Help make a local local high school track sprintable, find out what drives America’s obsession with thinness, learn some tricks on your trusty computer, check out what Tai Chi is all about (it’s not Karate) or finally learn know how to work the digital camera you got for Christmas, 2010.

Help fund the Casa Grande Track Project by attending The Flapjack Fundraiser from 8 to 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 at Applebee’s, 5301 Old Redwood Highway.  The breakfast will include pancakes, bacon, breakfast potatoes and coffee with orange juice or a fountain drink. Tickets are $10, $7 for children 10 and under and can be purchased at Applebee’s or from Tami Gholson,, or Nicole Cubba, More information: 792-0500.

Learn how the ancient art of Tai Chi works to heal, empower the mind and spirit and reduce stress Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. in a free introductory class at the Petaluma Academy of Martial Arts, 620 Petaluma Blvd N. Improve flexibility, lower blood pressure, increase energy and focus, relieve chronic pain. For more information, call 778-1069 or visit

Petaluma Adult School offers an eight-part Level 1 course in Basic Computers and Windows 7 that begins Monday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m. Learn your way around the Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System at McDowell Elementary School, 421 S. McDowell Blvd. Tuition is $69. Classes run 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through Feb. 27 (no class Feb. 20). For more information, call 778-4633,  e-mail or visit

Get to know your digital camera, up close and personal, in a four-part class that begins Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 11 a.m. Sponsored by Petaluma Adult School, the Digital Camera Concepts class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at McDowell Elementary School, 421 S McDowell Blvd. You’ll shoot pictures, transfer them to computer and learn basic editing methods. There’s a $49 fee. For more information, call 778-4745 or visit

“America the Beautiful, the Thin Commandments,” a film by Daryl Roberts, will be screened at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Petaluma Sheraton, 745 Baywood Drive. The film and following discussion are part of a three-day seminar on eating disorders, with a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. A recommended donation of $20 will go to a scholarship fund for those seeking treatment for eating disorders. For more information, visit or call 283-2888.












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