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12 Features 10 Nourish Yourself How to prioritize your own needs while still taking care of the kids.

12 A Chance to Fly How to choose a camp for kids with special needs.


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Bits and Pieces Use Your Outdoor Voice Crafts, Cakes, and Floats Sweet Wheels Hoop & Hike A Loverly Afternoon Down But Not Out Bag Some Books Run for It

19 Cooking with Kids Fast & Fresh

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14 Summer Camp Adventure Guide Get the scoop on 56 terrific local camps.

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t’s time to recognize mamas for all they do for their families. Check out “Mothering Mom” Sharon Gowan (page 20) for some Publisher/Editor great, local ways to celebrate Mother’s Day. And then see our Calendar of Events (page 22) for even more creative ideas.

how to sneak in self-care while also tending to your kids. One summer strategy? Send the kids to camp! It’s a win-win. You get a breather, and they get to explore a passion. Now is the time to choose a program. A perfect place to start is our Summer Camp Adventure Guide (page 14), which lists 56 local camps that offer classes in everything from horseback riding and soccer to sewing and sailing.

Raising children is hard work for both moms and dads. It’s important for the entire family that parents take good care of themselves. Before you say “How? When?” with a sigh of exasperation, turn to “Nourish Yourself” (page 10). You’ll find surprisingly practical ideas on

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ll parents know that keeping kids happy and healthy is a heroic task. Lake County’s Hero Project aims to make the work easier with its Family Fun Day. Little ones can test their mettle in an obstacle course or splash about in water play, and then fill up on a nutritious snack. The free event will be held on May 20, 1–3 p.m., at Austin Park in Clearlake. Space is limited; to register, go to and click “The Calendar” tab. ¶

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tart summer off right with pancakes and a parade in Lakeport. The fun begins on May 27 with a hearty breakfast served 7–11 a.m. by the 4H Kiwanis at the old Natural High School site on North Main Street. (Tickets are $7; kids 5 and under get in free.) When you’ve had your fill of hotcakes, eggs, sausage, and ham, you can ready yourself for the big Memorial Day parade, which begins at 11 a.m. Wave at the floats, horses, and fire trucks as they head north on Main Street to Clearlake Avenue. Then peruse the wares of vendors at the craft fair, which runs 9 a.m.–5 p.m. on May 27 and 9 a.m.–4 p.m. on May 28, also at old Natural High School. ¶

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re there little ones in your clan who love things that go? They’ll be heady with the steady Vroom, vroom of the cars headed to the Willits Community Festival and Car and Bike Show on May 28. Arrive early for breakfast, served 7–10 a.m. by the Willits Lions Club in Recreation Grove Park in Willits, and then get a front-row seat to see the rumbling procession. Later, you can stroll through the park for a closer look at the shiny vehicles, or visit vendor booths selling arts, crafts, and gift items. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, you can enter the Arm Wrestling Contest. Or, for more vehicular action, cross the street to Roots of Motive Power and take an engine ride 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Festivities end at 4 p.m.; admission is free but breakfast is $6–$9. Find out more details at ¶

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lways wanted a tattoo, but never had the courage to take the leap? Try some temporary ink at the Lake County Land Trust’s Art and Nature Day. If a tattoo isn’t your thing, the event offers other ways to walk on the wild side—try Hula-Hooping, a mini yoga class, or just a hike in the great outdoors. The free fun happens on May 6, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., at the Rodman Preserve and Nature Center in Upper Lake. See for more information. ¶

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isten to Eliza Doolittle enunciate her way to high society in My Fair Lady. “The Rain in Spain,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?,” “Get Me to the Church On Time,” and other classic tunes will all be part of the Ukiah Playhouse production of the musical. See the show May 4–28, Thursdays–Sundays (no show May 6), at the Ukiah Players Theatre in Ukiah. Performances will be held at 7 p.m., except for Sunday matinees, which will be held at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10–$20 and may be purchased at ¶

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o you want to make sure your kids keep reading this summer, but you’re afraid their library finds might end up at the bottom of a pool? Buy a few cheap reads at the Middletown Library book sale. Paperbacks are only 50 cents and hardbound books a buck; fill a bag for $3. The event will happen on May 20, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., at the library in Middletown. Call 987-3674 for more information. ¶

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hildhood should be a fundamentally happy time. But the 2016 documentary Resilience reports that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) such as physical and sexual abuse are quite common. And ACEs also have far-reaching effects, including depression, heart disease, cancer, and decreased life expectancy. There is hope, however. Pediatricians, therapists, and educators are tapping into cutting-edge neurological science to make a difference in family’s lives. Find out how at local showings of Resilience on May 19 at 5 p.m. and on May 20 at 1 p.m. in Soper Reese Theatre in Lakeport. ¶

ot kids with excess energy? Grab everyone’s sneakers and head over to the 15th Annual 5K Spring Has Sprung Run on May 7. The family-friendly timed event features a 5K for teens and adults, and a special Kids’ Run for little legs: 1/2K for ages 4–5 and 1K for ages 6–9. Starting 8–8:30 a.m., the race begins and ends at the Coyote Valley Elementary School in Hidden Valley Lake. Top 5K winners will be awarded at a ceremony, and all children will walk away with finishers’ medals. The 5K is $30 for adults and $15 for teens 19 and under; the Kids’ Run is $5 plus a small online registration fee. Register for both at ¶ May 2017

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for a Monday–Friday and Saturday– Sunday kind of a thing but rather a routine based on the day’s activities. For example, does one of your kids have sports on Mondays while another has music lessons on Thursdays? If so, set up a routine that varies based on the needs of the day. Sports days

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6 Practical Self-Care Tips for Parents

By Jessica Graham

hen it comes to self-care, conventional wisdom tells us to put on our own oxygen mask before assisting anyone else. Despite the prevalent nature of this advice, we parents often ignore it. Instead, we implement emergency room protocols. We triage, prioritizing the most urgent needs while our own routinely get assessed as “okay to wait.” 10 MendoLakeFamilyLife

Before you turn down an offer of help, realize that your “No thanks” might actually be doing someone else a disservice. could mean that everyone eats a family breakfast because dinnertime is too chaotic. And on music days, it could be better for kids to buy lunch at school to help streamline the day. Establishing activity-based routines gives you greater flexibility so that when schedules get shaken up, it won’t send you into a tailspin.


Getting enough sleep, eating right, exercising, meditating, and enjoying the benefits of nature are all established tenets of self-care, but when we’re so wrapped up providing day-to-day care for someone else, we don’t have enough head space to figure out how or when to care for ourselves. We tend to today while neglecting tomorrow.

Make it work for right now. You always have options. As hard as it is to accept, sometimes the thing that needs to change is you. Adjust your perspective, lower your expectations, and decide what you can live with for right now. A temporary solution is still a solution. It doesn’t have to be long lasting or perfect for it to work now.

Here are a few ideas for simultaneous care:

Have contingency plans. Some days even when you have all your ducks in a row, Jack and Jill will still come tumbling down the hill. You can stew about it, rail against it, or just know that life happens and implement Plan E, also known as “frozen pizza in the


Establish multiple routines. When your days have an irregular rhythm, it’s hard to find structure. Instead of trying to establish one daily routine, set multiple routines. You aren’t aiming


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Learn to say no. The word no is one of the most under-used tools in our arsenal. Often we agree to things because we’re unintentionally conforming to someone else’s priorities or sense of obligation. Assess what’s important to you. Say no to everything else.


Learn to say yes. Often we avoid saying yes to offers of help because we don’t want to impose or because we’re afraid of appearing needy. Research has documented the beneficial effects of helping others—everything from lowered blood pressure to increased happiness. Before you turn down an

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Don’t engage in negative self-talk. When things are difficult or troublesome, often we chastise ourselves with “If only I had…” or “I can’t believe I…” or “Why on earth didn’t I…?” But while our intention might be one of self-help, the result is really just mental angst. The better approach is an internal dialogue that asks, “How can I improve this? What changes do I need to make for this to be better?” ¶


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a parent is both more aware of what a child can do for him or herself and more comfortable allowing others to assist when needed. Research indicates there are other benefits. Because many camps cater to specific needs, children can learn new social, physical, academic, or self-care skills. Interacting with others who

A Chance to Fly Kids with Special Needs Thrive at Camp

By Ashley Talmadge


ending a child to summer camp for the first time can make any parent nervous. But worries are often magnified for parents of kids with special needs. Images of sunlit lakes and carefree campers are often trumped by concerns about behavior, communication, and physical safety. Stacy De La O, whose daughter has highfunctioning autism, remembers the weeks leading up to Fia’s first overnight camp experience as a 10-year-old. “I was a wreck!” she admits. “But we prepared well, and in the end I trusted the counselors…to take care of her.”

Children with physical, cognitive, or medical challenges often have few opportunities to navigate the world without a parent close by. Kids with special needs benefit from summer camp in two major ways, according to Kelly Kunsek, a seasoned director 12 MendoLakeFamilyLife

of a camp that serves children with physical and developmental disabilities. “Time away from families increases their independence,” she says. “And as they meet other campers, their social connections expand.” Parents benefit, too. After a positive camp experience,

Disability-specific camps hire staff trained to meet unique needs— visual impairment, autism, diabetes, and severe allergies. share similar challenges lets a child’s self-esteem and confidence blossom. And for some kids, camp provides a welcome respite from routine-packed schedules and visits to therapists. De La O’s worries evaporated when she picked Fia up after the session. “I could just see in her face that she’d had a great time.” By following a few simple guidelines, you and your special needs child can reap the rewards of summer camp. Decide what you want. Is your child ready for overnight camp? Or would a day camp suit her needs? Inclusive camps make accommodations that allow kids with special needs to participate in activities with typical peers. Disability-specific camps hire staff trained to meet unique needs—visual impairment, autism, diabetes, and severe allergies. Traditional camps offer tried-and-true activities like swimming, boating, crafts, and campfires. Specialty camps may focus

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on technology, sports, or the arts. Therapeutic camps offer interventions targeting speech/language, behavioral, and/or physical therapy goals. And combinations abound.

Because many camps cater to specific needs, children can learn new social, physical, academic, or self-care skills. fraternal organizations (e.g. Lions Club, Rotary Club) will sponsor a child at a specific camp. If there is a proven need for continued education services over the summer, some school districts will pay for a camp that targets your child’s IEP goals. And if your child is receiving therapeutic interventions at camp, your medical insurance may cover some of the cost. ¶ Ashley Talmadge is a freelance writer and mother of two boys.

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Ask questions and get comfortable. Speak with the director and counselors who will be working with your child. Questions include: What is the staff-to-camper ratio? What training do counselors receive? What is the turnover rate for staff? (Camps where staff members return summer after summer tend to offer more stability and consistency.) Is there medical staff on site 24/7, and where is the nearest hospital? How are special diets handled? How will I communicate with my child during the session? How are behavioral issues addressed? Be forthright and honest in describing your child’s challenges. Does the staff seem willing and competent to handle them?

Think about funding. Camps can be expensive, but families of children with special needs have options if they plan ahead. Many camps offer full and partial scholarships. Some churches and

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Do your research. De La O says that the parents at her daughter’s school “exchange information to find the best camps and programs for our kids.” Recommendations from teachers and service providers who know your child are also valuable. Look at camp materials online, read brochures, and watch videos. Has the camp been accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA) or received recognition from a reputable organization? Make sure the camp’s philosophy is a match for your family. Would your child do better in a competitive or cooperative atmosphere? Are you looking for a specific religious affiliation? Look at the physical layout of the camp and notice any potential problems.

Prepare your kids. Talk about camp and the activities they will get to try. Ask what they’re looking forward to, as well as what makes them nervous. Role-playing potential social situations helps some kids feel more confident. Before attending overnight camp, Kunsek suggests trying a sleepover with a friend or family member. In addition, she says, “Go to the open house event if possible. It’s a good way for a child to become familiar with the setting and the staff, and to meet other campers.” If a family can’t attend the open house, Kunsek encourages scheduling a tour.



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Summer Camp Adventure Guide LAKE COUNTY British Soccer & Tetra Brazil Soccer Camps. Soccer camps with programs for all ages, delivered by our professional coaching staff from the UK & Brazil. Ages 3–18. 8 a.m.–4 p.m. M–F. June–Aug. $85–$200. 916-596-1694. Locations in Lakeport & Middletown. Visit website for details. search. FREE Lake County Library Summer Reading Programs. Sign up to read library books at your local branch & earn points to win prizes. Attend weekly events at your library all summer long. All ages. May 20–July 29. Lakeport, Clearlake, Upper Lake & Middletown branches. 263-8817. CLEARLAKE Lifeskill Sewing Camp. Students build their confidence while learning how to sew, making things from one of our camp-themed packages (BBQ, Slumber Party, Lake Party, School Daze, etc.).

Sewing machines & supplies provided. Ages 8–17. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. M–F. $200/wk. 295-1030. HIDDEN VALLEY Equine Summer Camp at Owen Ranch. Focusing on “safety first,” campers learn horsemanship skills like grooming, handling, saddling, feeding & more. Ages 6–adult. 8 a.m.–noon. M–F. June–Aug. $330/wk. $80/ day. $40 registration fee. Visit website for discount. 355-0121. Lake County Diamonds. Gymnastics, tumbling & more. Weeknights. Kids may join anytime. All ages & abilities welcome. Visit website for schedules & rates. KELSEYVILLE Sea Scout Ship 711. Boy Scouts of America. Yearlong program teaching sailing, motor boating & skills of the sea: knots, navigation, line splicing, safe boating, anchoring & more. Ages 13–20, plus adults. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Every Wednesday. $24/yr. 263-5235. Meet at Braito’s Marina, Kelseyville.

LAKEPORT Antoinette’s School of Dance Camps. Ages 4–18. Little Dancers: 10 a.m.–noon. July 10–14. $60/wk. or $15/day. Princess: 10 a.m.–noon. July 17–21. $60/wk. or $15/day. Kids’ Workshop: 10 a.m.–1 p.m. July 24–28. $75/wk. or $20/day. Intensive: 10 a.m.–3 p.m., July 31–Aug. 4. $105/wk. or $35/day. 263-5617. Clear Lake Scullers. July 2–3 & July 5–6. $40. High School Rowing Camp: Grades 9–12. 8–10 a.m. Youth rowing, paddling & water-safety camp. No experience necessary. Grades 6–12. 10:30 a.m.–noon. 349-9779. Lake County Channel Cats. Swim lessons for all levels. Ages 3–18. 9–11:30 a.m. M–F. June–Aug. $200. 263-3131. FREE Lakeport Library Summer Teen Reading Program. Activities, prizes, incentives & reading lists for tweens & teens. Ages 12–17. May 20–Aug. 5. Summer

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Summer Camp Adventure Guide Reading Program Party: Aug. 2. 263-8817 x17105. FREE Lakeport Story Time at Library Park. Ages 0–12. 10:15 a.m. Fridays, weekly. June–Aug. 263-8817. library. FREE Over the Moat Vacation Bible Club. Campers experience medieval life complete with a castle, knights & royalty. Games, snacks, crafts, puppet shows, skits, Bible time, songs & more. Ages 3–12. M–F. June 26–30. 263-3256. Clear Lake Baptist Church. SkyCatch Gymnastics Summer Programs. We offer free tryout classes before signing up. Gymnastics, mixed martial arts, cross-training, birthday parties, kids night out, seasonal kid camps & more. All ages. 490-6053. skycatchgymnastics. Summer Fun at Lakeport Christian Center Preschool. Science activities, crafts, learning, fun & more. Ages 2–6. 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. June 19–Aug. 25. Call for rates. 262-5520. Summer Youth Art Camp. Day classes lasting 2–3 hours. Supplies provided. A variety of art classes designed to enrich creativity & encourage self-expression. Ages 5–adult. June–July. Visit website for schedule. $10–$20/class. 263-6658. MIDDLETOWN Intergalactic Adventures in Art. Campers will engage in creative exploration of the cosmos through painting, ceramics, performance & mixed-media. Snacks provided. Performance & exhibition celebration on the last day. Grades K–9. 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. M–F. June 12–23. $225/2 wks. $125/wk. $30/day. 809-8118. Keep Well Kids Club’s Adventures in Keytonia. Kids learn positive health habits in a fun & interactive way. Nutrition, hygiene, dental care, safety, recycling & the importance of family & friends. Space is limited. Ages 5–9. July 15, 22 & 29. $50. 349-1100.

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MENDOCINO COUNTY FREE Mendocino County Libraries Summer Reading Program. Ongoing activities, incentives & prizes. Programs available for young children, school-aged children, teens & adults. June 10–Aug. 12. Visit branch website or call for more info & calendar of events. Ukiah, Willits, Fort Bragg, Point Arena & Round Valley branches, as well as our Bookmobile. FORT BRAGG C.V. Starr Community Center. Activities for youth, teens & families. 964-9446. MCRPD Just for Kids Summer Day Camp. Packed with arts & crafts, field trips, regular trips to the C.V. Starr Pool & so much more. Open to all school-aged participants. 7:45 a.m.–5:15 p.m., half-day options available. M–F. June 12–Aug. 4. $30/day, $20/half-day. 964-9446. Summer Camps with the Noyo Center. Ocean Float Day Camp: All ages. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. June 19–23 & July 4. $20/day–$150. Discovery Camp: Ages 7–10. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. July 17–21. $150. Coast’in It Overnight Camp: Ages 10–15. Aug. 1–3. $150. 733-6696. HOPLAND Camp Solar. Harness the sun this summer. Campers will put the sun to work baking, making & racing. They’ll create a sculpture from natural building materials, run a farmers market & more. Ages 6–12. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Aug. 1–3. $150. Early-bird discount ends June 30. Sibling rates available. Benefits the Solar Living Institute. 472-2456. LAYTONVILLE Camp Winnarainbow. A circus & performing arts camp. For more than 40 years, children have run away to join this circus in beautiful Mendocino. Ages 7–14. (Teen Camp now available, ages 15–17.) June–Aug. Visit website for schedule & rates. 510-525-4304. Healthy Start Summer Program. Arts & crafts, field games, water play, drama, music & lunch. Ages 5–12. June–July. Visit

website for schedule & rates. 984-8089. Mendocino County Sheriff’s Activities League. Archery, basketball, soccer, Raiders youth football & cheer. Call for schedule & rates. 272-2718. LEGGETT Redwood Adventure Residential Camp. Hiking, swimming, backpacking, horseback riding, archery, crafts & nature. We emphasize nature stewardship, leadership & interpersonal & spiritual growth. Grades 5–12. July 8–23. $525–$545/wk. 703-9171. MENDOCINO Community Center of Mendocino’s Summer Enrichment Camps. Programs include Science, S.T.E.M, Design It–Explore It, Puppet Theater, Recycled Art, Operation Opera, Operation Orchestra, Circus Camp, Tide Pool Exploration & Gardening & Nutrition. Ages 6–12. Noon–5 p.m. M–F. Call for schedules & rates. 937-4133. Flynn Creek Circus Summer Camp. Run away with a real circus this summer. Students learn circus arts under the Big Top tent with professional performers. Tightwire, trapeze, tumbling, juggling & more. End-of-session performance. Ages 7–14. 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. M–F. June 26–30. $235. 937-4133. Lake-Mendocino 4-H Summer Camp. Archery, hiking, water activities, sports, arts & crafts, photography & much more. Space is limited; first come, first served. Ages 9–13. Counselors-In-Training: Ages 12–13. July 2–6. $175. 263-6838. Mendocino Woodlands Camp. mendocino-lake_4-H_summer_camp. Mendocino Art Center Summer Classes. Youth Ceramics: Students will be exposed to various building, throwing & firing techniques. Ages 6 & up. 2:45–4:45 p.m. Wednesdays. June 7–July 26. $200/8 wks. Polymer Clay the Fun Way: Learn to make & finish works in polymer clay. All ages welcome. 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. June 3, July 22, Aug. 19. $40–$80. Youth Metals, wk. 1: Basics of working with copper & brass.

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Summer Camp Adventure Guide Ages 12–17. 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. June 19–20. $85. Youth Metals, wk. 2: Create a project in sterling silver. (New students repeat wk. 1.) Ages 12–17. 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. June 26–27. $85. Youth Metals, wk. 3: Supervised week in the studio. Ages 12–17. 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. July 10–11. $85. 937-5818. youth-arts.html. NAVARRO Boy Scouts of America Residential Summer Camps. Cooking, aquatics, Scout-craft, shooting sports, handicrafts & nature skills. Ages 11–20. June–July. Visit website for schedule & rates. 546–8137. POINT ARENA Windy Hollow Farm Camps. Campers will prepare snacks, craft projects, sow seeds & explore the land & gardens. This is a chance for kids to run & get their hands dirty in a safe outdoor environment. $125/wk. All Ages Camp: Ages 4–10. 10

a.m.–3 p.m. June 26–29. Jr. Farm Camp: Ages 4–6. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. July 31–Aug. 3. Mid-Kids Farm Camp: Ages 7–10. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Aug. 7–10. 353-0143. POTTER VALLEY Acorn Camp. Camp activities include animal tracking, preparing wild foods & herbal first-aid remedies, making fire by friction, building primitive shelters, music, storytelling & more. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. M–F. Ages 8–13: June 12–16. Ages 14–17: June 26–30. $275/wk. Financial aid available. 743-1980. Children’s Horseback Riding Day Camp. Campers develop their riding skills & confidence while learning about feeding, maintenance & grooming. All experience levels welcome. All ages welcome. June– July. Ages 6 & under: 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. only. Ages 7 & up: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. only. $175–$350. 743-9973. White Dog Ranch.

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Activities League. Basketball, volleyball & Junior Bearcats football. Call for schedule & rates. 272-2718. Paddington Station Horse Camp. An overnight camp for horse-crazy kids who want to learn while having fun in a friendly environment where safety comes first. All skill levels welcome. Ages 17 & younger. July 8–15 & July 15–22. $301–$1,005. Second wk. option available for $805. Financial aid available. 743-2541. ROUND VALLEY/ COVELO Mendocino County Sheriff’s Activities League. Basketball, Colts football & cheer & Junior Giants baseball. Call for schedule & rates. 272-2718. UKIAH Boys & Girls Club of Ukiah (BGCU) Summer Break Program. BGCU members have access to pool tables, computer lab, library, arts & crafts, playground, games & the gym.

Mendocino Ballet Mendocino Ballet Dance Classes Mother Goose Dance Classes & Dance Classics

Featuring Jazz Ballet classesBallet, for agesTap, 3-Adult & Contemporary Dance

Tap/Ballet class for ages 4-7

classes ages 3-Adult Sat.Ballet June 3for7pm for ages 4-7 Sun. Tap/Ballet Juneclass 4 2pm Tap classes for ages 7-Adult


crafts, nature education, challenge course, horses, swimming, archery, backpacking & beginning outdoor living skills. Includes round trip transportation to camp from Ukiah.

Jazz/Contemporary classes

intensive classes in MendocinoSpecial College Center Theatre Tap classes ages 7-Adult August for our Art Classical 1000 Hensley Creek Rd.offor Ukiah Balletat: program Jazz/Contemporary classes Tickets available Mendocino Book Company & Mendocino Ballet Special intensive classes in For more information call 463-2290

For more information call our office at 463-2290 or For m August for our Art of Classical email at Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!Ballet program Pre-Ballet for ages 3-5 • Tap/Ballet for ages 4-7 Classical & Contemporary Ballet, Tap & Jazz for ages 8-Adult

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Summer Camp Adventure Guide Optional field trips may be offered. Ages 6–18. 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. M–F. June 12– Aug. 17. $30 membership fee. $15–$20/day. Payment arrangements available. 467-4900.

coding concepts by making different types of games, including racing, platform, launching & more. Ages 8–11. 10–11:15 a.m. W–F. July 12–28. Ukiah Valley Library. 463-4490.

British Soccer & Tetra Brazil Soccer Camps. Soccer camps with programs for all ages, taught by our professional coaching staff from the UK & Brazil. Ages 3–18. 8 a.m.–4 p.m. M–F. June–Aug. $85–$200. 916-596-1694. content/search.

Mendocino Ballet Summer Program. Dance this summer in one of our many classes. Pre-Ballet: Ages 3–5. Tap/ballet: Ages 4–7. Classical & contemporary ballet, tap & jazz: Ages 8–adult. Call for schedule & rates. 463-2290.

FREE Cactusville Vacation Bible School. Kids will experience a rip roarin’ good time in one of the most adventurous towns in the Wild West! Great games, crazy arts/crafts, delicious snacks & much more. Ages 6–12. 6–8 p.m. M–F. June 5–9. 951-236-3941. Ukiah Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Camp Respect. Campers explore respect in a Buddhist, multicultural environment. Ages 4–16. June 19–31. $275. 468-3896. Canova Music Rock Band Camp. Students will be grouped together in bands of 4 & work with an instructor all week. At the end of the week on Friday night there will be a Battle of the Bands! All ages. All skills. 354-2377. Charlie Brown Musical Theatre Camp. Sing! Dance! Act! David Post & Oscar Rojas make it a blast to be excellent performers in the witty, actor-centered show You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Jump in! Ages 8–15. 9 a.m.–8 p.m. (Dinner at home.) July 24–29. $260. Ukiah Presbyterian Church. 415-314-1404. City of Ukiah Summer Safari Day Camp. Swimming, arts & crafts, sports, cooking, games, skits, field trips & educational components. Drop-ins welcome. Ages 6–12. 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Half-days available. M–F. June 12–Aug. 18. $100–$195/wk. $340/2 wks. Financial aid available. 463-6231. Todd Grove Park. summer-safari-day-camp. FREE Game Design Coding Camp. Students will learn basic video-game

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Mendocino County Sheriff’s Activities League. Boxing, karate & Junior Giants baseball. Call for schedule & rates. 272-2718. Redwood Health Club Sports & Splash Camp. From looking at what is in our solar system to learning about some of the creepy bugs crawling around, campers will be very active & busy. Ages 5–12. 7:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m., 12:45–5 p.m., or 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Extended care available. M–F. June 12–Aug. 18. $148–$156. 468-0441 x240. SPACE School of Performing Arts & Cultural Education Summer Programs. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. M–F. $195/wk. Street Dance Fusion Intensive 1: Ages 8–11. June 19–23. Street Dance Fusion Intensive 2: Ages 12–18. June 26–30. Both sessions include nonstop dance classes & performance technique ending with an informal open showing. Film Intensive: Students will learn to write, film & edit a short movie, ending with an open showing. Ages 12–18. July 17–21. Musical Theater Intensive: Students will rehearse & perform a short version of a Broadway musical, ending with an informal open showing. Ages 8–11. July 24–28. 463-9370. Ukiah Junior Golf Program. Kids learn to take their game to the next level. Instruction on putting, chipping/pitching, full swing, safety, etiquette & more. Beginning Golf, Ages 6–11: 3–4 p.m. Tuesdays. July 19–Aug. 16. $125/5 wks. Ages 12–17: 3–4 p.m. Fridays. July 22–Aug. 19. $125/5 wks. Junior Camps: Call for schedule & rates. Ukiah Valley Golf Course. 467-2832.

Vacation Bible School. This year’s theme is Super Heroes. Age 3–Grade 5. 5:30–7:30 p.m. M–F. June 19–23. 468-9235. First Presbyterian Church. Vacation Bible School. July dates TBA. Grace Lutheran Church. 462-7795. WILLITS FREE Maker Fun Factory Vacation Bible School. Kids participate in memorable activities, songs, games, one-of-a-kind Bible adventures & more. Each day concludes with getting everyone involved in living what they’ve learned. Grades K–6. 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. June 19–23. Agape Bible Church. 459-1905. Mendocino County Sheriff’s Activities League. Basketball, boxing, disc golf, Junior Giants, karate, Kids on the Run, teen gym, volleyball & wrestling. Call for schedule & rates. 272-2718. Willits Center for the Arts Summer Programs. Art Camp: July 24–28. $TBA. Ceramics Classes: Ages 8–adult. Wednesdays. June 21–July 19. $150 plus materials. 459-1726. willitscenterforthe Willits Kids Club Summer Day Camp. Gardening, crafts, games, swimming, hiking, 4th of July parade & more. Drop-ins welcome. Grades K–8. 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. M–F. June 19–Aug. 1. $135/wk. for full days. Call for additional rates. 459-9201. SONOMA COUNTY URJ Camp Newman, Santa Rosa. Campers can form lifelong friendships, seek adventure, discover Judaism, find community, explore passions, develop new skills & have a ton of fun at this overnight camp. Ages 7–18. June 20–Aug. 14. $2,500/4 wks. $5,900/8 wks. $7,900/12 wks. Financial aid available. 415-991-0259.

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Cooking with Kids

Fast & Fresh Make Dinner in a Flash

By Momma Chef

Herbed Salmon Butternut

Looking for simple and tasty recipes for you and your family? Here are delicious dishes that require no more than six ingredients and six minutes of prep time.

Directions Mix together dry ingredients and rub on salmon. Pour marinade over salmon and bake at 350°F uncovered for 20 minutes.

Herbed Salmon

Butternut Squash Soup

This is a fabulous weeknight family meal, simple and tasty. I suggest keeping the marinade stocked in your refrigerator. Ingredients ½ teaspoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon brown sugar ½ tablespoon chili powder 1 ½–2 pounds boneless salmon filet ¼ cup Whole Foods Mediterranean Herb Marinade

Salmon Prep Tips 1. If you are using skin-on salmon, spray pan with Pam so skin won’t stick to pan. 2. If you can’t find the Whole Foods marinade, use ¼ cup olive oil and a squirt of lemon juice.

I know it’s probably not fair for me to toot my own horn, but this is hands down the best butternut squash soup you will ever make! Not to mention it’s unbelievably easy to prepare. I like to add cream cheese to give the soup a rich texture. But if you want to make it dairy-free, you can put in ½ cup of your favorite milk substitute, and the soup will still be delish! Make sure to add the cream cheese or milk substitute

3. If after 20 minutes the timer beeps and the salmon is ready to come out of the oven while simultaneously your youngest boy is peeing on the carpet, ignore the peeing situation and immediately take the salmon out of the oven. (Yes, this actually happened to me.) No matter what, don’t overcook salmon!

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Squash Soup when the soup is done cooking, right before it’s blended.

Ingredients 1 chopped onion 1 tablespoon olive oil 32 ounces cubed butternut squash 1 box (32 ounces) vegetable broth 8 ounces water 8-ounce low-fat cream cheese 1/3 cup brown sugar Directions In a large saucepan, sauté the onion in olive oil over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add cubed butternut squash, mix, and cook another 2 minutes. Add the vegetable broth and water. Cover partially and cook over medium heat for 25 minutes until butternut squash is very tender. Puree squash, cream cheese, and brown sugar in a blender, food processor, or soup emersion in batches until smooth. Serves 8. ¶ Karen Nochimowski, aka Momma Chef, is a mother of three active boys (ages 12, 8, and 5). Find her recipes at and at themommachef.

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Family Fun Will Siegel and his band will play at the Blue Wing Saloon and Café.

Mothering Mom

Local Ways to Celebrate Her Big Day


here are very few things one can be sure of in life, but this much is true: Moms are tired. Every single one of them needs a day (month? year?) off. Hence Mother’s Day. Not sure what to do to make the lady of your house feel special? Here are some ideas. Upper Lake For a toe-tapping afternoon, take your special guest to see Ukiah master rhythm and blues guitarist Will Siegel and his band play during brunch, 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m., on May 14 at the Blue Wing Saloon and Café. Check out for details.

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Take a stroll through the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.

Fort Bragg Delight Mother’s senses at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens Rhododendron Walk. Guided by the president of the Noyo chapter of the American Rhododendron Society, the tour of beautiful blooms will surely stimulate the mind as well as the eyes. The walk will be held on May 13 at 1:30 p.m. and is free with admission to the gardens: $8–$15 or free for ages 5 and under. For more information, see

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Lakeport English Inn serves high tea.


Underestimate the Power of the Purse Lakeport If Mom favors antique floral china and lace (and perhaps binge watches Downton Abbey), then take her to Mother’s Day High Tea at the Lakeport English

Inn on May 13 and 14. A tiered tray of finger sandwiches, homemade scones with Devonshire cream, and chilled lemon cake will be delivered to her table along with, of course, a hot pot of tea. Sittings are at noon and 3 p.m. and are $37.50 per person. Make a reservation at 263-4317. Find out more at Does your queen’s ear bend toward the classical? Treat her to Lake County Symphony’s Musical Portraits of Early America program. The concert, which will include a variety of patriotic, western, and even Irish medleys, will be held May 14 at 3 p.m. at Soper Reese Theatre. Tickets are $25–$30. Short on cash? Go to the dress rehearsal at 11 a.m. instead; adult tickets are $5 and children under 18 get in free. See to reserve your seat. Ukiah Need a Mother’s Day event that will entertain small children? Go to the special Family Story Time at the Ukiah Library on May 13 at 10 a.m. Snag a stuffie on the way out your door, and snuggle with your little ones as you listen to teachers from the River Oak Charter School tell tales that honor moms. Call 463-4490 for more information. Calpella Is Mama a fan of the outdoors—and maybe even an angler, to boot? Pack up the clan and drive to the Fifth Annual Fishing and Ducky Derby at Testa Vineyards. If she’s brought her gear, she can throw in a line and fish in the vineyard’s pond, or buy a duck to race in the derby. Local bands will keep the mood festive, and a barbecue will keep tummies full. The event will be held on May 13, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Participating in the derby or fishing is $10–$15; proceeds benefit the Nathan Villagomes Scholarship. See events/258348787944838/ for details.

Moms typically control 80% or more of their household budgets. They’re looking right here, to find you. Call now. Don’t miss another month.



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Calendar of Events

Round the Pole We Go


or centuries, people in Europe and America have celebrated the beginning of spring with a Maypole dance. Experience the ancient tradition’s charm at the May Faire at the Waldorf School of Mendocino County in Capella. The ritual will be part of a whole host of activities to celebrate spring, including garland making, a Russian Troika dance, and games and food. The free celebration will be held on May 6, 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. See for more information. ¶

Tuesday 2 FREE Five Retro-Chic DanceExercise Classes. All levels welcome.

Dance to many styles of music: pop, vintage classics, rock & roll, Broadway, Latin & more. Tuesdays & Thursdays. 9–10 a.m. Mendocino Ballet Studio. 205 S. State St., Ukiah. 601-870-0029. FREE Stroller Fit. Group meet-up

including a 30-minute walk/ low-impact workout followed by a 30-minute mommy & me chat session. Tuesdays & Thursdays. 10–11 a.m. Mendo Baby. 198 S. School St., Ukiah. 462-1020. My Fair Lady Dress Rehearsal. A

sneak preview of the Ukiah Players Theatre production of the classic musical. The evening starts with appetizers & wine; dessert & coffee served during intermission. All proceeds benefit Grace Hudson Museum. 6 p.m. Ukiah Players Theatre. 1041 Low Gap Rd., Ukiah. For tickets, contact the museum: 467-2836.

Maypole dance at the Waldorf School of Mendocino County May Faire

Wednesday 3 Wild Fabrications. Exhibit of fine-art quilts. Artists create unusual interpretations of animals using unexpected materials. Thru Jun. 25. Wednesdays–Saturdays: 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Sundays: Noon–4:30 p.m. $3–$10. Grace Hudson Museum. 431 S. Main St., Ukiah. 467-2836. FREE California Connections Academy Info Session. Learn about

a tuition-free virtual public school for grades K–12. 6:30–8 p.m. Best Western El Grande Inn. 15135 Lakeshore Dr., Clearlake.

Thursday 4 FREE Star Wars Day. Showings

of Rogue One & A New Hope will be featured. Wookie Cookies, popcorn & bubbly water will be provided. 5–8 p.m. Ukiah Library. 105 N. Main St., Ukiah. 463-4490. My Fair Lady. The classic story of a

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in high society. $10–$20. Thursdays– Saturdays: 7 p.m. Sundays: 2 p.m. Runs thru May 28. No show May 6. Ukiah Players Theatre. 1041 Low Gap Rd., Ukiah.

Friday 5 Mendocino College’s Spring Dance Festival. Ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, hip-hop & more. $5–$11. May 5 & 6: 7:30 p.m. May 7: 2 p.m. Mendocino College. 1000 Hensley Creek Rd., Ukiah.

Saturday 6 FREE Kids Music & Sound Code Club. Series of computer-coding

classes for grades 4–8. Space is limited; first come, first served, so arrive early. Saturdays. 10–11:15 a.m. Ukiah Library. 105 N. Main St., Ukiah. 463-4490. FREE 1st Saturday Market. Local

vendors/crafters & community yard sales. 8 a.m.–1 p.m. High Street Shopping Center. High St., Lakeport. Mendo Human Race. 5K walk &

timed run around Ukiah. Raise money

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for local nonprofit organizations. Awards. Rain or shine. Individual: $35. Family: $70. Registration: 7:30-8:45 a.m. Race: 9 a.m. Alex R. Thomas Plaza. 310 S. State St., Ukiah. FREE May Faire. May Pole Dance, games, food, festivities & fun. 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Waldorf School of Mendocino County. 6280 Third St., Calpella. 485-8719. FREE May Mayhem. Monthly

community walk. 10 a.m. All walks start at the corner of Clara & Mason Streets, Ukiah. 391-3664.

FREE Art & Nature Day. Nature

FREE Wildfire Community

hikes, art show, Hula-Hooping, mini yoga classes, hand-painted temporary tattoos & more. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Rodman Preserve & Nature Center. 6350 Westlake Rd., Lakeport.

Preparedness Day. Fire engines/ equipment tours. Emergency prep & evacuation plans. Reps from Cal Fire, CHP, LCSO, BLM & OES. Snacks & refreshments. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Hidden Valley Lake Association Campground. 19234 Hidden Valley Rd., Hidden Valley.

HEROES OF HEALTH & SAFETY FAIR May 20 • 10am-3pm Boonville Fairgrounds


FREE Build a Flower Pot. Crafts

workshop. Children must be present at the store to participate. 9 a.m.–noon. Home Depot. 350 N. Orchard Ave., Ukiah. Register: workshops. Quilts in Bloom Show. Theme

baskets, silent auction & door prizes. Thru May 7. 1 day: $8. 2 days: $10. May 6: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. May 7: 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Redwood Empire Fairgrounds. 1055 N. State St., Ukiah.

Explore the smoke trailer. Learn hands-on CPR. Take a demo safety ride on an ATV. See the EMS helicopters up close. Watch a K9 Search and Rescue drill.

Hopland Firefighters’ BBQ & Dance. Live music by David Luning.

$25. Supports the fire department. 5–10 p.m. Hopland Firehouse. 21 Feliz Creek Rd., Hopland. FREE Comic Book Day. An annual

worldwide event. Free comics for kids, teens & adults: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. New this year, a free comic-making workshop for kids & teens: 1–3 p.m. Ukiah Library. 105 N. Main St., Ukiah. 463-4490.

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Sunday 7 FREE First Fiddlers’ Jam & Craft Fair. Fiddle tunes played by members of the Northern California Old Time Fiddlers Group. Craft fair features local vendors. Fiddlers: Noon–2 p.m. Craft fair: 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Ely Barn. 9921 Soda Bay Rd. (Hwy. 128), Kelseyville. Dirty Rotten Imbeciles. With special guests Infex, Verbal Abuse, Embryonic Devourment & R4ID. All-ages concert of thrash, punk & death metal. No alcohol. $15–$18. 5 p.m. Willits Community Center. 111 E. Commercial St., Willits. willits. FREE Cinco de Mayo Festival. Live

mariachi band, Pomo & folkloric

dancing, Mexican food & piñatas for the kids. Benefits Action Network. Noon–4 p.m. Bower Park. 38040 Old Stage Rd., Gualala. FREE Mt. Konocti Docent-Led Hike.

Cover 6 miles over 4 hours. 1,600 feet elevation gain. Bring lunch, water & binoculars/camera. Minors welcomed if accompanied by an adult. Reservations not required. Rain cancels. Meet in main parking lot, right before the locked gate where picnic tables & restrooms are located. 8 a.m. Mount Konocti Park. Konocti Rd., Kelseyville. 262-1618. 15th Annual Spring Has Sprung Run. 5K walk/run & 1/2K or 1K Kids’ Run. Age divisions from 10 & under thru 70+. $5–$30. Open to

Now Accepting K-12 Registration

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the public. Kids’ Runs: 8 a.m. 5K: 8:30 a.m. Coyote Valley Elementary School. 18950 Coyote Valley Rd., Hidden Valley. Registration: FREE 22nd Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta. Music, dancing, food, activities for children, resource booths, raffles, giveaways & much more. 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Bruno’s (parking lot). 355 Lakeport Blvd., Lakeport. 289-4110.

Tuesday 9 FREE See How We Play! Open houses & class plays. May 9: Peter & the Wolf (Grades K–2). May 15: Persephone & Demeter (Grades 3, 4 & 5). May 16: Hades & Persephone (Grades 6, 7 & 8). All events: 1:30–3

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p.m. La Vida Charter School. 16201 N. Hwy. 101, Ukiah. 459-6344. FREE High School Poetry Slam.

Featuring high school students from Point Arena, Ukiah, Anderson Valley, Fort Bragg & Mendocino high schools. 4–7 p.m. Matheson Performing Arts Center. 45096 Cahto St., Mendocino.

Saturday 13 Barn to Yarn. Watch shearing

demonstrations & try your hand at spinning, felting & dyeing wool. $5–$10. No dogs permitted. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Hopland Research & Extension Center. 4070 University Rd., Hopland. SPACE Unplugged. Spring dance

festival. $5–$15. 2 & 7 p.m. Ukiah

High School. 1000 Low Gap Rd., Ukiah. Fishing & Ducky Derby. BBQ. Live music by local bands. $10–$15 to fish or enter the duck derby. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Testa Vineyards. 6400 N. State St., Calpella. events/258348787944838. Rhododendron Walk. Learn about

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens’ rhododendron collection. Walk led by rhodo expert Dennis McKiver. Free with admission to the gardens: $8–$15 or free for ages 5 & under. 1:30 p.m. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. 18220 N. Hwy. 1, Fort Bragg. 964-4352, ext. 16. FREE Down with Diabetes Walk.

awareness. Education stations will be set up around a walk-at-your-ownpace course thru Austin Park. 9–11 a.m. 14077 Lakeshore Dr., Clearlake. FREE Fireside Chat. The chief of

the Lake County Fire Protection District will talk about his work & about growing up in Middletown. 3 p.m. Gibson Museum. 21267 Calistoga Rd., Middletown. 809-8009. Mother’s Day High Tea. Finger

sandwiches, scones, cake & tea. $37.50. Thru May 14. Sittings at noon & 3 p.m. Lakeport English Inn. 675 N. Main St., Lakeport. Reservations: 263-4317.

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Sunday 14 Mother’s Day Brunch. Bring

Mom for a fantastic celebration meal. Mom gets a complimentary glass of sparkling wine with brunch. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Saucy. 108 W. Standley St., Ukiah.

Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch. Live

R&B music by Will Siegel & Friends. 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Blue Wing Saloon & Café. 9520 Main St., Upper Lake. Musical Portraits of Early America.

Lake County Symphony concert. Dress rehearsal: 11 a.m. Adults: $5. 18 & under: free. Concert (featuring


• Implement planned programs of physical activities. • Assist small groups of students in teacher-directed learning activities. • Monitor student activities on playground, in cafeteria & bus area. • Assist student with moderate to severe disabilities.


• Food service experience greatly desired. • Assists with food prep & assembly of baked goods, salads, main dishes. • Positions with short shifts & flexible hours available.


• Prior janitorial experience preferred. • Ability to perform minor repairs. • Knowledge of safe work practices.


• Must possess good driving record & ability to obtain a CA Class B license w/school bus driver’s certification; passenger & air brake endorsements; a valid medical cert. and pass required drug & alcohol screening. • Ability to operate a bus safely & efficiently is essential. • Exper. equiv. to one yr. operating a bus or lg. motor vehicle is desired.


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the Lake County Symphony Association Youth Orchestra): 3 p.m. $25–$30. Soper Reese Theatre. 275 S. Main St., Lakeport. 263-0577. Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet. Live music by David Neft. $25. $12. Ages 10 & under: $12. Reservations recommended. 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Twisted Sisters Pub & Grill. 350 N. Main St., Lakeport. 900-5151.

Friday 19 FREE Resilience film. Documentary

about the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists & educators who are using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction & disease. Thru May 20. May 19: 5–6:30 p.m. May 20: 1–2:30 p.m. Soper Reese Theatre. 275 S. Main St., Lakeport. Catfish Derby. Adults: $40–$50.

Ages 15 & under: $10. Begins at noon on May 19 & ends at noon on May 21. Must register at firehouse or by mail. Clearlake Oaks Fire Station. 12655 E. Hwy. 20, Clearlake Oaks.

Saturday 20 FREE Wool Festival. Wool grading

& trading, felting, spinning, weaving, demos, BBQ, live music. Thru May 21. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Shearing starts at 11 a.m. Casari Ranch. 42900 Curley Ln. (Hwy. 1), Point Arena. The Sublime. Ukiah Symphony

performance. Haydn’s Cello Concerto, D Major, featuring cellist David Michael Goldblatt. Mozart’s Requiem, featuring the Mendocino College Masterworks Chorale.

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$20–$25. Students with ASB card & under 18: free. Thru May 21. May 20: 8 p.m. May 21: 3 p.m. Mendocino College. 1000 Hensley Creek Rd., Ukiah. Private Tour of Historic Ridgewood Ranch. A guided historic walking tour of the home of Seabiscuit. $40. 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Ridgewood Ranch. 16200 N. Hwy. 101, Willits.

FREE Hero Project Family Fun Day.

Water play, bouncy house, obstacle course & much more. 1–3 p.m. Austin Park. 14077 Lakeshore Dr., Clearlake. FREE Know Lake County. Lecture

by Steven Hajik on Lake County farm stands, farmers markets & organic produce. 2 p.m. Lakeport Library. 1425 N. High St., Lakeport. 263-8817.

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FREE Heroes of Health & Safety Fair. Explore the smoke trailer. Learn

hands-only CPR. Take a demo safety ride on an ATV. See EMS helicopters up close. Watch a K9 Search & Rescue drill. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Mendocino County Fairgrounds. 14400 Hwy. 128, Boonville.

FREE Survivor! Youth Mendo Style.

Life skills, prizes, teamwork & lunch. Ages 12–18. 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Hopland Research & Extension Center. 4070 University Rd., Hopland. 671-6301.

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Potter Valley Spring Festival & Rodeo. Parade, rodeo, dance,

competition, vendors & more. $8–$16. 10 & under: free. Thru May 29. 10747 Main St., Potter Valley. 743-1742. Complete schedule at:

Saturday 27 Window to the Universe. Lecture,

planetarium, telescopic viewing. Bring your own flashlight or use one of the observatory’s loaners. Warm clothing is recommended. $3–$5. 7:30 p.m. Taylor Observatory. 5725 Oak Hills Ln., Kellseyville. 262-4121. A Night of Magic with Alvin Lui.

Performances include sleight-of-hand,

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storytelling & audience participation. $25–$45. Suitable for ages 14 & up. 7 p.m. Soper Reese Theatre. 275 S. Main St., Lakeport. 263-0577. lakecountythe FREE Memorial Day Craft Fair. Quality

craft vendors, food & drink sales, live entertainment. Thru May 28. May 27: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. May 28: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. The old Natural High School site in the 800 block of N. Main St., Lakeport.

Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast.

Pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham, sausage & beverage. $7. Kids 5 & under: free. Benefits 4-H Club of Lake County. Thru May 28. The old Natural High School site. 800 block of N. Main St., Lakeport. FREE Memorial Day Parade. The

theme this year is Honor Our Veterans. Parade starts at the Lake County Fairgrounds & heads north on

Main St. to Clearlake Ave. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Lake County Fairgrounds. 401 Martin St., Lakeport. lakecochamber.

Sunday 28 FREE Lower Lake Daze Parade & BBQ. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Starts at Hwy. 53 & 29 in Lower Lake. Proceeds down Main St. concluding at Mill St., followed by an old time BBQ in Russell Rustici Park. lakecochamber.

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Barn to Yarn


ave you ever wondered how wool goes from sheep to sweater? Find out at the Fourth Annual Wool Festival. Take in demos of everything from sheep shearing to spinning, weaving, and felting; and see how the portable wool-and-wood mill works, too. Peruse the work of fiber artists and other exhibitors, and then lie back and indulge in a grass-fed–lamb barbecue (vegetarian option available). The free festival will be held May 20–21, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., at Casari Ranch in Point Arena. If Hopland is closer to home, check out the Barn to Yarn event at the Hopland Research and Extension Center (HREC). Local expert sheep shearer Matthew Gilbert will work his magic on models from the center’s flock of 800 western whiteface sheep; and kids can try their hand at felting, spinning, and dyeing wool. A spinning circle will be accompanied by storytelling and a chance to enjoy your own picnic. The event will be held on May 13, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Register at hrec.ucanr. edu/?calitem=272300&g=61984. ¶

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o your children love to don cowboy hats as they ride imaginary horses around the house? Take them to see real cowboys and cowgirls strut their animal-wrangling stuff at the Potter Valley Spring Festival and Rodeo. Besides events like barrel racing and team roping, you can watch axe-throwing and woodcutting competitions. Meanwhile, the kids can participate in the delightful chaos of the gymkhana (in which children madly chase after livestock). When stomachs start to grumble, indulge in a barbecue and other fun food. The festival runs May 26–29; general admission is $10, but some activities have separate fees. For a complete schedule of events, see ¶


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Clean Is a Dirty Word

The Blessings of a Messy House By Holly Hester


n a daily basis, our messy house really depresses me. I mean, before I had kids, I was a clean person. How did I let this happen? I just can’t seem to keep up with the mess—and my kids (and husband, let’s be honest) are like the worst, most disgruntled maid service you would ever want to have. I knew something had to change. And it turns it out it was my perspective. It all happened one day when I put an enormous pile of laundry in front of the washing machine. I was procrastinating sorting it, when our youngest son, August, started to jump over the pile. His brother and sister joined in and for a good hour my kids played a rousing game of “jump over the Daddy dirty underwear pile”—far worse than any pool of hot lava, from what I am told. (By the way, the pile of dirty laundry was not just my husband’s underwear. Preparing to wash hundreds and hundreds of my husband’s dirty underwear would be a very different post and possibly on some medical website.) I sat back happily watching them fly through the air and thought, “They’re learning balance, coordination, and how to work as a team. None of this would have been possible if I had done the laundry any sooner.” 30 MendoLakeFamilyLife

It made me wonder what other valuable skills my kids would have if I just gave up cleaning entirely. Here are a few I’ve come up with: Clutter Treasure Hunt Why wait until once a year on kids’ birthdays to provide them with this engaging activity? You don’t even have to buy

A dusty countertop is perfect for finger-painting. any prizes for this version. The prize is simply a missing shoe or puzzle piece or a spoon—whatever your child is desperately searching for because nothing is ever in the right place in a messy house. This also provides another very necessary life skill—determination. Refrigerator Round Up What do kids learn by getting food out of a clean fridge? Absolutely nothing. But digging through a fridge of half-rotten food not only develops children’s sense of taste and smell, it also expands their vocabulary with words and phrases such as “stench” and “expiration date” and “botulism.” Dusty Little Picasso You buy a 12-pack of play dough. Your kids play with it for 20 minutes, leave

the lids off, and by the next day you’ve got to go out and buy more. You feel guilty because you want your kids to be creative, but you hate to see them waste art supplies. The solution? Never dust again. A dusty countertop is perfect for all your children’s finger-painting needs, and, in addition, they can practice writing. Garbage Gross-Out Garbage left unattended quickly becomes a scientific teachable moment. Things are biodegrading, spores are everywhere, and if you’re lucky, maggots appear, too. I also highly recommend it as a strength-building exercise for teens. Carrying a 40-pound sack of reeking, maggot-filled garbage at arm’s length all the way to the can outside is amazing for the triceps and abs. I hope this helps you feel better about whatever state your house is currently in. Know that you’re not scarring your children forever because all your hangers aren’t facing the same direction. In fact, you just might be helping them. And if for some reason all of this doesn’t make you feel better about your mess, just watch Hoarders. That show always makes me feel like I’m a neat freak. ¶ Holly Hester lives in Sebastopol and writes about life on her blog, Riot Ranch. Find her book, Escape from Ugly Mom Island!, on Amazon.

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