HEART of Texas

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April 2013 HEART OF TEXAS   
Home Educators Alliance for Resources and Training of Texas, Inc.

APRIL 2013 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

SAVE THE DATE!
MAY 18
HEART OF TEXAS EXPO & USED BOOK SALE
FIRST BAPTIST KELLER

Time:  
10am - 3pm
Location:  
First Baptist Keller, 225 Keller Pkwy, Keller 76248

FEATURING our special guest speaker:  ROSIE BOOM!

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

Suggested Donation Amounts:
$2/family suggested donation (Advance Registrations via our online form on or before May 17)
$5/family suggested donation (Onsite Registrations)
These are just suggested.  Your donation in any amount will be appreciated.

We will also be holding a used book sale!!

Details:  
Ever wonder where to find homeschool classes?
Looking for volunteer opportunites, boy scout troops, music classes, or other opportunities?

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


To Learn More:  
click here

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

This year's Expo will Feature our Special Guest Speaker:  ROSIE BOOM!!!
Rosie will be a featured speaker at Arlington Home School Bookfair May 10 & 11, and
we are excited to have her speaking at our Expo!!

To Learn More About Rosie:  Click Here for a pdf with her picture, bio and list of speaking engagements

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APRIL
DFW SPEECH & DEBATE SUMMER CAMPS
REGISTER NOW TO RECEIVE EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNT!

Ages 6-18

Details:  DFW Speech and Debate provides communications training to help students sharpen their ability to analyze problems, think and listen critically, and communicate their ideas in an organized and compelling manner. They train hundreds of students each year who go on to excel academically and in competition. 

Their offerings include introductory Speech and Debate camps, Model UN, Moot Court and more for ages 12-18. Junior Speech for ages 6-11 is also being offered this summer!  
To Register: click here 

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APRIL
ONLINE AP CLASSES FOR HOME SCHOOLED STUDENTS
REGISTER NOW TO RECEIVE EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNT!

Ages: 16-19

Details: Continuing their tradition of helping students develop their critical-thinking skills, DFW Speech & Debate is now offering
online AP courses for home schooled students! Receiving college credit through AP courses is one of the best ways for home schooled students to stand out in the college admission process, earn academic scholarships and awards from colleges and universities, experience college-level academics in high school, save time and money once they get to college, allowing them to move directly into upper-level courses in their field of interest, and earn AP Scholar Awards.

Their AP offerings include AP English Language and Composition, AP US History and AP World History.

To Register: click here

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APRIL 1 & 3
NATURE AWARENESS DAY CAMPS - SPRING SEMESTER
CAMP TONKAWA

I'm sure you have heard how important it is to your child's development to allow them time to enjoy and connect with nature. 
Meet with us once a month, at Camp Tonkawa Outdoor Learning Center for the Spring Semester.  Your children will enjoy a fun day of
learning with other homeschoolers -- while you learn the tricks on how to incorporate Nature Teaching into your homeschool program!

Dates:  Mondays:  APRIL 1, & MAY 6
           OR  Wednesdays: APRIL 3 & MAY 8

For More Details:  Click Here
This will be followed with a Family Camp-out the First weekend in June.

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APRIL 2 & 16
BEAK TO THE BASICS PROGRAM AT 
FOSSIL RIM

APRIL 2, APRIL 16 -- Beak to the Basics
Time: 10am-4pm
Cost: $18/person, 2 & under free
Details: Attend one, two, or all three!  We will have fun in the classroom – learning the basics about birds, birding and the tools of birding; then fun in the field – learning the hows and whys of finding birds, observing and identifying some of the 200+ bird species  in our 1700+ acres.   We will do a modified drive-through  tour – the birder’s version!   We’ll sharpen our skills with an identification game at some point in the day.  These three days build on one another: to get the most, come to all three; the last class on Apr. 16 will be for previous attenders only.  Open to non-homeschoolers as well. Limited to 25, so save your place(s) @ 254-897-2960. Come learn and enjoy!
To register: 254-897-2960


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APRIL 5 & 19
HOME SCHOOL OPEN ICE SKATING AT
ALLEN COMMUNITY ICE RINK 

Time: 12:45-2:45pm
Cost: $5/session, includes skate rental
Location: Allen Community Ice Rink, 200 E. Stacy Rd, Allen, 75002
Directions: Click Here

Details:
Please note these are open skate sessions; not ice skating lessons. 2012-2013 school year skate dates: April 5 & 19, May 3 & 17.
For Information
: Click here


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APRIL 6
HORSEMANSHIP DAY CAMP AT 
CAMP TONKAWA   

APRIL 2013
6 --
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.
13-14 -- Native American Indian Camp
Our camp is named after the Native American Indian Tribe that lived in its immediate area, the "TONKAWAS". This camp will explore, through lots of fun activities, this particular tribe along with other plains Indians. The camp founders have always held a deep respect and honor to the Native Americans, who lived in harmony with our mother earth. How did they live for thousands of years on Turtle Island (North America), keeping it so pristine that when the Europeans came to this continent, they believed it to be uncivilized? Let us take a look at their lifestyle. You will get to sleep in our real Tipis and learn how to set them up.
17 -- Jr. Horsemanship Day Camp
For 5-7 year olds.
20-21 -- Basic Camping


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THROUGH APRIL 7
DALLAS BLOOMS AT THE
DALLAS ARBORETUM 

Weekdays: March 2 - April 7

Piano Melodies
Time:
11am-2pm
Details:
Keith Schmorr (Dann Talley Kincheloe Courtyard)

Spring Tea
Time:
March 4 - April 5 at 11am & 2 pm
Details:
Reservations required. Call 214-515-6511 to reserve your seating.

Mommy & Me Mondays, Tiny Tots Tuesdays
Time:
10am-2pm
Details:
Petting Zoo, Arts & Crafts, Face Painting (Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn), Kindermusik at 12pm - 12:30pm

Free Walking Garden Tours
Time:
11 am
Details:
Wednesday mornings beginning in the Plaza (limited to 20 guests)

BOGO Wednesdays
Details:
Buy One, Get One Free Admission. Excluding March 13.

C.C. Young Senior Thursdays
Details:
$11 admission and 20% discount at the Hoffman Family Gift Store (65 and over)


Weekends: March 2 - April 7

Free Garden Tours
Time:
11 am
Details:
Saturday mornings beginning in the Plaza (limited to 20 guests)

Melodies
Time:
Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4pm
Details:
Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn

Silhouette Artist
Time:
Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4pm
Details:
Silhouettes by Micki Triggs ($10)

Hanami
Time:
Sunday March 17, 12:30-2:30pm
Details:
Cherry Blossom viewing, music, and family fun activities (located in Pecan Grove)

Easter:

Eddie Coker Good Friday Children's Concert
Time:
March 29 at 11am and 2pm
Details:
Sponored by Dallas Child on the Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn

Easter Brunch
Time:
March 31 at 10:30am and 12:30pm

Chilren's Activites
Time:
Fri 10am-2pm, Sat and Sun noon-4pm
Details:
Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Easter photos with a live bunny.

For More Information about Dallas Blooms:
Click here

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APRIL 8    
HOME SCHOOL DAY AT THE DALLAS ZOO!


Time: 10am-3pm
Details:
Enjoy a special day filled with great opportunities to enrich your curriculum and entertain the kids! 
•    Interactive Educational Activities (K-8th)
•    Keeper Talks
•    Special Live Animal Adventure Show
•    Safari Backpack
•    Gift Shop & Zoofari Food Court Discount


Cost: $5 zoo admission with pre-registration. Please note: Pre-registration required to receive the discounted rate.  Parking not included.  Registration deadline March 29, 2013.
Location:
650 South R. L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas, TX 75203
To Register and for more information:
Click here


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APRIL 9 & 23
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

Join us this semester as we study different subjects through zoo exploration! 

April 9 & 23 -- Forest Frolickers: Enjoy the little April shower and explore an environment fit for Bambi.

May 7 & 21: Grassland Grazers: Join us on a learning safari through the grasslands.

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

April 9 & 23 -- Ungulates: Do you know what a zebra, a pig, and an elephant have in common? We do!

May 7 & 21 -- Marsupials: Their pouch is for their wallet and keys, right?

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APRIL 11
WILD HOME SCHOOL DAY AT
SHARKAROSA RANCH IN PILOT POINT

Time:  10am-4pm
Details: Take a break from the books! Come join us for a fun filled day planned just for you! Come experience: tram ride with animal interaction, photo contest, bonus creature classes, educational keeper chats, barrel train rides, exhibits, and more! Pre-Registration Required.
For more information: Click here



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APRIL 12
NORTH TEXAS HOMESCHOOL ARTS SHOW AND SALE


Date:  April 12
Time:
7-9pm
Details:
Limit three pieces/artist. Space is limited so RSVP early.
RSVP deadline: April 1
Final Art Details Due: April 8
Deliver art to gallery: April 11
Artists Reception, Performances, and Sale: April 12
Pick up art from gallery: April 18

Cost: $5/entry
More details: Click here



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APRIL 13
SENSORY FRIENDLY SCREENING (ADJUSTED LIGHT & SOUND)
THE CROODS
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:
April 13 -- The Croods
May 11 -- Wreck It, Ralph
june 8 -- Epic
July 13 -- Monsters University
August 10 -- Turbo
For More Details: Click Here



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APRIL 15
DEADLINE FOR PRE-REGISTRATION
2013 HOME SCHOOL BOOK FAIR
MAY 10-11 IN ARLINGTON, TEXAS 

Time: 8:30am-5:30pm
Location: Arlington Convention Center: 1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington, TX 76011
Details: We have a great line up of speakers and thousands of fabulous home school materials to choose from. 
Registration: The 2013 Home School Book Fair is approaching and we want to be sure you have the opportunity to pre-register. Below are the registration fees for 2013:

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

HEART of Texas HOME SCHOOL CONNECTOR
The HEART of Texas Home School Connector will be at the Home School bookfair to help new families find support groups and other resources for their families.   We look forward to the opportunity to visit with you in person, answer questions, and help locate resources and groups near you!

Homeschool Leaders will receive a special gift! (first 50 leaders) Leaders can register here.

Details: We have a very limited number of tables for North Texas home school support groups to distribute their information to new home schoolers attending the Home School Book Fair on May 10 and 11, 2013, at the Arlington Convention Center. Tables will be available on a first-come-first-served basis but preference is given to HEART of Texas partnering support groups. Table space is extremely limited and groups may need to share a table. Support groups are asked to man their tables during Book Fair hours - 8:30 am to 5:30 pm both days.
SPACE IS LIMITED - Click here to email Anne Gebhart Please include the subject line "Home School Connector Table"

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APRIL 24
REENACTMENT OF THE OKLAHOMA LAND RUN
AT HEIGHTS PARK IN RICHARDSON
 

Time: 1:35pm (the race begins!)
Location:
Heights Park in Richardson -- 
711 W. Arapaho Rd, near the S.W. corner of Floyd and Arapaho

Details:
On the morning of April 22, 1889, thousands upon thousands of Americans from over the entire nation lined up on the borders of what was then known as the Unassigned Lands of the Indian Territory, or the "Oklahoma country." Come join us for a reenactment! Claiming a "stake" is easy. At the sound of a gun, participants run to a plot of land and "stake" their claim ("improve" it). In 1889 homesteaders were expected to prepare a home site or improve the land before they could stake a claim, but in reality, most homesteads were claimed by throwing a stake onto the ground or spreading a blanket on it. Therefore, blankets, wagons, or even little brothers work well for staking claims. After you locate and "improve" your land you must go to the "land office" to officially claim your land. In 1889 it cost $25 but in 2013 it is free! Your children can stake a "farmland" claim (where they won't have to do anything. They can also claim a "city" plot where they can sell wares, set up game booths, or sell services. The '89ers needed to buy and sell goods and services too, especially if they lived in the city. If you have ever wanted your children to experience an "Enterprise City"--this is it. They can purchase supplies, make things, sell them, then calculate their profit.

Cold drinks and chocolate chip cookies are often big sellers. Children can also make things to sell or bring yard sale items. Or they can set up a "service" business such as a carnival game, face painting, or playing an instrument. Let them use their imagination. Later they may wish to spend their profit by buying crafts, playing games, drinking cold drinks, and eating goodies.

To Participate:
To participate, you only need to show up!  Come dressed in "89'er" clothes if you want. Come early to be ready. It takes maybe 1/2 an hour to run & officially claim land and the rest of the time is spent talking or buying and selling. You can come late as there is usually land to claim & certainly you can still buy & sell!
 
 
No tables or electricity provided. We set up on the grass after we run. Blankets, chairs, tables etc. are fine to bring but know that the parking lot is about 1/2 a block away. Please volunteer to help man the land office right after the run.

For more information: Contact Cathy Allen at 972-442- 3006 (home) or at 972-742-5215 (cell), or by email allenadvertising@verizon.net.

In case of bad weather on April 24th call to verify that it will need to be rescheduled to the following week.  The make-up date will be 2 weeks later on Wednesday May 8rth at 1:35pm, same place. 


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APRIL 25    
IMAGINATIVE WORLDS -- CHAGALL: BEYOND COLOR 

HOME SCHOOL CLASS AT THE
DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART

Fourth Thursday of every month, with some exceptions.
Time:
11am-12:30pm
Details:
The Dallas Museum of Art’s homeschool classes offer an interactive Museum experience for families with children ages 6 and above. Parents and children learn about works of art together in the galleries, participate in hands-on activities as a family, and create a work of art together in the Art Studio. During the program, parents learn techniques and skills for creating their own educational experiences in the gallery.
Cost:
DMA members $5 per participating child (ages 6 and up).
To Register:
To register for the class, click here to go to the ticketing website, select Family Programs from the sidebar on the left, and follow the instructions to add the number of tickets you need for the class (one ticket per child). Participating adults do not require a ticket. If you have any difficulties with the new system, call 214-922-1270 or 214-922-1822. When classes are filled, call 214-922-1818 or e-mail familyexperiences@DallasMuseumofArt.org to be placed on a waiting list.
Upcoming Classes:
April 25:
Imaginative Worlds—Chagall: Beyond Color
May 23: Nature and Art in "Loren Mozley: Structural Integrity"
For more information: click here

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APRIL 26
HOME SCHOOL COTILLION IN DECATUR (WISE COUNTY)
 

Date:  April 26
Time:  6pm-11pm
Ages:  13 and older
Location:  Crossroads Church, 1400 Deer Park Rd., Decatur, TX
Details: Featuring Etiquette training by Deborah King of Final Touch Finishing School and Ballroom dance lessons
Cost (includes dinner):    $35.00 per person if registration and payment are received by March 31, 2013, $40.00 per person if registration and payment are received after March 31, 2013. 
Registration and payment must be received by Friday, April 19. 

To register: Click Here to Register Online  
For more information:  click here to email Bianca 


Special to HEART of Texas Members:  Early registration discount deadline will be extended for HEART of Texas members (with current Family ID). After March 31 members should mail $35.00 payment to JOY Christian Academy, P.O. Box 1295, Decatur, TX 76235. 

Please indicate that you are a HEART of Texas member and include your member number (on your card) with your registration. The online registration will allow you to pay on line or mail in their payment.  The site may tell you to pay $40, but it will be okay to mail in $35.

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


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APRIL 27
3RD ANNUAL HSAA REGIONAL TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
ANNA HIGH SCHOOL IN ANNA, TX


Time:  Field Events start 9am
            3200m starts at 9:30am
            Rest of track events start at Noon
Location:  Anna High School in Anna, TX
Details: All home schooled kids are invited!!!  YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE PART OF A TEAM TO PARTICIPATE!  We will be hosting athletes from all over Texas and beyond, so come on out and enjoy a great day of fun competition.  Awards will be given to the top 6 finishers in each event (male/female), by age group level (12U (see * events below), 14U, 16U and 18U).  Events will include:

100m dash*       100/110m hurdles        200m dash*       400m dash*
800m run*        1600m run*                  3200m run        4x100m relay
4x200m relay    4x400m relay                long jump*         triple jump
high jump*        shot put*                      discus*               pole vault

To register for this track meet or for more information on eligibility or events: www.hsaaregionals.org

Click here to email questions to the commissioner


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THROUGH APRIL 28
BUY TICKETS FOR THE HOMESCHOOL DAY AT
SIX FLAGS OVER TEXAS

Homeschool Day: May 9, 2013
Time: 11am-6pm
Details: Buy tickets now through April 28th
Cost: $28.99/ticket (minimum 2 tickets). Parking is $12.04. After April 28th, you will pay full price.
To purchase tickets: Visit http://www.sixflags.com/overTexas/tickets/index.aspx?promoCode=sfotfamily to purchase your tickets today or go to Six Flags over Texas website and enter SFOTFamily as your promocode when purchasing tickets.



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MAY 14 & 16
ROSIE BOOM LIVE IN RICHARDSON!

When: Tuesday, May 14, 2013; 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm and Thursday, May 16, 2013; 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Town North Presbyterian Church -- 1776 No. Plano Rd, Richardson TX 75081
Cost: Admission free but love offerings gratefully accepted for Rosie's ministry. Make checks payable to Hearth & Home Ministries.
Details: Chris and Rosie Boom are singer/song writers from northern New Zealand, where they have raised and homeschooled their six children for the past 18 years. Rosie is the author of The Gift of Values series and the award-winning series, The Barn Chronicles, which tells of the Boom family's many adventures in the 94 year old barn that is their home. To learn more about Rosie and her books, visit www.rosieboom.com

See below for the first chapter of Rosie's story "Where Lions Roar at Night". Rosie is also a featured speaker at the Arlington Home School Bookfair May10-11, 2013, and the HEART of Texas Home School Expo & Used Book Sale May 18!!  You won't want to miss seeing and hearing her live!  
Click here to download a pdf with pictures of her family, bio, and speaking engagements across North Texas!


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A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:
REGISTRATION OPEN:  TRUMPET LESSONS IN GARLAND

Do you have a son or daughter who loves playing the trumpet?  Why not have them study with one of the best!  Bert Traux played trumpet with Dallas Symphony Orchestra for 23 years.  He has over 35 years of teaching experience, and has taught trumpet at SMU, UNT, and Texas A&M Commerce.

Did you play trumpet at one time and want to start playing again?  Bert also specializes in teaching come-back players as well. Rediscover the fun you used to have playing the trumpet.

Conveniently located near the intersection of Jupitor and Belt Line Road in Garland.

Bert's studio is a reasonable drive from most anywhere in the Metroplex.  

For more information:  214.789.3726 or email berttruax@mac.com.

To learn more about Bert: Please visit www.berttruaxbasicbrass.com


Discount: HEART of Texas supporters (with current member card) receive a 20% discount for students and adult lessons.

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A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:
INTRODUCING THE VINE ACADEMY IN MCKINNEY

BEGINNING FALL 2013!

Classes for middle and high school homeschool students focusing on developing critical thinking through English, Literature, Government and Economics.  Critical thinking skills are emphaiszed and several field trips will be offered for students enrolled in Government & Economics.

Classes meet weekly on Tuesdays, at christ Fellowship Church in McKinney.

To Register:  www.thevineacademy.com
For more information contact Jacquie Clark at Jacquie@thevineacademy.com


Special Discount: HEART of Texas supporters (with current member card) receive a special discount of $5/month off of tuition.  


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A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:
REGISTRATION OPEN
HOME SCHOOL GOLF PROGRAM
(Spring 2013)
LANTANA GOLF CLUB

Experience the Game of Golf!  Lantana Golf Club is offering three separate golf programs for juniors, age 8-17, in 2013.  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 2012" 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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A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:
SOTO CREATION FAMILY CAMP WEEK:  JUNE 3-8, 2013 

Family Camp Week:  JUNE 3-8, 2013
Cost:
Adults: $390, Children age 3-11: $245,Children age 0-2: $30. Each family will have a private room and bath in one of the Lodges.  Mom and Dad have a King or Queen bed and the kids have a loft, a cubby, or  bunk.  Every room is different.  Tour our Lodges on our website: SOTO Lodges. HEART of Texas members get an exclusive discount! $20 per adult (12 years and older) and $10 per child (ages 3-11)!
Details: Family Camp at Shepherd of the Ozarks is...a fabulous affordable family vacation with a spiritual emphasis... breath-taking scenery, luxurious lodges, really great food (not camp food) and activities for all ages. It's a time to spend quality time together and make memories that will last a lifetime. What do we do at Family Camp? Days are free for a variety of activities like swimming, river tubing, fishing, hiking on trails in 460 acres of natural Ozark Mountain forest, volleyball, basketball, frisbee golf, horseback riding, paintball, laser tag, high ropes, cliffhanger, canoeing the Buffalo River, sightseeing at the Blanchard Springs Caverns or... how about relaxing on the porch in a rocking chair with a cup of coffee and enjoying the view? Watch our Activity Video: SOTO Activities Video.  No cooking for Mom! Meals always get rave reviews. After dinner we gather for a Spiritual time with Praise and Worship music and time in the Word with our Speaker.  There’s a Kids Program for kids ages 5-10, a Nursery for babies/toddlers, and Play Time for kids 3-4.  The evening is topped off with an activity like Game Night; Dance Night  (Square Dancing, the YMCA and Chicken Dance to name a few); Skit Night; and Family Communion around a camp fire. There’s always quality fellowship in the lodges as the evening winds down and the kids head for bed… time to connect with old and new friends.
To Register: SOTO Family Camp Online Registration
Please email: Click here to email Michelle Miller

Discount:  HEART of Texas members get an exclusive discount! $20 per adult (12 years and older) and $10 per child (ages 3-11)!


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MONTHLY HIGHLIGHTS AT A GLANCE
Apr  -- Library Used Book Sales Across North Texas
Apr -- Museum Exhibits in Dallas & Fort Worth
Apr -- Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area
Apr -- Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
Apr -- Imax and Omni Movies

Apr -- Texas Discovery Gardens
Apr -- Texas Parks and Wildlife Programs at Select Parks

Apr -- Registration Open for Home School Golf Program at Lantana Golf Club
Apr -- Programs at Ft. Worth Nature Center & Refuge
Apr -- DFW Speech & Debate Summer Camp Registration Opens
Apr -- Register Now for Online AP Classes for Home School Students through DFW Speech & Debate
Apr 2 -- Pictures and Pages "Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems" Preschool Program at the Kimbell Art Museum
Apr 2 -- FREE Admission for First Tuesdays at the Dallas Museum of Art
Apr 2 & 16 -- Beak to the Basics Program at Fossil Rim
Apr 5 -- A Midsummer's Night Dream Opens at the Plano Children's Theater
Apr 5 & 19 -- Home School Open Skate Time at Allen Community Ice Rink

Apr 6 -- Horsemanship Day Camp at Camp Tonkawa
Through Apr 7 -- Dallas Blooms at the Dallas Arboretum
Through Apr 7 -- Disney's Winnie the Pooh Opens at Casa Manana Theater in Fort Worth
Apr 8 -- Home School Day at the Dallas Zoo
Apr 9 & 23 -- Monthly Home School Classes at the Fort Worth Zoo
Apr 10 -- Barnyard Buddies at the Dallas Heritage Museum
Apr 11 -- Home School Day at Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch
Apr 11 -- Poetic Liszt Opens at the DSO
Apr 12 -- North Texas Homeschool Arts Show and Sale
Apr 12 -- The Music Man Opens at The Cottage Theater in Watagua
Apr 13 -- Sensory Friendly Movies at Starplex Cinema Lake Worth Movies 14
Apr 14 & 28 -- Buttermilk Junction Old Time String Band at Log Cabin Village in Fort Worth
Through Apr 14 -- A Wrinkle in Time Opens at the Dallas Children's Theater
Through Apr 14 -- Bernini: Sculpting in Clay Exhibit Open at the Kimbell
Apr 15 -- Deadline for Pre-Registration for Home School Book Fair in Arlington, TX
Apr 20 -- Star Party at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
Apr 20 -- Spring Into Nash Program at the Nash Farm in Grapevine
Through Apr 20 -- Artisan Center Theater Presents:  The Hiding Place (Main Stage)
Through Apr 20 -- Artisan Center Theater in Hurst Presents:  Flat Stanley (Artie's Playhouse)
Apr 24 -- Reenactment of the Oklahoma Land Run at Heights Park in Richardson
Apr 25 -- Home School Class at the Dallas Museum of Art
Apr 25 -- Bach and Beyond Opens at the DSO
Apr 26 -- Seussical, Jr. Opens at Casa Manana Theater in Fort Worth
Apr 26  --Home School Cotillion in Decatur (Wise County)
Apr 26 -- Freckleface Strawberry the Musical Opens at Cat Theater in Arlington
Apr 27 -- 3rd Annual HSAA Regional Track & Field Championships in Anna, TX
Through Apr 28 -- Purchase tickets for Homeschool Day at Six Flags Over Texas
Apr 30 -- Savannah Search & Rescue Program at Fossil Rim
May 10 & 11 -- Arlington Home School Bookfair (Early Registration Deadline April 15)
May 14 & 16 -- Rosie Boom Live in Richardson!
May 18 -- HEART of Texas Home School Expo & Used Book Sale (featuring speaker Rosie Boom!)
May 23 -- Home School Day at Sandy Lake Amusement Park
Sponsor -- Registration Open:  Trumpet Lessons in Garland
Sponsor -- Registration Open: Registration Open for Home School Classes at The Vine Academy in McKinney

Sponsor -- Registration Open: Home School Golf Program at Lantana Golf Club (Spring 2013)
Sponsor -- SOTO Creation Family Camp -- June 3-8, 2013

FEATURED ARTICLES

Where Lions Roar at Night (Chapter 2) -- by Rosie Boom

Save 50% on Tickets to Select Texas Ballet Theater Performances for the 2012-2013 Season!

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: 2013 Nature's Fury Challenge
-- Coming August 2013
6.   Texas State Fish-Art Contests -- Deadline March 31, 2013 (yearly contest)
7.   National Engineers Week -- 2012-2013 Competition TBA
8.   USA Mathematical Talent Search 
9.   Igniting Creative Energy Challenge for K-12 -- 2013 Contest TBA
10. Texas Beef Leaders of Tomorrow Contest -- Deadline July 1
    
CIVICS/GOOD CITIZENSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
11.  City of Fort Worth Youth Advisory Board -- Fort Worth
12.  City of North Richland Hills Teen Court -- North Richland Hills
13.  Hurst-Euless-Bedford Teen Court -- Hurst-Euless-Bedford

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.  Matthew Road Academy -- Grand Prairie
25.  Morning Glory Academy -- Hurst
26.  Tarrant County College -- High School Math Classes
27.  
THEO Home School Classes -- Plano
28.  Quo Vadis Educators -- Garland

BOOK SALES & OUR PARTNERING HOME SCHOOL BOOK STORES
29.  Library Used Book Sales in North Texas
        
Wichita Falls -- Apr 6
        Lewisville -- Apr 6-7
        Haltom City -- Apr 11-14

        Burleson -- Apr 19-20
        Richardson -- Apr 26-28
30.  Center for Home Education -- Watauga
31.  Home Educators Resource -- Lewisville
 
NATURE CENTERS, ZOOS, & OUTDOOR PROGRAMS/CAMPS
Become a HEART of Texas Partner to list your program
32.  Camp Tonkawa (Day Camps and Outdoor Education) -- Collinsville
33.  Dallas Arboretum -- Dallas
34.  Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge Programs
35.  Fort Worth Botanic Gardens -- Fort Worth
36.  Fort Worth Zoo Homeschool Classes -- Fort Worth
37.  Fossil Rim
38.  Haven's Horses (Horsemanship & Outdoor Education)-- Keller
39.  Heard Museum Homeschool Classes – McKinney
40.  Heritage Farmstead Museum -- Plano
41.  Ride with Pride -- Southlake
42.  Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch -- Pilot Point
43.  Texas Discovery Gardens -- Dallas
44.  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
45. Nash Farm -- Grapevine



PERFORMING ARTS
46.  Artisan Center Theater Performances -- Hurst
         Artie's Children's Playhouse:  
                Flat Stanley -- March 23- Apr 20
                BedBugs -- May 4-May 25
                The Little Mermaid -- June 1 - July 27
                The Rockin' Tale of Snow White -- Aug 3 - Aug 31
                Blue's Clues Live -- Sept 7 - Oct 12
                My Pal Mack -- Oct 19 - Nov 9
                A Christmas Cinderella -- Nov 16 - Dec 21
         Main Stage Performances:
                The Hiding Place -- Mar 22 - Apr 20
                42nd Street -- Apr 26 - May 25
                The Civil War -- May 31- July 13
                High School Musical -- July 17 - July 27
                A Wrinkle in Time -- Aug 2 - Aug 31
                Kiss Me Kate -- Sept 6 - Oct 12
                The Philadelphia Story -- Oct 18 - Nov 9
                Little Women -- Nov 15 - Dec 21
47.  Breitling Youth Theater/Acting for Children Performances -- Garland
48.  Casa Manana Children’s Playhouse Performances -- Fort Worth
            Disney's Winnie the Pooh Kids -- Mar 22- Apr 7, 2013
            Seussical Jr. -- Apr 26-May 12, 2013
49.  CATS Theater Performances -- Arlington
50.  Cottage Theater Performances -- Watauga
51.  Dallas Children’s Theater Performances -- Dallas
            Rumpelstiltskin -- Mar 8 - Apr 7, 2013
            A Wrinkle in Time -- Mar 22-Apr 14, 2013
52.  Dallas Symphony Orchestra -- Dallas
53.  Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra -- Fort Worth
54.  Plano Children’s Theater Performances -- Plano
55.  Texas Ballet Theater Performances -- Special Pricing -- Dallas/Ft. Worth
          Mention "HEART of Texas" to Receive Special Pricing on Following Performances:
             Mozart Requiem & Theme & Variations (Wyly Theatre) -- May 25, 2013 at 2pm
     
56.  Home School Discount Tickets to Dallas Theater Performances
57.  Lone Star Children's Choir -- Keller
      
ART MUSEUMS
58.  Amon Carter Museum Exhibits – Fort Worth
59.  Dallas Museum of Art Exhibits -- Dallas
        First Tuesday (Free admission) -- Mar 5  
        Variations on Theme: Contemporary Art 1950s - Present
        Through Encountering Space in the Center for Creative Connections -- Throughout Spring 2013

60.  Kimbell Art Museum Exhibit -- Fort Worth
        Admission to the museum's Permanent Collection is always FREE
        Bernini Sculpting in Clay -- Through April 14, 2013
        Pictures and Pages -- Mar 5
61.  Perot Museum -- Dallas
62.  Museum of Science & History -- Fort Worth
        Air Park -- now on exhibit
63.  Nasher Sculpture Center -- Dallas
        Target First Saturdays (FREE Admission): Apr 6

IMAX/OMNI THEATERS
64.  Shows at the Dallas Imax Theatre -- Perot Museum of Nature and Science
            Flying Monsters
        Whales 
65.  Shows at the Fort Worth Omni Theater -- Ft. Worth Museum of Science & History
        Coral Reef Adventure 
        To the Arctic
        Titanica
        Tornado Alley


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

SCIENCE EVENTS/ACTIVITIES
69.  Star Parties at Fort Worth Museum of Science and History --  Apr 20

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

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

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

90.  Irving Home Schoolers -- Irving
91.  PEACH -- Plano

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

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR HOMESCHOOLERS
94.  Baylor and Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) Scholarship -- Deadline December 1, 2013

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

OTHER EVENTS BY DATE
101. Christian Home School Athletes of North Texas-- Sept 15 Registration
102. Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra (GDYO) Performances -- March 3, May 19
103. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) -- April Events
104. "Darkness into Light" Exhibit by Faith Artists -- Jacques Lamy Gallery, Dallas
105. Home School Day at the Dallas Zoo -- April 8
106. North Texas Homeschool Arts Show and Sale -- April 12
107. Sandy Lake 4th Annual Home School Family Fun Day -- May 23

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FEATURED ARTICLE

Where Lions Roar at Night 


Chapter 2: The Magnificent Arab

    When Milly woke up, it took her a few seconds to remember where she was. Cheery sunlight shone through holes in the tin walls and made patterns on the floor and the walls.
    The creepy sounds of the night seemed a world away. Mom was still asleep beside her, but Dad was already up and busy outside. Milly crept out of the mosquito net and went over to Sam’s mattress.
    “Sam! Wake up!” She shook him hard. Then she gave Jake a small kick. “Wake up, sleepy-heads! Wait till you hear this. We’ve got lions!”
    That did it. The two boys sat bolt upright in bed, their eyes round and big.
    Milly gave a long, low moan. The boys looked at her as if she’d gone mad. “That’s how they sounded. You should have heard them.”
    “True, Milly?” Jake asked. “You’re not kidding us?”
    “Nah. And if you weren’t such sleepy-heads you would have heard them yourselves.” Then she told them about the lion park.
    “Wow!” said Jake. “Imagine if one escaped! What would we do?”
    “I’d shoot it with my bow and arrow,” said Sam.
    Milly snorted. “Don’t be stupid. That wouldn’t stop a flea. And anyway, your bow’s broken.”
    Sam glared at her. “Well, I’ll fix it today. Me and you, eh Jake? Want to help me fix it?”
    “Sure! Will you make me one, too, Sam?”
    "Yep,” said Sam, who loved making things. “I reckon we need to make a heap more arrows, too. I saw some great turkey feathers yesterday."
     “Well, I’ll help you,” said Milly. “We’re going to need to put the feathers on properly if we’re going to try some lion hunting.”
    Sam and Jake scrambled out of bed and threw on some old clothes.
    Sam found his army belt and pulled it tight around his waist. He attached his army water bottle and Swiss army knife, clipped on his compass, and shoved his latest wooden sword down behind the belt. He found his bow, and then slung the leather quiver over his back. It was a bit short for the arrows. Next time, he’d make it a bit longer.
    Jake pulled on his coon hat. Mom had brought it back from Colorado. When she’d given it to him, she’d teased him saying that the man in the shop had said he hadn’t been able to find a girlfriend until he got his first     coon hat. Girlfriend! Yuck. Seven–year–old Jake couldn’t think of anything worse. He turned around and carefully climbed backwards down the ladder from the loft.
    The main room of the barn was piled high with boxes and furniture. Dad had made a small corridor through it so they could reach the ladder up to the loft.
    “Right, team,” he said at breakfast. “Today we’ll try and get the beds set up in the loft and clear a bit of this room. If we can find the chests of drawers amongst it all, we’ll take them up as well.”
    “I don’t know where to begin,” said Mom. “Look at it all. Who would have thought one family could have so much stuff!”
    “Half the boxes are full of your trinkets,” complained Dad, but his eyes were twinkling.
    “What are trinkets?” asked Sam.
    “Junk,” said Dad, and then he jumped when Mom made a poke at his ribs.
    Milly ran outside when she heard the unmistakable sound of a horse neighing. A few minutes later, she dashed back into the barn. Her face looked hot and she was panting.
     “Come and watch this!” she shouted.
     Everyone filed outside. A beautiful white Arab horse stood with his head arched in the neighbor’s paddock. He nickered when he saw them, and tossed his head. Milly took off, sprinting down the length of the fence.         With a snort, and a fling of his head, the horse began to trot beside her on the other side, lifting his feet high and proud. Milly ran faster, and the horse began to canter along the fence line, tail high in the air. When she reached the end, Milly spun around and began to run back again as fast as she could. The horse shook his mane and galloped up towards his audience.
    Mom laughed and clapped her hands. “He’s magnificent!”
    Milly clutched her sides, her chest heaving.
    “That’ll get you fit for soccer,” said Dad.
    “Isn’t he wonderful, Mom?” she panted.
    Mom nodded, gazing at the horse as he stood watching them, his nostrils flared. “He’s magnificent!” she said again. “He looks like one of Ben Hur’s white Arabs. You know, the ones in the chariot race.”
    Milly nodded, her eyes glowing.
    Mom's eyes were shining too. “I used to dream of owning a horse like that when I was your age.”
    “OK, team,” said Dad, “the chariot race is finished. Let’s get started. There’s a whole barn of trinkets to be unpacked.”
    By lunch time, they had found all but one of the beds and most of the mattresses. Dad organized two teams and got Ellie and Mom setting up the single beds, while Kate and Josiah started setting up the bunks.
    “They’re so jolly heavy,” moaned seventeen–year–old Josiah, as he wrestled with part of the solid rimu timber bunks.
    “The sooner we get our earthquake protection up the better,” said Dad.
    Jacob danced around with excitement. His nickname was Flibbertigibbet. Dad said he had ants in his pants. “They’re so cool!” he shouted. “I bags sleeping in the top bunk! I want the part where the rat’s chewed.”
    Mom shuddered just at the mention of the word. Milly laughed. All the kids liked one of the pieces of recycled timber that Dad had used when he’d made the bunks. It looked like a giant rat had nibbled its way along the wood, looking for something juicier to chew. Nana had wondered why on earth Dad would use such a bad piece of wood, when he had plenty of clean timber. But Dad had chosen it specially. It gave the bunks a rustic, old look. And when Mom hung up sheets all around, they made a very cool pirate ship.
    They worked hard all afternoon, in between having fun scrambling all over the boxes and stirring Angel up into a frenzy by pretending to hunt for something.
    Then Dad called them into the back room, where he’d been finishing setting up the composting toilet. Milly guffawed when she saw it. The toilet looked like a throne. The big drum sat lengthwise on the floor and Dad had constructed a platform above it, on which sat the toilet seat. You had to climb up three steep steps to reach it.
    “Bags first!” shouted Milly. She shot up the steps and perched on top of the closed toilet seat and looked down at the rest of the family. “It’s so high!”
    “Hmm,” agreed Dad. “It won’t be any good for old people to use. You could have a nasty accident climbing up there. But it’s the best I could do in this small space.”
    “Well it’s a lot better than a long drop,” said Mom. “Every time we needed to use the toilet at night in New Guinea, we’d have to wake Dad up and he’d have to light a lantern and then take us through the bush to the long drop. Then he’d have to check that there were no snakes.”
    Ellie shivered. “Horrible."
    Dad laughed. ‘Well, we have a flash toilet seat, complete with a water flush. Just try not to use too much water when you flush it. We don’t want it getting too wet inside the drum. And whatever you do, don’t play with this.” He showed them the long handle at the end of the drum. “This rotates the drum and aerates it. But if you don’t leave it in the right position, the hole isn’t positioned in the right place beneath the seat. And you can guess what that means.”
    Milly pulled a face. She was glad that attending to the toilet was what Mom called ‘a boy’s job’.
    Dad explained to them how he would add bark every few days, and that after a few months they would have some good garden compost for the trees.
    The boys screwed up their noses at the thought of it.
    Then Dad looked at the boys and said, “But for us, boys, there is a lovely little lemon tree that needs fertilizing.” He winked and then grinned at the look on their faces.
    As soon as they could, Sam and Jake and Milly slipped away and went feather hunting. It was almost dinner time when they got back to the barn with their treasures.
    Just then Mom called out to everyone from the loft. “Okay. We’re ready. Come up and have a look!”
    They all raced to the ladder.
     “Well, I’ll be,” exclaimed Dad. “It looks fantastic. Well done, team!”
    The loft had been transformed. Ellie had helped Mom cover the wood floor with Axminster rugs, and then they had made all the beds, complete with colorful patchwork quilts. Shasta, the cat, had already claimed one as his own. A heavy blue curtain hung across the room, dividing the boys’ area from the girls’. A few paintings hung on the wall and a small bunch of daisies and buttercups were in a vase on a chest of drawers. Mom had lit her antique kerosene lantern and hung it from a nail in a rafter. She’d bought it for three dollars at the dump shop a few years ago. Dad had groaned when she showed it to him. Mom was always coming home with wonderful finds. “My little dump rat,” Dad called her.
    But when he found out the lantern was over a hundred years old, he thought maybe it wasn’t too expensive after all. Now it glowed warmly in the loft and made the place look cozy and beautiful.
    Jake and Sam clapped their hands and leapt onto the bunk.
    “We’re going to have to be very careful with any lanterns or candles,” warned Dad. “This old place would go up like a bomb if there was a fire. So, no leaving a room if there’s a lantern burning.” He looked around the loft and frowned. “In fact, I’d rather we only use the camping lights until I can get some smoke alarms set up.”
    Mom looked disappointed. “But it looks so cozy with the lantern going.”
    “You and your lanterns, Rose!” said Dad. “It’ll look a bit more than cozy if one of them tips over!” Then he relented. “Well just for tonight, to celebrate.”
    Milly felt glad that Dad was so careful. He had positioned two of his special Oregon pine ladders at each end of the barn by the windows, just in case they ever needed to make an emergency escape. They were beautiful ladders. Dad had seen them on sale for just ten dollars each and had bought two. Then he’d gone back and bought eight more. “A bargain!” he’d told Mom. They were beautifully crafted and could extend to twenty–six–feet.
    That night the family sat outside on the porch and ate sausages from the barbeque, and watched a full golden moon slowly rise through a bank of pink clouds.
    “Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight,” said Dad. “It’ll be a good day tomorrow. I think we’ll try and get the water tank sorted, boys.” The boys all groaned. There were plenty of other things they’d rather do.
    Dad grinned. “Aha! That’s the pioneering spirit! What an adventure, eh?”
    That night they all went to bed early. Josiah, Kate and Ellie lay in bed reading with torches; Sam put his bow and arrows and turkey feathers by his bed and then fell fast asleep; Mom whispered to Dad that she needed to keep reading, otherwise she’d start thinking about rats; Jacob lay in bed with his pirate hat on and started snoring, and Milly fell asleep and dreamed a wonderful dream of white horses and chariot races.

Chapter 3: Narnia Reborn

 Dad was right. When Milly woke up and looked outside, the sun was shining and the grass glowed emerald green and sparkled with millions of tiny diamonds. She woke the boys. “Come on, you two! Let’s not waste the day!”
     By the time Mom called them for breakfast, they had already checked out half the trees on the land and discovered a few great tree hut sites. The smell of bacon and eggs set them running.
    “Eat up well, team!” said Dad. “We’ve got lots to do today. I think we should start by clearing some of the wood lying around the place, and of course we need to get the water sorted.”
    The kids all looked at each other. Firewood. If there was anything Dad was crazy about, it was collecting firewood. And there was going to be an endless supply of that here. Huge macrocarpa trees had been felled in a number of places on the land and there were massive piles of branches and logs lying everywhere. It was a mess. That meant lots of work ahead for them.
    Dad clapped his hands. “Waste not, want not, eh? When we get our Homewood stove in, we’ll have plenty of firewood for it, and Mom will be able to cook up all sorts of delights, won’t you, Mom?”
    They piled the breakfast dishes into a bucket, ready to take up to Grandma and Grandpa’s later. ‘G and G’, as the grandchildren called them, lived in a cottage on Uncle Dave and Auntie Penny’s farm. Until Dad got the barn sorted out, they were going to have their showers and do the dishes up there.
    “By the way,” said Mom as she put on her rubber boots, “last night Dad and I decided to go for a romantic moonlit walk on our own land. We walked across the front paddock towards the large kahikatea tree. It has the most amazing roots that sit high above the ground like armchairs. We had just arrived there when suddenly some shapes rose up from the grass, glowing white in the moonlight, and began to run away. I got a real fright. You’ll never guess what they were!”
    The children looked at Mom and shrugged.
    “Indian runner ducks! Three of them! They looked so strange waddling off like three ghosts in the moonlight, their necks high in the air.”
    Milly remembered the movie Babe and the duck that thought it was a rooster. I’m sure that was an Indian runner duck, she thought. Perhaps I’ll be able to have some ducks as well?
    They all set off for the meadow. It was a large flat piece of land that stretched down to the river. A tall, ancient pear tree stood at the edge of the meadow, just out from the native trees that grew all along the river bank.     It still bore fruit, even though it was over ninety years old.
    Dad parked the jeep and trailer in the middle of the meadow and took off two wheelbarrows. “If you work together and walk in a straight line across the meadow, you’ll clear it systematically. I’ll start chain-sawing the logs up, ready for splitting.”
    “Pick–up sticks!” said Mom. “If we all come out and do this for half an hour a day, we’ll have it cleaned up in no time.”
    “It’ll take forever!” wailed Milly, looking at all the wood littering the meadow.
    Mom grinned. “No it won’t, Milly. And just think. This wood is the reason why we got the land. Leigh said that all the other potential buyers were put off by the huge mess.”
    “I wonder why,” muttered Josiah.
    Dad ignored the comment. “But it’s not a problem for the Booms, eh? A triple blessing for us! The wood, the land, and the exercise!”
    Two hours later a small section of the meadow was cleared of wood and they had a good sized stack of firewood piled neatly against the barn wall.
    “Now isn’t that a lovely sight!” exclaimed Dad. “Well done, team.”
    Sixteen–year–old Kate set out fresh bread and cheese and fruit on the picnic tables. They were all hungry.
    “Nothing like good, honest work to give you an appetite,” said Dad. “Now after lunch, we’re going to have to get the water tank cleaned out, so we can start filling it with clean water. It’s got about a foot of sludge in the bottom of it. You boys can help me, and maybe you girls can help Mom carry on unpacking.”
    “How come we get the boring jobs?” moaned Milly.
    Dad laughed and ruffled her hair. “Fine. If you want to help as well, you can.”
    They gathered a few buckets, a spade and a rope. “Right,” said Dad. “I’ll climb into the tank and you lower the buckets down to me. I’ll tell you when to pull them up. You can tip the sludge out in the paddock over there.”
    He climbed up the ladder and lowered his feet into the hole. “Darn,” he muttered. “I’m stuck.”
    Milly giggled. “Suck your tummy in, Dad.”
    But there was no way Dad could fit through the hole.
    “You have a try, Joe,” he said.
    “There’s no way I’ll fit either,” said Joe, looking rather pleased. Milly was sure he was sticking his stomach out.
    Dad pulled himself out. “Right. It’ll have to be one of you skinny ones. Who wants to do it?”
    “I will,” cried Sam and Milly at the same time.
    Sam scooted up the ladder and peered into the hole. It looked dark and gloomy and it didn’t smell too good. He backed down the ladder. “You can do it, Milly, if you want to.”
    “Fine,” said Milly, and she ran off to get some rubber boots. She found the longest ones she could amongst the jumble of pairs on the porch.
    “Way to go, Milly,” cheered Dad as she slipped through the hole and jumped in.
    Thick sludge slopped up the side of her rubber boots and over the top. She felt it slime down her legs and squeeze between her toes. “Gross!” she called up to the others. “The mud’s gone into my boots.”
    Jake giggled and Sam looked relieved.
    Dad peered down the hole. “It’s deeper than it looks, eh? Never mind, we’ll soon get it clean.” He passed Milly the spade and then lowered the first bucket.
    Seconds later, she yelled, “OK. Pull it up.”
    Josiah pulled a face at the sight of the sludge. “What a grotty job,” he muttered as he tipped it out and passed it back down.
    It didn’t take long. Milly worked fast and the team outside had to work hard to keep up with her. Soon they heard her shout, “It’s finished!”
    “Well done, Milly!” cheered Dad. “How does it look?”
    “Filthy!” came the answer from deep in the tank.
    “Do you think you could water blast it clean?”
    Milly hauled herself out of the tank and tipped the mud out of her rubber boots. “Sure, if you teach me.”
    After a quick lesson, and a few tips from Mom, Dad decked out Milly with goggles and ear muffs and watched as she disappeared again into the tank with the water blaster. The rest of the family stood around and listened in amusement to the noises that came from inside the tank. Every now and then, Milly’s shrieks and bursts of laughter could be heard above the squirting and pounding of the water against the tank walls.
    Then silence. A few seconds later a brown, mud–splattered face appeared through the hole of the tank. Milly was almost unrecognizable. Her hair fell matted and wet around her brown face, and mud dripped from her goggles and nose. She was grinning from ear to ear.
    “Three cheers for Milly!” shouted Dad.
    The whole family clapped and whistled and cheered as Milly emerged from the tank and took a deep bow.
    “Off to the river with you!” said Dad, and they all ran down to have a welcome swim.
    That night as the family sat on the porch and ate dinner, Kate made an announcement.
    “I think we should call our place Narnia. I just went for a walk down by the river and saw the most amazing sight. The sun was setting as I looked between the two big gums by the river. You know, the place where the river turns in a big sweeping curve, with that beautiful grassy area with all the native trees. The low sun lit up the glade with a golden, magical light. It looked like the entry into a different world, with the two gums as the gateway. It made me think of Narnia.”
    “I think that’s a cool idea,” said Ellie. “We could name all the different parts of the land. What about Beaver’s Bank?”
    “We’d need to have Cair Paravel,” said Milly. “Maybe that could be the place near the bridge?”
    And so it was that Narnia was re–born.
    The next day, Mom announced to the youngest three that she would teach them how to carve. Dad reminded her that she’d only ever carved one thing before, but Mom reminded him how well that one thing had turned out. They found some six by two inch macrocarpa and cut four lengths. Then Mom wrote the words on the wood in black felt pen. Sam found a couple of Dad’s chisels and some hammers, and they began. All morning they chipped and chiseled.
    Samuel loved it so much that he did two signs—Lantern Waste and Narnia. Jacob and Mom did a joint effort on Beaver’s Bank, and Milly carved Cair Paravel.
     “Very impressive!” said Dad when they showed him. “All you need to do now is paint black inside the grooves, and then oil the wood.”
    As soon as they’d finished doing that, they carried the signs across the meadow and chose the trees. Lantern Waste was hammered into one of the great gums at the entrance to Kate’s magical world. Jacob proudly hammered Beaver’s Bank into a gnarled taraire tree at the next turn of the river, where a huge totara log stretched from bank to bank. It looked just the place for Mr. and Mrs. Beaver to dwell.
    Milly examined several trees in the wooded glade near the bridge. Finally she chose one that stood close to the riverbank and could be seen from the barn. When she nailed the sign up, it was visible from three different directions.
    “Perfect!” said Mom. “Now, I think we’ll fix the Narnia sign on one of the totara trees right up near the barn, at the start of our property.”
    As they made their way back to the barn, Josiah said, “Do you realize that we hear Aslan roaring most nights?”
    Kate looked at him as if he’d gone a bit crazy.
    “Well, sort of, anyway,” he continued with a shrug. “The lion that acted as Aslan in the movie Narnia lives in the lion park just over the hills.”
    Just then Jacob piped up. “Well, do you realize that even our cat has a Narnian name?”
    Mom stared at him for a second and then exclaimed, “Why, Jacob! You’re right. Shasta. Fancy that.”

Chris and Rosie Boom are singer/songwriters from northern rural New Zealand, where they have raised and homeschooled their six children for the past 18 years: Josiah (23), Katie (22), Eliza (19), Emily (16), Samuel (14) and Jacob (13). Rosie is the author of The Gift of Values series and the award-winning series, The Barn Chronicles, which tells of the Boom family's many fun adventures in the 94-year-old barn that is their home.  To learn more about Rosie and her books:  www.rosieboom.com

To watch Rosie in action, watch her videos:

Home Schooling Blues   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysbU6W3vOrE
As the Twig Is Bent  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzJ6WXdf0lw
Dancing in Somalia  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eadofd-nWxA
Wounded Healer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr5SwxGEYA4&feature=youtu.be


Meet Rosie in Person!!
Rosie will be a featured speaker at the Home School Book Fair in Arlington!  Come listen to her as she sings and speaks to your heart with humor, warmth, and passion!!!
Rosie will be also be speaking in Richardson May 14 & 16 and at the HEART of Texas Expo May 18!
Click here
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TEXAS BALLET THEATER OFFERING SPECIAL HOME SCHOOL PRICING ON SELECT
PERFORMANCES THROUGHOUT THE 2012-2013 SEASON!

The Texas Ballet Theater is a long-time partner of HEART of Texas, and is offering our newsletter readers (that's you) and other home schoolers
special ticket pricing on great seats during select performances!  The dates and times of the performances are listed below.  

Your family can save 50% on tickets to select Texas Ballet Theater performances on "HEART of Texas Home School Discount Days" (see below for specific performances).  You
may purchase these tickets as a group or as a family -- all home schoolers can enjoy these great discounts.  You do not have to be a member
of HEART of Texas or any other home school group.  But you must mention HEART of Texas when you call.

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

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


2012-2013 SEASON:

Lambarena and Voluntaries
MARCH 1-3: Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth
HEART of Texas Home School Discount Day (50% off Tickets):  MARCH 2, 2013 at 2pm  (Bass Hall in Fort Worth)
Must mention "HEART of Texas Home School Discount Program" when you call to reserve tickets
                                       
Mozart Requiem & Theme & Variations
MAY 24-26:  Wyly Theatre in Dallas
HEART of Texas Home School Discount Day (50% off Tickets): MAY 25, 2013 at 2pm  (Wyly Theatre)
Must mention "HEART of Texas Home School Discount Program" when you call to reserve tickets

To Purchase Tickets By Phone:  Call Don Petty 877-828-9200, ext. 104 or click here to email
You must mention the HEART of Texas Home School Discount program to get the discount.
Any home school family may take advantage of this program.

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

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

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

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NEST Family Learning Offering Discount to Our Readers!

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

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

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

1.    LIBRARY PROGRAMS AT NORTH TEXAS LIBRARIES

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

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


BEDFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

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

TUESDAYS -- Story Book Club
(for the child who is ready to be a sitter and listener)
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

For Kids--Birth through Elementary
 
Chapter Chats
Who: 3rd-6th graders
When: 2nd Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Do you love books? Do you enjoy talking about them with others? Here’s your chance! Share your views with other kids who have read what you have. Interested parents are welcome, too.
 
Puppet People
Who: 4th-8th graders
When: Wednesdays
Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Calling Puppet People—old and new!  Would you like to try your hand—or two—at puppetry? Now’s your chance!  We’ll be working on shows for kids this summer.  Call 817-788-7302 to register.
 
Babygarten
Who: Children birth-18 months and an accompanying caregiver
When: Saturdays
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Babygarten is an educational curriculum involving songs, rhymes and activities that help babies with language acquisition and preliteracy skills.  Space is limited, so please register at 817-788-7302.

Bedtime Stories
Who: For all ages
When: Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Wear your pajamas and slippers and come for some stories and fun that might (or might not!) make you ready for bed!
 
 
Teen Zone --7th through 12th graders
 
Anime Club
Who: For 7th-12th graders
When: 1st Thursdays
Time: 6-8 p.m.
If you enjoy anime—watching it and talking about it—this is the place for you! Come to the Teen Zone with other teens that love anime, just for fun!
 
Teen Night
Who: For 7th-12th graders
When: 2nd Thursdays
Time: 7 p.m.
Can’t wait to share your thoughts on some popular books? Join together in the Teen Zone to voice your opinions!
 
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.


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  


Spring 2013

Preschool Programs: For children from birth through entering Kindergarten. Tickets will be handed out for all preschool programs beginning at 10am

STORYTIMES
Fun with Baby:
6-17 mos & caregiver
When: Tuesdays
Time: 10:15am

Hold My Hand: 18mos-3 yr & caregiver
When: Tuesdays
Time: 10:15am

On My Own: 3-5 yr olds
When: Tuesdays
Time: 11am

MUSIC & MOVEMENT
18 mos-3 yrs old: child and caregiver
When: Mondays
Time: 10:15am

3 through 5 year olds: Independent child
When: Mondays
Time: 11am

FAMILY STORY TIME
For caregiveres and children of all ages
When: Wednesdays
Time: 6:30pm


SCHOOL-AGE PROGRAMS
Details: For children in Kindergarten through 5th grade.
Animal Kingdoms: Learn about different areas of the world and the animals who live there.
Time: 3:30-4:15pm
When: Jan 15: Super Heroes; Feb 12: Artists

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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, 2013 -- 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, 2013)

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

Read to Succeed is an exciting program that encourages students in grades K through 6 to read for fun. Students who complete six hours of recreational reading earn free tickets to Six Flags! The program is available to teachers and schools at no cost to participate, and it's a great way to motivate kids to read.
 
To register for Read To Succeed for the 2012-2013 school year, please click the Registration link below.  Even if you participated last year, you will need to register again for the new school year. Click here to register.


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4.  BEST ROBOTICS 2012-2013
      Kick-Off: September 17 (Fort Worth & Dallas)
      Game Day: January 28-29

     

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:  2013 NATURE'S FURY CHALLENGE

  August 2013

Challenge Release: Click here for more information about the 2013 Nature's Fury Challenge
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 2013 Challenge:  Can FIRST® LEGO® League teams help us master natural disasters?  In the 2013 NATURE’S FURY℠ Challenge, over 200,000 children ages 9 to 14 from over 70 countries will explore the awe-inspiring storms, quakes, waves and more that we call natural disasters. Teams will discover what can be done when intense natural events meet the places people live, work, and play.  Brace yourself for NATURE’S FURY!

FLL challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers.  During NATURE’S FURY teams will build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game.  They will also choose and solve a real­world problem in the Project.  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

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

Here are the prize levels for this year's USA Math Talent Search. You earn prizes based on your total score from all three rounds as follows:

74-75: Gold
69-73: Silver
57-68: Bronze
35-56: Honorable Mention

All prizewinners should read carefully and follow the instructions below.

IMPORTANT: Prizes will be sent via email and mailed to the address in your profile on the USAMTS website, so log on and click on the "My Profile" tab to verify that your mailing address and email address are correct. We can only mail books to US mailing addresses.

I am very pleased to announce that this year Wolfram Research has generously offered complimentary licenses of "Mathematica for Students" to ALL Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Honorable Mention prize winners.

In addition, if you log onto http://www.usamts.org and go to your scores page, you should see your prize level and the date on which you can select your specific book prize(s). These dates are

Gold: March 18
Silver: March 21
Bronze: March 24
Honorable Mention: March 27

The above dates are the first date on which you can select book prizes, but you don't have to do so on that exact date. The deadline for selecting book prizes is April 5.
Information about how to claim your Mathematica prize will be available on this page as well. Books will be mailed in late April. All books are first-come, first-served, subject to availability.

All prizewinners will also receive a USAMTS T-shirt. You will be asked to specify your T-shirt size when you select your book(s).

Thank you for participating in this year's USA Math Talent Search. Good luck in your future endeavors if you are graduating, and if not, we hope to see you next year!

Sincerely,

Palmer Mebane
USA Mathematical Talent Search

Please note: A minor correction has been posted to the round 3 problems.
i) A note was added to problem 1 indicating that unclued rows and columns have a sum not given to you.
ii) In problem 4 the greatest integer function was erroneously defined as a "greatest positive integer" function, which made the original statement of the problem invalid. This has been fixed.

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 (2012-2013 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.)

Please note the new rules governing the USAMTS: Click here

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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, 2013 – Contest Deadline 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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11.  CITY OF FORT WORTH YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD

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

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

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

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12.  CITY OF NORTH RICHLAND HILLS TEEN COURT

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

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

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

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

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


To Volunteer:  Click Here to email

For More Information: Click Here

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

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13.  HURST-EULESS-BEDFORD TEEN COURT

The Hurst-Euless-Bedford Teen Court is a program that allows juveniles with Class C misdemeanor offenses an alternative to the criminal justice system. Offenders' cases are presented to a jury of their peers by volunteer teen attorneys. Teen jury members assign community services sentences, and upon completion of the program the offenders' case(s) are dismissed and removed from their record.

HEB Teen Court is currently open for both ADULT AND TEEN VOLUNTEERS! Adult volunteers can serve as Jury or Master Jury Monitors. Teens can serve as clerks, bailiffs, and attorneys. Teen Court is held on various Monday evenings, usually twice a month. If you have a few hours you can spare on a Monday evening, come volunteer with HEB Teen Court.

There are many great benefits for teen volunteers such as earning community service hours for school (National Honor Society, CAS, International Baccalaureate), your college resume, and for scholarship opportunities. For more information contact Mindy Eichorst in Teen Court at the number or email below.

Location:  HEB Teen Court
        2000 Forest Ridge Drive
        Bedford, TX 76021
        817-952-2468


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

2013 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.

Upcoming Events:
Sweetheart Dance
Date: Feb 15
Time: 7-10pm
Details: Join us for a Father/Daughter, Mother/Son Dance. We will be in the theater and light refreshments will be provided. For Center Families only. Hosted by CAIA Kids.
Register: Register by Feb 11
Cost: $5/person, cash preferred

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

Website:  http://centerforhomeeducation.com/

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

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17.  CHRISTIAN EDUCATORS RESOURCE CENTER IN ROWLETT

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

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. 
 
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.  MATTHEW ROAD ACADEMY

An affordable Christian university model school, we offer academic and elective courses from Kinder to Highschool. Pick and choose courses from Art to English Composition to Algebra and more! Limited spots available in each course.

Please check out our website for more information: http://matthewroad.org/#/schools/matthew-road-academy

Or call Candice McClellin, 469-261-3779, MR Academy Registrar

Matthew Road Academy opens registration March 1st for the 2013-2014 school year.

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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/
Location: Morning Glory Academy -- The Mount Church: 860 Keller-Smithfield Rd. Keller, TX  76248

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

Spring 2013 Schedule at SE and South Campus:

South Campus
Algebra I MW 12-1:30
College Algebra MW 1:30-3
Algebra II 3-4:30

SE Campus
Algebra I TTH 12-1:30
Algebra II TTH 1:30-3
trig TTH 3-4:30
PreCal TTH  4:30-6
College Alegbra Fri 9-12
Geometry Fri 12-3

Cost for class and book $173.
For More Information about the Math Classes:  Call 972-660-8414 or Click Here

FALL REGISTRATION FOR THE FALL 2013 TCC HOMESCHOOL MATH PROGRAM BEGINS MARCH 18TH!

We have had a high volume of new parents express interest so we are opening early and expect to close it early.

This course is $173 for entire class, book and sofware all in one plus use of any TCC facilities.

Courses offered:

SE Campus Arlington

Alegbra I TTH 2:30-4
Algebra II TTH 4-5:30
College Alegbra Fri 8:30-11:30
geometry Fri 11:30-2:30
PreCal part I Fri 2:30-4:30

South Campus FW

College Algebra  MW 1-2:30
Geometry MW 2:30-4
Alegbra II MW 4-5:30


We expect early registration to go well as so much new interest.

If you have any questions on course or need section numbers or reg please contact me soon..


PLEASE NOTE: Tarrant County College is in the process of evaluating the future of the TCC homeschool program. If anyone is interested in enrolling in this program for the FALL 2013, pleaes contact Maurine Amend at mdamend@tx.rr.com or maurine.amend@tccd.edu

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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.

"Name-Your-Price" USED BOOK SALE
Date:
Saturday, March 23 & Saturday, March 30 (9a-3p)
Location:
Household of Faith Church: 1550 Wynn Joyce, Garland 75043
 
Come and shop for books of all kinds, home-school curriculum, games, puzzles, CDs, DVDs, and more. Spread the word! Come shop for treasures! Donation drop-offs welcome (to schedule a time call 214.682.9117)
 
Sale will benefit Quo Vadis Players spring musical: "SEUSSICAL!" coming May 24-26!


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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29.  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.


WICHITA FALLS -- APR 6, MAY 4, JUNE 1, JULY 6, AUG 3, SEPT 7, OCT 5
Time:
 Weds noon-7:45pm; Thurs-Sat 10am-5:45pm
Location:   Friends of the Library Bookstore Book Sale
                600 11th Street
                940-767-0868 x 248
Books: 3,000 books; 100% donated; 50% hardcover; sorted; not "picked over"; no buyer restrictions; $0.50-2.00; Sat half price. 

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LEWISVILLE -- Apr 6-7
Time: Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 1-5pm
Location:     Lewisville Public Library
                  1197 W Main St
Books: 9,000+ books; 80% donated; 90% hardcover; sorted; no buyer restrictions; CDs, DVDs, Children's VHS tapes; $0.25-$2. 
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HALTOM CITY -- Apr 11-14
Time: Thur 10am-7pm; Fri 10am-5pm; Sat 10am-4pm; Sun 2-4pm
Location:    Haltom City Public Library 
                 4809 Haltom Road (at Glenview Drive)
                  817-222-7786
Books: 6,000 books; 70% donated; sorted; no buyer restriction; $.5-2; some books removed by dealer
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BURLESON -- Apr 19-20
Time: Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-2pm
Location:    Burleson Public Library  
                 248 SW Johnson Ave
                817-295-6131
Books: 5000 books; 100% donated; 50% hardcover; sorted; not picked over; no buyer restrictions; $.1-$2 

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RICHARDSON -- Apr 26-28
Time: Fri, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 2-5pm
Location:    Richardson Public Library   
                 900 Civic Center Dr
                972-744-4350
Books: 25000 books; 100% donated; 75% hardcover; sorted; no buyer restrictions; paperback $1, hardcovers $2; Sun $10/bag. Less than 0.1% sold on internet.  

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30.  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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31.  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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32.
 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.


APRIL 2013
6 --
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.
13-14 -- Native American Indian Camp
Our camp is named after the Native American Indian Tribe that lived in its immediate area, the "TONKAWAS". This camp will explore, through lots of fun activities, this particular tribe along with other plains Indians. The camp founders have always held a deep respect and honor to the Native Americans, who lived in harmony with our mother earth. How did they live for thousands of years on Turtle Island (North America), keeping it so pristine that when the Europeans came to this continent, they believed it to be uncivilized? Let us take a look at their lifestyle. You will get to sleep in our real Tipis and learn how to set them up.
17 -- Jr. Horsemanship Day Camp
For 5-7 year olds.
20-21 -- Basic Camping

MAY 2013
4 --
Horsemanship Day Camp
This class is for all of you that wish you had a horse! Wear old blue jeans and boots if you have them. You will get the chance to do some basic riding. Bring sunscreen! One day event from 9am-2pm. Ages 7 and up welcome.
6 or 8 -- Nature Awareness Day Camp
Once a month come for a fun day of outdoor learning about the plants and animals in your own backyard in North Texas. 
11 --
Mother's Day Event
This is our Spring Family Fundraising Event. Activities for all ages include: horseback riding, face painting, hay rides, archery, wood crafts, nature walks/birding, tree planting, story telling in the Tipi, and more.
18-19 --
Way of the Scout
This is a class on learning how an Indian Scout was able to be invisible in the woods.
31-June 2 --
Summer Family Nature Camp
This is a family event; at least parent must be in attendance.


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.
Dates: 
Spring Semester starts March 9th, then April 3rd and May 8th

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.

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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33.  DALLAS ARBORETUM EVENTS

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

MARCH 2-APRIL 7 -- DALLAS BLOOMS

Weekdays: March 2 - April 7

Piano Melodies
Time:
11am-2pm
Details:
Keith Schmorr (Dann Talley Kincheloe Courtyard)

Spring Tea
Time:
March 4 - April 5 at 11am & 2 pm
Details:
Reservations required. Call 214-515-6511 to reserve your seating.

Mommy & Me Mondays, Tiny Tots Tuesdays
Time:
10am-2pm
Details:
Petting Zoo, Arts & Crafts, Face Painting (Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn), Kindermusik at 12pm - 12:30pm

Free Walking Garden Tours
Time:
11 am
Details:
Wednesday mornings beginning in the Plaza (limited to 20 guests)

BOGO Wednesdays
Details:
Buy One, Get One Free Admission. Excluding March 13.

C.C. Young Senior Thursdays
Details:
$11 admission and 20% discount at the Hoffman Family Gift Store (65 and over)

Weekends: March 2 - April 7

Free Garden Tours
Time:
11 am
Details:
Saturday mornings beginning in the Plaza (limited to 20 guests)

Melodies
Time:
Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4pm
Details:
Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn

Silhouette Artist
Time:
Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4pm
Details:
Silhouettes by Micki Triggs ($10)

Hanami
Time:
Sunday March 17, 12:30-2:30pm
Details:
Cherry Blossom viewing, music, and family fun activities (located in Pecan Grove)

Easter:

Eddie Coker Good Friday Children's Concert
Time:
March 29 at 11am and 2pm
Details:
Sponored by Dallas Child on the Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn

Easter Brunch
Time:
March 31 at 10:30am and 12:30pm

Chilren's Activites
Time:
Fri 10am-2pm, Sat and Sun noon-4pm
Details:
Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Easter photos with a live bunny.

For More Information about Dallas Blooms:
Click here


CONCERTS AT THE ARBORETUM TICKETS NOW ON SALE!
Click here for more information

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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34.  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, Natural Guard Volunteer
9am-Noon
Cost:
Free
Individuals can help keep the Nature Center beautiful by volunteering for the Natural 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.
    
APRIL 6 -- 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. 


APRIL 6 -- Edible Plants Hike             
1-3pm  
Cost: $5 (with paid admission)    
Would you like to learn how to survive in the wild? We will hike through the woods and prairie to learn which wild plants have edible parts, how to identify them, and how Native Americans and pioneers used these plants. For the daring; sample a few wild foods. Be prepared, not everything tastes like pecan pie! Open to all ages. Pre-registration required.

APRIL 7 -- Exploring the Prairie and Cool Season Grass
            
1-3 pm  
Cost: $5 (with paid admission)    
Join a naturalist for a leisurely hike to discover the abundance of grasses of the FWNC&R. This will be a good time to examine the cool season grasses of the Nature Center. Bring water, insect repellant and dress for the weather. Maximum of 15 participants.

APRIL 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.

APRIL 13 -- Native Landscape Certification Program
              
9am-4:39pm  
Cost: $35 (includes admission)       
Learn how to identify 50 native plants that grow well in North Texas. Understand the ecological benefits these plants provide to wildlife, water quality and soil. Discover the human benefits that native plants offer such as water conservation, run-off reduction and low maintenance. Receive your Level I Native Landscape Certification from the Native Plant Society of Texas. Be prepared for a short hike to identify plants. Bring your lunch. This class is geared for adults or children over 14. Register at www.npsot.org/wp/nlcp. Contact Malinda Slagle (mwalterslagle@yahoo.com) for more information. 


APRIL 14 -- Early Spring Wildflower Walk 
         
1-3pm   
Cost: $5 (with paid admission)   
One month removed from the official day of spring, we will explore the Refuge in search of the early spring wildflowers. As we search for wildflowers, we will possibly encounter butterflies and other insects hanging around the flowers. You will learn ways to identify the flowers we see from one of our Naturalists. Bring water and dress for the weather.

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

APRIL 20 -- Mother Earth Hike              
1-3pm  
Cost: $5 (with paid admission)      
April 22nd is Earth Day and we are going to celebrate early by being outdoors and observing the earth around us. The Nature Center is home to a variety of habitats, flora and fauna. Join us for a leisurely walk around the Refuge as we take in the beauty that Mother Earth offers. 

APRIL 26 -- 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 March, we will learn about prairie habitat. Pre-registration required. 


APRIL 28 -- Name That Tree
          
1-3pm   
Cost: $5 (with paid admission) 
The Nature Center is home to the Cross Timbers habitat with many trees. In a short time around the Refuge, you can learn to identify many different species of trees. Join a Naturalist as he guides you around helping you identify trees by the bark, leaves and even the overall shape of the tree. 

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


2013 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! 

April 9 & 23 -- Forest Frolickers: Enjoy the little April shower and explore an environment fit for Bambi.

May 7 & 21: Grassland Grazers: Join us on a learning safari through the grasslands.

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

April 9 & 23 -- Ungulates: Do you know what a zebra, a pig, and an elephant have in common? We do!

May 7 & 21 -- Marsupials: Their pouch is for their wallet and keys, right?

SAFARI SAM
Details: Sam is a fictional character that the Zoo has created to teach wildlife biology and conservation lessons to students, mostly 3rd through 5th grade. Sam posts a “brain teaser” every Monday, the brain teaser answer on Tuesday, a “spotlight” blog on Wednesday (usually telling a specific animal’s conservation story), teacher resource on Thursday and occasionally an applicable video on Friday. Safari Sam is busy! 

Safari Sam's “Nature Finders Contest”
Get kids outside on a nature journaling activity!
For more information: click here 
Visit Safari Sam's Blog at:  http://www.safarisamblog.com/

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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37.  FOSSIL RIM HOME SCHOOL CLASSES AND EVENTS

APRIL 2, APRIL 16 -- Beak to the Basics
Time: 10am-4pm
Cost: $18/person, 2 & under free
Details: Attend one, two, or all three!  We will have fun in the classroom – learning the basics about birds, birding and the tools of birding; then fun in the field – learning the hows and whys of finding birds, observing and identifying some of the 200+ bird species  in our 1700+ acres.   We will do a modified drive-through  tour – the birder’s version!   We’ll sharpen our skills with an identification game at some point in the day.  These three days build on one another: to get the most, come to all three; the last class on Apr. 16 will be for previous attenders only.  Open to non-homeschoolers as well. Limited to 25, so save your place(s) @ 254-897-2960. Come learn and enjoy!
To register: 254-897-2960

APRIL 1 -- And I Thought My Family was Weird!
Time: 10am-4pm
Cost: $18/person, 2 & under free
Details: A basic of biology is “Form follows function.”  We will see this played out as we explore our BIG discovery table of bones, horns, teeth, shells, etc… and connect them with the biology and behavior of the animals that use them.  We’ll also see and discuss animal family traits, play a taxonomy game, and the don’t forget the guided tour!
To register: 254-897-2960


APRIL 30 -- Savannah Search and Rescue
Time: 10am-4pm
Cost: $18/person, 2 & under free
Details: First we’ll learn about the geography and ecology of Africa.  We’ll use colorful maps and pictures, focusing on the savannah, where a lot of our animals come from.  Then we’ll discuss how our vets capture these animals for treatment or transport, and how scientists track animal movement and migration.  Before the guided tour we’ll play a fun and challenging game of ‘chemical capture!’. 
To register: 254-897-296
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In addition to their scheduled homeschool events, Fossil Rim offers their faculty, teachers, and curriculum for privately-scheduled events. For more information, please click here or call 254-897-2960 and ask for the Homeschool coordinator. 


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38. 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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39.  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.

Fall 2012 & Spring 2013 CLASS TOPICS

Give your home schooler the gift of nature! In addition to studying the natural science topics for each semester, class time includes exploring our 289 acre sanctuary & visits from live animal ambassadors.

5 year olds
Fall 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 & amphibians), entomology (insects) and mammology (mammals) are just a few of the “ologies” that are explored in class.

Spring Which ‘Ology is Which? Earth & Planetary Science
Young scientists will explore some of the “ologies” that deal with earth and space including geology, climatology, vulcanology and cosmology. The hands-on activities, games and experiments will involve your child directly in the learning process.

6-7 year olds
Fall Discover Your World: Plants 
Students will explore the amazing world of plants, from defining what a plant is and learning the parts of a plant to exploring plant life cycles, adaptations, and reproduction.

Spring Discover Your World: The Earth
What can clouds tell us about the weather? What’s inside the earth? How are rocks formed? Why does the moon change? These are just some of the questions that will be explored as we take a look at our planet—its insides and its surface, and its place in space.

8-9 year olds
Fall Explorers: Ecosystems FULL
Students will examine how plants and animals live together and form amazing systems that help nature work. They’ll explore food chains, food webs, and the cycles of living things. Excursions on the sanctuary will provide opportunities to closely observe and experience different woodland, prairie, and fresh water ecosystems.
 
Spring Explorers: Amazing Adaptations
Adaptations, what are they? What do they look like? What has them? Students will examine the adaptations of a variety of animals and plants from all over the globe. We will study organisms from the microscopic to the most unusual plant life.

10-12 year olds
Fall Earth Trek: Understanding the Planet
Students will explore the geography, geology, meteorology and ecology of the Earth to understand how our planet functions and why these processes are important for our survival. We will closely examine how these systems work on the sanctuary.

Spring Earth Trek: Sharing the Planet
Find out more about how and where animals live on Earth. Students will investigate adaptations to habitats, weather, climate, and human encroachment, as well as effects of global climate change, pollution and natural disasters.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Celebrate Nature!
Date: April 6
Time: 9am-5pm
Details: Celebrate Nature will be packed with special activities for the whole family, including live concerts, interactive animal presentations, guided trail tours, demonstrations, "green" vendors, nature-inspired and hand-crafted items made by artisans, and more. Guests will also enjoy our Animals of the World and Animal Superheroes exhibits, and butterfly garden. Participate in our Vendor Black-out Bingo for a chance to receive great gifts. 
For More Information: Click here

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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40.  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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41.  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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42.  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 -- APRIL 11, 2013

Time:  10am-4pm
Details: Take a break from the books! Come join us for a fun filled day planned just for you! Come experience: tram ride with animal interaction, photo contest, bonus creature classes, educational keeper chats, barrel train rides, exhibits, and more! Pre-Registration Required.
For more information: Click here

Open to the Public Days (MARCH–NOVEMBER)
Open March 9, 2013
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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43.  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.

APRIL 4 -- Stories and More! 
Time: 11am
Details: Join our butterflies for story time! We’ll make crafts, read a book, meet some special buggy friends and have themed snacks! The interactive program ends with our daily noon butterfly release and is geared for the under-five/stroller crowd. Let's read! Adults pay regular admission. $8 per Child 3-11 / $6 per TDG Member Child 3-11. $3 per Child 1-3 / $2 per Member Child 1-3.

APRIL 6 -- Butterfly Gardening Workshop
Time: 10am-12:30pm
Details: If you plant it, they will come! Discover how easy it is to garden and attract native butterflies with Horticulture Director Roger Sanderson & Entomologist John Watts. Bring home a starter flat of butterfly host and nectar plants, valued at $60. Class attendees get a chance to shop during the Friday Member’s Only Preview Plant Sale! $60, $48 for TDG Members. Register in advance.

APRIL 6 -- Butterfly House Discovery Tour
Time: 11am
Details: Join entomologist John Watts for a family friendly guided tour of the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium. Enjoy a behind the scenes look at these winged wonders. The tour is followed by our daily noon butterfly release! Included with admission.

APRIL 8 -- Dallas Council of Gardens Clubs Presents: A Standard Flower Show, "Discovering Flowers as Art" 
Time: 1-3pm
Details: Admission is free to this annual flower show, and Texas Discovery Gardens is happy to welcome the show back to our Grand Hall. See photogrpahs, arrangements, and pieces put together with specific paintings in mind. Butterfly House admission is $8/adults, $6/ages 60+, and $4/ages 3-11. If you've never seen a flower show before, we invite you out to see these living works of art up close!

APRIL 13 -- Garden Explorers Walk 
Time: 11am
Details: Get out in the garden on this family friendly walk! Take a garden tour with our garden docent and search for squirrels’ nests, hungry caterpillars, frogs and butterflies in the great outdoors. It ends in time for the Butterfly Release talk at noon in our conservatory. Included with admission.

MAY 2 -- Stories and More!
Time: 11am
Details: Join our butterflies for story time! We’ll make crafts, read a book, meet some special buggy friends and have themed snacks! The programs end with our daily noon butterfly release and are geared for the under-five/stroller crowd. This interactive series is new and improved for 2013! Let's read! Adults pay regular admission. $8 per Child 3-11 / $6 per TDG Member Child 3-11. $3 per Child 1-3 / $2 per Member Child 1-3.

MAY 4 -- Butterfly House Discovery Tour
Time: 11am
Details: Join entomologist John Watts for a family friendly guided tour of the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium. Enjoy a behind the scenes look at these winged wonders. The tour is followed by our daily noon butterfly release! Included with 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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44.  TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT ACTIVITIES

ATHENS, TX

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CEDAR HILL, TX



APRIL 6 -- Penn Farm Tour with Lucinda  
Location:
Cedar Hill State Park
Time: 3-4pm
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

APRIL 6 -- Butter Churning with Lucinda  
Location:
Cedar Hill State Park  
Time: 2:30-3:30pm
Details: Step onto the porch of the Penn Family home and back into time to meet Lucinda Penn. Watch and listen as Lucinda churns butter the old fashioned way and tells stories of her family.  Hear about the process of making butter from someone who has made many pounds of this favorite dairy product.  Lucinda will even let you try your hand at churning butter.  Meet in the yard of the 1876 house on the Penn Farm grounds. Allow time to walk from parking lot to the house. 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

APRIL 6-7 -- Texas Outdoor Family  
Location:
Cedar Hill State Park  
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.

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DENTON, TX

Ray Roberts Lake State Park

APRIL 6, MAY 18, MAY 19 -- Lost Pines Nature Trail Guided Hike           
Location: Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Isle du Bois Unit 
Time: 11am-12pm
Details: This is an easy .5 mile guided hike. Sturdy walking shoes and binoculars are recommended. No reservations required. Meet at the Lost Pines Nature Trailhead.
For More Information: 940-637-2294


APRIL 14, MAY 12, MAY 19, MAY 25 -- Randy Bell Scenic Trail Guided Hike           
Location: Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Isle du Bois Unit 
Time: 11-1pm
Details: This is an easy 2.2 mile guided hike on the Randy Bell Scenic Trail. Sturdy walking shoes, water, a snack and binoculars are recommended. No reservations required. Meet at the Wild Plum parking area of the Isle du Bois Unit
For More Information: 940-637-2294


APRIL 20 -- Guided Birding Hike            
Location: Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Isle du Bois Unit 
Time: 10-11am
Details: Join our guided hike as we look for migrating warblers and other birds moving through the area. Binoculars, good hiking shoes, water and a hat are recommended. No reservations required. No experience necessary! Meet at the Interpretive Center at the  Isle du Bois Unit.
For More Information: 940-637-2294


MAY 11 -- Bluestem Guided Hike            
Location: Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Isle du Bois Unit 
Time: 11-12:30pm
Details: This is a easy to moderate 2 mile hike. Sturdy hiking shoes, hat, binoculars, water and a snack recommended. Meet at the Bluestem parking area at Isle du Bois unit. No reservations required
For More Information: 940-637-2294


MARCH 30 -- Star Party            
Location: Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Isle du Bois Unit 
Time: 8:30-10pm
Details: Observe the stars and constellations! Telescopes and expertise will be provided by volunteers from the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas. This event is open to the public, no reservations required. No white light flashlights please! Meet at the DORBA (Dallas Off Road Biking Association) trail head parking lot.
For More Information: 940-637-2294



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DENISON, TX

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GLEN ROSE, TX -- DINOSAUR VALLEY STATE PARK

APRIL 6, APRIL 13, APRIL 20, APRIL 27 -- Monarch Butterfly Migration and Monitoring
Location: Dinosaur Valley State Park  
Time: 9-10am
Details: Meet Bob and Gail Bullard (Texas Master Naturalists) at the park store to learn about Monarch Butterfly Migration and their life cycle. Learn about how one generation of Monarch Butterflies reach the end of it's life and a new generation begins. This event is both educational and fun for the whole family.
Contact: 254-897-4588


APRIL 6, 27  -- Trackmakers of Dinosaur Valley State Park
Location: Dinosaur Valley State Park  
Time: 8:30-9:30pm
Details: What was Glen Rose, Texas like millions of years ago? Learn the answers to that question and many more. Discover the dinosaurs that roamed through this area millions of years ago and the environment in which they lived. Meet at the amphitheater. Bring a flashlight for after the show. Insecticide Recommended!
Contact: 254-897-4588


APRIL 20 -- Venomous Snakes of Texas
Location: Dinosaur Valley State Park  
Time: 8:30-9:30pm
Details: Snakes! You either love them or hate them! Meet at the amphitheater to talk about the venomous snakes that you may encounter while visiting the park. Insecticide recommended. Bring a flashlight for after the show.
Contact: 254-897-4588



APRIL 21 -- Celebrate Earth Day
Location: Dinosaur Valley State Park  
Time: 2-3pm
Details: Celebrate Earth Day in the park. There will be Recycle containers at the park store to deposit your empty aluminum cans and plastic bottles. There will be hike to pick up trash in the park. Meet Park Rangers at the park store to begin the hike at 2 PM. Trash bags will be provided. Earth Day aims to inspire awareness of and appreciation for earth's environment. What better way to celebrate than by keeping our beautiful State Parks clean. Let’s start in the park because we can make a difference!
Contact: 254-897-4588



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JACKSBORO, TX -- FORT RICHARDSON STATE PARK

April 12, 13 -- Fort Richardson Days Living History Event   
Location:  Fort Richardson State Park 
Time: 9am-4pm
Details:  Fort Richardson State Park & Historic Site will celebrate our 146th anniversary by turning back time, inviting all manner of living historians and historical re-enactors to take us back to the 1860’s and 1870’s.  Friday the 12th will be dedicated to all school groups to participate and meet the presenters. Saturday the 13th will be open to all visitors to meet and interact with the live-action, historical displays, and their characters. Activities and displays will likely include: camels, longhorns, gunfights, blacksmithing, Dutch oven cooking, dance lessons, and candle making, while the cavalry, infantry, and artillery show off their skills throughout the day.
Contact: 
 
940-567-3506

APRIL 21 -- Motorcycle Ride and Rally
   
Location:  Fort Richardson State Park 
Time: 9am-12pm
Details:  Fort Richardson State Park and Historic Site will be hosting its Annual Motorcycle Rally and ride.  Bikes will start rolling into the fort headquarters around 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning.  The ride itself will start at 10:00 a.m.  The scenic ride will cover about 100 miles of beautiful wildflower covered back roads around the Jack County area.  The ride will end back at the Fort at 12:00 noon.  All types of motorcycles are welcome.  All participants will have their entrance fees waived upon arrival, to the park.
Contact: 
 
940-567-3506


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MINERAL WELLS, TX -- Lake Mineral Wells State Park 

APRIL 6 -- Night Hike   
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park,
100 Park Rd 71, Mineral Wells, TX 76067
Time: 8:30-10pm
Details: Join us on a night time hike down the State Trailway. Experience nocturnal nature in the park. Call for reservation at 940-328-1171.  We will start at the Lone Star Amphitheater in Lake Mineral Wells State Park, 100 Park Road 71, Mineral Wells, TX, 76067. Accessible for the mobility impaired. The program is free with paid park entrance fee or a State Park Pass.
Contact:  
940-328-1171

APRIL 12-14 -- Texas Outdoor Family
   
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park,
100 Park Rd 71, Mineral Wells, TX 76067
Details:  Situated on a serene little lake in gorgeous north Texas hill country, you will surely be surprised when visiting this hidden gem! Filled with history and adventure and calling your name! 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.


APRIL 12 -- Night Sounds
   
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park,
100 Park Rd 71, Mineral Wells, TX 76067
Time: 7-8:30pm
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, 100 Park Road 71, Mineral Wells, TX, 76067. Accessible for the mobility impaired. The program is free with paid park entrance fee or a State Park Pass.
Contact:  
940-328-1171

April 13 -- Name That Bird!

Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park, 100 Park Rd 71, Mineral Wells, TX 76067

Time: 8:30pm-10:00pm
Details: Come to the Lone Star Amphitheater to play a fun game of Texas bird identification. We will divide into teams and test our skills at identifying calls and photos of bird that can be found in the park. Bring your favorite lawn chair. Held at the Lone Star Amphitheater in Lake Mineral Wells State Park, 100 Park Road 71, Mineral Wells, TX, 76067. Accessible for the mobility impaired. The program is free with paid park entrance fee or a State Park Pass.
Call for Reservation:  
940-328-1171 


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TYLER, TX -- Tyler State Park


APRIL 20-21 -- Texas Outdoor Family  
Details: Bring your family out to the fresh-air forests of the pineywoods where you are sure to see some wildlife. Kayak and fish on a beautiful spring-fed lake with some Park Rangers!
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.


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WILLS POINT, TX -- Lake Tawakoni State Park

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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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45.  THE NASH FARM -- GRAPEVINE TX

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


April 20 -- Spring Into Nash
Time: 10am-2pm
Details: 12th Annual "Spring Into Nash Farm"! Activities may include:
• Heritage toys
• Kitchen gardening
• Cotton planting
• Farm animals
• Hayrides ($1 per person)
• Field cultivation
• Wood carving demonstrations
• Jump rope making
• Wood-burning stove cooking demonstrations
• Blacksmith demonstrations
This event is handicap accessible; concessions available; free admission
For more information: click here

FIRST FRIDAYS: Life Skills Demonstrations by Nash Farmhands
Details: Step back in time and join us. Daily life in late 19th century Texas required knowledge of a number of skills, methods and even recipes that will be demonstrated by Nash Farmhands. Each month features a different theme, so be sure to check the website for more information regarding the demonstrations and activities of that month. Help us preserve and protect our great heritage with First Fridays at the Farm.
Demonstrations are on the first Friday of the month.

Cost: Tickets $3 per person.

Schedule:

APRIL 5: Textiles
MAY 3: Farm Fun
JUNE 7: Crops
JULY 5: Keeping Cool
AUGUST 2: Cotton
SEPTEMBER 6: Craftsmanship
OCTOBER 4: Campfire Cooking
NOVEMBER 1: Textiles
DECEMBER 6: Farm Fun

Location:  626 Ball Street, Grapevine, TX 76051
Contact: 817-410-3185
For more information: click here

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46.  PERFORMANCES AT ARTISAN THEATER IN HURST

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

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

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

Artie’s Children’s Playhouse Productions:
Cost: $5
Showtimes: Shows are Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m; Fridays at 4:30pm.


MARCH 23 - APRIL 20 -- Flat Stanley
Details: Stanley Lambchop is your ordinary, everyday, run-of-the-mill ten-year-old: normal mom and dad, normal little brother, normal life. That’s just the problem…for Stanley, life is too normal. He wants to travel the world, do something amazing, something no one’s ever seen before. Careful what you wish for, Stanley! One night, the bulletin board on the wall above Stanley’s bed comes loose and falls – right on top of Stanley! The next morning, Stanley Lambchop wakes up flat. Not just a little flat…really, REALLY flat! In a whirlwind musical travelogue, Stanley – the ultimate exchange student – scours the globe for a solution to his unusual problem. He’s stamped, posted and cancelled from Hollywood to France to Honolulu and beyond. And whether he’s thwarting a robbery at the Louvre Museum in Paris, or ‘hanging ten’ off the coast of Hawaii, Stanley is closing in on his goal of being a three-dimensional boy once more.
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.

MARCH 22 - APRIL 20 -- The Hiding Place
Details: The inspiring true story of Holocaust survivor Corrie ten Boom. With the WWII Nazi invasion of Holland, the ten Boom family joins the underground resistance to help save Jewish families. But when they are arrested and imprisoned in concentration camps themselves, they’re left with nothing to cling to but their faith.
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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47.  BREITLING YOUTH THEATER

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


FALL CLASSES/CHRISTMAS PRODUCTIONS:

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS
Comedy take-off based on the original Jules Verne story. Very fun for kids! Family Friendly! This is a hilarious family friendly comedy about Fog traveling Around the World in 80 Days! Fog matches the description of a local bank robber and there is a handsome reward for his capture...the chase is on! Fog is not only being followed by Detective Fix, but also a an old couple who need retirement money, a little girl and her star struck mother, a news reporter, a group of cheerleaders who are followed by the band members and more! Fog ends up in the middle of famous movies of the cities he's traveling through and Fix is always there, keeping his eyes on him! 
WHEN: Tuesdays 2:30pm-4:30pm or Thursdays 6:30-8:30
WHO: Ages 4-19
TUITION: Class is Jan-May; $70 per month-costume fee included.
PERFORMANCE: June 17-22, 2013

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS-UNPLUGGED
Comedy take-off based on the original Jules Verne story. Very fun for kids! Family Friendly! This is a hilarious family friendly comedy about Fog traveling Around the World in 80 Days! Fog matches the description of a local bank robber and there is a handsome reward for his capture...the chase is on! Fog is not only being followed by Detective Fix, but also a an old couple who need retirement money, a little girl and her star struck mother, a news reporter, a group of cheerleaders who are followed by the band members and more! Fog ends up in the middle of famous movies of the cities he's traveling through and Fix is always there, keeping his eyes on him! 
WHEN: Tuesdays 7-9pm
WHO: Ages 12-19
TUITION: Class is Jan-May; $70 per month-costume fee included.
PERFORMANCE: June 17-22, 2013


THE LITTLE MERMAID (non musical)
The Little Mermaid wants to be human! And she’s willing to give up her voice to achieve this! A Great play for kids and lots of fun!  Performance at Breitling Youth Theater!
WHEN: Mondays 2:30-4:30pm, OR Mondays 6-8pm, OR Tuesdays 4:30-6:30pm, OR Thursdays 4:30-6:30pm
WHO: Ages 3-15
PERFORMANCES: May 2013

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!


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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48.  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:


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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49.  PERFORMANCES AT CATS THEATER IN ARLINGTON


CATS PRESENTS:

APRIL 26-28 -- Freckleface Strawberry the Musical
Details:
Wanting to be like everyone else is normal; it’s a common childhood experience. Kids want to look and act like all their friends and anything that differentiates a kid from the crowd is a big no-no. Freckleface Strawberry is a normal seven year old girl with plenty of friends. Although none of her friends look anything like her. As her nickname suggests, she has red hair and is covered in freckles. She hates her freckles and desperately tries to get rid of them so she doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb in school.  She tries different ways to hide them before ultimately hiding herself.  Her musical journey to self-acceptance is complete when she discovers that her classmates missed her while she lived undercover.  They teach her that everyone is different and the most important thing is to have friends.
Performance Location:
Creative Arts Theatre & School is presenting the show at Lamar High School, located at 1400 W Lamar Blvd Arlington, TX 76012.
For more information: contact CATS at 817-861-2287.

HOMESCHOOL CLASSES

Intermediate Acting: Ages 10-11
Time:
Wednesday: 1:00pm-1:55pm
Details:  
A creative imagination experience!  Every child will engage in imagination, vocalization, and movement activities that will prepare them for the stage. They will learn how to act out favorite stories, learn improvisation techniques, and use their bodies and voices to become different characters! Basic stage and blocking direction and an understanding of theatre terminology will help the young actors explore their creative process.
 
Advanced Acting: Age 12+
Time:
Wednesday: 12:00pm-12:55pm
Details: Think like an Actor! The actors learn how to implement an analysis through improvisation-based exercises and scene work. The focus is on how to simplify acting and find the parallels between behavior in real life and behavior on the stage. As the year progresses, students will have identified a specific and repeatable set of skills, which can be used to approach any scene work they perform.
 

For More Information:
Click Here

Location:  1100 West Randol Mill Road
                Arlington, TX  76012


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50.  COTTAGE THEATER – CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION

Center for Home Education’s Cottage Theater Presents:

Upcoming Performances:


THE MUSIC MAN
Date: April 12-14, 19-21
THE MUSIC MAN follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize - this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall.
Cost:
$10/adults, $8/students. Small children who sit in laps are no charge. No baby carriers/strollers.
To purchase tickets: Call 817-281-2293

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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51.  DALLAS CHILDREN’S THEATER PERFORMANCES

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


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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52.  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.

Poetic Liszt
Date: April 11-13
Details: This transformative music showcases the DSO at its most colorful and brilliant, the sensational music by Strauss exalting life and spirituality. A dazzling concerto explores a kaleidoscope of moods, and is music at its most-inspired.
Marc Albrecht, conductor
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano
WAGNER Overture and Venusberg Music from Tannhaüser
LISZT Piano Concerto No. 2
R. STRAUSS Death and Transfiguration
R. STRAUSS Dance of the Seven Veils from Salome

Bach and Beyond
Date: April 25-28
Details: Pieces by Bach and Haydn transport listeners into the breezy bounty of Baroque music. With Dutch master Ton Koopman conducting and playing harpsichord, listeners can experience popular masterworks and exquisite musical gems played by the very best.
Ton Koopman, conductor and harpsichord | Russell Campbell, trumpet
 Nathan Olson, violin | Christopher Adkins, cello
 Jean Larson Garver, flute | Erin Hannigan, oboe
 Wilfred Roberts, bassoon
 C.P.E. BACH Symphony in G
J.S. BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 2
LOCATELLI Introduzione teatrale
C.P.E. BACH Symphony in D
HAYDN Sinfonia Concertante

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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53.  FORT WORTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA YOUNG PERSON'S CONCERTS


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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54.  PLANO CHILDREN’S THEATER PERFORMANCES


APRIL 5 - 13 -- A Midsummer Night's Dream (Plano)
This drama (adapted for the PCT stage by Becca Johnson-Spinos) is one of the great comedy plays by William Shakespeare. The play revolves around the adventures of four young lovers, a group of amateur actors and their interactions with the fairies who inhabit a moonlit forest. The story takes place in Midsummer and is a complex farce featuring Hermia & Lysander and Helena & Demetrius. Their romantic intrigues are confused and complicated still further by entering the forest where Oberon, the King of the Fairies and his Queen, Titania, preside.
Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at door


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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55.  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:

                                        
Mozart Requiem & Theme & Variations
May 24-26:  Wyly Theatre in Dallas
HEART of Texas Home School Discount Day (50% off Tickets): May 25, 2013 at 2pm (Wyly Theatre)
Must mention HEART of Texas when you call to reserve tickets. 


To Purchase Tickets By Phone:  Call Don Petty 877-828-9200, ext. 104 or click here to email
You must mention the HEART of Texas Home School Discount program to get the discount.
Any home schooler may take advantage of this program.



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56.  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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57.  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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58.  AMON CARTER EXHIBITS

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

Museum Exhibits:

JANUARY 15-JULY 31, 2013 -- Ed Ruscha: Made in California
Known for his images featuring single words suspended in space, Los Angeles-based artist Ed Ruscha (b. 1937) has experimented with a diverse range of media and styles throughout his career. Invited to work at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in 1969, as he began to gain notoriety for his Pop Art approach, Ruscha embraced lithography as a means to explore recurring themes from his paintings and screenprints.

JANUARY 19 - APRIL 28 -- Night: Prints and Drawings from the Collection
From the bright lights of the bustling city to the still quiet of abandoned places, night has been a source of inspiration for artists across eras and styles. Artists such as Edward Hopper (1882–1967), Martin Lewis (1881–1962), and James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) were among those concerned with rendering night scenes, also called nocturnes, utilizing the versatile techniques offered by printmaking. This exhibition presents works that range in subject from the city to small-town life; from atmospheric effects to more abstract expressions.


Guided Tours for Students:
 
Click Here

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

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


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


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59.  DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART EXHIBITS  

FREE First Tuesdays of each month
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.

Exhibits:

THROUGH MAY 26, 2013 -- Chagall: Beyond Color
THROUGH JUNE 30, 2013 -- Focus Exhibition: Loren Mozley: Structural Integrity

HOMESCHOOL CLASS
Fourth Thursday of every month, with some exceptions.
Time:
11am-12:30pm
Details:
The Dallas Museum of Art’s homeschool classes offer an interactive Museum experience for families with children ages 6 and above. Parents and children learn about works of art together in the galleries, participate in hands-on activities as a family, and create a work of art together in the Art Studio. During the program, parents learn techniques and skills for creating their own educational experiences in the gallery.
Cost:
DMA members $5 per participating child (ages 6 and up).
To Register:
To register for the class, click here to go to the ticketing website, select Family Programs from the sidebar on the left, and follow the instructions to add the number of tickets you need for the class (one ticket per child). Participating adults do not require a ticket. If you have any difficulties with the new system, call 214-922-1270 or 214-922-1822. When classes are filled, call 214-922-1818 or e-mail familyexperiences@DallasMuseumofArt.org to be placed on a waiting list.
 
Upcoming Classes:

April 25:
Imaginative Worlds—Chagall: Beyond Color
May 23: Nature and Art in "Loren Mozley: Structural Integrity"

For more information:
click here


 
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.

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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60.  KIMBELL ART MUSEUM EXHIBITS

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

FREE Admission to view the museum's Permanent Collection
       

Exhibits:
THROUGH APRIL 14, 2013 -- Bernini: Sculpting in Clay
Gian Lorenzo Bernini was the most important sculptor of the 17th century and considered the Michelangelo of his age. During his 80 years, he transformed the face of Rome with his spectacular fountains, wonders of marble carving such as the Apollo and Daphne, and spellbinding decorations for the interior of Saint Peter’s Basilica. This is the first-ever exhibit devoted to Bernini's brilliantly expressive preparatory models in clay.  These intensely beautiful works—formed by the artist’s own hands—were the means by which he explored his ideas in three dimensions and presented them for review to his patrons.  The heart of the exhibition will be the 15 terracottas by Bernini from the Harvard Art Museums, the largest and most important collection of Bernini terracottas in the world;  a collection that has never before been lent.



Children's Workshops

Connect with artworks, new friends, and creative activities during Saturday workshops for children (ages 6–14) and their adult partners. Limit three children per adult; no charge for parents. Individual session fees are $15 ($12 for Kimbell members). To register, call 817-332-8451, ext. 351.

Small Paintings, Big Ideas
Date:
April 6
Time:
10am-noon
Zoom in to explore miniature masterpieces and see how the smallest details can show big ideas! Participants will enjoy interactive gallery discussions using digital tablets before painting their own close-up mini-pictures.

Mixed Media Mash Up
Date: May 18

Time:
10am-noon
Surprise yourself with the creative possibilities of a group project that combines blindfold drawing, musical chairs, and jazzy inspiration for one-of-a-kind masterpieces. Gallery tours will also explore expressive connections with color and music.


Pictures & Pages (ages 4-6)
Museum learning begins early with this special program for preschoolers (ages 4–6) and their adult partners. Popular children’s books inspire group conversations and simple art activities. There is no charge for this program, but space is limited and advance reservations are required. Maximum two children per adult. To register, call 817-332-8451, ext. 351.

MARCH 5 -- Willow by Denise Brennan-Nelson and Rosemarie Brennan; illustrated by Cyd Moore
Time: 10:30-11:15am


SPRING BREAK EXTRAVAGANZA
Date: Mar 12-14 at 10am-3pm; Mar 15 at noon-4pm
Details: Celebrate vacation time at the Kimbell! 
Cost: Free
DROP IN for family time and free activities inspired by masterpieces on view.
CREATE original artworks with clay, watercolors, and more.
CONNECT with new friends and old favorites during family tours.
ENJOY children’s films provided by the Lone Star Film Society.
EXPERIMENT in clay with local artists during 3-D Teen Studios.
For more information: Click here
 

FAMILY EDUCATOR MORNINGS
Date: Mar 22 or Apr 12
Time: 10am-noon
Details: Ages 8-16
Cost: Free, Registration Required.
For more information: Click here


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

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

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

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

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


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61.  PEROT MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE IN DALLAS

HOME SCHOOL EVENTS
None at this time.

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 at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science (Open Dec 1, 2012):

Moody Family Children's Museum
Where Little Children Make Big Discoveries: Park your stroller-and rev up for a day of discovery with your child! Here, kids 5 and younger can climb a replica of Reunion Tower, discover Texas wildlife or simply paint a picture.   
Sports Hall
Give Your Mind and Body a Workout!: Could you outrun a Tyrannosaurus rex, or through a football better than a pro? Get ready, get set-and get active as you explore your body in motion!
Discovering Life Hall
The Power of Adaptation: What is life, and how do different species adapt over time? From single-cell organisms to the largest creatures on the planet, this exhibit hall explores and celebrates the diversity of life on earth.
Being Human Hall
What Does it Mean to be Human?: Study a sliver of real human tissue-or use your brain waves to launch a ping-pong ball. There's more to being human than you may realize!
Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall
How Does it Work? Ask an Engineer: What do bridges, prosthetics and robots have in common? Discover how engineers use math and science to solve everyday problems.
The Rees-Jones Foundation Dynamic Earth Hall
Forecast: 100 Chance of Change: Where else can you experience an earthquake, touch a tornado and broadcast a weather forecast all in the same day? Discover how earth, air, and water interact to provide dynamic results.
Tom Hunt Energy Hall
Empowering the Future of Energy: Take a virtual expedition deep underground to explore a drilling rig from the inside out! From natural gas to solar and wind energy, every source of energy is fueled by science.
Gems and Minerals Hall
Natural Brilliance: Gems and minerals not only serve as as the building blocks of our planet-many of them also happen to shimmer, sparkle and glow! Explore both the practical side and beautiful aspects of these complex structures.
Expanding Universe Hall
Your Space for Discovery: Embark on a journey through our solar system and beyond, and discover how scientists uncover the secrets of the universe.
T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall
Clues and Insights from the Fossil Record: Discover how studying the bodies and behaviors of modern-day animals can give scientists a glimpse of dinosaur life.
Rose Hall of Birds
Let Your Mind Take Flight: Create your own virtual species of bird as you explore the adaptations that help birds thrive in diverse environments.

FILMS STARTING DECEMBER 1, 2012 AT THE PEROT MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE

Meerkats: Filmed over the course of a year, Meerkats 3-D follows an extraordinary – not to mention adorable - family that stands just 12 inches tall. Discover how these tiny but strong creatures survive in the harsh desert, led by the family’s tenacious matriarch, Klinky. Her daunting task is to both protect the offspring she has as well as produce more pups to ensure the family’s survival for generations to come. Together, this family of 20 will battle a rival gang to protect their territory, their pups and their lives as they also contend with the desolate environment which is their home.

Sea Monsters: When strange bones are discovered in a muddy Kansas river bank, paleontologists set out to investigate a mystery buried in time. Through ultra-realistic 3-D computer animation we travel back to the Late Cretaceous, when the sea was dominated by giant marine reptiles, some as large as present-day whales. The film follows a female Dolichorhynchops (a seal-like reptile) and her offspring through adventures that illustrate life in the sea during the Age of Dinosaurs. Live-action recreations of actual paleontological digs are intercut throughout, revealing the scientific basis for each animated episode. In the end, the bones in Kansas turn out to be those of the featured Dolichorhynchops.


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:  
2201 N. Field Street in Dallas (located at the corner of Woodall Rodgers and Field Street
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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62.  FORT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY

Explore innovative learning studios and a wide variety of interactive exhibits in the new Museum of Science and History.

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
(
Exhibit admission includes half-price admission to the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.  
The National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame is open daily Mon – Sat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
)

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

Special Exhibits:


Now on exhibit --
AIR PARK
How do airplanes fly? Air Park, the Museum of Science and History’s newest exhibition, provides a hands-on look at the forces that lift planes, animals, insects and other objects off the ground and soaring through the air. Air Park looks at four main forces that make flight possible: gravity, lift, thrust and drag. All four of these forces are explained by activities that allow guests to see the forces in action: build a paper airplane and see if the design will soar; learn how kites are created and how they can fly; design and build a craft that floats on a column of air; and make a pinwheel and test it on a table of air.
To Learn More about this Exhibit:  Click Here

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

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63. NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER

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

Exhibits

THROUGH MAY 9, 2013 -- Ken Price: A Retrospective
For more than half a century, the remarkable ceramic works of Ken Price (1935-2012) redefined contemporary sculpture, although for many years they were not exhibited widely. This exhibition, planned with the artist before his death in February at the age of 77, offers visitors to the Nasher an unprecedented opportunity to see a wide range of Price’s sensuous, richly worked objects, often glazed with brilliant and unusual colors. Organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Ken Price Sculpture will debut there this fall before traveling to the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Renowned architect Frank O. Gehry, a longstanding friend of Price’s, designed the exhibition installation with the artist. Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with essays by exhibition curator Stephanie Barron, Phyllis Tuchman, and Dave Hickey, as well as an extended interview with the artist by MaLin Wilson-Powell.

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


http://www.nashersculpturecenter.org


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

Now Showing

Ride Around the World
Tickets: $7/adults; $6/children 2-12 and Seniors 60+
Details: Ride Around the World takes you on a spectacular journey through Morocco, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, British Columbia and Texas, to meet vaqueros, gauchos, baqueanos and cowboys – all part of a single global horse culture, an unbroken trail stretching back 1,500 years. These rugged men and women were often the first to settle the wild frontiers, helping lay the foundation in language, music and dress for the entire New World.
For More Information about Ride Around the World: Click Here
 
The Living Sea
Tickets: $7/adults; $6/children 2-12 and Seniors 60+
Details: Originally released by MacGillivray Freeman Films in 1996, The Living Sea has been a perennial favorite of giant-screen theater audiences and educators all over the world. The film takes audiences on a journey of discovery to learn how the world’s oceans are linked by currents, tides, and water cycles. Viewers can feel the power of the ocean as they surf thundering waves in Hawaii, ride the choppy waters in a Coast Guard Rescue boat at Cape Disappointment, and come face to face with humpback whales. The Living Sea also introduces the audience to scientists who are expanding our knowledge of the sea. The film joins these scientists as they explore a type of jellyfish that has evolved from predator to farmer then follows a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) 3,000 feet down the ocean depths to view strange creatures living where sunlight never penetrates.
For More Information about The Living Sea: 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


Flight of the Butterflies
Tickets:  $7/adults; $6/children 2-12 and Seniors 60+
Details: Flight of the Butterflies is actually two stories, intertwined. It’s about the astounding Monarch butterfly migration, the longest known insect migration on earth, and the determined scientist who spent 40 years trying to discover exactly where the butterflies mysteriously went when they flew south for winter.
For More Information About Flight of the Butterflies: Click Here



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66.  PROGRAMS AT LOG CABIN VILLAGE

APRIL 14 & 28 -- Buttermilk Junction Old Time String Band
Time:
1-4pm
Details:
Come enjoy the delightful sounds of Buttermilk Junction, an Old-Time & Anglo-Celtic band, from right here in Fort Worth. They play and sing historical "Roots Music" - tunes and songs from frontier Texas of the mid to late 1800s.  No reservations required.  Cost is regular Village admission. 

May 10 & 11 -- Frontier Forts Day in the Stockyards
During this free, two-day heritage event, the Stockyards National Historic District is transformed into an authentic representation of Texas frontier life, and we’ll have interpreters there to help tell the story.  We’ll still be here at the Village, too, though...so come visit us either place!

Location:
  2100 Log Cabin Village Lane

        Fort Worth, TX  
        817-392-5881

For More Information:  Click Here

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67.  DALLAS HERITAGE VILLAGE

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


Barnyard Buddies
Date:
April 10
Time:
11am
Cost:
$5/children, $9/adult
Details:
What can you do with a kite? What makes it fly? What was it about a simple play thing that made Ben Franklin so curious and excited? The wind is right for flying a kite, so don’t get blown off course as you join us on this blustery day at the Village.


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68.  OLD RED MUSEUM OF DALLAS COUNTY HISTORY AND CULTURE


2013 Home School Programs
None at this time.

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.

CURRENT EXHIBITS

Connecting Dallas to the Holocaust 
Date: Mar 1 -July 14, 2013
Cost:
Admission to this special temporary exhibit is $4.00 for Adults/Seniors and $2.00 for Children. If visitors come to experience Dallas history in our four permanent galleries, admission to this event is included in the regular ticket prices: Adults $8.00; Seniors $6.00; Children 3-16 $5.00.
Details: The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance is dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust, and to teach the moral and ethical response to prejudice, hatred, and indifference, for the benefit of all humanity. Visit the exhibit at the Old Red Museum to get a small preview of the Holocaust history displayed at Dallas Holocaust Museum. Learn about the connection between the  Holocaust and Dallas through survivor stories and historical documents. Discover the link between everyday artifacts and the Holocaust. This exhibit personifies the theme of the Dallas Holocaust Museum: History that moves you forward.
 

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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69.  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.

2013 STAR PARTIES
APR 20, MAY 18, JUN 15, JUL 13, AUG 10, SEPT 14, OCT 5, NOV 9
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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70.  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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71.  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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72.  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:  
12:30-1:30pm

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


Cost:
$4 per person or purchase a season pass

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

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73.  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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74.  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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75.  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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76.  ELITE TRACK CLUB/CROSS COUNTRY PROGRAM


For More Information:  Click Here to email or 817-800-3922                                
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77.  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.

2013 HSAA Track & Field Registration
The HSAA Track & Field team gives 7th-12th grade homeschooled athletes an opportunity to compete against local schools in the sprints, distance, hurdles, throws (shot put/discus), jumps (long, triple, and high), and relays. 
Practices: Team practices are on Monday and Wednesday
Date: Begin on January 7, 2013 for High School and January 21, 2013 for Middle School.  
For more information: There are TWO information/registration sessions for the 2013 Track & Field teams.  Prospective athletes and a parent must attend one:  Nov 10, 2012 or Jan 5, 2013.  Please go to http://www.hsaa.org/ for more detailed information regarding registration.
 
Home School Athletic Association: 2013 Football Information Meeting!

Calling ALL Middle School and High School boys interested in playing football!

What: Middle School and Varsity Team – Info Meeting
When: Saturday, March 9, 2013
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Grace Bible Church, 11306 Inwood Rd, Dallas, TX 75229 (Please park on the north side of the church and look for signs.)

For more information, contact: Nela Painter, Varsity Admin at 972-523-6227 or nela@o-i-t.com

www.hsaa.org


Register online:
click here
More information:  click here 


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78.  HULCY HOME SCHOOL PE CLASSES IN RICHARDSON

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

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

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

Discount:  Rhett is offering HEART of Texas members one free month of classes, with a valid Heart of Texas family membership card.  
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
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79.  HOME SCHOOL PE PROGRAMS AT VELOCITY  IN SOUTHLAKE

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

Discount:  Velocity /Southlake is offering HEART of Texas members a 10% discount on all training, whether it is with the Home School program, regular training program or any camps that are held at this location., with a valid Heart of Texas family membership card.   
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: 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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80.  HOME SCHOOL FENCING CLASSES AT FENCING INSTITUTE OF TEXAS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Discount:  Fencing Institute of Texas is offering HEART of Texas members a $10 discount off the monthly tuition (individual or family) with a valid Heart of Texas family membership card.   HEART of Texas students participating in the FIT Saturday Page or Squire programs receive a $5 discount off the monthly program fee with a valid Heart of Texas family membership card.
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
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81.  PARKER-TARRANT HOME SCHOOL 

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Discount:  Pump-It-Up of Grapevine is offering HEART of Texas members a 10% discount on private parties. Members also receive $1 off Pop-In-Playtime on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for ages 2 through 6, and on Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 for ages 6-12.   Members must present their valid HEART of Texas Family ID card to take advantage of these special offers.
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: 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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83.  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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84.  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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85.  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: April13: Best Shopping Spree
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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86.   HOME SCHOOL GOLF PROGRAM AT LANTANA GOLF CLUB

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR HOME SCHOOL GOLF PROGRAM
SPRING 2013 SESSION

Experience the Game of Golf! Lantana Golf Club is offering three separate golf programs for juniors, age 8-17, in 2013. 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 2012" and a member of the PGA President's Council for his continuing effors to promote the grow the game of golf.  

To Register: click here to download the registration form.

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

Discount:  Marc Brooks is offering HEART of Texas members a 10% discount, with a current Heart of Texas family membership card.  
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here


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87.  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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88.  DFW SPEECH & DEBATE CLUB

DFW Speech & Debate is committed to providing quality communications training to help students sharpen their ability to analyze problems, think and listen critically, and communicate their ideas in an organized and compelling manner. Our communications training includes:
 
Speech & Debate Summer Camps
We train hundreds of students each summer who go on to excel in competition! Our camps are engaging and fun and serve to inspire students to cultivate their critical thinking and communication skills. We offer a wide variety of training including introductory, intermediate and advanced Speech and Debate camps, Model UN, Moot Court and much more for ages 12-18! This summer we are expanding our offerings to include Junior Speech for ages 6-11!
 
Private Coaching! - for speakers, debaters and writers who would like to advance their skills at a faster pace
Most great competitors have great coaches. Our veteran team of coaches provide individualized training for students prior to and during the school year. Coaching sessions include helping students develop a high level of competency writing AP quality essays, writing and performing speeches, and writing and arguing their debate case. See specific Coaching Services here.
 
Tools for Debate Curriculum
Most great competitors also have great TOOLS. Our easy-to-use 12-week curricula puts valuable instruction in the hands of debate students and club leaders to prepare students for Policy and Lincoln Douglas debate competition. Our curriculum includes a dual track approach to help beginners master foundational skills such as Writing a Case, 4-Point Refutation, Organization and Cross-Examination (C/X) and more. Experienced debaters will advance to the next level with round-winning techniques on C/X Strategies, and NEG strategies (e.g. identifying unproven or faulty assumptions). Packed with examples, drills, quizzes and a FREE affirmative case!
 
For More Information:  dfwspeechanddebate.com
 
Discount:  DFW Speech & Debate is offering HEART of Texas member-supporters  (with current Family ID) 10% off their Summer Camp fee.
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here

 

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89.  DENTON COUNTY CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOL ASSOCIATION

This group has no announcements this month.

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90.  IRVING HOME SCHOOLERS

A support group for families in Irving and all surrounding communities.

APRIL 4: next meeting at Lee Park in Irving

Time:
7pm
Details:
We are a volunteer, non-profit organization committed to serving home school families in Irving and all surrounding communities. Our mission is to reach out to all homeschooling families - providing resource information, ongoing activities, and support. All are welcome. We meet the 1st Thursday of the month (Sept. - May except Dec.) at Lee Park in Irving.
For more information:
click here


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91.  PEACH

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


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92.  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.

2013 SAT TEST DATES:


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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93.  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

April 5 & 6 -- SHAPE Academy Class
Location: SHAPE Academy (LGCT Harris Family Life Building): 3755 Acton Hwy, Granbury, TX 76049
Time: 9am-2:30pm


Register at collegeprepgenius.com

Download the e-book “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
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here
                     
 
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94.  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, 2013

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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95.  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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96.  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 & 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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97.  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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98.  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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99.  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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100.  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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101. CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOL ATHLETES OF NORTH TEXAS (CHANT CHARGERS)

Registration on Sept 15
Details:
The Christian Homeschool Athletes of North Texas (CHANT Chargers) will be forming teams for home educated student athletes to compete against area schools and other local homeschool sport’s organizations for the 2012-13 basketball season. The season will end with a trip to the Nationals Tournament held in Springfield, Missouri during the middle of March. CHANT will have teams for boys ages 8 to 18 yr. old, and dependent upon the registrations, also hopes to be able to field at least 3 girls teams. If there are enough children that are registered under 8 yr. of age we will form rec league teams so they can stay together with other homeschool families.
To Register: Registration will be September 15th at the First United Methodist Church 601 S. Greenville Ave. Allen, 75002 from 11A - 1P. Make sure to check the CHANT website for the latest information at www.chantchargers.org. 
 
CHANT Football: If your son likes football CHANT also has some openings for middle school and high school age gentlemen to play the fast paced game of 6-Man Tackle Football. Interested persons should contact Coach Mark Baker at mark.baker@crossresourcegroup.com.
 
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102. 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

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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103. LEWISVILLE LAKE ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING AREA (LLELA)

LLELA is a great place to enjoy the outdoors!
Take a hike, go fishing, ponder the starry sky, visit the log house, or just find a quiet place to relax.

Location:  LLELA’s entrance is at 201 E. Jones St. (intersection of Jones & Kealy Streets), Lewisville, TX.

APRIL PROGRAMS:
APRIL 6 & 20
Stars on the Prairie (ages 5 & up)
Time:  
8:00—9:30 p.m.
Cost: $2 program fee, in addition to regular gate fee of $5 person
Details: Join us for a fascinating evening as we explore the wonders of the night sky with Clyde Camp, Master Naturalist and amateur astronomer (over 30 years of experience).
Reservations Required:  972-219-3930 or lisacole@unt.edu.
If the sky is cloudy, we will still meet and take a night hike.

APRIL 13 Bird Walk (ages 10 & up)
Time: 7:30 a.m.
Details: Bird watchers of all skill levels are invited to join expert birder Keith Lockhart as he leads the way to birding locations at LLELA.
Cost: $2 program fee for the bird walk, in addition to the regular gate fee of $5/person.
Reservations not required.

APRIL 13 – Nature Walk
Time:
10:00 a.m.
Details: Join us for our monthly naturalist-led nature walk. We'll hunt for the first spring wildflowers, admire new growth on the trees, and get one more look at some of our winter birds before they begin to make their way north for the summer. The hike will last about two hours.
Cost: $2 program fee, in addition to the regular gate fee ($5/person).
Reservations not required.

APRIL 20 – Open House at the Minor-Porter Log House
Time:
12:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Details: Completely restored and furnished with all the trappings of everyday frontier life, the log house gives visitors to LLELA a window on life in Denton County in 1870. Interested visitors of all ages are welcome to arrive at any time during the open hours and tour at their own pace. Knowledgeable volunteers will guide visitors through the structures and answer questions in this informal tour.
Cost: Regular admission ($5/person; children age 5 years and under free).

APRIL 27 Kids’ Fishing Day
Time:
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Details: Angling instructors at LLELA are offering a whole morning of fun activities that will introduce children to the art of fishing. Activities will include: casting, fish identification, knot-tying, aquatic habitats, fishing rules and ethics and more.
Cost: $2 program fee, in addition to the regular gate fee ($5/person). Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Registration Required:  972-219-3930.  
No poles are required for the activities, but will be needed if you intend to stay and fish afterwards.

APRIL 27 – Night Hike
Time: 8:00—10:00 p.m.
Details: Join our trail guides as they lead a moonlit stroll through the woods and across the prairie.  We may hear some bumps in the night, but have no fear...it’s probably just an armadillo. Howling coyotes, hooting owls, and other nocturnal sounds will provide an out-of-the-ordinary hiking experience. Cost:
$2 program fee for the night hike, in addition to the regular gate fee of $5/person.
Registration Required: 972-219-3930 or lisacole@unt.edu.

The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area is 2,000 acres of prairies, forests, and wetlands managed as a wildlife preserve by a group of agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the University of North Texas, the City of Lewisville, Lewisville ISD, and Texas A & M University. Our mission is to preserve and restore our native ecosystems and to provide and promote environmental education and scientific research.  LLELA’s entrance is at 201 E. Jones St. (intersection of Jones & Kealy Streets), Lewisville, TX. Learn more at www.ias.unt.edu/llela      

HEART of Texas Discount:  HEART of Texas members (with current Family ID) receive $1 discount per child on one-day science classes (must show valid card).

To Learn About HEART of Texas Family Membership and Benefits: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership1 per child discount on one-day science classes.

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104. "DARKNESS INTO LIGHT" SPECIAL EXHIBIT BY FAITH ARTISTS


MARCH 1 - JUNE 30: Faith Artists presents: “Darkness into Light”  deliberate discovery of hope

March 2 - April 12: Exhibit will be held at the Jacques Lamy Gallery: 1607 Dragon Street, Dallas TX 75207.
June 1 - 30: Exhibit will be held at the Granville Arts Center: 300 N 5th, Garland, TX 75040

Premier Reception
Date: Sat Mar 9
Time: 4-7pm
Location: Jacques Lamy Gallery 1607 Dragon Street Dallas TX 75207
 
For more information: faithartists.com
 


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105. HOME SCHOOL DAY AT THE DALLAS ZOO

Date:  April 8
Time:
10am-3pm
Details:
Enjoy a special day filled with great opportunities to enrich your curriculum and entertain the kids! 
•    Interactive Educational Activities (K-8th)
•    Keeper Talks
•    Special Live Animal Adventure Show
•    Safari Backpack
•    Gift Shop & Zoofari Food Court Discount

Cost: $5 zoo admission with pre-registration. Please note: Pre-registration required to receive the discounted rate.  Parking not included.  Registration deadline March 29, 2013.
To Register and for more information:
Click here




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106. NORTH TEXAS HOME SCHOOL ARTS SHOW AND SALE

Date:  April 12
Time:
7-9pm
Details:
Limit three pieces/artist. Space is limited so RSVP early.
RSVP deadline: April 1
Final Art Details Due: April 8
Deliver art to gallery: April 11
Artists Reception, Performances, and Sale: April 12
Pick up art from gallery: April 18

Cost: $5/entry
More details: Click here


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107. SANDY LAKE AMUSEMENT PARK 4th ANNUAL
HOME SCHOOL FAMILY FUN DAY

Date:  May 23
Time:
10am-4pm
Details:
Print flyer from Heart of Texas website and bring to the park to enjoy: General Admission, Parking, Picnic Grounds and Pavilions at a discounted price.
Included Events: Unlimited Rides, Hula Hoop Contest, Falcon Flyers Jump Rope Show, Home School Booths and Free Drawings!
Cost: Discounted Price (with flyer): $10/person. Regular price (without flyer): $15/person. Children under 2 years of age are free, all others pay.
Additional Optional Costs: All Day Swimming is $5/person

HOME SCHOOL DAY RULES:
Cash only at gate. No checks. No cards. ATM available.
You may bring home cooked food or purchase food at the park refreshment stands.
NO OUTSIDE COMMERCIAL FOOD WILL BE ALLOWED, i.e. Subway, Pizza Hut, etc.
Food and arcade games available but not included. Bring your own grills.
No pets please, except service animals. All park rules apply.
Consider coming as a group so you can picnic with your friends.

For more information: visit www.sandylake.com or email frank@sandylake.com



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