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Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup, Aug. 22

Save the date: A Barn Talk organized by the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation with Kori Schake will be held on Thursday, Sept. 7. SVHS graduate Schake (‘80) will be leading a discussion on the national security challenges of the Trump Administration. Tickets are on sale at svgreatschools.org.

SRJC news: U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5) has just announced a $2,371,715 High School Equivalency Program grant for Santa Rosa Junior College. The funding will provide children of migratory and seasonal farmworkers the opportunity to complete high school equivalency and continue on to higher education.

Larson Park news: If you live near Larson Park and would like it improved for your children, consider attending the Larson Park Master Plan - Community Workshop #3 on from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 23, in the Flowery School multipurpose room. Attendees will review and provide feedback on the draft master plan for the park.

Top the Cop: High school students can square off against Bay Area law enforcement officers on Sonoma Raceway’s quarter-mile drag strip in the Top the Cops program as part of the raceway’s weekly Wednesday Night Drags program. The program offers an alternative to illegal street racing and gives teens the chance to race against law enforcement officers, who compete in full uniform in their official vehicles. The program also provides a unique environment for the officers to talk with teens about safe driving and the rules of the road. The last one is Wednesday, Aug. 30. Cost: $15/students and $10/spectators. Call 800-870-RACE (7223) for details.

Irish dance: Keenan’s Irish Dance School offers classes in Sonoma on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. From the age of 4 to the teen years, dancers of all levels of interest and experience have a place. To find out more or to try a first class for free, call 542-1367.

Networking: The next Professional Networking Breakfast at Hanna Boys Center features USDC Judge Troy L. Nunley who will talk about equity, criminal justice and overcoming adversity on Sept. 14. Nunley is a staunch advocate for children, especially the most vulnerable. Registration is required. Call Nick Dalton at 933-2555 for more information.

SCOE post: The Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) seeks to fill the volunteer position of personnel commissioner. The Personnel Commission is a non-partisan public body responsible for the administration of the “Merit System” for the selection, retention, and promotion of classified employees in public school districts. The deadline to apply is Thursday, Aug. 31. A complete detailed description of duties and the application for appointment is available atscoe.org/pc or by calling 524-2724. Stipend and mileage are included for this position. Send completed applications to jlaughlin@scoe.org.

SRJC reputation: A new ranking of the best and worst community colleges in the country has been released. Santa Rosa JC did pretty well, coming in at No. 186. Solano Community College in Fairfield came in No. 131. The rankings are based on educational and career outcomes and cost. State by state, California ranked 16th in the country. Read and search all results at tinyurl.com/ybk9p2ln.

Childbirth classes: Sonoma Valley Hospital is offering a series of childbirth preparation classes in September, and will repeat the classes in November. Each series of four classes is designed to provide expecting mothers and their partners with information on labor and birth, relaxation techniques and pain relief options. Other topics include pregnancy wellness, lactation and breast feeding, and how partners can help. The class is led by an experienced perinatal nurse from the Hospital’s birthing center, The Birthplace, and is intended for women in their second or third trimester. The first series will be held on four consecutive Mondays, September 11, 18, 25 and October 2. The second series is scheduled for November 13, 20, 27 and December 4. Classes are held from 6 to 8 pm at Sonoma Valley Hospital, and there is a fee of $100. To register, call 935-5084.

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