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Breast Health 4 important tests

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October 2017

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Dear Reader

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Bits and Pieces A Votre SantĂŠ Learn by Doing Paddle for Pleasure

12 Features 10 Take Charge of Your Health Pros and cons of common breast tests.

Lend a Veteran a Hand

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Pipes Rock! Fry Bread Power The Big Read

13 Crafting with Kids Designer Bags

14 Calendar of Events Passport to Local Vino

12 Spooks & Sweets Local Halloween celebrations.

20 Backyard Science Simple experiments to conduct at home.

22 Absolutely True Excuses A humorous take on running late.

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ctober is the month we direct our attention toward women’s health, Sharon Gowan specifically Publisher/Editor Sharon@family-life.us breast care. Read about the pros and cons of four key breast tests in “Take Charge of Your Health” (page 10). While moms may be thinking about health care, kids are only thinking about one thing this month: Halloween. Read “Designer Bags” (page 13) for tips on making one-of-a-kind candy bags, and then turn to

“Spooks & Sweets” (page 12) for a list of local festivities, including top places to trick-or-treat.

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If the Halloween hullabaloo has you in need of some stress relief, check out “Absolutely True Excuses” (page 22) and laugh at one mom’s list of reasons why her family runs late. We bet you’ll relate. We hope you have a great, safe All Hallows’ Eve.

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Bits & Pieces

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afeguarding children’s well-being is a priority for every parent. The Wild About Heath Children’s Health Fair aims to make it a little easier by providing free health screenings, a bike safety course (get a free helmet), information booths, and fun activities, such as a tricycle race and a smoothie-making bike, for kids ages 0–12 and their families. The event will be held on October 1, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., at the Alex Rorabaugh Center in Ukiah. ¶

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ead, heart, hands, and health—4-H-ers pledge to develop a quality associated with each of these words. If you’d like your kids to join the 4-H ranks, you can enroll them now. Mendocino County 4-H clubs are accepting new 5–19-year-old members through February. (Enrollment for animal-oriented activities ends October 15.) There are clubs in Fort Bragg, Hopland, Mendocino, Ukiah, Potter Valley, Redwood Valley, Willits, Laytonville, and Covelo. Two new clubs also are forming in Anderson Valley and on the South Coast, from Elk to Stewarts Point. Enrollment costs $46 for youth and $20 for adults. Scholarships are available. For more information, contact 463-4495 or lgedgington@ucanr.edu. ¶

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ommune with nature and learn about local flora and fauna while floating in a kayak or canoe. During the Saturday Evening Paddle on October 28, 4–6 p.m., guides from Pedal and Paddle, a rental company, will show trekkers around Cache Creek and Anderson Marsh State Historic Park. The trip is $50 and includes a vessel, oars, and life vest. Participants will meet at the Clear Lake Campground in Clearlake. Reservations are required; call 994-2236. ¶

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abitat for Humanity thinks that people who have served our country deserve a functioning home. That’s why the organization is holding a benefit dinner for the Military Veterans Repair Fund, proceeds from which help to maintain and improve the housing of local veterans. The meal will be served on October 30 at 6 p.m. amidst the works of art at the Saw Shop Bistro and Gallery in Kelseyville. Tickets are $100. Call 278-0129 by October 28 to make a reservation. See lakehabitat.org for details. ¶

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Celtica

Pipes Rock!

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nights jousting on horseback are the stuff of the silver screen. But you can see them in real time at the Fairly Renaissance Faire, where jousting and other equestrian games will be part of the day. Dress up the family in Renaissance attire and go see medieval warriors try to de-horse each other or just visit the gypsy horse display. There will be children’s activities such as a petting zoo, archery, and yard games, too. In the evening, a catered dinner will be served and members of the world-touring band Celtica will perform their high-energy, bagpipe-infused Celtic hard rock. The fair will take place on October 7, 11 a.m.–10 p.m., at 15299 Central Park Road in Middletown. ¶

The Big Read

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hat would it be like to live through an apocalypse? It’s not a pleasant question. But Emily St. John Mandel’s bestselling novel Station Eleven (Vintage, 2015) uses this ominous “what if?” to contemplate the importance of art in society, and what it means to remember and be remembered. The novel is the subject of the Lake County Library’s Big Read, a National Endowment for the Arts program that turns a book into a source of community-wide conversation on a variety of topics. The library and its partners are holding a number of activities associated with the initiative. Here are the few of them: Forgotten Skills Fair: October 7, 1 p.m., at the Lake County Courthouse Museum in Lakeport. Just like the novel’s characters, you can learn about survival skills such as the art of spinning and washing laundry with a washboard in a stream. Graphic Novel Playshop: October 8, noon–5 p.m., at the Middletown Art Center in Middletown. Find out how a graphic novel, such as the one used in Station Eleven, tells a story, and begin to make your own book.

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rom coast to coast, fry bread is an integral part of Native American culture. Taste local iterations of the deep-fried mixture of flour, salt, and baking powder at the Fifth Annual Fry Bread Cook-Off. Vote on your favorite and then dance to the rockin’ blues music of the band Black Horse Blues, or peruse the craft fair, where you will find Native jewelry and willow baby baskets. There will be health and wellness booths and plenty of food, including Indian tacos, too. The day will end with the Round Valley Feather Dancers’s performance of a traditional dance. See and taste it all on October 7, 3–7 p.m., at the Alex R. Thomas Plaza in Ukiah. Tasting bracelets are $6; festival entry is free. ¶

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Travelling Symphony: Shakespeare from Station Eleven, October 21, 2 p.m., at the Soper Reese Community Theatre in Lakeport. In honor of the novel’s roaming Shakespeare troupe, the Travelling Symphony, see a performance of the Bard’s work, including violinists from the Lake County Symphony. For more information about the wide array of Big Read events throughout Lake County, see lakecountybigread. com/events.html. ¶ MendoLakeFamilyLife 9


Take Charge of Your Health Tests that Could Save Your Life By Sandra Gordon

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yearly mammogram is the gold standard for breast-cancer screening and detection. The American Cancer Society recommends a yearly mammogram for all women age 40 and older. If you have a family history of breast cancer, your doctor may advise starting mammography before age 40. The United States Preventive Services Task Force advises that women age 50 and over get a mammogram every two years. Mammography is the only test that has been scientifically proven to save lives. Still, it’s not infallible. “In women with very dense breasts, mammography will miss cancer 58 percent of the time,” says Thomas Kolb, M.D., a breast-cancer radiologist and leading ultrasound researcher. Dense breasts contain more glands, ducts, and connective tissue than fat. Breasts tend to be denser during a woman’s reproductive years; density makes it harder to detect suspicious lumps on a mammogram. That’s because glandular tissue appears white on a mammogram, just like a mass can. Fortunately, there are new tools that can give a more precise diagnosis, especially if you have dense breasts, or you’re at higher risk for the disease because of your personal or family health history. Here are four that 10 MendoLakeFamilyLife

may give you a clearer picture of your breast health—and could possibly save your life. Tomosynthesis: The latest in breast-cancer detection technology, tomosynthesis is done in addition to a digital mammogram. During tomosynthesis, the breast is compressed, though slightly less so than with a conventional, digital mammogram, and a series of images are obtained from multiple angles. Tomosynthesis takes an arc of pictures through each breast, in 5 millimeter slices, which are then reconstructed into a three-dimensional image. It allows radiologists to see through the breast tissue. They can more easily distinguish a true mass from overlapping structures,

such as ligaments or glandular tissue. Tomosynthesis can be used for screening and diagnostic mammograms. Pros/Cons: Compared to a digital mammogram, women with dense breasts who undergo tomosynthesis are 40 percent less likely to be called back for additional imaging. Women who undergo tomosynthesis will

Breasts tend to be denser during a woman’s reproductive years. be exposed to the same amount of radiation as a traditional, analog (film) mammogram, which is slightly more than today’s digital mammogram. The risk of radiation-induced breast cancer is extremely low, affecting only 0.1 percent of women screened. In comparison, the screening test itself can reduce the risk of dying from breast cancer by about 50 percent. Should you ask for it? Screening tomosynthesis is in order if you have dense breasts, but no symptoms. It takes a global 3-D picture of each breast. If you have a complaint

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or something is found during a screening mammogram, you’ll go to the diagnostic level, which is a mammogram with tomosynthesis that magnifies and focuses on one particular area of the breast. Because the FDA-approved technology is relatively new, screening tomosynthesis isn’t routinely covered by health insurance. Diagnostic tomosynthesis is typically covered by health insurance with no co-pay necessary. Automated breast ultrasound: During this test, an automated ultrasound machine, which uses a computer program, takes ultrasound images of breast tissue. The images are recorded and given to a radiologist, who can interpret them. Doctors currently use handheld ultrasound devices to hunt for breast tumors in some patients. The labor-intensive process can skip some tumors. Automated breast ultrasound eliminates the need for an ultrasound technologist, so there’s less risk of missing a lesion. Pros/Cons: Automated breast ultrasound can help detect breast cancer. Breast cancer detection doubled from 23 to 46 in 6,425 screening studies using automated breast ultrasound with mammography, resulting in a significant cancer detection improvement. Some insurance providers don’t cover the test yet, so check your policy. Should you ask for it? If you have dense breast tissue, ask for it in addition to a screening mammogram. If you’re at high risk but you don’t have dense breasts, a mammogram should suffice. www.mendolakefamilylife.com

Computer-Aided Detection (CAD): With this technique, a computer scans a digital mammogram and flags areas of concern, enabling a radiologist to take another look and decide whether the computer markings warrant further action. “It’s like having an automatic second opinion,” says Mitchell D. Schnall, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of radiology. Pros/Cons: Two studies reported that CAD found 20 percent more cancer than mammography alone. But CAD also tends to mark non-cancerous lesions, such as bunched-up tissue, benign lymph

There are new tools that can give a more precise diagnosis, especially if you have dense breasts or you’re at higher risk. nodes, and benign calcifications, so the rate of false positives is high. Less than 1 percent of findings marked by CAD turn out to be cancer. CAD is widely available at mammography centers and university- and hospital-affiliated breast clinics across the country and is generally covered by insurance. Should you ask for it? Although CAD isn’t a perfect tool, “it should be the standard of care for every woman who gets a mammogram,” says Stamatia Destounis, M.D. “But there’s definitely a learning curve.” To reduce your risk of unnecessary additional testing, find a facility with mammography-certified technologists and trained radiologists who have been using CAD for at least a year. October 2017

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging): This tool employs magnetic and radio waves instead of X-rays to create high-definition cross-sectional images of breast tissue. For the test itself, the patient is injected in the arm with safe, nonradioactive contrasting salt solution, then lies facedown on a table with both breasts positioned into cushioned coils that contain signal receivers. The bed is then sent through a tube-like magnet. In areas where there might be cancer, the contrasting agent pools and is illuminated on computer-generated images. Pros/Cons: MRI has been shown to find 2 to 6 percent more cancers than mammograms and clinical breast exams in high-risk women. MRI can’t detect calcifications, which are a frequent sign of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), the most common type of non-invasive breast cancer. That’s why MRI is used as a complement to mammography, not a replacement. MRI has also a significant risk of false positives. Screening breast MRI costs $1,000 to $2,000, though many insurance carriers now cover it. Should you ask for it? “Even if you have as little as a 2 percent risk of breast cancer over the next five years, talk to your doctor about adding MRI,” says Wendie Berg, M.D., Ph.D., a breast-imaging consultant. MRI breast-imaging centers are springing up across the country, but it’s important to seek out a facility that has MRI-guided biopsy capability, so a tissue sample can be retrieved for diagnosis at the time of your scan if a questionable mass is spotted. Sandra Gordon is an award-winning freelance writer.

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Family Fun Ukiah PumpkinFest

Calpella: Enchanted Pumpkin Path Actors play out a children’s story along a winding walk at this magical event, which will be held October 31, 5–8 p.m., at the Waldorf School of Mendocino County. Purchase tickets, which are $8 (babes in arms are free), at Mendocino Book Company in Ukiah, Cat’s Meow in Willits, or at waldorfmendocino.com/enchanted-pumpkin-path. Fort Bragg: House of Horrors Get a good fright at the Lions Club’s Jack the Ripper Castle of Murder haunt and help raise money for local youth projects. The thrills happen at 428 North Main Street, 7–10 p.m., on October 20–21, 27–28, and 31. Tickets are $13–$15 for adults, $8–$10 for youth under 16, and may be purchased at the door or in advance at hauntedhallofhorrors.com. The house is not recommended for young children; an adult must accompany kids under the age of 10. LAKE COUNTY Clearlake: Trunk-or-Treat Kids can get their kicks in a teen-run haunted house before raiding decorated car trunks for candy at this October 31 soiree at the Clearlake Youth Center. The fun kicks off at 4:30 p.m. with a parade that travels from Highland Park to Redbud Park, where the trunk-or-treating runs until 9 p.m. Prizes will be given out for the best costumes, and a free meal will be served.

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Lakeport: Halloween Party One hundred pounds of candy will be given away at this annual Kiwanis Club celebration, which will be held on October 31, 6:30–8:30 p.m., at Clear Lake High School. Harry Potters and ninja princesses can burn off their sugar rushes playing any of 20 games. They may even win a prize for their getups, too.

It’s Time for Freaky Fun MENDOCINO COUNTY Ukiah: Country PumpkinFest This, the largest street fair in Mendocino County, features plenty of fall activities, including a children’s carnival, haunted house, pet costume contest, hoop tourney, craft vendors, fine art exhibitors, and the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off contest. The good times begin on October 21 at 10 a.m. with a parade that starts at the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds. The festival itself runs October 21, 11 a.m.–6 p.m., and October 22, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., in downtown Ukiah. The Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off will be held on October 20, 4–7 p.m., in the plaza. See cityofukiah.com/pumpkinfest2017 for details. Ukiah: Downtown Trick-or-Treat For a super safe Halloween experience—with no shortage of candy—stop by downtown Ukiah on October 31, 3–5 p.m., when merchants will be handing out goodies to kids 12 and under. For more information, call 462-6789. 12 MendoLakeFamilyLife

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Crafting with Kids

Designer Bags

Get Ready for Lots of Loot!

By Kathryn Streeter

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ith the approach of Halloween each year, smart merchandisers work their magic to lure us into buying candy, costumes, trinkets, and props, including trick-or-treat bags. The pressure from companies and the kids to buy new apparel and accessories year after year can be emotionally exhausting, making us feel like we are bad parents if we don’t spring for the newest shiny objects. In order to get around some of the pull for this year’s latest and greatest, I put my kids to work on designing their own candy bags.

Supplies: 1. Small paper shopping bags. Ours happened to be from Starbucks. The important thing is that each of your young designers has the same size bags, to eliminate any arguing about who has more candy at the end of the trick-or-treating night. 2. Crayons, markers, colored pencils, pens, pencils, and highlighters—pull out everything you’ve got! 3. Scissors (Decorative scissors, if you have them, are a nice addition, too.) www.mendolakefamilylife.com

4. Stencils 5. Glue 6. Any and all types of construction/ craft paper, scraps of wrapping paper, and tissue. Steps: 1. Completely cover the outside of the paper bag with your thickest paper. For starters, this will block out store logos. It will also provide a stronger base for the weight of all that candy. Tip: Don’t forget to cover the bottom because this will further strengthen the bag. October 2017

2. This is where you sit back and sip your coffee as you let the kids come up with their personal designs. Pumpkins? Ghosts? Candy? Text with cheery Halloween sayings? A little comic strip? These were some of the ideas my kids came up with. They cut out objects and used paste to layer them onto the bag, a bit more interesting than simply drawing on the design. 3. When your trick-or-treat bags are complete, they should feel sturdy. If your kids have gone through a bottle of glue, the bags could even resemble hardy paper-mache projects. At least they won’t break! Put these original works of art somewhere safe, up high, where they can dry completely before they are put to use. Find Kathryn Streeter’s writing at kathrynstreeter.com and Twitter @ streeterkathryn.

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October Calendar of Events

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Passport to Local Vino

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f you’ve always driven past Hopland’s wineries but never have had the time to stop, here’s your chance to make a day of it. Destination Hopland’s Fall Passport event on October 14–15 will hold tastings 11 a.m.–5 p.m. at 12 participating wineries. A two-day tasting pass is $45–$55; a pass for only October 15 is $30–$35. Passes include local country rocker McKenna Faith’s and the Highway Poets’s concert on October 14, 5–8 p.m., at the Campovida Winery in Hopland. Just interested in the show? Tickets are $25. Find out more and make purchases at destinationhopland.com/hopland-passport. ¶

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Swap Meet. $1. Vendors: $25/space. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Rain or shine. Lake County Fairgrounds. 401 Martin St., Lakeport. 263-6181. lakecountyfair.com.

FREE Coffee with a Cop. An informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships & drink coffee with Lakeport Police Department officers. 7:30–10:30 a.m. Susie Q’s Donuts. 414 S. Main St., Lakeport. Oct. 7: Lake County Sheriff’s Office participates. 7–9 a.m. Judy’s Junction. 375 E. Hwy. 20, Upper Lake. 263-5491, ext. 17. cityoflakeport. com/event-details.aspx?id=1067.

Gospel Music Concert. Johnny & Ruth Larring. 10:30 a.m.–noon. Lakeport Christian Center. 455 S. Forbes St., Lakeport. lakecounty.com/ event/gospel-music-concert. FREE Children’s Health Fair. Health

screenings & bike safety course. Bring your bike & helmet or receive a free helmet. Ages 0–12. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Rain or shine. Alex Rorabugh Center. 1640 S. State St., Ukiah. facebook.com/ events/1669152719770823. The Producers. $17–$27. Thru

Oct. 15. Fridays & Saturdays: 7 p.m. Sundays: 2 p.m. Soper Reese Theatre. 275 S. Main St., Lakeport. 263-0577. lakecountytheatrecompany.org.

Monday 2 Auditions: Dashing Through the Snow. Christmas comedy. Oct 2 & 5:

6 p.m. Oct. 7: 11 a.m. United Christian Parish. 745 N. Brush St., Lakeport. lakecountytheatrecompany.org. 14 MendoLakeFamilyLife

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a.m.–3 p.m. Lake County Tribal Health Clinic. 925 Bevins Ct., Lakeport. 263-8382. lcthc.com.

Friday 6 FREE Family Movie Night. Robin

Hood. Bring chairs & blankets. 7– 9 p.m. Redwood Valley Community Church. 951 E. School Way, Redwood Valley. facebook.com/ events/731428630391858. FREE Little Read: Storytime.

Explore themes of art, music & theater for toddlers & elementary schoolchildren. Part of the Big Read initiative. 10:15 a.m. Lakeport

Library. 1425 N. High St., Lakeport. lakecountybigread.com. FREE Adults Play at Shannon Ridge.

Play games such as bocce ball, darts, cornhole, Yardzee & giant Jenga. Family-friendly. Wine available. 4–7 p.m. Vigilance Vineyards. 13888 Point Lakeview Rd., Lower Lake. 994-9656. shannonridge.com. Blind Scream Haunted House.

CarnEvil & Slaughter Shack. $15–$35. October 6–8, 12–15, 18–22 & 25–31. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays & Oct. 30: 7–10 p.m., Fridays & Saturdays & Oct. 31: 7–11 p.m. SOMO Village. 1400 Valley House Dr., Rohnert Park. blindscream.com. Sonoma County Harvest Fair.

Tastings of 100+ wines, wine sales, food pairings, craft beer & cider. Chef demos & seminars. World Championship Grape Stomp. Admission: $5. Ages 12 & under: free. Grand tastings: $65. Parking: $8–$10. Oct. 6: 4–9 p.m. Grand Tasting: 5–8 p.m. Oct. 7 & 8: 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Grand Tasting: 1–4 p.m. Sonoma County Fairgrounds. 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa. 545-4200. harvestfair.org.

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Saturday 7 FREE Forgotten Skills Fair. Discover lost arts such as spinning, or washing laundry in a stream with a washboard. Part of the Big Read initiative. 1 p.m. Lake County Courthouse Museum. 255 N. Main St., Lakeport. lakecountybigread.com. Boogie, Brews & BBQ. Live music

by Funky Dozen. $60. 6–10 p.m. Benefits Meals on Wheels. Barra Mendocino Event Center. 7051 N. State St., Redwood Valley. 462-8582. brownpapertickets.com/event/3064730. Oktoberfest. Music, costume

contests, beer steins, corn hole toss, human foosball & much more. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Main St. between 1st & 4th Streets. Lakeport. lakecochamber. chambermaster.com.

Sponsoring Survivorship Walk/ Run. 2K

walk, 5K walk/run, 10K run. $20. 8:30 a.m. Supports locals fighting breast cancer. Bank of America. 500 N. Main St., Lakeport. sponsoringsurvivorship.com. Oktoberfest & Courtney’s Pumpkin Patch. Halloween activity house, live music, street vendors, Balkan dancers, magic show, face painting, pumpkins & gourds. German food & beverages available for purchase. Noon–7 p.m. Cloverdale Plaza. 122 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale. courtneyspumpkinpatch.com. Pancake Breakfast. Fundraiser to

help 8-year-old Wyatt Logan fight a very rare form of brain cancer. $5–$10. 8–10 a.m. Potter Valley Rodeo

Grounds. 10747 Main St., Potter Valley. facebook.cm/events/323646978040984/. Oktoberfest. Authentic

German food, music, beer garden, contests, dachshund races & more. 11 a.m.– 7 p.m. Downtown Lakeport. lakecochamber.com/oktoberfest. Kids Movie Night. Moana. Ages 5–12. $5, $2 for each additional child. 7–9 p.m. (Must pre-register at office.) Hidden Valley Lake Association. Activities Center. 18174 Hidden Valley Lake Rd., Hidden Valley Lake. 987-3138. hvla.com. Gualala River Run. 5K & 10K runs,

10K virtual run & 5K walk. $30–$35. Register: 7:30–8:30 a.m. Run starts: 9 a.m. Benefits Mendocino County kids. Gualala Arts Center. 46501 Old

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Saturday & Sunday October 14th-15th 10 am–5 pm

STOMP OFF BEGINS AT 3:30 Crafts • Food • Music Wine Tasting, 5 for $5 Grape Stomp Pie Eating Contest Kids Corner • Games 4350 Thomas Drive @ Hwy 29 • Kelseyville www.steelewines.com • 279-9475 October 2017

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State Hwy., Gualala. runsignup.com. actionnetwork.info. Native American Fry Bread Cook-Off. Dancers, live music, raffles,

health & wellness booths & craft fair. Tasting bracelets: $6. 3–7 p.m. Alex Thomas Plaza. 310 State St., Ukiah. visitukiah.com. World Championship Abalone Cook-Off & Festival. Live music, beer

booth, wine tasting, silent auction, craft fair & raffle. Festival is free. 10 tasting/judging tickets: $90. Benefits area parks. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. South Noyo Harbor. 19101 S. Harbor Dr., Fort Bragg. 937-4700. mendoparks.org/ abalone-cook-off. Full Harvest/Hunter’s Moon. Full moon lighthouse tour. Beverages & snacks. $30. Reservations must

7–10 p.m. Willits Center for the Arts. 71 E. Commercial St., Willits. visitmendocino.com.

be made by no later than 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 2. 7:30 p.m. Point Arena Lighthouse. 45500 Lighthouse Rd., Point Arena. 882-2809, ext. 1. pointarenalighthouse.com.

Saturday 14 Fort Ross Harvest Festival.

Quilt Show. Features more than

200 quilts, silent auction, door prize, theme baskets, demos. Donations: Adults: $10. Under 12: $2. Oct. 7: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Oct. 8: 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Lake County Fairgrounds. 401 Martin St., Lakeport. llqg.org.

FREE Harvest Moon Hometown Celebration. Store specials, food,

music & family fun. 3:30–6:30 p.m. Downtown Willits. business.willits.org. dance & audience sing-a-long. $15.

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FREE Heroes of Health and Safety Fair. Helicopter take-off & landings,

Jaws of Life extractions & fire extinguisher challenges. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Lake County Fairgrounds. 401 Martin St., Lakeport. sutterlakeside.org.

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Tribute to Laura Nyro. Song,

Pumpkin carving, song, dance & apple picking in the historic orchard. $20 per car. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 19005 Hwy. 1, Jenner. fortross.org.

Hopland Hikes. Hopland Research & Education Center director leads 2-mile hike. $5. No dogs. 10 a.m.–noon. Hopland Research & Extension

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OCTOBER 7TH 11am–7pm • Downtown Lakeport

• Beer Garden featuring microbrews • Dachshund races • Dirndl/lederhosen contest • Great German food • Music all day

FUN FOR ALL AGES

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Center. 4070 University Rd., Hopland. Register: 744-1424, ext. 105 or online: hrec.ucanr.edu. Steel Wines Harvest Fair. Crafts,

music, games, Kids Corner, wine tasting, pie eating contest, BBQ. Thru Oct. 15. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Stomp off begins 3:30 p.m. Steele Wines. 4350 Thomas Dr. @ Hwy. 29, Kelseyville. 279-9475. steelewines.com. FREE Teen Zombie Prom. Dance

like the undead, get a zombie makeover, pose for pictures & eat pizza & cupcakes. 6–8 p.m. Fort Bragg Library. 499 E. Laurel St., Fort Bragg. 964-2020. fortbragglibrary.org. Clean & Sober Music Fest. Stefanie

Keys Band, Deep Blue Jam & the Cole Tate Band. $24. Ages 12 & under: free. Camping: $25–$45 per

night. Substance-free event. Noon–6 p.m. Mendocino County Fairgrounds. 14400 Hwy. 128, Boonville. cleanandsobermusicfest.org. 1st Annual Parent Summit.

Topics include: Visual Learning, Homework Help, Safety in Our Schools, Teenage Tantrums, Special Education, Parent Ambassador Program & more. Translation provided. Free lunch. Free childcare for ages 2–10. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Lower Lake High School. 9430 Lake St., Lower Lake. RSVP: konoctiusd.org. Enchanted Forest: Live & Give. Lake County International Charter School celebrates its 13th year. Live music, dance performers, story-tellers, theme-inspired appetizers, complimentary glass of wine or beer

& live & silent auctions. 21 & over. $20–$25. 6–9:30 p.m. Middletown Art Center. 21456 Hwy. 175 (at junction of Hwy. 29), Middletown. lakecochamber. chambermaster.com. FREE Taste of the World. An

international celebration of food, art & culture. Donations accepted. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Alex Thomas Plaza. 310 State St., Ukiah. 462-0913. treeoflifeschool.net. Black Bart Strikes Again. Seabiscuit Walking Tour: 10 a.m. Horse-drawn wagon rides: 10 a.m.–2 p.m. ($5. Ages 8 & under: free.) Tri-tip BBQ: 5 p.m. Silent & live auction: 6 p.m. Live music: 7–9 p.m. $50. Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation. Ridgewood Ranch. 16200 N. Hwy. 101, Willits. blackbartstrikesagain.eventbrite.com.

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Sunday 15

Friday 20

FREE New Book Festival. Live music

FREE Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off.

by Coast Celtic. Origami, snacks & raffle prizes. 1–4 p.m. Fort Bragg Library. 499 E. Laurel St., Fort Bragg.

4–7 p.m. Alex R. Thomas Plaza. 330 S. State St., Ukiah. 463-6231. cityofukiah.com.

Wednesday 18 FREE Medical, Vision & Dental Clinic Services. First come, first

served. Oct. 18–20. 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Redwood Empire Fairgrounds. Carl Purdy Hall. 1055 N. State St., Ukiah. amenfreeclinic.org.

Saturday 21 Reptile Expo. Vendors

with everything from reptiles to insects. Supplies, feeders, educational speakers & more. $5–$10. Ages 5 & under: free. Parking: $8. Oct. 21: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Oct. 22: 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Hall of Flowers. 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa. nbherps.org.

FREE PumpkinFest. Parade: Oct. 21, 10 a.m. Haunted house, beer & wine tasting, arts & crafts, pet costume contest, children’s activities & much more. Oct. 21: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Oct. 22: 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Downtown Ukiah. 463-6231. cityofukiah.com. Big River Walk & Paddle for Cancer.

$10–$25. 9:30 a.m.–noon. Big River State Park. Hwy. 1, Mendocino. 937-3833. crcmendocino.org/brwp-2017. Soup & Chili Cook-Off. $10–$20. 5–7:30 p.m. Benefits Food Bank. Portuguese Hall. 822 Stewart St., Fort Bragg. 964-9404. visitmendocino.com. Halloween Spirits. Raffle, silent auction, dance & costume contests. $10. Benefit for rebuilding Lake County homes. 7–10 p.m. Big Valley Hall. 1510 Big Valley Rd., Lakeport. facebook.com/ lakecountyfirerecoverybenefits. The Fairly Renaissance Faire.

Jousting games, gypsy horse display, silk dances, vendors, kids’ entertainment area, live music by members of Celtica. $5–$25. 11 a.m.– 10 p.m. 15299 Central Park Rd., Middletown. eventbrite.com. FREE Travelling Symphony: Shakespeare from Station

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ome people think that listening to a live band and grabbing a beer go hand and hand. Not the organizers of the Clean and Sober Music Fest. They want to give locals the opportunity to experience music without the influence of alcohol or drugs. The substance-free event will feature the Americana sounds of the Cole Tate Band, the “bluezgrass” tunes of the Deep Blue Jam, and the indie rock of the Stefanie Keys Band. Grab your dancing shoes and join the fun on October 14, noon–6 p.m., at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville. Admission is $24; ages 12 and under get in free. Camping is available for an extra fee. Purchase tickets at cleanandsobermusicfest.org. ¶

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Eleven. Shakespeare performance & discussion of the role of art in society. Part of the Big Read initiative. 2 p.m. Soper Reese Theatre. 275 S. Main St., Lakeport. lakecountybigread.com.

Wednesday 25 FREE Star Trek Voyager Night.

Watch Star Trek Voyager & explore what it means for survival to be “insufficient.” Part of the Big Read initiative. 5:30 p.m. Lakeport

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Saturday 28 FREE FunFest. Chili cook-off,

contests, bass fishing demo, giveaways & remote control & flight simulator demo. 1–3 p.m. Lakeport Christian Center. 455 S. Forbes St., Lakeport. 263-4514. lcchub.com. FREE Preschool Dance Party.

3–4 p.m. Fort Bragg Library. 499 E. Laurel St., Fort Bragg. 964-2020. fortbragglibrary.org. FREE Fall Carnival. Games, snacks, face painting & costume contest. 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Fort Bragg Library. 499 E. Laurel St., Fort Bragg. 964-2020. fortbragglibrary.org.

FREE North Bay Science Discovery Day. More than 100 hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) activities & interactive demonstrations. Free parking. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sonoma County Fairgrounds. 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa. northbayscience.org.

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Monday 30 Habitat for Humanity’s Military Veteran’s Repair Fund. Benefit

dinner. $100. 6 p.m. Saw Shop Gallery Bistro. 3825 Main St., Kelseyville. RSVP by Oct. 28: 278-0129. lakehabitat.org.

Tuesday 31 Lakeport Downtown Trick-or-Treat.

2:30–4:30 p.m. Main St., Lakeport. lakecounty.com.

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Backyard Science 2 Experiments to Try at Home

By North Bay Science Discovery Day Committee

Leaf Lessons Have you ever noticed that fallen autumn leaves don’t stick around forever? In our neighborhoods, we collect them to be sent away with the rest of our waste. But what goes on in the forest? Try this experiment to investigate what happens to leaves after they fall off trees. Materials 2 recently fallen leaves

5. Make observations of the two leaves every few days. Are they changing? Do your observations match your predictions? 6. After a few weeks, make a drawing comparing the two leaves. How are they different? What do you think happens to leaves that fall off the trees every year?

1 Ziploc bag big enough to hold a leaf flat 1 small plastic bin with lid

Scissors Scotch tape Small, light toy (like Legos figure) Instructions Use the materials to design a parachute or hot air balloon that can fall slowly and protect your toy. Have an adult climb onto a chair to test your design. What parachute design and material fall the slowest? • You don’t have to use all of the materials.

Toy Parachute

2. Put the soil into the small bin, and partially bury the leaf in the soil.

Design a way to protect your favorite small toy from a bad fall. Who can make his or her toy fall the slowest?

3. Poke a few holes in the lid and cover the bin.

Materials Plastic shopping bags

4. Make a prediction of what will happen to the two leaves. Why do you think it will occur?

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Pipe cleaners

Tips

3 cups “wild” soil (containing some worms and insects), partially damp Instructions 1. Put 1 leaf into the Ziploc bag and seal it tight.

Disposable cups (Styrofoam works well)

Small squares of cloth

• Lots of tape might make your parachute heavy.

Find more experiments like these at the free North Bay Science Discovery Day on October 28, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa.

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hen ’60s and ’70s singer-songwriter Laura Nyro died of cancer in 1997, she was only 49. But in her short life, she made a powerful impact on music, so much so that she was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Listen, dance, and sing along to locals performing her tunes—and some of their own—at a Music and Dance Tribute to Laura Nyro at the Willits Center for the Arts in Willits on October 13, 7–10 p.m. A $15 donation is suggested to see the show, which is a benefit for the arts center. See visitmendocino.com for more information. ¶ www.mendolakefamilylife.com

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Humor Break

Absolutely True Excuses Why We Are Late or Aren’t Showing Up at All By Sarah Broussard Weaver

1. My kid could not find her shoe. That’s why her shoes don’t match. 2. My kid had to poop, an urge seemingly brought on by walking out our front door. 3. Tucker the Cairn terrier peed on the floor. While I was getting a towel my son slipped and fell, got dog pee on his shorts, and started crying.

9. My kids were fighting over who ate the marshmallows out of the box of cereal, and who should consequently get the remnants. 10. My kids were fighting about who lost the remote. 11. My kids were fighting, and it’s way too convoluted to explain.

4. My husband thought my daughter’s shirt was too wrinkled. Like anyone cares about wrinkles on kids, I know, but he pulled out the iron.

My son keeps wearing his shoes without socks so they smell like death.

5. One of the kids left a peanut butter handprint on my butt. I don’t even know who. I guess it doesn’t matter.

12. My kids were fighting. I don’t even understand why.

6. Tucker ran away while he was outside going potty. We had to drive the streets screaming his name while the two youngest kids cried for fear he would be eaten by coyotes. We found him. He will live to pee on our floor another day.

13. Your kid is mean to my kid, and we know we only got invited because the whole class had to be. Your kid’s gift is that we aren’t coming. 14. One of my family members has diarrhea. I’m not allowed to say who. It’s not me.

7. We decided to show up late because we didn’t actually want to come but felt obligated.

15. I forgot to buy your kid a birthday gift and was too embarrassed to give her $20 in an envelope like we did last time, so we just didn’t go to the party.

8. We all hate middle school band concerts (including the middle schooler actually in the band) so we procrastinated.

16. I forgot to buy your kid a birthday gift and was too embarrassed to give him $20 like the last two times. But my kid was crying about missing the

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party, so I pretended we actually just forgot the present at home. I hope I remember to actually buy it so I don’t have to think of a new excuse when my kid doesn’t bring it to school. 17. We ate lunch at Mamacita’s before your afternoon get-together and three out of four of my kids had to poop after they ate. Not at the same time, of course, so it took very long. 18. Your kid’s party is the fourth birthday party this weekend, and I just can’t deal with another one. Sorry. Here’s $20 in an envelope for him. 19. My son keeps wearing his shoes without socks so they smell like death, and his other shoes don’t fit because he is Bigfoot. Can we arrange another play date for our boys after I have time to throw his death shoes in the washing machine? 20. I forgot about your child’s birthday party and was only reminded when one of the school moms checked in on Facebook when she got there. Here’s $20. I’m out of envelopes. ¶ Sarah Broussard Weaver has four very loud children, three dogs, a cat, a hedgehog, some fish, and a hubby. Send help! This piece was originally published at Parent Co.

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