Sonoma Family Life May 2024

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10 Features May 2024 Every Issue 6 Dear Reader 7 Cooking with Kids Cracker Critters 8 Bits and Pieces Experience a Passionate Re-enactment Prepare for Fire and Earthquakes Cruise Through Classic Film Appreciate the Matsuri Drink High Tea for Mother’s Day 30 Calendar of Events Celebrate Cinco de Mayo 40 Humor Break Twin Wins 10 Finishing Strong High school seniors push to successful graduation. 14 7 Ways to Prepare for College Move Using summer to be university ready. 18 Olympic Inspiration Summer camps bring out kids’ inner medalist. 7 24 Garage Sale Guide Declutter and earn some extra cash. 26 Overcoming Mother’s Day Dilemmas Keeping the holiday stress free for all moms 28 Celebrate the Meaning Behind Memorial Day Honoring those who have died in service. 8 4 SonomaFamilyLife May 2024

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With Mother’s Day the second Sunday in May, you may be wondering how to juggle recognition of all the moms in your life at once. In this edition, we offer tips on doing just that while celebrating yourself, too (page 26). It’s OK to divide your time so that everything doesn’t fall on the same day. Perhaps you and your mother figures want to do something Saturday instead, like a morning of garage sale shopping together (we’ve got tips on hosting successful yard sales on page 24, too)!

May also means the end of school is near! Help graduating high school seniors finish strong with our advice for avoiding “senioritis” (page 10)

with an eye toward last-minute preparations for college (page 14).

The whole family can begin counting down the days until summer camp this month, inspired by the impending Summer Olympics and the sports showcased there, from traditional to unique (page 18).

You might wrap up this month relaxing over Memorial Day weekend with barbecues and boating, but don’t lose sight of the meaning behind the day (we’ve got an explanation, page 28). Consider some of our simple ideas for remembering those who have died during military service—the real purpose behind the holiday!

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Cracker Critters

Edible Creatures

Mark Pet Month

May is National Pet Month and there is a fun way to celebrate your favorite animal by making rice cracker critters. These edible creatures could also be made on your favorite toasted bread.

Once Again’s organic creamy almond butter is made with just one ingredient (dry roasted almonds) and is free of added sugars, salt, and preservatives. It contains plant protein to sustain energy, calcium to support growing bones, plus Vitamin E and Omega 3s for little one’s brain development.

Whether used to make edible characters for lunch or drizzled over apple slices for a snack with friends, this wholesome, versatile, and sustainable spread is a summer pantry staple. Once Again’s almond butter is also available in crunchy and lightly toasted varieties. ❖

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Rice Cracker Critters

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Serves 4-8

1 jar Once Again’s Almond Butter

1 package rice cakes

1 apple, sliced

1 banana sliced

1 container blueberries


1. Spread Once Again’s almond butter on top of your favorite rice cracker or toasted bread cut into a circle.

2. Add two slices of apples as the ears, one slice of banana for the nose, two blueberries for eyes and a final blueberry for the nose to create your puppy rice cracker snack.

3. Add one small slice of apple for the fish mouth, one blueberry for the eye, and five banana slices for the fins and tale of the fish rice cracker snack. Enjoy!

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Experience a Passionate Re-enactment

The Lake County Outdoor Passion Play brings together more than 150 performers to re-enact the Crucifixion. Mounted Roman soldiers sweep across the 1,000-foot stage; sheep wander across the hillside; a sound system carries the dialogue drawn from the Bible books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Men, women, and children from many denominations come together for this Ecumenical experience. A team of directors, producers, and costume designers work throughout the year to create this experience. Admission is free but the project is completely donation funded. Saturday-Sunday, May 18–19. 4–6 p.m. 7010 Westlake Rd., Upper Lake. Learn more at

Prepare for Fire and Earthquakes

Join your community for a fun, free day of emergency preparedness and hands-on activities. The Fire and Earthquake Safety Expo is the largest in-person emergency preparedness event in Sonoma County. Bring the entire family and watch the look on your kids’ faces when they sit in a fire engine, visit with animals, or participate in races. Educational lessons will be shared in English and Spanish from first responders and other experts. Watch emergency demonstrations, live simulations and browse exhibits featuring state-of-the-art products. Experience Henry 1 and Sonoma County 1 helicopters and speak with experts in the Firewise Landscape Room. Enjoy free giveaways and food, while supplies last. This fourth annual event is hosted by Cloverdale Citrus Fair, Northern Sonoma County CERT, Fire Safe Sonoma, Sonoma County Department of Emergency Services, and Nuestra Comunidad. Sunday, May 19. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds. 1 Citrus Fair Dr, Cloverdale. For more information, visit

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Fire and Earthquake Safety Expo

Cruise Through Classic Film

Petaluma’s 17th Salute to American Graffiti, is a classic car show and cruise held on the same streets that George Lucas used to film what many believe is his best movie. Visit the filming sites, check out vintage vehicles and listen to oldies music from XERB radio station. Thursday, May 16: 6 p.m. Jumpstart Dinner. Pre-sale tickets required. Glenn Ranch, 4690 D Street Extension, Petaluma. Friday, May 17: 4–8 p.m. Cruise-in Social. No registration required. Plaza North, 259B N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. Saturday, May 18: 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Car Show and Cruise, with boulevard cruise at 4 p.m. Historic Downtown Petaluma along Petaluma Boulevard.

Drink High Tea for Mother’s Day

Join Alice, the Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat, and the Queen of Hearts for a fun-filled afternoon in downtown Santa Rosa celebrating the women in our lives Alice in Wonderland style. Travel down the rabbit hole to enjoy high tea fit for a queen, as well as a “wee” tea for the little ones. The adult menu will include raspberry and white chocolate scones with house cream, tea sandwiches, veggies and chocolate eclairs. Wee menu includes similar fare, plus cupcakes. Mimosas, wine and champagne will be available for purchase. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Adults $70; Children $50. Sunday, May 12. Noon–2:30 p.m. Left Edge Theatre at The California, 528 7th St., Santa Rosa. Parking is available in the 7th Street lot across from the venue.

Appreciate the Matsuri

Matsuri (祭), the Japanese word for a festival or holiday, comes to life at this showcase of Japanese arts and culture at Juilliard Park in Santa Rosa. Matsuri events are considered a significant way to appreciate nature and honor community. Demonstrations of taiko drumming, folk dance and music, martial arts, Kyogen theater performance, and mochi pounding will be held throughout the day on an outdoor stage or the lawn. The festival will also feature Japanese art and cultural exhibits, clothing, food, a children’s activity table, a Japanese language booth, origami, and more! Admission is free. Fun for all ages. Sunday, May 19. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Juilliard Park, 227 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa.

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High Tea Alice in Wonderland style

Finishing Strong

Avoiding Senioritis; Getting College Ready

My teenage son has come down with a curious affliction. His symptoms include increased indifference and frequent use of the snooze feature on his phone’s alarm clock. I believe he is suffering from Senioritis, a common condition that strikes most 17-and 18-year-olds in the waning days of their senior year. I bet my son, like so many seniors, wonders why these last weeks matter anyway.

However, Senioritis can have real consequences for teens. They might see their grades plummet, which could affect merit aid or even an offer for admission at colleges that require a final transcript. Teens might stop preparing as well as they could for AP exams, which means they miss out on potential college credit. Not to mention that seniors could lose

out on overall learning and increase their odds of a challenging transition to college or the workforce after graduation.

So how can seniors finish the year strong? Here are ways teens can conquer Senioritis …

Maintain a routine. Teens should keep doing what they have been doing all year. Go to classes

and attend activities such as club meetings and team practices. Try to maintain a good sleep routine, too. Staying busy with day-to-day activities and getting enough sleep will combat the desire to check out.

Stay organized. It is important for your senior to keep track of test dates, meetings with a guidance counselor, and other events such as cap and gown fittings as they move toward graduation. Encourage them to use a planner, whether in hard copy form or through a phone app, to log deadlines and other important events. This practice will reap benefits in the future, too, as they attend college or start a new job.

Enjoy this special time.

Having fun is a reward for hard work, provides something to look forward to, and can motivate teens to stay the course. After all, life is not always serious. Maybe your senior can attend prom or host one last epic get-together with friends. Plan a special family event, such as a weekend road trip or decadent dinner

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from your teen’s favorite restaurant to enjoy in person or at home.

Focus on finalizing college, trade school, or career plans. Once your teen has decided which place of higher learning will be their new home, they will need to select housing, browse orientation dates, and contact an advisor for guidance on choosing freshman


Need a Break?

Sensory kits are available for in-library use and contain stress-relieving tools to help promote a sense of calm.

Sensory kits include: headphones, stress balls, bubble timers, pin art, glitter sticks, wobble cushions, and weighted lap pads.

Just ask sta for a kit!

Apply for scholarships. Have your teen prepare for college by looking for scholarships. Applications may need your teen to answer a few questions or write an essay. Some scholarships may match up with your teen’s intended major or celebrate their heritage. Applying for scholarships is an excellent

habit to start during senior year and continue throughout each year in college.

For college-bound teens as well as those going to trade school or starting their careers, the simple

Staying busy with day-to-day activities and getting enough sleep will combat the desire to check out.

act of focusing on their future plans, called future-oriented thinking, has been shown by psychologists to predict better behavior in the present as well as increased success with future plans.

Rest and recharge. Senior year can present an exhaustive pace of school and year-end events and some teens might be suffering from Senioritis that stems from just being tired. Making time for self-care, such as journaling or creative activities like painting, will help your teen hit the reset button. Even as little time as a half hour a day to unwind can leave your teen feeling refreshed.

Stay physically healthy. Have your teen battle sluggishness with exercise, which releases endorphins and boosts energy. They can practice making healthy, fresh meals, too, especially since they are still under your roof and you’re footing the bill! Your teen will

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notice a positive difference in how they feel after eating well and also gain confidence in this life skill. Talk to someone. Some teens may realize that they are checking out and suffering from Senioritis. Talking with their guidance counselor, who has witnessed the

effects of the senior slump time and time again, can help your teen get back on track. Or there may be a best friend, favorite teacher, coach, or parent (ahem!) your teen can confide in to help them plug back in.

Nudge your teen to consider why they should finish senior year strong.

Choose something tangible, like a college flag or letter of employment, and have them hang it on their wall. Or they could write a letter to their future self, listing all that they’ve accomplished and congratulating them on achieving their dreams. Finally, surround your teen with love. That could mean sometimes spoiling them with small gifts like gas cards or comfy socks, or performing little actions like making their bed or their favorite breakfast, even though you know

Talking with their guidance counselor, who has witnessed the effects of the senior slump time and time again, can help your teen get back on track.

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they are fully capable of doing those things themselves. Maybe you can’t stop staring at them with affection, soaking up this special time together before it changes. Teens will notice your love and the sense of security it generates. This will no doubt buoy them as graduation

Remember, if your teen can conquer Senioritis and stay engaged during the final weeks of senior year, then your teen will be one step closer to achieving their goals and dreams for the future, whether that includes college, trade school, the military, or a new job. ❖

Katy M. Clark is a writer and mom of two who embraces her imperfections on her blog Experienced Bad Mom

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Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten


California law requires children entering kindergarten to have these five immunizations:

• Diphtheria, Pertussis, and Tetanus (DPT)

• Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)

• Polio

• Hepatitis B

• Varicella (Chickenpox)

Children cannot be enrolled in or attend kindergarten unless they have up-to-date immunizations and an immunization record on file at the school. Your healthcare provider will need to assist you with updating your child’s vaccines. If you do not have a doctor or have questions about immunizations in general, please contact the Sonoma County Immunization Coordinator, (707) 565-4573.

If your child is not immunized with one or more of the required immunizations due to a medical reason, you will need to have an electronic medical exemption on file with the State of California Department of Public Health (CDHP). The electronic exemption must be filed by a California licensed Medical Doctor (MD) or a Doctor of Osteopathy (DO). If your child previously had an exemption but is now being admitted to a new school, he or she will need to meet the new requirements for medical exemptions.


Your child should have an oral health assessment no later than May 31 of his/her first year in school. The assessment should be provided by a dentist or licensed dental health professional.


A certificate verifying that your child has received a health checkup within the last 18 months is required within 90 days of entering first grade.

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7 Ways to Prepare for College Move

Transition Tips for Summertime

Congratulations! You have chosen and committed to a college. Are you prepared? Through my own experiences, I have learned a few tips and tricks that can help you make the most of your summer before starting college.


Online Communities

Joining online communities before starting college can be a great way to connect with fellow students and faculty. This may be through the school or organized informally by your fellow classmates. For example:

• Roommate Finder to find a compatible roommate.

• Class Page to find other people in your class or specific program of study.

• Parent Pages for your parents to find other parents whose students are going to college at your school.

• Buy/Sell Page: A lot of students will sell their textbooks/dorm items at bargain prices.

• Any other kind of organization aimed for freshmen that has something to do with orientation and/or move-in.

Sometimes you will find these groups on your own or people from your school will start reaching out to you through your email, personal and new school email, so start checking both! Utilize your school’s social media for direction to other online communities, too.

Look Into Major Requirements Before starting college, it is important to research and understand your major requirements to avoid scheduling issues later on. Most schools will have a class registration day,


online communities before

starting college can be a great way to connect with fellow students and faculty.

orientation, or time for you to meet with your advisor to make your schedule.

It is important to familiarize yourself with the courses you will take each semester, including your general education electives. When it comes to general education electives, they may not all be offered at the same time or every semester. Research that and if there are certain professors that are harder than others by speaking with upperclassmen or visiting

Contact Roommates Summer before move-in is a great time to get to know your roommates via email or phone number provided by the university. Send a quick message to introduce yourself. Some universities may have an online platform or app that allows you to connect with roommates and other students before move-in day.

Discuss things like sleeping habits, cleanliness, study schedules, and any potential conflicts that

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may arise during the semester. This can help create a positive living environment and prevent misunderstandings.

Attend New Student Orientation Orientation is typically designed to give you a comprehensive overview of your college experience. You will have the chance to become familiar with the campus layout and important landmarks, such as the library, student center, and dorms.

In addition, orientation is an opportunity to learn about the various resources your college offers. You may receive free college merchandise and a new student ID, as well as have the opportunity to schedule your classes for the upcoming semester.

Pack Your Bags Consider the specific requirements of your living situation. For instance, if you will be staying in a dorm, you might need XL twin sheets instead of

It is important to familiarize yourself with the courses you will take each semester, including your general education electives.

regular twin sheets. Investing in a quality mattress pad is also a wise choice. By planning ahead, you will be able to move in with ease and start enjoying your new living space.


Your Doctor

College life can be stressful, which can lower your immune system. Ask yourself a few key questions:

• Will your doctor still see you if you are out of state?

• Does your insurance cover you if you need to see a doctor while away at college?

• What resources are available at your school’s health center?

• Does your school have a psychology clinic to offer therapy? If not, how else does your school support students’ mental health?

• In the event of a physical injury, what would be your plan, and how accessible and accommodating is your campus?

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Enjoy hiking, horses, swimming, backpacking, crafts, nature, archery, spiritual reflection, campfires, challenge course, and outdoor skills

It is also a good idea to visit your primary care doctor, dentist, and any other specialists before you start school to ensure that you are in good health.

Gather Identifying Documents

Some of the key documents that you will need to have on hand include your passport, driver’s license, birth certificate, and social security card. These documents will be required by potential employers, as well as by many of the agencies and

Summer before move-in is a great time to get to know your roommates via email or phone number provided by the university.

organizations that you will be dealing with during your time in college.

Keep them organized and in a safe place. Consider making digital copies to store securely online, so that you can access them from anywhere and in case the physical documents are lost

Preparing for your freshman year of college can be daunting, but advanced planning can help alleviate stress and ensure a smooth transition. College is a time of exploration, self-discovery, and growth, and with the right preparation and mindset, you can make the most of this transformative experience. ❖

Rosalie Anthony authored this piece as a student attending Point Park University earning her Dance-B.F.A degree. It is reprinted with permission from

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Olympic Inspiration

Kids Can Explore Unique Camp Sports

Iremember the enthusiasm for the Olympic Games that set my imagination soaring as a girl. I turned cartwheels, improved my handspring, and created routines dreaming of becoming a gymnast. This summer will be buzzing with excitement surrounding the Olympic Games.

Watching the games as a family might inspire your children to try a new sport. Summer camps offer an easy introduction and opportunities to try unique sports that can broaden your child’s experiences and add to his or her confidence.

“Exposing children to new experiences can help them with developing a ‘growth mindset.’ This

is the idea that we are constantly in a state of growing, and that we are always able to learn new things,” said Certified Life Coach Bonnie Hayman at Cultivate Counseling Collective. “Sports, creative activities, social settings, and even new foods can encourage children to resist the ‘I can’t’ or ‘I don’t like that’ attitude that can hinder confidence and flexibility.

The Paris Games will debut sports that are popular and easy to participate in such as breaking, skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing. Go on, catch the wave of enthusiasm and enroll the kids in a sport off the beaten track.

Make a Splash Some of the most watched and competitive of the Olympic games, water sports enhance a child’s love for swimming and develop skills they can carry throughout life.

Local recreation centers, universities, and club pools offer opportunities in individual sports such as diving and teach team sports like water polo and synchronized swimming. Outdoor water sport camps also abound. On the coast, surf camps are popular. You’ll also find camps in other Olympic sports that may spark an

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interest in your child such as sailing or rowing.

Water sports teach campers water safety, proper use of equipment, and improve athleticism and swim skills. These camps are perfect for kids who feel comfortable in the water but have outgrown swim lessons.

Camps to Flip For Paula McCalester, retired gym owner and gymnastics coach, sees the enthusiasm that the Olympics bring to the sport. “My husband and I were both gymnasts and it has been so exciting to see how the sport has evolved,” she said. “This year’s Olympics should be epic, with athletes like Simone Biles who dominate the sport and are pushing the boundaries of what the human

body is capable of. Kids that follow the Olympics are motivated and excited to learn the sport.”

Summer camps offer an easy introduction and opportunities to try unique sports that can broaden your child’s experiences and add to his or her confidence.

McCalester said that gymnastics teaches much more than cartwheels and flips, including a healthy lifestyle, self-confidence, work ethic, respect, discipline, balance, friendship, compassion, and grit. “Gymnastics provides you with core

strength and flexibility to make you able to transition into, and be successful in, other sports,” she said. “We’ve had kids start in gymnastics and go on to be successful in diving, track and field, cheer, rowing and more.”

Seek New Adventures

The Olympics are sure to inspire adrenaline junkies. A sports camp is a great way to allow high-energy kids a safe space to take risks and ignite a new passion where they can jump, spin, and climb to new heights. Research the wide variety of camps for thrill-seekers including aerials/silks, rock climbing, skateboarding, and BMX.

Through use of games, team-building activities, and






contests, these camps emphasize children’s safety while developing proper technique in the fundamentals of the sports, and build strength, flexibility, and coordination.

Create a Healthy Mind/Body Connection Look for Martial Arts during the Olympics such as Judo and Taekwondo. Martial arts teach self-discipline, goal-setting, respect, listening, and increase self-esteem and confidence.

A sports camp is a great way to allow high-energy kids a safe space to take risks and ignite a new passion …

Taekwondo is something families can even do together, setting goals and working toward belts. It builds friendly competition and respect between siblings.

Into The Great Outdoors

Outdoor-based camps like horseback riding and archery are classics.They offer young people opportunities to respect nature, gain focus and confidence while learning safe techniques to improve skills. Take advantage of the enthusiasm surrounding the Summer Olympics to not only bond with your family by watching, but also to encourage your children to look for sports that might spark their own interests. ❖ Cherie Gough is a writer and mom of two who enjoys the enrichment camp brings to her kids’ summer. Find her on IG @cgoughwrites.

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Garage Sale Guide

Successfully Get Rid of Unwanted Stuff

Are your garage, basement, and closets overflowing from the heaps of stuff you’ve been saving “just in case?” Rummage sales are a great way to clear out, recycle, and make some extra cash. Follow these suggestions for a successful sale and a clutter-free home.

The Storefront A garage is usually the best place to hold a sale offering shelter and requiring little daily set up and tear down. If your garage is hard to access, hidden from view, or contains valuables that can’t be easily hidden, use a covered porch, patio, or your yard. Have plenty of tarps available to protect your goods from rain and for covering at the end of the day.

All in the Timing Plan your sale when temperatures are between 60-90 degrees outdoors. Typically, the best days to hold sales are Thursdays-Sundays, with Fridays and Saturdays bringing the most traffic. Mornings bring the most significant flow of shoppers, and the earlier you’re

ready, the better. If you open by 7:30 or 8:00 a.m., rummagers will flock.

Displaying Your Wares Don’t heap your merchandise on tables or leave it in boxes to be ransacked. While some don’t mind digging through messy stacks, most people won’t bother.

Hang as much clothing as possible. Use a laundry pole or portable closet, or install two support brackets and a closet rod. You can also support a bar or board between two stepladders. If you only have a few clothing items, a clothesline will do.

Plenty of table space is also a must. Borrow folding tables, and if you run out, make a table by resting a sheet of

plywood over sawhorses, or prop spare planks of wood between chairs. Keep all but big items off the floor for better visibility.

Neatly fold and stack clothing that can’t be hung on tables, and label stacks according to size. Organize

Mornings bring the most significant flow of shoppers, and the earlier you’re ready, the better.

good toys and complete sets where parents and grandparents will easily spot them. Set up a “guys” table with hand tools, gadgets, electronics, and home repair items. Then place small articles such as jewelry in divider containers or egg cartons, so they’re easy to view.

One exception to the disorderly rule is for small toys. Stick all these little goodies in boxes on the ground where young children can dig for treasures to take home. Label boxes according to the price per item or allow kids to choose one as a prize.

Finally, make sure batteries and electricity are available so you can show shoppers that items are in working condition.

Next-to-New Sells Appearance plays a big roll in the sale of used goods and how much they can bring. Wash and dry all clothing and linens, then fold or hang immediately to prevent wrinkles. Wash dust, dirt, and grime from toys, tools, and household items. Also, repair broken merchandise when feasible.

Priced to Go Don’t overprice, or you’ll end up packing up nearly as much as you started with. For big

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items, look online for average resale prices. But if you check eBay, keep in mind that eBay pricing often isn’t comparable to what people will pay at a garage sale. Some top-quality items in like-new condition can bring 25 to 35 percent of the replacement cost at rummage sales. Occasionally, tools, equipment, and other things in small supply can be priced higher and sell for 50 to 60 percent of replacement cost, depending on age and condition. Most used merchandise will bring 5 to 10 percent of replacement cost at best.

Advertising Newspaper classified ads or Craigslist, as well as the more popular online garage sale locator websites, usually bring the best results. The exception is if you live on a main street or a heavily traveled highway. In your ad, be sure to include your address and main cross streets, dates

and time of your sale, and what you’ll be selling. List special items individually and share categories like “tools” or “toddler clothes.”

Also, post fliers on the grocery store or laundromat bulletin boards. If there are no regulations against doing so, posting signs on nearby corners is a must. Don’t forget to

Set up a ‘guys’ table with hand tools, gadgets, electronics, and home repair items.

put a bright sign in front of your house, too. Balloons tied to your mailbox or a tree can also make your sale more visible.

Tips for Success The bigger the sale, the more traffic you’ll get. Go

in with family, friends, and neighbors and hold one big sale rather than several small ones. Hold a street or subdivision-wide sale. This will draw people from surrounding areas. Move big items such as furniture or appliances into the driveway to attract passersby.

Finally, have your items priced. Many people will walk away from a sale when things aren’t priced. They don’t want to make an offer that’s too low and risk offending you. They also don’t want the hassle of having to ask the price for every little thing they might consider buying. ❖

Kimberly Blaker is a freelance writer. She also owns an online store, Sage Rare & Collectible Books, specializing in out-of-print, scarce, signed, and first editions; fine bindings; ephemera and more at

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How to Overcome Mother’s Day Dilemmas

A Stress-Free Guide to Mom Holiday

Remember Mother’s Day when you were a kid? It probably revolved around your own mom, stepmom, grandmother, or other maternal figure. Then maybe your mother-in-law came into the picture, and you were posed with the challenge of figuring out how to split your time every second Sunday in May.

Once YOU became a mother, you realized that juggling Mother’s Day visits could be an Olympic event—or at least a reality TV show. While it’s true you can’t make everyone happy all of the time, you CAN honor all the moms in your life—including yourself—every year …

Challenge: So many moms, so little time.

Solution: Who says Mother’s Day should only be celebrated on

that specific Sunday in May? Have your stepmom over for dinner one night during the week leading up to Mother’s Day. Take your mother-in-law out to dinner the night before. When Sunday rolls around, have your own mom over, showering her with cards, flowers, and gifts. Serve up a special (easy or takeout) meal. You can get the best of both worlds on Mother’s

Day: Being with your own mom and being with the little ones who made YOU a mom.

Challenge: A long-distance maternal relationship.

Solution: FaceTime, Zoom or Skype! Also, consider an out-of-town Mother’s Day one year, then the next year stay put; or have one of the moms come for a special weekend visit at your place.

While it’s true you can’t make everyone happy all of the time, you CAN honor all the moms in your life …

Challenge: You feel selfish and guilty for wanting it to be about you.

Solution: You’re entitled to decide how to spend the day once you become a mom yourself. Get away for a spa day, sit at a coffeehouse reading alone, or chat with a friend for a few hours. Other years you might want to hang out around the house letting the kids pamper you.

Challenge: Your household inboxes (laundry hamper, kitchen sink, calendar) are always full.

Solution: Take TODAY off, which means NO housework! Close your eyes as you walk by the sink, hold your nose as you stroll by the laundry hamper. Have paper plates and cups on hand for when your family serves you like the queen you are.

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Challenge: Your kid is a baby, and your husband can’t cook.

Solution: This is what restaurants are for. If wrestling kids at a restaurant isn’t your style, hit up DoorDash. Make sure you have something indulgent on hand, like cheesecake bites or a lovely double-chocolate cake because this is the day you get to spoil yourself or be spoiled without guilt!

You can get the best of both worlds on Mother’s Day: Being with your own mom and being with the little ones who made YOU a mom.

Challenge: You’re a single mom.

Solution: Hopefully your kids will take over or a trusted adult will assist them in making your day special. If your ex has the kids for the weekend, focus on yourself. The “no housework” rule applies here … do what you love to do all day long. Head outside or to an indoor track for a walk, read a juicy novel, see a movie, soak in the tub with a bath bomb, hang out with your own mom.

Try to make today out-of-the-ordinary in some way. Just as you help your children enjoy birthdays and holidays in ways they love, let them know how you want to spend the day. It’s all about balance, and it CAN be done! ❖

Kerrie McLoughlin is the homeschooling mom of five and author of The Tater Tot Casserole Cookbook




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Celebrate the Meaning Behind Memorial Day

Honoring Those Lost in Military Service

While we all enjoy a day off to throw some burgers on the grill, teaching kids about Memorial Day is an important way to honor our country and all who served. But it can feel hard to know what to say, how to make it memorable, and ways to make a difference. These simple tips will help!

What is Memorial Day? The last Monday of May is set aside for one simple thing: Remembering those who have died during active military service. Technically, it is set aside to honor only those who have died. However, it is often observed as a celebration of the U.S. with American flags, parades, and cookouts.

But What About Veterans Day? Many people get confused between Memorial Day and Veterans Day because they both celebrate people

who have served our country. While Memorial Day is specific to those who died while serving, Veteran’s Day is a chance to honor all those who have served in the U.S. military. These people can still be living. Veterans Day is always November 11, the anniversary of the end of World War I. What Can We Do? There are many ways we can celebrate and honor those who lost their lives during active military service. Even the freedom to

have a cookout and be with family is a way to honor their sacrifice.

Read a Book: There are many children’s books that show the value of the men and women who serve our country and highlight patriotism. To go a little deeper about Memorial Day, The Wall, by Eve Bunting, which tells the story of a child visiting the Vietnam War Memorial, is a great choice for preschool ages and up.

Teach kids the importance of standing when the flag or military service members walk by.

Plant a Flag: Memorial Day is the perfect time to leave flags on the graves of local military men and women. Small flags can be purchased online or locally. Just be sure to check with the cemetery for guidelines.

Sing-Along: Learn a song that celebrates America. Great options for kids include The Star-Spangled Banner and You’re a Grand Old Flag. You can find age-appropriate sing-alongs online to enjoy.

Say Thank You: Memorial Day can be hard for those who have lost someone in military service. Teach children to recognize that these people have sacrificed something for the freedom we all have. A simple thank you, a card, or a kind gesture goes a long way.

Make a Flag: There are endless ways you can teach kids about the American Flag. Be creative! Try making a flag-themed dessert or coloring a big flag in your driveway with sidewalk chalk. Whatever you

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decide to do, just make sure you have plenty of red, white, and blue!

Watch a Memorial Day Parade: Full of fun, music, and festivity, a Memorial Day parade is a great way to celebrate and recognize the meaning of the holiday. Teach kids the importance of standing when the flag or military service members walk by. These simple things go a long way in showing honor.

Adopt a Military Family: The reality of Memorial Day is always on the minds of those with someone in the military. Consider choosing a military family to show extra kindness to by sending them cards, making a meal, or inviting them to join you for holidays. These little acts of kindness go a long way.

Enjoy Time with Your Family and Friends: When you think about Memorial Day, consider the cost paid by the men and women who lost their lives serving our country.

Think about the cost to their families, friends, and communities when they lost the person they cared about. Each one of those who died serving our country did so for freedom. We reap the benefits of their sacrifice.

That makes it even more important to celebrate. Spend time with the people you love. Enjoy a beautiful late spring day. Play and rest and live knowing that this, too, honors those who died. It is for this kind of life that they served our country.

If You Lost Someone Memorial Day takes on a different feeling for those who have lost someone in service. If someone you love died serving our country, know that their sacrifice, as well as your own, is seen and honored. May we always remember. ❖

Rebecca 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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May Calendar of Events

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo (Fifth of May) is a popular event in the U.S. commemorating the Battle of Puebla in 1862 when Mexico defeated the French. The first Cinco de Mayo celebrations were held a year later in southern border states like California, and continue today celebrating Mexican-American culture. This year, locals can experience the richness of Spanish traditions at the Windsor Cinco de Mayo Fest. This is a free, family-friendly event where visitors can immerse themselves in the vibrant spirit of cuisine, drinks, and live music. The event features traditional performances of dance and mariachi music brought to you by local artists. Viva la fiesta con comida, cultura, and musica! Saturday, May 4. 2–8 p.m. Windsor Palms Plaza, 8465 Old Redwood Hwy., Windsor.

Wednesday 1

FREE Shadow & Walk-Through High School Tour. Prospective students come shadow while parents tour the school. 8–9:30 a.m. Summerfield Waldorf School & Farm. 655 Willowside Rd. Santa Rosa. Register:

Ribbit Exhibit. Nationally-touring exhibition. Whimsical presentation of 20+ human-sized frog characters placed in vignettes throughout the Garden. $8–$15. Ages 4 & under: Free. Discounts available for teachers & active military. Runs thru Aug. 31. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sonoma Botanical Garden. 12841 Hwy. 12, Glen Ellen.

Early Release Enrichment at Veronda-Falletti Ranch. Provides farm, nature & art-based experiences. Snacks included. For elementary school-aged children who have 1/2 days on Tuesdays & Wednesdays. $10 a day & up. 1–4:30 p.m. Early

Extended Care available on Wednesdays. Veronda-Falletti Ranch. 175 W. Sierra Ave., Cotati. Registration required:

FREE Future Club Career Ready After-school Program. Homework, art, music, dance, & entrepreneurship. Snacks/refreshments provided. 2–6 p.m. Sebastopol Community Cultural Center. Main Hall. 390 Morris St., Sebastopol.

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 the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition. $5–$10. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Windsor: May 1 & 29. Petaluma: May 8. Santa Rosa: May 15. To register & for full schedule: tinyurl. com/y7bpzsaf.

Thursday 2

Pacific Air Museum Hot Dog Thursday. Family event that takes

place on the field among the airplanes & helicopters. $8–$10. Held first Thursday of the month. 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Pacific Coast Air Museum. One Air Museum Way, Santa Rosa. pacificcoastairmuseum. org/events.

Friday 3

FREE Bodega Marine Laboratory Tours. Docent-led. Explore the dynamic biodiversity of the Northern California coast. Fridays: 2–4 p.m. Bodega Marine Laboratory. 2099 Westshore Rd., Bodega Bay. Reservations:

The Wind in the Willows. Classic children’s tale featuring delightful woodland animals as they go about their very human-like lives. $10–$20. May 3–4, 10–11, 17–18: 7:30 p.m. May 5, 12, 19: 2 p.m. Spreckles

Performing Arts Center. 5409 Synder Ln., Rohnert Park. Tickets:

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Saturday 4

Sonoma County Human Race. 5K walk, roll, run fundraising event for North Bay nonprofits that’s open for everyone to participate in. Registration: 7 a.m. Race Begins: 8 a.m. Free Kids’ Activities: 8–11 a.m. Old Courthouse Square. Santa Rosa. Full schedule:

FREE Family Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge Park. Docent-lead nature hike. Learn about plants, animals, & aquatic life. Event is planned primarily for Spanish-speaking families. Hosted by the Sonoma Valley Regional Library. Guiado docente, una caminata por la naturaleza de 2 millas. Aprende sobre las plantas, los animales y la vida acuática. El evento está planeado en torno a familias principalmente de habla hispana. Organizado por la Biblioteca Regional del Valle de Sonoma. 9:30a.m.–12:30 p.m. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. Meet up at: Visitors Center. 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd., Kenwood. com/bdf9v2b3.

51st Annual Bodega Bay

Museum of Sonoma County; Luther Burbank Home & Gardens; Museum of Sonoma County; Pacific Coast Air Museum; Sonoma Botanical Garden; & Schulz Museum. zzwrsb6f

FREE Rialto Cinemas Family Matinees. Family Matinees held the

first Saturday & Sunday of the month. May 4 & 5: 11 a.m. 6868 McKinley St., Sebastopol. sebastopol

FREE May Faire Festival. Activities, entertainment, food. Suggested donations: $5 pp. $20 family of four. All proceeds benefit Sebastapol

Fisherman’s Festival. Live music, seafood & food trucks, kids’ zone, public safety rescues & more. $18–$30. Ages 11 & under: Free. May 4 & 5: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Westside Park. West Shore Rd., Bodega Bay. yhuxkac4.

FREE Museum Member SWAP

Week. Discover many museums in Santa Rosa during museum-hopping week. Current members at any of the six participating museums will receive reciprocal FREE entry (up to 4 guests) for the entire week. Weekdays: 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Weekends: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. May 4–11. California Indian Museum & Cultural Center; Children’s

Leap into a fantastical, frog-filled, sculptural adventure and enjoy a ribbeting roster of activities for the entire family!

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Charter Warldorf School. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. 1111 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol. may-faire

63rd Annual 4-H ChickenQue & Open House. Open to the public. Interactive booths, BBQ, home-made cakes, music, & lots of fun. Proceeds benefit 4-H community club events $15 pp. Parking included. 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Saralee’s & Richard’s Barn. 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa. Parking Lot B only. Tickets: tinyurl. com/2p9femvz.

FREE Spring Farm Tours. Cuddle with baby goats, learn sustainable farming, & shop for produce. $25–$40. Picnic area to enjoy at Noon. May 4 & 5: 1–2:30 p.m. Kid feeding

demonstration starts promptly: 1 p.m. Redwood Hill Farm. 5480 Thomas Rd. Sebastopol. Reservations required:

Young Voices Concert Series. Features musical performances by local college, high school & middle school students. $10–$18. Ages 18 & under: Free. May 4 & 25: 2 p.m. May 18: 1 p.m. Sebastopol Center for the Arts. 282 S. High St., Sebastopol. Tickets:

Star Wars Trivia! Whether you’re a die-hard Star Wars fan, a casual viewer, or just like to test your pop culture knowledge. $5 entry fee at the door (cash preferred). All proceeds support Sebastopol Community Center. Doors open: 2:15 p.m Trivia: 3–5 p.m. Sebastopol Community Cultural

Center. Main Hall. 390 Morris St., Sebastopol.

Celebrate Día! Create a bracelet or keychain with your message in English & Spanish using letter beads. For grades 4-6. Supplies limited. 4–5 p.m. Rohnert Park Library. Lynne Conde Way. Rohnert Park. Registration required:

Sunday 5

The Boy Who Cried Wolf. Clover Sonoma Family Fun Series. $12–17. Lap passes for $5 available day of the show, in-person at the ticket office for ages 2 & under. Snacks/drinks available for purchase. 3 p.m. (Arrive at 2 p.m. for art-themed projects.)

Luther Burbank Center. 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa. Tickets:

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Geyserville May Day Celebration. Free family event. Live music, kids’ activities, teen Ballet Folklorico, egg-toss competition, jump room, box car-racing, & crowning of May Day Queen. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. ycx2bmj3.

Orchestra Meets Jazz. Performances by Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra. $5–$15. 3 p.m. Weill Hall. Green Music Center. 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. Tickets:

FREE Teen Girls Group. For female-identifying teens ages 13–18. A safe space to share, connect & de-stress. Topics will be chosen by group participants. Food & drinks provided. Thursdays. 4–5 p.m. Sebastopol Community Cultural

Center. Main Hall, 390 Morris St., Sebastopol. Register:

Friday 10

Spring Vernal Pools Walk. Walk through the oak woodlands & meadows to see the vernal pools & enjoy this ecological preserve. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Galvin Community Park. 3330 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa. tinyurl. com/5jjzyeb3

Monster Truck Spring Nationals. $18–$22. Parking: $10. May 10–11. Gates: 5:30 p.m. Show: 7 p.m. Sonoma County Fairgrounds. 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa. Tickets: tinyurl. com/yu7yj5yh

Saturday 11

FREE Famster-Sheep Shearing Soiree. Yearly livestock

• First Responders

• Helicopters

• Free Giveaways

• Firewise Demos Sunday, May 19th, 10am to 3pm Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds

• Live Simulations

• 75 Exhibits

• Kid’s Races

• English & Spanish

demonstration, brief tour of of ranch operations, cool libations, & comfortable seating. All ages. Toed shoes recommended. 9:30 a.m.–Noon. Veronda-Falletti Ranch. 175 W. Sierra Ave., Cotati. (Parking across the street at City Hall).

4th Annual Inclusion Festival. Music, arts, drum circle, hands-on sensory buffet, silent disco, & more. $15–$30. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Lucchesi Park. 320 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. Tickets: yc43bpnv

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Mother’s Day Celebration Art Play. Creative sensory play & painting for young children, while moms enjoy a cup of coffee. $15–$20. 10–11:30 a.m. Meet-up Petaluma River. 226
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FREE Mother’s Day Special. Mothers get free admission to the museum. General admission: $5–$12 or free for ages 3 & younger. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Charles Schulz Museum. 2301Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa.

Down the Rabbit Hole for Mother’s Day. Join Alice, the Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat & the Queen of Hearts. Serving high tea fit for a queen, & “wee” tea for the little ones. Mimosas,

wine, & champagne available for add’l purchase. $50–$70. Noon-2:30 p.m. Left Edge Theatre @ The California. 528 7th St., Santa Rosa. tinyurl. com/2a5nrc74.

Monday 13

FREE Kreole & Krawfish

Community Gathering. Live music performed by Grammy-nominated artist Andre Thierry, along with other Kreole musicians. Children zone with arts, crafts, & games. Reserved table seating, & lawn seating. $30–$65. Noon–6 p.m.

Be Part of Rose Parade’s Return

The Luther Burbank Rose Parade and Festival will return after a five-year absence. While Burbank, a famed horticulturist, took part in the event as early as 1914, the annual tradition began in 1894 with the first Rose Carnival. It continued until 1926 when it was canceled due to Burbank’s death. A longer hiatus was observed during the World Wars. The Junior Chamber of Commerce ‘Jaycees’ revived the event in 1950, renaming it in honor of Burbank. The annual event draws local school marching bands, floats built by community and service organizations, equestrian teams, and units honoring local veterans. This year’s theme, “Trek Thru Time,” celebrates the past, present, and future of Sonoma County. The parade, which organizers hope will last about one hour, will lead to an expanded festival featuring free activities for all ages, live local performers, local food and drink, games and more. Saturday, May 18. 10 a.m. Courthouse Square, Downtown Santa Rosa.

Somo Village Event Center. 1100 Valley House Dr., Rohnert Park. Tickets:

FREE Common Ground Society

Virtual Parent Support Group. Led by a licensed professional. For parent of a child under 5 yrs with a disability, medical complexity or any sort of unique need. Zoom link:

Password: cgsparent. 5–6:30 p.m. Common Ground Society. 85 Brookwood Ave., Ste. 12, Santa Rosa.

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FREE Walk Through the Grades Tour. Take peek into Waldorf classrooms. Check out the campus & working biodynamic farm. Adults only. 9–11 a.m. Summerfield Waldorf School & Farm. 655 Willowside Rd., Santa Rosa. Register:

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FREE Luther Burbank Rose Parade & Festival. Parade: 10 a.m. Festival follows: 3 p.m. Downtown Santa Rosa.

FREE 5 & Under Meet-up. For parent of a child under 5 yrs. with a disability, medical complexity or any sort of unique need. Enjoy snacks & companionship with other CGS families. Siblings welcome. 10 a.m.–Noon. Common Ground Society. 85 Brookwood Ave., Ste. 12, Santa Rosa.

Lavender Labyrinth Daze. Tour flower fields & walk the labyrinth. Bring a picnic. $15–$20. Ages 12 & younger: Free with adult. Saturdays & Sundays. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Bees & Blooms. 3883 Petaluma Hill Rd.,

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Santa Rosa. Registration required:

FREE Petaluma’s Salute to American Graffiti. Car show & cruise. More than 400 classic Amerian cars will line downtown streets in tribute to this 1972 film from director George Lucas. 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Downtown Petaluma.

Sandy Loam Family Camp-out. Enjoy crafts, games, a campfire song circle with s’mores & breakfast. For ages K–5, & 1–2 adults. One tent per family. No children under 5 & no pets allowed. All minors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. $35 per family. Begins May 18, 2 p.m. thru May 19, 11 a.m. Veronda-Falletti Ranch. 175

W. Sierra Ave., Cotati. Registration required:

FREE Summer Kick-off Expo. Food, games, sneak peek at summer classes, in conjunction with Rohnert Park Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Showcase. 11 a.m.– 2 p.m. Benica Pool open for free swim: 2–4 p.m. (located behind Tech High School). Technology High School. 550 Bonnie Ave., Rohnert Park. tinyurl. com/2dbxf7bm

FREE Castles & Kites. Join professional & amateur kite flyers & sand castles builders. Parking: $7 or free with Regional Park Membership. Bilingual program. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Doran Regional Park. 201 Doran Beach Rd., Bodega Bay. tinyurl. com/4muxdy8v

FREE Lake County Outdoor Passion Play. Men, women, & children from many denominations come together each year to participate. Bring your own chair. No smoking, food, drinks, or pets are allowed. Donations accepted. May 14 & 15. 4–6 p.m. 7010 Westlake Road, Upper Lake. (off Hwy. 29).

Public Star Party. Astronomical topics & telescopes open for viewing. $5–$15. Ages 5 & under: Free, but still requires a ticket. Parking $10. 9 p.m.-Midnight. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd., Kenwood.

Sunday 19

FREE Fire & Earthquake Safety Expo. Emergency demonstrations,

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including Earthquake Disaster Simulation. More than 75 exhibitor booths, kids activities, & food vendors. Education both in English & Spanish. Free giveaways & food, while supplies last. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Cloverdale Citrus Fair. 1 Citrus Fair Dr., Cloverdale.

Silent Auction, Buffet & Fashion Show Fundraiser. All proceeds benefit The Living Room, a center for llocal unsheltered or at-risk women, since 1993. $75. 3–5 p.m. Martin Ray Vineyards & Winery. 2191 Laguna Rd., Santa Rosa. Tickets:

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FREE Matsuri! Japanese Art Festival. Japanese art & culture

festival. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Juilliard Park. 227 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa.

FREE Storytime Party with the Russian River Sisters. Storytime, singing & dancing. Dress-up encouraged but not required as a pirate, a princess, a cowboy, or whatever you like (including moms & dads). Hots dogs & snacks provided. 1–3 p.m. Armstrong Redwoods Visitor Center. 17000 Armstong Wood Rd., Guernville. RSVP required for meal count:

In a Landscape: Classical Music in the Wild™. A 9-foot Steinway grand piano travels on a flatbed trailer to state & national parks, ranches, farms, & historical sites for classical music concerts. Bring picnic, lawn chairs, or blanket. $40 pp. Includes parking. Gates open: 4 p.m. Concert: 5–6:30 p.m. Jack London State Historic Park (meet in ranch parking lot). 2400 London Ranch Rd., Glen Ellen. Tickets:

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Living History Day 2024. Family friendly hands-on event brings 1840s Mexican California to life inside & outside the two-story adobe walls of General Vallejo’s rancho headquarters. Admission includes all activities. $2–$3. Ages 5 & under: Free. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park. 3325 Adobe Rd., Petaluma. petalumaadobeshp

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church Faith Formation Classes

Sacramental Preparation: Baptism, First Communion & Confirmation. Catechesis of Good Shepherd Pre-K (ages 3–6)

Sacramental Preparation Or Religious Education Classes: Grades 1–5 and Youth Groups (Grades 6–12) Classes beginning in September.

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Twin Wins

Mom of Multiples Shares Perks

Admitting I am a mom to twins usually elicits a myriad questions:

Who was born first?

Are they identical?

Do twins run in your family?

How do you manage?

I had no idea how fascinated people are by twins until I became a mom of twins. And people are even more intrigued by twin babies. Maybe it’s because they can’t comprehend how to take care of two babies at once.

Whatever the case, when mine were newborns, I couldn’t even go to the grocery store without strangers approaching me to get a closer look at the twins. They would peer inside the double stroller and then start rattling off a list of questions. Sometimes I felt like I was warding off the paparazzi and would try to run toward the nearest exit.

I don’t have to worry about what I look like, everyone is too busy staring at the adorable twins.

Now that my twins are older, no one even knows they are twins since they are a boy and girl and don’t look alike. Although that doesn’t stop people from asking, “Are they identical?” when they find out they are twins— who don’t even look alike. My son and daughter also don’t acknowledge each other in school, so some people don’t even know they are siblings.

I wrote this top 10 list when they were babies—for me it was a more challenging time to be a parent than now. I still feel this way, but some of the statements are more relevant to when they were little (they are now 14 years old). I would also

add to the list they can help each other with their homework since I definitely don’t remember eighth grade math equations or other similar school-related things!

Top Ten Reasons Why I Love Being a Mom of Twins

10. Only one pregnancy, for two babies—talk about a two-for-one deal!

9. I don’t have to worry about what I look like, everyone is too busy staring at the adorable twins.

8. Needless to say, no one expects me to arrive on time.

7. After having twins, I feel like I can handle anything … twice!

6. I only need to plan and pay for one birthday party for two kids.

5. After potty training twins, my fear of germs is officially a thing of the past.

4. They have been sharing since they were in the womb—no teaching necessary (OK, this might be a stretch but, in theory, it helps).

3. Twin discounts (Who knew companies sometimes offer “duplicate birth discounts?” From formula to photography, it pays to research twin deals!)

2. Everyone opens the door for us.

And the No. 1 reason I love being a mom of twins is …

1. Daily affirmations from strangers that my hands are, indeed, full!

Happy Mother’s Day to moms of multiples and singles, too! ❖

Cheryl Maguire holds a Master of Counseling Psychology degree. She is married and is the mother of twins and a daughter. You can find her on X @ CherylMaguire05.

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