HEART of Texas

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Mid-August 2012 HEART OF TEXAS   
Home Educators Alliance for Resources and Training of Texas, Inc.

MID-AUGUST 2012 ISSUE
Home School News and Events
 
Dear Home School Families and Friends,
We are excited to share information that we feel may be of interest to home schoolers in North Texas.  Please feel free to pass along this newsletter to your friends or other homeschooling families in your network.

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

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

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

We would love to hear from you!


www.HEARTofTex.org


Our deadlines are as follows:  
the 1st of the month, for the mid-month issue;
the 15th of the month for the issue that goes out at the beginning of the following month.
Please send all submissions to editor@heartoftex.org for consideration in the newsletter.

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

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

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MONTHLY HIGHLIGHTS

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

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


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

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

AUGUST 20 -- Shrek Forever After

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

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

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

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

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


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AUGUST 28
MONTHLY HOME SCHOOL CLASS
FOR AGES 6-12
AT THE FORT WORTH ZOO

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

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

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

For more information and to register:
Click here


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

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

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

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

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

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

Basketball Contact Information:  Click here to email 


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SEPTEMBER 8
SENSORY FRIENDLY SCREENING (ADJUSTED LIGHT & SOUND)
PARANORMAN
AT STARPLEX CINEMA LAKEWORTH MOVIES 14

Time:  10am
Cost:  Free Child admission with Adult ticket purchase
Location:  Lake Worth Movies 14, 6600 NW Loop 820, Ft. Worth, 76135
Details:  Sensory Friendly Screenings provide special families an opportunity to enjoy a family-friendly film in a safe and warm environment.  Auditoriums are adjusted with lights a bit brighter, sound a little softer, and no one minds if audience members dance, sing, or walk around during the movie. Families can feel relaxed and comfortable enjoying the movie experience together.
Upcoming Shows:
August 11 -- Ice Age 4
September 8 -- ParaNorman
October 13 -- Hotel Transylvania
November 10 -- Wreck It Ralph
December 8 -- Rise of the Guardians
For More Details:  Click Here


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SEPTEMBER 12
ORDER IN THE COURT!
HOME SCHOOL WORKSHOP AT THE OLD RED MUSEUM IN DALLAS

Time: 9:15am-noon
Details: 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.
Location: Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture: 100 South Houston Street, Dallas, TX

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SEPTEMBER 10; 25
HOME SCHOOL CLASSES AT 
FOSSIL RIM 

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

SEPTEMBER 10 -- Nature Journaling
Time: 10am-3pm
Cost: $22/person, 2 & under free
Details:  
Charlotte Mason Method aficionados, you’ll love this one!  Take a look at some examples of nature journals, and learn FOUR different nature journaling techniques.  Remember to bring your nature journals and preferred art medium.  Artistic prowess not required.
To Register: Call 254-897-2960 

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


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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
(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 click here to email


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

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

August -- Texas Parks and Wildlife Programs at Select Parks

August -- Registration Open for Home School Golf Program at Lantana Golf Club
August -- Programs at Ft. Worth Nature Center & Refuge
August -- Summer Movies Program at Regal Cinemas in TX theaters
August -- Summer Movie Program at Studio Movie Grills in TX theaters
August - Sept 5 -- Kids Bowl for Free Summer Program at AMF
Aug 3-30 -- Birds, Beasts, and Beauty! Program at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center
Aug 23, 25 -- Educational Programs at the Texas Discovery Gardens
Aug 28 -- Monthly Home School Classes at the Fort Worth Zoo 
Aug 15-18 -- The Trials of Robin Hood Showing at the Breitling Youth Theater 

Aug 17-25 -- Lord of the Flies Performance at the Plano Children's Theater
Through Aug 18 -- Rapunzel Showing at the Artisan Theater in Hurst, TX
Through Aug 18 -- Anything Goes Showing at the Artisan Theater in Hurst, TX
Aug 21 -- Color by Nature Home School Class at Fossil Rim
Aug 24 -- Dallas HSAA Basketball Registration & Tryouts 2012-2013 Winter Season in Carrollton, TX
Aug 24 -- Fiddler on the Roof playing at Artisan Theater in Hurst
Aug 25 -- Star Party at Fort Worth Museum of Science & History
Aug 25 -- Winnie the Pooh Kids Showing at Artisan Theater in Hurst through October 6
Sept 1 -- Labor Day Campfire Cooking Program at Nash Farm in Grapevine, TX
Sept 4 -- FREE Admission for First Tuesdays to the Dallas Museum of Art
Sept 4 -- Pictures and Pages Preschool Program at the Kimbell Art Museum

Sept 8 -- Sensory Friendly Screening of Ice Age 4 at Starplex Cinema Lakeworth Movies 14
Sept 12 -- "Order in the Court" Home School Workshop at Old Red Museum
Sept 20 -- Educator "Open House" Evening in the Fort Worth Cultural District
Sept 29 -- National Museum Day -- Free Admission to Participating Museums Nation-wide (see details)
Oct 4 -- Home School Day at the Fort Worth Zoo
Sponsor -- Registration Open: Private Piano Classes

Sponsor -- Registration Open: Home School Golf Program at Lantana Golf Club (Fall 2012)

FEATURED ARTICLES

Now Is the Time to Protect Parental Rights -- Tim Lambert, THSC President

How to Register Your High Schooler for the 2012 PSAT/NMSQT Test -- Anne Gebhart

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

NEST Family Learning Offering Discount to Our Readers!


CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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

     Bedford Public Library    
     Fort Worth Public Library
     Hurst Public Library
     McKinney Public Library System
     Rockwall County Library 

     Tyler Public Library

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

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

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

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

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

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

BOOK SALES & OUR PARTNERING HOME SCHOOL BOOK STORES
28.  Library Used Book Sales in North Texas
          Wichita Falls -- Sept 1
          Dallas -- Sept 8-15
          Sanger -- Sept 8
          Arlington -- Sept 12-16
          Van Alstyne -- Sept 14-15
          Lewisville -- Sept 15-16
          Mesquite -- Sept 15-16
          Weatherford -- Sept 28-29
29.  Center for Home Education -- Watauga
30.  Home Educators Resource -- Lewisville
 
NATURE CENTERS, ZOOS, & OUTDOOR PROGRAMS/CAMPS
Become a HEART of Texas Partner to list your program
31.  Camp Tonkawa (Day Camps and Outdoor Education) -- Collinsville
32.  Dallas Arboretum -- Dallas
33.  Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge Programs
34.  Fort Worth Botanic Gardens -- Fort Worth
35.  Fort Worth Zoo Homeschool Classes -- Fort Worth
36.  Fossil Rim
37.  Haven's Horses (Horsemanship & Outdoor Education)-- Keller
38.  Heard Museum Homeschool Classes – McKinney
39.  Heritage Farmstead Museum -- Plano
40.  Ride with Pride -- Southlake
41.  Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch -- Pilot Point
42.  Texas Discovery Gardens -- Dallas
43.  Texas Parks and Wildlife Programs -- State Parks in North Texas
        Purtis Creek State Park -- Athens

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

PERFORMING ARTS
44.  Artisan Center Theater Performances -- Hurst
         Artie's Children's Playhouse:  
                Winnie the Pooh Kids -- August 25 -October 6
         Main Stage Performances:
                 Fiddler on the Roof -- August 24 - Sept 6
45.  Breitling Youth Theater/Acting for Children Performances -- Garland
            Trials of Robin Hood -- August 15-18
46.  Casa Manana Children’s Playhouse Performances -- Fort Worth
           The Adventures of Tom Sawyer -- Oct 12-28
            'Twas the Night Before Christmas -- Nov 24- Dec 23
            Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale -- Feb 8-24
            Disney's Winnie the Pooh Kids -- Mar 22- Apr 7
            Seussical Jr. -- Apr 26-May 12
47.  CATS Theater Performances -- Arlington
48.  Cottage Theater Performances -- Watauga
            Oliver! -- Oct 12-21
            Little Women -- Jan 18-26

49.  Dallas Children’s Theater Performances -- Dallas
            Pinkalicious -- September 21-October 21
50.  Dallas Symphony Orchestra -- Dallas
51.  Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra -- Fort Worth
52.  Plano Children’s Theater Performances -- Plano
             Lord of the Flies -- Aug 17-25
             Grease, School Edition -- Aug 24- Sept 1
             Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr. -- Sept 7-15
             Legally Blonde -- Sept 21-Oct 6
53.  Texas Ballet Theater Performances
54.  Home School Discount Tickets to Dallas Theater Performances
55.  Lone Star Children's Choir -- Keller
      
ART MUSEUMS
56.  Amon Carter Museum Exhibits – Fort Worth
        To See as Artists See -- Opens Oct 6 2012 - Jan 6, 2013
57.  Dallas Museum of Art Exhibits -- Dallas
        First Tuesday (Free admission) -- September 4 
        Encountering Space in the Center for Creative Connections -- Throughout Spring 2013
        Souvenir: A 19th Century Carved Tusk from the Loango Coast of Africa -- Through September 9
        Flower of the Prairie: George Grosz in Dallas -- Through August 19
58.  Kimbell Art Museum Exhibit -- Fort Worth
        Admission to the museum's Permanent Collection is always FREE
        The Kimbell at 40: An Evolving Masterpiece -- Oct 7-Dec 30, 2012
        Pictures and Pages -- September 4  
59.  Museum of Nature & Science -- Dallas
          
Planet Shark: Predator or Prey -- Through Sept 16, 2012
         
Scholastic's The Magic School Bus Kicks Up A Storm! -- Opens April 28, 2012
60.  Museum of Science & History -- Fort Worth
        The Largest World Trade Center Artifact in Texas -- Coming Spring 2012
        Air Park -- now open
        Grossology -- Through September 3, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

90.  PEACH -- Plano

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

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

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

OTHER EVENTS BY DATE
100. Labor Day Campfire Cooking Program at Nash Farms-- Grapevine -- Sept 1
101. Educator "Open House" Evening in the Cultural District -- Fort Worth -- Sept 20
102. National Museum Day Free Admission to Participating Musuems -- Nationwide -- Sept 29
103. Southwestern Seminary Special Exhibit:  Dead Sea Scrolls & the Bible -- Through Jan 13, 2013
104. Home School Day at the Fort Worth Zoo -- October 4, 2012
105. Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra (GDYO) Performances -- October 28, December 12, March 3, May 19


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FEATURED ARTICLE

Now Is the Time To Protect Parental Rights
Reprinted with persmission from Tim Lambert's Blog, Right In Texas, August 1, 2012 

Today and tomorrow are the final days to vote early in the Republican Primary Runoff Election. Many of the races are very close, and the agenda for home schooling and parental rights issues in the next legislative session may hang in the balance.

It is not uncommon for someone to say to me during the legislative session that they are shocked that a legislator that represents them would be opposed to our efforts to expand the rights of home schoolers or restore the fundamental rights of fit parents. The time, of course, to discover the policy positions of legislators is while they are running for office. That is why this election is so important.

Many of the candidates that we have endorsed are in neck-and-neck races and are opposed by candidates supported by teacher unions and groups like Parent PAC who support big government policies and have a viewpoint similar to teacher unions; that government, over the rights of parents, should have the right to make decisions for our children.

This election cycle we have the chance to elect judges who clearly understand and support the principle that fit parents have a fundamental constitutional right to direct the care, control, and upbringing of their children. The election of these judges will go a long way in protecting fit parents in the courts.

I cannot overemphasize how important it is to take the voter guide from THSC PAC and go vote early and encourage your friends, family, and church members to do so as well. Some of these races will be decided by a handful of votes, and we can make the difference. When candidates tell me that they see home schoolers coming into the polling places with our voter guide, they know that home schoolers are serious about protecting parental rights and home school freedoms…and they will listen to us and work to help us. Please go vote today or tomorrow and call your friends and family members to do so as well. Our success in defending parental rights next year could hang in the balance!

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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FEATURED ARTICLE

How to Register Your High Schooler for the 2012 PSAT/NMSQT Test
--by Anne Gebhart

The beginning of the school year is the appropriate time to contact your local public high school to get your child registered for the PSAT/NMSQT, if you are planning to have your high school student take it this fall. 

Schools will administer the test on only one of the official 2012 testing dates:  either October 17 or October 20.  Check with your local public school to find out which date they are offering the test. 

Most high schools begin registering their students during the first couple of weeks of school, so you will need to contact your public school counseling office or principal as soon as possible to ensure that you do not miss the registration deadline.

The PSAT/NMSQT, also called the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, is a standardized test that serves as a practice test for the SAT Reasoning test.  It also gives students a chance to enter the competition for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.  Some students, including homeschoolers, have been able to win full scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship competition.  It is wise to encourage your student to learn test-taking skills, take practice tests, and even take the full-fledged PSAT in the 9th and 10th grades for practice.

The PSAT/NMSQT is only administered once each year, usually in October.  Test scores only count toward the National Merit Scholar awards in a student's eleventh grade year, although students may take the PSAT/NMSQT for practice in the years preceding their eleventh grade year.

The Texas Home School Coalition was instrumental in getting a law passed by the Texas legislature requiring independent school districts to allow home school students residing within their district to take the PSAT/NMSQT test with their students.  The law went into effect September 1, 2007.

Additionally, the law states that public schools may not charge homeschool students a higher testing fee than they charge their own students.  This means that if the school charges its students $20, homeschoolers cannot be charged more than $20;  if students at the school take the test for free, homeschoolers must be able to take the test at no cost as well.

Some home school parents prefer that their child take the test at a private school which offers the test.  While there is that option, please be aware that private schools are not required to open their testing to those outside of their student body, and are not subject to the state law.  

When contacting your local public school to register your child for the test, if you experience resistance, confusion, or receive conflicting information from the school official, please contact the Texas Home School Coalition by email at staff@thsc.org.  In your correspondence, include the following information:  the date you contacted the school, the school district, the school name, the name of the person with whom you spoke, and the essence of the conversation, including the reason(s) given for not allowing your child to test at their school.   

Since the law has been in effect for several years now, most of the kinks have already been worked out; however, there may be a few school districts which may need to be familiarized with the law, and THSC can assist with that if necessary.

When your child takes the PSAT/NMSQT, he will need to include a School Code on his test sheet.  The College Board's code for Texas Home School Students is "994499".

On test day, your student will need to provide a form of picture ID, such as a driver's license, state-issued ID, valid passport, or a school identification card with a picture.  This has been an issue in the past, as homeschoolers do not have school-issued photo ID cards, such as those provided to public school students.

The College Board's listing of acceptable forms of photo ID includes a more accessible and less expensive option for homeschoolers taking the SAT test:  a Student ID Form that can be prepared by a local support group or by the local public school.  If you student does not have a driver license or other "acceptable" form of photo identification, let the school representative know this at the time you register your child for the PSAT test -- do not wait until the day of the test -- and see if they can accept the College Board's Student ID Form for your student taking the PSAT.

The SAT Student ID form can be downloaded from the College Board website and printed on the organization's official letterhead.  The form must be dated and accompanied by a "recognizable" photo of the student.   The student will need to sign the ID form in the presence of the organization's representative or public school principal.  The student will also be asked to sign the ID form again at the testing center to verify the signature.  The Student ID Form is valid for one year, and must be presented each time the student tests.


We hope that this information makes registering your student for the PSAT test a little easier.  If we can help you with any questions, please contact us by clicking here to send us an email.


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

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

Or, if your family would like to get your own FREE subscription, visit their site
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NEST Family Learning has partnered with HEART of Texas to offer a special discount to readers of our newsletter!

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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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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2.  BOOK IT! READING PROGRAM

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

Who Can Participate:
  Children in grades K-6.

The Book It! Reading Program is sponsored by Pizza Hut and runs from October 1 through March 31 each school year. It is available for children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade.

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

Important Note:  Support groups may not register families for the program.  Each home school family will need to enroll individually to be able to participate, for their children in grades K-6th grade.  They must not be attending another educational facility.

For Detailed Program Information: Click Here

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

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


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3.  BRAUMS BOOK BUDDY PROGRAM

The Braum's Book Buddy program gives children the opportunity to read for delicious prizes from Braum's!  This program is open to home school families!

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

Program Runs:  September through end of school year.

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

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

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

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

For More Information:  Click Here  
   
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  SIX FLAGS READ TO SUCCEED

Enrollment for 2012-2013 TBA


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

Info about 2012-2013 Competition Not Yet Available
     

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

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

For Rules:  Click Here


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5.  FIRST LEGO LEAGUE:  2012 SENIOR SOLUTIONS CHALLENGE

Coming September 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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6.  TEXAS STATE FISH-ART CONTEST

ENTRIES DUE MARCH 31 (ongoing annual contest)

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

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

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

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

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

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

For Rules, Prizes and Other Details:  Click Here

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

For More Information:
Click Here



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

Regional finals through January

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

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

The Challenge: TBA

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

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

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

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

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

Details:  TBA

To Register:  Click Here
To Download Brochure:  Click Here

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


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8.  USA MATHEMATICAL TALENT SEARCH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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9. IGNITING CREATIVE ENERGY CONTEST FOR K-12

2012-2013 CONTEST TBA

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

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

Can home school students enter?  Yes. All students K-12 are invited to enter. However, home school students are not eligible for the grand prize.

Awards and Other Details:  TBA


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10. TEXAS BEEF LEADERS OF TOMORROW CONTEST

JULY 1, 2012 – Contest Deadline 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For More Information:  
Click Here to Email                  
 
Contest hosted by Texas CattleWomen and sponsored by the Beef Checkoff


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11.  CITY OF FORT WORTH YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD

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

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

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

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12.  CITY OF NORTH RICHLAND HILLS TEEN COURT

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

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

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

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

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


To Volunteer:  Click Here to email

For More Information: Click Here

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

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14.  CERTIFICATES OF SPECIAL CONGRESSIONAL RECOGNITION

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

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

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

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15.  ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ART COMPETITION

2012 ART COMPETITION -- TBA

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

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

Who Can Participate:  All high school students including homeschoolers.

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


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16.  CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION - WATAUGA

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

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

Website:  http://centerforhomeeducation.com/

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

AUGUST 20
First Day of Class!
 
Discount:  Center for Home Education is offering HEART of Texas members a 10% discount off all new and used curriculum and tickets to our student theatre performances, with a current Heart of Texas family membership card.  
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership

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17.  CHRISTIAN EDUCATORS RESOURCE CENTER IN ROWLETT

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

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


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

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

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

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


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18.  CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOL ALLIANCE OF TEXAS

Enrichment Days is a fun, exciting, and educational learning group that meets six times each semester at a local church.

Classes vary each semester based on the interests of the individual teachers.  You can view a sample class schedule on our website at www.c-h-a-t.org .  The classes offered that semester will not necessarily be offered again, but this will acquaint you with the kinds of classes available.  The actual spring class schedule will be posted in mid February on the website.
 
Each parent is expected to teach or assist for two of the three class periods with one free period for fellowship with other moms.  If you are interested in teaching a class, please click here to email.
 
You must be a member family in the Christian Homeschool Alliance of Texas to participate.  Membership is $30 per year.  New member families can join mid-year for $15.



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19.  CLASSES AT CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION

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

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

AUGUST 20 -- First Day of Class! 

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

Website:  http://centerforhomeeducation.com/  

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


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19.  EASTFIELD COLLEGE

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


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20.  ENRICHMENT CLASSES, INC, IN GRAPEVINE

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

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


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21.  HOME EDUCATORS RESOURCE ENRICHMENT CLASSES

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

For Class Descriptions, Fees and Other Information: Click Here

Classes Offered:
Art

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

Location:

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

Website:  http://homeeducatorsresource.com/    

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

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

Contact For More Information:  Click Here to send an email

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


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


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24.  MORNING GLORY ACADEMY

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


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

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

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



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

AUGUST 15 -- LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR HOMESCHOOL MATH AND SCIENCE CLASSES!!!

Registration Open for Fall Classes at SE and South Campus:


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

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

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

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

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26.  THEO IN PLANO OFFERING CLASSES FOR HOMESCHOOLERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

For More Information:  214-282-6936

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

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


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


For Questions:   Click Here to email


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27.  QUO VADIS EDUCATORS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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28.  LIBRARY USED BOOK SALES IN NORTH TEXAS

Looking for inexpensive literature books and other resources to add to your home school library?  Library used book sales are excellent opportunities to purchase books at bargain prices.   Here are a few sales that we know about in the North Texas area.
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WICHITA FALLS -- SEPTEMBER 1; OCT 6; NOV 3; DEC 1
Time: Mon: 12-6pm;  Thurs: 10am-2pm;  Sat: Noon-5pm 
Location:   Wichita Falls Public Library, 600 11st St   
                940-767--868 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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DALLAS -- SEPTEMBER 8-15

Time:
Sat 10am-5pm; Tues-Fri 1-4pm; Sat 10am-4pm 
Location:   Lakewood Branch Library 
                6121 Worth Street   
                214-670-1376
Books:  6,500 books; 100% donated; 50% hardcover; sorted; not picked over; $.50-$3.00

            Sat (1st day): Live music, children's activities; snacks for purchase.
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SANGER -- SEPTEMBER 8

Time:
Sat: 9am-3:30
Location:   Sanger Public Library, 501 Bolivar St
                940-458-3257
Books:  3,000 books; 70% donated; 60% hardcover; sorted; paperback .50; hardcovers $1

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ARLINGTON -- SEPT 12-16

Time:
Sept 12 (members' night): 3pm-7pm; Sept 13: 3pm-7pm; Sept 14: 1pm-6pm; Sept 15: 9am-5pm; Sept 16: 12pm-4pm
Location:   Meadowbrook Recreation Center, 1400 Dugan St (Meadowbrook Park)
                817-548-9768
Books:  Sept 16: half price day;  thousands of items; cash or check only (no credit cards)

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VAN ALSTYNE -- SEPT 14-15

Time:
Fri: 9am-5pm;  Sat: 9am-4pm
Location:   Van Alstyne Community Center, 262 N. Preston (next to Fire Dept)
Books:  5,000 books; 85% donated;  85% hardcover; sorted; $1

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LEWISVILLE -- SEPT 15-16

Time:
Sat: 9am-5pm;  Sun: 1pm-5pm
Location:   Lewisville Public Library, 1197 W. Main Street
Books:  10,000+ books; 50% donated; 90% hardcover; sorted; .50-$2

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MESQUITE -- SEPT 21-22

Time:
Fri: 9am-5pm;  Sat: 9am-3pm
Location:   Mesquite Public Library, 300 W. Grubb Dr
                972-216-6220
Books:  books, magazines, CDs, VHS, cassettes, records, & possibly DVDs

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Time:
 10am-6pm
Location:   Weatherford Public Library, 1014 Charles St
                817-598-4150
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29.  CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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30.  HOME EDUCATORS RESOURCE

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

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

Website:  http://homeeducatorsresource.com/    

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


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31.
 CAMPS AT CAMP TONKAWA

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

SEPTEMBER 2012
1 -- Horsemanship Day Camp
This class is for all of you that wish you had a horse! Wear old blue jeans and boots, if you have them. You will get the chance to do some basic riding. Bring sunscreen! One day event from 9am-2pm. Ages 7 and up welcome.
1-3 -- Primitive Survival Skills Combo Class 1&2
At anytime, anywhere, things can go wrong and you might find yourself in a survival situation.
12 or 13 -- Nature Awareness Club
Once a month, come for a fun day of outdoor learning about the plants and animals in your own backyard in the North Texas area.
15-16 -- Finding Your Way in the Wild
This class will teach you how to navigate in the wild, using a compass along with other techniques.
22-23 -- Women's Gathering Camp
Time for Mom's and mature females to gather for crafts, outdoor skills, fun and fellowship.


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

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32.  DALLAS ARBORETUM EVENTS

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

Through November 5 -- CHIHULY EXHIBIT OPEN

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

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

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

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

http://www.dallasarboretum.org    


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33.  FORT WORTH NATURE CENTER AND REFUGE PROGRAMS

Location:  9601 Fossil Ridge Road
                Fort Worth, TX 76135
Located on the northwest side of Fort Worth, four miles west of I-820 on Jacksboro Hwy (TX Hwy 199), just inside the city limits of Fort Worth.

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

For More Information:    817-392-7410  

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

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

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


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


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


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


AUGUST 30 -- Evening Stroll with a Naturalist      
7:30-9pm
Cost: $10 (includes admission fee)
Come and enjoy an evening stroll on the Nature Center’s trails as we explore nature before nightfall. Evening provides a unique opportunity to view animals that make the Nature Center their home. Bring water and wear weather appropriate clothing. Pre-registration required.


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


SEPTEMBER 1 -- Canoe Tour
8:30am-noon
Cost: $20 (includes admission fee)
Tour a stretch of the West Fork of the Trinity River to view ducks, herons, beaver and other critters. Sunscreen, water and weather appropriate clothing (including shoes that can get wet) are recommended. Canoes, paddles and lifejackets are provided. Children must be 5 years or older. Parents must sign a liability waiver for minor children. Some previous experience recommended. Registration ends preceding Thursday or when filled. Maximum - 12 participants. Meet at Big River Parking Lot. Pre-registration required. 


SEPTEMBER 1 -- Dogs of the West
1-3 pm 
Cost: $5 (with paid admission fee)
Bring your binoculars and curiosity to the Prairie Dog Town to watch these diurnal underdogs of the prairie. Observe their social behavior and listen to their bark-like vocalizations. There is more than meets the eye to these robust rodents. 

SEPTEMBER 2 -- Dip-Netting the Trinity
1-3 pm 
Cost: FREE (with paid admission)
Beneath the waters of the West Fork of the Trinity River lies many critters that we may think insignificant. However, they are important to the aquatic ecosystem and can tell us a lot about the health of our water. Come and join us as we dip into the water for aquatic invertebrates. This is a come and go event. 


SEPTEMBER 7 -- Early Birds 
8:30-10:30am 
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 birds beginning their day. This is the best time of the day to see our fine feathered friends. Bring your binoculars and cameras to enhance your experience. Pre-registration required. 



The FWNC&R is a hidden jewel, a 3600-acre wilderness comprised of forests, prairies, and wetlands reminiscent of how much of the Fort Worth/Dallas metroplex once looked. Replete with native flora and fauna, the area beckons to those searching for a piece of nature to refresh their spirits and reintroduce a measure of tranquility to their increasingly urban lifestyles.  The FWNC&R is the largest city-owned nature center in the United States, with over 20 miles of hiking trails.  Staff naturalists at the Hardwicke Interpretive Center are available to facilitate your exploration.   

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34.  FORT WORTH BOTANIC GARDENS PROGRAMS

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

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


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


2012 Classes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Discount:  The Fort Worth Zoo is offering HEART of Texas members (with a valid ID card) a free Ft. Worth drawstring backpack when they register for Spring Zoo Classes (classes are monthly, January through May).  Offer not valid in conjunction with semester discount rates for Nature Awareness Camps.
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership


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36.  FOSSIL RIM HOME SCHOOL CLASSES AND EVENTS

SEPTEMBER 10 -- Nature Journaling
Time: 10am-3pm
Cost: $22/person, 2 & under free
Details:  
Charlotte Mason Method aficionados, you’ll love this one!  Take a look at some examples of nature journals, and learn FOUR different nature journaling techniques.  Remember to bring your nature journals and preferred art medium.  Artistic prowess not required.
To Register: Call 254-897-2960 

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

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

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

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


Christian Horsemanship
Ages 4-18

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

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

Group rates available. Please call for details.

Location:  
4150 Keller-Haslet Road
                Keller, TX  76248
For More Information:  817-925-1982 or click here to email



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


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

All curricula are based on current scientific theory.


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

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

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


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

Classification and Dissection
General animal classification, anatomy and physiology will be explored using live and preserved specimens. Students will have the opportunity to dissect an earthworm, crayfish, grasshopper and frog.


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


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


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


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

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

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

Self-Guided Grounds Tours

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

Group Tours

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

FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH -- Scout Tours

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

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

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

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

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40.  RIDE WITH PRIDE

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

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

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


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41.  SHARKAROSA WILDLIFE RANCH

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

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

Special Event for Homeschoolers
WILD Homeschool Day -- TBA

Time:  9 a.m.–4 p.m.
For more information: Click here

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

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

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

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

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


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42.  TEXAS DISCOVERY GARDENS

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

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

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


SEPTEMBER 1 -- Butterfly House Discovery Tour  
Time: 11 am 
Details: Join us for a family friendly guided tour of the butterfly house and get a behind the scenes look at these winged wonders. Price included in admission.

SEPTEMBER 6 -- Books 'N Bugs   
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm 
Details: Join the Butterflies & Bugs for story time! We'll make crafts, read the book and have a themed snack! The session ends with our daily noon butterfly release. $10 per child. Adults pay regular admission. 


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

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


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


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43.  TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT ACTIVITIES

ATHENS, TX

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

AUGUST 18 -- 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 hike and bike trailhead at the dam. 

For More Information: 903-425-2332

AUGUST 25 -- Junior Angler          
Location: Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 9am-noon 
Details: Learn the basics of traditional fishing such as: knot tying, casting a spincast reel and identifying fish, demonstrating how to be a safe and responsible angler. Stay afterwards for fishing and a hot dog lunch. Reservations required; class size limited.

For More Information:
903-425-2332


AUGUST 25 -- Nature Tracks           
Location: Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 7-8:30pm 
Details: Learn about the different animals that frequent the park and the tracks they leave behind. We will cast tracks from moulds then take a short hike on the trails looking for tracks. Meet at the hike and bike trailhead by the dam. 

For More Information: 903-425-2332

AUGUST 25 -- Controlled Burns and 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 wildlife. Meet at amphitheater.

For More Information: 903-425-2332

SEPTEMBER 1 -- Nature Tracks            
Location: Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 6:30-7:30pm 
Details: Learn about the wildlife at Purtis Creek and the tracks they leave behind. Participants will have a chance to make a mould of some tracks. Meet at amphitheater.

For More Information: 903-425-2332

SEPTEMBER 1 -- Full Moon Hike             
Location: Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 9-10pm 
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

SEPTEMBER 2 -- Sunset Canoe Tours              
Location: Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 8-10pm 
Details: Take a leisurely canoe trip across the lake at Purtis Creek State Park and watch the sunset. Reservations required, limited space available. $12 per person, includes boat rental and life jackets. 

For More Information: 903-425-2332

SEPTEMBER 8 -- Geocaching  101      
Location: Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 9am-10am;  3pm-4pm
Details: Geocaching is a type of treasure hunt using a GPS unit to help find hidden “caches” placed by people all over the world.  Geocaches are everywhere from just down the street to the most remote wilderness areas. This program will teach the basics of using a GPS for geocaching and how to get started.  Meet at the Amphitheater and bring your own GPS or a limited number of units will be available for use during the program.
No additional fee for this program. Normal park entry fees apply.  No age restrictions but all children must be accompanied by an adult.
For More Information: 903-425-2332


SEPTEMBER 22 -- Geocaching  101      
Location: Purtis Creek State Park
Time: 9am-10am;  3pm-4pm
Details: Geocaching is a type of treasure hunt using a GPS unit to help find hidden “caches” placed by people all over the world.  Geocaches are everywhere from just down the street to the most remote wilderness areas. This program will teach the basics of using a GPS for geocaching and how to get started.  Meet at the Amphitheater and bring your own GPS or a limited number of units will be available for use during the program.
No additional fee for this program. Normal park entry fees apply.  No age restrictions but all children must be accompanied by an adult.
For More Information: 903-425-2332



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CEDAR HILL, TX

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


AUGUST 18 -- Butter Churning Demonstration   
Location:
Cedar Hill State Park  (Meet at the 1876 house)
Time: 10:30-11:30am
Details: Ever wonder how butter was made during pioneer times? During this program you can discover exactly that. Hear about the process of making butter along with some of the history and evolution of the butter making during the years of Penn Farm. You can even try your hand at churning and molding the butter. Meet in the yard of the 1876 house on the Penn Farm grounds. Program is available to the general public. The Penn Farm is flat and grassy and can accomodate wheelchairs and strollers. All programs are subject to weather conditions. Cedar Hill State Park, 1570 W FM 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104. 

Contact: 972-291-5940

AUGUST 25 -- Mammals: Meet Our Furry Friends    
Location:
Cedar Hill State Park  (Meet at the Penn Farm parking lot)
Time: 10-11am
Details: Learn about the different animals at the park as we share different stories about the animals. Includes skins and skulls to see and touch. Meet in the Penn Farm Amphitheater. 
Program is available to the general public. The Penn Farm is flat and grassy and can accomodate wheelchairs and strollers. All programs are subject to weather conditions. Cedar Hill State Park, 1570 W FM 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104. 
Contact: 972-291-5940



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DENTON, TX

Ray Roberts Lake State Park

SEPTEMBER 8 -- Geocaching  101      
Location: Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Isle Du Bois Unit
Meet at the Nature Center next to the Park Headquarters.
Time: 9am-1pm (programs begin every hour on the hour, from 9am til 1pm.
Details: Come out to Ray Roberts Lake State Park – Isle Du Bois Unit and learn the basics of a fast growing sport that is loved by kids and adults alike. Geocaching uses GPS technology to help you find items hidden throughout the park. All necessary equipment will be provided while you discover a game that can be played almost anywhere.   Take the skills home with you and join in on the fun using a Free Smartphone App or your own handheld GPS. Live a happier and healthier lifestyle by getting outside and venturing down the beautiful trails that our state parks have to offer.
One GPS unit will be made available for each family group. If you have your own GPS unit, bring it along to give it a try.
Prizes will be available for kids!
Cost:
  Normal park entry fee applies to visitors 13 and older.  No additional fee for the program.
For More Information: 903-425-2332


SEPTEMBER 15-16 -- Texas Outdoor Family     
Location: Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch (near DFW).
How to Register:  Call 512-389-8903 and ask to speak to one of our "Texas Outdoor Family" customer service representatives Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. They can answer any questions you might have and also can provide the contact number for partner site workshops. You will be e-mailed a confirmation packet with directions and additional items.  Please note that all reservations and full payment must be made at least four business days in advance of the workshops. All fees are non-refundable.

Cost:
  $65/family.
Pre-Workshop Materials: Click here
For More Information: 903-425-2332




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DENISON, TX

OCTOBER 6-7 -- Texas Outdoor Family
Location: Eisenhower State Park

How to Register:  Call 512-389-8903 and ask to speak to one of our "Texas Outdoor Family" customer service representatives Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. They can answer any questions you might have and also can provide the contact number for partner site workshops. You will be e-mailed a confirmation packet with directions and additional items.  Please note that all reservations and full payment must be made at least four business days in advance of the workshops. All fees are non-refundable.
Cost:
  $65/family.
Pre-Workshop Materials: Click here
For More Information: 903-425-2332



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GLEN ROSE, TX -- DINOSAUR VALLEY STATE PARK

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


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

NOVEMBER 17 -- Texas Outdoor Family - Special Theme: Dutch Oven Cooking   
Location: Dinosaur Valley State Park
Cost:  $65/family (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 is provided in the "TOFPRE-materials."
Details: Agenda & Activities
Saturday:  Credible Campers & Campsites:
    Adults: Learn Leave no Trace principles, how to pitch your tent and use stoves safely
    Junior Rangers:  PEAK Program “Promoting environmental awareness in kids” to leave no trace
    Building Base Camp: Families come together, gather equipment and build base camp for the weekend.
    Caching in on State Park Trails: Trail adventure and exploration through GPS and Geo-caching
    Fire Building and Outdoor Cooking Tips: How to safely build fires and cook on open flames / grills
    Experience the natural wonders at night: Celebrating nature’s natural night noises at  State Parks
Sunday:
    Coffee and chat with a Park Ranger: Q&A – Learn more about parks and conservation
    Know Before You Go ... Breaking Camp and Leaving No Trace of your stay
Additonal Site Specific Activities
    Dutch Oven Cooking: Introduction to Cast Iron Outdoor Cooking. Read below for more details
    Exploring the Riverbed: Dinosaur Valley is famous for the preserved Dinosaur tracks in the riverbed
Additional Curriculum:
    State Park Junior Ranger Certification Programs – Targeted Audience: 5-12 years of age
    Environmentally-friendly program which adopts and teaches the 'Leave No Trace' philosophy and practices
    Additional programs specifically for use and enjoyment of a state park
How to Register:  Call 512-389-8903 and ask to speak to one of our "Texas Outdoor Family" customer service representatives Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. They can answer any questions you might have and also can provide the contact number for partner site workshops.
You will be e-mailed a confirmation packet with directions and additional items.  Please note that all reservations and full payment must be made at least four business days in advance of the workshops. All fees are non-refundable.



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JACKSBORO, TX -- FORT RICHARDSON STATE PARK

AUGUST 6, 13, 20, 27; SEPT 3, 10, 17, 24 -- Weekday Tours   
Location:  Fort Richardson State Park 
Time: Tours leave at 10am and 2pm; continue through December 2012
Details:  Join a ranger guided tour of The Fort Richardson Historic Site twice daily, Monday through Friday. Tours leave the Interpretive center at 10:00am and 2:00pm. The historical buildings are not climate controlled and the tour requires walking approximately one mile. Morning tours are recommended in the summer months as the afternoons are usually very hot and exposure to the elements is continual. The event is free but park entry fees still apply.
Contact: 
 
940-567-3506

AUGUST 4, 11, 18, 25; SEPT 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 -- Weekend Self Guided Tours   
Location:  Fort Richardson State Park 
Time: Tours leave at 10am and 2pm; continue through December 2012
Details:  Enjoy a leisurely stroll around The Fort Richardson Historic Site each weekend from 10:00-12:00 & 2:00-4:00pm.  The historical buildings are open for self guided tours and park interpretive staff is on site to answer your questions.  The historical buildings are not climate controlled and the tour requires walking approximately one mile. Morning tours are recommended in the summer months as the afternoons are usually very hot and exposure to the elements is continual. The event is free but park entry fees still apply.
Contact: 
 
940-567-3506

SEPTEMBER 1 -- Morning with the Presidents   
Location:  Fort Richardson State Park 
Time: 10am-Noon
Details:  Join us for a very special program with Tom Tweeddale.  Tom is an expert on United States Presidential Administrations.  He will entertain and educate us with an administration trivia game.  This is a very entertaining and fascinating program and you will go away with many fun facts and insights into our nation’s history through the eyes of its past and present administrations. 
Cost:  Event is free but park entry fees still apply.  

Contact: 
940-567-3506


SEPTEMBER 22 -- Come and Take It
Location:  Fort Richardson State Park 
Time: 2pm-4pm
Details:  Join us for a special program with a renound Texas Historian.  Robert Isham is an avid collector and student of historical Texas documents and artifacts. He has graciously agreed to share some of his knowledge and passion with us.   Do not miss this opportunity to learn from a true Texan!!!  Cost: Event is free but park entry fees still apply.   
Contact: 
940-567-3506



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MINERAL WELLS, TX -- Lake Mineral Wells State Park 

AUGUST 18 -- Night Sounds  
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Time: 8:30pm-10:00pm
Details:  Listen to the sounds of a Texas summer night. Actual and recorded sounds of the insects, birds, frogs and mammals will be heard and identified with slides of the animals. Bring a lawn chair. Held at the Lone Star Amphitheater in Lake Mineral Wells State Park, 100 Park Road 71, Mineral Wells, TX, 76067. Accessible for the mobility impaired.
Cost: The program is free with paid park entrance fee or a State Park Pass.
Contact:  
940-328-1171

AUGUST 25 -- Owl Prowl  
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
Time: 8:30pm-10:00pm
Details:  Meet at the Lone Star Amphitheater to learn the importance of owls in the Texas. We will begin with a slide presentation featuring screech owls.  Then, we will use an owl call and listen for their response. We may take a walk to several nearby locations for more responses. Bring your favorite lawn chair. Held at the Lone Star Amphitheater in Lake Mineral Wells State Park, 100 Park Road 71, Mineral Wells, TX, 76067. Accessible for the mobility impaired.
Cost: The program is free with paid park entrance fee or a State Park Pass.
Contact:  940-328-1171

SEPTEMBER 1 -- Cross Timbers Cowboy Poetry & Stories
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park,
100 Park Rd 71, Mineral Wells, TX 76067
Lone Star Amphitheater
Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Details:  Join us at the Lone Star Amphitheater for a fun evening of cowboy poetry and stories. Learn about the cowboy lifestyle and local history through poetry and stories of the old west. Bring your favorite lawn chair. Held at the Lone Star Amphitheater.  Accessible for the mobility impaired.
Cost: The program is free with paid park entrance fee or a State Park Pass.
Contact:  
940-328-1171

SEPTEMBER 8 -- Night Sounds  
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park,
100 Park Rd 71, Mineral Wells, TX 76067
Lone Star Amphitheater
Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Details:  Listen to the sounds of a Texas night. Actual and recorded sounds of the insects, birds, frogs and mammals will be heard and identified with slides of the animals. Bring a lawn chair. Held at the Lone Star Amphitheater in Lake Mineral Wells State Park. Accessible for the mobility impaired.
Cost: The program is free with paid park entrance fee or a State Park Pass.
Contact:  
940-328-1171

SEPTEMBER 15 -- Night Hike
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park
, 100 Park Rd 71, Mineral Wells, TX 76067
Lone Star Amphitheater
Time: 8:30pm-10:00pm
Details: Join us on a night time hike down the State Trailway. Experience nocturnal nature in the park.  
We will start at the Lone Star Amphitheater.
Accessible for the mobility impaired.
Cost: The program is free with paid park entrance fee or a State Park Pass.
Call for Reservation:  
940-328-1171 

SEPTEMBER 22 -- Kids' Wilderness Survival
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park, 100 Park Rd 71, Mineral Wells, TX 76067

Time: 8:30am-11:00am
Details: This 2 ½ hour course is a fun was for kids to learn how to stay safe in the outdoors and learn what to do if they become lost. The course includes interactive games, demonstrations and a hike on a nature trail. The course requires kids accompanied by a parent, guardian or youth group leader.
Cost: The program is free with paid park entrance fee or a State Park Pass.
Reservations Required.
Call for Reservation: 
 
940-328-1171 



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TYLER, TX -- Tyler State Park

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WILLS POINT, TX -- Lake Tawakoni State Park

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

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

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44.  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 4:30pm.


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

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

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


Artisan Main Stage Productions:

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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45.  BREITLING YOUTH THEATER

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

THE TRIALS OF ROBIN HOOD -- AUGUST 15-18

FALL CLASSES/CHRISTMAS PRODUCTIONS:

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

MADELINE'S CHRISTMAS               
"In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines." So begins this delightful story of Madeline's Christmas!  It’s almost Christmas and everyone gets the flu except for the ever-resilient Madeline.  The girls and Miss Clavel take to their beds. But on Christmas Eve, the adventure begins to make for a very Merry Christmas!  Performance at Breitling Youth Theater! 
WHEN: Wednesdays 6-8pm OR Thursdays 4:30-6:30pm
WHO: Ages 3-15 years old
TUITION:  $50 per month
DISCOUNTS:  Sibling discount, volunteer discount,student ticket to other prodart the week of September 4, 2012
*We want every child to be able to participate that would like to.  Some scholarships are available for families that qualify.

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


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


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


Call for listing of classes and other details:  972-658-3915 or click here to visit online

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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46.  THEATER PERFORMANCES AT CASA MANANA CHILDREN’S PLAYHOUSE

For over 40 years, Casa Mañana's Children's Playhouse has introduced children of all ages to the magic of live theatre.  This tradition continues as Casa Mañana's Children's Playhouse proudly presents its 2012-2013 Season:


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

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

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

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

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


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

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47.  PERFORMANCES AT CATS THEATER IN ARLINGTON


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

For More Information:
Click Here

Location:  1100 West Randol Mill Road
                Arlington, TX  76012


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48.  COTTAGE THEATER – CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION

Center for Home Education’s Cottage Theater Presents:

Upcoming Performances:

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

OLIVER
Date:
Oct. 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 at 7:30pm; Oct. 14 & 21 at 2:30pm

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

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49.  DALLAS CHILDREN’S THEATER PERFORMANCES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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50.  DALLAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES

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

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

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

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

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51.  FORT WORTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA YOUNG PERSON'S CONCERTS

No concerts scheduled at this time.

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

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

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

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52.  PLANO CHILDREN’S THEATER PERFORMANCES

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

SEPTEMBER 7-15 -- Disney's Alice in Wonderland, Jr (Plano)
Alice longs for adventure and finds more than she wishes for as she meets a host of characters - the White Rabbit, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the Caterpillar, Cheshire Cat, and the Red Queen.
Tickets:  
$8

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

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

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53.  TEXAS BALLET THEATER PERFORMANCES

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

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

2012-2013 SEASON:

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


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


Lambarena and Voluntaries
March 1-3: Bass Performance Hall

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

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

For Order Form:  
Click Here



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54.  HOME SCHOOL DISCOUNT TICKETS TO DALLAS THEATER PERFORMANCES

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

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

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

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

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55.  LONE STAR CHILDREN'S CHOIR

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

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

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

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

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

Discount:  Lone Star Children's Choir is offering a 10% discount on annual tuition to HEART of Texas members with a valid family ID card. 
To learn More About This Partner:  Click Here
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here


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56.  AMON CARTER EXHIBITS

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

Museum Exhibits:

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


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



Guided Tours for Students:
 
Click Here

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

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


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


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57.  DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART EXHIBITS  

FREE First Tuesdays of each month
Time: 1-2pm
Cost:  
General admission to the Museum is free on the first Tuesday of every month.
Location:  
Center for Creative Connections (C3)
Ages:  Programming is designed for children ages five and under, but all are welcome.
Details: Enjoy thematic art-making activities, story times, performances, and gallery activities.
Themes:  Aug 7 (Animal Kingdom), Sept 4 (Back to School), Oct 2 (Use Your Senses)

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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58.  KIMBELL ART MUSEUM EXHIBITS

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

FREE Admission to view the museum's Permanent Collection
       

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

Children's Workshops

None scheduled at this time


Pictures & Pages (ages 4-6)
SEPTEMBER 4 -- The Pencil, by Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman   
Time:  10:30 a.m.–11:15 a.m.
Cost:  $10/child;  No charge for parents
Museum learning begins early with this special program for preschoolers and their adult partners. Popular children’s books inspire group conversations and simple art activities.
Advance registration is required.  
Space is limited. Maximum two children per adult.
To Register:  817-332-8451, ext. 249

Family Educator Mornings

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


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

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

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

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

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


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59.  MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE IN DALLAS

HOME SCHOOL PROGRAMS
 

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

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


Permanent Exhibits:

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

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

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

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


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60.  FORT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY

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

Admission:

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

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

Special Exhibits:

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

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

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

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61. NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER

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

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

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

First Saturdays (FREE Admission)
SEPTEMBER 1 (History); OCTOBER 6 (Personality); NOVEMBER 3 (Nature); DECEMBER 1 (Family)
10 a.m.–noon–Children’s Art Activity
Express yourself by creating unique artworks connected to the month’s Big Idea.
10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.–Art in Action Sculpture Demo  
See how sculpture is made and feel the materials artists use at our live artist demos. 
10 a.m.–2 p.m.–Art Scavenger Hunt
Exercise your detective skills to search the Nasher for art related to the month’s Big Idea. Complete the hunt for a special prize!   
10:15 a.m.; 11:15 a.m.; 12:15 p.m.–Family Tours
Discover and discuss each month’s Big Idea on an interactive tour for the whole family.  
11 a.m.–2 p.m.–NasherKids Meal Available at Nasher Cafe (for additional charge)
11:30 a.m.–Yoga
12:30 p.m.–Storytime with the Dallas Public Library
Share in the joy of reading with storytellers from the Dallas Public Library.
1 p.m.–NasherKids Live!
Join in the fun with an exciting, live performance for families and young children.
Themes:

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

http://www.nashersculpturecenter.org


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

Now Showing

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


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

For Showtimes: Click Here

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

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

Now Showing

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

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

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

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


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




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64.  PROGRAMS AT LOG CABIN VILLAGE

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

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

OCTOBER 13 -- Frontier Fall Fest
Time:  
1-4 p.m.
Admission: Regular Village admission plus $3 craft fee for corn husk doll.
Details:  Grab your pumpkins and shuck your corn...it’s time for a good old-fashioned Frontier Fall Fest! You’ll be able to grind grain by hand, shell corn, thresh wheat, “bob” for apples, press tortillas and more. We’ll also have help celebrating the harvest with flintknappers, the Greater Fort Worth Herb Society, drovers from the Fort Worth Herd (minus the longhorns), the Embroiderer’s Guild of America, Wyatt Earp dealing the card game Faro, Cooper Dan “Five Buckets” Tatum, and Buttermilk Junction Old Time String Band, just to name a few! Bring your own carved or painted pumpkin to enter our “best design” contest (judging at 3 p.m.) This will also mark the official launch of Log Cabin Kitty, a children’s book inspired by legendary Village feline Pepper the Cat. Author Donna Rubin will be here to sign your copy (available soon in our museum store)! 

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

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

DECEMBER 15 -- Holidays at the Hearth
Time:  
1-4 p.m.
Admission:  Regular Village admission plus $2 craft fee to make a punched tin ornament.
Details:  Enjoy holiday music, string popcorn and cranberries, spin the dreidel, help make pomander balls, tamales, paper chains, embossed cards, ornaments, and more! You can even have your photo taken with our historic St. Nick ($5 fee for photo and folder).
Reservations Not Required

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

For More Information:  Click Here

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65.  DALLAS HERITAGE VILLAGE

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

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


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


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66.  OLD RED MUSEUM OF DALLAS COUNTY HISTORY AND CULTURE


2012 Home School Programs

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

Chose your Date, Chose your Program:
Your group can schedule the date and choose the program from the many we offer.  The date and program can be scheduled Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 2:00pm or on limited Saturdays from 9:30am till noon. 
All visits will include:  Four interactive galleries, over forty computer touch screens, the Children’s Education Center, Discovery Carts and Interactive Gallery Guides.
 
Time:  Registration: 9:15 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
          Program Begins: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost:  $6/children;  $3 Adults
Includes program, all day admission to the museum galleries and program supplies.
Please note that we have changed to a cash only admission the day of the program.
Location:  Old Red Museum
                100 South Houston Street
                Dallas, TX  75202
                214-757-1949
To RSVP: 
 Click here to email the sales dept with the following info:
Names of attending adults, email address, phone, number of adults, number of children, ages of children.  If you are a group leader, please list your group name with each family unit listed separately, as this makes preparation and registration run more smoothly.
Parking:  Museum guests may purchase an
underground parking vouchers for $2.
Details: Everyone enjoys a celebration!  What brings families and communities together?  How are traditions enjoyed? Come and join us at Old Red as we discover some of the rich traditional celebrations that help create the great city of Dallas. Students will enjoy music, making sand art, designing special placemats, creating cards and other items to be taken home and shared with family and friends.

Discount:  The Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture is offering HEART of Texas members (with valid HEART of Texas Family ID) a $1 discount per person/ticket. Discount may not be used for the Home School Workshops.
To learn about HEART of Texas membership:
Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here


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

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

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

2012 STAR PARTIES
AUGUST 25; SEPT 8; OCT 6 (Euless Location); NOV 10
Cost:  
Free
Location:   In front of the Museum, on Gendy Street (except Oct 6 which will be in Euless).
Parking:  
Parking is available in the lot south of Harley Street.
Time:  Dusk–10:30 p.m.
Details:
Join the Noble Planetarium staff and members of the Fort Worth Astronomical Society in front of the Museum on Gendy Street.  You’ll find plenty of telescopes for viewing and even more astronomy buffs to help you navigate your way through the skies. This event is weather permitting. 


For more information:  click here
              

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

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

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

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

For Information About Baseball:  817-939-2979 or click here to email
For Information About Other Sports: Contact 817-441-7357
 

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70.  BERNE ACADEMY'S BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL

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

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

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71.  HOMESCHOOL SWIM-- The Colony Aquatic Park

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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73.  CHRISTIAN MARTIAL ARTS

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

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


Cost: $25/month per person

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



For More Information: Click Here


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


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74.  DALLAS THUNDER HOME SCHOOL BASKETBALL

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

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


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

Website: http://www.dallasthunder.org 


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75.  ELITE TRACK CLUB/CROSS COUNTRY PROGRAM


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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77.  HULCY HOME SCHOOL PE CLASSES IN RICHARDSON

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

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

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

Discount:  Rhett is offering HEART of Texas members one free month of classes, with a valid Heart of Texas family membership card.  
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
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78.  HOME SCHOOL PE PROGRAMS AT VELOCITY  IN SOUTHLAKE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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79.  HOME SCHOOL FENCING CLASSES AT FENCING INSTITUTE OF TEXAS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Discount:  Fencing Institute of Texas is offering HEART of Texas members a $10 discount off the monthly tuition (individual or family) with a valid Heart of Texas family membership card.   HEART of Texas students participating in the FIT Saturday Page or Squire programs receive a $5 discount off the monthly program fee with a valid Heart of Texas family membership card.
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80.  PARKER-TARRANT HOME SCHOOL 

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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82.  THESA RIDERS HOME SCHOOL  ASSOCIATION

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

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

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


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83.  TRAINING FOR CONFIDENCE MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOL IN COLLEYVILLE

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

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

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


To Learn More:  TFCKarate.com

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84.  BEST GYMNASTICS IN FLOWER MOUND 

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

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

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

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


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


Discount:  Best Gymnastics is offering HEART of Texas members a 15% discount off all of their recreational gymnastics classes, with a current Heart of Texas family membership card.  
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here


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

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85.   HOME SCHOOL GOLF PROGRAM AT LANTANA GOLF CLUB

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR HOME SCHOOL GOLF PROGRAM
FALL 2012 SESSION

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

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

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

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

To Register: click here to download the registration form.

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

Discount:  Marc Brooks is offering HEART of Texas members a 10% discount, with a current Heart of Texas family membership card.  
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
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86.  SMOOTHING THE WAY MEETINGS -- NORTH TEXAS

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

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


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87.  DFW SPEECH & DEBATE CLUB

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

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88.  DENTON COUNTY CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOL ASSOCIATION

This group has no announcements this month.

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89.  FELLOWSHIP CHURCH HOMESCHOOL NETWORK

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

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90.  PEACH

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


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91.  OFFICIAL 2012-2013 COLLEGE BOARD TEST DATES

2012 PSAT/NMSQT TEST DATES: October 17 or 20, 2012
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.  Special testing situations are also available for special needs students.  Ask the school counselor for more details.

2012-2013 SAT TEST DATES:

OCTOBER 6 (registration deadline September 7)

NOVEMBER 3 (registration deadline October 4)

DECEMBER 1 (registration deadline November 1)

JANUARY 26 (registration deadline December 28)

MARCH 9 (registration deadline February 8)

MAY 4 (registration deadline April 5)

JUNE 1 (registration deadline May 2)

For SAT Subject Test Calendar:  Click Here


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


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92.  MASTER THE SAT CLASSES WITH JEAN BURK

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

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

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

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

Class Schedule:
Dallas-Fort Worth Area Classes

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

Register at collegeprepgenius.com

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

Discount:  College Prep Genius is offering a $5 discount off classes and products to HEART of Texas family members.  You must have a valid membership card to qualify for the discount.
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
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93.  BAYLOR & AIR FORCE ROTC (AFROTC) SCHOLARSHIP

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

DEADLINE:  DECEMBER 1, 2012

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


Highlights:

• We appreciate the homeschooled student and know first-hand the talent and intellect they offer.  Our Cadet Wing Commander last Fall was homeschooled and she was outstanding!
 
• Who do we want to help?  Your students interested in leadership who are about to graduate, applying to a service academy (Baylor would be a great Plan B), excels academically, involved in Eta Sigma Alpha or other honor societies and service organizations, as well as competitors of all kinds.
 
• The application deadline for AFROTC high school scholarships is December 1, 2012. 

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Learn to Laugh in Another Language!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


For More Information:  817-336-0912


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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99.  TEXAS GLOBAL EDUCATION AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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

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

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

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

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

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


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100. LABOR DAY CAMPFIRE COOKING AT NASH FARM

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

Upcoming Events

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

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

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


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

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102. NATIONAL MUSEUM DAY
FREE ADMISSION AT PARTICIPATING VENUES

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

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

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

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

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

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104. HOME SCHOOL DAY AT FORT WORTH ZOO

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

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

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

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

Online Registration Available Soon

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105. GREATER DALLAS YOUTH ORCHESTRA

Dallas 2012-2013 marks the 41st season of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestras. The world-renowned GDYO has a full season on concerts. Hot off their European tour this summer, the top ensemble, the GDYO, brings together 105 of the DFW area's best high school musicians, and their four concerts at the Meyerson will be the showcase of the season.

2012-2013 Performances

OCTOBER 28
Time:
7:30pm
Details:
The season opener kicks off the year at the Meyerson. The GDYO will perform Jennifer Higdon's Blue Cathedral, Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2 in g-minor, Op. 63 with special guest soloist Nathan Olson, Dallas Symphony's Orchestra Co-Concertmaster, and Sibelius' Symphony No. 2 in D-major, OIp. 43.

DECEMBER 12
Time: 7:30pm
Details: The annual "Holiday Magic" features over 200 youth on the stage of the Meyerson. Along with the Youth Chorus of Greater Dallas, the GDYO will perform works for Chorus along with Prokofiev's Troyka from Lieutenant Kije and Tchaikovsky's Winter Symphony (selections from) and more!

MARCH 3
Time: 7:30pm
Details: The youth orchestra will present its Symphonic Spectacular, featuring Enescu's Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 in A-major, Copland's Suite from Billy the Kid, and Brahm's Symphony No. 4 in e-minor, Op. 98.

MAY 19
Time: 7:30pm
Details: The grand finale of the 41st season. Featured on this program will be Shostakovich's Festive Overture, Op. 96, a yet to be determined concerto performed by the 2012-2013 GDYO Concerto Competition Winner, Wagner's Arrival of the Guests at Wartburg from "Tannhaeuser", and Mahler's Symphony No. 4, featuring Elizabeth Racheva, soprano.

Cost: Subscriptions tickets are $32-130. Single tickets are $10-40.
To purchase tickets: Call 214-528-7747 or visit www.gdyo.org or call the night of the performance at the Meyerson Box Office.
Location: The Meyerson is located at 2301 Flora Street in Dallas, TX.
For more information: go to www.gdyo.org or email info@gdyo.org

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