visual/Kinesthetic Approach
--by Sharon Jeffus

(You will need to download the following document: LearningGraphic.pdf which contains the graphics referred to in the article)

When I began to compose my ideas for this article, I typed in the word “Special” and went to this wonderful poem found at this web address.    

“Special”
is a word
that is used to describe
something one-of-a-kind
like a hug
or a sunset
or a person who spreads love
with a smile or kind gesture.

Reading this poem made me realize just how precious and special all the children I have worked with are.   In writing my books, I always have a deep sense of how special each child is.  My own son had a severe visual problem.  Although his sight was not good, I was able to work with him using a visual and kinesthetic approach very successfully.  Doctors said he would never be able to drive and would have to go to a special school for the blind.  This never happened.   In my experience in working with “Special Needs" children, I find that they  respond well to the visual and kinesthetic approach to learning.   They also respond well to encouragement.  Each small success builds on the previous small success.  Because of the large variety of diagnoses under the “Special Needs” umbrella, the process of leaning techniques and vocabulary and then having a result that is something that belongs only to them is very important.  Especially in this area, curriculum that encourages success and is graded in an individual way is so important for the children.  Failure is never viewed as failure, but only as an opportunity for learning and doing it better the next time.  Our multi-sensory and hands on approach is very successful for the preschool or early elementary mentality, as well as for older children who may be dyslexic.   

Because all children with disabilities perceive the world a little differently, allowing them to use the multi-sensory approach is very important.  Terri Mauro, when speaking about behavior problems in an article called, “What are Special Needs,” says "…parents need to be flexible and creative." Visual Manna allows parents to do just that and approach academics in a flexible and creative way.

She also says, “Children with learning disabilities like dyslexia and Central Auditory Processing Disorder struggle with schoolwork regardless of their intellectual abilities. They require specialized learning strategies to meet their potential and to avoid self-esteem problems and behavioral difficulties.”  With our materials, parents/teachers have a multitude of choices for lessons that would teach required subjects in a unique and creative way.  When learning fractions, sometimes breaking a chocolate bar into parts and then learning how to break a whole into twelve pieces is very successful.  Folding an origami chair and learning how to fold the paper into nine pieces and then building the chair into a throne is another approach to learning fractions…or making a triptych and counting the parts, or how about learning about dehydration by making a necklace out of potato pieces?  Especially with children who have learning disabilities, learning by doing is an alternative method from the traditional approach to achieve success.  Our projects are given on two levels; one for older children with more developed fine motor skills, and then projects for children who are preschool and do not have motor skills that are developed.

Our “Art Through the Core” package includes Teaching English, Science, Social Studies, History, American History and Math in unique and hands on ways.  In American History through Art, we look at a picture by George Caleb Bingham of life on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers and then do an art project about it (see figure 1)

Discussing master works of art in a simple way is good for retention of facts.  If children do not get bored, they will always remember the picture and the project.  Questions like “What is the center of interest?  What do you look at first?  Where is the horizon line?  Where do you see a pattern? What do you think the animal in the boat is?” stimulate thought processes and then doing a project about the picture helps children remember.  I do a treasure map teaching terms about an island such as inlet, coast, etc. while looking at the artist Rousseau’s tropical paintings. 

The second picture is “Fur Traders Descending the Missouri” by George Caleb Bingham. He illustrated life on the Missouri and Mississippi while Mark Twain was writing about it with stories  of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.

The third figure is a project about telling time.  Children can make the clock face as a colorwheel, and then they can make a bird pop out of the clock.  They can use the flamingo they have drawn below for the bird.  Telling time is a basic math skill, so I always tell the children we are making an “It’s time to say I love you clock.”  They can decide which time they want it to be after they have listened to you present how to tell time. 

You can purchase round stickers and children can put them in the right position as you are teaching them the numbers.
On the clock on the left, you can have them color the face as a colorwheel and then teach them the numbers. 
The Artsy Animal series is a multi-sensory approach to learning designed to produce a finished project that teaches core subjects by hands on art activities.   Sharon Jeffus teaches internet lessons that encourage and delight children needing to learn fine motor skills, or need encouragement in learning core basics.  You can get our power point on teaching preschool children sent via email for free.   We also have an “Art through the Core” package for older children.  You can teach all the core subjects through hands on projects that delight and inspire children.  You can have all these books on CD plus 5 internet lessons for $125.00. 

A sample of a project that we might do begins like this after we would look at a picture of Audubon’s “Pink Flamingo” :   
See figure 4.  We would talk about kinds of lines.   Drawings would be very simple.  We might put some cut paper water on the picture.  We would mention colors.  We might put a colorwheel rainbow on the picture.  We would talk about a bird’s habitat.   Children could put a fish in the mouth of the flamingo.  In English, children can draw the four kinds of sentences using a cartoon format.  They can retain knowledge better by doing.  If you as a parent think about baking a cake, how much do you remember if you just read a recipe, as opposed to seeing it baked on a video?  How much do you remember if you actually bake the cake?
 
Websites are included in lessons for further study.  Samples are not so complex that children get discouraged trying to come up to a coloring book standard.  In conclusion, leaning disabilities become “possibilities” when students truly enjoy what they are learning by hands on projects and delightful visual images.   Visual Manna does just that. 

Until December 15, HEART of Texas newsletter readers (that's you) can enjoy a FREE basic art lesson from Visual Manna suitable for either older or younger students.  We will schedule your free art lesson when you email us at visualmanna@gmail.com.  Order our package of 6 art lessons for only $100.00.  It is the perfect Christmas gift!!!   HEART of Texas members with current ID card will receive a 10% discount on this package.


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.

Visual Manna is in partnership with HEART of Texas, offering our member families with current ID a 20% discount on classes and CDs. They have art kits, art supplies, and art curriculum and all kinds of art to reinforce core books for visual and kinesthetic learners.  To learn more about Visual Manna, please visit their website.  or call 816-318-1907 or click here to email.


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Volunteer Area Editors Needed for HEART of Texas Newsletter

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

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

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

Anyone in any area is welcome to apply, but we would especially be interested in hearing from those in or near the following areas:  Tyler, Sherman, Frisco, Midlothian, Weatherford, Rockwall, Waxahachie, Cleburne, Mansfield, Gainesville, Wichita Falls, or Corsicana.

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



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

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

For a limited time, you can enjoy an additional 15% discount on materials plus FREE shipping on orders over $59!

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:  Click Here to email


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:  Click Here to email  or call 972-547-7319

Program Calender:
Click Here    


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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 while supplies last)

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:  Support groups may not register families for the program.  Each family will need to enroll individually to be able to participate.

For Program Information: Click Here

To Enroll Your Homeschool: Click Here  

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 2009-2010

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:  Click Here  
   
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4.  BEST ROBOTICS 2008 PREVIEW:  HIGH OCTANE

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

Get a glimpse of the teaser video for this year's competition:  Click Here

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.

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 Y.E.S. Program Administrator at (800) 521-2747 ext. 146
or click here to e-mail or visit www.igus.com/yesprogram


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5.  FIRST LEGO LEAGUE

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

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

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

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

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


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6.  TEXAS STATE FISH-ART CONTEST

ENTRIES DUE MARCH 31, 2010 (ongoing annual contest)

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

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

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

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

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

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

For Rules:  Click Here

For More Information: Click Here


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

OCTOBER 31 -- Registration Deadline (extended)


The North Texas Regional Competition is open to all public, private, parochial and home school 7th and 8th grade classes.  Teams must be willing to make the trip to Arlington to present their designs.  The Competition offers students a hands-on way to build their math and science skills and learn about engineering by solving the real-world problems in designing cities of the future.

2009-2010 Challenge: Create an affordable living space for people who have lost their home due to a disaster or financial emergency. Keep It Green!  The living space should use sustainable materials, have a low-carbon emissions footprint, and achieve the “Green Ideals” of energy efficient building.

Through the program, students will:
    * Work as a team under the guidance of a teacher and a technical professional,
    * Use a popular award-winning computer game, SimCity, to design a logical model of a future city,
    * Realize their design with a physical scale model built with recycled materials,
    * Research and write an essay on an assigned engineering topic,
    * Communicate their design to a panel of judges in a public presentation, and
    * See firsthand how engineers turn ideas into reality.

Nominal Cost: $25 per school for registration, and we provide the software.
Registration is by school. Schools may have more than one team competing.
Schools are limited to spending no more than $100 per team on the model and presentation, combined.

Upon receipt of registration and fee, you will receive:
    • One copy of SimCity (for either Windows or Mac operating systems)
    • The Teacher-Mentor Handbook - more than 150 pages of basic rules and information on the competition,        lists of resources, ideas on how to incorporate the program into the curriculum, and hints for teachers
    • A tutorial CD
    • Specific rules and schedules for the North Texas regional competition
    • Posters

Teams:  3 students, 1 teacher-sponsor, 1 engineer-mentor.
The program employs a team-based approach. All members of the team have an important role that is necessary for the completion of the project.

Benefit:  The winning team gets a trip to Washington, DC to compete in the national finals.

Details:  Last year was the eighth year DFW hosted a regional competition. More than 500 students participated. Dozens of engineers have already signed up to support the 2007-08 competition.

To Register:  Click Here
To Download Brochure:  Click Here

For More Information:  Click Here to send email or visit www.dfwfuturecity.org


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8.  USA MATHEMATICAL TALENT SEARCH

The USA Mathematical Talent Search (USAMTS) is a free mathematics competition open to all United States middle and high school students.

2009-2010 Contest -- Submission Deadline for Round 2 Problems: November 23, 2009
Download Round 2 Problems:  
Click Here
Web Deadline:
3pm Eastern/Noon Pacific on November 23, 2009
Mail Deadline: Postmarked on or before November 23, 2009
Important:  All answers must be fully justified.  Don't just send numerical answers.

The USAMTS allows students a full month to work out their solutions. Carefully written justifications are required for each problem. The problems range in difficulty from being within the reach of most high school students to challenging the best students in the nation. Students may use any materials - books, calculators, computers - but all the work must be their own. The USAMTS is run on the honor system - it is an individual competition, whose competitive role is very secondary. (Although we do give prizes.)

The USAMTS consists of four rounds, with each round featuring five problems. Each round of problems is published at least four weeks before solutions are due.

Student solutions to the USAMTS problems are graded by mathematicians and comments are returned to the students. Our goal is to help all students: develop problem solving skills, improve their technical writing abilities, and mature mathematically.  We wish to foster not only insight, ingenuity and creativity, but also the virtue of perseverance, which is equally essential in scientific endeavors.

The USAMTS is one of the ways to enter the process of selecting the USA Mathematical Olympiad team, which participates in the International Mathematical Olympiad. The USAMTS score necessary to qualify for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) is set by the American Mathematics Competitions (which run the AIME) and varies from year to year. Students who score well on the USAMTS after the first three rounds are invited to take the AIME, the second step in the process of selecting the USA Mathematical Olympiad Team.  With permission, USAMTS participant's names and addresses are provided to colleges, universities, and employers for recruitment purposes.

Round Schedule:
Round 1 Due Date:  October 13, 2009
Round 2 Due Date:  November 23, 2009
Round 3 Due Date: January 11, 2010
Round 4 Due Date: March 8, 2010

To Be Eligible to Participate:
• Students must be citizens or residents of the United States. (no exceptions).
• Students must not have completed high school. Middle school students are permitted to participate.
• Students must register on the USAMTS website and provide an email address to which USAMTS correspondence may be sent.
• Students must submit a USAMTS Entry Form. (This form must be filled out and submitted every academic year, even if the student participated in a past year.)
• Students under the age of 13 must also submit a USAMTS Under 13 Permission Form.
(Please see our privacy statement for more information on why we must collect this form.)

To Register:  Click Here.
(If you have already registered in a past year, you do not need to register again.)

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9. IGNITING CREATIVE ENERGY CONTEST FOR K-12


2010 Contest Not Yet Announced

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For More Information:  Click Here


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10. TEXAS BEEF LEADERS OF TOMORROW CONTEST

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

Contest Takes Place August 1
2010 Contest TBA

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

Contest also includes an essay and lesson plan

2009 Competition Held:  August 1, 2009 at Texas A&M
University in College Station
 
For More Information:  Click Here to Email or call 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.
 
For More Information:  Click Here to Email
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:  Click Here to email

For More Information: Click Here

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                
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 call 972-556-0162 or Click Here to send an email with the name of the graduating high school senior, the date of graduation and the senior’s home address to.
  
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) -- 2010 Contest TBA

"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.



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16.  THEO IN PLANO OFFERING CLASSES FOR HOMESCHOOLERS

Located in Plano, THEO’s 20 Christian, talented teachers—most homeschool moms-- offer a myriad of classes for  6-12th grade home educated students.
 
In addition to this year’s classes (listed below), we are seeking your ideas for which classes you want for the 2010-2011 school year.
 
Click here to send me an email with suggestions—today if possible.
 

CLASSES OFFERED CURRENTLY (this is not the complete list):
Saxon Algebra ½-Calculus,
BJU pre-Algebra through pre-Calculus,
General Science through Saxon Physics, including Apologia Physics and Chemistry
Spanish I-III
Starting Points to Worldview I, II, III
JASON science curriculum
Texas history
World History
Geography
Debate
Speech
Research and Debate
Institute of Excellence in Writing courses plus two other writing methods
Art
Drama
English Literature
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
                214-282-6936


For Questions:   Click Here to email


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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.

 
Private Tutoring is available for all subject matter at all academic grade levels.
 


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

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

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18.  CHRISTIAN EDUCATORS RECOURCE CENTER IN ROWLETT

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

Bookstore Hours: Mon-Thur 9-5pm
Saturday 10-2pm
 
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 click here to email.
 
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:    940-668-7833 or 940-736-6792 (cell) Click Here
        

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21.  CLASSES AT CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

Website:  http://centerforhomeeducation.com/  

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



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22.  EASTFIELD COLLEGE

For Class Registration or Other Information:  972-860-7113 or Click Here to Email


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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:  940-455-7000 or Click Here


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24.  FAITH CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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

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

                    McKinney, TX  


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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: Click Here


Location:

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

Website:  http://homeeducatorsresource.com/    

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

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

Contact For More Information:  Click Here to send an email

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


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


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29.  MORNING GLORY ACADEMY

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


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

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

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

MATH CLASSES Offered January 2010:
All classes begin in the middle of January and end mid-May
Southeast Campus (Arlington)
Geometry               Tues/Thurs:  3-4:30    Synonym Number: 0167923
Algebra I                Mon/Wed: 3-4:30pm   Synonym Number: 0167924
Algebra II               Mon/Wed/Fri  1-3pm   Synonym Number: 0167918  
(runs Mid-Jan - Mid March)  
College Algebra I     Fri: 9am-12pm           Synonym Number: 0167915
Trigonometry:  TBA or contact below for more info

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 972-660-8414 or Click Here to email


To sign up online:  www.tccd.edu
 


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31.  VENTURE HOME SCHOOL CLASSES

Registration Open for Fall 2009 Classes

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

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

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

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

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

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32.  YMCA OF IRVING HOME SCHOOL CLASSES

For More Information:  Contact 972-986-8898


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33.  LIBRARY USED BOOK SALES IN NORTH TEXAS

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


WICHITA FALLS - October 3
Time:    Noon - 5pm
Location:  Wichita Falls Public Library
                600 11th St
                940-767-0868 ext 248

Books:  3,000 books; 100% donated; 85% hardcover; .50-$2

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EULESS - October 9-11
Time:    Sat: 10am-5pm;  Sun: 1pm-3pm
Location:   Euless Public Library
                201 N. Ector Dr.
                817-685-1679
Books: 20,000 books; 50% donated; 75% hardcover; .50; hardcovers $1 paperbacks


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

Books: paperback .50; hardcovers $1

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GRAND PRAIRIE - October 14-18
Time:    Wed/Thu: 10am-8pm; Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 1-5pm (closed Friday)
Location:  Grand Prairie Library
                901 Conover Dr.
                972-262-8015

Books: 13,000 books; 90% donated; 90% hardcover; .25-$2;
Sunday half price


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GRANDBURY - October 17-18
Time:   Sat: 9am-6pm; Sun: 1-4pm
Location: Hood County Library
               222 N. Travis St
               817-776-1548

Books: 20,000 books; 90% donated; 90% hardcover; paperback .25 or 5/$1;
Hardcover & oversized Paperbacks $1
Sunday $5/box (excludes specials)


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ARLINGTON - October 22-25

Time:  Thurs: 4pm-8pm - $3.00 donation
          Fri: 10am-8pm;  Sat: 10am-5pm; Sun: 1pm-5pm
Location:   Arlington Museum of Art
                201 W. Main Street

Books: 20,000 books, 100% donated, .50 cents & up

Sunday half-price day


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FRISCO - October 23-24

Time:    Fri: 10-5:30;  Sun: 10am-sold out
Location:   Frisco Public Library
                6101 Frisco Square Blvd
                972-292-5669

Books:  3,000 books; .50-$5; all sales final


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FORT WORTH - October 23-25

Time:    Fri/Sat: 9am-4:30pm;  Sun: 1pm-4:30pm
Location:   Chapter II Outlet Store
                5318 Trail Lake Dr
                (3 doors from Book Store)
                Wedgwood Village Shopping Center
                817-346-2255
Admission:  $1 (children under 12 free)

Books:  "Thousands" of books; .50; hardcovers $1; reference and coffee table $3,
CDs, audio books $1, VHS 3/$1
Sunday half price

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ADDISON - November 6-7

Time:     9am-6pm
Location:   Addison Circle Park Pavilion
                4970 Addison Circle Drive
Admission:  Free
Parking: Use free parking available on Addison Circle Dr., Quorum Dr. and Festival Way.

Books: Thousands of books; paperbacks $1; hardcovers $2

Proceeds benefit Senior Adult Services.  For additional information about Senior Adult Services, click here



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34.  CHRISTIAN EDUCATORS RESOURCE CENTER

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

Location:
3810 Industrial, Suite 300
Rowlett, TX  75088
972-475-4138

Website: http://cerconline.org/    

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


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35.  CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION

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

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

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

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

For more information including scheduled days and times: 817-281-2293 or Click Here


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


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36.  HOME EDUCATORS RESOURCE

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

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

Website:  http://homeeducatorsresource.com/    

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


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37.
 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.

Nature Awareness Day Camps
Schedule a day each month for a fun learning session with us! 
Fall Class Topics (other dates can be arranged for a group):
OCTOBER 14 - Harvest Time
- Edible plants from the garden and the woods. Plant eating animals.
OCTOBER 30 - Birds in Autumn - Topics: migration, duck hunting, calls, feeders, identification and more.
NOVEMBER 5 - Native American Day - 
Set up a tipi, archery, storyteller, games, music and dancing.
NOV. 11 - Let's Take Care of Our Earth -
Topics: cedars, snakes, poison ivy, insects, deer, timber wolf.
DECEMBER 9 - Woods in Winter -
Learn how the plants and animals prepare for the cold season.

Time: 9:30am - 2:30pm
What to Bring:  
Lunches, drinking water, nature journals (notebook or sketch book) and pencils.
Who: Children of all ages (younger children must have a parent or guardian in attendance with them)
Cost:  $15/Pre-Registered by Mail, $18/Walk-ins, $10/4 year olds, FREE/Under 4 and parents with at least one paying child.  Sign up for 4 camps this fall for only $50 (a $10 savings)
R.S.V.P:  903-429-6483

Other Day Camps:
OCTOBER 1 - Primitive Survival Day Camp -- Shelter & Fire
Time:  
10am-3pm
Cost:  $25
R.S.V.P:  903-429-6483

Primitive Survival Day Camps
Sign up for one or all 5 to learn everything taught in Primitive Survival 1 & 2.
Dates:
OCTOBER 26 --
Edible Plants
NOVEMBER 16 -- Shelter
DECEMBER 14 -- Fire
JANUARY 25 -- Shelter
FEBRUARY 22 -- Fire
MARCH 29 -- Water/Cordage/Knots
APRIL 26 -- Edible Plants
MAY 24 -- Food/Tracking
Time:  10am - 3pm

Cost:  $25 (8-12 year olds), $30 (13-15 year olds), $35 (16-adult)
All 5 Session Camps:  $100/8-12 years; $125/13-15 years; $150/16-Adult
Pre-registration required: Minimum and Maximums are enforced, so register early!!
What to Bring:  Your lunch.
Class Description:  
At any time, anywhere, things can go wrong and you might find yourself in a survival situation. You can survive 3 minutes without oxygen, 3 hours without shelter, 3 days without water, and 3 weeks without food. To stay alive, you must find or build a shelter, obtain "safe" drinking water, start a fire and gather food.  This day camp series will cover information that we learned and have been trained to teach, from the Tom Brown Primitive Survival School. During the course of the five workshop day camps you will have hands on learning that will keep you alive. Both Session A  (January through May) and Session B (August through December) complete all the material normally given in our other Primitive Survival 1 & 2 Camps. You are welcome to come to just one class if you like, ie if you are just interested in Edible Plants or Tracking, just sign up for that day to attend. Also, you are welcome to make up a class you might have missed in your session. 

R.S.V.P:  903-429-6483

2 and 3-Day Primitive Survival Camp Classes
Come on out to Camp Tonkawa 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. 

Class Dates:
OCTOBER 16-18 -- Primitive Skills Survival Class 1 & 2 Combo
SEPTEMBER 26-27 -- Primitive Skills Survival Class 2
NOVEMBER 21-22 -- Primitive Skills Survival Class 1
FEBRUARY 20-21 -- Primitive Skills Survival Class 2
Time:  
Class 1 or 2 -- 9:30 Saturday to 2:30 Sunday
          Class 1 & 2 Combo -- 9:30am Friday to 2:30 Sunday

Cost:  Class 1 or 2: $45/17 and Under, $60/Adults (call for family & group rates)
         Class 1 & 2 Combo:
$150/Ages 16-Adult; $120/Ages 12-15; $100/Below 12
Class Descriptions:  Click Here for Class 1
                             Click Here for Class 2
                             Click Here for Class 1 & 2 Combo
Bring:  Bring your lunches.  Dinner and breakfast provided. Vegetarian fare available; let us know. If spending the night, bring tent, sleeping bag, plate, bowl, cup and utensils. Camp chairs and flashlights are optional, but not necessary.  We have a swimming pond and outdoor showers, so bring provisions.
Class 2 requires a
non-folding knife. Bring your own or purchase a Swiss Mora survival knife at camp for $20.
Class Minimum:  Each class must have a minimum number of registrants or it will be cancelled. We can schedule a date for your group.
R.S.V.P:  903-429-6483

Other Overnight Camps:

OCTOBER 24-25 -- Basic Camping Skills
NOVEMBER 7-8 -- Native American Indian Camp
NOVEMBER 14-15 -- Native American Indian Camp
Time: Saturday at 9:30am through Sunday at 2:30pm
What to Bring:  
Lunches and drinking water
Cost:  $45/Ages 17 and Under, $60/Adults (call for family & group rates)
Class Description:  Click Here for Wildlife Camp
                            Click Here for Basic Camping Skills
                            Click Here for Native American Indian Camp
Bring: A sketch book to create or add to an existing nature journal plus pencils, and any fishing gear you have. Bring your own camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, plate, bowl, mug, eating utensils).  Bring lunches. Dinner Saturday night and Breakfast Sunday will be provided. Vegetarian Fare Available. Camp chairs and flashlights are optional but nice to have. We have a swimming pond and outdoor showers, so bring provisions if you plan to take part in these.
Class Minimum:  Each class must have a minimum number of registrants or it will be cancelled. We can schedule a date for your group.
R.S.V.P:  903-429-6483

Horsemanship Day Camps
If you are not with a group, and want to join any one of the scheduled days, call for available dates.
Class Dates:
SEPTEMBER 26
OCTOBER 10
NOVEMBER 21
DECEMBER 12
Time: 10am - 3pm
What to Bring:  
Lunches and drinking water
Cost:  $45/Ages 17 and Under, $60/Adults (call for family & group rates)
Class Description:  This class is for all of you who "wish" they had a horse. You will get a general overview of the responsibilities of having a pet of this size. Wear your old blue jeans and boots, if you happen to have them (hiking boots the next best footwear, then gym shoes), because you will get a chance to do some basic riding. make sure to bring hats and suncreen for sunny days.
Topics to Be Covered:  Horse anatomy, Grooming, Various tack (bridles, saddles, etc.), Feeding, Health maintenance, Teeth and age, Ferrier care, Halter, Lead, and Tie correctly, Riding Basics, Horse gaits, Rules of the Trail, Safety when working with horses.
***Once you have taken this class you can schedule a 2 hour horse groom/tack/ride session ($35/person - minimum of 2 riders) or Enroll in our Trot Camp ($75 - 5 hours w/horses, mostly riding)
Bring: Bring your own lunch. Bring plenty of drinking water. Camel packs are great if you have one.
We now have some Helmets in various sizes, or bring your own.
R.S.V.P:  903-429-6483

Other Horse Activities
:
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

Boy Scout Camps/Merit Badges:
Wilderness Survival Camp
Earn you your merit badge and learn to make a Bow Drill Fire!  All must have a Tote & Chip because you will be working with your knives.
Horsemanship Camp
We schedule a monthly Day Camp where individuals or small groups can earn this merit badge.  We can schedule a date or week-end camp for your whole troop!
Indian Lore Camp
Come and get started on this extensive merit badge! Schedule a date for your troop. Group rates available!
Hiking and Backpacking Camp
We wil teach 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:
We can help your earn outdoor skills needed for rank advancement and belt loops.



For More Information: 903-429-6483 or Click Here to email
www.camptonkawatexas.com      


Discount:  Camp Tonkawa is offering HEART of Texas members a  10% discount for HEART of Texas members with a valid family ID card.  Offer not valid in conjunction with semester discount rates for Nature Awareness Camps.
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: www.heartoftex.org/membership/membership.html

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38.  DALLAS ARBORETUM EVENTS

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

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

City Green
   
Alice in Wonderland

Eragon 
Hope for The Flowers
 
Treasure Island 
    
The Lorax

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

 
Hours:  Open Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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

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

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

www.dallasarboretum.org    


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39.  FORT WORTH NATURE CENTER AND REFUGE PROGRAMS


Location:
 9601 Fossil Ridge Road

        Fort Worth, TX 76135

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


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

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

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

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

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

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40.  FOSSIL RIM HOME SCHOOL CLASSES AND EVENTS


October Events:
OCTOBER 6 (This is a date change) -- Homeschool "Robin Hood" Day Camp
Time:  9am - 3:30ish.  
    Break for Lunch:  12:00-1:00
    Guided Tour of Fossil Rim:  1:00-2:30ish  Meet our current (non-marine!) animal residents!
Cost:  $25/person (ages 2 and under free)
Bring a picnic lunch.  After lunch, take a guided tour of Fossil Rim!
Details:  This camp will be open to any homeschoolers.  Based on Howard Pyle’s classic, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, this program combines elements of several shorter programs.  Topics include European Red Deer, Horns or Antlers?, archery, poaching, How to Catch a Rhino or Other Wild Creature, camouflage, and a tour of Fossil Rim. The Camp will start at 9:00 at the Activities Center at Wolf Ridge. 
To Register:  
C
all 254-898-4216

CANCELLED: OCTOBER 13 -- Species in Peril: Wolf Conservation Class & Tour
Time:  10am - 3:30ish.  
   

OCTOBER 19 -- Homeschool Fossil Dig & Tour
Time:  10am - 2:30ish.  
    Break for Lunch:  12:00-1:00
Cost:  $16/person (ages 2 and under free)
Bring a picnic lunch.  After lunch, take a guided tour of Fossil Rim!
Details:  In the morning, take a bus down to our Fossil Pit and dig for marine fossils! Share a picnic lunch at the Overlook, then take a guided tour of Fossil Rim's current, non-marine residents!!!
To Register:  
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all 254-898-4216

OCTOBER 21 -- Dissection Lab

Time:  9am-Noon  
Cost:  $25/person (includes all supplies and use of equipment)
Details:  Think your kids need to know how to do a dissection, but don’t want the mess on your kitchen table?  Let Fossil Rim take care of the mess by doing a morning dissection lab.  We will spend this
time dissecting a cow eyeball, as well as learning about light, color and lenses.
Registration must be received by September 25
To Register:  Call 254-898-4216
Optional Tour of Fossil Rim:  
Those interested can take advantage of Fossil Rim’s “Discount
Wednesdays,” to take a drive-through tour of Fossil Rim in your own vehicle, at your own pace, after the dissection lab!

November Events:
NOVEMBER 10 -- Homeschool Nature Hike & Tour
Time:  10am - 2:30ish.  
    Break for Lunch:  12:00-1:00
Cost:  $16/person (ages 2 and under free)
Bring a picnic lunch.  After lunch, take a guided tour of Fossil Rim!
Details: Take a guided hike with a naturalist and learn about some of our native flora and fauna in the morning, share a picnic lunch, then take a guided tour of Fossil Rim
To Register:  
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all 254-898-4216

NOVEMBER 16 -- Homeschool African Safari Day Camp
Time:  9am-4:30pm  
    Break for Lunch:  12:00-1:00
Cost:  $25/person (ages 2 and under free)
Bring a picnic lunch.  After lunch, take a guided tour of Fossil Rim!
Details: Learn about the geography of Africa and where our African animals come from, make a Savannah Field Guide, discuss Savannah Ecology, learn about Cheetahs, discover the difference between grazers and browsers, and take a guided tour of Fossil Rim Wildlife Center! Please bring a sack lunch.
To Register:  
C
all 254-898-4216

December Events:

DECEMBER 8 -- Colors By Nature (Exploring Natural Dyes) Class & Tour
Time:  10am-2:30ish 
    Break for Lunch:  12:00-1:00
Cost:  $16/person (ages 2 and under free)
Bring a picnic lunch.  After lunch, take a guided tour of Fossil Rim!
Details: This multi-level class will learn about  cochineal, 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 during our morning class.  
To Register:  Call 254-898-4216

DECEMBER 14 -- "Go Ahead, Make My Day" Christmas for the Critters Homeschool Class + Tour
Time:  10am-2:30ish 
    Break for Lunch:  12:00-1:00
Cost:  $16/person (ages 2 and under free)
Bring a picnic lunch.  After lunch, take a guided tour of Fossil Rim!
Details: This class is about animal enrichment, an important aspect of zoo keeping: how to keep captive animals from becoming bored.  We will be making enrichment items for some of Fossil Rim’s animals!
To Register:  Call 254-898-4216 


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


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

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

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


Christian Horsemanship
Ages 4-18

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

Outdoor Adventure
Ages 7-14
Cost:  
$20/class
Course Length:  
1 hour, 15 min.
Details:  
First visit is free!  Teaches children about God's creation in an outdoor spiritual setting.  Activities include:  day hikes, fishing, 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:  817-925-1982 or click here to email


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

All curricula are based on current scientific theory.


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

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


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


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


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

Friday Fun at the Farm
Time:  10:30am (program lasts about 1-1/2 hours.
Geared for ages 3-6 or 6-12.  Costumed docents lead children in groups of 10 through each activity.
Cost:  $5/child;  $3/adult chaperone (includes tractor-pulled covered wagon ride)
Bring: A lunch to enjoy a picnic on the farmstead.
Advanced Registration Required:  972-881-0140
OCTOBER 23; NOVEMBER 20 -- Sarah Plain and Tall
This program is based on Patricia MacLachlan’s novel, Sarah Plain and Tall that tells the story of how two young farm children were influenced by the arrival of their new step-mother.  Children will spend time in the sheep pens, children’s garden, and pole barn exploring and learning about childhood on the farm.
NOVEMBER 6 -- Farmer Duck
This program follows the children’s story, Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell, about a duck that had the misfortune of living with a lazy farmer!  Children will enjoy learning about and doing hands-on chores including grinding corn and feeding chickens, washing clothes, and gardening. 
NOVEMBER 13 -- Tag-Along Tom
This program is loosely based on Mark Twain’s novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.  Children will be taken on a Tom Sawyer style exploration of the Farmstead in which they will engage in “mischief” while learning about work on the farm. Activities include a visit to the Farrell/Wilson house, white-washing the fence, gathering water from the creek for the Children’s Garden, milking Odessa our teaching Cow and many more.


OCTOBER 30 - Silent Films Under the Stars: Jeckyll & Hyde  & Nosferatu (Double Feature)
Time:
5pm-10pm
Cost:  $2/person donation
(House tours until sundown - $5/person)
What to Bring:  Blanket, picnic. Costumes welcome.


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 is 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 972-881-0140 for more information.

 
For Registration and Other Information:   972-881-0140 or Click Here                                                   
           
Location:      Heritage Farmstead Museum
                    1900 West 15th Street
                    Plano, TX


Discount:  Heritage Farmstead Museum is offering HEART of Texas members a 1.00 off the adult regular admission price (up to 4 people) and .50 cents off child's regular admission, good for either the 1:30pm Historic Farrell-Wilson house tour or for the following special events: Harvest Festival, Lantern Light, Spring Festival.   
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: www.heartoftex.org/membership/membership.html

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44.  SHARKAROSA WILDLIFE RANCH

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

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

Open to the Public Days (MARCH - NOVEMBER)
SATURDAYS
Time:  10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last tour begins at 4:30)
OCTOBER 3; 10; 17; 24; 31

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:
Click Here
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:  Click Here
940-686-4600 (main)
940-686-3715 (fax)


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45.  TEXAS DISCOVERY GARDENS

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

Regular Admission & Hours:
$4/adults; $3 seniors (60+); $2 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.

NOVEMBER 7 -- Texas Trees Garden Walk
Time:
 10am-11am
Join staff horticulturist Randy Johnson on this annual tour of native trees. Learn proper planting and care techniques. You'll finish the tour just in time to go to the Fall Plant Sale!
Program appropriate for ages 8 and up.

Other Events:
OCTOBER 31 -- Plants of North Central Texas: Connections to the Past
Time:  
10am-Noon
How are prairie grasses, pronghorns, horse-apples, and mammoths all part of the story involving native plants? Discover little-known secrets about Texas plants and the surprising and exciting things they tell us about what it was like here in the past. This is the first in a series by Austin College and Texas Discovery Gardens. The talk includes a guided tour of the Gardens. Free admission.

NOVEMBER 7 --Fall Plant Sale
Time:
 11am-2pm
Our 2008 Fall Plant Sale proved so popular we're making it an annual affair! Enjoy a selection of perennials and annuals at a reduced price as we clear out the greenhouse for the winter. Plants go quickly, so line up early for the best deals.  Before the sale...Enjoy our annual garden walk on native trees. The walk will end right in time for you to shop!

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

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46.  TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT ACTIVITIES

ATHENS, TX

OCTOBER 9, 23; NOVEMBER 13, 27 - Bird and Nature Walk
Location:  Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
Time:  9am - 11am
Details:  Expect to see 25 or more different species of birds as we explore our Interpretive Wetland Trail and other areas of the hatchery. Bring binoculars; field guide welcome. Accessible for the mobility impaired.
Fees:  $2.75 Texas State Parks Pass members, $5.50 non-members, $4.50 senior citizens and $3.50 children 12 and under.
For More Information:  903-676-BASS.


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CEDAR HILL, TX

OCTOBER 3 - 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.

OCTOBER 3 - Traveling the Talala Trail
Location: Cedar Hill State Park
Time:  9am - 11am
Details: We 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.

OCTOBER 13; NOVEMBER 14 - 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.

OCTOBER 24; NOVEMBER 14 - 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.

SEPTEMBER 26, OCTOBER 24 - 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.

NOVEMBER 21-22 - Texas Outdoor Family Workshop
Location:
Cedar Hill State Park
Time:  Call for times
Fee: $55 per family up to six
Reservations required

Details:
 Ever wanted to camp at a state park with your family but feel unsure of what or how to do so? This workshop is designed to teach your family all the basic outdoor skills you'll need to enjoy a great
overnight camping experience. You will get hands-on experience learning basic outdoor skills such as camping, outdoor cooking and also be able to get basic instruction on fishing skills, kayaking and
how to use a GPS unit on trail walks. Best of all, no experience is necessary! For more information, visit the Texas Outdoor Family Web site.
For Reservations or more Information: Click Here to email or call our "Texas Outdoor Family" customer service representatives Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at (512) 389-8903.


NOVEMBER 28 - 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.


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DENTON, TX

OCTOBER 10 - 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

OCTOBER 17; NOVEMBER 21 - Venomous Snakes of Texas
Location: Eisenhower State Park
Time:  45 minute program starts at dusk
Details:  Identify some of the myths and examine the truth about venomous snakes in Texas.
For More Information:  (903) 465-1956

NOVEMBER 14 - 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

NOVEMBER 21-22 - Texas Outdoor Family Workshop
Location: 
Eisenhower State Park
Time:  Call for times
Fee: $55 per family up to six
Reservations required

Details:
 Ever wanted to camp at a state park with your family but feel unsure of what or how to do so? This workshop is designed to teach your family all the basic outdoor skills you'll need to enjoy a great
overnight camping experience. You will get hands-on experience learning basic outdoor skills such as camping, outdoor cooking and also be able to get basic instruction on fishing skills, kayaking and
how to use a GPS unit on trail walks. Best of all, no experience is necessary! For more information, visit the Texas Outdoor Family Web site.
For Reservations or more Information: Click Here to email or call our "Texas Outdoor Family" customer service representatives Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at (512) 389-8903.



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EUSTACE, TX (Henderson/Van Zandt Counties)

OCTOBER 3 – Campfire Skills
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.
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.
Call: 903-425-2332.

OCTOBER 10; NOVEMBER 21 – Stargazing
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
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.
Call: 903-425-2332.

OCTOBER 17; NOVEMBER 14 - Saturday Movie Night
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 7:30pm
Details:  Enjoy a family movie under the stars at the park. Bring blankets or chairs. Weather permitting. Accessible for the mobility impaired.
Call: 903-425-2332.

NOVEMBER 7 - Nature Hike
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 4pm - 5pm
Details:  Take a guided hike and learn about the flora and fauna of the park. Weather permitting, meet at the overflow camping parking lot.
Call: 903-425-2332.

NOVEMBER 28 – Night Hike
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.
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.
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GLEN ROSE, TX

NOVEMBER 12 - Growing Up WILD Workshop
Location:
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Time:
1-4 p.m
Cost:
$10
Preregistration required

Details:
Learn how to build on young children's sense of wonder about nature and invite them to explore wildlife and the world around them. During the three-hour training workshop participants will sample
activities and receive a curriculum and activity guide. Activities are adaptable for 3-7 year olds and is correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young Children Standards and the Head
Start Domains. Teachers, informal educators and early childhood caregivers may take the training.

For more information and Registration:
Click Here to email or 254-898-4222.

NOVEMBER 13, 2009 - Project WILD/Project WILD Aquatic Combined Workshop
Location:
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Time:
9 a.m4 p.m / 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Cost:
$15 (lunch included)/$20 (dinner included)
Preregistration required
Details:
Learn how to teach young people about aquatic wildlife and ecosystems using fun, hands-on educational activities. Participants will sample activities and receive a curriculum and activity guide.
Activities are adaptable for all grade levels, integrated with core subject curricula and aligned to the TEKS. Teachers, informal educators and youth group leaders may take the training. SBEC credit available for teachers. Participants must attend the Project WILD workshop to attend the Project WILD Aquatic workshop.

For more information and registration:
Click Here to email or 254-898-4222.


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JACKSBORO, TX

OCTOBER 9-12 - Texas Forts Tour - A Ride Through History
Location:
Fort Richardson State Park & Historical Site & Lost Creek
 Reservoir State Trailway

Time: 
4-7pm
Cost:
$35-$50, registration required
Details:
This great biking adventure will start at the site with packet pick up. We will also have a spaghetti dinner, bicycle trade show and living history exhibits, 4-7 p.m. We head out 8 a.m. day two on our 248-mile tour and visit Jacksboro, Graford, Graham and Fort Belknap. Day three we'll visit Palo Pinto and Mineral Wells, then head back to the fort.
For more information or to register: Click Here or call 940-567-3506.


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

OCTOBER 17 - Red Steagall Wagon Train and Doc Wood
Location:
Fort Richardson State Park & Historical Site & Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway
Time: 
Wagon train 3-6 p.m., Cowboy Poetry 7-9 p.m.
Details:
The park will be the starting point of Red Steagall's annual wagon train journey to Fort Worth. See the wagons as they start arriving Saturday afternoon. Stay and enjoy Cowboy Poetry featuring
the renowned Doc Woods and others on the steps of the historic hospital.
For More Information:  940-567-3506.

NOVEMBER 7 - Terry's Texas Ranger Weekend
Location: Fort Richardson State Park & Historical Site & Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway
Time:  9am - 4pm
Details: This Civil War Re-enactment group will hold their annual event and practice session at the fort. Come watch as they will be camping on the parade grounds and performing drills throughout the weekend.
For More Information:  940-567-3506.

NOVEMBER 27 - Owl Prowl
Location: Fort Richardson State Park & Historical Site & Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway
Time:  6pm-7pm
Details: Join Doris Mager, 'The Eagle Lady" for a short, evening walk beginning at the park pavilion to listen and look for owls and other wildlife.
For More Information:  940-567-3506.

NOVEMBER 28 - Birds of Prey Program
Location: Fort Richardson State Park & Historical Site & Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway
Time:  11am-Noon and 4pm-5pm
Details: See and learn about birds of prey, including a live great-horned owl, crested caracara, eastern screech owl and an American kestrel with Doris Mager, 'The Eagle Lady" and founder of Save Our American Raptors at the park pavilion.
For More Information:  940-567-3506.

DECEMBER 12 - Christmas Dance Spectacular
Location: Fort Richardson State Park & Historical Site & Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway
Time:  2pm-4pm
Details:  Join the fun as Mrs. Tammy's Acrobatics and Dance Troupe from Mineral Wells (2 year olds through teens) performs tap, jazz, ballet and hip hop routines especially choreographed for this occasion. You'll flip over the tumblers as they bound over the boards on the porch of the hospital! Accessible for the mobility impaired.
For More Information:  940-567-3506

DECEMBER 19 - Family Fishing Day
Location: Fort Richardson State Park & Historical Site & Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway
Time:  9am-Noon
Details:  Quarry Lake will be stocked with rainbow trout as well as bass, catfish, crappie and perch, so the fishing will be great! No fishing license is required. Come out, spend time with your family and enjoy the fun. Accessible for the mobility impaired.
For More Information:  940-567-3506..


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MINERAL WELLS, TX

OCTOBER 3 - Cowboy Campfire - Music & Poetry
Location: Lake Mineral Wells SP & Trailway
Time:  7:30-9:30pm
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.
Call: 940-328-1171

OCTOBER 10 - Night Sounds
Location: Lake Mineral Wells SP & Trailway
Time:  7:30 - 9pm
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.
Call: 940-328-1171

OCTOBER 10-11 - Texas Outdoor Family Workshop
Location:
Lake Mineral Wells SP & Trailway
Time: 
Call for times
Fee: $55 per family up to six
Reservations required

Details:
 Ever wanted to camp at a state park with your family but feel unsure of what or how to do so? This workshop is designed to teach your family all the basic outdoor skills you'll need to enjoy a great
overnight camping experience. You will get hands-on experience learning basic outdoor skills such as camping, outdoor cooking and also be able to get basic instruction on fishing skills, kayaking and
how to use a GPS unit on trail walks. Best of all, no experience is necessary! For more information, visit the Texas Outdoor Family Web site.
For Reservations or more Information: Click Here to email or call our "Texas Outdoor Family" customer service representatives Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at (512) 389-8903.


OCTOBER 17 - 13th Annual North Texas Skywatch Amateur Astronomer's Star Party
Location: Lake Mineral Wells SP & Trailway
Time:  4:30pm
Details: The stars at night are big and bright ". Learn more about one of Texas' best natural resources the night sky. The star party is designed for amateur astronomers to get together and share ideas and experiences, learn new techniques, swap equipment and observe in a dark sky location. There will be a beginner's astronomy slide presentation at sunset. All park visitors are welcome and can learn about astronomy and to have a chance to see the night sky through a wide variety of telescopes. Accessible for the mobility impaired.
Call: 940-328-1171

OCTOBER 24 - Kid's Wilderness Survival
Location:
Lake Mineral Wells SP & Trailway
Time: 
1pm-4pm.
Details:
This course is a fun way for kids to learn what to do if they become lost. The course includes interactive games, demonstrations and a hike on the nature trail. Kids must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or youth group leader.
Reservations required.
Call:
940-328-1171

OCTOBER 31 - Storytelling Down in the Holler
Location: Lake Mineral Wells SP & Trailway
Time:  6:30-8pm
Details: Join park interpreter, David Owens, down in the beautiful setting of Penitentiary Hollow for storytelling. Learn the importance of storytelling to different Texas cultures. Hear local folklore, ghost stories, Native American stories, cowboy poetry and some just plain fun stories. Bring a blanket or lawn chair that is easily carried.
Call: 940-328-1171

NOVEMBER 7 - Cowboy Campfire - Music & Poetry
Location: Lake Mineral Wells SP & Trailway
Time:  7-9pm
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.
Call: 940-328-1171

NOVEMBER 14 - Animal Tracks
Location: Lake Mineral Wells SP & Trailway
Time:  1-3pm
Details: Go on a walk through the park to identify animal tracks, then make your own plaster cast of one.
Reservations Required.
Call: 940-328-1171

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

NOVEMBER 28 - Penitentiary Hollow Wild Walk
Location: Lake Mineral Wells SP & Trailway
Time:  1-3pm
Details: Take a guided, wild walk, crawl and scoot through some of the most remote areas of beautiful Penitentiary Hollow. This is a strenuous walk involving some crawling through tight spaces in rock cracks, crevices and short caves, so expect to get dirty!
Reservations Required.

Call: 940-328-1171

DECEMBER 5, 13 - Cross Timbers Cowboy Campfire Christmas
Location: Lake Mineral Wells SP & Trailway
Time:  6-7:30pm
Details: Bring the whole family to the Lone Star Amphitheater for a campfire program of cowboy music, poetry and sing-along with a Christmas theme. Accessible for the mobility impaired.
Call: 940-328-1171


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PILOT POINT, TX

Ray Roberts Lake SP/Johnson Branch Unit

OCTOBER (SATURDAYS) - Guided Nature Hikes on Vanishing Prairie Trail
Location: Ray Roberts Lake SP/Johnson Branch Unit
Time:  3-4pm
Details: Every Saturday. Blooming wildflowers, plants, animals and ecosystems of North Texas prairies and cross-timbers will be explored on these one-hour journeys. Accessible for the mobility and visually impaired.
Call: 940-637-2294

OCTOBER 3-4 – Texas Outdoor Family Workshop
Location:  
Ray Roberts Lake SP/Johnson Branch Unit
Time:  Call for times
Cost:  $55/family (up to six)
Reservations required
Details: Ever wanted to camp at a state park with your family but feel unsure of what or how to do so? This workshop is designed to teach your family all the basic outdoor skills you'll need to enjoy a great overnight camping experience. You will get hands-on experience learning basic outdoor skills such as camping, outdoor cooking and also be able to get basic instruction on fishing skills, kayaking and how to use a GPS unit on trail walks. Best of all, no experience is necessary! For more information, visit the Texas Outdoor Family Web site.
For Reservations or more information: Email tofsp@twpd.state.tx.us or call "Texas Outdoor Family" customer service reps at 512-389-8903 (M-F from 9am-6pm)

For More Information:  940-637-2294

OCTOBER 10 - Kids N Nature - Creatures of the Night
Location: Ray Roberts Lake SP/Johnson Branch Unit
Time:  9am-11am
Details: Discover the wonders of nocturnal animals, night sounds and things that go bump in the night. Create a bat of your very own to take with you and then stroll along the Vanishing Prairie Trail with us to see if we can hear any of these night creatures. Group size is limited. Accessible for the mobility and visually impaired.
Preregistration Required:  Deadline October 9

Call: 940-637-2294

NOVEMBER (SATURDAYS) - Guided Nature Hikes on Vanishing Prairie Trail
Location: Ray Roberts Lake SP/Johnson Branch Unit
Time:  3-4pm
Details: Blooming wildflowers, plants, animals and ecosystems of North Texas prairies and cross-timbers will be explored on these one-hour journeys. Accessible for the mobility and visually impaired.
Call: 940-637-2294

NOVEMBER 7 - Kids N Nature - Texas Native Americans
Location: Ray Roberts Lake SP/Johnson Branch Unit
Time:  9am-11am
Details: Come learn about Texas Native Americans and how they lived with nature, look at examples of tools and foods they used, and even make a native craft to take home. Then take a walk with us on Vanishing Prairie Trail to look for food and fiber plants the natives used in their daily lives. Group size is limited. Accessible for the mobility and visually impaired. 
Preregistration Required:  Deadline November 6

Call: 940-637-2294

NOVEMBER 21 - SOAR with Doris and Her Raptors
Location: Ray Roberts Lake SP/Johnson Branch Unit
Time:  1pm-2pm
Details: Come soar with Doris Mager, founder of Save Our American Raptors Inc., and meet a great-horned owl named "E.T." Experience live bird demonstrations by a crested caracara, eastern screech owl, and an American kestrel. Learn conservation information, and interesting facts about our American raptors from Doris; who for the past 35 years of her life, has been devoted to rescuing, rehabilitating, training, researching, and loving birds of prey. Accessible for the mobility and visually impaired.
Call: 940-637-2294

DECEMBER 5- Kids N Nature - Birds
Location: Ray Roberts Lake SP/Johnson Branch Unit
Time:  9am-11am
Details: Come learn about our birds of Texas and gain helpful tips for birding; then learn how to attract your own neighborhood birds and make a bird feeder to take home. Take a stroll with us down Dogwood Trail to see how many of our winged friends we can find. Group size is limited. Accessible for the mobility and visually impaired.
Preregistration Required:  Deadline December 4

Call: 940-637-2294

DECEMBER 5, 12, 19 - Guided Nature Hikes on Vanishing Prairie Trail
Location: Ray Roberts Lake SP/Johnson Branch Unit
Time:  3-4pm
Details: Blooming wildflowers, plants, animals and ecosystems of North Texas prairies and cross-timbers will be explored on these one-hour journeys. Accessible for the mobility and visually impaired.
Call: 940-637-2294

DECEMBER 12, 19 - Dogwood Canyon Bird Walk
Location: Ray Roberts Lake SP/Johnson Branch Unit
Time:  9am-11am
Details: Bring your binoculars or use one of our loaners as we learn the basics about birding on this guided walk in Dogwood Canyon. The one-to-two-mile guided tour is moderately strenuous. Open to all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring water and wear good walking shoes. Meet at the Dogwood Camping Area parking lot. No pets please.
Call:
940-637-2294



Ray Roberts Lake/Isle du Bois Unit


OCTOBER (SATURDAYS) - Nature Hike
Location: Ray Roberts Lake SP/Isle du Bois Unit
Time:  3-4pm
Details: Come explore the East Cross Timbers with one of our Park Rangers. Learn about the wide variety of plants and wildlife that call the park home. Wear close-toed shoes; bring insect repellant sunscreen, and water. Accessible for the mobility, visually and hearing impaired.
Call:
940-686-2148, ext. 258

OCTOBER 3 - Kids N Nature - Creatures of the Night
Location: Ray Roberts Lake SP/Isle du Bois Unit
Time:  9am-11am
Details: e will be talking about all the animals that wake up when the sun goes down. Join us to learn about bats, frogs, and other creepy crawlies at the park! Accessible for the mobility, visually and hearing impaired.
Preregistration Required:  Deadline October 2

Call: 940-686-2148, ext. 258

OCTOBER 10 - Fall Birding Tour
Location: Ray Roberts Lake SP/Isle du Bois Unit
Time:  8am-9am
Details: As the park sits at the heart of the Central Migratory Flyway in North Central Texas we have the opportunity to see many amazing birds passing through. Come take a walk with us and see how many birds we can find. A limited number of binoculars available for use or bring your own. Accessible for the mobility, visually and hearing impaired.
Call: 940-686-2148, ext. 258

OCTOBER 10, 24 - Campfire Program
Location: Ray Roberts Lake SP/Isle du Bois Unit
Time:  7-8pm
Details: Join a ranger for story telling by the fireside. Learn about different plants and animals at park. Call for topic.
Call:
940-686-2148, ext. 258


OCTOBER 13 - Toddler Tuesday Hummingbirds
Location: Ray Roberts Lake SP/Isle du Bois Unit
Time:  9-10am
Details: It has been proven that children who spend more time outside excel in school and extra curricular activities. It is best to start them young! Come learn about hummingbirds of the park. This program is designed for ages 2-4. Accessible for the mobility, visually and hearing impaired.
Reservations Required:  Deadline October 12

Call:
940-686-2148, ext. 258

OCTOBER 18-24 - Native Plant Week
Location: Ray Roberts Lake SP/Isle du Bois Unit
Time:  Call for times
Details: On a daily basis you consume things that are more than likely related to plants. Native plants create the best habitat and food for wildlife. Join us for activities that include campfire programs, hikes, and an Interpretive Center exhibit. Accessible for the mobility, visually and hearing impaired.
Call:
940-686-2148, ext. 258

OCTOBER 27 - Toddler Tuesday Autumn
Location: Ray Roberts Lake SP/Isle du Bois Unit
Time:  9-10am
Details: It has been proven that children who spend more time outside excel in school and extra curricular activities. It is best to start them young! Come learn about one of the most beautiful seasons at the park. This program is designed for ages 2-4. Accessible for the mobility, visually and hearing impaired.
Reservations Required:  Deadline October 26

Call:
940-686-2148, ext. 258

NOVEMBER (SATURDAYS) - Nature Hike
Location: Ray Roberts Lake SP/Isle du Bois Unit
Time:  3-4pm
Details: Come explore the East Cross Timbers with one of our Park Rangers. Learn about the wide variety of plants and wildlife that call the park home. Wear close-toed shoes; bring insect repellant sunscreen, and water. Accessible for the mobility, visually and hearing impaired.
Call:
940-686-2148, ext. 258

NOVEMBER 7 - Campfire Program
Location: Ray Roberts Lake SP/Isle du Bois Unit
Time:  7-8pm
Details: Join a ranger for story telling by the fireside. Learn about different plants and animals at park. Call for topic.
Call:
940-686-2148, ext. 258


NOVEMBER 10 - Toddler Tuesday Native Americans
Location: Ray Roberts Lake SP/Isle du Bois Unit
Time:  9-10am
Details: It has been proven that children who spend more time outside excel in school and extra curricular activities. It is best to start them young! Come learn about Native Americans that lived in the area. This program is designed for ages 2-4. Accessible for the mobility, visually and hearing impaired
Reservations Required:  Deadline November 9

Call:
940-686-2148, ext. 258

NOVEMBER 14 - Fall Birding Tour
Location: Ray Roberts Lake SP/Isle du Bois Unit
Time:  9am-10am
Details: As the park sits at the heart of the Central Migratory Flyway in North Central Texas we have the opportunity to see many amazing birds passing through. Come take a walk with us and see how many birds we can find. A limited number of binoculars available for use or bring your own. Accessible for the mobility, visually and hearing impaired.
Call: 940-686-2148, ext. 258

NOVEMBER 21 - Kids N Nature - Texas Native Americans
Location: Ray Roberts Lake SP/Isle du Bois Unit
Time:  9am-11am
Details: We will be talking about Texas Native Americans of which there are many tribes and nations. Join us for our version of the Caddo Nation Turkey Dance! Accessible for the mobility, visually and hearing impaired.
Preregistration Required:  Deadline November 11

Call: 940-686-2148, ext. 258

NOVEMBER 20-21 - Birds of Prey Program
Location: Ray Roberts Lake SP/Isle du Bois Unit
Time:  7pm-8pm
Details: Doris Mager, the "Eagle Lady," is founder of Save Our American Raptors, Inc. and travels with a great horned owl, crested caracara, American kestrel, and eastern screech owl. Join us for the program of a lifetime full of interesting facts and humorous stories. After the program, come with us for an owl walk with Doris. Accessible for the mobility, visually and hearing impaired.
Call:
940-686-2148, ext. 258


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TYLER, TX

SEPTEMBER (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

OCTOBER (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

OCTOBER 3 — Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration
Location:  
Tyler State Park
Time:  
10 a.m. - 11 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

OCTOBER 10 — Woodpeckers!
Location:  
Tyler State Park
Time:  
3:30pm - 4:30pm

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 (if you have one), good walking shoes and water. Meet at the Boat Ramp Parking Area. Accessible for the mobility impaired
For More Information:  903-597-5338

OCTOBER 10; 17; 24 — Let's Go Birding!
Location:  
Tyler State Park
Time:  
8:30am - 10:30am

Details:  We'll go on an easy to moderate hike to find where the birds are, observe them in the wild so you can add them to your lists. Bring binoculars, a field guide and comfortable shoes. Check at the park headquarters for location of the hike. Accessible for the mobility impaired.
For More Information:  903-597-5338

OCTOBER 10; 17; 24 — Birding 101: An Introduction
Location:  
Tyler State Park
Time:  
10:30am - 11:30am

Details:    Learn about one of the fastest growing hobbies in the nation. Learn how to identify birds by sight and sound as well as the environment in which they live. Bring binoculars, comfortable shoes and be ready for a short hike. Accessible for the mobility impaired.
For More Information:  903-597-5338

OCTOBER 17 – 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

OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 1 – Texas Outdoor Family Workshop
Location:  
Tyler State Park
Time:  Call for times
Cost:  $55/family (up to six)
Reservations required
Details: Ever wanted to camp at a state park with your family but feel unsure of what or how to do so? This workshop is designed to teach your family all the basic outdoor skills you'll need to enjoy a great overnight camping experience. You will get hands-on experience learning basic outdoor skills such as camping, outdoor cooking and also be able to get basic instruction on fishing skills, kayaking and how to use a GPS unit on trail walks. Best of all, no experience is necessary! For more information, visit the Texas Outdoor Family Web site.
For Reservations or more information: Email tofsp@twpd.state.tx.us or call "Texas Outdoor Family" customer service reps at 512-389-8903 (M-F from 9am-6pm)

For More Information:  903-597-5338

NOVEMBER (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

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

NOVEMBER 7, 14, 28 — Let's Go Birding!
Location:  
Tyler State Park
Time:  
8:30am - 10:30am

Details:  We'll go on an easy to moderate hike to find where the birds are, observe them in the wild so you can add them to your lists. Bring binoculars, a field guide and comfortable shoes. Check at the park headquarters for location of the hike. Accessible for the mobility impaired.
For More Information:  903-597-5338

NOVEMBER 14 — Raccoons!
Location:  
Tyler State Park
Time:  
10am-11am

Details:    See one up close! Learn about these curious creatures of the night - the food they eat, the sounds they make and why we should not feed them. Accessible for the mobility impaired.
For More Information:  903-597-5338

NOVEMBER 21 — Birding 101: An Introduction
Location:  
Tyler State Park
Time:  
10:30am - 11:30am

Details:    Learn about one of the fastest growing hobbies in the nation. Learn how to identify birds by sight and sound as well as the environment in which they live. Bring binoculars, comfortable shoes and be ready for a short hike. Accessible for the mobility impaired.
For More Information:  903-597-5338

NOVEMBER 21 — Woodpeckers!
Location:  
Tyler State Park
Time:  
3:30pm - 4:30pm

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 (if you have one), good walking shoes and water. Meet at the Boat Ramp Parking Area. Accessible for the mobility impaired
For More Information:  903-597-5338

NOVEMBER 27 — 2nd Annual "Walk off the Bird" Bird Walk
Location:  
Tyler State Park
Time:  
8:30pm - 2:00pm

Details:    JWalk off that Thanksgiving feast and enjoy the bird life of the East Texas Pineywoods. Bring your binoculars, good walking shoes, snacks or picnic lunch and your stamina. Take a break at any time and rejoin by contacting Park Headquarters for current location of birders.
For More Information:  903-597-5338



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

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47.  THEATER PERFORMANCES AT CASA MANANA CHILDREN’S PLAYHOUSE

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

2009-2010 Season Performance Schedule
NOVEMBER 20 - DECEMBER 23 -- Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Christmas is in trouble! When the greedy toy company DeBiggy Toys International gets a judge to outlaw Santa Claus, a rag-tag band of singing, dancing children are the only ones who can save Christmas. The adventure zips from the North Pole to Acapulco and back again in this clever, fun-loving musical by Joel Ferrell. A true North Texas classic! This show is suitable for all audiences.
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FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 7 -- Alamo (The Musical)
Adapted for students of all ages, this heroic, historic tale is based on the eyewitness account of Enrique Esparza, one of the children who witnessed the battle of the Alamo firsthand and lived to tell about it. Watch history come alive on stage as Casa Mañana presents a historically-accurate, musical portrayal of the siege of the Alamo. Combat is suggested theatrically in a manner suitable for all audiences.
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APRIL 2-18 -- Cinderella
When her Fairy Godmother transforms her rags into a beautiful gown and sends Cinderella to the Royal Ball in a pumpkin chariot, not even her wicked stepmother and evil stepsisters can keep her from finding true love. But when the spell is broken at midnight and Cinderella flees the castle, the Prince must scour the kingdom to find the girl of his dreams, whose foot alone will fit into the magical glass slipper. This show is suitable for all audiences.
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APRIL 30 - MAY 16 -- Peter Pan
Never grow up! Fly off to Neverland with Peter Pan, Wendy and Tinkerbell and join the Lost Boys in a magical adventure, as they battle against the evil Captain Hook and his band of pirates. Get swept away in this exhilarating, Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of the classic J.M. Barrie play. This show is suitable for all audiences.
To Order Online Tickets:
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Order Season Tickets!
Order a 5-Show Season Ticket package to secure GREAT SEATS for these fantastic, family fun productions at Casa Mañana Theatre. 
For More Information:  Call Customer Service at 817-332-2272

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48.  PERFORMANCES AT CATS THEATER IN ARLINGTON


2009-2010 Performances
OCTOBER 23-31 -- Bunnicula
This immensely popular children's story is told from the point of view of a dog named Harold. It starts when Harold's human family, the Monroes, goes to see the movie "Dracula," and young Toby accidentally sits on a baby rabbit wrapped in a bundle on his seat. How could the family help but take the rabbit home and name it Bunnicula?

DECEMBER 4-12 -- Carla's Song - The Story of the Homeless Christmas Tree
"The Homeless Christmas Tree" sounds like a children's tale and, in fact, the book which inspired this play is a children's story. But this play is about the woman behind the children's story and she did not live a fairy-tale life. Carla lived and worked for a time at the Presbyterian Night Shelter, and it was during that time that she began to decorate the "homeless Christmas tree." There are some men, women and children there who are good people just "going through a bad patch," as Carla says in the show, and many overcome their temporary circumstances and leave the shelter for more normal lives. "The Homeless Christmas Tree" is a story about hope, Christmas, and an extraordinary city full of caring people. It embodies the incomitable spirit of Texas. Without a doubt, this is the "must see" for any holiday season. Watch for the special book signing by the play's author. Written by Fort worth resident, Leslie Gordon, and rewritten as a play by Kit Hussey.

JANUARY 29 - FEBRUARY 6 -- Yankee Doodle Dandies
"Am I a Yankee Doodle Dandee?" The question of a curious child leads a cheeky classroom of youngsters on a comic romp through American history. From Christopher Columbus' courageous ocean voyage to Sacajawea"s trek across the continent to Harriet Tubman's valiant escape through the Underground Railway - from the penning of the Declaration of Independence, these students tell the stories of America's birth - and laughingly and lovingly gain a new understanding of the richness of being American.

FEBRUARY 26-MARCH 6 -- There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom
"Give me a dollar or I'll spit on you." That's Bradley Chalkers for you. He's the oldest in his class. He tells enormous lies; picks fights with girls and teachers say he has "serious behavior problems." No one likes him - except Carla, the new school counselor. She thinks Bradley is sensitive and generous, and she even enjoys his far-fetched stories. Carla knows that Bradley could change, if only he weren't afraid to try. A story of isolation, bravery and gradual acceptance told with great humor by Lous Sachar, the author of "Holes."

MARCH 26-APRIL 2 -- The Secret Garden
Mary Lennox is a sickly, sour-faced little girl born in India to wealthy British parents who have very little interest in her, leaving her in the care of a nanny from birth. Orphaned by an outbreak of cholera, she is sent back to England to the legal guardianship of her only remaining relative, her father's brother-in-law, Archibald Craven, a reclusive widower. Mary has all kinds of adventures with strange sounds at night, funny accents and a locked garden.

APRIL 30-MAY 8 -- Fundraiser Show TBA
JUNE 15-17 -- Lyle the Crocodile
JULY 6-8 -- Disney's Aladdin, Jr.
AUGUST 3-5 -- Berenstain Bears

Show Times:
Friday: 7:30 p.m;  Saturday: 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m;  Sunday: 2:30 p.m.
Tickets:
2007/2008
  * Regular admission $8.
  * Group rate for a group of 10 and more $6.
  * Lap passes for children 0 to 3 years old are $4.
  * School Matinees group rate $5. See link below for group rates
  * 2008 Fundraiser Show $15 for adults & $10 for children/students

To Order Tickets Online: Click Here
For Information on Group Rates: Click Here
For More Information:  817-861-2287;   metro: 817-265-8512

Location:  1100 West Randol Mill Road
                Arlington, TX  76012


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49.  COTTAGE THEATER – CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION

Center for Home Education’s Cottage Theater Presents:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



For More Information:
  817-281-2293

http://centerforhomeeducation.com/thecottagetheatre.aspx  
 

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50.  PERFORMANCES 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:
OCTOBER 16-NOVEMBER 14 -- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
This dramatization of C.S. Lewis' classic faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the evil White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander through an old wardrobe into never-to-be-forgotten land of Narnia. This story of love, faith, courage and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life.

NOVEMBER 20-DECEMBER 19 -- The Forgotten Carols
In 2004, THE FORGOTTEN CAROLS played at Artisan, and every show sold out. Now, back by popular demand, Artisan brings back Michael McLean's timeless Christmas tale.  Constance is a middle-aged nurse whose empty life is changed by a new patient who tells her the story of Christ's birth as told from the perspectives of lesser-known characters in the nativity story. Their personal accounts help her discover what the world has forgotten about Christmas, and open her heart to the joy of this special season.

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

Showtimes:
Mon & Tues: 7:30pm;  Thurs/Fri: 7:30;  Sat: 3pm & 7:30pm

Tickets:
Mon, Tues, Thurs: $12/Adults; $12/Students & Seniors (60+); $7/Ages 12 and under
            Fri & Sat: $16.00/Adults; $14/Students & Seniors (60+); $9/Ages 12 and under.
Reservations recommended.
Season Tickets and Group Discounts Available.
To Reserve Tickets: 817-284-1200
For More Information:  Click Here

Artie’s Children’s Playhouse Productions:
SEPTEMBER 19-NOVEMBER 7 -- Seussical Jr.
This fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza brings all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters to life onstage, including the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, and all the Whos of Whoville! So, let your toes tap, your fingers snap, and your imagination run wild for “Oh, the thinks you can think, When you think about Seuss!”

NOVEMBER 14 - DECEMBER 19 -- Disney's 101 Dalmatians - Kids
In a loving home in London, Dalmatian parents, Pongo and Perdita happily raise their Dalmatian puppies, until the monstrous Cruella De Ville plots to steal them for her new fur coat! Join all the dogs of London, as they daringly rescue the puppies from Cruella and her bumbling henchmen.

Artie’s Playhouse Ticket Prices:  $5 per person

Showtimes:  Tues: 4:30 p.m;   Thurs/Sat:  10 a.m.
To Reserve Tickets: 817-284-1200
For More Information:  Click Here

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


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51.  PERFORMANCES AT BASS PERFORMANCE HALL

Broadway at the Bass Presents:
DECEMBER 1-6 -- Riverdance (Farewell Performances)
Nothing compares to the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance. An innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song, Riverdance draws on Irish traditions and captures the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures. This extraordinarily unique show features an international company performing to the magic of Bill Whelan’s music in the farewell performances of Riverdance!
To Order Tickets Online:  Click Here

MARCH 9-14 - 2010 -- Fiddler on the Roof (Topol Farewell Tour)
In a huge theatrical feat, audiences will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Chaim Topol, star of the original motion picture, in his farewell performance of the award-winning role that made him legendary. Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, Fiddler on the Roof has been lauded by critics again and again and won the hearts of people all around the world. Filled with a rousing, heartwarming score, Fiddler on the Roof is a timeless classic.
To Order Tickets Online:  Click Here

JUNE 8-13, 2010 -- Little House on the Prairie
Laura Ingalls Wilder's classic has remained one of the most popular, beloved celebrations of early Americana for over 70 years. Now the inspirational stories take on a brand new frontier in an uplifting new musical starring Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura for 10 years in the much-loved television series, as "Ma." Families will fall in love all over again with these life-affirming stories about the Ingalls' struggles and the pioneering spirit that resonates in each of us.
To Order Tickets Online:  Click Here

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


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52.  DALLAS CHILDREN’S THEATER PERFORMANCES

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

THROUGH NOVEMEBER 1 -- Junie B. Jones & a Little Monkey Business
Baker Theater/Rosewood Center
Suggested Age:
5 years and above
Kindergartner Junie B. Jones is feistier, sassier and more irresistible  than ever!  There’s a new “B-A-B-Y” brother at her house, and when  her grandmother calls the baby “the cutest little monkey,” Junie just may have the best Show and Tell ever.  Based on the wildly popular
book series, this spritely musical is a laugh-out-loud winner!
Download Study Guide:  
Click Here

NOVEMBER 21 - DECEMBER 21 -- The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Baker Theater/Rosewood Center
Suggested Age:
5 years and above
It just isn’t Christmas without the Herdmans!  The worst kids in the history of the world are determined to be in the annual Christmas pageant.  The congregation is horrified, but sometimes compassion  and generosity come from the most unexpected places.  Blessings abound in this all new production of  DCT’s Yuletide Blockbuster!

NOVEMBER  20 - DECEMBER 22 -- Santa's Holiday for Strings

(Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts)
Studio Theater/Rosewood Center
Together again! There’s Santa, Frosty, dancing penguins, a singing armadillo, and more in this rollicking musical revue created especially for DCT audiences by Kathy Burks’ nationally celebrated troupe. Back by popular demand, it’s the perfect holiday gift, full of fun, friendship, and family!
Download Study Guide:
Click Here

JANUARY 22 - FEBRUARY 21 -- How I Became a Pirate

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

FEBRUARY 26 - MARCH 21 -- Hansel & Gretel

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

MARCH 19 - APRIL 25 -- The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe
Baker Theater/Rosewood Center
Suggested Ages:  7 and above
A celebrated piece of children’s literature comes to the stage!  Join four courageous children as they step through the wardrobe and enter the mythical land of Narnia. Hurled into a battle between the forces of good and evil, they must help free the land from the clutches of the White Witch and in doing so discover the heroes within themselves.  A thrilling adventure from a master storyteller!

APRIL 9-25 -- hard 2 spel dad *
Studio Theater/Rosewood Center
Suggested Ages:  12 years and above
Pamela is excited to make a “fresh start” when she and her mother move away.  Pamela is learning different.  So is her new friend Zak.  Navigating their way through adolescence, both young people struggle to accept who they are and how they learn.  Illuminating the difficult and often misunderstood world of dyslexia, the play follows the lives of two young people and their paths to self-acceptance.
* Young Adult Relevant Drama (YARD) production.  May contain mature subject matter and strong language.

MAY 7-23 -- Carnival of the Animals
Baker Theater/Rosewood Center
Suggested Age:  4 years and above
Experience life on the wild side with this new and expanded puppet interpretation of Saint-Saens’ “zoological fantasy for orchestra.”  This musical menagerie set in motion with multiple styles of
puppetry is an exhilarating experience for all ages.  It’s an innovative introduction to classical music brought to life with stunning colors, comedy, movement and sound.  A visual spectacle you don’t want to miss!


MAY 7-23 -- Most Valuable Player *
Studio Theater/Rosewood Center
Suggested Age:  11 years and above
DCT’s National Touring Company brings this highly praised production home to the Rosewood Center in the inspiring story of one of America’s true heroes. Jackie Robinson was the first African-American to break the color-barrier of professional, major league baseball. His story is a lesson in dignity and integrity that continues to reverberate today!
Download Study Guide:  Click Here
* Young Adult Relevant Drama (YARD) production.  May contain mature subject matter and strong language.

JUNE 18 - JULY 18 -- Giggle, Giggle, Quack
Baker Theater/Rosewood Center
Suggested Age:  3 years and above                                                                
Duck on the loose!  In this hilarious sequel to last season’s barnyard blockbuster, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, good ol’ Farmer Brown decides to take a vacation and leaves his city-slicker brother, Bob, in charge with specific directions on how to care for the animals.  Duck re-writes the instructions demanding “pizza for the hen”, “bubble baths for the pig”, and ”movie night for the cow.”  It’s another madcap musical mutiny, so, join in the summer fun.

  
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.

Student Matinees: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Time: 10am
Cost:  $7.50/person for groups of 10 or more $7.50 per person (1 FREE chaperone per 20 student tickets)
Deposit required with reservation
Balance due SIX WEEKS before performance.
All plays, locations, dates and times are subject to change.
To Make Reservation:  Call 214-219-2049 or click here to email

Locations:  (refer to individual production to determine location)
               
 Rosewood Center for Family Arts
                 5938 Skillman Street
               
                 El Centro College Theater
                 801 N. Main St.
               


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53.  DALLAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES

OCTOBER 6, 7, 13, 15 -- Fanfare! (grades 3-6)
An introduction to the brass family of instruments, featuring a repertoire of exhilarating music. Guided by Rei Hotoda and DSO principal brass players, this program explores both the differences between the various brass instruments, their inner workings, and the variety of moods and colors they can create.

FEBRUARY 2, 4 -- Musical Families (grades PreK - 2)
This fun and engaging program for younger concert-goers explores how orchestra instruments fall into distinct families based on how they produce sound. Performances trace how instruments are used in styles which are familiar to students and how these same instruments are used in the symphony orchestra. 

MARCH 26, 31;  APRIL 1, 13 -- Bach to the Future (grades 3-6)
This fascinating program explores how composers throughout history, using the same instruments and the same notes, have developed music of incredibly different styles. Focus will be given to the elements of articulation, expression, rhythm and harmony, and how students can apply these elements to their own music making.

Admission:  
$6/person (payment must be received with all reservations)
Times:  10am and 11:30am
Please arrive at least 30 minutes before concert time.
Concerts last approximately 45 minutes.
Special Students at the Symphony Program: Free seats are available to mentally and physically challenged students.  To participate, complete the appropriate information on the reservation form.
To Reserve Tickets:  Click Here or call 214-871--4006.  Mention that you saw their ad in the HEART of Texas newsletter when you contact them.

Additions to your reservation must be received and confirmed by Noon, two days before your concert date. Only reservations confirmed in advance can be seated.  No walk-ins.

Concert Location:  Meyerson Symphony Center
                            2301 Flora Street
                            Dallas, TX  75201
                            (intersection of Pearl & Flora Street in the heart of the Downtown Dallas Arts District)
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54.  FORT WORTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA YOUNG PERSONS CONCERTS

JANUARY 13, 14 -- The Composer is Dead (ages 7-12)
Times:  
Jan 13: 10:15am and 12:15pm
             Jan 14: 10:15am

Tickets:  
$4/person
Location:  
Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth
Details:  In the tradition of Peter and the Wolf, Nathaniel Stookey's delightful The Composer is Dead introduces young people to the sounds of the orchestra through an intriguing mystery...in which every member of the orchestra is a suspect!


MARCH 25 -- Green Eggs and Ham (ages 3-6)
Times:  9:45am and 11:15am
Tickets:
$4/person
Location:   McKinney Memorial Bible Church
                3900 South Hulen Street in Fort Worth
Details:  Back by popular deman, Robert Kapilow's Green Eggs and Ham brings Dr. Seuss's classic to life in this version for orchestra, narrator, and soloist.

To Order Online with Credit Card:  Click Here

Orders for Fewer than 20 Seats:  Must be paid in advance.

Orders for 20 or More:  
May be reserved without advance payment.
Approximately one month before the concert, you will receive a notice confirming the number of seats you have ordered and the total amount due (if applicable). If the final number of seats needed for the concert is different from that listed on the notice, please call with a corrected number immediately upon receiving the confirmation. Full payment is due two weeks before the concert date for groups of 20 or more.
Absolutely NO refunds for changes in reservation numbers after this date.
Special Note for Groups of 20 or More:   When you reserve a seat, that seat is held for you and not sold to another individual until you release it. Therefore, we ask you to verify the actual number of seats needed before making concert reservations. We understand that you may need to adjust the number of reserved seats before the payment due date, and those emergencies may cause cancellations. However, the privilege of reserving seats without advance payment may be revoked if your organization cancels more than 20% of its total reserved seats or fails to attend a concert for which it has reserved seats. 

Children Under Age 3:  Because of the nature of the event, we request that children under age three not be brought to these concerts, particularly to the concerts at Bass Performance Hall. You must purchase a seat for each person to be admitted to a concert, regardless of age.

For Questions:  Click Here to send an e-mail message or call 817-665-6500.

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55.  PLANO CHILDREN’S THEATER PERFORMANCES

OCTOBER 2-10 -- Wonderful Town, A Musical
Times:
Fri & Sat: 7:15pm;  Sat & Sun: 2:15pm
Tickets:
$7 in advance; $9 at door
To Order:  972-422-2575
Share your love of musical theatre with your family!


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

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

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

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56.  TEXAS BALLET THEATER PERFORMANCES

The Texas Ballet Theater is once again partnering with HEART of Texas to offer our newsletter readers special ticket pricing on great seats, during select performances.  The dates and times of these select 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:
NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 6 -- The Nutcracker (Winspear Opera House in Dallas)
HEART of Texas Discount Days:  NOVEMBER 27 at 2pm
                                                         DECEMBER 5 at 2pm

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

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

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

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

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


Special Ticket Prices for HEART of Texas Discount Days:
Bass Performance Hall:  $30 for Orchestra or Mezzanine
                                  $15 for Upper or Lower Gallery

Winspear Opera House:   $30 for Orchestra or Mezzanine
                                   $15 for Dress Circle or Grand Tier


To Purchase Tickets:  
www.texasballettheater.org/?q=showschedule
Promo Code:  HEARTDAYS

Can't attend one of these performances?  
Texas Ballet Theater still has a great deal for you!
All other performance dates will be discounted 20%.

Promo Code:  HEART20

To order by phone:  877-828-9200.  Give the ticket agent your promo code.
 


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57.  HOME SCHOOL DISCOUNT TICKETS TO DALLAS THEATER PERFORMANCES

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

THOUGH OCTOBER 15 -- Mary Poppins at the State Fair of Texas
When you buy a theater ticket, it includes free admission to the Texas State Fair for that date.
Performances during the week are included if you want to avoid weekend crowds.
Save 20% Off These Performances:
Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 8pm
Sunday, September 27, 2009 at 7pm
Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 8pm
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 8pm
Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 8pm
Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 8pm
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 8pm
Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 8pm
Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 7pm
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 8pm
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 8pm
Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 2pm
Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 8pm

To Order Tickets:
Click Here
Enter your special password:
KITE

If you order please send an email to Susan to let her know how many tickets you ordered and the date to help her keep track of group minimums.

Show Description: The original Broadway stars Ashley Brown and Gavin Lee are coming to Dallas for one of the national tour's first stops. Beginning in September 2009, the world's most famous nanny will arrive at the Music Hall. Combining the best of the original stories by P. L. Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film, the Tony(R) Award-winning MARY POPPINS is everything you'd hope for in a Broadway musical--and more. Produced by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh, the show includes such wonderful songs as "Chim Chim Cher-ee", A "Spoonful of Sugar," "Let's Go Fly a Kite" and of course, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." The NY Daily News hails MARY POPPINS as "a roof-raising, toe-tapping, high-flying extravaganza!"


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58.  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.

Family Fun Day:
NOVEMBER 8
Theme:
Way Out West
Saddle up for fun with art!  Artworks of the American West will come to life for families of all ages through engaging activities and exciting stories.

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

THROUGH 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.

NOVEMBER 24-MAY 17, 2010 -- Freedom Now:  Tamarind Lithography Workshop
This exhibition of prints from the 1960s explores the international call for social and political justice and examines how a handful of artists addressed these themes through irony, satire, allegory, and stark realism.

DECEMBER 12 - MAY 16, 2010 -- Edward S. Curtis:  The North American Indian
In 1900, Edward S. Curtis undertook the momentous task of documenting American Indian cultures across the United States. Over the next thirty years, he took over 40,000 photographs and collected information about more than eighty tribes, ranging from the Inuit people of the far north to the Hopi people of the Southwest. The Amon Carter Museum will display a selection of works from this compelling new acquisition.

Guided Tours for Students:  
Click Here

Museum 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.


Location:  Amon Carter Art Museum
        3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard
        Fort Worth, TX 76107
        817-738-1933


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59.  DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART EXHIBITS  

FREE First Tuesdays of each month

Exhibits:
THROUGH NOVEMBER 8 -- Private Universes: Media Works
THROUGH JANUARY 3, 2010 -- The Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs
THROUGH JANUARY 31, 2010 -- A Dream Come True: The Dallas Arts District
THROUGH FEBRUARY 28, 2010 - All the World's a Stage: Celebrating Performance in the Visual Arts
THROUGH MARCH 21, 2010 -- Performance/Art
THROUGH MAY 16, 2010 -- About Materials & Meanings

Family Events:
NOVEMBER 3; DECEMBER 1 -- Free Admission on First Tuesdays of the Month
Theme:  
Home, Sweet Home
Time:
11am - 2pm (Center for Creative Connections)
Ages:  Designed for children ages five and under and their families.
Details: Enjoy thematic art-making activities, story times, performances, and gallery activities.
Schedule:
11am-1pm: Make decorative door hanger for your own home, sweet home.
11am-1pm: Meet artist Melody Lopez and learn how she makes the dollhouses on display.
11am-2pm: Say hello to Arturo, the Museum’s family mascot. Don’t forget to write him a letter!
11am-2pm: Experiment with our kid-friendly Web site and play online art games.
11:30-Noon: Join storyteller Ann Marie Newman for stories, songs, & games based on works in the Museum.
12:30-1pm: Explore tables, chairs, & more in a tour of the exhibition The Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs.
1-1:30pm: Listen to stories told by our librarian friends & participate in a "ready to read" mini-workshop.
1-2:30pm: Weaving demonstration with artist Lesli Robertson
1:30-2:15pm: Our actor friends from Story Time Theater bring to life "Goldilocks & the Three Bears"

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.

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

Late Night for Kids
OCTOBER 16
Time:
6pm-Midnight
One Friday a month, the Museum is open until midnight with music, tours, and performances in the galleries.

Weekends at the Museum:
SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS -- Studio Creations
1pm-3:30pm in the Art Studio
Discover a new art-making activity each month! Join us in the studio, where volunteers are on hand to help your family make unique art projects. All materials are provided.
OCTOBER 3-31 - Let your imagination be your guide as you use materials like face paint, paper bags, and fabric to transform yourself into a work of art inspired by Allthe World’s a Stage: Celebrating Performance in the Visual Arts.
OCTOBER 10 -- No program October 10, instead enjoy painting at the Family Workshop with guest artist, John Bramblitt

Sketching in the Gallery for Kids

EVERY THIRD SATURDAY with some exceptions
1pm-3pm

Families are invited to sketch from original works of art. All supplies are provided.
OCTOBER 17: All the World’s a Stage exhibition (Level 1)
 
SUNDAYS
1:30 - 3:30pm, Level 3
Take an in-depth look at a different work of art each month. A trained volunteer will be in the galleries with engaging materials for all ages.
OCTOBER 4-25 - Olowe of Ise (Level 3)

Family Films

SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS at 2pm in the Theater, Center for Creative Connections
OCTOBER 3-31 - Peter & the Wolf
(35min, all ages)

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
Late night Fridays - museum open until Midnight.

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.
$10/Adults $10; $7/Seniors (65 and over) $7;  $5/Students (with current school ID); Free/12 and under

FREE on Thursday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. (special ticket prices may apply to exhibitions)
FREE on the first Tuesday of each month (special ticket prices may apply to exhibitions)

Group Discounts (10 more more):   Call 214-922-1222 or click here to email
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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60.  KIMBELL 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.

THROUGH 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


ON VIEW BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 26 -- Michelangelo's First Painting: The Torment of St. Anthony
Beginning September 26, 2009, Michelangelo’s first known painting, The Torment of Saint Anthony, will be on view among the permanent collection of the Kimbell Art Museum. It will be featured in a focus exhibition including a facsimile of the Schongauer engraving on which it is based and the recent technical examinations and scholarly analyses that identify it as the painting described by Michelangelo’s biographers. This work was executed in oil and tempera on a wooden panel in 1487–88, when the artist was only 12 to 13 years old. It is the first painting by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564) to enter an American collection, and one of only four known easel paintings generally believed to come from his hand. The others are the Doni Tondo in Florence’s Uffizi Gallery and two unfinished paintings in London’s National Gallery, The Manchester Madonna and The Entombment.
To Learn More About this Painting:  Click Here


Topics for Teachers
Explore various topics relating to the permanent collection and special exhibitions with learning activities, hands-on demonstrations, and docent-guided tours designed for teachers.
OCTOBER 22; OCTOBER 24 -- Michaelangelo's First Painting
Time:  Oct 22: 4:30-6:30pm
            Oct 24: 10am-Noon

Children's Workshops
NOVEMBER 14 -- Eye for Line
Time:  
10am - Noon
Mastering the art of "drawing with your eyes" along with sketching techniques favored by artists such as Rembrandt and Matisse.

JANUARY 9 -- Dot, Dash, Swirl, Splash
Time:  
10am - Noon
From Vincent Van Gogh's brushstrokes to Paul Klee's color combinations, explore how artists experiment with paint to express ideas and emotions on canvas.



Museum 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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61.  MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE

Events:
NOVEMBER 7-8 -- Reptile Fest  
Save the date for reptile (and amphibian!) fun!!

The reptiles are back! Rumor on the street is they had so much fun last year that they couldn’t wait to return for more—this time with their amphibian friends! At MNS, we think these slithery, hopping creatures are so fascinating they need their own weekend to shine. 

Through interactive presentations by Wildlife on the Move, engaging activities, and hands-on crafts, you’ll explore the magical world of reptiles—from snakes and lizards to turtles. And with the help of the Dallas Zoo and Save the Frogs, you’ll also enjoy close encounters with frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders. So whether you crawl, slither, or hop on over, join us at MNS for a ribbiting great time!


Exhibits:
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!

To Read More about this Exhibit:  
Click Here
Tickets:  
$10
To Purchase Tickets Online:  Click Here (Online ticket purchases are subject to additional fee)

Putting DNA to Work
DNA can be used to detect diseases, improve crops or catch criminals. The information in DNA sequences has been harnessed for a multitude of tasks, but how is DNA put to work? Through interactive multimedia activities, you can explore some of the applications of DNA technology and discover the many ways these uses may affect your life.

Putting DNA to Work is an engaging interactive exhibit where visitors can investigate how inherited and infectious diseases are identified and explore the various uses of DNA analysis in criminal forensics and crop improvement.  Putting DNA to Work encourages visitors to examine DNA sequences and see how that knowledge can be used to unlock the secrets hidden in our genes.  The hands-on exhibit, best enjoyed by teenagers and adults, is an accessible way for visitors to learn about one of today’s hottest scientific topics.

Explore some of the fascinating ways DNA technology helps us out every day!
Click here to enter an interactive preview of Putting DNA to work.



Planetarium Shows
Wonders of the Universe
Peer deep into space through the eyes of the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope to witness the birth of the universe.

Journey to Infinity
Starting with a Space Shuttle flight around planet Earth, we take an interactive journey through our solar system.

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.
Lagoon Nature Walk
Explore the Leonhardt Lagoon Nature Walk
Paleontology Lab
See fossils brought back from the field for preparation
Ice Age Dallas
Fossils from the last Ice Age
Ocean Dallas
See ocean creatures that once swam near Dallas
Texas Dinosaurs
Life and death in the Big Bend examines dinosaurs that once lived in Texas
Wildlife Dioramas
View the Museums four distinct wildlife diorama halls
Dental Gallery
Come learn about dental health
Little Urban Farm
Vividly illustrate to children and families the crucial role that farms play in all our lives
NetWorks:  The World of Digital Communication
Take a virtual ride through a network
Astronomy & Space
Visit the only public planetarium in Dallas County.
Mixed Signals Gallery
(reopening Sept 26)
Mixed Signals is an experience about how you process your visual world


Children's Hand-in-Hand Program
Time: 10-11:30am
Hand-in-Hand is a literacy-based program for adults and their preschoolers to imagine, explore, and discover together. Hear a story, get your wiggles out to music, create theme-related crafts and enjoy fun activities!
OCTOBER 28 -- “Hot Topic”
Explore workers that live in your community while celebrating Fire Prevention Month. See authentic firefighter bunker gear, create fire safety crafts and so much more. Hear all about fire safety and meet Sparky the Fire Dog and his firefighter helpers in a special presentation of “The Sparky Puppet Show”.
NOVEMBER 4 -- "Falling for Leaves"
You’ll be falling for leaves too as you listen to the story “Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf” by Lois Ehlert. Explore what primary colors can do while creating your own fall leaves and create fun fall crafts.
NOVEMBER 11 -- “Pumpkin-Pizzaz”
Explore how pumpkins grow as you hear the story “Pumpkin, Pumpkin” by Jeanne Titherington. See what is inside a real pumpkin, plant pumpkin seeds, taste pumpkin bread and create “plenty of pumpkin” crafts.
NOVEMBER 18 -- “Gobbler Gala”
Let’s get together and talk turkey! Chant along with the story, “Run Turkey, Run!” by Diane Mayr. Explore healthy foods that you may eat for your Thanksgiving dinner while creating turkey crafts and veggie prints. We’ll have tons of turkey fun!
DECEMBER 2 -- “Frosty Shapes”
Explore the shapes around us every day! Create your own frosty-shaped crafts and find out what happens to a farmer and his animals on a cold winter’s night as you count along with the story, “Dream Snow” by Eric Carle.
DECEMBER 9 -- “Destination: North Pole”
All ABOARD for a special reading of the Caldecott award winning story, “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg. First, you’ll create a special bell bracelet to wear to participate along with the story. After story time, explore the life of a polar animal and create seasonal crafts and enjoy seasonal activities on our imaginary trip to the North Pole!
DECEMBER 16 -- “Festival of Lights”
Explore how people in your community celebrate the holiday season! Find out how “Candle Light” is part of cultural celebrations all around the world. Come and explore the celebrations of Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa through fun crafts and activities. Hear the story, “We All Sing in the Same Voice” by J. Philip Miller.


Discovery Days (SECOND SATURDAYS)
-- Starting in March 2010

MARCH 14:  Discover Construction
APRIL 11: Discover the World of Dinosaurs
MAY 9:    Discover Health & Wellness
JUNE 13: Discover Sports & Outdoors
JULY 11:   Discover Water
AUGUST 8:  Discover Fine Arts

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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62.  FORT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY

The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is no longer housing its exhibits at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. The museum is scheduled to open in November 2009.  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:
OPENING NOVEMBER 20 (through MAY 2, 2010)
:  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.  Use parental discretion in determining whether this exhibit is appropriate for your child or family.

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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63. NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER

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

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 25 -- Highlights from the Nasher Collection
In addition to the works from the Nasher Collection, the Nasher Sculpture Center is pleased to present Isaac Witkin’s Volution (1964).  Featured in the groundbreaking 1965 London exhibition, The New Generation, Volution and other works introduced an important group of young sculptors working with new materials normally associated with industrial production and creating radically new sculptural forms.  A fluid, sensuous, green fiberglass column, Volution encapsulates the experimental spirit of the group and updates the organic abstractions of modernist predecessors like Jean Arp and Henry Moore.  Volution comes to the Nasher Sculpture Center for one year courtesy of the artist’s daughter, Nadine Witkin, who has also generously lent Hawthorne Tree, Variation III (1990), on view at DFW International Airport with other works from the Nasher Sculpture Center.

OPENING SEPTEMBER 26 THOUGH JANUARY 10, 2010 -- The Art of Achitecture: Foster & Partners
Scheduled to coincide with the grand opening of the new, Foster-designed Winspear Opera House in the Dallas Center for Performing Arts, the exhibition will explore Foster + Partners’ major architectural achievements of a practice that spans the past four decades.  Architectural models, along with drawings, renderings, photographs, and videos, will give insight into the formal and conceptual underpinnings of Foster + Partners’ architecture and provide context for better understanding their new contribution to the panoply of modernist architecture in Dallas.  The exhibition will feature some of the largest and most notable structures in the world, including the Great Court at the British Museum, the Reichstag in Berlin, Trafalgar Square in London, and the new Terminal 3 at the Beijing International Airport.

OCTOBER 18 -- "Free Family Sunday"
Time:  
11am-6pm
Admission:  FREE
Schedule of Activities:
11am-2pm:  Art Activity
11am-4pm: Artist Demonstrations
11am-5pm: Construction Challenge
11:30am: Family Tour
2:30pm: Adult Tour
2-5pm: Sketching

Target First Saturdays -- FREE Admission from 10am-2pm
OCTOBER 3 - Heritage
NOVEMBER 6 - Connections
DECEMBER 5 - Appreciation
JANUARY 2 - Work & Play
Schedule:

10am-Noon - Children’s Art Activity
       Express yourself by creating unique artworks connected to the month’s Big Idea.
10am-12:30 - Art in Action Sculpture Demo  
        See how sculpture is made and feel the materials artists use at our live artist demos. 
10am-2pm - Art Scavenger Hunt
       
Exercise your detective skills to search the Nasher for art related to the month’s Big Idea. Complete the hunt for a special prize!   
10:15; 11:15; 12:15 - Family Tours
       
Discover and discuss each month’s Big Idea on an interactive tour for the whole family.  
12:30pm - Storytime with the Dallas Public Library
       
Share in the joy of reading with storytellers from the Dallas Public Library.
1pm - NasherKids Live!
       
Join in the fun with an exciting, live performance for families and young children.


2009 Movie Schedule
(First Thursday of each month at 7pm)
Cost:  Free
(movies not appropriate for all audiences; use parental discretion)
OCTOBER 1 - The Maltese Falcon
NOVEMBER 5 - All the President's Men
DECEMBER 3 - It's a Wonderful Life

www.nashersculpturecenter.org


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

NOW SHOWING -- Giants of Patagonia
Ticket Prices:  $7/adult; $6/child (3-11) and seniors (62+); $6 students 18+
Details:  Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia highlights the history, evolution, and extinction of the dinosaurs. Don't miss this chance to experience fantastic computer-generated footage of the giganotosaurus and argentinosaurus as this documentary-style narrative, done in collaboration with some of the top scientists in the field, whisks you into the world of some of the largest known dinosaurs. Plan for an exciting adventure in paleontological discovery and prepare to be captivated by these massive and endlessly-compelling creatures!

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: 
Click Here  


For Showtimes: Click Here

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65.  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:  The Alps (though January 2010)
Tickets: $7/adults; $6/children 3-12 and Seniors 60+
Order Tickets: 817-255-9540 or Click Here for online ordering
There is a small service fee for tickets purchased online and by phone.
Details: The Alps follows the stirring human story that unfolds in the midst of some of nature'smost awe-inspiring scenery.  At the heart of the film is John Harlin III's climb of the storied North Face of the Eiger, one of the world's most celebrated peaks but also one notorious among climbers for its deadly avalanches and showers of falling rock.
For more information about The Alps:  click here

NOW PLAYING:  Dolphins (though December 2009)
Tickets: $7/adults; $6/children 3-12 and Seniors 60+
Order Tickets: 817-255-9540 or Click Here for online ordering
There is a small service fee for tickets purchased online and by phone.
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 (Through October 2009)
Tickets: $7/adults; $6/children 3-12 and Seniors 60+
Order Tickets: 817-255-9540 or Click Here for online ordering
There is a small service fee for tickets purchased online and by phone.
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

NOW PLAYING:  Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk (through October 2009)
Tickets: $7/adults; $6/children 3-12 and Seniors 60+
Order Tickets: 817-255-9540 or Click Here for online ordering
There is a small service fee for tickets purchased online and by phone.
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


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66.  PROGRAMS AT LOG CABIN VILLAGE

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


OCTOBER 16 -- Timber Tales Storytime
Time: 10:00—11:00 a.m.
Cost:  Regular Village Admission plus $4 fee
Featured Story:
 Anansi Does the Impossible:  An Ashanti Tale retold by Verna Aardema
Details:  The adventures of Anansi the spider continue with this delightful tale from our West African ancestors about securing folktales for the people. $4 fee includes a story, fun activities, and a craft, all geared towards 3-5 year olds.
Reservation required: 817-392-5881

OCTOBER 17 -- Jeepers Reapers!
Time: 1:00—4 p.m.
Cost:  Regular Village admission plus $2 craft fee to make a bean bracelet.
Details:
We just celebrated Harvest Homecoming, but now it’s time to reap what we’ve sown! Experience grinding corn and wheat by hand, experimenting with squash, and using corn husks to stuff mattresses and to make placemats! From grain and grist to bread and toys, we’ll have it all...and you’ll help! No reservations required.

No Reservation Required

NOVEMBER 20 -- Timber Tales Storytime
Time: 10:00—11:00 a.m.
Cost:  Regular Village Admission plus $4 fee
Featured Story:
 Kindle Me a Riddle: A Pioneer Story by Roberta Karim
Details:  Frontier days are brought to life through a series of riddles in this charming story about a 19th century family. $4 fee includes a story, fun activities, and a craft, all geared towards 3-5 year olds. 
Reservation required: 817-392-5881

NOVEMBER 21 -- Waxing Nostalgic
Time: 1:00—4 p.m.
Cost:  Regular Village admission plus $3 craft fee to dip candles.
Details:
It’s candle-making time! Come join us as we braid some wicks, dip some sticks, and have a great time making candles to last us through the winter! You can even dip your own candle to take home.

No Reservation Required

DECEMBER 19 -- Holidays at the Hearth
Time: 1:00—4 p.m.
Cost:  Regular Village admission plus $2 craft fee to make a card.
Details:
Celebrate the holidays Village style! See how cabins would have been decorated, string some popcorn, help make pomander balls and tamales, spin the dreidel, and reflect on storied traditions as you pause from the holiday hustle and bustle. Make your own embossed greeting card to take home

No Reservation Required

DECEMBER 24 - JANUARY 1 -- Log Cabin Village Closed


For More Information:  Click Here

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67.  DALLAS HERITAGE VILLAGE

Events:
FIRST SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH -- Free Admission Day
Bring the whole family for historic fun and participate in themed activities for everyone to enjoy.
Time:  Noon - 4pm
NOVEMBER 1 -- Celebrate Fall Harvest
Celebrate autumn at the Village! Make luminaries, leaf rubbings and explore how Victorians lit up chilly fall nights.
DECEMBER 6 -- Simple Celebrations
Help the Village’s residents prepare for the holidays. You’ll even get a chance to make a gift for someone special.


NOVEMBER 14 -- Civil War on the Home Front
Cub and Boy Scout Day (also open to the Public)
Registration Deadline to Pre-Order Tickets:  November 11
Time:
10am - 4pm (Battle Re-enactment at 2pm)
Pre-Ordered Tickets:
$5/Adults/Seniors 65+; $5/Ages 4-12; $5/Cub & Boy Scouts
Gate Admission:  $9/Adults; $7/Seniors 65+; $6/Ages 4-12
Details:  Join Dallas Heritage Village in recreating this exciting time in our history at our major re-enactment event of the year. Confederate units will meet to muster, drill and recruit. Civilian refugees from Border States and the Deep South join the citizens of Dallas. Union Army units set up camp. Civilian life demonstrations will occur in the 1860s Living Farmstead and Miller complex.
To Register Your Pack or Troop:  214-413-3674 or click here to email.
If ordering tickets online, please include your Pack or Troop number.
For More Information:  Click Here


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.

NOVEMBER 1 -- Fall Harvest
Celebrate autumn at the Village! Make luminaries, leaf rubbings and explore how Victorians lit up chilly fall nights.
DECEMBER 6 -- Simple Celebrations
Help the Village’s residents prepare for the holidays. You’ll even get a chance to make a gift for someone special.

Nip & Tuck's Barnyard Buddies Storytime
SECOND WEDNESDAYS (SEPT - MAY)
Stories, Music and Hands-On Activities for Preschoolers
Hear a story or two and make a craft with your child. All in the only historic village in Dallas!
Time:  11 a.m
Cost:  Non-members:  $5/child – includes admission to Dallas Heritage Village before or after program.
Tickets can be purchased by phone, at the gate or online.
RSVP: 214-413-3674 or by email
Monthly Themes:
NOVEMBER 11 -- In the Country, In the City
How is the country different from the city? Settle down for a favorite old tale, explore Main Street and create a city or country landscape collage!  We'll be reading The Country Mouse and the City Mouse.


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

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

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

NO DATES SCHEDULED
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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69.  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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70.  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
 

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71.  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: 972-624-2225 or Click Here to email
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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72.  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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73.  CHRISTIAN MARTIAL ARTS

Christian Martial Arts, an outreach of First Baptist Church of Euless, is offering a free month of classes to HEART of Texas newsletter readers 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: Click Here


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74.  DALLAS THUNDER HOME SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Contact:  972-475-3946 or Click Here to email

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.

Website: www.dallasthunder.org 


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75.  ELITE TRACK CLUB/CROSS COUNTRY PROGRAM


For More Information:  Click Here to email or 817-800-3922                                


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76.  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.

TRACK AND FIELD PROGRAM:
What to Bring:
There will be limited blank copies of the forms at registration, so please print out ahead of time.

1.  Spring 2010 Track & Field Application
2.  HSAA Athletic Release and Medical Authorization
3.  HSAA Eligibility Requirements (Track Application)
4.  HSAA Appearance Code
5.  HSAA Expectations (Track Application)
6.  Physical Evaluation Form (not required until the first practice in Jan 2010 but may be turned in at registration if physical already completed for 2009-2010 school year)
7.  Checkbook
        A.  Player Fees
        B.  Uniform Fees
        C.  Spirit Wear Order

Uniforms:
There will be a full run of sizes of both warm-ups and tank/shorts for the athletes to try-on. Athletes that competed on the 2009 team have the option of using the same warm-up number for the 2010 season.  Those athletes will sign a uniform agreement and must check-out the warm-ups DURING registration.  After registration is complete, the warm-up uniforms will be distributed randomly.

2010 Fees:
Basic Fees*
           
High School - $275
          Middle School - $175

Uniform Fees
           
Boys Tank/Shorts - $25
          Girls Tank/Shorts - $27
          Girls Tank only - $17
          Boys Tank only - $15
          Shorts only - $10.50
          Optional:  Running Tights (black) - TBD
          Optional (highly recommended) Compression Shorts (navy) - $13
 

*Financial Aid requests must be coordinated through the Track Commissioner and approved by the HSAA board.  Please click here to contact the coach for an application.

Spirit Wear Sales (items that support the team):
We will place an order for spirit wear in November once registration is complete.  These items display our team spirit at meets and also make great Christmas gifts!  We will have a second order for spirit wear in February.  Some of the items may include:  HSAA t-shirts, sweatshirts, knit caps (for those cold/windy track meets), baseball caps, umbrellas, and car stickers.


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77.  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: Click Here    

Boys Basketball: Click Here    
Girls Basketball: Click Here    
Girls Volleyball: Click Here    

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


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78.  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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79.  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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80.  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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81.  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: 972-444-8498 or visit: http://www.fenceintexas.org/homeschool.html


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82.  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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83.  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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84.  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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85.  ARLINGTON ASSOCIATION HOME EDUCATORS (AAHE)

Contact:  972-642-5798

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86.  COPPELL SPEECH & DEBATE CLUB

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

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87.  DENTON COUNTY CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOL ASSOCIATION

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

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88.  FELLOWSHIP CHURCH HOMESCHOOL NETWORK

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

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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:  
Click Here to email

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90. LEWISVILLE AREA SPEECH & DEBATE CLUB


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

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


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91.  NORTH IRVING CHRISTIAN HOME EDUCATORS

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or More Information:  click here to email


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92.  PARK DAY DRAMA CLUB

First Friday of the Month from September through May

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

For More Information: Click here to email


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93.  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: 940-399-9057 or Click Here
    

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94.  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



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95.  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:  940-455-2779


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96.  OFFICIAL 2008 -2009 COLLEGE BOARD TEST DATES

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

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

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

For SAT Subject Test Calendar:  Click Here


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


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97.  MASTER THE SAT CLASSES WITH JEAN BURK

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

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

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

For More Information:  www.collegeprepgenius.com


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

To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: www.heartoftex.org/membership/membership.html
                     
 
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98.  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, 2009

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 or call 254-710-3513.


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99.  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:  817.570.0612 or Click Here to email
                                  

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100.  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:  817-545-5058  or Click Here to email    


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101.  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:  817-336-0912


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102.  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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103.  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:  214-746-2785 ext. 320 or Click Here    


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104.  PRIVATE PIANO LESSONS IN YOUR HOME

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please supply this information when you call or email:
Parent Info: Name, phone number(s), email, & home address.
Student Info: Name, age, date of birth, and grade student is entering this fall.
 
HURRY! CLASSES ARE FILLING QUICKLY!!!


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106. THSC LEADERSHIP TRAINING CONFERENCE IN WAXAHACHIE

OCTOBER 23-25

Location:  Lakewood Conference Center in Waxahachie, TX

If you have never attended a THSC Leadership Training Conference, you are in for a treat!  THSC is excited to once again welcome motivational speaker, Norm Wakefield from the Spirit of Elijah Ministries, as our guest speaker.

The More the Merrier!
New this year!!  SAVE when you attend the LTC along with other leaders of your support group!
Every member of the support group will get a lower rate! The more that attend, the cheaper it is!!
To View Special Savings Options: Click Here

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

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

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

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

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

To Register by Fax or Mail:  Click Here
To Register by Phone:  
Call 888-200-4903


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107. FREE YOUTH EVENT WITH KIRK CAMERON IN MARSHALL, TEXAS

OCTOBER 24

Time:
 7pm-9pm
Cost:  
FREE
Location:
 Marshall Civic Center
                  
2201 East End Boulevard South, Marshall, 75672
For Directions: 
Click Here
Details:  
Our intention is to gather youth from throughout the Marshall and East Texas area to present an opportunity for them to encounter the message and love of Jesus Christ, through Kirk's dynamic ministry.

About Kirk Cameron:  Kirk Cameron is best known as the lovable teenager Mike Seaver from the television sit-com Growing Pains, and as "Buck" Williams from the Left Behind movie series. Most recently, he starred in the movie FIREPROOF, about a firefighter on the brink of divorce, who gets right with God and then tries to win back the heart of his wife.

More significant than his acting career was his conversion to Christianity. Cameron was not raised in a church-going home, and called himself a devout atheist from a very young age. He was so convinced there was no God that he laughed at those who thought there was. But that changed one afternoon as he sat in his sports car pondering the first Gospel message he had ever heard.

Since becoming a Christian, Cameron has been a dedicated follower of Christ. He regularly visits churches and attends community events around the country in order to share his personal testimony.  Cameron founded The Way of the Master ministry with fellow-evangelist Ray Comfort, best known for its award-winning television show which Cameron co-hosts.  


In his newly-released autobiography Still Growing, Cameron opens up about his early years, his rocket to stardom, his life-changing encounter with Jesus and the hard choices he's made along the way to stand on his convictions. In his own words, Kirk shares how he's still growing through the triumphs and temptations of his Hollywood career.

Cameron is married to Chelse Noble, his Growing Pains co-star. In 1989, the Camerons founded Camp Firefly, a camp for seriously ill children and their families. They now have six beautiful children and live in Southern California.


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108. WORLDFEST 2009 IN ADDISON

OCTOBER 24-25

Time:
 Oct 24: Noon - 10pm;  Oct 25: Noon -6pm
Cost:  
$5/Ages 4 and over
Location:
 Addison Circle Park
                4970 Addison Circle Drive, Addison, TX 75001

Details:  
The region's largest global festival.  Come and immerse yourself in the smells and tastes of the world as you
visit nearly 70 countries in a day.  Experience the cultures of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas without packing a bag or needing a passport.  Visit the International Marketplace and Global Food Court while enjoying live entertainment on three stages, the children's activities, global games and more.

International Marketplace and Food Court
Shop for treasures and sample cuisine, wines and beers from all over the world.
Global Experiences
Numerous countries will be presenting “mini-festivals” within the festival. The Asia Area will be sponsored by the Crow Collection.
World Class Entertainment
Dancers, musicians, storytellers and more! Three stages will showcase performers from different countries.
Children’s Workshops and Games
Arts, crafts and popular global games – such as soccer, bocce ball and cricket – will provide fun ways for children to learn about the world.
Parade of Nations
Experience the colors of the world when participating countries parade their flags through the festival.

For More Information: Click Here


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109. PUMPKINS ON THE PRAIRIE AT GRACE AVENUE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH IN FRISCO

OCTOBER 3 - 31

Times:
Monday-Friday: 1-8pm (or sunset)
           Monday, October 12 will open at 9am (due to school holiday)
          Saturday/Sunday: 9am-8pm (or sunset)

Location:  Grace Avenue United Methodist Chuch
                3521 Main Street, Frisco,Texas, 75034
                972.335.2882

Admission:  FREE

Details:  Pumpkins on the Prairie celebrates its 7th year of fun and festivities for families and friends! And this year, we'll have even more pumpkins and more families and friends than ever before!  The community is welcome!

While everyone can pick their favorite pumpkins, children will also enjoy playing in the bounce house, running through the hay maze and playing games in our "Kid's Patch!" Plus, there are lots of picture taking opportunities with our fall set-ups and family-fun hayrides!

Extra special activities are planned for the weekends, including ... back by popular demand, the Great Pumpkin Launcher! (You've got to see it, to believe it!).

Click Here find out about all the fun activities that will be going on each day of the event.  

Bounce Houses
Pumpkin Carving
Craft Show
Family Movie Nights
Weekends:  Face Painting • Pumpkin Launching

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110. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP JUDGE SPEECH/DEBATE TOURNAMENT IN FRISCO, TX

DECEMBER 4-5

Location:
 First Baptist Church Frisco  
                7901 Main Street
                Frisco, TX  75034

Details:  
180+ judges from the community are needed to help with this event.  No experience necessary!!
Serving as a judge Serving as a judge at a NCFCA Tournament is an excellent way to expose students to speech/debate. Parents are encouraged to bring their high-school aged children to observe the events while they judge!  
Volunteer to judge 1- 2 speech or debate rounds
 

Competitors from Texas, Arkansas & New Mexico will kick off the tournament season with 2 days of exciting competition...performing humorous & dramatic interpretations, informative & persuasive speeches, debating environmental policy and whether competition or cooperation is the superior means of achieving excellence, and much more! 
 
Benefits of Judging:  
Enjoy a delicious array of foods & desserts while you judge!
 
To Sign Up to Judge:  
Click Here
 

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111.  TEENPACT CAPITOL CLASSES IN APRIL 2010

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

From a thoroughly Christian worldview in an atmosphere that promotes godly leadership, TeenPact sponsors a four-day, "hands-on" state government class for teens and a one-day seminar for 8-12 year olds.   Your student will have more fun than they dreamed possible at the state capitol as they maneuver their own bills through a mock legislature, participate in the election process, interview elected officials and lobbyists, analyze the legislature in session, examine legislators' financial records, pray for public servants, and enjoy fellowship with like-minded students from all across Texas.   TeenPact is dedicated to high standards of behavior and encourages parental involvement.  

Most importantly, students leave TeenPact equipped, inspired, and challenged with an intense desire to impact their world for God's glory through citizenship and statesmanship!

Parents of registered students can attend State Class FREE!

2010 Classes held in Austin Texas:
APRIL 12-15
 or  APRIL 19-22 -- Four-Day Classes
Ages:  13-19
Time:  Mon: 1pm-5pm;  Tues - Thurs: 8:45am-3pm
Cost:  $220 (First Time Student); $180 (Returning Student)
Residential Camp:  3-Nights: $120;  4-Nights: $160
(camp fees include breakfasts and dinners)

APRIL 16 or APRIL 23
-- Public Speaking Workshop
Ages: 13-19
Time:  10am-4pm
Cost:  $50 ($35 w/4-day class purchase)

APRIL 16 or APRIL 23 -- One-Day Class
Ages: 8-12
Time: 10am-4pm
Cost:  $40 (first child); $30 (siblings)
(admission is first-come first-served)

To Register for TeenPact:
Click Here
For Other Details (What to Bring, Where to Meet, Housing, Meals, Transportation, etc): Click Here

Parents Needed to Chaperone and transport students to and from the capitol!  
If you would like to help, call
830-643-4563 or click here to send an email.

Residential Camp:  Students can stay with TeenPact leadership and staff at Twin Oaks Ranch, a Christian camp/retreat center in Buda, about 17 miles southwest of Austin in a beautiful wooded setting. Students and parent-chaperones will stay in dormitory-style rooms with separate facilities for boys and girls. The TeenPact Guest Director, State Coordinating Team, and Staff will be on duty at all times to serve the students and parents.  Students will be transported to and from the capitol by adults.  After the students leave the capitol, they will enjoy afternoon fellowship and recreation at the camp, including canoeing, volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee and more! It is a great time to make lasting friendships from all over the state! The evening sessions will consist of praise, worship, and convicting speakers that will encourage the students to make an impact on their nation for Christ.
Cost for the residential camp: $120 for 3 nights and 6 meals, and for those students who will be attending the Public Speaking class on Friday, the cost will be $155 for 4 nights and 8 meals. Breakfasts and dinners are included in the cost of the camp.

Discounts and Specials (More than one discount may apply!)
Discounts are available only via online registration and do not apply to residential camp housing fees.

One Day Class Discounts:
    Register 60 days before your class: $5
    Get a group of 10 or more first-time students: $5 off per student.
    Register a sibling:  $10 off their registration.  (Sibling discount valid for One-Day students only)
Four Day Class Discounts:
    Register 60 days before your class: $15 off
    Returning students:  $40 off.
Presidential Discount: 
$15 Discount if you have done any of the following:

    • attended a Worldview Academy camp in 2009
    • been an officer for a Generation Joshua Club in 2009 or 2010
    • got elected in 2009 at your state class
    • participated in any kind of speech and/or debate in 2009
Four Day Class Group Discounts: 
    Get a group of 10 or more first-time students to register: $20 off per student.
    Get a group of 20 or more first-time students to register:  $30 off per student.

Cancellation/Refund Policy:
You may cancel your event registration at any time and we will refund all tuition costs up until two weeks before the event.  After that we will refund all but the $75 deposit.  To cancel your registration, you must phone the TeenPact Office at 1-888-343-1776.

To view a promotional video about the state class:  Click Here


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112.  CHECK-IN RECEPTIONIST, CHECK-OUT RECEPTIONIST & TECHNICIAN

A DeSoto area Ophthalmologist's office has the following openings for students looking for a job experience.  Positions will be unpaid initially, but could lead to a permanent part or full time employment annd certification as an opthalmic technician.  Students will go through a hiring interview and positive attitude will be a big factor in the selection process.  Hours are flexible, but dependability is essential.

Parents are welcome to visit the office and meet the doctor to be comfortable and feel safe with the environment.

Check-in Receptionist:
Answer the phone
Input patient data into computer system and paper files
Prepare paperwork for patient arrivals
Call patients the day before their next visit to remind them of that appointment.
Keep paper and electronic schedules updated
Cover check-out's position during their lunch break
Other duties as required
 
Check-out Receptionist:
Answer the phone
Fax exam reports
Collect and record payments
Cover check-in's position during their lunch break
Assist check-in as needed
Other duties as required
 
Technician:
Taking patients through a general exam
Recording info in chart
Basic care of equipment
Keep exam room supplies stocked
Call to check on post-operation patients
Other duties as required


For More Information:  Bill Purcell at 214-549-8676



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113.  GREAT OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS . . . AT PUMP IT UP

Pump It Up of Grapevine is seeking "cast members"  to work with kids in a fun, safe, clean environment.

We have very flexible schedules and have many home school students in our current cast.
If you know of outgoing, fun, warm-hearted young people who seek a great place to learn and earn .... tell them to stop by for a Cast Member Application.
 
Contact:     
General Manager
850 Mustang Drive
Grapevine, TX

817-329-1332

Website:     
http://www.pumpitupparty.com/StoreHome.aspx?StoreID=63&PageName-StoreHome.aspx
 
 
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If you enjoy this newsletter, please consider becoming a member supporter!  For $25 a year, your family can receive all of the benefits of membership, including $15 off THSC annual membership, discounts at various area homeschool stores, Velocity in Southlake and Highland Park, and other organizations that have partnered with us.  

Support groups can also partner with us for just $25/year, which includes a FREE HEART of Texas family membership for the primary leader of the group. Board Members of Partnering Support Groups will also receive a discounted rate to our annual Leadership Conference.  

To learn more about becoming a member supporter:  www.heartoftex.org/membership/membership.html 
To view our growing list of partners:  www.heartoftex.org/partners/partners.html

This newsletter is free to any and all homeschool families and support group leaders who wish to receive it!

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