Here is what’s going on this week at

Should PB&J be banned?
The growing number of kids with nut allergies has given cause for alarm at many schools, particularly with the parents whose child is prone to a severe reaction if they come in contact with nuts of any kind. Some schools have taken measures that include forbidding anything in lunches that includes peanut butter or other nut products, or by seating kids with nutty lunches at separate tables from the rest of the students. Parents of kids with no allergies feel their rights are being infringed upon as schools search their child’s lunches or by treating them like “bad” kids when they bring PB&J to school, while parents with kids who have nut allergies feel attacked while trying to protect their children. What do you think the answer should be regarding schools and nut allergies?

Mom meet-up ideas
One of our moms is looking for fun ways to meet other moms. She’s proposing a book club start up, or some other fun outing to meet new friends. Interested? Check out her posting in the forums and chime in!

Superdad makes super lunches
As parents, the majority of us have had to deal with getting a picky eater to eat. One dad went to “super” lengths to encourage his daughter not to stick her nose up at her bagged lunch. The heroic results are sure to give you a smile.

Quality time with kids
As busy as life gets, it’s so important for kids to get one-on-one time with each of their parents as they soak in a little bonding time and attention. What are some of the things you like to do when it’s just you and your child?

Quarryhill Botanical Garden
Shannon Cavanagh visited Quarryhill recently and shared her findings with us in the forums. If you’ve ever wanted to visit this beautiful garden, check out her review and the photos she shared.

The Village

Dating your spouse
It’s easy to take your spouse for granted, especially when life gets hectic with kids, school, jobs, housework….. But it’s so important to keep that spark burning. Check out some easy and inexpensive ways to date your spouse and keep the romance sizzling!

Family Events

Saturday, 9/22, 10am-3pm
Fall Festival: Sonoma Family Life Magazine is throwing their annual fall festival, serving as a one-stop shop for educational and recreational resources, entertainment, and products and services for families. There will also be a costume swap (just in time for Halloween!), performances, and a bike rodeo. Free. Finley Community Center. 2060 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa.

Saturday, 9/22-23
Much Ado About Sebastopol: The annual renaissance faire in Ives Park is back this weekend with two days of 16th century fun, games, food, and more. Come in costume (or come as you are) to experience a live action production of what life would have been like in the time of Queen Elizabeth. $7-$12 single day, $10-$20 both days. Under-6 free. 7400 Willow St., Sebastopol.

Saturday, 9/22, 10am-4pm
Sonoma County Book Festival: Book lovers of all kinds should definitely visit downtown Santa Rosa this weekend to hear live author readings, poetry slams, peruse bookseller booths, and meet local authors. Workshops and literary events will also take place in many of the downtown businesses. And this year’s children’s program includes several notable children’s authors, a scavenger hunt, live theater, and more. Free. Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa.

Saturday, 9/22, 5-8 p.m.
BV Grange Spaghetti Dinner: Support the oldest grange in the United States at their infamous spaghetti dinner. Entertainment by accordion player Sheri Mignano gives an air of Italy, and there isn’t even a corkage fee if you bring your own wine! And the spaghetti is served with your choice of three delicious sauces – meat, pesto, or vegetarian. Enjoy a delicious meal with the family while raising funds for the upkeep of the Grange. $10. 4145 Grange Rd., Santa Rosa.

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

Crissi Dillon