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Local Dad’s Success Discover his suprising secret

Cool Treats Dig into ice cream

Father Love Show Pops you care

Summer Fun 75 awesome activities!



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Every Issue 6

Dear Reader


Bits and Pieces Top Docs Toe Tappin’ & Hip Shakin’ Critter Love

10 Features

Follow that Duck


Draw It, Paint It Dig the Didg

22 Calendar of Events Up, Up & Away!

34 Humor


Kids Fun Page The quick solution to “I’m bored.”

10 Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff A local father on being a good-enough parent.

12 Cool Treats for Hot Days

The Summer Vacation Blues

Indulge in ice cream.

14 Stop Summer Brain Drain Keep kids’ minds engaged.

16 Adventures in Giving Live from the heart.

18 A Father Is Born Help with the first days of parenting.

20 Dad’s Day Off Have a blast at these local events.

23 Pool Party! Take the kids for a swim. 4 SonomaFamilyLife



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Dear Reader

This issue we celebrate fathers and fun—we love both! The endless work of fathering begins in earnest when a baby arrives, which is a Sharon Gowan time when many men Publisher/Editor feel lost but are afraid to ask for help. “A Father Is Born” (page 18) offers guidance from veteran fathers about managing the first parenting year. Meanwhile “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” (page 10) includes advice from local dad Sid Garza-Hillman. His words of wisdom? You don’t have to be perfect to be a good parent. We know you’ve got a Pops in the house you want to show some love. So we put together a list of local events we think we’ll make him smile. Turn to “Dad’s Day Off” (page 20) to check them out, and

then see our Calendar of Events (page 22) for even more festive ideas. Father’s Day only lasts so long, though. And then it’s back to the task at hand: entertaining the kids. Newly freed of school, they are clamoring for something to do. Never fear, our Calendar of Events has something for them, too.

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One surefire way to make little ones joyful? Take them swimming. Turn to “Pool Party!” (page 23) to find a city pool near you. And then, when hunger hits, check out “Cool Treats for Hot Days” (page 12) for the lowdown on the ultimate summer goodie: ice cream. May your June be as sweet as your treats. And may your Father’s Day be one to remember.

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Production Manager Donna Bogener

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Contributing Writers Holly Hester Sid Garza-Hillman Christina Katz Janeen Lewis Ashley Talmadge Denise Yearian

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Top Docs


o you love your child’s doctor? Tell the world about it. Go to our website and vote for your favorite pediatrician. You’ll be doing a service to families looking for the best in health care—and you could win a $50 Visa gift card for yourself. Go to to enter. ¶

Toe Tappin’ & Hip Shakin’


hat’s better than live music? Free live music. And there’s

plenty of it in all varieties—over 20 performers in all—at the Railroad Square Music Festival on June 10 at Railroad Square in Santa Rosa. Sink into the lush vocals of Odessa, dance to Afro-Cuban rhythms of Onye and the Messengers, and spin around to the mariachi-influenced sounds of Pistoleros Famosos. See the full lineup and schedule at railroadsquare ¶

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Critter Love


erhaps you’ve seen that viral video of two otters, Nyac and Milo, floating on their backs, holding hands—the picture of anthropomorphized love and connectedness. Turns out otters are truly communal creatures, and they adore play, too. Find out more about them at a free video/slide presentation on June 2, 2–3 p.m., at Petaluma Library in Petaluma. See for additional information. ¶

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Follow that Duck


cat and tracks—they are the tools of the tracker’s trade. Learn how to decipher both—and common bird vocalizations, too—with certified tracker Marley Peifer. His Tracking Animal Sign and Bird Language Workshop, which will feature a two-mile, mostly flat hike, will be held at the Laguna Environmental Center in Santa Rosa on June 3, 8 a.m.–1 p.m. The event will be geared toward adults but well-behaved, motivated kids ages 10 and up are welcome. Rain cancels the event, which costs $25. Preregistration is required; see If you are more into birding than tracking, check out the Family Birding Basics class on June 3, 10 a.m.– noon, at the Helen Putnam Regional Park in Petaluma. It’s free; parking is $7. See for details. ¶

Draw It, Paint It


re your teens always doodling in the margins of notebooks? Let them explore their creativity at the Summer Teen Art Lounge series. Held at Art Escape in Sonoma, each class will teach a different technique—as well as not-so-obvious lessons in flexibility, persistence, and learning from mistakes. The free classes, suitable for ages 13 and up, will be held 7–10 p.m. on June 22 and 29 and July 20 and 27. Reservations are encouraged; sign up at ¶

Dig the Didg


he didgeridoo is an Australian aboriginal instrument whose deep, primal sounds are often found in world music. Shaped like a long horn with a flared end, its design is simple enough, but playing it requires a special breathing technique. Kids going into grades 7–12 can learn it as well as other advanced skills at the free Didgeridoo Basics for Teens class on June 19, 2–3:30 p.m., at Healdsburg Regional Library in Healdsburg. Sign up at the library desk or see ¶

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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

down a job or a healthy relationship stems from that one unpaid bill.” Luckily, in most cases, here-and-there screw-ups don’t add up to much. But with MOTT, it’s not about the one-offs. The concept of MOTT even applies to one’s diet. The health of your diet is determined by what you eat most of the time. If you eat junk food and take-out most of the time, with a salad thrown in once a week, your MOTT ain’t the salad. It’s the junk food and take-out, and the health of your body will likely reflect that (unless you’re some sort of freak who runs super well on fries). The salad

A Local Dad’s Life Lesson By Sid Garza-Hillman


our MOTT, your family’s MOTT. It’s the determining factor of your success in both the health and happiness realms. What is a MOTT? Most. Of. The. Time.

Here’s the deal. It’s what you do most of the time that sets your level of health and happiness. Like right now. Right now, how happy you are as a family is based on how you and your children communicate most of the time, how you all eat most of the time, how you all move your bodies most of the time, how you all behave around friends and extended family most of the time.

Think you should be able to pull off a no-mistake, 100-percent–perfection existence, and you’re setting yourself up for failure. Period.

Here is why I’m MOTT’s biggest fan: Because it is completely not about all of the time. It’s about “most.” It’s human, real, doable.

In the back of a parent’s mind is a fear that even a single mistake will land our child in therapy years later.

Thinking in MOTT terms means not sweating the one-offs.

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Nobody, and I mean nobody, likes making a mistake. And where children are affected, mistakes kick up to a whole new level. Making a parenting mistake is a very different animal than forgetting to pay the phone bill.

Child to therapist: “This one time my dad forgot to pay the phone bill, and I couldn’t call my friend, and I see now that my inability to hold

Nobody, and I mean nobody, likes making a mistake. doesn’t play a big enough role in your movie to even get an end credit. But if your MOTT is healthy food, with a fast food meal thrown in now and then, the opposite is true. Your MOTT is healthy food, and the one fast food meal ain’t gonna break the bank. Here’s where it gets even more interesting. The MOTT concept goes for the mind, too. For your happiness. Does your MOTT with your spouse or partner consist of open, respectful communication with an argument once in a while, or of arguments most of the time, with a bouquet of flowers thrown in on Valentine’s Day? Do the math. The one-offs don’t tip the scales or

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break the bank. They do neither, because they’re not significant enough to make any difference.

improvement—on what you are doing way more than what you’re not doing.

Here are the reasons I wish everyone would embrace MOTT:


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and makes sweeping changes because of a single bad review versus the person who realizes you can’t please everyone and, as long as most of the reviews are good, then something’s obviously working. Same for your life—thinking in terms of your MOTT means you also quickly notice when the MOTT itself needs a little tune-up. ¶ Reprinted with permission from Raising Healthy Parents: Small Steps, Less Stress, and a Thriving Family by Sid Garza-Hillman (Roundtree Press, 2018). Sid Garza-Hillman teaches people around the world about his unique Small Steps approach to healthy living. He lives on the Mendocino Coast with his family. Find him at

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The more you think in terms of your MOTT, you quickly notice, without the always charming and supportive inner critic, when your MOTT needs a little tweaking. All the time you previously wasted feeling bad about periodic flubs is now devoted to bringing up your MOTT. Your focus is on the

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fat content is lower. Yet, because it’s churned at a slower speed, less air is added and the final product is actually denser. Summer on a Stick Mexican paletas are frozen bars made from either a water or milk base, and traditionally sold from street carts or small shops called paleterias. Though shaped like the familiar Popsicle, the paleta is much more substantial, often loaded with visible chunks (or even slices) of fruit. And the flavors are like a quick trip to a tropical clime—kiwi, guanabana, cactus, mango, with some peppered with spices like chili and tamarind.

Summer Is Made for Icy Desserts


By Ashley Talmadge hen summer temps soar, nothing cools like a frosty goodie. Sundaes steeped in gooey fudge, delectable Italian gelato, and tropical ice bars—they’re all divine. Even better, these delights can be found in parlors that produce them on-site with fresh ingredients. What’s your fancy?

Good Ole Vanilla and Chocolate On average, people in the United States eat about 20 pounds of ice cream annually, the largest per capita consumption worldwide. Vanilla and chocolate consistently rank as the top two favorite flavors. Traditional American ice cream is made with a few simple ingredients— cream, sugar, egg yolks, and a flavoring such as vanilla bean. As it freezes, the mixture is churned at 12 SonomaFamilyLife

Frozen Bliss Frozen yogurt is made from yogurt (and other dairy products) so it’s lower in fat than ice cream. Go to a soft-serve place and doctor it up with toppings galore—crushed Oreo cookies, sprinkles, and M&Ms—for a delicious, (almost) guilt-free indulgence. Ashley Talmadge is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in dozens of parenting and lifestyle publications across the United States and Canada.

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4. Visit a military cemetery or battlefield or go to a reenactment like the Civil War Days in Duncan Mills July 14–15. 5. Make homemade ice cream in a bag and talk about the science behind the process. The Scientific American article “Scrumptious Science: Making Ice Cream in a Bag” (see ybzst8dk) is a great resource. 6. Use geocaching to go on a treasure hunt. Using a GPS, treasure seekers

Stop Summer Brain Drain 25 Local Ways to Make Learning Fun By Janeen Lewis


ow do you combat the notorious summer slide but still give your kids the carefree break they deserve? Try some of these easy and entertaining ways to give the brain a boost.

1. Participate in the library’s free summer reading program. There will be special activities and prizes throughout the summer. Have a friendly family competition to see who can read the most minutes. See childrens-summer-reading for more information. 14 SonomaFamilyLife

2. Summer doesn’t have to be screen-free. There are many apps that make reading, science, social studies, and math fun. Choose educational game apps that review skills your child learned during the year. 3. Grow a garden together. See who can grow the biggest watermelon.

Design and construct an obstacle course in the backyard. enter a specific set of coordinates and then attempt to find a hidden container at the location. Check out to find out more. 7. Pick a recipe and cook or bake together, letting your child apply their knowledge of measuring and fractions. 8. Check out a book on a famous artist like Vincent van Gogh. Let your child create their own rendering of one of the artist’s masterpieces. 9. Take a self-guided walking tour of your town and study the architecture. Look for geometric shapes or Greek or Roman influences. 10. Tour the historical buildings in your town. See the Sonoma County Historical Society’s website ( for inspiration. 11. Have a lemonade, Popsicle, or cookie stand. Help your child make a budget, buy supplies, and balance the accounts. Research and choose a charity to donate the funds to.

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12. Visit a museum. From art and history to science and creative play, there are a variety of interesting museums all over Sonoma County that have exhibits geared toward

Check out a book on a famous artist like Vincent van Gogh. kids. Especially check out the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County, the Pacific Coast Air Museum, and the Charles M. Schulz Museum, all in Santa Rosa. See this list on Trip Advisor for more ideas: 13. Learn about other ethnicities. Attend a cultural festival, start learning a foreign language, or visit an ethnic restaurant in your community. The Fort Ross Festival, held on July 28 in Jenner, explores the Russian and Native American cultures. And the Russia House #1 restaurant in Jenner offers a pay-what-you-wish (that’s right!) Russian buffet, as well as puzzles and games for the kids. 14. Take a creek walk together and sketch pictures of living things in creek habitat. Try the Crane Creek Regional Park in Rohnert Park for your first expedition.


15. Go strawberry, blueberry, or blackberry picking and make a pie together. Then talk about the number known as Pi. 16. Play a game like Clue that hones logic skills.

17. Help clean up your favorite park. Recycle as much trash as you can. See volunteer for local park cleanup days. 18. Find out fun facts about local and national history and quiz each other about them. See the Sonoma County Library’s Heritage Collections for books on local lore: heritage. 19. Pick a local “staycation� destination. Using a scale map and ruler, figure out how many miles and approximately how many hours it will take to get there. 20. Send postcards to friends and family members from all the places you visit this summer, even if you just take daytrips. Let your child write the message.

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21. Draw your family tree together, especially if you have a family reunion planned. 22. Talk with the oldest person in your family. Help your child write down or otherwise record some of the elder’s interesting stories. 23. Let your kids design and construct an obstacle course in the backyard. Invite the neighbors and have a “parents versus kids� race. 24. Go camping and tell stories around the campfire. Check out campgrounds for a list of local campgrounds. 25. Make a scrapbook of your summer together. Let your kids write the captions. Janeen Lewis is a freelance journalist, elementary teacher, and mom to Andrew and Gracie. She loves to keep learning alive during summer.

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Then go through your shelves and remove books you no longer treasure. Donate them to your local library or resale shop.


Plant ahead. Plant an extra row or two in your garden for the local food bank. Look online to check the food bank’s policies before you plant.

Visiting a farmers’ market makes for a fun outing and supports local small businesses.

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19 Warm-Weather Ways to Instill Compassion in Kids

By Christina Katz


ven though the media tends to emphasize generosity during the colder months of the year, and especially leading up to the holiday season, summer is the perfect opportunity to model neighborliness, community service, and giving to worthwhile causes. Here is a list of ideas to help your family create a summer of compassion.


Volunteer outdoors. Help clean up your city parks, drive meals to shut-in seniors, clean out vet kennels, or participate in a citywide rummage sale. Your town’s online calendar is a good place to get more information on community service events.

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Clean out cabinets. Search your kitchen for food items that have not expired and donate them to the local food bank. Charities are usually flooded with donations around the holidays but need support during the rest of the year.


Delight someone. Paint rocks with uplifting messages and then hide them on trails or in other surprising places. For inspiration, check out


Let go of large items. The sunny weather is your chance to deliver big items to your local resale shop.


Transform a plot of dirt. Know a particularly dingy median that is full of litter and weeds? Pick up trash, yank weeds, rake dirt, and plant annual and perennial seeds.





Capture gratitude. Create colorful postcards to mail to teachers, coaches, and instructors who have helped kids blossom in the past year. Encourage bookishness. Sign up for a summer reading program. Purchase new or used books.

Banish bedroom clutter. Ask your kids to sort every item in their rooms and donate or store little-used items. Create blessings. Make summer blessing bags to give to homeless folks. Fill them with

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Build small sanctuaries. Make baths for birds and butterflies. Put them on opposite sides of your yard, since birds often prey on butterflies, and where there is easily accessible shelter.

grooming items and food that won’t melt in summer’s heat. Don’t forget plastic silverware and napkins.


Sweat for a cause. Visit to find local, family-friendly walking, running, or cycling fundraisers.

Paint rocks with uplifting messages and then hide them on trails or in other surprising places.


Spread the fun. Donate outgrown outdoor gear, sporting goods, and toys to a local family shelter.


Bare arms. Take eligible teens to donate blood. This is a great opportunity to teach citizenship in a memorable way, and you just might save a life.


Sell for a cause. Set up a weekend lemonade stand and contribute half or all of the proceeds to a charity.


Encourage relaxation. Make spa gifts for friends and neighbors. Bath salts, facemasks, and hand scrubs are fun to craft and will be cheerfully received.


Help the Earth breathe. Plant a tree to help support

clean air for future generations. If you join the Arbor Day Foundation at, you will get ten trees to plant.


Rise and shop. Visiting a farmers’ market makes for a fun outing and supports local small businesses. Share photos of goodies you buy on social media to help spread the word.


Support a hobby. If your middle-schooler is into baking, why not take those fresh out-of-the-oven cookies and make a plate for a family dealing with some bad news?

Author, journalist, and writing coach Christina Katz is a big believer in the power of everyday kindness to transform the future of the planet.

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how to bond with their newborns, and you’ve got a lot of worry. “If a mother is nursing, it naturally brings her in contact with the baby,” says Brott. “Dads don’t have that same natural bonding method, so they often get stuck doing the dirty work. But it shouldn’t be that way.” Susan Maroto, LCSW, and parent educator in prenatal care and postpartum adjustment, agrees. “There are things moms can do to help dads feel competent in that

AHelpingFather Is Born Men Adjust to a New Baby By Denise Yearian


hen a child is born, much emphasis is placed on helping the new mother and baby adjust. But they aren’t the only ones undergoing change. Most first-time fathers experience stress due to sleep deprivation, change in routines, and their own apprehensions about parenting.

“There are a myriad of emotions that come with being a new father,” says Armin Brott, Bay Area author of multiple books and one DVD on fatherhood. “Most often it’s a feeling of pride and excitement. At the same time there can be apprehensions—‘Will I be a good father?’ ‘Can we afford this?’ ‘How is this going to change our lives?’” This was what David Wuttke found. “When my son David, Jr. was born, 18 SonomaFamilyLife

I had overwhelming feelings of anxiety and excitement all at once,” he says. “I had been babysitting since I was 16, so my anxiety wasn’t about child care. It was the reality of the responsibility that this was my son. And that sent a shock to my system.” Just knowing there’s another person to care for can be a big stressor for first-time fathers. Add that to the fact that many men don’t initially know

It’s important for men to have someone with whom they can share their stress. role,” she says. “Encourage them to take part in all areas of child care—feeding, bathing, reading, and putting the baby down. Just be careful you aren’t overly critical. Standing behind your husband and correcting his every move will only frustrate him. Show him what needs to be done, then let him develop his own style.” Fortunately for Wuttke, basic training occurred as a teen sitter and paid big dividends when his son was born. Soon after his wife, Christine, delivered, she enrolled in college and David was thrust into solo evening childcare. “I never had to think about how to take care of David. I just fell back on my babysitting days,” says Wuttke. “If he was crying, I would say, ‘Okay, let’s guess what he needs?’ Then I’d check his diaper. If that was okay, I’d try to feed him. If he wasn’t hungry,

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I would think maybe he had gas or needed to sleep. One of those would usually do the trick.” For Anthony Franco, the adjustment wasn’t that easy. When his wife, Lisa, gave birth to the twins, Franco seemed to be fine. But four months into it, things changed. “I started experiencing panic attacks and didn’t know why,” he remembers. “I would be in the supermarket when all of a sudden I would get this overwhelming sense of dread and lightheadedness.” This went on for several months until Franco finally went to the doctor. “He asked me where it was happening, and I told him it was when I was buying diapers, formula, and other things for the twins,” he continues. “That’s when he pinpointed the problem. He said this happens to a lot of new fathers. He prescribed a little anti-anxiety medication and then I was fine.” Brott believes it’s important for men to have someone with whom they can share their stress. “Some men have close friends they can confide in. But a lot don’t, so they keep all those concerns in and the stress level builds,” he says. “They shouldn’t be afraid to talk with other men and find out what they have gone through. Chances are they’ll find others felt the same way, too.” One concern most new fathers share is fatigue. Franco and Wuttke both had a hard time with this. “The one thing I really didn’t expect was that time on a 24-hour clock had no meaning anymore,” says Franco. “It became irrelevant after

a while, and we just fit sleep in whenever we could.” Enlisting the service of relatives helped the Wuttkes solve this problem. “There were times Chris and I said, ‘We need a break,’ and my mom would take David so

Just knowing there’s another person to care for can be a big stressor for first-time fathers. we could rest. We even called my grandparents so we could have an occasional night out.” Extended family and friends can be a huge help or add significant stress, depending upon the dynamic of the relationship, say experts. This is where husbands can help their wives set boundaries. “Dad should take the role of communicator outside the family and, if needed, limit visitors,” says Maroto. “Encourage others to help in practical ways, such as dropping off meals, running errands, or watching the baby for 20 minutes so the couple can take a quick walk.” What’s most important is to realize this is a period of adjustment and life does get easier. “It’s like anything new, it takes a little time,” says Franco. “It took about 18 months before I became completely comfortable with the twins. Now we’re pretty much inseparable.” Denise Yearian is the former editor of two parenting magazines and the mother of three children and four grandchildren.

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ven super-Dads need a break from the endless responsibilities of raising children. Give your main man a well-deserved day of play. Whether he loves to gaze at stars or shiny cars, rock out or eat up, these local activities will make him smile. Santa Rosa Does Daddy have a country soul? Tell him to grab his cowboy hat and boots and giddy-on-over to the Country Summer Music Festival at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, June 15–17. Headliners include the Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town, and Toby Keith. If you want to make a weekend of it, camping is available, too. Tickets are $89­–$399 and available at

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Glen Ellen Does Pops love show tunes? Then Transcendence Theatre’s Stairway to Paradise could be just the ticket. Treat him to Broadway actors singing and tap dancing to everything from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Van Halen, outside under a canopy of stars at Jack London State Park. Performances run on the weekends, June 15–July 1; tickets are $45–$150 and can be ordered at

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FUN-FILLED WEEK OF HORSES! • Riding lessons • Horse-themed games & crafts • Handling & caring for horses • Horse safety • Proper grooming • Summer camp fun!


100 Lynch Road • Petaluma 707-799-5054 •

Gloria Ferrer Vineyards

Kenwood Take an amateur astronomer to a Star Party on June 16, 8 p.m.– midnight, at the Robert Ferguson Observatory at Sugarloaf State Park. Dad and the kids can peer into the facility’s three main telescopes and hear a talk about the cosmos. The event is $3; parking is $8. See star-parties.html for more information. Santa Rosa For fathers who love things that go, there’s the free 24th Annual Show & Shine Car Show. Take in shiny metal and hot wheels on June 17, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., in Juilliard Park. There will be a barbecue, kids’ zone—and a prize for the ride decorated with the best flames. Sebastopol Papa can get his nature fix while colorful insects transfix little ones at Hallberg Butterfly Gardens’ free Annual Open Gardens Celebration on June 17, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Take a walking tour, check out a wildflower display, and browse through a sale of plants, books, and crafts. There’ll be children’s activities, too. Find out more at Sonoma Let Dad kick back and grab a beer while someone else does the grilling at Bubbles, Brews, and BBQ. There’ll be live music and plenty of chicken and tri-tip for the eatin’ at Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards on June 17, noon–2 p.m. Tickets are $65 and may be purchased at

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Practice Doesn’t Make Perfect, Exploration Makes Explorers Half and full day camps Week-long sessions from June 18 through August 3 for ages 10-14 Rising 5th to 8th graders Visit for more information and to register. Located in southeast Santa Rosa.

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Calendar of Events

Up, Up & Away!


eed some perspective? Take a tethered ride at the Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Festival. Other magic includes the Dawn Patrol, when the balloons’ fire-y cores illuminate the early-morning dark with orbs of soft light. The festival will be held on June 9 and 10 at Keiser Park in Windsor. Find a schedule of events and purchase tickets, which are $5–$18 or free for ages 0–2, at ¶

Friday 1 Funky Fridays. Live bands playing funk music. Bring a picnic. $10. Ages 18 & under: free. Visit website for schedule. Fridays. Doors: 5:30 p.m. Show: 7 p.m. The Hood Mansion. 389 Casa Manana Rd., Santa Rosa. FREE Friday Night Live & Street Fair. Concert series plus local wines

& craft beers; arts, crafts & locally made items; kids’ activities, including bouncy castles & rock-climbing walls. Fridays. Street fair: 6 p.m. Music: 6:30 p.m. Downtown Plaza. Cloverdale.

DOES YOUR CHILD KNOW HOW TO SWIM? Lessons offered at Finley Aquatic Center & Ridgway Swim Center Register now: 707-543-3737

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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. Larson Park. 329 DeChene Ave., Sonoma. 565-2041. parks. Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival. Invitational event will

take place on the challenging 12-turn road course that features more than 16 stories of elevation change. $15–$60. Ages 12 & under: free. 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Sonoma Raceway. 29355 Arnold Dr., Sonoma. 938-8448.

Saturday 2 Historic Race Car Festival. $35. 5:30–7:30 p.m. Sonoma Plaza. 453 1st St. E., Sonoma. 938-8448. Soil to Supper Fundraiser Dinner.

Farm-to-table dinner with local bounty from farmers, ranchers & vineyards. Live music, an open bar & auction. $75. 6–9 p.m. Hermann Sons Hall. 860 Western Ave., Petaluma. FREE Model Boat Show. 10 a.m.–4

p.m. Fundemonium. 579 Rohnert Park Expressway W., Rohnert Park. 800-4060. FREE Here Come the Otters! Video/ slide presentation on otters & their importance to a healthy watershed. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Petaluma Library. 100 Fairgrounds Dr., FREE Andy’s Unity Park Dedication.

Dedication ceremony, kids’ activities, art, music, entertainment & food. 1–5 p.m. Parking limited. 3399 Moorland Ave., Santa Rosa. Petaluma Drinks. Tastings with Petaluma beer, wine, spirits & cider producers. $65. Designated drivers: free. June 2 & 3. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Downtown Petaluma.

June 2018

Pool Party! Swim through Summer O

n hot summer days the easiest way to get kids to go from grumpy to grinning is to take them to a pool. Swimming and playing around in the water is not only terrific entertainment, it’s also great exercise. (Just remember to make sure everyone stays hydrated.) So pile on the waterproof sunscreen, keep the water bottles close at hand, and get ready to make some waves.


Cavanagh Pool. 426 8th St. 778-4536. Pool is heated and walled on all four sides. Swimming lessons available. Summer recreational swim June 4–August 25: Monday–Saturday, 1–4 p.m. Day-use fees: adults $5, seniors $4, under 18 and pool side $2. See 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 12. 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

Rohnert Park

Benicia Pool. 7469 Bernice Dr. 795-7582. Swim lessons available. Summer session June 11–August 12. Recreation swim: Monday–Friday, 1–4:15 p.m.; Saturday, noon–4 p.m.; Sunday, 12:30–5:30 p.m. Adults $5, seniors 60 and up $4, ages 2–17 $4, ages 0–2 free. Discount swim passes available. For more information, see the Rohnert Park Community Services Summer 2018 Recreation Guide at Honeybee Pool. 1170 Golf Course Dr. 586-1413. Swim lessons available. Summer session: June 11–August 12. Public swim: Monday–Friday, 1:30–4:15 p.m.; Saturday, 1:30–5:30 p.m. Adults $5, seniors 60 and up $4, ages 2–17 $4, ages 0–2 free. For more information, see the Rohnert Park Community Services Summer 2018 Recreation Guide at Magnolia Pool. 1501 Middlebrook Way. 795-8619. Swim lessons available. Summer session: June 11–August 12. Recreation swim: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 12:30­–4:15 p.m.; Saturday, 11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Adults $5, seniors 60 and up $4, ages 2–17 $4, ages 0–2 free. For more information,

see the Rohnert Park Community Services Summer 2018 Recreation Guide at

Santa Rosa

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 4–August 17. Recreation swim: Monday–Friday, 1:30–4:45 p.m.; starting on June 9 also includes Saturday and Sunday, 1:30–6 p.m. Adults $5, ages 2–17 $4, ages 55 and up $4, disabled $4. See recreation-swim 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 11–August 17. Recreation swim: Monday–Friday, noon–4 p.m. (Splash Pool only noon–1:15 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 for details.


Ives Pool. 7400 Willow St. 823-8693. This is an outdoor yearlong pool. Swimming lessons available. Summer session begins June 4. Public swim: Monday–Friday, 1–3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 2–4:30 p.m. Adults $5, juniors $3.50, seniors $4. See for full summer schedule.


Sonoma Aquatic Club. 17350 Vailetti Dr. 939-8833. Since there is no public pool in Sonoma Valley yet, we direct readers to this private membership year-round gym, which features a heated indoor pool, an Olympic-size outdoor pool, and an outdoor Jacuzzi. Swimming lessons are available. Call for current schedule. Summer membership flat rates (no initiation fee): Individuals: 30 days, $120; 60 days, $240; 90 days, $340. Family: 30 days, $200; 60 days, $400, 90 days, $570. Couple (two adults or parent and child): 30 days, $165; 60 days, $330; 90 days, $470. Students: 30 days, $75; 60 days, $150; 90 days, $215. See for more information. June 2018

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FREE Youth Park BBQ. Carnival, BBQ, parade & live music & dancing. June 2 & 3. Carnival: 11 a.m.–8 p.m. both days. Parade: June 2, 10 a.m. Free parking & admission. 7045 Mirabel Rd., Forestville.

Snoopy Skate Party. Live DJ, on-ice lounge, games & food. Ages 12–15. $10, or $17 with dinner. Snoopy’s Home Ice. 1667 W. Steele Ln., Santa Rosa.

Sunday 3 Tudor Rose Etiquette Tea Party.

The Sound of Music Sing-Along. A

full-screen viewing of the classic film, with subtitles so that the whole family can sing along. Costumes encouraged. $15–$20. 2 p.m. 6th Street Playhouse. 52 W. 6th St., Santa Rosa. 523-4185. Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged). Comic run-thru of all

Join Mary Poppins for tea & finger sandwiches, scones & tea etiquette instruction. $50. Reservations required. Noon–2 p.m. 733 4th St., Santa Rosa. 535-2045. FREE Rockin’ Concerts at the Village. Saturdays: Noon–3 p.m.

Sundays: 1–4 p.m. (except June 17: noon–3 p.m.) Thursdays: June 7 & 21: 5:30–8 p.m. Visit website for schedule. Montgomery Village. 911 Village Ct., Santa Rosa.

the Bard’s works. $22–$28. June 1 at 7:30 p.m., June 2 at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. & June 3 at 2 p.m. 6th Street Playhouse. 52 W. 6th St., Santa Rosa.

Family Birding Basics. 10 a.m.–noon. Event: free. Parking: $7. Helen Putnam

For your next


Regional Park. 411 Chileno Valley Rd., Petaluma. Tracking Animal Sign & Bird Language Workshop. $25.

8 a.m.–1 p.m. Intended for adults, but well-behaved kids ages 10 & up may attend. Laguna de Santa Rosa. 900 Sanford Rd., Santa Rosa. Preregistration required: FREE Healdsburg Antiques & Arts Fair. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Healdsburg Plaza.

Healdsburg Ave. & Matheson St., Healdsburg. events.

Monday 4 FREE Momnificent Monday!

Caregivers are invited to bring the kids for free play in the activity area. Mondays. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Fundemonium. 579 Rohnert Park



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4501 Montgomery Dr. 707-890-5033

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Expressway W., Rohnert Park. 800-4060.

Wednesday 6

Summer Youth Pass Unlimited Rides. June 1 -August 31

18 & Under.

Only $24!

Toddlers on Ice. Intro to ice skating

for toddlers & caregivers. $20. Snoopy’s Home Ice. 1667 W. Steele Ln., Santa Rosa.

Friday 8 The Fantasticks. Thru June 24.

$25–$45. Fridays & Saturdays: 8 p.m. Sundays: 2 p.m. Cinnabar Theater. 3333 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 763-8920. Huichica Music Festival. Psychedelic surf rock, indie & folk acts; regional culinary talent & local wines. $46–$121. Ages 12 & under: free. Parking: $10 (cash only). Carpools of 3 or more: free. No pets. June 8 & 9: 2 p.m.–midnight. Gundlach Bundschu Winery. 2000 Denmark St., Sonoma.

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SONOMA-MARIN FAIR Pay-One-Price! Admission Includes Carnival & Concerts Concert Series

Petaluma Stage at 8:00 pm

June 20 - En Vogue June 22 - 38 Special June 21 - Clay Walker June 23 - Smash Mouth

Peggy Sue Car Show. Classic cars. Show: 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Live music: 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Downtown Santa Rosa Cruise: 5:30–8 p.m. Show & Cruise: $5. 12 & under: free. Parking: $8–$10. Sonoma County Fairgrounds. 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa. Summer Drive-In Series. E. T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. Car: $40. Individual: $12 (bring chair). Food & wine: 6:30 p.m. Show: dusk. Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds. 1 Citrus Fair Dr., Cloverdale. 866-811-4111. web. FREE National Get Outdoors Day.

Guided 5-mile hike. 10 a.m.–noon. Rain will cancel. Download free pass: html. Jack London State Historic Park. Ranch parking lot. 2400

Fiesta latina latina -- June June 24 24 Fiesta Sprint Car Races Wine Garden Chef Demonstrations Butterfly Experience Thrilling Carnival Entertainment Live Music Contests Games Delicious Fair Food Barnyard Animals & More!

World’s Ugliest Dog®® Contest - June 23 Cheer on your favorite pup on June 23 at 6 p.m. Have an adorable pup? Join the fun by signing your pup up today!



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London Ranch Rd., Glen Ellen. FREE Family Day in Armstrong Redwoods. Interactive family

activities & festivities, including nature stations, the “Steward Ship” marine van, live music. Noon–4 p.m. Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. 17000 Armstrong Woods, Guerneville. Robert Ferguson Observatory. June 9 & 16. Solar Viewing: 11 a.m. Star Party: 8 p.m. $3. Ages 18 & under: free. Parking: $8. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd., Kenwood. Beerfest: The Good One. Samples

from more than 60 breweries & cider distilleries. $50–$60. 1–4:30 p.m. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa.

Incarnation 100: A Benefit for Homeless Services. 30–100–mile

routes. $65–$90. Start times: 7:30–10:30 a.m. Benefits homeless services. Church of the Incarnation. 550 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Hot Air Balloon Classic. $5–$18. Ages 2 & under: free. Tethered rides available: $10–$20. Parking: $5 (cash only). 4–10:30 a.m. Thru June 10. Keiser Park. 700 Windsor River Rd., Windsor.

Sunday 10 FREE Railroad Square Music Festival. More than 20 performers.

11 a.m.–7:30 p.m. Railroad Square. 135 4th St., Santa Rosa. Russian River Blues Festival.

$60–$125. Johnson’s Beach. 16215


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Friday 15 Stairway to Paradise. Broadway Under the Stars musical production. June 15–July 1. Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays. Pre-show picnicking: 5 p.m. Show: 7:30 p.m. $45–$150. Jack London State Historic Park. 2400 London Ranch Rd., Glen Ellen. 877-424-1414. Museum Night Out: Live Jazz & Happy Hour. Featuring the

Collaboration Jazz Band. Light appetizers & cash bar. $15. 5–7 p.m. Art Museum of Sonoma County. 505 B. St., Santa Rosa. 579-1500. Country Summer Music Festival.

Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town & Toby Keith. Thru June 17.

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Summer Day Camps

Weekly Session 8am-5pm June through Mid August • Horseback Riding • Swimming • Archery • Counselor-In-Training • Farm Animals • Camp Cooking and more! Shuttles from Santa Rosa, Petaluma & Rohnert Park Camps Held at Sky Tree Ranch in Santa Rosa • 707 583-6711

June 2018

Bennett Valley Union School District $89–$399. Visit website for lineup. Sonoma County Fairgrounds. 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa. Family Fun Nights. Interactive exhibits. Mary’s Pizza for purchase. Admission: $9–$12. Babies under 12 months: free. 4–7 p.m. Children’s Museum of Sonoma County. 1835 W. Steele Ln., Santa Rosa. 546-4069.

Saturday 16 Year of the Dog: Doghouse Days of Summer. Watch local artists paint &

decorate a variety of real doghouses that will eventually be auctioned off to benefit fire victims. $5–$12. Ages 3 & under: free. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Charles M. Schulz Museum. 2301 Hardies Ln., Santa Rosa. 579-4452.

There is still time to register for Transitional Kindergarten (Kinder Bridge) for 2018-19 School Year

Call 542-6272 to sign up

A limited number of interdistrict transfer requests for 2018-19 will be accepted

California Distinguished Schools

Yulupa Primary School Preschool–Third Grade 2250 Mesquite Drive, Santa Rosa 707 542-6272

Strawberry Intermediate School Fourth–Sixth Grade 2311 Horseshoe Drive, Santa Rosa 707 526-4433

Consistently high student academic achievement at both schools

Your child’s joy of learning is nurtured with our: • Excellent Teachers • Reduced Class Size (K–3) • Kinder Bridge Transitional Kindergarten • Extended Day Kindergarten (8:30-1:25) • Fully Staffed Libraries and Technology Labs • Visual and Performing Arts Programs

YMCA provides on-site child care

• Band, Percussion and Chorus (4th–6th) • Boys’ and Girls’ Interscholastic Basketball (4th–6th) • Emphasis on Environmental Stewardship • Gifted and Talented Education (4th–6th)

Children must be five on or before Sept. 1, 2018 to be eligible for kindergarten. Two year Kinder Bridge program offered for children turning five on or after Sept. 2, 2018.

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Father’s Day Pig Roast. $25–$40.

FREE Community Yoga. All

abilities & ages welcome. Registration required. Wednesdays. 5:30–6:30 p.m. Andy’s Unity Park. 3399 Moorland Ave., Santa Rosa. 565-2041. parks.

11:30 a.m. Suite D. 21800 Schellville Rd., Sonoma. 933-3000, ext. 10. fathers-day-pig-roast.

Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra’s Bon Voyage Concert.

Tri-tip, ribs, beer & wine. Live music. $65. Noon–2 p.m. Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards. 23555 Hwy. 121, Sonoma. 933-1917.

Final stateside concert before heading to Salzburg, Vienna & Budapest. $10–$20. 3 p.m. Sonoma State University. Green Music Center. 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 546-8742.

Sunday 17 FREE Father’s Day Show & Shine Car Show. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Juilliard

Park. 227 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa.

Father’s Day Bubbles, Brews & BBQ.

FREE Hallberg Butterfly Gardens Open Gardens Celebration. 10

a.m.–4 p.m. Walking tour, wildflower display & sale of plants, books & crafts. Hallberg Butterfly Gardens. 8687 Oak Grove Ave., Sebastopol. Father’s Day at the Schulz Museum. Fathers receive free

3 & under: free. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Charles M. Schulz Museum. 2301 Hardies Ln., Santa Rosa. 579-4452. Dads’ Day at the Children’s Museum. Dads enjoy free admission.

Others: $9–$12. Babies under 12 months: free. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Children’s Museum of Sonoma County. 1835 W. Steele Ln., Santa Rosa. 546-4069.

Monday 18 The Mermaid. An original ballet

based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen. $20–$30. 7 p.m. Thru June 19. Spreckels Performing Arts Center. 5409 Snyder Ln., Rohnert Park. 585-1137.

admission. Others: $5–$12. Ages

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For beginning & experienced students Full-day (9am-3pm) & A La Carte Classes Available! Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Guitar and more!

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Extended and International Education


Visit us at:

(707) 546-7097 x219 June 2018

The REACH School

YMCA Summer Camps are in your neighborhood!

Serving Transitional Kindergarten through 8th Grade

We have Summer Camp Programs in:  Petaluma  Rohnert Park  Sonoma  Santa Rosa

• Project Based Academic Program • Social Emotional Learning Focus • Small Class Sizes • Expressive Arts Integration

Check out these specialty camps we have this summer:

• Focus on collaborative and activity driven learning

Fine Arts Camp (July Only!) - Rohnert Park July 2nd—July 27th

Pre-Enrollment Information for 2018-19 is available at

Super Science Camp - Santa Rosa July 2nd—August 10th


487 Watertrough Rd, Sebastopol, 95472

Call or visit us for more details

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Tuesday 19

24. Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. 175 Fairgrounds Dr., Petaluma.

Wednesday 20

FREE Didgeridoo Basics for Teens.

Sonoma-Marin Fair. One price

2–3:30 p.m. Grades 7–12. Healdsburg Regional Library. 139 Piper St., Healdsburg. Register: sonomacounty.

includes concerts & unlimited carnival rides. $10–$18. June 20, 21 & 24: noon–11 p.m. June 22 & 23: noon–midnight. Thru June

Friday 22 FREE Summer Teen Lounge Series.

7–10 p.m. Ages 13 & up. Art Escape. 17474 Sonoma Hwy., Sonoma.



Shrek, The Musical. Weekends. Thru July 8. Shows at 8 & 2 p.m. $10–$35. Thurs. Value Night: $20. Raven Performing Arts Theater. 115 North St., Healdsburg. 433-6335.

Special Offer

Summer is the best time to get ahead in math—call now about our special Summer Readiness program!

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Laughter Is Medicine: Improv for Everyone. Bilingual

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Rock & Wine Fest. Featuring Y & T, Dokken & the Frank Hannon Band. $35–$145. Ages 5 & under: free concert admission when accompanied by a paid adult. Wine Tasting: 3:30–5:30 p.m. Concert doors: 5:30 p.m. SOMO Village Event Center. 1100 Valley House Dr., Rohnert Park. ParTee for Preemies Golf Tournament. Lunch, silent

auction & raffle. $150. Lunch only: $25. Register: 7:30 a.m. Tee off: 8:30 a.m. Windsor Golf Resort. 1340 19th Hole Dr., Windsor. FREE Saulito Forever Youth Basketball Day. Free day. All

participants will receive a jersey & instruction from local youth basketball coaches. 9:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

6001 Commerce Blvd. Rohnert Park


(Spanish-English) class featuring family-friendly, outdoor interactive theater games. Event: free. Parking: $7. Crane Creek Regional Park. 5000 Pressley Rd., Santa Rosa.

Callinan Sports & Fitness Center. 5405 Synder Ln.,

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June 2018

Wheels & Wings Car Show. A

gathering of restored classic cars & muscle cars plus planes. $10. Ages 7 & under: free. 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Parking: free. Pacific Coast Air Museum. One Air Museum Way, Santa Rosa. 575-7900. pacificcoast Russian River Rodeo. $4–$12.

Thru June 24. Russian River Rodeo Grounds. 23450 Moscow Rd., Duncan Mills. 865-9854.

Sunday 24 Ride-A-Rig. Kids

get a chance to see & touch vehicles that play an important role in the community. $5.50. Ages 2 & under: free. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Lyttle Cow Place. 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa. 545-5567.

Wings, Wines & Wetlands.

Fundraiser for the Laguna Foundation. $125. 2–6 p.m. Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation. 900 Sanford Rd., Santa Rosa. 527-9277, ext. 106.

Wednesday 27 Mormon Tabernacle Choir & Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. $12.50–$40.

Sonoma State University. Green Music Center & Lawn. 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.

Friday 29 FREE Movies on the Green. Coco. 7 p.m. Sonoma State University. Green Music Center. Weill Hall & Lawn. 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 866-955-6040. Limmud Bay Area Festival.

Multi-day festival of Jewish learning. Workshops, nature walks, lectures,

art projects & performances. All welcome. $0–$560. June 29–July 1. Sonoma State University. 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. Register:

Saturday 30 FREE Fireworks Event Weekend.

June 30 & July 1, noon–4 p.m.: Big Rocky games for kids. July 1, 9 p.m.: Boat Parade & Water Curtain. Fireworks follow at dusk. No dogs allowed. Monte Rio Beach. 20400 Bohemian Hwy., Monte Rio. 865-6100. Marin County Fair. Thru July 4.

Concerts, carnival rides, fine art & farm animals. Nightly fireworks. $10–$20. 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Marin County Fairgrounds. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael.

THE LOVE OF LEARNING EXPLORE, LEARN AND GROW EVERY DAY! • Provides an engaging, developmentally appropriate curriculum. • Serves families with 3-5 year olds. • Caring, experienced staff. • Summer and Fall class openings. • School set on 3 acres of beautiful country property.

Brush Creek Nursery School

4657 Badger Road • Santa Rosa • 707 539-1612

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Got Art? We Do!!!

Super Kids Camp At Sonoma State University

An exciting, recreational & educational experience for campers, ages 5-11. Fun weekly themes, field trips, swimming, rock wall climbing & so much more!

Painting • Drawing Cartooning Mask Making Glass Staining Silk Painting Wood Burning Mosaic • Clay

Birthday Parties!

Summer Art Camp June 4-August 17 5435 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park • 285-2002

Register Here (search ‘super kids camp’)

To Be or Not to Be


omance, tragedy, comedy—Shakespeare has it all. But if you don’t have patience for the long, drawn-out plots, try the Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged). Its three zany actors, dressed in Converse high-tops and tights, will take you through a funny “Cliff’s Notes” version of the Bard’s work. See the show at 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa on June 1 at 7:30 p.m., June 2 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and June 3 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $22–$28 and available at ¶





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Summer & Afterschool Junior Tennis Programs

Chalkboard Players

The World’s a Stage


o your kids have a flair for drama? Are they into nature, too? Give outdoor improv a whirl at Laughter Is Medicine: Improv for Everyone. In the bilingual (Spanish-English) class, the Chalkboard Players will lead family-friendly, interactive theater games in the wide open spaces of Crane Creek Regional Park in Rohnert Park. Part of Sonoma County Regional Park’s Nature Heals series, the class will be held on June 23, 10–11:30 a.m., and is free; parking is $7. Registration is required; go to ¶ 32 SonomaFamilyLife

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Nutrition, Relationships, Motor Skills,Self Interpersonal Montessori In Motion: 3–6 yrs. Health & Serving 2-5 year olds Relationships, Self Confidence, and Cognitive & Children’s Circle: 2.5–3.5+ yrs. Interpersonal Academic Skills. & Confidence, and Cognitive KinderClub: 3–5 yrs. PRICING &

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YMCA Office b io’s Program Since 1981 707.544.1829 Montessori School

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YMCA Program Office The Y isConfidence, a non-profit community based organization. and Cognitive 9291 Old Redwood Hwy., Bldg. 300D 707.544.1829 Financial Assistance is available. 838-1260 • Academic Skills.

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The Bridge School. Located in Central Santa Rosa, 1625 Franklin Ave. Year-round full/half–day. Rich nurturing environment. Center based program for ages 3–5 with separate 2’s program. Caring, qualified teachers. Julie & Andrew Day; owners. Lic.#493005697. 575-7959.

Playtime Daycare/Preschool Join our loving family. Spacious playroom, large yard, meals provided. CPR & first aid certified. M-F. Infants & up. Call Wendy 539-7524. Lic. #04746.

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The Summer Vacation Blues So Many Kids, So Much Time By Holly Hester


t happens every year. I’m at some end-of-the-school-year party and someone will ask me, “So, what are you doing this summer?” I smile and try to sound excited about the fact that we have nothing planned, and we’re just going to relax and take it easy, but secretly I’m thinking, “OMG, what am I going to do with them all summer? I’m suddenly in charge again? All day? No set place to go? No time to be anywhere? The Fun Plans begin and end with me?” Noooo! And the question of “What are you doing this summer?” doesn’t end. It will go on and on until the end of summer when the question changes to, “What did you do this summer?” Sometimes I feel like this question is just a way of making conversation and other times it seems very pointed—like summer has become a competition. Once again it’s the Organized Moms against the Disorganized Moms and the category is Summer. I imagine the Organized Moms hanging huge calendars with cute little drawings of suns and sand castles on them, each day assigned with outings: “Beach Day!” “Music Festival!” “Off to Tuscany!” 34 SonomaFamilyLife

And here I am walking on the porch past a clump of rain boots that I still need to put away. But what summer actually is—a break— isn’t a very American idea. Busy is the only thing that means anything in America: busy means success, busy means happy, busy means money. So when you ask average Americans how

The Fun Plans begin and end with me? Noooo! they are, most often people will say, “Oh, I’ve been so busy!” While this may be true, we also know it’s the answer that gets the best response. Other countries celebrate the joy of a slower pace, one that puts family and happiness above work. I remember reading an article about an American family that moved to Sweden. One night the dad stayed at work to catch up on a few things, and his boss caught him and actually got angry: “What are you doing here? You should be home with your family!” Can you imagine that happening here? And think of all the countries that actually take a huge break in the middle of every

day to eat and rest? Businesses close down, families have lunch together, and people take naps under trees, waking up only briefly to sing (or at least that’s what I imagine). In Italy there’s a phrase, dolce far niente, which roughly translates to “the sweetness of doing nothing”— now there’s a country that has its priorities straight. But I’m American, not Italian. So when summer comes, I need to remind myself that, as sweet as it is, it’s almost impossible to just instantly switch into “doing nothing” mode. And that’s okay. Perfection isn’t the key. The goal is to have no goal. I thought it might help me to put up a calendar of my own that just has little hand-drawn pictures of me lying down with a glass of wine in my hand…but really, that would take too much effort. And besides, there’s a Popsicle in the freezer with my name on it. Literally, the kids wrote names on all the Popsicles so there could be no stealing. Dolce far niente... ¶ 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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