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Positively Petaluma by Wayne Dunbar - June 2016


Positively Petaluma - June 2016

Women’s Coalition of Motorcyclists (WCM, Inc.) are fueling the future for female motorcyclists.  Recently WCM, Inc. provided $2000 in scholarship funds, powered by Cycle Gear, to Girlz MotoCamps by Petaluma’s Shelina Moreda.  The scholarship funds will pave the way for two underprivileged candidates of high school age or younger to ride in their training camp during the memorial day weekend.

Petaluma’s People’s Choice Best Art Gallery winner of 2016, Riverfront Art Gallery, is featuring Santa Rosan photographer Stephanie Hamilton-Oravetz presenting “The Water & The Spirits Moved Me:  New Work from Venice”, and Solano County photographer Grant Kreinberg showing “Selected Scenes from a Mythical Village, Sonoma County”.  The show will run through July 3. Gallery hours Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday from 11am-6pm, and Friday & Saturday 11am-8pm. Their address is 132 Petaluma Boulevard North in Petaluma

The Petaluma Museum in cooperation with History Connection  presents the exhibition, Sacred Voices, an exploration of Native American culture through art and artifacts as a continuum, juxtaposing historic artifacts and contemporary artwork. The exhibition features Artwork by renowned local Native American artist Christine Cobaugh as well as artifacts generously on loan from The Graton Rancheria, Marin Museum of the American Indian as well as unique items from the collection of historian Dan Brown.  The exhibition opens to the public on Friday June 3rd, 2015 with a 7:30pm performance by Grammy nominated Native American performer Tony Redhouse

Petaluma Health Care District (PHCD) honored Petaluma Police Corporal William Baseman as its 2016 Health Care Hero. As well, PHCD awarded the Nonprofit Equity Award to two organizations in recognition of the impact of three critically important programs – Petaluma People Services Center’s (PPSC) Meals on Wheels program and United Way of the Wine Country’s Schools of Hope and School Readiness Backpacks programs. The Nonprofit Equity Awards include a direct donation from PHCD to the honorees. Meals on Wheels, earning the top prize, received $5,000, and the Schools of Hope and School Readiness Backpacks programs received $1,500.

Two Petaluma Mom’s Combine Efforts To End Deadly “Toxic Cocktail” Kathleen Stafford, mom of 3 teenage boys, businesswoman and Heather Elliott-Hudson, mom of 2 teenage boys and a 7-year old daughter, businesswoman both came together because of a very scary drug incident that happened and because of the incident prevalent drug use at our school was uncovered. Xanax being the current drug of choice, and mixing that with hard alcohol causes a “Toxic Cocktail” and is deadly. They are wanting to get the word out, work with law enforcement, and provide education for schools.  For more information, go to their website,


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