Sonoma Valley 4-H wants you: Sonoma Valley 4-H will kick off the 2018-2019 year with a meeting/pizza picnic at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Larson Family Winery at 23355 Millerick Road. 4-H is the nation’s largest youth-development organization engaging nearly 6 million young people ages 5-19 throughout the U.S. Sonoma Valley 4-H Club has been in existence over 40 years. This year the club offers projects such as Leadership, Dairy, Quilting, Viticulture, Baking, Gardening and Floral Design, Pygmy Goats, Bike Safety and much more. To learn more about our Sonoma Valley 4-H program, email email@example.com, or call 935-7540.
Learnapalooza: Local classes and workshops of all kinds for all ages are offered by organizations and individuals throughout Sonoma County at Learnapalooza Sonoma County on Wednesday, Sept.19 at the Sebastopol Grange.
Educator giveaway: Sonoma Charter School has a room full of items up for grabs, free to educators. The giveway is at 17202 Sonoma Highway, in the Playbox near the back of the campus from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 15.
Donations: Republic of Thrift has just sent out $1,000 to each of Sonoma Valley’s 11 public schools. This is its first payout for the 2018/19 school year. That brings the store’s total donations to the schools to more than $204,000 since opening in 2012.
Witchie Poo: Witchie Poo rehearsals will be starting soon. Sign up online at www.rhotenproductions.com/witchiepoo. The Halloween-themed show will run Oct. 20, 21, 27 and 28 at the Sebastiani Theatre. For more information, call Kimberly Rhoten at 292-9884.
Job: A football fan, age 18-plus, is needed to work the scoreboard at SVHS football games. Pay is $20-$25 and they need someone to start this week. If so, reach out to Athletic Director Mike Boles firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gifted resources: SENG, Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted, is a national organization that offers a new newsletter and periodic webinar. Visit sengifted.org/resources/resource-library/
Bounce fun: The “world’s biggest bounce house” returns bigger and better Sept. 21-23 to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. The event is an all-ages super-sized day of fun and games. Tickets from $12. Book in advance at bit.ly/2NpHr60.
Dance classes: Sonoma Academy of Dance will offer ballet, tap, hip hop and teen dance, plus soccer for toddlers starting Oct. 1. Classes ranges from age 2 to teen and up, and are held at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building. Learn more at email@example.com.
Family resources: Tipping Point Community, a nonprofit fighting poverty in the Bay Area, reminds us that back-to-school season often means the start of new routines. Tipping Point has developed a family workbook that helps families create a mission statement, which provides the basis for tackling difficult conversations like race and poverty. The book also provides some ideas for ways to give back in the Bay Area, which can be applied to any community throughout the country. https://tippingpoint.org/-/img/pdfs/TP-Family-Book_online.pdf
Rankings: Washington Monthly does a very different ranking of colleges than U.S. News & World Report. It rates schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories. Those categories are: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs) and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country). This year’s top 10 includes three U.C. schools – San Diego, Davis and UCLA – plus Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Princeton, Yale, Duke and Georgetown. Read more at www.washingtonmonthly.com.