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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.
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Oct. Bham: Dessert Island Writing Workshops

Registration is open for the Desert Island Supply Co.'s October workshops! As always, workshops are free but registration is required. All workshops run from 4-6 p.m. 
Special note: To help us celebrate Design Week Birmingham, all workshops the week of October 20 will have a strong design component. We'll bring in some of our designer friends and think about how design influences everything in our lives.
Dystopia FTW! (Mondays)
October 6, 13, 20 & 27 (Grades 4-9)
Winter is coming, and on Mondays this month, we’ll wallow in metaphorical winter by looking into the future and imagining the worst possible outcomes. We’ll think of all the wonderful things about our planet and then consider the many ways human beings could ruin it. Fun! We’ll look at different versions of dystopia in literature, and then we’ll write our own dystopian stories. All participants will receive a bound collection of their writing at the end of the month. - led by Liz Hughey
Bored Games: Altering Landscapes with MAKEbhm and DesignWeek (Tuesdays)
October 7, 14, 21 & 28 (Grades 4-9)
To engage with the second annual Design Week Birmingham (October 20-25), DISCO will take MAKEbhm’s design challenge to create an interactive game that can be played in a public space in this city. Each workshop participant will receive a container of similar objects and then use the objects to create a place-based interactive game or exhibit. All completed gamesexhibits will be shown off in a public display during Design Week. - led by staff and guest designers/artists
How Science Can Save You on a Desert Island (Wednesdays)
October 8, 15, 22 & 29 (Grades 2-9)
Are you now or do you plan to be stranded on a desert island? If so, come learn how science can help you not just survive but enjoy your time as a castaway. We will do some fun hands-on science experiments and then use those experiments as starting points for some imaginative writing that we will compile into a how-to guide for other prospective castaways. All participants will receive a copy of the how-to guide. - led by Lauren Michal
Comic Book Club (Thursdays)
October 9, 16, 23 & 30 (All ages)
We constantly field requests for comics/manga and animation workshops, so this October, we are giving students who love comics and animation a time and place to meet, talk about their favorite books, share tips on drawing characters and learn from professional comic book artists and writers. We’ll have snacks, prompts and games, but we’ll also let the club members structure their time together and brainstorm future comics/manga programs at DISCO. – led by staff and guest artists/writers
Questions?Get in touch with Liz Hughey at liz@desertislandsupplyco.com.

Bham: Metal Arts Classes at Sloss Furnaces


BIRMINGHAM, Alabama --Sloss Furnaces is offering classes in Creative Welding, Cast Iron Sculpture, Iron and Bronze Casting, and Blacksmithing through the end of the year.

The classes are available to experienced artists or those with no metalworking experience, depending on the class and availability.

They are held at the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark at Twenty 32nd Street. Here is the schedule:
Creative Welding Workshop: Sept. 27-28 and Nov. 8-9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. Decorative and useful items for home and garden. Each workshop, $250.
Cast Iron Sculpture for Beginners: Sept. 19-21, Oct. 10-12, Nov. 14-16, Dec. 12-14. Fridays, 6-9 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Basic procedures for iron sculpture – pattern making, mold making, casting and finishing. Each workshop, $325.
Iron and Bronze Casting, Artists Open Studio: Sept. 19-21, Oct. 10-12, Nov. 14-16, Dec. 12-14. Fridays, 6-9 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For artists experienced with casting iron. Bring wax patterns or those of other approved material. Each workshop, $150.
Basic and Intermediate Blacksmithing: Sept. 20-21, Oct. 11-12, Nov. 15-16, Dec. 13-14. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Learn to manipulate steel with blacksmithing tools by learning fundamental techniques. Fire control and hammer techniques will be demonstrated. $250. Contact Heather Nowak at 324-1911 if you have questions.
Link here to check for class availability and to register.

Sept. 27, Guntersville: Trail of Tears

9 am -- September 27th marks the 176th anniversary of the Trail of Tears, Lake Guntersville State Park, the Alabama Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association, and other partners are hosting a special event at Lake Guntersville State Park. Schedule of Events 9:00 a.m. A re-telling of Trail of Tears by John Stanton. Join John as he tells the story of what it was like to walk the Trail of Tears. • 9:30 a.m. Commemorative Walk • 10:00 a.m. Native American activities such as “Chunky Stones” and “Atlatl” throwing. Meet at the Trail of Tears picnic area. • 11:00 a.m. Don Wells author of “The Mystery of the Trees.” (Lunch will be on your own limited seating.) • 1:00 p.m. “Cherokee Plants” presented by Naturalist Ila Hatter. Includes folklore and Native American traditions. • 3:00 p.m. “Roads of Tragedy in Alabama”. For more information: call (256) 571-5445 or email us at amanda.glover@dcnr.alabama.gov

Oct. 18, Jasper: Fossil Hunt

Fall Fossil Hunt October 18!
Sessions 9-12:30, 1- 4:30
Near Jasper

Our most popular event! Join Fresh Air Family to hunt for some of the rarest fossils in the world. They predate the dinosaurs! You get to keep what you find, unless it is museum quality, which we have found. Reserve your spot today as numbers are limited. $10 members, $15 non-members. Use paypal below or go to http://www.FreshAirFamily.org

Oct. 26, Bham: Spooky Science Day

Spooky Science Day
Announcing a new Youth Program with The Gardens
Sunday, October 26, 2-4 pm
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Make slime, goop, lava lamps, ghost gas and lots of other spooky science programs at our Spooky Science Day!  Halloween candy will be on hand for tricky science treaters! Join in on the fun while you learn about our new youth program for ages 8 and up. Hint: cool science to come! All ages welcome to Spooky Science Day. A partnership with the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. For more info: Events@FreshAirFamily.org. Free. 

Oct. 5, Tuscaloosa: UA Early College Reception

Dear High School Counselor & Administrators,

Would you please share the invitation below with your sophomore, junior, and senior students who have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher? 

Qualified students (3.0+ high school GPA) are invited to a special reception to learn about UA Early College at The University of Alabama.

Students need to RSVP at http://uaearlycollege.ua.edu/zone 

UA Early College invites you to a Reception at The North Zone, Bryany Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Alabama -- on Sunday, October 5, 2014, at 2:00 PM.  RSVP to reserve your spot!

Dec. 11, Huntsville: The Nutcracker

Dear Homeschool Families,

We are pleased to invite your homeschooled elementary students to the Huntsville Ballet Company's performance of The Nutcracker at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 11th.

Admission is a non-refundable fee of $5.00 per seat. Payment in cash or check (written to Community Ballet Association) can be mailed or brought to 800 Regal Drive, Huntsville, AL 35801.

Since this is also a county wide field trip option for the third grade students of the public schools, space is limited and reservations are required before November 20. Please limit reservations to elementary school aged students and necessary chaperones.

Parking is located across from the VBC. Please meet your group in front of the Concert Hall by 8:15 in order to get seated before the large public school groups arrive. Please be sure your group arrives on time if they would like to be seated together. We unfortunately cannot save any seats once your group is seated. If any patron in your party will require handicap accessible seating, please advise me prior to your arrival. For any questions, or to make reservations, please contact me at cathycurry@huntsvilleballet.org. Feel free to extend this invite to any other area homeschoolers that you know. We look forward to seeing you all!

Thank you,
Cathy Curry
Director of Outreach and Education
Community Ballet Association

Sept. 20, Near Scottsboro: Sauta Cave Bat Blitz

Sauta Cave Bat Blitz
See the largest emergence of bats east of the Mississippi
near Scottsboro
September 20. 6 pm

More than 300,000 bats emerge nightly from Sauta Cave, a magnificient sight. This may be our last year to see it, as White Nose Syndrome, which wipes out whole colonies has been detected at Sauta. Join us at the cave for a bat program and an evening sky darkened with flying shadows. Directions at http://www.FreshAirFamily.org/events.html. $5 a family donation appreciated. Register at: Events@FreshAirFamily.org, 205-540-6642.

Sept. & Oct, Cullman: Fall Migration, Using Herbs for Cooking & Pumpkins

Cullman Agriplex Offerings at the North Alabama Agriplex Center 

September 16, Fall Bird Migration, 7:00pm, Learn the basics of bird identification and which birds live in your local habitats. Door prizes. Sponsored by local Audubon Society. FREE. 

September 23, 6:00pm- Living Landscapes: Using Herbs for Cooking and More- Herbs are easy to grow, but how do you use them? Learn easy recipes incorporating fresh herbs. We will learn to dry herbs and how to use them around the home. Ages 13 to adult, $5 per person

October 4, 9:00-10:30am- Farm Kid’s Club: Pumpkin Patch- Explore the world of the pumpkin through hands-on crafts, taste tests, and more. Ages 5 and up with an adult. $5 per child, $10 max per family.  

Please call to register, 256-297-1044 or e-mail cullmnaag@gmail.com.  

Sep. 25 - Dec., Bham: Microscope Lab Class

What:  Microscope Lab Class - This class will be based on Apologia Exploring Biology.  You do not have to be using this curriculum to attend, but it is what the labs will be based on. The goal of the class is to complete 2 experiments per class. 

Who:  Open to all homeschoolers upper elementary through high school.  Class size is limited to 12 students.   

When:  Classes will begin on Sept. 25 and be held on every 2nd and 4th Thursday through December (excluding 4th Thursday in Nov. and Dec.).  There will be a total of 14 classes offered. 

Time:  12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Center Point United Methodist Church 
2129 Center Point Pkwy. 
Birmingham, AL 

$7.50 per student per class - If registering more than 2 students, there will be a 1 student discount.  For example, 3 students will cost $15. 

RSVP:  To register contact Paige Turner apaigeslessons@gmail.com.  

Sep. 15, Montevallo: Montevallo Police Explorer Post

Dear Students,

The Montevallo Police Department would like to invite you to be a part of our Exploring program. Montevallo Police Explorer Post 2450 is for motivated young people who are interested in careers in law enforcement. Exploring is an informative, hands-on program that will allow you to experience for yourself a variety of different aspects of law enforcement in the criminal justice profession. 

You are invited to attend our Open House at Parnell Library on Monday, September 15th 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. You will learn what law enforcement Exploring has to offer, and learn how you can join this great organization. The address is 277 Park Drive in Montevallo. The library is located directly in front of Montevallo Elementary School. You are welcome to bring a friend, and parents are also welcome to attend.

If you decide to join during this Open House, there is a registration fee of $24, which is the annual enrollment for Exploring. As an Explorer, you will also learn important skills such as team building, public speaking, and time management, all while you learn more about a career area that interests you.

You can help us to be better prepared for our Open House by letting us know if you plan to attend. You can reply to us by e-mail at talexander@cityofmontevallo.com, or you can call Lieutenant Tim Alexander at (205) 665-1264. If you want more information about Exploring, you can ask your guidance counselor or go to our website at www.learningforlife.org and click on the Exploring icon.

We hope to see you on the 15th
Lieutenant Tim Alexander 
Montevallo Police Department 
545 Main Street Montevallo, AL 35115
Explorer Post 2450

Council: Sharon Gilbert, Willie Goldsmith, Don Hughes, Rusty Nix, Dee Woodham
545 MAIN STREET • MONTEVALLO, ALABAMA 35115 • 205-665-2555 • 205-665-9203

Sep. 18, Shelby County: Culinary Arts Exploring Program


Are you interested in a career in the restaurant and hotel management, hospitality and tourism, and culinary fields?

Jefferson State Community College Hospitality & Culinary Careers invites you to be a part of our Exploring Post.  This is a fantastic learning experience giving students a behind the scenes look at these career areas. You will learn from professors in the Jefferson State Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Programs, and enjoy hands-on learning activities and field trips around the community. 

We hope to see you there!

The Jeff State Hospitality & Culinary Careers Explorer Post will have its First Meeting Thursday, September 18th 
4:30 p.m. 
Health Sciences Building – Room 101

The Health Sciences Building is located at the corner of Valleydale Road and Jaguar Drive of our Shelby Campus

Sep. 17, Shelby County: Shelby Baptist Medical Center Exploring Kickoff

Sep. 16, Bham: Aviation Explorer Program

Oct. 4, Huntsville: Astronomy Day at Monte Sano State Park

Astronomy Day will be October 4, 2014 starting at 1:00 PM


This year's theme: Moon and Anniversaries of Sputnik, Luna 3, and SpaceShipOne/Xprize

Date Set for Saturday, October 4, 1-10 pm in Monte Sano State Park
Astronomy Day at VBASOn Saturday, October 4 from 1-10 pm, the Von Braun Astronomical Society will host its annual Astronomy Day at the VBAS facilities in Monte Sano State Park. Events will include family fun activities hosted by local science groups, planetarium shows and telescope observing (weather permitting). All activities are free and open to the public.
Outdoor hands-on activities from 1-5 pm will be offered by VBAS, as well as local science enthusiasts. In the past we have had representatives from HAL5 (National Space Society Huntsville Chapter), Sci-quest, and Lonnie Puterbaugh: Astronomy Van.
Short planetarium shows will allow guests to view the night sky indoors, while special solar telescopes outside will offer views of sunspots and solar flares. Visitors may tour both observatory facilities to hear stories about the construction and installation of the telescopes.
The Antarctic Search for Meteorites
Evening activities will kick off at 7:30 pm with a presentation indoors by our keynote speakers, Dr. Barbara Cohen and Dr. Robert Coker, who will present a program on "The Antarctic Search for Meteorites".  Outdoor activities will include (TENTATIVELY): The Astronomy Channel, a mobile multimedia astronomy exhibit presented by Lonnie Puterbaugh of Nashville, TN,  along with the following activities:
  • *Astrophotography
  • *Meteorites
  • *Solar Telescopes
  • *Suitcase Hybrid Rocket, Pin the Payload on International Space Station, and Make and Launch Your Own Paper Air Rocket presented by HAL5.
  • *Vacuum Jar hands on experiments
  • *Spectroscopy
  • *Astronomy Van
  • *Food Tent
  • *Telescope Workshop at 5:30 pm (Bring your telescope!)
  • *And many more

Afternoon Mini-Planetarium Show Schedule:

  • 1:30     TBA
  • 2:30     TBA
  • 3:30     TBA
  • 4:30     TBA
  • 5:30     TBA
  • 7:30  The Antarctic Search for Meteorites
  • 8:30  The Antarctic Search for Meteorites
In case of inclement weather, some activities may be modified or canceled.
Astronomy Day at VBAS is part of a nationwide series of Astronomy Day events promoted by the Astronomical League, a network of astronomy clubs throughout the United States.
The Von Braun Astronomical Society (VBAS) is an educational, scientific, nonpolitical and nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of interest in the descriptive and technical phases of astronomy and to encourage participation in observational, computational and applied phases of this and related sciences.
VBAS was founded in 1954 as the Rocket City Astronomical Association (RCAA) by Dr. Wernher von Braun and other Huntsville scientists, who envisioned a place to conduct meaningful scientific research and share astronomy with the community. The VBAS facilities include a planetarium dome constructed from Saturn V support hardware and many other unique architectural features.
If you are interested to exhibit or volunteer, please contact us!

Sept. 18, Hoover: Saving Africa's Giants

Saving Africa's Giants
Understanding the ongoing African Elephant poaching crisis
A discussion with Pratik Patel 
Thursday, September 18
6:00 p.m.

Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime presentation at Aldridge Gardens. 

A native Tanzanian, internationally-known conservationist Pratik Patel is the founder and chairman of the African Wildlife Trust. He has been on the front lines of the poaching crisis with the African Elephant and says they could be extinct very soon.  

Patel will be touring the US this fall discussing the commodity of ivory and how, he says, its sales help fund terrorist groups including Al Qaeda, Al Shabaab and the Lord's Resistance Army, to name a few. 

Rerserve your spot now to hear more about the blood ivory trade, the African Elephant, and how we can help stop the animal's extinction. 

This event is free, but so that we may properly plan we ask that you kindly RSVP.

Sept. 15 Deadline, Bham: Peace Birmingham

We are now accepting applications for Peace Birmingham!
Peace Birmingham is a social justice program for high school students from different cultures and faiths that meets once a month to learn about the differences and similarities that intertwine cultural and religious lines. Our goal is to create doors through which we can enter each other’s communities to nurture and sustain a Birmingham that values and welcomes people of different race, religion, creed, nationality, school, gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, ability and cultural background.
Peace Birmingham meetings are held once a month on a Sunday at the YWCA. More information about meeting dates will be provided at the first meeting on Sunday, September 28th. This year in addition to interactive social justice workshops, Peace will host a lock-in and a trip! Apply today!
Applications can be found on our website at http://www.ywcabham.org/page/stand-against-racism. I have also attached an application to this email. Applications are due Monday, September 15th.
Please forward to all 9th-12th grade students who may be interested. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Rebecca Harkless
Coordinator of Social Justice Programs
YWCA Central Alabama
309 23rd Street North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Phone: 205.322.9922 ext. 184
Fax: 205.521.9652
eliminating racism
empowering women

Oct. 4 & 5, Royal: Blount County Solar Homes Tour

2014 Blount County Solar Homes Tour
Saturday, October 4  & 
Sunday October 5

This year's Blount County Solar Homes Tour in the community of Royal, Alabama is 4 homes, all within 10 minutes of each other. You can visit as many as you like but you do have to register and receive a schedule and map. Each home tour begins on the hour. There is a 2 hour networking brown-bag lunch on Saturday including a showing of the energy-saving video Kilowatt Ours.

The tour times start every hour on the hour at:
~ 9, 10 & 11 am Saturday;
~ 12 - 2 pm Networking lunch & video - Saturday only;
~ 2, 3 & 4 pm Saturday;
~ 1, 2, 3, and 4 pm Sunday.

The tours of each home will be relatively short (30 minutes) with remaining time for questions and traveling to the next house.

The Networking Lunch is designed for more detailed discussions. It's a brown-bag lunch in the backyard of the Dodeca-Yurt. We will provide lemonade and water. The 25-minute video Kilowatt Ours will be shown at 1 pm.

To Register: email our registrar Maria at solartouralabama@gmail.com
 ~ tell us how many adults and kids are in your party
~ choose your starting time
~ choose your list of homes
~ tell us how many will attend the Networking Lunch
We will send you a Registration Receipt that has:
 ~ a schedule of homes and directions to the first home.
     We will try to honor your order of homes but capacities many require some changes
~ directions to your next home will be available at each home you visit.

Please tell us if your plans change! Maria's e-mail and phone numbers will be on the Registration Receipt.

Attached is the Solar Homes Tour Guide with a brief description of the homes on tour.

Please share this information with friends or family. Hope you can join us.

2014 Blount County Solar Homes Tour Royal Alabama  

Retro-Fit House *
This 1950's ranch style house has been extensively retrofitted to achieve solar power and energy efficiency.
~Geothermal ground source heat pump for heating and cooling
~5.7 kW photovoltaic array, grid tied with battery backup
~Foam insulation pumped into exterior walls
~Air tight fireplace insert with outside air supply
~Wood stove heat is circulated by the HVAC sys.
~  High efficiency windows with insulating blinds
~Composite material used on house decks
~LED lights in kitchen
~Energy Star appliances and Energy Star rated metal roof
~Rainwater catchment for garden irrigation
~Vermi (worms) and thermal composting
~Alabamas only solar powered dog grooming and boarding facility

Clerestory House *
~Passive solar design w/solar walk-in basement
~Clerestory for solar gain and daylighting
~Cupola with exhaust fan and large screened porches for ventilation
~Compact well-insulated central living area
~Solar chimney for porch ventilation
~DIY double & triple glazed low-e windows
~Infrared-reflective insulation on ceilings
~Stand-alone 3.5 kW solar PV system, grid back-up and can sell back to grid if/when feasible
~Drain-back Solar Water Heating System for hot water and radiant heat in basement
~Solar hot water collectors located above solar array facilitates snow removal
~Super-efficient Mini-split Heat Pump and ceiling fans
~Energy efficient appliances and LED lighting
~Rainwater catchment with downspout filter
~Residence of NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installation Professional

Straw Bale House
~Straw bale walls covered with stucco, straw bale ceiling insulation.
~South facing super-insulated windows for solar gain and light.
~Sun room.
~Wood stove for back-up heating .
~Solar powered 1 ton air conditioner.
~Photovoltaic electricity, 4.2 kW off-the-grid, no backup (generator or power grid).
~Water heated with excess electricity.
~Energy star  appliances and LED lights.
~Owner built super-efficient refrigerator and freezer inside an insulated cold room.

~12 sided house around original yurt
~Off-the-grid 2.3 kilowatt solar with batteries.
~Solar hot water w/ propane tankless back-up
~Passive solar design (needs thermal mass)
~Central cupola for daylighting and ventilation  
~Large eaves and east & west shading
~Grapevines for summer shading
~Energy efficient appliances and lighting
~Shiitake mushrooms, vermiculture,

  • The Retro-Fit House and the Clerestory House have entrance ramps for wheelchair access

2014 Blount County Solar Homes Tour - Royal, Alabama

Concepts Behind What We Do
Meeting Human Needs:
Water (rainwater catchment)
Food production (organic gardens, poultry)
Shelter (including heating and cooling)
Power production

Reduce - Reuse - Recycle: It is much easier to save energy and resources than to produce them.

Technologies You Will See
Passive Solar Designs that:
Capture the Winter Sun with south facing windows
Store the warmth of the day in thermal mass and release it through the evening
Shade the Summer Sun from entering the homes
Remove heat and humidity through high ventilation
Stabilize interior temperatures through contact with the earth

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems that generate Electricity
Solar PV modules and arrays that generate DC electricity
Charge Controllers that regulate the power to the batteries
Batteries that store the energy
Inverters that change the battery power to standard 120 Volts 60 Hz AC
Displays for system monitoring and control

DrainBack Solar Water Heating Systems
Roof mounted Solar Water Heating Collectors along with plumbing sloped to drain
10 - 15 gallon DrainBack tank in warmed area to store water from collector loop
Heat exchanger to transfer heat from collector loop to storage loop
80 - 120 gallon Storage Tank to store hot water for domestic use
Tempering valves, pumps and controls

Efficient Appliances:
Solar ovens Solar food dehydrators
Super efficient refrigeration Ground source heat pumps
Mini-split heat pumps LED lighting

Rain Water
Catchment,  Filtering,  Storage,  Purification