HEART of Texas

Homeschool with HEART!
August 2012 HEART OF TEXAS   
Home Educators Alliance for Resources and Training of Texas, Inc.

AUGUST 2012 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 15th of the month for the issue that goes out at the beginning of the following month.
Please send all submissions to editor@heartoftex.org for consideration in the newsletter.

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

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

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MONTHLY HIGHLIGHTS

AUGUST
SUMMER MOVIES
HARKINS THEATER - SOUTHLAKE
10 MOVIES FOR $6

AUGUST 6-10 -- Hotel for Dogs


Cost:  
$6 for 10 movies;  Children's Concession Combo: $4.50
Location:  Harkins Theatre/Southlake 14,
1450 Plaza Pl., Southlake, TX  76092
Details:  Adults must be accompanied by kids; and kids of any age must be accompanied by an adult.  First come, first served.  While supplies last.
Arrive early for best seating selection and snacks.
To Purchase Tickets:  Tickets must be purchased at the theater. Tickets are on sale now.
To Check Ticket Availability:  817-318-0345


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AUGUST
SUMMER MOVIE CLUBHOUSE -- CINEMARK THEATERS
10 MOVIES FOR $5 (ADVANCE TICKETS)
OR  $1 SINGLE TICKETS AT THE DOOR

Click Here to see selected movies, showtimes, and dates
of films in your area.


Details:  All 10 movies can be purchased in advance for $5 or can be purchased separately at the box office for $1 per show.  Same price for parents and children.  $5 series punch cards are limited and now available at the theatre box office while supplies last.  Admission with a series punch card is limited to one person per card per movie, and valid only at the theatre where purchased.  All selected films are rated either G or PG.  Movies and showtimes vary by location.

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AUGUST
REGAL'S SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS -- REGAL CINEMAS
$1 ADMISSION
FOR SELECTED G OR PG FILMS

Time:  10am, Tuesdays & Wednesdays
Cost:  
$1 per ticket
Locations and movies:  Click here for list of locations and movie showings 
To Purchase Tickets:  Tickets must be purchased at the theater


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AUGUST
SUMMER CHILDREN'S SERIES AT STUDIO MOVIE GRILL
$1 CHILDREN TICKETS;  $2 ADULT TICKETS
FREE SCREENINGS FOR KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Time:  11am, Monday - Friday
Cost:  
$1 Children;  $2 Adults;  Free screening for children with special needs
Locations:  Arlington, Lewisville, Plano, Dallas Royal
Movie Lineup:  

AUGUST 6 -- Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
AUGUST 13 -- Stuart Little
AUGUST 20 -- Shrek Forever After

Tickets: Tickets must be purchased at Studio Movie Grill Box Offices only.
For More Information:  Click Here

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THROUGH SEPTEMBER 5
KIDS BOWL FREE AT AMF
7 DAYS A WEEK

Time:  From opening to 8pm, 7 days a week
Ages: 15 and under
Cost:  
Games are FREE (up to 2 a day), but shoe rental is not
AMF Summer 17 Plus Passes are $29.95 for the whole summer, allowing up to 4 people ages 16 and up to bowl along with the registered child
For Details:  Click Here

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AUGUST 1-19
RINGLING BROS BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS
AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER IN DALLAS AND
FORT WORTH CONVENTION CENTER

AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER - DALLAS (AUGUST 1-12)
August 7-10   7:30 p.m.
August 11      
11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
August 12      11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.

FORT WORTH CONVENTION CENTER ARENA (AUGUST 15-19)
August 15, 16   7:30 p.m.
August 17        10:30 a.m., 7:30 p.m.
August 18        11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
August 19        3:00 p.m.

To Order Tickets:  800-745-3000
Group Sales:  Call (214) 665-4269 or 1-877-224-4867.
For More Information:  www.ringling.com

Special Offers:
Free Ticket for Baby's First Circus:  Click Here
ree Commemorative Certificate:  Click Here
CircusFit Youth Fitness Program:  Click Here

Educational Tools:
Educational Activities (Circus Skills, Geography, Animals, Science):  Click Here
Field Trip Kits:  Click here


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THROUGH AUGUST 30
BIRDS, BEASTS, AND BEAUTY!
AT THE FORT WORTH COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER

Time: Friday August 3-Thursday August 30; Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm; Sat: 10ak-5pm. Opening Reception is Friday, August 3 from 6-9pm. "Art Discovery Tours" are Wednesdays 1-4pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm.
Cost:
Admission is free
Location:
Fort Worth Community Arts Center: 1300 Gentry, Fort Worth, TX (in the arts district)
Details:
Birds, Beasts, and Beauty: A Genesis to Revelation Alliance with the Animals. Experience their magnificence, their prominence, and their uniquely designed connection with the heart of God and man. 50 piece collecting touring in 6 US cities 2012-2013. Works by nationally acclaimed artists Ron DiCianni (The Resurrection Mural), Michael Dudash, Chris Hopkins, Tom duBois, historic masters and more.
For more information: Click here to visit Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts website


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AUGUST 11
SENSORY FRIENDLY SCREENING (ADJUSTED LIGHT & SOUND)
ICE AGE 4
AT STARPLEX CINEMA LAKEWORTH MOVIES 14

Time:  10am
Cost:  Free Child admission with Adult ticket purchase
Location:  Lake Worth Movies 14, 6600 NW Loop 820, Ft. Worth, 76135
Details:  Sensory Friendly Screenings provide special families an opportunity to enjoy a family-friendly film in a safe and warm environment.  Auditoriums are adjusted with lights a bit brighter, sound a little softer, and no one minds if audience members dance, sing, or walk around during the movie. Families can feel relaxed and comfortable enjoying the movie experience together.
Upcoming Shows:
August 11 -- Ice Age 4
For More Details:  Click Here

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AUGUST 14, 28
MONTHLY HOME SCHOOL CLASSES
FOR AGES 6-12
AT THE FORT WORTH ZOO

Time:  9:30am-11:30 am
Cost: $25/student: includes a snack, live animal presentation, one home school day T-shirt and admission for each student to the Zoo on class day. Please note that the same class is offered twice a month. One shirt is provided per student for the semester. 

Class for Ages 6-8
Theme:
Slithery Science: Scales, scutes, and strikes! This class will explore the world of snakes. 

Class for Ages 9-12
Theme:
Clever Carnivores: Meat some friends with sharp, pointy teeth.  

For more information and to register:
Click here


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AUGUST 15
BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLIES KID'S EVENT AT
CALLOWAY NURSERIES 

Time:  9:30-10:30am
Cost:  Free 
Location:  Any Dallas/Fort Worth Calloway Nursery Locations 
Details:  It's your last chance this Summer! Visit any Calloway’s or Cornelius Nursery garden center to take part in the last of the summer series for little gardeners and their parents. Did you know that certain plants attract beautiful butterflies? Come to Calloway’s or Cornelius Nursery and learn about wildlife pollinators. Accompanied by a parent, children will make butterflies out of coffee filters and pipe cleaners while they learn about wildlife pollinators. Have fun as your child colors and learns about the natural world!
For More Details:  Click Here

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AUGUST 17-19
TAX FREE SHOPPING WEEKEND
IN THE STATE OF TEXAS

Details:  Texas shoppers get a break from paying state and local sales taxes on select items that they purchase during this year's Tax-Free Weekend, August 17-19, 2012.   As in previous years, the law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 from sales and use taxes, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend.

Subject to the criteria explained below, all sales of qualifying items made during the holiday period qualify for the exemption, including items sold over the Internet, television or by mail. Lay-away plans can be used again this year to take advantage of the sales tax holiday.

For The "Fine Print" and Other Details:  Click Here

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AUGUST 21
HOME SCHOOL CLASSES AT 
FOSSIL RIM 

Color by Nature Class & Tour
Time: 10am-3pm
Cost: $18/person, 2 & under free
To register: Call 254-897-2960 or email homeschool@fossilrim.org
Details: Cochineal is a scale insect found on prickly pear cactus that is used to produce a natural dye.  It was used historically as a clothing dye, and is still used as a food dye today.  We will talk about Cochineal and other natural dyes, and use Cochineal to dye bandanas! Then we’ll end with a tour of the park.

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AUGUST 24
DALLAS HSAA BASKETBALL REGISTRATION & TRYOUTS
2012-2013 WINTER SEASON
CARROLLTON

Time: Middle School Boys: 7-8 pm; Middle School Girls: 7-8 pm; High School Boys: 8-9 pm; High School Girls: 8-9 pm
Location: Integrated Athletic Development (IAD) Basketball Facility: I-35 (on northbound service road) near George Bush Tollroad/Frankford Rd. Carrollton, TX

To register (mandatory): Click Here for Online Registration
Please bring the HSAA Athletic Release & Medical Authorization Form

Details: All players need to register ONLINE prior to attending the practice/tryout on August 24. Please bring completedHSAA Athletic Release & Medical Authorization Form to the practice on August 24. Wear basketball practice attire, and arrive 15 minutes early. There is no charge to register or attend the tryout practice. Players who are participating in the HSAA football or volleyball program must register ONLINE but are not required to attend this practice.
If you cannot attend the tryout practice due to another conflict, please register ONLINE and contact Susan Bryant for further instructions. Even if you cannot attend this practice, we want you to get involved with HSAA basketball.

Regular practices for MS & HS will begin Monday, September 10.

10U teams will be formed at a later date. No registration or practices are scheduled for 10U players at this time.

Basketball Contact Information:  Click here to email 


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

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

Children through adults accepted

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


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


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A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:
REGISTRATION OPEN
HOME SCHOOL GOLF PROGRAM
(SPRING, SUMMER, AND FALL 2012)
LANTANA GOLF CLUB

Experience the Game of Golf!  Lantana Golf Club is offering three separate golf programs for juniors, age 8-17, in 2012.  The Spring, Summer and Fall programs will each offer weekly clinics over a period of 8-10 weeks.

Participants will receive instruction on full swing, short game (chip, pitch, putting) and bunker play.  Participants will also receive a basic introduction to the rules & etiquette of golf and the opportunity for quality time on course.

Our objective is to introduce juniors to the game of golf, improve playing skills and provide the opportunity for personal growth and learning.  We hope to build and strengthen character, develop new friendships, and enjoy the experience and life lessons this great game provides. 

Marc Brooks will provide lead instruction with assistance from other local golf professionals as needed.  Mr. Brooks is a PGA member and currently Director of Instruction at Lantana Golf Club.  He was recently named "Best Golf Instructor Denton County 2011" and a member of the PGA President’s Council for his continuing efforts to promote and grow the game of golf.

To Register:  click here to download the registration form.
For more information, contact Marc Brooks, PGA at 940-728-4653 or email mbrooks@lantanagolf.com. 


Discount:
 
Marc Brooks is offering HEART of Texas supporting members (with a current HEART of Texas member card) a 10% discount.
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership

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

August -- Texas Parks and Wildlife Programs at Select Parks

August -- Registration Open for Home School Golf Program at Lantana Golf Club
August -- Programs at Ft. Worth Nature Center & Refuge
August -- Summer Movies Program at Harkins 14 Theater in Southlake, TX
August -- Summer Movies Program at Cinemark Theaters in TX theaters
August -- Summer Movies Program at Regal Cinemas in TX theaters
August -- Summer Movie Program at Studio Movie Grills in TX theaters
August - Sept 5 -- Kids Bowl for Free Summer Program at AMF
Aug 1-19 -- Ringling Bros Barnum and Bailey Circus Comes to Dallas and Fort Worth
Aug 2-4 -- Broadway in Concert Program at the Center for Home Education in Watauga, TX
Aug 3-30 -- Birds, Beasts, and Beauty! Program at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center
Aug 4, 5 -- Horsemanship Day Camps at Camp Tonkawa
Aug 7 -- FREE Admission for First Tuesdays to the Dallas Museum of Art
Aug 7 -- Pictures and Pages Preschool Program at the Kimbell Art Museum
Aug 9-11 -- Get Smart Production at the Breitling Youth Theater
Aug 11 -- Sensory Friendly Screening of Ice Age 4 at Starplex Cinema Lakeworth Movies 14
Aug 11, 18, 23, 25 -- Educational Programs at the Texas Discovery Gardens
Aug 14, 28 -- Monthly Home School Classes at the Fort Worth Zoo 
Aug 15-18 -- The Trials of Robin Hood Showing at the Breitling Youth Theater 

Aug 15 -- Beautiful Butterflies Kid's Event at Calloway Nurseries in the DFW Area
Through Aug 15 - Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing Performance at the Plano Children's Theater
Aug 17-19 -- Tax-Free Shopping Weekend
Aug 17-25 -- Lord of the Flies Performance at the Plano Children's Theater
Through Aug 18 -- Rapunzel Showing at the Artisan Theater in Hurst, TX
Through Aug 18 -- Anything Goes Showing at the Artisan Theater in Hurst, TX
Aug 21 -- Color by Nature Home School Class at Fossil Rim
Aug 24 -- Dallas HSAA Basketball Registration & Tryouts 2012-2013 Winter Season in Carrollton, TX
Aug 24 -- Fiddler on the Roof playing at Artisan Theater in Hurst
Aug 25 -- Star Party at Fort Worth Museum of Science & History
Aug 25 -- Winnie the Pooh Kids Showing at Artisan Theater in Hurst through October 6
Sept 1 -- Labor Day Campfire Cooking Program at Nash Farm in Grapevine, TX
Sept 12 -- "Order in the Court" Home School Workshop at Old Red Museum
Sept 20 -- Educator "Open House" Evening in the Fort Worth Cultural District
Sept 29 -- National Museum Day -- Free Admission to Participating Museums Nation-wide (see details)
Oct 4 -- Home School Day at the Fort Worth Zoo
Sponsor -- Registration Open: Private Piano Classes

Sponsor -- Registration Open: Home School Golf Program at Lantana Golf Club (Spring, Summer & Fall)

FEATURED ARTICLES

Home School Mom Back in Court -- Tim Lambert, THSC President

Don't Bank on Just a Good SAT Score -- Jean Burk, College Prep Genius

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

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
     Rockwall County Library 

     Tyler Public Library

READING REWARD PROGRAMS
2.   Book It!  Reading Program -- Enrollment:  May 1 through 2nd Friday in June each year
3.   Braums Book Buddy Reading Program -- Enrollment Open
      Six Flags Read to Succeed -- Enrollment for 2012-2013 TBA
   
CONTESTS/COMPETITIVE EVENTS
4.   BEST Robotics 2011 -- 2012-2013 Competition TBA
5.   FIRST Lego League: 2012 Senior Solutions Challenge
-- Coming Sept 2012
6.   Texas State Fish-Art Contests -- Deadline March 31, 2012 (yearly contest)
7.   National Engineers Week -- 2012-2013 Competition TBA
8.   USA Mathematical Talent Search 
9.   Igniting Creative Energy Challenge for K-12 -- 2012 Contest TBA
10. Texas Beef Leaders of Tomorrow Contest -- Deadline July 1; Contest Aug 4, 2012
    
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

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. -- Grapevine

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

BOOK SALES & OUR PARTNERING HOME SCHOOL BOOK STORES
28.  Library Used Book Sales in North Texas
          Plano -- August 2-4
          Flower Mound -- August 4,5
29.  Center for Home Education -- Watauga
30.  Home Educators Resource -- Lewisville
 
NATURE CENTERS, ZOOS, & 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.  Fort Worth Zoo Homeschool Classes -- Fort Worth
36.  Fossil Rim
37.  Haven's Horses (Horsemanship & Outdoor Education)-- Keller
38.  Heard Museum Homeschool Classes – McKinney
39.  Heritage Farmstead Museum -- Plano
40.  Ride with Pride -- Southlake
41.  Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch -- Pilot Point
42.  Texas Discovery Gardens -- Dallas
43.  Texas Parks and Wildlife Programs -- State Parks in North Texas
        Purtis Creek State Park -- Athens

       
Cedar Hill State Park -- Cedar Hill
        Ray Roberts Lake State Park -- Denton
        Eisenhower State Park -- Denison
        Dinosaur Valley State Park -- Glen Rose
        Fort Richardson SP and HS/Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway -- Jacksboro
        Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway -- Mineral Wells
        Tyler State Park -- Tyler
        Lake Tawakoni State Park -- Wills Point    
  

PERFORMING ARTS
44.  Casa Manana Children’s Playhouse Performances -- Fort Worth
           The Adventures of Tom Sawyer -- Oct 12-28
            'Twas the Night Before Christmas -- Nov 24- Dec 23
            Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale -- Feb 8-24
            Disney's Winnie the Pooh Kids -- Mar 22- Apr 7
            Seussical Jr. -- Apr 26-May 12
45.  CATS Theater Performances -- Arlington
46.  Cottage Theater Performances -- Watauga
            Broadway in Concert -- Aug 2-4
            Verlon Thompson in Concert -- Aug 18
            Oliver! -- Oct 12-21
            Little Women -- Jan 18-26
47.  Artisan Center Theater Performances -- Hurst
         Artie's Children's Playhouse:  
                Rapunzel -- through August 18
                Winnie the Pooh Kids -- August 25 -October 6
         Main Stage Performances:
                 Anything Goes -- through August 18
48.  Breitling Youth Theater/Acting for Children Performances -- Garland
            Get Smart -- August 9-11
            Trials of Robin Hood -- August 15-18
49.  Dallas Children’s Theater Performances -- Dallas
            Pinkalicious -- September 21-October 21
50.  Dallas Symphony Orchestra -- Dallas
51.  Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra -- Fort Worth
52.  Plano Children’s Theater Performances -- Plano
            Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing -- through Aug 15
             Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr. -- Aug 10-19
             Lord of the Flies -- Aug 17-25
             Grease, School Edition -- Aug 24- Sept 1
             Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr. -- Sept 7-15
            Legally Blonde -- Sept 21-Oct 6
53.  Texas Ballet Theater Performances
54.  Home School Discount Tickets to Dallas Theater Performances
55.  Lone Star Children's Choir -- Keller
      
ART MUSEUMS
56.  Amon Carter Museum Exhibits – Fort Worth
         American Vanguards: Graham, Davis, Gorky, de Kooning, and Their Circle, 1927-1942 -- opens June 9, 2012
        To See as Artists See -- Opens Oct 6 2012 - Jan 6, 2013
57.  Dallas Museum of Art Exhibits -- Dallas
        First Tuesday (Free admission) -- August 7 (Animal Kingdom) 
        Encountering Space in the Center for Creative Connections -- Throughout Spring 2013
        Souvenir: A 19th Century Carved Tusk from the Loango Coast of Africa -- Through September 9
        Flower of the Prairie: George Grosz in Dallas -- Through August 19
58.  Kimbell Art Museum Exhibit -- Fort Worth
        Admission to the museum's Permanent Collection is always FREE
        Pictures and Pages -- August 7  
59.  Museum of Nature & Science -- Dallas
          
Planet Shark: Predator or Prey -- Through Sept 16, 2012
         
Scholastic's The Magic School Bus Kicks Up A Storm! -- Opens April 28, 2012
60.  Museum of Science & History -- Fort Worth
        The Largest World Trade Center Artifact in Texas -- Coming Spring 2012
        Air Park -- now open
        Grossology -- Through September 3, 2012

61.  Nasher Sculpture Center -- Dallas
        Target First Saturdays (FREE Admission): Aug 4, Sept 1, Oct 6, Nov 3, Dec 1

IMAX/OMNI THEATERS
62.  Shows at the Dallas Imax Theatre -- Museum of Nature and Science
            Flying Monsters
        Whales 
63.  Shows at the Fort Worth Omni Theater -- Ft. Worth Museum of Science & History
        Born to Be Wild 
        To the Arctic
        Titanica
        Thrill Rid
        T-Rex
        Coral Reef Adventure
            

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

SCIENCE EVENTS/ACTIVITIES
67.  Star Parties at Fort Worth Museum of Science and History --  August 25, Sept 22, Oct 6, Nov 17

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

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

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

90.  PEACH -- Plano

COLLEGE PREP
91.  SAT Test Dates
92.  SAT Prep Classes with Jean Burk -- Across North Texas   

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR HOMESCHOOLERS
93.  Baylor and Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) Scholarship -- Deadline December 1, 2012

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Volunteer opportunities must indicate a direct homeschool interest to be included in this listing.
94.  Volunteer Opportunities Available for Home School Students in 21 Counties -- American Cancer Society
95.  Learn to Laugh in Another Language: Be a Host Family for a Foreign-Exchange Student -- INTO EdVENTURES
96.  Homeschool Volunteers Needed to Deliver Meals; Friendship -- Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County
97.  Homeschool Volunteers Needed to Deliver Meals -- Johnson & Ellis Counties
98.  Home School Volunteers Needed to Serve Meals -- Dallas -- The Stewpot
99. Texas Global Education and Cultural Exchange Program 

OTHER EVENTS BY DATE
100. Labor Day Campfire Cooking Program at Nash Farms-- Grapevine -- Sept 1
101. Educator "Open House" Evening in the Cultural District -- Fort Worth -- Sept 20
102. National Museum Day Free Admission to Participating Musuems -- Nationwide -- Sept 29
103. Southwestern Seminary Special Exhibit:  Dead Sea Scrolls & the Bible -- Through Jan 13, 2013
104. Home School Day at the Fort Worth Zoo -- October 4, 2012


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Home School Mom Back in Court
Reprinted with persmission from Tim Lambert's Blog, Right In Texas, August 1, 2012 

    Heather Moody, a home school mom who lost her children in March due to Judge John Youngblood’s ruling in a custody case, will be back in court on Thursday in Cameron, Texas. The local community, and particularly the home school community, was shocked and outraged with the judge’s order since the only arguments made in the three-day hearing for temporary orders related to the fact that the mother homeschooled the children.

The judge referred to the forty home school observers in the courtroom who came to show support for the mom as a “mob.” He ruled that the father was “more stable” and should have the children in spite of the fact that the father traveled two to three weeks per month. He did, however, deny the paternal grandparents’ request to be joint managing conservators, but agreed they should have the children when the father traveled.

On Thursday when Heather returns to court, she will be challenging the fact that the grandparents have the youngest child almost all of the time, even when the father is in town, and she will bring up the fact that the father has refused to make evidence available. The paternal grandparents want the children, as evidenced by their original request, and the fact that the youngest child has been separated from her siblings and spends most of her time with the grandparents instead of her father seems to be a violation of the original order of the judge.

Please pray for Heather, and if you live near Cameron, please attend this hearing at the Milam County Courthouse on Thursday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. to show your support.

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 websit at www.thsc.org

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Don't Bank of Just a Good SAT Score 
-by Jean Burk  

“We’re not just looking for smart kids. There are plenty of those around, but we’re looking for well-rounded students,” the Harvard recruiter responded when answering a question by a parent about the school’s SAT requirements. When this prestigious university looks for new students, a good test score is just the beginning of the selection criteria. What exactly does this mean for students who want scholarships from good schools—maybe even Harvard?
 
Many colleges give the big scholarships to the students who will best represent their school well while attending college and continuing into post-graduation life. Usually, each college department has several big scholarships to give to well-deserving students. How do they select these world-changers? By seeking students that have a proven background of abilities and ambitions long before they ever entered a college classroom, college administrators choose students that start their own portfolio of accomplishments in their early days of high school or before. The “well-rounded” idea encompasses a five-fold program that speaks volumes about a student.
 
Academics are important to colleges, but they understand there is more to a student’s life than studying. Maintaining a strong high school G.P.A. while being involved in other areas shows potential for college success. The student’s SAT score generally solidifies his or her academic achievements. An SAT math and critical reading score of 1200 shows excellent preparation; a score around 1300 shows remarkable preparation; and a score of 1400 and above is evidence of an extraordinary student.
 
The second part of the portfolio is the student’s extracurricular activities. These show the college what a student has been involved in along with his or her academics. Participation in sports, music, dance, or a part-time job would all be considered extracurricular activities. Students have so many opportunities to get involved and should start as early as possible.
 
Volunteer work is equal to extracurricular activities in importance. This displays how the student is a valuable asset in his or her own community. Some volunteer work ideas are Meals-on-Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, tutoring others, food banks, teen court, nursing homes, and library assistance. Look around; there are always openings for volunteers to help out in the community. Start volunteering early in order to log as many hours as possible. To really stand out amid other college candidates, consider starting your own organization—one that fills an important need for others.
 
Club involvement is another important part of being a well-rounded student. Some club ideas are Drama Club, Boy Scouts, 4-H, Debate Teams, Student Government, and the YMCA. Also in this fourth part of the five-fold program, it is noteworthy to become leaders in these clubs. Most clubs have offices to be held. This is not only a good experience but also will show evidence of your leadership abilities.
 
Last of all, you will want to keep a record of all awards you have received. This is the fruit of your labor and it is where you are rewarded openly for all your hard work. To name a few awards, there are sports recognitions, Piano Guild, Honor Society Awards, Who’s Who Among High School Students, writing contests, art contests, and community service awards.
 
Every student should start at least in the ninth grade working on this five-fold program. Good records should be kept, pictures taken and letters of recommendation solicited. Get the whole family involved; this can be very challenging as well as life changing. By focusing on the needs of others and the world around them, the student’s life can be not only be enriched personally now but also financially later during the college years.

To download the “15 Secrets to FREE College” for a penny, go to www.collegeprepgenius.com and use the code: heart

College Prep Genius has been featured on NBC, Fox, CBS, TXA21 & The Homeschool Channel. To find out more information, contact Jean Burk at 81-SAT-2-PREP, jean@collegeprepgenius.com   To read testimonials of students who raised their tests scores from 300-600 points and received incredible scholarships, visit www.collegeprepgenius.com

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

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

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

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NEST Family Learning Offering Discount to Our Readers!

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

Simply visit this link 
to start shopping and begin enjoying your savings today!  Use coupon code "HEART" when placing your order.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

1.    LIBRARY PROGRAMS AT NORTH TEXAS LIBRARIES

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

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


BEDFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

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

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

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

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FORT WORTH PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Program Calender:
Click Here    


UPCOMING EVENTS
Summer Reading Programs
June 1 - August 11
For more information:
Click here

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


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

•    An Intermediate Computer Class will be held on May 9 from 10:00-11:30am. Call 972-204-7770 to register.  
•    The Library has book bags available at the front desk for a donation of your choice.

FREE CONTACT SCIENCE EXHIBIT NOW OPEN
This exciting interactive science exhibit known as Contact Science is at the Rockwall County Library. The first explorative unit is called MicroWorld Adventures. Discover what your skin looks like up close. Examine the legs and wings of a grasshopper and see penicillin the way scientists see it. This unit has both a "scope on a rope" microscope and a high magnification microscope. Come and learn to use them to view prepared specimens as well as other objects of your own choosing and start exploring the micro-worlds around you. MicroWorld Adventures will be at the Rockwall County Library through May 2012 and is available most hours the Library is open.

While the exhibit is primarily for children in grades 3-6, younger and older children and adults may enjoy exploring it as well. For more information about the exhibit, contact the Youth Services Department of the Library at 972-204-7740.

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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

MAY 1, 2012 -- Enrollment Opens for Home School Students

Who Can Participate:
  Children in grades K-6.

The Book It! Reading Program is sponsored by Pizza Hut and runs from October 1 through March 31 each school year. 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 home school family will need to enroll individually to be able to participate, for their children in grades K-6th grade.  They must not be attending another educational facility.

For Detailed Program Information: Click Here

To Enroll Your Homeschool: Click Here  (Enrollment opens in May 1, 2012)

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!  This program is open to home school families!

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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  SIX FLAGS READ TO SUCCEED

Enrollment for 2012-2013 TBA


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4.  BEST ROBOTICS 2011-2012
      Kick-Off: September 17 (Fort Worth & Dallas)
      Game Day: January 28-29

Info about 2012-2013 Competition Not Yet Available
     

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:  2012 SENIOR SOLUTIONS CHALLENGE

Coming September 2012

Challenge Release: TBA
Tournament Season: November 2012-March 2013
World Festival: TBA

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

About the 2012 Challenge:  Can FIRST® LEGO® League teams improve the quality of life for seniors by helping them continue to be independent, engaged, and connected in their communities? In the 2012 SENIOR SOLUTIONSSM Challenge, over 200,000 children ages 9 to 16 (ages
9-14 in the US, Canada, and Mexico) from more than 60 countries will explore the topic of aging and how it may affect a person’s ability to maintain his or her lifestyle – solving issues like getting around, keeping in touch, or staying fit. Teams will research obstacles and then suggest ways to improve the quality of life for the seniors affected. Teams will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® robot to solve a set of missions on an obstacle course.  Throughout their experience, teams will operate under FLL’s signature set of Core Values.

Teams: 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 and "Coopertition" 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.

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.

Who Can Participate:  All Texas students in grades K through 12.  Four winners from each state will be selected, one winner per grade group (K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12), for a total of 200 winners nationwide.

Prizes:  All contestants will receive a certificate of participation. Four winners from each state will be selected, one winner per grade group (K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12), for a total of 200 winners nationwide. Participants will compete within their own state and grade category regardless of species submitted. Winning designs will be displayed at the Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Expo in the summer following the contest deadline. All winning designs will be displayed on the State-Fish Art website.  

The Art of Conservation Stamp Award:  Each year Wildlife Forever will select one design (based on specific criteria) from all the entries for an attractive fish stamp.

How to Enter:  Students must create an illustration of the Texas state fish or one of the other state fishes (see list of official fish) 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.

For Rules, Prizes and Other Details:  Click Here

New for 2012:  New Age division and new possibilities for national awards.

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.

2012-2013 Theme:  TBA
2011-2012 Theme: Alternative Energy Resources

The Challenge: TBA

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:  TBA

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.

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

2012-2013 CONTEST TBA

About the Challenge:  Igniting Creative Energy (ICE) is a national student contest promoting creativity and environmental stewardship. ICE is unique in the realm of student contests due to a commitment to allowing rather than restricting. Entries in the contest range from poetry, videos, essays, 3D models, games to anything else a student may be able to imagine and create.

Rules of Eligibility: (subject to change)
• No purchase necessary. This is a competition of skill.
•Entries must be postmarked
• 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 and Other Details:  TBA


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10. TEXAS BEEF LEADERS OF TOMORROW CONTEST

JULY 1, 2012 – Contest Deadline 

AUGUST 4, 2012 – Texas Beef Leaders of Tomorrow Contest Takes Place
at Kleberg Center, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Who Can Participate:
Any student, aged 17-20 (17 as of July 30, 2012, and not over 20 by Jan 1, 2013), who is enthusiastic about the beef industry is eligible to compete. The four individuals with the highest combined scores are selected to join the team.
To be eligible to compete, contestants must complete the following:
1) One Media Interview: local, state, or national print, radio or television media
2) One Consumer Promotion: such as in-store demonstrations and health fairs
3) One Youth Presentation: made to elementary age youth. If it is not possible to make the presentation in the classroom, after school programs or youth organizations such as 4-H, YMCA or scouts groups may be used.

Awards:
The top four winners of the TBLT contest will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship. In addition, the winners receive industry and media training, travel opportunities across Texas, invaluable experience and exposure in the beef industry. The high point winner will represent Texas in the National Beef Ambassador Competition which affords more opportunities for prizes and scholarships. Expenses to the National Beef Ambassador Competition will be funded by the Texas Beef Checkoff.

Contestants compete in four categories:
1) Media Interview – The contestant will participate in a mock media interview. The interviewer will have pre-determined questions to ask each contestant with the option to ask follow-up questions in order to extrapolate additional knowledge or clarify a point. A panel of judges will observe the interaction for: knowledge, articulation, poise and the contestant’s ability to “Tell the Beef Production Story” and present the industry in a positive light. Scoring will be done by the judges only. The contestants should be well versed in all areas of beef production and the beef industry relating to consumers. Questions will be taken from the website www.explorebeef.org; however, special attention should be paid to all current industry issues.

2) Consumer Promotion – A mock consumer promotion event will be set up for the contestants. Each contestant will be provided with a “sample” to serve as well as beef industry production and nutrition literature and recipes. Scripted “Consumers” will approach the table to take the sample. They will ask questions to test the contestant’s knowledge, capacity to perform in the field and ability to present beef in a positive light. A panel of judges will observe and score each contestant on their ability to educate the consumer and provide the consumers with the appropriate information to answer their questions.

3) Youth Presentation – On competition day contestants will submit a report to represent the presentation made to youth. The report must contain the following items:
1. A lesson plan
2. An overall written report detailing your presentation and the response of your students.
3. A Teachers Evaluation form (provided)
4. Four pictures of you presenting to students
5. Examples of any items used in presentations may be included in two additional photos.
This report will be evaluated at the competition by two judges. Contestants will not be present at the evaluation nor will they be required to make a youth presentation at the competition. Reports and all materials contained in them become the property of the Texas CattleWomen.

4) Issues Response – Contestants will be provided with a recently published news article regarding the beef industry. Each contestant will compose a brief (150 words or less) response to the article. The judges will score the contestants on their ability to respond to an industry article by thoughtfully answering questions, identifying misinformation and listing positive consumer information.
  
For Contest Information, Rules & Forms:  Click Here

For More Information:  
Click Here to Email                  
 
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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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/

AUGUST 2-4
Broadway in Concert
Time:
7:30pm
Cost:  
$5
Details:
Enjoy such classic songs as "The Telephone Hour" (Bye Bye Birdie), "Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat" (Guys and Dolls), "Anything Can Happen" (Mary Poppins) and "Food, Glorious Food" (Oliver!).
 
AUGUST 6

New to Homeschooling Workshop
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: $15 per family registered, $25 at the door
Details: With Rosie Watson

AUGUST 18
Verlon Thompson in Concert
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: $18
Details: Thirty years as a professional songwriter and traveling troubadour serve as credentials. As a solo performer, and as the trusted sidekick of Texas Americana songwriting icon Guy Clark, Verlon has viewed the world from stages everywhere from Barcelona to Binger (his hometown in Oklahoma). Along the way Verlon Thompson compositions have been recorded by Jimmy Buffett and Alan Jackson, Anne Murray, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Del McCoury, Sam Bush, Trisha Yearwood and many more. Opening for Verlon will be our own Mike Brown!
For more information: http://www.verlonthompson.com/news.cfm

AUGUST 20
First Day of Class!
 
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 RESOURCE CENTER IN ROWLETT

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

Teaching Opportunities at CERC!
Have you or a family member ever dreamed of teaching? CERC is seeking passionate, loving teachers for next year. Design your own curriculum, teach motivated students, and have great parental support.
FEBRUARY 16 -- Class submissions due
For More Information about teaching at CERC: Click Here


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.

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.

AUGUST 20 -- First Day of Class! 

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


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20.  ENRICHMENT CLASSES, INC, IN GRAPEVINE

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

Registration Open for Fall Classes at SE and South Campus:

South Campus:
Algebra I MW 12-1:30
College Algebra MW 1:30-3
Geometry MW 3-4:30
Algebra II MW 4:30-6
Biology I TTH 4-5:30
Biology II TTH 2:30-4

SE Campus:
Algebra I TTH 12-1:30
Algebra II TTH 1:30-3
Trig TTH 3-4:30
College Algebra Fri 9-12
Geometry Fri 12-3

*Will add PreCal or PreAlegbra if there is enough interest.

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

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26.  THEO IN PLANO OFFERING CLASSES FOR HOMESCHOOLERS

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

Band Program at THEO
Grades: 6 - 12
Cost: $50 per month + $25 per semester supply fee
Details: Auditions will take place on Friday, August 3 BY APPOINTMENT at THEO. Contact THEOEnsemble@gmail.com to schedule your audition time and receive audition materials.

THEO Band
THEO Band is a wonderful place for beginning music students to grow in musicality, develop friendships, and play fun upbeat music! THEO Band is recommended for students who are new to playing a musical instrument, new to playing with a group, or are entering the music world for the first time. All musicians audition, regardless of experience, to find their fit with our options.

THEO Wind Ensemble
THEO Wind Ensemble is for intermediate to advanced musicians who are motivated to perform! Experienced players will benefit from meeting like-minded performers, the challenge of performing as soloists, and additional group performing opportunities.

Performance Opportunities will Include...
- HSAA Football Games/ Pep Rallies - Pender’s Music Co. Christmas Performance - THEO Band & Wind Ensemble Christmas Performance - HSAA Basketball Games
- THEO Open House - THEO Band & Wind Ensemble Spring Concert - and More!

Visit our website at http://www.theosonline.org/2012%20Schedule.html to learn more about us!

For More Information:  214-282-6936

For Complete List of Available 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

Now Registering for Fall 2012!!  Many NEW classes!!

QV History/Worldview multi-credit courses include History, Literature, Writing, History, Geography, Government, Art History, Bible, and more.  Instructor: Byron Clark.  Sept-May:

HISTORY 101: WORLD HISTORY “QUICK TOUR” - Time line, people, places, events. Grades 7-12; M/W 9-10a. $55/mo.
HISTORY 102: WESTERN CIVILIZATION & WORLDVIEW I - Ancient History Biblical framework for History.  Grades 9-12; T/T 1-2:30p. $60/mo.
HISTORY 104: AMERICAN HISTORY & GOVERNMENT - Biblical and civilizational principles which have defined American greatness. Grades 10-12; M/W 1-2:30p. $60/mo.
New! TEXAS HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY - Heritage and legacy from early days to present. Major events, people, issues, conflicts, and development of Texas culture. 
Grades 7-12; Wed’s 10-11:30a; $55/mo.  Instr B Clark
New! HEALTH - nutrition, fitness, disease & wellness, first aid, healthy relationships, & more. Biblical perspective.  Grades 7-12; Wed’s 11:30a-1p; $55/mo.  Instr M. Raine
SPANISH 1: Grades 9-12; T/T 9-10a. $55/mo.  Instr: A Clark
SPANISH 2: Grades 10-12; T/T 11:30a-12:30p. $55/mo. Instr: A Clark
SPEECH (Fall only): Grades 10-12; Wed 2:30-4p. $55/mo. Instr: B & A Clark
New! PHYSICAL SCIENCE - Intro to high school sciences; includes labs.
Grades 8–9; T/T 1-2:30p; $60/mo +$30 lab fee.  Instr: V Johnson
BIOLOGY: Cell structure, genetics, ecosystems, five kingdoms, creation & evolution, dissections, and more. Grades 9-10; M/W 10-11:30a; $60/mo + $45 lab fee.  Instr: V Johnson
CHEMISTRY: Grades 10-11; Mon’s 3:30-5p.  Instr: L Snyder
New! Foundations of Math and PRE-ALGEBRA: A solid foundation for high school math courses.  Grades 7-9; M/W 1-2p; $55/mo.  Instr: V Johnson
New! ALGEBRA 1.  Grades 9-11; T/T 10-11a; $55/mo.  Instr: V Johnson
THEATER BASICS (Fall only); Grades 7-12; T/T 2:30-4p. $60/mo. Instr: A Clark
DRAMA (Spring only); Grades 7-12, by audition (in Dec).  Musical next spring; title to be announced.  T/T 2:30-4:30p. $60/mo.  Instr: A Clark
RESEARCH PAPER WRITING (Spring only); Grades 10-12; Wed 2:30-3:30p. $55/mo.  Instr: B Clark
New! PRIVATE PIANO LESSONS: Technique, performance, theory.  Children, teens, & adults! 30-min. $60/mo; 45-min. $80/mo.  Contact Mrs. Landrum directly: landrumpiano@yahoo.com or 469.432.0858.
Children! KIDS GLEE CLUB (Fall only): Singing skills & fun music; performance. Ages 8-12; Mon’s 1-2p; $45/mo. Instr: A Clark

All Classes held in So. Garland.  For info or to register for classes: 972.271.0673; quovadis2000@verizon.net; www.quovad2000.org
Don’t miss upcoming classes, drama dates, or other events - request to be put on our email list.

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.
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PLANO -- AUGUST 2-4
Time:
Fri 9am-9pm, Sat 9am-1pm
                 Preview: "First Nighter Sale" Thurs 6pm-10pm; $10/fam (friends free)
Location:   Friends of Plano Public Library Sale at Plano Centre
                2000 E. Spring Creek Pkwy   
                972-208-8002
Books:  100,000 books; 100% donated; 70% hardcover; sorted, not picked over. No buyer restrictions; @2 or less. Credit cards accepted.

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FLOWER MOUND -- AUGUST 4-5
Time:  Sat 11am-5pm; Sun 1-5pm
                Preview: Fri 5-7pm, Friends; join at door $10 ind.
Location:   Flower Mound Public Library   
                3030 Broadmoor Lane  
                972-874-6151
Books: 10,000 + books; 90% donated; 70% hardcover; sorted; no buyer restrictions; plus DVDs, computer programs, video games; paperback $.75, hardcovers $2, children's $.25-$1; coffee table $5; inventory reviewed prior to sale.  

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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.

AUGUST 2012
4 -- Horsemanship Day Camp
This class is for all of you that wish you had a horse! Wear old blue jeans and boots, if you have them. You will get the chance to do some basic riding. Bring sunscreen! One day event from 9am-2pm. Ages 7 and up welcome.
5 -- Jr. Horsemanship Day Camp
Ages 5-7 year olds. Must be accompanied by an parent or guardian. Jr. Horsemanship Camp is a shortened version of Horsemanship Day Camp.


Wilderness Survival Club
JANUARY 29 -- First Meeting
Meets:
Last Sunday of the Month.
Time: 
2:30pm (arrive) to connect with others and nature. 
Meeting begins at 3pm and will last a minimum of 3 hours.
Requirement:  To have taken one of our Primitive Survival Camps to include PSS1, PSS2 or Week in the Woods kids summer camps.
Cost for 6 month membership:  Adults-16yrs $75, 15 years old and younger $60.  Younger than 12 must join with a parent or guardian.
Purpose of Club:  
1. To continue working on our basic survival skills: Edible / medicinal plants
Fire making, challenge ourselves with the bow drill, Knife Sharpening, and anything else that the club decides needs to be gone over.
2.  To learn NEW wilderness living skills:  Hide Tanning, Hand Drill as a fire lighting method, Quickie Bows and Arrows, anything else that the club decides they want to learn.
3.  To do service back to Camp Tonkawa - Each month we will work together on a Camp Improvement project.
4.  Building Community of like minded people.
NOTE:
This will be happening whether or not anyone signs up.  Five Instructors will be gathering and if you don't show up, we will just continue our skills.  Make the commitment and you will be rewarded.  If you have not taken part in any of our Primitive Survival Camp, sign up for the upcoming one in March:  March 1
6-18  – Primitive Survival Combo 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):

Wildlife Camp
Come learn all about various forms of animal life in our part of North Texas. Bring your own tent, sleeping bag, plate, bowl, mug and utensils. You will also need to bring food for lunch (both days) - Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast provided.

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


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.

HOME SCHOOL FAMILY NATURE CAMP:
June 1-3
This is a family event: cildren under 5 must be supervised and accompanied by a parent at all times.
Day activities include: Archery, Nature Awareness activities, Birding, Crafts, Canoeing, Kayaking, Swimming, Horseback Riding, Fire Building, and Fishing workshop (bring your own equipment). You will be welcome to participate in as many of the different activities as you want, when they are presented. A schedule will be posted to inform you what will be happening througout the day.
Evening activities include: Star Gazing, Storytelling, Campfire Song & Music, Nightwalks and Night Woods Activities.
Food: Potluck Friday starts at 6pm. We provide breakfast both Saturday and Sunday along with Dutch Oven cooked dinner Saturday night. Bring your own ice chest for lunches and snacks.
For more details: Click here


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.

Through November 5 -- CHIHULY EXHIBIT OPEN

About the Exhibit:
"Chihuly at the Dallas Arboretum" runs May 5 - November 5, 2012 and will feature dramatic glass sculptures in more than 15 locations throughout the 66 acre Arboretum. The Arboretum will offer garden hours from 6pm-10pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings to present Chihuly Nights, a magical, illuminated opportunity to view the sculptures with special effects lighting and various dining opportunities.
For more information about the exhibit: click here

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
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.

Admission: $5 ages 13+; $2 ages 3-12; under 3 free; $3 Seniors (65+)
$1 discount per person with military ID

For More Information:    817-392-7410  

Refuge Hours:  8am-5pm daily
Hardwicke Interpretive Center:
9am-4:30pm daily

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

THURSDAY & SATURDAYS, National Guard Volunteer
9am-Noon
Cost:
Free
Individuals can help keep the Nature Center beautiful by volunteering for the National Guard. Volunteers assist Refuge staff in trail maintenance, brush clearing, bridge building and much more. Please call 817-392-7410 for information on projects and meeting places. NO NATURAL GUARD MAY 12, 2012.

AUGUST 4 -- Backyard Reptiles       
1 and 2 pm
Cost: Free with paid admission
While gardening, cleaning or enjoying a summer’s day, reptiles can often be observed around our houses. Join us as we discuss what common reptiles might be visiting your backyard, what their diet consists of and unique behaviors they may exhibit. 


AUGUST 5 -- Dip-Netting the Trinity      
1-3pm
Cost: Free with paid admission
Beneath the waters of the West Fork of the Trinity River lie many critters that we may think insignificant. However, they are important to the aquatic ecosystem and can tell us a lot about the health of our water. Come and join us as we dip into the water for aquatic invertebrates. This is a come and go event.

AUGUST 11 -- Canoe Tour       
8:30am-noon
Cost: $20 (includes admission fee)
Tour a stretch of the West Fork of the Trinity River to view ducks, herons, beaver and other critters. Sunscreen, water and weather appropriate clothing (including shoes that can get wet) are recommended. Canoes, paddles and lifejackets are provided. Children must be 5 years or older. Parents must sign a liability waiver for minor children. Some previous experience recommended. Registration ends preceding Thursday or when filled. Maximum - 12 participants. Meet at Big River Parking Lot. Pre-registration required. 

AUGUST 11 -- Impressions of Animals       
1-2 pm
Cost: Free with paid admission
When we meet someone for the first time, we want to make a good first impression. Animals want to make a good first impression, too. Join us as we discuss how they do this. Program geared for Pre-K to elementary aged children. 


AUGUST 12 -- Nature Center Spiders       
1-3pm
Cost: $5 (with paid admission fee)
Spiders can be spotted as you venture along the trails. Learn about the different species you may encounter and learn how they benefit our ecosystem. Short presentation precedes the hike. Bring water and dress for the weather. Insect repellent highly recommended. 


AUGUST 18 -- Kayak Tour       
8:30am-noon
Cost: $20 (includes admission fee)
Tour a stretch of the West Fork of the Trinity River with kayaks. View ducks, herons, beaver and other critters. Sunscreen, water and weather appropriate clothing (including shoes that can get wet) are recommended. Kayaks, paddles and lifejackets are provided. Kayakers must be at least 14 years old and accompanied by their guardian, otherwise at least 18 years old. Some previous experience recommended. Registration ends preceding Thursday or when filled. Maximum - 8 participants. Meet at Big River Parking Lot. Pre-registration required. 

AUGUST 18 -- Greer Island Discovery       
1-3pm
Cost: $5 (with paid admission)
Hike the trail that started it all. Join us in exploring the forested island of the Nature Center. From trees to insects, discover the natural treasures that make up Greer Island. Meet at Greer Island Parking Lot. 


AUGUST 19 -- Canoe Fest       
noon-4pm
Cost: $5 (with paid admission)
Enjoy a bit of canoeing/kayaking on your own on the quiet waters around Greer Island. Canoes/kayaks, paddles and lifejackets provided. Children in canoes must be 5 years or older and accompanied by a parent or guardian. Kayakers must be at least 14 years old and accompanied by their guardian, otherwise at least 18 years old. Parents must sign a liability waiver for minor children. No registration needed. First come-first served. Greer Island gate will open at 11:30 a.m. Meet at Greer
Island. 


AUGUST 24 -- Preschool Discovery Club       
10:30-11:30am
Cost: $10 per child (includes admission fee, and one adult) 
We invite preschoolers, ages 3 - 5, and their adult companions to join us in discovering the exciting world of nature. In August, we will be learning about the prairie. Pre-registration required. 


AUGUST 25 -- Food Webs      
1-2pm
Cost: FREE (with paid admission)
While hiking around the Nature Center, you may come across a small insect and not get too excited about it. However, there may be a larger animal that will go bananas over this same little insect. We will be discussing the importance of all animals, big and small, and how they are connected. Program geared for Pre-K to elementary aged children. 


AUGUST 26 -- Native Pollinators      
1-3pm
Cost: $5 (with paid admission)
Pollinators can be found all across the Refuge. Learn about the different strategies of various pollinators. Discover how two-thirds of our food requires the help of these creatures. Short presentation precedes the hike. Bring water and dress for the weather. Insect repellent highly recommended. 


AUGUST 30 -- Evening Stroll with a Naturalist      
7:30-9pm
Cost: $10 (includes admission fee)
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 their home. Bring water and wear weather appropriate clothing. Pre-registration required.


AUGUST 31 -- Blue Moon Paddle      
7:30-10pm
Cost: $20 (includes admission fee)
Join us by celebrating our August Blue Moon with a different type of Canoe Tour in the evening hours. This program will present new opportunities, like hearing beavers slap the water with their tails and seeing deer and raccoons. Canoes, paddles and lifejackets are provided. Children must be 5 years or older. Parents must sign a liability waiver for minor children. Some previous experience recommended. Registration ends preceding Tuesday or when filled. Maximum - 12 participants. Meet at Back Gate. Pre-registration required. 


The FWNC&R is a hidden jewel, a 3600-acre 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.  The FWNC&R is the largest city-owned nature center in the United States, with over 20 miles of hiking trails.  Staff naturalists at the Hardwicke Interpretive Center are available to facilitate your exploration.   

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34.  FORT WORTH BOTANIC GARDENS PROGRAMS

YEAR ROUND -- Green Thumb Club
Little Diggers -- Age 4 by class date
Green Thumb Club Juniors -- Grades K-2
Green Thumb Club -- Grades 3-5
Details: Green Thumb Club provides children the opportunity to learn more about the natural world around them. We use the Fort Worth Botanic Garden as a living laboratory for students to explore topics such as native plant studies, pollination, tree structure, climate change, and more.
For more information: Click here

For more information about the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens: call 817-871-7686


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35. FORT WORTH ZOO HOME SCHOOL CLASSES FOR AGES 6-12


2012 Classes

Time:  9:30am-11:30am
Cost: $25/student
Includes snack, live animal presentation, and admission to the Zoo on class day.
Class Schedule:  See listing below for monthly class themes
To Register:  Click Here
Location:  Fort Worth Zoo, 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76110
For more information: Click here

Class for Ages 6-8
Join us this semester as we study different subjects through zoo exploration! 

August 14 & 28 –
Slithery Science: Scales, scutes, and strikes! This class will explore the world of snakes.

September 11 & 25 - Monkey Math: Put your math skills to the test and monkey around with us.

October 9 & 23 - Creepy Crawly Computers: In this computer class students will research Zoo insects. Laptops are provided.

November 13 & 27 - Hippo History: Encounter fun facts about the hippo while discussing dates, timelines, and chronological order.

December 4 & 18 - Rhinoceros Reading: Have you ever seen a rhino reading rapidly while running in a race? Neither have we! Use your imagination and join us for a wild story.

Classes for Ages 9-12
Come along as we take a close look at diverse animals and their eating habits!

August 14 & 28 - Clever Carnivores: Meat some friends with sharp, pointy teeth.

September 11 & 25 - Healthy Herbivores: Learn all about the vegetarians that live at the Zoo!

October 9 & 23 - Instinctive Insectivores: Bugs! Mmm mmm good! Explore animals that prefer a meal of a creepy crawly class.

November 13 & 27 -Outrageous Omnivores: Discover these animals and their all-encompassing diet.

December 4 & 18 - Picky Piscivores: Do you like to eat fish? These guys do! We'll learn all about these animals and their practically picky palates.


Discount:  The Fort Worth Zoo is offering HEART of Texas members (with a valid ID card) a free Ft. Worth drawstring backpack when they register for Spring Zoo Classes (classes are monthly, January through May).  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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36.  FOSSIL RIM HOME SCHOOL CLASSES AND EVENTS

AUGUST 21 -- Colors By Nature

Time:
10am-3pm
Cost: $18/person, 2 & under free
Details:
Colors by Nature (Exploring Natural Dyes): Cochineal is a scale insect found on prickly pear cactus that is used to produce a natural dye.  It was used historically as a clothing dye, and is still used as a food dye today.  We will talk about Cochineal and other natural dyes, and use Cochineal to dye bandanas! Then we’ll end with a tour of the park.
To register: Email homeschool@fossilrim.org or call 254-897-2960
 
SEPTEMBER 10 -- Nature Journaling
Time: 10am-3pm
Cost: $22/person, 2 & under free
Details:  
Charlotte Mason Method aficionados, you’ll love this one!  Take a look at some examples of nature journals, and learn FOUR different nature journaling techniques.  Remember to bring your nature journals and preferred art medium.  Artistic prowess not required.
To Register: Call 254-897-2960 

SEPTEMBER 25 -- Robin Hood Day Camp
Time: 9am-4pm
Cost: $27/person, 2 & under free
Details: Based on Howard Pyle’s classic, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, this program combines elements of several shorter programs.  Topics include European Red Deer, Discovery Table (see above), archery, poaching, Chemical Capture (see above), and camouflage. Plus a guided tour of Fossil Rim Wildlife Center!
To register: Call 254-897-2960 

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37. 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.

Group rates available. 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://heartoftex.org/resources/membership  


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38.  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
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
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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39.  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.

To register and for more information, call 972-881-0140.
Preschool Programs:
No dates listed

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.

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://heartoftex.org/resources/membership

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40.  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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41.  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.
For more information: Click here

Open to the Public Days (MARCH–NOVEMBER)
SATURDAYS -- NOW OPEN
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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42.  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.

AUGUST 11 -- The Ascent of the Arthropod
Time: 11 am 
Details: Learn why cockroaches have the ability to fold their wings. Discover when life took to the air. Find out who was first on land and much more at this lecture on the evolution of arthropods.$15; $12 for TDG members.

AUGUST 18 -- Garden Explorers Walk 
Time: 11 am 
Details: Get out in the garden on this family friendly walk! Take a garden tour with one of our garden docents and learn how to spot a squirrel's nest, caterpillar activity, pond life and much more in the great outdoors. Wrap up your visit with a trip to our indoor butterfly house for our Noon butterfly release. Included with admission.

AUGUST 23 -- Butterfly Tea Party featuring "Bonjour Butterfly"  
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm 
Details: Enjoy Fancy Nancy - themed activities, tea, snacks, and more as we celebrate the book, “Bonjour Butterfly,” by Jane O'Connor! We’ll end our party with crafts and special edition of our noon butterfly release. Fancy Nancy Series © 2009 Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser. $12 per Child; $10 per TDG Member Child. Adults pay regular admission.

AUGUST 25 -- Get Bugged!   
Time: 10:30am-noon 
Details: Learn what makes a bug a bug and why many of the garden critters you see are not. Join us to learn about the diverse behavior and habits of this group of insects and arthropods. $15; $12 for TDG members.



Regular Admission & Hours:
$8/adults; $6 seniors (60+); $4 children 3-12yrs; free children under 3yrs.
Each Tuesday:  Gardens are open for free (butterfly house admission is regular price)
Hours:  Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Last ticket to Butterfly House sold at 4:45 p.m.
For more info:  214-428-7476 ext. 341 or Click Here
Location:
3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Fair Park.
Fair Park is
two miles east of downtown Dallas just south of Interstate 30.

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


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


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43.  TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT ACTIVITIES

ATHENS, TX

AUGUST 4 -- Basic Birding    
Location: Purtis State Park
Time: 6-7 pm 
Details: Take a hike and learn about techniques for finding and identifying birds. Wear comfortable shoes, bring binoculars if you have the  otherwise we have a few to loan out. Meet at hike and bike trailhead by the DAM. Weather permitting.
For More Information: 903-425-2332


AUGUST 4 -- Night Hike     
Location: Purtis State Park
Time: 9-10 pm 
Details: Take a hike into the night and learn about the nocturnal animals that frequent the park. Discover how the darkness affects your senses.  The hike is about one mile and on relatively flat terrain. Meet at the trailhead parking lot by dam. Wear appropriate shoes, weather permitting.
For More Information: 903-425-2332


AUGUST 5 -- Full Moon Canoe Tour      
Location: Purtis State Park
Time: 8:30-10:30pm 
Details: Take a canoe trip under the light of the full moon.  Some experience required.  Bring your own canoe/ kayak or use one of ours.  Maximum number of boats: 6. Subject to weather conditions.  Fee: 12.00 per person.
For More Information: 903-425-2332


AUGUST 11 -- Basic Canoe Tour       
Location: Purtis State Park
Time: 3:30-5:30pm 
Details: Learn basic paddling skills and safe entry and exit, trip planning and Leave No Trace –meet at the boat ramp. Reservations required, class size restricted. Please contact the park at 903-425-2332
For More Information: 903-425-2332


AUGUST 12 -- Canoe Tour        
Location: Purtis State Park
Time: 9am-noon 
Details: Take a canoe tour on Purtis Creek Lake and see parts of the lake that are only accessible by boat, learn about some of the wildlife that frequents the park, meet at the boat ramp. Reservations required class size limited. Cost $12.00 per person
For More Information: 903-425-2332

AUGUST 18 -- Geocaching        
Location: Purtis State Park
Time: 5-6pm 
Details: Geocaching is a type of treasure hunt using a GPS unit to help find hidden “caches” placed by people all over the world.  Geocaches are everywhere from just down the street to the most remote wilderness areas. This program will teach the basics of using a GPS for geocaching and how to get started.  Meet at the Amphitheater. GPS units available to use during the program.
For More Information: 903-425-2332

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CEDAR HILL, TX

AUGUST 4 -- Penn Farm Tour: The Early Years   
Location:
Meet at the Penn Farm parking lot
Time: 9-10am every two weeks until 8/18
Details: While strolling through this historic farm, you will hear stories of the John W. and Lucinda Penn and their pioneering spirit.  Learn what life on the farm was like for this couple as they farmed and raised livestock along with a family, adapting to the changes in agriculture and lifestyles through the first decades of the Penn Farm. Meet at the Penn Farm parking lot. Program is available to the general public.  The Penn Farm is flat and grassy and can accommodate wheelchairs and strollers. All programs are subject to weather conditions. Cedar Hill State Park, 1570 W FM 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104.
Contact: 972-291-5940


AUGUST 11 -- Duck Pond Nature Center    
Location:
Meet at the Duck Pond Trailhead
Time: 9-10am 
Details: Take a leisurely walk and learn about the plants and animals at the park. Discover how living things depend on each other to survive and thrive in the habitat here at the park.  The trail is approximately one mile and is a great hike for families with children.  Each hike is limited to 25 people.  Call 972-291-5940 to check availability.  This program is subject to the trail condition on the morning of the hike.  Meet at the Duck Pond Trailhead. Program is available to the general public.  The Duck Pond Trail has steps and some rough trail.  It is not wheelchair or stroller friendly. Cedar Hill State Park, 1570 W FM 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104.
Contact: 972-291-5940


AUGUST 11 -- Reptiles: Our Scaly Skinned Friends     
Location:
Meet at the Duck Pond Trailhead
Time: 7-8pm every two weeks until 8/25 
Details: Hear about the reptiles found in the area. Learn about the benefits of reptiles to this ecosystem. See some live examples of a couple scaly friends. Meet in the Penn Farm amphitheater. Program is available to the general public.  This program is in an outdoor amphitheater that is wheelchair and stroller accessible. All programs are subject to weather conditions. Cedar Hill State Park, 1570 W FM 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104.
Contact: 972-291-5940



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DENTON, TX

Lake Ray Roberts State Park

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DENISON, TX

AUGUST 11 -- Sounds of the Night  
Location: Eisenhower State Park
Time: 8:15pm-9:15pm
Details: A fun filled program that demystifies the mysterious Sounds of the Night!
Contact: 903-465-1956


AUGUST 18 -- Sounds of the Night  
Location: Eisenhower State Park
Time: 8:15pm-9:15pm
Details: A fun filled program that demystifies the mysterious Sounds of the Night!
Contact: 903-465-1956


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GLEN ROSE, TX

AUGUST 4 -- Bird Watching Hike   
Location: Park Store Parking Lot 
Time: 8-9am
Details: Meet Bob & Gail at the park store parking lot to go in search of local birds. Wear good walking shoes. Bring your field guides and binoculars if you have any. Field guides and binoculars will be available for check-out.
Contact: 254-897-4588


AUGUST 4 -- Nature Hike   
Location: Track Site #2
Time: 10-10:45am
Details: Meet Bob and Gail (Texas Master Naturalists), at Track Site #2 to identify and learn interesting facts about wildlife, trees and plants. Hike along the Paluxy Nature Trail. Also learn easy techniques to estimate tree height, size and numbers of leaves. Suitable for all ages. Path is paved.
Contact: 254-897-4588


AUGUST 5 -- Park After Dark Night Hike - Creatures of the Night   
Location: Park Store Parking Lot
Time: 8:45-10pm
Details: Meet Kathy at the park store parking lot for a hike through south primitive to view wildlife and to listen to the night sounds and talk about the wildlife that you may encounter while visiting the park. Learn about special animal adaptations that aid them in being nocturnal. Wear good walking shoes .Insecticide recommended. Bring a flashlight.
Contact: 254-897-4588


AUGUST 11 -- Monarch Butterfly Monitoring    
Location: Park Store 
Time: 8-9am
Details: Meet Bob & Gail at the park store to learn about Monarch Butterflies Migration and their Life Cycle. Learn about how one generation of Monarchs Butterflies reaches the end of its life, and a new generation must begin. This event is both educational and fun for the whole family.
Contact: 254-897-4588


AUGUST 11 -- Nature Hike    
Location: Track Site #2
Time: 10-10:45am
Details: Meet Bob and Gail (Texas Master Naturalists), at Track Site #2 to identify and learn interesting facts about wildlife, trees and plants. Hike along the Paluxy Nature Trail. Also learn easy techniques to estimate tree height, size and numbers of leaves. Suitable for all ages. Path is paved.
Contact: 254-897-4588


AUGUST 18 -- Bird Watching Hike    
Location: Park Store Parking Lot 
Time: 8-9am
Details: Meet Bob & Gail at the park store parking lot to go in search of local birds. Wear good walking shoes. Bring your field guides and binoculars if you have any. Field guides and binoculars will be available for check-out.
Contact: 254-897-4588


AUGUST 18 -- Nature Hike    
Location: Track Site #2
Time: 10-10:45am
Details: Meet Bob and Gail (Texas Master Naturalists), at Track Site #2 to identify and learn interesting facts about wildlife, trees and plants. Hike along the Paluxy Nature Trail. Also learn easy techniques to estimate tree height, size and numbers of leaves. Suitable for all ages. Path is paved.
Contact: 254-897-4588


AUGUST 18 -- Venomous Snakes of Texas    
Location: Meet at ampitheater
Time: 9-10pm
Details: Meet Kathy at the amphitheater to talk about the Snakes that you may encounter while visiting the park. Insecticide recommended. Bring a flashlight for after the show.Insecticide recommended.
Contact: 254-897-4588

AUGUST 19 -- Park After Dark Night Hike -- Creatures of the Night    
Location: Park Store Parking Lot 
Time: 8:45-10pm
Details: Meet Kathy at the park store parking lot for a hike through south primitive to view wildlife and to listen to the night sounds and talk about the wildlife that you may encounter while visiting the park. Learn about special animal adaptations that aid them in being nocturnal. Wear good walking shoes .Insecticide recommended. Bring a flashlight.
Contact: 254-897-4588

AUGUST 25 -- Monarch Butterfly Monitoring    
Location: Park Store 
Time: 8-9am
Details: Meet Bob & Gail at the park store to learn about Monarch Butterflies Migration and their Life Cycle. Learn about how one generation of Monarchs Butterflies reaches the end of its life, and a new generation must begin. This event is both educational and fun for the whole family.
Contact: 254-897-4588


AUGUST 25 -- Nature Hike    
Location: Track Site #2
Time: 10-10:45am
Details: Meet Bob and Gail (Texas Master Naturalists), at Track Site #2 to identify and learn interesting facts about wildlife, trees and plants. Hike along the Paluxy Nature Trail. Also learn easy techniques to estimate tree height, size and numbers of leaves. Suitable for all ages. Path is paved.
Contact: 254-897-4588

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JACKSBORO, TX

AUGUST 6, 13, 20, 27 -- Weekday Tours   
Location:  Fort Richardson State Park 
Time: Tours leave at 10am and 2pm; continue through December 2012
Details:  Join a ranger guided tour of The Fort Richardson Historic Site twice daily, Monday through Friday. Tours leave the Interpretive center at 10:00am and 2:00pm. The historical buildings are not climate controlled and the tour requires walking approximately one mile. Morning tours are recommended in the summer months as the afternoons are usually very hot and exposure to the elements is continual. The event is free but park entry fees still apply.
Contact: 
940-327- 8950


AUGUST 4, 11, 18, 25 -- Weekend Self Guided Tours   
Location:  Fort Richardson State Park 
Time: Tours leave at 10am and 2pm; continue through December 2012
Details:  Enjoy a leisurely stroll around The Fort Richardson Historic Site each weekend from 10:00-12:00 & 2:00-4:00pm.  The historical buildings are open for self guided tours and park interpretive staff is on site to answer your questions.  The historical buildings are not climate controlled and the tour requires walking approximately one mile. Morning tours are recommended in the summer months as the afternoons are usually very hot and exposure to the elements is continual. The event is free but park entry fees still apply.
Contact: 
940-327- 8950



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MINERAL WELLS, TX


AUGUST 4 -- Name that Bird!   
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Time: 8:30pm-10:00pm
Details:  Come to the Lone Star Amphitheater to play a fun game of Texas bird identification. We will divide into teams and test our skills at identifying calls and photos of bird that can be found in the park. Bring your favorite lawn chair. Held at the Lone Star Amphitheater in Lake Mineral Wells State Park, 100 Park Road 71, Mineral Wells, TX, 76067. Accessible for the mobility impaired. The program is free with paid park entrance fee or a State Park Pass.
Contact:  940-327- 8950

AUGUST 11 -- Cowboy Campfire: Music and Poetry 
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Details:  Enjoy a peaceful evening of Cowboy music, poetry and stories. Experience the cow camp lifestyle and local historical treasures through the music and poetry of the old time cowboy. Bring your favorite lawn chair. Held at the Lone Star Amphitheater in Lake Mineral Wells State Park, 100 Park Road 71, Mineral Wells, TX, 76067. Accessible for the mobility impaired. The program is free with paid park entrance fee or a State Park Pass.
Contact: 
940-327- 8950


AUGUST 18 -- Night Sounds  
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Time: 8:30pm-10:00pm
Details:  Listen to the sounds of a Texas summer night. Actual and recorded sounds of the insects, birds, frogs and mammals will be heard and identified with slides of the animals. Bring a lawn chair. Held at the Lone Star Amphitheater in Lake Mineral Wells State Park, 100 Park Road 71, Mineral Wells, TX, 76067. Accessible for the mobility impaired. The program is free with paid park entrance fee or a State Park Pass.
Contact:  940-327- 8950

AUGUST 25 -- Owl Prowl  
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Time: 8:30pm-10:00pm
Details:  Meet at the Lone Star Amphitheater to learn the importance of owls in the Texas. We will begin with a slide presentation featuring screech owls.  Then, we will use an owl call and listen for their response. We may take a walk to several nearby locations for more responses. Bring your favorite lawn chair. Held at the Lone Star Amphitheater in Lake Mineral Wells State Park, 100 Park Road 71, Mineral Wells, TX, 76067. Accessible for the mobility impaired. The program is free with paid park entrance fee or a State Park Pass.
Contact:  940-327- 8950

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TYLER, TX

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WILLS POINT, TX

AUGUST 4, 19, 25 -- Weekend Adventures  
Location:  Lake Tawakoni State Park
Time:  6-7pm
Details: Lake Tawakoni offers a variety of activities and hikes for all ages, most weekends. Times are subject to change or cancellation. You can call the park directly to find out what program will be taking place for a particular weekend or request a program.
For More Details: 903-560-0092

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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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44.  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 2012-2013 Season:


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Date:
October 12-28
Details:
Play hooky with Tom Sawyer! Mark Twain's beloved novel comes to life in this new adaptation of the classic coming-of-age story. Tom, his best friend Huckleberry Finn and sweetheart Becky Thatcher find themselves in many raucous adventures, including late-night trips to the graveyard, exploring dark, mysterious caves and hunting for buried treasure. Join the mischievous crew in this thrilling, big-hearted adventure that is sure to stir the imaginations of the young and young at heart.
For more information: Click here

'Twas the Night Before Christmas
Date:
Nov 24 - Dec 23
Details: With her daddy off to war, Molly is having trouble finding her Christmas spirit. Determined to make it a Christmas to remember, Molly's mother takes her on a magical treasure hunt where they encounter dancing elves, Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus himself! Featuring a score of beloved Christmas songs such as "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas," "The First Noel" and "White Christmas," 'Twas the Night Before Christmas is a yuletide spectacular destined to become a Fort Worth holiday tradition!
For more information:  Click here

Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale
Date:
Feb 8-24
Details: Casa Mañana invites you to let down your hair in this charming new musical. Join long-haired Rapunzel and a magical cast of characters including an evil enchantress, a witty spell-bound dragon and a handsome suitor on a quest to find his purpose in life. This twist on the classic fairy tale is sure to delight princes and pincesses of all ages.
For more information: Click here

Disney's Winnie the Pooh
Date:
Mar 22-Apr 7
Details: Welcome to the Hundred Acre Wood, where Winnie the Pooh is once again in search of honey. His journey soon becomes a quest to save Christopher Robin. During the adventure, Pooh and his pals Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit and Owl learn about teamwork, friendship and sharing snacks! Don't miss this whirlwind musical adventure based on the beloved characters of A.A. Milne and Disney.
For more information: Click here

Suessical, Jr.
Date: Apr 26-May 12
Details:
In this magical, musical extravaganza, all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters come to life, including Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz and Jojo, a little boy with a big imagination. Join Seuss' colorful cast of characters on their adventures through the Jungle of Nool, to the Circus McGurkus and to the invisible world of the Whos, as they learn the powers of loyalty, faith, family and friendship.
For more information: 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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45.  PERFORMANCES AT CATS THEATER IN ARLINGTON


CATS Building Suffered Devastating Fire;
Temporary Rehearsal and Performance Space Secured for Upcoming Production

For More Information:
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Location:  1100 West Randol Mill Road
                Arlington, TX  76012


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46.  COTTAGE THEATER – CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION

Center for Home Education’s Cottage Theater Presents:

Upcoming Performances:

OLIVER AUDITIONS
Now taking audition appoint requests for Oliver. Auditioners are not required to take the audition clinic previously advertised.
 
Who: Grades 3 and up (CHE grads, staff & parents welcome)
What: Auditions for Oliver the Musical
When: July 30 or August 1 by appointment only 
Where: The Cottage Theatre
How: Make an appointment with Anicia Brown at starlightperformingarts@yahoo.com or or calling 817.571.9839
Details:  Auditioners must make an appointment bring a prepared song with accompaniment CD be prepared to learn a short dance sequence be prepared to cold read from the script.
Rehearsals: 
  Mondays & Wednesdays 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. starting August. 13
  Fridays 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. starting Sept. 7
Tech week:
  Oct. 8 - 12
Performances:
  Oct. 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 at 7:30 p.m.
  Oct. 14 & 21 at 2:30 p.m.

Verlon Thompson in Concert
Date: August 18
Time: 7:30pm
Details: Verlon Thompson is a songwriting dynamo. Randy Travis, Kenny Rogers, Barbara Mandrell, Alan Jackson, Jimmy Buffett, Del McCoury, and Keith Whitley have recorded his tunes. When he’s not writing new songs, Thompson is touring and co-writing songs with Texas songwriting legend Guy Clark.
For more information and tickets: Click here to email Anicia Brown

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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47.  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; Fridays at 4:30.

THROUGH AUGUST 18 -- Rapunzel 
Details:
This side-splitting comedy begins when Rapunzel’s parents are forced to promise their firstborn child to an evil witch in exchange for their freedom. Years later on Rapunzel’s 18th birthday, the witch makes good on their promise and shows up to whisk poor, innocent Rapunzel away to a tower in the forest. From here, a boisterously entertaining rescue attempt begins! Can the Prince persevere over the powers of evil and save Rapunzel? Filled with plenty of action and fresh, hysterical characters, this show gives a new twist to an old story and a gentle message about the nature of beauty.
For more information: Click here

AUGUST 25-OCTOBER 6 -- Winnie the Pooh Kids
Details: Welcome to the Hundred Acre Wood, where Winnie the Pooh is once again in search of honey. Along the way, he meets his pals Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit and Owl, but soon discovers that Christopher Robin has been captured by the Backson! As they prepare for a rescue operation, the animals learn about teamwork, friendship, and sharing snacks! Based on the beloved characters of A.A. Milne and the Disney animated feature film, this show is the perfect pick for audiences ages 2-92!
For more information: Click here

OCTOBER 16-NOVEMBER 10 -- The Big Bad Musical
Details: A courtroom has never been more lively and fun than in The Big Bad Musical! You – the audience – are the jury, and you must decide the outcome of the biggest trial ever in the fairy-tale world! The notorious Big Bad Wolf is being slapped with a class-action lawsuit by storybooks of quirky characters who want to get even. As our wronged fairy tale characters testify, the wolf seems deserving of all that’s coming, but then Mr. Wolf makes a good case for himself. Was he born a criminal, or made one? Filled with songs, laughter and multiple endings that make every performance unique, this wickedly funny musical is one you’ll want to see over and over again!
For more information: Click here

NOVEMBER 17-DECEMBER 22 -- A Snow White Christmas
Details: In this new A Snow White Christmas children’s play, Santa himself arrives on stage to tell everyone about a terrible problem: The Wicked Queen hates Christmas and is plotting against Snow White because she brings the lovely winter snow. Tricked into taking a bite of the poisoned apple, the lovely Snow White sleeps until Prince Charming awakens her with “love’s first kiss”. At last the snow falls and Christmas comes to the forest making for a very happy holiday ending!
For more information: Click here


Artisan Main Stage Productions:

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.

THROUGH AUGUST 18 -- Anything Goes
Details:
The age-old tale of Boy-Meets-Girl and the complications which ensue intrigue every audience, and no musical puts it on stage better than ANYTHING GOES. This show is an amusing story wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s magical scores. Two versions of it are available for presentation. The 1962 and the 1987 Beaumont versions are based on the same story. Both may be accompanied by a piano, a small instrumental combo or a full orchestra. The 1987 Beaumont version has twice as much dance music as the 1962 version, and the orchestration features a shipboard sound derived from the utility band and less-than-ideal acoustics on board. Terrific Cole Porter songs in both versions include It’s De-Lovely, Friendship, I Get A Kick Out Of You, All Through The Night, Anything Goes, You’re The Top and Blow, Gabriel, Blow. In addition the 1962 version includes Take Me Back To Manhattan and Let’s Misbehave. Buddie Beware and Easy To Love are added to the 1987 Beaumont version. It’s a wonder that all the romances are sorted out and disaster is averted aboard the magical ship where ANYTHING GOES!
For more information: Click here

AUGUST 24- OCTOBER 6 -- Fiddler on the Roof
Details: In the little village of Anatevka, Tevye, a poor dairyman, tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his tight-knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, “Fiddler On The Roof” has touched audiences around the world with its humor, warmth and honesty. It’s universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.
For more information: Click here

OCTOBER 12-NOVEMBER 10 -- The Diary of Anne Frank
Details:
Adapted from Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, edited by Otto Frank. Winner of the 1956 Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award, Critics Circle Award, and virtually every other coveted prize of the theatre. Very few plays have moved the Broadway critics to write such glowing notices, receiving the unanimous acclaim of all the top New York reviewers. The NY Times, said, “A lovely tender drama…Strange how the shining spirit of a young girl now dead can filter down through the years and inspire a group of theatrical professionals in a foreign land.” The NY Herald-Tribune said, “The precise quality of the new play at the Cort is the quality of glowing, ineradicable life—life in its warmth, its wonder, its spasms of anguish and its wild and flaring humor…Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett have fashioned a wonderfully sensitive and theatrically craftsmanlike narrative out of the real-life legacy left us by a spirited and straightforward Jewish girl…as bright and shining as a banner.” The NY Post called it “…a moving document on the stage.” The NY Daily News said, “There is so much beauty, warm humor, gentle pity…in THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK that it is difficult to imagine how this play could be contained in one set on one stage…this is a fine drama.”
For more information: Click here

NOVEMBER 16-DECEMBER 22 -- The Forgotten Carols
Details: A straight-laced nurse is assigned to care for an elderly patient who has a few “psychological problems”. He calls himself “Uncle John” and believes he’s been alive for 2,000 years and has actually met people from the Christmas story that have been “forgotten,” i.e. the innkeeper that turned Joseph and Mary away; the shepherd who fell asleep and missed everything and others. He’s chronicled his encounters with a collection of “forgotten carols” which he sings as he hangs the ornaments he’s collected over the centuries that accompany each unique Christmas song. If only these songs could touch the part of his nurse’s heart that she has long since forgotten.
For more information: Click here


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!

FALL 2012 ACTING, DANCE, AND VOICE CLASSES FOR HOMESCHOOLERS:
For more information:
Click here

To Register for classes or for more information:  817-929-0852 or click here to email

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48.  BREITLING YOUTH THEATER

Performances:
Cost:
Advance tickets are $8 (add $1 at the door). Children 3 and under are free.

GET SMART -- AUGUST 9-11

THE TRIALS OF ROBIN HOOD -- AUGUST 15-18

FALL CLASSES/CHRISTMAS PRODUCTIONS:

"FRUITCAKES"
Mix together a batch of fruitcakes, three dozen Christmas trees, 10,000 outdoor Christmas lights, a chicken pox epidemic, two southern spinsters, an estranged old man, a lost cat named Tutti Frutti and a Christmas hog named Buster and you've got the recipe for a fun filled and touching evening filled with holiday cheer. Into this world comes Jamie, a kid who has run away from home and come as far as his money will take him. At first he thinks this town's inhabitants are "nuttier than fruitcakes," but soon he comes to admire, appreciate and adore this nutty little town. A moving story of alienation, understanding and reconciliation, FrUiTCaKeS provides audiences with a heaping helping of holiday warmth and Christmas cheer
WHEN: Tuesdays 4:30-6:30 pm OR
               Thursdays 6:30-8:30 pm OR        
               Fridays 1:30-3:30 pm
WHO: Ages 4-18 years old (please call me if your child is 3 & will turn 4 during the Fall & would like to participate)
AUDITIONS: September/October Classes start the week of September 4th
PERFORMANCES: December 12-15, 2012
TUITION:  $70 per month-September -December- this includes materials fees, costumes, make-upuction
DISCOUNTS:  Sibling discount, volunteer discount,student ticket to other prodart the week of September 4, 2012
*We want every child to be able to participate that would like to.  Some scholarships are available for families that qualify.


"CRICKETS ON THE HEARTH"
It's the 1880s and Dot Dallrimple and her friend May Fielding are Christmas shopping. A miserly store owner, Mr. Tackleton, has eyes for May and has her fiance Edward kidnapped and sent off to sea, never to return to England. Ten years pass with no word from Edward. Poor May has remained single, even though Tackleton has continued to court her. Meanwhile, Dot has married John Peerybingle and his delivery business has prospered. Two days before Christmas he brings home a ragged, mute stranger. In one awkward moment, John see his wife throw her arms around the stranger and kiss him. Who the stranger is and what happens at a special party which Tackleton has arranged makes for a happy Christmas Day.  Based on the book by Charles Dickens.
WHEN:  Tuesdays 7:00-9:00 pm 
WHO: Ages 12-19 years old (19 year old must still be in school)
AUDITIONS: September/October Classes start the week of September 4th
PERFORMANCES: December 5-8, 2012
TUITION:  $70 per month-September -December- this includes materials fees, costumes, make-upuction
DISCOUNTS:  Sibling discount, volunteer discount,student ticket to other prodart the week of September 4, 2012
*We want every child to be able to participate that would like to.  Some scholarships are available for families that qualify.


1. Email us the class & time that your child wants.
2. Bring in or mail the first month's tuition.  We take Credit Cards, checks or cash.
3.  Enroll by August 5th to receive a FREE student ticket to the production of your choice Get Smart or Trials of Robin Hood.
These are going to be some great shows that will create wonderful memories for your child.  I hope you will join us!


WEEK LONG SUMMER ACTING CAMPS:
Details: Kids will have fun learning basic acting skills and rehearse during the week. They will have two performances on Friday! Every child has a speaking part. No acting experience necessary! Call to sign up and reserve your spot today!

Ages 5-16 years old
9:00am-4:00pm (before and after care available 7:00am-6:00pm)
June 4-8: "Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz"
June 25-29: "The Trial of Goldilocks"
July 16-20: "The Little Mermaid"
July 30-Aug 3: "Peter Pan"

Ages 3-12 years old
8:00am-12:00pm
June 11-15: "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs:
July 9-13: "Young Kind Arthur and Princesses"

Call for listing of classes and other details:  972-658-3915 or visit online at www.actingforchildren.org

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 membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here

Breitling Youth Theater is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing theater opportunities to children ages 2-19 in the North Texas area.  Whether your child is attending one of our Acting Workshops, or particpating in one of our productions, they will have fun, learn, and create lasting friendships!
 
Location:  303 Main St, Garland, TX  75040


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49.  DALLAS CHILDREN’S THEATER PERFORMANCES

2012-2013 Season:
(Please note that not all productions may be suitable for all audiences.)  

SEPT 15 - OCT 21 -- Pinkalicious 
This musical adaptation of the most sparkling book ever is a celebration of FAMILY and LOVE. When Pinkalicious bites off more than she can chew, it takes a whole lot of bravery to find her true colors again. Its infectious fun has audiences cheering across the country.

NOV 16 - DEC 22 -- Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
Deck the halls. First graders Junie B., Herb, José and the gang are back! Based on the wildly popular book series by Barbara Park, see the world thru the eyes of a sassy and impulsive first grader and her schoolmates in this laugh-out-loud holiday production. It’s Merry Mayhem filled with Junie B. joy and glee.

NOV 16 - DEC 23 -- The Nutcracker
Tchaikovsky's holiday masterpiece magically brought to life with dazzling puppetry. Kathy Burks & Company revive their critically acclaimed staging for the intimate Studio Theater. Guaranteed to sell-out.

JAN 25 - MAR 3 -- Goodnight Moon
One of the most cherished and beloved books of all time! Savor the whimsical and rich world of a child’s imagination with stars, air and noises everywhere! This fanciful poem of goodnight wishes comes to life as an extravaganza of enchantment, singing, dancing and puppetry.

MAR 8 - APR 7 -- Rumpelstiltskin
Kathy Burks & Company brings this delightful Brothers Grimm tale to life and spins pure GOLD! They’ll all live happily ever after… if the miller’s daughter can only remember that strange little man’s name!

MAR 22 - APR 14 -- A Wrinkle in Time
It’s the 50th Anniversary of this Newbery Medal winning, sci-fi classic. Sister Meg, her little brother Charles and Calvin—the most popular boy in school—are on a dangerous mission to rescue Meg’s father from another planet, and save the universe. An extraordinary, extra-terrestrial adventure across space and time. The Regional Premiere of this new, highly theatrical adaptation.

MAY 10 - 25 -- The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley
A Southwest Premiere
You know this guy. Stanley Lambchop is just like everyone else, but one night he makes a wish… and it comes true! In a whirlwind musical travelogue, Stanley - the ultimate exchange student—scours the globe to do something the world has never seen before, and learns that heroes come in all shapes and sizes.

JUNE 21 - JULY 14 -- The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
Dallas Children's Theater National Touring Production
Adapted from the hilariously popular book by Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith. A. Wolf finally gets to tell his side of the story and YOU determine the ending of the play in this rock Hip-Hop-ity musical that will blow the hair off your chinny chin chin! Hot off its acclaimed national tour.


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

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.

Frozen Planet in Concert
Date: August 31-Sept 1
Details: Film composer George Fenton returns to Dallas to conduct the newest of his documentary concerts, Frozen Planet, live with the DSO.
For more information: Click here

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

No concerts scheduled at this time.

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


THROUGH AUGUST 15 -- Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing 
Location: Plano Children's Theater
Nine-year-old boy, Peter, has a very difficult little brother nicknamed 'Fudge'. Peter often becomes frustrated with Fudge getting his way and trying to always be involved in his activities. Fourth grade is no picnic either, but by end of the play, Peter has a new appreciation of friends and even this little pesky brother.

AUGUST 17-25 -- Lord of the Flies
Location: Plano's Children's Theater
When an exclusive Boys School plane crashes on a deserted island and all the adults are killed, the boys must choose between civility and savagery. ALL GIRL CAST!

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

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

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53.  TEXAS BALLET THEATER PERFORMANCES

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

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

2012-2013 SEASON:

Peer Gynt
October 19-21: Bass Performance Hall
October 26-28: Music Hall at Fair Park


The Nutcracker
November 23-December 2: Winspear Opera House
December 7-23: Bass Performance Hall


Lambarena and Voluntaries
March 1-3: Bass Performance Hall

TBT Festival
May 3-5: Wyly Theater
May 24-26: Wyly Theater

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

New season includes Cathy Rigby's PETER PAN, The Addams Family, and Mamma Mia!

Offer valid on Tues, Wed, Thurs, & Sun evening performances in price level 2-4
To Order Tickets Contact Susan Frederick at: Click here to email

Offer open to homeschoolers, friends and family. The TX State Fair show is The Addams Family. Free admission to the Fair with your theater ticket. Contact Susan Frederick for details on TAFFIE offers and how to order. Unlike some of the other theater offers, DSM gives us a different link each time so Susan will need to provide the correct link for the current offers. 

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55.  LONE STAR CHILDREN'S CHOIR

Lone Star Children’s Choir is searching for bright and talented young singers ages 8-14. The mission of the Lone Star Children’s Choir is to provide children with the experience of musical artistry and creative choral performance opportunities that are committed to excellence, built on a strong foundation of musical knowledge and skills, and are an asset to our community. Children are exposed to distinctive choral literature in multiple languages. Interviews for new singers are being held by appointment from May through July. Singers currently in public, private or home schooled environments are welcome.

Requirements are the ability to sing in tune, the desire to learn, and a joyful attitude! 

Please contact Carole Nichols, Artistic Director, for more information and to schedule an interview for your child.
Email: director@lonestarchildren.com
Phone: 817-412-9429
Website: www.lonestarchildren.com

Rehearsals:
Time:  Monday evenings
Location: St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church: 223 South Pearson Lane, Keller  76248 (located on the border of Keller and Southlake)

Performances are held at various churches and other locations throughout Tarrant County.

Discount:  Lone Star Children's Choir is offering a 10% discount on annual tuition 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 membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here


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


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



Guided Tours for Students:
 
Click Here

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

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


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


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57.  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:  Aug 7 (Animal Kingdom), Sept 4 (Back to School), Oct 2 (Use Your Senses)

Exhibits:
THROUGH SPRING 2013 -- Encountering Space in the Center for Creative Connections
THROUGH AUGUST 19 -- Flower of the Prairie: George Grosz's Impressions of Dallas, 1952
THROUGH SEPT 2 -- Focus on: Nobuo Sekine
THROUGH SEPT 25 -- Omer Fast: 5000 Feet is the Best
THROUGH NOVEMBER 25 -- Legacy of the Plumed Serpent in Ancient Mexico

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
August 17, September 21, October 19, November 16
Time: Third Friday of each month from 6 p.m.-Midnight
Cost:  General admission is $10 or less.  Late Night programs are included in general admission to the Museum unless otherwise noted. Some exhibitions require an additional ticket. Details:  One Friday a month, the Museum is open until midnight with activities, tours, readings, film screenings, concerts, performances, family programs, and more!   

Sketching in the Gallery for Kids
EVERY THIRD SATURDAY with some exceptions
1 p.m.-3 p.m.

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

For more information about family experiences:  214-922-1822 or click here to e-mail


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58.  KIMBELL ART MUSEUM EXHIBITS

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

FREE Admission to view the museum's Permanent Collection
       

Exhibits:
OPENS OCTOBER 7 - DECEMBER 30, 2012 -- The Kimbell at 40: An Evolving Masterpiece
This exhibition celebrates the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Kimbell Art Museum on October 4, 1972. It looks back to the Museum’s genesis and showcases the architectural achievements, pivotal acquisitions, important exhibitions, and historic events that have made it into the world-renowned institution it is today.

Events:
AUGUST 11 -- Art Card Collectors
Time:  
1pm
Kimbell members are invited to bring the entire family for 45-minute interactive tours designed for all ages. Kid-friendly themes encourage participants to investigate individual masterpieces and discover how artists from long ago or far away communicated important ideas. Each child will receive a Museum souvenir related to the tour. No reservations required. Please call 817-332-8451, ext. 217, with any questions.

Children's Workshops

None scheduled at this time


Pictures & Pages (ages 4-6)
AUGUST 7 -- The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney  
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

Family Educator Mornings

No date listed
Time:
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Details: Free learning experiences structured for homeschool students (ages 8-16) and their adult partners include a staff presentation, interactive gallery tours, and hands-on learning activities. Each program is limited to 75 children, plus their adult companions. To register for one of the two dates, click here to email or call 817-332-8451, ext. 351. Include names of all participants, children's ages, and group assignment requests.


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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59.  MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE IN DALLAS

HOME SCHOOL PROGRAMS
 

Upcoming Home School Day:
DECEMBER 11, 2012 -- Home school students will have an opportunity to take a sneak-peek, before the public schools, at the new museum and enjoy your choice of two programs called ABC’s of Chemistry and Trash Island: Albatross Bolus Dissection.  This is one Home School Day you won’t want to miss.  Details coming soon.
 
Exhibits:
THROUGH SEPTEMBER 16, 2012 -- Planet Shark: Predator or Prey

Planetarium Shows
Secrets of the Sun
From the nuclear forces churning at the heart of the sun to the mass ejections of solar material into the surrounding space, we will experience the power of the sun and its impact on the planets and ultimately life on Earth. We will trace the life cycle of the sun itself, going back to its beginnings and moving forward in time to its eventual death.
Universe
Universe allows audiences to experience an historical look at how we have envisioned the universe though the ages. We visit some of the ancient sites where our ancestors erected great structures with special astronomical significance. Finally we look at the Universe through the eyes of today’s science and space explorers to build up a spectacular overview of the heavens.
Texas Night Sky
Enjoy this informal narrated introduction to the wonders of the sky featuring a view as it may appear tonight in your own backyard. Learn which planets, stars, and constellations are currently visible, the unique stories behind their names, and tips on how to locate them in the night sky. The things available to see change as the calendar changes and so do these shows!
Seven Wonders
Turn back the pages of time and witness the ancient wonders of the world as they have not been seen for thousands of years. Travel to Egypt to visit the Lighthouse of Alexandria and the Great Pyramids, to Persia to see the original Mausoleum, to Babylon to explore the fabled Hanging Gardens, to Greece to tour the Temples of Zeus and Artemis, and to Rhodes to stand in the shadow of the towering Colossus. We will investigate the theories of how these wonders were created and get a glimpse of some of the universe’s greatest wonders. Narrated by Sean Bean, Boromir from the Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
Wonders of the Universe
Peer deep into space through the eyes of the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope and travel back billions of years in time to witness the birth of the universe. On this breathtaking excursion you’ll witness the formation of galaxies and explore some of the most wondrous nebulae and astronomical structures yet discovered. As your travels continue, you’ll fly deep into our own Milky Way galaxy and return home to Earth on a spectacular tour through the solar system.
Hubble Space Telescope Images
The Orion Nebula, a cavern of rolling dust and gas some 1,500 light-years away, is the nearest star-forming region to Earth. This image is the sharpest ever taken of the nebula.  The bright central region is home to the four heftiest stars in the nebula, collectively called the Trapezium. Ultraviolet light from them is carving a cavity in the nebula and disrupting the growth of hundreds of smaller stars. Nearby are stars still young enough to have disks of material encircling them, too small to be seen clearly in this image. The disks are the building blocks of solar systems. Faint red stars near the bottom are myriad brown dwarfs. Sometimes called “failed stars,” brown dwarfs are cool objects too small to be ordinary stars because they cannot sustain nuclear fusion in their cores the way our Sun does. Astronomers used 104 five-color Hubble images to make this composite picture, adding ground-based photos to fill out the edges. The mosaic covers approximately the apparent angular size of the full moon. The observations were taken between 2004 and 2005.


Permanent Exhibits:

Putting DNA to Work
Examine DNA sequences and see how that knowledge can be used to unlock the secrents hidden in our genes
Putting DNA to Work
Visitors are encouraged to examine DNA sequences and see how that knowledge can be used to unlock the secrets hidden in our genes
Your Incredible Body
Your Incredible Body is a brand new addition to our permanent galleries designed to help lead you and your children through many of the common questions about homeostasis and balance in the body.
Lagoon Nature Walk
Explore the Leonhardt Lagoon Nature Walk
Paleontology Lab
See fossils brought back from the field for preparation
Texas Dinosaurs
Life and death in the Big Bend examines dinosaurs that once lived in Texas
Wildlife Dioramas
View the Museums four distinct wildlife diorama halls
Little Urban Farm
Vividly illustrate to children and families the crucial role that farms play in all our lives
NetWorks:  The World of Digital Communication
Take a virtual ride through a network
Mineral Majesty
Explore beautiful and amazing minerals in our Nature Building!

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

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

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


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60.  FORT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY

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

Admission:

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

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

Special Exhibits:

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

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 3, 2012 -- Exhibit Risk
Why would the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History put its visitors at risk? For the sheer fun of it, of course! Risk!, developed by the Museum, will offer a playful and informative look at risk and risk assessment.  The 5000-square foot exhibit presents some extraordinary, eye-opening situations that emphasize our perception or misperception of risk. Imagine crossing a 7” wide steel beam 17 stories above the ground. A little risky? Now add wind, blaring construction noises, and a noisy flock of birds flying by. Would you go forward or slowly skirt around the perimeter of the structure? Or would you avoid even taking the first step? Find out in your introduction to the Risk! exhibit -- the Beam Walk!  Learn about this and other risky situations in Bed of Nails, Ball of Danger, Risk! Cinema, Switches, and more!
To Learn More about this Exhibit:  Click Here

Planetarium Shows:
One World, One Sky:  Big Bird's Adventure
2012 Mayan Prophecies
Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
Our Amazing Solar System

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61. NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER

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

Exhibits
THROUGH SEPTEMBER 9, 2012 -- Ernesto Neto: Cuddle on the Tightrope
The Nasher Sculpture Center has invited internationally-renowned Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto to create a new work for one of the large, Renzo Piano-designed galleries at the Nasher Sculpture Center. Often working on the scale of architecture, Neto creates experiential environments from sheer mesh fabric often filled with soft materials and aromatic spices. Anthropodino, his largest installation to date, suspended sensuous, spice-filled, fabric stalactites from the trusses of a cavernous former military industrial drill hall, over a sheer fabric-covered structure of passageways and rooms that spanned an area over 180 feet by 120 feet. Like many of his environments the rooms featured soft, cushiony areas on which to lounge or inhale the alluring aromas of spices like clove, cumin, ginger, turmeric, black pepper and ginger.

Organic, womblike, and elemental, Neto’s installations dramatically alter our environment, engage all of the senses, and invite interaction. In addition to creating a new work for exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Neto will also curate a selection of objects from the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection in the adjacent gallery.

First Saturdays (FREE Admission)
SEPTEMBER 1 (History); OCTOBER 6 (Personality); NOVEMBER 3 (Nature); DECEMBER 1 (Family)
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.
Themes:

September:  History
Activity: Personal Histories
Takehome: History Headlines
October 2012:  Personality
Activity:  Personal Tote Bags
Takehome: Personality Photos
November 2012: Nature
Activity: Sculpture Gardens
Takehome:  Nature Walk Collages
December 2012:  Family
Activity:  Family Portraits
Takehome:  Family Trees

http://www.nashersculpturecenter.org


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

Now Showing

NOW SHOWING -- Flying Monsters
Years ago, as dinosaurs were beginning their domination of the Earth, another group of reptiles was about to make an extraordinary leap: Pterosaurs were taking control of the skies.  Sir David Attenborough, the world's leading naturalist, sets out to uncover the truth about the enigmatic pterosaurs, whose wingspans of more than 40 feet were equal to that of a modern jet plane. Attenborough works with scientists and engineers to understand the incredible story of their evolution.  For Attenborough, this is the central question and one of the greatest mysteries in paleontology: How and why did pterosaurs fly? How did lizards the size of giraffes defy gravity and soar through prehistoric skies? The answers to these questions also give rise to new theories of flight itself.
To View Trailer:  
Click Here


NOW SHOWING -- Whales
The drama, joy, and poetry of the underwater domain of some of the largest creatures on Earth comes to life on the giant screen. Whales features the habitats and lives of the humpback, right, blue, and orca whales, as well as countless other entrancing sea creatures that share their undersea environment and patrol the shores nearby.

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

Now Showing

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

Thrill Ride - The Science of Fun
Tickets:  
$7/adults; $6/children 2-12 and Seniors 60+
Details: Strap yourself in and get ready to take the plunge in Thrill Ride – The Science of Fun, showing in the Omni Theater, an IMAX Dome, beginning February 18, 2012. Thrill Ride - The Science of Fun is a white-knuckle adventure that takes full advantage of the power of the Omni’s giant screen. Originally released in 1997, this timeless classic puts you in the front seat of some of the wildest rides ever created – the perfect complement to the “engrossing” fun of the Museum of Science and History’s kid-centric special exhibition, Grossology.
For More Information About 
Thrill Ride - The Science of Fun: Click Here

T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous
Tickets:  
$7/adults; $6/children 2-12 and Seniors 60+
Details: This spring, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s Omni Theater, an IMAX dome, will take audiences 65 million years back in time with the return of the classic adventure film T-REX: Back to the Cretaceous.
NOTE: Thrill Ride features fast-moving sequences on roller coasters and other amusement-type rides. If you experience motion sickness while in the Omni Theater, you might want to ”jump out of the line” and pass on viewing the film. If you like coasters and the like, you’ll love it!
For More Information About 
T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous Click Here

To The Arctic
Tickets:  
$7/adults; $6/children 2-12 and Seniors 60+
Details: Take an extraordinary journey to the top of the world, in this ultimate tale of
survival.  The documentary adventure To The Arctic takes audiences on a never-before-experienced journey into the lives of a mother polar bear and her twin seven-month-old cubs as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home.
Captivating, adventurous and intimate footage brings moviegoers up close and personal with this family’s struggle to survive in a frigid environment of melting ice, immense glaciers, spectacular waterfalls, and majestic snow-bound peaks.
For More Information About To the Arctic: Click Here


Titanica
Tickets:  
$7/adults; $6/children 2-12 and Seniors 60+
Details: To mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, this 40-minute film Titanica will allow audiences to experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure of discovery at the site of the world's most famous shipwreck.  In its day, the R.M.S. Titanic, the largest and most luxurious liner ever built, was described as unsinkable.  On its maiden voyage on April l5, l9l2, the Titanic collided with an iceberg and sank; l,502 people lost their lives.  Nearly 80 years later, in the summer of l99l, a high-risk Canadian-American-Russian expedition set out to explore the shipwreck and to conduct important scientific research. Director Low weaves a dramatic story of this modern-day expedition and the legendary Titanic, the symbol of an era.  Startling, eerie images of the Titanic as she now lies on the ocean floor are contrasted with the exquisitely-preserved archival photographs of the ship in all its splendor, taken in 1912.  Juxtaposed to these images are the touching and eloquent comments of Eva Hart who, as a seven-year-old girl, survived that tragic night but lost her father.   Audiences can see the ghostly wreck in extraordinary detail.
For More Information About Titanica: Click Here




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64.  PROGRAMS AT LOG CABIN VILLAGE

August 25 - September 10, 2012 -- SUMMER MAINTENANCE CLOSURE
Log Cabin Village will be closed for maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

SEPTEMBER 22 -- Day in the District
Time:  
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission:  Free Admission
Details:  Celebrate Fort Worth’s “Day in the District” at the Village! Enjoy a day full of music and living history for the whole family.
More information at http://www.fwdayinthedistrict.org.

OCTOBER 13 -- Frontier Fall Fest
Time:  
1-4 p.m.
Admission: Regular Village admission plus $3 craft fee for corn husk doll.
Details:  Grab your pumpkins and shuck 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 flintknappers, the Greater Fort Worth Herb Society, drovers from the Fort Worth Herd (minus the longhorns), the Embroiderer’s Guild of America, 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.) This will also mark the official launch of Log Cabin Kitty, a children’s book inspired by legendary Village feline Pepper the Cat. Author Donna Rubin will be here to sign your copy (available soon in our museum store)! 

NOVEMBER 10,11, 17, & 18 -- Candle-Dipping
Time:  1-4 p.m.
Admission:  Regular Village admission plus $3 craft fee to dip candles.
Details:  It’s candle-making time! Come dip your own candles to take home.
Reservations Not Required

NOVEMBER 17 -- Photos with St. Nicholas
Time:  
1-4 p.m.
Admission:  
Regular Village admission plus a $5 fee for photo and folder.
Details:  Time to start thinking about holiday cards!  Have you photos taken with our historic St. Nick!  
Reservations Not Required

DECEMBER 15 -- Holidays at the Hearth
Time:  
1-4 p.m.
Admission:  Regular Village admission plus $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).
Reservations Not Required

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

For More Information:  Click Here

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65.  DALLAS HERITAGE VILLAGE

Dallas Heritage Village is closed for maintenance during the month of August. Regular operating hours will begin on September 1.

Family Past Times
3rd Sunday of the Month
Time:  
Noon - 4pm
Admission:  
Children FREE; Adults $9; Seniors $7
Bring the whole family for historic fun and participate in themed activities.


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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66.  OLD RED MUSEUM OF DALLAS COUNTY HISTORY AND CULTURE


2012 Home School Programs

SEPTEMBER 12 -- Order in the Court
Judge, jury, bailiff, lawyers, and witnesses all come to life as students participate in a mock trial in Old Red’s 1892 Restored Courtroom.  Students take on the roles and responsibilities of a civil court case while learning about the details of court proceedings, the importance of a trial by jury, and how to create and analyze arguments.  Students of all ages will enjoy learning about our justice system in a fun and interactive way.

Chose your Date, Chose your Program:
Your group can schedule the date and choose the program from the many we offer.  The date and program can be scheduled Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 2:00pm or on limited Saturdays from 9:30am till noon. 
All visits will include:  Four interactive galleries, over forty computer touch screens, the Children’s Education Center, Discovery Carts and Interactive Gallery Guides.
 
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:
Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here


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67.  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.

2012 STAR PARTIES
AUGUST 25; SEPT 8; OCT 6 (Euless Location); NOV 10
Cost:  
Free
Location:   In front of the Museum, on Gendy Street (except Oct 6 which will be in Euless).
Parking:  
Parking is available in the lot south of Harley Street.
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.  You’ll find plenty of telescopes for viewing and even more astronomy buffs to help you navigate your way through the skies. This event is weather permitting. 


For more information:  click here
              

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68.  AGAPE P.E. 

Agape P.E. is a group of home school families in the north Tarrant County area (Bedford, Euless, Keller, Grapevine, South Lake, North Richland Hills, and others!) that come together for physical education classes. The goal is to help children improve their fitness level and to learn physical education and sport skills. 

When: The program runs from September until April each year and meets three Fridays of each month from 1:00 to 2:15 p.m.
Who: Agape P.E. is open to children who are 6 to 17 years old.  Children must be 6 years old by September 1st to enter the program.  The classes are divided into three age groups:
•    6-8 year olds
•    9-11 year olds
•    12-17 year olds
Location: The program meets outdoors for the months of September, October, March and April. Classes meet at various indoor facilities in November, December, January and February.  Agape P.E. ends in April with a Field Day full of fun and games.

The program is coordinated by Kara Baldwin who has 12 years of Physical Education teaching and coaching experience with students of every age level.  Instruction of the different classes in Agape P.E. consists of parent volunteers under her guidance. We would love to have you join us!
For more information: Check out our website at www.agapepe.com

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

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

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

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

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

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70.  BERNE ACADEMY'S BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL

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

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

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71.  HOMESCHOOL SWIM-- The Colony Aquatic Park

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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73.  CHRISTIAN MARTIAL ARTS

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

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


Cost: $25/month per person

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



For More Information: Click Here


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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74.  DALLAS THUNDER HOME SCHOOL BASKETBALL

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

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


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

Website: http://www.dallasthunder.org 


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75.  ELITE TRACK CLUB/CROSS COUNTRY PROGRAM


For More Information:  Click Here to email or 817-800-3922                                
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76.  HOME SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

The Home School Athletic Association is a Christian-based organization providing athletics for homeschoolers through volunteer home school parent. They provide various programs including football, baseball, volleyball, soccer, and basketball for high school and middle school home schoolers.
 
If you are interested in joining HSAA Cross Country, please click here to contact the Track Commissioner.

If interested in a two day football camp for middle schoolers this summer, please click here.

Dallas HSAA Basketball Registration & Tryout Practice
Date: Friday, August 24, 2012
Location: Integrated Athletic Development (IAD) Basketball Facility: I-35 (on northbound service road) near George Bush Tollroad/Frankford Rd. Carrollton, TX
Click Here for Online Registration
HSAA Athletic Release & Medical Authorization Form

Details: All players need to register ONLINE prior to attending the practice/tryout on August 24. Please bring completedHSAA Athletic Release & Medical Authorization Form to the practice on August 24. Wear basketball practice attire, and arrive 15 minutes early. There is no charge to register or attend the tryout practice. Players who are participating in the HSAA football or volleyball program must register ONLINE but are not required to attend this practice.
If you cannot attend the tryout practice due to another conflict, please register ONLINE and contact Susan Bryant for further instructions. Even if you cannot attend this practice, we want you to get involved with HSAA basketball.
Time:
Middle School Boys (7-8 pm)
Middle School Girls (7-8 pm)
High School Boys (8-9 pm)
High School Girls (8-9 pm)

Regular practices for MS & HS will begin Monday, September 10.

10U teams will be formed at a later date. No registration or practices are scheduled for 10U players at this time.

Basketball Contact Information:
Paul Davis (commissioner): 214-532-5793 (cell), paul@prospercabinets.com
Susan Bryant (information/registration coordinator): cs.bryant@verizon.net
Karen Williams (basketball treasurer/fees): karen@dfwair.net


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77.  HULCY HOME SCHOOL PE CLASSES IN RICHARDSON

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 January, 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: Click Here
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78.  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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79.  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
For More Information: 972-444-8498 or visit: http://www.fenceintexas.org/homeschool.html

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: Click Here
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80.  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 or www.pthss.org/

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81.  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: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here


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


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82.  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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83.  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: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here


To Learn More:  TFCKarate.com

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84.  BEST GYMNASTICS IN FLOWER MOUND 

Gymnastics is the best sport available to create young athletes and proper athletic foundations for all future sporting endeavors.  We offer several classes for all ages including: Little Tots class for 14mo-3 years, Best Kids 3-4 years.  For ages 5 and up we offer Tumbling, Girls Gymnastics, Boys Gymnastics and a Home schooling class. 

Location:  601 Cross Timbers Rd. Suite 100 in Flower Mound.
To Learn More: 972-874-8800 or click here

Home School Class
Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm
Details: Best Gymnastics does not have sessions, so you can join at anytime! This co-ed class for ages 5 and older will focus on athletic conditioning, tumbling, flexibility, core strength, and of course, fun! The class has a 10:1 student/teacher ratio.
Cost: $59/month
For more information: Click here

Open Gym
Date: Every Friday
Time:  6:00pm-9:00pm 
Cost: $12/child
Details: This is a drop off event. Lots of exercise and lots of fun! No reservations required.
For more information: Click here

Best Gymnastics Summer Camp
Date: June 4 - August 24 (closed 7/4)
Time: 7:30am-12:30pm/ 12:30pm-5:30pm
Cost: Click here for pricing information
Details: Camp includes gymnastics instruction, games, open gym time, snack time, and lots of FUN!

Best Night Out
Date: August 11, September 8, October 20, November 10, December 8
Time:
6:00-10:00pm
Cost:
$25/child; siblings receive $5 discount
Details:
Best Night Out is designed for parents to get the night off while kids have a blast at the gym! Dinner and a drink are provided. Children 3 (potty trained) and older may attend Best Night Out.
For more information:
 Click here


Discount:  Best Gymnastics is offering HEART of Texas members a 15% discount off all of their recreational gymnastics classes, with a current 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


To Learn More about Best Gymnastics: 972-874-8800 or click here

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85.   HOME SCHOOL GOLF PROGRAM AT LANTANA GOLF CLUB

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR HOME SCHOOL GOLF PROGRAM
SPRING, SUMMER, AND FALL 2012 SESSIONS

Experience the Game of Golf! Lantana Golf Club is offering three separate golf programs for juniors, age 8-17, in 2012. The Spring, Summer and Fall programs will each offer weekly clinics over a period of 8-10 weeks.

Participants will receive instruction on full swing, short game (chip, pitch, putting) and bunker play. Participants will also receive a basic introduction to the rules & etiquette of golf and the opportunity for quality time on the course.

Our objective is to introduce juniors to the game of golf, improve playing skills and provide the opportunity for personal growth and learning. We hope to build and strengthen character, develop new friendships, and enjoy the experience and life lessons this great game provides.

Marc Brooks will provide lead instruction with assistance from other local golf professionals as needed. Mr. Brooks is a PGA member and currently Director of Instruction at Lantana Golf Club. He was recently named "Best Golf Instructor Denton County 2011" and a member of the PGA President's Council for his continuing effors to promote the grow the game of golf.  

To Register: click here to download the registration form.

For more information: Contact Marc Brooks, PGA at 940-728-4653 or click here to email

Discount:  Marc Brooks is offering HEART of Texas members a 10% discount, with a current Heart of Texas family membership card.  
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
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86.  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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87.  DFW SPEECH & DEBATE CLUB

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

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88.  DENTON COUNTY CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOL ASSOCIATION

This group has no announcements this month.

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89.  FELLOWSHIP CHURCH HOMESCHOOL NETWORK

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

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90.  PEACH

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


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91.  OFFICIAL 2010-2011 COLLEGE BOARD TEST DATES

2012 PSAT/NMSQT TEST DATES: TBA
To Find out When Your Local High School is Offering the PSAT Test:  Click Here

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

2011-2012 SAT TEST DATES:

JUNE 2 (registration deadline May 8)

For SAT Subject Test Calendar:  Click Here


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


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92.  MASTER THE SAT CLASSES WITH JEAN BURK

College Prep Genius will be offering their incredible "MASTER THE SAT CLASS" in several Texas cities. This revolutionary course will give students all the tools needed to conquer the SAT and PSAT/NMSQT. Students will learn the logical patterns behind standardized test questions as well as necessary strategies that could help increase their test scores tremendously. A high score on the SAT or PSAT/NMSQT can open doors to college entrance and colossal scholarships that could include full tuition, room and board, honors dorms, graduate money and stipends to study abroad! Many of their students have raised their test scores as much as 600 points and received scholarhips over $200,000 from Ivy-League schools. College Prep Genius has been featured on NBC, CBS, Fox, TXA21 and The Homeschool Channel.

Their carefully selected teachers will show students how to ace the SAT so they can raise their scores and get scholarships to college. The SAT and PSAT are tests of logic (not high school subjects) and most students do poorly on them because they don't understand the test. She will teach how to look at the test questions correctly so they don't fall for the wrong answer and she will not only explain why the right answer is right but also why the wrong answer is wrong. Students will gain confidence in their test-taking skills and be given the necessary tools for scoring high on these standardized tests.

Watch College Prep Genius founder, Jean Burk, give speeches on "How to Ace the SAT" and "Free College Can Happen to You" click here

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.

Class Schedule:
Dallas-Fort Worth Area Classes

Date:
August 19, 26
Time: 1-6:30pm
Location:
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church: 4000 Midway Road, Carrollton, TX 75093

Register at collegeprepgenius.com

Download the “15 Secrets to FREE College” for a penny at www.collegeprepgenius.com  Use code: heart

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: Click Here
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93.  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, 2012

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, 2012. 

• 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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94.  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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95.  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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96.  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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97.  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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98.  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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99.  TEXAS GLOBAL EDUCATION AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM

Experience the world and expand your family's horizons this summer!

Open your heart and your home to a global visitor and enable your teenager to stay with a family abroad. 

Details: Texas Global Education and Cultural Exchange provides several one-month home-stay opportunities.

Home-stays (instead of staying in a hotel) have many advantages:

•Experience life from the inside - not as a tourist
•Learn, appreciate, understand and evaluate another culture - and your own
•Establish a close relationship with someone - from another culture
•Develop cross-cultural understanding through communication and interaction

The focus of a cultural exchange is friendship, but lasting friendships and warm memories aren't the only results. Young people who have the opportunity to live with a host family in a foreign country or to host an international youth in their home enjoy a priceless educational experience that better prepares them for a life in a global society.
 
For more information: Call Susan at: 940.241.3097
Info.texasglobaleducation@gmail.com
www.texasglobaleducation.org


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100. LABOR DAY CAMPFIRE COOKING AT NASH FARM

Nash Farm, circa 1859, is the oldest operating farmstead in Tarrant County. Through interpretive programs, events and exhibits, Nash Farm educates the community about the heritage and importance of the Grapevine Prairie and Grapevine’s pivotal role in the development of North Texas.

Upcoming Events

SEPTEMBER 1 -- Labor Day Campfire Cooking at Nash Farm
Time: 8am-9am (breakfast) and 11am-12pm (lunch)
Location:  
Nash Farm, 626 Ball St, Grapevine, TX  76051
Cost: $15 per person
Details:
Life on the Grape Vine Prairie often depended on a cast iron Dutch oven. These cooking utensils are a fun way to make a connection with our ancestors when out on a family camping trip. Open to the first 15 applicants to register.
All events and programs are handicap accessible.

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101. EDUCATOR "OPEN HOUSE" EVENING IN THE
FORT WORTH CULTURAL DISTRICT

SEPTEMBER 20 -- Educator Evening in the Fort Worth Cultural District
Time:  
4-7pm
Details:  Join us for a free educators' "open house' with light refreshments, networking, resources,
and more!  View current exhibits, preview upcoming exhibits, resceive free resources for your classroom,
explore ideas for using primary resources.
All educators are encouraged to attend, including home educators, preservice teachers, university
faculty, and public and private school teachers of all grade levels and disciplines.  
No reservations are required.


Staff from participating institutions will be on hand at these locations:
Amon Carter Museum of American Art*
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Fort Worth Museum of Science & History
Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT)
Cattle Raisers Museum
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
Fort Worth Library
Log Cabin Village
National Archives at Fort Worth
Kimbell Art Museum*
National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum
Oscar Monnig Meteorite Gallery
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth*
Fort Worth Zoo
Sid Richardson Museum
* denotes free parking in designated lots

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102. NATIONAL MUSEUM DAY
FREE ADMISSION AT PARTICIPATING VENUES

SEPTEMBER 29
Cost:  
FREE at participating museums nationwide
Details:  
In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day,
Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating
museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket

To View a List of Participating Museums:  Click Here
To Obtain Your Free Ticket for 2 people:  Click Here

What you need to know:
-Offer is valid only on Saturday, September 29, 2012. (Exceptions for Museum Day museums closed on Saturdays).
-One ticket for two people only.
-One ticket per valid email address.
-One ticket will gain entry in only the museum listed on this page.
-Ticket must be presented for free general admission to one venue and is good for two people. *Not valid for special exhibits, parking, IMAX film    screenings or for use with any other offers.
-Only an official Museum Day Live! ticket is eligible for free entry.
-Museums and cultural venues participate in Museum Day voluntarily. *Smithsonian magazine encourages museum visitation, but is not responsible for    individual museum content or participation.
-If museum reaches capacity, museum has right to limit guests until space becomes available.

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103. SOUTHWESTERN SEMINARY SPECIAL EXHIBIT:  DEAD SEA SCROLLS & THE BIBLE

NOW THROUGH JANUARY 13, 2013
Exhibit Days:  
Mon-Sat: 10am-8pm;  Sun: 1pm-7pm
Location: Southwestern Seminary, 4616 Stanley Avenue, Ft. Worth, TX
Admission:   Mon-Thurs:  $25/Adult; $18/Seniors 62+; $12/Children; $15/Student; Active Miliary Free
Fri-Sun: $28/Adult;  $24/Seniors 62+; $12/Children; $18/Student; Active Military Free
Group Rates:  $3.00 off daily rate
(Students must show valid student ID; Military must show valid Military ID)
For More Information:  877-789-0876
Frequently Asked Questions:  Click Here

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104. HOME SCHOOL DAY AT FORT WORTH ZOO

OCTOBER 4, 2012
All home school students and families are invited to a fun-filled educational day in the wilds of the Zoo
on October 4.  Learn amazing facts from our zookeepers at more than 20 Wild Encounters and enjoy asking Zoo
staff your best animal questions around the Zoo’s world-class exhibits!  
Consider purchasing a Home School Day T-Shirt -- they are only available for purchase
online, and will not be sold on the day of the event.

Admission: Children ages 2 and under:  FREE
Pre-K through 5th Grade:  $4
6th Grade through College:  $5.75
Adults:  $6

Zoo Members:  Zoo members do not need to purchase admission tickets, but will need to purchase
tee-shirts in advance.

Other Details:  Don’t miss the Zoo’s wild new stage show, “Lone Star Mystery,” starring the Zoo’s animals at our new
Outdoor Learning Theater.  Guests will be immersed into the fictional world of the Zoo Bureau of Investigation
and its four-legged, or winged, agents to help solve the greatest mystery this side of the Red River.
Click here for show times.
Have you ever wondered what the Zoo’s lions eat or how much one of the giant Aldabra tortoises weigh?
Get up close and personal with more than 20 “Wild Encounters” with our zookeepers as they deliver amazing
facts and stats about your favorite wild things! Click here for the schedule.

Online Registration Available Soon

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