Why did the Chicken Cross The Road?
To get over to Petaluma’s 12th annual Salute to ‘American Graffiti’ … of course. Egg Town puts the pedal to the metal this Friday, May 19, with a free, festive “Cruise-in” from 4-8 p.m. at the Petaluma Plaza shopping center and downtown. Live music provides the soundtrack as classy chassis from all over pull into town for the weekend. Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., downtown becomes one massive celebration of George Lucas’ classic film, with a car cruise/parade at 4 p.m.
Lean Clean Riding Machines
Want to leave the cars in the dust? It’ll be bumper-to-bumper bicycles (and skateboards, and unicycles) in Petaluma on Sunday, as Petaluma’s 5th annual Kids Gran Fondo race kicks off once again at 9 p.m. on May 21 at Lucchesi Park. The charity event raises money for families of children with life-threatening illness. Petalumakidsgranfondo.com.
The First Presbyterian Church brings on the music for its annual Spring Church Choir Concert, Sunday, May 21, and 6:30 p.m. Classic and contemporary hymns and anthems will be taken for a spin through the combined efforts of the chorus, praise band, and bell choir. Free (donations accepted). 939 B Street.
Time to turn off the portable devices and enjoy some family time. Artful Arrangements’ third annual Down Home Day, on Sunday, May 21, gives families an affordable day of fun designed to be experienced together. Engage against the machine, by enjoying an array of activities, including an egg toss, a pet parade, a diaper derby (not sure what that is!), a hat contest, face painting, chicken feeding, and more. 204 Orchard Lane, Penngrove. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Artfularrangements.org.
Cue the lightning! Petaluma writers Amber-Rose Reed and Ross Lockhart — with the Argus-Courier’s own David Templeton — will read from their anthology ‘Eternal Frankenstein,’ as part of Moshin Vineyard’s ‘Reading Between the Vines’ author salon series. Monday, May 22, 5:30 p.m. 10295 Westside Rd. Healdsburg. Wine tastings will be offered. We suggest you try something red.
Paradise by the keyboard light
Acclaimed pianist Jura Margulis returns to the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum for a high octane recital on Saturday, May 27. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $25-$40. 20 Fourth St. Info at Petalumamuseum.com.
Taking the High Road
Join in to save and celebrate Mother Earth at Heritage Salvage’s super-charged Big Mama Day, Saturday, June 4, Noon. to 6 p.m. There will be music by the Highway Poets, Dorian Mode and others, plus speakers including Julia Butterfly Hill, Michael Bug, Trathen Heckman and more. Other festive antics will ensue as well, from performance arts and hula hooping to juggling, agriculture games, and “libations.”