May 5-12

Petaluma Health Care District’s new Living With Diabetes Wellness Series begins May 6. The in-depth, action-oriented program uses an interdisciplinary team to teach diabetes management through diet, exercise, proper blood monitoring and appropriate medical and self-care. The four-session class runs from 3-5:15 p.m. Mondays through June 3 and is accredited by the American Diabetes Association. Fee is $435, covered by many insurance programs and with scholarships available. The class is at the PHCD, 1425 N. McDowell Blvd. Preregistration is required. Call 766-8647.

Heads-up, science geeks. Join the monthly Science Buzz Café at Aqus. Host and presenter Daniel Osner takes a look at “Value Creation: Three Kinds of Money,” using PowerPoint to start a conversation about the nature of exchange, value, price capital and the economic process. The event is from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 7; discussion gets underway at 7 p.m. Aqus Café is at 189 H St. Cost is $6. Call 778-6060 or go to

The Petaluma Chorale salutes composer Irving Berlin in this year’s spring concert, “Say It With Music.” Berlin composed some of the country’s best-loved tunes, from “God Bless America” and “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” to “Easter Parade” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” Hear the tribute at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday May 11 at Petaluma Valley Baptist Church, 580 Sonoma Mountain Parkway. Tickets are $10-$12 and available at the door.

Party like it’s 1978 and celebrate PEP Housing at the same time. From 6-10 p.m. Friday, May 10, experience Pep Rocks, the 35th anniversary benefit for PEP. There will be appetizers and drinks, dancing with ‘70s tribute band the Recyclists and an auction. And yes, 70s-era attire is encouraged. The event will be held at the Petaluma Airport, 601 Sky Ranch Road. For reservations and details, call 762-2336 or go to

Ready for some travel – time travel? Step back in time as the Petaluma Adobe celebrates Living History Day. The 1840s California era comes to life. Discover what a rancho was like, meet vaqueros, traders, cooks, craftspeople and other who lived in bygone days. Learn basket-weaving and candle-making and feel free to bring a picnic. Admission is $2-$3. The event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 11 at 3325 Adobe Road. For details, call 762-4871.

The whole city spices up this weekend as the 16th annual Great Petaluma Chili Cook-off, Salsa and Beer Tasting fires up on Saturday, May 11. From 1 to 5 p.m. at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, 40 chili and salsa teams  and 15 breweries put out their liveliest flavors for tasters to enjoy during this afternoon of music, dance and flavor. You’ll have a chance to vote for your favorites in this benefit for Cinnabar Theater’s youth program. Cost is $10-$40. Go to or call 763-8920.

Want to learn more about Shollenberger Park? Join docent Gerald Moore of the Petaluma Wetlands Alliance and the Madrone Audubon Society for a nature walk at the riverside park. Participants should meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 11 at the first kiosk. The park is on Cader Lane, off South McDowell Blvd. Call 763-3577 for details.

If your motto is “So many books, so little time,” you need to know the Friends of the Petaluma Library starts its spring book sale from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday May 11 with a sale of children’s books. The sale continues from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 15; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday May 16-17; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 18. Books will be added daily through Friday. The sale is in the Putnam Community Room at the library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive.

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