Join Petaluma Bounty for “Brews and Bites,” its second annual fundraiser, at the Lagunitas Beer Sanctuary, 1280 N. McDowell Blvd. The event runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 16 and features the lively Highway Poets playing its special blend of rock, folk and indie music. Bites include Pizza Politana pizza, salad from Bounty Farm and of course your choice of Lagunitas’ brews.  Cost is $25. Call 775-3663 or visit

Interested in learning more about video editing? Petaluma Community Access offers another of its popular three-week Final Cut Pro X:101 classes, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, July 17, 24 and 31. The hands-on class is designed for all levels: beginners to experienced. Cost is $60. Call PCA to register at 773-3190. Classes are held at 205 Keller St.

Take the family out for the evening to enjoy Films by the Fountain. Theatre Square, 140 Second St., is the place and the Wednesday, July 17 movie is “The Goonies.” The film was partially shot in Petaluma, so look for familiar locations. The movie starts at dusk and is shown on a 26-foot outdoor screen. Take blankets and chairs – and friends. The evening is free. Next month’s film, on Aug. 14, is “The Hunger Games.”

Interested in learning about speaking comfortably in public? You might want to check out Toast of Petaluma, the local branch of Toastmasters, International. Members meet regulars to practice rehearsed and impromptu speeches, learn how to run a good meeting, share a love of words and socialize. The next meeting is from 7-8:45 p.m. Thursday, July 18 at the Community Center, 320 N. McDowell Blvd. It’s free to anyone interested in checking out the organization. Visit

Author, screenwriter and teacher Anne Jordan discusses “The Structure of Story” at this month’s Writer’s Forum. All stories, Jordan says, can be broken down into four parts, helping writers to create manageable outlines – and overcome the dread writer’s block. The event is from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the Community Center, 320 N. McDowell Blvd. Cost is $15. Visit

Motor City native Kevin Russell offers an evening of solo acoustic guitar at 9 p.m. Friday, July 19. Russell will be playing his own blend of rock, blues and soul at Pub Republic, 3120 Lakeville Highway. There is no cover charge. Call 782-9090 or visit or

Got e-waste? Goodwill Industries wants to bail you out with a free e-waste electronics recycling event from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 20 and Sunday July 21 at its Petaluma store, 1000 Lakeville St. Accepted are: computer equipment, televisions, consumer electronics, office equipment, kitchen and household appliances – in working or non-working condition.  All batteries should be removed. Fluorescent lamps, large appliances and large office equipment cannot be accepted. Visit to find out more.

Gentlemen: dust off your fedoras. Ladies, slip into those fringed flapper dresses. It’s time for a Paddy Wagon Party, Prohibition-era style, at The Rocks Bar and Lounge. The burlesque and variety arts evening offers both a show and a Charleston-style after-party beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20 at 146 Kentucky St. Cost is $8-$40. Call 331-7121 or visit

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