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Find out all about the homeschool events in Virginia that are coming up over the next few weeks! These are reader-submitted events that are of interest to homeschooling families across the Commonwealth. 

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“Unleashing Your Voice!” Public Speaking Workshop – Roanoke – Registration Deadline Is August 21

Francis Scott Key and “The Star-Spangled Banner” – Chesterfield – August 24

“Unleashing Your Voice!” Public Speaking Workshop – Roanoke – Registration Deadline Is August 21

Leadership Commonwealth School
Roanoke, Virginia

Thursday, August 22, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (youth and adult session), and Friday, August 23, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (adult only session). Cost: $65/youth, ages 11 to 18 years; $90/adult. Registration deadline is Wednesday, August 21.

 

Improve your own public speaking skills as you learn how to mentor youth using this flexible program for building transformational speakers. This program can be used in conjunction with any class environment which includes student presentations or in a public speaking elective class.

 

Friday Seminar – Youth & Adult Observers

Adult participants are strongly encouraged to observe to see some of the program’s activities implemented by experienced mentors.

Morning Session – Workshop on impromptu speaking

Afternoon Session – Introduction to debate

Saturday Seminar – Adults Only

Adult public speaking workshop which includes impromptu, tandem speeches, and debate, as well as instruction on how to coach others. This is a great opportunity to fine tune your ability to bring out the best in those you mentor.

For more information, visit the website. Email Tiffany Campbell at leadershipsommonwealth@gmail.com with questions or to register for the event.

Francis Scott Key and “The Star-Spangled Banner” -Chesterfield – August 24

Magnolia Grange House
Chesterfield, Virginia

Saturday, August 24, 2019, at noon. Cost: This is a free community event.

Join costumed interpreter Charles Wissinger for his presentation explaining how a poem became our national anthem. Mr. Wissinger is a professional actor who loves history, and he has combined his passions for acting and history by researching and creating an interpretation of historical figures from the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, and World War II.

For more information, call 804-748-1498 or go to visit the website.

Homeschool Rock Climbing Open House – Midlothian – Registration Deadline Is August 16
Homeschool Family Rock Climbing Class – Midlothian – Registration Deadline Is September 3

Homeschool Rock Climbing Open House – Midlothian – Registration Deadline Is August 16

Peak Experiences Indoor Rock Climbing Gym
Midlothian, Virginia

Friday, August 23, 2019, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $10/person, ages five years and older. Registration deadline is August 16.

This open house event will give you the opportunity to try indoor rock climbing at a reduced rate to determine if it’s right for you. Indoor rock climbing builds fitness, confidence, and thinking skills, and offers family time, too! There is no obligation to join the class by participating in this open house event. Modest shorts, T-shirt, and sneakers are recommended.

For more information, and to register for the event, email jen@peakexperiences.com (please include number of parents and children and ages of children in registration email).

Homeschool Family Rock Climbing Class – Midlothian – Registration Deadline Is September 3

Peak Experiences Indoor Rock Climbing Gym
Midlothian, Virginia

Fridays, September 13, 2018 through December 6, 2019, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $125/month for one parent and one child (ages five and older); $25/each additional participant; and $25/extra for climbers under age eight. Monthly fee includes full gym membership with two hours of personalized class instruction per week, the right to climb outside of class time, and complimentary gear during class hours. Registration deadline is September 3.

Join other homeschool families and learn the fun and challenging sport of indoor rock climbing. Rock climbing builds fitness, confidence, problem-solving skills, and strong families. This is a family class for both parents and children. Parents are expected to participate.


For more information, or to register for the class, e-mail jen@peakexperiences.com.

John Marshall House Tours – Richmond – Ongoing
Patrick Henry’s Red Hill Home Educator Days – Brookneil – September 26 & 27

John Marshall House Tours – Richmond – Ongoing

John Marshall House
Richmond, Virginia

Cost: $10/adult; $9/senior (60+) or military; $7/student; children five years and younger are free.

The John Marshall House is a historic house museum and National Historic Landmark located in Richmond, Virginia. It was the home of Chief Justice of the United States John Marshall, who was appointed to the court in 1801 by President John Adams and served for the rest of his life, writing such influential decisions as Marbury v. Madison (1803) and McCulloch v. Maryland (1819). 

Built in 1790, the house was home to Marshall, his wife, and their six children. Marshall lived at the house until his death in 1835. It was originally surrounded by outbuildings including a law office, kitchen, laundry, and stables and sat on a full city block in Richmond’s fashionable Court End residential neighborhood. Marshall’s neighbors included the attorney John Wickham, who defended Aaron Burr in Burr’s infamous treason trial. 

John Marshall was an officer in the Revolutionary War, a member of the Virginia legislature, wrote the first major biography of George Washington, served as John Adam’s Secretary of State, and is credited with pioneering constitutional law through judicial review, establishing the judiciary as the third co-equal branch of our government.

For more information or to arrange a private group tour, call 804-648-7998 or visit the website.

Patrick Henry’s Red Hill Home Educator Days – Brookneal – September 26 & 27

Patrick Henry’s Red Hill
Brookneal, Virginia

Thursday, September 26, and Friday, September 27, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Spaces are limited; pre-registration is required for this event. Cost: $6/adult; $5/student, ages four and older; children three years and younger are free.

The Annual Home Educators’ Living History Days program is geared for children ages 8 to 10 years old, although children younger and older benefit and can participate in the hands-on experience of 18th-century life.

Programs rotate among spinning and weaving, blacksmithing, pottery, Colonial medicine, basket making, tin punching, and rope making.

Children’s author Jenny L. Cote will also host a creative writing workshop both days. Workshop is included in general admission.

Home Educator groups are welcome, and should register as a group by providing the number and ages of children, as well as the number of adults in attendance.

For more information, or to register for the event, contact Melissa Carwile at 434-376-2044 or melissa@redhill.org

Jacob Bushong’s Birthday – New Market – August 17
Joel Sweeney and the Banjo Festival – Appomattox – September 7
NCHE Summit for Teaching Exceptional Children – Durham, N.C. – Pre-registration Deadline Is September 25

Jacob Bushong’s Birthday – New Market – August 17

Virginia Museum of the Civil War
New Market, Virginia

Saturday, August 17, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: Event is free with paid admission to the Virginia Museum of the Civil War. Admission fees are: $10/adult (13 to 64 years old); $9/senior (65 years and older); $6/child (6 to 12 years); children 5 years and younger are free.

Join the Virginia Museum of the Civil War’s living historians for food, dancing, games, activities, and music in celebration of David Bushong’s birthday at the historic Bushong Farm.

New Market Battlefield State Historical Park is a historic American Civil War battlefield and national historic district located near New Market, Virginia. The district encompasses the site of the Battle of New Market. In the middle of the battlefield stands the Bushong House, used by both sides as a hospital during the battle, and now serving as the visitor center for the 300-acre park.

For more information, contact Sarah Mink at 866-515-1864 or minksc@vmi.edu.

Joel Sweeney and the Banjo Festival – Appomattox – September 7

Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
Appomattox, Virginia

Saturday, September 7, 2019, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Cost: This is a free community event.

Explore the roots of American music at the 6th Annual Joel Sweeney and the Banjo Festival. The festival’s headline performance will feature Grammy winner and two-time Emmy nominee Dom Flemons. Flemons is one of the founding members of the African American string band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops.  This American songster’s repertoire spans over 100 years of American folklore, ballads, and tunes. Flemons, a music scholar, historian, and record collector, is an expert player on the banjo, fife, guitar, harmonica, jug, quills, and rhythm bones. His unique musical offerings honor and celebrate the early originators of America’s earliest popular music styles.

For more information, contact David Wooldridge at 434-352-8987, ext. 236.

NCHE Summit for Teaching Exceptional Children – Durham, N.C. – Pre-registration Deadline Is September 25

Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian Church
Durham, North Carolina

Saturday, September 28, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pre-registration deadline is September 25. Cost: $56/person or married couple, pre-registration; $65/person or married couple at the door. Cost includes all general and break-out sessions, lunch, snacks, and coffee.

The Summit was birthed out of North Carolinians for Home Education’s (NCHE) desire to support and encourage those educating exceptional children at home. Come and be refreshed, equipped, and encouraged by popular speakers Kristen Eckenwiler, Shawna Wingert, and Cheryl Swope and enjoyfellowship with other parents homeschooling children with learning differences and other special needs.

For more information, contact Amanda Wares at amanda.wares@nche.com or visit the website

A Craft in Time” – Chesterfield – Wednesdays in July
Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park “Healthy Parks, Healthy People” July Events – Appomattox – Various Dates
Opera in Williamsburg Dress Rehearsal  – Williamsburg –  September 2
Wayne Theatre Art Education Program – Waynesboro – Multiple Dates

“A Craft in Time” – Chesterfield – Wednesdays in July

Chesterfield County Museum
Chesterfield, Virginia

Wednesdays in July, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: This is a free, family event.

Join museum staff each Wednesday in July for a different old-fashioned craft activity. Upcoming activities include pressed plant pictures on July 17, yarn dolls on July 24, and whirligig toys on July 31. 

For more information, visit the website or call 804-768-7311.

Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park “Healthy Parks, Healthy People” July Events – Appomattox – Various Dates

Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park

Appomattox, Virginia

Cost: All events are free and open to the public. Participants should wear appropriate athletic shoes and outerwear, and bring a water bottle.

Dog Walk: A dog walk of approximately two miles will take place on Saturday, July 27, 2019, at 10 a.m. Meet at the Lees’ Headquarters pull-off for a light summer walk along the Tobacco Prizery Nature Trail. All dogs must be on a leash. Bring your dog or pick up a canine friend at the local Appomattox shelter.

Walk with a Doc: Join Dr. Teodora Brose of CVFP — Appomattox Family. With an aim to make hope and health accessible to all, this doctor-led walking group is a safe, fun, and free place to get some steps, learn about health, and meet new friends. This month’s walk along the Grant’s Approach Trail will be held on Saturday, July 20th from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Meet the group in the main visitor parking lot to begin the hike. (GPS users should use 111 National Park Drive, Appomattox, VA.)

For more information and meeting places for events, contact Robin Snyder at 434-352-8987, extension 222.

The Healthy Parks Healthy People partnership is composed of seven area parks including Appomattox Court House NHP, Bear Creek Lake State Park, High Bridge Trail State Park, Holliday Lake State Park, James River State Park, Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State Park, and Twin Lakes State Park. Its mission is to showcase healthy recreational opportunities on public lands and encourage stewardship of these special places. For more information on events at the State Parks, visit the website. More information is available at the Appomattox Court House webpage on the National Park Service website, as well.

Opera in Williamsburg Dress Rehearsal – Williamsburg – September 2

Kimball Theater
Williamsburg, Virginia

Monday, September 2, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is required.

Students in kindergarten through twelfth grade, with their adult chaperones, are invited to attend Opera in Williamsburg’s dress rehearsal of Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers at no cost.

The Pearl Fishers is the story of two close friends who fall in love with the same woman.  They vow to give up their love rather than lose their friendship. But love is not easy to deny, and the woman has her own choices and commitments. The story is set in the Far East on a sea shore where the pearl fishers come to dive for pearls. It was written by George Bizet, whose most famous work is the opera Carmen.

For more information or to reserve a seat, contact Carolyn Campbell at 757-810-4523 or campbell_skbtcr@msn.com.

Wayne Theatre Art Education Program – Waynesboro – Multiple Dates

Wayne Theatre

Waynesboro, Virginia

Cost:$8/person.

Wayne Theatre announces the 2019-2020 season for its Arts Education Program.,  The mission of this program is to present the best educational theater that engages children of all ages in meaningful ways, complements school curricula, and cultivates appreciation for the performing arts.

All programming is open to all ages and open to the public. Large groups are welcome but advance tickets are required.

For a full listing of upcoming performances, visit the website. For more information, contact Kim Reiter at 540-943-9999 or kimreiter@waynetheatre.org

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