Start your new year a day early with the gentle stretching of yoga. The Petaluma Health Center offers yoga classes from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays and 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays. The relaxing classes are suitable for all ages and all levels. Yoga can increase an individual’s vitality, flexibility, strength, mental or physical health. Cost is $8-$10 drop-in, or $32-$40 for five classes. The health center is at 1179 N. McDowell Blvd. Call 779-9483 or visit

New Year’s Eve events taking place in P-town include: Tommy Castro & the Painkillers and Lost Dog Found at 9 p.m. at the Mystic (; Funny Vibes, a free and sober event with comedians and reggae musicians at 8 p.m. at the Sunflower Center (; “A Couple of Blaguards,” an evening of Irish song and story, at 9 p.m. at Cinnabar Theater (; The Petaluma Museum’s classical concert, featuring works by Beethoven and Brahms, starting at 7 p.m. Call 778-4398.

Are you a curious senior? Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to find out more about computers and the World Wide Web? If so, John Tirsell, the Computer Tutor, teaches such matters at noon on Wednesday, Jan, 2 at the Petaluma Senior Center, 211 Novak Drive. Cal 7, 78-4300 to find out more.

Embrace the coming of winter and the start of a new year with a musical evening. The “Winter” concerto from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” headlines an instrumental concert by the Live Oak Baroque Orchestra at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5. The concert also includes the rarely performed “Winter,” by 17th century composer Christopher Simpson. Concertos for a Winter’s Evening will be held at Petaluma United Church of Christ, 825 Middlefield Drive. Tickets are $12 to $20. Go to

Grab your crown and promenade down to the Petaluma Woman’s Club for a Three Kings Contra Dance. Royal music will be provided, with festive dance called by Mavis McGaugh. In New Orleans tradition, snacks will include king cake. The evening is open to all ages. Beginners are welcome : a free lesson is offered half an hour before the dancing gets underway. The event is from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6 at 518 B St. Cost is $2 to $12. Contact the North Bay Country Dance Society at for more information.

— Katie Watts 

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