What’s Going On In Petaluma? Jan 30-Feb 5th

Julia Park Tracey Author Veronika Layne Series at Copperfields in Petaluma CaBay Area novelist at Copperfield’s – Fri., 7pm: Julia Park Tracey at Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky St. 762-0563.

Pacific Empire Chorus Crab Feed – Sat. 5-9pm: held at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 1094 Petaluma Blvd. See website for more info & tickets.

LumaCon 2014-1 ResizeLumaCon Comic Convention – Sat., 10am: Comics, graphic novels, popular culture, fandom & more. Petaluma Community Center, 320 N. McDowell Blvd. 763-9801.

Post Holiday Blues at Sonoma Portworks – Sat. & Sun. 12-5pm: Discover the pleasure of pairing blue cheese and ARIS Petite Sirah Port. Sonoma Portworks, 613 Second St. 769-5203.

Pursui of Harmony Concert Michael Hunter Ochs Alaa AlshahamPursuit of Harmony Concert – Sat., 7pm: an intimate evening of song and conversation. Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 20 Fourth Street. 778-4398.

Marti Gras Costume Ball & Carnival – Sat., 7pm: Hermann Sons Hall, 860 Western Ave. $25. 778-8066.

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

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.

“Bad Dates” – Fri. (2/5), 7pm: See website for details & tickets. Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd. North. 763-8920.

The doRiaN Mode Concert – Fri. (2/5) 6:30pm: 4th Annual  Black History Month Jazz Concert at the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum. 778-4398.


PHCD Boasts of Community Health, Wellness Achievements and Giving

Petaluma Health Care District Annual Report for 2015 shows $300,000 Worth of Support Donated to Local Organizations and a Record Number of Recognitions and Awards for the District

Garden of Eatin'
A preschooler picks vegetables grown in the Garden of Eatin’ at the North Bay Children’s Center (NBCC), a PHCD sponsorship funding recipient. NBCC provides free or low-cost high quality preschool to low income children in Southern Sonoma County

The Petaluma Health Care District (PHCD) is proud to report that over the 2014-2015 fiscal year, it contributed $300,000 in charitable funds, sponsorships and in-kind support to Southern Sonoma County nonprofit programs and services. More than $110,000 in direct funds were dispersed to improve local health services and aid prevention and wellness, youth programs, health education and housing. This total represented an additional $43,000 in direct giving from the previous year. A full report on PHCD’s fiscal year accomplishments and philanthropic support can be found here.

PHCD’s philanthropic support is generated not from community fundraising, but rather via profits earned from direct services, such as “Lifeline of the North Bay,” Healthquest Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) trainings and automated external defibrillator (AED) sales; the leasing of Petaluma Valley Hospital; rental property and investments; and grant funding.

“PHCD is honored to serve as Southern Sonoma County’s health care advocate, a role we take seriously,” said PHCD CEO Ramona Faith. “We work hard every day to identify pathways, partnerships and programs that contribute to the health awareness and wellness of the community we serve.”

Petaluma Health Care District is presented with the “Healthcare District of the Year Award” from the Association of California Healthcare Districts. Back row from left to right: David McGhee, CEO, Association of California Healthcare Districts; Elece Hempel, President, Petaluma Health Care District Board of Directors; Samuel “Mike” McCreary, Chairman, Association of California Healthcare Districts Board of Directors Front row from left to right: Josephine Thornton, Treasurer, Petaluma Health Care District Board of Directors; Ramona Faith, CEO, Petaluma Health Care District
Petaluma Health Care District is presented with the “Healthcare District of the Year Award” from the Association of California Healthcare Districts.
Back row from left to right: David McGhee, CEO, Association of California Healthcare Districts; Elece Hempel, President, Petaluma Health Care District Board of Directors; Samuel “Mike” McCreary, Chairman, Association of California Healthcare Districts Board of Directors
Front row from left to right: Josephine Thornton, Treasurer, Petaluma Health Care District Board of Directors; Ramona Faith, CEO, Petaluma Health Care District

PHCD bases its advocacy, community partnerships and giving on local community health assessments, whereby the district studies and identifies Southern Sonoma County’s most pressing health needs. PHCD delivers data-driven and solutions-oriented health promotions, illness prevention programs, and healthy lifestyle choice and social change campaigns, essential to improving health outcomes within the community’s diverse communities.

In 2015, PHCD was named the “Healthcare District of the Year” by the Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD). The award, given to just one out of 78 districts statewide, recognized the district’s model of convening unconventional partners across all sectors to take action and improve local health issues, and highlighted two of PHCD’s community initiatives, Community Health Initiative of the Petaluma Area (CHIPA) and HeartSafe Community (HSC).


VIDEO: Petaluman Gets Help From 7 On Your Side’s Michael Finney

Mark Kimberly from Petaluma Airlifted
Mark Kimberly airlifted by helicopter

Recently Mark Kimberly suffered injuries related to a motorcycle accident which caused him to have to cancel his trip to Mexico. A trip that was thought to be covered under his travel insurance.  After working with his insurance carrier he found that they denied his claim.

After multiple tries to receive reimbursements for his canceled trip they decided to ask Michael Finney for help.  After 7 On Your Side contacted Expedia he received $2200 in benefits within days.  Here is the video clip.

Dickey’s Pairs Texas-Style Barbecue With California’s Sonoma Wine Country

The largest barbecue chain in the nation opens new location in Petaluma on Thursday

Dickey's Barbecue Pit LogoDickey’s Barbecue Pitopens Thursday with a four-day barbecue bash. The grand opening celebration begins with Thirsty Thursday, when all guests will receive a free drink in a Big Yellow Cup with Dickey’s new travel lid. Philanthropy Friday supports Dickey’s giving initiative. 100 percent of Dickey’s signature potato chip sales will benefit Barbecue, Boots and Badges, Dickey’s charitable foundation which supports local first responders and their families. All first responders will receive a free lunch on Friday. Saturday is Singer-Songwriter Saturday, so come out and hear a favorite local musician perform from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Kids eat free on Sunday as always! Three guests will win free barbecue for a year at the new location! Guests can enter to win one of three ways: use hashtag #1FreeYearofBBQ, order online or sign up for the Big Yellow Cup Club. Winners will be announced Monday.

To find the Dickey’s Barbecue Pit nearest you, click here.

Dickey's Barbecue Pit Yelp Photo“Dickey’s continues its rapid growth throughout California, with four new locations opening in the state this month,” says Roland Dickey, Jr., CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. “We are proud to serve authentic, Texas-style barbecue in the Golden State.”

The grand opening weekend included:

Thursday, January 21Thirsty Thursday – Free BYC with Dickey’s new reusable travel lid and straw.

Friday, January 22Philanthropy Friday – 100 percent of potato chip sales benefit Dickey’s foundation Barbecue, Boots and Badges, which serves the families of first responders. All first responders are invited for a free meal.

Saturday, January 23Singer/Songwriter Saturday. Enjoy live music from local musician Bill Walden and get a free Big Yellow Cup!

Sunday, January 24 – Kids Eat Free All day!

The new Dickey’s is owned and operated by two couples who have been friends for 26 years. Rich and Debbie Breedwell and John and Sharon Sanchez have lived in Vacaville for most of their lives, and decided to open their third store in Petaluma because of the great location and their mutual love of barbecue. “Dickey’s is authentic Texas barbecue at a great price, which appealed to us early on,” says co-owner Debbie Breedwell. “The unique customer focus and family-friendly atmosphere all helped us decide that Dickey’s Barbecue Pit was the right fit for us. We are excited to open our third store in the great community of Petaluma.”

The new Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Petaluma is located at: 417 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma, CA 94954. The phone number is 707-744-4499. Find Dickey’s on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

About Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc.                         
Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., the nation’s largest barbecue chain was founded in 1941 by Travis Dickey with the goal of authentic slow smoked barbecue. Today, all meats are still slow smoked on-site in each restaurant living up to the company tagline, “We Speak Barbecue.” The Dallas-based family-run barbecue franchise offers a quality selection of signature meats, home style sides, tangy barbecue sauce and free kids’ meals every Sunday. The fast-casual concept has expanded to over 530 locations in 43 states. Dickey’s was recognized for the third year by Nation’s Restaurant News as a “Top 10 Growth Chain” and by Technomic as the “Fastest-growing restaurant chain in the country.” For more information, visit www.dickeys.com or for barbecue franchise opportunities call 866.340.6188.

Media Contact:
Michelle George
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The Ukulele Site Releases Video About Kala Brand Music Co

Mike Upton Founder and Owner of Kala Brand Music Company
Mike Upton Founder and Owner of Kala Brand Music Company

The Ukulele Site recently released a video on their YouTube channel, for their over 62,000 subscribers, on a inside tour of the Petaluma based music company Kala Brand.  In their description they say “Kala has been gearing up for years to build great ukes in California and that’s exactly what they are now doing. Here’s an inside look at the operation there in Petaluma. Hope you enjoy!”

We learned a lot about this growing music company on this virtual tour and thought you might like it.

Did you miss the video on Kala Brand complete by Sonoma County Field of California in cooperation with the City of Petaluma?

CLICK HERE OR PAGE 2 BELOW TO SEE KALA Brand Music Company: Hand Made Ukuleles in Petaluma, CA

Author George Baur to meet Sages of Petaluma

George Baur Author of The Roads To PetalumaThe Sages of Petaluma have invited George Baur, the author of “The Roads to Petaluma” to be the guest presenter at their next monthly meeting: Wednesday, January 27th, at the Petaluma Historical Museum from 10:30 a.m. to Noon. Anyone interested in learning more about living, working, and going to school in the earlier days of Petaluma is welcomed to attend.

George Baur, a native Petaluma, was born at the old Petaluma General Hospital on 6th Street, after WWI was over (1944).

Nurse at doorway of Petaluma General Hospital
Nurse at doorway of Petaluma General Hospital

Published in 2015, “The Roads to Petaluma” captures the stories of three German immigrants: George’s uncle Chris, his father Adam, and his mother Marie. The book is their story of coming to Petaluma, U.S.A. in the early 1900s, as well as memories growing up on a chicken ranch in Petaluma.

In addition to his family’s early history and involvement into Petaluma, the book is rich with historical photographs and illustrations gathered from the Sonoma County Library, the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, as well as the personal collections of family and friends.

Neal Gottlieb Casts on Survivor’s Most Challenging Season: Kaoh Rong

UPDATE 01/24/2016: Survivor releases “Meet Neal Gottlieb” video:

Local Entrepreneur and Owner of Petaluma Ca Three Twins Ice Cream Company, Neal Gottlieb, will cast on next Survivor Kaoh Rong.

On his CBS profile when asked Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR:

Neal Gottlieb Casts on Survivor Kaoh Rong 1“I will be the provider for the group and the court jester. I will be a calming force and the one that psyches up the tribe to go into battle. I am a strong swimmer and will be a valuable hunter, fisher and gatherer for the group. I have a tireless work ethic and will contribute more than my fair share towards building a strong shelter, cooking and getting water. I am most often happy, quite witty, never complain and am generally entertaining, which will help to keep the peace during tough and stressful times. I am physically and mentally strong, I was a competitive athlete for years, I am a fast runner and sharp, so I will be strong in challenges.”

Here is the trailer for the next season of Survivor.

VIDEO: 2nd Annual Sonoma County Home Brewers Competition Kickoff Party at Taps

Sonoma County’s Second Annual Home Brewers Competition Launch Party at Taps in Petaluma California. The competition will be held on May 28th at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds.

Congratulations to 2015 Home Brewers, Joe Monostori and Jeremiah Konen for their winning brew “Mojo Chocolate Milk Stout”. Brewed and kegged, this beer will be available at local watering holes, including Taps Petaluma (54 E. Washington St.).

Also see our previous posts:

5 Tips For Homebrewers Entering The Sonoma County Home Brewer’s Competition

VIDEO: Sonoma County Home Brewers Competition

Petaluma Dental Group Giving Kids Smiles Pro Bono Publico!

Petaluma Dental Group Giving Kids Smiles 2016I am always impressed with our local businesses that give back to the community.  In February Petaluma Dental Group is doing just that.  On Friday February 12 they will be providing free exams and sealants for families in need with uninsured kids between the ages of 3-18.

All you got to do is give them a call to schedule an appointment at (707) 766-0377.  If  you know a family in need pass this post along to them, I am sure they will appreciate it.

Petaluma Dental Group Giving Kids Smiles 2015
Petaluma Dental Group Giving Kids Smiles 2015



We want nice smiles in Petaluma! You can also check out some very nice reviews on their Yelp page.

The Thrive Band Release Music Video Filmed on Petaluma Ca Riverfront

I thought this music video would be a good one to share.  The footage was captured in our Petaluma river basin and mill waterfront.  I also liked the messaging these artists are sharing in their song “One” with chorus:

“One people one love one life one time
Time to make up your mind
We are one
One religion one vision one decision one mission here under the sun
We are one”

On The Thrive Band YouTube page gives the following: We are one! Thank you to everyone that made this video possible. It was such a blast having so many of our family and friends join us on this cold winter afternoon in beautiful Petaluma. This town will always hold a special place in our hearts, as it was Scott Schipper’s home town. We know he was there in spirit with us all!

Former Petaluman Scott Schipper and Sax player for the Thrive passed in 2013 after losing a two year battle to cancer.

You can download their music and this song on Amazon: