To chore or not, our weekly walking group, a family food competition, and lots of great weekend events for your family to attend. It’s all in our recap of what’s up at SantaRosaMom.com!

Chore, or not?
Some parents start their kids on chores from an early age. Others, choose not to make their kids do anything at all. One mom even decided that she’d give her kids a reprieve from helping out since they’d have to do plenty on their own when they’re older. Do you give chores to your kids, and do you compensate them for their work?

Outdoor Movies
The list has been updated to include more movies, and more locations to view them. Have you bundled up your family and taken advantage of this free event?

Come walk with us!
Every Friday morning we hold a mom walk at Spring Lake. We’d love to have you join us! Meet new friends and chat about everything from our kids and home life to everything in between – all while getting in a little exercise to start the day out right! Hope to see you there!

The Village

CHOPPED: The Family Round
Joelynn shares the cooking challenge she and her family took on in an inspiring guest blog that will have you wanting to create your own version of the TV show in your kitchen.

Family Events

July 6: Summerfest
Railroad Square is hosting their monthly First Friday celebration with live music, shopping and food. summerfestrailroadsquare.com

July 7-8: Ride a train
The Redwood Steamers are holding train rides at Youth Community Park from 12-4pm. And it’s only $1 to ride! redwoodempirels.org

July 7: Alice’s Wonderland Tea Party
As a fundraiser for an upcoming performance tour at Walt Disney World, the Shiloh Community Players are hosting a special tea party and festival from 10am-4pm. Admission is free! Shiloh Convenant Church. 251 Windsor River Road, Windsor. (707) 235-2233

July 7: So Co Fair preview
The traveling fair will be at the Toyworks in Sebastopol with mini carnival games, free popcorn, animal exhibits, a spin-to-win wheel, and more. 12-4pm. sonomacountyfair.com

July 8: Birds of Prey
The Environmental Discovery Center at Spring Lake will have live raptors and will share tales of rehabilitating and releasing wild birds. The event is free, but parking is $7 (or free with a parks pass).

July 8: Art & Garden Festival
Live music, fun for the kids, a chalk art competition, and 100 booths geared towards your home and garden, handmade jewelry, arts & crafts, and delicious food and drink. 11am-5pm. Admission is free, tasting packages at $25. petalumadowntown.com/artandgardenpetaluma.aspx

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

Crissi Dillon
SantaRosaMom.com