Petaluma resident Amy Gutierrez, better known as Amy G. or Amer the Gamer to Giants fans, is at Copperfield’s Books at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18. Gutierrez, a sports journalist and reporter, discusses her first book, Smarty Marty’s Got Game, the story of older sister Marty teaching the game, and love, of baseball to younger brother Mikey. The book also deals with the gender stereotypes Gutierrez has faced in her 16-year career. Copperfield’s is at 140 Kentucky St. Call 762-0563 or go to

Get your Zumba on! Aerobic dance instructor Holly Rudin-Braschi leads an 11 a.m. Monday Zumba class. Beginner and intermediate dancers of all ages are welcome to learn dances such as salsa, cha-cha, meringue, flamenco, tango, line and Irish to help improve balance, strength and flexibility. Classes are at North Bay Performing Arts Center, 1320 Industrial Ave. Cost is $5. Call 762-1306 or go to

Browse the aisles of fresh produce at the Eastside Farmers Market this Tuesday, Aug 20, from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The market is a year-round Tuesday event, held in the parking lot of the Community Center, 320 N. McDowell Blvd., in Lucchesi Park. More than 50 vendors take part, offering seasonal produce, locally raised meats and eggs, artisan foods, arts, crafts and live music. Call 415-999-5635 – or just show up with your shopping bags and see what you can find.

It’s an evening of gypsy jazz and beyond with Junk Parlor. The group takes songs from a variety of genres and creates an evening of musical improv. The tunes start at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10 at Corkscrew Wine Bar, 100 Petaluma Blvd. North. Call 415-789-0505.

Downtown  is the place for hungry Petaluma folks, foodies, gourmets, heck, just about everyone as the eighth annual Taste of Petaluma offers its yearly culinary walking journey. Not only downtown food vendors and restaurants are featured; other local food purveyors will set up temporary shop in non-food downtown locations. More than 40 different participants offer a rainbow of flavors to choose from, such as roast pork and rhubarb pie (Petalume Pie Company), melon-prosciutto-basil shooters (Speakeasy) and a TOP (Taste of Petaluma) roll (Andy’s Sushi). Taste your way around downtown from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets are $35-$40 for 10 tickets; additional tickets will be available in Putnam Plaza. Reserve tickets at The event is a benefit for Cinnabar Theater.

Sam Antar, from Crazy Eddie Inc., discusses how white-collar criminals take advantage of psychological and cognitive vulnerabilities and how to protect against white collar fraud at the Bay Area Accounting Professionals Mixer. The afternoon offers seminars and workshops on topics like financial risk assessment, small business information technology, surviving a financial audit and nonprofit fundraising techniques. The event is from noon-6 p.m. at the Sheraton-Petaluma, 745 Baywood Drive. Tickets are $59-$79. Go to

Courtney Love comes to town Saturday, Aug. 24. The singer-songwriter performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Phoenix Theater. Love, founder of the band Hole and wife of the late Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana, has also appeared in the films Sid and Nancy, Straight to Hell and The People vs. Larry Flynt. Tickets are $35. Go to or call 765-3565. The Phoenix is at 201 Washington St.

So many books, so little time. If that’s your motto, don’t miss the Friends of the Petaluma Library Summer Book Sale. It starts from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 and continues from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 22 and 23, wrapping up from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. The sale is in the Helen Putnam Community Room at the library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive. And of course you have time – and room – for more books!

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