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Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup March 21


Spring break camps: Sonoma Gymnastics is offering camp the week of March 20 to 24. The day at camp includes crafts, gymnastics, and overall fun. The cost is $60 for members and $70 for nonmembers. A week is $250 to $300. Visit sonomagymnasticsacademy.com/camps/.

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park and Sonoma Ecology Center are offering a Spring Break Day Camp for ages 7 to 12 with a nature hike, viewing the sun through solar scopes, s’mores and a roaring campfire. Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $35, or $25 for members. Sign up at brownpapertickets.com/event/2865835

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley will also be open all week during spring break, March 20 to 24, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Attention guitarists: Sonoma Valley High School senior Grace Cutting will be holding a showcase called Sonoma Strummers for local guitarists at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 8. It will take place in Father Roberts Hall (469 Third St. W.) and admission is free. Wine and refreshments will be available for purchase. All donations will support the music departments at St. Francis Solano School and SVHS. Email Grace at sonomastrummers@gmail.com to participate.

Immigrants in science: It turns out that 83 percent (33 of 40) of the finalists of the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search were the children of immigrants. The competition organized each year by the Society for Science & the Public is the leading science competition for U.S. high school students. In 2017, the talent search competition was renamed the Regeneron Science Talent Search. Indrani Das, 17, of New Jersey, won the top award of $250,000 in March for her study of a possible approach to treating the death of neurons due to brain injury or neurodegenerative disease. tinyurl.com/zoxae49

Melodrama news: Dunbar School is kicking off its 25th season of the fifth grade Melodrama Project. Kate Kennedy is in her 16th year as director of the play. “A Bad Day at Gopher’s Breath” will be performed on Memorial Day weekend on Dunbar’s Haver Stage. A capital campaign for the Melodrama Project is underway. Checks can made out to Dunbar School fifth grade play and dropped off at the school office or mailed to 11700 Dunbar Rd. Glen Ellen, CA 95442.

Internship opp: Pepperwood Preserve is now accepting applications for TeenNat, a five-week internship program open to ages 13 to 18. Teens spend three days a week at the 3,100-acre preserve, exploring wildlife habitat, learning about field work and science careers, and collecting and documenting observations. Interns learn how to use satellite navigation devices and digital cameras to record their findings. In addition to keeping the cameras, they can earn 90 hours of community service for their time. The free program runs from July 5 to Aug. 3, Tuesday through Thursday. Apply at pepperwoodpreserve.org/what-we-do/nature-education/teennat.

Sewing class: There is a beginning machine sewing class for kids ages 10 and up starting in April on Thursday afternoons. Students will learn to cut from a pattern, use straight pins, sew seams, and add topstitching. The cost is $80 or $72 for SCC members plus a $20 materials fee. Call 938-4626x1 to register.

Latino Summit: Sonoma State University invites students and their families to attend its annual free Latino Family Summit Conference on Saturday, March 25. The day will consist of workshops, activities, food, music, and entertainment. sonoma.edu/future/latinosummit/. On Wednesday, March 29, the first North Bay Women of Color Conference will be held at SSU with a variety of workshops and panels centered around the experiences and challenges faced by women of color. facebook.com/NorthBayWOCConference/

Spanish app: A new app will help you to practice and learn Spanish with your child. MamaLingua for iPhone includes words and phrases you use every day with your young child. There is a free version and a premium one for $7.99. mama-lingua.com

Free tennis: Children from 6 to 14 are invited to a series of eight free Saturday tennis clinics starting April 1. Each child will be given a T-shirt and can earn a tennis racquet. Register at ustanorcal.com/register/views/product.asp?id=1141

Free concert: Napa Valley Opera House is hosting a free community concert from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 26. The U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West will play a concert of jazz, classical favorites and marches. Their “Americana” show is suitable for all ages while the educational show is geared toward young students. nvoh.org

Micro degrees: Several colleges and universities are now offering micro degree programs (MIT, Columbia and the University of Michigan to name a few). These online programs offer advanced credentialing in engineering, business and computer science for a fraction of regular tuition. Easy access to career advancement is the key selling point. http://tinyurl.com/hs9m6hc

Wine scholarships: The Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University is awarding 10 $10,000 grants to children and family members of vineyard and winery workers. In addition to financial support, the new program includes a summer transition program, academic and career advising, work experience, cohort-based classes, co-curricular programming. Contact Ray Johnson at 664-3071 or ray.johnson@sonoma.edu for more information.

Transfer rates: It can be easier to be accepted into a selective college as a transfer students (but for some schools it is harder). Here are a few transfer to consider: Caltech transfer rate 4 percent; Claremont McKenna College 16 percent; Occidental College 26 percent; Pepperdine University 41 percent; UC Berkeley 19 percent; UCLA 26 percent; UC Davis 59 percent; UCSD 63 percent; UCSB 47 percent and USC is 30 percent. To learn the rate at any college, Google that college’s name and the words “common date set.”

Wilderness immersion: I am hearing terrific things about a wilderness backpacking and hiking wilderness immersion summer program for boys, ages 13 to 19 in Yosemite. Visit backtoearth.org for more information.

Free SAT class: A free SAT math refresher will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, at the Sonoma library. No reservation is necessary and all study materials are included. Students are advised to bring a graphing calculator.

Send news, tips and comments to Lorna Sheridan at ourschools@sonomanews.com.