2.1 Homeschool Spring Ball – Troutville – April 29
2.2 TCHE Used Curriculum Sale & Co-op/College Open House – Colonial Heights – May 4
2.3 Williamsburg Classical Academy Homeschool Formal & Prom – Williamsburg – Registration Deadline Is May 7
2.4 Director’s Annual Battlefield Tour – New Market – May 15
2.5 Civil War Weekend Living History Experience – King George – June 3-4
2.6 d’Art Center Summer Camp 2017 – Norfolk – Multiple Dates
2.7 Host Families for French and Spanish Students Needed – Richmond area – July


2.1 Homeschool Spring Ball – Troutville – April 29

Rainbow Forest Baptist Church
1338 Rainbow Forest Drive
Troutville, Virginia

Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Cost: $12 in advance; $17 at the door.

Students ages twelve and older are invited to participate in this Colonialstyle ball. Parents do not need a ticket to observe and take pictures, but will need a ticket if they wish to participate. There is a $5 charge for parents who wish to enjoy refreshments while observing.

Modest dress is required. For ladies, please wear nothing low cut, strapless, with spaghetti straps, backless, tight, or above the knee. For gentlemen, please wear dress pants, shirt, and tie at a minimum.

For more information or for advance tickets, contact Debbie Purser at 540-977-1789, extension 115, or debbie@rainbowforest.com.

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2.2 TCHE Used Curriculum Sale & Co-op/College Open House – Colonial Heights – May 4

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church
Colonial Heights, Virginia

Thursday, May 4, 2017, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Shopping is free and open to the public. Please bring a donation of nonperishable food for the Colonial Heights Food Bank.

Come buy and sell used homeschool curriculum and learn about local homeschool classes in the area. This is a great opportunity to talk with other parents about different curriculum, as well as teaching and learning opportunities available for your children.

Non-members will be permitted to sell, if space allows.

To request a table, or with questions, contact Benita Meyer at 804-356-2794 or ben50ak@msn.com.


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2.3 Williamsburg Classical Academy Homeschool Formal & Prom – Williamsburg – May Registration Deadline Is May 7

Great Wolf Lodge
Williamsburg, Virginia

Friday, May 12, 2017, from 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Cost: $70/student; discounted rate of $65 for registrations submitted before April 9. Registration deadline is May 7.

Open to high school students, mature 12 year-olds and older. Homeschooled students are welcome to bring a non-homeschooled friend; same student rate applies.

The event includes food, a DJ, dancing, door prizes, a free photo booth, and senior recognition. A prom king and queen will be crowned. All music will be upbeat and clean.

Permission slip outlining the code of conduct must be agreed to and signed. Outfits may not feature bare midriffs, t-shirts, hats, or tennis shoes. Well fitting strapless and spaghetti strap dresses are acceptable. Ties and three-piece suits are optional. Parents and siblings will not be permitted beyond the registration table; chaperones will be present.

For more information and to register, visit the website.


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2.4 Director’s Annual Battlefield Tour – New Market – May 15

Virginia Museum of the Civil War
New Market, Virginia

Monday, May 15, 2017, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $20/person. Cost includes walking tour; participants will receive a bottle of water and light refreshments along the way. The tour is limited to 50 participants; pre-registration is required, and will remain open until spaces are filled.

Explore the battlefield with Civil War historian and Site Director, Lt. Col. Troy D. Marshall, who will explain the action as it took place exactly 153 years ago. Hear the accounts of the battle in the words of the soldiers who were there. The tour includes a visit to the Bushong home, a viewing of the movie Field of Lost Shoes, and a visit to the “bloody cedars”.

Participants should wear comfortable clothing, sunscreen, and walking shoes, and may bring a camp chair if they wish. Tour will include walking on the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park and driving personal vehicles to the nearby Days Inn parking lot.

For more information or to register for the event, contact Lt. Col. Troy Marshall at 866-515-1864 or nmbshp@vmi.edu.


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2.5 Civil War Weekend Living History Experience – King George – June 3-4

Belle Grove Plantation
King George, Virginia

Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, June 4, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $10/adult in advance, $15 at the door; $5/student (ages 17 years and younger) in advance, $10 at the door; $40/person antebellum afternoon tea, including boot camp admission.

Belle Grove Plantation was a strategic location during the Civil War, with the Rappahannock River narrowing and part of the Confederate army supply route from Baltimore to Richmond. During the Civil War, the Turner Family resided at Belle Grove Plantation. While they didn’t participate as soldiers for either side, the Turners did bear witness to the hardships, uncertainty, and fear that became part of their daytoday existence. In 1862, the Union Army seized the mansion, livestock, slaves, and property, forcing the Turners to retreat to another home at Chotank.

Revisit this time in history through this two-day encampment at Belle Grove Plantation, and experience what different segments of the population lived through during the war.

Advance tickets are recommended; tickets are non-refundable after May 27.

For more information, contact Michelle Darnell at 540-621-7340 or information@bellegroveplantation.com.

To purchase tickets, visit the website.


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2.6 d’Art Center Summer Camp 2017 – Norfolk – Multiple Dates

d’Art Center
Norfolk, Virginia

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $225/student. Cost includes instruction, materials, and field trips; students should bring a bag lunch, snack, and water bottle.

Each week of summer camp combines art with another area of instruction–such as science, leadership, community, and math–for a unique and art-enriching cross-disciplinary experience. Camp weeks are taught by professional art educators for three different age groups: 6 to 9 years, 10 to 13 years, and 14 to 17 years. Students work with a variety of art media from watercolor to modeling clay; take daily field trips to NEON district art destinations within walking distance, such as the Chrysler Museum of Art; and engage in daily demonstrations or projects with professional d’Art resident artists.

Camps are limited to 16 students per week, and registration closes five days prior to the beginning of the camp week.

For more information, contact Carolyn Phillips at 757-625-4211 or director@d-artcenter.org.

For a full list of camp sessions and to register your student, visit the website.


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2.7 Host Families for French and Spanish Students Needed – Richmond area – July

Host families are needed for exchange students from Spain and France. Host students, ages 13 to 17, in your home for three to four weeks during the month of July. Learn about the student’s culture while he or she learns about living in an American family while being a part of what you regularly do. There are a variety of programs to suit your family’s work or non-working schedule. Families receive stipends to help out with expenses. Transportation or vacation concerns can be addressed.

For more information, contact Debbie Hardy at 804-909-3190 or debbiehardy2003@yahoo.com.

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