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Shopping for local organic lotions and soaps, theater on addiction and reading room myriad presentations all in Penngrove.
Shopping for local organic lotions and soaps, theater on addiction and reading room myriad presentations all in Penngrove.

Penngrove’s Wild Oat Hollow
Thanks to GIANT Tree for a careful job
Penngrove Park Benefit and more…

Sep 27, 2019
by Lyndi Brown


How the West was Really Won – Oct. 14 

Will Gorenfeld will give his talk How the West was Really Won in Northern California: A tale of displacement, slavery, and genocide.

Courts, politicians, miners, settlers and Indian agents, with little exception, found nothing amiss in exploiting, displacing--and murdering--the indigenous people on their way to acquiring their own wealth and land. You may have learned about the Sand Creek or Wounded Knee but did you know that similar massacres occurred to the Pomo and Yuki people just a few miles outside of Petaluma at places such as Clearlake, Hopland and the Eden Valley? Petaluma Library hosts the talk, from 7:00 – 8:00 pm.

Wild Oat Hollow and Dandelion 

Sarah Keiser owner and local artisan.Penngrove’s Wild Oat Hollow has lovely organic, soothing goat milk soaps and lotions for all skin types, under the line’s name, Dandelion. I stumbled upon the products at Penngrove Market. A customer’s testimonial on the Lavender Lotion stated “I preferred it over Dr. Hauschka’s $50/oz. eye cream which I used to swear by.” The products are made by Sarah Keiser of Wild Oat Hollow on Petaluma Hill Road. Sarah has been an herbalist forever, keeps goats and has children ages 9 and 12.

Hand made organic soap.

She uses local, organic oils, hydrosols (flower waters), and herbs as part of her commitment  to the slow body care movement. “The Dandelion line was created to bring a quality, healing product to everyone, while supporting my local economy and farmers who practice regenerative agriculture.  My soaps and lotions were developed to heal and nourish the skin & body, build community resiliency and support my local economy and environment,” said Keiser. She is also the Mentor Me school site coordinator at Penngrove Elementary and Cherry Valley schools, where mentors are always needed. After a summer of sunshine, my skin could use some thirst-quenching. And gift-giving season is coming! See her website at


Penngrove Social Firemen 

Big tree in front of Penngrove Club.A huge tree in front of the Penngrove Clubhouse was removed due to damage to the bark long ago. Over time it rotted, and had termites. We’re sorry to see it come down. Thanks to GIANT Tree for a careful job. 

The Hawaiian Luau last month served 141 adults and 14 kids. There were many compliments on the delicious food and performance by Taimalietane Islands of Polynesia. The $3,000 net proceeds will support maintenance and improvements at our Penngrove Park. Scott Sheppard won the 5-night raffle trip to Maui (with air, car and condo), and 3 gift baskets were given. Thank you to Kim Hanson for organizing this special event for the past 10 years! 

Cinnabar Theater Delves into Addiction with "Luna Gale"

Two teenage drug addicts accused of neglecting their baby.

Caroline, a veteran social worker, thinks she has a typical case on her hands when she meets Peter and Karlie, two teenage drug addicts accused of neglecting their baby. But when she places their infant daughter in the care of Karlie’s mother, Caroline sparks a family conflict that exposes a shadowy, secretive past — and forces her to make a risky decision with potentially disastrous consequences. Powerful and arresting, Luna Gale is a heartbreaking and unforgettable tale of love and betrayal. Running October 11 through October 27. Hosted talkbacks after this thought-provoking show are Sunday Oct 13 and Friday Oct 25. For tickets: or call the Box Office: 763-8920.

The Sitting Room

Comfy corner at the Sitting Room.

There are so many reasons to visit the non-profit library at 2025 Curtis Drive, including October events: Introduction to Ancient Egypt (Oct. 13, 2-4 pm); a talk by Diane Romain, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, SSU, on her new book “The Trumpet Lesson” (Oct. 19, 4-6 pm); Travel Tales Potluck and Reading (Oct. 24, 6 pm – bring your tale!) and Learn to Write Obituaries (Oct. 26, 1-5 pm) with Marie McNaughton. In conjunction with the National Archives Month, the first Sonoma County Archive Crawl takes place Oct. 5, 9 am – 6 pm, and The Sitting Room will hold an Open House that day from 10 am – 6 pm. You’re going to want the details, so go to or call 79



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