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VaHomeschoolers Out and About ­ May 2009

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      VaHomeschoolers Out and About – May 2009

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

      VaHomeschoolers Out and About – May 2009

      Welcome to the May 2009 Out and About - a publication designed to connect homeschoolers to activities and events across the Commonwealth!
      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

      Library of Virginia: Virginia Women in History and African American Trailblazers Contests

      Special Opportunity
      Host a French or Spanish Student

      Statewide Opportunities
      Appleseed Shoot events

      Regional Opportunities
      Fairfax – Fairfax Symphony Orchestra “Classical Kids Club” Performance
      Mechanicsville – Presidential Fitness and Fun Day
      Newport News – Mariner’s Museum Events
      Norfolk – Norfolk Botanical Garden Event
      Portsmouth – Asian Treasures of MacArthur Collection
      Purcellville – We Make History Events
      Richmond – Virginia Historical Society Events
      Richmond – Virginia Homeschool Track and Field Championships
      Winchester – Little Theatre for Kids auditions for Alice in Wonderland


      Virginia Women in History and African American Trailblazers Contests

      Do you know of a woman or African American who changed the way Virginians think? Do you have a Virginia hometown heroine? Would you like to encourage people to learn more about positive role models from Virginia’s past and present? Tell the Library of Virginia about it! Prizes include $250 in school supplies and a three-volume set of the Dictionary of Virginia Biography. Visit http://beta.lva.virginia.gov/public/vawomen/honoree_nomination.pdf or http://beta.lva.virginia.gov/public/trailblazers/honoree_nomination.pdf for more information about this contest. Entry deadline is June 30.

      Special Opportunities

      Spanish or French Exchange Students

      Host a Spanish or French student this summer and introduce your children to a new culture! Exchange students are ages 13-18. This volunteer program only requires you to provide a bed and three meals a day for your student. Please contact Kristie Matthews at 571-236-6288 or kmatthews@... if interested. Sign-up deadline is May 15.

      Statewide Opportunities

      Appleseed Project

      The Appleseed Project is a national program that teaches traditional rifle marksmanship skills as well as the history of the people and events that surround April 19th, 1775 (the day “the shot was heard around the world” in Lexington and Concord).  

      During the two-day clinic, participants are introduced to the people and events most involved in the birth of our nation. The Appleseed events are family-friendly, with an atmosphere of honor for our Founders, duty to our fellow Americans and a desire to share traditional skills with our fellow countrymen.

      Appleseed events will be taking place throughout Virginia this month and are free, although registration is recommended. Visit http://www.appleseedinfo.org/as_faq.htm for more information and to register for an event near you.

      Regional Opportunities


      Fairfax Symphony Orchestra “Classical Kids Club” Performance

      Fairfax Symphony Orchestra is hosting a “Classical Kids Club” performance on May 4 at 2:00 p.m. at the Old Town Hall in Fairfax. The multi-media presentation is designed for kids in grades 3-6 and relates music to many academic subjects. The performance is free and while reservations are not required, you may make them at www.fairfaxsymphony.org to secure a spot for your family.


      Presidential Fitness and Fun Day

      Presidential Fitness and Fun Day for middle- and high-schoolers on Friday, May 8. For more information on the nature of this event, visit http://www.fitness.gov/home_pres_chall.htm or view the President's Challenge Fact Sheet at http://www.fitness.gov/challenge/challenge_fact_sheet/challenge_fact_sheet.html. Drop-offs are okay; Younger siblings are welcome if a parent stays too. This event will take place at The Jones’ residence in Mechanicsville. An optional pot-luck and social will take place afterwards until 4:00 p.m. If you plan to stay, please bring a healthful snack item to share. RSVP with your phone number to Jackie Jones at aujug@... by May 4.

      Newport News

      Mariner’s Museum Events

      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. 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 http://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.

      On May 20 from 10:30 a.m. –12:00 p.m., the Mariners’ Museum is also hosting another Little Learner’s Session on Blue Crabs. Students will learn about the biology and life cycle of this important resident of Chesapeake Bay ecosystem through hands-on activities. The cost is $7.00 for members and $8.00 for non-members. Register by May 15 using the form at http://www.mariner.org/educationalad/homeschool/little_learners.php or by calling (757) 591-7743.


      Norfolk Botanical Gardens Event

      The Norfolk Botanical Gardens present “Move It! Hampton Roads” on Saturday, May 9 from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Radio Disney AM 1650 will host a day of family fun with music, dancing, face decorating, activity stations and interactive games with prizes! This day of high-energy fun will encourage families to get moving for healthful living, fitness, education and quality time together. Cost is $10 per vehicle. Visit www.norfolkbotanicalgarden.org for more information.


      Asian Treasures of MacArthur Collection

      Courthouse Galleries Museum presents the gallery exhibit From Manila to Peking: Asian Treasures from the MacArthur Memorial Collection. Rarely seen artifacts from this collection are on view in the main gallery throughout the month. Call 393-8543 for more information.


      We Make History Events

      We Make History is hosting a number of reenactment events in May:

      • May 9: The Grand Magnolia Ball celebrates the time of gallantry with an evening of dance, music, manners and fashions of bygone days. Early to mid-19th Century music and dance will be simple and taught in turn. Social and photography time begins at 6:15 p.m. with the Ball to commence at 7:00 p.m. Located at the historic Purcellville Rink. For genteel and well-mannered children ages 8 and up. Visit http://www.familyfriendlyreenacting.com/for more information about the event and how to obtain passes.

      • May 9: We Make History's 1st Virginia Infantry (http://www.1stvirginia.com/) and 1st Minnesota Infantry (http://www.1stminnesota.org/)  will hold a small living history demo at Crown Rose Plantation, a privately held estate near Harper's Ferry dating to the 1820s. A contingent of soldiers and civilians will interact with guests, conducting demonstrations and activities as per the Civil War era. Children are welcome to bring broomsticks and learn 1862 military drill. Free, but reservations are requested via e-mail to wemakehistory@....

      Are you interested in joining us for a unique "you are there" educational experience among family-friendly re-enactors? E-mail wemakehistory@... or visit http://www.familyfriendlyreenacting.com for more information.


      Virginia Historical Society Events

      The Virginia Historical Society is offering free summer programs for homeschoolers! Sessions take place at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout June and July. Topics include Virginia and the Westward Movement, Pocahontas and the Powhatan Nation, and Teaching with Photographs. Sessions are appropriate for children of all ages. Call (804) 342-9652 or visit http://www.vahistorical.org for more information.

      Virginia Homeschool Track and Field 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 http://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. As of this writing, the event lacks the number of participants needed to reserve the stadium. If you’ve been procrastinating, now is the time to jump on board for fun and fitness!


      Little Theatre for Kids auditions for Alice in Wonderland

      Middle- and high school-age children are invited to audition for one of 20 roles in Winchester Little Theatre’s upcoming production of Alice in Wonderland. Auditions will be held on May 9, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and May 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The play will be held July 9-18. For more information, call 540-662-3331 or visit http://www.wltonline.org.

      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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