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Feature Stories 8 Changing Gaits Horses help troubled kids heal.

12 14 Ways for Kids to Avoid the Summer Slide

Keep your child from even thinking “I’m bored.”

14 Best Beaches Five inspiring places for family fun.

18 Rip Current Safety Be smart with these four steps.

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une and July may be a time of respite for children, and even teachers. But for parents, summer vacation is Sharon Gowan a lot of work. How Publisher/Editor to channel all that restless kid-energy? Take ‘em outside! One of this region’s greatest resources is its awesome natural beauty. Instead of climbing the walls, your kids can climb sand dunes. Check out “Best Beaches” (page 14) for advice on family-friendly destinations. If your clan is more interested in swimming than hunting for shells, visit a city pool (page 21).

ideas. From playing store to planting a garden, there are plenty of methods for turning the summer months into a long line of teachable moments.

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Break is also a great time to give special attention to your child’s challenging behavioral issues. “Changing Gaits” (page 8) reveals how equine-assisted therapy helps kids with their problems even when parents and teachers can’t.

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No matter how you occupy yourselves, make sure you aren’t too busy to go see a fireworks display. “A Party in the Sky” (page 19) will direct you to an Independence Day celebration near you.

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Free Breastfeeding Support


ometimes a baby can’t latch on properly when nursing or the baby isn’t gaining weight—sometimes nursing moms need help. As part of women’s preventive services under the Affordable Care Act, new insurance plans are required to cover lactation consultants, breast pumps, and supplies.

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ho doesn’t love buying some peanuts and a hotdog and yelling your lungs out for the home team? Get out and make some memories with dad at the San Francisco Giants vs. the Colorado Rockies game at AT&T in San Francisco on Sunday, June 15 at 1:05 p.m. The first 20,000 fans receive a free Giant’s Father’s Day necktie. sfgiants. com or if you prefer, the Oakland A’s are also playing the New York Yankees on Sunday, June 15 at 1:05 p.m. at the Coliseum in Oakland. ¶

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razil is home to samba, carnivals, caipirinhas, and some of the biggest soccer fans on the globe. Be a part of the excitement by watching the World Cup, which will be held there in June. The first game is June 12, when Brazil battles Croatia at 1 p.m. (PST) in Sao Paolo. Catch the action on ESPN, and use the opportunity to get your kids interested not only in soccer, but Brazilian culture. Show your children where Brazil is on a map, learn some Portuguese words (jogar futebol=to play soccer, chuteiras=soccer shoes, gol=goal), and mix up a Brazilian smoothie (see below). Then watch the U.S. soccer team (number 13 in the FIFA/Coca Cola World Rank) play Ghana (ranked 37) at the Estadio das Dunas in Natal on June 16, at 3 p.m (PST). For a complete listing of games and times see ¶

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Ruby Campbell and Nevaeh Travis evaluate the horses.

Changing Gaits Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy By Carol Brodsky


n a large, tidy arena in Redwood Valley, two horses wander placidly, taking little notice of a group of children and adults under a nearby tree.

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The horses belong to long-time equestrian instructor and therapist Esther Siegel, MFT. Siegel is a certified practitioner of equine-assisted psychotherapy, a technique used to enhance personal growth, communication, and assist with addiction issues and trauma. Her business, Changing Gaits, is located at her Redwood Valley Arena, where she and her horses help a diversity of clients address, identify, and resolve a variety of issues.

“In equine-assisted psychotherapy, clients participate in activities with horses. The process helps address feelings, behaviors, and patterns, providing opportunities for growth and change,” says Siegel. The system was developed in 1999 in Utah by EAGALA—the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association. There are more than 4,000 certified therapeutic members worldwide. Therapists use the model to assist at-risk youth, service members, addicts, criminal offenders, trauma survivors, families, couples, and professional groups and associations. “I had been doing counseling forever. Every now and then we’d take the kids out and brush a horse, but I couldn’t figure out how to use horses in therapy. I met a person who had gone through June/July 2014

the EAGALA training, and I was awestruck, ecstatic,” says Siegel. She became a certified EAGALA instructor, and found a compassionate and gifted partner in Kay Lieberknecht, RN, professional horse trainer and farrier.

Esther Siegel of Changing Gaits working things out through horses.

Equine-assisted psychotherapy requires supervision by both a licensed therapist and an equine specialist. “The horse person focuses on safety and what the horse is doing. The mental health practitioner focuses on the therapeutic goals, and what clients are feeling and thinking,” Siegel explains. Siegel works with individuals, couples, children, and adults. “We’ve worked with depressed, isolated people just out of the hospital. We’ve worked with families who have lost a child, mostly through suicide. It is very powerful. Some have tried traditional therapy but felt more comfortable coming to the arena.” Horses are the key to the program’s international success. The mere presence of horses, as well as the nonverbal interplay between horses and humans, create an unusual, real-world setting for individual and family growth. Just as therapy animals have unique attributes, horses have been specifically chosen for this work because of their temperament, size, and historic relationship with human beings. “Horses are hypervigilant and pay close attention to their environment. Safety is their main concern, so many of their feelings and responses are similar to ours,” says Siegel. The simple act of standing near a large animal addresses feelings of fear. But it is the unpredictable aspect

of the interaction with horses that provides participants with tangible, memorable experiences directly addressing pressing problems or issues.

horses, being themselves, that often provide the breakthrough necessary for a person to move beyond a difficult personal challenge.

Unlike therapy animals, horses used in EAGALA programs receive no special training. “We specifically don’t

An 11-year-old child and her mother came to Siegel because the girl was refusing to attend school. Siegel created an obstacle course for the horse—real barriers meant to symbolize the girl’s reluctance to attend school. “Her horse refused to enter the course. She just folded up her legs, plopped down next to us and lay down,” Siegel relates. “There was so much irony in that horse behavior. The girl panicked. She said, ‘I don’t know how to get this horse up!’ And there was mom, watching her daughter experience what they went through every morning.”

“Was your decision made by what feels safe, by what feels exciting, by what feels scary?” use trained horses, other than avoiding horses that have a history of biting,” Siegel says, laughing. Equine assisted psychotherapy is sometimes confused with therapeutic riding or hippotherapy. “Therapeutic riding is designed for people with physical or mental disabilities to raise self-esteem and offer positive activities. Equine-assisted psychotherapy is dynamic and experiential. Like people, horses have distinctive moods and personalities. It is the June/July 2014

Finally, the horse got up. “At that point the daughter said, ‘It really isn’t hard to go to school. My mom just lets me get away with it.’ When things are said in the arena, people seem to hear with different ears. I knew their MendoLakeFamilyLife 9

Travis attempts to lead her horse through the obstacle course.

program for Family Life readers. “The horses get to be themselves while helping people be themselves,” Siegel explains, adding that participants may share as much or little as they’d like. “Kay focuses on what the horses are doing and I’m focusing on what you are thinking and feeling,” Siegel continues.

problem would dissipate. By their next session, the daughter was regularly attending school.” For Siegel, that session demonstrates the heart of the program. “You work with whatever the horses do, and the horses get to be themselves. I believe people get to their issues quicker than with talk therapy. Often, you don’t need many sessions to solve problems,” Siegel explains. Thousands of therapists throughout the world echo Siegel’s experience. Two studies show equine-assisted psychotherapy to be as or more successful than traditional treatment modalities. If that isn’t enough, says Siegel, the model shows great promise treating complex psychological conditions, including conduct, personality, and eating disorders. “The model is an excellent tool for couples work, substance abuse, behavioral problems and veterans with PTSD.” The horses in the arena provide an almost metaphorical response 10 MendoLakeFamilyLife

to human events. Siegel recounts a session with teens graduating from a drug treatment program. A feedbag full of oats represented the temptations of addiction. The horses were more than happy to play their

Safety is discussed and the group chooses the horse it wishes to work with. In an actual therapy session, a group might choose to work with a horse that resembles a parent or a spouse. Silently, the group observes each horse. “One is more approachable. The other is feistier and seems a little more unpredictable,” notes Ruby Campbell, 13. “One seems calmer on the surface,” says Nevaeh Travis, 11. The group chooses the passive horse. “Let’s look at the process of how and

It is the horses, being themselves, that often provide the breakthrough necessary for a person to move beyond a difficult personal challenge. part, munching their afternoon snack. “We asked the kids to notice what they were thinking and feeling while the horse ate the ‘drugs,’ to imagine what their loved ones were feeling.” The feelings elicited were surprisingly emotional. “People project all kinds of feelings onto the horses. ‘The horse seems sad; the horse is mad; the horse is lazy.’ These feelings often mirror what the participant is experiencing.” “Today you’re going to have an experience,” Siegel tells a group of friends and family volunteering to demonstrate the Changing Gaits

why you made this decision. Was your decision made by what feels safe, by what feels exciting, by what feels scary? You can see yourself through this simple activity,” says Siegel. Laura Hamburg, Ruby’s mother, had been immediately drawn to the more unpredictable horse. “I’m an impulsive, first-instinct, gut person. I clearly see this mirrored in my decision-making process,” she says. The group is asked to share a life goal or a problem. “I want to be in the present with a positive attitude. I don’t

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want things from the past to ruin my present moment,” says Travis. “I like being more centered, not being pulled in so many directions,” says Jayed Scotti, Travis’s step-grandfather. In silence, the group uses poles, tires, and cones to create an obstacle course. Their individual goals, written on pieces of paper, are placed within the course. Travis volunteers to lead the horse through the course. When they reach the pole where Travis has placed her written goal, the horse stops and refuses to go further. Travis looks toward the group, holding up her hands in resignation. Silently, the people in her group urge her forward, then they look to each other, using gestures to figure out what to do next. Suddenly, Jayed steps forward and takes the lead from Travis. The horse complies and goes to finish the course. Afterward, the participants gather to discuss their experiences. “I was amazed at the gentleness and the kindness of the horses,” says Hamburg. Everyone has opinions about what was supposed to happen during the exercise; they note how the horse seemed to sense Travis’s anxiety as she approached her goal. “You’ll find yourself thinking about the process in the days to come,” says Siegel. Hamburg recounts the part of the exercise when participants were asked to place a length of twine on the horse without touching the animal. The three adults tied their strings together to create one longer lead, while the two ‘tweens sauntered over to the horse and casually placed their strings on

the horse’s back. “We adults didn’t even try to get the girls to come back to us,” Hamburg chuckles. “Or maybe we were so busy making our long rope we weren’t paying attention to what they were doing. How typical is that?” ¶

Siegel and Lieberknecht also provide horsemanship instruction (NARHA, arena and trail) and summer camp programs. For information on Changing Gaits or other programs, phone (707) 485-5354 or email For information on the EAGALA program visit Carol Brodsky is a Mendocino County–based freelance writer, mother, grandmother, and squirrel lover.

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Boredom Busters For All Ages

Ways For Kids To Avoid The Summer Slide

By Christina Katz

ou have probably heard about the summer slide—the way kids can lose a lot of the skills, knowledge, and motivation they learned during the school year over the lazy, hazy days of summer. And though I am sure you don’t need your child to become the next Einstein or Madame Curie, you probably want to make sure your child will retain all that was learned during the school year.

The key to keeping summer fun and instructive is to mix up a variety of educational games. This is also a great way to stave off the inevitable choruses of “I’m bored” or “We’re bored.” Set a tone that a little learning is an important part of each day, so kids still enjoy the relaxation of summer while keeping up the habit of learning. Here is a roundup of 11 ways to keep your kids’ minds active so that they will have a happier summer, and you won’t worry about the transition back to school come fall:


Ask for insight. Check with your child’s teacher before school gets out to see what kinds of educational goals she recommends for your child. Don’t compare your children’s academic performance to

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siblings or friends. Everyone learns and grows differently. Aim to support your child wherever he or she stands academically right now. Emphasize enjoyment of learning.


Sign up for your library summer reading program. Set a minimum reading time each day of 30 to 60 minutes. Or break reading time into two 30-minute chunks—one for a parent-approved book and the other for whatever your child chooses to read. The library offers lots of variety, and summer is a great

time to check out age-appropriate comic books and graphic novels, as well as cookbooks and biographies.


Visit museums in your area. Find out in advance when the free days are to visit local museums and learning centers. Opt for a guided or unguided tour, as your family prefers. Be sure to check out the gift shop on your way out for inspired games and toys.


Plant a garden together. Use illustrated gardening books by Sharon Lovejoy to find projects that suit the personalities of your family and kids. Think about what your family likes to eat and plant accordingly. If your family loves pizza plant a pizza garden. If fresh salsa is your thing, plant a salsa garden.


Play store. Pull out a portion of the food in your cabinets and pantry, and place onto the countertops. Let kids use real money. Have them price items, break out the calculators, and do the math when they are ready to make their purchases. Make playing store an all-day affair or a weekly

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occurrence, if your kids enjoy it. Make the game as simple or complex as suits your children’s ages.


Visit local nature centers, Audubon societies, and nearby gardens. Make a list at the beginning of summer and plan to hit all the regional natural destinations before the first day of school. Then plan a weekly outing and bring along a picnic. To review what you saw and learned on the way home, play “I Spied,” instead of “I Spy.”


Research a future vacation. Let each child pick a destination and figure out what it would cost for the family to spend one week there, including airfare, transportation, meals, hotels, and everything else. Have them present their proposed vacations to the whole family by showing the math writ large on posterboard. Who knows? They just might talk you into a trip you hadn’t thought of yourself.


Let them plan a meal. The kids can become chefs for the day. Instruct them to find recipes, make the grocery list, cut out coupons, shop, compare brands, and then cook up a storm. Be a good sport and

enjoy whatever they serve. Very young children can do the same, only with pretend food.


Measure and mix. Put the kids in charge of desserts for the summer. Make sure they create some healthy choices such as fruit pops or sorbet, as well as delicious baked goodies such as pies, cakes, and cookies. If they get carried away, let them have a neighborhood bake sale.


Visit friends and family around the world. Start with a list of friends and family you know all over the globe. Then once a week, take an hour to really explore that destination via Google Earth, and by researching online information. Expand your geographic horizons further by video-calling your friends or family, and informally interviewing them about the area where they live. Post a map on the wall and stick a tack in each location you visit virtually.


Keep a “How I Spent My Summer Scrapbook.” Choose an over-sized book with ample blank pages for

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writing, collaging, collecting, and embellishing. Set aside time to work on “summer books” for a half hour every day at whatever time works best. Let kids decide whether or not to keep it private, or share the results with the family.


Tackle a big project. Choose one that takes planning, creativity, and involves others. Putting on a puppet show, writing a play, or making a movie are all great ideas. Let your child approach the project in his or her own way, and only offer to help if you are needed. Invest a little money in your child’s creativity, and their imaginations will be buoyed by your patronage.


Shop like a teacher. Visit your local teacher supply store, and stock up on workbooks and educational games. Other things you will find that might motivate summer loungers include timers for breaking the day up into “learning chunks,” craft supplies for every age, and educational games, videos, and music.


Think beyond the lemonade stand. Terrific lessons about business, sales, and marketing will be learned when you create your child’s version of the lemonade stand. Why not sell old toys, baked goods, or artwork as a lesson in entrepreneurism? You never know. You might be raising a future CEO. ¶ Christina Katz loves jungle gym slides, water park slides, Slip N’ Slides, and Chutes And Ladders, but not the summer slide. Her latest book is Permission Granted: 45 Reasons To Micro-publish.

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Beautiful Places for Families to Play Together

Tis the season of long hot afternoons, no homework, and kids with nothing to do. Miles of sandy shore are the perfect antidote for pent-up energy. And while your children are running around hunting for shells, you can luxuriate in cool ocean breezes, knowing that your little ones will be too wiped out to even think of making a fuss at bedtime. Wondering what beaches are the best bets for families? Check out these Bay Area treasures, most of them world renowned for their beauty.

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Shell Beach This lovely spot is terrific for tide-pooling. In fact, the beach serves as an outdoor classroom where students from area schools learn about marine life. And it’s a prime fishing hangout, too, so dad or mom can cast a line while the kids are wow-ed by starfish and anemones. Don’t touch any of the tide-pool fauna, though. Just the simple act of turning over a rock can endanger the marine life, especially if the fragile creatures are exposed to the sun. No dogs or camping are allowed. No day-use fee. For more information, call 875-3483 or see

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Goat Rock Beach. Along Sonoma County’s coast, waves crash against majestic monoliths. One of them features a giant craggy hole carved out of its center by thousands of years of wind and water. This is Goat Rock, and its formidable presence awes young and old alike. The area around Goat Rock itself is known for its rogue waves, but you can still safely enjoy the striking edifice by sticking to the small parking lot directly in front of its base. From the shores of the easily accessible Goat Rock beach, you can watch the Russian River flow into the Pacific, and, from March through August, witness harbor seals lying about with their cubs. (Give the seals lots of breathing room; they don’t like to be bothered.) A parking lot and bathrooms with flush toilets are conveniently close to the beach. No dogs or camping are allowed. No day use fee. For more information, call 875-3483, or see

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Salt Point State Park. If you are thirsting for spectacular, panoramic vistas, drink in Salt Point State Park, home to rocky promontories, pygmy forests, and other distinct geological features. Get your wilderness fix hiking 20 miles of trails; go tide-pooling in Gerstle Cove Marine Reserve, one of the state’s first underwater parks; or fish, SCUBA dive, picnic, or camp. Gerstle Cove campground offers 30 family campsites, and Woodside, 79 sites; both provide drinking water and restrooms, but no showers. Besides offering some blissfully wild hiking and camping, this park carries a bit of interesting local history, too. During the mid-1800s, sandstone from the area was used to construct San Francisco streets and buildings. Search the rocks at Gerstle Cove, and you’ll find eyebolts where the ships anchored to load sandstone slabs. Leased dogs are allowed, but not on trails or beaches. In addition, your canine friends must be kept in a tent or vehicle at night. There is an $8 day-use fee. Camping at Gerstle Cove and Woodside is $35/night. Note: Fisk Mill and Stump Beach are closed to day use. For more information, call 847-3221, or visit


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Tennessee Valley. A mostly flat 1.7-mile walk to the sea makes this Marin County– gem a very doable family exploration. Rolling hills line a trail that leads to a beach small enough to keep track of your kids, and big enough to let them commune with nature on their own. Ceceilia’s Gardens, a terrific produce stand right at the beginning of Tennessee Valley Road, sells delicious organic seasonal fruit to fuel your brood’s trek. Outhouses are available at the beginning of and along the trail. Get there early. It’s a popular spot, and parking can be sparse, especially on weekends. No day-use fee. Camping by permit only. No dogs are allowed. For information, call (415) 331-1540, or check out nps. gov/goga/planyourvisit/tennessee_valley.htm. ¶

Spring Lake Swimming Lagoon If you and your family are more interested in taking a dip then a scenic drive, then visit Spring Lake Swimming Lagoon. Staffed by regional park lifeguards, it features placid waters, clearly marked swim boundaries, and roomy beaches. Parking is $7 or free with a Regional Parks membership. For more information, go to

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Current Safety

4 Steps for Escaping Danger


o matter how many times you’ve been to the beach, or how great a swimmer you are, never ever be lax about rip currents. This is especially true, of course, if you are keeping watch over kids.

Rip currents, which are different from rip tides and undertow (see tinyurl. com/67ggfkp for more information), are formed when waves break strongly in one place and weakly in another, creating a river-like channel of fast-moving water that travels off shore. They usually form in low areas where kids like to play, such as sandbars, and also near groins, jetties, and piers. The currents can be very narrow or hundreds of yards across; the pull may end just beyond the line of breaking waves or extend several hundred yards from shore. The important thing to know is that they are fast—reaching speeds of 8 feet per second. That’s faster than an Olympic swimmer can sprint! The swifter they run, the more dangerous they become. Sometimes they can be fairly slow, but even relatively gentle currents can quickly turn treacherous if wave height and frequency increase. It’s possible to spot a rip current before even getting into the water, especially if you happen to be wearing

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polarized sunglasses. Here are a few things to look for: • a channel of choppy water • an area where the water is murkier or a markedly different color • a string of foam, seaweed, or debris moving out to sea • a break in the pattern of incoming waves These signs can be hard to detect from shore, though. Sometimes the only way to know the location of a rip current is by actually being in one. If this happens, remember: Don’t panic! It’s a myth that a rip current can pull you under; it can only pull you farther out to sea. People die not because they’ve been pulled under water, but because they instinctively try to swim toward land, against the intense current, eventually exhausting themselves and drowning. There are a couple of approaches to escaping a rip current. Here’s what to teach kids.

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Stay calm. Remind them that rip currents can’t pull them under, just out to sea, and that the pull will eventually end.

Don’t go toward the shore. Advise kids to swim parallel to the shore, not toward it—no matter what. If you’ve got swim team stars in your family, remind them that not even the Michael Phelpses of the world can beat the power of a rip current, so they shouldn’t try either.

Since parallel may be a difficult word for young minds to grasp, you may want to think of a catchy phrase to help them understand. Something like “Follow the shore, safety you’ll score” or “Follow the line, safety you’ll find.” Kids can determine if they are out of harm’s way by figuring out if they still feel the current’s pull on their bodies. If they no longer feel the pull, then they can swim toward land. Some experts advise swimming diagonally toward land, even after breaking free of the current.


Don’t freak. Float. If swimming out of the current doesn’t work, just tell your children to simply turn on their backs, or tread water, until they are out of the current’s reach. This works as a first option, too, if they don’t want to try to swim out of the current.


Yell. If all else fails, they can turn toward shore, wave their hands, and holler for help.

Many people die trying to save others by entering the current themselves. The best way to help victims is to throw them something that floats, yell instructions for escaping, and then seek out a lifeguard or call 911. For more information, see the sites of the United States Lifesaving Association,, and the National Weather Service, ripcurrents. Check out tide times by going to ¶

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A Party in the Sky

Fourth-of-July Fanfare Makes the Summer Sparkle held at Noyo Harbor, Fort Bragg, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Live music means you can burn off calories consumed for a good cause. Fireworks at the harbor from 8–9:30 p.m. Parking for the fireworks is $5 per car off Ocean View Drive in Fort Bragg (the light just south of Noyo Bridge). Call 961-6300 for firework info. July 6

Mendocino County June 29 Ukiah All American Picnic in the Park. In Ukiah’s Todd Grove Park, 1–5 p.m., a DJ will spin tunes while you play games, peruse arts and crafts, or watch your child let loose in a bouncy house. There will be free swimming at the city pool, and the park will host a free evening musical program, part of the Sundays in the Park series. July 4 Mendocino Annual Fourth of July Parade. This event is such a good time, 5,000 people (that’s five times Mendocino’s population) flood the small town to see it every year. The parade begins at noon. Come early, and find yourself a spot along the route, which starts near Crown Hall on Ukiah Street, then runs along Main and Lansing Streets, continuing on to Little Lake Street. You can park on any side street, just make sure you aren’t blocking a driveway. Willits Frontier Days Parade. During its annual parade, downtown Willits becomes an extravaganza of horses, dancers, floats, balloons, gunfighters, bands, and tractors, which all make their way down Main Street starting at 11 a.m. Come (very) early to snag a shady location. Afterward, chow down at a barbecue in Rec Grove Park ($15, adults; $8, child/senior; and $40 family (two adults and two children). events.html July 5 Arena Cove Fireworks Festival .Your family will delight in a street fair with four live bands, crafts, jump houses and other kids’ activities, and an array of food and drink, 4 –11 p.m. Fireworks will start at dark, and will be produced by Pyro Spectacular, the folks who did the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge: Bring flashlights and jackets, but leave your pets at home. $5 suggested donation. Parking is limited, and a shuttle bus is available. After the fireworks have finished their magic, head over to the Arena Theater and get your groove on, with DJ group Fuzz Patrol, 10 p.m.–2 a.m. Biggest Salmon Barbecue in the World. The annual fundraiser for the Salmon Restoration Association will be

Point Arena Independence Day Parade. At noon, stand along Main Street and Highway One, and be charmed by classic cars, floats, dancers, horses, and art cars while a drum corps keeps a marching beat.

Lake County July 3 Maxine Sherman Memorial Annual Fireworks. The sky above Wigeon Bay and Clearlake Oaks Beach Park is the stage for this year’s colorful display, which begins at dusk. The best (and most fun) viewing area is from a boat, anchored east of Rattlesnake Island.  No boat?  Next best place to watch is from Clark’s Island. July 4 Lakeport Annual Duct Tape and Cardboard Canoe Regatta. Lakeport gives a tongue-in-cheek nod to American ingenuity with its unconventional fourth-of-July competition. Participants make boats out of cardboard and duck tape, pile into their constructions, and then race each other. Yes, it’s for real! If you want proof of how much fun it is (or that such vessels are sturdy enough to hold humans), check out this video clip from last year’s race: The event begins at 11 a.m. at the Yacht Club at the foot of 5th Street on the lake. If the regatta isn’t your speed, there’s a full day of activities planned at Library Park, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Fireworks held at the lake at dusk. July 5 Clearlake Independence Day Festivities. The stars of this show are the international worm race and the kinetic sculpture race. If kinetic sculpture is a foreign phrase to you, think Alice in Wonderland meets “deep green” art car— fantastical, human-powered, all-terrain vehicles. Curious? A video clip of the event’s progenitor, the Humboldt County Kinetic Grand Championship, gives you a glimpse of what to expect: Parade kicks off at 11 a.m. in Redbud Park and travels to Austin Park, where the festivities will be held. Revel in carnival rides, a car show, arts and crafts, live music, and a barbecue. Fireworks in Austin Park at dusk. Call Lake County Chamber of Commerce, 263.5092.

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June Calendar & July of Events Sierra Nevada World Music Festival


he Sierra Nevada World Music Festival will be the weekend of the summer solstice, June 20–22, at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville. The festival promotes multicultural music with a message of peace, unity, and brotherhood and sisterhood. This year’s artists include reggae-fusion Jamaican-American singer Shaggy rock/world/reggae band Rebelution from Santa Barbara; afrobeat singer and saxophonist Seun Kuti from Nigeria, and many more. Each year the festival also provides a fun environment for kids that includes a daily parade, a bouncy house, and an arts and crafts area. This year celebrate [the 20th anniversary of SNWMF with lots of movement, drums, and workshops. Camping is available. Check the website for kid’s zone activities, a full lineup of artists, and ticketing. ¶


12 Thursday 12th Annual Peggy Sue’s All American Cruise. See models

from early 1900s to 1976, a horseless carriage, restored vintage & antique cars & trucks, stock & street modified. $10/adult. Free 10 & under. Cruise starts at 5:30 pm. Downtown Santa Rosa. Sat. 10 am–4 pm. Sun. 9 am–2 pm.

13 Friday Beauty Is a Beast. Children’s play. Presented by Lake Co. Theatre Company. Dinner show Sats. June 13–15. Elk’s Lodge in Clear Lake Oaks. June 20–22. Senior Center, Lakeport.

14 Saturday FREE 9th Annual Classic Car & Bike Show. Raffles, concessions & poker

books, large-print books & rare first editions. 8:30–11:30 am. Gualala Community Center. 47950 Center St. Call Marion, 884-1531. Picnic on the Porch. Food & fun-filled day on a wraparound porch looking out on Mt. Konocti. Live music, quilt display, seldom-seen pieces of historic farm equipment & a retired cable car. $30. Sat. 11 am–3 pm. Ely Stage Stop and Country Museum. 9921 Soda Bay Rd., Kelseyville. 279-0427 or visit the museum.

15 Sunday FREE Sundays in the Park Concert Series. Join us this summer for the

largest & most recognized community event in Mendocino County. Next concert June 29. Suns. 6–9 pm. Todd Grove Park. Ukiah. 463-6231.

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walk. Sponsored by the Nor Coast Rodders. 10 am–4 pm. Downtown Ft. Bragg.

Lake County Spring Fair. Two nights of grandstand activities & carnival. Fri. Sat. & Sun. Lake County Fairgrounds. 401 Martin St., Lakeport.

Pay & Take Summer Book Sale.

21st Sierra Nevada World Music

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Festival. An extensive array of

children’s activities, arts & crafts, an international food court, family camping & vendors galore. No dogs. Free 12 & under. Fri. 5 pm–midnight. Sat. 11 am–midnight. Sun. 10 am–10 pm. Mendocino County Fairgrounds.

21 Saturday FREE Family Fun in the Sun. Arts & crafts, games, jump houses, balloons & healthy snacks & beverages. 9:30 am– noon. Vinewood Park. 1260 Elm St., Ukiah. 463-6231. Home Wine and Beer Makers Festival.

Taste amateur wine & beer. Features premium commercial Lake County wines. 1–5 p.m. $25 at door. $20 advance. 277-8172. 277-7076.

25 Wednesday FREE Moms Out with Motherwise (M.O.M.S.) Learn about eye care for

your children. 6 pm. 1950 Parallel Dr., Lakeport. Call Jaclyn at 349-1210.

27 Friday FREE Moonlight Movie Madness.

The Princess Bride. Bring a blanket &

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low-back beach chairs & join the fun! 8 pm. Alex R. Thomas Plaza. Ukiah. 462-6231. Broadway Under the Stars.

Make a Splash!

Featuring incredible talent from Broadway & Hollywood stage & screen. Thru Sept. 6. Pre-show picnicking along the vineyards. Family night July 25 & 26. Jack London State Park. (877) 424-1414.

Public Pools Are Ready for You S

Kate Wolf Music Festival. A wonderful

Middletown County Pool—20962 Big Canyon Rd. 262-1618. Summer hours: June 11–Aug. 12. Wed.–Sun. noon–5 p.m. Adults $2. Children under 12 $1.25. Free daily passes for children under 12 at Hardester’s Market.

place to relax & enjoy a great weekend with friends & family. Multiple stages, camping & kids’ area. No pets. Free ages 9 & under. Fri. 2–7:30 pm. Sat. 9 am–7 pm. Sun. 9 am–5:30 pm. Black Oak Ranch. Laytonville.

28 Saturday Art (and More) Off the Wall. Annual

fundraiser includes reception, raffle & art sale. $70. 5:30 pm. Gualala Community Center. 47950 Center St. 884-1138. FREE 2nd Annual Youth Fest.

Music and food. Vendors wanted. Clearlake Youth Center. 4750 Golf Ave. 994-KIDS.


1 Tuesday FREE Farmers Market. Come enjoy a whole season of mini-concerts under shady walnut trees while shopping for produce. Tues. & Sat. 8:30 am–noon. May–Oct. Steele Wines. Thomas Drive & Hwy 29. FREE Kids’ Farmers Market. Kids come to the library with homegrown flowers, produce, eggs & garden items to sell. Call the library to reserve your spot. Tues. noon–2 pm. Ukiah Library. 463-4153.

chool’s out, the weather is heating up, and the kids are hot. What’s a stressed-out parent to do? Head to your local pool. Whether you aim to cool off, unwind, or take swimming lessons, public pools are a great, affordable entertainment option.

Lake County

Mendocino County City of Ukiah Municipal Pool—511 Park Blvd. 467-2831. Swim lessons, adult lap swim, aqua aerobics, and more available. Public swim open June 9–Aug. 22, Mon.–Fri., 1–4 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 1–5 p.m. $5. $80 for a 20-session pass (during public swim hours). $85 for a 20-entry lap swim pass. CityofUkiah. com. Willits City Pool—429 N. Main St. 459-5778. Swim lessons, pool parties, Aqua Aerobics. Public swim open June 16– Aug. 16., Mon.–Fri., 1–4 p.m. $4. $70/ swim pass for 20 visits. Fort Bragg/CV Starr Community Center, Harry Spath Aquatic Facility—300 S. Lincoln St. 964-9446. Center features multiple pools, adult swim area, children’s play zone with beach entry, and a popular water slide. $7/adult, district resident. $50/monthly pass. $60/10-visit pass. Includes access to all community center amenities. ¶

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Community Theater Supports the Human Spirit


ave you always wanted to act or write a play? Are you searching for an outlet for your creativity that will feed your soul? This summer Mendocino College Lake Center is offering Theatre 105 “Narrative Theatre.” Formerly called “Community-Based Ensemble,” this unique class involves creating and presenting an original theatre piece. Students will use improv and other dramatic exercises to explore and create material for a fully staged production based on the theme The Human Spirit. Anyone who is interested in theater, either on-stage or behind the scenes, is welcome to participate. The class will begin June 9, meeting Monday and Wednesday, 6–8 p.m., until late July. Look for Theatre 105 in Mendocino College Lake Center’s catalog at ¶

FREE Preschool Story Time.

Featuring fun, new stories weekly. Tues. 11–11:30 am. Point Arena Library. 882-3114. FREE Summer Reading Program “Paws to Read.” Get ready to

learn, create & explore the world of animals. Tues. 11 am–noon. Runs thru 8/14. Ukiah Library. 463-4153.

program. Weds. 8:30 am. Ukiah Library. FREE “Let’s Play Math” Summer Program. Riddles, toys & math

games, from easy to challenging. Weds. 8–9 am. Ukiah Library.

A week of fun community events. Runs thru 7/5. Rodeo grounds. Willits.

FREE Summer Kid’s Klub. A Christian-oriented program featuring nature explorations, science experiments & crafts & games. Ages preschool–elementary school. Weds. 7–8 pm. thru Aug. Lakeport Christian Center. 263-4514.

2 Wednesday

4 Friday

Willits Frontier Days. Carnival opens.

FREE “A Child, a Dog, and a Good Book.” A therapy-dog reading

Automobilia Gualala. Automobilia

celebrates the art of the automobile.

Unique & cool event for adults & children. Participation is encouraged for ages 18 & younger. Opening 5 pm. Exhibit remains thru 8/3. Gualala Arts Center. FREE Farmers Market in Ukiah.

Sats. 8:30 am–noon thru Oct. Alex R. Thomas Plaza. Ukiah. ukiahchamber. com. 462-7377. FREE Farmers Market. For the month of June, a Food Stamp Match will be offered. Spend $10 on your EBT card & receive an extra $10 in tokens. Thanks to NCO for making this possible! Fris. noon–2 pm. Howard & Main Streets. Mendocino. mendocinofarmersmarket.

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WORK AT HOME • CHOOSE YOUR OWN HOURS • WORK WITH CHILDREN • Free Training and other great incentives for attending fun workshops. • Child Care Assistance for low income eligible families.

• Free Child Care Referrals.


Join a CSA Today!

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Rural Communities Child Care

Find a CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) farm near you by visiting

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5 Saturday FREE Farmers Market. Sats. 10 am–12:30 pm. Boonville Hotel Parking lot. FREE Fishing Derby. Learn the joy

of fishing without having to buy a fishing license. A great opportunity to give fishing a try—for free. licensing/fishing/freefishdays.html. FREE Jazz on the Lawn. Presented by the Mendocino Coast Jazz Society & the Mendocino Art Center. A well-attended & crowd-pleasing event. BBQ, beverages & cookies for purchase. 1–4 pm. Mendocino Art Center. Walking Tours of Ridgewood Ranch–Home of Seabiscuit. All

tours are docent-led & reservations are preferred. $20. Under 11/free! 1st & 3rd Sats. 9:30 am. Rain or shine! Hwy. 101, South of Willits. 459.5992. World’s Largest Salmon BBQ.

Annual event features great food, wines, live music & fireworks. No dogs allowed in the dining area. $30 at door or $23 Harvest Market. 11 am–6 pm. Downtown Fort Bragg.

6 Sunday Flea & Farm Market. Developing market as new vendors are added this season. Suns. 11 am–2 pm. Arena Pharmacy parking lot. Point Arena.


Crazy Bread & Sauce with ANY pizza purchase.

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R H O M E D B E EA L V I N T W I N E A ES M A K ER S F Saturday

June 21 1–5pm Tasting of Amateur Wine & Beer Premium Commercial Lake County Wines Wine & Brew Tasting $25 at Door $20 Advance

FREE FOCUS Youth Group. Teens

grades 7–12. Join us for a time of games, snacks & Bible study! Suns. 5:30–7:15 pm. Clear Lake Baptist Church. Lakeport. Pastor Jeremy at 278-8181.

11 Friday 85th Annual Lake County Rodeo.

Featuring professional rodeo, steer wrestling, bull riding, bareback riding,

exp. 7/1/14 must present coupon. One per visit, per day.

Library Park • Lakeport Music • Food • Auction • Raffles Art & Craft Vendors Presented by Lake County Symphony Association For Vender Information and Advanced Ticket Outlets (707) 277-8172 or (707) 277-7076 A Benefit for the Lake County Symphony and Youth Orchestra June/July 2014

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Announcing Bloom Community Midwives

team roping, barrel racing, mutton bustin’, cow-chip bingo & more! BBQ vendors, horses & a dance Sat. night. Fri. & Sat. Lake County Fairgrounds. 263.5092.

Offering woman centered, comprehensive, birth and women’s heath care in Lake and Mendocino counties

FREE Moonlight Movie Madness.

Enjoy The Lego Movie under the stars. Bring a blanket & low-back beach chairs & join the fun. 8 pm. Alex R. Thomas Plaza. Ukiah.

CALL FOR A FREE CONSULTATION: 707-262-1957 OR 707-275-8033 for information on our English/Spanish, Low cost, sliding scale, childbirth education classes, open to the public. Visit us at:

Deb Puterbaugh, LM. and Carrie Sparrevohn, LM.


TEACHER The Ukiah Center offers

- Teacher preparation programs and master’s degree programs - Evening and weekend classes - Convenient location - Excellent reputation


BECOME A LICENSED MEDICAL ASSISTANT Classes begin August 7, 2014 Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30 pm -9:30 pm Saturdays 8:00 am - 4:30 pm 14092 Lakeshore Drive, Clearlake

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FREE Stuffed Critters. This program is part of TeenRead 2014. Learn basic sewing skills to create a wacky stuffed creature. All materials provided. Ages 12–17. 3:30 pm. Cloverdale Library. FREE Summer Concerts. Bring a chair or blanket. Presented by Radio Station KXBX. Fris. 6:30–8 pm. No concert on 7/4. Library Park. Lakeport.

12 Saturday 13th Annual Rec Rally & Barbecue.

Fundraiser for Redwood Coast Rec. & Aquatic Facility. Great food, beer & wine, carnival games, face painting, bounce houses, bike races. Raffles, DJ & live music. 11 am–5 pm. Site of future rec center near Bower Park. Gualala. 884.3121. Chamber Music Weekend. Children

ages 7–17 admitted free with adult. $30 advance. $35 at door. $50 for both concerts. Sat. & Sun. 4 pm. Gualala Arts Center. 884-1138. Animal Celebration. Dog

demos, petting zoos, pets for adoption, vaccination/microchip clinic, animal communicator & much more! Proceeds benefit the Mendo. Coast Humane Society. 11 am–4 pm. Todd’s Point. Fort Bragg. 964-7729. 5th Annual Cowboy Cook-off. Local

cowboys & cowgirls will serve

Questions: Please contact 994-9001 or

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up their signature dishes. Prizes awarded for best cowboy, cowgirl & couple attire. Reservations required. $20 members. $40 public. 2–4:30 p.m. Six Sigma Ranch. Lower Lake.

Individuals • Families • Events

Family Fun at the Museum. Driftwood

Assemblage Art for children & parents using an array of materials. Music program to follow. Free with museum admission. Grace Hudson Museum. Ukiah. FREE 6th Annual Art in the Garden Craft Fair. Local artists & crafters

with food & fun in our beautiful garden & on the Pier. 10 am–4 pm. Harbor Village Artist Complex. Lucerne. 900-1777. 367-9038. McFadden Farm Annual Party.

Tickets limited to first 225. Tickets $60. Children under 12, $20. Overnight camping allowed. Tour of the farm (100 acres) & dinner. 5–11 pm. 16000 Power House Rd. Pottery Valley. 744-8463. Mendocino Music Festival. A fun,

upbeat concert series that everyone will enjoy. Opening night 8 pm. Runs thru 7/26. Tent Concert Hall, Mendocino Headlands State Park. 937-2044. Travel Back in Time! Learn about Fort Bragg’s rich & historical commercial past. Discover how the 1906 earthquake destroyed the business district & how the area has changed thru history. $5 donation. Walk takes 90 mins. 10-11:30 am. Guest House Museum. 343 N. Main St. Fort Bragg. • (707)245-5321


Passes good June 1 thru Aug. 31, 2014

SUMMER YOUTH PASS $40 all summer County-wide Unlimited rides to summer school... the Coast...Meet your Friends! Youth Summer Pass for students 18 years & younger. Pass good all summer long on all MTA fixed routes. $5.00 and a Youth Summer Pass will get you to and from Santa Rosa on MTA’s North Coast and South Coast Buses! For more information: or call 800-696-4MTA / 462-1422 Tickets: Mendocino Transit Authority, 241 Plant Road , Ukiah CA 95482 Available on board an MTA bus or in selected outlets in Mendocino County. This pass not valid on MTA Dial-A-Ride.

13 Sunday FREE Sundays in the Park concert series. Join us this summer for

the largest & most recognized community event in Mendocino. Also 7/27. 6 pm. Todd Grove Park. Ukiah. 463-6231.

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Youth Center

17 Thursday FREE 2nd Kickin’ in the Country Street Dance. Hip Replacements

performing. Bring folding chairs & dancing shoes. Fun family event. 7–10 pm. Main Street. Kelseyville.

18 Friday Lake County Youth Services is a non profit program serving youth ages 7 thru 17. Summer Session Camp starting June 9th Mon-Fri from 8am-1pm. Enrichment activities, reading, team building skills, as well as special programs. includes Breakfast, snack, and lunch. Cost will be $40.00 a week. Pre-registration before June 6th, call 707-994-kids(5437) for an appt. First come first serve. Boxing Program that starts June 22nd Archery Program starting June 4th

Youth Fest





SHOW YOUR SUPPORT! EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS Want a tax deduction, donate your old vehicle. Call Enterprise Towing at 707 994-8801 and they will pick it up! Must have title

To make a monetary donation: send to: Attn: Youth Center P.O. Box 1042 Lower Lake CA 95457 Please make checks out to LCPF/ Youth Center

Board Meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of each month @6pm at the Center 707-994-KIDS 4750 Golf Ave., Clearlake 26 MendoLakeFamilyLife

FREE Concerts on the Green. A Farmers Market takes place at the same venue. Various wineries will be pouring. 5–8 pm. Behind the Greenview Restaurant. Hidden Valley. FREE Games Day. This program is part of TeenRead 2014. Come join other teens and play some of your favorite board games. Ages 12–17. 3:30 pm. Cloverdale Library.

19 Saturday FREE Gualala Art Auto Show. Stroll

thru beautifully detailed cars & talk to owners. Food & drinks avail. Concert prior to awards ceremony. 11 am–4 pm. Gualala Arts Center. 884-1138. FREE 55th Annual Summer Arts & Crafts Fair. Handmade

jewelry, clothing, bags & hats,


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ceramics, baskets & more. Live music & festive food. Sat. & Sun. 10 am–5 pm. Mendocino Art Center. FREE Family Fun in the Sun. 9:30 am–noon. Oak Manor Park. Ukiah. 463-6231. FREE Goldy Luck & the Three Pandas.

Local author Natasha Yim reads her book. Learn some facts about pandas & make a panda craft to take home! 1–2 pm. Ukiah Library. co.mendocino. 463-4153.

FREE Summernationals Pinewood Derby Race & Car show. $5 entry fee

to race. Free to attend. Registration/ check-in 10–11 am. Race starts 11:15 am. Gualala Arts Center. 884-1138.

20 Sunday Historic Cemetery Walk. Hear stories of early settlers & learn the symbolism of tombstones. $5 donation. 2–3:30 pm. Rose Memorial Park. N. Franklin St. Fort Bragg.

Tips for a Boo-boo–Free Summer


he season of sun and fun means more outdoor play—and more scraped knees and bruised elbows. Injuries from unintentional falls and heat-related illnesses can plague small children. Follow these five tips, and you’ll pull out the beach ball more than the bandages.


Inspect everything. Whether the equipment your children play on is at the park or in your own home, check that it is properly secured and meets recommended safety standards.


Keep watch. Most accidents can be prevented by supervision. Ensure adults or safety professionals are nearby, and that they are enforcing guidelines.


Be age-smart. Make sure even the most fearless kid is using age-appropriate equipment with playmates of a similar size and weight.


Beat the heat. Sunscreen and hats are essential during the hottest part of the day, noon–6 p.m. Little ones need to take breaks from the intensity of the sun by hanging out in the shade or resting indoors.


Push fluids. Give kids plenty of sugar-free liquids—water and unsweetened fruit juices—before, during, and after outdoor activities. Stay away from sugary sodas, which do not adequately hydrate children. Especially avoid caffeinated beverages such as cola and iced tea; they actually deplete the body of necessary liquid. ¶

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21 Monday Under the Big Top! Mendo Coast Rec. & Parks presents circus enrichment classes. 7/21–8/1. Kids & adults. Day & evening classes. Circus tent located behind CV Starr Center. Fort Bragg. 964.9672.

25 Friday Not-So-Simple Living Fair. A

weekend of hands-on workshops & demonstrations celebrating rural living & homesteading skills. $25/ one day. $35/weekend. Camp $10/per night, per car. Fri. thru Sun. 10 am. Mendocino County Fairgrounds.

26 Saturday Annual Fort Ross Festival.

Multicultural celebration of the Kashaya, Russian & ranch-era people. Costumed historical reenactments, militia cannon firings, live music & dance, a multicultural food court, children’s crafts & more. Park entrance fees apply. 10 am–7 pm. Fort Ross Historic Park. 847-3437. Pay ‘n’ Take Summer Book Sale. Novels, cookbooks, videos,

children’s books, audio tapes, large-print books & rare first editions. Special surprise sales. 8:30–11:30 am. Gualala Community Center. New Bldg. 884-1531.

31 Thursday Annual Redwood Empire Fair.

Fine arts, agriculture/floriculture. Grandstand shows with racing at Ukiah speedway. Livestock, live entertainment, petting zoo, carnival rides, food & games. Thurs.–Sun. Redwood Empire Fairgrounds. Ukiah. 462-3884.

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Humor Break

Ode to My Husband A Tribute to a Not-Quite Perfect Dad

By Veronica Blaustein


am lucky to have such a hands-on husband to father my four daughters. As Father’s Day approaches, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on all he has done for us.

He has never flinched at being asked to change a diaper, even though he blamed a recent knee problem on doing so. “Housemaid’s Knee” is what the doctor called it. I laughed out loud. “What?” I asked him. I mean, my guy is hands on, but he doesn’t clean the toilet, that’s for sure. He is terrific at giving the children baths and has proven, despite my objections, that waterboarding is not always a bad thing. My kids are actually getting used to his baths, I think. I don’t hear nearly as much screaming coming from the bathroom as I used to. And more time goes by before I hear them yelling, “I need a towel!” They come out very clean and eager to get on their pajamas. He consistently shows interest in my kids eating healthily 30 MendoLakeFamilyLife

and asks that I do the same. I don’t stock sweets in the house, but I like to occasionally get them ice cream or frozen yogurt. Daddy brought home Lays Potato Chips and Lucky Charms not too long ago. I tried not to say anything. I mean, potato is a vegetable, right? He’s always at the bottom of the dog pile and has improved his ability to

Whether he is scolding them or accidentally scalding them, they will never cease to come running when he gets home each day. endure tickling. (He doesn’t tap out nearly as quickly as he used to.) Although he won’t don a princess dress, he has been known to dress a few Barbies (in between doing manly things, of course). They can’t all write their name or read, but thanks to him, all four girls

know who Darth Vader, Yoda, and Luke Skywalker are. And thanks to him, I’ve had to work on making sure my five-year-old doesn’t say the “s-word”, not because Daddy has a potty-mouth but because he bought them his favorite childhood movie, Goonies. For all these things and more, my husband is favored in my household. In the eyes of our four girls, he is always a hero. Whether he is scolding them or accidentally scalding them, they will never cease to come running when he gets home each day. At times this has had me both jealous and afraid—afraid of what’s to come for me as a mother to daughters and jealous that they don’t always show the same level of excitement when I get home. He has four little “daddy’s girls” who adore him and a wife who feels so honored to have a husband who doesn’t shy away from the hard stuff. He has attended countless parenting classes alongside me, gone to workshops, and read parenting books. Just as he wishes to improve in business, he is always looking at ways to be a better father. Everything he does, he does it with us in mind. He is far from a perfect father and husband, but he is the perfect husband and father for us. On Father’s Day, the only appropriate thing I can say to him would be “thank you”—and “good luck.” ¶ Veronica Blaustein is a Sonoma County mom of four girls, ages 7, 5, 4, and 2. In addition to being a realtor, she enjoys writing about her children and her life as a mother.

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Sweets that Please

No-Bake Cheesecake Star Pops Yield: 6 servings • 1 envelope (2 1/4 teaspoons) unflavored gelatin • 1/4 cup granulated sugar • 3/4 cup boiling water • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract • 1/8 teaspoon salt • 1 bag (12 ounces) royal blue Candy Melts candy • Lollipop sticks

Pint-Sized Holiday Treats for Little Hands

Prepare 6-cavity mini-star silicone mold with vegetable pan-spray. In small bowl, combine gelatin, sugar, and water; whisk until completely dissolved. In large bowl, beat cream cheese, vanilla, and salt with electric mixer until smooth. Gradually add gelatin mixture, beating well. Scrape bottom and sides of bowl. Continue beating until fully combined. Pour into prepared pan. Refrigerate 2 hours or until completely set. Carefully unmold cheesecakes onto cookie pan. Melt small amount of Candy Melts. Dip lollipop stick in melted candy and insert 3/4 of the way into cheesecake stars. Freeze 30 minutes or until firm. In large bowl, melt remaining Candy Melts according to package directions. Drizzle or pipe candy over cheesecake stars as desired. Refrigerate 10 minutes or until set. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Mixed-Berry and Lemon Mini-Icebox Cakes Yield: 12 mini-cakes • 2 cups fresh or frozen mixed berries • 2/3 cup granulated sugar • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice • 2 cups heavy whipping cream • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (about 1 lemon) • 1 package (4.9 ounces) vanilla wafer cookies • Blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries, for garnish Line muffin pan with plastic wrap, pressing plastic into each cavity and letting plastic hang over edge of pan. In large skillet, combine mixed berries, sugar, and lemon juice. Bring to gentle boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue simmering until berries soften and liquid reduces to 1 cup, about 20–25 minutes. Gently mash berries with wooden spoon. Transfer to medium bowl and cool completely. In large bowl, whip cream on medium-high speed until cream holds stiff peaks, about 4–5 minutes. Gently fold in berry mixture and zest until completely combined. Place whipped cream in decorating bag and cut off pointed end. To assemble, pipe small amount of whipped-cream mixture into each muffin cavity. Lightly press a cookie into whipped cream. Continue layering whipped cream and cookies until cavities are full, finishing with whipped-cream layer. You should have 3 layers of cookies. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Remove pan from refrigerator. Remove plastic wrap from top and carefully flip out onto serving platter. Remove wrap from mini-cakes. Garnish with additional berries, if desired. Serve immediately.

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Note: Some cream cheeses are firmer than others. Firm is best for this recipe. Choose a brand-name, full-fat cream cheese for most favorable results.

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