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Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup, April 18

Teacher of the Year: The David Reber Memorial Teacher of the Year Program is accepting nominations now through April 30. The local Masonic award honors an outstanding teacher in the community. Submissions are accepted until April 30, at http://teacher.templelodge14.com/

Alcohol abuse panel tonight: Debbie Allen, founder of Shelby’s Rules, will join a panel on the dangers of teen binge drinking from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18 at Altimira Middle School. The panel will also include members of health and law enforcement agencies. The event is free.

Here to hear: The district’s Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce is holding a listening circle at El Verano Elementary School at 6 p.m. on April 20. The topic is equity and inclusion in Sonoma schools and community. No rsvp needed. Childcare will be available. The forum will be in English and Spanish.

Bullying facts: Hallways and stairwells are the bullying hot spots, according to a new research from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Students between the ages of 12 and 18 report nearly twice as many bullying incidents in transitional areas between classes — where they spend a fraction of their time — as in other school areas like cafeterias or playgrounds. Read more at tinyurl.com/m9bf6fy

Bike mechanic skills: Local teens are invited to participate in Teen Services’ Bike Mechanics Certification Course. Courses run every Monday at the Teen Center from 5 to 6:30 p.m. At the end of the four classes, teens gain access to the drop-in space, dollars to spend in the shop and a useful skill. To sign up, email adrian@teenservicessonoma.org or stop by the shop.

At your peak: Scientists have attempted to pinpoint when humans peak at certain key stages in life – from the ability to learn a second language to remembering names to attractiveness. The chart (see this column online) is eye-opening. tinyurl.com/n86tjsu

Autism awareness: In honor of Autism Awareness Month, PBS Kids is showing episodes from its shows that feature characters on the spectrum. Julia, a Muppet with autism, kicked off the month in a new episode of “Sesame Street” in which Big Bird meets Julia and learns about the disorder. tinyurl.com/mc3cwka

Car wash: The SVHS senior class will be hosting a car wash as a fundraiser at Sonoma Chevrolet on West Napa Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 22.

Art comp: Entries are being accepted until April 26 for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. This annual competition showcases the artistic talents and abilities of students in each district in the United States. All winning pieces will be displayed in Washington D.C. The grand prize winner will be flown with a guest to the exhibit. mikethompson.house.gov/services/art-competition

Town hall: Rep. Mike Thompson will be meeting with the community at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, at Sonoma Valley High School in the Pavilion. He’ll take questions about what’s happening in Washington and seek input on thoughts and concerns.

Future doctors: Kaiser Permanente is looking for high school students to serve on the Kaiser Teen Advisory Council. This is a great opportunity for students interested in health care or advocacy. Looks great on college applications, too. Stop by the SVHS College & Career Center or contact Mandy Weltman at 566-5253.

Cheer camp: Students in grades 8 to 11 are invited to a cheer camp at Sonoma Valley High from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 22. Email Maci at macijerry@comcast.net to sign up, space is limited to 40 attendees.

Preschool openings: Applications are being accepted now for the preschool at Prestwood Elementary School for the fall. The classes are run by North Bay Children’s Center. Email Denia Candela at dcandela@nbcc.net or call 321-6761 for information.

Performance Anxiety: The Santa Rosa Symphony is hosting a free, drop-in workshop on performance anxiety for young musicians from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, in the library at Sonoma County Day School at 4400 Day School Place in Santa Rosa.

Book fair: Sonoma Charter School’s annual Scholastic Book Fair is April 18 to 21 from 8 to 8:40 a.m. and after school from 3 to 4 p.m. Proceeds will purchase books for the school library.

Free books: The Sonoma County Free Bookmobile will be in town to give out books and accept donations on Sunday, April 23 from noon to 1 p.m. at Kenwood Market; at Glen Ellen Post Office from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and at Boyes Hot Springs/Fiesta Center from 3 to 5 p.m.

Earth Day: Quarryhill Botanical Garden is celebrating Earth Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, with free family fun and a plant sale. There will be arts and crafts, games and face painting. A scavenger hunt, live animals, music, fire engine tours and more.

Fan Fest: If your children enjoy baseball, stop by the inaugural Stompers Fan Fest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, at the Fan Shop on West Napa Street in downtown Sonoma. The free event will feature prizes, tickets, a chance to get autographs and photos with the mascot, Rawhide. El Coyote taco truck will be on site as well.

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