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July 2017

Every Issue



Dear Reader


Bits and Pieces We’re Popular! Starry Stage Patriotic Play Feed Your Joy Veggies from the Sea Pickin’ and Strummin’


14 Calendar of Events

10 Beach Bliss

26 Humor Break

Get your fix of surf and sand.


Fun for Wee Ones Children Are Everywhere

12 Tech Toys Gadgets that engage kids’ brains.

13 Tube Owls Imaginative play with cardboard.


15 A Riot of Color Where to see Fourth of July fireworks.

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A Doctor’s ConfessiontotoPetaluma Petaluma Doctor’s Confession

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Dear Reader


y now your family is in full school-break swing. And that means you are on parenting Sharon Gowan double-duty. Publisher/Editor Sharon@family-life.us Never fear! We have found plenty of ways to help you keep your brood busy.

“Tech Toys” (page 12), a selection of games that are both entertaining and educational.

For loads of summer fun, look no further than your local piece of the Pacific. We’ve highlighted several beautiful patches of surf and sand in “Beach Bliss” (page 10).

We hope your July is a blast!

Office Manager Patricia Ramos patty@family-life.us

Of course, everyone looks forward to Fourth of July fireworks. Check out “A Riot of Color” (page 15) for a list of places to see sparks fly. Then go to our Calendar of Events (page 14) for a whole slew of activities that will make your kids smile all month long.

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We’re Popular!


ord is getting round. Local readers of Sonoma Family Life ’s website know that we are an excellent resource for expert parenting advice as well as updated information on local events. But now the nation gets it, too. In a recent survey by Feedspot, Sonoma Family Life Magazine was identified as number 36 of the top 50 family blogs and websites dedicated to helping people build stronger homes. If you view this list in order of rankings from Alexa, a company that analyzes the traffic of millions of websites, we rank 7 out of 50 of these top-scoring family blogs on the planet. This means that a lot of people come see to see our digital home on any given day. If you haven’t checked us out yet, log on to sonomafamilylife.com today. ¶

Starry Stage


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et inspired watching musical showstoppers under a canopy of stars. See Broadway pros, sometimes joined by children from the Transcendence Kids Camp, sing Disney and show tunes at the Fantastical Family Night at Jack London State Park in Glen Ellen. Performances run July 14–15 and start at 7:30 p.m., though you can come early for picnicking and special children’s activities. Tickets are $60–$149 and may be purchased at transcendencetheatre.org. ¶

Fantastical Family Night

Patriotic Play


ost find kids and rubber duckies undeniably cute. So it makes sense that they would both be the stars of the free Fourth of July Kids’ Parade and Duck Dash in Healdsburg. Tikes dressed up in face paint will ride bikes festooned with red, white, and blue crepe paper in the parade while fast-floatin’ plastic yellow ducks engage in heavy competition. Support Healdsburg Sunrise Rotary and give $10 to adopt a duck for the race, and you might win one of several prizes—from a cooler to a bike. Apart from ducks and kids, the day will also feature games such as a balloon toss and trike race, and entertainment by the jazz group Russian River Ramblers as well as the Healdsburg Community Band. The fun happens on July 4, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. (parade at 11 a.m.), at the Healdsburg Plaza in downtown Healdsburg. See rotaryclubofhealdsburgsunrise.org/sitepage/4th-of-july-healdsburg for further details. ¶

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Veggies from the Sea



t may be slimy, but seaweed is great for your health. Find out how to pick fresh, mineral-rich sea vegetables at the Seaweed and Sea Vegetables for Lunch talk at Stillwater Cove Regional Park in Jenner. Learn about seaweed’s habitat and place in the food chain, identify varieties of seaweed on the beach, and even sample some vegetarian sea delicacies. The free event, which includes a half-mile walk to the beach, happens on July 1, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Parking is $7. Find out more at parks. sonomacounty.ca.gov. ¶

Feed Your Joy

ood for the soul is on the menu at the 16th Annual Art and Garden Festival. The work of local artists and gardeners as well as a plethora of live, local music—from bluegrass to jazz—and fine food and libations will contribute to a day devoted to the simple pleasures of life. Get in on the fun on July 9, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., in downtown Petaluma. The event is free but sampling food, wine, and beer requires the purchase of a Tasting Package. See petalumadowntown.com/ art-and-garden-petaluma.html for details. ¶

Pickin’ and Strummin’

Jason Charme Photography


mong the stars in the Bluegrass Hall of Fame, Del McCoury beams brightly. You’ll get to see him shine when he and mandolin virtuoso David Grisman, together known as the Del and Dawg Bluegrass Band, perform at the Green Music Center’s Third Annual Bluegrass Festival. They will be joined by renowned fiddler Mark O’Connor and the O’Connor Family Band as well as Sierra Hull. The concert will be held on July 9 at 2 p.m. in the open-air auditorium and lawn of the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park. Tickets are $12.50–$45 and may be purchased at gmc.sonoma.edu. ¶

David Grisman & Del McCoury


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Beach Bliss

Doran Regional Park

Spectacular Places for Family Fun


hen it comes to summer diversion, you can’t beat the Sonoma County coast. Lined with dramatic cliffs, its sandy beaches are the perfect stay-cation destination. Here are a few spots that we think are particularly beautiful, as well as kid-friendly. Put on the sunscreen and hats, pack plenty of water and snacks, and get ready for a day of surf and sun.

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Doran Regional Park Protected by Bodega Bay, this park’s calm waters and 2-mile stretch of relatively flat beach make it a great place to build sand castles, fly kites, or take long strolls at sunset. A 1.3-mile trail winds through the park’s dunes while a rock jetty at the harbor mouth provides access for fishing, crabbing, and exploring sea life. The park features an ADA-accessible boardwalk with viewing areas, beach wheelchairs (available upon request), fish-cleaning and boat-rinsing stations, and a boat launch that can accommodate up to 20-foot vessels.

Restrooms with flush-toilets are close to the parking lot. There is a $7 day-use fee. Dogs are allowed as long as they are on a leash that is no more than six feet long. For more information, call 875-3540 or see parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/ get_outdoors/parks/doran_regional_ park.aspx.

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Copyright © 2002 Kenneth & Gabrielle Adelman. All rights reserved. www.Californiacoastline.org

is great for tide-pooling (as is nearby Miwok Beach), while the south end features several interesting driftwood shelters, perhaps inspiring kids to build their own. (Search on “how

Goat Rock Beach Ocean waves crash against striking monoliths all along the Sonoma County coast. There is one massive stone near Jenner so close to shore you can walk right up to it. Goat Rock, possibly so named because even a goat couldn’t scale it, will surely wow kids. And if that doesn’t impress them, then the seals that rest in this area surely will. To protect seal habitat, no dogs are allowed on the beach. (Leashed canines are, however, allowed on nearby Blind Beach.) Park in either of two lots adjacent to the beach. The southern parking lot, directly in front of Goat Rock, is accessible by a one-lane road and features pit toilets. The northern parking lot, which is

close to seal habitat, features restrooms with flush toilets. Go to www.parks.ca.gov/?page_ id=451 for details. ¶


Courtesy California State Parks, 2017

Salmon Creek Beach This patch of surf and sand near Bodega Bay gets its name from the creek that divides the beach into north and south sections. The north end of the beach

to make driftwood shelters” on Youtube. org for ideas.) The beach is a protected habitat for snowy plovers, so dogs and walking on dunes are prohibited. There are pit toilets in the parking lot. See www.parks. ca.gov/?page_id=451 for details.

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They’ll learn facts about the sea and its inhabitants, too. 3+, $29.99.

Tech Toys Fun with Augmented Reality


ids love technology. And augmented reality (AR), with its ability to make 2-D objects into a 3-D experience, is particularly captivating. So why not use AR to help children learn, especially when they are prone to losing newly acquired skills over break? These games keep kids’ brains—and summer play—in full gear. Cube-tastic! uses an app and a mobile phone or tablet to help anyone learn to “conquer the cube.” After an identical virtual copy is created in the app, kids learn to solve the puzzle with a customized, step-by-step tutorial. 5+, $19.99.

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Ocean Pets pairs AR with creativity to turn every space into a virtual aquarium. Children can use the special putty and ocean templates to create their own ocean pets. Then they can scan their creations and watch them move.

TJ & the Beanstalk 3-D storybooks bring fairytales to life with the help of AR. Kids can interact with the story and become a part of TJ’s adventure. 3+, $14.99. TJ & his Magical Garden is based on Oscar Wilde’s tale “The Selfish Giant.” With the help of 3-D AR and a compatible device, this story teaches a valuable lesson about sharing with others. 3+, $14.99. TJ and His Team of Heroes is based on a Japanese folktale about teamwork and friendship. In this AR adventure, children help TJ and his friends protect the village from a wild boar. 3+, $14.99. ¶ Visit www.pai.technology and use code SFAMLIFE to get a 15 percent discount off of any of these or other Pai products through July 28.

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Crafting with Kids


Make Cardboard Sing!

By Jemma Westing


t’s really quick and easy to transform a cardboard tube into one of these lovable owls. Making a few simple cuts into the tube will give your owl feet, a beak, and wings!

You will need Cardboard tube Scissors Paintbrushes Paints Pencil All you need to do is cut, fold, and paint a cardboard tube. Difficulty level: Easy


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First, make the owl’s feet. Gently flatten your tube and draw four short lines, spaced apart as shown. Make cuts along all four lines.

The cuts that you have made will create two flaps. Fold these flaps outward and away from the tube to make the owl’s feet. Now that you have folded the feet over, trim around the base of the tube. Cut away any cardboard that is below the level of the feet.

To finish making the feet, draw zigzag lines on the end of each foot. Carefully cut along the lines to give your owl nice pointed talons. July 2017

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Next, make the owl’s beak. Using a pencil, carefully draw a V shape in the center of the tube.

Squeeze the tube a little to help you cut along the two lines. Then pry out the beak and gently fold it up away from the tube, making sure it doesn’t tear.

To make the owl’s head, press down the front and back edges of the top of the tube. Then fold them inward to form a curved head shape. ¶

Images and text of Out of the Box reprinted by permission of DK, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright © 2017 by Jemma Westing.

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Calendar of Events

Cotati Kids Day Parade and Festival

Fun for Wee Ones


ots of festivals have stuff for kids to do, but few make children the focus. At the 25th Annual Cotati Kids Day Parade and Festival everything is designed just for little ones. On July 8, the day of delight starts off with a free pancake breakfast, 7–10 a.m., at the Church of the Oaks in Cotati. After everyone has filled up on flapjacks, mosey on over to city hall to watch the parade, which begins at 10 a.m. and runs through downtown Cotati. Then make your way to La Plaza Park in Cotati for the free festival, where, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., you can climb a rock wall, play games, peruse vendors’ wares, and enjoy live entertainment by local theater companies, as well as, of course, eat. ¶

Saturday 1 Art Spark. Every week there is a

different craft, from printing to felting to building cars. Saturdays. 2–3 p.m. Free with admission: $12. Children’s Museum of Sonoma County. 1835 W. Steele Ln., Santa Rosa. cmosc.org. Tidepool Talk. 11 a.m.–noon. Talk:

Free. Parking: $7. Doran Regional Park. 201 Doran Beach Rd., Bodega Bay. parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov.

Nuestros Parques Hike. A bilingual naturalist will lead this free family walk. Walk: 10 a.m.–noon. Potluck picnic: Noon–1 p.m. Walk: Free. Parking: $7. Helen Putnam Park. 411 Chileno Valley Rd., Petaluma. parks. sonomacounty.ca.gov. FREE Kids Garden Workshop.

11 a.m.–noon. Gardening for kids & families. Learn about growing food & taking care of the Earth. Sebastopol Regional Library.

7140 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol. sonomalibrary.org. Science Saturday. Interactive

experiments beginning on the hour: 1 p.m., 2 p.m. & 3 p.m. This month is dedicated to bubbles. Pop in to make your own bubble solution & wands, create bubbles big & small, or try out some bubble art. There will be a prize for the longest lasting bubble. Event: Free. Parking: $7. Spring Lake Regional Park.

Sports for Kids! Youth Tennis • Basketball Indoor Soccer • Fencing • Gymnastics Register at www.santarosarec.com 707-543-3737

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Family Fun

A Riot of Color

Local Spots to Celebrate Independence Day July 2

Bodega Bay: Fireworks display by Pyro Spectaculars over Bodega Bay. 9:30 p.m. Free. Handicap parking at Westside Park. visitbodegabayca.com. Monte Rio: Fireworks Over the River at Monte Rio Beach. Big Rocky games for kids. Noon–4 p.m. Water Carnival Boat Parade and Water Curtain at dusk. Fireworks follow. (Big Rocky Games also on July 1, noon–4 p.m.). No dogs allowed. Free. monterio.org.

July 3 Sebastopol: Fireworks at Analy High School. Newly renovated stadium. No camping chairs, only beach chairs. Live music and dancing at 6 p.m. Fireworks at 9:40 p.m. $10. Ages 6–11. $5. Ages 5 and under free. sebastopolkiwanis.org. Windsor: Kaboom! Fireworks display in Keiser Park. Live music by local country singer McKenna Faith and Cover Me Badd. 4–10 p.m. Fireworks at 9:45 p.m. $10. Ages 3–17 $5. Kids under 3 free.

July 4

Cloverdale: Fireworks at Cloverdale High School. Dusk. Free. cloverdalechamber.com. Healdsburg: Fireworks at Healdsburg High School. Dusk. Free. Donations accepted. Kenwood: Fourth of July Celebration. Pancake breakfast and silent auction at Kenwood Community Church, 7–11:30 a.m. The following events will be at Kenwood Plaza Park: Kenwood Footrace 3K and 10K at 7:30 a.m. (Registration www.sonomafamilylife.com

$10–$45.) Parade at 10:30 a.m. Rotary Club BBQ and Family Fun at 11:30 a.m. kenwoodparade.com. Kenwood: Fourth of July Fireworks Hike at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. Hike 6.5 miles up the tallest mountain in Sonoma Valley and view up to 18 Bay Area fireworks displays. 6:45–11 p.m. $50. Ages 12–17 $10. Not recommended for kids under 12. Space limited. Reservations required. sonomaecologycenter.org. Petaluma: Fireworks by Pyro Spectacular at Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Free. 778-4380. sonoma-marinfair.org. cityofpetaluma.net/parksnrec. Rohnert Park: Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular with vocalist Kathy Mattea and the Santa Rosa Symphony. Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center. Indoor and lawn seating. Bring a picnic. (Beverages not permitted.) Face painting, carnival games, bouncy houses, music, and food at 4:30 p.m. Concert at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks display follows the show. $12.50–$40. gmc.sonoma.edu. Santa Rosa: Red, White, and Boom. Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Local bands and children’s activities. Food and drinks. Music at 4 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. $10. Parking $10. srboom.com. Sonoma: Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Parade and Celebration. Parade at Sonoma Plaza 10 a.m. Carnival with games and food and drink on the plaza. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Food trucks at Sonoma Police Department parking lot 5 p.m.–midnight. Fireworks at dusk. Free.

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Environmental Discovery Center. 393 Violetti Rd., Santa Rosa. parks. sonomacounty.ca.gov. Seaweed & Sea Vegetables for Lunch. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Hike half a

mile to beach to look for red, green & brown seaweed. Learn about seaweed habitat, seaweed’s place in the food chain & important safety tips for gathering sea vegetables. Sample vegetarian sea delicacies. Event: Free. Parking: $7. Meet at northwest corner of parking lot. Stillwater Cove Regional Park. 22455 Hwy. 1, Jenner. parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov. FREE Rockin’ Concerts at the Village. Saturdays. Noon–3 p.m.

Become a Member Explore Sonoma County Parks • Spring Lake Water Park – open through Labor Day • Campfire Programs – July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 • Nuestros Parques – July 1, August 5 • Tide Pool Talks at Doran Beach – July 1, August 5 • Science Saturdays – July 1, August 5 • Seaweed & Sea Vegetables for Lunch – July 1, August 12 • Naturally Fit Classes – July 7, 14, 21 & 28 • Healdsburg Water Carnival – July 15 • Trails for Tots – July 21, August 25 • A Walk Through the Redwood Forest – July 22 • Wild-Cam Adventures – July 23, August 13 • Animal Signs & Homes – July 26 • Family Paddle – July 29, August 26 • Flutter-By Butterfly – July 29

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July 1: California Beach Boys. July 2: Garratt Wilkin & the Parrotheads. July 8: Summer of Love. July 15: Funky Dozen. July 22: Rockin’ Down the Highway. July 29: David Martin’s House Party with appearance by Norman Greenbaum. Montgomery Village. 911 Village Ct., Santa Rosa. mvshops.com/events/ free-rockin-concerts-at-the-village. FREE Hora de Cuentos para Niños/ Bilingual Story Time. ¡Bienvenidos

a la Hora de Cuentos para Niños en español e inglés! Vamos a leer cuentos en español e inglés. Para niños de 0–5 años ¡Gratis! 10:15 a.m. Roseland Community Library. 779 Sebastopol Rd., Santa Rosa. sonomalibrary.org. Community Garage Sale. 9 a.m.– 2 p.m. Sonoma Community Center. 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma. 938-4626. sonomacommunitycenter.org. Sing Me a Murder. Murder

mystery dinner theater. Also July 15. 7 p.m. $68. Charlie’s Restaurant. 1340 19th Hole Dr., Windsor. getaclueproductions.com. Another Openin’ Another Show.

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Weekends. Thru July 2. $45–$145. Jack London State Park. 2400 London Ranch Rd., Glen Ellen. transcendencetheatre.org. FREE Summer Cinema Series.

Travel along with a pair of trolls who are on a quest to save their village from destruction in this recent hit comedy. PG. 92 min. 2 p.m. Rohnert Park–Cotati Regional Library. 6250 Lynne Conde Way, Rohnert Park. sonomacounty.libcal.com. Anything Goes. Classic Cole Porter

musical. Thru July 9. July 1, 7 & 8: 8 p.m. July 2 & 9: 2 p.m. $10–$30. Raven Theater. 115 North St., Healdsburg. raventheater.org.

Sunday 2 FREE Boating at the Barn. Borrow a rowboat, canoe, kayak, or sailboat & spend the afternoon on the Petaluma River. Short safety demonstration required. Sundays. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. David Yearsley River Heritage Center. 100 E. D St., Petaluma. friendsofthepetalumariver.org. FREE Bodega Bay Fireworks. 9:30 p.m. Handicap parking at Westside Park. visitbodegabayca.com.

Monday 3 FREE Fireworks Over the River at Monte Rio Beach. Big Rocky games

for kids: Noon–4 p.m. Water Carnival Boat Parade & Water Curtain: Dusk. Fireworks follow. No dogs allowed. monterio.org. Sebastopol Fireworks. Newly renovated stadium. No camping chairs, only beach chairs. Live music & dancing: 6 p.m. Fireworks: 9:40 p.m. $10. Ages 6–11: $5. Ages 5 & under: Free. Analy High School. 6950 Analy Ave., Sebastopol. sebastopolkiwanis.org.


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Kaboom! Live music by local country singer McKenna Faith & Cover Me Badd. 4–10 p.m. Fireworks: 9:45 p.m. $10. Ages 3–17: $5. Kids under 3: Free. Keiser Park. 700 Windsor River Rd., Windsor. windsorkaboom.com.

Tuesday 4 Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular. With Kathy Mattea

& the Santa Rosa Symphony. 7:30 p.m. Lawn festival, including carnival games, bouncy houses, face painting & food & music: 4:30 p.m. $12.50–$40. Sonoma State University. Green Music Center lawn. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. gmc.sonoma.edu. FREE Fourth of July Kids’ Parade & Duck Dash. Youngsters encouraged

to dress in costume & ride decorated bikes, tricycles & wagons in parade. Live music. Games, races & face

painting. Special guest appearances from Uncle Sam, the Russian River Ramblers & the Healdsburg Community Band. Duck Dash Races organized by Healdsburg Sunrise Rotary. Adopt a duck: $10. Prizes for fastest ducks. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. (Parade: 11 a.m.) Downtown Healdsburg. rotaryclubofhealdsburgsunrise.org/ sitepage/4th-of-july-healdsburg.

following events will be at Kenwood Plaza Park (200 Warm Springs Rd., Kenwood): Kenwood Footrace 3K & 10K: 7:30 a.m. (Registration: $10–$45.) Parade: 10:30 a.m. Rotary Club BBQ & Family Fun: 11:30 a.m. kenwoodparade.com.

FREE Healdsburg Fireworks. Dusk. Donations accepted. Healdsburg High School. 1024 Prince Ave., Healdsburg.

Fourth of July Fireworks Hike. Hike 6.5 miles up the tallest mountain in Sonoma Valley & view up to 18 fireworks displays in the Bay Area. 6:45–11 p.m. $50. Ages 12–17: $10. Not recommended for kids under 12. Space limited. Reservations required. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd., Kenwood. sonomaecologycenter.org.

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& children’s activities. Food & drink. Music: 4 p.m. Fireworks: 9:30 p.m. Ages 12 & up: $10. Ages 5–11: $5. Veterans: $5. Under 5: Free. Parking: $10. Sonoma County Fairgrounds. 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa. srboom.com. Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Parade & Celebration. Parade: 10

a.m. Carnival with games & food & drink: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (Food trucks at Sonoma Police Department parking lot 5 p.m.–midnight.) Fireworks: Dusk. Sonoma Plaza. 453 1st St. E., Sonoma.






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Wednesday 5 FREE Wee Read. Baby/toddler story time with stories, songs & movement. Ages 0–36 mos. 10:30–11 a.m. Rincon Valley Regional Library. 6959 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa. sonomalibrary.org. FREE Cuentos y Cantos—Bilingual Story & Play Time. Exploraremos

cuentos, cantos y rimas en inglés y español. Explore books, songs & rhymes in both English & Spanish. Ages 0–5. Para edades 0–5. 5:30–6:30 p.m. Rohnert Park–Cotati Regional Library. 6250 Lynne Condé Way, Rohnert Park. sonomalibrary.org.

Thursday 6 FREE Melted Crayon Monogram Masterpiece. Using their first initial

monogram as a basis, artists will create a Zentangle & melted crayon masterpiece. Presented by area teacher Monika Scoby. 2–3 p.m. Sebastopol Regional Library. 7140 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol. sonomalibrary.org. FREE Stars Under the Stars Outdoor Film Festival. Thursdays.

7 p.m. Pre-show concert. Film at dusk. Mexican food & wine available for purchase. Thru July 27. St. Francis www.sonomafamilylife.com

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Winery & Vineyards. 100 Pythian Rd., Santa Rosa. stfranciswinery.com.

Friday 7 Flynn Creek Circus. Through July 9. Acts from US, Canada, Belgium, France, Guatemala & Turkmenistan. July 7 & 8: 7 p.m. July 8: 3 p.m. July 9: 1 & 4 p.m. See Thursday 27 for Windsor performances. $12–$50. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa. flynncreekcircus.com. Crazy, Awesome Science! Fridays. 2 p.m. $12 (admission to museum). Children’s Museum of Sonoma County. 1835 W. Steele Ln., Santa Rosa. cmosc.org. Funky Fridays at the Hood.

Summer concert series. July 7: The BluesBurners. July 14: Gator Nation. July 21: Soul Fuse. July 28: The

Poyntlyss Sistars. Bring a blanket or low-back chair & picnic. Beer & wine available for purchase (no outside alcohol). 7–9 p.m. Concert: $10. Ages 18 & under: Free. Parking (at the Los Guilicos complex off of Pythian Rd.): $10. Hood Mountain Regional Park. 1450 Pythian Rd., Santa Rosa. funkyfridays.info. FREE CD Mandalas. Using

beads & glittery paint pens & up-cycled CDs, artists will create their own mandalas ready to hang in a bedroom or in a breeze. 3:30–4:30 p.m. Cloverdale Regional Library. 401 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale. sonomalibrary.org.

Saturday 8 FREE 25th Annual Cotati Kids Day Parade & Festival. Parade: 10 a.m.

Begins at City Hall & proceeds thru

downtown Cotati. Festival in La Plaza Park: 11 a.m.– 2 p.m. Features live entertainment, games, food & craft vendors, activities & more. La Plaza Park. 15 W. Sierra Ave., Cotati.

Sunday 9 Green Music Center’s Third Annual Bluegrass Festival. Featuring

Del & Dawg Bluegrass Band, Mark O’Connor & the O’Connor Family Band & Sierra Hull. 2 p.m. $12.50–$45. Sonoma State University. Green Music Center lawn. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. gmc.sonoma.edu. FREE Petaluma’s 16th Annual Art & Garden Festival. Music,

food, wine, art & garden. Tasting packages: 11 a.m.–5 p.m. $25–$40. petalumadowntown.com/ art-and-garden-petaluma.html.




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Friday 14 Gypsy. A classic musical about

the original stage mother. $22–$43. Thursdays–Saturdays: 7:30 p.m. Sundays: 2 p.m. Thru July 30. Production by Sonoma Arts Live. Sonoma Community Center. 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma. sonomacommunitycenter.org.

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Meet cartoonist & storyteller Joe Wos, who will perform stories throughout the day. Wos will also share & sign his new book, A-Maze-Ing Animals: 50 Mazes for Kids. 10 a.m. Free with admission to the museum ($5–$12. Ages 3 & under: Free.) Charles M. Schulz Museum. 2301 Hardies Ln., Santa Rosa. schulzmuseum.org.

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FREE Concert Under the Stars. July 13: Kalimba. July 27: Wonder Bread 5. 5:30–8 p.m. Montgomery Village. 911 Village Ct., Santa Rosa. mvshops.com/ events/free-concert-under-the-stars-atthe-village.

5 p.m. Admission: Free. Parking: $7. Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach. 13839 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg. parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov.

Transcendence Theatre. Inspirational evening of Broadway & Disney music & dance. Special performances by the kids of Transcendence Kids Camp. Arrive early for special pre-show activities. Thru July 15. 7:30 p.m. $60–$149. Jack London State Park. 2400 London Ranch Rd., Glen Ellen. transcendencetheatre.org.

Saturday 15 Healdsburg Water Carnival. Food,

music, swimming & games. 11 a.m.–

program. Read stories, sing songs, go on a short walk & create a nature-themed craft. Ages 3–4 with an adult. 10–11:30 a.m. Program: Free. Parking: $7. Helen Putnam Park. 411 Chileno Valley Rd., Petaluma. parks. sonomacounty.ca.gov. FREE Family Movie Night. 4–5:45 p.m. Central Santa Rosa Library. 211 E St., Santa Rosa. sonomalibrary.org. Hairspray. Teens Summer Theater Camp production. Thru Jul. 23. July 21 & 22: 7:30 p.m. July 22 & B Mî `ƒ

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23: 2 p.m. 6th Street Playhouse. 52 W. 6th St., Santa Rosa. 523-4185. 6thstreetplayhouse.com. Man of La Mancha. North Bay Stage production. Thru Aug. 6. Thursday– Saturday: 8 p.m. Sunday: 2 p.m. $36. Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center. 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa. lutherburbankcenter.org.

Saturday 22 FREE Jubilee Klezmer. Ancient to modern klezmer & a large repertoire of traditional Israeli music. 2–3 p.m. Northwest Santa Rosa Library. 150 Coddingtown Ctr., Santa Rosa. sonomalibrary.org. Elaine Lucia & Friends. Audiences who love Astrud Gilberta, Alison Krauss, Brandi Carlile, Joni Mitchell & kd lang will enjoy Elaine Lucia’s music. 7:30 p.m. $10–$15. Sebastopol

Center for the Arts. 282 S. High St., Sebastopol. sebarts.org/index.php/ performing-arts.

Wednesday 26 Animal Signs & Homes. 3–4 mile

hike to look for signs of who makes the park their home. Bilingual (Spanish/English) program. Ages 6–9 accompanied by an adult. Event: Free. Parking: $7. Shiloh Ranch Regional Park. 5750 Faught Rd., Windsor. parks. sonomacounty.ca.gov.

Thursday 27 Flynn Creek Circus. Through July

30. Acts from US, Canada, Belgium, France, Guatemala & Turkmenistan. July 27 & 28: 7 p.m. July 29: 3 & 7 p.m. July 30: 1 & 4 p.m. $11–$50. Keiser Park. 700 Windsor River Rd., Windsor. flynncreekcircus.com.

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Friday 28 Lion King Experience Kids Edition.

Youth production. Thru July 30. July 28 & 29: 7:30 p.m. July 29 & 30: 2 p.m. 6th Street Playhouse. 52 W. 6th St., Santa Rosa. 523-4185. 6thstreetplayhouse.com. Iron Kids Fun Run. l mile and 1/2 mile. Ages 3–13. 9 a.m. $15–$20. Courthouse Square. Santa Rosa. Register: tinyurl.com/ybntn8je. On-site registration; debit/credit cards only.

Saturday 29 Family Paddle. Learn basic paddling techniques. Bring your favorite paddle-powered vessel or rent one at the park. Reservations: $15 per person plus $12 to rent a 1- or 2-person kayak. 8–11 a.m. Spring Lake Regional Park. 393 Violetti Rd., Santa Rosa. parks. sonomacounty.ca.gov.

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n the Fourth of July, dazzling pyrotechnics won’t be the only thing to light up the night. So will the music of country Grammy-winner Kathy Mattea and the Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestra. See them both perform at 7:30 p.m. at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center in Rohnert Park. Bring the kids at 4:30 p.m. for carnival games, bouncy houses, face painting, and fun food. Then settle in either the open-air auditorium or lawn for the concert, which will end with a grand fireworks display. Seating is free for children ages 12 and under on the lawn and for children ages two and under indoors. Others may purchase tickets for $12.50–$40 at gmc.sonoma.edu. ¶

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Humor Break

Children Are Everywhere Surrendering to Summer Chaos Play is a full-time occupation for the author’s kids.

By Holly Hester


t’s become almost impossible to write. It’s not that I don’t want to. It’s not that I don’t have things to say (regardless of how trivial). It’s not that my incessant need to be heard has diminished. It’s that my children are here, staring at me, all the time. They are staring at me right now, as I write this. No school. No camp. They had a couple of camps in June, but July and August are camp-less. They have settled in at Camp Holly, where I am apparently the activities director, frivolity coordinator, and banana split on-demand chef. My children see Camp Holly as a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week camp, where writing of any kind is not permitted. During the school year, I wake up at five and write until seven, when I wake up Buck for school. (He goes to school five days a week.) On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Emerson and August go to their homeschool program, and I get another eight hours of writing in. By the end of the week, it adds up to a pretty decent amount of writing time. Now those Tuesdays and Thursdays are gone. I still could write early in the morning, but the kids stay up so late. It’ll be nine

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o’clock at night, and I’ll be squawking at them to get off the trampoline. Sometimes I’ll look at the clock while I’m reading August a bedtime story and realize it’s 10:30 p.m. He’s five. That’s not a Dr. Sears–approved bedtime. By the time Bill and I get to

You win, summer. I will release my inherited German rigid attributes and become more, let’s say, Italian. bed it’s after midnight and I cannot, just cannot, get up at 5 a.m. I am not a robot; I have organs and things that need rest. So as of today, July 1, I’ve officially given myself over to summertime. You win, summer. I will release my inherited German rigid attributes and become more, let’s say, Italian. I will practice the fine art of doing nothing. I will not be too disturbed if I don’t blog constantly. I always have things to say, but if I cannot get to my computer every day, I will say them to the lambs. So far,

they seem to be a pretty receptive audience—or at least better than the goats. The last I checked, they were climbing on the trampoline. So, dear computer, hopefully I will see you soon. It might not be tomorrow. Or the next day. Or maybe it will be. I don’t know. That’s the thing about summer. You have to jump into its delicious unpredictability. Arrivederci ¶ Holly Hester lives in Sebastopol and writes about life on her blog, Riot Ranch. Find her book, Escape from Ugly Mom Island!, on Amazon. The author’s goats take to the trampoline.

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sixth grade in the fall, or to high ccording to Karen, mother of school in a few years! I began looking two school-aged boys, homeforgrade a solution.” work was ruining their lives. sixth in the fall, or to high ccording to Karen, mother of summer, enrolled Jacob “Every night I would come schoolThat in a few years!Karen I began looking two school-aged boys, homea LearningRx brain training home from and their spendlives. hours for ainsolution.” work waswork ruining program. She Karen discovered thatJacob helping my kids with their homeThat summer, enrolled “Every night I would come teach (or reteach) work,” remembers. the time in aLearningRx LearningRxdoesn’t brain training home fromshe work and spend“By hours information and ideasthat like tutoring we got it wastheir timehomefor bed.” program. She discovered helping mydone, kids with does. Instead, brain training programs oldest son, was in LearningRx doesn’t teach (or reteach) work,”Karen’s she remembers. “ByJacob, the time consist ofand intense mental 5th done, grade.itHis ideas(but likefun) tutoring we got wasteachers time fordidn’t bed.” see a information exercises strengthen skills (like problemoldest because was an Instead,that brain training programs Karen’s son,he Jacob, wasAinand B does. attention, memory, and logic) “But they weren’t the aones at consist of intense (but fun) mentalthat the 5th student. grade. His teachers didn’t see brain that uses strengthen to think and learn. homebecause watching exercises skills (like problem hehim was struggle,” an A and Karen B “Going through program was says. “He memory, andthe logic) that the student. “Butunderstood they weren’tthe thematerial ones at in attention, life-changing forand us,”learn. Karen says. class—the that itKaren took him brain uses to think home watchingissue himwas struggle,” Several weeksthe into 6th grade, to do the work.” “Going through program was says.forever “He understood the material in Karen asked aboutsays. his day at At the endwas of 5th of life-changing forJacob us,” Karen class—the issue thatgrade, it tookone him school.weeks “It went good!” He grinned. “I Jacob’s teachers told Karen, “Your son Several into 6th grade, forever to do the work.” volunteered to do some is athe pleasure have in class, Karen asked Jacob about hismath day at At end of to 5th grade, one ofI just problems on good!” the board.” wishteachers he would talk more!” school. “It went He grinned. “I Jacob’s told Karen, “Your son Karen to couldn’t believe That was another red flag. At homevolunteered do some mathher ears! is a pleasure to have in class, I just The boy labored for hours over had plenty to say. Why wasn’t problems on who the board.” wishJacob he would talk more!” homework andbelieve felt tooher insecure he participating the classroom? Karen couldn’t ears! to That was anotherinred flag. At home class was not volunteering When Karen thought about that— Thetalk boyin who labored foronly hours over Jacob had plenty to say. Why wasn’t in class,and he was alsoinsecure getting his and the manyinhours of homework— homework felt too to he participating the classroom? done record time— she Karen knew something needed to talkhomework in class was notin only volunteering When thought about that— without any also helpgetting from her in class, he was hisat all! andchange. the many hours of homework— “To have lives totally change “With all the hours I had doneour in record time— she knew something needed to spent on homework because thisfrom program just homework, I felt that I had been without anyof help her atisall! change. amazing,” says thistotally happychange mom. through Looking “To have our lives “With all 5th the grade hours myself! I had spent on forward,IIfelt didthat NOT wantbeen to go to because of this program is just homework, I had amazing,” says this happy mom. through 5th grade myself! Looking forward, I did NOT want to go to

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