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VIDEO: Fish with human-like teeth caught in Petaluma Ca Luchessi Pond

Over the memorial day weekend a fisherman got the ultimate surprise.  He reeled in his catch and when he started unhooking it the toothy creature was giving him a big smile.  Here is the video:


What’s Going On In Petaluma This Week? Through May 20th

Spring Book Sale – thru 5/21: Friends of Petaluma Library Book Sale General Sale Days, New books added daily through Friday See website for details & deal days. Petaluma Regional Library, 100 Fairgrounds Dr.  707-763-9801.

  • Wednesday May 18   4:00-8:00 pm
  • Thursday May 19 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Friday May 20 10:00 am – 5:00 pmGodspell-Banner1

Petaluma Arts Association Open Studio“Godspell”thru 5/22: Performed by Cinnabar Young Repertory Theater, 333 Petaluma Blvd. North.  707-763-8920. www.cinnabartheater.org

3rd Annual Petaluma Open Studios – Sat., 10am: Fine artists open their studios to the public – various locations. 707-364-5838 www.petalumaarts.org

Petaluma Adobe Living History DayLiving History Day at the Adobe – Sat., 11am: Mexican California era comes to life at the Rancho headquarters.  Petaluma Adobe State Park, 3325 Adobe Rd. 707-762-4871.

Saturday Farmer’s Market in Walnut Park – Sat., 2-5pm: Over 60 booths selling farm-fresh produce and local products. Live entertainment & activities at 4th & D Streets. 415-999-5635.

PR_JuraMargulis_2Jura Margulis Concert – Sat., 8pm: Russian piano virtuoso performs at the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 20 Fourth St. 707-778-4398.

Boating at the Barn – Sun., 10am-1pm: Free kayak and row boat rides at the River Heritage Center in Steamer Landing Park (end of Copeland Street). Sign up at the barn. For info call 769-0910.

Holy Jazz & BluesPetaluma Chorale Spring Jazz Concert – Tues., 7:30pm: Jazz and blues performance at the Petaluma Valley Baptist Church, 580 Sonoma Mtn. Pkwy. 812-369-5225 or email: [email protected]

classic carsPetaluma Cinema Series – Wed., 7pm: J.J. Abrams 2015 film, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at SRJC Petaluma Campus, 680 Sonoma Mtn. Pkwy.

Classic Car Cruise-In – Thurs., 6-9pm: Show off your classic cars every Thursday evening. No judging, just enjoy the eye candy.  Fourth and Sea Fish and Chips, 101 4th St. 762-6424.

Also get ready for

11th Annual Petaluma Ca’s Salute to American Graffiti

Cruisin’ on the Boulevard

Click here or for the schedule of events.

11th Annual Salute to American Graffiti – Cruisin’ On The Boulevard

(Information from AmericanGraffiti.net)

American GraffitiThursday, May 19, 2016  – “Jump Start” Dinner, Location Cattleman’s Restaurant.  By Advanced Reservation Only.  Tickets are $45 per person. You may meet some of the stars and crew from the original production of the movie. To purchase tickets call (707) 762-3394.

Friday, May 20, 2016 – Free – Open to everyone – no registration required – American Graffiti Cruise-in & Kickoff Social:  4-8PM located at The Petaluma Plaza and Plaza North Shopping Centers, McDowell Blvd (One block American Graffiti-2north of Washington Street). – Dress up in your ole’ fashioned ’50’s duds and take your photo in a candy colored hot rod.  There will be cool cars and entertainment.

Saturday, May 21, 2016 – Free – 11th Annual Petaluma Ca’s Salute to American Graffiti Classic Car Show: 10AM-4PM ; American Graffiti Cruise & Festivities: 4PM – 8PM located in Downtown Petaluma (On the boulevard of course)

 

Here is a video from previous year’s event:

Video: Winners Announce For 2016 Great Petaluma Chili Cookoff

Grand ChampionFrom the Great Petaluma Chili Cookoff Website:

Click here if you missed the event but still want to make a donation to the Cinnabar Theater Children’s program.

Grand Champions

GOLDRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT

  • Most Spirited Team – Sax’s Joint
  • Best Chili Display – Sarah’s Eats and Sweets
  • Best Salsa Display – Ass on Fire
  • Best Costumes – Goldridge Fire Dept.
  • Best Booth – Samuel Heights Low Brow
  • Firemen’s Ax Award – Goldridge Fire Dept.

Some Girls, Their Uncle His KidsJudge’s Chili Award Individuals

1. Poco Borracho
2. Samuel Heights Lowbrow Chili
3. Some Girls, Their Uncle, His Kids…

Judge’s Chili Award Restaurant

1. Brasil BBQ
2. Sarah’s Sweets and Eats
3. Brewsters Beer Garden

Judge’s Chili Awards Business

IMG_15841. Trader Joe’s
2. Argus Courier
3. Kurt’z Kreations

Judge’s Chili Award Service Organization

1. Goldridge Fire Department
2. Liberty Independent Living
3. Homeward Bound of Marin

Judge’s Award Vegetarian Chili

1. Preferred Sonoma Caterers
Sonoma Preferred Caterers2. Bellyfull Dinners
3. Tree Huggin’ Hippies

Preferred
Judge’s Award Traditional Salsa

1. Fat Kid
2. Mr. Pyro’s
3. Krazy Kelts
Judge’s Award Fruit Salsa

1. Bellyfull Dinners
2. Spring Hill Ranch
3. Brew It Up

Spring Hills RanchPeople’s Choice Award Meat Chili

1. Homeward Bound of Marin
2. Exchange Bank
3. Santa Rosa Fire Fighters

People’s Choice Award Vegetarian Chili

1. Preferred Sonoma Caterers
2. Sarah’s Eats and Sweets
3. Friendly Chili
People’s Choice Award Salsa

1. Mr. Pyro’s
2. Krazy Kelts
Petaluma Hills Brewery3. Samuel Heights Lowbrow Salsa
Mr Pyros
People’s Choice Award Beer

1. Petaluma Hills
2. Hen House
3. Sudwerk

Pet Hills
2014 Firemen’s Ax Award

Goldridge Fire Department

CLICK HERE OR PAGE TWO BELOW TO SEE THE VIDEO

Be Part of Tomorrow’s Highlights Of This Year’s Great Petaluma Chili Cookoff

1-5PM Rain or shine – be there!

(Featured recently on NBC Bay Area)

You have until 8:30AM on 5/7/2016 to order your tickets online.

 

Click here to buy tickets now and help support our Cinnabar Theater children’s programs.

Chili & Salsa $25 ****Kids under 12 $10, under 5 free ****
Chili, Salsa and Beer Tasting $45

Otherwise you can purchase tickets at the gate on day of event.

2015 Great Petaluma Chili Cook-Off-16Here are highlights from previous years event:

I will be a chili judge again in this year’s 19th Annual Great Petaluma Chili Cookoff, Salsa & Beer Tasting competition, so please stop by the judges desk to say “I Love Positively Petaluma! – and chili,salsa and beer too”.

Here are some video highlights from past events:
2015 Highlights:

2014 Event Highlights

For more information CLICK HERE to visit the official Great Petaluma Chili Cookoff website.

PEF to present Special Screening of Documentary Film “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age”

In partnership with the film production company, Cinema West and Grant School,
Petaluma Educational Foundation to offer Community Screening Event Thursday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m.

Petaluma Educational Foundation (PEF) is excited to announce we will be hosting a showing of the movie Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age on Thursday, May 12. The screening takes place at Boulevard Cinemas in downtown Petaluma beginning at 6:30 p.m., doors open at 6:00 p.m.

In partnership with Cinema West/Boulevard Cinemas and Grant School along with the film’s production company, PEF will welcome guests to this community event offering a Question & Answer session with fellow attendees following the approximately 60 minute documentary.  Click here to purchase tickets on the Eventbright ticketing page:

Numerous local and national media outlets have featured this film. Here is Screenagers official trailer:

Visit www.pefinfo.com for more information on the Petaluma Educational Foundation contact PEF Executive Director, Maureen Highland, at Maureen@pefinfo.com- 707-778-4632. Or PEF Student Intern Blake Patrick at 707-778-4632.

Click Here Or Page 2 Below To Learn More About Screenagers

Petaluma’s Canvas Ranch Awarded Grant

FGCF-HeaderOn April 26, The FruitGuys Community Fund, a non-profit that supports small family farms will announce Canvas Ranch as a winner of the 2016 FruitGuys Community Fund Sustainable Agriculture Grant Program. Canvas Ranch is a 28-acre family farm that produces vegetables, fruit, grains and wool.

The funds from the grant will allow them to purchase a grain dehuller to provide dehullling services to local grain producers. This essential piece of equipment doesn’t exist in the area. Grains are a key crop for small farm diversification and sustainability as over-wintering maintains water-holding capacity in soils. Crop rotation helps control pests and disease, and increases soil biodiversity.

Winners-Map-1024x768The FruitGuys Community Fund is committed to supporting small farmers across the U.S. who are the catalysts for environmental and economic sufficiency, sustainability, food safety and food access. This year’s group of applicants was the largest and most diverse to date, with submissions and farming project proposals from all across the US.

From their website:

Canvas Ranch is a 28-acre family farm in Petaluma, CA, started by Deborah Walton and Tim Schaible. Together they produce vegetables, fruit, grains, and wool. Deborah also started a nonprofit, the North Coast Heritage Grain Alliance, to support small farmers pursuing alternative and rotational grain crops for food, beer, and spirits-making. Their $2,500 grant will allow them to purchase a grain dehuller to provide dehulling services to local grain producers. No one in the area owns this essential piece of equipment. Grains are a key crop for small-farm diversification and sustainability: overwintering maintains soils’ water-holding capacity, and crop rotation helps control pests and diseases and increases soil biodiversity.



 

Russian Virtuoso Jura Margulis in Concert at Petaluma Ca Museum

PR_JuraMargulis_6Piano virtuoso Jura Margulis will perform works by Robert Schumann, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Nikolai Medtner, and Mily Balakirev on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum. Margulis has been internationally recognized for his compellingly communicative and emotional performances, as well as for the range of his tonal palette and his consummate virtuosity. His orchestral appearances include performances with the Russian National Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and the Prague Symphony Orchestra. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Jura Margulis was raised in Germany, where he studied with his father, Dr. Vitaly Margulis, at the Musikhochschule Freiburg. He was also a student at the prestigious Fondazione per il Pianoforte in Cadenabbia at Lake Como in Italy. In 1994 he moved to the United States to study with Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, and made the US his home. Since 2008 Margulis is the inaugural holder of the Emily J. McAllister Endowed Professorship in Piano at the J.W. Fulbright College of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

PR_JuraMargulis_2With its stunning acoustics, intimate size and classic architectural interior, and the 1899 Henry F. Miller grand concert piano, the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum affords performers and concert goers alike an unforgettable musical experience. Enjoy complimentary wine, cheeses and bread generously provided by local wineries and the Petaluma Creamery.

Sky Hill Cultural Alliance presents premium concert programs throughout the San Francisco North Bay, encompassing baroque, classical, and romantic repertoire. Founded in 1985 by Elizabeth Walter, Sky Hill strives to bring superior quality classical music to the local community.

Click here for more information on Petaluma Museum website or call the Petaluma Museum at:(707) 778-4398.


Emergency Preparedness in Petaluma Ca

Photo above from Kumamoto Japan Earthquake Relief Fund

Emergency preparedness is back in the headlines due to the recent major earthquakes in Japan (6.5) and Ecuador (7.8). Many people have been killed or trapped beneath collapsed buildings, power outages have occurred, and hundreds of people have been left homeless. Many Californians may ask, “Can it happen here in the Bay Area?” Geologist have replied that it isn’t a question of IF, but WHEN.  For more information see a previous post “Disaster Preparedness – Neighbors Helping Neighbors.”

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Photo From PetalumaMuseum.com

It is just a coincidence, but the 110th anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake was last Monday, August 18th. Amateur radio, often called “ham radio,” has consistently been the most reliable means of communication in emergencies when other systems of communications failed or were over worked. In Petaluma, a small group of volunteer amateur radio operators conducted a city wide drill to test their ability to communicate in the event of a disaster that creates an electric power outage. This group, also known as the Petaluma Neighborhood Ham Watch Network, tested their radios using a repeater frequency as well as five simplex frequencies to communicate with ham radio operators in the four quadrants of Petaluma: North, East, South, and West.

Disaster-Preparedness-Neighbors-Helping-NeighborsThe major goal of this group is to: (1) provide simple conversational contact with amateur radio operators in other neighborhoods, (2) establish two-way communication with an amateur radio station located in the local government Emergency Operation Center (EOC), and (3) to provide Internet messaging service for neighbors to distant relatives. The Petaluma NHW Network conducts weekly check-ins on Tuesdays at
8:00 p.m., on 146.910 -88.5, as well as monthly face-to-face meetings to learn more about their radios.

Any local Hams who want to become involved with the Petaluma Neighborhood Ham Watch Network or seek additional information, e-mail Bill Hammerman, KI6GOO, at [email protected] .