HEART of Texas

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

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

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

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

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

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

We would love to hear from you!


www.HEARTofTex.org


Our deadlines are as follows:  
the 1st of the month, for the mid-month issue;
the 20th of the month for the issue that goes out at the beginning of the following month.

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

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

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~ MARK YOUR CALENDERS!!! ~

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

Mark your calendars for our 5th annual Home School College Night!  Stay tuned for more details soon on our website and in future newsletter issues:
www.heartoftex.org

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~ MONTHLY HIGHLIGHTS ~

OCTOBER 6
HOME SCHOOL DAY AT THE
FORT WORTH ZOO

All home school students and families are invited to a fun-filled educational day in the wilds of the Zoo.  Although registration for the Zoo's Wild Wonders Live Animal Program has passed, you can still take advantage of discounted admission tickets if you register the day of the event.

Admission:
Free - Children 2 and under
$4/Prek-5th grade
$5.75/6th grade through college
$6/Adults
If you register on-site on the day of the event, only discounted admission tickets will be available.

Parking:  $5 per vehicle (paid when entering park)

On-line registration:  Click Here

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OCTOBER 7
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR
THSC LEADERSHIP TRAINING CONFERENCE NOVEMBER 11-13
LAKEVIEW CONFERENCE CENTER IN WAXAHACHIE, TEXAS

Location:  Lakeview Conference Center, 5128 FM 66, Waxahachie, 75167
Cost:  Click Here  (the more leaders from your group, the greater the discount!)
Guest Speaker:  
Doug Bartsch
Theme:  Building a Winning Team
Regular Registration Deadline:  Nov 7
To Register:  
Click Here
Details:   This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for support group leaders to take their ministry to the next level in 2011-12. These practical ministry skills and insights could literally begin to transform both lives and groups this year.  Join THSC and Doug Bartsch and learn to recruit, coach, teach, train, mentor, and build a winning team!
For More Information:  www.thsc.org

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OCTOBER 7 & 21
HOME SCHOOL OPEN ICE SKATING
ALLEN COMMUNITY ICE RINK

Time: 12:45-2:45pm
Cost:  $5/session; includes skate rental
Location: Allen Community Ice Rink, 200 E. Stacy Road, Allen, 75002
Directions:  Click Here
Details:  Please note these are open skate sessions; not ice skating lessons.
Other dates:  Nov 4, 18, Dec 2, 16, Jan 6, 20, Feb 3, 17, Mar 2 (only 1 day in March because of Allen ISD spring break), Apr 6, 20, May 4, 18
For Information:  Click Here

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OCTOBER 8
FALL ROUND UP AND PUMPKIN COOKING CONTEST
NASH FARM IN GRAPEVINE

Time: 10am-2pm
Location: Nash Farm, 626 Ball Street, Grapevine, 76051
Details:  Fun for the entire family!  Activities will include stick pony barrel racing, stick pony buckin’ broncs, hayrides, petting zoo, pony rides, blacksmith demonstrations, cotton picking and hot dogs and hamburgers for sale from Grapevine AMBUCS.  Donations accepted and benefit Heritage Education programs at Nash Farm.
Contest:  Assembled Scarecrows accepted 8am-9:30am
Cooking Entries accepted 9:30am-11:00am
For Contest Information:  Click Here
For More Information:  Click Here


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OCTOBER 8
FUN FAMILY SCIENCE SERIES
MULTI-LAYER WATERSHED AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
ELM FORK EDUCATION CENTER IN DENTON

Time:  10:00am to Noon
Cost:  FREE
To Register:  Call 940-369-7956
Details:  This is the first of six family-based science sessions. Spaces are still available. Families may sign up after the start of the program and still get plenty from the remaining sessions.  Each session lasts 3 hours (times will vary) throughout the fall semester.  The goal of this series is to explore and study our watershed – Elm Fork of the Trinity River – in order to increase awareness and understanding of the human impact upon our major source of water and carry that knowledge into our communities.  Sessions will include hands-on activities, laboratory activities, and field trip experiences.  Session dates are:  Sept 10, 24, Oct 8, 22, Nov 12 and Dec 3.

To Register:  Send an email

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OCTOBER 8
FALL PLANT SALE
FORT WORTH BOTANIC GARDENS

Time:  9am - 2pm
Location:  
In "The Grove," the wooded area west of the Trial Garden and the Japanese Garden parking lot.   (3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107)
Details:  Choose from a wide assortment of trees, shrubs, grasses, ground covers, perennials, vines, and spring-flowering bulbs. The sale features many specialty plants grown at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. In addition, rose, African violet, begonia, iris, daylily, cactus & succulent, and daffodil societies will be selling their plants. Other vendors will be selling garden-related merchandise as well. Garden staff will be on site to answer your plant questions. BYOW (Bring Your Own Wagon) for loading plants!
For More Information: Click Here

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OCTOBER 8 & 9
SANTA FE DAYS ON THE SQUARE
OLD DOWNTOWN CARROLLTON

Time:  Oct 8: 9am - 6pm;  Oct 9: 10am-4pm
Location:  
Historic Downtown Carrollton, off I-35 @ Beltline Rd, exit 443B
Cost:
 FREE
Details:  
This free, family-friendly Native American cultural event will feature Native American championship dancers, internationally recognized Southern Drum-Bear Claw Singers; Apache storyteller Gregory Gomez, President of the Indigenous Institute of the Americas, and Native American Artisans representing Tribes/Nations/Pueblos throughout the United States.  Guest artists Judy & Lincoln Tafoyam, 6th generation potters, will demonstrate their pottery techniques.  There will be a special children’s activity area for education, demonstrations and interactive arts/crafts, face painting and traditional storytelling. Families will have the opportunity to view children’s books by Native authors, a “Now and Then” display connecting today’s products with Indigenous cultures, and an Indigenous “grocery store” reflecting the current world’s agricultural products with were originally cultivated by Native peoples.
Come and experience the sights, sounds and time honored traditions of the Native American community.
For More Information:  Click Here

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OCTOBER 12
SUPER SAFARI DAY
SHARKAROSA WILDLIFE RANCH

Note: Preregistration has ended but you may call to see if spaces are still available
Time:
 9:30am-2pm
Location:  
Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch
Call to Check Space Availability:  940-686-4600
Details:  This is a day exclusively for students in Special Education programs in North Texas schools and homeschool groups/co-ops!  This day is NOT open to the general public. 
Cost:  Minimum is 5 students or $40.
Minimum/pre-registration fee, will be applied to your total group ticket cost.
Individual tickets over minimum are $8 per student.
Teachers and primary one-on-one aides are free
Additional aides are $5
Chaperones are $8.
Please submit approximate group total when registering, as well as any special requests/concerns for that day.
Weather:  Should weather force a reschedule, you will have the option of either automatically transferring registration fee to rescheduled date, or be issued a refund.

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OCTOBER 14
LONE STAR HISTORY DAY AT
DALLAS HERITAGE VILLAGE

Registration Deadline October 11
Time:
 10am-4pm
Cost:  $5/children ages 4-12;  1st Adult FREE;  &7/Additional Adults
Details:  Dallas Heritage Village's annual homeschool day is coming up! Friends from the Dallas Zoo, Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas Arboretum and Texas Discovery Gardens will be here as we explore all the science that's in history.
To Purchase Tickets Online:  Click Here
For More Details:  Click Here

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OCTOBER 15
HORSEMANSHIP DAY CAMP
CAMP TONKAWA IN COLLINSVILLE

Time:
10am - 3pm

Cost:  $45/person (Parents or leaders who will not be riding are Free)
Details: Click Here
R.S.V.P:  940-440-8382
Location:  1036 CR 203,
                Collinsville TX 76233

For Info on Other Events at Camp Tonkawa:  Click Here

Discount:  Camp Tonkawa is offering a 10% discount for HEART of Texas members with a valid family ID card.  Offer not valid in conjunction with semester discount rates for Nature Awareness Camps
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here


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OCTOBER 15-17
PRIMITIVE SKILLS SURVIVAL CLASS 1 & 2 COMBO
CAMP TONKAWA

Time: 9:30 a.m. on the 15th through 2:30 p.m. on the 17th
Cost:  $150/Ages 16 and up;  $120/Ages 12-15;  $100/Ages 8-11
(group and family rates available) 
Details: Survival 1 class will teach you how to build a simple shelter using natural materials, start a fire without matches, and find safe drinking water. Survival 2 class covers the three aspects of Wild Edible Plants, Wild Meats, and Primitive Cooking.
What to Bring:  Contact Camp Tonkawa for these details when you register.
Details: Click Here
R.S.V.P:  903-429-6483
Location:  1036 CR 203,
                Collinsville TX 76233

For Info on Other Events at Camp Tonkawa:  Click Here

Discount:  Camp Tonkawa is offering a 10% discount for HEART of Texas members with a valid family ID card.  Offer not valid in conjunction with semester discount rates for Nature Awareness Camps
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here

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OCTOBER 17
HOME SCHOOL FOSSIL DIG AND TOUR
AT FOSSIL RIM

OCTOBER 17 -- Home School Fossil Dig & Tour
Time:  
10am - 2:30pm
    Break for Lunch:  12:00-1:00
Cost:  $20.95/Adults;  $13.95/Ages 3-11;  $16.95/Seniors 62+;  ages 2 and under free
Bring a picnic lunch.
To Register:  Call 254-897-2960
Details:  In the morning, we'll take a bus down to our Fossil Pit and dig for marine fossils! Share a picnic lunch at the Overlook, then take a guided tour of Fossil Rim’s current, non-marine residents!!

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OCTOBER 19
NATURE AWARENESS DAY CAMPS
CAMP TONKAWA

Time:  10 a.m.-11:30ish
Cost:  $15 (preregistered by mail), parents, teachers and under 4 years old (with at least one paying child) are FREE.  Sign up for 4 camps during one semester (spring, summer, or fall) for only $50 (a $10 savings).
Details:  Open to homeschool children ages 4-14.  This camp is totally about learning 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. 
What to Bring:  Lunches and notebook or sketchbook to create a "NATURE JOURNAL," which will help them remember what they learned from the day and then continue to add things that they find in their own backyards.  The children can either draw, trace or color in handouts of the animals, plants or nature topic we are talking about. Fun games, songs and activities are done throughout the day to have interaction with new friends and nature. Older students can take notes, which is a great way to add to their Life Science Studies.
R.S.V.P:  903-429-6483
Location:  1036 CR 203,
                Collinsville TX 76233


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OCTOBER 21
BUTTERMILK DELIVERY EVENT
HERITAGE FARMSTEAD MUSEUM IN PLANO

Time:
10:30am - Noon
Cost: $5/children and adults in advance;  $6/person at the door
Location: Heritage Farmstead Museum, 1900 West 15th St, Plano, 75075
Details:  The Farmstead is throwing a party and wishes to extend an invitation to the public to come and celebrate the arrival of a new and exciting, fun and educational attraction. Buttermilk, a life-size mechanical milking cow, will be a permanent exhibit at the Heritage Farmstead Museum. Experience turn of the century fun and life as it was in the year 1900! Visit the beautiful 4 acre working farmstead and tour the 120 year old Victorian home. Enjoy mule drawn wagon rides, feeding chickens, games from the past, dairy demonstrations and give-a-ways by Southwest Dairy Farmers. Be amongst the first to hear Buttermilk “Moo” and take your turn at milking the cow. 
To RSVP:  972-881-0140

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OCTOBER 22
HOME SCHOOL LEADER APPRECIATION
HOSTED BY HEART OF TEXAS
BROOKHAVEN CHURCH IN DALLAS

Time: 4-6pm
Cost:  FREE
Location: 13000 Marsh Lane, Dallas
Directions:  Click Here
Details:  If you are a homeschool leader, we have put together a special
appreciation event just for you, to thank you for all the hard work, dedication,
and sacrifices you make for the homeschool community on a day-to-day basis.  
There will be hors d'oevres, fellowship, and more!  Our speaker will be Tim Lambert, president of THSC.
To Register Online:  www.heartoftex.org

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OCTOBER 22
FIELD TO FABRIC/PICKING AND PROCESSING COTTON
NASH FARM IN GRAPEVINE

Time:
10am-Noon
Cost:  FREE
Location: Nash Farm, 626 Ball Street, Grapevine, 76051
Details:  Cotton is king! Pick, spin, and weave it yourself! Learn about the history of Texas cotton farming and harvesting.  From the blossom to the boll, learn how cotton grows.  Bring the whole family out for a cotton-pickin' good time!
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OCTOBER 22-23
FALL FESTIVAL
FORT WORTH JAPANESE GARDEN

Time:  10am-5pm (Saturday);  11am-5pm (Sunday)
Location:  
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107
Cost:  $5/Adults;  $3/Children ages 4-12;  Free under 4
Details:  Feast your eyes on the fall color of the Japanese Garden while you and your family enjoy traditional Japanese dance, music, martial arts demonstrations, papermaking, and tea ceremonies.
For More Information:
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OCTOBER 25
HOME SCHOOL WOLF CONSERVATION CLASS & TOUR EVENT
AT FOSSIL RIM

OCTOBER 25 -- Home School Wolf Conservation Class & Tour Event
Time:  
10am - 2:30pm
    Break for Lunch:  12:00-1:00
Cost:  $13.75/Adults;  $7.25/Ages 3-11;  $10.75/Seniors 62+;  Ages 2 and under free
Bring a picnic lunch.
To Register:  Call 254-897-2960
Details:  Learn about Fossil Rim's wolves, about wolf conservation efforts, and what you can do to make a difference! Break for a picnic lunch, then take a guided Behind the Scenes Tour of our facility, including the Intensive Management Area, where our wolves are kept, away from the public. (Ages 7 and up only)

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OCTOBER 27
DALLAS STARS EDUCATION DAY FOR HOME SCHOOLERS
AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER IN DALLAS

Time: 10am
Cost:  $15/person (includes ticket to the game that night)
Location: American Airlines Center Tour
Details:  Includes tour of the American Airlines Center with a focus on math, science, and geography as well as a ticket to the game that night!
For More Information:  Click Here
To Register for Tickets:  Click Here and use our Special Offer Code:  learning
The link should be working as of Friday, September 9. (Otherwise, call 214.387.5582)

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OCTOBER 27
PEACH'S SUPER SCIENCE NIGHT WITH DR. BRIAN REID, PhD
CHURCH OF CHRIST IN PLANO

Time: 7pm
Location: The Church of Christ on McDermott Road, 3750 McDermott Rd
              (between Coit & Independence)
Details:  Dr. Brian Reid, PhD of Thinking Reeds will give you hands-on examples for making science fun. Bring the kids for idea for this year's Science Fair competition.
If you are new to homeschooling, come a little early at 6:30pm and visit with our Mentoring Director.

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OCTOBER 29
FREE FAMILY FESTIVAL:  ON STAGE WITH CARAVAGGIO
KIMBELL ART MUSEUM IN FORT WORTH


Time:  1 p.m.–4 p.m.
Cost:  Free; No reservation required
Details: Free afternoon events for participants of all ages.  Admission to special exhibitions is free during the events.  Step up to share the spotlight with the famous Italian painter Caravaggio! Celebration highlights will include art-making activities inspired by Baroque paintings, historic-dress stations, scheduled family tours, and an instrument petting zoo and musical performances by Texas Camerata.  Offered in conjunction with the special exhibition Caravaggio and His Followers in Rome.
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A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR PRIVATE PIANO LESSONS

Has your child always wanted to learn to play the piano?  Ms. Gail's Piano Studio has partnered with HEART of Texas to offer special rates of $20 off monthly  tuition to homeschoolers (also to adult family members).
      
This is an excellent opportunity to learn in a warm, nurturing, and yet challenging setting.  Professional, experienced and kind teacher provides lessons that leave students enthusiastically anticipating the next lesson and new pieces of music.
      
Students learn music fundamentals, theory and appreciation while playing progressively more complex and interesting music.  Lessons are fun and emphasize a love of music.   Teacher’s approach increases student’s self-esteem, encourages creativity, and enhances skills including self-discipline, concentration, reading and math comprehension, and fine motor coordination.
      
Each lesson is customized to match the student's ability and learning style.  Learning is paced to meet student’s goals and agreed upon practice time.  Each student experiences the success of producing beautiful music at their own rate.

Children through adults accepted

Lessons provided in instructor’s home near 635 (LBJ) and Tollway or will travel to a nearby location for 5 or more students
      
Teacher Credentials:
Education:  Masters in Music Education and Music Therapy (piano major)
Experience:   Over 20 years piano teaching experience, plus currently working with a homeschool co-op
State of Texas Certified Music Teacher
Member: Dallas Music Teachers Association      
For more information contact gailpianoteacher-music@yahoo.com
OR phone 972-392-7922


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


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~~What's Inside This Issue ~~
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OCTOBER HIGHLIGHTS AT A GLANCE
Oct -- Library Used Book Sales Across North Texas
Oct -- Museum Exhibits in Dallas & Fort Worth
Oct -- Imax and Omni Movies
Oct 6 -- Home School Day at Fort Worth Zoo
Oct 6 & 17 -- Algebra I and Geometry Classes Begin at TCC South Campus
Oct 7 -- Early Bird Registration Deadline for THSC Leadership Training Conference in Waxahachie Nov 11-13
Oct 7 & 21 -- Home School Open Skating at Allen Community Ice Rink
Oct 7-Nov 12 -- Artisan Theater Presents: Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Oct 7-23 -- CATS Arlington Presents:  The Miracle Worker
Oct 8 -- Fall Round Up and Pumpkin Cooking Contest at Nash Farm in Grapevine (FREE)
Oct 8 -- FREE Fun Family Science Series/Multi-Layer Watershed Ambassador Program at Elm Fork
Oct 8 -- Fall Plant Sale at Ft. Worth Botanic Garden (FREE admission)
Oct 8 & 9 -- Santa Fe Days on the Square in Old Downtown Carrollton (FREE admission)
Oct 8-Nov 12 -- Artisan Theater Presents: Mulan (Artie's Children's Theater)
Oct 12 -- Super Safari Day at Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch
Oct 12, 13, 18, Nov 1, 2 -- Dallas Symphony Orchestra Presents: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Oct 14 -- Lone Star History Day at Dallas Heritage Village (Registration Deadline October 11)
Oct 14-30 -- Casa Manana Presents:  Oliver
Oct 15 -- Discover the Real George Washington Opens at Ft. Worth Museum of Science & History
Oct 15 -- Frontier Fall Fest at Log Cabin Village in Fort Worth
Oct 15 -- Horsemanship Day Camp at Camp Tonkawa in Collinsville
Oct 15-17 -- Primitive Skills Survival Class 1 & 2 Combo at Camp Tonkawa in Collinsville
Oct 17 -- Home School Fossil Dig & Tour at Fossil Rim
Oct 19 -- Nature Awareness Day Camp at Camp Tonkawa
Oct 21 -- Buttermilk Delivery Event at Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano
Oct 21-29 -- Cottage Theatre in Watauga Presents:  A Christmas Carol
Oct 22 -- Home School Leader Appreciation Event in Dallas
Oct 22 -- Field to Fabric/Picking & Processing Cotton at Nash Farm in Grapevine (FREE)
Oct 22-23 -- Fall Festival in the Fort Worth Japanese Garden
Oct 22 & 23 -- Giselle at Bass Hall (HEART Home School Day Oct 22 at 2pm)
Oct 25 -- Home School Wolf Conservation Class & Tour Event at Fossil Rim
Oct 27 -- Dallas Stars Education Day for Home Schoolers at American Airlines Center in Dallas
Oct 27 -- PEACH's Super Science Night with Dr. Brian Reed of Thinking Reeds
Oct 29 -- FREE Family Festival: On Stage with Caravaggio at Kimbell Museum in Ft. Worth
Nov 1, 2 -- Dallas Symphony Orchestra Presents:  Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Nov 7 -- Regular registration deadline for THSC Leadership Training Conference in Waxahachie Nov 11-13
Nov 11-13 -- THSC Leadership Training Conference at Lakeview Conference Center in Waxahachie
Nov 12 -- Camp Tonkawa Fall Festival
Nov 12 -- Registration Open for 2012 HSAA Track & Field Teams
Nov 12, 13, 19, 20 -- Candle Dipping at Log Cabin Village in Ft. Worth

Nov 26, 27, Dec 3 & 4 -- The Nutcracker (Winspeare Opera House) (HEART Homeschool Day Dec 3)
Dec 10, 11, 17, 18 -- The Nutcracker (Bass Performance Hall) (HEART Homeschool Day Dec 11 at 7pm)

Sponsor -- Registration Open for Private Piano Classes


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

FEATURED ARTICLES
The New Socialization Concern -- Tim Lambert, THSC President

Registration Open:  North Texas District Science Fair for Home Schoolers


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

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

Arlington Home School Students Invited to Participate in Mayor's Green Youth Award Program

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

NEST Family Learning Offering Discount to Our Readers



CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

16.  Center for Home Education -- Watauga
17.  Christian Educators Resource Center -- Rowlett
18.  Christian Homeschool Alliance of Texas -- Cedar Hill/SW Dallas area

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

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

BOOK SALES & OUR PARTNERING HOME SCHOOL BOOK STORES
28.  Library Used Book Sales in North Texas
          Euless – Oct 14-16
          Saginaw – Oct 15
          Arlington – Oct 20-23
          Fort Worth – Oct 21-23
          Cedar Park – Oct 22-24
          Waco – Nov 3-6
          Cleburne – Nov 5
          Denton – Nov 12
          Dallas – Nov 30-Dec 3
29.  Center for Home Education -- Watauga
30.  Home Educators Resource -- Lewisville
 
NATURE CENTERS & OUTDOOR PROGRAMS/CAMPS
Become a HEART of Texas Partner to list your program
31.  Camp Tonkawa (Day Camps and Outdoor Education) -- Collinsville
32.  Dallas Arboretum -- Dallas
33.  Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge Programs
34.  Fort Worth Botanic Gardens -- Fort Worth
35.  Fossil Rim
36.  Haven's Horses (Horsemanship & Outdoor Education)-- Keller
37.  Heard Museum Homeschool Classes – McKinney
38.  Heritage Farmstead Museum -- Plano
39.  Ride with Pride -- Southlake
40.  Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch -- Pilot Point
41.  Texas Discovery Gardens -- Dallas
42.  Texas Parks and Wildlife Programs -- State Parks in North Texas

PERFORMING ARTS
43.  Performances at Casa Manana Children’s Playhouse -- Fort Worth
        Oliver! -- October 14-30
44.  Performances at CATS -- Arlington
        The Miracle Worker -- Oct 7-23
45.  Cottage Theater  -- Watauga
        A Christmas Carol -- October 21-29
46.  Theater Performances at Artisan Center Theater -- Hurst
         Mulan (Artie's Playhouse) -- Oct 8-Nov 12

         Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat -- Oct 7-Nov 12
47.  Performances at Bass Performance Hall -- Fort Worth
48.  Breitling Youth Theater/Acting for Children -- Garland
        Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus! -- Dec 14 - 17
49.  Dallas Children’s Theater -- Dallas
        Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day! -- Sept 23-Oct 23
        The Nutcracker -- Nov 17-Dec 22 (Kathy Burk's Theatre of Puppetry Arts)
        Madeline's Christmas -- Nov 17-Dec 22
        Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters -- Nov 29-Dec 16
50.  Dallas Symphony Orchestra -- Dallas
         Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra -- October 12, 13, 18, Nov 1, 2
         The Orchestra Sings -- January 11, February 7, 8
51.  Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra -- Fort Worth
        Young Person's Concerts:  Ballet for Martha -- January 18 & 19
        Kinderconcerts:  Green Eggs & Ham -- March 29
52.  Plano Children’s Theater -- Plano
        Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat -- September 16-24
53.  Texas Ballet Theater Performances
54.  Home School Discount Tickets to Dallas Theater Performances
        West Side Story (Texas State Fair Show) -- October 4-23

      
ART MUSEUMS
55.  Amon Carter Museum Exhibits – Fort Worth
        The Allure of Paper: Watercolors and Drawings from the Collection -- Through October 9
        The First 50 Years -- Through December 11
        Will Barnet: Relationships, Intimate and Abstract, 1935-1965 -- Through December 31
56.  Dallas Museum of Art Exhibits -- Dallas
        First Tuesday (Free admission) -- Nov 1 (My Neighborhood)
        Late Nights for Kids -- Oct 21, Nov 18
        Afterlife: The Story of Henri Matisse's "Ivy in Flower' -- Through December 11
        African Headwear: Beyond Fashion -- Through January 1, 2012
        Form/Unformed: Design from 1960 to the Present -- Through January 29, 2012
        Encountering Space in the Center for Creative Connections -- Throughout Fall 2012
57.  Kimbell Art Museum Exhibit -- Fort Worth
        Admission to the museum's Permanent Collection is always FREE
        Caravaggio and His Followers in Rome -- October 16 - January 8, 2012
        Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Clark -- Opens March 11, 2012
        Children's Worshops:  September 10 -- Shapes in Art
        Family Festival:  On Stage with Caravaggio -- October 29
58.  Museum of Nature & Science -- Dallas
        Bob the Builder™- Project: Build It! -- Through January 8, 2012
59.  Museum of Science & History -- Fort Worth
        Alexandre Hogue: An American Visionary - Paintings & Works on Paper -- Opens Sept 24
        Discover the Real George Washington: New Views from Mount Vernon -- Opens Oct 15
60.  Nasher Sculpture Center -- Dallas
        Tony Cragg: Seeing Things -- September 10-Jan 8, 2012
        Sightings:  Diana Al-Hadid -- October 22 - January 15, 2012

        Target First Saturdays (FREE Admission): Nov 5 (Scale);  Dec 3 (Unity)
        
IMAX/OMNI THEATERS
61.  Shows at the Dallas Imax Theatre -- Museum of Nature and Science
        Dolphins
            Sea Rex: Journey to the Prehistoric World
        Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs
        Sharks -- Opens November 3
62.  Shows at the Fort Worth Omni Theater -- Ft. Worth Museum of Science & History
        Animalopolis
        Hubble -- Through Fall 2011
        Wild Ocean -- Through Fall 2011
        Tornado Alley -- Through Fall 2011
        The Polar Express -- Opens November 18

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

SCIENCE EVENTS/ACTIVITIES
66.  Star Parties at Fort Worth Museum of Science and History -- Nov 5

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

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

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

86.  PEACH -- Plano

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

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR HOMESCHOOLERS
89.  Baylor and Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) Scholarship -- Deadline December 1, 2011

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

OTHER EVENTS BY DATE
96. Home School Workshop at Old Red Museum: Celebrate Good Times -- Dallas -- Nov 9
97. THSC Leadership Training Conference -- Grapevine -- Nov 11-13



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The New Socialization Concern
--by Tim Lambert

Twenty-five years ago, when the modern home school movement was just getting started, the argument made by our opponents was that parents were not qualified to teach their children at home because they were not certified teachers. Eventually numerous studies produced a vast amount of data that showed that home schoolers as a group scored at least 30% above the national average on nationally normed, standardized achievement tests. In fact, today that argument has all but disappeared because of the volume of evidence to the contrary.

Today we hear opponents say that the state should regulate or oversee home schooling to ensure that every child gets an education, and, of course, we respond that the state can’t even ensure that every child in a public school gets an education. The other argument that surfaces is that home schooled children miss out on the “socialization” benefits of a classroom environment. Most home schooling parents recognize that the “socialization” the children miss out on is what we would consider negative peer influence.

Recently a national Christian magazine published an article on a study from Canada on Christian education and the resulting effects of the different types of schools. What raised questions in the home school community was the conclusion that religious home schoolers were “most likely to: . . . get divorced; feel helpless in dealing with the problems of life; lack any clear goals or sense of direction; . . . feel prepared for a vibrant religious and spiritual life. . . .” and “least likely to: . . . spend much time volunteering or going on mission trips; [or] be involved in political campaigns.”

Home schoolers were shocked because these are not the results that most of us see in home school graduates. In fact, Dr. Brian Ray with the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) reviewed the study and found that the sample of home school graduates examined for it was extremely small (less that 90) and that there was no data about how long these students were homeschooled and very little other qualifying information about the individuals including how many were “religious” home schoolers.

Dr. Ray’s review indicates that this report was, at best, sloppy journalism and that the splitting out of home schooling in the study should never have been done. The result was a conclusion that is not supported by any other study of which we are aware. In fact, some studies indicate the opposite conclusion.


  
Tim Lambert is president of the Texas Home School Coalition, our state advocacy organization whose purpose is to help protect home school freedoms.  Click here to subscribe to his blog "Right in Texas."  For more information about THSC, please visit their website at www.thsc.org.  



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Registration Open for North Texas District Science Fair for Home Schoolers

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


2011 - 2012 SEASON:
OCTOBER 22 & 23 at 2p.m. -- Giselle (Bass Performance Hall)
HEART of Texas Home School Day: OCTOBER 22 at 2pm (Bass Performance Hall)


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

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


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

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


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

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

For Order Form:  
Click Here


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

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

Or, if your family would like to get your own FREE subscription, visit their site
and sign up for their
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Arlington Home School Students Invited to Participate in Mayor's Green Youth Award Program

Home schoolers in grades 3-12 who reside in Arlington, Texas, are invited to participate in the Mayor's Green Youth Award Program (GYA).  The program promotes awareness of natural resources and encourages positive community involvement.  Each year the GYA program honors a wide variety of environmental projects developed by young individuals, school classes, summer camps, and youth organizations to promote environmental awareness.  

The theme for 2012 is Celebrating Clean Air, Land, and Water.

Projects must involve one or more of the following categories:  Water Pollution Prevention, Air Pollution Prevention, Waste Reduction, Water Conservation, Energy Efficiency and/or Sustainability, Preservation of Natural Areas, and Environmental Education.

Participants must be Arlington residents and currently enrolled in public, or private, or home schools to be eligible to apply for this award, and their environmental project must benefit the City of Arlington in some way.

Application Deadline:  November 29 by 5pm
Winners will be notified by March 26, 2012.
Presentation of Winners:  April 2012

For more information about this award, how to apply, and other details, please visit the Mayor's Green Youth Awards website.  The website also has information about last year's winners and their projects.
  

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

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

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

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

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

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


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NEST Family Learning Offering Discount to Our Readers!

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

For a limited time, you can enjoy an additional 10% discount on materials plus FREE shipping on orders over $59!

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

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

1.    LIBRARY PROGRAMS AT NORTH TEXAS LIBRARIES

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

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


BEDFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

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

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

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

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FORT WORTH PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Program Calender:
Click Here    


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


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


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

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

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

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


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2.  BOOK IT! READING PROGRAM

Who Can Participate:  Children in grades K-6.

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

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

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

For Program Information: Click Here

To Enroll Your Homeschool: Click Here  

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


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3.  BRAUMS BOOK BUDDY PROGRAM

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

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

Program Runs:  September through end of school year.

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

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

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

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

For More Information:  Click Here  
   
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4.  BEST ROBOTICS 2011-2012
      Kick-Off: September 17 (Fort Worth & Dallas)
      Game Day: October 28-29
      2011 Open Registration Now!

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

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

For Rules:  Click Here


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

The 2011 Registration Opens: May 2

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

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

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

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

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6.  TEXAS STATE FISH-ART CONTEST

ENTRIES DUE MARCH 31 (ongoing annual contest)

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

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

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

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

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

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

For Rules:  Click Here

For More Information: Click Here


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7.  NORTH TEXAS REGIONAL NATIONAL ENGINEERS WEEK FUTURE CITY COMPETITION FOR 6-8TH GRADERS

Regional finals through January

The North Texas Regional Competition is open to all public, private, parochial and home school 7th and 8th grade classes.  Teams must be willing to make the trip to Arlington to present their designs.  The Competition offers students a hands-on way to build their math and science skills and learn about engineering by solving the real-world problems in designing cities of the future.

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


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

Through the program, students will:
    * Work as a team under the guidance of a teacher and a technical professional,
    * Use a popular award-winning computer game, SimCity, to design a logical model of a future city,
    * Realize their design with a physical scale model built with recycled materials,
    * Research and write an essay on an assigned engineering topic,
    * Communicate their design to a panel of judges in a public presentation, and
    * See firsthand how engineers turn ideas into reality.

Nominal Cost: $25 per school for registration, and we provide the software.
Registration is by school. Schools may have more than one team competing.
Schools are limited to spending no more than $100 per team on the model and presentation, combined.

Upon receipt of registration and fee, you will receive:
    • One copy of SimCity (for either Windows or Mac operating systems)
    • The Teacher-Mentor Handbook - more than 150 pages of basic rules and information on the competition, lists of resources, ideas on how to incorporate the program into the curriculum, and hints for teachers
    • A tutorial CD
    • Specific rules and schedules for the North Texas regional competition
    • Posters

Teams:  3 students, 1 teacher-sponsor, 1 engineer-mentor.
The program employs a team-based approach. All members of the team have an important role that is necessary for the completion of the project.

Benefit:  The winning team gets a trip to Washington, DC to compete in the national finals.

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

To Register:  Click Here
To Download Brochure:  Click Here

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


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8.  USA MATHEMATICAL TALENT SEARCH

The USA Mathematical Talent Search (USAMTS) is a free mathematics competition open to all United States middle and high school students.

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

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

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

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

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

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

To Be Eligible to Participate (2011-2012 forms available in September)
• Students must be citizens or residents of the United States. (no exceptions).
• Students must not have completed high school. Middle school students are permitted to participate.
• Students must register on the USAMTS website and provide an email address to which USAMTS correspondence may be sent.
• Students must submit a USAMTS Entry Form. (This form must be filled out and submitted every academic year, even if the student participated in a past year.)
• Students under the age of 13 must also submit a USAMTS Under 13 Permission Form.   (Please see our privacy statement for more information on why we must collect this form.)

To Register:  Click Here.
(If you have already registered in a past year, you do not need to register again.)

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9. IGNITING CREATIVE ENERGY CONTEST FOR K-12

2011-2012 CONTEST DEADLINE TBA

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

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

Awards:  
There are separate prizes for elementary, middle school and high school students in addition to a teacher prize.  The grand prize in each category is a trip for two to Hawaii.  In addition to the national grand prizes each state has a prize winner. 

Various local, state and national partners are providing extra awards and recognition above and beyond the national grand prize trip:
1. The highest scoring student in each state and province will receive a prize package valued at $1,000 U.S. If you are a national winner, you will not be recognized as a state or province winner.
2. A lighting project winner will be announced. The student with the highest scoring project that addresses lighting as it related to the theme Igniting Creative Energy will win a special prize for the student and an energy-efficient lighting upgrade for a designated area within his or her school. If you are a national grand prize winner, you will not be eligible to win this award.
3. Some cities, state energy offices, and individual school districts wanting to recognize students in their specific geographical areas are sponsoring local challenges. Click on Local Challenges to see the participating areas and the awards that are available.

Official Online Entry Form:  Click here
Mail In Entry Form:  Click Here
For Guidelines:  Click Here

To Enter:  
Follow these simple steps:
1. Think about how you use electricity, gasoline, natural gas...energy (ex. electricity, gasoline, natural gas and/or if you could use less or how you could help your community use less).
2. Think of a creative new way to use less energy.
3. Use your talents and skills to create an exciting unusual project that will communicate your idea to someone else. Your project could be a science project, essay, story, artwork, photograph, music, video or web site project.
4. Write a one page explanation of how your project relates to the theme. Be sure to include the following:   * What motivated you to enter this Challenge?
                * What actions and ideas are you trying to express?
                * What is the impact of your project in your life and/or in the lives of others?
5. Make sure your name is on your project.
6. Complete the entry form. Make sure that you have your parents or legal guardian and teacher sign it.
7. Mail your project, entry form and explanation to:

            IGNITING CREATIVE ENERGY CHALLENGE
            NATIONAL ENERGY FOUNDATION
            145 South 400 East
            Salt Lake City, UT 84111

8. Wait patiently.
9. Sit back and feel great about doing something yourself to conserve energy and help the environment.
10. Grand Prize winners will be notified.

If you aren't selected for the Grand Prize trip, no worries there is always next year. Plus you may be featured on the ICE web site for the world to see.

For More Information:  Click Here


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10. TEXAS BEEF LEADERS OF TOMORROW CONTEST

Contest Deadline: July 1  

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

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

Contest also includes an essay and lesson plan

Competition Held at Texas A&M University in College Station
 
For More Information:  Click Here to Email or call 281-375-8836                    
 
Contest hosted by Texas CattleWomen and sponsored by the Beef Checkoff


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11.  CITY OF FORT WORTH YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD

In recent years, there has been a growing trend to involve youth in local government.  The Fort Worth City Council believes that the voices of young people are important.  To facilitate that, the Council has approved a new Youth Advisory Board for the City of Fort Worth.  The Youth Advisory Board will advise the City Council on issues regarding the youth in the City of Fort Worth.  A brief summary of the Youth Advisory Board follows.

Who May Apply:  High school age students who are between the ages of 14-18 and who reside in Fort Worth may submit an application for consideration for appointment to the advisory board.
 
 Purpose:                
The Youth Advisory Board shall:
• act in an advisory capacity to the Fort Worth City Council;
• study youth issues important to the community;
• encourage youth to become actively involved in matters pertaining to the community; and,
• act as a source of information and education on issues important to youth.
 
Members:             
The Youth Advisory Board shall be composed of 27 members who will meet bi-monthly.  
 
Activities:           
To be determined by the Youth Advisory Board, following the direction of City Council.
 
For More Information:  Click Here to Email
Community Relations Department, School and Youth Outreach
1000 Throckmorton, Fort Worth, TX 76102
817.392.8444       817.392.7529 (fax)

For an application:  http://www.heartoftex.org/downloads/downloads.html
    

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12.  CITY OF NORTH RICHLAND HILLS TEEN COURT

Teen Court benefits both youth and community by providing an alternative method of adjudicating juvenile offenders and allowing teen volunteers to learn about the judicial system, while documenting Community Service hours.
 
Who Can Volunteer:  Full time students ages 13-18 who are in PUBLIC, PRIVATE OR HOME SCHOOLS.  

Volunteers may serve as jurors for our Teen Court sessions, or once trained, can act as a defense attorney or prosecutor in our Teen Court trials.
 
Teen Defendants are held responsible for their behavior while giving them the opportunity to participate in and become knowledgeable about the judicial system. Juvenile Offenders "pay" for their offense(s) by performing community service and participating in Teen Court. Volunteer teen attorneys present offender's cases to a jury of their peers.

Upon successful completion of the program, offender's cases are dismissed and do not appear on their permanent records.

Teen Court alleviates the strain on the regular court system, besides giving juvenile offenders a second chance. The program also provides youths in the area a chance to participate in the judicial process.

Location:  North Richland Hills Teen Court
        6720 N.E. Loop 820
        North Richland Hills, Tx 76180
        817-427-6705


To Volunteer:  Click Here to email

For More Information: Click Here

You may also come to Teen Court on any night Teen Court is in session to observe, prior to signing up to be a volunteer.
    

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13.  TEXAS HOME SCHOOL COALITION GOOD CITIZENSHIP AWARD PROGRAM

Do you ever scratch your head when thinking about how to fulfill the requirement of a "study of good citizenship"?  THSC offers a Good Citizenship Program, which rewards students for their participation in the political process and helps them fulfill that requirement.

Certificates are printed, upon request, for students who have volunteered at least forty hours in Voter Registration, Political Party Process, Campaign Process, and Legislative Process, in any combination.


Each year the program culminates with rewards presented at the annual THSC Awards Banquet.

  The volunteer hours may be tracked on a form that can be downloaded and printed as often as needed. Students will be granted eight hours for each Capitol Day attended.

Please note that, while certificates will be issued upon request at any time, the awards will be given based on hours worked between April 1, 2011, and April 1, 2012. The forms must be postmarked or e-mailed no later than April 1 if students are to be considered for awards.
 
What is a course in good citizenship:  For a detailed description, please visit:  http://www.thsc.org/Categories.aspx?Id=GoodCitizenship
 
The Good Citizenship Certificates and Awards                
Home school students may be awarded THSC Good Citizenship Certificates at any time following the completion of 40 hours of good citizenship work.   Any home schooled student who earns a Good Citizenship Certificate is automatically entered into the competition for THSC’s Good Citizenship Awards.  The following awards recognize the Texas students with the most volunteer hours (highest number of voters registered for the Alamo Award) in each category and are presented at the annual THSC Awards Banquet.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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14.  CERTIFICATES OF SPECIAL CONGRESSIONAL RECOGNITION

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

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

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

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15.  ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ART COMPETITION

2012 ART COMPETITION -- TBA

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

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

Who Can Participate:  All high school students including homeschoolers.

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


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16.  CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION - WATAUGA

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

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

Website:  http://centerforhomeeducation.com/

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

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17.  CHRISTIAN EDUCATORS RECOURCE CENTER IN ROWLETT

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

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

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


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

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

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


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18.  CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOL ALLIANCE OF TEXAS

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



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19.  CLASSES AT CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION

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

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

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

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

Website:  http://centerforhomeeducation.com/  

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


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19.  EASTFIELD COLLEGE

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


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20.  ENRICHMENT CLASSES, INC, IN LEWISVILLE

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

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


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21.  HOME EDUCATORS RESOURCE ENRICHMENT CLASSES

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

For Class Descriptions, Fees and Other Information: Click Here

Classes Offered:
Art

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

Location:

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

Website:  http://homeeducatorsresource.com/    

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

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

Contact For More Information:  Click Here to send an email

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


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


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24.  MORNING GLORY ACADEMY

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


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

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

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



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


TWO NEW CLASSES ADDED FOR FALL 2011!!
Geometry
Location:  
South Campus in FW off Campus Drive
Class Begins:  
Oct 17 through Dec 14th on Monday/Wednesday
Time:  
Noon - 3pm

Alegbra I
Location:  
SE campus located in Arlington off 120 and Collins
Class Begins:  
Oct 6th through Dec 13 on Tuesday/Thursday
Time:  Noon-3pm.  

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


A schedule of spring classes will be released in the next few weeks.

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26.  THEO IN PLANO OFFERING CLASSES FOR HOMESCHOOLERS

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

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

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

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


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


For Questions:   Click Here to email


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27.  QUO VADIS EDUCATORS

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

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

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

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


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

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


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28.  LIBRARY USED BOOK SALES IN NORTH TEXAS

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

EULESS – October 14-16
Time:
 Sat: 10-5;  Sun 1-3
Location: Euless Public Library
              201 N Ector Dr, Euless
               817-685-1679
Books:   10,000 books; 50% donated; 50
% hardcover; paperback .50; hardcovers $1
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SAGINAW – October 15
Time:
10am-4pm
Location:  Saginaw Public Library
               355 W. McLeroy Blvd, Saginaw
                817-230-0300
Books:  
Sorted; no buyer restrictions
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ARLINGTON – October 20-23
Time:
Oct 20 4pm-8pm ($5 donation/admission)
Free Admission: Oct 21: 10am-7pm;  Oct 22: 10am-5pm;  Oct 23: 12pm-5pm (half price; tax free)
Location:  Arlington Museum of Art
               201 W. Main Street (just east of Theatre Arlington)
               To Request an e-catalog:  click here
Books:  
Over 30,000 community donated items; used hard and soft cover books; CDs, DVDs tapes, records puzzles, games, sheet music;  Priced 20 cents and up
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FT WORTH – Oct 21-23
Time:
Wed-Fri: 10am-6pm;  Sat: 10am-5pm; Sun 1-5
Admission:  $1
Location:  Chapter II Outlet Store
               5318 Trail Lake Dr (3 doors from Friends of Ft. Worth Library book store)                             Wedgwood Village Shopping Center
                  
817-346-2255
Books:  
20,000 books
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WACO – Nov 3-6
Time:
Thurs & Fri: 10am-9pm (no sales tax); Sat: 10am-7pm; Sun: Noon-6pm
Admission:  Nov 3:  $5/Adults;  Children 14 and under free;  ticket sales begin at 8am
                  Nov 4-6: Free admission
Location:  Extraco Events Center (formerly Heart of Texas Fairgrounds)
               General Exhibits & Creative Arts Buildings
                4601 Bosque Boulevard
                254-750-5990
Books:  
over 110,000 books, DVDs, CDs, Videos and more;  95% donated; 50% hardcover;
*Hardbacks - $1.50; Trade Paperbacks - $1.50; Mass Market Paperbacks - $1.00; Children's Books - 50 cents to $1.50; VHS Videos & Music CDs $1.50
* Rare & special interest items individually priced; like new hardbacks $4
* Sunday Final Day Prices: General sales - $10 per bag; Collectors' Corner - half price
* Visa / MasterCard / Discover Accepted. Checks with proper ID
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CLEBURNE – Nov 5
Time:
10-5
Location:  Cleburne Public Library
               302 W. Henderson
               817-645-0934
Books:  
90% donated; 85%hardcover; sorted;  $2/plastic grocery bag; credit cards accepted
Fall Fest: chili cook-off; bake sale, face painting; Wild West/war pony photos to support local horse rescue, etc.
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WICHITA FALLS – Nov 5; DEC 3; JAN 7; FEB 4; MAR 3
Time:
Mon: Noon-6pm;  Thu: 10am-2pm;  Sat: Noon-5pm
Location:  Wichita Falls Public Library
                600 11th St
                940-7670868 x248
Books:  
3,000 books; 100% donated; 85% hardcover; .50-$2
Half-price sale on most books 1st Saturday of each month
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DENTON – Nov 12
Time:
10am-4pm
Admission:  $1
Location:  North Branch Library
                3020 N. Locust St
Books:  
paperback .50; hardcovers $1
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DALLAS – Nov 30-Dec 3

Time:
Wed: Noon-7:45pm;  Thu-Sat: 10am-5:45pm

Location:  Skillman Southwestern Library
                5707 Skillman St
                214-670-6078       
Books:  
1,500+ books; 100% donated; 60% hardcover; sorted; .50-$3;
Saturday: half price, last hour bag sale
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DALLAS– Dec 3
Time:
8:30am-4pm

Location:  University Park Public Library
                6517 Hillcrest (inside Chase Bank bldg)      
                214-363-9095
Books:  
5,000 books; 90% donated; 50% hardcover; sorted;
.50-$2
No checks over $100 accepted. ATM on premises.

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29.  CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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30.  HOME EDUCATORS RESOURCE

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

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

Website:  http://homeeducatorsresource.com/    

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


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31.
 CAMPS AT CAMP TONKAWA

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

NOVEMBER 12 -- Fall Festival
Time:  11am -
Details:  Opening ceremony begins at 11am for Tipi building.  Join us for lunch and an authentic Indian dinner.   The festival ends with a closing fire ceremomy and Thanksgiving address. Archery, horseback riding, hay ride, nature hikes, face painting, crafts, drum circle, bonfire (land permitting), and dancing!
Cost:  $5 in advance;   $8 at the gate
For More Information:  940-440-8382
To Register by Mail:  Click here to download form


October 2011
    15th - Horsemanship Day Camp
    15th to 17th - Primitive Survival Skills Combo Class 1 and 2
    19th - Nature Awareness Day Camp
    22nd to 23rd - Basic Camping Skills Camp

November 2011
    5th to 6th - Native American Indian Camp
    12th - Horsemanship Day Camp
    16th - Nature Awareness Day Camp
    19th to 20th - Native American Indian Camp

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


Nature Awareness Day Camps
Schedule a day each month for a fun learning session with us! 
Class Topics (other dates can be arranged for a group):
What to Bring:  Lunches, water, nature journals (notebook or sketch book) and pencils.
Who: Children of all ages (younger children must have a parent or guardian in attendance)
Cost:  $15/Pre-Registered by Mail, $18/Walk-ins, $10/4 year olds, FREE/Under 4 and parents with at least one paying child.  Sign up for 4 camps this fall for only $50 (a $10 savings)
Details:
Learn about what is in your own backyard in the North Texas area.  Each month we focus on what is happening in nature right outside your window.

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

November 5-6; November 19-20

Time: 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
What to Bring:  
Lunches, water, nature journals (notebook or sketch book) and pencils.
Who: Children of all ages (younger children must have a parent or guardian in attendance)
Cost:  $15/Pre-Registered by Mail, $18/Walk-ins, $10/4 year olds, FREE/Under 4 and parents with at least one paying child.  Sign up for 4 camps this fall for only $50 (a $10 savings)
Details:
Topics will include hunting methods and fishing techniques, transportation, native drumming and other instruments, dance steps, and story telling . . . plus much more!


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


2 and 3-Day Primitive Survival Camp Classes
September 17-18 -- Class 2
October 15-17 -- Combo Class 1&2
Come on out to Camp Tonkawa to learn the Tom Brown method of surviving with minimal resources.  Prepare yourself for any life situation and build your self esteem by knowing that you can take care of yourself and your loved ones.  This is set up as teaching workshops and is NOT an actual survival situations. 


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

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

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

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

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


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

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



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


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

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32.  DALLAS ARBORETUM EVENTS

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

Hours:  Open Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Admission:
 
$12 for adults
$10 for seniors (65+)
$8 for children (ages 3-12)
Free for children under 3 years
Senior Citizen Thursday Discount:  Seniors get in for just $5 with photo ID and can receive 20% discount at gift shop.
   
Onsite parking:                                                                
$7 per vehicle                                                     
Offsite parking is available at selected locations during peak visitation. Shuttle busses transport guests directly to the Arboretum ticket booth.

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

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

http://www.dallasarboretum.org    


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33.  FORT WORTH NATURE CENTER AND REFUGE PROGRAMS

Location:  9601 Fossil Ridge Road
        Fort Worth, TX 76135

Admission: $5 ages 13+, $2 ages 3-12, under 3 free
For More Information:    817-237-1111  

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

SEPTEMBER 2 -- Early Birds
8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

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

SEPTEMBER 3 --
Aromatherapy, the Power of Plants
2 - 2:45 p.m.
Did you know that some plants produce essential oils that can enhance your health and
well being? Come and join us for a talk about Aromatherapy and the many uses of essential oils. Class is geared towards adults, but children over 5 years are welcome.
Pre-registration required.
Cost:  FREE (with paid admission).

SEPTEMBER 4 -- The Life of Bud
1 - 2 p.m.
Join local author Laura Eckroat as she escorts children on a journey to find BUD!  Laura will read her book, The Life of Bud and take children on a short nature walk around the Nature Center to see what is happening to the leaves now that fall is approaching. She will lead children on a make and take craft project that chronicles BUD's life through the seasons.  Program geared for children 4 - 10 years old and their parents.
Pre-registration required.
Cost:
FREE (with paid admission).

SEPTEMBER 10 -- Scoping the Boardwalk
1-3pm

When visiting the Boardwalk, you are welcomed with a wide panoramic view of lush plants and activeanimals. Unfortunately, some of these animals do not like to be close to us. Join us as we remedy this obstacle as we telescope the area and get a great up close view of the wildlife. This is a come and go event and all are welcome to drop in for a look.
Cost: FREE (with paid admission). 

SEPTEMBER 11 -- Nature KIDS
1 p.m.-2 p.m.

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


SEPTEMBER 18 -- Canoe Fest
Noon-4 p.m.

Enjoy a bit of canoeing/kayaking on your own on the quiet waters around Greer Island. Canoes/kayaks, paddles and lifejackets provided. Children must be 5 years or older and accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parents must sign a liability waiver for minor children. No Registration Required. First come, first served.
Cost:  
Meet at Greer Island. $5 (with paid admission)

SEPTEMBER 29 - Evening Stroll with a Naturalist
7:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

Come and enjoy an evening stroll on the Nature Center’s trails as we explore nature before nightfall. Evening provides a unique opportunity to view animals that make the Nature Center home. Bring water and wear weather appropriate clothing.
Preregistration required.
Cost: $10 (includes admission fee)

SEPTEMBER 23 - Preschool Discovery Club
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

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

SEPTEMBER 24 - Tree ID
1-3pm

We are getting close to our trees losing all of their leaves and making it more difficult to identify these green machines.  Join us for a short hike as we learn about the local trees around the Refuge and receive help identifying them.
Pre-registration required.
Cost: FREE (with paid admission)


SEPTEMBER 25  - Grass ID
1-3pm
Grasses provide food and shelter for many animals and are the dominant species in the prairie ecosystem, but their identification can be challenging. Learn the basics of grass identification and take a short hike to see some of our native grass species.
Cost: FREE (with paid admission).


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

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

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

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

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34.  FORT WORTH BOTANIC GARDENS PROGRAMS

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


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



For more information: call 817-871-7686


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35.  FOSSIL RIM HOME SCHOOL CLASSES AND EVENTS

OCTOBER 17 -- Home School Hike & Tour
Time:  
10am - 2:30pm-ish
    Morning Hike: 10am-Noon
    Break for Lunch:  12:00-1:00
    Guided Bus Tour:  1pm-2:30ish
Cost:  $18/person;  ages 2 and under free
Bring a picnic lunch.
To Register:  Call 254-898-4215
Details:  In the morning, we'll take a hike with a naturalist and learn about some of our native flora and fauna.  This class is multi-level; all ages will benefit.  Please remember to wear appropriate foot gear!  

OCTOBER 17 -- Home School Fossil Dig & Tour
Time:  
10am - 2:30pm
    Break for Lunch:  12:00-1:00
Cost:  $20.95/Adults;  $13.95/Ages 3-11;  $16.95/Seniors 62+;  ages 2 and under free
Bring a picnic lunch.
To Register:  Call 254-897-2960
Details:  In the morning, we'll take a bus down to our Fossil Pit and dig for marine fossils! Share a picnic lunch at the Overlook, then take a guided tour of Fossil Rim’s current, non-marine residents!!

OCTOBER 25 -- Home School Wolf Conservation Class & Tour Event
Time:  
10am - 2:30pm
    Break for Lunch:  12:00-1:00
Cost:  $13.75/Adults;  $7.25/Ages 3-11;  $10.75/Seniors 62+;  Ages 2 and under free
Bring a picnic lunch.
To Register:  Call 254-897-2960
Details:  Learn about Fossil Rim's wolves, about wolf conservation efforts, and what you can do to make a difference! Break for a picnic lunch, then take a guided Behind the Scenes Tour of our facility, including the Intensive Management Area, where our wolves are kept, away from the public. (Ages 7 and up only)

DECEMBER 13 -- Christmas for the Critters (Go Ahead, Make My Day) Class & Tour
Time:  
10am - 2:30pm-ish
    Morning Hike: 10am-Noon
    Break for Lunch:  12:00-1:00
    Guided Bus Tour:  1pm-2:30ish
Cost:  $16.95/Adults;  $10.95/Ages 3-11;  $11.95/Seniors 62+;  Ages 2 and under under free
Bring a picnic lunch.
To Register:  Call 254-897-2960
Details:  Investigate the process of enrichment for animals in captivity. A look at how Fossil Rim keeps its animals happy and entertained. Participants will make enrichment items for various animals during our morning class, then share a picnic lunch, followed by a guided tour of Fossil Rim.



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

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

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

Monday–Fridays at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m.
Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Mondays at 4 p.m.


Christian Horsemanship
Ages 4-18

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

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

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

Location:  
4150 Keller-Haslet Road
                Keller, TX  76248

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



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


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37.  THE HEARD MUSEUM–HOMESCHOOL CLASSES
 
These Homeschool Classes will introduce your student to the Natural Sciences. Students will experience learning through classroom activities, outdoor field investigations, laboratory science, small group activities and take-home study packets.  Each course curriculum is developed by the Heard Museum's education staff who strive to recognize and meet the needs of home school families.

All curricula are based on current scientific theory.


Please note that you will need to submit a medical record form including immunization history to be able to participate in their programs.

5 year olds
Which Ology is Which?
“Ology” refers to the study of a topic, and in this class young scientists are introduced to the study of a variety of scientific fields. Ornithology (birds), herpetology (reptiles and amphibians), entomology (insects) and mammology (mammals) are just a few of the “ologies” that are explored in class, on the sanctuary, and with our live animals and specimens.
 
6-7 year olds
Discover Your World: The Earth
Explore the amazing world of plants, and how important they are to our existence here on earth.  Study what plants were around during the time of dinosaurs, as well as adaptation, parts of a plant, plant life cycles, and reproduction.
 
8-9 year olds
Explorers: Amazing Adaptations
Explore how animals and plants need each other while studying food chains, food webs, and life cycles.  Different ecosystems will be explored on the sanctuary grounds where students will practice their observation skills.

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


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

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


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


Complete application includes:
• Registration form
• Medical Record Form
• Payment according to selected payment plan
Only complete application packets will be processed.  Medical record forms already on file at the museum may be used.  One registration form per participant.  Complete applications processed on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are paying by check and fax your reservation it won't be complete until the check is received.


For more information:
Click Here to send an email
                                  972-562-5566 x237
                                                       
Location:  One Nature Place
                McKinney, TX  75069
               
www.heardmuseum.org


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

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

Self-Guided Grounds Tours

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

Group Tours

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

FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH -- Scout Tours

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

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

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

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

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

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39.  RIDE WITH PRIDE

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

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

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


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40.  SHARKAROSA WILDLIFE RANCH

Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch sits on 126 breathtaking acres near Lake Ray Roberts in Denton County, Texas.  Our mission is to provide the North Texas community with the opportunity to experience rare and endangered exotic wildlife in a unique and personal setting. What better way to learn about conservation than by seeing it up close and hands on?

Open to the Public Days are every Saturday March through November. All other events require an advanced reservation.   We offer educational park offers field trips, private tours, open to the public Saturdays and rental for events large and small!  Group camping, bucket train rides & dining area help make Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch your next wild adventure!

Special Event for Homeschoolers
WILD Homeschool Day -- TBA

Time:  9 a.m.–4 p.m.

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

Admission:  $10/ages 13+; $8/ages 3-12 and Seniors 65+; children 2 and under are free
INCLUDES:–Meet & Greet with our Education Animals (kangaroos, monkeys, lemurs & more) *Animals available for meet and greet vary with the season and off-site events schedule*
–Safari Wagon ride through exotic pastures to see camels, zebra, buffalo & more
–Kids Bucket Train rides thru 22 acres of “wild” trails!
–Use of pavilion for lunch (you may purchase lunch at our concession stand or bring your own)

Directions:
Click Here
Please do not use MapQuest it WILL get you lost!

Please visit the Field Trip page under the "Visitors Guide" section of our web site for details on booking a field trip for your home school group.

For More Information:  Click Here
940-686-4600 (main)
940-686-3715 (fax)


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41.  TEXAS DISCOVERY GARDENS

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

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

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

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

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


SCOUTING PROGRAMS:

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

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42.  TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT ACTIVITIES

ATHENS, TX

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

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

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

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

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


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CEDAR HILL, TX

No events scheduled at Cedar Hill State Park


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DENTON, TX

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


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DENISON, TX

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

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


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GLEN ROSE, TX

OCTOBER 15 -- 2nd Annual Fossil Day Celebration
Location
: Dinosaur Valley State Park
Time: 1pm-3pm
Details: The celebration will be filled with fun activities that will include: “Dino Dig”, “Dino Excavation”, and “Fossil ID’ booths. Visit Dinosaur Valley SP Face book page for more information. Held at Dinosaur Valley State Park, Off FM 205, Glen Rose, Texas 76036l. Accessible for the mobility, visually and hearing impaired. State park fees apply.

Reservation:  254-897-4588


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JACKSBORO, TX

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

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

Reservation:  940-567-3506

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

Reservation:  254-897-4588

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

Reservation:  254-897-4588


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MINERAL WELLS, TX

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

SEPTEMBER 24 -- Spider Walk
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Time: 8pm-10pm
Details:  Join Park Interpreter, David Owens, at the Amphitheater to learn the importance of spiders in the wild. We’ll show slides and talk about the different types of spiders, then focus on the Wolf Spiders. Afterward, we’ll take a walk down the Trailway with flashlights watching for the eye shine reflection of the park’s Wolf Spiders.
Call: 940-327-8950

OCTOBER 1 -- Kids' Wilderness Survival
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Time: 8:30am-11am
Details:  This two and half-hour course is a fun way for kids to learn what to do if they become lost. The course includes interactive games, demonstrations and a hike on the nature leader. Reservations are required.
Call: 940-328-1171


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

Call: 940-327-8950

OCTOBER 15 -- Night Hike
Location:
Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Time: 8pm-10pm
Details: See the state park in a different light! By Starlight! Join park interpreter, David Owens for a night hike.
Call: 940-327-8950


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TYLER, TX

SEPTEMBER 3-24 (Saturdays)-- Snakes: The Good, the Bad; and the Hungry (Rated PG)
Location
:
Tyler State Park, 789 Park Road 16, Tyler, Texas 75706.
Time: 2pm-3pm
Details: Every Saturday. This program is for snake lovers and haters. Learn why they are mysterious and misunderstood, why they are important to humans, and their behaviors and what to do at a close encounter. Also, snakes have to eat, but they don’t like vegetables! Find out what they do like. Accessible for the mobility impaired.

Reservation:  903-597-5338

SEPTEMBER 10 -- Wilderness Backpacking
Location
:
Tyler State Park, 789 Park Road 16, Tyler, Texas 75706.
Time: 10am-11am
Details: Learn what to put in a wilderness backpack and how to use it as an emergency pack. Accessible for the mobility impaired.

Reservation:  903-597-5338

SEPTEMBER 10 -- Knotty-Time for Kids!
Location
Tyler State Park, 789 Park Road 16, Tyler, Texas 75706.
Time: 11am-Noon
Details: Celebrate past cultures and enhance outdoor living skills by learning a few basic camp knots. Discover where and why your favorite knot came to be. Accessible for the mobility imparied.

Reservation:  903-597-5338

SEPTEMBER 17 -- Let's Go Birding!
Location
:
Tyler State Park, 789 Park Road 16, Tyler, Texas 75706.
Time: 8am-10am
Details: We’ll go hiking throughout the park and observe birds so you can add them to your list. Bring binoculars, a field guide and comfortable shoes. Check with the Park Headquarters for the location of the hike. Accessible for the mobility imparied.  No pets please. 

Reservation:  903-597-5338


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WILLS POINT, TX

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

Call: 903-560-7123

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

Call: 903-560-7123


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Free TPWD Coloring and Activity Books to Download: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/learning/color/

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43.  THEATER PERFORMANCES AT CASA MANANA CHILDREN’S PLAYHOUSE

For over 40 years, Casa Mañana's Children's Playhouse has introduced children of all ages to the magic of live theatre.  This tradition continues as Casa Mañana's Children's Playhouse proudly presents its 2011-2012 Season:

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

To Order Online Tickets: Click Here

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

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44.  PERFORMANCES AT CATS THEATER IN ARLINGTON


2011-2012 Series
OCTOBER 7-23 -- The Miracle Worker
Playwright William Gibson's gripping story of Anne Sullivan's struggle to teach the blind and deaf Helen Keller how to communicate will be brought to life on the CATS stage for the first time. This play is a journey from darkness to light on many levels, and not just for Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan, but also for the cast and audience.

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

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

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

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


Tickets:
  * Regular admission $8-$10
  * Group rate for a group of 10 and more $6.
  * Lap passes for children 0 to 3 years old are $4.
  * School Matinees group rate $5. See link below for group rates
  * 2011 Fundraiser Show $15 for adults & $10 for children/students

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

Location:  1100 West Randol Mill Road
                Arlington, TX  76012


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45.  COTTAGE THEATER – CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION

Center for Home Education’s Cottage Theater Presents:
OCTOBER 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 -- A Christmas Carol
Time:  
7:30pm
Tickets:  $8/students;  $10/adults;  No charge for lap children.  
No strollers or baby carriers, please.
To Purchase Tickets:  817-281-2293
About the Performance:  Charles Dickens’ famous tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation from embittered skinflint to generous benefactor has been dramatized by John Mortimer with typical flair and wit in this definitive adaptation, premiered by the Royal Shakespeare Company.  A panoramic view of Victorian London is created with all the much-loved characters – miserly Scrooge, the loving Cratchits, faithful nephew Fred – in place.
For More Information: Click Here

Discount:  Center for Home Education is offering HEART of Texas members a 10% discount off all new and used curriculum and tickets to our student theatre performances, with a valid Heart of Texas family membership card.   
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here


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46.  PERFORMANCES AT ARTISAN THEATER IN HURST

Artisan Center Theater holds quality, "in the round" performances that are family-friendly, entertaining, and affordable!  The theater's full-length stage productions include musicals, comedies, and family dramas which are entertaining, as well as family-friendly. Past performances have included such classics as Godspell, Cheaper By the Dozen, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and The Sound of Music.

Artie's Playhouse, their Interactive Children's Theater, offers original, fun-for-all-ages productions featuring familiar characters and themes, but with fresh twists that keep it entertaining and exciting for parents as well as children. Each story has its own character focus, which is reinforced throughout the play.
 The "Artie's Playhouse" productions are about 30-45 minutes long, and include lots of audience participation to hold the interest of even the youngest child in the family.

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

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

OCTOBER 8 - NOVEMBER 12 -- Mulan
Travel back to the legendary, story-telling days of ancient China with this action-packed stage adaptation of Disney’s Mulan. The Huns have invaded, and it is up to the misfit Mulan and her mischievous sidekick Mushu to save the Emperor!

NOVEMBER 19-DECEMBER 23 -- Rudulph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Rudolph’s shiny, red nose makes the other reindeer laugh at him and exclude him from their games. When a blizzard threatens to stop Santa from delivering Christmas toys, Rudolph learns that differences can be blessings!


Artisan Main Stage Productions:

OCTOBER 7-NOVEMBER 12 -- Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Meet Jacob, a busy father of 12 sons. Meet Joseph, one of Jacob’s younger sons who is always dreaming. When Joseph is given the coveted multi-colored coat, jealousy abounds, setting the stage for a very lively musical story.

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


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

Tickets:
Mon, Tues, Thurs: $12/Adults; $12/Students & Seniors (60+); $7/Ages 12 and under
            Fri & Sat: $16.00/Adults; $14/Students & Seniors (60+); $9/Ages 12 and under.

Artisan Theater can come to you!!!
For more information about how to schedule a performance at your location, contact the theater at 817-284-1200. They can perform for events, birthday parties, church functions, and more!!! Bring their family-friendly, entertaining shows to your front door!! Very reasonable prices!!


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47.  PERFORMANCES AT BASS PERFORMANCE HALL

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

For More Information on the performance: Click Here

Location:  Bass Performance Hall
               Fort Worth, TX


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48.  BREITLING YOUTH THEATER

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

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


Discount:  Breitling Youth Theater is offering $10 off their annual family registration fee of $20 to HEART of Texas members with a valid family ID card. 
To Learn More About This Partner:  Click Here
To Learn About HEART of Texas Family Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership


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49.  DALLAS CHILDREN’S THEATER PERFORMANCES

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

SEPTEMBER 22 - OCTOBER 29 -- Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day!
Grades:  
K-5th
Baker Theater

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Box Office Hours
9am to 5 p.m., Monday–Friday
Ticket Sales are subject to availability.
Reservations are recommended and require prepayment with either
Cash, Check, Mastercard,Visa, or Amex.
Coupons and discount offers must be arranged in advance with the box office and may be suspended at any time.

Student Matinees: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Time: 10 a.m.
Cost:  $7.50/person for groups of 10 or more $7.50 per person (1 FREE chaperone per 20 student tickets)
Deposit required with reservation
Balance due SIX WEEKS before performance.
All plays, locations, dates and times are subject to change.
To Make Reservation:  Call 214-219-2049 or click here to email

Locations:  (refer to individual production to determine location)
               
 Rosewood Center for Family Arts
                 5938 Skillman Street
               
                 El Centro College Theater
                 801 N. Main St.
               


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50.  DALLAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES

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

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

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

Only reservations confirmed in advance can be seated.  No walk-ins.

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


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51.  FORT WORTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA YOUNG PERSON'S CONCERTS

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

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


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

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

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

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52.  PLANO CHILDREN’S THEATER PERFORMANCES

Show listing unavailable at time of newsletter publication

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

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

Website:  www.planochildrenstheatre.com


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

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53.  TEXAS BALLET THEATER PERFORMANCES

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

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


2011 - 2012 SEASON:
OCTOBER 22 & 23 at 2p.m. -- Giselle (Bass Performance Hall)
HEART of Texas Home School Day: OCTOBER 22 at 2pm (Bass Performance Hall)


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

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


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

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


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

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

For Order Form:  
Click Here



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54.  HOME SCHOOL DISCOUNT TICKETS TO DALLAS THEATER PERFORMANCES

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

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

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

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


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55.  AMON CARTER EXHIBITS

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

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


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


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


Guided Tours for Students:  
Click Here

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

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


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


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56.  DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART EXHIBITS  

FREE First Tuesdays of each month
Time: 1-2pm
Cost:  
General admission to the Museum is free on the first Tuesday of every month.
Location:  
Center for Creative Connections (C3)
Ages:  Programming is designed for children ages five and under, but all are welcome.
Details: Enjoy thematic art-making activities, story times, performances, and gallery activities.
Themes:  SEPTEMBER 6: Theme:  Dog Days
                 OCTOBER 4:  Theme:  Happily Ever After
                 NOVEMBER 1:  
My Neighborhood
              DECEMBER 6:  Winter Wonderland

Exhibits:
THROUGH SEPTEMBER 4 -- Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection
THROUGH DECEMBER 11 -- Afterlife: The Story of Henri Matisse's "Ivy in Flower"
THROUGH JANUARY 1, 2012 -- African Headwear: Beyond Fashion
THROUGH JANUARY 29 -- Form/Unformed: Design from 1960 to Present
THROUGH FALL 2012 -- Encountering Space in the Center for Creative Connections

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

Late Night for Kids
Time: Third Friday of each month from 6 p.m.-Midnight
Cost:  General admission is $10 or less.  Late Night programs are included in general admission to the Museum unless otherwise noted. Some exhibitions require an additional ticket. Details:  One Friday a month, the Museum is open until midnight with activities, tours, readings, film screenings, concerts, performances, family programs, and more!   
SEPTEMBER 16:
 Encountering Space
OCTOBER 21:
 Family activities chosen by Mark Bradford or influenced by his work.
NOVEMEBER 18: Urban themes in Jean Paul Gaultier's work with "sidewalk" performers, films, tours, DJs, and more.

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.
Be inspired by artwork in Silence and Time, and then use your time to create your own stop-motion animation in the Art Studio!

Sketching in the Gallery for Kids

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

Families are invited to sketch from original works of art. All supplies are provided.

SEPTEMBER 17 -- Center for Creative Connections, Level 1

Collections Connection:
SUNDAYS
1:30–3:30 p.m., Level 3
Take an in-depth look at a different work of art each month. A trained volunteer will be in the galleries with engaging materials for all ages

SEPTEMBER 4-25: Lady Bolon K'an, Level 4

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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57.  KIMBELL ART MUSEUM EXHIBITS

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

FREE Admission to view the museum's Permanent Collection
        Caravaggio and His Followers in Rome -- October 16 - January 8, 2012
        Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Clark -- Opens March 11, 2012
        Children's Worshops:  September 10 -- Shapes in Art
        Family Festival:  On Stage with Caravaggio -- October 29


Exhibits:
OPENS OCTOBER 16 -- Caravaggio and His Followers in Rome
OPENS MARCH 11, 2012 --
Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Clark

FREE Family Festival
OCTOBER 29 -- On Stage with Caravaggio
Time:  
1 p.m.–4 p.m.
Cost:  Free; No reservation required
Details: Step up to share the spotlight with the famous Italian painter Caravaggio! Celebration highlights will include art-making activities inspired by Baroque paintings, historic-dress stations, scheduled family tours, and an instrument petting zoo and musical performances by Texas Camerata.

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

Pictures & Pages (ages 4-6)
OCTOBER 4 -- Little Night by Yuyi Morales
NOVEMBER 1 -- M is for Masterpiece: An Art Alphabet, by David Domeniconi
Time:  10:30 a.m.–11:15 a.m.
Cost:  $10/child;  No charge for parents
Museum learning begins early with this special program for preschoolers and their adult partners. Popular children’s books inspire group conversations and simple art activities.
Advance registration is required.  
Space is limited. Maximum two children per adult.
To Register:  817-332-8451, ext. 249


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

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

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

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

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


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58.  MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE IN DALLAS

Exhibits:
OPENS SEPTEMBER 24 - JANUARY 8, 2012 -- Bob the Builder™ - Project: Build It

Home School Classes:
TBA



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

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

Online Exhibits:

Journey to Alaska

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

Permanent Exhibits:

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

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

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

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


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59.  FORT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY

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

Admission:

$14 for adults
$10 for children (3-12) and seniors (60+)
Admission to ExploraZone and all National Cowgirl Museum exhibits is one price and free for all Museum members
For Ticket Information: 817-255-9540

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

Special Exhibits:
OPENING SEPTEMBER 24 - NOVEMBER 7 -- Alexandre Hogue: An American Visionary-Paintings and Works on Paper
Of all the artists who came to maturity during the 1930s and 40s, Hogue is the preeminent figure who consistently captured the look and feel, as well as the psychological character of the land. His prolific career spanned 75 years, ending only a few weeks before his death at age 96; still, an entire generation of artists, curators and museum audiences is largely unfamiliar with his works.   The exhibit will feature the retrospective of the art of Alexandre Hogue (1898-1994), whose 157 oil paintings, drawings, and field sketches ― primarily Southwest landscapes ― represent a vital link in Texas history.
To Learn More About This Exhibit:
 Click Here

OPENING OCTOBER 15 - JANUARY 22, 2012 -- Discover the Real George Washington: New Views from Mount Vernon
This exhibition is presented in 11 sections, ranging from Washington's youth to his final days.
Approximately 100 original objects associated with George Washington – including the only surviving complete set of his famous dentures – will be on display.
To Learn More About this Exhibit:  Click here


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60. NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER

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

Exhibits
SEPTEMBER 10 - JANUARY 8, 2012 -- Tony Cragg:  Seeing Things
Featuring approximately 30 large- and moderately-scaled sculptures dating from 1993 to the present, the exhibition provides a rare opportunity to see and better understand the artist's work since his last U.S. museum exhibition in the United States in 1990-92.
Cragg is lauded for his innovative and varied forms, which draw upon the artist's broad intellectual interests in science and literature, as well as an intuitive and emotional response to form and material. The exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center will survey the artist’s great scope and variety of the artist’s work. In addition, the exhibition will include a selection of drawings, integral to the artist's method and rarely seen in this country.

OCTOBER 22 - JANUARY 15, 2012 -- Sightings:  Diana Al-Hadid
The work of Al-Hadid is, in many ways, about architecture.  Her sculptures often recall built structures—cathedrals, pipe organs, towers, labyrinths, cities—yet are made of simple, often delicate or fragile materials, such as polymer gypsum, plaster, fiberglass, wood, polystyrene, cardboard, wax, and paint, commonly found in art and industrial supply shops. The sculptures have the appearance of unfinished buildings or archeological remains, and it is often difficult to discern if they are in the process of construction or collapse.  Ranging in scale from the human to the architectural, her work references a diverse set of interests, including Arab and Greek mythology, Gothic and Middle Eastern architecture, cosmology and physics.


First Saturdays (FREE Admission)
NOVEMBER 5 -- Scale
DECEMBER 3 -- Unity
JANUARY 7 -- Discussion
FEBRUARY 4 -- Individuality
10 a.m.–noon–Children’s Art Activity
Express yourself by creating unique artworks connected to the month’s Big Idea.
10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.–Art in Action Sculpture Demo  
See how sculpture is made and feel the materials artists use at our live artist demos. 
10 a.m.–2 p.m.–Art Scavenger Hunt
Exercise your detective skills to search the Nasher for art related to the month’s Big Idea. Complete the hunt for a special prize!   
10:15 a.m.; 11:15 a.m.; 12:15 p.m.–Family Tours
Discover and discuss each month’s Big Idea on an interactive tour for the whole family.  
11 a.m.–2 p.m.–NasherKids Meal Available at Nasher Cafe (for additional charge)
11:30 a.m.–Yoga
12:30 p.m.–Storytime with the Dallas Public Library
Share in the joy of reading with storytellers from the Dallas Public Library.
1 p.m.–NasherKids Live!
Join in the fun with an exciting, live performance for families and young children.

http://www.nashersculpturecenter.org


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

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

NOW SHOWING -- Sea Rex: Journey to the Prehistoric World
Meet the larger-than-life creatures who swam the oceans millions of years before dinosaurs roamed the planet - the Sea Rexes - and be glad you can see them but they can't see you!
Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World Educator's Guide:  
Click Here

NOW SHOWING -- 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).
Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs Educator's Guide: Click Here

COMING NOVEMBER 3 -- Sharks
Sharks is a breathtaking film experience that offers audiences an astonishing up-close encounter with these lions and tigers of the ocean. Come face-to-face with a multitude of shark species, including the great white, hammerhead, and whale shark. Witness them as they really are: not wicked, man-eating creatures, but wild, fascinating, and endangered animals. Join an expert team of ocean explorers on this unique around-the-globe expedition documenting the life of the ultimate predator.
To View Trailer:  
Click Here


For Showtimes: Click Here

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

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

Now Playing:
THROUGH SEPTEMBER 20 -- Animalopolis
Tickets: 
$7/adults; $6/children 2-12 and Seniors 60+
Details:
Journey into the magical world of animals. A bit fanciful, a bit "Seussian" perhaps, a place of good natured humor, beauty and just plain fun for kids and their parents.
Explore a variety of interesting animals, including cheetahs that race like a Ferrari, bears that run their own fishing school, an operatic lion, scary crabs that hold a town hostage and even attempt to cuddle with children, and much more. Whether going nose to nose with hippos as they graze upon nature's massive salad bar, or eye to eye with dancing bears, sea lions turning somersaults, an otter that prays, we are reminded that humor and wonder are everywhere.  
For More Information About Animalopolis:  Click Here

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

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

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

OPENING NOVEMBER 18 - JANUARY 2 -- The Polar Express
Tickets:
 $9/adults; $8/children 2-12 and Seniors 60+
Details:  The holiday-themed film, based on the classic Caldecott medal-winning children's book written by Chris Van Allsburg, is directed by Oscar® winner Robert Zemeckis and stars two-time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks. Using state-of-the-art CGI and performance capture technology to create a unique blend of realism and fantasy, it tells of a doubting young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole and embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.
Saturday Polar Pajama Parties Info:  Click Here


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63.  PROGRAMS AT LOG CABIN VILLAGE

OCTOBER 15 -- Frontier Fall Fest
Time:
 1pm-4pm
Cost:  Regular 
Village admission plus $3 craft fee for corn husk doll and $5 craft fee for copper bracelet.
Details:  Grab your pumpkins and shock your corn...it’s time for a good old-fashioned Frontier Fall Fest! You’ll be able to grind grain by hand, shell corn, thresh wheat, “bob” for apples, press tortillas and more. We’ll also have help celebrating the harvest with friends from the Greater Fort Worth Herb Society, Silversmyth Julie Hiltbrunner, Wyatt Earp dealing the card game Faro, Cooper Dan “Five Buckets” Tatum, and Buttermilk Junction Old Time String Band, just to name a few! Bring your own carved or painted pumpkin to enter our “best design” contest (judging at 3 p.m.)

NOVEMBER 12, 13, 19, 20 -- Candle-Dipping
Time:
 1pm-4pm
Cost:  
Regular Village admission plus a $3 fee to dip candles.
Details:  It’s candle-making time! Come dip your own candles to take home.
No reservations required.

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


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

For More Information:  Click Here

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64.  DALLAS HERITAGE VILLAGE

OCTOBER 14 -- Lone Star History Day
Time:
 10am-4pm
Cost:  $5/children ages 4-12;  1st Adult FREE;  &7/Additional Adults
Details:  Dallas Heritage Village's annual homeschool day is coming up! Friends from the Dallas Zoo, Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas Arboretum and Texas Discovery Gardens will be here as we explore all the science that's in history.
To Purchase Tickets Online:  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.


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


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65.  OLD RED MUSEUM OF DALLAS COUNTY HISTORY AND CULTURE


NOVEMBER 9 -- "Celebrate Good Times" Home School Workshop 

Time:  Registration: 9:15 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
          Program Begins: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost:  $6/children;  $3 Adults
Includes program, all day admission to the museum galleries and program supplies.
Please note that we have changed to a cash only admission the day of the program.
Location:  Old Red Museum
                100 South Houston Street
                Dallas, TX  75202
                214-757-1949
To RSVP: 
 Click here to email the sales dept with the following info:
Names of attending adults, email address, phone, number of adults, number of children, ages of children.  If you are a group leader, please list your group name with each family unit listed separately, as this makes preparation and registration run more smoothly.
Parking:  Museum guests may purchase an
underground parking vouchers for $2.
Details: Everyone enjoys a celebration!  What brings families and communities together?  How are traditions enjoyed? Come and join us at Old Red as we discover some of the rich traditional celebrations that help create the great city of Dallas. Students will enjoy music, making sand art, designing special placemats, creating cards and other items to be taken home and shared with family and friends.

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


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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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68.  BERNE ACADEMY'S BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL

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

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

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69.  HOMESCHOOL SWIM-- The Colony Aquatic Park

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

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

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


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

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

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

For More Information: 972-624-2225 or Click Here to email
http://www.TCpard.com


And for those of you who are concerned about the Cryptosporidium Outbreak in the DFW area, please paste this link to read what we have done to prevent the problem:
www.ci.the-colony.tx.us/Depts/PARD/Aquatics/CryptosporidiumUpdate.html
 

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70.  HOME SCHOOL SWIM AND SWIM TEAM AT DON RODENBAUGH NATATORIUM
IN ALLEN

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

Time:  1 p.m. – 3 p.m. during the school year
Who:  Home school students and their families.
Cost:  $2/Students;  $2.50/adults
For More Information:  Call 214-509-4770 or visit http://www.allenparks.org/


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


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71.  CHRISTIAN MARTIAL ARTS

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

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


Cost: $25/month per person

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



For More Information: Click Here


Discount:  Christian Martial Arts, an outreach of First Baptist Church of Euless, is offering a free month of classes to HEART of Texas newsletter readers who wish to try out their program.

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72.  DALLAS THUNDER HOME SCHOOL BASKETBALL

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

Dallas Thunder is a home school competitive basketball organization.  For our 2010-11 season, we plan to have boys and girls teams ranging in ages from 12 and under through 18 and under. 


Dallas Thunder offers:
Christ-centered, competitive Basketball for Home schooled boys and girls
Experienced, Professional Coaches.
The opportunity to play top public and private schools in the area
Participation in the National Christian Homeschool Basketball Tournament.

Website: http://www.dallasthunder.org 


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73.  ELITE TRACK CLUB/CROSS COUNTRY PROGRAM


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


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74.  HOME SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

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

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

For More Information:  Click Here


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75.  HULCY HOME SCHOOL PE CLASSES IN RICHARDSON

Register Today for Spring 2011!

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

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

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

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


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76.  HOME SCHOOL PE PROGRAMS AT VELOCITY  IN SOUTHLAKE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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77.  HOME SCHOOL FENCING CLASSES AT FENCING INSTITUTE OF TEXAS

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

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

Instructor:  Coach Rhonda Trietsch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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78.  PARKER-TARRANT HOME SCHOOL 

Parker-Tarrant Home School  exists to promote and accomplish  education for the Texas Home School student in a Christian environment. With a focus primarily in the Parker County and West Tarrant County areas of North Texas, the organization’s objective is to provide a competitive environment for middle school and high school  competition that is not normally provided by traditional home school organizations or support groups. PTHSS desires to accomplish this goal in a way that both works alongside the parents and honors Jesus Christ.

Currently the PTHSS organization offers boys' Varsity and Junior Varsity Baseball, boys' Basketball from middle school through high school, girls' high school basketball and girls' Varsity and Junior Varsity Volleyball. Six-Man boys' football is being added this fall! Other  programs and age divisions may be offered in the future.

Many of the PT Warriors athletic activities occur at Birchman Baptist Church in West Fort Worth.


For More Information:  click Here to email Corey Linscombe or
www.pthss.org/

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79.  POP-IN PLAYTIME AT PUMP-IT-UP OF GRAPEVINE

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

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

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

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

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

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


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80.  THESA RIDERS HOME SCHOOL  ASSOCIATION

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

THESA offers the following:
Baseball -- 
Boys Basketball -- Girls Basketball -- Girls Cheer -- Boys Football -- Boys and Girls Golf -- Girls Softball -- Girls Volleyball

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


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81.  TRAINING FOR CONFIDENCE MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOL IN COLLEYVILLE

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

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

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

To Learn More:  TFCKarate.com

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82.  SMOOTHING THE WAY MEETINGS -- NORTH TEXAS

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

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


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83.  DFW SPEECH & DEBATE CLUB

Special Offer on Tools for Debate Curriculum -- Good Through SEPTEMBER


Tools for Debate Curriculum

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

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84.  DENTON COUNTY CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOL ASSOCIATION

This group has no announcements this month.

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85.  FELLOWSHIP CHURCH HOMESCHOOL NETWORK

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

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86.  PEACH

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


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87.  OFFICIAL 2010-2011 COLLEGE BOARD TEST DATES

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

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

2010-2011 SAT TEST DATES:

JUNE 4 
(registration deadline May 6)

For SAT Subject Test Calendar:  Click Here


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


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88.  MASTER THE SAT CLASSES WITH JEAN BURK

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

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

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

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


Discount:  College Prep Genius is offering a $5 discount off classes and products to HEART of Texas family members.  You must have a valid membership card to qualify for the discount.
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership
                     
 
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89.  BAYLOR & AIR FORCE ROTC (AFROTC) SCHOLARSHIP

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

DEADLINE:  DECEMBER 1, 2011

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


Highlights:

• We appreciate the homeschooled student and know first-hand the talent and intellect they offer.  Our Cadet Wing Commander last Fall was homeschooled and she was outstanding!
 
• Who do we want to help?  Your students interested in leadership who are about to graduate, applying to a service academy (Baylor would be a great Plan B), excels academically, involved in Eta Sigma Alpha or other honor societies and service organizations, as well as competitors of all kinds.
 
• The application deadline for AFROTC high school scholarships is December 1, 2010. 

• AFROTC’s best scholarship (Type 1) pays full tuition and fees (~$25,000/year at Baylor).
The second best scholarship (Type 2) pays $15,000/year. 
The majority of our cadets are on these two types of scholarships.

 
• Baylor is very generous with their merit scholarships which range from $3,000–$14,000/year.  Have your student go to http://www.baylor.edu/admissions/calculator/ and input their ACT/SAT scores and class ranking into the Scholarship Calculator to see what they could be offered.  You will be amazed.
 
•  If your student receives an AFROTC high school scholarship and brings it to Baylor, they will receive the Baylor AFROTC Incentive Scholarship worth $3,000/year.  They get this just by simply bringing the AFROTC scholarship to Baylor!
 
•  Students on scholarship also receive $900/year for books and a monthly, tax-free stipend of $300-$500.  They can use this stipend however they like (cheeseburgers and coffee??).
 
•  A student with a high school scholarship can try AFROTC their freshman year, and if they decide not to continue, they can simply walk away without having to pay back their scholarship.  No kidding!
 
•  If your student does not receive a high school scholarship, there’s an even greater opportunity to receive an AFROTC scholarship once they are at Baylor.  AFROTC has a $60 million scholarship budget to award scholarships from and as of the end of the Spring semester, 86% of Baylor cadets were on scholarship.
 
•  Baylor AFROTC is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year (the Air Force is 61 years old) and for the first time in our history, we are opening an AFROTC Living & Learning Center where cadets have the option to live among themselves.  Visit http://www.baylor.edu/rotc/llc/ for more information.

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

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


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

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

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

For more information:  817-570-0612 or Click Here to email
                                  

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

Learn to Laugh in Another Language!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


For More Information:  817-336-0912


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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95.  VOLUN-TEEN PROGRAM AT THE FORT WORTH ZOO

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

For More Information:  
Click here to e-mail Coordinator



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96. HOME SCHOOL WORKSHOP AT OLD RED MUSEUM IN DALLAS

NOVEMBER 9 -- "Celebrate Good Times" Home School Workshop 
Time:  Registration: 9:15 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
          Program Begins: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost:  $6/children;  $3 Adults
Includes program, all day admission to the museum galleries and program supplies.
Please note that we have changed to a cash only admission the day of the program.
Location:  Old Red Museum
                100 South Houston Street
                Dallas, TX  75202
                214-757-1949
To RSVP: 
 Click here to email the sales dept with the following info:
Names of attending adults, email address, phone, number of adults, number of children, ages of children.  If you are a group leader, please list your group name with each family unit listed separately, as this makes preparation and registration run more smoothly.
Parking:  Museum guests may purchase an
underground parking vouchers for $2.
Details: Everyone enjoys a celebration!  What brings families and communities together?  How are traditions enjoyed? Come and join us at Old Red as we discover some of the rich traditional celebrations that help create the great city of Dallas. Students will enjoy music, making sand art, designing special placemats, creating cards and other items to be taken home and shared with family and friends.

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97. THSC LEADERSHIP TRAINING CONFERENCE

NOVEMBER 11-13

Early Bird Registration Deadine:  OCTOBER 7
Regular Registration Deadline: NOVEMBER 7
 

Location:  Lakeview Conference Center, 5128 FM 66, Waxahachie, 75167
Cost:  Click Here  (the more leaders from your group, the greater the discount!)
Guest Speaker:  
Doug Bartsch
Theme:  Building a Winning Team
To Register:  
Click Here
Details:   This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for support group leaders to take their ministry to the next level in 2011-12. These practical ministry skills and insights could literally begin to transform both lives and groups this year.  Join THSC and Doug Bartsch and learn to recruit, coach, teach, train, mentor, and build a winning team!
For More Information:  www.thsc.org


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