Oysters, Herb Crusted Salmon, Risotta Stuffed Poblano Peppers & More at Tea Room’s December Laughing Crow Dinner
Help a Petaluma Octogenarian Continue Home Care for His Wife this Holiday Season – Rebuilding Together Petaluma Pressing Call to Action
Rebuilding Together Petaluma, one of our favorite local non-profits, reminds us that the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is traditionally set aside to highlight GIVING as a meaningful part of the holiday season.
And the good people who have so tirelessly pulled the community together to complete 44 home repair projects for people in need in Petaluma this year alone, hope you’ll consider making your tax deductible Giving Tuesday (or any day) gift to Rebuilding Together Petaluma www.rtpetaluma.org
The non-profit’s most pressing need right now is to raise $2500 to install a shower for an 81 year old gentleman who can no longer bathe his wife who has Alzheimer’s in their claw foot bath tub. RBTP has two other clients with critical health and safety home modification needs that must be taken care of this winter.
You can make a significant difference in how warm or safe a Petaluma elder with very limited income will be living this holiday season.
Donate any amount online at www.rtpetaluma.org call 707-765-3944 or mail to:
Rebuilding Together Petaluma
402 Petaluma Boulevard North
Petaluma, CA 94952
Plans for $18 Million Historic Downtown Luxury Boutique Hotel Project Submitted to Petaluma City Planning Department for Formal Approval
An official planning application for ‘The Petaluman’, a long-awaited, landmark 54-Room luxury boutique hotel in downtown Petaluma’s bustling historic shopping district was submitted for formal approval to the City of Petaluma Planning Department, on Thursday, October 31st, 2013.
Owner/Architect and Developer, Ross Jones and his Petaluma-based creative team have designed the showcase project as a legacy, landmark property intended to serve the community as a contemporary hub of hospitality and innovation, as well as providing an extraordinary, state-of-the-art respite for visitors.
Speaking to the history of the people of Petaluma, with a refreshing, modern approach, this exemplary, four-story property is poised to transform a prime, empty corner lot of Petaluma Boulevard South and B Street, with a projected opening in December 2015. “The Petaluman is designed to be the heart of soul of downtown,” says Jones, who, along with his project development team, has spent the past seven months working with focused community input to further refine and enhance initial, ambitious plans for a boutique hotel with unprecedented high quality caliber of architecture, art and service.
Jones anticipates a six-month time frame from submission of plans to the first public hearing. Once City Planners give the green light for groundbreaking, an estimated 150 construction jobs will activate a hive of activity on the empty lot that formerly housed a Chevron Gas station owned by the developer’s grandmother.
“Once The Petaluman is open for business, our focus will be on hiring around 24 full-time employees as hotel concierge/ambassadors with exemplary knowledge of the Petaluma area and its history,” says Jones, whose primary goal is to showcase the agrarian flavor of the city and surrounding communities in a first-class facility built to last and packed to the solar-paneled rafters with original, made-in-Petaluma art and eco-friendly design.
“It’s all about healthy living, providing a warm welcome with extraordinary comforts, community involvement, slow food and friendly service,” says Jones. The hotel’s design team, the hotel’s design team, under the direction of Monica Binsfeld of Petaluma-based Ecco Mi design, has incorporated plans for a 100-person capacity, underground Warm Cave Bar, a farm-to-table themed Streetside Bistro, Rooftop Juice Bar and Cocktail Lounge, rooftop event space for parade viewing, private parties and receptions, plus a Rooftop Urban Farm for youth training and community service.
“The Petaluman will be unique in its value as an amenity within the community,” says Binsfeld. “Picture the sort of sophisticated yet casual boutique hotel with public bar and restaurant with a vibe that you’d expect to find in a city like Chicago.”
“The Cave Bar will be visible from street level and its ambiance is designed to appeal to people of all ages,” says Binsfeld. “That’s the beauty of this hotel.”
Another unique element that incorporated into the plans for The Petaluman is the presence of five designated Wellness Units – rooms that provide a home-from-home environment for guests who might benefit from sleep therapy stays in which the environment is entirely
allergen and mold free, clean air contained, offering aromatherapy, chromatherapy bath or shower facilities and some physical therapy.
Exterior of The Petaluman will feature earth tones and sustainable materials, balconies overlooking Petaluma Boulevard and B Streets and a plaza at the corner of two prominent downtown streets, anchored with a monumental metal art sculpture sourced from contemporary American sculptor, Carole Eisner. “The sculpture we have selected is Eisner’s ‘The Dancer’, currently housed at Syracuse University, in New York,” says Binsfeld
The Petaluman has been carefully designed to represent the best of early 21st Century architecture so that future generations of Petaluma will have a continuing high benchmark in which to aspire in its classic downtown redevelopment.
Annual Art in the Park takes place in West Petaluma’s Walnut Park, 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday, September 7th and 8th. For full lineup of art and live music click here.
The Petaluma Arts Association has been a participant in the community for 56 years promoting appreciation of the arts. The PAA scholarship Program has donated thousands of dollars each year through its grant process to support the Petaluma schools in developing student art programs.
Local kids learn creativity, collaboration, and self-confidence at Cinnabar Theater. (Photo by Nathan Cummings)
Cinnabar Theater has announced two new programs to ensure that local youth can access the arts. With the decline in public funding for arts education in the schools, non-profit organizations like Cinnabar play a critical role in the community. Cinnabar is responding to this challenge and continuing its commitment to local students by launching two exciting new initiatives:
· Friday Night Live: This season, thanks to a generous grant from the Community Foundation Sonoma County, Cinnabar is debuting Friday Night Live. This new program lets middle-school and high-school students see the first performance of a professional show for only $9 – so live theater becomes a viable alternative to movies and other entertainment options. This deeply discounted ticket also includes a pre-show dinner and social hour in Cinnabar’s studio and an educational presentation with a professional artist to put the show in context. By exposing youth to a range of art – from plays to cabaret, from musicals to opera – Friday Night Live introduces a new generation to the power of live performance. This fall, Friday Night Live takes place on September 6 for “The Pavilion” and October 18 for “La Cage aux Folles.” A limited number of seats are available for this pilot program. Order soon!
· Discounted ticket packages for youth: To help parents and children attend at an affordable price, Cinnabar has also slashed subscription prices for anyone under 22 years of age. Young people who can’t attend Friday Night Live can come on other nights instead. They can see two shows for only $25, three shows for $60, or five shows for just $75. By buying several shows at once, they save nearly 30% off the already low price for regular youth tickets. Cinnabar hopes this will encourage families to attend the theater together.
These two new programs add to the ongoing activities that Cinnabar provides for local kids:
· Classes for kids: Every semester, Cinnabar offers a variety of fun and educational activities for children between the ages of 4 and 12. The fall session of classes for kids starts on September 16. With these classes, parents know their kids are engaged in positive and productive after-school activities. Children learn valuable life skills that are essential to success in society and the new economy, such as creativity, collaboration, communication, self-confidence, empathy, and leadership. (See below for a full list of classes.)
· Auditions for “Annie”: Cinnabar invites local children between the ages of 6 and 18 to audition for its fall production of “Annie.” Auditions are on Saturday, September 7 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call the theater to schedule a slot. There is a tuition cost for children accepted into the show, but no one is ever turned away for lack of funds.
All these events take place in the iconic red schoolhouse perched atop a grassy hill on the outskirts of Petaluma. This intimate venue is the perfect place for young people to discover the thrill of theater and to immerse themselves in the original 3-D, high-definition style of storytelling.
Celebrating its 41st birthday, Cinnabar Theater is located at 3333 Petaluma Boulevard North, just off Highway 101 and only minutes from historic downtown Petaluma. There’s ample parking up on the hill… and a friendly herd of goats grazing in the neighboring field. For more information, to purchase tickets or subscriptions, or to sign up for classes, call 707-763-8920 or visit www.cinnabartheater.org.