Get Ready For The Great #Petaluma Chili Cook-Off

2015 Great Petaluma Chili CookoffOn Saturday May 9, 2015  over 1500 people will converge on Behrens Park, Herzog Hall at the Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma for the 18th annual Great Petaluma Cook-Off, Salsa and Beer Tasting event starts as usual at 1 pm.. Will you be there too? You will not only experience great food, beer, and entertainment, but you will also be supporting over 1200 kids in the Cinnabar Theater (a non-profit) Children’s Programs. Want to know how to double your donation? Ocean State Job Lot Foundation will match your donation made between now and May (a grant that they have been providing over the past 10 years each year raising the bar). Tickets are free for kids under 5, $10 for ages 5-11, $25 for adults, or $40 with beer. To purchase a ticket, or for more information, call 707-763-8920 or visit  You can also purchase your tickets at the gate on the day of the event.

Entertainment expected this year at the popular Stony Point band with opening act from Don’t Tip The Tweetster (Ska Band) followed by Sister Sirens and Zyphire Belly Dancers, then the Hip Hop Dancers from the Fierce Dance Company. Also The Amazing Caine will be walking around dazzling guests with his illusions and magic.

_mg_7984.1_resizeAnnually 40 Chili Teams compete as well as 15 Salsa Teams and 15 Breweries (This year there are 16 breweries entered). The Cinnabar Theater is the non-profit regional theater supporting students in arts and entertainment whose organization’s primary means for funding is special events and ticket sales.

SOLD OUT!  The competition is so fierce all challenger spots are taken. There is a short waiting list and every year there is a team or two that drops out – so there is still hope – you can call the theater to get a spot on the waiting list.  There is room for more vendors so if you want to get exposure for your business, contact Laura Sunday at (707) 763-8920 or email her at [email protected].

There are some long time supporters re-entering this year’s event:

Also long time brewery supporters include Lagunitas, Moylans, Ruth McGowans, and Lost Coast.


Where to go for Live Music & Entertainment in #Petaluma

Check club websites for details of music & events!

flyer_elaineluciaaprilAqus Café:

  • Apr 11th Bill Hansel’s Blackberry Jam Sing-Along

The Big Easy:

  • April 12 Sunday Supper Club Elaine Lucia Quartet
  • April 14th – American Alley Cats (Live Gypsy Jazz)
  • April 15th (and 29th) Jazz with Tracy Rose and friends
  • April 16th – Free Live Music from Market Farmers
  • April 17th – Left Coast Syncopators (Funky Zydeco)

Brixx Pizzeria:

  • April 11 – Arizona and the Volunteers
  • April 18 – Blue Diamond Fillups

8872686The Buckhorn Tavern:

  • April 11 – Karaoke Saturday Night 9PM – 1AM

Corkscrew Wine Bar:

  • April 14 – Staggerwing
  • April 18 – David ‘el Oso’ Jenkins


Jamison’s Roaring Donkey:

  • April 14 – Brainstormer Pub Trivia

The String RaysLagunitas Brewing Co.

  • April 11 – Nate Lopez
  • April 12 – Levi Lloyd
  • April 15 – The String Rays
  • April 16 – Dictator Tots
  • April 17 – John Brazell
  • April 18 – Bear Lincoln


Mystic Theatre

63-atlgPhoenix Theater:

Nate LopezPongo’s Kitchen & Tap:

  • April 16 – Spike Sikes
  • April 23 – Nate Lopez

Pub Republic:

April 17 – Twin Soles

Ray’s Tavern:  

  • April 15 – Ray’s Open Mic Night

Willowbrook Ale House

  • Karoake Every Friday and Saturday Night


Twin Oaks Tavern (In our sister town of Penngrove)

  • new_4_fjz0April 13 – Blues Defenders Pro Jam
  • April 14 – Karaoke with Huey Dawg plus Game Night!
  • April 15 – David Thom Band
  • April 16 – Levi’s Workshop
  • April 17 – Mojo Rising
  • April 18 – The Soul Section

Other places that generally have music but no information to share on their website or no website at all:




If you know of a live music or entertainment venue you would like to see here feel free to add them to the comments below.

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What’s Going On In #Petaluma? Through April 17th

cooking-garden-gerald-list_1(SOLD OUT) Cooking from the Garden at McEvoy Ranch – Sat., April 11, 9:30am: Join Head Gardener and Winemaker, Margaret Koski-Kent and Head Chef, Gerald Gass, for a garden to table experience. Walk through their kitchen gardens discussing planting, sowing and harvesting ideas and how the garden bounty makes its way to the table.

6a00e54fa7b483883401a511c4b511970c-800wiSheep Shearing at Petaluma Adobe – Sat., April 11, 11am:  Have fun learning how to card and spin wool as they would have done in the 1830’s. The Petaluma Adobe served as the headquarters for General Vallejo’s 66,000 acre cattle rancho from 1836 to 1846. Petaluma Adobe State Park, 3325 Adobe Rd. 762-4871.

Boating at the BarnSundays, 10am-1pm: Pick a rowboat, canoe, kayak or sailboat. River Heritage Center in Steamer Landing Park. Call 769-0910 for information.

Danish Community Celebration – Sun., April 12, 2:30pm: Learn about the Hansen House, Danish Soldier’s Club, Petaluma Danish Sisterhood and Brotherhood and more. Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 20 Fourth St. 778-4398

PoetryEast-Side Farmers’ MarketTuesdays, 10am-1:30pm: Year-round, rain or shine! In the Petaluma Community Center Parking Lot, 320 N. McDowell Blvd. For info call 415-999-5635.

Multicultural Poetry – Wed. April 15, 6:30pm: Join us in celebrating National Poetry Month. Several members of the Petaluma community will read poems in the language they were written and also in English. Petaluma Regional Library, 100 Fairgrounds Dr.

#Petaluma’s Kitsbow Chosen 1 of 15 Companies That Make Clothes You Can Feel Good About Wearing

Mountain Bikers In Petaluma Making Their Way Up Hurl Hill
Mountain Bikers In Petaluma Making Their Way Up Hurl Hill Photo By Tami Cramer

KitsbowWe thought it was appropriate considering this weekend there are thousands of high school mountain bike riders competing in Petaluma this weekend to highlight a Petaluma clothes manufacturer Kitsbow who makes mountain bike wear.  They were featured in an article yesterday by Outside Online Magazine highlighting 15 companies they call progressive and making sustainable clothing that looks as great as it wears.  We only feature the Kitsbow product below, but if you want to see the other 14 companies highlighted please click on the article link below.

From Outside Online by Will Palmer:

Cover Photo of Article by Trevor Woods
Cover Photo of Article by Trevor Woods

The 21st century seems like a mess so far. Gridlock in Washington. Rising seas. Corporate domination. Kardashians. But if you’ve been paying attention, you know that there are positive things happening all over the place as well, and with accelerating frequency. Consider the clothes you wear. While mass-produced, polluting sweatshop apparel isn’t going away overnight, there are people all over the world—from Portland to Brooklyn to Addis Ababa and, yes, China—who are trying to make style sustainable.


VIDEO: Smart Phone Captures SMART Train’s First Trek over the #Petaluma Bridge

This raw cell phone video shows the SMART Train crossing the Petaluma Bridge for the first time.

This video shows the entire journey including a segment through the downtown Petaluma train station.

You may also be interested in an article in this week’s about SMART called SMART offering to give away Haystack Landing bridge over Petaluma River.

VIDEO: #Petaluma Father & Son Build Lego Robot That Solves Rubiks Cube Puzzle

Kevin Tsujihara of #Petaluma is CEO of Warner BrosFor generations Legos are very popular with kids growing up and their legend lives on thanks to Petalumans. Our very first post was a New York Times article about Petaluma’s Kevin Tsujihara  Warner Bros. CEO Credits ‘Petaluma’ for His Winning Style & Success” who had recently released “The Lego Movie”. The Lego Movie DVD In that article he credits his ambassadorial style – “behaving like a human being” is how he put it – reflected his unpretentious upbringing in Petaluma, Calif.” The following video shows a project combining software, legos and robotics to solve a Rubiks Cube!  It was a father and son project, one that I am sure the son will remember for a lifetime.  It’s simple stuff like this that matters. When we saw this we had to share it.

LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 home setThe video was posted on YouTube by the father who said:

“My six year old son and I decided to build this together. It was our first Mindstorms project and loads of fun.”

 MindCub3r is a robot that can be built from a single LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 home set or from EV3 Education Core and Expansion sets to solve the well known Rubik’s Cube puzzle. All MindCub3r software releases works with LEGO firmware versions.

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#Petaluma Current Exhibits and Upcoming Events

Special Exhibits

  • 15_03_postcard_frontShowing on the River,” 5th Annual Juried Photography Show, through May 3. Riverfront Art Gallery, 132 Petaluma Blvd. North.   775-4ART.
  • “Art Shapes the World: 4th Annual Youth Arts Exhibition” through April 5.  Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville St.  See website for schedule of events & exhibits: Call 762-5600.
  • “The Many Faces of Petaluma” Exhibit, showcasing Petaluma’s Ethnic & Cultural Groups, through April 26.  Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 20 Fourth St. 778-4398.
  • 07988d36-8d75-4eb6-854e-24cc74984497“Focus on Nature” Exhibit through May 3. Four different views of Nature. Gallery One, 209 Western Ave. 778-8277.
  • “Systems of Constructing” Exhibit, Opening Reception Griffin Map Design & Gallery on Saturday April 11th from 6-10pm and runs through May 2. 405 East D Street Suites D&F.

Upcoming Events

Mark Your Calendar for these great upcoming events:

8c56bc_ceace4e4fb1248b4b163da97c52d0c6a.png_srz_p_192_182_75_22_0.50_1.20_0 (1).00_png_srz4/19: 11th Annual Petaluma Footrace

4/25: 34th Annual Butter & Egg Days Parade

4/26: Spring Antique Faire

5/9:  Great Petaluma Chili Cook-Off, Salsa & Beer Tasting

Cruisin On The Boulevard5/14-17: Salute to American Graffiti

5/23: Sonoma County Home Brewers Competition

5/31: Down Home Day at the Homestead

What’s Happening This Week in #Petaluma April 3rd through April 11th

ArcadiaTom Stoppard’s “Arcadia” – April 3-19: Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd. North. $25 adults, $15 ages 21 & under. For tickets & show schedule, call 763-8920.

Easter Eggstravaganza – Sat., April 4, 11am-12:30: Egg hunt, games, giant slide and food for sale. $5 per family. Adobe Christian Center, 2875 Adobe Rd. 763-2012.

Easter Fair



20th Annual Children’s Easter Fair at Outlets – Sat., April  4, 12- 3pm: Children’s crafts, games, face-painting, balloon animals, a strolling Easter Bunny and more! Petaluma Village Premium Outlets, 2200 Pet. Blvd. North.


MurphyMangin_SlideMeet & Greet the Authors – Sat., April 4, 7pm: Brian Murphy and Brad Mangin, authors of “Championship Blood” book about the SF Giants at Copperfields, Petaluma Store.

Boating at the BarnSundays, 10am-1pm: Pick a rowboat, canoe, kayak or sailboat. River Heritage Center in Steamer Landing Park. Call 769-0910 for information.

Butter & Egg Days FundraiserButter & Egg Days Lagunitas Fundraiser – Mon., April 6, 5:30-8:30pm:  Live music by Randy & the Special Agents and Blue Moment. Dinner catered by Lombardi’s BBQ. $20 in advance/$25 at door. Call 762-9348 or go to

East-Side Farmers’ MarketTuesdays, 10am-1:30pm: Year-round, rain or shine! In the Petaluma Community Center Parking Lot, 320 N. McDowell Blvd. For info call 415-999-5635.

Petaluma Film Alliance’s Cinema Series presents “Under The Skin” – Wed., April 8: Pre-film lecture at 6 pm; Director Jonathan Glazer’s 2014  film at 7pm; $5 general/$4 students & seniors. Carole L. Ellis Auditorium, SRJC Campus, 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway.

downloadSheep Shearing at the Petaluma Adobe – Sat., April 11, 11am-1pm: At Adobe State Historic Park, 3325 Adobe Rd. 762-4871.