“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.”
Thousands of revelers stepped back to the future at the rollicking Fifth Annual Rivertown Revival, a benefit for the David Yearsley River Heritage Center at Steamer Landing Park on the McNear Peninsula in the heart of historic West Petaluma, July 19th. This increasingly popular, steam-punkish party raises significant funds for staffing and innovative programs of the Friends of the Petaluma River.
Anything-goes, quasi-Victorian and other outlandish outfits, the best of local craft ale, more of the best of local craft ale, music and food-truck refreshments being the order of the day, this one-of-a-kind event pulls in Petalumans and rivertown fans of all ages.
My favorite thing at RR being people watching - the garb gets better each year.
This October 24th -25th, 2014, Unchartedbrings you together with some of the world’s great thinkers for two thrilling days of discussion, debate, and workshops designed to engage and inspire. Much more than a series of lectures, Uncharted is a festival of ideas.
Join in the dynamic exchange between prominent thinkers representing technology, science, culture, politics, education, food, business, the environment, and other vital areas that dominate our lives. We’re planning a tremendous program, and you won’t believe the speaker line-up so far -- with more to come!
Held in Berkeley’s thriving Arts District and highlighted by a hilltop party, Uncharted promises to be even more stimulating, surprising, and fun than last year.
Uncharted is offered to you at a fraction of the cost of other “ideas festivals.” Best of all, right now, you save $100 over 2013 prices. Who doesn’t think that’s a brilliant idea?
So don’t miss out – secure your savings and reserve your space now for Uncharted 2014!
ounded last year as the Bay Area’s first ideas festival, Uncharted is a production of Berkeleyside, Berkeley’s independent news website.
Explore What’s Next with Nobel prizewinner Randy Schekman, Pulitzer Prize composer John Adams, marriage equality pioneers Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, social psychologist Claude Steele, author Adam Mansbach and dozens of other dangerous thinkers
UNCHARTED: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas Two Days of Thrilling Discussion, Debate, and Dining October 24 & 25, 2014 “Early Bird” Tickets Now On Sale
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This dashing lime green fire truck from Marin County's rural Hicks Valley station on the border of Marin and Sonoma Counties, bolstered firefighters from Point Reyes Station for a pre-Fourth of-July roadside session with hose and blasts of water, teaching impressionable local youngsters the vital importance and basics of fire prevention.
As we approach peak fire season The National Weather Service has been busy issuing Red Flag Warnings & Fire Weather Watches altering fire departments of the onset, or possible onset, of critical weather and dry conditions that could lead to rapid or dramatic increases in wildfire activity, as we've seen in neighboring Napa County this past week.
CAL FIRE is urging extreme caution during California's drought emergency. It takes hundreds of thousands of gallons of water to control a large wildfire. From July 1st, 2014, CAL FIRE Chief Ken Pimlott ordered a ban on open burning throughout the 31 million acres of state responsibility area protected by CAL FIRE due to the elevated threat of wildfire caused by the drought emergency.
“The drought has increased the threat of wildfire in California,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, director of CAL FIRE. “We are urging the public to celebrate our nation’s independence by attending a professional fireworks display. For those who choose to use fireworks to celebrate, make sure fireworks are allowed in the area of use and follow all safety precautions. You don’t want to ruin your celebration by becoming financially responsible for a fire caused by your activities.”
California has a zero tolerance for the sale and use of illegal fireworks. Illegal fireworks include sky rockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, aerial shells, firecrackers and other types that explode, go into the air, or move on the ground in an uncontrollable manner. It is illegal to sell, transport, or use fireworks that do not carry the “Safe and Sane” seal, as well as possess or use any fireworks in a community where they are not permitted. If convicted, a violator could be fined up to $50,000 as well as sent to jail for up
A Red Flag Warning is issued for weather events which may result in extreme fire behavior that will occur within 24 hours. A Fire Weather Watch is issued when weather conditions could exist in the next 12-72 hours. A Red Flag Warning is the highest alert. During these times extreme caution is urged by all residents, because a simple spark can cause a major wildfire. A Fire Weather Watch is one level below a warning, but fire danger is still high.
A pit-stop in Point Reyes Station is one of my favorites, when roaming the road less traveled, out West. Yet summer season sees these backroads packed with cyclists and highway one motorists, oyster lovers, National Seashore visitors as well as those fortunate folk with weekend homes along the coast and Tomales Bay. Population on a holiday week afternoon in July swells from winter month population of 818 to several thousand at any one time.
The original Bovine Bakery is hub of the Station, as is Toby's Feedbarn (below). It's hard to beat a baked goodie and a coffee at the Bovine, except for at its sister store in Petaluma!
If you're visiting the area and plan on a drive to Petaluma from Point Reyes Station or the other way around, map a detour via Hicks Valley to take in the 'Big View' on Wilson Hill Road. Breathtaking at any time of the year.
My image of the quintessential Fourth of July is a curious mix of East Coast beachside celebrations and mid-west parades. Somehow the far western reach of the United States seems so often to be a world away from the culture and traditions of middle America and out to the east.
Of course, we celebrate our freedom every bit as much here in the sun bleached hills of Northern California coastal country. Driving out west through miles and miles of glorious land, a flag flies on a lone rock.
There is plenty of evidence of patriotic pride on ranch posts, in the coastal hamlets, small towns and cities of Southern Sonoma and West Marin. The adventure involved in seeking it out is all part of the character of this wonderfully inspoiled place.
The winds that blow through the wide sky in these mounts, the winds that sweep from
Canada to Mexico, from the Pacific to the Atlantic - have always blown on free men.
Staycation out West this summer, plan a retreat or share with friends and family visiting the area - this gorgeous West Marin vacation rental offers a slice of Northern California ag heritage along with luxe comfort and scenic surrounds.
The Straus (Dairy) family's beautifully renovated 150 year old farmhouse is nestled amongst towering eucalyptus and cypress trees, surrounded by 160+ acres of organic pastures and set upon the shores of Tomales Bay. Beautifully furnished rooms, romantic garden overlooking historic red barns & rolling pastures.
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Seventeen years ago, on June 28th 1997, Upstairs Art Gallery at 306 Center Street, in Healdsburg held its grand opening reception. At the time it was the only gallery in Sonoma County to be run by artists, a business model that has fortuitously caught on all the way from Petaluma in the South County and throughout the many artist-rich communities in our region.
On Saturday, June 28th, 2014, the gallery will be holding an afternoon cake party from 1-4pm to celebrate its success. You are invited to join special guests, who include more than 60 former 'gallery owners', talented county artists who have contributed their time and talents to this business over the years.
A gallery founder, artist Louise Johnson from Cloverdale, is the special guest of honor on the 28th, as she is retiring after 17 years. Louise paints in both watercolor and oils, and served on the Gallery Board of Directors for many years. "My time at the gallery has been a very joyful experience, and I will miss showing customers around the gallery and talking about different kinds of art." says Louise. "The gallery began life as a place for members of Santa Rosa Art Guild to show their work and has just grown from there. Seventeen is clearly a theme, there were 17 original members and many of them are still active in the local art scene today."
Upstairs Art Gallery has added to the richness of thecommunity and economy. Over 200 monthly art receptions have been held there, countless works of art sold, and the gallery regularly participates in Healdsburg Second Saturday Art Walk.
Carolyn Wilson, Gallery Manager adds :"Over the years we have developed special relationships with people, and visitors really like the fact that when they come into our gallery, they are talking with one of the artists. Our job as artists is to bring beauty into the world and share it with others. Over 17 years that adds up to a lot of beauty!"
Take a break from technology this summer. It's time for some outdoor fun. That's what PlugOut, a new Petaluma-based active lifestyle brand, is doing with its inuagural line of gear, accessible at www.plugouttoday.com.
PlugOut offers eco-friendly t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and accessories in bright colors with the playful PlugOut logo.
“Our gear is designed to make a statement,” said company co-founder Ray Decker. “People who use our gear are people who love technology and love life more. They are people who thrive on being plugged in, yet regularly put down their devices to indulge in life."
Recent studies indicate that heightened technology can trigger harmful effects, including addictive behaviors and health risks. "Teenagers who do too much texting and social networking are particularly vulnerable, said Larry Rosen, a psychologist who spoke at the American Psychological Association annual convention and who has been studying the effect of technology on people for more than 25 years.
Time Magazine recently offered this management tip of the day: “Take a Weekly Technology Break.”
“We agree with this advice,” said Decker. “People’s lives have been so enriched by electronic devices and social media that it is something that we see everywhere. We are just asking people to step away from technology now and then and take five minutes out of your day to breathe and focus on the people around you.”
PlugOut (pictured below, introducing itself to the locals at the 2014 Butter and Egg Days Parade) offers cool threads that encourage others to take a little break from technology. To learn more, visit www.plugouttoday.com.
Founded by Ray and Anna-Claire Decker, the company donates one percent of annual net revenue to 1% For The Planet, an alliance of businesses that leverage their resources to create a healthier planet.