A Petaluma January…

The longstanding multi-year California drought notwithstanding, we have done a little better in the rain department this January…so on this February 1st…I offer a few Petaluma images from last month…

101 Rainy Day

101 Rainy Day

Occational Showers Downtown Petaluma

Occasional Showers Downtown Petaluma

Sunshine Puddles & Gulls

Sunshine Puddles & Gulls

MLK Day of Service–2016 McKinley Elementary School, Petaluma, CA

As on past MLK Days, 70+ employee volunteers (including family members in some cases) from Kaiser Permanente’s Sonoma & Marin facilities participated in a Day of Service. Rebuilding Together Petaluma (RTP) coordinated and managed their efforts–which is how I came to be there!

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This year they applied their efforts to various projects at McKinley Elementary School in Petaluma.

  • Helping to transform a classroom and hallway into the home of the STEAM Curriculum (Science, Technical, Engineering, Art and Math facility…a.k.a. the Steam Room). Part of the renovation includes a large wall mural in the classroom and one in the hallway under the design and supervision of Ryan Petersen. The Mural in the classroom will be covered with IDEA paint, a substance that transforms any surface into dry erase surface.
  • Performing garden maintenance and makeover
  • Cleaning and storage closet organizing, classroom cleaning & organizing
  • Constructing  4 heavy duty worktables on wheels which will also be covered in IDEA paint for the STEAM Room and the rehab of kindergarten trikes

Upon project completion the Kaiser grant will pay for a 3D printer for the classroom.  

Below are three photo galleries of selected  images from the day…

I. STEAM ROOM & HALLWAY GALLERY

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II. GENERAL GALLERY

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III. GARDEN PHOTO GALLERY

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Ah, December…Tis The Season

Once again we are on the verge (dare I say, “precipice”) of ending one year and starting another.

In the spirit of the moment, I offer a few images to celebrate the moment and the season…

Our Backyard

Our Backyard

Christmas "Food" Socks, Calistoga

Christmas “Food” Socks, Calistoga

Putnam Plaza, Petaluma

Putnam Plaza, Petaluma

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Downtown Petaluma

Downtown Petaluma

Project Linus Holiday Craft Bazaar!

Project Linus

On Saturday, November 14, 2015 The North Bay Chapter of Project Linus will conduct its Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar…

Linus Craft Fair 2015

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 The North Bay Chapter in Petaluma has created and delivered 11,825 blankets since the chapter was founded.

Project Linus

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.”

 

 

American Alley–All Murals Great & Small

There has been a great amount of activity in American alley of late with artists creating public art, murals, etc.  I don’t pretend to understand the background to this activity but it has certainly been something to observe over the last few days.

It is part of an annual celebration sponsored by the O+Festival 

At the moment, the various murals can be seen from Putnam Plaza to the American Alley exit on Western Avenue.  When walking the route you have to look carefully on both sides of the Alley and up the sides of the buildings as there are many smaller murals in addition to the larger works.

To give you a sense of the scene check out the gallery below.

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