Saturday, November 30, 2013

Placer Theatre Ballet: The Nutcracker

ptb logoPlacer Theatre Ballet

Special Performance for School Groups
Dec. 13, 2013: 10-11:30 am
Placer High School Theatre, Auburn

Give the magic of a live performance to your students!  Tailored to appeal to elementary school ages, this performance will captivate students as they experience the swelling music, colorful costumes, professional backdrops and special effects. Committed to keeping performances accessible to the community, Placer Theatre Ballet offers these specially-priced tickets to bring live theatre ballet to children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience this beautiful art.    

Placer Theatre Ballet welcomes dancers from throughout the region in open auditions. The Nutcracker cast includes children through adults from a wide area, including Auburn, Grass Valley, Lincoln, Granite Bay, Loomis, Rocklin, and Roseville.  Adding to the fun is seeing someone you know from your community!

Important Transportation Information

There is no parking available either at Placer High School or on the side streets closest to the school.  Bus or van drop-off and pick-up is required for large groups .  Patrons should be dropped off on Orange St. near Hale St. between 9:35 and 9:45 and be picked up between 11:30 and 11:50. Buses may stage at the upper lot of the Gold Country Fairgrounds (entrance on Auburn Folsom Road). 
Private cars may park on side streets several blocks from the high school.  Please carpool.

Tickets and Information

Reservations and payment required in advance.  Tickets are $11 each for students and chaperones.   For tickets and information, email or leave a message at 916-630-7820. 

Placer Theatre Ballet
PO BOX 6723
Auburn, California 95604
Placer Theatre Ballet is a non-profit organization dedicated to the joy of storytelling through the art of dance.  We present semi-professional ballet productions, strengthening cultural awareness in Placer, Sacramento, Nevada, Yuba and El Dorado counties.    


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Hands in Motion Santa's Workshops

Santa's Workshops
Create personalized, hand-crafted wood projects for your family and friends.
Specially discounted workshop highlighting our most popular Jr. Carpentry class.

December 12th --Tic-Tac-Toe Marble Game Board
December 19th -- Decorative Paper Towel Holder 

$20 1st child $15 add'l siblings
Take both for $35/ $28
Includes ALL materials
Charters Accepted

Limited Space Available
Register online
Hands in Motion
Homeschool Enrichment
(916) 412-4331

PCYO "All I Want For Christmas" Benefit Concert

PCYO is having its annual, "All I Want For Christmas" Benefit Concert.

Music Through the Eyes of a Child - come travel with us into Toyland where we will listen and imagine all the things of Christmas past... dancing dolls, toy soldiers, classic fairy tales, and noisy musical instruments. Our benefit will help raise money for CureMeToo Cancer - Founded by Annina Hanlon- raising research money for serious forms of Childrens cancer.

December 1, 2013 at 7:00 ~ Valley Springs Presbyterian Church in Roseville
It's an excellent one to introduce children to classical music or for interested musicians to see the orchestra perform.

Please visit our website at

Historic Holiday Houses in Coloma

Coloma is featuring a NEW event called Historic Holiday Houses. Thirteen houses and buildings that are never open will be open, all decorated for Christmas (49er style) with historic interpreters on hand at each spot to share the history of the house. There will be music, carolers, cookie decorating, wreath making and a good old Fashioned Christmas. 

1:00 - 5:00 Saturday
$5 per person (kids 5 and under free)
$8 per car to park

You can call the park and purchase advance tickets for early admission to get in at 12:00 instead and beat the crowds. 530-622-3470

Come on out!

Blessings- Jennifer  Steward 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Scrooge the Musical

A BHN Homeschooler will be performing in 'Scrooge the Musical', Nov. 21,22,25 @7:30pm, and on the 23rd @ 3:30 and 7:30pm. Lincoln Civic Auditorium 511 5th St, Lincoln. For tickets, call 916-672-8688 or email

STEM Expo: Free Family STEM Nights at William Jessup

FREE Family STEM Nights
(Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics)

December 3rd4th5th – you choose the night

6:30 – 8:00 PM

@ William Jessup University – Lecture Hall
333 Sunset Blvd. Rocklin 95765

Ø Explore & experience interactive STEM activities and displays
…in a non-threatening environment!

Ø The 4th Annual Placer County STEM Expo is approaching!
(March 1, 2014)

Ø  Learn how students, teachers, & parents can participate.

ü We encourage students (grades 2-12) to bring one adult…
…and each adult to bring one student (grades 2-12)

More info or questions? Contact Dr. Eric Bull - - 916.577.2278
PS- The WJU Crossroads Café will be open for dinner (5-7PM) and The Shack has coffee/snacks
should you want to grab a bite before the festivities

Little Orphan Annie at McLaughlin Studios

"It's a hard knock life", but we'd like to help to make it just a little bit easier. 
Come out to McLaughlin Studios for your fill of laughs, tears, and warm and fuzzy feelings!
 Join little orphan Annie as she and her friends show the world that love really does conquer evil. 

McLaughlin Studios Music & Dance Education Facility
DATE: November 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24
TIME: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 7pm, Sunday 2pm
Thursday night is Family Night!
LOCATION: 3470 Swetzer Rd, Loomis 95650
MORE: Buy tickets by calling the studio at
(916) 652-6377

Hands on Christmas Event: Journey to Bethlehem

Journey to Bethlehem is a family Christmas event, a hands-on Holy Land experience. 

The details:
Journey to Bethlehem
Thursday, December 5 and Friday, December 6
From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

 Crossroads Calvary Chapel
Crossroads Church
10050 Wolf Rd.
Grass Valley, CA 95949
During the evening, people will walk through different interactive drama scenes to discover how God used regular people to fulfill His promise of a Savior. Guests can also explore a Bethlehem marketplace with booths where they will experience activities and/or make keepsakes that will help them better understand what life was like when Jesus was born.

HSLDA Info on the Common Core

(A forwarded email):

HSLDA has posted on their web site information about the new Common Core Curriculum.  Please take the time to inform yourself about this issue.  It will affect homeschooling - see:  See especially #7 to see the homeschool concerns.

There are various forms of information available on this page: 
You can download and print out a pdf document to read offline from this page:  
And another pdf from this page:
There is a video that runs only 1minute 17 seconds for a very brief informative bit on the Common Core.

Assemble Care Packages for the Troops

The homeschool community has been given another opportunity to assemble care packages for the troops in Afghanistan!  For those of you who have been on my distribution list for a while, you know that hundreds of homeschoolers have helped with this fun and meaningful project in the past, and we again have a chance to show our support for the men and women in the military by assembling hundreds of packages….. just in time for the holidays! Volunteer tasks include putting items in the box, taping boxes together, sealing filled boxes and replenishing items that have been used up.

Date:               Wednesday, November 20th
Time:               Two shifts available: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.  and  12:00 – 3:00 p.m.  (please eat after/before your shift)
Location:         8795 Folsom Blvd., Suite 103    Sacramento, CA 95826
           (Folsom and Watt off the 50 Freeway)

It is important to RSVP since MAF has moved their offices and there is now limited space for packers.  When you contact me to RSVP, please let me know which shift you prefer.  Children must be tall enough to stand at a table and pack supplies into boxes (no very young children please)  RSVP or 916-782-4411

A note from MAF:
If anyone wants to write a message for the troops we would be happy to include them in our CPs. Please leave them unsealed so we can see them before shipping. If you have a loved one on active duty in the military, or know of someone who does, let us know and we will make sure they receive a care package this holiday season. There is no cost.

If you want to write letters to the troops (a great service project for your kids!) or give MAF the name of an active duty service member, you can bring those on the day you pack, or you can give them to me and I will take them to the center for you on the 20th.

MAF is very grateful for your help!  Let’s show them how homeschoolers support the troops!

Capital Mock Trial Event

Capital Mock Trial is having an information meeting on Monday, December 16, 2013.

The National Home School Mock Trial Association Tournament is Thursday May 29, 2014 and Friday, May 30, 2014. This Tournament will take place simultaneously with the CHEA Convention at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. Due to Tournament Rules, this Tournament is only open to independently home- schooled students.

Mock Trial is a team event which affords students hands-on learning of the American legal system, including issues involving constitutional rights. All students gain critical reading skills by assessing favorable and non-favorable facts within witness statements, developing fact timelines, and creating a team theme and story upon which to approach the case.  All students gain public speaking skills through various activates such as debating constitutional rights, opening statements, closing arguments, direct examinations, cross examination, or interacting as a witness.  Additionally, witnesses gain creative writing skills through character journal activities.

Students need not have speech/debate experience to have a good time. This is an event for varied interests, not just those interested in law or government.

For more information, please contact Karla Worrell-Memmot or

Christian Youth Theater Classes and Event

Winter 2014 Classes

Winter 2014 session starts Friday, Dec. 6th.

Winter 2014 Classes
Friday 4:15pm - 6:30pm ages 8-18 OR
Friday 4:30pm - 6:15pm ages 4-7

Classes will be held at

Dec. 6th-13th - Oak Avenue Church
8790 Oak Avenue, Orangevale, CA 95662

Jan. 3rd-Feb. 7th - Valley Springs Church
2401 Olympus Blvd, Roseville, CA

8-wk session (Dec. 6th - Feb. 7th)
Showcase performance will be Fri., Feb. 7th

Fri Nov 8:10:00am*, 7:00pm
Sat Nov 9: 3:00pm
Fri Nov 15: 7:00pm
Sat Nov 16: 3:00pm
*Sold Out

Valley Springs Church
2401 Olympus Drive
Roseville, CA 95661

$12 - Individual Online
$14 - At-the-Door Price

Tickets available at the door or

Show Sponsor
Heritage Peak
Charter School

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Roseville,Nov 16, 10am to noon, age 6 and up, Composting for kids,$12-$15

Children's Workshop: Composting for Kids - Get Your Hands Dirty!
Saturday, November 16 | 10am - noon
$12 Roseville residents | $15 non-residents
Learn the dos and don'ts of keeping worms while making your own small worm bin. Discover 
what goes into a compost bin by participating in the construction of an 
"edible" compost pile. Ages 6 and up, advanced registration required.Find out 
more at
All events take place at the Roseville Utility Exploration Center, 1501 Pleasant Grove 
Blvd., unless otherwise specified. For more information, or to register, call 

Roseville,Nov 12, 10 to 2:30, Preschool and Homeschool Day : Waste Program

 Preschool and Homeschool Day : Waste Program
Tuesday, November 12 | 10am - 2:30pm
Bring your preschooler in and allow your child to dive in to the hands-on discoveries and 
fun that the Utility Exploration Center offers. Drop in with your preschooler for free 
any time between 10am - noon, no registration necessary. 

Bring your homeschool child in between 12:30pm - 2:30pm for a curriculum-based program 
where they will take a closer look at waste reduction, conservation choices and hands-on 
experiments in our exhibit hall and technology lab. $4.25 per student, advanced 
registration required. 

Call 916.746.1550 to register. Find out more at

All events take place at the Roseville Utility Exploration Center, 1501 Pleasant Grove 
Blvd., unless otherwise specified. For more information, or to register, call 

Read to Succeed: Six Flags, K- grade 6th, free tickets

Welcome to Read to Succeed!

Read to Succeed is an exciting program that encourages students in grades K through 6 to read for fun. Students who complete six hours of recreational reading earn free tickets to Six Flags! The program is available to teachers and schools at no cost to participate, and it's a great way to motivate kids to read.

HomeScholar’s Reading List for college-bound students

June 2012
by Lee Binz
The HomeScholar

Welcome to The HomeScholar’s Reading List for college-bound students! The following selection of books are drawn from a variety of different reading lists, and represent the books that we at The HomeScholar are both familiar with and feel comfortable recommending to college-bound students.
It’s not possible (or even desirable!) for any student to read all the books on every college-bound reading list, and not every book will be appropriate for every child. However, reading from a broad cross-section of both American and World literature will help prepare your students to understand a variety of different cultures and times, and strengthen their knowledge and understanding of great literature. We hope you enjoy this selection!

Free online personal finance course for young adults

MoneySKILL IS Free!

MoneySKILL is a FREE online reality based personal finance course for young adults developed by the AFSA Education Foundation. This interactive curriculum is aimed at the millions of high school and college students who graduate each year without a basic understanding of money management fundamentals. The course is designed to be used as all or part of a grade for courses in economics, math, social studies or where personal finance are taught. Students experience the interactive curriculum as both written text and audio narration. In addition, frequent quizzes test their grasp of each and every concept. The 36-module curriculum, with pre- and post -tests, covers the content areas of income, expenses, assets, liabilities and risk management. A life simulation module asks students to project their own financial life expectancies in areas such as employment, housing, transportation, education, marriage, family and retirement. The life simulation allows students to incorporate theMoneySKILL personal finance concepts into their everyday lives, thus providing them with knowledge and skills that will last a lifetime.
A junior high/middle school version was released in 2011 consisting of 12 modules covering concepts on income, expenses, saving and credit.
MoneySKILL's special features:
  • It's free!
  • Available for use by teachers, parents, employers, government agencies and non-profit organizations.
  • Select specific modules and order of study for students' course.
  • Indicate a module retake score for students.
  • Add release date for student to begin module.
  • Records date student completed module.
  • View student answers to questions.
  • Recreate/duplicate modules used for a previous class.
  • Electronic grade book records each student's module test scores and course grade.
  • Import class roster into the electronic grade book.

Autumn Art Studios Tour,3 day passport $10, students k-12 free

Placer Arts presents the 20th Annual Autumn Art Studios Tour. 75 Placer County artists will show and demonstrate their work in studio locations from Roseville to Colfax. 3-day Passport $10 per person. Visit at least 10 artists and be entered to win Art Bucks redeemable with any Autumn Art Studios Tour artist!

Students K-12 free. Buy online, or view event website for a list of ticket sales locations.

Salvation Army Bell Ringer Service Opportunity

Baysider Diane DeCarlo manages the red kettle for the Salvation Army, every year outside of Fry's Electronics. She is looking for volunteers to ring the bell, two hour shifts: 11-1, 1-3, 3-5, 5-7. Dates are: 11/29, 11/30, 12/5, 12/6, 12/7, 12/13, 12/14, 12/19, 12/20, 12/21.
If you are interested in volunteering, email her directly at

The boys enjoy doing this every year. They take turns ringing the bell, and hand out little candy canes that we bring. They also sing Christmas Carols. It's been precious to watch people who save their change all year and donate to the kettle. You also get a share of humbugs. Good time to pray for them.

Kingdom Builder Books Update

Kingdom Builder Books- News
Spring Schedule is Out!
Registration has opened for our Spring 2014 classes.  We are offering an early bird special!  Classes are beginning to fill, so please don’t forget to register!
10% off if paid by November 5th cash or check (payment by credit/debit 8% off)
7% off if paid by December 5th cash or check (payment by credit/debit 5% off)
Slot Car Racing – Monday, November 18th 5:30pm – 8:00pm
We are limited to roughly 12 people, so please RSVP at Kingdom Builder to participate.  Must be 8 years of age or older to race this time. (We’ll have something allowing for the younger ones as well in the future.)  No Cost!

Kingdom Builder Books
Jeff & Cindy James                                                                          Store Hours                                    Mondays 10am – 8pm
1021 Junction Blvd #701                                              Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm
Roseville CA, 95678                                                                        Closed - Saturday (avail by appt.)/Sunday
Store (916) 784-1717                       

Hands in Motion 4 Learning Spring Session

Now Registering for
Spring Session

Early American History
Jr. Carpentry
Builder Trades
Excellence in Writing
Science/ Renewable Energy/ Derby Cars
All Sport PE
Duct Tape and Wood Crafts
Consumer Math/ Word Problems
Lego Challenge
Computer/ Keyboarding
Model Building I & II
Private & Semi-private Tennis Lessons
Session Begins January 5th

Don't forget our December "Santa's Workshops"

Register Online
Hands in Motion
Homeschool Enrichment
(916) 412-4331

Practice SAT/ACT Combo Test/Kaplan @ Fair Oaks Library

Practice SAT/ACT Combo Test/Kaplan @ Fair Oaks Library

November 9, Saturday, 12 noon to 4 p.m.
Registration is required to attend
The 3.5 hour Combo Practice Test helps students decide which test is right for them. Students receive feedback that compares their performance on each of the analogous test sections of the two exams—for example, SAT math section vs. ACT math section. This is a perfect opportunity to experience both tests. Presented and proctored by Kaplan.

**Note: follow-up for scores Thursday, November 21st at 4:30 PM.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Sierra Arden Food Closet Service Project

It’s that time again.  The Sierra Arden Church could use some help at their Food Closet.  Please let Toni know by November 11th.

Volunteers are needed to organize groceries and create a food distribution center for families in need of food for Thanksgiving.  This event will take place at Sierra Arden Church of Christ in Sacramento.

There are 3 dates when your help is needed. 
                   Sunday November 24th     3:00 for set up only
                   Monday November 25th   9:00-noon to distribute food
                     Tuesday November 26th    9:00-noon to distribute food

Contact Toni at with the date you would like volunteer, include your phone number, and please specify the number of adults and the ages of the children.

If you have any questions please call Toni  (916) 204-5211 


Sierra Arden United Church of Christ
890 Morse Ave
Sacramento, CA 95864
(corner of Morse and Northrop Ave.)