FARM TO CUP COFFEE TASTING
Petaluma Coffee & Tea Co. invites locals to meet the proprietors of Prieto Estate in El Salvador. You’ll learn about farming practices in El Salvador, and get a chance to taste varieties of coffee from their farm. Friday, September 15. No charge. 6:30 p.m., 212 2nd St.
Celebrating sustainable agriculture, family-owned farming, and locally-raised food, the fourth annual Agrarian Games and Farmer’s Market takes place Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Petaluma Fairgrounds. What’s an “agrarian game”? Wheelbarrow races, watermelon seed spitting contests, stuff like that. Live music by the Hubbub Club and others, lots of food, and all sorts of other outrageous tests of your agricultural prowess and knowledge. Noon-6 p.m. $15 (general), $10 (kids under 13), Free for kids under 5.
LEARN FROM MIWOK CULTURE
Speaker Nick Tipon, a member and elder of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria (and board member of the Historical Society of Santa Rosa) will present a talk on the environmental perspective of California Indians, Monday, Sept. 18, at the Petaluma Regional Library. No charge. 100 Fairgrounds Drive. 7 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Petaluma Wetlands Alliance and the Petaluma Library.
LAND OF MINE
As SRJC’s Petaluma Cinema Series continues, Film Alliance presents the 2015 Danish/German drama “Land of Mine.” Based on a little known side-note of post-WWII Denmark, the film — nominated for Best Foreign Language Film — tells the story of surrendered German soldiers forced to remove their own landmines from the Danish coast before being allowed to go home. The film, starting at 7 p.m., was directed by Martin Zandvliet, and will be preceded at 6 p.m. by a lecture courtesy SRJC’s Mike Traina. Wednesday, Sept. 20. $6 ($5 for students). Carole L. Ellis Auditorium, 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway.
PREPARING FOR THE BIG ONE
The Village Network offers a special program designed to replace fear of earthquakes with simple, practical pre-planning. Learn how to get ready for the big shaker to come, courtesy of Jeff Schach, Petaluma Fire Department Battalion Chief. Wednesday, Sept. 20, 10-11:30 a.m., at Village Network of Petaluma, 402 Petaluma Blvd. RSVP required. Call (707) 776-6055 or email your RSVP to info@VillageNetworkof Petaluma.org.
COMMUNITY EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FAIR
Taking the Boy Scouts motto of being prepared a few steps beyond mere merit badges, a number of local scout troops will be staging a major Community Emergency Preparedness Fair. On Sunday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Walnut Park will play host to an array of vendors and emergency experts offering free hands-on demonstrations of CPR, emergency survival camping, Dutch Oven cooking, and more. Guests will include representatives of the Petaluma Police and Fire Departments, FEMA, the Red Cross, the U.S. Coast Guard, Sonoma County Sheriff’s office, and plenty of others. Free (donations accepted).
FALL ANTIQUE FAIR
The Petaluma Downtown Association is doing it again, launching their 31st annual Fall Antique Festival on Sunday, Sept. 24. Take a leisurely stroll downtown as Petaluma becomes one of the largest open-air antique and collectible markets in Northern California. There is no better environment, cradled between historic antique buildings, for a walk through time, perusing the goods of more than 180 antique dealers from all over the state and beyond. The event begins at 8 a.m., and continues through 4 p.m.