Feb 27, 2020
by Lyndi Brown
Each year our town’s non-profit service group honors outstanding individuals. The Silver Spoon went to Courtland Pelton who has spent many hours in the kitchen. Gold Key awarded to Joi Losee for her creative help with decoration for the Luau, parade, and other functions. Presidents’ Award went to Jack Withington for the historical articles he provides in the newsletters.
At the February meeting, we heard from Nathan Brindmore, an 8 year old student at Penngrove School. His teacher chose him to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum: Pathway to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). This is a one-week intense program that focuses on skills such as leadership, self-management, time management, communication, collaboration, and goal setting. It will be held in San Francisco at the SF University of California Berkeley, Clark Kerr Campus. He is fundraising to help offset the expense of $2,494 and the PSF responded with $500. In addition, a hat was passed, with members adding $600, for a total of $1,100 for his program. This is but one example of how PSF supports its community! A big thanks to those who volunteered and attended the recent Italian Night benefit. It raised $4,893 for maintenance and improvements of the Penngrove Community Clubhouse and Penngrove Park.
It will be quite a day! Start with a Qigong workshop, attend an author talk, and finish with a Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner! All are on Saturday, March 14.
Spring Equinox Relaxation and Energizing workshop, 10am -12pm, March 14. Practice Qigong, a 6,500 year old martial inner art, and learn practical ways to incorporate mindfulness in daily life. For anyone intending to age gracefully with zest, vigor and peacefulness. Free. Petaluma Health Center Motivation Room 1179 N. McDowell, Petaluma. Instructor Elad Levinson is a 20 year veteran of training and certification in Radiant Heart Qigong and Mindfulness practitioner since 1978 . Class limited to 30. To register, send your email, name and phone number to Elad Levinson LCSW, 707-779-9190, email@example.com
Susan Swartz. originally scheduled to speak, died unexpectedly on February 25. Her vivid personality and local voice for feminist issues, and local journalism, will be much missed.
Susan Swartz’s new fiction, Laughing in the Dark, rides the roller coaster year in three women’s lives as they navigate infidelity, the latest California dying styles, and the absurdities of aging together. Swartz’s was long time journalist, author, radio commentator and public speaker.
GailL Newman and Barbara Baer, Jewish women in History Saturday March 14, 2-4 The Sitting Room
Award-winning poet Gail Newman has worked for many years as a poet-teacher with California Poets in the Schools and is a Museum Educator at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. She has published two books of poems by children, Dear Earth and C is For California, and Inside Out, a book of lessons for high school teachers. She was the co-founder and editor of Room, A Women’s Literary Journal. A collection of poetry, One Worldwas published in 2011 by Moontide Press. She will read from her forthcoming book about the Holocaust, Blood Memory.
In Barbara Baer’s The Ice Palace Waltz, two Jewish immigrant families — rough and ready westerners and smooth ‘our crowd’ New Yorkers — come together in a family saga amid the financial and political turmoil of early 20th century America. Barbara, a journalist and small press publisher, bases her multi-generational saga on remembered stories from her family and much research. She doesn’t think fiction falsifies fact, but rather adds more ingredients to a recipe that deepens the flavors. http://www.sittingroom.org/events.html
Corned Beef & Cabbage, 4-7 pm, March 14. Penngrove Social Firemen present that favorite St. Patrick’s meal of corned beef from Bud’s Meat, cabbage and beverages. Dessert will be sold by the Penngrove 4-H. A Pot-O-Gold drawing offers prizes of Visa gift cards of $200, $100, and $50. Penngrove Community Clubhouse, 385 Woodward Ave. Meals can be taken to go. Tickets are sold at the door, Adults $15; Children under 12, $8. All proceeds help maintain Community Clubhouse and Penngrove Park, for the benefit of the community.
Tickets are on sale for PWC’s Annual Sips & Bites, April 5. Sip wines and spirits from Sonoma County and taste samples from new chefs in the area. Socialize and make new friends, all to benefit the Club Restoration Fund and Mentor Me. Sips include: Adobe Road Winery, Sonoma Coast Spirits, Griffo Distillery, Leghorn Wine Company, Bodega Bay Rum Company, Petaluma Coffee and Tea Company. Bites include: Petaluma Pie Company, Simply Strudels, Quinua Cocina Peruana, Chili Joe's, Stockhome Restaurant, Preferred Sonoma Catering, Fit for a King Catering, Butcher Crown Roadhouse, Alfredo's Italian Restaurant.
Select a ticket for Session 1 (2:00 pm - 3:30 pm), or Session 2 (3:30 pm - 5:00 pm.) $25 advance, or at the door for $30 if space allows. Don’t be disappointed—get your ticket now at:www.pwc-sips-bites-2020.eventbrite.com
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