Bikes for sale: The team of students who work at Operations Bicycle at Teen Services have a slew of refurbished bikes for sale right now. Some you can see on display 17440 Sonoma Highway in front of the building, but most are down below. Stop by for a bargain, or consider donating any bikes your kids have outgrown.
Better autism detection: A small study is nearly 98 percent accurate in diagnosing autism in kids between the ages of 3 and 10, the researchers claim. Researchers say an experimental blood test has shown promise as a novel way to diagnose autism regardless of where on the spectrum an individual is. Read more at tinyurl.com/mb7vcdf.
Farm day fun: Sonoma Valley High School senior Paul Shafer is organizing a free “Foolin’ Around at the Farm” day for his senior project. The community is invited to a day of activities at the SVHS farm at the end of Larkin Drive on Saturday, April 1. Kids can learn where their food comes from and there will be a livestock petting zoo, photo booth with a cow, sheep shearing, vine wreath making and more.
Study abroad: A team looked at the 48 most popular countries at which American students choose to study abroad in college and determined which are the least expensive. The least pricey are Mexico, India, Guatemala, Peru, Vietnam, Dominican Republic, Morrocco, Kenya and Brazil. Read more at tinyurl.com/myxdtex.
Boosters news: Sonoma Valley High’s Boosters Club is reorganizing next year. The voting board titles will include president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, membership/school families, membership/businesses, fundraiser crab feed, fundraiser auction, alumni relations. Staff board members will be principal, athletic director and activities director. The non-voting positions will be spirit wear, volunteer coordinator and past president. The Monday, April 3 Boosters meeting at 7 p.m. in the SVHS library is open to all and an opportunity to join and inquire about board positions.
Afternoon enrichment: A new series of afternoon classes is now open for registration at Presentation School. Offerings include photography for grades 4 to 8, Open Art Studio for grades 2 through 8, kids yoga for grades K to 4, STEAM workshops for grades K to 8 and Chess Club for all ages. The classes are open to all Valley students and begin at 3:30 p.m. weekdays beginning March 28. Register at presentationschool.org.
Upgrades at SRJC: Thanks to Measure H, Burbank Auditorium at SRJC is getting a full remodel to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Santa Rosa Junior College. In addition, there will be classroom spaces and audience amenities. Construction is set to begin summer 2017.
Summer enrichment: EXCEL at Sonoma State offers terrific one and two-week summer sessions for students entering grades 4 to 9 of accelerated classes in science, math, technology, visual art, drama, and writing. sonoma.edu/exed/excel
Summer healthcare program: The Sonoma County healthcare community has partnered with Santa Rosa Junior College to develop a course in which students visit healthcare sites, listen to a variety of professional speakers, as well as attend skills labs and lectures. Applications are due March 31. Apply at healthcareers.santarosa.edu.
More medical career info: The Academic Advantage program offers students who are interested in a career in medicine a morning of panels and career advice. The event is at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 8, register to attend at academicsonoma.com.