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August 2017

Every Issue 6

Dear Reader

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Bits and Pieces Disney Under the Stars Locomotive Love

9 Features

Take Me to the Circus Ride High Eat, Dance, Shop Feed the Pokemon

22 Cooking with Kids

10 Goodbye Summer, Hello School Glide into the new academic year.

12 2017–18 School Calendars

Protein Power

24 Calendar of Events Take a Bite Out of Life

34 Humor Break The Lice Wars

Dates to remember.

16 Manage the Morning Rush Strategies for getting the kids out the door.

18 The Breast Stop Tips for nursing in public.

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20 Room to Grow Let kids figure out their own interests.

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One of the most important ways you can get off on the right foot is studying the school calendar. Find your district’s in this issue (page 12). Show it to your kids so they can get excited about upcoming vacation days. Then head off to the kitchen and pack them a healthy lunch with the help of “Protein Power” (page 22). We hope the start of school is full of excitement and promise for everyone in your clan.

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Disney Under the Stars

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t’s tough for kids to sit still and be quiet for a show. That’s why, back in the day, drive-ins were a favorite for families. Such theaters may be extinct, but the Green Music Center has kept the outdoor film experience alive and well with its free Movies on the Green. On August 26, grab a blanket and bring the kids to watch Beauty and the Beast —both Disney’s 1991 animated and 2017 live-action versions—at 5 p.m. on the center’s Weill Lawn at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park. See gmc.sonoma.edu for further information. ¶

Locomotive Love

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ids love things that go—hence the popularity of everything from Matchbox cars to Thomas the Tank Engine. If your kids are especially fond of the latter, take them to the Great Train Days at the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County in Santa Rosa. They can see model trains, take a ride on a miniature steam engine, and listen to stories about locomotives, too. The event will be held August 5 and 6, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., and is free with $12 museum admission. See cmosc.org for more information. ¶

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hat would your life be like if you had no fear? The internationally renowned performers of the Flynn Creek Circus seem to answer that question with their very beings as they leap and bound through their acts. See them fly through the sky on the trapeze and work acrobatic magic August 24–27 at Sonoma Mountain Village in Rohnert Park. Performances start at 4 p.m.; tickets are $9–$50 and may be purchased via flynncreekcircus.com. ¶

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Ride High

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he midway, with its dazzling lights and thrilling rides, is usually the focal point of any fair. But the Sonoma County Fair’s offerings go beyond a Ferris wheel and cotton candy. Pay the admission price, and you can see free community concerts, check out horse and dog racing (reserve a seat for extra), take in flower and livestock shows, and see performers such as the High Diving Pirates of the Caribbean. Kids can enter scarecrow-building and bubblegum-blowing contests, and meet a lorikeet, too. For extra fees, enjoy a PRCA rodeo, monster trucks, and local beers and ciders at the NorCal Brew Fest. The fair runs August 3–13 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. General admission is $7–$13, free for ages 6 and under. Gates open daily 11 a.m.–9 p.m. The carnival begins at 3 p.m. on August 3, then noon Monday–Friday, and 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. See sonomacountyfair.com for specific event times and fees. ¶

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eed a mid-week break? Bring the kids to Wednesday Night Market, when downtown Santa Rosa overflows with food, live music, and arts and crafts. Dance to local beats, shop farmers’ bounty, and stroll through booths of area artists and downtown vendors. Market will be held 5–8:30 p.m. on August 2, 9, and 16 at the Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa. On August 2, there will be a special martial arts expo at which you can find out about myriad activities, from karate to fencing. Check out wednesdaynightmarket.org for more information. ¶

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dressing up special days with crayons, markers, or stickers. Have fun with it! When your kids know the plan, everyone wins.

Goodbye Summer, Hello School

Start talking about the beginning of school. Use dinnertime to ask your kids what they are most excited or scared about and if they have questions about their class. Talk to them about what it was like when you started a new grade. Kids feel so much better when they hear “me too.” Help ease new school jitters and social anxiety by role-playing. I do this with my son sometimes when a situation arises that might hurt his feelings. We use role-play to figure out how to handle different scenarios so that he doesn’t lash out. You can do this, too, with situations that are relative to your children.

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link. Where did summer go? Just when my kids figured out how to play upstairs by themselves for longer than 10 minutes it’s time to pencil in playtime before and after homework hour. Changing routines is difficult for

anyone. Add to that multiple children and multiple ages, and you

Let your kids decorate their own calendars by dressing up special days with crayons, markers, or stickers.

have got yourself a recipe for stress. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for transitioning from summer to fall; you just kind of have to get through it. I have enough summers under my belt to know what does and does not work. From one mother to another, let me share what I have gleaned from my experiences. First, get a calendar. Actually, buy a couple. Buy one to put on the 10 SonomaFamilyLife

fridge for the whole family to see, one cute one just for you, one for each of your kids’ rooms, and if that isn’t enough, buy one more just because. Start with the family calendar and map out the month of August or September (whichever month your kids go back to school). Write down every single event. Let your kids decorate their own calendars by

Make the first day of school special. Plan on getting at least one new outfit for each child. Be sure to add this shopping day to your calendar! If you have multiple children, take each one out individually. Gradually set earlier bedtimes. Now that you’ve got the schedule, role-playing, and shopping day nailed down, you’re ready for

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2017–18 School Calendars The following are holidays for all schools in Sonoma County: Sept. 4, Feb. 19, Nov. 10, May. 28, Jan. 15

First Day

Thanksgiving

Alexander Valley Union

Aug. 16

Bellevue Union

Winter Break

Lincoln Day

Spring Break

Last Day Other Days Off

Nov. 22–24 Dec. 22–Jan. 5

Feb. 16

Apr. 2–6

June 1

Oct. 6, Mar. 30, May 25

Aug. 16

Nov. 20–24

Dec. 22–Jan. 5

Feb. 12

Apr. 2–6

June 5

Sept. 5, Nov. 1

Bennett Valley Union

Aug. 16

Nov. 20–24

Dec. 22–Jan. 5

Feb. 12

Apr. 2–6

June 1

Oct. 20

Cinnabar

Aug. 16

Nov. 20–24

Dec. 22–Jan. 5

Feb. 12

Mar. 19–23

May 31

Cloverdale Unified

Aug. 17

Nov. 20–24

Dec. 22–Jan. 8

Feb. 16

Apr. 2–6

June 7

Oct. 13, Feb. 15, Mar. 16

Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified* Aug. 16

Nov. 20–24

Dec. 22–Jan. 5

Feb. 12

Apr. 2–6

June 1

Oct. 9

Dunham

Aug. 16

Nov. 22–24 Dec. 22–Jan. 8

Feb. 12

Mar. 19–23

May 31

Nov. 9, Apr. 20

Forestville Union

Aug. 16

Nov. 20–24

Dec. 22–Jan. 5

Feb. 12

Apr. 2–6

June 1

Nov. 1

Geyserville Unified

Aug. 16

Nov. 22–24 Dec. 22–Jan. 8

Feb. 12

Apr. 2–6

May 31

May 4

*Charter & year-round schools in these districts may follow a different calendar.

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First Day

Thanksgiving

Winter Break

Lincoln Day

Spring Break

Last Day Other Days Off

Gravenstein Union

Aug. 16

Nov. 22–24

Dec. 22–Jan. 5

Feb. 12

Apr. 2–6

June 1

Oct. 6, Mar. 19 & 30

Guerneville

Aug. 16

Nov. 20–24

Dec. 25–Jan. 8

Feb. 12

Mar. 26–30

June 1

Oct. 9

Harmony Union*

Aug. 17

Nov. 20–24

Dec. 25–Jan. 8

Feb. 16

Mar. 26–30

June 5

Healdsburg Unified

Aug. 21

Nov. 22–24

Dec. 22–Jan. 8

Feb. 12

Apr. 2–6

June 7

Oct. 9, May 25

Kenwood

Aug. 16

Nov. 20–24

Dec. 22–Jan. 5

Feb. 12

Apr. 2–6

June 1

Feb. 26

Liberty*

Aug. 16

Nov. 22–24

Dec. 22–Jan. 5

Feb. 16

Mar. 19–23

June 1

Nov. 9, Feb. 20, Apr. 2

Mark West Union

Aug. 16

Nov. 20–24

Dec. 25–Jan. 5

Feb. 12

Apr. 2–6

June 1

Oct. 6, Apr. 9

Oak Grove Union

Aug. 16

Nov. 20–24

Dec. 25–Jan. 8

Feb. 12

Apr. 2–6

May 31

Old Adobe Union

Aug. 16

Nov. 20–24

Dec. 25–Jan. 9

Feb. 12

Mar. 19–23

June 1

Petaluma City*

Aug. 16

Nov. 20–24

Dec. 22–Jan. 5

Feb. 12

Mar. 19–23

June 1

Oct. 16

Piner-Olivet Union

Aug. 16

Nov. 20–24

Dec. 25–Jan. 8

Feb. 12

Apr. 2–6

June 1

Oct. 6

Rincon Valley Union

Aug. 14

Nov. 20–24

Dec. 22–Jan. 8

Feb. 12

Apr. 2–6

June 1

Sept. 22, Nov. 3

*Charter & year-round schools in these districts may follow a different calendar.

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2017–18 School Calendars

First Day

Thanksgiving

Winter Break

Lincoln Day

Spring Break

Last Day Other Days Off

Roseland

Aug. 14

Nov. 20–24

Dec. 25–Jan. 8

Feb. 12

Apr. 2–6

May 31

Sept. 11, Oct. 20

Santa Rosa City Elementary* Aug. 15

Nov. 20–24

Dec. 25–Jan. 5

Feb. 12

Apr. 2–6

May 31

Jan. 30, Mar. 8

Santa Rosa City High*

Aug. 15

Nov. 20–24

Dec. 25–Jan. 5

Feb. 12

Apr. 2–6

June 1

Jan. 30, Mar. 8

Sebastopol Union*

Aug. 17

Nov. 20–24

Dec. 25–Jan. 8

Feb. 12

Mar. 26–30

June 5

Oct. 9

Sonoma Valley Unified*

Aug. 14

Nov. 20–24

Dec. 25–Jan. 5

Apr. 2–6

May 31

Oct. 30, Jan. 26, Feb. 16, Apr. 9

Twin Hills Union*

Aug. 16

Nov. 20–24

Dec. 25–Jan. 5

Feb. 12

Mar. 30–Apr. 6

May 31

Two Rock Union

Aug. 16

Nov. 20–24

Dec. 22–Jan. 5

Feb. 12

Mar. 19–23

June 1

Oct. 9

Waugh

Aug. 15

Nov. 20–24

Dec. 25–Jan. 5

Feb. 12

Mar. 19–23

June 1

Oct. 12–13, Nov. 9

West Side Union

Aug. 22

Nov. 22–24

Dec. 22–Jan. 8

Feb. 12

Apr. 2–6

June 7

Oct. 9, May 25

West Sonoma County High

Aug. 15

Nov. 20–24

Dec. 25–Jan. 8

Feb. 12

Mar. 26–30

May 31

Oct. 9

Wilmar Union

Aug. 17

Nov. 20–24

Dec. 22–Jan. 5

Feb. 12

Mar. 19–23

June 5

Nov. 1, Apr. 23

Windsor Unified

Aug. 17

Nov. 20–24

Dec. 22–Jan. 5

Feb. 12

Apr. 2–6

June 1

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Manage the Morning Rush Back-to-School Time-Saving Tips

By Sandra Gordon

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etting yourself out the door on time on weekday mornings is tough enough. But with kids to manage, too, it’s a recipe for multitasking madness. Here are top tips from mom experts who’ve found solutions to common morning time traps and sanity snatchers. Time Trap: Searching for backpacks, mittens, coats, homework, your purse, car keys, and your cell phone.

A.M. Advice: Create a staging area, a.k.a. “command center,” for storing key items. Try to set it up near the door you exit from the most. A mudroom is a logical place, but if you don’t have one, “Make your own version,” says Allison Carter, a certified professional organizer. Carter made her command center near the back door with a bench, baskets, and wall hooks. On top of the bench go her kids’ backpacks. The hooks are for coats and totes, and the baskets for shoes. Within your command center, designate a spot for specific items so you and your kids can grab things in an instant. Then train everyone to put things there, as in: This is where your 16 SonomaFamilyLife

backpack goes when you come home from school. Your command center can also have off-shoots. Audrey Cohen, a mom of 7- and 9-year-old girls, for example, stores everyone’s socks in a community basket behind her bedroom door. “It was my solution to one of the most frustrating parts of our morning: finding matching socks,” she says. Sanity Snatcher: You’re too rushed in the morning to get it all done. A.M. Advice: Do what you can the night before. “That’s when you have time to think the next day through,” says Jen Singer, author of Stop Second Guessing Yourself—The Toddler Years (HCI, 2009). The night before, fill out permission slips, locate library books that need to be returned, write any notes to

the teacher, and have your kids pack their backpacks and take their baths or showers. Check the weather forecast and have your kids set out

The trick is to establish healthy habits and to get into a manageable drill that you can gradually delegate. the next day’s outfits, too. You can also pack snacks, make your child’s lunch, and set the table for breakfast. Don’t go it alone. “Get your kids invested in the process with age-appropriate tasks,” says Mary Robbins, a licensed clinical social worker. Your goal: To train your kids to eventually get themselves ready in the morning without much, if any,

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help from you. Your preschooler, for example, can pick out her own clothes, especially if you give her choices, and put her shoes and coat away. As your kids get older and better at each morning task, add another to the mix. Grade-schoolers can also pack their own lunches, snacks, and

As your kids get older and better at each morning task, add another to the mix. backpacks. To make sure they keep up the good work, “Reward or praise them for acting so responsibly,” says psychology professor Linda McKenna Gulyn, Ph.D. Don’t bail your kids out if they forget something. “We have a rule that once a year you’re allowed to forget your saxophone, and I’ll bring it to school. But after that, you’re on your own,” Singer says. Not bringing forgotten items to school lets kids suffer the consequences and teaches them to remember, she says. Use a white board in the kitchen as a reminder center or encourage your older kids to set reminders on their phone.

breakfast contains protein—meat, beans, eggs, or dairy (protein contributes to satiety), whole grains (for fiber, vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting phytochemicals), and a fruit or vegetable. Think oatmeal topped with almond butter and raisins or fresh berries. Sanity Snatcher: Your child won’t eat breakfast because she says she’s not hungry. A.M. Advice: Make up for it at snack time. Just make sure the breakfast/snack is nutrient dense. A whole-grain bagel, string cheese, and a Clementine fit the bill (grains, protein, fruit), so does a hard-boiled egg with a small whole-wheat roll and an apple. (Boil eggs the night before.) Sorry, Goldfish crackers and fruit roll-ups don’t make the cut.

Time Trap: Your child sleeps in, which leaves no time for breakfast.

Another tactic: Go off the grid. Some kids just aren’t wowed by traditional breakfast foods such as whole-grain cereal, whole-grain Eggos, or eggs. But, there’s no rule against having leftover pizza with a glass of 100 percent juice or even half of a turkey or tuna sandwich with a glass of non- or low-fat milk. “One of my kids eats homemade chicken soup for breakfast,” says Laura A. Jana, M.D., a mom of three and the author of The Toddler Brain (Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2017).

A.M. Advice: Get your child up earlier. If your child would rather sleep than eat, wake him up just 15 minutes earlier to make time for this important meal. Studies show that kids who eat breakfast can concentrate more effectively and do better on tests. They also have healthier diets. The ideal

Don’t be a sweet slacker. If your child will only eat sugary cereal or sticky buns for breakfast, she has been trained to know these treats are coming, says Ward. To make breakfast healthier, start cutting her sugary cereal with Cheerios or another low-sugar, high-fiber option. Look for cereal with less than four to five

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grams of sugar per serving and four or more grams of fiber. Also, stop buying tempting treats, or designate a specific time when your kids can have them. Time Trap: Your kid is a slow morning mover. A.M. Advice: Establish a consistent and reasonable morning routine. “Although they might resist it at first, children thrive on structure,” Gulyn says. Make a morning-routine poster for your younger kids and put it in a common area, such as on your fridge. The poster should outline the order of tasks such as dressing, eating breakfast, putting on shoes and socks, and brushing hair and teeth. Use pictures to convey the message if your kids are pre-readers. Allow extra time. If your child still dawdles even with

Your preschooler can pick out her own clothes, especially if you give her choices, and put her shoes and coat away. a set routine, move his wake-up by 15 minutes instead of trying to get him to conform to your schedule. Also, make sure he gets to bed early enough so he’s more apt to be up-and-at-’em in the morning. “Children ages 5–12 need 10–11 hours of sleep each night,” says Gulyn. Preschoolers need 11–13 hours of shuteye. ¶ Sandra Gordon is an award-winning writer who delivers expert advice and the latest developments in health, nutrition, parenting, and consumer issues.

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The Breast Stop

“There are many breastfeeding covers that vary in complexity… . Find one that works for you,” Josephine says. Search babywearinginternational. com for options. Know where to go. Ask other nursing moms where they breastfeed when they’re out and about. Patronize area businesses and family attractions that are friendly toward nursing mothers. Look for quiet spots that offer some privacy, such as clean dressing rooms

The Art of Nursing in Public By Christa Melnyk Hines

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xperts agree that breastfeeding supports the healthy development of your baby and establishes a lasting bond with your little one. And breastfeeding is also conveniently portable. But if you’re like many new moms, embarrassment and a fear of judgment may make you nervous about nursing in public.

“Feeding baby on the go is very doable and takes just a little know-how and practice to get the hang of it,” says lactation consultant Marji Stark. Here’s how: Start slow. Give yourself time to adjust to new motherhood and your baby’s feeding habits. Plan to keep your outings short; nurse your infant before you leave home and again before you get out of the car. “Practice at home in front of the mirror,” says Kelly Josephine, a 18 SonomaFamilyLife

registered nurse and lactation consultant. And for your first few outings, choose “a low-stress environment such as a park.” Plan ahead. As you get more comfortable with breastfeeding and predicting when your baby will want to eat, you’ll feel less anxious when you head out. Wear clothing that makes nursing easy. Many moms opt for nursing tops or tanks with an over-shirt. Light scarves or blankets can also provide coverage. Pack an extra shirt in case of leaks or spills.

Patronize area businesses and family attractions that are friendly toward nursing mothers. in department stores and booths or corner tables in restaurants. You can also seek shelter in your car or ask a friend or family member to help “shield” you while you breastfeed, Josephine advises. But avoid bathrooms, Stark says. “Babies should not have to eat in a restroom—adults never do.” Reach out for support. “Mothers who attend a breastfeeding support group gain confidence, are more comfortable nursing in public, and tend to nurse longer than mothers who do not,” Stark says. To find support, check out your local La Leche League (call

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the Sonoma County contact at 523-8697). Women’s Health and Birth Center in Santa Rosa hosts a breastfeeding support group at 10:30 a.m. the first Friday of the month. Meanwhile, Facebook pages like Breast, Bottle and Beyond and Mom2Mom Global offer help online. You can also ask your pediatrician for a referral to a lactation consultant. “Once you’ve found your breastfeeding bravado, look for opportunities to encourage mothers coming along behind you. A smile and a thumbs up to a mother nursing on a park bench or at the table next to you goes a long way,” Stark says.

Know the law. In California, as in 48 other states, women are legally allowed to breastfeed in any public or private location. In addition, California exempts nursing mothers from jury duty. Under federal law, employers are required to give employees a physical space and time for nursing. Learn more about state and national breastfeeding laws at ncsl.org/research/health/ breastfeeding-state-laws.aspx. Find out general information about breastfeeding at womenshealth.gov/ breastfeeding. Freelance journalist Christa Melnyk Hines is the author of Confidently Connected: A Mom’s Guide to a Satisfying Social Life.

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Room to Grow Allowing Kids to Make Their Own Choices

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By Kathleen Streeter

’m a safety mom. A safety person, in fact. In life, as on a ski slope, I continually find myself helplessly speeding downhill trying to keep up with my tweens, while silently screaming, “Watch out for the trees!”

Releasing control doesn’t come naturally for most. For me, personally, the learning curve for parenting tweens-to-teens has been steeper than I’d expected. I want my kids to mature into independent young adults who can make wise choices on their own. I know that means I must let go. But in practice, I’ve found my convictions tested. For example, schoolwork used to be a big power struggle around our home. I found myself offering nonstop directives and reminders. By sixth grade, I felt that overseeing assignment deadlines would only enable dependence and laziness. I knew a hands-off approach was the right one, but it still pained me when my kids innocently forgot their homework 20 SonomaFamilyLife

Giving our kids lots of space to explore electives and hobbies has allowed them to “own” their interests. and received a lower grade. I realized that coddling would only hurt them, though. It’s still hard to stay in the shadows and watch my kids successfully dodge one bad decision only to perform a dramatic face-plant when the next major obstacle reveals itself. But how else will they learn? Just like with homework, it was also hard to resist micromanaging after-school activities. I knew an influential couple in Washington,

D.C., who required their kid to learn a stringed musical instrument and a foreign language. My eyes lit up at the idea; it sounded like an insurance plan to turn out accomplished, polished children. My husband disagreed, and we didn’t take this approach. Eventually, our daughter found her own way. A natural linguist, she became an advanced French student completely by her own volition. When she was little, she elected to take piano lessons but after a few years tearfully confessed that she loved her teacher, not the piano. With our blessing, she quit and later picked up the guitar for fun. Her story ended up including a foreign language and music. Had we forced things, though, she’d possibly have resented us and done less. Similarly, our son, with no encouragement, has invested hours in educating himself about supercars, affording him an impressive knowledge base. He’s

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Cooking with Kids

Protein Power Make a Solid School Lunch By Ceri Marsh

“I

’m so bored of [insert complaint here] in my lunch.” I hear it, I know you hear it. How I envy those parents whose kids will eat the same lunch every day for a school year! This tasty wrap is my response to a recent letter to management. It’s hearty and filled with protein, but with the lime and peppers, it still feels light. And I’m careful not to make it too many times in a row, so it never gets on the “I’m bored” list. Because I’m smart like that.

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In a large bowl, toss together the beans, tuna, tomatoes, peppers, onions, oil, lime juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Toss gently, being careful not to break up the tuna into tiny pieces. Cover and refrigerate for at least half an hour or overnight for the flavors to combine and develop.

Tuna and Black Bean Wrap Makes: 4 wraps Prep time: 40 minutes Total time: 45 minutes

Ingredients 1 can (19 oz/540 ml) black beans, drained and rinsed

1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil

1 can (5 oz/142 g) tuna packed in oil, drained

pinch of salt and pepper

1/2 cup (125 ml) chopped fresh tomato 1/2 cup (125 ml) chopped red pepper 1/4 cup (60 ml) finely chopped red onion

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3 Tbsp (45 ml) lime juice 1/4 cup (60 ml) chopped cilantro 4 10-inch (25 cm) whole grain tortillas 2 handfuls chopped lettuce 1/2 avocado, sliced

2

When you’re ready to assemble your wraps, add the cilantro to your bean mixture and give it a gentle stir. Lay the tortillas out on your work surface. Place the lettuce in the middle of each wrap (this will keep your tortilla from getting soggy). Scoop the bean mixture on top, then add a few slices of avocado.

3

Lift one side of the wrap over the filling. Now fold over the top and bottom, enclosing the filling. Roll the whole thing toward the open side until it’s closed. Wrap it snugly in plastic wrap or parchment paper. Excerpted from The School Year Survival Cookbook: Healthy Recipes and Sanity-Saving Strategies for Every Family and Every Meal (Even Snacks) by Laura Keogh and Ceri Marsh. Copyright © 2017 Sweet Potato Chronicles. Photography copyright © 2017 Maya Visnyei Photography. Published by Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

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August

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Calendar of Events Take a Bite Out of Life

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f there’s nothing as American as apple pie, then there’s nothing as Sonoman as the Gravenstein. Celebrate the local pomme at the annual Gravenstein Apple Fair. Watch a cooking demo, throw darts at apples, visit a farm animal, ride on a wagon, peruse the wares of local vendors, or let the kids make something at an arts and crafts booth. The event will be held August 12–13, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., at Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol. Admission is $10–$15; ages 5 and under get in free. See gravensteinapplefair.com for details. ¶

Tuesday 1 FREE National Night Out. Meet local law enforcement agencies & enjoy family-friendly activities, various law-enforcement demos, giveaways & food. Hosted by the Santa Rosa Police Department. 4–6 p.m. Coddingtown Mall. 733 Coddingtown Ctr., Santa Rosa.

Wednesday 2 FREE Santa Rosa Downtown Market. Farmers market & street

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music. Wednesdays. Thru Aug. 16. 5–8:30 p.m. Downtown Santa Rosa. wednesdaynightmarket.org. FREE Martial Arts Family Expo. Live

demos. Learn about karate, aikido, taekwondo, fencing & more. 5–8:30 p.m. Santa Rosa Wednesday Night Market. Downtown Santa Rosa.

Thursday 3 Sonoma County Fair. The theme

is “Holiday Adventures,” with holiday-themed craft projects & hands-on activities. Special “kids

only” carnival-ride area. General admission: $7–$13. Ages 6 & under: free. Ages 12 & under free on Thursdays only. Carnival wristbands: $30–$35. Gates: 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Carnival opens at 3 p.m. Aug. 3, noon Monday–Friday & 11 a.m. Saturdays & Sundays. Runs thru Aug. 13. Sonoma County Fairgrounds. 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa. 545-4200. Visit website for pre-sales & discount packages: sonomacountyfair.com. FREE Tommy Castro & the Painkillers (blues & rock). Aug. 10:

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Boys of Summer (tribute to the Eagles). Aug. 17: David Luning (Americana rock). Aug. 24: Tom Rigney & Flambeau (cajun/zydeco funk). Aug. 31: Beatles Flashback (tribute to the Beatles). Part of the Summer Nights on the Green outdoor concert series. 6 p.m. Windsor Town Green. Windsor. townofwindsor.com.

Friday 4 Funky Fridays at the Hood. Aug. 4: Frobeck (pop, funk & rock). Aug. 11: Dylan Black Project (funk & soulful blues). Aug. 18: The Soulshine Blues Band (soulful blues). Aug. 25: The Jami Jamison Band (blues & jazz). Bring a blanket or low-back chair & food for picnicking. $10. 18 years & under: free. Beer & wine for purchase. (No outside alcohol.) Parking: $10 or free for members. 7 p.m. Hood Mountain Regional Park. Hood Mansion. Pythian Rd. at Los Guilicos Rd., Kenwood. funkyfridays.info. Broadway Under the Stars: Fascinating Rhythm. Transcendence

Theatre’s rhythmic journey of music & dance. Fridays–Sundays (& Aug. 17). 7:30 p.m. Pre-show picnicking: 5 p.m. Runs thru Aug. 20. Jack London State Historic Park. 2400 London Ranch Rd., Glen Ellen. 877-424-1414, ext. 1. transcendencetheatre.org. FREE Party on the Plaza. Outdoor concerts. Food & craft vendors. Aug. 4: Court N’ Disaster (rocky tonk). Aug. 11: Rhythm Rangers (roots & Americana). Aug. 18: Mr. Blackwell & the M.B.A .’s (R&B Motown & Soul). Aug. 25: Poyntlyss Sistars Rockin’ Show Band/Divas & Doo Wop. 6– 8 p.m. City Center Plaza lawn. 6250 Lynne Condé Way, Rohnert Park. 588-3456. ci.rohnert-park.ca.us. FREE YMCA Family Fitness. Yoga, Zumba, cardioboxing, bootcamp & more. 6–7 p.m. Fridays. Spring Lake

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Regional Park. 5585 Newanga Ave., Santa Rosa. 545-9622, ext. 3128.

Saturday 5 The Great Train Days. Join the

Redwood Empire Garden Railway Society for this special event. Build your own train tracks, listen to train music, or hear a story about trains. Event free with admission ($12, under 12 months free). Thru Aug. 6. Aug. 5: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Aug. 6: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (last train ride at 2 p.m.) Children’s Museum of Sonoma County. 1835 W. Steele Ln., Santa Rosa. 546-4069. cmosc.org. FREE KidsWorks at Friedman’s.

Sponsored by the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County. The theme changes monthly. Explore the Museum-on-the-Go’s interactive displays. Rain or shine. 9 a.m.–noon. Friedman’s Home Improvement

some of the different animals that make Spring Lake their home. Make a plaster cast of an animal track & a paper animal mask. Program: free. Parking: $7 or free for Regional Parks members. Interactive experiments beginning on the hour: 1 p.m., 2 p.m. & 3 p.m. Spring Lake Regional Park. Environmental Discovery Center. 393 Violetti Rd., Santa Rosa. parks. sonomacounty.ca.gov.

Center (under giant canopy near the garden center). 4055 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 546-4069. cmosc.org. Hot Rod Show & BBQ Competition.

Cars from around Sonoma County. Competition: BBQ ribs & chicken wings & chili. Proceeds benefit Forestville Youth Park. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. 7045 Mirabel Rd., Forestville. forestvilleyouthpark.org. Tide Pool Talk. Free

family-friendly program for all ages. Hands-on exploration of ocean life found in tide pools. Wear appropriate attire for the weather. Bring water & a snack. Program: free. Parking: $7 or free for Regional Parks members. 11 a.m.–noon. Doran Regional Park Amphitheater. 201 Doran Beach Rd., Bodega Bay. parks.sonomacounty. ca.gov.

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Santa Rosa Junior College. 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 545-6728. relay.acsevents.org. Nature Hike. 1.4-mile nature hike along the Sonoma Creek. Learn about plants, animals & aquatic life. Hike starts at the visitors center. Parking charges apply. Saturdays (except Aug. 19). 10–11:30 a.m. Parking: $7–$8. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd., Kenwood. sonomaecologycenter.org. Petaluma Music Festival. Chris Robinhood Brotherhood headlining. All-day festival with over a dozen bands. Kids Area will make sure children have fun when they need a break from the music. $20–$150. Ages 12 & under: free. Benefits music education in local schools. 11:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. 175 Fairgrounds Dr., Petaluma. petalumamusicfestival.org. FREE City Kids Back to School Festival. Presented by Redwood

Gospel Mission. Free backpacks & school supplies for those in need. Must register with photo ID, proof of address & proof of grade level to receive supplies. Registration (thru Aug. 9): Monday–Saturday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. at Redwood Gospel Mission Thrift Store. 1821 Piner Rd., Santa Rosa. First event: Aug. 5, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., at Windsor Town Green in Windsor. Second event: Aug. 12: 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at Julliard Park in Santa Rosa.

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mile hike. Bilingual (Spanish/English) program for ages 6–9, accompanied by an adult. Program: free. Parking: $7 or free for Regional Parks members. 10 a.m.–noon. Doran Regional Park. 201 Doran Beach Rd., Bodega Bay. parks. sonomacounty.ca.gov.

Thursday 10 Shakespeare in the Cannery Festival. FairyWorlds, a brand new

re-imagining of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Bring a chair or blanket & a picnic. Concessions also available. Produced by 6th Street Playhouse. Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays. 8 p.m. Thru Sept. 2. $10–$36. 3 W. 3rd St.

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Secret Life of Pets (G). Aug. 18: LEGO Batman Movie (PG). Aug. 25: Finding Dory (PG). Bring the family, a picnic & a blanket to enjoy a flick on the big screen under the stars. Vendors will be selling food before the show. 8 p.m. Howarth Park. 630 Summerfield Rd., Santa Rosa. srcity.org. 6th Annual Dog Bowl. Bowling

tournament fundraiser in support of Petaluma Police Department’s K-9 Program. Trophies for winning teams. Prize money for top bowler. $25 per person, 2 games. Teams of 5. Warm-up & registration: 6–6:30 p.m. First game: 6:45 p.m. AMF Boulevard Lanes. 1100 Petaluma Blvd. S., Petaluma.

Saturday 12 FREE Metini Day. Hosted by the SuNuNu Shinal Pomo Dance Group, a native dance group made up of Kashia Pomo & Coast Miwok Indians. Native American dance groups. Arts & crafts & food vendors. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Fort Ross State Historic Park. 19005 Coast Hwy., Jenner. fortross.org. Gravenstein Apple Fair. Live music,

arts & crafts, contest & activities, local food, wine & cider, children’s corner & our famous heirloom apples. $10–$15. (Advance: $8–$12). Ages 5 & under: free. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Thru Aug. 13. Ragle Ranch Regional Park. 500 Ragle Rd., Sebastopol. 837-8896. farmtrails.org. Family Fun Day. Trail walk, activities & games & watercolor art project. Program: free. Parking: $10. 10 a.m.

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–12:30 p.m. Jack London State Park (meet in Beauty Ranch Meadow). 2400 London Ranch Rd., Glen Ellen. 938-5216. jacklondonpark.com. FREE Shabbat in the Park. Join

us for children’s music, stories & connection with other families. We will bring challah, grape juice & water. Everyone is welcome. 10 a.m.–noon. Helen Putnam Regional Park. 411 Chileno Valley Rd., Petaluma. Aug. 19: 4:30–6:30 p.m. Franklin Park. 2095 Franklin Ave., Santa Rosa. RSVP: 415-847-2992 or Carola@sfjcf.org. jewishfed.org. FREE Back2School Event. The first 250 kids get a free backpack filled with school supplies. Free raffles, giveaways, food & snacks. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. 3 Check Center locations: 1) 6650 Commerce Blvd., Rohnert Park. 2) 711 Stony Point Rd., Ste. 7, Santa Rosa. 3)

1880 Mendocino Ave., Ste. F, Santa Rosa. 584-5710. checkcenters.com/ rohnert-park-ca. Roller Derby Fundraiser.

Resurrection Roller Girls vs. Derby Republic. Family-friendly event. Raffle, snacks & beer & bar. $5–$12. 7:30 p.m. Cal Skate. 6100 Commerce Blvd., Rohnert Park. FREE Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles Auditions. For

2017–2018 season. All instruments. All levels. Elementary thru college ages. Auditions: Aug. 12–13 & Aug. 19–20. Auditions are only scheduled online: srsymphony.org/education/auditions. More info: 546-7097, ext. 216.

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Admission: $12. Under 12 months: free. $2 pizza slices. 4–7 p.m. Children’s Museum of Sonoma County. 1835 W. Steele Ln., Santa Rosa. 546-4069. cmosc.org. You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the classic Broadway musical, based on the famous “Peanuts” comic strip by Santa Rosa native son Charles M. Schulz. $15–$38. Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays: 7:30 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays: 2 p.m. Thru Sept. 17. 6th Street Playhouse. 52 W. 6th St., Santa Rosa. 523-4185, ext. 1. 6thstreetplayhouse.com.

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the Blues Defenders, Levi Lloyd & Volker Strifler. $40. Doors: 2 p.m. Show: 3 p.m. Sonoma Mountain (SOMO) Village Event Center. 1100 Valley House Dr., Rohnert Park. somoconcerts.com. It’s a Beautiful Day Acoustic.

Acoustic hot swing instrumentals & original compositions as well as classic rock songs. $15. 7:30 p.m. Sebastopol Center for the Arts. 282 S. High St., Sebastopol. 829-4797. sebarts.org. Taste of Petaluma. A culinary walking journey thru Downtown Petaluma. See what local restaurants, galleries, shops, wineries, breweries & food purveyors have to offer. Benefits

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Cinnabar Theater. Tasting wristbands (10 samples): $40. Noon–3 p.m. Putnam Plaza. 129 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. tasteofpetaluma.org.

Thursday 24 Flynn Creek Circus. A rurally based, award-winning circus bringing international talent to the North Bay. $11–$50. Thru Aug. 27. Aug. 24 & 25: 7 p.m. Aug. 26: 3 & 7 p.m. Aug. 27: 1 & 4 p.m. Sonoma Mountain (SOMO) Village Event Center. 1100 Valley House Dr., Rohnert Park. flynncreekcircus.com. FREE Sonoma County Super Jam. A

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Friday 25 Trails for Tots. Bilingual outdoor

program for children ages 3–4 with an adult. Stories, songs, short walk & nature-themed craft. Parking: $7 or free for Regional Parks members. 10–11:30 a.m. Sunset Beach River Park. 11060 River Rd., Forestville. parks. sonomacounty.ca.gov. FREE Henry IV–Part I. Shakespeare on the River. Fridays: 7 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays: 3 p.m. Thru Sept. 9. Foundry Wharf Green. H St., Petaluma. petalumashakespeare.org.

Saturday 26 FREE 19th Annual Russian River Car Show. Pancake breakfast, raffle

prizes, poker walk & best in show class awards. 1973 & older American cars & trucks. 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Monte Rio Community Center. 20488 Hwy. 116, Monte Rio. russianriverhistory.org. FREE 7th Annual Pacific Islander Festival. Authentic Polynesian

cuisine, music & hula. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. City Center Plaza. 475 City Center Dr., Rohnert Park. facebook.com/ rpwarriorspifestival. Petaluma Relay for Life. 23-hour fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. 10 a.m.–9 a.m. (Aug. 27). Casa Grande High School. 333 Casa Grande Rd., Petaluma. 545-6728. relay.acsevents.org. FREE Movies on the Green. Bring a blanket for outdoor viewing of a double-feature of Disney’s 2 versions (animated & live-action) of Beauty and the Beast. 5 p.m. Sonoma State University. Green Music Center.

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Sunday 27 My Gym Open House. Learn about

award-winning programs for 3 months–9 years. Games, relays, prizes & more. 9:30 a.m.–noon. 3267 Airway Dr., Santa Rosa. RSVP: 575-4975 or mygymsantarosa.com. Fourth & Sea’s Fish & Chips Sunday Cruise In. Classic cars, classic music,

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Humor Break

The Lice Wars A Handy Guide for Staying Sane By Holly Hester

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y kids have just gotten head lice for the second time in their lives. The first time was a few years ago, and I’m still in therapy over it. This bout of head lice caught me completely by surprise. I thought we’d never get it again. I assumed it was like surviving a plane crash. I mean, what are the odds it would ever happen twice? But since we’re now two-time lice survivors, I thought I’d share some basic techniques and tips I’ve learned along the way. Forget all your plans for the day—or the week, or the month, or the year, for that matter. All you need to concentrate on is killing head lice, so you might as well kill your hopes and dreams at the same time. A Biblical plague has descended upon your family. So put on a burlap sack, pick up a rock and a staff, and start fighting. Get ready to do a few loads of light laundry. I’m just kidding. What I meant to say is take everything you own and put it outside your house for an undisclosed period of time. Wash all 34 SonomaFamilyLife

sheets, curtains, and clothes. Hey, you haven’t worn that bridesmaid’s dress in ten years? Put it in the wash! I suggest making a clay oven and baking all pillows. It’s really the only way to get the lice out. Once

All you need to concentrate on is killing head lice, so you might as well kill your hopes and dreams at the same time. all the rugs have rotted and become hideous and unsightly, you may bring them back into your house. Put all stuffed animals in garbage bags. Head lice love to inhabit your child’s favorite stuffy, so you have to pretend you’re some kind of stuffed animal serial killer, and shove them all in garbage bags. This will be your kid’s most traumatizing childhood memory, so remember to take pictures. Get familiar with a shower cap. Just because only one of your kids has lice doesn’t mean only one of you has to do the treatment. Head lice are a family affair. I start out with a shower cap treatment

of coconut oil, olive oil, and neem oil. After that is washed and rinsed, we move onto a head full of mayonnaise. After that is washed and rinsed, we do a head full of Listerine (it actually works). After that is washed and rinsed, we finish with a vinegar head wash, followed by a thorough brushing with a nit comb. At this point whatever lice haven’t died already just kill themselves. Blame someone. Hey, someone gave your kid lice. They didn’t just sprout out of your kid’s head by themselves. Make a lot of harsh judgments about what filthy family gave your kid head lice, and then hate them forever. It will make you feel better. Self-medicate. Ben & Jerry’s Mud Pie. It’s really the only way to survive. Good luck. I have to go do some laundry now and put some more coals in the clay oven. The pillows don’t seem to be charred enough yet. ¶ 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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