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Petaluma - Penngrove Picks - April 2015


Petaluma - Penngrove Picks - April 2015

by Lyndi Brown

American Graffiti Sock Hop – May 14    

Whether you’re a Freshman or a Senior (or somewhere in between), act now to enjoy dinner and dancing with the Cruisin’ the Boulevard Board of Directors, members of the American Graffiti original production crew and special guests. Dress in your best 50s/60s sock hop outfits, and enjoy 50s diner food by Preferred Sonoma Catering. Yes, a Prom King & Queen will be selected! (p.s. Just like high school, no alcohol.) Music is by Invasion and Rob Bogan DJ. Proceeds will benefit the Henry Travers & Rich Poremba Scholarship Funds. This is old school (no tickets at the door) so send you check for $62 per person (with complete contact info) to Cruisin’ the Boulevard Sock Hop, PO Box 4412 Petaluma, CA 94955. Details:  May 14 at 6:30pm, at Hermann Sons Hall, 860 Western Ave, PTown. Learn about the two car show events of Cruise In’s weekend:

The Art of Rock ‘N Roll – April 18 – May 31 The Art of Rock 'N Roll April 18-May 31    

New musical movements are known to be an inspiration to all the arts. In the case of Rock ‘n Roll, an entire subculture developed to the beat, and Bay Area artists and musicians were in the thick of things. Curator Joseph McDonald has collected iconic photos from the era, and vibrant posters that announced the great rock concerts.  The Art of Rock ‘n Roll dual exhibition is at Petaluma Arts Center and IceHouse Gallery, April 18 to May 31, with Opening night April 18 from 4 – 8 pm. The exhibition will include photographs by Baron Wolman, Ed Perlstein, Jim Marshall and Curt Gunther, along with posters by Alton Kelley, Pat Ryan and Stanley Mouse. Events include Rock ‘n Roll dance parties with live bands including The Deadlies, Dylan Chambers and the Midnight Transit, The Two of Us, and The British Invasion, a Beatles Singalong, DJVal dance party, and screening of “Rock Night - A Scintillating Survey of Rock Music in the Movies”. The Petaluma Arts Center is at 230 Lakeville St; IceHouse Gallery is located at 408 East D St, both in PTown. 

Cinnabar Theater presents – a lot!Cinnabar Theater, Arcadia, April 3-19

Cinnabar presents Tom Stoppard’s masterpiece Arcadia, a dazzling play that is equal parts comedy, mystery, and love story. In this brilliant and witty show (which won London’s coveted Olivier Award), 12 talented actors take you on a thrilling ride through two centuries of passion, poetry, and science. It runs Apr 3 – 19. There’s a special $9  ticket for middle- and high-school students, Apr 3. Reserve online at, or call the box office,  707-763-8920. The Sunday Concert Series continues with the catchy Klezmer band, Red Hot Chachkas, April 19 at 7:30 pm.  From orthodox events to outlandish parties, their hot sound and up-tempo beat has folks up dancing. Mark your calendar now for May 17: Le Jazz Hot, and June 14:  Amanacer Flamenco. Mark your calendar for the wildly popular The Great Petaluma Chili Cook-Off & Beer Tasting on May 9. 

Butter & Egg Days Parade – April 25     

This year’s parade theme is PETALUMA: FERTILE GROUND, to celebrate the wealth of resources – nature, culture, talent, and community that make our hometown a rich and productive place. Everyone is in it, volunteering or watching from the sidewalks. The parade’s Button Launch and Fundraiser keeps the celebration marching, at Lagunitas Brewing Co. on April 6 from 5:30-8:30pm. Enjoy a Rocky & Rosie Chicken Rotisserie dinner by Lombardi’s, with music by Blue Moment and Randy & The Special Agents. Wear your $5 parade button, or buy one at the event, for a special surprise. Advance tickets end on Apr 3, $20 at the Petaluma Visitors Center, or see Brown Paper Tickets.; limited tickets at the gate are $25. Kids are $5. Find out more about the 2015 Butter & Egg Days Parade & Festival, and Antique Street Faire (Apr 26) at: Or (707) 763-0344. 

Friends of the Petaluma River   

You can find out all about Green Heron camp and other River activities at a Spring Open House on Sunday, May 3rd from 10am to 2pm. This free event will showcase new programs like the children’s Stories & Songs Hour with Benedettiville, at David Yearsley River Heritage Center (at the foot of Copeland St.). Expect music, paddling, crafting and more. Sign up for workshops: Marsh Medicinals on April 12th, Boat Building Basics on April 18th & 19th, or Advanced Boat Building on May 16th & 17th. Learn more at  And don’t forget to help with Spring Petaluma River Cleanup on Saturday, May 2nd at 9am at the Petaluma Marina! 

Penngrove News     

Bash Coffee & Tea opened on Main Street (between Yanni’s Sausage and Penngrove Hair Co.). Owner Ralph Boccabella sourced the best organic coffee in his 10-year hunt to create his dream: Sunshine Coffee Roasters from Forestville, and organic teas from Tea & Trumpets. The cozy shop stocks Cynthia’s Scones, to my delight and detriment:  I’m addicted to the Meyer Lemon scones, and they’re as big as my head. Ralph does weddings, events and pulled a 27-hour service at Relay for Life. Open daily from 6 am to 2 pm; and 7 am to 4 pm on weekends. Look for the yellow sign. p.s. The shop is named for Ralph’s son, Bash.

Buddhist Center – Welcome to the Mahakaruna Kadampa Center, at 9591 Main St. since last August. I had a lovely visit with resident teacher Kelsang Chogyop, an ordained modern Kadampa Nun who hails from Virginia.  She has studied and practiced Kadampa Buddhism for over 12 years. Chogyop (KEY up) has taught meditation classes across the country.  She is known for her warm heart, practical teachings and sincere practice of the Dharma. Before moving to PGrove, the center was located in PTown for 10 years . The center offers modern Buddhism and meditation classes. See

Gerald (Gerry) W. Haslam gave me his “rap sheet” – a 2-page summary of his many books, awards and reviewers’ comments. And I just thought Gerry walked the dog by our house on garbage night! Congratulations are in order for Gerry and Janice E. Haslam.  Their recent biography, Leon Patterson: A California Story has made the cut and is a finalist for the PEN/ESPN Literary Sports Writing Award.  Patterson was a Dust Bowl migrant, he was the first high-school boy to put the 12lbs shot over 60 feet in 1952. He became an apparent Olympic candidate for USC in 1954. Their previous biography, In Thought and Action: The Enigmatic Life of S.I. Hayakawa won book of the year award from Institute of General Semantics in 2012, and awards from the American Association for State and Local History.  “ I’ve always considered the Ralph J. Gleason Award for our book Workin’ Man Blues, (won from Rolling Stone, NYU and BMI), to be our most unexpected, best award,” said Haslam. “Ironically, due to a travel glitch, we missed the ceremony at NYU. We did, however, cash the check.”