Everyone gearing up for getting the kids back to school?  So are we!  Here’s all that’s going on over at SantaRosaMom.com this week.

Back to school costs
Just got done signing over the deeds to my house for back-to-school shopping. Ok, maybe it just felt like it… Between clothes, supplies, field trips, photos, and more, taking out a loan to get the kids back to school isn’t so far-fetched. Anyone else relate?

School shopping ideas
Still need to shop and looking for the best bargains? The moms on our forum banded together and listed their favorite places to save for back-to-school shopping. Hint: The favorite choice among the moms is my personal favorite too!

Back to school blues…and elation
Parents give their opinion on what they like most and least about summer ending and the kids going back to school.  Do you feel the same as any of these parents?

Other kids’ behavior
A mother is disturbed about the behavior of kids these days, and has a message for parents. But her answer might not be the same as yours. How would you handle bad behavior from other people’s children?

Taking social time offline
We just ended our series of summertime Mom Walks, and it was fantastic getting to know other moms! I’d love to receive ideas on new events we can hold to give everyone a chance to meet other local parents. Any ideas? Follow the link above and leave a suggestion in the comments.

Family Events

August 18-19
Wings Over Wine Country: Packed with aerial demonstrations and flybys from stunt planes to war birds, a chance to see an inside view of the huge C-17 Globemaster, gravity defying aerobatics, and the Kids World with jumpies, inflatables, and a train – and more.  Early bird entrance for those attending the $8 Pancake Breakfast, 8-10 a.m. (Price of breakfast does not include admission to show).  Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport.  2200 Airport Blvd, Santa Rosa.  wingsoverwinecountry.org

Sunday, August 19
Sonoma County Bicycle Expo: Does your family love to ride bikes? Check out the festival that will be taking Santa Rosa by storm! Custom frame exhibits, all-day races, swap meets, hobby booths, and more will fill downtown Santa Rosa. Ride your bike on over and join in on the fun! 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 2nd Street between D & E Streets. bikesonoma.org

Sunday, August 19
Much Ado Preview: Before the big Sebastopol Renaissance Faire next month, check out the preview faire at the Sonoma Wine Shop. From 4-5:30 p.m., enjoy kids games, tarot reading, juggling, merchants, and more. Costumes are encouraged, as is your best Elizabethan accent and wit. Following at 5:30 p.m. is a Royal Feast with the Queen and her nobles. Festival is free. Dinner is $25/adults, $12/kids 10-12, and $10 kids under 10. Call 827-1832 for dinner reservations. 2295 Gravenstein Hwy S, Sebastopol. sonomawineshop.com

Saturday, August 19
Cotati Accordian Festival: If you’re one of those hipsters that wonders why no one fully appreciates the polka as much as you do, Cotati has the answer to your prayers. In its 22nd year, the Cotati Accordian Festival features Dick Contino, among other notable squeeze box players. Advance tickets: $15 one-day, $25 two-days. At the gate: $17 one-day, $25 two-days. Kids 15 and under FREE with paying adult. 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. both days. La Plaza Park. 60 W Cotati Ave, Cotati. cotatifest.com

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

Crissi Dillon