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Everest Academy is a ministry of Everest Family Church in Hayden. We offer freedom along with quality resources, information, activities and support to those homeschooling in Alabama. We believe that the parent has the best interests of their children at heart. We believe that the parent is the first and only teacher that a child needs. In keeping with this philosophy, we wish to be a very hands-off cover school and allow the parent to lead and guide their children in the direction and at the pace they feel is best suited to their children. We ask only for what the law requires while offering support along with quality resources to aid families in their efforts.

Nov. 8, Auburn: How Does An Economy Grow High School Seminar


How Does an Economy Grow? A seminar for high school or college students hosted at the Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama. Attendance is open to homeschooled, public, or private high-school students and their chaperones or teachers, and college students. Through the generosity of an anonymous sponsor, there is no fee for on-site attendance, but pre-registration is required using the form at the end of this page. There is no fee for live broadcast viewing. (The live broadcast link will be posted here the week of the event, with instructions on submitting questions for the faculty.)

Tentative Schedule On-site and Live Broadcast

All times Central Time Zone.
9:30 a.m. Registration and refreshments (on-site attendees)
9:50 a.m. Welcome
10:00 a.m. Daniel Sanchez "Nothing Fishy About Growth"
10:20 a.m. Peter Klein "How Entrepreneurs Make an Economy Grow"
10:40 a.m. Mark Thornton "The Ingredients of Economic Growth"
11:00 a.m. All-faculty panel with Q&A
11:30 a.m. Adjourn

Suggested Readings:

The Mises Bookstore will be open throughout the day, with student discounts.

Driving directions to the Mises Institute. Free parking.

To register for the November 8 seminar please use the form on the website. Or contact Kristy Holmes at 334-321-2101 or email her.

2nd & 4th Fridays, Bham: W.I.S.E - Waldorf Inspired Southern Educators

W.I.S.E.~Waldorf Inspired Southern Educators~ Birmingham Area

The purpose of this group is to provide supportive and nurturing relationships for the parents and children of families working with the educational methods of Rudolf Steiner, and encourage the growth of the Waldorf movement in our area. This lifestyle goes against the grain of many areas of mainstream culture, sometimes leaving families feeling "on the fringe", or without a sense of community. We want to build that community :-)

We will meet the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month and possibly for seasonal/festival activities as well.

Please contact Rachel Fee-Prince at atinyseed@gmail.com to find out if W.I.S.E is a good fit for your family!

Sept. 30 Deadline, Tennessee Valley Students: Writing Contest for Young Historians

Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table 2013 Writing Contest
for Young Historians

The Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table is holding a writing contest for young historians. The TVCWRT is based in Huntsville, Alabama, but entry is open to kids in the Tennessee Valley which encompasses most of North Alabama and Southern Tennessee. 

There are three age categories from first to twelfth grade. If you know a budding historian who is interested in American Civil War history, please pass this on to them. 

This contest is being held as part of the TVCWRT's Sesquicentennial celebration and a prelude to our November Civil War Symposium. 

Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table 2013 Writing Contest

Sept. 11, 25, & Oct. 9 or Sept 18, Oct 2, and Oct 16, Cullman: Nature Notebooks

Heritage Homeschool Series

Nature Notebooks

This 3 part series will be directed to homeschool families to learn the techniques of Nature Notebooks. Each child will receive their own notebook and learn the basics of observing nature and journaling about what they see. The first class will be an introduction with time spent journaling about natural objects. They second program will be a hike around the Agriplex Heritage Center, and the third program will be a field trip to a natural area. Homeschool Mom/ Teacher Holly Quick will lead this program and share her experience with Nature Notebooks in her family. We will focus on John James Audubon the first week in conjunction with the free Audubon exhibit at the Evelyn Burrow Museum at Wallace State College in September. 

Dates Full:  Wednesday, September 11, 9:00-11:00 Intro to Nature Notebooks
Wednesday, September 25, 9:00-11:00 Nature Hike
Wednesday, October 9, 9:00-11:00 Field Trip

Dates Open:  Due to high demand, a second set of dates have been added for a second series:  Sept 18, Oct 2, and Oct 16

Limited space. Call to register 256-297-1044 or e-mail cullmanag@gmail.com. $10 per child, Maximum of $20 family.

First two programs meets at Agriplex Heritage Center at 1714 Talley Ho Street, SW, Cullman, AL.

Sept. 20, Millbrook: Learn From the Trees Homeschool Day

Alabama Nature Center
3050 Lanark Road
Millbrook, AL 36054

Learn more during Homeschool Day | September 20
Trees supply thousands of products for our daily lives.
We eat fruits and nuts from trees, use decorative woods for jewelry and art projects, and make practical items like books and fences from wood. Wood is used as a fuel for cooking and heating in stoves, fireplaces and barbecue grills. Houses, paper and boxes are made from trees, and the fibers and chemicals from wood are used to make products such as rayon fabric and rubber balls.

How can so many different products come from trees?

Discover more about the origin and creation of forest products we can’t live without during this special program tailored for homeschool students.

Programming begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 1:30 p.m. Program cost is $10 per student.

Your students are sure to enjoy this walk through the woods. Sign your child up today.

Hurry! Space is limited. 

Contact Holly Beverly at 334-285-4550 or

Deadline Sept. 14, Huntsville: Jr. First LEGO League Sciquest

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 Sci-Quest launched a Jr. FIRST LEGO League (Jr. FLL) robotics teams for children ages 6-8. 

In this program, students will research a problem, design a solution and present their findings at local competitions. To sign up for a team, visit our website today (registration will close on Sept. 14):

Program details:

Jr. First LEGO League (Jr. FLL) Program
Registration for teams is now open and will close on September 14, 2013

Click here to view the Team Application Form

Sci-Quest is excited to be hosting Jr. FIRST LEGO League (Jr. FLL) robotics teams for children ages 6-8. In this program, students will research a problem, design a solution and present their findings at local competitions. Paired with a Sci-Quest staff member, teams of 4-6 children will work for 1.5 hours per week with Lego elements and perform research about science topics including natural disasters and simple machines.

Although the children do not “program a robot” as the older divisions of FIRST LEGO League do, the Jr. FLL program provides children with a solid understanding of many concepts and skills that will help them as they graduate into the older divisions, including teamwork and programming skills.

Aug. 31 - Sept. 1, Mentone: Tigers for Tomorrow Special Tours

Special Tours given this weekend!
Environmental Education tours discounted as part of fundraiser for Labor Day Weekend!
This weekend, August 30, 31 and September 1st,Tigers for Tomorrow will provide visitors with a great educational experience for the cost of general admission. The preserve will host tours at 10 am and 1 pm on Friday and Saturday and Sunday. Adults $12/Children $6.  These tours are normally $25.00 a person. Sorry we are closed Monday.

During the tours visitors will learn why the preserve exists, as well as why the animals live at the preserve. Visitors will also learn about the four basic instincts that big cats and all animals have, even the human ones. Photos will be allowed on the tours with the supervision of a tour guide. No reservation is necessary, visitors are also welcome to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the use of the pavilion. Special Tours given this weekend for a final push to raise funds to get water to the Preserve.!

Tigers For Tomorrow will be holding these special tours as part of an effort to raise funds to be able to bring city water up to the new hoof stock rescue area and to the main preserve. Up to this time we have been running the entire preserve off one well. The preserve has got to big to continue to rely on the well and city water has become necessary to ensure the well being of all the animals. The preserve needs to raise an additional $3500.00 to start the project.

Sept 14, Bham International Street Fair

Birmingham International Street Fair

Sept. 14, 10 a.m. | The Second Annual Birmingham International Street Fair celebrates the many cultures present in Birmingham through music, food, art and dance. The Street Fair will take place September 14 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at 8th Ave N and Linn Park along side the City of Birmingham's 50 Years Forward festivities. Linn Park | Free admission; $5 suggested donation at the door | 205-323-5680 | birminghammulticultural.org/internationalstreetfair/

Sept. 26, Bham: Shelby Baptist Medical Center Explorer Post

(For High Schoolers)

Welcome to our Explorer Kick-off for the 2013-2014 school year. Shelby Baptist Medical Center is pleased to offer the Learning for Life Exploring experience and to offer the opportunity to share with high school students and parents an introduction to Healthcare as rewarding careers. We hope that you and your parents will enjoy what we have planned throughout the upcoming school year. Tentatively, our visits to the various hospital departments will include:  Imaging Department, Operating Room, Labor and Delivery, Pharmacy Physical Therapy, Laboratory, Respiratory Therapy, Cath Lab, Facility Management, Nursing Departments, Emergency Services, Hospital Administration

Throughout the year, we will tour these and other departments, such as Materials Management and Facilities Management and have an opportunity to speak with Hospital Administrators. Each toured area will have representative employees and/or physicians that will share with you their experiences in their chosen career field, giving you an opportunity to identify a healthcare career that is the right fit for you.

Look for additional information that will delivered to the email address you provide on the registration form. We will meet again SEPTEMBER 26th to start the new Exploring calendar year. 

I know you will find this program beneficial as you plan your future.  Our goal for the FirstNighter is to provide more information about our program and discuss the career opportunities in Healthcare.

Pizza and drink will be served.

Contact me for any questions at:

Sept. 3, Bham: Aviation Explorer Post

9/11 Teaching Resources

The lesson plans are free and offer ways to engage your kids in doing good deeds in observance of this year's September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.

You can access all of our free materials, including lesson plans, teacher's guides, parent's guides, and new videos, at Scholastic.com/911day, and at 911day.org, where other links and resources from their partners are available as well. 

There are six different, age appropriate lesson plans that include organizing a book drive, or food drive for 9/11, helping children learn more about the role first responders play in their communities, and other ideas.

Huntsville: Civil Air Patrol

HUNTSVILLE Homeschoolers... if your son or daughter is interested in Civil Air Patrol, consider attending a few meeting nights to check it out. Ages 12 and up are invited and encouraged to attend for several weeks before making the decision to join. It's a really great squadron with quite a few homeschool families. 

Here is the link to the Huntsville Squadron webpage... Meetings are Monday nights from 6-8pm at Huntsville Central Church of Christ, 407 Clinton Ave E, Huntsville, AL. You can just show up to any meeting.

Sept. 22, Mobile: The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia

Alabama Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (Mobile Group)
Sunday September 22, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM CDT
Add to Calendar

The Crescent Theater
208 Dauphin St.
Mobile, AL 36602
Driving Directions
The  ALIDA is hosting a fundraiser/showing of the movie:  

The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia 

Directed by: John Redford

Register and purchase tickets below.

Contacts for event:

Julie Rentz (251) 287-1822 or Hunter Oswalt (251) 625-4020

Sponsorships also available:

Includes 2 tickets and advertising in promotional material.

Call for more information. 
Register Now!
I can't make it

Sept. 7, Cusseta: Stream Water Quality

Date: Saturday, September 7
Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 
Location: Rankin Farm, 3356 County Rd 83, Cusseta, AL 
Deadline: Friday, August 31
RSVP to: Linda Rankin at 334-745-2357 (best times to call are 10-11am & 1-3pm)
Cost: FREE - bring a lunch

Alabama Water Watch <http://www.alabamawaterwatch.org//> and Lee County 4-H <http://www.aces.edu/4-H-youth/AL4-H/> are offering a training and certification for students to attend a one day program regarding techniques used to monitor water quality in nearby streams. The purpose is to assess stream health using "aquatic bugs" (macroinvertebrates) as water pollution indicators. Training combines the use of field collections and an environmental game that simulates a stream bio-assessment. After receiving this training, students would be authorized to test streams for pollution and sign up for a local stream to test monthly, but there is no obligation to do anything beyond Sept 7. The program is open to all ages, but students in eighth grade and younger will need an adult to attend with them. Attendees who are not currently 4-H members will need to complete a registration form <http://www.aces.edu/fourh/docs/volunteers/Youth_Consent_Form.pdf> in order to attend.

Be prepared to get wet - wear water shoes, long pants, bug spray.

Alabama Ballet Performances

It’s time to get your Alabama Ballet tickets for the year. Below is a schedule and price list for the available shows.  Please contact Amy Carrier for an order form at medic91spc@yahoo.com.

Deadline to order, submit payment, and cancellation is August 31.  

Children's tickets are FREE!!!! Adults are $20 each.  


The Alabama Ballet is excited to offer FREE student tickets to our 2013 - 2014 Student Matinees due to the generosity of our education and outreach sponsors. Student tickets are free, adult tickets are $20.

Jekyll & Hyde 
Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 10:00 AM
Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre, Alabama School of Fine Arts 
*High School Students Only

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ 
Friday, December 13, 2013 - 10:00 AM
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 10:00 AM
Wright Center, Samford University

Romeo + Juliet 
Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 10:00 AM
Wright Center, Samford University

Agnes de Mille's Rodeo
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 10:00 AM 
Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre, Alabama School of Fine Arts

Sept. 20, Bham: Starry Night Dance

Bham: Civil Air Patrol

Civil Air Patrol 
Every Tuesday 6:15 PM 
National Guard Base back of B'ham Airport
Cadets 12 years and older
This is not a troop. This is real assigned military unit. Serious inquiries only please. All applications are processed through the Air Force base. 

Cadets are on call as the National Guard in case of disaster to assist in damage assessment, handing out water bottles or whatever the crisis demands. They will be contacted by the commander on duty in the event the squadron is called to act. They also learn aerospace rocketry, physical training, military drills, and rank assessments. Cadets learn how to march, perform with the color guard and in parades. There is much more to CAP flying being the most rewarding. Cadets are allotted a certain number of flights and receive benefits by being a CAP member towards their aviation carrier. For our families needs CAP was the choice we needed to further education. 

For further information contact: 
Ruth Dennis 

We'd be glad help you get in touch with a Cadet Officer or CAP Commander.

Direct Contact Info:
Rus Hardy, 1st Lieutenant
Deputy Commander of Cadets
Aerospace Education Officer
117 Air National Guard Composite Squadron
Civil Air Patrol, SER Al-090

Trussville: Basic Air Rifle Safety Course

2013 Basic Air Rifle Safety Course

JEFFCO 4-H Shooting Sports Contact: Perry Mitchell, 205-936-0743 (C )

4-H Agent Contact: Bridgett Helms, 205-572-0924
Joann Wissinger 205-410-1989

This course is primarily a basic safety course that teaches the student the basic skills and the necessity of safe handling of rifles. We will also teach the skills required to sighting a rifle and how to properly hold and shoot the rifle for accuracy. We will do a lot of shooting, starting the first day. Parents are encouraged to come and “watch” the class.  The class is taught from the 4-H Basic Rifle Course Guidebook. The course also satisfies the NRA Basic Rifle course, and each student that completes the course and test at the end will receive an NRA Certificate of completion.

We will limit the class to 12 students (boys or girls). The age requirement for the class is from 12 to 16. We will use the Daisy 853 pellet rifle for the class. This is a single stroke air rifle and requires a certain amount of upper body strength to pump and generally kids under 12 have trouble with it. The rifles and pellets are furnished for the course.

The first meeting of the course will be Thursday, September 12, 2013. We meet at the Trussville Fire and Rescue Gym (Old Elem. School) located at 421 Cherokee Dr in Trussville (35173). The class begins at 4:00 P.M. and runs until 6:00 P.M. each Thursday. The class will last 10 weeks and will finish around November 14. It is important that the students attend each of the classes, especially the first 5 or 6, since the lessons build on each other. The cost for the course is $25.00 per student. This covers the shooting supplies and the NRA Certificate at the end of the class.

Students that successfully complete the course will be invited to join the MCGC/JEFFCO 4-H Shooting Team and continue to practice with the team and compete in the various matches we attend.  

This course is sponsored by the Jefferson Co 4-H, the Trussville Fire and Rescue, and the Magic City Gun Club.

Contact Perry Mitchell for an application packet. E-mail is preferred, but call if necessary (leave a message with name and number).

August 31 Deadline: Alabama History Special Offer

       Alabama History       
Alabama History Special Offer!!!!
Alabama History in the U.S.
by Saturday, August 31, 2013
and receive
$10 off
the already low retail price.
Use Discount Code: New Year 
That's only $37.00 for an entire year of a history curriculum. 
As a homeschool mom I know the expense of buying curriculum to begin the new school year. 
I want to help reduce that burden by discounting  Alabama History in the U.S. You can download everything you need here for an entire year of in depth state study.
As a part of our homeschool curriculum, I wanted to teach my children about the state we lived in and what an important role it had in the history of our country. I searched everywhere and could find no comprehensive Alabama history curriculum. I ended up creating my own.
Now you can benefit from the 9 years of research I put into this curriculum. You won't have to go to the expense, put in the time or feel the frustration I encountered. You have all you need to teach Alabama history or U.S. history from a southern perspective in one place.
Although I prefer the unit study approach, I realized that many homeschoolers achieve their educational goals with other approaches to education. This curriculum was compiled in such a way that you will be able to teach your children with it regardless of your preferred educational method.
If you are searching for a way to teach Alabama history or even a different approach to U. S. history as you are preparing for your next school year I urge you to take a look at Alabama History in the U.S. There are really no other Alabama History courses available with as much information in one place. There is nothing comparable out there.
To make Alabama History in the U.S. even more user friendly you can download the entire curriculum. Simply use this linkwww.ALhistory.com.
You will get all of the following:
  • Alabama History in the U.S. E-book
  • Alabama History Student Timeline Journal E-book
  • Alabama History - Field trip & Research E-Guide
  • Southern Life in Southern Literature
  • Silverfoot - By Maud Lindsay
Yes!  All of this comes in the Alabama History in the U.S. course.
If you still aren't sure, try the curriculum with a FREE 5-part Alabama history mini-course. Go to www.ALhistory.com and fill in your email address to receive the FREE mini-course.
Make this a great school year!

Oct. 30 Deadline: Artistic Expressions of Dyslexia

Artistic Expressions of Dyslexia
The Alabama Branch of the International Dyslexia Association is calling for paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculpture that portray your expression of dyslexia and how it affects your life through the strengths and the challenges that exist from Alabama children, teens and adults. The contest is to raise awareness of dyslexia and its strength-related and challenge-related impacts, in coordination with Dyslexia Awareness Month, October.

The winners' artworks will be displayed on our website, at potential regional educational group meetings via a power point slideshow, and on notecards created by Little Birds Etc. to be available on the ALIDA website. For 2013, all submissions will be through digital format. In subsequent years, we hope to expand this to actual submissions of art pieces and written work.

Please click on this link to our website to print rules, guidelines, and submission release form.

Six prizes will be awarded. One participant from each age category will be awarded a $100 Best Buy Gift Card, and the first runner-up from each category will be awarded a $25 Best Buy Gift Card.

  • Children in Grades: 3 to 7 and 8 to 12
  • Adults: 18 and older
Three judges will be selected from Alabama artists, parents of children with dyslexia, adults with dyslexia, and professionals who work with children with dyslexia. Winners will be notified by mail and email of the parent or if an adult, your listed email.

All submissions are winners because you will provide teachers, parents and professionals in the field a visual expression of the impact of dyslexia in your life. Whatever your piece, it will provide a window into your thoughts related to dyslexia!

Entries must be received no later than 5:00pm CST, October 30, 2013.

Entries must include:
  1. A painting, drawing, photograph, or sculpture in digital format (take a picture of your artwork);
  2. A brief statement (3-5 sentences) written or recorded by the artist explaining how their submission relates to the theme; and
  3. A completed submission and release form.
Works must be submitted electronically to Mary Stowe via email at teacherCA@aol.com
  • Art Piece - on paper, canvas, or poster board; can be a drawing, painting, collage, etc. Any medium can be used: paint, cloth, crayon, etc. Art must be submitted in digital format (high-resolution JPEGs preferred).
  • Photograph - in digital format. Art must be submitted in digital format (high-resolution JPEGs preferred).
  • Sculpture - any media. Art must be submitted in digital format (high-resolution JPEGs preferred).


Alabaster: Homeschool Baton Classes

Jamie Wilson, Director
Shelby Starlets Baton
109 Cloverdale Drive
Alabaster, AL 35007

They are looking to start a homeschool class, most likely Wednesdays from 10-11 AM at the Alabaster studio. Cost would be $45/child/month. Class is one hour in length. They're having open house 8/28 and 8/29 from 6-8 PM at the Alabaster studio.

Madison, Homeschool Martial Arts

Traditional Martial Arts Academy of Madison, located at the intersection of County Line Road and Browns Ferry, is offering a special program just for homeschoolers!  

These daytime classes provide the perfect opportunity for your students to gain the benefits of martial arts training, including: discipline, focus, and self control. Kids from 5 to 13 can participate in a traditional Karate Program that is tailored just for their age group. For tweeners, teenagers, and parents, Jujutsu or Ninpo Taijutsu programs in self-defense are offered. Concurrent class times are available so the whole family can train at the same time.

Our homeschool schedule will initially offer classes from 1PM-2PM and 2:15PM-3:15PM. Reasonable monthly tuition allows your student to train two or three afternoons a week. Comprehensive semester based programs including uniforms and testing are available. Significant discounts for additional family members are available. Discounts for groups of 10 or more are also available.

Please call for pricing.

Sensei Erik is excited to answer any questions you may have regarding the program offered at Traditional Martial Arts Academy. If you or your homeschool group are interested in a demonstration of what is taught at the academy, please contact us at 256-509-0554 or sensei@traditionalmaaa.com.

Sept. - March: Beginning Homeschool Ballet Classes

This school year Agape Academy is going to offer beginning ballet classes. 

They will be taught by Anna Fargarson. She is a high school senior, has been taking ballet for 14 years, and is currently a member of Ballet Exaltation, the ministry performance division of Briarwood Ballet.

These classes are open to girls K5-4th grade. Classes will be held on Mondays at Agape Church in Pinson. Classes begin September 9, 2013.

12:30 ... K5/1st grade
1:30 ... 2nd-4th grades

Registration is $20
Class tuition is $30/month for 7 months (September - March)
Costume fee is $75 due in November
Performance Date: Friday, April 11, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Dress code: pink tights, pink ballet shoes, black or pink leotard. 

If your child would like to participate in these classes, please contact Anna Fargarson at annafargarson@gmail.com.

Leeds: Book Warehouse Homeschool Offer

Dear Homeschooler,

We would like to invite you to come take advantage of our low prices on a variety of books. Book Warehouse has moved to Suite 662 at The Outlet Shops of Grand River in Leeds.

As educators and parents of homeschooled children, you would receive an additional 15% off our already reduced prices. Our store has a broad selection of educational non-fiction, in both the Childrens' and adult sections. There are also a lot of young adult fiction titles. Your business would be appreciated.

Print out above coupon in order to add to your savings.

Adam McConnell

Book Warehouse of Grand River #484
6200 Grand River Blvd.
Suite #662
Leeds, AL 35094

Aug. 31 & Sept. 1, Decatur: Civil War Reenactment

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August 31 at 2 p.m. until September 1 at 2 p.m.

See reenactors fighting battles using infantry, cavalry, cannon and battle tactics unique to the War between the States. Battles start at 2 p.m. daily.

Commemorating Decatur’s 4-day battle in October 1864, This Civil War reenactment is held over the Labor Day weekend (early September) at Point Mallard Park. The free event features more than 200 reenactors representing both northern and southern forces engaging in two battles. A Civil War camp is open to the public with displays of authentic equipment, dress and drills. A guided stroll along Decatur’s Civil War Walking Tour is offered on Saturday afternoon.

Sept. 19 & 20, Bham: Hope Takes the Stage FREE Events


Dear Educators,

The Alys Stephens Center’s ArtPlay is excited to offer the following education events for you as part of “Hope Takes the Stage.”

Watch this enlightening video featuring Eric Essix and Yotam Haber and see the descriptions below.  These events are free to schools.

A More Convenient Season
Thurs., September 19th, 2013 // 10 A.M.
Recommended Grades: 4th – 12th
Jemison Concert Hall
A special world premiere symphonic piece composed by Yotam Haber and performed with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.
“Every word spoken or sung will be words from the movement. Words from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute’s Oral Histories, words from FBI files and police records… words of the time,” says Yotam Haber, a Guggenheim fellow and accomplished composer commissioned by philanthropist Tom Blount and the Alys Stephens Center to commemorate the events of 1963. Haber continues, “I’m not coming here to tell Birmingham and Alabama her own story. They know it far better than I do. I’m creating a work of art through the filter of my own experiences of growing up in Europe and Israel and immigrating to America from Africa. I’m listening and learning – not to be a historian, but an artist.” The culmination of Haber’s listening to oral histories, learning from foot soldiers, speaking with historians, and browsing through files and artifacts in the Birmingham Public Library Archives has resulted in the world premiere of A More Convenient Season. The performance features the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, four of Birmingham’s most talented youth soloists, a chorus, film, and archival recordings.

Eric Essix: Evolution
Friday,  Sept. 20, 2013// 10:00 A.M.
Recommended Grades: 3rd – 12th
ASC’s Jemison Concert Hall
Who better to commemorate 1963 than Birmingham Native and Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Inductee Eric Essix. Essix will perform songs from his landmark 20th recording titled Evolution, a musical diary that examines the progress of Birmingham over the past 50 years and into the future. A guitarist with intimate personal, family, and community connections to the subject matter, Essix has produced and recorded songs that have a direct connection to the Civil Rights Movement for more than a decade:
Register by visiting www.ArtPlayASC.org

J. Heath Mixon
Associate Director

Aug. 30, Madison: HOPE Homeschool Convention

We are proud to announce our upcoming HOPE Homeschool Convention on August 30th at KidVenture in Madison! This convention is open to ALL area homeschoolers! This is a list of a few of our exciting activities at the convention:
*Used Curriculum Sale
*FREE Classes for Parent Educators
*Book Signing by local author Catherine Jaime
*VBAS (Von Braun Astronomical Society) Information Booth
*Mind Gear Homeschool Information Booth
*Museum Homeschool Class Information Booth
*Home Based Business Fair
*FREE Arts & Crafts Activities for the Kids too!
If you want more information, would like to RSVP for this event, or want the most current information about our convention schedule, please see our facebook event:
Please feel free to share this information with all your homeschooling friends! Should you have any questions about this event, please feel free to contact me (256)513-9212. We look forward to seeing you at the HOPE Homeschool Convention on Friday, August 30th!
Be blessed as you are a blessing!