Project Linus 2018 Craft Faire

The mission of Project Linus is…”to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. We do this by giving them gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created for Project Linus by Volunteer Blanketeers.”

“The Blanketeers are part of our mission, as well: we seek to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.”

  • The North Bay Chapter of Project Linus currently has 70 plus members and more are invited to join!
  • Saturday, November 3, 2018 we will “open the doors” for our Annual Holiday Fundraising Craft Bazaar…

Slideshow of past Holiday Craft Bazaars to tempt and entice you to stop by…

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The members of the North Bay Chapter in Petaluma have created and delivered 15,656 blankets since the chapter was founded.  RECIPIENTS INCLUDE…Petaluma Health Ctr., Petaluma Hospice, Petaluma Police Dept., Petaluma Valley Hospital, Project Keep, Pt. Reyes Clinic, Queen of the Valley Hosp., Redwood Children’s Ctr., Rohnert Park Health Ctr., Santa Rosa Birth Ctr., SAY, Sonoma Valley Health Ctr., Sutter Valley Health Ctr., TLC Child & Family Services., Verity, Women’s Recovery Serv., YWCA Sonoma County, 4C’s Childcare, 4C’s Cloverdale, Aurora Behavorial Health, Blue Bag Program, Bridges Pregnancy Ctr., CalParents, Camp Chance, CAP(Community Act Partnership), CARE, CASA, Center for Domestic Peace, Child Start Therapeutic, Christmas Cheer, Community Violence Solutions, Crossing the Jordan, Get on the Bus, Interfaith Shelter Network, Marin Community Clinics, Marin General, Marin Pregnancy Clinic, Memorial Hosp., Napa County Social Serv., Petaluma Birthright

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Petaluma Volunteer Rebuilders On The Job!

Rebuilding Together Petaluma volunteers spent today at five locations performing critical home repairs and revitalization projects for our low-income neighbors in need. I captured images of two of the groups and share them with you below!

Faces of October!!

Summer is now a memory and October is in full force. 

I offer these images of a 12 inch sunflower bloom turning to seeds that best expresses the season in our Garden Habitat…

The design work was a cooperative project with the birds who created the eyes–my index finger finished their “Art” project.

In Petaluma When is “North”…”East”?

THE ANSWER–It depends upon where you stand. 

A fuller explanation follows at the end of this article. But first, a little background is in order…

Petaluma’s Water St. in the downtown area recently required a little repair work as some of the cobblestones were sinking…

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Part of the “renovation” included a stone compass in the walkway by the Balshaw Bridge…

By my observations on The Streets of Petaluma over the last few years, this is the second such pedestrian compass. The first one is discussed in The Corner of Main & Washington…

Of course I checked the accuracy of this installation and found it to be spot on as with the first one…

Some may wonder why North points to what is commonly called “The East Side” or “Petaluma East”. Well, it is also true of the compass at Main & Washington.

WHY IS THIS?

  • The line demarking the East Side from the West Side was originally set at Petaluma Blvd… formerly known as Main St.  As the City expanded, the line moved to The 101 with the area between Petaluma Blvd and the Freeway informally denominated the Old East Side. Kathleen Martini recalls life on Petaluma’s Old East Side
  • The answer to the question posed in the title of this post is almost straightforward 🙂 Magnetic North is a fixed line while the streets and freeways do not follow such dictates–they often wander in all directions of the compass. You can call the streets and roads North or South or East or West but they do not take a straight line to the goal.  Much like life, I suppose 🙂

Offered by yours truly, An East Side Resident…standing on Water St. looking North to the East Side.

Or am I a North Side Resident? 🙂

A Great Russian Honey Bear Sunflower Story…

Every year I seem to go a bit over the top with sunflower varieties in the gardens.  This year is no exception.  However, I will not bore you with another annual set of photos from the sunflower groves.

But there is one sunflower that I wish to bring to your attention.

At first we thought it would be a standard Great Russian bloom.  But this plant had its own ideas.  My best guess is it is another hybrid created by the bees from last year’s plantings.  For now I am calling it a Great Russian Honey Bear.  It is only half the height of a typical Russian but the bloom is huge.

It started with the bloom opening on August 3rd…

By August 5th the bloom was turning into a very large Honey Bear…

Following NASA’s lead sending a probe to the Sun I sent my lens to the center of this sunflower bloom…

By August 10th the bloom was 10 inches in diameter—twice the size of any Honey Bear (or any sunflower for that matter) I have ever experienced…

Looks ever so much like a huge powder puff for a clown act…

DISCLAIMER–Any interpretation a reader might make that somehow this story is an oblique reference to current Russian or Russian America political stories—is entirely of their own creation  🙂