Teen meditation: If you have a teen in your life who you think would benefit from a two-hour workshop on coping with stress, tell them about the “heART without Borders” workshop with Shannon and Nick Dalton on Tuesday, May 23, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sonoma Community Center. The organizers seek “to get every teen in Sonoma meditating or at least taking a little time with one of our tools every day to de-stress and connect with the awesome human that lies within. Our hope is to have meditation as an integral part of our school day.” Sign up online at heartwithoutborders.wufoo.com/forms/simply-create-meditate/.
Best book for teens: Bill Gates recently said that if he could give every graduating senior a present, it would be Steve Pinker’s book, “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.” He describes it as the most inspiring book he has ever read.
Language learning: The NBC Learn Languages subscription-based desktop and mobile app helps students of all ages learn English — anytime, anywhere, and on any device using videos from NBC News to help learners improve their ability to speak and understand English. Four minutes of video is turned into one hour of language-learning exercises. A video demo is available at nbclearnlanguages.com. Currently available for Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic, German and Portuguese speakers. The cost is $9 to 29 monthly, per user.
Free fun: Every fourth grader can visit every one of the 56 Sonoma County Regional Parks for free in the month of June. Register for a pass and learn more at sonomacountyparks.ticketleap.com.
Sing it to learn it: Brain scientists seem to agree that singing facts is an excellent way to learn. There’s a great playlist for the car, home, or classroom at growingbookbybook.com/kids-songs-that-build-literacy-skills/.
College freshman are stressed: A huge survey of today’s college freshmen has found that they are very engaged politically, they are cost-conscious (mainly about paying for college) and they love social media. Fewer freshman describe their political leanings as middle of the road than ever. The article makes the point that, thanks to medication, more college students with psychological disorders than before are able to attend college. As for social media, they love Instagram and almost half spend six hours a week on social media.
Internship: The 31st Wine Country Film Festival offers summer internships for college students (college-bound or currently enrolled). Most of the work can be done at home. Interns must commit to six weeks and have access to a car or public transportation. Most interns receive college credit or other requirements. Contact Justine Ashton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health eating perks: Fascinatingly, a new study by the Brookings Institute has found that at schools where kids were fed a healthier school lunch every day, there was no drop in obesity but researchers did find a rise in academic performance.
Cheap textbooks: Bigwords.com lets students compare textbook prices from all the best online stores at once. It appears to be 35 to 45 percent cheaper than other online stores, and up to 90 percent off of list prices.
School donations: Republic of Thrift has dropped off checks for $750, representing its last of three payments to the PTOs for the 2016/17 school year. With this latest deposit, coin jar funds, sponsorships, etc. the store has donated more than $159,000 since it opened in 2012.