Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup, Oct. 10


Note: Please verify that these events are still scheduled, there have been many changes because of the fires.

Grants: The Sonoma Valley Education Foundation is now accepting classroom grant applications. The grant application deadline is 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1. The grants provide opportunities for educators to receive support for innovative projects and supplies that would not otherwise be funded. 100 percent of the proceeds from the raffle at last month’s Red & White Ball raffle will be used to fund this program.

Fall Fiesta: Altimira Middle School Electives Department is hosting a Fall Festival from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11. The community is invited to performances by dance, choir, drama, band classes; a gallery of art class projects and photos; chips and fresh garden salsa from the culinary class; a plant sale; carnival games from the Maker Class and a chance to make your own T-shirt in the maker lab. Meal tickets available for $5.

Mentors needed: The Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance is encouraging anyone who might be interested in becoming a mentor to attend its information night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, at Ramekins. Mentors and their mentees will be sharing their experiences. Wine, beer and light snacks will be served. For more information, call 938-1990.

Morning after pill: Stanford University is the latest college to offer students a vending machine stocked with the morning-after pill, following the lead of U.S. Santa Barbara and Davis. My Way, a generic version of the Plan B pill, is available at all hours machines for $25. The vending machines are important, say students, because the health center isn’t open on weekends, when the medication would likely be the most in demand.

Blue ribbons: The California Department of Education has announced its Blue Ribbon Schools for 2017 and the only one nearby is the small 200-student Liberty Elementary School in Petaluma.

Hiring: The Sonoma Valley Unified School District is looking to hire an instructional assistant at Adele Harrison Middle School. The job is part-time (5 hours per day) and the pay ranges from $12.93-$14.27 per hour, working with an RSP teacher and supporting the RSP classroom. They also are seeking an instructional assistant Exceptional Child II - Part-time (6 hours per day) and assisting one student throughout the school day. Starting pay ranges from $14.27-$15.71 per hour.

SOL event: The Sonoma-based nonprofit Seeds of Learning will host a fundraising dinner and auction on Saturday, Oct. 21. All proceeds will be used to build schools in economically impoverished communities in Nicaragua. The theme for this year’s event is SOL Train: All Aboard for Education! The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hanna Boys Center. Tickets are $110. For more information, call 939-0471, or email

Local government: Is your teen interested in issues surrounding local government? They should check out Play Counties Work, a new video game that provides a fun way to learn about how local government works.

Family fun days: Family Fun Day at the Beauty Ranch Meadow in Jack London State Park runs from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14. Park entry fee of $10 per vehicle is due at gate but the event is free. The program is an exploration of how animals use their five senses to survive the seasonal changes from fall to winter. Nature walk leaves at 10 a.m. and ends with craft and activity stations in the meadow.

High school fair: The Presentation School and St. Francis Solano School are inviting all Sonoma seventh and eight graders to a high school admissions fair from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at Presentation. The high schools who will be in attendance to answer parent questions and hand out information include Sonoma Valley High, Justin Siena, Priory, Villanova Prep, Santa Catalina School, Marin Academy, Cate School, Sonoma Academy, St. Vincent de Paul, Cardinal Newman, Stevenson, The Marin School, San Domenico, Branson and The Athenian School.

LumaFest: Third annual LumaFest at Santa Rosa Junior College Petaluma on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway. Children will be introduced to the excitement of higher education, adults can learn about new career paths, and all can explore the college’s many academic, cultural and student life offerings. Parking and admission is free; no pets are allowed.

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