Pathway credit classes: High school students can earn credit and explore business, health and culinary careers this summer thanks to free “summer boot camp” classes being offered by Napa Valley Community College. There are two two-week entrepreneur classes being taught at American Canyon High School. There are two health occupation classes and there are two culinary career classes at NVCC. This is a great opportunity for teens interested in these careers. Register at napavalley.edu.
Summer Reading Challenge: The Summer Reading Challenge (open to students PreK to eighth grade) encourages kids in our 5th Congressional District to read as many — or all — of the books on the Library of Congress and American Library Association’s summer reading list. The list is divided into four age groups, with 25 books in each category. Sign up at Mike Thompson’s office at https://go.usa.gov/x5MVg.
Water fun: The Spring Lake water playground opened for the season last Saturday, with reduced pricing for adults and a new season pass. Boat rentals are also open with a new fleet of stand up paddleboards as well as kayaks, canoes and pedal boats. http://bit.ly/2q01Ird
Another survey: Sonoma Valley High School seniors are asking to provide their feedback about the senior project process at https://goo.gl/forms/z1uTGdITdxTK0ypB3
Lego fun: The Sonoma Valley Library is launching a free Lego Club at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 9. Kids will have tons of Legos and space at the library to create, destroy, create again, and, in general, play with Legos. The Club will be every Friday at 1 p.m., following the free summer lunch at the library (see below). The library is located at 755 W. Napa St.
Free lunch: Free lunch for all Sonoma Valley children age 18 and under starts this week and runs Monday through Friday from noon to 12:30 p.m. all summer at our local library.
Cool camp: Here’s a camp I only just heard about. Trapeze Pro offers a flying trapeze and circus arts camp from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for three weeklong sessions in June for all ages (best for 9 and up). You can sign up by the day or by the week. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-435-7359 for more information.
Family Fun Day: Students of all ages, but particularly pre-K through second grade, will enjoy Family Fun Days at Jack London State Historic Park with events combining natural science, art and sustainability. Most events begin in the Beauty Ranch Meadow and run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Park entry fee of $10 per vehicle is due at gate but participation in events is free. On June 10, students will explore the unique body structures and behaviors that help birds survive and thrive in the wild and meet real live raptors up close.
Drama partnership: Beginning in the 2017-18 academic year, St. Vincent de Paul High School and Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma are partnering to create a new theater program just for St. Vincent de Paul High School students. The program will be under the direction of Cinnabar Theater’s Education Director Nathan Cummings, and in collaboration with St. Vincent’s art department. What an interesting way to involve the community in a local school.