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16 Calendar of Events Way Up High

26 Humor Break A Birthday Baaash

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12 Feed the Monsters Zany characters to make from cardboard.

14 He’s the Best! Show Dad he’s special at these local events.

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Bits & Pieces

Winged Delights

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ot only humans are drawn to the sight of colorful lilacs, daisies, and zinnias—butterflies love them, too. Find out about other plants the winged creatures adore at the free Open Gardens at the Hallberg Butterfly Gardens in Sebastopol. On June 25, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., you can go on a walking tour, take in wildflower displays, and keep an eye out for a variety of different butterflies and birds. There will be special activities for children, too. Check out hallbergbutterflygardens.org/annual.shtml for more information. ¶

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hat child doesn’t love blowing bubbles? Rebecca Nile, aka “The Bubble Lady,” takes the whimsical pastime to a whole new level in her interactive performances. Niles, a trained Shakespearean actress and professional clown, uses gigantic bubbles—big enough for a kid to jump through—as the cornerstone of a theatrical performance that includes comedy, music, and audience participation. On June 5, she will bring her free show to the Sebastopol Regional Library in Sebastopol at 10 a.m. and the Cloverdale Regional Library in Cloverdale at 1:30 p.m. She will perform at the Healdsburg Regional Library in Healdsburg on June 22 at 11 a.m. Find out more about Nile and her work at thebubblelady.com. ¶

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Rock Out

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here may be nothing cuter than watching a little kid figure out how to dance. It’s a sight you may encounter more than once at the Railroad Square Music Festival in Santa Rosa. Bring the family to hear the David Luning Band’s Americana tunes, John Courage’s R&B, La Gente’s Latino rhythms, and Lungs and Limbs indie rock. The free festival will be held in Railroad Square in Santa Rosa on June 11, noon–7 p.m. See a full lineup at railroadsquare musicfestival.com. ¶

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Feel the Funk

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f you’re in the mood for a little live music, and want to give your kids some run-around time, too, then check out Funky Fridays. The series of summer lawn concerts at Santa Rosa’s Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve will go into full swing on June 2 with a performance by RoseTown Soul and R&B Revue. Other shows include the Memphis soul of Stax City on June 9; the roots-y blues of Volker Strifler on June 16; the high-energy jazz of Hour of Tower on June 23; and local favorites Funky Dozen on June 30. Concerts are held on the lawn of the park’s Hood Mansion and run 7–9 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, free for ages 18 and under. Parking is $10. Proceeds benefit the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation. For a complete lineup, see funkyfridays.info. ¶

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h the agony and the ecstasy of living near a river: in the winter, flooding (oy!), but in the summer, paddling (yay!). Take part in the latter at the Great Russian River Race. If you just like to boat for fun, you can join the four-mile race for recreational paddlers. But if you are a hard-core water dog, then enter the eight-mile pro race. Both start at 11 a.m. on June 3 and finish at Johnson’s Beach, where there will be a free party, noon–4 p.m. The race entry fee is $50. Register at greatrussianriverrace.com. ¶ Great Russian River Race

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hat’s a better set up for a tragicomedy than a murderous karaoke night? Such is the premise of Sing Me a Murder, an interactive dinner theater whodunit. Get on stage and do a karaoke song while players plot out the evening’s dastardly deed. Then try to solve the crime while you dine on a three-course meal. Dinner and the show will be held at Charlie’s Restaurant in Windsor on June 10, 17, and 23 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $68 (not including tax and tip) and may be purchased at getaclueproductions.com. ¶ www.sonomafamilylife.com

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Round the Bend

Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve

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ids on summer break are as buzzy as 100 Energizer bunnies. Want a no-fail way for them to get out their yahoos? Go hiking!

Santa Rosa If you live in Santa Rosa and don’t have a ton of time to drive to a trailhead, Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve may meet your needs for both convenience and communion with nature. There are two entrances, one on Petaluma Hill Road and the other on Kawana Terrace. Two trailheads can be accessed from the Kawana Terrace entrance, the Western Trail and the Eastern Trail. With its 1,000-foot ascent, the latter is much steeper than the former, so you can choose which one suits your family’s 10 SonomaFamilyLife

energy level. The trails intersect to form a roughly five-mile loop, so you can go up the Eastern Trail and down the Western Trail, or just go up and down either one. The preserve also serves as pasture for cows, which often stand near the trails. It’s best to give them their space—especially mama cows and their calves (so adorable!)—so they don’t get spooked. Along your way to the top, you’ll be treated to sweeping grasslands (especially on the Western Trail), a variety of birds, blackberries (in season), and even some roaming wild turkeys. When you get to the summit’s expansive vista, the kids can look for familiar buildings or landmarks in the city below. These trails are great for children of all ages, but the uneven, rocky terrain can be hard on strollers. For very young kids, your best bet

may be the relatively flat Todd Creek Trail, a little over a half-mile loop through oak woodlands that begins on the lower part of the Western Trail. Watch out after a big rain; all the paths can get quite muddy. There are pit toilets and $7 parking at the Kawana Terrace entrance. Dogs on a leash no longer than six feet are permitted. See parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov for more information.

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Armstrong Woods State Natural Reserve

Guerneville Armstrong Woods State Natural Reserve offers miles of trails throughout its acres of redwoods. It’s like Muir Woods in Marin County, but on a smaller scale and without the hoards of international travelers (though there are still plenty of tourists to go around). From easy to strenuous, there is a hike for every level of fitness or age of child. If you

Jenner The Kortum Trail offers the most bang for your buck, in terms of the amount of work required to earn a view. Just pull into the Shell Beach parking lot, and be swept away by the sight of the ocean splashing against dramatic cliffs. From the parking lot, the trail, which is flat and easy, runs north and south along the shoreline. Going north, you’ll be met by a dirt path as well as wooden walkways that span creeks. Travel just a mile or two, and you’ll find rock outcroppings, where you may see climbers testing their mettle. Keep going, up the hill to a lookout, or take the trail all the way to Blind Beach; but, for safety reasons, neither may be suitable for young kids. Simply turn around when you’re ready. If from the parking www.sonomafamilylife.com

have small children, you may want to stick to the stroller-friendly Pioneer Nature Trail, which runs around the bottom of the park. Under a mile, the path will take you to the 1,400-year-old Colonel Armstrong tree, the oldest redwood in the reserve, and the Forest Theater, a natural amphitheater. If you want more of a challenge, and have slightly older kids, you can

try the 2.2-mile East Ridge Trail hike, which climbs steadily up 400 feet until it branches off on the left to a path that passes a splendid waterfall on its way back down to the picnic area at the bottom of the park. Or you can keep going up another few miles on the East Ridge Trail to the entrance of the Bullfrog Pond Campground and see some incredible views of the surrounding green conifer-filled hills. Do you just want the vistas, but not the hike? Pay the $7 entrance fee, and drive up to the top. Otherwise you can park for free outside the park kiosk and walk in. Flush toilets are in the back bottom half of the park. Leashed dogs are only allowed on paved roads, not on dirt trails. See parks. ca.gov/?page_id=450 to learn more.

Furlong Gulch Beach

lot you take the trail south, a dirt path will lead you about a mile to Furlong Gulch Beach or, a little farther down, Wright’s Beach. You’ll June 2017

find pit toilets at the Shell Beach parking lot, where it’s free to park. Dogs are not allowed. See parks. ca.gov to find out more. ¶ SonomaFamilyLife 11


Crafting with Kids

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Make the stand for your board. Take a square piece of cardboard and draw three lines on it.

Cut along the diagonal line. Then, use your first stand piece as a template to make tabs. Fold the tabs upward.

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Score along the horizontal lines on both stand pieces to make tabs. Fold the tabs upward.

Tape the tabs to each side of the board at the back. The diagonal edge of each stand piece should touch the floor.

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To make your paper balls, scrunch up colored paper into tight balls and wrap them in sticky tape.

Paint your monsters in bold colors.

Feed the Cardboard Fun for Monsters Little Ones

Decorate your board and let the paint dry. Then stand it upright and you’re ready to play!

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ou’ll need a huge sheet of cardboard for this project, so you can fill it with lots of hungry monsters. Make sure you also have enough cardboard to make two identical stand pieces, so that your board stays upright when you feed the monsters. 12 SonomaFamilyLife

You Will Need Strong tape, Sticky tape, Paintbrushes, Scissors, Colored paper, Ruler, Paints, Pencil

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On a large sheet of cardboard, draw lots of monster faces with wide open mouths and sharp teeth. Carefully cut out holes where you have drawn the monsters’ mouths. You might want to ask an adult to help.

NOW TRY THIS Make one big monster by cutting a single monster mouth out of a cardboard box. Make rings from cardboard, and try to feed the monster yummy hoops. Use more cardboard to add arms or hair if you like. 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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Family Fun

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Glen Ellen If flying to New York for a Broadway musical with your favorite guy isn’t going to happen anytime soon, experience the next best thing: Broadway Under the Stars. This year’s “Another Openin’ Another Show!” features performers from productions such as Mamma Mia, Wicked, and Mary Poppins singing musical favorites under a canopy of stars in Jack London State Park. Come early and spread a picnic out on the lawn. Shows are at 7:30 p.m., June 16–18, and continue weekends through July 2. You can even bring the kids (though you might want to wait for the special Fantastical Family Night, July 14–15). Tickets are $45–$145 and may be purchased at transcendencetheatre.org. 14 SonomaFamilyLife

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rom being a human jungle gym to fixing stuff around the house to doing the supper dishes, a father’s work is never done. He deserves a day of fun, and you can give it to him with the help of these dynamic local events.

Santa Rosa When Dad wants to be entertained, does he turn the dial to the country station? Then throw him his cowboy hat and take him to see stars such as Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Justin Moore, and Randy Houser perform at the Country Summer festival at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds June 16–18. Besides hit tunes, he’ll be treated to western-themed attractions (bring on the mechanical-bull riding!). And when hunger hits, he can indulge in a variety of food, from BBQ to funnel cakes, as well as beer and local wine. Tickets start at $79 and may be purchased at countrysummer.com. Thomas Rhett

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ise above it all. Float in a tethered hot air balloon at the Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic. Before your ride, get up (very) early for the 5 a.m. Dawn Patrol, when the fired-up balloons illuminate the dark with a magical glow. Then, at 6:30 a.m., watch the balloons launch, after which you can hop into one yourself. Tethered rides run 6 a.m.–10:30 a.m. and are dependent on winds. Crafts and a kids’ area will keep little ones busy while snack booths will make sure tummies stay full. The event will be held June 10 and 11 at Keiser Park in Windsor. Tickets are $15–$20, $5 for kids ages 3–12, and free for children under age 3. Tethered rides are $10–$20. Parking is $5. Purchase tickets at schabc.org/tickets. ¶

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Thursdays. June 1: Pride & Joy. June 15: Spencer Day. June 22: Bee Gees Gold. June 29: Pop Fiction. 5:30–8 p.m. Montgomery Village. 911 Village Ct., Santa Rosa. mvshops.com.

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Sonoma Bach Choir. Live Oak Baroque Orchestra. Thru June 3. 8 p.m. $15–$25. Sonoma State University. Green Music Center. Schroeder Hall. 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. sonomabach.org.

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biodiversity of the Northern California Coast. Fridays. 2–4 p.m. Bodega Marine Laboratory. 2099 Westshore Rd., Bodega Bay. bml.ucdavis.edu. Trails for Tots. Bilingual, outdoor

program designed for ages 3–4, with an adult. Read stories, sing songs, go on a short walk & create a nature-themed craft. 10–11:30 a.m. Larson Park. 329 DeChene Ave., Sonoma. parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov. Healdsburg Jazz Festival. Thru June 11. Dave Stryker Quartet,

Heath Brothers, Pacific Mambo Orchestra & many others. Various locations & ticket prices. healdsburgjazzfestival.org. Funky Fridays at the Hood. Summer concert series featuring RoseTown Soul & R&B Revue. June 9: Stax City. June 16: Volker Strifler. June 23: Hour of Tower. June 30: Funky Dozen. Bring a blanket or low-back chair & picnic. Beer & wine available for purchase (no outside alcohol). 7–9 p.m. Concert: $10. (Free for ages 18 & under). Parking (at the Los Guilicos complex off of

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Honeybee Pool. 1170 Golf Course Dr. 586-1413. Summer session: June 12–August 20. Public swim: Monday–Friday, 1:30–4:15 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1:30–6 p.m. Adults $5, seniors 55 and up $4, ages 2–17 $4, ages 0–2 free.

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Cavanagh Pool. 426 8th St. 778-4536. Pool is walled on all four sides. Swimming lessons available. Summer session: June 5–September 24. Recreational swim: Monday–Saturday, 1–4 p.m. Day-use fees: adults $5, seniors $4, under 18 and pool side $2. See cityofpetaluma. net/parksnrec/brochure.html. Petaluma Swim Center. 900 E. Washington St. 778-4410. Facility includes a 50-meter pool and a wading pool, both heated and outdoors. Complex also includes heated showers, dressing rooms, a large deck, and picnic areas. Swimming lessons available. Summer session runs through August 14. Recreational swim: Sundays, 12:15–5 p.m.; Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 12:15–7 p.m.; Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 12:15–6 p.m. Day-use fees: adults $6, seniors 55 and up $4, ages 17 and under (and non-swimmers) $3. See cityofpetaluma.net/ parksnrec/brochure.html.

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Benicia Pool. 7469 Bernice Dr. 795-7582. Summer session: June 12–August 20. Public swim: Monday–Friday, 1:30–4:15 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12:15–6 p.m. Adults $5, seniors 55 and up $4, ages 2–17 $4, ages 0–2 free.

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Finley Aquatic Center. 2060 W. College Ave. 543-3760. This facility features a large outdoor training pool and an L-shaped instructional pool as well as showers and locker rooms with coin-operated lockers. Fully ADA-accessible, the pool has a ramp and wheel chair lift. Swimming lessons available. Summer session: June 5–August 20. Recreation swim: Monday–Friday, 1:30–4:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 1:30–6 p.m. Adults $5, ages 2–17 $4, ages 55 and up $4, disabled $4. See ci.santa-rosa.ca.us for details. Ridgway Swim Center. 455 Ridgway Ave. 543-3421. Features nine-lane competition pool and an instructional pool, and 140-ft. water slide. Summer session: June 12– August 18. Recreation swim: Monday–Friday, noon–4 p.m.; Friday eve, 7:30–9:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1:15–6 p.m. Adults $5, ages 2–17 $4, ages 55 and up $4, disabled $4. See ci.santa-rosa.ca.us for details.

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Ives Pool. 7400 Willow St. 823-8693. This is an outdoor yearlong pool. Swimming lessons available. Summer session: June 12–August 20. Public swim: Monday–Friday, 1–3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 2–4:30 p.m. Adult $5, junior $3.50, senior $4. Call or see ivespool.org for summer schedule.

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different craft, from printing to felting to building cars. Saturdays (except June 10). 2–3 p.m. Free with admission: $12. Children’s Museum of Sonoma County. 1835 W. Steele Ln., Santa Rosa. cmosc.org. FREE Nuestros Parques Hike. A bilingual naturalist will lead this family walk. Free walk: 10 a.m.– 1 p.m. Potluck picnic: 1 p.m. Parking: $7. Ragle Ranch Regional Park. 500 Ragle Rd., Sebastopol. 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.

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Tidepool Talk. 11 a.m.–noon. Free. Parking: $7. Doran Regional Park. 201 Doran Beach Rd., Bodega Bay. parks. sonomacounty.ca.gov. 30th Anniversary Party & Trails Challenge Kick-Off. Outdoor

activities for all ages, including a fun run, guided hike & scavenger hunt. Live music, crafts, games, barbecue & birthday cake. Visit community booths for giveaways & prizes. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Parking: $7. Ragle Ranch Regional Park. 500 Ragle Rd., Sebastopol. parks. sonomacounty.ca.gov. Science Saturday. Interactive experiments beginning on the hour: 1 p.m., 2 p.m. & 3 p.m. Parking: $7. Spring Lake Regional Park. Environmental Discovery Center. 393 Violetti Rd., Santa Rosa. parks. sonomacounty.ca.gov. Seaweed & Sea Vegetables. Hike half a mile to the beach to look for red,

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sloping terrain. Hear about the mosaic of partnerships that work together to protect & conserve Sonoma County’s most treasured landscapes. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Parking: $7. Registration required. Call 483-0940. Tolay Lake Regional

original, astronomy-inspired “thought-rock” music orchestrates a planetarium show. 3 p.m. Santa Rosa Junior College Planetarium. Lark Hall. 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. jimoceanmusic.com/astronaut-lullabies.

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Monday 5

FREE The Bubble Lady. Musically enhanced, interactive show by Rebecca Niles featuring enormous bubbles. First show: 10–11 a.m. Sebastopol Regional Library. 7140 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol. Second show: 1:30–2:30 p.m. Cloverdale Regional Library. 401 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale. sonomalibrary.org.

Friday 9 FREE The Astronaut Farmer.

Film screening. PG. 114 min. 7 p.m. Limited seating. Call to reserve seat. The Space Station Museum. 464 Ignacio Blvd., Novato. 415-524-3940. thespacestationca.org. Becky’s New Car. Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management & in a middling marriage—with no prospects for change on the horizon, until a socially inept & grief-struck millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works. Thru June 25. Thursdays–Saturdays: 7:30 p.m. Sundays: 2 p.m. $22–$37. Production by Sonoma Arts Live. Sonoma Community Center. 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma. sonomaartslive.org. FREE Sing-A-Story Opera: The Magic Flute. A professional opera

singer from the SF Opera Guild engages children in the musical telling of a classic opera story. 11 a.m.–noon. Windsor Regional Library. 9291 Old Redwood Hwy., Windsor. sonomalibrary.org. Huichica Music Festival. Allah-Las, Beachwood Sparks, Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500, Robyn Hitchcock & many more. Thru June 10. 3 p.m. $40–$95. Ages 12 & under: free. Parking: $10 cash. Carpools 3 or more: free. Gundlach Bundschu Winery. 2000 Denmark St., Sonoma. gunbun.com.

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Full Moon Exploration of Irwin Creek & Lower Stone Farm. 1.5–2

mile natural history walk & picnic with Kevin Munroe. Bring a picnic. Hors d’ouevres, dessert & hot drinks provided. 5:30–9 p.m. $30. Laguna Environmental Center. 900 Sanford Rd., Santa Rosa. Registration (required): lagunafoundation.org/ laguna_walks_classes.shtml.

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dinner theater. Also June 17 & 23. 7 p.m. $68. Charlie’s Restaurant. 1340 19th Hole Dr., Windsor. getaclueproductions.com. Birthday Wingding! Release of 500 butterflies. Carnival games, live performances & bug-centric activities. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $12 (free for babies 12 months & under). Children’s Museum of Sonoma County. 1835 W. Steele Ln., Santa Rosa. cmosc.org. Brunch with Mary the Butterfly.

Enjoy pancakes & visit with Mary the Butterfly & friends. Puppet show. Performance from Transcendence Theatre cast member. 10:30 a.m.–noon. Family of 4: $180. Children’s Museum of Sonoma County. 1835 W. Steele Ln., Santa Rosa. cmosc.org. Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic. Thru June 11. Dawn Patrol: 5

a.m. Balloon launch: 6:30 a.m. Tethered rides: 6–10:30 a.m. $5–$20. Under age 3: free. Keiser Park. 700 Windsor River Rd., Windsor. schabc.org. FREE Peggy Sue Car Show & Cruise.

Car show: 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Cruise: 5:30–8:30 p.m. Sonoma County Fairgrounds. 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa. (Cruise in downtown Santa Rosa). cruiseforpeggysue.com.

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activities, community information tables & bike rodeo with a bike repair clinic & helmet giveaway. Look out for the Regional Parks Mobile Discovery Center van for special 50th-anniversary giveaways. 4 p.m. Larson Park. 329 DeChene Ave., Sonoma. parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov. FREE Railroad Square Music Festival. David Luning Band, John Courage, La Gente & many others. Noon– 7 p.m. Railroad Square, Santa Rosa. railroadsquare musicfestival.com.

Country Summer Festival. Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Justin Moore & Randy Houser. Thru June 18. $79 & up. Noon. Sonoma County Fairgrounds. 350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa. countrysummer.com.

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FREE 37th Annual Cotati Jazz Festival. Music, dancing, booths & beer & wine. Noon–6 p.m. La Plaza Park. 15 W. Sierra Ave., Cotati. cotatijazz.com. Summer Vineyard Hike. 3-mile moderately strenuous

Monday 12

Teens Summer Theater Camp. Hairspray Jr. Ages 13–19.

Thru Jul. 20. Shows: Jul. 21–23. 6th Street Playhouse. 52 W. 6th St., Santa Rosa. 523-4185. 6thstreetplayhouse.com.

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Another Openin’ Another Show. Transcendence Theater.

Broadway pros performing musical favorites. Weekends. Thru July 2. $45–$145. 5 p.m. Jack London State Park. 2400 London Ranch Rd., Glen Ellen. transcendencetheatre.org.

exploration of the 1,200-acre Jordan Estate. Wine tasting. Charcuterie picnic. 9:45 a.m.–2 p.m. $95. Jordan Winery. 1474 Alexander Valley Rd., Healdsburg. jordanwinery.com. Star Party. Astronomical presentations. Observatory’s 3

main telescopes open. 8 p.m. $3. Ages 18 & under: free. Sugarloaf State Park. Robert Ferguson Observatory. 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd., Kenwood. rfo.org/public-astronomy. Sit Stay Sparkle. Food, wine & microbrews. Live & silent

auctions, graduate speakers, assistance dogs, puppies & more. Benefit for Canine Companions, which provides service dogs to those with disabilities. 5–9 p.m. $100. Canine Companions for Independence. Jean & Charles Schulz Campus. 2965 Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa. support.cci.org.

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Sonoma-Marin Fair. One price includes all concerts & unlimited carnival rides: $12–$18. Thru June 25. Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. 175 Fairgrounds Dr., Petaluma.

Thursday 22

Summer Solstice Party. 1–5 p.m. Parking: $7. Spring

Lake Regional Park. Environmental Discovery Center. 393 Violetti Rd., Santa Rosa. parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov.

Friday 23

Anything Goes. Classic Cole Porter musical. Thursdays–

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Fiesta Latina. Grupo Brisas del Mar, Banda Toro & Los Ángeles Negros. 3–7 p.m. Free with admission to the fair: $12–$18. Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. 175 Fairgrounds Dr., Petaluma. sonoma-marinfair.org/ concerts-2017. Flamenco Student Showcase.

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A Birthday Baaash

a big fan of the goats; he’s been stepped on and gored too many times.

Goats Need to Party, Too By Holly Hester

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hen I was a kid I used to celebrate my dog’s birthday with a party. I’d bake a cake and put dog bones in it, and then I’d invite the neighborhood dogs over (with their owners) and celebrate. I don’t ever remember a dog party that didn’t end abruptly in some horrible dogfight over the cake and bones, but still, the spirit of dog fun was always in the air and no one was ever sent to the hospital. And ever since I told my kids about my dog birthday parties, they’ve wanted to have a birthday party for one of our animals. I didn’t want to pick one of the dogs because I knew it would end in a fight. I didn’t want to pick one of the cats because none of them would really care. I can’t imagine what a chicken birthday party would entail, and I didn’t want to do a party for Hogan the pig because he’s always on a perpetual diet. He doesn’t need birthday cake added to his waistline. It seemed like the goats were the only real choice. They just turned two years old, and besides, goats have a wonderful dog-like quality of being up for anything. It’s like, Hey, is this what we’re doing now? Awesome! I knew that deep down the goats would appreciate our efforts…and I was right. 26 SonomaFamilyLife

We made two cakes—a pink cake for Garfield and a purple cake for Odie. I decided to not go organic on the cakes because I’ve seen Garfield and Odie not only drink paint, but consume an entire package of water balloons before I could stop them. So it seemed like an organic/GMO debate wasn’t an issue.

I laughed until tears streamed down my face. Goats eating cake is just a wonderful thing to see. I gave the kids the task of frosting the cakes, which they took very seriously. I mean, come on, we’re trying to impress goats here! First we walked down to Garfield and Odie’s zone and sang “Happy Birthday.” This seemed to confuse them, but they went along with it. Once we went inside their enclosure, Garfield and Odie began eating immediately. The whole party was hilarious. I laughed until tears streamed down my face. Goats eating cake is just a wonderful thing to see. My eldest son Buck even loved it, and he’s not

At one point, my youngest son, August, and daughter, Emerson, started running with the cakes when they both simultaneously fell, landing chest first on the cakes. The goats wandered over and continued eating like nothing unusual had happened. Well, I guess at some point during the party, humans fall on the cakes. That makes total sense to us. Then, much to my surprise, Garfield and Odie didn’t finish the cakes. About halfway through they stopped eating and wandered over to a bush to munch on it. At a goat birthday party, it seems the salad course is last. Of course, the fact that goats had already eaten part of a cake that had already fallen on the ground didn’t stop Emerson (who has the biggest sweet tooth in our family) from sampling it. All in all, the party was a big hit. I think for their next birthday we’ll go bigger—hats, balloons, presents. Maybe we’ll even rent a bouncy house. I know on the side of those bouncy houses it says “no shoes.” Does it also say “no goats”? If it doesn’t, I’m totally going to plead ignorance. Look, if you didn’t want goats in your bouncy house, you should have put up a sign. ¶ 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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