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Weekend Family Fun, Nov 7th – 8th

Here at SantaRosaMom, I am always on the lookout for fun family events that cost little to nothing to attend. Let’s face it, when you have small children, the costs add up pretty quickly. But it’s also worth every penny to be able to escape the “I’m bored” blues – or worse, trouble that is created due to boredom (hellooooo permanent marker all over couch……). I am all about saving pennies AND having things to do on the weekend. So read on for some fun events going on this Saturday and Sunday. And if you know about inexpensive events coming up on any future weekend, let me know by emailing me at crissi@santarosamom.com so I can share it with all the other parents of little crumbgrinders.

www.ninazhito.com1-Day Cat & Kitten Adoption  Has your family been looking for a furry member to add to the brood? Several Sonoma County shelters are participating in an adopt-a-thon to find homes for some very loving cats and kittens. And they have reduced the fee to adopt these felines to only $30. This fee includes an exam by a licensed vet, viral testing, vaccinations, spay & neutering, worming, microchip, a collar with an ID tag, and a travel box. Seriously folks, $30 for all that is like getting a cat for free! Oh, and that sweet kitty in the picture?  Her name is Marcia.  You can adopt her with the ID #A240343.  Participating shelters include Healdsburg, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, S.C. Animal Care & Control, Pets Lifeline in Sonoma & The Humane Society of Sonoma County. Call (707)565-7100 for more information. 
Sat 11/7
See flier for more information.

Operation E.L.F. The holidays are that time of year when families get together, fill their bellies with delicious morsels and hearty meals, and exchange gifts to the soundtrack of laughter and love. But not all families get such a luxury. The Community Christ Church is holding their annual charity event to help raise money for families that aren’t able to afford the provisions of Christmas. They will be hosting a giant yard sale, serving food, offer plenty of fun activities, and will hold a drawing for prizes. Help families in need while enjoying yourself at a fun event.
Sat 11/7
Community Christ Church
1495 W. Steele Lane @ Range Ave., Santa Rosa.
For more info: (707)944-9409 x2

Home Depot Kids Workshop The first Saturday of the month, Home Depot hosts a free kids workshop. Kids 5 -12 years old can build their own creation while learning about tool safety and earn do-it-yourself skills. In an age where most kids’ entertainment comes from video games, computers, and toys that have to do something, this is a chance to introduce your child to something “new” – and for you to witness the pride in their smiles as they show you what they have created all by themselves. This weekend’s project is a trivet – a hot plate that is placed between a serving dish and the table to protect the table from heat damage.
Ages 5 – 12
Sat 11/7
9am – noon
Home Depot Locations:
100 Bicentennial Way, Santa Rosa
4825 Redwood Driveway, Rohnert Park
6280 Hembree Way, Windsor

40th Anniversary of the San Francisco Exploratorium  In honor of their 40th anniversary, the Exploratorium is offering a multitude of events for FREE at their facility. That’s right, I said FREE. There will be fun with bubbles, giant bolts of electricity, dissection of a cow eye and brain (perfect for those little rascals that love all things gross), an ice demonstration involving a huge block of ice, a wire, and a suspended motorcycle (you won’t believe what happens!), and lots more interactive activities. There is way too much going on at the Exploratorium to even list here, so check out their site, and make it a point to attend this event!
Sat 11/7 and Sun 11/8
10 am – 5 pm
Exploratorium at the Palace of Fine Arts
3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco

Recipe on the forums

Windsor Farmer’s Market  With only three weekends left, the season is almost over for Windsor’s Farmer’s Market. This weekend it’s all about persimmons, pomegranates, figs, and apples. Ever tried cooking with figs? They are one of those amazing fruits that can be used in desserts, or to compliment an autumn dinner. I found a great recipe for figs that I placed in the recipe section of the SantaRosaMom forums. Check it out, then shop for your ingredients at Windsor’s Farmer’s Market.
Sun 11/8
10 am – 1 pm
Windsor Town Green
Old Redwood Hwy to Windsor River Rd to Bell Rd.

Weekend Family Fun Oct 24th – 25th

Halloween at Howarth Park  Join Recreation, Parks & Community Services for the 5th annual Fall Festival and Costume Parade at Howarth Park for Kids (Age 12 & Under).  Come in costume for the parade and trick-or-treating around the Land of Imagination playground and the park. After the parade, ride the train & carousel with your ghostly friends! If you miss the parade, you can still purchase a pumpkin pass at the Train station for the train, carousel and trick-or-treating. Must be in costume!  Fee: $5 pumpkin pass includes train & carousel, trick or treating, parade.  $8: all of the above with a pony ride and ice cream treat.  Adults need a ticket to ride the train with child: $2/ticket
Pumpkin passes will be for sale at 12 noon at the registration table near the snackbar.  AFTER the parade, they will be for sale at the train station.
Saturday, Oct. 24, 12:00-3pm, parade at 12:30, rides and trick-or-treating: 1-3pm

Trunk or Treat An Annual FUMC Fun-Filled Family Spooktacular! Decorate your car! Put on a costume! Hand out candy to trick-or-treaters! Haunted house, hay rides and more! All are welcome at this free community event. Contact Leslie Horak with questions or to volunteer to help. Those decorating their cars should arrive at 2 pm. Folks will be on hand to show you where to park.
Sunday, Oct 25th, 3 – 5 pm
Stony Point Campus
2150 Giffen Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95407

Railroad SCARE! Come to Railroad Square for their family Halloween Event and Scarecrow Festival, sponsored by the Western Farm Center. Bring the whole family and join the parade led by Charlie Brown and Snoopy. Vote for your favorite scarecrow featured in Depot Park and in Railroad Square shops. Trick or Treat. Bring your dog in costume and join in the Scare-dy Dog Parade, and possibly win a prize!
Sat Oct 24th, 11am – 4pm.
Railroad Square

Halloween at the YMCA Come join the YMCA for a spooktacular carnival! Enjoy carnival games, prizes, a haunted house, a jump house, face painting, a cakewalk, costumes, a DJ, dancing and much more! Youth admission is $4, adults are free. All proceeds benefit the YMCA Youth Outreach Program.
Admission: $2 per child Raffle Tickets: $1
Sat Oct 25th, 2008
From 4:00 – 7:00pm
Sonoma County Family YMCA, Activity Center
1111 College Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA

Altars Workshop is hosting a workshop and talk about the building of Altars, or ofrendas, and the accompanying traditions, elements and symbols that are used to celebrate Muertos season. Afterwards, each participant will create his/her own Nicho or Retablo (personal shrine). The workshop will be led by Liz Camino-Byers and Patricia Robles-Mitten. Materials will be supplied. However, it is recommended that participants bring small items or miniatures to include in their shrines. Reservations required. Please email: progrmas@sonomacountymuseum.org or 707-579-1500 x 17.
Cost: $15 non-members/$12 members
Saturday October 24, 2009
11:00am – 12:30pm
Sonoma County Museum

Thrill the World is a worldwide attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Simultaneous Dance with Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Thousands of people in cities around the world will learn the “Thriller”, dance and perform it together on the day that Thrill the World takes place. Need more info? Consult their FAQ page.  Our city’s Thrill the World event will take place at Montgomery High School, Santa Rosa in the quad. Come in your best Zombie Garb! Learn the dance at www.thrilltheworld.com/learnthedance.
Event will be Sat Oct 24th 4- 5:45 pm
Montgomery High


Our latest contest is underway! Post past and present Halloween photos in Santa Rosa Mom’s Halloween Photo Gallery and you will be entered for a chance to win tickets to see “Charlotte’s Web” at the Wells Fargo Center! 

See forum for details!

Weekend Family Fun Oct 17th-18th

Friends of the Santa Rosa Libraries is a not-for-profit corporation that sells donated used books and other library-type materials in support of the Santa Rosa Central, Northwest, and Rincon Valley branches as well as the Local History and Genealogy Library. The Book Faire runs Friday through Monday. Phone: 707-545-0831 ext. 541
October 16, 17, 18, 19, 2009
Fri. – 3p to 7:30p; Sat. & Sun. – 10a to 5p; Mon. – 2p to 7p
Finley Hall, Sonoma County Fairgrounds
Admission: Friday – $5.00 / Saturday thru Monday – Free

Target Family Day is downtown San Francisco’s biggest family block party, with free admission to four leading museums, special art activities for kids, and free performances on three stages. Explore a sculpture garden, make an animated film, enjoy a live circus, and more. Participating organizations include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Museum of the African Diaspora, Zeum: San Francisco’s Children’s Museum, and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.
For information, call 415-614-3216 or visit onlyinsanfrancisco.com.
Sunday, October 18, 2009, 11am – 4pm
Museumwide – Yerba Buena arts district at 3rd Street and Mission Street in downtown San Francisco.

Free Airplane Rides for Kids with EAA Young Eagles  Pilots from the local EAA Chapter 124 are volunteering to fly young people ages 8-17 for free to see Sonoma County from the air. EAA chapter 124 has done this for the last 20 years giving more than 2,000 kids in Sonoma County the adventure of a lifetime.  Contact SherYoungEagles@aol.com or 707-584-9682 for reservations. Only available for kids from the ages of 8 – 17. All participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Contact SherYoungEagles@aol.com or 707-584-9682 for reservations.
Saturday, Oct 17 8:30a to 1:00p
Pacific Coast Air Museum, 2230 Becker Blvd., Santa Rosa

Petaluma Mothers’ Club Fall Carnival Would you like some Fall fun for the whole family with FREE admission? Join the Petaluma Mother’s Club for their Fall Carnival! Costume contest for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers – register by 12 noon, contest begins at 12:30. Musical performance by “Miss Kitty”, live snake show, “Museum on the Go” from North Bay Children’s Museum, petting zoo sponsored by Petaluma High Agriculture department, soccer demonstration by Lil’ Kickers, jumpy houses, carnival games, and more! Hot dogs, baked goods, ice cream, and drinks available for purchase
Sunday, Oct 18 11:00a to 2:00p
Kenilworth Jr High School, 800 Riesling Rd., Petaluma

Family Day  The third Saturday of each month, Green String Farm has fun activities set up for children and their parents. Arts & crafts projects and games will focus on basic concepts of natural food and farming, like compost, animals, and water. Come to the farm store at 2 for an hour of fun, and stay for some farm fresh snacks after. RSVP: jenny@greenstringfarm.com
Saturday, Oct 17 2:00p to 3:00p
at Green String Farm, 3571 Old Adobe Rd., Petaluma
Suggested donation $2 per person.

ARTrails This is the second weekend for the annual ARTTrailsHeld annually in the fall, ARTrails provides a rare opportunity for the public to meet local artists in their studios and learn about their diverse creative processes and techniques. Through hands-on demonstrations as well as intimate conversations, ARTrails artists will take you into their world where colors, shapes, materials, and textures merge into unique and collectible works of art. A number of the open artist studios are located in or near downtown Santa Rosa.
Sat Oct 17th – Sun Oct 18th, 10am – 5pm
Info on sites and venues at ARTrails.org.

Next weekend’s preview:  On Sunday October 25th, there will be a worldwide phenomenon – trying to beat the record for most people dancing to Thriller at the same time.  We got off lucky, our time will be 5:30 pm.  Others, like Ireland, will be at ungodly hours like 1:30 am.  Ick.  The reason I am mentioning this now is because you’ve gotta learn the dance to be a part of the Thrill the World event!  There are events going on around town this weekend for learning the dance.  But I can’t find any exact locations or times.  If you know of one, can you leave it as a comment?   For now, go to this link to learn the dance in the comforts in your own home.  —-> Thrill the World – Learn the Dance

Weekend Family Fun, Oct 10th – 11th

There are so many things to choose from for this weekend that it’s easy to ask, where to start?  From Apple Festivals to Fleet Week to ARTrails, good luck on making a choice for your family outting this weekend! 

All Things Apple Festival  Bringing community together through art and celebration, this event is promising for the whole family! There will be special music by members of the Polkanomics Band, free art & an origami making booth, apple tasting, the Sweet Treat Cafe and more. All proceeds support the after school program: The Purple Apple: Creative Arts and Self-esteem.
Sat Oct 10th, 1pm – 5:30pm
Monroe Hall
1400 West College Ave, Santa Rosa
Adult – $5.00, children 12 and under – FREE

Community Safety Fair In celebration of Fire Prevention Week, the Santa Rosa Fire Department is hosting the 3rd Annual Community Safety Fair. Bring friends and family to enjoy a free BBQ (first 300 to arrive), see demonstrations, participate in events, play some games, and most important – learn about safety.
Sat, Oct 10th, 10am – 3pm
SRFD Training Tower, 2126 West College Ave., Santa Rosa
(Parking at 55 Stony Point Road)

ArtTrails  While little kids might not appreciate ARTrails (though, who knows? You might have a well cultured toddler), the older kid will most definitely enjoy going to different studios and experiencing different levels and venues of creativity. In fact, my 11 year old daughter wanted to make sure that this was included.  Held annually in the fall, ARTrails provides a rare opportunity for the public to meet local artists in their studios and learn about their diverse creative processes and techniques. Through hands-on demonstrations as well as intimate conversations, ARTrails artists will take you into their world where colors, shapes, materials, and textures merge into unique and collectible works of art. A number of the open artist studios are located in or near downtown Santa Rosa.
Sat Oct 10th – Sun Oct 11th, as well as next weekend, 10am – 5pm
Info on sites and venues at ARTrails.org.

Multicultural Food and Music Festival showcases Cotati’s rich cultural and traditional heritage through live entertainment, food stations, vendors, and other activities. The festival is being held to bring Cotati and other Sonoma County communities together for a fun-filled weekend of art, food, music, and dance while also learning a little more about the rich cultural diversity that exists in our community. The festival is a signature event for the city and region, offering a quality and festive experience in the comfortable settings of downtown Cotati. The event will feature world class food, music and dance. For more information, call (415) 725-0157.
Sat Oct 10th & Sun Oct 11th, 11am – 6pm
North Gateway Field – Highway 101 North and Gravenstein Highway 116 exit, Cotati

San Francisco’s Fleet Week  This is a spectacular family event featuring the Navy Blue Angels, Navy ships and other exciting demonstrations. This weekend there will be the Air Show, the procession of Navy ships, live music, the Italian Heritage Parade (Sunday) from Fisherman’s Wharf to North Beach, and a spectacular display of fireworks on Saturday. Join in on the celebration of the men and women of our armed forces.
Oct 8th – Oct 13th, see website for information on event schedules
Parade of ships will be at Piers 27 and 30/32
See website for further details and locations of events (too many to list!)

Fiesta Italiana  Bring the family for a fun-filled day of good food, folk dancing, classic auto show, silent auction, face-painting, travel education programs, mercato shopping, cooking demonstrations, bocce ball for adults and children and much more. The 19th Annual Festival at the Santa Rosa Veterans Hall is sponsored by the North Bay Italian Cultural Foundation to benefit Italian Cultural Programs. The theme this year is Discovering Florence, Italy.
Sun, Oct 11th, 11am – 6pm
Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building
$5.00 Pre sale ~ $8.00 at the door, under 10 FREE

Weekend Family Fun 10/3-10/4

Levi’s Kids Only Cross Race!  Bummed about missing the registration to take part in Levi’s Gran Fondo Race? Well, it’s not too late for your kids to take part in their own race with Levi Leipheimer! This fun race is for children ages 9 and under and will follow the King Ridge Gran Fondo Ride. Kids must wear an approved helmet and bring their own bike. Parent or legal guardian must be present and sign a release waiver. Parents are allowed to walk or run with their child during the short race and help them over barriers and through obstacles if necessary.
Saturday, Oct 3rd  2pm start time (subject to change)
Start and finish will be at the Finley Center in Santa Rosa

Redwood Empire Live Steamer’s Interactive Railroad Museum  Have a little nostalgia for the steam power from Handcar Regatta?  Relive some of the excitement with a good old fashioned train ride on the new portable track at Youth Community Park!  The last public run of the summer season is this weekend, so don’t miss it!  Donations accepted. 100% of all proceeds will further fund development of museum.
Saturday, Oct 3rd – 4th 12pm to 4pm
Youth Community Park (near Piner High on Fulton Rd)
$1 per ride

Autumn Faire & Market  The Monte Rio Amphitheater will be filled with artisans, farmers, kids games and contests and entertainment. Come celebrate the bounty of all Sonoma County with the quirky flair of the Western County. Incredible food will be available all day including star chef Gerard Nebesky and his famous paella! This is an occasion to get out and enjoy the fine weather offered in October and sample the wares and flavors that we have all come to love in our region.
For information contact Dawn Bell at 707-865-9956 or at events@mrrpd.org.
Sunday, Oct 4 10am to 6pm
Monte Rio Ampitheater

Community Harvest Celebration  The festivities will include live music, a farmer’s market, a pumpkin carving contest, kids’ talent show, face painting, home baked goods, and so much more! Info & contest applications: Rebecca 707-869-4105 or Beth at email bethhearn@hotmail.com
Saturday, Oct 3 10am to 5pm
Guerneville Community Church, 14520 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville

And of course, I can’t forget to mention…..

Harvest Fair  There is so much that Sonoma County has to offer – especially in the fall. Join the community at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair for FREE Harvest and Farm Ag-tivities and other special things for kids and families to enjoy. Be sure to catch all of the special contests, pumpkin carving, scarecrow building and the spooky haunted room. There are enough events going on at the Harvest Fair to keep the whole family entertained! And of course, don’t miss the grape stomp! Kids will get a kick out of seeing the various teams getting sloshed with purple grape juice! Visit the events page to get a full rundown on the calendar of events scheduled Friday through Sunday.
Fri Oct 2rd to Sun Oct 4th
Fri 10am-8pm, Sat/Sun 10am-7pm
Sonoma County Fairgrounds
Admission Free – $6
Tasting combo $25

Best Bets for the Weekend, 9/26-9/27

This weekend it’s all about the FREE! Lucky for us on a budget, there are several really great events going on around the area for us to choose from.

Photo courtesy of SittersPlace.comBaby & Child Fair  Everything you need in one day from pre-conception to pre-K! Come to the fair and find out about mom & baby health, working from home, maternity & baby supplies, medical & dental care, preschools & childcare, adoption & foster care and much more. Heads up, the Santa Rosa Mother’s Club will be giving away two annual memberships at the event. Stop by their booth and enter their drawing. For more information on the event, go to www.sonomafamilylife.com.
Finley Community Center, Santa Rosa
Saturday, Sept. 26th, 10 am – 4 pm

Smithsonian Museum Day & FREE Family Day  Join some of the members of the Sonoma County Woodworkers Assocation to celebrate a family day and the nation-wide Smithsonian Museum Day. Kids will be making traditional birdhouses, cars & trucks, all out of wood. Chess for Kids will also be there. You can also make your own Sundaes, courtesy of Clover-Stornetta.
Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa
Saturday, Sept. 26th, 1 pm – 4 pm

Handcar Regatta 2008Handcar Regatta  This event was first introduced last year, and was such a hit it is being brought back again this Sunday! See hand-built railcar races, arts, crafts, and performances. Experience live music, fine foods, costumed rabble & more.
For more info on the event, and ideas for costumes (yes, you should wear a costume if you can…) go to handcar-regatta.com/blog/
Sunday, Sept. 27th, 11 am – 6 pm
Railroad Square

Now and Zen Fest  This might be a weird event to put in a blog about family friendly happenings. But let me tell you, this is actually a blast for families. I took my daughter when she was 4, and she enjoyed listening to the music, and bouncing along with the songs that she knew. That year, Train was the headliner. This year they’re back, and they will perform alongside Colbie Caillat, Dashboard Confessional, and Howie Day. And to make it even sweeter, this year the event will be free for the first time ever!
Sunday, Sept. 27th, Noon – 5 pm
Golden Gate Park in San Francisco
(put on by Radio Alice)

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Best Bets for the Weekend: 9/12-9/13

Best bets for the weekend:

Katmandu Fall Festival
Saturday Sept 12th, 11 am – 5 pm


(Photo courtesy of childrensmedaid.org)

Celebrating Nepalese culture, the Katmandu Fall Festival is a benefit for the Children’s Medical Aid Foundation. Enjoy the many cultures of Nepal, India and Tibet with exotic food, world music, and ethnic dance performances. The event is kid friendly, and is even located near a playround. Located at Depot Park, 270 1st St. W in Sonoma.

Free Grandparent’s Day at the Zoo
Sunday Sept 13th, 10 am – 4 pm


Sunday will be free for all grandparents, from opening time at 10 am until the zoo closes at 4 pm. But here’s a secret tip: Bring in any type of hand-colored picture of a zoo animal – one for each child and you’ll all get in FREE. For more information, call (415) 753-7201.

Saturday Farmer’s market
Saturdays (and Wednesdays) 8:30 am – 12 noon

farm market

(Photo courtesy of sonomauncorked.com)

When we’re able to, this is one of the kids and my favorite things to do on a Saturday morning. Just the sight of wonderfully colored veggies at all the booths is enough for inspiration for that night’s dinner. And it’s a great way to get the kids motivated to eat their veggies. The Santa Rosa Farmer’s Market is open on Wednesday and Saturday mornings 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. It’s located in the Veterans Bldg East Parking Lot 1351 Maple Ave. For more info, email mail to:foodandfarm@hotmail.com.

Do you have or know of a family event that you want other moms to know about? Email me at crissi@santarosamom.com by Wednesday to make it into Friday’s blog of “Best Bets for the Weekend”.