Happiness course: You can take a version of Sonja Lyubomirsky’s Yale University course online for free (it’s available at coursera.com). But in a nutshell, there are certain habits that have been shown to be consistent among happy people. Happy people devote time to family and friends. They practice gratitude. They practice optimism. They are physically active. They “savor life’s pleasures and try to live in the present moment,” as Lyubomirsky puts it.
BBK: The next production of Broadway Bound Kids is “High School Musical.” Rehearsals are Tuesdays at the Veterans Building with weekly rehearsals beginning on August 21. Rehearsal Times: ages 4-6 from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.; ages 7-11 from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m.; ages 12 & up from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The performance dates are November 16, 17 and 18.
Bonjour: There are still a few spaces left for the new school year at Le Petit Jardin Preschool. This is a language immersion program open to any child, whether or not the family has prior exposure to the French language or not! Call or email to tour, The school is located right on the Plaza. Visit www.LpjKids.com or email Amber@lpjkids.com.
Japanese summer camp: The Sonoma Cultural Exchange nonprofit here in Sonoma is offering a Japanese language preschool summer camp beginning June 25 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Visit sonomaculturalexchange.org/camp for more information,
Save the date: The Sonoma Valley Back to School Health Fair 2018 will be Saturday, Aug. 11. More details to follow.
Bus passes and free/reduced lunch: Families may obtain bus card and meal qualifying letters at any of the listed sites, regardless of where your student attends school. Students must have a current bus card by Aug. 20 to ride the bus.
Flowery - Monday, August 6 - 9 a.m. to noon, 4 to 8 p.m.
El Verano - Tuesday, August 7 - 9 a.m. to noon, 4 to 8 p.m.
Sassarini - Thursday, August 9 - 9 a.m. to noon, 4 to 8 p.m.
SVHS RUSH - Monday, August 13 - 4 to 7 p.m.
SVHS RUSH - Tuesday, August 14 - 4 to 7 p.m.
Altimira RUSH - Thursday, August 16 - 9 a.m. to noon, 3 to 7 p.m.
Teen opp: Youth commissioner application deadline has been extended to July 31 - individuals must be residents of the City of Sonoma or the greater Sonoma Valley and between 14-18 years old - submit an application online (scroll down to the section for Community Services & Environment Commission and click the ‘Apply’ link) sonomacity.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingTypeList.aspx.
Teen reading contest: The New York Times Summer Reading Contest starts on Friday. Any teen, any week, anything published in the NYT in 2018. Everything you need to know is at tinyurl.com/yc4zcqml.
Family hike: There is a Sugarloaf Creekside Nature Hike on Saturday, June 23 at 10 a.m., along the 1.4-mile Sonoma Creek. On the hike the leader will teach about the plants, animals and aquatic life of Sonoma Creek. The hike starts at the visitors’ center. No fee, but parking charges apply.
Dying teens: The United States is becoming a less safe place to be a teenager. The death rate for those aged 10 to 19 rose 12 percent between 2013 and 2016, mostly due to an increase in deaths from accidental injury, homicide and suicide, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The primary causes of injury deaths were motor vehicle accidents, suicide, firearms-related murders and drug overdoses. Driving or walking while distracted by a smartphone or other electronic device is also contributing to traffic deaths among young people.