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Positively Petaluma by Wayne Dunbar - March 2016


Positively Petaluma - March 2016

Exchange Bank Becomes First Local Financial Institution to Become a HeartSafe Business in celebration of National Heart Month. the largest Sonoma County-headquartered community bank, has joined its HeartSafe Community initiative (HSC), a formal effort to decrease the number of deaths from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) by strengthening the community’s response to SCA through life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) installation and training. In February, recognized as National Heart Month, Exchange Bank will begin the process of becoming a HeartSafe Business by installing AEDs at nine of its locations throughout Sonoma County and offering expanded CPR certification and trainings to its employees.

Petaluma is the start of the Great American Cheese Trail and no better place than to celebrate the 10th Annual Artisan Cheese Festival. It will take place on March 18-20 at the Sheraton Sonoma County in Petaluma – ticket information can be found on their website . If you are a cheese lover like me, you will want to join a weekend full of awesome cheeses and learn from the expert cheesemakers.

What Came First – The Butter or the Egg? Most Petalumans have either heard of or been to Petaluma’s annual Butter and Egg Days Parade. Many of us have even participated in it and some have grown up going to it every year. But how many of us know the full history behind Butter and Egg Days? On March 29 this parade will draw as many as 25,000 attendees. The parade celebrates the city’s long history of producing eggs and dairy. While the tradition of National Egg Days ended in the late 1920s, the idea carried on and inspired. Alice Forsyth and Linda Buffo to establish Petaluma’s Butter and Egg Days in 1981. The original egg theme was used, although the egg industry was no longer as prominent as it had been in the 1920s, while the dairy industry had grown. For that reason, the 1983 committee decided to ask local dairies to participate, thus creating Petaluma’s annual Butter and Egg Days. The Petaluma Butter and Egg Days parade and festival is a community event that brings everyone together and displays the best that Petaluma has to offer. The parade and festival celebrate Petaluma’s rich culture and history, bringing together the past and the present, as we join together to look forward with hope. By Ashley Collingwood, Positively Petaluma Contributor

Introducing The Village Network - The Village is an innovative concept of neighbors helping neighbors to continue living vibrant, active and connected lives in our own homes as we age. The Village is based on a national model of 190 nonprofit villages across the United States. They will be holding free introductory meetings on its services for older adults at 10:30 – 11:30 am aton these dates. The cost is free for age 50+ folks who wish to grow old together in the Petaluma and Penngrove area: Saturday, March 5; Wednesday, April 13; Saturday, May 14; and Wednesday, June 8.(Thank you Lyndi Brown for sharing this information)

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