It’s been an exceptionally busy week at as we get into the swing of things with busier schedules, kids back at school, and a shorter amount of time to get it all done. Take a break and relax as you catch up on all that’s going on at our site this week!

A few new moms
We have at least two new moms who have joined the site. Shanay just moved here from New York and is looking to meet other moms and learn more about where she lives. J. Lee will be moving here soon and hopes other moms can give her tips on where to start looking for a home. Come on over and welcome them!

Movies in the Park
Howarth Park has started their Movies in the Park series, beginning with The Princess Bride (wuv. twue wuv). Shannon Cavanagh gives the scoop on the details to attend, and what movies will play next.

Parents bribe plane passengers
You might be impressed with what these parents of newborn twins did on a plane ride, or you might think it was an unnecessary effort. Either way, you’ll definitely want to check out the story behind their bribe.

The Village

Post-baby body reality
I actually thought I would be model-thin after my pregnancy. HA! I was set straight months after the baby was born when I was still sporting those chic maternity pants when I wasn’t in my sweats.

The cool parent
When kids become teens, the rules suddenly change. You can either be their friend or their parent, and sometimes the choice can seem awfully hard….

Family Events:

September 6-9
JBF Sale: Today’s the big day – the start to the the huge consignment sale at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds! If you have little ones or are expecting one on the way, you definitely won’t want to miss this sale! Find our more at You can also read up more about it at my blog.

Saturday, September 8
Water Bark: This event has gone to the dogs, with a Spring Lake romp in the swimming lagoon during an afternoon of off-leash play. People food will also be served for pets’ humans. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. $3-$5 per dog, plus $7 parking fee (free with pass). 400 Violetti Rd., Santa Rosa.

September 8-9
Art in the Park: The annual art show held at Walnut Park presents different forms of media by talented local artists while contributing proceeds to provide scholarships for local art students and grants for local schools. 10 a.m. D St. & Petaluma Blvd. S.

Saturday, September 8
Cajun Zydeco Festival: Pair your accordion music with some spicy southern creole with a musical lineup that includes a multitude of Zydeco musicians, savory crawfish, good ol’ fashioned Cajun food, and some suds to wash them all down.  11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.  $25/adults, under 12 free.

Saturday, September 8
Chili n’ Wheels: Get your grub on when the chili cook-off and classic car show holds their 4th annual benefit at Driven Raceway, complete with an arm chair football toss with retired NFL players, a beer garden, chili tasting, car trophies, and more. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 4601 Redwood Dr., Rohnert Park.

Sunday, September 9
Discovery Center Celebration: Celebrating 10 years, the Environmental Discovery Center at Spring Lake is hosting a series of special guests. This Sunday is a visit by a local turtle expert who will bring in his turtles and share a bit about them. Following, kids are invited to partake in some fun turtle-themed crafts. $7 parking (free admission). 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. 400 Violetti Rd., Santa Rosa.

Sunday, September 9
Wild Cat Adventure: View live wild cats from around the world in a show that gives information about their species while offering a rare glimpse to the exotic breed. 3-4 p.m. $5-$10. Sebastopol Community Center. 390 Morris St., Sebastopol.

Sunday, September 9
Grandparents Day: Treat your grandma and grandpa to a free day at the Charles Schulz Museum, where all grandparents get in free when visiting with their grandchild. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Charles Schulz Museum. 2301 Hardies Ln., Santa Rosa.

September 8-9
Ride a Train: The Redwood Empire Live Steamers offer their monthly train ride at Youth Community Park in Santa Rosa. Tickets are only $1 per ride, and give a chance to ride a real (little) steam train around the park. Fulton Rd. (across from Piner High).

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

Crissi Dillon