Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
- Mahatma Ghandi

Welcome to LIFE of Florida!

Our secular and inclusive Florida-wide Informal Education support group acts as a resource center and clearinghouse for homeschoolers, informal learners and alternative educators interested in enriching their learning environments and maximizing their learning opportunities, as well as an advocacy center for Curiosity Driven Learning.

There is no cost to be part of LIFE of Florida -- just join in at our email discussion and announcement list, Florida LIFE, where you can download your membership card -- good for educational discounts throughout FL -- and stay informed and updated on events, issues and resources, and connect with other informal learners throughout the state.

If you're just getting started in homeschooling, be sure to check out our LIFE of Florida Quick Links, our list of Useful Docs, and our enormous collection of resources in the side columns, and visit our Inclusive Homeschool Support Groups page to find a group near you.

If you'd like your regional inclusive support group to be networked with LIFE of Florida, drop us a line with a group description, contact and other relevant information and we'll add you, free of charge, to our directory. All your group members will be automatically considered members of LIFE of Florida, and are entitled to membership cards and all the benefits we offer. Virtual school families are also welcome to enjoy our resources, support and camaraderie.

We're all inclusive and free of charge, and we're here for you!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

LIFE Fest 2008 Mid-Summer Update

The summer's steaming along, and so are plans for LIFE Fest 2008! Vendor slots are filling up fast. Some recent additions to our program include Camp Fire USA, the City of St. Petersburg, and Boyd Hill Nature Preserve.

Admission is just $10 per *family*, and only -->$8*<-- prepaid via Network for Good. Carpool discounts will also be available the day of the event. Lodging is available right on the Eckerd campus, next door to the conference center, for just $65/night, or you can camp down the road at beautiful Ft. Desoto for just $35/night will full amenities, or rough it for free at our reserved group campsite.

If you've got stuff to sell -- anything at all! -- for $20 you can set up shop at our LIFE Fest Bazaar for the day (No vendors at the Bazaar, please -- vendors have a great deal at just $100 for a booth in our vendor area).

Here's the latest PR -- forward along freely, and come join the fun on September 20!
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Our annual LIFE Fest home and alternative learners’ conference will be held Saturday, September 20th at the Eckerd Conference Center and Lodge at 4200 54th Avenue South in St. Petersburg, FL from 10 a.m. – 4p.m. . With world-class Ft. Desoto camping and beaches just down the road,and St. Pete museums and other attractions nearby, this annual home and alternative learners convention promises something for everyone.

Lodging is available on the premises for $65/night. Call the Eckerd College Conference Center and Lodge at (800) 456-9009 to reserve a room before August 1. Campsites at Ft. Desoto are just $35/night, and free "primitive" group camping is also available (RSVP to LIFE before August 20).

There will be a variety of vendors, an abundance of free materials, workshops, door prizes and raffles, and an educational children’s area with art and animals, all adding up to a full and exciting day that will offer ample opportunities to meet other home educators from around the state and to learn how to make the most of the homeschooling adventure.

Admission to LIFE Fest 2008 is a $10 donation per family at the door, or $8 prepaid through Network for Good via the LIFE website. Carpool discounts will be available the day of the event.

Vendor slots are filling up and the current conference line-up includes:

• City of St. Petersburg, with their Green initiative program;
• MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry) programs for youth;
• Florida Virtual School;
• Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
• Hands On Planet Earth;
• Sarah Dees Art for Children activities;
• Tek 4 Tykes computer learning activities for kids;
• Language Playhouse language immersion workshop and activities;
• Camp Fire, USA
• Demonstrations and information about FIRST robotics;
• Round table discussions on running support groups, organizing cooperatives, getting ready for college and boosting homeschool self-esteem;
• Door prizes from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Ringling Museum of Art, Barnes & Noble, and vendors

And much more.

Vendor and LIFE Fest Bazaar booths must be reserved by August 20. (Local homeschool support group booths are free.) Visit www.learningis4everyone.org for more information.

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