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Petaluma - Penngrove Picks - November 2014


Petaluma - Penngrove Picks - November 2014

by Lyndi Brown

What is O-Positive Festival? – Nov. 7 – 9   

Petaluma has a new, three-day community celebration of the arts and music. Musicians and artists will directly exchange their talents for medical, dental and wellness services from local providers. A pop-up clinic for artist and musician participants will be set up in the Odd Fellows Hall. You can enjoy the art and music at venues – to be announced at The festival’s track record began in Kingston, NY in 2010. Events have continued to spring up across the country, including in San Francisco. 

Veterans Day Parade – Nov. 11     

The largest Veterans’ parade north of the Golden Gate includes Fly-overs to help honor our vets. Festivities start at Noon in Walnut Park. Parade at 1 pm.

Call for Art – due Nov. 14  

Members of Petaluma Arts Center are encouraged to enter artwork for the annual members’ exhibition. Contact Hilary Blyth to request a submission form (due by Nov 14) at The exhibit celebrates with an opening reception Dec. 5. Each year a senior artist is honored, and this year’s honoree is Ed Garbert, who created some of WALT DISNEY STUDIO’s most iconic images.

The Holiday Gift – Nov. 15  

My “neighbor-daughter” Emily Tuck has taught our household so much about dance, from seasons of watching So You Think You Can Dance together, to enjoying her performances. She’s excited about an original ballet for the whole family, set in Paris at the 1878 World’s Fair. Featuring the talent of fifty classically trained ballet dancers in a show to begin your holiday season! Presented by O’Brien Center of the Arts (of Petaluma) at Spreckels at 2 pm and 7 pm. Call 588-3400 for tickets: $27 general; Seniors (65+) and Children (up to 12 yrs), $22.

The Legacy of Prohibition – Nov. 16

A free screening of “America’s Wine: The Legacy of Prohibition” will be at 2:30 pm at the Mystic Theater, followed by wine & cheese reception at Petaluma Museum. Carla De Luca Worfolk, an Emmy award-winning television and documentary producer, was commissioned by The Bancroft Library to produce the documentary. She will introduce the screening and be available for discussion and questions. At the Mystic Theater,  23 Petaluma Blvd N. 

Pick up your 2014 Holiday Events Calendar   

Mark your calendar for some of Petaluma’s most beloved holiday events including Santa’s Riverboat Arrival (Nov. 29 @ Noon) and the Lighted Boat Parade (Dec. 13). Calendars will be available at the Petaluma Visitors Center, on the corner of E. Washington and Lakeville in the historic train depot building, or download it from Also be sure to check out the Downtown Merchant’s Open House (Dec. 6) and City of Lights Driving Tour (Dec. 1-28). For info contact the Petaluma Visitors Program at (707) 769-0429.

The Nutcracker – Nov. 29 & 30

It’s a tradition: The Nutcracker, by students of North Bay Performing Arts Center’s Contessi Ballet. The sugar plum performance will float across the stage of Spreckels Performing Arts Center on Nov. 29 at 7 pm and Nov. 30 at 2 pm. You can look forward to seeing it close to home! Call 588-3400 for tickets: $25; $20 students and seniors (65) and $15 children 10 & under. 

Santa’s Riverboat Arrival – Nov.  29 

Petaluma, known for its community spirit, will once again glow brightly with holiday spirit this season beginning with Santa’s Riverboat Arrival on Saturday, November 29th. This traditional kick-off event for Petaluma’s holiday season begins at 11:00 am when performers will be on hand at River Plaza shopping center to entertain the crowd as they wait for Santa and Mrs. Claus’ arrival at noon. Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet the children and hand out candy canes assisted by costumed dancers from the Petaluma School of Ballet’s “Nutcracker.”

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