Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup Feb. 28

Garden party: A benefit dinner for the Sonoma School Garden Project is being organized by Michael Daly (who attends Cardinal-Newman High School). “Let’s All Dig In” starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 11. There will be local wine, a silent auction and dinner. Ramekins and more than a dozen local chefs are contributing the food. Tickets are $75 and available at tinyurl.com/jdlxjrk. Email cceveridge@gmail.com for more information.

Free tutoring: Students ages 13 to 18 can get free tutoring at the Teen Center at 17440 Sonoma Highway. Offered is math (algebra to calculus), physics and chemistry on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. Call 939-1452 for more information.

Shopping pop up: There is a mom-preneur shopping night at the Krug (Best Western) Event Center from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 2. Wine and light refreshments will be provided, and vendors will include LuLaRoe Clothing, doTerra Essential Oils, BeautyCounter make-up and skin care, Stella & Dot Jewelry and a dozen more options.

American Boy doll: For the first time in its 31-year history, American Girl is introducing a boy doll, named Logan Everett. American Girl is now owned by Mattel and it is hoping to revive sales of the pricey ($100-plus) doll brand. Last year the brand introduced its first African American Girl of the Year, Gabriela McBride.

Dine and Donate: There is a dine and donate night at both Mary’s Pizza locations on Tuesday, Feb. 28, to benefit RISK Sonoma, the nonprofit that supports and educates local families about prescription drug abuse in the Valley. Bring the flyer with you from the RISK Facebook page and 20 percent of your bill will be donated to RISK.

Classes at diRosa: Di Rosa art museum is offering a series of Art Spark family workshops on the fourth Sunday of each month this spring. Each workshop features a different project for families to take home. Tickets per workshop are $12 adults; free for children 15 and under. Reservations are required at 226-5991 or miki@dirosaart.org. dirosaart.org.

Ropes course training: The Challenge Sonoma course in Eldridge (Sonoma Developmental Center) is offering training from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on March 9 to 12 or May 4 to 7 for ages 15 and up. Challenge Sonoma leaders are community volunteers who lead participants through a sequence of activities using obstacles composed of logs, platforms, and ropes, offering all ages both physical and mental challenges. The $125 training fee includes more than 50 hours of leader training. Challengesonoma.org

New yoga for kids: Lesley Giovannelli has been sharing her love of yoga with kids, families and teens for a decade. She is now offering a free trial week and a seven-week kids series. You can try out a class for ages 5 to 18 for free March 6 to 12. No reservation is necessary. Located at Energy Fitness Studio Sonoma. itsyogakidssonoma.com

Diversity survey: The school district’s Equity and Inclusion Task Force survey is asking all parents to provide input about equity in our schools. You can take the survey at tinyurl.com/gt8xekx

Full nests: More young Americans live with their family today than at any other point in time since the 1940s. Almost 40 percent of young adults currently live with their parents, siblings or other relatives. Trulia.com tracks this statistic using Census data. www.trulia.com/CA/Sonoma/

Questions for babysitters: If you are interviewing for a long-term sitter or full-time nanny, here are three good questions to ask, courtesy of the Bottom Line. What bothered you about the last family you worked for? Did you ever make suggestions to the parents? How would you solve a problem, such as the kids fighting?

Girls Who Code: One of the very best summer opportunities is the free Girls Who Code program. The competitive seven-week class in San Francisco is for rising juniors and seniors. No experience is necessary. You need to arrange your own housing or transportation but it is an amazing program. The application deadline is March 17. Apply at girlswhocode.fluidreview.com

Donation: Rabobank has awarded a grant of $1,000 to the Teen Services Ready to Work program. Westamerica Bank also donated $1,500 which will be used to purchase a new dishwasher for the No Name Café.

New textbooks: Are you interested in what instructional materials are being proposed in our local schools? The Sonoma Valley Unified School District’s Curriculum Advisory Council is considering the following new textbooks

— Algebra 2 - Core Connections Algebra 2, CPM Educational Program

— Geometry - Core Connections Geometry, CPM Educational Program

— Advanced Math – Statistical Reasoning in Sports, Josh Tabor and Christine Franklin

— Advanced Math - Transition to College Mathematics & Statistics, McGraw Hill

— AP Statistics Curriculum – The Practice of Statistics, W.H. Freeman and Company

— Agriculture & Marketing Curriculum – Agribusiness - Principles of Management, Delmar Cengage Learning.

You can review the books at 17850 Railroad Ave. Call 939-4895.

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