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BLOOMS & BUTTERFLIES

In addition to being a great place to park one’s posterior and peruse superior prose, The Sitting Room in Penngrove (2025 Curtis Dr.) also hosts regular art exhibitions. Currently, visitors can view “Birds, Blooms, and Butterflies,” a series of exquisite art pieces examining nature close up. Info: SittingRoom.org.

CANDIDATES ON THE AIR

Over the next several weeks, ‘Two Mooks and a Mic,’ a weekly show airing on KPCA FM 103.3 on Fridays at noon, will be interviewing all of the Petaluma City Council candidates. On Friday, Aug. 10, it’ll be Kevin McDonnell. Listen on the air, or via live streaming at KPCA.fm.

LIBRARY SALE

The Petaluma Regional Library’s annual summer book sale is now in gear. Per tradition, the two-weekend-long book-buying extravaganza begins with a sale of kids’ titles on Friday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The “General Sale” runs Wednesday, Aug. 15, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Aug. 16 and 17, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and again on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m.-1:50 p.m., followed immediately by the Big Bag Sale, from 2-4 p.m., in which voracious readers can fill up a paper or canvas carrier for a mere $2 per bag. 100 Fairgrounds Drive.

$ ROLLERCOASTER

“End the Money Rollercoaster: 8 Steps to Master Your Cash Flow” is the title of a talk to be given by “cash flow coach” Heather Picard on Thursday, Aug. 9, at Keller Street Co-work. The talk will be followed by a networking mixer for self-identified creatives and entrepreneurs. Free. 5-9 p.m. 140 Keller St. Info: KellerStreetCowork.com.

LESS STRESS

‘The Joy Solution: Less Stress, More Success” is the title of a lunchtime talk by Nicola Walker, an “inner freedom coach” and hypnotherapist whose new book, ‘Joy in the Middle of the Mess,’ will be published this year. She will present a few trenchant tips and trade secrets during this BYOB bag-lunch talk at WORK Petaluma, 10 Fourth St. Friday, Aug. 10, noon-1 p.m. $10 for non-WORK members. WorkPetaluma.com.

ALCHEMIA OPENING

Kindred III, a new art show celebrating the connection between artists and their animal companions (both real and imagined), opens this week at downtown Petaluma’s one-of-a-kind Alchemia Gallery. Curated by Linda Fisher, the fanciful, multi-discipline exhibition features work by such well-known Alchemia artists as Sam Sun Sin, Tim Shorten, James Dushkin and Michael Cheney, and were created on canvas and paper, and in clay and other media. The show will mark its grand opening with a celebration on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 4-7 p.m. The show runs through Sept. 23. 111 Kentucky St. Alchemia.org.

‘ROAD’ POETRY

The annual Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show returns to Petaluma on Sunday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m. Each “show” features five poets – all members of the acclaimed Marin Poetry Center, headquartered at San Rafael’s Falkirk Cultural Center – performing their own works, introduced by a rotating series of hosts. Taking place at Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky St., next week’s Petaluma stop on the tour will be hosted by Susan Gunter, with poetry read by Donna Emerson, Gail Entrekin, Dave Seter, Julia Vose, and Tobey Hiller. Free. Copperfieldsbooks.com.

‘TROUBLE’ AT AQUS

The San Diego-based folk-Americana-rock-surf-country band Trouble in the Wind will be making a Petaluma stop at Aqus Café on their current tour, performing songs from their latest recording “Hammer On.” Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. No cover. 198 H St. Aqus.com.

WRITERS FORUM

Author Christine Falcon-Daigle is the August presenter at Copperfield’s Books’ monthly Writers Forum. In “Writing as a Tool for Transformation,” Falco-Daigle will describe the many ways in which writing about the truth of our own lives can result in the crumbling of mighty metaphorical walls, leading directly to increased illumination and understanding — and often to a really good story. Thursday, August 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky St.