How to be cool….let us count the ways.

* Listening to and appreciating jazz;

* Keeping a cool head while parenting, especially while being green;

* Cruising in a cool car;

* Getting up to the microphone to perform;

* Easing on down the river.

Below is your personal Petaluma guide to coolness. Good luck.

Grab your throat lozenges, the sheet music to your favorite standard or the words to you favorite poem, and become part of Petaluma Live! – an Open Mic 6-9 p.m. Sunday, May 13 (and the second Sunday of every month), as the Petaluma United Methodist Church opens its doors to singers, instrumentalists and poets. It’s free, and refreshments will be served, at 410 D St. More info: 795-3784.

Author Kenna Lee will read a chapter from her book, “A Million Tiny Things,” and talk about the challenges of being green 7-9 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at The Seed Bank , 199 Petaluma Blvd. N. Her book offers a parenting perspective of subjects from diapers to homesteading, including solutions and how to make it through the process with your head on straight. More info: 773-1336.

The Peter Welker Sextet performs classic jazz at 6 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Bistro Bar, 54 E. Washington Ave. in the Golden Eagle Shopping Center. Admission is free with purchase of food or drink, and the jazz is rich with tradition and talent. Fronting the band for 35 years, Welker puts his sophisticated twist on the Great American Songbook. Featured is vocalist Jeff Oster. More info:  773-3200, 781-7022 or

Petaluma’s annual two-day Salute to American Graffiti kicks off at 4 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the Plaza North Shopping Center at 259 N. McDowell Blvd. Look for all the fins, chrome and big-block engines of yesteryear’s “Detroit iron,” plus music and classic car owners. The event is free. Saturday’s Classic Car Cruise runs 4-9 p.m., on Petaluma Boulevard from south of B Street to Boulevard Lanes. More info: 762-2234 or 

Learn how to cruise down the river in style 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday as Clavay Paddlesports offers an Intro to Kayaking class. The $75 fee gets you started at the store, 409 Petaluma Blvd. S., and moves to the river after the basics are taught. Space is limited to eight, so early sign-up is recommended. More info: 766-8070 or

— Sheldon Bermont

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