HEART of Texas

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

DECEMBER 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.
Please send all submissions to editor@heartoftex.org for consideration in the newsletter.

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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~ MARK YOUR CALENDERS!!! ~

JANUARY 24, 2012
5th ANNUAL HEART OF TEXAS REGIONAL
HOME SCHOOL COLLEGE NIGHT
GRAPEVINE CONVENTION CENTER

Time:  7pm - 9pm (speaking sessions begin at 6pm)
Location:  Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main Street, Grapevine, 76051

Can homeschoolers go to college?  How can I best prepare my child?  How do we select a college? What does a transcript look like?  Can we afford college? What financial helps are available?  What's FAFSA and TAFSA?  What's the difference between the PSAT, SAT, and ACT? Should my child take CLEP tests?  What about dual credit and does it all transfer?  How can I find out about scholarships...  

Get the answers to these and other important questions about college at the HEART of Texas Home School College Night -- a special evening specifically designed for home school families!

Who should attend and why?  Families with students entering high school, but particularly those who are in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.  It is best to begin your search early in the high school years, and begin to narrow down your selections as you get nearer to graduation.  Additionally, there are several important deadlines that occur between the junior and senior year in high school, and you will want to be prepared ahead of time so there are no surprises.


Early Bird Registration:
Register on or before December 31, 2012:  
$8/family.
HEART of Texas members with current family ID card:  
FREE

Register on or before January 16:  $8/person or $15/family

At the Door:  $10/person (maximum $25/family if more than 2 people attending)

For More Information:  Click Here

To See the Growing List of Colleges Have Already Confirmed:  Click Here

 
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~ MONTHLY HIGHLIGHTS ~

DECEMBER 9-11
BETHLEHEM REVISITED
BEHIND CENTRAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN WAXAHACHIE

Time:  6pm-9pm
Tour Times:
Performances are repeated every 30 minutes.
Location:  Behind Central Presbyterian Church, 402 N. College St, Waxahachie
Admission:  FREE;  donations welcome
Details: Travel back to old world Bethlehem, 2000 years ago, and walk the streets of ancient Bethlehem as Mary & Joseph did on the night of Christ's birth.  Looking for a room, they encountered innkeepers on their journey, as well as merchants, food vendors, craftsmen, tradesmen, clergy, and many other citizens.  The streets were bustling, as they will be for you.  Stroll around the walled city and see demonstrations of historic crafts as you jorney to the site of the nativity.  You can also visit Herod's Court and await the nightly parade of the three kings bringing their treasure to Bethlehem's newest citizen.
For More Information:  click here

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DECEMBER 10, 11, 17, 18
TEXAS BALLET THEATER PRESENTS:  THE NUTCRACKER
BASS PERFORMANCE HALL

Time:  2pm (Dec 10, 17, & 18);   7pm (Dec 11)
Special Home School Pricing: $15/Lower & Upper Gallery;  $25/Mezzanine;  $30/Front Orchestra, Side Orchestra;  $50/Center Orchestra
To Purchase Tickets:  Click Here to email or call 817-763-0207 ext 104.  Please mention HEART of Texas when you call. You must be a homeschooler to get these prices.

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DECEMBER 10
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
AT CAMP EL TESORO IN GRANBURY

Time:  8:30am-11am
Location:
 Camp El Tesoro in Granbury
Cost:  
Free pictures with Santa;  Light breakfast $7/person
Details:  Santa is making a special stop in Granbury. Make El Tesoro a special stop for your family too. Join Santa and all his helpers at Camp Fire USA’s Camp El Tesoro for free pictures with Santa, hayrides with caroling and holiday crafts.
To RSVP:  
Click Here


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DECEMBER 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18
CHRISTMAS ON MAIN STREET
IN GRAPEVINE

Time:  Fridays: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m;
          Saturdays: 12 noon to 7 p.m;
          Sundays: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Free Parking:  
Jenkins St. and Wall St.
                     Church St. and W. Texas St.
                    Behind the Gazebo
                    Barton St. and W. Worth St.
                    Main St. and E. Franklin St.
                    Barton St. and W. Franklin St.
Details:  Grapevine is the essence of holiday décor as the city becomes blanketed with millions of lights, a multitude of decorations, animated characters, a myriad of holiday events and a whole lot more! Plus great shopping for everyone on your list.
Tractor-drawn Wagon Rides:  $1
Load the wagon at the Farmers Market, behind the Gazebo in the 300 block of Main Street. The ride will take you through the seasonally decorated historic neighborhood on the east side of Main Street.
Christmas Light Show Spectacular (Through Jan 8):  FREE
Time: 6pm-11pm at the Town Square Gazebo
For More Information:  Click Here


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DECEMBER 10-11
CANDLELIGHT AT DALLAS HERITAGE VILLAGE

Time:
 3pm-9pm
Advance Tickets (purchased by Dec 8):  $10/adults;  $8/Seniors (65+); $6/ages 4-12; FREE/ages 3 & under
Gate prices:  $12/Adults; $10/Seniors (65+); $8/ages 4-12; FREE/ages 3 and under
Parking:
$5/Onsite, self-parking;
$10/Onsite valet service;  $5 with a valid handicap tag.
Limited free parking at the Farmers Market, across the bridge from Dallas Heritage Village on Harwood Street.
Details:  Carriage rides along candlelit paths pulled by an antique tractor or Nip and Tuck
A photo with St. Nicholas at the Bandstand
Novel storytelling, hand-weaving, blacksmithing and more
Delicious holiday treats
Local dancers, choirs and other entertainers
Exhibit of “Candlelight Memories” in the Print Shop
Luscious homemade bake sale
Interpreters in traditional costume throughout the museum bringing history to life
Gleeful strolling carolers throughout the Village and inside the historic buildings
Historic buildings dressed in traditional holiday decorations from 1840 to 1910
Traditional holiday activities and period games for kids of all ages
To Purchase Tickets Online:  Click Here
For More Details:  Click Here

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DECEMBER 11
A STORYBOOK CHRISTMAS
AT THISTLE HILL IN  FORT WORTH

Time: Noon - 4pm
Cost:  $10/person (all ages)
Location: Thistle Hill, 1509 Pennsylvania Ave, Ft. Worth
Details:  A family open house with holiday decorations inspired by the beloved
illustrations of Tasha Tudor.  The afternoon will also include a petting zoo, crafts, refreshments, and hourly storytimes.  Each family attending receives a paperback copy of "The Night Before Christmas" illustrated by Tasha Tudor.
Tickets available for purchase at the door on the day of the event.
For Information:  Click Here

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DECEMBER 13
CHRISTMAS FOR THE CRITTERS (GO AHEAD, MAKE MY DAY)
HOME SCHOOL CLASS & TOUR AT FOSSIL RIM

Time:  10am - 2:30pm-ish
    Morning Hike: 10am-Noon
    Break for Lunch:  12:00-1:00
    Guided Bus Tour:  1pm-2:30ish
Cost:  $18/person;  Ages 2 and under under free
Bring a picnic lunch.
To Register:  Call Call 254-898-4215
For Questions:  Click Here to email
Details:  Investigate the process of enrichment for animals in captivity. A look at how Fossil Rim keeps its animals happy and entertained. Participants will make enrichment items for various animals during our morning class, then share a picnic lunch, followed by a guided tour of Fossil Rim.

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DECEMBER 16
HOME SCHOOL OPEN ICE SKATING
ALLEN COMMUNITY ICE RINK

Time: 12:45-2:45pm
Cost:  $5/session; includes skate rental
Location: Allen Community Ice Rink, 200 E. Stacy Road, Allen, 75002
Directions:  Click Here
Details:  Please note these are open skate sessions; not ice skating lessons.
Other dates:  Jan 6, 20, Feb 3, 17, Mar 2 (only 1 day in March because of Allen ISD spring break), Apr 6, 20, May 4, 18
For Information:  Click Here

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DECEMBER 17
DEADLINE FOR PHONE RECYCLING REBATE
TO EARN FREE ADMISSION TO SEE IMAX'S WILD OCEANS
FORT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY

Teachers, book a field trip to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History's exhibits and the environmental film Wild Ocean in the Omni Theater, an IMAX dome, before December 17 and you could see both for FREE! Simply have your students participate in the WE:recycle phone recycling drive and learn more about the benefits of recycling.

ONE FREE exhibits-Wild Ocean combination admission for EVERY phone collected.
   
Details:  Field trips must be booked two weeks in advance for groups of 15 or more.

Field trips must include Wild Ocean in the Omni Theater and Museum exhibits
Only student groups may participate. Adult groups or other organizations do not qualify.
Field trip visits must be scheduled by Dec. 17, 2011.
To sign up or learn more: Click here or call Group Services at 817-255-9440.

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DECEMBER 17
HOLIDAYS AT THE HEARTH
AT LOG CABIN VILLAGE

Time:  1pm-4pm
Cost:  
Regular Village admission plus a $2 craft fee to make a punched tin ornament.
Details:  Enjoy holiday music, string popcorn and cranberries, spin the dreidel, help make pomander balls, tamales, paper chains, embossed cards, ornaments, and more! You can even have your photo taken with our historic St. Nick ($5 fee for photo and folder).
No reservations required.

For More Information:  817-392-5881

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DECEMBER 19
EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE
NORTH TEXAS DISTRICT SCIENCE FAIR FOR HOME SCHOOLERS

Date of Science Fair:  January 28, 2012
Location:  
Collin College in Collin County
Who May Participate: 
Homeschooled students in grades 3-12 may enter in one of 4 divisions. Those living in TEA region 10: Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman and Rockwall counties compete for the opportunity to enter the DRSEF. Students in other near by counties may compete at our NDTSF for awards, but cannot be guaranteed entry into a regional ISEF event: some have gone on to the Fort Worth Regional event.  Click Here for students in TEA region 11 (counties around Ft Worth).
To Register:  Register from our website via PayPal. Early registration is $22 until Dec 19, 2011. After that, registration is $27. All registrations must be submitted before Jan 16, 2012.
To Learn More:  Click Here

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DECEMBER 13
DEADLINE FOR TOY DRIVE
AT ROCKWALL COUNTY LIBRARY

Rockwall County Helping Hands Holiday Toy Drive has a collection bin in the library lobby through December 13.  Your donations will help to make a special Christmas for a child in need.  

December display cases at the library will feature items from the Daughters of the American Revolution and the wood burning picture plates of Ann Goyne.
 

A Rockwall County Helping Hands Food Pantry collection bin is available year round in the library lobby for canned goods, staples and toiletry items.  Please be generous, especially at this time of year.

The Rockwall County Library will be closed on December 23rd - 26th.

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DECEMBER 31
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR
HEART OF TEXAS REGIONALHOME SCHOOL COLLEGE NIGHT
GRAPEVINE CONVENTION CENTER

Time:  7pm - 9pm (speaking sessions begin at 6pm)
Location:  Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main Street, Grapevine, 76051

Can homeschoolers go to college?  How can I best prepare my child?  How do we select a college? What does a transcript look like?  Can we afford college? What financial helps are available?  What's FAFSA and TAFSA?  What's the difference between the PSAT, SAT, and ACT? Should my child take CLEP tests?  What about dual credit and does it all transfer?  How can I find out about scholarships...   Get the answers to these and other important questions about college at the HEART of Texas Home School College Night -- a special evening specifically designed for home school families!

Who should attend and why?  Families with students entering high school, but particularly those who are in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.  It is best to begin your search early in the high school years, and begin to narrow down your selections as you get nearer to graduation. Additionally, there are several important deadlines that occur between the junior and senior year in high school, and you will want to be prepared ahead of time so there are no surprises. We strongly encourage students and their families to attend college night to familiarize themselves with the colleges, meet with the recruiters from the college to ask questions about requirements and deadlines, and begin developing a list of schools that interest them most.

Early Bird Registration:
Register on or before December 31, 2012:  
$8/family.
HEART of Texas members with current family ID card:  
FREE

Register on or before January 16:  $8/person or $15/family

At the Door:  $10/person (maximum $25/family if more than 2 people attending)

For More Information:  Click Here

To See the Growing List of Colleges Have Already Confirmed:  Click Here

Speaking Schedule:   To be Finalized Soon.  Please check the website www.heartoftex.org 

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THROUGH JANUARY 1, 2012
TRAINS AT NORTHPARK CENTER MALL
IN DALLAS

Time:
10am-9pm (Mon-Sat);  Noon-6pm (Sun)

Early Closings: December 24, Christmas Eve, at 4 p.m.
                      December 31, New Year’s Eve, at 6 p.m.
                      Closed Christmas Day; Open New Year’s Day
Cost:  $6/Adults; $3/Ages 2-12 and seniors (65+); FREE/Under age 2
Discount Tickets ($1 off):  Available at Tom Thumb
To Purchase Tickets Online:  Click Here
Location:  NorthPark Center in Dallas
Details:  Visit the most elaborate toy train exhibit in all of Texas, with locomotives whizzing on a journey across America, past Dallas' skyline, New York City, San Francisco, New England and Washington, D.C.  This year's exhibit is designed to be more than just another seasonal attraction.  Visitors will enjoy a brilliantly themed Holiday train environment starting the moment they walk through the door.  The sights and sounds of the American railroad combined with hand crafted scenery will offer an exclusive and thrilling destination for visitors who wish to experience the art of the train.
The Trains at NorthPark raises money for the children and families served by the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.
For More Information:  Click Here

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JANUARY 21
FREE BANCROFT FAMILY CONCERT
AT DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART

Time:
3pm;  doors open at 2:30pm

Cost:  FREE
Location:  Dallas Museum of Art, Horchow Auditorium, 1717 N. Harwood, Dallas, 75201
No reservations required.
Details:  
The program for this January concert includes baroque musical selections of Scarlatti arranged for quintet by James Ryon, Ligeti’s Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet, Damase’s 17 Variations for wind Quintet and Aires Tropicales by Paquito D’Rivera. University of North Texas Faculty Woodwind Quintet members are flutist Mary Karen Clardy, clarinetist John Scott, bassoonist Kathleen Reynolds, horn player William Scharnberg and the newly appointed UNT Professor of Oboe, James Ryon.
For More Information:  Click Here

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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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~~What's Inside This Issue ~~
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DECEMBER/JANUARY HIGHLIGHTS AT A GLANCE
Jan -- Library Used Book Sales Across North Texas
Dec -- Museum Exhibits in Dallas & Fort Worth
Dec -- Imax and Omni Movies

Dec -- Texas Parks and Wildlife Programs at Select Parks

Dec 7-8 -- Scholastic Warehouse Book Sale in McKinney -- Save up to 85% on books!!
Dec 9-11 -- Bethlehem Revisted - Behind Central Presbyterian Church in Waxahachie
Dec 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 -- Christmas on Main Street in Grapevine
Dec 9-18 -- Plano Children's Theater Presents:  Scrooge
Dec 10 -- Plano Children's Christmas Parade
Dec 10 -- Breakfast with Santa at Camp El Tesoro in Granbury
Dec 10-11 -- Candlelight at Dallas Heritage Village
Dec 10, 11, 17, 18 -- The Nutcracker (Bass Performance Hall) (HEART Homeschool Day Dec 11 at 7pm)
Dec 11 -- A Storybook Christmas at Thistle Hill in Fort Worth
Through Dec 11 -- Plano Children's Theater Presents:  Annie
Through Dec 17 -- Scholastic Warehouse Book Sale in Arlington - Save up to 85% on books!!
Through Dec 18 -- CATS Arlington Presents: The Twelve Daze of Christmas
Dec 13 -- Home School Class & Tour at Fossil Rim:  Christmas for the Critters (Go Ahead, Make My Day)
Dec 13 -- Deadline for Toy Drive at Rockwall County Library
Dec 14-15 -- Scholatic Warehouse Book Sale in Garland -- Save up to 80% off everything!
Dec 14-17 -- Breitling Youth Theater Presents:  Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus!
Dec 15 -- Early Enrollment Deadline for Spring Semester at CERC in Rowlett

Through Dec 16 -- Dallas Children's Theater: Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters
Dec  16-- Early Registration Deadline for Spring Registration: High School Math Classes at TCC South & SE
Dec 16 -- Home School Open Ice Skating at Allen Community Ice Rink
Dec 16 & 17 -- Combined Christmas Caroling Concert at Center for Home Education/Cottage Theater
Dec 17 -- Deadline for Phone Recycling Rebate to Earn free Admission to Imax Wild Oceans at FWMSH
Dec 17 -- Holidays at the Hearth at Log Cabin Village
Dec 19 -- Early Registration Deadline for North Texas District Science Fair for Home Schoolers on Jan 28
Dec 21-22 -- Scholastic Warehouse Book Sale in Keller -- Save up to 85% on books!!

Through Dec 22 -- Dallas Children's Theater: The Nutcracker (Kathy Burk's Theater of Puppetry Arts)
Through Dec 22 -- Dallas Children's Theater: Madeline's Christmas
Through Dec 23 -- ElectriCritters at Riverbend Nature Center in Wichita Falls
Through December 23 -- Artisan Center Theater Presents: Scrooge the Musical
Through December 23 -- Artisan Center Children's Theater Presents:  The Reindeer that Saved Christmas
Through Dec 23 -- Casa Manana Presents: Santa Claus the Musical
Dec 31 -- Early Bird Registration for HEART of Texas Home School College Night in Grapevine
Dec 31-Jan 28, 2012 -- Artisan Center Theater Presents:  All Hands on Deck
Through Jan 1 -- The Trains at Northpark Center Mall in Dallas
Jan 2-28 -- Artisan Center Children's Theater Presents:  Rumple-Steal-Skin
Jan 11 -- Dallas Symphony Orchestra Presents:  The Orchestra Sings
Jan 18 & 19 -- Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Presents:  Young Person's Concerts - Ballet for Martha

Jan 21 -- Bancroft Family Concert at Dallas Museum of Art (FREE)
Sponsor -- Registration Open for Private Piano Classes


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

FEATURED ARTICLES
Fair and Impartial Includes Character -- Tim Lambert, THSC President

Early Registration Deadline December 19, 2011, for North Texas District Science Fair for Home Schoolers


Texas Ballet Theater Offering Discounted Tickets for Select Performances at Bass Hall and Winspear Opera HouseT

NEST Family Learning Offering Discount 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.  Center for Home Education -- Watauga
17.  Christian Educators Resource Center -- Rowlett
18.  Christian Homeschool Alliance of Texas -- Cedar Hill/SW Dallas area

19.  Eastfield College -- Mesquite
20.  Enrichment Classes, Inc. -- Lewisville

21.  Home Educators Resource -- Lewisville
22.  Homeschoolers East Co-Op Classes -- East Dallas
23.  JOY Christian Academy
-- Decatur
24.  Morning Glory Academy -- Hurst
25.  Tarrant County College -- High School Math Classes
26.  
THEO Home School Classes -- Plano
27.  Quo Vadis Educators -- Garland

BOOK SALES & OUR PARTNERING HOME SCHOOL BOOK STORES
28.  Library Used Book Sales in North Texas
          Waco – Nov 3-6
          Cleburne – Nov 5
          Denton – Nov 12
          Dallas – Nov 30-Dec 3
29.  Center for Home Education -- Watauga
30.  Home Educators Resource -- Lewisville
 
NATURE CENTERS & OUTDOOR PROGRAMS/CAMPS
Become a HEART of Texas Partner to list your program
31.  Camp Tonkawa (Day Camps and Outdoor Education) -- Collinsville
32.  Dallas Arboretum -- Dallas
33.  Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge Programs
34.  Fort Worth Botanic Gardens -- Fort Worth
35.  Fossil Rim
36.  Haven's Horses (Horsemanship & Outdoor Education)-- Keller
37.  Heard Museum Homeschool Classes – McKinney
38.  Heritage Farmstead Museum -- Plano
39.  Ride with Pride -- Southlake
40.  Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch -- Pilot Point
41.  Texas Discovery Gardens -- Dallas
42.  Texas Parks and Wildlife Programs -- State Parks in North Texas

PERFORMING ARTS
43.  Performances at Casa Manana Children’s Playhouse -- Fort Worth
        Santa Clause the Musical -- Through Dec 23
44.  Performances at CATS -- Arlington
        The Twelve Daze of Christmas -- Dec 2-18
45.  Cottage Theater  -- Watauga
46.  Theater Performances at Artisan Center Theater -- Hurst
         The Reindeer that Saved Christmas -- Through Dec 23
         Scrooge the Musical -- Through Dec 23
         Rumple-Steal-Skin -- Jan 2-28
47.  Performances at Bass Performance Hall -- Fort Worth
48.  Breitling Youth Theater/Acting for Children -- Garland
        Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus! -- Dec 14 - 17
49.  Dallas Children’s Theater -- Dallas
        The Nutcracker -- Through Dec 22 (Kathy Burk's Theatre of Puppetry Arts)
        Madeline's Christmas -- Through Dec 22
        Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters -- Through Dec 16
50.  Dallas Symphony Orchestra -- Dallas
         The Orchestra Sings -- January 11, February 7, 8
51.  Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra -- Fort Worth
        Young Person's Concerts:  Ballet for Martha -- January 18 & 19
        Kinderconcerts:  Green Eggs & Ham -- March 29
52.  Plano Children’s Theater -- Plano
        Annie -- Dec 2-11 (McKinney Youth Theater)
        Scrooge -- Dec 9-18 (Plano Children's Theater)
53.  Texas Ballet Theater Performances
        The Nutcracker (Bass Performance Hall) -- Dec 10, 11, 17, 18

54.  Home School Discount Tickets to Dallas Theater Performances

      
ART MUSEUMS
55.  Amon Carter Museum Exhibits – Fort Worth
        Will Barnet: Relationships, Intimate and Abstract, 1935-1965 -- Through December 31
        John Marin: Modernism at Midcentury -- Through Jan 8, 2012
        Romance Maker: The Watercolors of Charles M. Russell -- Opens Feb 11, 2012
56.  Dallas Museum of Art Exhibits -- Dallas
        First Tuesday (Free admission) -- Jan 3 (Dress Up!)
        Late Nights for Kids -- Jan 20
        Afterlife: The Story of Henri Matisse's "Ivy in Flower' -- Through December 11
        African Headwear: Beyond Fashion -- Through January 1, 2012
        Mark Bradford -- Through January 15, 2012
        Form/Unformed: Design from 1960 to the Present -- Through January 29, 2012
        Encountering Space in the Center for Creative Connections -- Throughout Fall 2012
57.  Kimbell Art Museum Exhibit -- Fort Worth
        Admission to the museum's Permanent Collection is always FREE
        Caravaggio and His Followers in Rome -- Through January 8, 2012
        Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Clark -- Opens March 11, 2012
        Children's Worshops:  Jan 28 -- Art Lab
        Pictures and Pages:    Jan 10 -- The Snowy Day, by Komako Sakai
58.  Museum of Nature & Science -- Dallas
        Bob the Builder™- Project: Build It! -- Through January 8, 2012
        Planet Shark: Predator or Prey -- Through Sept 16, 2012
59.  Museum of Science & History -- Fort Worth
        Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America Through Galveston Island -- Opens Dec 17
        Discover the Real George Washington: New Views from Mount Vernon -- Closes Jan 22
60.  Nasher Sculpture Center -- Dallas
        Tony Cragg: Seeing Things -- Through Jan 8, 2012
        Sightings:  Diana Al-Hadid -- Through January 15, 2012

        Target First Saturdays (FREE Admission): Jan 7 (Discussion)
        
IMAX/OMNI THEATERS
61.  Shows at the Dallas Imax Theatre -- Museum of Nature and Science
        Dolphins
            Sea Rex: Journey to the Prehistoric World
        Sharks
        Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure -- Opens Jan 2, 2012
62.  Shows at the Fort Worth Omni Theater -- Ft. Worth Museum of Science & History
        Tornado Alley -- Ends Dec 23
        Texas: The Big Picture -- Opens Dec 26
        Born to Be Wild -- Opens Dec 26
        The Polar Express -- Ends Jan 2, 2012
        Wild Ocean -- Ends Jan 12, 2012

HISTORICAL PROGRAMS
63.  Programs at Log Cabin Village -- Fort Worth
64.  Dallas Heritage Village -- Dallas
65.  Old Red Museum -- Dallas

SCIENCE EVENTS/ACTIVITIES
66.  Star Parties at Fort Worth Museum of Science and History -- Will Resume Spring 2012


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

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

SUPPORT GROUP ANNOUNCEMENTS
Become a HEART of Texas Support Group Partner to list your Support Group here!
82.  Smoothing the Way Meetings in North Texas
83.  DFW Speech and Debate Club -- Coppell
84.  Denton County Christian Home School Association -- Denton
85.  Fellowship Church Homeschool Network -- Grapevine

86.  PEACH -- Plano

COLLEGE PREP
87.  SAT Test Dates
88.  SAT Prep Classes with Jean Burk -- Across North Texas   

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR HOMESCHOOLERS
89.  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.
90.  Volunteer Opportunities Available for Home School Students in 21 Counties -- American Cancer Society
91.  Learn to Laugh in Another Language: Be a Host Family for a Foreign-Exchange Student -- INTO EdVENTURES
92.  Homeschool Volunteers Needed to Deliver Meals; Friendship -- Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County
93.  Homeschool Volunteers Needed to Deliver Meals -- Johnson & Ellis Counties
94.  Home School Volunteers Needed to Serve Meals -- Dallas -- The Stewpot
95.  Fort Worth Zoo Home School Volunteen Program -- Fort Worth Zoo

OTHER EVENTS BY DATE
96.  
Scholastic Book Sales -- Arlington: Dec 2-17;  McKinney: Dec 7-8; Keller: Dec 21-22; Garland Dec 14-15
97.  Plano Children's Christmas Parade -- Plano -- Dec 10
98.  Electricritters at River Bend Nature Center -- Wichita Falls -- Various Dates Though Dec 23



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Fair and Impartial Includes Character
--by Tim Lambert

In October a video was posted online by a young woman who had evidently been abused by her father for years. What made the video “go viral” was the fact that it was seven or eight minutes of verbal profanity and physical beating with a belt by a sitting Texas judge. While the judge has been suspended, with pay, by the Texas Supreme Court, he will not be prosecuted, since the statute of limitations has passed. Even though calls for his resignation have been many and passionate, he does not seem inclined to do so.

While some on the left have tried to use this event to advance their agenda of outlawing spanking, Texas officials note that charges would have been filed for abuse had this come to light sooner. Let me be clear:  This was not spanking; it was physical abuse.

I would, however, draw a different lesson from this sordid episode. Local officials have been quoted as saying this man was a “fair and impartial judge.” I doubt that to be the case, if he would treat his daughter in this manner, and local citizens probably agree. Some have said that this will end the career of this judge, who has ruled in many, many cases regarding whether or not parents were fit enough to maintain custody of their children.

A final hearing is set for tomorrow in Fort Worth in the parental rights case in which we have been involved for more than a year. I would not try to equate the judge in that case to the one mentioned above, but his pattern of removing children from their fit parents for years at a time on “temporary” orders strikes me as abusive—and far from impartial. The final hearing tomorrow will present a motion by the father’s attorneys to ask the judge to require the non-parents who brought this suit to pay his legal fees. The judge could demonstrate his impartiality by granting that request, but I’m not holding my breath. The non-parent’s attorney will be trying to dredge up old charges, settled by the jury trial in August, to seek damages against the fit father.

These issues clearly demonstrate how important it is to elect truly fair and impartial judges in Texas. THSC PAC will be working hard in the upcoming elections to unseat the judges who are not impartial and who have a low view of the constitutional right of fit parents to direct the care, control, and upbringing of their children.


  
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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Early Registration Deadline December 19, 2011, for North Texas District Science Fair for Home Schoolers

Need a boost to your homeschool science curriculum? Have a detail-inclined child or one who loves science or technology? Need something on a college application to convince the staff your child can compete with the best? Science fair should be in your future!

This year, 6th graders have a chance to participate in the Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair (DRSEF)! See our website for more details.

This year's NDTSF event is slated for January 28, 2012 at at Collin College, in Collin Co. Private homeschooled students in grades 3-12 may enter in one of 4 divisions. Those living in TEA region 10: Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman and Rockwall counties compete for the opportunity to enter the DRSEF. Students in other near by counties may compete at our NDTSF for awards, but cannot be guaranteed entry into a regional ISEF event: some have gone on to the FortWorth Regional event.

Register from our website via PayPal. Early registration is $22 until Dec 19, 2011. After that, registration is $27. All registrations must be submitted before Jan 16, 2012.

All 6 - 12 grade projects need some ISEF forms (like the research plan) to be filled in before experimentation begins! 6th graders' projects may NOT include any handling of toxic/dangerous substances or require permission for human or animal subjects. Higher grades must submit forms for these before mid-November, 2012. Please find out more on our website. This is the most confusing part of science fair participation, so let's get it worked out early - contact us. We don't want students eliminated on technicalities.  

For 6th grade or above: Write your research plan before experimenting. Also, if you are planning to use biological/human or hazardous materials, you may need to fill out some ISEF forms and submit them to the DRSEF Scientific Review Committee (SRC) before experimentation begins.   If you have questions, contact Mr. Lastufka.  Don't let missing forms keep your student from advancing to the bigger science fairs. The secret is to start the paper work early! 6th graders are NOT allowed to experiment with ANY biological/human or hazardous materials that would need SRC approval.

Students from our NDTSF have done very well at DRSEF (placing and even Grand Prize!) and at the Texas Science and Engineering Fair (placing). You don't have to place to win a special prize. Ask how we can help. Don't forget to check our "Links" page for more homeschool friendly science competitions.


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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 please mention HEART of Texas when you call.  Also, you must speak with John Jacobe when you call or email (see below) for ticket information.

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.


2011 - 2012 SEASON:
DECEMBER 10, 17, 18 at 2pm -- The Nutcracker (Bass Performance Hall)
DECEMBER 11 at 7pm -- The Nutcracker (Bass Performance Hall)
HEART of Texas Home School Day:   DECEMBER 11 at 7pm (Bass Performance Hall)

FEBRUARY 25 & 26 at 2pm -- Dracula (Bass Performance Hall)
HEART of Texas Home School Day:   FEBRUARY 25 at 2pm (Bass Performance Hall)


Special Home School Ticket Prices:
                                    $50 Center Orchestra
                                    $30 Front Orchestra, Side Orchestra, or Parterre Circle
                                    $25 Mezzanine
                                    $15 Lower & Upper Galleries
                                    *Reserving seats requires a $25 non-refundable deposit

To Purchase Tickets By Phone:  
Call John Jacobe 817-763-0207 ext 104 or click here to email
and mention that you are a homeschooler and heard about the discount through HEART of Texas.

For Order Form:  
Click Here


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No Greater Joy Ministries Offering FREE Magazines to Support Groups and Home School Families!

Mike & Debi Pearl of No Greater Joy Ministries would love to send your home school group FREE magazines!  They have set aside some extra copies just for your group to pass out at your monthly meeting.  To request copies for families in your group, please email Debi Pearl with the number of magazines you need, and where to mail them.

Or, if your family would like to get your own FREE subscription, visit their site
and sign up for their
magazine.

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NEST Family Learning Offering Discount to Our Readers!

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

Simply visit this link 
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 COUNTY 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

   •    Rockwall County Library will be closed Friday, 11/11, for Veteran's Day.

    •    We will be closed Thursday, Friday and Saturday for Thanksgiving. That’s November 24th, 25th and 26th.

    •    DAR has a historical display in the Rockwall County Library for the month of November.

    •    Helping Hands food bin for the North Texas Food Bank is always in our inner lobby. 
Please be generous especially at this time of year.

    •    Rockwall County Helping Hands Toy Drive will have a bin in our lobby in late November.  Your donations will help to make a special Christmas for a child in need.

    •    The Library has book bags available at the front desk for a donation of your choice.

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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
     

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

For Rules:  Click Here


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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
Submission Deadline for Round 3 Problems:
Jan 17, 2012
Download Round 3 Problems:  
Click Here
Web deadline:
3 PM Eastern / Noon Pacific on the due date
Mail deadline:
Postmarked on or before the due date

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

2012 ART COMPETITION -- TBA

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

The winning student from each district will have his or her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol complex for one year! In addition, the winners and their two guests are invited to the nation's capital in the summer to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony honoring the winning artists from across the country and opening "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.  CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION - WATAUGA

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

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

Website:  http://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 current Heart of Texas family membership card.  
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership

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17.  CHRISTIAN EDUCATORS RECOURCE CENTER IN ROWLETT

Christian Educators Resource Center has a full line-up of electives for the elementary student through the high school student!

Spring 2012 Class Schedule -- NOW available!
Early Enrollments taken through December 15th!
Spring Only Classes have been added to the schedule! CERC has a full line-up of electives, fine arts and required courses for the elementary student through the high school student!


Mission Opportunity

Coat Collection Going on NOW!
CERC is collecting coats for the homeless!
CERC is collecting gently used or new coats. We will be distributing them to the homeless in Dallas. Watch for e-mails on this mission trip! We THANK YOU for your donations!
For more information: 214-538-0593
 

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


CERC will be CLOSED December 19 – January 6

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

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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18.  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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19.  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/resources/membership


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19.  EASTFIELD COLLEGE

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


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20.  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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21.  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/resources/membership
    

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22.  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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23.  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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24.  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/ for more details.

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



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

DECEMBER 16 -- Early Registration Ends for Spring Semester!
JANUARY 16 -- All classes begin
FYI the campus will close Dec 16th end of business day and not reopen until Jan 3.    Early reg ends Dec 16th and late reg goes first week in Jan.  Please register early to ensure class is available, as many families like to plan ahead.   In the fall we had an all time record enrollment;  however, over half our familes did not enroll until the week before class and 10 percent of them reg late which makes it difficult on the student.

Classes being offered are:
South Campus
PreAlgebra I -- 12-1:30pm -- Mon/Wed
Algebra II  -- 1:30-3pm
-- Mon/Wed
College Algebra  -- 3-4:30pm -- Mon/Wed
Algebra I  -- 4:30-6pm -- Mon/Wed
Chemistry and Biology will be offered.  Dates and Times TBA

SE Campus
Algebra I -- 12-1:30 -- T/Th
Algebra II  -- 1:30-3
-- T/Th
College Algebra -- 3-4:30 -- T/Th
Geometry 9-12 -- Fridays
Trig 12-3 -- Fridays

Cost: 
$173 including all materials.
For More Information about the Math Classes:  Call 972-660-8414 or Click Here

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26.  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.
 

FEBRUARY 16;  MAY 17 -- Homeschool!  Who Me?
Time:
 6:30-8:30pm
Location:  THEO, 1301 Custer Road, Suite 703, Plano, 75075
Details:  Attend this nuts and bolts seminar about homeschooling in the North Texas area.  Topics include Texas laws regarding homeschooling, curriculum choices, local support groups, learning styles and timing. 
To RSVP:  click here

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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27.  QUO VADIS EDUCATORS

"Serving the Home-School Community"
Classes held in Garland, TX

For Teens: History/Lit/Worldview/Geog/Bible multi-credit courses
Other classes: Spanish; Speech, Choir; Report-Writing; Sciences;
Drama (full theater production every Spring; auditions in December).

For Children: 2-week Theater Workshops summer and January.

To Learn More:  click here to email or 972.271.0673.
For More Information:  
www.quovad2000.org


Discount:
  HEART of Texas Members (with a valid, current HEART of Texas Family ID card) receive
$5/month off tuition all year (up to 9 months per student per school year) AND Children's Theater Workshop Half-Price Tuition ($45 value, limit one discount per workshop) See http://www.heartoftex.org/partners/ for more details.

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


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28.  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 – JAN 7; FEB 4; MAR 3
Time:
Mon: Noon-6pm;  Thu: 10am-2pm;  Sat: Noon-5pm
Location:  Wichita Falls Public Library
                600 11th St
                940-7670868 x248
Books:  
3,000 books; 100% donated; 85% hardcover; .50-$2
Half-price sale on most books 1st Saturday of each month
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GRAND PRAIRIE – JAN 21-31, 2012
Time: Sat: 9am-5pm
Location:   Grand Prairie Library
                901 Conover Dr
                972-262-8015
Books:  
All items .25;  5,000 books; 90% donated; 90% hardcover
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LANCASTER – FEBRUARY 2-4
Time: Preview Night ($5 at door): 7pm
         Free admission Friday and Saturday: 10am-4pm
         Bag Sale starts Sat: 1pm

Location:   Lancaster Veterans Memorial Library Book Sale
                1600 Veterans Memorial Parkway
                (about 15 minutes south from downtown Dallas
                between I35E & I45 and 4 miles south of I20)
                972-227-1080
Contact: Click Here
Books:  3,500 Volumes, 50% donated, 60% hardcover
Fiction (hardback/paperback), lots of non-fiction, children's books, a few vintage books

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29.  CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION

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

DECEMBER Schedule:
9 Last day of fall semester (classes resume January 13, 2012)
12 Center Student Christmas Party - RSVP tickets are $5.00 -  7:00 pm
16 Combined Christmas Caroling concert - 7:30 pm
17 Combined Christmas Caroling concert - 7:30 pm
 
All concert tickets are $5.00    

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/resources/membership


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30.  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/resources/membership


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31.
 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.

December 2011
    3rd - Horsemanship Day Camp
    10th to 11th - Winter Nature Camp
    21st - Nature Awareness Day Camp

January 2012
    7th -  Horsemanship Day Camp
    14th -15th - Primitive Survival Skills Class 1
    TBA - Hide Tanning Class

February 2012
    4th - Horsemanship Day Camp
    25th - 26th -  Primitive Survival Skills 2


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):
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
Dates TBA
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
Dates TBA
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 but want to join any 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. 
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 & 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/resources/membership

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32.  DALLAS ARBORETUM EVENTS

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

Hours:  Open Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Admission:
 
$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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33.  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  

SATURDAYS, Naturalist-Led Hikes
10am-Noon
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.
Cost: $5 (with paid admission).

NOVEMBER 4; DECEMBER 2 -- Early Birds
8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

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.
Cost: $10 (includes admission fee).

NOVEMBER 13 - Crafty Kids
1-2pm
It’s that time of year again when the trees start to lose their leaves.  Bring the kids out to the Nature Center to collect leaves and make a fall nature craft to take home.
Cost:
FREE (with paid admission).

NOVEMBER 17 - Evening Stroll with a Naturalist
5:00pm-6:30pm

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.
Cost: $10 (includes admission fee)

NOVEMBER 18 - Preschool Discovery Club
1pm & 2pm

We invite preschoolers, ages 3 - 5 and their adult companions to join us in discovering the exciting world of nature. In September, we will be learning about birds.
Pre-registration required.
Cost: $10/child (includes admission fee)

DECEMBER 3 – Make a Bird Feeder
1-3pm
Winter can be a little more difficult for birds to find food. Let us help them out a little bit and make some bird  feeders. When you stop by the Visitors’ Center, join us in making a feeder to take home. Supplement a bird’s diet and attract more birds to your backyard.   
Cost:
FREE (with paid admission).

DECEMBER 4 – Archaeology of Texas
1-2pm
The Nature Center has a great cultural history. Join the Tarrant County Archeology Society as they present a program on Texas archeology and a summation of what was discovered when the society excavated at the Nature Center 20 years ago.   
Cost:
FREE (with paid admission).

DECEMBER 17 – Winter Constellations
1 - 3 p.m.
Winter is a great time for stargazing. The skies are clearer and you do not have to stay up too late to see the stars. For those that are not familiar with some of the constellations that are above you, stop by and learn some of the common constellations we have in our night sky. Programs are 30 minutes long and begin on the hour and half hour.
Cost:  FREE (with paid admission).

The Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge (FWNC&R) is located on the northwest side of Fort Worth, four miles west of I-820 on Jacksboro Hwy (TX Hwy 199), just inside the city limits of Fort Worth.

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 Amiles 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.   

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34.  FORT WORTH BOTANIC GARDENS PROGRAMS

OCTOBER 8 -- Fall Plant Sale
Time:  9am - 2pm
Location:  
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107
Details:  Peruse our perennials and native Texas plants. Browse our selection of decorative grasses, shrubs and bulbs as well. Planting in the fall is a great opportunity to give your plants a jump start on the Texas summers.


OCTOBER 22-23 -- Fall Festival in the Japanese Garden
Time:  10am-5pm (Saturday);  11am-5pm (Sunday)
Location:  
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107
Cost:  $5/Adults;  $3/Children ages 4-12;  Free under 4
Details:  Feast your eyes on the fall color of the Japanese Garden while you and your family enjoy traditional Japanese dance, music, martial arts demonstrations, papermaking, and tea ceremonies.



For more information: call 817-871-7686


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35.  FOSSIL RIM HOME SCHOOL CLASSES AND EVENTS

DECEMBER 13 -- Christmas for the Critters (Go Ahead, Make My Day) Class & Tour
Time:  
10am - 2:30pm-ish
    Morning Hike: 10am-Noon
    Break for Lunch:  12:00-1:00
    Guided Bus Tour:  1pm-2:30ish
Cost:  $18/person;  Ages 2 and under under free
Bring a picnic lunch.
To Register:  Call Call 254-898-4215
For Questions:  Click Here to email
Details:  Investigate the process of enrichment for animals in captivity. A look at how Fossil Rim keeps its animals happy and entertained. Participants will make enrichment items for various animals during our morning class, then share a picnic lunch, followed by a guided tour of Fossil Rim.

JANUARY 30 -- Amazing Arthropods (Insects, Spiders & Scorpions, Oh My!) Class & Tour
Time:  
10am - 2:30ish
    Morning Hike: 10am-Noon
    Break for Lunch:  12:00-1:00
    Guided Bus Tour:  1pm-2:30ish
Cost:  $18/person;  Ages 2 and under under free
Bring a picnic lunch.
To Register:  Call Call 254-898-4215
For Questions:  Click Here to email
Details:  Learn about insects, spiders, and other arthropods, with a special focus on
Texas natives and endangered species. Then, enjoy  a picnic lunch at the Overlook, and a tour of Fossil Rim Wildlife Center.  The class is multi-level; all ages will benefit.

FEBRUARY 13 -- Animal Fashions Class & Tour
Time:  
10am - 2:30ish
    Morning Hike: 10am-Noon
    Break for Lunch:  12:00-1:00
    Guided Bus Tour:  1pm-2:30ish
Cost:  $18/person;  Ages 2 and under under free
Bring a picnic lunch.
To Register:  Call Call 254-898-4215
For Questions:  Click Here to email
Details:  Investigate the different costumes animals wear on their bodies:  from an insect’s exoskeleton to the feathers of a bird or a turtle’s shell.  This class is multi-level  (all ages will benefit). 

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

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36. 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/resources/membership


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37.  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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38.  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.

DECEMBER 26-30 -- Winter Art Camp:  Sheep on Parade
Time:  9:30am-1pm
Cost:  $175 for the week
Details:  The Heritage Farmstead winter art camp provides a FUN experience in a unique
setting. Campers will learn all about the care, feeding and use of sheep on the
farm at the turn of the century. Campers will spend time each day of the week
working with their small group to create, design and paint a life size cut-out
sheep to be displayed on the farmstead for all to enjoy. The camp is being
provided for children ages 8-12. Space is limited.
RSVP by Dec 9:  972-881-0140


WEDNESDAYS (Nov 2-Dec 21)
I See the Farm:  An 8-week art class for students 12 and above

Time:  1pm-3pm
Cost:  $100 for 8 weeks;  $25 one-time material fee
Details:  Class limited to 15 students.  Taught by Carmen Haggard, retired AP Art Teacher from Plano East.  Instruction will encourage students to find their inner artist a they learn beginning drawing skills using pencil, colored pencil, crayon, charcoal, pen & ink, and Sumi Brush
Art Show:  Opening December 30, 2011 at 5pm
Reservations:  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/resources/membership

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39.  RIDE WITH PRIDE

Ride With Pride, Inc. Horsemanship School in Southlake specializes in teaching students ages 3 and older how to care for and ride a horse safely.  Ride With Pride, Inc. has been in operation since 1980.  They offer Western & English lessons, and their instructors are certified with the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA). 

For Enrollment Information:  Click here to send an email or 817-481-2893

Discount:  Ride with Pride is offering HEART of Texas members (with a current HEART of Texas Family ID card) a 10% discount on tuition.  
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here


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40.  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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41.  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.

DECEMBER 10 -- Butterfly Seasons:  Winter
Time:
 10am-11am
Cost:  
$15/person
Dallas County Lepidopterist Society's co-founder Dale Clark focuses on the butterflies of Winter -- yes, we have butterflies in winter here! Discover the various ways our native species have adapted methods to cope with our often harsh winters and survive! One in a series of new programs offered throughout the year.

DECEMBER 17 -- Garden Walk: Living Ornaments
Time:  11am-Noon
Cost:  
$8/adults, $6/seniors 60+, and $4/children 3-11). Pay at door.
See how colorful a winter garden can be and learn how to make natural ornaments taken from the outdoors (
included with admission). Dress appropriately for an outdoors walk.

DAILY:  Butterfly Release Program

Time:  Noon
Cost:  
$8/adults, $6/seniors 60+, and $4/children 3-11). Pay at door.
Join us Daily at Noon for a talk and butterfly release as we let newly-emerged butterflies out into the conservatory.  Enjoy the two-level butterfly house with hundreds of free-flying tropical butterflies. See more than 60 species of tropical plants, including the pitcher plant at the bottom of the ramp. Looking for more than butterflies? In our lobby, we have rotating insect and arthropod displays. See eye-to-eye with scorpions, hissing cockroaches, pillbugs, and a tarantula!

**During the State Fair, we hold two releases: 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.


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)


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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42.  TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT ACTIVITIES

ATHENS, TX

NOVEMBER 5 -– Take Only Pictures; Leave Only Footprints
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time:  3pm-5pm
Details:  Learn the basics of Leave No Trace and how photography can help grasp your memories.  Bring your digital camera and learn a few techniques for taking nature pictures, afterwards, we will take a hike for a scavenger hunt of things in nature, then review what we found. 
For More Information:  903-425-2332

NOVEMBER 5 -- Nature Hike
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time:  5:30-6:30pm
Details:  Take a hike and learn about the flora and fauna of the park. Hike is about a one mile on relatively flat terrain. Wear appropriate shoes. Meet at the overflow camping parking lot.
For More Information:  903-425-2332

NOVEMBER 26 -- Birding Basics
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time:  3pm-4pm
Details:  Take a hike and learn about techniques for finding and identifying birds. Wear comfortable shoes, bring binoculars if you have them otherwise we have a few to loan out.  Meet at the overflow camping parking lot. 
For More Information:  903-425-2332

DECEMBER 3 -– Take Only Pictures; Leave Only Footprints
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time:  3pm-5pm
Details:  Learn the basics of Leave No Trace and how photography can help grasp your memories.  Bring your digital camera and learn a few techniques for taking nature pictures, afterwards, we will take a hike for a scavenger hunt of things in nature, then review what we found. 
For More Information:  903-425-2332

DECEMBER 10 -- Birding Basics
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time:  3pm-4pm
Details:  Take a hike and learn about techniques for finding and identifying birds. Wear comfortable shoes, bring binoculars if you have them otherwise we have a few to loan out.  Meet at the overflow camping parking lot. 
For More Information:  903-425-2332


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CEDAR HILL, TX

No events scheduled at Cedar Hill State Park


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DENTON, TX

No events scheduled for this month at Ray Roberts Lake State Park.


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DENISON, TX

No events scheduled for this month at Eisenhower State Park


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GLEN ROSE, TX

DECEMBER 17 -- Christmas for the Birds - Building Wild Bird Feeders Workshop
Location
: Dinosaur Valley State Park
Time: 1pm-4pm
Details: The workshop will cover how to build a wild bird feeder out of a log. The goal is to fill the log with bird food that will aid the birds through the winter months. We may get a visit from “Old Saint Nick”. Come and join the fun!

Reservation:  
254-897-4588


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JACKSBORO, TX

NOVEMBER 4 -6
Location
Fort Richardson State Historic Site, 228 State Park Road 61, Jacksboro, TX 76458.
Time: 9am-4pm
Details: Step back in time to the 1860s and see what life was like as historical re-enactors perform drills, Civil War battle re-enactments, demonstrations, hands-on activities and much more.  Friday, November 4 is open to school groups.  
Reservations recommended for school groups to ensure a time slot.
Cost:  Fee $1 per person; Lunch available by reservation for $4

Saturday and Sunday are open to the general public.
Cost:  Fee in addition to entry fees is $2 adults and free for children 12 and under. For more information, visit  http://www.keysbattery.com/battleforfortrichardson.

Reservation:  940-567-3506

DECEMBER 10 -- Ft. Richardson Trout Fishing Morning
Location
: Fort Richardson SP and HS/Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway
Time: 9am-Noon
Details: Saturday morning free fishing at Quarry Lake, Fort Richardson State Park.  The lake will be stocked with rainbow trout. 
Cost:  Entry fees will waived for participants until noon.    

Reservation:  254-897-4588

DECEMBER 10 -- Ghosts of Christmas Past
Location
: Fort Richardson SP and HS/Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway
Time: 5pm-7pm
Details: Fort Richardson by Candlelight.  Enjoy old time refreshments and observe “ghosts” of cavalry soldiers and their families as they celebrate Christmas in an 1870’s U.S. military post.  The public may also stroll through the historic buildings by candlelight. 
Cost:  Event is free but park entry fees still apply.      

Reservation:  254-897-4588


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MINERAL WELLS, TX

NOVEMBER 5 -- Night Sounds
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Time: 7pm-8:30pm
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

NOVEMBER 5 -- Cowboy Campfire - Music & Poetry
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Time: 7pm-9pm
Details:  Enjoy a peaceful evening of cowboy music, poetry and stories. Experience the Cow Camp lifestyle and local historical treasures through the music and poetry of the old cowboys. Bring your favorite lawn chair.
Cost:  State park fees apply.

Call: 940-327-8950

NOVEMBER 19 -- Kids' Wilderness Survival
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Time: 1pm-4pm
Details:  This two and half-hour course is a fun way for kids to learn what to do if they become lost. The course includes interactive games, demonstrations and a hike on the nature leader. Reservations are required.
Call: 940-328-1171



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TYLER, TX

NOV 5 -- Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration
Location: Tyler State Park, 789 Park Road 16, Tyler, Texas 75706.
Time: 10am-11am
Details:
Learn the basics of the fine art of historic camp cooking with cast iron!  Visit with members of the Dogwood Dutch Oven Cookers. CAUTION:  You will be hooked!  Accessible for the mobility impaired. Held at Tyler State Park, 789 Park Road 16, Tyler, Texas 75706. Accessible for the mobility imparied.

NOV 5 - NOV 26 (Saturdays)-- Snakes: The Good, the Bad; and the Hungry (Rated PG)
Location
:
Tyler State Park, 789 Park Road 16, Tyler, Texas 75706.
Time: 2pm-3pm
Details: Every Saturday. This program is for snake lovers and haters. Learn why they are mysterious and misunderstood, why they are important to humans, and their behaviors and what to do at a close encounter. Also, snakes have to eat, but they don’t like vegetables! Find out what they do like. Accessible for the mobility impaired.

Reservation:  903-597-5338

NOV 5 -- Woodland Firefighters
Location
:
Tyler State Park, 789 Park Road 16, Tyler, Texas 75706.
Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm
Details: Come and see how Wildland Firefighters are essential for the conservation of our natural resources.  See the tools of the trade and what it takes to be a firefighter. Accessible for the mobility impaired.

Reservation:  903-597-5338

NOVEMBER 12 -- Knotty-Time for Kids!
Location
Tyler State Park, 789 Park Road 16, Tyler, Texas 75706.
Time: 11am-Noon
Details: Celebrate past cultures and enhance outdoor living skills by learning a few basic camp knots. Discover where and why your favorite knot came to be. Accessible for the mobility imparied.

Reservation:  903-597-5338

NOVEMBER 19 -- Let's Go Birding!
Location
:
Tyler State Park, 789 Park Road 16, Tyler, Texas 75706.
Time: 8am-10am
Details: We’ll go hiking throughout the park and observe birds so you can add them to your list. Bring binoculars, a field guide and comfortable shoes. Check with the Park Headquarters for the location of the hike. Accessible for the mobility imparied.  No pets please. 

Reservation:  903-597-5338


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WILLS POINT, TX

DECEMBER 10 -- Twinkle Tour
Location:  Lake Tawakoni State Park
Time:  6pm-9pm
Details: Make early reservations for December 9th and 10th. Come decorate your site and enjoy the second night of camping free. If you do not feel like camping, come take a hayride after sunset on December 10th. Cookies and hot chocolate available while you wait.
Cost:  Entrance fees still apply.

Call: 903-560-7123

FEBRUARY 19 -- 10th Annual Fish Fun
Location:  Lake Tawakoni State Park
Time:  9am-1pm
Details: Come out to the park for our 10th Annual Fun Fish! Event Starts at 9am. Lunch Provided. Prizes awarded. Space is limited. Call Park Headquarters to claim your little trout’s spot! 12 and under.

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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43.  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:

THROUGH DECEMBER 23 -- Santa Claus, The Musical
Inspired by the book The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, comes this enchanting story that explains everything you ever wanted to know about jolly, old Saint Nick. Join in on this magical adventure to find out why Santa Claus goes down the chimney, fills stockings with toys, and lives at the North Pole. This exciting holiday tale features classic Christmas carols and delightful new songs!
Tickets: $20 - $25
To Order Online Tickets: Click Here


FEBRUARY 10-26 -- Charlotte's Web
MARCH 30-APRIL 15 -- Alice in Wonderland
MAY 4-20 -- Annie Jr.



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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44.  PERFORMANCES AT CATS THEATER IN ARLINGTON


2011-2012 Series
DECEMBER 2-18 -- The Twelve Daze of Christmas
It's Christmas-time and all Alice wants to do is just sing one of her favorite holiday songs, "The Twelve Days of Christmas." But after just a few words, Alice realizes that when she sings, the characters in the popular holiday tune begin to come to life! CATS celebrates the holidays with this cheery, captivating and clever romp!

JANUARY 27-FEBRUARY 12 -- Madeline and the Gypsies
This musical adaptation captures all the magic of Ludwig Bemelmans’ beloved 1959 book. When the irrepressible Madeline and her friend, Pepito, get lost during a visit to the carnival and end up being carried away by carnival folk, their rousing adventures with a traveling circus begin!

MARCH 23 - APRIL 1 -- Tale of a West Texas Marsupial Girl
One day, somewhere in West Texas, a girl is born. She’s got beautiful toes, a beautiful nose, all her tiny fingers and all her tiny toes but, holy puppy on a peach tree, she is something else! Something a bit like a kangaroo!! This girl is about 95% girl and about 5% marsupial. In other words, she’s got a pouch. It might seem that a built in pocket would come in handy, but it doesn’t always work that way. This is the regional premiere of this delightfully original, quirky play with music, and it’s destined to become an audience favorite!

APRIL 27-MAY 6 -- All Shook Up
Inspired by and featuring the songs of ELVIS PRESLEY® !! Into a square little town in a square little state rides a guitar-playing roustabout who changes everything and everyone he meets in this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy that'll have you jumpin' out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as "Heartbreak Hotel," "Jailhouse Rock," and "Don't Be Cruel."


Tickets:
  * Regular admission $8-$10
  * 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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45.  COTTAGE THEATER – CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION

Center for Home Education’s Cottage Theater Presents:
DECEMBER Schedule:
9 Last day of fall semester (classes resume January 13, 2012)
12 Center Student Christmas Party - RSVP tickets are $5.00 -  7:00 pm
16 Combined Christmas Caroling concert - 7:30 pm
17 Combined Christmas Caroling concert - 7:30 pm
 
All concert tickets are $5.00 



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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46.  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.

NOVEMBER 19-DECEMBER 23 -- The Reindeer That Saved Christmas
Rudy has been living in the shadow of the North Pole’s favorite reindeer all his life and wants nothing more than to prove himself to Santa and become part of the Reindeer Fleet. When Christmas Spirit reaches an all-time low and the North Pole goes dark, Rudy might just get his chance!

JANUARY 2-28 -- Rumple-Steal-Skin
A miller’s daughter must try to spin straw into gold for the King. When a strange little man offers to help her, she doesn’t realize that he wants to steal everything she owns. Can she guess his name and save her baby?


Artisan Main Stage Productions:

NOVEMBER 18-DECEMBER 23 -- Scrooge the Musical
Catch the holly jolly spirit and see this musical adaptation of the Dickens’ novel that tells the tale of Scrooge and those ghostly visits on Christmas Eve. Full of hummable tunes, it’s a holiday classic the whole family can enjoy together.

DECEMBER 31 - JANUARY 28, 2012 -- All Hands on Deck
ALL SINGING! ALL DANCING! ALL BIG BAND! Based on Bob Hope’s 1942 USO tour to the troops in the field, ALL HANDS ON DECK! is a new, two-act revue performed by four charismatic singer/dancer/comics and a 9-piece orchestra featuring the songs, dances and laughs that America has loved since the ’40s.
Songs include: Chattanooga Choo-Choo, Atchison Topeka And The Santa Fe, I’m In The Mood For Love, Pennsylvania Polka, I’ll Never Smile Again, Any Bonds Today?, Don’t Fence Me In, America The Beautiful, Deep In The Heart Of Texas, Thanks For The Memory and a powerful Military Medley. ALL HANDS ON DECK! boasts over 40 classic Big Band hits in original arrangements all packaged in a fun-filled, true-to-life reproduction of the kind of USO show Bob Hope and Jack Benny would have taken to the troops: classic humor and great music from those special days of road shows, war-bond drives, and radio broadcasts.


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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47.  PERFORMANCES AT BASS PERFORMANCE HALL

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

For More Information on the performance: Click Here

Location:  Bass Performance Hall
               Fort Worth, TX


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48.  BREITLING YOUTH THEATER

DECEMBER 14-17 -- Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus!
To Purchase Tickets:  
Click Here

Times:  
Dec 14 & 15 at 1pm
            Dec 16 & 17 at 7pm

Location:  Plaza Theater, 521 West State St, Garland, 75040
Cost: Dec 14 & 15:  $6/person  
        Dec 16 & 17: $9/ages 12 and up;  $6 ages 11 and under  
        Ages 2 and under free for all show dates

To Pre-Order Tickets:  972-658-3915 or click here to email
To Order Online:  click here
Please Note:  All tickets will be held at the door
About the Performance:
This story was inspired by a simple letter written over 100 years ago by 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon to the editor of the New York Sun and by the timeless editorial response printed on the front page of the Sun. Virginia wondered and wrote: "Dear Editor, I am eight years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says if you see it in the Sun, it's so. Please tell me the truth. Is there a Santa Claus?"   Frank Church, editor at The Sun, is assigned to answer her letter.  He is at a crossroads in his own life but his answer to Virginia's letter has become the most reprinted editorial in history and has been translated into more than 20 languages!  Come see this touching story about faith, love and believing!


Discount:  Breitling Youth 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 More About This Partner:  Click Here
To Learn About HEART of Texas Family Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership


Auditions
STARTING JANUARY 16, 2012 -- Auditions for Peter Pan

This story closely follows J.M. Barrie's novel of a boy that won't grow up and his adventures with the Lost Boys, the Fairies, the Pirates, the Mermaids, the Indians, and of course Wendy and her brothers! There are Great parts for kids of ALL ages! Come join the fun as we make these characters come to life. It will be an adventure of a lifetime you won't want to miss!
WHEN:  Tuesdays 4-6 pm  OR Fridays 1:30-3:30pm; Starting the Week of January 16th, 2012
Call for listing of fees/tuition.

STARTING JANUARY 17, 2012 -- Auditions for Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera returns! This mystery/comedy adaptation of the classic remains quite faithful to the original text, in which a series of bizarre murders plagues the Paris Opera House. In the midst of frantic attempts to prepare for the gala opening of a brilliant, ambitious new work, the frightened protagonists must prevent the evil phantom from striking again. Will the beautiful and talented Christine be spared a horrible murder at the hands of the elusive phantom? Will her handsome fiance' discover his hiding place before it's too late? Enjoy this show and see it for yourself! If you dare!
WHEN:  Tuesdays 7-9 pm; Starting January 17, 2012

One Hour Classes- $45/mo*
Two Hour Production Classes Tuition -$70/mo*  This includes tuition fee, script fees, character props, costume rental & cleaning, stage make-up, and special hair products when needed.  *Discounts:  Additional children or Multiple Classes are $10 less/mo.  See website for complete details.
Auditions for Ages 4-19.
Call for listing of classes and other details:  972-658-3915

Location:  
303 Main St, Garland, TX  75040


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49.  DALLAS CHILDREN’S THEATER PERFORMANCES

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

NOVEMBER 17 - DECEMBER 22 -- The Nutcracker (Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts)
Grades:
 All Ages

NOVEMBER 17 - DECEMBER 22 -- Madeline's Christmas
Grades:  
K-6
Baker Theater

NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 16 -- Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters
Grades:
 All Ages

JANUARY 19 - MARCH 2 -- If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
Grades:  Pre-K through 5th
Baker Theater

FEBRUARY 14-24 -- The Secret Life Of Girls
Grades:
 6 through High School
Studio Theater

MARCH 8 - APRIL 5 -- Young King Arthur
Grades:
 K through 4th
Studio Theater

MARCH 22 - APRIL 13 -- Anne Of Green Gables
Grades:
 5th through High School
Baker Theater

MAY 4 - MAY 25 -- Diary Of A Worm, A Spider & A Fly
Grades:
 Pre-K through 4th
Baker Theater

JULY 3,5,6 -- Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters
Grades:  All Ages

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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50.  DALLAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES

OCTOBER 12, 13, 18 – The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Grades PreK-2)
NOVEMBER 1, 2 –
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Grades 3-6)
Time: 9:30am & 11am
Details:  This concert features Benjamin Britten's beloved Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and other selections which highlight the families of instruments.  Additional works will include Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man and music by Mussorgsky and Mendelssohn. Lively demonstrations by DSO principal musicians will also be featured.
To Reserve Seats:  click here

JANUARY 11, FEBRUARY 7, FEBRUARY 8 – The Orchestra Sings - An Interactive Youth Concert (Grades 3-6)
Time:
10am & 11:30am
Melody is one of the universal elements of music. This highly interactive program gives students the opportunity to explore what makes a good melody from the inside out. Teachers are given a comprehensive curriculum covering basic recorder and choral techniques that students will use as they play along with the orchestra in a culminating concert. The curriculum also covers important general music concepts, using the concert repertoire as case studies. Repertoire includes  "Ode to Joy," "Simple Gifts," Copland's "I Bought Me a Cat," Dvořák's New World Symphony, Stravinsky's Firebird, and two original songs written just for this program.
Important Note: Participation in the Teacher Training on August 30th is MANDATORY in order to attend "The Orchestra Sings."

GENERAL DSO INFORMATION
Admission:  $6/person (payment must be received with all reservations)
Parking:  $6 per car in the Arts District Parking Garage
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.

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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51.  FORT WORTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA YOUNG PERSON'S CONCERTS

JANUARY 18 & 19 -- Young Person's Concerts:  Ballet for Martha
Ages:  7-12
Time:  10:15 am and 12:15pm
Cost:  $4
Location:  Bass Performance Hall
Details:  This year's Young Person's Concert program is titled Ballet for Martha, with conductor Andrés Franco.  Students will learn how composer Aaron Copland, choreographer Martha Graham and set designer Isamu Noguchi worked together to create Appalachian Spring, an American masterpiece.  Get a behind-the-scenes look at the process of creating a great work of art: from the first spark of inspiration to the premiere performance of the ballet in 1944. Program subject to change.
To Reserve Tickets:  Click Here

MARCH 29 -- Kinderconcerts:  Green Eggs & Ham
Ages:  3-6
Time:  9:45am & 11:15am
Cost:  $4
Location:  McKinney Memorial Bible Church, 4805 Arborlawn Dr, Ft. Worth
Details:  Back by popular demand, Robert Kapilow's Green Eggs and Ham brings Dr. Seuss's classic to life in this version for orchestra, narrator and soloist. Program subject to change.
To Reserve Tickets:  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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52.  PLANO CHILDREN’S THEATER PERFORMANCES


DECEMBER 2-11 -- Annie (McKinney)
McKinney Youth Theatre presents one of Broadway’s most beloved musicals. This adorable cast will sing and dance their way into your hearts as they bring the comic strip classic to life on stage. Join them and watch everyone’s favorite optimistic orphan, Annie, match wits with Ms. Hannigan and bring joy into the lush life of Daddy Warbucks.
Tickets: $8 in advance or $10 at door
To Purchase Tickets:
 972-422-2575

DECEMBER 9-18 -- Scrooge (Plano)
This stage version of the 1970 film starring Albert Finney is full of song and all of the revelations of Charles Dickens' classic tale of redemption, A Christmas Carol. Cast with both adults and children experience Scrooge's journey through his past, present and future and the effects of his transformation on the classic cast of characters that surround him. A treat for the entire family this holiday season.
Tickets: $8 in advance or $10 at door
To Purchase Tickets:
 972-422-2575


Location:  Plano Children’s Theater, 1301 Custer Road, Plano, TX 75075
Website:  www.planochildrenstheatre.com

NOTE:  Some productions may not be appropriate for children.  Each family is encouraged to exercise discretion when considering  to allow your children/family to view these productions.  

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53.  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:
OCTOBER 22 & 23 at 2p.m. -- Giselle (Bass Performance Hall)
HEART of Texas Home School Day: OCTOBER 22 at 2pm (Bass Performance Hall)


NOV 26 & 27 and DEC 3 & 4 at 2pm -- The Nutcracker (Winspear Opera House in Dallas)

HEART of Texas Home School Day:   DECEMBER 3 at 2pm (Winspear Opera House)


DECEMBER 10, 17, 18 at 2pm -- The Nutcracker (Bass Performance Hall)
DECEMBER 11 at 7pm -- The Nutcracker (Bass Performance Hall)
HEART of Texas Home School Day:   DECEMBER 11 at 7pm (Bass Performance Hall)

FEBRUARY 25 & 26 at 2pm -- Dracula (Bass Performance Hall)
HEART of Texas Home School Day:   DECEMBER 25 at 2pm (Bass Performance Hall)


Special Home School Ticket Prices:
                                    $50 Center Orchestra
                                    $30 Front Orchestra, Side Orchestra, or Parterre Circle
                                    $25 Mezzanine
                                    $15 Lower & Upper Galleries
                                    *Reserving seats requires a $25 non-refundable deposit

To Purchase Tickets By Phone:  
Call John Jacobe 817-763-0207 ext 104 or click here to email

For Order Form:  
Click Here



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54.  HOME SCHOOL DISCOUNT TICKETS TO DALLAS THEATER PERFORMANCES

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

Shows TBA

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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55.  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 DEC 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.

THJAN 8, 2012 -- John Marin: Modernism at Midcentury
Reflect on the last 20 years of the art of John Marin (1870–1953), one of America’s foremost modernists. In this special exhibition of over 50 oils and watercolors, Marin’s work from 1933 until his death in 1953 will be on view.

OPENS FEB 11 - MAY 13, 2012 -- Romance Maker: The Watercolors of Charles Russell
More than 100 of the finest and best-preserved watercolors by Charles M. Russell (1864–1926) will be featured in this special exhibition. Never before have so many of these singular depictions of the Old West been brought together.

OPENS MAR 11 - JUNE 17, 2012 --
Sargent's Youthful Genius: Paintings from the Clark
Four spectacular paintings by John Singer Sargent (1856–1926) are part of the renowned collection of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

JUNE 9-AUGUST 19, 2012 -- American Vanguards: Graham, Davis, Gorky, de Kooning, and Their Circle
During the early twentieth century, the enigmatic and charismatic John Graham (1886–1961) and his circle of New York artists, which included Stuart Davis, Arshile Gorky, and Willem de Kooning, forged their identities and dramatically transformed conceptions of what a painting or sculpture could be.  They, along with others such as Jackson Pollock and David Smith, played a critical role in developing and defining American modernism. American Vanguards showcases more than sixty works of art from this vital period that demonstrate the inter-connections, common sources, and shared stimuli among the members of Graham’s circle.


OCTOBER 6, 2012-JANUARY 6, 2013 -- To See as Artists See: American Art from the Phillips Collection
Founded by Duncan Phillips in 1918, The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., opened to the public in 1921 as America’s first museum of modern art. To See as Artists See is the first large-scale, traveling presentation of The Phillips’ celebrated collection of American art, chronicling the broad scope and richness of its holdings from 1850 to 1960.  This landmark show featuring about 100 masterworks by over sixty-three artists traces American art from the birth of the modernist spirit at the end of the nineteenth century through postwar American painting in the mid-twentieth 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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56.  DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART EXHIBITS  

FREE First Tuesdays of each month
Time: 1-2pm
Cost:  
General admission to the Museum is free on the first Tuesday of every month.
Location:  
Center for Creative Connections (C3)
Ages:  Programming is designed for children ages five and under, but all are welcome.
Details: Enjoy thematic art-making activities, story times, performances, and gallery activities.
Themes:  JANUARY 3 -- Dress Up!
                 FEBRUARY 7 -- For the Birds
                 MARCH 6 -- Shape by Shape

Exhibits:
THROUGH DECEMBER 11 -- Afterlife: The Story of Henri Matisse's "Ivy in Flower"
THROUGH JANUARY 1, 2012 -- African Headwear: Beyond Fashion
THROUGH JANUARY 15, 2012 -- Mark Bradford
THROUGH JANUARY 29 -- Form/Unformed: Design from 1960 to Present
THROUGH FALL 2012 -- Encountering Space in the Center for Creative Connections

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
JANUARY 20;  FEBRUARY 17;  MARCH 16;  APRIL 20;  MAY 18
Time: Third Friday of each month from 6 p.m.-Midnight
Cost:  General admission is $10 or less.  Late Night programs are included in general admission to the Museum unless otherwise noted. Some exhibitions require an additional ticket. Details:  One Friday a month, the Museum is open until midnight with activities, tours, readings, film screenings, concerts, performances, family programs, and more!   

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.


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


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

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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57.  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.

FREE Admission to view the museum's Permanent Collection
       

Exhibits:
THROUGH JAN 8, 2012 -- Caravaggio and His Followers in Rome
OPENS MARCH 11, 2012 --
Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Clark

Children's Workshops:

JANUARY 28 - Art Lab
Time:
 10am-Noon
Cost:  
$15 (no charge to parent - limit 3 children per adult)
To Register:  
817-332-8451, ext 249
Details:
Learn about some of the detective work used to study and care for artworks in the permanent collection before testing conservation techniques to uncover your own art mystery.

FREE Family Festival
FEBRUARY 18 -- Color Your World
Time:  
1-4pm
Cost:  Free; No Registration Required
Details:  A kaleidoscope of colors brightens and lightens, dances and calls for your attention. Play with the possibilities of your favorite colors with multimedia art projects and enjoy related films, scheduled family tours, and live performances.

Pictures & Pages (ages 4-6)
JANUARY 10 -- The Snowy Day, by Komako Sakai
FEBRUARY 7 -- Hey, Pipsqueak!, by Kate McMullan and Jim McMullan
Time:  10:30 a.m.–11:15 a.m.
Cost:  $10/child;  No charge for parents
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. 249

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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58.  MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE IN DALLAS

Exhibits:
THROUGH JANUARY 8, 2012 -- Bob the Builder™ - Project: Build It
THROUGH SEPTEMBER 16, 2012 -- Planet Shark: Predator or Prey


Home School Classes:
TBA


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
Secrets of the Sun
From the nuclear forces churning at the heart of the sun to the mass ejections of solar material into the surrounding space, we will experience the power of the sun and its impact on the planets and ultimately life on Earth. We will trace the life cycle of the sun itself, going back to its beginnings and moving forward in time to its eventual death.
Universe
Universe allows audiences to experience an historical look at how we have envisioned the universe though the ages. We visit some of the ancient sites where our ancestors erected great structures with special astronomical significance. Finally we look at the Universe through the eyes of today’s science and space explorers to build up a spectacular overview of the heavens.
Texas Night Sky
Enjoy this informal narrated introduction to the wonders of the sky featuring a view as it may appear tonight in your own backyard. Learn which planets, stars, and constellations are currently visible, the unique stories behind their names, and tips on how to locate them in the night sky. The things available to see change as the calendar changes and so do these shows!
Seven Wonders
Turn back the pages of time and witness the ancient wonders of the world as they have not been seen for thousands of years. Travel to Egypt to visit the Lighthouse of Alexandria and the Great Pyramids, to Persia to see the original Mausoleum, to Babylon to explore the fabled Hanging Gardens, to Greece to tour the Temples of Zeus and Artemis, and to Rhodes to stand in the shadow of the towering Colossus. We will investigate the theories of how these wonders were created and get a glimpse of some of the universe’s greatest wonders. Narrated by Sean Bean, Boromir from the Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
Wonders of the Universe
Peer deep into space through the eyes of the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope and travel back billions of years in time to witness the birth of the universe. On this breathtaking excursion you’ll witness the formation of galaxies and explore some of the most wondrous nebulae and astronomical structures yet discovered. As your travels continue, you’ll fly deep into our own Milky Way galaxy and return home to Earth on a spectacular tour through the solar system.


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
Putting DNA to Work
Visitors are encouraged to examine DNA sequences and see how that knowledge can be used to unlock the secrets 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
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
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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59.  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
For Ticket Information: 817-255-9540

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

Special Exhibits:
THROUGH JANUARY 22, 2012 -- Discover the Real George Washington: New Views from Mount Vernon
This exhibition is presented in 11 sections, ranging from Washington's youth to his final days.
Approximately 100 original objects associated with George Washington – including the only surviving complete set of his famous dentures – will be on display.
To Learn More About this Exhibit:  Click here

OPENING DEC 17-APRIL 1, 2012 -- Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America Through Galveston Island
For many students of history, Ellis Island is synonymous with American immigration. Forgotten Gateway recalls an equally important island that served as a point of entry for hundreds of thousands immigrants even before Ellis Island opened its port. The new exhibit chronicles The Port of Galveston’s largely forgotten history as a major gateway to American immigration from 1845 to 1924. Forgotten Gateway builds on a growing scholarly and public interest in the history of migration patterns to America and Galveston’s place (as one of the nation’s top immigrant ports) in that history.
To Learn More About this Exhibit:  Click here


COMING SPRING 2012-- The Largest World Trade Center Artifact in Texas
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is proud to be the designated caretakers of N-101 from  the World Trade Center's North Tower.  The beam, a full-facade panel that once supported the three floors (101-103) located two stories above the center of the impact zone of the North Tower, is the largest artifact in Texas from the World Trade Center.
Comprised of three steel columns, three stories high, bolted together, the beam weighs approximately 6,500 pounds and measures 36 feet high by 6 feet wide by 3 feet thick.  It is one of the few recovered pieces the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been able to trace to its exact location within the tower.  Officially known as WTC 1, Column 133, floors 100-103 NIST Steel # N-101, Impact Steel by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, it is now simply referred to as N-101.  The artifact will be the focus of 9/11 Tribute, a permanent external exhibit that will be constructed near the Museum's main entrance.  The 9/11 Tribute exhibit will be free to the public.
To Learn More About this Exhibit:  Click here

FEBRUARY 25-SEPTEMBER 3, 2012
Sometimes it’s stinky; sometimes it’s crusty; and sometimes it’s slimy. Explore why your body produces mushy, oozy, crusty, scaly and stinky gunk at Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body.  Based on the best-selling book Grossology, by Sylvia Bransei, this exhibition uses sophisticated animatronics and imaginative exhibits to tell you the good, the bad and the downright ugly about runny noses, body odor and much more.  Take a “Tour du Nose” to explore 10 nasal features, including how your snoot acts as an air filter, a smell sensor and a mucus producer. Play the pinball game “Gas Attack” by scoring off bumpers dressed up as food items that cause gas. Mimic the build up of acid indigestion by causing the “Burp Machine” to release a giant belch. Explore the role of the kidney in a virtual reality experience in “Urine: The Game.” Take a ride on the GI slide, climb a large-scale replica of human skin, and discover other mysterious ways your body’s biology does what it needs to do to keep you healthy.
To Learn More About this Exhibit:  Click here


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60. NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER

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

Exhibits
THROUGH JANUARY 8, 2012 -- Tony Cragg:  Seeing Things
Featuring approximately 30 large- and moderately-scaled sculptures dating from 1993 to the present, the exhibition provides a rare opportunity to see and better understand the artist's work since his last U.S. museum exhibition in the United States in 1990-92.
Cragg is lauded for his innovative and varied forms, which draw upon the artist's broad intellectual interests in science and literature, as well as an intuitive and emotional response to form and material. The exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center will survey the artist’s great scope and variety of the artist’s work. In addition, the exhibition will include a selection of drawings, integral to the artist's method and rarely seen in this country.

THROUGH JANUARY 15, 2012 -- Sightings:  Diana Al-Hadid
The work of Al-Hadid is, in many ways, about architecture.  Her sculptures often recall built structures—cathedrals, pipe organs, towers, labyrinths, cities—yet are made of simple, often delicate or fragile materials, such as polymer gypsum, plaster, fiberglass, wood, polystyrene, cardboard, wax, and paint, commonly found in art and industrial supply shops. The sculptures have the appearance of unfinished buildings or archeological remains, and it is often difficult to discern if they are in the process of construction or collapse.  Ranging in scale from the human to the architectural, her work references a diverse set of interests, including Arab and Greek mythology, Gothic and Middle Eastern architecture, cosmology and physics.

First Saturdays (FREE Admission)
JANUARY 7 -- Discussion
FEBRUARY 4 -- Individuality
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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61.  SHOWS AT THE DALLAS IMAX THEATER–MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE

Now Showing
NOW SHOWING -- 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.
Dolphins Educator's Guide:  Click Here

NOW SHOWING -- 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!
Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World Educator's Guide:  
Click Here

NOW SHOWING -- Sharks
Sharks is a breathtaking film experience that offers audiences an astonishing up-close encounter with these lions and tigers of the ocean. Come face-to-face with a multitude of shark species, including the great white, hammerhead, and whale shark. Witness them as they really are: not wicked, man-eating creatures, but wild, fascinating, and endangered animals. Join an expert team of ocean explorers on this unique around-the-globe expedition documenting the life of the ultimate predator.
To View Trailer:  
Click Here

RETURNING JAN 2 -- Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure
View the birth of hundreds of praying mantis and watch as a one of them snaps up a fly for its dinner. Be an eyewitness to the rebirth of a butterfly as it wriggles free of its cocoon and spreads its wings for the first time. With time-lapse photography on the giant screen, every detail of this final stage of metamorphosis is clear to the naked eye.  Bugs! explores a variety of tropical animals including tarantulas, scorpions, vipers, and jungle nymphs, and their battles against each other and their environment to thrive. In this tiny world everything comes with a struggle. Get a ringside seat for a horn-to-horn combat as rhinoceros beetles battle for the attention of a female, race against the clock with butterflies that have just days to find a mate, and dodge a million bats as they flit through the jungle on a nighttime feast.
To View Trailer:  
Click Here


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

Now Playing:
ENDS DECEMBER 23 -- 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.
For More Information about Tornado Alley:
Click Here

OPENS DECEMBER 26 - SPRING 2012 -- Texas: The Big Picture
Tickets: $7/adults; $6/children 2-12 and Seniors 60+
Details: TEXAS: The Big Picture is a larger-than-life film that captures the myth, majesty and magnitude of the Lone Star State, from the Panhandle to the Rio Grande, from West Texas to the Gulf of Mexico.
For More Information about Texas: Click Here

OPENS DECEMBER 26 - SPRING 2012 -- Born to Be Wild
Tickets: $7/adults; $6/children 2-12 and Seniors 60+
Details: Born to be Wild is an inspiring story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals. The film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them—saving endangered species one life at a time. Born to be Wild is a heartwarming adventure transporting moviegoers into the lush rainforests of Borneo with world-renowned primatologist Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas, and across the rugged Kenyan savannah with celebrated elephant authority Dame Daphne M. Sheldrick, as they and their teams rescue, rehabilitate and return these incredible animals back to the wild.
For More Information about Born to Be Wild: Click Here

THROUGH JANUARY 2 -- The Polar Express
Tickets:
 $9/adults; $8/children 2-12 and Seniors 60+
Details:  The holiday-themed film, based on the classic Caldecott medal-winning children's book written by Chris Van Allsburg, is directed by Oscar® winner Robert Zemeckis and stars two-time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks. Using state-of-the-art CGI and performance capture technology to create a unique blend of realism and fantasy, it tells of a doubting young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole and embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.
DEC 17; 19-22 -- Polar Pajama Parties Special Event
Time:  
Dec
17:  9-9:45am prior to the 10am show
          Dec 19 20, 21, 22: 10-10:45am prior to the 11am show

Buy advance tickets online, by phone at 817-255-9540, or in person.
Details: Get in the holiday spirit by joining the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History for Polar Pajama Parties at the Omni Theater. Wear your favorite jammies for a special showing of The Polar Express!  Participate in free hands-on winter activities before the film then grab a cup of free hot chocolate and settle in for the seasonal favorite.

ENDS JANUARY 12, 2012 -- 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.
For More Information about Wild Ocean:
Click Here
Phone Recycling Program: Teachers! LEARN HOW YOUR STUDENTS CAN SEE WILD OCEAN FOR FREE! Participate in the Nokia We:recycle Phone Recycling Program and your students could see the Museum of Science and History’s exhibits and the giant-screen film Wild Ocean for FREE. Click here to learn more.


THROUGH MARCH 9, 2012 -- 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.
For More Information about Hubble:
Click Here



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63.  PROGRAMS AT LOG CABIN VILLAGE

DECEMBER 17 -- Holidays at the Hearth
Time:  
1pm-4pm
Cost:  
Regular Village admission plus a $2 craft fee to make a punched tin ornament.
Details:  Enjoy holiday music, string popcorn and cranberries, spin the dreidel, help make pomander balls, tamales, paper chains, embossed cards, ornaments, and more! You can even have your photo taken with our historic St. Nick ($5 fee for photo and folder).
No reservations required.

DECEMBER 24 - JANUARY 2, 2012 -- Log Cabin Village Closed

JANUARY 14, 2012 -- Dutch Oven Cooking
Time:  
1-4 p.m.
Cost: Regular Village Admission
Details: Join us for a dutch oven cooking demonstration by our friends, the Prairie Dogs (Lone Star Dutch Oven Society)!
No reservations required.


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

For More Information:  Click Here

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64.  DALLAS HERITAGE VILLAGE

NOVEMBER 12 -- Civil War on the Home Front
Time:
 10am-4pm
Battle Renactment:  2pm
Advance Tickets (purchased before Nov 9):  $5/person; ages 3 and under free
Tickets at Gate:  
$10/adults; $8/Seniors (65+), $6/ages 4-12
Parking:  Free
Details:  The Civil War comes to life as Union and Confederate units muster, drill and recruit during this day-long event. Soliders from both sides of the Mason-Dixon line will set up camp, plan strategies and engage in an action-filled skirmish.  Visitors can talk with the soliders, plan battles, see civilian life demonstrations and visit with historic characters including refugees from the Border States.

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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65.  OLD RED MUSEUM OF DALLAS COUNTY HISTORY AND CULTURE


NOVEMBER 9 -- "Celebrate Good Times" 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
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: Everyone enjoys a celebration!  What brings families and communities together?  How are traditions enjoyed? Come and join us at Old Red as we discover some of the rich traditional celebrations that help create the great city of Dallas. Students will enjoy music, making sand art, designing special placemats, creating cards and other items to be taken home and shared with family and friends.

Discount:  The Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture is offering HEART of Texas members (with valid HEART of Texas Family ID) a $1 discount per person/ticket. Discount may not be used for the Home School Workshops.
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership


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

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

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

STAR PARTIES
Dates: November 5 -- Last star party of the year
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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67.  ALEDO CHRISTIAN SCHOOL'S BASKETBALL, BASEBALL, VOLLEYBALL, SOFTBALL TEAMS

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

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

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

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

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68.  BERNE ACADEMY'S BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL

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

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

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69.  HOMESCHOOL SWIM-- The Colony Aquatic Park

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

When: 
Monday/Wednesday/Friday
Time:  
11 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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70.  HOME SCHOOL SWIM AND SWIM TEAM AT DON RODENBAUGH NATATORIUM
IN ALLEN

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

Time:  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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71.  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


Discount:  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.

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72.  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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73.  ELITE TRACK CLUB/CROSS COUNTRY PROGRAM


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


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74.  HOME SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

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

NOVEMBER 12 & JANUARY 7 -- Registration Open for HSAA Track & Field Teams
The track team is for home schooled students in 7th-12th grade.  Practice begins in January.  There are two team practices in Plano per week, as well as daily at-home practice assignments.  The team will have a similar meet schedule as the 2011 season (still located on the HSAA website).  Last season 65 students participated on the middle and high school teams.  Students do not need to have any track experience to participate.
 
If you are interested in joining HSAA Cross Country, please click here to contact the Track Commissioner.

For More Information:  Click Here


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75.  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/resources/membership


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76.  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/resources/membership

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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77.  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/resources/membership

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


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78.  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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79.  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/resources/membership    

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


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80.  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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81.  TRAINING FOR CONFIDENCE MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOL IN COLLEYVILLE

Training for Confidence is a full-time martial arts school in Colleyville.

We currently have several families at our Colleyville school location who home school
their children.  We would welcome the opportunity to partner with Heart of Texas and
offer discounted tuition to your members.

Discount:  Training for Confidence is offering HEART of Texas members a 25% discount off the monthly student membership fee, with a current Heart of Texas family membership card.  
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership

To Learn More:  TFCKarate.com

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82.  SMOOTHING THE WAY MEETINGS -- NORTH TEXAS

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

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


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83.  DFW SPEECH & DEBATE CLUB


Tools for Debate Curriculum

Home Training Edition: recommended for all middle and highschool families
This easy-to-use ~100-page resource puts valuable instruction in the hands of families to help students sharpen their thinking and reasoning skills. Includes foundational training (e.g. Writing an affirmative case, 4-Point Refutation, Organization and Cross-Examination (C/X)) as well as round-winning techniques on "C/X Strategies" (key questions to ask, and exposing unproven/faulty assumptions), "NEG Without a Brief," "De-Bunking Counter-plans (TP)," "Case De-Construction" (unraveling reasoning behind cases), TP/LD Strategies and more! The Home Training Edition is a resource for individual families and small groups, with examples, drills and quizzes! (FREE affirmative case included in the LD edition - authored by Adam Nasser, 2010 LD champion)
 
Club Edition: recommended for teachers, coaches and club leaders 
This easy-to-use ~200-page resource, is packed with help for club leaders, coaches and teachers. The emphasis of this training is to help students sharpen their analytical and reasoning skills. It includes a dual-track approach to challenge both novice and experienced debaters, all the Home Training edition content, drills, quizzes, and step-by-step instructions for club leaders/coaches to organize weekly meetings!
 
Order NOW at www.dfwspeechdebate.com!

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84.  DENTON COUNTY CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOL ASSOCIATION

This group has no announcements this month.

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85.  FELLOWSHIP CHURCH HOMESCHOOL NETWORK

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

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86.  PEACH

A support group for families in the Plano area
Click Here for More Information


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87.  OFFICIAL 2010-2011 COLLEGE BOARD TEST DATES

2012 PSAT/NMSQT TEST DATES: TBA
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.

2011-2012 SAT TEST DATES:

DECEMBER 3
(registration deadline Nov 8)
JANUARY 28 (registration deadline Dec 30)
MARCH 10 (registration deadline Feb 10)
MAY 5 (registration deadline April 6
JUNE 2 (registration deadline May 8)

For SAT Subject Test Calendar:  Click Here


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


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88.  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/resources/membership
                     
 
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89.  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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90.  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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91.  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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92.  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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93.  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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94.  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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95.  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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96. SCHOLASTIC BOOK SALES IN ARLINGTON;  KELLER;  MCKINNEY

Save 25% - 80% off everything -- most items discounted at least 50%

ARLINGTON:  DECEMBER 2-17
Time:  
9am-7pm (Mon-Fri);  9am-5pm (Saturdays); Closed Sundays
Location:  Scholastic Book Fairs/Arlington, 3740 S. Watson Rd., Arlington, 76014-3505
Directions: From I-20: Exit 360 North take the 1st Exit Mayfield Rd & do the U-turn under the Highway, 2nd Drive way on Right
From I-30: Exit 360 South to Mayfield Rd Exit - Stay on the service road through the light continue South on the service road - Pass the Fina / Pizza Hut & take 2nd drive on the Right.
For More Information:  800-633-7034 or click here to download flier with coupon.
Register Online to skip the line to sign in:  Click Here  Enter promo code: PDF.

GARLAND: DECEMBER 14-15
Time:  Dec 14: 10am-6pm
            Dec 15: 10am-5pm
Location:
 4999 Naaman Forest Blvd, Garland, 75040
For More Information:  Click Here to download flier with coupon
Register Online to skip the line to sign in:  Click Here  Enter promo code: PDF

MCKINNEY:  DECEMBER 7-8
Time:  Dec 7: 10am-7pm;  Dec 8: 9am-5pm
Location:  McKinney Community Center, 2001 South Central Expressway, McKinney, 75070
The McKinney Community Center is located off 75 between Eldorado and Towne Lake
For More Information: Click here to download flier with coupon.
Register Online to skip the line to sign in:  Click Here  Enter promo code: PDF.


KELLER:  DECEMBER 21 -22
Time:  
Dec 21: 10am-7pm;  Dec 22: 9am-5pm
Location: Keller Lion Club, 532 Keller Parkway, Keller 76248
For More Information:  800-792-2002 or click here to download flier with coupon
Register Online to skip the line to sign in:  Click Here  Enter promo code: PDF.

Preferred payment methods: credit cards, checks, purchase orders, and
Scholastic Dollars™.
Note: Items purchased with Scholastic Dollars do not qualify for further discount pricing and will sell at the full cover price. including those made with Scholastic Dollars™.


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97. PLANO CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PARADE

DECEMBER 10

Time:  
9am start time
(pancake breakfast starts at 6am)
Parade Route:  Independence Parkway, starting at Vines High School, going north to Parkhaven Dr., ending at Plano Senior High School (park).
For More Parade Information:  Click Here

For Information about Pancake Breakfast:  
Click Here


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98. ELECTRICRITTERS AT RIVER BEND NATURE CENTER -- WICHITA FALLS

EVERY FRI & SAT THROUGH DEC 17
& THURS DEC 22 & FRI DEC 23

Time:  
6:30pm-8:30pm
Location:
 River Bend Nature Center 2200 3rd Street, Wichita Falls TX, 76310
                (On the corner of Sunset and Third Street, right across the street from Lucy Park)
Tickets:
 $4/advance (purchase in the gift shop);  $5/gate;  Children 2 and under FREE
Food prices range from $1.00 to $1.50. (Cash only)
Details: Reindeer galloping, woodpeckers pecking, and frogs wearing holiday hats, this is no ordinary walk down a nature trail.  This is ElectriCritters, a lighted display at River Bend Nature Center, where thousands of visitors will walk the trails trying to spot the animal-shaped Christmas light displays nestled in the trees and bushes.  With the flip of a switch, more than 60,000 lights on more than 150 silhouettes will glitter along the nature trail, bringing the sights and sounds of the season to adults and children. After walking the trail, come in from the cold to the Candy Cane Café and enjoy hot chocolate and apple cider.  Feast on old-fashioned s’mores, Frito pies, and popcorn and shop for holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. Of course, Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Rudolph make an appearance each night.  River Bend is stroller and wheelchair accessible.
For more information:  Click Here

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