VIDEO: Newborn Piglets at Green Goose Farm

 Large Black Hogs
Large Black Hogs

Green Goose Farm in Petaluma is a small family farm, raising pastured, grass-fed, grass-finished animals for the local community.  In this video they captured their next generation of pigs. These cute little piglets are one day old and they are hungry!

These piglets are first-generation of pure bred Large Black Hog and Gloucester Old Spot.

Gloucester Old Spot Boar

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.

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

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 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.

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.


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

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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).


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 or for barbecue franchise opportunities call 866.340.6188.

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Michelle George
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