Here’s what is going on at this week:

Pet Look-alike Contest!
They say that owners and pets start looking like each other with time.  Why don’t you try cashing in on that idea?  If you have a pet mini-me, enter the Press Democrat’s latest contest.  The top prize is $400 to Shutterbug!  Enter at

Mom Walk this Friday!
Looking to meet new moms while starting your day with a little light exercise? Check out the details to our Mom Walk happening tomorrow!

2012 Summer Outdoor Movie List
The towns are rolling out their schedules for free movies in the parks and plazas, and we have the scoop! Check out what’s going on in your town, and check back often as we continuously update the list.

“You are NOT special”
A high school teacher’s speech is making waves across the web as he tells the new graduates just how UNspecial they are. Was he out of line? Or was his speech something every teen should hear? View the video at

“Toddler” apologizes to mom for late nights
This was probably the funnniest thing I read all week.

Summer dinner ideas
Nothing like standing in front of a hot stove in the heat of summer, right? NOT. Share your ideas for meals you like to cook during the summertime!

The Village:

Raising boys: 10 things they don’t tell you
Mysterious pee puddles. Potty talk. Lego landmines. There are many things I think “they” purposely forget to tell you when you have a boy.…

Sweetening up dinnertime
I found a great cookbook called “The Mom 100 Cookbook” and shared a recipe for Honey Ginger Soy Chicken that my kids gobbled up.

Father’s Day Gift Guide
From traditional to totally adventurous (yes, river rafting made the list), find the perfect present to give the #1 man in your life.

Family Events:

June 16-17
Hot Air Balloon Classic: A morning festival in Windsor with more than 30 balloons taking to the skies, tethered rides, and more. $6-$10. 6:30-11am Read the Press Democrat article about going up in a hot air balloon as well as a little about the festival HERE.
Keiser Park, 700 Windsor River Rd, Windsor.

June 16
Night at the Air Museum: Tour aircraft and hear stories from pilots. 5-8pm. $5-$8.
The Pacific Coast Air Museum, 2230 Becker Blvd, Santa Rosa.

June 15-17
Middletown Days: 3 days of rodeo and ropin’ fun in Lake County.

June 16
Cotati Jazz Festival: This event is more for the dads, but who could turn away a Saturday of free jazz concerts? 12-7pm.
La Plaza Park, Cotati.

June 17
Le Tour de Hives:  A truly sweet way to spend Father’s Day in this tour of backyard beehives with experienced beekeepers.  10am-3pm.  $15/individual, $40/family.
Various farms in Sebastopol, Santa Rosa, and Petaluma.

Happy Father’s Day to all you fathers out there – from devoted dads, stepdads, grandpas, and any other male role model who is making a difference in a child’s life. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend full of family and fun!

Crissi Dillon