HEART of Texas

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

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

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

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

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

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

We would love to hear from you!


www.HEARTofTex.org


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

Thanks so much!
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Home Educators Alliance for Resources and Training of Texas, Inc., (HEART of Texas) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to serving the home schooling support groups, leaders and families in our regional service area. Our mission is to provide leadership, training, resources and support within the home school community through communications, networking activities, and events directed at home school support groups, leaders, and families in the Greater Dallas/Fort Worth and surrounding North Texas region.

This information is provided as a service to our fellow home schoolers. HEART of Texas does not necessarily endorse, warrant, or represent any of the activities, events, or organizations listed, or their content, views, opinions, or recommendations. Please use your own judgment when considering taking part in or attending any of these events or activities or visiting any of the websites or links provided.  HEART of Texas assumes no responsibility for the content of any ads, promises made, or the quality/reliability of the products or services offered.

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MAY
REGISTRATION OPEN
2011 DFW SPEECH & DEBATE SUMMER CAMPS!


When: July & August dates are posted on our website
Ages: 12-18
Details: DFW Speech & Debate is committed to providing quality communications training to home-schooled students. Their goal is to train and equip students to communicate the Christian worldview boldly and persuasively to an unbelieving world. Speech & Debate sharpens students ability to analyze problems, think and listen critically, and express their thoughts fluently. It increases their ability to speak persuasively with poise and grace.
To Register: www.dfwspeechdebate.com 
For more information, contact Suzanne: 
817-456-9544

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MAY 2
HSAA 2011-2012 CHEERLEADING INFORMATIONAL MEETING
RICHARDSON YMCA RICHARDSON

Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Location: Richardson YMCA, 821 Custer Rd., Richardson
Details:  Meet the coach and get all the details.  Females in grades 9-12, beginning Fall 2011 are welcome to try out for one or both seasons of football (fall) and/or basketball (winter).

Cheerleading Tryout Clinic Dates:  Attendance all 3 days is required.
Arrive at least 15 minutes early.  Sessions begin promptly at times below.
MAY 5: 6:30 - 8:30pm
MAY 6: 6:30-8:30pm
MAY 7: 1:00-3:30pm
Cost:  $25 (made out to HSAA)

Requirements:
1.  Completed HSAA Cheerleading Application (found on HSAA website)
2.  Copy of current Physical (physicals are valid for one year)
3.  Completed 2011-2012 HSAA Athletic Authorization and Medical Release (found on website)
4.  Bring: water bottle
5.  Wear:  plain white t-shirt(no emblems), shorts, tennis shoes, Hair in high pony tail.
No bangs, skirts, or jewelry.
6. Tryout day add: white ribbon or bow.

Bring forms and payment to informational meeting or to first day of clinic.
For More Information:  www.hsaa.org or click here to email

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MAY 3
CHRISTIAN FAMILY HEAD
USED BOOK SALE IN GARLAND

Time: 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Saturn Road Church of Christ - Youth Building (at Saturn Road and Kingsley) in Garland
Details: Cash only - please bring $1 and $5 bills, as change will not be made at this book sale. Items are $1 and up. Categories include major curriculum publishers (A Beka, Bob Jones, Sonlight, etc.) as well as age groups (Preschool, Jr/Sr. High) and general headings (Life Skills, Art/Music, Math, Science, etc.). Any homeschooler may participate in either buying or selling educational materials, so long as the established guidelines are followed. 

For more information:  Click Here

 
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MAY 3
HEAR USED BOOK SALE
IN ROCKWALL

Time:  Drop Off:  4pm -5pm;   Sale Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
          Pick up monies and books:  8:30pm - 9pm
          Any remaining items and monies after 9pm will be donated.
Location:  Gym, Rockwall Administration Building, 1050 Williams Street, next to Helping Hands
Guidelines for sellers:
* Make a list of your books for sale
* Prepare envelopes as illustrated (self-sealed envelopes are best):
* Phone number where you can be reached during the sale
* Indicate if you WON’T accept checks
* Price in WHOLE dollar amounts – example $5
* Tape envelope securely to inside cover of book
* Specify category:  
spelling, vocabulary, writing & handwriting, history, preschool, Bible & character training, music, foreign language, art, high school, middle school math, elementary math, science & nature, unit studies, geography, grammar, phonics & readers, ABEKA, Bob Jones, teacher resources & books for moms, computer games, puzzles, CDs. 
* Place sets of items in baggies or rubber band together

Guidelines for Buyers:  Bring plenty of cash – especially $1 bills.
Please make childcare arrangements, as we will be working in confined spaces.
Wheeled vehicles, such as wagons, strollers, and suitcases will need to be left in hallway.

For More Details:  214-673-5169
 
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MAY 3, 5, 12
MUSIC SHOW TAPINGS
FEATURING NICOLE MULLEN, MICHAEL ENGLISH, GUY PENROD
DAYSTAR TELEVISION STUDIO IN BEDFORD

MAY 3 -- Nicole Mullen
MAY 5 -- Michael English
MAY 12 -- Guy Penrod

Time:
 2pm
Location:  Daystar Television Studio, 3901 Hwy 121 in Bedford
Details:  Homeschoolers ages 5 and up are invited to participate in the studio audience during these music show tapings featuring Nicole Mullen (May 3), Michael English (May 5), and Guy Penrod (May 12).  All children must be accompanied by a parent.
To Reserve Seats:  click here to email or 817-799-2214

Daystar Coffee Shop Coupon:  Print off this coupon (by clicking here) and bring it with you to get 15% discount at the Daystar coffee shop!

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MAY 4
REGISTRATION DEADLINE
FOR MAY 14 OPEN HOUSE
CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION

Time: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Center for Home Education, 5733 Watauga Road, Watauga
Details: If you are considering enrolling at the C4HE, come and tour the campus on May 14! Take a peak into various classroom experiences and visit with teachers and students. You will also be able to see theater students as they entertain with excerpts from select shows.  Your tour will end with a visit with Founder and Director, Rosie Watson, for a brief look at the vision and direction of C4HE.

For More Information: Call 817-281-2293 or Click Here

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MAY 5
HOMESCHOOL DAY
AT SIX FLAGS OVER TEXAS

Time:  11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Cost (Advance Purchase Only):  $26/person

Deadline to Register: April 22
Parking:  $7/vehicle

Details:  Six Flags will be open exclusively to home school families on this special day! Minimum purchase of two tickets required. Must enter the promotional code SFOTFAMILY to receive the discounted prices. $10 meal vouchers are also available for purchase.
To Register:  Click Here to download registration form


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MAY 5
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

May 5, 2011, will mark the 60th Annual Observance of the National Day of Prayer, a
day in which millions will unite for such a time as this.

To Find an Event Near You:  Click Here

For More Information:  nationaldayofprayer.org


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MAY 6 & 7
ARLINGTON HOME SCHOOL BOOK FAIR

Door Registration:  $5 per child (ages 5-20)
                           $20 per adult (ages 21 and up)
                           No charge for children under age 5

Parking (in and out privileges):  $5/car per day; $8/motor home per day
(pay when you arrive)

Even though a debit or credit card is required for early online registration, we do NOT take credit or debit cards at Door Registration. Payments at the door will be by cash or check only. FYI most of our exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall do take credit or debit cards.

The registration fee is the same whether you attend one or both days. Registration fees do NOT include parking or food at the Convention Center.

For Details:  www.homeschoolbookfair.org

Tips for Attending the Bookfair:  Click Here


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MAY 6 & 20
HOMESCHOOL ICE SKATING SESSIONS
ALLEN COMMUNITY ICE RINK

Time:  12:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Cost:  $5 (includes admission, skates and tax - pay only for those who skate)
Details:  Rink closes at 2:45 to clean the ice and then reopens for public ice skating at 3 p.m.  You are welcome to wait until the ice rink reopens and skate some more at 3 p.m.
For More Information:  972-912-1097

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MAY 7
STAR PARTY
FORT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY

Time:  Dusk - 10:30
Cost:  FREE
Location:   In the parking lot just south of Museum construction (corner of Montgomery and Harley).
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 Information: Click Here

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MAY 7
HSAA DALLAS REGIONAL TRACK & FIELD COMPETITION
IN ALLEN

Registration Deadline: May 2
Time:
9 a.m. for field events
Cost:  $20/athlete; FREE for spectators
Location: Lovejoy High School, 2350 Estates Pkwy, Allen
Details: Athletes may compete in up to 5 events and do not need to be a member of a track team. Competitive events include the following: 100m dash, 100/110m hurdles, 200m dash, 400m dash, 800m run, 1600m run, 3200m run, 4X100m relay, 4X200m relay, 4X400m relay, long jump, triple jump, high jump, shot put, discus and pole vault.

Click here to register
For More Information:  
www.hsaa.org or click here


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THROUGH MAY 7
ABRAHAM LINCOLN: A MAN OF HIS TIME, A MAN FOR ALL TIMES
EXHIBIT AT TEXAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY'S WEST LIBRARY

Cost:  FREE
Location: Texas Wesleyan University's West Library
Details: This amazing exhibit goes beyond the public images of Lincoln to focus on the evolution of his beliefs and his impact on the nation. It shows how Lincoln transcended his age and left a constitutional legacy for all Americans.

For More Information:  Call 817-531-4821 or email here

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MAY 9
NATURE JOURNALING EVENT
AT FOSSIL RIM IN GLEN ROSE

MAY 9:
NATURE JOURNALING EVENT
Time: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $20.95/adult; $13.95/child (ages 3-11); 3 and under free
Details: We will begin by learning 4 different nature journaling techniques, followed by
a picnic lunch, and then a basic art class, and finally a drive to specific sites within Fossil Rim to practice our nature journaling skills!  Bring a sack lunch.

To Register: call 254-898-4216

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MAY 11, 14, 14-15
SPRING CAMPS
CAMP TONKAWA

MAY 11 -- Horsemanship Day Camp
Time:
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost: $45/rider (7 years old-adult)
Details: If you wish you had a horse, this is the class to take!  Covering basic care of larger pets, you will also learn basic riding skills, feeding rules, safety when working with horses, and much more. Wear jeans and boots (gym shoes if you don't own boots). Bring a hat and sunscreen.


MAY 14 -- Junior Horsemanship Day Camp
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: $45/rider (5-7 year olds)

Details: If your younger child wishes your family had a horse, this is the class to take!  A shortened version of the above-mentioned camp, this camp will still cover responsibilities of taking care of pets this size, as well as learn basic riding skills, feeding rules, safety when working with horses, and more. Wear jeans and boots (gym shoes if you don't own boots). Bring a hat and sunscreen.

MAY 14 & 15 -- Primitive Skills Survival Class 1
Time: May 14:  9:30 a.m.;  May 15:  2:30 p.m. 
Cost: $50 (children 8-11); $60 (youth 12-16); $75 (17 years-adult)
Details: 
Topics will include finding natural shelters, building a debris hut, making cordage, gathering water, water purification, building a safe fire, starting a fire by friction and signaling for help. (Gathering food will be covered in the Primitive Survival Skills Class 2.) Dinner and breakfast will be provided; bring your own lunch. If spending the night, bring your own tent, sleeping bag, plate, bowl, cup and utensils. Flashlights and a camp chair are also helpful but not necessary. A non-folding knife is recommended, or you may purchase a Swiss Mora knife for $25 at the camp. Please let us know if you need to purchase a knife when you register.

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

For More Information: Click here

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MAY 13
TIMBER TALES STORYTIMES
LOG CABIN VILLAGE

Time:  10-11am  
Cost:  $4/person (includes story, fun activities, craft, geared to 3-5yr olds.)
Details:  Featured story:  My Great Aunt Arizona by Gloria Houston.
Registration Required:  817-392-5881

Sign Language Storytime for deaf or hearing-impaired visitors:
 11am-Noon
Cost:  $4/person (includes story, fun activities, craft, geared to 3-7yr olds.)
Details:  Featured story: Going West by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  
Registration Required:  817-392-5881

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MAY 19, 23
HOMESCHOOL DAY AT HAWAIIAN FALLS
THE COLONY, NORTH GARLAND, AND MANSFIELD LOCATIONS
(SEE BELOW FOR SPECIFIC DATES)

MAY 19 - THE COLONY
MAY 23 - NORTH GARLAND AND MANSFIELD LOCATIONS

Time:  10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost:  $13/person (includes tax)
To Order Tickets Online:  Click Here.  Enter the estore Login, Homesplash11, and proceed to purchase your tickets.  Please note that there is a small fee for online ticket purchases.
Details:  $4 Hot Dog Meals will be available as well at Pineapple's Pete's Cafe with coupon (click here to print out flier). Food and drink can be brought into the park (no alcohol, fast food, sharp knives or glass containers allowed) for a $5 cooler fee. There is no cooler fee if the cooler is filled with water bottles only.
To Print Flier with Coupon and Full Details:  Click Here


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MAY 21
5TH ANNUAL CHARLES BARR MEMORIAL CONCERT
DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART

Time:  Doors open at 2:30; concert begins at 3 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Location:  Dallas Museum of Art, Horchow Auditorium, 1717 N. Harwood, Dallas
Details:  Russell Houston, an award-winning 16-year-old cellist, will present a recital honoring the memory of Dallas-born bassist Charles Barr.
No Reservations Required

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MAY 22
SEASON FINALE CONCERT
GREATER DALLAS YOUTH ORCHESTRA

Time:  7:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $10-40
Location: Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora Street, Dallas
Details: This is the final concert of the 2010-11 season. The performance will feature Maria Schleuning, violin, performing the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D by Beethoven.  Ms. Schleuning is artistic director of Voices of Change and a violinist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Other works include An American in Paris by George Gerschwin and Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra by Benjamin Britten. Lee Cullum, syndicated columnist and television commentator will narrate the Britten.

To Purchase Tickets:  
Call 214-529-7747 or Click Here

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MAY 24
HOMESCHOOL EVENT AT FOSSIL RIM
AFRICAN SAFARI DAY CAMP

Time: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $13.75/adult; $7.25/child (ages 3-11); 3 and under free
Location: Fossil Rim
Details: Learn about the geography and animals of Africa, make a Savannah Field Guide, learn about Cheetahs and discover the difference between grazers and browsers, then enjoy a picnic lunch and end the day with a tour of Fossil Rim. Bring a sack lunch.
To Register: call 254-898-4216

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MAY 24-27
HOME SCHOOL DAYS
NRH20 FAMILY WATER PARK

Time: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Cost:  students receive half off general admission prices with coupon (click here) or a home school I.D.; parents pay general admission (see discounts here)
Location:  NRH20, 9001 Boulevard 26, North Richland Hills
Details: Come enjoy the water park for half-off regular prices for all home schoolers ages 5 and up.
For more information: Call 817-427-6508

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MAY 25
HOME SCHOOL DAY AT
RANGERS BALLPARK IN ARLINGTON
WHITE SOX vs RANGERS -- DOLLAR HOT DOG DAY

Time: Gates Open 9:30am;  Wildlife Education Program: 10:15am;  Game: 1:05 pm
Cost:  $6 (kids 13 and under in Upper Reserved)
        $11 (Ages 14+ in Upper Reserved);
        $20 (Lower Reserved)
        $27 (Corner Box)
All orders subject to $3 service charge and subject to availability.
Location:  Rangers Ballpark, 1000 Ballpark Way, Suite 400, Arlington 76011
Details: Section 18 is reserved for home school families for the wildlife education program. Families are encouraged to bring picnic lunches to eat in the Lower Level Picnic Area behind Section 39 following the Wildlife Education program.  Please note: no glass, aluminum cans, or hard sided coolers will be permitted in the ballpark.  Featuring Wes Hamilton, who has been challenging people to take the next step in their relationship with Christ for over 10 years.  When he's not teaching at campr or conference, he takes the role of Lead Pastor at Hulen Street Church in Ft. Worth where he and his wife Lesley live with their 2 children.
For Complete Details and to Order Tickets:  Click Here

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MAY 26
HOME SCHOOL DAY AT
SANDY LAKE AMUSEMENT PARK IN CARROLLTON

Time: 10am - 4pm
Cost:  $10/person (ages 2 and under free)
Must print out flier:  Click Here
Without flier admission is $15/person.
Cash only at gate.  No checks. No cards.  ATM available.
Location:  Sandy Lake Amusement Park, 1800 Sandy Lake Rd., Carrollton, 75006
Details: General admission, parking, picnic grounds, and picnic pavillions are included from 10am-4pm.  Plus Home School Championship Hula Hoop Contest and Free Drawings!
All day swimming is optional -- additional $5 per person.
You may bring home cooked food only or purchase food at park refreshment stands.
Bring your own grills.  No pets except service animals.  All Park rules apply.
For Complete Details:  
Click Here


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MAY 27
DEADLINE TO ORDER (POSTMARKED)
STATE FAIR OF TEXAS TICKETS

Details:  All requests must be made in writing. No requests made by phone or email will be accepted.

FREE Home School tickets for the 2011 State Fair of Texas are good any Thursday during the run of the Fair. The program is for Kindergarten through 12th grade beginning with 5 year olds - no Pre-K. The program is for families living within a 100 mile radius of the Fairground. Each family must submit individually to avoid duplicate requests. We do not accept requests from home school groups or associations. Please submit your request on school letterhead, if you have it - if not, any paper/stationary is fine. Your request must include the following:
    1. Your school's name and address
    2. The ages and grade levels of each student. REQUESTS WITHOUT THIS INFORMATION WILL BE RETURNED, UNFILLED.
    3. A specific request for one teacher ticket per family
    4. A daytime phone number
    5. A business-sized, stamped envelope. PLEASE DO NOT address the envelope, as we will print address labels.

All requests must be POSTMARKED AND COMPLETE by Friday, May 27, 2011. Mail your request to:

State Fair of Texas
ATTN: Lisa Boubel
P.O. Box 150009
Dallas, TX  75315

For More Information:
Call Lisa at 214-421-8737 or click to send an email here


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MAY 28
DALLAS ZOO EDUCATOR WORKSHOP
PROJECT WILD AQUATIC (GRADES 6-12)

Time:  9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location:  Dallas Zoo
Cost:  $30/non-members
Details:  New lessons and activities!  Project WILD instructional materials and activities are easily adapted to meet learning requirements for everything from science to social studies to math to language arts.  FREE 500-page curriculum guide included, which supports state and national academic standards for K-12.
For More Information:  Click Here

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MAY 30
DALLAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA'S ANNUAL
MEMORIAL DAY AT FLAGPOLE HILL

Time:  8 p.m.-9 p.m.
Cost:  FREE
Location:  Flagpole Hill in Dallas
Details:  The Dallas Symphony Orchestra Community Parks Concert Series is a series of free outdoor performances by the Symphony in Dallas-area parks held throughout the spring. The DSO's program offers a diverse selection of works, including The Star Spangled Banner, Liberty Bell March, and a performance of America the Beautiful by mezzo-soprano Pamela King. Scheduled to last about one hour, the Memorial Day performance will be followed by an exciting firewords display.
Symphony Rain Site: Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora Street, Dallas

For More Information:  Click Here

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A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR SUMMER AND FALL 2011
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES

Interested in learning the beautiful language of ASL? 

American Sign Language classes are forming now for the summer and fall.
What a wonderful subject and a great option for your junior high and high school students to satisfy the foreign language requirement for college.

Class times and rates will vary depending on response and interest level. 
Discounts for members and family rates will apply.

Classes can be held at my home in Arlington or formed for your location
and convenience.

Classes taught by Certified Sign Language Instructor

For More Information:  Email Marian Red at marian1red@aol.com or call 
(817) 274-7463 after 3p.m.


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

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


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

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A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:
CHRISTIAN DRAWING AND POTTERY CLASSES
REGISTRATION DEADLINE MAY 18

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

Classes Offered:
The Fundamentals of Drawing and Pastel- 6 weeks, begins 6/2, (1 hour, 15 mins.)
Thursdays: 6/2, 11-12:15 (ages 9-12), 1-2:15 (ages 13-18)
Fridays: 6/3, 11-12:15 (ages 9-12), 1-2:15 (ages 13-18)
Cost: $15.00/each class, one time material fee: $20.00

Pottery Class & Bible Study- 6 weeks, begins 6/4, (1 hour)
Sat. 6/4, 9:30-10:30 (ages 10 -16)
Cost: $15.00/each class, one time material fee: $25

Mom's Clay and Bible Study- 6 weeks, begins 6/4, (1 hour, 30 mins.)
Sat. 11- 12:30
Cost: $10.00, one time materials fee: $25.00

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

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

Registration deadline is Wednesday, May 18th.


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~~What's Inside This Issue ~~
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MAY/JUNE HIGHLIGHTS AT A GLANCE
May -- Library Used Book Sales Across North Texas
Through May 7 -- Abraham Lincoln Exhibit at Texas Wesleyan University's West Library
May -- 2011 DFW Speech & Debate Summer Camp Registration
May 2 -- HSAA 2011-2012 Cheerleading Informational Meeting
May 3 -- Christian Family H.E.A.D. Used Book Sale
May 3 -- HEAR Used Book Sale in Rockwall
May 3 -- First Tuesday (Free admission) at the Dallas Museum of Art
May 3, 5, 12 -- Music Show Tapings at Daystar in Bedford
May 4 -- Registration Deadline for Center for Home Education's Open House
May 5 -- Six Flags Home School Day
May 5 -- National Day of Prayer
May 6, 20 -- Homeschool Ice Skating Sessions in Allen
May 6-7 -- Home School Bookfair at Arlington Convention Center
May 7 -- Star Party at Ft. Worth Museum of Science & History
May 7 -- HSAA Dallas Regional Track & Field Competition in Allen
May 11, 14, 15 -- Spring Camps at Camp Tonkawa
May 19 -- Home School Day at Hawaiian Falls in The Colony
May 21 -- 5th Annual Charles Barr Memorial Concert at the Dallas Museum of Art
May 22 -- Season Finale Concert for GDYO in Dallas
May 23 -- Home School Day at Hawaiian Falls in North Garland and Mansfield
May 24 -- African Safari Day Camp at Fossil Rim
May 24-27 -- Home School Days at NRH2O Family Water Park in North Richland Hills
May 25 -- Home School Day at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
May 26 -- Home School Day at Sandy Lake Amusement Park in Carrollton
May 27 -- Deadline to Order State Fair of Texas Tickets
May 28 -- Dallas Zoo Educator Workshop: Project Wild Aquatic (Grades 6-12)
May 30 -- Dallas Symphony Orchestra's Free Concert: Memorial Day at Flagpole Hill
May -- Square Foot Gardening Workshops for Home Schoolers
May -- Registration Open for Private Piano Lessons with Gail's Piano Studio
May -- Registration Open for Christian Drawing and Pottery Classes
*For other Upcoming Events See Individual Listings Below Under Calendar of Events


FEATURED ARTICLES
Texas Parental Rights Restoration Act Update -- Tim Lambert, THSC President

Creating Friendships and Faith Through Art -- Renee Coyer

Volunteers Needed for HEART of Texas Team

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

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

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

NEST Family Learning Offering Discount and Free Shipping to Our Readers



CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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

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

READING REWARD PROGRAMS
2.   Book It!  Reading Program -- Enrollment Open
3.   Braums Book Buddy Reading Program -- Enrollment Open
   
CONTESTS/COMPETITIVE EVENTS
4.   BEST Robotics 2011 -- Registration tentatively scheduled for Summer 2011
5.   FIRST Lego League: Food Factor Challenge - Keeping Food Safe
-- Registration opens May 2
6.   Texas State Fish-Art Contests -- Deadline March 31 of each year
7.   National Engineers Week -- Regional Finals passed
8.   USA Mathematical Talent Search
9.   Igniting Creative Energy Challenge for K-12 -- Deadline has passed
10. Texas Beef Leaders of Tomorrow Contest -- Deadline July 1
    
CIVICS/GOOD CITIZENSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
11.  City of Fort Worth Youth Advisory Board -- Fort Worth
12.  City of North Richland Hills Teen Court -- North Richland Hills
13.  Texas Home School Coalition Good Citizenship Award Program -- State-wide

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

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

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

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

BOOK SALES & OUR PARTNERING HOME SCHOOL BOOK STORES
32.  Library Used Book Sales in North Texas
          Wichita FallsMay 7, June 4
          Cedar Hill
– May 13-14
          Denton – May 21
          Dallas
June 4

        NEW: Scholastic Book Fairs Warehouse
          Arlington -- May 12-18
          Tyler -- May 18-19
          Highland Village -- May 18-19

33.  Christian Educators Resource Center -- Rowlett
34.  Center for Home Education -- Watauga
35.  Home Educators Resource -- Lewisville
 
NATURE CENTERS & OUTDOOR PROGRAMS/CAMPS
Become a HEART of Texas Partner to list your program
36.  Camp Tonkawa (Day Camps and Outdoor Education) -- Collinsville
37.  Dallas Arboretum -- Dallas
38.  Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge Programs
39.  Fort Worth Botanic Garden -- Fort Worth
39.  Fossil Rim
40.  Haven's Horses (Horsemanship & Outdoor Education)-- Keller
41.  Heard Museum Homeschool Classes – McKinney
42.  Heritage Farmstead Museum -- Plano
43.  Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch -- Pilot Point
44.  Texas Discovery Gardens -- Dallas
45.  Texas Parks and Wildlife Programs -- State Parks in North Texas

PERFORMING ARTS
46.  Performances at Casa Manana Children’s Playhouse -- Fort Worth
        The Wizard of Oz -- April 29-May 22
47.  Performances at CATS -- Arlington
        Fundraiser Show: Godspell -- April 29-May 15
48.  Cottage Theater  -- Watauga
         Pirates of Penzance, Jr. -- June 10-12 & 16-18
49.  Theater Performances at Artisan Center Theater -- Hurst
         Hansel & Gretel -- April 30-May 21
         Disney's Cinderella -- May 28-July 2
         Proposals (Full-Length Production) -- April 29-May 21
         The Sound of Music (Full-Length Production) -- May 27-July 2
50.  Performances at Bass Performance Hall -- Fort Worth
         Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto -- May 6-8
51.  Children's Christian Theater -- Garland
        Cheaper By the Dozen -- May 25-28

52.  Dallas Children’s Theater -- Dallas
        Giggle, Giggle, Quack -- May 6-22
53.  Dallas Symphony Orchestra -- Dallas
         Memorial Day at Flagpole Hill -- May 30
54.  Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra -- Fort Worth
55.  Plano Children’s Theater -- Plano
        Sound of Music -- April 29-May 14
        Anastasia -- May 6-14
        
Rumpelstiltskin -- May 7-15
        AIDA -- weekends of May 20-June 4
        Sword in the Stone -- May 21-22, 28-29

56.  Texas Ballet Theater Performances -- Special Pricing -- Dallas/Ft. Worth
        Homeschoolers Receive Special Discount on the Following Performances:

        Don Quixote (Bass Performance Hall) – June 11 at 2pm

57.  Home School Discount Tickets to Dallas Theater Performances
      
ART MUSEUMS
58.  Amon Carter Museum Exhibits – Fort Worth
        Subhankar Banerjee: Where I Live I Hope To Know -- Opening May 14
        The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision -- Through June 19
        Nature Bound: Illustrated Botanical Books -- Through May 29
        Masterworks of American Photography: Artistic Communities -- Through July 31

59.  Dallas Museum of Art Exhibits -- Dallas
        First Tuesday (Free admission) -- May 3 (Theme: Animal Safari)
        Free Concert: 5th Annual Charles Barr Memorial Concert (May 21)
        Late Nights for Kids -- May 20, June 17, July 15, Aug 19, Sept 16, Oct 21, Nov 18
        Gustav Stickley and the American Arts and Crafts Movement -- Through May 8
        Line and Form: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Wasmuth Portfolio -- Through July 17
        Form/Unformed: Design from 1960 to the Present -- Throughout 2011
        Encountering Space in the Center for Creative Connections -- Throughout 2011
        Family Films -- Saturdays & Sundays @ 2 p.m.

60.  Kimbell Art Museum Exhibit -- Fort Worth
        FREE Family Festival:  Art Spark -- July 30
        Picasso and Braque: The Cubist Experiment -- May 29-August 21
        Children's Workshop: Think Big, Really Big -- May 14
        Pictures and Pages: A Bird or Two: A Story About Henri Matisse -- May 3

61.  Museum of Nature & Science -- Dallas
         Dinosaurs Unearthed -- Through May 1
        Math Midway -- Through May 10
       
Triceratops Skeleton -- Through June
        Shark Jaw -- Through June
        Chinasaurs: A New Dynasty of Dinosaurs -- Coming May 26
62.  Museum of Science & History -- Fort Worth
        Fort Worth Champions! -- Through September 5
        Identity: An Exhibition of You -- Through May 1
        Children of Hangzhou: Connecting with China
63.  Nasher Sculpture Center -- Dallas
        Statuesque -- Through August 21
        Target First Saturdays -- May 7 (Theme: TBA)

        
IMAX/OMNI THEATERS
64.  Shows at the Dallas Imax Theatre -- Museum of Nature and Science
        Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure -- Through May 11
            Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure -- Through May 11
        Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs -- Through May 11

65.  Shows at the Fort Worth Omni Theater -- Ft. Worth Museum of Science & History
        Wired to Win: Surviving the Tour de France -- Through May 27
        Wild Ocean -- Through Fall 2011
        Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure -- Through May 22
        Tornado Alley -- Through May 27

HISTORICAL PROGRAMS
66.  Programs at Log Cabin Village -- Fort Worth
        Buttermilk Junction Old Time String Band -- May 1 & 15
        Timber Tales Storytime and Timber Tales Sign Language Storytime -- May 13
67.  Dallas Heritage Village -- Dallas
        Nip & Tuck's Barnyard Buddies Storytime -- May 11 (Theme: Toy Stories)
        Family Past Times -- May 15 (Theme: Gather 'Round Children: America's Folk Song Heritage)

SCIENCE EVENTS/ACTIVITIES
68.  Star Parties at Fort Worth Museum of Science and History -- May 7

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

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

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

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

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

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR HOMESCHOOLERS
97.  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.
98.  Volunteer Opportunities Available for Home School Students in 21 Counties -- American Cancer Society
99.  Learn to Laugh in Another Language: Be a Host Family for a Foreign-Exchange Student -- INTO EdVENTURES
100.  Homeschool Volunteers Needed to Deliver Meals; Friendship -- Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County
101.  Homeschool Volunteers Needed to Deliver Meals -- Johnson & Ellis Counties
102.  Home School Volunteers Needed to Serve Meals -- Dallas -- The Stewpot
103.  Fort Worth Zoo Home School Volunteen Program -- Fort Worth Zoo

OTHER EVENTS BY DATE
104. Christian Family H.E.A.D. Used Book Sale -- May 3
105. Six Flags Homeschool Day -- May 5
106. Homeschool Day at Hawaiian Falls -- The Colony -- May 19
107. Homeschool Day at Hawaiian Falls -- North Garland and Mansfield -- May 23
108. THSC Southwest Convention and Family Conference -- The Woodlands -- July 28-30

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


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Texas Parental Rights Restoration Act Update
--by Tim Lambert

It is written in the third chapter of the book of Ecclesiastes:      
    "There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity
    under the heavens:
    ... a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,...
    ... a time to be silent and a time to speak..."

Texas home school families are familiar with all of these concepts and more. THSC does its utmost to pick its battles--to thoughtfully consider when to speak up and when to be quiet on a variety of legislative issues. We also must take care to make the best use of the funds that are entrusted to us for defending home school families against unruly judges, who sometimes twist the law in order to justify their judicial decisions. Additionally, we try to avoid inundating you with lengthy lists of bills, issues, and laws that are currently under consideration or "attack" by various officials. However, it does seem prudent from time to time to let our supporters know that we actually track quite a few bills, resolutions, committee actions, and other matters that we may never share with the general membership due to the fact that we are often able to successfully stop harmful bills or other agenda items without directly involving our members. For example, we are currently tracking 23 legislative bills and resolutions that could affect home schoolers, and yet our supporters are unlikely to ever hear about more than just a few of them. 

One bill for which we made a call to arms was House Bill 253 (HB 253). "Effective consent" is the legal mechanism by which government agency workers acquire access to a home for the purpose of investigating a matter without a warrant. Many government officials take it for granted that most families are going to allow them into their homes. Unfortunately, many parents (and children) unwittingly allow access to their homes without understanding that the rules change once the agency workers have been admitted. If a person grants effective consent to a government worker, authority, or police officer, he is essentially waiving his Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches. HB 253, which was up for consideration by the House Human Services Committee, had the potential to make these kinds of situations worse. The bill would allow entry to a home for mere allegations of compulsory attendance violations. THSC appeared before the the committee and gave testimony against this bill on March 3. The bill was left pending in committee. Besides the Fourth Amendment concern, we also strongly opposed this bill because it would raise the violation of the compulsory attendance law from a Class C to a Class A misdemeanor and would dramatically increase the penalties for violation of the compulsory attendance laws to up to six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine and establish a violation of the compulsory attendance statute as a third degree felony offense after only a single conviction. The author removed all of the language regarding compulsory attendance and home visits as a result of our opposition and calls from the home school community. We will continue to track this bill to make sure it is not amended in a way that would be detrimental to the rights of fit parents.

Although this bill is still in committee, we recently dealt with a school official in Marshall ISD who used this very method to intimidate a grandmother who had withdrawn her grandchildren (of whom she had legal custody) with a certified letter of withdrawal as recommended by the TEA. The school official, after repeatedly harassing this grandmother with phone calls and refusing to submit his concerns in writing, arrived at the door of this member's residence with the local constable and demanded to see the children and review the curriculum. This grandmother contacted our office while these officials were at her residence, and I spoke to the constable, who said they were at the home in regards to truancy issues. I explained that if he or school officials would simply convey in writing their concerns or demands, we would respond in writing. He accepted that request, and they left the home. We followed up with a letter to the school  explaining the law regarding home schooling and the TEA policy for withdrawal. The school officials then raised the issue of guardianship in their subsequent written request to this grandparent, who did indeed have power of attorney and the authority to make decisions in regards to her grandchildren. We followed up with a second letter to the school expressing our concerns that the school was not following the policy outlined by the TEA in dealing with families who have withdrawn their children to homeschool and that they were seeking to harass these grandparents, who did indeed have legal custody of their grandchildren.

In addition to helping us with phone calls to legislators, another rapidly approaching and important occasion in which our supporters are encouraged to participate is THSC Capitol Days.  Held every other year in Austin, this year's remaining event falls on May 3. I encourage all who are able to attend to come. It is a wonderful opportunity to teach home school students about state government and to educate legislative members and staffers about home schooling. For more information please visit our website.

The Grandparent Access Statute, the case in which we have been helping a widowed father regain possession of his child--a case I have frequently referred to in past letters--is now approaching three years old. The judge who is sitting on this case has once again agreed to a delaying tactic initiated by the opposing counsel. Our attorney has attempted to schedule a short hearing for the purpose of vacating the original order to place our client's child with the grandparents, for what were arbitrary reasons. Once the grandparents' attorney discovered what our counsel intended to do, he made a counter motion for a new temporary order (these temporary orders sometimes seem more permanent than temporary!) so that the grandparents can continue withholding our client's child from him. The judge in this case refuses to hear our motion on its own, telling us he will only allow it to be heard in conjunction with the grandparents' counter motion, for which the grandparents are requesting three days' court time, which is likely another delaying tatic. The judge knows that this won't make the docket before the trial, which is scheduled for later this year, because there is no time to squeeze a three-day hearing into the current court schedule. We believe that this is probably a ploy by the grandparents for the sole purpose of circumventing our motion altogether.   

Please pray for the father and daughter in this case.  Pray for wisdom for our attorney. Pray for the funds necessary to continue this case.  Pray for the opposition–the judge, the attorney and the grandparents–that God would open their eyes to see the damage they are doing and that they would withdraw their unwarranted objections to this competent father's custody of his own child. Pray that their current actions will be blocked and that they will stumble and be foiled if they continue down their current path. Pray for TPRRA to pass this year. Pray for THSC Capitol Days--that we are able to have a positive impact in Austin. Pray that we can successfully block HB 253, and any other detrimental bills, from passing. Pray for THSC to have wisdom in allocating resources and in our overall, day-to-day decision-making processes.

Lastly, thank you for your kind and generous support. Without you we might cease to exist and tens of thousands of Texas homeschool families would be without a legal advocate and protective shield against the adverse actions of those who prefer to see home schooling obliterated.
 
 
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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Creating Friendships and Faith Through Art
--by Renee Coyer

After seven long years of taking care of my Mom with Alzheimer's in our home in Illinois, we found God leading us back to Texas.  Recovering from caregiving, and then quickly making a family move seemed like a whirlwind to our family. I prayed that God would restore us, and one of my prayers for healing included that God would provide us friends that were like-minded in their Christian walk.

Last spring we were settling in, and felt that it was time to begin offering art classes out of our home, as we had done in the past.  Because our classes emphasize that our talents and desires to create come from God, we found that as we explored this topic, students came and shared their thoughts and lives with each other, and deeper bonds began to form.

For example, in the Mom's pottery/Bible study class, we study and discuss 'change' and 'transformations'.  The barrel firing process provides a beautiful metaphor and limitless discussion about how God first transforms us through salvation, and how He then continually grows us through the process of sanctification throughout our lives.  We see this being literally acted out in front of us metaphorically in each step of creating in the clay work. The fire even paints the pots, therefore, we discover trust is of the essence and many discussions about trusting God arise as a result. Also, when the vessels are in the fire, they actually 'transform' their molecular structure into a different, solid form, just as God transforms us into the likeness of His son, and we change in appearance and actions.  It's all such an exciting process to witness.

Because the class is open to women of all ages, women further along their path of walking with God were able to share their trials & sufferings that God had brought them through. How encouraging this was for those younger in the faith! Deep friendships have emerged and we witnessed God really moving between these families. He began bringing families and connecting them with those with similar struggles and situations and friendships between people grew!  We saw a need to spend even more time with each other than what the classes allowed and we began inviting families over for our hymn sing & fellowship nights on occasional Saturdays.

It's really been amazing to see that the art classes have turned into a wonderful time of ministry and encouragement. God's mercy and love have come to the forefront, and the art making was only the vehicle He used to connect His people.

It's been such a joy, a year later, to see how God sent wonderful Christians who took the classes and how beautifully He answered my prayers about new friends and our new life in Texas.  



To learn more about Renee Coyer's art classes, visit creativeheartsforthee.com.   Creative Hearts for Thee is in partnership with HEART of Texas and offers our card-carrying members a discount on art classes.  Click here
to learn more about this and other partnership discounts available to our members.  To learn how to become a member, click here.



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Volunteers Needed for HEART of Texas Team

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

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

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

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

Qualifications:

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

The Texas Ballet Theater is once again partnering with HEART of Texas to offer our newsletter readers (that's you!) and other homeschoolers special ticket pricing on great seats, during select performances.  The dates and times of these select performances are listed below.  You can purchase tickets as a group or as a family -- all homeschoolers can enjoy these great discounts.  You do not have to be a member of HEART of Texas or any other home school support group.  But you must mention HEART of Texas when you call.  

Tickets are sold on a first-come, first served basis, so please reserve your tickets as soon as possible to ensure the best section seating available during our select performances.  All tickets, even group tickets, must be paid for up front.  Please be aware that all sales are final.  

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


2010 - 2011 SEASON:
For the first time in North Texas!!
JUNE 10-12 -- Don Quixote (Bass Performance Hall)
HEART of Texas Discount Day:   JUNE 11 at 2pm



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

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

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

Can't attend one of these performances?  

Texas Ballet Theater still has a great deal for you!
All other performance dates will be discounted 20% for groups of 10 or more, subject to
availability.



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

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

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

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

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

1.    LIBRARY PROGRAMS AT NORTH TEXAS LIBRARIES

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

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


BEDFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY

Location:  2424 Forest Ridge Drive
                Bedford, TX  76021
                817-952-2342
Contact:  Jeannie Green

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 am.11:25 a.m.

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

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FORT WORTH PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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HURST PUBLIC LIBRARY
Location:  901 Precinct Line Road
               Hurst, TX  76053
               817-788-7300
Contact:  Click Here to email

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

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

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

SECOND TUESDAY OF MONTH -- Chapter Chats (4th-6th graders) and Teen Talks (7th-12th graders)
Time: 
6 p.m.
7 p.m. (Chapter Chats); 7 p.m.–8 p.m. (Teen Talks)
Details: Do you enjoy talking about books? Here’s your chance! Share your views with other kids who have read what you have!
To Find Out Which Books We'll Be Talking About Each Month:  Call 817-788-7302

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

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

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


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McKINNEY PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM
Location:  101 E. Hunt Street
               McKinney, TX  75069
               972-547-READ
Contact:  Click Here to email  or call 972-547-7319

Program Calender:
Click Here    


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


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


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

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

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

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


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2.  BOOK IT! READING PROGRAM

Who Can Participate:  Children in grades K-6.

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

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

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

For Program Information: Click Here

To Enroll Your Homeschool: Click Here  

Book It! Hotline:  1-800-426-6548
Hotline hours:  9:00 am - 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 2010-11 PREVIEW:  TOTAL RECALL
      Registration Deadline: Tentatively scheduled for September 2011
***See below for important information for the 2010-2011 Season***


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

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

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

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

***NEW***
INTRODUCING THREE NEW INCENTIVE PROGRAMS FOR FIRST TECH CHALLENGE ROOKIE TEAMS!

FIRST is piloting three discount incentive programs for new FTC teams for the 2010-2011 season!

Program 1: Current and Past FLL Teams
If you are a current or past FLL team, FIRST is offering $200 toward your FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) registration fee if you register a team to compete in FTC this season. You will also receive a discounted FTC Competition Kit without MINDSTORMS to pair with your current FIRST LEGO League kit to help facilitate this "graduation" to the FTC program. This incentive is offered to the first 450 FLL "graduates" on a first come, first served basis.

Program 2: Current FTC Teams
If you are an FTC team in good standing (registered and paid), FIRST is offering a "finder's fee" for any new teams that you get to join the program this season.  Each new team recruited will only pay $75 to register, lus the cost of the FTC Competition Kit. Recruiting teams will receive a $200 credit toward their FTC registration for the 2011-2012 season. This incentive is offered to the first 200 FTC recruiting teams on a first come, first served basis.

Program 3: 2011 FRC Teams
If you are currently registered to compete in the 2011 FRC season, you can register a new FTC team for just $75. Additionally, your FRC team will receive a $500 credit toward your 2012 FRC registration, not to exceed the cost of registration. This incentive is offered to the the first 650 FRC teams on a first come, first served basis.

In order to qualify for any of the discount options above, the FTC registrations must be new teams with rookie numbers registered between November 1, 2010 and March 29, 2011.

All new FTC Teams registered through any of the above incentive programs must participate in an event by June 30, 2011.


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

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

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

For more information on the Y.E.S. Program:
Please contact Y.E.S. Program Administrator at (800) 521-2747 ext. 146
or click here to e-mail or visit http://www.igus.com/yesprogram



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

The 2011 Registration Opens: May 2

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

If you are interested in coaching or being involved next year:
visit the website to learn more.

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

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

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6.  TEXAS STATE FISH-ART CONTEST

ENTRIES DUE MARCH 31 (ongoing annual contest)

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

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

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

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

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

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

For Rules:  Click Here

For More Information: Click Here


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

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.

2010-2011 Registration Information
Submission Deadline for Round 2 Problem:
January 24
Download Round 2 Problems:  
Click Here
Web Deadline:
3pm Eastern/Noon Pacific on January 24
Mail Deadline: Postmarked on or before January 24

Important:  All answers must be fully justified.  Don't just send numerical answers.

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

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

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

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

To Be Eligible to Participate (2010-2011 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 CONTEST DEADLINE HAS PASSED

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 2011, 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 2011, 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, 2010, and April 1, 2011. The forms must be postmarked or e-mailed no later than April 1 if students are to be considered for awards.
 
What is a course in good citizenship:  For a detailed description, please visit:  http://www.thsc.org/Categories.aspx?Id=GoodCitizenship
 
The Good Citizenship Certificates and Awards                
Home school students may be awarded THSC Good Citizenship Certificates at any time following the completion of 40 hours of good citizenship work.   Any home schooled student who earns a Good Citizenship Certificate is automatically entered into the competition for THSC’s Good Citizenship Awards.  The following awards recognize the Texas students with the most volunteer hours (highest number of voters registered for the Alamo Award) in each category and are presented at the annual THSC Awards Banquet.

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

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

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

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

To View a Sample Certificate: http://www.thsc.org/Categories.aspx?Id=SampleCertificate    

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

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14.  CERTIFICATES OF SPECIAL CONGRESSIONAL RECOGNITION

District 24
Congressman Kenny Marchant, U.S. House of Representative, would like to give each graduating senior, who resides in the 24th District of Texas, a certificate of Special Congressional Recognition.
 
The certificates will be printed with the name of the senior and will be signed by the Congressman.
 
The completed certificates will then be mailed directly to the senior’s home address.
 
If interested, please call 972-556-0162 or Click Here to send an email with the name of the graduating high school senior, the date of graduation and the senior’s home address to.
  
Address:
Congressman Kenny Marchant
9901 E. Valley Ranch Parkway, Ste. 3035
Irving, Texas  75063

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

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

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15.  ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ART COMPETITION

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

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

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

Who Can Participate:  All high school students including homeschoolers.

Acceptable Medium:  Paintings (oil, acrylics, watercolor); drawings (pastels, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers); two-dimensional collages; prints (lithograph, silkscreen, block prints); mixed media; computer generated art; and photography. All work must be original in concept, design, and execution, and must not violate any U.S. copyright laws.
Artwork must be two-dimensional and cannot weigh more than 15 lbs.


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16.  THEO IN PLANO OFFERING CLASSES FOR HOMESCHOOLERS

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

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

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

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


Location:  1301 Custer Road, Suite 703
                Plano, TX 75075
                214-282-6936


For Questions:   Click Here to email


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17.  CHRISTIAN COTTAGE PREP

Christian Cottage Prep is accepting registration for the second semester of the school year 2010/2011. Classes are available for one or more days per week in core subject classes.  
Classes are for students in grades 6th-12th grade.
  
Location:  5601 Bridge Street, Suite 335

                Fort Worth, TX 76112
                  (in the Western Insurance Building)

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

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18.  CHRISTIAN EDUCATORS RECOURCE CENTER IN ROWLETT

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

Bookstore Hours: Mon-Thur 9-5pm
Saturday 10-2pm
 
Testing:
CERC offers Stanford and Iowa Testing year round!
Don’t miss the deadline for ordering your tests and reserve your spot on-line.
 

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


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

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

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


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19.  CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOL ALLIANCE OF TEXAS

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



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20.  COOKE COUNTY COTILLION FOR HOME SCHOOLED TEENS!

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


Contact:    940-668-7833 or 940-736-6792 (cell) Click Here
        

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21.  CLASSES AT CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION

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

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

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

MAY 4 - Registration deadline for Open House
TIME: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. 
DETAILS: If you are considering enrolling at the C4HE, come and tour the campus on May 14! Take a peak into various classroom experiences and visit with teachers and students. You will also be able to see theater students as they entertain with excerpts from select shows.  Your tour will end with a visit with Founder and Director, Rosie Watson, for a brief look at the vision and direction of C4HE.

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

Website:  http://centerforhomeeducation.com/  

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



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22.  EASTFIELD COLLEGE

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


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23.  ENRICHMENT CLASSES, INC, IN LEWISVILLE

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

For More Information:  940-455-7000 or Click Here


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24.  FAITH CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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

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

                    McKinney, TX  


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25.  HOME EDUCATORS RESOURCE ENRICHMENT CLASSES

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

For Class Descriptions, Fees and Other Information: Click Here

Classes Offered:
Art

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

Location:

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

Website:  http://homeeducatorsresource.com/    

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

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

Contact For More Information:  Click Here to send an email

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


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


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28.  MORNING GLORY ACADEMY

Morning Glory Academy (MGA) is a classical Christian school in the university model, offering classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students study at home according to their family's schedule the other days of the week.  
 
To Register:  Click Here to email
For more information:
http://www.themga.org/
 
MGA:  Your Home . . . Our School . . . Perfect Fit.



Discount:
  HEART of Texas Members receive a discount on tuition at MGA!

See http://www.heartoftex.org/partners/partners.html for more details.

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



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

Fall 2011 Registration opens for the TCC South and Southeast Campus

We will be offering the following classes:
SE Campus Arlington
PreAlgebra            TTH     12-3         Aug 16 to Sept 30
Geometry             Fri        9-12        Last Friday in August to second Fri in Dec
College Algebra     TTH     3-4:30       Last week in August to second week Dec.

South Campus FW
Algebra I             MW         12-3         Aug 15 to Sept 29
Algebra II             MW         3-4:30     Last week in Aug to second week in Dec
College Algebra      MW         4:30-6     Last week in Aug to second week in Dec.

Cost:  $166 including tutoring free software.

NEW!!  Mini Algebra I Review Class:  I have been ask if it is possible to offer a mini Algebra I review class for students preparing for fall.  I will add this July 5,6,7 from 9-12.   Cost dependant on enrollment.   If we receive interest from 5 students, cost will be $5 an hour, if 4 students cost $6 an hour.  Also includes software and any extra help needed.

I recommend not waiting until August to register as have had higher than usual interest via emails last two months.

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

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30.  VENTURE HOME SCHOOL CLASSES

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

Registration Information:  
Click Here
For More Information:  Contact 817-788-5248 or Click Here to send an email
Location:  First Baptist Church Colleyville
               5405 Pleasant Run
               Colleyville, TX  76034
                       

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31.  YMCA OF IRVING HOME SCHOOL CLASSES

For More Information:  Contact 972-986-8898


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32.  LIBRARY USED BOOK SALES IN NORTH TEXAS

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

WICHITA FALLS –  May 7, June 4, July 2
Time:
 call for hours
Location: Friends of the Library Bookstore Booksale
               Wichita Falls Public Library
               600 11th Street
               940-677-0868, ext. 248
Books:   3,000 books; 100% donated;
85% hardcover; .50-$2
No buyer restrictions
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CEDAR HILL – May 13-14
Time:
Friday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Members only preview Thursday 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; may join at door.)
Location:  Zula B. Wylie Library Book Sale
                225 Cedar Street
                972-672-5641
Books:  10,000 books; 90% donated; 60% hardcover; .50-$1
Saturday blood drive as well
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DENTON – May 21
Time:
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location:  North Branch Library Book Sale
                 
3020 N. Locust St.
Admission: $1; Friends/children under 12 are free
Books:  
.50-$1
No buyer restrictions; some books removed for online sale
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DALLAS
– June 4
Time:
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location:  University Park Public Library Book Sale
               6517 Hillcrest (inside Chase Bank building)
               214-363-9095
Books:  
5,000 books; 90% donated; 50% hardcover; .50-$2
Sorted; not "picked over"
No checks over $100 accepted; ATM on premises
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NEW: SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIRS WAREHOUSE
**Warehouse Sales are exclusively for school employees, school district personnel, home schoolers and Book Fair chairpeople/volunteers.

LOCATIONS INCLUDE:
ARLINGTON -- May 12-18
Time: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays
Location:  3470 South Watson Road, Arlington (exit Mayfield, loop around to South 360 Access Road)
               800-633-7034
Details:  Biggest book sale of the year - up to 80% off everything, with most items discounted at least 50%


TYLER -- May 18-19
Time: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 18th; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 19th
Location:  Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front Street, Tyler
               800-792-2002

HIGHLAND VILLAGE -- May 18-19
Time: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 18th; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 19th
Location:  Celebrations Event Center, 2380 FM 407, Highland Village
               800-792-2002


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33.  CHRISTIAN EDUCATORS RESOURCE CENTER

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

Early Enrollment Deadline for Fall: May 19
Final Enrollment Deadline for June Camps and Workshops: May 19

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

Website: http://cerconline.org/    

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


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34.  CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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35.  HOME EDUCATORS RESOURCE

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

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

Website:  http://homeeducatorsresource.com/    

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


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36.
 CAMPS AT CAMP TONKAWA

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

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):
July 27, 2011 --
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.  

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

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):
July 20, 2011 -- Topics will include hunting methods and fishing techniques, transportation, native drumming and other instruments, dance steps, and story telling . . . plus much more!

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

Wildlife Camp
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

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


Class Dates

MAY 14-15 -- Primitive Survival Skills Class 1
Time: 9:30 a.m. on May 14 - 2:30 p.m. on May 15
Cost: $50 (children 8-11); $60 (youth 12-16); $75 (17 years-adult)
Details: 
Topics will include finding natural shelters, building a debris hut, making cordage, gathering water, water purification, building a safe fire, starting a fire by friction and signaling for help. (Gathering food will be covered in the Primitive Survival Skills Class 2.) Dinner and breakfast will be provided; bring your own lunch. If spending the night, bring your own tent, sleeping bag, plate, bowl, cup and utensils. Flashlights and a camp chair are also helpful but not necessary. A non-folding knife is recommended, or you may purchase a Swiss Mora knife for $25 at the camp. Please let us know if you need to purchase a knife when you register.

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 -- 9:30am Friday to 2:30 Sunday

Cost:  Class 1 or 2: $75/Adults (17+); $60/Ages 12-15; $50/Ages 8-11 (call for family & group rates)
         Class 1 & 2 Combo: $150
/Ages 16-Adult; $120/Ages 12-15; $100/Ages 8-11 (with adult)
Class Descriptions:  Click Here for Class 1
                             Click Here for Class 2
                             Click Here for Class 1 & 2 Combo
Bring:  Bring your lunches.  Dinner and breakfast provided. Vegetarian fare available; let us know. If spending the night, bring tent, sleeping bag, plate, bowl, cup and utensils. Camp chairs and flashlights are optional, but not necessary.  We have a swimming pond and outdoor showers, so bring provisions.
Class 2 requires a
non-folding knife. Bring your own or purchase a Swiss Mora survival knife at camp for $20.
Class Minimum:  Each class must have a minimum number of registrants or it will be cancelled. We can schedule a date for your group.

Horsemanship Day Camps
If you are not with a group, and want to join any one of the scheduled days, call for available dates.
Class Dates:
MAY 11; MAY 14 (Junior Horsemanship Day Camp)
Time: 10 a.m.–3 p.m. (10 a.m. - 1 p.m. for Junior Camp)
What to Bring:  
Lunches and drinking water
Cost:  $45/Ages 17 and Under ($35 for Junior Camp)
Parents or leaders who aren't riding are free.
Class Description:  This class is for all of you who "wish" they had a horse. You will get a general overview of the responsibilities of having a pet of this size. Wear your old blue jeans and boots, if you happen to have them (hiking boots the next best footwear, then gym shoes), because you will get a chance to do some basic riding. Make sure to bring hats and suncreen for sunny days.
Topics to Be Covered:  Horse anatomy, Grooming, Various tack (bridles, saddles, etc.), Feeding, Health maintenance, Teeth and age, Ferrier care, Halter, Lead, and Tie correctly, Riding Basics, Horse gaits, Rules of the Trail, Safety when working with horses.
***Once you have taken this class you can schedule a 2 hour horse groom/tack/ride session ($35/person–minimum of 2 riders) or Enroll in our Trot Camp ($75–5 hours w/horses, mostly riding)
Bring: Bring your own lunch. Bring plenty of drinking water. Camel packs are great if you have one.
We now have some Helmets in various sizes, or bring your own.

Other Horse Activities
:
Horse Lease Program
Adults and children with some experience can pay for a monthly usage of one of our horses and then enjoy partial ownership–grooming, riding, feeding, training.  Detailed information is on the web site.
Horse Birthday Parties
Bring your own cake and ice cream, we provide the rest


Boy Scout Camps/Merit Badges:
Wilderness Survival Camp
Earn your merit badge and learn to make a Bow Drill Fire!  All must have a Tote & Chip because you will be working with your knives.
Horsemanship Camp
We schedule a monthly Day Camp where individuals or small groups can earn this merit badge.  We can schedule a date or week-end camp for your whole troop!
Indian Lore Camp
Come and get started on this extensive merit badge! Schedule a date for your troop. Group rates available!
Hiking and Backpacking Camp
We wil teach the basics and set you up on a training program to prepare you for a trek of your own.  Schedule a date. Group rates available!
Nature Related Merit Badges:
Fish and Wildlife Management, Fishing, Insect Study, Mammal Study, Reptile and Amphibian Study
Schedule a week-end camp out to work on any of the above listed. 
We can customize the camp for your troop.

Family camps available for the Cub Scouts and Webeloes:
We can help youearn outdoor skills needed for rank advancement and belt loops.



For More Information: 940-440-8382 or Click Here to email
http://www.camptonkawatexas.com      


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

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37.  DALLAS ARBORETUM EVENTS

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

MAY 7-8 -- Mother's Day Weekend at the Arboretum
The premier floral show in the southwest that will take your breath away, which is probably why Dallas Blooms is regularly featured as one of the top 10 things to do in America during the springtime. On Saturday noon-4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m., enjoy melodies throughout the gardens, a silhouette artist ($10/person) and family portraits in Peter Rabbit's Flower Village ($15/photo).

Hours:
  Open Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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

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

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

http://www.dallasarboretum.org    


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38.  FORT WORTH NATURE CENTER AND REFUGE PROGRAMS


Location:
 9601 Fossil Ridge Road

        Fort Worth, TX 76135

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


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

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

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

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

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

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39.  FORT WORTH BOTANICAL GARDEN PROGRAMS


Location:  Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107


JUNE 6 -- Caterpillar Gardening
Grades:  
K-3
Time:  9:30-11:30am
Cost:
 $15
Location:  Conservation Classroom of Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107
Details:  What makes caterpillars special creatures?  Learn about how they move, what they eat, and how to care for them.  Start your own butterfly garden.

JUNE 7 -- Fairy Garden
Grades:  
PreK-3
Time:  9:30-11:30am
Cost:
 $15
Location:  Conservation Classroom of Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107
Details:  Wear your fairy prince or princess costume to this enchanted program.  Create flowery fairy projects.  Enjoy a rose-y tea party fit for royalty.

JUNE 13 -- Animals All Around
Grades:  
K-3
Time:  9:30-11:30am
Cost:
 $15
Location:  Conservation Classroom of Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107
Details:  Learn about the animals living in the Botanic Garden.  Discover their homes, how they communicate, and how to protect them.

JUNE 14 -- Introducing the Compass
Grades:  
2-4
Time:  9:30-11:30am
Cost:
 $15
Location:  Conservation Classroom of Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107
Details:  Do you know how to read a map? Learn to use a compass and develop a new sense of direction.

FRIDAYS -- Lunch Bunch
Grades:
 K-4
Cost:  
$5
Time:  11:30am - 1pm
Details:  Bring a sack lunch.  We'll explore a garden place and have a new craft each week.
Registration Required:  A verbal or email confirmation must be made by 9am on the Friday your child attends.


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39.  FOSSIL RIM HOME SCHOOL CLASSES AND EVENTS

MAY 24 -- African Safari Day Camp
Time: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $13.75/adult; $7.25/child (ages 3-11); 3 and under free
Location: Fossil Rim
Details: Learn about the geography and animals of Africa, learn about Cheetahs and discover the difference between grazers and browsers, then enjoy a picnic lunch and end the day with a tour of Fossil Rim. Bring a sack lunch.


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

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

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

Monday–Fridays at 9am, 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2pm
Thursdays at 10:30am and 4pm; Mondays at 4pm


Christian Horsemanship
Ages 4-18

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

Outdoor Adventure
Ages 7-14
Cost:  
$20/class
Course Length:  
1 hour, 15 min.
Details:  
Teaches children about God's creation in an outdoor spiritual setting.  Activities include:  day hikes, fishing, flying kites, and much more!  Outdoor Adventure classes focus on: Science in the Outdoors, Servant Leadership, Self Expression, Self Reflection and Silent Retreats.

Discount Prices available for group rates.
Please call for details.

Location:  
4150 Keller-Haslet Road
                Keller, TX  76248

For More Information:  817-925-1982 or click here to email



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


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41.  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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42.  HERITAGE FARMSTEAD MUSEUM -- PLANO
 
The Museum Grounds are Open Year-Round (Except Mondays and Holidays)
Tuesday–Sunday 9:00am–4:30pm

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

Self-Guided Grounds Tours

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

Group Tours

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

FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH -- Scout Tours

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

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

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

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

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

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43.  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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44.  TEXAS DISCOVERY GARDENS

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

Regular Admission & Hours:
$4/adults; $3 seniors (60+); $2 children 3-12yrs; free children under 3yrs.
Hours:  Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm.  Last ticket sold at 4:30 pm.
For more info:  214-428-7476 ext. 23.
Location:
3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Fair Park.
Fair Park is
two miles east of downtown Dallas just south of Interstate 30.

THIRD SATURDAYS – Garden Walks

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

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

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


SCOUTING PROGRAMS:

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

For More Information: Click Here


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45.  TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT ACTIVITIES

ATHENS, TX

MAY 7 -– Nature Hike
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time:  5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Details:  Take a one-mile hike and learn all about the plants and animals at the park. Meet at the overflow parking lot. Accessible for the mobility impaired.
For More Information:  903-425-2332

MAY 8 -– Canoe Tour
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time:  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Details:  See parts of the lake only accessible by boat. A limited number of canoes are available for rental, or bring your own kayak or canoe. Bring drinks and snacks. Reservations required; $6/person.
For More Information:  903-425-2332

MAY 14 -– Canoe and Kayak Basics
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time:  3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Details:  Learn safe paddling basics including safe entry and exit. Reservations required; deadline 24 hours before the event.
For More Information:  903-425-2332


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CEDAR HILL, TX

MAY 7 -- Duck Pond Trail Nature Walk
Location:  Cedar Hill State Park
Time: 10 a.m.–11 a.m.
Details:  Take a leisurely one-mile hike and learn about the local plants and animals. Walk is subject to cancellation if the trail conditions warrant.
Reservations:  
972-291-5940

MAY 7 -- Mammals, Our Furry Friends
Location
: Cedar Hill State Park
Time: 3 p.m.–4 p.m.
Details: Listen to stories about the local mammals to learn about animals at the park. Held at the Penn Farm Amphitheater.
Reservation:  972-291-5940

MAY 14 -- The Lost Prairie
Location
: Cedar Hill State Park
Time: 10 a.m.–11 a.m.
Details: Discover the tall-grass Blackland Prairie. Learn about the history, plants, animals and human impact on this now-endangered area of Texas. Held at Penn Farm Amphitheater.
Reservation:  972-291-5940

MAY 14 -- Penn Farm Geocache Challenge
Location
: Cedar Hill State Park
Time: 3 p.m.–5 p.m.
Details: Experience Penn Farm through a self-guided geocache tour - see www.geocaching.com for starting coordinates and more details. Beginners are welcome, but personal GPS unit is required to participate. Held near the Penn Farm restroom.
Reservation:  972-291-5940


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DENTON, TX

MAY 21 -- Go Fish! Learn To Fish Event
Location
: Ray Roberts Lake State Park, Johnson Branch
Time: 8 a.m.-noon
Details: Come enjoy this free event for families with children ages 5 and older. 
Learn all about fishing in this hands-on event. Bait and equipment provided or you can bring your own. No license required. Take away a "fishing fun pack" and enter a drawing for door prizes.  Bring sun protection and water.
Reservation:  940-637-2294


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DENISON, TX

MAY 7, JUNE 4 -- Go Fish! Learn To Fish Event
Location
: Eisenhower State Park
Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Details: Come enjoy this free event for families with children ages 5 and older. 
Learn all about fishing in this hands-on event. Bait and equipment provided or you can bring your own. No license required. Take away a "fishing fun pack" and enter a drawing for door prizes.  Bring sun protection and water.
Reservation:  214-457-3407

MAY 14 -- Venomous Snakes of Texas
Location
Eisenhower State Park
Time: 8:15 p.m.-9 p.m.
Details: Come learn how to identify myths and examine truths about venomous snakes in Texas
.
Reservation:  903-465-1956

MAY 21 -- What's Blooming?
Location
Eisenhower State Park
Time: 8:15 p.m.-9 p.m.
Details: Come to the Amphitheater to learn about the vast array of flowers that grow in the park
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Reservation:  903-465-1956

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GLEN ROSE, TX

MAY 7, 14, 21, 28 -- Nature Hike
Location
: Dinosaur Valley State Park
Time: 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
Details: Wear good walking shoes as we walk through the park to identify and learn interesting facts about wildlife, trees and plants
. Meet at the Track Site #2. Insect repellant and sunscreen encouraged. Accessible for the mobility impaired.
Reservation:  254-897-4588

MAY 7 -- Birding Hike
Location
: Dinosaur Valley State Park
Time: 5 p.m.-6 p.m.
Details: Wear good walking shoes as you go and search out local birds. You may bring your field guide and binoculars, or you may request these (limited supply on hand for check-out).
Accessible for the mobility impaired.
Reservation:  254-897-4588

MAY 7 -- Trackmakers
Location
: Dinosaur Valley State Park
Time: 9 p.m.-10 p.m.
Details: Learn what the park was like - and what dinosaurs were present - millions of years ago.
Bug repellent recommended. Meet at the amphitheater. Bring a flashlight. Accessible for the mobility impaired.
Reservation:  254-897-4588


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JACKSBORO, TX

MAY 1 -- Motorcycle Ride and Rally
Location
: Fort Richardson State Park & Historic Site
Time: 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Details: Cruise in and meet with your friends during this 100-mile ride through wildflower-covered backroads around the Jack County area
. Park entry fee waived for participants. Call to make lunch reservations.
Reservation:  940-567-3506


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MINERAL WELLS, TX

MAY 7 -- Wildflower Walk
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Time: 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. AND 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Details:  Join us as we learn about wildflowers, plant identification, plant nature, folklore and other interesting facts. Reservations required.
Call: 940-328-1171

MAY 14 -- Wildflower Bicycle Tour
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Time: 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Details:  Join us for a bike ride on Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway as we learn about wildflowers, plant identification, plant nature, folklore and other interesting facts. Reservations required.
Call: 940-328-1171

MAY 21 -- Kids' Wilderness Survival
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Time: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Details:  This is a fun way to teach children what they should do if they become lost. Interactive games and a nature hike make this a hands-on event.  Must be accompanied by an adult.  Reservations required.
Call: 940-328-1171


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TYLER, TX

No events scheduled for this month.

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WILLS POINT, TX

MAY 7-8 -- Texas Outdoor Family
Location:  Lake Tawakoni State Park
Time:  9:30 a.m. on May 7–noon on May 8
Details: Mother's Day Campout! Treat mom to an extra-special Mother's Day full of memories and adenture! Camp with a Ranger - no experience required!

Call: 512-389-8903

MAY 21 -- Go Fish! Learn-to-Fish Events
Location:  Lake Tawakoni State Park
Time:  9 a.m.–noon
Details: For families with children 5 and older, come and learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities. Take away a fishing fun pack. Equipment and bait provided or bring your own. Accessible for the mobility impaired. No license required. Bring sun protection and water.

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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46.  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 2010-2011 Season:

2010-2011 Performances
APRIL 29-MAY 22 -- The Wizard of Oz

To Order Online Tickets: Click Here

Order Season Tickets!
Order a 5-Show Season Ticket package to secure GREAT SEATS for these fantastic, family fun productions at Casa Mañana Theatre. 
For More Information:  Call Customer Service at 817-332-2272  

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47.  PERFORMANCES AT CATS THEATER IN ARLINGTON


2010-2011 Performances
APRIL 29–MAY 15 -- Fundraiser Show: Godspell

Show Times:
Friday: 7:30 p.m;  Saturday: 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m;  Sunday: 2:30 p.m.
Tickets:
  * Regular admission $8.
  * Group rate for a group of 10 and more $6.
  * Lap passes for children 0 to 3 years old are $4.
  * School Matinees group rate $5. See link below for group rates
  * 2011 Fundraiser Show $15 for adults & $10 for children/students

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

Location:  1100 West Randol Mill Road
                Arlington, TX  76012


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48.  COTTAGE THEATER – CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION

Center for Home Education’s Cottage Theater Presents:
JUNE 10-12 & 16-18 -- Pirates of Penzance, Jr.

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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49.  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.

APRIL 30 - MAY 21 -- Hansel & Gretel
When Hansel and his sister, Gretel, discover a gingerbread house in the forest, they are captured by a witch, who tries to fatten up Hansel and makes Gretel do all her work. With Artie the Monkey’s help, the children defeat the witch and return home, never to be hungry again.

MAY 28 - JULY 2 -- Disney's Cinderella
The timeless fairy tale meets the magic of Disney in this adaptation of the treasured animated film. Poor Cinderella is endlessly mistreated by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, and denied a chance to go to the Royal Ball. With a little help from her mice friends, and a lot of help from her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella goes to the ball, meets the Prince, and falls in love!


Full-Length Productions:

APRIL 29 - MAY 21 -- Proposals
A delightful romantic comedy following the story of nine people whose lives intertwine as unexpected guests arrive at a summer vacation retreat.  Romantic complications ensue – the heartache of lost love, the thrill of new love, and the bittersweet reunion of past love – resulting in a hilarious story of loyalty, honesty, and forgiveness.  Written by the famous comedic playwright Neil Simon, this is one show you won’t want to miss.

MAY 27 - JULY 2 -- The Sound of Music
The last great success of Rodgers & Hammerstein will charm you once again. Your “heart will be blessed” and you’ll “sing once more!."  Based on the true story of the Trapp Family Singers, this heartwarming musical is a joy for the whole family.


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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50.  PERFORMANCES AT BASS PERFORMANCE HALL

Symphony at the Bass Performance Hall:
MAY 6-8 -- Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto
Barry Douglas, the first non-Russian since Van Cliburn to win the gold medal at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow, will perform Tchaikovsky's majestic First Piano Concerto.
For More Information: Click Here

Location:  Bass Performance Hall
               Fort Worth, TX


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51.  CHILDREN'S CHRISTIAN THEATER PERFORMANCES

MAY 25-28 -- Cheaper By the Dozen
Based on a true story, come enjoy the hilarious antics a family of 12 and how this family unit works (and occasionally struggles a bit) - a show not to be missed!
Time: 10 a.m. (May 25-26); 7 p.m. (May 27-28)
Location:  The Plaza Theater
               521 West State St, Garland, 75040
Cost (Advance tickets): $6 for morning performances; evening performances are $9 ages 12 and older; $6 ages 11 and younger; $6 seniors 
To Pre-Order Tickets:  972-658-3915 or click here to email
Please Note:  Tickets are $1 more at the Door


Discount:  Children's Christian Theater is offering $1 off matinee tickets and $2 off evening performances to HEART of Texas members with a valid family ID card. 
To Learn About HEART of Texas Family Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/membership/membership.html


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52.  DALLAS CHILDREN’S THEATER PERFORMANCES

2010–2011- Season:
(Please note that not all productions may be suitable for all audiences.)  

MAY 6-22 -- Giggle, Giggle, Quack
Baker Theater/Rosewood Center

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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53.  DALLAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES

MAY 30 -- FREE CONCERT: Memorial Day at Flagpole Hill in Dallas
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra Community Parks Concert Series is a series of free outdoor performances by the Symphony in Dallas-area parks held throughout the spring. The DSO's program offers a diverse selection of works, including The Star Spangled Banner, Liberty Bell March, and a performance of America the Beautiful by mezzo-soprano Pamela King. Scheduled to last about one hour, the Memorial Day performance will be followed by an exciting firewords display.
Symphony Rain Site: Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora Street, Dallas

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

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

Concert Location:  Meyerson Symphony Center
                            2301 Flora Street
                            Dallas, TX  75201
                            (intersection of Pearl & Flora Street in the heart of the Downtown Dallas Arts District)
For Directions:  Click Here


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54.  FORT WORTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA YOUNG PERSONS CONCERTS

Tickets:  $4

To Order Online with Credit Card:  Click Here

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

Orders for 20 or More:  
May be reserved without advance payment.
Approximately one month before the concert, you will receive a notice confirming the number of seats you have ordered and the total amount due (if applicable). If the final number of seats needed for the concert is different from that listed on the notice, please call with a corrected number immediately upon receiving the confirmation. Full payment is due two weeks before the concert date for groups of 20 or more.
Absolutely NO refunds for changes in reservation numbers after this date.
Special Note for Groups of 20 or More:   When you reserve a seat, that seat is held for you and not sold to another individual until you release it. Therefore, we ask you to verify the actual number of seats needed before making concert reservations. We understand that you may need to adjust the number of reserved seats before the payment due date, and those emergencies may cause cancellations. However, the privilege of reserving seats without advance payment may be revoked if your organization cancels more than 20% of its total reserved seats or fails to attend a concert for which it has reserved seats. 
Children Under Age 3:  Because of the nature of the event, we request that children under age three not be brought to these concerts, particularly to the concerts at Bass Performance Hall. You must purchase a seat for each person to be admitted to a concert, regardless of age.

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

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55.  PLANO CHILDREN’S THEATER PERFORMANCES

APRIL 29-MAY 14 -- THE SOUND OF MUSIC
A governess is sent to care for seven children of a widowed naval Captain.

MAY 6-14 -- ANASTASIA
Based on a true historical event, join us in 1926 as a girl experiencing amnesia poses as the heir to the Russian throne.

ALSO PLAYING:
MAY 7-15 -- RUMPELSTILTSKIN

MAY 19-21 -- SWORD IN THE STONE (Mini-Production)
MAY 20-JUNE 4 -- AIDA


Tickets: $8 in advance or $10 at door (mini-productions are $6 in advance or $8 at the door)
To Purchase Tickets:
 972-422-2575

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

        http://www.planochildrenstheatre.com/

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

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56.  TEXAS BALLET THEATER PERFORMANCES

The Texas Ballet Theater is once again partnering with HEART of Texas to offer our newsletter readers special ticket pricing on great seats, during select performances.  The dates and times of these select performances are listed below.

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


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


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



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


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


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

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


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

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57.  HOME SCHOOL DISCOUNT TICKETS TO DALLAS THEATER PERFORMANCES

Save 20% on regular priced tickets.
Time: 8 p.m.
Location:  Music Hall at Fair Park
To Order Tickets:  Click Here
Password:
SUPER


This Season's Upcoming Performances:
9 to 5
Stomp
Spamalot
Guys and Dolls
West Side Story (Texas State Fair Show)


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58.  AMON CARTER EXHIBITS

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

Museum Exhibits:
THROUGH MAY 1 -- From Survey to Canal: Photographs of the Isthmus of Panama
View photographs of the most immense engineering project of the 20th century.

OPENING MAY 14 -- Subhankar Banerjee: Where I Live I Hope to Know
Artist Subhankar Banerjee's large-scale, contemporary photographs focuses on the landscape, flora and fauna surrounding his home near Santa Fe, New Mexico.

THROUGH MAY 29 -- Nature Bound: Illustrated Botanical Books
Enjoy a rare opportunity to view spectacularly illustrated botanical books from the collections of the Amon Carter and its new Cultural District neighbor, the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT).


THROUGH JUNE 19 -- The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision
The esteemed New York Historical Society is sending 45 of its treasured landscape paintings on a national tour, and the Amon Carter is the first stop on this tour. Come see these 19th century treasures painted by Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church, George Inness, and others while they are here.

THROUGH JULY 31 -- Masterworks of American Photography: Artistic Communities
Explore a cross-section of 20th century art archives from six different and important artists.


Guided Tours for Students:  
Click Here

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

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


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


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59.  DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART EXHIBITS  

FREE First Tuesdays of each month
MAY 3: Animial Safari
JUNE 7: Road Trip USA
JULY 5: Into the Woods

Exhibits:

THROUGH MAY 8 -- Gustav Stickley and the American Arts and Crafts Movement
THROUGH JULY 17 -- Line and Form: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Wasmuth Portfolio
THROUGH AUGUST 14 -- Concentrations 54: Matt Connors and Fergus Feehily
THROUGH SEPTEMBER 4 -- Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection
THROUGH JANUARY 29 -- Form/Unformed: Design from 1960 to Present

Family Events:
MAY 3, JUNE 7, JULY 5 -- Free Admission on First Tuesdays of the Month
Theme:  
Animal Safari (May 3); Road Trip USA (June 7); Into the Woods (July 5)
Time: 11 a.m.–2 p.m. (Center for Creative Connections)
Ages:  
Designed for children ages five and under and their families.
Details:
Enjoy thematic art-making activities, story times, performances, and gallery activities.

MAY 21-- Free Concert: 5th Annual Charles Barr Memorial Concert
Time: 3 p.m. (doors open at 2:30)
Ages:  
Designed for adults and children ages four and older; child must be comfortable with separating with the parent for about an hour.
Cost: FREE

Details: Russell Houston, an award-winning 16-year-old cellist, will present a recital honoring the memory of Dallas-born bassist Charles Barr.
No Reservations Required


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
MAY 20, JUNE 17, JULY 15, AUGUST 19, SEPTEMBER 16, OCTOBER 21, NOVEMBER 18
Time:
6 p.m.-Midnight
One Friday a month, the Museum is open until midnight with music, tours, and performances in the galleries.

Weekends at the Museum:
SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS -- Studio Creations
1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Art Studio
Discover a new art-making activity each month! Join us in the studio, where volunteers are on hand to help your family make unique art projects. All materials are provided.
May 1-29 -- Explore Art of the American Indians exhibition and then visit the studio to create your own animal-inspired, wearable work of art!
June 4-26 -- Discover stories in art in the collections and then mix-and-match the stories to create one of your own to illustrate in the studio!
July 2-31 -- Learn about varieties of materials used in art, and then find a variety of materials to create your own masterpiece in the studio!

Sketching in the Gallery for Kids

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

Families are invited to sketch from original works of art. All supplies are provided.
MAY 21 -- Center for Creative Connections, Level 1
JUNE 18 -- Form/Unformed: Design from 1960 to the Present, Level 4
JULY 16 -- Art of the Americas: Native American Art, Level 4

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.
MAY 1-19: Lady Bolon K'an, Level 4
JUNE 5-26: Olowe of Ise, Level 3
JULY 3-31: Vishnu as Varaha, Level 3

Family Films
SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS at 2 p.m. in the Theater, Center for Creative Connections
TBA

Location:  Dallas Museum of Art
1717 North Harwood
Dallas, Texas 75201

Hours:  Tuesday and Wednesday: 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas
Late night Fridays–museum open until Midnight.

General Admission:  
The general admission fee includes viewing the Museum’s permanent collection and most exhibitions.  An audio tour of the permanent collection is included in general admission. Audio tours for adults and families are available.
$10/Adults $10; $7/Seniors (65 and over) $7;  $5/Students (with current school ID); Free/12 and under

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

Group Discounts (10 more more):   Call 214-922-1222 or click here to email
To Purchase Advance Tickets:  214-922-1803

For more information about family experiences:  214-922-1822 or e-mail familyexperiences@DallasMuseumofArt.org.


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60.  KIMBELL ART MUSEUM EXHIBITS

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

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

FREE Family Festival
JULY 30 -- Art Spark
Time:  
1 p.m.–4 p.m.
Cost:  Free; No reservation required
Details: Explore what it might be like to be a wise ruler or a cunning hunter through storytelling and art projects.

Children's Workshops (ages 6-14)
MAY 14 -- Think Big, Really Big
Time:  10 a.m.–noon

Pictures & Pages
(ages 4-6)

MAY 3 -- A Bird or Two: A Story About Henri Matisse
Time:  10:30 a.m.–11:15 a.m.
Museum learning begins early with this special program for preschoolers and their adult partners. Popular children’s books inspire group conversations and simple art activities.
Advance registration is required.  
Space is limited. Maximum two children per adult.
To Register:  817-332-8451, ext. 297


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

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

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

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

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


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61.  MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE IN DALLAS

Exhibits:
THROUGH MAY 1 -- Dinosaurs Unearthed
THROUGH MAY 10 -- Math Midway

THROUGH JUNE -- Triceratops Skeleton
THROUGH JUNE -- Shark Jaw
COMING MAY 26 -- Chinasaurs: A New Dynasty of Dinosaurs

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.
MAY 9: Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too?
MAY 11: Flower Garden
MAY 18: The Runaway Bunny
MAY 25: The Hello, Goodbye Window


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

Online Exhibits:

Journey to Alaska

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

Permanent Exhibits:

Putting DNA to Work
Examine DNA sequences and see how that knowledge can be used to unlock the secrents hidden in our genes
Your Incredible Body
Your Incredible Body is a brand new addition to our permanent galleries designed to help lead you and your children through many of the common questions about homeostasis and balance in the body.
Lagoon Nature Walk
Explore the Leonhardt Lagoon Nature Walk
Paleontology Lab
See fossils brought back from the field for preparation
Ice Age Dallas
Fossils from the last Ice Age
Ocean Dallas
See ocean creatures that once swam near Dallas
Texas Dinosaurs
Life and death in the Big Bend examines dinosaurs that once lived in Texas
Wildlife Dioramas
View the Museums four distinct wildlife diorama halls
Little Urban Farm
Vividly illustrate to children and families the crucial role that farms play in all our lives
NetWorks:  The World of Digital Communication
Take a virtual ride through a network
Astronomy & Space
Visit the only public planetarium in Dallas County.
Dino Trail Guide
Explore and imagine what dinosaurs' lives were like
Mineral Majesty
Explore beautiful and amazing minerals in our Nature Building!

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

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

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


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62.  FORT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY

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

Admission:

$14 for adults
$10 for children (3-12) and seniors (60+)
Admission to ExploraZone and all National Cowgirl Museum exhibits is one price and free for all Museum members

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

Exhibits:
THROUGH MAY 1 -- IDENTITY: AN EXHIBITION OF YOU
Explore how science can shed light on our identity and uses groundbreaking science, personal art and stories to create an engaging journey through the science of human identity.

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

NEWEST EXHIBIT -- CHILDREN OF HANGZHOU: CONNECTING WITH CHINA

Learn about one of the oldest civilizations in the world, and now among the most modern, as this exhibit demystifies this culture and its people.

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63. NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER

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

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


Target First Saturdays -- FREE Admission from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
MAY 7-- Theme TBA

First Saturdays Schedule:

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

Now Showing
THROUGH MAY 11 -- Bugs!  A Rainforest Adventure
Mingle eye-to-eye with the more than 40 insects featured in 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 (one of the many giant screen firsts accomplished by the film team!) 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.

THROUGH MAY 11 -- Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure
Learn all about ancient sea creatures that used to live in what is now the middle of North America in a deep sea. Enormous monsters that used to live in the region of Kansas millions of years ago have left their bones for paleontologists to discover, and viewers will see a re-creation of this exciting discovery.

THROUGH MAY 11 -- Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs
Journey back through time to the wonders of ancient Africa! This film is a real-life "Indiana Jones" adventure complete with thieves, hidden treasures, and a modern-day scientific quest to uncover clues.  Narrated by actor Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and the original 1959 film The Mummy).

For Showtimes: Click Here

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

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

Now Playing:
THROUGH MAY 27 -- Wired to Win: Surviving the Tour de France
Tickets: $7/adults; $6/children 2-12 and Seniors 60+
Details: Follow the true story of two riders in the legendary bike race as they attempt to compete in the grueling event. The dynamic engine of possibility–the brain–plays a vital role in their journey, and its biology and power are explored in this film.
Fore More Information about Wired to Win:
Click Here

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

THROUGH MAY 22 -- Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure
Tickets: $7/adults; $6/children 2-12 and Seniors 60+
Details: This 40-minute adventure captures the interplay between a praying mantis and a butterfly. Weekend showings only.
Fore More Information about Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure:
Click Here

THROUGH MAY 27 -- Tornado Alley
Tickets: $7/adults; $6/children 2-12 and Seniors 60+
Details: Join storm chasers as they try to understand the origins of tornadoes as well as witness their sheer power at point-blank range.
Fore More Information about Tornado Alley:
Click Here


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66.  PROGRAMS AT LOG CABIN VILLAGE

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

MAY 13 -- Timber Tales Storytime; Timber Tales Sign Language Storytime
Time:  
10 a.m.–11 a.m.; 11 a.m.-noon (sign language story)
Cost:  Regular village admission, plus $4 fee covering fun activities and a craft.
Details: Featured story: Texas Zeke and the Longhorn by David Davis. Can Zeke get his ornery longhorn home? With a little help from his friends, this cowboy will be enjoying his chili in no time!
Reservations required–please call 817-392-5881


MAY 1, 15 -- Buttermilk Junction Old Time String Band
Time:  
1 p.m.–4 p.m.
Cost:  Regular village admission
Details: Come enjoy the sounds of "Roots Music" - tunes and songs from frontier Texas of the mid to late 1800s.


For More Information:  Click Here

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67.  DALLAS HERITAGE VILLAGE

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.

MAY 15: Gather 'Round Children: America's Folk Song Heritage

Nip & Tuck's Barnyard Buddies Storytime
SECOND WEDNESDAYS
Stories, Music and Hands-On Activities for Preschoolers
Theme: Toy Stories (May 11)
Time:  11 a.m
Cost:  Non-members:  $5/child – includes admission to Dallas Heritage Village before or after program.
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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68.  STAR PARTIES at  FORT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND HISTORY

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

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

STAR PARTIES
Dates: April 9, May 7, June 4, July 9, August 6, September 3, October 1, November 5
Cost:  
Free
Location:   In the parking lot just south of Museum construction (corner of Montgomery and Harley).
Time:  Dusk–10:30 p.m.
Details:
Join the Noble Planetarium staff and members of the Fort Worth Astronomical Society in front of the Museum on Gendy Street.  This event is weather permitting. Parking is available in the lot south of Harley Street.


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


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

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

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

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

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

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70.  BERNE ACADEMY'S BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL

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

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

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71.  HOMESCHOOL SWIM-- The Colony Aquatic Park

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

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

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

Time:  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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73.  CHRISTIAN MARTIAL ARTS

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

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


Cost: $25/month per person

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



For More Information: Click Here


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74.  DALLAS THUNDER HOME SCHOOL BASKETBALL

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

Dallas Thunder is a home school competitive basketball organization.  For our 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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75.  ELITE TRACK CLUB/CROSS COUNTRY PROGRAM


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


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76.  HOME SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

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

For More Information:  Click Here


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77.  THESA RIDERS HOME SCHOOL  ASSOCIATION

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

THESA offers the following:
Baseball -- 
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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78.  HULCY HOME SCHOOL PE CLASSES IN RICHARDSON

Register Today for Spring 2011!

Come try your first class for free and see if our 20 year reputation of helping kids enjoy  in a competitive Christian atmosphere is right for your family. 100% of the children that have tried it... have stayed.
 
Ages:  6-12
Cost:  $20 a month for first child... $15 a month for any additional children.

When:  Tuesdays (once a week)
Girls meet from 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Boys meet from 3:30-5:00 p.m.
To sign up just call 214-695-5560
 
Where:–Heights Park in Richardson on Floyd
in between Belt Line and Arapaho on the West  side of 75 (south of Arapaho).
 
We play an array of competitive  for kids at any skill level: dodgeball, football, kickball, flag tag, capture the flag, war, softball, baseball, crazyball, flipperball, Frisbee golf, soccer, circle dodgeball, track and field, and tons more.  We also play fun and easy games such as:  squirrel in a tree, two headed monster, parachute games, and much more!

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

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


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79.  HOME SCHOOL PE PROGRAMS AT VELOCITY  IN SOUTHLAKE

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

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

Velocity Sports Performance in Southlake has designed a program to meet the needs of Home School Families!

Location:
     1800 East Hwy 114, Suite 101
, Southlake, TX  
For More Information: Call 817-416-0606
To Learn More About Velocity:  www.velocitysp.com/southlake

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

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

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80.  HOME SCHOOL FENCING CLASSES AT FENCING INSTITUTE OF TEXAS

Fencing Institute of Texas is committed to supporting our Home Schooled children by providing physical fitness that challenges the mind as well as the body.  

Home School Classes
Times:  4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Tuesdays and Thursdays
        10:00 a.m. – 11:30 am. – Saturdays

Instructor:  Coach Rhonda Trietsch

Students enjoy private lessons, group training, and mini-tournaments during this time.

Parents are welcome to participate along with their children in these programs.

Additional classes during the week between the hours of 10 AM and 4  p.m. will be added
as this program and need grows.  

Open Enrollment: Students may join this program at any time; the first month's fees are prorated.  There is no pro-ration of fees after the first month.  Fees are $90 per month plus $50 tuition ($140), and are due by the 5th of the month.  Fees are due in advance and are non-refundable.

Students may take additional private lessons outside of the class meeting time for an additional fee.

To Register: Class size is limited to 15 students; pre-registration is required.  If you are interested, please call our school at (972) 444-8498, or complete and mail or FAX the Home School Registration form.

To Download Registration Form: http://www.fenceintexas.org/homeschool.html

Discount:  Fencing Institute of Texas is offering HEART of Texas members a $10 discount off the monthly tuition (individual or family) with a valid Heart of Texas family membership card.   HEART of Texas students participating in the FIT Saturday Page or Squire programs receive a $5 discount off the monthly program fee with a valid Heart of Texas family membership card.
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/membership/membership.html

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


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81.  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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82.  POP-IN PLAYTIME AT PUMP-IT-UP OF GRAPEVINE

WEDNESDAYS AND THURSDAYS
Time:  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Ages:  2-6 years old

WEDNESDAYS
Time:  3:30–5:30 p.m.
Ages:  6-12 years old

Discount:  Pump-It-Up of Grapevine is offering HEART of Texas members a 10% discount on private parties. Members also receive $1 off Pop-In-Playtime on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for ages 2 through 6, and on Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 for ages 6-12.  

Members must present their valid HEART of Texas Family ID card to take advantage of these special offers.

To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/membership/membership.html    

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


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83.  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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84.  ARLINGTON ASSOCIATION HOME EDUCATORS (AAHE)

This group has no announcements this month.

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85.  COPPELL SPEECH & DEBATE CLUB

This group has no announcements this month.

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86.  DENTON COUNTY CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOL ASSOCIATION

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

To see photos: Click Here or Click Here

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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87.  FELLOWSHIP CHURCH HOMESCHOOL NETWORK

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

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88.  HOW NOW HOMESCHOOLING

This group has no announcements this month.

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89. LEWISVILLE AREA SPEECH & DEBATE CLUB

This group has no announcements this month.


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90.  NORTH IRVING CHRISTIAN HOME EDUCATORS

No announcements this month.


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91.  PARK DAY DRAMA CLUB

This group has no announcements this month.

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92.  READY TO ANSWER SPEECH & DEBATE CLUB

This group has no announcements this month.
    

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

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94.  HOMESCHOOLERS OFFERING MOMS ENCOURAGEMENT (HOME)

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95.  OFFICIAL 2010-2011 COLLEGE BOARD TEST DATES

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

PSAT TESTING FEE:  $14 (some schools charge an additional fee to cover administrative costs)
Homeschoolers who take the test at their local public school should not be charged more than the school charges its own students.  The College Board makes fee waivers available to schools for students in eleventh grade from low-income families who can't afford the test fee. See the school counselor for more information about fee waivers.

2010-2011 SAT TEST DATES:
MAY 7 
(registration deadline April 8)
JUNE 4 
(registration deadline May 6)

For SAT Subject Test Calendar:  Click Here


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


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96.  MASTER THE SAT CLASSES WITH JEAN BURK

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

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

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

For More Information:  http://collegeprepgenius.com/satprep/


Discount:  College Prep Genius is offering a $5 discount off classes and products to HEART of Texas family members.  You must have a valid membership card to qualify for the discount.
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/membership/membership.html
                     
 
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97.  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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98.  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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99.  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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100.  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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101.  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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102.  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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103.  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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104. CHRISTIAN FAMILY H.E.A.D. USED BOOK SALE

MAY 3

Time:
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Saturn Road Church of Christ - Youth Building (at Saturn Road and Kingsley) in Garland
Details: Cash only - please bring $1 and $5 bills, as change will not be made at this book sale. Items are $1 and up. Categories include major curriculum publishers (A Beka, Bob Jones, Sonlight, etc.) as well as age groups (Preschool, Jr/Sr. High) and general headings (Life Skills, Art/Music, Math, Science, etc.). Any homeschooler may participate in either buying or selling educational materials, so long as the established guidelines are followed. 

For more information:  Click Here.

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105.
 SIX FLAGS HOMESCHOOL DAY

MAY 5

Time:  11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Cost (Advance Purchase Only):  $26/person

Deadline to Register: April 22
Parking:  $7/vehicle

Details:  Six Flags will be open exclusively to home school families on this special day! Minimum purchase of two tickets required. Must enter the promotional code SFOTFAMILY to receive the discounted prices. $10 meal vouchers are also available for purchase.
To Register:  Click Here to download registration form

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106. 
HOMESCHOOL DAY AT HAWAIIAN FALLS

MAY 19 - THE COLONY

Time:  10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost:  $13/person (includes tax)
To Order Tickets:  Click Here or visit any Mardel's location (cash payments only) prior to the event.
Details:  $4 Hot Dog Meals will be available as well at Pineapple's Pete's Cafe. Food and drink can be brought into the park (no alcohol, fast food, sharp knives or glass containers allowed) for a $5 cooler fee. There is no cooler fee if the cooler is filled with water bottles only.

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107. 
HOMESCHOOL DAY AT HAWAIIAN FALLS

MAY 23 - NORTH GARLAND AND MANSFIELD LOCATIONS

Time:  10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost:  $13/person (includes tax)
To Order Tickets:  Click Here or visit any Mardel's location (cash payments only) prior to the event.
Details:  $4 Hot Dog Meals will be available as well at Pineapple's Pete's Cafe. Food and drink can be brought into the park (no alcohol, fast food, sharp knives or glass containers allowed) for a $5 cooler fee. There is no cooler fee if the cooler is filled with water bottles only.

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108. 
THSC SOUTHWEST CONVENTION AND FAMILY CONFERENCE

JULY 28-30

The Woodlands

Keynote Speakers:  
Sally Clarkson, Todd Wilson, Andrew Pudewa, John Erickson

See Tim Hawkins LIVE!!  -- Comedian and Home School Dad.  Space is limited.  Order your tickets today.

To Register Online and For More Information:  Click Here

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

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

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

817-329-1332

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

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

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

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