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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] or 707-778-4798.

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:


The talented Petaluma troupe of powerful women who brought you “The Vagina Monologues” last February is proud to present “Powerful Women From Within,” an entirely new and original stage production. This show will take place on Friday, February 19, 2016, at St. John’s Episcopal Church Social Hall located on the corner of 5th Street and C Street. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available online at Brown Paper Tickets – http://bpt.me/2495817 – and at the door.

Powerful Women From Within Petaluma Ca“Powerful Women From Within” is a diverse assemblage of intriguing, inspirational and empowering individual, partner and group poems, stories, portraits and songs written and performed by the actors. Each woman will perform pieces that exemplify her insight on what uplifts and empowers women. An important objective of this event is to educate and connect the local community with the means to join and serve the greater goal of non-violence and women’s empowerment. To accomplish this objective, an integral part of the evening will be an inclusive networking opportunity and the ability for self-empowerment. Various local women centric organizations will be tabling, providing materials, and engaging participants in discussion and information sharing after the performance.

This production is one of many local events sponsored by Guided to Safety, a Petaluma organization whose mission is to promote healthy relationships through community education and resources for the awareness and prevention of domestic violence, teen dating violence and sexual assault. Contact them at guidedtosafety.org.


Jerrie Patterson, 707-763-6615

[email protected]

Saint Valentine’s Day Classical Concert ‘Music Inspired by Love’ featuring the music of Brahms, Liszt, & Dvorak

Valentine-Concert-Logo001-300x182Celebrate Valentine’s Day with an enchanting classical music concert at the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum. You’ll enjoy beautiful compositions by Johannes Brahms, Franz Liszt, Antonin Dvorak, and selected works by Handel, Hindemith, Sheldon, and Thomson. Widely known as the “Carnegie Hall” of Petaluma (built in 1904 as a Carnegie Library), the Petaluma Historical Museum & Library features stunning acoustics in an elegant, neoclassical concert hall.

Performing at this special concert will be Elizabeth Walter & Marilyn Thompson (piano), Judiyaba (cello), Carol Menke (soprano), Eileen Morris (mezzo-soprano), Christopher Trujillo (tenor), and Thomas Hart (bass).

With complimentary wine and cheese, a perfect way to enjoy Valentine’s Day!

Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Petaluma Historical Library & Museum

20 4th Street, Petaluma

$25 General Admission

$35 Balcony (limited seating) with elite beverage service, port, & chocolates.

for more info and to order tickets:



Presented by Sky Hill Cultural Alliance and the Petaluma Museum Association

Michael Finney of ‘7 On Your Side’ Features Petaluma’s Chick a Boom Vintage Valentine Day Shoppers

Michael Finney 7 On Your Side ABCIn a ABC feature, Michael Finney addresses spending on Valentines Day.  He follows a Sonoma County couple who decide how they will spend their time and money for Valentines Day.  In this video the couple decides they will shop at Petaluma Ca’s Chick A Boom Vintage shop.

And “Yes” please do spend your Valentines at our great restaurants and enjoy our shops in great historic downtown.


Video by Colleen Rustad Features Visit to Rancho Obi Wan

Recently the Staff and volunteers of the Petaluma Visitors Program pay a visit to Rancho Obi-Wan in Petaluma. The museum houses the galaxy’s largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia.