From dating your spouse to saving money on school clothes, plus a whole bunch of great events this weekend, here’s our recap of!

Last official Mom Walk! 
Summertime is coming to an end, which means our Mom Walks around Spring Lake are too.  This Friday is our very last official Santa Rosa Mom walk of the season, and your chance to meet up with us for an hour of exercising and socializing.  Will you be there to join us?  We start walking at 9am.

Dating your spouse 
It’s hard to keep the romance steamy hot after kids.  What once was effortless now takes a lot of work!  But it’s vital to set aside one-on-one time with the love of your life to keep things fresh and new.  What are some of the ways you continue to date your spouse?

Back-to-school bargain shopping
One of our moms asked for tips on where to find deals on back-to-school clothes, and we were overwhelmed with all the helpful responses!  Take a peek on the forums for ideas on where to shop, or add a tip of your own if you’ve found an excellent bargain that will save parents money.  Hint:  If you’re a clothing or supply vendor, this is a great place to brag about your business!

Local toddler hit by teacher 
A mom is understandable upset after her 3-year-old was hit on the arm at the summer camp he’s attending.  She’s looking for advice on what she should do next.  A lot of moms have already weighed in.  What do you think?

The Village

My Week Without Kids 
After a long summer, the kids are at their other parent’s house for an entire week. And everyone keeps asking me if I miss them…

Family Events

Sunday, Aug 12, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Animal Fun:  Some of the animals you saw at the fair will be hanging out at Spring Lake’s Environmental Discovery Center when local 4-Hers bring them in for a visit. $7 parking.  393 Violetti Rd, Santa Rosa.

Sunday, Aug 12, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Public Star Party: As it does every year, the Perseid meteor shower is at its peak early Sunday morning. But the show begins in the days before. The Robert Ferguson Observatory will have telescopes open for easy viewing. It’s a bit late for the little ones, but you only live once, right?  $3 adults, under-18 free.  Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.

Aug 11-12
Gravenstein Apple Fair: Touted the “Sweetest Little Fair in Sonoma County”, the 102 year old festival is all about the tart apple its named for – so you can expect apple pies, caramel apple eating contests, applesauce, apple cider, and of course, naked no-frills apples to nosh on.  But beyond that, the fair will have live music, cooking demos, arts & crafts, a singing competition, petting zoo, vendor booths, and more.  $3-$12, 6-under free.  Parking $3.  Sat 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Ragle Ranch Regional Park.  500 Ragle Ranch Rd., Sebastopol.

Friday, Aug 10
Silhouette Portrait Event: 3rd generation silhouette artist, Karl Johnson, is coming to Healdsburg Cupcake Children and Maternity Boutique to create hand-cut profile portraits of your little ones.  Cost is $25 for this timeless momento of your child’s likeness while they’re still young.  Call to make an appointment: (707)433-3800.  107 Plaza Street, Healdsburg.

By the way, have you joined yet?  The Press Democrat’s website for parents is a great place to meet other moms and dads, get tips and advice, and to be the first to know about family-friendly events going on around Sonoma County.  If you haven’t joined yet, what’s stopping you?  And if you are already a member, share the wealth with your friends!

Thank you to everyone who makes this community as awesome as it is!

Crissi Dillon