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Penngrove Station by Lyndi Brown

Tidal Response to Art Center

Jul 30, 2017
by Lyndi Brown


The Petaluma Arts Center opens a new exhibition, Tidal Response: Coastal Marine Environments from Above and Below, on August 19 through October 21. Tidal Response explores the intersection of art and science through a series of responses to coastal environments. Some of these marine impressions are more literal – Peter Connors displays formerly living sea creatures as a medium in his delicate algae pressings, Chris Dewees uses sea inhabitants as part of his process ofGyotaku(Japanese fish printing). Other works are more conceptual, asRichard and Judith Selby Lang repurpose objects found at the water’s edge to express both environmental philosophy and sense of place. Collectively, these artists, some trained in fine arts, some in biology, conduct a dialogue with nature, and with each other, breaking down disciplinary silos and allowing for a more holistic and richer exploration of a complex ecosystem. Meet the artists at the Opening Reception on  August 19, 5pm – 7pm (free).  An artist talk on “3D Modeling Demonstration of Undersea Coral Specimens” is set for August 31, 7:00pm-8:00pm withErika Woolsey of The Hydrous, presenting 3D printing methods. $5 general, PAC members free. Doors at 6:30.

Green Mill

The restaurant closed more than 15 years ago, yet the Green Mill on Old Redwood Highway looms large in our memories. The property was sold for 2.1 million in May 2017. According to the Redfin website, the Historic Green Mill Inn’s value is in the “land and cell tower leases. The restaurant is in very poor condition. Possible 4 separate APN’s make up this 9.62 acre site.  Possible sub division. 2 bedroom 1 bath home currently rented.” Recently, a committee of locals were interested in fixing up the iconic and crumbling windmill sign on Hwy. 101, whose blades proclaim “Food At It’s Best”, but Ms. Grammar notes that apostrophe placement indicates “At Best It’s Food”.  Just sayin’. The restoration costs would’ve been huge, so the restoration effort was scrapped. Meanwhile,101 North Brewing erected its own windmill sign adjacent to the original: “Beer At It’s Best”. Ms. Grammar encourages you to interpret this Apostrophication in your own manner.

Penngrove Market

Co-owner Rebecca McDowell gives an update on the BIG TOPIC around town: “We’re extremely excited to get the Penngrove Market open! Martin Sessi (property owner) recently received final approval on the building and its permitted use. We await approval for permits on building our kitchen expansion, coffee bar and checkout counters. We ran into a snag securing an ABC license due to a 2008 ordinance forbidding sales of alcohol within 1000 feet of a school or childcare facility. Because we are directly across the street from Redwood Montessori and our building was not in use for at least one year, we are subject to this ordinance. However, we are working hard to find a solution. It is likely we will call upon the community to weigh in on the importance of this offering to the community. We are gratified for your curiosity. We welcome your comments and questions directly anytime, as well, as we certainly strive to connect and be tapped into the pulse of Penngrove. Thank you!”  Contact her at

Follow the Yoga Mats

I see my  neighbors walking with yoga mats slung over their shoulders. Following the trail, I discovered Blue Door Yoga in The Grove center. Owner Jesi Mifsud started with a home studio, and soon decided to expand to her downtown location. Just walking in, a calming feeling seeps into you through the beautifully decorated space with its coral and blue colors. There’s a huge variety of class types, workshops, and yoga for kids, too. The community acupuncture clinic on alternate Saturdays is a great option, and must be booked in advance. I had an excellent (and economical) treatment with Gidon Levenbach, a very intuitive acupuncturist. The kink in my neck disappeared! He is from South Africa where he started the non-profit Flying Needle Project to serve the low-income community.

Save the Date

Hawaiian Luau & Drawing is coming to Penngrove Park on Saturday, September 9th. It’s a delicious Late Summer happening with live music, Hawaiian dancers and a Hawaiian pork and chicken dinner. Tickets are available at JavAmore Cafe. It’s a benefit for the park, so if you enjoy having the park lovingly kept up by Penngrove Social Firemen, now’s the time to turn out. A smaller event than most, it’s mellow and enjoyable with @ 130 people last year.


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