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Sonoma Family Life Magazine

Moms Just Want to Have Fun

To little kids, moms are magic. They seem to have all the answers and their kisses make everything better. But for moms, parenting is blood, sweat, and tears—sleepless nights, morning meltdowns, and daily getting slimed with all manner of kid debris. Regular doses of TLC are in order. And Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to give Mom some. Take her to one of these fun local events, and help her keep her mojo strong.

Penngrove If you are looking for a kid-centric Mother’s Day diversion, Down Home Day will have live music, games, and contests and prizes for the younger set. Kids may particularly enjoy Hula-Hooping in front the of the Spyralites, who will perform Grateful Dead and other rock tunes, and playing Help! Fire! Save Me!, in which local firefighters will watch them use water to extinguish plywood “flames.” This free event will be held on May 11, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., at Artful Arrangements. See for details.

Windsor The brand new Tu Mole Madre Community Event Center and Kitchen is a “free expression chef house,” which means it serves up whatever the cook is inspired to make on any particular day. But in honor of Día de Las Madres there will be a special Oxacan–style menu (think mole, lots of it). Try it on May 10 at 6 p.m.—because Mama siempre cocina/Mom always cooks. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased on (search on “Día de Las Madres”). To learn more about the center, go to

Healdsburg The Russian River Rose Company’s collection of 650 varieties of roses will be in full bloom during Mother’s Day weekend. Mom can stroll under flower-covered trellises and along rose-lined paths while kids visit the children’s garden. Rose water and plants will be available for purchase. The gardens will be open May 11 and 12, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and admission is a donation of $2 each day. Find out more at

Santa Rosa If the lady of the house is a fan of Agatha Christie, take her to the Murder in Vegas murder mystery dinner. She’ll be served a three-course meal while she watches the misadventures of Pelvis (that’s not a typo) Presley in 1962 Las Vegas. Costumes are encouraged at this show, which will be performed at the Tudor Rose English Tea Room on May 11 at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets, which are $75, at

Sebastopol Arty mamas with a sweet tooth may enjoy the Pie-Eyed Reunion Show, which will feature the work of 85 artists as well as a free piece of host Lauri Luck’s homemade fruit pies. (The Lemon Chess, made from an 1850 recipe, is the most popular.) A variety of media will be represented, including painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, collage, ceramics, jewelry, metal work, and junk sculpture. The free show will be up May 10, 3–7 p.m., and May 11 and 12, noon–4 p.m., at Pie-Eyed Studio. See for more information.

Sonoma Does Mom have a passion for cooking? Give her a chance to express her culinary chops at the Hands-On Cheesemaking class at the Sonoma Community Center on May 12, 1–3 p.m. She’ll start off the afternoon with some Napa or Sonoma wine and an artisanal cheese tasting. Then award-winning cheesemaker Sheana Davis will teach her how to make a warm ricotta cheese, plus Potato Whey Soup. It all costs $75. Purchase tickets via or on