Big Bounce America: The world’s biggest bounce house – which includes obstacle courses, foam pits, giant slides, inflatable gorillas taller than apartment blocks, all contained within the walls of a candy-colored castle – is coming to Santa Rosa. The event is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept 22 to 24, at the Sonoma County Event Center. Learn more at thebigbounceamerica.com.
Older dads: Men are waiting longer to have kids, according to research reported in Time magazine. The average age of an American dad is now 30. Dads are older now regardless of their income, their ethnicity or where they live. Japanese and Vietnamese-American dads are the oldest overall, and the more education dads had, the more likely they were to have children later, with college-educated new dads averaging 33.3 years old. tinyurl.com/yczjwczx
Essay contest: Students in school across the Valley can soon begin to work on the local Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay competitions. The Voice of Democracy audio essay competition is open to students in grades 9 through 12. This year’s theme is, “American History: Our Hope for the Future.” The Patriot’s Pen essay competition is open to students in grades 6 through 8. This year’s theme is, “America’s Gift to My Generation.” Entry deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 31. To learn more request a flyer from your school site.
Equity and inclusion: If you have not yet taken this survey, the school district wants your input. The district Equity and Inclusion task force survey is available at surveymonkey.com/r/SVUSD-TF-Survey
School board meetings: You’ve likely read about some school board drama, but have you ever been to a meeting yourself? Save the dates for the following meetings in 2017: Tuesday, Sept. 11, Tuesday, Oct. 2, and Tuesday Nov. 6. You can attend in person at the Community Meeting Room at the police station on First Street West, or you can watch them live on channel 27.
Save the Date: Flowery Elementary School is having its fall fiesta fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa.
Community Center: The Sonoma Community Center is hosting an all-ages, family-friendly open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9. There will be art demonstrations, studio tours, food and more. The ribbon cutting for the Center’s kiln opening will kick off the festivities at 10 a.m.
Parenting talk: If you’d love to stop yelling, but aren’t sure what to replace it with, consider attending a discussion hosted by the Sonoma Valley Mother’s Club on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Sharon Silver is a mom, parent educator and coach, an author, speaker and blogger. Light refreshments and wine will be provided. Babes in arms only, please. The talk is from 7 to 9 p.m. at the General’s Daughter at 400 West Spain St. Google “Proactive Parenting” at eventbrite.com for tickets.
Writing classes: Kate Williams of Studio 451 offers a middle school writing workshop on Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. and a high school workshop on Wednesdays, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuition: $140. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Low debt levels: California students have very little student debt compared to other states, according to a Wallet Hub analysis at tinyurl.com/y8ar7j8g. One is most and 25 is average, and California’s rankings are as follows: