Here is what’s going on at this week:

Sonoma County Fair photo contest
Going to the fair? Don’t forget to grab your camera! The Press Democrat is teaming up with the Sonoma County Fair for a photo contest of this year’s fair, and your photos are wanted. Enter a photo in one of four categories (Fun & Games; Agriculture, Arts & Crafts; Animal Attractions; Entertainment), and you could win a fabulous fair package for the whole family!

Best/Worst about school starting – Your opinion needed!
I know what you’re thinking. Already? It’s still July! But do you realize many schools start up again in less than a month, and some are already in session? Whether you consider that great news or something to dread, I’d love to hear from you. What is the best or worst part about the kids going back to school? Email me at or reply in the forums to be included in an article I’m writing on the subject.

Only 4 Mom Walks left….
Alright moms, it’s time to strap on those walking shoes and join in on our Friday morning walk around Spring Lake. This is not only a great way to get in a little bit of exercise, but it’s an excellent way to meet other moms and gab about everything from diapers to college tuition. If you haven’t joined us yet, consider making this the week you venture out. After all, after August 17th you won’t get another chance till next summer.

Mom Park Review
Shannon Cavanagh checked out Sonoma Valley Regional Park in Glen Ellen, and gives her review on how family friendly it is – from how well a stroller will do on the paths, age recommendations for hiking, and some of the cool wildlife you can see in the park. Read Shannon’s review, and then check it out for yourself!

Microwave Chocolate Cake
Looking for a quick fix to your chocolate craving? This recipe will have you stuffing your face in no time. 😉

The Village

Making friends at camp
The scariest thing at camp isn’t being out in the wilderness or about what lurks in the forest, it’s about being away from everyone you know. In summer camp season, I share the story of Taz at camp, and the struggle with making friends.

Family Events

Now – August 12
Sonoma County Fair
I mean, of course your going to the fair. While you’re at the carnival, break away and check out all the great contests for kids around the grounds, the livestock areas, and the Hall of Flowers. Get kept up to date with fair happenings at

Saturday, July 28, 10am-8pm
Pacific Islander Festival
Escape to the islands while never leaving the county as you enjoy Polynesian cuisine, island-themed vendors, music, entertainment, and more. Rohnert Park City Center Plaza, 6250 Lynne Conde Way, Rohnert Park.

Sunday, July 9, 11am-6pm
This Train: Woody Guthrie 100th Birthday Jubilee
The music of Woody Guthrie will be performed by local and not-so-local live bands in Railroad Square, a 110th birthday tribute to Guthrie that will be headlined by Ramblin’ Jack Elliot.

Sunday, July 29, 11am-4pm
Dog Days of Summer
Trentadue Winery is howling with excitement over their pooch-friendly celebration full of wine, food trucks, dog training, toys, contests, family fun, and more. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Healsburg Animal Shelter. 19170 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville.

Sunday, July 29, 11am-4pm
Petaluma Art & Equestrian Festival
A demo polo match, horse jumping contests, horse rides, and art are just a part of this annual festival at the San Francisco Polo Club Ranch alongside the Petaluma River. 7650 Lakeville Hwy, Petaluma

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

Crissi Dillon