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Petaluma - Penngrove Picks - December 2014


Petaluma - Penngrove Picks - December 2014

by Lyndi Brown

Village Life, As We Age   

At this holiday season, we’re keenly aware of our village ties: friends and family, the  community at large and those in need. “It takes a village” is a slogan that rings so true. The village is humanity’s social unit, from earliest times, and is even more important in our urban times. 

An exciting Village Network of Petaluma (VNP) has formed in the Petaluma / Penngrove area to assist folks with staying in our homes as we age. Its mission: “As part of a national movement, the Village Network of Petaluma is a non-profit membership organization created to empower adults 50+ to continue living active, vibrant and connected lives in our own homes as we age.” 

Petaluman Anne Greenblatt read about the Village concept in the AARP magazine. She was inspired to attended its national conference. There, Greenblatt learned about the first Village started in Boston, now 13 years old, which inspired 140 similar Villages. More  than 29 are in California. 

Members share their skills and talents with other Village members. They might give or receive computer help, minor household repairs, transportation to and note-taking at a medical visit and also engage in social events and interest groups. They are part of a community interested in staying independent, healthy and engaged in their community through this network of connectedness. 

There’s more to learn about why this non-profit model is revolutionary, and why it’s gathering steam in our area. The group holds monthly informational gatherings at its office at 402 Petaluma Blvd. North (at Oak Street). The next ones are set for Monday, Dec. 8 and Sat., Jan. 10 from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Find out more at or by calling 707-776-6055. 

Cinnabar Theater presents  

Follow the yellow brick road to The Wizard of Oz musical (through Dec. 14), with Cinnabar’s Young Rep, starring your favorite munchkins! Tickets are being snatched up faster than a tornado – so get yours now. Then, ring in 2015 with the world premiere of a new cabaret celebrating a legendary chanteuse. Edith Piaf: Beneath Paris Skies opens at a special gala on New Year’s Eve. Piaf mesmerized the world with her hypnotic songs of dreams and desire, and shot to stardom in the 1930s. Five superb performers with a five-piece band take you on an enchanting trip to Europe. Get tickets early for the New year’s show, or plan ahead for performances through January 17. 

Call Cinnabar at 707-763-8920 or

Petaluma Arts Center presents  

14th Annual Members’ Show Opening Reception is Friday December 5

Celebrate members’ work and the season, from 6 to 8 pm. Ed Garbert is the featured senior artist. The exhibit continues through Jan. 5. 

Foxes in the Hen House – Dec. 6  Bring the whole gang to this FUNdraiser, and enjoy a GREAT dance band, made to order pizzas, and HenHouse Brewing Company will whet your whistle. 7:30 to 11:30 pm. Advance tix $25 general / $20 PAC members. 

Ceramics Sale – Dec. 6  Shop together at the Mud Buddies’ ceramics sale, 10 am – 4 pm in the Arts Center’s classroom. You may be so inspired, you’ll join this fun, weekly  workshop. 

Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory” - Dec. 13 & 19

Readers’ Theater directed by Jerrie Patterson. Plus a bonus solo rendering of Dylan Thomas’ “Child’s Christmas in Wales”. Does it get any cozier? P.S. Expect a sell-out. Tickets at , #943067 are $12; $10 members.

See more at or call 762-5600.

Petaluma Downtown 

What a charming way to gather gifts as you wander the cheerful town, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy so many holiday activities. See for details of Light Up a Life Tree Lighting

7 to 9 pm, Dec 5 in Center Park; Merchants’ Holiday Open House 11 am – 5 pm on Dec 6, and Holiday Lighted Boat Parade 6 – 11pm  Dec 13 in the Turning Basin.