Homeschooling Events & Opportunities Around the State Events & opportunities listed below are not necessarily sponsored or endorsed by NICHE
Le Tourneau University Scholarships Longview, Texas Le Tourneau University recently received an endowment for $5 million in scholarships for homeschooled students. Check it out at: www.letu.edu
Iowa Hospice Volunteers Needed Looking for volunteer opportunities to supplement your homeschooling curriculum? Care Initiatives Hospice is in need of junior high and high school age students (and adults) to visit hospice patients who usually live in a nursing facility. These visits are usually weekly, with each patient for about 30 minutes. Volunteers will be trained. Communities currently in need of volunteers are: Des Moines, Panora, Montezuma, Stratford and Marshalltown. If interested, contact Mimi Leonard 515-223-3813 (office) 515-480-9698 (cell)
Homeschool Roller Skating Skate Castle Newton, Iowa Second Friday of each month 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. The cost is $4/person, $16/family with quad skates included, inline skates are $1 more/person. The rink is located on the junction of Hwy. 6 and 14 on the West edge of Newton. Look for them on Facebook. Or call Skate Castle: 641-791 RINK (7465).
Civic Center Applause Series 2013-14 School Year 221 Walnut Street Des Moines The APPLAUSE SERIES brings world-class performing artists and diverse art forms to the Civic Center’s stages for one-hour matinee performances for school audiences. Each performance connects to in-class curriculum, providing the perfect opportunity to learn about and through the arts. All tickets $1! http://www.civiccenter.org/education/applause_series.php For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org (515) 246-2300
~ Des Moines Area YMCA Homeschool PE ~ Walnut Creek YMCA Homeschool PE Walnut Creek YMCA 948 73rd St Windsor Heights, IA 50324 (515) 224-1888 Weekly Classes in 5-Week Sessions focused on building skill sets Ages 5-16 Member Fee $5/class Nonmember Fee $8/class Waukee YMCA 210 N Warrior Ln Waukee, IA 50263 (515) 987-9996 Once a week 5-class sessions Each planned 5-class session has a theme sport Ages 5-14 Member Fee $15/session Nonmember Fee $50/session
Metro Ice Sports Facility Urbandale, Iowa "Introduction to Ice" Program This 6-week program runs several times a year, with the next session scheduled on Wednesdays at 10:45-11:45 a.m. The program is taught by a US Figure Skating Association Instructor and is geared toward homeschooled students. All levels of skating abilities are accepted. Cost = $35 http://metroice.com/introduction-to-ice Or contact Katie Hentges at Metro Ice Sports Facility 515-276-7200
Schedule Your Own Home School Safari Class Blank Park Zoo Des Moines, IA Set up a home school class at the Blank Park Zoo. Classes can be held anytime year round and the program can be tailored to what your students are in the process of studying. Programs will be 1 ¼ - 2 hours depending on the age group. A minimum of 15 students is required and preferably in the same age range. $8 –Members or $12 – Non-Member Call Amy Kopatich, Education Specialist, at 515-974-2558 for further details, questions, or to set up a class.
Homeschool Horseshoe Pitching Participate in a family friendly, competitive activity that provides camaraderie amongst its athletes -- and annual scholarship opportunities. Leagues can be established as either individual OR team competitions and all members of the family can participate. Contact Tina Hawkins, email@example.com, to help your homeschool group add horseshoe pitching to your students’ extracurricular activities or for information on opportunities or existing leagues and tournaments in your area.
Seven Flags Fitness Winter-Spring Homeschool Tennis Program Begins January 14, 2014 Seven Flags Fitness Center 2100 NW 100th St., Clive, Iowa Group tennis lessons for students K-12 Seven Flags will document and record 9-12th grade student credit for transcripts 1st-5th - 1:00-2:00pm - $10/class 6th-12th - 2:00-3:00pm - $10/class These are drop-in clinics. Come once, or every time. For more information, contact Mike Shires (515) 278-8888 firstname.lastname@example.org
Homeschool Youth Bowling League Warrior Lanes 190 SE Laurel, Waukee, Iowa Classes begin February 5th, meeting Wednesdays @12:30pm All inclusive program cost = $64 Youth teams of 2, homeschool grades K-12 bowling 2 games each week Basic USBC membership and a new ball included in this program www.warriorlanes.com
New Classical Conversations community starting in Waukee/West Des Moines Classical Conversations is a homeschool program that meets weekly and partners parents and tutors in a Christian, classical educational environment. Classical Conversations combines the classical method of learning with a biblical worldview. Weekly meetings are organized to facilitate families with students at similar learning levels so that veteran home school parents can model classical education to other parents and students, with the ultimate goal of knowing God and making Him known. There are several CC Communities located in and around the Des Moines metro area (Grimes, Des Moines, Ankeny, Pleasant Hill, Newton, Pella and Oskaloosa). A new community will be available in Waukee/West Des Moines, starting in Fall 2014. This community will offer Foundations (K4-6th), Essentials (4-6th), Challenge A & B (7-8th), and Challenge 1 (9-12th). For more information about this new Classical Conversations community, please contact Dana Reddin (515-441-1940 or email@example.com) or visit: www.classicalconversations.com. Registrations are currently being accepted for this new community in Waukee/West Des Moines as well as in the other CC communities. There are many families already participating in CC communities and class sizes are limited.
Jonah Scholastic Discount Offer from Sight and Sound Theatre Branson, MO April 1 - May 23, 2014 September 23 - October 11, 2014 December 9 - December 31, 2014 $25 for Adult tickets + tax $15 for Teen tickets (13-18) + tax $10 for Child tickets (3-12) + tax To receive these significantly discounted prices, just mention code: BR14SC Reservations can be booked online at www.sight-sound.com, or phone 800.377.1277
Home School Days on the Slopes! Seven Oaks Recreation 1086 222nd Drive, Boone, Iowa Monday, February 17th - 10 am to 6 pm (snow tube on Friday, February 7th will not open until 4 pm) Ski Only $18 Snowboard Only $26 Snow Tube Only $18 Park Pass includes Ski, Snowboard and Snow Tube $32 (snow tube on Friday, February 7th will not open until 4 pm) Homeschooling families are invited for four fun filled days on the slopes! Click here for a downloadable flier. More information at www.SevenOaksRec.com. This offer is valid for any homeschooled student and their families with proof of home schooling. Home-schOoled Children & Toddlers with parents HOT on Ice Morning Skate Program Buchaneer's Arena 7201 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 12:30 - 1:30 pm February 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18, & 25 Sponsored by the Central Iowa Figure Skating Club Six-Week Session, with weekly lessons including: - 30 minutes on ice with coach in group setting - 30 minutes of self-practice on ice in coach's presence - free rental skates $100/person ($90 early bird rate, 2 weeks before start) $50/each additional skater from same family For more information & online registration form: http://centraliowafsc.org/hot-skate
Brain Awareness Week Cedar Rapids Science Center 5824 Council St NE Cedar Rapids, IA March 11-13 Activities "Pretty Heady Business" March 11 6:30-7:30pm Learn about concussions, what causes them & how to avoid them "Stay Focused" March 12 6:30-7:30pm ADHD and related issues "School Group Day" (homeschoolers welcome) March 13 10:30am-2:30pm Learning Activities about the brain Reservations for school groups: firstname.lastname@example.org (319) 363-7836
The Royal Ballet of Iowa Presentation Alice in Wonderland Adventureland Park Theater Altoona, Iowa Friday, March 14, 2014 10:30 a.m. Admission: $4.00 per person Advance payment is mandatory Deadline for advance payment: March 7 Larger groups receive one free adult admission for every ten students in the group Send payment to: Royal Ballet of Iowa c/o Kathy Polson 909 NE Canterbury Dr Ankeny, IA 50021 or Royal Ballet of Iowa c/o Julie Feldman 5005 Windsor Circle Pleasant Hill, IA 50327 Include number of students & chaperones and an email address for confirmation. For more information: Kathy at email@example.com or 515-554-7104 Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-778-6621 NICHE Homeschool Day at the Capitol March 18, 2014
TeenPact Des Moines, IA March 17 - 21, 2014 TeenPact is a comprehensive leadership class that trains youth to understand the political process, value their liberty, defend their Christian faith, and engage the culture at a time in their lives when, typically, they do not care about such things.
The TeenPact experience is a fast-paced, hands-on way to learn about state government among like-minded teens and develop skills to help you engage all realms of the culture.
Four Day Class (13-19 year olds) March 17-20 Political Communication Workshop (13-19 year olds) March 21 One Day Class (8-12 year olds) March 21
Homeschool Day at the Zoo April 22, 2014 Blank Park Zoo Des Moines, IA Join us for Earth Day at Blank Park Zoo and learn all about amazing pollinators and the key role that they play in the environment! It will be a fun filled day full of games, crafts, activities, and meet-and-greet with zookeepers & conservationists. Pre-registration is encourage due to limited space. The fee includes all games, activities, encounters, and giveaways that may happen during the day. Pre registration prices are as follows: Member prices are $5 per adult, and $3 per child. Non-Member prices are $8 per adult and $5 per child. This is a family friendly event, and all ages are encouraged to join us. This is a parent led day, with activities and encounters set up around the zoo, that the families can roam around and do at their own pace. Activities will run from 10am-2pm, and the zoo closes at 4pm. http://www.blankparkzoo.com/en/education/home_school/
Hidden Acres Homeschool Family Camp April 25-27, 2014 Great for all types of homeschooling families - whether you've been at it for a while, are just starting out, or even have an interest but haven't begun Activities include: horse rides, crafts, games, & contests Seminars, tutorials, & demonstrations for parents & teens A great networking opportunity, and a quick but refreshing get-away for your family http://www.hacamps.org/homeschool-family-camp.html
"Get on the Bus to Cedarville University" March 27-29, 2014 Who? High school students interested in visiting Cedarville University (Parents are welcome, but not required) Space is limited, so register early! What? Bus tour to Cedarville Univeristy to be a part of the CU Friday Visit Event When? March 27-29, 2014 Where? Departing from Des Moines with stops to pick up students in Davenport, Peoria, and Indianapolis How Much? Basically FREE! Cedarville pays your expenses including one meal each way while you're on the bus. You'll need spending money for snacks or a stop in the Cedarville Bookstore. Learn more about this fun tour hosted by Shamus Strapp, CU Admissions Counselor, and reserve your place at cedarville.edu/bustourtocu or call 1-800-CEDARVILLE (233-2784)
Imposed Death: A Conference on Stealth Euthanasia Saturday, March 29, 2014 New Hope Assemply of God Student Center 6800 Townsend Ave Urbandale, Iowa Registrations by phone can be made toll free at 1.877.595.9406 or by mail to: Iowa Right to Life 1500 Illinois St Des Moines, IA 50314 IRL is looking for student volunteers to help with this event, too. Email at iowa@iowaRTL.org or www.iowaRTL.org Landry Academy Two-Day Intensive March 27-28, 2014 Biology/Anatomy/Physiology (8th-12th graders) Camp Quaker Hts (Tall Oaks Lodge) 22605 V Ave Eldora, Iowa Students Complete a 1 Year Science Lab in Two Intense (but fun) Days! For complete information and to register for intensives, see the Landry Academy website: http://landryacademy.com/lab-intensives.htm If you have questions specific to the Iowa intensive, contact Diane Nelson email@example.com Ph. 641-497-5715 or 641-858-0766 Hotel-style accommodations are available at Tall Oaks in the same building for students and/or families $50 per night http://www.campquakerheights.org/Tall-Oaks Full RV hook-ups are also available at $20 per night http://www.campquakerheights.org/camping
NICHE Conference and Curriculum Exhibit Hall May 15-17, 2014 Iowa Events Center Des Moines, Iowa
NICHE Homeschool Graduation Services May 31, 2014 Application will be available online in November and is due by February 1. If you want to take part in the first ceremony, please make sure to sign up early to reserve your spot since space is limited for that ceremony and normally fills before the deadline.
Living For God Conference July 10-12, 2014 Des Moines, Iowa Declaring God’s authority over all of life. Speakers include: Scott Brown, Kevin Swanson, and Phil Kayser. More details to come. LivingForGodConference.com
Landry Academy Two-Day Intensives Rapid City, SD October 2014 Biology/Anatomy/Physiology May 2015 Physics Chemisty Physical Science/Life Science More details & registration: http://landryacademy.com
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