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Positively Petaluma by Wayne Dunbar - August 2015


Positively Petaluma by Wayne Dunbar - August 2015

A Rising Star! Singer Songwriter Em Rossi

Em Rossi, a 17-year old senior at Petaluma High School, is making a break into the music industry as a singer-songwriter. Positively Petaluma interviewed her and shared her new single “Madness” in a post on July 10. KSRO 1350 AM and 103.5 FM radio will be playing it during her interview in August 14th and being scheduled also to appear on KRCB radio in August with On Air Host Brian Griffith. She will open for The Tenors in Virginia which will be aired on east coast Comcast cable and performed for American airlines in L.A. in July. For more about Em go to her website at

Petaluma Wine Industry Update

In July a website dedicated to Petaluma’s growing wine industry was released The site will be dedicated to the local wine industry including the Petaluma Gap. The site will include maps to local wineries, vineyards, and tasting rooms. Also any restaurants, wine bars, liquor stores who carry Petaluma wines will be listed so locals and visitors can easily find and enjoy wines made in Petaluma. 

The Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance is having the “Wind to Wine Festival” on Saturday August 8 from 11AM to 4PM at the Sheraton Hotel located at the Petaluma Marina 745 Baywood Drive. Festival goers will have a chance to taste some of Petaluma Gaps finest Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah. More information can be found on their website 

New artwork popping up in Petaluma

There is a lot of talk buzzing in Petaluma about two new pieces of artwork that recently came to public attention. The first is being built by Kevin Clark from Petaluma who is also co-owner of The Shop (a barber shop on Kentucky St.) is building “Medusa Madness” for Burning Man 2015. The huge Medusa head will have a cobra tiara and finished with mirrored stainless steel. The snakes protruding from her head will have fiery LED light eyes, and will breathe fire requiring over 100 gallons of propane. There will be over 400 ft. of snake requiring 800 barrels to construct. The second is the giant electrical outlet and plug on the outside of the PG&E plant in downtown Petaluma. PG&E wanted to give the historic 1920’s building a face lift, and worked with two local artists to add to the aesthetics. Joel Jones from Basal Ganglia Studios worked with structure artist Shawn Thorsson of Thorsson & Associates Workshop to build to giant plug and outlet structure. A dedication to the artists was celebrated in a reception in July. 

With The Back To School Buzz, Here Are Some Ways You Can Help Support Petaluma Schools:

Kids are back to school August 19, so we wanted to share some upcoming major fundraisers to supporting keeping music in schools and grant programs:

• Lagunitas Beer Circus, August 16 from noon-5PM 1280 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma, CA benefits keeping music in schools. For more information go to their website.

• Saturday Night Bingo at Casa Grande High School held throughout the year, in August Saturday August 8, 22, and 29 supports Petaluma High School and Casa Grande High School band programs. Doors Open at 5:30pm -Early Bird Games at 6:15pm 333 Casa Grande Road, Petaluma

• The 2015 Petaluma Education Foundation Bash under the PEF Big Top tent September 12 at 901 Lindberg Lane, Petaluma. There will be a cocktail reception, dining, dancing and auction. Money is being raised for impact grant program. All-inclusive tickets ($150.00 pp before August 15, $175.00 pp starting August 16) are available by contacting the PEF Office at (707) 778-5063 or visiting the event website. PEF’s Online BASH Auction kicks off August 19 -September 5, providing everyone the opportunity to bid in support of local education. 

Some events you won’t want to miss

10th Annual Taste of Petaluma is on Saturday August 22 starting at 11AM. Petaluma has become a culinary destination and this is your chance to sample foods prepared by local restaurants. There will be great food and wine. Proceeds from the event benefit the Cinnabar Theater.

Petaluma Arts Center presents “All That Glitters: light absorbed and reflected by contemporary art glass and jewelry”, a collaborative exhibition with IceHouse Gallery, on view from August 15 through September 27, 2015. Opening reception is August 15 from 5:00-8:00pm, at the Arts Center and IceHouse Gallery. For more information about this exhibit go to their website

Marin French Cheese aka “The Cheese Factory” Pays Tribute to Jim Boyce as Part of Their 150th Anniversary Celebration. On Saturday and Sunday, August 15-16, from 10am – 4PM Marin French Cheese will be paying tribute to, and honoring the memory of, Jim Boyce and his tenure as owner of the 150 year-old company. There will be an exhibit of contemporary art, live music and, of course, great cheese.

Petaluma Police K9 Unit Dog Bowl will be held at AMF Boulevard Lanes, 1100 Petaluma Blvd South, Petaluma on Friday August 28. Warm up and registration will be from 6-6:30PM. There is a $25 buy in per person for 2 games, and those who pre-register will receive a free raffle ticket. There will be trophies for the top 3 teams and prize money for the top bowler. For more information contact Sgt. Rick Cox (707) 781-1213 or email him at

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