An orchestra composed entirely of mandolins? Why not? Join the San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra in its 15th season at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19. “Season of Dreams” offers a musical collection of sweet dreams, daydreams and one memorable nightmare with music from Purcell’s “The Fairy Queen,” Debussy’s “Rêverie,” Calace’s “Sogno,” Fauré’s “Berceuse” and Saint-Saëns’ “Danse Macabre.” The concert is at the First Church of Christ Scientist, 522 B St. Tickets are $10-$15 and available at Visit

Are you a drummer, or do you dream of becoming one? Join the drum circle at Aqus Café, held the third Monday of each month. Open to all levels and interests, each session begins at 7:30 p.m. with basic instruction, followed by an hour in the drum circle. This is primarily a conga drumming group and several congas are available to play on a first come, first served basis. Participants are encouraged to bring their own drums of any type. This month’s meeting is Monday, May 20. Aqus is at 189 H St. Contact Suggested donation is $5.



In the mood for a band concert? The Petaluma Community Band can help out, starting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 20. The group, conducted by Arlene Burney and guest conductor Dr. Brian S. Wilson, features the “Light Cavalry Overture,” “Of Sailors and Whales and tunes from “The Wizard of Oz.” The free musical evening is in the new multi-use room at Casa Grande High School, 333 Casa Grande Road. Call 769-9521 or visit

Does your child need to practice reading? The Petaluma Regional Library offers an hour-long program, Read to a Dog. Reading out loud improves reading skills and animals make ideal reading companions because they create a relaxed, comfortable and safe environment. The event is from 3-4 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 at the library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Visit

Sonoma Valley Portworks hosts a Community Nonprofit Mixer. Nonprofit board members, directors and managers are encouraged to attend from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 at 613 Second St. Also welcomed are those interested in volunteering with local nonprofits. Call 769-5203.

Copperfield’s Books writer’s spotlight focuses on creativity coach Eric Maisel this week. Maisel discusses the challenges faced by creative people such as musicians, craftspeople and artists: producing new work, finding success in the marketplace, managing relationships and remaining positive and offers solutions from his new book, “Making Your Creative Mark: Nine Keys to Achieving Your Artistic Goals.” The discussion begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 at 140 Kentucky St. Visit

Curious about the Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility? The Petaluma Wetlands Alliance offers an informational walk at the Ellis Creek ponds at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 25. Participants should meet in the parking lot at the end of Cypress Drive, through the gates and to the left. For details, contact Bob Dyer at 763-2934.

“The Drama Queen” takes the audience on a ride through performer Leslie Scatchard’s entertaining life. Scatchard, a local actress, says she’s been performing most of her life on one way or another. A member of Petaluma Readers’ Theatre, she also directs children’s theater in Petaluma. “The Drama Queen” will be performed at Clear Heart, 90 Jessie Lane at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25. Tickets are $10. Call 971-0677.

Didn’t get enough of cool old cars at last weekend’s Salute to American Graffiti? Then check out the Sunday Cruise In at Fourth and Sea restaurant. The monthly event is held the last Sunday of each month, May through October, and features classic cars, music, a raffle and the presentation of the Sundae Cup Trophy. This month’s event is from noon-3 p.m. Sunday, May 26 at Fourth and C streets. Call 623-3219 or visit

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