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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Our Winter Formal is this Saturday Feb. 2 ~ Get your tickets now and join us!


THSG Teen & Alumni
WINTER FORMAL 2019
Shadow Soiree
(A.K.A. The Groundhog's Ball)

The Homeschool Gossip is thrilled to be hosting our first Formal Dance!
Join your friends on February 2, 2019 (Groundhog's Day) 
for a magical evening of food, fun, dancing and games!

This is a "Creative Black Tie" event!
What does that mean? 
Think of creative black tie as trendy black tie, 
formal attire with a bit of whimsy, if you choose!

Such as for the gentlemen, a suit with a whimsical tie, socks or suspenders.  
For the ladies, a cocktail dress or formal gown 
with a whimsical hairpiece, scarf or gloves.
As with any dance, we ask that whatever you choose to wear be PG :-). 
If you have questions, please contact jbennetti.thsg@gmail.com. 

And for a bit of fun, our event is being held on Groundhog's Day!
Will the Groundhog see his Shadow? 
When you purchase your tickets make your prediction!
Those who predict correctly will receive a special prize!

Who: Teens 14 & Up and Alumni. (You are welcome to invite non-homeschooled guests.)
When: Saturday Feb. 2, 2019 ~ 7:00 - 11:00 PM
Where: Dynamic Ballroom19625 Bethel Church Rd, Cornelius, NC 28031
Cost: $40.00 per guest
Deadline to purchase tickets: Thursday Jan. 31, 2019



  • Tickets need to be purchased prior to the dance due to limited space.
  • Tickets will be emailed to you prior to the dance.
  • 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, music, equipment and food being provided by our volunteer hosts.
  • FAQ: Should the event have to be cancelled, you will receive a refund.


  • Teen & Alumni
    Winter Formal 2019
    Details, Rules & Guidelines


    We'll have magical evening of music and dancing, as well as a "game-bar" to order up some fun for those who may not want to dance. Photo booth and the Groundhog's Gallery of Games. Hor d'oeuvres, desserts and refreshments will be served as well.

    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 dance.  There are many restaurants and coffee places nearby.  The venue is just not large enough to accommodate all the guests, their parents and siblings.  A map of nearby locations will be provided.
    • 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 dance.  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. We do have some areas where we need help at the dance, please contact jbennetti.thsg@gmail.com to find out the details.
    Food
    • PLEASE DO NOT BRING OUTSIDE FOOD OR DRINKS! Hor d'oeuvres, desserts and refreshments will be served. There are no outside food or drinks allowed in the facility to keep this is a Nut-Free allergen event. There will be Gluten Free and Vegetarian options.  If you have other allergen concerns, please contact jbennetti.thsg@gmail.com prior to January 28, 2019.
    Music
    • All of the music played at this event are clean radio edited versions of the Top 100 Hits.
    • We can take song requests prior to the dance, but do not guarantee they will be played. Music is purchased before the dance and is being provided by volunteers rather than a professional DJ. You may send your requests to jbennetti.thsg@gmail.com.


    Sunday, January 6, 2019

    GREAT WOLF LODGE 2019 HOMESCHOOL DISCOUNT CODES!




    Homeschool Spring Fling
    May 12-17, 2019 (weekdays)
    Standard Suite:  $109.99
    Kid-Themed Suite:  $159.99
    Premium Suite:  $209.99
    Booking Code:  1905FLING


    Homeschool Christmas Corral
    December 1-6, 2019 (weekdays)
    Standard Suite:  $109.99
    Kid-Themed Suite:  $159.99
    Premium Suite:  $209.99
    Booking Code:  1912CORRAL

    Valid:  Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights

    *** ALL WATER PARK PASSES INCLUDED ***

    Thank you Theresa Mintz, Guest Services Manager!

    Great Wolf Lodge Charlotte/Concord

    10175 Weddington Rd. Extn. NW | Concord, NC 28027

    Office: 704.549.8206 x 4940| Fax: 704-549-8207

    CLICK HERE FOR MORE HOMESCHOOL DAYS AND DISCOUNTS!

    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    FREE ASC Culture Blocks Events throughout Charlotte!


    Culture Blocks celebrates the cultural life and desires of Mecklenburg County resident by partnering with Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation to provide cultural experiences closer to where people live.  Click here to find what's happening in your neighborhood.

    Here's a sample:

    At Mallard Creek/University City North Block
    Mallard Creek and University City North area bordered by Ridge Road, I-85, W. Mallard Creek Church Road, N. Tryon St., W.T. Harris Boulevard and Mallard Creek and Prosperity Church roads

    Hands-on Clay presented by Clayworks
    When: Various dates. See below.
    Where: Mallard Creek Recreation Center (2530 Johnston Oehler Rd, Charlotte, NC 28269)

    Join Clayworks for our monthly Hands on Clay workshop series. Our teaching artists will teach different clay techniques to create your own pottery that will last a lifetime. Lean how to roll, pinch, texturize, slip and score clay while creating different project each workshop. Each workshop is a different project, so you can come back again and again. Projects range from pitchers to mugs to wall hangings. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. Projects will be taken back to Clayworks to be glazed and fired before being returned to the rec center for pickup.  Please allow one month for delivery. Free but you must pre-register by calling 980-314-1121.

    Tuesday, January 8 – Preschool Workshop (10 a.m. – 11 a.m.)
    Saturday, January 12 – Family Workshop (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
    Saturday, February 9 – Family Workshop (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
    Tuesday, February 12 – Preschool Workshop (10 a.m. – 11 a.m.)
    Thursday, February 28 – Senior Workshop (10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.)
    Tuesday, March 12 – Preschool Workshop (10 a.m. – 11 a.m.)
    Saturday, March 16 – Family Workshop (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
    Thursday, March 28 – Senior Workshop (10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.)
    Tuesday, April 9 – Preschool Workshop (10 a.m. – 11 a.m.)
    Saturday, April 13 – Family Workshop (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
    Thursday, April 25 – Senior Workshop (10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.)
    Saturday, May 11 – Family Workshop (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
    Tuesday, May 14 – Preschool Workshop (10 a.m. – 11 a.m.)
    Thursday, May 23 – Senior Workshop (10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.)
    Saturday, June 8 – Family Workshop (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
    Tuesday, June 11 – Preschool Workshop (10 a.m. – 11 a.m.)
    Thursday, June 27 – Senior Workshop (10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.)

    Odd Tales by Cartage Theatre
    When: February 7, 2019 (10:45 a.m.)
    Where: Mallard Creek Recreation Center (2530 Johnston Oehler Rd, Charlotte, NC 28269)

    Join Cartage Theatre for this live performance. Odd Tales is a performance of live original Audio drama’s, with live Sound Effects. Audio dramas are a dramatized, purely acoustic performance. With no visual component, radio drama depends on dialogue, music and sound effects to help the listener imagine the characters and story. Odd Tales is written by Charlotte Authors, and performed by Charlotte Actors, plus special musical guests.

    At the East Charlotte Block
    East Charlotte along the Central Avenue corridor, Independence Boulevard and Hickory Grove Road (this is just a sampling...many more programs can be found here.)

    Hands-on Clay presented by Clayworks
    When: Various dates. See below.
    Where: Independence Regional Library (6000 Conference Dr, Charlotte, NC 28212)

    Join Clayworks for our monthly Hands on Clay workshop series. Our teaching artists will teach different clay techniques to create your own pottery that will last a lifetime. Lean how to roll, pinch, texturize, slip and score clay while creating different project each workshop. Each workshop is a different project, so you can come back again and again. Projects range from pitchers to mugs to wall hangings. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. Projects will be taken back to Clayworks to be glazed and fired before being returned to the rec center for pickup.  Please allow one month for delivery. Free but you must pre-register by calling 704-416-4800.

    Tuesday, January 15 – Youth/Teen Workshop (3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
    Tuesday, February 19 – Youth/Teen Workshop (3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
    Tuesday, March 19 – Youth/Teen Workshop (3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
    Tuesday, April 23 – Youth/Teen Workshop (3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
    Tuesday, May 21 – Youth/Teen Workshop (3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

    Hands-on Clay presented by Clayworks
    When: Various dates. See below.
    Where: Hickory Grove Library (5935 Hickory Grove Rd, Charlotte, NC 28215)

    Join Clayworks for our monthly Hands on Clay workshop series. Our teaching artists will teach different clay techniques to create your own pottery that will last a lifetime. Lean how to roll, pinch, texturize, slip and score clay while creating different project each workshop. Each workshop is a different project, so you can come back again and again. Projects range from pitchers to mugs to wall hangings. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. Projects will be taken back to Clayworks to be glazed and fired before being returned to the rec center for pickup.  Please allow one month for delivery. Free but you must pre-register by calling 704-416-4400.

    Thursday, January 10 – Senior Workshop (10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
    Friday, January 18 – Special Needs Workshop (10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
    Saturday, January 26 – Family Workshop (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.)
    Tuesday, February 5 – Senior Workshop (10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
    Saturday, February 23 – Family Workshop (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.)
    Tuesday, March 5 – Senior Workshop (10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
    Saturday, March 9 – Family Workshop (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.)
    Friday, March 15 – Special Needs Workshop (10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
    Wednesday, April 3 – Youth/Teen Workshop (5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
    Thursday, April 11 – Senior Workshop (10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
    Tuesday, April 23 – Senior Workshop (10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
    Thursday, May 16 – Senior Workshop (10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
    Saturday, June 1 – Family Workshop (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.)
    Wednesday, June 5 – Youth/Teen Workshop (5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
    Tuesday, June 25 – Senior Workshop (10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
    Thursday, August 1 – Youth/Teen Workshop (5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
    Thursday, December 5 – Youth/Teen Workshop (5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.)

    At the West Block
    West of uptown between South End and the airport

    Hands-on Clay  presented by Clayworks
    When: Various dates. See below.
    Where: Scaleybark Library (101 Scaleybark Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209)

    Join Clayworks for our monthly Hands on Clay workshop series. Our teaching artists will teach different clay techniques to create your own pottery that will last a lifetime. Lean how to roll, pinch, texturize, slip and score clay while creating different project each workshop. Each workshop is a different project, so you can come back again and again. Projects range from pitchers to mugs to wall hangings. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. Projects will be taken back to Clayworks to be glazed and fired before being returned to the rec center for pickup.  Please allow one month for delivery. Free but you must pre-register by calling 980-498-1487.

    Thursday, January 17 – Family Workshop (5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
    Thursday, February 21 – Senior Workshop (5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
    Thursday, March 21 – Family Workshop in Spanish (5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
    Thursday, April 18 – Family Workshop (5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
    Thursday, May 16 – Youth/Teen Workshop (5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
    Thursday, June 20 – Family Workshop (5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.)

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