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Petaluma Perspective by Houston Porter
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Petaluma Perspective by Houston Porter

Petaluma Perspective by Houston Porter

Email Houston at houston@avant-larde.com

Mary Mahler: Master of Multiple Methods Mary Mahler: Master of Multiple Methods
March 1, 2017
When life throws challenges at me, I take refuge in my studio. Immersed in those processes, whether painting, mixed media, or ceramics, I settle into a calmness and absorption that ultimately extends into the rest of my life, giving it greater clarity.“ This is how Mary Mahler describes the importance of art to her life.
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Petaluma Perspective by Houston Porter Petaluma Perspective by Houston Porter - March 2017
March 1, 2017
I grew up in Penngrove, attended Petaluma High, spent the next two decades in San Francisco and the East Bay, before returning to Petaluma, where my family is and where my heart always was. 
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Petaluma Playground Petaluma Playground - January 2017
January 4, 2017
New in Town? Or just want to meet locals and become involved in our community? Meet new people, share resources, and get involved in social activities at the Petaluma Newcomers Club at Aqus Community & Cafe, 189 H St, Petaluma.
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Petaluma Poultry sustainably farmed Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) received $10,000 grant from Petaluma Poultry
December 20, 2016

The Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) has received a $10,000 grant from Petaluma Poultry to help improve the nutritional intake of at-risk children in Sonoma County through the Megan Furth Harvest Pantry (MFHP). The Petaluma Poultry grant is funded by its Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation.

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Rivertown Ball benefits Friends of the Petaluma River Rivertown Ball benefits Friends of the Petaluma River
December 5, 2016
The folks from Clementine Eco Events have built an amazing, dedicated community through their expanding events and we couldn’t wait another year create something new together. On December 31st Second Octave will unite with Clementine, founders of the Rivertown Revival, to present a fresh and fantastic Sonoma County New Year’s tradition: The Rivertown Ball!
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2016 Petaluma Bounty Program Accomplishments 2016 Petaluma Bounty Program Accomplishments
November 5, 2016
We at Petaluma Bounty have been very busy in 2016 and we wanted to share some of our accomplishments and program developments with you! Here is a short list of accomplishments as we look back on the growing season. Thanks to our community, we are continuing to work hard at our goal of Healthy Food for Everyone!
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Henry White- Oak Tree Henry White: Man of Many Talents
October 26, 2016
Henry White is a master painter of the local landscape, a passionate portrayer of the old oaks that decorate our hillsides. He hikes with camera, recording the individuality of particular trees he passes while traversing this landscape that so inspires him. In studio, he paints his selected image.
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Positively Petaluma by Wayne Dunbar Positively Petaluma by Wayne Dunbar - November 2016
October 26, 2016
Lots of great things are happening in Petaluma in the coming weeks. But before we get into those events, lets give thanks to all the people who helped in the Fall Petaluma River Clean-up. Thank you to everyone who came out last month. We had a record event with over 250 volunteers removing almost 5,000 lbs. of trash and debris from 14 sites throughout the watershed. 
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Positively Petaluma by Wayne Dunbar Positively Petaluma by Wayne Dunbar - September 2016
September 1, 2016

A new exciting technology has been introduced in Petaluma. A 3D walkthrough imaging service was launched by a downtown Petaluma company called aftertec advanced imaging (aai). aai is a spin off of the aftertec, Inc. (aftertec.com), an IT computer and service repair company, located in the historic Herold buildingaai acquired MatterportTM camera with laser mapping technology helps create immersive digital 3D tours out of real-world environments.

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Positively Petaluma by Wayne Dunbar Positively Petaluma by Wayne Dunbar - August 2016
August 1, 2016

I can’t think of a better way to get out of the house, get in a good walk, enjoy music, shopping while getting a taste of the Petaluma’s culinary scene. You get all this and more when you experience the 11th Annual Taste of Petaluma

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Positively Petaluma by Wayne Dunbar Positively Petaluma by Wayne Dunbar - July 2016
June 29, 2016

A group of merchants in Petaluma organized by Holly Wick, owner of Athletic Soles, of the Petaluma Downtown Association made efforts to clean up and beautify the downtown on June 20th.

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Positively Petaluma by Wayne Dunbar Positively Petaluma by Wayne Dunbar - June 2016
May 27, 2016

Women’s Coalition of Motorcyclists (WCM, Inc.) are fueling the future for female motorcyclists.  Recently WCM, Inc. provided $2000 in scholarship funds, powered by Cycle Gear, to Girlz MotoCamps by Petaluma’s Shelina Moreda.  The scholarship funds will pave the way for two underprivileged candidates of high school age or younger to ride in their training camp during the memorial day weekend.

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Positively Petaluma by Wayne Dunbar Positively Petaluma by Wayne Dunbar - May 2016
May 1, 2016

ongrats to fellow contributor Lyndi Brown (Check out Penngrove Station) for being our #1 Citizen “Good Egg”. Petaluma is a happening place because of people like her who contributed so much to our community. Hats off also to Charlie Siebenthal of Northwestern Pacific Railroad Historical Society honored with the duty of being our Petaluma Butter & Egg Days Parade Grand Marshal.

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Meadow School Grant Petaluma, Sebastopol Receive Educational Grants from Wells Fargo
March 1, 2016
Sebastopol’s Sun Ridge Elementary School and Petaluma’s Meadow Elementary School received grants from Wells Fargo. Sun Ridge received a $5,000 grant to install new baseball field turf, and the Meadow School received a $2,000 grant for equipment for their theater program.
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Positively Petaluma by Wayne Dunbar Positively Petaluma by Wayne Dunbar - March 2016
March 1, 2016
Exchange Bank Becomes First Local Financial Institution to Become a HeartSafe Business in celebration of National Heart Month. 
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To Build a SMARTer Haystack Landing Bridge To Build a SMARTer Haystack Landing Bridge
March 1, 2016
The new draw bridge that once spanned Galveston Bay now replaces the old Haystack Landing Bridge after 111 years of service. 
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Positively Petaluma by Wayne Dunbar Positively Petaluma by Wayne Dunbar - February 2016
February 4, 2016
Petaluma Elks Lodge #901 held an appreciation breakfast to pay tribute Petaluma Police Volunteers Program. Over 60 members/volunteers (ages ranging from 15 to 93 years old) donate over 4,700 hours a year to increase the health and safety of Petaluma. The Elks served 170 breakfasts to the volunteers and their families.
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Positively Petaluma by Wayne Dunbar Positively Petaluma by Wayne Dunbar - January 2016
January 1, 2016

Happy New Year and what a great year it will be for Petaluma! For a moment I will reflect on some of our recent events. Everyone loves driving around during the holidays to see the Christmas light displays on Petaluma’s City of Lights Driving Tour. Congrats first place individual winner Michael Crutchon, and there was a tie for first place business winners: Sunrise Senior Living and Armor Locksmith. Thousands turned out for the annual Petaluma River Lighted Boat Parade and Hospice Light Up A Life Tree Lighting ceremony.

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Positively Petaluma by Wayne Dunbar Positively Petaluma by Wayne Dunbar - December 2015
December 1, 2015

Thanks to the work of Brian Dixon who directs the Petaluma Athletic Club’s Junior Racquetball program, two of our young Petaluman junior racquetball players, Heather Mahoney (10U Girls) and James D’Ambrogia(12U Boys) advanced to the World Championships. They were both in the top 2 at the National Junior Racquetball Championships and invited to play on Team USA to and advance to the 2015 Junior World Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In addition to singles, both Heather and James played doubles.

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Positively Petaluma by Wayne Dunbar - July 2015 Positively Petaluma by Wayne Dunbar - October 2015
October 1, 2015

Third Annual Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival
While Petaluma and Sonoma County have been known worldwide for wines and dairy products for many years, they are now building up a reputation for artisanal breweries as well.

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