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To Honor One is to Honor All A Tribal Community Event to Celebrate Success in Academic Achievement Thursday, June 9, 2016 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Lake County Fairgrounds 401 Martin Street, Lakeport Join us in promoting higher education and celebrating Lake County’s Native American graduates from Junior High School, High School, College, Adult Education, GED, Job Skills, College Certificate and Lake County Preschool programs. NATIVE GRADUATES: To honor you on stage at this event, please contact us no later than Friday, June 3.
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Mendo Lake Family Life beat out stiff competition to win the top award in the nation for the best front cover. Our November 2015 “Twin Talk” cover garnered a Gold Award for the Best Use of Stock Photography. The happy faces, bright smiles, and vibrant colors of our twins really caught the judges’ attention!
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“Parents simply want the best for their families,” says Sharon Gowan, founder and publisher of Mendo Lake Family Life. “As a truly local publication, we’re very proud to be the number one resource guide for parents planning family fun in Mendocino and Lake Counties. We’re grateful for our readers and a wonderful, internationally recognized staff.” ¶
Like it or not, digital romance is here to stay. The stigma that was once attached to it has passed. Fifty-nine percent of Americans have decided that online dating is a good way to meet people. One quarter of online daters have entered into a marriage or long-term relationship with someone they met on online. You probably know some of them. I myself have been seeing for more than a year a
Fifty-nine percent of Americans have decided that online dating is a good way to meet people. man I met on OKCupid. And I know of a handful of other people who are either married or committed to someone they first met in cyberspace.
Cyber L Dating Will You Find Romance Online?
oneliness is part of the human condition. We all “want somebody to love,” to quote Jefferson Airplane. And for lots of people friendship doesn’t cut it. They want a mate. But where to find one if bars and parties just aren’t your thing? Well if you’re like 38 percent of what the Pew Research Center calls “single and looking Americans,” you’ve posted a profile online or have used a dating app.
Among my friends (names have been changed), writer Sally met her new wife, Barb, a web designer, on Match.com. Graphic designer Dan met his partner, Joni, a therapist, on OkCupid, and now they are planning to have children together. And my favorite example, Bridget, met her now husband in an online game of poetry tag. Google “stories of couples who met online” and you’ll find many more such examples. So if you’re looking for a mate, maybe it’s not such a bad idea to try the online world of romance. But as my mom always told me, you’ve gotta take the bad with the good. And, trust me, there’s plenty of bad. For a preview, read Salon.com blogger Victoria Carlson’s August 2011 post “OKCupid, I’m Done” in which the Los Angeles writer and single mom
details some colossally wretched dates, like the unemployed man who lived with his mother and used unspeakably derogatory language to describe women, or the guy who admitted he occasionally beat his dog, or the one who chain-smoked and went on and on about how much he couldn’t stand his ex-wife. Her experiences fall in line with a Marin County woman I spoke with, I’ll call her Helen, who had endured many a man behaving inappropriately. Men have their horror stories, too. A Sonoma County man (I’ll name him Ben) who’s been online dating on and off since 2004 shared several tales with me. There was the time that a woman he’d spent the day hiking with and then took out for a drink told him bluntly, not five seconds after he paid what had become her $120 bar bill, “I want you to know that at no time during this day have I ever thought there was
any chemistry between us.” And he never saw her again. Or the woman who sent him an excessively vitriolic communication simply because, after a few brief friendly e-mail exchanges, he’d politely declined her request to go out on a date.
“There’s no etiquette. People act in ways they would never act in the real world.”—Ben “There’s no etiquette. People act in ways they would never act in the real world. And it can be very hurtful, especially for newbies,” he says. While these kinds of stories abound, there are plenty of online dating experiences that aren’t awful, just perplexing. I put those in what I call my “Say What?” file. For example, the No Show-ers, such as the woman with whom Ben spent several months MendoLakeFamilyLife 9
Family Fun Gualala Point Regional Park
ooking for a great place to camp with your family? Well, if you live in Mendocino or Lake Counties, you don’t have to go far; the magnificent Mendocino Coast and beautiful Clear Lake, not to mention regional and state parks, are in your backyard. Word up: Most of the places listed here are popular, especially on the weekends, so be sure to make reservations to secure a campsite. All have showers (some coin-operated) and flush toilets as well as nighttime quiet policies so everyone can stay clean, comfy, and well rested. Want to bring your dog along? You can, as long as Fido stays on a leash that is no longer than six feet. So pack up the tent and sleeping bags, hand out the trail mix, and ready yourselves for an amazing outdoor adventure—or just a big helping of Ahhhh.
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We were also honored for the following articles: “Cyber Dating” (February 2015), on the do’s and don’ts of Internet relationships; “Help! My Teenager Fell in Love Online” (February 2015), on teen digital romance; “Over the River and through the Woods” (June 2015), “a colorful roadmap for a fabulous weekend”; “Camptastic!” (April 2015), a well-researched article on local campgrounds; and our hilarious humor column by local mom Holly Hester.
MENDOCINO COUNTY Anchor Bay Campground, Gualala If you want to get away from the fog, come to this campground, which is set in what is known as the Banana Belt—a microclimate that, thanks to the shape of the coast and the direction of the winds, is almost fog-free. Campsites are situated in a narrow gulch that is populated with redwoods; they have the only direct access available to the ¾-mile Anchor Bay Beach, which is covered by white sand in the warmer months. Restrooms are equipped with electrical outlets and coin-operated showers. There is also a dump station. The campground is handicap accessible. Dogs must be licensed. Quiet time begins at 10 p.m. Sites are $40 per night. To make reservations, go to abcamp.com or call 884-4222. April 2015
8 Terrific Places to Pitch a Family Tent Gualala Point Regional Park, Gualala At this 195-acre park, you can hike through meadows and forest, get inspired by coastal vistas, and wiggle your toes in sandy beaches. (Just watch out for sleeper waves; they are common along the north coast.) The campground, which is handicap accessible, is nestled among redwoods right next to the Gualala River. Restrooms have electrical outlets; there is also a dump station. Quiet time is 10 p.m.–7 a.m. Canines cost $2 per dog per night. Campsites are $32 per night, which includes one vehicle and one tow. A nonrefundable fee of $9.50 is charged for each reservation, and cancellation fees may apply. Book online at sonomacountycamping.org or by calling 565-2267. www.mendolakefamilylife.com
MacKerricher State Park, Fort Bragg Little feet can easily take this park’s Laguna Point boardwalk to two ocean platforms from where your family can whale-watch— an especially nice activity during April and May. Hike, bike, or run on Haul Road, which is several miles long and eventually leads to Ten Mile Beach. On the beach, you can go tide pooling while you watch Snowy Plovers frolic and seals sun themselves. Cook over an open fire; a nearby store makes it easy to resupply your camp pantry. Many of the park’s amenities, including restrooms and two paved campgrounds, are accessible. Pets must be kept in a tent or vehicle at night. Quiet time is 10 p.m.–6 a.m. Sites are $25–$35 per night. Reservations may be made at parks.ca.gov or by calling 800-444-7275 (TTY 800-274-7275).
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ee who can catch the biggest fish in Clear Lake at the 33rd Annual Catfish Derby in Clearlake Oaks. Three divisions of anglers—adults, kids 10 and under, and kids 11–15 years old—will compete for more than $10,000 in cash and prizes. First prize in the adult division is $4,000. Registration starts at noon on May 12; fishing begins at noon on May 13 and ends at noon on May 15. Take a break from the sit-and-wait with a barbecue lunch on May 14 and 15. For registration forms received before 11 p.m. on May 12, entry fees are $40 for adults; after May 12, the fee goes up to $50. Children 15 and under are $10. For more information, including downloadable registration forms, see clearlakeoaks.org/derby, or call 998-1006. ¶
f dancing to rock ’n roll under an open sky says “summer” to you, then come hear Funky Dozen play outside behind the Greenview Restaurant on May 20, 5–8 p.m. The Ukiah band offers a mix of tunes from (mostly) the 1970s, but also the eighties and nineties, citing the likes of KC and the Sunshine Band, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and James Brown as favorite artists. Twelve musicians make for multilayered arrangements that include guitar, percussion, horns, and vocals. The free performance is part of the Hidden Valley Lake Association’s Concert on the Green series. A barbecue will be available for $5–$12. ¶
hat’s Memorial Day weekend without a parade? Come see all manner of decorated objects—cars, horses, people, and pets—walk, saunter, and cruise down Lower Lake’s Main Street on May 29 at 11 a.m. After you watch the spectacle, hop over to Russell Rustici County Park for a barbecue and peruse through arts and crafts booths. You can also check out vintage and antique cars parked on upper Main Street. Activities, all part of the Lower Lake Daze, run until 3 p.m. If you would like to participate in the parade, call Lonne Sloan at 995-2515, or pick up a parade application at the Chamber of Commerce in Lakeport or at Barreda’s Lower Lake Feed Store in Lower Lake. If you’d like to sell your wares at a booth, call Shelia Bening at 995-0614. ¶
From Heart to Hand
he air will be crackling with creativity at the Ninth Annual Fine Arts Fair, where 20 local artists will show—and make—an array of handcrafted finery. Check out jewelry, photography, hand-painted silks, woodworking, ceramics, and art glass. If you get hungry from all the browsing, there will be plenty of good eats for sale, including handmade, wood-fired pizza. The free event runs May 28 and 29, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., both days, at the Gualala Arts Center in Gualala. See gualalaarts.org for more information. ¶
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uilts have captured our collective imagination for as long as they have kept us warm. Feast your eyes on this beautiful textile art at Quilts in Bloom: 2016 Quilt Show and Artists’ Marketplace, featuring the brightly colored Modern Dresden designs of Anelie Belden. Take part in painting parties, vendors’ Make and Take demos, and silent auctions, too. You may even win a door prize! The event will take place at the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds in Ukiah on May 21, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and May 22, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tickets are $8 for one day or $10 for two days. Pre-sale tickets are $6 and available at Beverly’s Fabrics, the Mendocino Book Company, and Village Sewing in Ukiah; Kerrie’s Quilting in Lakeport; Bird Brain Designs in Kelseyville; Bolt in Cloverdale; and Sew ’n Sew Fabrics in Fort Bragg. For more information, see ukiahgrapevinequilters.webs.com. ¶
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ptown glamour meets downhome sensibilities at the Denim and Diamonds charity event, which benefits Rotary of Kelseyville Sunrise. Dine on red wine–braised Black Angus boneless short ribs or a Petit Basque cheese and ratatouille tart, then burn off your meal dancing to the high-energy rock ’n roll of local band LC Diamonds. Enter a 50/50 raffle or bid on items like an airplane ride or dinner for six at a live auction. The event will be held at the Chacewater Winery and Olive Mill in Kelseyville on May 14, 6–10 p.m. Tickets are $75 each and are available at Steele Wines and Saw Shop Bistro in Kelseyville and the Travel Centers in Lakeport. ¶
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et a taste of the Old West at the Potter Valley Spring Festival and Rodeo, May 27–30. The 70-year-old tradition is packed with lassoing, ax throwing, and woodcutting. And there’s a parade and barbecue, too. Events take place at the Rodeo Grounds in Potter Valley, except for the parade and the chicken barbecue, both of which will be held on Main Street. All-day passes for May 28 and 29 are $10; children 10 and under get in for free. Several events, such as the gymkhana, Junior Rodeo Slack, and CCPRA and Local Rodeo Slack, are free to everyone. See pottervalleyrodeo.com for a full schedule and ticket prices. ¶ www.mendolakefamilylife.com
Risky Business By Melissa Chianta
How to Help Teens Make Tough Choices
It was 11:30 p.m. and Kathleen Stafford was anxious for her 16-year-old son to come home. When he walked in on schedule, as she knew he would, she let out a sigh of relief and went to bed. It wasn’t until the
next morning when she discovered that her normally conscientious teen had snuck out in the middle of the night to get high on Xanax and alcohol with friends. He almost didn’t make it home alive.
A shocked Stafford was forced to confront a reality many parents don’t want to face: Teenagers of all stripes take risks. Some teens take so many risks that they are called “at-risk”— for criminal or violent behavior and substance abuse. Others, like Stafford’s son, take their parents off guard with their walk on the— potentially lethal—wild side. There are many ways to approach adolescent risk-taking, from drug and alcohol education classes to psycho-education groups and individual, family, and group therapy. School-based drug and alcohol education is tops on the list for Stafford, a local mom and business owner. Recently, she says, a couple
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of students asked an area emergency room nurse to give a talk on drugs and alcohol at their school. “Three hundred and seventy-six kids sat intently for 35 minutes listening to her speak. They asked questions, they were interested. How easy is that?” says Stafford. Meanwhile, the Mendocino County Youth Project (MCYP), a Ukiah nonprofit, offers drug and alcohol education to small groups of youth identified to be at-risk.
and Early Intervention Services department. Kids then make the decision about whether or not to
“I tell parents that the best way to change their child’s behavior is to change their behavior.” —Uriah Guilford
“We go over the impact of drugs and alcohol on the brain, body, family system. Guest speakers come and share their own stories and experiences with drugs and alcohol,” says Carter Grissom, a coordinator in MCYP’s Prevention
use substances “based on their own experience and education,” he says. Grissom asserts that this approach is “so much more powerful” than parents telling kids what to do. Local therapists and nonprofit administrators say that, beyond drug and alcohol education, getting to the root of what drives kids
toward substance abuse and other risky behaviors is key. And that is where psycho-education groups, as well as individual, family, and group therapy, come into play. The goal of psycho-education is often geared toward helping kids, as well as parents, identify and cope with the stressors in their lives. Jolene Chapel, director of the Lake County Office of Education’s Healthy Start initiative, says that anything from academic and extracurricular pressures to a traumatic home environment can trigger the fight-or-flight stress response. So a stressed child might get physically aggressive or seek to escape or “flee” through alcohol and drug use, she says.
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Aggressive children can learn to handle their feelings through avenues such as MCYP’s anger management groups. Meanwhile, overscheduled students can learn to cut back on their activities, Chapel says. “When a child comes to us and says, ‘I can’t handle sports and school right now,’ we as parents, caregivers, and coaches…[can] help them to make some decisions about what is going on in their lives so that they feel like they are still in control and don’t need to escape,” she explains. In order to help teens manage their emotions and make good choices, parents and caregivers need to learn how to effectively
communicate. Local therapist Uriah Guilford says that parents often react instead of respond to their children. And that can spell trouble. He teaches parents how to “dial down” their own reactivity and approach problems with playfulness, acceptance, curiosity, and empathy— PACE, for short. “I tell parents that the best way to change their child’s behavior is to change their own behavior,” says Guilford. The PACE approach may look something like this: The next time your kid yells, “You’re ruining my life!,” try to contain your hurt and anger, and instead, calmly
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ost of the time your job is to stay calm, parent with confidence, and remain connected to your child. Don’t sweat the small stuff is usually really good advice, but what about when things start to get serious?
There are usually small signs that could signal trouble. For example: Your children start hanging out with a new group of kids. They suddenly seem moody and irritable. They become withdrawn and isolate themselves. They don’t complete their homework, and their grades start to drop. For the most part, these are normal experiences of adolescence. But start to worry when any of the following begin to happen: 1. Drug and alcohol abuse (beyond experimentation) 2. Self-harm, such as cutting or suicidal thinking 3. Major depression or anxiety 4. Ditching school or sneaking out at night 5. Stealing or fire starting 6. Violence or gang involvement At this point, don’t focus as much on consequences or discipline as on figuring out what is really going on and getting your child some help. —Uriah Guilford, guilfordfamilycounseling.com
ask, “What do you mean by that?” Be truly interested in your child’s response. When you communicate a real desire to understand—not judge—your child’s thoughts and
“I’m a good mom. I’m a careful mom. If this can happen in my family, this can happen in anyone’s family.” — Kathleen Stafford feelings, he or she is more likely to open up to you. If a child doesn’t feel comfortable talking to you, he or she might be willing to speak to a therapist. Some parents don’t reach out to a professional, though, because they assume such services are out of their budget. But Elece Hempel, an executive director of an area mental-health services nonprofit, says most community agencies offer very affordable rates. And Medi-Cal covers many services, too. Still, moms and dads may never pick up the phone because they simply feel too embarrassed. Hempel encourages them to shirk shame and feel empowered, instead. “A lot of times parents…are anxious and nervous because they don’t want anyone else in the world to know that they are dealing with these issues. And I think we would be doing everybody a big favor if we felt not stigmatized by saying, ‘I’m getting help for my child,’” asserts Hempel. Stafford says she felt like “locking [herself] in the house and closing the
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curtains” when she found out what her son had done. But she knew that she had to speak up so other parents would know they were not alone.
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“I’m a good mom. I’m a careful mom. If this can happen in my family, this can happen in anyone’s family,” she says.
Of course, there are parents who have tried everything from psycho-education groups to family therapy and are still dealing with a verbally and physically abusive child.
A stressed child might get physically aggressive or seek to escape through alcohol and drug use. In situations like these, where it’s no longer safe for a family to house their teen, Guilford says youth shelters can provide a temporary place for teens to stay and get assistance. The path of parenting a risk-taking adolescent is full of twists and turns, some of which, as in Stafford’s case, are completely unexpected. While every family’s journey is unique, there are therapists and programs to light the way. Educating kids about drug and alcohol use, teaching them how to handle stress, and learning to communicate are all steps in the right direction. The rest of the road is paved by the choices that kids, and their parents, make. ¶ Melissa Chianta is the features editor at Mendo Lake Family Life.
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No Drop-Off Day Blues How to Prepare Yourself for Summer Camp By Ashley Talmadge
hirty years ago, parents eagerly awaited Drop-Off Day at summer camp. For a few glorious weeks, they could happily ditch their roles of chauffeur, chef, and chaperone. They’d read a few more books, have an extra glass of wine with dinner, and simply enjoy a respite from the nonstop pace kids require. 14 MendoLakeFamilyLife
Today, we parents seem to have more difficulty letting go. Thanks to new communication technology, we’re accustomed to being in constant contact with our kids. And our news feed can make the world seem like
Express confidence in your child’s ability to succeed and have fun at camp. a pretty scary place. How can we trust that our kids will be protected and get their needs met unless we’re overseeing every detail of their lives? But trust we must. In his book Homesick and Happy (Ballantine, 2012), psychologist Michael Thompson concludes that children become more resilient, confident, competent,
and independent when they have opportunities to make decisions, solve problems, and try new things out of their parents’ view. Overnight camp provides the perfect environment for such growth. Kevin Gordon, camp owner and director, has many years of experience working with first-time campers and their parents. When deciding whether to send a child to overnight summer camp, Gordon says it’s a good idea to separate a child’s readiness from a parent’s readiness. He says, “Sometimes well-meaning parents will communicate that their child isn’t ready, but, in fact, it’s the parent that’s not quite there.” Erec Hillis, also a camp director, agrees. He says, “It is our observation that 95 percent of kids finishing second grade can be successful for
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Children become more resilient, confident, competent, and independent when they have opportunities to make decisions, solve problems, and try new things out of their parents’ view. approachable and available? Do staff members undergo a rigorous hiring and training process? Does the camp provide exciting physical opportunities for kids, while also managing risks? If you can answer these questions in the affirmative, you can remind yourself as Drop-Off Day approaches: “I’ve chosen a great camp. My child is in good hands, and he’ll get to try some really cool things.” The next step is to prepare your child. Both Gordon and Hillis say it’s a good idea to have children spend a few nights away from home with friends or relatives. In addition, some parents will find peace of mind in familiarizing their child www.mendolakefamilylife.com
Finally, it really helps for parents to make their own plans! Sign up for that hula-hooping class, plan a tour of the wine country, or read ten classic novels and get a new tattoo. Above all, express confidence in your child’s ability to succeed and have fun at camp. “Whatever you do, don’t project your uneasiness or anxiety on your child,” advises Hillis. If you have concerns about food, allergies, or medical issues, speak with the staff ahead of time. Read the parent brochure and be prepared to follow the guidelines regarding communication with your child during the camp session. “When in doubt, call the camp,” says Hillis. “The directors are there to talk to you.” Drop-Off Day is often bittersweet. You may need to hide a few tears behind dark glasses. But before you know it, Pick-Up Day will arrive. As you hug your tangle-haired, sodden-sneakered, somehow wiser child, you’ll think, “How could she have grown up so fast?” On the way home, the stories may bubble from her lips. Or the words may be few. But her eyes will tell you: “I’m different. I’ve found parts of myself I never knew existed. Thank you.” ¶ Ashley Talmadge is a freelance writer and mother of two boys whose articles have appeared in dozens of parenting publications across the US and Canada.
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a three-week camp term, but only 5 percent of their parents think they can.” As a parent, memories of your child as a baby, toddler, and preschooler may skew your understanding of her current capabilities. Hillis suggests that parents begin to more accurately assess a child’s maturity by “taking note of things he or she can do now that weren’t so easy a year or two ago.”
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Start here with the 2016 “Summer Camp Adventure Guide”! Mendo Lake Family Life has the scoop on 58 camps to get your summer planning off to a great start.
Challenger Sports Soccer Camps. Clearlake & Upper Lake. Our highly qualified & trained British & Brazilian staff provides professional soccer coaching to players of all ages & abilities. Ages 3–4: 9–10 a.m. Ages 4–6: 10 a.m.–noon. Ages 6–14: 9 a.m.– noon. Ages 8–14: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $85–$198. 916-596-1694. challengersports.com.
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Clearlake Jr. Giants Baseball. Ages 5–16. Noncompetitive. Signups May 17 & June 30. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Coaches
needed! Games June–Aug. 994-5437. firstname.lastname@example.org. Lake County Youth Center. Sports, indoor & outdoor games, cooking, arts & crafts. Ages 7–17. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Mon.–Fri. June 6 –17. 2-week session. 994-KIDS (5437). facebook.com/ clearlakeyouthcenter.
Hidden Valley Bob Rider’s Photography Camp. Your child will learn basic photography principles, take photo walks daily & make prints & a mini-album to take home the last day. Ages 8–14. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Tues.– Fri. June 21–24. 245-5321. bobrider.com. Equine Summer & Rodeo Camp at Owen Ranch. Rides, riding lessons, birthday parties & field trips. Ages 6–adult. Summer Camp. Aug. 3–7. Aug. 10–14 & Aug. 17–21. Rodeo Camp. June 22–26 & July 20–24. Mon.–Fri. June–Aug. $350/wk. $80/day. $40 registration fee. 355-0121. owenranchca.com. Lake County Diamonds. Offering gymnastics, tumbling, hip-hop & tap dance. Week nights. All ages & abilities
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Lakeport Clear Lake Scullers. High School Rowing & Youth Paddling/Water Safety. High school: Learn to row in single & team-racing shells. Youth: Paddling technique & safety for kayaks, canoes, paddleboards & rowing boats. Grades 6–8 for the youth program. July 5–8. High school: 8–10 a.m. Youth: 10:30 a.m.–noon. $40. 349-9779. FREE Cowabunga Farm Vacation Bible Club. Clearlake Baptist Church. Children will experience life on the farm: animals, tractors & growing crops. Games, snacks, crafts, Bible time, skits, songs & more. Ages 3–12. Mon.–Fri. 9–11:30 a.m. June 20–24. 263-3256. clearlakebaptistchurch.org. Lake County Channel Cats. Offering swim lessons for all levels. Ages 3–18. Mon.–Fri. 9–11:30 a.m. June– Aug. $200. Ages 6–adult. 263-3256. lakecountychannelcats.com.
Lakeport Christian Center Preschool. Summer Fun & Learning (water activities, exploring nature, etc.). Ages 2.5–6. 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Mon.–Fri. June 20–Aug. 26. For specific schedule/rates, call 262-5520. lcchub.com. Lakeport Dance Center. Offering classes in ballet, combo ballet/jazz, movement & hip-hop. Drop-ins welcome. Ages 5 & up. For specific age-group schedule/rates, call 263-5617 or e-mail aebgoetz@aol. com. facebook/lakeportdancecenter. FREE Lakeport Library Summer Teen Reading Programs. This year’s theme: “Read for the Win.” Activities, prizes, incentives & reading lists for tweens & teens. Ages 12–17. Signups start May 21. Lakeport Library. N. High St. Saturdays 2–4 p.m. Wednesdays 4:30–6:30 p.m. 263-8817, ext. 17105. amy.patton@ lakecountyca.gov. SkyCatch Gymnastics Summer Camps. Hugh new location! We help keep children in a positive environment. All ages. 490-6053. skycatchgymnastics.org.
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Summer Youth Art Camp. Day classes lasting 2–3 hours. Supplies provided. A variety of art classes designed to enrich creativity & encourage self-expression. Ages 6–adult. June 13–July 30. $10–$20/ class. 263-6658.For schedule, visit lakearts.org/classes.
MENDOCINO COUNTY Challenger Sports Soccer Camps. Ukiah, Willits & Fort Bragg. Our highly qualified & trained British & Brazilian staff provides professional soccer coaching to players of all ages & abilities. Ages 3–4: 9–10 a.m. Ages 4–6: 10 a.m.–noon. Ages 6–14: 9 a.m.–noon. Ages 8–14: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $85–$198. 916-596-1694. challengersports.com. FREE Mendocino County Libraries Summer Reading Program. Ongoing activities & prizes. Ages Pre-K–11 yrs. Teen program: Ages 12–17. For specific age-group schedule, mendolibrary.org. 463-4153.
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Summer Camp Adventure Guide Fort Bragg C.V. Starr Community Center. Activities for youth, teens & families. 964-9446. starrcenter.net. Just for Kids Day Camp. We provide lots of opportunities for craft-making, computer-based research, library visits, field trips & so much more. 7:45 a.m.–5:15 p.m. Mon.–Fri. $30/full day. $20/half-day. 964-9672. mendocoastrec.org.
Hopland Camp Solar. Garden, Natural Building & Solar Days. We’ll race solar cars & make adobe bricks, seed balls & a farmers market for parents on the final day. Ages 6–12. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Aug. 2–4. $150. Benefits the Solar Living Institute. 472-2460. solarliving.org.
Laytonville Camp Winnarainbow. A Circus & Performing Arts Camp. For 41 years, children have run away to join this
circus in beautiful Mendocino. 984-6507. campwinnarainbow.org. Healthy Start Summer Program. Arts & crafts, field games, water play, drama, music, lunch. Ages 5–12. Noon–3 p.m. Mon., Tues. & Wed. June 27–July 20. $40/4 wks. 984-8089. laytonville.org/ healthystart. Raiders Youth Football. Ages 7–14. Signups: June & July. Games: Aug.–Nov. Contact Melody: 972-2073.
Leggett Redwood Adventure Residential Camp. Hiking, swimming, backpacking, horseback riding, archery, crafts & nature. We emphasize nature stewardship, leadership & interpersonal & spiritual growth. Grades 5–12. July 5–20. $495/wk. $975/2 wks. 703-9171. For specific age-group schedule/rates, visit redwoodadventure.org.
Mendocino Camp Mendocino. A program of the Boys & Girls Club of SF. Campers participate in arts & crafts, swimming, boating, mountain biking, digital photography, gardening, rock climbing, a ropes course & more. Ages 8–18. Weekly sessions: June 29–Aug. 6. June 20–29: active military youth only. See schedule/rates on campmendocino.org. Community Center of Mendocino’s Summer Enrichment Camps. Science, art, gardening & nutrition, disc golf, tide pool exploration, outdoor games, nature exploration. Operation Orchestra Camp, Lil’ Dream Empowerment Camp, Circus Camp. Ages 6–12. Mon.–Fri. 937-4133. ccmendo.org. Flynn Creek Circus Big Top Day Camp. Run away with a real circus this summer! Students will explore various circus skills, from trapeze to teeterboard, all under the Flynn Creek Circus big-top tent. Safe environment. Ages 6–12: 10 a.m.–2 p.m. July 5–9. Ages 13 & older: 4:30–6:30 p.m.
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Summer Camp Adventure Guide July 6–7. Recital: July 9. 2–3 p.m. $235/ session. 937-4133. flynncreekcircus.com. Youth Ceramic Arts. Students will be exposed to various building & throwing techniques, working with local artists & artists in residence. May 18–July 6. Wednesdays. Ages 6–12: 2:45–4:45 p.m. Ages 13 & up: 5–7 p.m. $200. Mendocino Art Center. 937-5818, ext. 10. mendocinoartcenter.org.
wilderness skills, bird language, plant & animal ID & more. Ages 8–13. June 13–17. June 20–24. June 27–July 1. $275. Siblings discount & scholarships avail. 743-1980. oakgranary.org.
having fun in a friendly environment where safety comes first. All skill levels. Day Camp: Ages 6 & up. $375. Sleepovers: Ages 8–16. $500 & up/wk. 743-2541. paddingtonstationriding.com.
Jr. Bear Cats Football. Ages 7–14 (up to grade 8). Signups: June & July. Games: Aug–Nov. Contact Paul: 489-5830.
White Dog Ranch Children’s Horseback Riding Day Camp. Ride & learn all about horses, from grooming to feeding & more. All levels, from beginners to experienced riders. Ages 5–17. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. or 9 a.m.–noon. June 21–25. July
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Navarro Boy Scouts of America Summer Camps. Boy Scout Resident Camp. Cooking, aquatics, Scout-craft, shooting sports, handicrafts & nature skills. Ages 11–20. July 24–28. $244–$279. 546–8137. redwoodbsa.org. Girl Scouts of Kamp Konocti. Girl Scouts from all over Northern California exploring nature, archery, arts & crafts, hiking & outdoor cooking. Entering grades 2–8. Children 3–6 welcome w/parent volunteers. July 23–30. $300–$325/wk. & registration fee. Financial aid. 837-8632. kampkonocti.org. Lake-Mendocino 4-H Summer Camp. A weeklong camp filled with fun & exciting adventures that are sure to be remembered for years to come. 4-H members ages 9–13. Ages 12–13 can attend camp as a counselor-intraining. Ages 14–18 can attend camp as counselors or Deans. Ages 16–18 may serve as Ambassadors or Directors. Space is limited, first-come basis. $175. 263-6838. celake.ucanr.edu.
Point Arena Windy Hollow Farm Camp. Children will be preparing snacks, crafting projects, sowing seeds & exploring the land & gardens. This is a chance for kids to run & get their hands dirty in a safe outdoor environment. Jr. Farm Camp: Ages 4–6. July 5–8 & Aug. 9–12. $125/ wk. Farm Camp: Ages 7–10. June 28– July 1 & Aug. 2–5. $125/wk. 353-0143. windyhollowfarmca.com/farm-camp.
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Round Valley/Covelo Colts Football & Cheer. Ages 7–14. (Up to grade 8). Signups: June & July. Games: Aug.–Nov. Contact Joe: 983-6823. Jr. Giants Baseball. Ages 5–16. Signups: Thru June 3. Games: June 13–Aug. 12. Contact Joe: 983-6823.
Ukiah Bible Vacation School. Lego based-theme: “Building Blocks of God’s Word.” Ages 3–grade 5. 5:30–7:30 p.m. Mon.–Fri. Aug 1–5. First Presbyterian Church. 468-9235. fpcukiah.org. Boys & Girls Club of Ukiah Summer Program. BGCU is a safe & fun experience. We are here for all youth, especially those who need us most, so that they can reach their fullest potential as productive, responsible & caring citizens. Ages 6–18. Mon.–Fri. 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. June 13–Aug. 19. $50 registration fee. $15/day. 467-4900. ukiahbgc.org. Canova Music Rock Band Camp. A unique music school where campers learn to write, record, produce, market & perform their own original music. All ages. All skills. 354-2377. facebook.com/ canova-records. City of 10,000 Buddhas Summer Youth Camp. Creativity & Community. Explore Buddha’s teachings through art, music, theater, community projects, speaking Chinese, brush painting, organic gardening, meditation & nature hikes. Ages 5–14. June 20–July 1. Day session: $250 /2 wks. Residential students: $400–$500. 468-1138 (boys). 468-3896 (girls). igdvs.org. City of Ukiah Summer Safari Day Camp. Swimming, golf, arts & crafts, sports, cooking, bouncy houses & field trips. Todd Grove Park. Ages 6–12. Mon.–Fri. 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. June–Aug. Call for rates. 463-6231. cityofukiah.com. Jr. Giants Baseball. Ages 5–16. Signups: Thru June 3. Games: June 13–Aug. 12. Contact Craig: 621-0932.
Mendocino Ballet Summer Dance Workshops. Classical ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary & choreography. Ages 6–14. 463-2290. For schedule/rates, visit mendocinoballet.org. Mendocino College Youth Basketball Camp. Games & drills designed to keep children focused & having fun. Ages 7–11: 8:30–11 a.m. Ages 12–15: 1–4:30 p.m. Mon.–Fri. June 27–30. $100. 468-3028. mendocino.edu.
Vacation Bible School. St. Mary’s of the Angels Catholic Church. Games, snacks, crafts, Bible time, stories, songs & more. Grades K–6. Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m. –12:30 p.m. June 27–July 1. $25. 462-1431, ext. 13. stmarysukiah.org.
Willits Disc Golf. Ages 10 & up. June 9–Aug. 25. Contact Michael Bennett at Willits Police Dept.: 459-6122.
SPACE School of Performing Arts & Cultural Education Summer Programs. Dancers of all levels will assemble for one week of nonstop dancing. Two final celebration performances on June 18. Ages 12–young adult. Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (Advanced dancers return for class 6–8 p.m.) June 13–18. Beginner & intermediate: $315. Advanced: $365. 462-9370. spaceperformingarts.org.
Jr. Giants Baseball. Ages 5–16. Signups: Thru June 3. Games: June 13–Aug. 12. Contact Tiffany: 354-4463.
Sports & Splash Camp–Redwood Health Club. From Under the Sea to Olympic Gold. Crafts, games & activities focused on weekly theme. Ages 5–12. Mon.–Fri. Part-time: 7:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. or 12:45–5 p.m. Full-time: 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Extended care: 5–6 p.m. June 13–Aug. 19. Members: $35–$95. Nonmembers: $40–$105. 468-0441, ext. 240. For complete schedule/rates, visit redwoodhealthclubofukiah.com.
Wiggle Worms & Roustabouts. A Performing Arts/Music & Movement Camp. Mon.–Thurs. June 13–July 22. Baby Sign Language Classes: Ages 9 mos. $200 (includes CD & text book). “Peter & the Wolf”: Ages Pre-K–grade 3. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. $300. “The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe”: Ages 8–18. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. $500. Siblings rate. Extended care avail. 354-2475. manafromthemuse.com.
Tutoring Center Summer Program. Helps to keep good students on track & gives kids who need extra help a chance to catch up during summer. Math & language skills. Ages 5–18. Mon.–Thurs. 3:30–6:30 p.m. June–Aug. $250–$300/ mo. 468-1300. tutoringcenter.com. FREE Ukiah Library Summer Reading Program. Saturdays. 11 a.m.–noon. All ages. Activities, prizes, incentives & reading. June 11–Aug. 13. 463-4490. mendolibrary.org. Ukiah Valley Youth Soccer. Challenger Sports’ British Soccer Camp. Drills & practices designed to improve individual ball control, fakes, juggling & core techniques. Ages 3–14. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. June 13–17. $80–$190/wk. 467-9797. uvysl.org/soccer-camp.
The Learning Farm. Where kids learn where food comes from & participate in the creation of healthy, locally sourced, organic, non-GMO food products, marketing & distribution. Ages 3–17. Mon.–Fri. 8 a.m. –7 p.m. June–Aug. $500. 570-5178. christa@ planetkidizen.com.
Willits Kids Club. Summer Day Camp. Gardening, crafts, games, sports, outings, swimming & more. Grades K–8. 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. June 20–Aug. 12. Drop-ins welcome. 459-9201. For rates, visit willitskidsclub.org. Willits Youth Football & Cheer. WYF promotes character growth & development thru instructional & fun participation. Ages 7–14. First practice Aug 1. 5–7 p.m. Baechtel Grove Middle School. Registration $110 first child, sliding scale for additional children. willitsyouthfootball.com.
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Hidden Valley Lake A guaranteed way to make Mom feel special anytime of the year may be summed up in one word: dessert. Or, more specifically, desserts. There will be plenty of them on the all-you-can-eat buffet at the Greenview Room in the Greenview Restaurant. And did we mention that a glass of bubbly or a mimosa is included in the meal? The buffet is $21.95, $11.95 for ages 6–12, and free for little ones under 5. Reservations are required. Call 987-3146. Lakeport If Mother’s secret pleasure is to turn up the Tchaikovsky and conduct the air, then take her to the Lake County Symphony Mother’s Day Pop Concert on May 8 at the Soper Reese Theatre. The program will be packed with highlights from grand film scores as well as Leroy Anderson favorites, including “Clarinet Candy,” “Bugler’s Holiday,” and “Fiddle Faddle.” If you need to go on the cheap, check out the 11 a.m. rehearsal, which is only $5; free for kids 18 and under. Tickets for the 3 p.m. concert are $25 and may be purchased at soperreesetheatre.com. Mendocino County Fort Bragg If no one got Mom flowers on Valentine’s Day, here’s your chance to make up for it—in spades. The 39th Annual John Druecker Memorial Rhododendron Show is expected to fill the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens with more than 1,000 versions of the vibrant flower. With that kind of floral action, your V-day forgetfulness will surely be forgiven. Raffles, a silent auction, educational displays, and food sweeten the deal. You can even buy a bloom to bring home. The event will be held May 7–8, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., at the Mendocino 22 MendoLakeFamilyLife
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alk into the 1860s at the Middletown Mansion in Middletown on May 14, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. The “Muskets and Cannon and Scarlett, Oh My!” Civil War reenactment, presented by the Gibson Museum and Cultural Center, will educate your family about the past. Southern belles donned in gowns worthy of Scarlett O’Hara will serve you appetizers and local wine while you listen to live music of the era, and hear facts and figures from a local historian. Skirmishes by the American Civil War Association will be held at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Advance tickets are $60 for adults, $50 for seniors, and $25 for students. Tack on an additional $5 for tickets purchased at the gate. Children under 10 get in for free. See lakecounty.com for more information. ¶
Arbor Day Celebration & Youth Poetry Contest. A self–guided tour of
FREE Hang Out Club. Free babysitting. This is a safe & fun place to drop off your kids. We will feed them, play games & do activities. Ages 3 to grade 5. Wednesdays. 5:30–7 p.m. First Presbyterian Church. 514 W. Church St., Ukiah. 468-9235. fpcukiah.org.
the city’s landmark trees. Youth Poetry Contest: “Ode to a Tree.” Ages 5–11 & 12–18. Bring your poem about a tree to the info table near the old oak tree at the Ukiah Civic Center. 1–3 p.m. Ukiah Civic Center. 300 Seminary Ave., Ukiah. cityofukiah.com. Cinco de Mayo Celebration.
Kelseyville Singers, Irma Lopez, Group XMG, Maximoz, El Torito de Petate. Also vendors, food & information booths. 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Library Park. 225 Park St., Lakeport. Mendocino College Spring Dance Festival. Ballet, contemporary, jazz,
hip-hop, Middle Eastern, Afro-Cuban. 2 p.m. Mendocino College. 1000 Hensley Creek Rd., Ukiah. 468-3079. mendocino.edu.
Tuesday 3 Karate. County Sheriff’s Activities
League (SAL). Classes are free. $10 annual insurance/registration fee. Tuesdays. Ages 8 & up. 6–7:30 p.m. Ukiah High School. 1000 Low Gap Rd., Ukiah. 354–0565. 24 MendoLakeFamilyLife
Thursday 5 Karate. Mendocino County Sheriff’s Activities League (SAL). Classes are free. $10 annual insurance/registration fee. Thursdays. Ages 5–9: 6–6:45 p.m. Tweens–adults: 7–8:30 p.m. Willits Body Works Gym. 1511 S. Main St., Willits. 354–0565. Little Women: The Musical. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life. Follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth & Amy March. $10–$20. Thursdays: 7 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays: 8 p.m. Sundays: 2 p.m. Runs thru May 15. Ukiah Playhouse. 1041 Low Gap Rd., Ukiah. 462-9226. ukiahplayerstheatre.org.
Friday 6 Movie Night. Jurassic World. Adults $5. Kids $3. Admission includes popcorn & a drink. 7 p.m. Konocti Education Center. 15850-A Dam Rd. Ext., Clearlake. kec.konoctiusd.org. FREE Friday Night Youth Games.
Magic the Gathering, Pokemon cards, Wii, board games, chess & much more. Ages 10–14. Fridays. 5–7:30 p.m. Willits Library. 390 E. Commercial St., Willits. 459-5908. co.mendocino.ca.us. FREE National Public Gardens Day. Free admission to the gardens.
9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. 18220 N. Hwy. 1, Fort Bragg. gardenbythesea.org.
Saturday 7 May Faire. Games, food, festivities & May Pole dance. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Waldorf School of Mendocino County. 6280 Third St., Calpella. 485-8719. mendocinowaldorf.org. FREE Learn to Row Days. Free
lessons May 7 & 14. Kayaks & canoes will be available to try in addition to the rowing sculls. No experience necessary. 8 a.m.–noon. The club is
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located at the site of Natural High School. 100 Lange St., Lakeport. You’ll see boats in a fenced area. Walk for Paws. One-mile fun walk from Austin Park to Redbud Park & back. All proceeds benefit the SPCA, Animal Coalition & families fostering Valley Fire animals. SPCA will host a pet adoption at the event. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Austin Park. 14077 Lakeshore Dr., Clearlake. lakecounty.com. 39th Annual John Druecker Memorial Rhododendron Show. California’s
largest rhododendron show. Free admission to the show. Gardens admission separate: $5–$14. Thru May 8. 9–5 p.m. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. 18220 N. Hwy. 1, Fort Bragg. gardenbythesea.org. Craft Fair & Kid Swap. Handmade
items, food & kids’ activities. 10
a.m.–1 p.m. Children’s clothing & toy swap: 11 a.m.–noon. Community Center of Mendocino. 998 School St., Mendocino. facebook.com/ coastalmama. Willits on Stage 4. Annual
variety show to benefit Willits community services. 7 p.m. Willits High School. 299 N. Main St., Willits. facebook. com/willits–community–services– and–food–bank. Human Race. 5K
walk & timed run around Ukiah neighborhoods. Raise money for local nonprofit organizations. Registration 8 a.m. Race 9 a.m. Alex Thomas Plaza. 300 State St., Ukiah. mendohumanrace.com. Mother’s Day High Tea. Enjoy traditional tea & light meal. Thru May 8. Noon–3 p.m. Lakeport
English Inn. 675 N. Main St., Lakeport. Reservations: 263-4317. lakeportenglishinn.com. Treasure & Trash Sale. Small
appliances, tools, books, plants & gently used household & kitchen goods available for purchase. Rain or shine. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Lower Lake Historical School Museum. 16435 Main St., Lower Lake. Mother’s Day Car Show. All Mustangs & Cobras welcome. People’s Choice Awards. Kids’ coloring contest, raffle, music, games, family fun. All day. Pear Tree Center. 405 E. Perkins St., Ukiah. visitukiah.com. Mother’s Day Brunch. Crab omelet or eggs & sausage any style. Complimentary champagne mimosas & Irish coffee. $14. 9–11 a.m. Redwood
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Sunday 8 Mother’s Day Pops Concert.
Music from your favorite movies & musicals. Also featuring the LCSA Youth Orchestra. 3 p.m. $25–$30. 11 a.m. open rehearsal: $5, free for kids 18 & under. Soper Reese Theatre. 275 S. Main St., Lakeport. 263-0577. soperreesetheatre.com. Mother’s Day Brunch. 1–3 p.m.
Cache Creek Vineyards. 250 New Long Valley Rd., Clearlake Oaks. 998-1200. cachecreekvineyards.com. Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch. Live music by Will Siegel & Friends. 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Blue Wing Saloon. 9520 Main St., Upper Lake. bluewingsaloon.com. Mother’s Day Breakfast. Sponsored
by the Knights of Columbus. Adults $8. 12 & under $3.50. 8 a.m.–noon. St. Anthony’s Church, 10700 Lansing St., Mendocino. mendonoma.com. Mother’s Day Brunch & Jazz.
Reservations recommended. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Barra Winery. 7051 N. State St., Redwood Valley. 485-0322. mendonoma.com.
Friday 13 Queens of Boogie Woogie. This
show brings together a vibrant group of women committed to continuing the tradition of high-energy piano. $15–$25. 7 p.m. Soper Reese Theatre. 275 S. Main St., Lakeport. 263-0577. soperreesetheatre.com. Catfish Derby. Contestants
must register in person at Derby Headquarters & pick up entry numbers & rules before starting to fish. Adults $50. 15 yrs. & under $10. Thru May 15. 7 a.m.–5 p.m. Clearlake Oaks Fire Station. 26 MendoLakeFamilyLife
12655 E. Hwy. 20, Clearlake Oaks. clearlakeoaks.org/derby.
Saturday 14 FREE Pastels on the Plaza. Live music, food vendors, May pole dances, face-painting, wreath-making & other fun children’s activities. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Alex Thomas Plaza. W. Clay & School Streets, Ukiah. riveroakcharterschool.org. Kelseyville Sunrise Rotary Denim & Diamonds. Dinner, silent & live
auctions, raffle, dancing & live music by the LC Diamonds. 6–10 p.m. Chacewater Winery & Olive Mill. 5625 Gaddy Ln., Kelseyville. visitkelseyville.com. Muskets & Cannon & Scarlett Oh My!
A look at life in the 1860s. Appetizers & wine will be served by Southern belles in Scarlett O’Hara gowns. Silent auction & more. Adults $65. Students $30. Children under 10 free. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Skirmishes by the American Civil War Association: 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Middletown Mansion. 20650 Hwy. 29, Middletown. lakecounty.com. Waves & Whales 5K Trail Run– Walk. Ages 5–15. $20. Ages 16 &
up $30. Includes T–shirt & snacks. Must register by May 8. Supports environmental stewardship program. 10 a.m. Point Arena- Stornetta Public Unit of CCNM, behind the Point Arena City Hall. 451 School St., Point Arena. acornpartnersineducation.org. FREE Annual Clean-up Lakeport Day. Light work, coffee, donuts &
good fun. Appropriate for kids ages 10 & up (with adult supervision). Can be counted as community service for high school students. Bring brooms, dustpans, weeding tools, buckets & ladders. 8–10 a.m. Museum Park. N. Main St., Lakeport. lakeportmainstreet.com.
Passion Play. The Passion, Death, Resurrection & Ascension of Jesus Christ. Thru May 15. 4–7 p.m. 7010 Westlake Rd., Upper Lake. lakecochamber.chambermaster.com. Hidden Gardens of Lake County Tour. Benefits local farm–to–school
gardening programs & scholarships. No pets. Rain or shine. $25. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 2298 Hendricks Rd., Lakeport. clttgc.org.
Sunday 15 Let It Shine: Movement, Monologues & Music. Benefits
the $10,000 Paint & Restore Campaign. 2–4:30 p.m. Willits Center for the Arts. 71 E. Commercial St., Willits. 459-1726. willitscenterforthearts.org.
Monday 16 Holly Near in Concert. With Barbara
Higbie & Jan Martinelli. $15–$25. 6:30 p.m. Soper Reese Theatre. 275 S. Main St., Lakeport. 263-0577. soperreesetheatre.com.
Tuesday 17 FREE Junior Giants Baseball Signups.
Noncompetitive baseball program for girls & boys. Learn confidence, integrity, teamwork & leadership. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Clearlake Youth Center. 4750 Golf Ave., Clearlake. 994-KIDS (5437). jrgiants.org.
Thursday 19 FREE CTA Classes. Become a Certified Tourism Ambassador. Learn
about Lake County, network with your peers at CTA events & get access to local specials & deals. 1–5 p.m. Register online: ctanetwork.com. Use the coupon code 0000 to cover the full cost of the classes. Lower Lake Schoolhouse Museum. 16435 Morgan Valley Rd., Lower Lake.
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Friday 20 Mendocino College Festival of New Plays. Eleven original works.
$10. Recommended for ages 14 & older. Thru May 21. 8 p.m. Mendocino College Little Theatre. 1000 Hensley Creek Rd., Ukiah. mendocino.edu.
Saturday 21 Draw Til You Drop. A marathon fundraiser for the Arts Council of Mendocino County. Commit to making art for a minimum of 12 hrs. while being entertained by musicians, poets, visitors & each other. High school students & up invited to participate. 10 a.m. Ukiah Senior Center. 499 Leslie St., Ukiah. 743-1437. Fire Recovery Blues Benefit #2.
Outdoor blues concert. Crafts, food, beer, wine, information booths &
raffles. $15. 12 & under free. 3–7 p.m. Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum. 9921 Soda Bay Rd., Kelseyville. elystagestop.com.
105 N. Main St., Ukiah. 463-4490. mendolibrary.org.
Tour the Links. 5K Run/Walk Plus Mutts. Unique opportunity to walk/ run around the Sea Ranch golf course. Dogs on leashes & baby strollers welcome. Benefits Action Network. Adults $25. Under 18 $10. Dogs $5. Kids in strollers free. Registration 7–8:30 a.m. Run 8:45 a.m. Walk 9 a.m. Sea Ranch Golf Links. 4200 Coast Hwy., Sea Ranch. 884-5413. actionnetwork.info.
helicopters, rescue vehicles. Bicycle rodeo (bring your own bike & helmet). Extreme obstacle course. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Mendocino County Fairgrounds. 14400 Hwy. 128, Boonville.
FREE Heroes of Health & Safety Fair. Jaws of Life, K9 Units, medical
Motorcycle Poker Run. $25 includes
run, T–shirt & BBQ tri-tip dinner. $15 for run & BBQ only. Supports the Konocti Education Center. 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Konocti Education Center. 15850-A Dam Rd. Ext., Clearlake. kec. konoctiusd.org.
FREE Journey into Space. Grades K–4 & their families. Storytime, Magic School Bus video, making moon rocks & walking in moon boots. A traveling exhibition for libraries, supported thru the National Science Foundation. 2:30 p.m. Ukiah Library.
FREE Wool Festival. Farm tours, demos, fiber arts, spinning, weaving, felting. Thru May 22. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Casari Ranch. 42900 Curley Lane (Hwy. 1), Point Arena. casariranch.com.
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Clearlake Youth Center. 4750 Golf Ave., Clearlake. 994-KIDS (5437). Quilts in Bloom Show. Theme
baskets, silent auction & door prizes. $8. May 21: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. May 22: 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Redwood Empire Fairgrounds. 1055 N. State St., Ukiah. ukiahgrapevinequilters.webs.com. The Dead Winter Carpenters concert. 21 & older only. Benefits
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Sunday 22 FREE Healthy Family Fair. Tasty food samples, games, diabetic screening, kids’ Zumba, prizes, drawings & fun. Bring a picnic lunch. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Recreation Grove Park. E. Commercial St., Willits. 456-9676. avenuestowellness.org. FREE Willits Walk for Wellness & Health. Five-mile walk through
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Friday 27 Spring Festival & Rodeo. Parade, rodeo dance, raffles, competition, vendors & more. $10. Ages 10 & under free. Thru May 30. Some events free for all. Potter Valley Rodeo Grounds. 11250 Pine Ave., Potter Valley. pottervalleyrodeo.com.
Saturday 28 FREE Memorial Day Parade. The
theme this year is “Lake County Strong.” 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Main St., Lakeport. lakecochamber. chambermaster.com.
FREE Fishing Clinic. Law enforcement officers assist kids in fishing technique & fish cleaning. Pre-school–grade 5. Sponsored by Mendocino Coast Police Activities League. 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Joe Moura’s Pond. 18150 Ocean Dr., Fort Bragg. mendocinocoastpal.org. 8th Annual Lake Renaissance Festival. Step into 16th century Italy.
Food, drink, guides & entertainment. $8. Under 10 free. Those who come in costume or seniors get $3 off. Thru May 29. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Tuscan Village/ Terrill Cellars Winery. 16175 Main St., Lower Lake. lakerenfest.weebly.com. Lake County Show & Shine Car Show. Noon–4 p.m. Lake County
Fairgrounds. 401 Martin St., Lakeport. lakecochamber.chambermaster.com. Kiwanis Craft Fair. Artisans & crafters will be displaying & selling a wide range of handcrafted & food items. Proceeds support community projects. May 28: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. May 29: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Natural High. 810 N. Main St., Lakeport. lakecochamber. chambermaster.com.
Sunday 29 Lower Lake Daze Parade & BBQ. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Main St., Lower Lake. lakecochamber.chambermaster.com. 26th Annual Kiwanis Craft Fair.
Artisans & crafters will be selling a wide range of handcrafts & food items. Supports the Kiwanis Scholarship Fund as well as community projects. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Natural High. 810 N. Main St., Lakeport. lakecounty.com. 35th Annual Willits Community Festival & Car & Bike Show. Check
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Then there is a time for unbridled panic. This was one of those times. “Gracie, get down! You might get hurt!” Visions of red-hot burners and Gracie’s fair baby skin flashed through my mind.
A Mom Never Bathes Alone for Long
By Janeen Lewis
ll I wanted was a shower. A long, uninterrupted shower like the ones I took before I had children.
I know, I know. To have a shower of solitude, all I have to do is put in earplugs and lock the bathroom door. The Shower Diva, the not-so-perfect angel who sits on my left shoulder, often tells me this. However, Safety Freak Mom, the goody-two-shoes angel who sits on my right shoulder, says, “What if your kids need you, and they can’t get to you?” Nevertheless, one day when I was tired of quarrels about who owned the Scotch tape, I decided to get a little crazy and lock the bathroom door. Unfortunately, I didn’t get so crazy that I put in earplugs. Live and learn. I grabbed my “Carried Away” shower gel and told seven-year-old Andrew to watch four-year-old Gracie, and to knock on the door in case of an emergency. I explained that emergencies involve bleeding or poisoning, not whose turn it is to play a game at NickJr.com or watch a show on Netflix Kids. The first minute in the shower was glorious. Then I heard a noise. The Shower Diva said, “Ignore it. They’re fine.” 30 MendoLakeFamilyLife
Safety Freak Mom countered with, “What if one of them is hurt?” I stayed put. But as I got to my favorite part of the shower, the part where I lather shampoo into my hair with all the ecstasy of a woman in an Herbal Essence commercial, I heard what sounded like a thump and a yell. There was a commotion somewhere in
The first minute in the shower was glorious. Then I heard a noise. the house—I could feel it in my Mom bones. I turned the shower off. “Andrew, is something wrong?” He answered, but he might as well have been Charlie Brown’s teacher. I couldn’t understand a word he said, so I stepped out of the shower and onto the bath mat, every pore of my skin shrieking at the chilly air. I cracked the door. “Andrew, is everything okay?” “NO!” he yelled. “Gracie is getting up on the stove!” In every mom’s life, there is a time for nerves of steel. I pray for them, my SOS to God, when the computer crashes or the cat throws up on new carpet.
I yanked the towel off the rack and whipped it around me. I ran down the hall, slipping on the hardwood floor while Safety Freak Mom scolded, “What were you thinking? She’s practically still an infant!” As I slid past the kids’ bathroom, I skidded to a stop, confused. Both children stood in the bathroom, and while yes, I am a multitasker, no, I have not yet installed a stove in the bathroom. Andrew blocked Gracie from the sink with his whole body. Arms outstretched, he shielded her from—gasp!—the soap dispenser. Exasperated, he said, “Gracie is using up all of the soap!” From my heavenly little enclave in the back of the house, I’d heard, “Gracie is getting up on the stove!” I took a very deep breath. I was kind of glad Safety Freak Mom was with me. She gently coaxed, “Step away from the children, and no one gets hurt.” As I stood dripping in my towel, I knew the “stove” versus “soap” miscommunication would be really funny to me the next day. But that day, as I turned and walked slowly down the hall to get dressed, I wondered if I would take an uninterrupted shower this decade. I sighed and sent my daily SOS heavenward. Janeen Lewis is a freelance journalist and mother of two. She has yet to take an uninterrupted shower this decade.
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