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Education Roundup: Nov. 21

Adele fundraiser: At lunch and dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 28, Della Santina’s Trattoria and its adjacent Enoteca wine bar is donating 25 percent of the proceeds from the day to help out Adele Harrison Middle School families in need. There will also be a holiday fair during lunch. Contact Marilyn Munk at calady@msn.com to learn more.

Toy drive: Sonoma Raceway will accept toys for its 14th annual High-Powered Toy Drive. All toys will be distributed to nearly 300 children at the raceway’s annual Race to the Holidays Christmas party on Saturday, Dec. 9. New, unwrapped gifts for newborns to 12-year-olds can be dropped at locations all over Sonoma. To learn more about the toy drive, visit SonomaRaceway.com or contact Jen Imbimbo at Jennifer@SonomaRaceway.com or 933-3981.

Miss Sonoma County: Entries are open now for the Miss Sonoma County and Miss Sonoma County Outstanding Teen scholarship pageant award programs. Girls ages 13 to 25 are encouraged to enter. Call 478-4585 for more info (ages 13 to 17) or 321-7873 for ages 18 to 25. misscalifornia.org/miss-california/local-pageants/miss-sonoma-county/

Fewer toys: Science says instead of giving toys, parents should spend their money and energy on outings, experiences and vacations. Becky Mansfield of yourmodenfamily.com has 50 suggestions of gifts for children that aren’t “stuff.” Here are some of the best, read the complete article at yourmodernfamily.com/instead-giving-toys/.

1. A photo album of memories from the year

2. Tickets to an event.

3. Passes to an amusement park.

4. Family recipe cards and ingredients in a basket.

5. Coupon books for things like “One coupon good to skip chores today.”

6. Calendar already filled out with fun things: playdates, special one on one time, birthdays, lunch-date, movie nights.

7. “Your Day” – give your kids a day to pick whatever they want. Call it a “your day.” Give them a big poster with a bunch of different ideas.

8. Painting lessons. Let children explore their inner artist.

diRosa art: The first Art Spark Family Workshop of 2018 is Sunday, Jan. 7, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Children 3 and under are free. Children 4 to 12 are $5. Adults are $15 ($10 members). Additional details and updates can be found at dirosaart.org.

Donations: The following Sonoma Valley youth groups will receive funding from Speedway Children’s Charities in 2017: Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley; Friends in Sonoma Helping (F.I.S.H.); Girl Scouts of Northern California; Hanna Boys Center; Kid Scoop News; La Luz Center; North Bay Children’s Center; Sonoma Ecology Center; Sonoma Valley Education Foundation; Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance; Sonoma Valley Teen Services and more. For more information on the Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, visit speedwaycharities.org/sonoma/

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