The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors

Author James Edward Mills to speak on why more people of color don’t participate in outdoor recreation

Sonoma Land Trust is committed to ensuring more equitable access to the outdoors and is proud to announce a special speaker for Black History Month: James Edward Mills, author of The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors. The presentation will take place Wednesday, February 24 at 7pm via Zoom and is free of charge.

“The Adventure Gap” refers to the racial, cultural and socioeconomic divide between those who spend time in nature and those who do not. A freelance journalist and UC-Berkeley graduate who specializes in telling stories about outdoor recreation and environmental conservation, Mills, who lives in Madison, Wisconsin, has worked in the outdoor industry since 1989 as a guide, outfitter, independent sales representative, writer and photographer. His advocacy work focuses on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in outdoor recreation. Interweaving stories from his own life, Mills will address what we can do about The Adventure Gap.

This is an evening not to be missed.


Groundwater Sustainability Agency “Environmental Stakeholder” Meeting for Petaluma Watershed

John Shribbs is the Environmental Rep on the Advisory Committee to the Groundwater Sustainability Agency for the Petaluma Basin.  The Groundwater Plan for 100-year sustainability is being created separately for 3 local basins by the new GSA over a 2-3 year period, with final draft due to the state at end of this year. John will present basics of groundwater, local geology and hydrology, progress by Petaluma Basin GSA, current status of the Plan, and current issues. The purpose of this meeting is to inform and get feedback from the local environmental community. Due to Climate Change, we are all environmentalists.

Tues Feb 23    7 – 8 pm

Zoom Link:

Andrew Kimbrell – The Great Transformation !! – Into an Ecologocal Society

Andrew Kimbrell is a public interest attorney, author, and advocate for sustainable agriculture. He is the founder and executive director of the Center for Food Safety in Wash., DC and the International Center for Technology Assessment (ICTA). He is the president of the board of Humane Farm Animal Care and served as the policy director at the Foundation of Economic Trends. He was named one of the 100 leading visionaries in the world by the Utne Reader and was named one of the “50 people who could save the planet” by The Guardian. He has initiated several successful legal cases against polluters, including three against Monsanto. He is the author of The Human Body Shop: The Cloning, Engineering, and Marketing of Life. A true Renaissance man, Kimbrell is also an accomplished pianist who is currently playing Bach every morning upon waking. This event is Live on Zoom with plenty of Q&A time. A link will be sent upon registration.

Writers Forum: Kate Farrell, Waights Taylor, Jr., and Bev Scott will talk about Family Storytelling.

Writers Forum is brought to you by Aqus Community Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring people together.
The two February 2021 Writers Forums will be based on the anthology,  Story Power, an engaging and lively guide to the art of storytelling.
Writers Forum
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Free
Feb. 10 Kate Farrell, Lisa Alpine, & Mary Mackey will talk about Storytelling for the Armchair Traveler.
Feb 18 Kate Farrell, Waights Taylor, Jr., and Bev Scott will talk about Family Storytelling.
Details and Zoom URL:


Village Network of Petaluma presents the inside scoop on Age-Friendly Petaluma with speaker Kris Rebillot on Thursday, February 18 at 2:00 pm in a free, online program.

Petaluma is among 472 U.S. cities that have joined the AARP Age-Friendly Network. These communities have committed to be great places to grow up and grow old in.

Find out what’s next for Age-Friendly Petaluma and what that means to you!

Learn about results from the city’s recent Age-Friendly Survey and get the inside scoop on possible priorities as the city starts making good on its commitment to become an age-friendly community.

Presenter Kris Rebillot serves as Chair of the Petaluma Senior Advisory Committee, and is committed to fighting ageism and to making aging as gentle and positive as possible. When she isn’t championing Age- Friendly Petaluma, she’s busy working as Director of Communications for Buck Institute for Research on Aging.

RSVP by February 8 to or 776-6055 to register and receive the Zoom link.

* The Village Network is a nonprofit membership organization of older adults ages 50+ in the Petaluma and Penngrove area. Members and volunteers of all ages share their talents, interests, support, fun, and friendship to improve quality of life and expand choices. The Village celebrated its 6th birthday in June 2020. It has over 200 members and volunteers.

Get To Know the Village Network of Petaluma (and Penngrove)

The Village Network of Petaluma (and Penngrove) is responding to the pandemic by creating new ways for members and volunteers to connect with each other, build new friendships, and offer mutual support as we navigate opportunities and realities in this historic time. Village membership now offers online wellness programs, interest groups, educational webinars, and social events – as well as volunteer services including grocery shopping, prescription pick-ups, phone friends, computer help by Zoom, and customized referrals to community resources.


When the shelter-in-place orders allow, we will gradually resume offering our usual in-person programs such as driving, friendly visits, minor home repairs, and Med Pals. This is an online or phone meeting for potential members (ages 50+), their adult children, and those interested in volunteering (any age). To receive the Zoom link, or phone in number, please RSVP to the Village office at 707-776-6055 or email -0

The  Village Network of Petaluma is a non-profit membership organization created to empower adults 50+ to live active, vibrant, and connected lives in our own homes as we age. We are part of a national movement, with 250+ groups formed since 2004.

The Democratic Club Presents: Black in Petaluma – A Family Meeting

The South Sonoma County Dem Club will hold its February meeting in partnership with Petaluma Blacks For Community Development. We in Petaluma are a community family, and the Black members of our family are often not heard from.  This is an opportunity to both celebrate and take stock of where we’ve been, where we are and where we want to be going as a family.

No RSVP is required this month.

Salmonellosis Outbreak – Notice to Residents

California is experiencing a deadly Salmonella outbreak.
While this is serious—you can definitely help!

Salmonellosis Outbreak in Pine Siskins (small, streaked, yellowish finches) This is a fatal bacterial infection, rapidly spread through feces-contaminated food and water. The Bird Rescue Center is asking everyone to remove all feeders and bird baths immediately and leave them down until Spring.  If you see a sick bird in your yard and are able to catch it, please bring the bird to:
The Bird Rescue Center 3430 Chanate Rd., Santa Rosa 707-523-2473 Hours: 9am-5pm Daily

This epidemic is being spread throughout Sonoma County and can affect all birds as well as other wildlife and pets. Salmonellosis is a fatal bacterial infection, rapidly spread through feces-contaminated food and water. Most often, Salmonellosis epidemics originate where birds flock to feeders or baths. Affected individuals will appear lethargic, puffed/fluff-up, and have eyes partially closed.  On occasion eyes may appear swollen, red, or irritated.

The Bird Rescue Center is asking everyone to remove and thoroughly clean all feeders and bird baths IMMEDIATELY and leave them down until Spring.  This will allow our local avian populations to redistribute naturally into the environment and lower the risk of disease spread.

If you see a sick bird in your yard and are able to catch it, please bring the bird to your local wildlife rescue center ASAP. This is their best chance at survival and also prevents the bird from spreading this infection.

To prevent future outbreaks, if you have bird feeders or birdbaths, it is critically important you clean them at least once a week, all year-round. First, discard any remaining food/water; scrub with soapy water; rinse; soak in a dilute bleach solution (1pt. bleach to 9pt. warm water) for 10-15 minutes; rinse; and allow to fully air dry.

Please share this link or print and distribute in your neighborhood. Community-wide action is the only way to stop this epidemic.  More at:

#TipTuesday #PineSiskin #Salmonella #Salmonellosis #Outbreak #Epidemic #SickBirds #BirdFeeders #BirdBaths #TheBirdRescueCenter #WildBirdRescue #CleanYourFeeders

Rivertown Poets: Joe Cottonwood and Maxima Kahn



Dear Friends,

I hope this finds you healthy, creative, and optimistic about the new year. Here’s a refresher about our two February readings:

On Monday, February 1st, we’ll feature Susan Gunter and Karen Poppy, followed by open mic. Open mic slots are three minutes each.

Our Monday, February 15th feature poets will be Joe Cottonwood and Maxima Kahn, followed by open mic. Open mic slots are three minutes each.

We are working towards capping the open mic list at 20 readers, so it’s a good idea to sign up in advance at (choose Aqus Poetry Open Mic and fill in the Jotform). Doing this reserves your spot. You can also email me at and ask to be added to the list.

To join the meeting, click this link: or enter the Zoom number

6508887879 and wait to be admitted.

For the latest updates and poetry news, check out our Facebook page at

Flyers for both February readings are attached. One last request: PLEASE do not reply to this email. The queue gets ridiculously long and I have difficulty finding your emails! I welcome your messages, but please start a new one and send it to Thanks!

I hope to see you soon,


Petaluma Urban Chat newsletter – Feb15th

CALENDAR NOTES – “More Details” below provides further information, including links, for all events.
Monday, February 22 – Petaluma City Council – Consideration of zoning code changes to restrict future gas stations and more
Wednesday, February 24 – Know Before You Grow – First forum of the General Plan Education Series
Thursday, March 18 – General Plan Advisory Committee – Initial meeting
I’m again interrupting a holiday for which I apologize.  But this Monday holiday email is part of a transition now underway.
At least one and possibly more organizations are now forwarding this email, with Urban Chat’s enthusiastic consent, to their membership.  Therefore, it has become important to have the emails in their hands early Monday morning.  But I can’t always trust my Monday morning schedule.  Also, not many meetings get added to calendars over weekends.  So, Friday afternoon is now the target for all future calendar emails.  And even if I get stymied, Saturday morning isn’t a bad fallback.
Also, a team is looking at ways to upgrade the visual and organizational approach to these emails.  We’re making the best use possible of the ongoing pandemic.
On top of that effort, we’re also looking at reinstituting the monthly Urban Chat meetings.  These would be in addition to the Know Before You Grow forums and would offer an open opportunity to talk about what’s happening in Petaluma.  More details soon.
After all that intro, there isn’t much new on the calendar this week.  The three meetings last week have been crossed off, the one meeting scheduled for this week, the intended final meeting of the VMT ad-hoc committee, has again been postponed by City Hall, and no new meetings have been added.  But we expect a lot of new content by Friday.
Questions or comments?  Let me know. – Dave Alden
P.S. If you wish to be removed from this email list, or have folks to add, please advise.
MORE DETAILS – All events are open to the public and everyone is encouraged to participate on-line.
Monday, February 22 – Petaluma City Council – Among other agenda items, the City Council will consider proposed changes to the Implementing Zoning Ordinance to restrict the development of future gas stations.
The link to view and to participate in the meeting will be provided when published by the City.  The draft agenda can be viewed here.
Wednesday, February 24 – Know Before You Grow General Plan Series – Know Before You Grow has been planning a series of forums to help educate Petalumans to participate effectively in the General Plan process.  With the General Plan consultant selected and the General Plan Advisory Committee appointed, the scene is set for the KBYG effort to proceed, with the first forum now tentatively scheduled for February 24.
The forums will all be in the early evening.  Links to the forums will be provided when available.
Thursday, March 18 – General Plan Advisory Committee – The newly appointed GPAC will have their first meeting for orientation, committee rules and committee member roles.
The meeting will convene at 6:00pm.  Links to the agenda and to observe the meeting will be provided when published by the City.