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PAUL BARRON, marketing and community relations team leader for Whole Foods, corrals some healthy lunch food. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Kids can build a lunch Sunday at Whole Foods

With students heading back to school this week, Whole Foods Market in Sonoma is offering its popular Build-Your-Own lunch event this Sunday, Aug. 17. Local elementary school students and their families are invited to stop by from 1 to 3 p.m. for this free event.

Front row from left, are George Stewart, Olivia Boles, Anna Zhang, Andrea Evans, Alison Perkins, Audrey Castillo, Lucy Sondheim, Emily Curiel, Hannah Chun, Tucker Pierce, Liam Sheldon, Kelly Needleman, Michaela Schillinger, Sam Fannucchi, Karlilie Goodman, Sydney Boldt and Natalie Gulrajani. Middle row from left, Madeline Jaycox, Mikaela Zeiter, Elizabeth Moore, Emily Hengehold, Alison Arntz, Sarah Kiser, Lauren Worona, Ellie Bon, Elise Stewart, Alyssa Schimm, Amy Stanfield, Emma Bartolomee, Anna Cline, Heather Durfee, Maya Reilly, Lily Toulze and Maddie Welsome. Back row from left, Nikki Sandhu, Genaro Panatz,, Julia Little, Lauren Smith, Mario Coranado, Dominic Chiotti, Kayla Minehan, Alissa Orr, Juliet Gude, Hannah McNeely, Gavin Lehane Pablo Rubio and Cian Martin.

Faire celebrates middle school writers

This year’s Jim Thrower Rotary Writing Faire Authors’ Reception was held at a new venue by Sonoma Rotary Club, which not only supported the Faire monetarily but, this year, hosted it at the newly refurbished Sonoma Community Center.

Ten high school seniors from eight Sonoma County high schools were honored by the Press Democrat last month for their leadership and civic contributions at the 26th annual Community Youth Service Awards.

Larson honored with top community youth service award

Ten high school seniors from eight Sonoma County high schools were honored by the Press Democrat last month for their leadership and civic contributions at the 26th annual Community Youth Service Awards. Sonoma Valley High senior Erica Larson won the top honors in the category of agriculture/vocational.

Dunbar students across all grades have been working on a colorful new mural outside the school library under the leadership of Mendocino artist Janet Self.

Dunbar unveils new mural

Dunbar students across all grades have been working on a colorful new mural outside the school library under the leadership of Mendocino artist Janet Self.

Sassarini Elementary School second-grade teacher Meghan Leary recently organized for two athletes to visit the school to speak about their basketball championships in Special Olympics competitions.

Special Olympic athletes visit Sassarini

Sassarini Elementary School second-grade teacher Meghan Leary recently organized for two athletes to visit the school to speak about their basketball championships in Special Olympics competitions.

Sonoma Valley High School’s agriculture mechanics class, under the direction of teacher Dan Aschwanden, custom built, by hand, a shed this year at the high school farm on campus.

Ag mechanics builds shed on campus

Sonoma Valley High School’s agriculture mechanics class, under the direction of teacher Dan Aschwanden, custom built, by hand, a shed this year at the high school farm on campus.

Nancy Heil, and sisters Joanne Merritt and Jacquie Phillips, collectively worked for the Sonoma Valley Unified School district for 76 years before retiring this year.

District honors retiring teachers

A dozen retiring teachers and staff were honored last month at the Sonoma Valley School District’s annual retirement celebration, held at Gundlach Bundschu Winery.

Justin-Siena High School valedictorian Siena Guerrazzi was raised in Glen Ellen.

Glen Ellen student named valedictorian at Justin-Siena

For the past two years, either the valedictorian or salutatorian at Justin-Siena High School in Napa has hailed from Sonoma Valley. Siena Guerrazzi, of Glen Ellen, was recently named as the school’s valedictorian for 2014, and Mary Bridget Pecha of Sonoma was the school’s salutatorian in 2013.

Thanks to a field trip organized by Sonoma Valley High School, all students enrolled in U.S. history had the chance to spend a morning aboard the U.S.S. Hornet in Alameda, and the afternoon exploring Rosie the Riveter National Park in Richmond in February. Students were able to speak with veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf War.

Sonoma students visit USS Hornet

Thanks to a field trip organized by Sonoma Valley High School, all students enrolled in U.S. history had the chance to spend a morning aboard the U.S.S. Hornet in Alameda, and the afternoon exploring Rosie the Riveter National Park in Richmond in February. Students were able to speak with veterans of World War II, Korea,… Continue Reading >>

In April, 19 Sonoma members of Future Farmers of America (FFA), along with three teachers, traveled to Fresno to attend the 86th annual State FFA Leadership Conference.

FFA attends leadership conference

In April, 19 Sonoma members of Future Farmers of America (FFA), along with three teachers, traveled to Fresno to attend the 86th annual State FFA Leadership Conference.

Kindergartener Matt Makiva and his classmates posed in their flower crowns.

Woodland Star celebrates May Day

Kindergartener Matt Makiva and his classmates posed in their flower crowns as they waited for Woodland Star Charter School’s much-beloved annual May Day festival to begin on campus.