Welcome to Hemp History Week. Learn about the benefits of legalizing industrial hemp in this country with John Trudell and his band, Bad Dog. Trudell is a Native American activist, musician, actor, poet and philosopher. Anna Owen, coordinator of Hemp History Week, will speak, and there will be booths with hemp clothing, educational information and CDs. The event starts at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 9 with the film, “Bringing It Home.” Owen speaks at 5:15 p.m. and Trudell and Bad Dog tune it up at 7:30 p.m., all at the Sunflower Center, 1435 N. McDowell Blvd. Tickets for the concert are $20 at the door, or purchase at eventbrite.com.
“Off the Vine: The Wine Country Field Care Conference for EMS Professionals,” an conference with experts on key trends in field care medicine, takes place from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday June 10 on the Petaluma campus of Santa Rosa Junior College, 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway. Exhibitors will demonstrate new and emerging technologies. Topics include community paramedicine, reconstructive microsurgery, pediatric emergencies, pre-hospital stroke care, cardiac arrest management, spine immobilization and the state of California’s EMS system. Cost is $50 and includes lunch. To register, go to santarosa.edu or call 836-2907.
Did you read and love author Ann Patchett’s “State of Wonder?” Discuss it at noon Tuesday, June 11 at the Petaluma Regional Library book discussion group. Brown bag lunchers are welcome. The groups meets in the Putnam Forum Room at the library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive.
If you want to see Cinnabar Theater’s production of Georges Bizet’s opera “Carmen” – the run sold out by opening night – they’ve added a performance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12. Tickets are $25-$35. Call the box office, 763-8920, or visit cinnabartheater.org to check on ticket availability. The theater is at 3333 Petaluma Blvd. North.
Support your local arts center – raise a glass of bourbon. The Petaluma Arts Center hosts a Bourbon Tasting Fundraiser at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 13, a tour of five bourbons guided by a bourbon educator and accompanied by a menu of small plates. Cost is $60 per person or $100 per pair, and seating is limited. Call 762-5600 or visit petalumaartscenter.org.
Join singer Maria Muldaur at the Shollenberger Shindig. Muldaur offers her sweet and sultry jug band blues from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at a benefit for Save Shollenberger and Friends of Shollenberger Park at Tara Firma Farms, 3796 I St. Extension. Tickets are $25-$100 and available at the Mail Depot, Fourth and C streets or saveshollenberger.com. Tickets at the door are $30; cash only.
Plan to be extra-hungry on June 16, because the San Antonio Volunteer Fire Department is preparing for its 47th annual Fathers Day Chicken Barbeque. This year, the event moves to McNear Park, 11th and G streets, from noon to 5 p.m. Takeout will be available from noon to 3 p.m. The event offers music, activities for kids, a silent auction and a raffle, which includes a flatscreen HD TV, iPad and Magellan GPS. Tickets are $8-$12. Call 769-0353 or visit savfd.com.
Heritage Homes of Petaluma has put out the call for nominations for its biennial Preservation Awards, for work done to historic structures, usually more than 50 years old. Categories include exterior preservation, restoration, additions or remodels of historic residential or commercial buildings; new construction compatible with surrounding historical structures; recognition of an individual or organization in support of historic preservation projects; and outstanding talent in the building industry for someone who has contributed to restoration of noteworthy historic buildings. Nominations include the greater Petaluma area, rural as well as within city limits. Deadline is July 1. Call 762-3456.