HEART of Texas

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

MID-MARCH 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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MARCH - MAY 1
2011 DFW SPEECH & DEBATE SUMMER CAMPS!
REGISTRATION IS OPEN at www.dfwspeechdebate.com
When: July & August dates are posted on our website
Ages: 12-18
Details: DFW Speech & Debate is committed to providing quality communications training to home-schooled students. Their goal is to train and equip students to communicate the Christian worldview boldly and persuasively to an unbelieving world. Speech & Debate sharpens students ability to analyze problems, think and listen critically, and express their thoughts fluently. It increases their ability to speak persuasively with poise and grace.
Register by by May 1st to receive early-bird discounts at www.dfwspeechdebate.com 
For more information: 
817-456-9544


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MARCH 5 - APRIL 10
DALLAS BLOOMS FESTIVAL
DALLAS ARBORETUM

Details: Come enjoy this year's 26th annual event, Dallas Blooms, which has been rated as one of the top 10 things to do in the country in Spring. With a theme of "It's A Fairy Tale World," the Dallas Arboretum is also launching its Fairy Tale Castle exhibit. Musical entertainment, a petting zoo and face painting (Mondays and Tuesdays), and Seated Tea are all wonderful experiences as you soak in the beauty of the largest outdoor floral display in the south.
For More Information: 214-515-6500 

 
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MARCH 22
DEER SKINS TO BUCKSKINS

Come and see how it's done, and help with the processing!

Cost:  
Any donation to Camp Tonkawa
RSVP:  940-440-8382

For More Information: Click here

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MARCH 22, 24
"SCULPTURE-SCAPES":  HOME SCHOOL CLASS
DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART

Time:
1 p.m. - 2: 30 p.m. (March 22); 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (March 24)

Cost:  $10/family
Details:  Explore works of art in the Sculpture Garden and get inspired to create your own 3D creation! All supplies provided.
Call to Register:  
214-922-1822


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MARCH 24
TIM LAMBERT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
WHAT EVERY TEXAS HOME SCHOOLER NEEDS TO KNOW
CHURCH OF CHRIST, PLANO

Time:  7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:  FREE Admission
Location:  Church of Christ at 3600 McDermott Road in Plano
Details:  Texas home schoolers have a unique opportunity to change a very bad law in Texas that allows fit parents to be sued for visitation or possession of their children by grandparents without good cause. Tim will explain the law and its problems, THSC's desired changes, and ways parents can take a synergistic approach to teaching their children about government in the classroom while participating in the governmental process in a practical way, thus fulfilling the required subject of "Good Citizenship."

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MARCH 26
TOM SAWYER: WHITE WASH THE FENCE
AT NASH FARM IN GRAPEVINE

Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Admission:  $3/person
Location:  Nash Farm
               626 Ball Street
               Grapevine, TX  76051

Details: Dip a brust into a cup of white wash (provided) and help paint the farmhouse fence at the Historic Nash Farm in Grapevine. Actors from Grapevine High School, directed by senior Brandon Lisenbee, will present short scenes from the play "Tom Sawyer" to animate a child's life in 1876. Bring a blanket and enjoy the theatrics on the farmhouse porch.

For More Information: 817-410-3185

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MARCH 26
IRVING HOME SCHOOLERS FAIR
LEE PARK RECREATION CENTER IN IRVING

Time: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location:
Lee Park Recreation Center, Irving
Details: Here is an opportunity for homeschoolers to showcase their talents!  Aside from enjoying the creativity of students, there will also be entertainment, vendors, door prizes and games.  
For more information: Click Here.

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MARCH 28

FREE FOOTBALL CLINIC FOR BOYS GRADES 7-12
THESA RIDERS 6-MAN FOOTBALL (FALL 2011)

Time: 8 a.m. - noon
Cost:  FREE
Location:  McPherson Park in Colleyville
Details:  This clinic is for those interested in playing football in Fall 2011.
For More Information:  www.thesariders.net

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MARCH 29
HOMESCHOOL EVENT AT FOSSIL RIM
ROBIN HOOD DAY CAMP

Location:
Fossil Rim
Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $27/person (2 and under free)
Details: Based on Howard Pyle’s classic, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, this program combines elements of several shorter programs. Topics include European Red Deer, Horns or Antlers?, archery, poaching, How to Catch a Rhino or Other Wild Creature, camouflage, and a tour of Fossil Rim. Bring a lunch.

To Register: call 254-898-4216

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MARCH 29
BASEBALL PROGRAM ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING
PARKER-TARRANT HOME SCHOOL SPORTS

Time: 7pm
Location:  The Summit Church, 111 Maverick, Aledo, TX, 76008 (chuch is right across the street from Aledo City Hall, next door to the Aledo Community Center)
Details: The purpose of the meeting will be of provide general information about our program goals and specific information about the 11-15 age league (actually two separate groups) that begins games in late April. We will both be collecting information and providing information and will be soliciting your participation and help in getting the program re-started. Potential players (age 11-17) and their parents are invited to attend.
For Details:  Click Here to send email

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MARCH 31
DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR
IOWA & STANFORD TESTING (GRADES 2-12)
AT THEO IN PLANO

THEO is opening their testing services to any home school families who are interested in having their 2-12 graders take the Iowa or Stanford Standardized tests.
Test Dates:  Various times during the weeks of May 16 & 23rd.
Cost:  
$70/test plus $25 for the OLSAT which is optional
Location:  THEO in Plano
For Details:  214-282-6936
For More Information about THEO:  click here

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APRIL 1 & 15
HOMESCHOOL ICE SKATING SESSIONS
ALLEN COMMUNITY ICE RINK

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

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APRIL 2
SPRING INTO NASH
NASH FARM IN GRAPEVINE


Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Cost:  FREE
Location:  Nash Farm
               626 Ball Street
               Grapevine, TX  76051

Details: Play heritage games, enjoy pony rides, meet farm animals, milk a goat and/or a cow, ride a tractor, plant a kitchen garden, enjoy sack races, and more!

For More Information: 817-410-3185

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APRIL 2

NORTH TEXAS U.S. SERVICE ACADEMIES FORUM
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS

Time: 8 a.m. - noon (registration starts at 7:30)
Cost:  FREE
Location:  Gateway Church - NRH Campus
                7501 Davis Blvd.
                North Richland Hills, TX  76182
Details:  This informational forum provides interested students 8th-12th grades an opportunity to learn more about our nation's service academies, requirements for admission and the selection process. Representatives from congressional offices, all five academies and ROTC, as well as current academy cadets and midshipmen will be on hand. North Texas students, parents and educators will be able to hear from and meet with these representatives on a one-to-one basis to become informed about the excellent possibilities associated with attending these premier educational institutions and the sorts of careers they generate.
For More Information:  972-434-9700
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APRIL 4
HOME SCHOOL DAY
AT THE DALLAS ZOO

Registration Deadline:  March 28
Time:  11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost:  $5/person ($2/person for Animal Adventure Show; $5 for a Safari Backpack)

To Register:  Click here to download the online form
Parking:  $7/vehicle

Details:  The Dallas Zoo has set aside this day exclusively for homeschool families!!
Home School Day at the Dallas Zoo will feature interactive education booths, discovery carts, and keeper talks throughout the Zoo. New this year is our Giants of the Savanna exhibit featuring African elephants, zebra, impala, giraffe, lions, cheetahs, and many more animals. You don't want to miss this amazing experience where guests can feed giraffes, play games in the Simmons Safari base camp, or watch a lion training demonstration. Guests can purchase tickets to an Animal Adventure live animal show or purchase a Safari Backpack filled with zoo science activities to use both at the zoo and at home.
For More Information:  Click Here

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APRIL 6-8

HSAA 2011-2012 CHEERLEADING TRYOUT CLINIC
RICHARDSON YMCA IN RICHARDSON

Time: 3:30-5:30pm
Cost:  $25
Location:  Richardson YMCA, 821 Custer Rd, Richardson
Details:  Attendance is required for all 3 days.
Athletes welcome to try out for one or both seasons of Football (Fall) and/or Basketball (Winter)
Tryouts will be April 9.  Location and time TBA.
Requirements:
1.  Completed HSAA Cheerleading Application (found on HSAA website)
2.  Copy of current Physical
3.  Completed 2011-2012 HSAA Athletic Authorization and Medical Release (found on website)
4.  Bring: water bottle
5.  Wear:  plain white t-shirt(no emblems), shorts, tennis shoes, Hair in high pony tail.
    No bangs, skirts, or Jewelry
For More Information:  www.hsaa.org or click here to email

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APRIL 7
HOMESCHOOL ART DAY
AT COWBOYS STADIUM

Time:  11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost:  $12 for the Custom Art Tour; $20 for the Art Tour + Self-Guided Tour

Deadline to Register: March 31st
Parking:  $7/vehicle

Details:  Did you know that there is valuable artwork hidden in the Cowboy Stadium that is only available to VIPs?  This is your chance to have a great afternoon with your kids, study art, and tour the stadium all at the same time!   You will get a private tour of all 21 pieces of contemporary art in the stadium, wander through some of the more exclusive areas of the stadium, with a tour guide/docent.
This is less than the tour last Fall at only $12.00!   Or you can do the Art Tour AND the Stadium Tour for $20, which was last Fall's price for only one tour!!  View pieces of the contemporary commissioned artwork collection at Cowboys Stadium. Each artist in the collection was hand selected and the pieces were designed for a designated space.

To register please submit the following information according to the instructions below:
Name
Homeschool Council
Phone
Email
Address
City
State
Zip
Art Tour Only:  ______   x $12 = _______  (Total)
Art Tour & Self-Guided Tour _____ x $20 = _______  (Total)
Credit Card #
Expiration:                                    
CID:
*Wheelchair and stroller accessible
**Children under 5 are FREE

Submit the above information to:  Click Here for Email
or Fax to 817-892-4659
To Order by Phone:
817-892-4659


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APRIL 8
REGISTRATION DEADLINE TO SAVE 50%
ARLINGTON HOME SCHOOL BOOK FAIR

The Arlington Home School Bookfair is coming up May 6 & 7.
Save 50% when you register before the April 8 deadline!
Click Here to register!

Early Registration:  $5 per child (ages 5-20)
                           $10 per adult (ages 21 and up)
                           No charge for children under age 5

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

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

If you cannot pay your online registration by credit or debit card, please
click here to email for special payment arrangements.
Even though a debit or credit card is required for early online registration, we do NOT take credit or debit cards at Door Registration. Payments at the door will be by cash or check only. FYI most of our exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall do take credit or debit cards.

The price for children is the same whether they are registered early or at the door. The registration fee is the same whether you attend one or both days. Registration fees do NOT include parking or food at the Convention Center.
volunteer

For Details:  www.homeschoolbookfair.org

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APRIL 10-16
HOME SCHOOL LEADER APPRECIATION WEEK

This is a great time to recognize your support group leaders for all their hard work.  One way to do this is with a Certificate of Appreciation from Texas Home School Coalition.  

THSC will continue to print these attractive documents on behalf of your group and THSC FREE upon request.  In past years, some groups have presented these to their leaders at their support group meetings, and others have held special meetings to recognize these people who sacrifice time and energy for their group.

You can also nominate your support group leader for Home School Leader of the Year!  


In conjunction with Home School Leader Appreciation Week in Texas, at its annual Awards Banquet, THSC awards the coveted Home School Leader of the Year award to outstanding leaders.  This award is based on testimonies by appreciative members of their groups. The process requires at least three (tip: more letters carry more weight) members of the group to send letters in which they document why their leader(s), either an individual or a couple, should be selected the THSC Home School Leader of the Year.  Only one leader/couple may be nominated per group.


To request a Certificate of Appreciation for your leader, click here.

To nominate your leader for Home School Leader of the Year, click here

To learn more about Home School Leader Appreciation Week, click here.

For other ways to recognize your hard-working support group leaders, click here to read Lyndsay Lambert's article.

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APRIL 16
HEART EXPO AND USED BOOK/CURRICULUM SALE
MID-CITIES CHURCH IN HURST

Time:  9:30am - 1:30pm
Location:  Mid-Cities Church, 7650 Precinct Line Rd, Hurst, 76054

Admission:  
In lieu of charging admission, we are asking for a donation in any amount to benefit the Texas Home School Coalition, which works very hard on behalf of all homeschool families in Texas by defending our right to homeschool.

Suggested Donation Amounts:
 
$2/family suggested donation (Advance Registrations via our online form on or before April 16 and pay at the door)
$5/family suggested donation (Onsite Registrations)
These are just suggested.  Your donation in any amount will be appreciated. 
 
New this year:  We are adding a used book/curriculum sale!!!

Details:  
Ever wonder where to find homeschool classes?
Looking for volunteer opportunities, boy scout troops, music classes or other opportunities? 
This is your chance to see some of the resources that are available for homeschoolers!  
Local resources for YOUR homeschooling family, all gathered in one convenient location!
Browse, pick up info, and visit IN PERSON with the people who offer wonderful resources for you and your family!!  
This expo is sponsored by HEART of Texas (www.heartoftex.org) for the purpose of connecting
homeschoolers with resources available to them.  

To be an exhibitor or to sell your used books:  
Click here to email expo@heartoftex.org
Space is limited!!!

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A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:
SQUARE FOOT GARDENING WORKSHOPS
FOR HOME SCHOOLERS!

Want a fun, family garden?
Learn the easy way to grow your own veggies!
Perfect for small spaces and kids!  
No weeding!
Students will build a raised-bed garden box in this hands-on presentation.
Presenter will come to you or your homeschool group!!

Contact Certified Instructor Julie Whitis
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A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:
REGISTATION OPEN FOR PRIVATE PIANO LESSONS

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


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


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

MARCH/APRIL HIGHLIGHTS
Mar. 5-Apr. 10 -- Dallas Blooms "It's A Fairy Tale World" at the Dallas Arboretum
Mar. - May 1 -- Speech and Debate Summer Camp Registration Open
Mar. 15-17, 20 -- Tommy Tune in "Steps In Time" at Music Hall at Fair Park
Mar. 22, 24 -- Home School Class "Sculpture-Scapes" at Dallas Museum of Art
Mar. 24 -- Tim Lambert: What Every Home Schooler Needs To Know in Plano
Mar. 26 -- Tom Sawyer: White Wash the Fence at Nash Farm in Grapevine
Mar. 26 -- Irving Homeschoolers Fair at Lee Recreation Center in Irving
Mar. 28 -- Registration Deadline for Home School Day at the Dallas Zoo
Mar. 28 -- Free Football Clinic in Colleyville for boys grades 7-12 for THESA Fall 2011 Football
Mar. 29 -- Last Day to Nominate Your Support Group Leader for Home School Leader of the Year
Mar. 29 -- Robin Hood Day Camp at Fossil Rim
Mar. 29 -- Parker-Tarrant Baseball Program Organizational Meeting in Aledo
Mar. 31 -- Deadline to Register for Standardized Testing at THEO in Plano
Apr. 1, 15 -- Homeschool Ice Skating Session in Allen
Apr. 1 -- Deadline to RSVP for THSC Gala in Austin
Apr. 2 -- Spring Into Nash at Nash Farm in Grapevine
Apr. 2 -- North Texas U.S. Service Academies Forum
Apr. 4 -- Home School Day at Dallas Zoo
Apr. 4 -- Deadline for Texas Right to Life Scholarship Opportunity
Apr. 5 -- First Tuesday (Free admission) at the Dallas Museum of Art
Apr. 6-8 -- HSAA 2011-2012 Cheerleading Tryout Clinic
Apr. 7 -- Cowboys Stadium Homeschool Art Day
Apr. 8 -- Online Registation Deadline to Save 50% for Arlington Home School Bookfair in May
Apr. 8-16 -- Cottage Theater Presents:  Pride and Prejudice at Center for Home Education in Watauga

Apr. 10-16 -- Home School Appreciation Week
Apr. 15 --
THSC Gala at the Hilton Austin Hotel in Austin, Texas
Apr. 16 -- HEART Expo and Used Book/Curriculum Sale at Mid-Cities Church in Hurst
Apr. 29 -- RHSA Used Book Fair at Waterview Church of Christ in Richardson
Apr. 29 - - Elegant Masquerade Ball Home School Prom 2011, in Waco, Texas

Sponsor -- Square Foot Gardening Workshops for Home Schoolers
Sponsor -- Registration Open for Private Piano Lessons with Gail's Piano Studio


FEATURED ARTICLES
Home School Leader of the Year to Be Recognized at THSC Gala April 15, 2011, Featuring Keynote Speaker David Gibbs III

Texas Right to Life Scholarship Opportunity -- Deadline April 4, 2011

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
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
          Dallas – March 18-22
          Arlington
March 23-27
          Saginaw
– April 9
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
        The Adventures of Brer Rabbit -- April 1-17
        The Wizard of Oz -- April 29-May 22
47.  Performances at CATS -- Arlington
        The Hundred Dresses -- March 25-April 3
        Fundraiser Show: Godspell -- April 29-May 15
48.  Cottage Theater  -- Watauga
        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
        Honk! Junior (Artie's Children's Playhouse) -- March 18-April 23
        Phantom -- 
March 18-April 23
50.  Performances at Bass Performance Hall -- Fort Worth
         Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 -- March 25-27
        Broadway Rocks -- April 8-10
51.  Children's Christian Theater -- Garland
        A Man of All Seasons -- March 19

52.  Dallas Children’s Theater -- Dallas
        The Frog Prince -- March 4-April 3
        Tuck Everlasting -- March 25-April 10
53.  Dallas Symphony Orchestra -- Dallas
        Noble North America -- April 6, 7
54.  Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra -- Fort Worth
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:

        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
        Tommy Tune in STEPS IN TIME -- March 15-17, 20
      
ART MUSEUMS
58.  Amon Carter Museum Exhibits – Fort Worth
        The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision -- Opening February 26
        From Survey to Canal: Photographs of the Isthmus of Panama -- Through May 1
        Nature Bound: Illustrated Botanical Books -- Through May 29
        Masterworks of American Photography: Artistic Communities -- Through July 31
        Family Fun Week -- March 15-18
        Homeschool Workshop (The Hudson River School) -- March 25

59.  Dallas Museum of Art Exhibits -- Dallas
        First Tuesday (Free admission) -- April 5 (Theme: Nature Explorers)
        Free Concert: Duos of Distinction -- March 19
 
       Young Masters: Advanced Placement Student Art Competition -- Through April 17
        Gustav Stickley and the American Arts and Crafts Movement -- Through May 8
        Line and Form: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Wasmuth Portfolio -- Through July 17
        Re-Seeing the Contemporary: Selected from the Collection -- Through March 20
        Form/Unformed: Design from 1960 to the Present -- Throughout 2011
        Encountering Space in the Center for Creative Connections -- Throughout 2011
        Family Films -- Saturdays & Sundays @ 2 p.m.

60.  Kimbell Art Museum Exhibit -- Fort Worth
        FREE Family Festival:  Amazing Art from Africa -- April 16
        Salvator Rosa: Bandits, Wilderness, and Magic -- Through March 27
        Children's Workshop: Artful Animals -- March 26
        Pictures and Pages: Waiting for Wings -- April 5

61.  Museum of Nature & Science -- Dallas
         Dinosaurs Unearthed -- Through May 1
        Math Midway -- Through May 10
       
Triceratops Skeleton -- Through June
62.  Museum of Science & History -- Fort Worth
        Fort Worth Champions! -- Through September 5
        Identity: An Exhibition of You -- Through May 1

63.  Nasher Sculpture Center -- Dallas
        Statuesque -- Opens April 9
        Target First Saturdays -- April 2 (Theme: Space)

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

65.  Shows at the Fort Worth Omni Theater -- Ft. Worth Museum of Science & History
        Wired to Win: Surviving the Tour de France -- Through May 27
        TRON Legacy -- Through April 17
        Under the Sea -- Through April 26

HISTORICAL PROGRAMS
66.  Programs at Log Cabin Village -- Fort Worth
        Buttermilk Junction Old Time String Band -- March 20
        Timber Tales Storytime and Timber Tales Sign Language Storytime -- March 18
        Strike While the Iron's Hot -- March 19
67.  Dallas Heritage Village -- Dallas
        Nip & Tuck's Barnyard Buddies Storytime -- April 13 (Theme: Main Street Magic)
        Family Past Times -- March 20 (Theme: Let's Go Fly a Kite!)
        Plow, Plant & Shear/Girl Scout Day -- April 9


SCIENCE EVENTS/ACTIVITIES
68.  Star Parties at Fort Worth Museum of Science and History -- April 9, May 7, June 4, July 9, August 6, September 3, October 1, November 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OTHER EVENTS BY DATE
104. Reenactment of Oklahoma Land Run -- Richardson -- April 14
105.  RHSA Used Book Sale
-- Richardson -- April 29
 

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



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Home School Leader of the Year to Be Recognized at THSC Gala April 15, 2011, Featuring Keynote Speaker David Gibbs III
 
Each year, the Texas Home School Coalition recognizes a homeschool Leader of the Year at its annual gala.  This year's gala will be
held at the beautiful Hilton Austin Hotel on April 15, 2011.  

If you are looking for a unique way to say "thank you" to your leader(s), consider nominating them for THSC Leader of the Year.  The support group leader/couple chosen will be invited to the annual THSC Gala, where they will be recognized and honored.  
Nominations for THSC Leader of the Year must be received no later than March 29, 2011.  To nominate your leader for this prestigious honor, click here for details.
 
This year's gala will feature keynote speaker David Gibbs, III, the representing attorney for Robert and Mary Schindler in their fight to save the life of their disable daughter, Terri Schiavo.  Mr. Gibbs is also the author of Fighting for Dear Life:  The Untold Story of Terri Schiavo and What it Means for All of Us.
 
New for 2011:  Reserve your seat or sponsor a table online! Now sponsoring is easier than ever before!
 
To RSVP to attend the THSC Gala on April 15, and for more details about the event click here for the details.



Texas Home School Coalition is our state advocacy organization whose purpose is to help protect home school freedoms.  For more information about THSC, please visit their website at www.thsc.org.  



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Texas Right to Life Scholarship Opportunity -- Deadline April 4, 2011

Your child may be eligible to earn a scholarship of up to $8000 over the course of their undergraduate collegiate education.   

Three years ago, Texas Right to Life developed the “Generation Now” Pro-Life Leader Scholarship Program.  Recipients of the scholarship earn $1000 each semester upon successfully devoting 50 hours each semester to promoting a Culture of Life on campus.  A mandatory (all-expense paid) week-long training in July will help equip the students to spread the message of Life in a peaceful and effective manner on campus.

A complete list of guidelines and an application may be found on our website: www.TexasRightToLife.com/studentcentral. 

April 4, 2011 is the application deadline. 


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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:
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!!

Ever wonder where to find homeschool classes?
Looking for volunteer opportunities, boy scout troops, music classes or other opportunities? 
This is your chance to see some of the resources that are available for homeschoolers!  

Our 3rd Annual HEART of Texas Expo and Used Book/Curriculum Sale will be
APRIL 16
9:30am - 1:30pm
Mid-Cities Church
7650 Precinct Line Rd
Hurst, TX  76054

Local resources for YOUR homeschooling family, all gathered in one convenient location! Browse, pick up info, and visit IN PERSON with the people who offer wonderful resources for you and your family!!   This expo is sponsored by HEART of Texas (www.heartoftex.org) for the purpose of connecting  homeschoolers with resources available to them.  

New for this year:  Used book/curriculum sale!
HEART of Texas is simply providing the venue for the used book/curriculum sale; all transactions are private arrangements between buyer and seller. 
This is a GREAT opportunity to sell curricula you no longer need, shop for used curricula, and visit in person with organizations that cater to homeschooled students and families.


Vendor Space is Available!!   If you have classes, activities, sports, a service organization, or any resource that supports homeschooling  families, you are encouraged to reserve a booth at this expo.  It's a great opportunity to meet one-on-one with families and share about the services you offer.

To be an exhibitor or sell books/curriculum:  Contact expo@heartoftex.org  Space is limited!!

Admission:
In lieu of charging admission, we are asking for a donation in any amount to benefit the Texas Home School Coalition, which works very hard on behalf of all homeschool families in Texas to defend our right to homeschool.

Suggested Donation Amounts:
$2/family suggested donation (Advance Registrations via our online form on or before Friday, April 15 and pay at the door)
$5/family suggested donation (Onsite Registrations)
These are just suggested.  Your donation in any amount will be appreciated. 

To Register Online (on or before April 15): http://www.heartoftex.org/events/events/expo_reg.php
 
For More Information:  www.heartoftex.org



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

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

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

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

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

1.    LIBRARY PROGRAMS AT NORTH TEXAS LIBRARIES

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

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


BEDFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

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

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

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

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FORT WORTH PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Program Calender:
Click Here    


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


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ROCKWALL PUBLIC LIBRARY
Location:  1215 E. Yellowjacket Lane
               Rockwall, TX  75087
               972-204-7700
Contact:  Click Here to email 

APRIL 12 -- Genealogy 101
Time:  
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
This class will be held in the library's Large Meeting Room
Students will learn valuable researching methods as well as how to create their own family tree.

APRIL 16 -- The Write Stuff
Time: 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
This class is a creative writing workshop led by acclaimed writer and performer C.J. Critt, who is opening her workshop up to high school students and older.
 
Registration required for programs:  Click here to register


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

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

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

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


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2.  BOOK IT! READING PROGRAM

Who Can Participate:  Children in grades K-6.

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

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

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

For Program Information: Click Here

To Enroll Your Homeschool: Click Here  

Book It! Hotline:  1-800-426-6548
Hotline hours:  9:00 am - 4:00 p.m. CT (Monday through Friday)


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3.  BRAUMS BOOK BUDDY PROGRAM

The Braum's Book Buddy program gives children the opportunity to read for delicious prizes from Braum's!

Who Can Participate: Children in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades.

Program Runs:  September through end of school year.

Reward:  Each child can earn up to six Braum's treats throughout the year including Single Dip Sundaes, Single Dip Ice Cream Cones and more! The best part...it costs nothing to participate in Braum's Book Buddy reading program. We're happy to offer this program to elementary schools and home schools absolutely free! At Braum's, we want to promote a positive attitude in children for a lifetime love of reading.

How does Book Buddy work?
Teachers distribute Braum's Book Buddy booklets to their students and then monitor book reading by placing a Book Buddy sticker in the student's booklet for each book read. When a student has read six books, the teacher rewards the student with a coupon for a free treat from Braum's!

To Enroll:
Send us a written request for enrollment information on school letterhead to:
Braum's Book Buddy Reading Program
PO Box 25429
OKC, OK 73125

Upon receipt of your written request (and upon meeting criteria) we will add your school to our mailing list and your school will automatically receive information on the program each year. Braum's Book Buddy program is a great way to encourage children to read and earn prizes at the same time!

For More Information:  Click Here  
   
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4.  BEST ROBOTICS 2010-11 PREVIEW:  TOTAL RECALL
      Registration Deadline: Tentatively scheduled for September 2011
***See below for important information for the 2010-2011 Season***


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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



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5.  FIRST LEGO LEAGUE:  BODY FORWARD

The 2011 Registration Deadline TBA


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 -- SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS LATE APRIL 2011

"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

The Registration Deadline is closed for Spring 2011 Classes

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.

DALLAS –  March 18-22
Time:
 Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.; Tuesday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Lochwood Library Book Sale
               11221 Lochwood Blvd.
               214-670-8403
Books:   2,000 books; 100% donated;
50% hardcover; .50-$3
No buyer restrictions; discounted prices on Tuesday
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ARLINGTON – March 23-27
Time:
Members Night for Friends of the Arlington Public Library on Wednesday 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. (join at the door)
         Public Sale Thursday 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location:  Friends of the Arlington Public Library Book Sale
                Meadowbrook Recreation Center
                1400 E. Dugan St.
                817-907-1485
Admission: $1 (Friends and children under 12 free)  
Books:  60,000+ items; .75-$1 or $10/flat (mass market fiction paperbacks)
No credit cards; discounted prices on Sunday
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SAGINAW – April 9
Time:
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Members only preview begins at 9 a.m. - may join at the door)
Location:  355 W. McLeroy Blvd.
               817-230-0300
Books:  removed monthly from collection
No buyer restrictions; plant sale


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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.

Stanford and Iowa testing will take place in March (based on scheduling)

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)

Spring Break Camps
Western Days Camp
Time:
10 a.m. on March 13 - 3 p.m. on March 15
Cost: $250/$100 deposit saves you a spot.  Includes all meals.
Details: This camp is a fun one for the kids with a Cowboys and Indians theme. Sleep in tipis, rope, ride, learn archery, make crafts, learn Dutch oven cooking and more.

Spring Nature Camp
Time:
10 a.m. on March 13 - 3 p.m. on March 15
Cost:
$180/$100 deposit saves you a spot.  Includes all meals.
Details:
 Learn the animals and plants in North Texas through fun, interactive acitivies. Open to children and families, this camp is perfect for those who have been to our Nature Awareness Day Camps.

Trot Horsemanship Day Camp
Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on March 17
Cost: $75
Details: For horse lovers ages 10 and up, this camp will include haltering, leading, grooming, tacking up, riding, cooling out and feeding.  Pre-requisites: Basic Horsemanship Day Camp and pre-approval by staff.  Medical waivers are required.

Primitive Survival Skills 1 Camp
Time: 9:30 a.m. on March 18 - 2:30 p.m. on March 19
Cost: 8-11 year olds $50; 12-15 year olds $60; $75 for ages 17 and up
Details: 
This camp will cover survival basics of Shelter, Water and Fire. Participants will learn how to find or build a shelter, find "safe" drinking water and start a fire. Includes bow drill fire making method. A great camp for teens through adults or for families.


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
MARCH 18-19 -- Primitive Survival Skills Class 1

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:
APRIL 2, MAY 7
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
The premier floral show in the southwest that will take your breath away, which is probably why Dallas Blooms is regularly featured as one of the top 10 things to do in America during the springtime.

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

MARCH 29 -- Robin Hood Day Camp
Location: Fossil Rim
Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $27/person (2 and under free)
Details: Based on Howard Pyle’s classic, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, this program combines elements of several shorter programs. Topics include European Red Deer, Horns or Antlers?, archery, poaching, How to Catch a Rhino or Other Wild Creature, camouflage, and a tour of Fossil Rim. Bring a lunch.

Registration: call 254-898-4216


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 closed
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

MARCH  19–Canoe and Kayak Basics
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time:  3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Details:  Learn safe paddling basics including safe entry and exit. Reservations required; deadline is March 18.
For More Information:  903-425-2332

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CEDAR HILL, TX

MARCH 12, 19 -- Duck Pond Trail Nature Walk
Location:  Cedar Hill State Park
Time: 10 a.m.–11 a.m.
Details:  Take a leisurely one-mile hike and learn about the local plants and animals. Walk is subject to cancellation if the trail conditions warrant.
Reservations:  
972-291-5940

MARCH 12 -- 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

MARCH 17 -- Penn Farm Tour
Location
: Cedar Hill State Park
Time: 3 p.m.–4 p.m.
Details: Learn what life on the farm was like from the 1850s to the 1950s.
Reservation:  972-291-5940

MARCH 18 -- 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


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DENTON, TX

APRIL 2 -- Go Fish! Learn To Fish Event
Location
: Ray Roberts Lake State Park, Johnson Branch
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Details: Come enjoy this free event for families with children ages 5 and older. 
Learn all about fishing in this hands-on event. Bait and equipment provided or you can bring your own. No license required. Take away a "fishing fun pack" and enter a drawing for door prizes.  Bring sun protection and water.
Reservation:  940-637-2294

APRIL 9-10 -- Texas Outdoor Family
Location
: Ray Roberts Lake State Park, Isle du Bois Branch
Time: 9:30 a.m. on April 9 - noon on April 10
Details:
Come learn the basics of how to have a successful, enjoyable family camping experience.  Basic skills training will include camping, outdoor cooking, and using a GPS on trails.  Find special geo caches and explore other nature activities.
Cost: $55 per family up to 6; reservations required.

Reservation:  512-389-8903


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DENISON, TX

No events scheduled at Eisenhower State Park for this month.


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GLEN ROSE, TX

MARCH 13, 19 -- Birding Hike
Location
: Dinosaur Valley State Park
Time: 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Details: Wear good walking shoes as you go and search out local birds. You may bring your field guide and binoculars, or you may request these (limited supply on hand for check-out).
Accessible for the mobility impaired.
Reservation:  254-897-4588

MARCH 13 -- Park After Dark Night Hike
Location
: Dinosaur Valley State Park
Time: 8 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Details: Wear good walking shoes and carry a flashlight as you talk about wildlife you may encounter at the park.
Bug repellent recommended. Meet at the park store parking lot. Accessible for the mobility impaired.
Reservation:  254-897-4588

MARCH 19 -- Bird Sights and Sounds
Location
: Dinosaur Valley State Park
Time: 8 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Details: Bring insect repellant and a flashlight as you listen to a talk at the amphitheater about local birds, when you may see them, and what they sounds like
.
Reservation:  254-897-4588

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JACKSBORO, TX

MARCH 19 -- Fort Richardson WWII Living History Day
Location
: Fort Richardson State Park & Historic Site
Time: 9 a.m.– 4 p.m.
Cost: FREE event (park entry fees apply)
Details: Join us for this 3rd annual event
that includes weapons and equipment displays. Interact with living-history soldiers (American, German, and Japanese) and watch a battle re-enactment in the early afternoon.
Reservation:  940-567-3506

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MINERAL WELLS, TX

MARCH 12 -- 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

MARCH 19 -- Name That Bird
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Tramway
Time: 7 p.m. - 9:50 p.m.
Details:  Test your knowledge as participants break up into teams to see which team can identify the most bird calls and pictures of birds found in the park. Accessible to the mobility impaired.
Call: 940-328-1171

MARCH 26 -- Kids' Wilderness Survival
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Time: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Details:  This is a fun way to teach children what they should do if they become lost. Interactive games and a nature hike make this a hands-on event.  Must be accompanied by an adult.  Reservations required.
Call: 940-328-1171

APRIL 2 -- Night Hike
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Time: 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Details:  Take a hike into the starlit night and learn about the nocturnal animals that frequent the park. Discover how the darkness affects your senses. Accessible to the mobility impaired. Reservations required.
Call: 940-328-1171

APRIL 9 -- Storytelling Down in the Holler!
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Time: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Details:  Learn the importance of storytelling to different cultures in Texas.  Hear local folklore, ghost stories, Native American stories, cowboy poetry, and some just plain fun stories.  Bring a blanket or lawn chair that is easily carried.
Call: 940-327-8950


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TYLER, TX

No events scheduled for this month.

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WILLS POINT, TX

APRIL 9 -- 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

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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
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
MARCH 25–APRIL 3 -- The Hundred Dresses
APRIL 29–MAY 15 -- Fundraiser Show: Godspell


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

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

Location:  1100 West Randol Mill Road
                Arlington, TX  76012


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48.  COTTAGE THEATER – CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION

Center for Home Education’s Cottage Theater Presents:
APRIL 8-10 & 14-16 -- Pride and Prejudice
Five daughters to marry off! Was ever a mother as put upon as Mrs. Bennet? Jane falls deeply in love with the 
wealthy Mr. Bingley, and it looks as if a romance is possible between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy is a 
very proud young man and he is shocked by Mama's vulgar matchmaking! He not only leaves for London but 
manages to take Mr. Bingley with him.

Tickets: $10/adults; $8/students; No charge for small lap children.
No baby carriers or strollers, etc.
To Purchase Tickets:  817-281-2293. Sorry, no refunds.
Show Times:  Friday April 8th, 2011 - 7:30p.m.
                    Saturday April 9th, 2011 - 7:30p.m.
                    Sunday April 10th, 2011 - 2:30p.m.
                    Thursday April 14th, 2011 - 7:30p.m.
                    Friday April 15th, 2011 - 7:30p.m.
                    Saturday April 16th, 2011 - 7:30p.m.

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:
MARCH 18-APRIL 23 -- Honk! Junior

Cost: $5
Showtimes: Shows are Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m.
Details: Come see what happens when Ugly, separated from the farm, is chased by a hungry cat ... will Ugly find his way home? Will he find out what he was always meant to be?

Full-Length Productions:
MARCH 18-APRIL 23 -- Phantom
Murder, intrigue, romance ... brilliance! This American version of the 1910 novel "The Phantom of the Opera" will mesmerize audiences with a captivating story line enhanced with original music that offers additional insights into the characters' pasts.


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:
MARCH 25-27 -- Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5
Time:  Fri: 8 p.m.;  Sat: 8 p.m.;  Sun: 2 p.m.
Come enjoy this powerful symphony - it will take your breath away!
For More Information:
Click Here

APRIL 8-10 -- Broadway Rocks
Join the Orchestra, the Turtle Creek Chorale men's chorus and stupendous singers from the Great White Way as they perform great Broadway blockbusters from Wicked, Hairspray, Jesus Christ Superstar, Mamma Mia, Tommy and more.


Location:  Bass Performance Hall
                Fort Worth, TX


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51.  CHILDREN'S CHRISTIAN THEATER PERFORMANCES

MARCH 19 -- A Man of All Seasons
A compelling love story that unfolds into a train wreck waiting to happen!
Time: 7 p.m.
Location:  The Plaza Theater
               521 West State St, Garland, 75040
Cost: Cost: All tickets $22-25
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.)  

MARCH 4-APRIL 3 -- The Frog Prince
Studio Theater/Rosewood Center

MARCH 25-APRIL 10 -- Tuck Everlasting
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

APRIL 6, 7 -- Noble North America
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

Tickets:  $4

To Order Online with Credit Card:  Click Here

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

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

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

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55.  PLANO CHILDREN’S THEATER PERFORMANCES

APRIL 8-9, 15-16 -- PETER RABBIT AND ME
All of your favorite characters are here: Peter Rabbit, Flopsy, Mopsy, and more!  Come enjoy the humor and adventure that makes this performance an all-time favorite!

APRIL 15-16, 29-30 -- HOW TO EAT LIKE A CHILD
APRIL 16-17, APRIL 30-MAY 1 -- PRINCESS AND THE PEA


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:
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

MARCH 15-17, 20 -- Tommy Tune in STEPS IN TIME
A Broadway biography in song and dance, 9 time Tony Award winner Tommy Tune will sing and dance his way through an amazing 50 year career that will leave you smiling, cheering and dancing in the aisle!
Save 20% on regular priced tickets.
Time: 8 p.m.
Location:  Music Hall at Fair Park
To Order Tickets:  Click Here
Password:
SUPER


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


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58.  AMON CARTER EXHIBITS

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

Museum Exhibits:
MARCH 15-18 -- Family Fun Week
From 10:30 a.m. to noon each day, you will discover art of the Old West (Tuesday), create the beginnings of your very own painting (Wednesday), make your own collaged picture fram (Thursday) and then learn about and create your own 3D sculpture! Refreshments provided. No reservations required.

OPENING FEBRUARY 26 -- The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision
The esteemed New York Historical Society is sending 45 of its treasured landscape paintings on a national tour, and the Amon Carter is the first stop on this tour. Come see these 19th century treasures painted by Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church, George Inness, and others while they are here.

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 Canal: Photographs of the Isthmus of Panama
View photographs of the most immense engineering project of the 20th century.

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


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

Guided Tours for Students:  
Click Here

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

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


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


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59.  DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART EXHIBITS  

FREE First Tuesdays of each month
APRIL 5: Nature Explorers

Exhibits:

THROUGH APRIL 3 -- Re-Seeing the Contemporary: Selected from the Collection

Family Events:
APRIL 5 -- Free Admission on First Tuesdays of the Month
Theme:  
Nature Explorers
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.

MARCH 19 -- Free Concert: Duos of Distinction
Time: 3 p.m. (doors open at 2:30)
Ages:  
Designed for adults and children ages four and older; child must be comfortable with separating with the parent for about an hour.
Cost: FREE

Details: Fort Worth Symphony Associate Concertmaster Swang Lin and FWSO violinist Sergey Tsoy are featured in Ysaye's Sonata for Two Violins in A minor and Prokofiev's Sonata for Two Violins in C Major, Op. 56. No reservations required.

Upcoming Free Concerts:
APRIL 16 -- Chamber Music Charm
MAY 21 -- 5th Annual Charles Barr Memorial Concert


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
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.
MARCH 5-27 -- Examine and then create your very own impressionist landscape.

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.
MARCH 19 -- European Painting and Sculpture Galleries, Level 2
APRIL 16 -- Gustav Stickley and the American Arts and Crafts Movement Exhibition, Level 1

Collections Connection:
SUNDAYS
1:30–3:30 p.m., Level 3
Take an in-depth look at a different work of art each month. A trained volunteer will be in the galleries with engaging materials for all ages.
MARCH 6-27: Vishnu as Varaha, Level 3
APRIL 3-24: Gothic Bed, Level 4

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


FREE Family Festival
APRIL 16 -- Amazing Art from Africa
Time:  
1 p.m.–4 p.m.
Cost:  Free; No reservation required
Details: Explore what it might be like to be a wise ruler or a cunning hunter through storytelling and art projects.

Children's Workshops (ages 6-14)
MARCH 26 -- Artful Animals
Time:  10 a.m.–noon

Pictures & Pages
(ages 4-6)

APRIL 5 -- Waiting for Wings, by Lois Ehlert
Time:  
10:30 a.m.–11:15 a.m.
Museum learning begins early with this special program for preschoolers and their adult partners. Popular children’s books inspire group conversations and simple art activities.
Advance registration is required.  
Space is limited. Maximum two children per adult.
To Register:  817-332-8451, ext. 297


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

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

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

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

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


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61.  MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE IN DALLAS

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

THROUGH JUNE -- Triceratops Skeleton

Events:

Engineers Week 2011
click here

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.
MARCH 23: Waiting for Wings
MARCH 30: Stellaluna

APRIL 6: Deep River Dark
APRIL 13: Safari Cinde presents Wild About Animals
APRIL 20: The Napping House
APRIL 27: Here in Space


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

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


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63. NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER

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

Exhibits
OPENING APRIL 9 -- Statuesque
The six international artists in this exhibition—Pawel Althamer, Huma Bhabha, Aaron Curry, Thomas Houseago, ,Matthew Monahan and Rebecca Warren—have signaled a renewed significance of the figure in contemporary sculpture. Featuring 10 large-scale sculptures, this is the first Nasher Sculpture Center exhibition presented outdoors. On view in the Nasher's 1.4 acre Sculpture Garden, as well as in front of the Nasher on Flora Street, visitors will be able to see these sculptures in the context of the Nasher Collection, which serves as the foundation for much of the work in the exhibition.


Target First Saturdays -- FREE Admission from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
APRIL 2 -- Space

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 MAY 11 -- Bugs!  A Rainforest Adventure
Mingle eye-to-eye with the more than 40 insects featured in Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure. View the birth of hundreds of praying mantis and watch as a one of them snaps up a fly for its dinner (one of the many giant screen firsts accomplished by the film team!) Be an eyewitness to the rebirth of a butterfly as it wriggles free of its cocoon and spreads its wings for the first time. With time-lapse photography on the giant screen, every detail of this final stage of metamorphosis is clear to the naked eye.

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

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

For Showtimes: Click Here

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

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

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

THROUGH APRIL 17 -- TRON Legacy (evening shows)
Tickets: $7/adults; $6/children 2-12 and Seniors 60+
Details: Haunted by his father's disappearance, Sam investigates a strange signal that could only come from his father, a man once known as the world's leading video game developer. Sam unwittingly finds himself pulled into a digital world that has trapped his father for 20 years.  Father and son, along with some help, embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually stunning cyber universe.
For More Information about TRON Legacy:
Click Here

THROUGH APRIL 26-- 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

MARCH 18 -- Timber Tales Storytime; Timber Tales Sign Language Storytime
Time:  
10 a.m.–11 a.m.; 11 a.m. - noon (sign language story)
Cost:  Regular village admission, plus $4 fee covering fun activities and a craft.
Details: Featured story: Texas Zeke and the Longhorn by David Davis. Can Zeke get his ornery longhorn home? With a little help from his friends, this cowboy will be enjoying his chili in no time!
Reservations required–please call 817-392-5881


MARCH 19 -- Strike While the Iron's Hot
Time:  
1 p.m.–4 p.m.
Cost:  $2 craft fee with regular village admission
Details: Join us for demonstrations of woodworking, blacksmithing, leather crafting, and more with the fabulous Lone Star Leather Crafters!
No reservations required. 


MARCH 20 -- 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. 


For More Information:  Click Here

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67.  DALLAS HERITAGE VILLAGE

APRIL 9 -- Plow, Plant & Shear/Girl Sout Day
Time:  
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: Children ages 4-12 $5; 2 adults per troop FREE; additional adults $6; patches $3
Theme: Little House on the Prairie
Details:  Make your own button string, explore log cabins, make a sunbonnet, and come dressed as your favorite character for the costume contest. Enjoy fiddle music as well episodes of the first TV season throughout the day.
For Details:  Click Here

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

MARCH 20: Let's Go Fly a Kite!

Nip & Tuck's Barnyard Buddies Storytime
SECOND WEDNESDAYS
Stories, Music and Hands-On Activities for Preschoolers
Theme: We're Flying! (March 9)
Time:  11 a.m
Cost:  Non-members:  $5/child – includes admission to Dallas Heritage Village before or after program.
Please RSVP:  214-413-3674 or e-mail us. You can even purchase your advance tickets online.
Tickets can be purchased by phone, at the gate or online.
RSVP: 214-413-3674 or by email

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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70.  BERNE ACADEMY'S BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL

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

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

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71.  HOMESCHOOL SWIM-- The Colony Aquatic Park

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

When: 
Monday/Wednesday/Friday
Time:  
11 a.m.–noon

Location:  
The Colony Aquatic Park
               5580 N. Colony Blvd  
               The Colony, TX  75056


Cost:  
$3–ages 7 & up
         $2–ages 6 & under

Note:  Children 6 and under MUST be directly attended by a swimming adult within arms reach.

Seasonal Passes available:
 $45–Individual
                                          $60–Micro-family (2-3 members)
                                               
  $80–Family (4+ members)

For More Information: 972-624-2225 or Click Here to email
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.

For More Information:  Click Here


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77.  THESA RIDERS HOME SCHOOL  ASSOCIATION

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

THESA offers the following:
Baseball: Click Here    

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

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


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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/Flower Mound area.
Click Here for More Information

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88.  HOW NOW HOMESCHOOLING

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89. LEWISVILLE AREA SPEECH & DEBATE CLUB

This group has no announcements this month.


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90.  NORTH IRVING CHRISTIAN HOME EDUCATORS

No announcements this month.


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91.  PARK DAY DRAMA CLUB

This group has no announcements this month.

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92.  READY TO ANSWER SPEECH & DEBATE CLUB

This group has no announcements this month.
    

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

This group has no announcements this month.



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94.  HOMESCHOOLERS OFFERING MOMS ENCOURAGEMENT (HOME)

This group has no announcements this month.

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95.  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:
MAY 7 
(registration deadline April 8)
JUNE 4 
(registration deadline May 6)

For SAT Subject Test Calendar:  Click Here


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


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96.  MASTER THE SAT CLASSES WITH JEAN BURK

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

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

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

For More Information:  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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97.  BAYLOR & AIR FORCE ROTC (AFROTC) SCHOLARSHIP

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

DEADLINE:  DECEMBER 1, 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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98.  VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE for HOME SCHOOLERS IN 21 COUNTIES ---- AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

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

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

For more information:  817.570.0612 or Click Here to email
                                  

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

Learn to Laugh in Another Language!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


For More Information:  817-336-0912


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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103.  VOLUN-TEEN PROGRAM AT THE FORT WORTH ZOO

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

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



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104.  REENACTMENT OF OKLAHOMA LAND RUN IN RICHARDSON

APRIL 14

Time:
 2:05pm
Location:  
Heights Park in Richardson, 711 W. Arapahp Rd
(near SW corner of Floyd and Arapaho)
Cost:  FREE
To Participate:  Just show up.  
Volunteers needed to man the land office right after the run.  
To Volunteer:  
Call 972-442-3006 or Click Here to email.
In case of inclement weather: Call the number above to confirm that the event will be held.  Make up date is April 21 at 2:05pm.

Details:
 On the morning of April 22, 1889, thousands upon thousands of Americans from over the entire nation lined up on the borders of what was then known as the Unassigned Lands of the Indian Territory, or the "Oklahoma country."  A reenactment of this momentous race will take place on Thursday April 14th, 2:05pm at the Heights Park in Richardson.

Claiming a "stake" is easy. At the sound of a gun, participants run to a plot of land and "stake" their claim ("improve" it). In 1889 homesteaders were expected to prepare a home site or improve the land before they could stake a claim, but in reality, most homesteads were claimed by throwing a stake onto the ground or spreading a blanket on it. Therefore, blankets, wagons, or even little brothers work well for staking claims. After you locate and "improve" your land you must go to the "land office" to officially claim your land. In 1889 it cost $25 but in 2011 it is free! Your children can stake a "farmland" claim (where they won't have to do anything. They can also claim a "city" plot where they can sell wares, set up game booths, or sell services. The '89ers needed to buy and sell goods and services too, especially if they lived in the city. If you have ever wanted your children to experience an "EnterpriseCity"--this is it. They can purchase supplies, make things, sell them, then calculate their profit.


Cold drinks and chocolate chip cookies are often big sellers. Children can also make things to sell or bring yard sale items. Or they can set up a "service" business such as a carnival game, face painting, or playing an instrument. Let them use their imagination. Later they may wish to spend their profit by buying crafts, playing games, drinking cold drinks, and eating goodies.
 
To participate, you only need to show up (no cost or clip 'n mails)!  Come dressed in "89'er" clothes if you want. The "gunshot", signifying the start of the race, will go off at 2:05 p.m. Come early to be ready. It takes maybe 1/2 an hour to run & officially claim land and the rest of the time is spent talking or buying and selling. You can come late as there is usually land to claim & certainly you can still buy & sell!
 
No tables or electricity provided. We set up on the grass after we run. Blankets, chairs, tables etc. are fine to bring but know that the parking lot is about 1/2 a block away. Please volunteer to help man the land office right after the run. Organizing mom is Cathy Allen.

Any homeschoolers are welcome. Fun for the whole family... come join us! 


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105.  RHSA USED BOOK SALE IN RICHARDSON

APRIL 29

Time:
 6pm- 8:30pm
Location:  
Waterview Church of Christ, 1409 N. Waterview Drive (between Arapaho and Campbell)
For other information:  Click Here to email coordinator

Instructions for Buyers:
 
-Procure a plethora of one dollar bills and bring them along.
-Bring a brand new full book of checks. Bring boxes, bags or sacks to carry your purchases home.
-Shop politely.
-Do not open packages. Keep tables neat.
-Stockpilers will be persecuted!!
-Do not pile up what you’re thinking of buying—it’s unfair to other shoppers. This is the pay as you go plan! Impulse
buying to the max!! Life on the edge!! (You can always sell it next year.)
-If you have all you can carry, go and pay for it, put it in your car and come back to buy more.
-While you’re standing in line, make sure you have correct bills or write a check to cover each purchase. Do not detach
cards from items.
-If you have multiple items from one seller, group those items together and write one check to cover all, but do not
detach cards from items.
-Proceed to the cashier with your stack of grouped items. Do not detach cards from items.
-Do not detach cards from items. ;-j
-The cashier will remove cards from your items and receive exact amounts for each card or group of cards.
 
NO CHANGE WILL BE MADE. COME PREPARED!
 * * * CAUTION: All money and items left behind at the end of SALE DAY will be considered donations to RHSA. * * *

Instructions for Sellers:
-Books for sale will be received at the door between 3pm and 5pm on Friday.  
-You may pick up your money and unsold items between 9pm and 9:30pm.
-ALL ITEMS MUST BE PRICED IN WHOLE DOLLARS. (Items not priced in WHOLE dollars will round to the nearest dollar.)


-WRITE ON A SELF-STICK INDEX CARD:  Category_________________   Price:_______________
 
                                                        Name of the Item:________________________________
 
                                                        Your Name:_____________________________________
 
-Self-stick index cards available at Walmart for about $1:00. 
-If you can’t find self-stick cards PLEASE USE MASKING TAPE to attach regular index cards.
- Stick the index card on the item.
- Multiple items should be bagged and TAPED closed with the card attached to the OUTSIDE
of the bag.
-Sort items into these categories: Preschool,
                                               K-2
                                               Grades 3-5
                                               
Grades 6-8
                                               Grades 9-12
                                               FREE STUFF
                                               Reference/How To (including methods/philosophy of home schooling)
                                               Miscellaneous
                                               Computer/DVD/Video,
                                              
Multi grade / Full line / Unit Studies (including art, music, Bible, etc, for multiple levels)
                                               General Reading

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106.  ELEGANT MASQUERADE BALL HOME SCHOOL PROM 2011 IN WACO, TEXAS

APRIL 29

Time:
 7pm-11pm
Location:  
Redman Hall in Waco, Texas
Details:  Join us for a night full of fun.  Refreshments, dancing, fellowship with friends, and memories that will last a lifetime.
Dance lessons will be provided to all participating attendees at minimal cost.  Details announced soon.
Registration Requirements: You must be 15 years of age by Sept. 1, 2010 to register.  One Registration form per home school
student required.  A registered Parent/Guardian (Alumni 18 up, or another parent attending) must accompany and chaperone each Upper High Home School Student and their guest (if under 18 years of age).  Each High School Home School student can invite one guest ages 15(by Sept. 1, 2010) and up.  Your guest does not have to be home schooled, but must agree and sign the Code of Conduct,
Dress Code, and general agreement for the event. You must register your guest with your registration form.

For other information:  Click Here to email coordinator


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

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

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

817-329-1332

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

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