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Trick or Treat Downtown Halloween 2014
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This Friday October 31st is the annual Trick or Treat Downtown event, held from 3:00PM to 5:30 PM in the heart of Downtown Petaluma . All your little monsters at home are invited to trick or treat their local merchants in the downtown area. This is a great opportunity for kids and parents alike to cruise the downtown circuit for sweets, fun, and maybe even a few tricks as well as treats! 
Find a map of all participating merchants here or grab a copy  at the Petaluma Visitors Center located at 210 Lakeville St. Come downtown dressed up in your best Halloween costumes and follow the black and orange balloons to each vender location.
Have a safe and happy Halloween and hope to see you there!

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THE PETALUMA VISITOR CENTER WILL BE CELEBRATING THE CENTENNIAL ANIVERSARY OF THE NORTHWESTERN PACIFIC DEPOT!
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The Original Petaluma Train Depot Circa 1915Petaluma’s original hub of commerce, the Petaluma Train Depot, will be celebrating its 100th year on October 25th, 2014. Join Mayor David Glass, the Petaluma Visitor’s Center, and the Petaluma community from 11 AM-1 PM in a champagne toast to one of Petaluma’s iconic historical landmarks, located at 210 Lakeville Street, in the heart of Downtown Petaluma.The Petaluma Depot Post-Restoration

The event is free to the public and will include a Proclamation from Mayor Glass. Come rub elbows with some of Petaluma’s finest; we will be popping off champagne to commemorate the event, with sparkling cider for the kids. There will a cake-cutting ceremony, made possible by Petaluma’s own Lucky Supermarket. There will be historic photos, a musical accompaniment by the rag-time band piano playings of Petaluma Pete, as well as a photographer taking free photos, and of course, the famous Petalumans of Yesteryear to remind us of those who established the great city of Petaluma we know today. This event will precede the Northwestern Pacific Railroad Golden Spike Centennial Celebration, held just across the way at East Washington and Baylis Streets from 12 PM- 4:00 PM. For more info about the Golden Spike Celebration, please visit  www.nwprrhs.org.

Built by local contractor H.P. Vogensen, the Historic Petaluma Train Depot has served the community by acting as a center for travel and interstate commerce since its construction in 1914. At the original dedication to the railroad station, an Argus Courier reporter described the event, featuring over 600 patrons, as one where the people of Petaluma, “convinced the officials of the Northwestern Pacific railroad company that they are fully appreciative of the efforts of the company to give this city a model railroad and model depot.” Now, 100 years later as the SMART Train approaches, Petalumans are offered another opportunity to show our appreciation for Petaluma and the historical roots that have helped to establish our wonderful community.

The Petaluma Visitors Center is a not for profit dedicated to marketing Petaluma worldwide and helping visitors find all that Petaluma has to offer. For more information, please visit online at www.visitpetaluma.com, find the Petaluma Visitor’s Center on Facebook, Twitter, and Pintrest, or give them a call at (707) 769-0429.


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Petaluma's Harvest Days Are Here!
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Petaluma’s downtown merchants are inviting you to come to Petaluma’s Harvest Days and “Scarecrows on the Town,” held October 24th-26th. Events will be happening in local merchant locations at various times all three days, as we gear up the community in a Fall celebration.

There will be pie tasting, pumpkin carving, delectable Harvest menus, a cupcake cook off & bake sale and SO much more.  And for the 3rd year Scarecrows will be donning their best attire and taking up residence in Downtown.  Many merchants will create unique and inspired Scarecrows to showcase during October for "Scarecrows on the Town". Download a map of all participating merchant locations at www.petalumadowntown.com under the festivals and events tab.

We encourage you to participate in a plethora of events including I Leoni’s “Hocus Pocus Cupcake Bakeoff” and sale from 10AM to 3PM. Show off your ghoulishly great baking skills or simply stop by for some pre-Halloween treats. All proceeds will be donated to COTS. For more information or questions, call I Leoni at (707) 762-9611. Petaluma Market will be hosting a FREE pumpkin carving and decorating contest. All supplies will be provided. Just bring yourself and a little creativity for a frightfully good time. Also, the Petaluma Pie Company is holding their annual “Guess the Weight of the Pie” contest as well as hosting a blind tasting of sweet potato vs. pumpkin pie; will you be able to tell the difference? Free Range Provisions and Eats is having an Heirloom Apple Tasting; come and enjoy rare apples with heritage beginnings. Gallery One Petaluma is holding a fall show, featuring  a wide selection of hand-blown glass pumpkins, hand carved gourds, and sculptures by Steven McGovney based on The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe. Come and enjoy a bit of fall for dinner as well, at Graffiti restaurant, where they will be featuring a harvest menu.    

In addition to Harvest Days, Petaluma is host to many fall destinations. Come visit the Petaluma Farmers Market from 2PM-5:30PM in Walnut Park. Also, check out the Petaluma Pumpkin Patch and A-Maze-Ing Corn Maze, The Great Peter Pumpkin Patch of the Spring Hill Cheese Company, and McClelland’s Organic Dairy for all of your pumpkin and corn maze needs. Don’t forget about The Petaluma Art Center’s “El Dia de Los Muertos Exhibition and Celebration all month long.


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Fall into Antiques this September
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Nothing marks the beginning of Fall in Downtown Petaluma better than the annual Fall Antique Faire! One of our favorite features of the fall faire are the antique dealers that display their wares with a tip of their hat to the upcoming Halloween season. Caldrons, witchy hats, orange & black and other Halloween-y vintage finds will delight those looking for some new-to-them spook-tacular decor.

Aside from the ghoulish wares, we have an incredible assortment of dealers, carrying everything from very fine European antiques, to fossils, to vintage shabby chic and everything in between!







And if 180 dealers lining the street isn't enough, our downtown offers over a dozen antique shops within walking distance of the event! Take a peek here to get a list of all of them. A perusing through our Antique Faire and shops wouldn't be complete without the Mason's traditional pancake breakfast at the Masonic Hall at 9 Western Ave. Enjoy pancakes, sausage and eggs in their Grand Ballroom for a mere $8 donation anytime between 7am and 11:30pm the day of the event.

Whatever you're interested in, you're likely to find it at our Fall Antique Faire on September 28th from 8-4pm. We've ordered good weather and are looking forward to another beautiful day in Downtown Petaluma!

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Ode to Taste of Petaluma, Part 2
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Last week I detailed some of the participants of the 9th Annual Taste of Petaluma (coming up August 23rd!) that I was privileged to be wined and dined at during the Mini-Taste of Petaluma.  As I explained in my last blog, these Mini-Tastes are a small scale preview of the deliciousness that is Taste of Petaluma. Well, it appears the Goddess of Taste (Ms. Laura Sunday) favors me, because I got invited to the next round of Mini-Taste, and this time around I just went ahead and squealed with delight.


The first stop on our schedule was Zodiacs, at 256 Petaluma Blvd N., owned by Kristin McMaster and fiancé John “Jonesy” Jones. Kristin served us their Slow Roasted Baby Back Ribs with Cool Mango Slaw. Even with my limited exposure to ribs I could tell these were GOOD. While I usually consider coleslaw a rather blah compulsory condiment to BBQ, their mango slaw was inventive, crisp, refreshing and highlighted the smoky and vinegary notes of the ribs. Perusing their menu; which features locally sourced meats, grassfed beef, and Mary’s chicken; I was excited to note a Southern theme, nothing rivals the comfort of a good Southern meal for me. Judging by the warm smile Kristin entertained us with, and the way she talked about what they do, Zodiacs is a labor of love and everything there seemed to exude that.  Aside from lunch & dinner, they also host brunch on the weekends, music seven nights a week and even some lunch performances, live painting, and a changing exhibit of local art. They'll be serving their Ribs at Taste of Petaluma, but they’ll also be hosting a slew of local craft brewers, AND they’ll be hosting the first ever After Taste Party. Your Taste wristband is entrance in, the fun starts at 4pm and will continue until the last person admits defeat and heads home.


I carefully wiped every crevice of my face and hands to hide the huge BBQ mess I’d made of myself and we tottered on to our next stop, Seared, located at 170 Petaluma Blvd N. Seared is an interesting place, the food is beautifully plated, inventive and vibrant in flavor, but the atmosphere is casual and unpretentious. Owned by a trio of locals, it’s headed by Chef Joe O’Donnell, a young and promising chef that has obvious culinary talent. Particularly intriguing was his “Aquachili”, a new term for me. Basically lime and chili cooked fish, it is very similar to the more commonly known ceviche. Consisting of Chili Pepper Cod atop a Crisp Tortilla square with Avocado, Micro Cilantro & Pickled Onion, I adored the freshness of the ingredients, each contributing to a well balanced bite of sweet, salty, tartness. Their other offering for Taste of Petaluma is a Wagu New York Tataki with frizzled ginger, Scallions, Micro Shisho & Shoyu. The Wagu was cooked to medium rare perfection and melted in my mouth in a happy mingling of ginger, shoyu & tangy vinegar.




Our next stop was Speakeasy, a cozy tapas bar located at 139 Petaluma Blvd N., in Putnam Plaza. It’s owned by Roger Schann and Amber Driscoll, yet another restaurateur couple, and they have done a beautiful job with their very limited space. Indeed, they are taking over the space formerly occupied by Off Limits, to serve as an overflow dining room, events area, and performance space, to be dubbed the Big Easy. Upon arrival, there were some house cured olives and pickled veggies awaiting us, an enjoyable cleanse of palate.  Empanadas with Niman Ranch Steak & Potatoes topped with a Lime Cilantro Crema & crumbled Queso Fresco, served piping hot, soon followed. It was a beautifully plated and rather adorable little hand pie, but the best part of the empanada was the ethereal pastry dough. It was impossibly light, buttery and decadent. The filling and crema were delicious as well, but honestly I could have just eaten the pastry plain it was so good. I quickly mashed any remaining pastry bits, crema and filling onto my fork and savored the last bits before heading to our next stop.


Sax’s Joint was our fourth and final stop. Located at 317 Petaluma Blvd S., you’ll probably recall that Marvin’s occupied this cute little space just south of D St. for many years. Owned by sisters Tiffany and Kimberly Saxleby, and their mother affectionately referred to as Mee-Maw, this breakfast and lunch spot is a heartfelt tribute to their father, who encouraged this dream and passed away before they were able to realize it. The interior is 50’s diner chic, with classic rock playing jubilantly in the background. During Taste, Sax’s will be hosted by Marisa’s Fantasia (29 Petaluma Blvd N.) and will serve Chicken Fried Chicken Strips in house made Country Gravy. The chicken strips came out in a mug, resting atop a dollop of gravy. They were freshly fried and still moist inside, the batter was incredibly flavorful, a stark contrast to the often dull seasoning that accompanies fried chicken. Their cupcakes had been staring at me since walking in, and to my utter joy turned out to be for us. The cake was light, moist and flavorful and the butter cream frosting was in excellent proportion to the cake. Mee-Maw is the house baker, making from scratch all their desserts, cupcakes and even cinnamon rolls the size of your head.



The official Taste of Petaluma will take place on Saturday August 23rd from 11:30pm to 4pm, and I encourage everyone to come out and support Cinnabar’s wonderful theatre programs and Taste your way around town. Aside from all the scrumptious things to eat and drink, there will be food for the soul too with over 23 musicians performing around town. It’s a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Tickets are currently on sale and cost $40 for 10 tasting coupons. You can purchase tickets and peruse menus online at TasteofPetaluma.org. You can also visit Gallery One, Velvet Ice Collections, or Blush Collections to get your tickets in person or you can wait and purchase tickets the day of in Putnam Plaza.



Written by Jennifer Hawks, Petaluma Downtown Association
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An Ode to the Mini-Taste of Petaluma
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When I found out I’d been invited to Cinnabar Theater’s “Mini-Taste”, I nearly squealed with delight. I’ve seen the blogs and articles that surface after one of these coveted Mini-Tastes, which of course is the purpose behind treating local writers and bloggers to this culinary sprint of deliciousness. Taste of Petaluma might be my favorite event in town, simply because it’s all about the amazing food that is produced in our little hamlet. In its 9th year, The Taste of Petaluma is a full day (the day of August 23rd to be exact) of unbridled enjoyment of culinary creation, local wine and craft brews, that benefits Cinnabar’s programs. Tickets are $40 and include 10 tastes, and with over 54 participants this year, it will be a difficult endeavor to decide which 10 you’ll try.

The marathon began at Paradise Sushi; a sushi place that had somehow escaped my ravenous appetite for all things Japanese since opening in 2012 in the River Plaza, 20 E. Washington St. During the official Taste of Petaluma you’ll get a generous portion of 2 pieces of Ocean Roll (Calamari Tempura & Cream Cheese, topped w/Salmon, Lemon slices, Crab, Scallions & Eel Sauce) and 2 pieces of Ninja Roll (Shrimp Tempura & Crab, topped w/Tuna, Avocado, Red Snapper, Tobiko, Eel Sauce & Spicy Mayo). I’ve had ninja rolls many times before and Paradise’s did not disappoint. The Ocean roll had a hint of lemon zest that made the creaminess of the calamari and cream cheese pop. We tasted a few other items including various Nigiri and their signature Paradise roll, but the show stopper for me was the Ceviche roll, a fusion of Serrano pepper, avocado, salmon, red onion and cilantro. It captured the spicy, citrusy and salty sweetness of fish you’d expect from any number of coastal towns in Central America.

I’ve alluded to the quickness of this tasting tour, and sure enough before I had managed to devour the sushi and take a few notes, we were being directed to our next stop, Twisted 2, located in the Lan Mart Building at 29 Petaluma Blvd N. Owned by husband and wife team, Dick and Julie Warner, Twisted 2 is the second coming of their popular restaurant/wine shop Twisted Vines. Julie’s role is that of head chef, she carefully sources the food and creates a special prix fixe menu every Thursday through Saturday based on the freshest ingredients to be found, many coming from her own garden. We were served sashimi fresh from Hawaii with sushi rice & seaweed slaw, and a splash of crisp Sauvignon Blanc that was carefully selected by Dick to pair unobtrusively with the delicate flavors of the dish. The dining experience is intimate, with a maximum seating of 20 patrons per night, making reservations for their happy hour and dinner a necessity. We were also introduced to Couture Farms Pistachio Nuts that act as an Amuse Bouche before your meal begins. I already love pistachios, but these glorious little green gems were far from your average pistachio.



With pistachio shells still in hand, we raced down Petaluma Blvd to Thistle Meats at 160 Petaluma Blvd N. Business partners Molly Best and Lisa Mickley Modica opened their whole animal butchery shop and charcuterie earlier this year. They specialize in locally sourced and ethically raised lamb, beef, pork, chicken, duck & rabbit; among their other specialties; sausages, pates, terrines, charcuterie, salumi and even some local provisions like Wild West Ferments’ Sauerkraut, Green String Farm’s produce and duck eggs. During Taste of Petaluma, you’ll sample a variety of their salumi, charcuterie & sausages, including one of the tastiest Sopresseta Calabreses that I’ve ever encountered. To help wash down the savory tastes, McEvoy Ranch was on hand pouring their 2013 Rosebud Rose. Dry, with hints of cranberry and pink grapefruit, it had a crisp tartness and acidity that paired quite well with the rich fattiness of the meats. I’m unsure if that was a planned pairing, or just a happy coincidence.



Wishbone was next on our list and required a brief car ride down Petaluma Blvd. Housed in the Petaluma mainstay that was Three Cooks Café at 841 Petaluma Blvd N., Wishbone is operated by another husband and wife team, Miriam Donaldson and Josh Norwitt. Miriam greeted us and told us the story behind their Taste offering, bacon jam BLTs on house made Sourdough with duck egg mayo and heirloom tomatoes. Not only is their sourdough (and every other bread, pastry and pasta they serve) house made, but it was created from a wild sourdough starter that began on their family ranch. Miriam explained the process of making bacon jam; the best tidbits of bacon from a local farm are combined with caramelized onions and cooked for over 12 hours, then finished off with a bit of strong coffee and maple syrup. I particularly appreciated that the heirloom tomatoes that topped the BLT were sweeter than the jam itself, which was well balanced in flavor. Oohs and awws erupted from the table, and one tastee said it best, “This is too good to leave anything on the plate” as she furtively removed the last piece from its platter.


And so, with bellies full and eyes agog, we headed back to our respective lives. That is, until this Friday, when we’ll embark on the next chapter of Cinnabar Theatre’s Mini-Taste marathon.


By Jennifer Hawks, Petaluma Downtown Association
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Petaluma Music Festival goes Galactic
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Galactic to Headline 7th Annual Petaluma Music Festival


GalacticThis marks the seventh year for what has become one of the most highly regarded events on the west coast summer music festival circuit. The Petaluma Music Festival takes place on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014, at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds & Event Center in Petaluma.


With past festival performances by national acts like Trombone Shorty, The Devil Makes Three, Jackie Greene, Xavier Rudd, and ALO, festival goers are always treated to a family-friendly event with a unique variety of  indie-band music for people of all ages.


Brokedown in BakersfieldThis year is no exception. Performing at the 2014 Petaluma Music Festival are New Orleans funk and jazz jam band Galactic, the California rock and soul of The Mother Hips, the country and westernThe Mother Hips sounds of Brokedown in Bakersfield featuring Nicki Bluhm, the Brooklyn funk and soul of Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, the Americana folk of local singer-songwriter David Luning, the sweet three part sibling harmony of the T Sisters, the hip hop, jazz, and electronica of Adam Theis & Jazz Mafia, and the Louisiana sounds of Andre Thierry Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds& Zydeco Magic.  Joining these headliners are Bay Area favorites The Highway Poets, Levi Lloyd & The 501 Band, IrieFuse, The Pine Needles, Ariel Garcia, and The Market Farmers Band.


Rounding out the day are a silent auction, a celebrity autographed guitar raffle, a kids area, free drinking water, and a variety of specialty food, craft, and merchandise vendors.  The presenting community partner is the Lagunitas Brewing Company.


The Petaluma Music Festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to “keeping music in the schools.”  All festival proceeds benefit the music education programs in all Petaluma area public schools. In the last four years, the Petaluma Music Festival has donated nearly $100,000 to keeping music in the schools, and we are looking to increase that number in 2014.


Tickets are $40 General Admission, $85 VIP Premium (includes shaded reserved seating with complimentary wine, beer, and light appetizers), and children 12 and under are free with a paying adult. Ticket prices will increase on the day of festival. Students 13-17 can purchase $20 tickets at the door.  Tickets are available for purchase online at www.petalumamusicfestival.org and in person at McNear's Restaurant in Petaluma, the Lagunitas TapRoom & Beer Sanctuary in Petaluma, People’s Music in Sebastopol, and the Last Record Store in Santa Rosa.  Gates open and music begins at 12:00 PM and the festival concludes at 9:00 PM.  The festival location is the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, 175 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma, CA 94952.

Volunteer opportunities are still available, visit http://petalumamusicfestival.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=6301 to find more info and sign up!

Find the Petaluma Music Festival on Facebook!
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Summer = Sidewalk Sale
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Petaluma is steeped in its traditions and the GREAT Downtown Sidewalk sale this Friday July 25th - Sunday, July 27th, is a great example.  The Downtown Sidewalk sale has been a yearly summer tradition for over 20 years.  Today, not all of the merchant's sales take place on the sidewalk, but dozens of merchants will have incredible deals that are sure to have you happily skipping down the sidewalks. 

Participating locations will be all over Downtown Petaluma, including the Theater District, Petaluma Blvd, B Street, Fourth Street, Kentucky Street, Western Avenue and Washington Street.  A list of the merchants that let us know they are participating is below, but is by no means limited to this list. Merchants will offer a variety of deals, as well as coupons, free gifts, and more!

Downtown Petaluma offers convenient free parking with a two-hour limit.  If you need more time, we have two large parking structures with free parking for the day.  The first is the Keller Street Garage located across from Petaluma Market, the other is the Second Street Parking Garage, located on the corner of Second and C streets in the Theater District.


For more information call (707) 762-9348 or visit us online.


Alphabet Soup 203 Kentucky Street,
Athletic Soles 49 Petaluma Blvd N 
Bliss Bridal & Black Tie 145 Petaluma Blvd. N
Blush 133 Kentucky St.
Chickaboom Vintage 145 Kentucky St.,
Cocas Diko 21 Washington St.
Copperfield's Books Petaluma 140 Kentucky St.
Ethical Clothing 122 Kentucky St,
French Hen Antiques 218 Petaluma Blvd. N.
Hollingsworth Jewelry 5 Petaluma Blvd. N.,
Hot Polka Dot 119 Kentucky St
iLeoni 120 Kentucky St.
Knitterly 1 Fourth Street,
Little Luma 21 Western Ave
Louis Thomas 150 Kentucky St.
Marisa's Fantasia & Marisa's Christmas 29 Petaluma Blvd N
Nicole's Fashion Boutique 7 Petaluma Blvd., N.
Old Shanghai 172 Petaluma Blvd. N.,
One Planet 5 4th St,
Pick of the Litter 143 Petaluma Blvd. N.
Pilates with Anne 35 Petaluma Blvd. N
Riverfront Gallery 132 Petaluma Boulevard N
Shunzi 141 Kentucky S
Soft Shell 1o Kentucky St.
Sorella Hair Studio & Fashion Boutique 6 Petaluma Blvd N
Stink 126 Kentucky St
Summer Cottage Antiques 153 Kentucky Street,
The Find 322 Western Ave.
Worthy of Love 226 Petaluma Blvd N.
Yoga One  110 Kentucky St

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The Petaluma Art & Garden Festival Grows Up
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The number 13 doesn’t have to be unlucky at all. The Petaluma Art & Garden Festival enters adolescence at a time when the event continues to grow — not only in attendance — but also in every other way imaginable.

Presented by the Petaluma Downtown Association, it’s a free party that is not only located outdoors, but focuses on the outdoors. The fun-filled family event is set for Sunday, July 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. People from all over the Bay Area enjoy a summer day on Kentucky, Fourth and “B” streets, strolling past charming booths, dancing to live music, and savoring the tastes of food and beverages only Petaluma has to offer.

Vendors clamor to be part of the festival, with a talented group of mostly local artisans who create exclusive handcrafted items, filling the streets. With 145 booths, the event has more than tripled in size since its inception, expanding to a larger footprint.

New this year is Sonoma Gnome Lip Balm, with flavors like Sebastopol Apple, Santa Rosa Plum, Sonoma Sangria, Healdsburg Cappuccino and to be unveiled at the festival — Petaluma Chai. According to the local company’s literature: “gnomes protect the earth and your lips too.”

Artist Jan M. Reddick’s unique nature cubes combine artistry with the outdoors. “My painterly impulses pull me toward botanical portraits of flowers, seeds, pods, leaves… in all their stages of life and decay,” says Reddick. Her objet’s d’art are made from foraged elements of tree moss, eucalyptus pods, tiny pinecones, fallen tree bark and other discarded pieces of nature.

Graffiti Glass Lamps showcase nature in the base of the lamp. Fairy Shadow uses recycled fabrics to make whimsical fairy dolls and floral hair accessories. The Bus Shoppe, a high-end boutique featuring bohemian chic, will be located near the stage. Other booths will highlight fine art and photography, skincare, repurposed treasures, garden and home décor, sun catchers, birdhouses, plants and succulents and more.

Experts will be on hand from The Petaluma Garden Club and Sonoma County Master Gardeners to answer gardening questions. Figure out how to grow vegetables in tricky Petaluma adobe soil and what makes a garden organic. Friedman’s is this year’s new premiere garden sponsor, offering a wide selection of plants for sale.

Although gardeners and shoppers will have a lot to keep themselves busy, they will also be swirling fine wines from Adobe Road Winery, Enriquez Estate Wines, Fogline Vineyards and Heidrun Meadery; sampling brews from Lagunitas and Petaluma Market beer; and tasting tidbits of food from a wide variety of local restaurants such as Brixx Pizza, Preferred Sonoma Caterers, Petaluma Market cheeses, Bert’s Desserts, Pongo’s Kitchen & Tap and Nick’s Coves. The selection of tastes for the palate changes with each year, but what doesn’t change is the allure of the live music that pairs well with food and drink.

See a stellar line-up at the main stage, located at the corner of Fourth and “B” streets. The 2014 music schedule includes Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs!, whose Austin-bred sound moved to the Bay Area and pleases with a sassy blues-inflected country rock. Click, who now resides in the Bay Area, has a huge fan base including Carlos Santana and Elvin Bishop, both who have joined him on stage. The band performs from 3 to 5 p.m.

Also new to the festival is Reckless in Vegas, an energetic act performing songs from the 1960s Golden Era of Las Vegas with tunes by Dean Marin, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. Think the “Rat Pack meets Green Day.” The line up includes: Mario Cipollina, bass and vocals, Michael Shapiro, vocals and guitar, and Dr. Fu on drums. They hit the stage from noon to 1:15 p.m.

Returning to the festival and performing from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. is the Santana tribute band Zebop! Veteran performers of the festival, the band’s fans clamor for their return every year. Local favorites Luvplanet have also played the festival many times and are returning with their acoustic rendition of “Luvplanet Exposed with Mark McGee and Nicole Sutton,” kicking off the celebration from 11 to 11:50 a.m.

The music selection has also expanded with a second stage sponsored by Ray’s Deli & Tavern. Located on Kentucky Street in front of the “A” Street parking lot, an acoustic line-up will feature: sparrow’s 1-man groove, 11 a.m.; Nate Lopez, noon; Judy Radiloff, 1 p.m.; Ariel Garcia, 2 p.m.; Saffell, 3 p.m. and Lisa Stano with members of The Grain at 4 p.m.

Kids can enjoy the children’s corner, with hands-on arts and crafts, a climbing wall, face painting, super-slide, bounce house and more. Barefoot Books will provide story telling during the day and also have books for sale.

Adults and children of all ages will want to compete in the Chalk Art Competition, presented by the Petaluma Arts Center. An application to participate is available on the center’s website or at the Petaluma Downtown Association site. This is the third year for this fun activity. Those who aren’t artistically inclined to create a masterpiece will enjoy seeing works of art created by budding chalk artists.

The Petaluma Art & Garden Festival offers a treat for all of the senses — from the high caliber of food and wines from local restaurants and vineyards —to the unbeatable entertainment and premiere selection of arts and crafts as well as home and garden decor.

Food, beer and wine tasting packets are available for $25, including a commemorative wine or beer glass designed by local artist Lisa Krieshok, and 15 tasting tickets. Individual wine and beer glasses are $5 with individual tickets $1.50 each. Each year the festival’s artwork spotlights a different flower or plant, making them a fun historic collectible. Admission to the festival is free. For more information, call 707-762-9348. Find the festival on Facebook and go to www.petalumadowntown.com for a full list of participating vendors.

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NEW Busline from Dillion Beach to Petaluma!
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A brand NEW busline will be introduced on June 10th that will travel between Dillon Beach and Petaluma.  Marin Transit and Whistlestop have come together to offer Route 65  that will travel between Dillon Beach, Tomales, US Coast Guard Training Center and Petaluma 3 times a day on Tuesdays only. 

On Wednesdays, it will operate as a Senior Shuttle that will make one round trip weekly to enable senior and disabled residents of Dillon Beach and Tomales to shop and perform other errands in Petaluma.  Pickups will begin in Dillon Beach at 9:30am before going to Tomales and then Petaluma.  On the return trip, the last riders are dropped off in Dillon Beach by 1:30pm.

For details, please take a peak at the Route 65 bus schedule here.

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