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      VaHomeschoolers Out and About – April 2009

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

      VaHomeschoolers Out and About – April 2009

      Welcome to the April 2009 Out and About - a publication designed to connect homeschoolers to activities and events across the Commonwealth!
      There are two unique special opportunities this month as well as a passel of local activities, events and camps. Retrace Lincoln’s footsteps in Richmond or celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday with games and contests. Learn Latin, design video games or welcome spring with Tea at a historical house or museum.
      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

      Special Opportunity
      Second Annual Spring Homeschool Festival at the Biltmore in Asheville, NC
      Fossil Hunting and Collecting

      Regional Opportunities
      Alexandria – Digital Art and Game Design Course
      Fairfax – Sally Ride Science Festival
      Newport News – Spring Dollar Days at the Mariners’ Museum
      Norfolk – Norfolk Botanical Gardens Programs
      Norfolk – Arts Within Reach Series
      Petersburg – Pre-Dawn Tour of Petersburg Breakthrough at Pamplin Historical Park
      Portsmouth – Children’s Museum of Virginia Events
      Reston – GiftsNVA meetings
      Richmond – 2009 VaHomeschoolers Conference and Resource Fair
      Richmond – Lincoln Walk
      Richmond – Virginia Track and Field Homeschool Championships
      Richmond – Tea and Tulips at Agecroft Hall
      Richmond – Virginia House Events
      Staunton – American Shakespeare Center events
      Stephens City – Bowman Library Homeschool Showcase
      Waynesboro – Waynesboro Public Library Homeschoolers’ Day
      Williamsburg – LatinSummer Program

      Special Opportunities

      Second Annual Spring Homeschool Festival at the Biltmore in Asheville, NC

      Annual Spring Homeschool Festival: The Math and Science of Nature at Biltmore will take place on April 16 and 17 in Asheville, NC. Enjoy a full day of wonder and discovery as you spend time in the house, work through a self-guided scavenger hunt in the gardens, and navigate your way through hands-on activities. Learn about orienteering, erosion, water buoyancy, butter churning, arboriculture, conservation, birds of prey, bees, water currents and more. $20 per person age 5 and up includes all homeschool activities plus access to the Winery and River Bend Farm. For more information about this program, call 866-851-4661, visit www.biltmore.com  or e-mail groupsales@...

      Fossil Hunting and Collecting

      Homeschoolers’ Fossil Collecting Trips are now available during the week! Join Dr. Lauck Ward, Invertebrate Paleontologist for the Virginia Museum of Natural History, on a fossil collecting adventure at Stratford Hall Beach. This site is Upper Miocene age (6 to 10 million years old). Shark teeth, whale bones, fossil shells and turtle shells are mainly found here, though occasionally a megalodon shark tooth is found. Cost is $50 per person; groups must contain a minimum of 20 people. Cost does NOT include transportation, lodging (camp out or rent a cabin in Westmoreland State Park), or food. For more information on this program and other options, visit www.fossilandnaturetrips.com or contact Cathy Young at cathy@... or 610-209-0758.                                                                            

      Regional Opportunities


      Digital Art and Game Design Course

      Digital Art and Game Design for kids ages 8 through 14. Are you interested in making animations, interactive stories, digital art, or video games? In this course, students will use Scratch, a graphical programming environment from MIT, to bring their creations to life. They’ll design animated characters and backgrounds, incorporate sounds and music, and learn about digital storytelling and video game design. In the process they will gain an understanding of the basics of computer programming. This beginner- to intermediate-level course will be held at the Athenaeum in Old Town and will be taught by Mindzai Learning instructors. The course runs Sundays, April 19 and 26 and May 3, 10, and 17, from 1:00–3:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.mindzailearning.com/ or call
      (703) 350-3877.


      Sally Ride Science Festival

      Join the fun at George Mason University on April 18 from 11:00 a.m.–4:15 p.m. for the Sally Ride Science Festival! Enjoy a talk by cosmochemist Laurie Leshin and a street fair with booths, hands-on activities, food and music. Participate in workshops for girls given by local veterinarians, astronomers, microbiologists and more, and workshops for parents and teachers on ways to support girls’ interests in science. Though this event is geared towards elementary- to high-school-age girls, everyone is welcome. Cost is $20 per person. Advance registration is required. Register at www.sallyridescience.com/festivals/09gmu0418; you can also call (800) 561-5161 for more information.

      Newport News

      Spring Dollar Days at the Mariners’ Museum

      Dollar Days offer your family the opportunity to visit The Mariners’ Museum at a reduced rate while learning how the Museum can complement your homeschool education. For only $1 per student and $5 per adult, you’ll enjoy Museum admission, family tours, crafts, and a chance to register for programs at a discounted rate. Join us on Friday, May 15, from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. or Saturday, May 16, from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Download the registration form at www.mariner.org/educationalad/homeschool/index.php, or register by phone at (757) 591-7743. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Walk-ins will only be admitted if space permits.


      Norfolk Botanical Gardens Programs

      It’s Homeschool Takeover Day at the Norfolk Botanical Garden! How much do you know about the natural world you in which you live? Spend a day exploring Lake Whitehurst and learn about the wildlife and plant life that are affected by changes to this body of fresh water. Students will take measurements and use the plankton net to better understand this ecosystem. Program begins at 9:30 a.m. and is best suited to children ages 6–10. Cost: $10 per participant ($8 for NBG Members). Price includes 1 free adult. For more information, visit www.norfolkbotanicalgarden.org

      The Norfolk Botanical Garden also has oodles of other opportunities throughout April, including the Tree-Climbing Championship, Spring Break Camp (April 13-17) and many neat workshops and activities. Visit the web site at www.norfolkbotanicalgarden.org for information on all of these.
      Arts Within Reach Series

      Now in its 13th season, Arts Within Reach features free performances, workshops, and demonstrations in neighborhoods throughout Norfolk. All Arts Within Reach performances are free and open to the public. For more information on these and other programs, visit www.norfolkarts.net, or call 664-4321.

      • Thursday, April 9 at 11:30 a.m. at Mount Zion Baptist Church - Virginia Opera presents "History Alive!" This musical retelling of Virginia's history is a work created by Virginia Opera Education and Outreach staff and presented by an ensemble cast of Virginia Opera Spectrum Artists.

      • Thursday, April 16 at 11:00 a.m. - Virginia Symphony String Trio in concert. Yun Zhang, violinist and associate concertmaster, Matt Umlauf, violist and Rebecca Gilmore, cellist perform classical and popular selections for all audiences. Hosted by the Norfolk Senior Center. At the Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center.

      • Saturday, April 25 from 1:00–4:00 p.m.Park Place Child Life Center Spring Arts Festival. An outdoor community celebration featuring visual arts, a variety of youth performances, and hands-on creative opportunities. The festival includes Arts Within Reach performances by local arts organizations. Fun for the entire family, on the grounds of James Monroe Elementary School and the Park Place Baptist Church.


      Pre-Dawn Tour of Petersburg Breakthrough at Pamplin Historical Park

      On Saturday, April 4, join Pamplin Historical Park historians on a Commemoration Pre-Dawn Tour of the Petersburg Breakthrough.

      At 4:40 a.m. April 2, 1865, some 14,000 Union soldiers moved forward in the chilly gloom toward the Confederate fortifications six miles southwest of Petersburg. Less than an hour later, the American flag flew over the Confederate line following one of the most important battles of the entire Civil War: the engagement that led directly to the evacuation of both Petersburg and Richmond. One week later, Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House and our nation began the long process of healing.

      Participants will cross the same ground contested by the blue and gray 144 years ago. Beginning at 5:30 a.m. (no daylight savings time in 1865!) this unique tour provides visitors with the same atmospheric perspective experienced by the soldiers on both sides who fought at the Petersburg Breakthrough. Unlike the soldiers in 1865, tour participants will enjoy a hot breakfast following the tour at the Park's Hardtack & Coffee Cafe.

      The tour and breakfast are free to Park Members and $10 per person for all others. The fee also includes admission to the Park. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Pamplin Historical Park at (804) 861-2408 or by e-mail at memberservices@...


      Children’s Museum of Virginia Events

      The Children’s Museum of Virginia  has two exciting upcoming events. For more information on both programs, visit www.childrensmuseumva.com or call the Museum at (757) 393-5258.

      • The Museum is once again partnering with Norfolk State University to host Nano Day 2009. What’s the latest in Nano news? What does “Nano” mean, anyway? Learn the answers to these questions and more. Participate in experiments and a scavenger hunt, check out interactive demonstrations, and meet the scientists who bring this cutting edge technology to our every day life. April 4, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Cost: $6 per person age 2 and above. Discounts available for seniors, military and AAA members.

      • Celebrate Earth Day and National Day of Puppetry with the Southeastern Virginia Puppetry Guild! You’ll learn how to turn ordinary household stuff into puppet pop-ups and flutter-bys.  Enjoy “The Emperor’s New Threads,” an interactive puppet performance. Help “Bandersnatch the Dragon” discover how to recycle. This is your chance to be a puppeteer with the local puppetry guild! April 19, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Cost: $6 per person age 2 and above. Discounts available for seniors, military and AAA members.


      GiftsNVA Meetings

      GiftsNVA meets on the fourth Monday of each month at Reston Bible Church, Room 112, 11979 North Shore Drive, Reston, from 7:00-9:00 p.m.   All are welcome: whether you homeschool or are only thinking about it, and whether your child has Down Syndrome, autism, learning disabilities, distractibility, hearing loss, mood disorders, Fragile X, or perhaps you're not sure what. Admission is free. Join us April 27 for a Q&A session. Bring your questions, or better yet, e-mail them in advance to giftsnva-owner@yahoogroups.com.


      2009 VaHomeschoolers Conference and Resource Fair

      Join us at the 2009 VaHomeschoolers Conference and Resource Fair at the Science Museum of Virginia on May 22-23. VaHomeschoolers has put together a comprehensive lineup of speakers and panel sessions covering a variety of homeschooling needs and styles.  Right-brained learners, reluctant writers, hands-on learners, late readers, learning disabilities, independent learners……It can sometimes be a challenge to find the approach or appropriate materials which best fit the needs of your child.  
      Well, help is on the way!  Experienced homeschool speakers are ready to answer your questions, offer advice, and give you practical strategies you can put right into action. Read more about the exciting sessions offered: www.vahomeschoolers.org/conference/2009/sessions.asp. Registration is open – don’t delay. Download the Registration Booklet at: www.vahomeschoolers.org/conference/

      Lincoln Walk

      On Saturday, April 4 at the Library of Virginia, Dr. Lucas Morel, a Lincoln scholar and professor of politics at Washington and Lee University, will discuss the origins and implications of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Morel’s talk, “Lincoln, God, and Emancipation: A Promise Fulfilled,” starts at 2:00 p.m. The weekend will continue with more lectures, walks, and historic images exploring the unique combination of devastation, fear, and hope that existed in Richmond in the spring of 1865 when, on April 4, a weary Abraham Lincoln walked solemnly through the smoldering ruins of a fallen city. The weekend concludes with a self-guided walk with stationed interpretation on Sunday, April 5 along the route traveled by Abraham Lincoln and his son Tad on their visit to Richmond following the evacuation of the city by the Confederate government and its occupation by the Union military. The walk begins at 17th and Dock streets in Shockoe Bottom. The walk (2:00–5:00 p.m.) should take approximately 90 minutes. For more information on additional lectures and the walk, visit www.lincolnwalkrichmond.com

      Virginia Track and Field Homeschool Championships

      Participate in the first-ever Virginia Track and Field Homeschool Championships on Saturday, May 9! You must register in advance for this event, which is open to homeschoolers ages 5–18. Visit www.active.com/page/Event_Details.htm?event_id=1712861  or e-mail Marcia Rose at fiamathletics@... for more information. Registration runs from April 4–May 4 and costs $15–$40 depending on how early you register and whether you’re also ordering a personalized tee-shirt. Please note, you MUST bring a copy of your Birthpaper/Notice of Intent Letter or notarized copy of Religious Exemption Intent to Educate letter in order to participate.
      Tea and Tulips at Agecroft Hall

      Agecroft Hall is celebrating Tea and Tulips on April 7, 14 and 16. Enjoy tea and sweets on the terrace overlooking the James River, followed by a one-hour tour of the gardens with a special emphasis on the spectacular tulip display in the formal sunken garden. Sandi Barnette, head of Agecroft's Gardening Department, will lead this tour. Cost: $10 per person and $7 per student. Advance payment is required. For reservations, call (804) 353-4241.
      Virginia House Events

      Virginia House, reopening to the public beginning April 3, is offering a number of events in April. For more information or to schedule a group tour, visit www.vahistorical.org or call (804) 353-4251.

      • The first of two Behind-the-Scenes Tours will take place on April 3 at 12:00 –2:00 p.m. The second tour will occur in October.  

      • On April 4 and again on April 11, Virginia House visitors can participate in the Spring Tea and Tour from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

      • The Jr. Ambassador Passport Travels Spring Camp takes place April 6–10.  This camp introduces children ages 9–12 to the culture, food, geography, and music of countries where Alexander Weddell served as a diplomat.

      • The Mother’s Day Tea and Tour takes place on May 10 from 3:00–5:00 p.m.


      American Shakespeare Center Events

      Join the American Shakespeare Center for Shakespeare’s Birthday Week, featuring free tours of the Blackfriars Playhouse, MFA productions and our Spring Season Shows. Go to www.americanshakespearecenter.com/v.php?pg=382 for a schedule of events. Some highlights:

      • An evening of contests, games, and cake in celebration of the 445th anniversary of Shakespeare’s Birthday. Thursday, April 23 from 7:30–9:00 p.m. See www.americanshakespearecenter.com/v.php?pg=380 for details.

      • The Stark Raving Sane Benefit including The Trial of Hamlet for the murder of Claudius at the Blackfriars Playhouse and a reception at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center Ballroom. Saturday, April 25 at 5:30 p.m. More information is available at www.americanshakespearecenter.com/v.php?pg=331.

      • A variety of field trip options are available to school groups: student matinees, workshops, playhouse tours and lectures. Please call the Education Department at (540) 885-5588, ext. 29 for more information.

      Stephens City

      Bowman Library Homeschool Showcase

      Come see what your local homeschooling community has to offer at the Homeschool Showcase at Bowman Library on Tuesday, April 14 at 6:00 p.m. There will be displays of homeschoolers’ projects, information about local organizations, activities and events, and discussions of homeschool-specific issues. For more information, contact Donna Hughes at annac.groves@... or (540) 869-9000.


      Waynesboro Public Library Homeschoolers’ Day

      Drama awaits homeschoolers at Waynesboro Public Library’s spring Homeschoolers’ Day on Thursday, April 2 at 1:00 p.m. Past Times is a Reader’s Theater conducted by Robert Wright and Duane Hahn, author of Shenandoah Moon. Students will learn presentation skills, gain self-confidence and improve creativity by performing history plays. This free event is open to children ages 6–12. For more information, call (540) 942-6746. Please register by emailing Diane Devoy at devoydh@....


      LatinSummer Program

      LatinSummer is a two-week program that provides students a unique chance to learn
      about Latin and the classical world. Students will explore the Latin language, mythology, Roman culture, and more in an engaging, hands-on fashion. Classes are taught by instructors from all across the nation. No prior knowledge of Latin or Classics is required. LatinSummer is open to students currently doing coursework for grades one through seven. It takes place at Rawls Byrd Elementary School, July 27–August 7 (excluding the weekend), from 9:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Cost: $125/1 student or $200/2 students from the same family for residents of Williamsburg or James-City County; $150/non-residents. For details and registration information, please visit www.ascaniusyci.org. Deadline to register: May 8.

      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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