#Petaluma’s X2nSat Creates Video “Who is X2nSat”

As provided on their YouTube Channel:
X2nSat is one of the most veteran VSAT providers in North America, extending communication reach anywhere a company does business for more than 15 years. Founded with a mission to provide highly reliable, wireless network and communication solutions to a wide variety of industries, X2nSat is proud to provide the robust services of a large telecomm with the personalized customer care of a specialty organization. With a state-of-the-art, high-capacity satellite teleport site and a 24x7x365 Network Operations Center located in California and redundant teleports and data centers spread throughout the United States, X2nSat has the capacity to deliver extremely secure network solutions and services anywhere you work. Clients appreciate the strength of X2nSat’s robust network infrastructure and its close proximity to the engineers and technicians who manage their networks.

PCA Releases Video of Petaluma’s 2015 Rivertown Revival PLUS New Photos

This week Petaluma Community Access released its video showing some highlights from the 2015 Rivertown Revival “The Greatest Slough On Earth”.

We were also there and took a few short video clips, and some photos we have not yet shared until now.

Enjoy our short slideshow. Also you can hover over and click on arrows to advance photos.


A night of food, wine, stories of inspiration, and musicMailChimp-PerfectPairings-CoverImage

October 1, 2015 Kenwood, California: On Saturday, November 14, 2015, at the Chateau St. Jean Winery located at 8555 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, CA 95452, the new and rising star Em Rossi will be performing to benefit the non-profit organization event that will take place between 5-9PM with celebrity Spencer Christianguests that will be hosted by ABC TV’s Spencer Christian. For more information about this event you can call (415) 453-3800. Rossi who has made appearances with Miles Schon at other charity events will be performing for the VIP sponsors’ reception between 4-5:00PM.

Rossi has been interviewed and performed on local radio, national new stations, and local blogs. Check out our previous post and Interview with #Petaluma’s Rising Star! Singer/Songwriter Em Rossi.  A week after we posted on her the Petaluma Argus was inspired also to write about her in their article Singing her way to a career in music.  Her soul based sound with modern jazz elements incorporating an eclectic mix of genres. Her music producer, Jim McGorman, who has worked with artists like Avril Lavigne and Shakira says “Em Rossi expresses a musical depth that is far beyond her seventeen years. She is a fearless artist, capable of taking you from melancholy to bliss in just over three minutes.” Petaluma Argus Courier writes “[Rossi] is making her way on the stage of stardom after growing up with a heavily influenced childhood of music

Em Rossi-19In anticipation of her debut MP3 and CD called “Young Hearts”, Rossi has release her single “Madness” which has been featured on American and United Airlines emerging artist inflight shows and playlists. For more information about Em Rossi visit her website at www.emrossi.com.

Here is a new release from her called Animal:

The following video of Em’s behind the scenes creation of her new release gives a lot perspective in the work that goes behind the production or her music.

#Petaluma Downtown Craft Mart Hosts “Holiday Crafterino”


Petaluma Holiday CrafterinoThe Petaluma Downtown Craft Mart presents its seventh annual “Holiday Crafterino” show, Saturday, November 28th from 11am to 4pm at the The Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building. The show brings together the best in local handmade crafts and gifts while raising funds to support Petaluma’s own COTS, Committee on the Shelterless. You’ll definitely be able to find something for everyone on your holiday gift list! The Holiday Crafterino has grown to become a much anticipated local tradition full of goodwill and cheer.

Holiday Crafterino BagInitiated in 2009 by several crafty gals, the Petaluma Downtown Craft Mart continues to offer Sonoma County a fresh collection of hand made products and the opportunity to shop local talent. The Holiday Crafterino is the perfect opportunity for shoppers to do good by supporting local organizations. For the seventh year in a row, the event will raise funds for COTS, the local homeless service provider in Petaluma. COTS offers help and hope to the homeless population by providing safe shelter and housing, teaching financial literacy, case management, positive parenting classes, work-force preparedness, and helping people get back under a roof of their own. Additionally, COTS provides 124,000 hot meals and over 750,000 pounds of food delivered to those most in need within our community annually.

The Holiday Crafterino’s much celebrated raffle is not to be missed. Local business owners spread the Holiday cheer by donating to the hourly raffle baskets which are chock full of local treasures and services from shops including StitchCraft and iLeoni. All raffle ticket donations go to COTS. To date this event has raised nearly $10,000 for the charity and hopes to donate even more this year. Saturday November 28th is also Small Business Saturday, this event is your perfect opportunity to support your neighborhood businesses and makers.

Petaluma Holiday Crafterino Handmade Cards Display“The 2015 Holiday Crafterino will be bigger and better than ever before as we expand to fill The Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building’s two large auditoriums. We will host 59 well curated vendors and feature yummy local food trucks to help fuel the shopping frenzy,” shared organizer Melissa Abercrombie. Vendors will be selling everything from jewelry and bath products to clothing, art, ceramics and more. Some of our fabulous vendors included Bird vs. Bird, Bug Under Glass, Sonoma Spice Queen, Cookie and the Dude, and Griffin Map Design. The first 100 attendees will receive a fabulous and reusable silk-screened gift bag stuffed with goodies from local artists and businesses.

Holiday Crafterino Made Local Gift Basket DisplayThe Petaluma Downtown Craft Mart is organized by a group of local artisans: Nicole Vasbinder of StitchCraft, Melissa Abercrombie of Blue Ribbon Salvage, Tami Lovett-Brumfeld of The Felt Baron, Samantha Barsky of note•ify and Alice Kelzer of Alice Frost Studio. Shopping local is fun and convenient at this one stop holiday shopping experience!

Admission: $1 donation

Free Parking

For further information please contact: [email protected]

VIDEO: #Petaluma’s Gomes Thankful For 2nd MLB World Series Title

(Washington, DC 04/01/2014) Boston Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes, wearing his bold USA flag blazer, walks past President Barack Obama at a ceremony on the South Lawn honoring the 2013 World Series Champs at the White House Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Staff Photo by Matt West.
(Washington, DC 04/01/2014) Boston Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes, wearing his bold USA flag blazer, walks past President Barack Obama at a ceremony on the South Lawn honoring the 2013 World Series Champs at the White House Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Staff Photo by Matt West.

Don’t you just love this guy? He is often waving an American Flag or wearing one.  Not too many MLB players have two World Series rings and probably none from the 707.  In August Gomes had the good fortune when the Altanta Braves traded him to the Kansas City Royals.  But of course Gomes cannot just leave Braves without making history – check out our earlier post Petaluma’s Jonny Gomes pitching one of the greatest innings in history.  Gomes, a position player had the rare opportunity to help save Atlanta’s pitching staff by coming in to pitch against the New York Yankees – he struck out a batter to end the inning.  How many outfielders can do that?

CBS Sports wrote the following about Gomes in his World Series play:

Jonny Gomes Kansas City Royals Celebrates Series Win
Clip From CBS Sports Video Jonny Gomes Celebrates High Five with Hosmer

Gomes: He batted .167 in 12 games for the Royals in a redundant role, with guys such as Paolo Orlando and Jarrod Dyson getting all of the time as backup outfielders. But, Gomes also has what we like to call veteran presence — he also helped the Red Sox win a title in 2013. And after Christian Colon got the go-ahead hit in Game 5, he credited Gomes in multiple postgame interviews with helping him to stay mentally ready for the moment when the Royals might need him. Well, Colon obviously stayed ready, didn’t he?

Gomes also was noted for his speech in the Kansas City parade – see video on : WATCH: Jonny Gomes’ speech highlights Royals World Series parade.

The following video is from the MLB Baseball Website (It can take time for some computers to load the video below):

Petaluma’s Master Sergeant Sheryl Wilhoit Chronicled in Getty Images & Veterans Day Parade Information

Steve Kemmerle Petalumas 2015 Good Egg
Steve Kemmerle Petaluma’s 2015 Good Egg & Veteran’s Day Parade Organizer

On Wednesday November 11th our city will be celebrating and saluting our country’s veterans in our annual Petaluma’s Veterans Day Parade, one of the largest parades north of the Golden Gate.  It will feature vintage war birds and sleek air racers flyovers in our “American Quintessential Hometown”.  In our Petaluma searches this morning we ran into a photo of a young Sgt. Sheryl Wilhoit in a 2004 Getty Image inspecting her unit as shown below (who today is a Master Sergeant after serving for 19 years in the Marine Corp). This class of 1996 Petaluma High School graduate posted the featured image above on her facebook page yesterday. The portrait photo is significant in that it was taken during a ball celebrating the Marine Corp’s 240th birthday. It’s a nice reminder that we not only celebrate and salute our veterans, but also the young active men and women in uniform who serve our country everyday.  When the opportunity presents itself we try to share stories about Petaluman’s in the military like our post and interview with Lt. Jaclyn Trosper entitled Saving and Raising Lives: An Interview with Lt. Jaclyn Cuevas Trosper.

When you hover over the photo below the Getty Image provides the following:
PARRIS ISLAND, SC – JUNE 22: Marine drill instructor Sgt Sheryl Wilhoit of Petaluma, California inspects her female recruits during training at the United States Marine Corps recruit depot June 22, 2004 in Parris Island, South Carolina. Marine Corps boot camp, with its combination of strict discipline and exhaustive physical training, is considered the most rigorous of the armed forces recruit training. Congress is currently considering bills that could increase the size of the Marine Corps and the Army to help meet US military demands in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)


Amazing Hail Mary Play in Last Few Seconds of SCL Championship Game in Petaluma

Congratulations to the Trojans for fighting for the SCL title after a very strong performance this season.  While I wished they had won the SCL title the last play with only seconds on the clock in a tied game was incredible. The Analy Tigers threw a hail mary to the end zone that was caught on video by Youth Sports Network.  Here is the play that ended the game last night.  Again congrats to the Petaluma Trojans for a strong finish of the season.  Sooooo close!

#Petaluma’s Molly Best of Thistle Meats Star Of La Crema Wine Video

The La Crema Tasting Room YouTube channel provides the following as a description of this video:

Molly is a butcher, an artist and a lover of nature. She devotes her life to healthy food options and bringing her community together. A woman full of intrigue with a quirky sense of humor, passion and desire to go against the grain. She makes her life a statement by being true to herself.

About the series: La Crema presents three stories of exciting, confident women who are paving their way in intriguing corners of industry. They are business owners, entrepreneurs, artists and unique personalities within their community. Our statement maker series tells the story of women who are taking risks, following their own paths, and making a name for themselves in the world.

This video was very well done.  We learned more about Molly and Thistle Meats.  Enjoy.

#Petaluma’s Terri Strain, owner and instructor ATA Martial Arts, Tops Amazon Best Seller with Bullyproof

Strain makes a contribution to a very popular book BULLYPROOF: Unleash the Hero Inside Your Kid, Volume 2. This book is part of a series that helps raise awareness of the matter of bullying in the United States.  Within 24 hours of its release it was ranked #1 in the “Children Studies” category.  It also topped the charts on the Kindle “School Age Children” category.

Unlike other books that address what you should do when you are bullied it also covers ways to prevent it and prepare kids from its harmful effects.  The book is co-authored by leaders around the world including business owners, physicians, and “yes” even Petaluma Martial Arts instructors  (ATA Petaluma Martial Arts).

Here is how you can purchase this top selling book (Click the photo below):

In case you missed Volume 1 – also on best seller list you can also buy it today (Click the photo below):

Día de los Muertos activities in #Petaluma

Photos By Mariana Raschke

The streets of Downtown Petaluma teemed with music, food, people, culture, and art as the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum wrapped up its El Día de los Muertos celebrations on Nov. 1 with a candlelight procession and a giant puppets parade.

People with their faces painted as Mexican dead characters (la Catrina and el Catrin) ambled from Western Avenue to Fourth and B Streets. Altars and offerings, known as “ofrendas,” honoring the dead and art from local Latino artists were also featured in the museum. Throughout October, Petaluma hosted various Día de los Muertos themed activities

Photos By Mariana Raschke

On Oct. 17, as part of the celebrations, Santa Rosa Junior College’s Petaluma campus offered sugar skull decorating activities and held dance performances from Aztec dancers and the Ballet Folklorico of Petaluma Paquiyollotzin during LumaFest, an open house for children and adults to learn about higher education.

Photos By Mariana Raschke

If you missed the activities this year it is likely that you will be able to see them next year, as Petaluma has hosted Día de los Muertos festivities for nine consecutive years. In the meantime, enjoy the pictures.