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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Paluma Rumas - June 2011

So the June swoon swoops upon us as we labor under delusions of unsolicited what-happened-to-spring weather and my tomato plants scream WTF!

June is Graduation, Summer Vacation and Money on Ration . . . and in this issue of Gazette, take a trip without leaving the county.
Wet Your Whistle for the Wetlands! Now I am sure you have all heard about the fight to save Shollenberger Park from the big bad bogeyman. Well, you can help by attending the Shollenberger Shindig at Lagunitas Brewery on Tuesday June 14th. Lagunitas has been, and continues to be the Kick-Ass-Most-Benevolent-Local-Giveback-Machine in Petaluma (and just about anywhere else I can think of!) and they just don’t stop giving. I honor the magic business plan of Sir Tony Magee, Make Great Beer and donate said BEER to many worthy causes . . . and the effervescent Ron Lindenbush and all the crew that works there . . . “THIS BUGS FOR YOU!” Meanwhile back at the Shindig, check it out, June 14th, doors open at 6-8:30 PM starring the fabulous Foxes in the Henhouse, the Rivereens and the great trio that shone at Plastic is Drastic party, Three Legged Sister. Tickets online or at Mail Depot (Marvelous Maureen Presiding) 4th and C, Lagunitas Brewing 1280 N McDowell,, or at the door, but there are only 200 tx and I already bought 50 of them. ;-)

The Petaluma Historical Museum with Smithsonian Traveling Exhibitions present BEYOND, Visions of Planetary Landscapes created by Michael Benson. Michael Benson is a photographer, writer, and filmmaker. During the last decade he has staged a series of increasingly large-scale exhibitions of planetary landscape photography internationally and he has authored three illustrated books with space themes. Benson’s Beyond planetary exhibition projects, which feature photographs processed and assembled by him from raw spacecraft image data, have been presented at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. The show is here until July 4th.

As for taking a trip without leaving the Farm, we have a fabulous collection of State Parks and you can buy an Annual Day Use pass for $125 that gets you and Vehicle in to 125 parks that charge Day Use parking, and you will be supporting our struggling State park system. Four great hikes among many are: Bald Mountain Loop at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park outside of Kenwood. Austin Creek Trail at Austin Creek State Recreation Area near Guerneville. Shiloh loop at Shiloh Ranch Regional Park in Windsor. Bodega Head at Sonoma Coast State Park west of Bodega. Another cool invitation is from Sonoma Land Trust and Landpaths present ESTERO AMERICANO PADDLE -- Friday Jun 3, 09 AM to 03 PM, a rare opportunity to experience this beautiful tidal estuary from the water! Bring your own kayak. More info:

The Sixth Annual Trolley, Track and Trestle Extravaganza is scheduled for Saturday, June 11 @ the ‘Yellow Barn’, 110 Bayliss Street, across Washington from the Golden Eagle Center. Doors open at 5:30 pm.  Tickets are $20 p/p  (can be purchased at the door or by calling 707.778.7878). All ages. Fine food, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages available. Five hours of some of Petaluma’s top musical talent including Chris Rowan, the hot all women band, “Foxes in the Henhouse”, Chris Samson and Friends, Tamara Little, D’Bunchovus, Bruce Kurnow, Larry Potts, Andrea Stevick, and special guests.
Have you been to the great pub/restaurant TAPS? They are good at tossing out special days like Monday, kids eat free, Tightwad Tuesday, Wing it Wednesdays, Thirsty Thursday. They have a fabulous selection of draft brews. Some serious beer knowledge going on here. The Gourmet Hot Dog Selection rocks and it is in a cool space! Grab them on their facebook page at TAPS Petaluma or go to 205 Kentucky Street at Washington. Owner Eric has got enthusiasm!

Of course, the bonus part of this season is that Farmers Market starts, and the slow start to this gardening season makes it more of a bonus. What, I wonder does the planetary climate have in store for us this month?? In Petaluma the Market opens Wednesday afternoons between B and D on 2nd Street and at Walnut Park Saturdays from 2-5 pm. Farmers markets are the most sustainable way to shop and if you bring your own tote it can be plastic free! What a treat, what a concept! And there are not even any inorganic plastic stickers on the food telling you it’s organic!

Be Happy . . . the Bugster