The conflict in Korea remains largely unknown to many, overshadowed by WWII and Vietnam. “Korea: The Forgotten War,” which runs through Dec. 16 at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum,  tells the stories of local veterans who served and includes plus artifacts, interpretive panels, interactive video presentations and a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) unit. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; noon-3 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5.  The museum is at 20 Fourth St. Call 778-4398 or visit

Experience a traditional German Oktoberfest from noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at Hermann Sons Hall. There will be music, dancing to the Steve Balich Band and plenty of German food, including beer, pretzels, bratwurst, bockwurst and fleischkaese. Cost is $10-$12. Call 664-375 or (415) 383-2642. The hall is at 860 Western Ave.

Step back in San Francisco history via two documentaries by Petaluma filmmaker Tom Wyrsch: “Remembering Playland at the Beach” and “Sutro’s: The Palace at Land’s End.” Playland was The City’s 10-acre amusement park; Sutro’s was a swimming, ice skating and museum complex built in the late 1800s. The documentaries begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Boulevard Cinemas, followed by a discussion with Wyrsch. Tickets are $10. Call 762-7469 or go to The theater is at the corner of Petaluma Boulevard South and C Street.

Spend some time at the Science Buzz Café and look at “Reimagining Reality: The Limits of Science,” with presenters Gus diZerega and Robert Porter and host Daniel Osmer. The talk is held at EarthRise Retreat at IONS – the Institute of Noetic Sciences, 101 San Antonio Road. Cost is $10. To learn more, go to

Author Adair Lara talks about how to write a memoir at this month’s Writers Forum from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18. Lara is a writing coach and teacher, former columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and author of “Petaluma: History of a River Town.” The event takes place at the Petaluma Community Center, 320 N. McDowell Blvd. Cost is $15. Visit to learn more.

Spend a tuneful evening at Festa Della Vendemmia, with savory songs from the musical vineyards of Italy and France, from ballads to romance, tarantella to tango to tambourine. The lively event starts at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at Aqus Café, 189 H St. Go to

Take part in a three-hour narrated trip along the Petaluma River on Saturday, Oct. 20. The Dolphin Charter tour with Ronn Patterson gives an overview of the river’s history, the surrounding countryside and wildlife and its importance today. The boat leaves the Turning Basin at 9 a.m. Cost is $40. Call (510) 527-9622 or go to

Feeling a little creaky? Check out the Age with Agility Feldenkrais Workshop at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct 21. Feldenkrais teaches new ways of movement to increase agility, improve coordination, balance and posture and reduce pain. Cost is $25-$40. The class takes place at Body Works Yoga, 490 Second St., and is taught by Margot Schaal. Call 292-1147 or go to

— Katie Watts

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