Learn the power of “locavesting” to support your local food system … March to the Mojo, Gumbo, Creole beat … Feast your eyes on local art depicting life when jazz was king…Get a jump on Spring Fever at a romance-themed poetry reading … or gaze upon art depicting the power of the fairer sex. The choice is yours or you can always check the box marked “all.”

Viva Chocolat, 110 Petaluma Blvd. N., continues its “Females Embraced” mixed media art exhibit through March 21, with positive expressions of women’s empowerment, benefitting Guided to Safety. It’s free. More info: vdaypetaluma.org or 328-3500.

Fat Tuesday neighborhood parade and dance party is Tuesday, with the Brass Band Parade starting at 5:30 p.m. at McNear’s Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd. N. The after-party will include Bay Area horn pros, members of The Christmas Jug Band and special guests Maria Muldaur and pianist John Allair. Drink and Big Easy food specials will be available. More info: 765-2121 or mystictheatre.com.

The Herold Mahoney Library at Santa Rosa Junior College’s Petaluma Campus will host “Love in the Open Hand” at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Instructors Donna Emerson and Terry Ehret will read love-themed poetry at SRJC Newman Auditorium, 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway. More info: 527-4391.

Petaluma artist Tracy Bigelow Grisman, known for watercolors and oil paintings of musical scenes from the ‘30s and ‘40s, is the featured artist 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday at The Annual Library Show in the Helen Putnam Community Room at the Petaluma Regional Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive. More info: 328-5936. For info about Petaluma Arts Association programs, visit petalumaarts.org or write P.O. Box 2623, Petaluma 94953.

The Slow Money Farm Fest will take place 3-9 p.m. Saturday at Tara Firma Farms, 3796 I St. It’s hosted by Slow Money Northern California, a network of investors, farmers and entrepreneurs dedicated to catalyzing the flow of capital into local food systems. Meet local entrepreneurs to learn what makes their businesses tick, visit a locally owned farm and take part in a community dinner while learning how to support sustainable food systems. For further information, phone 765-1202 or visit tarafirmafarms.com.

— Sheldon Bermont

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