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Petaluma - Penngrove Picks - February 2015


Petaluma - Penngrove Picks - February 2015

by Lyndi Brown

Fourchette - New & Tasty    

Try out Fourchette, a welcome addition to the food scene in the northern corner of PTown.  Owners Heidi Overman and Melita Reyff took over the former  Lydia’s Sunflower Center location in Redwood Business Park at 1435 N. McDowell Blvd, Suite 100. They’re serving “the classics done well”, for breakfast and lunch, and have applied for a beer and wine license. Fourchette’s catering side goes wherever you are, doing a brisk lunch pick-up & delivery business. The 3,200 square foot event center is equipped for parties, lunches, events and meetings. Fourchette was formerly at Petaluma Golf & Country Club, where they served daily lunches and catered out. They welcome folks to come hang out with the free Wi-Fi, enjoy coffee and fresh baked goods, or a meal. Knitting, book or business groups are welcome! The gals met as moms at Cherry Valley school and share a non-profit heart;  they are active with The Rivertown Revival. Keep your eyes open for a special Valentine’s event. See the menu at or call (707) 665-5444 .

Arroyo Community Garden, located at 901 Ely Boulevard South has plots available and is looking for new members from Petaluma’s eastside. For more information, please contact Mark Crane at

Petaluma Historical Library and Museum – through Apr. 26   

Celebrate Black History Month’s exhibit “The Many Faces of Petaluma”, to learn about the ethnic and cultural groups that call Petaluma home. Special events include a vintage jazz & blues concert, The doRiaN Mode (Feb. 6) with Dorian Bartley, Bob Johns, David Scottand and Tony Blake; Valentine’s Day Concert of classical music Inspired by Love (Feb.14) and a Tribute to Maya Angelou (Feb. 15). Tickets often sell out, so call (707) 778-4398 or visit

Cinnabar Theater  - Feb. 6 - 22  

I Am My Own Wife burst onto Broadway in 2004 and won every major honor, including the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play. Actor, Steven Abbott portrays all 36 characters in this astonishing solo show at Cinnabar Theater. Tickets: $25; $15 for ages 21 and under, with special $9 seats for junior-high and high-school students on Feb. 6. Reserve online at or call 707-763-8920.

Guided to Safety – Two events   

This non-profit is building healthy, respectful relationships through awareness and education. Join in the 3rd annual 1 Billion Rising Walk and Dance – Feb. 14

Meet at the Mail Depot at Noon. Wear black with shades of red/pink/fuchsia or a t-shirt (V-Day Petaluma or One Billion Rising). Bring signage such as We Are the One Billion, Rape-Free City, Survivor, etc. Afterwards, carpools depart for a dance and drum event at the Friedman Center in Santa Rosa, 3 – 6 pm to continue this global call to action. Sign up at  Next, The Vagina Monologues – Feb. 20 & 21is a benefit production of stories of the resiliency and sensuality of women, by Eve Ensler. The show is hailed by the New York Times as “funny” and “poignant” , driving home the mystery, humor, pain, power, outrage and excitement of  women’s experiences. Directed by Jerrie Patterson. Hosted by Fourchette Restaurant, (1435 North McDowell Blvd Suite 100, PTown), doors 6:45 pm, show at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $20 advance; $25 door at through or see

Work & Play: The Eames Approach – through March 8 

See the works of legendary design duo Charles and Ray Eames, daughter Lucia and granddaughter Llisa (who have been Petaluma residents). Curated by Annee Booker Knight. Special programs this month are Eames and the Maker Tradition - A Panel Discussion (Feb.  4, 6:30); Valentines at PAC - Family Day (Feb.  7, 11am -3 pm); Movie Night - Eames Short Films introduced by Llisa Demetrios (Feb. 12, 6:30 pm.  Call to book group/school tours, 762-5600 x100.  Center hours: Thurs. through Mon., 11 am to 5 pm at 230 Lakeville Street. For details, visit the Events Page on the PAC website at

Mail Depot – Strike a Pose     

I’m seeing a lot of pictures snapped at the Big Lips mural at Mail Depot,  (40 Fourth St. @  C Street, PTown).  Stop by and take yours for Valentine’s Day. Have a coffee at the friendly Bash Organic cart while the kids enjoy the tented play area. 

Butter & Egg Days Parade – entry deadlines  

Now’s the time to apply for the April 25 parade. Entries will be selected based on how well they express the Parade theme of “Petaluma Fertile Ground”.  Early bird entry (lowest fees) closes Feb. 27 by 5 pm at the Petaluma Downtown Association office. Read the fine print, folks. you gotta have all your info, fees, and descriptions when you submit. The regular deadline is March 9, at 8 am.