Study drugs, business boot camp, summer reading programs, parents night out, choosing a preschool, growth mindset, organizations apps, book club


Lorna Sheridan/Index-Tribune Education Editor


Napa Valley College and Santa Rosa Junior College are each hosting a summer business boot camp. The camp includes researching business ideas, business simulation, guest speakers and field trips. The program is for students ages 14 to 27, and it runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for one week, at a cost of $200. Students can choose between Monday, June 23, to Friday, June 27, at Napa Valley College or from Monday, July 14, to Friday, July 18, at the Petaluma campus of SRJC.nvcyep.com

North Bay Engineering for Kids is offering a Parents Night Out at its learning center in Petaluma every Friday and Saturday night from June 20 through Aug. 15. Parents can go out on the town while their kids eat pizza, do an engineering activity and watch a movie. engineeringforkids.com/northbay

Two local high school students are again this summer offering a Becoming Bookworms book club at Readers Books. The sessions are from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for girls entering grades two-to-five. They are running three sessions: June 30 to July 3, July 7 to 11 and Aug. 11 to 15. The cost per week is $50. Email becomingbookworm@gmail.com to register.

The Republic of Thrift just sent out a small, end-of-school-year donation to all 11 schools in the Sonoma Valley Unified School District, bringing its total to date to more than $80,000. The $20 raffle tickets for the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation’s Chevy Spark car raffle are on sale at the store now. Tickets to the Red & White Ball are on sale now at svgreatschools.org/redandwhite/.

The Sonoma Valley Library’s Summer Reading Program, “Fizz, Boom, Read!” will run from Tuesday, June 10 through Friday, Aug, 1, for preschoolers, grade-schoolers and teens. Kids will track their progress with reading logs and receive prizes and raffles to encourage summer reading. Registration is free and on-going. At 11 a.m. on most Wednesdays, the library will feature a special program for kids ages 5-11.

The first two are: June 11 – Masks & Mime/Mascaras y Pantomima. A bilingual program of improvisation games, stage clowning and pantomime illusions.

June 18 – Xtreme Science Magic. A fast-moving and interactive show full of experiments, demonstrations and audience participation. You can keep up on events by liking the library at facebook.com/sonomavalleylibrary.

The Grand Marshall Banquet benefiting Speedway Children’s Charities and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley is from 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday, June 20 at Cline Cellars. To purchase a ticket or make a donation, contact Rachel Cusick at rcusick@bgcsonoma.org. NASCAR Rookie of the Year Dylan Lupton will be visiting the Maxwell Clubhouse on Wednesday, June 18, at 4 p.m. with his racecar and transport truck. He will be speaking with students about the importance of education and staying in school. This event is open to members only, so if you aren’t yet a member, visit bgcsonoma.org. The Club will also be offering tickets to Lupton’s June 20 race at Sonoma Raceway. http://tinyurl.com/khx2rwg

Middle schoolers will not even realize that the Argubot Academy app is an educational game. This futuristic adventure game was developed in collaboration with NASA and the National Writing Project. In the year 2054, in the first human city on Mars, citizens resolve their differences and make important decisions by sending robot assistants into battles of the wits. Players learn how to equip their Argubots with strong, valid arguments about the future of life as they find out if they have what it takes to lead a new 21st century civilization. argubotacademy.org

Do you have a teen or pre-teen who has trouble staying organized? Suzanne Shaffer (Countdown to College) suggest a few apps to help:

1. Evernote. Create virtual notebooks, organize important deadlines and track key documents.

2. GoogleDrive. Create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations and collaborate with others in real time. You can access your documents anytime, and all changes are saved automatically. There isn’t even a save button.

3. Remember the Milk. To do lists with priorities, due dates, time estimates, repeating lists, tags. Get reminders via email or text.

4. inClass. Keeps track of classes and homework and organizes video notes, audio notes, photo notes.

Teens seem to think that borrowing or buying “smart drugs” – ADD and ADHD medicines like Ritalin and Adderall – is not a big deal, but studies are finding that the possible short-term boost in mental performance may come at the cost of a long-term decrease in brain plasticity, which is necessary for task switching, planning ahead and behavioral flexibility.http://tinyurl.com/kgstq9z

A recent study suggests that students who work or study abroad are “smarter.” Students become more open minded when they live abroad and researchers have found that these students are better able to make connections among disparate ideas. Research has also found that the more engaged a student is in multicultural pursuits, the more job offers they receive after their program ends. http://tinyurl.com/lpuccuw

Save the date of Saturday, Oct. 4 for the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Fashion In The Vineyards. The event will be held for the first time at the Lasseter Train Barn in Glen Ellen. Fashion will again be provided by Helen Lyall, Scott Lyall, Sonoma Old School and Half-Pint.There will be an after-party featuring the band Tainted Love.

Congratulations to Sonoma Valley High School senior Maya Harris, who was one of three students to win the Napa Valley Youth Symphony concerto competition, and was selected to perform at the Youth Symphony’s recent Red Gala at Yountville’s Lincoln Theater. She was also recently selected as the City of Sonoma’s 2014 Student Creative Arts Award winner for 2014. In June, she will travel with the rest of the youth symphony to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall and at the Band Shell in Central Park.

I brought a group of kids last year to a Shakespeare outdoors performance at Buena Vista winery, and they loved it. This year, Avalon Players is staging The Taming of the Shrew from Aug. 7 to Aug. 24. Come early and bring your own picnic or reserve one of the exclusive Patron’s Tables. Seating begins at 6 p.m. with show time at 7 p.m. Buy tickets at buenavistawinery.com