HEART of Texas

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

MID-JANUARY 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 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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~UPCOMING HEART OF TEXAS EVENTS ~

JANUARY 25
HEART OF TEXAS
DFW HOME SCHOOL COLLEGE NIGHT
GRAPEVINE CONVENTION CENTER

Sponsored in part by
Dallas Baptist University

Time: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
        Speaking sessions begin at 6 p.m.
        Exhibition Hall opens at 7 p.m.
Location: Grapevine Convention Center
              1209 South Main Street, Grapevine, 76051
Details: This is the only Home School College Night like it in the state of Texas! 

Featuring Special Speaker:  Dr. Jerry Johnson, President of Criswell College
Dr. Johnson will be giving a talk entitled, "Preparing Your Home Schooler for College....from a College President (and Home School Dad)

To Preview the Speaking Sessions:
 Click Here

ADMISSION:
Early Bird Pre-registration postmarked on or before January 19th:
$15/family
$10 to HEART of Texas members with a valid Family I.D. card
To pre-register: use the online form below and mail payment to the address at the bottom of the page. Payment MUST be postmarked on or before January 19th to qualify for this pre-registration admission rate.

At the Door:
$10/person (maximum $25/family if more than 2 people are attending)
To save time at the door, please use the online form link below so we will have your information.

We can only accept cash or check, please.

To register: http://www.heartoftex.org/college/familyreg/familyreg.php

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JANUARY 21
HOMESCHOOL RESOURCE DAY: AN ADVENTURE INTO THE PAST
HERITAGE FARMSTEAD MUSEUM IN PLANO

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $6/child; $3/adult
        After January 14: $8/child; $5/adult
Details: Toys in the Attic - a presentation of children's toys through the years
            Capturing our Past - the history of photography with a contest for today.
            Exercise - attempt to set your personal best on our own Blackland Prairie Obstacle Course
            Tour of the historic Farrell-Wilson home and its 4 acre farmstead
            Outdoor Cooking Demonstration - make your own biscuit over an open fire
            Meet New Friends - work together as a team to churn butter
            Relax and enjoy a wagon ride around the Museum grounds

Register by January 14 by downloading the registration form at www.heritagefarmstead.org
For more information: 
972-881-0140
This event is held rain or shine. No refunds after registration deadline.

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JANUARY 29
HEAR ROCKWALL'S FATHER/DAUGHTER AND MOTHER/SON
DANCE FOR CHRISTIAN HOME SCHOOLERS 
IN ROCKWALL TEXAS

Time: 6-9pm
Cost: $10/adults; $5/children (advance tickets purchased by Jan 25)
            $12/adult; $8/children (at door)
Location:  RISD Administrative Gym in Rockwall (by Helping Hands)
Details: Live music will be provided by the band Justified.  Concessions and professional photography
will be available. The dance sponsored by HEARbook staff of HEAR Rockwall.
To Register:  Click Here to contact coordinator

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FEBRUARY 1
FIRST TUESDAYS
DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART
THEME:  ANIMAL SAFARI

Time:  11am-3pm (Center for Creative Connections)
Cost:  FREE Admission (General admission to the museum is free on the first Tuesday of the month)

Location:  Dallas Museum of Art
                1717 North Harwood, Dallas, TX  75201
Ages:  Designed for children ages five and under and their families.
Details: Enjoy thematic art-making activities, story times, performances, and gallery activities. Make your own animal softie to take home, search for tigers, monkeys, lions, and bears as we explore some of our planet's most wonderful animals in an interactive staff-led tour, and more!

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FEBRUARY 1
FREE PRESCHOOL PROGRAM
KITTEN'S FIRST FULL MOON (BY KEVIN HENKES)
AT KIMBELL ART MUSEUM

Time:  10:30-11:15 am
Cost:  FREE Admission
Location:  Kimbell Art Museum
Ages:  Designed for preschoolers and their adult partners.
Details:  Our special preschool programs inspire group conversations through popular children's books and
simple art activities.
Advance registration is required.  
Space is limited. Maximum two children per adult.
To Register:  817-332-8451, ext. 297

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THROUGH FEBRUARY 5
FORT WORTH STOCK SHOW & RODEO ADMISSION TICKET
INCLUDES FREE ADMISSION TO
FORT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND HISTORY,
CATTLE RAISERS MUSEUM & NATIONAL COWGIRL MUSEUM & HALL OF FAME

Details: Through the new "Moo-seum" program, your 2011 Stock Show grounds admission ticket includes FREE exhibit admission to the Fort Worth Museum of Science & History, Cattle Raisers Museum, and
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame! 

At Fort Worth Museum of Science & History, enjoy the interactive Innovative Studios, Fort Worth Children's Museum, Energy Blast, DinoLabs, Rotation, and much more!  Plus, view artwork from the Star-Telegram Stock Show Art Contest and more than 40 saddles from the Museum's collection, on display during the Stock
Show.  (Parking and rodeo admission are not included).

To Purchase Stock Show Tickets:  817-877-2420

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FEBRUARY 9
"TRAINS, PLANES AND AUTOMOBILES"
HOME SCHOOL PROGRAM
AT THE BIG RED MUSEUM IN DALLAS

Time:  10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost:  $6/children;  $3/adults
(Price of program includes all day admission for the Museum.)
Location:  Old Red Museum
                100 South Houston Street
                Dallas, TX  75202
                214-757-1949
To RSVP:  Click here to email the sales dept
Students will be divided into separate age groups.
Parking:  Available below the Old Red Courthouse.  Museum guests may purchase a discounted parking voucher at the Museum front desk for the parking garage.

Details:  Trains, planes, and automobiles . . . and a bicycle and a steamboat, too!  Students will investigate and analyze modes of transportation that have been utilized in Dallas county over the years, and then use this knowledge to form their own ideas as they create new modes of moving from place to place in the future.

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FEBRUARY 13
"A TEXAS WINTER":  FREE FAMILY FUN DAY AT THE
AMON CARTER MUSEUM IN FORT WORTH

Time:
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Cost:  FREE
Details:  Winter in Texas is unpredictable. Explore Texas' winter weather patterns while discussing weather conditions in artwork on display, and then enjoy hands-on art activities while listening to children's stories. Refreshments provided.
For More Information:  
817-989-5030


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FEBRUARY 19
FREE FAMILY FESTIVAL
KIMBELL ART MUSEUM
SURPRISE!  ART OF THE UNEXPECTED

Times: 1pm-4pm
Admission:  FREE
Location:  Kimbell Art Museum
               333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Ft. Worth, TX  76107-2792

Details:  Your imagination will run wild as your family explores the playful side of creativity and inventive storytelling. The on-your-own gallery activities and related studio-art projects will connect with our current special exhibition Salvator Rosa: Bandits, Wilderness, and Magic.  You will experience hands-on activities and film programs, along with storytelling and other performances.  There will be lively entertainment and rich learning experiences for visitors of all ages!
No reservations required.
For More Information:  Click Here or 817-332-8451, ext 297

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FEBRUARY 19-25
ENGINEERING WEEK
AT THE FORT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND HISTORY

Times: Saturday, February 19 -- 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
           Sunday, February 20 -- 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
           Monday-Friday, February 21-25 -- 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Special for Home Schoolers: Extended hours for home school educators and children will be offered on February 22 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost:  included with paid exhibit admission
Location:  Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
               1600 Gendy Street
                Fort Worth, TX  76107
                817-255-9300

Details:  Engineer some fun and plan your field trip to the Museum during Engineers Week. Your students will use the core skills of engineering: teamwork, design, modeling and experimentation, all while working alongside engineers from all over the Metroplex.  Activities will include a flight simulator, electrical explorations, an engineer "meet and greet," learning about nature's engineers, a KEVA (building) competition, creating a paper roller coaster, paper engineering, building a flying object in a flight challenge, and much more!
Please note: activities are offered on a rotating basis. Engineers are onsite at varying times.

For more information: http://www.fwmuseum.org/engineers-week

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FEBRUARY 26
ROCK ON! GEOLOGY WORKSHOP
FOR EDUCATORS (GR. 4-8)
AT DALLAS ZOO

Location:  Dallas Zoo
Cost:  $30
Details: Where can you find exotic animals and local geology? It's sedimentary, my dear Watson! Gain the skill to teach your students about geology, fossils, minerals, and how to lead them on a Geology Scavenger Hunt of the Dallas Zoo.  Earn six (6) CPE hours.
To Register:  Click Here

 
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~~What's Inside This Issue ~~
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JANUARY/FEBRUARY HIGHLIGHTS
January -- Library book sales in Wichita Falls and Grand Prairie
Jan. 4-29 -- Puss 'N Boots performances at Artie's Children's Playhouse
Jan. 8- Feb 10 -- Fort Worth OMNI Theater movies: "Wired to Win" and "Ride Around the World"
Jan. 10-14 -- Animal Essay Contest for Arlington residents (3rd-6th graders)
Jan. 14 - Feb 5 -- FREE Admission to Ft. Worth Museum of Science & History with Ft. Worth Stock Show & Rodeo Admission
Jan. 21 -- Homeschool Resource Day: An Adventure into the Past at Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano
Jan. 21-Feb. 27 -- The True Story of the Three Little Pigs performance at the Dallas Children's Theater
Jan. 22 -- Parent Workshop "Take A Closer Look: Questions and Gallery Games" at the Dallas Museum of Art
Jan. 25 -- HEART of Texas DFW Home School College Night at the Grapevine Convention Center
Jan. 27-Feb. 19 --
The Sugar Bean Sisters performance by the Children's Christian Theater in Garland
Jan. 28-Feb. 6 -- Babe...The Sheep-Pig performance at CATS in Arlington
Jan. 29 -- Father/Daughter & Mother/Son Dance for Christian Famlies in Rockwall (Hosted by HEAR Rockwall)
Jan. 29 -- Celebrating Dallas: Tales from the Thirties at Dallas Heritage Village
Feb. 1 --
FREE Preschool Program - Pictures and Pages: Kittens First Full Moon at the Kimbell Art Museum
Feb. 1 --  First Tuesday (Free admission) at the Dallas Museum of Art
Feb. 4. -- hard 2 spel dad performance at the Dallas Children's Theater
Feb. 4-6, 10-12 -- The Wizard of Oz performance at the Cottage Theater in Watauga
Feb. 9 -- "Trains, Planes and Automobiles" Home School Program at the Big Red Museum in Dallas
Feb. 12 -- Grand opening of the new Bedford Library
Feb. 13 -- "A Texas Winter" - Free Family Fun Day at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth
Feb. 16, 22-24 -- Peter and the Wolf performance by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Feb. 19 -- FREE Family Festival at Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth
Feb. 19-25 -- Engineering Week at the Fort Worth Museum
Feb. 20 -- Special Homeschool Discount for a Mixed Repertoire performed by the Texas Ballet Theater (Bass Performance Hall)


FEATURED ARTICLES
Open Letter to Texas Home Schoolers- by Tim Lambert, THSC

Volunteers Needed for HEART of Texas Team

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

3rd Annual HEART of Texas Expo Coming to DFW April 16, 2011

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: Body Forward -- Tournament season through February
6.   Texas State Fish-Art Contests -- Entries Due March 31
7.   National Engineers Week -- Regional finals through January
8.   USA Mathematical Talent Search -- Round 2 Problems available
9.   Igniting Creative Energy Challenge for K-12 -- Deadline March 4
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 (Register Now for Spring 2011)
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 Falls – January 1
          Grand Prairie – January 15
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.  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
       
My Son Pinocchio -- February 18-March 6
        The Adventures of Brer Rabbit -- April 1-17
        The Wizard of Oz -- April 29-May 22
47.  Performances at CATS -- Arlington
        Babe...The Sheep-Pig -- January 28-February 6

48.  Cottage Theater  -- Watauga
        The Wizard of Oz -- February 4-6 & 10-12

        Pride and Prejudice -- April 8-10 & 14-16
        Disney's Cinderella Kids -- April 25 & 27
        Pirates of Penzance, Jr. -- June 10-12 & 16-18
49.  Theater Performances at Artisan Center Theater -- Hurst
        
Camelot -- through January 29
        Puss 'N Boots (Artie's Children's Playhouse) -- January 4-29
        Prince Caspian -- February 4-March 12
50.  Performances at Bass Performance Hall -- Fort Worth
        
Irving Berlin: Rags to Ritzes -- January 28-30
        Cherish the Ladies -- March 11-13
        Broadway Rocks -- April 8-10

51.  Children's Christian Theater -- Garland
        The Pink Panther Strikes Again -- January 4-8
        The Sugar Bean Sisters -- January 27-February 19
52.  Dallas Children’s Theater -- Dallas
        
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs -- January 21-February 27
        hard 2 spel dad -- February 4-20
53.  Dallas Symphony Orchestra -- Dallas
        Peter & the Wolf -- February 16, 22, 23, 24
        Noble North America -- April 6, 7
54.  Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra -- Fort Worth
        The Composer is Dead - - January 26-27
        Green Eggs and Ham -- February 18 (at McKinney Memorial Bible Church)
55.  Plano Children’s Theater -- Plano
        Peter Rabbit and Me -- April 8-9, 15-16
        How to Eat Like a Child -- April 15-16, April 29-30
        Princess and the Pea -- April 16-17, April 30-May 1
        Sound of Music -- weekends of April 29-May 14
        Anastasia -- May 6-7, 13-14
        
Rumpelstiltskin -- May 7-8, 14-15
        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:

        Mixed Repertoire (Bass Performance Hall) – February 20 at 2pm
        Mixed Repertoire (Winspear Opera House) – March 6 at 2pm
        Don Quixote (Winspear Opera House) – June 4 at 2pm
        Don Quixote (Bass Performance Hall) – June 11 at 2pm

57.  Home School Discount Tickets to Dallas Theater Performances
        2011 Theater Offers TBA after the 1st of the year
      
ART MUSEUMS
58.  Amon Carter Museum Exhibits – Fort Worth
        American Modern: Abbott, Evans, Bourke-White -- Through January 2
        Masterworks of American Photography: Popular Culture -- Through January 23
        From Survey to Panama: Photographs of the Isthmus of Panama -- Through May 1
        Nature Bound: Illustrated Botanical Books -- Opens January 29
        FREE Family Fun Day -- February 13
        Homeschool Workshop -- March 25
59.  Dallas Museum of Art Exhibits -- Dallas
        First Tuesday (Free admission) -- January 4 (Theme: Touchdown Tuesday)
        Parent Workshop: "Take A Closer Look: Questions and Gallery Games" -- January 22
        Re-Seeing the Contemporary: Selected from the Collection -- Through April 3
        Form/Unformed: Design from 1960 to the Present -- Throughout 2011
        Big New Field: Artists in the Cowboys Stadium Art Program -- Through February 20
        Insourced: Works by Dallas Museum of Art Staff -- Through March 13
        Tierra y Gente: Modern Mexican Works on Paper -- Through January 30
        African Masks: The Art of Disguise -- Through February 13
        Family Films -- Saturdays & Sundays @ 2 p.m.
60.  Kimbell Art Museum Exhibit -- Fort Worth
        FREE Family Festival:  Surprise! Art of the Unexpected -- February 19
        Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea - Through January 2
        Salvator Rosa: Bandits, Wilderness, and Magic -- Through March 27
        Children's Workshop: Magical Landscapes -- Opens January 8
        Pictures and Pages: Kittens First Full Moon -- February 1
61.  Museum of Nature & Science -- Dallas
        
 Dinosaurs Unearthed -- Through May 1
        Math Midway -- Opens January 22
62.  Museum of Science & History -- Fort Worth
        Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science -- Through January 2
        Forth Worth Stock Show Art Contest Entries -- January 14-February 20
        Identity: An Exhibition of You -- Opens in March
63.  Nasher Sculpture Center -- Dallas
        Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy -- Through March 6
        Sightings: Alyson Shotz -- Through January 2
        Target First Saturdays: resumes in February
        

IMAX/OMNI THEATERS
64.  Shows at the Dallas Imax Theatre -- Museum of Science and Nature
       
Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure -- Through March 10
            Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure -- Through March 10
65.  Shows at the Fort Worth Omni Theater -- Ft. Worth Museum of Science & History
        Wired to Win: Surviving the Tour de France -- Through February 10
        Ride Around the World -- Through February 10
        Under the Sea -- Through April 26

HISTORICAL PROGRAMS
66.  Programs at Log Cabin Village -- Fort Worth
        Timber Tales Storytime - March 18
        Dutch Oven Cooking -- January 8
        Buttermilk Junction Old Time String Band -- January 9, March 6
67.  Dallas Heritage Village -- Dallas
        Celebrating Dallas: Tales from the Thirties -- January 29

SCIENCE EVENTS/ACTIVITIES
68.  Star Parties at Fort Worth Museum of Science and History -- Parties will Resume in March

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

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

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR HOMESCHOOLERS
98.  Baylor and Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) Scholarship -- Deadline December 1, 2010

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

OTHER EVENTS BY DATE
105. Animal Essay Contest -- Arlington residents, 3rd-6th grade -- Submission Deadline January 14
106. Heritage Farmstead Museum Homeschool Resource Day -- Plano -- January 22
107. HEART of Texas DFW Home School College Night -- Grapevine -- January 25
108. "Trains, Plains and Automobiles" Home School Program at Big Red Museum -- Dallas -- Feb 9
109. Engineering Week -- Fort Worth Museum of Science and History -- Feb 19-25
110. Free Organ Recital by Mary Preston and Tour of Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center -- Dallas -- Feb 28
 

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



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FEATURED ARTICLE

Open Letter to Texas Home Schoolers
--by Tim Lambert

Reprinted with permission from Texas Home School Coalition, December 2010

Home school families generally value family and place high priority on family relationships. They know that healthy relationships between parents and their children are central to all others, and they build on those relationships daily as they educate their children at home.

But imagine the following scenario in the words of one THSC father:

You have never been referred to as a bad parent. In fact, almost everyone that knows you thinks you are an excellent parent-some of them even come to you for advice about how to be better parents. Then one day ...

 A judge who doesn't know you and has not heard any accusations about any supposed past misbehavior of yours-only vague allegations that you might do some vague harmful thing to your child at some vague future date ... that judge orders police to come to your home and take your child from you. The police do so, and then you are not permitted to see your child again for more than two years, and the judge explains it all away by telling you to your face, "My hands are tied."

Imagine the despair at having challenged the thing that you know you have done better than anything else in your entire life (because it means more to you than anything other than your faith in the Lord); imagine having your right to be a parent stripped from you with no basis. Imagine struggling for years to get the power of the state out of your home where it doesn't belong and having your child used, in effect, as a hostage until and unless you betray your conscience and admit that the state was right to do to you and your family what it did.

Imagine this happening not in Hitler's Reich or Stalin's Russia or Hussein's Iraq but in the America you believe in, the America you love and trust, the America whose Constitution you once took an oath to protect.

Imagine this goes on and on and on. And imagine God gracing you with inhuman ability to live with the relentless agony as you go on, enduring and enduring, for your child's sake ... even though it looks like it will never end.

It seems impossible to most of us that such a thing could happen in this nation and state in which we live, but it has and will continue to until laws are changed.

This letter is an example of the reason THSC has raised the banner in this war against families!

Then the turning of the tide ...  People you don't know, people whom you have no reason to believe would feel like helping you, people with their own suffering-these people show up and say, "Enough! This will not stand."

That is what the Texas Home School Coalition has done for me and my beloved daughter. There is no expression of gratitude that can begin to convey how I feel about that.

I look at the balance sheet of my 55 years in this world, and I ask myself, "How will I ever get this evened up?" I know that I cannot. So I ask our Lord, who can do all things, to pour out blessings 100-fold upon THSC, its leadership, and its members ... because that is the only way the balance sheet can possibly come into balance. I believe my daughter will soon be home and the horrible injustice in our case will be corrected. And that will happen not through my strength and abilities but because God used THSC. From the bottom of my heart and for all eternity: Thank you.

No American should ever have to go through what I've been through. But suffering like I have suffered is going on all over our land in the lives of people guilty of no legal wrongdoing. Parental rights all across our country are being sacrificed on the altar of the idea that state employees such as judges and social workers have special insight into our lives and our children's lives-an obvious lie. None of them know anything that any average decent parent doesn't know. 

The costs of this lie are almost incalculably enormous-to all of us-and it is time to silence it.

The preceding was written by a member of our association which has intervened on behalf of this fit father in a grandparent case. One reason THSC has entered this battle is to help establish case law in cases such as this one in which judges grant non-parents the same rights and standing as parents.

This fit father never imagined that he would be in a situation in which he could lose possession of his precious ten-year-old daughter. However, after his wife's death her parents sued him, and under "temporary" orders from a district court his daughter was placed with these grandparents. Until recently he had not seen her in almost two and a half years.

Unbelievable as it may seem, it is often the strategy of the grandparentsto exhaust the resources of the parent and thus gain permanent custody of the grandchildren. In an affidavit one of the former co-petitioners in this case revealed that the attorneys for the grandparents told them the case was very weak but they had a chance to win if they were willing to "outspend the father." They explained that in cases in which one side had more money than the other, the facts were irrelevant as a practical matter. This father has responded the way so many other caring parents have; in this battle for his child he has sold all of his property and has been forced to declare bankruptcy, yet still his battle continues.

Over the last decade we have seem numerous examples of grandparents who use the grandparent access laws in Texas against parents who have resisted the grandparents' wishes regarding religious instruction, home schooling, or other legitimate parental decisions. This is a frontal assault on the basic right of fit parents to direct the education and upbringing of their children by non-parents who use the court system, grandparent access laws, and Child Protective Service (CPS) to usurp these fundamental rights and drag families through long and financially devastating court battles; this is wrong and destructive to the families involved. Texas home schoolers need to understand that if we lose this foundational right, then we will have lost a major battle in the fight to defend our freedom to homeschool.

The Coalition has retained attorneys to represent this father in a very expensive fight to sustain his parental rights. Please pray for him, his daughter, and all of those involved in this case-that justice would be done quickly. THSC has spent over $60,000 in this case so far, and the total cost could be over $100,000; we need help from the home school community to meet this challenge. THSC has established a parental rights litigation fund to help with this and other cases, with the ultimate goal of establishing case law.

THSC plans to continue this fight for the foundational rights of parents on several fronts. Another crucial battlefront will be the upcoming legislative session, in which THSC Association will renew our efforts to pass the Texas Parental Rights Restoration Act (TPRRA).

The TPRRA is vitally important legislation that must be passed! Among other things, itwould amend the grandparent access statue by requiring that the parent(s) be found unfit by a Texas court before the state may intrude into the parent-child relationship. In 1995 the Texas legislature amended the Family Code to allow grandparents to sue parents for access to their grandchildren. The law was amended again in 2005 to allow grandparents to sue in addition for actual possession. The statute sets a lower standard of evidence required for access or possession than is required under any other parts of the Family Code for custody. This change has had unintended consequences that are destroying Texas families and undermining the fundamental right of parents to direct the education and upbringing of their children.

THSC continues to strengthen our forces by educating and building a network of lawyers who are knowledgeable in family law and the defense of families against false CPS allegations and in the relevancy of these issues to home schooling. We have hosted two Continuing Legal Education seminars this year. Attorneys who attend these free seminars receive 6 credit hours in exchange for agreeing to handle one pro bono case referred by THSC Association.

America has just seen one of the most historic elections in several generations, and we recognize that this victory could be the beginning of a new era of freedom as America returns to its foundational roots.  Now is not the time to be complacent! The war to win back our nation has just begun!

This battle is a clash of worldviews, and there are many who still believe that parents cannot be trusted. They believe that the state has a vested interest in children and can and should d-etermine what is "in the best interest of the child." They believe that the government should intervene in families and "fix things." Will you join us as we vigorously engage in this clash of worldviews?

We need your help! Please pray for us and the work that lies before us! Our mission is to defend home schooling whenever and wherever it is under attack, and we recognize the importance of your prayers for the Lord's help in these situations. We covet those prayers, that we might do this work and do it in a way that would reflect well on our Lord and Texas home schoolers.

We also need your financial support to help maintain our ability to maintain this battle. The work of THSC is supported by the memberships and contributions of the home school community of Texas. We receive no government funding; without your support, it would be impossible to sustain this vital work on your behalf. Would you prayerfully consider making the most generous tax-deductible gift that you can at this time to help us defend parental rights and the home school community of Texas?

Another way you could help is by joining the THSC Association and at the same time enjoying the benefits of membership, which include legal assistance with home school-related issues and discounts on many helpful products and services.

We appreciate your support, and anything you can do to partner with us in this battle for freedoms will be received as a bountiful blessing. May God bless you and yours during this holiday time!
 
 
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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Volunteers Needed for HEART of Texas Team

Do you enjoy serving other homeschoolers?
Are you interested in a volunteer position that would help you build your résumé?  
Are you a team player who is willing to learn and grow with others?

If so, you may be interested in one of the volunteer opportunities that HEART of Texas has available!  
HEART of Texas is looking to build its team of volunteers to help increase our capacity to serve other homeschoolers.


We need volunteers to serve in the following areas:
Area Editors
Writers
Social Media Coordinator

Details for all positions:
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.

Check out the following lists of responsibilities and qualifications for these positions below.

Interested?
Please send a bio and list of qualifications via email to:  Anne Gebhart

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Area Editors:
Do you enjoy searching out fun activities, inexpensive field trips, discounts, freebies, and other things homeschoolers love?
The HEART of Texas newsletter staff is looking for volunteer editors from different parts of the North Texas region to join our team and help us find information to share with the thousands of homeschoolers who read our newsletters each month.
Whether you are a homeschool parent, a "completed" homeschooler, or even a responsible homeschool student looking for activities to include on your high school résumé, if this opportunity sounds appealing, we would love to hear from you!

Responsibilities:  
• Help locate fun activities, discounts, inexpensive field trips and other items of interest to homeschoolers in North Texas.
• Work with our core team of editors to ensure that content is accurate, current, useful, and properly formatted.
• Ensure that content is submitted within deadlines.
• Ensure that content submitted adheres to editorial and quality standards.

Qualifications:

• A heart to serve the homeschooling community.
• Strong attention to detail.
• Boldness in making suggestions for what would work better.
• An eye for concise, yet complete word usage.
• Flexible schedule
• Ability to work within deadlines.
• Experience in editing/proofreading desired, but not mandatory.
Anyone in any area is welcome to apply, but we would especially be interested in hearing from those in or near the following areas:  Tyler, Sherman, Frisco, Midlothian, Weatherford, Rockwall, Waxahachie, Cleburne, Mansfield, Gainesville, Wichita Falls, or Corsicana.

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Writers

Responsibilities:  
• Help write different communications for the newsletter and other publications of HEART of Texas
• Work with our core team of editors and writers to assure that communications are professionally-written, without error, and top quality.
• Ensure that content is submitted within deadlines.
• Ensure that content submitted adheres to editorial and quality standards, is accurate, and relevant to the audience to whom the communications are directed.

Qualifications:

• A heart to serve the homeschooling community.
• Strong attention to detail.
• Creative thinker.
• An eye for concise, yet complete word usage.
• Flexible schedule
• Ability to work within deadlines.
• Excellent written communication skills

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Social Media Coordinator
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 join our team of volunteers to help us reach out to and communicate with homeschoolers who engage in social media.

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.


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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:
FEBRUARY 18 & 20 -- Mixed Repertoire (Bass Performance Hall in Ft. Worth)
HEART of Texas Discount Day:   FEBRUARY 20  at 2pm

MARCH 4 & 6 -- Mixed Repertoire (Winspear Opera House in Dallas)
HEART of Texas Discount Day:   MARCH 6 at 2pm


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 2pm


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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HEART of Texas Expo Coming to DFW April 16!!

Our 3rd Annual HEART of Texas Expo will be Saturday, April 16, 2011, from 10am-3pm.  We will be firming up details about the HEART of Texas Expo very soon!!

This is a great opportunity for parents to visit with the many businesses and organizations offering classes and services to the home schooling community.  We are also hoping to add a used book sale this year!  

To reserve a booth, or for more information, please contact us at info@heartoftex.org for details.


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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
GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12
Time: 10 a.m.
2 p.m.

NEW Location:
 2424 Forest Ridge Drive (OPENING FEBRUARY 5)

                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

SPECIAL ARTIST RECEPTION FOR J. LYNN KELLY
Date & Time: 7 p.m. on January 13
Local artist and recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from Arts Council Northeast will be installing his Dream Wheels sculptures. Come experience these interactive works of art and meet the artist too! Refreshments will be served.

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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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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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5.  FIRST LEGO LEAGUE:  BODY FORWARD

The 2010 Registration Deadline is past.
Current tournament season through February.

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 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 3 Problem:
January 10
Download Round 2 Problems:  
Click Here
Web Deadline:
3pm Eastern/Noon Pacific on January 10
Mail Deadline: Postmarked on or before January 10

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

Future Round Deadlines:
Round 4:  March 7

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: MARCH 4

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

2010 Competition Held:  July 31, 2010 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 -- TBA

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

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

Who Can Participate:  All high school students including homeschoolers.

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



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

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

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


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19.  CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOL ALLIANCE OF TEXAS

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



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20.  COOKE COUNTY COTILLION FOR HOME SCHOOLED TEENS!

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


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

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21.  CLASSES AT CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION

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

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

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

Website:  http://centerforhomeeducation.com/  

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



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22.  EASTFIELD COLLEGE

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


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23.  ENRICHMENT CLASSES, INC, IN LEWISVILLE

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

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


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24.  FAITH CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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

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

                    McKinney, TX  


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25.  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: 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

At Morning Glory Academy, we just wrapped up our fall semester of part-time classes for homeschooled students.  I thought I'd give you all an update on news from MGA, if you are considering classes for your children.  (Isn't it a blessing to have so many options for classes?  We homeschoolers are truly blessed to have SO many resources available to us in this DFW area.)
 
First, we are able to lower tuition!  Our base tuition is now $60.00/week first student, $45.00/week for each sibling.  This is for our complete program, which is three mornings a week, 30 weeks per year.
 
Second, we have a new Inclusion Specialist, Nancy Bliss.  Nancy holds a B.S. in Special Education and has extensive experience working with children with learning differences.  She is currently taking graduate courses in educational strategies for children with learning challenges or who learn in non-traditional ways.  Many parents find themselves homeschooling when traditional, full-time schools do not meet the needs of their child.  Nancy will work with students, parents and teachers to optimize the MGA class learning environment for each child.
 
Third, though most of our students are enrolled in our complete program, we do offer 'a la carte' classes in science and math.  We offer several Life Science/Biology classes for students 6 to 15, and Pre-Algebra and Algebra I classes in math.
 
For more information, visit our website or email me privately.
 
 
To Register:  Click Here to email
For more information:
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

JANUARY 14 --Registration Deadline for Spring 2011 Classes
Here are the classes still open for January 2011 - limited space available:

SE Campus/Arlington
College Algebra /Trig  TTH 3-4:30 Jan 10 to May 12

South Campus/Fort Worth

Geometry  MW 3-4:30 Jan 18 to May 16
Algebra II   MW 4:30-6

If have need info on classes would like to be a apart of either Open House or Adviosy Board please let me know.

Cost:  
$166 (includes book)
$10 fee charge at end of semester if book is damaged.   
Books ordered upon registration for course.

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

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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 –  January 1, February 5
Time:
 noon-5 p.m.
Location: Friends of the Library Bookstore
               Wichita Falls Public Library
               600 11th Street
               940-767-0868 X248
Books:   3,000 books; 100% donated;
85% hardcover; .50-$2
Half-price sale on most books 1st Saturday of each month
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GRAND PRAIRIE – January 15
Time:  
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location:  Grand Prairie Library Book Sale
901 Conover Drive
972-262-8015
Admission:  Thurs: $5/ages 15 and up; Free admission Fri, Sat, Sun
Books:  6,000 sorted books; 85% donated; 90% hardcover; all items .25
No rolling carts in the sales room
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DENTON – February 12
Time:
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location:  North Branch Library Book Sale
                3020 N. Locust
Admission: $1 (Friends and children under 12 free)  
Books:  paperbacks .50; hardcovers $1
No buyer restrictions
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CARROLLTON – February 24-27
Time:
Thursday & Friday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sunday: noon - 6 p.m.
Location:  C-FB ISD Educational Foundation & Council PTA Book Sale
               2660 N. Josey Lane
               972-968-6230
Books:  Over 100,000 books, plus DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks; .50 - $2
Box of books for $12 on Sunday


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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.

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

Website: http://cerconline.org/    

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


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

Website:  http://homeeducatorsresource.com/    

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


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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)

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
January 15-16 -- Primitive Survival Skills Class 1
February 19-21 -- Primitive Survival Skills Combo Class 1 & 2
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:
FEBRUARY 12
MARCH 5
Time: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
What to Bring:  
Lunches and drinking water
Cost:  $45/Ages 17 and Under, Call for family & group rates)
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
www.camptonkawatexas.com      


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

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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.

MARCH 18-20 -- Artscape 2011
This three-day art fair will feature nearly 100 artists will fill the pecan grove with their photography, jewelry, painting, sculpture, wordworking, and much more!

MARCH 5-APRIL 10 -- Dallas Blooms
Thos premier floral show in the southwest 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.

Hours:
  Open Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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

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

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

www.dallasarboretum.org    


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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.  FOSSIL RIM HOME SCHOOL CLASSES AND EVENTS

Off-season and discount pricing are available throughout January and February–take advantage of this treasure and tour Fossil Rim Wildlife Center.  Classes will resume soon!

For more Details:     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: 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.

Spring 2011 Classes Run:  January 18-April 19, Tues or Thurs, 1-3 p.m.
Registration:  now until January 11
Cost:  Only $8 per hour, sibling discount, monthly payment option

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: 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

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


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CEDAR HILL, TX

JANUARY 8, 22 -- Duck Pond Trail Nature Walk
Location:  Cedar Hill State Park
Time: 1 p.m.–2 p.m.
Details:  Take a leisurely one-male hike and learn about the local plants and animals. Walk is subject to cancellation if the trail conditions warrant.
Reservations:  
972-291-5940

JANUARY 8 -- 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

JANUARY 15 -- The Lost Prairie
Location
: Cedar Hill State Park
Time: 3 p.m.–4 p.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


JANUARY 22 -- Reptiles, Our Scaly-Skinned Friends
Location
: Cedar Hill State Park
Time: 3 p.m.–4 p.m.
Details: Learn about the reptiles found in the area and about the benefits of reptiles to this ecosystems.
Held at Penn Farm Amphitheater.
Reservation:  972-291-5940

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DENTON, TX

No events scheduled for this month.

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DENISON, TX

No events scheduled at Eisenhower State Park for this month.


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EUSTACE, TX (Henderson/Van Zandt Counties)

No events scheduled at Purtis Creek State Park for this month.

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GLEN ROSE, TX

No events scheduled at Dinosaur Valley State Park for this month

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JACKSBORO, TX

JANUARY 15, FEBRUARY 19 -- Family Fishing Day
Location
: Fort Richardson State Park & Historic Site
Time: 9 a.m.–noon
Details: Bring the whole family out to fish at Quarry Pond, stocked with rainbow trout. Bring your own rod and tackle
.
Reservation:  940-567-3506


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MINERAL WELLS, TX

JANUARY 8 -- Trailway Bird Walk
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Time: 10 a.m.–noon
Details:  Come on a birding walk with our Park Interpreter to locate and identify birds in the park. See birds in three different habitats. We will have binoculars available to loan to those without. Reservations required.
Call: 940-328-1171


JANUARY 8 -- Penitentiary Hollow Wild Walk
Location:
 Lake Mineral Wells State Park
Time: 2 p.m.–4 p.m.
Details: Enjoy some of the most remote areas of beautiful Penitentiary Hollow. This is a strenuous walk involving some crawling through tight spaces in rock cracks, crevices and short caves, so expect to get dirty! Reservations required.
Reservations: 
940-328-1171

JANUARY 12 -- Cross Timbers Bird Walk
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Time: 6 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Details:  Come on a birding walk with our Park Interpreter to locate and identify birds in the park. See birds in three different habitats. Reservations required.
Call: 940-328-1171


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PILOT POINT, TX

Ray Roberts Lake SP/Johnson Branch Unit

No events scheduled for this month.

Ray Roberts Lake/Isle du Bois Unit


No events scheduled for this month.

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TYLER, TX

No events scheduled for this month.

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WILLS POINT, TX

JANUARY and FEBRUARY -- Weekend Adventures
Location:  Lake Tawakoni State Park
Time:  Saturday 6 p.m.–Sunday 7 p.m.
Details: Come enjoy various different hikes and activities for all ages. Call for details.

Call: 903-560-7123

JANUARY 11 -- Go Fish! Learn-to-Fish Events
Location:  Lake Tawakoni State Park
Time:  9 a.m.–11 a.m.
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

FEBRUARY 19 -- Annual Kid Fish
Location:  Lake Tawakoni State Park
Time:  9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Details: For children 12 and under, come catch this year's first catch at the park! Prizes will be awarded. Poles, tackle and bait provided while supplies last. Bring sun protection and water.

Call: 903-560-7123

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Free TPWD Coloring and Activity Books to Download: 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
FEBRUARY 18-MARCH 6  -- My Son Pinocchio
APRIL 1-17 -- The Adventures of Brer Rabbit
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
JANUARY 28–FEBRUARY 6 -- Babe ... The Sheep Pig
FEBRUARY 25–MARCH 13 -- Pinkalicious
MARCH 25–APRIL 3 -- The Hundred Dresses
APRIL 29–MAY 8 -- TBA

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:
FEBRUARY 4-6 & 10-12 -- The Wizard of Oz
APRIL 8-10 & 14-16 -- Pride and Prejudice
APRIL 25 & 27 -- Disney's Cinderella Kids
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:
JANUARY 4-29
-- Puss 'N Boots
Cost: $5
Showtimes: Shows are Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m.
Details: Lovable Simple can't seem to do anything right, until he befriends a clever cat, Puss 'N Boots. Join Simple and his cat as they discover a castle, defeat an ogre and help a clumsy princess find her true love.

Full-Length Productions:
DECEMBER 31-JANUARY 29 -- Camelot
Relive the legend of King Arthur in a lovely story showcasing chivalry and honor.


COMING FEBRUARY 4: Prince Caspian

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:
JANUARY 28-30 -- Irving Berlin: Rags to Ritzes
Time:  
Fri: 8 p.m.;  Sat: 8 p.m.;  Sun: 2 p.m.
Come enjoy songs that are universally loved, such as "God Bless America" and "White Christmas." This concert will feature some of Irving Berlin's famous songs with celebrated vocalists singing songs you will find yourself singing to yourself after you leave.
For More Information:
Click Here

MARCH 11-13 -- Home for the Holidays
APRIL 8-10 -- Broadway Rocks

Location:  Bass Performance Hall
                Fort Worth, TX


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51.  CHILDREN'S CHRISTIAN THEATER PERFORMANCES

JANUARY 4-8 -- The Pink Panther Strikes Again
This is the story of famed Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau as he fights for his life and the future of all mankind in the most bizarre and dangerous caper of his brilliantly successful and utterly clumsy career.

JANUARY 27-FEBRUARY 19 -- The Sugar Bean Sisters
Enjoy this Southern gothic comedy as The Sugar Bean Sisters unravel a web of extraordinary events and secret family betrayals as they struggle wildly to escape spinsterhood and alien abduction!

Times: 10 a.m. (January 4-7); 1 p.m.; 2:30 p.m. (January 8); 7:30 p.m. (January 8)
Location:  The Plaza Theater
               521 West State St, Garland, 75040
Cost: 1 p.m.:  All tickets $6 (Free for ages 2 and under)
        7:30 p.m.:  $8/Ages 12-Adult;  $6/Ages 3-11 and Senior Citizens;
        (Free for ages 2 and under)
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: 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.)  

JANUARY 21-FEBRUARY 27 -- The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
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

FEBRUARY 16, 22, 23, 24 -- Peter and the Wolf (grades PK-2)
Prokofiev’s beloved musical classic is paired with Beatrix Potter’s delightful tale of Squirrel Nutkin in this fun and engaging program for younger concert-goers. Children love a good story, and when the story is illustrated by great music, it allows them direct insight into the story’s characters and emotions, which improves both comprehension and appreciation.

APRIL 6, 7 -- Noble North America (grades )
This fascinating program explores the rich mine of great music that has been written in North America over the past century. From Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring to John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine, there is something for everyone in this concert. A wide range of musical elements will be placed into their cultural context, providing a wealth of curricular connections from social studies to the fine arts.


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

2010-2011 Season
JANUARY 26, 27 -- Young Person's Concert:  The Composer is Dead   

Ages:  
7-12
Times:  9:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Tickets:
$4/person
Location:  Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth
In the tradition of Peter and the Wolf Nathaniel Stookey's delightful The Composer is Dead introduces young people to the sounds of the orchestra through an intriguing mystery...in which every member of the orchestra is a suspect.

FEBRUARY 18 -- Kinderconcert:  Green Eggs and Ham
Ages: 3-6
Times:  9:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Location:   McKinney Memorial Bible Church
                4805 Arborlawn Drive in Fort Worth
Tickets:  $4
Back by popular demand, Robert Kapilow's Green Eggs and Ham brings Dr. Seuss's classic to life in this version for the orchestra, narrator and soloist.

To Order Online with Credit Card:  Click Here

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

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

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

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55.  PLANO CHILDREN’S THEATER PERFORMANCES

JANUARY 21-29 -- Godspell Jr. (A Musical)
Drawing from various theatrical traditions such as clowning, pantomime, charades and vaudeville, Godspell was ground breaking in the way that it transformed the stories and language of the Bible into simple, everyday situations and speech. The show opens with Jesus declaring himself as God and King in whom there is no beginning and no end. There are five parables told in story and song by Jesus and his followers. The story continues through the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Christ.
To Purchase Online Tickets:  
Click Here

JANUARY 28-FEBRUARY 5 -- The Ice Cream Scheme
Everyone knows Pop Sicle’s Ice Cream Parlor serves the best ice cream in town. Thanks to a secret recipe known only to him, his sister Nana Peel, and his adopted son, Robin Baskins, Pop has the competition covered. When that cold-hearted villain, I.C. Custard decides to steal Pop’s recipe, things get a little sticky. Custard hires an accomplice, Parfait Deluce, ex-chorus girl and total klutz. Despite her shortcomings, Parfait is instructed to entice the recipe from Robin. But Robin has given his heart — and lips — to Marsha Mellow, the sweet young waitress Nana has just hired.
To Purchase Online Tickets:  
Click Here

FEBRUARY 18-26 -- Disney's Camp Rock
To Purchase Online Tickets:  Click Here

Tickets: $7 in advance or $9 at 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.

        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:
FEBRUARY 18 & 20 -- Mixed Repertoire (Bass Performance Hall in Ft. Worth)
HEART of Texas Discount Day:   FEBRUARY 20  at 2 p.m.

MARCH 4 & 6 -- Mixed Repertoire (Winspear Opera House in Dallas)
HEART of Texas Discount Day:   MARCH 6 at 2 p.m.


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

Dallas Homeschool theater offers for 2011 will be announced at a later date.

Thank you for the Shrek orders with DSM.

In the meantime, there are current theater offers for Houston, Austin and San Antonio with BAA and TUTS.
http://www.jsoft.com/archive/taffie/events.html
If you have any questions, please click here to send an email.

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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 JANUARY 2 -- American Modern: Abbott, Evans, Bourke-White
This special exhibit demonstrates how documentary photography transformed modern art in America through an examination of the work by Berenice Abbott, Walker Evans, and Margaret Bourke-White.

THROUGH JANUARY 23 -- Masterworks of American Photography: Popular Culture
Explores the role of photography in documentation.

OPENING JANUARY 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).

FEBRUARY 13 -- FREE Family Fun Day
Winter in Texas is unpredictable. Explore Texas' winter weather patterns while discussing weather conditions in artwork on display, and then enjoy hands-on art activities while listening to children's stories. Refreshments provided.

MARCH 25 -- Homeschool Workshop
Come explore the American landscape through the medium of painting. Includes paintings from the special exhibition "The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision."

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


Guided Tours for Students:  
Click Here

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

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


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


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59.  DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART EXHIBITS  

FREE First Tuesdays of each month

FEBRUARY 1:
Animal Safari
MARCH 1:
Color My World

Exhibits:

THROUGH JAN 2 -- The Mourners: Medieval Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy
THROUGH JAN 2 -- Texas Sculpture
THROUGH JAN 9 -- Tierra y Gente: Modern Mexican Works on Paper
THROUGH FEB 13 -- African Masks: The Art of Disguise
THROUGH APRIL 3 -- Re-Seeing the Contemporary: Selected from the Collection

Family Events:
JANUARY 4, FEBRUARY 1, MARCH 1 -- Free Admission on First Tuesdays of the Month
Theme:  
Touchdown Tuesday (January 4); Animal Safari (February 1); Color My World (March 1)
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.

JANUARY 22 -- Take A Closer Look: Questions and Gallery Games–A Parent Workshop
Time: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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 for members; non-members $10; children 12 and under are free.

Details: Children will enjoy an art project while parents learn how to make visits to the museum fun and enjoyable. Limited to 15 families, and RSVPs are required. Contact Leah Hanson at 214-922-1312 to register.

Family Activities:
Tuesday­–Friday, 2:00­–3:00 p.m.
Cost: Family activities are free with paid admission. No registration is necessary.
Please call 214-922-1822 for more information.
Experience the Museum's premier collection through a cinematic lens with Summer Spotlight drop in activities for families. Meet in the Center for Creative Connections.

Late Night for Kids
JANUARY 21; FEBRUARY 18; MARCH 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.
JANUARY 8-30 -- Explore unique materials used by artists to make works of art, and then combine junk mail and felt to create your own masterpiece.
FEBRUARY 5-27 --
Search for animals on display before creating an animal-inspired costume.

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.
JANUARY 15 -- Big New Field: Artists in the Cowboys Stadium Art Program exhibition, Level 1
FEBRUARY 19 -- Arts of Sub-Saharan Africa, Level 3


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.
JANUARY 9-30: Lady Bolon K'an, Level 4
FEBRUARY 6-27: Olowe of Ise, 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:
THROUGH MARCH 27 -- Salvator Rosa:  Bandits, Wilderness, and Magic
Salvator Rosa was one of the most fiercely independent and exciting painters of the entire 17th century. When the Museum opens what is only the second exhibition ever devoted to Rosa in America (the first was in 1979), visitors will experience the extraordinary range and power of his feverish imagination.
To Learn More About this Exhibit:  Click Here


Family Festivals:
FEBRUARY 19 -- Surprise!  Art of the Unexpected
Time:  
1 p.m.–4 p.m.
Cost:  Free; No reservation required
Details: Let your imaginations will run wild as we explore the playful side of creativity and inventive storytelling. On-your-own gallery activities and related studio-art projects will connect with the special exhibition Salvator Rosa: Bandits, Wilderness, and Magic.

Children's Workshops (ages 6-14)
JANUARY 8 -- Magical Landscapes --Chart your course to destinations unknown as we explore fantastical scenes by the Italian painter Salvator Rosa and experiment with painting techniques to conjure our own imaginary worlds.
Time:  10 a.m.–noon

Pictures & Pages
(ages 4-6)

FEBRUARY 1 -- Kitten's First Full Moon, by Kevin Henkes
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
JANUARY 22-MAY 16 -- Math Midway


Events:
TBA

Hand in Hand:
 A literacy-based drop-in program for adults and their preschoolers to imagine, explore, and discover together. Hear a story, get your wiggles out to music, create theme-related crafts and enjoy fun activities! Craft making session will follow story time.

Planetarium Shows
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: 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 JANUARY 2 -- Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science
This interactive exhibit takes guests on an immersive quest for knowledge that reveals how archaeologists use modern science and technology to uncover and understand the ancient civilization of Egypt. Through hands-on challenges, authentic artifacts and guidance from real archaeologists, visitors will unearth the mysteries of Egypt, its culture and its people. Features a real human mummy and animal mummies, as well as scans, forensic facial reconstructions and for the first time ever, a life-size rapid prototype of a mummy in a stage of "unwrapping." Visitors explore a re-creation of an Egyptian tomb, and authentic art and artifacts from the daily life and funerary culture of ancient Egypt.

JANUARY 14-FEBRUARY 20 -- Fort Worth Stock Show Art Contest Entries
We are honored to be one of three locations that will showcase student art entries from the 2011 Star Telegram Stock Show Art Contest. Open to students ages 5-18, this competition provides students an opportunity to win awards, college scholarships or cash prizes in excess of $20,000.  Five different age divisions.

OPENING IN MARCH -- IDENTITY: AN EXHIBITION OF YOU


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63. NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER

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

Exhibits
THROUGH JANUARY 2 -- Sightings: Alyson Shotz
Sightings begins this October with an installation of new work by Brooklyn-based artist Alyson Shotz. Working with translucent and reflective materials, Shotz challenges traditional notions of sculpture as closed, massive, or weighty. Her airy, open-form sculptures define volumes without mass. Works such as The Shape of Space (2004) and Equilibrium (2009) expand on the strung, translucent, or open-form sculpture of modern masters such as Naum Gabo, Barbara Hepworth, and Henry Moore, as well as more recent predecessors like Richard Deacon.
For Sightings, Shotz is creating a series of complex, volumetric forms made of stainless steel wire strung with silvered glass beads. A pair of elliptical volumes will be suspended from the ceiling, the reflective strands cascading to the floor creating looping, bulging forms. Each exterior ellipse will contain additional beaded strands defining shapes in their interiors. The pair of interior/exterior forms will transform the Corner Gallery into a transparent, reflective, experiential environment. In addition, Shotz will link the installation to the adjacent spaces, installing a related geometric string drawing on the wall in the café and programming the music for the spaces in collaboration with composer Simon Fisher Turner.

THROUGH MARCH 6 -- Alexander Calder & Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy
The seven contemporary artists in this exhibition—Martin Boyce, Nathan Carter, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Aaron Curry, Kristi Lippire, Jason Meadows, and Jason Middlebrook—have taken important cues from Calder including a return to hands-on production, the creative reuse of materials, and explorations of form, balance, color, and movement. Combining rigorous concept with a renewed emphasis on formalism, the work of these artists prioritizes the visual and visceral qualities of sculpture. Both directly and indirectly influenced by Calder, all of the artists are looking towards modernist forms and ideas, challenging and recontextualizing what is for many a familiar art history.

Target First Saturdays -- FREE Admission from 10am-2 p.m.
Program resumes in February

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.

www.nashersculpturecenter.org


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

Now Showing
THROUGH MARCH 10 -- 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 MARCH 10 -- Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure
Ticket Prices:  $7/adult; $6/child (3-11) and seniors (62+); $6 students 18+
Details:  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.

For Showtimes: Click Here

Online Tickets: Click Here


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

Now Playing:
OPENING JANUARY 8 -- 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

OPENING JANUARY 8 -- Ride Around the World
Tickets: $7/adults; $6/children 2-12 and Seniors 60+
Details: This new IMAX® film takes you on a spectacular journey through Morocco, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, British Columbia and Texas to meet vaqueros, gauchos, baqueanos and cowboys–all part of a single global horse culture stretching back 1,500 years.
For More Information about Ride Around the World:
Click Here

OPENING JANUARY 9 -- Under the Sea (Rated G)
This new IMAX® adventure from the makers of Deep Sea, transports moviegoers to some of the most exotic and isolated undersea locations on Earth, including South Australia, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Coral Triangle islands of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, allowing them to experience face-to-face encounters with some of the most mysterious and stunning creatures of the sea.  It offers a uniquely inspirational and entertaining way to explore the beauty and natural wonder of the oceans, as well as the impact of global climate change upon them.

For More Information about Under the Sea:
Click Here


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66.  PROGRAMS AT LOG CABIN VILLAGE

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

JANUARY 8 -- Dutch Oven Cooking
Time:  
1 p.m.–4 p.m.
Cost:  Free with regular village admission
Details: Join us for dutch over cooking demonstrations with the Prairie Dogs (Lone Star Dutch Oven Society)!
No reservations required. 

JANUARY 9, MARCH 6 -- Buttermilk Junction Old Time String Band
Time:  
1 p.m.–4 p.m.
Cost:  Free with regular village admission

Details: Come enjoy the delightful sounds of Buttermilk Junction, an old-time, Anglo-Celtic band from Fort Worth.
No reservations required. 

MARCH 18 -- Timber Tales Storytime
Time:  
10 a.m.–11 a.m.
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


For More Information:  Click Here

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67.  DALLAS HERITAGE VILLAGE

JANUARY 29 -- Legacies Dallas History Conference
Celebrating Dallas: Tales from the Thirties
Time:  
8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Advance Tickets:  $30
At the Gate: $40
Details:  Join Dallas Heritage Village and 11 partner organizations at the 12th Annual Legacies Dallas History Conference as we explore stories from the 1930s, with special attention to the 1936 Texas Centennial celebrations.
To Register by Phone: 214-413-3674 between 8:00am-Noon, Mon-Fri
Registration Deadline:  
January 21 to register in advance
For Details:  
Click Here

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

Dates TBA


Nip & Tuck's Barnyard Buddies Storytime
SECOND WEDNESDAYS (to resume later in 2011)
Stories, Music and Hands-On Activities for Preschoolers
Time:  11 a.m
Cost:  Non-members:  $5/child – includes admission to Dallas Heritage Village before or after program.
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 will resume in March
Cost:  
Free
Location:   In the parking lot just south of Museum construction (corner of Montgomery and Harley).
Time:  Dusk–10:30 p.m.

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
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 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 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: 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.

JANUARY 9 -- Registration Sessions for 2011 HSAA Track and Field Team
Eligibility:  
T
he team is for home schooled students in 7th–12th grade.
Practices:  We meet in Plano two to three times per week and we compete against local schools.
Season:  Jan-May 2011
Requirements:  There are no try-outs, however, all athletes/parents must attend one registration session. 
Other Info:  We have a team of nine volunteer coaches, several of which are USATF certified.  We compete in all the track events (sprints, distance, hurdles) as well as the majority of field events (long jump, high jump, triple jump, shot put, discus).  One benefit to our program is that all our teams practice at the same time/location.
For More Information about Track and Field:  Click Here to email coach
For More Information about HSAA:  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: Click Here    

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

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


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78.  HULCY HOME SCHOOL PE CLASSES IN RICHARDSON

Register Today for 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: 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: 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: 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: 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)

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85.  COPPELL SPEECH & DEBATE CLUB

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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/Flowermound area.
Click Here for More Information

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88.  HOW NOW HOMESCHOOLING

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89. LEWISVILLE AREA SPEECH & DEBATE CLUB

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90. MATTHEW ROAD HOME SCHOOL GROUP

Matthew Road Home School Group in Grand Prairie has opened registration for Spring 2011 Co-op Classes.
MRHSG provides comprehensive support for local Christian home educators. E-group membership is free.

For More Information:  Click here for website or click here to email.

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91.  NORTH IRVING CHRISTIAN HOME EDUCATORS

No announcements this month.


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92.  PARK DAY DRAMA CLUB

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93.  READY TO ANSWER SPEECH & DEBATE CLUB

This group has no announcements this month.
    

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

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95.  HOMESCHOOLERS OFFERING MOMS ENCOURAGEMENT (HOME)

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96.  OFFICIAL 2010-2011 COLLEGE BOARD TEST DATES

2010 PSAT/NMSQT TEST DATES HAVE PASSED
To Find out When Your Local High School is Offering the PSAT Test:  Click Here

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

2010-2011 SAT TEST DATES:
JANUARY 22 (registration deadline December 23)
MARCH 12 (registration deadline February 11)
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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97.  MASTER THE SAT CLASSES WITH JEAN BURK

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

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

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

For More Information:  www.collegeprepgenius.com


Discount:  College Prep Genius is offering a $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: www.heartoftex.org/membership/membership.html
                     
 
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98.  BAYLOR & AIR FORCE ROTC (AFROTC) SCHOLARSHIP

Baylor and Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) have teamed up to provide an enormous scholarship opportunity to help students afford a Christian college education while pursuing their dream in a career in aviation, medicine, science, engineering, law, space, business, etc. 

DEADLINE:  DECEMBER 1, 2010

To Apply:  Visit www.afrotc.com and fill out the on-line application.


Highlights:

• We appreciate the homeschooled student and know first-hand the talent and intellect they offer.  Our Cadet Wing Commander last Fall was homeschooled and she was outstanding!
 
• Who do we want to help?  Your students interested in leadership who are about to graduate, applying to a service academy (Baylor would be a great Plan B), excels academically, involved in Eta Sigma Alpha or other honor societies and service organizations, as well as competitors of all kinds.
 
• The application deadline for AFROTC high school scholarships is December 1, 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 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 www.baylor.edu/rotc/llc for more information.

•  If you would like to come for a visit, we have a “Bunk with a Bear” program where your students can spend the night with a cadet, attend classes, eat with them, meet other cadets, take the campus tour, talk to academic advisors, and get the feel of Baylor. 

For More Information:  Click here to email or call 254-710-3513.


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99.  VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE for HOME SCHOOLERS IN 21 COUNTIES ---- AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

The American Cancer Society is the largest nonprofit voluntary organization in the world. The Society depends on the competence, creativity and dedication of its 2 million volunteers nationwide to   achieve   its   mission.  Along  with  learning  the value  of volunteering in your community we can offer your home schooled student a way to apply all they are learning in a real world atmosphere.

Counties in the North Texas Region of the American Cancer Society:  Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, Rockwall, Parker, Palo Pinto, Wise, Cooke, Grayson, Fannin, Collin, Hunt, Rains, Kaufman, Ellis, Johnson, Eastland, Comanche, Erath, Hood, Rockwall

For more information:  817.570.0612 or Click Here to email
                                  

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100.  BECOME A HOST FAMILY FOR A FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENT THROUGH INTO EdVENTURES HIGH SCHOOL EXCHANGE ORGANIZATION

Learn to Laugh in Another Language!

INTO EdVENTURES High School Exchange Organization offers you the opportunity to host a young high school student from another nation in your own home...let these incredible young people from other countries  show you their culture, up close and personal.  Welcome them as a son or daughter...touch their lives, and change their world, and your's too.  The experience will teach you and your children how another family lives across the world, while they, in turn, learn about you and the American culture...many of them love to cook and share themselves and their family with you.. They become part of your family for a lifetime.

Share your heart, your faith, your family and your home with a high school foreign exchange student. 

IF you have children at home, they can learn so much and make a life long friend.  If you do not have kids at home you will LOVE the new dimensions they will add to your life, and the new life they will give to your home.

There are boys and girls ages 15-18 from South america, Asia and Europe.  They bring their wide-eyed enthusiasm and a desire to learn our culture, and in turn share their's.

They will attend your local high school for the academic year.

IF THIS SPEAKS TO YOUR HEART...you can make a huge difference in a young person's life.  You will touch a nation, and change the world!!

All host families are volunteer
Who can become a Host Family:  
Young families with small children, families with teens, empty nesters, grand parents, even single parents!

Our host families must provide:  Room, Board, Food, and Transportation.  Host families
Must also be financially able take in another child.

The students have:  Full health insurance coverage and their own spending money ($200-$300/month, which takes care of personal things or extra things they want, and school activity expenses).  These will not have to be provided by the host family.

Student information:  Our students are boys and girls ranging in age from 15-18.  They are from South America, Asia, and Europe.   They arrive the third week of August, hopefully a week or two before school starts.

They will attend the LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL for either the ENTIRE ACADEMIC YEAR...OR ONE SEMESTER (either spring for fall)  

INTO EdVENTURES will share with the prospective host families the student's pictures & letters to the host family from the student and their parents...  

How are families and students matched:  We do our best to match common interests, etc.  And once a match is made, host families can begin communicating with their new "son/daughter"...usually, the student overseas emails as soon as they hear they have been placed with a family...  THEN, MEETING THEM AT THE AIRPORT IN AUGUST… IS AWESOME!!

For more information:  817-545-5058  or Click Here to email    


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


For More Information:  817-336-0912


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102.  MEALS ON WHEELS OF JOHNSON & ELLIS COUNTIES SEEKS HOMESCHOOL FAMILIES TO DELIVER HOT MEALS

Volunteers Needed!!!
Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties serves the children of yesterday by helping needy elderly and disabled persons to remain independent and healthy in their own homes by providing home-delivered meals, daily personal contact, and support for individuals and their families. 

Meals-on-Wheels could not operate one day without the help of volunteers.  Dedicated, caring volunteers assist in providing hot, noontime meals.  Not only do our volunteers deliver nutritious meals, they also ensure the safety of our clients.  Daily contact is as important as the meals we serve. 

A meal route takes approximately 45 minutes to deliver with convenient pick-up sites located throughout each county.  By volunteering, you help bring hope, love, and friendship to the elderly and disabled homebound in your community. 

To Volunteer:  817-558-2840 or 972-351-9943.


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103.  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO SERVE MEALS AT THE STEWPOT IN DALLAS

Is your family or support group looking for an opportunity to help the needy?

The Stewpot is a 501c(3) organization that reaches out to the homeless of Dallas by providing meals and other services.

The Stewpot serves 3 meals a day, every single day of the year.

To meet this great need, The Stewpot is seeking volunteers  (individuals or groups of 10-15) to serve a meal once a month.

For more information:  214-746-2785 ext. 320 or Click Here    

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104.  VOLUN-TEEN PROGRAM AT THE FORT WORTH ZOO

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

For More Information:  
Click here to e-mail Stefanie Spivey



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105.
ANIMAL ESSAY CONTEST
3rd-6th GRADERS RESIDING IN ARLINGTON

SUBMISSION DEADLINE JANUARY 14

Deadline:  Entries must be turned in no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, January 14.
Topics: Varies by student grade level
3rd graders: If animals could talk, what would they say?
4th graders: What feelings do you think animals have?
5th graders: What are some ways that can make life better for animals in your community?
6th graders: How do animals benefit us in our daily lives?
Hand-In Locations: Entries may be hand-delivered by the deadline at either of these locations:
               Water Customer Service Desk at City Hall, first floor
                101 W. Abram Street
                open 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday-Friday

                Animal Services Center
                1000 S.E. Green Oaks Blvd.
                open 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday-Friday (deadline is still 5 p.m. January 14)

Details:  Essays will be judged on Focus and Coherence, Organization, Development of Ideas, Voice and Conventions. Essays must be no more than 500 words, either handwritten or typed, and include a cover sheet that lists the student's name, address, phone number, school, grade, and teacher's name. Essay contest winner will be awarded a U.S. Saving's Bond: 1st place--$500 bond; 2nd place--$350 bond; 3rd place--$150 bond.
Please note: activities are offered on a rotating basis. Engineers are onsite at varying times.

For more information: www.arlingtontx.gov/animals
and click on the Animal Essay Contest link

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106. 
HERITAGE FARMSTEAD MUSEUM HOMESCHOOL RESOURCE DAY: AN ADVENTURE INTO THE PAST

JANUARY 22
Time: 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Cost: $6/child; $3/adult
        After January 14: $8/child; $5/adult
Details: Toys in the Attic–a presentation of children's toys through the years
            Capturing our Past–the history of photography with a contest for today.
            Exercise–attempt to set your personal best on our own Blackland Prairie Obstacle Course
            Tour of the historic Farrell-Wilson home and its 4 acre farmstead
            Outdoor Cooking Demonstration–make your own biscuit over an open fire
            Meet New Friends–work together as a team to churn butter
            Relax and enjoy a wagon ride around the Museum grounds

Register by January 14 by downloading the registration form at www.heritagefarmstead.org
For more information: 
972-881-0140
This event is held rain or shine. No refunds after registration deadline.

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107.  HEART OF TEXAS
DFW HOME SCHOOL COLLEGE NIGHT
GRAPEVINE CONVENTION CENTER

JANUARY 25

Time: 6 p.m.–9 p.m.
        Speaking sessions begin at 6 p.m.
        Exhibition Hall opens at 7 p.m.
Location: Grapevine Convention Center
              1209 South Main Street, Grapevine, 76051
Details: This is the only Home School College Night like it in the state of Texas!  Speaking sessions will be announced shortly!

ADMISSION:
Early-bird pre-registration postmarked on or before December 31st:
$8/family
FREE to HEART of Texas members with a valid Family I.D. card
To pre-register: use the online form below and mail payment to the address at the bottom of the page. Payment MUST be postmarked on or before December 31st to qualify for this Early-bird admission rate.
After January 14: $8/child; $5/adult

Pre-registration postmarked on or before January 19th:
$15/family
$10 to HEART of Texas members with a valid Family I.D. card
To pre-register: use the online form below and mail payment to the address at the bottom of the page. Payment MUST be postmarked on or before January 19th to qualify for this pre-registration admission rate.

At the Door:
$10/person (maximum $25/family if more than 2 people are attending)
To save time at the door, use the online form below so we will have your information.

We can only accept cash or check, please.

To register: http://www.heartoftex.org/college/familyreg/familyreg.php

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108.  
"TRAINS, PLANES AND AUTOMOBILES"
HOME SCHOOL PROGRAM
AT THE BIG RED MUSEUM IN DALLAS

FEBRUARY 9

Time:  10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Cost:  $6/children;  $3/adults
(Price of program includes all day admission for the Museum.)
Location:  Old Red Museum
                100 South Houston Street
                Dallas, TX  75202
                214-757-1949
To RSVP:  Click here to email the sales dept
Students will be divided into separate age groups.
Parking:  Available below the Old Red Courthouse.  Museum guests may purchase a discounted parking voucher at the Museum front desk for the parking garage.

Details:  Trains, planes, and automobiles . . . and a bicycle and a steamboat, too!  Students will investigate and analyze modes of transportation that have been utilized in Dallas county over the years, and then use this knowledge to form their own ideas as they create new modes of moving from place to place in the future.

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109.  
ENGINEERING WEEK AT THE FORT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND HISTORY

FEBRUARY 19-25

Times: Saturday, February 19 -- 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
           Sunday, February 20 -- 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
           Monday-Friday, February 21-25 -- 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Special for Home Schoolers: Extended hours for home school educators and children will be offered on February 22 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost:  included with paid exhibit admission
Location:  Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
               1600 Gendy Street
                Fort Worth, TX  76107
                817-255-9300

Details:  Engineer some fun and plan your field trip to the Museum during Engineers Week. Your students will use the core skills of engineering: teamwork, design, modeling and experimentation, all while working alongside engineers from all over the Metroplex.  Activities will include a flight simulator, electrical explorations, an engineer "meet and greet," learning about nature's engineers, a KEVA (building) competition, creating a paper roller coaster, paper engineering, building a flying object in a flight challenge, and much more!
Please note: activities are offered on a rotating basis. Engineers are onsite at varying times.

For more information: http://www.fwmuseum.org/engineers-week

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110. FREE ORGAN RECITAL AND TOUR OF MORTON H MEYERSON SYMPHONY CENTER

FEBRUARY 28
, MARCH 21, APRIL 11, MAY 13, JUNE 20
Time:
12:30pm
- 1pm
The 30-minute recital will be followed by a one-hour tour of the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
Cost:
FREE
Location: Meyerson Symphony Center
Details:  
A free organ recital given by Mary Preston, resident organist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, on the Lay Family Concert Organ.

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

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

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

817-329-1332

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

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If you enjoy this newsletter, please consider becoming a member supporter!  For $25 a year, your family can receive all of the benefits of membership, including $15 off THSC annual membership, discounts at various area homeschool stores, Velocity in Southlake and Highland Park, and other organizations that have partnered with us.  

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

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

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