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Penngrove Station by Lyndi Brown - February 2017


Penngrove Station  - February 2017

by Lyndi Brown

This month reminds us “Love is all you need”.  My February birthday makes me partial to hearts, amethyst and violets. I enjoy the simple pleasures of making Valentines with the neighbor kids, or for Petaluma People Services Center’s Special Delivery project to deliver handmade Valentines to those in the Senior Services Programs. PPSC delivers nutritious meals through the Meals On Wheels Program, and would love to include YOUR handmade greeting card to the deliveries. Just get your Valentines to PPSC by February 10. Even if you don’t live in Petaluma you can help by lovingly making and penning a sweet message inside the Valentines. Last year PPSC  received over 3,000 valentines and were able to deliver valentines to all the Seniors in PEP Housing and those that use the Petaluma Senior Center, in addition to the Meals On Wheels recipients. Learn more about it at their Facebook page or website,  

Bric Hive at Penngrove Hatchery

What’s the green Red Cross sign at the Penngrove Hatchery building at 5701 Old Redwood Hwy.? Bric Hive organizer James Hardwick filled me in on what’s happening: he has a lease/option to buy the property. The Hive's model is the first of its kind in the newly-legal California cannabis industry. It offers an office / conference space with administrative support for entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry, providing phone and address services. Think shared office / conf.  space for attorneys; co-working type thing.  As cannabis becomes legal and more defined, the entrepreneurs will support each other in business practices and compliance, and elevate the industry. The public will be able to see products there and sign up with the collective. There is event space for product launch parties. Events held include Sonoma County Growers Alliance, Veterans Cannabis Growers and Women in Cannabis.  One for the Hive's members is Etinterra Solutions, offering a mobile dispensary. The Hive  will not have an on-site  dispensary; it is not zoned for that. It will offer its members education and coaching in social media, small business management and sales recording with Board of Equalization. James is a 35-yr. resident of So. Co., and grew up in Petaluma. He lives on Petaluma Hill Rd. north of PGrove. 

Penngrove Market – Shaping Up!

If you build it they will come – to Penngrove Market. The new market space is really taking shape. All we need is a tenant, so if it’s always been your dream to have a small town market, here’s your chance. A banner announces the market space is for rent, with contact information of Martin Sessi, 707 477-6427 or .

Totem Pole and Wall at Penngrove Elementary

I’ve often wondered about the 8-foot totem pole and colorful ceramic wall at Penngrove Elementary School. It  was a student project coordinated by local ceramist Dan Oberti, completed in 1981. Each child and staff member at the school designed one of the 250 colorful tiles. Each piece represents a different aspect of the school life. The panther atop the totem was designed and created by Tony White, then-student body president. Parents and staff members donated elbow grease along with railroad ties and concrete to landscape the site at the corner of Adobe and Petaluma Hill Road. California Arts Council, Friends of Penngrove, and Petaluma City School District financed the project which was completed in November of 1981. Artist Daniel Oberti, was a native of SF who moved to Sonoma County in 1978 and devoted his life to his craft. He was born in 1945, and passed in May 2009 at home in Sebastopol. He was an accomplished artist, teacher, lecturer, community activist and mentor. His art may be seen in our local communities, throughout the Bay Area and world-wide. His outdoor artworks also can be seen at the Santa Rosa downtown entry to the Prince Greenway (nick-named The Fish), and in Healdsburg, Penngrove, Rohnert Park and Mendocino. Oberti’s international work included his “Venus” sphere for the world’s largest scale model of the solar system, in Stockholm, Sweden, and sculptures in Onsala, Sweden, and Palermo, Italy. Fascinated by spheres, his obituary states: "The sphere is the most perfect, the most capricious of figures, wherein neither beginning nor end can be found." - Copernicus. 

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