Dance around the world Monday, Jan. 21, with folk dance instructor Carol Friedman. The odyssey includes dances from Serbia, Turkey, Rumania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Greece and Israel. Classes are open to all, with lessons offered at 7 p.m. for those new to folk dancing. The Monday night classes are held at Hermann Sons Hall, 860 Western Ave. Cost is $7. Call (415) 663-9512 for more information.

Want to get the real dirt? Join the fine folks at Petaluma Bounty Community Farm: volunteer for a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, go hands-on with compost, wrestle with weeds and manhandle mulch. The farm is at 22 Shasta Ave. Warm clothes and a bag lunch are recommended. For details, visit

Imogen Cunningham was one of the best-known photographers of the 20th century – and a mother. Author Amy Novesky explores how Cunningham combines the two in “Imogen: The Mother of Modernism & Three Boys,” as the photographer turns her garden into a wonderland for her three sons and a workshop for herself. Novesky discusses the book at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky St. Call 762-0563 or visit

Free help preparing tax returns is available through the Earn It! Keep It! Save It! program. Volunteer tax preparers are certified by the Internal Revenue Service. The county-wide program begins Saturday, Jan. 26, at locations that include the Petaluma People Services Center and the Petaluma Public Library. To schedule an appointment, call 211 or (800) 325-9604.

Cinnabar Theater has added two performances to its run of Frank and Malachy McCourt’s play, “A Couple of Blaguards,” a humorous, cabaret-style evening with Tim Kniffin and Steven Abbott playing a variety of characters. Additional performances are 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, and Sunday, Jan. 27. Tickets are $25-$35. Go to or call 763-8920. Cinnabar is at 3333 Petaluma Blvd. North.

Blackalicious plays the Phoenix Saturday, Jan. 26. The hip-hop duo – Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel – is noted for tongue-twisting, intriguing rhymes and classic beats. Also on the bill: Indubious and Distant Relatives. Tickets are $25. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the concert is from 8-11:30 p.m. The Phoenix is located at 201 Washington St. Visit

Wings in Space,” an exhibit of the NASA Space Shuttle Program, is on display at the Petaluma Museum through Sunday, Jan. 27. At 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, Astronaut Jose Hernandez, who flew on Space Shuttle STS-128 to the International Space Station, talks about his experiences.

The museum is at 20 Fourth St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and noon to 3 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $2. Admission for the Hernandez lecture is $5. Go to

Rock out next Sunday, Jan. 27, with Slightly Stoopid’s Top of the World tour at the Mystic. Band members describe their sound as a complex fusion of folk, rock, reggae and blues with hip-hop, funk, metal and punk. The Mystic is at 23 Petaluma Blvd. North. Tickets are $32.50 to $35. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the music begins at 9 p.m. For tickets, go to


Get your tickets now for Cinnabar Theater’s 40th anniversary celebration. The Musical Gift Box series runs Feb. 1-10 and includes music of Patsy Cline by Mary Gannon Graham and the Bobcats; Swing Fever playing the sounds of the Big Bands; chamber music with the Alphabet Players; “Viva España,” an evening of flamenco with Sol Flamenco; the Great Broadway Sing-Along, an evening in which audience participation is strongly encouraged; blues and gospel with Tammy Hall and Valeri Joi, and a French dinner concert featuring Due Zighi Baci performing French café music. Tickets are $15-$20 and available online at or by calling 763-8920. Cinnabar is at 3333 Petaluma Blvd. North.