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Petaluma - Penngrove Picks - May 2015


Petaluma - Penngrove Picks - May 2015

by Lyndi Brown

Take part in a family fundraiser, and fun-raiser, Petaluma Kids Gran Fondo, Saturday, May 2, beginning at 8 a.m. at Lucchesi Park, 320 N. McDowell Blvd. Kids and adults can ride bikes or scooters, walk run, skate and/or skip around one of five courses. Lunch at Kids Expo follows.

For a cleaner river, it takes plenty of volunteers. Join Friends of the Petaluma River for its annual Spring River Cleanup, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 2 at the Petaluma Marina, 781 Baywood Drive. The event includes music, a barbecue lunch and a raffle.

Join credentialed school counselor and UC Berkeley application reader Robin Eurgubian as she covers how to kick start and navigate through the college admissions process. The free talk is at 2 pm. Saturday, May 2 at the Petaluma Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Visit

Run or walk at Petaluma’s Shollenberger Park on Sunday, May 3 and support Petaluma City Ballet. Choose the 9 a.m. 5K Dash for Dance course or the 9:15 a.m. 1-mile, family-friendly Boogie-Woogie Fun Run. Registration is at 8 a.m. Cost is $15-$30 at 1400 Cader Lane.

Interested in American History? Steve Boga teaches a weekly Living History class from 10:45 a.m.-noon at the Petaluma Senior Center, 211 Novak Drive. Drop in fee is $5. 

A tour of Petaluma’s McEvoy Ranch looks at the ranch’s history, its wine program and, of course, how they produce olive oil. The tour is from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9 at 5935 Red Hill Road. Cost is $35. 

History comes alive during Living History Day at the Petaluma Adobe as volunteers recreate life in 1840s Mexican-era California. Meet residents of Old California and learn basket weaving, candle making and rope making techniques from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 9 at 3325 Adobe Road. Cost is $3. Visit

Turn up the heat for Cinnabar Theater’s 18th annual Great Petaluma Chili Cook-Off & Beer Tasting from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, May 9 in Herzog Hall on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Tickets are $10-$40, available at or by calling 763-8920.

Time travel back to the 1950s and ‘60s at Petaluma’s 10th annual Salute to American Graffiti the weekend of May 15-16. Events include an eastside Cruise-In, a sock hop, Pinewood Derby, a cruise through downtown and plenty of vintage cars. Visit for the full schedule. 

The downtown Petaluma Farmers Market starts up again in Walnut Park, Fourth and D streets, from 2-5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16 and runs Saturdays through October. 

Find out why the North Bay is becoming known for its brews at the Sonoma County Home Brewers Competition from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Petaluma Veterans Building, 1094 Petaluma Blvd. South. The event includes food trucks, beer games and music with the Dixie Giants. The winner will have the chance to brew his or her recipe at 101 North Brewing Company and have it distributed around the county. Cost is $25 to enter the contest; $25 to enjoy the event. Visit or stop at the Petaluma Visitors Center, 210 Lakeville St

Country music star Larry Gatlin makes a Northern California appearance at the second annual Igniting Hope concert to benefit Paralyzed Veterans Of America. Also appearing are Petaluma band Streets of Rome and Mendocino County songwriter Sheila Fetzer. The concert is from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 30 at the Petaluma Community Center, 320 N. McDowell Blvd. Visit

The art installation “The Portal of Time” will be unveiled at a 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. event Sunday, May 31 at Artful Arrangements homestead, 205 Orchard Lane, Penngrove. The unveiling is at 10:30 a.m. There will be music with Hot Grubb and the Spyralites, plus food; a Hugs & Kisses Booth; Egg Toss, Cutest Baby, coloring and Most Amazing Pet contests and old-style pictures. Visit