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Penngrove Station by Lyndi Brown

Gratitude for 1st and 2nd Responders

Nov 23, 2017
by Lyndi Brown


This will be our first post-fire holiday. I’m feeling the giving spirit in new ways. I hope to share experiences with friends and family, and I found a few fun things to do this season. And when so many have lost so much, let’s give. Our “second responders” are the community non-profits, who were stretched to capacity even before the fire. We can offer our generous gifts.

Cinnabar Theater has two tempting performances. Music in the Mansion is on Sunday, December 3rd at 7:30 pm. ViolinistClaire-Jeanne Martin and pianist Nancy Hayashibara present a musical evening of old favorites. Some are sentimental salon gems, operatic arias, charming cafe ballads, sacred songs, movie scores, and a gypsy tango or two thrown in for flair. Beautiful music in a beautiful mansion at 920 D Street, Petaluma. Tickets are $25. Next up, who doesn’t love a little Frank? My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra opens Friday, December 15th and runs through January 14th Many call him the greatest pop vocalist of the 20th Century.  His songs spanned many musical genres – traditional pop, easy listening, jazz, swing, and vocal jazz. Ticket info is at

Small gifts from local businesses are in order this year. The Sonoma County dish towels are back in stock at Hello Penngrove, downtown in The Grove. The towels make a great local gift, displaying place names of our towns, along with images of what puts each area on the map: apples, roses, Butter & Egg Days, a boat with USS Dungeness and more. The shop usually hosts holiday craft and story activities for children, so watch their Facebook page for details.

Thank you Chuck Lucas for rounding up these next two items, plus photos by Kate Lucas andCathy Steinmeyer.

The Love In The Air Was Thicker Than The Smoke

Penngrove 1st RespondersOn Wednesday October 18, 2017, ten days after the devastating Sonoma County fire, a dinner was held at thePenngrove Social Firemen’s clubhouse to honor our brave firefighters and the selfless volunteers who supported our firemen and those who lost their homes to the ravages of the fire.Angelo’s Meats provided the food and the fine cooks of the PSF cooked things up. It was a welcome relief from the intensity of the last ten days and showed the support of the community for our fire fighters and volunteers. A table of Heroes includes, from left to right: Jimmy Bernal, Chris Foss, Larry Martinez, Arturo Shotwell, Julian August, and Tim Henry.

Holiday Parade of Lights – December 17

Bundle up, and come down to Main Street to enjoy the second annual Penngrove Holiday Parade of Lights on Sunday, December 17th from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. You’ll see glammed up tractor trailers, farm vehicles, and decorated farm tractors covered in lights. It will be fun for the whole family.

Last year, the idea was conceived by Kim Hanson, owner of JavAmore Café, and the producer of the Fourth of July Parade and the Luau. In a matter of days she put the event together, navigating the many regulations of the County, SMART and insurance. It was a stunning success and a clamoring began to make it an annual Penngrove tradition. The parade will stage in the Penngrove Park and move uphill on Main Street, following the fourth of July parade route. Watch out for the train. All participants must register, and there is no fee to enter. Please show up an hour early at the park. To join us in this event, go to JavAmore Café or contact Kim for your entry form at 794-1516 or email


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