What’s Going On In Petaluma This Week? Through February 26

“For the LOVE of Petaluma” Scavenger Hunt – thru Feb: Pick up a Passport at Flower Child Consignment or the Petaluma Visitors Center; Visit downtown shops to find the special image; Fill your passport & win prizes.

Friends of the Petaluma Library Book Sales – thru Feb. 27: In the Helen Putnam Community Room at the Petaluma Regional Library, 100 Fairgrounds Dr. 763-9801.
Petaluma Arts Center Art Shapes the World Annual Youth Exhibition“5th Annual Youth Art Exhibit” Reception – Fri., 4-7pm: Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville St. 762-5600.

“Powerful Women Within” – Fri., 7pm: Benefiting Guided to Safety. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 5th & C Streets. Tickets bpt.me/2495817

Bad Dates“Bad Dates” Extended – thru Feb. 21: See website for details & tickets. Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd. N. 763-8920. www.cinnabartheater.com

Hearth Tales: How Art Shaped My World – Sat., 7:30pm: Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville St. 762-5600.

How Art Shaped My World Petaluma Arts Center
Hearth Tales: How Art Shaped My World

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

East-Side Farmers’ Market – Tues, 10am-1:30pm: Year-round! Deer Creek Shopping Center, 501 N. McDowell Blvd. 415-999-5635.

THEEB PETALUMA FILM ALLIANCE CINEMA SERIESPetaluma Cinema Series – Wed., 7pm: Naji Abu Nowar’s film, “Theeb.” Pre-film lecture at 6pm; Film at 7pm; Post-film discussion until 10pm; SRJC Petaluma campus, 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway. www.petalumafilmalliance.org

Cruisin Classic Car Cruise in PetalumaClassic Car Cruise-In – Thurs., 6-9pm: Show off your classic cars every Thursday evening. No judging. Fourth & Sea Fish and Chips, 101 4th St. 762-6424.

Butter & Egg Days Parade Float Workshop – Tues (2/23), 6-7:30pm: Make your float fabulous! Free. To sign-up contact the PDA at 762-9348

Tom Cruise Impersonator Video For Petaluma Ca Exercise Class Goes Viral

Laura SundayA short time after the video below was released on Facebook it had already received over 1700 views.  The video is of a Tom Cruise impersonator doing a Risky Business routine showcasing Laura Sunday’s (We like to call her the Queen of Petaluma) exercise classes.

If you don’t already know Laura, she is the organizer of two great local events that benefit the Cinnabar Theater (The Great Petaluma Chili Cook-off and The Taste of Petaluma).  In her “spare time”[insert sarcasm] she also works as an exercise instructor at Petaluma Valley Athletic Club.

This impersonator Evan Ferrante does a great job and can be hired out and say whatever you want him to in a video as Tom Cruise through Fiverr.com .  He states: “I’m using this inconceivable power to promote Laura Sunday‘s classes at Petaluma Valley Athletic Club!”


Friends of the Petaluma Library Announce Book Sales

Petaluma LibraryThe Friends of the Petaluma Library are continuing their quarterly book sales.  The group runs a great little bookstore in the library.  If you are interested in volunteering can send an email to info@petalumalibraryfriends.org.

Here are some upcoming sales you will want to add to your calendar:

Children’s Sale Days:

  • Friday Feb 19 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Feb 20 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Future dates for Children’s Sales Days will happen May 13-14; Aug 12-13; and Nov 11-12.

General Book Sale Days:

  • Wednesday Feb 24 4:00pm – 8:00 pm
  • Thursday Feb 25 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Friday Feb 26 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Feb 27 Deal Day
    • 10:00 am – 1:50 pm Half Price
    • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Bag of Books for $2

Future General Book Sales Days will happen May 18-21; Aug 17-20; and Nov 16-19.

Note that the vast majority of the books are donated and not ex-library.  Great values with most books priced between 50 cents to $2.  Some special books also available.  Lots of DVD’s, books on tape / cd, music CD’s etc.

Welcome to the Village – Free, introductory meetings

Village Network of Petaluma 2We would like to thank Lyndi Brown for providing the following information on the Village Network of Petaluma. They will be holding free introductory meetings on its services for older adults at 10:30 – 11:30 am at 402 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma on these dates. The cost is free for age 50+ folks who wish to grow old together in the Petaluma and Penngrove area:

  • Saturday, March 5
  • Wednesday, April 13
  • Saturday, May 14
  • Wednesday, June 8
Game Night Village Network of Petaluma
Game Night Mexican Train Game

Attendees will learn about the Village Network and how membership offers support, connection, transportation, social events, and home assistance to help older adults stay active. Adults ages 50 and older and their family members are welcome to attend.

The Village is an innovative concept of neighbors helping neighbors to continue living vibrant, active and connected lives in our own homes as we age. The Village is based on a national model of 190 nonprofit villages across the United States.

Village Network of Petaluma
Morning Walking Groups

Learn how membership in the non-profit Village Network of Petaluma can offer support, connection and fun, including transportation, social events, interest groups, and home assistance.

The Village is an innovative concept of neighbors helping neighbors to continue living vibrant, active and connected lives in our own homes as we age. The Village is based on a national model of 190 nonprofit villages across the United States.

For information, email info@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.org or call 707-776-6055. Visit http://www.villagenetworkofpetaluma.org

The Envelope, Please – A Benefit for KPCA Community Radio Feb. 28 at the Mystic

Petaluma Community Access Presents The Envelope Please Oscar NightThere’s an Academy Award-themed event coming up in our charming little city that you might not want to miss. It’s the premier of Petaluma’s annual Oscar-night gala, The Envelope, Please, at the Mystic Theatre in our historic downtown on February 28.

Presented by Petaluma Community Access (PCA), the nonprofit public access television station and media center, The Envelope, Please was created to benefit KPCA 103.3, the FM radio station that will begin broadcasting via the local airwaves later this year, featuring programming produced by and for the Petaluma community.

Awarded a license from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last year, PCA still has a few major tasks ahead of it before it can begin broadcasting – completing an agreement with the Santa Rosa Junior College to place an antenna on-campus, building a radio studio at its 205 Keller Street facility, and raising the funds to get the station up and running.

The Envelope, Please was conceived by PCA’s active Board of Directors as a fun celebration of the cinematic accomplishment and spectacle that is the televised annual Academy Award ceremony, and a community media-building fundraiser for KPCA.

President of PCA’s Board of Directors Cindy Thomas referred to it recently as “a heroic effort by a small nonprofit organization to enrich the entire community.”

The Mystic will be rolling out the red carpet for guests, who can mingle with friends while watching the Oscars ceremony on the big screen, enjoy A-list appetizers and signature cocktails while emcee Tom Gaffey hosts.

John Bertucci Executive Director Petaluma Community Access
John Bertucci Executive Director Petaluma Community Access

As PCA Executive Director John Bertucci pointed out to the Petaluma Argus-Courier’s Matt Brown a while back, the desire to bring FM radio back to Petaluma spans more than a decade. As with the organization’s overall mission, KPCA radio’s goal will be to promote the free expression of ideas and conversations, and provide access to media-making resources for the entire community.

Interest in providing programming for KPCA radio has been high.

Petaluma farmer, writer and Petaluma Grange VP Connie Madden is contemplating a series of talk shows focused on issues of climate change, local culture and political change, all timely issues in this presidential election year.

From Petaluma Radio Players Website

The Petaluma Radio Players, a new radio comedy & drama troupe that came together last fall to give two sold-out, live performances of the old radio drama, The Shadow, at the DeCarli Trolley Barn Theater, are planning to present a regular series of original shows on the new radio station.

KPCA, much like PCA’s public, educational and government television channels, will further the nonprofit’s mission to be of community service by broadcasting important city events and meetings, and may also be of use to the city in communicating with the public in emergency situations, such as a major earthquake.

First things first though. We need to raise around $10,000 to get the station up and running, and fund a part-time staffer. We need your help to do this. Please join us at the Mystic Theatre on February 28 as we launch a significant new addition to Petaluma’s media landscape for the 21st century – KPCA FM 103.3 – radio of, by and for the Petaluma community.

Much more information and tickets are available at the PCA.tv website, or save yourself a service charge and buy tickets in person at the PCA studio, 205 Keller St, Petaluma. PCA is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 2 – 8 pm. Volunteers, sponsors, and donations of any size are welcome.

VIDEO: Winners of Sonoma Home Brewer’s Competition Joe Monostori and Jeremiah Konen

Sonoma County Home Brewers Competition 2016Joe Monostori and Jeremiah Konen tell there story in this short video. These two home brewers won the 2015 Sonoma County Homebrewer’s Competition in Petaluma for their “Mojo Chocolate Milk Stout.”

In this video Jeremiah said when they entered the competition that had no expectations of winning it. He stated “It just happened.”  They encourage other home brewers to enter this year’s competition. In talking about their winning, Joe said this year “It could be you.”

For more information and applications for this year’s event, go to the Petaluma Downtown Association Website.

Butter & Egg Day Parade Applications Are Out!

B-E_banner_2016_webTrain PaintingThe 2016 parade theme is ALL ABOARD! NEXT STOP PETALUMA! Celebrating our rich railway history and tracks to the future with the arrival of the SMART train in 2016!   Petaluma’s Butter & Egg Days Parade celebrates all things Petaluma, the history and the stories we love to tell. This year the Parade will celebrate the arrival of the SMART Train in 2016, sharing stories of the impact the railway had in shaping our hometown’s historic past and making it the place it is today. And looking toward the future, what the revival of a passenger train will mean to our hometown’s businesses, residents, schools, and non-profits.

  • Early bird entries must be received by Monday, February 22nd at 5pm.
  • Regular entries must be received by Monday, February 29th by 8am.
  • Late entries, as space provides, will be accepted from February 29th after 8am until March 7th at 5pm.

To sign up to be in the parade, be a food vendor, get a non-profit booth, or other vendor booth, just download the appropriate application.


Petaluma Ca MentorMe Kicks Off Spring With a Party with Daily Acts!

MentorMe is a great program in Petaluma that matches up kids in need with an adult mentor.  According to the information below from their website, they are kicking off their 2016 with a garden party – check it out:

slider-mm-groupThe bounty of delicious vegetables in Mentor Me’s raised beds last year was incredible. Our garden, created with help by Daily Acts, contains 4 beautifully-constructed raised beds with super rich soil, irrigation, and wonderful, full-day light. Perfect for growing vegetables, flowers and herbs to delight our mentor/mentee community and add beauty to our neighborhood. What a gift we have…

We’re kicking off the 2016 Mentor Me Spring Garden with a Garden Party! 

21364878399_238ec3ec80_zJoin us on Wednesday, February 17 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Mentor Me Cavanagh Rec Center. We’ll tour our garden, maybe pull a weed or two, and over refreshments we’ll plan this year’s garden with you! We envision mentees (and their mentors) having their own dedicated garden plot within our raised beds where together we’ll tend to our individual gardens. The Seed Bank has graciously donated dozens of seed packets to get us started. By mid-March we’ll also have seedlings to plant. What better way to welcome spring than to plant a small garden with your mentee!

Please join us with your mentees for our kick-off Garden Party. 

What a wonderful opportunity to connect youth with the pleasures of gardening and harvesting. Who knows? This just might lead to a life-long love of gardening and nature. 

If you’re interested in being a part of Mentor Me’s 2016 garden, please join us on February 17 and kindly RSVP by February 10 if you plan to attend. RSVP to info@wrmm.org or 707-778-4798.

Sincerely,
The Mentor Me Gardeners

Video: Em Rossi Live Nationwide on Comcast Xfinity On Demand – The Sessions At Willow Grove

If you missed our first interview with Em Rossi check this out  Interview with #Petaluma’s Rising Star! Singer/Songwriter Em Rossi.  She recently performed at a private concert for Live from Sessions at Willow Grove in Orange, Virginia. The Inn at Willow Grove is located on a private 40-acre estate in an 18th century mansion at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Em Rossi Sessions“The Sessions at Willow Grove” is a new lifestyle based television series created exclusively for Comcast’s Xfinity On Demand platform that celebrates and combines elements of music, food and wine featuring many of Hollywood’s most famous faces. Past performances at The Sessions include Marc Broussard, Nick Lachey, Johnny Gill, Kate Voegele, The Tenors, and AWOLNATION. Em Rossi sings five original songs from her upcoming self titled EP produced by Jim McGorman. You can catch Em Rossi’s concert for The Sessions At Willow Grove on Comcast Xfinity On Demand from February through April. You won’t want to miss it! Just click On Demand, Get Local, The Sessions. And if you don’t have Comcast you can find Em Rossi’s The Sessions Live on iTunes.

Here is the video of her new release Earthquake:

What’s Going On In Petaluma? Through February 19th

For the Love of Petaluma Scavenger Hunt“For the LOVE of Petaluma” Scavenger Hunt – thru Feb: Pick up a Passport at Flower Child Consignment or the Petaluma Visitors Center; Visit downtown shops to find the special image; Fill your passport & win prizes.

Azari & Keller Estate-17Valentine’s Day Brunch & Views – Sat, & Sun., 10am & Noon: Brunch paired with a flight of Keller wines. Keller Estate, 5874 Lakeville Hwy. 765-2177

Bad Dates
Jennifer King as Haley Walker in Bad Dates

 

 

 

Chinese New Year Celebration – Sat. 2pm: The Redwood Empire Chinese Association honors the Chinese New Year of the Monkey with a free performance, featuring traditional lion dance at G&G Supermarket, 701 Sonoma Mountain Pky.

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

“Bad Dates” Valentine’s Performance – Sun., 2pm: See website for details & tickets. Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd. N. 763-8920.

Valentine-Concert-Logo001-300x182Saint Valentine’s Day Classic Concert – Sun., 3pm: Featuring the works of Brahms, Liszt, Thompson & Dvorak. Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 20 Fourth St. 778-4398 .

 

 

To Rome With Love Michael Van Why, Sheri Mignano & Stephen Tamborski“To Rome with Love” – Sun., 6:30pm: Intimate night of Italian food & music, accompanied by a candle lit concert featuring Gypsy Kisses. Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd., North 763-8920.

East-Side Farmers’ MarketTues, 10am-1:30pm: Year-round! Deer Creek Shopping Center, 501 N. McDowell Blvd.  415-999-5635.

Me and Earl and the Dying GirlPetaluma Cinema Series – Wed., 7pm: “Me and Earl and The Dying Girl” directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. Pre-film lecture at 6pm; Film at 7pm; Post-film discussion until 10pm; Carole L. Ellis Auditorium, SRJC Petaluma campus, 680 Sonoma Mountain Cruisin Classic Car Cruise in PetalumaParkway.

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