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Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup


Safe drivers: Sonoma Raceway is hosting a Distracted Driver Awareness event in partnership with the CHP on Wednesday, April 5, from noon to 3 p.m., and a handful of Sonoma Valley High School and Hanna Boys Center students are participating. They’ll partake in an educational panel on the dangers of distracted driving, followed by on-track instruction by Simraceway Performance Driving Center to show teens first-hand how dangerous it is to drive while texting, eating, driving with multiple passengers, etc. To participate in future sessions, email ckiser@sonomaraceway.com right away.

Coffee with the Principal: The next chance to chat with SVHS Principal Kathleen Hawing is at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, April 7, in the library. The topic is Social Emotional Support Training by the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Changing times: 20 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, according to a new survey conducted by Harris Poll. This number far exceeds the percentages in other age groups — 12 percent of 35- to 51-year-olds, 7 percent of 52- to 71-year-olds and 5 percent of those 72 and older. tinyurl.com/lu8o6e8

Jr. board members needed: The Sonoma Valley Library Advisory Board seeks a local high school student to join its board. Apply at sonomalibrary.org/about/library-advisory-boards by April 29. The youth member will bring issues concerning young people in the Valley to the table. The term is one year, starting on July 1. Meetings are held monthly at 4 p.m.

Volunteer with teens: The next Teen Services Sonoma volunteer orientation meeting is at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, at the No Name Cafe at Sonoma Valley High. There are lots of ways to help out including the Homework Club, Art Wednesdays, Yoga, Bike Mechanics classes and cooking. Teen Services is also hosting a Sunday potluck dinner celebrating immigrants in our community at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 30. Bring a dish and maybe some music or art from your country of origin. RSVP at 939-1452.

Monopoly changes: Hasbro is shaking things up with the Monopoly board game in an attempt to modernize the game for today’s kids. The boot, the thimble and the wheelbarrow (all symbols perhaps of a harder-working past?) and a dinosaur, penguin and cat are in.

Free STEM workshop: SVHS students Alyssa Schimm and Grace Turner, presidents of the high school’s Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Club, are hosting a free, three-day Saturday STEM Session for girls in grades four to eight. These sessions will take place on April 8, 15, and 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. Register right away at https://goo.gl/forms/dYpLcqj0FoaPalln1

April fun: There are two fun activities at the Sonoma State Historic Park in April. Sheep Shearing day at the Petaluma Adobe is on Saturday, April 8, and the Children’s Day at the Mission is on Saturday, April 29. Learn more at sonomaparks.org.

Save the date: The Toyota/Save Mart “Cars 3” Road to the Races event will include life-sized cars designed to look like the big-screen characters on Friday, June 23 through Sunday, June 23. Kids ages 12 and under are just $10 on NASCAR Sunday and free on Saturday.

Educator enrichment: Anne Marie Sebastiani is offering a day for educators at MacArthur Place Hotel on April 29. She says, “The second of Imagination.AM’s tri-event series, this one day experience will offer the right tools and support to allow all educators to wake up inspired to thrive and live in joy every day.” Register or learn more at eventbrite.com/e/educators-imagine-lead-shine-tickets-31685597475

Fundraiser: Tickets are on sale now for the 2017 Prestwood Benefit Ball, “A Night in the Bohemian Grove.” This year’s fund-a-need is a new creative arts room on campus. Tickets are $125 to $150. Dinner is by Ari Weiswasser of Glen Ellen Star. New this year will be a “Prestwood Party Ticket” for $50 per person. Visit prestwoodschool.org to buy tickets.

Baby hikes: HikeItBaby.com is a website through which local hikes can be organized for moms and tots. The next one I see is at Sonoma Valley Regional Park in Glen Ellen at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5. It’s free but you need to visit the website to get the details.

New theater classes: Libby Oberlin’s Theater School has new classes starting in mid-April. “Staging Dr. Seuss” is for ages 7 to 12 on Thursdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. “Styles Of Acting” is for ages 10 to 12 on Mondays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and for ages 13 to 18 on Mondays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuition is $180. thetheaterschool.com

Scholarship: Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance provides generous college scholarships for children of locals employed in all aspects of the wine business, from field workers to executives. The application deadline is Friday, April 14. Visit sonomavalleywine.com to apply.

Scholarship: The Steve Silver Foundation and Beach Blanket Babylon “Scholarship for the Arts” program is accepting applications through April 28. High school seniors throughout the San Francisco Bay Area are asked to submit a completed entry form along with a three-minute performance in one of three categories: singing, acting or dancing. Three winners will get $15,000 each. beachblanketbabylon.com/scholarship.

Free online high school: California Connections Academy is a tuition-free virtual public school that saw a 45 percent jump in enrollment last year. The school, which serves students grades K-12 across the North Bay, is now enrolling students for next year. connectionsacademy.com/california-online-school/about/north-bay

Congrats: Sonoma Valley High School Graduate Diego Alvarado Jimenez earned a Dean’s Award with Distinction at Colgate University.

Send tips and news to Lorna at ourschools@sonomanews.com.