Rebuilding Together Petaluma October 2017 Workday!

The sun is out and the sky is blue! Rebuilding Together Petaluma’s regularly scheduled October workday went ahead today–as planned long before the recent firestorms. Briefly, Rebuilding Together “…strives to bring together volunteers and businesses to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners in Petaluma…a continual cycle of renewal, community building and civic engagement.”

I offer a few photos from the day!! Note many people are wearing masks because of the construction activity–not because of fire smoke–We’re past that…finally…for now….

PHOTO GALLERY

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Firestorm…One Week Later

Given the somewhat improved air quality, I ventured out this morning to walk Petaluma’s Downtown…for the first time since the fires started. I only had my pocket camera as the larger gear is still packed in case we had to get out of here.  As of now it looks as if we are spared that but not relaxing our guard.

A few positive images from my perambulations…

This slogan is appearing all over Sonoma County…

I love the irony of this image from Putnam Plaza…

I call this image…”Hang in there, we’ll get through this!”

Pet Food Express…

 

Fire! Sonoma & Napa Counties

After a night of 70 mph wind gusts and Red Flag Fire Alerts, we awoke this morning to the news of massive fires north of Petaluma…roads closed, evacuations, schools closed, and severe air quality in the entire San Francisco Bay Area.

The fires have not reached Petaluma…but they are just up the road.

This is the view from our garden at 8:00 am…

                      As of 9:14 am 100 Square miles are on fire and no containment.

Roads are clogged and many of our neighbors are not going to work…

Drone Photos & Videos…Just Around The Corner!

I never know what I will see when I turn a corner onto Water Street during my photo walks in Petaluma’s Downtown.

Last Monday it was Lora Zaguilan from Petaluma’s Drone Honey Bee Creations working her drone camera in flight.  Check out the website to get an idea of the scope of their work…

  • Aerial Videos
  • Aerial Photography
  • For Film, Sports Events, Weddings, Agriculture, and More…
  • Custom Aerial Photography for your business, farm, real estate, or anything you want!

While I was merely earthbound, I did capture an image of Lora and her “gear”–not to mention the best smile I have seen in quite a long time…

 

Rebuilding Together At COTS!

Saturday, June 24, 2017 was a special workday at Petaluma’s Mary Isaak Center, shelter for the homeless.  Wells Fargo Bank generously funded several major improvements and also supplied 55 employee volunteers who enthusiastically painted the 100 bed dormitory and all the restrooms. Many of the residents joined in and helped the day to be a smashing success.

Wells Fargo Volunteers (Photo Credit: RTP)

I  managed to capture some of their efforts in the photo gallery below.

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The team also included a special group of volunteers…