“I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one.” — Mark Twain

Here are a just few of the opportunities Petaluma has to offer; and you don’t even have to own a white suit or floppy bow tie to participate. Experience art, sculpture, jazz, American women as heroic figures and the art of storytelling right here in River City.

“Women Who Fought For Civil Rights,” an exhibit at the Petaluma Historical Museum, opens this week and runs through March 11 at 20 Fourth St. It spotlights women of every race who fought for civil rights. Hours are Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sundays noon to 3 p.m. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. More info: 778-4398.

Petaluma Arts Center offers after-school “Art for Kids” classes in clay sculpting from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through March 13. Classes for kids 5-13 cost $100 plus $15 for materials and will meet at the Center, 230 Lakeville St. Partial scholarships are available. More information: 762-5600 ext. 101, or e-mail vmay@petalumaartscenter.org.

The Pelican Art Gallery and Custom Framing Studio hosts the West Side Stories Story Slam at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at 143 Petaluma Blvd. North. Experience live, on-stage story-telling. A $50 prize goes to the audience favorite. More info: 773-3393.

Aqus Café, Foundry Wharf hosts its weekly jazz jam at 7 p.m. Wednesday with bass-player Rocky Klemenok. If you’re a player, here’s your chance to lay down a groove or a few sophisticated solos. If you’re a fan, check out the local line-up at 189 H St. More info: 778-6060 or aquscafe.com.

Gallery One hosts a Second Saturday Art Walk from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Peruse the constantly changing shows of 11 downtown art galleries, all in walking distance. Gallery One is at 209 Western Ave. More info: 778-8277 or petalumagalleryone.com.

— Sheldon Bermont

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