Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup, Nov. 7

Get set for the Teddy Bear Tea Party.

Aid to Dunbar: Landmark Vineyards has donated $100,000 to Redwood Credit Union’s North Bay Fire Relief Fund to assist victims and aid relief efforts as well as $10,000 toward the rebuilding initiative at Dunbar Elementary School in Glen Ellen, which lost its kindergarten playground and outdoor theater.

Music fundraiser: “A Night For The Kids” benefiting “Friends of Dunbar School” on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Reel from 8 p.m. to midnight. $20 (tax deductible). The Cork Pullers, the Mark Larson Band, Sonoma Sound Syndicate plus special guests. During the recent fires, Dunbar School lost its fabled outdoor stage, props and production materials, and public address system. The proceeds from this night will go toward replacing the lost items. The bands are donating their time, as are the many teachers and parents who are helping put this event together.

Drugs in the Valley: Bring your teens to see the documentary, “The Other Side of Cannibas – The Negative Effects of Marijuana On Our Youth,” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12, at Sebastiani Theatre. The Sonoma Community Health Center is sponsoring the showing of the documentary and the speaker, documentary producer Jody Belsher. There will be a panel discussion focused on the issue of “edibles.” There will be a suggested donation of $5 person toward future presentations and panel discussions offered by R.I.S.K.-Sonoma/A Parent Support Network.

Museum reopening: After weeks of cleaning and reinstalling the exhibitions, the Charles M. Schulz Museum has now reopened. Schulz Museum will celebrate with a grand reopening on Sunday, Nov. 12, adding to a previously scheduled free day with special activities, photo opportunities, and free picture frames.

Coach of the year: Sonoma Valley High School girls tennis coach, Mary Kate Dreyer has been named SCL Coach of the Year.

Intern wanted: Sonoma Community Center is seeking a marketing, public relations and social media intern. Stipend available at the successful completion of the internship, amount depends on hours worked and projects completed. Email resume and short cover letter to

It’s turkey time: A yearly fundraiser for Adele Harrison PTO – Willie Bird Turkey Sales have begun. Follow this link to order your Thanksgiving Turkey Today via our online store. All orders must be received by Nov. 18.

College gear: If you have extra college gear around the house that no one is wearing, drop it off at Adele Harrison Middle School.

Vaccines: More than half of all American teenagers are getting vaccinated against human papillomavirus, and the rate is rising over time, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control. Sixty percent of adolescents received one or more doses of the HPV vaccine in 2016, an increase of 4 percentage points from 2015, researchers found. About a decade ago, the figure was less than 30 percent.

Dual enrollment: A new report shows that taking college courses (at a community college) in high school can increase the chances that both advantaged and disadvantaged students go to college and earn a degree. Numbers keep rising but currently 15 percent of students nationwide have taken community college classes by the time they graduate from high school.

New driving news: Californians under age 21 could soon face new driving restrictions under a bill passed by the Legislature. Currently newly licensed drivers in their first year who are 16 to 18 years old can’t drive other kids and can’t drive after 11 p.m. The new bill would raise the age for these restrictions to 21 (with exceptions made for school and a job). It would take effect in 2020. Read the bill at

Awards: The Helen Diller Family Foundation is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards. Now entering its 12th year, the national award annually recognizes up to 15 Jewish teens with $36,000 each for extraordinary leadership in repairing the world. Up to five teens from California and 10 from communities across the United States will be recognized for their humanitarian efforts. Teachers, Civic Leaders, Rabbis — anyone interested in nominating a teen, or any teen interested in applying — can visit to begin the nomination/application process. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 18, and the deadline for applications is Jan. 8, 2018. Self-identified Jewish teens who are 13 to 19 years old are eligible.

Great care packages: If you are looking for a fun care package to send your college student, a site online has developed a list of great ones. Treats from around the world, cupcakes in a jar, health snacks and more.

Save the Date: Sonoma’s only Teddy Bear Tea Party is being hosted by Sonoma Conservatory of Dance and it will take place on Sunday, Dec. 3. RSVP at or call 938.1424.

Holiday Make-In: Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is hosting its annual Holiday Make-In from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18. Bring friends and family and experience a day of inspired, handmade art-making for the whole family! Multiple making stations, hosted by local artists, feature a wide range of hands-on projects to warm your home for the Thanksgiving and winter holidays. This year, Audrey Daniel and her team of bilingual San Francisco photographers will also be offering family photo portraits. Free admission.

Blue ribbons: The California Department of Education has announced its Blue Ribbon Schools for 2017 and the only one nearby is the small 200 student Liberty Elementary in Petaluma. The annual award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students achieve high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.

Art school info: ArtQuest is a specialized magnet program for dance, digital arts, instrumental music, photography, theater arts, video arts, visual fine arts and vocal music, within the Santa Rosa High School campus. They are hosting an information night on Thursday, Nov. 9, starting at 6:30 p.m. ArtQuest is not offering shadowing this year, due to the impact of the fires on the school calendar. Contact ArtQuest at 535-4842 or email

Toys for Tots: There will be a car show and toy drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sonoma Chevrolet on West Napa Street with a free barbecue at 11:30 a.m. sponsored by the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots. Bring a new and unwrapped toy.

Kinder admissions: Presentation School is hosting a kindergarten “Sneak peek” admissions events from 8 to 10 a.m. on Dec. 5 and Jan. 16. Email to reserve a spot.

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