PETALUMA GOES STEAMPUNK
Dubbed ‘Steampunk to Speakeasy,’ an elaborate and whimsical costumed extravaganza descends upon the Hotel Petaluma, where participants will be entertained by music by Stompy Jones, be tempted with delicious food and drink and Victorian-Prohibition-era exuberance of all kinds. It’s a benefit for the Historical Library and Museum, and it takes place Saturday, June 17, 6:30 p.m. Do dress up in your finest 1930’s Chicago gangster dudes, or go full-Jules Verne with your best steampunk finery. $60 per person, $100 for two. PetalumaMuseum.com
PRESBYTERIANS GO GAELIC
Bagpipe music, Morris dancing, Scottish, English and Irish baked goods, and much more will be part of Gaelic Heritage Sunday at First Presbyterian Church (939 B. St.), following its annual Kirk O’ the Tartans service (9:45 a.m.) on Sunday, June 18. The traditional Ceilidh (pronounce that word kay-lee) begins at 11 a.m. Donations accepted. Visit PetalumaFirst.com for additional information.
TEENAGERS GO TO THE DOGS
All things canine will be explored and explained as Lily’s Legacy – Petaluma’s non-profit senior dog sanctuary – hosts it’s own youth summer camp, June 19 to August 3. Teens from 12 to 17 will learn how to be comfortable and safe around dogs, how to approach them use the right body language, and how to groom, clean and care for dogs. Community service hours are credited. The camp runs Mondays from 10:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m., for ages 12-14, and Thursdays 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for ages 15 to 17.
CARNIVORES GO FOR THE RIBS
The 3rd annual Ribs for Kids meat-cooking competition hits the grill Saturday, June 24, and participants are still being sought to cook up their best cook-off dishes. Sponsored by Petaluma Active 20-30 #30, the yearly event takes place on the grounds of the First Presbyterian Church of Petaluma (939 B. St.), noon to 4 p.m. There will be separate contests for best barbecue pork ribs, and best side dish. Non- competing attendees get tasting tickets to sample the competitors’ tasty creations, with beer and wine, music (by the River City Band, games and raffles and more. Proceeds benefit a number of kids’ programs throughout the community. $30 adults (21+), $20 13-20-years-old, free for 12-and-unders. For all the information (and to download an application to compete) visit Ribsforkidspetaluma.com.
MOTHERS GO FOR THE BLOOD (DRIVE)
The Petaluma Mother’s Club – providing support, education, and community to Petaluma-based mothers and families since 1992 – will be hosting a Red Cross blood drive on Saturday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cavanaugh Center, 426 8th St. To schedule an a appointment, visit Redcrossblood.org and enter the code Momsclub. For other information about Petaluma Mother’s Club, visit Petalumamothersclub.org.
ADAIR LARA GOES BACK IN TIME
“The Improbable Story of How I Came to Write the History of Petaluma.” Perfectly timed to the new exhibit ‘Portraits of Petaluma Pioneers,’ San Francisco Chronicle columnist Adair Lara will make an appearance to discuss her definitive Petaluma history book, ‘History of Petaluma: A California River Town.’ Sunday, June 25, 2 p.m. at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum. This event is free.