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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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Homeschool Rock Climbing Open House – Midlothian – Registration Deadline Is January 15

Peak Experiences Indoor Rock Climbing Gym
Midlothian, Virginia

Friday, January 17, 2020, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $10/person, ages five years and older. Registration deadline is January 15.

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 registration email).

CHESS High School Symposium: Think Beyond Graduation – Manassas – January 25, 2020

Manassas Baptist Church, Main Chapel
Manassas, Virginia

Saturday, January 25, 2020, from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost: $23/first registrant, pre-registration, plus $5/additional registrant in the same family; $33/person, walk-in, plus $5/additional registrant in the same family.

This event is geared toward middle and high school students and their parents, and is not intended for younger children. Cost includes three informative sessions, light refreshments, fellowship and door prizes. Join other homeschooling parents and students to explore opportunities for the future, gain valuable insight, and jump-start your preparation for life after graduation! Sessions include “Study Smarter, Not Harder,” “Charting Your Way Through High School,” and a homeschool graduates panel.

For more information about the event and speakers, and to preregister, visit the event page or contact Becky Hauge at 703-832-7895 or coordinator@chessclasses.org.

For more information about CHESS, visit the website.

High School Symposium – Richmond – January 18, 2020

Grove Avenue Church
Richmond, Virginia

Saturday, January 18, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $30/person. Cost includes lunch. No childcare provided. Registration is required and payment must be made to complete registration.

Hosted by Homeschool Family Connection, Carol Becker from HSLDA presents “High School at Home: Turning Possibility into Reality.”

Sessions will include topics such as developing a high school plan, a high school transcript clinic, charting your way through high school for college, workforce, or military, and encouragement for homeschooling through high school.

For more information, contact Stephanie Konicki at 804-740-8888 or homeeducators@grovechurch.net.

Cartooning Camps with Dan Nuckols – Fredericksburg – Registration Deadline Is February 4

Cornerstone College of Virginia
Fredericksburg, Virginia

Wednesday, February 5, and Friday, February 7, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Registration deadline is February 4. Cost: $50/student per camp; discounted rate of $40/student per camp for 3-4 siblings and $30/student per camp for 5 or more siblings. $15 one-time materials fee covers all in-class materials for up to all four camps, including $28 cartooning textbook which student gets to keep. Camps are designed for students ages 7 and older, and parents are welcome to join their children in class. 

Dan Nuckols is a popular cartoonist and caricaturist–and HEAV Convention favorite! In 2004, Dan created a 16-lesson series course on cartooning, and now offers these classes across the nation through cartooning camps, often hosted by co-ops. Each of the four camps cover four lessons of Dan’s 16-lesson course, and can be attended as a series or as a stand alone session.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Camp 1, covering “Basic Shapes and Forms,” “The Face,” “Facial Expressions,” and “The Body.”

Wednesday, February 5, 2020, from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Camp 2, covering “Movement,” “Animals,” “Perspective,” and “Machines.”

Friday, February 7, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Camp 3, covering “Inking,” “Coloring,” “Joke Writing,” and “Single Panel Cartoons.”

Friday, February 7, 2020, from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Camp 4, covering “Caricatures,” “Political Satire,” “Character Development,” and “Comic Strips Layout.”

For more information or to schedule a cartooning camp for your group or convention, contact Dan at 612-203-3405 or djnuckols@gmail.com.

Princeton University Summer Journalism Program – Princeton, NJ – Registration Deadline Is February 17

Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey

Friday, July 31 through Monday, August 10, 2020. Cost: This is a no-cost  program geared toward junior-year high school students from low-income households. All expenses, including transportation to and from Princeton, are covered by the program. Application deadline is February 17, 2020.

The Princeton University Summer Journalism Program welcomes 30-45 high school students to Princeton’s campus for an intensive, 10-day seminar on journalism. The program’s goal is to diversify college and professional newsrooms by encouraging outstanding students from low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism.

Classes at the program are taught by reporters and editors from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Politico, Sports Illustrated, and CNN, among other media outlets.  Students tour The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Daily Beast, and Bloomberg; cover a professional sports event; cover news events in the Princeton area; film and produce a TV segment; conduct an investigative report; author a group blog; and report, write, edit, and design their own newspaper.

After students return home, program staff remain in contact with them, assisting them during the application process and helping them to apply for journalism internships once they are in college.

For more information regarding the program and student eligibility, and to apply for the program, visit the website or email sjp@princeton.edu.


Timeless Classics Film Screening – Lynchburg – Ongoing

Academy Center of the Arts
Lynchburg, VA  

Wednesdays, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $8/person.

Take a step back in time and enjoy your favorite classic films from the 30s and beyond!

With iconic titles that span decades, the Timeless Classics Film Series has something for everyone. Grab some popcorn and retro candy, take a seat in the plush theatre chairs, and enjoy a classic film projected on the big screen in the Historic Academy Theatre every Wednesday at 1:30pm. Don’t forget to grab the 5¢ popcorn!

Upcoming films include Singing in the Rain, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, and The Wizard of Oz.

For more information, and a complete film schedule, visit the website. Questions may be directed to Tremayne Edwards at tedwards@academycenter.org.

Homeschool Family Rock Climbing Class – Midlothian – Registration Deadline Is January 29

Peak Experiences Indoor Rock Climbing Gym
Midlothian, Virginia

Fridays, February 14, 2020 through May 8, 2020, 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 January 29.

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.

Richmond Children’s Business Fair – Richmond – March 14

Dewey Gottwald Center – Science Museum of Virginia
Richmond, Virginia

Saturday, March 14, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: Admission to the fair is free and open to the public; fair visitors can purchase admission to visit the museum for the discounted rate of $8/person.

To participate in the fair, fill out the online application at the website (click on the green rectangle at the top of the page and the application form will open up). There is a $25 entry fee per business. Age categories include ages 5 to 7, 8 to 10, 11 to 12, 13 to 14, and 15 to 17.

Observe the opportunity for children to launch their very own startup business. Kidpreneurs ages five to seventeen years will be participating in this event in which they develop a brand, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy, and then open for customers at this one-day marketplace.

For more information, contact CJ Walker at (804) 442-6207 or richmondchildrensbusinessfair@gmail.com.

Intramural Questions Available for National History and Science Bees

Questions are now available for the first stages of the middle and elementary divisions of the National History Bee and the National Science Bee. Note that the intramural competitions are entirely optional. Students may skip this stage and move on directly to the Online Regional Qualifying Exams. Parents may register as many homeschoolers as they want for the ORQE exams, free of charge.

To register, parents should create an account and then fill out the sponsoring form (make sure to select “homeschool association representative” rather than “parent” if you want access to the intramural questions as parents don’t have access to them). You will then find the intramural questions in the fourth tab on top of your account entitled Intramurals, along with instructions on how to organize the competition (there are two options: a multiple choice exam or an Auditorium-Style Bee competition).

Online Regional Qualifying Exams will become available later this month, and students will then have until January 21, 2020, to complete them.

Find more details about the Varsity and Junior Varsity competitions–for students in 9th grade equivalent and higher, but also open to younger students who feel up for the challenge–on the website.

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