Here is what’s going on at this week!

On vacation
Just a heads up that I’ll be missing in action for the next several weeks because….I’m getting married! That means the newsletter will be on hiatus, as will my weekly wrap up of family events. But the forums at are still open for your questions, concerns, mom tips and conversation. While I’m gone, feel free to talk amongst yourselves on the forums at

2012 Pumpkin Patch Guide
Find your own Great Pumpkin at one of the fantastic local pumpkin farms right here in Sonoma County! There are so many benefits to buying local – you support your local farm, are ensured a quality pumpkin, plus you can partake in the activities and fun going on at each of the pumpkin patches. Check out our wrap-up of favorite patches around Sonoma County and what they have to offer. If we forgot yours, let us know in the comments!

The Village

Dating your kids
I think we can all agree that spending quality time with our kids is incredibly important. But do you know WHY and what the benefits are? Check out the tips I’ve listed to take with you as you plan some one-on-one time with your child.

Family Events

Saturday, Oct 6 & Thursday, Oct 11
Monster-free kids night: The Wicked West Ghost Town at Jose Ramon have put their monsters to bed and are inviting all kids out for two free nights of unscary fun! Kids are invited to dress up (no scary or gory costumes please!) and check out the haunt while the monsters are away. Check out the details in a guest blog at The Village by Wild Bill Wolcott, founder of the Wicked West Ghost Town.

Oct 6-7
Spring Lake Park Water Bark: Marking the end of the swim season, the popular swimming lagoon goes to the dogs. $3-$5 per pooch, $7 parking for non-members of Regional Parks. 9:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. 391 Violetti Rd., Santa Rosa.

Saturday, Oct 6
Tin Can Tourist Rally: The trailer park is the place to be, especially when it’s a rally of vintage RVs showcased by the rowdy tin can tourists, complete with yard sales and mobile coach tours. Free. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Petaluma KOA. 20 Rainesville Rd., Petaluma.

Oct 5-7
Sonoma County Harvest Fair: Families can enjoy a few new additions to this year’s Harvest Fair. The Sweet Lil’s Farmery will have just hatched (or hatching!) chicks, barnyard animals, and even a faux cow ready to be milked. There will also be lots of pumpkin-themed fun, including giant pumpkins, carving, pumpkin painting, and an Easy Bake Oven bake-off for pumpkin cakes. And no one will want to miss the World Championship Grape Stomp! Parents can also enjoy wine tasting and more. $10/adults, $5/kids 7-12, 6-under free. Friday only – $7/adults. Wine Passport $40 (includes fair and tasting admission, glass, 6 taste tickets, and a $10 coupon for the marketplace). Friday, noon – 7 p.m. Sat & Sun, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa.

Oct 6-7
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.

Saturday, Oct 6
Imagination Movers Rock-o-matic LIVE: Rich, Scott, Dave and Smitty – of the Emmy-winning quartet from the Disney Channel TV series “Imagination Movers” –bring their high-octane rock concert to Santa Rosa, and it’s an event the whole family can enjoy. 6:30-8pm. Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa.
P.S. Congratulations to Teresa, winner in our Imagination Movers ticket giveaway!

Have a wonderful week, and I’ll see you when I get back from my honeymoon!

Crissi Dillon