HEART of Texas

Homeschool with HEART!
Mid-January 2013 HEART OF TEXAS   
Home Educators Alliance for Resources and Training of Texas, Inc.

MID-JANUARY 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


HEART of Texas Special Event

JANUARY 25
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE
HEART OF TEXAS HOME SCHOOL COLLEGE NIGHT
GRAPEVINE CONVENTION CENTER

Sponsored in Part By:
* Dallas Baptist University
* University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
* The College at Southwestern
* Baylor University


College Night:  JANUARY 29, 2013

Time:  7pm - 9pm
           Speaking sessions begin at 6pm.  
           Exhibit Hall open at 7pm.
Location:  Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main Street, Grapevine, 76051

Featured Speaker:  
Dr. Marlene McMillan --
Dr. McMillan is a "completed" home school mom of seven children, all of whom were homeschooled all the way through high school. Two have graduated from college and one is currently in college. Dr. McMillan has a teaching ministry and consults with businesses about how to have a consistent message that will increase their bottom line.  She also conducts town hall debates, media interviews and she speaks on liberty and patriotism.  She teaches how the Bible relates to the areas of law, government, history, economics and education illustrating the consequences of ideas that don’t appear to matter or be related to one another.
Session Title:  "Don't Count on a Christian College to Get a Biblical Worldview"

For complete listing of all speakers, titles, times:  Click Here

Details:  Can homeschoolers go to college?  How can I best prepare my child?  How do we select a college? What does a transcript look like?  Can we afford college? What financial helps are available?  What's FAFSA and TAFSA?  What's the difference between the PSAT, SAT, and ACT? Should my child take CLEP tests?  What about dual credit and does it all transfer?  How can I find out about scholarships...  get the answers to these and other important questions about college at the HEART of Texas Home School College Night -- a special evening specifically designed for home school families!

Who should attend and why?  Families with students entering high school, but particularly those who are in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.  It is best to begin your search early in the high school years, and begin to narrow down your selections as you get nearer to graduation.  Additionally, there are several important deadlines that occur between the junior and senior year in high school, and you will want to be prepared ahead of time so there are no surprises.

To See the Growing List of Colleges Have Already Confirmed:  Click Here

Register on or before January 25:  
$8/person or $15/family (payments must be postmarked on or before January 25)
FREE - HEART of Texas member-supporters with current Family ID card

To Register:  Click Here
Payments may be made by mail or online.   All confirmations are sent via email.

At the Door:  $10/person (maximum $25/family if more than 2 people attending)
Payments at the door must be in cash or check only.  We are unable to take credit cards at the door at this time.  
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For More Information:  Click Here



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JANUARY 18
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: Jan 18, Feb 1 and 15, Mar 1, April 5 & 19, May 3 & 17.
For Information
: Click here


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JANUARY 19
DALLAS STARS v PHOENIX COYOTES HOME OPENER
HEART OF TEXAS GROUP RATE (10 PERSON MINIMUM)
SPECIAL SAVINGS ON GAME TICKETS

Time:  7pm
Location:  American Airlines Center in Dallas

Details:  The Dallas Stars, long-time partner with HEART of Texas,
is offering Home Schoolers a Special Group Rate for their home opener
against the Phoenix Coyotes.  

Your group of 10 or more can receive special rates on game tickets:
$15/person (Mezzanine-Level)
$50/person (Plaza-Level)
(Tickets subject to availability.)

To Reserve Tickets:  214-387-5635 or click here to email.  
You must mention HEART of  Texas to be eligible for these ticket prices!!  
These prices are good for this game only!!!

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JANUARY 19
DALLAS MARCH FOR LIFE AND RALLY
AND MINISTRY FAIR

Time:
10am:    Attend one of two events
             Pro-Life Ministry Fair (10am)
             Praise & Worship Service (11am)
             at First Baptist Dallas, 1707 San Jacinto
             or
             Roe Memorial Mass (10am)
             at the Cathedral of Guadalupe
             2215 Ross Avenue at Pearl Street
12am:    Dallas March for Life
             Begins at downtown Cathedral Plaza on Ross,
             proceeds to First Baptist Dallas, and continues to
             Rally outside the Earle Cabell Federal Courthouse where
             Roe v. Wade was first filed in 1970.
1:45pm: Pro-Life Ministry Fair
             at First Baptist Dallas
           
Details:  Join thousands of people of faith for prayerful remembrance
of 40 years in the desert of abortion and to march and rally in celebration
of the Promise of Life!   www.exodus2013.org


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JANUARY 24    
MATERIAL MAYHEM! EXPLORING ART MATERIALS IN THE DIFFERENCE
HOME SCHOOL CLASS AT THE
DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART

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.
Fourth Thursday of every month, with some exceptions.
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.

Details for JAN 24: Material Mayhem! Exploring Art Materials in the Difference? 
For more information: click here

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JANUARY 29, 2013
6th ANNUAL HEART OF TEXAS REGIONAL
HOME SCHOOL COLLEGE NIGHT
GRAPEVINE CONVENTION CENTER

Time:  7pm - 9pm (speaking sessions begin at 6pm)
Location:  Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main Street, Grapevine, 76051

Can homeschoolers go to college?  How can I best prepare my child?  How do we select a college? What does a transcript look like?  Can we afford college? What financial helps are available?  What's FAFSA and TAFSA?  What's the difference between the PSAT, SAT, and ACT? Should my child take CLEP tests?  What about dual credit and does it all transfer?  How can I find out about scholarships...  

Get the answers to these and other important questions about college at the HEART of Texas Home School College Night -- a special evening specifically designed for home school families!

Who should attend and why?  Families with students entering high school, but particularly those who are in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.  It is best to begin your search early in the high school years, and begin to narrow down your selections as you get nearer to graduation.  Additionally, there are several important deadlines that occur between the junior and senior year in high school, and you will want to be prepared ahead of time so there are no surprises.

Register on or before January 23:  $8/person or $15/family

At the Door:  $10/person (maximum $25/family if more than 2 people attending)

For More Information:  Click Here

To See the Growing List of Colleges Have Already Confirmed:  Click Here

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JANUARY 29
MONTHLY HOME SCHOOL CLASS
FOR AGES 6-12 AT THE FORT WORTH ZOO

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

Class for Ages 6-8
Theme: Coastal Creatures: Ever wanted a house by the beach? Learn about animals that live there year round! 

Class for Ages 9-12
Theme:
Nocturnal: Some animals love the nightlife - come see how they boogey. 

For more information and to register:
Click here


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FEBRUARY 4
HORSEMANSHIP DAY CAMP
CAMP TONKAWA   

FEBRUARY 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 suncreen! One day event from 9am-2pm. Ages 7 and up welcome.
25-26 -- Primitive Survival Skills Class 2 
This class can be taken before or after the Primitive Survival Class 1. The survival sacred order is: Shelter, Water, Fire, Food. This "Class 2" covers the food aspect while "Class 1" covers the shelter, water and fire. 

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FEBRUARY 4
SAN ANTONIO INDEPENDENT CHRISTIAN FILM FESTIVAL AND
CHRISTIAN FILMMAKERS ACADEMY

Feb 4-6 -- Christian Filmmakers Academy
Feb 7-9 -- San Antonio Christian Film Festival


Cost: 
NOW THROUGH JANUARY 31st: DISCOUNT RATES FOR HEART OF TEXAS SUBSCRIBERS

Regular Film Festival Adult Pass: $75 / Discounted Pass: $60 (Save $15)
Enter Coupon Code: HRTFF15

Regular Film Festival Student Pass: $65 / Discounted Pass: $50 (Save $15)
Enter Coupon Code: HRTFF15

Regular Film Festival Family Pass: $295 / Discounted Pass: $225 (Save $70)
Enter Coupon Code: HRTFF70

Regular Film Academy Pass: $595 / Discounted Pass: $495 (Save $100)
Enter Coupon Code: HRTFA100

To take advantage of this offer, use the special HEART Coupon Codes noted above when you register for the Academy or Festival. Offer expires January 31.

To Register: click here

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FEBRUARY 9 
SENSORY FRIENDLY SCREENING (ADJUSTED LIGHT & SOUND)
THE LITTLE MERMAID
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:
February 9 -- The Little Mermaid
March 9 -- Toy Story
For More Details:  Click Here

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FEBRUARY 15
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT DEADLINE
NATURE AWARENESS DAY CAMPS - SPRING SEMESTER

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:  MARCH 4, APRIL 1, & MAY 6
           OR  Wednesdays:  MARCH 6, APRIL 3 & MAY 8

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

Special Discount:  Mention "HEART of Texas" to get the Home School Early Bird Discount through December 15!


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THROUGH FEBRUARY 26    
REGISTRATION CLOSES FOR FORT WORTH ZOO
HOME SCHOOL DAY 

HOMESCHOOL DAY
Date:
March 7, 2013
Cost: Children 2 and under: free; children 3-12: $4; Adults 13+: $6
Details:
All home-schooled children and their families are invited to a fun-filled educational day in the wilds of the Zoo. Learn amazing facts from our zookeepers at more than 20 Wild Encounters and enjoy asking Zoo staff your best animal questions around the Zoo’s world-class exhibits!
To Register: click here

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REGISTRATION OPEN    
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR DALLAS STARS
HOME SCHOOL DAY ON MARCH 25, 2013 

HOMESCHOOL DAY
Date:
March 25, 2013
Cost: Tickets start at $15
Details: Get a ticket to see the coolest game on earth! Take a tour of the American Airlines Center before the game; Learn how math, science, and geography play a part in the NHL; Be entered into a drawing for a special STARS experience! 
To Register: Call Lauren 214-387-5711

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

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

Children through adults accepted

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


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


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A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:
REGISTRATION OPEN
HOME SCHOOL GOLF PROGRAM
(Spring 2012)
LANTANA GOLF CLUB

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

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

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

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

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


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

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A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:
CAROLE JOY SEID SEMINAR
A LITERATURE BASED APPROACH TO EDUCATION 


Date: February 23
Time: 9am-5pm
Cost:        $45 ONLINE until 2/12
                $45 POSTMARKED by 2/8
                $55 at the door (Spouse attends at no additional charge)
Location: Gospel for Asia: 1800 Golden Trail Court, Carrollton, TX 75010
Details: Feel free to bring your own lunch to allow time for visiting. The day will consist of four workshops:
        Developing your own philosophy of education: Learn about readiness, child development, and why boys learn so much differently than girls.
        How to make your child a lover of books: Receive Carole’s list of what books you can’t let your children leave childhood without reading.
        Teaching history using classical literature: Use literature to teach history, art, music and science with her invaluable time line handouts of Western Civilization.
        Creative curriculum: How to design your own curriculum for math, science, handwriting, grammar, and foreign language simply and inexpensively.
To Register: Contact Kim at 972-740-5811 or click here to email  or Dana at 972-782-9622 or click here to email

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

Jan -- Texas Parks and Wildlife Programs at Select Parks

Jan -- Registration Open for Home School Golf Program at Lantana Golf Club
Jan -- Programs at Ft. Worth Nature Center & Refuge
Jan 15 -- Ed Ruscha: Made in California Exhibit Opens at the Amon Carter Museum
Jan 15 & 29 -- Monthly Home School Classes at the Fort Worth Zoo
Jan 16 -- Puppet People Program at the Hurst Public Library
Jan 18 -- Little Women Opens at the Cottage Theater in Watagua
Jan 18 -- Home School Open Skate Time at Allen Community Ice Rink
Jan 19 -- Night: Prints and Drawings from the Collection Opens at the Amon Carter Museum
Jan 19 -- Train Parade at the Hurst Public Library
Jan 19 -- HEART of Texas Group Rate for Dallas Stars v. Phoenix Coyotes home opener (10 people minimum)
Jan 19 -- Dallas March for Life, Rally, and Ministry Fair
Jan 21, 24 -- Cheetah Class at Fossil Rim
Jan 23-24 -- Fort Worth: Cowboys and Culture Program at the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Young Person's Concerts
Jan 24 -- Home School Class "Material Mayhem!" at the Dallas Museum of Art
Jan 24 -- Homeschool Program at the Dallas Museum of Art in Dallas
Jan 25 -- Early Bird Registration Deadline for HEART of Texas Regional Home School College Night (January 29)
Jan 25 -- Goodnight Moon Opens at the Dallas Children's Theater
Jan 26 -- Babygarten Program Begins at the Hurst Public Library
Feb 3 -- Bernini: Sculpting in Clay Exhibit Opens at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth
Feb 4 -- San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival Opens in San Antonio
Feb 4 -- Horsemanship Day Camp at Camp Tonkawa

Feb 5 -- FREE Admission for First Tuesdays at the Dallas Museum of Art
Feb 5 -- Pictures and Pages Preschool Program at the Kimbell Art Museum
Feb 8 -- Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale Opens at the Casa Manana Children's Playhouse
Through Feb 9 -- The Magical Land of Oz Opens at Artisan Theater in Hurst
Through Feb 9 -- Footloose at the Artisan Theater in Hurst
Feb 9  -- Sensory Friendly Screening of Rise of the Guardians at Starplex Cinema Lakeworth Movies 14
Feb 11, 14 -- Colorful Critters Program at Fossil Rim
Feb 15 -- Early Bird Deadline for Nature Awareness Day Camps at Camp Tonkawa (must mention HEART of Texas for discount)
Feb 16 -- Pinkalicious Opens at the Artisan Theater in Hurst
Feb 16 -- Thoroughly Modern Millie Opens at the Artisan Theater in Hurst
Feb 18 -- Fiddler on the Roof Opens at Plano Children's Theater
Feb 25-26 -- Primitive Survivial Skills Class 2 at Camp Tonkawa
Feb 26 -- Registration closes for Home School Day at the Fort Worth Zoo (March 7, 2013)
March 25 -- Dallas Stars Home School Day
Sponsor -- Registration Open: Private Piano Classes
Sponsor -- Registration Open: Home School Golf Program at Lantana Golf Club (Fall 2012)
Sponsor -- Carole Joy Seid Seminar

FEATURED ARTICLES

Never Waste a Crisis -- Tim Lambert, THSC President

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

Fossil Rim Survey -- Mark Phillips, Home School Coordinator, Fossil Rim

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

NEST Family Learning Offering Discount to Our Readers!


CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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

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

     Tyler Public Library

READING REWARD PROGRAMS
2.   Book It!  Reading Program -- Enrollment:  May 1 through 2nd Friday in June each year
3.   Braums Book Buddy Reading Program -- Enrollment Open
      Six Flags Read to Succeed -- Enrollment for 2012-2013
   
CONTESTS/COMPETITIVE EVENTS
4.   BEST Robotics 2011 -- 2012-2013 Competition TBA
5.   FIRST Lego League: 2012 Senior Solutions Challenge
-- Coming Sept 2012
6.   Texas State Fish-Art Contests -- Deadline March 31, 2012 (yearly contest)
7.   National Engineers Week -- 2012-2013 Competition TBA
8.   USA Mathematical Talent Search 
9.   Igniting Creative Energy Challenge for K-12 -- 2012 Contest TBA
10. Texas Beef Leaders of Tomorrow Contest -- Deadline July 1
    
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.  Morning Glory Academy -- Hurst
25.  Tarrant County College -- High School Math Classes
26.  
THEO Home School Classes -- Plano
27.  Quo Vadis Educators -- Garland

BOOK SALES & OUR PARTNERING HOME SCHOOL BOOK STORES
29.  Library Used Book Sales in North Texas
        Grand Prairie -- Jan 19
       
Wichita Falls -- Feb 2
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:  
                 Pinkalicious -- Feb 16
         Main Stage Performances:
                 Thoroughly Modern Millie -- Feb 16
47.  Breitling Youth Theater/Acting for Children Performances -- Garland
48.  Casa Manana Children’s Playhouse Performances -- Fort Worth
           Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale -- Feb 8
            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
            Little Women -- Jan 18-26

51.  Dallas Children’s Theater Performances -- Dallas
            Goodnight, Moon -- Jan 25- Mar 3, 2013
            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
            Fiddler on the Rood -- Jan 18
55.  Texas Ballet Theater Performances -- Special Pricing -- Dallas/Ft. Worth
          Mention "HEART of Texas" to Receive Special Pricing on Following Performances:
             
Lambarena & Voluntaries (Bass Hall) -- March 2, 2013 at 2pm
             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) -- Feb 5  
        
Posters of Paris: Toulouse-Lautrec and His Contemporaries -- Through Jan 20, 2013
        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 -- Feb 3, 2013 - April 14, 2013
        Pictures and Pages -- Feb 5
61.  Museum of Nature & Science -- Dallas
         
The Museum of Nature & Science will Open as the new Perot Museum on Dec 1, 2012
62.  Museum of Science & History -- Fort Worth
        Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition -- Through March 24, 2013

        Air Park -- now on exhibit

63.  Nasher Sculpture Center -- Dallas
        Target First Saturdays (FREE Admission): Feb 2

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 --  March 16, 2013

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



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Never Waste a Crisis   
Reprinted with persmission from Tim Lambert's Blog, Right In Texas, January 15, 2013

I did an interview yesterday with a Lubbock television station on the issue of home schooling related to the Newtown massacre last week. It was inevitable that this issue would be raised, as it always is in such situations by those who are opponents of home schooling. The reporter asked me about oversight of home schooling, because the young man who committed this atrocity was home schooled at some point by his mother, after she had disagreements with the school.
 
The reporter also asked if some parents home schooled “from the beginning” to avoid putting their children in school at all out of fear of this kind of violence. I told her that while most people don’t have a general fear of this kind of violence, one of the many reasons that parents choose to home school is to “provide a safer environment for children and youth, because of the physical violence, drugs and alcohol, psychological abuse, and improper and unhealthy sexuality associated with institutional schools.” 

I also pointed out that many are looking for “the reason” for this tragedy and that we’ll likely never know if there was only one reason, but supporters of gun control will be using this event to push their political agenda. In fact, President Obama just announced that he is appointing a “gun control task force” headed up by the Vice President Biden, a long-time gun control advocate. Expect to see arguments made for stricter gun control measures, despite the fact that Connecticut has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country.
 
Another element involved in this tragedy may be the mental illness of the young man. One mom has posted a piece in which she shares her own struggle with her brilliant but mentally ill son and the lack of support for families in her situation; the piece has “gone viral.” Her article is titled, “I am Adam Lanza’s Mother…It’s time to talk about mental illness
 
There have been some, and will no doubt be more in the coming days, who try to use this horrible incident to also push for legislation to restrict the right of parents to teach their children at home. As we have in previous such cases, we will be ready to push back against any such effort. As I told this reporter, many troubled or academically struggling children are withdrawn from public school to home school. If their parents eventually return them to a public school and they still have the same issues, they are labeled as “home schoolers,” when their problems developed while they were in the public schools. Somehow, the public schools are never blamed for any of these kinds of issues, but opponents of home schooling and parental rights waste no time in blaming home schooling and clamoring for government regulation of home schooling when these horrible things happen.

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

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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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Fossil Rim Survey


Mark Phillips, the Home School Coordinator at Fossil Rim, is asking home school families to fill out his brief survey to help him plan
future home school field trips.  

If you would like to participate, please download the "Fossil Rim Home School Survey" by clicking here.  Please return it to him at the email address on the form.

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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.
January 8: Bluebonnet Book Blast—promote your favorite as voting is just around the corner!    
February 12: Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
 
Puppet People
Who: 4th-8th graders
When: Wednesday, January 16, Wednesday, February 20
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, January 26th- March 2nd 
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.

Train Car Creations
Who: For all ages
When: Tuesday, January 15 and Thursday, January 17
Time: 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Children of all ages are invited to create their own train cars out of boxes and poster board. A variety of media will be available to design and decorate personal train cars. All participants will be encouraged to show off their creations in the Train Parade on Saturday, January 19
 
Train Parade
Who: For all ages
When: Saturday, January 19
Time: 11:00 a.m.
The Kids’ Express will track around the Library for all to enjoy.  Come see the train cars kids and families have made or, better yet, be a part of the fun and create your own train car on January 17th and 19th! At the end of the line, participants and viewers are invited to a special party celebrating trains
 
Bedtime Stories
Who: For all ages
When: Tuesday, March 12
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, January 3, February 7, and March 7
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!
January 10 – Craft Night
February 14 – Game Night - Wii
 
College Night
Who: For 7th-12th graders and parents
When: Tuesday, January 15, 2013, Thursday, January 17, 2013
Time: 7 p.m.
Free College Planning Workshop offered through 123 College.  To learn more, go to 123college.com
 

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

Enrollment for 2012-2013 TBA


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

Info about 2012-2013 Competition Not Yet Available
     

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

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

For Rules:  Click Here


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5.  FIRST LEGO LEAGUE:  2012 SENIOR SOLUTIONS CHALLENGE

 September 2012

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

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

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

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6.  TEXAS STATE FISH-ART CONTEST

ENTRIES DUE MARCH 31 (ongoing annual contest)

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

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

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

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

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

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

For Rules, Prizes and Other Details:  Click Here

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

For More Information:
Click Here



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

Regional finals through January

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

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

The Challenge: TBA

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

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

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

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

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

Details:  TBA

To Register:  Click Here
To Download Brochure:  Click Here

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


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8.  USA MATHEMATICAL TALENT SEARCH

The results for Round 2 have now been released. If you submitted solutions for this round, you can view your scores at the following page:

http://usamts.org/MyUSAMTS/U_MyScores.php


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.

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!

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


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

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

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

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


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18.  CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOL ALLIANCE OF TEXAS

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

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



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19.  CLASSES AT CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION

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

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

AUGUST 20 -- First Day of Class! 

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

Website:  http://centerforhomeeducation.com/  

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


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19.  EASTFIELD COLLEGE

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


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20.  ENRICHMENT CLASSES, INC, IN GRAPEVINE

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

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


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21.  HOME EDUCATORS RESOURCE ENRICHMENT CLASSES

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

For Class Descriptions, Fees and Other Information: Click Here

Classes Offered:
Art

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

Location:

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

Website:  http://homeeducatorsresource.com/    

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

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

Contact For More Information:  Click Here to send an email

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


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


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24.  MORNING GLORY ACADEMY

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


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

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

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



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

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

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26.  THEO IN PLANO OFFERING CLASSES FOR HOMESCHOOLERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

For More Information:  214-282-6936

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

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


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


For Questions:   Click Here to email


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27.  QUO VADIS EDUCATORS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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.

GRAND PRAIRIE -- JAN 19
Time: Sat 9am-5pm 
Location:   Grand Prairie Library
                901 Conover Dr   
                972-262-8015
Books:      4,500 books; 90% donated; 95% hardcover; no buyer restrictions. All items $0.25 or less.
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WICHITA FALLS -- FEB 2, MAR 2, 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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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.

FEBRUARY 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 suncreen! One day event from 9am-2pm. Ages 7 and up welcome.
25-26 -- Primitive Survival Skills Class 2 
This class can be taken before or after the Primitive Survival Class 1. The survival sacred order is: Shelter, Water, Fire, Food. This "Class 2" covers the food aspect while "Class 1" covers the shelter, water and fire. 

MARCH 2013
3 --
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.
7-8 -- Nature Awareness Club
Once a month, come for a Fun Day of Outdoor Learning about the plants and animals in your own backyard in the North Texas area.  Become comfortable and knowledgeable in your own environment.
12-14 -- Western Days
This camp was designed for horse lover, aged 9 to 14 years. Come play "Cowboys and Indians" with us, Camp Tonkawa style!
 15 -- Advanced Horsemanship Day Camp
A fun filled day for you "Horse Lovers". Cpme improve your riding skills with fun activities. Prerequisite is the Basic Horsemanship Day Camp and pre-approval by our staff. We hope you'll remember what we taught you and can now practice it all. This will include the haltering, leading, grooming, tacking up and then riding. Followed by the cooling out and feeding.
16-18 -- Primitive Survival Skills Combo Class 1 & 2
At any time, anywhere, things can go wrong and you might find yourself in a survival situation. To stay alive, you must find or build a shelter, obtain safe drinking water, start a fire, and gather food. Survival 1 class will teach you how to build a simple shelter using natural materials, start a fire without matches, and find safe drinking water.
23 -- Jr. Horsemanship Day Camp
For 5-7 year olds.
24-25 -- Wildlife Camp, Family Session
When you are walking in the woods, and then happen to see any kind of wildlife, your heart seams to bust with joy and excitement. This camp will be a study on the two legged, four legged and the six legged creatures that are in our area of North Texas.
31-April 1 -- 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.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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.
    
JANUARY 19 -- Winter Woody Plant ID
1-4pm  
Cost: $15 (includes admission fee)    
Join FWNC&R Director / plant ecologist Suzanne Tuttle for a 2.5 mile trail hike around the Refuge. Learn to identify deciduous trees and shrubs in winter by their growth habits, bark, twigs, buds and leaf scars. Bring water and dress for the weather. Class size limited to 20. Pre-registration required.

JANUARY 20 -- Create a Snowflake            
1 and 2 pm  
Cost: FREE (with paid admission)    
Every snowflake is unique in its own way. There are no two that are identical. Bring the kids out for a fun filled learning experience about these winter beauties. Each child will be able to make their very own snowflake to take home with them!

JANUARY 25 -- 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 January we will learn about ducks. Pre-registration required. 



JANUARY 26 -- Knee High Naturalists             
1-2pm  
Cost: FREE (with paid admission)     
If you are “knee high to a grasshopper” and love to learn about the outdoors, then you are a Knee High Naturalist. Join us for an afternoon of fun as we learn about tracks. This program is geared for children 3-8 years old.


JANUARY 27 -- Feeding the Birds             
1-3pm  
Cost: $5 (with paid admission)    
Young children enjoy making treats for our feathered friends. Dress your little ones in play clothes and enjoy some messy fun. Pre-registration required. MAXIMUM OF 15. 


FEBRUARY 1 -- 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. 

FEBRUARY 2 -- A Walk in the Woods             
1-3 pm  
Cost: $5 (with paid admission)    
Have you ever walked in the woods and seen what's really there? The wonders of nature are right in front of you if you take time to look closely and explore. The woods change daily, depending on the time of day, time of year, and the weather. Come dressed for a walk in the woods. 


FEBRUARY 3 -- Art in the Park: Watercolor using Nature's Colors
1-3 pm  
Cost: FREE (with paid admission)     
A variety of leaf designs will provide a format to practice watercolor skills.
Simple sketching and watercolor techniques will be demonstrated by a staff artist. Along with some basic leaf identification, you’ll walk away with some new skills for your nature journals. A demonstration of this media will quickly get you started exploring a fun way to record imagery in a sketchbook. If you have these please bring: a sketchbook or paper for wet media, pencil, eraser, school grade watercolor paint and a small container for water. A pointed #10 paintbrush makes it easy to apply color. Paper, a few brushes, paint and other supplies will be available for use. Art experience helpful but is not necessary. This activity is geared for ages 14 years and older. 

FEBRUARY 9 -- Growing Up Wild Teacher Workshop              
9am-Noon  
Cost: $30 (includes admission fee)      
Getting our young children interested in nature is of major importance. If we can foster an appreciation for nature early on, there is a better chance they will hold on to it as they get older. These may be the future advocates for nature. Participants will receive a guide with many activities including songs, dances, snacks, and many other activities. Pre-registration deadline is January 25, 2013. 


FEBRUARY 9 -- 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. 


FEBRUARY 10 -- Beneficial Arthropods         
1-2:30pm   
Cost: FREE (with paid admission)   
Join a naturalist in a discussion of commonly seen insects, spiders, and other arthropods on the Refuge. Artifacts and a slideshow with examples of these creatures will help you to identify them in their habitat. 


FEBRUARY 16  -- Winter Woody Plant ID
1-4pm  
Cost: $15 (includes admission fee)    
Join FWNC&R Director / plant ecologist Suzanne Tuttle for a 2.5 mile trail hike around the Refuge. Learn to identify deciduous trees and shrubs in winter by their growth habits, bark, twigs, buds and leaf scars. Bring water and dress for the weather. Class size limited to 20. Pre-registration required.

FEBRUARY 22 -- Animals in the Winter              
1 and 2 pm  
Cost: FREE (with paid admission)      
Have you ever wondered what animals do in the winter months to survive? Come learn how animals hibernate, migrate, or adapt to the climate change. We will also learn what animals to look for throughout the winter season. 

FEBRUARY 22 -- 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 February we will learn about beavers. Pre-registration required. 


FEBRUARY 22 -- Full Moon Paddle          
5-7:30pm   
Cost: $20 (includes admission fee) 
Come and join us for a different type of Canoe Tour in the evening hours. This program will present new opportunities, like hearing beavers slap the water with their tails and seeing deer and raccoons. Canoes, paddles and lifejackets are provided. Children must be 5 years or older. Parents must sign a liability waiver for minor children. Some previous experience recommended. Registration ends Tuesday preceding or when filled. Maximum - 12 participants. Meet at Back Gate. Pre-registration required. 

FEBRUARY 23 -- Boatman and Birdman Tour           
5-7:30pm   
Cost: $20 (includes admission fee) 
Winter is a great time to get on the water and learn about the birds that call the Nature Center home. If we are lucky, we can find Osprey, American White Pelicans and even Bald Eagles. If you have been looking for an opportunity to bird on the water, here is your chance. Parents must sign a liability waiver for minor children. Maximum 12 participants. Preregistration required.

FEBRUARY 28 -- Evening Stroll With a Naturalist         
5-7:30pm   
Cost: $10 (includes admission fee) 
Come and enjoy an evening stroll on the Nature Center’s trails as we explore nature before nightfall. Evening provides a unique opportunity to view animals that make the Nature Center their home. Bring water and wear weather appropriate clothing. Pre-registration required. Meet at Front Gate.


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

HOMESCHOOL DAY
REGISTRATION ENDS FEB 26!!!
Date:
March 7, 2013
Cost: Children 2 and under: free; children 3-12: $4; Adults 13+: $6
Details:
All home-schooled children and their families are invited to a fun-filled educational day in the wilds of the Zoo. Learn amazing facts from our zookeepers at more than 20 Wild Encounters and enjoy asking Zoo staff your best animal questions around the Zoo’s world-class exhibits!
To Register: click here

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! 

January 15 & 29 -- Coastal Creatures: Ever wanted a house by the beach? Learn about animals that live there year round!

February 12 & 26 -- Mountain Movers: These guys have the best view.

March 5 & 19 -- Desert Dwellers: Discover animals that are specifically equipped for a desert lifestyle.

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!

January 15 & 29 -- Nocturnal: Some animals love the nightlife - come see how they boogey.

February 12 & 26 -- Diurnal:
Awake by day, asleep by night.

March 5 & 19 -- Crepuscular: Come along as we research animals that are active at dawn and dusk.

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

JANUARY 21 & 24, FEBRUARY 19 -- CHEETAH!
Time: 10am-4pm
Cost: $18/person, 2 & under free
Details: What makes cheetahs so fast?  What sounds do they make?  Learn all about this unique and amazing cat in our interactive class and on the guided tour where we will spend extra time at the cheetah facility. 
To register: 254-897-2960
 
FEBRUARY 11 & 14 -- COLORFUL CRITTERS!
Time: 10am-4pm
Cost: $18/person, 2 & under free
Details: Discover some Texas “colorful critters”  – some dangerous, some helpful, all interesting!  Then dye a bandana or t-shirt using a natural dye derived from one of our “colorful critters.”  The class is interactive and multi-level; live critters to see and touch!  After  a picnic lunch, we’ll have a guided tour. 
To register: 254-897-296

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.

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

OTHER EVENTS

THROUGH FEBRUARY 3 -- DINOSAURS LIVE! 
Details: Encounter the 46-foot T-Rex and eight new life-size animatronic, dinosaurs along the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary’s nature trails at the 7th annual Dinosaurs Live! Life-size Animatronic Dinosaurs at the Heard exhibit. The exhibit always gives families and friends a fun, educational activity to enjoy together. Don’t forget it also provides a unique family outing during the holidays!
For more information: Click here
Please note that we are unable to animate the dinosaurs when tempuratures drop below 45 degrees.



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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

EVENTS

MARCH 12 -- Staycation at the Heritage Farmstead Museum
Time:
10am-12pm
Cost: More information to come 
Details: Are you planning on staying at home for Spring Break? Then visit the Farmstead for a “staycation” full of unique programming and learning!
For more information and to register:
click here

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
For more information: Click here

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

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

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

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

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


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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.

JANUARY 19 -- Landscaping for Wildlife 
Time: 10am-noon
Details: Gardening is for the birds … and lizards, squirrels and more! Your garden can become a buffet for wildlife. Learn about some easy landscaping ideas to attract wildlife with Director of Horticulture Roger Sanderson. The class is $15, $10 for members.


JANUARY 26 -- Travel to the Tropics Family Festival 
Time: 10am-3pm
Details: Take a mini vacation to the tropics for a day at Texas Discovery Gardens. Stroll through our tropical butterfly house, which is temperature controlled to replicate a rainforest.  Pick up your special passport at the front desk and “visit” the countries where we get our butterflies (including the Philippines, Costa Rica, Colombia, and more). We’ll stamp your passport at each table as you enjoy tropical and cultural themed activities! Go eye-to-eye with arthropods at our lobby insect displays, enjoy insect and flower crafts, and dance to island music. Explore tropical cultures and enjoy festive snacks and drinks. The first 300 visitors get colorful leis, and we encourage tropical dress. There will be the daily butterfly talk at noon featuring many colorful tropical butterflies.  New in 2013! We’ll have our first shipment of birdwing butterflies from the Philippines. They arrive a week prior, so the butterflies will still be in their chrysalises, but they’re still quite a sight! This will be your first chance to view the newest art exhibit in our Discovery Gallery, featuring talented young gardeners/artists/students at S.S. Conner Elementary School! Admission is $8/adults, $6/seniors and $4/children ages 3-11.

FEBRUARY 2 -- 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.

FEBRUARY 7 -- 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.

FEBRUARY 9 -- Biology of Butterflies
Time: 10am-noon
Details: Go beyond the Butterfly Basics! An advanced look at the world of butterflies: their biology, behavior and adaptations to the environment with Entomologist John Watts. Appropriate for ages 13 and up. $15; $10 for TDG Members. Register in advance--online soon!

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

JANUARY 19 -- Mammals: Our Furry Friends   
Location:
Cedar Hill State Park  (Meet at the Penn Farm amphitheater)
Time: 1-2pm
Details: Learn about the different mammals at the park as we share different stories about the animals. Includes skins and skulls to see and touch. Meet in the Penn Farm Amphitheater.
Contact: 972-291-5940

JANUARY 19 -- Reptiles: Our Scaly Skinned Friends  
Location:
Cedar Hill State Park  (Meet at amphitheater)
Time: 3-4pm
Details: Hear about the reptiles found in the area. Learn about the benefits of reptiles to this ecosystem. See some live examples of a couple scaly friends. Meet in the Penn Farm amphitheater. Program is available to the general public. This program is in an outdoor amphitheater that is wheelchair and stroller accessible. All programs are subject to weather conditions. Cedar Hill State Park, 1570 W FM 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104.
Contact: 972-291-5940

JANUARY 26 -- Geocaching 101   
Location:
Cedar Hill State Park  (Meet in amphitheater)
Time: 10-11am
Details: What is Geocaching? The simple answer is a scavenger/treasure hunt using GPS units and coordinates to find the treasure.  Sound fun, well it is the fastest growing outdoor activity in the world.  Want to learn more? We will teach you.  No equipment or experience needed just bring your family or friends and learn about this great outdoor pastime. This program is limited to 10 families/small groups as the number of GPS units is limited.  Please call Michelle, 972-291-5940, to check availability. Program is available to the general public.  This program is in an outdoor amphitheater that is wheelchair and stroller accessible. All programs are subject to weather conditions. Cedar Hill State Park, 1570 W FM 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104.
Contact: 972-291-5940

FEBRUARY 2 -- Duck Pond Nature Hike 
Location:
Cedar Hill State Park  (Meet at Duck Pond Trailhead)
Time: 10-11am
Details: Take a leisurely walk and learn about the plants and animals at the park. Discover how living things depend on each other to survive and thrive in the habitat here at the park. The trail is approximately one mile and is a great hike for families with children. Each hike is limited to 25 people. Call 972-291-5940 to check availability. This program is subject to the trail condition on the morning of the hike.  Meet at the Duck Pond Trailhead. Program is available to the general public. The Duck Pond Trail has steps and some rough trail. It is not wheelchair or stroller friendly. Cedar Hill State Park, 1570 W FM 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104.
Contact: 972-291-5940

FEBRUARY 2 -- Reptiles: Our Scaly Skinned Friends  
Location:
Cedar Hill State Park  (Meet at amphitheater)
Time: 3-4pm
Details: Hear about the reptiles found in the area. Learn about the benefits of reptiles to this ecosystem. See some live examples of a couple scaly friends. Meet in the Penn Farm amphitheater. Program is available to the general public. This program is in an outdoor amphitheater that is wheelchair and stroller accessible. All programs are subject to weather conditions. Cedar Hill State Park, 1570 W FM 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104.
Contact: 972-291-5940

FEBRUARY 9  -- Penn Farm Tour  
Location:
Cedar Hill State Park  (Meet at Penn Farm parking lot)
Time: 1-2pm
Details: While strolling through this historic farm, you will hear stories of 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

FEBRUARY 9 -- Butter Churning with Lucinda  
Location:
Cedar Hill State Park  (Meet in the yard of the 1876 house)
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

FEBRUARY 16 -- Mammals: Our Furry Friends   
Location:
Cedar Hill State Park  (Meet at the Penn Farm amphitheater)
Time: 1-2pm
Details: Learn about the different mammals at the park as we share different stories about the animals. Includes skins and skulls to see and touch. Meet in the Penn Farm Amphitheater.
Contact: 972-291-5940

FEBRUARY 16 -- Reptiles: Our Scaly Skinned Friends  
Location:
Cedar Hill State Park  (Meet at amphitheater)
Time: 3-4pm
Details: Hear about the reptiles found in the area. Learn about the benefits of reptiles to this ecosystem. See some live examples of a couple scaly friends. Meet in the Penn Farm amphitheater. Program is available to the general public. This program is in an outdoor amphitheater that is wheelchair and stroller accessible. All programs are subject to weather conditions. Cedar Hill State Park, 1570 W FM 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104.
Contact: 972-291-5940

FEBRUARY 23 -- Geocaching 101   
Location:
Cedar Hill State Park  (Meet in amphitheater)
Time: 10-11am
Details: What is Geocaching? The simple answer is a scavenger/treasure hunt using GPS units and coordinates to find the treasure.  Sound fun, well it is the fastest growing outdoor activity in the world.  Want to learn more? We will teach you.  No equipment or experience needed just bring your family or friends and learn about this great outdoor pastime. This program is limited to 10 families/small groups as the number of GPS units is limited.  Please call Michelle, 972-291-5940, to check availability. Program is available to the general public.  This program is in an outdoor amphitheater that is wheelchair and stroller accessible. All programs are subject to weather conditions. Cedar Hill State Park, 1570 W FM 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104.
Contact: 972-291-5940

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DENTON, TX

Ray Roberts Lake State Park

JANUARY 19 -- Randy Bell Scenic Trail Guided Hike           
Location: Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Isle du Bois Unit 
Time: 1-2:30pm
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


JANUARY 26 -- 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


FEBRUARY 2 -- 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



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DENISON, TX

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GLEN ROSE, TX -- DINOSAUR VALLEY STATE PARK


JANUARY 20, 27, FEBRUARY 3, 10, 17 -- Morning Coffee With a Ranger
Location: Dinosaur Valley State Park  
Time: 10-11am
Details: Bring your questions about the park and the dinosaurs that roamed through this area millions of years ago. Bring your coffee or hot chocolate and relax for a Sunday morning question and answer session. Coffee and hot chocolate available for purchase at the park store.
Contact: 254-897-4588



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JACKSBORO, TX -- FORT RICHARDSON STATE PARK

JANUARY 14, 21, 28, FEBRUARY 4, 11, 18, 25 -- Weekday Tours   
Location:  Fort Richardson State Park 
Time: Tours leave at 10am and 2pm; continue through December 2012
Details:  Join a ranger guided tour of The Fort Richardson Historic Site twice daily, Monday through Friday. Tours leave the Interpretive center at 10:00am and 2:00pm. The historical buildings are not climate controlled and the tour requires walking approximately one mile. Morning tours are recommended in the summer months as the afternoons are usually very hot and exposure to the elements is continual. The event is free but park entry fees still apply.
Contact: 
 
940-567-3506

JANUARY 19, 26, FEBRUARY 2, 9, 16, 23
-- Weekend Self Guided Tours   
Location:  Fort Richardson State Park 
Time: Tours leave at 10am and 2pm; continue through December 2012
Details:  Enjoy a leisurely stroll around The Fort Richardson Historic Site each weekend from 10:00-12:00 & 2:00-4:00pm.  The historical buildings are open for self guided tours and park interpretive staff is on site to answer your questions.  The historical buildings are not climate controlled and the tour requires walking approximately one mile. Morning tours are recommended in the summer months as the afternoons are usually very hot and exposure to the elements is continual. The event is free but park entry fees still apply.
Contact: 
 
940-567-3506


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MINERAL WELLS, TX -- Lake Mineral Wells State Park 

JANUARY 19 -- Birdwalk on the Trailway   
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park,
100 Park Rd 71, Mineral Wells, TX 76067
Time: 10am-2pm
Details: Join our Park Interpreter on a birding walk on the State Trailway to locate and identify birds of the Cross Timbers area. We will begin our walk at the Weatherford Trailhead on the east end of the State Trailway in Weatherford near Cartwright city park. See birds in three different habitats: open prairie, Post Oak-Blackjack Oak Woodlands and lake shore. We will have binoculars on hand to loan to those without. Reservations are required. Call 940-328-1171. Held at Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway, Cartwright Park Road, Weatherford, TX, 76067. The program is free with paid park entrance fee or a State Park Pass.
Contact:  
940-328-1171

JANUARY 19 -- Penitentiary Hollow Wild Walk   
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park,
100 Park Rd 71, Mineral Wells, TX 76067
Time: 2-4pm
Details:  Join Park Interpreter David Owens on a wild walk, crawl and scoot through some of the most remote areas of beautiful Penitentiary Hollow. This is a strenuous walk involving some crawling through tight spaces in rock cracks, crevices short caves. Expect to get dirty! Reservations are required. Call 940-328-1171. Held at Lake Mineral Wells State Park, 100 Park Road 71, Mineral Wells, TX, 76067. The program is free with paid park entrance fee or a State Park Pass.
Contact:  
940-328-1171

JANUARY 26  -- Kids' Wilderness Survival
Location:  Lake Mineral Wells State Park, 100 Park Rd 71, Mineral Wells, TX 76067

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


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TYLER, TX -- Tyler State Park

JANUARY 19 -- Raccoons
Time: 10-11am
Details: Learn about these amazingly adaptable and curious creatures-- the food they eat, the sounds they make and why we should not feed them.  Meet them at the Amphitheater
Call for Reservation:  
903-597-5338 

JANUARY 26 -- Lost in the Forest 
Time: 2-3pm
Details: Explore the definitions of what it means to be “lost in the forest.” Learn how to keep from getting lost, what to do if you are lost and how not every kind of “lost” is a bad thing.  Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, bring water and be prepared for about a mile hike through the forest.  Meet at the Old Road Trail (across from Big Pine).
Call for Reservation:  
903-597-5338 

JANUARY 26 -- Survival Fire
Time: 3:30-4pm
Details: Learn to make the fire that can keep you alive in an emergency. Learn techniques to start a fire with and without matches. Be sure to stick around to enjoy the fire. Dress for the weather. Meet at the amphitheater. 
Call for Reservation:  
903-597-5338 


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WILLS POINT, TX -- Lake Tawakoni State Park

No events listed at this time.


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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

February 9 -- Bread Making at the Farm
Time: 10am-noon
Details: Bread Making at the Farm was an important heritage skill of Grapevine’s by-gone days. Join Nash Farm Interpreters in baking a loaf of bread from scratch in the 19th Century wood burning stove. This workshop is by reservation only and the first fifteen visitors to register may attend. This event is handicap accessible and tickets are available below. Registration Required.
For more information: click here

March 15 -- Tales at Twilight
More information Coming Soon

March 23 -- Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Time: 9:30am-12:30pm
Cost: Free
Details: Take a trip to the farm this spring for the City of Grapevine's Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Mr. and Mrs. Bunny will be hiding thousands of eggs at Nash Farm for a hopping good time. Special prize eggs will be hidden in each age division. There will be five different events by age division. Kids will love the face painting and other activities such as bounce-houses, petting zoo, hay rides and more. Bring your camera for some great photo opportunities and your used eyeglasses and sunglasses for the Lions Club to recycle.
For more information: click here

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


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.

JANUARY 5 - FEBRUARY 9 -- The Magical Land of Oz
Details: When Dorothy’s house squashes the Wicked Witch of the East, she and her dog Toto set out on the adventure that has charmed millions.  With her friends, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and Tin Woodsman, this remarkable journey takes them to the great Oz…  who will only grant them their wishes if they rid the world of the Wicked Witch of the West. Will Dorothy be able to conquer the Wicked Witch and make it back home to Kansas?
For more information: Click here

FEBRUARY 16 - MARCH 16 -- Pinkalicious
Details: This is the tale, based on the popular book by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann, of Pinkalicious, who can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this pink predicament. PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL is about learning the power of self-control and the importance of moderation.
For more information: Click here

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.


JANUARY 3 - FEBRUARY 9 -- Footloose
Details: Based on the smash movie sensation of the same name, FOOTLOOSE is the story of a young man from Chicago named Ren McCormick.  He moves to a small town with his mother after his father abandons them.  Much to his amazement dancing and rock‘n’roll are forbidden.  Through his tenacity and use of the Bible, Ren is able to convince the local minister to let the town’s high schoolers dance again. However, FOOTLOOSE is more than a story about kids wanting to dance.  It is the story of an outsider and a small community’s important journey past grief, loss, guilt, and disappointment; learning to trust and discovering the joys of celebrating life! And the best way to celebrate life is to dance, dance, DANCE!!! So what a better way to start a new year and the 2013 season at Artisan Center Theater! Leave the past behind, move forward into a glorious new year with a story of love, hope and renewal. And DANCE in celebration!!
For more information: Click here

FEBRUARY 15 - MARCH 16 -- Thoroughly Modern Millie
Details: Taking place in New York City in 1922, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE tells the story of young Millie Dillmount, who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. It’s a New York full of intrigue and jazz – a time when women were entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behavior were changing forever. Based on the popular movie, the stage version of THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE includes a full score of new songs and bright dance numbers. Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess audiences will love to hate, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE is a perfectly constructed evening of madcap merriment. And with the role of Millie Dillmount, musical theatre has found a new heroine for the ages in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE!
For more information: Click here


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:


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

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

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


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

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49.  PERFORMANCES AT CATS THEATER IN ARLINGTON


CATS PRESENTS:

No shows scheduled at this time.

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:

LITTLE WOMEN
Date:
Jan 18-20, Jan 24-26
A heart-warming rendition of Louisa May Alcott's American Literary classic.  A large cast of 18 females and 5 males will portray the March girls' journey from youth to adulthood.
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

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.)  

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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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.

Mozart's Jupiter
Date: January 17-19
Details: Graceful wit and lyric poetry illuminate the stylish Turkish Concerto performed by the violinist called "a virtuoso out of the Golden Age." The grand, brilliant Jupiter Symphony showcases the drama and sophistication of Mozart's greatest works.

Bronfman Plays Mozart
Date: January 24-27
Details: Among the most talented virtuosos of today, Yefim Bronfman will join Jaap van Zweden on a haunting and beautiful piano concerto for performances of unsurpassed artistry and feeling. The Symphony No. 40 is Mozart at his most inventive, a piece tinged with poignancy and tenderness.

Tribute to John Williams and Arthur Fiedler
Date: February 8-10
Details: Enjoy light classics and sensational movie music as conductor Bob Bernhardt and the DSO pay tribute to John Williams and Arthur Fiedler. It's an evening of orchestra favorites for the entire family, including blockbuster soundtracks from Star Wars, Harry Potter, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Superman and best-loved pops by Gershwin, Sousa, von Suppé and Leroy Anderson!

Musical Magic of John Williams
Date: February 9
Details: Flights of imagination, journeys of wonder, and treks full of adventure await in this enchanting family program. Featuring John Williams' greatest film scores, such as Harry Potter, Superman, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Hook, it's a tour of musical movie magic you won't forget.

Romeo and Juliet
Date: February 14-17
Details: This Valentine's weekend, experience the romance of the world's greatest love story with your sweetheart at the Meyerson Symphony Center! A night of romance - from Romeo and Juliet to Debussy, this is a concert you won't want to miss! Plus, hear celebrated guitarist, Manuel Barrueco, perform one of the most beloved guitar concertos of all time.

Beethovan and Strauss
Date: February 21-24
Details: Pieces of great beauty and deep feeling showcase the DSO at its most powerful and poised. In Der Rosenkavalier, Jaap van Zweden "plunged us into the music's passionate maelstrom," The Dallas Morning News said of an earlier performance. "Deliciously flirtatious waltzes" captured feelings of "young love, mature heartbreak and noble acceptance."

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

Fort Worth: Cowboys and Culture
Date:
January 23-24
Location:
Bass Performance Hall
Cost:
$4/person
Details:
Join the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in a celebration of our great city and the FWSO Centennial Season! Students will meet each of our four 'teams' (strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion) and will hear demonstrations of the instruments that make up a symphony orchestra. Next they will hear Four Dance Episodes from Aaron Copland's Rodeo. This American masterpiece will be accompanied by images from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

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


JANUARY 18-26 - Fiddler on the Roof  (Plano)
In the little village of Anatevka, Tevye, a poor dairyman, tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his tight-knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia.
Tickets: 
$8 in advance, $10 at door

FEBRUARY 1-10 -- Wizard of Oz, Young Performers' Edition (Frisco)  
After a tornado whisks away a young Kansas farm girl, Dorothy, to the magical land of OZ, she starts her quest to find the mighty Wizard of Oz who has the power to send her home. Along the way she meets a Scarecrow, a Tin Woodsman and a Cowardly Lion who help her on her journey. This version includes many of the songs from the famous MGM musical.
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:

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 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 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.
Themes:  Nov 6 (Plumed Serpent); Dec 4 (City of Light)

Exhibits:
THROUGH JAN 20, 2013 -- Posters of Paris: Toulouse-Lautrec and His Contemporaries
THOUGH JAN 27, 2013 -- Variations on Theme: Contemporary Art 1950s - Present
THROUGH JAN 13, 2013 -- African Influences on Modern Art
THROUGH SPRING 2013 -- Encountering Space in the Center for Creative Connections
THROUGH MARCH 17, 2013 -- Karla Black: Concentrations 55
THROUGH MARCH17, 2013 -- Difference?

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.

Details for JAN 24 Class: Material Mayhem! Exploring Art Materials in the Difference? 
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:
OPENS FEBRUARY 3, 2013 - 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.

Line Up for Sketching
Date:
Jan 12
Time:
10am-noon
Discover how artists like Rembrandt used light and shadow to make objects come to life on paper, or experiment with line like Matisse to express your own ideas and feelings. Gallery discussions and sketching activities focus on fun ways to get creative on paper.


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.

FEBRUARY 5 -- Sick Day for Amos McGee, by Philip C. Stead; illustrated by Erin E. Stead
Time: 10:30-11:15am


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

Please note: After September 16th the Museum of Nature and Science will be transitioning to the brand new museum and building, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.  The museum will open Dec 1, 2012.  
The new location will be at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas (located at the corner of Woodall Rodgers and Field Street).

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:  535 Grand Avenue and 1318 S. 2nd Avenue in Fair Park  
OPEN DECEMBER 1, 2012: The new location will be at 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:

OCTOBER 13 - MARCH 24, 2013 -- TITANIC: THE ARTIFACT EXHIBITION
Discover the compelling human stories told through authentic artifacts and recreations of the ship's interior. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, features hundreds of artifacts and painstakingly recreated rooms and details. You will experience Titanic's voyage from launch to tragic ending, to modern-day recovery and restoration efforts. Your journey will be educational, emotional and appropriate for all ages.
All photography is prohibited in the Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit.
Ticket Price:  $26/ages 13-64;  $18/ages 4-12; $10/ages 2-3;  Seniors ages 65+/$19
To Purchase Tickets:  817-255-9540

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

OCTOBER 27 - JANUARY 2013 -- Drawing Power: The Newton Collection of Editorial Cartoons
The Newton Collection will premiere one of America's largest and most unique editorian cartoon collections, featuring 100 cartoons that appeared in newspapers and magazines over several decades beginning in the 1930’s. Many of the cartoons are drawn by Pulitzer Prize winners from the United States, but also include the works of many international cartoonists.  Included in the exhibition are stunning and emotionally wrought drawings depicting the cruelty of World War II.  Also included is a one of a kind collection of space related cartoons with added signatures of many of the more famous astronauts. Helen Newton, who collected some 600 of these treasures over a 35 year period, acquired the signatures on space related cartoons while she worked at NASA from 1960 until 1973.

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

OCTOBER 20 - JANUARY 20, 2013 -- Sightings:  Eva Rothschild
Next up for the Nasher Sculpture Center’s ongoing Sightings series of installations and architectural interventions by contemporary artists will be an installation by London-based artist Eva Rothschild. Born in Dublin in 1971, Rothschild has received acclaim for works that reshape the legacy of minimalist and post-minimalist sculpture to offer evocative, open-ended experiences to the viewer.

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.
Themes:


January 2013:  Inspiration
Activity:  Inspiration Books
Takehome:  Hero Profiles


February 2013: Balance
Activity:
Glow in the Dark Mobiles
Takehome: Balance Butterflies



March 2013: Communication
Activity:
Story Books
Takehome:  Photo Story Collages



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


FEBRUARY 2-18, 2013 -- LOG CABIN VILLAGE WILL BE CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE

MARCH 16, 2013 -- IT'S ALL FUN AND GAMES
Time:
1-4pm
Details:
It’s time for spring at the Village!  Cap off your spring break by playing with old-time toys and games, plowing the field...and more!  More details coming soon...

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
PLEASE NOTE: The Dallas Heritage Village will be closed December 31, 2012-January 31, 2013.

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

Spring Fling
Date:
March 12-15, 2013
Time: Open regular hours though some activities will only be available from 11am-2pm.
Details:
We’re honoring the legacy of City Park, the land on which we sit. Be among the first to see our new permanent exhibit, Cedars Stories in Browder Springs Hall. As you explore the rest of the museum, stroll through history with activities and crafts inspired by the history of City Park. You’ll even be able to do a bit of “time mapping” local history, using maps of the neighborhood and snapshots of scenes frozen in time. Chart the changes this spot of land has seen over the last 150 years.

Barnyard Buddies
Date:
March 13
Time:
11am
Cost:
$5/children, $9/adult
Details:
Put on some green and meet us at Sullivan House.  We’ll have some fun in the land of shamrocks with rhymes, dancing, and a scavenger hunt.  We may even discover how to outwit a leprechaun.

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68.  OLD RED MUSEUM OF DALLAS COUNTY HISTORY AND CULTURE


2013 Home School Programs
March 14, 2013 --
You be the Architect
Time: 10am-12pm
Cost:
Children - $6; Adults - $3
Details: The Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture, “The Castle in the City”, is one of the most unique buildings in Dallas.  Built in 1892, the Dallas County Courthouse offers many unusual features such as stained glass windows, arches, wyverns, turrets, and the grand iron staircase and creates a wonderful setting for an architectural adventure!  Students will enjoy scavenger hunts, making architectural rubbings, comparing/contrasting Dallas buildings - past and present, designing buildings to add to the Dallas skyline, and other activities.  This hands-on informative study will culminate with each student making a two dimensional “stained glass” window to take home.  Post-activities and a guided tour of the building are included.  Register now!  Registration ends Friday, March 8, 2013. 


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

American Childhood: Celebrating Classic Toys
Date: Sept 28, 2012 - Jan 13, 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: Young and old alike will enjoy this engaging exhibit of playthings past, where we showcase the golden age of mass-produced toys.  Staff-driven and professionally executed, Old Red has filled its’ first floor Temporary Gallery with over 100 of America’s favorite toys dating from the 1880s to the 1980s! Iconic favorites like Lincoln Logs, Barbie and Fisher-Price are highlighted, along with model trains, vintage dollhouse furniture, and classic board games.   Several examples offer interesting comparisons with contemporary versions.  Even a recreated Woolworth’s display window offers a nostalgic trip to the five-and-dime!



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:
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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
MAR 16, 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.
 

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

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

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

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

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

PLEASE NOTE:
 
Dallas HSAA (www.hsaa.org) is still accepting basketball players for the 2012-2013 season.  We have teams from 6th-12th grade, boys and girls. Specifically, we need a few more 6th and 7th grade boys so that we can form two teams.  We also have spots available on our 6th-8th grade middle school girls teams. You are welcome to visit a practice, talk with the coaches, and meet the players to find out what HSAA basketball is all about! Middle school practices are on Monday and Thursday night during September and October at Integrated Athletic Development (IAD) in Carrollton (I35/190) ; in November, the practices scale back to once per week as games gear up. See the website for specific practice times.

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
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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: February 9: Cupid's Bash, March 9: Under the Big Top, 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
FALL 2012 SESSION

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

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

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

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

To Register: click here to download the registration form.

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

Discount:  Marc Brooks is offering HEART of Texas members a 10% discount, with a current Heart of Texas family membership card.  
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
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

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

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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.

FEBRUARY 7: next meeting at Lee Park in Irving. No meeting in January.

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
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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:


MARCH 9 (registration deadline February 8)

MAY 4 (registration deadline April 5)

JUNE 1 (registration deadline May 2)

For SAT Subject Test Calendar:  Click Here


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


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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

January 18-29, 2013 -- Trinity Christian Academy
Location: 17001 Addison Road, Addison, TX 75001
Time: 1/18 -- 2-5:30pm; 1/19-20 -- 1pm-4:30pm

January 24, Jan 31, Feb 7, Feb 14, Feb 21, 2013 -- ISchool
Location: 1800 Lakeway Drive, Lewisville, TX 75057
Time: 3-5 pm for 5 class periods

February 9 & 16, 2013 -- Lake Country Christian
Location: 8777 Boat Club Road, Fort Worth, TX 76179
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:  
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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, 2012

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


Highlights:

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

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

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

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

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


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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

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

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

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

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