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Penngrove Station by Lyndi Brown - October 2016


Penngrove Station  - October 2016

by Lyndi Brown

Fire & Suds Music Festival – October 1

Let’s come out and support our firefighters at a family-friendly music concert and beer garden fundraiser for Rancho Adobe Firefighters Association is set for Oct. 1 from 1-5pm in Penngrove Park, 11800 Main Street, Penngrove. If you can’t make it, please consider contributing to upgraded your Fire District’s equipment.

Enjoy an afternoon of music in the shady park. Bands include Twang Ditty (vintage country), Jack The Midnight (Hard Rock/Ska/Reggae) and Osito (Alternative rock/Indie rock) with the party continuing on at the Twin Oaks Roadhouse, 5745 Old Redwood Hwy., with the band American Honey

Local food and craft beer will be sold. Dig into Roy’s Chicago Dogs at the Yard, Twin Oaks Tavern (Burgers), Bariadelli Caribbean Personal Pizzas (including vegetarian), BBQ sandwiches from A Guy and His Grill and Kettle Corn. 

Wash it all down with brews from Lagunitas Brewing Company, HenHouse Brewing, Twin Oaks Roadhouse, Hopmonk Tavern, Moylan’s Brewery, St. Florian’s Brewery, Lost Coast Brewery, Coors and Coastal Acres Brewing. Soft drinks, juice boxes and water are available.

The benefit is sponsored by Columbia Distributing, HenHouse Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Moylan’s Brewery, Twin Oaks Roadhouse and Hopmonk Tavern, Morris Distributing, Coastal Acres Brewing, Insignia Branding

Proceeds from the benefit will purchase rescue and emergency equipment for the Rancho Adobe Fire District. Tickets are $15 advance; $20 at the door. Ages 10 and under FREE. Buy tickets at at JavAmore Café, 10101 Main St., Penngrove. check out Facebook (Fire and Suds Music Festival) For information, call 707-981-1085. Parking is free.

Sound Waves

We’re still trying to figure out where the loud music comes from in PGrove area. The folks at SOMO Village invited concerned neighbors to a meeting, held Sept. 7. We learned about decibels and measures they are taking to redirect sound. The noise has been worse in the Penngrove area, perhaps from the tree removal (diseased) on the south side of the event center. It was noted that sound is bouncing off SOMO buildings and the terrain. The Events staff has changed the direction of the stage and are experimenting on other sound controls such as directing the sound to the ground. SOMO Events has one more year on their 2-year permit with the City of Rohnert Park. 

Thanks to Burr Wilson for providing this context: “permitted sound level is stated to be 60 decibels (dB) at the property line. Putting the number into perspective, that’s approximately the sound level of clothes washer, dryer or refrigerator inside a house, or the noise of a family car passing on a street. Sound levels diminish as sound waves travel beyond the property line, so residents of Penngrove shouldn’t receive 60 dB sound level in their homes. SOMO’s southern property line ends near East Railroad Avenue, and so if you don’t hear cars on East Railroad Avenue, then it’s likely you’re not hearing loud concert music coming from SOMO at their permitted level of 60 dB”. They have a two year permit with City of Rohnert Park, not to exceed the General Plan’s 60 dB level.

Village Network of Petaluma Presents

If you’re age 50+ and want to learn more about the non-profit Village Network of Petaluma, the next introductory Welcome meetings are Thursday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Nov. 12 at 11 am at the office at 402 Petaluma Blvd. No., Petaluma. There are some intriguing programs coming up.

Monday, October 10, 10 am: Amy Appleton, Executive Director of SHARE Sonoma County, will explain the home sharing program she established in 2014 in partnership with Petaluma People Services Center. This program has created more than 120 home shares to date and helps seniors remain home safely and affordably, age in place, and thrive. 

Thursday, October 27, 11am: Genealogy: How to Get Started

Rob Girolo gives a 2-hr.workshop on how to start your personal family tree. Rob will cover the basics: where to start, resources, references and sourcing, formats and files, obstacles and successes, and tips and tricks. Free for members; $5.00 for non-members. 

All are welcome to contribute! Send your news and thoughts during the first week of each month to include in October’s column.