Doors Open Milwaukee Project, Sept. 19 & 20, 2015

This is an incredible opportunity for a fascinating historical and architectural tour of buildings in Milwaukee.

It’s a really long list so take a look and plan your itinerary.You really need to go to the site to see all the options, but here’s a brief introduction.

DOORS OPEN MILWAUKEE is Historic Milwaukee’s most ambitious project. As a nonprofit organization, Historic Milwaukee, Inc. has been dedicated to increasing awareness of and commitment to Milwaukee’s history, architecture, and the preservation of our built environment through education and advocacy since 1974.


The fifth annual DOORS OPEN MILWAUKEE event will open the doors to over 150 wonderful buildings free-of-charge to the public. These buildings hold hidden treasures and special stories – from churches to office buildings, theaters to work sites, museums to hotels, clubs to universities; all sites of historic, architectural, cultural, or commercial interest.


The event has two major components: 1) design your own itinerary to visit over 150 buildings that will open their doors (often with guided tours, no tickets necessary); 2) join one or more in-depth tours that are ticketed.

Over 150 Buildings
In-Depth Tours
Public Tours

Make your own itinerary. Start when and where you like. No tickets necessary. Visits to any of the buildings and sites below are free of charge. Free guided tours are often available. Many buildings…





Tri-County Athletics Knights Volleyball for Girl’s 8-18

Tri-County Athletics Girls Volleyball Season Begins in August

Parent Meetings for Volleyball will be on 8/3/15 and 8/20/15.

Parents need to attend one of two scheduled meetings for each sport program.
Handbooks, rules, and policies will be explained.

Fees and Forms which are necessary for a player to begin practice, will be distributed at the Parent Meeting or you can find them on the website and download, print, and complete them.

An additional $20 late charge will apply after the last scheduled Parent Meeting for the program.

Volleyball Practices start August 24th in Westby.

All forms and fees must be turned in before a player may attend practice.

Fees for Girl’s Volleyball 2015
Varsity  $150
JV  $150
Middle School  $60

Late fee of $20 applies after 8/20/15.

Soil Sisters: Family Friendly Educational Fun – Aug 1, 2

Here’s a local event in Green County happening next week with lots of family friendly education fun:

Soil Sisters
July 31 to August 2, 2015
A Celebration of Wisconsin Farms & Rural Life

Soil Sisters:
A Celebration of Wisconsin Farms and Rural Life
Runs Aug 1 through Aug 2 and involves over a dozen women-owned organic and sustainable ag operations, including many run by homeschool families.

Saturday, August 1, 10 am – 4 pm
ocations: Family farms in the Monroe, Brodhead, Browntown, New Glarus and Blanchardville communities.

There are a variety of activities going on all weekend, with two family-oriented workshops that I wanted to point out especially…

The registration price for these family sessions includes your WHOLE family for some hands-on, on-farm fun. There are still spots open for all workshops but they are going fast (they’re keeping the sessions small).

Full list of all workshops

Dinner on the Farm at Inn Serendipity: Sat. Aug. 1st
A family-friendly local food dinner. Kids under 10 eat free. Bluegrass music, sunset bonfire, local brews. Tickets still available.

Tour of Farms: Sun. Aug. 2
Tour eight women-owned farms.
Free and open to the public; no pre-registration required.
Farms open 11-6.
Bring your cooler to stock up on farmstand produce, eggs and meat. Maps and more info.


Three different family workshop offers Sat. Aug. 1

1) Birdhouses, Gardens & Family Homesteading
Host: Erica Roth & Windy Hill Farm (Albany)
Description: Join the Roth Family for a casual tour of their newly emerging homestead. This new-to-rural family has started their farming life with lasagna gardens, chickens and pigs, and plans for so much more! Enjoy a walk and talk about all things homesteading, how to start lasagna gardens, raise chickens and pigs — followed by a cedar birdhouse making session where families build their own birdhouse to take home.
Cost: $40 per family (not per person)
Duration: 2 hours
Two Workshop Sessions Offered: 10am-noon and 1pm-3pm
Click here for more info/registration:

2) Eggs, Sprouts & Farm Critters, Sat. Aug. 1

Host: Kath Kramer, Katharsis Meadows (Blanchardville)
Description: Hands on activities show how an egg is formed and how seeds sprout into plants. Plant your own microgreens to take home. Visit the barn to look for eggs, feed the chickens and ducks and walk a goat on a leash. Clean up at the hand washing station using goat milk soap made on the farm. Activities designed for ages 4 and over, but all are welcome.
Cost: $40 per family (not per person)
Duration: 2 hours
Two Workshop Sessions Offered: 10am-noon and 1pm-3pm
Click here for more info/registration:

3) Hayride, Buzzing Bees & Milking Goats
Host: Melissa Burch, Bountiful Hope Farm (Monroe)
Description: Explore Bountiful Hope Farm with a hayride journey through the landscape, plus a garden tour where “farm fresh” is the norm. Milk a goat and learn about bee keeping and how the bees and garden help each other.
Cost: $40 per family (not per person)
Duration: 2 hours
Two Workshop Sessions Offered: 10am-noon and 1pm-3pm
Click here for more information/registration:

Experience farm livin’.  Women-owned and co-owned farmers don their farm hats, fancy up their place and invite you to participate in numerous fun, hands-on and educational workshops on their farms. 

Soil Sisters
July 31 to August 2, 2015
A Celebration of Wisconsin Farms & Rural Life


New! Cross Country for Homeschoolers in Richland Center

Exciting news!

Cross Country Teams are available in Platteville, Sparta, and now Richland Center!

Cross country is a great, flexible activity that ​has many benefits.

If you’re interested in being involved in the new Richland Center Cross Country organization – even if you can’t make it to the organizational meeting on July 23rd – contact Doug Landsee at the phone number below.  ​

My name is Doug Landsee and I’m starting a homeschool cross country team in the Richland Center Area with some interested homeschooling parents.

My background includes 24 years at Riverdale Schools as a high school/middle school counselor. I coached cross country for 21 years and track field for 25 years.

A cross country meet consists of a single run for the various grade levels; 7th and 8th (and sometimes 6th) grade run anywhere from 1.2 to 2 miles, high school junior varsity and varsity run 5K (3.1 miles).

Our age range would be 10 years to 18 year olds.  We gradually work runners into these distances in our practices.

We will have an organizational meeting on Thursday, July 23 at 7:00pm at the Brewer Library on the second floor.

I will answer any of your questions at that time.

We will choose a team name – some of the possibilities are Center Cyclones CC, Raging Roadrunners CC, Cruzin Cranes CC and possibly others.

We will also be choosing the team colors.

Our first official team practice would be August 12 at 3:30pm.  If you can’t make the meeting, please feel free to call me at 604-6486.


CIRCLE Learning Co-ops


(Children Involved in a Respectful Co-operative Learning Environment)

CIRCLE is an all-inclusive learning cooperative (co-op) open to all families.  All ages are welcome, from infants through adults.

Check over the CIRCLE FAQs and Guidelines for more information about the co-ops.

CIRCLE is not just for homeschooling families.

Any family looking for a respectful, family learning environment is welcome to join a CIRCLE group, regardless of what educational choices they have made (homeschool, public school, private school).  * Because many of the families involved do homeschool, many of the classes may be held during school hours.

CIRCLE co-ops offer quarterly classes, field trips, and other events, with every family offering at least one activity during a session in order to participate.

Rather than a one day, one location co-op, CIRCLE allows each teacher to pick the topic, time, date and location of each class s/he is offering. Teachers may offer one-day activities/field trips, or they may choose to teach recurring/multi-part classes (i.e. weekly throughout the quarter, three times total, etc.). Simple play dates or meet up classes do not count as a class. Teachers are free to specify age groups and/or size limits for their particular class(es).

CIRCLE Co-ops in Wisconsin

CIRCLE – Kettle Moraine, encompassing the Kettle Moraine area of Wisconsin.

Milwaukee CIRCLE, serving the greater Milwaukee area.

Fox Cities CIRCLE, serving the Fox Cities area of Wisconsin.

Madison CIRCLE, serving the Madison area. First session will be Fall 2015!

Driftless CIRCLE Coming Soon!
Check back for more details regarding the new Driftless CIRCLE group, serving the Monroe, Vernon, and Crawford Counties in Wisconsin!

Fall 2015 Planning month will be held in August for classes occurring in September, October, and November.
August 7: Class Submissions Due
August 17: Enrollment Forms Due
August 27: Class Fees Due


Make certain you have contacted your group coordinator(s) for access to the Google calendar. After adding your class to the Google calendar and inviting your group to view it, fill out the following submission form. This allows our coordinators (all volunteers) to quickly make enrollment forms, calculate class fees, and contact everyone. Your information will NOT be given out publicly and will only be used for contact information for the co-op.

Creekside Homeschoolers Programs – Platteville

Creekside Homeschoolers is a new program starting in Fall 2015 at Apple Creek Farm in Platteville.

If your child would jump at the opportunity to do challenging, interesting projects and spend time with friends and adult mentors on a weekly basis, Creekside may be a great option for your family.

A small group of kids ages 10 and up will meet 1-2 days per week for project-based, interest-led learning in collaboration with friends and an experienced adult mentor/teacher. There is also a Children’s Play Garden for ages 2.5 to 6.

Summer Adventure Camps for ages 10 and up (ask about younger siblings) will be held entirely outdoors (as weather allows) with plenty of time to play and explore in the stream and woods. Activities will include art, drama, campfire cooking, group games, frog catching, wildlife observation, and more. Dates are July 15, August 20, August 27 from 9 am to 3 pm.  Information is on their website:

Creekside Homeschoolers will meet from
9:00 to 3:00 on Mondays and/or Thursdays 

from September 10 to December 17, 2015.  

Check out their website for more information if you’re interested!

Homeschoolers Act-it-Out

Here’s a Homeschool Theatre class that will be happening in Winona at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts.

Homeschoolers Act-it-Out

Specially designed for Homeschoolers in the Winona Area, this class will encourage students to work as an ensemble as they build stage presence and off-the-cuff creativity. Students will enjoy exploring the world of theatre and improvisation, but enjoy the side benefits of developing communication skills, confidence and self-esteem. On the last day of class, friends and family will be invited to an open house where students will present a variety of scenes & improvisation games.

Day/Dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 29- Nov. 3rd

Time: 10am- 11am

Age: ages 8 & up

Instructor: Jamie Schwaba

Registration will remain open through the first week of classes in each semester length session. Classes that reach maximum enrollment before this time will be closed to additional registrations. If a class has low enrollment, all participants will be notified by email about the cancellation and students will be allowed to select an alternative class choice.

Creature Investigations at Norskedalen

Creature Investigations at Norskedalen

Summer Education Programming

Get your registration in now!

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Come to Norskedalen and Learn all About Frogs, Toads, Bats, Butterflies, and Birds 

Register Now for Workshops:

Ages 5-7      9:30-11:30   Fee:  $6/child/class ($5 for members)

Ages 8-10   1:30-4:30     Fee:  $7/child/class ($6 for members)

Creature Investigation Opportunities:

Friday, July 10-Leaping Frogs and Hopping Toads-Can you jump as far as a frog-take the leap challenge!   (Register byMonday, 6/29)


Thursday, July 23-Busting Bat Myths-Are bats really blind and do they fly in your hair? (Register by Monday, 7/13)


Thursday, August 6-Flutterby Butterfly-Check out Norskedalen’s field for butterflies-how many kinds can we find? (Register by Monday, 7/27)


Wednesday, August 19-Bird Basics-Why do different birds have different beaks-try out a beak or two and see what you would eat! (Register by Monday, 8/10)


Limit 12, class will be cancelled if insufficient enrollment.

School / Summer Program Group Accommodations

Have a group?   Norskedalen’s regular classes are available to groups with a minimum of 15 students (25 for Pioneer Life).  Choose from: Skin and Bones; Owl Prowl; Nature Hike; Pioneer Life; Trees, Forests & You; and Wetland Wonders. Call Norskedalen for scheduling and fee information, 608-452-3424

Contact:  Mary Dresser,

Norskedalen Education & Community Outreach Coordinator




Wisconsin CHEA Chicago Christian Heritage Trip

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Saturday, October 3
rd, 8 am to 10 pm

This fall, Wisconsin CHEA will be hosting a very special Christian Heritage Chicago History Trip.

This exciting tour is open to ALL AGES and ALL PEOPLE– NOT just homeschoolers! Invite your friends, family and neighbors. Go ahead and spread the word, but hurry and get your registration in soon because seats are filling up fast!

  • Learn about baseball player turned evangelist Billy Sunday, and visit his grave. Billy Sunday was billy sundayone of the most influential evangelists of the twentieth century. Also, we will watch the biography of Billy Sunday on the bus on the way to Chicago.
  • See the most impressive collection of Biblical artifacts in the Western Hemisphere at the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago. oriental instituteThis collection is home to parts of the Ishtar Gate of Babylon, parts of Darius’ palaces, bricks from Nebuchadnezzar, and more.

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  • Tour “the Old Lighthouse” at the Pacific Garden Mission and watch a LIVE taping of the longest running radio drama in U.S. history— Unshackled. They will then provide a great dinner for us. pacific garden mission

Travel will be on an air-conditioned coach bus. Pickup/Drop off at Brookside Church in Brookfield, WI, and First Baptist Church in Oak Creek, WI.

COST: $35 per person; plus lunch money and a love offering for Pacific Garden Mission. Register now.

All ages are welcome, however, please note that you are paying for a seat. Therefore, ONLY a child young enough to sit on a lap all the way to Chicago and back may come for FREE. Yes, there are restrooms on the bus.

If we fill one bus soon, we MAY be able to offer a second, but not unless we have a large enough demand for that second bus.

**Please note that if you are not close enough to either pick up/drop off point, and you can get together a group of 50 people in your own area, we may be able to get a bus to your area for a pickup, and make arrangements for your bus to join us on this tour!! Please email Jan Gnacinski at for more information.

TO REGISTER, please visit:
Payment must be made at time of registration.


Home School Fall Sports Program – West Central Eagle Running Club

An invitation to join the Home School Fall Sports Program: WCE Running Club General Info Doc

It’s going to be a great XC season!
Hope you or your friends can join the team!


We’d like to invite you to be a part of our club. Our club prepares students to compete in cross country (XC). XC is a challenging sport that requires commitment and consistency. Benefits of XC include; great friends, hard work, increased fitness level, competition, lifelong skill, conditioning for winter sports, etc.

Club info: We are a local Home School Cross Country Team that trains twice a week in Sparta and competes in local WIAA XC Meets. Our season is 9 weeks long. Practice begins the middle of August. We have a total of 12 practices, 7 high school meets, and 6 middle school meets. Our last meet is a WI Home School XC Championship race in Madison. High School runners are encouraged to begin regular training on their own beginning in early July, middle school runners should begin training in early August.

Club specifics: This program is open to homeschoolers in 7 – 12 grade. Club Fee is $45, which includes a club owned uniform. Other costs incurred by some of our team members in the past have included: Good quality running shoes ($60-120); WCE tshirt, sweatshirt, etc ($10 – $30 ea); Championship tshirt ($10); end of season booklet ($14); gas, etc to practice and meets ($ varies).

Check out our website: Look for our schedule and for our booklet to get a feel about who we are as a club.

If interested, contact Barbara Hoffland, bjhoffland at charter dot  net. Once on the contact list you’ll receive emails about once a week.

Hope you will plan on joining the challenge of XC this season!


Coach and Barbara Hoffland

2015 WCE Meet Schedule

8-28 @ Cashton 9-28 @ Mel- Min, Melrose, High School

9-10 @ G-E-T, Ettick, High School 10-2 @ Cashton, Middle School

9-15 @ North Crawford(tentative), Soldiers Grove 10-10 @ Arcadia

9-19 @ Brookwood, Ontario 10-17 @ Madison

NOTE: Public charter school or private school students from homeschool families may join. Participation is subject to approval by director on an individual basis.