Santa Rosa Junior College will host its annual Larry Bertolini Day Under the Oaks on the Santa Rosa Campus on May 7 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Children will be introduced to the excitement of higher education, adults can learn about new and compelling career paths, and all can explore the college’s many academic, cultural and student life offerings. Parking and admission is free. No pets are allowed.
Details on activities, performances, sponsors, food trucks and more are available at duo.santarosa.edu.
This open house and community education fair extends throughout the Santa Rosa campus. Booths will offer food, hands-on activities, displays, demonstrations, shows and fun for the whole family. More than 200 booths, and numerous music and dance performances offer a broad look at education and culture at SRJC. Performances include hula dancing and Polynesian music by Hui Pulama Mau, jazz music and the SRJC symphonic band, traditional cultural performance by the Redwood Empire Chinese Association and a full matinee production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In The Heights.”
Popular and exciting activities include Planetarium shows, culinary arts cooking demos, the Native American Spring Celebration, a photography exhibit and competition hosted by the SRJC Alumni & Friends, the Horticulture Department’s Plant Sale, the SRJC Reads Book Sale and SRJC’s Sustainability Village.
Exchange Bank returns as the Lead Sponsor for the event, and American AgCredit returns as Supporting Sponsor. This year, SRJC celebrates “Building our Healthy Community,” with booths from Student Health Services, the Health Sciences department and community health partners. Annual favorites include the Culinary Arts Department’s popular wood-fired pizza and strawberry shortcake, plus numerous food trucks including Croques & Toques (operated by SRJC Culinary Program alumnus Andrew Jetson) and food stalls with Native American cuisine, Eritrean food, Indian food and more. A handful of community craft vendors also will be visiting SRJC from the community.
Students will be able to meet with counselors and register for summer classes. Parents and high school students can meet faculty and staff who will show them how inspiring and affordable college can be. Information will be available at the “One Stop Student Success Shop,” which will provide attendees the opportunity to meet with Counseling, Admission and Records, Financial Aid, Assessment and other professionals at SRJC ready to help make an SRJC education possible for all.
Exhibits and demonstrations from instructional departments and clubs range from Active Minds to Students for Recovery, from Nutrition Club to Robotics Club, and from the Medical Assisting program to the Disability Resources Department. Families can go into labs and classrooms, participate in activities, visit outside displays and exhibits and talk to educators who enthusiastically share their expertise with students. Young children will enjoy the face-painting, bubbles, jumpy houses and much more.
The event is named in honor of the late SRJC trustee and Day Under the Oaks co-founder Larry Bertolini, who arranged the annual farm petting zoo and also was co-founder of Western Farms.