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Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup Feb. 14


Internship opp: The Sonoma Community Center is seeking a marketing, public relations and social media intern. The position is open to high school and college students with good writing skills and familiarity with social media. Graphic design and photography skills a plus. The time commitment is flexible, a few hours a week this spring and half-time in the summer. Stipend available at the successful completion of the internship, amount depends on hours worked and projects completed. Email resume and short cover letter to stephenkyle@sonomacommunitycenter.org. Spring deadline is Feb. 24. Summer deadline is April 15.

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Adult enrichment: In the mood to learn something new this winter? Or are you envious of your student in college, and thinking to yourself, “If only I could do it again?” How about trying an online course? Here’s a link to 250 free online courses being offered by Ivy League universities right now. I have taken one online class and I liked it much more than I expected. The best classes are a combination of videos, hot links to multi-media resources and group discussions. http://tinyurl.com/zpne39r

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Free resource: Lynda.com’s vast library of video tutorials for your computer or phone are now available for free at our Sonoma Valley Library (think business, social media, web design, coding and much more). The classes are available in five languages

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Fashion classes: Does your child (age 9 to 17) have a fabulous “Trashion Fashion” idea but don’t know where to start? In this hands-on class at the Sonoma Community Center, Margaret Thatcher will offer guidance in working with various materials, design concepts, construction techniques and how to fit designs on the model. Tools will be provided. Basic sewing skills are useful but not required. Participants must collect and provide their own recycled materials. No purchased materials will be accepted. The cost is $140 (or $126 for members). The classes are Saturday Feb. 18 and 25, and March 4 and 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. Register at sonomacommunitycenter.org.

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College app help: Juniors interested in getting a head start on their four-year college applications are encouraged to join the Sonoma Valley High School CAAT program run by the College and Career Center. The group meets during advisory period, beginning this spring. Applications are due to the CCC office by Monday, Feb. 27.

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Campfire program: Kids of all ages are invited to a campfire in the Sonoma Barracks Courtyard from 5 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17. There will be a short talk, songs and a marshmallow roast. Free. Steady rain will cause it to be canceled.

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Free cooking classes: La Luz and El Verano School’s Family Resource Center are offering a Healthy Cooking/Cocina Saludable class from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 16. in room 31. The class will focus on easy, quick, and low cost recipes and fun physical activities. No reservation needed. Call 935-6035 for more information.

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Tiny tunes: Pre-orchestra classes will start at El Verano Elementary School this week. The classes are free, open to all students in grades one and two and will take place every Monday and Tuesday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Pick up an enrollment form at the school office if you are interested in having your child participate.

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Toys needed: The Boys & Girls Clubs are starting an after-school program for kindergarteners at Sassarini Elementary and are looking for donations of puppets, wood blocks, Lego and other engaging toys for 5-year-olds. Donations can be dropped at the BGC Maxwell Park Clubhouse.

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Holiday camp: Students age 5 to 11 – and also teens who have no school on Monday, Feb. 20 – are invited to attend Art Escape classes from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.. The cost is $20. There is also a marbling-technique and leather-journal class on Feb. 17 and 18. This more intensive class is $150. There are other classes that week, some with a small fee, one that is free. Check out the schedule and reserve online artescapesonoma.com or call 938-5551.

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Free SAT workshop: There is a free workshop on the new SAT and general college admission test prep at the Sonoma Valley Library at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25. The group workshop for high school students and their families will cover the differences in the new SAT; which test to take (SAT or ACT); how students can prepare for the tests; and effective test-taking strategies. The library is located at 755 W. Napa St.

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Restaurant work: Teens (and adults) who want to work in the food industry can join Teen Services Sonoma for training classes the last week of every month. If you want to work at Lovin’ Oven, the training is mandatory. The next ServSafe class is from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20; the next Service Etiquette class is from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24. The cost is $20 for ServSafe Materials. Sign up at teenservicessonoma.org.

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Free bookmobile: The Sonoma County Free Bookmobile will be around town on Feb. 18. It will be at Kenwood market from noon to 1 p.m.; at the Glen Ellen Post Office from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; and at Fiesta Center in Boyes Hot Springs from 3 to 5 p.m.

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Debit cards for teens: A new company called Greenlight is offering debit cards that can be controlled by parents. Each transaction with the card requires a “greenlight” from the parents and each time the card is used, parents get an instant notification on their phone. Kids get their version of the app to monitor their expenses and available balance. The can be instantly shut off – from either your phone or your child’s – the minute it can’t be found. greenlightcard.com

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Book fair: Crescent Montessori School is having its first book fair from now through Saturday, Feb. 18. During this weeklong event, Readers’ Books will donate 15 percent of sales to Crescent Montessori when a customer says, “I support Crescent.” All proceeds will go toward the installation of a permanent sign for the school.

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Middle school fundraiser: Adele Harrison’s spring fundraiser (A Night in Las Vegas) is coming up on April 8. Contact Lyndsay Knox if you are interested in donating wine, or a buy-in auction event. lyndsayknox@me.com or 650-743-2901

Contact Lorna Sheridan at ourschools@sonomanews.com.