Upcoming Fall Cinema Series at SRJC Petaluma Campus: Video Trailers

Every Wednesday evening the Petaluma Film Alliance hosts movie previews at Petaluma SRJC campus in the Carole L. Ellis Auditorium, 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway.  Its more than a movie! There are three sessions: A pre-film lecture at 6PM; film screening at 7PM; and post-screening discussion until 10PM.

Over the next two weeks, they will be featuring the following two films:

Timbuktu Video TrailerDECEMBER 2 – TIMBUKTU Abderahmane Sissako, 2014, Mauritania


Director Abderramane Sissako, one of the world’s premiere filmmakers emerging from Africa, offers a hauntingly beautiful account of the occupation of Timbuktu by the militant Islamist group Ansar Dine. The film chronicles the citizens of the city after the militants begin committing brutal acts in the name of Sharia Law. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in 2015. 96 minutes.

Here is the movie trailer:

Fast Times At Ridgemont HighDECEMBER 9 – FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH – Amy Heckerling, 1982, USA

Written by Cameron Crowe (Say Anything, Almost Famous), Fast Times follows the lives of six high schoolers and their adventures in the worlds of school, work, parties, and love. Stacy, Linda, Mark, and Mike try to not crack under the pressures of young love; stoner Jeff Spicoli goes to war with an especially strict history teacher; and Brad Hamilton tries to keep a job to pay off his car. Known for launching the careers of many young actors, including Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Forest Whitaker, Eric Stoltz, and Nicolas Cage, Fast Times at Ridgemont High has gained iconic status as an hilariously honest representation of high school life in the 1980s. 90 minutes.

Here is the movie trailer:

What’s Going On In Petaluma This Week? Also Don’t Miss These Christmas Events!

chittychittybangbang2“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” – Nov. 20-Dec. 6: Performed by Cinnabar Theater Young Rep. Visit website for show  dates & times. 763-8920

Petaluma Holiday CrafterinoSmall Business Saturday – Sat. All Day: A day dedicated to shopping at local merchants.

Holiday Crafterino – Sat., 11am-4pm: $1 donation. Petaluma Veterans Memorial Hall, 1094 Petaluma Blvd. South. www.petalumadowntowncraftmart.com

Santa’s Riverboat Arrival – Sat., 11:30am: Entertainment starts at 11:30; Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive around noon by Tug, stays for photos until 1:30pm.  River Plaza Shopping Center on E. Washington St.

horse&carriage2The North Pole Connection – Sat. 2:30-7pm & Sun. 1-4pm: Santa Claus available for photos at the Lan Mart Building, 18 Kentucky St.

Holiday Table Centerpiece Workshop – Sat., 10am: Advance registration 664-8656 or Artful Arrangements, 205 Orchard Lane.

Boating at the Barn – Sun., 10am-1pm: Free kayak and row boat rides at the River Heritage Center in Steamer Landing Park. 769-0910  www.petalumasmallcraftcenter.org

navarro trioSunrise Holiday Craft Fair – Sun., 10am-6pm: Delightful holiday craft items & more. Sunrise Senior Living, 815 Wood Sorrell Dr. www.sunriseseniorliving.com

Navarro Trio Concert – Sun., 3pm: Performing Beethoven & Arensky at the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum 20 4th St. 778-4398. www.petalumamuseum.com

Light up the park PetalumaEast-Side Farmers’ MarketTuesdays, 10am-1:30 pm: Year-round, rain or shine! Deer Creek Shopping Center (Friedman’s) 429 No. McDowell Blvd.  415-999-5635.

West Side Stories – Wed. 7:30pm: At Sonoma Porkworks, 613 2nd St. $5. 477-4416 www.westsidestoriespetaluma.com

Hospice “Light up a Life” Tree Lighting Ceremony – Fri., 7pm: Annual community celebration at Center Park, off Petaluma Blvd. www.hospicelightupalife.org



Two videos added to our Petaluma Butter & Egg Days Parade YouTube Playlist

Petaluma High School Marching Band in 2015 Butter & Egg Days ParadeWe have two new 2015 Butter & Egg Days Parade videos added to our playlist.

Petaluma Junior High School Marching Band in 2015 Butter & Egg Days Parade


District 2 Dairy Princess Connie Jones with 1st Alt. Alex Gambonini 2015 Butter & Egg Days Parade

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Known for its Ugliest Dog, #Petaluma also provides the Cutest Dog for Thanksgiving

thanksgiving-day-2015-3First things first – Happy Thanksgiving to you from Positively Petaluma.  We wish you and your family the very best for the holiday.

#Petaluma’s ugliest dog, Quasi Moto, was worldwide news this year as part of the Sonoma-Marin County Fair.  You can see photos of him and this year’s contest in our article “Breaking News: Quasi Modo winner of the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest!”Today, not in any contest, a cute dog was spotted in downtown #Petaluma that is getting worldwide attention on a United Kingdom publication DailyMail.com.  This cute pooch was garnering a costume that gave the appearance of a puppet struggling to carry a very large pumpkin.

To celebrate the holiday with some cheer we thought this video was worth sharing:

For the entire article go see Dog goes barking mad for Thanksgiving: Cute pup dons ingenious costume of pilgrims carrying a pumpkin 

#Petaluma Composer ‘Scores’ Big Win at Toronto Film Festival

Jasha Klebe Petaluma Composer Working On ScoreMusic composer, Petaluman Jasha Klebe, is now a success story from our very own Cinnabar Theater. He wrote the music score for a film recently awarded the Peoples Choice Documentary Award in the Toronto Film Fest for ‘Winter on Fire.‘  We tracked him down only to find he was en route to the Ukraine to premiere their film for the embassy there.  He is currently working for the critically acclaimed Netflix documentary, Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight For Freedom. Jasha’s musical upbringing was influenced early in life by his grandfather, Marvin Klebe, founder of Cinnabar Theater and a baritone opera singer who once sang with the San Francisco Opera Company. Following years of classical piano training and trombone in symphonic band, Jasha began his film composing career at Remote Control Productions, where he earned the Winter On Fireopportunity as an additional writer along side Oscar-winning composer, Hans Zimmer, writing on such notable projects as The Dark Knight Rises, Rush, and Captain Phillips. For four years he gained experience working with top artists in the industry, including working with the Grammy Award winning composer Lorne Balfe on several TV shows and video games (The Bible TV series, Assassin’s Creed). Jasha is currently one of the leading composers at Bleeding Fingers Custom Music Shop (a Hans Zimmer and Extreme Music creative partnership) located in Santa Monica, California and works in one of their state-of-the art studios.


VIDEO: #Petaluma Star Wars Collection Is Worth Millions Per Forbes Magazine

The following video was released this week that is about Petaluma’s Rancho Obi-Wan.

Forbes YouTube Channel says: “Take a look inside Rancho Obi-Wan in Petaluma, CA, the non-profit museum that houses Steve Sansweet’s record-holding collection of Star Wars merchandise and art.”

What’s Going On This Week In #Petaluma? +Events Through December

Petaluma Arts Association Holiday Craft SaleAutumn Book Sale – Nov. 13-21: See website for daily specials at Petaluma Regional Library, 100 Fairgrounds Dr. 763-9801

Spirit of Christmas Craft Faire – Sat. 10-5; Sun. 11-3: First Presbyterian Church, 939 B St. 762-8269

Saturday Farmer’s Market – Sat., 2-5pm: Over 60 booths selling farm-fresh produce & local products in Walnut Park.  415-999-5635.

Deck The Walls Gallery One“Deck the Walls with Red” Opening Reception – Sat. 5-8pm: Annual Holiday Show at Gallery One, 209 Western Ave. 778-8277.

Author Meet & Greet – Sat., 7pm: Poet Kay Ryan of “Erratic Facts” at Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky St.

Boating at the Barn – Sun., 10am-1pm: Free kayak and row boat rides at the River Heritage Center in Steamer Landing Park. 769-0910

Hillside Church Women's Ministries Holiday BoutiqueHoliday Arts & Crafts Show – Sun., 11am-5pm: Hosted by Petaluma Arts Association benefiting Mentor Me. Free. Cavanaugh Center, G & 8th St. 773-1546. www.petalumaarts.org

East-Side Farmers’ MarketTuesdays, 10am-1:30 pm: Year-round, rain or shine! Deer Creek Shopping Center (Friedman’s) 429 No. McDowell Blvd.  415-999-5635. www.communityfarmersmarkets.com.

Bistro 100 LogoWinemaker Dinner with Orpheus Winery – Tues. 6:30pm:  Five course pairing at Bistro 100, 140 2nd St. 981-8228.

Women’s Ministries Craft Boutique – Fri., 5-9pm; Sat. 9-3: Free. Petaluma Hillside Church, 2689 Old Adobe Rd. 763-0977 www.petalumahillsidechurch.com


#Petaluma’s Heather Mahoney wins WORLD Racquetball Championship!

Coach Jen Meyer Heather, Mahoney and Coach Jody Nance
Coach Jen Meyer Heather, Mahoney and Coach Jody Nance

UPDATE: 11/26/2015: Padecky: Petaluma’s Heather Mahoney has a gold medal and a bright future

Thanks to the work of Brian Dixon who directs the Petaluma Athletic Club’s Junior Racquetball program, two of our young Petaluman junior racquetball players, Heather Mahoney (10U Girls) and James D’Ambrogia (12U Boys) advanced to the World Championships. They were both in the top 2 at the National Junior Racquetball Championships and invited to play on Team USA to and advance to the 2015 Junior World Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In addition to singles, both Heather and James played doubles.

Heather Maloney Beats Mexico In Tie Breaker In Junior Racquetball World ChampionshipsHeather is now a World Champion after beating Mexico in a tie breaking match today. She is the best 10U girls junior racquetball player in the world!

Congratulations to Heather and James for representing Petaluma well as world class racquetball players and big thanks to Brian Dixon and Heather’s coaches for supporting our world champion.

UPDATE 12/5/2015: VIDEO – 2015 jr World Racquetball Championships – Final, Girls 10 and under


Gallery of Some Random Photos of Downtown #Petaluma

The following series of photos are ones I took while waiting for my car to get a smog checked at Petaluma’s Smog Test Only (which I highly recommend – they did a great job).

We thought the following photos were worth sharing AND ‘Positively Petaluma’. Some of the photos were taken with a Fish Eye and Tilt Shift lenses to create interesting affects.

Petaluma Honors Veterans and Troops at Annual Veterans Day Parade

Check our video and photo gallery of this year’s event

On Wednesday, November 11 Petaluma held its annual Veterans Day Parade, one of the largest in northern California. People lined the parade path, waiting to cheer on the veterans and voice their support for U.S. troops.

Marching in the parade were a wide variety military units and veterans including those who served in World War II, as well as color guards, local school bands, family members of veterans, and scout troops. Parade vehicles ranged from traditional floats to fire engines, military vehicles, and antique cars. Overhead were flyovers by military aircraft and helicopters.

On the sidelines, families and other veterans saluted the troops, waved flags, and generally cheered on our veterans. American flags were waving everywhere on the parade route.  Several groups had stands stocked with Christmas cards and pens so that people could write to active troops to wish them well for the holidays.

After the parade, a memorial ceremony was held at Walnut Park, during which the National Anthem and “God Bless America” were sung and prayers were said for the troops. This year’s memorial ceremony unveiled Petaluma’s Korean War monument, dedicated to three Petaluma soldiers who died in the Korean War. The unveiling and dedication was a special moment for everyone there, and especially for the loved ones of those soldiers.