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Helping Out: Benefits supporting COTS, Mentor Me, Rotary, and Cinnabar Young Rep

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ABOUT HELPING OUT

This column is the Argus-Courier’s bi-weekly calendar of events that assist Petalumans in need, and locally-based non-profits. Are you planning a fundraiser, benefit, volunteer events, or crowdfunding campaign for a good cause or charity? For consideration in Helping Out, send the details to David Templeton at david.templeton@arguscourier.com)

SPRING OYSTER FEST AT BODEGA BAY OYSTER CO.– PETALUMA SUNRISE ROTARY CLUB

Saturday, April 14, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

WHAT’S HAPPENING? Petaluma’s Sunrise Rotary Club presents its annual Spring Oyster Fest, a big, bivalve-centric benefit and culinary extravaganza featuring raw and barbecued oysters from Tomales Bay’s Bodega Bay Oyster Company. Also on the menu are linguine with red clam sauce, Caesar salad, and dessert. Hen House brews and Adobe Road wines will be included with admission, and live music from Willow and Hound will take place throughout the afternoon.

WHO DOES IT HELP? All proceeds from the benefit will be used to fund a variety of Rotary projects. These include the Rotary Fire Relief Fund, 5th Tuesday food distributions, and Rotary teacher micro-grants.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD WE KNOW? This event, originally scheduled for April 7, has been postponed due to forecasts of rain. The fest takes place at Bodega Bay Oyster Company, 12830 Valley Ford Rd. This is an outdoor event, so dress appropriately. Tickets are $60, and available through the Sunrise Rotary website at PetalumaSunriseRotary.org.

THE BROADWAY BASH – CINNABAR THEATER YOUNG REP

Saturday, April 14, 6 p.m.

WHAT’S HAPPENING? The 2nd Annual Cinnabar Young Rep Broadway Bash is a high class evening of food, drinks, and two-act “Talent Showcase” featuring Young Rep students and their instructors performing favorite Broadway hits, on stage at the Carole L. Ellis Auditorium on the Petaluma SRJC campus. Broadway-themed auction items, beer and wine, snacks and sweets and more will be part of the fun.

WHO DOES IT HELP? Cinnabar’s Young Rep program is the educational arm of Petaluma’s Cinnabar Theater Company. All proceeds from the Broadway Bash will go towards scholarships, new classes and camps, and new theater and technical equipment. To learn more, visit CinnabarTheater.org.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD WE KNOW? Tickets are $50, and advance purchase is recommended. To reserve tickets, go to Cinnabartheater.org/broadway-bash.

ANNUAL HEIRLOOM TOMATO PLANT SALE – Mentor Me Petaluma

Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

WHAT’S HAPPENING? Thriving heirloom tomato plants - raised from organic seeds by local volunteers, without pesticides or herbicides, in the greenhouse at La Tercera School - will be sold (while they last), to benefit the work of Mentor Me Petaluma.

WHO DOES IT HELP? Mentor Me Petaluma is a 17-year-old non-profit that works to help at-risk youth to achieve their best academically, socially, and in life, through pairing them with one-on-one, long-term adult mentors. For more information, visit WeAreMentorMe.org.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD WE KNOW? The sale takes place at Cavanaugh Center, 426 8th Street in Petaluma. This is an annual event.

HOPS FOR HOUSES – A benefit for COTS

Tuesday, April 24, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

WHAT’S HAPPENING? Dinner in Lagunitas’ festive Beer Garden, with Louisiana jazz music by Spike Sike’s Awesome Hotcakes, plus a treasure trove of a raffle, a silent auction, and activities for kids.

WHO DOES IT HELP? COTS (The Committee on the Shelterless) is a non-profit with programs throughout the county helping families, adults and veterans struggling with homelessness. For more information, visit COTS.org.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD WE KNOW? Tickets are $25 in advance, and $30 at the door. Kids under 12 are free. Raffle, auction and beer/wine purchase are at additional cost. Lagunitas Brewing Company is at 1280 N. McDowell Blvd. To purchase tickets, visit COTS.org.

ABOUT HELPING OUT

This column is the Argus-Courier’s bi-weekly calendar of events that assist Petalumans in need, and locally-based non-profits. Are you planning a fundraiser, benefit, volunteer events, or crowdfunding campaign for a good cause or charity? For consideration in Helping Out, send the details to David Templeton at david.templeton@arguscourier.com)