Petaluma Palooza comes round again at the Train Depot SAT. Sept. 21st – tomorrow! So John Crowley and Diane Gentile have rounded us up again for a fun community-building event, year 2. Visitor’s Center and others say “Part non-profit showcase, part business gathering, part learning fair and a large portion of fun!” and looks like it. A whole bunch of our music friends are playing and I, as Petaluma Grange Lecturer, engaged Amy Crawford, Sonoma Pomona Grange Chaplain, to give a talk and slide show on her recent three week stint with the Amish, taking place in the Arts Center. Education, outreach and fun – a lot how we build a resilient community for the challenges ahead, thanks, John/Diane et al.

So – highlights for me? Hearing Chris Samson sings his traditional mix, hearing Gary Grubb do the same, wandering about talking with great people about our newish Petaluma Grange and the upcoming California State Grange Convention in Sebastopol Oct. 9-13. Opening Day, Wed. open to the public after 1pm for a tour of Paul Kaiser’s Singing Frog Farm, then many activities later, showing of Symphony of the Soil in the evening – suggested donation. Come if you can! Sebastopol Grange Hall is 6000 Sebastopol Avenue along Highway 12. Get a map or you may get turned around.

Back to why the Palooza is high energy FUN! Here’s what Diane, John’s Right Arm, sent through SoCo Gazette:

Petalumans will gather once again this fall to celebrate all things good in our community at the Petaluma Palooza, a free event that has been nicknamed ‘The People’s Expo.’

Take a look at Anna at Aqus:

Held at the Historic Petaluma Train Depot (230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma) on Saturday, September 21st from 12 to 5pm, the Petaluma Palooza is an annual celebration of Petaluma’s unique culture, commerce, creativity and caring.
The purpose: to bring the Petaluma community together for some fun, sharing of resources and connection. Everyone is welcome to participate – individuals, businesses, organizations…manufacturers, techies, artists, crafters, clubs, groups, non-profits, farmers, growers, thinkers and doers…you get the idea!

Plan to meet people, get involved and have fun. Sign up to share represent your company, share information, products and ideas, enter the talent contest or speaker’s series, get on the soapbox, play a song or give a demonstration. With booths, stages, entertainment, children’s activities and local food, there will be something for everyone.

And in the spirit of community, the Petaluma Palooza is a collaboration between Aqus Community, the Petaluma Arts Center, the Petaluma Downtown Association & Visitors Program.

“As with all of our events, Petaluma Palooza is about connecting people in our community” says John Crowley of Aqus Community. “We focus on building community because strong connections among people increases trust, creative engagement, productivity and commerce in the community.”
“This is a wonderful opportunity for the community at large to really come together and share all the great stuff that’s happening in Petaluma!” says Marie McCusker, Executive Director of the Petaluma Downtown Association & Visitors Program.
For Sponsorship information, participation forms and general information, see: or contact: