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Dear Reader


Bits and Pieces Mangia, Mangia! Get Crackin’ Kid Scientists Shine

10 Features

Fire-Safe Building


Get Yourself Some Soul A Whale of a Good Time Carnival Craziness

14 Calendar of Events


Peanut Play

Support School Music

Munch it or make art with it.

10 A Summer to Remember How to pick a great camp.

12 Mother’s Helper How doulas help create better birth outcomes.

22 City Mom, Country Mom Funny facts about rural life.

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eciding to have a child is one of life’s major decisions. And once you’ve made the leap, you want to make sure that you have a terrific Sharon Gowan support system, Publisher/Editor starting at your birth. Whether you labor at home or the hospital, research has shown that doulas make for better birth outcomes, for both moms and babies. What’s a doula? Find out when you read “Mother’s Helper” (page 12). One of the delightful things about having little ones is celebrating holidays like Easter. Egg hunts are a flurry of pure kid joy. To find one near you, turn to “Hop to a Hunt” (page 15), and go to to find out about more events as the big day draws near. Another wonderful part of parenting is watching children learn and grow. They do both at summer camps, and it’s not too early to start looking for one. See “A Summer to Remember” (page 10) for some tips on how to choose programs that best suit your family. And then mark your calendar for our Family Expo & Camp Fair on April 13, 3–7 p.m., at Coddingtown Mall in Santa Rosa. Browse through the exhibits and learn about a myriad of local camps that teach everything from horseback riding to fencing to clowning. We hope you and your family blossom this spring!

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Crafting with Kids

Peanut Play Turn a Snack into a Craft By Meagan Ruffing


hen you hear the word “peanuts” you may think of PBJs, peanut brittle or, depending on your age, even Jimmy Carter. You probably don’t think of crafts. But these projects make use of the illustrious legume in a whole, new creative way. Finger Puppets

5-10 empty peanut shells (plus a few more in case some break) Tempura paint (multiple colors) Paintbrushes Paper plate

Break peanut shell at its weakest point, in the middle. Shells can be delicate so be careful when breaking them. To make finger puppets, you want as complete a shell as possible. Pull peanut out. (Sometimes the peanut won’t come out, but your child can still fit one of her fingers in the shell. If that’s the case, don’t worry about getting the peanut out.) Let your child use paint and a brush to paint a face on the peanut shell. Leave shell to dry on a paper plate. Repeat. Once shells are dried, have your child put the shells on her fingers and help her sing the “Daddy Peanut” song. (Make up your own tune.) “Daddy Peanut, Daddy

Peanut, where are you? Here I am, here I am, how do you do? Mommy Peanut, Mommy Peanut, where are you? Here I am, here I am, how do you do?” Repeat song using Brother Peanut, Sister Peanut, and so on.


(See picture below for general shape or find a template online.) This is a great time for your child to decorate the wings with markers and stickers. Cut the butterfly in half lengthwise, creating separate left and right wings. Pipe a thick line of glue on one side of the peanut shell and stick the flat edge of the left wing in the glue. Hold there until it sets. Repeat on the other side of the shell and with the other wing. Both wings should be across from each other. Glue two eyes on the front of the peanut shell (or just color eyes with marker). Cut the pipe cleaner into one, 2-inch piece and form it into the shape of a V. Place one large pea-sized dab of hot glue on the backside of the peanut. Place the apex of the V in that dab of glue and hold until it sets. ¶ Parenting journalist Meagan Ruffing is always looking for fun, new ways to get her kids involved with crafts. Through the writing of this article, her 4-year-old daughter Elinor realized just how much she loved eating peanuts. For some peanut-inspired recipes, visit

Peanut shells Pencil Cardstock or construction paper Scissors Butterfly template Markers & stickers Hot glue gun with glue Googly eyes Black pipe cleaner

This craft will require help from an adult since a glue gun is involved. Have your child pick out a full-sized peanut shell. Draw a butterfly shape on paper and let your child cut it out. March 2018

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Bits & Pieces

Mangia, Mangia!


elp bring art and science activities to Lake County kids. Go to the Children’s Museum of Art and Science Fundraiser. Eat your fill of a gourmet pasta buffet and brownies, prepared by Woodland Community College culinary students, while a local musician entertains you. The event will be held on March 23, 5–8 p.m., at Aroma’s Cafe on the Lake County Campus of the Woodland Community College in Clearlake. Tickets are $30 and are available at the café and at the door. Find out more at events/2019507265003474/. ¶

Get Crackin’


re you a crustacean lover with a good heart? Then the Ukiah Boys and Girls Club Crab Feast will feed body and soul. Crack open crab, knowing that with every bite you are keeping the Boys and Girls Club going. The all-you-can-eat feast, along with live and silent auctions, will be held on March 3, 5–10 p.m., at Carl Purdy Hall at the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds in Ukiah. Purchase tickets, which are $65, at or call 467-4900. ¶

Fire-Safe Building


id you lose your home in the wildfires? At the free Redwood Fire Rebuild Expo: Coming Home you can find out about affordable options for erecting durable structures. Browse through more than 30 exhibits and learn about fire-safe construction and landscaping, insurance claims, energy efficiency and renewable energy, grey water and water management, cohousing, and tiny houses. The expo will be held on March 24, noon–6 p.m., at Mendocino College in Ukiah. (Community meetings will be held 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.) To register, search on the event name on Find out more information at ¶ 8 MendoLakeFamilyLife

Kid Scientists Shine


f you’re quiet, you can hear them— little Einsteins thinking. And if you stop by the Mendocino County Science Fair you can see what they have conjured up. Students in grades 3–12 will be competing, and the top 10 projects in grades 6–12 will go to the state science fair in Los Angeles. The fair will be held on March 10, 1–3:30 p.m., at Mendocino College in Ukiah. ¶

Mendocino County Science Fair

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Get Yourself Some Soul


oes your spirit need to break out and dance? What better inspiration than a Temptations tune? Treat your ears to the Motown sound at Motown Comes to Our Town. The Funky Dozen—a local band made up of 12 musicians, including a horns section—will churn out high-energy music so that you can move and groove to your heart’s content. The performance will be held on March 10 at 7 p.m. at Soper Reese Theatre in Lakeport. Purchase tickets, $20, at ¶

Rockin’ out with Funky Dozen

A Whale of a Good Time


here’s nothing quite as exhilarating as seeing a whale breach. And springtime, when the mammals are migrating close to shore, offers a prime opportunity to catch such a site. Try your luck during the Mendocino Whale Festival March 3–4. Walk amidst the coastal views of the Headlands State Park in Mendocino, and then refresh yourself with chowder and some adult beverages. On March 3, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., at Crown Hall in Mendocino, taste chowder for $10 and sample craft brews from the North Coast Brewing Company for $5. Afterward, grab a glass at the Ford House Museum and sample wine at stops throughout the village of Mendocino, 1–4 p.m., for $35–$40. Tickets for all events may be purchased at brownpapertickets. com. Or try, where you can also find out about the Little River Whale Festival, March 9–12, and the Fort Bragg Whale Festival, March 17–18. ¶

Carnival Craziness


Ready for Scout Carnival

he Boy Scouts isn’t just about camping in the woods; it’s also about creating community and helping boys thrive. Support its work—and have a rollicking good time, too—at the Scout Carnival. Kids can listen to a DJ, mess around in a bouncy house, and play games, including Wheel-O-Prizes, Plinko, Chicken Fling, and many more. When stomachs growl, nosh on fun food, such as hot dogs, chili, nachos, cotton candy, popcorn, and snow cones. It all happens on March 10, noon–5 p.m., at Fritch Hall at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Lakeport. Food and activities require “script tickets,” which are 5 for $1. Purchase includes entry into a raffle for a used car, a new recliner, photo art, and other prizes. Get tickets from a local scout, go to Tutti Fruitti in Lakeport, or call or text 245-3672. ¶

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Value in variety. Ask your children if they want to do one activity or have a variety of experiences. A lot of parents think they have to be tied down to one camp,

It may be worth driving a few miles out of the way to get what you’re looking for.

A Summer to Remember 10 Tips for Choosing the Right Camp

By Denise Morrison Yearian


ummer day camp is a place where children can stretch their minds, exercise their bodies, and develop new friendships and interests. Here are 10 suggestions on how you can choose the right day camp for your child.


Look, listen, and learn. Talk with your children to find out what their interests are. As you do, get a list of camps, show them what the options are, and ask if any appeal to them. Need ideas? Come to Sonoma Family Life’s Family Expo & Camp Fair on April 13, 3–7 p.m., in Coddingtown Mall in Santa

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Rosa. You can collect information about, and talk to representatives from, camps all over the area. There will be free family-friendly entertainment, too. Once you’ve chosen some camps to explore more deeply, talk with people whose children have attended them to find out if they had good experiences.

but it is okay to send your children to different places. Enroll them in a traditional camp for several weeks, then a specialized camp for a week or two, and then maybe a scouting camp. This adds variety and makes the summer more exciting.


Consider your family’s needs. If you have two working parents with set schedules, this may be a factor in determining where to send your children. Check to see if the program you are considering has before- and after-care. Also ask if friends in similar situations want to put their kids in the same program so you can coordinate rides.


Focus on friendships. Friendships are an important part of camp so factor that into your decision. The focus of day camp is to have fun and learn skills, and a lot of that is done through face-to-face interaction with peers. Have your children go with a friend but encourage them to make new friends there.


Look at location. Most families want a camp close to home or work or one somewhere along the way, but convenience shouldn’t be the only consideration.

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If your child has a specific interest and there isn’t a program close by, it may be worth driving a few miles out of the way to get what you’re looking for.


Ponder program length. Day camps run from several hours to a full day, so consider your children’s ages, developmental levels, and previous camp or group-setting experiences when looking at the program’s duration. Find out how many activities will be done in a day and determine if your kids can keep up the pace. If you still have reservations, ask the camp director what she or he suggests.


Plan a pre-visit. If an open house is available, try to attend, even if your child previously went to the camp. It’s an excellent opportunity to meet and discuss things with counselors. If that’s not

If the camp is more than you can afford, find out if there is a scholarship program for those with limited resources.

Spring Break Classes Art, cartooning, animation, and ice skating at the Charles M. Schulz Museum

April 2–6, 2018 Reserve your space online

possible, give yourself a few extra minutes at the start of camp to meet the staff and share information you think is important. This establishes a good relationship and increases the chance of open communication if a problem occurs.


or call

(707) 284-1272



Check out cost. When examining fees, make sure you’re comparing apples to apples. Some day camps have a base price but charge extra for field trips, special activities, materials, registration, and food. Also ask about a refund policy or transfer of weeks if there is an unforeseen illness or emergency. If the camp is more


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Ask key questions. Safety is a top priority, so find out what the counselors-to-camper ratio is. The American Camping Association suggests 1–8 for ages 6–8, 1–10 for ages 9–14, and 1–12 for ages 15–18. Also look at hiring practices: How old are the staff members? Have background checks been done on them? How many hours of camp training do they have? And how many are CPR and safety certified? Many times an overseeing organization’s accreditation or certification covers health, safety, and staff issues, as well as the quality of the program. Ask if the camp is certified or accredited, and then find out exactly what that means.

than you can afford, find out if there is a scholarship program for those with limited resources.

Peruse policies and procedures. Most camps have a parent handbook or policies and procedures manual. So if you’re undecided on a camp, ask for a copy to see if you agree with the rules and regulations set forth. It’s equally important to go over this information with your children so they know and agree to the expectations.

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If you feel comfortable with the information you have received, the staff meets your expectations, and your children are enthusiastic, chances are it’s the right program and your campers will have a wonderful experience. ¶ Denise Morrison Yearian is the former editor of two parenting magazines and the mother of three children.

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caregiver”—doesn’t necessarily have medical training, but she is familiar with the usual procedures involved in childbirth. She is part of your labor support team, which typically includes your partner, the doctor (or midwife), and a nurse (who may have her hands full tending to

Mother’s Doulas Make Childbirth Helper Shorter & Easier By Sandra Gordon


wo years ago, when she was pregnant with her first child, Rebecca Hart, a 29-year-old public relations consultant, needed a birthing coach. “My husband didn’t want the pressure of being in charge,” she says. On the recommendation of several friends, Hart hired Brenda Csonka to be her doula.

Csonka proved to be a “lifesaver” during Hart’s 42-hour labor. She went to Hart’s home to help the mom-to-be breathe through her first contractions. When Hart’s back labor became especially challenging, Hart, her husband, Todd, and Csonka all headed out, by arrangement, to a neighbor’s swimming pool—being in the water eased the pressure on Hart’s back. Later, at the hospital, 12 MendoLakeFamilyLife

when Hart’s labor stalled, her doctor said, “I can do a C-section now, or you can keep trying.” She elected to stay the course. “I felt so confident with Brenda there,” Hart recalls. Soon after, she delivered a 9-pound boy—with the benefit of little pain medication. “I couldn’t have done it without Brenda.” What Is a Doula? A doula—Greek for “woman

If you decide to use a doula’s services, let your obstetrician known as early as possible. several patients). A doula’s job isn’t to deliver your baby but to give you her continuous attention, offering techniques to help ease the pain of labor. She may encourage you to use a shower or whirlpool, for example. (Water is known as “the doula’s epidural.”) Other pain-relief methods include breathing techniques, walking, and using a birthing ball, a large rubber sphere that the mother sits on during labor to help relax the pelvic area. Massage, another favored technique, helped Amy Anthony, a 27-year-old first-time mom during her 20-hour labor. “My doula squeezed my hips together from the back with almost every contraction for two straight hours,” she says. The doula also offered moral support to Anthony’s husband. “The pain got pretty bad at times, and I was crying,” she recalls. “Having our doula there helped him relax.” Considered “alternative” in the early 1980s, when the movement was in its infancy, doulas have

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gained acceptance in hospitals. According to a Cochrane Review of multiple studies involving more than 15,000 women in a variety of circumstances, a doula’s constant help during childbirth can shorten labor and reduce the need for cesarean or forceps delivery. In addition, women may be less likely to use pain medications and may be more likely to be satisfied with their birth experiences. The babies of women who receive continuous support may be less likely to have low five-minute Apgar scores (the score used when babies’ health and well-being are assessed at birth and

Considered “alternative” in the early 1980s, doulas have gained acceptance in hospitals. shortly afterwards). And, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Perinatal Education, doula-assisted women are four times less likely to have a low birth-weight baby and two times less likely to have complications involving themselves or their babies. Labor Negotiations Thousands of doulas practice in the United States. Those who are certified through Doulas of North America (DONA), a nonprofit international doula association, and the Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators receive specialized training. If you decide to use a doula’s services, let your obstetrician know as early as possible.

You and your partner will likely meet with your doula a few times before your due date to discuss your plans for the birth. If possible, introduce her to your doctor at a prenatal appointment and discuss any important points.

some of the details and provide an objective view of the birth. You can also hire a post-partum doula who will come to your home to help out with childcare or household chores after the birth.

Mothering Moms During labor’s turbulent moments, an experienced, reassuring voice can provide moms with a much-needed reality check. “Sometimes a woman doesn’t know if what she’s going through is normal or not,” says nationally known author and childbirth educator Penny Simkin, a DONA cofounder. “A doula can provide some perspective.”

Choosing a Doula It’s important to select a labor coach with whom you feel comfortable. Ask your obstetrician or childbirth educator for a recommendation. Or consult the following organizations: • Doulas of North America (DONA), • International Childbirth Education Association: ¶

Shortly after delivery, doulas also routinely contact the mother to relive

Sandra Gordon is an award-winning writer who covers health and parenting.

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Calendar of Events Support School Music


ringing symphonic music into the schools is as easy as eating and drinking. At the Sip, Sup & Song fundraiser, you can enjoy a catered meal, sip a glass of Barra wine, and listen to live jazz, all while knowing that you are helping to make the annual Ukiah Symphony school concert possible. The event will be held on March 18, 5­–8 p.m., at the Barra of Mendocino Winery in Redwood Valley. Tickets are $50 and are available at the Mendocino Book Company in Ukiah and at ¶

Thursday 1 Full Worm Moon Night Tour. Guided

“Climb to the Top” tour of the lighthouse. Sweet & savory snacks; champagne & juice. $30 or 2 for $50. 6:30 p.m. Call by 3:30 p.m. 3 days before tour to ensure a spot. Point Arena Lighthouse. 45500 Lighthouse Rd., Point Arena. 882-2809, ext. 1. Read Across America Day. Lake

County libraries will present storytimes, games & free books. Mar. 1: 11 a.m. Redbud Library.

14785 Burns Valley Rd., Clearlake. Mar. 1: 2 p.m. Upper Lake Library. 310 Second St., Upper Lake. Mar. 2: 10:15 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. Lakeport Library. 1425 N. High St., Lakeport. 263-8817. 1984. Based on the novel by George Orwell. A man loses his identity while living under a repressive regime in a closely monitored society. $10–$20. Mar. 1–3: 7 p.m. Mar. 4: 2 p.m. Ukiah Players Theatre. 1041 Low Gap Rd., Ukiah. 462-9226.


W O B N I A R A N WIN rforming arts circus and pe l ia nt de si re A 7 to 14 for kids age

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Featuring projects by school kids from Fort Bragg, Mendocino & Comptche. Mar. 3: Children choirs, face painting, art & poetry making & cakewalk. Mar. 2: 5–8 p.m. Mar. 3: 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Old Recreation Center. Laurel St. (behind city hall), Fort Bragg. 733-NOYO. FREE Postpartum Support. Support group for postpartum mamas. Bring your babies & talk about the joys & challenges of motherhood. Fridays. 10:30–11:30 a.m. Mendo Baby. 198 S. School St., Ukiah. 462-1020. Festival. Fridays thru Mar. 23. See website for schedule. $5–$10. 6:15 p.m.: Live music, refreshments & raffle. 7 p.m.: film. Ukiah Civic Center. 300 Seminary Ave., Ukiah.

✓ Juggling ✓ Unicycle ✓ Swimming ✓ Song Writing ✓ Dance

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FREE Marine Science & Art Fair.

2018 International Wildlife Film


✓ Stilts ✓ Trapeze ✓ Silks ✓ Drama ✓ Clowning

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Saturday 3 FREE Teen Leadership Council.


Want to make a difference in your community? Teens will gain valued skills & experience helping with

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projects & designing new teen space, planning events & recommending books. Pizza will be served. All teens welcome. 3 p.m. Ukiah Library. 105 N. Main St., Ukiah. 467-6434.

reserve a spot: 463-2290. Mendocino Ballet. 205 S. State St., Ukiah.

FREE Dr. Seuss Craft & Read-Aloud.

Pianists Benefit Concert. Local

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s 114th birthday by listening to Seuss stories & making a Seuss craft. 10:30 a.m.–noon. Fort Bragg Library. 499 E. Laurel St., Fort Bragg. 964-2020. Mendocino Whale Festival. Enjoy chowder- & wine- & craft beer–tastings while exploring Mendocino & watching whales at Headlands State Park. A complimentary trolley will be provided. $5–$40. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Tasting tickets can be bought online at Whale Festival Lens Tour. Lens

tours. $5 donation per car. Children 42” & taller welcome. Mar. 3–4 & 17–18. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Point Cabrillo Lighthouse. 45300 Lighthouse Rd., Mendocino. 937-6122. Ukiah Boys & Girls Club Crab Feast.

All-you-can-eat fresh cracked crab, pasta, salad & dessert. Silent & live auctions. $65. 5–10 p.m. Dinner: 6 p.m. Redwood Empire Fairgrounds. 1055 N. State St., Ukiah. 467-4900. facebook. com/events/182529759146204. FREE Make a Periscope. You

& your child can construct a periscope to expand your view. 9 a.m.–noon. Home Depot. 350 N. Orchard Ave., Ukiah. 462-3009. Register at Texas Hold’ Em Poker Tournament.

Dinner & drinks included. $60 buy-in & $40 add-on. Fundraiser for Mendocino Ballet. Sign-up at 5 p.m. Tournament starts at 5:30 p.m. Call to

Sunday 4 pianists come together to play & trade tall tales, all to benefit the Soper Reese Theatre & Lake County Friends of Mendocino College.

$25–$30. No-host reception & silent auction: 2 p.m. Concert: 3 p.m. Ages 18 & under: free. Soper Reese Theatre. 275 S. Main St., Lakeport. 263-0577. FREE Parents Al-Anon Meetings.

Are you affected by a child’s drinking or drug use? This meeting is for parents of children with these issues. We share our experiences, strength,

Hop to a Hunt Searching for a place to celebrate Easter? Look no further. These local spots promise fun galore. Lake County Hidden Valley Lake At this hunt at Hartmann Ballfield, early birds get the worm—their mugs shot with the Easter Bunny. Come at 9 a.m. for the photos; the hunt starts at 10 a.m. sharp. Lakeport Enjoy Easter-morning merriment at the Rotary Club of Lakeport egg hunt, which will be held on April 1 at 11 a.m. at the Lake County Fairgrounds. Middletown The free Easter Eggstravaganza at the Twin Pine Casino and Hotel is not a hunt, but it does have plenty of spring cheer, including photos with the Easter Bunny, gratis baskets, bouncy houses, and other kids’ activities. The event goes on 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Learn more at Mendocino County Hopland Campovida will be opening its gardens on March 31 for its annual egg hunt. Don’t expect candy, just fresh hard-boiled eggs and time in nature. The hunt, which starts promptly at 10:30 a.m., is $5 per child. Bring your own baskets. See for more information. Ukiah Kids ages 12 and under are welcome to McGarvey Park (corner of Dora and Clay) on March 24 at 10 a.m. for an egg hunt sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church of Ukiah. It’s free and goes on rain or shine. Go to for details. Willits Calvary Chapel Willits will hide a whopping 10,000 eggs for its Eggstravaganza on March 31, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., at the Willits High School football field. There will be face- and egg-painting, games, prizes, and food, too.

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hope & find help. Sundays. 7–8 p.m. Community Center. 998 School St., Mendocino. 357-3344. 35th Annual Women’s Celebration.

Celebrate women of the community. Guest speaker Maila Cohen, who sits on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Music & refreshments. $10. Noon. Ukiah Saturday Afternoon Clubhouse. 107 S. Oak St., Ukiah. 895-3543.

Monday 5 FREE A Second Cup of Coffee: Positive Parenting. The

Positive Parenting Program, known as Triple P, is proven to build relationships between parents & children. Mondays. 9:30–10:30 a.m. Mendo

Baby. 198 S. School St., Ukiah. 462-1020.

Wednesday 7 FREE Mendocino County Museum.

Free admission first Wednesday of each month. 10 a.m.–4:30 pm. 400 E. Commercial St., Willits. 459-2736. Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. Paul Reubens’ famous man-child character, Pee Wee Herman, is off on a country-wide search for his stolen bicycle. PG. Entry is by donation. 7 p.m. Soper Reese Theatre. 275 S. Main St., Lakeport. 263-0577.

Thursday 8 Belly Laughs & Giggle Fits.

Storytellers share the true tales behind their best chuckles. $5. Proceeds benefit the After School Enrichment Program at CCM. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Community Center of Mendocino. 998 School St., Mendocino. facebook. com/coastalstorytellers.

Friday 9 Little River Whale Festival.

Thru Mar. 11. Geocaching, art exhibit, kayak tours, docent-led whale-watch walk, barn tour & more. See website for dates, times, and locations. little-river-whale-festival.

Family Fun on Wheels! Birthday Parties Fundraisers School Parties Large Arcade

Alliance for Public Waldorf Education Member

Kindergarten through Eighth Grade

B-Day Parties! Giant Arcade Friday 3:30–7pm & 7:30–10:30pm Saturday & Sunday 12–2:30pm & 3–5:30pm Saturday Only 8:30–10:30pm

Open Enrollment: Feb 20–Mar 22 Enrollment Tour: Mar 8, 8:45–10am Advanced Math, Science, Spanish, Music, Art, Woodwork, Drama, Speech, Extraordinary Field Trips 401 Martin St. Lakeport, at the Lake County Fairgrounds • 707 262-0123

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Animal Farm. Famous novel by

George Orwell reflects events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917. Performed outside in a barn. Live animals! $10–$17. Thru Mar. 24. Fridays & Saturdays: 7 p.m. Sundays: 2 p.m. Bonus 2 p.m. show Mar. 24. Lake County Fairgrounds. 401 Martin St., Lakeport. lakecounty

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Bragg Library. 499 E. Laurel St., Fort Bragg. 964-2020. FREE Second Saturdays Redwood State Parks. To celebrate 100 years

of saving California’s redwood forest, the Save the Redwoods League & California State Parks are offering free admission to more than 40 redwood state parks. Find out what parks are participating & download a free pass at FREE Mendocino County Science

Motown Comes to Our Town. Funky

Fair. Students in grades 3–12 compete.

Dozen plays Motown music. 7 p.m. Soper Reese Theatre. 275 S. Main St., Lakeport. 263-0577.

The top 10 projects in grades 6–12 will be selected to advance to the California state science fair in Los Angeles. 1–3:30 p.m. Mendocino College (gym). 1000 Hensley Creek Rd., Ukiah.

FREE Family Movie Sing-Along: The Muppet Movie. 2–3:30 p.m. Fort

FREE International Women’s Day Dance Party. Opens with a short program of videos featuring women doing heroic work, followed by a sing-along performance, and a dance warm-up led by local dance pros. Then the dance floor opens with DJ Jennifer K at the helm. Free snacks, soft drinks, and cooperative art projects. Dress up as your favorite “shero.” Any proceeds will be donated to local organizations working to empower women. 6:30–9:30 p.m. Fort Bragg Town Hall. 363 N. Main St., Fort Bragg. facebook. com/events/1644374262307938/. FREE International Cesarean Awareness Network. Offering

support for women who’ve had a cesarean birth. 11 a.m.–noon. Mendo Baby. 198 S. School St., Ukiah.

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Scout Carnival. Food, games, bouncy

house, prizes, music & more. Free admission. $1=5 script tickets for food & games. Noon–5 p.m. Lake County Fairgrounds. 401 Martin St., Lakeport.

Sunday 11 Gwenyth Moreland. Local

singer/ songwriter will perform songs from her new album Cider. 3 p.m. $20–$25. Benefit for the Albion– Little River Fire Dept. Little River Inn. 7751 Hwy. 1, Little River. Tickets: 937-5942.

Lady of Good Counsel Church. 255 E. Harold St., Fort Bragg.

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FREE Blue Whale Bones Display.

34th Annual Whale Run & Walk.

Noyo Center displays 73-ft. blue whale skeleton. Thru Mar. 18. Mar. 12–16: 3–5 p.m. Mar. 17: 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Mar. 18: 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Crow’s Nest Interpretive Center. South Fort Bragg Coastal Trail. Cypress St. entrance. Fort Bragg.

7:30 a.m.: .5-mile Kiddie Race. 8 a.m.: 10K, 5K run/walk. 8:05 a.m.: 5K Fun Walk. Registration: $5–$40. Ages 4–10: 1/2 mile run. Race starts: 7:30 a.m. FunWalker: starts 8:05 a.m. 5K/10K Runners & 5K Comp Walkers. Starts 8 a.m. $5–$45. Skunk Train parking lot. 100 W. Laurel St., Fort Bragg.

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Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser.

Knights of Columbus & Fort Bragg High School Class of 2018 team up to cook & serve a hot breakfast. Help support Safe & Sober Grad night. $5–$8. 8 a.m.–noon. Our

$20. 7 p.m. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. 640 S. Orchard Ave., Ukiah. 463-2738.

Celtic Harp Concert. Lisa

Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter play Celtic harps & rare instruments & tell stories. Fundraiser. Suggested donation:

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Irish Dinner. Corned

beef & cabbage, Irish potatoes, carrots & dessert. Beer, wine & soft drinks. Veggie option available. Irish music.

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$20. 5–7 p.m. Redwood Coast Senior Center. 490 N. Harold St., Fort Bragg. Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner.

Family-style dining, also includes salad, dessert & beverage. Silent auction. Hosted by the Girl Scouts of the Ukiah Valley Area. $10–$20. Ages 4 & under: free. 5–8 p.m. Bartlett Hall. 495 Leslie St., Ukiah. events/106697366805809.

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Tuesday 20

Celtic Harp Concert. Lisa

Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter play harp & rare instruments & tell stories. 3 p.m. $25. Tallman Hotel. 9550 Main St., Upper Lake. The Acafellas & In the Mix. $20. Under

age 18: free. 3 p.m. Preston Hall. 44867 Main St., Mendocino. 964-0898. Sip, Sup & Song. Dinner, dessert,

veggie & gluten-free options. Silent auction & prizes. Proceeds to benefit Smash 4 & Street Fighter V annual school concert. $50. 5–8 Tournament. Ages 12 & up. Winners p.m. Barra of Mendocino. 7051 N. will receive a prize. Suggested State St., Redwood Valley. Tickets at donation to participate: $5. Free Enrollment applications and Mendocino Book Company & online: to watch. 5–10 p.m. Ukiah Library. information available on our website: openSt., enrollment 105 First N. Main Ukiah. Register: ends Jan. 31, 2018 463-4490. Hard Reads Gaming Tournament.

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Bibliotherapy for Teens. Discuss

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets to the Universe. 4 p.m. Ukiah Library. 105 N. Main St., Ukiah.

Friday 23 A Children’s Museum of Art & Science Fundraiser. All-you-can-eat

pasta buffet. Brownies. Live music. Proceeds to benefit free art & science education for Lake County. $30. 5–8 p.m. Woodland Community College. Aroma’s Café. 15880 Dam Rd. Ext., Clearlake. events/2019507265003474. Chili Cook-Off. $5–$8.

Root beer floats $2. 5:30–7 p.m. Willits Harrah

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2018-19 Kindergarten Registration and Transitional Kindergarten Registration Students age 5 by September 1, 2018 will be enrolled in Kindergarten Students turning 5 between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2, 2018 are eligible to enroll in our Transitional Kindergarten Program

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Senior Center. 1501 Baechtel Rd., Willits.

Saturday 24 FREE Redwood Fire Rebuild Expo: Coming Home. An event geared toward educating, informing & connecting the communities affected by the fires in Mendocino & neighboring counties. Find out about resilient, affordable rebuilding options. Noon–6 p.m. (Community meetings: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.) Mendocino College. 1000 Hensley Creek Rd., Ukiah. coming-home-redwood-fire-rebuildexpo-tickets. FREE Egg Hunt. Sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church of Ukiah.

Ages 12 & under. 10 a.m. Rain or shine. McGarvey Park (corner of Dora and Clay). Ukiah. FREE 1st Annual Parent Summit.

Topics: visual learning, homework help, school safety, teenage tantrums, special ed & more. Childcare for ages 2–12. Free lunch & prize. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Lower Lake High School. 9430 Lake St., Lower Lake. 994-6475.

Friday 30 FREE Dare to Self Care. Teens can learn to make eye pillows while also learning about science & self-care. 2–4 p.m. Ukiah Library. 105 N. Main St., Ukiah. Advance registration is required: 467-6434.

Saturday 31 Hopping in Hopland. Campovida’s 8th

annual egg hunt. Bring your little ones with their baskets for an egg hunt in the garden. No candy will be served, just hard-boiled eggs. $5 per child. Hunt: 10:30 a.m. sharp. Campovida. 13601 Old River Rd., Hopland. 400-6300. FREE Easter Eggstravaganza.

Bouncy houses, kids’ activities, Easter baskets (while supplies last), photos with the Easter Bunny & more. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Twin Pine Casino & Hotel. Hwy. 29, Middletown. 987-0197. Eggstravaganza. 10,000 eggs. Faceand egg-painting, games, obstacle course, prizes. Presented by Calvary Chapel Willits. Willits High School. 299 N. Main St., Willits.


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ce cream, root beer, and a big straw—root beer floats are a delight for young and wrinkled alike. The Willits Senior Center revives their old-fashioned charm at its Chili Cook-Off, where the yummy drink will be served alongside bowls of contestants’ sizzling stew. Indulge on March 23, 5:30–7 p.m., at the Willits Harrah Senior Center in Willits. Tickets are $5–$8; root beer floats are $2. Find out more at details/chili-cook-off-1976. ¶

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Humor Break

City Mom, Country Mom Bye-Bye Insanity. Hello Sunsets. By Holly Hester


o you ever find yourself scanning real estate on the Internet for that perfect little farmhouse where you can leave your insane city life behind?

Yeah, me too. I went so far as to actually move to the country. I only wish that someone had told me a few things before I decided to turn from city mouse to country mouse. 1. You will never have food delivered to your house again. This is sad. I know. I thought I should tell you right up front in case it’s a deal breaker. 2. You will run outside for airplanes. In cities you never notice airplanes. But in the country an airplane flying over your house is an event. 3. Spiders. They’re everywhere. After a while, one will crawl on you and you won’t even flinch. 4. You will complain about small amounts of traffic. When you first move to a small town, you will be delighted by the absence of traffic, but after a while something happens and you will get annoyed when there’s even a single car ahead of you at a stop sign. 22 MendoLakeFamilyLife

5. You will discover how capable you are. If a tree falls in the middle of a city street, people will quickly arrive in uniforms to fix it. If a tree falls across your driveway in the country, you are the one that fixes it. 6. You will wear overalls. Non-ironically. They will not be paired with hipster eyewear and chunky heels, but instead with rain boots and a knife. 7. You will miss the city. And that’s okay. I’ve lived in Miami, New York, and Los Angeles, and I miss them all for different reasons. But they’re always there for me,

A spider will crawl on you and you won’t even flinch. and when I go back to visit it’s like seeing an old friend I still love, but I just don’t have that much in common with anymore. 8. You will watch the sunset. A lot of them. Sure, you watched sunsets in the city, but not all the time. But a country sunset raps you on the shoulder and says, “I will not be ignored.” And for good reason, they are majestic. 9. You will love parades. Half the town is in the parade, the other half watches. The next year, everybody switches.

10. Your car will be ugly. The whole purpose of your city car was to impress people. The whole purpose of your country car is to be as hearty and functional as you are now. Your car will always have a Mad Max level of dirt on it and the inside will be filled with things that seem like you’re preparing for an apocalypse. 11. You will not regret moving. Oh sure, at times you will regret it. In the beginning you will hear about a gallery opening or a play or a new restaurant or a party that you’re missing in the city and you will look around at all your quiet and start to tear your hair out. But listen to that quiet. Because inside that quiet is you. All that time you were searching online for that perfect little farmhouse? Well, you were actually searching for yourself and the city is sometimes just too distracting for that journey. Remember, Thoreau went into the woods not the subway. And you will find exactly what you are looking for—you—out here, in the country. Along with spiders. ¶ 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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