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10 ways to unplug this weekend

flying kite blogThis weekend, Petaluma is encouraging everyone to detach from their devices and join the community for some unplugged fun. From April 10-12, Petalumans will be out and about, enjoying picnics together, enjoying the waterfront, strolling downtown and more.

There will also be plenty of unplugged events to choose from this weekend. On Friday, you can treat yourself to a self-guided tour of Petaluma’s waterways, or unplug with tea at Aqus Cafe from 4-6 p.m. On Saturday, there will be a hike at Helen Putnam Park, sheep shearing at Petaluma Adobe State Park, and sing-alongs at Aqus Cafe. On Sunday, Steamer Landing Park will be hosting free boat rides from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a kite flying picnic from 1-4 p.m.

To see a full list of events, visit petalumaunplugged.com.

Of course, you don’t need to go anywhere to enjoy a technology-free weekend. Here are a few things you can do to occupy your time when you’re not plugged in to your device.

1. Write a letter to a friend, your grandparents, a teacher or a relative. You know, the old-fashioned, snail mail kind. Tell them something fun that’s going on with you, or let them know why they’re important to you. Who knows, they may even write you a letter back, giving you the surprise of something nice coming in the mail among all your bills and advertisements.

2. Get lost….but in a good way. Explore your town, but leave the GPS at home. Find places you’ve never discovered before, and don’t worry about losing your way. After all, you can always ask someone for directions if you get lost.

3. Go outside and play. Take a hike in the hills. Go to the beach. Play on the playground. Go for a bike ride. Take the dog to the dog park. Strap on some roller skates. Build a fort. Play hopscotch or jacks (do you remember those?). The possibilities are endless!

4. Sit and do nothing. Seriously. Remember what it was like to NOT pull out your phone when you had idle time? Think of the things you could now do with that time. You could watch people walk by. You could stare at the leaves in the trees. You could try to make shapes out of clouds. Or…you could do nothing.

5. Color. As in, the kind where you have to stay inside the lines. Or don’t stay in the lines. Heck, scribble all over the page, if you want. Just grab a box of crayons, a book of pictures, and have at it. Coloring is an awesome way to just get lost in the moment.

6. Play board games. What’s the most obscure game you used to play as a child? Chutes and ladders? Pick up sticks? Risk? Clue? Candyland? Or perhaps you like some of the newer games like Apples to Apples or Cranium. Find a game you used to love, or discover a new one. To get you started, check out this list of 76 board games you can play.

7. Learn a new recipe. But not the kind you look up online. Grab one of your grandma’s old cookbooks and find the most interesting recipe you can find. Then make it for your family or friends.

8. Read a book. Not your Kindle, but an honest-to-goodness book, the kind that emits a light scent of paper, ink and glue.

9. Take a nap.

10. Journal. There’s a major difference between blogging and journaling. When you blog, you’re sharing your inner thoughts without eh whole world. But when you journal? Those thoughts are just for you. It’s here that you can get down your deepest thoughts without censoring yourself, being absolutely honest because there’s no one to offend and no one to make you feel stupid. It’s just you. And magic happens when you journal – you learn more about yourself than you thought you already knew. Try it every day for a week, and find out what happens.

What do you do to unplug?

Family FIVE, Dec 9-11

From children’s theater productions to seasonal events, there’s so much to do this weekend!

Posada Navideña
Fri Dec 9, 7p
Wells Fargo Center of the Arts (50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa)
20 dancers and 16 musicians lead a south-of-the-border celebration laden with seasonal accents, traditional song and dance, and vibrant imagery in this Mexican Christmas production. The show is $15 child, $20 adult, but the pre-show arts & crafts and post-show Posada celebration is free.

Murder’s in the Heir
Dec 8-11, 7pm (plus a Sunday 2pm matinee)
Clear Heart Gallery (368 Petaluma Blvd N)
Talented 11-14 year olds will perform in this comedic murder mystery whodunnit. The fun part is that the audience decides the outcome, so every show is different. A side note, the Clear Heart Gallery is slated for demolition in the future, so you’ll definitely want to check out a show before it’s all gone.

Family Day
Sat Dec 10, 11a-2p
Sonoma County Museum (425 7th St, Santa Rosa)
Their Filipino-themed family day will include dance & martial arts demos, traditional children’s games, face painting, hands-on musical instruments, plus their Singgalot exhibition. Admission is free for members and for families with children.

Children’s Holiday Party
Sat Dec 10, 10a
Cornerstone Sonoma (23570 Arnold Dr, Sonoma)
Kids will love decorating cookies, creating crafts, hanging at the Sweet Treat Buffet, sipping at the Hot Chocolate Bar, and more! Have photos taken with Santa or take part in a sing-a-long with Santa’s Elf. And Raffle Prizes include a romantic getaway, a kids day outing, a spa getaway….too much to list. The event is to raise funds for the Ella Bisbee Fund to create an Art Room in her memory at the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County.

Community Boardgame Day
Sun Dec 11 ,12-5p
Hobbytown Petaluma (171 N. McDowell Blvd, Petaluma)
Monthly event that has boardgames making a comeback. Guests aged 8 and older are invited to bring their own, or play with the ones owner Steve supplies. Hobbytown will also offer 10% off any boardgame purchased that day.

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

Crissi Dillon

To see more events or to share your event, visit the SantaRosaMom.com Events Calendar, or visit events.pressdemocrat.com.

Family Friendly Events Nov 11-13

SantaRosaMom.com thanks all our veterans for what they've sacrficed for our freedom and security. Thank you.

Parades, trains, and art festivals.  So much to do this weekend my head is spinning!  Here’s my list for best bets for a weekend of family fun:

Veteran’s Day Parade
Friday Nov 11, 1p
Walnut Park, Petaluma
The Northbay’s annual old-fashioned salute to our veterans features a parade that starts and finishes at Walnut Park, plus a flyover by vintage war birds.

Sonoma County Model Railroad Society
Sat Nov 12, 10a-12p
HobbyTown Petaluma (171 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma)
Help build the HobbyTown railroad layout while learning all about model railroading and working on projects. A perfect activity for train enthusiasts and kids who appreciate miniatures and modeling. This event is held regularly every 2nd Saturday of the month.

Petaluma Holiday Arts & Crafts Faire
Nov 12-13, 10a-5p
Petaluma Community Center (Lucchesi Park)
Handmade crafts that include home decor, gourmet foods, ornaments, toys, clothing, and more. Jewelry artisans will be selling unique styles at reasonable prices. Big Boy’s BBQ will provide great food, and Children’s Museum of Sonoma County will be there with their “Museum-on-the-Go”.

New Parents Hike
Sat Nov 12, 11a-2:30p
Ranchero Mark West (call 524-9318 to register and find location)
Join new moms and dads on an easy uphill hike. Geared towards kids 0-2, the hike is 2-3 miles long.

SOFA Arts District Winterblast Festival
Sat Nov 12, 5-8p
South of A Arts District (South A Street and Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa)
A joyful street party celebrating the arts and community. Live music, food vendors, a Kids Art Zone and more will be at this festive winter party, as well as the infamous SOFA parade. Costumes encouraged.

If you have parenting questions or tips, a family-friendly event to share, or are looking for more fun things to do, come visit SantaRosaMom.com.

Crissi Dillon

Halloween fun, and upcoming events!

SantaRosaMom.com is gearing up for Halloween! Be sure to check out our Halloween Fun Guide for a listing of local pumpkin patches, favorite costumes, arts & crafts, things to do, and more!

Here’s the list of events going on this weekend around Sonoma County. Check out our Events Calendar for more local family-friendly events.

The Sonoma County Museum brings back their Day of the Dead exhibit with an opening reception this weekend.

Day of the Dead
Friday Oct 7, 5pm-7pm
Sonoma County Museum (425 7th St, Santa Rosa)
Join the museum at their opening of the annual Day of the Dead altars and gallery collections. Featured artists will include several popular names, like Diego Rivera, as well as a few local Latino artists. The public is invited to bring items for the community altar, and enjoy refreshments and music from De Colores. Regular admission rates apply.

Viking Festival
Saturday Oct 8, 10am-3pm
Sons of Norway Hall (61 W Ninth St, Santa Rosa)
Celebrate Leif Erickson Day at the annual festival. The day will be filled with live re-enactments, Cultural Demonstrations, Taste of Norway Lunch, and more. Admission is free.

Model Railroading
Saturday Oct 8, 10am-12pm
Hobbytown Petaluma (171 N. McDowell Blvd, Petaluma)
Learn about model railroading, work on projects, and help build the HobbyTown layout.

Tie-dye the natural way at this weekend's kids event at Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Tie-dye at Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Sunday Oct 9, 11am-3pm
300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville
October is kids month at FFC Winery, with a fun activity happening every single weekend. Kids 12 and under are free to participate in each event. This weekend, kids are invited to tie-dye t-shirts using grape juice. T-shirts will be provided.

Festa Italiana
Sunday Oct 9, 11am-6pm
Vets Building (1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa)
21st annual festival dedicated to all things Italian. Fun-filled day of good food, folk dancing and music, classic auto show, and more.

Go wayback with a day dedicated to boardgames at Hobbytown

Community Boardgame Day
Sunday Oct 9, 12pm-5pm
Hobbytown Petaluma (171 N. McDowell Blvd, Petaluma)
Monthly event that has boardgames making a comeback. Guests aged 8 and older are invited to bring their own, or play with the ones owner Steve supplies. Hobbytown will also offer 10% off any boardgame purchased that day.

Have a family event you wish to share with local families here in Sonoma County?  Visit our Events Calendar and enter them there, or email me at crissi@santarosamom.com.

Crissi Dillon

Event: How to Save a Life (in honor of Buddy Rowe)

There are a lot of events going on this weekend, and I urge you to visit our Events Calendar to see them. But today I am dedicating my events newsletter to one very important event happening this Sunday.

Christopher "Buddy" Rowe - February 22, 2007 to August 19, 2011

It was two weeks after Judi Seargeant-Holmes moved from San Diego to Santa Rosa when she came across a tragic event. She was taking her daughter to soccer practice on August 18th when she saw people running to the street and carrying an injured person. As a Physician Assistant, she ran to offer her help. That’s when she saw Michelle Rowe laying her 4 year old son, Christopher “Buddy” Rowe on the grass after he had been hit by a car who had blown through the crosswalk. Judi identified herself as a PA and stabilized Buddy’s neck while monitoring his breathing. She could tell he was in really bad shape.

While there, Judi became aware of another concern beyond the hit and run accident that had just occurred. Of the 50+ people surrounding the scene, no one came forward to offer their medical skills. It became clear that no one there had any. Judi walked away from this tragedy with a new purpose to fulfill. She talked with “The Healthsource”, a local company, who agreed to donate instructors, equipment, and time for a free or low cost Adult/Child CPR course at Lincoln Elementary School – the school were the tragedy occurred.

On Sunday, September 25th from 1pm – 4pm, The Healthsource will be offering this free/low-cost instructional course. Any money given will be going towards the “Christopher Rowe Memorial Fund”, and they are suggesting $5 donations towards the cause. There will be free childcare, and the event is bilingual.

For registration, call The HealthSource at (707) 546-4656
For registration for free childcare call (707) 522-3210
Event limited to 50 people.

Just think – if you were in a situation where your life was at stake, wouldn’t you want someone there who could save it? Come to this event at Lincoln Elementary (850 W 9th St, Santa Rosa) this Sunday at 1pm. It just might make you someone’s hero.

Thank you.

Crissi Dillon

Creek Week 2011

Get out your waders and your tadpole catchers, we’re coming up on Creek Week! All through the Russian River and Santa Rosa Creek areas will be educational and adventurous events that celebrate our local waterways and offer ways to restore the creeks and enhance the habitat of our fish and wildlife.

The week kicks off with the 27th Annual Sonoma County Coast and Creek Clean Up. On Saturday, September 17th, volunteers will meet at Doyle Park at the Doyle Park Drive entrance at 9am, and work towards cleaning up debris and trash until noon. Gloves, tools, and snacks will be provided. (For more beach clean ups, contact Coastwalk at 829-6689). Contact: Alistair Bleifuss at 543-3845 or ableifuss@ci.santa-rosa.ca.us.

Also on Saturday, Santa Rosa Creek will be host to the Whitewater Rodeo from 10:30am – noon. The whole family is invited out to race homebuilt toy boats down the raging shallow waters of the creek. Bring your own creation, or create a boat on the spot with materials (and assistance!) that will be available to the public. During the event, Boy Scouts and lifeguards will be demonstrating water safety skills. Meet up at the Pierson St bridge (between w. 3rd St. And W. 6th St.).Contact: Alistair Bleifuss at 543-3845 or ableifuss@ci.santa-rosa.ca.us.

Sunday, September 18th will be a 10-mile hike to explore the headwaters of Santa Rosa Creek. Hike through Hood Mountain Regional Park and Sugarloaf State Park, peruse the steelhead trout spawning grounds in the upper creek areas, dip your feet in the creek, and enjoy your picnic lunch under the largest coast live oak in Sonoma County – the “Grandmother Oak” tree. Hike goes from 9:10am – 4pm. For location, please register at http://www.landpaths.org, email outings@LandPaths.org, or call 524-9318.

Monday, September 19th will be an exciting Downtown Underground exploration of the culverts and fish ladders below downtown Santa Rosa. Flashlights and sturdy shoes will be required for this interesting look at our city from underneath, and is not recommended for kids under age 10. But be prepared to get a brand new perspective of our town and its waterway. Meet at Gateway Park at Santa Rosa Ave and Sonoma Ave at 6pm, and hike till 7:30pm.Contact: Jill Scott at 543-4246 or jscott@srcity.org.

More exciting than the Tour de France, the Tour de Santa Rosa Creek will be underway on Tuesday, September 20th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Families and individuals are welcome to join in on the 12-mile round-trip bike ride on the flat and paved path alongside the creek trail between Olive Park Footbridge (1698 Hazel St) and Willowside Road. Contact: Sean McNeil at 543-4225 or smcneil@srcity.org.

Finish the week with a clean up of Sierra Park Creek on Bennett Valley Clean Up Day. Saturday, September 24th, volunteers will meet up at Strawberry School (2311 Horseshoe Dr) at 9am and join neighbors, scouts, and Strawberry School in caring for this creek area until 11am. Contact: Alistair Bleifuss at 543-3845 or ableifuss@ci.santa-rosa.ca.us.

More exciting events throughout the week:

“Turtle Talk” with Dr. Nick Geist on Sunday, September 18th from 3-4pm.
“Santa Rosa Creek Family Insect Exploration” on Sunday, September 18th, 4-5-ish pm.
“Santa Rosa Creek Trail Walk” for ages 8 and up on Wednesday, September 21st from 5:30-7:30pm.
“Are there fish in Santa Rosa Creek?” on Thursday, September 22nd, 5:30-7:30pm.

For a full listing of all the fun events and activities going on throughout the week, visit srcity.org/creekweek.

This Week's Family Friendly Events

Ever wonder what’s going on around Sonoma County for your family? Think there’s nothing to do? Think again. Here are my top picks for family friendly events going on this week.

Ceramic Handprint Event at Cupcake!
Saturday, Sep 17 11:00a to 1:00p at Cupcake | Children & Maternity – Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa, CA
Price: $20-$85
Phone: (707) 280-0024
Twinkle Toes Ceramics makes your little one’s handprints/footprints into ceramic artwork. Have your child’s hand, foot, or both imprinted in ceramic with personalization! They will be finished before the holidays, so stock up on gifts!  *FREE handprint ornament will be given w/ purchase*
For appt. please RSVP to Twinkle Toes Ceramics: call 707-280-0024 or e-mail twinkletoesceramics@gmail.com.
Event Website

Dennis Hysom & Friends – Saturday Morning Concert
Saturday, Sep 17 10:00a to 11:00a at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA
Price: $5 per person, $4 members
Join in magical, musical mornings of literature-inspired songs from Wooleycat’s Musical Theater book and song CDs. Dennis Hysom and Friends invite children, parents and grandparents to sing and play along. June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, 10 AM at Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Listen to songs at http://www.wooleycat.com
Event Website

Much Ado About Sebastopol Renaissance Faire
Saturday, Sep 17 10:00a to 8:00p at Ives Park, Sebastopol, CA
Price: $12/adult, $6 child 6-14, 5 & under FREE
Come one, come all… Celebrate the Feast of St. Michael (Michelmas), the autumnal equinox when the people of the 16th century town of Fenford make merry and give thanks for their bountiful harvest. Proceeds from this event will go to the Sebastopol Union schools to support educational programs for our local lasses and lads in such areas as music, art, and sports funding. Costumes are encouraged, but not mandatory.
Event Website

Meet and Greet with Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman and Robin Glasser, Authors of Superhero Joe
Tuesday, Sep 20 3:30p at Copperfield’s Books, Petaluma, CA
Price: Free
Phone: (707) 762-0563
Meet the author and illustrator for this exciting new kids book! Joe is a boy with superpowers—or a super imagination? Armed with his cape of confidence (a blanket) and his shield of invincibility (a garbage can lid), Joe is ready to save the day. This author and illustrator will also be appearing at local schools; for more information, please contact Copperfield’s Books Petaluma store.
Event Website

Creek Week
Saturday, Sep 17-24 at City of Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa, CA
Price: FREE
Phone: (707) 543-3928
Creek Week is Sept 17-24. The City of Santa Rosa will host this week- long celebration of local creeks and waterways. ALL CREEK WEEK EVENTS ARE FREE. Events planned for the week will raise awareness of our local creeks and the Russian River. Creek Week is the perfect time to learn about the water resources in your community through a diversity of fun, family-friendly, free events.
Creek Week – Website

For more events, check out the Events Calendar at SantaRosaMom.com.

Crissi Dillon