I hope you all had a wonderful, though soggy, Halloween! As you recover from the sugar hangover, here are this week’s family events and a recap of what’s going on at SantaRosaMom.com.

Face-to-Face Social Time
One of the moms brought up a great topic about meeting other moms IRL (in real life), something I’d love to help out with if the interest exists. Would you like to be a part of a mom get-together, perhaps a once a month movie night or dinner out, time away from the kids, or time with the kids? Should we start a book club or maybe just a morning coffee chat? Come on over and brainstorm with us in the forums on what we can do for regular meet-ups.

Teaching Thanks
Thanksgiving is still a few weeks away, but it’s never too early to start teaching them gratitude. What better day to start than today, the first day of November? Do you do anything special in celebration of thankfulness? Share with us in the forums, or come on over to find an idea on where to start.

P.S. Here’s my challenge for you Facebookers – Send out a daily status update of thanks in the Month of Thankfulness, adding your positive gratefulness to the newsfeed. That’s what I’m doing this month, as I have every November for the last several years. Trust me, your posts of thanks will be a breath of fresh air amongst all the angry political rants and complaints. 🙂

The Village

Turkey Party Gives Something to Gobble About
For the 9th year, a group of friends in Petaluma get together and throw a “Turkey Party” – a celebration where the cost of admission is a frozen turkey. Each year has gotten bigger and bigger, with businesses and food vendors pitching in to make it really fun while going towards a great cause. Read all about it and how you can get involved too.

When Adults are the Bad Sports
Not only should kids be taught the rights and wrongs of sportsmanship and how to conduct themselves on the field, but some adults need lessons in this too. While generally sports teaches community and responsibility through adults who sacrifice much for the sport, a select few have forgotten they’re supposed to be serving as a positive example.

Family Events

Thursday, Nov 1
Lemony Snicket at Petaluma Copperfields: Actually, the elusive Mr. Snicket can’t make it, but he’s sending his “representative” to take his place. Daniel Handler will be reading from the first book of the latest Snicket series, “Who Could It Be at this Hour: All the Wrong Questions”. Hear about Snicket’s life at age 13, prior to A Series of Unfortunate Events. 7 p.m. 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. copperfieldsbooks.com

TIP:  Read more about this event at 707.pressdemocrat.com.

Nov 2- 4 & 9-11
Snow White and the Family Dwarf: Check out what Actor’s Theater for Children has in store for you when they perform their version of Snow White’s tale. As always, audience members are encouraged to dress as their favorite character. $5.  actorstheaterforchildren.com
• Friday Evenings: November 2nd and 9th at 7:30 pm
• Saturday Matinees: November 3rd and 10th at 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm
• Sunday Matinees: November 4th and 11th at 3:00 pm
Dohn Theater, Steele Lane Community Center. 415 Steele Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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

Crissi Langwell