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Lorna Sheridan: Rugged Maniac fun, new textbooks, bored with board games, girls who quit sports and more.

Anxious teens: Save the date for “Teenagers and parents: the role of anxiety in teen-parent relationships” at Hanna Boys Center on Wednesday, March 30. Guest speaker Robert Macy provides persuasive evidence that anxiety disorders are the most frequent mental disorders in children and adolescents. The interactive seminar is open to parents and teens and will explore the role anxiety plays in the relationship between parent and youth, and how parents and their kids can regulate stress in their joint environments. Macy’s next talk on Wednesday, April 27 tackles “Violence in the Valley: Where is it, is it here to stay and what can we do about it?” Visit hannacenter.org/events.

Bored kids?: Sonoma Community Center is offering a Craft Club for Kids on Wednesdays, March 23 to April 27 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Each week will feature a different lesson – multimedia art, painting, silk screening and block printing. The Craft Club is made possible by support from the Sonoma Plein Air Foundation. Sonomacommunitycenter.org

Experiences not things: If you are looking for something really memorable to do with your teen, I highly recommend the Norcal Rugged Maniac 5K obstacle course event on Saturday, May 21. You need not be an athlete … just game for anything. The event is held at the Alameda County Fairgrounds and it features 25 obstacles over a three-mile course. You climb towers of shipping containers, rocket down a massive water slide, crawl through underground tunnels and leap over fire – then there is a day-long party where you can ride mechanical bulls, jump in adult bounce houses and dance. There are various start times, it costs $59 and you register online. ruggedmaniac.com/events/norcal/

Protect or expose: Peanut and tree nut allergies nearly tripled between 1997 and 2008. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found giving peanuts to kids early on can protect them from developing a peanut allergy. In the study and a new follow up, high-risk babies under 12 months who were fed a peanut mush were about 80 percent less likely to develop a peanut allergy by age 5, and thereafter. tinyurl.com/jmkdz4d.

Costlier than Harvard: The tuition at University of Southern California (USC) now tops that of Harvard, and in fact is the costliest in the country at $51,442 (Harvard comes in at $45,278 in tuition and fees). By the way, that doesn’t include room and board. Add those in and the figure is almost $70,000 a year, according to USC officials. Maybe the money is well-spent, however, the university has climbed from 51st to 23rd in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of national universities. tinyurl.com/ha7sl7j

Contact Lorna at lorna.sheridan@sonomanews.com