Education Roundup: Binge drinking, leadership opportunities, free self-defense classes and more, March 10

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Returning students: It’s already time to start thinking about the next school year. Students who are returning to their Sonoma Valley school next year will be able to register online beginning March 9. To access the online registration, visit, click on “For Parents” and then “Student Registration.”

Drama: Justin-Siena High School is presenting Disney’s “High School Musical On Stage” from March 20 to 29. Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m on Sunday at the Lincoln Theater. Tickets at

Parent presentation: RISK Sonoma will host a panel presentation on the dangers of binge drinking from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 26 at Sonoma Valley High School. Lean more on the RISK Sonoma Facebook page.

Leadership opportunity: Do you know a young person who is passionate about human rights or wants to learn more? Applications for the Junior Commission on Human Rights 2020-2021 session are available. The deadline is April 15.

Family fun: Jack London State Historic Park’s annual Family Adventure Day is on April 25. Use the “Purchase Tickets” button to RSVP,

Grants: The Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) is now accepting grant applications from Sonoma County nonprofit youth groups at Qualified grant applicants must be youth-focused nonprofit groups serving Sonoma County. The Sonoma chapter has distributed $6.8 million to Sonoma County youth groups since 2001. For more information, contact Cheri Plattner at or 933-3950.

Park events: There is a free all-ages Campfire Program from 6 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 14. Hear a short talk, sing campfire songs and roast a toasty marshmallow in the Sonoma Barracks. There is also a “Hands on History” event in the Sonoma Mission Courtyard in March designed for fourth graders studying 19th century California History. On Saturday, March 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (drop in), learn the basic stitches of embroidery and create a piece to take home.

Free classes: Parkpoint Health Club is offering Adele and Altimira middle school students free classes at the Club, for four weeks starting March 27. A hip-hop class and a self-defense class will be offered on Fridays at 4:30 p.m. Students should sign up in their middle school office.

Bookmobile: The free Bookmobile of Sonoma County will be in Sonoma Valley on Saturday, March 14. From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., the bookmobile will be in the parking lot of the Kenwood shopping center; from 11 a.m. to noon it will be at the Glen Ellen Post Office; from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. it will be at the Fiesta Center in Boyes Hot Springs. The bookmobile accepts book donations at Umpqua Bank, 135 W. Napa St. Financial contributions are welcome as well.

Congratulations: Dorian L. Gold-Diamond was named to the Dean’s List at Boston University for the fall semester.

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