There’s so much going on this weekend that I don’t want any of you to miss a thing.  So instead of writing a recap of what’s going on at, I’d rather focus on what’s going on around Sonoma County.  Get out there and do something fun!

Feb. 8 & 9
Valentine Card Crafting:  Cupcake Children’s and Maternity Boutique is hosting a card making event where kids can make adorable card robots for all the people they love.  Cost is only $5.  On Friday the event will be at the Santa Rosa store (641 Fourth St), and on Saturday, it will be at the Healdsburg store (107 Plaza Street).  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Call 579-2165 to schedule your half hour appointment.

Saturday, Feb. 9
Steelhead Festival:  The 6th annual celebration features over 25 educational exhibits, fishing ponds, art for kids, archery, live music, and more.  The new location at Lake Sonoma also allows for visitors to view the fish ladder and fish sortings at the Hatchery.  Free.  All ages.  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Milt Brandt Visitor Center, Lake Sonoma.  3288 Skaggs Springs Rd., Geyserville.

Saturday, Feb. 9
Hobby Expo:  This year’s theme is “Models from the Movies.”  The public is welcome to participate in the themed model contest, view the impressive projects hobbyists have constructed, take part in building activities, shop from hobby vendors, and more.  Free.  All ages.  9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  320 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. hobby_expo.html

Feb. 9-10
Cat Show:  Take a break from the cute kitty memes on the ‘net and check out the real thing.  Pedigreed felines and household cats compete for prizes, and shelter cats are available for adoption.  Plus, shop for your furry friend at the vendor fair. $5 Adults, $3 Kids 6-12, Under 5 Free.  All ages.  10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Sonoma County Fairgrounds.  1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa.

Saturday, Feb. 9
Bee Mine Barn Dance: Boogie to the tunes of Arann Harris and the Farm Band while the Green String Farm interns cook you up something tasty. $10. All ages. 6-9 p.m. Green String Farm. 3571 Old Adobe Rd., Petaluma.

Saturday, Feb. 9
Meet author of “Big Nate”: The NY Times Bestselling author is coming to the Charles Schulz Museum to talk about his popular children’s series, “Big Nate”.  1-3 p.m.  Free to members, adults:$10.00, youth/seniors: $5.00 2301 Hardies Ln., Santa Rosa.

Saturday, Feb. 9
Star Party:  The Robert Ferguson Observatory opens three of their main telescopes to the public for impressive viewing of the night sky, offering information through docent-led presentations.  $3 adults.  Under 18 free.  Parking $8.  7 p.m.  2605 Adobe Canyon Rd., Kenwood.

Thursday, Feb. 14
Calling all Little Red-haired girls:  On Valentine’s Day, all little red-haired girls of all ages receive free admission to the Charles Schulz Museum.  All others will pay $5-$10.  But if you were blessed with a fiery mane of hair, you can peruse the exhibits free of charge.  2301 Hardies Ln., Santa Rosa.

Still looking for things to do?  Check out some tips several parents gave for entertaining bored kids in my blog, The Village.

Have a fun-filled weekend!

Crissi Langwell