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Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup June 13

Bat boys/girls needed: Opening night for the Sonoma Stompers is tonight, and the team still needs a few more bat boys/bat girls for its home games. (8+). They’ll have fun hanging out with the team in the dugout and get to know all the players and the umpires. They run out (when it’s safe) to get the foul balls, get the bat after the hitter has hit and deliver new balls and water to the umpires. They’ll wear a batting helmet and a Stompers T-shirt during the game. Call Lizette Dalquie, team mom and host family coordinator at 758-7718.

Soccer reg open: Now is the time to register for fall soccer teams. There are teams for boys and girls ages 4 to 18, plus some adult teams. Games begin Saturday, August 26, For kids under 12, all games are played in Sonoma. Register at sonomasoccer.org.

Cars 3: The Sebastiani Theatre will be offering a sneak peek at Pixar’s newest film, “Cars 3,” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 15. The film opens Friday, June 16.

Master plan next steps: The June 20 Master Plan Study Session/School Board meeting has been relocated to the Sonoma Valley High School Pavilion and will be starting an hour earlier to allow for more discussion. The Measure E Study Session will run from 3 to 6:30 p.m. and then the regular board meeting will begin. After discussion of the campus improvements, the trustees will be asked to approve the 2017-2018 Local Control Accountability Plan and the 2017-2018 budget.

Symphony fun: On Saturday, June 24, from 7 to 10:15 p.m. the Sonoma County Philharmonic in collaboration with Gundlach Bundschu Winery is screening Charlie Chaplin’s silent film classic “City Lights” with its original film score performed live by the orchestra. Many consider “City Lights” to be Chaplin’s finest film and others consider it be one of the best films ever made. Tickets are $75 but the proceeds fund free admission for students to Sonoma County Philharmonic during the regular season. socophil.org.

Grades 13 and 14?: “Four years of universal free public college might be out of reach. But what about two years – grades 13 and 14 that prepares students for better job?” That’s the question New York Times reporter Gary Rivlin asked in the paper’s Sunday magazine on May 21. The idea has broad support but would take a bold move by the government. Read the complete article online at tinyurl.com/k3rz9tl.

Overweight children: A new study out of USC finds that overweight children are excluded from friendships, frequently call classmates friends when the feeling is not mutual and are too often disliked by peers. And these negative relationships may take a mental, social and physical toll on children, according to researcher. Read the complete article at tinyurl.com/y8mse5g2

Campus housing costs: Which UCs and CSUs charge the most for on-campus housing, and which the least, may surprise you. Who would have thought that the second most expensive campus for housing after Berkeley, natch, would be CSU Channel Islands? A new analysis of university room-and-board costs by this news organization shows the price of living on campus is often out-of-whack with local housing costs. Read the story at tinyurl.com/ybg5xckv and see the chart online sonomanews.com.

Moving to the city: Millennials are moving to the city, and not just the big cities. Research from the Urban Land Institute shows that smaller cities, from Virginia Beach, to Riverside (Calif.), are seeing the most relative growth in their population of 25-to-34-year-olds. Of the 50 metro areas analyzed, most urban centers saw an increase in millennials from 2010 to 2015, while 11 cities saw a decline. In California, the city seeing the greatest growth among young people is Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA, which ranks third in the county. See the chart and more data at tinyurl.com/ycfthfpe

Baby animals: A cute spot to see baby farm animals is Howarth Park Animal Barn in Santa Rosa. The barn doors open to the public on Monday, June 12. Tickets for entrance are $2 when Howarth Park switches to summer operating hours. For admission and schedule information, visit srcity.org/1289/Plan-Your-Visit.

Dance classes: Sonoma Conservatory of Dance is gearing up for its annual summer dance workshop, which will include hula and clogging along with its familiar line-up of ballet, drama, flamenco, jazz, modern, contemporary dance, as well as pool ballet. The dozen plus workshop classes, which run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily are open to children, teens and adults. SonomaConservatoryofDance.org.

Tracker backpacks: The YUUgo activity backpack has a built-in GPS and wifi tracker, as well as pockets and secret compartments, a fold-down desk and an integrated whistle in the chest strap. With the GPS, children can log their journeys and distances, check how far they have walked, cycled or travelled by car - on their YUUgo App.

There is one final Education Roundup next week before the Our Schools goes on hiatus for the summer. Send any last news items to ourschools@sonomanews.com by Thursday noon.