Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup March 7

Last tour: Sonoma Valley Education Foundation is hosting its final tour of the year on Thursday, March 9, from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. The tour will include some of the programs funded by the SVEF, including the media arts department, showcasing the new equipment purchased this summer, the College and Career Center, the engineering academy and more. RSVP by emailing info@svgreatschools.org.

Disorganized kids: Executive function is the magic ingredient that gives us the ability to plan and organize, manage time, initiate action, and achieve goals — skills that don’t often develop until our late teens and mid-20s. Author Carolyn Carpeneti presents the issue of executive function in a clear, accessible, and relatable manner in her book “Taking Flight: Mastering Executive Function.” If you are looking for a step-by-step guide, this is a great resource.

Free Stem Workshops: SVHS’s Alyssa Schimm and Grace Turner are the presidents of the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Club at Sonoma Valley High School. This April they are hosting a three day Saturday STEM Session for girls in grades four through eight. These sessions will take place on April 8, 15, and 22. The first Saturday will be centered around engineering, the second around coding, and the third around science. All Saturdays will run from 1 to 4 p.m. and will include hands-on activities, speakers and snacks. Space is limited. Register today at https://goo.gl/forms/dYpLcqj0FoaPalln1

Cool conference: Expanding Your Horizons Sonoma County is an annual one-day hands-on conference that encourages seventh and eighth grade girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. This year’s event will be held at the Santa Rosa Junior College on April 1. Registration closes March 28 or when full. The cost for the full-day program is $15, and includes lunch. While the focus is for girls, boys are welcome. Visit http://eyh-soco.org to sign up.

Emma!: The pop musical “Emma!” is based on Jane Austin’s classic novel but remade in modern day with hits songs by Whitney Houston, the Supremes, Sara Bareilles and more. The show stars a dozen Sonoma Valley teens and runs March 9 to 19 at the Sonoma Community Center. sonomaartslive.org.

Ag cabbage feed: Sonoma Ag Booster Club is hosting its inaugural Corn Beef & Cabbage Feed on Wednesday, March 15 starting at 5:30 p.m. The evening will include dinner, drinks, dessert and Irish dancing. Email sonomaagriculture@gmail.com for tickets. The cost is $35.

Job fair: Sonoma County school districts are hosting their 2017 job fair from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 11, for anyone who is interested in working for one of more than a dozen local school districts, including Sonoma Valley. The fair is being hosted at the Sonoma County Office of Education at 5340 Skylane Blvd. in Santa Rosa. Email struelove@scoe.org for more information.

Free books: The Sonoma County Free Bookmobile will be around town on March 11, stopping at Kenwood Market from noon to 1 p.m., at the Glen Ellen post office from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and the Fiesta Center in Boyes Hot Springs from 3 to 5 p.m.

Equity in Sonoma Valley: Marc Philpart is kicking off Hanna Boys Centers’ year-long series on “equity.” Philpart will discuss the “boys and men of color” framework, which describes how culturally relevant trauma-informed practices improve outcomes for youth. The program is designed for professionals in public education, healthcare and human services. The breakfast is from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 9, at 17000 Arnold Drive. Tickets are $30. RSVP is required.

Ropes course: Challenge Sonoma Adventure Ropes Course is offering its ropes course leader training program on March 10 to 12 or on May 5 to 7, on Sonoma Mountain above the Sonoma Developmental Center, for ages 15 years and up. Leaders volunteer, then shadow, and then are paid $11 an hour. Tuition for the training is $125. Visit challengesonoma.org for more information.

Fashion show: The Soroptomists of Sonoma Valley are staging “Head Over Heels for Fashion” at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, at MacArthur Place Hotel. The lunch, fashion show and auction raises money for the nonprofit’s scholarship programs, literacy programs and for Sonoma Overnight Support. Tickets are $60. For reservations, call 996-4538 or 953-3621.

Lobster sale: The Soroptomists are also gearing up for their April lobster sale. Orders are being accepted now for the fresh Maine 1.5 pound lobsters. Call 953-3621 or 338-1874 to order. Pickup is April 1.

Congrats to: Paulina Prasad who was named to the Dean’s List at Boston University for the fall semester. Congratulations also to Paula Menth who received her degree in nursing from Western Governors University.

Mom’s Day Out: Trinity Episcopal Church on East Spain offers a Mom’s Day Out for moms of kids 5 and under every Monday from 8:45 to 11:45 a.m. $30 a child. Advance reservations recommended at trinitysonoma.org/sign-up-here.

Art classes: Art Escape Sonoma always has a half-dozen great classes open for registration for kids, teens and adults. One cool option this month is an Introduction to Torchwork and beading class from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday March 25. The cost is $65 for adults but teens can attend for free (thanks to a grant from the Rose Marie Piper Foundation). Call or register online at artescapesonoma.com

Lunch ladies: A group on the Springs Community Group Facebook page banded together to donate money to retire all the lunch debt of the children across Sonoma Valley public schools. So much money was raised for this cause so quickly that organizer Suzanne Sonbrun said there’s now some reserves so when a child has no money, they can still get a lunch.

Broadway Tickets: Gary Nelson of Nelson Staffing has donated 100 tickets to the Best of Broadway Under the Stars Concert at the Luther Burbank Center on March 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets are on a first-come basis for Kenwood School families.

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