VIDEO: Lions & Tigers and Hair – OH MY!

Lions & Tigers & Hair 2Pre-Parade Party at Petaluma’s Premier Children’s Haircutting Shop!

On April 23 (Butter & Egg Parade Day) Lions & Tigers & Hair is again offering free hair colors, sparkles, and egg surprises!  They are located on 18 Kentucky St inside the LanMart building.

Want to be a big kid – you too can have color and sparkles

Lions & Tigers & Hair

Must See! VIDEO: P-Town is Boom Town – Is This Positive To You?

Look what development is going on in Petaluma

Comment below if you think this is Positive news or not

The YouTube video narrated by Herzogg says:

Thousands of new residential units going in. April 2016.
Hundreds of thousands of square feet of new commercial and industrial space.
Some are breaking ground now or soon. Some projects are still in the planning stages with the City.

Teddy Herzog is an author and speaker about the adult journey of emotional and spiritual awakening. He guides workshops for deep emotional release work, relationships and masculinity for men.

His daughter is off at college. Teddy lives with his girlfriend and cat in an historic downtown Petaluma fixer upper, forty minutes north of San Francisco. He loves to travel and climb on the big rocks of the Sierra mountains.

Teddy has had a career renovating old houses. He has also written extensively on the need for pedestrian oriented downtown living spaces and is an advocate for modern land use planning.

VIDEO: Mount St. Neal takes Petaluma Ice Cream Maker out of Survivor

Neal Gottlieb Three Twins Ice Cream Pants On SurvivorThe young ice cream entrepreneur’s, Neal Gottlieb, tenure on the popular reality show Survivor comes to an end.  Tragically he had to ‘medical out’ of the game because of a precarious infection that developed on his knee (as well as his back).  Neal jokingly called it Mount St. Neal, but the Survivor doctor didn’t find humor in it after looking at his two infections.  The doctor was not as worried about the infection on his back as he was with the one on his knee. He said that because the oozing infection was so close to his knee joint that it could cause him permanent damage if it was not treated.  So his journey ended on Survivor shortly after show host Jeff Probst showed up on the beach and declared Neal out of the game on a medical.

In this video Neal talks about his journey on Survivor and said it was “the greatest opportunity of my life”, and a dream that will be unfinished for him (hoping to be invited back to do it again). It was really cool to see our Petaluma company owner on Survivor.  We wish for his full recovery and that we see him on Survivor again in the future.

Here is another one from CBS;

Survivor – Wave Goodbye to Chan Loh

VIDEO: 2016 Petaluma Citizen of the Year Announced

Each year the Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce and Petaluma Argus present annual Awards of Excellence to people and organizations in the Petaluma area.  On March 2, 2016 at Petaluma Hills Brewery Jeff England was surprised to learn that he is selected as this years “Citizen of the Year”

Click here to watch the video now.

Elks Host Appreciation Breakfast for Petaluma Police Volunteers

Pictured above is on the left Wayne Wilson Lodge ER and Robert H. Myers Lodge treasurer. Myers is a retired Special Deputy U.S. Marshal. He now serves as a volunteer with the Petaluma Police department. The donation from the Petaluma Elks was in the amount of 1,079.00 raised at the benefit breakfast held at the lodge

A breakfast was held at  the lodge in tribute to the Petaluma Police Volunteer Pro­gram comprised of over 60 PPD members/volunteers (ages ranging from 15 to 93 years old) who donate over 4,700 hours a year to increase the health and safety of Petaluma. The volunteers and their families were treated to a great breakfast and which different members of the volunteer program were acknowledged for their service. The Petaluma Elks served 170 breakfasts to the volunteers and their families.

There are three categories. Volunteers, Chaplains and Interns who perform duties for the Police Department that do not require sworn police officers, such as delivering paper/reports to the County Court House or Petaluma City Hall, driving vehicles for maintenance or update of equip­ment, cars to the car wash, traffic control at events and such. These volunteers receive no compensation for their time spent except that their uniforms are provided by the Police Department.

PDD members have created task force teams that pro­vide year round support inside and outside of the depart­ment. In addition to receiving volunteers from the local high schools, Santa Rosa Junior College, and the greater com­munity (Elks are volunteers too), they have Interns from Sonoma State University who are studying Criminal Justice and Chaplains. The PPD offers Junior Police Camps, Ex­plores Program and a Community Academy in which our volunteers are a major asset.

Exchange Bank Becomes First HeartSafe Financial Business

Exchange Bank LogoPetaluma Health Care District (PHCD) is proud to announce that Exchange Bank, the largest Sonoma County-headquartered community bank, has joined its HeartSafe Community initiative (HSC), a formal effort to decrease the number of deaths from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) by strengthening the community’s response to SCA through life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) installation and training. In February, recognized as National Heart Month, Exchange Bank will begin the process of becoming a HeartSafe Business by installing AEDs at nine of its locations throughout Sonoma County and offering expanded CPR certification and trainings to its employees.

“We are thrilled to add Exchange Bank to the growing number of HeartSafe Businesses that are proactively helping to ensure its customers, employees and the residents of our community know how to respond quickly and efficiently to a sudden cardiac emergency,” said PHCD CEO Ramona Faith. “Exchange Bank has always demonstrated a unique dedication to the community, with this effort as a prime example of showing its employees and customers that it prioritizes their health and safety.”

Exchange Bank AED Demo 3PHCD launched HSC in 2013 to strengthen Southern Sonoma County’s response to cardiac emergencies and increase survival rates through CPR and AED certification and trainings, strategic AED installation, maintenance and registration, and heart health education. The initiative is led by PHCD in collaboration with the Petaluma Fire Department, Coastal Valley Emergency Medical Services, St. Joseph Health, Arrow Benefits Group, Rancho Adobe Fire District, Petaluma City Schools, Save Lives Sonoma and the American Heart Association (AHA). HSC is managed by Healthquest CPR, an authorized AHA training center and service of PHCD.  In June 2015, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and Petaluma City Council formally designated Petaluma a “HeartSafe Community.”

Throughout the month of February, Exchange Bank will install AEDs in its three main offices in Santa Rosa and in six branch locations: Rohnert Park; Cotati; Petaluma Main; Healdsburg; Reinking (Montgomery Village); and Sebastopol.

“As a true community bank, the decisions we make in running our business come down to what is best for our customers and employees – and this mentality surely extends to wellness and safety initiatives. While we’ve offered CPR training to our employees for some time, partnering with PHCD and the HeartSafe Community initiative will take our rescue ready efforts to the next level, ensuring that even more employees are trained not only in CPR, but in using an AED,” said Exchange Bank’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources Lori Zaret. “PHCD made the process of becoming a HeartSafe Business so simple, answering any and all questions we had along the way and guiding us in putting a process in place that ensures our use of AEDs are covered by the Good Samaritan law and that there is no liability for use or non-use. We hope to be a role model to additional businesses in the community looking to implement this life-changing program.”

In addition to partnering with local businesses, PHCD and HSC are working with school districts to implement AED installations, along with staff trainings and maintenance plans to ensure ongoing compliance and safety. For example, the Petaluma City Schools District is the first district in Sonoma County to become HeartSafe, which includes a cardiac emergency response plan, a designated emergency response team, installation of AEDs with corresponding maintenance plans, and staff certification and training at each of its school sites. Similarly, Shoreline Unified School District has also become HeartSafe through PHCD’s initiative, becoming the first district in Marin County to do so. More broadly, HSC in 2015 certified 1,965 community members in CPR, with an additional 1,000 trained in hands-only CPR. Further, 33 AEDs were installed at various sites throughout Southern Sonoma County. All AED installations included an AED maintenance plan that fosters ongoing compliance to ensure devices and community members are prepared to respond to a cardiac emergency. In 2015, PHCD also introduced the “Golden Heart Award,” honoring nine residents who used their CPR training to save a life.

“We applaud and thank all of our partners who have made a commitment to be ‘HeartSafe’. With AED ownership comes a responsibility to understand that having an AED placed at your business, school or community center is really just the first step. PHCD, along with the rest of our HSC partners, are educating the community that AEDs must be properly maintained and in compliance with new state and federal law to ensure that they are always ready in the event of a cardiac emergency,” added Faith. “Our HSC initiative offers specific programs based on the unique needs of our members. Maintenance is very minimal and we provide all instructions and training to help ensure ongoing compliance. There is nothing worse than thinking you are prepared for a life threatening situation when you actually aren’t. Our program is saving lives.”

Alarmingly, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and Sonoma County. In support of countywide comprehensive heart health efforts, PHCD and HSC has aligned with Hearts of Sonoma County, a three year Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Initiative spearheaded by the Sonoma County Department of Health Services to reduce heart attacks and strokes by reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.

If you would like to purchase an AED, have questions about an existing AED, or would like CPR/AED training, please contact Healthquest CPR at 707-766-9226 or [email protected].


Your local candy store is not new, just improved Petaluma, CA

After 9 years in downtown Petaluma as Powell’s Sweet Shoppe, this locally owned candy store is getting a major face life. The owners of the Petaluma location of Powell’s felt it was time for a change and decided not to renew their 10-year franchise agreement. They will remain at the same spot in Theatre Square and will be an independent store called The Sweet Zone.

“We loved being an old fashion candy store and being part of this community, but we are very excited about the new store we are creating and we know the community is going to love the changes. Customers will still find all their favorite sweets, the same great staff and excellent customer service, now we get to do things the franchise would not let us do.”, says Monika Bomar, Owner/Operator

The Sweet Zone PetalumaThe Sweet Zone will still carry the same selection of candy but plans on adding more lose bulk candy, expanding the chocolate section by bringing in more local chocolatiers and adding a “Chocolate Club”. Plans include a slushie machine, new delicious confectionaries, and unique gift items all wrapped in a new colorful and upbeat appearance. Under the new store, The Sweet Zone will also save money by not being part of the franchise and plans on starting a scholarship with the PEF as well as working with Mentor Me and Petaluma Animal services.

“We have always donated to every non-profit that asks by donating gift certificates, now we want to do more for the community and these are some of our favorites. We will continue to honor any gift certificates we donated in the past.” said Will Bomar, Owner

The Sweet Zone is closed March 1st through March 10th for a major facelift and will reopen Friday March 11th. There will be a Grand Reopening Saturday March 12th starting at 11a; where the first 500 people will receive a custom gourmet chocolate bar and everyone will get a free gelato. All day there will be prizes, Beanboozle challenges, and a host of other giveaways.

VIDEO: Cutest Chicken Dance Ever Seen In Petaluma Ca

Our city is full of charm and wonderful surprises making our Petaluma Downtown a great and memorable place to visit.  If it is not Petaluma Pete playing a piano on a corner or a flash siting of Roller Boy buzzing down the sidewalks we are constantly entertained by pop up street artists. You never know what’s going to happen unless you experience it.

This video of a street artist and the cutest little chicken dance (ever!) is a good taste of our pop up entertainment and the fun you will experience when visiting our historic downtown.  You can’t get more Petaluma culture than the chicken dance played on Accordion accompanied by a young girl who decided along her route through our Plaza to dance to the music.

This is a raw homemade video so give it a second to get squared away – we promise it will make you smile and worth two minutes of your day.

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 .  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 [email protected].

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.