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April 2018

Every Issue 6

Dear Reader


Cooking with Kids Mac & Cheese Makeover


Bits and Pieces The Rainforest Comes to You Flying Machines

12 Features

Fun for Sensory Sensitives Penguin Problems Help Build SkateSpot Come to Our Camp Fair! Celebrate Farm Life Be Disaster-Ready

10 The Gentle Art of Listening Hold a family sharing circle.

32 Calendar of Events Bust a New Move

12 Homesick Not Helpless Empower your child.

14 Summer Camp Adventure Guide Get the scoop on 125 terrific local camps.

40 Measuring Medicine Why spoons don’t work.

42 Life Isn’t Fair

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Our local humorist on the sharing conundrum.


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Doctor’s Confession to Petaluma

Dear Friend, I wanted to let everyone know what happened while I was in college. It was a moment that changed my life forever. But before I tell you about my experience, I wanted to tell you my story from the start. Let me start by explaining the photo in this letter. I am the guy in the middle, Dr. Taatjes. You know when I meet people in town and they usually say, “Oh yeah, I know you, you’re Dr. Taatjes. You’ve been serving the community for Thirty years! Well that’s me. We are now centrally located in our beautiful new office to better serve the community. Thirty-four years ago something happened to me that changed my life forever. Let me tell you my story. I was studying pre-Med in college, in hopes of becoming a medical doctor. Things were looking up, and life was good, until things took a turn for the worse. I began to have terrible back and stomach problems. For a young guy, I felt pretty rotten. My back hurt so badly that I had a hard time even concentrating in class. I was miserable. The medical doctors tried different drugs, but they only made me feel like I was in a “cloud.” I was just not getting better. A friend of mine convinced me to give a chiropractor a try. The chiropractor did an exam, took some films and then “adjusted” my spine. The adjustment didn’t hurt — it actually felt good. I got relief, and I soon was off all medication. It worked so well that I decided, then and there, to become a chiropractor myself. Now for my kids, Hayden and Henry. They have been under chiropractic care their entire lives. And, unlike most other kids in their class, they never get the “common” childhood illnesses like ear infections, asthma and allergies. In fact, they have never taken a drug in their lives. And they are now 23 and 24! It’s strange how life is, because now people come to see me with their back problems and stomach problems. They come to me with their headaches, migraines, chronic pain, neck pain, shoulder/arm pain, whiplash from car accidents, asthma, allergies, numbness in limbs, athletic injuries, just to name a few. If drugs make people well, then those who take the most should be the healthiest,

Dr. Taatjes with his sons, Hayden (left) and Henry (right). but that simply isn’t the case. With chiropractic, we don’t add anything to the body or take anything from it. We find interference in the nervous system and remove it, thus enhancing the healing capacities of the body. We get tremendous results…it really is as simple as that. Here’s what some of my patients had to say: “I have had a problem with migraines as well as low back pain. Even after seeing doctors and other health professionals, the pains remained. After coming to Dr. Joel, they have helped me tremendously. They even take away my migraines. They’re great!” (Judy E.) “I came in pending laser surgery for two herniated discs. Over a few months here the need for surgery subsided, and the pain has subsided to a mild discomfort with occasional morning stiffness. Over all, I feel better visit after visit. It’s a gradual process.” (Jaime O.) Several times a day patients thank me for helping them with their health problems. But I can’t really take credit. Find out for yourself and benefit from an AMAZING OFFER. Look, it shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg to correct your health. You are going to write a check to someone for your health care expenses, you may as well write one for

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pring has sprung! And the blossoming Sonoma County landscape beckons us outside. Where Sharon Gowan is one place kids Publisher/Editor can get plenty of sunshine time? Camp! While summer break is still a few months away, camps fill up quickly so choose one now. Look to our Summer Camp Adventure Guide (page 14) for information on excellent local programs that teach everything from horseback riding to foreign languages to circus arts. Further your investigation at our free

camp fair on Friday, April 13, 3–7 p.m., at Coddingtown Mall in Santa Rosa. There you can talk to camp faculty, enter to win prizes, and take in loads of kid-friendly entertainment, too.

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April 2018

Cooking with Kids

Mac & Cheese Makeover Cook a Classic in a Flash

By Momma Chef


will let you in on a Momma Chef secret: When my kids were younger, they ate boxed mac and cheese, more than I would like to admit. I made sure to buy the all-natural, organic brands so I wouldn’t feel too guilty, but I knew there had to be an easy way to make homemade mac and cheese. What I really wanted was to be able to throw it all together, without needing to use an extra pot to boil the noodles— just a 1-bowl dish. It definitely took a while to master this recipe, but I finally got a big “thumbs up” from my boys! This is so unbelievably easy, you don’t even need to boil the noodles first; it makes the boxed mac and cheese look difficult. I hope your kids love this as much as mine do. ¶ This article originally appeared on MommaChef. com. It has been reprinted here with permission. The focus of Karen Nochimowski, founder of, is to empower and inspire busy moms everywhere with simple and easy-to-make recipes. Every Momma Chef recipe is created using no more than six ingredients and takes under six minutes prep time.

Momma Chef’s Quick and Easy 1-Bowl Mac and Cheese Ingredients

• 2 cups elbow macaroni (regular or whole grain) • 4 cups 2% or whole milk • 1 tsp. salt • 3 tbsp. salted butter, melted • 5 cups shredded cheese (I like using a mixture of sharp cheddar and Mexican blend) Instructions 1. Add macaroni, milk, salt, melted butter, and 3 cups of shredded cheese into a large bowl and mix well. 2. Pour into a 9-by-13-inch greased baking dish. 3. Sprinkle remaining 2 cups of cheese over mixture and cover with foil. 4. Bake covered at 350°F for 35 minutes, then remove foil and bake an additional 20 minutes uncovered.

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Bits & Pieces

Fun for Sensory Sensitives


The Rainforest Comes to You


f you are like most of us, a tropical vacation is probably not on the horizon. But you can still give kids a taste of equatorial wildlife at a bird show. The display of colorful feathered friends will be part of Day on the Green at the Village, which will also feature a magic show, kids’ activities, and an art exhibit as well as the blues music of the Annie Sampson Band and a belly-dancing performance by Nathalie Tedrick. The free event will be held on April 28, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., at Montgomery Village in Santa Rosa. See for details. ¶

or children with autism spectrum disorder, everyday sights and sounds can be over-stimulating. That’s why on April 24 two museums in Santa Rosa are offering free days just for kids who need gentler environments. The Charles M. Schulz Museum’s Sensory Friendly Family Day, 3–5 p.m., will offer a “lights up” screening of a Peanuts special as well as a stop-motion film-making experiment and other activities. Sensory kits and noise-cancelling headphones will be at the ready. Meanwhile, at the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County’s Sensory Friendly Afternoon, 2–4 p.m., the sound and lighting of the facility will be adjusted and ear defenders and sunglasses, as well as support from Anova and the Early Learning Institute staff, will be available. See schulzmuseum. org and for more information about both events. ¶ Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Flying Machines


light fascinates. Just look at da Vinci—or your average second grader. If you have little aviators in the family, take them to the Great Paper Airplane Flight School. They’ll learn fancy ways to fold their creations, and then—here’s the fun part—test how high they can fly. The free class, for ages 5–12, will be held at the Rincon Valley Library in Santa Rosa on April 2 at 3 p.m. All materials will be provided. See for details. ¶

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Penguin Problems


hat happens when the man who has everything becomes the unlikely caretaker of penguins? Find out in Mr. Popper’s Penguins, a musical adaptation of the popular eponymous children’s book. The show, which features penguin puppets, comes to the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa on April 19 at 6:30 p.m. (Come at 5:30 p.m. for free arts and crafts projects.) Tickets are $16–$21 and available at or by calling 546-3600. ¶

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Family Expo & Camp Fair Come to Our Camp Fair!

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mall-town life can leave kids itching for something to do. Forestville’s solution to this age-old problem? Build a skate park. You can help make the SkateSpot a reality when you participate in a Fun Run on April 22. Drag out your sneaks and get ready to run or walk either a 5K or 10K. The event starts at 8:30 a.m.; both the start and finish are at the Forestville Youth Park in Forestville. Register, for $25–$35, at eventbrite. com (search on “SkateSpot@Forestville Youth Park Fun Run”). ¶

t may be only April, but it’s not too early to make plans for those long summer days. Come to Sonoma Family Life ’s free Camp Fair on April 13, 3–7 p.m., at Coddingtown Mall in Santa Rosa for inspiration. Find out about everything from hiking, arts, and music camps to sports and horseback riding programs. Talk directly to camp staff, and check out family travel packages and party ideas, too. As you stroll through exhibits, take advantage of freebies, discounts, and drawings. After you’re done collecting information, visit our stage and see local music and dance troupes perform, or catch a glimpse of one of Classroom Safari’s wild animals. Learn more at ¶

Celebrate Farm Life


Be Disaster-Ready


he Tubbs Fire left everyone in Sonoma County wondering how they can protect themselves in the future. Find out at the Graton Disaster Preparedness Day. Gather information at exhibitor booths, buy a first aid or emergency kit, and let kids play games. When stomachs grumble, nosh on barbecue. The first 100 families receive a free tool for their emergency kits. The free day will be held on April 7, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., at the Graton Fire Department in Sebastopol. ¶

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ow far can you toss a cow patty? Perhaps you’ve never ventured to wonder. Regardless, Petaluma’s Butter and Egg Days’s Cow Chip Throwing contest is a perfect time to find out. If the idea of slinging bovine turds is a bit unappealing, then just join the thousands who go to this annual festival to enjoy food, live music, and other all-ages entertainment. (Hint: For a guaranteed smile, check out the adorable little ones dressed up in yellow for the Cutest Little Chick Contest.) The festival will be held in downtown Petaluma April 28, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., with both contests around 10 a.m., a kids’ parade at 11:30 a.m., and a full parade at noon. On April 29, 8 a.m.–4 p.m., there will be an open-air antique faire featuring more than 200 dealers. For details, including how to enter the Chick Contest, see ¶

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room after dinner, wherever is most comfortable for everyone. Cool down, chill out. It’s always good to wait until strong feelings of anger and fear have died down a little so that everyone can speak

The Gentle Art of Listening Ease Family Conflict with Sharing Circles

By Vicky Ness


re you mad at the kids for not doing the chores—again? Do fights break out among siblings more than seems possible? Whenever there is tension in your household, try communicating in a sharing circle. Our local nonprofit Restorative Resources uses circle dialogue practices that maintain an atmosphere of respect, compassion, and integrity to help people with disparate opinions and perspectives “talk it out” safely. We’ve brought this process to hundreds of classrooms throughout Sonoma County and have found that one of the first things many children want to do when they finish the program is use the techniques with their families. So what do they learn that can help you at home? First, how to create a safe space. Circle up! Our dialogues follow a universal practice of sitting in a circle before beginning any 10 SonomaFamilyLife

discussion. Centuries of cultures around the world have found that by circling in this way, everyone gets a chance to talk and mutual respect blooms. You can circle around a kitchen table or sitting in your living

Don’t wait for the next crazy-making crisis to occur before beginning your practice. from a place of reason, not a place of overwhelming emotion. Key to the process is the understanding that everybody has a right to their feelings, whatever those might be. Nobody needs to feel ashamed or afraid of expressing themselves as individuals with their own needs. And finally, it seems obvious, but sometimes difficult to actually do: Turn off phones and other devices, which can derail a conversation. Listen from the heart. It’s much easier to talk than to deeply listen. But if you want to truly and honestly hear what each person is saying, listen you must. The discussion goes nowhere if you simply listen to your own reactions and preconceived ideas. So try to imagine how the story feels from the other person’s point of view. If something comes up that’s uncomfortable for you to hear, take a deep breath and give your emotions space to sort themselves out before you respond. Take your time, take your turn. There is no need to rush to judge or blame. Just as each person has the right to speak, so each one has the right to be heard without interruption

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Preschool or comment. In classroom circles, we pass a “talking piece,” which in your family discussions may be a cherished family treasure, or something as simple as a pretty rock picked up on a family vacation. Whoever has the talking piece has the right to speak. All others have the obligation to listen respectfully. As the talking piece is passed around, each family member gets their opportunity to tell their own stories. Speak from the heart: Be gentle with your words. Set some boundaries around how the conversation is conducted. Try to avoid pejorative or hurtful words that cause discussions to shut down or others to fight back. Name-calling, demeaning language, and accusations may make you feel “right” for a moment, but in the long run the dialogue, and your relationships, will suffer. Seek a solution, not blame: Ask open-ended questions with words that invite discussion, such as “How can we all make things better?” rather than questions that can be answered in a simple “yes” or “no.” Open-ended questions allow family members space and time to sort out their emotions and discover their own solutions. Stop the blame game: Accept your own responsibility. Every conversation should begin by acknowledging that everyone is valued and loved even if they make mistakes or hold an opposing view. While some choices and perceptions are definitely healthier than others, rubber-stamping choices as “right” and “wrong” usually shuts down

conversation and shifts the blame. Simply say “I’m sorry” if you have harmed someone or fallen short of expectations. In the process you’ll help ease tensions and create a safe space for others to face their own feelings and accountability. Make it a habit. Practice makes (almost) perfect. The more you use these techniques, the more natural they become. Don’t wait for the next crazy-making household crisis to occur before beginning your own family circle practice. In fact, the best time to start may well be when you don’t think you need to talk—

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that’s exactly when family members are at their most relaxed and open. Give it a try. Start with one night a week. Then keep it up until it becomes the most natural way to communicate with each other. When problems come up, as they always do, your family will be better able to find solutions, treating each other with respect, empathy, and understanding along the way. Go to for printable posters of our circle guidelines for young children (on the “Somos” page under the “Schools” section) and for guidelines for adults and older children (on our “Restorative Middle School” page under the “Schools” section). ¶ Vicky Ness is a freelance writer and Restorative Resources Marketing Director.

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word conjures the image of a lonely, friendless child sobbing into a pillow night after night. Much has been written on preventing and treating camper homesickness, as if it’s a disease. But, as psychologist Michael Thompson emphasizes in his book, Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow (Random House, 2012), “Homesickness is not a psychiatric

Homesick Not Helpless Even Confident Campers Get the Blues

By Ashley Talmadge


t 10, Ravit Pearlman is a veteran camper. She started going to overnight camp just before her seventh birthday, and she comes from what her mom, Sacha Reich, enthusiastically describes as a “camp family.” Her dad, Aaron Pearlman, went to the same camp as a boy and later became a counselor there. Asked what she looks forward to at summer camp, Ravit doesn’t hesitate. “Seeing my friends again!” she says. Her eyes sparkle as she eagerly outlines the scene: canoeing, the ropes course, bonding with the counselors, whispering to her cabinmates after dark. And Ravit also mentions being homesick at camp. A couple times each summer, in fact. Yet interestingly, she seems to have little desire to distance herself from the experience. Indeed, she speaks almost wistfully about the short spans of melancholy when she misses something from 12 SonomaFamilyLife

home and is comforted by a friend. It is evident that she expects such feelings to arise and has strategies for coping with them. How can this be? After all, one of the most troublesome questions for the parent of a first-time camper is: Will my child be homesick? The very

“Homesickness builds confidence.” — Christopher Thurber illness. It is not a disorder. It is the natural, inevitable consequence of leaving home.” Virtually everyone endures homesickness at some point in life, whether because of a family move, going away to college—or spending a month at summer camp. But experts say there’s often a silver lining. Kids like Ravit learn a lot about themselves when they undergo a short-term bout of the blues in a safe and supportive environment. Psychologist and camp consultant Christopher Thurber has researched homesickness extensively. In his article “The Great News About Homesickness,” Thurber maintains, “Homesickness builds confidence. Overcoming a bout of homesickness and enjoying time away from home nurtures children’s independence and prepares them for the future.” Parents have a leading role in setting the stage for a camper’s success. Homesickness is caused, in part, by a lack of familiarity with a new environment. Ravit’s mom suggests

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enlisting help from the camp to make contact with at least one other camper before the session starts. She says, “Just knowing somebody’s face and name so you can sit on the bus with them can be such a helpful bridge.” Ravit’s dad suggests packing a few comfort items—a blanket or stuffed animal—“so they feel like they can set up a little bit of home in the cabin.” Thurber’s research shows that frank pre-camp discussions about the normalcy of homesickness can relieve a child’s anxiety. Camp owner and director Kevin Gordon advises, “Discuss with your child what to do when feeling homesick at camp and how to work through this situation if and when it arises…. Discuss your plan for keeping in touch with them while they are away.” The most important thing a parent can do is to show confidence in the child’s ability to problem-solve, make decisions, and have a good time. Experts unanimously agree that parents should never offer to pick up a child early from camp. As camp director Erec Hillis says, “A pickup deal tells your camper that you will rescue him at a moment’s notice, as opposed to the message that you believe in his ability to do great at camp.” While away, many kids come to understand what they love about their family. Because she and her brother go to the same camp, Ravit sometimes seeks him out for support. “That’s an argument for having siblings go to camp together,” laughs her mom. “It will bring out unusual qualities in siblings that you might not experience at home.”



Close relationships with fellow campers and trust in the counselors become the real basis of a positive camp experience. Ravit and her father agree that camp friendships tend to develop faster and feel “deeper” than those formed in other social arenas. Living in close quarters, with the

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Start here in the 2018 Summer Camp Adventure Guide! Sonoma Family Life’s got the scoop on 125 camps to get your summer planning off to a great start.


Visit in person with camp staff at our Camp Fair on April 13, 3–7 p.m., at Coddingtown Mall in Santa Rosa. Get info on more than 100 camps, travel destinations, and kids’ activities as you browse fun booths staffed with representatives ready to answer your questions.

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Want to figure out which camps and programs you should investigate? Go to and check out our Virtual Summer Camp Fair. Or visit us at our Family Life booth at the real-time fair, and we’ll guide you through the exhibits ourselves. Let us help you prepare for a great summer! With so many amazing activities to choose from, you’ll never hear your kids say, “I’m bored.”

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CLOVERDALE Boys & Girls Clubs of Cloverdale. Ages 6–18. Campers take field trips, play games & develop positive relationships in a safe environment. 8 a.m.–3 p.m. M–F. June 5–Aug. 4. 894-5063.

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COTATI City of Cotati Summer Camps. Ages 5–12. Games, crafts & outdoor play. Free lunch available. Ages 5–12. 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m. M–F. June–Aug. $125/wk. $35/day drop-in. Color of Spanish: Ages 5–8. Fun activities that expose children to the Spanish language. All levels welcome. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. $270/wk. Chess Wizards Chess Camp: Ages 5–14. Chess lessons, games & prizes. Campers receive t-shirt, trophy & puzzle folder. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. July 23–27. $255/wk. My First Lab Mad Science Camp: Ages 4–6. Learn about the sea & the creatures that live there, search for fossils in a mini dinosaur dig & learn about the science of bubbles. 9 a.m.–noon. M–F. Aug. 6–10. $200/wk.

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Camp HBG. Ages 5–10. Themed camps will “travel” around the 7 continents, outer space & into the ocean. Each week we will explore destinations through cooking, science, crafts, games & special presentations. 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m. M–F. June 13–Aug. 10. Full-day: $165/ wk. Half-day: $90/wk. Drop-in: $45. 431-3301.

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Summer Camp Adventure Guide Fitch Mountain Summer Day Camp. Grades K–7. Children are provided with a safe, compassionate setting where they can have fun, be physically fit & learn community values. Arts, crafts, swimming & sports. 7:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. M–F. Starts in June. $25–$45. Part time & full time. 431-1412.

Little Lambs Summer Camp. Ages 2.5–5 (toilet trained). Little Lambs Preschool offers a Christian-based summer camp program. Weekly fun, unique theme with varied activities, arts & crafts & imaginative play. No religious affiliation is required. 8 a.m.–1 p.m. M–Th. $125/wk. 433-5779.

Healdsburg Ballet: Not Just Ballet. Ages 3–adult. Classes in Princess-Ballerina, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Choreography, Pointe, Variations. 9:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. M–F. Visit website for schedule. 431-7617.


Healdsburg Center for the Arts Summer Art Camp. Ages 4–5, 6–8 & 9–16. Fine art & musical theater, calligraphy, Japanese brush painting, ceramics, garden & eco-art, photography/photo shop, mosaics, kinetic sculpture, painting, mixed media & theater. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Also Fun Art Friday, open studio format. June 11–Aug. 10. $150/session. See website for camp schedule. 344-2248.

B’nai Israel Jewish Center’s Camp Kuku Riku. Ages 6–13. Inspired by Petaluma Jewish history of chicken farming & Jewish ancestral agricultural history. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. M–F. June 11–15. $300/wk. 762-0340. Boys & Girls Club of Petaluma. Lucchesi Park Clubhouse Summer Camp. Various programs ranging from sports & fitness to science & arts. Visit website for schedule & rates. 971-7786. Chabad Jewish Center: Camp Aleph Petaluma. Ages 4–11. Activities, trips, art & camp spirit, all infused with an atmosphere of Jewish pride. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. M–F. $250/wk. $450/summer. 559-8585.

Cherry Valley Summer Camp. Ages 5–12. Open space for children to ride their bikes & scooters. Different fun activities each day. 8 a.m.–6 p.m. M–F. Call for part-time & full-time rates. 763-6222. Cinnabar Theater Camp. Musical theater acting camp, with productions of Xanadu. Camp A: Grades 1–6 (waiting list). 9 a.m.–1 p.m. M–F. July 2–27. Performances July 27–29. Camp B: Grades 7 & up: 1:30–5:30 p.m. M–F. July 9–Aug. 3. Performances Aug. 3–5. Grades 1–6: 9 a.m.–1 p.m. M–F. July 3–28. Grades 6 & up: 1:30–5:30 p.m. M–F. July 10–Aug. 4. Visit website for performance schedule. $650/4 wks. 763-8920. Colors of Spanish Summer Language Immersion Camp. Ages 4–8. Ageappropriate, fun activities that expose kids to the Spanish language through games, rhymes, stories, acting, songs, music & art. Reinforce the use of Spanish thru studying science, culture & daily life. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. M–F. June–Aug. $290–$320/wk. 782-1084.


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Summer Camp Adventure Guide Fiddleheads Summer Camp Programs. Ages 4–15. One counselor per 3 children. Max 6–8 children per group. A harmony of excitement & relaxation thru a balanced flow of free play, adventure, story time, games, crafts & circle times. 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. June 18–July 27. 2-wk. session only. Extended-care available. See website for rates. 510-788-0876. FLAG Football Summer League, Petaluma & Santa Rosa. Grades K–7. FLAG’s goal is to provide a safe, fun, athletic & educational environment. Contact for schedule/rates: 322-6558.

LearningRX Brain Camp. Ages 6–14. Enroll your child in personalized brain training so they will be ready for the next school year. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. M–F. Visit website for rates/dates. 781-7373. Petaluma Parks & Recreation Summer Camps. Ages 4–Grade 8. Three summer camps offered. Visit website for schedule or call for details. 778-4380. 778-4336. Petaluma School of Ballet Summer Dance Camps. Ages 3–adult. Visit website for specific dates & levels. 762-3972.

Keenan Irish Dance School. Ages 4–7. Introduction to Irish Dancing. Drop-in rates. M–Th. July. Petaluma & Santa Rosa locations. See website for times/rates. 542-1367.

Petaluma School of Music Summer Programs. Vocal & instrumental instruction, songwriting & composition. Visit website for summer class schedules & rates. 775-3655.

Kinder Kickz Soccer Camps. Ages 3–8. Soccer games & activities for children geared toward improving motor, social & soccer skills. Fun & positive environment. 9 a.m.–noon. M–Th. Leghorns Park. June 4–7 & July 23–26. $135/wk. 953-2603.

Petaluma Wildlife Museum. Ages 5–12. Curriculum includes animal behavior & biology, ecology, conservation & natural science. Games & activities. Campers handle & care museum animals under the supervision of trained counselors.

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Summer Camp Adventure Guide June–Aug. After-care available until 5 p.m. Call for rates. 763-9222. Strides Riding Academy Summer Camp. Ages 6–11. Riding lesson, horse-themed games & crafts & summer camp fun. Junior counselors teach campers proper riding position & control at the walk & then move up to balance & rhythm at the trot. Campers learn general safety around horses & proper care & grooming. (Experienced riders, see Summer Intensive.) 9 a.m.–2 p.m. M–F. Visit website for camp schedules. $375/wk. 953-2678. 799-5054.

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Flying Frog Academy Summer Camp. Ages 6–14. Campers will learn parkour skills, develop body awareness & conquer fun challenges. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. M–F. June –Aug. $75/day. $350/wk. See website for dates. 292-8201. Fundemonium Summer Camps. Ages 7–14. Visit website for up-to-date camp

Summer Arts for Kids & Teens. Ages 5–18. Ceramics, drawing, painting, sidewalk art, illustration, jewelry making, cartooning & more. M–Th. 9:30 a.m.–noon or 1:30–4 p.m. June 4– Aug. 9. $125–$150/wk. Visit website for more info. 762-5600. Synergy Health Club Petaluma Summer Day Camp. Ages 5–12. An adventure-filled summer with weekly themes. Every child stays active, inspired & entertained—all while learning how fitness comes into play. Spaces fill up quickly. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. M–F. June 4–Aug. 10. $90–$325. 5% sibling discount. 559-2936.

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Scribbles & Giggles Creative Art Adventure. Ages 5–12. Drawing skills & canvas painting. Pastel blends, watercolor washes, silk painting & mask making. 9 a.m.–noon. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. M–F. June 25–Aug. 29. Extended-care available. $50–$75/drop-in. $225–$350/wk. 285-2002.

Nike Junior Golf Camp, Rohnert Park. Ages 10–15. Geared toward young players with playing experience. Campers receive 3 hours of instruction each day as well as 9 holes of playing & competition. Lunch is provided. Full days. June 18–22, July 9–13. $475. 800-645-3226.

Spreckels Youth in Arts Summer Camp. Ages 7–17. Aladdin Jr. Camp A: Ages 7–11. Noon–4 p.m. Camp B: Ages 12–17. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Musical theater performance, singing & dancing. June 27–July 29. $450–$550. 588-3419.

Animal Vet Camp. Veterinary science camp. Ages 7–12. Kids adopt their own stuffed pets, learn about animal diseases & care-taking & meet a live dog guest daily. Offered thru Santa Rosa Rec & Parks. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. M–Th. June 11–14 & July 23–26. $187–$195.

Summer Camp at Rebounderz of Rohnert Park. Ages 5–12. Activities include: trampolines, in-the-air dodge ball, basketball, 3-level indoor playground & new floor course. End-of-week party, pizza & arcade. 9 a.m.–noon. Tuesdays–Thursdays. Half & full days. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. June–Aug. Call or visit website for rates. 222-4335.

ANOVA Center Super Social Summer Camp. Ages 5–13. For children with disabilities. Offering activities that are adapted & modified to participants’ unique abilities. July 16–20. July 23–27. 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. M–F. $500/ wk. 527-0183.

Rohnert Park Recreation & Parks Summer Camps. Preschool Camp: Ages 3–5. 9 a.m.–noon. TWTh. Crafts, games. Must be potty trained. $76/wk. Camp Burton: Ages 5–10. Activities, themed arts, crafts & games. Swim Days 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m. T & Th. M–F. June–Aug. $132/wk. Teen Camp: Ages 11–14. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. TWTh. June–Aug.


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Summer Camp Adventure Guide Charles M. Schulz Museum Summer Camps. Ages 3–15. Classes available in art, cartooning, LEGO-animation, iPad movie making & even ice skating. Children ages 12–13 can join the Junior Volunteer Program & become junior volunteer helpers in summer classes. 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. June 4–Aug. 10. $80–$245. 284-1272. Cheryl Teach Music. Any age. Any instrument, including drums & voice. 20-, 30-, 45-, or 60-minute sessions available daily over 4-day periods. Visit website for rates/schedule. Starts $170. 326-8797. Cloverleaf Ranch. Ages 5–17. Residential camp available for ages 7 & up. A traditional camp experience with activities such as horseback riding, zip-lining, swimming, sports, archery, riflery, crafts & more. 8:15 a.m.–5 p.m. June–Aug. Starts $310/week. 545-5906. Fencing Adventure Camp. Ages 7–12. Fencing teaches kids the art of the sword while they develop coordination, balance, grace & athletic ability. Beginners welcome. Knight’s Adventure Camp. M–F. June–Aug. Visit website for camp

schedules in Santa Rosa, Windsor, Petaluma, Rohnert Park & Sebastopol. $170/wk. 596-3626. Family Martial Arts Center, LLC Summer Camp. Ages 5–12. Foam arrow battles, light-saber training in the dark, Ninja drills, karate kicks & lots of other martial arts games. Call for a free introductory class. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. M–Th. April 2–Aug. 9. $160/wk. $45/day drop-in. 528-4910. FLAG Summer Football League, Santa Rosa. Grades K–7. FLAG’s goal is to provide a safe, fun, athletic & educational environment. Contact us for schedule/rates. 322-6558. iD Tech Camp Santa Rosa. Ages 7–17. Students learn to code apps, design video games, engineer robots, build websites, print 3-D models & more. 844-788-1858. For schedule/rates visit Ignite Martial Arts Summer Camp. Ages 4–adult. Providing martial arts instruction, while teaching your child self-esteem, respect, communication, discipline & smart goals. Call

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Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation. Ages 7–10. Crafting, nature discovery walks, stories, games, music & some stewardship & science activities. 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. July 23–27 & Aug. 6–10. $150/wk. 527-9277.

Kinder Kickz Soccer Camps. Ages 3–8. Soccer games & activities for children geared toward improving motor, social & soccer skills in a fun & positive environment. 9 a.m.– noon. M–Th. Galvin Park. June 11–14 & July 16–19. $135/wk. 953-2603. Check website for schedule. La Cantera Summer Camps & Lessons. Summer swim lessons. Ages 2–18. Private lessons: Start at $16 for 15 min. 9 a.m.–noon. & 4:30–6:30 p.m. Group lessons: 9 a.m.–noon. $72/ 9 30-min. classes. Tennis Camps: Kinder Tennis: Ages 4–7. Intro to Tennis: Ages. 4–7. 11 a.m.–noon. MWF. $75. Beginner/Intermediate Camps: Ages 8–16. MWF. 9–11 a.m. or 4–6

LandPaths Camp. Ages 5–13. Russian River Teen Trek: Ages 12–14. Exploring the natural world from the unique perspective of a boat paddling down the Russian River. June 18–24 & July 16–19. Backcountry Basics: Ages 14–18. Intro to Backpacking: Trip planning, backpack packing, food preparation & basic health & safety concerns. June 11–14. $350–$500 sliding scale. 544-7284, ext. 110. LearningRX Summer Sessions. Ages 5–18. Enroll your child in personalized brain training. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. M–F. Visit website for rates. 890-3200. Mark West Stables Summer Camp. Ages 7–12. Weekly daylong camp offers daily riding lessons, detailed instruction on grooming

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games. Pre-K & pre-first grade preparedness. Call for rates/schedules. 539-0675. Peace Camp. Ages 6–12. Singing songs of peace, making peace-filled art, talking about peaceful ways of solving problems & playing fun group games. Swimming every afternoon at Finley pool. Call the director to discuss your special needs child. 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Aug. 6–10. $99/wk. 510-845-8417. Play Well TEKnologies. Engineering & Robotics Camp. Grades K–6. Campers will develop & enhance problem-solving & critical-thinking skills, while also learning concepts & vocabulary of engineering, architecture & physics. Visit website or call for further info. 510-289-9909. Roustabout Theater Camps. Ages 11–20. Apprentice Program: Rehearsals & classes in dance & acting for fully staged & professionally designed production of Mary Poppins. 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. M–F. $695. 236-2433. Summer Theater Camp: Actors, singers & dancers star in the comedy The Wedding Singer. 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. June 12–July 16. $695/5 wks. 527-7006. Santa Rosa Children’s Music. Ages 0–12. Musical immersion, including Kindermusik Adventures for infant–6. Drum, flute, piano & world music camps: ages 6 & up. Featuring small class sizes & licensed teachers. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. M–F. June–Aug. Sibling discounts available. 527-7900. Schedule & rates visit website. Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks Summer Camps. Camp Wa-Tam: Camp activities & swimming at Spring Lake. Special Thurs. night parent’s program & camper overnight. Ages 6–12. $190/wk. Camp Yu-Chi: Camp activities, swimming & more. Week ends with Friday BBQ & parents program. Ages 6–12. $180/wk. (Sign up by June 1 & receive $15 off for early-bird registration.) Doyle Adventure Camp: 3–4 city bus excursions to local destinations plus games, crafts & special events. Ages 6–12. $180/ wk. (Sign up by June 1 & receive $15 off for early-bird registration.) Engineering Camps: Ages 5–14. $160–$195/wk. Camp Tiny Tots: Ages 3.5–5. $89/4 days. Draw, Paint, Then Eat Camp: Ages 7–12. $244/4 days. A Fairy’s Life Camp: Ages 7–12. $242/4 days. Mixed Media Camp: Ages 7–12. $244/4 days. Creating Animals Art Camp: Ages 7–12. $242/4 days. Fairy & Princess

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Summer Camp Adventure Guide Dance Camp: Ages 5–8. $137/wk. Drama Camp: Ages 7–13. $385/11 days. Youth Tennis (Coed): Ages 6–14. $100/4 days. Gymnastics: Ages 5–14. $200/wk. Boating: Ages 8–16. $65/4 days. Sailing: Ages 11–16. $80/4 days. Horsemanship: Ages 6–12. $285/4 days. Fencing: Ages 7–12. $180/wk. Kick It Outdoor Adventure Camp: Ages 6–12. $260/wk. Youth Sports Clinics: Ages 5–13. $70–$140/4 days. 543-3737. Santa Rosa United Summer Camps. Ages 5–14. Skills Camp. June 11–15, July 9–July 13. & July 30–Aug. 4. Visit website for more info or call. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. 1/2 days 9 a.m.–noon. M–Th. Full day: $200/wk. Half day: $125/wk. 541-7627. Shotokan Karate Leadership School. Ages 4–12. Karate & leadership training. 3–7 p.m. M–Th. June 4–Aug. 10. 8:30 a.m. drop-offs available. $200/wk. $1,800/10 wks. 575-1681. 6th Street Playhouse. Participants will receive training in the areas of acting, dance, & singing, culminating in a 4-performance run of a Broadway musical. Disney’s Alice

farm animals on 3 acres of vegetable, herb & flower gardens. Teen Career Camp: Grades 8–12. Learn first-hand what a typical day is like in public veterinary & shelter hospitals. July 23–27. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. M–F. June–Aug. $325/ wk. 577-1902.

in Wonderland: Ages 8–12. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. June 18–July 26. Disney’s Mary Poppins: Ages 13–19. 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. M–F. June 11–July 19. $650/session. 523-4185. Sonoma Academy Summer Camps. Ages 10–14. Large variety of programs spread out over 7 weeks this summer. Camps will be challenging, supportive, fun & engaging. $200–$325/wk. Visit website for camp schedule. 8 a.m.–3 p.m. M–F. Mid-June– mid-Aug. 545-1770. page/summer-programs.

Sports City Camp Epic. Ages 4–12. Action-packed days that combine sports activities with attractions at Epicenter. 8 a.m.–4 p.m. M–F. June–Aug. Register for full or partial week, single day or half day of camp. Weekly & sibling discounts available. 708-GOAL.

Sonoma County Regional Parks Surf Camps. Ages 9–16. Sessions led by expert lifeguards. Water surfing, basic first aid, CPR & fun activities. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. M–Th. June 25–28. July 30–Aug. 2. Aug. 2–9. $250/wk. 565-2041. Register at

St. Eugene’s Summer School. Grades 1–6. Academic study in morning. Afternoon session includes arts & crafts, computers, reader’s theater & sports. 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m. June 19– July 20. $760/5 wks. Extended-care available. 545-7252.

Sonoma Humane Society Summer Camp. Animal Adventure/Education Camp: Learn compassion, responsibility & safety. Grades 2–7. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. June 4–July 20. Specific dates/levels. Farm Camp: Ages 4–7. Working alongside farm staff to care for more than 25

Steve & Kate’s Camp. Ages 4–12 (13+ mentorship program). We give kids the freedom to choose, whether it’s music, bread-making, fashion, filmmaking, coding, sports, or pie-throwing. 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m. M–F. June–Aug. Day Passes or Membership.

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Summer Camp Adventure Guide Visit website for both plans. 415-604-0082. St. Luke Basketball Camp. Grades 5–8. Includes: basketball jersey, basketball, Bible, camp notebook, snacks & lunch daily. 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. M–F. June 11–15. $60. 545-6772. Summer Music Academy. Workshops: Ages 5–23. Students learn to play an instrument or enrich their music studies. Performances Academy: Ages 9–23. Students are thoroughly challenged to bring their musicianship to the next level. Sonoma Country Day School. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. July 9–28. $285–$700. Financial aid available. 546-7097, ext. 225. Summerfield Waldorf Summer Programs. Earth Ecology Camp: Learn about the edible food forest permaculture garden. Ages 10–14. Farm Camp: Children experience rhythms & routine of a working farm. Ages 4–10. Circus Camp: Learn clowning, juggling, tightrope walking, trapeze & acrobatics, with a weekly free performance. Ages 6–14. Trapeze Camp: Individualized lessons on a full-size

flying trapeze rig. Ages 6 & up. June–July. 575-7194, ext. 103. summerprograms.

State Park. $205. MWF: 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Th.: 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. Alternating weeks. Visit website for schedule. 573-1608.

Summit Education Center. Ages 6–14. Two 4-week summer programs that focus on a single end project. Develop life, academic, social & project-management skills. 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. $187.50/wk. $750/4 wks. 522-2289.

Wikiup Tennis & Swim Club Summer Camps & Lessons. Grades K–5. Spanish Camp: Grades K–5. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. June 18–22. Games, songs, stories, arts & crafts & swimming–ALL using Spanish. Volley Ball & Swim Camp: Ages 7–15. July 9–13. Co-ed program designed for the beginner to intermediate player. Basketball Camp: Ages 7–10. July 25–29. Art Escape Camp: Grades K–5. July 23-27. Children explore & experience diverse art forms, learn problem-solving skills & make connections. All camps: 9 a.m.–1 p.m. $200/wk. 544-2330.

Sylvan Learning Center Summer Sessions. Reading, math, writing, study skills & more. Flexible scheduling M–Th. & Sat. Flexible payment plans available. 528-6000. Taimalietane Dance Camp. Ages 3 & up. Specialized classes in dance from the islands of Samoa, Hawaii, Tahiti & more. Visit website for schedule & rates. 858-344-9333. Vertex Climbing Center Camp Vertical. Ages 4–6: Introduction to climbing’s vertical world. 1–2:30 p.m. June 25–27. $145. Ages 7–10 & 11–16: Children gain strength & confidence while challenging their comfort zones. Includes a full day of outdoor climbing at Goat Rock

Windsor Dance Camps: Regular, Intensive & Mini. Ages 3–adult. Dancers learn fun dances, do craft projects, play games, watch dance videos & more. 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. M–F. June –Aug. Full day: $300/wk. Half day: $160/wk. 578-3217. Wonder Camp at the Children’s Museum. Ages 5–8. Offering a variety of different activities ranging from science, technology,

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Wu Academy Summer Camp. Kung Fu, Chinese language & painting, acrobatics, games & other activities. Visit website for schedule & rates. $125–$225/wk. Single days offered. 338-2233. YMCA Summer Camps. Adventure Camp: Age-appropriate games, crafts & theme-related activities. Ages 6–12. Kids Club: Traditional camp fun, just a bit shorter. Ages 6–12. Preschool Play Camp: Exploration, free choice, art & music activities & special events in a nurturing environment. Ages 2–5. Moving-On Teen Camp: A theme-based adventure camp with day-trip activities & 1 overnight camping experience. Ages 11–13. Sports Camp: Build skills, fitness & self-esteem, with special emphasis on specific sports each session. Ages 6–12. Super Science Camp: Explore STEM themes including marine biology, archaeology, chemistry, physics & more. Ages 7–12. Fine Arts Camp: Song, dance & acting. Ages 7–12. Visit website for schedule & rates. 544-1829. SEBASTOPOL Applecreek Horseback Riding Camp. Ages 6–17. Learn about horses & styles of riding, from basic horsemanship to intermediate riding. Drinks & snacks provided. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. M–F. June–Aug. Extended-care available. $350/wk. 829-2804. Camp CASTLE. Grades K–6. Weekly field trips, swimming, waterslides, giant inflatables, walks, science, arts & crafts, cooking, sports & more. Flexible schedules welcome. Cost varies according to schedule. 7 a.m.–6 p.m. M–F. June 11–Aug. 10. $46–$175/wk. 829-4578. Earth Girls Empowerment Camp. Yoga, movement, theater games, nature-oriented activities. 9 a.m.–3:45 p.m. June 11–15. July 9–13. July 16–20. $250. 634-4847. FANWAR LARP Training & Day Camp. Ages 8–18. Players will learn to battle with safe LARP weaponry, solve intricate story elements,

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role play as a wide variety of monsters & characters of the world & manage their resources carefully. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. M–F. June 18–22, July 16–20 & July 30–Aug. 3. $250/wk. 569-4859. Janboree Summer Camp. Ages 5–10. Busy, active schedule of field trips, crafts, swimming, hiking, gymnastics, fairs & other outings. 7 a.m.–6 p.m. M–F. June–Aug. Call for rates. 795-8568. Lessons from Horses: Summer Camp for Girls. Ages 9–13. This hands-on, collaborative therapeutic equine camp focuses on developing girls’ friendships, communication & self-esteem. Activities include yoga, therapeutic horsemanship, mindful horseback riding & intentional crafts. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. June 18–22. $775. Before May 14 $675. 634-4667. MainStage West Camp. Musical theater acting camp, with productions of Disney’s The AristoCats Kids. Ages 7–12. June 25–July 15. Drama Boot Camp: Ages 13–17. July 16–Aug. 5. Visit website for schedule & rates. 823-0177. Rock Band Camp. Ages 10–17. A fun & interactive band experience where students/ musicians take their place in a rockin’ band for a week culminating in a live show. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. June–Aug. $445/wk. 327-7572. Sebastopol Community Cultural Center Summer Camps. Gymnastics Camp: Ages 5–9. Skate Park: Ages 5–16. Tennis Camp: Ages 10–14. Visit website for more camps & specific dates, costs & levels. 823-1511. Tennis Camp. Ages 10–14. 9–11 a.m. M–F. Session 1 (BEG): June 11–15. Session 2 (INT): June 18–22. $145/wk. 479-0509. class/3176648-tennis-camp. SONOMA Soloquest Summer School. Ages 15–18. Call for enrollment & rates. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. June 4– Aug. 17. 939-1133. Sonoma Ecology Center Camps. Youth Intro to Backpacking: Ages 10–14. 3-day/2-night program. Basic backpacking skills. June 12–14. Advanced Youth Backpacking Trek: Ages 12–17. June 18–21. Must be experienced in camping & able to hike several miles daily. Creek camp: Ages 8–12. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. July 9–13. Collecting aquatic insects, learning about the wildlife & plants. Harry Potter

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Summer Camp Adventure Guide Camps: Ages 6–12. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. June 25–29, 16–20 & 23–27. Sonoma Garden Park. All camps: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. daily. $260–$470. 996-0712. summer-science-camp. Sonoma Gymnastics Academy Summer Camps. Ages 4–12. Gymnastics, crafts, games, fort building & nature walks. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. M–F. June–Aug. $250–$300/wk. 343-1402. WINDSOR Boys & Girls Clubs of Windsor. Ages 6–18. Campers take field trips, play games & develop positive relationships in a safe environment. 8 a.m.–6 p.m. M–F. June–Aug. 838-1959. Coding4Kids. Ages 7–12. Introduction to technology concepts & programming language. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. M–F. June 18–22. $399–$409. 838-1260. Town of Windsor Summer Camps. Preschool Camp: Art, story time, outside play, science, cooking & more. Ages 3–5. MWF. 9 a.m.– noon. June 18–Aug. 10. $113–$145/2-wk. session. Video Production: Basics of writing a 1-minute script. Camera techniques. Ages 10–12. Tues. 5:30–6:30 p.m. June 5–July 3. $150–$160/2-wk. session. 838-1260. NAPA COUNTY Justin-Siena Summer Camps. Rising grades 3–8. Boys & girls basketball & lacrosse, football, volleyball, cheerleading & wrestling. $50–$175/wk. $150–$350. See website for camp schedule/rates. 255-0950. justin-siena. org/page/summer/js-summer. MARIN COUNTY The Buck Science Camps. Ages 9–14. Designed to educate & inspire students about the brain & sensory system. Brain Camp: Ages 10–12. June 25–29. $400/wk. Model Organism Camp: Ages 12–14. July 9–13. $400/wk. The Buck Research Immersion Program: Grades 9–11. July 16–27. $800/2 wks. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. 415-209-2000, ext. 6161. content/summer-camps.

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pring is for fresh starts. Let the powerful voice of blues artist Terrie Odabi usher in yours. She’s just one of several musicians performing at the Apple Blossom Festival in Ives Park in Sebastopol. Kicking off with a Main Street parade at 10 a.m., the annual event will fill up the park with food and music April 21, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., and April 22, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (Odabi sings on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.) Tickets are $10–$12, free for children ages 10 and under. For a full lineup and other information, see ¶

Sunday 1 Union Street Easter Parade & Spring Celebration. Petting zoo,

pony ride, live music & entertainers. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Parade begins at 2 p.m. (Hat contest judging: 11:15 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Buchanan & Union.) Union Street to Gough to Fillmore. San Francisco. FREE Homework Help Program.

Homework coaching at your local library. For grades K–12. Trained volunteers. Drop-in, no appointments necessary. Sonoma County Libraries. See online calendar for times/branch locations. FREE Easter Egg Hunt at Garden Valley. 50 carousel animals on

display. Face painting, photo booth & activities for the whole family. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Garden Valley Ranch. 498 Pepper Rd., Petaluma. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 773-1083.

Monday 2 FREE The Great Paper Airplane Flight School. Learn new folding

techniques & test how high your plane can go. Ages 5–12. 3 p.m. Rincon Valley Library. 6959 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa. 32 SonomaFamilyLife

FREE Spring Drop-In Craft Table.

Spring into the children’s room to do a craft this week. All supplies provided. Ages 3 & up. 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Rohnert Park–Cotati Regional Library. 3250 Lynne Conde Way, Rohnert Park. FREE Path to College Workshops.

Sponsored by the Sonoma County Libraries. SAT/ACT Test Prep Classes for Students & families. English & Spanish. Registration required for ACT & SAT prep classes. Registration not required for Path to College Workshops. Visit events/programs/the-path-to-college for library locations/dates.

Wednesday 4 Lady’s Night Archery Shoot.

Wednesdays. $10. 7–8 p.m. Turra’s Backroom Archery. 3260 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. events/1637154356348877.

Friday 6 Crazy, Awesome Science.

Demonstration & hands-on activities. Free with admission to museum ($9–$12. Babies under 12 mos: free). 2–3 p.m. Children’s Museum of

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Sonoma County. 1835 W. Steele Ln., Santa Rosa. 546-4069. FREE Bodega Marine Laboratory Public Tours. Most Fridays. 2–4

p.m. 2099 Westshore Dr., Bodega Bay. 875-2211. visiting-bml. FREE Spring Book Faire. Apr. 6:

3–7:30 p.m. Apr. 7: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Apr. 8 (half-price day): 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Apr. 9 ($5/bag): 2–6 p.m. Supports Sonoma County Libraries. Veterans’ Memorial Bldg. 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa.

Saturday 7 FREE Graton Area Disaster Preparedness Fair. Gather information, learn new skills, make a plan. Prizes & games. First aid & emergency kits for sale. First 100 families receive a tool for their emergency kit. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Graton Fire Department. 3750 Gravenstein Hwy. North, Sebastopol. 823-8400. FREE Family Bike Workshop.

Families are invited to learn how to ride together in a safe & fun way. 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. McNear Elementary School. 605 Sunnyslope

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Art of Dessert. Dinner

Fire Relief Beer Event. Dozens of craft beers, food vendors & live music by McKenna Faith & Cover Me Badd. Proceeds will benefit group & organizations helping fire survivors. $50–$100. 3–7 p.m. Sonoma County Fairgrounds. 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa.

& dessert with celebrities to benefit the Luther Burbank Center’s education & community engagement programs. Silent, live & wine auctions. Entertainment by the Luther Burbank Mariachi Ensemble. $250–$750. 5:30 p.m. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa. 546-3600. Chimera Arts Maker Space Open House. Noon–dark. Live music:

Tyler McCourtney, Banjo Boombox & Kalei Yamanoha. Demos of 3-D printer & woodworking machinery, jewelry making & metal-smithing. Chimera Art Space. 6791 Sebastopol

Kids’ Cowpoke Carnival. A family

carnival geared towards ages 2–8. Carnival games, prizes, cakewalk, silent auction, food & raffles. Benefits the Petaluma Nursery School. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Kids: $5. Adults: free. McKinley Elementary School Auditorium. 810 Madison St., Petaluma. 778-4669.

Science Saturday. Learn to make

disappearing ink out of everyday household items. Event: free. Parking: $7. 1–4 p.m. Environmental Discovery Center. Spring Lake Regional Park. 393 Violetti Rd., Santa Rosa. 539-2865. Achadinha Cheese Co. Farm Tour.

Includes ranch & cheese plant tour & cheese tasting. $25. Kids: $5–$10. 11 a.m.–12.30 p.m. RSVP: 763-1025. 750 Chileno Valley Rd., Petaluma. FREE Kids’ Storytime. Saturdays.

11–11:30 a.m. Copperfield’s Books. 1330 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 942-1616. 42nd Cloverdale Fiddle Festival.

$15–$19. Ages 6 & under: free. 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds.

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weave wool & create a woolen craft. $2–$3. Ages 5 & under: free. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park. 3325 Adobe Rd., Petaluma. 762-4871.

Sunday 8 10th Annual Old-Fashioned Chicken BBQ. Live music, silent auction, car

show & bake sale. Beer & wine for sale. Take-out available. $17. Noon–4 p.m. Meals served until 3 p.m. Benefits Cotati Museum & Historical Society. Ray Miller Community Center. 216 E. School St., Cotati. Art in the Park. Calling artists of all

levels. Set up picnic-style with large tarps beside a pond. Art supplies available. Bring lawn chair. Event: free. Parking: $7. 1–3 p.m. Foothill Regional Park. 1351 Arata Ln., Windsor. 565-2041. FREE Flower Power. Second Sunday

Family Fun Series. A community concert by Beatles tribute band Invasion. KidZone with crafts, games, toys & face painting. Food & drinks for sale. 1–4 p.m. Rohnert Park Community Center. 5401 Synder Ln., Rohnert Park. rpcommunityservices. Howarth Park Family Playdate




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County Dance Beat. Headlined by Queen of Boogie Woogie, Wendy DeWitt. Dance lessons provided at this all-ages event. Beer & wine for sale. 2–6 p.m. $10–$30 sliding scale.

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information on camps, summer-school sessions, tutoring & all-around family-fun. 3–7 p.m. Coddingtown Mall. 733 Coddingtown Center, Santa Rosa. 205-1539. Paint Nite. Forestville

4-H Fundraiser. With artist instruction, learn to paint a specific painting, which will be taken home. $45. For

Reiki, crystals, gems, herbs, jewelry, oils, henna & candles. Thru Apr. 15. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (Portion of concession sales go to Redwood Credit Union North Bay Fire Relief Fund.) Held in concert with the Hoodo Heritage Festival, which offers workshops in African-American folk magic (tickets online). Santa Rosa Veterans Building. 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa. Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival.

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the fleet, live music, wine & beer, seafood, food trucks & craft booths. $12–$14. $25 2-day pass. Ages 11 & under: free. Parking: free. Apr. 14 & 15: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Westside Park. 2400 Westshore Rd., Bodega Bay. FREE Heroes Among Us. Presented

by Community SAIF. Food, music, games, crafts, emergency personnel, merchants, businesses & clubs & silent auction. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Lawrence E. Jones Middle School. 5154 Snyder Ln., Rohnert Park. 486-2560. Wildfire Ecology Hikes. How are the

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Benefits All-Star Cheerleading Program. $10. Under 3: free. 8:30–10:15 a.m. Friar Tucks Pub. 8201 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati. An Evening in Vienna. Waltz to

music provided by members of Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra (SRSYO). Champagne & pastries. Silent & live auction items. $25. 7 p.m. Benefits SRSYO European tour. Santa Rosa Junior College Shone Farm. 7450 Steve Olson Ln., Forestville. Spring Wildflower Walks: Wildflower Wander & Musings. Hike: free. Parking: $7. 10 a.m.–noon. Taylor Mountain Regional Park (Petaluma Hill Rd. entrance). 3820 Petaluma Hill Rd., Santa Rosa.

Sunday 15 Dirty Cello. A mini-concert at the museum. $7–$10. Ages 12 & under: free. 2–3 p.m. Museums of Sonoma County. 425 Seventh St., Santa Rosa. 579-1500.

Thursday 19 Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Adaptation of Richard & Florence Atwater’s popular book, with original songs & penguin puppets. Arrive 1 hour early for free fun with arts & crafts projects. Pizza & drinks available. $16–$21. 6:30–7:30 p.m. Luther Burbank Center. 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa. 546-3600.

Friday 20 Into the Woods. Stephen Sondheim

musical. Recommended for ages 12 & above. $12–$18. Runs thru May 6. 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. shows. Maria Carrillo High School Auditorium. 6975 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa. 527-4307. Visit website for times/dates.

Saturday 21 FREE Little Lambs Preschool Grand Re-Opening Celebration. Tour newly remodeled facility & playground, meet new director. 9 a.m.–noon. 1402 University St., Healdsburg. 433-5779. Morning on the Farm. 9:30–11 a.m. Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm. 655 Willowside Rd., Santa Rosa. RSVP: admissions@ or 575-7194, ext. 102. Resurrection Roller Girls vs. Nor Cal Roller Girls. $5–$12. 6:45–10

p.m. Cal Skate of Rohnert Park. 6100 Commerce Blvd., Rohnert Park. Sebastopol Apple Blossom Festival & Parade. $10–$12. Ages 10 & under:

free. Apr. 21: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Apr. 22: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (Parade Apr. 21: 10 a.m. Main St., Sebastopol.) Ives Park. Jewel Ave. & Willow St. Sebastopol Center for the Arts. 282 S. High St., Sebastopol. FREE Volunteer for Earth Day.

Help remove litter from the park & Sonoma creek in honor of Earth Day 2018. Tools, gloves, drinks & snacks available. Wear sturdy shoes, long pants, long-sleeve shirt, hat & sunscreen. 9 a.m.–noon. For more

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information, call 565-2041. parks. Year of the Dog: Snoopy’s Happy Dance. Celebrate

the Chinese Year of the Dog. Dancing Snoopy buttons, photo ops & craft. $5–$12. Ages 3 & under: free. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Charles M. Schulz Museum. 2301 Hardies Ln., Santa Rosa. 579-4452. FREE Earth Day on Stage.

Family-friendly festival. Live performances, food & vendors. Noon–4 p.m. 69 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa. 543-3711. Open Cockpit: Top Gun Weekend.

Get an unobstructed view of what a fighter plane or attack plane or helicopter is like from the inside. All ages welcome. $5–$10. Ages 5 & under: free. Family: $30. Thru Apr. 22. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. both days. Charles M. Schulz Museum–Sonoma County Airport Museum. One Air Museum Way. Santa Rosa. 575–7900.

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Sunday 22 FREE Cloverleaf Ranch Open House. Visit facilities & learn about

programs. Sonoma County Strong since 1947. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. 3892 Old Redwood Hwy., Santa Rosa. 545-5906. SkateSpot@Forestville Youth Park FunRun. Fundraiser to build

a SkateSpot for youth in Forestville. $25–$35. Registration: 7:45 a.m. 5K/10K: 8:30 a.m.–noon. Start/ finish at Forestville Youth Park. 7045 Mirabel Rd., Forestville. Register: Bubbles & Blooms Festival.

Sparkling wines & food pairings. Flower market & workshops & speakers on floral design. Wine & food pairings. Noon–4 p.m. $90–$105. Gloria Ferrer Vineyards. 23555 Hwy. 121, Sonoma. FREE Earth Day & Wellness Festival. Children’s games, activities

& crafts. Plant sale, health & wellness booths, free health screenings & live demonstrations. 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Windsor Town Green. Windsor. Earth Day Eco-Prints. Identify local leaves, fruits & flowers that are good for eco-printing. Create naturally designed silk scarf or bandana. All materials provided. $15. Parking: $7. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Riverfront Regional Park. 7821 Eastside Rd., Healdsburg.

Tuesday 24 FREE Sensory Friendly Family Day. Watch an animated Peanuts

special with the lights up. Engage in sensory activities & experiment with stop-motion movie-making. Sensory kits & noise-cancelling headphones available. 3–5 p.m. Charles M. Schulz Museum. 2301 Hardies Ln., Santa Rosa. 579-4452.

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FREE Sensory Friendly Afternoons.

For families of children with special needs, ages 0–12. Adjusted sound & lighting, ear defenders & sunglasses available. Staff support from Anova & the Early Learning Institute. 2–4 p.m. Children’s Museum of Sonoma County. 1835 W. Steele Ln., Santa Rosa. 546-4069.

Saturday 28 FREE Wikiup Tennis & Swim Club

both days. 500 Wikiup Dr., Santa Rosa. 544-2330. Spring Tour: Blossoms, Bees &

& antique vendors. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Downtown Petaluma. 4th & Kentucky. 762-9348.

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County farms. Activities include hay rides, maypole, kids’ crafts, food carts & more. Thru Apr. 29. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 837-8896. Register at:

Village. Tropical birds, magic show & creative activities for kids of all ages. Art show & sale. Live dance & music performances. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Montgomery Village. Hwy. 12 & Farmers Ln., Santa Rosa. 545-3844.

FREE Butter & Egg Days Parade & Festival. The parade starts at noon & will march thru downtown. Food

Children’s Day at the Mission.

Open House. Thru Apr. 29. 1–6 p.m.

Weave baskets; card, spin & weave wool; use the cattle brand & leather tools; try roping with a lariat; create a cornhusk doll & beaded jewelry. $2–$3. Ages 5 & under: free. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Mission San Francisco Solano. 114 Spain St. E., Sonoma. 938-9560.

Sunday 29 Day of the Child/Día del Niño.

Nature crafts, visits with animals, bug catching, family nature walks, bird watching & more. Event: free. Parking: $7. Noon–4 p.m. For a list of locations & activities, see day-of-the-child-2. FREE Petaluma Spring Antique Faire. Estate

jewelry, linens, furniture, art, kitchenware, vintage décor & all kinds of unusual collectables. 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Historic Downtown Petaluma. 4th & Kentucky. Poro: Spring Bounty. Preparatory

Waltz On Over


elp make some young people’s European dream come true—and treat yourself to a little Old World charm, too—at an Evening in Vienna. Members of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra will serenade your dancing feet with waltzes while champagne and pastries woo your senses. There will be a live auction, too. Proceeds go toward the youth orchestra’s European tour in June. The event will be held on April 14 at 7 p.m. at Shone Farm in Forestville. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at ¶

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Orchestra & Repertory Orchestra. $10–$20. 3 p.m. Sonoma Country Day School. Jackson Theater. 4400 Day School Pl., Santa Rosa.

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Don’t Use a Kitchen Spoon

Measuring Medicine By Karen Knight


e can probably assume Mary Poppins was referring to a “kitchen” spoon when she recommended administering a “spoonful of sugar” to help the medicine go down. But which kitchen spoon was she recommending? A “tea” spoon, a “soup” spoon, or a big “mixing” spoon? Of course, our kids will pick the biggest spoon. And we might agree if it helps the medicine go down, and they brush their teeth afterwards. But in the case of administering medicine, spoon size really does matter, warn researchers. And dosage directions to measure medicine by the “teaspoonful” are surprisingly misleading. The report on how parents give their children medicine appears in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The study revealed that when labels listed dosages by the teaspoonful, 1 in 6 parents reached for a spoon from the kitchen drawer to administer medicine to their children. Tableware Is Not a Measuring Device The problem is that common 40 SonomaFamilyLife

tableware teaspoons are not accurate measuring devices. They range in size from 2.5 to 9.5 milliliters, while the size of “teaspoon” markings on syringes, droppers, and plastic-cup medicine dispensers is 5 milliliters. That leaves too much margin for error. In fact, parents who measured doses in “spoonfuls” were twice as likely to give incorrect doses than those who

The ideal tools for giving medicine are syringes and droppers that measure in milliliters. measured it in milliliters, says the study. The results can be dangerous. Underdosing may not completely treat the child’s illness and can lead to an outbreak of resistant strains of the disease. Overdosing may cause negative side effects that can be life-threatening. Misleading Labels Many labels give dosages specifically in milliliters (ml). But the same labels often include teaspoon dosage amounts as well. Parents may skip reading the milliliter-dosage and go straight to the

teaspoon amounts. And authors of the study reported that parents often assumed the term “teaspoon” meant a “similar-sized kitchen spoon.” The ideal tools for giving medicine are syringes and droppers that measure in milliliters. Not only do they measure an accurate amount of medicine, they are also easier to use with infants and the elderly. Less spill and slosh means the patient is more likely to ingest the entire amount. Preventing Overdoses Children can receive accidental overdoses several ways. Dad might give a dose without realizing Mom has already given it to the child. A parent may give two different remedies for separate symptoms without realizing they contain the same active ingredients. Children may eat or drink medicines left out on the counter, in an unlocked cabinet, or near the bed after already receiving a bedtime dose. Considering that children get colds six to 10 times per year, parents can’t afford to use the wrong size measuring device. The website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports more than 70,000 emergency department visits resulting from unintentional medication overdoses among children 18 years and under. It also reports one out of every 180 two-year-olds is treated in an emergency department for an unintentional medication poisoning. Measure sugar by the spoonful and medicine by the milliliter. ¶ Karen Sue Night is a freelance writer and the mother of three amazing young adults.

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Humor Break

Life Isn’t Fair How to Stop Sibling Squabbles?

By Holly Hester


kay, here’s the scenario: We were on a plane last week and the flight attendant placed three Sprites on my tray for my kids. As she pushed the cart away, I glanced down and noticed something so horrible, so terrible, I could barely speak—

Not all the Sprites were poured equally. This was a meltdown waiting to happen and the stakes were very high. We don’t let our kids drink soda, so a Sprite on the airplane is like liquid gold to them. I quickly looked at my kids, who fortunately were engrossed in a SkyMall magazine—good, they hadn’t noticed yet—then I nudged my husband, Bill. “Take little sips out of their drinks to make them equal. HURRY.” Bill looked at the unequal Sprites and gasped, then quickly went to work at trying to make them exactly the same. I got out my own SkyMall magazine to try and block the crime scene in progress, but this ended up catching Buck’s attention. His eyes became like saucers. His mouth creating a perfect “O,” just before shouting— “Daddy is drinking our sprites!” Does this situation sound familiar to you? Some days I feel like my job as Mom has been replaced with the far less enjoyable job of Quantity Control Manager. My kids are constantly 42 SonomaFamilyLife

tea-totaling everything. Who had a longer playdate? Who got more sprinkles on their ice cream? Who sat in the front seat last and for how long? Who petted the dog more? Who sat on the best tree

The list of “Things I thought I’d never do as a parent and now I do all the time” is very long. branch with binoculars? Who held the binoculars longer? Who got to open the binocular case? Who watched Mommy grab the binoculars in an angry fit and go storming back into the house? The list goes on and on and on… Before I had kids, I really never thought I’d ever let this happen. I know the list of “Things I thought I’d never do as a parent and now I do all the time” is very long, but getting in the trap of trying to make things equal for my kids is not something I’m just willing to accept. First of all, it’s exhausting. Second, it’s so stressful. And third, and definitely the worst, it makes any fun, wonderful situation instantly awful. A celebration trip to the toy store turns from what it should be—uh, a trip to the toy store—into a competition that ends in tears and hurt feelings. I know that trying to make things fair and equal is human

nature and probably has a lot to do with a basic survival instinct. As a cave-child, if you continue to be handed the scrawniest piece of meat at dinner, well, that might affect your chances of staying a cave-child. So if you want to live, you better make a fuss. But the fact that this behavior spills over into all aspects of my children’s lives is just too much. I know I’ve inadvertently made the problem worse by trying to make things equal in order to avoid potential meltdowns. But how to stop it? I really have no idea. I’ve gotten mad a few times. That doesn’t really help. I’ve explained to my kids that “things aren’t always fair” and while this parental chestnut is true, it seems to resonate as badly with my kids as it did when my parents said it to me. I would love any suggestions. Anything. My kids are still asleep and I just looked at the three bagels I was going to give them for breakfast and one bagel is seriously smaller than the others. I’m doomed. ¶ 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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