Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup, Sept. 12


Join 4H: Sonoma Valley 4H is actively seeking new members. 4H is America’s largest youth development organization. In Sonoma County, 4H offers more than 70 projects, not just in agriculture, but also in health, science, art, culinary and citizenship. Ages 5 to 18 are welcome. The potluck welcome BBQ at Larson Winery will be held on Wednesday, Sept 13. To RSVP and learn more,

Homework club: Homework help is available every Tuesday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library. There is free homework assistance for grades K-12 with trained volunteer homework coaches who help with all subjects. The help is drop-in, no appointments necessary. Interested in volunteering to be a Homework Helper in Sonoma? Contact Clare O’Brien at 996-5217 ext. 1130.

College planning: College night for seniors is taking place at Sonoma Valley High School this Thursday from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. In addition, there are a dozen colleges visiting the SVHS campus this month. Make sure you are getting the daily bulletin via email or stop by the College and Career Center for more information.

Animal fun: Free wild animal safari fun is taking place at the Sonoma Valley Library at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Your child can see a sloth, porcupine, wallaby and learn about animals and their natural habitats. “We will tell you interesting facts about their diets, enemies, and special adaptations that help them survive and thrive,” says animal trainer Bonnie Cromwell and founder of Classroom Safari. 755 W. Napa St.

Lacrosse signups: Stuart Sager is taking youth lacrosse signups on West Napa Street in his Outdora store. Sager is planning fall practices for all ages, and is currently gathering names of any student who might be interested in learning the sport. He already has enough sign ups for boys U10 and U8 teams. Practices will be on weekends only. Visit to learn more. The new high school girls club lacrosse team is also still taking signups (beginners welcome). Email Susie Gallo at

Free Shakespeare: Shakespeare Napa Valley is kicking off its month-long production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” a comedy-fantasy portraying events surrounding the marriage of a Greek duke to a former Amazon queen. The play will be performed for free in at the Veterans Memorial Park in Yountville Sept. 15 to 17 and at CIA at Copia in Napa Sept. 22 to 24. The play is performed by an acting company including local actors, professionals and students. Seating is first-come, first-served, beginning at 5:30 for all shows, which start at 7 p.m. CIA at Copia will provide seating, but patrons will be required to provide their own seating at the St. Helena and Yountville venues. Details are available at

Changes at the No Name Cafe: Did you know that Sonoma Valley High has a student run cafe on campus, run by Sonoma Teen Services? Thanks to the donation of plants from Sonoma Mission Garden and soil from Soils Plus, the Cafe now has a bit of greenery out front. The Cafe’s new glass-front food display refrigerator has been purchased and installed, thanks to funding from Impact100 Sonoma. And thanks to the generous donation of time, know-how, and energy of Gary Nelson, the Café is now making use of Square, which accepts credit cards and tracks inventory.

After school enrichment: Launching on Monday, Sept. 18, is the ASPIRE (After School Programs Innovation Recreation and Enrichment) classes for grades K-8 at The Presentation School. The 10 classes, which are open to all area students, include art, yoga, engineering, toy inventing, sewing and more. The classes run Monday through Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Register at

Speaker: Hanna Institute is hosting District Court Judge Troy L. Nunley at its next Professional Networking Breakfast on the topic of “Equity, criminal justice and overcoming adversity” from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 17000 Arnold Drive. Judge Nunley will be sharing his observations on equity in the criminal justice system, and how it relates to early adversity and trauma.

Teacher grants: ieSonoma this fall is launching an Innovation Fund that will provide grants of up to $2,500 to kick-start efforts by schools, teachers, or nonprofit organizations seeking to make a difference in the lives of students by thinking outside the box. Applications for the 2017-18 school year are due by Friday, Oct. 6. Learn more and apply at

New classes: Sonoma Gymnastics Academy is opening new classes starting next week. Options for younger kids include Tummy time for 2-6 month olds every Monday and Wednesday and Crawlers class for 6-12 month olds every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 to 10 a.m. There is no charge for classes (just for crawlers there is one time $19 insurance fee) so head on over to meet other Sonoma moms. The Academy also offers regular “Parents Night Out” events and the next is from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16 for ages 3 and up. 1620 Carneros Meadows Lane.

Yoga classes: En-er-gy Fitness is offering It’s Yoga Kids classes for ages 5 to 9 and for ages 10 to 13 every Wednesday afternoon. Kids will learn balancing and stretching while developing a deeper mind body connection. Series pricing for the nine week course is $135 and the drop in fee is $15.00/student. The studio also offers a family meditation and yoga class on Sunday mornings. 450 First St E.

Golf fundraiser: Hanna Boys Center is hosting its 25th annual Golf Classic on Friday, Oct. 13 at Silverado Country Club in Napa. The Golf Classic is one of Hanna’s largest fundraising events, and since inception has raised more than $1 million. Proceeds benefit Hanna’s instructional education programs, which are tailored to meet the needs of the young men enrolled at Archbishop Hanna High School.

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