Cool City Challenge

Petaluma is in the running for an innovative new challenge grant called the ‘Cool City Challenge’. We are dedicated to winning this grant and we need your help.

The Cool Cities Challenge is a community-based program that focuses on building up our social networks for emergency preparedness and collective actions that can have a real impact on our local climate footprint. This challenge encourages communities to get involved by offering funding to those cities who can show they have ample citizen support to achieve the actions. I know Petaluma can win this!

The following Petaluma organizations have already committed to be part of this challenge and there will be many many more:
City of Petaluma – Petaluma People Services Center PPSC – Ygrene – Zero Waste Sonoma – Cherry Valley School – Boox Eco Packaging – Jupiter Foods – Lunchette – Out West Garage – WORK Petaluma – 350 Petaluma – Aqus Community Foundation –Daily Acts – G Street Action – ReLeaf  Petaluma – Point Blue – Rebuilding Together – Live Oak Families for Climate Action – AC Eclectic Services Worldwide – Urban Chat – Design AVEnues – Foundry Wharf – Petaluma Health Center  – Petaluma Woman’s Club – McKinley School and many more coming….

I know we can do this with YOUR help. Please join us to learn more about how to be part of this unique opportunity.

After you sign up for one of the few remaining webinars please visit our Petaluma Cool City Resource Page


Desafío Cool City

El Desafío Cool City es un nuevo programa para nuestra comunidad enfocado en conectarnos con nuestros vecinos para poder ayudarnos mutuamente en casos de emergencias o desastres, incluyendo el cambio climático! Podríamos ganar esta beca de 1.000.000 de dólares si demostramos apoyo de la ciudad entera! Ayúdenos!

Presentación en Zoom el jueves 2 de septiembre a las 6 pm.

Anótese para más información en la sesión aquí abajo. Jueves, 9/2 a las 6 pm en Español.



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THE MACHINE STOPS by E.M. Forster (1909)

Rerecommended by my niece, Ciara.

Anybody who uses the Internet should read E.M. Forster’s The Machine Stops. It is a chilling, short story masterpiece about the role of technology in our lives. Written in 1909

Available online here:

and in audio here:

Gathering: “Pulling Ourselves Back Together”.

Hello Petaluma Community,

I hope that you and those you love are safe. I also hope that you are getting outside to enjoy the cool air and not be cooped up too long.

What we are seeing transpiring Washington DC today is horrifying but, ultimately, not surprising. The culture war that fuels this attack on our democracy has many causes including ones that are psychological and thus within our capacity to understand and intervene. The opportunity is to meet this threat with a fierce and loving heart. We each can find our voice and bring those voices together in harmonic and emotional resonance that supports the emerging public emotional intelligence required by our times.

Besides the threat to our national government we are also in the midst of a pandemic and the beginnings of radical climate change. All of these are challenging us to think in new ways about our lives and our shared communities. We are also challenged to use our feelings in new ways that brings about the types of connection, fellowship, needed to pull ourselves together as a people. The threat is significant and the opportunity profound.

It is in this context that I am initiating a short-term zoom group intent upon providing a context, a way of gathering, where we can explore our experience of belonging, connecting our personal development with that of our community connections. I am seeking referrals to this group and hoping to bring together therapists, community activists, and other psychologically minded folk interested in exploring the interface between personal and community development.

This group will follow in the footsteps of a series of experiments I have been doing over the last several years that bring together psychological practice and leadership development with a modest amount of shared study. I am confident that this combination will help us explore how we fit together and how we can contribute to a new type of fellowship that reduces isolation and offers us an experience of belonging. I see this as a primary remedy to what ails us and what ails our communities.

It is my intention that this experiment could lead to an ongoing in person group in Sonoma County and national zoom group. The purpose of these groups are to combine personal and community development. This does not mean that I think we each need to become activists. Blessings to those who are called to be an activist. Regardless of that choice, I think each of us can develop our psychological-mindedness and apply that in any and all interactions and relationships. I think that this is how our psychological-mindedness provides leadership for the future.

I see this as a unique way of gathering that brings the best of psychology and community engagement together. I see no productive future without this integration.

With faith in the future,
Peter T Dunlap PhD



Braver Angels – Please join this initiative with me.

Braver Angels brings together Red and Blue Americans in a working alliance to depolarize America. We welcome people with strong convictions and principles. We believe the best way to achieve a more perfect Union is by being forthright and transparent about our political leanings. In that spirit, we say to our fellow Americans, “Come with your convictions, your willingness to listen, and your readiness to talk with others who disagree with you.”

Braver Angels 30-minute introduction:

Redwood Cafe needs your love

Over the past 30 years the Redwood cafe has hosted 100’s of fundraising events for others. Now is the time to help them.

Swearing in of new Petaluma City Council Members is tonight

A new city council makeup. Participate and encourage others to be civically engaged.

Turkey Trot & food drive a huge success – raffle winners announced

Dear Trotters!

First we thank our Sponsors who led the way for our excellent fund drive. SOMO Village, Traditional Medicinals, Lagunitas, Strauss Organics, Brewsters Beer Garden, Petaluma Market, Athletic Soles, ZFA Structural Engineers and Petaluma Oddfellows.

This virtual event and fundraiser was brought to you by MAD architecture, Aqus Community and the City of Petaluma.

You helped raise $5000 that went directly to the Redwood Empire Food Bank!
The canned food drive at Aqus Cafe was also a huge success bringing in 6 huge bins of food.

From a random online generator, the participating names were entered and multiplied if over $10 donation. The prizes are available for pick up at Aqus Cafe at 189 H Street, Petaluma and open from 8am to 6pm everyday.

Announcing this year’s winners!

Jessica Notheis – Lucy O’conner – Rene Casilli – Mellisa Byrne – Jared Vollmer – Jill White  – Kathleen O’Donnell  – Daniel Mulkey – Jeannette Dow  – Judy Lynch  – Jen Moratta  – Laura Grandcolas  – Cedony Farrar  – Pennylee Christensen  – Carlin Finke  – Marlene Cullen  – Elizabeth Manning  – Candice Aguirre  – Paul Siri

And if you are looking to have more fun please join us for this
year’s carol singing event on the 23rd….just a little different this year:

Mary, Chris, Kevin, Diane & John