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Sonoma parent Leslie Nicholson has launched RISK (Resources, Information, Support and Knowledge) – a support group for parents of teens and children in Sonoma. The first meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at EA Crossfit 19698 Eighth Street East. The first speaker, among many planned, is Jennifer Blackwood, a Sonoma parent and local Kidpower instructor, who will be talking about cyber-bullying. There are many parents, educators, professionals and grandparents who are concerned about our children and what is influencing their lives. This group’s purpose is to empower parents in dealing with issues and to bring the community together to keep kids safe. If you are interested in attending or learning more, email risk95476@yahoo.com.

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If you are frustrated by your middle schooler’s obsession with computer games, here are five games that a panel of educational experts think have the most potential to educate, engage and empower students: DragonBox, Scribblenauts, Portal 2, Gamestar Mechanic, Minecraft. You can read about these games and others at the great nonprofit Institute of Play website at instituteofplay.org.

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The next Sonoma Valley Library book sale is shaping up to be enormous. Save the dates of Nov. 13 to 16 to shop the sale and while you are there, consider becoming a “friend” of the library. You will be the first to hear about library events. While the donated books are a bargain (with no items over $2), the library still manages to make more than $10,000 at each sale to help support the great programs they provide free of charge to area residents of all ages. Don’t forget that all students can choose one free book every sale.

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