Out and About in Petaluma
Chess Table Celebration
Petaluma’s recently installed chess tables and benches, near the Balshaw Bridge on Water Street, will be officially dedicated and celebrated on Saturday, April 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Since there are only two permanent tables, additional tables will be set up, so bring your own board and pieces, and get ready to play. In addition to the chess-centric activities, two local artists working with the public that day. Sara Downing will be at the Balshaw Bridge taking portraits for use in an upcoming piece to be installed on the arch at Putnam Plaza in May. Susan Bercu will be across the street at Putnam Plaza working with anyone who wants to help her create her "Cast Offs" streamers.
‘Water is Her Right!’
Non-profit organization, The Sonder Project, is hosting a fundraising event to empower women and increase access to clean water in Sub-Saharan Africa. The event will feature live music from The Fula Brothers, an energetic duo who play West African-fusion music. The concert will be held at the Poly Klaas Community Theater on Saturday, April 29 in Petaluma. Raised funds will support the construction of a new deep-water well and related efforts. 100% will go directly to The Sonder Project's many clean water programs, and if the fundraising goal is met, the project will dedicate the new well to the people of Petaluma. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. First-come-first-serve General Admission costs $30, with reserved first row seating $50. 417 Western Ave. For more information visit TheSonderProject.org.
On Saturday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m, the place to be is Steamer Landing Park, 6 Copeland St., for the annual Transhumance Festival. The free festival is a celebration dedicated to reconnecting people to the land. The event reintroduces the age-old practice of transhumance, the tradition of moving livestock from one grazing ground to another in a seasonal cycle. It will include demonstrations on land stewardship practices, soil and watershed health, reconsidering our waste streams, and sharing of different cultures. There will be live music, interactive educational activities for all ages, a local artisan marketplace, locally sourced food, sheep shearing and scything and weaving demonstrations.
Spring Antique Faire
On Sunday, April 30, Petaluma welcomes back the Spring Antique Faire. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m, in historic Downtown Petaluma, join the community in a day of shopping and perusing antiques and other exciting items, all along Kentucky Street, Fourth Street, in the A Street parking lot and on Western Avenue. Guests can find an amazing selection of affordable antiques from over 200 dealers. The show offers a variety of estate jewelry, linens, furniture, art, kitchenware, vintage décor, books, and all kinds of unusual collectibles.
Sunday Sound Bath on The Basin with The Yoga Post
Created in the 1920s, the Petaluma Turning Basin has been a place for many working boats to turn around and head back to San Pablo Bay and San Francisco. Today, beloved by the community and surrounded by many Petaluma river-oriented businesses, the basin can serve as a center of solace and an amphitheater for acoustic experience appreciation. On Sunday, April 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m, head to the basin for the Sunday Sound Bath, a collaboration between The Yoga Post and The Floathouse. Relax on anchored stand up paddle boards and be serenaded with singing bowls and more.
Paul Hawken, ‘Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation’
On April 28, 4-5 p.m., join author, Paul Hawken in conversation about our growing climate crisis. Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, author and activist. He has dedicated his life to environmental sustainability and changing how business and the environment interconnect. He has written eight books and is the founder of non-profit organization, Project Drawdown, which is dedicated to researching how global warming can be reversed. Join Hawken on Zoom in this important lecture and discussion presented by Praxis Peace Project. For tickets and more information, visit Praxispeace.org/events. $15-$20.
Flashback Cinema Presents: ‘Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark’
On Sunday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 3, take a trip back to 1981 to see your favorite adventurer, Indiana Jones. This is the very first Jones adventure, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on an idea from George Lucas. Follow Archaeologist and action hero Jones, played by Harrison Ford, in a race to find the mysterious lost Ark of the Covenant. Show times at Boulevard 14 Cinema in Petaluma are 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. both days.