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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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…

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

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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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Petaluma’s Founding Documents…Decomposing in the Basement

In this busy era we tend not to reflect upon our history and the documents from our past. In many instances government documents–records from the “pre-digital days”– sit decaying in boxes stored in backrooms, basements, or attics. (1)

And so it is with the City of Petaluma’s Archives in the basement of City Hall.  The preservation of some of these original documents and records must be given high priority.

Two original documents should be attended to now

Articles of Incorporation from 1858, signed by the California Secretary of State, Ferris Forman…*

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  City Charter of 1876, signed by Secretary of State, Thomas Beck…*

If action is not taken, the above photos may be your first–if not the only–opportunity to view what I call the Founding Documents of our fair city.

These documents need to be properly treated and preserved in safe storage so that they do not continue to deteriorate. A documents archivist suggested…

“Digital replicas can–or should–be made to display in the Council Chambers or the Petaluma Museum…perhaps even in time for Petaluma’s 160th anniversary in 2018.”

  • If we take action now, we can ensure that they will still be here for the celebration.
  • If we don’t do anything………..Well, time is not on our side.

RECOMMENDATIONS

  • The City of Petaluma should immediately consult with a documents expert as to the best means to preserve the City’s founding documents and make them available to all of us in the future. (2)
  • The consultant should also be asked to advise as to the preservation of the rest of the important historical files in the City Archives.
  • If for some reason the City is not able to proceed, then it should immediately look to other agencies or institutions that are capable of preserving this history.

I have conducted some preliminary research in this area with the assistance of a few “sources” and have secured recommendations as to possible area candidates for this task.

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*Photos from a January 2011 visit to City Hall  gathering information for Petaluma’s Charter–A Little Civics Lesson

(1) Care, Handling, and Storage of Works on Paper

(2) On the Preservation of Books and Documents in Original Form

Petaluma Pothole Ice Cream? But of course :-)

Petaluma Pothole Clo Sign

Potholes are Not Peculiar to Petaluma!

Our infrastructure is not unique in its decay.

Potholes are, however, a “hot” topic in local politics.

Several weeks ago I noticed a new Clover Stornetta sign on 101 promoting (in the free spirit of Clo the Cow) Petaluma Pothole Ice Cream.  I got a quick snap of the sign but vowed to get a more professional image…and to buy a carton of the ice cream.

Getting the photo was a challenge but I managed to pull it off (No, I wasn’t driving) and I present it in all its glory for your visual consumption…

Petaluma Pothole Clo Sign

Petaluma Pothole Clo Sign

Finding the Pothole Ice Cream took a little more time than expected as the shelves at G & G were always empty but I did find it a few days ago…the last carton on the shelf.  So I bought it before it disappeared…

Petaluma Pothole Ice Cream

Petaluma Pothole Ice Cream

So as you prepare for the upcoming Labor Day weekend, pick up a carton for your holiday spread.

As Clo reports 0n the back of container…

“It’s a pothole you’ll want to hit.”

And if you hit it just right…

YOU CAN MAKE A MILKSHAKE!! :-)