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Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup May 15

Teen opp: The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department is hosting its annual Youth Citizens Academy in July. The program is open to high school teens ages 14 to 18 who live or attend school in Sonoma County. sonomasheriff.org/youth-academy.

Book sale: Friends of Sonoma Valley library Spring Book Sale will be held May 16 to 19. The sale opens to the public from 2 to 7:30 p.m. On Thursday and Friday, book sale hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The first book for every child is free. And on Saturday, any nonprofit or school staff can come and pick up free books.

Drama: Woodland Star Charter School’s eighth grade will be performing Shakespeare’s “A Comedy of Errors” at the Sebastiani Theatre in Sonoma at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 17. Learn more at voena.org.

Concert: Several local students perform in an a capella choir. The choir, called Voena, will perform at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, at the Blue Note in Napa.

Digital skills: Google Applied Digital Skills is offering a free, online curriculum designed to prepare teens and adults for the evolving job market. The webinar is Friday, May 18, 11 a.m to noon. Register at bit.ly/NCFLWebinarMay18.

SV Dems to host student activists: The recent mass shooting in Parkland inspired many young Americans to stand up and say “Enough!” Among them were 13 SVHS students who traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the March for our Lives on March 24. The Sonoma Valley Democrats will host these young activists at a free and open general meeting and potluck dinner on Monday, May 21, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Springs Community Hall, 18627 Highway 12. Email Beth at bethh@sonic.net for more information.

Authors Fest: Tickets for the 2019 Sonoma Valley Authors Festival are now on sale. The Festival will be held May 3 to 5, 2019, with Students Day back again on May 3. Visit https://t.co/MzpKU1qlrW for more information.

Allergy news: Epimada, a new app created by researchers at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University, is designed to save the lives of people who go into anaphylactic shock when they don’t have EpiPens handy. The app uses the same type of algorithms that ride-hailing services use to match drivers and riders by location—in this case, Epimada matches people in distress with nearby strangers carrying EpiPens.

Grant: Sonoma County Office of Education has received a $100,000 check from the Medtronic Foundation to further the agency’s school fire-relief efforts. SCOE will use the funds to host a multi-day training for up to 60 school psychologists, counselors, and community mental health organizations in cognitive behavioral intervention for trauma in schools. The program is designed to reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and behavioral problems in students while improving functioning, grades and attendance, and peer and parent support.

Teachers needed: During National Teacher Appreciation Week, a new statewide “Make the Switch: Be a Teacher” campaign was launched. It highlights those who have switched to teaching after careers in other fields and encourages more mid-career professionals to consider becoming teachers. Know someone who made the switch? Nominate them for a video profile at cde.ca.gov/eo/in/maketheswitchcriteria.asp

Bat kids: Does your young one want to be a bat boy or girl for the Sonoma Stompers? The team is looking for excited kids to help out this season. Email hayley@stompersbaseball.com to reserve a spot. Sonoma Stompers vs. Napa Silverados opening night is Tuesday, June 5, at 6:05 p.m. at Arnold Field.

Book Mobile: The Sonoma County free Bookmobile will be in our area on May 19. It will still stop at Kenwood Market from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; at Glen Ellen P.O. from 11 a.m. to noon and Boyes Hot Springs / Fiesta Center from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Maker Fair: Maker Faire Bay Area will be held at the San Mateo Event Center May 18 to 20. The three-day event features robotics, science, cosplay, electronics, tools and much more. For the first time ever there will be an industry, career and college day this year.

Preparedness: Sonoma Valley Community Health Center is hosting a free community Emergency Preparedness Fair on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sassarini School.

College apps: The SVHS College & Career Center is hosting a free college essay writing workshop from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, June 4 and Tuesday, June 5, focusing on UC personal insight questions and the Common App essay. The center’s College Application Camp is for current juniors to work on their college applications before school starts. The camp runs from Aug. 13 to 16, from 9 a.m. to noon at SVHS.

Math app: The new Milestone Math App for students in grades 4 to 8 enables students to play (practice math) for a prize of their own choosing, like an iTunes gift card or a week off of doing chores, or whatever they agree with their parent or guardian is the most motivating and acceptable prize. The app is free for download until May 31. After that date, it will be available for a monthly subscription price, with fee waivers available. apple.com/us/app/milestone-math/id1212424824?mt=8

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