Suggested Holiday Gift List

Juggling Balls – Available at Aqus Cafe – I”l teach you how to juggle ever 3rd Sunday at noon at Wickersham park

A course in Slacklining  – go to

Art from the Small Works Show at Aqus – ranges from $25 and up – Come to the Holiday Reception on Thursday 15th 4-7pm

Anything from a thrift store – Sack’s, Alphabet Soup, Goodwill.  Many of these stores have gift cards too.

Underwear to keep warm – especially if you are doing the Cool Petaluma’s  Thermostat Challenge

Gift card from any local business (including Aqus Cafe) – keep your $ in Petaluma


$250 / 200ft2 – Work / artist studio / sublet 12/1 – 4/30 Just outside Petaluma off Bodega Highway.

Working studio (NO LIVE IN) to sublet. 200 Square feet. December 1 – April 30 sublet.
Very quiet, bright room heated with a wood stove. I use it as a painting studio and will be gone for the sublet months. Would be good for a writer, musician, composer, painter, jeweler etc. Water & wood stove, shared bathroom. $250 a month, all inclusive.
The studio is on a flower farm near town but not walking distance to downtown. There are a few other buildings on the property with artists etc. 24 hour access to work space. No drugs, no drinking, no loud music, no smoking on property.
Email ( me if you are interested. Let me know what kind of work you do. References required. NO LIVE IN.


Artaluma: Calendar of upcoming events and classes

CALENDAR of upcoming events and classes
Mon Nov 14th – 12-1:15pm, Art Journaling Club – Mondays  Drop in
Mon Nov 14th – 6:30pm Start of Improv 101 Class – new session (6 weeks)
Thurs Nov 17th 5-8pm Arts Alive at Artaluma –  African dance and drumming
Mon Nov 21st -Art Journaling Club – Monday 12-1:15pm Drop in
Sat Nov 26th 10-30am-12pm Maker workshop at Artaluma – wood stackers
Sat Dec 3rd Artaluma Artisan Store Grand Opening/Open House 11-5
Sat Dec 3rd – Maker mini-workshop at Artaluma 1:00-2:30pm. – botanical – make a center piece or wreath
Sat Dec 3rd . 3pm Improv games for with Cheryl King at Artaluma
Sat Dec 3rd – 4pm The Riffs inaugural public performance at Artaluma
Sat Dec 10th – 10:30am-12 noonMaker workshop at Artaluma  – Handpaint wine glass or vase
Thurs Dec 15th 5-8pm Arts Alive at Artaluma “Let the Light in” – Cabaret and jazz singer + Riffs performance

2023 Upcoming classes/events
Artistic Journey Course. Join Interest list here
Improv for youth/teens with Cheryl King. Join Interest list here
The Riffs 3 Performances: Fri January 27th 7pm; Sat January 28th 7pm , Sun January 29th 2pm matinee
Watercolor for Scaredy Cats -. Join interest list here. Class starts January 24th

Downtown Petaluma Holiday events

Lighted Bike Ride – Save the date

Friday 16th: Starts & Ends at Aqus

Aqus Enthusiast Seeks a New Home to Land In

I am searching for a new roommate/housemate situation as of December 1st, 2022 or by January 1st, 2023.  I am a mature, mellow, fun loving, clean and sober woman.  San Francisco Native who spent a lot of my youth growing up in NYC.  I am a nature lover, hiker, gardener, cook, and a community minded individual.
I am hoping to find a house share situation with my own room for between $800 and $1000 per month.  No drama please.  I work full time, and love to explore and want to be in community with my roommates, not just a hello/goodbye situation.  I would also consider a live/work exchange.  Please pass my name along to your friends if you aren’t looking for a housemate or please consider me if you are.  I ride my bike most of the time and work near Oak Hill Park so would prefer to live downtown if possible.
Or close to Lynch Creek Trail on the Eastside.
Thank you for helping me in my search for a new nest to call my own.
Carolina Ritchie

Urban Chat: Civic Engagement calendar

CALENDAR NOTES – “More Details” below provides further information, including links, for all events.
Monday, December 5 – Petaluma City Council – Hearing on draft ordinance to modify on-site parking standards
Wednesday, December 7 – EKN Development – Public outreach meeting on the proposed Hotel Weaver
Tuesday, December 13 – Petaluma Historic and Cultural Preservation Committee – Hearing on the proposed Hotel Weaver
Thursday, December 15 – Petaluma General Plan Advisory Committee – Monthly meeting with agenda to be announced
Thursday, December 22 – Petaluma Urban Chat – Monthly agenda-free meeting
It’s a short holiday week without any local meetings of urbanist interest, but the December calendar is filling up.  Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and I’ll look forward to seeing you next month.
Questions or comments?  Let me know. – Dave Alden  707-338-8388
P.S. If you wish to be removed from this email list, or have folks to add, let me know.
MORE DETAILS – All events are open to the public and everyone is encouraged to participate in person or on-line.
Monday, December 5 – Petaluma City Council – Following a positive recommendation by the Planning Commission, with a few edits, the Council will conduct a hearing on a proposed ordinance to allow on-site parking to be reduced on a site-specific basis from the standard in the Implementing Zoning Ordinance.  Reductions would only be permitted upon a report by a traffic engineer that the reduced parking is justified.
The public portion of the meeting will convene at 6:30pm.   Links to the agenda and to attend and participate in the meeting will be provided when published by the City.
Wednesday, December 7 – EKN Development – EKN Development will host a public outreach meeting on their proposed Hotel Weaver at the intersection of Petaluma Boulevard South and B Street.
I’ve been told that the developer is planning a meeting time of perhaps 5:00pm to avoid conflicts with other community meetings later that evening.  A confirmed time and location will be shared when provided by the developer.
Tuesday, December 13 – Petaluma Historic and Cultural Preservation Committee – The HCPC will conduct a hearing on the conformance of the proposed Hotel Weaver with the downtown historic district.  The hotel wouldn’t be within the district but would adjoin it.
The meeting will convene at 4:00pm.  Links to the agenda and to attend and participate in the meeting will be provided when published by Planning.
Thursday, December 15 – Petaluma General Plan Advisory Committee – The General Plan Advisory Committee will convene for their monthly meeting.  The agenda hasn’t yet been announced.  There is also the possibility that the meeting will be cancelled because of the holiday season.
The meeting will convene at 6:30pm.  Links for the agenda and to attend and participate in the meeting will be provided when and if published by the Planning Department.
Thursday, December 22 – Petaluma Urban Chat – The monthly meeting of Urban Chat is almost always agenda-free, allowing an enjoyable and enlightening conversation to wander freely over the urbanist landscape.
I’d previously speculated that this meeting would be rescheduled because of the proximity to Christmas.  I was wrong.  The attendees at last week’s meeting voted to stay with the standing fourth Thursday date.
The meeting will convene at noon.  With the pandemic hopefully behind us, we’ve resumed meeting at the Aqus Café at 2nd and H Streets.

Urban and Mountain Bike Riding Lessons

Come Ride with Me!

I am a retired teacher and lifelong cycling enthusiast affiliated with Wenzel Coaching. I offer lessons for around town riding as well as on the trails. Give me a call to discuss how I can help you ride more and enjoy this beautiful city and surrounds. There is a great deal of bicycle infrastructure in Petaluma for us to explore. Let’s get out, have some fun, and build confidence. All levels, ages, and small groups welcome!

Call me to set up a complimentary 30 minute ride: 707-953-9651

Let’s Take Action Petaluma!

VOTE on November 8th!
We hope you’ll join us as we rally together! We feel that now more than ever, unifying our voices and efforts will strengthen our community, reconnect and spark new relationships and help to preserve and protect our river town!
Take Action Petaluma!