Sonoma Family Life March 2024

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12 Features

12 Happy Campers

Ways to make kids’ first camp experience a positive one.

16 Prepare Your Teen for College

Doing these things help in the move away from home.

20 Pre-K and Shy Children

Supporting little ones in social situations.

24 Shamrock Central Fun ideas for going green this St. Patty’s Day.

March 2024

Every Issue

6 Dear Reader

8 Cooking with Kids

Shake & Bake

10 Bits and Pieces

Peer into New Worlds at a Science Fair

See Dinosaurs

Walk the Earth

Women in Music History

Fairytale Fun

Chinese Lunar New Year

Free Family Fun Day

26 Calendar of Events

34 Humor Break

Affordable Easter

Egg Alternatives

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Dear Reader

“Going green” takes

on new meaning in this month’s magazine when we share eight ways to celebrate the food, culture, art and traditions of Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day March 17 (page 24). We’ve also got an idea to involve the kids in the kitchen over spring break, with a Crispy Cornflake Chicken recipe that will have the whole family shakin’ and bakin’ (page 8)! And as everyone knows, all thoughts turn toward summer as soon as students get back to class after the break … so, parents will appreciate tips for preparing first-time summer campers in this issue (page 12).

There’s something for those who will be first-time students this fall

(page 20), in Family Life’s feature on building social self confidence and preparing shy children for the classroom. And we haven’t forgotten older students (page 16), who parents can help prepare for college with these 10 tips to practice now. As always, you can check out Bits & Pieces (page 10) for family fun or our calendar (page 26) offering something to do just about every day of the month. Last but not least, have a laugh over the price of Easter eggs (page 34), before March is through!

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Shake & Bake

Get the Kids in the Kitchen

This is “Shake and Bake” à la Momma Chef. Kids love to help with the shaking step of this recipe, but be sure to keep hands extra clean around raw chicken. Our family prefers chicken breasts, but boneless, skinless chicken thighs, are another option.

My kids go for the classic dipping sauce: Ketchup! I mix it up by adding a second dipping sauce for variety. A current favorite is 1⁄2 cup mayonnaise, 1⁄4 cup ketchup and a shake each of Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder and black pepper— YUM. Make the sauce ahead of time and chill it for several hours (or overnight!) in the refrigerator to maximize the flavor. Make this once, and it will become a favorite in your weekly menu rotation.

Karen Nochimowski is the author of the cookbook 6-Minute Dinners (& More!), featuring more than 100 simple recipes. Karen started and runs Momma Chef’s Soup Kitchen and Momma Chef’s Little Free Pantries. Part of her cookbook proceeds go toward feeding those facing food insecurity.

Crispy Cornflake Chicken

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Serves 6

1⁄2 cup zesty Italian salad dressing

4 cups cornflakes, crushed

1 teaspoon kosher salt

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease baking sheet with nonstick spray. Pour dressing into large bowl.

In gallon-sized zip-top bag, add cornflakes and salt. Dip chicken in dressing, then put in zip-top bag. Shake to coat all sides with cornflakes.

Arrange chicken in single layer on baking sheet. Bake uncovered 35 minutes or until the internal temperature reads 165°F.

TIPS: Dressing may be replaced by 2 eggs mixed with 1 tablespoon water. To add sweetness, drizzle a bit of honey on chicken before baking.

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Peer into New Worlds at a Science Fair

Explore your curiosity at this year’s North Bay Science Discovery Day. A free one-day public science festival designed to spark children’s sense of wonder, interest, and passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). With over 70 organizations and 100 hands-on interactive exhibits, there is something intriguing for everyone. Investigate rockets and robots, beehives and sharks, catapults and animation, hearts and animals, and more. Meet and talk to professional scientists and engineers. What an opportunity for all those who have their eyes on the future. Rain or shine. March 9. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Santa Rosa Fairgrounds. 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa.

Women in Music History

At the Jack London Piano Club presents “Women Composers Not Forgotten” Piano Concert, experience a unique example of feminine expression with the exquisite piano concert of music focused exclusively on women composers. Musical styles will feature a wide variety of classical, ragtime, and popular music, sure to please everyone. Performed on Charmian London’s 1901 Steinway piano adds to the authenticity and charm of this special Women’s History Month event. Located at the House of Happy Walls, Charmian’s former home and present museum, with refreshments served outdoors under the portico at intermission, weather permitting. Performance space is upstairs and reached only by stairway. Info on access: (707) 938-5216. March 17. 2-4 p.m. $20/includes parking fee. Park in the museum lot on the left as you enter the park. Jack London Historic State Park, 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. Seating is limited. Reserve tickets:

See Dinosaurs Walk the Earth

Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World in this interactive new dino-mite adventure for the whole family! Grab your compass and join our intrepid explorer across unchartered territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing dinosaurs. Using stunning puppetry to bring remarkably life-like dinosaurs to the stage, Dinosaur World Live presents a host of impressive pre-historic creatures, including a Triceratops and every child’s favorite giant carnivore, Tyrannosaurus Rex! March 6. 6:30–7:20 p.m. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa. Tickets: $21 Adult/ $16 Child. Lap passes for $5 available day of the show, in-person at the ticket office for ages 2 and under.

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Women Composers Not Forgotten

Fairytale Fun

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Chinese Lunar New Year

Chinese Lunar New Year

Imagine the brightly colored and captivating Chinese Lion and Dragon dancers moving with drama and grace through the halls of the historic Sonoma Community Center. Soak in the etherial sounds of the music and live poetry reading by Sonoma County Youth Poet Laureate Ella Wen. Enjoy the art display, and delicious refreshments. The Lunar New Year community day on March 2, will begin with a traditional Chinese Calligraphy demonstration by Sonoma Valley Council Member Jack Ding. Join in our celebration of this joyous, exclusive, public performance from the Redwood Empire Chinese Association (RECA). Bring your friends and entire family of all ages and generations! March 2. 3:30–7 p.m. free admission. Sonoma Community Center. 276 East Napa Street, Sonoma.

Free Family Fun Day

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Witches vs. Princesses

Happy Campers

Helping with First Camp Experiences

As you begin to consider the perfect day camp for your little artist, swimmer or scientist, you may worry because camp is unfamiliar territory. Help prepare your child for what’s ahead with these tips to make his or her first camp experience a positive one.

One, Two Buckle My Shoe:

The Basics Children should memorize full name, address and a parent’s cell phone number before camp begins.

Many day camps require closed-toe shoes and many activities need kids to get shoes on and off quickly. Practice tying shoelaces or consider Velcro shoes. Even then, do trial runs toward getting shoes on and off in a timely manner.

Children should be able to zip jackets and pants (or wear ones that pull on). Teach them to tie a jacket around their waist, if necessary.

For half-day camp, apply sunscreen before leaving; children who attend full-day camp should know how and when to reapply.

C is for Cookie: Stress-free Lunches Packaging often poses a problem for little fingers. Practice

opening wrappers and containers at home. Don’t assume camp staff will have time to assist everyone.

One in 13 children has a food allergy; it’s likely that someone at camp will, too. Swapping snacks sounds like fun, but it’s not safe for many kids. Cross-contamination


many first-time campers, enrolling with a buddy helps ease jitters.

can pose a big problem for kids allergic to nuts or gluten. Teach children not to share food and to respect other people’s space by not touching their lunchbox and food.

Stop yourself the next time you start to clean up after your kids. Teach children how to sort trash from recyclables, throw items in proper bins, and most importantly, not to expect adults to clean up after them.

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You’ve Got a Friend in Me: Social Skills For many first-time campers, enrolling with a buddy helps ease jitters. But it’s important to gain the confidence to make new friends. Review and role-play skills that show openness to making friends:

Practice how to greet someone new. Make eye contact and smile.

When someone says, “Hi!” teach your child to reply, even if she feels shy. Not responding may be misconstrued as her not wanting to be friends. Remind children to take turns.


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Discuss the idea that not everyone has to be friends—especially if your child is a people pleaser.

Almost There: Assertiveness Children should know how (and be willing) to ask for help when needed. Let camp know of any special needs ahead of time. Kids and staff can agree on a signal to get a staff member’s attention.

Camp is for trying new things. Let your child know he or she’s expected to participate in all activities …

Have kids practice asking for what they want (politely). Be sure he says “please” and “thank you” without your cue.

Practice simple, direct responses to communicate dissatisfaction when necessary, such as, “I don’t like that. Don’t do it again.” If an annoying behavior continues from another child, ask a camp counselor for help. Camp is for trying new things. Let your child know he or she’s expected to participate in all activities, and that it’s OK if they don’t do everything just right. A child who pouts or is unwilling to try new things may not be ready for camp. Kids who follow directions and are willing to venture into new territory have an opportunity to learn many skills that build confidence and independence. ❖

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Prepare Your Teen for College



to Do Now So They Are Ready

My son looked at me with dread in his eyes. He needed to find out about driver’s education classes, and there was minimal information on the website. I smiled and told him he needed to call them. He wasn’t sure what to do, what to say, or what to ask. He didn’t want to make the call, but he needed to.

As kids approach adulthood, there are things you can do to help them feel confident. From simple things like phone calls to more complex skills like financial planning, you can help your child prepare for college and more.

Life Skills

Cook simple meals: Yes, they will probably have a meal plan if they go away to college. But knowing how to make a few meals will help them far beyond their college years. Include them in food preparation:

Following recipes, measuring, and prepping ingredients.

Transfer healthcare: While you have been responsible for every aspect of their healthcare, they need to learn how to navigate their health: Making appointments, checking in, and sharing insurance information. Give them a chance to answer questions at doctor’s appointments and give them one-on-one time with the doctor. Letting go of the control in this area can feel hard, but the more you equip them to handle these things the easier it will be when they get sick and are away from home.

Run errands: Things that seem simple to us can be challenging for teens because they haven’t done them before. Give them a chance to run errands like grocery shopping or pumping gas. Even having them take the car in for an oil change or bring the dog to the groomer so they learn how to interact with service

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providers independently is helpful toward college and adulthood.

Self-care: This isn’t about relaxing or taking time for yourself, although that is a helpful thing to model and teach. This is about teaching your child things like hygiene, laundry, making a bed, wiping down counters, cleaning out the fridge, getting rest and exercise, and even managing time. While it is nice to do these things for them sometimes, make that the exception. In life, it is not typical for someone else to handle these things. Teach them how to do it now and they will be much better off down the road.

Financial Skills

Open a bank account: If children are under 18, you will need to be

on the account with them but many banks offer student accounts that can be opened as young as 15 and used until their early to mid-20s. Get an account with a debit card and teach them how it works as well as how to monitor spending.

As kids approach adulthood, there are things you can do to help them feel confident.

Pay bills: Kids need to learn how to pay bills on time. Even if they don’t have any official bills, teach them to contribute to their expenses such as cell phone or car insurance bills on a certain day each month.

Plan spending and saving: Have regular conversations about spending plans. Budgeting can sound intense for many teens, so instead ask questions to get them thinking about upcoming expenses or savings. For example: “I saw that the fair is coming. How much do you plan on spending when you go with your friends?” or “I know you’re hoping to get a computer before college starts. How much do you need to save each month to make that happen?” This will help your child think ahead about how to best use their money.

Learning & Professional Skills

Talk about plans: Have regular conversations about what options

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are available to your child. If they are going to college, make them part of the process and help them understand the financing. Whether you are paying for school, they are paying for school, or they are utilizing aid, clear communication is essential so they know what they are responsible for now and in the future.

Prepare documents: College requires paperwork. From resumes to applications, essays to scheduling, there are a lot of things to fill out. Let your child fill them out. Yes, you can answer questions. But help them take responsibility for their learning by handling this process. Consider setting aside a weekly time to answer any questions they may

have so you both have the time and attention you need for the tasks to be done.

Things that seem simple to us can be challenging for teens because they haven’t done them before.

Pay attention to deadlines: The college application process is full of deadlines. Taking tests, sending transcripts, completing admissions and financial applications, and sending deposits all have very specific deadlines. Discuss these with your child and expect them to

meet these deadlines. It is helpful to talk about upcoming deadlines together and even ask them to plan time to complete the tasks. Visual and digital reminders will help them stay on track so they meet any upcoming deadlines.

If you give them the opportunity to do these things now when you are available to help if needed, they will feel ready and better equipped to do these things on their own. ❖

Rebecca Hastings is a published author and former teacher passionate about authenticity, faith, and family. In real life, she can often be found typing words, driving her kids places, or wherever there is chocolate. Connect with her at and on Instagram.

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Pre-K and Shy Children Building Social Self Confidence

It’s normal for kids to feel shy around new people or situations but parents may worry their child is missing out on friendships because they aren’t engaging with others. Most reserved children maintain healthy relationships and enjoy social situations once they get over the hurdle of unfamiliarity. How can you support your shy child while encouraging them to enjoy participating in social situations?

One of the best ways to support a shy child is to put them in social situations they feel most comfortable in. If your child loves art but dislikes sports, they will be much more likely to engage with others in an artistic environment than on a sports team. When enrolling your child in preschool, camps, or attending play dates, keep in mind that they are much

more likely to open up and build relationships with other kids when they are doing something they love along with kids who have common interests.

Young kids may feel shy because they are unsure of how to act in social situations. Teach them social skills through role play, acting out scenarios they may come across or

using dolls or toys. Practice saying “Hi, my name is Avery. Do you want to play?” Go through the possible scenarios and how to respond. What would happen if the child said “No. You can’t play.” or what would happen next if they say you can play. Going through possible scenarios will help your child feel more confident in real life situations. “I encourage my kids to speak for themselves whenever possible,” said Amy Cameron, Olathe, Kansas mom of three. “They order their

Kids who are shy often feel more comfortable in small groups or one-on-one.

own food in restaurants and tell the doctor what their symptoms are. It’s so easy to speak for them, but I actively try not to.”

Kids who are shy often feel more comfortable in small groups or one-on-one. Help your child build friendships by hosting playdates. You know your child best and can invite other kids who are a good match, with common interests, and choose a location where your child feels confident.

Have a few planned activities to do together during the playdate and prompt your child. “Do you want to show your friend your toys?” or “Would you like to choose a board game?” or “Do you want to go outside and play on the swingset?”

Chances are, the kids will begin to talk, play, and find common ground they can build a friendship on.

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Positive Characteristics of Introverts

Being an introvert is often seen as a negative characteristic in our society. The truth is, introverts have many positive characteristics which deserve to be appreciated.

• When an introvert reaches out to a friend offering help, it means they truly care about that person.

• They are good listeners and have great observation skills.

• They take time to think of what they want to say before speaking.

• Introverts often develop close friendships and are trustworthy.

• They have the ability to focus on tasks and think deeply about concepts.

• They are comfortable with silence and usually very independent.

• Introverts often practice good self reflection and feel comfortable with who they are.

Kids who are shy may hold back at first but that doesn’t mean they don’t desire and enjoy friendships. By helping them develop friendships, you will help them overcome their shyness in a natural way.

Help your child build friendships by hosting playdates.

If your child is feeling shy at school, reach out to teachers for help. Teachers, coaches, and other adult role models in their lives can prompt them to speak up for themselves, participate in social situations, encourage friendships, and help them feel safe as they

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step out of their comfort zone. This can be especially helpful for preschoolers who are just starting their school career, helping make it a positive experience.

As your child matures, they may outgrow their shyness, but it’s important to remember that some kids are introverted. Not every introvert is shy and not every shy child is introverted, but they do often go together.

There is nothing wrong with being quiet and parents should be careful not to label or criticize their child for feeling shy or if they are naturally an introvert. Be patient and encouraging with your child. When they do step out of their comfort zone, praise them for the effort.

“As a mom of an introvert who is herself an extrovert, I constantly remind myself that we don’t need the same kind of experiences to feel fulfilled,” said Shawnee, Kansas mom, Kara Thomas. “It’s hard to resist the urge to push him into

Shyness is often a child’s response to new or scary situations ...

things that I would enjoy. I just always check in to make sure he’s enjoying life and when he needs some help, we brainstorm ways that meet what he needs.”

Shyness is often a child’s response to new or scary situations and is

common in preschool and early elementary children. It can be the result of emotions such as fear, anxiety, and nervousness which are often valid feelings in a new situation.

Try not to force your child to be outgoing but instead, gently encourage them. If you feel your child is dealing with extreme shyness where they are unable to speak or freeze in social situations longer than age appropriate, speak to your pediatrician for tips on how to best support them. ❖

Sarah Lyons is a mom of six children, including 9-year-old triplets. While she is an extrovert, she is a wife and mother to several introverts. She strives to encourage her kids to step out of their comfort zones while also celebrating their unique personalities.

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Shamrock Central

8 St. Patrick’s Day Activities

Going green has never been so much fun! St. Patrick’s Day is an excuse to celebrate food, culture, art, and tradition. Here are some ways to make it a blast for the entire family.

Share the Significance People across the globe celebrate the Feast of St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, on March 17, the date of St. Patrick’s death. St. Patrick was believed to be born in the late 4th Century in Britain. When he was 16, he was captured by Irish raiders and taken to Ireland as a slave. Six years later he escaped, and reunited with his family in Britain. When he became a cleric, St. Patrick returned to Ireland. He is credited with successfully spreading Christianity in Ireland, where he started monasteries, churches, and schools.

Go Green St. Patrick’s Day revelers usually participate in the “wearing of the green,” dressing in

shirts, dresses, and plaid kilts in shades of green. And you don’t have to limit green to clothing. For fun, dye all liquids green—think milk and the toilet bowl water. Make your kids lime Kool-Aid or gelatin. Use face paint to decorate faces with shamrocks. Wear green beads and emerald costume jewelry from the dollar store.

Create Clever Crafts For younger children, shamrock hats and headbands are easy to make, as well as rainbow-colored jewelry made with pipe cleaners and cereal or beads. For older children, mosaic shamrocks or tissue paper shamrock sun catchers are creative. Follow a “How to Draw” tutorial on YouTube

and learn to sketch a rainbow shamrock, leprechaun or Celtic cross. Paint Mason jars green and decorate with an Irish theme. Light them up by putting battery-operated fairy lights or tea lights in the jars. Make a clover crown with tissue paper or felt shamrocks.

Another easy idea is to supply kids with materials and see what they create! Material ideas: Green paper, pipe cleaners, beads, gold and green glitter, glue, green and white foam cutouts, markers and paint, paper plates, felt squares of all the colors of the rainbow, and marshmallows.

St. Patrick’s Day wouldn’t be complete without trying traditional Irish cuisine.

Compose Lucky Limericks

A limerick is a funny, five-line, one stanza poem. This nonsense form was made popular by English poet Edward Lear in the mid-1800s, but limericks were probably named for the city and county of Limerick in Ireland. Let your kids try their hand at writing limericks.

Visit to learn more about this poetry form. The website includes a free printable worksheet with the limerick rules and an example at the top, and lines for kids to write their own limericks at the bottom.

Find the Pot of Gold Plan a scavenger hunt with clues written on construction paper shamrocks. If someone in the family is talented at writing limericks, let them make up

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the clues. Scatter the clues around the house on a trail that leads to a black pot filled with gold candy coins. Split the candy among all the kids in the family so everyone gets a share of the loot.

Visit Virtually Even if you can’t go to a St. Patrick’s Day parade or celebration, there are still ways to soak up Irish culture remotely. Visit IB4UD at Irelandbeforeyoudie. com and view “10 Virtual Tours of Ireland’s Most Famous Landmarks.” See 360-degree views of cliffs, castles, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, and emerald gardens and forests.

Check Out Lit-up Landmarks

Since 2010, landmarks around the world light up on March 17

for a “Global Greening” initiative. Famous monuments and buildings light up green on St. Patrick’s Day, including Sydney’s Opera House in Australia, Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland Paris, the Las Vegas

Let your kids try their hand at writing limericks.

Welcome Sign, the Great Wall of China, the Empire State Building in New York City, the Coliseum in Rome, Italy and hundreds more.

Cook Up Irish Eats St. Patrick’s Day wouldn’t be complete without trying traditional Irish cuisine. has several Irish

recipes. Whip up some corned beef and cabbage, bake a shepherd’s pie, try your hand at soda bread or slow cook Irish stew made with lamb chops or beef. If you can’t make a feast, why not delight the family with a dessert like white iced shamrock cookies? Or go decadent with Dublin Drop Cake, Irish tea cake or Irish cream ice cream. Parents can top it all off with some Irish coffee.

Make St. Patrick’s Day fun and festive, and start a new green tradition with your family this year. ❖

Janeen Lewis has degrees in journalism and elementary education from Eastern Kentucky University and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Kentucky.

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March Calendar of Events

Friday 1

Just Between Friends Kids’ & Maternity Consignment Sales Event. The largest of its kind in Northern California Mar. 1: 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Mar. 2: 8–9 a.m. (Sensory), 9 a.m.–3 p.m. (4:30–8 p.m.: half-price presale). Mar. 3. 8 a.m.–1 p.m. (half-price sale). Admission: $4–$15. Platinum passes $75–$125. Sonoma County Fairgrounds. 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa. Tickets: tinyurl. com/55k4b3bd

FREE Sonoma Tennis H.I.T.S. Sonoma Community Tennis Nonprofit & the USTA offer tennis lessons

for ages 3–5 years. Space limited. Saturdays. Four sessions: 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. free of charge. Hanna Center Tennis Facility. 17000 Arnold Dr., Sonoma. Register:

Witches vs. Princesses Show. A Theater for Children production for young audiences. Pre-show activities begin 30 minutes before show. Mar. 1 & 8: 7 p.m. Mar. 2 & 9: 1 & 3:30 p.m. Mar. 3 & 10: 3 p.m. $7. Kid Street Charter’s Theater 709 Davis St., Santa Rosa.

The Sound of (Black) Music. A

classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, The Sound of Music, through a utopian, afrofuturistic lens full of love. 7:30 p.m. $25–$75. Green Music Center. Weill Hall. 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. Tickets: gmc.

FREE Teen Pride (un)Book Club. Everyone reads whatever they like within a single theme: Books that center on LGBTQIA+ voices. This is a safe & inclusive place for LGBTQIA+ teens (and allies) to connect. Snacks provided. Fridays. 4–5 p.m. Cloverdale Library. 401

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Advanced online registration encouraged:

Saturday 2

FREE Chinese Lunar New Year & Community Day. Year of the Dragon. Chinese Calligraphy demonstrations: 3:30–4:30 p.m. Redwood Empire Chinese Association’s Lion & Dragon performance with music, poetry, dancing & art: 5–7 p.m. Sonoma Community Center. 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma.

FREE Rialto Cinemas Family Matinees. Stuart Little. Family Matinees held the first Saturday & Sunday of the month Mar. 2 & 3. 11 a.m.–12:45 p.m. 6868 McKinley St., Sebastopol. sebastopol.

Public Star Party. Astronomical topics & telescopes are open for viewing. 7–10 p.m. $5–$15. 5 & under: free. Parking $10. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd., Kenwood.

Monday 4

Nature Explorers. Newest program for families to explore the art & science of the natural world. Mondays. 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Members free. Non-members: $16. Infants 11 months & younger: Free. Discounts available for qualifying guests. Children’s Museum. 1835 W. Steel Ln., Santa Rosa.

Tuesday 5

Early Release Enrichment at Veronda-Falletti Ranch. For elementary school-aged children who have 1/2 days on Tuesdays & Wednesdays. Provides farm, nature & art-based experiences, snacks

provided.1–4:30 p.m. Early care: 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. $10 a day & up. Veronda-Falletti Ranch. 175 W. Sierra Ave., Cotati. Registration required:

FREE Baby & Toddler Story time. Ages 0–36 months. Tuesdays. 10:30–11 a.m. SR Central Library. 211 E. St.

Santa Rosa. Other library branches will host this event. Full schedule:

Wednesday 6

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available day of the show, in-person at the ticket office for ages 2 & under. Snacks/drinks available for purchase. Luther Burbank Center. 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa. Tickets:

Learn to Ride a Bike. Windsor, Petaluma & Santa Rosa. Ages 5-11.

Step-by-step guided instruction, how to balance & get rolling. Bring bicycle with training wheels removed, & helmet. Hosted by Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition. Mar. 6: Windsor. Mar. 13: Petaluma. Mar. 20: Santa Rosa. 3:30–4:30 p.m. For full schedule, rates and online registration: tinyurl. com/y7bpzsaf.

Thursday 7

FREE Game On for Teens & Tweens. Games available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, & Xbox. Registration required. 3:30–5:30 p.m. Guerneville Library. 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd., Guerneville. Other libraries will also host this event. Branches/times:

Friday 8

Easter Bunny Photo Time at Santa Rosa Plaza. Activities & photos. Reservations encouraged. Walk-up guests welcome. Mondays–Sundays. March 8–30. Santa Rosa Plaza. 1071 Santa Rosa Plaza, Santa Rosa. Times vary, check full schedule: tinyurl. com/3ucp2uhu.

The Book of Will. Where Would We Be Without Shakespeare’s Works? Based on the 2018 award-winning  light-hearted comedy play, written by Lauren Gunderson. Mar. 8–9, 14–16, 21–23, 28–30: 7:30 p.m. Mar. 10, 17, 24, 31: 2 p.m. $29–$45. 6th Street Playhouse 52 W. 6th St., Santa Rosa.

Saturday 9

Easter Bunny Photo Hours. Coddingtown Center. No appointment necessary. Mar. 9–30. Easter egg hunt: March 30: 10 a.m. (free event). Mondays–Saturdays. 11 a.m.–7 pm. Sundays. Noon–6 p.m. Thru March 30. Coddingtown Center. 733 Coddingtown Center, Santa Rosa. Full schedule:

21st Annual Bluegrass & Folk Festival. Bring instrument to jam, then enjoy the show. Food & beverages on site. Workshops rain or shine. Gates: Noon. Festival: 1 p.m. $40–$45. Ages 11 & younger: free

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with adult admission. Sebastopol Community Cultural Center. 390 Morris St., Sebastopol. bluegrass-2024

FREE Family Day at the Museum of Sonoma County. Free Family Days held the second Saturday of the month. 11 a.m.– 5 p.m. Beginning Sculpture Making for all skill levels. Led by a local artist. Noon–2 p.m. Museum of Sonoma County. 425 Seventh Ave., Santa Rosa. events/?eid=10931.

FREE 2024 North Bay Science Discovery Day. For children, teens & families. 70 organizations & 100 hands-on interactive exhibits. Parking free. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sonoma County Fairgrounds.1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa.

Cuentos con Ritmo (Stories with Rhythm). Ages 1–5, siblings & family. Spanish story time with music & movement programs. Presented by Colors of Spanish. Members free. Non-members: $16. Infants 11 months & younger: Free. Discounts available for qualifying guests. Mar. 9 & 16:

10–10:30 p.m. Children’s Museum. 1835 W. Steele Ln., Santa Rosa. tinyurl. com/4ufady8d.

Second Saturday Cartoonist. Meet, watch & talk to illustrator Raul Higuera-Cortez, whose work includes the road-trip mystery San Expedito, Paranoir & others. Cost included with Museum admission. 1–3 p.m. $5–$12. Age 3 & under: Free. Members free. Charles Schulz Museum. 2301 Hardies Ln., Santa Rosa.

FREE Arbor Day Tree Planting Party. Family-friendly event to recognize Arbor Day & Luther Burbank’s Birthday. Plant trees & enjoy a birthday cake. 9 a.m.–Noon. Skyhawk Community Park. 5750 Mountain Hawk Dr., Santa Rosa. Sign up online: aspx?eid=105.

Sunday 10

AVFilm’s Annual Red Carpet

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FREE It Starts With Hello Workshop. Six-month workshop for teens & adults with disabilities. Held the 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month. Mar. 10 & 24: 1–2:30 p.m. Common Ground Society. 85 Brookwood Ave., Ste. 12, Santa Rosa. Register:

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FREE Sensory Friendly Afternoon. Exclusive to families of children ages 0–12, with special needs. Hands-on exhibits and art studio. Safe, accessible environment. 1–5 p.m. Children’s Museum. 1835 W. Steel Lane, Santa Rosa. Pre-registration recommended:

FREE Walk Through the Grades Tour.

classrooms. Check out the campus & working biodynamic farm. Adults only. 9–11 a.m. Summerfield Waldorf School & Farm. 655 Willowside Rd. Santa Rosa. Register:

Friday 15

Disney High School Musical Jr. Mar. 15–16, 22–23: 7:30 p.m. Mar. 16–17, 23–24: 2 p.m. $17–$20. Ages 18 & under: $10–$12. Spreckels

spring-inspired designs. Participants can transform simple sugar cookies into masterpieces. 2–3 cookies to take home. 1–3 p.m. Sliding Scale: $5–$25. Hanna Center Auditorium. 17000 Arnold Dr., Sonoma. Register online:

FREE Laguna Stewards at Tomodachi. All welcome family-event. Tools & training provided. Heavy rain cancels. 9 a.m.–Noon. Tomodachi Park. 6621-6663 Sebastopol Ave.,

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Sunday 17

FREE McNear’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. Performances by Keenan Irish Dance School. Live music. Irish food & drinks specials for purchase. 3–5 p.m. Mystic Theater. 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma.

St. Patrick’s Day 5K. Annual themed run/walk race open to all ages & abilities. After the race, a celebration featuring costume contest, music, & entertainment. Hosted by Fleet Feet Santa Rosa. 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Sign-in: 9–10:45 a.m. Race starts 11 a.m. Costume Contest: Noon. $20–$55. Race starts & ends at Old

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Women Composers Not Forgotten Piano Concert. Created solely by women composers to celebrate their accomplishments during Women’s History Month. Refreshments served outside during intermission, weather permitting. Seating limited. 2–4 p.m. $20 (includes parking). Jack London State Historic Park. 2400 London Ranch Rd., Glen Ellen. Tickets: tinyurl. com/3fb84tsh.

Cowabunga, Peanuts! New exhibition. Join the Peanuts gang as they hit the beach for sun, sand, & surf. Wednesdays–Mondays. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Runs thru September, 2024. Cost included with Museum admission. $5–$12. Age 3 & under: Free.


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Monday 18

FREE Magical Moonshine Theatre: The Golden Armadillo. Interactive play with puppets, in Spanish & English. For grades K-6. Ages 8 & younger must be accompanied by a guardian. 2–3 p.m. Healdsburg Library. 139 Piper St., Healdsburg. Other library branches will also host this event. Full schedule: tinyurl. com/2a68mvxw.

Tuesday 19

FREE Common Ground Sibs Meet-up. For siblings of disabled, or special needs child. Snacks & hanging out. 4–6 p.m. Common Ground Society. 85 Brookwood Ave., Ste. 12., Santa Rosa. commongroundsociety. org/calendar.

Thursday 21

FREE InbeTWEEN Club. Grades 4–6. Snacks included. Themes change monthly. Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month. 4–5 p.m. Sonoma Valley Library. 755 W. Napa St., Sonoma. Register:

Friday 22

Annual California Artisan Cheese Festival. Chef demos & pairings, educational sessions, authors, cheesemakers, & more. Mar. 22–24. 8:30 a.m. $30–$175. Various locations in Sonoma County. Tickets & full schedule:

Saturday 23

FREE Repair Fair. Ages 12 & up. Lamps, small appliances, textiles, or bike in need of repair? Volunteers


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Decorating Egg$

Affordable Alternatives for a Colorful Easter

Fellow inflation-starved parents, we all know that grocery prices have increased to the point that stores offer complementary counseling before check-out. Meditation rooms have been added near the meat. Anger management courses are offered by dieticians. And with Easter, that means it’s time to drop a fortune on eggs so that our children can laugh away their college savings plan. When did eggs get so expensive? Are scrambled eggs now the equivalent of lobster covered by caviar?

But we can adjust, because we are parents. We are the people who can make a last-minute Halloween costume out of a garbage sack, a hair tie, and a permanent marker. We do science projects at midnight

like it’s our job. And we can stretch a grocery budget like it’s the ropes of the boxing ring we never seem to be able to leave.

So, what things can we decorate that are more economical than a dozen eggs?

Rocks from abandoned kids’ aquariums – It’s ok to admit that at one point in time, your kid asked for a fish. And that meant a fish tank. After the fifth fish that didn’t make it, the project was abandoned and you moved on to hamsters, guinea pigs, or some sort of other rodent. But that aquarium is still in the garage, and in it, there are probably some rocks. A plus if they are still covered in moss and mold. Green is a great color for Easter! Just dig them out, give your kids a shot of penicillin, and get

decorating! Even if they get sick, the cost of a hospital bill is still lower than a carton of eggs.

Styrofoam peanuts from your last Amazon delivery – Never again feel guilty about ordering everything right to your door. Those packing peanuts now have a better use other than stuffing them into threadbare blankets to keep you warm and lowering your energy bills. Now they are Easter Packing Peanuts and that makes them special. Note: They might dissolve when dunked in coloring and vinegar; use crayons instead!

Turtle eggs – Illegal? Absolutely. But you can do a nickel in the pen where someone else cooks for you, beds are always made, and solitary sounds like nice alone time.

1995 Ford Focus – Used car prices are insane, but not as crazy as egg prices. Better yet, find yourself a …

DeLorean – Grab whatever old plutonium you can find, place it in Doc Brown’s amazing time traveling car, and go back to when eggs weren’t so expensive.

Gold bullion – You see gold advertised on all the late-night channels as you are up once again trying to calm the little ones. They will probably give you a discount when you buy in bulk.

Happy Easter and happy decorating (anything but eggs)!

Shannon Carpenter is a professional humorist and the author of The Ultimate Stay-at-Home Dad: Your Essential Manual for Being an Awesome Full-Time Father

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