Kickapoo Valley Reserve Winter Workshops for Homeschoolers

Here’s an outstanding opportunity for area homeschoolers.

Kickapoo Valley Reserve’s Winter Workshops!

Winter Workshops for Homeschoolers February 2015
(DATES: February 6, 13, 20, 27)

These interactive hands-on programs are taught by experienced instructor/naturalists.

Workshop sessions are geared for K – 3rd graders and 4th grade and up.

Two programs for each age level (K-3 and 4th and up) will run twice each afternoon.  Each child will participate in both afternoon sessions offered for their age level.  You may register your children for any or all Fridays.

You choose the workshops by date – based on what works for your schedule or the interest of your child. Each date can accommodate approximately 35  K-3rd grade children and 35  4th grade and up.  Programs will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis.

Most programs will have an inside and outside component so please make sure that children dress for being outside in winter weather.

Homeschool Fridays are a great way to experience hands-on science, nature and other cultural programs, receive help on projects and research, and network with other homeschooling families!

You may register your children for any or all Fridays. 12:15 pm – 3:45 pm.

Fee: $8/Child/Afternoon.

Please be sure to read this Parent Letter before your programs begin.

New this Year!  Natural Play Areas:  Parents and children under 5 years of age can also join KVR staff each Friday for guided exploration of natural play areas  which provide interest-led, inquiry-based play opportunities.  Children use their imaginations, creativity, hand-eye coordination, balance, and physical strength to build tiny elfin towns, bake in the mud kitchen, play nature music, climb over logs, swing on ropes and balance on stumps.$4/child/afternoon.  12:30-2 pm.  Available each Friday listed above.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  January 23 for February programs.

Class descriptions and fee details are HERE.

Please click here to print a registration form.  Mail the completed form along with payment to Kickapoo Valley Reserve.

Scholarships available; contact the Reserve.

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Shining Light on Feeding Communities

North America’s longest rolling food bank will make stops in 10 Wisconsin communities and feature holiday light shows with live music by Kira Isabella and Home Free.

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Canadian Pacific’s annual Holiday Train program is a rolling fundraising event that travels across Canada and the United States raising money, food, and awareness for food banks and hunger issues, hosting free holiday concerts along the way.

The concerts are free, but you’re encouraged to make a donation to the local food bank—either a non-perishable food item or a cash donation. All contributions will stay within your local community.

The Holiday Train is about 1,000 feet in length with 14 brightly decorated rail cars. They are each decorated with hundreds of thousands of technology-leading LED lights and holiday designs on a modified boxcar that has been turned into a traveling stage for performers.

The U.S. Holiday Train makes stops in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota before its final show on December 17. The Canadian Holiday Train is also on the move and will wrap up its cross-country journey December 18 in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia.

The aim is to generate healthy donations as it makes stops in 150 communities.
For 16 years, from Thanksgiving through the Christmas holiday period, the Holiday Train has been a bright light on the importance of supporting food banks and how local residents can join the Holiday Train’s spirit in feeding communities across the country.

The program is an important community initiative for CP employees (more than 15,000 live and work in more than 1,100 North American communities).

Hunger is an issue that can, and does, impact all of our neighbors.  The Holiday Train is all about raising money, food and awareness for local food banks to help those less fortunate.

Decorate and donate activity ​​​pages

Print off eight pages of CP Holiday Train themed coloring and activity pages. Once the sheets have been colored, have kids use them to decorate boxes to be filled with donations to your food bank. It’s a great activity to teach kids about the importance of giving before they attend our event.

Click the image for coloring and activity sheets.

Click image to download all 8

THE CP HOLIDAY TRAIN

CP Holiday Train Schedule:
Stops in Wisconsin

Sunday, December 7th
Sturtevant – 5:20 PM : 9900 East Exploration Ct., Amtrak Depot
Milwaukee – 6:50 PM (Show at 7:15) : 433 West St. Paul Avenue, Amtrak Depot
Hartland – 8:45 PM : Parking lot adjacent to Cottonwood Ave. & Pawling Ave.
Columbus – 10:30 PM (15 min Stop N’ Go) : 359 N. Ludington St., Amtrack Depot

Monday, December 8th
Portage – 1:15 PM : 400 West Oneida Street, Amtrak Station
Wisconsin Dells – 2:45 PM : 100 La Crosse Street, Amtrak Depot
Mauston – 4:15 PM : Division Street railway crossing
Tomah – 5:30 PM : 205 North Superior Avenue, Amtrak Depot
Sparta – 6:40 PM : Corner of South Water Street and Milwaukee Street
LaCrosse – 9:00 PM : 601 Saint Andrew Street

When it gets to one of the scheduled stops, the Holiday Train will pull in, the stage door will lower and the band will open with its first song.  Local Food Bank officials and others from the community will say a few words and present and the donation of food and non-perishables.  Then, the band resumes its show.

After about a half hour that usually includes a mix of traditional and modern holiday-themed songs, the band plays its farewell number, the boxcar door closes, and the train slips off into the night on its way to the next stop.  Please make sure that you keep a safe distance away from the train so it can safely continue our journey.

Attending the event is free!  They only ask that you bring a food or monetary donation to your local food bank/pantry, which will be on site taking collections.

Before you ask… Sorry! Rides are not open to the public.  Some employees, their families and some charitable activities officers are provided seats on the Holiday Train as a thank you for the tireless work they do each year moving goods across North America. They do not sell tickets for rides on the Holiday Train.

Since 1999, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train has raised nearly $9.5 million and over 3.3 million pounds of nonperishable food donations for North American food banks. Everything raised in each community stays in that community. Canadian Pacific makes additional donations at each stop.

This holiday tradition is a great way to bring the community together to help a neighbor in need.

The online #HealthyDonations Challenge encourages patrons attending Holiday Train events to take a second glance when pulling food out of their cupboards to ensure their non-perishable donations are nutritious and heart-healthy. CP’s goal is to have 20,000 people take an online pledge to underscore how important it is that everyone has access to nutritious food.

You can show your commitment at http://bit.ly/1x​6u4r8.

The full CP Holiday Train schedule is available on cpr.ca.

Supporters can also join the Holiday Train on Facebook and follow the two trains on Twitter, andInstagram @CPHolidaytrain #CPHolidayTrain. Track the challenge at #HealthyDonationsChallenge.

Home Free Featured on Fox News  -> Post by Fox News.  Watch this breathtaking performance of “Angels We Have Heard on High” performed by a cappella group Home Free this morning on Fox & Friends.

Masquerade Ball Set for Dec. 20th

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Costume Masquerade Ball
Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Come join us for a thrilling night of entertainment!

The Masquerade Ball for Homeschoolers and Friends ages 13-20 will be held on Sat., Dec. 20 from 6 pm to 10 pm in the Old Gays Mills Community Building at 212 Main St.

The per person cost is $5 pre-pay (by Dec. 12) or $8 at the door.

Participants are encouraged to wear a mask, and arrive in formal dress or costume of choice.

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There is an established Code of Conduct regarding behavior, etiquette, and dress. Failure to comply may result in expulsion from the dance.

Please keep apparel modest and fun.

Frightful and grotesque wardrobes will not be permitted.

Proper language, appropriate dancing, and respectable behavior is expected of all who attend.

Pre-pay registration by December 12th or pay at the door.

*Click Here To Download Ticket: Masquerade Flyer 1

Thank you for your cooperation!

Parents: If you would be willing to help chaperone or bring a finger food, please let us know.

Please contact Melanie Brewster iopener at wildblue dot net with questions or comments.

** Important Note: The pre-pay deadline for the Masquerade Ball has been moved up to December 12th so as to avoid anyone’s tickets being lost / delayed in the mail.  Please allow at least 2 to 3 days for your tickets to arrive to be sure that they are received by the deadline. 

Six Flags Read to Succeed Program Registrations for the 2014-2015 school year

Final Reminder to Register
The Six Flags Read to Succeed Program is still accepting registrations for the 2014-2015 school year!

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Read to Succeed is a FREE educational program that encourages kids to read for fun. Students in grades K-6 at participating schools and homeschools can earn free admission tickets to a Six Flags theme park.
Students who complete six hours of recreational, nonschool-related reading are eligible to earn a free admission ticket to a participating Six Flags theme park.

Parent / Teachers whose homeschool students participate and complete the program are also eligible to earn a free ticket.

Registration takes 5 minutes.

It takes less than five minutes to reserve your spot, and you have until March 2nd, 2015 to enter all of your student names and reading hours.

If you participated last year your online account is still active, and it takes just a few minutes to sign up your class and download your new reading logs.

You can login and confirm your information is still correct and make any updates, if needed.

Registration Deadline is March 2, 2015

Once you login to your account, you can download everything you need to get started from your Teacher Toolbox in your online account. Your Teacher Toolbox will have the Student Reading Log, Parent Letter and instructional guides. Your students can begin logging their hours as soon as you hand out the Student Reading Logs.

Register for Read To Succeed

 

A few quick facts about registration:

  • Time Requirement: 5 minutes for initial registration
  • Browser Compatibility: Updated to work with all browsers!
  • Deadline: Deadline to enter students is March 2, 2015
  • Cost to Participate: Free

Let Six Flags help you encourage your students to read!

We did mention that it’s free, right6F ?!

 

Creation Education Days at Living Waters

Brand New!
fall at lwbc Creation-5Living Waters, the premier creation resource in the area, has just introduced an outstanding opportunity – perfect for area homeschoolers.

Living Waters Bible Camp Creation Education Days!

Learn and enjoy creation based nature programs in the beautiful camp setting.

Discover Winter, Spring, and Fall.

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Experience hands-on learning about God’s design.


Geared for students kindergarten through high school.

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Three special days are scheduled in 2015 for you to choose from:

February 5th, April 9th, October 1st

Each Creation Education Day has three sessions; students rotate through nature class programs, followed by an activity (winter activities, adventure activities etc.).

Separate programs are designed for K – 4th Graders and 5th-12th Graders.

Basic Schedule:
10:00am Registration
10:30 Program Rotation #1
12:00pm Bring your own sack lunch
1:00-2:30 Program Rotation #2
2:30-4:00 Large Group Activity

Winter Program Feb. 5th:

K – 4th Graders
    Animal Tracking – learn basic tracking skills and how to identify animals from the signs and tracks they leave behind.
    Incredible Insects – In the Nature Center enjoy learning about some of the most incredible insects that God has created from around the world.

5th-12th Graders
    Outdoor Survival Skills – Learn skills to survive in wilderness conditions, and discover how to find complete rest and security in God through any life situation.
    Winter Tree ID – learn how God sustains trees through the cold Wisconsin winters, and how to identify different trees.

After the class program, students will participate in recreational activities…snowtubing at lwbc

 

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SPRING PROGRAM APRIL 9th:

K – 4th Graders
    Sensory Hike – Learn how each of the five senses has been designed by God and how they work together to allow us to enjoy His creation.
    Bread of Life - Learn the basics of bread making and learn that Jesus is our Bread of Life.

5th – 12th Graders
    Pathfinders - Learn how to use a compass to navigate through our compass course and understand that God has given us His word and spirit to guide us through life.
    Sugar Shack Tour - Learn the biology of the maple tree and about the maple syrup making process.sugar shack at lwbc _MG_8723 1
    

Fall PROGRAM October 1st:

Check back for program details on the fall Creation Education Day.

111Cost: Early Registration (prior to event) $8 per student (K-12), Day of event Registration- $12 (K-12), No cost for adults or children not yet in school. There is no program for adults however parents need to chaperone students. Please bring your own sack lunch.  Space in the lodge will be available for families to eat.

Registration the day of the event is $12 (please register early!)


Creation Education Days
 (dates above), Sugar Bush Day (March 22), Homeschool Family Camp (April 27 – May 1), Animal Kingdom Day (October 11) and the Creation Conferences (May 1-2, October 9-10); are all excellent options for homeschool groups to be involved at Living Waters Bible Camp. (There’s usually a need for volunteers, too!)

 

The purpose at Living Waters Bible Camp is to use God’s Word and His Creation, as well as adventure and relationships to draw people closer to Jesus Christ. Programs are designed with a purpose to point to God, the Creator.

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Monroe Holiday Farmers’ Market – Sunday, November 23, 2014

Create a fully homeschool produced Thanksgiving meal – right down to the Turkey! – at the first Monroe Holiday Farmers’ Market!

This promises to be a tasty, fun time with lots of unique food and fiber items – plus that Lego Build & Play Area for the kids!

Stock Up and Savor Local Fare: Monroe Holiday Farmers’ Market

Date: Sunday, November 23, 2014
Time: 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Grace Lutheran Church (1025 15th Ave., Monroe WI – just west of the Square)

Connect with local farmers and stock up for your holiday meals and gifts at the Monroe Holiday Farmers’ Market on Sunday, November 23 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. Held at Grace Lutheran Church just west of the Square, this family-friendly market showcases the growing number of area farmers championing sustainable and organic agriculture and connecting the community with locally grown food. Free and open to the public, the Monroe Holiday Farmers’ Market will take place in conjunction with the monthly Loaves and Fishes Community Meal, which will be providing a free turkey supper from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, which market attendees are warmly invited to attend.

The market will offer a range of local products just in time for your Thanksgiving meal, including turkeys, cheese, cabbage, leeks, potatoes, pumpkin, winter squash, lettuce and more (see below for full vendor list)! Farm-raised gifts will also be available to get an early start on your holiday shopping, including goat’s milk soap, baked goods, pickles and the Farmstead Chef cookbook by local authors Lisa Kivirist & John Ivanko. Free harvest basket givewaways with a variety of culinary and garden inspired treats plus a Lego Build & Play Area for the kids. 

Free and open to the public, including the Loaves and Fishes Community Meal. 
For more information: http://www.facebook.com/monroeholidayfarmersmarket

MONROE HOLIDAY FARMER’S MARKET VENDORS:

Riemer Family Farm (Brodhead, WI)
Chicken,pork,turkey Jen & Bryce 
http://www.riemerfamilyfarm.com 
Riemer Family Farm is a multi-generational, diversified livestock farm. Our family has raised Hereford cattle since 1927. We now also raise Berkshire hogs, chickens and turkeys. We are the third generation of the Riemer family to farm this land in Brodhead, WI. We now offer meat CSA shares. We take great pride in caring for the soil and raising our animals humanely. We keep our meat free from hormones, antibiotics, steroids and animal byproducts. 

Christensen’s Farm (Browntown,WI)
Roots, squash, lettuce Katy & Mark Dickson 
http://www.christensensfarm.com 
Located in the rolling hills of southwest Wisconsin just 8 miles west of Monroe, is our little farm on which our family grows organic vegetables and fruits. We also have free-range chickens that produce delicious eggs. We welcome visitors to the farm, we just request that you give us prior notice by phone or email. 

Landmark Creamery (Albany, WI)
Cheese Anna Landmark & Anna Thomas Bates 
http://www.landmarkcreamery.com 
A little piece of land, a Swiss Grandfather, a noisy milk cow named Freckles, a flock of wild sheep, two goats named Giselle and Celeste, along with a passion for local food and cooking are the roots of Landmark Creamery. Landmark brings creamy sheep milk and buttery pasture-grazed cow milk, carefully handcrafted into beautiful, delicious cheese. 

Inn Serendipity Farm and B&B (Browntown, WI) 
Artisan pickles, sauerkraut, produce & books! Lisa Kivirist & John Ivanko 
http://www.innserendipity.com 
Stock up for the holidays with artisan pickles, sauerkraut, leeks, cabbage, potatoes, beets—plus signed copies of award-winning books, cookbooks and children’s books. Authors and farmers, John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, will be signing copies of their cookbook, Farmstead Chef, as well as Rural Renaissance, ECOpreneuring and John’s children’s books, including To Be a Kid, Be My Neighbor and Animal Friends. 

Winterfell Acres (Blanchardville, WI)
Storage vegetables Bethanee Nitz 
http://www.winterfellacres.com 
A woman-owned CSA farm in Blanchardville, WI committed to caring for the Earth and our community by growing high quality vegetables, herbs and fruits using sustainable farming practices. Winterfell grows delicious, local and sustainable veggies while lovingly tending budding fruit and nut trees, “I hope that you will join us on this wonderful path of life and that our farm products will nourish and sustain you and your family for years to come.” 

Scotch Hill Farm Brodhead, WI 
Veggies, meat, & goat-milk soap Tony & Dela Ends 
http://www.scotchhillfarm.com 
Owned and operated by Tony and Dela Ends since 1994, Scotch Hill Farm is a certified organic family farm, subscription garden, and farmstead soap-making business. Food from this farm is certified organic and grown as a true labor of love for the family. This love of farming is passed on to the share members through the healthy food that is grown with sustainable practices. 

Fitchburg Locally Grown (Fitchburg, WI)
Specialty salsas Sally Kefer 
http://www.fitchburglocallygrown.com 
We are a small family business in southern Fitchburg growing quality vegetables for our customer’s health and well-being. We doubled our production in 2014 to increase the variety of vegetables for sale. We sell all natural ingredient salsa and chili at community events and farmers’ markets. 

The Goosechaser Farm 
Brats, bacon, lard, spaetzle Stef Culberson
http://www.thegoosechaserfarm.com 
The Goosechaser Farm creates delicious artisan brats from authentic German recipes, sells lard for flakiness for your crusts and flavor for your potatoes. If you never had the authentic German egg noodle, spaetzle, made from scratch just with fresh farm eggs, flour and some spices, give them a try. They make them fresh the traditional way! 

County Road Alpacas (Brooklyn,WI)
Spun Alpaca products Mary Sternitzky 
http://www.countyroadalpacas.com 
County Road Alpacas is a small alpaca farm offering quality alpacas and products made from fiber. All fiber preparation is done on their farm – they skirt, sort, wash, pick, card, spin, knit, crochet, felt, and weave on site. 

Log Cabin Orchard Plymouth, WI 
Apples, syrups, vinegars Scott Overby 
http://www.logcabinorchard.com 
Log Cabin Orchard is family owned and run and is nestled on the eastern edge of the Kettle Moraine Forest. They offer both organic and “Low Spray” apples, honey, apple and maple syrup, frozen apple cider and apple butter & Aronia jelly. 

Hammerand Farms (Fennimore,WI)
Produce/Preserves Walter Hammerand 
Hammerand Farms offers high quality farm produce and baked goods prepared in their certified kitchen. They are certified organic and part of the CROPP Cooperative (Organic Valley) in the Driftless Region. Hammerand also sells local and Amish products, such as cranberries and sweet potatoes, when available. Offering organic milk, cheese, eggs, maple syrup, homemade jam and jelly, pickles, and more! 

Soap by Mom (Edgerton, WI)
Soaps and skin care Alicia Taylor 
http://www.soapbymom.com 
All 32 of Soap by Mom’s soaps are hand stirred, hand cut, and allowed to dry in the air. No detergents or dyes are used. None of her products use the cheap melt-n-pour bases….everything is made from scratch! All of Mom’s soaps are a generous 4.5-5.5 ounces of lathering bliss. No two will be identical. Each bar is hand cut, hand wrapped, and hand boxed. Most customers find Mom’s products to be gentler than a comparable commercial brand, as there is NO, zero, pre-done bases in any of it.

Hope you can all stop by and check things out on Sunday — and please spread the word and forward the info to your local contacts.

Nationwide Homeschool Writing Contest

UPDATED Nov. 17, 2014 Message from Gwen:

Dear Fellow Homeschooler,

I’m thrilled to announce that for the third year in a row I will be hosting a Nationwide Homeschool Writing Contest on my blog, “Philadelphia Homeschool”.  The contest is for any child currently being homeschooled (either traditional or virtual charter school) in the U.S. in grades 3 through 8.
This week is the last week of the Contest!  Stories must be postmarked by this Saturday, November 22nd!
Students will use this story starter to create a story of their own:
__(Character Name)____  looked around, but realized with a sudden dread there was no way out.  He/She was trapped! 
 
God has graciously given us sponsors who are donating some fantastic prizes.  These include gift certificates to the Institute for Excellence in Writing, Subscriptions to SchoolhouseTeachers.com, writing curriculum (courtesy of Peace Hill Press) and gift cards to Amazon.com, Toys R Us, & Barnes & Noble.
More details about the contest can be found by clicking on this link to my Philadelphia Homeschool blog: http://phillyhomeschool.wordpress.com/2014/10/15/homeschool-writing-contest-2014/
Please feel free to let your friends and homeschool network(s) know about the contest.  Last year’s contest was a great success, and I look forward to an even greater response this year.
May God continue to bless your homeschool adventure!
Sincerely,
Gwen Fredette
(Philadelphia Homeschool Blog)
P.S. If you’d like to check out past year’s winning stories, please click on one or more of the following links:

Gwen Fredette writes for the blogs “Philadelphia Homeschool” and ‘U Read Thru History”.  For the third year in a row she is hosting a nationwide homeschool writing contest.  It’s for grades 3 through 8, is free to enter, and the sponsors are donating wonderful prizes for the kids.

Here’s a link to the contest page: http://phillyhomeschool.wordpress.com/2014/10/15/homeschool-writing-contest-2014/ She also has a link on her “U Read Thru History” site: http://ureadthru.wordpress.com/2014/10/15/phb-homeschool-writing-contest-2014/

Help get the word out to as manyhomeschoolers as possible. Please tell all your homeschool friends about the Homeschool Writing Contest.“PHB” Homeschool Writing Contest!!! 2014  phbwritinglogo

“PHB” Philadelphia Homeschool Blog

I’m thrilled to announce that I’m hosting my third annual Nationwide Homeschool Writing Contest!  Here’s the details:

For Who:  Any child currently being homeschooled (either traditional or virtual charter school) in the U.S. in grades 3 through 8.

How to Enter:  

1)  Read and abide by the Contest Rules.  Please click here to obtain the rules: Writing Contest Rules

2.) Write a story of 1000 words or less, beginning with this starter:

___(Character Name)____  looked around, but realized with a sudden dread there was no way out.  He/She was trapped! 

Where was your character trapped?  In a pit?  In a closet?  In a lie?  In Medieval Europe surrounded by fire-breathing dragons?  What or who is your character?  Yourself?  Another person?  A puppy?  A bug?  An alien from an alternate universe?  Tell us about it!

3.)  Fill out and mail in your entry form and story.  Please click here to obtain the entry form: 2014 Entry Form Writing Contest

Deadline:  All entries must be post-marked by Saturday, November 22nd.

Where to Send Story:  Please see “Writing Contest Rules” for details.

Categories:   Entries will be separated into 3 categories:

  • Grades 3 & 4
  • Grades 5 & 6
  • Grades 7 & 8

Prizes:  1st, 2nd, & 3rd prizes will be given for each category.

1) 1st prize:

2.) 2nd prize:

3.) 3rd prize:

All entrants: will receive a certificate for participating in the contest.

Winner Notification:  Winners will be notified by email in December, 2014

Judging:  See panel of judges listed here.

Special Thanks to the Sponsors who helped make this contest possible!

 

 

 

  

Pump House Art Workshops for Homeschoolers


The Pump House Regional Arts Center located in La Crosse has an exciting list of Fall Workshops, which were created especially to make art accessible to homeschool students, ages 6 to 18.

Students can enroll in just the sessions they like.

Classes offered include everything from printmaking, sculpture, and collage to drawing, watercolors, and pastels.

Pump House instructor Ben Alberti guiding Paint & Pour students through a painting of the Big Blue Bridge. http://www.thepumphouse.org

Fall Workshops are held on Wednesdays, October 15-November 19.

You may enroll in one, many, or all.

Cost: $10 – $12 for each student workshop.

For class descriptions, dates and times, and enrollment information, click here: http://www.thepumphouse.org/event/youth-workshops/Youth Workshops

For more information or to enroll, please call the Pump House at 608.785.1434, or email Ben@thepumphouse.org.

This is a great opportunity for homeschool youth to participate in the arts community.   The Pump House hopes to encourage participation in the arts among youth by providing creative outlets in a positive learning environment.

Classes will meet in the Pump House Front Gallery, where instructors will be waiting to guide students to the workshop area.

The Pump House is located in the heart of Historic Downtown La Crosse at 119 King Street.

The Pump House is a non-profit organization founded in 1977, with the mission to: Enhance the quality of life in the region by maintaining the Pump House as a cultural center; and by promoting a wide range of visual and performing arts activities including performance, participation and appreciation.

Weekly Update: Fri., Oct. 10th

Just a short note, before you unplug for this beautiful weekend…

This weekend has four (4!) terrific annual events in our area that we have posted about on this blog before.

Plus at the bottom there’s a documentary called The MYSTERIES OF THE DRIFTLESS, that’s being shown this weekend in Viroqua.

Did you miss these events?
SWisc Calendar Oct. 2014
SWisc Calendar Sept. 2014

  

Gathering of Rogues & Ruffians Renaissance Faire in New Glarus
Click the link for original article.

 Creation Conference

 

and Animal Kingdom Day at Living Waters in Westby.

Click the links for information.

 

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Civil War Heritage Weekend Norskedalen in Coon Valley

Click the link for original article.

Plus a free screening of the film
“Mysteries of the Driftless” in Viroqua

 

More details on these (and other events) are included on our calendar page.
Go check it out!

We’re so grateful for you!  Have a wonderful weekend, enjoy the outdoors and spend time with your loved ones.

Webucator Announces New Homeschooling Training Program

The CEO of the company,Webucator, is beginning to homeschool his 7th grade daughter next year.  In searching for curriculum, he couldn’t find a lot of great free online software and web development courses.

AsWebucator specializes in this kind of training in the corporate world, they know how valuable these skills are. So, they’ve decided to make all of their self-paced courses available for free tohomeschoolers.This includes courses on web development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, etc.), Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc), Photoshop, Dreamweaver and many others.

According to Bob Clary, community outreach for Webucator: “To date, we’ve had over 1,000 homeschooled students participate and looking for more.”

To register for a course, all you need to do is:
  1. Go to Webucator’s Self-paced Courses page.
  2. Browse through the courses.
  3. Click the Order Now button next to the course.
  4. Enter HOMESCHOOL for the Coupon Code and click Validate Coupon.
  5. Complete the registration.
  6. For any registration questions, simply email: homeschool@webucator.com.
That’s all there is to it.The courses are self paced, so students will need to have some discipline to get through them, but one of the great things about homeschooling is that it helps kids develop this kind of discipline.It’s important for homeschool students to learn technical skills like programming and web development. Even parents can jump in and learn something new.

The courses are designed so that each activity builds on the previous activity, and each lesson builds on the previous lesson.Webucator’s courses willhelphomeschoolersdevelopmuch needed skills for their future.Plus, a lot of this stuff is just fun to learn!Go give it a look and see if this free online opportunity can help you and your homeschool this year.

Be sure to let me know how it goes, by dropping a comment here!