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Homeschool Events in Virginia | HEAV

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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“An Afternoon with Mark Twain” – Chesterfield – November 23
Christmas Magic Homeschool Edition – North Chesterfield – December 3

“An Afternoon with Mark Twain” – Chesterfield – November 23

Magnolia Grange House Museum
Chesterfield, Virginia

Saturday, November 23, 2019, at noon. Cost: This is a free community event.

Enjoy the witticisms of Mark Twain as Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia and Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation welcome interpreter Gary Robertson for his representation of the humorist. The guest presenter has amassed a great deal of experience in communications over the years, which lends itself well to a portrayal of one of our country’s best-known authors and speakers. Fans of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Roughing It, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, and other Clemens classics are sure to appreciate this entertaining program.

For more information, contact Lori Arnold at 804-748-1498 or visit the website.

Christmas Magic Homeschool Edition – North Chesterfield – December 3

Mid-Cities Civic Association
9010 Quinnford Boulevard
North Chesterfield, Virginia

Tuesday, December 3, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: $10/person. Pre-registration required.

Join other area homeschoolers at this paint-your-own ceramics event. Just Ceramics’ goal is to create a space for all kinds of artists–beginners to professionals–to come together and express their creative sides. Students of all ages can try their hand at ceramics painting with this fun, family, holiday activity.

For more information, contact Mary Setzer at 804-539-7063 or justceramicsinc@gmail.com, or visit the website.

“The Roles of Women in American Wars” – Chesterfield – November 16
Sunshine Behavioral Health Opioid Awareness Scholarship – Submission Deadline Is December 1

“The Roles of Women in American Wars” – Chesterfield – November 16

Magnolia Grange House Museum
Chesterfield, Virginia

Saturday, November 16, 2019, at noon. This is a free community event.

Join historical interpreter Nona Wartella, as she discusses women’s involvement in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, and more. Ms. Wartella is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and has served as a guide at many local historical buildings, including Old Blandford Church, Centre Hill Museum, Farmers Bank, the Siege Museum, and Magnolia Grange. She also presents programs at special events for Magnolia Grange and Petersburg National Battlefield and has worked in the tourism field for other sites as well.

For more information, contact Lori Arnold at 804-748-1498 or visit the website.

Sunshine Behavioral Health Opioid Awareness Scholarship – Submission Deadline Is December 1

Sunshine Behavioral Health is offering a $500 scholarship for students pursuing a health-related degree program. Considered areas of study include, but are not limited to, Nursing, Pre-Med, Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, or any other field relating to substance abuse.

To apply for the scholarship, students must submit an essay focusing on the opioid epidemic in the United States. The topic is open-ended. Students may share a personal story of themselves or a loved one overcoming opioid addiction, analyze research providing insight on the abuse epidemic, etc.

Students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident and enrolled or accepted to an accredited college or university and plan to continue enrollment.

Email essay submissions and contact information to richardf@sunshinebh.com.

For more information, visit the website.

Magnolia Grange House Museum Student Event – Chesterfield – November 9
An Evening with Author/Illustrator Jan Brett – Rockville, MD – December 1

Magnolia Grange House Museum Student Event – Chesterfield – November 9

Magnolia Grange House Museum
Chesterfield, Virginia

Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $5/adult; one free student admission per paid adult admission; $3/student, ages 6 through 16. Ages 5 years and younger are free.

What did kids do for fun before the days of video games, TV, or radio? What subjects did they study? Where did they eat dinner? Travel back in time at Magnolia Grange House Museum to discover what life was like for youngsters during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Admission includes a craft activity for the kids.

For more information, contact Lorie Arnold at 804-748-1498 or visit the website. 

An Evening with Author/Illustrator Jan Brett – Rockville, MD – December 1

Johns Hopkins University, Montgomery County Campus
Gilchrist Hall
9601 Medical Center Drive
Rockville, MD

Sunday, December 1, 2019, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This is a free community event. Seating is first-come, first-served. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

Join Jan Brett, New York Times #1 best-selling artist/author of more than 35 picture books, for an evening of fun and entertainment, presented by the Gaithersburg Book Fest and Politics & Prose.

Jan will talk about her latest book, The Tale of the Tiger Slippers, a gorgeous reimagining of the classic Persian folk tale, “Abu Kassem’s Slippers,” featuring a poor tiger cub who is a very hard worker. The book was inspired by Jan’s research expedition to India’s top nature parks–Bandhavgarh, Kanha, and Panna–to study tigers in the wild and her long-time interest in the art of the Mughal Dynasty at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

With more than 42 million books in print, Jan’s exquisite art is universally recognized as being among the finest in children’s books today. For over 30 years she has brought highly-praised folk tale retellings to millions of youngsters, their teachers, and parents.

Jan will do a drawing demonstration of a tiger and sign books at the end of the event. Books will be available for sale onsite by Politics & Prose.

For more information, contact Cara Schoem at cschoem@gmail.com.

Foster Parent Information Session – Richmond – November 5
Launch VIP Night – Richmond – November 19

Foster Parent Information Session – Richmond – November 5

Baptist General Association of Virginia
Richmond, Virginia

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Cost: Admission is free; no registration is required.

Learn how to become a foster parent through HopeTree Family Services’ Foster Care program.

HopeTree’s Foster Care program helps meet the needs of children and youth who require individualized care and attention in a stable, Christian, family setting.

For more information, contact Shannon Updike at 804-201-9006 or  shannonu@hopetreefs.org.

Launch VIP Night – Richmond – November 19

Launch Entertainment Park
Richmond, Virginia

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cost: $10/hour per jumper; one parent or guardian may jump for free. Admission price does not include reusable Launch grippy socks ($2.50). This event is held monthly on the third Tuesday of the month.

This monthly event is open exclusively to guests with special needs and their families and allows for a quieter, private time to jump, play laser tag, use the arcades, and more.

For more information, visit the website or contact LaShawanda Moore at 804-419-5753 or dhunt@launcrichmond.com.

Homeschool Day at the American Shakespeare Center – Staunton – Registration Deadline Is October 25
College Prep Genius SAT Bootcamp – Charlottesville – Registration Deadline Is November 1Veterans Day Memorial Ceremony – Chesterfield – November 11
Holiday Craft Night – Chesterfield – November 16

Homeschool Day at the American Shakespeare Center – Staunton – Registration Deadline Is October 25

Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, Virginia

Thursday, October 31, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $50/student, ages seven to eighteen; $35/adult. Cost includes student matinee, actor talkback, lunch, and student workshops. Registration deadline is October 25.

Students will experience an immersive, interactive view into the world of Shakespeare at the Blackfriars Playhouse, the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre. Travel back in time with Julius Caesar to uncover the political intrigue and ambition that sparked revolution in this classic play.

For more information, contact Liz Bernardo-Stewart at 540-466-5874 or liz.bernardo@americanshakespearecenter.com.

College Prep Genius SAT Bootcamp – Charlottesville – Registration Deadline Is November 1

Church of the Incarnation
Charlottesville, Virginia

Students will prepare to take the pSAT, SAT, and ACT tests by learning the strategy of the test rather than reviewing facts. College Prep Genius’ Master the SAT Bootcamp can help students improve their test scores by 250 to 600 points, and have more college scholarships available to them. All sessions are taught by a trained College Prep Genius instructor. 

For more information or to register, contact Chrislyn Smith Russamano at csrussamano@yahoo.c

Veterans Day Memorial Ceremony – Chesterfield – November 11

Chesterfield County Historic 1917 Courthouse
Chesterfield, Virginia

Monday, November 11, 2019, at 2 p.m. Cost: This is a free community event.

Community members are encouraged to participate in the annual Veterans Day Memorial Ceremony. Representatives of veterans organizations throughout Chesterfield and surrounding counties have been invited to lay wreaths along the Veterans Memorial wall in front of the historic courthouse. The ceremony will also feature music by the Thomas Dale High School band, and Colonel Hollie J. Martin, Commander, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Lee, as the ceremony’s guest speaker.

A special tribute and a marker designed by sculptor Andrew L. Chernak will be unveiled and dedicated to Gold Star Mothers and awards will be presented to Chesterfield County Middle School students — winners for the Gold Star Mother essay and art contest. Gold Star Mother artifacts on loan from the U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum will be on display in Chesterfield County Old Jail Museum.

For more information, please contact Ruth Snead at 804-285-3690 or email ruthsnead@aol.com

Holiday Craft Night – Chesterfield – November 16

Castlewood Plantation
Chesterfield, Virginia

Saturday, November 16, 2019, at 5:45 p.m. Cost: $30/person (paper flower workshop), $35/person (snowman painting). Pre-registration required. Choose from one of two featured holiday crafts: paper poinsettias or snowman painting. Cost includes craft supplies, dinner from local restaurants, and a door prize giveaway. 

Learn the art of making traditional paper flowers, as well as variations that will allow you to make any type of flower and incorporate them into showers, weddings, events, and home decor; or, create a playful snowman painting on a wooden board.

Doors open at 5:45 p.m. for dinner; workshops begin at 6:30 p.m.

For more details, call Karen at 804-796-7156 or visit the website.

Future Quest Fairfax – Fairfax – October 26
Christmas on the Farm – New Market – December 7

Future Quest Fairfax – Fairfax – October 26

George Mason University
Fairfax, Virginia

Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: This is a free community event. Register online now, or on-site beginning at 8 a.m. on October 26.

Future Quest is a free college and career conference held every two years for middle and high school students with disabilities, young adults with disabilities, their families, and professionals who work with them. It is organized by George Mason University and the Northern Virginia Transition Coalition. Future Quest features more than 40 workshops and 40 exhibits related to successful life after high school.

Download the program book here.

For more information, contact Diane Nelson at 703-583-3200 or nelsondc@pwcs.edu

Christmas on the Farm – New Market – December 7

Virginia Museum of the Civil War
New Market, Virginia

Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $10/adult, ages 13 to 64; $9/senior, ages 65 and older; $6/youth, ages 6 to 12; children 5 years and younger are free. Receive $1 off admission with the donation of a non-perishable food item to benefit the Manor Memorial United Methodist Church’s Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. Tickets may be purchased on-site at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War on the day of the event.

At Bushong Farm, families can visit with living historians and discover how a family carries on in the face of national crisis. There are games to play, stories to hear, treats to eat, songs to sing, and a visit from a special Christmas visitor (a “Belsnickel”).

Visit the military encampment and bring some Christmas cheer to soldiers far from home.

In the Virginia Museum of the Civil War building, children can make Christmas tree ornaments to take home.

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

ACT OUT in Class – Roanoke – Registration Deadline Is October 16
Fall Events at Maymont – Richmond – Multiple Dates
Historic Polegreen Church Field Trips – Mechanicsville – Ongoing

ACT OUT in Class – Roanoke – Registration Deadline Is October 16

Enon Baptist Church
Roanoke, Virginia

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $25/student, ages 12 through 17; $35/adult. Registration deadline is October 16.

Leadership Commonwealth School is hosting Adrian Alita, Head of Acting at San Diego State University. He brings his experience as a professor, actor, coach, stuntman, sea lion trainer, and clown to teach you how to get comfortable in your own skin, as a student or a teacher. Youth will experience the fundamentals of acting as taught by the head of acting from San Diego State University.

The morning session is a highly active, on-your-feet work session for students, interlaced with lecture, discussion, and debriefing. Adults will witness a master mentor utilizing techniques applicable to a broad range of subjects, and then practice those techniques during the afternoon session.

For more information, or to register for the event, contact Tiffany Campbell at leadershipcommonwealth@gmail.com

Fall Events at Maymont – Richmond – Multiple Dates

Maymont Mansion
Richmond, Virginia

Maymont Mansion offers a variety of events for the fall season, including carriage tours, a sunset garden walk, and a bobcat presentation. The “High Tech Gears of Yesteryear” behind-the-scenes tour on October 12 reveals the bells, whistles, hidden panels, knobs, tubes, and other technological wonders that made the Dooleys’ home one of the most modern in Gilded Age Richmond.

Event costs and registration requirements vary; for more information and a complete events calendar, visit the website.

Historic Polegreen Church Field Trips – Mechanicsville – Ongoing

Historic Polegreen Church
Mechanicsville, Virginia

Admission to Polegreen Church is free and open to the public. The grounds are open from sunrise to sunset, year round. The Visitor’s Center is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visit this historic site to learn how Historic Polegreen Church led the way in Virginia’s struggle for civil and religious freedom. Explore the site and view primary artifacts from the Civil War. Tour groups are welcome to picnic on the grounds during their visit. For more information, or to schedule a group tour, call 804-730-3837 or email admin@historicpolegreen.org

“Massachusetts vs. Virginia: A Battle for the First Thanksgiving” – Chesterfield – October 5
Clean Tech Competition – Registration Opens October 15

“Massachusetts vs. Virginia: A Battle for the First Thanksgiving” – Chesterfield – October 5

Magnolia Grange House Museum
Chesterfield, Virginia

Saturday, October 5, 2019, at noon. Cost: This is a free, community event.

Did you know the first English-speaking Thanksgiving was not held at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts but at Berkeley Plantation in Charles City, Virginia? Join Donna Grubbs, a historical interpreter with Berkeley Plantation, as she enlightens guests with the story behind this lesser known fact at “Massachusetts vs. Virginia: A Battle for the First Thanksgiving.”

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

Clean Tech Competition – Registration Opens October 15

Registration for the 2020 Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition will open on October 15, 2019, and close on March 13, 2020. First-round paper submissions are due on April 3, 2020. Finalists compete for the $10,000 grand prize and a continued mentorship.

The Clean Tech Competition is an international research and design challenge for pre-university students ages 15 to 18 years. Its goal is to challenge students to be innovative while encouraging their passion for the sciences. The 2020 Challenge, “Reducing Individual Impacts,” asks students to answer the question on many environmentally conscious people’s lips: “What can I do to make a difference?”.

For more information, including complete contest rules and regulations, visit the website.

Historic Pleasant View School Open House – Chesterfield – October 5
PVCC Career Services Fall Events – Charlottesville – Multiple Dates

Historic Pleasant View School Open House – Chesterfield – October 5

Historic Pleasant View School
Chesterfield, Virginia

Saturday, October 5, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: This is a free community event.

The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia and Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation will present an open house at Historic Pleasant View School in Chesterfield.

Members of CHSV’s African American History Committee will share the history of the

school house and conduct tours of this historic landmark, still featuring its original exterior, hardwood floors, and beaded-board walls and ceilings. Original desks, blackboard, and other items from the past will be on display. Tours are free and will be on-going throughout the day. Parking is available on site at the school.

Pleasant View School was built in 1930 and served as an elementary school until 1947. It was designated a Chesterfield County Historic Landmark in April 2017, in recognition of its significance as an authentic representation of early 20th-century education in the county. This one-room schoolhouse is Chesterfield’s best remaining example of African-American education in the segregated era.

For more information, contact Bryan Truzzie at 804-751-4946.

PVCC Career Services Fall Events – Charlottesville – Multiple Dates

Piedmont Valley Community College will host a variety of informal educational events for students to connect with employers to learn more about their industries and hiring practices for both internships and jobs. Upcoming events include the following:

Thursday, September 26, 11 a.m. to noon – Health Sciences Careers Professionals Panel – PVCC Bolick Student Center

Tuesday, October 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Charlottesville Business Innovation Council’s Tech Tour for middle and high school students. 

Thursday, October 17, 10 a.m. to noon – Business, Accounting & Administrative Support Career Expo, PVCC Bolick Student Center

Thursday, November 21, 10 a.m. to noon – Human Services Career Expo (Education, Counseling, Criminal Justice, Recreation/Fitness), PVCC Bolick Student Center

For more information and to RSVP for events, email Gigi Davis at madavis@pvcc.edu.

For a complete events schedule, visit the website.

NCHE Summit for Teaching Exceptional Children – Durham, NC – 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, buffet lunch, snacks, and coffee.

The Summit was birthed out of NCHE’s 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. Fellowship 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

Homeschool Art Explorers – Arlington – Begins September 26

Arlington Arts Center
Arlington, Virginia

Thursdays, September 26 through November 14, 2019, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost: $195/student, ages five to seven years. Registration required.

This junior class explores the visual arts through a variety of fun and engaging techniques. Observation and imagination will be emphasized while learning about line, color, shape, texture, space and form. During this eight-week course, students will experiment with various media such as drawing, painting, collage, and printmaking, which will be combined to create finished projects.

For more information, contact Lia Ferro at 703-248-6800 or liaferro@arlintonartscenter.org.

Educator Night Out – Washington, D.C. – October 3 (Pre-registration required)

International Spy Museum
Washington, D.C.

Thursday, October 3, 2019, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cost: This event is open to current K-12 classroom and resource teachers and their invited guests only, ages 21 and older. Pre-registration is required. The event is free for educators; guest tickets may be purchased for $20. Registration includes museum admission, one complimentary signature drink, curriculum resources, spy snacks, and a chance to win prizes.

Enjoy an open-house-style evening at the International Spy Museum just for teachers. Collect curriculum materials, explore new artifacts, relax with a signature martini, compete in a scavenger hunt, and maybe even meet a real spy.

Homeschool Time at Launch Trampoline Park – Midlothian – First Friday of Each Month

Launch Trampoline Park
Midlothian, Virginia

First Friday of each month, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $12/jumper. Admission price does not include reusable Launch grippy socks ($2.50). 

Physical activity is an important part of every child’s education. Your kids will love bouncing off the walls as they meet other kids in the Richmond area, while you get to network with other homeschooling, worldschooling, and unschooling families and groups.

For more information, visit the website

Henricus Publick Days Picnic – Chester – September 20
Henricus Publick Days & Godspeed and Jamestown – Chester – September 21 & 22
Greater Richmond Area Christian College Fair – North Chesterfield – October 10
Chesterfield Library Children’s Activities – Chesterfield County – Ongoing

Henricus Publick Days Picnic – Chester – September 20 (Ticket Sales End September 16)

Henricus Historical Park
Chester, Virginia

Friday, September 20, 2019, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cost: $35/adult; $25/ Henricus member adult; $15/child, ages three to twelve years. Tickets must be purchased online. Ticket sales end on September 16.

On the eve of Publick Days, Henricus Foundation is hosting a Publick Days Picnic. Guests will be able to watch the Godspeed sail upriver and dock at Henricus while the Henricus Militia marks the occasion with celebratory cannon fire. Grilled burgers, hot dogs, and chicken will be served with potato salad, coleslaw, beans, and tomato and cucumber salad. Beverages include lemonade, iced tea, water, wine, and beer.

Activities will also include corn hole boards, hula hoops, and bubbles for the kids.

Henricus Publick Days & Godspeed and Jamestown – Henricus – September 21 & 22

Henricus Historical Park
Chester, Virginia

Saturday, September 21, and Sunday, September 22, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $5/person; children under three years old are free. Free parking is available.

Henricus Historical Park is holding its signature celebration of the 1611 founding of the Citie of Henricus featuring the Godspeed from Jamestown Settlement.

The 17th-century ship replica, Godspeed, will be docked at Henricus for free tours each day.  Watch 400 years of history come to life with colonial and Virginia Indian living-history interpretation including a military timeline of soldiers through the ages. Activities and demonstrations will include military drills and musket firings, craftsmen and blacksmiths, 17th-century medicine, historical children’s games and crafts, storytelling, and much more.

This year’s Publick Days will also focus on the 400th anniversary of the 1619 House of Burgesses, the first representative legislative assembly in the New World. Guests will have the opportunity to recreate history by assisting Henricus colonists in deciding who will represent them at the Burgesses meeting in Jamestown.

For more information and a detailed event schedule, visit the website.

Greater Richmond Area Christian College Fair – North Chesterfield – October 10

Banner Christian School at Bethany Place Baptist Church
North Chesterfield, Virginia

Thursday, October 10, 2019, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cost: This is a free community event.

Families with high school or college-aged students are encouraged to attend the Greater Richmond Area Christian College Fair and financial aid workshop.

For more information, contact Carla Irwin at cirwin@bannerchristian.org.

Chesterfield Library Children’s Activities – Chesterfield County – Ongoing

Chesterfield Library is offering a variety of events, activities, and classes for students ages five and older. Registration is required and will remain open until all available slots are filled, although most classes fill quickly. Activities include author visits, acoustic concerts, storytimes, bicycle maintenance, preschool science labs, Minecraft art, rocketry, chess clubs, and new engineering programs highlighting bridge building, simple machines, physics, and chemical engineering.

For more information regarding specific age requirements and class availability, and to register for events, see the website.

Joshua’s Hands Fall Festival – Waterford – October 5
Spirits of New Market Evening Lantern Tours – New Market – October 26

Joshua’s Hands Fall Festival – Waterford – October 5

Guthrie Farm
Waterford, Virginia

Saturday, October 5, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is a free, family event held by Joshua’s Hands, a non-profit organization dedicated to community education and service. The event will include live entertainment, hayrides, children’s crafts, a petting farm, obstacle course, carnival-style games, and more. An auction will be held at 2 p.m. to support the work of Joshua’s Hands. Volunteer opportunities are also available.

For more information about Joshua’s Hands and the Fall Festival, visit the website

Spirits of New Market Evening Lantern Tours – New Market – October 26

Virginia Museum of the Civil War
New Market, Virginia

Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $10/adult; $5/student (ages 6 to 17); children 5 and younger are free. This is a family-friendly event appropriate for children of all ages.

This special nighttime lantern tour of the New Market battlefield and Bushong Farm portrays the aftermath of the Battle of New Market. Costumed interpreters reenact soldiers resting and telling stories, captured troops under guard, and wounded soldiers being cared for at the farmhouse. Virginia Military Institute cadets recount their historic involvement in the day’s battle.

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

Henricus Homeschool Day – Chester – Register by September 10
PWC 2019 Creative Arts Contest – Woodbridge – Submission Deadline Is September 16
PWC Recycled Art Contest 2019 – Manassas – Registration Deadline Is October 7

Henricus Homeschool Day – Chester – Register by September 10

Thursday, September 12, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration by September 10 is required. Cost: $15/student (ages four to fourteen); $5/child (ages two and three); $10/accompanying adult; Henricus Patrons $10 for student; $3/child (ages two and three); free for accompanying adult.

How did Virginia colonization begin? Why did some early Jamestown settlers move upriver to the “new” outpost of Citie of Henricus?  Life in the 1600s in Virginia was challenging: who did the colonists meet, how did their government change, what was the new settlement like and how did they survive? Experience a homeschool education program designed to help meet curriculum goals in a fun, interactive environment at a living history museum.  Students will be divided by age level to work on age-appropriate activities and curriculum.

To register for the event, call 804-318-8726.

PWC 2019 Creative Arts Contest – Woodbridge – Submission Deadline Is September 16

Chinn Park Regional Library
Woodbridge, Virginia

Submission deadline is September 16, 2019. There is no entry fee. Entries may be delivered online or by email. Submit art in any medium, poetry, or short stories. Open to middle and high school students living in Prince William County, Manassas, or Manassas Park. Prizes will be awarded at the Creative Arts Showcase on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at Chinn Park Regional Library. Funded by the Friends of the Chinn Park Regional Library. See the website for more details and email submission address.

PWC Recycled Art Contest 2019 – Manassas – Registration Deadline Is October 7

Colgan High School
Manassas, Virginia

Submission deadline is October 7, 2019, and entries must be delivered to Colgan High School between 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Early entries will be accepted at the Prince William County Risk Management Office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. October 1 through 4.

In celebration of Prince William County Recycles Day 2019, the PWC Environmental Management System Council invites all high school students in public, private, or home school (grades 9 through 12) living in Prince William County to express their artistic ability using recyclable materials. All entries will be showcased at Colgan High School – Center for Fine and Performing Arts.

Winning entries will be selected and prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, and three “honorable mentions.” All six winning entries will then be featured in a second contest at PWC Recycles Day, where the public will vote on “Best in Show” and a grand prize will be awarded.

Art must be made mostly of materials that are eligible for recycling at the PWC Landfill or that would otherwise be considered trash (plastic bottles, styrofoam, aluminum, egg cartons, boxes, paper, wrappers, cardboard, yogurt tubs, fabric, books, magazines, newspapers, plastic bags, etc.), must fit into a space no larger than two square feet, and must be easily transported.

For full contest details and to register online, visit the website.

Youth Orchestra Alive – Orange – Thursdays Beginning August 15

Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Homeschool Days Program – Williamsburg – September 7-22

Daughters of Destiny Conference – Pinnacle, NC – Registration Deadline Is September 30

Christian Homeschool Entrepreneurship Online Courses

Youth Orchestra Alive – Orange – Thursdays Beginning August 15

The Music Room
Orange, Virginia

Thursdays from August 15, 2019, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Cost: $10/student per week, pay as you go. Options to pay what you can, when you can also available.

Open to Students in the area of Orange County who would like to start a beginner class on violin, viola, cello, or bass.

For more information, visit the website or contact Darlene Dawson at 703-470-5416 or info@youthorchestraalive.org

Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Homeschool Days Program – Williamsburg – September 7-22

Jamestown Settlement
Williamsburg, Virginia

American Revolution Museum
Yorktown, Virginia

Saturday, September 7, through Sunday, September 22, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Cost: $12/person, ages four and older. Cost includes unlimited admission to both museums for the duration of the program. Registration is required for guided tours; the deadline is 5 p.m., three business days prior to the scheduled tour.

Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will offer special admission and family and student tours September 7-22, 2019 during its annual “Homeschool Program Days.”

Homeschool ticket holders also have the opportunity to pre-register for free optional student hands-on theme tours or family guided tours of the museums’ outdoor living-history areas, including re-creations of a Powhatan Indian village, 1607 ships, and colonial fort at Jamestown Settlement, as well as a Continental Army encampment and Revolution-period farm at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

Tickets may be purchased online or on-site at either museum.

To register for guided tours, email group.reservations@jyf.virginia.gov after ticket purchase.

For more information, visit the website.

Daughters of Destiny Conference – Pinnacle, NC – Registration Deadline Is September 30

Mountain Top Youth Camp
Pinnacle, North Carolina

Sunday, October 13, through Saturday, October 19, 2019. Registration deadline is September 30, 2019. Cost: $50 registration fee is required; $200 recommended donation per attendee. This conference is open to girls ages 12-18.

This unique week-long conference is designed to strengthen, equip, and encourage young women in their relationships with the Lord through Bible studies, fellowship, and strengthening crafting skills which can be used to bless others. Campers will participate in classes in creative arts, fiber arts, and ministry and service.

For more information, contact Erika Blessman at 276-930-1963 or daughtersofdestinyconference@gmail.com.

For more information about the conference, a full list of classes, and registration forms and guidelines, visit the website.

Christian Homeschool Entrepreneurship Online Courses

This online course teaches entrepreneurship to homeschool children while seeking to incorporate a Biblical view of work, promoting a strong work ethic, and a love for the gift of work. Individual and family plans available. Scholarships available upon request.

For more information, visit the website.

For more great resources on teaching entrepreneurship, check out this Homeschool Living!

“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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