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Girls chess tournament this weekend

An all-girls chess tournament sponsored by the local non-profit group Chess For Kids is scheduled for Saturday. Registration for the fourth annual event is still open for girls ages five to 17. All skill levels are welcome. The event will be held at 90 Ursuline Rd. Proceeds from the $20 entry fee will toward the Girls on the Run Sonoma County,  a non-profit that promotes and educates girls on healthy lifestyle choices. Advanced online registration is required to participate in… Read More »

All girls chess tournament Feb. 11

Chess for Kids, a local organization dedicated to teaching and promoting chess for area school kids, is hosting an all girls chess tournament on Feb. 11. The third annual event is open to girls ages 5-17 of all levels of chess playing ability. Players are grouped in quads of similar grade level and will play a total of three games. Every player is slated to win a medal and the winner of the quad competition will win a trophy, according… Read More »

Newman names annual honorees, includes first woman

For the first time in its 47-year history, Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa is awarding the John Henry Newman Award to a woman. Patti Konicek Dietzen, Ursuline High class of 1974, and Dennis Crandall, teacher, coach and principal at Newman, will receive the annual award at a private President’s Reception on Dec. 7. They will be honored again at the Cardinal Newman Legacy Gala March 31. The annual award is given to one alum and one member of… Read More »

Reunion season winding down

Reunion season is winding down but there are at least two events upcoming. As I did last year, I’ll try to post and repost calls for classmates for a few more weeks. So if you and your Sonoma County classmates are having a reunion coming up, shoot me an email with the details and event website if possible and I’ll add it to the rolling list. Please note that many of these events are multiple day affairs so please check their… Read More »

Nine local seniors to be honored in Sac today

Nine Sonoma County high school seniors are scheduled to be honored today in Sacramento for winning Comcast’s Leaders and Achievers Scholarship. The local winners are: Austin Schmidt of Cloverdale High School Elizabeth Fox of El Molino High School  Suzanne McNamara of Casa Grande Senior High School  Laura Smith of Petaluma High School  Nicole Thompson of St. Vincent High School  Janice Castro of Roseland University Prep  Bethany Codding of Ursuline High School Rebecca Hildebrant of Rincon Valley Christian School Carlos Velasquez… Read More »

Ursuline & Newman team unveils mural project

The communities of Cardinal Newman and Ursuline high schools will celebrate the completion of a portion of a mural project that has seen the installation of four large pieces on the walls of the Redwood Gospel Mission shelter for homeless men. A celebration of the work is scheduled for 1 p.m. June 6 at the facility, 101 6th Street in downtown Santa Rosa. The pieces have been years in the making. Spearheaded by Newman’s community based service learning coordinator for freshmen, sophomores… Read More »

Newman/Ursuline support services dance video here

Remember the story about students at Ursuline and Newman dancing for a video to promote the Catholic Charities Family Support Center last month? Well the final product/production is out and you can check it out here:  http://bit.ly/m0EsmF Read the original story about how Newman and Ursuline got tapped to show off their moves and what services are provided at the support center here: http://bit.ly/fMZ77b

Seeking Ursuline grads

On May 29 Ursuline High School in Santa Rosa will celebrate its 130th graduating class – its last. We are preparing our coverage for the final graduation of Ursuline High and are looking for alums to share their memories of their time as Ursuline Bears. Are you an Ursuline grad? Do you come from a multi-generational Ursuline family? What does Ursuline mean to you and what does it mean to be an “Ursuline Girl”? Please send me an email at… Read More »

SR Christian School Pres: We hope to make it to May

Santa Rosa Christian School Board president Lawrence Lehr said he’s heard the rumors too, but the 43-year-old school is not planning on closing its doors prior to the planned last day of school in May. “There has been no decision to close the school early but there certainly is a possibility that would happen,” Lehr, the longtime board president, said. School officials announced in January that the school does not have the finances to keep the school open next year.… Read More »