Spring Lake Water Park is Now Open! Early Summer Guide

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ming. Swim hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 26 through La- bor Day. Boat rentals on Spring Lake

also begins May 26 and will be available daily through the summer and weekends in the fall. Rentals include paddle- boards, kayaks, canoes, and pedal boats. Rates start at $12 per hour. The rental area is next to the swimming lagoon, which is reached through the park entrance at 393 Violetti Road. Parking is $7 or free for Re- gional Parks members. Regional Parks also resumes

Santa Rosa, CA. ~ Sonoma County Regional Parks launch- es its 2018 summer aquatics season on Saturday, May 26, 2018 with the opening of the Spring Lake swimming lagoon

– including the popular inflat- able, floating playground – and boat rentals on the lake. Admission options to the

floating playground include a $10 per person fee for adults as

well as a $20 day pass that in- cludes an hour of paddle board or boat rental and a $60 season pass that includes daily admis- sion and boat rental. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. The first of its kind in So-

noma County, the floating play- ground debuted two summers ago and was a hit with families from around the Bay Area. The play zone is a network of in- flatable slides, climbing walls, bridges, balance beams, jumps, trampolines, and other stations. The playground also can be re- served for parties and special events by calling (707) 565- 2267. The lagoon continues to include lifeguarded areas for free swim and lap swim, with no admission fee for swim-

Here is the much awaited alphabet- ical list of SEEDS To PLANT now, directly in the ground. Plant those wonderful bean seeds producing fresh deliciousness and great for canning and cooking fresh with sliced leeks and potatoes. And you were thinking. . .magic beanstalk. Ha! Grow beets golden and red, sweet carrots, Rainbow chard seeds, corn which you’ll want to put a couple of drops of mineral oil on the silk when they are maturing to prevent corn ear-

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its seasonal Russian River safety patrol on Memorial Day weekend. The patrol is a roving team of lifeguards and rang- ers who visit Steelhead, Sun- set, Riverfront, and Forestville River Access beaches Fridays through Mondays. They talk with beachgoers about water safety. Life jackets, which are strongly recommended on the river, are available for free use at each of these sites. Regional Parks continues

to partner with city recreation departments and the Sonoma County Family YMCA to offer the “Vamos a Nadar/Let’s Go Swimming” program through early July. The program of- fers low-cost bilingual swim lessons to children and wa- ter-safety training to parents. For more information and

to register, call (707) 565- 8034, or contact Communica- tions Manager Meda Freeman, 707-565-2275

Simple Ideas & Designs

worm! Juicy cucumbers tantalize, get those seeds planted now. Try kohlrabi and plant seeds of lettuce, melons, pumpkins, radishes, scal- lions, spinach. Summer and winter squash seeds should be planted too. Be sure and follow directions on

seeds packets, proper depth, and spacing, making such a huge dif- ference. Visit the local Seed Bank in Petaluma, shop locally or order from favorite nurseries like Shep- herd’s Seeds. And speaking of seeds you must try Mary’s Gone

Habitat Project Santa Rosa, CA. ~ If we build

Let’s Build Habitat! Naturalist-Led Walk and Hands-On

it, wildlife will come. Help us create a wildlife habitat struc- ture at an environmental res- toration site within our very own wetland of international importance, the Laguna de Santa Rosa. We’ll meet at the Laguna Environmental Center for morning snacks and a brief overview, then we’ll carpool to the Joe Rodota Trail in Se- bastopol for a fun 1-mile walk to the restoration site (2 miles round trip) with Regional Parks naturalist Shelly Spriggs and Laguna Foundation’s Anita Smith. We will go off the paved trail to Gravenstein Creek on a farm that is not open to the pub- lic. 9:00am-1:00pm. $10 (non- refundable). Pre-registration re- quired. For more information, visit www.lagunafoundation. org Or contact Anita Smith, Public Education Manager, Laguna de Santa Rosa Foun- dation, (707) 527-9277 x 110,

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Enjoy the magnificence of this unsurpassed season and as Hellen Keller said, The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart. Sigh. . .

Discontent is the first necessity of progress. ~ Thomas A. Edison

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