Things To Do Around Petaluma  – The July 17 & 18 Edition

(Please feel free to contact me with any events you would like to see highlighted on upcoming editions of Petaluma Weekend.)

In the “better late than never category”, here are some fun things to do this weekend.

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DON’T MISS THIS…: The Easy Leaves at Theater Square Saturday evening (see Music below) and Cinnabar Theater’s final performance of the moving and critically acclaimed “Prop 8” (see Theater below.)

FOOD/WINE/BEER:

Riding by the Petaluma-Tomales and Bodega Hwy intersection on my bike last night I barely caught a glimpse of a sign announcing some sort of “feed.”  I don’t know where it is, who is throwing it, or what they will be “feed”ing…if you have more info, please let me know. If you know the organizers please print out a copy of my blog Community Events & Online Calendars and give it to them so we can help them receive more exposure.

Sat – 1pm – July Jumper Jackpot – Edgemont Farms – Watch great horses JUMP for BIG prizes. Proceeds to American Cancer Society. July 17th – show starts at 1pm. BBQ! LIVE BAND. Public welcome.

Sun – All Day – Fifth Annual Purple Pig “Porker” Run – Petaluma Elks Lodge #901 – BBQ, Music, Prize, and 50/50 Raffle.  All bikers and non-bikers are welcome.  Registration starts at 8:30am.

SPORTS:

Sat – All Day – The Wine Country Baseball League – “Our” hometown Piratas round out another triple header at Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa.  The game is slated to start at 5pm.  The Petaluma Piratas are on a winning streak, holding a 3-0 record for the season so far.

For more info about this new league read my article in the Argus at http://tinyurl.com/282bxqj and my blog at http://tinyurl.com/24qslvk

Sat – 4:30pm – All that noise you hear on Saturday night might seem like a nuisance, but that is only because you haven’t taken the fam to the best show in town…dirt track racing right here in our own back yard.  Bring earplugs and a couple of warm blankets because “Candlestick North” gets chilly even on these summer evenings.  And bring your appetite because the burgers, dogs and tri-tip sandwiches are just what the doctor ordered.  If you haven’t been before, this is some of the best excitement money can buy.

www.petaluma-speedway.com

THEATRE/FILMS/LECTURES:

Sat – 7:30pm- Cinnabar Theater’s “Prop 8 Love Stories”:  Cinnabar Theater Young Rep Program presents stories of love found and hardships endured, all through the eyes of same and mixed gender couples.  www.cinnabartheater.com

Sat – 2pm – Pulitzer Prize Winner Paul Harding will be reading at Copperfield’s Books.

Sun – 8pm – La Dolce Vita’s movie night will present Raiders of the Lost Ark.

ART:

Sat – 2pm – Art Series 2010 – Petaluma Library.  The Friends of the Petaluma Library will be hosting Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musee d’Orsay at the Petaluma, including a docent from one of the fine arts museums in San Francisco.  I have attended both Impressionist exhibits currently in S.F. and am amazed that many of these paintings are finding their way to our sleepy little town.  It is no wonder that Petaluma is becoming known as an art haven and destination.  Featured will be nearly 100 paintings by 19th century artists, including Manet, Monet, Renoir, Sisley, and Degas.  Next Saturday (July 17th) the Library will host Impressionist Paris: City of Light, which explores various aspects of life in and around the city in which many impressionist artists came of age.  This is a truly unique opportunity to see world class art without having to drive to the city, although I highly recommend that trip too.  If you go during the week you can visit both exhibits and make it home before the Novato Narrows even hits at its afternoon backup.

Sat/Sun – 12-4pm The Petaluma Art Council launches its new exhibit, “Art of the Doll: Protections, Healing, Power and Play” with an opening reception being held Saturday evening from 4-7pm ($5 donation.)  Art dolls fabricated by contemporary artists are the focus of this unique exhibition. The exhibition will provide an opportunity to view what contemporary artists find significant in the doll form as an artistic expression.
Historically dolls, a human replica, have been used for amulets, remembrances, worship, psychological therapy and recreation. Dolls are a reflection of our socio-anthropological and cultural landscape since early humans created bone effigies. Other examples include the Venus of Willendorf, the clay Chinese Ghost Warriors, Egyptian tomb dolls, Japanese Bunraku puppetry, porcelain Victorian portrait dolls, which all lead to our modern interpretations and mass productions of dolls.
With 27 invited artists and 33 juried artists, this exhibition provides an incredibly wide range of styles (mythology to political commentary) and mediums from (elegant heirloom limited editions to recycled paper) by an amazing cast of 60+ artists from Europe to our own back yard presenting their unique doll creations.www.petalumaartscouncil.org

Sat – 4-7pm – Petaluma Art Council opening reception for “Art of the Doll: Protections, Healing, Power and Play.” Come meet the artists, view the amazing dolls and enjoy refreshments in the company of fellow art doll enthusiasts.  www.petalumaartscouncil.org

Sat/Sun – Pelican Art Gallery continues its “Masters of Today” exhibit, featuring Christopher Schink & Camille Przewodek through August 7th.  I am particularly drawn to Ms. Przewodek’s work and am not surprised that she is one of California’s most respected Plein Air artists.  I like to read through Pelican’s website prior to viewing their exhibits since it gives me a greater appreciation for the artists and for what I am looking at in their paintings.  Heck, I didn’t even know what a Plein Art artist was but am glad I did some research before viewing Ms. Przewodek’s paintings because it gave me a more informed perspective.  (Plein Art artist paint in the “open air” as opposed to painting indoors from a picture or from memory.)  www.pelicanart.com

Sat –Gallery One’s “Artful Garden” exhibit is on display through July 31.

www.petalumagalleryone.com

MUSIC: (type of music)

Sat – 8pm-midnight – Karaoke with Kat Kat at The Willowbrook Alehouse.  I debated which section to place this in since Karaoke is as much a sport as it is music, but either way it is always fun and often surprising.  I have heard some of the most incredible voices hidden away in a hole in the wall karaoke bar.  One of the few places in town with a late night menu, the Willowbrook’s kitchen stays open until 1am.  Saturday night offers free pool.

Sat – 1pm – July Jumper Jackpot – Edgemont Farms – Watch great horses JUMP for BIG prizes. Proceeds to American Cancer Society. July 17th – show starts at 1pm. BBQ! LIVE BAND. Public welcome.

Sat – 6pm – Grab yourself an outside seat at La Dolce Vita, order a nice bottle of wine and some tapas and enjoy the sounds of The Easy Leaves.  The Easy Leaves are two very talented musicians (one guitar, one upright, old-timey bass) and will play bluegrass/American at Theater Square for The Theater District Summer Music Festival.  We heard The Easy Leaves at the Paula Lane Action Network’s lasagna feed fundraiser a couple of months ago at the Petaluma Women’s Club.  They were fabulous.  Actually, they were so good that we bought one of their CDs…the first CD I have bought in several years.

Sat – 9pm  – Hillside Fire – Brixx    www.brixxpetaluma.com

Sun – All Day – Fifth Annual Purple Pig “Porker” Run – Petaluma Elks Lodge #901 – BBQ, Music, Prize, and 50/50 Raffle.  All bikers and non-bikers are welcome.  Registration starts at 8:30am.

Mystic Theater   www.mystictheatre.com

Sun – 8pm – Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra – (Nouveau Flamenco)

The Phoenix Theater is quiet this weekend.   www.thephoenixtheater.com

OUTDOORS:

Sat – 10:30am – Downtown docent tour (free) –  www.petalumamuseum.com

Sat – 10am-4:30pm – Classic Wings and Wheels – Petaluma Municipal Airport – This one-day event will feature both static displays of aircraft and automobiles and aircraft demonstrations. It will include representatives from various federal, state, city and community agencies and organizations. Classic Wings & Wheels will highlight the benefits of the airport to the citizens of our city and county, as well as the benefits, career opportunities, and services provided by the attending agencies and organizations.

  • 60+ warbirds, classic and special-interest aircraft on display
  • 200+ pre-1972 classic cars and hot rods
  • Exhibits by many Petaluma city agencies and local organizations
  • 4000-6000 people in attendance
  • Admission: $2 per adult, 16 and under free. Parking: Free

Sat – 1pm – July Jumper Jackpot – Edgemont Farms – Watch great horses JUMP for BIG prizes. Proceeds to American Cancer Society. July 17th – show starts at 1pm. BBQ! LIVE BAND. Public welcome.

Sat – 2-5pm – The Petaluma Farmers Market (free) – www.petalumafarmersmarket.com

Sun – All Day – Fifth Annual Purple Pig “Porker” Run – Petaluma Elks Lodge #901 – BBQ, Music, Prize, and 50/50 Raffle.  All bikers and non-bikers are welcome.  Registration starts at 8:30am.

Sat/Sun – 10am-5pm – Dennis Reis “No Dust Tour” Horse Whisperer ChallengeReis Ranch – Master Horseman Dennis Reis will compete against 2 other natural horsemanship trainers working with horses that have never been ridden.  If you haven’t heard or seen Dennis, his way with horses is magical and not to be missed.

MISCELLANEOUS:

Hobbytown – www.hobbytown.com

Sat – 10am-6pm – Model Building Day

Mon – 7-9pm – Warhammer 40K Gaming

NEXT WEEK:

Monday

1pm – First Annual Open Mic – Jungle Vibes

6-9pm – Free Introductory Bowenwork Class at Sky Hill Institute

Tuesday

6am – Track Workouts with Dame or Holly from Athletic Soles. www.athleticsoles.com

7-10pm – La Dolce Vita game night            www.ldvwine.com

8:30 – Baskery plus DgiinMystic Theater (high voltage, killbilly, banjo punk and mud-country)

Wednesday

4:30-8pm – Petaluma Evening Farmer’s Market – www.petalumafarmersmarket.com

Thursday

6-7pm – Tolay Lake Regional Park (Petaluma) – Day Use Permit Program – Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building – Lodge Room –1351 Maple Avenue.  You cannot visit Tolay Lake (open on weekends only) without this permit.  I have visited Tolay Lake and have received my private permit through this program – the one hour class is well worth the private access I now have to Tolay Lake.  Permit holders are allowed to take three guests with them – you will be the coolest kid on the block.

Saturday

10am-6pm – Rivertown Revival Festival – This is another of Petaluma’s “not to be missed” events, like the Butter & Eggs Days Parade, The Art and Garden Festival, Petaluma Chili Cookoff, and the upcoming Taste of Petaluma.