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Art mentors, cocaine, Ag, Scientopia, ViVO, CSI and golf

Sonoma middle and high school students were hired to beautify the high school campus this past summer. Sonoma Valley Unified staff report that students really took pride in their work and in fixing up their school campus. Senior Cristofer Goodman Chavez edited and produced a great video about the project that can be seen on the district’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/watch?v=MciqkyuOCP4.

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The Arts Guild of Sonoma will display the artwork of local students as well as new work by guild members at its next show, which opens Friday, Sept. 6, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. This show is the culmination of an annual summer mentor program in which local students are paired with working artists. This year Janis Kobe mentored Sonoma Valley High senior Maya Harris and sophomores Kaylin Riebli and Gracie Bundschu; Thena Trygstad mentored sixth-grader Sebastien Ingham; Martin Munson mentored sophomore Ian Bon; and Steve Manfre mentored Presentation School eighth-grader Genaro Pamatz.

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I am embarrassed to admit that I hadn’t ever been to or heard of Napa’s Scientopia hands-on discovery center. The business was on the brink of closing but it has been saved by a conversion to nonprofit status. The center looks terrific and it offers classes, camps, field trips, birthday parties and features climbing structures, racetracks, railroad sets, “dig” pits and a pretend grocery store. It is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays are set aside for events and parties. scientopiadiscoverycenter.com. 1785-B Tanen St. (near Soscol and Lincoln).

If you missed the Valley Vibes Orchestra (ViVO) at the sold-out Red & White Ball, you can next see the talented tykes, ages 5 to 10, perform at the 27th annual B.R. Cohn Music Festival. El Verano’s El Sistema-inspired orchestra will go on right after the Doobie Brothers on Saturday, Sept. 21 and Sunday, Sept. 22.

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A new study out of UC San Francisco and Berkeley found that just one use of cocaine may rewire the brain and drastically affect future decision-making. Other studies have shown the damage cause by long-term use but this study found that the wiring in the brain’s frontal lobe (the area of the brain that handles decision-making and memory) was altered after just one use. newscenter.berkeley.edu/2013/08/25/miceoncocaine/

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