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Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup May 9


Park fun: If your child enjoyed Living History Day in Sonoma, the same event is scheduled for the Petaluma Adobe on Saturday, May 13. It’s a colorful and fun day for the family to participate in California life in the year 1840. There is also a plant sale all month at the Vallejo Home. Finally, the fourth grade “mission projects” from across the district are on display in the Sonoma Plaza Barracks theater room from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. now through May 30.

Stompers camp: Registration for the Sonoma Stompers summer kids camps and the all new Rawhide’s Rascals Kids Club are open. stompersbaseball.com.

Pitch and Run comp: The Stompers are hosting a Pitch Hit & Run competition for local youth on Saturday, May 13, at Petersen Field. All softball, and baseball players age 7 to 14 are invited to compete in pitching, hitting and running. Bring your birth certificate; parents need to sign some forms. Email geoff@stompersbaseball.com for more info.

Swim fun: The official opening day for the pools at Morton’s Warm Springs is Saturday, May 13, just in time for Mother’s Day.

Adele improvements: Hear exactly how Adele Harrison will benefit from the Measure E bond money at its Master Plan update meeting at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10, at the middle school.

Mini-cops: Sonoma Sheriff’s department is now accepting applications for the 2017 Youth Academy. The academy will take place July 17 to 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Check out the website sonomasheriff.org/youth-academy/ for an application and more details.

Volunteers needed: If your teens (15 and up) love live music, they can volunteer at the Huichica Music Festival in June at Gundlach Bundschu Winery. Email sallie@sveducationfoundation.org to apply.

Free flights: Saturday, May 13, is the annual Family Fun Day at Sonoma Skypark. Teens can take a free spin and learn all about local aviation and learning to fly. The open house is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the airport at 21870 Eighth St. E.

Free yoga: Teen Services Sonoma is now offering free yoga classes for teens. Classes started on May 4, and will be held every Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at the Teen Center. Any skill level is welcome. Just drop by.

Expanded library hours: Sonoma Valley public library is now open on Mondays thanks to the passing of the recent library bond.

Free movie series: The Green Music Center at Sonoma State is offering a fun outdoor movie series on its huge outdoor screens. The first film, on Saturday, May 13, is “La La Land.” On July 22, it will screen “The Little Mermaid” and “Moana.” On Aug. 26, they will screen both the animated and the live action versions of “Beauty and the Beast.”

Free books: The Sonoma County Free Bookmobile will be in our area on Saturday, May 13, at Kenwood Market from noon to 1 p.m.; at the Glen Ellen Post Office from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; and in Boyes Hot Springs at the Fiesta Center from 3 to 5 p.m.

Useful skills: The Building Project returns this summer. Local students are invited to learn carpentry, blacksmithing and welding in this Teen Services program held at Hanna Boys Center June 24 to Aug. 5. For more information, call 939-1452.

Scholarship news: Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Foundation awarded a total of $18,000 to five area seniors. They are Ava Castro of SVHS (CSU Monterey Bay), Barrett Benziger of Maria Carrillo High School (UC Santa Cruz). Kayla Field of SVHS (Cal Poly), Jenna Hobby of Los Lomas High School (Humboldt University) and Ruby Moreno of Rancho Cotate High School (SSU or CSU Stanislaus).

Babysitting rates: According to a new survey, the average babysitting rate in 2016 was about $14 per hour, up 26 percent from $11 per hour in 2010. And… the rates in Northern California are the highest in the country, averaging around $16.50 in San Francisco and even more in San Jose. Approximately 1 in 3 respondents said they also tip on top of the sitters’ hourly rates. But even though costs are up, 77 percent of parents don’t think they are paying too much and 77 percent claim that they would actually give their sitter a raise.

Writing camp: Rising middle school students can enjoy daily hiking adventures, group games, nature journaling, and other writing-based activities to develop rich storytelling skills at the Jack London Writing Camp this summer. The camps run Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; July 10 to 14, July 17 to 21, and July 24 to 28. Sign up by May 31 and the price is $250 for the week session. For details, visit http://jacklondonpark.com/writing-camp.html.

Online K-12 school: California Connections Academy @ North Bay is hosting a free family information session from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9, at the Hilton Garden Inn at 3585 Solano Ave. in Napa. CCA is a network of tuition-free public online schools for grades K–12. connectionsacademy.com/california-online-school/about/north-bay

Mother/baby classes: Starting this week, Sonoma Valley Hospital nurse Rebecca Hengehold is holding a series of four mother/baby classes on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Call 935-5084 to register.

FFA reunion: SVHS senior Jasmine Johnstone and a few 2017 classmates are orgnaizing an alumni chapter for the Sonoma FFA. If you or someone you know graduated from SVHS having taken at least one year of an agriculture course email her at jamberjohnstone@gmail.com.

Camps: Don’t forget that a complete list of summer camps offered in Sonoma is available online at sonomanews.com (Under “Find It Fast” banner) or at tinyurl.com/k8rlvaa.

Thank a teacher: This week is Teacher Appreciation Week and today, May 9, is Teacher Appreciation Day. Consider reaching out to a current or past teacher to tell them how much you appreciate the work they do.

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