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Take a Hike 4 local trails

Props for Pops 6 ways to celebrate Dad

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Every Issue

10 Features

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Dear Reader

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Bits and Pieces The Heart of Music Speed Demons Reggae Magic Stitched in Time The Blue and the Gray Sparkly Soiree Petite Maestros

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14 Calendar of Events Rustle Up Some Fun

10 Round the Bend Hit local trails with your brood.

22 Humor Break A Birthday Baaash

12 He Shines Show Dad he’s special at these local events.

15 Splish-Splash! Bored kids? Take ’em to a city pool.

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Dear Reader

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ummer break is here! Wondering how to entertain the kids? We’ve got you covered. Sharon Gowan Publisher/Editor This issue is Sharon@family-life.us packed with fun stuff to do with your family—from crafts to local activities. Start with the beautiful, kid-friendly hikes featured in “Round the Bend” (page 10). And then, after you’ve worked up a sweat, head to the pool. See “Splish-Splash!” (page 15) for a list of city facilities.

While you are busy having a great time, don’t forget to give special attention to Dad. Father’s Day is June 18, and we’ve got a selection of local events—from concerts to astronomy talks—to make him feel special. See “He Shines” (page 12) to find one that fits your guy. If you don’t find anything that catches your fancy, turn to our Calendar of Events (page 14) for even more ideas. We hope the beginning of your summer is filled with plenty of play and just feelin’ free.

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Bits & Pieces

The Heart of Music

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he 45-year career of John Prine has solidly ensconced him in the realm of iconic folk singer/ songwriters. See the master perform at the 22nd Annual Kate Wolf Music Festival, where he’ll join headliners Bruce Cockburn and Brandi Carlile as well as a whole host of top-notch acts, including Baka Beyond and Dar Williams. Besides concerts, the festival will offer classes in tai chi and yoga as well as the chance to sing in a community choir. There will even be a KidZone with arts and crafts activities and special concerts for the wee ones. The event will be held June 22–25 at Black Oak Ranch in Laytonville. Tickets are $40–$300 and may be purchased at katewolfmusicfestival.com, where you may also see videos of featured artists. ¶

Speed Demons

Mark McLaughlin

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otorboats may be little, but they’re also fast. For instance, the vessels in the Lakeport Sprint Boat Grand Prix will race across Clear Lake at speeds up to 140 mph. The two-day professional competition will feature eight classes of boats vying for cash and trophies. See the action on June 3–4, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., at the Clear Lake Sprint Boat Course adjacent to Library Park. Tickets are $10–$40, and may be purchased at sprintboatgrandprix.com/tickets. ¶

Top Shelf

Stitched in Time

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arrying symbols of family, culture, and community, quilts are often a labor of love. See masters of the craft display their work at the 21st Annual Fort Bragg Quilt Show, where more than 130 quilts will be hung. Watch demos of quilting and fabric-art techniques, enter a raffle, and peruse the wares of vendors. Take in the show June 24, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and June 25, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., at the Dana Grey Elementary School in Fort Bragg. The $5 admission is good for both days and benefits the Soroptimist International of Noyo Sunrise’s scholarship fund and the community projects of the Ocean Wave Quilters. For more information, see oceanwavequliters.com.

Reggae Magic

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ring your dancin’ shoes and your positive vibe to hear Top Shelf’s mellow reggae grooves. The Ukiah band, which has spent more than a decade making music in the studio and on the road, will be playing at Todd Grove Park in Ukiah on June 11 at 6 p.m. They’ll be joined by the Johnny Young Band playing country-rock tunes. The show kicks off the free, summer-long Sundays in the Park music series. Go to cityofukiah. com/sundays-in-the-park for a full season lineup. ¶

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The Blue and the Gray

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ake learning about American history an interactive affair. Take the kids to the Battles at Bell’s Field Civil War Reenactment. Dress everyone in costume, if you like, and then watch skirmishes staged with muskets and cannons, take a tour of encampments, and chat with ladies in hoop skirts. You can even learn how Californians were involved in the epic battle. The event will be held at the Middletown Mansion in Middletown on June 24, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (battles at 1 and 4 p.m.), and June 25, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. (battles at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.). Admission is $5–$15; kids under 6 get in free. See friendsofgibson.com for details. ¶

Sparkly Soiree

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enim and diamonds may seem aesthetically disparate, but they have one thing in common: durability. Perhaps this is one reason why Kelseyville Sunrise Rotary has named its annual fundraiser Denim and Diamonds. The organization is committed to building community that, like the cloth and the gem, endures. You can contribute to its good works just by having a good time. Go to its soiree and dine on a catered four-course meal. Then, if you’re not too stuffed, move to the eclectic music of the Psychedelos. Perhaps you’ll find your own “gem” at the live and silent auctions, or maybe you’ll win something at the raffle. If you need a break, take a stroll through the collection of boats on display at Kelseyville’s Boatique Winery, where the event will be held, June 17, 5–10 p.m. Tickets are $75, which includes a drink ticket. Table and sponsorship rates are also available. E-mail kelseyvillerotary@gmail.com for details or to purchase tickets. ¶

Petite Maestros

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ho knew when Beethoven’s toddler fingers first touched a piano that he would become a classical music icon? Even if a child doesn’t become the next rising star, cultivating artistic talents nurtures children’s self-esteem and self-expression. Support your local musical youth by attending the Lake County Youth Orchestra concert on June 4 at 3 p.m. at the Soper Reese Community Theatre in Lakeport. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for ages 18 and under. For more information, see soperreesetheatre.com. ¶

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Lake County Youth Orchestra

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4 Local Family Hikes

Hendy Woods State Park

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ids on summer break are as buzzy as 100 Energizer bunnies. Want a no-fail way for them to get out their yahoos? Go hiking!

Mendocino Headlands Trail

Mendocino County Philo Little Hendy Grove Trail and Big Hendy Grove Trail, both part of a couple of miles of interlocking loop trails in Hendy Woods State Park, are great for short, kid-friendly redwood adventures. So is the Hermit Hut Trail, the former stomping grounds of a Russian immigrant who lived there during the middle of the last century. Go about a half-mile down the trail to the turnoff that leads to the downed redwood that served as the hermit’s home for a couple of decades. Dogs are not allowed. There are flush toilets in the campground, which lies between the Little Hendy and Big Hendy trails. See www.parks. ca.gov/?page_id=438 for details. 10 MendoLakeFamilyLife

Mendocino For an easy, flat hike with incredible scenery, try the Mendocino Headlands Trail, which is within walking distance of Mendocino. Get a treat in town, learn a bit of local history at the Ford House Museum and Visitor Center, and then walk over to the trailhead. Wind through about two and a half miles of gorgeous coastline with stunning views of bluffs and secluded beaches before landing

at Cypress Grove. Whale or bird watch, or just take in the landscape. The only downside is that the trail is heavily trafficked during tourist season, but the vistas are well worth it. Be sure to dress warmly for those strong coastal winds. Leashed dogs are allowed. Restrooms with flush toilets are at the Ford House and at Cypress Grove. Park on Main Street or at the lot at Heeser Drive and Little Lake Street (not Road)—a great place to watch the sunset.

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Courtesy California State Parks, 2017

Round the Bend


Anderson Marsh State Historic Park

LAKE COUNTY

Courtesy California State Parks, 2017

Lower Lake If you’re after abundant wildlife, take your binoculars to the McVicar Trail in the Anderson Marsh State Historic Park, where wetlands draw in hundreds of species of birds, including great blue herons, pileated woodpeckers, and red-winged black birds. You may even catch a glimpse of a deer, bobcat, or fox, too. The Kelseyville Long before Europeans settled in Northern California, the Pomo Native Americans made their home in Lake County. On the half-mile, self-guided Indian Nature Trail loop in Clear Lake State Park, you and the kids can find out about the plants that they used to survive. In addition to lessons in natural history, the trail also offers a smattering of wildflowers and lovely views overlooking the valley. For a longer, more challenging walk, try the Dorn Nature Trail. The two-and-a-half-mile loop begins on a steep incline through the woods and then gradually zigzags its way up a ridge and into a meadow, where vistas and colorful flora await. Pets are not allowed on either trail, however they are allowed on the quarter-mile Kelsey Creek Trail, which runs along the Kelsey Creek Campground. (The campground itself is closed due to flood damage.) There are restrooms with flush toilets throughout the park but www.mendolakefamilylife.com

eight-mile (round-trip), generally flat, wide, dirt trail, goes all the way to Clear Lake, but you can turn around at any juncture. A good part of the path is exposed, so be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen and bring water. Dogs are not allowed. Porta-potties are available in the parking lot, which is open only on the weekends, 8 a.m.–8 p.m. (The park itself is open all week,

sunrise to sunset.) The day-use fee is $4 (seniors $3). Due to unusual flooding this year, there may be areas of the trail that are wet or overgrown. Call and check for trail conditions: 279-2267 or 279-4293. Also see www. parks.ca.gov/?page_id=483.

Clear Lake State Park Dorn Nature Trail

not on the trails themselves. The day-use fee is $8. To access the Dorn Nature Trail, park in the day-use area or at the beach; to reach the Indian Nature Trail, park at the park entrance. See www. parks.ca.gov/?page_id=473 and download the campground brochure (under Brochures) for a map. ¶ June 2017

Old Kelsey Creek Trail

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Family Fun Capleton performs at the 24th Annual Sierra Nevada World Music Festival

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rom being a human jungle gym to doing the dinner dishes, a father’s work is never done. He deserves a day of fun, and you can give it to him with the help of these dynamic local events.

Boonville Daddy doesn’t have to sport dreads to party at the 24th Annual Sierra Nevada World Music Festival. But if he has ’em, he’ll fit right in. The gathering of roots reggae and world music lovers will feature 40 artists, including Chronixx, Gentleman, and Capleton. And there will be dance performances—from capoeira to fire dancing—and activities for kids, too. The festival will run June 16–18 at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $70–$185 (kids 12 and under get in free) and may be purchased at snwmf.com. Camping is available for an extra fee. 12 MendoLakeFamilyLife

6 Local Ways to Fête Fathers Hopland If Papa likes to relax with a glass of wine, then treat him to a whole day of vino at Rosé Today: A Country Garden Party. He can taste the international and domestic Rosé Today competition winners along with tasty bites artfully prepared by star students from the Culinary Institute of America. When he’s had his fill of wine and goodies, he can go to a presentation on how rosés are made, or play any number of games, from pétanque (French bocce ball) to badminton. The party will be held on June 17, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., at the Jaxon Keys Winery and Distillery. Tickets are $85–$130, $45–$50 for designated drivers, and may be purchased at rosewinetoday.com.

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Upper Lake Jazz is on the menu at the Blue Wing’s Father’s Day Sunday supper. Hear Majide!, a duo made up of pianist Paul Kemp and vocalist Machiko Shimada, perform everything from old standards to Broadway tunes on June 18, 6–8 p.m. Call 275-2233 to make a reservation. See tallmanhotel.com for details.

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Lakeport If nothing tastes finer to Dad than a good home-crafted brew, take him to the Home Wine and Beer Makers Festival, where he can taste the cream of the crop. Local amateur beer makers from multiple counties (and pros, too!) will strut their stuff, with attendees voting for People’s Choice awards. While he sips and votes, Dad can listen to the Johnny Tsunami Quartet drum out the blues. Meanwhile, the family can stroll through the vendors selling crafts, art, agricultural products, and food. The event will be held on June 17, noon–5 p.m., at Library Park. Admission is $20–$25; proceeds go to the Lake County Symphony Association’s activities, including the Youth Orchestra and scholarship programs. Children and leashed pets are welcome; tastings are limited to folks 21 and over. See homewinemakersfestival.com for further details, including advance ticket purchase information.

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Kelseyville Put a little sizzle into Father’s Day at the Lake County Beer, Wine, and Swine Baconfest. Chefs from area restaurants, such as Chic Le Chef and Park Place, as well as folks from the Woodland Community College Culinary Arts program, will be turning a favorite breakfast food into all kinds of dishes. Pops can taste what they dream up and wash it down with local craft beer and wine. Meanwhile, the whole family will enjoy rockin’ out to the music of local bands. Your guy may even win a Traeger grill. The yumminess happens on June 18, noon–5 p.m., in downtown Kelseyville. Admission is $25. See beerwineswine.com for details.

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Ukiah Looking for a Father’s Day celebration that is super kid- and budget-friendly? Check out Moonlight Movie Madness. The free film series in the Alex R. Thomas Plaza will feature the PG-rated animated flick Sing on June 16 at dusk. Bring your low-back chairs, blankets, and snacks, or buy anything from popcorn to s’mores from nonprofit vendors. See the Facebook page City of Ukiah Recreation for further information, including a full summer movie schedule. ¶ Book your tickets today at:

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courtesy of Maureen Moore, Willits Frontier Days

June

Calendar of Events

Rustle Up Some Fun

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et ready for a sea of cowboy hats, horses’ hooves, bucking broncos, and lots of “Yee-haw!”s. It’s time for the 91st Annual Willits Frontier Days. The 12-day event is packed with not only rodeo events, but also truck pulls, dances, a carnival, a horse show, and even a junior rodeo for the kids. The festival begins June 23 and culminates with a parade through downtown Willits on July 4. Most events are held at the Rodeo Grounds in Willits, but others are held in nearby venues. Go to willitsfrontierdays.com for details, including admission prices. ¶

Thursday 1 Mendocino Film Festival. Features

65 films representing 23 countries. Thru June 4. Visit website for schedule/ticket prices. Various venues in Mendocino. 937-0171. mendocinofilmfestival.org. FREE Noyo Center for Marine Science. Learn about exhibits &

more in the new visitors’ center, the Crow’s Nest. Thursdays–Mondays. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. South Fort Bragg Coastal Trail. Cypress St., Fort Bragg. 733-NOYO. noyocenter.org.

FREE Donation Day. Mother-Wise

brings donated items. Moms take what they need. Let them know if you need something specific. 10 a.m.–noon. 180 N. Main St., Lakeport. 349-1210. facebook.com/motherwiselakecounty. 13th Annual Charity Golf Tournament. Lunch, putting contest,

silent auction. 10 a.m.–noon. Shotgun start: 12:30 p.m. Player fee: $125–$180. Register: foundation.sthelenahospitals. org/shclgolf17. Hidden Valley Lake Golf Course. Hidden Valley Lake.

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FREE Mother-Wise Clearlake Moms’ Group. Meet other moms & their little

ones. Share the joys & challenges of new motherhood & learn about infant development. Thursdays. 10 a.m.–noon. St. John’s Lutheran Church (group has no religious affiliation). 14310 Memory Ln., Clearlake. 349-1210. facebook. com/motherwiselakecounty. FREE Summer Reading Program.

Presented by Lake County libraries. We have programs for babies, toddlers, children, teens & adults. 263-8817. Visit website for schedule. co.lake.ca.us/government/directory/ lake_county_CA__library. FREE Mindfulness for Stress Reduction. 90-minute workshop by

local mindfulness teacher, life coach & author JoAnn Saccato, MA. 1 p.m. Lake County Jazzercise. 15642 Armstrong St., Middletown. 350-1719. compassion-basedmindfulness.com. FREE Superhero Training Day. Kids create their own secret superhero information dossiers, make capes & exercise their super-hearing with a game or two of Bingo. Screening of The Incredibles, too. Space is limited. Visit or call library to sign up. 3:30–

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7 p.m. Ukiah Library. 105 N. Main St., Ukiah. 463-4490. mendolibrary.org. Small Quilts Trunk Show. Presented

by the Studio Arts Quilt Associates to promote the art quilt thru education & exhibitions. $3–$10. Wednesdays–Saturdays: 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Sundays: Noon–4:30 p.m. Thru June 10. Grace Hudson Museum. 431 S. Main St., Ukiah. 467-2836. gracehudsonmuseum.org.

Friday 2 Redwood Empire Spring Fair. Fine arts, agriculture, livestock, live music, petting zoo, carnival rides, food & games. Speedway events include monster trucks & boat races. Carnival wristbands: $23–$28. Monster trucks: $15–$22. Parking: $7. Thru June 4. Redwood Empire Fairgrounds. 1055 N. State St., Ukiah. Visit website for complete schedule of events: redwoodempirefair.com. FREE Grace Hudson Museum.

Free first Friday of each month. 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 400 E. Commercial St., Willits. 467-2836. mendocinomuseum.org. FREE Lego Club. Design, build & invent with Legos. Open to children of all ages. Fridays: 2:30–3:30 p.m. Lakeport Library. 1425 High St., Lakeport. 263-8817. library. lakecountyca.gov. Bike Monkey Mountain Bike & Camp. Family-friendly biking, hiking,

camping & eating. $180. June 2 at 8 a.m.–June 4 at 5 p.m. Wente Boy Scout Reservation. Willits. 560-1122. bikemonkey.com.

Saturday 3 FREE Ukiah Airport Day. Buy an

airplane ride. Flying demos, aircraft display, warbirds, experimental aircraft, Cal Fire tankers, Cal Star, www.mendolakefamilylife.com

Splish-Splash! Keep ’Em Cool in the Pool

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n hot summer days the easiest way to get kids from grumpy to grinning is a trip to a pool. Swimming and playing around in the water are not only terrific forms of entertainment, they’re also great exercise. So pile on the waterproof sunscreen, keep the water bottles close at hand (stay hydrated!), and get ready to make some waves.

Lake County Lakeport Westshore Pool. 250 Lange Street. 263-3077. Summer session: June 7– August 1. Public swim: Wednesday–Friday, 12–3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12–5 p.m. Ages 18 & up $4, ages 3–17 $3, ages 2 & under free. Lifeguard on duty. cityoflakeport.com.

Middletown Middletown County Pool. 20962 Big Canyon Road. 262-1618. Public Swim: Wednesday–Sunday. Noon–5 p.m. Opening end of June. Call for start date and fees.

Mendocino County Fort Bragg Fort Bragg/CV Starr Community Center, Sigrid and Harry Spath Aquatic Facility. 300 S. Lincoln Street. 964-9446. Center features multiple pools, adult swim area, children’s play zone with beach entry and a water slide and river. Swim/Slide/Splash! water-park features turned on everyday 1-4 p.m. during the summer. Adults: $7 drop-in, $60 for one month ($50 per month ongoing), $60 for a 10-visit pass. Kids: $5 drop-in, $35 for one month ($30 per month ongoing), $45 for a 10-visit pass. Call for non-district drop-in rates. Also see starrcenter.net.

Ukiah City of Ukiah Municipal Pool. 511 Park Boulevard. 467-2831. Public swim opens June 12. Monday–Friday, 1–4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1–5 p.m. $5. Swim lessons available. See cityofukiah.com/aquatics.

Willits Willits Municipal Pool. 299 N. Main Street. Public swim: June 10– August 18. Monday–Saturday. 1–4 p.m. $5. See thecityofwillits.com/ city-departments/city-pool. June 2017

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local car clubs’ hot rods, bouncy house, water slide, food & drink. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Free parking. Ukiah Airport. 1475 S. State St., Ukiah. cityofukiah.com/ airport-day.

trophies. Thru June 4. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. $10–$40. Clear Lake Sprint Boat Course adjacent to Library Park. sprintboatgrandprix.com.

Lakeport Spring Boat Grand Prix.

walk. 10 a.m. Starts at the corner of Clara & Mason Streets. Ukiah. visitukiah.com.

Professional competition featuring 8 classes of boats vying for cash &

FREE June Joy. Monthly community

Save drive time and $$ this summer: Let the kids hop the bus!

FREE 9th Annual Ukiah Valley Art Faire. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Alex Thomas

Plaza. 310 S. State St., Ukiah. artsmendocino.org. Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes & Dance Classics. Featuring

dancers from the Mendocino Ballet Company & students in ballet, jazz & tap programs. $5–$10. June 3: 7 p.m. & June 4: 2 p.m. Mendocino College Center Theatre. 1000 Hensley Creek Rd., Ukiah. mendocinoballet.org. FREE Tic-Tac-Toe Game. Hands-on workshop. Kids & parents can build a wooden tic-tac-toe game with paint & stickers. 9 a.m.–noon. Home Depot. 350 N. Orchard Ave., Ukiah. Register: homedepot.com/ workshops/#store/8408.

 Unlimited Rides for $45  Good for children age 18 or younger Find the route & schedule that works for you on our website: www.mendocinotransit.org

FREE Wood & Glory Boat & Vintage Car Show. Antique wood boats in the

marina & classic cars in the parking lot. Plus food, drinks, music & more. 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Konocti Vista Casino. 2755 Mission Rancheria Rd., Lakeport. 800-386-1950. lakecounty.com.

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AT HIGHLAND SPRINGS PARK Help us raise money to fulfill the special needs of Lake County residents in their last months of life, or children who have lost a loved one. 8:30–9 am Registration • 8:45 am 5-Mile Hike • 9 am 1, 2 or 3 Mile Hike Individuals, families and teams are welcome. Refreshments follow the hike. T-shirts provided to the first 150 hikers raising a minimum of $25.

People Services’ Chicken-Que.

Annual fundraiser. BBQ chicken & hamburgers & hotdogs. Vegetarian plate available. Live music all day. Silent auction, bar & children’s activity area. $10. 4 tickets: $30. 2–6 p.m. Lake County Fairgrounds. 401 Martin St., Lakeport. lakecochamber.chambermaster.com. FREE Is This Thing Even On? Got a new device & can’t figure out how to get it to do what you want? Need help downloading e-books or e-audiobooks or navigating the Internet or your smartphone? Saturdays. 1–3 p.m. Ukiah Library. 105 N. Main St., Ukiah. co.mendocino.ca.us/library. FREE Kids Music & Sound Coding.

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music display. Space is limited. Preregistration is required. June 3 & 10. 10–11:30 a.m. Ukiah Library. 105 N. Main St., Ukiah. 463-4490. mendolibrary.org.

Sunday 4 FREE First Fiddlers’ Jam. Listen to some terrific fiddle tunes played by members of the Northern California Old Time Fiddlers Group. Weather permitting. Noon–2 p.m. Ely Stage Stop. 9921 Soda Bay Rd. (Hwy. 128), Kelseyville. lakecochamber. chambermaster.com.

Thursday 8 FREE To Honor One Is to Honor All. Celebrate Lake County’s Native

American graduates from junior high school, high school, college, adult ed., GED & other programs. 3:30–6 p.m. Lake County Fairgrounds. 401 Martin St., Lakeport. 263-8382. lcthc.com. FREE Color the World Art Hour.

Coloring & drawing in Kids’ Room. 3:30–4:30 p.m. Ukiah Library. 105

N. Main St., Ukiah. 463-4490. mendolibrary.org.

Saturday 10 Lighthouse Tours. Kids

must be at least 42 inches tall to participate. $5. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Point Cabrillo Light Station. 45300 Lighthouse Rd., Mendocino. pointcabrillo.org. Main Street: Willits Exhibit Opening.

Display tracks Willits’ thoroughfare from its beginnings. $1–$5. Under

Lake County Youth Orchestra Spring Concert. $5. Ages 18 & under:

free. 3 p.m. Soper Reese Theatre. 275 S. Main St., Lakeport. 263-0577. soperreesetheatre.com.

Monday 5 Natural History & Collections Walks.

Docent-led walks focused on natural history & plant collections. Free with admission to gardens: $8–$15. Ages 5 & under: free. 1:30 p.m. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens (plaza). 18220 N. Hwy. 1, Fort Bragg. 964-4352, ext. 16. gardenbythesea.org.

Tuesday 6 FREE Mother-Wise Lakeport Moms’ Group. Meet other moms & their little

ones. Share the joys & challenges of new motherhood & learn about infant development. Tuesdays. 1–3 p.m. 180 N. Main St., Lakeport. 349-1210. facebook. com/motherwiselakecounty. FREE Job Fair. 1:30–5 p.m. Ukiah Valley Conference Center. 200 S. School St., Ukiah. 467-5922.

Wednesday 7 FREE Craft Squad. Teens are

welcome for an afternoon of crafting, with new activities every week. All materials are provided. June 7, 14 & 21. 2–5 p.m. Ukiah Library. 105 N. Main St., Ukiah. 463-4490. mendolibrary.org.

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age 5: free. 2–4 p.m. Mendocino County Museum. 400 E. Commercial St., Willits. 459-2736. mendocinomuseum.org. Hike for Hospice. Help raise money to fulfill the needs

of Lake County residents in their last months of life. Refreshments & live music to follow. Registration: 8:30 a.m. Start time for 5-mile hike: 8:45 a.m. Start time for 1-, 2-, or 3-mile hike: 9 a.m. Highland Springs Park. Lakeport. 263-6270, ext. 111. lakecountyhospice.org. FREE Clearlake Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting.

Ribbon cutting & open house for new building & visitors center. 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. 14295 Lakeshore Dr., Clearlake. clear-lakechamberofcommerce.com. FREE Anderson Marsh Nature Walk. Docent-led family-friendly hike. 1.5–3 hrs., depending on route. Bring binoculars. 8:15 a.m. Anderson Ranch Pkwy., Lower Lake. 995-2658. andersonmarsh.org.

Sunday 11 FREE Top Shelf. Reggae-rock band. Johnny Young Band opens with country-rock. Part of Sundays in the Park series. Bring blanket or low-back chairs. 6 p.m. Todd Grove Park. 600 Live Oak Ave., Ukiah. cityofukiah.com.

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Ballet • Tap • Jazz Contemporary Dance Ballet classes for ages 3-Adult Ballet Tap/Ballet Special class for ages 4-7

FREE Blast Off to Summer. Free swim in Ukiah Municipal Pool. Arts & crafts, healthy snacks, bouncy houses. Meet Summer Safari Day Camp counselors. 1–5 p.m. (To be followed by free Sundays in the Park Top Shelf reggae concert.) Todd Grove Park. 600 Live Oak Ave., Ukiah. 463-6231. cityofukiah.com. Land Trust Spring Fundraiser. Featuring wine, hors

d’oeuvres & live music. $50. Reservations are required. Call or order online. 3–6 p.m. Blue Wing Restaurant. 9520 Main St., Upper Lake. 262-0707. lakecountylandtrust.org. FREE Sunday Matinee. Hail Caesar. Indie comedy by Ethan & Joel Coen. 2 p.m. Ukiah Library. 105 N. Main St., Ukiah. 463-4490. mendolibrary.org.

Tuesday 13 FREE Summer Food Program. Konocti Unified School

District provides meals to children during the summer. No income requirements. No registration. Any child under 18 may come to eat. Mondays–Fridays. Burns Valley Elementary School (3260 Pine St., Clearlake): 7:45–8:15 a.m. & 11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Thru July 21. Lower Lake High School. (9430 Lake St., Lower Lake): 7:30–8:15 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Thru July 7. 994-4543. konoctiusd.org.

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FREE Kids’ Farmers Market.

homegrown produce, eggs, honey & handmade crafts then learn how to display & sell their products. June 14, 21 & 28. Noon–2 p.m. Ukiah Library. 105 N. Main St., Ukiah. 463-4490. mendolibrary.org.

Dance Classes

Dance Classes

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Ballet classes for ages 3-Adult FREE Evening Breastfeeding Support Group.

Tap/Ballet class for ages 4-7

Breastfeeding support for all you working mamas out there! Intensive Workshops Tap classes for ages 7-Adult classes forshare ages your 7-Adult Ballet classes for ages 3-Adult Ballet classes for ag Bring your babies, meetTap other moms, struggles in August & be uplifted, encouraged & empowered. 5:30–6:30 Jazz/Contemporary classes Jazz/Contemporary classes p.m. Classes for all ages & 4-7 Tap/Ballet class for ages Tap/Ballet class for Mendo Baby. 198 S. School St., Ukiah. 462-1020. facebook. Special intensive classes in Special intensive classes in levels from 3-Adult Tap classes for ages 7-Adultcom/mendobaby. Tap classes for age

August for our Art of Classical

August for our Art of Classical

Dance this Summer! Friday 16 Ballet program Ballet program Jazz/Contemporary classes Jazz/Contemporar Summer Classes Sierra Nevada World Music Festival. Family-friendly. & Workshops & intensive c Special intensive classes inKids Zone features a special lineup of performances Special starting in June workshops for children of all ages. Family camping available. For more information call our office at 463-2290 or For more information call our office at 463-2290 or August for our Art of Classical August for our Art o email at balletoffice@sbcglobal.net email18.atMendocino balletoffice@sbcglobal.net Thru June County Fairgrounds. 14440 Hwy. For more information callFacebook, our office at 463-2290 Follow us on or Twitter email at balletoffice@sbcglobal.net and Instagram!Ballet program Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

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FREE Moonlight Movie Madness.

See the film Sing. Bring blankets & low-back chairs. Dusk. Alex R. Thomas Plaza. 310 S. State St., Ukiah. visitukiah.com.

Saturday 17 FREE Nor Coast Rodders Car Show.

Music, raffle, concessions, vendors & Poker Walk. Pancake breakfast (fee). Benefits Mendocino Coast Children’s Fund. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Laurel & Franklin Streets, Fort Bragg. 964-6660. norcoastrodders.com. Home Wine and Beer Makers Festival. Tasting of amateur wine

& beer. Tasting of wine from Lake County wineries. Music, arts & crafts vendors, silent auction & raffle. Noon–5 p.m. $20–$25. Library Park. 225 Park St., Lakeport. homewinemakersfestival.com.

Mt. Konocti. 2–4:30 p.m. Lakeport Library. 1425 N. High St., Lakeport. co.lake.ca.us.

Sunday 18 Beer, Wine & Swine Baconfest.

Vendors, bands, bacon & contests. Noon–5 p.m. Downtown Kelseyville. lakecounty.com.

Majide! Pianist Paul Kemp & vocalist Machiko Shimada perform everything from old standards to Broadway tunes. 6–8 p.m. Blue Wing. 9520 Main St., Upper Lake. tallmanhotel.com/ blue-wing-saloon.

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Rosé Today: A Summer Garden Party. Taste the international &

domestic Rosé Today competition winners. Food prepared by students from the Culinary Institute of America. Games, including pétanque (French bocce ball) & badminton. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. $45–$50. Jaxon Keys Winery and Distillery. 10400 Hwy. 101, Hopland. rosewinetoday.com. Denim & Diamonds. No-host

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Kate Wolf Music Festival.

Mendocino Coast Garden Tour.

Headliners: John Prine, Bruce Cockburn & Brandi Carlile. Kids’ Area, workshops & more. Thru June 25. Black Oak Ranch. 5 miles north of Laytonville on 101. Lineup: katewolfmusicfestival.com.

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes view of a diverse selection of some local gardens on this self-guided tour. $40. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Mendocino Art Center. 45200 Little Lake St., Mendocino. 937-5818. mendocinoartcenter.org.

Friday 23 Willits Frontier Days. California’s

oldest continuous rodeo! 12-day celebration filled with rodeo activities, parades, contests, carnival rides & food. Thru July 4. Willits Rodeo Grounds. Willits. Schedule: willitsfrontierdays.com. Taste of Downtown 2017. Local

beer & cider. Locally sourced food prepared by downtown restaurants & food vendors. $30–$35. Designated driver: $10. Tickets: brownpapertickets. com. 5–8 p.m. Downtown Ukiah. ukiahmainstreetprogram.org.

FREE Taylor Observatory. Bring

your own flashlight, or use one of our loaners. Due to Lake County clear skies, it can get quite cold at night. Warm clothing is recommended. $3–$5. 7:30 p.m. Taylor Observatory. 5725 Oak Hills Ln., Kelseyville. 262-4121. taylorobservatory.org. Fort Bragg Quilt Show. More than 100 quilts of all sizes & styles. Vendors, raffle baskets & more. $5–$10. Thru June 25. June 24: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. June 25: 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Dana Gray Elementary. 1197 Chestnut St., Fort Bragg. oceanwavequilters.com.

Battles at the Mansion. The Union & Confederate forces will be on hand to chat & answer questions. Battle reenactments. Food & refreshments available. Shuttles will run between the event & Middletown. Bring folding chairs. $6–$12. June 24: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (battles at 1 and 4 p.m.) June 25: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. (battles at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.) Middletown Mansion. 20650 CA-29, Middletown. friendsofgibson.com. 4th Annual Mr. Lake County. Talent,

formal wear, swimwear & Q&A. 18 years or older to attend. $25–$35. 7 p.m. Soper Reese Theatre. 275 S. Main St., Lakeport. 263-0577. soperreesetheatre.com.

Sunday 25 FREE Royal Jelly Jive. Soulful gypsy blues. Part of Sundays in the Park series. Bring blanket or low-back chairs. 6 p.m. Todd Grove Park. 600 Live Oak Ave., Ukiah. cityofukiah.com. FREE Kids’ Film: Monster Truck.

2–3 p.m. Ukiah Library. 105 N. Main St., Ukiah. 463-4490. mendolibrary.org.

Ace in the Hole

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If you sneak in some leisure time playing golf, consider putting your swing to work at St. Helena Hospital’s 13th Annual Charity Golf Tournament. If you don’t want to play, you can just watch your fellow golfers compete. The event takes place at the Hidden Valley Lake Golf Course in Hidden Valley Lake on June 1, with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Before the event, 10 a.m.–noon, you can eat a good lunch and then warm up with a putting contest, or bid on some items in the silent auction. The player fee is $125–$180; register at foundation.sthelenahospitals.org/shclgolf17. Funds from the tournament will underwrite the first phase of the creation of Adventist Health Clear Lake’s Live Well Community Center, which will include an indoor heated swimming pool, basketball courts, a fitness studio, and an industrial kitchen. ¶

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FREE Tech Q&A. Attendees can ask questions about personal technology, computers, cell phones, tablets & the Internet. Noon–12:50 p.m. Lakeport Library. 1425 High St., Lakeport. 263-8817. library.lakecountyca.gov. FREE Anime & Manga Club. Craft & chat about all things anime & manga. 2–5 p.m. Ukiah Library. 105 N. Main St., Ukiah. 463-4490. mendolibrary.org.

Friday 30 FREE Moonlight Movie Madness.

See the film Trolls. Bring blankets & low-back chairs. Dusk. Alex R. Thomas Plaza. 310 S. State St., Ukiah. visitukiah.com.

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loating in a boat is a hallmark experience of summer. Beyond vehicles for a good time, well-designed boats are also objects of beauty. You can see some fine specimens at the Wood and Glory XIX Boat Show, which will feature 45–60 antique wooden vessels and also classic cars. The free boat exhibit will be held on June 3, 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m., at the Konocti Vista Resort and Casino in Lakeport. (The classic car show will be held 8 a.m.–2 p.m.) For early birds, a pancake feed to benefit Operation Tango Mike, a nonprofit that helps local servicemen and women overseas, will be held 7:30–11 a.m. Then a barbecue lunch of pulled-pork and tri-tip steak sandwiches will be served 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Call 262-1900 for more information. ¶

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Humor Break

A Birthday Baaash

a big fan of the goats; he’s been stepped on and gored too many times.

Goats Need to Party, Too By Holly Hester

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hen I was a kid I used to celebrate my dog’s birthday with a party. I’d bake a cake and put dog bones in it, and then I’d invite the neighborhood dogs over (with their owners) and celebrate. I don’t ever remember a dog party that didn’t end abruptly in some horrible dogfight over the cake and bones, but still, the spirit of dog fun was always in the air and no one was ever sent to the hospital. And ever since I told my kids about my dog birthday parties, they’ve wanted to have a birthday party for one of our animals. I didn’t want to pick one of the dogs because I knew it would end in a fight. I didn’t want to pick one of the cats because none of them would really care. I can’t imagine what a chicken birthday party would entail, and I didn’t want to do a party for Hogan the pig because he’s always on a perpetual diet. He doesn’t need birthday cake added to his waistline. It seemed like the goats were the only real choice. They just turned two years old, and besides, goats have a wonderful dog-like quality of being up for anything. It’s like, Hey, is this what we’re doing now? Awesome! I knew that deep down the goats would appreciate our efforts…and I was right. 22 MendoLakeFamilyLife

We made two cakes—a pink cake for Garfield and a purple cake for Odie. I decided to not go organic on the cakes because I’ve seen Garfield and Odie not only drink paint, but consume an entire package of water balloons before I could stop them. So it seemed like an organic/GMO debate wasn’t an issue.

I laughed until tears streamed down my face. Goats eating cake is just a wonderful thing to see. I gave the kids the task of frosting the cakes, which they took very seriously. I mean, come on, we’re trying to impress goats here! First we walked down to Garfield and Odie’s zone and sang “Happy Birthday.” This seemed to confuse them, but they went along with it. Once we went inside their enclosure, Garfield and Odie began eating immediately. The whole party was hilarious. I laughed until tears streamed down my face. Goats eating cake is just a wonderful thing to see. My eldest son Buck even loved it, and he’s not

At one point, my youngest son, August, and daughter, Emerson, started running with the cakes when they both simultaneously fell, landing chest first on the cakes. The goats wandered over and continued eating like nothing unusual had happened. Well, I guess at some point during the party, humans fall on the cakes. That makes total sense to us. Then, much to my surprise, Garfield and Odie didn’t finish the cakes. About halfway through they stopped eating and wandered over to a bush to munch on it. At a goat birthday party, it seems the salad course is last. Of course, the fact that goats had already eaten part of a cake that had already fallen on the ground didn’t stop Emerson (who has the biggest sweet tooth in our family) from sampling it. All in all, the party was a big hit. I think for their next birthday we’ll go bigger—hats, balloons, presents. Maybe we’ll even rent a bouncy house. I know on the side of those bouncy houses it says “no shoes.” Does it also say “no goats”? If it doesn’t, I’m totally going to plead ignorance. Look, if you didn’t want goats in your bouncy house, you should have put up a sign. ¶ Holly Hester lives in Sebastopol and writes about life on her blog, Riot Ranch. Find her book, Escape from Ugly Mom Island!, on Amazon.

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Join our Team Job opportunities for full-time, part-time, and on-call employment are currently available, including: food service, custodial, grounds maintenance, technology, and paraprofessional/student learning support. Some positions offer flexible work hours, no weekends, and time off for the summer and school holidays. There are opportunities to work at different school sites with all grade levels, kindergarten through 12th grade. Applicants must be able to speak and read English proficiently.

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