Stop by Petaluma Elks Lodge between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12 and donate blood.

Make an appointment at (click Donate Blood; sponsor code is CalvaryPetaluma). Walk-ins are also welcome. All donors should take photo ID and arrive well-hydrated and well-fed.

The Lodge is at 2105 S. McDowell Blvd.


Petalumans interested in local history can catch a free repeat of Katherine Rinehart’s “From Grain Elevators to Hatcheries: Petaluma’s Agricultural History as Told Through its Agriculture,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14.

She’ll discuss how the city’s agricultural heritage is represented in its buildings and touch on adaptive reuse and agricultural buildings as subjects for art.

The event takes place at the Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville St. Donations are welcome.


Dana Davis of Sonoma Body Balance leads a free workshop, “The 3 Myths That are Causing Your Back Pain,” from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 15 at 210 Vallejo St. The class includes a slide show on posture, lecture, practice and hands-on guidance.  Reservations are needed: call 658-2599 or go to


Want to learn more about land stewardship? Tour the 533-acre Scott Ranch. Owner Tom Scott and ranch manager Scott Gerber (better known as “The Singing Cowboy”) will give the ranch’s history, lead a tour and talk about rangeland management. And Gerber and his border collies will demonstrate cattle herding.

The free event is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16. Reservations are needed: call 794-1242, ext. 11 or go to


Attention writers! Learn how to turn free-writes, journals and memoir bits and pieces into publishable work at a Writers’ Forum with author Arlene Mandel, former Good Housekeeping magazine author, from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 at the Petaluma Community Center, 320 N.McDowell Blvd. Cost is $15. Visit to find out more.


Amble on down to Gale’s Central Club and give a listen to the country-Americana sound of New Orleans-based band, My Graveyard Jaw. The tunes, from ballads to hard-hitting porch stomp, get underway at 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16.

Gale’s is at 106 Petaluma Blvd. North. Call 763-0118.


Grab the family and highstep it over to Tara Firma Farms for a Summer Barn Dance. on Friday, Aug. 17. Andy Wilson will call the dances in the barn, and grilled burgers and sausages will be available for purchase.

Location is 3796 I St., doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the tunes get underway at 7 p.m. Cost is $15-$20. Call 765-1202 or visit


“Overhead the sun is risin’ … and it’s gonna be another hot day.” In the middle of a 1930s Texas drought, a charismatic rainmaker named Starbuck comes to town, offering hope and maybe a little magic for the townspeople, especially to plain wallflower Lizzie Curry.

Cinnabar Theater presents the musical “110 in the Shade,” the first show of the company’s 40th season, beginning Aug. 17 and running through Sept. 2.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sunday Aug. 26 and Sept. 2. Tickets are $25-$35 and available by calling 763-8920 or going to


The 19th annual Holstein 100, a fundraiser for West Marin Senior Services, leaves Petaluma Junior High School bright and early, at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18.

Participants can bike, ride or walk different west Sonoma and Marin routes alone, in tandem or as a team.

Entry fees range from $10 to $80. Visit


Rev it up and join Petaluma’s Hobbytown USA gang racing your radio-controlled car or truck in the Petaluma Plaza parking lot from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. Cost is $15 and includes a transponder for lap counting.

Volunteers are also needed to help with track set-up at 8 a.m., and cleanup afterward.

Parking Lot Model Car Racing. Call 762-2176 or go to


Foundry Fest was such fun, say the folks at Aqus Café, they’re going to have an encore.

Foundry Fest II starts up the music at noon, Saturday, Aug 18, and plays until 7 p.m. at Foundry Wharf, where H Street meets the river. Bands include Beso Negro, Djinn, the Easy Leaves and the Machiavelvets.

Food and drinks are available. Cost is $12 to $15, with proceeds benefiting Petaluma Bounty. Afterward, Piezoelectro Effect plays at Aqus, 189 H St. The concert is free; donations will accepted for Petaluma Bounty.


Jazz and pies go together like Christmas and presents, roses and fragrance, telephones and hello. Don’t believe us? Check it out for yourself when the Dan McGee Three jazz trio plays instrumental jazz standards, blues, bossa and bebop at Petaluma Pie Company.

The PPC is at 124 Petaluma Blvde. North on Putnam Plaza and the riffs begin at 1 p.m. Visit


The city of Petaluma becomes Treasure Island for an afternoon as the Great Petaluma Treasure Hunt launches its fourth annual outdoor adventure and puzzle-solving: a cross between “The DaVinci Code” and “The Amazing Race.”

The information-based scavenger hunt benefits the Butter & Egg Days Parade. Sleuths bring their own brainpower, sturdy shoes and sense of adventure; maps, puzzles and clues are provided by the Petaluma Downtown Association. The action is from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, starting in Theatre Square, 151 Petaluma Blvd. South.

Cost is $20-$25. Call 888-918-4868 or visit


Looking Ahead


Everyone loves birthday parties, and the Petaluma Educational Foundation throws itself a good one as it turns 30 next month.

Clover’s Redwood Pavilion at 5400 Old Redwood Highway is the place, Sept. 8 is the date. Pride & Joy and Petaluma’s own Brothers Comatose will provide the tunes, and there will be dining, dancing, silent and live auctions. Tickets are $150 to $350, and proceeds benefit the PEF.






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