Summer

Head Straight to the Golden Gate at the 2012 Sonoma-Marin Fair

June 13, 2012

Summertime is fair time, and the first fair of the season is Petaluma's Sonoma-Marin Fair, which takes place at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds from Wednesday June 20 through Sunday, June 24. The Sonoma-Marin Fair is not quite but almost a county fair, and offers a wide range of fun and exciting attractions, competitions, events, and activities for the entire family.

This year's Sonoma-Marin Fair theme is "Straight to the Golden Gate", in celebration of the Golden Gate Bridge's 75 anniversary. Celebrate this historic milestone with a 20-foot history wall, educational and informative exhibits, and event a 48-foot replica of the bridge.

You'll also see livestock shows, exhibits, chef demonstrations, K9 Kings flying dog show, a destruction derby, and even the famous World's Ugliest Dog Contest! Of course there are also traditional carnival rides, including a kiddie carnival for younger children.

And what would a fair be without live music? The Sonoma-Marin Fair has numerous musical acts on its schedule, including War, Night Ranger, Lonestar, and 38 Special.

As with most fairs, there's a ton of stuff to do and see, so check their website for a complete schedule of activities, concerts, events, and entertainment. Special days this season include:

  • Wednesday, June 20: Everyone's a Kid Day—check out attractions specifically designed for kids and teens, and enjoy admission at the$10 kids' price for everyone before 5 pm.

New Parent Tot Camp at Marinwood

July 23, 2011

Marinwood Summer Camp has added an all-new camp this summer for parents and new campers. On August 1, 3, and 5 from 9:30 am–12:30 pm, Marinwood will be hosting Parent Tot Camp, especially for three-year-olds and a parent. Fun activities at Parent Tot Camp include playing games, making crafts, singing songs, and swimming in the Marinwood tot pool. It is a perfect way to introduce little ones to camp.

To sign up for Marinwood's Parent Tot Camp, visit www.marinwood.org or call the Marinwood Community Center at (415) 479-0775. Marinwood Community Center is located at 775 Miller Creek Road (near Lucas Valley Road) in the Marinwood area of San Rafael.

Five Ways to Beat the Heat in and around Marin

July 19, 2011

So far this summer has been pretty cool, but eventually the heat is going to kick in, and when it does, you'll probably find yourself and your family looking for a way to cool off. Here are five suggestions for ways to beat the summer heat in Marin and the Bay Area.

Family Fare this July at Ghiringhelli's in Novato

July 16, 2011

Ghiringhelli Novato Family FareNorthern Marin's newest dining hot spot, Ghiringhelli’s Pizza, Grill and Bar in Novato, presents fun for the whole family with Family Fare every Monday evening in July from 5:30–7:30 pm. Families can enjoy a great dinner along with terrific children's entertainment.

Kids can sing along, dance the Hokey Pokey, take part in arts and crafts activities, play games, and watch movies. Performers include Richard J. Rogers the Music Man, Marin kids' favorite Miss Kitty, and even a magic show, who will alternate on different Mondays.

Family Fare admission is $5, and Ghiringhelli's entire menu plusa a kids' menu will be available. Ghiringhelli's menu features pizza, pasta, salads, burgers, steaks, and more. Reservations are advised, but walk-ins are welcome, too.

Vacation Strategies

May 31, 2011

Marin Mommies guest article by Marin marriage and family therapist Kate Brennan.

Summer is just around the corner. Vacations from school can be pleasant times for the entire family, not just the children. The daily pressures of homework or early morning rushing will cease to exist for a few months during the long days of summer. The daily routines will change during vacations but it is reasonable to expect children to follow routines regarding meals, chores, and recreation. If boredom is expressed, a little bit of encouragement from you can motivate her to find interesting things to do on her own. Below are some ideas for both staying at home and for trips.

Staying at Home

  • Plant a vegetable garden. Make a summer salad from vegetables grown in the garden.
  • The daily watering and cultivating of the garden will help your children with responsibility while teaching them about the wonders of nature.
  • Summertime is a wonderful time for pleasure reading. Explore the library's non-fiction section together to find books about hobbies or a summer project that interests your child.

Mompreneur: Stylish and Practical Swimwear from Lynn Werner and Lynnina

May 9, 2011

Lynn Werner, creator of Lynnina swimwear lineEver try to find a chic swimsuit that offers coverage, comfort, versatility and style? Kind of difficult, isn't it? That's why Marin mom Lynn Werner started Lynnina, her line of stylish, comfy, and flattering mix-and-match swimwear for women of all ages. Lynnina swimwear consists of boardshorts, available in two lengths and a variety of colors and patterns, with a selection of coordinating tops, including bikini tops, tankinis, and rashguards.

Learn more about Lynnina and check out their selection of swimwear at www.lynnina.com. You might find something that you'll love to wear all summer long.

Please tell us a little about yourself. What's your background, and how did you get started in your career?

I ran computer and video game sales at Disney for the west coast region until I left in 2001 to spend more time with my twin boys.  I got started in this carreer out of a need to create something that I couldn't find anywhere.

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