Monday, April 1, 2013

April Upcoming Events



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

Time:  10am - 3pm
Location:  First Baptist Keller, 225 Keller Pkwy, Keller 76248
FEATURING our special guest speaker:  ROSIE BOOM!
Admission: In lieu of charging admission, we are asking for a donation in any amount to benefit
Texas Home School Coalition, which works very hard on behalf of all homeschool families in Texas to
defend our right to homeschool.
Suggested Donation Amounts:
$2/family suggested donation (Advance Registrations via our online form on or before May 17)
$5/family suggested donation (Onsite Registrations)
These are just suggested.  Your donation in any amount will be appreciated.
We will also be holding a used book sale!!
Details:  Ever wonder where to find homeschool classes?
Looking for volunteer opportunites, boy scout troops, music classes, or other opportunities?
This is your chance to see some of the resources that are available for homeschoolers.
Local resources for YOUR homeschooling family, all gathered in one convenient location!
Browse, pick up info, and visit IN PERSON with the people who offer wonderful resources for your family!
The Expo is sponsored by HEART of Texas (heartoftex.org) for the purpose of connecting homeschoolers with resources available to them.
To Learn More:  click here
To be an exhibitor or to sell your used books:  Click here to email expo@heartoftex.org
Space is limited!
This year's Expo will Feature our Special Guest Speaker:  ROSIE BOOM!!!
Rosie will be a featured speaker at Arlington Home School Bookfair May 10 & 11, and
we are excited to have her speaking at our Expo!!
To Learn More About Rosie:  Click Here for a pdf with her picture, bio and list of speaking engagements
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APRIL
DFW SPEECH & DEBATE SUMMER CAMPS
REGISTER NOW TO RECEIVE EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNT!Ages 6-18
Details:  DFW Speech and Debate provides communications training to help students sharpen their ability to analyze problems, think and listen critically, and communicate their ideas in an organized and compelling manner. They train hundreds of students each year who go on to excel academically and in competition.
Their offerings include introductory Speech and Debate camps, Model UN, Moot Court and more for ages 12-18. Junior Speech for ages 6-11 is also being offered this summer! 
To Register: click here
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APRIL
ONLINE AP CLASSES FOR HOME SCHOOLED STUDENTS
REGISTER NOW TO RECEIVE EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNT!Ages: 16-19
Details: Continuing their tradition of helping students develop their critical-thinking skills, DFW Speech & Debate is now offering online AP courses for home schooled students! Receiving college credit through AP courses is one of the best ways for home schooled students to stand out in the college admission process, earn academic scholarships and awards from colleges and universities, experience college-level academics in high school, save time and money once they get to college, allowing them to move directly into upper-level courses in their field of interest, and earn AP Scholar Awards.Their AP offerings include AP English Language and Composition, AP US History and AP World History.To Register: click hereView Highlight
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APRIL 1 & 3
NATURE AWARENESS DAY CAMPS - SPRING SEMESTER
CAMP TONKAWA

I'm sure you have heard how important it is to your child's development to allow them time to enjoy and connect with nature. 
Meet with us once a month, at Camp Tonkawa Outdoor Learning Center for the Spring Semester.  Your children will enjoy a fun day of
learning with other homeschoolers -- while you learn the tricks on how to incorporate Nature Teaching into your homeschool program!
Dates:  Mondays:  APRIL 1, & MAY 6
           OR  Wednesdays: APRIL 3 & MAY 8
For More Details:  Click Here
This will be followed with a Family Camp-out the First weekend in June.
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APRIL 2 & 16
BEAK TO THE BASICS PROGRAM AT 
FOSSIL RIM

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

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

Time: 12:45-2:45pm
Cost: $5/session, includes skate rental
Location: Allen Community Ice Rink, 200 E. Stacy Rd, Allen, 75002
Directions: Click Here
Details: Please note these are open skate sessions; not ice skating lessons. 2012-2013 school year skate dates: April 5 & 19, May 3 & 17.
For Information: Click here

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APRIL 6
HORSEMANSHIP DAY CAMP AT 
CAMP TONKAWA  

APRIL 2013
6 -- Horsemanship Day Camp
This class is for all of you that wish you had a horse! Wear old blue jeans and boots if you have them. You will get the chance to do some basic riding. Bring sunscreen! One day event from 9am-2pm. Ages 7 and up welcome.
13-14 -- Native American Indian Camp
Our camp is named after the Native American Indian Tribe that lived in its immediate area, the "TONKAWAS". This camp will explore, through lots of fun activities, this particular tribe along with other plains Indians. The camp founders have always held a deep respect and honor to the Native Americans, who lived in harmony with our mother earth. How did they live for thousands of years on Turtle Island (North America), keeping it so pristine that when the Europeans came to this continent, they believed it to be uncivilized? Let us take a look at their lifestyle. You will get to sleep in our real Tipis and learn how to set them up.
17 -- Jr. Horsemanship Day Camp
For 5-7 year olds.
20-21 -- Basic Camping

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THROUGH APRIL 7
DALLAS BLOOMS AT THE
DALLAS ARBORETUM

Weekdays: March 2 - April 7
Piano Melodies
Time: 11am-2pm
Details: Keith Schmorr (Dann Talley Kincheloe Courtyard)
Spring Tea
Time: March 4 - April 5 at 11am & 2 pm
Details: Reservations required. Call 214-515-6511 to reserve your seating.
Mommy & Me Mondays, Tiny Tots Tuesdays
Time: 10am-2pm
Details: Petting Zoo, Arts & Crafts, Face Painting (Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn), Kindermusik at 12pm - 12:30pm
Free Walking Garden Tours
Time: 11 am
Details: Wednesday mornings beginning in the Plaza (limited to 20 guests)
BOGO Wednesdays
Details: Buy One, Get One Free Admission. Excluding March 13.
C.C. Young Senior Thursdays
Details: $11 admission and 20% discount at the Hoffman Family Gift Store (65 and over)

Weekends: March 2 - April 7
Free Garden Tours
Time: 11 am
Details: Saturday mornings beginning in the Plaza (limited to 20 guests)
Melodies
Time: Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4pm
Details: Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn
Silhouette Artist
Time: Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4pm
Details: Silhouettes by Micki Triggs ($10)
Hanami
Time: Sunday March 17, 12:30-2:30pm
Details: Cherry Blossom viewing, music, and family fun activities (located in Pecan Grove)
Easter:
Eddie Coker Good Friday Children's Concert
Time: March 29 at 11am and 2pm
Details: Sponored by Dallas Child on the Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn
Easter Brunch
Time: March 31 at 10:30am and 12:30pm
Chilren's Activites
Time: Fri 10am-2pm, Sat and Sun noon-4pm
Details: Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Easter photos with a live bunny.
For More Information about Dallas Blooms: Click here
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APRIL 8   
HOME SCHOOL DAY AT THE DALLAS ZOO!

Time: 10am-3pm
Details: Enjoy a special day filled with great opportunities to enrich your curriculum and entertain the kids! 
•    Interactive Educational Activities (K-8th)
•    Keeper Talks
•    Special Live Animal Adventure Show
•    Safari Backpack
•    Gift Shop & Zoofari Food Court Discount
Cost: $5 zoo admission with pre-registration. Please note: Pre-registration required to receive the discounted rate.  Parking not included.  Registration deadline March 29, 2013.
Location: 650 South R. L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas, TX 75203
To Register and for more information: Click here

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APRIL 9 & 23
MONTHLY HOME SCHOOL CLASS
FOR AGES 6-12 AT THE FORT WORTH ZOO

Time:  9:30am-11:30 am
Cost: $25/student: includes a snack, live animal presentation, one home school day T-shirt and admission for each student to the Zoo on class day. Please note that the same class is offered twice a month. One shirt is provided per student for the semester.
Class for Ages 6-8
Join us this semester as we study different subjects through zoo exploration!
April 9 & 23 -- Forest Frolickers: Enjoy the little April shower and explore an environment fit for Bambi.
May 7 & 21: Grassland Grazers: Join us on a learning safari through the grasslands.
Classes for Ages 9-12
Come along as we take a close look at diverse animals and their eating habits!
April 9 & 23 -- Ungulates: Do you know what a zebra, a pig, and an elephant have in common? We do!
May 7 & 21 -- Marsupials: Their pouch is for their wallet and keys, right?
For more information and to register: Click here
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APRIL 11
WILD HOME SCHOOL DAY AT
SHARKAROSA RANCH IN PILOT POINT

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

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APRIL 12
NORTH TEXAS HOMESCHOOL ARTS SHOW AND SALE


Date:  April 12
Time: 7-9pm
Details: Limit three pieces/artist. Space is limited so RSVP early.
RSVP deadline: April 1
Final Art Details Due: April 8
Deliver art to gallery: April 11
Artists Reception, Performances, and Sale: April 12
Pick up art from gallery: April 18
Cost: $5/entry
More details: Click here

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APRIL 13
SENSORY FRIENDLY SCREENING (ADJUSTED LIGHT & SOUND)
THE CROODS
AT STARPLEX CINEMA LAKEWORTH MOVIES 14

Time: 10am
Cost: Free Child admission with Adult ticket purchase
Location: Lake Worth Movies 14, 6600 NW Loop 820, Ft. Worth, 76135
Details: Sensory Friendly Screenings provide special families an opportunity to enjoy a family-friendly film in a safe and warm environment. Auditoriums are adjusted with lights a bit brighter, sound a little softer, and no one minds if audience members dance, sing, or walk around during the movie. Families can feel relaxed and comfortable enjoying the movie experience together.
Upcoming Shows:
April 13 -- The Croods
May 11 -- Wreck It, Ralph
june 8 -- Epic
July 13 -- Monsters University
August 10 -- Turbo
For More Details: Click Here

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

Time: 8:30am-5:30pm
Location: Arlington Convention Center: 1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington, TX 76011
Details: We have a great line up of speakers and thousands of fabulous home school materials to choose from.
Registration: The 2013 Home School Book Fair is approaching and we want to be sure you have the opportunity to pre-register. Below are the registration fees for 2013:
Admission:
$15 per adult -- online by April 15
$20 per adult -- at the door
The registration fee is the same whether you attend one or both days.
Click here to register online.
HEART of Texas HOME SCHOOL CONNECTOR
The HEART of Texas Home School Connector will be at the Home School bookfair to help new families find support groups and other resources for their families.   We look forward to the opportunity to visit with you in person, answer questions, and help locate resources and groups near you!
Homeschool Leaders will receive a special gift! (first 50 leaders) Leaders can register here.
Details: We have a very limited number of tables for North Texas home school support groups to distribute their information to new home schoolers attending the Home School Book Fair on May 10 and 11, 2013, at the Arlington Convention Center. Tables will be available on a first-come-first-served basis but preference is given to HEART of Texas partnering support groups. Table space is extremely limited and groups may need to share a table. Support groups are asked to man their tables during Book Fair hours - 8:30 am to 5:30 pm both days.
SPACE IS LIMITED - Click here to email Anne Gebhart Please include the subject line "Home School Connector Table"
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APRIL 24
REENACTMENT OF THE OKLAHOMA LAND RUN
AT HEIGHTS PARK IN RICHARDSON

Time: 1:35pm (the race begins!)
Location: Heights Park in Richardson -- 711 W. Arapaho Rd, near the S.W. corner of Floyd and Arapaho
Details: On the morning of April 22, 1889, thousands upon thousands of Americans from over the entire nation lined up on the borders of what was then known as the Unassigned Lands of the Indian Territory, or the "Oklahoma country." Come join us for a reenactment! Claiming a "stake" is easy. At the sound of a gun, participants run to a plot of land and "stake" their claim ("improve" it). In 1889 homesteaders were expected to prepare a home site or improve the land before they could stake a claim, but in reality, most homesteads were claimed by throwing a stake onto the ground or spreading a blanket on it. Therefore, blankets, wagons, or even little brothers work well for staking claims. After you locate and "improve" your land you must go to the "land office" to officially claim your land. In 1889 it cost $25 but in 2013 it is free! Your children can stake a "farmland" claim (where they won't have to do anything. They can also claim a "city" plot where they can sell wares, set up game booths, or sell services. The '89ers needed to buy and sell goods and services too, especially if they lived in the city. If you have ever wanted your children to experience an "Enterprise City"--this is it. They can purchase supplies, make things, sell them, then calculate their profit.
Cold drinks and chocolate chip cookies are often big sellers. Children can also make things to sell or bring yard sale items. Or they can set up a "service" business such as a carnival game, face painting, or playing an instrument. Let them use their imagination. Later they may wish to spend their profit by buying crafts, playing games, drinking cold drinks, and eating goodies.
To Participate: To participate, you only need to show up!  Come dressed in "89'er" clothes if you want. Come early to be ready. It takes maybe 1/2 an hour to run & officially claim land and the rest of the time is spent talking or buying and selling. You can come late as there is usually land to claim & certainly you can still buy & sell!
 
No tables or electricity provided. We set up on the grass after we run. Blankets, chairs, tables etc. are fine to bring but know that the parking lot is about 1/2 a block away. Please volunteer to help man the land office right after the run.
For more information: Contact Cathy Allen at 972-442- 3006 (home) or at 972-742-5215 (cell), or by email allenadvertising@verizon.net.
In case of bad weather on April 24th call to verify that it will need to be rescheduled to the following week.  The make-up date will be 2 weeks later on Wednesday May 8rth at 1:35pm, same place. 

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APRIL 25   
IMAGINATIVE WORLDS -- CHAGALL: BEYOND COLOR
HOME SCHOOL CLASS AT THE
DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART

Fourth Thursday of every month, with some exceptions.
Time: 11am-12:30pm
Details: The Dallas Museum of Art’s homeschool classes offer an interactive Museum experience for families with children ages 6 and above. Parents and children learn about works of art together in the galleries, participate in hands-on activities as a family, and create a work of art together in the Art Studio. During the program, parents learn techniques and skills for creating their own educational experiences in the gallery.
Cost: DMA members $5 per participating child (ages 6 and up).
To Register: To register for the class, click here to go to the ticketing website, select Family Programs from the sidebar on the left, and follow the instructions to add the number of tickets you need for the class (one ticket per child). Participating adults do not require a ticket. If you have any difficulties with the new system, call 214-922-1270 or 214-922-1822. When classes are filled, call 214-922-1818 or e-mail familyexperiences@DallasMuseumofArt.org to be placed on a waiting list.
Upcoming Classes:
April 25: Imaginative Worlds—Chagall: Beyond Color
May 23: Nature and Art in "Loren Mozley: Structural Integrity"
For more information: click here
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APRIL 26
HOME SCHOOL COTILLION IN DECATUR (WISE COUNTY)

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

Special to HEART of Texas Members:  Early registration discount deadline will be extended for HEART of Texas members (with current Family ID). After March 31 members should mail $35.00 payment to JOY Christian Academy, P.O. Box 1295, Decatur, TX 76235. 
Please indicate that you are a HEART of Texas member and include your member number (on your card) with your registration. The online registration will allow you to pay on line or mail in their payment.  The site may tell you to pay $40, but it will be okay to mail in $35.
To Learn About HEART of Texas Family Membership and Benefits: http://www.heartoftex.org/resources/membership

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