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Lorna Sheridan, Education Roundup June 6


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 summercamp@trapezepro.com 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.

Free books: The Sonoma County Free Bookmobile will be in the area on June 10. It will roll up to Kenwood Market from noon to 1 p.m.; the Glen Ellen Post Office from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m; and to Boyes Hot Springs at the Fiesta Center from 3 to 5 p.m.

Lucky kids: Sonoma Academy last week announced a new Passport Program. Thanks to an anonymous donor, SA is offering all students one free international Intersession trip during the course of their academic career at Sonoma Academy. The video explains more bit.ly/sapassportprogram. Around two dozen Sonoma Valley students currently attend SA.

UC news: Some UCs will start capping out of state enrollment in the fall of 2018. At UC Berkeley, nonresident undergraduate student enrollment will be capped at the percentage of nonresident undergraduates who enroll this coming academic year. At UC Santa Cruz, the cap will be 18 percent. Last year, 24 percent of undergraduates at UC Berkeley, and 7 percent of Santa Cruz students were nonresidents. tinyurl.com/ybpwnr36

Red & White Ball: Tickets are on sale now to the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation’s annual Red & White Ball supporting Sonoma Valley public schools on Saturday, Aug. 26 from 5 to 10 p.m. in the Sonoma Plaza. Tickets include a gourmet catered dinner and dessert by Stellar Catering, red and white wines to compliment your meal and to finish the evening, the Pop Rocks will be rocking the night away behind City Hall. Tickets are $175 until Aug. 1, at which time they increase to $200.

SVHS reunion news: There will be a party to celebrate the 20 year reunion for the class of 1997 from 6 to 10 p.m. on July 22 at the Swiss Hotel. Tickets for the dinner are available at Eventbrite.com. There will also be a family picnic at noon on July 23, at Depot Park. Bring your own food, picnic blankets, chairs, shade structures, etc. There is also a facebook group, SVHS Class of ‘97, at facebook.com/groups/1833806763500744/ or email Carrenne Purtell at carrenne@aol.com for more information.

LGBT coffee shop: A large rainbow flag flies outside a Santa Rosa coffee shop and tap room as a welcome sign to the gay community. “We welcome all races, all religions, all countries of origin, all sexual orientations, all genders. We stand with you. You are safe here,” say the owners. A special all-ages “Gay Night” is held the last Friday of each month. Brew Coffee and Beer is at 555 Healdsburg Ave in Santa Rosa. It is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. tinyurl.com/y9z4f665

Thanks to: The Boys and Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley are giving big thanks to Prickett’s Nursery located in Santa Rosa off Highway 12, Friedman’s Home Improvement, North Bay Landscape Mgmt. and Sonoma Valley Wholesale Nursery for their donations of plants, soil, seeds and supplies to assist Club members with getting the garden at BGCSV blooming.

Congrats to: Madeline M. Goff of Sonoma was one of more than 600 students who were awarded bachelor degrees from St. Lawrence University on May 21 in Canton, New York. Goff received a B.A., majoring in art and art history.

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