Little Kid vs. Big World

Debut children’s author Kate Beasely will hop into town on Tuesday, May 16 at 4 p.m., to read from “Gertie’s Leap to Greatness,” her charming novel about a spirited girl determined to keep her absent mother from leaving town (and leaving Gertie) by becoming the best fifth-grader in the world. Copperfield’s, 140 Kentucky St.

Deadpool vs. Everybody

He’s rude. He’s crude. He sometimes saves the world. 2016 mega-hit “Deadpool” – about the least heroic superhero in comic-book history – closes out the Petaluma Film Alliance’s 2017 Spring Cinema Series season. Movie at 7 p.m. at the Carole L. Ellis auditorium at the Petaluma SRJC. Wednesday, May 17. Illuminating pre-show lecture and season-ending shenanigans at 6. $6.

Authors vs. Demons

Author Marlene Cullen leads a Writers’ Forum titled “Battling Demons and Chasing Whims: How to Build a Meaningful, Inspired Writing Practice.” Thursday, May 18, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Copperfield’s Book Store, 140 Kentucky St.

Flowers vs. Cows

This month’s edition of the popular Idea Lounge conversation series pits Tall Bouskila, discussing “The Art and Nature of Flower Design,” against Pam Torliatt, discussing “Local Fed Grass and Beef.” Thursday, May 18. 6:30 p.m. socializing, 7 p.m. conversation/battle. Lagunitas Brewing Company, 1280 N. Petaluma Blvd. $18. Locally made beer available for purchase.

Bucket Lists vs. the Grim Reaper

Petaluma’s own Annette Slowik White (owner of Sugo Trattoria) will be reading from her book “Bucket List Adventures” on Friday, May 19, at 7 p.m. Subtitled “10 Incredible Journeys to Experience Before You Die,” is part travel guide, part practical how-to, and part inspirational memoir. Copperfield’s, 140 Kentucky St.

Luau + Auction

Tropical delights will erupt like volcanos when the Petaluma Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary hosts a festive summertime Polynesian dinner, with a catered Luau, games, silent auction items, live music and more. Saturday, May 20, at the Petaluma Veterans Building, 1091 Petaluma Blvd. 5 p.m. $15 per person. Reserve tickets call Marilee at 707-494-5867.

Tea + Fashion

The historic Tomales Town Hall will be the setting of the Tomales Regional History Center’s 17th Tea and Fashion show. The popular annual event will take place Saturday, May 20, at 1:30 p.m. 27150 Maine St., Tomales. Tickets are $30, and reservations can be made by calling Georgia Marino at 707-878-2434. The deadline for reservations is May 12.

Parents + Kids + Animals + Fun + Hats

Artful Arrangements’ third annual Down Home Day, on Sunday, May 21, gives families an affordable day of fun designed to be experienced together — without interruption of gadgets and gizmos. Taking place on the grounds of a working 1915 homestead in Penngrove, the event offers contests and activities (egg toss; pet parade, diaper derby, best hat contest, face painting, chicken feeding, and more), plus food (chicken dinners and hot dogs, $5-$7), farm animal interactions, wood-splitting demonstrations, a walk through The Portal of Time, and music by the Spyralites. 204 Orchard Lane, Penngrove. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.