HEART of Texas

Homeschool with HEART!
August 2011 HEART OF TEXAS   
Home Educators Alliance for Resources and Training of Texas, Inc.

AUGUST 2011 ISSUE
Home School News and Events
 
Dear Home School Families and Friends,

We are excited to share information that we feel may be of interest to home schoolers in North Texas.  Please feel free to pass along this newsletter to your friends or other homeschooling families in your network.

If you use content from this newsletter for placement within your own newsletter, website, or other communications, please acknowledge the HEART of Texas newsletter as your source via a link to our website: www.heartoftex.org.  

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

Additionally, if you or anyone in your homeschool group would like to submit articles, or have suggestions for future article topics, please contact us at editor@heartoftex.org.

We would love to hear from you!


www.HEARTofTex.org


Our deadlines are as follows:  
the 1st of the month, for the mid-month issue;
the 20th of the month for the issue that goes out at the beginning of the following month.  If you have questions, feel free to email us.

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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AUGUST
RESERVE YOUR TICKETS FOR
HOME SCHOOL DAY AT THE
FORT WORTH ZOO - OCTOBER 6

Online registration available beginning in August.
If you register on-site on the day of the event, only discounted admission tickets will be available.

All home school students and families are invited to a fun-filled educational day in the wilds of the Zoo on Thursday, October 6.

Keeper chats and activity stations tailor-made for home schoolers will be available throughout the park. Enjoy asking keepers your best animal questions around the Zoo's world-class exhibits.  Consider purchasing additional tickets to the Zoo's Wild Wonders Live Animal Program (topic to be announced at a later date), self-guided back-pack tour and/or lunch!

Admission:
$4/Prek-5th grade
$5.75/6th grade through college
$6/Adults

Lunches: $4 each (includes hot dog, chips, lemonade)

On-line registration:  Click Here
Or visit www.fortworthzoo.org & click on Home School Day under the Education tab.

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THROUGH AUGUST
SUMMER MOVIE CLUBHOUSE -- CINEMARK THEATERS
10 MOVIES FOR $5 (ADVANCE TICKETS)
OR  $1 SINGLE TICKETS AT THE DOOR

Click Here to see selected movies, showtimes, and dates
of films in your area.


Details:  All 10 movies can be purchased in advance for $5 or can be purchased separately at the box office for $1 per show.  Same price for parents and children.  $5 series punch cards are limited and now available at the theatre box office while supplies last.  Admission with a series punch card is limited to one person per card per movie, and valid only at the theatre where purchased.  All selected films are rated either G or PG.  Movies and showtimes vary by location.

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THROUGH AUGUST
SUMMER REGISTRATION
COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY
ADULT AND HOME SCHOOL CLASSES

Time:  9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.  
Cost:  $25/adult; $10/child (includes materials and children's snacks)
Details:  Community Bible Study is an interdenominational Bible study offering classes for women and their children, newborn through school age (see below). Loving childcare provided for infants, with a structured pre-school program for ages 1-5. Beginning with 1st graders, students study the same lessons as their parents, with lesson material designed for their age group. Classes begin in September and go until May. Separate teenage classes available in some locations as well. Pre-registration required (see below).

    Coppell Lewisville - meet Wednesdays - newborn through 8th grade - studying Galatians, Hebrews, 1 & 2 Thessalonians - click here to register
    Dallas North/Plano
- meet Wednesdays - newborn through 6th grade - studying John - click here
to register
    Greenville - meet Tuesdays - newborn through 6th grade - studying Servants of God - click here to register
    Southlake/Grapevine - meet Thursdays - newborn through 6th grade - studying Luke - click here to register

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AUGUST 8-12

SUMMER MOVIES
HARKINS THEATER - SOUTHLAKE
10 MOVIES FOR $5  OR  $2 SINGLE TICKETS

Time:  9:45 a.m., Monday through Friday
Cost:  
$5 for 10 movies;  Children's Concession Combo: $4.50
Single Tickets: $2
Location:  Harkins Theatre/Southlake 14,
1450 Plaza Pl., Southlake, TX  76092
Details:  Adults must be accompanied by kids; and kids of any age must be accompanied by an adult.  First come, first served.  While supplies last.
Arrive early for best seating selection and snacks.
To Purchase Tickets:  Tickets must be purchased at the theater
To Check Ticket Availability:  817-318-0345

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AUGUST 1-12
SUMMER CHILDREN'S SERIES AT STUDIO MOVIE GRILL
$1 CHILDREN TICKETS;  $2 ADULT TICKETS
FREE SCREENINGS FOR KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Time:  11 a.m., Monday - Friday
Cost:  
$1 Children;  $2 Adults;  Free screening for children with special needs
Locations:  Arlington, Lewisville, Plano, Dallas Royal
Movie Lineup:
AUGUST 1-8 -- Wimpy Kid
AUGUST 8-12 -- Monster House
(dates vary by state)
Tickets: Tickets must be purchased at Studio Movie Grill Box Offices only.
For More Information:  Click Here

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AUGUST 10-14
RINGLING BROS BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS
FORT WORTH CONVENTION CENTER

AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER - DALLAS
August 2-5     7:30 p.m.
August 6         11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
August 7         10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

FORT WORTH CONVENTION CENTER ARENA
August 10-11  7:30 p.m.
August 12        10:30 a.m., 7:30 p.m.
August 13        11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
August 14        2:30 p.m.

To Order Tickets:  800-745-3000
Group Sales:  866-248-8740 ext 103
For More Information:  www.ringling.com

Special Offers:
Free Ticket for Baby's First Circus:  
Click Here
Military Discounts:  Click Here
Free Commemorative Certificate:  Click Here
CircusFit Youth Fitness Program:  Click Here

Educational Tools:
Educational Activities (Circus Skills, Geography, Animals, Science):  Click Here
Field Trip Kits:
 Click here

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AUGUST 10, 17
NATURE AWARENESS DAY CAMPS
CAMP TONKAWA IN COLLINSVILLE

"Nature Camps"
Time:
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Cost:  Preregistration $15 (mail in payment); walk-in registration $18
(group and family rates available)
Topics: Learn about what is happening in the nature that is in your own backyard.
What to Bring:  Lunches, a notebook (or sketchbook) and pencils.
Details: Click Here

R.S.V.P:  940-440-8382
Location:  1036 CR 203,
                Collinsville TX 76233

For Info on Other Events at Camp Tonkawa:  Click Here

Discount:  Camp Tonkawa is offering 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: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here


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AUGUST 11, 18 
TOUR DE FARMSTEAD
AT HERITAGE FARMSTEAD IN PLANO

Time: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $5/child, $3/adult
Details: No reservation required. Come enjoy Farmer Duck and Tag-a-Long Tom on Thursdays this summer!
Location:  Heritage Farmstead Museum
               1900 W. 15th Street, Plano, TX  75075
                972-881-0140

Discount:  Heritage Farmstead Museum is offering HEART of Texas members (with valid family ID card) a $1 off the adult regular admission price (up to 4 people) and .50 cents off child's regular admission.
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here

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AUGUST 12, 15
DALLAS HSAA HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER REGISTRATION & TRYOUTS
2011-2012 WINTER SEASON, VARSITY AND JV
GARLAND

Time:  7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Please arrive 15 minutes early
Location:  Bill Cody Park -- Garland
               5601 Duck Creek
8th graders welcome to try out for JV teams
Tryout Fee:  FREE
What to bring:
1. A Signed HSAA Athletic Release & Medical Authorization (all players)
2. Copy of Birth Certificate (new players to HSAA only)
3. Wear soccer practice attire for 1-hour practice

For additional club information and requirements for Girls Soccer:  Click Here to send email

For additional club information and requirements for Boys Soccer:  Click Here to send email

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AUGUST 12
DEADLINE FALL REGISTRATION FOR CLASSES
AT CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION IN WATAUGA

ALL FALL 2011 CLASSES BEGIN ON AUGUST 15TH

Location:  
Center for Home Education
5733 Watauga Road, Watauga, TX 76148
Contact:  817-281-2293 to check space availability before registering for any classes.
For More Information:
Click Here

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: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here

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AUGUST 12
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR
HOMESCHOOLERS INTERESTED IN SIXMAN FOOTBALL
AT TEMPLE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY IN LEWISVILLE

Ages:  7th -12th grade. 
Details:  
We have a few spots left for homeschool students to fill for our Junior High and Varsity teams.
We never have Wednesday practices during the school year.  Games are Friday nights in the DFW area.  
Location:  
Temple Baptist Church, 2501 Northshore Bldvd, Flower Mound
For More Information: Click here to contact the coach or 469-223-2144 to set up an interview.

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AUGUST 13
HEAD USED BOOK SALE
SUNNYVALE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH IN GARLAND

Time:  9am-2pm
Location:  Sunnyvale First Baptist Church Chapel, 3018 N. Beltline Rd in Garland
The chapel faces the back parking lot of the church complex
Details:  Cash only.  Bring lots of $1s and $5s.  

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AUGUST 13-14
FREE ANNUAL BONSAI SHOW
FORT WORTH BOTANICAL GARDENS

Time:  10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
Cost:
 FREE
Location:  
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107
Details:  Learn about this hobby as some of the best bonsai in North Texas is on display, styled by the members of the Fort Worth Bonsai Club. Finished bonsai, pre-bonsais, pots, bonsai soil, tools and related items available for purchase.

For more information: call 817-871-7686

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AUGUST 13-14
PRIMITIVE SKILLS SURVIVAL CLASS 1
CAMP TONKAWA

Time: 9:30 a.m. Saturday - 2:30 p.m. Sunday
Cost:  $75/Ages 17 and up;  $60/Ages 12-15;  $50/Ages 8-11
(group and family rates available) 
What to Bring:  Lunches.  If spending night, bring tent, sleeping bag, plate, bowl, cup, and utensils.  Camp chairs and flashlights are nice to have, but not a necessity.  If you require vegetarian fare, let us know.
Details: Click Here
R.S.V.P:  903-429-6483
Location:  1036 CR 203,
                Collinsville TX 76233

For Info on Other Events at Camp Tonkawa:  Click Here

Discount:  Camp Tonkawa is offering 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: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here

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AUGUST 16 & 19

FREE TRAINING TRIAL CLASSES
FOR HOMESCHOOL STUDENTS
AT VELOCITY SOUTHLAKE

Time: 2pm
Location:  Velocity Southlake, 1800 E Hwy 114 Suite #101, Southlake  76092
Details:  Enjoy a free week of training classes for students ages 7 and up at
Velocity Southlake!!   Velocity Southlake offers Home School training classes
during the school year.  Classes are held Tuesdays and Fridays from 2pm-3pm, beginning August 23rd.  Each class will focus on flexibility, movement,and age appropriate core strength exercises.  More information will be available during the free trial classes!!
To Register for the free trial classes:  817-416-0606

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AUGUST 16

EVENING GARDEN PARTY
CELEBRATING THE FARRELL-WILSON HOUSE RENOVATIONS
AT HERITAGE FARMSTEAD MUSEUM

Time:  6:30-8:30pm
Location:  Heritage Farmstead Museum, 1900 W. 15th St, Plano
Details:  Casual attire and family friendly!  Beat the heat with tours of our latest
exhibit in the house: Victory Gardens, Knitting and War Bonds: World War I on the
Home Front.  Enjoy refreshments, music, games on the lawn, while Victorian painters put the final touches on the house.
Arrive early for best seating selection and snacks.
To Register:  972-881-0140

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AUGUST 16 & SEPTEMBER 12
HOME SCHOOL CLASSES
AT FOSSIL RIM

August 16 -- "Colors by Nature" Class & Tour
Time:  
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
    Break for Lunch:  12:00-1:00
Cost:  $18/person; ages 2 and under free
Bring a picnic lunch.
To Register:  Call 254-897-2960
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 use Cochineal to dye bandanas and we'llend the day with a guided tour of Fossil Rim!

September 12 -- "Nature Journaling Event" Class & Tour
Time:  
10 a.m.-4:00ish
    Nature Journaling Class:  10-Noon
    Break for Lunch:  12:00-1:00
    Art Class:  1-2:30ish
    Brief Tour:  2:30-4:00ish
Cost:  $22/person; ages 2 and under free
Bring a picnic lunch.
To Register:  Call 254-897-2960
Details:  Learn four different nature journaling techniques, break for lunch, then learn some basic art techniques to enhance your nature journaling experiences.  Then we'll take a bus to 2-3 different locations within Fossil Rim to spend time practicing our new-found techniques!

To view other events at Fossil Rim:  Click Here


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THROUGH AUGUST 21
SUMMER OF IMAGINATION WRITING CONTEST
BARNES AND NOBLE'S TIKATOK

Age Groups: 6-8, 9-11, and 12-14
Winners in each age group will win the following:
    Grand Prize: A NOOK color, $500 Barnes and Noble gift card, and meet the 39 Clues best selling author Peter Lerangis in New York City
    2nd Prize: A $100 Barnes and Noble gift card and $50 Tikatok gift card
    3rd Prize: A $50 Barnes and Noble gift card and $25 Tikatok gift card
To Register:  Submit original stories on Tikatok.com (can create a free account).
Details:  Stories will be judged on creativity/originality, quality of art work, compatibility of text and illustrations. clear presentation of idea or story, and accuracy of spelling and grammar.

For More Information:  Click Here

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AUGUST 25
DALLAS HSAA BASKETBALL REGISTRATION & TRYOUTS
2011-2012 WINTER SEASON
CARROLLTON

Time:  Grades 6-8: 6 p.m.-7 p.m.; Grades 9-12: 7 p.m.-8 p.m.
Please arrive 15 minutes early
Location:  IAD (Integrated Athletic Development) -- Carrollton
                George Bush Freeway (Hwy 190) @I-35
                (take Old Denton Hwy exit off George Bush and travel the service roads)
Tryout Fee:  FREE
What to bring:
1. A Signed HSAA Athletic Release & Medical Authorization (all players)
2. Copy of Birth Certificate (new players to HSAA only)
3. Wear basketball practice attire for 1-hour practice
To Register Online (mandatory):  Click Here
For additional club information and requirements:  Click Here to send email


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AUGUST 30
MOCK DISASTER DRILL
THROUGH DALLAS FIRE DEPARTMENT
FOR STUDENTS AGES 9-14
 
Registration Deadline:  August 10

Time:  
9:30am-Noon
Location:  Valley View Mall
Please RSVP BY AUGUST 10:  Click here to email coordinator or call
Important Note:  There is a minimum of 50 participants in order for this
event to take place, so an RSVP is required!!  

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THROUGH AUGUST 31
AUGUST DOLLAR DAYS
DALLAS ARBORETUM

Cost:  $1/person (plus $7 parking)
The Hoffman Family Gift Store will also have great items for $1
The Lula Mae Slaughter Dining Terrace will feature $1 iced tea and sodas.
Things to Do while in the Garden:
   
* Walk through the misters of Palmer Fern Dell
    * Roll down the Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn behind the Camp House
    * Travel back in time in Texas Pioneer Adventure
    * Discover the hidden animal sculptures of Lay Ornamental Garden
    * Find the fish in the Koi Pond
Location:  
8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218
For More Information:  Click Here
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THROUGH SEPTEMBER 5
KIDS BOWL FREE AT AMF
7 DAYS A WEEK

Time:  From opening to 8 p.m., 7 days a week
Ages: 16 and under
Cost:  
Games are FREE (up to 2 a day), but shoe rental is not
AMF Summer 17 Plus Passes are $27.95 for the whole summer, allowing up to 4 people
ages 17 and up to bowl along with the registered child
To Register:  Click here to register online and find participating locations
Program Details:  This summer, your children 16 and under can bowl for free at your local AMF. Just register your children to get weekly coupons via email for two free games per child per day all summer long.
Summer 17+ Pass Details:  Share the fun with your kids and save! Get the AMF Summer 17+ Pass for a one-time price of just $27.95. It’s good for up to four people 17 and older. That’s less than $7 per person to bowl two free games every day for the entire summer!
For Details:  Click Here

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SEPTEMBER 14
ORDER IN THE COURT HOME SCHOOL WORKSHOP
AT THE OLD RED MUSEUM IN DALLAS
REGISTER BY SEPTEMBER 7

SEPTEMBER 14 -- "Order in the Court" Home School Workshop 
Time:  Registration: 9:15 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
          Program: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost:  $6/children;  $3 Adults
Includes program, all day admission to the museum galleries and program supplies.
Please note that we have changed to a cash only admission the day of the program.
Location:  100 South Houston Street, Dallas, TX  75202
                214-757-1949
Registration Deadline:  September 7
To RSVP: 
 Click here to email the sales dept with the following info:
Names of attending adults, email address, phone, number of adults, number of children, ages of children.  If you are a group leader, please list your group name with each family unit listed separately, as this makes preparation and registration run more smoothly.
Parking:  Museum guests may purchase an
underground parking vouchers for $2.
Details: Judge, jury, bailiff, lawyers, and witnesses all come to life as students participate in a mock trial in Old Red's 1892 Restored Courtroom. Students take on the roles and responsibilities of a civil court case while learning about the details of court proceedings. Older students sharpen their critical thinking skills and have a unique opportunity to practice public speaking by writing opening statements, questioning witnesses, and crafting closing arguments through the characters they create, while younger students learn about various roles as they try on different "hats" in the courtroom. Students of all ages will enjoy learning about our justice system in a fun and interactive way!

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A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:
CHRISTIAN DRAWING AND POTTERY CLASSES
REGISTRATION DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 1

Creative Hearts For Thee, formal art instruction with a Christian
emphasis, is a family ministry is committed to supporting homeschool
families and promoting their God given gifts in creativity. Students
enjoy small class sizes in our home, fun-loving environment.

Classes Offered:
The Fundamentals of Drawing & Pastel – 6 wks, begins 9/21, (1 hour, 15 mins.)
Wednesdays: 9/21, 1-2:15 (ages 9-12), 3-4:15 (ages 13-18)
Fridays: 9/23, 3-4:15 (ages 10-13),
Cost: $15.00/each class, one time material fee: $20.00

Pottery Class & Bible Study – 6 weeks, begins 9/22, (1 hour)
Thursdays. 9/22, 1:30-2:30 (ages 9 -12), 3-4:00 (ages 13-17)
Saturdays: 9:30- 10:30 (ages 10-14)
Cost: $15.00/each class, one time material fee: $25

Mom's Clay and Bible Study – 6 weeks, begins 9/24, (1 hour, 30 mins.)
Sat. 11- 12:30
Cost: $10.00, one time materials fee: $25.00

For more information & registration form:
www.creativeheartsforthee.com or contact
Renee Coyer at renee@creativeheartsforthee.com or 972-591-5311.

HEART of Texas Discount:  If your family is a member of HEART of Texas
(with a valid member card), please include Heart of Texas in the
discount line.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, September 1.


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A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR PRIVATE PIANO LESSONS

Has your child always wanted to learn to play the piano?  Ms. Gail'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, concentration, reading and math comprehension, and fine motor coordination.
      
Each lesson is customized to match the student's ability and learning style.  Learning is paced to meet student’s goals and agreed upon practice time.  Each student experiences the success of producing beautiful music at their own 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 (piano major)
Experience:   Over 20 years piano teaching experience, plus currently working with a homeschool co-op
State of Texas Certified Music Teacher
Member: Dallas Music Teachers Association      
For more information contact gailpianoteacher-music@yahoo.com
OR phone 972-392-7922


Discount:  HEART of Texas supporters (with current member card) recieve a special discount.


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A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:
CAROLE JOY SEID RETURNS TO DALLAS-FT WORTH AREA!

The seminar is called “A Literature Based Approach to Education.”
Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran, Carole’s seminar will bring a new perspective to your homeschooling journey.     

You won't want to miss this day that will change your children's lives. 
Learn how to make your children lovers of books while you win their hearts for Christ.  Receive Carole’s revised booklists while being encouraged & empowered.
 
Cost:  $45 advance registration online at www.carolejoyseid.com.
And husbands of wives attending can come for free!!  

For more information: call Dana (972) 782-9622; otts@tx.rr.com. 


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~~What's Inside This Issue ~~
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AUGUST/SEPTEMBER HIGHLIGHTS AT A GLANCE
Aug -- Library Used Book Sales Across North Texas
Aug -- Registration Open for Home School Day at Ft Worth Zoo October 6
Aug -- Summer Movie Fun at CineMark Theaters - 10 movies for $5 or $1 each at the door

Aug - Summer Registration for Community Bible Study Adult and Homeschool Classes
Aug - Registration Open for Home School High School Math Classes at TCC
Aug - Register for Home School Science Programs at Museum of Nature & Science in Dallas
Aug 5 -- Hello, Dolly! Opens at Artisan (through Sept 3)
Aug 6 -- Willy Wonka Opens at Artisan Theater in Hurst (through October 1)
Aug 8-12 -- Summer Movie Fun at Harkins Theater in Southlake - $2 each
Aug 1-12 -- Studio Movie Grill's Summer Children's Movie Series - $1 kids; $2 adults
Aug 10 -- Registration Deadline for Mock Disaster Drill -- 50 students needed to register by Aug 10!!
Aug 10-13 -- Three Musketeers Unplugged Opens at Children's Christian Theater in Garland
Aug 10-14 -- Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey Circus
Aug 10, 17 -- Nature Awareness Day Camps at Camp Tonkawa
Aug 11, 18 -- "Tour de Farmstead" at Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano
Aug 12 -- Deadline to Register for Fall Classes at Center for Home Education in Watauga
Aug 12 -- Registration Open for Sixman Football at Temple Christian Academy in Lewisville
Aug 12, 15 -- Dallas HSAA High School Soccer Registration and Tryouts, Varsity and JV, in Garland
Aug 13 -- HEAD Used Book Sale at Sunnyvale First Baptist Church in Garland
Aug 13-14 -- Primitive Skills Survival Class 1 at Camp Tonkawa
Aug 13-14 -- Free Annual Bonsai Show at the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens
Aug 16 -- Evening Garden Party at Farmstead Heritage Museum in Plano
Aug 16 -- Colors by Nature Home School Class and Tour at Fossil Rim
Aug 16 & 19 -- FREE Training Trial Classes for Homeschoolers at Velocity Southlake
Through Aug 21 - Summer of Imagination Writing Contest - Barnes & Nobel's Tikatok

Aug 25 -- Dallas HSAA Basketball Registratin and Tryouts in Carrollton
Aug 30 -- Homeschool Students Needed for Mock Disaster Drill -- Register by Aug 10
Through Aug 31 -- Dollar Days at the Dallas Arboretum
Sept 3 -- Star Party at Ft Worth Museum of Science & History
Sept. 3-5 -- Staw Bale Building Workshop at Camp Tonkawa
Through Sept 5 -- Kids Bowl Free at AMF All Summer, 7 days a week
Sep 12 -- Nature Journaling Home School Class and Tour at Fossil Rim
Sep 14 -- Home School Workshop at Old Red Museum: Order in the Court -- Register by Sept 7
Sponsor -- Christian Drawing and Pottery Classes -- Register by September 1
Sponsor -- Registration Open for Private Piano Classes
Sponsor -- Carole Joy Seid Returns to Dallas/Fort Worth Area!

*For other Upcoming Events See Individual Listings Below Under Calendar of Events


FEATURED ARTICLES
Judicial Abuse in Ft. Worth -- Tim Lambert, THSC President

FREE Fire Safety Resources for Home Schoolers
 

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

Research Opportunity for Families with Children Ages 3-8 Years Old:  Healthy Development Project at the University of Texas at Dallas -- Amanda Lewis

Home Schooled High Schoolers Invited to Apply for Internships in 219th District Court in Collin County
-- Michael & Melinda Brown

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 2011 -- Registration tentatively scheduled for Summer 2011
5.   FIRST Lego League: Food Factor Challenge - Keeping Food Safe
-- Registration opens May 2
6.   Texas State Fish-Art Contests -- Deadline March 31 of each year
7.   National Engineers Week -- Regional Finals passed
8.   USA Mathematical Talent Search
9.   Igniting Creative Energy Challenge for K-12 -- Deadline has passed
10. Texas Beef Leaders of Tomorrow Contest -- Deadline July 1
    
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 or Homeschool Classes

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

28.  Morning Glory Academy -- Hurst
29.  Tarrant County College -- High School Math Classes - Fall Registration opens in April
30.  Venture Home School Classes -- Colleyville
31.  YMCA/Irving Home School Classes -- Irving

BOOK SALES & OUR PARTNERING HOME SCHOOL BOOK STORES
32.  Library Used Book Sales in North Texas
          Wichita FallsAugust 6, September 3, October 1
          Denton
– August 13
          Richardson – August 25-28
          Duncanville – August; September 13-17
          Hurst – August
          Temple – August 31-September 3
33.  Christian Educators Resource Center -- Rowlett
34.  Center for Home Education -- Watauga
35.  Home Educators Resource -- Lewisville
 
NATURE CENTERS & OUTDOOR PROGRAMS/CAMPS
Become a HEART of Texas Partner to list your program
36.  Camp Tonkawa (Day Camps and Outdoor Education) -- Collinsville
37.  Dallas Arboretum -- Dallas
38.  Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge Programs
39.  Fort Worth Botanic Gardens -- Fort Worth
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
48.  Performances at CATS -- Arlington
        If You Give A Mouse A Cookie -- August 2-4
49.  Cottage Theater  -- Watauga
         G2K Oklahoma! -- August 4-7
50.  Theater Performances at Artisan Center Theater -- Hurst
         Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Junior -- August 6-October 1
         Hello, Dolly! (Full-Length Production) -- August 5-September 3
51.  Performances at Bass Performance Hall -- Fort Worth
52.  Children's Christian Theater -- Garland
        The Three Musketeers Unplugged -- August 10 & 11; 12 & 13
53.  Dallas Children’s Theater -- Dallas
        Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day! -- Sept 23-Oct 23
54.  Dallas Symphony Orchestra -- Dallas
         Johnny Mathis with the DSO -- August 20-21
         Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers -- August 25

55.  Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra -- Fort Worth
56.  Plano Children’s Theater -- Plano
        Mulan -- July 25-August 30
57.  Texas Ballet Theater Performances
58.  Home School Discount Tickets to Dallas Theater Performances
        West Side Story (Texas State Fair Show) -- October 4-23

      
ART MUSEUMS
59.  Amon Carter Museum Exhibits – Fort Worth
        Subhankar Banerjee: Where I Live I Hope To Know -- Through August 28
        The Allure of Paper: Watercolors and Drawings from the Collection -- Through October 9
        The First 50 Years -- Through December 11
        Will Barnet: Relationships, Intimate and Abstract, 1935-1965 -- Through December 31
60.  Dallas Museum of Art Exhibits -- Dallas
        First Tuesday (Free admission) -- August 2 (Theme: Beat the Heat)
        Late Nights for Kids -- Aug 19, Sept 16, Oct 21, Nov 18
        Concentrations 54: Matt Connors and Fergus Feehily -- Through August 14
        Silence and Time -- Silence and Time
        Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection -- Through September 4
        Afterlife: The Story of Henri Matisse's "Ivy in Flower'
        Form/Unformed: Design from 1960 to the Present -- Throughout 2011
        Encountering Space in the Center for Creative Connections -- Throughout Fall 2012
        Family Films -- Saturdays & Sundays @ 2 p.m.
61.  Kimbell Art Museum Exhibit -- Fort Worth
        FREE Family Festival: TBA
        Picasso and Braque: The Cubist Experiment -- May 29-August 21
        Pictures and Pages: Move!, by Steven Jenkins and Robin Page -- August 2
62.  Museum of Nature & Science -- Dallas
        Dallas CityScape -- Through August 28
        Charlie and Kiwi's Evolutionary Adventure -- Through September 5
        Chinasaurs: A New Dynasty of Dinosaurs --
Through September 5
        Homeschool Classes:   Pump Up the Heart - Pig Heart Dissection -- Sept 8
                                       Zoology -- Sept 8
                                       Look Out: The Eye - Cow Eyes -- Sept 15
                                       Biology -- Sept 15
63.  Museum of Science & History -- Fort Worth
        Fort Worth Champions! -- Through September 5
        Ascent ... When Dreams Defy Gravity -- Through September 5

        Air Park -- Through September 5
64.  Nasher Sculpture Center -- Dallas
        Statuesque -- Through August 21
        Target First Saturdays: August 6 (Symbols)

        
IMAX/OMNI THEATERS
65.  Shows at the Dallas Imax Theatre -- Museum of Nature and Science
        Dolphins -- Through September 5
            Sea Rex: Journey to the Prehistoric World -- Through September 5
        Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs -- Through September 5

66.  Shows at the Fort Worth Omni Theater -- Ft. Worth Museum of Science & History
        Hubble -- Through Fall 2011
        Wild Ocean -- Through Fall 2011
        Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure -- Through Summer 2011
        Tornado Alley -- Through Fall 2011

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

SCIENCE EVENTS/ACTIVITIES
69.  Star Parties at Fort Worth Museum of Science and History -- Sept 3

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

72.  Homeschool Swim -- The Colony Aquatic Park -- The Colony
73.  Homeschool Swim & Swim Team -- Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium-- Allen
74.  Christian Martial Arts -- Bedford
75.  Dallas Thunder Homeschool Basketball Organization -- Registration Open
76.  Elite Track Club/Cross Country Program for Home Schoolers  
77.  Home School Athletic Association
78.  THESA Riders Home School Association
79.  Hulcy Home School PE Classes -- Richardson
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 Support Group Partner to list your Support Group here & on our site!
84.  Smoothing the Way Meetings in North Texas
85.  Arlington Association Home Educators (AAHE)

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, 2011

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
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 -- Johnson & Ellis Counties
103.  Home School Volunteers Needed to Serve Meals -- Dallas -- The Stewpot
104.  Fort Worth Zoo Home School Volunteen Program -- Fort Worth Zoo

OTHER EVENTS BY DATE
105. Home School Workshop at Old Red Museum: Order in the Court -- Dallas -- Sept 14
106. Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus -- Aug 10-14 (Ft. Worth)

JOB OPENINGS
107.  Great Opportunities for Home School Students at Pump It Up of Grapevine


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Judicial Abuse in Ft. Worth
--by Tim Lambert

Attorneys for the single, fit dad who is fighting to get his daughter back from grandparents filed a motion requesting that the court vacate its order from July 2008 that alleged they had not met the burden under the law to prove that the father’s living environment had endangered his daughter. The hearing was set for June 20. At that hearing the judge, who has a history of abusing fit parents in favor of grandparents, said that they had to specifically plead the requirements of 156.102 of the Texas Family Code and that their brief was not a "pleading" but a "brief." The attorneys disagreed and argued that the requirements had been met, that they had put the grandparents on notice that the pleading was defective and that the father should be able to go forward with the hearing, and that if the judge stood by that ruling, the attorney would then request a trial amendment.

The father’s attorneys were simply asking to go back to the original order that named the fit father the Sole Managing Conservator. The grandparents’ attorney responded that they were only 60 days from trial so there was no need to modify or have a temporary order hearing, in spite of the fact that this fit father had been deprived of his daughter for almost three years. The father’s attorney advised the judge that at a minimum he should address the restriction placed on this fit father to have only weekly, supervised access to his daughter since even the social study that the court ordered reflected that he was a good father and supervised access was not warranted (not a specific statement but implied in the report stating that the father’s relationship with his daughter was positive and appropriate).

The judge then held that the father's attorney would have to file new pleadings and give notice but that he did not have time before the August 15 trial date to hear it. Attorneys for the father again pointed out that they were scheduled three days for this hearing and if the judge disagreed with the pleading argument, he should then grant a trial amendment and let them go forward since these allegations had been made since September of last year. The judge disagreed and refused to allow the hearing to proceed.

Attorneys for this father believe that the grandparents’ attorneys know they cannot meet an endangerment burden that would need to be met on the temporary order given in 2008 but that they can meet the material change in circumstance burden at the final trial. The grandparents will argue that they should maintain custody because of the change in circumstances of the child (because the child has been in their care for almost three years) if the court agrees that the legal presumption that a fit parent should be the managing conservator does not apply in this case, with which this judge likely concurs. Of course the change in the circumstances of the child is the direct result of the judge removing the child from her home and placing her with the grandparents for almost three years while limiting the father’s access to his daughter.

The only option for this fit father to regain his daughter appears to be to factually convince a jury that even if the current legal precedent is that a fit parent should be the managing conservator does not apply in this case, they should in fact give the parent the presumption through their verdict. At this point attorneys for the father believe the facts are on their side but that the law is not; therefore, it is time to take it out of the judge’s hands.

This is an important issue given the fact that in the social study one of the concerns or allegations raised by the grandparents as a basis for the father not being a fit parent is the fact that he wants to homeschool his child and they want to keep her in public school where she is in gifted and talented programs and getting straight As. (This is one factor out of many, including eating habits, homework habits, education choices, clothing habits, etc., with which the grandparents disagree) The grandparents are basically saying because they don’t agree with the father’s parenting style or decisions that they should have custody.

Please pray for this father and his attorneys and that justice will prevail and he will be reunited with his daughter. THSC is continuing to raise funds to cover the legal fees involved in this case, not only to help this father but because of the clear ramifications it holds for all parents and the fact that grandparents who oppose the home schooling of their grandchildren are increasingly using this legal tactic to benefit their beliefs. The grandparents in this situation are doing everything they can to increase the cost of this legal battle. In fact, this father sold all of his property and eventually went through bankruptcy and represented himself for some time before THSC became involved. While THSC has spent more than $125,000 so far on this case, we need to raise $50,000 to cover the upcoming trial costs. We are asking you to partner with us by prayerfully considering a tax-deductible contribution to help us in this significant battle.
 
 
Tim Lambert is president of the Texas Home School Coalition, our state advocacy organization whose purpose is to help protect home school freedoms.  Click here 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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FREE Fire Safety Resources for Home Schoolers

Home schoolers are invited to take advantage of the FREE fire safety resources available from The Texas Commission on Fire Protection and the State Fire Marshal's Office!  

The audiovisual library currently contains materials in VHS, CD, DVD, slide and audiotape formats.  The items are for loan only, and are shipped free anywhere in Texas.  Borrowers are only responsible for return postage. 

Here is a small sample of what's available:  (click on the links below to learn more about each item, and reserve your copy):
 
10 Tips for Fire Safety

Carbon Monoxide: Invisible Killer

Surviving a Disaster

How to Prevent Home Fires

Making Good Choices About Fire Safety

Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!

Sparky Says:  Get to Know EDITH

Sparky Says:  Join My Fire Safety Club!

The Smoke Alarm Show


You can visit their website to search for these and other resources.  Searching subject terms such as “Public Education – Juvenile,” “Fire Safety,” “Fire Prevention,” and “Evacuation” will bring you to numerous valuable resources.
 
The Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office also provides fire safety curriculum guides and resources for grades K-12 on their website.


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Volunteers Needed for HEART of Texas Team

Volunteer Social Media Coordinator Needed
Do you have a passion for social media?  
Do you actively comment, tweet, blog, and share online, via online services such as Facebook and Twitter?  Do you enjoy the idea of helping HEART of Texas reach out to home schoolers in the social media realm?

If so, the HEART of Texas staff is looking for volunteers to help us reach out to and communicate with homeschoolers who engage in social media.

Details:
Flexible hours
Up to 5 hours/week/
Either on-call, as available, or with weekly assignments to be done within deadlines, as they fit your schedule.
Unpaid, volunteer positions.

Responsibilities:  
• Build and maintain HEART of Texas social media network.
• Be the eyes and ears of our brand, as if your own reputation depended on it.
• Spend time each day engaging with our audience.
• Review user-generated comments and posts in a quick and timely manner.
• Monitor discussion of HEART of Texas in social media.
• Tweet and post 3 to 4 times per day, including weekends.

Qualifications:

• A HEART to serve the homeschooling community.
• Experienced with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and the blogosphere.
• Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
• Knowledgeable of Internet and social media etiquette.
• Professional
• PR and Marketing-minded.

Interested?
Please send a bio and list of qualifications via email to:  anne@heartoftex.org


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Research Opportunity for Families with Children Ages 3-8 Years Old:  Healthy Development Project at the University of Texas at Dallas

The Healthy Development Project at the University of Texas at Dallas studies factors that promote healthy social, emotional, and physical growth in children and families. We study different aspects of childhood development, including the crucially important role parents play in the lives of children—especially around food and eating!

Our on-going studies examine children’s healthy eating behavior, snacking habits, picky eating, and nutrition knowledge. It is our hope that this research might provide insight into how to best promote healthy attitudes and behaviors among children. We also hope to contribute to our growing knowledge of the problem of childhood obesity by studying families who may or may not have these concerns.

But, in order to do this important research we need help from families in the community!

Families with children between the ages of 3 to 8-years old are needed to participate in studies in our research laboratory on the main campus of the University of Texas at Dallas. Appointments are made at families’ convenience and last approximately an hour.

Compensation in the form of gift cards is available for most studies conducted in the lab. But, most important, children enjoy participating, and parents and children typically learn something through the experience!

Please contact us at 972-883-6073 or click here to e-mail us for more information! You can also find more information on-line by clicking here.  

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Home Schooled High Schoolers Invited to Apply for Internships in 219th District Court in Collin County

HEART of Texas Board Members Mike and Melinda Brown shared the following internship opportunity for home schooled high schoolers.

Opportunities for high school internships with Judge Scott Becker of the 219th District Court in Collin County!

Our family volunteered in Judge Becker's election campaign in 2010 and we were happy when he won his election and was seated as a judge in the Collin County 219th District Court (http://www.beckerforjudge.com/) in January 2011.  Judge Becker talked with us throughout his campaign about how to get homeschoolers involved in Collin Country, and how to "raise up the next generation" to value the freedoms we have.  In light of that, Judge Becker has created high school internships to provide opportunities for work in his office.  Attached are two documents, a description of the internship and the application itself. 

If you have a homeschool student who is at least 16 years of age and who is interested in learning the political process from hands-on experience, then please apply! 

To submit an application or to make inquiries, please contact Judge Becker's court coordinator, Ms. Terrye Evans via email or at 972.548.4662.   


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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!) and other homeschoolers 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 -- all homeschoolers can enjoy these great discounts.  You do not have to be a member of HEART of Texas or any other home school support group.  But you must mention HEART of Texas when you call.  

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.  All tickets, even group tickets, must be paid for up front.  Please be aware that all sales are final.  

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.


2010 - 2011 SEASON:
For the first time in North Texas!!
JUNE 3-5 -- Don Quixote (Winspear Opera House in Dallas)
HEART of Texas Discount Day:   JUNE 4 at 2 p.m.


JUNE 10-12 -- Don Quixote (Bass Performance Hall)
HEART of Texas Discount Day:   JUNE 11 at 2pm



Special Ticket Prices for HEART of Texas Discount Days:
Bass Performance Hall:  $30 for Front Orchestra, Side Orchestra, or Parterre Circle
                                          (we need a 20 ticket minimum for the $30 price)
                                     20% off all other seating (groups of 10 or more)

Winspear Opera House:  $30 for Orchestra Terrace
                                       (we need a 20 ticket minimum for the $30 price)
                                     20% off all other seating
(groups of 10 or more)

To Purchase Tickets By Phone:  
817-877-9200  Ask to speak with John Jacobe.

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% for groups of 10 or more, subject to
availability.



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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

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:  2424 Forest Ridge Drive
                Bedford, TX  76021
                817-952-2373
Contact:  Carrie Glinderman

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

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

THURSDAYS -- Peapods Story Time
(for babies 2 years and under and their caregiver.)
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 a.m.–11:15 a.m.

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

MONDAYS -- Chess Club (elementary ages and up)
Time: 4 p.m.–5 p.m.

SECOND TUESDAY OF MONTH -- Chapter Chats (4th-6th graders) and Teen Talks (7th-12th graders)
Time: 
6 p.m.
7 p.m. (Chapter Chats); 7 p.m.–8 p.m. (Teen Talks)
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

FIRST THURSDAY OF MONTH -- Anime Club (7th-12th graders)
Time: 
6 p.m.
–8 p.m.
Details: If you enjoy anime and love talking about it, this is the place to be! Share your thoughts while enjoying some snacks with other teens!

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:  3 p.m. - 10 p.m.
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    


Home School Classes:
(MONDAYS) -- Texas Bluebonnet Book Club
Time:  
3:30 p.m.
Roy & Helen Hall Memorial Libary - Children's Dept
The Bluebonnet book club will meet 5 times to discuss all the 2010-11 Bluebonnet book nominees and then participantes will vote for their favorite nominee.
Registration required for programs:  Click here to register


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ROCKWALL PUBLIC LIBRARY
Location:  1215 E. Yellowjacket Lane
               Rockwall, TX  75087
               972-204-7700
Contact:  Click Here to email 
 
Registration required for programs:  Click here to register


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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 a.m. 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 p.m. – 5 p.m. 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

Who Can Participate:  Children in grades K-6.

The Book It! Reading Program is sponsored by Pizza Hut and runs from October through March. 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 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. CT (Monday through Friday)


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3.  BRAUMS BOOK BUDDY PROGRAM

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 2011-2012
      Kick-Off: September 17 (Fort Worth & Dallas)
      Game Day: October 28-29
      2011 Open Registration Now!

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 http://www.igus.com/yesprogram



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5.  FIRST LEGO LEAGUE:  FOOD FACTOR CHALLENGE - KEEPING FOOD SAFE

The 2011 Registration Opens: May 2

Food Factor Challenge Release: September 2
Tournament Season: November 2011-March 2012
World Festival: April 25-28, 2012

If you are interested in coaching or being involved next year:
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.  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.

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6.  TEXAS STATE FISH-ART CONTEST

ENTRIES DUE MARCH 31 (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 6-8TH GRADERS

Regional finals through January

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.

2011-2012 Theme: TBA
2010-2011 Theme: Providing a Reliable and Effective Health Care System That Improves a Sick, Injured or Disabled Patient's Quality of Life and Comfort


The Challenge: Support and sustain healthy living and wellness programs that health care providers and patients will expect in the future. Keep It Green! The physical model of all required infrastructure must be built using recycled materials, and the student will also write an essay detailing the delivery systems for virtual and on-site medicine of the future.

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 eleventh year DFW hosted a regional competition. More than 500 students participated. Dozens of engineers have already signed up to support the 2010-11 competition.

To Register:  Click Here
To Download Brochure:  Click Here

For More Information:  Click Here to send email or visit http://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.

2011-2012 Registration Information
First Round of 2011-2012 Problems:
Available in September
Submission Deadline for Round 1 Problems:
TBA
Download Round 1 Problems:  
Click Here
Web Deadline:
TBA
Mail Deadline: TBA

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 three 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.

To Be Eligible to Participate (2011-2012 forms available in September)
• 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

2011-2012 CONTEST DEADLINE TBA

Incentives:  The most creative & deserving entry, chosen by a panel of expert judges, will be published.
    * A list of winners will be posted in the Winners Gallery area.
    * A total of 4 Grand Prizes will be awarded to 3 students and 1 teacher.
    * Three students (one in each grade cluster) whose work best exemplifies the Challenge Criteria will receive trip to Washington, D.C. for 2 (each student-winner and one parent/legal guardian). Winners will also be invited to participate in the National Energy Efficiency Forum in Washington, D.C., June 2012, where they will share their ideas with energy and government leaders.
    * The teacher with the highest average score of their top 15 entries when submitting 15 or more qualified student entries (entries earning 25 or more points each based on the Challenge Criteria) will also receive a fabulous Washington, D.C. trip for 2 (the teacher and one family member) for the same fun and educational experience. The teacher winner will also be invited to participate in the National Energy Efficiency Forum in Washington, D.C., June 2012, where she/he will share hers/his ideas with energy and government leaders.

Rules of Eligibility:
• No purchase necessary. This is a competition of skill.
• The Challenge is open to all students in grades K-12 in the U.S. and Canada. Void in Quebec.
• Entries must be submitted individually with the exception of group projects.
• Group projects may be submitted, however each individual in the group must submit his/her own entry form and written explanation and will be judged independently. All prizes will be awarded to individuals.
• Entries must relate to the theme "Igniting Creative Energy".
• Entries must be the student's original work.
• Entries must be complete, legible and include required signatures.
• Students may enter multiple projects in any creative form within the following limits:
• Documentation or written entries (500 words or 3 page limit).
• Audio or Music (3 minute limit).
• Media or electronic (10 minute limit). Videos in VHS or DVD format only.
• All entries must include a written explanation (not to exceed one page) describing how the entry relates to the theme. (see judging criteria below)
• Entries must be accompanied by the official Igniting Creative Energy entry form (click here).
• Entry forms must include signatures of the student and parent or legal guardian.
• Employees of Johnson Controls, Inc. and the National Energy Foundation and their immediate families, household members and dependents may participate, but are not eligible for prizes.
• The Challenge is open to all students K-12, however only students enrolled in accredited public and private schools are eligible for the grand prize.
• State winners will be selected from each state that has a minimum of 25 entries
 
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

Contest Deadline: July 1  

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

Contest Takes Place August 1 (to be confirmed)
Contestants must be 17-20 years old
 
Compete in a live media interview and live beef sample demonstration

Contest also includes an essay and lesson plan

Competition Held 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, 2011, and April 1, 2012. 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/Categories.aspx?Id=GoodCitizenship
 
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/Categories.aspx?Id=SampleCertificate    

To Download the Good Citizenship Registration and Tracking Form: http://www.thsc.org/images/pdfs/GoodCitizenshipRecordForm2010.pdf    
    

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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

2011 ART COMPETITION -- RECEPTIONS TO VIEW ALL SUBMISSIONS ARE IN APRIL 2011 (BY DISTRICT)

"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 "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.
Artwork must be two-dimensional and cannot weigh more than 15 lbs.


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16.  THEO IN PLANO OFFERING CLASSES FOR HOMESCHOOLERS

Located in Plano, THEO’s 20 Christian, talented teachers—most homeschool momsoffer a myriad of classes for 6-12th grade home educated students.
 

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 accepting registration for the second semester of the school year 2010/2011. Classes are available for one or more days per week in core subject classes.  
Classes are for students in grades 6th-12th grade.
  
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 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
 
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: http://www.heartoftex.org/membership/membership.html

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

Contact:    972-475-4138
        http://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.

Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to partner with you in the education of your students.

SUMMER SCHEDULE NOW AVAILABLE - Click here for more information
Classes include Arts, Electronics, French, Theater, Dissection Sections, Speech, Computer Boot Camps, and more!

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: http://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.  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

Classes Offered:
Art

Science
English
Foreign Language
Girls Gymnastics
Guitar Lessons
History
Math
Physical Education
Robotics
World View

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: http://www.heartoftex.org/membership/membership.html
    

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26.  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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27.  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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28.  MORNING GLORY ACADEMY

Morning Glory Academy (MGA) is a classical Christian school in the university model, offering classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students study at home according to their family's schedule the other days of the week.  
 
To Register:  Click Here to email
For more information:
http://www.themga.org/
 
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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29.  TARRANT COUNTY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL MATH CLASSES
FOR HOME SCHOOLERS

Fall 2011 Registration opens for the TCC South and Southeast Campus

We will be offering the following classes:
SE Campus Arlington
PreAlgebra            TTH     12-3         Aug to early Oct.
Geometry             Fri        9-12        Last Friday in August to second Fri in Dec
College Algebra     TTH     3-4:30       Last week in August to second week Dec.

South Campus FW
Algebra I             MW         12-3         August to early October
Algebra II             MW         3-4:30     Last week in Aug to second week in Dec
College Algebra      MW         4:30-6     Last week in Aug to second week in Dec.

Cost:  $166 including tutoring free software.

For More Information about the Math Classes:  Call 972-660-8414 or Click Here

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30.  VENTURE HOME SCHOOL CLASSES

Venture Classes are forming now -- Grades 1 through High School

Registration Information:  
Click Here
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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31.  YMCA OF IRVING HOME SCHOOL CLASSES

For More Information:  Contact 972-986-8898


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32.  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 –  August 6, September 3, October 1
Time:
 call for hours
Location: Friends of the Library Bookstore Booksale
               Wichita Falls Public Library
               600 11th Street
               940-677-0868, ext. 248
Books:   3,000 books; 100% donated;
85% hardcover; .50-$2
No buyer restrictions
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DENTON – August 13
Time:
 Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: North Branch Library Book Sale
              3020 N. Locust Street
Books:   
.50-$1 for all items
$1 admission to sale (Friends and children under 12 free); no buyer restrictions
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RICHARDSON – August 25-28
Time:
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday & Saturday; 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
         Preview Thursday 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Friends; join at door $10/individual, $25/family
Location:  Richardson Public Library
               900 Civic Center Drive
               972-744-4350
Books:  
20,000 books; 95% donated; 75% hardcover; $.75-$2
Sorted; no buyer restrictions; Sunday bargain day
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DUNCANVILLE – August; September 13-17
Time:
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday
         Preview TBA
Location:  Duncanville Public Library
               201 James Collins Blvd
               214-780-5061
Books:  
15,000 books; 50% donated; 75% hardcover; .25-$5
Sorted; not "picked over"; no buyer restrictions
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HURST – August
Time:
 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday
         Preview Friday 4 p.m.-5 p.m., Friends; join at door
Location:  Hurst Public Library
               901 Precinct Line Road
               817-788-7300
Books:  
10,000 books; 70% donated; 80% hardcover; $1
Partly sorted; not "picked over"; no buyer restrictions
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TEMPLE – August 31-September 3
Time:
10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday
         
Preview Tuesday 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Friends; join at door
Location:  Temple Public Library
               100 W Adams Ave
               254-298-5556
Books:  
20,000 books; 90% donated; 70% hardcover; $1-$2
Sorted; no buyer restrictions

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33.  CHRISTIAN EDUCATORS RESOURCE CENTER

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

Fall Classes Begin: Week of August 22
Mandatory Orientation Meeting: August 15 (tuition payment due)

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: http://www.heartoftex.org/membership/membership.html


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34.  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
(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: http://www.heartoftex.org/membership/membership.html


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35.  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 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: http://www.heartoftex.org/membership/membership.html


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36.
 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.

AUGUST 3, 10, 17 -- 
Nature Awareness Day Camp
AUGUST 7, SEPTEMBER 10 -- Horsemanship Day Camp
AUGUST 13-14 -- Primitive Survival Skills Class 1

SEPT 3-5 -- Straw Bale Building Workshop
Cost:  
$300 for 3-day workshop includes breakfast and supper each day.
Details:
Learn to construct a beautiful, natural, earth friendly, energy efficient building!  Foundation, walls, windows, framing, and roof construction will be taught. We will be teaching the Nebraska Style of Straw bale building, which is also termed "Load bearing".  Natural plasters will also be covered for the interior while the exterior will be Stuccoed.  Sheet Rock Wall Interface will also be demonstrated.  Hoping everyone will arrive on Friday night so we can jump right into the workshop at 8am Saturday morning.  This is over the Labor Day weekend, so continues both Sunday and Monday. 



Nature Awareness Day Camps
Schedule a day each month for a fun learning session with us! 
Class Topics (other dates can be arranged for a group):

August 3, 10, 17

Time: 9:30 a.m.2:30 p.m.
What to Bring:  
Lunches, water, nature journals (notebook or sketch book) and pencils.
Who: Children of all ages (younger children must have a parent or guardian in attendance)
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)
Details:
Learn about what is in your own backyard in the North Texas area.  Each month we focus on what is happening in nature right outside your window.

Native American Indian Day Camp
Schedule a day each month for a fun learning session with us! 
Class Topics (other dates can be arranged for a group):

November 5-6; November 19-20

Time: 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
What to Bring:  
Lunches, water, nature journals (notebook or sketch book) and pencils.
Who: Children of all ages (younger children must have a parent or guardian in attendance)
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)
Details:
Topics will include hunting methods and fishing techniques, transportation, native drumming and other instruments, dance steps, and story telling . . . plus much more!


Wildlife Camp
September 24-25
Time: 9:30 a.m. on April 30 - 2:30 p.m. on May 1
Cost: $45 (children 17 and under)/$60 (adults)
Details: Come learn all about various forms of animal life in our part of North Texas. Bring your own tent, sleeping bag, plate, bowl, mug and utensils. You will also need to bring food for lunch (both days) - Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast provided.


2 and 3-Day Primitive Survival Camp Classes
August 13-14 -- Class 1
September 17-18 -- Class 2
October 15-17 -- Combo Class 1&2
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. 


Reservations required for all camps.
To RSVP: 940-440-8382

Time:  Class 1 or 2 -- 9:30 a.m. Saturday to 2:30 p.m. Sunday
          Class 1&2 Combo -- 9:30 a.m. Friday to 2:30 p.m. Sunday

Cost:  Class 1 or 2: $75/Adults (17+); $60/Ages 12-15; $50/Ages 8-11 (call for family & group rates)
         Class 1&2 Combo: $150
/Ages 16-Adult; $120/Ages 12-15; $100/Ages 8-11 (with adult)
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.

Horsemanship Day Camps
If you are not with a group, and want to join any one of the scheduled days, call for available dates.
Bring: Bring your own lunch, plenty of drinking water. Camel packs are great if you have one.
We now have some Helmets in various sizes, or bring your own.

Other Horse Activities
:
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
Bring your own cake and ice cream, we provide the rest


Boy Scout Camps/Merit Badges:
Wilderness Survival Camp
Earn 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. 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 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 youearn outdoor skills needed for rank advancement and belt loops.



For More Information: 940-440-8382 or Click Here to email
http://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: http://www.heartoftex.org/membership/membership.html

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37.  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.

AUGUST 1-31 -- August Dollar Days
Come enjoy the Dallas Arboretum for the bargain price of $1/person (parking not included). The Hoffman Family Gift Store will also have great items for $1, and The Lula Mae Slaughter Dining Terrace will feature $1 iced tea and sodas.

Location:  
8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218
For More Information:  Click Here


Hours:  Open Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Admission:
 
$12 for adults
$10 for seniors (65+)
$8 for children (ages 3-12)
Free for children under 3 years
Senior Citizen Thursday Discount:  Seniors get in for just $5 with photo ID and can receive 20% discount at gift shop.
   
Onsite parking:                                                                
$7 per vehicle                                                     
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

http://www.dallasarboretum.org    


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38.  FORT WORTH NATURE CENTER AND REFUGE PROGRAMS

Location:  9601 Fossil Ridge Road
        Fort Worth, TX 76135

Admission: $5 ages 13+, $2 ages 3-12, under 3 free
For More Information:    817-237-1111  
http://www.fwnaturecenter.org/

Every Saturday, 10 a.m.-Noon
Naturalist-led Nature Hikes: Join a naturalist for a leisurely hike on the trails of the FWNC&R. Hikes feature current natural history events such as blooming wildflowers, commonly seen insects, birds, other animals and current projects on the Refuge. Bring water and dress for the weather. $5 (with paid admission)/MEMBERS FREE.

August 6, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Summer Wildflowers: View the colorful sights that summer wildflowers bring to the Nature Center. Black-eyed-Susan, Blazing Star, and Lemon
Beebalm are just examples of the native wildflowers that have adapted to the Texas heat and are a great source of food for some migrating wildlife. $5 (with paid admission)/Members FREE.

August 7, 1 & 2 p.m.
Gator Talk: Did you know the Nature Center is home to the American Alligator? Come learn about these amazing animals and why the frequent the Fort Worth area. We will even have a special 4-legged guest and there will be a craft for the kids to complete. FREE (with paid admission).

August 12, 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Early Birds: Come and join a naturalist as we try to wake up with the birds. We will take a leisurely hike around the Nature Center to see if we can find some birds beginning their day. This is the best time of the day to see our fine feathered friends. Pre-registration required. $10 (includes
admission fee)/MEMBERS $5.

August 12, 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Full Moon Paddle: Come and join us for a different type of Canoe Tour in the evening hours. This program will present new opportunities like
hearing beavers slap the water with their tails and seeing other wildlife, like deer and raccoons. Canoes, paddles and lifejackets are provided.
Children must be 5 years or older. Parents must sign a liability waiver for minor children. Some previous experience recommended. Registration
ends Tuesday preceding or when filled. Maximum - 12 participants. Meet at Big River Parking Lot. Pre-registration required. $20 (includes
admission)/MEMBERS $15.

August 13, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.
The Trinity River, a Legacy of Life: Come and learn some cultural and natural history of our local Trinity River. We will explore the facts, myths,
legends and colorful history of the often overlooked waterway that is the reason for the existence of the D/FW Metroplex. FREE (with paid
admission).

August 14, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.
A Simpler Time: Join local author Laura Eckroat as she takes children back to a simpler time. She will read her book A Simpler Time and talk with
children about the beauty of nature and how to use nature in writing stories and drawing pictures. She will take children on a short hike around the Nature Center and they will collect leaves, sticks and other items on the hike to begin a Science Nature Journal. Program is geared for children 5-10 years old. Pre-registration required FREE (with paid admission).

August 20, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Greer Island Discovery: Hike the trail that started it all. Join us in exploring this forested island of the Nature Center. From trees to insects, discover the natural treasures that Greer Island holds as we take a walk on the island's trails. Meet at Greer Island parking lot. $5 (with paid admission)/MEMBERS FREE.

August 21, Noon-4 p.m.
Canoe Fest: Enjoy a bit of canoeing/kayaking on your own on the quiet waters around Greer Island. Canoes/kayaks, paddles and lifejackets
provided. Children must be 5 years or older and accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parents must sign a liability waiver for minor children. NO
REGISTRATION NEEDED. FIRST COME-FIRST SERVED. Meet at Greer Island. $5 (with paid admission)/MEMBERS $3.

August 25, 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
Evening Stroll With a Naturalist: Come and enjoy an evening stroll on the Nature Center’s trails as we explore nature before nightfall. Evening
provides a unique opportunity to view animals that make the Nature Center home. Bring water and wear weather appropriate clothing. Preregistration required. $10 (includes admission fee)/MEMBERS $5.

August 26, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Preschool Discovery Club: We invite preschoolers, ages 3 - 5 and their adult companions to join us in discovering the exciting world of nature.
In August, we will be learning about ants. Pre-registration required. $10 PER CHILD (includes admission fee)/MEMBERS $5.

August 27, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.
Kingfishers: There is a reason this bird is called a kingfisher. Come and learn about this bird that see why they can boast about being a king
among birds that fish. We will visit the Big River parking lot and June Stacy Memorial Bird Blind to see if we can see the Belted Kingfisher in action. FREE (with paid admission).

August 28, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.
Nature KIDS: Come have fun learning about nature and helping it out! This month we will learn about turtles, visit the turtles at our marsh boardwalk and help out the Nature Center by feeding the turtles at the Visitors’ Center. This activity is geared for children 3-7 and their parents. $5 per child (with paid admission)/MEMBERS FREE.

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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39.  FORT WORTH BOTANICAL GARDENS PROGRAMS

AUGUST 13-14 -- Annual Bonsai Show
Time:  10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
Cost:
 FREE
Location:  
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107
Details:  Learn about this hobby as some of the best bonsai in North Texas is on display, styled by the members of the Fort Worth Bonsai Club.
Finished bonsai, pre-bonsais, pots, bonsai soil, tools and related items available for purchase.

For more information: call 817-871-7686


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40.  FOSSIL RIM HOME SCHOOL CLASSES AND EVENTS

AUGUST 16 -- "Colors by Nature" Class & Tour
Time:  
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
    Break for Lunch:  12:00-1:00
Cost:  $13.75/person ages 12+; $7.25/person ages 3-11; ages 2 and under free
Bring a picnic lunch.
To Register:  Call 254-898-4216 
Details:  Use specialized insects to dye bandanas. End the day with a guided tour of Fossil Rim!
To Register:  Call 254-898-4216 

SEPTEMBER 12 -- "Nature Journaling Event" Class & Tour
Time:  
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
    Break for Lunch:  12:00-1:00
Cost:  $20.95/person ages 12+; $13.95/person ages 3-11; ages 2 and under free
Bring a picnic lunch.
To Register:  Call 254-898-4216 
Details:  Learn four different nature journaling techniques, then practice new-found Nature Journaling skills when we drive to specific sites within Fossil Rim!

SEPTEMBER 19 -- "Nature Detectives" Class & Tour
Time:  
10 a.m.-11:30ish
Cost:  $10/person ages 12+; $13.95/person;  ages 2 and under free
To Register:  Call 254-898-4215 
Details:  Learn to use clues from nature to solve mysteries in the great outdoors! Detec-
tives will have the opportunity to match plant and animals clues—such as feathers, seeds, and tracks— with the mystery plant or animal that left them behind. Nature detectives will also make crafts using materials from nature, learn about outdoor safety, and take a short hike to see if they can find animal clues!


SEPTEMBER 27 -- Homeschool "Robin Hood" Day Camp
Time:  
9 a.m.-3:30ish
    Break for Lunch:  12:00-1:00
Cost:  $27/person;  ages 2 and under free
Bring a picnic lunch.
To Register:  Call 254-897-2960
Details:  This camp will be open to any homeschoolers.  You do not have to be a member of a particular support group – just call us to sign up!  The “Robin Hood” themed Day Camp will start at 9:00 at the Activities Center at Wolf Ridge.  Everyone bring a sack lunch to eat at noon.  After our classes and activities are done, we will conclude with a guided tour of Fossil Rim from 2:00-3:30ish!



For more Details:     http://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 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m.
Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Mondays at 4 p.m.


Christian Horsemanship
Ages 4-18

Cost:  
$25/child
Class Length:  1 hour, 15 min.
Details:  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:  
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



Discount:  Haven's Horses is offering HEART of Texas members (with a valid Family ID card) 50% off their first ride! You must show your card to be eligible for this discount!
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/membership/membership.html


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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.

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: The Earth
Explore the amazing world of plants, and how important they are to our existence here on earth.  Study what plants were around during the time of dinosaurs, as well as adaptation, parts of a plant, plant life cycles, and reproduction.
 
8-9 year olds
Explorers: Amazing Adaptations
Explore how animals and plants need each other while studying food chains, food webs, and life cycles.  Different ecosystems will be explored on the sanctuary grounds where students will practice their observation skills.

The Nature of Math (Thursdays, 1-3 p.m.)
Build your math skills while exploring nature!  The class will focus on addition, subtraction, and multiplication, as well as explore mathematical concepts such as patterns, graphs, measurements, estimation, geometric figures, perimeter, and percentage.
 
10-12 year olds
Earth Trek: Living On the Planet
Understand how our planet functions by studying geology, geography, meteorology, and ecology and how they are important to our survival.  See how these forces play a critical role at the sanctuary.


NEW FOR 13-16 YEAR OLDS
Homeschool Biology Labs (geared to 9th grade biology; Thursdays 1-3:30 p.m.)  Can register for individual units.

Classification and Dissection (January 20, 27, February 3, 10)
General animal classification, anatomy and physiology will be explored using live and preserved specimens. Students will have the opportunity to dissect an earthworm, crayfish, grasshopper and frog.


Genetics and Heredity (February 24, March 3, 21, 31)
This unit focuses on the struction and function of DNA, including mitosis, meiosis and basic Mendelian principles. Students will extract their own DNA and preserve it in a bottle. Students will be expected to keep a lab journal. Note: This unit does not address evolutionary theories.


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
 
The Museum Grounds are Open Year-Round (Except Mondays and Holidays)
Tuesday–Sunday 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

THROUGH AUGUST 18 (Thursdays) -- Farmer Duck & Tag-a-Long Tom "Tour de Farmstead"
Time:  
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Cost:  $5/child; $3/adult
Advanced registration encouraged but not required:  972-881-0140

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 off the adult regular admission price (up to 4 people) and .50 cents off child's regular admission, good for either the 1:30 p.m. Historic Farrell-Wilson house tour or for the following special events: Harvest Festival, Lantern Light, Spring Festival.   
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://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!

Special Event for Homeschoolers
WILD Homeschool Day -- TBA

Time:  9 a.m.–4 p.m.

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

Admission:  $10/ages 13+; $8/ages 3-12 and Seniors 65+; children 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.

AUGUST 6 – Butterflies and Bugs Festival
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost:  Most activities are free, with paid Garden or Butterfly House Admission
Butterfly House Admission:  
$8/Adults; $6/Seniors (60+); $4/Ages 3-11; Free/Under 3
Butterfly House admission includes garden admission

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:  10 a.m.–11 a.m.

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

Regular Admission & Hours:
$4/adults; $3 seniors (60+); $2 children 3-12yrs; free children under 3yrs.
Hours:  Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Last ticket sold at 4:30 p.m.
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.

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


SCOUTING PROGRAMS:

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

For More Information: Click Here


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46.  TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT ACTIVITIES

ATHENS, TX

AUGUST 6 -– Campfire Skills
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time:  8 p.m.-9 p.m.
Details:  Campfires are an enjoyable part of camping but can be difficult to get started. Learn fire building skills using safe fire starts, and don't forget to bring your campfire stories and marshmallows for roasting.
For More Information:  903-425-2332

AUGUST 13 -– Basic Canoe and Kayak Skills
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time:  4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Details:  Learn basic paddling skills including safe entry/exit of the boat and trip planning. Reservations required by August 12.
For More Information:  903-425-2332

AUGUST 14 -– Guided Canoe and Kayak Tour
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time:  10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Details:  See parts of the lake only accessible by boat. A limited number of canoes are available for rental, or bring your own kayak or canoe. Bring drinks and snacks. Reservations required; $6/person.
For More Information:  903-425-2332

AUGUST 20 -– Stargazing
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time:  9 p.m.-10 p.m.
Details:  A telescope will be available to view the night sky.  Meet at the overflow camping parking lot for this "weather permitting" event.
For More Information:  903-425-2332


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CEDAR HILL, TX

AUGUST 6, 20 -- Duck Pond Trail Nature Walk
Location:  Cedar Hill State Park
Time: 10 a.m.–11 a.m.
Details:  Take a leisurely one-mile hike and learn about the local plants and animals. Walk is subject to cancellation if the trail conditions warrant.
Reservations:  
972-291-5940

AUGUST 6 -- Mammals, Our Furry Friends
Location
: Cedar Hill State Park
Time: 3 p.m.–4 p.m.
Details: Listen to stories about the local mammals to learn about animals at the park. Held at the Penn Farm Amphitheater.
Reservation:  972-291-5940

AUGUST 13 -- The Lost Prairie
Location
: Cedar Hill State Park
Time: 10 a.m.–11 a.m.
Details: Discover the tall-grass Blackland Prairie. Learn about the history, plants, animals and human impact on this now-endangered area of Texas. Held at Penn Farm Amphitheater.
Reservation:  972-291-5940


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DENTON, TX

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DENISON, TX

AUGUST 13, SEPTEMBER 10, OCTOBER 8 -- Wildlife Slide Show
Location
Eisenhower State Park
Time: 8:15 p.m.-9 p.m.
Details: 
Come to the Amphitheater and see the variety of birds, animals and fish that live in the area.
Reservation:  903-465-1956

AUGUST 20, SEPTEMBER 17 -- Venomous Snakes of Texas
Location
Eisenhower State Park
Time: 8:15 p.m.-9 p.m.
Details: Listen as we separate fact from fiction about Texas' venomous snakes
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Reservation:  903-465-1956


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GLEN ROSE, TX

AUGUST 6, 13, 20, 27 -- Nature Hike
Location
: Dinosaur Valley State Park
Time: 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
Details: Wear good walking shoes as we walk through the park to identify and learn interesting facts about wildlife, trees and plants
. Meet at the Track Site #2. Insect repellant and sunscreen encouraged. Accessible for the mobility impaired.
Reservation:  254-897-4588


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JACKSBORO, TX

AUGUST 13 -- Snakes Alive
Location
: Fort Richardson State Park & Historic Site
Time: 2 p.m.–3 p.m.
Details: Mark Pyle of the Dallas/Fort Worth Herpetological Society in the Interpretive Center for an afternoon program with hands-on experience with some of our reptilian friends. Event is free, but park entry fees still apply
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Reservation:  940-567-3506


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MINERAL WELLS, TX

AUGUST 6 -- Name That Bird
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Time: 8:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
Details:  Come to the Lone Star Amphitheater as we divide into teamsand teset our skills at identifying bird calls and pictures of birds that can be found at the park. Accessible for the mobitility impaired. State park fees apply.
Call: 940-327-8950

AUGUST 13 -- Owl Prowl
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Time: 8:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
Details:  Come to the Lone Star Amphitheater as we learn about the importance of owls in Texas, use owl calls and listen for their responses. Accessible for the mobitility impaired. State park fees apply.
Call: 940-327-8950

AUGUST 20 -- Cowboy Campfire - Music & Poetry
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Time: 8 p.m.-10 p.m.
Details:  Experience the cow camp lifestyle and local historical treasures through the music and poetry of old-time cowboys. Accessible for the mobitility impaired. State park fees apply.
Call: 940-327-8950

AUGUST 27 -- Night Sounds
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Time: 8:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
Details:  Listen to the sounds of a Texas summer night. Actual and recorded insects, birds, frogs and mammals will be heard and identified with slides for the animals. Bring a lawn chair. Accessible for the mobitility impaired. State park fees apply.
Call: 940-327-8950


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TYLER, TX

AUGUST 4 -- Summer Outdoor Series: Caddo Culture
Location
:
Tyler State Park
Time: 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Details: Hear the stories and learn all about the culture of East Texas' Caddo Indians. Accessible for the mobility impaired.

Reservation:  903-597-5338

AUGUST 6 -- Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration
Location
:
Tyler State Park
Time: 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Details: Learn the basics of cooking with cast iron! Visit with members of the Dogwood Dutch Oven Cookers
. Accessible for the mobility impaired.
Reservation:  903-597-5338


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WILLS POINT, TX

EACH WEEKEND IN AUGUST -- Weekend Adventures
Location:  Lake Tawakoni State Park
Time:  3 p.m. (Saturday)-4 p.m. (Sunday)
Details: Lake Tawakoni offers a variety of activities and hikes for all ages. Times and subject to change or cancellation. Call the park to find out wht program will be taking place for a particular weekend.

Call: 903-560-7123

AUGUST 20-21 -- Spring Fall Classic: Sprint Triathalon Series
Location:  Lake Tawakoni State Park
Time:  2 p.m. Saturday–5 p.m. Sunday
Details: Big Earth Racing is launching the second part of this semi-annual event. It includes a .5 mile swim, 23.8 mile bike course and 3.1 mile run. The general public will have limited access during this event. Participants and spectators must register through their online site. No race day registration. For more information, click here or call.

Call: 903-560-7123


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Free TPWD Coloring and Activity Books to Download: http://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 2011-2012 Season:

OCTOBER 14-30 -- Oliver!
NOVEMBER 26-DECEMBER 23 -- Santa Claus, The Musical
FEBRUARY 10-26 -- Charlotte's Web
MARCH 30-APRIL 15 -- Alice in Wonderland
MAY 4-20 -- Annie Jr.

To Order Online Tickets: Click Here

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


2011 Summer Series
AUGUST 2-4 -- If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
When a boisterous mouse wears out an energetic boy, you know that this hilarious tale will keep the audience in stitches! There is even a little education in there for good measure: underneath the folly is a valuable lesson about cause and effect.

Show Times:
SUMMER SCHEDULE: Tuesday-Thursday at 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.; Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m.
SCHOOL YEAR SCHEDULE: Friday: 7:30 p.m;  Saturday: 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m;  Sunday: 2:30 p.m.

Tickets:
  * 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
  * 2011 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:
AUGUST 4-7 -- G2K Oklahoma! (Summer Camp Musical)
Two headstrong romantics play out their love story against a backdrop of rivalry. Between Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, they will undoubtedly succeed in making a new life together, and the fact that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA!


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: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here


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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!  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.

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.

Location:  420 E. Pipeline Road in Hurst, Texas (in the Bellaire Shopping Center)
To Reserve Tickets: 817-284-1200
For More Information:  Click Here

Artie’s Children’s Playhouse Productions:
Cost: $5
Showtimes: Shows are Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m.

AUGUST 6 - OCTOBER 1
-- Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Junior
In this stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, this timeless story about the world famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life on stage with songs like "The Candy Man," "Pure Imagination," "Oompa Loompa" and "I Want It Now."


Full-Length Productions:

AUGUST 5 - SEPTEMBER 3 -- Hello, Dolly!
Get caught up in the romantic entanglements that about when matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi comes to town. Toe-tapping song and dance numbers and laugh-out-loud humor will entertan young and old alike.



Showtimes:
Mon & Tues: 7:30 p.m.;  Thurs/Fri: 7:30;  Sat: 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

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.

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

Symphony at the Bass Performance Hall


HEART of Texas Discount Days are offered throughout the year. To Learn About HEART of Texas Family Memberships: http://www.heartoftex.org/membership/membership.html

For More Information on the performance: Click Here

Location:  Bass Performance Hall
               Fort Worth, TX


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52.  CHILDREN'S CHRISTIAN THEATER PERFORMANCES

AUGUST 10 & 11 (1 p.m.);  AUGUST 12 & 13 (7 p.m.) -- The Three Musketeers Unplugged!
Performed by children Ages 4-18
Details:  
Come and watch the chaos that results after four friends from a high school reunion decide to recreate their passion for drama by putting on their own community play at the Marqeef Theater.  The action is hysterical as open auditions are held, stage mothers appear, jealous understudies erupt, and costume problems abound!

Location:  The Plaza Theater, 521 West State St, Garland, 75040
Cost (Advance tickets): $6 for morning performances; evening performances are $9 ages 12 and older; $6 ages 11 and younger; $6 seniors 
To Pre-Order Tickets:  972-658-3915 or click here to email
Please Note:  Tickets are $1 more at the Door


Discount:  Children's Christian Theater is offering $10 off their annual family registration fee of $20 to HEART of Texas members with a valid family ID card. 
To Learn About HEART of Texas Family Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/membership/membership.html


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53.  DALLAS CHILDREN’S THEATER PERFORMANCES

2011–2012 Season:
(Please note that not all productions may be suitable for all audiences.)  

SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 23 -- Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day!
Baker Theater

NOVEMBER 18 - DECEMBER 22 -- Madeline's Christmas
Baker Theater

NOVEMBER 18 - DECEMBER 22 -- The Nutcracker
Studio Theater

JANUARY 20 - FEBRUARY 26 -- If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
Baker Theater

FEBRUARY 10-26 -- The Secret Life Of Girls
Studio Theater

MARCH 9 - APRIL 7 -- Young King Arthur
Studio Theater

MARCH 25 - APRIL 15 -- Anne Of Green Gables
Baker Theater

MAY 4 - JUNE 3 -- Diary Of A Worm, A Spider & A Fly
Baker Theater

JUNE 22 - JULY 15 -- Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters - An African Tale
Baker Theater

Box Office Hours
9am to 5 p.m., 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: 10 a.m.
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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54.  DALLAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES

AUGUST 20-21 -- Johnny Mathis with the DSO
Enjoy an evening as Johnny Mathis sings classic hits like "Misty," "Chances Are," "It's Not For Me To Say," and many others with the DSO.

AUGUST 25 -- Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers
Grammy award-winning banjo player (and comedian!) Steve Martin joins bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers for an evening of down-home favorites and finger-picking fun! Smooth vocals, jaw-dropping harmonies, smart songwriting and awesome instrumentals update all-American bluegrass for today.


GENERAL DSO INFORMATION
Admission:  $6/person (payment must be received with all reservations)
Parking:  $6 per car in the Hall Arts Center Parking Garage
Times:  10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
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)
For Directions:  Click Here


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55.  FORT WORTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA YOUNG PERSONS CONCERTS

Tickets:  $4

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 817-665-6500.

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56.  PLANO CHILDREN’S THEATER PERFORMANCES

JULY 25-AUGUST 30 -- Mulan
After the Huns invade China, the emporer requires every family to have at least one male member serve in the army. Fa Zhou, having no son to fight, is forced to enlist despite his age and disability. His daughter, Mulan, is kind and tender, but not the most graceful of girls and often winds up making a mess of matters. After a mishap with a local matchmaker, Mulan poses as a man and flees to join the army in her father's place. Mulan learns to fight and works hard to bring honor to her country, her family and herself.

Tickets: $7 in advance or $9 at door (mini-productions are $6 in advance or $8 at the door)
To Purchase Tickets:
 972-422-2575

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.

        http://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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57.  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.


2011-2012 Season: TBA

Special Ticket Prices for HEART of Texas Discount Days:
Bass Performance Hall: $30 for Front Orchestra, Side Orchestra, or Parterre Circle
 
                                (20 or more are needed for the $30 price)
                                 20% off all other seating


Winspear Opera House: $30 for Orchestra Terrace
                                 (20 or more are needed for the $30 price)
                                 20% off all other seating


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

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%.


To order by phone:  877-828-9200 and ask to speak with John Jacobe. 

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58.  HOME SCHOOL DISCOUNT TICKETS TO DALLAS THEATER PERFORMANCES

Save 20% on regular priced tickets.
Location:  Music Hall at Fair Park

OCTOBER 4-23 -- West Side Story (Texas State Fair Show)

Offer valid on Tues, Wed, Thurs, & Sun evening performances in price level 2-4
To Order Tickets:  Click Here
Password:
SUPER

If you order please email Susan Frederick to let her know.
Offer open to homeschoolers, friends and family. Watch of other shows, including the TX State Fair show.


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59.  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.

Museum Exhibits:
THROUGH AUGUST 28 -- Subhankar Banerjee: Where I Live I Hope to Know
Artist Subhankar Banerjee's large-scale, contemporary photographs focuses on the landscape, flora and fauna surrounding his home near Santa Fe, New Mexico.


THROUGH OCTOBER 9 -- The Allure of Paper: Watercolors and Drawings from the Collection
Organized for the museum's 50th anniversary, this special exhibition showcases 100+ drawings and watercolors from the museum's holdings.


THROUGH DECEMBER 11 -- The First 50 Years
The museum draws from extensive archives to commemorate its first half-century.


OPENING DECEMBER 31 -- Will Barnet: Relationships, Intimate and Abstract, 1935-1965
To celebrate the 100th birthday of pioneering printmaker, painter and educator Will Barnet, this exhibition of nearly 50 works explores the momentous evolution of Barnet's art from realism to abstraction in the mid-20th century.


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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60.  DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART EXHIBITS  

FREE First Tuesdays of each month
AUGUST 2: Beat the Heat
SEPTEMBER 6: Happily Ever After

Exhibits:

THROUGH AUGUST 14 -- Concentrations 54: Matt Connors and Fergus Feehily
THROUGH AUGUST 28 -- Silence and Time
THROUGH SEPTEMBER 4 -- Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection
THROUGH DECEMBER 11 -- Afterlife: The Story of Henri Matisse's "Ivy in Flower"
THROUGH JANUARY 29 -- Form/Unformed: Design from 1960 to Present
THROUGH FALL 2012 -- Encountering Space in the Center for Creative Connections

Family Events:
AUGUST 2 -- Free Admission on First Tuesdays of the Month
Theme:  
Beat the Heat
Time: 11 a.m.–2 p.m. (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.

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.

Late Night for Kids
AUGUST 19, SEPTEMBER 16, OCTOBER 21, NOVEMBER 18
Time:
6 p.m.-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
1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. 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.
August 6-14 -- Be inspired by artwork in Silence and Time, and then use your time to create your own stop-motion animation in the Art Studio!

Sketching in the Gallery for Kids

EVERY THIRD SATURDAY with some exceptions
1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Families are invited to sketch from original works of art. All supplies are provided.
AUGUST 13 -- Silence and Time Exhibition, Barrel Vault, Level 1
SEPTEMBER 17 -- Center for Creative Connections, Level 1

Collections Connection:
SUNDAYS
1:30–3:30 p.m., 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.
AUGUST 7 and 14: Gothic Bed, Level 4
SEPTEMBER 4-25: Lady Bolon K'an, Level 4

Family Films
SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS at 2 p.m. in the Theater, Center for Creative Connections
Catch a showing of one of these Reading Rainbow films featuring animals:
The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush
The Paper Crane
The Piggy in the Puddle


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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61.  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.

Exhibits:
MAY 29-AUGUST 21 -- Picasso and Braque: The Cubist Experiment
Featuring 15 paintings and 20 works on paper, this intimately scaled exhibition features the intensely experimental exchanges between Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso between 1910-1912. These two great masters' talents fed into the invention of the revolutionary art form now known as Analytic Cubism.
To Learn More About this Exhibit:  Click Here

FREE Family Festival
DATE TBA
Time:  
1 p.m.–4 p.m.
Cost:  Free; No reservation required
Details: Explore what it might be like to be a wise ruler or a cunning hunter through storytelling and art projects.

Pictures & Pages (ages 4-6)
AUGUST 2 -- Move!, by Steven Jenkins and Robin Page
Time:  10:30 a.m.–11:15 a.m.
Museum learning begins early with this special program for preschoolers and their adult partners. Popular children’s books inspire group conversations and simple art activities.
Advance registration is required.  
Space is limited. Maximum two children per adult.
To Register:  817-332-8451, ext. 297


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, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, & Christmas Day

Admission to the Museum’s permanent collection is always free.

There is a charge for special exhibitions.
Half-Off Admission:  Tuesdays from 10am 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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62.  MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE IN DALLAS

Exhibits:
THROUGH AUGUST 28 -- Dallas CityScape
THROUGH SEPTEMBER 5 -- Charlie and Kiwi's Evolutionary Adventure
THROUGH SEPTEMBER 5 -- Chinasaurs: A New Dynasty of Dinosaurs

Home School Classes:
SEPT 8 -- Pump Up the Heart - Pig Heart Dissection (ages 11-18)
Cost:
 $18/student (solo dissection);  $12/student (shared dissection - 2 students); $7/Adults and siblings ages 2-5
Details: Students can explore the fascinating world of the heart and circulatory system through this hands-on guided dissection of a pig heart!  Students will learn about heart structure and function as well as the need to stay healthy. Agenda includes dissection class, Fire and Ice program and access to the Museum’s general exhibit halls.
Reservations Required:  214-428-5555 Ext. 8

SEPT 8 -- Zoology (ages 6-10)
Cost:
$10/student;
$7/Adults and siblings ages 2-5
Details: This session will explore the amazing diversity of animal adaptations through hands-on
experiments, encounters, and taking a close look at the Museum’s taxidermy specimens.  Agenda includes zoology class, Fire & Ice program, and access to the Museum's general exhibit halls.
Reservations Required:  214-428-5555 Ext. 8
Payment due at time of reservation

SEPT 15 -- Look Out: The Eye - Cow Eyes (ages 11-18)
Cost:
 $12/student;
$7/Adults and siblings ages 2-5
Details: Students will discover the inner workings of the eye and vision by dissecting a cow eye, and will then explore how optical illusions work.  Agenda includes dissection class, Electric Theater program, and access to the Museum’s general exhibit halls.
Reservations Required:  214-428-5555 Ext. 8
Payment due at time of reservation

SEPT 15 -- Biology (ages 6-10)
Cost: $10/student; $7/Adults and siblings ages 2-5
Details:  Cells, genetics, and enzymes oh my – this “ology” will give you an inside look at how and why living things work.  Use microscopes to examine the tiniest forms of plant and animal life found in our own Leonhardt Lagoon, and leave with DNA you’ve extracted from a strawberry.  Agenda includes zoology class, Fire & Ice program, and access to the Museum's general exhibit halls.
Reservations Required:  214-428-5555 Ext. 8
Payment due at time of reservation






Hand in Hand:  A literacy-based drop-in 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! Craft making session will follow story time.

Planetarium Shows
Texas Sky Tonight....Live!
The sky will no longer be a mystery when you exit Texas Sky Tonight.....LIVE!  Join our Noble Planetarium staff as they fly you through the wonders of the stars, constellations, planets and exciting objects that are in the real sky on the day of your visit. 
One World, One Sky:  Big Bird's Adventure
Join Big Bird, Elmo and their friend, Hu Hu Zhu as they introduce children to the night sky and very basic astronomy. Recommended for very young audiences (ages 3 to 7), and the very young at heart!
Fragile Planet
Earth is truly the “Goldilocks” planet, located in just the right place in our solar system.  Join us as we explore for more of those “habitable zones” around newly discovered exoplanets!
Black Holes:  The Other Side of Infinity
There's a place from which nothing escapes, not even light, where time and space literally come to end. It's at this point, inside this fantastic riddle, that black holes exert their sway over the cosmos ... and our imaginations. Can you feel the pull?"
For Planetarium Prices/Times:  Click Here

Online Exhibits:

Journey to Alaska

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

Permanent Exhibits:

Putting DNA to Work
Examine DNA sequences and see how that knowledge can be used to unlock the secrents hidden in our genes
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
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.
Dino Trail Guide
Explore and imagine what dinosaurs' lives were like
Mineral Majesty
Explore beautiful and amazing minerals in our Nature Building!

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-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, Noon-5 p.m. Sunday
(In the event of inclement weather, please call 214-421-3466 ext. 382)
Admission Pricing: http://www.natureandscience.org/information/admission.asp


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63.  FORT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY

Explore innovative learning studios and a wide variety of interactive exhibits in the new Museum of Science and History. Exhibit admission also includes entry to the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.

Admission:

$14 for adults
$10 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)

Special Exhibits:
THROUGH SEPTEMBER 5 -- AIR PARK
Enjoy a hands-on look at the forces that lift planes, animals, insects and other objects off the ground and soaring through the air.

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 5 -- ASCENT ... WHEN DREAMS DEFY GRAVITY
Retrace the pioneering aviators of North Texas and explore the evolution of aircraft design and manufacturing, as well as a glimpse into the future of aerospace technology.

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 5 -- FORT WORTH CHAMPIONS!
Learn about local sports heroes from many disciplines in this immersive, interactive exhibit that pays homage to Fort Worth's rich sports legacy.


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64. NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER

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

Exhibits
THROUGH AUGUST 21 -- Statuesque
The six international artists in this exhibition—Pawel Althamer, Huma Bhabha, Aaron Curry, Thomas Houseago, ,Matthew Monahan and Rebecca Warren—have signaled a renewed significance of the figure in contemporary sculpture. Featuring 10 large-scale sculptures, this is the first Nasher Sculpture Center exhibition presented outdoors. On view in the Nasher's 1.4 acre Sculpture Garden, as well as in front of the Nasher on Flora Street, visitors will be able to see these sculptures in the context of the Nasher Collection, which serves as the foundation for much of the work in the exhibition.


First Saturdays Schedule:
AUGUST 6 -- Symbols
10 a.m.–noon–Children’s Art Activity
Express yourself by creating unique artworks connected to the month’s Big Idea.
10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.–Art in Action Sculpture Demo  
See how sculpture is made and feel the materials artists use at our live artist demos. 
10 a.m.–2 p.m.–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 a.m.; 11:15 a.m.; 12:15 p.m.–Family Tours
Discover and discuss each month’s Big Idea on an interactive tour for the whole family.  
11 a.m.–2 p.m.–NasherKids Meal Available at Nasher Cafe (for additional charge)
11:30 a.m.–Yoga
12:30 p.m.–Storytime with the Dallas Public Library
Share in the joy of reading with storytellers from the Dallas Public Library.
1 p.m.–NasherKids Live!
Join in the fun with an exciting, live performance for families and young children.

http://www.nashersculpturecenter.org


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65.  SHOWS AT THE DALLAS IMAX THEATER–MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE

Now Showing
THROUGH SEPTEMBER 5 -- Dolphins
They are wonderful, curious, intelligent creatures ... but how much do we really know about dolphins? Most of the information we have comes from watching and observing dolphins in captivity. In this film, dolphins are observed in the wild with amazing footage and an inspiring soundtrack, offering a candid glimpse into the lives of these mesmerizing creatures.

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 5 -- Sea Rex: Journey to the Prehistoric World
Meet the larger-than-life creatures who swam the oceans millions of years before dinosaurs roamed the planet - the Sea Rexes - and be glad you can see them but they can't see you!

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 5 -- Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs
Journey back through time to the wonders of ancient Africa! This film is a real-life "Indiana Jones" adventure complete with thieves, hidden treasures, and a modern-day scientific quest to uncover clues.  Narrated by actor Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and the original 1959 film The Mummy).


For Showtimes: Click Here

Online Tickets: Click Here
Ticket Prices:  $7/adult; $6/child (3-11) and seniors (62+); $6 students 18+

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66.  SHOWS AT THE FORT WORTH OMNI THEATER–MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY

Now Playing:
THROUGH FALL 2011 -- Hubble
Tickets: $7/adults; $6/children 2-12 and Seniors 60+
Details: Journey through distant galaxies to explore the grandeur and mysteries of our celestial surroundings, and accompany space-walking astronauts as they attempt some of the most difficult and important tasks in NASA's history.
Fore More Information about Wired to Win:
Click Here

THROUGH FALL 2011 -- Wild Ocean
Tickets: $7/adults; $6/children 2-12 and Seniors 60+
Details: This action-packed documentary explores the interplay between man and our endangered ocean ecosystem.
Fore More Information about Wild Ocean:
Click Here

THROUGH SUMMER 2011 -- Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure
Tickets: $7/adults; $6/children 2-12 and Seniors 60+
Details: This 40-minute adventure captures the interplay between a praying mantis and a butterfly. Weekend showings only.
Fore More Information about Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure:
Click Here

THROUGH FALL 2011 -- Tornado Alley
Tickets: $7/adults; $6/children 2-12 and Seniors 60+
Details: Join storm chasers as they try to understand the origins of tornadoes as well as witness their sheer power at point-blank range.
Fore More Information about Tornado Alley:
Click Here


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67.  PROGRAMS AT LOG CABIN VILLAGE

** NO SPECIAL EVENTS IN JULY OR AUGUST **
** CLOSED AUGUST 23-SEPTEMBER 5 **

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

For More Information:  Click Here

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68.  DALLAS HERITAGE VILLAGE

** CLOSED IN AUGUST **

Family Past Times
3rd Sunday of the Month
Admission:  
Children FREE; Adults $7; Seniors $5
Bring the whole family for historic fun and participate in themed activities for everyone to enjoy.


Nip & Tuck
Stories, Music and Hands-On Activities for Preschoolers
Please RSVP:  214-413-3674 or e-mail us. You can even purchase your advance tickets online.
Tickets can be purchased by phone, at the gate or online.
RSVP: 214-413-3674 or by email


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69.  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.

STAR PARTIES
Dates: August 6, September 3, October 1, November 5
Cost:  
Free
Location:   In the parking lot just south of Museum construction (corner of Montgomery and Harley).
Time:  Dusk–10:30 p.m.
Details:
Join the Noble Planetarium staff and members of the Fort Worth Astronomical Society in front of the Museum on Gendy Street.  This event is weather permitting. Parking is available in the lot south of Harley Street.


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


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70.  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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71.  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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72.  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 a.m.–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
http://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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73.  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:  1 p.m. – 3 p.m. 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 http://www.allenparks.org/


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


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74.  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  p.m.–6:30  p.m.–Children only
Monday: 6:30  p.m.–7:30  p.m.–Beginners & Advanced of all ages
Thursday: 6:30  p.m.–7:30  p.m.–Beginners of all ages
Thursday: 7:30  p.m.–8:30  p.m.–Advanced students
Saturday: 10:00 am–12:00  p.m.–Open Workout for all students



For More Information: Click Here


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75.  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 2010-11 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: http://www.dallasthunder.org 


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76.  ELITE TRACK CLUB/CROSS COUNTRY PROGRAM


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


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77.  HOME SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

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

HSAA Cross Country is looking for new athletes.
Registration will be the last two weekends of July, cost is pending HSAA approval.

Practice starts first week of August and will run through the end of October.   We will practice on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, location to be determined.

First meet will be on the last weekend of August and we will have meets every Friday night or Saturday morning through October.  We will probably skip Labor Day weekend.

We are looking for Jr. High and High School boys and girls.  No tryouts will be held,  all are welcome to join.  Jr. High will race up to 2 miles.  High School girls will race 2 miles to 5K.  High School boys will race 5K.

During the summer we will be have having Friday Night Social Runs.  Every Friday night 7 p.m. starting June 3rd and will run through  the last Friday of July.   These are low distance 5k max at a slow pace where, if you cannot talk while running, you’re running too fast.   We will use these runs to scope out new locations for practice, help out athletes plan weekly workouts and make plans to run one or two 5K road races before the Cross Country Season begins.  The whole family is welcome to join us on these runs.  Locations of the runs will be held at a different park each week.

If you are interested in joining HSAA Cross Country, and or the Friday Night Social Runs, please click here to contact HSAA Cross Country Commissioner.

For More Information:  Click Here


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78.  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 -- 
Boys Basketball -- Girls Basketball -- Girls Cheer -- Boys Football -- Boys and Girls Golf -- Girls Softball -- Girls Volleyball

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


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79.  HULCY HOME SCHOOL PE CLASSES IN RICHARDSON

Register Today for Spring 2011!

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 p.m.
Boys meet from 3:30-5:00 p.m.
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: http://www.heartoftex.org/membership/membership.html


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80.  HOME SCHOOL PE PROGRAMS AT VELOCITY  IN SOUTHLAKE

Location:  Velocity Sports Performance
                1800 East Highway 114, Suite 101
                Southlake, TX  
                817-416-0606

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: http://www.heartoftex.org/membership/membership.html

Velocity Sports Performance in Southlake 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
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 develo p.m.ent, 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.

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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  p.m. 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: http://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:  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Ages:  2-6 years old

WEDNESDAYS
Time:  3:30–5:30 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: http://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)

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86.  COPPELL SPEECH & DEBATE CLUB

This group has no announcements this month.

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87.  DENTON COUNTY CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOL ASSOCIATION

There is but one Official DCHSA Commencement taking place May 21
 
We offer our members an amazing memorable event for only $50.
In addition to the cost savings, DCHSA wants to provide a day where you, the parents can relax and enjoy the ceremony.

To see photos: Click Here or Click Here

Once again, our beautiful event takes place in the main sanctuary of Denton Bible Church, the reception in the spacious foyer.

Your guests will enjoy the Activities PowerPoint and creative senior displays that reflect their individual personality!

You cannot beat this!
Your one-time fee $50 for DCHSA members ($100 for non-members) includes:
-Royal blue cap & gown with yellow tassel -(2011 charm included)
-Padded Navy Diploma cover (Parents provide diploma)
-Facility Rental (Denton Bible Church) for Rehearsal & Ceremony
-Linen rental for Senior table displays
-Honorarium/Speaker fees
-Professionally Printed Program
-Professionally edited DVD of Ceremony feed tape
-Professional CD of Ceremony and Graduate and family photos/PowerPoint
-Nominal Fees/costs incurred to produce Ceremony

SCHOLARSHIP AWARD: All DCHSA Senior Graduates are eligible for the $500 Commencement Address Scholarship award (See Forum Post for Attachment)

The winner of the Scholarship award delivers his/her speech from memory at the commencement. His/her photo and speech appear in the DCHSA news newsletter!

NEW THIS YEAR: Senior Dinner! The seniors and their families are invited to celebrate the individual achievements of their graduate at a lovely, but casual pot-luck dinner. The planned dinner menu will reflect the dignity of the celebration, while the tables are set in a casual fashion to permit a time of fellowship and celebration.

Parents are encouraged to prepare a 5-10 minute presentation to celebrate their graduate, bestow blessings, etc. All this during the dinner, so while we are dining together we are rejoicing and sharing your memories! Fun!


If you have questions, please click here to email me. If you don’t hear from me right away, please call or email again!!! Thank you so much.  

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88.  FELLOWSHIP CHURCH HOMESCHOOL NETWORK

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

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89.  HOW NOW HOMESCHOOLING

This group has no announcements this month.

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90. LEWISVILLE AREA SPEECH & DEBATE CLUB

This group has no announcements this month.


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91.  NORTH IRVING CHRISTIAN HOME EDUCATORS

No announcements this month.


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92.  PARK DAY DRAMA CLUB

This group has no announcements this month.

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93.  READY TO ANSWER SPEECH & DEBATE CLUB

This group has no announcements this month.
    

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

This group has no announcements this month.



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95.  HOMESCHOOLERS OFFERING MOMS ENCOURAGEMENT (HOME)

This group has no announcements this month.

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96.  OFFICIAL 2010-2011 COLLEGE BOARD TEST DATES

2011 PSAT/NMSQT TEST DATES: OCTOBER 12 OR OCTOBER 15, 2011
To Find out When Your Local High School is Offering the PSAT Test:  Click Here

PSAT TESTING FEE:  $14 (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.

2010-2011 SAT TEST DATES:

JUNE 4 
(registration deadline May 6)

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:  http://collegeprepgenius.com/satprep/


Discount:  College Prep Genius is offering a $5 discount off classes and products 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: http://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, 2011

To Apply:  Visit http://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, 2010. 

• 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 http://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 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 http://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.  VOLUN-TEEN PROGRAM AT THE FORT WORTH ZOO

Ft Worth Zoo is Recruiting Now for Spring 2011 Home School Teens!
Attention Home School Parents! The Fort Worth Zoo's Weekday Volunteen Program is looking for energetic teens ages 12 to 17 years old to volunteer one half-day each week at the Zoo assisting with our Weekday Zoo School Toddler Program during the fall or spring semesters.

For More Information:  
Click here to e-mail Coordinator



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105. HOME SCHOOL WORKSHOP AT OLD RED MUSEUM IN DALLAS

SEPTEMBER 14 -- "Order in the Court" Home School Workshop 
Time:  Registration: 9:15 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
          Program Begins: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost:  $6/children;  $3 Adults
Includes program, all day admission to the museum galleries and program supplies.
Please note that we have changed to a cash only admission the day of the program.
Location:  Old Red Museum
                100 South Houston Street
                Dallas, TX  75202
                214-757-1949
Registration Deadline:  September 7
To RSVP: 
 Click here to email the sales dept with the following info:
Names of attending adults, email address, phone, number of adults, number of children, ages of children.  If you are a group leader, please list your group name with each family unit listed separately, as this makes preparation and registration run more smoothly.
Parking:  Museum guests may purchase an
underground parking vouchers for $2.
Details: Judge, jury, bailiff, lawyers, and witnesses all come to life as students participate in a mock trial in Old Red's 1892 Restored Courtroom. Students take on the roles and responsibilities of a civil court case while learning about the details of court proceedings. Older students sharpen their critical thinking skills and have a unique opportunity to practice public speaking by writing opening statements, questioning witnesses, and crafting closing arguments through the characters they create, while younger students learn about various roles as they try on different "hats" in the courtroom. Students of all ages will enjoy learning about our justice system in a fun and interactive way!

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106. RINGLING BROS. BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS

AUGUST 10-14 -- Fort Worth Convention Center

Fort Worth Show Times:  
August 10:  7:30 p.m.
                            August 11:  7:30 p.m.
                            August 12:  10:30
a.m., 7:30 p.m.
                            August 13:  11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
                            August 14:  2:30 p.m.

To Order Tickets:  
800-745-3000
Group Sales:  866-248-8740 ext 103
For More Information:  www.ringling.com

Special Offers:
Free Ticket for Baby's First Circus:  
Click Here
Military Discounts:  Click Here
Free Commemorative Certificate:  Click Here
CircusFit Youth Fitness Program:  Click Here

Educational Tools:
Educational Activities (Circus Skills, Geography, Animals, Science):  Click Here
Field Trip Kits:
 Click here

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

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

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

817-329-1332

Website:     
http://www.pumpitupparty.com/StoreHome.aspx?StoreID=63&PageName-StoreHome.aspx
 

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

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

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