In-Store Events

2020 Event Schedule

Impact of COVID-19 on our In-Store Events

We typically welcome up to 48 people to our in-store Workshops. However, the “six-foot social distancing” requirements have severely reduced our capacity. At the same time, we recognize that many parents of public-school students really struggled with “distance learning” which was forced on them this year, and as a result are exploring other educational options for their children.

To try and help as many families as possible while maintaining our sanity, we’ve adapted and greatly expanded our normal in-store Workshop regimen. There are now two options for those exploring homeschooling. Each will be offered multiple times. Seating is extremely limited for both. The first “Homeschool Basics” Seminars are free but are first-come / first serve events with no reservations and will be much briefer; just 30 – 45 minutes. The second “Where Do I Begin?” Workshops require a $10 preregistration fee which guarantees you a seat and will run approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours.

Of course, during our normal shop hours we’ll continue to help families who are exploring homeschooling. However, we’re expecting to be extremely busy as the traditional start of the school year approaches because there are many more families considering homeschooling this year, thanks to distance learning and other responses to COVID-19. Therefore, we hope if you’re one of those families that you’ll take advantage of these Seminars or Workshops. That will enable us to help more families.

Please Note:

  • 1. PLEASE DO NOT VISIT OUR SHOP IF YOU HAVE BEEN ILL WITHIN THE PRIOR 7 DAYS!!

  • 2. Per Governor Walz’s Executive Order 20-81, Masks are REQUIRED. Masks will be provided if needed.


FREE Seminars

  • Homeschool Basics – Until Labor Day we’re offering in-store Seminars titled “Homeschool Basics”, presented by either Brad or Nancy Bjorkman (Heppner's Legacy Homeschool Resources). These free events provide an overview of homeschooling, including legal requirements, recommendations for how to get started, what homeschooling can look like in your home, time requirements, costs, etc. These are a truncated version of our “Where Do I Begin?” Workshop (see below) and would be a great way to begin to get introduced to this educational option for your children. Here are the details:

    • JULY: Each Seminar will begin one-hour before our normal shop opening on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Therefore, these will start promptly at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays, and at 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays.

    • AUGUST thru LABOR DAY: Each Seminar will begin one-hour before our normal shop opening on Thursdays and Fridays (NOT Tuesdays). Therefore, these will start promptly at 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays and at 11:00 a.m. on Fridays. NOTE: These Seminars will NOT be offered on August 6th or 7th as we’ll be away at a homeschool conference.

    • There is a limit of 10 participants in each Seminar.

    • There is no preregistration or cost (and no in-store credit). However, these will be “first come / first serve” events, so please arrive early, especially if traveling from some distance.

    • No children are allowed so more parents can take part. (Exception: In the unlikely event a Seminar is not full at starting time your children may join you, provided they sit with you and are not a distraction.) Sorry - child care is not provided.

    • These events are expected to run approximately 30 – 45 minutes.

    • The store will be closed until a Seminar is concluded. Attendees will then have dedicated time in the shop to explore resources and ask questions before we open to the public at our normal times.


Workshops with a $10 NON-REFUNDABLE PREREGISTRATION FEE Required

Except as indicated below, these Workshops begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. and last 1-1/2 - 2 hours, although we're happy to stay until all questions have been addressed. We ask Workshop attendees to arrive 15 minutes early so we can get everyone checked-in and start each Workshop on time. CEU documentation is available on request. Seating is severely limited (10 max). Sorry - child care is not provided. The store will be closed until a Workshop has concluded.

Please DO NOT just show up for a Workshop which requires preregistration as it is likely there will not be room for you to attend.

  • Where Do I Begin? A Workshop for New and Prospective Homeschoolers Workshop
    Nancy Bjorkman (Heppner's Legacy Homeschool Resources)
    Non-refundable preregistration fee: $10.00 (includes same-night $5 store credit) This Workshop will be available on the following Tuesday evenings: July 14th, July 21st, August 4th, August 11th, August 18th, September 1st, September 8th, September 15th, and September 22nd. Please click here to PREREGISTER.

    Considering homeschooling? Not sure where to begin? This Workshop will define realistic and foundational goals for homeschooling that will get new families off to a solid start. We’ll cover some common roadblocks and misconceptions about “what school should look like”, state law, and many practical tips for success. There will be a time for interaction and questions.

  • Homeschooling Through High School Workshop
    Nancy Bjorkman (Heppner's Legacy Homeschool Resources)
    Non-refundable preregistration fee: $10.00 (includes same-night $5 store credit) This Workshop will be available on the following dates: Saturday July 18th (two identical classes, one at 10:00 a.m. and the other at 2:00 p.m.), Tuesday July 28th, Tuesday August 25th, and Tuesday September 29th. Please click here to PREREGISTER.

    This very popular, interactive Workshop will help to answer frequently asked questions about homeschooling through the high school years. We will consider course requirements, transcripts, record keeping, curriculum choices, dual enrollment opportunities, co-ops, CLEP and other testing options, resumes, career assessments, and more. Attendees will leave with the tools necessary and the confidence needed to homeschool through high school. Registered teens welcome.

More In-Store Events are planned for the summer and fall. Please subscribe to our e-newsletter to be among the first to be notified about these as they are scheduled.

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