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Positively Petaluma by Wayne Dunbar - February 2016


Positively Petaluma - February 2016

Petaluma Elks Lodge #901 held an appreciation breakfast to pay tribute Petaluma Police Volunteers Program. Over 60 members/volunteers (ages ranging from 15 to 93 years old) donate over 4,700 hours a year to increase the health and safety of Petaluma. The Elks served 170 breakfasts to the volunteers and their families.

Additionally the Elks hosted a dinner for 150 Veterans and staff from Yountville Home for Veterans. The veterans were transferred on six buses and were treated to a chicken and ribs dinner with all the fixings. When each left they were given a care package with items needed for everyday life at the veteran’s home. 

Petaluma Dental Group is giving smiles to kids pro bono. On Friday February 12 they will be providing free exams and sealants for families in need with uninsured kids between the ages of 3-18. All you have to do is call them to schedule an appointment at (707) 766-0377.

The 2nd Annual Sonoma County Home Brewers Competition held its kickoff party at Petaluma Taps. Winners of the 1st competition in 2015 was Joe Monostori and Jeremiah Konen for their winning brew “Mojo Chocolate Milk Stout”.  Their grand prize is the opportunity to brew their beer with the brewmaster team at the 101 North Brewing Company. Their beer was kegged and now available at Taps and will start showing up in other local watering holes. Because of the overwhelming turnout for the 2015 competition, this year they will be moving this venue to the Sonoma-Marin Fairgronds. It is set for May 28th and brewers can start completing entry applications by visiting website.

For the Love of Petaluma Scavenger Hunt – February will be a month long scavenger hunt for the young, and young at heart, for a chance to win a 2-day getaway in Lake Tahoe. You can pick up your passport and map at the Petaluma Visitors Center (210 Lakeville Street, Hwy 116), Flower Child (123 Kentucky St.), or Hotel Petaluma (106 Washington St.). When participants visit participating shops and find a picture of the two elephants they can have their passport stamped. After collecting all stamps you can drop of the completed passport to either the Petaluma Visitors Center or Flower Child. The grand prize drawing will be help on February 28th at 2PM at Petaluma Copperfields (140 Kentucky St). Participating shops will also have donation collection jars for Mentor Me Petaluma and Petaluma Hospice. “For the Love of Petaluma” is a merchant based event inspired by the new children’s book “I Carry Your Heart With Me” locally published and illustrated by Cameron & Company and Mati McDonough.

In the 2014 and 2015 fiscal year the Petaluma Health Care District (PHCD) contributed $300,000 in charitable funds, sponsorships and in-kind support to Southern Sonoma County nonprofit programs and services. More than $110,000 in direct funds were dispersed to improve local health services and aid prevention and wellness, youth programs, health education and housing. This total represented an additional $43,000 in direct giving from the previous year.

The Petaluma Education Foundation (PEF) Scholarship Program is open for 2016. Students can log on through our site and click the online application link and submit their information. Deadline to apply is February 10, 2016 and applicants must be graduating from a Petaluma school in order to qualify.

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