HEART of Texas

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

NOVEMBER 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
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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


NOVEMBER/DECEMBER

REGISTRATION OPEN
HEART OF TEXAS HOME SCHOOL COLLEGE NIGHT

College Night will be held:  January 28, 2014
Time:  
6pm-9pm
Cost:  Early Birds (Registered by Dec 31): $10/family;  
HEART of Texas members (Registered by Dec 31): FREE
Location: Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main Street, Grapevine Texas 76051
To Register:  
www.heartoftex.org
Volunteers Needed!  Volunteers can earn free admission for themselves or someone else.
Details:  
Fifty years ago, one man set forth a vision of an American destiny of sacrifice, adventure, and optimism. Join a cast of our city’s most talented actors in a multimedia performance as they bring these stirring words to life, reminding us how far we have come, and how far we have yet to go, to become America’s best self.  Presented by Undermain Theatre & the Video Association of Dallas
For More Information or to Volunteer:  Call 817-280-9874 or email anne@heartoftex.org


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NOVEMBER/DECEMBER
HOME SCHOOL ACTIVITY DAYS
FORT WORTH LIBRARY BRANCHES

Come join us for multiple activities for a variety of age levels. 
Program and activities will vary each month – speakers, crafts, book discussion groups, games, etc.

Held at the Fort Worth Library Branch Locations Below:
NOV 4:  Summerglen Regional Library

Time:  
1pm-3pm
Location: 4205 Basswood Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76137-1402

NOV 12: Central Library, Youth Center
Time:  
1pm-3pm
Location: 500 W. Third St., Fort Worth, TX 76102-7305

NOV 21: Southwest Regional Library
Time:  
1pm-3pm
Location: 4001 Library Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76109-4407

DEC 2: Northwest Branch Library
Time:  
11am-1pm
Location:  6228 Crystal Lake Dr., Fort Worth, TX  76179

DEC 10: Central Library, Youth Center
Time:
1pm-3pm

DEC 19: Southwest Regional Library
Time:  
1pm-3pm
Location: 4001 Library Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76109-4407


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NOVEMBER 7
TEXAS BEEKEEPERS ASSN EVENT:  KIDS LEARNING ABOUT BEES
AT SOUTHFORK HOTEL IN PLANO

Time: 10am-2pm
Location: Southfork Hotel, 1600 North Central Expressway, Plano
Cost:  FREE
Details: This free event is open to school children of all ages, accompanied by an adult, during the Texas Beekeepers Association annual convention. Educational stations will be manned by students and experienced beekeepers. Meet Buzzy Bear and Honey Queens and Princesses from Texas who will escort groups through the 30-45 minute tour of the educational stations which will include:
        An observation hive of honey bees
        Bee suit, hat, veil, gloves
        Honey extracting equipment
        Bee hive box, smoker, and tools
        Pollination Display                                              
        Beeswax candle making
        Posters
        Handouts
        Bee related items and honey for purchase
        Honey Queen display tables
        Buzzy Bear
To Register: Click Here to email
For your time slot, please email your name, number in your party, and a contact phone number


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NOVEMBER 9
THE NEW FRONTIER: LANDMARK SPEECHES OF JOHN F. KENNEDY
AT DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART


Time:  2pm
Cost:  FREE
Location: Horchow Auditorium at Dallas Museum of Art
Details:  
Fifty years ago, one man set forth a vision of an American destiny of sacrifice, adventure, and optimism. Join a cast of our city’s most talented actors in a multimedia performance as they bring these stirring words to life, reminding us how far we have come, and how far we have yet to go, to become America’s best self.  Presented by Undermain Theatre & the Video Association of Dallas
For More Information:  Click Here


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NOVEMBER 9
AMERICAN HEROES: A SALUTE TO VETERANS
FEATURING LEE GREENWOOD
FREE FAMILY FESTIVAL IN THE COLONY


Time:  6:30am - Midnight (Click here for schedule of events)
Cost:  FREE
Location: The Colony Five Star Complex, 4100 Blair Oaks, The Colony, TX
Details:  
Celebrate Veteran's Day with this patriotic festival, sponsored by the City of The Colony in conjunction with the American Legion Post #21.  The beneficiary of this year's American Heroes silent auction is the Wounded Warrior Project.  On-site registration for American Heroes 5K/10K and 1 Mile Fun Run begins at 6:30am.  Other activities are scheduled throughout the day.  Lawn seating is available for the concerts. Bring your lawn chairs or a blanket and come out for an afternoon of incredible music, followed by fireworks choreographed to patriotic music. Invite your friends and neighbors for a day of FREE entertainment!  Tickets are not necessary for the concerts.  Arrive early to beat the traffic and stay the entire day.
Schedule of Events include a Heroes Ceremony, Honor Your Veteran, Carnival, 5K & 10K Run, Fireworks, Concerts, Car, Truck & Bike Show, Heroes Hut for Kids, Silent Auction and Vendors.  Featuring Lee Greenwood and Celebrating 30 years of "God Bless the USA."
For More Information:  Click Here


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NOVEMBER 9
ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL AT
CAMP TONKAWA


Time:
2pm-6:30pm
Cost: Free admission.  The fall festival is a fundraiser to raise funds for a multipurpose barn.  Please bring cash to our fundraiser event.
 Food and drinks and a bake sale will be held throughout the day, with a Silent Auction and raffle later in the day.  To volunteer:  940-440-8382.
Schedule:
2:30-4:30:  Activities for all ages:  games, horseshoe tournament, hay rides, cake walk, crafts, archery, horseback riding
4:30-5pm:  Gold rush for the kids
5pm-6pm: Camp fire - drumming and storytelling
6pm-6:30pm: Closing of the silent auction & raffle drawing

For more details: click here

Other Camp Tonkawa Events in November:
NOV 13 -- Nature Awareness Day Camp

NOV 16-17 -- Native American Indian Camp

28 -- Thanksgiving Day Pot Luck Feast

To View Other Events at Camp Tonkawa:  Click Here

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NOVEMBER 11 & 18
WOLVES: SPECIES IN PERIL
HOME SCHOOL CLASS AT FOSSIL RIM


NOVEMBER 11 & 18 -- Species in Peril: Wolves (For Homeschoolers Ages 7 and Older)
Time:  
10am-4pm
Cost:  $23/participant
Details:  
Friend… or foe? Save them… or eradicate them? The relationship between people and wolves has been a rocky one! There are years in American history in which we killed over 100,000 wolves… just in a year!
And yet we have discovered that they play a more important role than we guessed. Join us to see members of the three species we have at Fossil Rim and get to know the sad but hopeful story of the wolf.
Please Note:  This event is for ages 7 and older only, as the tour will take us through back areas that are not normally accessible to the public.
For More Information: 254.897.2960.

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NOVEMBER 14
HOW TO TEACH SHAKESPEARE AT HOME
GRAPEVINE PUBLIC LIBRARY


Time:  7pm
Location:
 Grapevine Public Library, 1201 Municipal Way, Grapevine
Cost:  FREE (Refreshments will be provided by The British Emporium
Details:  Have you ever tried explaining Shakespeare to a child? Let the expert, Shakespeare Man, explain how to teach your kids in a way that they can grow to love the language of Shakespeare.  This program is open to the public and anyone is welcome.  Shakespeare Man, The British Emporium, and HEART of Texas invite you join them for an informative enjoyable evening!
Program:
Insider's Insights: Homeschooling and the Home School Community of North Texas –
The speaker will be
Dave Gebhart, co-founder of HEART of Texas, a regional support network for home school leaders and families in North Texas.

Bringing Shakespeare Home! – The speaker will be Robert Clover-Brown, known to the library's adults and students and customers of The British Emporium as Shakespeare Man.

With Sheela Kadam, Robert was recently a cast member of Generic Radio's production of "Rund the Horne" at the library.

Robert will focus on the joys and challenges of teaching students, at home or at school, about Shakespeare's life-enhancing, resonant work.  He will draw extensively on his work as a touring Teaching Artist, and on his current, heartfelt commitment as a teacher at The Home Educators Outsourcing Solution (THEO), an education center dedicated to home schoolers based in Plano, TX.


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NOVEMBER 23
BANCROFT FAMILY CONCERT SERIES 
FREE PERFORMANCE:  SCHUBERT'S BEST


Time:
3pm  (Auditorium Doors open at 2:30pm)
Location:  Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas, 75201
Cost: FREE
(Admission to the museum and concert is free)
No reservations or tickets required.
Details:  
Franz Schubert's final work for chamber ensemble, Quintet for Strings in C Major is universally acknowledged as one of the finest creations in all chamber music. This masterwork will be performed by members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
For More Information:  Click Here

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NOVEMBER 29
FORT WORTH PARADE OF LIGHTS
DOWNTOWN FORT WORTH


Time:
6pm (approximately)
Location:  Intersection of Belknap St. and Throckmorton.  
Parade proceeds east along Belknap, turns south on Commerce & goes to 9th St.  The parade turns west, past the Convention Center to Houston St, and then turns north on Houston St. to Weatherford St.
Cost: FREE

Transportation: Ride the T for free after 4pm. The ITC is only two blocks from the parade route, at 9th and Jones Streets.  Avoid the traffic rush after the parade and enjoy a few more moments downtown at many of our restaurants, shops and entertainment spots.  Ride the Parade of Lights Shuttle (FREE!) from Farrington Field to the ITC Train and Bus Station, and then back to your car following the parade.  The shuttle is provided courtesy of The Fort Worth Transportation Authority.
Details:  
The fun begins at 2pm.  Click here for the schedule of activities
For More Information:  Click Here

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NOVEMBER 30 & DECEMBER 7
HEART OF TEXAS DISCOUNT DAYS -- 30% OFF TICKETS
THE NUTCRACKER AT WINSPEARE OPERA HOUSE
2PM PERFORMANCES ONLY

Performance Times:  2pm 
Location:  Winspeare Opera House in Dallas

Details:  The Nutcracker is a beloved holiday tradition for all ages. This classic story tells the tale of a young girl, Clara, who receives a Nutcracker and goes on a magical journey to discover the Land of Snow and Kingdom of Sweets alongside her Nutcracker Prince. 

To Purchase Tickets By Phone:  Call Jana Landin at 877-828-9200, ext 101 or click here to email
You must mention HEART of Texas Home School Discount Program to get the discount.
Any homeschooler may take advantage of this program.

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

Please Note:  The Discount is good only for the 2pm performances on Nov. 30 and Dec 7 at Winspeare.

For Other HEART of Texas Discount Days at Texas Ballet Theater Performances:  Click Here

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DECEMBER 1
SYMPHONY OF TOYS
NEW CONSERVATORY OF DALLAS
FREE CONCERT & TOY DRIVE

Time:  2:30pm
Location:  The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201
Admission: FREE (must have ticket) and a new, unwrapped toy
Complimentary Tickets:  Available at Tom Thumb stores in November.
Or visit www.symphonyoftoys.org and print your tickets.  Or call 972-503-8486.

Details:  Symphony of Toys is a unique family concert presentation, in which young musicians of the New Conservatory of Dallas, via the medium of music, help to collect toys for kids in need in cooperation with WFAA Channel 8 Santa's Helpers Toy Drive.  The concert also includes the entertaining work, Toy Symphony by Leopold Mozart, father of the Amadeus. Also featured on the program are works by Handel, Vivaldi, Haydn, Grieg, Godel, and Piazzolla.
Plan to arrive early as animals from the Dallas Zoo will be in the lobby of the Meyerson Symphony Center before the concert.
For more Information:
 Click Here 

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DECEMBER 15
HEART OF TEXAS DISCOUNT DAY -- 50% OFF TICKETS
THE NUTCRACKER AT BASS HALL IN FORT WORTH
6PM PERFORMANCE ONLY

Performance Times:  6pm 
Location:  Bass Hall in Fort Worth

Details:  The Nutcracker is a beloved holiday tradition for all ages. This classic story tells the tale of a young girl, Clara, who receives a Nutcracker and goes on a magical journey to discover the Land of Snow and Kingdom of Sweets alongside her Nutcracker Prince. 

To Purchase Tickets By Phone:  Call Jana Landin at 877-828-9200, ext 101 or click here to email
You must mention HEART of Texas Home School Discount Program to get the discount.
Any homeschooler may take advantage of this program.

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

Please Note:  The Discount is good only for the 6pm performance on December 15 at Bass Performance Hall.
For Other HEART of Texas Discount Days at Texas Ballet Theater Performances:  Click Here

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NOVEMBER/DECEMBER
CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTINGS & OTHER HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES
IN DALLAS FORT WORTH AREA


NOVEMBER
Nov 9 -- Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops (free cookies, hot chocolate, activities)- FREE
Nov 16 -- Dallas:  City Lights
Nov 22-Jan 5-- Ft Worth:  Gifts of Light at Texas Motor Speedway
- Per vehicle: $15 Mon-Thurs; $20 FSS & holidays
Nov 22-Jan1 -- Farmers Branch: Pharr's Christmas Extravaganza - FREE (donations of toys & canned goods)
Nov 23 --
Southlake:   Home for the Holidays Annual Tree Lighting - FREE
Nov 23-Jan 5 --Trains at North Park - $6 Adults/$3 Ages 2-12 and Seniors 65+
Nov 28 - Dec 31 -- Grand Prairie: Prairie Lights -
Per Car: $20; Mon-Thurs; $30 FSS (Larger vehicles more)
Nov 29 - Frosty the Snowman opens at Casa Manana (through Dec 22)
Nov 29 -- Highland Park:  Christmas Tree Lighting
- FREE
Nov 29-Jan 4 -- Dallas:  Sparkle! Christmas at the Anatole - $9/Adult; $7/ages 7-17; $5 parking
Nov 29 -- Dallas Galleria:  Macy's Grand Tree Lighting Celebration (with Kurt Browning)- FREE
Nov 29 -- Fort Worth:  Parade of Lights - FREE
Nov 29 -- Highland Park Village:  Christmas Tree Lighting - FREE

Nov 29-Dec 30 -- Farmers Branch: Christmas Tour of Lights
- FREE (donations accepted)
Nov 29-Jan 1 -- Sachse:  "Listen to the Lights" Display - FREE
Nov 29 & 30 -- McKinney:  Home for the Holidays Festival & Tree Lighting - FREE
Nov 30 -- Allen: Christmas Tree Lighting - FREE
Nov 30 -- Waxahachie: Community Tree Lighting on the Courthouse Square
- FREE

DECEMBER 
Dec 1 -- Plano:  Deerfield Holiday Lighting - FREE
Dec 3 -- Hurst:  Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony - FREE
Dec 3 -- Mesquite:  Christmas on the Square - FREE
Dec 5 -- Grapevine:  Parade of Lights - FREE
Dec 5 -- Rockwall: Christmas Tree Lighting at City Hall  - FREE
Dec 5 -- Sachse:  Tree Lighting Ceremony & Story Time with Santa - FREE
Dec 6 -- Colleyville:  Holly Colley Holidays - FREE
Dec 6 -- Keller:  Holly Days - FREE
Dec 7 -- Arlington: Holiday Lights Parade - FREE
Dec 7 -- Dallas:  Children's Medical Center Holiday Parade - FREE;
can buy tickets for bleacher seating
Dec 7 -- Euless: Christmas Parade of Lights - FREE
Dec 7 -- Farmer's Branch: Christmas Tree Lighting - FREE
Dec 7 -- Fort Worth:  Christmas in the Stockyards - FREE
Dec 7 -- North Richland Hills:  Night of Holiday Magic (at NRH2O) - FREE admission & parking
Dec 7 -- Richardson: Christmas Parade - FREE
Dec 7 -- Rockwall: Christmas Parade & Old Town Christmas Market - FREE
Dec 7 -- Waxahachie:  Christmas Parade in Downtown Waxahachie
- FREE
Dec 7 -- Waxahachie:  Candlelight Home Tour
Dec 7 -- Wylie:  Wylie Arts Festival and Tree Lighting - FREE
Dec 13-17 -- Waxahachie:  Bethlehem Revisted - FREE
Dec 21 -- Frisco:  Christmas in the Square

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A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:
MATH TUTORING WITH FRED HALPERN

Math Tutor -   H.S. SAT,  GMAT,  THEA, Calculus,   - $25/hr
10 years as college math teacher  and   25 years in data processing.

Free Introductory session!    Over 80% Satisfaction rate.

- Background analysis with review sheets to help you catch up
- Topic and Subject overviews omitting detail clutter
- Advanced tricks to make the complex simple.
- Problem solving sessions

Other subjects possible, especially writing essays.

Contact Fred Halpern:  FredHalp@gmail.com   or    214-636-9113 

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A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:
REGISTRATION OPEN
HOME SCHOOL GOLF PROGRAM

LANTANA GOLF CLUB

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

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

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

Marc Brooks will provide lead instruction with assistance from other local golf professionals as needed.  Mr. Brooks is a PGA member and currently Director of Instruction at Lantana Golf Club.  He was recently named "Best Golf Instructor Denton County 2012" and a member of the PGA President’s Council for his continuing efforts to promote and grow the game of golf.

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

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

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MONTHLY HIGHLIGHTS AT A GLANCE
Nov/Dec -- Registration Open for HEART of Texas College Night (to be held Jan 28)
Nov/Dec -- Christmas Tree Lightings & Other Holiday Events in DFW Area
Nov/Dec -- Home School Activity Days at Fort Worth Library Branches
Nov  --Library Used Book Sales Across North Texas

Nov -- Museum Exhibits in Dallas & Fort Worth
Nov -- Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
Nov -- Imax and Omni Movies

Nov -- Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Center
Nov -- Texas Discovery Gardens
Nov -- Texas Parks and Wildlife Programs at Select Parks

Nov
-- Programs at Ft. Worth Nature Center & Refuge
Nov -- Registration Open for 2013-2014 Greater Plano Area Cotillion
Nov -- Homeschool Classes at the Fort Worth Zoo

Nov 4 & 18 -- Home School Class at Perot Museum: Astronomy & Space (Includes Portable Universe)
Nov 7 -- Texas Beekeepers Assn Event: Kids Learning About Bees at Southfork Hotel in Plano
Nov 8 -- Let's Build a Scarecrow Program at Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano
Through Nov 9 -- My Pal Mack at Artisan Theater in Hurst (Artie's Children's Playhouse)
Through Nov 9 -- The Philadelphia Story at Artisan Theater in Hurst (Main Stage)
Nov 9 -- Registration for HSAA 2013-2014 Track & Field
Nov 9 -- Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops (free cookies, hot chocolate, activities)- FREE
Nov 9 -- Landmark Speeches of John F. Kennedy at Dallas Museum of Art
Nov 9 -- FREE Family Festival: A Salute to Veterans Featuring Lee Greenwood - The Colony
Nov 9 -- Fall Festival at Camp Tonkawa
Nov 9-Dec 24 -- Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops - FREE
Nov 11 & 18 -- Wolves: Species in Peril Home School Class at Fossil Rim
Nov 14 -- How to Teach Shakespeare at Home -- Grapevine Public Library
Nov 14 -- FREE Family Drop In Event:
Flashlight Fun -- Botanic Gardens in Ft. Worth
Nov 15 -- Little Women Opens at Artisan Theater in Hurst (Main Stage)
Nov 16 -- A Christmas Cinderella Open at Artisan Theater in Hurst (Artie's Children's Playhouse)
Nov 16 -- Dallas:  City Lights
Nov 17 -- Exhibit: Hopper Drawing: A Painter's Process - Opens at Dallas Museum of Art
Nov 18 -- Deadline for Submitting Solutions for Round 2 of USAMTS
Nov 22 -- 'Twas the Night Before Christmas Opens at Dallas Children's Theater (through Dec 22)

Nov 22-Jan 5-- Ft Worth:  Gifts of Light at Texas Motor Speedway- Admission is per vehicle
Nov 22-Jan 1 -- Farmers Branch: Pharr's Christmas Extravaganza - FREE (donations accepted)
Nov 23 -- Polar Express Opens at Imax -- Ft Worth Museum of Science & History (through Dec 23)
Nov 23 -- FREE Bancroft Family Concert: Schubert's Best -- Dallas Museum of Art
Nov 23 -- Southlake:   Home for the Holidays Annual Tree Lighting - FREE
Nov 23-Jan 5 --Trains at North Park - $6 Adults/$3 Ages 2-12 and Seniors 65+
Nov 24 -- Exhibit: Robert Smithson in Texas - Opens at Dallas Museum of Art
Nov 28 - Dec 31 -- Grand Prairie: Prairie Lights - Admission is per vehicle
Nov 29 -- The Nutcracker Opens at Dallas Children's Theater (through Dec 22)
Nov 29 -- Fort Worth Parade of Lights -- Sundance Square in Downtown Ft. Worth - FREE
Nov 29 -- Highland Park:  Christmas Tree Lighting - FREE
Nov 29-Jan 4 -- Dallas:  Sparkle! Christmas at the Anatole - $9/Adult; $7/ages 7-17; $5 parking
Nov 29 -- Dallas Galleria:  Macy's Grand Tree Lighting Celebration (with Kurt Browning)- FREE
Nov 29 -- Highland Park Village:  Christmas Tree Lighting - FREE

Nov 29-Dec 30 -- Farmers Branch: Christmas Tour of Lights
- FREE (donations accepted)
Nov 29-Jan 1 -- Sachse:  "Listen to the Lights" Display - FREE
Nov 29 & 30 -- McKinney:  Home for the Holidays Festival & Tree Lighting - FREE

Nov 30 -- HEART of Texas 30% Discount: The Nutcracker (Winspeare) -- 2pm Show Only
Nov 30 -- Allen: Christmas Tree Lighting - FREE
Dec 1 -- Symphony of Toys: FREE Concert & Toy Drive at Morton H. Meyerson
Dec 7 -- HEART of Texas 30% Discount: The Nutcracker (Winspeare) -- 2pm Show Only
Dec 11-14 -- The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe Opens at Breitling Youth Theater in Garland
Dec 13 & 14 -- $5 HEART of Texas Tickets:  The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe at Breitling Theater
Dec 15 -- HEART of Texas 50% Discount: The Nutcracker (Bass Hall) -- 6pm Show Only
Nov 30 -- Waxahachie: Community Tree Lighting on the Courthouse Square - FREE
Sponsor -- Math Tutoring with Fred Halpern
Sponsor -- Registration Open: Home School Golf Program at Lantana Golf Club

FEATURED ARTICLES

Home Schooling Continues to Grow -- Tim Lambert, President of THSC

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 editor@heartoftex.org

     Bedford Public Library    
     Fort Worth Public Library
     Hurst Public Library
     Lewisville Public Library
     McKinney Public Library System
     Rockwall County Library
     Tyler Public Library 
        Arlington Public Library

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

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

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

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

19.  E.A. Young Academy -- North Richland Hills
20.  Eastfield College -- Mesquite
21.  Enrichment Classes, Inc. -- Grapevine

22.  Home Educators Resource -- Lewisville
23.  Homeschoolers East Co-Op Classes -- East Dallas
24.  JOY Christian Academy
-- Decatur
25.  Matthew Road Academy -- Grand Prairie
26.  Morning Glory Academy -- Hurst
27.  Tarrant County College -- High School Math Classes
28.  
THEO Home School Classes -- Plano
29.  Quo Vadis Educators -- Garland
30.  Vine Academy -- McKinney

BOOK SALES & OUR PARTNERING HOME SCHOOL BOOK STORES
31.  Library Used Book Sales in North Texas
            WICHITA FALLS --  Nov 2; Dec 7
            CLEBURNE -- Nov 2
            WICHITA FALLS -- Nov 2
            WACO -- Nov 7-10
            DALLAS -- Nov 15-16
            EULESS -- Nov 15-17
32.  Center for Home Education -- Watauga
33.  Home Educators Resource -- Lewisville
 
NATURE CENTERS, ZOOS, & OUTDOOR PROGRAMS/CAMPS
Become a HEART of Texas Partner to list your program
34.  Camp Tonkawa (Day Camps and Outdoor Education) -- Collinsville
35.  Dallas Arboretum -- Dallas
36.  Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge Programs
37.  Fort Worth Botanic Gardens -- Fort Worth
38.  Fort Worth Zoo Homeschool Classes -- Fort Worth
39.  Fossil Rim
40.  Haven's Horses (Horsemanship & Outdoor Education)-- Keller
41.  Heard Museum Homeschool Classes – McKinney
42.  Heritage Farmstead Museum -- Plano
43.  Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area
43.  
Nash Farm -- Grapevine
44.  Ride with Pride -- Southlake
45.  Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch -- Pilot Point
46.  Texas Discovery Gardens -- Dallas
47.  Texas Parks and Wildlife Programs -- State Parks in North Texas
        Purtis Creek State Park -- Athens

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


PERFORMING ARTS
48.  Artisan Center Theater Performances -- Hurst
         Artie's Children's Playhouse:  
                My Pal Mack -- Oct 19 - Nov 9
                A Christmas Cinderella -- Nov 16 - Dec 21
         Main Stage Performances:
                The Philadelphia Story -- Oct 18 - Nov 9
                Little Women -- Nov 15 - Dec 21
49.  Breitling Youth Theater/Acting for Children Performances -- Garland
50.  Cantare Performance Choir -- Southlake
50.  Casa Manana Children’s Playhouse Performances -- Fort Worth
51.  CATS Theater Performances -- Arlington
52.  Cottage Theater Performances -- Watauga
53.  Dallas Children’s Theater Performances -- Dallas
54.  Dallas Symphony Orchestra -- Dallas
55.  Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra -- Fort Worth
55.  Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra -- Dallas
56.  Plano Children’s Theater Performances -- Plano
57.  Texas Ballet Theater Performances -- Special Pricing -- Dallas/Ft. Worth
            The Nutcracker (Winspeare Opera House in Dallas) -- Nov 19-Dec 8

                    HEART of Texas Discount Days -- November 30 at 2pm (30% Discount)
                                                                 December 7 at 2pm (30% Discount)
            The Nutcracker (Bass Hall in Fort Worth) -- December 13-27
                    HEART of Texas Discount Day -- December 15 at 6pm (50% Discount)
            Serenade & Gloria -- February 28-March 2
                    HEART of Texas Discount Day -- March 1 at 2pm (30% Discount)
            Swan Lake -- May 30-June 1
                    HEART of Texas Discount Day -- May 31 at 2pm (30% Discount)

57.  Texas Ballet Theater Dance School -- Dance Classes -- Fort Worth
58.  Home School Discount Tickets to Dallas Theater Performances
      
ART MUSEUMS
59.  Amon Carter Museum Exhibits – Fort Worth
60.  Dallas Museum of Art Exhibits -- Dallas
        Variations on Theme: Contemporary Art 1950s - Present
        Through Encountering Space in the Center for Creative Connections -- Throughout Spring 2013

61.  Kimbell Art Museum Exhibit -- Fort Worth
        Admission to the museum's Permanent Collection is always FREE
62.  Perot Museum -- Dallas
        Homeschool Programs:  Nov 4 & 18: Astronomy & Space
                                         Dec 2 & 16: Paleontology & Dinosaurs
63.  Museum of Science & History -- Fort Worth
        Air Park -- now on exhibit
64.  Nasher Sculpture Center -- Dallas

OMNI THEATERS   
65.  Shows at the Fort Worth Omni Theater -- Ft. Worth Museum of Science & History
        Flight of the Butterflies
        Under the Sea
        Space Junk
        Tornado Alley
        Star Trek Into Darkness
        Dolphins 
 
          
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 --  Nov 9
70.  North Texas District Science Fair for Home Schoolers -- Early Reg Dec. 14; Last Day to Reg Jan 4

HOME SCHOOL SPORTS/PE PROGRAMS
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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. Free Organ Recital -- Dallas -- December 20
102. Greater Plano Area Cotillion -- 2013-2014 events


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Home Schooling Continues to Grow
Tim Lambert, President of Texas Home School Coalition

Reprinted with permission from Tim Lambert's blog on THSC.org, Sept. 15, 2013

The U.S. Department of Education has just released a study by the National Center for Education Statistics that updates the federal government’s estimates on the number of children in the country who are being home schooled and on why their parents choose to do so.

According to Dr. Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI), “They concluded that 3.4%–or 1,770,000—of U.S. K-12 students were home schooled circa spring of 2012. The 95% confidence interval would be about 1.54 million to 2.00 million.” (pp. 17, 46) This number reflects a 17% increase in the number of home schoolers since the government’s last study, five years earlier, in 2007. Dr. Ray’s study in 2010 estimated that just over 2 million students were being home schooled in the U.S.

Several other interesting findings in this study were related to the reasons that parents choose to home school. In the list of reasons that parents could give (choosing more than one), the top four included: a concern about environment of other schools (91%); a desire to provide moral instruction (77%); a dissatisfaction with academic instruction at other schools (74%); and a desire to provide religious instruction (66%).

The top four reasons given as the most important reason parents chose to home school were: a concern about environment of other schools (25%); other reasons [family time, finances, travel, and distance] (21%); a dissatisfaction with academic instruction at other schools (16%); and a desire to provide religious instruction (16%).

Another interesting finding was that the highest rate of home schooling was among the 9th-12th grade group, at 3.7%, followed by 6th-8th grade at 3.5%, 3rd-5th grade at 3.4%, and K-2 at 3.1%. This finding seems to follow the concern about academics and environment at other schools and is a reversal of what we saw years ago when there were more home schoolers teaching the younger grades.

The bottom line is that parents continue to vote with their feet on the condition of many schools. Home schooling continues to be an amazing and affordable choice for millions of families because it affords parents the freedom to make academic decisions for their children.


Tim Lambert is the president of the Texas Home School Coalition,the state advocacy organization whose purpose is to help protect home school freedoms.  For more information about THSC, please visit www.thsc.org.

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Home School Graduate Creates Website to Locate Best Online College Textbook Prices

As if the price of college admission weren't expensive enough, the cost of college textbooks can be downright outrageous. 

Enter:  textbooksplease.com.  The website, which can locate the best price of any book online,  is the brainchild of 21-year-old homeschool graduate Christian Genco.  Textbooksplease.com has helped many people save thousands of dollars on college textbooks.

The idea for textbooksplease.com began while Christian was a student at SMU.  Although he had earned a full scholarship, he was surprised to discover that his textbooks were going to cost over $1200 for just one semester.    He spent two days researching various websites – Amazon, Ebay, Chegg, and others – to see if he could save money on the textbooks he needed.  He was able to save over $800. 

Determined to make the online research easier, the next semester he wrote a program to automate his online shopping.  The result:  he saved a lot of money in far less time, at the click of a button.  Christian credits his website with helping him save well over $3,000 on his books. 

He let his friends at SMU test out the program.  They not only loved it, but saved a bundle as well. 

Textbooksplease.com is a powerful website that searches over 40 sites for every book you need, by importing your schedule from your college textbook requirements page.  This feature works for 1,600 colleges, with more being added soon.  Supported universities are listed on the site.

What's more, the site can also help you find the best price of any new, used, or electronic book; not just textbooks.

Christian loves solving problems through programming, and is passionate about inspiring others to want to learn to program.  In fact, just last year, he gave a TEDx lecture at SMU on why everyone should learn to program.


HEART of Texas is honored to be able to recognize home school students and their endeavors.  If you have a home school student who should be recognized for something they have accomplished, please email our editor for consideration in a future newsletter.

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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

NORTHWEST BRANCH
Location:  
6228 Crystal Lake Dr
        817-392-5420

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Bedtime Stories
Who: For all ages
When: Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Wear your pajamas and slippers and come for some stories and fun that might (or might not!) make you ready for bed!
 
 
Teen Zone --7th through 12th graders
 
Anime Club
Who: For 7th-12th graders
When: 1st Thursdays
Time: 6-8 p.m.
If you enjoy anime—watching it and talking about it—this is the place for you! Come to the Teen Zone with other teens that love anime, just for fun!
 
Teen Night
Who: For 7th-12th graders
When: 2nd Thursdays
Time: 7 p.m.
Can’t wait to share your thoughts on some popular books? Join together in the Teen Zone to voice your opinions!
 
TUESDAYS & WEDNESDAYS -- Story Time for ages 3-6
Time: 10:45 a.m.–11:15 a.m.

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

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


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

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


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LEWISVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Location:  1197 W. Main Street, Lewisville, 75067
               972-219-3577
Contact:  Click Here to email  or call 972-547-7319

Homeschool Tours of Library
Would you like to know more about your local library and its many resources?  The Lewisville Public Library invites Lewisville-area homeschooling families to learn how they can get the most out of their public library!  We are happy to conduct library tours for groups of homeschooling students and their parents; call the Youth Services Desk at 972-219-3577 to make a tour reservation.  If you prefer to do a tour on your own, we also offer a self-guided tour of the Cynthia Bennett Children's Wing.  Just ask for a self-guided tour sheet at the Youth Services Desk.  The tour is a little like a library scavenger hunt, with tasks to complete and questions to answer along the way.  The activity is designed for elementary-aged students with parent guidance.

Library Resource Training
If you have a group that would like a more in-depth library orientation including an overview of electronic resources such as the library catalog, databases, and eBooks, we are able to offer such trainings by request as time, staffing, and library event schedules allow.  Contact the Youth Services Desk at 972-219-3577 and ask to speak to a librarian if you are interested in discussing opportunities.  This type of activity is best-suited to upper elementary, middle, or high school students.

Classes and Events
Lewisville Public Library offers a variety of classes and events throughout the year, and homeschooled children and teens are always invited to join us.  To see a list of upcoming classes and events, visit the library's webpage at library.cityoflewisville.com, and find us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/LewisvillePublicLibrary) for the latest updates, reminders, and announcements.

We look forward to seeing you at the library!


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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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ARLINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Sharing Our Voices (High School) 8 week session
Date: Sat afternoons from Sept 14-Nov 2
Location: George W Hawkes Central Library
Time: 1:30-3:30pm
Details: High School students will learn to use poetry as a means of creative expression and will use art to create an enhanced eBook with the guidance of UTA professor, Dr. Cedrick May.
For more information and to register online: http://www.arlingtonlibrary.org/calendar/sharing-our-voices-poetry-workshop-high-school-students
 
Finding Your Own Voice (Junior High) 6 week session
Date: Tues afternoons Oct 8 through Nov 12
Location: George W Hawkes Central Library
Details:  Led by local, award-winning poet and the DFW National Youth Poetry Slams founder Mike Guinn. Junior High students will build an appreciation for the art of poetry and develop creative performance skills through SLAM (Spoken Language Arts Method) poetry
For more information and to register online (starting September 16): http://www.arlingtonlibrary.org/calendar/finding-your-own-voice-poetry-workshop-junior-high-students-0
 
Both of these workshop series are made possible by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts in Education.


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2.  BOOK IT! READING PROGRAM

MAY 1, 2013 -- Enrollment Opens for Home School Students

Who Can Participate:
  Children in grades K-6.

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

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

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

For Detailed Program Information: Click Here

To Enroll Your Homeschool: Click Here  (Enrollment opens in May 1, 2013)

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


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3.  BRAUMS BOOK BUDDY PROGRAM

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

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

Program Runs:  September through end of school year.

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

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

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

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

For More Information:  Click Here  
   
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SIX FLAGS READ TO SUCCEED

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


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4.  BEST ROBOTICS 
     

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

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

For Rules:  Click Here


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5.  FIRST LEGO LEAGUE:  2013 NATURE'S FURY CHALLENGE

August 2013

Challenge Release: Click here for more information about the 2013 Nature's Fury Challenge
Tournament Season: November 2012-March 2013
World Festival: TBA

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

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

FLL challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers.  During NATURE’S FURY teams will build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game.  They will also choose and solve a real ­world problem in the Project.  Throughout their experience, teams will operate under FLL’s signature set of Core Values.


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

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

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6.  TEXAS STATE FISH-ART CONTEST

ENTRIES DUE MARCH 31 (ongoing annual contest)

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

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

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

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

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

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

For Rules, Prizes and Other Details:  Click Here

For More Information:
Click Here



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

Regional finals through January

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

Program Timeline: Click Here

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

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

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

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

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

Details:  TBA

To Register:  Click Here
To Download Brochure:  Click Here

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


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8.  USA MATHEMATICAL TALENT SEARCH

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

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

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

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

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

Round 2 of the USAMTS
is now available:  Click Here
The deadline for Round 2 is November 18, 2013.

Rules governing the USAMTS:  Click Here

Rules for submitting solutions: Click Here
Submissions that do not follow these guidelines may be rejected.

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

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9. IGNITING CREATIVE ENERGY CONTEST FOR K-12

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 Registration Deadline 

AUGUST 3, 2013 – 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

2014 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 provides, located in Watauga, provides the best in curriculum, classes and classical theatre.

Enrichment Classes

See our website for details about these and other classes, and call 817-281-2293 or visit the store to register.

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

Website:  http://centerforhomeeducation.com/

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

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17.  CHRISTIAN EDUCATORS RESOURCE CENTER IN ROWLETT

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

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

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

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


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18.  CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOL ALLIANCE OF TEXAS

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

Classes vary each semester based on the interests of the individual teachers.  You can view a sample class schedule on our website at www.c-h-a-t.org .  The classes offered that semester will not necessarily be offered again, but this will acquaint you with the kinds of classes available. 
 
You must be a member family in the Christian Homeschool Alliance of Texas to participate.  Membership is $30 per year.  New member families can join mid-year for $15.



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19.  E.A. YOUNG ACADEMY -- North Richland Hills

E.A. Young Academy is offering summer programs and enrichment classes to home school students.

Location:
8521 Davis Blvd
N. Richland Hills, TX  76182
For More Information:  Click Here

Yoga Classes begin October 15
Looking for some healthy ways to help your child relax? Beginning October 15th, EA Young Academy will be offering yoga classes for kids, teens and families. This is a six-week session of classes on Tuesday evenings. Visit http://eayoung.asapconnected.com/ to learn more about this exciting new program led by Michelle LeRiche, RYT, BA. Michelle has special training in the social and emotional needs of gifted children (and has two at home!) so this is sure to be a fantastic course!


Discount:  E.A. Young Academy is offering HEART of Texas members (with a valid ID Card) a
$45 discount off each Ignit Summer program Intensive.  Members will also receive discounts off
enrichment classes as they are developed.  
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership


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20.  EASTFIELD COLLEGE

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


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21.  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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23.  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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23.  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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24.  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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25.  MATTHEW ROAD ACADEMY

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

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

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

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

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26.  MORNING GLORY ACADEMY

Morning Glory Academy (MGA) is a classical Christian school in the university model, offering classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students study at home according to their family's schedule the other days of the week.  
 
To Register:  Click Here to email
For more information:
http://www.themga.org/
Location: Morning Glory Academy -- The Mount Church: 860 Keller-Smithfield Rd. Keller, TX  76248

MGA:  Your Home . . . Our School . . . Perfect Fit.


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

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

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



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

REGISTRATION REMINDER

TCC SE and South Campus offering homeschool math classes this spring. 
This may be our final semester depending on enrollment.

Classes offered:

South MW FW
Tri:  1-2:30pm
College Algebra:  2:30-4pm
Alegbra I:  4pm-5:30pm

SE Campus Arlington
College Alegbra:  Fridays, 8:30-11:30
Geometry: 11:30-2:30
PreCal Part 2:  2:30-4:30
Algebra II:  Tues/Thurs 2304

Cost:
$173 for class and software.

Classes start second week in Jan and end second week in May

For more info contact:
Maurine Amend
mdamend@tx.rr.com
maurine.amend@tccd.edu
972-660-8414

First come first serve


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28.  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.

Discount:  THEO is offering HEART of Texas family members with valid ID cards 20% off their regular application fee.
To Learn About HEART of Texas Membership: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership

 
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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29.  QUO VADIS EDUCATORS

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

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

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

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


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30.  VINE ACADEMY -- McKINNEY

The Vine Academy seeks to assist home school parents by providing classes for middle and high schol students.  Classes meet once a week, with the student completing homework during the week.  All classes taught from a Christian perspective.  

For More Information:  
Click Here

Discount:  HEART of Texas Members (with a valid, current HEART of Texas Family ID card) receive $5/month off tuition all year.  See http://www.heartoftex.org/partners/ for more details.

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



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31.  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.

CLEBURNE -- NOV 2
Time:  Sat: 10am-5pm
Location:  Cleburne Public Library
                302 W. Henderson
                817-645-0934
Books: 80% donated; 85% hardcover; most .50 - $1; some new fiction $2 - $3

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WICHITA FALLS --  NOV 2; DEC 7; JAN 4
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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WACO -- Nov 7-10
Time:  Thurs: 10am-9pm - no sales tax  (Kids 12 & Under free)
           Fri: 10am-9pm - no sales tax (free admission)
           Sat: 10am-7pm (free admission)
           Sun: Noon - 6pm (free admission)
Location:  Extraco Events Center (formerly Heart of Texas Fairgrounds)
               General Exhibits & Creative Arts Buildings
               4601 Bosque Boulevard
               254-750-5990
Books: Hardbacks $1.50; Children's Books .50 - $1.50
To Learn More:  Click Here

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DALLAS -- NOV 15-16
Time: Friday & Saturday: 10am-4pm
Location:    Timberglen Library
                 18505 Midway Rd
                 214-671-1365
Books:  1,500 books;  100% donated; paperback .50; hardcovers $1-$2; .25 - $2

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EULESS -- NOV 15-17
Time: Sat: 10am-4pm;  Sun: 1pm-3pm
Location:  Euless Public Library
                201 Ector Dr
                817-685-1679
Books:  10,000 books; 50% donated; 50% hardcover;  paperbacks .50; hardcovers $1

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DALLAS -- DEC 4-7
Time: Wed: Noon-7:45pm;  Thurs-Sat: 10am-5:45pm
Location:    Skillman Southwestern Library
                 5707 Skillman St   
                 214-670-6078
Books:  4,000+ books; 100% donated; 50% hardcover; .50-$20
            Saturday half price; 3pm $8/bag


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32.  CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION

Center for Home Education in Action, 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://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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33.  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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34.
 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.


NOVEMBER 2013
2 -- Horsemanship Day Camp
This class is for all of you who wish they had a horse. You will get a general overview of the responsibilities of having a pet of this size. Wear your old blue jeans and boots, if you happen to have them. You will get a chance to do some basic riding. Make sure to bring suncreen and drinking water for sunny days.
2-3 -- Outdoor Cooking
Everyone likes to eat and that's the theme for this weekend. We will be cooking tasty meals, using a variety of interesting methods. Learn how to make your next outdoor adventure a culinary treat.  All meals are included. Vegetarian fare available, like at all of our camps, just let us know.
9 -- Annual Fall Festival
The Fall Festival is a fundraiser to support Camp Tonkawa's mission to connect children and adults to nature.
13 -- Nature Awareness Day Camp
Learning about the plants and animals in your own backyard!  Bring your nature journals and pencils.
16-17 -- Native American Indian Camp
Our camp is named after the "Tonkawas,: a Native American Indian Tribe that lived in the immediate area. This camp will explore, through lots of fun activities, this particular tribe along with other plains Indians. 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.
28 -- Thanksgiving Day Pot Luck Feast
Time:  
Can arrive anytime after Noon.  Out-of-towners are more than welcome to come the night before.
Or just come out for desert, if you have another meal to attend. We welcome your help in table set-ups. You can put the finishing touches on your food preparation and take the time to hike the trails or visit with others if you come early!
Dinner:  3pm                                                   
Bring: Food and beverages, enough to feed the amount of people in your party
Please bring your own dishes. i.e., plates, cups, silverware.  PLEASE  "non disposable."  Wash stations will be set up for clean up.  Please bring extra folding tables and tablecloths, if you have them.
RSVP:  940-440-8382  Tell us what you are planning to bring and how many people in your group.
Horseback Riding:  Set up a time to ride. Cost: $10 / half hour.  Proceeds go to our Mulit-Use Barn Fund.

DECEMBER 2013
7 -- Horsemanship Day Camp
This class is for all of you who wish they had a horse. You will get a general overview of the responsibilities of having a pet of this size. Wear your old blue jeans and boots, if you happen to have them. You will get a chance to do some basic riding. Make sure to bring suncreen and drinking water for sunny days.
7 --  Primitive Survival Skills Class 1
11 -- Nature Awareness Day Camp
At any time, anywhere, things can go wrong and you might find yourself in a survival situation. You can survive 3 minutes without oxygen, 3 hours without shelter, 3 days without water, and 3 weeks without food. To stay alive, you must find or build a shelter, obtain safe drinking water, start a fire and gather food. This class will teach you how to build a simple shelter using natural materials, start a fire without matches, and find safe drinking water. (Gathering food will be taught in the Primitive Survival Skills Class 2.) It is also nice to know how to signal for help and aide rescuers in finding you.  This class is open to all who are responsible enough to handle sharp tools on their own.
14-15 --  Winter Camp

Winter in Texas rarely brings us a wonderland of snow, but this season does present itself quite differently than our blazing hot summers. How does this alter survival in the woods for us as humans?  What about the wildlife? What do the birds, mammals, insects, reptiles, and trees all do to cope with this season? Being a naturalist doesn't stop just because it gets cold outside. It is hard to predict the temperatures that this weekend will present to us, so pack your hat and gloves to come experience the woods in winter.

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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35.  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.

Summer at the Arboretum: Alice's Adventures at the Flower Village
Four Topiary flower houses nestled in the shade of the Pecan Grove depicting the Adventures of Alice, the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter. Costumed character during Family Fun Fridays will bring the stories to life.

Hours:  Open Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Admission:
 
$15 for adults
$12 for seniors (65+)
$10 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:                                                                
$10 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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36.  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.


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37.  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

Events  
NOVEMBER 2-3 -- Fall Festival in the Japanese Garden
Time:
Nov 2: 10am-5pm;  Nov 3: 11am-5pm
Admission:  $6 Adults; $3 Children ages 4-12; Under 4 free
Details: Feast your eyes on the fall color of the Japanese Garden while you and your family enjoy traditional Japanese dance, music, martial arts demonstrations, papermaking, and tea ceremonies.

NOV 14: FREE Family Drop-In Event: Flashlight Fun --  Explore the Garden after dark. Everyone brings a flashlight to follow the special trail. Go on an adventurous guided hike of the Garden at NIGHT!  Use your flashlight to look for night-time critters that call the Garden home. It is free to the public and no registration is required.  All hiking will end at 7:30 p.m., so get there in time to enjoy plenty of flashlight fun!

DECEMBER 7 -- Bird's Christmas Tree
Time:
11am-12:30pm
Details:  Share your holiday gift giving with our feathered friends! Children of all ages are invited to make biodegradable bird treats ahead of time and bring them to the event to hang in the Garden’s Grove, providing food for wildlife and a little holiday cheer! This free event, complete with music and entertainment, is one of Fort Worth’s oldest holiday traditions.

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


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


FALL 2013 Classes
- ages 6-12
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

Ages 6-8
NOV 5 & 19 -- Bodacious Birds: Put your heads together and discuss different birds of a feather.

DEC 3 & 17 -- Fabulous Fish: Ever wondered why fish are so slippery? Find out in a class full of fishy facts!

Ages 9-12
NOV 5 & 19 -- Leading a hand...or paw...or wing - animals care about the earth, too. Explore different ways certain animals help make the world a better place.

DEC 3 & 17 -- As Big as an Elephant! Animals come in all shapes and sizes - some are big and some are small. Come along as we compare the large and the tiny.


2013 Classes - ages 13-15
Time: 9:30-11:30am
Cost: $50
Includes an interactive lab, snack, live animal presentation, and admission for each student to the Zoo on the class day.
Class Schedule: See listing below for monthly classes
To register: click here
Location: Fort Worth Zoo: 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76110

NOV 19 -- Animal Training Lab: Spend some time with an outreach specialist and learn all about animal training and enrichment.

DEC 17 -- Nutrition Lab: Discuss animal nutrition and take a tour of the commissary.


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:  Click Here

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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39.  FOSSIL RIM HOME SCHOOL CLASSES AND EVENTS

NOVEMBER 11 & 18 -- Species in Peril: Wolves (For Homeschoolers Ages 7 and Older)
Time:  
10am-4pm
Cost:  $23/participant
Details:  
Friend… or foe? Save them… or eradicate them? The relationship between people and wolves has been a rocky one! There are years in American history in which we killed over 100,000 wolves… just in a year!
And yet we have discovered that they play a more important role than we guessed. Join us to see members of the three species we have at Fossil Rim and get to know the sad but hopeful story of the wolf.
This event is for ages 7 and older only, please.

For more information about homeschool events, click here


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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40. 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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41.  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 2013 & Spring 2014 CLASS --REGISTER NOW!
Click here for information

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


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

Preschool Programs:
NOV 8 – Let’s Build a Scarecrow
NOV 22 – Farmstead Thanksgiving
DEC 6 – Celebrations Around the World
DEC 20 – Reindeer Games

Program Time:  10:30am-12:00pm
Cost: $10 for 1 Adult/1 Child Combo;  $5 additional child
Registration Required
To Register and for More Information:  972-881-0140.

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

Self-Guided Grounds Tours

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

Group Tours

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

FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH -- Scout Tours

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

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

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

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

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42.  LEWISVILLE LAKE ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING AREA

Events and Activities:
NOVEMBER 9 -- Spend the Morning with the Birds
Time: 7:30am
Details: Bird watchers of all skill levels are welcome to join Keith Lockhart as he guides visitors to prime birding locations along LLELA’s nature trails.
Cost: $7/person, ages 10 and up
Reservations are not required.
For More Information:  
972-219-3930

NOVEMBER 9 -- Nature Walk
Time: 10am
Details:  Join us for our monthly naturalist-led nature walk. Animal tracks, changing leaves, migrating ducks…we never know what we’ll find! The hike will last about two hours.
Cost:  There is a $2 program fee, in addition to the regular gate fee ($5/person).
Reservations are not required.
For More Information:
972-219-3930

NOVEMBER 9 -- Gather around our campfire
Time:
6-8pm
Details: Meet us at a cozy campfire for traditional campfire fun, which may include stories, songs, a craft for children, and of course toasted marshmallows.
Cost: $10/person.
Registration Required: 972-219-3930 or click here to email

NOVEMBER 16 -- Open House at the Minor-Porter Log House
Time: Noon - 3pm
Details: Completely restored and furnished with all the trappings of everyday frontier life, the log house gives visitors to LLELA a window on everyday life in Denton County in 1870. Interested visitors of all ages can arrive at any time during the open hours and tour at their own pace. Knowledgeable volunteers will be on hand to guide visitors through the structures and answer questions in this informal tour.
Cost:  Regular admission to LLELA ($5/person; children age 5 years and under free).

NOVEMBER 16 -- Take a night hike
Time: 5:30pm
Details:  Join our trail guides as they lead a twilight/moonlight stroll down the Redbud Trail.  We may hear some bumps in the night, but have no fear...it’s probably just an armadillo. Howling coyotes, hooting owls, and other nocturnal sounds will provide an out-of-the-ordinary hiking experience. No flashlights are necessary.
Cost: $7/person, ages 5 years and up.
Registration Required: 972-219-3930 or click here to email

NOVEMBER 29 -- Walk Off the Turkey Nature Hike
Time:
1pm
Details: Putting this hike on your calendar for the day after Thanksgiving gives you license to eat a little more pie! Join us for a two-hour hike through LLELA’s forests and prairies.
Cost: There is a $2 program fee, in addition to the regular gate fee ($5/person).
Reservations are not required.  All ages welcome.
For More Information: 972-219-3930 or click here to email
 

Discount:
  HEART of Texas members (with valid ID card) receive $1 per child discount on
Spring 2013 Home School Natural Science Classes for 2nd-8th grade students.
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here

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42.  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

DECEMBER 7 -- Victorian Christmas at Nash Farm
Time: 3pm-6pm
Admission:  FREE
Details: Experience a Victorian Christmas at Grapevine’s Nash Farm. Docents will lead visitors through the farmhouse and the farm to experience how Grapevine’s earliest settlers celebrated Christmas in Texas during the latter part of the 19th Century. Tours will be led from the pole barn, where visitors can enjoy hot cider and cookies, to the front door of the farmhouse, through the parlor, bedroom, dining room and kitchen, then outside by the burning yule log and back to the pole barn.

MARCH 15, 2014 -- Tales at Twilight
Time:  
7pm-9pm
Admission: FREE
Details:
Family event with free popcorn & cider.

FIRST FRIDAYS: Life Skills Demonstrations by Nash Farmhands
Cost: Tickets $3 per person.
Time:  10am-12pm
Details: Step back in time and join us. Daily life in late 19th century Texas required knowledge of a number of skills, methods and even recipes that will be demonstrated by Nash Farmhands. Each month features a different theme, so be sure to check the website for more information regarding the demonstrations and activities of that month. Help us preserve and protect our great heritage with First Fridays at the Farm. Demonstrations are on the first Friday of the month.
DECEMBER 6: Farm Fun

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

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43.  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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44.  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!

Open to the Public Days (MARCH–NOVEMBER)
Open Through NOVEMBER 30th, 2013
Time:
  10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last tour begins at 4:30)

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

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

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

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


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45.  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.



OCTOBER 26 -- Creepy Crawl-O-Ween
Time: 10am-3pm
Details: Scary scorpions, titanic tarantulas, and slithery snakes take their masks off and reveal their not so scary side with educational presentations, activities, arts & crafts, and more! Included with admission.

Admission: $8/adults; $6 seniors (60+); $4 children 3-12yrs; free children under 3yrs.


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 admission 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)



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46.  TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT ACTIVITIES

ATHENS, TX

Location: 14225 FM 316, Eustace, TX 75124
903-425-2332

Things to do:
Camping, picnicking, boating, hiking

For upcoming events:
click here


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CEDAR HILL, TX

Location: 1570 West FM 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104
972-291-3900

Things to Do:
Camping, Mountain Biking, Birdwatching, Picnicking, Fishing, Swimming beach, Playgrounds, Boating

For upcoming events:
click here

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DENTON, TX

Location:  Ray Roberts Lake State Park
Isle Du Bois Unit:
100 PW 4137, Pilot Point, TX 76258
940-686-2148

Johnson Branch Unit
100 PW 4153, Valley View, TX 76272
940-637-2294

Things to Do: picnicking, camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, rollerblading, swimming on a beach area (unsupervised), boating and fishing. Johnson Branch also offers backpacking

For upcoming events: click here


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DENISON, TX

Location:  50 Park Road 20, Denison, TX 75020
903-465-1956

For upcoming events: click here


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JACKSBORO, TX -- FORT RICHARDSON STATE PARK

Location: 228 State Park Road 61, Jacksboro, TX 76458

940-567-3506

For upcoming events: click here


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MINERAL WELLS, TX -- Lake Mineral Wells State Park 

Location:  100 Park Road 71, Mineral Wells, TX 76067

940-328-1171

For upcoming events:
click here

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TYLER, TX -- Tyler State Park

Location:  789 Park Road 16, Tyler, TX 75706

903-597-5338

For upcoming events: click here

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WILLS POINT, TX -- Lake Tawakoni State Park

Location:  10822 FM 2475, Wills Point, TX 75169

For upcoming events, click here


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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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48.  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/Children;  $7/Adults
Showtimes: Shows are Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m; Fridays at 4:30pm.


OCT 19 - NOV 9 -- My Pal Mack  
Details: Meet Mack, the littlest monster. Mack has grown up in a world where a monster’s first scare is his rite of passage, but when it comes time for Mack to make his big move, he chickens out. What’s a monster to do? With the help of an unlikely friend, this little monster goes on an adventure that makes a BIG impression! Filled with lots of laughs, My Pal Mack is the story of two friends who help each other find acceptance in the worlds they come from.
For more information: Click here

NOV 16 - DEC 21  -- A Christmas Cinderella  
Details: Poor Cinderella works all day to please her Stepmother and Stepsisters and dreams of going to the Christmas ball. With the help of Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother, a pumpkin becomes a sleigh! Mice become flying reindeer! And who should be the coachman?  Why it’s Santa Claus himself! Cinderella’s special mouse friends take center stage in their comic plot to help Cinderella meet her Prince Charming, just in time for a Christmas Day wedding!
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.


OCT 18 - NOV 9 -- The Philadelphia Story
Details: The Lord family of Philadelphia is getting ready for a wedding! A merry mix-up of who is who at the house is just the beginning as reporters try to get the story and our bride tries to find her way to a normal life and we get to find out who she eventually walks down the aisle with!
For more information: Click here

NOV 15 - DEC 21 -- Little Women
Details: Based on Louisa May Alcott’s own family experiences (and novel), LITTLE WOMEN, follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America. The beloved story of the March sisters is timeless and deals with issues as relevant today as when they were written. Now, this wonderful narrative has been brought to life as an exhilarating new musical filled with glorious music, dancing and heart. LITTLE WOMEN embodies the complete theatrical experience, guaranteeing a night filled with laughter, tears, and a lifting of the spirit. This powerful score soars with the sounds of personal discovery, heartache and hope — the sounds of a young America finding its voice.
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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49.  BREITLING YOUTH THEATER

Performances:
Cost:
Advance tickets are $8 (add $1 at the door). Children 3 and under are free.
Performance Location:  
The Plaza Theater, 521 West State Street, Garland, TX 75040

DECEMBER 11-14 -- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
This dramatization of the C.S. Lewis' classic, set in the land of Narnia, faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. All the memorable episodes from the story are represented in this exciting dramatization: the temptation of Edmund by the witch, the slaying of the evil wolf by Peter, the witnessing of Aslan's resurrection by Susan and Lucy, the crowning of the four new rulers of Narnia, and more. The supporting characters are also here: the unicorn, the centaur and other forest animals, along with Father Christmas, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver and Tumnus the Faun. This story of love, faith, courage and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life.

HEART of Texas Discount Tickets:  $5
The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe
December 13 & 14 performances at 7pm
To Reserve your tickets:  
972-658-3915 or click here to email

Auditions & Classes:
Be an Extra (non-speaking part) in Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe
– Nov 5 - Dec 14 (no class the week of Thanksgiving)
– Play ogres, cyclops, gorillas, wolves, voxes, fauns, dogs in the big battle
– Ages 4-19/No experience necessary
– Have fun, learn, gain confidence
– $50 plus costume fee
– Or work on the tech crew!

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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50.  CANTARE PERFORMANCE CHOIR IN SOUTHLAKE

Contare is an auditioned choir available for exception 3rd-12th grade singers in the NE Tarrant County are. Previous experience is not necessary; however, an audition is required.
 Auditions are by appointment only.

Location:  The choir rehearses at the White's Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake, TX.
Rehearsals are Thursdays from 5:45pm to 7pm, with additional rehearsals leading up to performances.
For More Information:  Click Here
To request an audition:  Click Here

Discount:  Cantare Performance Choir is offering HEART of Texas members (with calid ID card) a $15 discount off annual tuition.  
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:  
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50.  THEATER PERFORMANCES AT CASA MANANA CHILDREN’S PLAYHOUSE

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


NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 22 -- Frosty the Snowman

FEBRUARY 7-23 (2014) -- Pinkalicious: the Musical


MARCH 28 - APRIL 13 (2014) -- How I Became a Pirate


APRIL 25-MAY 18 (2014) -- Peter Pan


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

Location:  3101 West Lancaster Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Box Office: 817-332-2272
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm;  Saturday 12pm-5pm;  Sunday and Monday Closed
Open one hour prior to every show

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51.  PERFORMANCES AT CATS THEATER IN ARLINGTON


CATS PRESENTS:

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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52.  THE COTTAGE THEATER – CENTER FOR HOME EDUCATION

Center for Home Education’s Cottage Theater Presents:

Upcoming Performances:
JANUARY 17-25 -- Sherlock Holmes! A Comic Mystery
Incriminating letters written by a young European prince to the English girl he betrayed are in the hands of the dead girl's sister. She is in the clutches of a nefarious man. All this and Moriarty and Dr. Watson too.
To purchase tickets: Call 817-281-2293

MARCH 28-APRIL 5 -- The Sound of Music!  A Musical
An exalted ex-military man in Austria takes on a new governess, Maria, a nun too free spirited for any convent, to look after his over-disciplined children. The rebellious children first reject Maria then learn to love her because Maria was able to intro-duce art and freedom to the youth-deprived children and eventually their father as well. Captain Von Trapp does not agree with Austria's position in the war, and he and his family must flee from the Nazis who want to tear his family apart, newly invigorated with love and joy thanks to Maria.

JUNE 6 (2014)-JUNE 14 (2014) -- Cheaper By the Dozen
The charming story of a family in the 1920s with 12 children and an efficiency engineer as the father. Based on the 1950s film.

Discount:  Center for Home Education is offering HEART of Texas members a 20% dicount off all show tickets for HEART of Texas members (with valid ID Card).  
To learn about HEART of Texas membership: Click Here
To view our ever-expanding list of partners:  
Click Here

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53.  DALLAS CHILDREN’S THEATER PERFORMANCES

2013-2014 Season:
(Please note that not all productions may be suitable for all audiences.)  

NOV 22 - DEC 22 -- 'Twas the Night Before Christmas 
A NEW Holiday Musical based on the most popular Christmas poem ever!  It's four days before Christmas and “The New York Evening Post” needs a holiday feature, but author Clement Moore has writer's block.  To add even more pressure, the President plans on reading it to his family at the White House on Christmas Day! Clement must work at home amongst his five children who are very anxious for the arrival of St. Nicholas.  As Clement's frustration mounts, the magic begins....Watch this classic poem come to life with bells, toys, Sugar Plum Fairies and holiday delight for all.

NOV 29 - DEC 22 -- The Nutcracker
No holiday season is complete without Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece! Brought to life with dazzling puppetry, this magical interpretation by Kathy Burks and Company is a sumptuous creation and a delicious holiday treat! In the spirit of laughter, wonder and great joy, DCT proudly continues your family holiday tradition!


DEC 27 - JAN 5 -- Charivari  
An all-new show presented for the first time ever in partnership with DCT!  Add on this Season Special for an unforgettable circus extravaganza to celebrate the end of 2013 and the dawn of the New Year!  An international galaxy of acrobats, aerialists, hand balancers, jugglers, clowns, and dogs perform together to create the most sensational and joyous circus spectacular Dallas/Fort Worth has ever seen.


JAN 24 - FEB 23 -- Go, Dog, Go!  
Big dogs and little dogs.  Dogs in cars. It's a carnival of color and dance and song! Join the party!  A big dog party!  “Do you like my hat?”


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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54.  DALLAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES

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

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

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

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55.  FORT WORTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA YOUNG PERSON'S CONCERTS

FEBRUARY 5 & 6 (2014) -- Fort Worth: Cowboys & Culture

Times:  10:15am and 12:15pm
Location:  Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, TX
Details:
Join the Fort Worth Symphony in a celebration of our great city as you take a musical and visual tour of the city's landmarks, from Sundance Square to the Stockyards. You'll hear selections from Carnival of the Animals, Pictures at an Exhibition, and finally, Aaron Copland's Rodeo. This program features images from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art and visuals of the city of Fort Worth: the city of cowboys and culture! Young Person's Concerts are appropriate for students ages 7 through 12.
Tickets:  
Not available yet

FEBRUARY 13 -- Peter Rabbit and Friends in the Orchestra (Kinderconcet)
Time:  
9:45am and 11:15 am
Location: Arborlawn United Methodist Church, 5001 Briarhaven Rd, Ft. Worth
Details:  Join the Fort Worth Symphony as we bring a childhood classic to life: Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Follow Peter on his adventure through Mr. McGregor's garden with our narrator/vocalist and musicians leading the way! The program will also feature an introduction to the instrument families of the orchestra. Kinderconcerts are appropriate for children ages 3 through 6.
Tickets:  
Not available yet

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.  GREATER DALLAS YOUTH ORCHESTRA

DECEMBER 18 -- Holiday Magic
Time: 7:30pm
Location:  
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St, Dallas, TX  75201
(at the intersection of Pearl & Flora St. in the heart of Downtown Dallas Arts District)
Cost: $10/Dress Circle;  $20/Orchestra Floor;  $25/Orchestra Terrace; $40/Loge Tickets
Details: The GDYO combines with the Youth Chorus of The Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas to bring you a festive concert full of holiday favorites! Selections will include: Waldteufel's Skaters Waltz, Rimsky-Korsakov's The Dance of the Buffoons from the Snow Maiden, and other holiday favorites, including a sing-a-long.
To Purchase Tickets Online:  Click Here  (Loge Tickets not available online)
To Purchase Tickets By Phone:  214-528-7747, Mon-Fri; 9am-5pm
We accept Visa, Mastercard, cash, or checks made out to "GDYO". 
You may request your tickets to be mailed or placed under your name at Will Call.
Tickets also available for purchase on the day of the concert.
For Directions and Seating Chart:  Click Here

MAY 18 -- Grand Finale
Time: 7:30pm
Location:  Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St, Dallas, TX  75201
(at the intersection of Pearl & Flora St. in the heart of Downtown Dallas Arts District)
Cost: $10/Dress Circle;  $20/Orchestra Floor
;  $25/Orchestra Terrace; $40/Loge Tickets
Details:  Join us for the final concert of the 2013 – 2014 season!
Featured on this program will be:
    Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance No. 8 (with the winner of the GDYO Student Conductor Competition)
    Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from “On the Town”
    Williams’ Escapade from “Catch me if you can” with saxophone soloist
    Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.
Pre-concert activities include a catered dinner and silent auction. Come celebrate the end of a great year!
To Purchase Tickets Online:  Click Here  (Loge Tickets not available online)
To Purchase Tickets By Phone:  214-528-7747, Mon-Fri; 9am-5pm
We accept Visa, Mastercard, cash, or checks made out to "GDYO". 
You may request your tickets to be mailed or placed under your name at Will Call.
Tickets also available for purchase on the day of the concert.

For Directions and Seating Chart:  Click Here



GDYO Subscription Tickets: $24-$100

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56.  PLANO CHILDREN’S THEATER PERFORMANCES


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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57.  TEXAS BALLET THEATER PERFORMANCES

The Texas Ballet Theater is once again partnering with HEART of Texas to offer our newsletter readers (that's you!) and other homeschoolers special ticket pricing during select performances. The dates and times of these select performances are listed below.  You can purchase tickets as a group or as a family -- all homeschoolers can enjoy these great discounts.  You do not have to be a member of HEART of Texas or any other home school support group, but you must mention HEART of Texas when you call.  Also, you must speak with Jana Landin when you call or email (see below) for ticket information.

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

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.

             

2013-2014 SEASON 

NOVEMBER 29 - DECEMBER 8 -- The Nutcracker (Winspeare Opera House in Dallas)
HEART of Texas Discount Day (30% Discount): NOVEMBER 30 at 2pm
                                                                                                        DECEMBER 7 at 2pm
Details:  The Nutcracker is a beloved holiday tradition for all ages. This classic story tells the tale of a young girl, Clara, who receives a Nutcracker and goes on a magical journey to discover the Land of Snow and Kingdom of Sweets alongside her Nutcracker Prince.

DECEMBER 13-27 -- The Nutcracker (Bass Hall in Fort Worth)
HEART of Texas Discount Day (50% Discount):  DECEMBER 15 at 6:00 pm 
Details:  
The Nutcracker is a beloved holiday tradition for all ages. This classic story tells the tale of a young girl, Clara, who receives a Nutcracker and goes on a magical journey to discover the Land of Snow and Kingdom of Sweets alongside her Nutcracker Prince.

FEBRUARY 28-MARCH 2 (2014) -- Serenade & Gloria

HEART of Texas Discount Day (30% Discount):  MARCH 1 at 2pm
Choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan uses Francis Poulenc's gorgeous choral score to create a haunting tribute to World War I in Gloria. Inspired by Vera Brittain's autobiography, Testament of Youth, which describes how her life changed during World War I, MacMillan began to create a piece in honor of his father who was killed in the Battle of the Somme. The men portray soldiers and the women ghosts, as they illustrate the devastation of war and the memory of happier times. Gloria's depiction of the futility of war is as relevant today as it was for its premiere in 1980.

Serenade
The flowing blue skirts of Serenade exemplify beauty and innocence in what George Balanchine called "a dance in the moonlight" that was inspired by the student dancers of the School of American Ballet. When Balanchine came in one day, a student was standing with her arm up, blocking her eyes from the sun, and he thought it was so beautiful that it became the opening pose. The movements are accompanied by Tchaikovsky's gorgeous Serenade for Strings in C. The composer claimed that the brilliant strings in the piece were "his favorite child," written from "inner compulsion from the heart." He also added, "I am terribly in love with this Serenade."

MAY 30 - JUNE 1 (2014) -- Swan Lake

HEART of Texas Discount Day (30% Discount):  MAY 31 at 2pm
Swan Lake's romance and beauty has mesmerized audiences for over 100 years. Always a crowd favorite, Swan Lake takes Russian folklore to tell the story of young Odette who is turned into a swan by the evil Von Rothbart. Despite her new physical form, Odette falls deeply in love with Prince Siegfried. At the Royal Ball, Prince Siegfried is fooled by Von Rothbart into believing the sorcerer's daughter, Odile, is his love Odette. He unknowingly professes his love for Odile, leaving Odette sick with heartbreak.  Texas Ballet Theater is thrilled to announce that the romantic Swan Lake will be accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra to celebrate Tchiakovsky's work and present this classical ballet at its best.

To Purchase Tickets By Phone:  Call Jana Landin at 877-828-9200, ext 101 or click here to email
You must mention HEART of Texas Home School Discount Program to get the discount.
Any homeschooler may take advantage of this program


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57.  TEXAS BALLET THEATER DANCE SCHOOL -- DANCE CLASSES -- FORT WORTH

$50 Discount for HEART of Texas newsletter readers!
The Texas Ballet Theater School is offering our readers a $50 discount on registration if you mention HEART of Texas.

They currently offer classes during the day for 3 & 4 year olds, but if you have a group of at least 6 students who are close in age/ballet experience, they will try to put together a class for your students!

For more information:  Click here to email Ashley Friedman or 877-828-9200, ext 108


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58.  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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59.  AMON CARTER EXHIBITS

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

Museum Exhibits:
THROUGH JANUARY 5 (2014) -- Color!  American Photography Transformed
Through seventy-five key works, Color! tells the fascinating tale of photographers' halting acceptance of color, revealing the diverse vibrancy informing their efforts to shape a creative language for its use, and explaining how the art world’s acceptance of color photography over recent years has transformed the medium into today’s dominant art form.
Photo Submissions from the Public:  During Color! American Photography Transformed, the Amon Carter will display color snapshots from people in the community. Museum staff will display these digital and printed photographs on a timeline in the museum, allowing visitors to visually trace the evolution of color photographs from 1940 to the present. Submissions accepted beginning September 17.
For More Information: Click Here

APRIL 30, 2013 - APRIL 20, 2014 -- Texas Regionalism
This installation of Texas paintings captures a pivotal moment in the state’s cultural history. In the 1930s, a group of young artists—including Jerry Bywaters, Alexandre Hogue, William Lester, Thomas Stell, Harry Carnohan, and Coreen Spellman, among others—gained national recognition for their scenic and ideological interpretations of the local environment. Although they depicted the people and landscapes of Texas in identifiable and representational manners, each artist possessed their own style, often combining realism with modernist influences ranging from Cubism to Surrealism. These evocative paintings provide a poignant glimpse of life and art in Texas during the era of the Great Depression.

MAY 14 (2013) - FEBRUARY 2 (2014) -- Sedrick Huckaby: Hidden in Plain Site
This 18-by-14-foot oil painting Hidden in Plain Site (2011) addresses the notion that some quilts contain an encoded language and reveal a secret message. Historical accounts and narratives tell how slaves would guide fellow runaway slaves to freedom using quilts with hidden directions, maps, and so forth. To do the same thing within the context of today's cultural customs would be to talk about spiritual slavery rather than a physical one. Through the careful arrangement of four quilts, Huckaby establishes a variety of metaphors and symbols. A human brain, a city map, a cross, and a wedding celebration all offer a message of hope. What is the exact meaning? Every viewer should search for themselves to see what is "hidden in plain site."

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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60.  DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART EXHIBITS  

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

Exhibits:

THROUGH MARCH 30 (2014) -- CONCENTRATIONS 56: STEPHEN LAPTHISOPHON - COFFEE, SEASON FRUIT, ROOT VEGETABLES, ADN "SELECTED POEMS"
Details:
The inclusion of food materials such as rosemary, saffron, or bacon fat mixed with pigments challenges ideas of permanence, skill, and process as they relate to art making. For Concentrations 56: Stephen Lapthisophon—coffee, seasonal fruit, root vegetables, and “Selected Poems," the artist will create a series of tableaus incorporating anachronistic objects with more recent works on paper. The gallery will feature architectural elements inspired by his studio space: exposed wood beams and drywall create a visual layering of space and materials.

NOVEMBER 17 - FEBRUARY 16 (2014) -- Hopper Drawing: A Painter's Process
Details:
This touring exhibition features more than one hundred works by Hopper, including drawings, watercolors, prints, and paintings, and is drawn primarily from the Whitney Museum’s unparalleled holdings of the artist’s work. Hopper Drawing will bring together paintings with suites of related drawings, in some cases for the first time.

NOVEMBER 24 - APRIL 27 (2014) -- Robert Smithson in Texas
Details:
Best known for his large-scale earthworks, Robert Smithson visited the state of Texas multiple times in the years 1966-1973, conceiving works that utilized the Texas land as his medium. Robert Smithson in Texas is the first examination of five projects Smithson proposed throughout the state of Texas. The exhibition presents lesser-known drawings, photographs, and sculpture related to Smithson’s Texas-based projects from a period of his career that was bookended by the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport project from 1966-67 and Smithson’s only realized work in Texas, the 1973 Amarillo Ramp.


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.
 
Homeschool classes are on summer break, but please check back in August for information about fall class registration. For a variety of summer experiences for families, please check out our Summer Programs information here.

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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61.  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, CÄ Ĺ zanne, Matisse, and Picasso, as well as antiquities, Asian, African, and pre-Columbian art.

FREE Admission to view the museum's Permanent Collection
       

Exhibits:

THROUGH FEBRUARY 16 (2014) -- The Age of Picasso & Matisse: Modern Masters from the Institute of Chicago

One hundred years ago, the Art Institute of Chicago presented one of the most legendary displays of art ever held in America—the International Exhibition of Modern Art, better known today as the Armory Show, after its first venue, the Lexington Avenue Armory in New York City. The exhibition brought to the United States of 1913 a dizzying array of brand-new art from Europe, joined with the newest trends in painting and sculpture by native-born artists—1300 works by some 300 artists in total.

FEBRUARY 16, 2014 -- Samurai: Armor from the Ann and gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection
Travel back in time and discover the life, culture and pageantry of the revered and feared Japanese samurai warriors through more than 100 remarkable objects from one of the best and largest collections in the world. Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection features the extraordinary artistry of the armor used by samurai—the military elite led by the shoguns, or warlords, of Japan from the 12th through 19th centuries.

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.



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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62.  PEROT MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE IN DALLAS

HOME SCHOOL EVENTS
(Mondays from 10am-Noon)
For ages: 3-5 years; 5-7 years; 8-10 years; and 11-13 years

NOVEMBER 4 & 18 -- Astronomy & Space (Includes our Portable Universe)
DECEMBER 2 & 6 -- Paleontology & Dinosaurs
FEBRUARY 3 & 17 -- Robotics & Engineering
MARCH 3 & 17 -- Weather & Climate
APRIL 7 & 14 -- Habitats & Animals
To Register:  Click Here
For Additional Information:  Click Here to send an email
Details:
Beyond our upcoming Homeschool days, we offer additional time in the Museum and recommend that you stay and take advantage of visiting all five levels. Five floors house 11 permanent exhibit halls containing state-of-the-art video and 3D computer animation with thrilling, life-like simulations where visitors can exercise their brains through hands-on activities, interactive kiosks and educational games. The extraordinary building and outdoor space serves as a living science lesson, offering provocative illustrations of engineering, technology and conservation. 

FEATURED FILMS AT THE PEROT MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE
THROUGH MAY 23, 2014 -- Bugs! 3D
Come face-to-face with some of our world's smallest inhabitants in Bugs! – a big look at a microscopic world. Bugs! is a breakthrough live-action nature film that explores the lives of an old-world praying mantis and a beautiful butterfly, known by their Latin names, Hierodula and Papilio. Born in the same part of the exotic Borneo rainforest, Hierodula develops by incomplete metamorphosis emerging from his egg as a mini-mantis and shedding his skin regularly on the way to gaining his adult wings. Papilio goes through a complete metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly via the pupal stage. Discover a fascinating array of creatures in this lush and awe-inspiring habitat.

THROUGH DECEMBER 5, 2013 -- Wild Ocean 3D
Wild Ocean is an action-packed exploration of the interplay between man and our endangered ocean ecosystems. The film highlights one of nature’s greatest migration spectacles, plunging viewers into an underwater feeding frenzy, an epic struggle for survival where whales, sharks, dolphins, seals, seabirds and billions of fish collide with the most voracious sea predator of all — mankind. Filmed off the Wild Coast of South Africa and set to the rhythms of the local people, this visually and rhythmically rich film reveals the economic and cultural impact of the ocean while celebrating the communal efforts to protect our invaluable marine resources. Wild Ocean is produced by the creators of the international sensation STOMP and directors of the award-winning giant-screen film Pulse: a STOMP Odyssey.

THROUGH MAY 23, 2014 -- Titans of the Ice Age 3D
Titans of the Ice Age transports viewers to the beautiful and otherworldly frozen landscapes of North America, Europe and Asia 10,000 years before modern civilization. Peer through the 3D canvas to an ancient world of ice — a time when humans shared the tundra with majestic woolly beasts. Dazzling computer-generated imagery brings this mysterious era to life, from saber-toothed cats and cave bears to dire wolves and woolly mammoths — giants both feared and hunted by prehistoric humans. The Ice Age marks a dynamic chapter in the development of the human spirit as our Pleistocene ancestors developed language, created art and learned to tame fire.

COMING 2014:  
APRIL 4 - SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 -- Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia 3D

Walk the Earth with dinosaurs... If it weren't for a series of cataclysmic events, a comet impact being first on the list, our planet could still be the domain of dinosaurs. Dinosaurs fascinate us so much, that many people wish they were still among us. Fortunately, Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia will be the one of the closest encounters your students will have with these extraordinary creatures. Deeply rooted in science, the film carries the audience back in time to witness these amazing beasts come to life. Meet the largest living animals to have ever walked Earth: the titanesque plant-eating Argentinosaur and its nemesis the Giganotosaur, a bipedal carnivore that could easily challenge the famous T. rex! Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia follows Dr. Rodolfo Coria, a world-renowned Argentinean paleontologist, as he visits sites of major discoveries.


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.


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

Location:  
2201 N. Field Street in Dallas (located at the corner of Woodall Rodgers and Field Street
Phone: 214-428-5555     
Email: info@natureandscience.org

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


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63.  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:
AIR PARK
How do airplanes fly? Air Park, the Museum of Science and History’s newest exhibition, provides a hands-on look at the forces that lift planes, animals, insects and other objects off the ground and soaring through the air. Air Park looks at four main forces that make flight possible: gravity, lift, thrust and drag. All four of these forces are explained by activities that allow guests to see the forces in action: build a paper airplane and see if the design will soar; learn how kites are created and how they can fly; design and build a craft that floats on a column of air; and make a pinwheel and test it on a table of air.
To Learn More about this Exhibit:  Click Here

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

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64. NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER

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

Exhibits:

THROUGH JANUARY 19, 2014 -- Return to Earth: Ceramic Sculpture of Fintana, Melotti, Miro, Noguchi, and Picasso, 1943-1963

For More Information:  Click Here

THROUGH FEBRUARY 16 -- Nasher Xchange: 10 Years; 10 Artists; 10 Sites
Time:
10am-10pm
Commemorating its 10th anniversary, the Nasher Sculpture Center will present Nasher XChange, a dynamic public art exhibition consisting of 10 commissioned works by 10 renowned artists at 10 diverse sites throughout the city of Dallas. Be a part of this exchange…artists…the community…and you.
 
First Saturdays (FREE Admission)
10 a.m.–noon–Children’s Art Activity
Express yourself by creating unique artworks connected to the month’s Big Idea.
10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.–Art in Action Sculpture Demo  
See how sculpture is made and feel the materials artists use at our live artist demos. 
10 a.m.–2 p.m.–Art Scavenger Hunt
Exercise your detective skills to search the Nasher for art related to the month’s Big Idea. Complete the hunt for a special prize!   
10:15 a.m.; 11:15 a.m.; 12:15 p.m.–Family Tours
Discover and discuss each month’s Big Idea on an interactive tour for the whole family.  
11 a.m.–2 p.m.–NasherKids Meal Available at Nasher Cafe (for additional charge)
11:30 a.m.–Yoga
12:30 p.m.–Storytime with the Dallas Public Library
Share in the joy of reading with storytellers from the Dallas Public Library.
1 p.m.–NasherKids Live!
Join in the fun with an exciting, live performance for families and young children.


http://www.nashersculpturecenter.org


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

Now Showing

NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 23 -- The Polar Express
Tickets: $7/adults; $6/children 2-12 and Seniors 60+
All Aboard the Polar Express: An Imax Experience when it returns for the holidays to the Omni Theater November 23.  The Omni Theater will offer the only domed IMAX presentation in the Southwest of this now-classic family favorite.
To Learn More About the Polar Express:  Click Here

Polar Pajama Parties will be held:  9am-9:45am on Nov 23, 30; Dec 7, 14, 20, 21, & 23
Enjoy hot chocolate, wintry activities and this holiday classic while in your jammies!
Pajama Party Tickets:  
$10 Adults, $9 Children (2-12) and Seniors (65+)
To Learn More About the Polar Express Pajama Parties:  
Click Here

Rocky Mountain Express
Tickets: $7/adults; $6/children 2-12 and Seniors 60+
Details: Climb aboard the Rocky Mountain Express, a steam train journey through the breathtaking vistas of the Canadian Rockies, highlighting the adventure of building the nation’s first transcontinental railway. Retrace the original route aboard the majestic steam engine 2816.  You'll be transported back to the age of steam to re-live this incredible engineering feat. The film weaves together spectacular IMAX aerial cinematography, breathtaking vistas of the west, archival photographs and maps and the potent energy and rhythms of a live steam locomotive to immerse audiences in a an era of remarkable ingenuity and struggle and a region of stunning natural beauty. Ride the rails along deep river canyons and over high mountain passes. Discover some of the most beautiful and rugged landscapes on earth and the heroic human drama and epic engineering that shaped a continent.
For More Information about Rocky Mountain Express: Click Here
 
Dolphins
Tickets: $7/adults; $6/children 2-12 and Seniors 60+
Details: From the dazzling coral reefs of the Bahamas to the wind-swept seas of Patagonia, Dolphins takes audiences under the water's surface for a romp with inquisitive Atlantic spotted dolphins, acrobatic dusky dolphins, and the familiar bottlenose dolphin of Flipper fame.  Meet a young woman scientist, Dr. Kathleen Dudzinski, and her two colleagues, mentor Dr. Bernd Würsig and Dr. Alejandro Acevedo-Gutierrez, as they lead us on an exploration into their fascinating world.  While most of what we know about dolphins comes from studying them in captivity, Dudzinski and her colleagues conduct their research with dolphins in the wild, employing innovative scientific methods and technology to learn more about how dolphins communicate and their foraging and social behaviors. Audiences may be surprised to witness firsthand how scientific progress is made in inches and not miles, and how the slow accumulation of scientific data is passed on, and expanded upon, from one generation of scientists to the next.  Dolphins also explores the dolphin-human bond. Audiences will be intrigued by the relationship between JoJo, a rare lone dolphin in the Turks & Caicos Islands and his friend, naturalist Dean Bernal. Dean and JoJo have saved each other's lives on more than one occasion, and their story will stir audiences with the beauty and mystery of inter-species communication.
For More Information about Dolphins: Click Here
 
Animalopolis
Tickets:  
$7/adults; $6/children 2-12 and Seniors 60+
Details: Take a voyage into the magical world of animals in Animalopolis. It’s a bit fanciful, a bit "Seussian" perhaps, and just plain fun for kids and their parents.  The whimsical film is done in rhyme and verse with a humorous tone while concentrating on real-world animal activities. It takes a lighthearted and imaginary look at a variety of animals, including cheetahs that race like a Ferrari, bears that run their own fishing school, an operatic lion, scary crabs that hold a town hostage and even attempt to cuddle with children, and much more. Whether going nose to nose with hippos as they graze upon nature's massive salad bar, or eye to eye with dancing bears, sea lions turning somersaults, or an otter that prays, we are reminded that nature provides us with humor and wonder everywhere.
For More Information About Animalopolis: Click Here


Born to Be Wild
Tickets:  $7/adults; $6/children 2-12 and Seniors 60+
Details: Join IMAX and Warner Bros. Pictures on a miraculous journey of second chances in Born to be Wild. Follow young orphaned elephants and orangutans on the trip of a lifetime, from birth to their rebirth into the wild.  This family-friendly documentary will transport moviegoers around the world to the far stretches of Kenya and Borneo and will inspire them to take action and save earth’s precious creatures.
For More Information about Born to Be Wild: Click Here



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66.  PROGRAMS AT LOG CABIN VILLAGE

NOVEMBER 16, 17, 23, & 24 -- Candle-Dipping
Time:  1-4pm
It’s candle-making time!  Come dip your own candles to take home. 
No reservations required. 
Cost: Regular Village admission plus a $3 fee to dip candles.

NOVEMBER 23 -- Photos with St. Nicholas
Time:  
1-4pm
Time to start thinking about those holiday cards!  Come have your photos taken with our historic St. Nick! 
No reservations required. 
Cost:
Regular Village admission plus a $5 fee for photo and folder.

DECEMBER 14 -- Holidays at the Hearth
Time:  
1-4pm
Enjoy holiday music, string popcorn and cranberries, spin the dreidel, help make pomander balls, ornaments, and more!  You can even have your photo taken with our historic St. Nick ($5 fee for photo and folder). 
No reservations required. 
Cost:
Regular Village admission plus a
$2 craft fee to make an old-fashioned ornament.

Location:  2100 Log Cabin Village Lane, Fort Worth, TX  
Admission:  $4.50 ages 4-17 and 60+;  $5 ages 18+
$4.00 each for groups of 10+;  Free for ages 3 & under
Hours:  Tue-Fri, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.;   Sat & Sun, 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.;   Closed Mondays
Phone:
817-392-5881

For More Information:  Click Here

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67.  DALLAS HERITAGE VILLAGE

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


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

NOVEMBER 13 -- Barnyard Buddies: Recycle Reuse
Time:  11am
Tickets: $5 ages 4-12;  1 Free Adult per paid child;  $9 additional adults
Details: The world today is all about reduce/reuse/recycle, but this is not a new concept. The pioneers were experts at reusing and repurposing items inside and outside the home. Become a DHV inventor of new from old as we create fun from found or forgotten objects.
For More Information:  click here

NOVEMBER 16 -- Civil War on the Homefront
Time:
10am-4pm
Tickets: $5 ages 4-12;  $5 adults; $5 Seniors
Details: Muster your Troops for a Cub and Boy Scout tradition at Dallas Heritage Village. Members of local re-enactment groups, primarily the 9th Texas Infantry and the 1st U. S. Infantry, will set up camp and skirmish at 2 p.m. Being a soldier isn't just about fighting. How did Civil War soldiers fill the hours between battles? Explore camp life during the Civil War, participate in a drill with the soldiers, learn about a new sport the men are calling baseball, and pitch some horseshoes at Millermore. Join in a game of dominoes or round of cards to help take your mind off the battle ahead. Sit around the campfire for some tall tales and music. Soldiers couldn't carry a fiddle into battle but there was always space in a pocket for a mouth organ. Join us for Civil War on the Home Front as we prepare for battle at the village and learn more about the life of a soldier.

DECEMBER 1 -- Family Past Times
Time:  
12pm-4pm
Admission:  
$9/Adults; Children ages 12 and under are FREE
Tickets can be purchased at the gate.
Details:  
Celebrate the season with activities and crafts that inspires us during this season of gifts and giving. You can even stop by the General Store to experience what shopping was like in the past.

DECEMBER 11 -- Barnyard Buddies: Recycle Reuse
Time:  11am
Tickets: $5 ages 4-12;  1 Free Adult per paid child;  $9 additional adults
Details: Let’s get into the holiday spirit of giving. Make the perfect gift to give away to a special someone.
Purchase Tickets Online:  Click Here
For More Information:  click here

For Questions or Reservations:  214-413-3674 or Click Here to email Reservations Coordinator

DECEMBER 14-15 -- Candlelight
Time:  3pm-9pm
Tickets: Discount Tickets available online (save $2/ticket) until December 11.  Regular priced
tickets may be purchased at the gate.
Details: Bask in the warm glow of history and celebrate the season at Dallas Heritage Village.
Carriage rides along candlelit paths pulled by an antique tractor or Nip and Tuck, our Mammoth Jack donkeys.
A photo with St. Nicholas at the Bandstand.
Novel storytelling, hand-weaving, blacksmithing and more.
Delicious holiday treats.
Local dancers, choirs and other entertainers on the Main Street Stage, the Pilot Grove Church and Renner School
Eats from some of Dallas' favorite food trucks
Luscious homemade bake sale with treats made by The Guild of Dallas Heritage Village.
Interpreters in traditional costume throughout the museum bringing history to life.
Gleeful strolling carolers throughout the Village and inside the historic buildings.
Historic buildings dressed in traditional holiday decorations from 1840 to 1910.
Traditional holiday activities and period games for kids of all ages.
Purchase Tickets Online and for More Information:  Click Here


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68.  OLD RED MUSEUM OF DALLAS COUNTY HISTORY AND CULTURE


2013 Home School Programs
Future Home School Programs to be announced


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
NOVEMBER 6 - AUGUST 31, 2014 -- Dream No Small Dreams: How Erik Jonsson Led Dallas from
Tragedy to Triumph in the 1960s
Details:  This exhibit will tie in to other events throughout the city commemorating the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. David Biegler, Chairman of the Board, remarked that “the Old Red Museum will tell the rest of the story with a particular emphasis on the aftermath of the assassination.  It is a story of civic action that pulled the city from depression and helped it regain the pride and momentum that had been so much a part of its past. The story will be examined through the individual leader who, as Mayor, took the helm of the city.  [Dream No Small Dreams] will focus on his extraordinary leadership after the dark days in 1963.”

Other Exhibits:
Early Years: Prehistory to 1873
Trading Center

Big D
World Crossroads


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


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

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

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

2013 STAR PARTIES
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.  NORTH TEXAS DISTRICT SCIENCE FAIR FOR HOME SCHOOLERS

DEC 14 -- EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE 
JAN 4 -- LAST DAY TO REGISTER

Early registration is $15 until Dec 14, 2013. After that, registration is $20.
All registrations must be submitted before Jan 4, 2014.


Event to be held:  JANUARY 18 at University of Texas at Dallas
 
Need a boost to your homeschool science curriculum? Have a detail inclined child or one who loves science or technology? Need something on a college application to convince the staff your child can compete with the best? Science fair should be in your future!

Your 6th graders have a chance to participate in the Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair (DRSEF) too!

Private homeschooled students in grades 3-12 may enter in one of 4 divisions. Those living in TEA region 10: Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman and Rockwall counties compete for the opportunity to enter the DRSEF. Students in other near-by counties may compete at our NDTSF for awards, but cannot be guaranteed entry into a regional ISEF event: some have gone on to the FortWorth Regional event.

All 6 - 12 grade projects need some ISEF forms (like the research plan) to be filled in BEFORE experimentation begins! 6th graders' projects may NOT include any handling of toxic/dangerous substances or require permission for human or animal subjects. Higher grades must submit forms for these BEFORE experimentation begins - start early. Please find out more on our website. This is the most confusing part of science fair participation, so let's get it worked out early - contact us. We don't want students eliminated on technicalities.

Students from our NDTSF have done very well at DRSEF (placing and even Grand Prize!) and at the Texas Science and Engineering Fair (placing). You don't have to place to win a special prize. Add that "WOW" factor to your project by checking out our new links to give your project even more "Marvelocity". Ask how we can help. Don't forget to check our "Links" page for more homeschool friendly science competitions (some links need to be fixed at Texas A&M).

For More Information:  Click Here to email

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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

NOVEMBER 2 -- Thundering Feet 5K & Fun Run
Early Registration Deadline: OCT 27
Time:  
8am
Location:  City of Forney's Park, 241 South FM 548, Forney, TX  75126
Fees:  $25 for 5K;  $10 for 1M.  Add $5 after October 27 and on Race Day
Contact:  972-475-3946 or Click Here to email
For More Info:  Click Here

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 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.  Team practices are on Monday and Wednesday and begin in Plano on January 13, 2014, for High School and January 27, 2014, for Middle School.  Meet schedule will not be finalized until Feb 2014 but will be similar to the 2012-13 season, which is still posted on the HSAA website.
Information/Registration: There will be TWO information/registration sessions for the 2014 Track & Field teams. Prospective athletes and a parent must attend one: November 9, 2013 or January 2, 2014.
Tryouts: Tryouts are not held for Track & Field.  Therefore, registering for the track team is your commitment that you will participate in the upcoming season.  Please speak to your child to ensure they want to participate in a competitive sports program and put in the necessary hours practicing before you register. 
Practices:  Practices and meets are mandatory and at-home workouts are assigned for the days we don’t have team practice (athletes will log their weekly workouts online on the team’s digital running log).  There will be a meeting at registration explaining the program and requirements.  Additionally, you may email Kara Schmidt if you have specific questions or concerns, click here to email Kara.
Volunteers:  If you are interested in volunteering with our team, please contact Kara Schmidt for an interview.  No experience is necessary!  There will be plenty of on-the-job training!
Registration Dates (must attend ONE):
 1.  Sat, Nov 9, 10:00-12:00 am, Haggard Library, 2501 Coit Road, Plano, TX, Plano TX.  Mandatory  meeting begins at 10:30 am.
 2.  Thu, Jan 2, 6:30-8:30 pm, Haggard Library, 2501 Coit Road, Plano, TX, Plano TX.  Mandatory  meeting begins at 7:00 pm.
2013-14 Fees:
$300 for High School
$200 for Middle School
$19 Tank/$18 Shorts (same uniform as 2013 season) for HS/MS
 Multiple Payment Plans if register in November (contact Kara Schmidt if you need another option):
$300 High School---3 plans (H1, H2, H3)
            H1:  In full, $300 at registration, November 9 or January 2
            H2:  $150 at November 9 registration + $150 due at January 2 meeting
            H3:  $100 at November 9 registration, $100 due by mail December 15, and $100 due January 2
 $200 Middle School---2 plans (M1, M2)
            M1:  In full, $200 at registration, November 9 or January 2
            M2:  $100 at registration, $100 at January 2 Meeting
 
Uniforms:
There will be a full run of sizes tank/shorts for the athletes to try-on at registration.  We are using the same uniforms (tanks/shorts) for the 2014 season so only new athletes will need to purchase uniforms.  Uniform cost is NOT included in the registration fees.  Cost for a new uniform is $37:  $19 for single tank and $18 for shorts.  Uniform fee must be paid in full at registration.
 
Important Payment Notes:
1.  NO CASH.  Cash cannot be directly deposited by HSAA.  Please have a check, cashier’s check, or money order made out to “HSAA”.  Put your child’s name and “track” on the memo line.  There are several businesses located near the registration site if you need to have cash converted to a money order the day of registration!
2.  Fees paid at registration are non-refundable.
What to Bring/Read Prior to Registration:
Forms are located in the HSAA "Forms" section online at www.hsaa.org.  There will be limited blank copies at registration, so please print out ahead of time.
1. Bring Completed Spring 2014 Track & Field Application
2. Bring HSAA Athletic Release and Medical Authorization for 2013-2014
3.  Bring 2013-14 Physical Evaluation Form (this is an example; other forms are acceptable; physicals for 2013-14 year due prior to first practice)
4.  Read HSAA Appearance Code
5.  Read HSAA Expectations
6.  Read HSAA Eligibility Requirements


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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
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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.
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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

THESA Riders is offering a competitive HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER program for 2013-2014.
TRYOUTS:  Dates to be announced SOON – check web site or email us

Who is THESA?
THESA  (Texas Home Educators' Sports Association) exists to support families with a calling to home educate their children by providing high quality, competitive sports programs, enabling children to grow in Godly character and skills at the junior and senior high level.

What does a THESA soccer tryout look like?
The coaches will spend about 20 minutes at the beginning of the tryouts with a parent/player orientation – expectations, what a season looks like, practices, commitment. 
The coaches will then put players through 1 Ä‚ -2 hours of stretching, conditioning, skills, drills, and team play.

Do players need to attend all the tryouts?
If your schedule allows, attending all the tryouts is best.  While attending all the tryouts is not mandatory, it is strongly encouraged for each player to make the best showing, get to know the other players and coaches.

What does a player need to bring?

Players need to come with a GREAT attitude, dressed in appropriate soccer attire and equipment, bring a personal ball (only size 5) and LOTS of water, maybe even a snack.

Questions?
Web site:  http://www.thesariders.net/
Email us at thesaridersoccer@gmail.com


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

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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: Swpt 14
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
Upcoming dates: 
Sept 14: Best Bucks Spending Spree; Oct 19: Monster Mash Madness; Nov 9: Pirates and Princesses Party; Dec 14: Winter Wonderland

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:  
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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 2013 SESSION

Experience the Game of Golf! Lantana Golf Club is offering three separate golf programs for juniors, age 8-17, in 2013. The Spring, Summer and Fall programs will each offer weekly clinics over a period of 8-10 weeks.

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

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

Marc Brooks will provide lead instruction with assistance from other local golf professionals as needed. Mr. Brooks is a PGA member and currently Director of Instruction at Lantana Golf Club. He was recently named "Best Golf Instructor Denton County 2012" and a member of the PGA President's Council for his continuing effors to promote the grow the game of golf.  

To Register: click here to download the registration form.

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

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

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

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


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88.  DFW SPEECH & DEBATE CLUB

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

 

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89.  DENTON COUNTY CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOL ASSOCIATION

This group has no announcements this month.

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90.  IRVING HOME SCHOOLERS

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


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


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91.  PEACH

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


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92.  OFFICIAL 2012-2013 COLLEGE BOARD TEST DATES

2013 PSAT TEST DATES:
The 2013 PSAT dates are past.  We will announce the 2014 dates when they
are availabke,  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:

NOVEMBER 2 (registration deadline October 3)

DECEMBER 7 (registration deadline November 8)

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.


Register at collegeprepgenius.com

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

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

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

DEADLINE:  DECEMBER 1, 2014

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 940.241.3097
Info.texasglobaleducation@gmail.com
www.texasglobaleducation.org


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101. FREE ORGAN RECITALS IN DALLAS 

DECEMBER 20  -- FREE Organ Recital and Tour at Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

Time: 12pm-12:30pm (followed by a one hour tour of the Center)
Cost: FREE
Location:  Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora, Dallas, 75201
Details: Recital given by Mary Preston, resident organist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, on the Lay Family Concert Organ. This 30 minute presentation will be followed by a one-hour tour of the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.
Reservations not required, but requested for groups of 15 or more.
For More Information or for a Group Reservation: 
214-670-3331

2014 Recital Dates:
January 17; February 21; April 4; May 9

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102. 2013-2014 GREATER PLANO AREA COTILLION

When:  We will hold three fall and four spring cotillions, excluding December and April. Dates should be considered tentative, however, until the receipt of your invitation approximately two weeks beforehand. Tentative dates for the 2013-2014 year are: 9/15, 10/20, 11/10, 1/19, 2/16, 3/16 & 5/11
Details: We are a fellowship of homeschooling parents offering instruction to teens in etiquette and various forms of traditional dance along with the opportunity to build socialization skills and new relationships for God’s glory. The cotillion is open to homeschoolers aged 12 to 18. 2013—2014 Selective Sundays of the month 4:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Gleneagles Country Club: 5401 W Park Blvd, Plano, TX 75093
Cost: $50 non-refundable, annual registration fee per family; $25/per person for each cotillion (includes meal and dance instruction); parents may R.S.V.P. for dinner as space allows for $25
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