Be the leading man or woman in your own movie by choosing the backdrops in Petaluma for your next adventure. Start off by appearing in a video as an extra , your shot at stardom. A star like you should feel right at home checking out hot rods to purchase and pamper. The ancient art of Japanese woodblocking is bound to provide the inner peace you’ll need for your new career. Film will still be rolling as you cruise down the Petaluma River, striking a pose or two. And of course, you can imagine the plethora of  costuming options for your hike in the wilds of Shollenberger Park. Take one… Action!

– Sheldon Bermont

Saturday April 14 – The Petaluma Arts Center hosts “The Craft of the Japanese Woodblock Print” as part of its series, The Japanese American Experience through Art. Sonoma County artist Micah Schwaberow has practiced the craft of the Japanese woodblock print for more than three decades. Schwaberow will bring tools and samples to walk you through the step-by-step elaborate process of mokuk-hanga, Japanese woodblock printmaking. The artist also will display his work for sale. The event is scheduled for 1-3 p.m., with an opening reception 4-6 p.m. Entrance is $10; reservations are required. The Arts center is located at 230 Lakeville Str. For reservations and further information, contact Virginia May at 762-5600 ext. 101 or e-mail vmay@petalumaartscenter.org.

Sunday, April 15 – The Redwood Empire Region of the Antique Auto Club of America hosts the Western Jubilee Car Show and Shine 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Plaza North Shopping Center, 295 N. McDowell Blvd., with classic cars, vendors, the JD Bauman Boot Band and line dancing demos from the Kick-n Country Gals. Enter your pre-1979 automobile for $20 between 8 and 10 a.m. Cars must stay in place until 3 p.m. Admission is free. More info: 585-9280 or 762-2234.

Sunday, April 15 – Movie extras are needed 6:30-8:15 p.m., when David Luning and his Americana/folk band will film a music video for his song, “Whiskey Bottle,” at McNear’s Mystic Theater, 23 Petaluma Blvd. N. Extras will get to See the show for free, and the first 300 people will get buttons that say, “I’m in the Whiskey Bottle Music Video.” More info: 765-2121 or mystictheatre.com.

Sunday, April 15 – Ronn Patterson and Dolphin Charters will host a Petaluma River Cruise 9 a.m.-4 p.m., featuring a narrated trip along the Petaluma River. It leaves from the Petaluma Turning Basin, 150 Weller St. Price is $35, children must be 8 or older. Information: (510) 527-9622.

Saturday, April 21 – Petaluma Wetlands Alliance leads family nature walks through Shollenberger Park in English and Spanish at 10 a.m., lasting one to two hours, depending on the age of the children. The park is a 165-acre wetlands and wildlife sanctuary. Meet at the first kiosk. Rain cancels. Contact Gerald Moore at 763-3577 (English) or Connie Peabody at 338-2237 (Spanish).