Here is what’s going on at this week:

Battle of the Bands
If your teen is in a band, this contest is for them. The Sonoma County Fair is seeking out young talent to perform in their competition. But hurry, the deadline to enter has been extended only till this Saturday (7/21)!

Fair fun for kids
Speaking of the Sonoma County Fair, there is so much to look forward to for families! WIth the fair starting this next Wednesday (7/25), you can check out the Opening Day Parade, a sheep drive and Muttin Bustin’ challenge, plus tons of way to save money by planning ahead. Check it out in my blog, The Village.

New kindergarten laws
The age requirements are changing, and a new program for 5 year olds is being introduced. Is your child affected? How do you feel about this?

Keeping kids from getting lost
Some vital tips on how to keep your child safe should you be separated from them. These guidelines are especially timely as we enter fair time.

Back to School
Are you looking forward to the start of school, or dreading the end of summer? I’m writing an article on how parents feel about the beginning of another school year, and would love to hear from you! Email me at and share your story!

Family Events

Friday July 27, 9am
Mom Walk at Spring Lake
Have you been thinking about attending one of our mom walks? Don’t hesitate any longer! The walks are every Friday during the summertime and a great way to kick off your weekend. Bring your child in a stroller or get in some mom time without the kids. See you this Friday!

Saturday July 21, 11am
Rivertown Revival
Show up to the banks of the Petaluma River dressed in your own interpretation of suggestively historic duds to check out over 100 musicians, an art boat flotilla and drag races, aierial river acts, artesian merchants, $5 weddings, food, theater, and whatever else the tide brings in. $5.  Petaluma River Heritage Center.  Steamer Landing Park, Petaluma.

Saturday July 21, 2:30pm
Teen Jewelry Workshop
In their Beading Bonanza, teens can create a matching set of earrings and a necklace. Register to save one of the 12 spaces available for this workshop. This event is part of the Summer Teen Read 2012. Northwest Regional Library, 150 Coddingtown Center, Santa Rosa.

Sunday July 22, 1pm
You’ll want to make time for a sublime day of rhyme with kid-friendly lines at MV’s bookstore confines.  Local poets will give verse, but even you can traverse to the grand celebration in the Village location. Copperfields.  775 Village Ct, Santa Rosa.

Sunday July 22, 5-7pm
Jumpstart Creativity Tour
This event is more for the moms and dads (or even those who don’t have kids), but cool enough that it deserves a mention. Wannabe artists and creationists are converging on My Friend Joe Cafe to make art, do creative writing, or just be inspired around other creative minds. The event is free, but a $3-$5 donation would be much appreciated. 1810 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa.

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

Crissi Dillon