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Kids Fun Puzzling words.

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Bits and Pieces River Rats

10 Features 10 Beach FAQ Find local surf and sand.

12 Conniption to Cool Medicine for the vacation blues.

14 Bugged Out! Learn about pollinators and pest-controllers.

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The Singing Monster Button Up Redwood Reverie Street Art Legendary Latin Beats Circus Twins

24 Calendar of Events Get Up, Stand Up

32 Cooking with Kids Fast & Fresh

34 Humor How to Vacuum in a Maxi Dress

Traveling with kids? How to stay sane.

18 Snoozing When It’s Sizzling Help kids sleep in the heat.

20 Preschool Prep Give little ones the best start possible.

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s fun as summer vacation is for kids, we know it can be hard on parents. That’s Sharon Gowan why we’ve packed Publisher/Editor Sharon@family-life.us this issue with tons of entertaining things to do. “Beach FAQ� (page 10) lists beautiful, local places to play by the sea, plus answers to the questions kids are most likely to ask while you are there. And our Calendar of Events (page 24) offers everything from free movies and concerts to outdoor activities and creative workshops. If, while you are chauffeuring kids to and fro, stress levels get a little out of

control, check out “Conniption to Cool� (page 12) for clever ways to lighten things up.

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Soon enough, school bells will be ringing again. If you have small ones who are afraid to start preschool, see “Preschool Prep� (page 20) for 12 tips from a former teacher on how to ease their—and your—anxiety. We hope your July is full of ocean breezes, smiling faces, and many moments of joy.

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ack in the day, long before highways and cell phones, the Petaluma River was a bustling commercial waterway—a piece of Petaluma’s history that Rivertown Revival celebrates with zeal. Want to join in on the fun? Watch creatively designed, human-powered vessels traverse the river during the Nautical Mass or listen to a diverse array of live music—everything from contemplative folk to Dixieland jazz and Celtic melodies. There’ll be plenty of activities just for the kids, too, and a Parents Tent, where you can bring a wee one to nurse or change a diaper. The event will be held on July 14, 11 a.m.–8 p.m., at Steamer Landing Park in Petaluma. Tickets are $5 for kids and $15 for adults, and may be purchased via rivertownrevival.com. ¶

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The Singing Monster

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verybody’s favorite green ogre, Shrek, not only has his own movies, but also a stage production. See him, a feisty mistress who refuses to be rescued, and a fast-talking donkey in the Raven Theatre’s production of Shrek, The Musical in Healdsburg. Shows will be held on July 1 and 8 at 2 p.m. and July 6 and 7 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10­–$35 and may be purchased at raventheatre.org. ¶

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uttons. They may be an everyday fastener, but art teachers think they make an imaginative material for student projects, too. See what wild things your kids can conjure with them at the Button Maker Studio. The bilingual (Spanish/ English) class will introduce kids in grades 4–6 to design elements and principles as they work on take-home creations. The workshop will be held on July 30 at 3 p.m. at Rohnert Park–Cotati Regional Library in Rohnert Park. Go to sonomacounty.libcal. com/event/4051576 to register or to find out about August classes. ¶

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f trees could talk, surely their words would be akin to poetry. In the absence of their voices, listen to the words of local poets reading their work amongst ancient, towering redwoods. Dana Gioia, Maya Khosla, and Iris Jamahl Dunkle (and others) as well as the six student champions of area Poetry Out Loud contests will be reciting verse during Poetry in the Redwoods on July 21, 1–4:15 p.m., at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve in Guerneville. Along with words, live music will fill the air. Admission is free, however there is an $8 parking fee. ¶

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o your kids love things that go? How about art? You can satisfy both interests when you go to the Arts and Street Printing Festival. See a three-ton pavement roller serve as a printing press for hand-cut linocut prints. There’ll be live music and booths featuring art and creative activities, too. The free event will be held in the parking lot of Sebastopol Center for the Arts in Sebastopol on July 8, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. See sebarts. org for more information, including a video of the print-making process. ¶

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or five decades Pete Escovedo has been demonstrating his percussive prowess for everyone from former President Barack Obama to his San Francisco fans. Now you can see the Latin jazz musician perform for free, at a concert at Montgomery Village in Santa Rosa on July 12, 5:30–8 p.m. Sip a glass of local wine or beer while you listen to him lay down hip-shaking beats. (No outside alcohol or coolers allowed.) The performance is part of Montgomery Village’s free Concerts Under the Stars summer series. See mvshops.com for a complete schedule. ¶

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retend to fall or make a funny face, and it’s easy to see that children love physical comedy. It’s just one of the techniques that award-winning theatrical circus duo Figmentally (Drea Lusion and Eric Parthum) use in their interactive, family-friendly performances. See the pair mime, juggle, and clown during a free 60-minute show they will perform at these local libraries: Sebastopol Regional Library, July 2, 11 a.m.; Windsor Regional Library, July 2, 3 p.m.; Roseland Community Library, July 3, 10:30 a.m.; Rincon Valley Library, July 3, 2 p.m.; Rohnert Park–Cotati Regional Library, July 5, 11 a.m.; Petaluma Regional Library, July 6, 10:30 a.m.; Northwest Santa Rosa Library, July 6, 2 p.m.; and Cloverdale Regional Library, July 7, 2 p.m. For more information about the group, see figmentally.com. ¶

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One of the most famous places to find it is Glass Beach in Fort Bragg. Is sea glass worth money? It can be. Similar to gems, it depends on different factors, such as the color and shape. One piece of sea glass has sold for over $1,000. What are the most common colors of sea glass? White, green, and brown. What are the rarest colors of sea glass? Red and orange.

Beach FAQ Your Kids’ Questions Answered

Sand is created mostly of quartz rocks.

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ho wants to go to the beach?” This question is almost always answered with “ME!” in our family. During the summer we pack up our beach buggy and spend the day with our toes in the sand or surf. Spending hours by the ocean, my curious children usually have many inquiries about their surroundings. Despite the fact I got an A in biology, I often have to say, “I don’t know.” To which my daughter actually once said, “Do you know anything about the beach and ocean?”

How are seashells made? Creatures such as clams pull calcium carbonate from the ocean to help build their shells, layer by layer.

So I did some research and created a list of answers to FAQ. Use it to impress your children, or even create a trivia game.

How is sea glass made? When people discard glass into the ocean, the waves tumble it around, and over many years, it becomes sea glass.

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Are there different types of seagulls? There isn’t a bird called a seagull. What most people call seagulls are actually types of birds in the Laridae, or “gull and tern,” family, which has more than 35 species. Herring gulls, which

Why does it sound like the ocean when you hold a shell up to your ear? It is actually the amplified sound of the noises around you.

have a telltale red spot on their bills, are found all over the country. Glaucous-winged gulls are partial to the Pacific Coast, and during the winter, so are California gulls. Otherwise you’ll find the latter hanging out at inland lakes and streams in the West. Find out more at allaboutbirds.org. How can seagulls drink sea water? Herring gulls have special glands over their eyes that allow them to excrete the salt in the water. Do seagulls have nests and lay eggs? Yes. Herring gulls often place their nests near rocks, logs, or bushes to protect them from predators and strong wind.

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Is a starfish a fish? It is actually called a sea star and is not a fish. Sea stars do not have the fins or gills that are found on fish. Like sand dollars, sea urchins, and sea cucumbers, they are echinoderms. A fun fact about sea stars is that they can regenerate their arms. See oceanservice.noaa.gov.

the ocean bottom can all influence what time high/low tide will occur. The most authoritative source in the United States for predicting

Why do the tides change? The gravitational pull of the sun and moon causes tide changes.

tides is the Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS). There are 140 tide stations that measure tide levels, the speed and direction of wind and water, air and water temperatures, and barometric pressure. These measurements create tide chart times.

How is sand created? Sand is made mostly of quartz rocks, which wind and rain break down and streams, rivers, and wind deliver to the beach. If your children have even more questions, go to your local library and borrow books on marine biology and ecology. Also visit the UC Davis Bodega Bay Marine Laboratory; drop-in tours are held on most Fridays, 2–4 p.m. See bml.ucdavis.edu for more information. ¶ This article was originally published on Motherly. Cheryl Maguire holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology and is the mother of twins and a daughter. Find her on Twitter @CherylMaguire05.

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How do people know the times of low and high tides? Creating a tide chart with the times of high and low tides is not an exact science. Factors such as ocean currents, winds, and the contour of

Herring gulls have special glands over their eyes that allow them to excrete salt.

What causes ocean waves? Waves are the result of winds moving over the ocean’s surface.

Surf and Sand Looking for great, kid-friendly local beaches? Start here. Bodega Bay Doran Regional Park. This park boasts not only a two-mile stretch of flat beach, but also a one-mile trail and an ADA-accessible boardwalk. Beach wheelchairs are available on request. Flush toilets. Dogs on a leash no more than six-feet long allowed. $7 day-use fee. parks.sonomacounty.gov.

Salmon Creek Beach. Beach comb or build a shelter along nearly two-miles of sandy shore. Some extraordinary huts have popped up recently, especially on the south end of the beach. The north tip of the beach is excellent for tide pooling. Pit toilets. No dogs or horses are permitted. Free. parks.ca.gov.

Jenner Goat Rock Beach. There are two parking lots at this beach. The one at the south end, accessible via a one-lane road, is directly in front of Goat Rock and has pit toilets. The one at the north end is close to

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seal habitat and has flush toilets. No dogs. (Leashed dogs are permitted at nearby Blind Beach.) Free. parks. ca.gov. Shell Beach. Descend a steep flight of stairs to go to this small beach, which, like Salmon Creek Beach, is a good place for spotting sea anemones at low tide. Look at but don’t touch the fragile marine life. Pit toilets. No dogs. Free. parks.ca.gov.

Note: Swimming is not safe at any of these beaches, which are known for riptides and sleeper waves.

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Conniption to Cool

Laugh Your Way to Sanity

By Ashley Talmadge

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t’s summer vacation! For the kids anyway. For parents, maybe not so much. During these 10 weeks, our job description expands and we pull lots of extra duty. Waitress, chauffeur, camp director, packing pro, social worker…you name it. By mid-July many of us are on the verge of a toddler-or-tween–worthy conniption fit—and counting the days till school starts. If “summer break” seems like anything but, take heart. The late comedian Milton Berle once said, “Laughter is an instant vacation.” And like a true vacation, research shows that laughter reduces stress, anxiety, and fatigue. So take your respite in a few good belly laughs. Need help getting started? Pretend you are a car. Make revving and downshifting noises in your head as you maneuver between cubes at work or move through the mall with your tween. Use your eyes as blinkers and brake lights when passing other customers and coworkers. Your kids will be delighted with your sudden change in attitude. Seriously. How can you be annoyed when you’re a sleek, smoothly running machine? Try some parkour. Practice the art of “free-running” a route in the most efficient manner possible. Leap off, over, or around any obstacle in 12 SonomaFamilyLife

your path. On the playground you’ll amaze your children and their friends as you bound off the slide and hurdle the bouncy bridge. Soon you’ll feel like a contender for a stunt double role in The Rock’s next movie. Crank up Abba’s “Dancing Queen.” It may seem outdated, but nothing says “Shake it!” like a Swedish

You may not be a musical maestro, but you can be a colossal kazooist. Start a Pied Piper–esque parade of youngins around your neighborhood. pop band. Download the videos for inspiration. Feel the part with some glittery queen clothes. Hot glue “gems” on an old bathrobe, don your

dollar-store tiara, and demand that your subjects call you “Majesty.” Play “fashion consultant” to the stars. Print a picture of your chosen actor, politician, or athlete. Cut out some stunning fashion items from the stack of magazines in the garage. Glue them to the figure as appropriate. Accessories and intimate apparel work particularly well. Increase your enjoyment with some dialogue bubbles. This is pure therapy if you choose wisely. Practice regression. (If you’ve never been humored by flatulence, skip to no. 6.) Remember when there was nothing quite as funny as a well-executed fart? The new-fangled fart machines offer remote technology and a variety of sound choices, thus creating endless opportunities for stealth and subterfuge. Apps, from

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excruciating meditation session or drum circle to determine your power (or spirit) animal. What animal has always appealed to you? Is it the dung beetle—the great organizer and controller of poop, who can lift more

iFart to Guess that Fart, are widely available. Check out YouTube for creatively dynamic deeds. Note: It’s best to keep your new device well hidden from the real adolescents in the house. Go ice-blocking. Buy a block of ice at the nearest convenience store. Find a grassy slope—the steeper the better. Launch yourself downhill atop the ice, screaming “Wheeeee!” (or “Arrgghh!”) all the way to the bottom. Try “bumper ice cars” with your family (helmets required). Ice-blocking can provide a necessary break on a long car trip. Or try it on your way home from the grocery. Discover your power animal. Contrary to what many online sites suggest, there is no need to suffer an

Your kids will be delighted with your sudden change in attitude. than 1,000 times its own weight? Or perhaps the aye-aye, the shy nocturnal lemur with a uniquely developed middle finger? When your animal has seeped into your subconscious, you can channel its power during harried commutes, mind-numbing meetings, and difficult conversations.

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typically quite docile unless harassed. Bumblebees use buzzing vibration to shake grains of pollen loose. Some plants are dependent on this so-called “buzz pollination.” Cool bumblebee science: Like a canary in a coalmine, the bumblebee may act as a warning. The recent and rapid decline in bumblebee populations has spurred new studies on the effects of human activity on our ecosystems.

Bugged Out! What Kids Learn from Our Creeping, Crawling Neighbors By Ashley Talmadge

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t’s time to meet the bugs around you! This summer, take a scavenger hunt with your child and learn about six of your pollinating, pest-controlling neighbors. All are easily spotted in your backyard, city park, or nearby streambed.

The Pollinators The vast majority of flowering plants depend on animals for pollination. Insect pollinators play a critical role in the production of many food crops, such as apples, almonds, and squash. Sadly, many of these vital bugs are under threat due to habitat destruction, overuse of pesticides, introduction of pathogens and non-native species, and the effects of climate change. “Conserving our native pollinator 14 SonomaFamilyLife

species will help us maintain our natural ecosystems and will help us have sustainable agriculture,” says Sheila Colla, assistant professor of environmental studies at York University. Bumblebee Stout and distinctly furry, the bumblebee is distinguished from wasps and other bees by its “teddy bear–like” appearance. Though these insects can sting, they are

To do: Be a citizen scientist. Go to Bumble Bee Watch (bumblebeewatch. org) and post pictures and locations of the bees you see, helping researchers track local bumblebee populations. Red Admiral Butterfly This black-and-red beauty prefers fluttering about damp areas. The caterpillars feed on nettles, so take care when collecting specimens.

Insect pollinators play a critical role in the production of many food crops, such as apples, almonds, and squash. Butterfly and moth pollinators are not as efficient as bees, but tend to travel farther. This may help to maintain greater genetic diversity among the plant species they visit. Cool butterfly science: The iridescent properties of butterfly wings have been studied in order to produce similarly brilliant color in screen displays. To do: Make an appointment to visit the Hallberg Butterfly Gardens in Sebastopol (hallbergbutter flygardens.org). Call 823-3420 or

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e-mail info@hallbergbutter flygardens.org to arrange a tour. Also check out the Butterfly Website (butterflywebsite.com/gardens/index. cfm) for more information about butterflies in general. The Pest-Controllers Research has shown that overuse of pesticides has had a negative effect on our environment. Too often these chemicals reach much further than the intended targets and have long

Butterfly and moth pollinators are not as efficient as bees, but tend to travel farther. been implicated as one reason for the population decline of certain beneficial insects. Ironically, many bugs—including insects, arachnids, and other invertebrates—do an excellent job of naturally controlling the pests.

To do: Play the Bug Bingo game by Christine Berrie. It features 64 bugs from around the world, including www.sonomafamilylife.com

Cool spider science: As a super-strong yet super-lightweight substance, spider silk is unique. Scientists are learning how to synthetically produce it for human use. To do: Read E. B. White’s classic story Charlotte’s Web with your child, and instill a lifelong appreciation of spiders. European Ground Beetle Any kid who enjoys looking under rocks and discarded boards will be delighted to find many of these nearly inch-long bronze-colored beetles. Like most ground beetles, they are fierce predators. Cool beetle science: The bombardier beetle (another ground beetle) has a unique defense mechanism—the ability to shoot a burning chemical mixture at an enemy with great accuracy. Scientists are learning to use this technique to improve pressurized devices such as fire extinguishers and nebulizers. To do: Go to bnhs.co.uk/youngnats/ to-do/build-a-pitfall-trap and learn to make a pitfall trap to catch beetles and other nocturnal creepy-crawlies. Don’t forget to release watch you catch! ¶ Ashley Talmadge is a freelance writer and mother of two boys.

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other small items that can be used for physical activity. 4. Tailor the trip to your children’s needs. Most kids get bored standing in long lines and visiting scenic spots day after day, so look for activities that will appeal to everyone. If you really want to

Pack a collection of games and toys you can hand out every so often.

Tiny Tourists By Denise Morrison Yearian

12 Tips for Taking Road Trips with Kids

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raveling with children can be a rewarding experience, but it can present challenges, too. To help make your summer vacation enjoyable and memorable for everyone in the family, consider these quick tips:

1. Get your children’s input. After determining your vacation destination, find out what your children would like to do and see. Tell them the sites you want to visit, and let them choose some places to go. Check out library books and websites related to the area. 2. Build excitement. Make a countdown calendar so your children can mark off the days until vacation starts. Get a map and show them the route you plan to take. Let them use markers to highlight roadways. As 16 SonomaFamilyLife

you pass through major cities or states, give them stickers to add to the map. 3. Pace yourself. It can be tempting to want to take in as much as you can, but kids like to move at their own pace. Rather than frustrate yourself (and your kids!), create a cushion of time for your children to explore even the simplest of surroundings before rushing to the next activity. Build in time at rest stops so your children can run around and play. Pack a ball, bubbles, jump rope, Frisbee, and

visit a site that isn’t kid-friendly, go early while your children are rested, then reward them in the afternoon by doing something they will enjoy. Most important, be flexible. While it’s good to plan your itinerary, don’t be too rigid. If your children are getting restless, switch it up and have a picnic at the park or take a leisurely nature hike. 5. Pack age-appropriately. Younger children require different gear than older kids. For infants and preschoolers, take along extra clothes and laundry detergent, in case they get wet, dirty, or messy along the way. Other items to consider packing include a night light, flashlight, extension cord, small sewing kit, scissors, outlet covers, handy wipes, trash bags for the car, and masking tape for reclosing disposable diapers. 6. Get personal with backpacks. Give your children their own backpacks in which to put belongings such as toys and books. 7. Pack for easy access. When packing the car, think about items that need to be accessible at all times— diapers, wipes, snacks, and small toys.

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It’s also a good idea to keep swimsuits, towels, extra clothes, toothbrushes, and toothpaste close at hand, too. 8. Take emergency information. If you haven’t already entered your doctor’s and dentist’s contact information into your cell phone, do it before you leave home. Take a photo of your children’s vaccination records to save on your phone and pack medications, carsick bags, a first-aid kit, and a thermometer. 9. Wrap up surprises. Before leaving home, prepare little packages for your children to open while traveling. They can contain fun items from the dollar store or even simple snacks. When they get restless or need a reward, let them choose an item to unwrap.

10. Stow away snacks. Granola bars, trail mix, fruit, bagels, crackers, and cheese cubes are easy to keep fresh. Pack water and avoid sweets as they could cause a sugar rush.

When packing the car, think about items that need to be accessible at all times. 11. Go for the games. Pack a collection of games and toys you can hand out every so often. This includes small coloring books, stickers, word searches, and travel-sized board games. Plan to play “I Spy,” “20 Questions,” or the “Alphabet Game,” where everyone finds a letter or combination of

letters on signs, billboards, or license plates. Also include some stories and sing-along songs on a CD or a phone app. 12. Keep a travel journal. Have your children take pictures of things that interest them. Although you may think the mountain ahead is picture-worthy, they may want to take photos of flowers, rocks, and bugs. In between destinations, encourage them to draw pictures and write about things they have seen or foods they have eaten. Later, these creations can be made into a scrapbook. ¶ Denise Morrison Yearian is the former editor of two parenting magazines and the mother of three children and four grandchildren.

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higher, expect sleep problems like trouble falling and staying asleep, restlessness, and irritability. Sleeping in a room that’s too hot is a common cause of night awakenings and nightmares, and some studies

Store pillowcases in the freezer and slip a fresh, cold cover on your child’s pillow at bedtime.

Snoozing When It’s Sizzling Chill Out for Safe, Sound Sleep By Malia Jacobson

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o your kids go on a sleep strike during the summer— fighting bedtime, snoozing fitfully, and waking several times a night parched, miserable, and complaining of bad dreams? The warm summer weather may be to blame. While sunny summer skies are great for daytime play, there’s nothing fun about a too-hot bedroom at night.

Warm temperatures can seriously harm nighttime sleep by disrupting the body’s natural sleep cycle, says Robert S. Rosenberg, D.O., medical director of a sleep disorders center. Body temperature is an important component of healthy sleep, he notes. “As we fall asleep, our core body temperature drops to 18 SonomaFamilyLife

initiate sleep. During REM sleep, we lose the ability to regulate our temperature. So a warm room may be especially disruptive during REM sleep.” The ideal room temperature for sleep is 65–68°F, says Rosenberg. When the temperature creeps

link warm sleep environments to an increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. So when it comes to kids’ bedrooms, cool rules. Here’s how to keep kids’ sleeping spaces from sweltering, even if indoor air conditioning isn’t an option. In the Zone Zoned temperature control with a thermostat in each bedroom is ideal, says Rosenberg. But there’s no need to revamp your entire heating and cooling system. Keep a small digital room thermometer on your child’s shelf or dresser; some are especially designed for this purpose and change color when the room is too hot. Crisp Cotton Ditch soft, fuzzy sleep surfaces; opt for simple cotton sheets instead. Fleece sheets, flannel sheets, and sheepskins trap heat, which can lead to an uncomfortably warm sleep environment. Night Light A room that’s darker stays cooler. To keep the sun’s rays from turning your child’s room into a sauna, keep the curtains closed when no

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Turndown Service Heaps of blankets are unnecessary and potentially unsafe for little ones; the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against loose blankets for babies. If your toddler or child likes to fall asleep under a blanket, sneak into the bedroom to turn down the heavy blanket before you go to sleep.

Cool Heads Prevail A dip in the tub after dinner can make for a better bedtime. (If kids are outside all day, they probably need the scrub-down, anyway.) Don’t skip the hair wash; a damp, cool head may actually help your child sleep— according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, cooling the brain is an effective treatment for insomnia.

Fan-tastic Ceiling fans are an inexpensive way to promote better sleep, keeping a room 15–20 degrees cooler. They can also promote safer sleep, because bedroom fans have been associated with a reduced risk of

Pajama-rama Give pajama drawers a warm-weather makeover and stash away fleece footie PJs. Summer sleepwear should be lightweight and breathable; think cotton tanks, tees, and shorts. Babies who are swaddled can go pajama-less during the summer with just a diaper under the swaddle.

Sleeping in a room that’s too hot is a common cause of night awakenings and nightmares. SIDS, says Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D., a pediatrician at a children’s hospital. A few hours before bedtime, use fans to blow warm air out of the room, and consider keeping a fan circulating at night. Bunk Up Warm air naturally rises, so the top bunk in a bunk bed is often overly warm. Blast hot air away with a box fan placed on top of a dresser or high bookshelf. In some cases, a fan may not help enough, and the top bunk may stay too hot for comfortable sleep. On especially hot nights, a top bunkee may need to temporarily relocate to a cooler www.sonomafamilylife.com

Frozen Stash a tumbler or sippy cup full of ice water on your child’s nightstand for middle-of-the-night sipping. For an icy treat, store pillowcases in the freezer and slip a fresh, cold cover on your child’s pillow at bedtime. Take note: Children who are too hot at night may not say that they’re too hot. Instead, they may awaken in the middle of the night confused, upset, or thirsty. That’s why it’s important to monitor bedroom temperature, says Swanson. A little prep work can help children sleep more soundly, so they’ll be rested and ready for all summer has in store. Malia Jacobson is an award-winning health and parenting journalist and mom of three. Her latest book is Sleep Tight, Every Night: Helping Toddlers and Preschoolers Sleep Well Without Tears, Tricks, or Tirades.

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All of these skills are excellent preparation for kindergarten. If your children have already become comfortable in a classroom setting and its daily routines, they will find the transition to “real” school much easier.

Zip it up. Learning how to zip and unzip backpacks and snack or lunch boxes develops fine motor control and gives your children age-appropriate independence.

As a former teacher, I know what preschool educators wish your children could do on the first day in class. Practice these skills with your kids over the summer to make sure they start preschool on the right foot:

Be extra sensitive to kids’ emotions as change can be scary.

What’s your name? Encouraging your children to say their own names helps them to communicate with their teachers and other staff and makes friendship introductions so much easier. Have your child practice saying, “Hi, my name is X. What’s your name?”

Where’s the loo? Find out if your preschool requires children to be toilet trained. Either way, your kids should practice dressing and undressing and wiping themselves. Get out the tissues. Parents need just as much preparation for the start of preschool as little kids do. It’s a big adjustment for the whole family, and

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lunch and snacks at the same time, adjust any nap times, and try to make play and learning times that are predictable for your children. Manage anxiety. Reassure your children that preschool will be fun and that you will be right there to pick them up at the end of the day. Be extra sensitive to their emotions as change can be scary; encourage them to share their feelings. Make it special. Buy your children new backpacks, snack boxes, and water bottles in their favorite designs along with some stickers or small comfort toys. These will help to create some positive associations with school right from the start. Make sure you know the rules. Does the teacher encourage you to

come into the classroom or stay at the door? Where do things like shoes, hats, backpacks, and snacks go? How long can you stay? Make sure you

countless teary students before. They will quickly distract your children and make sure they have fun, but they can only do that if you leave. Have a kiss and cuddle and then go, quickly.

Parents need just as much preparation as little kids do.

Never go back. Obviously, go back at the end of the session, but never go back after saying goodbye. If you forget something, tough luck, do not go back. Otherwise, you will upset your children and cause a nuisance for the teacher.

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Praise, praise, praise. Make a big fuss over your big kids and tell them how proud you are that they are becoming independent and confident. Fiona Tapp is a travel and parenting writer who has been published in Parents, the Washington Post, National Geographic, and more. Find her work at fionatapp.com.

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ave you or your child wanted to learn how to stand-up paddleboard? Get lessons from expert instructors at a one-day workshop on a local lake. At Intro to Stand-Up Paddleboarding, you’ll learn how to paddle, turn, brace, and self-rescue using inflatable stand-up paddleboards. The class will be held on July 14, 9–11 a.m., at Spring Lake Regional Park in Santa Rosa. The class, which is suitable for ages 10 and up, is $65 and registration is required. For more information, call Rubicon Adventures at 887-2452. ¶

Thursday 5 FREE Figmentally. Theatrical circus duo performs. 11 a.m. Rohnert Park– Cotati Library. 6250 Lynne Conde Way, Rohnert Park. See sonomacounty. libcal.com for performances at other branches.

Friday 6 Funky Fridays. Live music, dancing & picnicking. $10. Ages 18 & under: free. Fridays. Opens: 5:30 p.m. Show: 7 p.m. The Hood Mansion. 389 Casa Manana Rd., Santa Rosa. See lineup at funkyfridays.info.

Snoopy’s Senior World Hockey Tournament. 9 a.m.–midnight. Thru

July 15. Snoopy’s Home Ice. 1667 W. Steele Ln., Santa Rosa. 546-7147. snoopyshomeice.com. FREE Party on the Plaza. Farmers’ market, outdoor concerts & food & craft vendors. 5–8 p.m. City Center Plaza. 500 City Center Dr., Rohnert Park. communityfarmersmarkets.com. Shrek: The Musical. $10–$35. July

6 & 7: 8 p.m. July 8: 2 p.m. Raven Theater Healdsburg. 115 North St., Healdsburg. 433-6335. raventheater.org.

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Farm Trails Guided Tour. Visit a working farm. $10. Kids under 12: free. Adults must accompany kids. 11 a.m.–noon. Garden Valley Ranch. 498 Pepper Rd., Petaluma. 792-0377. gardenvalley.com. FREE Friday Night Live & Street Fair. Concert series. Gal Holiday

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Saturday 7 Whirling Waters Vortex. Be prepared to get wet. Admission: $9–$12. Babies under 12 months: free. Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Children’s Museum of Sonoma County. 1835 W. Steele Ln., Santa Rosa. 546-4069. cmosc.org. Robert Ferguson Observatory. Solar Viewing: 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Public Star Party: 8 p.m.–midnight. $3. Under 18: free. Parking: $8. July 7 & 14. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd., Kenwood. rfo.org. FREE The Imaginists. Art

Is Medicine. Bilingual, bicycle-powered performance of the classic Greek myth The Odyssey/ La Odisea. Shows at 4 or 7 p.m. in various parks throughout July. See theimaginists.org for details. Science Saturday. Design your own working kaleidoscope. All ages. Parking: $7. 1–4 p.m. Spring Lake Regional Park. 393 Violetti Rd., Santa Rosa. 539-2865. parks. sonomacounty.ca.gov. Wine Country Big Q BBQ Competition & Festival. Live

entertainment & kids’ activity area. $20–$75. 1–5 p.m. Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. 175 Fairgrounds Dr., Petaluma. eventbrite.com. FREE Rockin’ Concerts at the Village. Saturdays. Noon–3 p.m.

July 7, 21 & 28. Visit website for a schedule of other performances. Montgomery Village. 911 Village Ct., Santa Rosa. mvshops.com. Exotic Bird & Animal Expo. $5–$10. Ages 6 & under: free. Parking: $9. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Finley Hall. 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa. sonomacountyfair.com.

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Chalk Art Competition. Entry fee:

Sunday 8 FREE Arts and Street Printing Festival. 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts (parking lot). 282 S. High St., Sebastopol. 829-4797. sebarts.org. FREE Live at Juilliard. Summer concert series. La Gente plays world music & reggae. Sundays. 5–7 p.m. Juilliard Park. 227 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. See full lineup at srcity. org/2169/live-at-juilliard. FREE Petaluma’s Art & Garden Festival. Local crafters, artisans,

gardeners & live music on 2 stages. Local wineries, breweries, restaurants & fine food purveyors will offer tastings. Kids’ zone. Festival: free. Tasting packages: $25–$40. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Downtown Petaluma. petalumadowntown.com.

FREE Comic Strip Drawing. Grades 7–12. 3 p.m. Northwest Regional Library. 150 Coddingtown Center, Santa Rosa. Register: 546-2265 or sonomacounty.libcal.com. (Class also available at other branches. See website for info.)

FREE Interactive Puppet Show with Jelly Jam Time. Fairytale puppet

show featuring a scrolling backdrop set beneath the waves at the Farallon Islands. Sing sea shanties, mermaid melodies & create soundscapes. Ages 3–10. Sonoma County Libraries. See online calendar for times/branch locations: sonomacounty.libcal.com.

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Thursday 12 FREE KRUSH Backyard Concerts.

July 12: Family Crest. July 26: Sol Horizon. All ages. No pets or coolers. 6 p.m. KRUSH backyard. 3565 Standish Ave., Santa Rosa. krsh.com. FREE Pete Escovedo. Legendary Latin jazz musician performs. 5:30–8 p.m. (No outside alcohol or coolers permitted.) Montgomery Village. 911 Village Ct., Santa Rosa. mvshops.com.

Friday 13 Fantastical Family Night. Broadway

Under the Stars musical productions. Actors perform everything from Broadway to Disney. Pre-show picnicking, food trucks & wine. July 13 & 14: 7:30 p.m. Jack London State Historic Park. 2400 London

Ranch Rd., Glen Ellen. 877-424-1414. transcendencetheatre.org.

Saturday 14 Civil War Days. Battles, cannon

firings, artillery demonstrations & cavalry horses set in an 1863 town. $6–$12. Ages 6 & under: free. Parking: $5. July 14: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. July 15: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. 1/4 mile down Freezeout Rd., off Moscow Rd., Duncan Mills. civilwardays.net. Windsor Chili Cook-Off. Benefits

firefighters & the Culinary Dept. at Windsor High School. $25. Noon–4 p.m. Windsor Town Green. Windsor. windsorchilicookoff.com. Rivertown Revival. Live music,

activities on the water, food, drinks & play area for kids. Come dressed zany, odd, ugly, or avant-garde. $5–$15. 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Steamer Landing

Park. 6 Copeland St., Petaluma. rivertownrevival.com. FREE Kids Day Parade & Festival.

Live entertainment, games, music, contests, food, family resources, crafts & activities, vendors & more. Free pancake breakfast at Church of the Oaks (175 Page St., Cotati): 7–9 a.m. Parade, 10–11 a.m. & festival, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., at La Plaza Park (Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati). cotaticity.org. Intro to Stand-up Paddleboarding.

Learn how to paddle, turn, brace & self-rescue using inflatable stand-up paddleboards. Ages 10 & up. $65. 9–11 a.m. Spring Lake Regional Park. 5585 Newanga Ave., Santa Rosa. Register: Rubicon Adventures, 887-2452.

Sunday 15 Bluegrass & Craft Beer Festival.

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youth). Beer Fest: $30. Music: 2 p.m.–early evening. Beer Fest: noon–3:30 p.m. Sonoma State University. Green Music Center. 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 866-955-6040. gmc.sonoma.edu. Mad Hatter Tea Party. Sip tea with

Alice & the Mad Hatter. All ages. $50. Noon–2 p.m. Tudor Rose English Tea Room. 733 4th St., Santa Rosa. Reservations recommended: 535-2045. tudorrosetearoom.com. FREE Shabbat in the Park.

Children’s music & stories. Challah, grape juice & water provided. Bring own meal. All welcome. Leghorns Park. 690 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy., Petaluma. jewishfed.org.

Tuesday 17 FREE Summer Movie Nights.

Disney’s Moana. Bring a blanket. Dark

(around 9 p.m.). Healdsburg Plaza. Healdsburg Ave. & Matheson St., Healdsburg. avfilmsociety.org.

Wednesday 18 FREE Family Game Day. Play games with other families. All ages. 11 a.m.– noon. Windsor Regional Library. 9291 Old Redwood Hwy., Windsor. sonomacounty.libcal.com. FREE Annual Bach Jam. An invitation to adult & student violinists, violists, cellists & bassists to play Bach (or just come & listen). 7:30 p.m. Raven Performing Arts Theater. 115 North St., Healdsburg. 433-6335. raventheater.org.

Thursday 19 FREE Let’s Get Cooking. Healthy cooking skills class. Grades 4–6. All supplies provided. Registration is

required; walk-ins welcome if there is space. 3 p.m. Roseland Community Library. 779 Sebastopol Rd., Santa Rosa. (July 20: Windsor Library. 9291 Old Redwood Hwy., Windsor). sonomacounty.libcal.com.

Friday 20 FREE Trails for Tots. Bilingual, outdoor program for ages 3–4 with adult. Read stories, sing songs, go on a short walk & create a nature-themed craft. Bring water & a snack. 10–11:30 a.m. Helen Putnam Regional Park. 411 Chileno Valley Rd., Petaluma. parks. sonomacounty.ca.gov. Mary Poppins. Teen summer musical. July 20: 7:30 p.m. July 21: 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. July 22: 2 p.m. 6th Street Playhouse. 52 W. 6th St., Santa Rosa. 523-4185. 6thstreetplayhouse.com.

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Aladdin Jr. A presentation of

Spreckels Youth in Arts. Thru July 29. $15. Fridays & Saturdays: 7 p.m. Sundays: 1 p.m. Spreckels Performing Arts Center. 5409 Snyder Ln., Rohnert Park. 588-3400. spreckelsonline.com.

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to the Future. Car: $40. Individual: $12 (bring chair). Food & wine: 6:30 p.m. Show: dusk. Citrus Fairgrounds. 1 Citrus Fair Dr., Cloverdale. 866-811-4111. Tickets online: web.ovationtix.com/trs/ cal/34924. Poetry in the Redwoods. Includes 6 student champions from local Poetry Outloud contests. Live music. Parking: $8. 1–4 p.m. Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. 17000 Armstrong Woods, Guerneville. stewardscr.org. Best Buddies Fundraiser. Live

music, wine & beer, appetizers, festivities & raffles. Benefits a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for people with intellectual & developmental disabilities. $40. 4:30–7:30 p.m. MacMurray Ranch. 9015 Westside Rd., Healdsburg. eventbrite.com. Open Cockpit: Korean War Weekend & Wheels & Wings Car Show. Look

inside vintage aircraft & learn about their history from the crews who have restored them. Thru July 22. $5–$10. Ages 5 & under: free. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Pacific Coast Air Museum. One Air Museum Way, Santa Rosa. 575-7900. pacificcoastairmuseum.org.

Sunday 22 FREE Movies on the Green. Double

feature: Annie & The Greatest Showman. 3 p.m. Sonoma State University. Green Music Center.

1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 866-955-6040. gmc.sonoma.edu. FREE Family Yoga & Kidz Cooking Classes. Hosted by Kidding Around

Yoga with Ozlem & Windsor Certified Farmers Market. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Windsor Town Green. 701 McClelland Dr., Windsor. tinyurl.com/yd3mcrdp. Summer Concert at the Museum.

Dirty Cello presents an eclectic mix of music. Bring a picnic; no outside alcohol allowed. $10–$20. Doors: 6 p.m. Concert: 7 p.m. Museums of Sonoma County. 425 7th St., Santa Rosa. 579-1500. museumsc.org.

Tuesday 24 PEP’s 40th B-Day Fundraiser.

Dinner, games & drinks. Bring the kids for free face painting & games. Dog-friendly. $20. Benefits affordable housing for seniors. 5:30–8:30 p.m. Lagunitas Brewing Company. 1280 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. eventbrite.com.

Thursday 26 Monte Rio Variety Show. $15–$30. Ages 12 & under accompanied by a paying adult: free. Lawn chair set-up begins at 7 a.m. BBQ, dessert bar & wine & beer: 4:30 p.m. Show: 6:30 p.m. Monte Rio Amphitheater. 9925 Main St., Monte Rio. monterioshow. wordpress.com. A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Shakespeare under the stars. Bring blankets, chairs & picnic. $10–$25. July 26–28. 7:30 p.m. Runs Thursdays– Saturdays until August 11. Seghesio Family Vineyards. 700 Grove St., Healdsburg. raventheater.org.

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4–7 p.m. Howarth Memorial Park. 630 Summerfield Rd., Santa Rosa. srcity.org.

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Dancing Under the Stars. An evening of wine, food & salsa dancing in the outdoor pavilion. Dance instruction included with admission. Reservations required. Ages 21 & over only. $35. Food & wine extra. Lessons: 6:30–7 p.m. Dancing: 7–10 p.m. Francis Ford Coppola Winery. 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville. francisfordcoppolawinery.com.

Thru July 29. Kids-Only Autograph Session on July 28 at 10:30 a.m. Kids can meet J. R. Todd, L. E. Tonglet & Tanner Gray. $25–$145. Sonoma Raceway. 29355 Arnold Dr., Sonoma. 800-870-7223. sonomaraceway.com. FREE Healdsburg Arts Festival.

Artist booths, community & kids’ art zone, demos, live entertainment & more. July 27: 5–9:30 p.m. July 28: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. July 29: 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Healdsburg Plaza. Healdsburg Ave. & Matheson St., Healdsburg. healdsburgcenterforthearts.org.

Sunday 29 Farm to School Summer Gala.

sweeping views. Support bringing healthy fresh foods from local family farms into California schools. $100. Happy hour: 4 p.m. Dinner: 5 p.m. Five Springs Ranch. 4497 Adobe Rd., Petaluma. farmersguild. org/farm-to-school-gala.html.

Monday 30 Button Maker Studio. Bilingual (Spanish/English) class introduces design elements & principles using buttons. Grades 4–6. 3 p.m. Rohnert Park–Cotati Library. 6250 Lynne Conde Way, Rohnert Park. sonomacounty.libcal.com.

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Alice in Wonderland Jr. Youth

summer musical. July 27: 7:30 p.m. July 28: 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. July 29: 2 p.m. 6th Street Playhouse. 52 W. 6th St., Santa Rosa. 523-4185. 6thstreetplayhouse.com. Pies & Pints. Sweet & savory pies

paired with local craft brews. Create animated movies & make live-action photo flip books with a Flying Camera. Giant Jenga game, outdoor fire pit & exclusive after-hours access to the museum galleries. Ages 21 & up only. $30. 6–9 p.m. Charles M. Schulz Museum. 2301 Hardies Ln., Santa Rosa. 579-4452. schulzmuseum.org.

Saturday 28 Fort Ross Festival. Kashia Pomo

ceremonial dancing, Alaskan crafts & traditional Russian performances. Food & craft vendors. $20 per car. 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Fort Ross Conservancy. 19005 Hwy. 1, Jenner. 847-3437. fortross. org. 847-3437. fortross.org. FREE Rock Art for Families. Learn to

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Cooking with Kids

Fast & Fresh A Satisfying Summer Salad By Momma Chef

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his is one of my favorite go-to salads. I use the abundance of fresh, differently colored tomatoes in my garden, but you can use any variations of tomatoes that are available. I also use mozzarella balls (cut in halves) just as often as I use mozzarella slices—whatever I find on sale is what I throw in this recipe. The end result: It looks and tastes amazing.

Tips

5-Minute Caprese and Arugula Salad Ingredients

Instructions

1. Add 1 tbsp. olive oil for a bit more dressing.

• 2 cups baby arugula

1. Spread arugula on platter.

2. Make sure you use balsamic glaze and not balsamic vinegar. ¶

• 3 large tomatoes, cut into ½-inch slices

This article originally appeared on MommaChef.com. It has been reprinted here with permission.

• 8 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced

2. Arrange tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil on top of arugula.

Karen Nochimowski is a mother of three active boys (ages 12, 8, and 5). Her recipes, available on MommaChef.com, use no more than six ingredients and six minutes of prep time.

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• ¼ cup fresh chopped basil • 1 tsp. salt

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Humor Break

The author and Hogan

How to Vacuum in a Maxi Dress Don’t. Drink a Slurpee Instead.

By Holly Hester

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’ve been trying out maxi dresses. Yesterday, I wore a “fancy” one. I did fancy things in it such as take my son to his speech therapy class, pick up my kids at a play date, and do a load of laundry at the Laundromat because our water heater had just exploded. I even took the brood out for a Slurpee. (I was feeling reckless.) I never let my kids have Slurpees, so you can imagine their shock when I suggested we swing by a 7-11. They’ll be even more shocked when we actually go back, for Free Slurpee Day on July 11 (7-11!). (I can’t resist the free part.) And I will definitely be wearing a maxi dress because drinking a Slurpee in a black maxi dress with pearls—well, it just doesn’t get any better than that. The “fancy maxi” day also included getting our pig, Hogan, a checkup. Despite my spiffy attire, the vet still treated me as he always does—like I’m a complete moron. Here’s a little tidbit of a conversation we had: Vet: Do you know that dairy farm on your way out of town? Me: Yes, but I didn’t know that was a dairy farm. Vet (condescendingly): You didn’t? You see cows there, don’t you? 34 SonomaFamilyLife

Me: Yes, but I thought they could be beef cows. Vet (even more condescendingly): They’re Holsteins. When was the last time you saw a Holstein beef cow? Me: Well, I didn’t know they were Holsteins. Vet: Really? And you live in the country? The conversation went downhill from there. After a while I went inside the house and grabbed my copy of Cows of the World and How to Identify Them and shoved it page by page down the vet’s throat. Or at least I fantasized about doing that. In reality, I stood there and did nothing. I don’t own a book like that because I prefer to read things that are actually interesting! Hogan had two foxtails caught in his eye. Foxtail is a type of grass that grows in Sonoma County and is just terrible for animals. When I asked the vet if there was anything I could do to prevent this from happening to Hogan in the future, he suggested that I get a really large outdoor vacuum and vacuum our property.

I’ve lived in the country for six years now, and I have never seen anyone vacuuming grass. And what’s an outdoor vacuum anyway? I think he

I grabbed my copy of Cows of the World and How to Identify Them and

shoved it page by page down the vet’s throat. just wanted me to go to Lowe’s and ask for one so the salespeople would laugh at me. “Excuse me, I need to buy one of them outdoor vacuums for my yard. I’ll also need a really long extension cord and enough vacuum bags for six acres.” Women in fancy maxi dresses might go to the Laundromat. We might even gulp down free Slurpees, but we do not, under any circumstances, vacuum around and under trees… That is so stupid. ¶ 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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