Sharing is caring: At the second annual “100 Who Care Sonoma!” event, held Feb. 28 at the Hotel Petaluma, the assembled 130 attendees — the majority of whom pledged a minimum donation of $100 — heard 4-minute presentations from five local nonprofits: PEP Housing, United Anglers of Casa Grande, Petaluma Animal Services, the Petaluma Arts Center and Mentor Me. After voting to award the entire accumulated bank of over $1300 to Mentor Me, the group’s Executive Director, Deb Dalton, volunteered to share the bounty, awarding instant mini-grants of $1500 to each of her co-presenters. Apparently, something similar happened last year. They say generosity is contagious. This confirms it.
A ‘Miracle League’ of their own: Baseball diamonds aren’t built with wheelchairs or crutches in mind, but that doesn’t mean kids with disabilities shouldn’t have a chance to play baseball. Miracle League North Bay, a nonprofit created to build custom baseball fields and playgrounds for disabled ball players, is hoping to establish a Miracle League field at Lucchesi Park. Several local builders have pledged their time and materials for the project. According to Miracle League North Bay volunteer Phoebe Ellis, approximately $500,000 of a targeted $2 million has been raised (call it a well-hit single), and the group is now looking to the community to help score the big home run. A short video on the organization’s website (miracleleaguenorthbay.org) gives plenty of details on what the field, planned to begin construction later this year, will look like.
Whirlwind Tour: Imagine visiting six cities in six weeks — without ever leaving Petaluma. In “Cities of Intrigue,” Dr. Bruce Elliot’s globe-trotting community education class at the Petaluma SRJC campus, the UC Berkeley and Sonoma State history professor uses audio-visuals and, yes, historical costumes, to give armchair explorers a glimpse of Istanbul, Prague, Lisbon, Edinburgh, St. Petersburg, and Barcelona. The evening classes run April 13–May 18. See the full course description at Communityed.santarosa.edu or call 527-4372.
You say ‘Tomato’: For the second year, Mentor Me of Petaluma is hosting a sweet-and-savory fundraising sale of heirloom tomatoes at the Cavanagh Center, 426 8th St. More than 1,000 tomatoes will be available for culinary perusal, all of them grown from seed in the greenhouse at La Tercera Elementary School. Saturday, April 15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.