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FUN activities & events


Day Events for Every Dad

Splash Summer Schedule

Cooking with Kids



Youtubers Unite

Prepared For College. Prepared For Life.


Congratulations to the Class of 2014 Colleges they will be attending this fall

Academy of Art University The University of Alabama American Academy of Dramatic Arts/West American University Angelo State University Arizona State University The University of Arizona Auburn University Ave Maria University Azusa Pacific University Bay State College Baylor University Benedictine College Bentley University Bethel University-MN Biola University Boise State University Boston College Boston University University of California, Berkeley Davis Irvine Los Angeles Merced Riverside San Diego Santa Barbara Santa Cruz California Baptist University California Institute of the Arts California Lutheran University California Maritime Academy California Polytechnic State University, Pomona California Polytechnic State University SLO California State University, Channel Islands Chico Dominguez Hills Fresno Fullerton Long Beach Monterey Bay Northridge Sacramento Stanislaus Carroll College (Montana)

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Feature Stories

10 YouTubers Unite

The positive side of online videos.

14 Start a Family Vlog

Get started in three easy steps.

15 Craft Fun For Father’s Day Fun projects to work on with dad all summer long.


16 Ways For Kids To Avoid The Summer Slide Fun and educational things to do as a family this summer.

18 Chopstick Noodles

Get your kids to try whole new worlds of cuisine.

20 A Father’s Journey Rod Stewart, Robert De Niro, George Lucas, and Bob Padecky, do it their way.

20 Our Editor’s Picks for Father’s Day Find the perfect event to celebrate how much you love dad.

24 Public Pools Ready for Summer Cool off at these great pools.

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26 Calendar of Events The 77th Annual Stern Grove Festival


Dear Readers


Bits and Pieces

Common Ground

38 Marketplace

Petaluma Academy

42 Humor Break

The World Cup in Brazil

Free Breastfeeding Support

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

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Dear Reader The start of summer is such an exciting time for school kids. Suddenly there’s extra time to try new things and warm weather for swimming, and possibly a little breathing room to sleep Sharon Gowan in. Parents sometimes Publisher/Editor worry that kids are going to be bored or lose the progress that was made over the past year. Don’t worry. We’ve got great ideas for having a wonderful, healthy, and educational summer. Your kids may want to spend time watching online videos this summer. These get a bad rap, but there’s some truly inspirational vloggers out there that are worth watching. Check out what your kids are watching to make sure they are finding healthy content, or even better create your own family vlog. Find out about VidCon on page 10 and how to create your own vlog on page 14.

And don’t forget about Father’s Day this month on Sunday, June 15th. From tractors to jazz, Sonoma County offers a range of wonderful events to celebrate dad—check out our editor’s picks for great events that dad will love on page 20. Every father has their own journey into fatherhood, but Bob Padecky’s story is truly unique, find out why and what he learned on page 20.

Office Manager Patricia Ramos

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And on those hot afternoons when you’re kids are whining, “I’m hot!” we’ve got the schedule of the county’s public pools. We also have ideas to prevent the summer academic slide on page 16. And don’t forget to cook some delicious food with your kids this summer. John Corippo shares some yummy “chopstick noodles” your kids will adore on page 18.

Jolie Cook Renee Nutcher Karlon Baker

Features Editor

All of us at Family Life wish you a delicious, fun-filled splash of a summer!

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Marketing Jordan Lewis


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Common Ground This free interactive music workshop for youth on Sunday, June 8th at 11 a.m. at the Raven Theater at 115 North Street in Healdsburg will allow students in grades K through twelve to spend time with jazz greats, Charles Lloyd on saxophone and legendary table player Zakir Hussain. They will be joined by Kathak dancer, Antonia Minnecola. This rare musical gift to area students is free, but must be reserved in advance by calling 707-433-4644. ¶

etaluma Academy is a new independent, small, coed day school offering a kindergarten/ first grade combination class for the 2014–2015 school year. They offer a limited class of fifteen students and seek to develop a love of learning and to nurture each child’s unique gifts. They embrace diversity and support sustainability and offer a well-rounded array of “Forte Programs” or specialty classes to support students’ learning, including dance by Love2Dance, Engineering with Play-Well TEKnologies, fitness by Mini Sports, and Hands on Science Lab by Mad Science. Check out for more information. ¶

The World Cup in Brazil


razil is home to samba, amazing carnivals, caipirinhas, and some of the biggest soccer fans in the world. Be a part of the excitement by watching the World Cup starting on June 12 in Brazil starting with Brazil vs. Croatia at 3:30 p.m. (ET) in Sao Paolo. Watch it on ESPN and include your kids to get them excited about soccer—the most popular sport in the world with over three billion fans worldwide. Show your children where Brazil is on a map, learn some Portuguese words (jogar futebol=to play soccer, chuteiras=soccer shoes, gol=goal), and mix up a Brazilian smoothie. Then watch the U.S. soccer team (ranked 13 in the FIFA/Coca Cola World Rank) play Ghana (ranked 37) on June 16th at 5:30 p.m. (ET on ESPN) at the Estadio das Dunas in Natal. The tournament will conclude on Sunday, June 13th at 2:30 p.m. (ET) at Rio de Janeiro’s famed Estadio Do Maracana. Watch it on ABC. ¶

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

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ometimes a baby can’t latch on properly when nursing or the baby isn’t gaining weight—sometimes nursing moms need help. As part of women’s preventive services under the Affordable Care Act, new insurance plans are required to cover lactation consultants, breast pumps, and supplies.

The National Women’s Law Center has a new toolkit for nursing mothers who encounter problems with this coverage. It includes background on the new benefits and what they include, detailed instructions on how to find what your health plan covers, information on how to appeal if the plan denies coverage, and draft appeal letters tailored to commonly encountered scenarios. Go to or call (866) 745-5487 or email ¶


atching a ball game with dad becomes an event when you get out of your house and go to the game. Who doesn’t love buying some peanuts and a hotdog and yelling your lungs out for the home team? Get out and make some memories with dad at the San Francisco Giants vs. the Colorado Rockies game at AT&T in San Francisco on Sunday, June 15th at 1:05 p.m. The first 20,000 fans receive a free Giant’s Father’s Day necktie. or if you prefer, the Oakland A’s are also playing the New York Yankees on Sunday, June 15th at 1:05 p.m. at the Coliseum in Oakland. ¶

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Members of the Shaytards assist with the t-shirt cannon at the premiere of the Vlogumentary

YouTubers The Positive Side Unite: of Online Videos By Shannon Miller


or many, YouTube brings to mind cute cat videos, the latest viral video, or comic antics on But, the online video-sharing site is also an online community of regular people, self-styled comedians and philosophers, families, and youth who want to share ideas and observations and find support. It’s all based on one simple idea: sharing honest stories and opinions brings people together and creates common understanding.

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Shaycarl, vlogs while his daughter sings a Taylor Swift song.

Don’t believe it? Just ask any of the thousands who attended the VidCon Convention in Anaheim, CA, at the beginning of August last year; the three-day gathering drew close to 13,000 YouTube users—proving that the online video service has become more than a cadre of solitary, anti-social teens shut in

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their rooms; it’s an active culture that enthusiastically embraces online learning, entertainment, and sharing with each other in a forum that reaches millions of all ages worldwide. We often hear about the negative aspects of excessive computer use (violent video games, inappropriate Facebook postings and online stalkers to name a few), so it’s refreshing to find thousands gathering to celebrate the positive power of the Internet with mottos like DFTBA (Don’t Forget to be Awesome). These are kids, adults, and families who have one thing in common: vlogging, (or blogging by video). Whether as creators or viewers, they are hooked on this online world and the spotlight it shines on the travails, tribulations, revelations and celebrations that many of us think we go through alone. With millions of viewers, advertisers have caught on and support popular vlogs—much like a television show. The phenomenon is now a documentary

Fans line up to speak to vlogger, Charlie McDonnell.

called Vlogumentary. The two-minute trailer debuted at Vidcon on Aug. 3, 2013 and by Aug. 12 had more than 850,000 views ( com/watch?v=gVvCA-q64Oo). VidCon, started by the Vlogbrothers— popular author John Green and musician Hank Green—is a time when YouTubers and fans interact in person. Expo Hall booths host popular YouTube channels, interactive displays and great geek swag for sale— like “Internet killed television” t-shirts. The Discovery Channel’s thirty-foot mechanical shark chomps bikes and furniture while attendees relax in the free game zone. Hundreds lined up for autographs from YouTube “stars” (or politely mobbed them in the lobby), while upstairs panels dissected the mechanics, ethics and logistics of vlogging.

VidCon creators (from left) bestselling author, John Green, and musician, Hank Green, sign autographs and share a laugh.

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One of these stars are the “Shaytard” family from Idaho, a family that began vlogging daily nearly five years ago and now have close to 1.5 million viewers. They engage the audience like longtime friends, and people fall in love with them. And they have spin-off channels: Shaycarl’s, Shayloss chronicles Shaycarl, the father of the family’s, one hundred-pound weight loss and the mother of the family’s vlog, Momtard’s, The Mom’s View, “where life, love, and family come first.” “It’s about the community. That’s what is great about the Internet. You can share opinions,” Shaycarl says. Sharing your family’s daily life with millions is daunting, but the Shaytards share family challenges to make parents laugh and feel better about all of the embarrassing, frustrating, worrying, and heartbreaking issues that parents lose sleep over. “We want the videos to be fun and over the top, but then we also see [viewers] comments and know everyone has tribulations. Our goals are to have positivity and lift everyone up,” Shaycarl says.

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Calvin (right) presents Wayne and Lori Earl with a certificate naming a star after their daughter Esther.

YouTube has treated the family well. “I never imagined this would happen,” Shaycarl notes. And vlogging has its downside. “Because we get a lot of hater [negative] comments, we try to teach [the kids] that those people are usually going through something in their own lives. [Our son] has been bullied, he knows what it’s like. So, he’s stood up for others when they go through that,” Momtard says.

YouTubers adore meeting people like the Shaytards. “Oh my gosh, I love it here so much,” says Novato High School student Catrina Callas. Another well-loved vlogger who made a difference in the world is Esther Earl, a sixteen-year-old YouTuber who passed away in 2010 from thyroid cancer.

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Her vlogs were more than a diversion, her parents, Wayne and Lori, say, “She found new avenues for meaning, investing herself in growing online friendships, She (was) embracing her self-proclaimed nerdiness as she dispensed advice, all-night talkfests,

“It’s about the community. That’s what great about the Internet.” — Shaycarl, YouTube Vlogger and free hugs.” Her poignant vlogs attracted John Green’s attention and they became fast friends. In that spirit they created the This Star Won’t Go Out Foundation in her honor (Esther means “star”) to


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assist other families struggling with life-threatening cancer. And Esther’s dreams live on with Esther Day—created by John Green on Esther’s birthday (Aug. 3) for people to connect with those they love. On Aug. 3, YouTubers presented Esther’s parents with a certificate naming a star in her honor. For Wayne, it’s a reminder of what Esther stood for before she passed. “These are energetic, compassionate young people who want to make a positive difference in the world. How can you want anything else for your kids,” he says. That’s why the Greens launched VidCon in 2010 and it continues to grow. It’s also why they

pledge to keep the gathering as noncommercial as possible. “Over the last four years, we’ve had a lot of people telling us to sell it to a big media company or take investments or do whatever the sponsors tell us to do. And saying ‘no’ to those ideas always has been the best thing,” Hank Green says.

place to be, it’s probably a good place to be, as long as you have a lot of support,” Hank shares—useful words of wisdom that sum up what VidCon is all about. ¶ This year’s VidCon will be on June 26-28 at Anaheim Convention Center. For more information check out

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Start a Family Vlog By Jordan Lewis


o you want to create a video blog or vlog with your own family? First check out to see some popular family vlogs and think about how your own family will stand out. Next start planning! Here are the three stages of video production to keep in mind while becoming the next big thing.

shot. If you are shooting at multiple locations and plan to edit back and forth be sure your camera is able to “white balance” before every shot to keep color consistency. Many family vlogs feature testimonials and or footage of their kids doing fun activities. Taking multiple shots and having fun during the shoot will contribute to a more interesting vlog.

Stage 1: Pre-production The pre-production stage is the planning stage. The more time you spend planning the less headaches you will have in the production and post-production stages.

Stage 3: Post-Production The last and final stage is where you sit down and edit. This always takes longer than you expect. Give yourself plenty of time, especially if you are learning new software.

First figure out your vlog’s angle. Do your research. Find out if there are any other vlogs out there that are similar to your concept and pinpoint what it is you like about the vlogs you follow. Then write a synopsis of your vlog and a script or talking points for at least the first five episodes. Then keep a running list of ideas for future episodes. Also think about shot locations and how they will contribute to your story.

If you are using Windows you can download a free basic video editing program called Movie Maker from Microsoft’s website. If you are using a Mac you can download iMovie.

If you don’t own video production equipment, research cameras and/or camcorders that suit your needs, as well as mounts, lighting equipment, sound equipment, and software. B&H is a great resource for finding video equipment. Stage 2: Production When shooting your vlog, keep in mind lighting, camera movement, sound, and where things are positioned inside your

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When the video is complete, be sure to watch it multiple times before publishing it to make sure that the flow of the video is smooth and sound is in a normal range. It’s always good to have a trusted friend take a look at your work and give you feedback. Remember that an artist’s work is never completed, only abandoned. Of course you will want a polished video, but keep in mind that this is a vlog and part of its charm is its informality and the energy of a rough cut. Happy vlogging! Check out our attached video for helpful tips on creating your own vlog. ¶

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Crafts for Kids

Craft Fun For Father’s Day

And All Summer Long by Jessica Snowden

What you do:

Bubble Painting

1. Set up your paint. For each color, fill the bowl about half way with water.

Who says you need paint brushes to paint? With this project kids get to blow bubbles with their straw and make beautiful art in the process. It’s a little messy, so have kids wear a smock and have fun outside! What you’ll need: Liquid dish soap, food coloring, water, small bowls for each color, straws for each bowl, white paper, a covered flat surface to work.

2. Add ½ a tablespoon of liquid dish soap to the bowl. Then, add 1 tablespoon (or 10–12 drops) of food coloring. The more food coloring you add, the darker the paint will be. 3. Carefully mix the water and food coloring together with the straw. Do this for each color in its own separate bowl with its own straw.

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5. Do this for each color. When you like the way your artwork looks, 4. Blow air into the straw to create bubbles. place it somewhere flat to dry. Now, place the paper on top of the bowl. You can do several pieces that will The bubbles will paint theSchool paper while Wings After all look different. ¶ Martial & Arts they pop. Program


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Boredom Busters For All Ages

Ways For Kids To Avoid The Summer Slide

By Christina Katz

ou have probably heard about the summer slide—the way kids can lose a lot of the skills, knowledge and motivation they had during the school year over the lazy, hazy days of summer. And though I am sure you don’t need your child to become the next Einstein or Madame Curie, you probably want to make sure your child will retain all that was learned last year in order to be prepared for the academic year to come.

The key to keeping summer fun and instructive is to mix up a variety of educational play. This is also a great way to stave off the inevitable choruses of “I’m bored” or “We’re bored.” This summer, set a tone that a little learning is an important part of each day, so kids still enjoy the relaxation of summer while keeping up the habit of learning. Here is a roundup of eleven ways to keep your kids’ minds active all summer long, so they will have a happier summer and you won’t worry about the transition back to school come fall:


Ask for insight. Check with your child’s teacher before school gets out to see what kinds of educational goals she recommends for your child. Don’t compare your

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children’s academic performance to siblings or friends. Everyone learns and grows differently. Aim to support your child wherever he or she stands academically right now to maximize enjoyment of learning.


Sign up for your library summer reading program. Set a minimum reading time each day of thirty to sixty minutes. Or break reading time into two thirty-minute chunks—one for a parent-approved book and the other for whatever your child chooses to read. The library offers lots

of variety, and summer is a great time to check out age-appropriate comic books and graphic novels, as well as cookbooks and biographies.


Visit museums in your area. Find out in advance when the free days are to visit local museums and learning centers. Opt for a guided or non-guided tour, as your family prefers. Be sure to check out the gift shop on your way out for inspired games and toys.


Plant a garden together. Use illustrated gardening books by Sharon Lovejoy to find projects that suit the personalities of your family and kids. If your family loves pizza, plant a pizza garden. If fresh salsa is your thing, plant a salsa garden. Think about what your family likes to eat and plant accordingly.


Play store. Pull a portion of the food in your cabinets and pantry out onto the countertops. Let kids use real money, price items, break out the calculators, and do the math. Make playing store an all-day affair or a weekly occurrence, if your kids enjoy it.

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Make the game as simple or complex as suits your children’s ages.


sport and enjoy whatever they serve. Very young children can do the same, only with make-pretend food.

Visit local nature centers Audubon societies, and nearby gardens. Make a list at the beginning of summer and plan to hit all the regional natural destinations all before the first day of school. Then plan a weekly outing and bring along a picnic. To review what you saw and learned on the way home, play “I Spied,” instead of “I Spy.”


Research a future vacation. Let each child pick their own destination and figure out what it would cost for the family to spend one week there including airfare, transportation, meals, hotels, and everything else. Have them present their proposed vacations to the whole family by showing the math writ large on posterboard. Who knows, they just might talk you into a trip you hadn’t thought of yourself.

Visit friends and family around the world. Start with a list of friends and family you know all over the globe. Then once a week, take an hour to really explore that destination via Google Earth and by researching online information. Expand your geographic horizons further by video-calling your friends or family and informally interviewing them about the area where they live. Post a map on the wall and stick a tack in each location you virtually visit. ¶



Let them plan a meal. The kids can become chefs for the day, including the jobs of finding the recipes, making the grocery list, cutting the coupons, doing the shopping, comparing brands, and cooking up a storm. Then be a good

Measure and mix. Put the kids in charge of desserts for the summer. Make sure they create some healthy choices like fruit pops or sorbet as well as delicious baked goodies like pies, cakes, and cookies. If they get carried away, let them have a neighborhood bake sale.


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Cooking with Kids

Chopstick Noodles

John Corippo’s son, Robby , whipping up some marinade.

Broccoli Beef with Sesame Noodles.

By John Corippo


s a kid I was a picky eater. Condiments, sauces, and “strange” looking foods were exiled from my plate. I wouldn’t eat BBQ sauce, mustard, mayonnaise, asparagus, and don’t even get me started about ketchup. In short, I made life difficult for my family because my demands for culinary “normalcy” dictated dinner time. It wasn’t until I went to college that I began to broaden my culinary horizons. My friends forced me to comply and try new things. One day after fire academy a good friend of mine wanted to get some Thai food. This was uncharted territory and thus unacceptable. My friend didn’t care. He kidnapped me and I had to face the torture of sitting at a table filled with dishes I couldn’t pronounce and filled with ingredients I couldn’t easily identify. That first bite of pad Thai truly was a revelation. I tasted each and every dish on the table with the same results, not only was it delicious but it awakened a curiosity that I had never known was in me. What else had I been missing? From that day I have been a much more adventurous diner and try to make myself try new things when the opportunity presents. When I became a father, one of my fears was that my child would be just as picky about foods as I was. So I created a rule for my family—at our table you have to try everything on your plate. It works. Sure we have some battles and tears have been shed, but in the end my boys find they enjoy

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most new things. They definitely have a much larger taste palette than I did at their age, or even when I was twenty. My kids are more willing to try things if they have a hand in helping prepare the dish. By letting them clean the veggies or mix the sauces they become naturally curious about what it is they are making. Both of my boys ask to smell the different ingredients and ask a lot of “why” we are putting ingredients together. It gives them an incredible sense of accomplishment when we dish up the dinner that they “made.” Broccoli Beef with Sesame Noodles is a favorite in our home. Ironically one look at this dish as a child and I would have threatened a hunger strike and barricaded myself in my room. Although this dish can look exotic, its taste is absolutely comforting. The addition of Wonnie’s Hot and Spicy Korean BBQ sauce takes this dish from great to wow! My kids call this meal Chopstick Noodles and have a blast using chopsticks (with the plastic holders to assist) to grub down and then ask for seconds. Try it. It will find a place on your table year round, being just as delicious in the dog days of summer as it is during the wet foggy winter. In fact, when and if there are ever leftovers it is perhaps even better served cold the next day, and then the real battle is on! John Corippo is a husband and father to two sons that lives in Ukiah. John is also a fire captain, paramedic, hazmat specialist, journalist, college instructor, avid sports fan, and stand up paddleboard representative.

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Broccoli Beef First, marinate the meat: • 1/2 tsp. baking soda • 1 tsp. sugar • 1 tbsp. cornstarch • 1 tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce • 1 tbsp. water • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil • 1 1/2 lbs. flank steak or any steak such as tri-tip, London Broil, or New York, sliced into thin strips Whisk together the baking soda, sugar, cornstarch, soy sauce, water, and vegetable oil. Toss the steak with the marinade in a gallon size Ziploc bag and work to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour. This is going to make the meat tender and allow it to grab the finishing sauce in the next step. • 1/2 c. low-sodium soy sauce • 2 tbsp. brown sugar • 4 cloves garlic, minced • 2 tbsp. flour • 1 tbsp. sherry, optional but finishes the sauce nicely • 2 tbsp. Wonnie’s Hot and Spicy Korean BBQ sauce, optional but essential for spice lovers • 2 heads broccoli (crowns only), bell pepper, asparagus, carrots, and whichever veggies you enjoy in stir fry • Vegetable oil 1. In a small bowl, stir together the soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, flour, sherry, and Wonnie’s until smooth. Set aside. 2. In a large wok or sauté pan, heat a tbsp. of the vegetable oil over high heat until shimmering. Add vegetables and sauté about 3–4 minutes, stirring often. Transfer vegetables to a plate. 3. Reduce heat to medium/high. Carefully add another tbsp. of oil to the hot pan. Add the marinated meat and sauté (give the meat a chance to caramelize and create a bit of crust), then add half of the sauce and sauté until the meat is cooked through and no longer pink. Stir in the vegetables and remaining sauce. Sauté 1 minute more. Serve over rice or sesame noodles. ¶

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A Father’s Journey

them, showed the birth month and year for both of us. She looked at the cards, looked back at us, back at the cards. I was at immigration control, getting scoped by a federal officer. She blushed. I’m sure I blushed. Noah stuck a finger in his mouth, savoring clearly the taste of his skin. All was right with the world again; he was wonderfully oblivious, and I was drinking in another unique moment of fatherhood.

Rod Stewart, Robert De Niro, George Lucus, and me By Bob Padecky


ou have a cute grandson,” said the very nice Kaiser Permanente receptionist. “You must be a very proud grandpa.”

“I’m not his grandfather,” I replied, “but I am very proud.” The polite, courteous smile vanished. Her face scrunched up in a knot, her head tilted to the side, her eyes narrowed, squinted actually. It was as if I just told her I was dating the Queen of England and we just had dinner at Denny’s and the home fries were terrific. Very puzzled, she was. Disbelieving to say the least. “You’re not the grandfather? Really? Come on,” she asked. Nope, I said. I was bringing in my one-year-old son, Noah, for a well-baby check at Kaiser’s Petaluma facility. Her response was not uncommon. In fact, it was quite common. I had some time to kill. So I decided to play along. “Guess again,” I said. “OK, OK, you’re the uncle,” she asked. 20 SonomaFamilyLife

Nope, I said. “A friend of the family’s? Nope. “But you know the family, right?” she asked. “Intimately,” I responded. This was more fun than I imagined. I also was noticing she was about to blow a head gasket. In a nano-second I realized I was entering some dangerous territory. She was silent, stumped, out of options when I broke the uncomfortable tension. “I’m the father,” I said. “No, you’re not,” she said somewhat kindly. I removed my Kaiser card and Noah’s from my wallet. I showed it to her. There, plain as the raised numbers on

Unique because I am sixty-seven, Noah is eight, and while it is not necessary, I wouldn’t mind it if another father close to my age with a son close to Noah’s age would meet me for the GrandSlam breakfast at Denny’s. We could chat it up and compare notes on what it has been like to go where few fathers have gone before. My wife Michele, nineteen years my junior, was ready to take the leap. I had one child already, Allison, from my first marriage. I would be 59 when my second child would be born. I knew I would be taking an uncommon journey. Gray hair usually is not the color for a new father. OK, OK, I know there are other “late” fathers out there. Their names are well known. George Lucas had a kid at sixty-nine, Robert De Niro was sixty-eight, Steve Martin was sixty-seven, Sir Paul McCartney was sixty-one and Larry King, Clint Eastwood, Nick Nolte, Hugh Hefner, Sir Elton John and Rod Stewart were all sixty-six.

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Compared to them I’m a baby. However, and this is just a guess, I’m not sure if all these dudes get up each and every morning at 7 a.m., make their kid’s lunch, take them to school, pick them up from school, guide their homework, give them a bath, and put them to bed. Splice in there the Little League games, flag football, trips to the Bay Area Discovery Museum, the Oakland Zoo, the California Academy of Sciences, to the ocean, to the park, and to creeks where the dirt and mud flow to the exhilarated sounds of children playing. I’m assuming those dudes might have some help. And that’s OK. There’s not

7.07% Just like our area code, 7.07 is the interest rate we reward to anyone under 20. A good way to teach good savings habits, eh?

I retired in January from being a four-column-a-week writer, but not from the craft itself. I love to write— falling head-first into the keyboard with my last breath would be an acceptable exit—but I love being a father more. It will be the best thing I’ll ever do. To send a compassionate and intelligent spirit out into the world, in the hope of making this a


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I’ll always be a child of the ‘60s, believing that one person can make a difference. a father, or a mother, anywhere, who hasn’t cried silently for help when their kid hits the temper throttle at 8 a.m. or 8 p.m. No one said being a parent is easy. At any age. But, really, it would be nice to pay someone $100,000 a year to do the laundry, fix breakfast and be there when his school calls and says your kid has head lice while you’re in San Francisco at a Giants game writing a column.

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SATURDAY: JUNE 21 10am–5pm For Adults only

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SUNDAY: JUNE 22 9am–1pm FREE For Families

FEATURING: Awesome talks, panel discussions, diverse break-out groups, meditation, yoga, rituals, song and more… Offered by dozens of amazing presenters of wide experience from many spiritual and psychological traditions. The Festival will showcase a wide range of spiritual and psychological practices, tools, and wisdom from many traditions that can support the creation of consistently loving, nurturing, nonviolent contexts for child-raising.

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Shaping Our

future Since 1975

better place, I can’t think of a more meaningful legacy. I’ll always be a child of the ‘60s, believing that one person can make a difference. I have two of them, Noah and Allison, twenty-seven. It is a surprise to me, still, that I have come to this place.

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For there was a time I thought being a parent was as much fun as herding cats. They don’t come when they are called. They are unpredictable. They are prone to sudden emotional outbursts. They scratch. They have a mind of their own. And they are damn expensive. But when I saw Noah for the first time in 2005 I felt the same as when I saw Allie for the first time nineteen years earlier. It all became very clear to me, what it meant to be a father, in that quicksilver moment when both kids took their breath outside the womb. Sounds goofy, I know, but in that moment I thought of Huey Lewis. In a “Rolling Stone” article years ago Lewis the rock star was asked what it was like to be a father. He explained it this way. His wife is walking across a busy street. Coming down a hill, hell-bent, unseen by her, is a city bus. It has lost its brakes. It is out of control. It is headed right for his wife. She can be saved but Lewis has to push her out of the way, giving up his life for hers. Lewis sees this. He pauses for a second, knowing the outcome, then runs, pushes her away. But if it’s his child? Lewis said there would be no pause, no hesitation, no doubt.

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That’s what it’s like to be a parent, a father. You surrender whatever you are, whatever you will be, for your kid. It is as natural a reflex as taking a breath. No one that has ever entered my life, past or present, here now or gone forever, will ever make me react so instinctively. It is a blessing beyond description, something beyond joy that comes with

No one will remember you with more affection and no one will forgive you as much as your children. the messy diapers, the tantrums, the potty talk, and the irrational outbursts that will mellow to maturity over time. “ ‘Sup, dawg?” Noah will greet me in the morning. Noah doesn’t know it, but he just made another deposit in The Father Bank. We cuddle watching “SpongeBob.” With an extended elbow he shows me his ‘owie’. I pet softly the fur of Angie the cat. He smiles when I give him that extra olive. He head-bumps my stomach, his ultimate sign of affection. That’s my kid. That’s his imprint. While all those World Series and Super Bowls and Olympics are glossy photos in my memory scrapbook, events permanently lodged, nothing pleases me more than when Noah asks me to tickle his feet. Barry Bonds never asked me to do that. I know I am not alone. I see it everywhere around here. That’s why I live in Sonoma County. I see the same goofy look on other parents at the playground. I never have to ask.

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I know. They know, too. That’s why we’re here. Sure, at these playgrounds, I’m grandpa to the people who don’t know me. That’s OK. I’m not offended. I would make the same mistake if I saw me. My age doesn’t end the parenting conversation; it just begins it. I am more patient, more receptive, and more appreciative of life. I’m sixty-seven and I have outlived some of my stupidities. I have shed some of my distractions. I have come to the conclusion that I am not perfect. In my children I see the chance to give them a smoother road than the one I traveled. In my imperfection I strive to give them the roots and wings I didn’t have, a safe place to land if their flight becomes too bumpy. It is the best thing I can do and sometimes, when I think of life like this, it feels like the only thing I can do. Or should do.

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So Happy Father’s Day to all of you dudes, young or old, rich or poor. No one will remember you with more affection and no one will forgive you as much as your children. You don’t have to wait until you’re fifty-nine to find that out. But if you do, think of the rewards. Someone approaches you on a playground. Depending on how you feel, you can be either the dad or the grandpa. If you want to acknowledge your inner devil, you can make it really interesting. In other words, you can shape fatherhood any way you want. Which, after all, is the whole point. Bob Padecky, father of two, spent 26 years as a local sports columnist. He recently retired, but not really.



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Our Editor’s Picks for Father’s Day

in Sonoma County Sonoma Huichica Music Festival

For the dad that loves music, the Huichica (pron. We-cheek-a) Music Festival is a must, featuring emerging and established artists and celebrated restaurants in an intimate and beautiful wine country setting at Gundlach Bundscu Winery at 2000 Denmark St. in Sonoma on Friday June 13th at 6 p.m. and Saturday, June 14th at noon. Tickets are between $55 (single day ticket on Saturday) to $120 (for a VIP two-day pass). Kids under twelve are free and there will be a kids’ zone with activities and games for kids on Saturday. Find out more at

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Santa Rosa Father’s Day Show and Shine Car Show There’s something about men and cars. Does your dad wax poetic about his first car and dream about owning a 1966 Shelby Cobra... who doesn’t? Then take dad to the annual free Father’s Day Car Show and Shine Car Show held at Julliard Park at 227 Santa Rosa Plaza on Sunday, June 15th at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and see some beautiful automobiles. There will be food and drinks, live music, raffles, and contests. Call 707-546-5500 for more information.

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Sebastopol Oysters and Whites Father’s Day at Dutton-Goldfield White wine and oysters are a summer pairing that can make a man smile, and not only why you might think. Filled with zinc, calcium, and copper, oysters keep a man strong and healthy. Kick off the summer and celebrate Father’s Day with a Saturday of oysters and white wine on June 14th from 10 a.m to 4:30 p.m. at 3100 Gravenstein Hwy. in Sebastopol. The flight will include three different whites, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, and Gewürztraminer paired with three oysters. Enjoy time with your family determining what pairs best. Go to for more information.



IN BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWN SANTA ROSA AT STOUT’S! Irish Favorites • Local Live Musicians Weekend Breakfasts • Daily Lunch Specials

Windsor Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast and Dad’s Tractor Show Bring Dad to the Windsor Farmer’s Market on Market Street in old downtown Windsor for a special Father’s Day pancake brunch by the Windsor Kiwanis from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, June 15th. After brunch, stroll through a local collection of old and new tractors at the free Dad’s Tractor Show. Does your dad think he knows old farm equipment? Bring him to the “What the Heck Is That? Contest” to win a prize for his knowledge. There will also be live music with the Rosetown Ramblers, a BBQ, crafts, and great produce and food at the market. Cotati Jazz Festival Did your dad play John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong, and Billy Holiday while you were growing up? Then bring him to this free and fun festival that takes place at La Plaza Park in Cotati where the main stage will have performers throughout the day from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 15th. There will also be music played at venues around town, including Brixx Pizzeria, Cotati Yacht Club & Gallery, and Dos Amigos. Come and take a dance lesson, drink wine, and eat great food. Get jazzy on the dance floor or just relax with a picnic under a tree and enjoy the music. Check out cotatijazz. com or call 795-5508 for more information.


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VertexCAMP Climbing SUMMER Camp will include: One full day of outdoor rock climbing at Goat Rock on Thursdays. The four indoor mornings will be spent doing awesome obstacle courses, playing silly games, and of course lots of rock climbing! Camp includes all necessary climbing gear, but does not include food. Dates, times, and pricing: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 9am-12pm. Thursdays 9am-4pm $185 per participant, per week. Each week the camp will alternate age groups as follows:

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Calendar of Events

The 77th Annual Stern Grove Festival


he Stern Grove Festival at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard in San Francisco is committed to providing free concerts from diverse performing artists. This year’s festival kicks off on June 22nd with R&B legend Smokey Robinson and R&B great Patti Austin starting at 2 p.m. The concerts continue through August 24th with legendary ’60’s psychedelic rock group, The Zombies, and San Francisco-based indie rock group, Vetiver, opening the show at 2 p.m.

The festival also offers fun activities for kids, including a series of interactive dance education programs for children ages four through thirteen. There’s also a KidsStage program for an hour before the Sunday concerts where teaching artists offer interactive activities for kids including crafts, dance instruction, and a classical instrument pettting zoo. Finally, there’s a kids camps where kids can learn from local talented teaching artists. Find out more at ¶

1 Sunday Hit the Road Jack Run/Walk. 2.2 mile scenic run & 10K. Proceeds benefit the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation. 8 am. Registration 6:30 am. $18 2.2 run. $40 adults 10K. Sonoma Plaza. Healdsburg Jazz Festival. Charlie

Musselwhite, Joshua Redman, Ron Carter, more thru Jun. 8. Various times. Various prices. Town of Healdsburg.

FREE Sonoma County Pride Parade.

Theme is “Free to Be!” Celebration follows. 11 am–3 pm. Main St., Guerneville. FREE All Day at California Academy of Sciences! Human Odyssey,

Earthquake Exhibit, Penguin Feeding. Golden Gate Park. San Francisco. Marin Home & Garden Expo.

Remodeling, landscaping, plumbing, security systems, solar, more. 10 am–5

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Bottle Rock Napa. 60 bands on four stages. Catch the last day of this amazing wine country music festival. 10 am. Prices vary.

2 Monday Studio Gray Annual Spring Dance.

Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Ballet, more

Let Dr. Rose put the “Spring” back in your step!

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Public Pools Ready for Summer


chool’s out, the weather is heating up, and the kids are hot. What’s a stressed out parent to do? Head to your local, public pool. Whether it’s just to cool off, chill out, or take advantage of swimming lessons, public pools are a great, affordable option.

Calistoga Community Pool—1745 Washington St., 942-2846. Features two pools, swim lessons, special events, adult swim, and youth and teen programs. Open June 7–Aug. 15 for summer hours. Recreational swim hours are Mon.-Thurs. 1–5 p.m., Fri.–Sun. 1–7 p.m. Go to for more information.

Petaluma The Petaluma Swim Center—900 East Washington St., 778-4410. Facility includes a 50-meter pool and a heated wading pool, as well as heated showers, a large deck, and picnic areas. Summer swim hours begin May 24 with a grand reopening celebration. Call for more information. Recreational swim hours will be Mon.–Thurs. 3:30–7 p.m. Fri. 3:30–6 p.m. and Sat. and Sun. noon–5 p.m. The Cavanaugh Pool—426 8th St., 778-4536. Facility includes a single pool. No picnic area, swim lessons, Aqua Zumba and other activities available. Full summer schedule starts June 3, Mon.–Sat. 1–4 p.m. Fees are $5/ adults, $4/seniors, $2/youth. Season pass for individual residents $225, non-resident $295, resident families of 2–5 season pass $265, non-resident $310.

Sebastopol Ives Pool—7400 Willow St., 823-8693. Includes lessons, adult swim, water fitness, day camps, and private parties. Summer hours are June 7–Aug. 17. Public swim Mon.–Fri. 1–3 p.m. and family swim 6:15–8:30 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. family swim 11 a.m.–2 p.m. and public swim 2–4:30 p.m. Cost is $4.50/adults or $40/10-visit pass, $3/junior or $25/10-visit pass, $3.50/senior or $30/10-visit pass. Go to for more information.

Santa Rosa Finely Aquatic Center—2060 College Ave., 543-3760. Summer hours are June 2–Aug. 22, Mon.–Fri. 1:30–4:45 p.m., Sat. and Sun 1:30–6 p.m. Ridgway Swim Center—455 Ridgway Ave., 543-3421. Summer hours are June 9–Aug. 17, Mon.–Fri. 1–4 p.m., Fri. 7:30–9:30 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 1:15–6 p.m. Fees for both pools are $5/adults, $4/youth 2–17, disabled, and seniors. Reduced-rate flexipasses available. Summer Family Pass (May 30–Aug. 17): $200 for unlimited access for up to five family members, additional family members $10.

Sonoma While there is currently no public swim facility in the Sonoma Valley, the Sonoma City government has been actively studying the feasibility of building a public swimming pool for the past several years. Sonoma Aquatic Club (aka Agua Caliente)—17350 Vailetti Dr. 939-8833. A private membership pool features hot springs mineral water in every pool. The facility includes a 90-degree indoor pool, an Olympic-size outdoor pool, and an outdoor jacuzzi. The facility is open year-round for swimming lessons, water aerobics, personal training, and recreational swimming. The pool is also home to the Sonoma Sea Dragons swim team. Hours are Mon.–Thurs. 5:30 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri. 5:30 a.m.–8 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Initiation fee is $100/ student, $500/family, $150/senior, with monthly dues at $35/student, $90/family (first two members, plus $10 per child, $20 per adult) and $53/seniors. ¶

Rohnert Park Honeybee Pool—1170 Golf Course Drive, 586-1413. Open year-round for lap swim and water exercise classes. Features include a one-meter diving board and child’s wading pool. Benecia Pool—7469 Bernice, 795-7582. Opens in June. Call for dates and times. Features include 18-foot waterslide and one-meter diving board. Picnic area and grassy area available. Magnolia Pool—1401 Middlebrook Drive, 795-8619. Call or go to for schedules and fees. All these Rohnert Park pools are available for limited private rentals.

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thru Jun. 5. 7 pm. $12 advance. $15 door. Spreckels Performing Arts Center. 5410 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park.

Individuals • Families • Events • (707)245-5321

Finley Aquatic Center Public Swim.

Cool off with a fun summer swim! Mon.–Fri. 1:30–4:45 pm. Sat. & Sun. 1:30–6 pm. $4 & $5. 2060 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa.

4 Wednesday FREE Wednesday Night Market.

Summer Camps

Live performances & fresh produce thru Aug. 20. Wednesdays. 5–8:30 pm. Downtown Santa Rosa.

Missoula Children’s Theatre June 23 – 28 FREE Weeklong Theatre Residency

FREE First Wednesday at Bay Area Discovery Museum. Creative play

for all children. 9 am–5 pm. Bay Area Discovery Museum. 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito.

Auditions: Mon, June 23 · 10am to noon (must be present for the the entire two hour audition)

For students entering 1st – 12th grades

Come see the show!

The Wizard of Oz

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Saturday, June 28, 2014 · 2pm & 4:30pm in the East Auditorium $13 adult • $9 child Tickets on sale now!

Draw It! Paint It! Sculpt It! Art Camp July 7 – 11

For students entering 4th – 7th grades

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New Song Music Camp July 28 – August 1

For students entering 3rd – 6th grades

June 9 - July 20 Mon - Fri 10am - 3pm Performances: July 17 - 20 Tuition: $500


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5 Thursday Will Durst’s BoomeRaging. From LSD to OMG. Uproarious tribute to the joys, achievements, frustrations & looming doom of the Baby Boom Generation. Thurs. Jun. 5 & Sun. Jun. 8. 8 pm. $20 general. Cinnabar Theater. 3333 Petaluma Blvd. N.


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6 Friday FREE Party on the Plaza. Rohnert Park farmers market, wine, beer & great entertainment thru Aug. 29. Fridays. 5–8 pm. Library parking lot & adjoining City Center Plaza. FREE Bodega Marine Laboratory Tours. Explore the dynamic

biodiversity of the Northern California Coast. Fridays. 2–4 pm. 2099 West Side Rd., Bodega Bay.

Junior Pirates can chart the summer seas with books June 2 through August 4 at Copperfield’s Books!

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Traditional Montessori Curriculum Ages 2 - 6 years old Kindergarten Program Summer Program

Books store or online at When you sign up, you’ll collect your Pirate log and be assigned a ship to chart the seas. When Junior Pirates finish a book, they enter it in their logs and come to Copperfield’s Books to receive a prize from the Treasure Box.

Want some ideas on what to read? Copperfield’s Summer Adventure Reading lists are available in our stores in June.

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Smaller Classes Enhanced Libraries New Technology Innovative Programs

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Rock-n-Glow Bowling. LED lane lighting & automated scoring. Special bumper-rails for kids. Fridays & Saturdays. 8–midnight. $9 per person. Windsor Bowl. 8801 Conde Ln., Windsor.

7 Saturday FREE Friedman’s Kidsworx Creative Workshop. Children’s

Museum of Sonoma County hosts fun science activities. 9 am–noon. Friedman’s Home Improvement. 4055 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa. Wine Country Quilt Show. Hundreds

of quilts & wearables, member boutique sales thru Jun. 8. Sat. 10 am–5 pm. Sun. 10 am–4 pm. $10 both days. Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium. 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa. Howarth Park Rides & Attractions.

Train, trails, carousel, jump horse, Relax. You’re at Great Clips ™

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Or Bring Your Own reusable bag.

Beginning September 1, 2014, single-use plastic bags will no longer be available at all grocery and retail stores in Sonoma County. • Stores must charge a minimum of 10¢ for each paper bag. • The ordinance is intended to reduce litter, keep plastic bags out of local waterways, and encourage the use of reusable bags.

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Rohnert Park: 360 Rohnert Park Expressway Santa Rosa: Coddingtown Mall 750 Farmers Ln. (by Ross) 2240 Mendocino Ave. (by Safeway) 750 Stony Pt. Rd. (by Starbucks) 1425 Fulton Rd. (by Raley’s) 2700 Yulupa Ave. (by CVS) Windsor: 9018 Brooks Rd. (by Mary’s Pizza) Healdsburg: 1017 Vineyard Plaza NOW OPEN Sonoma: 19217 Sonoma Hwy. (Maxwell Village Center) Terra Linda: Northgate One Shopping Center

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animal barn, pony rides, rope climb. Weekends. 11 am–5 pm. $2–$4 per ticket. Howarth Park. Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa.

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FREE Science Saturday at Environmental Discovery Center.

Tangible experiments & projects let children explore the natural world. 1, 2 & 3 pm. Spring Lake. 393 Violetti Rd., Santa Rosa. parks. Petrified Forest Meadow Walk.

See live oak, douglas-fir, madrone, manzanita, rare wildflowers & Mt. St. Helena. Weekends 11 am. Includes price of admission. $16. $15. Free under 12. The Petrified Forest. 4100 Petrified Forest Rd., Calistoga. Explore & Play at the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County! Inspire

creativity & stimulate curiosity thru playful exploration of arts & sciences.

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Concerts • Carnival Rides • Clo’s Kids Park • Culinary Pavilion • World’s Ugliest Dog® Contest & Dog Lovers Festival on Friday • Great American Pig Races • COnCeRTS: eddie Money • Brett eldredge • Creedence Clearwater Revisited • Uncle Kracker • Fiesta Latina

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A n n e B a ke r R E A L T O R

Helping my neighbors because I care.

Fridays. 9 am–1 pm. Saturdays. 9 am–5 pm. Sundays. noon–5 pm. $7. Babies Free. 1835 W. Steele Lane. Next to Schulz Museum. Flying Leap Improv. Tickets at door. 8 pm. $15. Studio Theater. 52 W. 6th Street, Santa Rosa.

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FREE Common Ground Jazz Youth Workshop. Jazz masters

Charles Lloyd & Zakir Hussain offer a free interactive music workshop for students K–12. 11 am. Raven Theatre. 115 North St., Healdsburg. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Marin Symphony

Presents. Seriously fun! 3 pm. $24–$70. Marin Center. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael.

The Ukiah Center offers

- Teacher preparation programs and master’s degree programs

National Trails Weekend. Help to

clean up the trails at Jack London State Park. Volunteers needed to keep the trails safe. 9 am congregate in Ranch parking lot. $10 per car parking fee. Jack London Historical Park. 2400 London Ranch Rd., Glen Ellen.

- Evening and weekend classes - Convenient location - Excellent reputation


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A Lifetime of Memories! Looking for a fun, exciting and creative place for your children this summer? Come join us!

Day Camp for Children 1st – 6th grade June 9-August 8 8:30 to 1:00, Monday - Friday Only $170 a week. Before & After Care at $5 per hour.

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June 2014

10 Tuesday FREE Kids Outdoor Summer Movies. Jun. 10: Monster University.

Jun. 17: Jurassic Park. Jun. 24: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Tuesdays. 15 minutes after sunset. Windsor Town Green.

Your donation funds programs to find missing children.

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Donate Your Vehicle. Help Keep Kids Safe.

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Peggy Sue’s All American Cruise.

Any condition. Free pick-up. Tax deductible.

Spend Father’s Day weekend at a car show! The Poyntlyss Sistars Band on Jun. 14. $80 to register car by Jun. 9. A Place to Play Park. 2375 W. 3rd Street, Santa Rosa.

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FREE Windsor Summer Nights on the Green. Live entertainment, family

lawn games, fresh produce thru Aug 28. Thursdays. 5–8 pm. Windsor Town Green. FREE Concerts Under the Stars.

Jun. 12: Foreverland: Michael Jackson tribute. Jun. 26: David Martin’s House Party. Thursdays. 5:30–8 pm. Montgomery Village. Santa Rosa.

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Featuring our tumblebug program for preschool aged children Boys & Girls Classes Recreation 6–12 Tumbling, Tramp, Camps Parties & Parents Night Out


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Hand-signed Card Line by award-winning Sonoma County photo artist Amy Erickson All cards are blank All packs are unique Specials change monthly Limited quantities


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Bring Your World into Focus • In House Optical & Lab • Licensed opticians • Thousands of frames in stock, including designer brands. • Accept majority of insurance plans • State of the art instruments

festival. Featuring Hunter Hayes with Joe Nicols, Darius Rucker with Eli Young Band, more thru Jun. 14. Fri. 4–10 pm. Sat. 1–10 pm. $49 day pass. Sonoma County Fairgrounds.

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Enclave at Adobe Creek’s Go Green Carnival. Carnival games,

face painting, raffle, food, free stuff. Electronics Recycling 10 am– pm. Goodwill Donations 10 am–4 pm.


Weekly sessions: June–Aug 9:00am–3:30pm M–F

Roller Skating & Blading Center

FREE Father’s Day Weekend Fishing Derby. Prizes for first fish,

biggest fish & heaviest fish! First come first served. 9 am–1 pm. Paradise Beach Park. 3450 Paradise Dr., Tiburon.

FREE Cotati Jazz Festival. Music, dancing, wine, food, booths, fun. noon–5 pm. La Plaza Park. Downtown Cotati. Father’s Day at Charles M Schulz Museum. Hang out with the Peanuts


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with light & color thru Sun. Launch 6:30 am. Food, crafts, kids playland until 11 am. $6 presale & kids. $10 at gate. Under 6 free. Keiser Park. Windsor.

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Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic. Annual event fills the sky

Geoff Muldaur. One of the great voices & musical forces to emerge from the folk, blues & folk-rock scenes. 8 pm. $20. Occidental Center for the Arts.

Public Skating • Fundraisers Private & Group Instruction

Teaching the art of the sword

Carnival noon–4 pm. Enclave at Adobe Creek. 1 Lakeville Circle, Petaluma. 778-1221.

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All Riding Levels * Ages 7 & Up Full Day & Half Day Camps Open


gang. Dads free all day. 10 am–5 pm. Santa Rosa.

Park-Cotati Library. 6250 Lynne Conde Way.

FREE Father’s Day Show & Shine Car Show. Entertainment, raffles,

Santa Rosa Toy Con 2014. Old

contests. 9 am–4 pm. Spectators free. Car registration $30 & $35 after Jun. 1. Juilliard Park. 227 Santa Rosa Ave.

18 Wednesday Sonoma-Marin Fair. Eddie Money, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Uncle Kracker, Brett Eldredge, and Fiesta Latina thru Jun. 22. $10 & $15. 176 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma.

school toy & comic show. Comic writers & publishers, Cosplay Competition, Chewbacca Roar Contest, Lego building competition, free play area, more. 10 am–5 pm. Sonoma County Fairgrounds. FREE Cartoon Documentary Stripped. Presented by Charles M.

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Booths, panel discussions, Sat. music at 8 pm. Fri. Free Intro. Day. 7:30 pm at Glazer Center. Sun. Families. 10 am–2 pm. $65. Sonoma Country Day School. 4400 Day School Pl., Santa Rosa.

First Aid • CPR Wilderness First Aid All training occurs on-site and at your convenience. (minimum of 8 participants)

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Classes are informative, stimulating and fun!

FREE Pam Brown Storytime Doggone Good! Enjoy stories, songs

Eric Peterson

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TypeA+ teaches computer keyboarding to students grades 2-8 Enrolling Now for Summer

Schulz Museum. Free evening hours. World’s best cartoonists interviewed, including first ever audio with Phil Watterson of Calvin & Hobbes. 5–9 pm. Santa Rosa. Astronomy Day & Star Party! The

Robert Ferguson Observatory’s three main telescopes will be open for viewing. Jun. 21 & 28. Solar Party 11 am–3 pm and Star Party 9 pm. $3 Adult. Under 18 Free. $8 parking. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd., Kenwood.




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FREE Exploratorium Market Days.

Open-air mini-festival that brings together museum with community scientists, artists, & educators. 3rd Saturdays thru Oct. 11 am–3 pm. Pier 15. San Francisco.

23 Monday FREE Wizard of Oz. Missoula Children’s Theatre weeklong residency! Auditions Jun. 23 10 am–noon. Grades 1st thru 12th. Performance Jun. 28. 2 & 4:30 pm. $13 adults. $9 children. East Auditorium. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. Santa Rosa.

26 Thursday Moonlight & Magnolias. Comedic farce set in 1939 about the writing of Gone with the Wind thru Jun. 29. Thurs. thru Sat. 8 pm. Sun. 2 pm. $20 general. $10 students with ID. Raven Theatre. Healdsburg.

27 Friday Kate Wolf Music Festival. Great music featuring Joan Baez, Los Lobos, Indigo Girls, David Luning, more. Great vibes, great fun, kids area thru Jun. 29. Camping available. Prices vary.

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A Place to Play. A Place to Learn. A Place to Grow. • Accepting 2–5 Years Old

• Before & After School Care Option • Positive Discipline: ~ Parenting tools using kind and firm techniques ~ Encouragement with mutual respect ~ Natural and logical consequences Pre K Classes Available for Academic & Social Kindergarten Readiness

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ENRICHING EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAMS Children’s Circle: 2.5–3.5+ yrs. Kinderclub: 3–5 yrs. Creative Thinkers: 4–5 yrs. Montessori In Motion: 3–5 yrs. 7:1 Ratio • Credentialed Experienced Teachers Quality Affordable Community Programs Register at the Parks and Recreation Office 9291 Old Redwood Hwy., Bldg. 300D 838-1260 •

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Discounted youth pricing. 9 & under free. Black Oak Ranch. Laytonville. One Singular Sensation. A night of

those irresistible Broadway production numbers thru Jul. 5. 5 pm. Pre-show picnic. Performance 7:30 pm. $42 general. Jack London Park. Glen Ellen. Claude Bourbon: Medievel & Spanish Blues. Finger-picking guitar

master instantly creates ambiance. 8 pm. $15. Occidental Center for the Arts.

28 Saturday FREE Stoney Point Ramblers. A traditional Old Time Group featuring tight harmonies & beautiful old time melodies. 2 pm. Sonoma Valley Library. 755 W. Napa St., Sonoma. Lavender Festival. Five-acre lavender

farm in full bloom. Educational demos, massage, plant sale, bubble lounge, thru Jun. 29. 10 am–5 pm. $15. in advance, $20 day of event. Free under 12. Sonoma Lavender Barn. 8537 Hwy 12, Kenwood.


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Call or visit us for more details & registration information. 707.544.1829 Riding lessons and camps

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Super Kids Camp Fun weekly themes, field trips, swimming, rock wall climbing, & so much more! An exciting, recreational, & educational experience for campers, ages 5-11. A full week of camp starts as low as $125 per week. Call, email, or check out our website for details.


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Classified Marketplace Camps Santa Rosa Symphony’s


JULY 7-26, 2014

Full-day (9am-3pm) & A La Carte Classes Available! For beginning and experienced students

Pony Camp! Weekly June 3 thru August 15

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SCIENCE! ART! GAMES! Each week is unique: See website for themes: Now 2 locations! SANTA ROSA: Rincon Vlly. / June 16– Aug. 1 / M–F 9:00am – 3:00pm. To enroll: call Santa Rosa Recreation Parks & Community Services: (707) 543-3737. AND... PETALUMA SCIENCE CAMP! June 23–July 14 / M–F / 9:30am– 1:00pm To enroll, call City of Petaluma Rec. Services: (707) 778-4380. QUESTIONS: (707) 793-2251

TGA Golf Camps Camps run from June 9 – August 15 At Washoe Creek GC, Cotati

emphasis on developing character while improving golf skills

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WE HAVE THE PLACE FOR YOUR PARTY A real airplane to sit in and play with the controls. Refrigerator available. Call the museum at 575-7900. See what we have!

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Delivery of Living-Plant Gifts

Art’s for the soul – a gift to the eye Life is too short, to even ask why

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We care for your pets as though they are part of our family! Op M o n d ae n y Saturdathru y

Animal Hospital of Sebastopol 707-823-3250

1010 Gravenstein Hwy, South Sebastopol



Santa Rosa Children’s Chorus

Carol Menke, Artistic Director Providing quality training and performance since 1984. Beginning-advanced levels Auditioning children ages 7-12


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Dance Center

Tap • Flamenco • Hip Hop Wing tsun • Salsa Ages 6–80 Rehearsal Space Available Carole Savoy, Director 5681 Redwood Drive • Rohnert Park 707 584-8058

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Supportive Counseling. Helping children and families with anger, stress, depression and healing from physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Counseling for parents. Kathleen Dunham, MFT. 829-7051. Se Habla Espanol.


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Classified Marketplace Schools

Childcare/Preschools Program of First United Methodist Church Year-round • Play based Ages 2 - 5 (Pre-Kindergarten) Excellent Teacher-Child ratios Open 7am-6pm

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Having The Talk

Kid Street Learning Center Charter School

Before They Can Talk

Workshops, individual and family consultations on how to speak to your kids about their bodies, how babies are made and more.

Professional Sexuality Educator Remi Newman, MA has over 10 years of experience 707-694-4030

Rigorous, Common Core Curriculum - Safe, Supportive environment - Free After School Enrichment Program

707-528-0889 Developing the Whole Child ages Play-Based Learning 3 to 5 hours 8 am to 3 pm,

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.

HELP WANTED Preschool Substitute Position Open

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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.

Linda’s House Day Care Call Linda Mish 584-5879


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Ode to My Husband On Father’s Day By Veronica Blaustein


am lucky to have such a hands-on husband to father my four daughters. As Father’s Day approaches I wanted to take a moment to reflect on all he has done for us….

He has never flinched at being asked to change a diaper, even though he blamed a recent knee problem on doing so. “Housemaid’s Knee” is what the doctor called it. I laughed out loud. “What?” I asked him. I mean, my guy is hands on…but he doesn’t clean the toilet, that’s for sure. He is terrific at giving the children a bath and has proved me wrong in thinking that water boarding is always a bad thing. My kids are actually getting used to it, I think. I don’t hear nearly as much screaming coming from the bathroom as I used to. And more time goes by before I hear them yelling, “I need a towel!” They come out very clean and eager to get their pajamas on. He consistently shows interest in having my kids eat healthy and asks that I do 42 SonomaFamilyLife

the same. I don’t stock sweets in the house, but I like to occasionally get them an ice cream or frozen yogurt. Daddy brought home Lays Potato Chips and Lucky Charms not too long ago. I tried not to say anything. I mean, potato is a vegetable, right? He’s always the bottom of the dog pile and has improved his ability to endure tickling (he doesn’t tap out

Whether he is scolding them or accidentally scalding them, they will never cease to come running when he gets home each day nearly as quickly as he used to). Although he won’t don a princess dress he has been known to dress a few Barbies (in between doing manly things of course). They can’t all write their name or read, but thanks to him, all four girls know who Darth Vader,

Yoda, and Luke Skywalker are. And thanks to him, I’ve had to work on making sure my five-year-old doesn’t say the “S-word”, not because Daddy has a potty-mouth but because he bought them his favorite childhood movie, Goonies. For all these things and more, my husband is favored in my household. In the eyes of our four girls he is always a hero. Whether he is scolding them or accidentally scalding them, they will never cease to come running when he gets home each day. At times this has had me both jealous and afraid; afraid of what’s to come for me as a mother to daughters and jealous that they don’t always show the same level of excitement when I get home. He has four little “Daddy’s Girls” who adore him and a wife who feels so honored to have a husband who doesn’t shy away from the hard stuff. He has attended countless parenting classes alongside me, gone to workshops, and read parenting books. Just as he wishes to improve in business, he is always looking at ways to be a better father. Everything he does, he does it with us in mind. He is far from a perfect father and husband, but he is the perfect husband and father for us. On Father’s Day, the only appropriate thing I can say to him would be “Thank You” and “Good Luck.” ¶ Veronica Blaustein is a local Sonoma County mom of four girls, ages 7, 5, 4, and 2. In addition to being a working mom, juggling a busy schedule as a realtor, she enjoys writing about her children and her life as a mother.

June 2014



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Sonoma Family Life June 2014  
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