Family Events for this weekend

Happy Thursday everyone!  We have a lot of big events going on this weekend – harvest festivals, shopping events, charity events, and more.  But first, have you heard my big news?  If you haven’t, CLICK HERE to find out the latest in our family.  😉

Here’s what’s going on for families this weekend:

(From left) Jordan Zajonc, 9, Elly Moran, 8, and Riley Zajonc, 9, compete in a sack race during the Tolay Fall Festival at Tolay Lake Regional Park on Friday, October 15, 2010, in Sonoma County, California. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)

Tolay Fall Festival
Oct 13-16
Tolay Lake Regional Park
The Tolay Fall Festival returns for its sixth year with the Native American Village, From Earth to You farm crafts for children, Night Time Creatures Barn, and live animals. Take a Ranger-lead hay ride that even those in wheelchairs can enjoy! Pick your own pumpkin in our pumpkin patch, or select something different from colorful gourds, mini-pumpkins, multi-colored corn and more. Test your velocity calculation skills during the World Record Pumpkin Seed Spitting Contest.

Monster-Free Night at Wicked West
Thurs Oct 13, 6:30-8:30p TONIGHT!
Wicked West Ghost Town (472 Jose Ramon Ave, Santa Rosa)
Sponsored by My Gym, the Wicked West Ghost Town is holding a Monster Free Night. All the scary monsters will be sleeping away from the yard haunt/maze outside the home on Jose Ramon Avenue in Santa Rosa, making it a perfect time for families with young kids to come and visit. Everyone is welcome to come in costume, but please no scary masks or weapons.  The first two hundred children get a goodie bag. No RSVP, Free Event!

Santa Rosa FFA Pumpkin Patch
Sat Oct 15, 10a-4:30p
Santa Rosa High’s Farm & Vineyard (Alba Ln, across from Cardinal Newman)
A fun festival for families to gather pumpkins, as well as enjoy a petting zoo, coloring station, Hay Pyramid, and kid-friendly games for all ages. Located at the school farm on Alba Lane across from Cardinal Newman High School. Supports the Santa Rosa FFA.

Wee Three Children’s Store Fall Event
Sat Oct 15, 10am-4pm
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
Quality children’s clothing, shoes, accessories, gifts and lots more. High quality ‘slightly experienced’ clothing and accessories, as well as past season’s boutique clothing, furniture, toys and equipment at incredible prices.

Halloween Costume Swap
Sat Oct 15, 2-5:30pm
Walnut Park, Petaluma (corner of Petaluma Blvd S and D)
Parents looking to give away old costumes or find new ones for the upcoming holiday need look no further.  The Petaluma Farmer’s Market just held a costume swap this last Saturday, and are holding two more this month.  On October 15 (and 22nd) from 2-5:30pm, adults and kids can trade out their old costumes for new ones at the farmer’s market held at Walnut Park in Petaluma (corner of Petaluma Blvd S. and D Street).  Free healthy snacks will also be provided, courtesy of Green Halloween ( – a group started to promote “thinking outside the box” by offering candy alternatives (think bubbles, stickers, etc) to give out on Halloween night.

Hulk Helping Hearts Charity Event
Sun Oct 16, 12-3pm
Anytime Fitness (2350 Santa Rosa Ave)
The folks over at Anytime Fitness are grooving for a good cause. They will be holding a Zumbathon and Bake Sale to benefit Jon Michael Martin, a 7 month old baby who has a rare heart defect. Baby Jon has already had two heart surgeries and will require a third when he is a toddler. Zumba will be a $10 donation. And the bake sale will include gluten-free goodies, as well as directly benefit the family through its proceeds.

Girl Scout Day
Sun Oct 16, 10a-2:30p
Charles Schulz Museum (2301 Hardies Ln, Santa Rosa)
Have fun with hands-on art and cartooning activities in support of the new Artists Badges for Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes. Learn to draw the Disney Princesses with former Disney animator Kim Dwinell; make your own book and paper crafts with Marilyn Scott-Waters; and learn character design with children’s book illustrator, Katie McDee. Also enjoy ice skating at Snoopy’s Home Ice. Reservations required by calling (707) 524-9203. Call to also receive info on admission prices.

Big Cat, Little Cat
Sun Oct 16, 2-3:30p
Sheraton Petaluma (745 Baywood Dr, Petaluma)
Five ambassador wild cats will be brought from the Wild Cat Education & Conservation Fund to Petaluma, in support of the Animal Shelter’s goals to educate the public about the grace, intelligence, and dignity of the feline species. The Animal Shelter will also bring the new mobile adoption center, known as the “Cuddle Shuttle”, with cats and kittens available for adoption. Adults are $10, children under 12 are $5.

For more events (or to add your own), be sure to check out our Events Calendar at

Have a wonderful week!

Crissi Dillon


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