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Camp Guide 46 area programs

White Lies Kids catch mom’s fib

Fast Eats Platter of plenty

Mom’s Day 6 local events

Ukiah Unified School District

Ukiah Unified Kindergarten Registration Opens January 16

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 will enroll in our Transitional Kindergarten Program Estudiantes de 5 años de edad para el 1 de septiembre del 2018 serán inscritos en el Kinder. Estudiantes de 5 años de edad entre el 2 de septiembre y el 2, de diciembre del 2018 serán inscritos en nuestro programa de Kinder Transicional.

Registration forms available at school offices and at WHY ENROLL IN A UUSD SCHOOL?

• Class size reduction in grade K-3 (24-1) • Fully credentialed teachers • After-school programs • Transportation available • Intervention in reading and math available at all schools • Healthy snack provided during break • Neighborhood schools • Dual Immersion Magnet School – Grace Hudson School • Common Core State Standards • Latest State approved textbooks and curriculum in Language Arts and Math

Calpella Elementary 151 Moore Street 472-5630

Nokomis Elementary 495 Washington Ave. 472-5550

Frank Zeek Elementary 1060 Bush St. 472-5100

Oak Manor Elementary 400 Oak Manor Dr. 472-5180

Grace Hudson Elementary 251 Jefferson Lane 472-5460

Yokayo Elementary 790 S. Dora 472-5690














Welcome Dr. Gerson Araujo General Surgeon

We are thrilled to introduce board-certified general surgeon, Gerson Araujo, MD, the newest addition to our surgical team. Dr. Araujo has an impressive education, graduating from Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Florida Hospital specializing in general surgery. He has an innovative approach to general surgery, with experience in advanced laparoscopic surgeries. From reflux disease to abdominal wall repairs and skin cancer removal Dr. Araujo treats a wide range of medical conditions, using a minimally invasive technique that improves patient outcomes, reduces recovery time and minimizes scaring. Dr. Araujo maintains a strong care philosophy, “I approach each patient with a holistic mindset and always strive to communicate in a way that my patients understand so we can approach each problem as a team. I want my patients and their families to find comfort in not only my surgical skills, but also in my interactions with them throughout the entire surgical care experience so they receive the best possible surgical care.� -Gerson Araujo, MD

To schedule an appointment call

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Dear Reader


Bits and Pieces Singing through the Storm Earthy Muse Yee-Haw!

10 Features

Get Your Greek On Go Fish


Cool Cats Bodies in Motion Moving Art

14 Calendar of Events

5 Platter of Plenty

Walk on the Wildflower Side

A fast protein-packed meal.


Mama Says‌ Treat Her Right! Make Mother feel special at these local events.

10 Summer Camp Adventure Guide Get the scoop on 46 terrific local camps.

22 Little White Lies


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Our local humorist turns to the Dark Side.


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Cooking with Kids

Platter of Plenty By Kathryn Streeter


ulling a “Hail Mary” one night after a hectic day that ended with a sporting event, I threw together the traditional French Salade Niçoise to quickly satisfy the hungry kids circling the kitchen. But I made one change. Rather than tossing together the ingredients in a salad bowl, I displayed them in neat rows on one of my rectangular, white ceramic platters. It was love at first sight, eliciting Oohs and Aahs from the family and garnering a five-star rating based on presentation alone. With each ingredient arranged tidily, the colors, shapes, and textures seemed to be at their showiest. It has grown to be a staple around our home, a go-to meal when I have no idea what I’m going to make for dinner. I’ve tried variations, too, liberally adding anything and everything but the kitchen sink, so to speak. It always ends up being a colorful, heart-healthy dinner entrée. And since it allows the pickiest eaters to avoid any single ingredient, it’s one of the most customizable dinners out there.

A Fast, Healthy Dinner

or some kielbasa sausage in the refrigerator needing attention? Grill and slice or flake, as is the case. Ta-da. Maybe you have cans of chicken or tuna in the pantry? Drain well and season. Or perhaps you have deli meat on hand. Salami? Prosciutto? Smoked salmon? Wonderful, you can’t lose! Veggies and Legumes I’m truly an opportunist here. I dive into my produce drawers and pull out whatever I have. Drizzle some olive oil on Brussels sprouts or a handful of red potatoes and cook them under the broiler. Pull out some raw carrots or fresh yellow and red pepper slices to add color to your platter. Cans of beans provide additional nutrients to this interesting meal. Kidney, garbanzo, or black beans— whatever you have. Just open, drain, and rinse. Eggs Because, why not add more protein to the mix? Boil and slice.

Lightly toss with your favorite dressing, or try mine (see sidebar). I drizzle it over not only the greens, but also everything on the assembled platter. In any home filled with kids comes the crush of crazy busyness, challenging the most organized of moms. Sometimes, the very last thing on my mind is what I’m going to serve the family for dinner. I suspect I’m not alone. This dinnertime hack made all the difference in my home. Maybe it’ll do the same in yours. Kathryn Streeter’s work has appeared in publications such as the Washington Post, SheKnows, the Week, and Paste Magazine. Find her on Twitter, @streeterkathryn.

Asian Dressing 4 tablespoons rice vinegar 4 tablespoons olive oil

Make your own Platter of Plenty using ingredients from each of these categories:

Condiments This is where you can go crazy. What do you have in the door of your refrigerator? I often have olives, artichoke hearts, capers, and pickled peppers.

Meat or Fish Do you have a lonely steak, chicken breast, salmon fillet,

Greens Use what you have on hand. Romaine? Spinach? Iceberg lettuce?

2–4 pinches of red pepper flakes

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4 tablespoons white sugar 1 teaspoon sesame oil ½ teaspoon garlic powder

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Dear Reader It’s that time of year when we celebrate the strong women raising the next generation. See “Mama Says…Treat Her Right!” (page 7) for local ways to fete Sharon Gowan the mothers in your Publisher/Editor family. And then turn to our Calendar of Events (page 14) for even more ideas for making them feel special. Moms often put their own needs at the bottom of their priority list. But wisdom says that to really nourish others, we must first feed ourselves. Create more “me” time—and spend less time in the kitchen—with our recipes for easy meals. Check out “Platter of Plenty” (page 5) for a protein-packed dinner that you can make in a snap.

Another great way to get time to yourself? Send your kids to camp. Experts agree that you’re not the only one who needs space. Kids need time away from their parents to develop their sense of independence and to cultivate interests. Our Summer Camp Adventure Guide (page 10) is chocked full of exciting local programs that are ready to make your child’s summer break educational and fun.

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As you make plans for the coming months and tend to your family’s needs, don’t forget to laugh. Read “Little White Lies” (page 22) and chuckle at our local humorist’s latest parenting misadventures.

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Family Fun

Mama Says… Treat Her Right! 6 Local Ways to Celebrate Mom


aking a living. Tending to meltdowns. Scheduling doctor’s appointments. Playing yet another round of “house.” Being a mom is not easy. At all. Let your grand dame know you appreciate all the multiple ways she nurtures, provides, and sustains; take her to one of these local events. Whether she sips bubbly, paints beauty, or rocks out, she’ll feel special and loved.

Lake County Lakeport Invite Mother to experience her inner Victorian Ladyship at a traditional high tea at Lakeport English Inn. She can sip tea from delicate china while eating dainty finger sandwiches, hand-decorated shortbread, and, of course, homemade scones and Devonshire cream. Seatings will be at noon and 3 p.m. on May 12 and 13; high tea is $37.50. Call 263-4317 to make reservations. See for details. Middletown Got a musicloving mama? Take her to a Nate Botsford Nate Botsford concert. The Portland, Oregon, artist’s melange of high-energy folk rock, pop, and Americana music is sure to uplift your favorite lady’s spirit. The free show is on May 11 at 9 p.m. at the Twin Pine Casino in Middletown. See for concert information and for a taste of the singer-songwriter’s style. Upper Lake If your gal has an artistic streak, the Mother’s Day Brunch Paint Party may be just her thing. Mom can grab a brush—and a mimosa—and learn how to paint a specific picture, step by step. A light brunch will be served. The event will be held on May 12 at 11 a.m. at the Bachelor Valley Grange. Tickets are $45 and must be purchased in advance. Contact Ashley at 272-4162 or

Mendocino County Calpella When you hear M&Ms, you usually think of the candy (that melts in your mouth, not in your hand). But at Testa Vineyards, the initials stand for something entirely different, though no less yummy—mimosas and muffins. If Mom enjoys either, take her to the winery’s Mother’s Day Mimosas event on May 13, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. See for more information. Gualala Treat the queen for a day to a ride out to the coast and some bubbly. At the 34th Annual Korbel Champagne Preview, Wine Tasting, and Auction, local wineries will pour selections of their premium wines. The finale of the annual self-guided Soroptomist International of Mendocino–Sonoma Coast Architectural Tour (see si-msc. org/architectural-tour-and-wine.html), the event features two parts: the free Korbel Champagne Preview on May 11 at 5 p.m. (reservations suggested) and the Wine Tasting and Auction on May 12 at 3 p.m. Both will be held at the Gualala Arts Center. The tasting and auction costs $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Purchase tickets or find out more information at

Korbel Wine Tasting

Redwood Valley Let the lady of the house sit back and relax at the Mother’s Day Brunch at Barra of Mendocino. A glass of pinot noir rosé, a hearty meal, and live jazz music—plus tastes from Barra’s barrels of unreleased wines—will all be part of the event, which will be held May 13, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Tickets are $12–$35 and may be purchased on or by calling 485-0322. ¶ May 2018

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Bits & Pieces

Earthy Muse

Singing through the Storm



Rik Keller

ildfires have robbed many of their homes but not their spirits. With the Sulphur Fire benefit concert, folk singer Rita Hosking aims to help survivors recover. The Davis musician will play her mellow, meaningful tunes on May 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Big Valley Hall in Lakeport. Tickets are $25 at the door or $20 in advance at Watershed Books in Lakeport or Catfish Coffee in Clearlake. ¶ Rita Hosking

hroughout time, nature has inspired artists. Creatives both young and old are encouraged to express their connection to the earth at the Lake County Land Trust’s Art and Nature Day. The whole family can take art classes, learn about nature journaling, go on a scavenger hunt, and even get a hand-painted tattoo, among other outdoor activities. The free event will be held on May 5, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., at the Rodman Preserve Nature Education Center in Upper Lake. Dogs are not allowed. For details, see ¶

Get Your Greek On



odeos are all about courageous acts of strength and skill. Axe-throwing, team roping, woodcutting—see it all at the annual Potter Valley Rodeo, May 25–28. Rodeo skill events happen at the Rodeo Grounds in Potter Valley on May 26 and 27, with a chicken barbecue on Saturday and beef and lamb barbecue on Sunday. There will also be a parade, dance, and events for kids, too. Ticketed rodeo events are $10, free for ages 10 and under. See for a complete schedule and fees. ¶

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f you live in the land of grapevines, what is the one thing you should know how to make? (And the answer isn’t wine.) Stuffed grape leaves. If you’ve always wondered how those little savory rolls of rice and leaf are constructed, here’s your chance to find out. The chefs at Dancing Poly Farm and Food will take you and older teens in your clan through the whole process—from harvesting the leaves to cooking up the stuffing and sauce. You can make either vegetarian or lamb dolmas; take home half a dozen. The Dolmadakias: Get Your Greek On! class will be held on May 24, 3–5 p.m., at Dancing Poly Farm and Food in Lakeport. The fee is $65; register at or ¶

May 2018

Catch Light sudios

Art & Nature Day

Go Fish


ubber duckies aren’t just for the tub. They are also for derbies. At the Fishing & Ducky Derby, buy a duck to race and help support a scholarship fund for local high school students. You can also go fishing for actual water life, too. When you’re tuckered out, take a break, listen to live music, bid on a treasure at the silent auction, and dig in to a tri-tip or hot dog lunch. The event will be held on May 12, noon–4 p.m., at Testa Vineyards in Calpella. Admission is free. Participating in the derby is $5 per duck and fishing is $10–$20 (life jackets are required for ages 5–10). Go to testaranch. com/upcomingevents or call 485-7051 for more information. ¶

Spring Dance Festival

Bodies in Motion


ance challenges the human body to move with precision, strength, and grace. Watch student dancers take on the challenge as they perform contemporary dance, ballet, hip hop, jazz, and tap at the Mendocino College Spring Dance Festival. Shows will be held May 3–5 at 7:30 p.m. and May 6 at 2 p.m. at the Mendocino College Center for the Visual and Performing Arts Theatre in Ukiah. Call 468-3079 or go to to purchase tickets, which are $6–$11 plus service fees. ¶

McCandless/Foley-Beining Quartet

Cool Cats


f you’re a jazz fan, you probably know the name Paul McCandless. The Grammy Award–winning oboist has performed around the globe. On May 27, he will find his way to Upper Lake, where he’ll play with his group, the McCandless/Foley-Beining Quartet, under the sycamore trees at the Tallman Hotel at 3 p.m. McCandless will perform on the instrument he’s famous for as well as saxophone and bass clarinet, while Christian Foley-Beining will play both acoustic and electric guitar. Tom Shader on bass and Tom Hayashi on drums round out the quartet. Call the hotel at 275-2244, ext. 0, for tickets, which are $25 plus tax. The show is not appropriate for young children. See for information. ¶

Moving Art


hen Elliot Naess saw an ad in the Sacramento Bee in 1999 for a kinetic sculpture race in Sacramento, he “fired on all cylinders.” He had never seen anything like it. And he just knew “this was for me,” he says.

The retired Clearlake auto mechanic, now 66, spent a couple of years going to kinetic sculpture races and observing others’ creations before he started building his own machines. Since then he’s had a sculpture—sometimes three—in the annual Kinetic Grand Championship. See him and his team strut their stuff May 26–28 at this year’s event in Arcata and Eureka. Or maybe your family wants to build its own pedal-powered vehicle and compete together. Find out details at ¶

Kinetic Grand Championship

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Summer Camp Adventure Guide Plan an Awesome Break in Just 2 Steps


Start here with the 2018 Summer Camp Adventure Guide! Mendo Lake Family Life has the scoop on 46 camps to get your summer planning off to a great start.


Want more links and info? Check out our Virtual Summer Camp Fair. Easy searches and ongoing updates means your best summer’s just a click away! Go to

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Programs for campers 5th grade and up.

ADVENTURE AWAITS YOU! Enjoy Hiking, Horses, Swimming, Backpacking, Crafts, Nature, Archery, Spiritual Reflection, Campfires, Challenge course and Outdoor Skills.

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Providing opportunities Providing opportunities for for leadership development, leadership development, spiritual and spiritual and personal personalgrowth, growth, environmental stewardship, environmental stewardship, lifelong personal connections, lifelong fun and personal adventure.connections, fun and adventure. (707) 703-9171 (707) 703-9171

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Summer Camp Adventure Guide LAKE COUNTY FREE Lake County Library Summer Reading Programs. All ages. Sign up to read library books at your local branch & earn points to win prizes. Attend weekly events at your library throughout the summer. Lakeport, Clearlake, Upper Lake & Middletown branches. May 19–July 28. 263-8817. CLEARLAKE FREE Camp Moose on the Loose. Vacation Bible Club. Age 3–grade 6. Games, crafts, Bible stories, snacks, puppet shows & drama. 9–11:30 a.m. M–F. June 25–29. 263-3256. Lifeskill Sewing Camp. Ages 8–17. Students build their confidence while learning how to sew & make things. Sewing machines & supplies provided. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. M–F. Call for dates. 994-1716. COBB Alia Vita Overnight Camp. Camps teach the fundamentals of a variety of sports in a fun & challenging environment while encouraging sportsmanship & participation. Ages 6–8: June 17–23. Ages 12–16: June 24–30. Ages

8–16: July 22–Aug. 4. Check website for fees. 665-4222. HIDDEN VALLEY Equine Summer Camp at Owen Ranch. Ages 6 & up. Focusing on safety first, campers learn horsemanship skills such as grooming, handling, saddling, feeding & more. Campers ride every day. 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m. M–F. June 4 –Aug 24. $330/wk. $80/day. $100 down payment. 355-0121. Lake County Diamonds. Gymnastics, tumbling & more. Weeknights. Kids may join anytime. All ages & abilities welcome. KELSEYVILLE FREE Konocti Junior Tennis Program. Begins June 20. W-Th-F. 10:30–11:30 a.m. Gard Street Courts. 279-9652. Sea Scout Ship 711. Boy Scouts of America. Ages 13–21. Year-long program teaching sailing, motor boating & skills of the sea. Wednesdays. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Meets at Braito’s Marina. Call first for exact meeting location as it may change on short notice. 263-5235.

LAKEPORT Antoinette’s School of Dance Camps. Ages 4–18. Call or visit website for schedule. 263-5617. British & Tetra Brazil Soccer Camps. The British Soccer 1,000 Touch coaching provides a daily regimen of foot skills, moves, juggling, technical practices & tournament play. June 18–22. M–F. Ages 3–5: 8–8:45 a.m. $87. Ages 6–10: 9–11 a.m. $110. Ages 11–14: Noon–2 p.m. $110. 800-878-2167, ext. 280. challenger. Clear Lake Scullers. Grades 9–12. High School Rowing Camp. Youth rowing, paddling & water-safety camp. No experience necessary. July 2–6. (Closed July 4). $40. 349-9779. Lake County Channel Cats. Ages 3–18. Swimming lessons for all levels. 9–11:30 a.m. M–F. June–Aug. 263-3131. lakecountychannelcats. Skycatch Gymnastics. All ages. We offer free tryout classes before signing up. Gymnastics, mixed martial arts, cross-training, birthday parties, kids night out, seasonal kid camps & more.

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Summer Camp Adventure Guide Summer Fun at Lakeport Christian Center Preschool & Summer Camp. Ages 2–5 & 6–9. Science activities, crafts & more. 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. M–F. June 18–Aug 24. Call for rates. 262-5520.

a.m.–12:30 p.m. By May 31: $195/2 wks. After May 31: $295/2 wks. No discount for 1 wk. attendance. $50 or $100 scholarships available with written request with application. 884-1138.

Summer Youth Art Camp. All ages welcome. Students will learn to paint with pastels & leaves, beautify a birdhouse, create a collage, string beads, work with polymer clay, personalize a journal & more. June 18–July 27. $15 or less/session. 263-6658. Visit website for hours.

HOPLAND Camp Solar. Ages 6–12. Campers will put the sun to work baking, making & racing. They’ll create a sculpture from natural building materials, run a farmers’ market & more. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Call for dates/rates. 472-2456.

MIDDLETOWN Adventures in Art & Storytelling. Grades K–9. Painting, masks, dance, story-telling, clay, music & more. 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. M–F. June 18–29. $250/2 wks. $125/wk. $30/ day. Partial scholarships & work-trade options available. 809-8118.

LAYTONVILLE Camp Winnarainbow. Ages 7–17. A circus & performing arts camp. For over 40 years, children have run away to join this circus. June–Aug. Visit website for schedule & rates. 510-525-4304. 433-4479.


LEGGETT Redwood Adventure Camp. Grades 5–11. Hiking, backpacking, crafts, nature education, ropes course, swimming, archery, horseback riding & more. Various levels of affordable programming. Residential. July 8–30. Youth program starts $585/wk. Cost varies for Family Camp. 703-9171.

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Activities League. All ages. Archery, basketball, soccer, Raiders youth football & cheer. Call for schedule & rates. 272-2718. FREE Mendocino County Summer Reading Program. Programs available for young children, school-aged children, teens & adults. June 9–Aug. 11. Visit branch website or call for more info & calendar of events. Ukiah, Willits, Fort Bragg, Point Arena & Round Valley branches, as well as Bookmobile. services/kids. FORT BRAGG Just for Kids Summer Camp. Ages 5–18. Packed with arts & crafts, field trips, regular trips to the C. V. Starr Pool & more. 7:45 a.m.–5:15 p.m. M–F. June 11–Aug. 3. $35/full day. $25/half-day. 964-9446. Noyo Center Summer Camps. It’s All Fun & Games Camp: Ages 6–10. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. $200. Call for dates. Discovery Camp: Ages 16–18. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. July 16–18 & July 19–20 overnight camping. $250. Bone Builders Camp: Ages 14–18. July 23–27. $250. Scholarships available. 733-6696. GUALALA Global Harmony Summer Adventure Camp. Grades 1–8. You will go on an adventure to Asia, exploring culinary delights, artistic endeavors, music, historical perspectives & more. T–F. July 10–13 & 17–20. 9:30

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MENDOCINO Lake-Mendocino 4-H Summer Camp. Ages 9–13. Must be enrolled in Lake County 4-H program to participate. Archery, hiking, water activities, sports, arts & crafts, photography & more. (Counselors-In-Training: Ages 12–13). July 1–5. $250. $100 deposit due by May 11 to guarantee spot. 263-6838. mendocino-lake_4-H_summer_camp. Little Dream Girls. Ages 7 &up. July 16–20. M–F. Noon–5 p.m. $175. 937-4133. Mendocino Art Center Summer Classes. Ages 6–17. Youth Ceramics. 937-5818. Visit website for schedule. youth-arts.html. Mendocino Music Festival Opera Camp. Ages 9 & up. July 9–13. M–F. Noon–5 p.m. $175. 937-4133. Orchestra Camp. Ages 9 & up. July 23–27. M–F. Noon–5 p.m. $175. 937-4133. Theater Camp. Ages 7 & up. June 25–29. July 30–Aug. 3. M–F. Noon–5 p.m. $175. 937-4133.

NAVARRO Boy Scouts of America Residential Summer Camps. Ages 6–20. Cooking, aquatics, shooting sports, handicrafts & nature skills. June–July. Visit website for schedule & rates. 546–8137. POINT ARENA Windy Hollow Farm Camps. Campers will prepare snacks, craft projects, sow seeds & explore the land & gardens. This is a chance for kids to run & get their hands dirty in a safe outdoor environment. All-Ages Camp: Ages 4–10. June 25–28. Jr. Farm Camp: Ages 4–6. July 30–Aug. 2. Mid-Kids Farm Camp: Ages 7–10. Aug. 6–9. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. $125/wk. 353-0143. POTTER VALLEY Children’s Horseback Riding Day Camp. Campers develop their riding skills & confidence while learning about feeding, maintenance & grooming. All levels welcome. June 19–23. July 3–7. July 17–21. Ages 5 & 6: 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. $175/wk. Ages 7 & up: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $350. Note: Ages 12 & over must do full days. 743-9973. White Dog Ranch. Paddington Station Horse Camp. An overnight camp for horse-crazy kids. Friendly environment where safety comes first. All levels welcome. Children’s Camp: July 7–14. Day Camp: M–F. $500. Week-long Camp: $1,005. Second wk. option available for $805. Payment plan available. 743-2541. UKIAH Boys & Girls Club. Ages 6–18. Sports, art, science & learning programs. 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. M–F. June 12–Aug. 17. $17/day prepaid. $22/day with late fees. 467-4900. British & Tetra Brazil Soccer Camps. The British Soccer 1,000 Touches coaching provides a daily regimen of foot skills, moves, juggling, technical practices & tournament play. June 11–15. M–F. Ages 3–5: 8–8:50 a.m. $87. Ages 5–12: 9 a.m.–noon. $140. Ages 8–14: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $203. 800-878-2167, ext. 280. Circus Camp. Ages 7–14. Campers will experience the thrills of tumbling, swinging trapeze, Chinese pole, tight wire, aerial silks, juggling & partner acrobatics in a safe & encouraging environment. Students will create an end-of-workshop performance. 10

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Summer Camp Adventure Guide a.m.–2:30 p.m. M–F. June 11–15. $235/wk. 463-6231. Citizenship: Forces United Stronger Together. Ages 5–16. Students will explore, reflect upon & practice citizenship in a safe & serene setting. Come learn meditation, Chinese, the arts, creative writing, science & more. 8 a.m.–3 p.m. M–F. June 18–29. Day & residential camp. 468-3896. Visit website for rates. City of Ukiah Safari Camp. Ages 6–12. Swimming, arts & crafts, sports, cooking, games, skits, field trips & educational components. 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. M–F. June 11–Aug. 17. $100–$195/wk. $340/2 wks. Financial aid available thru NCO. 463-6231. City of Ukiah Safari Teen Program. Ages 13–15. Swimming, arts & crafts, sports, life skills & field trips. 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m.: $30. 2–5:30 p.m.: $20. 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.: $45. M–F. June 11–Aug. 17. $100–$195/ wk. $340/2 wks. Financial aid available thru NCO. 463-6231. summer-safari-day-camp. Mendocino Ballet Summer Program. Pre-Ballet: Ages 3–5. Dance Campus: Ages 5–12. Dance Video Workshop: Ages 12–18. Choreography Workshop: Ages 11–18. All levels welcome. Visit website for rates/ schedule. 463-2290. Redwood Health Club Sports & Splash Camp. Ages 5–12. Adventure-filled summer with weekly themes. Campers will be very active & busy. 7:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. 12:45–5 p.m. 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Extended care available. Call for rates/schedule. 468-0441, ext. 240. SPACE Summer Camps. Broadway Musical Theater Intensive: Ages 8–11. Learn scenes & songs from popular Broadway musicals & give a live performance. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. M–F. July 23–27. $225/wk. Beauty & the Beast: A Mendocino Story: Ages 12–18. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. M–F. July 9–20. $425/2 wk. session. Dance Video Intensive: Ages 12–18. Train in street dance/fusion, perform live & be in a music/ dance video. M–F: 9 a.m.–1 p.m. M-T-W: 6–8 p.m. June 25–29. $285/wk. Dance Intensive: Ages 8–11. Non-stop street dance/fusion & performance technique ending with an informal showing. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. M–F. June 11–15 or June 18–22. $225/wk. 462-9370. Ukiah Junior Golf Program. Ages 6–17. Kids learn to take their game to the next

level. Instruction on putting, full swing, safety, etiquette & more. Junior Camps are available. Call for dates. Ukiah Valley Golf Course. 467-2832. WILLITS SucherNova Farm Camp. Ages 5–12. Animal husbandry, organic gardening, natural building, arts & crafts & ecology. 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m. M–F. June 18–July 20. $150/wk. 992-0056.

FREE VBS Day Camp. Grades K–6. June 28 & July 26. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. 459-1905. Willits Kids Club Summer Camp. Kindergarten–grade 7. Gardening, crafts, games, swimming, local field trips, hiking & more. 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. M–F. June 18–Aug. 3. $75/wk. Space limited. No longer offer half days or partial weeks. 272-8012.

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Calendar of Events

Walk on the Wildflower Side


he earth is blossoming with blooms. Do you wonder what their names are? Find out on a walk through the Galbreath Wildlands Preserve near Boonville. Local botanist Kerry Heise and naturalist Linda MacElwee will lead the free walk on May 6, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Space is limited and reservations are requested. To RSVP or find out more information, e-mail or call 895-3150. Also see

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FREE May Faire. Maypole dance,

FREE Neverending Story. 1984

games & food. 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Waldorf School of Mendocino County. 6280 Third St., Calpella. 485-8719.

family-friendly fantasy film. PG. Donations accepted. 7 p.m. Soper Reese Theatre. 275 S. Main St., Lakeport.

Thursday 3 Guys & Dolls. $11–$20.

May 3–5: 7 p.m. May 6: 2 p.m. Thru May 6. Ukiah Players Theatre. 1041 Low Gap Rd., Ukiah. 462-9226.


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Safely & securely shred documents on site. Bring up to three 35-lb. boxes. Note: Hours & number of customers accommodated may be limited to truck capacity. May 3: 9–11 a.m. Humboldt St. (behind bank), Willits. May 4: 9–11 a.m. Pear Tree Shopping Center, Ukiah. May 24: 10 a.m.–noon. 290 S. Main St., Lakeport. facebook. com/events/888082094704363.

riding). Also Napa Valley Olive Oil Competition. Noon–10 p.m. Thru May 6. Fair & Fiesta: $10; kids 5 & under, free. AMA: $25–$60. Jaripeo: $10–$45; kids 5 & under, free. Napa County Fairgrounds. 1435 N. Oak St., Calistoga. 942-5111.

Mendo Human Race. 5K walk or timed run around Ukiah. Raise money for local nonprofit organizations. After the race celebrate with games, food & prizes. Rain or shine. Registration: 7:45–8 a.m. Race: 9 a.m. Alex Thomas Plaza. 310 S. State St., Ukiah.

Mendocino College Spring Dance Festival. Contemporary dance,

ballet, hip-hop, jazz, tap & more. Choreographed by Mendocino College students, teachers & guest artists. $6–$11. May 3–5: 7:30 p.m. May 6: 2 p.m. Mendocino College. Center for Visual & Performing Arts. 1000 Hensley Creek Rd., Ukiah. 468-3079.

Friday 4 FREE Twice as Good. Father & son

Pomo duo perform blues & soul. May 4 & 5. 9 p.m. Twin Pine Casino. 22223 Hwy. 29, Middletown.

Saturday 5 FREE Windmill Planter. You & your child can build a model windmill that holds a seasonal flower for Mother’s Day. Attendees must be accompanied by a parent/adult at all times. 9 a.m.– noon. Home Depot. 350 N. Orchard Ave., Ukiah. 462-3009. Register: FREE Art & Nature Day. 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

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FREE Rhododendron Show. This

is a juried show. Over 800 entries. May 5 & 6: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. 18220 N. Hwy. 1, Fort Bragg. 964-4352, ext. 16. Afternoon Tea. Includes

tea sandwiches, cookies, beverages, raffle & entertainment. $15. 2 p.m. Ukiah First Presbyterian Church. 514 W. Church St., Ukiah. 468-9235.

Kentucky Derby Day. Activities include a Derby Hat Contest, silent & live auctions, live coverage of the Kentucky Derby race & bidding booths. Catered meal. Fundraiser for Redwood Community Services. $75. 1–6 p.m. Ridgewood Ranch.

16200 N. Hwy. 101, Willits. Heron Days. Guided boat tours of Clear Lake & its wildlife. Ages 8 & over. Thru May 6. 90-minute tours leaving hourly between 8 & 11 a.m. Fills up quickly. Register now. $30. Clearlake Campground. Clearlake. Reserve online: FREE Treasures & Trash Sale.

9 a.m.–3 p.m. Historic Schoolhouse Museum. 16435 Main St., Lower Lake. 995-3565. Cinco de Mayo Celebration. Full

no-host bar & dancing. Ages 21 & older. Must have a valid photo ID to enter. 8:30–11:55 p.m. Konocti Vista Casino. 2755 Mission Rancheria Rd., Lakeport. 262-1900. support.

Clean Sweep Concert. Dance band

that plays blues, funk, jazz, rock & R&B. $12–$22. All seats reserved. Dance floor open. 7 p.m. Soper Reese Theatre. 275 S. Main St., Lakeport. 263-0577.

Sunday 6 FREE Cinco de Mayo Celebration.

Live mariachi band, Pomo & folkloric dancing, homemade Mexican food & piñatas for the kids. Noon–4 p.m. Bower Park. 38040 Old Stage Rd., Gualala. 884-5413. FREE Monthly Fiddlers Jam.

Listen to members of the Northern California Old Time Fiddlers Group play tunes. Noon–2 p.m. Ely Stagestop & Country Museum. 9921 Soda Bay Rd. (Hwy. 128), Kelseyville. 533-9990.

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FREE The New Book Festival. Pick

up the newest must-read books from the library. Over 1,000 new & popular books for all ages will be available for check-out. Live entertainment, Origami paper folding, crafts, snacks & more. 1–4 p.m. Ukiah Library. 105 N. Main St., Ukiah. 463-4490.

Monday 7 FREE La Vida Charter School Open House. Grades 2 & 3: May 7 at 1:30

p.m. Grades 4 & 5: May 8 at 1:30 p.m. Grades 6–8: May 14 at 1:30 p.m. Grades K & 1: May 15 at 10 a.m. 16201 N. Hwy. 101, Willits.

Tuesday 8 FREE Mother-Wise Weekly Workshops. May 8: Mother’s Day

Crafts. May 15: Summer Safety. May 22: Importance of Play. May 29: Appreciation Day. 1 p.m. Mother-Wise. 180 N. Main St., Lakeport. Call & reserve your spot. 349-1210. facebook. com/motherwiselakecounty. FREE Adult Crafting with Aimee.

Make bath bombs. Supplies provided. 6–8 p.m. Fort Bragg Library. 499 E. Laurel St., Fort Bragg. 964-2020.

Thursday 10 FREE Thursday Night Market.

Many merchants open late. Music. 5–8 p.m. Main St., Ukiah. 462-6789.

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Hike 4 Healing. The yearly trek is a fundraiser to support the health-care work of Worldwide Healing Hands in Lake County & Uganda. Adults: $25.

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Kids under 12: free. Sign-in: 7:30 a.m. Hike: 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Wright Summit Trail. Mt. Konocti. Kelseyville. Register:

the Haunted Hall of Horrors. 9 a.m.– 2 p.m. Fort Bragg Lions Club. 430 E. Redwood Ave., Fort Bragg.

FREE Family Movie Sing-Along.

Sing a few of your favorite tunes at our feature, The Sound of Music. 1:30–4:30 p.m. Fort Bragg Library. 499 E. Laurel St., Fort Bragg. 964-2020.

Fishing & Ducky Derby. Tri-tip or hot dog lunch. Duck for the derby: $5. Fishing: $10. Ages 5–10 must wear life vest. Noon–4 p.m. Testa Vineyards. 6400 N. State St., Calpella. 485-7051.

Indoor Yard Sale. Household

Mother’s Day Brunch Paint Party.

items, computer accessories, holiday decorations, tools & more. Also a Halloween decoration section, selling decorations & props from

Learn to paint a demo picture & enjoy a mimosa & light brunch. $45. 11 a.m. Bachelor Valley Grange. 9355

Government St., Upper Lake. Must buy tickets in advance: 272-4162. Mother’s Day High Tea. Freshly baked scones, tiny sandwiches, hand-decorated shortbread. $37.50. May 12 & 13. Seatings at noon & 3 p.m. Lakeport English Inn. 675 N. Main St., Lakeport. Reservations required: 263-4317. Barn to Yarn. Watch shearing demos & try your hand at spinning, weaving & felting. $5–$10. No dogs permitted. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Hopland Research & Extension Center. 4070 University Rd., Hopland. 744-1424, ext. 10. Register:

Monday 13 FREE ARRC Sundays. The gym &

the recreation center are open for families to come play ping-pong, basketball & board games. Noon–4 p.m. 2nd & 4th Sundays. Alex Rorabuagh Recreation Center. 1640 S. State St., Ukiah. 462-8562. Mother’s Day Brunch. Glass of pinot

noir rosé, brunch & live jazz music, plus tastes from Barra’s barrels of unreleased wines. $12–$35. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Barra Winery. 7051 N. State St., Redwood Valley. Tickets: 485-0322.

Spin a Yarn


ou may love to cozy up in a wool sweater when the weather’s chilly. But have you ever wondered how wool gets from sheep to garment? The Hopland Research and Extension Center Barn to Yarn event will give you the scoop. See a sheep-shearing demonstration, learn how different kinds of wool are graded, and listen to talks about Scottish knitting patterns and Navajo spinning and weaving techniques. Kids can try their hand at felting, spinning, and dyeing wool or sit in a spinning circle while listening to stories. The event will be held on May 12, 9 a.m.– 3 p.m., at Rod Shippey Hall at the Hopland Research and Extension Center in Hopland. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. No dogs allowed. Register online at ¶

Todalo Shakers. Vintage jug band. Blues, rags & stomps. $8–$20. 8 p.m. Community Center of Mendocino. 998 School St., Mendocino. Mother’s Day Mimosas. Mimosas

& muffins. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Testa Vineyards. 6400 N. State St., Calpella. Mother’s Day Pops Concert.

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Association presents film & musical tunes. $25–$30. 2 p.m. Soper Reese Community Theatre. 275 S. Main St., Lakeport. 263-0577. Blue Wing Mothers’ Day Brunch.

Featuring live music by Sheridan Malone & friends. 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Blue Wing Restaurant. 9520 Main St., Upper Lake. 275-2233. Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet.

$24.95. Ages 12 & under: $14.95. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Greenview Restaurant. 19210 Hartmann Rd., Hidden Valley. 987-3146.

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their lives or became disabled in the line of duty.

Wednesday 16 FREE Strengthening Families: Positive Social Connections.

North Coast Opportunities (NCO) workshop. 6–8:30 p.m. NCO Lakeport Office. 850 Lakeport Blvd., Lakeport. Registration: 263-4688, ext. 412.

Thursday 17 FREE The Lion King Musical.

Student performance. 6:30 p.m. Ukiah Junior Academy Gymnasium. 180 Stipp Ln., Ukiah. 462-6350.

Friday 18 Benefit Concert for Sulphur Fire Survivors. Bluegrass by Rita Hosking & Donald Coffin. Songs of forest fires, the working class & hope. $25. Wine & beer available for purchase. 7:30 p.m. Big Valley Hall. 1510 Big Valley Rd., Lakeport. lakecountyfirerecoverybenefits. FlashForward Dance Extravaganza.

Presented by the School of Performing Arts & Cultural Education (SPACE). $5–$15. May 18: 7 p.m. May 19: 3 & 7 p.m. May 20: 3 p.m. SPACE Theater. 508 W. Perkins St., Ukiah. 462-9370.

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Peace Officers’ Memorial Day. In honor of peace officers who lost

Ancient Redwood Running Festival.

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events, 6-hour relay. $50–$195. Hendy Woods. 18599 Philo-Greenwood Rd., Philo. FREE Pastels on the Plaza.

Drawings rendered on pavement on the plaza. Internationally known reggae artist I-Taweh, Matthew Kravitz, the Uke-Tones & dancers from the Buddhist school. Benefit for River Oak Charter School. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Alex Thomas Plaza. 310 S. State St., Ukiah. If you would like to sponsor a square pastel or sign up as an artist, contact Marla Anderson: 272-8710.

19th Annual Big River Walk & Paddle. An easy, 3-mile walk or gentle

paddle up Big River in your own craft. Gather pledges to support services for cancer patients in Mendocino County. 9 a.m.–noon. Big River State Park. Hwy. 1, Mendocino. 937-3833. FREE Passion Play. Men, women &

children from many denominations reenact the death, resurrection & ascension of Jesus Christ. Bring your own chair. No smoking, food, drinks, or pets allowed. May 19 & 20. 4–6 p.m.

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hite or red? What’s your wine of choice? If the former, then the Sauvignon Blanc Experience Grand Tasting beckons. Steal away for an afternoon sans kids, and sample Sauvignon Blancs from more than 40 wineries around California, the United States, and the world. Participate in food/wine pairings and talk to winemakers, too. The event, which is for ages 21 and over, will be held on May 5, 1–4 p.m., at the Chacewater Winery & Olive Mill in Kelseyville. Tickets are $55 plus service fees and may be purchased at sauvignonblancexperience. com/grand-tasting. If red wine is more your scene, check out the Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival, May 18–20. Its Grand Tasting will be held on May 19, noon–4 p.m., at Camp Navarro in Navarro and will offer live music, wine/food pairings, and a silent and live auction, to benefit Anderson Valley Health Center. Admission is $150. To purchase tickets for the tasting or for the festival’s other events, which include a reception, barbecue, and technical conference, go to avwines. com/pinot-noir-festival. ¶

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Thursday 24 County of Mendocino Job Fair.

Numerous positions available. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Mendocino County Administration Building. 501 Low Gap Rd., Ukiah.

Friday 25 72nd Annual Potter Valley Spring Festival & Rodeo. Parade, rodeo,

dance, competitions, vendors & more. $10. Ages 10 & under: free. See website for schedule of events. Rodeo Grounds. 10747 Main St., Potter Valley.

Saturday 26 FREE Lakeport Memorial Day Parade. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Parade starts at fairgrounds & heads north on Main St. to Clearlake Ave. 263-5092.

Sunday 27 FREE Willits Community Festival & Car & Motorcycle Show. Breakfast

by Willits Lions Club ($6–$9): 7–10 a.m. Festival: 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Recreation Grove Park. 400 block of E. Commercial St., Willits. annual-events.

Thursday 31 Adventist Health Clear Lake 14th Annual Golf Tournament & Silent Auction. 10 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Proceeds

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Humor Break

Little White Lies A Local Mom’s Cautionary Tale

By Holly Hester


t was getting dark when I noticed the first mosquito biting my leg. I winced, not because the mosquito bite hurt, but because I know how much my daughter hates mosquitoes. One mosquito bite could send her into a downward spiral of constant itching and obsessing about malaria. I glanced over and saw her slapping wildly at her legs and arms. She looked at me horrified and immediately marched over. “Can you go back to the pop-up with me and get my sweatshirt, pants, bug spray, hat, and antibiotic cream?” she asked. I sighed. It was the first time I had sat down all day. I was sun-weathered, my legs ached, and I hadn’t had a decent night’s sleep in a week. All I wanted to do was sit. For the record, camping and I have only a cordial, if not strained, relationship. I just don’t get the idea of taking all the stuff from inside your house, putting it outside your house so you can sleep and eat, then turning around and putting it all back inside your house. But my kids love camping, so I do it for them. So all week long, I had been filthy and tired, making sandwiches, filling up water bottles, and climbing up and down the hill to the river in 100-degree heat. Honestly, the whole time I was feeling pretty self-satisfied. Somebody better give me a Mother 22 MendoLakeFamilyLife

of the Year award for this. My heroic sacrifice will surely become one of our great family stories. As my daughter walked and I hobbled to get her all the mosquito defensive items she had requested, her anti-mosquito ranting continued: “Mom, did you know the mosquito is the animal that kills the most people every year? More than the crocodile.” I really couldn’t take

These cute little buggers are just going to remember my slip-ups, aren’t they? much more mosquito talk. “I think mosquitoes go to bed about this time, so you probably won’t have any more biting you,” I said. Now my daughter, who is seven and knows better said, “But mosquitoes are mostly nocturnal, right? So they wouldn’t go to bed at night.” I said, “That’s true.” I had to confess. I was just too tired to make up another lie about mosquitoes. My daughter looked confused. “So if you know mosquitoes don’t go to bed at night, why did you say that?” I said, “I don’t know. I guess I was just trying to get you to stop focusing so much on the mosquitoes so you could enjoy your last night

camping.” I shrugged sheepishly and smiled at my daughter, but she didn’t say a word. She just regarded me with a rather steely gaze. Shortly after we had gotten properly bug-sprayed and were headed back to the campfire, we ran into my daughter’s camp counselor, a blond woman of about 50 who is in a near-constant giddy state over nature. We said hi and then she leaned over to my daughter and said, “I’m just dying to hear all about what you learned camping this week.” And my daughter said, “I learned that my mommy lies.” All my hard work and that’s what my daughter comes away with? Her mother’s exhausted mosquito lie! And that’s when I realized: These cute little buggers are just going to remember my slip-ups, aren’t they? So Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful, fabulous mamas out there. Please know that at least I understand and appreciate all you do. And I certainly don’t mind if you need to lie every once in a while in the name of a good cause. ¶ 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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