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Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup Jan. 17


Need a bike: Sonoma Teen Services Operation Bicycle is selling reasonably-priced used bicycles for adults and kids on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 1 to 7 p.m. Operation Bicycle is located at 17440 Sonoma Highway.

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Pitch Perfect: For a cappella fans, there is a fun chance to see several groups perform at the 12th annual A Cappella Extravaganza at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Napa Valley Performing Arts Center in Yountville. This concert boasts a one-of-a-kind lineup of high school and collegiate professional groups. Groups from UCLA, Cal Poly SLO, Stanford and NBC’s the Sing-Off favorites VoicePlay. licolntheater.com

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Young artists: The City of Sonoma Cultural and Fine Arts Commission is accepting applications for 2017 Student Creative Arts Award Program. This award program is open to Sonoma Valley residents between the ages of 16 and 21 who are studying visual, literary or performing arts. Applicants must submit a completed application form, a short statement explaining the role that art has played in their life and what their plans are for continuing their artistic training, and a portfolio of at least five works. Apply online at sonomacity.org by Tuesday, Feb. 21.

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Cooking for kids: Williams-Sonoma offers periodic “Junior Chef” cooking classes on Broadway. Up next are “Fast and Easy Pho” on Monday, Jan. 23 and “Candy” on Monday, Jan. 30. The classes are Mondays at 4 p.m. Sign up in advance in the store.

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College advice: College Night for Juniors is Thursday, January 19 at 6 p.m. in the Pavilion at SVHS. The evening is geared toward juniors who plan on attending a four-year college after graduation. Sophomores are also welcome to attend.

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Artsy students: SVHS principal Kathleen Hawing shared recently that a full 50 percent of all SVHS students are enrolled in a visual or performing art elective this year, and that 75 percent of all seniors are as well. That total is thanks to 29 class sections in dance, music, drama, video, fine art and photography.

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Party for Peter: The Cultural and Fine Arts Commission of Sonoma is hosting a reception to honor local filmmaker and teacher Peter Hansen who was recently named the 2017 Sonoma Treasure Artist of the Year. The event is at 5:30 p.m on Wednesday Jan. 25, at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Reservations for the wine and hors d’oeuvres reception will be accepted until 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, and must be paid in advance. The cost is $20 per person. Drop off or mail payment to City Hall.

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Free screening: Sonoma Mentoring Alliance and Hanna Boys Center are presenting a free screening of the documentary, “Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope” at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at the Hanna Boys Center Auditorium. Register online at hannacenter.org

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Comedy for kids: There is a Crushers of Comedy fundraiser at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Krug Event Center on Second Street West and the proceeds benefit Sonoma Teen Services. This is an adult, 18 and over show, however. Tickets are available at CrushersofComedy.com.

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International students: Enrollment numbers of international undergraduate students are up 79 percent from 10 years ago. Where are these students coming from? The top country is China, followed by Saudi Arabia, South Korea, India and Vietnam. tinyurl.com/jklytgt

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Free books: The Sonoma County Free Bookmobile will be in our neck of the woods on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Kenwood Market from noon to 1 p.m., at Glen Ellen Post Office from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and at the Fiesta Plaza shopping center in Boyes Hot Springs from 3 to 5 p.m.

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Free concert: A new free concert series for elementary age children, called HipPOPS! Concerts, is scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21 at Napa Valley Performing Arts Center in Yountville. These performances will open the door to symphonic music for the entire family with a music selection that is fun, interactive and age appropriate. Sign up online at lincolntheater.com

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Admissions open house: Crescent Montessori School is once again reaching out to the community’s families by hosting an open house for families of pre-K through eighth graders from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the school’s campus in the Sonoma Community Center.

St. Francis Solano School is hosting an enrollment open house on Friday, Jan. 27 at 9:30 a.m. for kinder through eighth grade. The school’s kindergarten sneak peek is on Friday, Feb. 17 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Call 996-4994 to reserve a spot for the Sneak Peek. saintfrancissolano.org.

St. Vincent de Paul High School in Petaluma is hosting an admissions open house at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Register at svhs-pet.org or call 763-1032, ext. 113. The school is located at 849 Keokuk St.

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Facebook group: A new local Facebook group for parents has cropped up with a great mission – saving us money on costly equipment for our children. The group is called “Sonoma Valley Kids’ Gear.” Request an invite to join if you have or need items.

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Transcendence Theatre Company: TTC is again offering a summer internship program. This 12- to 15-week summer program will train high schoolers, college pre-professionals, and young adults in a variety of theatrical, artistic and operational areas. The deadline to apply is Friday, Jan. 20.

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Meeting canceled: The SVUSD Equity and Inclusion Task Force’s meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17 has been canceled, but the meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 31 – which is open to the public – will take place as planned at 6 p.m. at the First Congregational Church.

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Book rec: One of the most popular young adult titles in Sonoma last year was “Christa’s Luck,” which was written by a local couple Jennifer and Michael Grais. The novel is the story of a girl, her horse, and the last wild mustangs. In the vein of “The Horse Whisperer” and “The Black Stallion,” the book is an epic adventure story with a heroine who wears cowboy boots instead of glass slippers. The novel is on sale at Readers’ Books, plus the audio version was released on audible.com last week. You can also read the first chapter of for free at christasluck.com.

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Mother daughter day: “Don’t Roll Your Eyes at Me” is a day for daughters ages 11 and up to attend a workshop with their moms organized by G3 Sonoma. The retreat will be at Ramekins Culinary School on Sunday, Jan. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “We aim to foster an even stronger relationship between mother and daughter in a fun, energetic, interactive, and creative space,” said G3 co-founder Michelle Dale Jernigan. “We will focus on communication, relationships, self-worth, body image, confidence, and trust… all targeted toward continuing to build the sacred bond between mother and daughter.” Register and learn more at g3sonoma.com

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Writers contest: Students are invited to share their talent in Jack London State Historic Park’s second annual Young Writers Contest for grades four through eight. The contest is open through Monday, Feb. 28. Visit jacklondonpark.com to enter.

Contact Lorna Sheridan at ourschools@sonomanews.com.