Out and about in Petaluma

Italian family circus Zoppé

When you step under the 500-seat marquee of the 180-year-old Zoppé Family Circus, it’s like stepping back in time. It’s a pure and awe-inspiring circus, as the family has been dazzling audiences for nearly 18 decades, since 1842. You’ll see acrobatic feats, daredevils, horse shows, canine capers, classic clowning and challenging juggling gravity. . The marquee stands at the Petaluma Fairgrounds, where the circus begins Friday, August 26 and continues through Labor Day, September 5. For show times and tickets, visit Zoppe.net.

“The Main Street of Your Hometown”

The brand new exhibit at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum is titled “Your Hometown Main Street, Petaluma, California” (until November 27) and, as suggested, is a journey through time through various stages of one one of the busiest and best in Petaluma. favorite thoroughfares, originally Main Street and Third Street (according to), now known as Petaluma Boulevard. The museum is open Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is planning a series of talks on Saturdays to dig deeper into the history of the old main street. On Sept. 10, Terry Park will discuss Petaluma’s colorful saloons and pubs, and on Sept. 24, John Sheehy (a frequent contributor to the Argus-Courier) will present a virtual Zoom presentation titled Early Business and Immigrant Settlements. Next, Argus-Courier columnist Skip Sommer (Petaluma’s Past, airing the first Friday of the month in the Argus) will join a few guests on October 22 to discuss the Grand Moulin and downtown revitalization, and the lecture series will conclude on November 12 with author George Baur presenting a reading of his book “Third Street.” The museum is at 20 Fourth St. Visit the website at PetalumaMuseum.com.

‘Atlas, the Solitary Gibbon’

In the very near future, a magazine journalist loses her job as a writer to an AI program designed to write stories about topics of human interest, technological innovations, and a lonely gibbon who lives in a shelter. wildlife. While editing the AI’s copy of said gibbon, the protagonist of Deborah Yarchun’s hilarious comedy “Atlas the Lonely Gibbon” finds herself struggling with an array of devices – from semi-sentient refrigerators and locks electronic door handles that sometimes refuse to let her go to ferns that tweet angrily when they want to be hosed down and robotic arms that always seem to want a hug. Taking place weekends until August 28 at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane in Rohnert Park, this can’t-miss world premiere is a lot of fun (maybe a little too much fun) with the ways this technology forces us to examine who we are and how we relate to machines, ourselves and each other. SpreckelsOnline.com.

‘Agri-CULTURED’ at the Arts Center

The title of Petaluma Arts Center’s new exhibit says it all. “Agri-CULTURED: Reflection on Our Local Food Community by Land and by Hand,” curated by Carin Jacobs and Betty Teller, runs through September 24 in the center’s Main Gallery. Featuring the works of several artists illustrating various visual or philosophical aspects of food, the exhibition is described on the center’s website as exploring “the cross-cultural intersections of food and agriculture in our region”, bringing together artists local people and food producers to address global concerns. sustainable practice and cultural memory. For more information, visit PetalumaArtsCenter.org.

Integrative yoga classes

Looking to open your mind, body and spirit? Integrative yoga for health and wellness is back with Jean Grant-Sutton. She uses a therapeutic and healing approach to address physiological, emotional and spiritual pain. Join recurring in-person classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at St. John’s Cram Hall, 530 C St. Petaluma. Further information on the Aqus Café website or on jeansintegrativeyogatherapy.com.

Live music series in the theater square

From 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., come and listen to live music in the Petaluma Theater District! The event is free and recurring. Join Josh Yenne on August 24 and Steve Pile on August 26. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear live music and bond with the community on Wednesday and Friday nights. Weekly schedules can be found on the theater district’s website, theatre-district.com.

Walk on Wednesday evening

Want to start walking for fitness and all-around 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.

University night at the Buffalo Billiards

Calling all college students! Looking for something fun to do on a Thursday night? The Buffalo Billiards pool hall hosts an evening of billiards or table tennis with discounted food and drink for students. $3 Pabst Blue Ribbon, Bud Light and Bud Light Seltzers and $5 cheese or pepperoni flatbreads. Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at 246 Petaluma Blvd. N. Contact Michael Bombace with any questions, [email protected], 707-585-8992.

Annual Petaluma Bounty Plant Sale

The Petaluma Bounty Farm is holding its third annual plant sale on September 11 at 55 Shasta Ave. in Petaluma. Customers must register for a buying time slot before the sale, with registrations opening September 2 on its website, Petalumabounty.org. Plants start at $3, and Bounty Farm accepts EBT cards, cash, and credit for payment. Through its sponsors, Petaluma Bounty will offer a dollar-for-dollar match, up to $20, to anyone who purchases its edible plants with CalFresh (EBT). 9am-11am is for qualified customers only, including immunocompromised people, people with disabilities and people paying with EBT.

Friends of the Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Petaluma Library invite you to support the library by shopping during a book sale from August 24 to 27. On August 24, from 4-7 p.m., a Membership Preview Sale will be held for friends of the Petaluma Library and memberships are available at the door. On August 25 and 26, a general and children’s book sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On August 27, a half-price “off day” sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. and a bag sale with $4 and $3 to $10 bags will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. New books will be added daily until Friday.

‘American Graffiti’ at Boulevard Cinemas

Boulevard Cinemas presents “American Graffiti” by Petaluma for Flashback Cinema. Don’t miss this classic film, shot in Petaluma in 1973. Join Harrison Ford in time. “Where were you in 62?” Performing August 28 and 31 at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at 200 C St. in Petaluma.

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