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Positively Petaluma by Wayne Dunbar - July 2016


Positively Petaluma - July 2016

A group of merchants in Petaluma organized by Holly Wick, owner of Athletic Soles, of the Petaluma Downtown Association made efforts to clean up and beautify the downtown on June 20th. Volunteers worked in conjunction with the city to clean the streets, add potted plants, painted trash cans, and much more, removing debris, etc... They made efforts to have the city pressure wash the sidewalks in anticipation that Governor Brown might lift water restriction use by the event date. However, while the Governor lifted many moratoriums on water use, he maintained that cities are still banned from pressure washing sidewalks (bummer).

If you wish to be part of a Petaluma history don’t miss the Independence Day Bell-Ringing Ceremony. This tradition started when JFK called for simultaneous bell ringing all over the country for the 4th of July. During the ceremony, Boy Scouts raise the flag as the Mayor reads the proclamation starting at 10:30am. Petalumans of Yesteryear take part in the ceremony and dress in garb from the early days. At the conclusion of the ceremony, everyone is welcome to get in line and ring the bell. Some light refreshments will be served. This free event will be happening on the steps of the Petaluma Museum on 20 4th St. Events like this along with the Sonoma-County Fair Festival and Fireworks makes Petaluma a great place to be to celebrate Independence Day. For more information on the fair to to

Free summer fun will be had by all at the 15th Annual Art & Garden Festival on July 10th from 11am to 5PM in downtown Petaluma. While it is THEE place to be for art and garden enthusiasts who will enjoy local crafters, artisans and gardeners, it’s also a great place for friends and families who simply want to enjoy live music (on two stages), local wineries and breweries, restaurants and fine food purveyors offering their tastings (you have to purchase a tasting package to enjoy the libation and food). Bands will include Soul Section, Foxes in the Henhouse, Hot Grubb, and Kevin Durkin & Friends. Artists of all ages need to start refining your chalk art – chalk artists will be showing their skill. It’s free to enter and you can reserve your spot by calling the Petaluma Downtown Association at (707) 762-9348.

One of my favorite things to do in Petaluma on warm summer Friday nights is to stroll down Water Street and enjoying Jazz in the River paired with great food in the San Francisco style and cuisine of Graffiti Restaurant at 101 2nd St. For no cover charge you can enjoy Peter Welker Sextet (award winning jazz band) on Graffiti’s scenic waterfront patio. It runs through the summer every Friday at 6PM.

What? More summer fun. The Zany and Crazy Rivertown Revival will be on July 16th this year. Heritage, High-Jinks and a Hootenanny is promised to all. It’s a Petaluma town celebration for community and the river. You will enjoy music, art boat races, delicious local food and beer, creative vendors, large cartoon-like play structures, and interactive art will fill the day. You can add to the creativity to the event by dressing yourself in zany, odd, beautiful, ugly or an avant-garde character. 

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