Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup, Oct. 3

Chances to donate and get free books around the Valley this week.


Weekend fun: Flowery School is hosting a Fall Fiesta Fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission in and Spa. Ticket information is online at Also on Saturday, the Sonoma Youth Soccer League is hosting an Oktoberfest party on the Plaza. The fun runs from noon to 9 p.m. with beer, tacos and lots of live music. (See posters online)

Homecoming: The Homecoming football game at Sonoma Valley High is October 13. The 2017 “Homecoming “Queen” candidates are seniors Hailey Anguiano, Eleanor Bon, Jenna Ebert, Megan James and Louise Murphy. The “Homecoming King” candidates are seniors Valentino Battaglini, Christopher Bruton, Fabian Oseguera, Dominic Tommasi and Rocky Wetzel. The SVHS alumni tailgate homecoming event will be hosted this year by the SVHS alumni group prior to the game. More details to follow.

Support an injured player: This Friday is a home football game against Analy at Arnold Field at 7:30 p.m. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the game will be a pink out, so fans are asked to wear their pink. In addition, Sonoma Leadership will be fundraising for Carson Pforsich, #13 on the Analy Football Team, who recently got into an accident that injured his spine and put him into paralysis. There will be donation jars around the stadium and SVHS students will be doing various fundraisers throughout the night.

Coffee with the Principal: The next monthly get-together with Principal Kathleen Hawing is set for Friday, Oct. 6 at 8:30 a.m. in the library. Topic to be determined. Register at

Nominate a teacher: The Sonoma County Office of Education, Community First Credit Union (@comfirstcu) and KHits 104.9 sponsor a Teacher of the Month contest. Nominate a teacher at Each month, a winner will be selected and receive a plaque in recognition of the award, their name on the radio, as well as a $400 gift card for classroom supplies.

Fiction sale: The friends of the Sonoma Valley Library is having a mini fiction-only sale from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7. Students get their first book free. Books are $2 for hardbacks; $1 for paperbacks.

Ranger program: The Petaluma Abode is hosting a junior ranger program for ages 7 to 12 with a history tour, mixing and forming adbobe bricks, roping and more on Saturday, Oct. 7. The cost is $2 per child. Reserve a spot by calling 938-9560.

Ready to Work: Teen Services Sonoma kicks off its fall work readiness workshops at SVHS on October 5. The five free workshops prepare Sonoma Valley youth for successful employment, covering topics ranging from general employment behavior to advanced networking skills. Students also learn about money management including paychecks, personal checks, taxes, creating a personal budget, and the importance of saving. Sign up by emailing or call 939-1452.

Teen tip: A friend suggested this tip. Instead of staying up until all hours waiting for your teen to get home, arrange the time you expect them home, then set your alarm for ten minutes after that time. When your teen comes home they need to come into your room and turn off the alarm. This way, if you are not awakened, it is because they are home safely and on time. If they are not, the alarm wakes you and you take it from there. It saved me hours of sleep and worry. Interesting idea.

CSU news: Students applying to multiple California State Universities can now do so in one application. The application, Cal State Apply, launched June 1, and it replaced CSU Mentor. The goal is to make the application process more streamlined and user-friendly, although early feedback has been mixed. The application submission period for fall 2018 opened on Oct. 1.

BGC basketball: Don’t miss out the Boys and Girls Clubs’ upcoming coed junior basketball league. This is a great way to introduce your little one to the basics of basketball. The season runs from November through February. Children must be 6 years old by May 31, 2018 to play. Register at

Hiring: Lots of local businesses are looking for teens to hire right now, including The Lodge, La Salette, Mary’s Pizza, Sign of the Bear, Safeway, Sonoma’s Best, Train Town and a dozen more spots. Visit the College & Career Center page on the Sonoma Valley High website for the details.

Hiring: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley is hiring for part-time program assistants for various school sites in Sonoma. The pay is $10.50 to $14/hour. Visit

Tbh: The top selling app on iTunes right now is a teen-focused anonymous social app called tbh. Similar to Yik Yak, Secret, and, most recently, Sarahah, the app is (bad news) anonymous but (good news) supposedly meant to reinforce positivity. Tbh invites users to vote on which of their friends “Always knows what to say” or “Makes you laugh the hardest.” Tbh stands for “to be honest.”

LGBTQ training: LGBT Connection is offering a free training, “Reaching and Serving LGBTQ Youth in Sonoma Valley” from 1 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11. This training is to help providers to improve awareness, access & inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, & Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth in Sonoma Valley.

Shadow at SVHS: Shadow visits are an opportunity for eighth grade students to visit a high school campus and get an inside view. Sonoma Valley High shadow days include the chance to attend two classes with a host student and spend some time getting to know the school. The day begins at 8:55 a.m. with an information session in the College & Career Center and ends at 11:10 a.m. Space is limited and reservations are required. Parents can attend an information session at 8:55 a.m. and a campus tour until 9:45 a.m. The next open shadow days are Oct. 25, Nov. 15, Dec. 6 and Feb. 7. Sign up online at

Free bookmobile of Sonoma County: The free book mobile will be in the Valley taking donations and giving out books on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Boyes Hot Springs / Fiesta Center; and from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. on Oct. 8 at Kenwood Market; and from noon to 5 p.m. at Glen Ellen Village Fair.

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