#Petaluma Animal Services Shares Photo of Bottle Babies

As provided for on their Facebook Page.  Safe in foster care, our first bottle babies are here. Did you know these kits are 1 day old, and will require bottle feeding every 2 hours/24hrs a day, plus steady warmth, to survive? We celebrate their tiny lives, by helping them thrive. We are the Army of Kindness, and at PASF, shelter means shelter. Thanks for being a part of all the fun and goodness. Welcome to the world, tiny babies!

via (1) Petaluma Animal Services.

Also check out VIDEO: Bixby & Mike Visit Petaluma Animal Shelter With A Yuba Reception

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#Petaluma based NewCo Raises $1.7M in Seed Funding (See VIDEO)

What does NewCo do? According to their website, they help you engage with the people behind innovative businesses in their native environment.  You visit companies not stuffy hotel ballrooms which gets you inside to see the engines driving real change in your city.  See more about the company at the end of this post.

Also see TechCrunch article, NewCo, John Battelle’s Event Startup, Raises $1.7M From Obvious, True Ventures And More by Ingrid Lunden.  Also see Newco’s website blog post Newco Announces Seed Financing by JBAT

The founders tweeted this out in the last week:

Backers included institutional investors Obvious Ventures, True Ventures, Bloomberg Beta, Transmedia Capital, Freestyle Capital, and Foundry Fund, as well as angels Chris Albinson, Andrew Anker, Bart Knaggs, Michael Lazerow, Dave Morgan, Dave Morin, Jordan Shlain, Owen Van Natta, and Michael Winnick.

The company intends to use the funds to expand its staff, build the technology platform, and create new products.


#Petaluma’s Mesa/Boogie® Founder Randall Smith Chosen by Readers for Induction to the Vintage Guitar Magazine Hall of Fame

UPDATE: February 27, 2015 #Petaluma’s Mesa/Boogie releases this video of Andy Timmons who makes his first visit to #Petaluma Mesa Factory and plays a very entertaining and incredible rendition of the Beatles “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” from his from his 2011 release Andy Timmons Band Plays Sgt. Pepper through a Mesa/Boogie Mark Five: 25™ amp.

Original Article:

Mesa/Boogie® is excited to announce Vintage Guitar magazine, the leading publication on vintage and collectible guitars, has inducted founder Randall Smith to its Hall of Fame in the Innovator category. This year’s inductees, as well as winners of this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards, will be featured in the magazine’s April issue. Winners in all categories are determined by a vote of the magazine’s readership.

Mesa Boogie TubesIn the four decades since launching Mesa/Boogie, Smith has refined and expanded the company’s line of amplifiers and accessories to include nearly 20 variants for guitar, seven for bass, and a host of speaker cabinets, effects, tubes, and speakers.

“I never imagined that the little high gain Boogie® would go on to have such a huge impact on the music of the ‘70s as guitarists finally had the ability to hold notes indefinitely with our newfound sustain in the Boogie circuit…and we were just getting started. It’s an honor to be recognized by the Vintage Guitar community. Our goal at Mesa® today remains unchanged from day one: Build the best musical amplifiers possible, and treat each customer, as we ourselves would wish to be treated. We want every musician we serve to become a life-long member of the Mesa/Boogie family,” said Randall Smith, Mesa/Boogie Founder.

Mesa Boogie Mark Five 25In addition to the gain circuit Smith is recognized for, his company would go on to introduce a long list of innovations and patents that have shaped the world of electric guitar tone. It’s nearly impossible to find an amplifier on the market today that doesn’t offer a feature that Randall is responsible for. Other notable accomplishments include the world’s first channel switching amplifier, the MARK II™, which Mesa/Boogie introduced in 1980. In 2014, the company has proven that a creative environment for innovation is more powerful than ever with the release of the new MARK FIVE: 25™ offering many of the innovations Mesa is famous for in a compact 16lb. format.

via Mesa/Boogie® Founder Randall Smith Chosen by Readers for Induction to the Vintage Guitar Magazine Hall of Fame.

VIDEO: Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County is proud to be an integral part #Petaluma Community Foundation Alliance

From the Free Bookmobile YouTube Channel posted on February 12, 2015.  In late 2014, the Petaluma Community Foundation (PCF) created a Collaboration for Youth At-Risk, bringing eight local non-profits together to serve the needs of our children as they learn and grow. The Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County is proud to be an integral part of this alliance, and grateful to share resources and expertise with the other featured partners. Click here to visit the Free Bookmobile website.

Click here to see an earlier post on Glen Weaver of #Petaluma COTS wins Jefferson Award  and appeared on CBS, Sharon Chin reporter.       

#Petaluma’s Rancho Obi-Wan Launches First Book For Celebration Anaheim Exhibit

Rancho Obi-Wan’s 900-square-foot exhibit at Celebration Anaheim April 16-19 will focus on how Star Wars fans through the years have made their own tremendous contributions to that far-away galaxy, and in commemoration the nonprofit museum will make available a limited print-run book, “Inspired by the Force: Star Wars Fan Artifacts & Art.”

The full-color, hardcover 72-page book will act as an exhibit guide, containing photos and stories of scores of the items on display. Written and photographed by Steve Sansweet and Anne Neumann, with design and layout by Stan Stice, the book is intended to be the first volume in a series, “The Treasures of Rancho Obi-Wan.” It also includes a 4-page centerspread foldout that has hundreds of photos of visitors to Rancho and to our exhibits at past Celebration events.  Steve Sansweet has published previous books about his collection including Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection.

LumaCon 2014-4 ResizeSteve Sansweet recently showcased some of his collection at Petaluma’s First Annual LumaCon comic book convention as well.  Click here for more information on the 2015 LumaCon event.

This information is via Rancho Obi-Wan Launches First Book For Celebration Anaheim Exhibit | Rancho Obi-Wan.  Go to their site for more information.

#Petaluma Mother’s Club Presents Preschool Night

Are you a parent or caregiver ready or preparing your young one to graduate to the next level? You will learn about your choices at the Preschool Night hosted by the Petaluma Mother’s Club on Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 6:00-8:00PM at the St. John’s Episcopal Church (Hall next to the Church) located at the corner of 6th & C Streets in downtown Petaluma.

#Petaluma’s Cynthia Ermshar Performs with Napa Valley Duo at the White Barn

Recently a Petaluma resident, Cynthia Ermshar, along with fellow soprano Katie Hopgood performed in front of a packed house at the historic White Barn in St. Helena.  The White Barn is an 1872 Carriage House that was once part of U.S. Civil War General Erasmus Keyes’ home and winery estate. This event benefited the following charitable organizations: RIF (Reading is Fundamental) program, Rianda House, Jewish Historical Society of Napa Valley, St. Helena Preschool.

White Barn 3They were joined by the Napa Valley Duo of pianist Terry Winn and the virtuosity of cellist Jeffrey McFarland-Johnson, they offered a fresh pairing of musicianship in a repertoire that encompasses classical, jazz, and opera, with many pieces that were never before performed in a cello/piano format. True to their mutual love of the music of Paris from 1880-1915, Winn and McFarland-Johnson presented their program as a French-inspired soirée, with an emphasis on musical immediacy in an informal setting. The intimate afternoon featured opera arias, classical repertoire, Gershwin and jazz.

Katie Hopgood and Cynthia sang Barcarolle from the opera “Tales of Hoffman” by Jacques Offenbach, O Mio Babbino Caro “Oh my beloved Father” from the opera Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini and Flower Duet from Léo Delibes’ opera Lakmé, which was first performed in Paris in 1883 together. While Cynthia performed solos of “Mr. Sandman“, which was originally done by The Chordettes in 1958 and “Quando men vo“, also known as “Musetta’s Waltz” from act 2 of Puccini’s opera La bohème.

Click here to view Cynthia’s and Katie’s performances on her YouTube channel at 

Click here to read the article regarding this event in the Napa Valley Register.

Click here to view the history of the White Barn.

Fuel bolster D-corps, Indy Fuel Hockey signs #Petaluma’s Adam McKenzie

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indy Fuel, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks and the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs, signed defenseman Adam McKenzie to an ECHL contract, the team announced Friday. A 5’11, 178 lb., left-handed shooter, McKenzie has two goals to his credit in five appearances for the Fuel so far this season.

Prior to his professional career, McKenzie, 24, logged 22 goals and 75 points with 42 penalty minutes in 146 games played spanning four seasons in the NCAA ranks for the United States Air Force Academy from 2010 to 2014. In the junior ranks, the Petaluma, California native tallied 13 goals and 59 points in 113 appearances for the NAHL’s Wenatchee Wild in two seasons, from 2008 to 2010. McKenzie will wear number 17 for the Fuel.

via Fuel bolster D-corps, sign McKenzie – Indy Fuel Hockey – Indy Fuel Hockey.

Second Look Sunday: A Positively Petaluma Weeks In Review

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