Petaluma UnPlugged 2013

Between Friday, March 1, and Sunday, March 3, Petalumans are invited to picnic together, stroll along the waterfront and downtown, fly kites, paddle in the river, watch birds, bike, and more during Petaluma UnPlugged.
Individuals, organizations, and businesses are hosting unplugging events, with special attention given to plugging into Petaluma Water Ways, the town’s seven-mile riverside trail network. See full Event List below.
In addition, unplugging can be a do-it-yourself free family activity.  Here are some easy ways to fill 24 hours of device-free living:

  • get out and play in one of Petaluma’s forty-two parks and while you are there take a gander at the local wildlife
  • go to the Petaluma Library and check out a book to read
  • visit the Petaluma Art Center and get inspired to make some of your own art
  • plant something in the dirt either in your garden or a pot
  • play acoustic music, sing
  • gather your friends for a board game
  • cook a homemade meal
  • enjoy each other’s company!

(click here to list your event)
Friday, March 1

Saturday, March 2

Sunday, March 3

PUP13 was conceived by representatives of Aqus Community, Create The Good Life, and Petaluma Water Ways, three organizations that share the mission of building a vibrant civic life in Petaluma. 



Petaluma Water Ways self-guided tours on foot, by bike, by small boat


Friday March 1st
Saturday March 2nd
Sunday March 3rd

Stop by Aqus Cafe during Petaluma UnPlugged and pick up directions to a self-guided tour of the now-and-future trail and water access network. Best link to use for more information about our 7.5 string of riverside gems is petalumawaterways.com.



Cinnabar Theater Young Repertory Theater perform Midsummer/Jersey


Friday March 1st
Saturday March 2nd
Sunday March 3rd

Adorable and hysterical! See local kids perform a New Jersey Shore version of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream. Entertaining for adults and children. Go to Cinnabartheater.org for tix and times. You won't be disappointed!



Tara Firma Farm Tours



Every Saturday & Sunday
10:00 am • 12:00 pm • 2:00 pm 

Fun for the whole family!

Hold a baby chick, learn about the mechanics of grass farming, enjoy the sunshine!

What you will learn: 
• Is my food healthy and safe? 
• How are chickens raised? And what do they eat?
• Free Range vs. Pastured, what is best? 
• Why do pigs lay in mud? 
• Where does bacon come from? 
• What is so great about Grass Fed beef? 
• What is in season?

-Take I Street away from Petaluma Blvd
-When it turns into "farm road" continue
-Tara Firma Farms is located on the right about a quarter mile before I St intersects with San Antonio
-Look for our sign!

For more info Call 
(707) 765-1202

​3796 I st EXT Petaluma, CA



Unplug with Port in Petaluma


Friday March 1st
Saturday March 2nd
Sunday March 3rd

Come by Sonoma Valley Portworks for an unplugged tasting experience. Use all of your senses to explore the rich tastes of our ports and after-dinner wines. Enjoy complimentary tastings and food pairings all weekend long.



Early Girl Fitness - 8am - 9am


All levels of ambulatory fitness welcome - runners, joggers, walkers. Meet at the parking lot at the south end of Copeland Street (entrance to the River Heritage Center). One hour of an OUTDOOR full body fitness workout at the McNear Peninsula (aka River Heritage Center). This event is FREE. 

For more information, please email mary@madarc.com





Saturday March 2nd

Play this popular French outdoor bowling game with a very nice group of people in Oak Hill Park, next to the basketball court, from 1-4pm. Newcomers welcome. 'Boules' and instructions provided.

Game in Progress


The Vagina Monologues - staged production - Trisha Almond


Hailed by the New York Times as “funny” and “poignant” and by the Daily News as “intelligent” and “courageous”, The Vagina Monologues, which was first performed off-Broadway by Ms Ensler, drives in the mystery, humor, pain, power, outrage and excitement buried in women’s experiences. It’s the stories of the resilency and senuality of women. Performed by our mothers, daughter, sisters, friends, neighbors, and more.




Santa Rosa Vets Flea Market


Come walk around the flea market. 
8am - 3pm 
I have a booth on the West perimeter, 
bringing Metal Buttons, Trim, and other things to craft with. 



Seed Starting Workshop and Cold Frame Building Demonstration -Sunday 10am to 2pm


This Sunday, the Petaluma Health Center is hosting a seed starting workshop and cold frame building demonstration in conjunction with Daily Acts! The event will be this Sunday, March 3rd from 10am to 2pm, with a potluck lunch from 12 to 1pm. This event will be different from our normal volunteer work days. The focus of these workshops is on learning skills for building or expanding your own gardens at home.

With the beautiful weather we’ve been having, this is the perfect opportunity to come together as a community to get a jump-start on our spring garden and start planning for summer! Come learn how to grow your own starts from seed and walk home with some seeds all ready to take off. Then share a potluck lunch together as a group and exchange tips and ideas for gardening. Finally, at 1pm, we will have a cold frame building demonstration and discuss the benefits of cold frames and hoop houses for extending the gardening season.

Seed Starting Workshop: 10am-12pm, $10 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds.
The seed starting workshop will be led by Ellen Solomon, a local avid gardener who grows her own vegetables four seasons. Ellen is a certified arborist, horticulturist and community garden member. The first hour will be held inside PHC in Celebration B where we will learn fail-safe success strategies for growing your own seedlings, focusing on soil, temperature, lighting, and varieties. The second hour will involve hands-on seed starting. Go home with your own starts! Please bring seeds and containers for starting your own tomatoes, peppers, basil, onions, leeks, or brassicas. We will provide growing media and soil; some seeds will be available. 

Potluck Lunch: 12pm-1pm
We will come together as a community to share food and ideas outside in the Petaluma Health Center garden. Please bring a garden-inspired meal to share, along with your own plate, cup and utensils! There are a limited amount of seats, so please bring a camping chair if you have one.

Cold-Frame Demonstration: 1pm-2pm
We will be building a cold frame for the Petaluma Health Center’s Garden so that we can start our own seeds outdoors. We will talk through the benefits of cold frames and hoop houses for extending the growing season, walk through the design and planning process, and demonstrate how you could build one yourself using reclaimed materials. A cold frame, like the sample attached to this email, functions like a mini green house and is ideal for the urban setting. Demonstration will happen in the garden. Please bring a chair, and your questions and curiosity!

I look forward to seeing you there!

Upcoming Events 

March 24—Garden Planning: Planning your plantings for year-round produce
April 7– Garden Bed Preparation and Planting**
**We will be adding new beds into our garden! Please come and bring a friend! Many hands make light work!
April 21—Integrative Pest Management- Tips for pesticide-free gardening
May 5 —Transplanting and Container Gardens***
***We will be making a model urban garden for growing produce without a yard. Bring pots to donate if possible!






Yoga One's Free Acroyoga, Hooping and Capoeira at Walnut Park


Saturday March 2nd

Come play in the sun with the Yoga One Community as part of the Unplugged festival this Saturday! We'll be on the grass by Kentucky & D Street starting at 2pm, so join us when you can.




Get your hands dirty at Bounty Community Farm! - Lennie Larkin


Come on out and volunteer at the farm on Saturday from 10am - 2pm! We'll be weeding and sowing and getting ready for spring, and would love to see you all out there. 

55 Shasta Ave, Petaluma




Viva Cocolat's 5th Anniversary Celebration - Lynn Wong


Totally unplug with chocolate.

Join us from 4 - 6 pm to celebration 5 years of fine chocolates in Petaluma!

Chocolate fountain, samples, and nibbles. First 25 participants receive a FREE artisan chocolate bar! All items 20% OFF during this event, so find something you love and stock up.

4:00 pm we'll start off the festivities with a Lion Dance performance by the Redwood Empire Chinese Association - not to be missed!

Relax and enjoy massage, reiki and tarot card readings - services provided for a donation.

Gordon Rowland, classical guitarist, will serenade us with his wonderful musical talents. Enjoy his music at your leisure by purchasing one of his many fantastic CD's.

Enter our Chocolate Challenge Contest and win a dozen truffles of your choice! Free to enter, so show off your chocolate knowledge.

Win a raffle prize: 11 lbs bar of Callebaut chocolate ($80 value); gift certificates for chocolate, massage, reiki and tarot card reading; and more!

For more information, please contact info@vivacocolat.com or 707-778-9888.




Unplug with Luscious Chocolate Fondue - Lynn Wong


Friday March 1st
Saturday March 2nd


Enjoy warm, luscious chocolate fondue with family and/or friends. Your choice of dark, milk or white chocolate, your fondue is accompanied by an assortment of delectable dippables. One pot is a generous serving for two people, or order one for every three guests in your party.

Served from 11 am - 9 pm every Friday and Saturday, so you can feel free to unplug any weekend!

Reservations suggested for parties of four or more as seating is limited.

Come and take a dip and leave your electronic devices for another time!



Petaluma High School Baseball Game - David Royall


Come watch the Petaluma Freshman Baseball team play Riordan High School from San Francisco. Location: Petaluma High School @ Noon