Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup, April 30

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Free audiobooks: The SYNC Audiobooks for Teens program will give away 28 young adult books, two a week from April 25 through Aug. 1. Authors include Jennifer A. Nielsen, Emma Donoghue, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Tanaz Bhathena. Visit and sign up for title alerts by email. Download the OverDrive app in advance.

Decision day: Sonoma Valley High School seniors will be wearing the logo wear of the 4- or 3-year college they have committed to on the official commit day, May 1. The College & Career Center on campus with take their photos for a wall of college plans.

Free calculator: Scientific calculators can be expensive and, for my kids at least, surprisingly easy to lose. In a pinch, there are a dozen free apps that mimic the best Texas Instruments model out there. Try Panecal Scientific Calculator for both Apple and Google.

Financial literacy: April was National Financial Literacy Month. The website WalletHub has ranked the most and least financially literate states, analyzing financial-education programs and consumer habits. California ranked 34th out of 50 states in financial literacy and 41st in high school financial literacy. Read more at

Hall of Fame: On Saturday, 11 former SVHS students and one teacher will be honored in front of a crowd in the auditorium at Hanna Boys Center for the 2019 induction ceremony. The May 11 event runs from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tickets are available by contacting Bob Kruljac at 483-1856 or by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to 21700 Pearson Ave., Sonoma, CA 95476 with a check for $45. Learn more at

Open house: Sonoma Academy is hosting an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7. The whole family is welcome to attend. Potential new students can meet with current students and with Janet Durgin, head of school, as well as experience mini-classes with teachers. The event is free. Select “tickets” to register at

Jesus Christ Superstar: The SRJC Theatre Arts Department presents “Jesus Christ Superstar,” a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. The show, recommended for ages 12 and above, will run through May 5 at Maria Carrillo High School at 6975 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa.

SMART: Every weekend and holiday between May 25 (Memorial Day weekend) and Sept. 9 (Labor Day weekend) kids 18 and under ride for free when accompanied by an adult. This is a pilot program focused on making SMART more family friendly.

SRJC housing: The Santa Rosa Junior College is moving ahead with its new dorms. The college expects to provide housing for approximately 360 students on the Santa Rosa campus as soon as fall 2022.

NVC housing: Student demand for housing on Napa Valley College’s main campus on Highway 221 is great enough to fill at least 300 beds in a mix of dormitory and apartment units, according to a report by the Scion Group of Irvine. They also laid out a potential fast-track path to break ground on housing in early 2021 and take in the first occupants for the fall semester of 2022.

Kids music: At 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, the Sonoma Valley Library presents Karen Shook’s Music Time for children and their families, ages 0-6. Free.

Free swim lessons: Sonoma County Regional parks is offering a free 3-hour swim lesson for kids 4 years old and up. Registration at 565-8034 or The lesson includes water safety training for parents. The lesson is from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 11 at Sonoma Aquatic Center, as well as a dozen other locations are available out of town.

Congratulations: Adrienne Valavanis was named to the President’s List for fall semester at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. She is a sophomore studying experimental animation and character design. She graduated from ArtQuest at Santa Rosa High School in 2017 and attended Sonoma Charter School from K-8.

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