LOVE NOTES FOR VALENTINE’S DAY: Continuing a Petaluma tradition, visitors to downtown’s Lan Mart building, when entering from Kentucky St., are being greeted by a Valentine’s Day tree, and an invitation to write heart-shaped love notes to hang thereon. Those wishing to express their romantic thoughts have already placed a few dozen such love notes. Just another sweet, eccentric example of how Petaluma rolls.

PEACE CRANE PROJECT ANNOUNCES YOUTH POSTER CONTEST: The Petaluma-based Peace Crane Project – an organization dedicated to a message of ridding the world of nuclear weapons – is asking Middle School and High School students to create original posters bearing messages on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. Cash prizes ranging from $75-$150 for grades 6-8 and $100-$200 for grades 9-12. Artwork must be original, according to the contest rules, and all 2D media are eligible, including painting, sketching, etc. Students from Sonoma County, Napa County, and Marin County are invited to participate, and all entries will be judged by a jury of local artists, who will base their awards on creativity, theme, composition, and technique. The deadline for submissions is June 15. Information can be found at, and questions can be directed to

MIKE’S BIKES OFFICIALLY A SPONSOR of BACK ROAD CHALLENGE: Sponsored by the Petaluma Sunrise Foundation – a project of the Rotary Club of Petaluma Sunrise - the annual Sonoma County Back Road Challenge will once-again take place, this May 19, with highly scenic routes of varying difficulty and distance. This year, Mike’s Bikes, of Petaluma, will be an official sponsor, adding their years of service to the North Bay cycling community to an event that has become one of Sonoma County’s most popular cycling experiences. For information visit

ELKS, PSA GIVE $6,275 OF GREEN TO HELP LIGHT UP WALNUT PARK’S GREENERY: Last fall, the Petaluma Service Alliance and the Elks Lodge #901 held a series of fundraising events to assist Petaluma’s St. Joseph Health Hospice Services in relocating its annual Light Up a Life event to the much more spacious Walnut Park. The organizations presented Hospice wiht a check for over $6,000. “With the help of these two organizations,” says Meghan Langhals of St. Joseph’s, “we were able to purchase the lights we needed, and get them hung for our 32nd annual Light Up a Life.” The tree lighting and Remembrance Celebration took place Friday, December 1, 2017.

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