Benefit concert: Beauty from the Ashes
A benefit for victims of the Sonoma fires, this evening of songs, stories, and poems will highlight works of art that explore feelings of loss, love and hope. Kayleen Asbo will play the piano and tell stories as vocalist Bonnie Brooks sings, and Larry Robinson will recite poetry of Mary Oliver, David Whyte, Mark Neop and Ellen Bass. Musical selections will include works of Handel, Schumann, Brahms, Fanny Mendelssohn, Samuel Barber, Lorena McKinnett and John Lennon. Sunday, Nov. 26, 4 p.m., at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum, 20 Fourth St. $25 suggested minimum donation. Fire vicitmes are invited to attend for free.
Class/workshop: Learn the roots of wisdom
An exploration into the foundations of Western Culture, philosophy, myth and ritual, this insight-filled evening employs art and music to guide us through the art, stories and songs that connect pagan practices with the greatest examples of Western art. St. John’s Episcopal at 40 5th St. Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. Series runs through Dec. 14. Nov. 16: Moses, Miriam and the Beginning of Egyptian Alchemy. Nov. 30: Mysteries of grief and transformation in Ancient Greece. Dec. 7: Orpheus and the Eleusinian Mysteries. Dec. 14: Pythagoras — The Harmony of Spheres. $30 per class.
Annual First Responder Thanksgiving Service
The first Thanksgiving, legend tells us, was a gathering of immigrant pilgrims and native Americans. The fourth annual First Responder Thanksgiving Service will have cops and firefighters, and other first-responders. This special service will include an expression of gratitude for all of those who put their lives on the line to make our communities safer. Members of Petaluma’s police and fire departments, and their families, are invited to attend. Sunday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m., at the Petaluma Church of Christ, 370 Sonoma Mountain Parkway.
Thanksgiving potluck at Aqus Cafe
Everyone is welcome to Aqus Café’s community potluck, but do R.S.V.P., and do plan to bring a dish. On Thanksgiving, the café management is sending its staff home to be with their families, and inviting everyone else in for a good old-fashioned neighborhood potluck, Thursday, Nov. 23, 1-5 p.m. Using the old ‘stone-soup’ principle party planning, with a group of folks feeding each other with whatever they have handy, the Aqus is prepared to seat as many as will fit indoors, and are setting up tables and chairs outside on the pation and all the way down the street if necessary. Again, R.S.V.P.s are requested at Aqus.com/tg, and please bring a dish to share. Questions? Want to maybe come and help out? Call Diane or John at (707) 347-6692.
One final Nanowrimo sit-in session
It’s National Write a Novel Month, and to assist Nanowrimo writers, Copperfields has been inviting authors to drop by the bookstore downtown, laptops in hand, to work in a nice quiet space. There is one remaining Nanowrimo Write-In dates: Sunday, Nov. 19 from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Copperfields Books, 140 Kentucky St.
Film screening: Ingmar Bergman’s ‘Persona’
Petaluma Film Alliance presents Ingmar Bergman’s 1966 black-and-white experimental masterpiece about an actress who suddenly decides to give up speaking, and her relationship with the nurse whose care she’s put in. The screening begins at 7 p.m. and will be preceded at 6 p.m. by a lecture courtesy of film instructor Mike Traina. Wednesday, Nov. 29. $6 ($5 for students). Carole L. Ellis Auditorium, 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway.