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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Summer Science with Steve Holst!

Wonders of Science Summer Camps

 We had such a great time last year with a camp for 6-13 year olds that we are adding a camp for older students, or for those who are ready for more challenging labs, yet still with tons of fun demonstrations.  

Science Camp 1 is much of the same material we covered last year - Polymers, Density, Atomic Structure and Chemistry, Air Pressure/Flight and Rockets.  

Science Camp 2 (ages 10-15)  will have topics such as Chemistry, Geology, Biology, Light/Electricity and Magnetism, and Physics.  Our last day will be spent assembling and then firing off C-engine rockets.  

Each camp is filled with exciting  demonstrations and hands-on science. 

The location will again be Madrone Trail Charter School on Ross Lane in Medford for the week of June 16 - 20th.   If there is enough interest in Grants Pass we would love to do a camp there sometime in July, but right now are not planning on it.  You can find more info at the website -www.livingwatershomeschoolcourses.com

Our goal with the camps is to light a fire in the hearts of children to delight in studying God's creation.  Let me know if you have any questions. 
Steve Holst
sa7holst@gmail.com

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Shoestring Productions [Medford] 5/2-3

Shoestring Productions Theatrical Troupe
Presents
“Murder Runs in the Family”
By Pat Cook, produced by special arrangement with Eldridge Publishing Co.
 
Come join the zany Pallfeathers in this hilarious murder mystery filled with comedic one-liners!
 
Friday, May 2nd at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 3rd at 2:00 p.m.
 
Cornerstone Christian Church, 608 N. Bartlett St., Medford, OR
(Between Central and Riverside off Maple or Jackson)
 
Tickets available at the door
General Admission:  $8.00
 Students and seniors:  $5.00 
4 years and under: free
 
For more information call Jeannie at 541-941-0167
 
Shoestring Productions Theatrical Troupe was founded in 1993 to provide a safe and secure environment for young people to experience all aspects of theater, enhancing social skills, public speaking, creativity and confidence

Monday, April 7, 2014

Tinseltown's Summer Movie Clubhouse [Medford]

Every summer, for as long as I have lived here, Tinseltown offers discount movies in the summer. The Summer Movie Clubhouse is usually 10 movies for $5 or $1 each if you don't buy the pass. Cinema has posted the line up for this summer, but not dates (though they usually begin early to mid June). I will post more when I have the details:

Epic
The Croods
Turbo
Smurfs 2
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Walking with Dinosaurs
The Lego Movie
Rio 2
Mr Peabody & Sherman
Alvin & the Chipmunks 2

Kids Bowl Free! [Medford]

Kids Bowl Free at Roxy Ann Lanes in Medford this summer! Check out their website for more details and to sign up:
http://roxyannlanes.com/kids-bowl-free/

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Ballroom Dancing [Rogue River] 4/11

BALLROOM DANCING GRAND OPENING FRIDAY NIGHT APRIL 11, 2014

At the Rogue River Community Center  (Annex Building)
132 Broadway St., Rogue River

By Dance Friends Tina Ferris and Rush Benke.
Dances include: Swing, Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha, Nightclub Two Step and more.

   Beginners lesson starts at 7:00
   Mixer and open dance starts at 8:00 ends at 10:00
   Admission FREE tonight only.

All are welcome.  Young or old,  married or single,  never danced before or an avid dancer,  there is room for everyone.

Fun, safe, alcohol free atmosphere- under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information please email us at RRCCBallroomDance@yahoo.com or contact Tina at 541 659-3739. Also check us out on Facebook at DanceFriendsinRogueRiver-FridayNightBallroom.

 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Volunteers Needed for Sometimes Miracles Hide

VOLUNTEER INFORMATION: Please call (541) 535-8479 or email rachelolstad@gmail.com for more information or to volunteer.

SOMETIMES MIRACLES HIDE
Saturday, May 17, 2014
10:30 am-2:15 pm
First Baptist Church
Medford, OR

Sometimes Miracles Hide is a luncheon and carnival for mothers and their children with special needs. While moms enjoy a delicious meal and an inspirational program, their children, who are paired with a buddy, are treated to a carnival filled with games and activities.

Over 200 volunteers are needs to be buddies, assist in the kitchen, work in the nursery, serve tables and lots more! Training is provided (10:30 a.m. the day of the event) and you will receive many blessings for serving.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The HS Gathering Used Curriculum Sale & Swap

UPDATED 4/16/14: PLEASE NOTE CHANGES TO LOCATION AND SELLER DETAILS

The HS Gathering Used Curriculum Sale &wap

Saturday, May 31st, 2014  at 11:30 am - 3:30 pm

The HS Gathering of Southern Oregon is pleased to announce our 1st "in person" Used Curriculum Sale & Swap. Some of you may be familiar with our online exchange on Facebook, but this will be your opportunity to buy, sell, swap, or barter with local homeschool families without having to arrange pick ups and deliveries :)

In an effort to serve both the Medford and Grants Pass area homeschoolers, we will be hosting our HSG Used Curriculum Sale in Rogue River. We hope that you will find this to be a convenient location midway between both the Rogue and Illinois valleys.
ADMISSION IS FREE*.

LOCATION:
3793 Rogue River Hwy, Gold Hill, OR 97525

SELLER DETAILS:

There is a $5 non-refundable registration fee. YOU MUST REGISTER BY 3 pm MAY 1ST TO RESERVE YOUR SELLING SPACE. 

To register, please contact Tika Weeks (541)778-7215 or hsgathering@gmail.com with: NAME, FIRST & LAST, PHONE NUMBER, and EMAIL ADDRESS

There are a limited number of tables available, so if you have a 6 ft table please let me know and also plan on bringing it to use. Please bring your own petty cash for transactions. Sellers should also consider bringing a helper our sharing table space with a friend to allow for your own shopping time. (More detailed info available upon registration and/or request.)

FOR THOSE OF YOU WITH ITEMS TO SELL, BUT ARE UNABLE TO COME:  please contact Tika Weeks for commissioned sales.

All questions should be directly to The HS Gathering administrator, Tika Weeks at (541)778-7215 or hsgathering@gmail.com.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Community Service Op [Grants Pass]

Hey all! There is a program starting that I was asked to share with you all. It is called Concerned Youth and it is a new organization aimed at helping kids from 12-18 become active & productive members of our society by doing community service type projects. It will be supervised by local youth pastors from different churches, but parents are always welcome to stay. The initial kick off is May 3rd, time to be determined, where the kids and adults will start at dutch bros on 6th street and 'march' down 6th and back up 7th streets where they will be doing good deeds along the way {such as picking up garbage, etc.}. Joe Chandler, who heads this up, would like to see this first march have TONS of kids participating. You can call him @ 541-295-1546 for additional info. I can personally vouch for Joe, as his daughter and I have been best friends since 6th grade and he is an active member/establisher of the homeless teen events throughout town. A website is being built at concernedyouth.org

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Christian Music Skate Night **the LAST one** [Medford] 4/3

Roller Odyssey is closing, so this will be the last Christian Music Skate!  Come join us!

‘Tis rollerskating time again! You can invite others; they just need to rsvp to me and GET A TICKET from me standing near the cashier’s booth at the rinkBEFORE they pay.

Christian Music Night at Roller Odyssey

First Thursday of the Month 
Thursday, April 3rd

6:30-8:30pm

Admission $4.00/skater CASH!!!  If there are enough skaters.  J

Includes Quad Skate Rental

Inline Rental additional $2.25

I need to get the reservation in by Wednesday, so please call/email me ASAP how many skaters you will have there for Thursday night.  Please arrive by 6:20.  You can pay individually (after you get a ticket from me standing by the cashier’s booth J), but we need to have enough people there at once to get the discount.  If you arrive too late, you may need to pay the $6/skater fee. 

Marti

541-879-1600

 

 

Elk Mountain Highland Games & May Day Festival 5/3

Elk Mountain Highland Games & May Day Festival on May 3rd
Location: 
Evans Valley Education & Community Center
8205 East Evans Creek Road
Rogue River, Oregon 97537

Celebrate a Celtic Spring at the first annual Elk Mountain Highland Games & May Day Festival on Saturday, May 3rd  2014 in rural Rogue River, Oregon.  This new event to Southern Oregon will include Scottish heavy athletics and edged weapons competitions, a May Pole and court, drumming, bag pipes, beard & braid contest, kid’s activities, a vendor village,  and more.

Performances:
Jefferson Pipe Band, Celtic Drums of Thunder, Eric Lovetree Trio, Open Celtic Jams, SCA Demos, Coyote Rising Puppet Theater, Juggling for the kids and more!

General Admission:
Adults $5   Youth $3 (under 10 free)
For more info, www.elkmountaingames.com

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

URGENT! Community Volunteers needed ASAP

Dear Southern Oregon Homeschool Families,

As many of you know, we will be hosting an NCFCA Southern Oregon Qualifying tournament this week in Medford. Speech and debate homeschool students from throughout our region will be competing March 27-29. We have an urgent need for more community judges. No experience needed, we will provide a quick training orientation and food and beverages as our way of saying THANK YOU. 

We have several timeslots to choose from and each round is a 2.5-3 hour commitment. Please contact me, Tika Weeks, immediately if you are available! 

Thank you and God bless,

Tika Weeks
Judge Coordinator
NCFCA Southern Oregon Qualifier 
(541)778-7215
tikaweeks@gmail.com

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Judges Needed!

Dear HSG Families,

My boys and many of their friends will be participating in this tournament and we need more judges ASAP! I know it's spring break for some of you, but if you could take a look at your schedule and see if you can come for 3 hours, we would be honored to have you! :)
Thank you in advance for your consideration,
Tika Weeks

The National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA) is holding a speech and debate tournament, hosting competitors from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. The event will be held March 27-29 at Cascade Christian High School in Medford, Oregon.

Community judges are a crucial component to the success of the tournament. A first-time judge at a recent tournament commented, "I am having a TON of FUN! The quality of presentation and debating is amazing. I'll be back!"

Please be assured, NO EXPERIENCE IS NEEDED. We will provide an orientation on the day you choose to judge. You should expect that judging one round, including an orientation and time to complete your ballot will take 2 ½ -3 hours. Food and beverages will be available for your hospitality.

To register as a judge, click here or go to www.ncfca.org and click "Judges" at the right of the red menu bar. Select the red "Region II" portion of the map, and then "Southern Oregon Qualifier" in Medford, Oregon. Enter your contact information and select the round(s) you wish to judge. It's very simple!

If you have questions about judging or the registration process, please contact me directly :) We look forward to seeing you at the tournament!

These are the timeslots we have available at this time:

·Thursday, March 27
 7:15 Debate Round 1
 9:15 Speech
 11:15 Debate Round 2
 1:15 Speech
 3:15 Debate Round 3
 5:15 Speech
 7:15 Debate Round 4

·Friday, March 28
 7:15 Speech
 9:15 Debate Round 5
 11:15 Speech
 1:15 Debate Round 6
 3:15 Speech
 5:45 Debate Octafinals

 ·Saturday, March 29
 7:15 Debate Quarterfinals
 9:15 Speech Semifinals
 1:45 Speech Finals

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Q & A with Colonel Dave Dotterrer:  An Invitation for Homeschoolers


Q & A with Colonel Dave Dotterrer:  An Invitation for Homeschoolers

When:  Thursday, March 20th, 6:30pm
Where:  Republican Headquarters, 311 E. Main St. (downtown Medford)
What:  An opportunity for parents and students to ask questions of
Col. Dave Dotterrer, and represent the homeschooling families of Southern Oregon

At the Pro-Life Rally in downtown Medford this past January, I met Colonel Dave Dotterrer, who will be running for State Senator in this 2014 election.  I was grateful that Col. Dotterrer was present on that very chilly day, supporting the sanctity of life. I wondered what his views were on homeschooling, and if this was a candidate I could vote for in the coming elections. With this in mind, Nicholas (my son) and I decided to host a meeting with Col. Dotterrer, so that the homeschooling families in our area would have an opportunity to get to know this candidate, and to voice their concerns and questions.

As a parent with an interest in the future of homeschooling in Oregon, I am thankful to have the opportunity to personally engage in conversation a public servant who may be representing my family and the interests of my community at the Capitol. It is also important to give our young people the opportunity to be involved in the political process of our nation, voice their concerns, and be representatives of their generation. We encourage students to attend the meeting and ask questions of Col. Dotterrer.

Please join us and invite other homeschooling families as well.  We hope to see you there!

Veronika Comerchero and Nicholas Comerchero

Monday, March 3, 2014

Community Judges Needed

Our local homeschool speech and debate club, Deo Volente, of the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA), is hosting the Southern Oregon Qualifier in Medford, Oregon from March 27th-29th.

Community judges are a crucial part of this event and we invite YOU to participate. No experience in debate or judging is needed. A brief training session will be provided.

For more information, please contact Tika Weeks at tikaweeks@gmail.com or call (541)778-7215.

Christian Music Skate Night

 ‘Tis rollerskating time again! You can invite others; they just need to rsvp to me and GET A TICKET from someone standing near the cashier’s booth at the rink BEFORE they pay.

Christian Music Night at Roller Odyssey

First Thursday of the Month 
Thursday, March 6th

6:30-8:30pm

Admission $4.00/skater CASH!!!  If there are enough skaters.  J

Includes Quad Skate Rental

Inline Rental additional $2.25

I need to get the reservation in by Wednesday, so please call/email me ASAP how many skaters you will have there for Thursday night.  Please arrive by 6:20.  You can pay individually (after you get a ticket from someone standing by the cashier’s booth J), but we need to have enough people there at once to get the discount.  If you arrive too late, you may need to pay the $6/skater fee. 

Marti

541-879-1600

Saturday, March 1, 2014

2 New Classes at Think Tank Kids

From Michelle Hennes at Think Tank Kids:

We are adding 2 new classes at Think Tank Kids:

- Boys Gymnastics Thursdays 3:30-4:30

    Boys build strength and flexibility in order to progress through Beginning to Advanced recreational gymnastics. All programs and skill charts are designed by Think Tank Kids and cover all the skills necessary to build a strong foundation.

Moms Tumbling Mondays 4:15-5:30

    No you're not too old and it's OK if you haven't done a cartwheel since grade school or have never even done a cartwheel! Any level welcome everyone works at their own pace. Come try the class for free!

 

Michelle Hennes
www.thinktankkidsonline.com

Thursday, February 27, 2014

[JCHE] Oceanography Classes & Outdoor School

IMPORTANT NEWS FROM JCHE:

JACKSON COUNTY HOME EDUCATORS
OCEANOGRAPHY CLASSES AND OUTDOOR SCHOOL

K-12 students and parents are invited to join in the Oceanography Adventure.  This experience is in two parts: two classroom teaching indoor days and three Outdoor Adventure Days.  Parents are required to attend both sections with their children.  Your K-4th grade children will need parent help and supervision during both sections.  Parents of 5-12th graders need to attend the classes and outdoor school and help monitor. 

 Section 1,classroom teaching days, will focus on ocean zones, aquatic life, classifying, tides, wave action, currents and the ocean floor.  Teaching activities will engage the kinesthetic, auditory and visual learner. Cost for the pre-teaching classes are: JCHE newsletter subscribers (members) $5.00 per family. Cost for non members is $10.00 per family. Each student will need to provide a three ring binder.  Families may be asked to donate some resources.  Class structure, groups and age divisions per class will be determined after registration is completed.  

Place: West Main Church of Christ, Medford

Date: Thursday, Friday, May 22, 23, 2014

Time: Thursday, 9:00-9:30 am check in ----2:30 pm 

           Friday, 9:30 am---2:30 pm

           Noon--12:45 pm lunch break, bring your own

           2:30 pm...clean up

Section 2, Outdoor School Adventure at the Northern California Coast   

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, May 29, 30, 31

These activities are paid for by each family as we arrive at each destination so no pre-payment is needed for the Outdoor School Adventure. 

Schedule:  Thursday, May 29 

               1.   10:45 am, Ocean World Aquarium,  Crescent City, CA

                  Price: (group of 20 or more) $4.00 K-5th $6.00 6th-adult  Cash payment

               ----   On your own lunch  Sack lunch it at Battery Point weather permitting

                2.  3:00 pm , Patrick's Point State Park, Trinidad, CA,  

                 Guided Natural History Geology Hike with a Ranger,   Price, Free!

                3. Free time 

               

                   

                 Friday, May 30 

               1.  7:45 am , Patrick's Point State Park, Trinidad, CA,(waived entry fee)

                   Guided tide pooling adventure with a BLM Interpretive Specialist, Price, free!

               ----On your own lunch  Sack lunch it at the Park weather permitting 

               2.  1:00 pm , Dunes Discovery,  Humboldt Coastal Nature Center,Manilla (Arcata), CA, 

                   Guided by volunteer of non-profit organization, Friends of the Dunes,

                    Price:  $4:00 per student , I think parents are free of charge,  Cash payment

                 *Dunes Discovery will end at the beach.*

                3.  Free time

                Saturday, May 31

                1.  7:45 am, Humboldt State University Marine Science Lab, Trinidad, CA

                 Guided fun with a graduate Marine Naturalist     Cash payments 

                  ----tide pooling adventure, price: Flat rate, $20.00 per group (max 20 people)

                  ----microscope lab of sea creatures, price: Flat rate, $20.00 per group (max 20)

                  ----class lesson about ecosystems, price: Flat rate, $20.00 per group (max 20)

                  ----Tour of HSU Marine Lab and touch tank, price: $2.00  per student, parent free!

             Groups that exceed 20 people will be divided into 2 groups.  

             This visit will possibly go through lunch.  Bring a sack lunch. 

                2.  Free time....explore Trinidad, light house, museum, beach....return to Medford

REGISTRATION:

Send a check written to JCHE to Laura Hreha, 2030 Melody Lane, Medford, Oregon, 97504.

Add a note indicating all names and grades of children and name of parent attending.  Indicate if you are a paid subscriber (member) of JCHE or not.  Your $5.00 or $10.00 registers you for both indoor classes on May 22, 23 and for the Northern CA Coastal Outdoor School Adventure. You can attend the indoor oceanography classes and choose not to go to the Outdoor Adventure on May 29, 30 and 31. But, attendance at the indoor classes on May 22, 23 is required for your family to attend theOutdoor Adventure.  Indicate in your note with payment if you are planning on both classes and outdoor school or just the indoor classroom teaching. 

DEADLINE:  April 1, 2014     *30 Students plus parents for May 22, 23, indoor classes *

*  40 people with parents included for the Northern California Coastal Outdoor School Adventure*

REGISTER SOON AS OUTDOOR SCHOOLS FILL UP QUICKLY

All lodging, food and travel expenses are arranged by the participating families. There is camping at Patrick's Point State Park for $35.00 per night.  There are several motels in Arcata,CA.  There are a few motels in McKinleyville which is mid point between our travels.  McKinleyville was recommended by the local biologist .  I will look into a group rate for motels.  Let me know if you are interested in this.  

  

Questions:  email laura_hreha@yahoo.com

websites:  www.humboldt.edu              www.oceanworldonline.com         

www.park.ca.gov  (info on Patrick's Point)

www.friendsofthedunes.org            www.blm.gov  (info on Trinidad)

Monday, February 24, 2014

Host housing needed

From Lorrie Walker:

Greetings!
An amazing group of over 100 homeschool students is coming to town for a speech and debate tournament March 26th-30th.  We are in need of volunteer families to help house some of them, since we will have competitors from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and California. Mostly, these people just need a place to sleep and shower, as they will be at registration the evening of the 26th, competition all day on the 27th, 28th, and 29th, and heading home either late that night or the morning of the 30th.  Feeding them is not required, but some hosts do like to provide grab-and-go breakfast foods (i.e., muffins, bagels, hard-boiled eggs, fruit, etc.).  This is a chance to bless fellow homeschoolers while being blessed by some wonderful people.  
Please consider helping in this way, OR, if you're unable, are there people you know well that would enjoy this (even retired friends or empty-nesters)?  
Please contact me ASAP so that I can prayerfully place these wonderful people.
Blessings, 

Lorrie Walker
541-479-5813

Friday, February 7, 2014

Ballroom Dance [Central Point/Medford]

From DeeAnn Todd:

Homeschool Friends,

Our ballroom dance class is in need of boy dancers from 8 to 18 years old. If you have a young man who would be interested in joining us please let me know immediately.  We meet at the Evergreen Ballroom in Central Point on Wednesdays, 2pm for 8 to 12 year olds, and 2:55pm for 13 to 18 year olds. We will begin on February 26th and culminate with a dance performance on May 10th.  It’s great fun and they learn lots.

This is a beginner class so no dance experience is necessary, and there are scholarships available.

Call DeeAnn at (626) 589-0844 or e-mail ballroom@toddmail.us for more information.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Rollerskating TOMORROW

 ‘Tis rollerskating time again! You can invite others; they just need to rsvp to me and GET A TICKET from someone standing near the cashier’s booth at the rink BEFORE they pay.

Christian Music Night at Roller Odyssey

First Thursday of the Month 
Thursday, Feb 6th

6:30-8:30pm

Admission $4.00/skater CASH!!!  If there are enough skaters.  J

Includes Quad Skate Rental

Inline Rental additional $2.25

I need to get the reservation in by Wednesday, so please call/email me ASAP how many skaters you will have there for Thursday night.  Please arrive by 6:20.  You can pay individually (after you get a ticket from someone standing by the cashier’s booth J), but we need to have enough people there at once to get the discount.  If you arrive too late, you may need to pay the $6/skater fee. 

Marti

541-879-1600