Money for college: California State Fair Scholarship Program is accepting applications for the 2018 – 2019 academic year. The program offers 14 categories of scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 each with varying eligibility requirements. Categories include: agriculture, art, academic excellence, business, culinary/hospitality/event management, education, international relations, trade school, viticulture and enology. Applicants are evaluated based on academics, community service, quality of essay and recommendation. The deadline to apply is March 2, 2018. Learn more at CAStateFair.org/scholarship.
Last call: Nominations for the Helen Ann Buckley Foundation 2017 Inspirational Teacher Award – which honors a Sonoma Valley elementary school teacher from Dunbar, Flowery, El Verano, Sassarini or Prestwood – will close on Dec.11. Visit helenannbuckley.org/award/ for more information.
Open house: Credo High School in Rohnert Park will host an open house at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2. Credo is a free, public charter high school that is guided by the core principles of public Waldorf education to deliver a college-prep program. For more details, visit credohigh.org.
Free tutoring: Free math tutoring is back at Sonoma Valley High. If you or a teen you know could use help with math homework or better understanding before finals – then come see algebra teacher, Ruben Escamilla at the No Name Cafe on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:10 to 4:10 p.m.
Week of Code: As part of the expanded Hour of Code for CS Education Week, Code.org and Microsoft are promoting a new game, Minecraft: Hero’s Journey. Introducing the Minecraft Agent, students write code to instruct the Agent to execute commands and overcome in-game obstacles.
Volunteers needed: Sonoma Valley High School’s Grad Night 2018 needs volunteers. It’s a great chance for parents of freshmen, sophomores and juniors to join in on the planning for an event that keeps seniors safe the night they graduate. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to help out or learn more.
Changes at Oxbow: The Oxbow School in Napa has named Michael Williamson as its next Head of School, effective July of 2018. Oxbow is a private, boarding, art school on the banks of the Napa River. Oxbowschool.org.
Nature hike: Sonoma Parks is hosting a free nature hike from 4 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25 through the park and Montini Trail. Free and open to all ages, this hike is casual and easy. Meet in the Vallejo Home parking lot.
Volunteers needed: The wildfires have brought to the forefront the critical shortage of foster homes in our county. Even before the fires, foster youth has been sometimes placed in homes 100 or more miles away. CASA trains citizen volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the court system. They currently have 70 children waiting to be matched with a CASA volunteer. Email director Millie Gilson at email@example.com if you can help.
Redwood Friday: Jack London State Historic Park is hosting a free, family-friendly guided hike the day after Thanksgiving from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Turkey Waddle Hike is a moderate 4-mile hike. Wear sturdy shoes, and bring water. Rain cancels hike. When: Friday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., there will be a Wolf House Ruins tour. At 1 p.m., there will be a Beauty Ranch Tour. Golf cart rides available free of charge, noon to 4 p.m. only. To participate in Save the Redwoods free events, register at savetheredwoods.org/get-involved/free-redwoods-days/redwoods-friday/