June 14, 2013

This Weekend With Kids

When we were in college, my husband used to call me "Torres." (We were buddies before we were anything else) And I used to hate it. I would think, "Dude. I'm not on your team." 

But now I feel like high-5ing him every night after we've finally managed to get the girls down. It's funny. I'm totally on his team. And glad for it, too.

Do you have plans for Father's Day? (If you need a gift, there's still time to make a batch of homemade caramels, or a fun pop-up photo card). I'm thinking something low-key - but a lot of fun - is in order. Like hot-fudge sundaes on the patio. While I mull it, here's some more of what's going on this weekend:

Every year I swear I'm going to enter something into the county fair - like jam, or a quilt or something - and every year I blow it. Sigh. Next time. This year's fair continues through Sunday with a busy schedule of events and activities. Grandstand entertainment includes barrel racing and tractor pulling on Saturday, and bull riding on Sunday. But, I have to say, my favorite thing to do at the fair is to check out the livestock and other exhibitions. I also think the Read & Ride promotion is terribly cool - kids in grades K-8 can earn two free ride tickets by reading and reporting on two books. Find the details here. The fair opens at noon, with exhibits closing at 10 p.m., and the carnival and midway closing at midnight. Admission is $3 for visitors 13 and older. Kids 12 and younger are free. Parking is $5. 

Lincoln Center hosts this 5K run/walk benefitting United Way of San Joaquin County (P.S. daughters are invited too!) from 9 a.m to noon on Saturday. Registration is $10. 

A fundraiser supporting Stockton's Emergency Food Bank, the event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at University of the Pacific's DeRosa University Center. Join in on one of several scenic rides, ranging from one- to 25-miles long, and enjoy music, a beer garden, food and a health fair. A bike rodeo for kids ages 1 to 9 will be open from 9 to 11 a.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for kids ages 11 and younger, and $60 for a family of four.

Cornerstone Church in Lodi has organized this free event featuring music, a car show and food. The barbecue will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday at Lodi Middle School. 

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