Dec. 9-16

Enjoy a traditional Scandinavian Lucia pageant this Sunday, as Petaluma’s Linnea Lodge offers the pretty Lucia Festival and Jul Bazaar along with a Swedish smorgasbord, dancing around the Christmas tree and a visit from Santa.  The partying is from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Veterans Building, 1094 Petaluma Blvd. South.  $6-$25. Go to or call 545-2241.

Donate something very special this holiday – the gift of life, blood. Petaluma Elks Lodge, San Antonio Volunteer Fire Company and Blood Banks of the Pacific host a blood drive between 3 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Elks Lodge, 2105 S. McDowell Blvd. Donors should be well-hydrated and have eaten a good meal – and don’t forget to take a photo ID. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged. To schedule, go to, click “Donate Blood” and enter sponsor code SanAntonioVFC.

Troubled by an aching back? Sonoma Body Balance’s Dana Davis leads a free workshop, “The Three Myths that are Causing Your Back Pain,” from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13. Included are a slide show about good posture, a lecture, practice and hands-on guidance. The event is at 210 Vallejo St. Register at or call 768-2599.

Author Joelle Burnette discusses and signs her books, “Freedom Doesn’t Just Come Along With a Tree” about a young boy who is the only Jewish child in a classroom adorned with Christmas decorations and “Cancer Time Bomb: How the BRCA Gene Stole My Tits and Eggs,” a sarcastic and humorous look at her prophylactic surgeries after testing positive for the BRCA (BReast CAncer) genetic mutation at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. The event will be in the Putnam Community Room at the Petaluma Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Visit to learn more.

Petaluma’s own gospel choir, Wings of Glory, sings out in holiday joy during its annual Christmas concert at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at Aqus Café, 189 H St. Visit for more information. The concert is free; donations are accepted.

It’s a Festival of Christmas Dec. 15 and 16 as the Celebration Choir, Casa Grande Concert Choir and Kenilworth Junior High Jazz Band perform at Petaluma Valley Baptist Church. Additionally, there will be children’s games, a living nativity, tea room and international foods. The free festival is from 4-8 p.m. at Petaluma Valley Baptist Church, 580 Sonoma Mountain Parkway. Go to or call 763-2277.

Rapper Snoop Dogg plays the Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St. at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. A limited number of tickets may still be available. Go to for details.

Chanticleer, the well-known Bay Area male choir, performs “A Chanticleer Christmas,” its annual holiday concert of joyous music, at 4 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16  at St. Vincent’s Church, 35 Liberty St. Tickets are $35 to $65. Go to

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