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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Petaluma Rumas

As the planet continually surprises us and we continually mess with her, may haps spring shall begin. Heritage Salvage has a great spot on the Petaluma River. This working river is fun to watch the barges run up and down, worthy of kayaking, boating, walking or riding thru Shollenberger Park, or hanging out at the turning basin. Petaluma needs to embrace her waterway. Check out Friends of the Petaluma River and the River Heritage Center:

Speaking of the River, good old Petaluma Slough is being embraced by “the Revivalists” with an upcoming "Rivertown Revival, The Greatest Slough on Earth!" Due to take place on July 24th, the festival showcases the Petaluma River with art boats, floating art, live music, food, sideshows, beer, wine, river monsters and amazing kid activities. It also celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the Livery Stable, now Petaluma’s Heritage Center on McNear Peninsula. What will your art boat look like? Enter Now!

There is a fundraiser on June 17th at Central Market. Have a fabulous dinner at Central Market and 15% goes to the Rivertown Revival!! If you have not tried the ever generous Chef Tony’s food, y’otta!

Join Petaluma Bounty members and friends to celebrate the beginning of the summer growing season, and the launch of their new Bounty Membership program. Live music by Los Gu’achis, delicious finger foods, wine tasting, bountiful company and good cheer on Friday, June 11th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at The Bounty Farm, 55 Shasta Avenue, near Petaluma Blvd. North, just north of the Lucky’s Shopping Center.

June 12th Bounty Farm Work Day 9 - 3
Every Saturday is now a volunteer work day from 9-1
Every Thursday is a volunteer work day from 9-12 at the Bounty Farm 55 Shasta Avenue ( The Bounty Farm is at the Petaluma Farmers Market WEDNESDAY June 2 - Sept. 1, 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM -2nd Street (between B & D Street. SATURDAY, Walnut Park 2-5 PM at 4th and D streets!

Daily Acts Workshops
Transform your Thirsty Lawn ~ Saturday, June 5th, 10am-4pm, Free for Cotati residents, $10-20 non-residents In this class, we’ll delve into the details of gardens, explore design charettes of potential future plantings, and address how maintenance of a food forest differs from maintaining other types of gardens. Permaculture is an evolving process of creating perennial cropping systems that mimic forest ecology. Get equipped with the knowledge, skills and know-how to grow your own productive garden, minimizing your own inputs and costs.

Tour: Greywater with Gusto ~ Sunday, June 6th, 10am-2pm, Free for Cotati Residents $25 non-residents. In this tour, we’ll visit the new, single-fixture Greywater System of Neil Hancock and Jenny Blaker. This system, installed under the new CA greywater code, is located just feet away from Laguna de Santa Rosa. We’ll talk about site selection and system design, pollution prevention, and the new regulations––and how to keep greywater safe for humans and our watersheds. Two greywater experts will speak about the benefits of greywater: Trathen Heckman, Director of Daily Acts, member of Sonoma County Greywater Working Group and owner of the first permitted single-residence system in Sonoma County, and Heather Shepherd, who planned, designed and installed the first fully permitted and compliant system in Sonoma County. We will discuss environmental and financial benefits of greywater, and touch on watershed protection and restoration. At the end of the day, you’ll be equipped with the resources and information to realize your greywater goals!

Tour: Bees, Bees, Bees Galore ~ Saturday, June 19th, 10am-3pm, $35. This tour appreciates the pollinators that make it all happen! Our first stop is the sweeeet local business Beekind, experienced beekeepers committed to protecting the health of honeybees. We’ll spend the morning discussing Beekeeping 101 and take an intimate look at what’s going on inside these locally built bee boxes filled with happy humming honeybees.
Next, we’ll share a potluck lunch in Healdsburg at The Melissa Gardens, a honeybee sanctuary founded in 2007. Designed by Kate Frey, two acres of this 40-acre ranch are planted explicitly for the bees, with botanicals that offer year-round nectar and pollen sources for honeybees. Here honeybees are offered a sanctuary, insulated from stressors in a beautiful setting––we’ll undoubtedly come away equally serene and nourished!

Attention Petaluminaries! If you have an event that needs announcing, please email me with your info and I will include it, I am too time-challenged to collect it all myself. Blessings, Bug