HEART of Texas

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

MARCH 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


MARCH
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR
HOME SCHOOL CREATION SCIENCE FAMILY CAMP AT
SHEPHERD OF THE OZARKS

Date: May 27-June 1
Cost:  $370 for Adults, $235 for children ages 3-11, and $30 for children ages 0-2. 
Details:  The topics in the evening sessions include:
            Your World View and the "Big Three" eveyone needs to know
            What Was the Pre-Flood World Like?
            When God Said It Was Good, How Good Was It?
            How Old is the Earth, Anyway?
            How the Biblical Account Can Be Proven.
            What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs?

For More Information: click here

Discount:  Shepherd of the Ozarks is offering HEART of Texas supporting members (with a current HEART of Texas member card) a discount off their already very low family camp rates:  a discount of $20 per adult and $10 per child age 3-11.
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership

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MARCH 
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION NOW OPEN THROUGH 5/1
2012 DFW SPEECH & DEBATE SUMMER CAMPS


Date:  July and August Camps Available
Price:
Prices vary
Ages:  12-18
Details:  DFW Speech & Debate is committed to providing quality communications training to home-schooled students. Their goal is to train and equip students to communicate the Christian worldview boldly and persuasively to an unbelieving world. Speech & Debate sharpens students ability to analyze problems, think and listen critically, and express their thoughts fluently. It increases their ability to speak persuasively with poise and grace.
 
To Register and For More Information:  Click here

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MARCH 2
HOME SCHOOL OPEN ICE SKATING
ALLEN COMMUNITY ICE RINK

Time: 12:45-2:45pm
Cost:  $5/session; includes skate rental
Location: Allen Community Ice Rink, 200 E. Stacy Road, Allen, 75002
Directions:  Click Here
Details:  Please note these are open skate sessions; not ice skating lessons.
Other dates:  Apr 6, 20, May 4, 18
For Information:  Click Here

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MARCH 3-APRIL 8
BUTTERFLIES IN THE GARDEN EXHIBIT
FORT WORTH BOTANIC GARDEN CONSERVATORY

Scheduled for March 5–9, March 19–13, March 26–30, and April 2–5.
Time:
 Noon - 1:30pm (home school groups)
Cost:  $5 per person (there is a minimum and maximum number for each class)
Details:  The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) would like to invite homeschool students and chaperones to BRIT to a 90 minute program that will compliment the arrival of butterflies to the Botanic Gardens.
Register: To register, click here
For More Information: click here to email or call 817-332-4441 ext. 222.

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MARCH 3-APRIL 8
DALLAS BLOOMS: IT'S A WORK OF ART
DALLAS ARBORETUM

Time:
 Open daily 9am-5pm
Cost:  General admission is $15/adult; $9/children (3-12); free for Arboretum members and children age 2 and under. 
Details: Dallas Blooms features 500,000 bulbs including tulips, daffodils, Dutch Iris and dyacinths, in addition to 100,000 pansies, violas, poppies and thousands of other spring-blooming annuals and perennials. The finale of this spring celebration is the mass flowering of the garden's collection of 6,000 azaleas that bloom through the end of April.   

For More Information: Click here or call 214-515-6500

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MARCH 5 
HOME SCHOOL FOSSIL DIG & TOUR
FOSSIL RIM

MARCH 5 -- Fossil Dig & Tour
Time:  
10am - 2:30ish
    Fossil Dig: 10am-Noon
    Break for Lunch:  12:00-1:00
    Guided Bus Tour:  1pm-2:30ish
Cost:  $18/person
Bring a picnic lunch.
To Register:  Call 254-898-4215
For Questions:  Click Here to email
Details:  This event is open to any homeshoolers, and is multi-level so all ages will benefit. We will take a bus down to the fossil pits and spend some time searching for marine fossils.  Afterward, we will take a guided bus tour of Fossil Rim to meet our current (non-marine) animal residents!
For More Details: Click here

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MARCH 7 & 11
PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS AT
HERITAGE FARMSTEAD MUSEUM IN PLANO

MARCH 9 -- Let's HOP into Spring
Time:  10:30am-Noon
Cost:  $10 (includes adult and child admission); $5 additional child
Details:  Children learn about themes through a story and a unique activity, enjoy a fun craft project and have a wagon ride. Fee includes one parent and one child.  RSVP Required by March 7-- space limited:  972-881-0140


MARCH 11 -- Watching Our Garden Grow
Cost:  $10 (includes adult and child admission); $5 additional child
Details:  Let’s learn what the Farmer does in winter. We will make applesauce, play old fashioned games, make a craft and take a ride in our covered wagon. Dress warmly so you can enjoy the great outdoors.
RSVP Required by March 7 -- space limited:  972-881-0140


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MARCH 10
CAROLE JOY SEID SEMINAR: BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND
IN CARROLLTON

Location:  Gospel for Asia, Carrollton, TX
Cost:  $45 advance registration; spouses attend free
To Register or for more information:  
Click Here
Details:  Whether you’re just a beginner or a seasoned veteran, Carole’s seminar, “Begin With the End in Mind” will bring a new perspective to your homeschooling journey.  Come learn how to set a course and stick to it, so your child will finish well!  Besides teaching and encouragement, Carole will present her amazing booklists that guide even the most discouraged parents clearly and concisely.  Also, a selection of classical literature will be available for purchase.

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MARCH 10 
SENSORY FRIENDLY SCREENING (ADJUSTED LIGHT & SOUND)
THE LORAX 
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.
Other Movie Dates:  April 14: It's a Plunderful Life
For More Details:  Click Here

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MARCH 15
HOME SCHOOL EVENT
DALLAS MOVES: PEOPLE, PRODUCTS, & PERCEPTS
AT OLD RED MUSEUM & THE FRONTIERS OF FLIGHT MUSEUM

Time:  10am-12pm -- Old Red Museum
          12pm-1:30pm -- Lunch (on own)
          1:30pm-3:30pm -- Frontiers of Flight Museum
Cost:  $8/child; $4/adult; $2/child ages 3-7 (cash only)
Location:  Meet at the Old Red Museum of Dallas Country History & Culture: 100 South Houston Street, Dallas, TX 75202
Details:  From crossing the Trinity River in wagons in 1841 to crossing oceans in airplanes today, transportation has always been important to the growth of Dallas. Transporting people, goods, and ideas has kept Dallas moving forward for well over 150 years. Making one reservation, families can visit two museums and learn how transportation made Dallas a great city. This program will be limited to 120 students.
To Register: Book through Group Sales at Old Red. Click here to email or call 214-757-1949

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MARCH 15
DEADLINE FOR EARLY BIRD PRE-REGISTRATION
2012 HOME SCHOOL BOOK FAIR 
MAY 11-12 IN ARLINGTON, TEXAS

Time:  8:30am-5:30pm
Cost:  $10/adult if registered by 3/15. $5/child (5 to 20) for one or both days. Children age 4 and under are free. 
Location:  Arlington Convention Center: 1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington, TX 76011
Details:  We have a great line up of speakers and thousands of fabulous home school materials to choose from. This year there will be 80 workshops including a Beginners Track for new home schoolers and aTeen Track. Check us out! Click here for more information.
Registration:
The 2012 Home School Book Fair is approaching and we want to be sure you have the opportunity to pre-register at half-price before the deadline on March 15. Below are the registration fees for 2012:

ADULTS
$10 per adult -- online by March 15
$15 per adult -- online by April 13
$20 per adult -- at the door
The registration fee is the same whether you attend one or both days.
Click here to register online.

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MARCH 15-17
VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY JUDGES NEEDED!
NCFCA REGION $ QUALIFIER: SPEECH AND DEBATE TOURNAMENT  
GRANBURY, TEXAS

Time:  Day and Evening Opportunities March 15-17
Location:  Acton Baptist Church, 3500 Fall Creek Hwy, Granbury, TX 76049
Details:  The National Christian Forensics Communications Association is holding a Regional Qualifier Tournament in Granbury this year and we need over 400 Community Judges! No experience in either speech or debate is required to serve as a Community Judge as we provide a short orientation. As a thank you for your time, delicious hot complimentary meals, scrumptious snacks, sweet desserts and a variety of beverages are provided for our judges. We trust you will be inspired and your hope in the next generation of future leaders renewed. Come and see!
Registration:
If available to help judge during this tournament, please click here to register online. 

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MARCH 16-18
PRIMITIVE SURVIVAL COMBO CAMP AT
CAMP TONKAWA 


Time: Begins 9:30am on 3/16 and goes through 2:30pm on 3/18
Regular Price:  $150 for adults (16 years and up); $120 for 12-15 year olds; $100 for 8-11 year olds with adult. Large family and group rates available.
Details:  Survival 1 class will teach you how to build a simple shelter using natural materials, start a fire without matches, and find safe drinking water. Survival 2 class covers the three aspects of Wild Edible Plants, Wild Meats, and Primitive Cooking.   
For More Information:  Click here


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MARCH 23-APRIL 28
ARTISAN THEATER PRESENTS:  OLIVER! 

Location: Artisan Center Theater -- 418 E. Pipeline Road, Hurst, TX
Details:
 Based on Charles Dickens’ tale of an orphan who escapes from an orphanage only to end up in the company of pickpockets, this glorious musical proves that nothing works on the stage like a great novel by a master storyteller.
For More Information, times and prices: Click here  


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MARCH 27 
MONTHLY HOME SCHOOL CLASSES
FOR AGES 6-12
AT FORT WORTH ZOO

Time:  9:30am-11:30 am
Cost: $20/student (includes snack, live animal presentation, and admission for each student to the zoo on the day of the class)

Class for Ages 6-8
Theme:
Pass through the prairies of North America on your way to a picturesque woodland habitat and discover the different places animals choose to sleep.

Class for Ages 9-12
Theme:
Discover who's been here! Using tracks and animals signs, students will interpret and create stories through inference and discovery. 

To Register:
Click here 


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MARCH 27 
HOME SCHOOL "ROBIN HOOD" DAY CAMP 
AT FOSSIL RIM

MARCH 27 -- Home School "Robin Hood" Day Camp
Time:  
9am - 4:00ish
Guided Bus Tour:  2pm-4:00ish
Cost:  $27/person; children ages 2 and under free
Bring a picnic lunch.
To Register:  Call 254-898-4215
For Questions:  Click Here to email
Details:  Open to all homeschoolers.  The Robin Hood themed Day camp will begin at 9am at the Activities Center at Wolf Ridge. We'll eat lunch at Noon - be sure to bring your lunch.  After classes & activities are finished, we will take a guided tour of Fossil Rim.

For more Details: Click here    

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MARCH 29
COLLEGE PREP GENIUS SPEAKER JEAN BURK GIVES
FREE WEBINAR ON THE HOME SCHOOL CHANNEL

Time:  
3:30pm 

Location: The Homeschool Channel (to sign up click here)
Cost:  Free
Details: Test-prep expert Jean Burk travels across the nation to speak about college preparation and the secrets of the SAT/PSAT. If you have not had the opportunity to hear one of her dynamic presentations, now is your chance! Learn MUST-KNOW information about the power of community service in the comfort of your own home! Her message is earth-shattering to anyone looking to go to college.
Topic: Learning in Deed: The Power of Community Service -- Amaze colleges with your transcript! Find out why community service can be the powerful ingredient that can makes your student stand-out among other applicants by using their academic disciplines in the real world. Volunteering doesn’t compete with the importance of a student’s education, but it can validate and solidify it. When young people are actively involved by using their knowledge in service, they will stretch themselves and grow individually as they become actively involved citizens. Serving others benefits the student, the community and the world as a whole.

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MARCH 30-APRIL 15
CASA MANANA CHILDREN'S PLAYHOUSE THEATER
PRESENTS ALICE IN WONDERLAND, JR. 


Location:
Casa Manana Theatre -- 3101 W. Lancaster Ave, Fort Worth, TX
Details: 
Fall down the rabbit hole into Wonderland with Alice. Join Alice’s madcap adventures as she chases the White Rabbit, races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with the Tweedles and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game. Featuring such Disney classics as “I’m Late,” “The Un-birthday Song” and “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah,” this is one important date you don’t want to miss!
For more information:
Click here

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APRIL 11
A WALK WITH C.S. LEWIS EXHIBIT OPENS AT
ARLINGTON MUSEUM OF ART  


Date:
Exhibit open April 11-May 27
Time:
 Wed-Sun: 1pm-5pm;  Saturdays: 10am-5pm
Location:
Arlington Museum of Art -- 201 W. Main Street, Arlington, TX 76010
Cost:
Free Admission
Details: 
A Faith Artist Production -- click here for more information


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APRIL 13-14 
THE WONDERS OF WILD FLOWERS
EARLY CHILDHOOD AND KINDERGARTEN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
AT BOTANICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF TEXAS (BRIT)

Date: APRIL 13 or 14
Time: 8:30am-3:30pm
Location: BRIT: 1700 University Drive, Fort Worth, TX
Details: Spring is coming and with it comes energy and growth. Join us to welcome spring, and take part in an event that promises professional growth and renewed energy, as you engage in a day of exploration, discovery, collaboration, and deeper knowledge acquisition. The Wonders of Wildflowers, developed and presented by Linda Watts, Early Childhood Specialist, and Pam Chamberlain, Education Specialist, for the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, allows teachers of young children a chance to spend the day at BRIT learning ways to support your curriculum, while making meaningful connections to science, literacy, and nature through your outdoor classroom. This experiential program is an opportunity to collaborate, network, and grow. We’ll have you wondering about the botany
of wildflowers and their important role in our environment. Strategies for helping your students with vocabulary acquisition will blossom, as BRIT becomes a part of your professional learning cycle!
To register: Click here to register online or call Tammie Crole at 817-332-4441 ext. 222

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APRIL 16 
HOME SCHOOL DAY AT THE DALLAS ZOO 

Time:  10am-3pm
Cost:  Pre-Register by 4/9 to receive the discounted price of $5/person
To Register:  Click here 
For Questions:  Click here to email
Details:  Come to the Dallas Zoo on this day, reserved just for Home School Families! The zoo will feature several educational booths and many special keeper presentations. Additional experiences, such as Safari Backpacks and Animal Adventure shows are also available. 

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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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A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:
AUGUST 5-10,2012
HOME SCHOOL WEEK
AT T BAR M CAMP ON LAKE TRAVIS


T Bar M is providing an exclusive 6-day Home School week at Camp Travis! This is a $875 value for only $445!
For Home School kids ages 12-17

Date: August 5-10, 2012
Cost: $445 for the week
Location: Camp Travis (on Lake Travis near Austin)

•   30 years of Christ-Centered Adventure
•   4 to 1 Staff to Camper Ratio
•   Life-impacting experiences focused on growing our campers spiritually, socially and in favor with God and man (Luke 2:52)
•   Lake and land adventures with a “Think Twice” approach … seeing Christ in ALL we do while learning listening, communication, and problem solving skills
•   Play with purpose during creative theme nights with over the top programming
•   Biblical training through studying the book of James
•   Equipping teens to impact their world for Christ.

Spots will be limited to 190 campers.
For more information and to register online: Click here


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A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:
CAROLE JOY SEID RETURNS TO THE DFW AREA MARCH 10, 2012

CAROLE JOY SEID RETURNS to do her seminar Begin With the End in Mind on March 10th at Gospel for Asia, Carrollton, TX.

Whether you’re just a beginner or a seasoned veteran, Carole’s seminar, “Begin With the End in Mind” will bring a new perspective to your homeschooling journey.  Come learn how to set a course and stick to it, so your child will finish well!

Courtney from Texas commented, “As a homeschool graduate myself, she has totally revolutionized my philosophy of home education!”

Besides teaching and encouragement, Carole will present her amazing booklists that guide even the most discouraged parents clearly and concisely.  Also, a selection of classical literature will be available for purchase.

Cost:  $45 advance registration now available right online at www.carolejoyseid.com .          
And husbands of wives attending can come for free!!  



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~~What's Inside This Issue ~~
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MARCH/APRIL HIGHLIGHTS AT A GLANCE
Mar -- Shepherd of the Ozarks Family Camp Registration Now Open
Mar -- DFW Speech & Debate Club Summer Camp Registration
Mar -- Library Used Book Sales Across North Texas

Mar -- Museum Exhibits in Dallas & Fort Worth
Mar -- Imax and Omni Movies

Mar -- Texas Parks and Wildlife Programs at Select Parks

Mar -- Registration Open for Home School Day at Ft. Worth Zoo (March 1)

Mar -- Registration Open for Home School Golf Program at Lantana Golf Club
Mar -- Programs at Ft. Worth Nature Center & Refuge
Mar 2 -- Early Birds Program at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge Program
Mar 3 -- Home School Open Ice Skating at Allen Community Center Ice Rink
Mar 3 -- Children's Workshop at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth
Mar 3-Apr 8 -- Butterflies in the Garden at Botanic Gardens, Fort Worth, TX
Mar 3-Apr 8 -- Dallas Blooms at the Dallas Arboretum in Dallas, TX
Mar 3 -- Butterfly House Discovery Tour Program at Texas Discovery Gardens in Dallas
Mar 3 -- Star Party at Ft. Worth Museum of Science & History
Mar 4 -- Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra and Fort Worth Youth Symphony Concert at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas
Mar 5 -- Fossil Dig & Tour at Fossil Rim
Mar 6 -- First Tuesday (FREE admission) at the Dallas Museum of Art
Mar 6 -- Pictures and Pages at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth
Mar 7 & 11 -- Preschool Programs at Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano
Mar 8-Apr 5 -- Dallas Children's Theater Presents Young King Arthur
Mar 9 -- Let's Hop Into Spring at Heritage Homestead Museum
Mar 10 -- Sensory-Friendly Screening for The Lorax at Starplex Cinema Lakeworth Movies 14
Mar 10 -- Carole Joy Seid workshop:  Begin with the End in Mind (preregister and save)
Mar 11 -- Watching Our Garden Grow at Heritage Homestead Museum
Mar 11 -- Age of Impressionism Exhibit Opens at Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth
Mar 12-14 -- Western Days Spring Camp at Camp Tonkawa
Mar 15 -- Home School Event at the Old Red Museum & The Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas
Mar 15 -- Deadline for Early Bird Pre-Registration for 2012 Home School Book Fair in Arlington, TX 
Mar 15-17 -- Volunteer Judges Needed for NCFCA Tournament in Grandbury, TX
Through March 17 -- Artisan Center Theater Presents: Big River
Through March 17 -- Artisan Center Children's Theater Presents: Aladdin, Jr.
Mar 17 -- Public Days Open at Sharkrosa in Denton, TX
Mar 16 -- Late Night for Kids at the Dallas Museum of Art in Dallas
Mar 16-18 -- Primitive Survival Combo Camp at Camp Tonkawa
Mar 20 -- New to Homeschooling Workshop at the Center for Home Education
Mar 22-Apr 13 -- Dallas Children's Theater Presents Anne of Green Gables
Mar 23-Apr 1 -- Tale of a West Texas Marsupial Girl opens at CATS Theater in Arlington
Mar 23-Apr 28 -- Artisan Center Theater Presents: Oliver! in Hurst, TX
Mar 24-Apr 28 -- Artisan Center Children's Playhouse Presents: Dora the Explorer
Mar 24-25 -- Family Nature Wildlife Camp at Camp Tonkawa
Mar 27 -- Home School Robin Hood Day Camp at Fossil Rim 
Mar 27 -- Home School Classes for ages 6-12 at Fort Worth Zoo
Mar 29 -- Free Webinar from the Home School Channel by Jean Burk
Mar 29 -- Ft Worth Symphony Orchestra Presents Kinderconcert: Green Eggs and Ham
Mar 30-Apr 15 -- Casa Manana Children's Theater Presents Alice in Wonderland, Jr. in Fort Worth, TX
Mar 31 -- Texas State Fish Art Contest Deadline
Apr 1 -- Deadline for THSC Good Citizenship Award Program
Apr 2 -- Home School Open House at TCC SE Campus for Families Interested in High School Math Classes
Apr 7 -- First Saturday Free Event at Nasher Sculpture Center
Apr 11 - A Walk With C.S. Lewis Exhibit Opens at Arlington Museum of Art
Apr 13-14 -- The Wonder of Wild Flowers at BRIT in Fort Worth
Apr 15 -- Titanica Opens at Imax Theater at Ft Worth Museum of Science & History
Apr 16 -- Home School Day at the Dallas Zoo

Apr 20 -- To The Arctic Opens at Imax Theater at Ft. Worth Museum of Science & History
Apr 21 -- FREE Family Festival at Kimbell Art Museum: Adventures in Impressionism
Sponsor -- Registration Open: Private Piano Classes

Sponsor -- Registration Open: Home School Golf Program at Lantana Golf Club (Spring, Summer & Fall)
Sponsor -- Carole Joy Seid Workshop in DFW on March 10:  Begin with the End in Mind
Sponsor -- T Bar M Camp Home School Week at Lake Travis near Austin, Texas


FEATURED ARTICLES
Why Should I Vote in the Primary? -- Tim Lambert, THSC President

We Teach the Fact-Based Theory of Evolution, not the Faith-Based Belief in Creation  -- Roger Turnham, Speaker at Shepherd of the Ozarks Camp

How to Choose A Summer Camp -- Johnny Polk, Director of T Bar M Camps

Pieces of Me: Studying Abroad -- Part 1: Why Bother?  -- by Grant Berry, Truman State University

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
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
13.  Texas Home School Coalition Good Citizenship Award Program -- Deadline April 1, 2012

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

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

21.  Home Educators Resource -- Lewisville
22.  Homeschoolers East Co-Op Classes -- East Dallas
23.  JOY Christian Academy
-- Decatur
24.  Morning Glory Academy -- Hurst
25.  Tarrant County College -- High School Math Classes
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
          Wichita Falls – Mar 3
          Grand Prairie – Mar 10
          Arlington – Mar 31
          Bedford – April 21
          Dallas – Apr 26-28
          Haltom City – April 26-28
          Burleson – Apr 27-28
          Richardson – Apr 27-29
29.  Center for Home Education -- Watauga
30.  Home Educators Resource -- Lewisville
 
NATURE CENTERS, ZOOS, & OUTDOOR PROGRAMS/CAMPS
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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
        Alice in Wonderland -- Mar 30 - April 15
45.  CATS Theater Performances -- Arlington
        Tale of a West Texas Marsupial Girl -- March 23-April 1

46.  Cottage Theater Performances -- Watauga
47.  Artisan Center Theater Performances -- Hurst
         Artie's Children's Playhouse:  
                Aladdin, Jr -- Feb 1-Mar 17
                Dora the Explorer: Dora's Pirate Adventure -- Mar 24-Apr 28
                Charlotte's Web -- May 5-26
         Main Stage Performances:
                Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn -- Feb 3-Mar 17
                Oliver! -- March 23-April 28
                The Importance of Being Earnest -- May 4-26
48.  Breitling Youth Theater/Acting for Children Performances -- Garland
        Phantom of the Opera -- April 16-21
49.  Dallas Children’s Theater Performances -- Dallas
       
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie -- Through March 2
        Young King Arthur -- March 8-April 5
        Anne of Green Gables -- March 22-April 13

50.  Dallas Symphony Orchestra -- Dallas
51.  Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra -- Fort Worth
        Kinderconcerts:  Green Eggs & Ham -- March 29
52.  Plano Children’s Theater Performances -- Plano
53.  Texas Ballet Theater Performances
        Portraits Ballet Festival (Wyly Theater) -- April 20-22, 27-29

54.  Home School Discount Tickets to Dallas Theater Performances
      
ART MUSEUMS
55.  Amon Carter Museum Exhibits – Fort Worth
        Romance Maker: The Watercolors of Charles M. Russell -- Opens Feb 11, 2012
        Sargent's Youthful Genius: Paintings from the Clark -- Opens Mar 11, 2012

56.  Dallas Museum of Art Exhibits -- Dallas
        First Tuesday (Free admission) -- Mar 6 (Shape By Shape)
        Late Nights for Kids -- Mar 16
        Encountering Space in the Center for Creative Connections -- Throughout Fall 2012
        Young Masters 2012 -- Through April 8
        Face to Face: International Art at the DMA -- Through June 10
        Youth & Beauty: Art of the American Twenties -- Opens March 4
        Texas in the Twenties: Prints, Drawings, and Photographs -- Opens March 4

57.  Kimbell Art Museum Exhibit -- Fort Worth
        Admission to the museum's Permanent Collection is always FREE
        Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Clark -- Opens March 11, 2012
        Pictures and Pages:    Mar 6 -- City Dog, Country Frog, by Mo Willems 
        Family Festival: Adventures in Impressionism -- April 21
        Family Education Mornings: The Age of Impressionism -- April 27, May 18

58.  Museum of Nature & Science -- Dallas
          
Planet Shark: Predator or Prey -- Through Sept 16, 2012
59.  Museum of Science & History -- Fort Worth
        Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America Through Galveston Island -- Through April 1
        The Largest World Trade Center Artifact in Texas -- Coming Spring 2012
        Grossology -- Through September 3, 2012

60.  Nasher Sculpture Center -- Dallas
        Elliott Hundley: The Bacchae -- Through April 22 
        Target First Saturdays (FREE Admission): April 7 (Mood);  May 5 (Process)

IMAX/OMNI THEATERS
61.  Shows at the Dallas Imax Theatre -- Museum of Nature and Science
            Sea Rex: Journey to the Prehistoric World
        Sharks
        Flying Monsters
62.  Shows at the Fort Worth Omni Theater -- Ft. Worth Museum of Science & History
        Texas: The Big Picture -- Through Spring 2012
        Born to Be Wild -- Through Spring 2012
        Ride Around the World -- Through Feb 4
        Dolphins -- Through Feb 4
        Hubble -- Returning Feb 5
        T-Rex: back to the Cretaceous --  Opens Feb 25


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

SCIENCE EVENTS/ACTIVITIES
66.  Star Parties at Fort Worth Museum of Science and History -- March 3, 2012

HOME SCHOOL SPORTS/PE PROGRAMS
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67.  Aledo Christian School's Basketball, Baseball, Volleyball, Softball Teams -- Aledo
68.  Berne Academy's Varsity Boys Basketball Team -- Lancaster

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

SUPPORT GROUP ANNOUNCEMENTS
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84.  Smoothing the Way Meetings in North Texas
85.  DFW Speech and Debate Club -- Coppell
86.  Denton County Christian Home School Association -- Denton
87.  Fellowship Church Homeschool Network -- Grapevine

88.  PEACH -- Plano

COLLEGE PREP
89.  SAT Test Dates
90.  SAT Prep Classes with Jean Burk -- Across North Texas   

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR HOMESCHOOLERS
91.  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.
92.  Volunteer Opportunities Available for Home School Students in 21 Counties -- American Cancer Society
93.  Learn to Laugh in Another Language: Be a Host Family for a Foreign-Exchange Student -- INTO EdVENTURES
94.  Homeschool Volunteers Needed to Deliver Meals; Friendship -- Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County
95.  Homeschool Volunteers Needed to Deliver Meals -- Johnson & Ellis Counties
96.  Home School Volunteers Needed to Serve Meals -- Dallas -- The Stewpot
97.  Fort Worth Zoo Home School Volunteen Program -- Fort Worth Zoo

OTHER EVENTS BY DATE
98.  Home School Day at Dallas Zoo
-- Fort Worth -- April 16
99.  A Walk With C.S. Lewis at Arlington Museum of Art --Arlington -- April 11 - May 27 
100.  Bancroft Family Concert at Dallas Musuem of Art -- Dallas -- Mar 17
101. T BAR M Home School Camp at Lake Travis -- Austin area-- Aug 5-10
102. Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Concerts -- Dallas -- Mar 4 and 11
103. Early Childhood and Kindergarten Workshop for Home School Parents at BRIT -- Fort Worth -- April13-14




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Why Should I Vote in the Primary? 
Reprinted with permission from Tim Lambert's Blog, Right In Texas, March 1, 2012

This spring voters in Texas will go to the polls to nominate candidates to represent political parties in the general election in November. Many citizens fail to understand the significance of these primary elections. It is not uncommon to hear complaints by people who do not like the choices they have in the general election. Usually, these same people did not participate in the primaries to help choose parties’ nominees. It is the dedicated and committed few voting in a primary who set the choices for the majority in the November elections.

Karl Rove, former political chief for President George W. Bush, noted that the turnout of evangelical Christians in the presidential election of 2000 was down from 19 million in 1996 to 15 million. He speculated that Christians may be “returning to the sidelines.” If this is true, some might argue that the people whom evangelicals have been electing to office have not done what these voters expected. Those voters have concluded that the process does not work or that it is not worth the time and effort to be involved in the political process.

One has only to look at the presidential election of 2000, which was one of the closest in American history, to realize that we can make a dramatic difference in our country by being involved politically. Please do not misunderstand. I am not saying that government is the solution to all our problems. What I am saying is that many of our problems as home school families are the result of government at some level and that this can be changed through our involvement in the process by which we Americans choose our government. Bush was reelected in 2004 because thousands of new voters made the commitment to vote for him. He also became president because some people campaigned for him to gain the nomination on the Republican ticket. In fact, far fewer people were involved in his becoming the Republican nominee than were involved in his being elected in the general election.

Texas home school families are vulnerable every time the legislature meets. Each election season, the teachers’ unions and other special interest groups seek to unseat Republican state representatives who have been staunch supporters of home schooling while they also seek to win open seats. These unions oppose home schooling and think we should be regulated by the state, and thus, they support candidates who very often believe that, too. This result can be prevented in Texas, by God’s grace, through the involvement of home schoolers across the state in campaigns for candidates who understand and are supportive of home schooling freedoms.

I strongly urge you, and everyone you know who shares your philosophy of freedom for home schooling, to vote in the Republican or Democratic Primary. In addition to voting in the primaries, those willing to be active in the political process in other ways can truly impact the positions of the political parties. I sometimes hear people say that neither of the major political parties reflects their philosophical positions, so they have joined a third party or become an independent, affiliated with no political party at all. The problem with this approach is that third parties almost never elect anyone and, therefore, do not directly affect public policy.

Texas has open primaries, which means that any registered voter in Texas may vote in any political party’s primary. However, he may only vote in one party’s primary that election year, and he may not vote in a run-off election of another party. Registered voters who did not vote in any primary at all may vote in a run-off election of any party they choose.

In a primary, very few people vote compared with those who vote in a general election. I repeat: People sometimes complain that they have no good choices in the general election, but those who vote in the primary are choosing the nominee of their political party and therefore, with fewer voters involved, have a greater influence on the final outcome of the general election. Those who wish to be good citizens and enhance their impact on the government vote in the primary. For information on our Good Citizenship Program and how home school students can learn about government firsthand, go to: THSC Good Citizenship Program

The impact that home schoolers in Texas have had on the Republican Party of Texas over the years is a good example of how a dedicated group of people can impact a political party. In the early 1990s, Texas home schoolers began to vote in the Republican primaries and attend precinct conventions at the polling places after the polls closed. These activist home schoolers and like-minded friends were then elected as delegates to the county or senatorial conventions two weeks later. There, they presented and passed resolutions that represented their philosophy and elected themselves and friends as delegates to the Republican State Convention. Home schoolers on the platform committee were successful in getting the committee to adopt a resolution extolling the virtues of home education and opposing regulation by the state. When the full convention adopted that report, the official position of the Republican Party of Texas became pro-home schooling. This year we are supporting a resolution promoting the Texas Parental Rights Restoration Act (TPRRA). Get a copy of it here: TPRRA Talking Points

As home school families continue to be active in the political process, they gain in government an advantage that protects their freedoms to teach their children at home. If we flag or wane in our efforts or begin to “return to the sidelines,” we risk losing the freedom that we currently have and we diminish the possibilities of gaining more freedoms. My prayer is that you and your family will continue, or begin, to practice good citizenship by voting in the primary of the party of your choice and taking part in the convention process of the political parties in Texas.

For your information, I have written a brief description of the political party convention process below with a link to the two major political parties’ rules that outline their respective guidelines for choosing delegates and adopting the platform of their party.

POLITICAL PARTY CONVENTION PROCESS
Political parties in Texas outline their governing philosophy through a convention process that begins at the precinct, or neighborhood, level. On the night of the primary, each precinct has a convention that is open to anyone who voted, either that day or in early voting, in the party’s primary. Two major things are done at that meeting: After the election of a chairman for the meeting, the precinct convention elects a number of delegates to represent the precinct at the county or senatorial convention approximately two weeks later. Each precinct can send a certain number of delegates. Once that is done, the floor is open for any delegate to offer (a) resolution(s) on any topic for discussion and vote. All resolutions that are adopted will be forwarded to the resolutions committee at the next level, the county or senatorial convention. The resolutions adopted in each precinct reflect the philosophy of the majority participating at that convention.

Two weeks from the Saturday following the primary, county or senatorial conventions are held. Each county that is wholly contained in a Texas senatorial district has a county convention. Those counties that are split between more than one state senatorial district have senatorial district conventions. Delegates elected at precinct conventions attend in order to represent their precincts. At these county/senatorial conventions, delegates elect delegates and alternate delegates to represent their county/senatorial district at the political party’s state convention and adopt resolutions that will be sent to the platform committee of the political party’s state convention.

Then in the summer the political parties meet at state conventions to elect party officers and adopt a platform based on resolutions that began in the precincts. Each political party’s platform is a public statement of its governing philosophy. Thus, those who take part in this process choose who will lead that political party for two years and have a voice in expressing the philosophy of the party. The political party is defined by those who participate in its convention process. Parties change over the years based on those who are participating in and defining that political party. Home school parents who wish to take part in this process and give their children that experience should get a copy of the political party’s rules from the party’s county or state headquarters and become familiar with parliamentary procedure. Each time one goes through this process is a great educational experience.

Democrat Party
Rules of the Texas Democratic Party

Republican Party
About the Republican Party of Texas

Key Election Dates:
List of Key Texas Election Dates

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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"We Teach the Fact-Based Theory of Evolution, not the Faith-Based Belief in Creation"
-by Roger Turnham

In 2006, while weighing whether to put my children through public high school here in Texas, I spoke with the local science curriculum coordinator about the district's teaching of evolution. Specifically, I wanted to know if alternatives to evolution or the weaknesses of evolution are taught. The above title was what I received back, which led me on an interesting journey to educate people everywhere about the truth of God's creative genius - which is worth of our worship.

At the same time, there was a controversy brewing in Austin over the content of high school science textbooks. The controversy was over whether the textbooks needed to address the weaknesses in evolutionary theory or whether they would just present the theory. Interestingly, the newspapers were full of articles about whether Texas would become a scientific Neanderthal, with children that would never be able to get science jobs, or whether we would embrace evolution. The humor (and sadness) for me was that the articles never addressed the real issue, which was what those weaknesses in evolutionary theory actually are!

So, what are some of the arguments for evolution in the textbooks, and are there any weaknesses to point out? Here are a few:

Where the text shows Kettlewell's famous peppered moth experiment as an "excellent" illustration of evolution at work - I'd want students to know that evolutionary scientists proved the experiment to be false in the 1980's - since peppered moths don't naturally light on tree bark in the wild. Accordingly, in 1998, University of Chicago evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne wrote that "From time to time, evolutionists re-examine a classic experimental study and find, to their horror, that it is flawed or downright wrong. [The fact that peppered moths don't light on tree trunks], invalidates Kettlewell's experiments..."

Where the high school text shows camel evolution over time (or horses in many texts) from a small animal to a modern one in a series of three or four pictures - they never point out that these animals are not consistently found in the same geographic regions, in the proper rock layers (consistent with the ages claimed), or with hoof, rib, DNA or bone structures that would be predicted by evolutionary theory. They simply lay pictures side by side, note similarities, and claim they indicate evolution - which is misleading and not supported by the facts.

Where the textbooks use common structures like a human hand, a flipper and a crocodile forelimb to illustrate "homology", they interpret these observations as being a result of a descent from a common ancestor. The same facts can also, just as legitimately, be interpreted as evidence for a common designer - who would use the same design concepts in numerous creatures - much like an architect uses brick, steel, and air conditioners in their designs. Note that it's the underlying worldview (evolutionist or creationist) that filters the facts to draw the casual interpretation. Thus, homology only "supports" evolution if you believed evolution to be true in the first place.

Where the text makes an argument for "vestigial organs" as being evidence for evolution, they don't point out the fact that 100 years ago scientists assumed that over 80 human body parts were vestigial (ie useless to us, but necessary to one of our evolutionary ancestors). We now know that there are no vestigial organs in the human body - all are needed for optimal health/development. Incredibly, the picture shown claims these whale bones, likely part of the reproductive system, are vestigial limbs that this mammal once used while crawling on land! In the category of critical thinking, it should also be noted that vestigial organs point out the opposite of evolution - ie. if useless things remain in humans, then we should have been overtaken by superior mutated being that aren't carrying the useless body parts. Evolution's promise is not about the loss of useless parts, but about the creation of new, superior life forms through mutations, natural selection, and random chance.

The textbook also uses a photo of an Amish child in a small, isolated community where many people have 6 fingers as an example of evolution. The problem is that for Darwinian evolution to occur, that "finger" would need to further develop genetic information that gives it meaningful function, that function would need to create competitive advantage vs 5 fingered people, the 6 fingered people would need to grow strong enough as a group to overtake and kill all the 5 fingered inferior humans, all while maintaining the trait and avoiding inbreeding with the 5 fingered people. The silliness of this example and its improbability, while not lost on those reading this, is not discussed in the text.

The text uses bacteria and the different responses to medicines to illustrate "natural selection" at work. Again, putting on our critical thinking hat, we realize that when this happens and a small subset of a larger population lives (while the rest dies), the genetic pool of the organism shrinks! Thus, the opposite of evolution has occurred - no new genetic information has been created, instead, the genetic potential of the offspring has been significantly diminished. This is the opposite of evolution.

I could go on to cover other topics, but I think you get the idea.

Psalm 19 says that the "Heavens are telling of the glory of God."  Romans 1 tells us that God placed a knowledge of God inside each of us, as well as making Himself evident through creation. Romans 1:16 also tells us that we should not be ashamed of the gospel of Christ, and the creation is directly linked to that salvation. I encourage you to become informed on this topic, to read some of the excellent books and web sites available, and to strengthen your faith. Indeed, God's Word is true. If it's true, then proper science will (and does) support God's Word. Get education, and teach your children the facts, so that they will be able to defend their faith when tested.
 
I'll be teaching some basic truths to arm parents and students in standing firm on God's truth on the subject of Creation Science at the Home School Family Camp at Shepherd of the Ozarks May 27-June 1.

Roger Turnham's interest in the topic of Creation Science started in high school with a request to teach a Bible study on Creation/Evolution. It has become an avocation and through the years while traveling the world for his profession, he has become a popular speaker at high school and college apologetics classes on the topics like Creation and Evolution that will define this generation. For more information click here.

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How to Choose a Summer Camp 
-by Johnny Polk, Director of T Bar M Camps

Wow, what an impact CAMP makes on the entire family.  That’s right…the entire family. You know up close and personal that homeschooling is a total family commitment.  It’s so important that I’d like to share some helpful points for choosing the right camp for you and your family. We at T Bar M Camps have been known for 31 years as the “Home of Christ-centered Adventure”. To keep it simple, remember C-A-M-P in determining your decision. 

“C” represents Camper to Counselor ratio. Every child must be a priority and involved by not being left out. Notice…not the camper to the entire staff ratio, but to the actual camp “hero” who will be lovingly leading your child and will impact their lives for good. A typical camp ratio is 1 counselor to 6 campers. You need to inquire on the hiring standards, training and experience required. Are they passionate about kids? (Psst… at T Bar M we have a 1-4 ratio of counselor to camper – we are intentional).

“A” represents Atmosphere and Activities. Do the activities build up and into your child’s character and esteem? Is the atmosphere the kind of environment that will stimulate and be sensitive to your precious treasure? Is it safe, yet challenging? Don’t forget camp is to be FUN, engaging, enhancing, and should encourage each camper to be his or her best!  We at T Bar M create a safe haven so that your treasure (pride & joy) may relax, settle in and breathe deeply the love of God.  Our activities are memory makers that provide meaningful outcomes achieved through teachable moments celebrating life and learning through adventures and discoveries.

“M” represents Mission and Methods.  This is an important qualifier since you’re not looking for childcare, entertainment or just a “filler.” What is the camp’s stated purpose and passion? Does their mission match their reputation? Remember a preference is different than a principle or conviction. Will you be pleased that your child embraces such a mission? The methods refer to the way that the camp executes their mission and their open mechanisms of feedback. You are the recipient of the camp’s mission.  At T Bar M, our mission is to present Jesus Christ, teach His ways and represent Him in an exciting, enthusiastic and encouraging camp experience.  We see every camper and their family leaving our gates knowing that he or she is His beloved, then walking as salt and light as they “Love God and Others.”

“P” represents People and Programs. You already should have a good feel for people and programs from investigating letters “C” and “A”… but dig a little deeper. Keep asking questions. Do both the people and programs feel open, inviting, genuine, equipped, sensible, flexible, clear, consistent and FUN? Do you see them as a blessing and a contributor to educating your child? Are they believably – believable? Are they open to working through any of your family’s needs or concerns?  Do they personally care and have personal ways for you to stay in touch;  such as nightly web postings of daily pictures, directors comments (written and audio), daily tweets, blogs and are they intentional about listening and serving you and your family … we at T Bar M Camps work hard at these things daily.  Our staff comes from 82 different universities and our “kid loving; Lord serving” counselors are relentless about encouraging campers with specifics as well as leading through example.  Many of our counselors were homeschooled and were former T Bar M Campers.

Camp is all about relationships…relationships to encourage and equip your family to love each other.  Camp is experiential learning. Camp is about discovery and adventure. Camp is about being a kid.  Camp is living out the exchanged life. Camp is about new beginnings and new commitments. Camp is about validating life. Camp is good!

Is Camp a FIT?  Take the time to make sure camp is a F-I-TFollow It Through, Fun In Themes, Find It Transferable and Founded In Truth.

Count the cost by adding it up, dividing it out and making the investment in your child. Camp people are in the people ministry, therefore are people-driven and will be honored to assist you in getting your child into camp. Most camps have scholarship opportunities, so at least ask and be creative if you need financial assistance.  Homeschooling is a daily investment of time, talents, treasures and huge sacrifices by all.  Stretching your dollar on things that matter is imperative – we at T Bar M see this as an eternal investment with eternal returns as together we assist families in “building champions and warriors (leaders; over-comers) for Christ.”

Finally, every kid from age 4 to 94 needs and deserves a Camp experience. Why? Because camp impacts lives despite today’s fast-paced and way too busy world!  Speaking of the world – check out our CATW or Camps Around the World as we are training leaders through the model of camp in 16 nations – wow, camp is contagious and it is transferrable.  I’d welcome your thoughts and questions at Click Here To Email.  You’re invited to any of our camps: Day Camp, Family Camps, overnight Camps and our exclusive Homeschool Camp at T Bar M Camp Travis August 5 -10, 2012.  Thanks for your time and hard work as you homeschool your precious God given treasures.

T Bar M Camp is located at 2549 Hwy. 46 West in New Braunfels. For more information, call Randi Beth (830) 620-4263 ext 295 or click here to visit online.

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Pieces of Me: Studying Abroad -- Part 1: Why Bother?
- by Grant Berry, Truman State University


I am a bullfighter swinging his cape to distract his opponent. I am an Alpine hiker jumping in the air while singing “The Sound of Music.” I am a tango dancer with two left feet. I am a chef of international cuisine that likes to sample his own work. I am a linguist. I listen to hip-hop in a slew of languages. I seek out adventure.  I drink Argentine tea made from shrubs and have plates of beef for dinner. I take a siesta on hot afternoons. I am a traveler. I am a citizen of the world.

If home is where the heart is, I’m in trouble. Pieces of my soul have anchored themselves in three separate continents, and, like with the aftermath of Humpty Dumpty’s fall, it seems highly unlikely that I’ll ever be able to put them back together again. Why then, am I not worried? With each experience I have had abroad, I have integrated a piece of that country’s culture into myself and learned more about who I am as an individual. Self-knowledge and developing independence is one of the key elements of a college education, and I have soared leaps and bounds above expectations. I have sewn my experiences into the most unique patchwork quilt, and, even as I consider the pangs of missing little fragments of myself after returning home, in the end I have gained much more than I could have possibly lost. I chose to study abroad, and I chose well.

Studying abroad is a life-changing experience; one that I hope everyone is able to take advantage of at some point in their life. College is an ideal span of time to branch out, experience a new culture, and seize this remarkable opportunity. Language lovers, you know that immersion is the best way to become fluent in a foreign language, and the benefits of living day-to-day surrounded by that language are obvious. However, learning another language is far from the only reason why you might want to pack your bags, board a plane, and set foot onto new and unfamiliar lands.

We learn and grow by comparing what’s novel to what we already hold true, and there’s no better way to experience something new than to wake up in a world leagues from home, be it a border or an ocean away. Each day you spend enveloped by that world, you learn more about what its inhabitants hold true and valuable, and at once you begin to hone in on and solidify the tenets from your culture that are most critical to establishing who you are. By opening the door to a new world and letting that world mesh with yours, you identify who you were at home and redefine who you will be once you return.

Redefinition might seem a little frightful, but maybe that’s just semantics. Perhaps words like transformation or reevaluation are better-suited to describe the process. In any case, your horizons will be broadened, dear reader, and with that influx of new worldviews into the microcosm of your existence will come a change for the better.

Next issue: Part 2: When? Where? What are my options?

Grant Berry is an admissions counselor at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO.  For more information about Truman University or studying abroad, you can contact Grant by email or visit online at admissions.truman.edu.

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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

Mar 14 -- Passport to Adventure
Time: 3:30-4:15pm
Location: John and Judy Gay Library: 6861 W. Eldorado Parkway, McKinney
Ages: K-5th grade
Details:
Let's Visit the United Kingdom: Come join the fun! Learn about different countries around the world. Make crafts, play games, learn customs and hear stories!
For more details: Call the Children's Desk at 972-547-7324

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

•    Rockwall County Library will be closed Friday, 3/2, for Texas Independence Day and Saturday, 3/3 for a computer system migration.

•    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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13.  TEXAS HOME SCHOOL COALITION GOOD CITIZENSHIP AWARD PROGRAM

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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14.  CERTIFICATES OF SPECIAL CONGRESSIONAL RECOGNITION

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

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

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

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15.  ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ART COMPETITION

2012 ART COMPETITION -- TBA

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

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

Who Can Participate:  All high school students including homeschoolers.

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


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16.  CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION - WATAUGA

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

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

Website:  http://centerforhomeeducation.com/

New to Homeschooling Workshop at the Center for Home Education
Date: March 20
Time:
7:00pm
Location:
5733 Watauge Road, Watauga, Texas 76148
For information: Call 817-281-2293
Speaker:  Mrs. Rosie Watson, Director
Cost:  $15 per family

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.

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

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

Website:  http://centerforhomeeducation.com/  

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


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19.  EASTFIELD COLLEGE

For Class Registration or Other Information:  972-860-7113


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20.  ENRICHMENT CLASSES, INC, IN LEWISVILLE

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

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


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21.  HOME EDUCATORS RESOURCE ENRICHMENT CLASSES

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

For Class Descriptions, Fees and Other Information: Click Here

Classes Offered:
Art

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

Location:

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

Website:  http://homeeducatorsresource.com/    

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

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

Contact For More Information:  Click Here to send an email

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


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


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24.  MORNING GLORY ACADEMY

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


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

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

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



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

HOME SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
APRIL 2
Time: 5:30pm
Location: TCC SE Campus Arlington in the Ballroom.
Details:
Information will be shared on math and science classes for this fall, as well as the Texas Alliance Minorities in Engineers (TAME) program.
Please RSVP to Maurine Amend at 972-660-8414

Please note: if anyone is interested in taking a summer math class to prepare for the fall classes, please contact Maurine Amend at 972-660-8414 or click here to email her. 


JANUARY 16 -- All classes begin

Classes being offered are:
South Campus
PreAlgebra I -- 12-1:30pm -- Mon/Wed
Algebra II  -- 1:30-3pm
-- Mon/Wed
College Algebra  -- 3-4:30pm -- Mon/Wed
Algebra I  -- 4:30-6pm -- Mon/Wed
Chemistry and Biology will be offered.  Dates and Times TBA

SE Campus
Algebra I -- 12-1:30 -- T/Th
Algebra II  -- 1:30-3
-- T/Th
College Algebra -- 3-4:30 -- T/Th
Geometry 9-12 -- Fridays
Trig 12-3 -- Fridays

Cost: 
$173 including all materials.
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.
 

MAY 17 -- Homeschool!  Who Me?
Time:
 6:30-8:30pm
Location:  THEO, 1301 Custer Road, Suite 703, Plano, 75075
Details:  Attend this nuts and bolts seminar about homeschooling in the North Texas area.  Topics include Texas laws regarding homeschooling, curriculum choices, local support groups, learning styles and timing. 
To RSVP:  click here

THEO Speech and Debate Camps
Come join the fun for a fantastic week of learning the skills that will change your life. THEO is offering your choice of Speech, Interp, and Debate Camps which are open to both novice and experienced students. These camps are designed to expand a student's education by providing the necessary skills they can use for competition or JUST FOR FUN! So, come meet new friends at THEO's speech and debate summer camps.

June 4th-8th -- THEO Speech Camp (Grades 7-12)
Time:  
9am-3pm
Price:  $325
Requirements: 6 students needed for camp to make
Registration Deadline:  May 4
To Register:   Click Here to print the Enrollment Form
Details:  Camp is open to both novice and experienced students. Individual assessments will be made with the goal being to encourage each student to the best of their ability. For those students completely new to forensics, THEO Speech Camp is an ideal place to start!  Join Donna Szumila, coach of THEO's Forensics Club, for a great week of speech through Original Oratory, Impromptu and Extemporaneous Speaking. The basics of communication and speech structure are where it all begins and by the end of the week each student will be delivering impromptu and extemporaneous speeches as well as have researched and written an Original Oratory ready for competition in the fall. Coach Szumila provides practice and individual coaching throughout the week in preparation of the THEO Exposition where students deliver speeches to parents and friends in conjunction with the THEO Interp Camp.

June 4th-8th -- THEO Interp Camp (Grades 7-12)
Time:  9am-3pm
Location:  THEO
Cost:  $325
Requirements: 6 students needed for camp to make
Registration Deadline:  May 4

To Register:  Click Here to print the Enrollment Form
Details:  Come learn the art of interpretation from one of the finest interp coaches in North Texas! Melinda Bellatti brings her vast experience in speech and theater to THEO offering this unique opportunity to learn the interpretation events of Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Prose and Poetry. You will have great fun as you learn how to choose material, how to cut a piece, character placement and development. Coach Bellatti provides individual coaching as well as small group practice all in preparation of the THEO Exposition where you will deliver your pieces to parents and friends to show off your new learned skills.
Novice Students: Coach Bellatti has numerous already pre-cut selections for you to choose from. Experienced Students: bring a favorite piece or cutting and Coach Bellatti wil help you perfect it for championship delivery!  This camp is designed for both novice and experienced students in interpretation. The art of interpretation is like no other skill as you will have a chance to expand your acting and theater talents. If you would like to perform a DUO Interpretation contact Coach Bellatti before camp and she will be happy to assist you and your partner at camp.

July 16th-21st - THEO Lincoln/Douglas & Congressional Debate Camp (Grades 8-12)
Time:  9am-3pm
Location:  THEO
Cost:  $350
Requirements: 6 students needed for camp to make
Registration Deadline:  June 30

To Register:  Click Here to print the Enrollment Form
Details:  Communication, presentation, research, analyzing arguments are skills useful in every aspect of life. Debate teaches all of these and is fun, too. Come join Coach Donna Szumila of THEO Forensics for a great week of learning these skills which will change your life. In Congressional Debate you will learn how to write Bills and Resolutions on a policy matter of your choosing. Then you will debate these resolutions at a Congressional session at the end of the week. Lincoln/Douglas debate is a one-on-one debate which will teach you to argue "for" and "against" resolutions of value. You will learn how to research the resolution topic, write your own case, and communicate it effectively.  This camp is open to both novice and experienced debaters.

July 23rd-28th -- THEO Team Policy Debate Camp (Grades 8-12)
Time:  9am-3pm
Location:  THEO
Cost:  $350
Requirements: 6 students needed for camp to make
Registration Deadline:  June 30

To Register:  Click Here to print the Enrollment Form

Details: Debate is about change and is the process which determines how change should come about. In Team Policy Debate you will debate a public policy resolution and work with a partner to form a "debate team." You will research, write your own case, and learn effective communication to argue both for and against the resolution. Debate is fun and can give you the skills you need for success. So, join Donna Szumila, coach of THEO's Forensics Club, for a great week of Team Policy debate!

Novice:
The camp will provide novice debaters with the fundamental skills needed to debate. They will learn how to break down the resolution, how to research, how to write their cases and finally they will debate in teams and learn the skills necessary to be polished communicators.
Advanced: For experienced students in debate the focus will be on perfecting their skills and abilities while expanding into advanced debate theory. After researching and writing your own case, you will develop disad's and write a counterplan. By the end of the week students will be debating and honing their skills to prepare them for competition.

THEO Speech and Debate Summer Camps are being led from a Christian perspective. It is our desire to bring these skills to you through the Glory and Grace of Jesus Christ.

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


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.

DENTON – MARCH 1-4
Time: Fri & Sat: 10am-9pm;  Sun: Noon-6pm
Location:  Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S I-35E
                940-369-0006

Books:  45,000 books; 75% donated; 50% hardcover; sorted; not 'picked over'; no buyer restrictions;
$2 or less;  Credit cards accepted

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WICHITA FALLS – MAR 3
Time:
Mon: Noon-6pm;  Thu: 10am-2pm;  Sat: Noon-5pm
Location:  Wichita Falls Public Library
                600 11th St
                940-7670868 x248
Books:  
3,000 books; 100% donated; 85% hardcover; .50-$2
Half-price sale on most books 1st Saturday of each month
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GRAND PRAIRIE - MAR 10
Time: 
Saturday 10pm-5pm
Location:
Grand Prairie Public Library
                901 Conover Drive
                972-262-8015
Books: 450 books; 100% donated; 80% hardcover; sorted; not 'picked through'; no buyer restrictions; $2 or less.
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ARLINGTON – MARCH 31
Time:
Thurs: 1pm-7pm;  Fri: 9am-5pm;  Sat: 9am-5pm;  Sun: 12-4pm
Location:   Meadowbrook Recreation Center
                1400 E Dugan St (Meadowbrook Park)
                817-907-1485
Books:  Sunday is half-price day;  over 60,000 items for sale,
most hardbacks and large paperbacks are $1.00.
Mass market fiction paperbacks are $.50 or $5.00 a flat.
Cash or checks are welcome - no credit cards.

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BEDFORD – APRIL 21
Time:
Sat: Preview: 10am-12pm with $5 fee; open 12pm-5pm 
Location:   Bedford Public Library 
                2424 Forest Ridge Drive
                817-952-2350
Books:  3,000
books; 50% donated; 50% hardcover; sorted. Paperback $1-$1.50; hardcovers $2.00.
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DALLAS  – APRIL 26-28
Time: Preview: Wednesday 5pm-7:30pm
                Thurs 12pm-7:30pm; Fri & Sat: 10am-5:30pm 

Location:   Lochwood Library
                11221 Lochwood Blvd.
                972-835-6735

Books:  1,500 books; 100% donated; 50% hardcover; sorted; not 'picked over'; no buyer restrictions; $2 or less.
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HALTOM CITY  – APRIL 26-28
Time: Thurs: 10:30am-7pm;  Fri: 10:30am-5pm;  Sat: 10:30am-4pm
                Thurs 12pm-7:30pm; Fri & Sat: 10am-5:30pm 

Location:   Haltom City Public Library
                4809 Haltom Road (at Glenview Drive)
                817-222-7786
Books:    5,000 books; 80% donated; no buyer restrictions; .50-$3
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BURLESON – APRIL 27-28
Time:  Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-2pm 
Location:   Burleson Public Library 
                248 S. W. Johnson Ave
                817-295-6131 ext. 264

Books:  5,000 books; 100% donated, 50% hardcover, sorted; not 'picked over'; no buyer restrictions; $2 or less.
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RICHARDSON – APRIL 27-29
Time:  Fri & Sat: 10am-5pm;  Sun: 2-5pm
Location:   Richardson Public Library
                900 Civic Center Dr
                972-744-4350
Books: 15,000+ books; 99% donated; 80% hardcover; sorted; no buyer restrictions; paperback $1; hardcovers $2; children's .25-.50

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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.

DECEMBER Schedule:
9 Last day of fall semester (classes resume January 13, 2012)
12 Center Student Christmas Party - RSVP tickets are $5.00 -  7:00 pm
16 Combined Christmas Caroling concert - 7:30 pm
17 Combined Christmas Caroling concert - 7:30 pm
 
All concert tickets are $5.00    

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.

March 2012
    12-14 and 21-13 – Western Days Spring Camp
Kids come play cowboy and Indians for 3 days, 2 nights. Horsebackriding, archery, dutchoven cooking, sleep in authentic tipis.      
    16-18  – Primitive Survival Combo Camp
Teens through adults, and families welcome.  3 days, 2 nights.  Self Esteem Builder.  Become self reliant. If you need to take part one or part two within this camp, special arrangements can be made.
     24-25 – Family Nature Wildlife Camp
Perfect for families with multi age children.  2 dys 1 night.  Family rates worked out on an individual basics.  A time for families to reconnect with nature and each other.

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.

MARCH 3 -- Dallas Blooms Festival and Opening of "Small Houses of Great Artists" exhibit

About the Exhibit:
Building around the theme, 'It's A Work of Art', five local architects have partnered with Hoebeke Builders to create the 'Small Houses of Great Artists' exhibit of playhouses among the 66-acre garden of the Dallas Arboretum. Appealing to both children and adults, these houses reflect the location and work of well-known artists Georgia O'Keefe, Vincent Van Gogh, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet. The 'Small Houses of Great Artists' exhibit will remain on display through December 31, 2012.

Fun facts, biographical information, and information of each artist's work will
be provided to parents and classroom teachers so that children and students get
maximum value from their visits. The Hoffman Family Gift Store will also stock children's
books about each artist and other items connected with their work.

Hoebeke Builders will construct four of the five houses that will be nestled among
the various gardens. The Arboretum's cottage, loved by many little ones over the years, will also be refurbished to resemble Vincent Van Gogh's home. Architects include Clint Pearson, Symmetry Architects (Georgia O'Keefe); Paul L. Turney, Turney & Associates (Georges Seurat); J. Wilson Fuqua, Fuqua & Associates (Pablo Picasso); and Robbie Fusch, Fusch Architects, Inc. (Claude Monet).


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.

MARCH 2  -- Early Birds
8:30am-10:30am
Cost:
$10 (includes admission fee)
Come and join a naturalist as we try to wake up with the birds. We will take a leisurely hike around the Nature Center to  see if we can find some birds beginning their day. This is the best time of the day to see our fine feathered friends.

MARCH 3 -- Peeking Out
1-3pm
Cost:
$5 (with paid admission)
It might appear quiet and uneventful in early spring, but things are waking up from their winter brumation. Join us as we hike the Marsh Boardwalk to search for early signs of amphibians and reptiles this spring. Discover what is peeking out from their overwintering sites.
Pre-Registration Required: 817-392-7410

MARCH 4 -- Nature Kids
1-2pm
Cost: $5/child (with paid admission)
Come have fun exploring nature! This month we will learn about insects and worms that live under the ground and inside of dead tree trunks. We will discover why they are so important for the soil. We will go for a short walk to look for animals under the ground and in dead trees.
This class is geared for children 3-7.


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

MARCH 11 -- Spring Photography
1-3pm
Cost: $5 (with paid admission)
Spring is just a week away and signs of spring are beginning to emerge from our winter landscape. Join our staff naturalist in discussing how to get ready for spring photography. He will add insight on how to take great photos of insects, wildflowers and wildlife.


MARCH 17 -- Slithering Snakes
1-3pm
Cost: FREE (with paid admission)
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by wearing green and learning about snakes, which St. Patrick supposedly chased out of Ireland. Learn how snakes are beneficial and why they are misunderstood. We will have the chance to get up close and personal with some of the snakes at the Hardwicke Interpretive Center.
This is a come and go event.


MARCH 18 -- 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 Necessary.  First-come, first-served.
Greer Island gate opens at 11am. Meet at Greer Island.


MARCH 18 -- Plant Taxonomy Series (Part 2 of 5):  Fruit
1pm-4pm
Cost:  $15 (includes admission fee)
Learn how to identify any plant species using basic botanical terminology and characteristics. This lesson will focus on flowers. We will look at differences between monocot and dicot flowers, dissect flowers to learn their parts and learn about types of inflorescences; or flower clusters. Plant Identification Terminology: An Illustrated Glossary by J.G. Harris and M.W. Harris is a recommended book for this class.Register for at least 3 of the 5 classes and receive the book for free. This program is approved for advanced training hours with Texas Master Naturalists. This class is geared for adults or children over 14.
Pre-registration required: 817-392-7410
Register for at least 3 of the 5 classes and receive the book:
Plant Identification Terminology: An Illustrated Glossary by J.G. Harris & M.W. Harris

MARCH 23 - Preschool Discovery Club
10:30-11:30am

Cost: $10/child (includes admission fee)
We invite preschoolers, ages 3 - 5 and their adult companions to join us in discovering the exciting world of nature. In March, we will be learning about seeds and plants.
Pre-registration required:
817-392-7410

MARCH 25 -- Spring Wildflowers
1-3pm
Cost:
$5 (with paid admission)
Spring is upon us and now is a good time to get a look at what is blooming on the Refuge. Join us as we hike around and search for the wildflowers that bring color to the Nature Center.

MARCH 31 -- Aromatherapy: The Power of Plants
2-3pm
Cost:  
FREE (with paid admission)
Did you know that some plants produce an essential oil that enhances your health and well
being? Come and join us for a talk about Aromatherapy and the many uses of essential oils. Class is geared for adults, but children over 5 years are welcome.
Pre-Registration Required:
817-392-7410

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


MARCH 3 - APRIL 8 -- Butterflies in the Garden
Time:
 10am-4pm
Tickets: $10/ages 13-64;  $8/seniors 65+;  $6/ages 3-12

To Purchase Tickets Online (through Usher & More):  Click here
Tickets will be mailed to you if purchased more than one week in advance or held at Will Call at the Garden Center. Remaining timed entry tickets for a given date are available onsite only.

Details: An exhibition of tropical butterflies from around the world in the spectacular conservatory at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. The exhibit is open daily March 3 – April 8, 2012. Tickets are sold for timed entrance every 30 minutes beginning at 10am, with the last ticket sold at 4pm. Tickets sold for a given time and date are to be used regardless of weather or light conditions.  Strollers are not allowed inside the Butterflies in the Garden exhibit in the Conservatory.

APRIL 28-29 -- Spring Festival in the Japanese Garden
Time:
 Sat: 10am-5pm;  Sun: 11am-5pm
Cost:  $5/adults;  $3/ages 4-12;  Under age 4 free
Details:  Enjoy the fresh brightness of the Spring color in the Japanese Garden while you and your family enjoy traditional Japanese dance, music, martial arts demonstrations, papermaking, and tea ceremonies.

MAY 19 -- Herb Society Festival
Time:
 9am-3pm
Cost: $3/adults;  Ages 12 and under free.
Details:  A delight for all the senses, the Herb Festival fills the Botanic Garden Center with the wonderful aromas of live herbs. Beautiful displays of organic soaps, herbal concoctions, and a variety of tasty snacks are all awaiting you. Indulge!

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: $20/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

Class for Ages 6-8
Join us on a journey across continents this semester as we explore the animals and environments unique to each one!
March 27 – Pass through the prairies of North America on your way to a picturesque woodland habitat and discover the different places animals choose to sleep.
April 24 – Safari to Africa to see the inhabitants of grasslands and learn about what they prefer to eat for dinner.
May 22 – Explore Asia to spot jungle natives and the ways they utilize camouflage.

Classes for Ages 9-12
Join us this semester as we explore different careers through zoo exploration!
March 27 – Discover who’s been here! Using tracks and animal signs, students will interpret and create stories through inference and discovery.
April 24 –  Discover interesting names for animal babies and the unique ways animals raise their young.
May 22 –  Learn about all the different responsibilities of a zookeeper and meet a Fort Worth Zoo zookeeper.


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

MARCH 5 -- Fossil Dig & Tour
Time:  
10am - 2:30ish
    Fossil Dig: 10am-Noon
    Break for Lunch:  12:00-1:00
    Guided Bus Tour:  1pm-2:30ish
Cost:  $18/person
Bring a picnic lunch.
To Register:  Call 254-898-4215
For Questions:  Click Here to email
Details:  This event is open to any homeshoolers, and is multi-level so all ages will benefit. We will take a bus down to the fossil pits and spend some time searching for marine fossils.  Afterward, we will take a guided bus tour of Fossil Rim to meet our current (non-marine) animal residents!

MARCH 27 -- Home School "Robin Hood" Day Camp
Time:  
9am - 4:00ish
Guided Bus Tour:  2pm-4:00ish
Cost:  $27/person; children ages 2 and under free
Bring a picnic lunch.
To Register:  Call 254-898-4215
For Questions:  Click Here to email
Details:  Open to all homeschoolers.  The Robin Hood themed Day camp will begin at 9am at the Activities Center at Wolf Ridge. We'll eat lunch at Noon - be sure to bring your lunch.  After classes & activities are finished, we will take a guided tour of Fossil Rim.

For more Details:  Click here  

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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.

Preschool Programs:

MARCH 9 -- Let's HOP into Spring
Time:  10:30am-Noon
Cost:  $10 (includes adult and child admission); $5 additional child
Details:  Children learn about themes through a story and a unique activity, enjoy a fun craft project and have a wagon ride. Fee includes one parent and one child. 
RSVP Required by March 7-- space limited:  972-881-0140


MARCH 11 -- Watching Our Garden Grow
Cost:  $10 (includes adult and child admission); $5 additional child
Details:  Let’s learn what the Farmer does in winter. We will make applesauce, play old fashioned games, make a craft and take a ride in our covered wagon. Dress warmly so you can enjoy the great outdoors.
RSVP Required by March 7 -- space limited:  972-881-0140


APRIL 7 -- Victorian Eggstravaganza (annual egg hunt)
Time:  10:30am-Noon
Cost:  $10 (includes adult and child admission); $5 additional child
Details:  Children learn about themes through a story and a unique activity, enjoy a fun craft project and have a wagon ride. Fee includes one parent and one child. 
RSVP Required by Apr 4 -- space limited:  972-881-0140


APRIL 13 -- It's Raining, It's Pouring
Time:  10:30am-Noon
Cost:  $10 (includes adult and child admission); $5 additional child
Details:  Children learn about themes through a story and a unique activity, enjoy a fun craft project and have a wagon ride. Fee includes one parent and one child. 
RSVP Required by Apr 11 -- space limited:  972-881-0140


MAY 4 -- Camping at the Farmstead
Time:  10:30am-Noon
Cost:  $10 (includes adult and child admission); $5 additional child
Details:  Children learn about themes through a story and a unique activity, enjoy a fun craft project and have a wagon ride. Fee includes one parent and one child. 
RSVP Required by May 2 -- space limited:  972-881-0140


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.

Open to the Public Days (MARCH–NOVEMBER)
SATURDAYS
OPENS MARCH 17
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.

DAILY -- Butterfly Release Talk
Time:
 Noon
Cost:  Included with admission
Enjoy the two-level butterfly house with hundreds of free-flying tropical butterflies. See more than 60 species of tropical plants. Looking for more than butterflies? In our lobby, we have rotating insect and arthropod displays. See eye-to-eye with scorpions, hissing cockroaches, pillbugs, and a tarantula!


THROUGH APRIL 29 -- Echoes of Remembered Gardens
Cost:  Texas Discovery Garden admission applies.
Susan Lecky's Echoes of Remembered Gardens livens up our winter landscape with vibrant, geometric patterns and colors. Working with both acrylic on canvas and colored pencil on paper, Lecky hints at natural patterns and botanic prints.  An 84" by 81" six panel piece, Forgotten-Remembered, Then, Now, Forever, greets visitors as they walk in the two story lobby, with smaller works on canvas and paper in the Discovery Gallery. The exhibition kicks off Texas Discovery Gardens’ Come to the Tropics event Jan. 28, 2012 and will brighten our lobby through April 29, 2012.

MARCH 3 -- Butterfly House Discovery Tour
Time:  11am
Cost:  
Included with admission
Join us for a family friendly, behind-the-scenes, guided tour of the butterfly house!


MARCH 8 -- Books 'N Bugs
Time:  11am
Cost:  
$10/child;  Adults pay regular admission
Come join the Butterflies & Bugs for storytime! We’ll make crafts, read the book and have a themed snack! The session ends with our daily noon butterfly release.

MARCH 12-16 -- Spring Break Blitz
Time:
 11am-3pm, daily
Cost:  Included with admission
Get out of the house and into the gardens with your family during Spring Break. Enjoy discovery-themed family friendly activities. Visit our website to view each day’s activities.

MARCH 17 -- Modern Victory Gardens: Spring and Summer Vegetable Gardening
Time: 9am-Noon
Cost:  $25/person
Join a growing trend and learn how to create a bountiful organic community or backyard vegetable garden with Director of Horticulture Randy Johnson. We cover hands-on seasonal gardening topics.
Pre-Registration Required:  Click here to register

MARCH -- Organic in the City Fashion Show
Discover cutting edge sustainable and organic fashion with Texas Discovery Garden's fourth annual Organic in the City Fashion Show + Auction. Details soon!

MARCH 24 -- Plant Propagation Workshop
Time:  9am-Noon
Cost:  $25/person
Grow your own plants from cuttings and seeds and save money! Learn easy to implement techniques from an expert in plant propagation, Director of Horticulture Randy Johnson.
Pre-Registration Required:  Click here to register

APRIL 7 -- Butterly House Discovery Tour
Time:
11 am
Cost: Included with admission
Join us for a family friendly guided tour of the butterfly house and get a behind the scenes look.

APRIL 8 -- First Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Time:
1pm-3pm
Cost:
Included with admission
We're hosting our first annual Easter Egg Hunt in the gardens. Bring your basket and join the fun!

APRIL 14 -- Composting Workshop
Time:
10am-12pm
Cost:
$25/person
Put your yard and garden trimmings to use as you prepare for your summer garden with Director of Horticulture Randy Johnson! Explore various composting techniques, earthworms, compost tea and integrated pest management.
Pre-Registration Required: Click here to register

APRIL 21 -- Garden Explorers Walk
Time: 
11 am
Cost: Included in admission
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. 

APRIL 28 -- Butterfly Gardening Workshop
Time:
9am-12pm
Cost:
$60/person 
If you build it, they will come! Discover how easy it is to garden and attract native butterflies with Horticulture Director Randy Johnson and Entomologist John Watts. Bring home a starter flat of butterfly host and nectar plants.
Pre-Registration Required:
Click here to register

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

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

MARCH 3 -- Stargazing
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 9-10pm
Details:  Make a star wheel and learn how to use it, learn about the solar system and view the night sky through a telescope. Weather permitting, meet at the over flow camping parking lot.
For More Information:  903-425-2332

MARCH 10 -- Park Ranger
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm
Details:  Learn what it takes to become a Park Ranger and what we do.  Also learn aboutt the Junior Ranger program at Purtis Creek State Park. Meet at the Amphitheater.
For More Information:  903-425-2332

MARCH 10 -- Arts & Nature
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Details:  Learn about nature through arts and crafts, make a snake, bluebonnet, and smore. Meet at Amphitheater
For More Information:  903-425-2332 

MARCH 10 -- Full Moon Hike
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 8-9pm
Details: Take a hike into the night under the light of the full moon, 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 over flow camping parking lot.
For More Information:  903-425-2332 

MARCH 11 -- Guided Canoe/Kayak Tour
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 3-6pm
Cost: $6/12+;  Free/under 12
Details: Take a leisurely trip on Purtis Creek State Park Lake, view areas of the park only accessible by boat. Learn about the waterfowl and other animals that frequent the Park. Wear shoes that can get wet, wear clothing appropriate for the weather, bring plenty of drinking water and snacks. Weather permitting.  Meet at boat rental area.
Reservations Required:  903-425-2332
Limited Space

MARCH 11 - Stargazing
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 9-10pm
Details:  Make a star wheel and learn how to use it, learn about the solar system and view the night sky through a telescope. Weather permitting, meet at the over flow camping parking lot.
For More Information:  903-425-2332

MARCH 14 -- Basic Canoe/Kayak Skills
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 3:30-6:30pm
Details:  Learn the basic paddling skills, safe entry/exit of the boat and trip planning.  Wear shoes that can get wet.  Weather permitting. Meet at boat rental area.
Reservations Required: 903-425-2332.

MARCH 15 - Take Only Pictures, Leave Only Footprints
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time:  3pm-5pm
Details:  Learn the basics of Leave No Trace and how photography can help grasp your memories.  Bring your digital camera and learn a few techniques for taking nature pictures, afterwards, we will take a hike for a scavenger hunt of things in nature, then review what we found.  Meet at amphitheater.
For More Information:  903-425-2332

MARCH 16 -- Nature Tracks & Animals
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time:  4pm-6pm
Details:  Learn about the different animals that frequent the Park and the tracks they leave behind.  Cast tracks from Molds, then take a short hike to look for tracks. Meet at overflow camping area parking lot.
For More Information:  903-425-2332

MARCH 17 -- Geocaching
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time:  3-4pm
Details:  Geocaching is a type of treasure hunt using a GPS unit to help you 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.
For More Information:  903-425-2332

MARCH 17 -- Controlled Burns & Campfires
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time:  8-9pm
Details:  Campfires are an enjoyable part of camping but can be difficult to get started. Here is a chance to learn fire building skills using safe fire starters.  This program will also include information on controlled burns and how they benefit our wildlands.  Meet at amphitheater.
For More Information:  903-425-2332

MARCH 24 -- Basic Birding
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time:  3:00-4:30pm
Details:  Take a hike and learn about techniques for finding and identifying birds. Wear comfortable shoes, bring binoculars if you have them  otherwise we have a few to loan out. Meet at overflow camping area parking lot.
For More Information:  903-425-2332

MARCH 31 --
Take Only Pictures, Leave Only Footprints
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time:  3pm-5pm
Details:  Learn the basics of Leave No Trace and how photography can help grasp your memories.  Bring your digital camera and learn a few techniques for taking nature pictures, afterwards, we will take a hike for a scavenger hunt of things in nature, then review what we found.  Meet at amphitheater.
For More Information:  903-425-2332

MARCH 31 -- Nature Hike
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time:  4pm-5pm
Details: Take a hike and learn about the flora and fauna of the park. Hike is about one mile on relatively flat terrain. Wear appropriate shoes. Meet at the overflow camping area parking lot.
For More Information:  903-425-2332

APRIL 7 -- Park Ranger
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm
Details:  Learn what it takes to become a Park Ranger and what we do.  Also learn aboutt the Junior Ranger program at Purtis Creek State Park. Meet at the Amphitheater.
For More Information:  903-425-2332

APRIL 7 -- Full Moon Hike
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 8-9pm
Details: Take a hike into the night under the light of the full moon, 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 over flow camping parking lot.
For More Information:  903-425-2332 

APRIL 14 -- Basic Canoe/Kayak Skills
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 3:30-6:30pm
Details:  Learn the basic paddling skills, safe entry/exit of the boat and trip planning.  Wear shoes that can get wet.  Weather permitting. Meet at boat rental area.
Reservations Required: 903-425-2332.


APRIL 21 -- Take Only Pictures, Leave Only Footprints
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time:  3pm-5pm
Details:  Learn the basics of Leave No Trace and how photography can help grasp your memories.  Bring your digital camera and learn a few techniques for taking nature pictures, afterwards, we will take a hike for a scavenger hunt of things in nature, then review what we found.  Meet at amphitheater.
For More Information:  903-425-2332

APRIL 22 -- Guided Canoe/Kayak Tour
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 9am-Noon
Cost: $6/12+;  Free/under 12
Details: Take a leisurely trip on Purtis Creek State Park Lake, view areas of the park only accessible by boat. Learn about the waterfowl and other animals that frequent the Park. Wear shoes that can get wet, wear clothing appropriate for the weather, bring plenty of drinking water and snacks. Weather permitting.  Meet at boat rental area.
Reservations Required:  903-425-2332
Limited Space


APRIL 28 -- Basic Birding
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time:  3pm-5pm
Details:  Take a hike and learn about techniques for finding and identifying birds. Wear comfortable shoes, bring binoculars if you have them  otherwise we have a few to loan out. Meet at overflow camping area parking lot.
For More Information:  903-425-2332

APRIL 28 -- Stargazing
Location:  Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 9-10pm
Details:  Make a star wheel and learn how to use it, learn about the solar system and view the night sky through a telescope. Weather permitting, meet at the over flow camping parking lot.
For More Information:  903-425-2332



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CEDAR HILL, TX

MARCH 31 -APRIL 1 -- Texas Outdoor Family Workshop
Location:
 Cedar Hill State Park (near DFW)
Experience a beautiful park on Joe Pool Lake. Explore Penn Farm, an example of daily life over 100 years ago. Learn the basic outdoor skills for an overnight stay, with the assistance of a Park Ranger. All necessary gear for the overnight camp out will be provided!
Facilities:  Individual car camping sites for each family
Cost:  $65/family (includes all entry and camping fees)
You will be asked to bring your family's food for the two-day event and a suggested list of items will be provided via email
                Restrooms with hot showers
                Overnight State Park Police Officer providing public safety and security
For More Information:  512-389-8903 or click here

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DENTON, TX

MARCH 24 -- Go Fish! Learn-to-Fish Event
Location:  Ray Roberts Lake State Park
- Johnson Branch
Time:
 9am-Noon
Details: Families can learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities. Take away a fishing fun pack and enter the drawing for door prizes. Equipment and bait provided or bring your own. No license necessary. Adults must accompany children. Bring sun protection and water.
Contact:  
903-271-2149

APRIL 28 -- Go Fish! Learn-to-Fish Event
Location:  Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch
Time:
 9am-Noon
Details: Families can learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities. Take away a fishing fun pack and enter the drawing for door prizes. Equipment and bait provided or bring your own. No license necessary. Adults must accompany children. Bring sun protection and water.
Contact:  
903-271-2149

MAY 12 -- Go Fish! Learn-to-Fish Event
Location:  Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch
Time:
 9am-Noon
Details: Families can learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities. Take away a fishing fun pack and enter the drawing for door prizes. Equipment and bait provided or bring your own. No license necessary. Adults must accompany children. Bring sun protection and water.
Contact:  
903-271-2149

JUNE 2 -- Go Fish! Learn-to-Fish Event
Location:  Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch
Time:
 9am-Noon
Details: Families can learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities. Take away a fishing fun pack and enter the drawing for door prizes. Equipment and bait provided or bring your own. No license necessary. Adults must accompany children. Bring sun protection and water.
Contact:  
903-271-2149

JUNE 23-24 -- Texas Outdoor Family Workshop
Location:
 Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Isle Du Bois Unit (Near DFW)
Come out to Ray Roberts Lake State Park and take advantage of a great, family friendly camping opportunity. We'll provide all of the camping equipment and guidance, and when you provide the family, we'll have a recipe for fun.
Facilities:  Individual car camping sites for each family
Cost:  $65/family (includes all entry and camping fees)
You will be asked to bring your family's food for the two-day event and a suggested list of items will be provided via email
                Restrooms with hot showers
                Overnight State Park Police Officer providing public safety and security
For More Information:  512-389-8903 or click here

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DENISON, TX

MAY 5 -- Go Fish! Learn-to-Fish Event
Location:  Eisenhower State Park
Time:
 9am-Noon
Details: Families can learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities. Take away a fishing fun pack and enter the drawing for door prizes. Equipment and bait provided or bring your own. No license necessary. Adults must accompany children. Bring sun protection and water.
Contact:  
214-457-3407
For More Information:  Click Here

JUNE 2 -- Go Fish! Learn-to-Fish Event
Location:  Eisenhower State Park
Time:
 9am-Noon
Details: Families can learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities. Take away a fishing fun pack and enter the drawing for door prizes. Equipment and bait provided or bring your own. No license necessary. Adults must accompany children. Bring sun protection and water. Registration start time is 9am.
Contact:  214-457-3407
For More Information:  Click Here


JULY 14 -- Go Fish! Learn-to-Fish Event
Location:  Eisenhower State Park
Time:
 9am-Noon
Details: Families can learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities. Take away a fishing fun pack and enter the drawing for door prizes. Equipment and bait provided or bring your own. No license necessary. Adults must accompany children. Bring sun protection and water.Registration start time is 9am.
Contact:  214-457-3407
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GLEN ROSE, TX

MARCH 3-4 -- Texas Outdoor Family Workshop
Location:
 Dinosaur Valley State Park
Special Theme - Dutch Oven Cooking! Camp with a Ranger in a place where dinosaurs used to roam! Learn more about these giant creatures while camping at a beautiful park.
Visit Dinosaur Valley State Park and see the preserved Dinosaur Tracks in the riverbed! After a day of fun, learn the basics of a beloved camping past time - Dutch Oven Cooking! We'll provide you with suggested recipes and all of the camping equipment you'll need for the weekend including a Dutch Oven and instruction on how to use it!

Facilities:  Individual car camping sites for each family
Cost:  $65/family (for up to 6 individuals. Includes all entry and camping fees)
You will be asked to bring your family's food for the two-day event and a suggested list of items will be provided via email
                Restrooms with hot showers
                Overnight State Park Police Officer providing public safety and security
For More Information:  512-389-8903 or click here

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JACKSBORO, TX

MARCH 3 -- Texas Independence Day Celebration
Location
: Fort Richardson SP and HS/Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway
Time: 9am-4pm
Details: The Daughters of the Republic of Texas and Fort Richardson State Park will host their first annual Texas Independence Day Celebration at the fort.  Historians and re-enactors from numerous time periods in Texas History will demonstrate their skills throughout the day.  There will be a guest lecturer at 2:00pm at the park interpretive center. The event will be held on the historic site from 10:00am to 4:00pm. 
Cost:  Event is free but park entry fees still apply.      

Reservation:  940-567-3506

APRIL 7 -- Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Location
: Fort Richardson SP and HS/Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway
Time: 2:00pm-2:15pm (Check in at 1:45)
Details: Help the little ones of your family find the eggs the Easter Bunny has left for them. The children will be divided into separate age groups so that all will find eggs.  Check in at 1:45 at the park interpretive center.  2:00pm start time.  
Cost:  Event is free but park entry fees still apply.      

Reservation:  940-567-3506

APRIL 13 & 14 -- Ft. Richardson Living History Event
Location
: Fort Richardson SP and HS/Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway
Time: 9am-4pm
Details: Fort Richardson State Park & Historic Site will celebrate our 145th anniversary by turning back time, inviting all manner of living historians and historical re-enactors to take us back to the 1860’s and 1870’s.  Friday the 13th will be dedicated to all school groups to participate and meet the presenters. Saturday the 14th will be open to all visitors to meet and interact with the live-action, historical displays, and their characters. Activities and displays will likely include: camels, longhorns, gunfights, blacksmithing, Dutch oven cooking, dance lessons, and candle making, while the cavalry, infantry, and artillery show off their skills throughout the day.  

For More Information:  940-567-3506

APRIL 28 -- Antique Tractor Show
Location
: Fort Richardson SP and HS/Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway
Time: 9am-4pm
Details: Fort Richardson State Park is proud to host the Graham Antique Tractor Club’s Annual Tractor Show. The day will be filled with fun and exciting events and many vendors from the local area.  If you ever liked tractors you will love this event.  Please come out and join us for a great time and don’t forget your camera.  
Cost:  The event is free but park entry fees still apply.

For More Information:  940-567-3506

MAY 6 -- Motorcycle Ride and Rally
Location
: Fort Richardson SP and HS/Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway
Time: 10am-1pm
Details: Fort Richardson State Park and Historical Site will be hosting its Annual Motorcycle Rally and ride.  Bikes will start rolling into the fort headquarters around 9:00am Sunday morning.  The ride itself will start at 10:00 am. The scenic ride will cover about 100 miles of beautiful wildflower covered back roads around the Jack County area.  The ride will end back at the Fort at 12:00 noon.
Cost:  
All participants will have their entrance fees waived upon arrival, to the park.
For More Information:  940-567-3506

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MINERAL WELLS, TX

MARCH 23-25 -- Texas Outdoor Family Workshop
Location:
 Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Special 2-Night Screen Shelter Event.  All the normal joys of camping with a roof over your head and protections from the weather. Also included is all of the camping gear you'll need to cook your meals and enjoy a night in the outdoors.

Facilities:  Individual car camping sites for each family
Cost:  $65/family (for up to 6 individuals.  includes all entry and camping fees)
You will be asked to bring your family's food for the two-day event and a suggested list of items will be provided via email
                Individual screened shelter sites for each family
                Restrooms with hot showers
                Overnight State Park Police Officer providing public safety and security
For More Information:  512-389-8903 or click here

All reservations and full payment must be made at least 3 days before the event.

MARCH 3 -- Cross Timbers Bird Walk
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Time: 10am-noon
Details:  Join our Park Interpreter on a birding walk in the park to locate and identify birds of the Cross Timbers area. See birds in three different habitats: open prairie, Post Oak-Blackjack Oak Woodlands, and lake shore.  
Contact: 940-327-8950


MARCH 3, 10 -- Penitentiary Hollow Wild Walk 
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Time: 2pm-4pm
Details:  Join Park Interpreter David Owens on a wild walk, crawl and scoot through some of the remote areas of beautiful Penitentiary Hollow's. This is a strenuous walk involing some crawling through tight spaces in rock cracks, crevices and short caves. Expect to get dirty! 
Contact: 940-327-8950


MARCH 10 -- Bird Walk on the Trailway
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Time: 10am-Noon
Details:  Join our Park Interpreter on a birding walk on the State Trailway to locate and identify birds of the Cross Timbers area. We will begin our walk at the Weatherford Trailhead on the east end of the State Trailway in Weatherford near Cartwright city park. See birds in three different habitats: open prairie, Post Oak-Blackjack Oak Woodlands and lake shore. We will have binoculars on hand to loan to those without. 
Reservations are required:
940-328-1171


MARCH 17 -- Guided Nature Hike 
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Time: 9am-11am
Details:  Join Park Interpreter David Owens on a nature hike down the Water Trail that leads into beautiful Penitentiary Hollow. Along the way you will learn about the natural feature of the Western Cross Timbers of Texas. The hike is limited to 30 people. Make reservations.  
Reservations are required: 940-328-1171


MARCH 24 -- Night Sounds
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Time: 8pm-10pm
Details:  Listen to the sounds of a Texas summer night. Actual and recorded sound of the insects, birds, frogs, and mammals will be heard and identified with slides of the animals. Bring a lawn chair.  
Contact: 940-327-8950


MARCH 31 -- Kids' Wilderness Survival
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Time: 1pm-4pm
Details:  This two and half-hour course is a fun way for kids to learn what to do if they become lost. The course includes interactive games, demonstrations and a hike on the nature trail. The course requires kids accompanied by a parent, guardian or youth group leader. 
Reservations are required:
940-328-1171


APRIL 7 -- Storytelling Down in the Holler
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm
Details:  Join Park Interpreter, David Owens, down in the beautiful setting of Penitentiary Hollow for storytelling. Learn the importance of storytelling to different Texas cultures. Hear local folklore, ghost stories, Native American stories, cowboy poetry, and just some plain fun stories. Bring a blanket or lawn chair that is easily carried.   
Contact: 940-327-8950


APRIL 14 -- Guided Nature Hike 
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Time: 9am-11am
Details:  Join Park Interpreter David Owens on a nature hike down the Water Trail that leads into beautiful Penitentiary Hollow. Along the way you will learn about the natural feature of the Western Cross Timbers of Texas. The hike is limited to 30 people. Make reservations.  
Reservations are required: 940-328-1171


APRIL 21 -- Cowboy Campfire - Music and Poetry 
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Time: 9pm-10pm
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 cowboys. Bring your favorite lawn chair.    
Contact: 940-327-8950


APRIL 28 -- Kids' Wilderness Survival
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Time: 8:30am-11:30am
Details:  This two and half-hour course is a fun way for kids to learn what to do if they become lost. The course includes interactive games, demonstrations and a hike on the nature trail. The course requires kids accompanied by a parent, guardian or youth group leader. 
Reservations are required:
940-328-1171



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TYLER, TX

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WILLS POINT, TX

MARCH 10 -- Go Fish!  Learn-to-Fish Event
Location:  Lake Tawakoni State Park
Time:  9am-Noon
Details: Families can learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities. Take away a fishing fun pack and enter the drawing for door prizes. Equipment and bait provided or bring your own. No license necessary. Adults must accompany children. Bring sun protection and water. Registration and start time is 9:00 A.M.

For More Details: 903-560-0092

APRIL 21 -- Go Fish!  Learn-to-Fish Event
Location:  Lake Tawakoni State Park
Time:  9am-Noon
Details: Families can learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities. Take away a fishing fun pack and enter the drawing for door prizes. Equipment and bait provided or bring your own. No license necessary. Adults must accompany children. Bring sun protection and water. Registration and start time is 9:00 A.M.

For More Details: 903-560-0092

MAY 26 -- Go Fish!  Learn-to-Fish Event
Location:  Lake Tawakoni State Park
Time:  9am-Noon
Details: Families can learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities. Take away a fishing fun pack and enter the drawing for door prizes. Equipment and bait provided or bring your own. No license necessary. Adults must accompany children. Bring sun protection and water. Registration and start time is 9:00 A.M.

For More Details: 903-560-0092


JUNE 16 -- Go Fish!  Learn-to-Fish Event
Location:  Lake Tawakoni State Park
Time:  9am-Noon
Details: Families can learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities. Take away a fishing fun pack and enter the drawing for door prizes. Equipment and bait provided or bring your own. No license necessary. Adults must accompany children. Bring sun protection and water. Registration and start time is 9:00 A.M.

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 2011-2012 Season:

MARCH 30-APRIL 15 -- Alice in Wonderland, Jr.
Fall down the rabbit hole into Wonderland with Alice. Join Alice’s madcap adventures as she chases the White Rabbit, races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with the Tweedles and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game. Featuring such Disney classics as “I’m Late,” “The Un-birthday Song” and “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah,” this is one important date you don’t want to miss!

MAY 4-20 -- Annie Jr.
Annie, Sandy, Daddy Warbucks, Miss Hannigan, FDR, Rooster and all those adorable orphans are back in this smash-hit musical. Annie is a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage. This family favorite features the classic songs “Tomorrow,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” and “Easy Street.” As long as Annie is around, the sun will always come out tomorrow!

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


2011-2012 Series 
MARCH 23 - APRIL 1 -- Tale of a West Texas Marsupial Girl
One day, somewhere in West Texas, a girl is born. She’s got beautiful toes, a beautiful nose, all her tiny fingers and all her tiny toes but, holy puppy on a peach tree, she is something else! Something a bit like a kangaroo!! This girl is about 95% girl and about 5% marsupial. In other words, she’s got a pouch. It might seem that a built in pocket would come in handy, but it doesn’t always work that way. This is the regional premiere of this delightfully original, quirky play with music, and it’s destined to become an audience favorite!

APRIL 27-MAY 6 -- All Shook Up
Inspired by and featuring the songs of ELVIS PRESLEY® !! Into a square little town in a square little state rides a guitar-playing roustabout who changes everything and everyone he meets in this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy that'll have you jumpin' out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as "Heartbreak Hotel," "Jailhouse Rock," and "Don't Be Cruel."
Tickets:
  * Regular admission $8-$10
  * Group rate for a group of 10 and more $6.
  * Lap passes for children 0 to 3 years old are $4.
  * School Matinees group rate $5. See link below for group rates
  * 2011 Fundraiser Show $15 for adults & $10 for children/students

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

Location:  1100 West Randol Mill Road
                Arlington, TX  76012


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46.  COTTAGE THEATER – CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION

Center for Home Education’s Cottage Theater Presents:
MARCH Schedule:
Third Annual Cottage Theatre Gala & Auction at the Center for Home Education
Date: Mar 22    

Time: 7:30pm-10pm
Location: Brookside Center
                1244 Brookside Dr
                Hurst, TX 76053
Details: Dress is formal. Fundrasier, Rosie Awards, Light Refreshments. 
Call: 817-281-2293 with questions.
 

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.

FEBRUARY 4 - MARCH 17 -- Aladdin, Jr.
Welcome to Agrabah, City of Enchantment, where every beggar has a story and every camel has a tail!  All of your favorite characters are here in Disney’s ALADDIN JR., a stage adaptation of the Disney hit film. Filled with magic, mayhem, and flying carpet rides, audiences’ spirits will soar with excitement. Most of all, the tuneful, Academy award-winning score with songs including “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me” will certainly make this musical a favorite for many years to come!

MARCH 24 - APRIL 28 -- Dora the Explorer Live! Dora's Pirate Adventure
Dora and the rest of her friends embark on an exciting trip to Treasure Island. The audience helps them navigate over Dancing Mountain, through Silly Singing Bridge and to confront the Pirate Piggies. Along the way, the audience will use their map-reading, counting, musical and language skills to successfully help Dora reach the treasure. All ends happily onstage with a “yo-ho-ho!

MAY 5 - MAY 26 -- Charlotte's Web
All the enchanting characters are here in this beautiful, knowing play about friendship: Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte. Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the “miracle” of her web in which she writes, “Some pig.” It’s the beginning of a victorious campaign which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte.


Artisan Main Stage Productions:

FEBRUARY 3 - MARCH 17 -- Big River
Twain’s timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming, bringing to life your favorite characters from the novel-the Widow Douglas and her stern sister, Miss Watson; the uproarious King and Duke, who may or may not be as harmless as they seem; Huck’s partner in crime, Tom Sawyer, and their rowdy gang of pals; Huck’s drunken father, the sinister Pap Finn; the lovely Mary Jane Wilkes and her trusting family. Propelled by an award winning score from Roger Miller, the king of country music, this jaunty journey provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana.


MARCH 23 - APRIL 28 -- Oliver!
Based on Charles Dickens’ tale of an orphan who escapes from an orphanage only to end up in the company of pickpockets, this glorious musical proves that nothing works on the stage like a great novel by a master storyteller.

MAY 4 - MAY 26 -- The Importance of Being Earnest
Filled with razor sharp wit and humor, as well as blooming romance, it asks the question, “Can the English gentleman bamboozle the ladies or will the ‘importance’ of his name spoil his game?” This is a must-see classical comic treat!


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

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

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

SPRING 2012 ACTING, DANCE, AND VOICE CLASSES FOR HOMESCHOOLERS:
ACTING 2 – Beginning/Intermediate Acting – Wednesdays, 1:00pm-1:50pm

(Ages 8-12)
Location: Artisan Center Theater, 418 E. Pipeline Rd. Hurst, TX 76053
Students will learn acting techniques through a variety of theater games and exercises. Pantomime, improvisation, character analysis, and scene study will all be covered.

MUSICAL THEATER 1 – Beginning Musical Theater – Mondays, 4:00pm – 4:50pm OR Thursdays, 4:00pm – 4:50pm
(Ages 6-7) Instructor: Lark Wallis-Johnston & Holly Schrieffer
Location: Artisan Center Theater, 418 E. Pipeline Rd. Hurst, TX 76053
Students will be introduced to the basics of musical theater including acting, dance, and voice. Vocal projection, basic dance steps, and acting techniques will be taught as well as corresponding musical numbers.

MUSICAL THEATER 2 – Beginning/Intermediate Musical Theater – Mondays, 5:00pm-5:50pm OR Tuesdays, 4:00pm-4:50pm OR Thursdays, 5:00pm-5:50pm
(Ages 8-12) Instructor:  Lark Wallis-Johnston & Holly Schrieffer
Location: Artisan Center Theater, 418 E. Pipeline Rd. Hurst, TX 76053
This class focuses on the three musical theater disciplines of Acting, Dance and Voice. Students will learn audition techniques for all three areas and learn key principles of each to create a well-balanced musical theater actor.

MUSICAL THEATER 3 – Production Class – Wednesdays, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
(Ages 8-18) Instructor: Natalie Berry
Location: Artisan Center Theater, 418 E. Pipeline Rd. Hurst, TX 76053
Prerequisite: Requires audition to be enrolled.  This is an advanced production class where costumes, sets, props and lights will be combined to create a wonderful production where each student gets to perform and shine in the show.
*Audition date:  at the Artisan Center Theater. Turn in enrollment form for further audition details.
Extra Dress Rehearsals:
Performances:

DANCE 1 – Creative Movement – Tuesdays, 4:00pm – 4:50pm
(Ages 3-7) Instructor: Jennifer Leyva
Location: Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Royal Parkway, Suite 115, Euless, TX 76040
Students will be exposed to the beginning elements of dance including ballet, jazz, and tap with an emphasis on fun and creativity. Students need no previous dance experience.

DANCE 2 – Beginning/Intermediate Dance Technique – Tuesdays, 5:00pm – 5:50pm
(Ages 8-12) Instructor: Jennifer Leyva
Location: Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Royal Parkway, Suite 115, Euless, TX 76040
This fun dance technique class will instruct students in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, and musical theater dance. Group warm-ups and movements across the floor will strengthen young dancers. The class will have an emphasis on performance basics and clean dance techniques for the stage.

DANCE 3 – Intermediate/Advanced Dance Technique – Wednesdays, 4:00pm – 4:50pm
(Ages 12+) Ages 8-11 with Instructor approval. Instructor: Jennifer Leyva
Location: Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Royal Parkway, Suite 115, Euless, TX 76040
Students will learn elements of musical theater dance technique including warm ups, turns, leaps, jumps, and other aspects of this fun, upbeat dance form. This class provides dance techniques that students will use in all forms of performance on the stage. Join us in this class for a great introduction to all dance styles!

DANCE 4 – Advanced Dance Performance – Wednesdays, 5:00pm – 5:50pm
(Ages 8+) Instructor: Jennifer Leyva
Location: Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Royal Parkway, Suite 115, Euless, TX 76040
This musical theater dance class will further develop your triple threat actor! Students will develop performance skills while learning dance combinations from a variety of fun musical theater productions. Every aspiring performer needs this class!

DANCE 5 – Dance Audition & Performance – Thursdays, 4:30pm-5:50pm
(Ages 16+) Instructor: Eddie Floresca
Location: Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Royal Parkway, Suite 115, Euless, TX 76040
Join this class and learn dance combinations for upcoming shows in the Artisan Center Theater season! Instruction will focus on ballet barre and across the floor warm ups to increase flexibility, build core strength, and cover different techniques and period styles, such as Fosse and Robbins, as they coordinate with upcoming shows at the theater. The class will also focus on the proper auditioning process and dance call protocol.

TAP 1 – Basic Tap – Fridays, 5pm
(Ages 7+) Instructor:  Victoria Walker
Location: Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Royal Parkway, Suite 115, Euless, TX 76040

TAP FOR TEENS AND ADULTS – Fridays, 6pm
(Ages 13+) Instructor:  Victoria Walker
Location: Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Royal Parkway, Suite 115, Euless, TX 76040

VOICE 1 – Vocal instruction – by appointment
Instructor:  Jenny Tucker
Location: Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Royal Parkway, Suite 115, Euless, TX 76040
Students can learn to sing in private or group voice lessons. Voice lessons will teach proper breathing techniques, vocal projection and elementary sight singing to enhance vocal ability. ENROLL NOW

MASTER CLASS SERIES – First Fridays, 7:00pm-9:00pm
(Ages 16+) Rotating Instructors
Location: Artisan Rehearsal Hall
Series of classes will be taught on the first Friday of each month with specialty instruction in theatrical studies.
Upcoming Master Class: Friday, January 6, 2012

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:
APRIL 16-21 -- Phantom of the Opera (see audition info below)
MAY 29-JUNE 2 -- Peter Pan (see audition info below)

Auditions
AUDITIONS OPEN FOR PETER PAN

This story closely follows J.M. Barrie's novel of a boy that won't grow up and his adventures with the Lost Boys, the Fairies, the Pirates, the Mermaids, the Indians, and of course Wendy and her brothers! There are Great parts for kids of ALL ages! Come join the fun as we make these characters come to life. It will be an adventure of a lifetime you won't want to miss!
WHEN:  Tuesdays 4-6 pm  OR Fridays 1:30-3:30pm; Starting the Week of January 16th, 2012
Call for listing of fees/tuition.

AUDITIONS OPEN FOR PHANTON OF THE OPERA
The Phantom of the Opera returns! This mystery/comedy adaptation of the classic remains quite faithful to the original text, in which a series of bizarre murders plagues the Paris Opera House. In the midst of frantic attempts to prepare for the gala opening of a brilliant, ambitious new work, the frightened protagonists must prevent the evil phantom from striking again. Will the beautiful and talented Christine be spared a horrible murder at the hands of the elusive phantom? Will her handsome fiance' discover his hiding place before it's too late? Enjoy this show and see it for yourself! If you dare!
WHEN:  Tuesdays 7-9 pm; Starting January 17, 2012

One Hour Classes- $45/mo*
Two Hour Production Classes Tuition -$70/mo*  This includes tuition fee, script fees, character props, costume rental & cleaning, stage make-up, and special hair products when needed.  *Discounts:  Additional children or Multiple Classes are $10 less/mo.  See website for complete details.
Auditions for Ages 4-19.
Call for listing of classes and other details:  972-658-3915

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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50.  DALLAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES

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

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

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


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51.  FORT WORTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA YOUNG PERSON'S CONCERTS

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


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

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

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

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52.  PLANO CHILDREN’S THEATER PERFORMANCES

MARCH 23-31 -- Mousetrap (Plano)
Location:  
Plano Children's Theater
This Agatha Christie murder mystery is one of the most performed plays in the world and a true theatrical staple. A cast of colorful suspects and a great plot twist make this show an actor's dream.

APRIL 20-28 -- Seussical the Musical, Junior
Location: Plano Children's Theater
A fantastical musical extravaganza brings your favorite Dr. Seuss characters to the stage. This show captures the spirit of imagination by taking the audience on a trip to the invisible world of the Whos.

MAY 4-12 -- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Location: Plano Children's Theater
Old friends and new await in this musical adaptation of the classic fairytale. Snow White, the Wicked Queen, the Dwarfs, and more weave a tale of adventure with a magical score full of great songs.

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.

2011 - 2012 SEASON:

APRIL 20-22, 27-29 -- Portraits Ballet Festival (Wyly Theatre)

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.  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:
OPENS FEB 11 - MAY 13, 2012 -- Romance Maker: The Watercolors of Charles Russell
More than 100 of the finest and best-preserved watercolors by Charles M. Russell (1864–1926) will be featured in this special exhibition. Never before have so many of these singular depictions of the Old West been brought together.

OPENS MAR 11 - JUNE 17, 2012 --
Sargent's Youthful Genius: Paintings from the Clark
Four spectacular paintings by John Singer Sargent (1856–1926) are part of the renowned collection of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

JUNE 9-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.


January 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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56.  DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART EXHIBITS  

FREE First Tuesdays of each month
Time: 1-2pm
Cost:  
General admission to the Museum is free on the first Tuesday of every month.
Location:  
Center for Creative Connections (C3)
Ages:  Programming is designed for children ages five and under, but all are welcome.
Details: Enjoy thematic art-making activities, story times, performances, and gallery activities.
Themes:  MARCH 6 -- Shape by Shape

Exhibits:
THROUGH FALL 2012 -- Encountering Space in the Center for Creative Connections
OPENS FEB 5 - APRIL 8 -- Young Masters 2012
OPENS FEB 12 - JUNE 10 -- Face to Face: International Art at the DMA
OPENS MARCH 4 - MAY 27 -- Youth & Beauty: Art of the American Twenties
OPENS MARCH 4 - JULY 1 -- Texas in the Twenties: Prints, Drawings, and Photographs from Lone Star Collections
OPENS MAY 20 - AUGUST 19 -- Flower of the Prairie: George Grosz's Impressions of Dallas, 1952
OPENS JULY 29 - 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
MARCH 16;  APRIL 20;  MAY 18
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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57.  KIMBELL ART MUSEUM EXHIBITS

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

FREE Admission to view the museum's Permanent Collection
       

Exhibits:
OPENS MARCH 11, 2012 --
Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Clark

FREE Family Festival
APRIL 21 -- Adventures in Impressionism
Time:  
1-4pm
Cost:  Free; No Registration Required
Details:  Can you imagine a world where light dissolves in the trees and shimmering waters reflect countless colors? Join the adventurous Impressionists to explore their favorite subjects and the wondrous possibilities of color, light, and brushstroke. Highlights will include performances by students from the Texas Ballet Theatre School.

Children's Workshops
MARCH 3 -- Keep Dreaming
Time: 10am-12pm
Cost: $15
Details: Children's book author Jake Brittain and creative illustrator Scott Dykema will guest-host this special program exploring how little ideas can grow into big dreams and even bigger accomplishments. A reading and related art activity will complement docent-guided gallery tours.
To Register: 817-332-8451, ext. 351


Pictures & Pages (ages 4-6)
MARCH 6 -- City Dog, Country Frog, by Mo Willems 
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

APRIL 27; MAY 18 -- The Age of Impressionism
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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58.  MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE IN DALLAS

Exhibits:
THROUGH SEPTEMBER 16, 2012 -- Planet Shark: Predator or Prey

Hand in Hand:  (Program designed for adults and preschoolers)
WEDNESDAYS 10-11:30am

March 7 -- Hilarious Hat Day
Wear your most hilarious hat to story time and laugh along with the tongue twister story lines of The Cat in the Hat.
March 21 -- It’s Easy Being Green
Listen along with the nonsense rhymes of  Green Eggs and Ham. Explore ways to practice being “green” in your neighborhood and visit the craft room to use recyclable materials to make a wonderful work of art.
March 28 -- Many Colors 
Hear the story My Many Colored Day and find out how colors can express feelings.
April 4 -- Wild About Books
Meet Safari Cinde Safari and her animal puppet friends as they invite audience interaction to get you wild about books too. After the show, enjoy craft making in the craft room!
April 11 -- Beautiful Butterflies
Explore a world of insects that live in your own backyard. What makes an insect an insect? Hear the story Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert and make a beautiful butterfly craft.
April 18 -- Deep River Dark
Meet Children's Author and Illustrator Dan Gremminger for a reading of his poetic story of a childhood fishing adventure. Stay for a book signing following with crafts in the craft room.
April 25 -- Rhyme Time
Count along with the familiar rhyme Over in the Meadow in a book illustrated by David A. Carter.



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.


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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59.  FORT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY

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

Admission:

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

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

Special Exhibits:
THROUGH APRIL 1, 2012 -- Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America Through Galveston Island
For many students of history, Ellis Island is synonymous with American immigration. Forgotten Gateway recalls an equally important island that served as a point of entry for hundreds of thousands immigrants even before Ellis Island opened its port. The new exhibit chronicles The Port of Galveston’s largely forgotten history as a major gateway to American immigration from 1845 to 1924. Forgotten Gateway builds on a growing scholarly and public interest in the history of migration patterns to America and Galveston’s place (as one of the nation’s top immigrant ports) in that history.
To Learn More About this Exhibit:  Click here


COMING SPRING 2012-- The Largest World Trade Center Artifact in Texas
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is proud to be the designated caretakers of N-101 from  the World Trade Center's North Tower.  The beam, a full-facade panel that once supported the three floors (101-103) located two stories above the center of the impact zone of the North Tower, is the largest artifact in Texas from the World Trade Center.
Comprised of three steel columns, three stories high, bolted together, the beam weighs approximately 6,500 pounds and measures 36 feet high by 6 feet wide by 3 feet thick.  It is one of the few recovered pieces the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been able to trace to its exact location within the tower.  Officially known as WTC 1, Column 133, floors 100-103 NIST Steel # N-101, Impact Steel by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, it is now simply referred to as N-101.  The artifact will be the focus of 9/11 Tribute, a permanent external exhibit that will be constructed near the Museum's main entrance.  The 9/11 Tribute exhibit will be free to the public.
To Learn More About this Exhibit:  Click here

FEBRUARY 25-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

APRIL 28 - SEPTEMBER 3, 2012 -- 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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60. NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER

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

Exhibits
JANUARY 28-APRIL 22 -- Elliott Hundley: The Bacchae
For its debut exhibition of the new year, the Nasher Sculpture Center will host the first touring exhibition of the distinctive "bulletin board" collages and sculptures of Los Angeles-based artist Elliott Hundley. Over the past decade, Hundley has developed a multifaceted, intricate art using paint, photographs, and organic and found materials ranging from bamboo, goat hooves, and pine cones to pins, magnifying lenses, and gold leaf. The mythic world of ancient Greek tragedy becomes vividly contemporary as Hundley reimagines Euripides’s last play, The Bacchae, in twelve works presented in one of the Nasher’s street-level galleries.


First Saturdays (FREE Admission)
APRIL 7; MAY 5; JUNE 2;  JULY 7
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:
May:   Mood
Activity: Mood Masks
Takehome:  Good Mood Cards
June: Process
Activity:  Crayon Resist Drawings
Takehome:  Marbled Paper
July:  Identity
Activity:  Future Self Portraits
Takehome:   Object Self Portraits

http://www.nashersculpturecenter.org


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

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

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

NOW SHOWING
-- Flying Monsters
Years ago, dinosaurs were beginning their domination of the Earth. But 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


For Showtimes: Click Here

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

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

Now Showing

THROUGH SPRING 2012 -- Texas: The Big Picture
Tickets: $7/adults; $6/children 2-12 and Seniors 60+
Details: TEXAS: The Big Picture is a larger-than-life film that captures the myth, majesty and magnitude of the Lone Star State, from the Panhandle to the Rio Grande, from West Texas to the Gulf of Mexico.
For More Information about Texas: Click Here

THORUGH SPRING 2012 -- 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

OPENS JANUARY 13 - SPRING 2012 -- Dolphins
Tickets:
 $7/adults; $6/children 2-12 and Seniors 60+
Details:  While the stock show is in town, dive into some fun when MacGillivray Freeman’s Dolphins returns to Fort Worth’s Omni Theater. From the dazzling coral reefs of the Bahamas to the wind-swept seas of Patagonia, Dolphins takes audiences under the water's surface for a romp with inquisitive Atlantic spotted dolphins, acrobatic dusky dolphins, and the familiar bottlenose dolphin of Flipper fame.  Meet young scientist Dr. Kathleen Dudzinski, and her two colleagues, mentor Dr. Bernd Würsig and Dr. Alejandro Acevedo-Gutierrez, as they lead us on an exploration into their fascinating world. While most of what we know about dolphins comes from studying them in captivity, Dudzinski and her colleagues conduct their research with dolphins in the wild, a far more strenuous, time-consuming, even dangerous endeavor. Employing innovative scientific methods and technology, Kathleen and her colleagues set out to learn more about how dolphins communicate and their foraging and social behaviors.
For More Information About Dolphins:  
Click Here

RETURNING FEBRUARY 5 THROUGH MARCH 9, 2012 -- Hubble
Tickets: $7/adults; $6/children 2-12 and Seniors 60+
Details: Journey through distant galaxies to explore the grandeur and mysteries of our celestial surroundings, and accompany space-walking astronauts as they attempt some of the most difficult and important tasks in NASA's history.
For More Information about Hubble:
Click Here

THROUGH SUMMER 2012 -- 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

THROUGH SUMMER 2012 -- 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

OPENS APRIL 20 -- 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


OPENS APRIL 15 -- 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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63.  PROGRAMS AT LOG CABIN VILLAGE


JANUARY 30 - FEBRUARY 13 -- Log Cabin Village Closed for Maintenance

MARCH 17 -- It's All Fun and Games
Time:  1-4 p.m.
Cost: Regular Village Admission + $2 craft fee to make the frontier toy
Details: It’s time for spring and St. Patrick’s Day at the Village! Cap off your spring break by playing with old-time toys and games, listening to Celtic tunes from Buttermilk Junction Old Time String Band, plowing the field, and helping plant our sunflower fort and bean tipi. You can even make your own frontier toy to take home!
No reservations required.


APRIL 14 & 15 -- Wildflower Seed Balls
Time:  1-4 p.m.
Cost: Regular Village Admission
Details: Come learn about sowing wildflowers and seeds the way our native ancestors did! Then you can help us toss the seed balls to plant our hillside for the spring and summer. 
No reservations required.


MAY 11 & 12 -- Frontier Forts Days in the Stockyards
Details: It’s time for us to help show life on the homefront! During this free, two-day heritage event, the Stockyards National Historic District is transformed into an authentic representation of Texas frontier life, and we’ll have interpreters there to help tell the story. We’ll still be here at the Village, too, though...so come visit us either place!

MAY 19 -- Prairie Day at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT)
We’re taking log cabin living to the prairie! We’ll have toys, games, demonstrations, and the chance to make your own prairie flor de papel (paper flower) to take home. We’ll still be here at the Village, too, though...so come visit us either place!


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

For More Information:  Click Here

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64.  DALLAS HERITAGE VILLAGE

CLOSED MONTH OF JANUARY

FEBRUARY 18 -- Intown Outing: At the Anvil
Time:
9am-Noon
Details:  Explore the technique and artistry of architectural blacksmithing with Ward Brinegar and Ron Siebler. For an additional fee, participate in an afternoon hands-on workshop with these master craftsmen and take home your own hand-crafted piece.
Space is limited.
To Register:  
214-821-3290 or click here to email

MARCH 13 -- Spring Fling
Time:
 10am-4pm
Hands On Activities:  11am-2pm
Admission:  $9/adults;  $5/ages 4-12;  $7/seniors
Details:  The 19th century was a time of extraordinary change in how we connected to the world around us. Advances in science meant that suddenly we could talk to someone across thousands of miles on the telephone, get news updates almost instantly through the telegraph and travel at speeds never before imagined on the train.
During Spring Fling:
--Create your own tin can telephone as you discover what life was like before the iPhone.
--Can you telegraph as fast as you can text?
--Explore how plants were shared with friends and family at the Farmstead.
--Listen in on the party line as you learn about the Village's history through the cell phone tour.
All this and more!  Join us as we get connected, nineteenth century style, at Dallas Heritage Village.

MARCH 14 -- Barnyard Buddies Storytime for Preschoolers:  Electric Past
Time:  11am
Admission:  $9/adults;  $5/children
Details: Can you imagine life without electricity?  Do you think you could invent something wonderful?  Biography and history come to life in Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin by Gene Barretta, a celebration of the inventions and ideas of Benjamin Franklin.  We will celebrate this famous inventor with songs and create an inventive work of art of our own.
RSVP:  214-413-3674 or click here to email
Click Here to purchase tickets online.

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.

MARCH 18: Let's Go Fly a Kite
Practice your kite-flying skills in the Village. Bring a kite from home or make your own.
Who can get it to fly longest or go the highest in the air?
Do you really need a tail to fly a kite?
Catch a cool breeze and a lovely afternoon at the village.


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


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65.  OLD RED MUSEUM OF DALLAS COUNTY HISTORY AND CULTURE


2012 Home School Programs
MARCH 15 -- Dallas Moves: People, Products, and Percepts
Deadline to Register:  March 9
Details:  
A program partnering with the Frontier of Flight Museum.  Families can visit two museums with one reservation to see how transportation of people, goods, and ideas has made Dallas the great city it is today. Connects with the “5 Themes of Geography”.   Space limited to 120 participants.
Schedule: 10-Noon – Old Red
                Noon - 1:30 – Lunch
                1:30 - 3:30 – Frontiers of Flight
Cost:  $8/students ages 8-17;  $4/adults;  $2/ages 4-7
To Pre-Register:  214-757-1949 or click here to email

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

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

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

2012 STAR PARTIES
MARCH 3; APRIL 14; MAY 12; JUNE 9; JULY 7; AUGUST 11; 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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67.  ALEDO CHRISTIAN SCHOOL'S BASKETBALL, BASEBALL, VOLLEYBALL, SOFTBALL TEAMS

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

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

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

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

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68.  BERNE ACADEMY'S BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL

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

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

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69.  HOMESCHOOL SWIM-- The Colony Aquatic Park

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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71.  CHRISTIAN MARTIAL ARTS

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

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


Cost: $25/month per person

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



For More Information: Click Here


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


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72.  DALLAS THUNDER HOME SCHOOL BASKETBALL

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

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


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

Website: http://www.dallasthunder.org 


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73.  ELITE TRACK CLUB/CROSS COUNTRY PROGRAM


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

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

For More Information:  Click Here


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75.  HULCY HOME SCHOOL PE CLASSES IN RICHARDSON

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
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
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76.  HOME SCHOOL PE PROGRAMS AT VELOCITY  IN SOUTHLAKE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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77.  HOME SCHOOL FENCING CLASSES AT FENCING INSTITUTE OF TEXAS

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

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

Instructor:  Coach Rhonda Trietsch
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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78.  PARKER-TARRANT HOME SCHOOL 

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Discount:  Pump-It-Up of Grapevine is offering HEART of Texas members a 10% discount on private parties. Members also receive $1 off Pop-In-Playtime on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for ages 2 through 6, and on Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 for ages 6-12.   Members must present their valid HEART of Texas Family ID card to take advantage of these special offers.
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: 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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80.  THESA RIDERS HOME SCHOOL  ASSOCIATION

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

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

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


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81.  TRAINING FOR CONFIDENCE MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOL IN COLLEYVILLE

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

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

Discount:  Training for Confidence is offering HEART of Texas members a 25% discount off the monthly student membership fee, with a current Heart of Texas family membership card.  
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here


To Learn More:  TFCKarate.com

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82.  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 Spring Break Camp
Date: March 12-16
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: March 10
Time:
6:00-10:00
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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83.   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
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
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84.  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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85.  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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86.  DENTON COUNTY CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOL ASSOCIATION

This group has no announcements this month.

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87.  FELLOWSHIP CHURCH HOMESCHOOL NETWORK

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

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88.  PEACH

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


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89.  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:

DECEMBER 3
(registration deadline Nov 8)
JANUARY 28 (registration deadline Dec 30)
MARCH 10 (registration deadline Feb 10)
MAY 5 (registration deadline April 6
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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90.  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: March 3 and 10
Time: 9:00 a.m - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Ranch Community Church -- 8412 Stacy Road, McKinney, TX 75070


For More Information:
 click here


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
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here
                     
 
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91.  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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92.  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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93.  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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94.  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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95.  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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96.  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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97.  VOLUN-TEEN PROGRAM AT THE FORT WORTH ZOO

Ft Worth Zoo is Recruiting Now for Spring 2012 Home School Teens!
Attention Home School Parents! The Fort Worth Zoo's Weekday Volunteen Program is looking for energetic teens ages 12 to 17 years old to volunteer one half-day each week at the Zoo assisting with our Weekday Zoo School Toddler Program during the fall or spring semesters.

For More Information:  
Click here to e-mail Coordinator



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98. HOME SCHOOL DAY AT DALLAS ZOO

APRIL 16 -- A day at the zoo especially for home school families!
Interactive education booths, discovery carts, and keeper talks are included in the day's activities.
Don't miss our interactive Animal Adventure show. This exciting 45 minute live animal show features several feathered, furry, and scaly animals that can't be seen anywhere else in the zoo!  Purchase a Safari Backpack filled with zoo science activities for your visit. It's a great zoovenir from your Homeschool Day!

Time:  10am-3pm
Cost:  $5/person (if pre-registered by April 9);  Children 3 and under free
Parking:  $7/vehicle.
To Register:  Click Here
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99. A WALK WITH C.S. LEWIS: A VISUAL ARTS COLLECTION INSPIRED BY THE LIFE OF AND THE WORKS OF C.S. LEWIS
A Faith Artist Production

APRIL 11 - MAY 27
Time:
Weds-Sun 1pm-5pm; Saturdays 10am-5pm
Location:
Arlington Museum of Art -- 201 W. Main Street, Arlington, TX 76010
Cost:
Free Admission

MAY 30-June 30
Time:
Daily 9am-5pm and during performances
Location:
Granville Arts Center -- 500 N. 5th Garland, TX 75040
Cost:
Free Admission

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100. FREE BANCROFT FAMILY CONCERT
AT DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART

MARCH 17 
Time: 3pm;  doors open at 2:30pm
Cost:  FREE
Location:  Dallas Museum of Art, Horchow Auditorium, 1717 N. Harwood, Dallas, 75201
No reservations required.
Details:  
Dallas debut of the Wyeth String Quartet, principal string musicians of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. 
For More Information:  Click Here


APRIL 28 -- Music of Haydn, Beethoven and Smetana performed by Dallas Symphony cellist Jolyon Pegis and violinist Maria Schleuning with pianist Liudmila Georgievskaya
MAY 19 -- 6th Annual Charles Barr Memorial Concert
feature award-winning pianist Kyle Orth

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101. T BAR M HOME SCHOOL CAMP AT LAKE TRAVIS 

AUGUST 5-10, 2012

T Bar M is providing an exlusive 6-day Home School week at Camp Travis! This is a $875 value for only $445!

Ages: Home School kids ages 12-17
Location: Camp Travis (on Lake Travis near Austin)

•         30 years of Christ-Centered Adventure
•         4 to 1 Staff to Camper Ratio
•         Life-impacting experiences focused on growing our campers spiritually, socially and in favor with God and man (Luke 2:52)
•         Lake and land adventures with a “Think Twice” approach … seeing Christ in ALL we do while learning listening, communication, and problem solving skills
•         Play with purpose during creative theme nights with over the top programming
•         Biblical training through studying the book of James
•         Equipping teens to impact their world for Christ.

Spots will be limited to 190 campers.

For more information and to register online: Click here

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102. GREATER DALLAS YOUTH ORCHESTRA CONCERTS
MARCH 4, 11


GDYO Welcomes Friends from Ft. Worth
Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra and the Fort Worth Youth Symphony
March 4
Time:
2:30pm
Location:
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas
Details:
The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex contains a great deal of talent! Don't miss your chance to hear this special side-by-side concert featuring the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra and the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra. Both orchestras have achieved regional, national, and international recognition for their performances.   The program will consist of performances by each orchestra; as a finale to each half of the program, the ensembles will join forces in a side-by-side orchestra. 
Works to be performed include: Carnival Overture - Antonin Dvorak, The Promise of Living from the Tender Land - Aaron Copland, Russian Easter Overture, Op. 36 - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Polonaise from Eugene Onegin - Tchaikovsky, Interlude and Dance from La Vida Breve - De Falla, and Capriccio Espagnol - Rimsky-Korsakov.

To purchase tickets:  Click here

FLUTE CHOIR
Sunday, March 11
Time:7:30pm
Location: O'Donnell Hall, Meadows School of Arts/Owen Arts Center on the campus of Southern Methodist University
Details: Join GDYO's Flute Choir for this FREE performance.  The Flute Choir is a relatively new ensemble to the GDYO family, utilizing all instruments in the flute family, including the piccolo, C-flute, alto flute, and bass flute.
Cost: Free performance

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103. THE WONDERS OF WILD FLOWERS
EARLY CHILDHOOD AND KINDERGARTEN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BOTANICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF TEXAS (BRIT)

Date: APRIL 13 or 14

Time: 8:30am-3:30pm
Location: BRIT: 1700 University Drive, Fort Worth, TX
Details: Spring is coming and with it comes energy and growth. Join us to welcome spring, and take part in an event that promises professional growth and renewed energy, as you engage in a day of exploration, discovery, collaboration, and deeper knowledge acquisition. The Wonders of Wildflowers, developed and presented by Linda Watts, Early Childhood Specialist, and Pam Chamberlain, Education Specialist, for the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, allows teachers of young children a chance to spend the day at BRIT learning ways to support your curriculum, while making meaningful connections to science, literacy, and nature through your outdoor classroom. This experiential program is an opportunity to collaborate, network, and grow. We’ll have you wondering about the botany
of wildflowers and their important role in our environment. Strategies for helping your students with vocabulary acquisition will blossom, as BRIT becomes a part of your professional learning cycle!
To register: Click here to register online or call Tammie Crole at 817-332-4441 ext. 222


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