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FAMILY Resources - Sonoma County CALENDAR


FAMILY Resources - Sonoma County CALENDAR

by Vesta Copestakes

Legal Aid of Sonoma County Legal Aid of Sonoma County 144 South E St, Ste 100 Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Housing Outreach Program Legal Aid of Sonoma County provides free housing-related legal services to qualified Sonoma County residents who are renters and mobile home occupants.We can help you with the following issues:Habitability problems:• Leaky roofs, doors or windows• Inadequate or non-existent heating• Inadequate or non-existent cooking facilities• Plumbing problems• Insect or rodent infestations• MoldEviction problems:• Three-day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit• 30, 60 or 120 day Notices to Quit the premises• Defense of eviction lawsuits (unlawful detainer)Other problems:• Have you received a retaliatory rent increase?• Have you received a retaliatory eviction notice?• Has your Landlord refused to reasonably accommodate your disability? If you are experiencing any of these issues, or know someone who is, contact:Evan LivingstoneHousing Outreach Attorney tel.: (707) 843-4432 email:  

Dates & Day Specific

Free Car Seat Fitting for your child: Is your child properly secured in their car seat? Should they be in a booster seat?Safe Kids of Sonoma County is here to help you! Call the MCAH toll free line to learn when they have the next fitting: 800- 427- 8982. They will also offer low cost car seats to low-income qualifying individuals.
To learn more about Safe Kids visit: For more information contact: Karli Tedeschi, 707- 525- 5300 x3264,

Mondays & Tuesdays ~ Kindergym ~ River to Coast Children's Services offers Kindergym Monday and Tuesday mornings 9:45 AM to 12:20 PM in Guerneville at the Guerneville Vets‚ Hall, located on the corner of 1st and Church Streets in downtown Guerneville. Features activities for children 0 to 6 years (accompanied by their care givers). FREE, but donations are accepted! Call 707.869.3613 for current schedule or check the current RCCS newsletter online at

Every Tues ~ Farm Classes at Root ~We work with children, teaching life skills through organic farming practices, with greater compassion and responsibility towards animals, the earth, and each other! We cover wild crafting ( edible and medicinal plants found in the wild), studying animal tracks, hiking with pack goats, planting a bee friendly garden for our honey bees, in the spring we will learn all about milking goats, and at the core of every class caring for farm animals in a compassionate and respectful manner! $10 fee, 2-3pm at Root Farm in Sebastopol. www.rootcarefarm.comor 707-477-3542 for more info.

4th Wednesday ~ All About Headaches: Join neurologist Allan L. Bernstein, M.D., in an open-ended discussion about the types of headaches, their causes and the role of medicine behavior and diet. Meetings are free and open to those who suffer from headaches and to their family and friends. The Headache Education & Support Group meets the 4th Wednesday of every month, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Conference Room at Palm Drive Hospital, 501 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. For more information, please call 829-4007.

Every Wednesday ~ Kindergym ~ River to Coast Children's Services brings Kindergym to Forestville on Wednesday 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM.  Held at the Forestville United Methodist Church, 6550 Covey Road in downtown Forestville. A bilingual program, features activities for children 0 to 5 years (accompanied by their care givers) FREE, but donations are accepted, Call 707.869.3613 for current schedule or check the current RCCS newsletter online at

Services & Support

Adoptive Family Support ~ Groups for all ages! Parents Place, 1360 N Dutton Ave, Ste C, Santa Rosa ~ 571-2048 ~

Babysitting Courses ~ for 11-to-15 year olds. American Red Cross of Sonoma & Mendocino Counties, 5297 Aero Drive, Santa Rosa ~ 577-7600 ~

Bookmobile ~ Free, high-quality books to persons in rural areas not served by libraries ~ 520-4536 ~

Breastfeeding Support ~

Bunnies, Cats and Chicks. Oh my! ~ All about the animals we love. Sponsored by the West End Neighborhood and Historic District ~ 

Car Seat Safety Program ~ Children must ride in an approved child safety seat until 6 years old or 60 lbs. Low-cost seats & installation help at River to Coast Children’s Services ~ 869-3613 ~

Charles M. Schultz Museum Mondays ~ Fun & games for children ages 1-5 with a caregiver. $5 child; 2 adults free. 10:00 am, Charles M. Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Ln, Santa Rosa ~ 707-284-1265 ~ Go to for more family fun! 

City Parks Alliance ~ supports healthier and safer public spaces ( 

Community Resources ~ River to Coast Children’s Services offers resources for families and child care providers in west Sonoma County. Free referrals for child care, help paying for child care for eligible families, low cost Car Safety Seat program, low cost counseling for children and their families, children’s seasonal events, Kindergym twice a week in Guerneville, parent education workshops and parent support group, emergency resources for families with young children, resources and training for child care providers, information on shopping for quality child care. RCCS is located in downtown Guerneville at 16300 1st St. Call 707.869.3613 or email Read our monthly newsletter online at  

Consumer Health and Safety ~ gathers and presents recall information on products, food, medical devices and drugs, and publishes consumer-related news and safety guides.   Drug Safety

Environmental Discovery Center ~ at Spring Lake Park. Free admission w/ paid parking. Hours: Wed-Sun, Noon-5:00 pm ~ 539-2865 ~

Foster Parent Information Meeting ~ Free. 1st Wed, 6:00 pm, Valley of the Moon Children’s Center (near Oakmont), 112 Children’s Circle, Santa Rosa ~ RSVP: 565-4274 ~

Kids Bowl Free ~ Visit, pick a local bowling alley to register with, and kids get to bowl two games per day for free. Must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Kids Party Central ~ Indoor play and activity central. Open play hours Mon - Fri 10-11:30am & Mon - Thu 4-5:30pm. $7 per child. 327 O'Hair Court, Santa Rosa.

Kindergym ~ Birth-5 yrs with a caregiver. Donation. ~ 707-869-3613 ~
Mon & Tue ~ 9:45-12:20, Guerneville Vets Hall, 1st & Church St
Wed ~ 9:30-Noon, Forestville United Methodist Church, 6550 Covey Rd

LifeRing ~ LifeRing Secular Recovery is an abstinence-based network of face-to-face and online support groups for people seeking to reclaim and enjoy life, ending their cycles of alcohol and drug addiction. or call Shira Goldberg  707-343-5623 or 707-596-8860

Low Cost Health Examinations at SSU ~ Through May 4  Appointments may be made by calling SSU’s Nursing Department at (707) 664-2466, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Music & Movement ~ The Orff approach integrates song, speech, creative movement, instruments, drama. Ages 4-10. Wischemann Hall, 460 Eddie Ln, Sebastopol ~ Director Janet Greene,
632-5526 ~ 

Parents Place ~ Social networks, guidance & counseling for parents & children. Early childhood mental health & post-adoption services. 1360 N Dutton Ave, Ste C, Santa Rosa ~ 571-2048 ~

Parenting Group ~ Improve the relationship with your children & increase cooperation. Free. Fridays, 8:30 am, Guerneville School, 14630 Armstrong Woods Rd ~ 865-1200 x103 ~

Parents Place Workshops ~ To enroll, contact Anita at 707-571-2048 or

Physical exams ~ Complete low-cost physical exams for well adults & children, Wednesdays & Fridays. Exams are conducted by Sonoma State University FNP students with on-site faculty supervision. 707-664-2466

Pregnancy Counseling Center ~ Scared, alone, or confused about a possible pregnancy? Free & confidential services. ~
Santa Rosa, 750 Mendocino Ave ~ 575-9000 Rohnert Park, 1331 Medical Center Dr ~ 588-9176

Post Adoption Services ~ Tue ~ Socialization Play Group for Young Children (6–9 years), 3:30–5:00 pm.  Help young children to develop healthful social skills and to practice talking about adoption. ~ 707-303-1509  ~

Preschool Program in Bodega Bay - The Bodega Bay Preschool is for 3 and 4 year old children.  The program is free for qualifying families. A two thru five day program is also available for a fee .Families are not required to live in Bodega Bay to particiate. Sessions are from 8:30a - noon daily when school is in session. Bodega Bay School 1200 Canon St. Bodega Bay - Contact Nacy Wolf, interim Principal, 707-875-2724

Preschool Storytime ~ Stories, songs, & fingerplays for children ages 2-5, with a caregiver. Free! ~

River to Coast Children's Services ~ Free referrals for child care, help paying for child care for eligible families, low cost Car Safety Seat program, low cost counseling for children and their families.  RCCS is located in downtown Guerneville at 16300 1st St. Call 707.869.3613 or email

Russian River Children’s Choir ~ Singers ages 6-14. Thursdays, 4:15-5:00 pm, Guerneville Community Church, 14520 Armstrong Woods Rd ~ 869-3273 or
865-2702 ~

Safe Kids Sonoma County ~ a coalition that helps connect parents & caregivers with the safety resources they need ~ 707-525-5300 x3264 ~

SAY Crisis Hotline ~ Social Advocates for Youth shelter staff are available 24/7 to answer calls from parents and teens in crisis, and we offer emergency shelter for teens ages 12-17. (888) 729-0012

Sonoma County Adventures ~ A guide to Free, Family-Friendly activities in Sonoma County. 

Sonoma County Moms ~ Community for Moms offers: playdates, Moms’ Night Out, online forum ~

Storytime ~ Sebastopol Library.  7140 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol ~ 707-823-7691 Wed ~ Toddler Storytimes, 10am,  18-36 months ~ Preschool Storytimes are 11am,  ages 3-5 ~ Read to a Dog Wednesdays at 3pm Thu ~ Baby Storytime ~ 11 AM beginning Nov 3, 0-17 months

Teen Clinic ~ Free & confidential birth control, STD, & pregnancy testing & counseling. No appointment!  Mon-Tue-Thu, 2:30-5:30 pm. CASA, 6570 1st St, Forestville ~ 887-0427 ~

Temper Tantrum Training  ~ This is a daytime group that meets weekly for an hour & a half, and runs for six weeks. ‚Ä®Group Works groups are $35/week and meet at 130 Petaluma Avenue, Suite 2C, Sebastopol. Ilene can be reached at 707 634 4824, or at ~ has a great guide on how we can have healthier towns, communities and parks by raising awareness on the dangers of smoking (

West End Neighborhood and Historic District ~ Community, History, Art, Culture, and Downtown Living.