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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

High school Classic Lit Discussion Group

From Lynn Barton:

I am working on putting together a group of high schoolers to read and discuss some of the classics of literature next year. One of the best ways to engage high schoolers in learning is to get them talking with each other about what they are reading. I have been a Classical Conversations tutor for the last four years and I have seen the value of this in grounding students in the truth, growing in understanding of themselves and others, and the difference knowing the Lord makes in our broken world. Our CC class will not continue next year, but I would like my daughter to have another year of talking about great ideas. We will be meeting Wednesday mornings 9 to 11 AM, starting in September. If you have a high schooler (14 years old and up) and are interested in learning about the book list and what we will be doing please email me or call me at 535-8065. Thank you! Lynn Barton

Monday, July 14, 2014

Classical Conversations info meeting

from Sarah Ochs:

"Are you looking for help homeschooling your Jr. High student? Come to an info meeting and discover how Classical Conversations can strengthen, encourage, and assist you and your family in your homeschool journey. My name is Sarah Ochs and I have been part of a Classical Conversations community for six years and have seen my children grow in knowledge. Upcoming meeting are July 24th and 28th at 6:30 and July 22nd at 1:00 at my house 1876 Roberts Rd Medford, OR 97504. Please feel free to call me 541-892-7579."

Monday, July 7, 2014

Family Vision Conference 7/11 &12 [Medford]

Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr. will be speaking at the 2014 Family Vision Conference on July 11 and 12.

Have you registered?

Find out more at:

See the promo video: Hope to see you there!

1st Friday Night Festival "Frozen" [CP]

This Friday is the first Friday Night Festival of the season at Robert Pfaff Park! Calypso/caribbean sounds by The Chantwells at 6 pm. Then at dusk is the movie Frozen! Available for purchase: Hot Dogs, Chips, Popcorn, Cotton Candy, Sno Cones and more!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Science Camp! [Grants Pass]

SCIENCE CAMPS! Spaces still available

God is glorified when we make much of His creative works! Come join us for a week of exploring His wonders!

We have some openings for Science camp 1 (ages 5-13) and also a few openings for Science camp 2 (ages 10-15).

Grants Pass camps are 7/21-25 at Faith Presbyterian Church. Camp 1 is from 9-12 pm daily, and Camp 2 is from 1-4 pm daily.

You can check out more details and register at

"The camp was a wonderful experience for my daughter. Each day she came home raving about the experiments, and how much she learned. She especially enjoyed the fact that you set something on fire or blew something up each day, and loved making a pickle glow. There wasn't anything she would change! Thanks again for a wonderful experience!" Emily Iboa

Monday, June 30, 2014

Family Vision Conference

Today is the LAST day to receive raffle tickets with your registration! Register now to receive THREE tickets!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Classical conversations

From Sarah Ochs:

Hi, my name is Sarah Ochs and I will be holding an information meeting at me home (1876 Roberts Rd Medford, OR 97504) this Monday June 30 at 6:30 p.m. Come and join me and see how Classical Conversations can help you as you homeschool your Junior High Student.

Monday, June 23, 2014

My Top 5 Ways to save money at the Jackson Co fair!

My updated list for 2014!

Looking for ways to save money at the fair? Here's my TOP 5 LIST:
Regular parking fee: $4 at the fairgrounds
SAVE by parking for FREE at Crater High School and taking the shuttle over for $1/person (roundtrip). Of course, this is only a savings for groups of less than 4. Large family? Go ahead and park at the fairgrounds for $4/vehicle.
Parking at the fair is now FREE on FRIDAY (7/18) thanks to the Coquille Indian Tribe, and The Mill Casino

Regular price for ride tickets is somewhere around $1 each and you usually need between 3-5 tickets per ride, if I'm not mistaken. (We don't do a lot of rides, if any, when we go.)
SAVE by buying an all day unlimited rides wristband for the earlybird price of $25 (at the fair, it's $30), available at the fair office, Sherm's Thunderbird, or Food 4 Less. Looking to save more? Skip the rides all together! There's still plenty to see and do :)

#3~ FOOD
Fair food is a wide variety of overpriced fried "delicacies", but if you're like my family, there's that one treat you look forward to each year.
SAVE by eating a full meal at home! Keep your eyes open for the FREE water cups available to stay hydrated.  And when the time comes, only buy that "must have" treat...and share it! (Not recommended for ice cream cones, if that's your thing!)

By the way, if you want French fries, the basket of fries in the food court is a HUGE amount for 4 people to share and only a couple bucks. Just grab plenty of napkins!

Regular adult admission: $10 per day
*NEW THIS YEAR*Kids 12 & Under: FREE!!
Seniors (Ages 62-74): $6
Ages 75 & Over: Free
Sunday is FREE Admission for everyone!​
The good news is they are offering Pre-Fair tickets fir only $9, available at the Fair Office, Food 4 Less, and Thunderbird.
For my family of 4, with only one "child", that means $27-30 right at the gate (plus the $4 to park!). If you have a larger family or plan to spend all day, this will eat up your funds real fast!
Which leads me to...

My #1 way to save money at the fair-
be a part of the fun!
GET A FREE ADMISSION TICKET by entering an open class exhibit! Children under 17 have to enter a minimum of 1 junior open class exhibit to get their FREE admission ticket, adults must enter at least 3 to get theirs. But HURRY! You only have until 5pm this Friday, June 27th to get your ENTRY FORM turned in!

Feel free to share YOUR tips for saving money at the fair!

For more Jackson Country Fair information, visit:

Monday, June 9, 2014

Homeschool 101 Q &A

The HS Gathering, in conjunction with the TEACH homeschool group of Grants Pass, are hosting an Homeschool 101 Facebook party on Friday, June 27th at 7 pm. Bring your homeschooling questions and invite your friends!

For more info, email HSG at hsgathering"at" or find us on Facebook at

Sunday, June 8, 2014


From Kimberly Little:

Valley View Pathfinder Shoe Drive:

I would like to put out a challenge for all my friends, our Valley View Pathfinders are doing a used shoe drive and we are in need of 3000 pairs of shoes by the end of this month! If you would like to check with your local churches, businesses, and any other place you can think of, maybe they can all help us reach our goal. We will not be able to complete our goal without your help!! We would so greatly appreciate it. The shoes will help families in third world countries and it also will help our kids get to their International Camporee in Oshkosh, WI in August! Please help us!!!!! Please let me know if you are up for the challenge. Let me know what churches are willing to help, etc.

For more info, or to make a donation, please contact Kimberly at littlek"at"


Tuesday, June 3, 2014


JCHE USED CURRICULUM SALE! JCHE Used Curriculum Sale will be held on Saturday, June 21st from 9:00am to 2:00pm, with the 1/2 price sale from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. The location of the Curriculum Fair is at West Main Church of Christ, 1701 W. Main St., Medford. Come and buy, or sign up to sell! Books that are to be sold will need to be brought to the location between 2:00 and 7:00 on Friday, June 20th. We are going to be doing this the way we have done in some previous years where you will label all your books and have inventory sheets with them. All the books are to be labeled with REMOVABLE labels - Avery labels #5436, which are 1" x 3" that are to be cut in half. If you are interested in selling, you must also volunteer for a 2 hour shift. Call Debbie Ripley or Sally Boerman for more information and to sign up to sell and for a position to work at the Used Curriculum Sale. Debbie Ripley - 541-535-3992 or email or Sally Boerman - 530-842-6553 or email her at (Note that Sally lives in Northern California and her phone area code is similar to Portland’s!) ( Until June 9th, call or email Sally first, as Debbie is out of town.) The Used Curriculum Sale information packet is now available to download at, or call Debbie Ripley to get one from her. TABLES NEEDED! Do you have any size tables to donate for use that day? If so, they will need to be brought to West Main by noon on Friday, June 20th. Please label them clearly with your name and phone number. Just contact Sally if you can help!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Sat, May 31st- HSG Used Curr Sale


Tomorrow 11:30-3:30pm
3793 Rogue River Hwy in Gold Hill
(2 miles from Rogue River)

Look for the HSG sign marking the end of the driveway. Yellow house at the end of the lane, past the cows and horses ;)
Call or text me at (541)778-7215 with questions or for directions.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

SCIENCE CAMPS! Spaces still available


God is glorified when we make much of His creative works! Come join us for a week of exploring His wonders!

We have 5 more openings for Science camp 1 (ages 5-13) and 8 more openings for Science camp 2 (ages 10-15).

The Medford Camps are 6/16-20 at the Madrone Trail Charter School. Grants Pass camps are 7/21-25 at Faith Presbyterian Church. (Both locations will feature Camps 1 & 2. Camp 1 is from 9-12 pm daily, and Camp 2 is from 1-4 pm daily.)
You can check out more details at

"The camp was a wonderful experience for my daughter. Each day she came home raving about the experiments, and how much she learned. She especially enjoyed the fact that you set something on fire or blew something up each day, and loved making a pickle glow. There wasn't anything she would change! Thanks again for a wonderful experience!" Emily Iboa

Free showing of "Blue" 5/29

Free showing this THURSDAY

Friday, May 9, 2014

Summer Reading Boot Camp [GP]

From Ellery Garrison:

Want to advance those reading skills this Summer? Sign up today for Summer Reading Boot Camp with a certified Reading Specialist.

For more information visit:

Honoring Veterans with "Remembering Pearl Harbor"

I would like to invite you to a special event!  Home schooling friends of ours, Tim and Katie Thompson, along with their 5 boys, traveled to Hawaii in 2011 for the 70th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.  They interviewed veterans and created a documentary film highlighting their stories.  Next week, they will be hosting an evening honoring veterans, including a free screening of their 40 minute film. Veteran Ernie Gallo, will be sharing his memories of Pearl Harbor, as well.  The details of the event are as follows: What: "Remembering Pearl Harbor" - a free event honoring veterans When:  Thursday, May 15, 6:30pm Where:  Sonrise Fellowship - 434 Oak St. Central Point, OR For more information:  The Thompson Family  (541)846-6446

Monday, May 5, 2014

Rogue Valley Youth Chorus 5/9

The Rogue Valley Youth Choruses are having their annual spring concert this Friday, May 9 at 7pm in the North Medford High School auditorium. There are four choirs ranging in age from 3rd grade to high school. It is always an enjoyable performance. Plan on attending and maybe enrolling your kids in a choir for next year. My kids love it! The concert is called "May you always have a song" and costs $10 for adults and $5 for students with a cap of $25 per family.

Classical Conversations Practicum

Classical Conversations Practicum

Please join us for an Information Meeting on May 19th @ 6:30pm at Cornerstone Christian Church, 608 N Barlett, to learn more about Classical Christian education and how Classical Conversations can equip you to home school your children. This exciting program combines a Biblical worldview with classical tools for Pre-K to 6th (Foundations/Essentials) and 7th to 12th (Challenge). Please RSVP by phone or email to Stacey Christian at or 541-821-3914.

Classical Conversations is also offering a free 3-day conference for parents on classical, Christian home schooling. Join veteran home schooling parents for three days of encouragement and inspiration as we seek to understand the classical model and learn how to apply it in Christian homeschooling. Practicums have been called, “…a pep rally, a Bible study, and a college course.” We hope you’ll find the encouragement and enrichment that helps you get started homeschooling and keeps you going all the way through high school. This year we will be digging deeper into understanding the art of rhetoric which is misunderstood today, but is a powerful tool not just in school, but also in the “real world”. Rhetoric has founded nations, excited revolutions, and negotiated peace. It has ushered in great awakenings, and lulled babies to sleep. Join us this summer as we figure out what rhetoric really is and how our children can become masters of it and not slaves to it. While you learn, your children learn, too! Economically-priced day camps are available for students of all ages. Your students are sure to enjoy the group learning environment, whether they are being cared for in our nursery; playing and singing in our play camps; memorizing and drawing God’s world in our geo-drawing camps; or learning about language, writing, science, logic, debate or public speaking in our academic camps for older students. Advance registration for student camps is required. Please register online at

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Classical conversations info meeting

From Stephanie Gotzman:

Hello, I am a local director of Classical Conversation. I am having an info meeting tomorrow night at Rogue Valley Fellowship, 600 Whitman Place Medford, at 6:30. If you would like to learn about this amazing program and how it comes along side homeschooling please come. Call me if you have any questions 541-778-3500. Thank you. Stephanie

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The HSG Used Curriculum Sale& Swap

The HS Gathering Used Curriculum Sale & Swap

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.

3793 Rogue River Hwy, Gold Hill, OR 97525

To register, please contact Tika Weeks (541)778-7215 or 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