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September 2017

Music Mama

Local singer thrives

Spirited Kids Focus on their strengths

Kid Fun! 48 events

Chicken Love A farm tale


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September 2017

Every Issue 6

Dear Reader

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Bits and Pieces Spice of Life Strings & Things Water Birds Dancing History

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Cider Central Blue Notes

10 Mama Musician

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Queen of the Crop

Features

14 Calendar of Events Old Fashioned Heart

Gwyneth Moreland talks about her new album, Cider.

12 Spirited Away Raising your intense, determined, sensitive child.

22 Pickles Says Hasta La Vista Our local humorist on the farm version of tough love.

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appy back-toschool! We know the beginning of the new academic year is full of challenges. This is doubly so for Sharon Gowan Publisher/Editor parents raising kids Sharon@family-life.us with special needs. In this issue, we offer inspiration from Cheryl Maguire, who finds focusing on her daughter’s strengths helps. Maguire discusses her positive point of view, as well as life lessons learned, in “Spirited Away” (page 12). One of the traits Maguire’s daughter possesses is determination. It’s a quality that many successful people share, Maguire says. We agree, especially when it comes to local folk singer-songwriter

Gwyneth Moreland, who recorded an album while breastfeeding her first child. She talks about her journey in “Music Mama” (page 10).

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The title of Moreland’s new album is Cider, which is also the name of one of her favorite beverages. If you like the hard stuff, too, check out the Mendocino County Fair and Apple Show September 15–17 and try award-winning local ciders. Tastings will be held at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville on September 16 and 17, noon–5 p.m. (See pages 2, 7, and 9 for more information.) We hope your fall is full of the joy of trying new things—and the sweet taste of success.

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Bits & Pieces

“Buffalo” Bob Brittain

Mountain Music

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n the 1960s, a young man with a passion for bluegrass moved to Redwood Valley. Aiming to share his love of music with the community, he started several fiddle contests and revived the contra dance scene. His name was “Buffalo” Bob Brittain, and before his death in February 2016, he inspired many musicians, several of whom will be paying tribute to him at the Mendocino Mountain Music concert at Soper Reese Theatre in Lakeport. Tap your feet to the sounds of fiddle, guitar, string bass, mandolin, and slide guitar on September 16 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at soperreesetheatre.com. ¶

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Pat Ickes & Bound to Ride

he return of a long lost friend is usually a celebration. In the case of the Bluegrass at the Ely Music and Crafts Festival, the friend and the celebration are one in the same. Rejoice in the return of the much-loved community shindig by listening to bands such as Pat Ickes and Bound to Ride, Barwick and Siegfried, Thin Air String Band, Cobb Stompers, Uncorked, and the Konocti Fiddle Club. There will also be plenty of local beer and wine as well as the wares of local artisans. The event will be held on September 9, noon–5 p.m., at the Ely Stage Stop and Country Museum in Kelseyville. Advance tickets are $15 and available at Catfish Coffeehouse in Clearlake and Watershed Books in Lakeport or at andersonmarsh.org. Admission at the gate is $20. Bring your lawn chair, but leave your pets at home. ¶ Joe Louis Walker

ee the usually placid waters of Clear Lake ripple with excitement as they welcome seaplanes of all shapes and sizes. During the 38th Annual Clear Lake Seaplane Splash-In, aircraft will land on the shore near Lakeport’s Natural High, where you can see them up close and talk to pilots. Watch aerial demonstrations and check out vintage military planes, too. The event will happen September 16, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and is $3 for adults, free for kids under 12. ¶ 8 MendoLakeFamilyLife

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each children about the ways of the Pomo Native Americans who first inhabited what we know as Lake County. Take them to the Indian Day Celebration at Twin Pine Casino and Hotel in Middletown. Participate in an opening prayer, then watch colorful traditional dances, take in the work of artists, eat Native cuisine, and listen to live music. The celebration will be held on September 16, noon–5 p.m., and is free. For more information, go to twinpine.com. ¶

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pples in all forms, from freshly cut chunks to hard cider, will be celebrated at the Mendocino County Fair and Apple Show. Sample more than 50 varieties of the rosy fruit, and then head over to rodeo events, sheepdog trials, or a classic car show. Want to be more than a spectator? Then get on the dance floor and kick up your heels to live country music. The fair is open 9 a.m.–midnight, September 15–17. For oenophiles, there will be wine tastings on September 15, 5– 8 p.m.; September 16, 5–9 p.m.; and September 17, 1–4 p.m. And the winners of the California Cider Competition will be debuted at Cider Fest tastings September 15 and September 16, noon–5 p.m. Tickets to the fair (including rodeo, sheepdog trials, and car show) are $5–$9, free for ages 6 and under; ages 12 and under get in free on September 15. There is an extra admission charge for the wine and cider tastings. Find out more at mendocountyfair.com. ¶

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et a sitter, and wine and dine your mate Labor Day weekend. Legendary bluesman Joe Louis Walker and his band, including special guest Nancy Wright on saxophone, will play under the sycamore trees on the Blue Wing Saloon patio in Upper Lake. Nosh on a gourmet barbecue meal while you listen to them, and opening local blues harp master Pat Gleeson, on September 4, 6:15–9 p.m. Admission is $50. Call 275-2233 to make reservations. ¶ www.mendolakefamilylife.com

ears may not find themselves in as many recipes as apples do. But in Kelseyville, where they have been grown since the late 1800s, they are agricultural celebrities. Every year, the town celebrates its favorite fruit with the Kelseyville Pear Festival, where you’ll find “all things pear.” Fill up on pear pie and other sweets, and then burn off the sugar rush dancing to live music, everything from Celtic to flamenco to blues. The festival will be held September 30, beginning with a parade on Main Street at 9:30 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. Kick off the event on September 29 with Lake County’s first ever Farm to Fork Dinner, and a street dance featuring the music of local band the Funky Dozen. The festival is free; tickets for the dinner and dance are $65. Find out more at pearfestival.com. ¶ September 2017

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Mama Musician

The Marriage of Motherhood and Art

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f you listen really hard to folksinger-songwriter Gwyneth Moreland’s new album, Cider, you might hear a baby gurgling. Well, not really, but it wouldn’t be hard to imagine, given that Moreland recorded several of the songs on it with her infant son in tow.

Many think that raising children and making art is not exactly a match made in heaven. But, with a lot of help, Moreland has successfully married the roles of motherhood and professional musician.

“We toured around the country for about three years,” she says. “I was living in a van, on the road constantly playing shows.”

The 33-year-old Mendocino native and mother of two has been performing for more than 10 years, and just released Cider this past spring.

Doing 200 gigs a year paid off—they made it to the stages of Nashville—but the peripatetic existence did not entirely agree with her.

Moreland began her music career in 2005, after graduating from a vet tech program in Denver. She had returned to Mendocino to figure out where to find work when she got the opportunity to cofound a band, the Blushin’ Roulettes. Starting the group “just really transformed my life,” she says. “I decided to really pursue music.”

“I was gone all of the time, and I kept thinking, ‘How am I going to have a family?’” she says.

She worked with the band until 2010, when she formed a duo called 10 MendoLakeFamilyLife

Gwyneth and Monko with her then-partner Michael Monko.

Eventually, she and Monko parted ways, and she traded in a life on the road for one with 32-year-old Skyler Hinkle, a fellow vet tech, and his 5-year-old son, Leo. The couple married in 2015, under the apple trees of their Mendocino farm. After a little over a year, Moreland gave

“I’m just so happy that it seems like I’ve been able to figure out how to do music and maintain a family.” —Gwyneth Moreland birth, twice—first, to her son, Henry, and then three months later, to a record deal. Moreland was thrilled about the contract, with Blue Rose Music, but worried about its timing. “I was really excited to get signed to the record label. It was such a dream come true, and on the other hand, it was really intimidating. ‘Why now?! I’m so exhausted.’ Every cell of my body was going to raise this baby,” she relates. Fortunately, she says, Blue Rose Music is “really supportive of the family life. They don’t require me to be on the road a whole bunch so I feel really lucky that I fell into working with them,” she explains.

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Not touring meant that she could focus on parenting. But, as a new breastfeeding mom, she didn’t know when she would fit in recording. Enter David Hayes, a celebrated upright bass player who made a name for himself touring for many years with Van Morrison. “[Hayes] lives in Fort Bragg, and I get to work with him and record at his home studio,” Moreland says. “He’s a dad. And he loves Henry.”

“He’s been very supportive of my art. I’m grateful,” she says. In fact, he offered more assistance than she expected. Besides being a dad and husband, it turned out, much to her surprise, that he also could write songs. “We were drinking cider [one] night after the kids were in bed,” she remembers. “And he said, ‘Ok, I’m

Moreland would record a couple of hours “here and there,” taking Henry with her so she could nurse him. Hayes even played on a few tracks. “In the beginning, I would do the recording with Henry in a front pack,” she explains. She figured out a way to place him on her body so she could still strum the guitar. “I don’t even know how I did it,” she says. When he was hungry, she just simply fed him in the studio. Hayes says working with Henry and his mom was great. “We worked a lot when she was pregnant,” he says, “so that when [Henry] was just a little infant, he was totally chilled out [in the studio]. He didn’t fuss. She would just hold him and sing… . And Gwyneth is a real trooper. She’s the real thing. She doesn’t feel the need to be cool. I’ve been doing this for 50 years, and it’s extremely rare to work with someone who is that natural.” Moreland says that the arrangement with Hayes was “the key” to making it possible for her to get into the studio and record. And the babysitting services of nearby family—her parents and eldest brother live on properties adjacent to hers—were a big help, too. Throughout the album-making process, Moreland, of course, relied on Hinkle. www.mendolakefamilylife.com

Moreland’s favorite. She named it “Cider,” and it became the title track of the album. Right before the album was released, Moreland was delighted by yet another surprise, this time from Sharon Gowan, publisher of Mendo Lake Family Life Magazine and cider maker. “Out of the blue [Gowan] volunteered to come and pour some cider” at the album- release party in April, Moreland says. “[That] was exciting because I love cider so much.” Gowan and her husband produce heirloom cider from the apples they grow on their family orchards in Philo.

Skyler, Leo, Henry, and Gwyneth

It turned out, much to her surprise, that her husband could write songs. going to write you a song. What should I write it about?’” Playing along, she said, “Cider!” What happened next was magic, she says. “He wrote down the first verse all by himself and I just loved it… . I could just tell by the pentameter…that it would fit exactly with the guitar part that I had been working on [that day]. And then the rest of it we did together,” she recalls. “It was one of those that was meant to be.” Moreland and Hinkle ended up co-writing several songs on the album. But that first one, with its lyrics evoking the couple’s wedding and the birth of their son, was September 2017

Both the literal cider and the album were well received at the release party. And now that her creation is out in the world, Moreland can take a step back and reflect on how she made it happen. “Considering the fact that I was also raising a baby…I don’t really know how I pulled it off. All the logistics… they all somehow fell into place. I can’t believe it, but they really did,” she says. “I’m just so happy that it seems like I’ve been able to figure out how to do music and maintain a family.” Thanks to Moreland’s husband, relatives, and a kid-friendly recording studio and record label, it seems motherhood and music are not so unlikely a match after all. ¶

See Gwyneth Moreland perform on September 9 at Winesong at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens in Fort Bragg and on October 20 at 7 p.m. at the Ukiah Methodist Church in Ukiah. Go to gwynethmoreland.com, winesong.org, or ukiahsnap.org for more information.

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describe this quality are committed, decisive, or, my favorite, determined.

Spirited Away

My daughter is the most determined person I have ever met. She learned how to ride a bicycle in three days, at age five, mostly on her own. She spent every moment of those

When I see my daughter attempting something like climbing a rock wall, I can’t help but feel inspired to take leaps in my own life, too.

4 Lessons Learned from My Daughter

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recently discovered the book Raising Your Spirited Child (HarperCollins, 2009) by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka. I wish I had known about it 11 years ago when my spirited daughter was born. I never knew there was a positive classification for her personality.

According to the book, a spirited child is one who is “more intense, persistent, sensitive, and perceptive” than the average child. Kurcinka coined the term spirited when she was looking for information regarding her son and only came across words like difficult, strong-willed, or stubborn. She felt that describing her child using a positive word like spirited would help her to focus on his strengths. When I was in graduate school earning a degree in counseling psychology, I remember a professor saying to me, “You will learn the most from the challenging cases.” 12 MendoLakeFamilyLife

This comment has stayed with me throughout the years. After reading this book, I couldn’t help but think of how I became both a better parent and a better person from knowing my daughter. Here are a few of the qualities I cultivated because of her. Determination Kurcinka says spirited children are persistent. While this attribute can lead to power struggles with parents, she points out that it is also a positive characteristic, citing examples of persistent people like Martin Luther King Jr. and the Wright brothers. Other positive words she uses to

three days attempting this skill. It didn’t matter how many times she fell or how many scrapes and bruises she received, she got back on her bicycle until she could ride it without falling. She used the same amount of determination to learn to play the piano. One day she decided she wanted to learn how to play, and instead of asking for lessons, she looked up instructional YouTube videos. She spent the next week practicing the same song over and over until she had mastered it. Everyone in the family was amazed at her ability to play the song, which she learned entirely on her own. When I see her willingness to go after her goals despite any obstacles she may encounter, I can’t help but feel motivated to do the same. When I’m feeling frustrated I merely envision her riding the bicycle or playing the piano, and I realize I can’t give up. Curiosity Spirited children often are perceptive. “Their senses are keen, drawing in

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every aspect of stimulation around them,” Kurcinka says. And this quality helps them to think creatively. In my daughter’s case, perceptiveness led to curiosity, which meant she got into everything when she was younger. Today she is always interested in how things work and asks lots of questions or, as with learning to play the piano, works to figure something out on her

My daughter is the most determined person I have ever met. own. Seeing her pursue new things has motivated me to try activities I might normally never consider. I’m a shy person who doesn’t willingly take risks, but when I see my daughter attempting something like climbing a rock wall, I can’t help but feel inspired to take leaps in my own life, too. Patience When you are the parent of a spirited child, temper tantrums are the norm. They are so common, Kurcinka devotes an entire chapter to them, stating, “all kids throw tantrums, but spirited children do it with much more pizzazz, finesse and frequency.” Over the years, I learned to respond to my daughter’s tantrums with patience and understanding. And, as a result, the number of them decreased. Cultivating patience has helped me parent not only my daughter, but my other children as well, and has positively affected other areas of my life, such as when I’m waiting for a customer service representative to take my call. www.mendolakefamilylife.com

Empathy “Sensitive spirited kids feel emotions, see sights, hear sounds, and smell odors to a degree that most of us mortals will never know,” Kurcinka notes. For my daughter, these sensitivities have translated into a lot of crying, especially when she was younger. The upside is that they make it easier for her to empathize with others’ feelings. She enjoys helping others and making them feel special. On Mother’s Day, she always showers me with various homemade gifts, baked goods, and breakfast in bed. Her fifth grade teacher told me that at the end of every day my daughter makes a point to say thank you. She said in her 15 years of being a teacher, she never encountered a student who

did this, yet this simple act made her feel appreciated. For me, my daughter’s sensitivities encouraged me to develop a greater sense of empathy for her feelings and needs. I can see when she is feeling overwhelmed or over-stimulated and respond accordingly. Loving the Spirit Even though being the parent of a spirited child can be challenging, I have loved every moment of it (and not just because she is my girl). My daughter has helped me to accomplish my goals, try new experiences, and most importantly, empathize with and appreciate others. ¶ This article was originally published at Parent.co. Find Cheryl Maguire on Twitter @ CherylMaguire05.

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September Calendar of Events

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inger James Otto believes good country music is written from life experience. Which is why he took a break from his successful career to have a family. Now he’s returning to the stage, and one of his stops will be Cache Creek Vineyards in Clearlake Oaks. Listen to him play his new, dancy single “Somewhere Tonight” and other fresh songs on September 9. Cherry Road Gang opens at 6:30 p.m. and Otto plays at 8 p.m. Admission is $26.87, or $91.16 for dinner, concert, and perks. See cachecreekvineyards.com for details and to purchase tickets. ¶

Friday 1 Flynn Creek Circus. A rurally

based, award-winning circus bringing international talent to the North Bay. Adults: $27–$25. Ages 3–13: $12–$15. Under age 3: free. Runs thru Sept. 4. Sept. 1: 7 p.m. Sept. 2: 3 p.m. & adult-only 7 p.m. show. Sept. 3: 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. Sept. 4: 1:30 p.m. 20300 Ocean View Dr., Fort Bragg. 510-381-4004. flynncreekcircus.com. Paul Bunyan Days. Kiddie games,

craft fair, parade, logging show, classic car show, gem & mineral show &

much more. Most activities are free or almost free. Thru Sept. 4. Fort Bragg. See website for event venues & times: paulbunyandays.com. The Sun Kings. Beatles tribute band

performs from repertoire of more than 150 songs. $20. 8 p.m. Arena Theater. 214 Main St., Point Arena. 882-3456. arenatheater.org. Lake County Fair. This year’s theme

is “Boots & Bling.” $8–$12. Ages 5 & under: free. Thru Sept 3. Sept. 1: 4–11 p.m. Sept. 2 & 3: 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Lake

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County Fairgrounds. 401 Martin St., Lakeport. lakecountyfair.com. FREE Postpartum Support. Bring your babes & talk about the joys & challenges of motherhood. 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Mendo Baby. 198 S. School St., Ukiah. 462-1020. facebook. com/mendobaby.

Saturday 2 Claws for a Cause. Maine lobster,

filet mignon, Barra of Mendocino County wine, music & live auctions. Benefit for Seabiscuit Therapeutic Riding Center. $80. 5–9 p.m. Ridgewood Ranch. Howard House. 16200 N. Hwy. 101, Willits. 459-5992. seabiscuitheritage.org. FREE Fishing Day. Fish without a fishing license. wildlife.ca.gov/ licensing/fishing/free-fishing-days. FREE Annual Studio Discovery Tour. Self-guided tour along a 25-mile

stretch of Hwy. 1, from Sea Ranch to Point Arena. Thru Sept. 4. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sponsored by the Gualala Arts Center. 884-1138. Download tour guide: gualalaarts.org/2017/08/25th-annualstudio-discovery-tour-2017.

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burgers with all the fixings, ice cream & coffee, beer tastings, live music, games, raffle & auction. Wine for sale. $30–$50. Noon–4 p.m. Our Lady of Good Counsel Hall. 605 Maple St., Fort Bragg. 357-4927. parentsandfriends.org.

your child build a pencil box. 9 a.m.–noon. Home Depot. 350 N. Orchard Ave., Ukiah. 462-3009. Register at homedepot.com/ workshops/#store/8408.

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Guest speakers: Assembly Member Jim Wood & Senator Mike McGuire. Beef burgers, hotdogs & potluck salads. Beer & wine for sale. Donations accepted. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Todd Grove Park. 600 Live Oak Ave., Ukiah. visitukiah.com.

Pints in the Plaza. Award-winning

18th Annual Point Arena Harbor & Seafood Festival. Variety of seafood,

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local microbrews & ciders. Live music by McKenna Faith. 21 & older only. $20. 3–7 p.m. Alex R. Thomas Plaza. W. Clay & S. School Streets. Ukiah. visitmendocino.com. 98th Annual Fireman’s Ball. Live

music by Highway One Sound. 21 years & older only. Free ride home. No-host bar. Tsunami food truck. $10. 7 p.m.–midnight. Pentecost Hall. 822 Stewart St., Fort Bragg. 961-2831. visitmendocino.com.

beer, wine & nonalcoholic drinks, live music & games for kids. Free parking. Noon–6 p.m. Point Arena Pier. Point Arena. 882-2122.

Monday 4 Blues Festival. 2 blues bands & a gourmet BBQ dinner. $50. 6–9 p.m. Tallman Hotel/Blue Wing Restaurant. 9520 Main St., Upper Lake. 275-2244. tallmanhotel.com.

FREE Nurturing Parenting. For families of schoolchildren (ages 5–11). 15-week parenting workshop includes dinner & childcare. Tuesdays. 5:15–8 p.m. Lakeport. Space limited. Call for class location & to register: 279-0563. FREE Mental Health–Up Close & Personal. 3 prominent community

members will speak about their personal experiences related to mental illness. Hosted by Avenues to Wellness. Donations accepted.

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25TH ANNIVERSARY

KELSEYVILLE PEAR FESTIVAL SATURDAY

SEPTEMBER 30TH TOWN PARADE MUSICAL EVENT HORSE FAIRE CRAFT MARKET ANTIQUE TRACTORS WINE TENT PEAR FOOD & DRINKS KIDS TOWN

FARM TO FORK DINNER FRIDAY SEPT. 29TH MAIN STREET, KELSEYVILLE 5:30 PM DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF THE FUNKY DOZEN tickets at eventbrite.com

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Wheelchair accessible. 5:30–7:30 p.m. Willits Center for the Arts. 71 E. Commercial St., Willits. 456-9676. avenuestowellness.org. FREE Grandparents Day at Mother-Wise. Make a crafty gift for

a grandparent. 1–3 p.m. Mother-Wise. 180 N. Main St., Lakeport. 349-1210. facebook.com/motherwiselakecounty.

Wednesday 6 Full Corn Moon Lighthouse Tour.

Beverages & snacks will be served. All proceeds support the lighthouse. $30. 7:30 p.m. Reservations must be made by phone no later than Sept. 3 at 3:30 p.m. Point Arena Lighthouse. 45500 Lighthouse Rd., Point Arena. 877-725-4448, ext. 1. pointarenalighthouse.com.

Thursday 7 FREE La Leche League.

Breastfeeding support group. Babies are always welcome. 10 a.m.–noon. Mendo Baby. 198 S. School St., Ukiah. 462-1020. facebook.com/mendobaby.

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Paula Swings to the Big Band Era! Ukiah Symphony’s season

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Granite Construction Chili Cook-Off.

Taste chili from local businesses & vote for your favorites. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls of Ukiah. $5–$10. Ages 5 & under: free. 6–10 p.m. Alex Thomas Plaza. 300 State St., Ukiah. 467-4900. facebook.com/ granite-construction-chili-cook-off.

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McClung Room at the Konocti District Office 9430B Lake Street, Lower Lake

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gala opening. Featuring vocalist Paula Samonte. $20–$25. Students & under 18: free. Thru Sept. 10. Sept. 9: 8 p.m. Sept. 10: 3 p.m. Mendocino College Center Theatre. 1000 Hensley Creek Rd., Ukiah. ukiahsymphony.org.

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FREE Roots of Motive Power Steam Festival. Plumes of steam & shrieks

of whistles will fill the air as a variety of steam-powered equipment is fired up. BBQ & raffle. Thru Sept. 10. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. 400 E. Commercial St., Willits. rootsofmotivepower.com. FREE Movies in the Park. Mary Poppins. Bring chairs/blankets. 7:45 p.m. Middletown Square Park. 21256 Washington St., Middletown. twinpine.com.

175 (Junction Hwy. 29), Middletown. 809-8118. middletownartcenter.org.

County Fairgrounds. 401 Martin St., Lakeport. 263-6181. lakecountyfair.com.

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Second Sunday Swap Meet. Second Sunday Swap Meet. $1. Vendors: $25/ space. 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Special car show: 10 a.m.–noon. Rain or shine. Lake

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Wild, Wild West in the Wild Gardens.

BBQ, auction, DJ music. All proceeds benefit the museum. $60–$70. 5 p.m. Grace Hudson Museum. 431 S. Main St., Ukiah. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Call 467-2836 or visit gracehudsonmuseum.org. Ely’s Music & Craft Festival.

Bluegrass, food & crafts. Bring lawn chairs. No pets. $15–$20. Benefit for the Anderson Marsh Interpretive Association. Noon–5 p.m. Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum. 9921 Soda Bay Rd., Kelseyville. 533-9990. andersonmarsh.org. Story Stick Hike. Kids & adults to visit ancient petroglyphs & create a “story stick” on 2-mile walk. $5. Under 12: free. 8 a.m. sharp. Hopland Research & Extension Center. 4070 University Rd., Hopland. 744-1424, ext. 105. Register: hrec.ucanr.edu.

mulch around the park to prevent weeds & avoid harmful chemical alternatives. Bring gloves & closedtoe shoes. 9–11 a.m. Todd Grove Park. 600 Live Oak Ave., Ukiah. Sign up: 462-1959.

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Friday 15 North Coast Opportunities Gardens Project. Food, drinks, raffle, games,

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show, sheepdog trials, entertainment, carnival, country music, dancing, apple tasting & wine & hard cider tasting. $3–$25. Ages 12 & under: free 9 a.m.–midnight daily. Mendocino County Fairgrounds. 14400 Hwy. 128, Boonville. 895-3011. For schedule of events & ticket purchase, visit mendocountyfair.com.

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Saturday 16 Clear Lake Seaplane Splash-In. See

aircraft up close & talk to pilots. $5. Under age 12: free. 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Kiwanis pancake breakfast: 8– 11 a.m., $8. Natural High Field. 810 N. Main St., Lakeport. 263-5092. cityoflakeport.com.

End of Summer Show-N-Shine.

Food, live music, hot rods & classic & custom cars. 7 a.m.–3 p.m. Downtown Ukiah. Held in conjunction with 9th Annual Rising Stars’ Music Competition: 10 a.m.–10 p.m. in Alex Thomas Plaza. visitukiah.com.

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FREE Indian Day Celebration.

Colors for Cancer: 5K Run & Walk.

Opening prayer, traditional dances, Native cuisine, vendors & live music. Noon–5 p.m. Twin Pine Casino. 22223 Hwy. 29, Middletown. 987-1278. twinpine.com.

Cross-country course. Participants bombarded with colored dye at various locations. $25–$40. Registration check in: Sept. 15: 2–4 p.m. at 404 E. Perkins St., Ukiah. Sept. 17: 7:30–8:30 a.m. at 260 Hospital Dr., Ukiah. (Park at 404 E. Perkins St. or 245 Hospital Dr.) Race begins 9 a.m. adventisthealth.org.

Mendocino Mountain Music.

Acoustic, bluegrass music played in honor of the late “Buffalo” Bob Brittain. Families welcome. $15. 7 p.m. Soper Reese Theatre. 275 S. Main St., Lakeport. 263-0577. soperreesetheatre.com.

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Tuesday 19 FREE Community Celebration: Peace Day Ice Cream Social. 1:30

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Thursday 21 FREE Evening Breastfeeding Support Group. 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Mendo Baby. 198 S. School St., Ukiah. 462-1020. facebook.com/mendobaby.

Friday 22 Bats & Stars. Hike with experts to track & listen to wild bats. Stargazing with local astronomers. $15. Under 16: $5. 6–9 p.m. Hopland Research & Extension Center. 4070 University Rd., Hopland. 744-1424, ext. 105. Register: hrec.ucanr.edu.

Saturday 23 FREE Boardwalk Work Day.

Volunteers needed to work on Lake Cleone boardwalk. Bring gloves & water. Tools & lunch provided. Thru Sept. 24. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. both days.

MacKerricher State Park (parking lot near kiosk). 24100 MacKerricher Park Rd., Fort Bragg. facebook.com/ california-recreation-alliance.

3–8 p.m. Alex Thomas Plaza. 310 S. State St., Ukiah. visitukiah.com.

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divisions (11–70+). No small children or strollers allowed on the course. $15–$35. Proceeds for the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation. Noyo Headlands Park. W. Elm St., Fort Bragg. runsignup.com/race/ca/ fortbragg/noyoheadlands5k10k. Kids Movie Night. Khumba. Ages 5–12. $5, $2 for each additional child. 7–9 p.m. Must pre-register at the office. Hidden Valley Lake Association Activities Center. 18174 Hidden Valley Lake Rd., Hidden Valley. 987-3138. hvla.com.

Brooks play about 2 theatrical producers who scheme to get rich by overselling stocks in a Broadway show expected to flop. $17–$27. Thru Sept. 30. 7 p.m. Soper Reese Theatre. 275 S. Main St., Lakeport. 263-0577. soperreesetheatre.com.

Saturday 30 FREE Kelseyville Pear Festival.

Craft booths, art show, live music, pear goodies. Parade: 9:30 a.m. 7 a.m.–5 p.m. Downtown Kelseyville. kelseyvillepearfestival.com.

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Pickles Says Hasta La Vista A Lesson in Letting Go

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’ll be the first to admit that our farm is not a well-run operation. Animals running loose all over the place with no clear boundary between human and beast does not exactly create a sense of order and peace. It creates chaos, confusion, and a lot of poop in places poop should not be.

But I wouldn’t have it any other way. I really like getting to know the animals up close and personal and just hanging out with them. You get to study their behavior and compare it to not only other animals’, but your own. Like our recent chicken escapade. About six weeks ago, my daughter, Emerson, and I discovered that one of our chickens, Pickles, had hatched 12 chicks (a perfect carton of eggs!) somewhere on our property. These chicks couldn’t have been more than a day old when we found them. We quickly brought Pickles and her brood into our house to keep them warm and safe from the other hens. (Given the chance, hens will kill another hen’s chicks. That’s my gross farm fact of the day.) We marveled at Pickles’s wonderful mothering abilities: the way she would sit with all of her babies underneath 22 MendoLakeFamilyLife

her; the way she would run to them when they would start their frantic peeping; and the way she taught them to peck and scratch and take a nice dirt bath. If there were a chicken-mom award, Pickles would blow away the competition. But, as all babies do, the chicks got bigger as they grew into what are called pullets, which is chicken for teenager. Pickles and her kids had been sleeping inside a cage in our house ever since

A chicken goodbye is quick and clean. Emerson and I had found them. That is until one fateful Saturday. As usual, Pickles and her pullets had run into our house around sundown to settle in for a nice, cozy night. The pullets got into the cage to eat, and Pickles walked up to the cage, but hesitated. She looked at the cage, so crowded now with her big chicks, and then she made a decision—a chicken choice. Pickles turned on her claws, walked out the front door, and headed to the coop. It was like in one single moment

Pickles thought, You know what? I am soooooo done with this mothering thing. I just want to hang out with my friends and have some adult chicken conversation for one friggin’ night. Is that too much to ask? Pickles has not been in our house since. It’s like she doesn’t even remember she ever had children. And even more amazing, her pullets don’t seem to remember they ever had a mother. Teenagers. For a moment, I wanted a more formal goodbye—a long wing-hug and some tears would have been nice, or at least some acknowledgment of the time they shared together. Remember when we all hung out underneath you in the bathtub? That was hilarious. But, as I’m learning on our chaos farm, that is not how chickens are. Their goodbyes are not fraught with drama and tension the way human goodbyes are. A chicken goodbye is quick and clean. Life goes on. After all, there are bugs to catch, and there is sunshine to bathe in. Not a bad chicken lesson. Thanks, Pickles. ¶ Holly Hester lives in Sebastopol and blogs at riotranch.com.

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