Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup, Nov. 12

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School safety: The new Valley Families Together group is holding a free panel discussion on School Safety from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14. The new speaker series is for parents, guardians, mentors and community members and will include presentations from Sonoma Police and Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue in the Altimira Middle School multipurpose room.

High marks: First Five of Sonoma County visited El Verano preschool last week and awarded it a Tier 5 on the Quality Counts index – the highest score possible. Congratulations to preschool director Sonya Valiente.

Tutors needed: Juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply today to be a paid after-school tutor at Sonoma Valley High. The work is flexible, typically afternoons one to three times week, after school from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Applications are available in the College & Career Center. Adele Harrison is also looking for juniors and seniors to tutor after school. The pay is $12 an hour. Applications in the CCC or the Adele Harrison office.

Cash for college: The Boys and Girls Club is hosting financial aid workshop on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 4 to 8 p.m. All workshops are held at the BGC Maxwell Village location.

Pancakes: The Sonoma Valley Fire & Rescue Community Pancake Breakfast will take place on Sunday, Nov. 17. Family friendly activities will include operating a fire hose, learning hands-only CPR, a vehicle extrication demonstration, fire engine rides, a firefighter obstacle course and more. Breakfast will be served from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is $5 for adults and kids 12 and under are free. 630 Second St. W.

Save the date: The Lighting of the Sonoma Plaza is at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16.

Crab Feed: The SVHS Booster Crab Feed is coming up. Tickets on sale starting Nov. 13 at

Scholarship: The deadline for the local Violet Richardson Scholarship is Nov. 30. The program is open to high school girls who are involved with volunteer projects that benefit their community and, potentially, the world. The application form is available at Cynthia Morris at 939-1602 for more information.

Free books: The Sonoma County Free Bookmobile will be in the area on Nov. 16. It will be parked at the Kenwood Market from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; at the Glen Ellen Post Office from 11 a.m. to noon; and at Boyes Hot Springs Fiesta Center from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. You can get books or donate books during those times.

Pride: Half Pint clothing store at 450 First St. E. sells “707 born and raised” onesies.

CPR: If your student wants to learn CPR, there is a group in town making classes regularly available to high school students. The class may even satisfy the SVHS PE requirement. Visit to learn more.

Community college rankings: The personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2019’s Best & Worst Community Colleges, coupled with its state-by-state ranking. To determine where students can receive the best education at the cheapest rates, WalletHub compared 710 community colleges across 19 key indicators of cost and quality. California ranked #18 in the country (Washington came in first). SRJC ranked #32 in California and #218 overall. Read more at

Turkey fundraiser: Adele Harrison PTO sells the Willie Bird turkeys each year to raise money for seventh grade outdoor education, classroom supplies and school community nights. Visit to purchase by Sunday, Nov. 24. The turkeys are fresh and free-range with no hormones or antibiotics, raised locally in Santa Rosa. Delivery is available.

Pies: Choose from three different 9-inch holiday pies prepared by Teen Services volunteers and teens. Place your online order by Nov. 12. Pickup at Teen Services, 17440 Sonoma Highway on Nov. 26 or 27 from 2 to 6 p.m. New this year, you can also order frozen cookie dough to pop in the oven for your holiday guests. $10/dozen, chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin. Order online at

Campfire: There is a free pre-Thanksgiving campfire program for all ages at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 in the Sonoma Barracks Courtyard. There will be a short talk, songs and marshmallow roast.

Drama: Several local teens are starring in Sonoma Academy’s fall musical production of “Bright Star,” Nov. 14 to 17. Written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, the folk and bluegrass musical features a sweeping story set against the backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and 1940s. Tickets are online at

Drama: Up next for the Theater School is the 2018 Broadway musical, “Frozen JR.” The production brings to life Elsa, Anna and the magical land of Arendelle in a family-friendly way with a positive message. The Theater School youth cast performances are Nov. 14 to 17 at the Sonoma Community Center.

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