In conjunction with Santa Rosa Junior College’s Cuban Film and Music Festival, why not explore the current free art exhibit in the Mahoney Library Gallery on the Petaluma Campus. On display is work by three artists who have traveled and lived in Cuba. “The Diversity of Cuba: Images of Today” features photographs, paintings, and video art by Cris Gondak, Nelson E. Enriquez Álvarez and Lisette Poole through April 15. Address is 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
Come on out for a Butter & Egg Days Fundraiser at Lagunitas Brewing Co. on Monday, March 25. The event is from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and features live music by Randy & the Special Agents and the Smokehouse Ramblers, food, beer and a raffle – plus dinner. Also available are the 2013 Friends of the Parade buttons, if you haven’t yet bought yours. The brewery is at 1280 N. McDowell Blvd. Tickets are $20-$25. For tickets, go to brownpapertickets.com or ankle down to the Petaluma Visitors Center, 210 Lakeville St.
Meet up with Natalie Goldberg, teacher and author of “Writing Down the Bones,” as she talks at Copperfield’s Books on “The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language.” She’ll offer writing guidance learned from years of teaching and practice. The talk begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at 140 Kentucky St. Call 762-0563 or visit copperfieldsbooks.com.
Are you familiar with “A Hockey Mama for Obama” and “The Southern Girl’s Mating Call?” These are just two of the slightly politically incorrect offerings from Sandy and Richard Riccardi’. The Riccardis will be at Cinnabar Theater at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 31 with their original comedy-musical, “Tastefully Raunchy,” about their cracked and bushwhacked road to marital bliss and social consciousness. Tickets are $15 to $20. Call 763-8920 or visit cinnabartheater.org. The Cinnabar is at 3333 Petaluma Blvd. North.
Want to become more politically aware? Why not take the Great Decisions course offered by the Foreign Policy Association, looking at eight international topics: the future of the Euro, Egypt, NATO, Myanmar, Intervention, Iran, China in Africa and Threat Assessment. Moderated by Frank Windes and offered free, the group meets from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays, March 28 through May 16 at the Petaluma Regional Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Books are available from fpa.org for $20 plus shipping. Call 939-9313.
Interested in volunteering?
It takes a small army to put on the Butter and Egg Days parade each year and if you’re interested in them, they’re interested in you. Volunteers can sign up for duties such as safety monitor or banner carrier, handling parade logistics or helping set up. The Petaluma Downtown Association, the parade’s producer, provides training, a commemorative t-shirt and a thank-you party. Sign up at petalumadowntown.com: click on the Butter and Egg Days poster to download the form. Training meeting is set for 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 18, and volunteers are needed between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on parade day, Saturday, April 27.