Happy Thursday friends!  Here is what’s going on for families this week:

To Read

Paddling allowed in schools
The OK has just been given for the principal at a Florida school district to be able to paddle misbehaving children.  Should schools reintroduce corporal punishment in the classroom?

The Common Table – A story of giving
A group of women came together to serve the homeless women of our community.  But in the end, they were the ones who felt served.  This account of giving to other is a definite must-read!

Family Events

Saturday, May 4
Kidworx: This month’s fun activitiy has kids making “reflective” presents for their mom. Free. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friedman’s Home Improvement. 4055 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. www.friedmanshome.com/kidsworx

Saturday, May 4
Celebration of Smiles: Wendy Waddell Photography is inviting families to Lucchesi Park in Petaluma for a fun portrait event where 100% of the proceeds benefit Operation Smile. 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. $24. 320 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. For info or to RSVP, call 529-3517 or visit wendywaddell.com/blog/celebration-of-smilespetaluma

Saturday, May 4
Castles & Kites: The annual festival at Doran Beach includes sandcastle architects, expert kite-flyers, kite-making workshops, and a day filled with fun in the sun. Parking $7. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 201 Doran Beach Road, Bodega Bay. sonomacountyparks.org

Saturday, May 4
Poochella: The free dog party and fair promotes pet adoption and wellness through fun for your pets and special promotions on various pet necessities. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. FIt ‘N’ Furry Pet Resort. 860 Lindberg Lane, Petaluma. fitnfurry.com

Sunday, May 5
Santa Rosa Cinco de Mayo: Each year, the annual event attracts around 8,000 revelers, with local entetainment, family fun, booths, food, the crowing of the “Reina del Cinco de Mayo”, and Rosie the Trolley shuttling guests to and from the event. 3-9 p.m. Sebastopol Rd., Santa Rosa. santarosacincodemayo.com

Sunday, May 5
Fam Jam: Several local DJs and promoters got together to create a daytime music and dance event for the under-10 crowd and their families. $5/general, babies free. 1-3:30 p.m. 925 Piner Road, Santa Rosa. www.livemusicianscoop.com
P.S. Read more details about this event at The Village!

Sunday, May 5
Day Under the Oaks: The family friendly event gives future college attendees of all ages a glimpse of what can be learned at college, through hands on exhibits, free planetarium shows, demonstrations, and more. Free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Santa Rosa Junior College. 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. santarosa.edu/about_srjc/day-under-the-oaks

Go do something fun this weekend!

Crissi Langwell
Author of A Symphony of Cicadas