Every Girl’s Right — January 14

The YES! Student Writing Competition is an opportunity for middle school through university students to write for a real audience and the chance to be published by an award-winning magazine.

Registration for this competition is due by January 14, 2016.  Participants may submit up to three essays per class period by February 18, 2016.

For more information, visit http://www.yesmagazine.org/for-teachers/writing-competition-essays/winter-2016-student-writing-competition-every-girls-right.

Winter 2016 Student Writing Competition: Every Girl’s Right

Want a motivator to take your students’ writing to a higher level? Here’s an opportunity for them to write for a real audience, and the chance to get published by an award-winning magazine.
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Auditions for Living History — January 5

Riley’s Farm is looking for dynamic actors and educators to join a talented cast of Living Historians for the Winter-Spring field trip season.

Auditions are on Tuesday, January 5 at 9 AM and are located at Hawk’s Head Publick House, 12261 Oak Glen Rd, Yucaipa, California 92399.

The winter/spring season tours take place on weekdays, but they also have a few opportunities on Saturdays for Living Historians who teach archery, tomahawk throwing, and candle dipping.  In the autumn, they staff Living Historians Monday through Saturday.

For more information, contact maricela_pech@yahoo.com.


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Young Patriots — January 5

The National Center for Policy Analysis and Debate Central are happy to announce the 2015-2016 Young Patriots Essay Contest. Entrants have the opportunity to showcase their writing skills and compete for $9,000 in scholarship money.

All essays must be submitted by Tuesday, January 5 2016 at 11:00pm CT. No late submissions will be accepted.

For more information, visit http://debate-central.ncpa.org/young_patriots_essay_contest_scholarship_1516/#sthash.YMicltWU.dpuf

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Maker Faire (San Diego) — October 3 & 4

As part of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration a two-day Maker Faire will be held on October 3rd and 4th.

For more information, visit http://sdmmf.org/san-diego-maker-faire-2015.

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Used Curriculum Sale (Riverside) — August 31

A used curriculum sale hosted by Dehesa is on Monday, August 31st from 10am-noon.  This FREE event is located at California Avenue Christian Fellowship, 8223 California Avenue, Riverside, CA 92504.

For those interested in selling, contact Kathy Jansen at 951-233-6884 or kjansen@mydehesa.org.  The seller’s fee is $5 which includes a table for each seller.

To view flyer, visit https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?


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School Success Workshops — August 28-29

Valle Vista Library is hosting Back-to-School Success workshops on Friday, August 28th at 3:00 and also on Saturday, August, 29th at noon.

These FREE workshops are for students of all ages.

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LEGO Fan Festival (Pasadena) — August 21-23

Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Festival will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 East Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91101.  This event is on August 21-23, 2015.

View Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Festival Trailer here: https://hemetsonshine.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=13487&action=edit.

For more information, visit http://brickfestlive.com.

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Beyond the Mask (Rancho Mirage) — August 10

Beyond the Mask, an action/adventure feature film made by homeschool graduates, will be appearing at the Rancho Mirage Stadium 16 on August 10th, 2015 at 7:30 pm.  Regal Cinemas Rancho Mirage Stadium 16 & IMAX is located in the Monterey Marketplace at 72-777 Dinah Shore Dr, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270.

The following is from http://www.beyondthemaskmovie.com/tickets:

Beyond the Mask, an action/adventure feature film made by homeschool graduates, will be released April 6. View a behind-the-scenes trailer, designed to encourage homeschoolers. In this trailer Aaron and Chad Burns of Burns Family Studios explain how homeschooling prepared them to produce and direct a historical action adventure.

Encouraging commentary is given by three national leaders (and homeschool advocates): Michael Farris, Jeff Meyers, and Stephen Kendrick. Beyond the Mask, a swashbuckling serving of US history as a former British mercenary overcomes his past, wins his beloved Charlotte and, with the vast ingenuity of one Ben Franklin, defuses a plot of, well, historical proportions. A film trailer is available here.

“It’s unlike just about any movie I’ve ever seen,” said Christian filmmaking legend Stephen Kendrick, who contributed to Paul McCusker’s Beyond the Mask script. Kendrick’ films—like Courageous and Fireproof—made with his brother, Alex, ushered in the new Christian film era, and the praise hardly stopped at the script. “This movie has more green screen shots and CG effects than any other live action Christian film in history,” he exuded.

The film is being distributed through a company called Gathr, and a distribution plan called Theatrical on Demand. With this platform, anyone can make a request for the film to come to a theater near them. It costs nothing but about five minutes of their time: go to the film’s website, click on: “Bring it to Your Community,” choose a theater, date and time, and fill out a form. After a week or two, the theater is confirmed and they receive a link to post on social media and send out in e-mails to advertise their showing; their contacts buy their tickets to their showing online directly through this link. http://www.beyondthemaskmovie.com. Once the theater receives the minimum number of ticket sales (average 65 tickets), the show will proceed. If the minimum number of tickets are not sold, your money is refunded.

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Revival Christian Academy 2015-16 (Menifee) — July 31

Revival Christian Academy (RCA) is a homeschool co-op.  Online registration for fall classes closes on July 31.  All classes are held at 29220 Scott Road, Menifee, CA 92584.

RCA offers homeschool classes two days a week to students in grades K-12.  They offer a wide array of both core and elective classes.

Wednesday classes are geared mostly toward secondary grades with one English class for 5th-7th graders.

Monday classes include a variety of options for young students including a PE class and Drama.

For more information, visit http://www.revivalchristianacademy.com/admissions/rca-classes or https://www.facebook.com/revivalchristianacademy.

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Revival Christian Academy  is a ministry of Revival Christian Fellowship.  It is a full-service Private Satellite Program.  Due to RCA’s PSP status, families may continue to opt out of “mandatory” vaccines normally required by school due to the passing of SB-277.

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ISO Hosts for Exchange Students — July 16-August 4

In search of volunteer host families for Exchange Students who will be staying in the San Jacinto valley.  The students will arrive on Thursday, July 16th and depart on Tuesday, August 4th. Students attend classes and activities from Monday through Friday.  They are at home with their host families weekday evenings and weekends.  This is your chance to create a fun family experience with a teen from another country.   This is a great opportunity to make a new friend/pen pal and get rewarded with cherished family memories. Students are fully insured and have all their own spending money.    They are in need of loving homes, meals, transportation to Hemet mall each weekday, and a bedroom to sleep in.  They can share a room with your child as long as they no more than 3 years age difference.   An air mattresses will be made available for you if you would like to borrow one.  If you are interested in this family adventure, please contact Darlene Firth (951) 487-5787.     She has been introducing Exchange Students to host families in our valley for five years and would absolutely LOVE to answer your questions about hosting. Currently looking for host families for:

  • A 16-year old girl from France
  • A 16-year old boy from Spain
  • A 16-year old boy from Austria
  • A 16-year old boy from France
  • A 17-year old boy from Italy who has allergies to cats and dogs

There will be a host family orientation meeting on Wednesday, July 7th at 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Mega Bytes Pizza located at 1153 South State State (at Stetson Avenue).  Whether interested to host now or in the future, you are welcome to attend.

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July 10, 2015 UPDATE – The above-mentioned students have been placed, but an additional six 13-year-old Chinese boys were added at the last minute.   Families willing to host on such a short notice will receive $100.   If you are interested in this family adventure, please contact Darlene Firth (951) 487-5787.

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