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editor’s letter


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ctober is finally here, which means it’s time for Halloween. As a child, I would start planning my costume in March- changing it about a dozen times a week and testing my mother’s patience. As an adult, I love watching my neighborhood transform into a spooky labyrinth of haunted houses as the big night approaches. October also brings with it a sense of coziness. The smells of cinnamon and pumpkin spice begin to emerge and I start itching for it to be cool enough to sip a hot apple cider and don an oversized sweater. Though, in the Inland Empire it is more likely that I’ll still be wearing shorts and slathering on the sunscreen- c’est la vie. It is hard to believe this is our first October issue of iE Parenting, and we could not be prouder of how we have grown. This month we headed out to Pioneertown to spend a day with our Parent of the Month, Austin Sherbanenko, and his family at our Local Hot Spot, INDIGOTOPIA. It is truly like no other place on Earth and an experience we won’t be forgetting anytime soon. We also sought expert advice on how to help your child learn to love reading, tips for modeling generosity, and signs that your little ones may be too busy. Be sure to check out our nonprofit guide as well. With the holidays fast approaching, it is a perfect time to grab your family and do some volunteer work. For the parents, we’ve included some helpful advice on how to make friends as an adult. As someone who has moved and started over numerous times in my twenties and thirties, this article really hit home for me. With the year winding down, all of us here at iE Parenting recently took a moment to reflect how far we have come in such a short time. We truly love what we have created and are so grateful to the Inland Empire community for supporting us. So get those costumes, gear up for the holidays, and sip some hot coco- even if it’s 90 degrees out.


Parents 4 Parent Of The Month

Austin Sherbanenko

6 7 Tips On Making Adult Friends 8 Advocating vs. Helicopter


iE Kids 10 How To Know If Your Child

Is Too Busy

12 5 Ways To Help Your Child

Fall In Love With Reading

14 Modeling Generosity With

Your Kids

Local 16 Parent Getaway To Indigotopia

18 Nonprofit Guide

Events 20 Fall Calendar Of Events

Arts & Crafts 22 Fall Playdough Recipes

Megan Feighery EDITOR-IN-CHIEF FALL 2019



parent of the month Photos by Brandon De La Torre


iE Parent of the Month by Megan Feighery

Austin Sherbanenko


I was raised to be a hard working, self-starter. In 2017, I gravitated to the high desert where I found my calling as a Shamanic practitioner, Crystal Singing Bowl Soundbath Master, and Jikiden Reiki Practitioner. My wife and I built a special home and retreat space, INDIGOTOPIA, in Joshua Tree, CA where I host and guide transformative retreats and sound baths on a weekly basis. You are a Crystal Singing Bowl Soundbath Master and Jikiden Reiki Practitioner, can you explain what that is and how long you have been doing it?



Austin Sherbanenko, also known by his stage name Aximal, is a husband, father, business owner, DJ, and healer. Deep in the high desert, Austin and his wife run INDIGOTOPIA, a one of a kind retreat with spectacular views of the Sawtooth Mountain range. Learn more about Austin in iE Parenting’s exclusive Q&A below.

Could you give us a short biography of yourself?


Community: Pioneertown Family: Karli, Eko and Bardark the cat Social Media: @aximal @indigotopia


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A Crystal Singing Bowl Sound Bath harnesses the reverberating sounds and vibrations of crystal bowls of many shapes and sizes and tones to lull you into a peaceful and mindful state of being. I have been doing sound healing for about 3 years now. Reiki is a Japanese word meaning universal life energy. This energy is the natural, vital healing force found in all life. It’s a type of therapy for improving the body, physical, and mind, psychological, in a very natural way. What have been some of the highlights of your career? Definitely playing Lightning In a Bottle festival this

last spring- that was epic! I created a sound healing experience called “5th Dimension sound”. It’s a hybrid of live singing bowls layered with other live instruments and electronic music. How have the above practices impacted you as a father and husband? It has given me a lot of time to sit in a meditative state of mind and reflect on my family and my future… to really work on my manifestations. It gives a lot of time for self-reflection as well. What was the most surprising thing about becoming a parent? How they just fit right into

your life. Eko just makes everything more fun! Sure, she has her moments, but it’s all a part of the developmental process. I think it’s more of a mindset as well. Our thoughts shape our own reality, and whatever we project out into the the universe is what comes back to us. What is one piece of advice you wish you could give to other parents? To always remember that parenting is like marriageit always has to come with forgiveness for your little ones, your partners and, most importantly, to yourself. All you can do is learn from each day and try to show up better and stronger for your family the next day.


Kimberly McLeod is the author of a kids craft book, Fun and Easy Crafting with Recycled Materials and creator of The Best Ideas for Kids ( She is a mom of two that loves to share easy crafts, activities and recipes for kids. Fun and Easy Crafting with Recycled Materials is available for pre-order now on Amazon, and *See “Fall Playdough Recipes� on page 22 of this issue of iE Parents!

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7 Tips on Making Adult Friends by Anne Halifax

For many people, making new friends comes naturally -- until adulthood hits. School and extracurricular activities provide plenty of opportunities to meet and interact with peers, but after finishing school many people find their social circles diminishing year by year. Yet, even if you’ve found yourself in this predicament, you aren’t doomed to a lonely life. No matter how old you are, these simple tips can help you reach out to others and make new friends.

1. Mix it up. It’s hard to meet people if you never leave your house or try new things. While it might feel uncomfortable at first, especially if you’re shy or introverted, you’ve got to break out of your routine to make friends. Try chatting with someone from a different department at work, signing up for an art class, or joining a hiking group in your area. Pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone even a little can pay off big in terms of expanding your social horizons.



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2. Be friendly and positive. You’ll attract more friends with a cheerful upbeat attitude than you will if you’ve always got something to complain about. Be the kind of person you’d like to spend time around. Treat others kindly and try to find the positive in every situation. You don’t have to pretend to be happy if you’re not, but cultivating a good attitude will allow others to enjoy your company.

3. Stay open to possibilities. Friendship isn’t always predictable. When you were a kid you might have gravitated towards friends who were similar to you, but as an adult you have the opportunity to make friends from every walk of life. Don’t discount the possibility of becoming good friends with someone older or younger

than you, someone in a completely different profession, or someone from a different cultural background.

4. Be proactive. It’s all too easy to hold back and wait for other people to initiate a friendship with you. Unfortunately, most other people are waiting for somebody else to make the first move too. It’s never easy to get over the fear of rejection, but if you want to make new friends you’ll probably have to take a deep breath and approach somebody. This can be as simple as making small talk with an interesting stranger and inviting them to get lunch or a cup of coffee with you. Don’t overthink it too much -- most people are friendlier than you might realize.


5. Take an interest in others. One of the easiest ways to get on somebody’s good side is to be genuinely curious about them. If you want to befriend someone, you can’t go wrong by asking them appropriate questions about themselves. Jobs, pets, and kids are all usually safe topics when first meeting a new potential friend. Just steer clear of personal or potentially awkward questions until you’ve gotten to know somebody better.

6. Be persistent. Turning strangers into friends isn’t a quick or easy process. This is especially true in adulthood when both you and everyone you meet are dealing with the responsibilities of everyday life. If someone you want to befriend doesn’t return your attention right away, don’t assume a friendship isn’t in the cards -- they may just have too many other obligations on their plate right now. Maintain a friendly attitude with them and don’t feel shy about extending a second or third invitation to meet up or get lunch together.

7. Find the right balance of give and take. Once you’ve established rapport with someone, you’ve got to figure out how to maintain it and a healthy sense of reciprocity is the best way to do that. As you get to know your new friend, gradually open up more about yourself. Do your best to gauge your friend’s investment in the relationshipz and try to mirror them. If they seem reserved, it’s probably best to hold off on inviting them to your wedding or telling them about your deepest personal problems. Of course, if the person seems uninterested in maintaining the friendship, it’s a good indication that you should move on and find a friend who values you more.

Making new friends gets more challenging when you’re an adult, but it’s still possible. Keep an open mind and a friendly demeanor as you start putting yourself out there, and you’ll probably discover that other people are happy to befriend you.


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Advocating vs. Helicopter Parenting We’ve all seen them: the helicopter parents. The individuals who barely have time to take care of their basic needs because doing so may mean their precious offspring will have to fend for themselves, and that just wouldn’t do.


hese are the same parents who swoop in when anything is about to happen in their child’s life that may be less than pleasant. When a child is small, a helicopter parent is all about protecting them against skinned knees, dirt and germs. They follow them around tirelessly as if tethered to their toddler. As their child gets older, the protective bubble grows to guarding against other kids, teachers, coaches, and potentially any other adult who doesn’t understand how special their little Johnny really is. Most expecting or new parents swear they will do anything to avoid becoming helicopter parents. Some manage to keep their vow for the most part and others do not. However, most parents have slid into the mode of helicopter parenting at one point or another. There is an alternative to the overbearing, obnoxiously present approach of helicopter parenting. Another style of parenting should be considered by all parents for their



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parenting arsenal. This parenting style has to do with advocating for your child, not just blocking bad things from happening to your child. After all, if a parent promises to never let anything happen to their child, then nothing will happen for their child. Parents who advocate for their child can look very similar to a helicopter parent at first. It’s easy to get the two confused when sitting on the outside of a situation looking in. However, when a situation is dug into a little more, it is easy to see the difference between the helicopter and advocacy parenting styles. When helicopter parents are present, nothing is the fault of their child. Even if the situation is the direct result of the actions their child took, their child is still not responsible because, in the mind of the helicopter parent, someone should have prevented little Johnny from making those choices. The helicopter parent in this situation is quick to point out the situation never would have happened if the person in charge had been more diligent.

Helicopter parents tend to operate with blinders on. They see all of the good qualities of their child but are slow to see any of the less desirable behaviors. As they hover around their child, they make sure the path is smooth for them and attack anyone who gets in the way of their child’s problem-free existence. A helicopter parent is willing to go toe to toe with a teacher who catches their child cheating because in their mind the teacher must have failed in their job and their child had no other option but to cheat. Unfortunately, there are severe consequences to this type of parenting. The first being the lack of preparation for the child to go out into the world on their own someday. Without the opportunity to build independence and self-confidence a child will be lost and confused as a young adult. The parent who spent so much time hovering around to make sure their child’s younger years were pain-free and perfect is left wondering why their young adult is now failing to launch into their own life.


In contrast to helicopter parenting, a parent who advocates for their child will have a young adult who understands how to advocate for themselves, rather than expecting everyone else to take care of them. A parent who advocates for their child will insist their child owns up for the consequences of their actions. They will expect their child to apologize if necessary and help to make the situation right. However, an advocating parent will step in if the consequences go above and beyond what is necessary to make a lasting point with their child.

When advocating effectively for a child, a parent allows the child to learn from the experience whenever possible. This allows a child to learn by example. It also means being the back up for the child as needed and necessary. Allowing a child to handle a situation

on their own allows the child to build independence and self-confidence, especially when the issue has already been discussed with their parent and they understand their parent is supporting them. Respect is built by parents who advocate for their child, rather than the annoyance built by helicopter parents. Children who see their parents advocate for them can learn to respect others while ensuring goals are met.

©2019 Tom Bonner

Advocating for a child doesn’t mean steamrolling over everyone in their child’s world until they all agree with the parent. It means, effectively

communicating with those involved in a child’s life about the needs of a child. It means understanding a child’s rights, and ensuring the child understands them too.

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ie kids Most parents have become accustomed to running from soccer practice, to theater club, and to art class. Though it can be exhausting, we parents are willing to do it so that our kids can continue doing the things that they love. by Quentin Arthur

How To Know If Your Children Are Too Busy


here are only so many hours in the day and, even if they never say anything, an overly hectic schedule can negatively impact your child’s physical and mental health. As such, it’s important to ensure that your child is not too busy so that they still have time to relax and recharge.

How do you know if your child is too busy? Most children will never simply tell you that they are too busy. Instead, they will often insist on doing as many activities as possible because that’s where they get to see their friends, or because they want to add their activities onto a college application. However, there are some telltale signs you can watch out for which may indicate that your child is too busy, such as: 1. Falling behind on school work, failing classes, or poor grades. 2. Skipping meals. 3. Lack of sleep. 4. Regular headaches or stomachaches. IE PARENTING


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Though there are of course other potential causes for all of these issues, you should consider that it may be due to being over-scheduled. Of course, if the symptoms persist beyond what is normal, you should consult with your family doctor.

How can you reduce your child’s schedule while still allowing them to do the things they enjoy? Like many things in life, your child’s activities should be all about moderation. Some potential solutions might include: 1. Keeping a calendar: Simply having a visual reminder of the busy week ahead can be a great way to remind yourself to slow down every now and then. A calendar is also a huge help when it comes to reducing the stress caused by scheduling and planning. 2. Setting clear limits ahead of time: Children love to be involved in activities and will often agree to take part in just about any club or

sport that is available. Before long, they will be signed up to participate in ten different activities- which simply isn’t feasible. As such, it helps to set boundaries ahead of time. For example, tell your child they can join a maximum of three clubs or teams a semester to help prevent excess stress. 3. Blocking out a family night: Don’t just schedule activities - schedule relaxation too. Scheduling family time in advance means it is more likely to actually happen so set aside one night a week as family night. Cook a nice meal, enjoy a movie, or play some board games together. No matter what you do, just remember to relax and have fun together. Though activities should still remain an important part of your child’s life, it is vital to remember that they need time to relax as well. By following some of the advice in this article you should soon find yourself with happier, more well rested children.

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5 Ways to Help Your Child

Fall in Love with Reading by Quentin Arthur

Reading helps your child build their language skills and strengthen their cognitive abilities. However, it can be tough for children to want to read, especially if they read all day during school. Here are five ways to help your child develop a love for reading. IE PARENTING


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Be the Example


If you show a love for reading, your child will follow your example. Make time in the evening to read together as a family. Have conversations about the book you are reading and ask them about their books as well. When reading becomes a regular part of the family routine, they will likely practice it more often on their own.


Connect to Real Life

Children are more engaged with reading when their books are connected to real life. Take trips or provide experiences based on what they are reading. For example, if your child is enjoying a book about dinosaurs, take them to a science museum to look at fossils and bones. If your child likes books about sports, take them to a game or grab a ball and toss it around in the backyard.

Create a Reading Nook

Find a spot in the house where your child can comfortably curl up with a book and look for child-sized furniture so they can make the space their own. Also, you can ask your child if they want a specific theme for their reading nook. For example, if your child likes outer space, stick glow-in-the-dark stars and planets on the walls. Get creative with it!


Use the Library

The children’s section of the library often hosts special events to promote reading. From puppet shows to animal caretakers, the library is an exciting place. Look through the library’s event calendar with your child then pick a few events that sound like fun. Be sure while you are there to get a library card for your child. This promotes responsibility in book ownership and gives them the chance to pick the books they want to read.


Book vs. Movie

Have a family reading time where you read a book that has a movie adaptation. Work on the book a few pages or chapters at a time. When the book is finished, schedule a family movie night where you get to watch the film version in the living room. If there is an upcoming movie that has a book, read it together then celebrate by going to the movies. Some performance art centers host children’s plays for a different take on classic fairy tales so check your cities local events calendar. Sometimes it is hard for children to get excited about reading. If you teach your child that reading is fun and make it a part of your daily life, they will begin to enjoy it more. Keep your child’s interests in mind and use that to guide them into learning to love to read.

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Model Generosity to Your Children Your children are going to take their cues more from what you do than what you say. If you want to communicate to your children that generosity is important, then you have to model it for them.


on’t just tell them that charitable giving is important; show it to them through your actions. And while you’re at it, invite them to join in. There are all kinds of opportunities available for you and your children to participate in charitable giving. How about sponsoring a child internationally? As a family, you can go online to Compassion International or World Vision and find out how to sponsor a child. Get your children involved by having IE PARENTING


them select a child to sponsor in their own age group. If possible, your children can pay for a percentage of the sponsorship out of their allowance or from a part-time job which will give them a sense of responsibility. Have them write to the sponsor child periodically to keep them engaged. This is a great way to model generosity to your children and to get them involved, too.

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Another option is to consider the people around you. Is there a single mother who could use your help? Volunteer your time to watch her child(ren) while she enjoys an evening out. Is there a disadvantaged family in your neighborhood? Offer to pass on used (but still usable) clothing and toys. Be careful not to belittle the recipients; simply express that you have some items you are no longer using

that you thought might be useful to them. This act of generosity can speak volumes to your own children as they see you caring for others in such a practical way. In November, you and your children can fill a shoe box for Operation Christmas Child. This annual program (run by Samaritan’s Purse) collects giftfilled shoe boxes to be distributed to children around the world who are living in need. Talk with your children about what you are doing,

ie kids involve them in selecting the items for the box, and take them with you to drop the box off at the distribution center. If your children love animals, consider volunteering together at your local animal shelter. You can help care for the animals, play with them, and clean their cages. If you are looking for a pet of your own, adopt one of the rescued animals from the shelter and allow your child to be part of the selection process. When your church or community organization has a food drive, participate alongside your children. Children as young as two years old can help out and enjoy the experience and

it’s a great, hands-on way to teach your children about charitable giving. As a family, decide that you will spend less on Christmas gifts for each other and instead use the money saved to help out individuals and communities in impoverished nations. You can sit down with your children in front of the computer and browse the online gift catalogue of a charitable humanitarian organization such as World Hope or World Vision. Enlist your children to help select the item(s) to purchase.

For example, through World Vision you can buy winter clothing for up to 25 children in places like Mongolia, Romania, and Armenia for only $35. For $50 you can buy two hens and a rooster to provide a family in an impoverished nation with a regular source of food and income. For something more local, you and your children can visit the residents at a nursing home. Check with the staff at the nursing home to inquire which residents do not receive many visitors and

at Christmas time, recruit a few friends to come with you to do some caroling. What you teach your children about charitable giving will have a profound impact on their own beliefs and acts of charity. Will they learn that charitable giving is important? Or will they learn that they do not need to be concerned about it? What they learn early in life about charities and charitable giving is what will likely stay with them throughout the years.

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Nestled in Pioneertown, where the mountains meet the desert, INDIGOTOPIA is the perfect place to escape for a weekend and reconnect with yourself.

INDIGOTOPIA is like no other place in the Inland Empire. Husband and wife team, Austin and Karli Sherbanenko have been running this unique healing retreat for the last two years and invite you to stop by for an unforgettable experience.

Photos by Brandon De La Torre

iE Parenting Local Hotspot Q&A What is INDIGOTOPIA? INDIGOTOPIA is a healing space for reflection and self-realization. Our slogan is “Retreat, Relax, Recharge.” We offer overnight stays in our Zen Den bungalow, host and guide transformative retreats, offer Crystal Singing Bowl Sound Bath sessions on a weekly basis, and Reiki. How long has the INDIGOTOPIA been around? We have been open since Dec., 2017



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What was the inspiration to open INDIGOTOPIA? We wanted to create a space where people could stay overnight, reconnect with nature, and have the opportunity to experience healing. What can guests expect when they come to the INDIGOTOPIA? A calm, inviting energy where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. Order a healthy organic plant-based breakfast in the morning,

take a swim in our salt water pool, or relax in the Jacuzzi under a full moon. The desert has some of the most magical sunrises and sunsets. What is a Sound Bath? What are the benefits? It’s an ancient sound healing musical presentation that will leave you feeling waves of peace, heightened awareness, and relaxation of the mind, body, and spirit. Just like the sun,

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crystal singing bowls emit energy. This energy activates light in the body, and from this light, our consciousness is enhanced and expanded. Each bowl is precisely tuned to a specific frequency that activates each chakra in our bodies. It’s a very powerful experience. Why did you choose to open INDIGOTOPIA in Pioneertown? We have a strong connection to this desert. We got married here and have been coming for many years. There

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is a special energy here that is very healing. We’d always talk about how we were going to manifest our dream space overtime we went back to the city – so we did. Anything else you think our readers would like to know? The universe is shifting into a higher vibration more than ever. Collectively, we are waking up and remembering why we came here. It is our service to the Earth and mankind to create

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The Bicycles for Children not-forprofit, Corona based organization was founded in July 2012 with the goal of donating 155 bicycles to impoverished children in the Corona/Norco Unified School District. The Bicycles for Children program was established to serve three purposes: provide bicycles to needy and deserving children. ________________________________

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(909) 483-2444 To break the cycle of generational poverty by advocating for policies and implementing programs that empower individuals and change communities.

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Make-A-Wish serves a unique, and vital role in helping strengthen and empower children battling critical illnesses. ________________________________

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Helping Teens In Crisis In Riverside County. Our 21-day Emergency Shelter provides a caring staff that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for youth and their families who need help negotiating the often challenging road from childhood to an independent adult life. ________________________________

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We provide the highest quality educational programs and therapeutic services to meet the needs, goals and hopes of individuals with special learning, emotional and developmental needs.

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Building A Generation serves children and parents by providing education, support, and connections to community resources, enabling them to become healthy and self-sufficient families. ________________________________

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ONH’s mission as a holistic trauma informed learning center is to provide premier educational and vocational services for transitional aged youth who have not succeeded in a traditional environment, resulting in a healthier individual and community. ________________________________

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Our mission is to provide reinforcement and nourishment to each at-risk child with the hopes that one day they will become positive, productive adults and role models of encouragement in the lives of other children/youth. ________________________________

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It is the mission of Redlands Day Nursery to provide quality early childhood educational experiences and services for families in the greater Redlands community, coupled with support for families as they develop parenting strategies, skills for independence and self-sufficiency.

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The mission of Time for Change Foundation is to empower disenfranchised low income individuals and families by building leadership through evidence-based programs and housing to create selfsufficiency and thriving communities. ________________________________

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Providing services that improve the health, wellness, education and self worth of local foster children and emancipated foster young adults.

Supporting nonprofits is a great way to give back to our communities. There are a variety of passionate organizations on these pages. Take some time to visit their websites and

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Calendar Of Events OCT/NOV/DEC Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld Weekends, September 21- October 27

Market 760 Nighttime Food Market Friday, October 4

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at 4th Annual Veggie Connection Saturday, October 5

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at SeaWorld because their Halloween Spooktacular is back! Join in the spooky fun every weekend through October 27 for trick-or-treating, the Sesame Street Halloween parade, dances parties and more. Make sure to keep an eye out for singing pumpkins all around the the park. Check out their website for showtimes and trick-ortreating policies.

There’s something for everyone at the Market 760 food market. Adults can enjoy the beer and liquor garden while the kiddos will have a blast in the designated Kids Zone. Local vendors will be showcasing unique handcrafted items and serving up delicious food and drink to highlight the best the High Desert community has to offer. Kids 5 and under are FREE while 6 years and older are only $5 at the door. 500 Sea World Dr, San Diego 12000 Stadium Way, Adelanto Abundant Living Family Church 10900 Civic Center Dr, Rancho Cucamonga

Brick or Treat at Legoland October 5, 12, 19, 26

Joshua Tree Music Festival October 10-13

Menifee Day @ So Cal Fair Friday, October 11

You won’t want to miss out on all the spooktacular events happening at Legoland this October. Children can participate in costume contests and character meet-n-greets then snag plenty of candy at one of the treat stations throughout the park. There will also be dance parties, live music, and even a sleepover! See their website for more details and get your tickets now.

This music festival is one of the most family friendly festivals in the country. Children 10 and under get in free and can enjoy the many activities going on at Kidsville including storytelling, art workshops, puppet shows, kids yoga and more! Then check out the incredible music lineup featuring the North Mississippi Allstars, Yak Attack, the California Honeydrops, and many many more.

Round up your friends and family for a fun-filled day of delicious food, rides, live entertainment, and attractions at the Southern California Fair. This years theme is “o Hog Wild” and the fair is FREE for Perris residents with valid proof of residency. Little ones can enter the Coloring Contest or the Junior Culinary Cooking Contest while adults can try their hand at the Hay Bucking Contest- if you dare.

Join other plant lovers for a day of food, entertainment, guest speakers and more at the 4th annual Veggie Connection festival. All are welcome to join in the fun- herbivore or not- and learn more about what a plant based lifestyle can offer. Browse through the variety of vendors, sample great food, and hear speakers on sustainability and health. 1 Legoland Dr, Carlsbad Joshua Tree Lake Campground 2601 Sunfair Road, Joshua Tree

Dogtoberfest! Saturday, October 19

Ghost Walk: The Tales of Edgar Allen Poe October 25-26

Fall Festival Saturday, October 26

It’s your dogs time to shine at Friends of Upland Animal Shelter’s Dogtoberfest. Bring your pup in their cutest outfit and enter them in the costume contest then stick around to enjoy live music, dancing, and demonstrations. Don’t have a pet? There will be plenty of cats and dogs who are looking for their forever home. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of Upland Animal Shelter.

Get ready to be scared. This Ghost Walk in Riverside has been running for 28 years but no two tours are ever alike. The themes range from kid friendly to more daring- definitely not for the faint of heart. Afterwards, stick around to enjoy a Kids Halloween carnival and the costumes contest for a chance to win fabulous prizes. Book early because this event is incredibly popular and fils up fast.

The City of Menifee has outdone themselves with this years Fall Festival. The Kiddos can snag some candy at the Trunk or Treating event or spook themselves at the Stranger Things inspired “Upside Down” area. Pets and children (0-14) can also enter the costume contest to win prizes while adults relax and indulge in the beer garden. Friends of Upland Animal Shelter 1275 San Bernardino Road, Upland



FALL 2019 Downtown Riverside Main Street Pedestrian Mall 3834 Main St, Riverside 18700 Lake Perris Drive, Perris 951-723-3880 Mt. San Jacinto College 28237 La Piedra Road, Menifee


STREET Friday, November 1 Come celebrate street art, music, food and fashion at the 5th annual STREET festival in Palm Desert. There will be live bands and DJ’s, interactive art exhibits, giant crafts area, tons of food trucks, and craft beer and cocktails for the adults. This is an all-ages event that is free to attend when you register on Eventbrite. 72-840 California 111 Third Level Parking Deck near Macy’s Palm Desert

Chinese Lantern Festival November 21st, 2019 - January 5th This year’s theme is inspired entirely by nature. “Blooming Seasons” will feature 30 foot high lanterns, a spectacular ceramic Chinese dragon, and a lantern arch. Explore the Amazon Jungle and marvel at the exotic flowers, trees, and animals on display then snap the perfect Insta photo to share with friends and family. Guests can also enjoy tradition Chinese folk music and dancing, food and beverages, and handmade goods for purchase at the artists area. Get your tickets now. Fairplex 1101 W McKinley Ave, Pomona

Hot Air Balloon Festival & Food Truck Fiesta November 22 - November 24 More than 30 hot air balloons from around the world will gather in the Coachella Valley for this spectacular visual spectacle. In addition to balloon glows and balloon rides, guests can also enjoy a wide array of food and beverages, wine and beer garden, kids zone, and live musical entertainment. Admission is free so this is definitely an event you won’t want to miss. 68600 East Palm Canyon, Cathedral City

The Lights Saturday, November 23

Festival of Lights November 29- December 31

Desert Veg Fest Saturday, December 7

This beautiful festival is dedicated to bringing a positive energy to each and every attendee. Personalize your very own lantern with goals, dreams, and wishes, then ignite it with everyone else and set it free. There will also be delicious food from local vendors as well as live music so bring some chairs and a blanket and enjoy this unique event.

There is no better place to experience holiday lights than at the 27th annual Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn in Riverside. Stroll through the grounds then wander over to the Artisans Collective to purchase some original local art. Take a carriage ride, sit on Santa’s lap, then dance the night away to that evenings live entertainment. Food and beverages will also be available. Bring your friends and family to this time honored Southern California tradition.

It’s the Coachella Valley’s only all-vegan festival! Join other plant-based persons for a day of sampling delicious vegan food and drink then pick up some unique, cruelty-free holiday gifts for your friends and family. There will also be vendors, speakers, artists, films and so much more. Robert A Sessions Sports Park 2800 Mayor Katy Pkwy, Barstow Mission Inn Hotel and Spa 3649 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside

Riverside Reindeer Run Sunday, December 8 • 7:00am-2:00pm

Disney on Ice

Lace up your running shoes and bring your holiday cheer for Riverside’s Reindeer Run Half Marathon 5K and Kids Run. Cheery music, decorations, and live entertainment will line the course – plus a special appearance from Santa Claus! Runners will also receive a Santa Hat or reindeer antlers for participating along with a medal, t-shirt, food truck brunch, and finishers photo. Don your best holiday outfit!

December 19-23 – Honda Center, Anaheim 2695 E Katella Ave, Anaheim December 26-30 – Long Beach Arena 300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach January 1-5 – Toyota Arena, Ontario 4000 Ontario Center, Ontario UCR Palm Desert 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert 18700 Lake Perris Drive, Perris

Meet all your favorite Disney characters at this beloved magical event. This years show, Disney on Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party, will ask guests to help find Tinker Bell using Captain Hook’s treasure map as they journey though the Land of the Dead from Coco and sail the seas with Moana. Watch closely for Belle and Elsa and sing along to your favorite songs from Toy Story, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and more! Fairmont Park • 601 Fairmount Blvd, Riverside

FALL 2019



arts & crafts

Fall Playdough Recipes

By Kimberly McLeod

Who doesn’t love all of the scents of fall? Pumpkin pie has to be one of our favorite pies and it’s such a treat when fall comes! What better way to welcome a new season than to have your kids involved in this fall scented sensory activity. This fall playdough is made to smell just like fall! Not only will your kids love playing with it, they can also help to make it!


APPLE PIE Playdough


With autumn just around the corner we’re busy making tons of fun fall activities for you and the kids! First up is this pumpkin pie playdough recipe. Not only will the kids love helping you make this playdough, but your house will smell like pumpkin spice after too!

Today we’re sharing our second fall scented playdough – this amazing apple pie playdough.  Not only will this apple playdough be fun to pretend making apple pies with, it will also leave your house smelling like apple pies!

Kids will love pretending to bake maple flavored cookies with this brown maple playdough. And what is not better than maple cookies in the fall?

Scented playdough is a great way to add an additional sensory experience to a playdough activity. By adding some pumpkin spice to this playdough recipe – your kids can pretend they are making and serving their very own pumpkin pie!



1 tbs cooking oil 2 tsp cream of tartar 1 cup plain flour 1/2 cup salt orange food coloring 1 cup water 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice mix


In a large pot, add in vegetable oil, food coloring, and water (add food coloring to water first so it’s easier to mix in), stir. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix well. Or individually add your spices and then your salt and flour. Add dry ingredients to your pot for cooking. Cook over medium heat until the dough starts to form and becomes dry. Remove from heat, let cool, and knead. If the dough feels sticky, add a bit more flour.



FALL 2019

1 tbs cooking oil 2 tsp cream of tartar 1 cup plain flour 1/2 cup salt red food coloring 1 cup water 1 tsp apple pie spice mix 1 tsp cinnamon


In a large pot, add in the vegetable oil, food coloring, and water (add red food coloring to water first so it’s easier to mix in), stir. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix well. Or individually add your spices and then your salt and flour. Add dry ingredients to your pan for cooking. Cook over medium heat until the dough starts to form and becomes dry. Let your dough cool and knead. If the dough feels sticky, add more flour. If you would like more apple pie scent, you can add more spices and knead in. Now have fun! Make a pretend apple with some pipe cleaners or build your apple pie in a pie dish and have your kids serve it to you!


1 tbs cooking oil 2 tsp cream of tartar 1 cup plain flour 1/2 cup salt brown food coloring 1 cup water 2 tbsp maple flavor


In a large pot, add in the wet ingredients: vegetable oil, food color, maple flavor and water (add brown food coloring to water first so it’s easier to mix in), stir. Then add in your dry ingredients: cream of tarter, salt, flour. Cook over medium heat until the dough starts to form and becomes dry. Let your dough cool and knead. If the dough feels sticky, add more flour. If you would like more scent, you can add more flavoring and knead in but be careful to not add too much or it will be wet and will need more flour.  Which scent is your favorite? We like the apple pie (because, the smell of apple cinnamon is so good!) with the pumpkin pie coming as a close 2nd.

Check out Kimberly’s new book “Fun and Easy Crafting with Recycled Materials” on p. 5!

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