Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2014 Greenville Country Christmas Art Contest

Sponsored by:
Renewed Life Outreach Center
1376 SW Grand Street
Greenville, FL 32344

“Country Christmas” Postcard

1st Place Winners - Blue Ribbon & Twenty-Five Dollars
2nd Place Winners - Red Ribbon & Fifteen Dollars
3rd Place Winners - White Ribbon & Ten Dollars

** Winner’s names and photos will be placed in the Madison County Carrier and Monticello News.**

· To participate, you must be: (1) a student in a Madison County School (public, private, or homeschool) and (2) be in grade Pre-K through 12th.

· Participants must create individual projects; no group entries.
· Student must put their (1) name, (2) teacher’s name, (3) school grade & (4) phone number on the backside of the artwork.
· Paper size must be 4 inches wide by 6 inches long.
· Acceptable Art Materials: paint, crayons, markers, colored pencils, pencils, pens, chalk, glitter
· Images can be vertical or horizontal.
· No computer generated images, stickers or photographs allowed.
· Entries will be judged on art quality, theme, creativity, and originality.
· Limit one entry per student.
· No matting or mounting allowed.
· Four Groups Judged: Pre-kindergarten through Kindergarten, 1st through 3rd Grade, 4th through 8th Grade, and 9th through 12th Grade
· There will be a total of 12 winners: 4 - 1st place, 4 - 2nd place & 4 - 3rd place
· Winners will be announced from the gazebo in Haffye Hayes Park, Hwy. 90, Greenville, FL 32331 on 12/13/14 between 11:30 am and 1 pm.
· All entries will be on display in the American Legion’s Building, 133 Broad Street, Greenville, FL 32331 on 12/13/14 between 9 am and 4 pm.
· All entries, ribbons and prizes must be picked up at the American Legion’s Building between 4 and 5pm on 12/13/14. Also, photos for the newspaper will be taken within that hour.
· Any entries left behind will be thrown away.

To Enter Your Artwork In The Contest, Just Follow These Two Easy Steps:
1. Follow the above guidelines.
2. Submit your artwork one of three ways: (1) mail it to Jerri Peterson, 87 Meadow Drive, Monticello, FL 32344, (2) take it to your school's principal's office, (3) take it to the Madison County Library, 378 College Loop, Madison, FL 32340

**Note - The entries must be received on or before December 7, 2014.**
For more information, go to or call Jerri Peterson at (850)294-2041.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Free Literary Locals Program

Hello Homeschoolers!

The cold breeze has set in and the Knott House could not be more excited for this Fall season! I have contacted you this summer about the literary program called “Literary Locals and Their Homes” on November 15th that will appeal to the creative processes and interests of Luella Knott at the Knott House and Laura Jepson at Lichgate on High. I do hope that your families and friends will be able to attend our program. It’s a light and fun way to work as a team while engaging your literary and creative capabilities. I have attached a flyer with the date and times, as well as the activities that will take place. Please feel free to share the flyer with anyone you feel might be interested in participating in a Poetry and Playwriting exercise. The program is free and open to the public. 

Please feel free to communicate any questions or concerns to me via this email address or at the Knott House at 850.922.2459

Best regards,
Ana Perez

Anairis Perez
Museum Educator 
Knott House Museum | Museum of Florida History 

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Family Concert

Free Concert

Dear Homeschool Groups,

Opening Nights Performing Arts is Florida State University’s performing arts series that engages the university, local, and global communities in creative experiences and spotlights Florida State’s commitment to the arts. Education experiences have always been at the center of Opening Nights’ mission, with master classes, performances, and workshops for students of all ages.

We would like to invite homeschool families to attend a FREE performance by The Hot Sardines on November 19 at 10:30 am at Opperman Music Hall. The Sardines perform music from the 1920's written in both english and french – their public performance (which will be that night) sold out in a matter of days and we are thrilled to have a daytime performance for students. The concert will last about an hour and is recommended for GRADES 9-12. 

To attend the performance please register your homeschool group online. CLICK HERE to register and to learn more about the performance.

All the best,


Ashley Kerns
Opening Nights Performing Arts
Florida State University

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tallahassee Museum Homeschool Program


I'm writing on behalf of the Tallahassee Museum to provide information about our homeschool class.  Our classes are $7 per student and run for 1 hour.  They usually involve a live animal encounter and a hands on activity.  We do require registration ahead of time because often times we would be signing people in when it's time for the program to start.  I hope this information is useful to you, and could possibly be put on your forum!


This is a link to more information:


Our themes for the rest of the year are:

October 21st: Night Creatures

November 4th: Drop in the Bucket

November 18th: Mammals

December 4th: Fall Farm Day

December 16th: Red Wolves

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me!


Laura Augustine

School and Community Programs Coordinator Tallahassee Museum

3945 Museum Drive

Tallahassee, FL 32310

(850) 575-8684 ext. 115

Monday, October 13, 2014

Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra

From the website:


Open Rehearsal

Music lovers are invited to observe the dress rehearsal for a performance of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall and watch our conductor DARKO BUTORAC interact with the orchestra. When available, conductors and artists may speak with to attendees during the break or following the rehearsal.
We invite you to join us 30 minutes prior to the start of the rehearsal for refreshments in the lobby of Ruby Diamond Concert Hall.
2014-2015 Season Open Rehearsal Dates and Times
  • Saturday, October 18, 2014, 12:00noon-2:30pm
  • Saturday, January 10, 2015, 10:00am-12:30pm
  • Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10:00am-12:30pm
  • Friday, May 2, 2014, 12:00pm-2:30pm

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Science Saturday Festival

Presented by ReThink Energy Florida

Saturday, October 11 at Lake Ella | 10:00am-2:00pm


ReThink Energy Florida will hold their Second Annual Science Saturday Festival on Saturday, October 11th from 10:00am-2:00pm at Lake Ella.

There will be science activities all around the lake. Make sure to stop by the Challenger Learning Center booth for a CHILLING demonstration! The festival will be as entertaining, educational, hands-on, and kid-friendly as possible. Join us for this fun, educational, and free event!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Florida Geological Survey FREE Event

From the website:

Educational Outreach

Jim Ladner explaining the Coastal Program at Earth Science Day The Florida Geological Survey maintains an active Education and Outreach Program in keeping with its mission to collect, interpret, and provide objective quality geologic information about Florida. Florida’s geology is unique; topics that may be explored from this portal provide an exciting introduction to our fascinating and fragile natural heritage. Videos available to teachers make the sometimes unusual and often wonderful world of Florida geology easily accessible to students. In addition, the FGS hosts an annual Open House in celebration of Earth Science Week that features tours of our facility and interactive earth science activities for students from ages K-12. Home schooling parents and their children are our special guests at this event. The FGS also sends geologists to speak to local schools on a staff available basis. See Resources for Teachers.

Educational Outreach Events:

Earth Science Day logo
  • Earth Science Week, October 12-18, 2014
    A national event sponsored by the American Geosciences Institute. This year’s theme is Earth’s Connected Systems. The program promotes awareness of the dynamic interactions of the planet’s natural and human systems. Our particular work is more focused on the geosphere and the hydrosphere. The event “encourages people everywhere to explore the natural world and learn about the geosciences and explore the ways that geoscience illuminates natural change processes”.
    In celebration of Earth Science Week, the Florida Geological Survey (FGS) will host an Open House on Friday, October 17th from 9:00 a.m. until noon at the Gunter Building, 903 W Tennessee St. We will also offer a geologist-guided field trip to Leon Sinks Geological Area in the Apalachicola National Forest from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. These events coincides with Geologic Map Day. Open House at the Gunter Building will feature a drill rig and several core samples the rig is used to extract. Geologists will explain both the workings of the rig and answer questions about the cores. There will also be a station set up to display fossils from Florida. Microscopes and rock and sediment samples will be available with geologists to assist and interpret so that students can take a detailed look at rocks from the subsurface of Florida. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Environmental Education and Sustainable Initiatives will provide an activity related to water quality and its importance to the Earth’s major systems. For our youngest guests we will have coloring sheets highlighting prehistoric life in Florida and shells and Play-Doh™ for experimentation in one way fossils are formed. Several of our staff will be available to highlight work they are accomplishing in the geosciences.
    The field trip to Leon Sinks on Friday, October 17th, from 1:00 p.m. until 4 p.m. will include the option of a 3 mile loop and an approximately 4.5 mile trek, both including sink and swallet features at the site. The longer trip will include some of the floodplain and cypress swamps that are not visible on the shorter loop. Advance reservations will be required as each group is limited to 20 participants.; Entry fees have been waived by the U.S. Forest Service if you are part of the FGS guided hike.
    Scout night will be held at 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening, October 16th. This event assists local Cub Scouts in obtaining their geology badge.  Depending upon level of interest, a second session may be added on Wednesday evening, October 15th. Spaces are limited to 40 participants for each of these events and advance reservations are required.
    Inquires about the Open House and Earth Science Week events, or scheduling reservations for either the Leon Sinks field trip or Cub Scout Night should be directed to Christopher P. Williams,, (850) 617-0317 or Frank Rupert,, (850) 617-0334.
    The address for the Florida Geological Survey (FGS) is 903 West Tennessee Street, on the FSU campus in Tallahassee. We are at the SW corner of Tennessee and Woodward. Parking can be a bit of a challenge. We recommend either street parking (usually meters) north of Tennessee Street, near us, or the parking lot behind the St. Thomas More Co-Cathedral which is at the NE corner of Tennessee and Woodward. This lot is best reached from Dewey Street and turning west onto Virginia Street and proceeding all the way to the end of the road. Parking at this lot is $3 and it takes $0.25 coins, and $1 or $5 bills.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Soccer Starts Tomorrow

Dear families,

Homeschool soccer starts tomorrow- Thursday, October 2.
All homeschooled children are welcome to come play.
Soccer will be every Thursday at Morningside Baptist Church soccer fields on

There is no commitment, come as you please.

5-8 year olds is at 9:15-10:15

9-12 year olds is at 10:30-11:30

13-18 year olds is at 11:45-12:45

Class fee
$5.00 each class for the first child in you family
$3.00 each class for the second child in your family
$2.00 each class for any additional child in your family

Children will need
- sneakers or cleats
- soccer ball for each child
- shin guards are mandatory for insurance purpose
- Water/drink

There is not a sign up, you come as you want.
If you have any questions please email us.

Thank you,
George and Stephanie

Free Planetarium Show

October Skies Over Tallahassee

Saturday, October 4 @ 10:00am


Come downtown to the Challenger Learning Center Digital Dome Theatre and Planetarium and enjoy a free planetarium show on October 4 at 10 a.m. "October Skies Over Tallahassee" is created and presented by the Tallahassee Astronomical Society and coordinated with the monthly Tallahassee Democrat "Sky Guy" column. The October sky over Tallahassee will be reviewed including prominent constellations, stars and planet positions.