Out & About Online
The Petaluma Arts Center might be closed to visitors, but that hasn’t stopped the nonprofit from continuing in its mission to present innovative contemporary art for the benefit of the entire Petaluma community, both artists (student and professional) and art lovers. The “Art Apart” program encourages locals to create their own pieces of public art for a kind of citywide “drive by art show.” The PAC has established an interactive map showing the various fences, yards and garage doors in town where participating artists have placed some kind of art piece. Find the map at PetalumaArtsCenter.org.
COPPERFIELD’S HOSTS LIVE AUTHOR CONVERSATIONS ONLINE
With the interior of Copperfield’s Petaluma still closed to all but 10 customers at a time, the popular local bookstore has nevertheless not discontinued its regular author appearances – merely taken them online. On Thursday, June 18, at 7 p.m., educator Abbey Raphel will interview author Carey Davidson, founder of Tournesol Wellness, discussing her book “The Five Archetypes.” And on Saturday, June 20, 7 p.m., Kevin Hunsanger will interview Raphael Bob Waksberg, the creator of the TV series “Bojack Horseman,” whose new book, “Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory,” is a collection of typically outrageous and entertaining short stories. Register for any of these events at CopperfieldsBooks.com to receive the online viewing information.
RIVERTOWN REVIVAL’S ‘LIVINGROOM LIVE’ SERIES
The “greatest slough on Earth” continues this weekend, on Saturday, June 20, as the fourth live concert-and-other-stuff shows is broadcast on the Rivertown Revival Facebook page as well as its YouTube channel. Running under the title “Living Room Live,” the series includes specially designed art-and-theater pieces for children and families, with musical performances by Sean Hayes, Quiet Time, Rainbow Girls, Kalei Yamanoha, Beth Hibbard, a report from My Town is Magical and an appearance by Daedalus Howell, all hosted by the Revival’s own modern day P.T. Barnum Josh Windmiller. For a link to the live show, visit RiverTownRevival.com.
WRITER’S FORUM RETURNS
Copperfield’s monthly conversation series featuring authors discussing their craft returns, though (of course) in Zoom format only until larger groups can safely gather again. On Tuesday, June 23, at 6 p.m., author Joan Gelfand will talk about “The 4 C’s of Successful Authors.” She will describe how all writing careers are not created equal and how some authors catapult quickly to publishing success while others, um, don't. This is a free event, and a question and answer session will be part of the program. Registration is required to attend. Copperfieldsbooks.com/event/writers-forum-joan-gelfand-online.
AQUS COFFEE CHAT
John Crowley, of Aqus Café, hosts a daily Zoom-supported “coffee chat,” with participants engaging is community check-ins and information sharing. 10 a.m. every day but Sunday. It’s fun, informal and a great way to find out what’s going in in Petaluma. Connect through Aqus.com/online.
The monthly Rivertown Poets event held at Aqus Café has now become a weekly virtual event via Zoom. Every Monday at 6:15 p.m., log onto Aqus’ Zoom system to hear local poets reading from their own work, from the safety of their homes. This is an open mic event, so participants will be able to “sign up” to read. As ever, Sande Anfang will host. The first Monday of each month brings readings by acclaimed poets.
VIRTUAL STORYTELLING SALON
On Friday night, Aqus Cafe presents a Virtual Storytelling Salon beginning at 7 p.m. Led by theater artist Jessica Litwak, the Zoom supported event will lead with a “prompt,” followed by a “kickoff” performance, then the virtual floor will be open to anyone wishing to deliver their own story in five minutes or less. Visit Aqus.com/online to log on, via Zoom. He will be discussing the risks that Point Reyes is currently facing, including some that few would ever have expected. RSVP to join the webinar at https://form.jotform.com/201676311786966.
’SAVING POINT REYES SEASHORE’
A webinar with author Kenneth Brower will take place on Wednesday, June 24, discussing the future of Point Reyes Seashore. Brower (“The Earth’s Wild Places,” “Yosemite: An American Treasure”) is the oldest son of the late environmentalist David Brower, founder of Friends of the Earth and the Earth Island Institute.
GET TO KNOW THE VILLAGE ONLINE MEETING
The Village Network of Petaluma is hosting a virtual meeting to inform interested and curious individuals about how adults 50 and over can enjoy valuable connections and conversations with their community. “We believe a better experience of aging is possible when we can grow with, laugh with and rely on each other as we navigate the opportunities and realities of aging,” states an announcement from the Village Network, which offers a number of programs and volunteer services. RSVP to the Village office to receive a Zoom link. The next meeting after that will be Thursday, July 9, 11 a.m. RSVP are 776-6055 or info@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.org.
ZOOM WRITING WITH MARLENE CULLEN
Grab your notebook and pen, and prepare to practice the art of creative writing, at any level from beginning to experienced, as Aqus Community Foundation presents a new series of regular writing workshops with Marlene Cullen. On Wednesday, July 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Cullen will go over the guideline for all Zoom participants, then present a series of prompts that “attendees” will use to create a story, poem or other piece of writing. For detailed information, check the online calendar at Aqus.com. The link to the zoom meeting is us02web.zoom.us/j/82826030983. No new participants will be admitted after 6:45.