Nightmares? Ghosts? Regrets? Do painful secrets and ghostly mistakes whisper curses in your ears? You are not alone. Petaluma Readers Theatre and Tiny Lights Publications offers Haunted: Chilling and Thrilling Stories, local lore and creepy classics, interpreted by Matt Maguire, Jennifer March, Bradford Rex and Lorin Bell. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17-19 and 24-26 at Clear Heart Stage, 90 Jessie Lane. Tickets are $10 and available at the Mail Depot, Fourth and C streets and Soft Shell, 10 Kentucky St., or at the door.

Need some practice speaking in public? Then Toastmasters of Petaluma may be just right for you. The group, which meets the first and third Thursdays of each month offers a chance to develop your public speaking skills. The next meeting is from 7-8:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Community Center, 320 N.McDowell Blvd. Visit

How about an afternoon of Music for Mutts? Nashville singer-songwriter Christopher Williams performs from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 in a benefit for the local nonprofit, Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary. Tickets are $35 and available at or by calling 415-488-4984. Location and directions will be given when tickets are purchased.

Hey, you know it can’t truly be the month of Halloween without a showing of the crazy, campy, classic singing spectacular The Rocky Horror Picture Show, especially when that showing is at the Phoenix Theater. Tickets are $10 and available at The screening is from 11:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. The Phoenix is at 201 Washington St.

And, speaking of campy singing spectaculars, do you have tickets yet for Cinnabar Theater’s production of La Cage aux Folles? Opening night is Oct. 18, and the show’s already been extended through Nov. 10. It focuses on a gay couple: Georges, the manager of a nightclub featuring drag entertainment, his romantic partner Albin and the farcical adventures that begin when Georges’s son brings his fiancée’s ultra-conservative parents to meet his parents. The show, which won a Best Musical Tony award in 1983, plays at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 18-Nov. 9, and 2 p.m. Sundays Oct. 27-Nov. 10. Tickets are $25-$35. Cinnabar is at 3333 Petaluma Blvd. North. Visit

Looking Ahead: Interested in learning more about the river than runs through our town? Join a narrated river cruise, a fundraiser for the Petaluma Museum Association, from 4-6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. Reservations must be made by Tuesday, Oct. 15. Tickets are $50 and include wine and refreshments. A second benefit, for the museum and the Petalumans of Yesterday, is the annual historic cemetery tour, set for 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Cypress Hill Cemetery, 430 Magnolia Ave. Cost is $5-$10. The tour is led by Marshall West. Call the museum, 778-4398, for tickets to one, or both, events.

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