Aug. 4-11

It’s the first Sunday of the month, and that means it’s time for the monthly Theatre District Wine Walk. From 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, check out Theatre District restaurants for tastes from some of the county’s boutique wineries, including those of the Petaluma Gap. Participation wristbands are $10. Visit

The force is strong in this class – Jedi Masters Engineering With Lego, a week-long youth class at the Community Center. Students will build complex machines and structures based on the best designs from a galaxy far, far away. Classes are 1-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5 through Friday, Aug. 9. The center is located at 320 N. McDowell Blvd. Cost is $185. Call 778-4380.

Patti Smith – rocker, poet, artist. Petaluma Community Access presents a documentary, “Patti Smith: Dream of Life,” that follows her for a decade, exploring her art forms and the friends and poets who inspired her, including Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan and Robert Mapplethorpe. The film won an excellence in cinematography award at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. The free screening is from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at PCA, 205 Keller St. Reservations are recommended: call 773-3190.

Got a story? Everybody does. If you’re interested in telling yours, or merely listening, West Side Stories is the place. From 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 10 tale-tellers get 5 minutes apiece to tell their story. Comic, tragic, serious, absurd, metaphysical or involving opinions on tomato aspic – anything is possible. This month’s theme is “Those Were the Days.” The place is Sonoma Valley Portworks, 613 Second St. Cost is $5. Call 477-4416 or visit

Cinnabar Theater’s Young Repertory Company presents its summer production, the rock musical “Rent,” winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and Pulitzer Prize for Drama from Aug. 9-18. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays Aug. 9 and 16; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays Aug. 10 and 17; and 2 p.m. Sundays Aug. 11 and 18 at 3333 Petaluma Blvd. North. Call 763-8920 or go to

Like reggae? Enjoy dancing? Spend the evening with Creation. The band will create a reggae dance party starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Sunflower Center, 1435 Petaluma Blvd. North. Tickets are $10. Visit or call 415-897-1972.
Michael Hingson, author of “Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero,” and a motivational speaker, joins the Petaluma Regional Library for its Meet the Author series, talking about his survival of the World Trade Center attack, with the help of his dog, Roselle. The free talk is from 11 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Aug. 10 in the Putnam Community Room at the library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive.

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