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June 2008 Out and About

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      The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers
      Your Resource. Your Voice. Your Association.

      VaHomeschoolers Out and About - June 2008

      Welcome to the June 2008 Out and About - a publication designed to connect homeschoolers to activities and events across the Commonwealth!

      Happy Father's Day. As the hot days of summer appear, many cool opportunities are appearing. There are contests focused on: this election year, celebrating Virginia women, and physics. You can learn more about Classical Conversations or A Thomas Jefferson Education, as well as explore chemistry, the Civil War, or listen to great music.

      Whatever June holds for you, have a fantastic month.

      As always, if you are interested in having an activity or event included, please see the submission guidelines included after the event listings.

      In This Issue

      • Statewide Opportunity-- Virginia Women in History Poster Contest
      • Statewide Contest--Turn Your Trash Into Treasure and Win $10,000
      • Statewide Resource and Contest--Make Physics Come Alive!
      • Statewide Literary Contest--"From Struggle to Triumph to Tomorrow"
      • Statewide Contest--"Why Vote" Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest
      • Virginia Beach--Public Library Events
      • Newport News-—"Chemistry, Conservation, & Civil War Ironclads" Family Day
      • Newport News--Virginia Living Museum Homeschoolers Programs
      • Newport News--Face To Face With Greatness: A Thomas Jefferson Education
      • Chesterfield--Plantation Day
      • Richmond--Catch the Reading Bug!
      • Charlottesville--Live Arts Summer Theatre Camp
      • Fairfax--"Ellis Island" Open Dress Rehearsal
      • Fairfax, Roanoke, Bristow--Classical Conversations 3-Day Practicums
      • Sterling--GIFTSNVA Family Picnic
      • Dulles--Udvar-Hazy Family Day and Fly-In
      • Washington DC--Smithsonian Folklife Festival
      • Washington DC--The African American Civil Memorial 10th Anniversary Celebration

      Statewide Opportunity- Virginia Women in History Poster Contest

      Do you know of a woman who changed the way Virginians think? Do you have a Virginia hometown heroine? Write about Virginia's amazing women.

      Each year, the Library of Virginia brings you the annual Virginia Women in History poster for Women's History Month. The occasion is used to honor eight women who have made significant contributions to Virginia history and culture. For the first time, an entrant that submits a successful nomination for the 2009 Virginia Women in History poster could receive an award. If your nominee is chosen, this is your chance to be a historian and participate in the commemoration of worthy accomplishments.

      Nominations must be submitted on the official entry form, which is available at www.lva.lib.va.us/whatwedo/k12/vw/2008/pdf/2009NominationForm.pdf, along with instructions. The entry deadline is Monday, June 30, 2008. For more information, contact Sara B. Bearss at sara.bearss@....

      Statewide Contest - Turn Your Trash Into Treasure and Win $10,000

      Recycle, reuse, and re-engineer everyday materials into an out-of-the-box invention. Your invention must:
      move things or people,
      protect the environment, or,
      be used for indoor or outdoor play.

      The contest is for ages 5 - 19. The deadline for entry is Monday, June 30, 2008. Find all the information you need to enter here: www.pbskids.org/designsquad/contest/index.html.

      Statewide Resource and Contest - Make Physics come alive!

      PhysicsCentral.com runs programs for all ages with the goal of making physics fun and interesting for everyone. From coloring books to at home experiments, there is something perfect for any age homeschooler to enjoy.

      PhysicsCentral is currently running PhysicsQuest,a middle school competition that consists of four physical science experiments centered on a mystery. Designed to be done by small groups, each of the experiments gives students a clue that they need to solve the mystery. Groups can submit their answers online and be entered into a random drawing for prizes. PhysicsQuest kits are provided free to registered entrants.

      Register now for PhysicsQuest 2008: Nikola Tesla & the White City at: www.physicscentral.com/experiment/physicsquest/index.cfm.

      Statewide Literary Contest - "From Struggle to Triumph to Tomorrow"

      The Virginia Civil Rights Memorial Symposium Sub-committee is pleased to present the "From Struggle to Triumph to Tomorrow" Literary Contest, which is open to all students in grades 9 - 12. The Civil Rights Memorial will be unveiled in late July 2008 on Capitol Square and the symposium is one of a series of events around the historic occasion. In an effort in encourage youth understanding and involvement, a literary contest for high school students has been incorporated as a part of the symposium. Students will respond to a literary prompt and they may submit both essays and poems. Previously published works are ineligible.

      The first place prize is $1,000, and the deadline has been extended to Friday, June 13, 2008. Additional information is here: www.administration.virginia.gov/LiteraryContest0508/index.cfmz.

      Other questions may be directed to Joycelyn Bassette Blizzard at joycelyn.blizzard@..., or call (804)786-1201.

      Statewide Contest - "Why Vote" Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest

      From now until Monday, June 23, 2008 the Fairfax County Public Library, in partnership with the For Love of Country Foundation, will conduct a "Why Vote" PSA contest. (A PSA is a non-commercial television or radio message presented for the public good to raise awareness about a specific issue.)

      The contest is open to students in grades 6 - 12, adults, and teams. The For Love of Country Foundation will award cash prizes and gold, silver, and bronze certificates at a special awards ceremony. Selected gold certificate winners will work with professionals to have their PSA's produced and featured on television and radio.

      For details visit the library's Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/inmyownwords/inmyownwords.htm.

      Newport News--"Chemistry, Conservation, & Civil War Ironclads" Family Day

      Are you looking for something fun and educational to do with your family this summer?

      Join conservators from The Mariners' Museum on Friday, June 27, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. as they introduce students to the chemistry of conservation. Using examples from The USS Monitor, families will learn how chemistry is used to conserve metal and organic objects found in a marine archaeological environment. Hands-on experiments that utilize the scientific method, as well as a behind-the-scenes tours of the wet and dry labs of the Batten Conservation Facility and The USS Monitor Center, will provide examples of real-life chemistry applications. Appropriate for ages 13 and older.

      Cost (per family) is $60 for Museum Members and $75 for non-members. Six-person per family limit. Limited to 10 families. Free weekend admission to the museum, for the respective Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, is included in the cost. Children ages under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

      Pre-registration is required by Friday, June 20, 2008. Walk-ins will not be admitted. To register, please have your credit card ready and call (757)591-7743. More information may be found on the museum website: www.mariner.org/educationalad/homeschool/index.php.

      Newport News - Virginia Living Museum Homeschooler Day

      On Wednesday, June 4, 2008 the Virginia Living Museum's classroom doors will open once again for homeschoolers only. There will be a selection of fun and engaging classroom programs that highlight important Natural Science and Earth Science concepts for elementary and middle school grades. In addition to those learning opportunities, "Born to be Wild: Animal Survival" - a live animal program, will teach about some of the amazing adaptations of some very special animals.

      Advance registration is required. Call (757) 595-9135 for information and to register. Free curriculum support materials will be provided when registered for classroom programs.

      For more information visit the museum web site at: www.thevlm.org/programsevents/calendar/specialevents.php#homeschool.

      Newport News - Face To Face With Greatness: A Thomas Jefferson Education

      How can a generation that wasn't mentored in the classics, mentor their own children in the classics? Do you want to help your children get a superb, leadership education, but just aren't sure how? This seminar teaches you.

      The seminar is August 15 - 16, 2008. See the George Wythe College website for complete information: www.gwc.edu/seminars/ftof/080815-1-newport.php or contact Melody Thomas at (757)874-6240.

      Chesterfield - Plantation Day

      Plantation Day will provide a look at life on a plantation in the early 19th century. Re-enactors, demonstrations, music, and food all come together on Saturday, June 21, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Magnolia Grange plantation house, 10020 Iron Bridge Rd, Chesterfield.

      Call (804) 777-9663 for more information or see the Chesterfield Historical website at: www.chesterfieldhistory.com.

      Richmond - Catch the Reading Bug!

      Catch the Reading Bug! at the Henrico Library this summer and help your child keep up his or her reading skills during vacation.

      The summer reading program begins on Monday, June 9, 2008. All participants will receive a bookmark and a reading log. Each child who reads 10 books or logs 10 hours of reading will receive a paperback book to take home.

      Visit the library each week to collect a new bug sticker for the reading log. The program is for for preschool—5th grade children.

      Children must have a library card to register. Register at any library, or online at www.henricolibrary.orgm.

      Charlottesville - Live Arts Summer Theatre Camp

      For students from 8 - 15, come join the fun and learn from the experts. Shakespeare and Comedy camps are available this summer. The cost is $450 and some scholarship help is available. To see complete details, see the brochure here: www.livearts.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/2008summerthecamp.pdf. You may also contact Ronda Hewitt at (434) 977-4177 x100 for more information.

      Fairfax - "Ellis Island" Open Dress Rehearsal

      Watch the orchestra work in rehearsal as the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra prepares for its festival concert. On the program: "Ellis Island" by Peter Boyer, "Liberty for All" by James Beckel, and Symphonic Dances from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein. With actors, musicians, and images on the overhead screen, this concert is designed to enhance and celebrate the cultural heritage of our country.

      The rehearsal will be held at the George Mason University's Center for the Arts on Friday, June 13, 2008. Arrive by 7:15 p.m. Rehearsal is 7:40 – 9:00 p.m.

      More information about the Fairfax Symphony may be found here: www.fairfaxsymphony.org.

      Fairfax, Roanoke, Bristow - Classical Conversations 3-Day Practicumss

      Discover the Classical Model, cultivate a love for learning with your children, and be inspired while practicing the skills needed to recover the "lost tools of learning." Adults attend FREE!

      For all practicums, please register at: www.classicalconversationsbooks.com/vifr3daypapr.html.

      June 12-14, 2008
      Korean Presbyterian Church of Washington
      9524 Braddock Road, Fairfax
      9-14 Year Olds – IEW Writing Camp (Institute of Excellence in Writing)

      June 23-25, 2008
      Bonsack Baptist Church
      4845 Cloverdale Road, Roanoke
      9-12 Year Olds – Beginning Public Speaking Camp
      13-18 Year Olds – Teen IEW Writing Camp (Institute of Excellence in Writing)

      July 21-23, 2008
      Manassas Assembly of God
      11500 New Life Way, Bristow
      9-12 Year Olds – Beginning Public Speaking Camp
      13-18 Year Olds – Teen IEW Writing Camp (Institute of Excellence in Writing)

      All Practicums will have: Nursery for 0 - 2 year olds, Play Camp for 3 - 5 year olds, and Geography/Drawing Camp for 6 - 8 year olds.

      For further information, please contact Stephanie Ross at kirkandsteph@....

      Sterling - GIFTSNVA Family Picnic

      Join GIFTSNVA, a support group for homeschoolers with children with special needs, on Monday, June 23, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. for the first-ever family picnic. The picnic will be at shelter #4 in Algonkian Park, 47001 Fairway Drive, Sterling.

      Bring lawn games, a dish to share, and a modest donation (if possible) to cover picnic shelter rental, hamburgers, and hot dogs.

      If you are homeschooling or thinking of homeschooling a special needs child, you and your family are welcome.

      RSVP to Julie at brownanj@....

      Dulles - Udvar-Hazy Family Day and Fly-In

      Join other flight lovers for Family Day and Fly-In at Udvar-Hazy Center on Saturday, June 14, 2008, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

      More than 50 visiting aircraft ranging from antique to modern military, balloons to un-manned vehicles, will be on display outside the Boeing Aviation Hangar. Pilots will be with their aircraft to answer questions, and in some cases visitors will be invited to sit in the cockpit.

      Inside the Center will be an array of special "Reach for the Sky" activities for all ages. Visitors can learn what it takes to become a pilot; and youngsters can participate in a living legends art activity, talk to model airplane experts, enjoy hands-on activities, learn about careers in aviation, engineering, math & science, and fly a simulator. Even toddlers are included, with "Flights of Fancy" stories and other age-appropriate activities.

      If inclement weather prevents visiting airplanes from arriving, indoor activities will still take place.

      RSVP for you and your family to attend "Family Day" at the Smithsonian: www.afceanova.org/events/educational-events/familyday. (You will receive an update the week before the event, with the list of aircraft, activities, etc., plus directions, parking, and other logistics details to help you get to the event.)

      View Aircraft that are Flying-in for Family Day at the Smithsonian: www.nasm.si.edu/becomeapilot/aircraft.cfm.

      There are more details about Family Day on the Smithsonian event website: /www.nasm.si.edu/becomeapilot/

      Washington DC - Smithsonian Folklife Festival

      Join the fun on June 25 - 29, 2008, and July 2 - 6, 2008, at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. This year the festival will feature three different programs: Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon; NASA: Fifty Years and Beyond; and Texas: A Celebration of Music, Food, and Wine. Enjoy musicians, storytellers, craftspeople, food, entertainment and more. The Folklife Festival will be on the National Mall near the Smithsonian Museums. It is free.

      Please visit the festival website at www.folklife.si.edu/center/festival.html

      Washington DC - The African American Civil Memorial 10th Anniversary Celebration

      Four days of celebration are planned in commemoration of the unveiling of the Spirit of Freedom Memorial and what is represents. July 15 - 18, 2008 will offer great opportunities to learn about the historic events surrounding this memorial. Some of the activities planned include: Living History Workshops, Civil War Cooking, Learn How to Trace Your Ancestry, and Civil War Artists and Musicians. To register for this event, contact Lyndia Grant at (202)518-3192 or visit the website at: afroamcivilwar.org/upcomingevents/index.html. The registration deadline is Tuesday, July 1, 2008.

      Submission Information

      Out and About is a publication made available to the Virginia homeschooling community by The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers. If you have an event you would like to include, please send a brief summary with contact information to the Out and About editor at outandabout@.... Submission deadline is the 24th of every month. VaHomeschoolers reserves the right to edit submissions for length and/or format. Inclusion of an event is up to the discretion of VaHomeschoolers and does not imply endorsement or guarantee.

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      Jennie Gemignani
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