Here is what’s going on at this week:

Win tickets to the fair! 
The Sonoma County Fair is full of fantastic photo ops – from the portly pigs in the livestock areas to the lights of the carnival rides at night.  If you’re like most people, you’re toting a camera around to capture memories on film just as enthusiastically as you are about forgetting the calories in a delicious plate of greasy fair food.  So why not reap the rewards for something you’re already doing?  Enter your photo in the 2012 Sonoma County Fair Photo Contest and you could win a family pack of admission tickets, plus your choice of one of the huge fair acts – including iCarly’s Miranda Cosgrove, Destruction Derby, Martina McBride, and more.  But hurry, deadline to enter is Sunday, August 5th!

Wildflowers at Laguna de Santa Rosa (photo by Shannon Cavanagh,

Mom Park Review:  Laguna de Santa Rosa 
Shannon Cavanagh shared the surprising delights she and her family discovered at this beautiful park.  Read up on her adventure.

Mom Walk 
We’re down to the wire for Santa Rosa Mom Walks.  August 3rd and August 10th are the last Fridays I will be holding morning walks around Spring Lake before I pack things in and prepare for the school year.  But if you haven’t been able to join in, one of our Mom Walk faithfuls is planning on continuing the tradition for a little longer.  Stay tuned for a new announcement coming soon.  But in the meantime, won’t you join us this Friday for a walk around the lake?

Dreading the end of summer? 
Or are you celebrating?  Let me know.  😉

Family Events

Ray Hoey (photo by Will Bucquoy)

Saturday, Aug 4

Kids Magic Classes
Local magician Ray Hoey will be at the Share Exchange this Saturday to teach kids 7-12 magic tricks they can perform using regular household items like paper, string, coins, etc. They’ll also learn performing techniques, how to seek out venues, and more. Students should bring a bag lunch. 11:30am-1:30pm.

August 3-4
Broadway Under the Stars Family Nights
Enjoy music from all your favorite family movies, including Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, Annie, Beauty & the Best, The Little Mermaid, and a few special guests. Picnicking starts at 5pm, show starts at 8pm.

Saturday Aug 4, 8a-1p
Family Health & Wellness Fair
Sponsored by the Native Breastfeeding Council, this appears to be the only local event celebrating National Breastfeeding Week.  Participate in the kid and stroller friendly 6K run/walk, check out the local Native American artists & vendors and health & wellness booths, and enjoy music, raffles and more.   The fair is free to attend, the run/walk is $20 to participate.  8am-1pm.  Walk starts at 9am.

Aug 4-5
Ride A Train
At only a buck a ride, this is an affordable way to get the kids out of the house to ride Redwood Empire Live Steamers’ little train around the tracks.  Located at Youth Community Park, there’s also a playground, picnic area, and even a skate park.  So bring the family for a day of fun!  12-4pm.

Sonoma County Fair
This weekend, the Monster Trucks come out to play, kids take on sheep in the Mutton Bustin’ round up, and the Derby Dogs race around the race track in between the horse races.  Want to find out when all the cool events are?  Check out our sister site at to be kept up to date about the Sonoma County Fair!

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

Crissi Dillon