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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Home School Day @ JA BizTown in Charlotte ~ Registration is Open!

JA Biz Town's new location!

A message from Allison Gahrmann:

I remember home schooling my daughter and the challenges that could occur when wanting to participate in group activities.  Here is your chance to participate in JA BizTown, a mock town where students run the Town for a day.  This curriculum-based program reinforces financial literacy, career readiness, and entrepreneurship.

Scheduled for January 15, 2019 from 8:30am-2pm, this is For 4th-6th grade students only.  The cost is $25/student.  Parent volunteers are needed to help guide the program.  There is no cost for parent volunteers.*

Here is link for JA BizTown before it was moved to our new location.  Wait until you see the new one!  JA BizTown Before the Move!

Sign up today so you can get teacher access and student materials starting in early December.  Here is the sign-up link: Home School Day at JA BizTown

*There are no spectators at JA BizTown, including younger/older siblings and friends.  All attendees must be of age and registered.

See you around “Town”!

Allison Gahrmann

Capstone Program Manager | Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas

1701 N. Graham Street, Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28206

Main 704.536.9668 | Direct 704.295.4195 | Fax 704-973-9282 | agahrmann@jacarolinas.org

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

THSG TEEN & ALUMNI ~ HOGWARTS HOMECOMING ~ NOV. 16, 2018!


The Homeschool Gossip's Teen & Alumni
Hogwarts Homecoming 2018

Calling all Wizards, Witches and Muggles to join us for our Potterpalooza!

The Homeschool Gossip’s Hogwarts Homecoming is a fan created immersive event, a celebration of magical fun and merriment for wizards, witches and muggles alike. 

Surprises and wonderment await you throughout every turn!

Dressed in your Hogwarts best, you’ll arrive at Platform 9¾ of King's Cross Station, from there your adventure begins:

  • Back-to-school shopping for some necessary witchcraft and wizardry items
  • Get sorted into your House
  • Brush up on your wizarding in potions, charms and wand skills
  • Play Potter themed games
  • Snap Potter themed pictures
  • Compete with your team in the Tabletop Quidditch Tournament 
  • Go on a Horcrux hunt to compete for bonus House points
  • Get some treats and refreshments from Honeydukes and Hogsmeade
  • And see which House will take home the Hogwarts Quidditch Cup, will it be yours?

You’ll take home their one-of-a-kind handcrafted wand, Patronus, enchanted pet, and prizes for the winners of the Hogwarts Quidditch Cup!

Come join us for this magical adventure!

Who: Teens 14 & Up and Alumni
When: Friday Nov. 16, 2018 ~ 7:00 - 10:00 PM
Where: Huntersville Arts & Cultural Center ~ 109 South Old Statesville Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078
Cost: $19.99 per guest
Tickets: purchase your tickets online here!

  • Tickets need to be purchased prior to the event due to limited space.
  • Tickets will be emailed to you prior to the event.
  • If you are unable to purchase tickets, then the event is sold out. 
  • Tickets are non-refundable, but you are able to give them to someone else, please contact jbennetti.thsg@gmail.com to change the name on the tickets.
  • The cost of tickets is to help offset the cost of renting the venue, take-home items (such as wands, patronus, enchanted pet and prizes) and food being provided by our volunteer hosts.

  • Rules & Guidelines

    This is a fan created immersive event into the Hogwarts World. Students will participate in individual and team activities. Snacks and refreshments will be served.
    • Dressing up in Potter themed attire is encouraged, but optional!
    • All attire must be PG. If you have questions, please contact jbennetti.thsg@gmail.com
    • Rules for Costume Props:
      • All props must be stored in the designated area before and after the Quidditch Tournament.  No props will be allowed on the Quidditch field before or after the tournament for safety reasons, no exceptions.
      • You are responsible for making sure your props go home with you at the end of the evening.
      • Should any props become a safety concern at any point during the event, they will be removed and stored in the designated area until after the event, no exceptions.

    This is a "Drop-Off" Event
    • All attendees must check in on arrival. A chaperone will be outside checking people in.
    • Parents are welcome to gather outside. We know some people are traveling to the event, parents are welcome to gather outside the venue to visit, we just ask you do not block the parking area or the entrance to the event.  There are some restaurants in walking distance, as well as Video Game World if you have younger siblings with you. A map with nearby attractions will be provided.  The venue is just not large enough to accommodate all the guests, their parents and siblings. 
    • Attendance is conditional upon respectful behavior at the discretion of the hosts. Parents will be notified of any disruptive behavior. 
    • There are volunteer parents that will be running and chaperoning the event.  We appreciate parents offering to chaperone, but we can not accept all of the offers. We simply do not have enough space to accommodate everyone.
    Food
    • PLEASE DO NOT BRING OUTSIDE FOOD OR DRINKS! Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. There are no outside food or drinks allowed in the facility to keep this is a Nut-Free allergen event. If you have other allergen concerns, please contact jbennetti.thsg@gmail.com prior to November 14, 2018.


    Please note, this event is a fan created festival run by volunteers. Warner Bros. Entertainment and J.K. Rowling are not associated with or responsible for this event.

    A tremendous THANK YOU to Lourdes Malone for designing, creating and hand-crafting this incredible immersive event!


    Tuesday, October 23, 2018

    Join us for Teen Game Day at The Mighty Meeple ~ Tomorrow 10/24/18 ~ Concord!

    Do you have teens that like to play games?

    JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL TEEN EVENT at The Mighty Meeple, THIS WEDNESDAY OCT. 24, 2018, the 4th Wednesday of the month at 2:00 - 4:00PM, address: 8440 Pit Stop Road Court #180, Concord, NC 28027

    The Mighty Meeple will be rolling out their huge rack of board games for us to play! Sooo many cool games to try!  Also, we are super excited to have a Werewolves game too! We always have a blast! All homeschool teens 14 & up are welcome to join us. So invite your friends! Alumni are welcome and attend as well! You are welcome to bring along your own games as well! Just make sure you keep track of your pieces :-).

    For questions and to RSVP contact jbennetti.thsg@gmail.com.

    Here are some pictures from our Teen Game Days!






    If you have younger kids that like to game, The Mighty Meeple and the Cabarrus Homeschool Gamers Club host an all ages game day the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 1 PM!

    For these events and all things board games, join THSG BOARD GAMERS CLUB to connect with others and meet ups!

    Looking for more events for your Teen?
    Join the THSG Teen Scene Social Club to connect with other teens to meet up at events and brainstorm new events for the calendar!

    We also have a group just for the parents! THSG Parent of Teen ~ Parent Support for Homeschooling Teens

    Great gift idea for homeschoolers!

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