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ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL AT PETALUMA SRJC

The second part of the JC’s two-week Italian Film Festival begins commences on Thursday, March 15, with “Ti Ricordi di Me?” (‘Do You Remember Me?’), the odd romance of a narcoleptic and a kleptomaniac. The screening is free and begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Carole L. Ellis Auditorium. SRJC’s Italian teacher Caterina Labriola will introduce the film.

‘FROM HORRENDOUS TO HEROIC’ AT LUMA CENTER

The Luma Center (616 Petaluma Blvd. N. Suite B) will be hosting life coach, massage therapist and birth doula Ann Jonas, presenting a talk titled “Moving From Horrendous to Heroic: and Introduction.” The talk will present seven key strategies for living a more exceptional life, and will describe her work as a life coach, supporting people in their transition from trauma and struggle to a more holistic way of living consciously. Thursday, March 15, 6:30 p.m. No charge. TheLumaCenter.com.

DENTAL HYGIENE COMPETITION AT SRJC

You’ve heard of haircutting competitions, sheep-shearing competitions, and even tattoo competitions! But you’ve never seen anything like ‘It’s Hygienic,’ a competition for student dental hygienists. Similar competitions have been taking place all over the country, but this will be the first of its kind in Sonoma County. On Saturday, March 17, teams of 3-5 2nd year dental hygiene students will compete for a $400 scholarship. Over the course of four rounds, contestants will answer increasingly difficult questions from categories including Dental Care Assessment, the Science of Dental Hygiene, Pharmacology, Radiology, and Professional Ethics. Community members and dental fans are invited to join the audience. Petaluma SRJC, 680 Sonoma Mountain Blvd. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free.

WRITER’S FORUM: ABIGAIL SAMHOUN

This month’s Writer’s Forum at Copperfield’s Books, titled “The Children’s Publishing Process Revealed,” will be presented by Abigail Samoun, co-founder of Red Fox Literary. Samoun will be discussing what it takes to get a children’s book published, from catching the eye of an editor through to the actual signing of a book contract and more. This event is free. Thursday, March 15, 7-9 p.m. 140 Kentucky St.

‘WELCOME TO THE VILLAGE’

Adults in the fifty-years-old-and-up category, and their families, are invited to attend an introductory meeting of the Village Network of Petaluma, promoting innovative methods for seniors to age whil ein their own homes. Saturday, March 17, 11:30 a.m., at the Village Network, 402 Petaluma Blvd.

NEW SHOW, ‘BY HAND,’ AT ALCHEMIA

Curated by Susan Larsen, the new exhibition at downtown Petaluma’s Alchemia Gallery and Studio, is titled ‘By Hand: A Collection of Recycled and Upcycled Works’ and features works created from castoff materials, all made by emerging local artists for whom the Alchemia studio is an artistic home. The sculptures and paintings in the show are made from cardboard, clay, found wire, and “repurposed textiles.” Artists include Caitlin Albrecht, Allison Coon, Rosie Dawson, Juan Carlos Godoy, and Paul Kenna, with contributions from Nick Ryan and Molly Willis. A reception for the artists takes place Saturday, March 17, from 4-7 p.m. 111 Kentucky St.

ST. PATRICK’S DINNER AT THE ELKS LODGE

With a delicious meal of corned beef and cabbage, plus entertainment by Irish dancers, the Petaluma Elks Lodge #901 will present the perfect way to mark the day. 6 p.m. $20. 2105 S. McDowell Blvd. Call ahead to reserve a seat at the table. (707) 763-0901, extension 0.

‘PETALUMA LADIES’ IMPROVEMENT CLUB’

Katherine J. Rinehart, the manager of the Sonoma County History & Genealogy library, will join author and historian John Sheehy for a discussion of Petaluma’s onetime Ladies’ Improvement Club, in an event subtitled “Municipal Housekeepers of the Past.” In observation of Women’s History Month, and in conjunction with the Petaluma History Library and Museum’s current exhibit ‘Women and the Search for Wisdom,’ the free event will take place Sunday, March 19, at the downtown History Museum, 20 Fourth St., at 4 p.m.

‘WOMEN OF QUESTIONABLE VIRTUE’

Also at the Historical Museum, the current month-long lecture series (titled ‘Women, Sex and Politics in Art, Music and Literature) continues with an eye-opening presentation by historian Kayleen Asbo. The talk, with visuals, will tell the stories of real-life 16th century Venetian courtesans Veronica Franco (an acclaimed poet, and the subject of the 1998 movie ‘Dangerous Beauty’) and composer Barbara Strozzi, who wrote extraordinary works for the lute. Other artistically inclined courtesans of the time will also be discussed, with musical performance by vocalist Amy White, and musician Dominic Schaner, on the lute and theorbo. Monday, March 19, 7 p.m. $30. PetalumaMuseum.com.