Antiques and curios and all that is neat
Can be seen while strolling down the street
If you’re trying to make your water bill low
You can learn the tricks to save your dough
See Japanese painting, done while in jail
The pictures they painted tell a people’s sad tale
Dreaming of painting scenes of spring?
A beret and art lessons may be your thing
Or if film is your passion and you like the best,
See which directors can pass your test.

The 26th Annual Spring Antique Faire will be back on the streets again from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Apr 29. Historic Downtown Petaluma will transform into an antique marketplace. With beautiful historic buildings as a backdrop, you can discover unique stores, an incredible array of eateries and food booths, and antiques from over 180 dealers. For further information call 762-9348 or online, at event website. Estate jewelry, linens, furniture, art, kitchenware, vintage décor, books and all kinds of unusual collectables will be on display to suit everyone’s budget.

Learn the seven wonders of water conservation from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 3. Learn about the City of Petaluma’s programs to help you save water and money, and gain insights, inspiration, and ideas for actions you can take. The talk will be presented by Daily Acts at The Seed Bank, 199 Petaluma Blvd. North. To register, call 789-9664. Vist The Seedbank facebook | Facebook.

From noon to 4 p.m. Sunday and Monday, April 29 and 30, treat yourself to “A Culture Within: The Japanese American Experience through Art,” a Petaluma Arts Center exhibit featuring the works of  Henry Sugimoto and Chiura Obata, two Japanese American men who had the will to continue their passion while in prison. The Art Center presentation honors the 70th anniversary of the WWII Japanese Internment. The showing is free, but donations are accepted. The Petaluma Artts Center is located at 230 Lakeville St. Call 762-5600 or visit for updated information.

Calling all film buffs: Internationa Filmmakers and Sonoma County Students  will be showcasingtheir work at the Fourth Annual Film Fest Petaluma.  Shows are at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 5, with an edgier program scheduled at midnight. A broad mix of animated and live action short films as well as a blend of comedy and drama will be featured.  Each session will host filmmakers in conversation. Tickets range from $10-$15. All-day passes are available for $25. Programs are recommended for 15 and over. The event will be held at the Mystic Theatre , 21 Petaluma Blvd N., 765-2121. For further information, contact Mike Traina at 778-3687 or Tickets are available at McNear’s Restaurant, Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma or online at

“Randall Sexton: Painting the Urban Landscape,” a three-day oil painting workshop, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, May 4.  l’Atelier aux Couleurs: the Art Academy of Petaluma will host this workshop, teaching students how to simplify scene elements, while employing a loose or broad stroke in both landscape and still life studies. Beginning and advanced students will benefit from Randall’s one-on-one attention. Designed for all levels the workshop will also cover the fundamentals of painting, composition, value, color, edges and paint quality. The academy is located at 250 Water St. For further information call 792-7756.

— Sheldon Bermont



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