Senior project judging: Community members are needed to help judge the senior projects from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, at Sonoma Valley High School. Refreshments and check-in start at 3:30 p.m. and there will be an orientation at 4 p.m. No experience is necessary and there will be faculty in every classroom. Email Holly Kyle at or call 938-5958 to sign up.

Mental health: On Friday, April 27 the Club Maxwell Village will be hosting a Mental Health Awareness Fair from 4 to 6:30 pm. This event is being coordinated by SVHS senior Ilse Arias, who was just recognized by the Press Democrat for her volunteer work in the health science field. Other organizations will be onsite to share information about their services.

Teacher of the Year: The Masons of Temple Lodge #14 Free & Accepted Masons in Sonoma honor an exceptional, standout teacher in the community each year. Nominees should inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn; have the respect and admiration of students, parents and colleagues; play an active and useful role in the community as well as in the school; be an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled teacher. Submissions close on April 30. Nominate at

College fair: Sonoma State is hosting a free college fair from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1. Teens are never too young to be thinking about college. This is a great opportunity to quickly learn about a lot of colleges all in one place.

Safe drivers: There is a free Smart Start safe driving class at the police station in Sonoma from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1. To sign up your teen, call 253-4906.

Reminder: The SVHS Barn Talks on Thursday, April 26 will discuss “The Fourth Industrial Revolution in the Age of Equality” and our changing world in the age of advanced technology, artificial intelligence and economics. Two SVHS graduates who are current senior executives at Salesforce will lead the conversation at the Barn at Tyge William Cellars at Cornerstone, 23570 Arnold Drive. General admission $35. Students are free.

Art Fair: Almost 700 pieces of student art will be showcased at the Presentation School from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, in the school’s activity center. Works of art by all students in grades K through 8 will be on display. Rosemary McNeely oversees the school’s art program.

Congratulations: Sonoma County Office of Education recently celebrated its Classified School Employees of the Year. Sonoma Valley maintenance and operations staff member Max Hernandez was a nominee and Dave Sandoval was a finalist. In addition, the district’s classified staff received an award for exceptional teamwork during the October fires.

Tea party: Sonoma Conservatory of Dance is hosting a Mommy, Me & Tea Mad Hatter Tea Party as a local fundraiser for scholarships for young dancers from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 29. Tickets are available at Email or call 938-1424.

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