CHICKEN DINNER FUNDRAISER TO FINANCE ‘LIGHT UP A LIFE’S MOVE TO WALNUT PARK

Downtown Petaluma’s inspirational annual Light Up a Life event, sponsored by Petaluma Hospice, has for years taken place in front of Mystic Theatre. This year, the event will relocate to the much more spacious Walnut Park, and to help pay for the move, the Petaluma Service Alliance and Petaluma Elks Lodge #901 are throwing a good old-fashioned chicken dinner, Thursday, Nov. 30, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Petaluma Elks Lodge, 2105 S. McDowell Blvd. Raffles, a 50/50 drawing, and more will be part of the fun. The chicken dinner costs $20, and is free for kids under 6. Dinner served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Reservations recommended.

Call (707) 364-3092 or visit Elks901.org/wp/event-reservation.

HOSPICE TREE LIGHTING

Speaking of which, Petaluma Hospice’s annual Light Up a Life celebration honors those we’ve said goodbye to, with a moving ceremony combining group song, special readings, and the climactic lighting of a massive tree, each light representing someone special the community has lost. Dress warmly and weather-appropriately. To sponsor a light on the tree with your donation, contact Petaluma Hospice, HospiceLightUpaLife.org. Sponsored names will be entered in a special Memory Book, and upon request, survivors of those sponsored will be sent a card before Christmas. Friday, Dec. 1, 6-7 p.m. at Walnut Park, corner of Petaluma Boulevard and D Street.

WEST SIDE STORIES GRAND SLAM

The 2017 season of Dave Pokorny’s West Side Stories spoken word contests comes to a close with the annual blowout known as the Grand Slam. Featuring all of the winning storytellers from the previous year, each spinning a true, five-minute long tale fitting the theme ‘When we were young.’ This event has sold out every time in the past, so advance tickets are recommended. Wednesday Dec. 6, at the Mystic Theatre, 21 N. Petaluma Blvd. 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30). Tickets $22 in advance, $25 at the door. Visit Davepokornypresents.com.

‘NIGHT OF THE HUNTER’ AT PETALUMA FILM ALLIANCE

At the Ellis Auditorium on the Petaluma SRJC campus, the Petaluma Film Alliance presents the classic 1955 thriller “Night of the Hunter,” starring Robert Mitchum as a murderous preacher seeking a hidden fortune, and Shelly Winters as the woman determined to protect the children who might know where the treasure has been stashed. With gorgeous black-and-white photography, and tense edge-of-your-seat direction by Charles Laughton, it’s a masterpiece of atmosphere and suspense. 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, Dec. 6. $6 ($5 for students). Carole L. Ellis Auditorium, 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway.