11 Events, Meetups, and Things to Do in and Around Petaluma
First Friday Bike Ride
Every first Friday, local cyclists gather in the early evening at Walnut Park for a group bike ride through different parts of Petaluma. The next First Friday Bike Ride will be from 5-6 p.m. on Friday, April 1. Walnut Park is at 4th and E streets.
Succulent Swap at the Library
Hosted by Sonoma County Master Gardeners and the Petaluma Regional Library, the first Succulent Swap event since 2019 will take place at the library on Saturday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Following a presentation from master gardeners Jack Leutza and Trudy Jamieson — who will share tips on growing succulents and creating a succulent garden in reusable containers — attendees bringing cuttings from home will leave them for others and take cuttings home from other Petaluma gardens. For more information on this event, visit SonomaLibrary.org and search for programs for “Succulent Swap”.
Petaluma Kite Day
A few years ago, some kite-loving Petalumans decided to declare one weekend a year Petaluma Kite Day and officially proposed that anyone with a kite bring it to a designated location for a day of fresh air and high-flying fun. Well, Petaluma Kite Day is back, this Saturday, March 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., this time at Steamer Landing Park and the adjacent Petaluma River Park. Aqus Cafe, always a proponent of juggling, kite flying and other gravity defying activities, is the sponsor of this event, and to quote the slogan on the website’s Kite Day page, “Bring a kite, a picnic and a friend”. There is also a walk-and-talk event at 9:30 a.m. Aquas.com.
50th anniversary of “The Godfather”
Talk about an offer we can’t refuse. As the movie world celebrates the 50th anniversary of the premiere of ‘The Godfather’ (theatrically released in 1972), with ‘The Offer’ – an outrageous Paramount miniseries about the making of the film premiering later this month – what better time to catch the greatest movie ever made (yes, we’ve been there) on the big screen? Luca Brazzi can sleep with the fish, but wake up Petaluma! Great cinema lovers are already snapping up tickets for one of the four screenings. “The Godfather,” starring Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, James Caan, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire and Abe Vigoda, returns to theaters as part of Boulevard Cinema’s Flashback series at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, and again on Wednesday 6 April. 200 C St. Cinemawest.com.
Stories for children in the library
Parents with children up to age 5 are encouraged to bring the children for family storytelling in the outdoor children’s garden at the Petaluma Regional Library. Mondays 3:30-4 p.m. and Thursdays 10:15-10:45 a.m. 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Register in advance at events.sonomacountylibrary.org.
Poets Dorothy Gilbert and Ellen Wen will read their works on Monday, April 4 at 6:15 p.m., as part of the regular Petaluma Poets Zoom events hosted by Petaluma Poet Sandy Anfang. For the link to the event or to register for a three-minute open-mic poetry slot, visit the calendar on Aqus.com.
The Spring 2022 Cinema Series, presented by the Petaluma Film Alliance and Santa Rosa Junior College, returns to the Carole L. Ellis Auditorium on the JC campus on Wednesday, April 6. The first film to screen since the series was shut down by COVID-19 in 2020 will be “Rickshaw Girl”, directed in Bangladesh by Amitabh Reza Chowdhury and produced by Penngrove’s Eric Adams. The 7 p.m. screen will be preceded by a 6 p.m. chat with Adams. 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway. Tickets are $6 general, $5 for students, with season passes $25. Visit PetalumaFilmAlliance.org for all information
Virtual Pride Club for Teens
LGTBQIA+ teens in grades 7-12 (ages 13-18) are invited to hang out with other gay kids to discuss books and other media once a week as part of Virtual Pride Sonoma County Library Club. The group meets via Zoom on Tuesdays from 5-6 p.m. Register in advance at events.sonomacountylibrary.org.
Walk on Wednesday evening
Want to start (or resume) walking for fitness and general exercise? Joining a weekly group of engaged walkers could be the inspiration and/or motivation you need. The Wednesday Night Walk in Petaluma begins at Cafe Aqus, zigzags through the West Side, including parts of downtown and the waterfront, covering approximately 3.5 miles to 4.5 miles, depending on weather. Sign up at Meetup.com/SONOMA-COUNTY-OUTDOORS.
“Water and Irrigation” at the Green String Institute
The Green String Institute at Petaluma continues its Noon Seminar Series in the Great Barn on Saturday, April 2 at 12 p.m. The title of the topic is “Water and Irrigation”, an important issue for agriculture and gardening during the current drought. Hosted by Bob Cannard, the discussion is free, with donations gratefully accepted. The Green String Institute is located at 3571 Old Adobe Road.
Sips and bites at Woman’s Club
The third annual Petaluma Woman’s Club Sips & Bites will take place in the club’s historic building on Sunday, April 3. Attendees will sample wines and spirits from across Sonoma County, sampling a range of different cuisines from several Petaluma restaurants and caterers. It’s your chance to make new friends while supporting two good causes: the PWC Clubhouse Restoration Fund and the Mentor Me. To serve more people (and raise more money), there will be two sessions, the the first from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the second from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $30 presale on EventBrite and $35 at the door. Information can be found at PetalumaWomansClub.com.