Here is what’s going on at this week:

Think your kid would be thrilled to have this guy stalking him for his birthday present?

Creepy birthday trend
Most kids are a bit intimidated by clowns. Heck, many adults are too! That’s why I was really eeked out by the kind of clown some parents were hiring for their kids’ birthdays.

Making a neighborhood
Do you know your neighbors? Or are they more like strangers who live close to you? Bill Wolcott, the name behind one of Sonoma County’s Halloween hot spots, shares his valuable advice on how to create a close-knit community with the people who live around you. This is a serious must-read.

The Village

Blended Stories: Step-bros
A mom guest-blogged at the Village and shared what it was like in her blended family when her son and stepson didn’t get along, and how her family positively evolved throughout the years to where they are today.

Time Magazine’s controversial cover
The cover of Time Magazine showed a mother breastfeeding her almost 4-uear old child. The response has been everything from strongly supportive to totally appalled. What’s your take on it?

Family Events

There are so many great things going on this weekend that you have no excuse if the kids say they’re bored. Here are just a few of them:

Sat, May 19: Luther Burbank Rose Parade & Festival
Downtown Santa Rosa, 10am-3pm

May 17-19: Salute to American Graffiti
Downtown Petaluma. All weekend long, but Saturday holds the most family-fun events

Sat, May 19: Fishing with a Ranger
Spring Lake, Santa Rosa. 8am-12pm

Sat, May 19: Health Harvest
Petaluma Bounty Community Farm. 10am-3pm

Sat, May 19: Family Wildflower Hikes
Spring Lake, Santa Rosa. 1-3pm

Have a wonderful week, and I’ll see you on the forums!

Crissi Dillon