Join Friends for an afternoon of stewardship of the Petaluma River this Earth Day. We are celebrating the 52nd anniversary of Earth Day with two opportunities to preserve and protect the place on earth we call home. Register below for the opportunity that works for you. It isn’t necessary to come for the whole time. Drop ins welcome! Come and pick up a shovel or a trash picker and spend some time in service to the earth this Earth Day.
Thursday, April 21st – 2:30pm – 5:30pm – Stewardship Day at Steamer Landing Park – REGISTER HERE
Friday, April 22nd – 2:30pm – 5:30pm – River Cleanup near Lynch Creek Trail – REGISTER HERE
What to Expect/Bring: Dress in clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, wear sturdy shoes that enclose your feet, bring a re-suable water bottle, dress in layers as it can get chilly on the River in the afternoon. Bring your own work gloves if you have them. We’ll provide water, snacks, gloves if needed, and all the equipment.
Join Friends for a weekend of connection with our grazelands. Grazing, as a regenerative way to work with the land, offers many benefits from fire suppression to soil health. The Transhumance Festival invites the community to learn about this ancient practice, how it is being applied locally, and how everyone can support a food system that benefits the earth.
Friday, April 29th – Farm to Table Dinner
Enjoy a local, seasonal meal inspired by the work of graziers and farmers, to support the work of the Transhumance Festival, hosted by Tara Firma Farms
Petaluma chef Brenda Anderson, of the Secret Kitchen, is creating a lovely family-style meal sourced from local farms and ranches to celebrate the connection of hooves and hands. Come for a night full of amazing Sonoma County food and wine. Leave with a greater understanding of how ruminants and people work together to better our community.
Saturday, April 30th – Transhumance Festival
Join Friends, Wild Hollow, True Grass Farms and more for a day in connection with local grazing. This is a FREE event but donations are welcome. The Festival will feature speakers, live music, local food and family activities. See below for a schedule of the day. For more information visit the Festival website at https://www.sassyandgrassy.com/
10 to 11:15 am – gather at Grand Central Cafe for coffee, breakfast snacks and kids activities
11:15 to 11:30 am – walk with the goats to Steamer Landing Park
11:30 to 12:30 pm – live music and lunch and drinks at Steamer Landing Park
12:30 to 1:30 pm – A panel on Community Grazing Cooperatives: How we collaborate with each other, the land and grazing animals to steward our neighborhoods into healthy fire ecosystems
1:45 to 3:00 pm – Live music, booths, meet the shepherd, meet the goats
SPRING PETALUMA RIVER CLEANUP
Join Friends for our annual spring cleanup of the Petaluma River. We’ll have 15 locations along the River and its tributaries that need cleanup support and we’re calling all volunteers to join us in this effort. All volunteers are invited to celebrate with a BBQ after the event.
Saturday, May 7th – 9am – 1pm – Steamer Landing Park – REGISTER HERE
You are invited to Friends’ annual Fandango Gala! Join us for an evening of entertainment with MC Brian Griffith, host of KRCB’s Morning Show and music by Fog Holler, “a spectral band that channels the spirits of bluegrass past and future.” You don’t want to miss this entertaining event!
It’s FREE to join, just use one of these links:
Check out our auction and fund a need – Text FANDANGO to 71760
Broadcasting live from Out West Garage, guests can enjoy the evening from the comfort of their living room.
Tickets are FREE! Donations and auction purchases will support Friends’ goal to get all kids in the Petaluma Watershed outside, learning about and protecting their environment.
Special guests Mayor Teresa Barrett and the 2021 Petaluma Watershed Changemaker Award-Winner Caryl Hart will share their work protecting the Petaluma Watershed and Sonoma County’s many precious resources.
SPONSORSHIP OPTIONS AVAILABLE – SIGN UP HERE
Event Sponsor – $5,000.00 – Benefits: Premier logo placement on event program, auction site, website; Company spotlight in Friends’ Tidings e-newsletter; Live Event sponsorship mention; 2 devoted social media posts featuring your company; River Tour for 10
Table Sponsor – $3,000.00 – Benefits: Logo on event program, auction site, website; Live Event sponsorship mention; 1 devoted social media post featuring your company; River Tour for 6
Table Host – $1,000.00 – Benefits: Logo on event program, auction site, website; Live Event sponsorship mention; Social media mention
Friends is stepping up efforts to keep our local waterways clean with ongoing creek cleanups throughout the year. With support from Sonoma Water and in partnership with the City of Petaluma, Friends is hosting small creek cleanups that can help target the neediest areas in our Watershed.
Sign up below to join an upcoming cleanup.
We are keeping these groups small in order to comply with CDC and County COVID-19 regulations and keep our volunteers safe. Please wear a face covering and maintain social distancing when volunteering at a creek cleanup.
What to bring & expect: Please bring your own water bottle, gloves if you have them, and wear sturdy shoes and clothes that can get dirty. We’ll go over some safety guidelines in the morning and distribute supplies and then spend a couple hours tending to our creeks. Some areas may have debris from abandoned encampments. Please let our staff know if you are planning to have young children attend – some areas will be better for this than others.
Once you have signed up, you will receive an email with further details regarding a meeting place and parking.
UPCOMING CREEK CLEANUPS:
UPPER RIVER – Saturday, November 27th | 9am – 12pm – SIGN UP
Join us on Sunday, August 22nd, 2021 for the Rivertown Roundup! – our first stop on the Road to Rivertown Revival in 2022!
This August 22nd from 4-7 we want to gather once more at the barn to celebrate our community and look forward to our future. Enjoy the sounds of SoloRio, play some games, and drink a beer along our beautiful Slough at the David Yearsley River Heritage Center.
Rivertown Roundup | Sunday, Aug. 22nd | 4pm – 7pm
Our beloved Transhumance Festival is returning this Spring to once again connect us to our agricultural landscapes. We invite you to join us in celebrating our ranchers, farmers and agricultural producers at our 3rd annual Transhumance gathering, marking the seasonal migration of grazing animals.
Saturday, June 12th
9am – 3pm
Steamer Landing Park with herding taking place through downtown Petaluma
Living Room Live: NYE Edition
Tune in on Facebook – Link to Facebook or YouTube – Link to YouTube
Terrier (Ben Morrion & Erika Tietjen)
Sebastian St. James
Foxes in the Henhouse
Silver Screen Fandango
Saturday, October 24th | 5:30pm – 6:30pm | $25.00
Special guest Congressman Huffman, Chair of the House Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife, will speak about the fight to protect our natural resources now and into the future.
Live performance by Stella Heath! Virtually explore the Petaluma Marsh!
Fun and unique auction items designed to get you and your loved ones outside experiencing the Petaluma Watershed and beyond safely!
Make it a date! Add appetizers, a meal and drinks for two or the whole family!
ONLINE AUCTION IS NOW LIVE! – text ‘fandango’ to 71760 to start bidding.
Don’t miss our online auction full of fun adventures and unique items. We want to get you and your family or pod of friends outside, experiencing new things and exploring the Petaluma Watershed and beyond. Start bidding today by texting ‘fandango’ to 71760 now.
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Join Friends for an evening performance from Wind in the Willows, the beloved children’s classic by Kenneth Grahame. Local writer and actor David Templeton will bring the work’s 7th chapter, “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” to life in a live and unabridged reading. After memorizing the 3800 word tome, David will share this often missing chapter of Grahame’s timeless work in an event that the whole family will enjoy.
“The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” | Saturday, Sept. 12th | 5:30pm – 6:45pm
While you may not find “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” in your edition of Wind in the Willows, it is arguably the most celebrated, studied and beautiful chapter of the book. As Templeton recently wrote, “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, filled with references to sleeping and dreaming and waking and drowsing, is, I think, all about awakening to beauty. It’s about those transcendent moments when something jars us out of our habits and comforts and we suddenly see the world in a striking new way, then struggle to hold onto that vision as we return to our previous habits and comforts.” Indeed, in current times, this may be the most relevant part of the story.
Following the reading, stay tuned for a discussion of the work with some of Sonoma County’s literary notables.
It’s free to tune in but donations are welcome and support Friends of the Petaluma River – home of your next River adventure.
Fall Petaluma River Cleanup
Join Friends for our 2nd ‘socially-distant but environmentally-together River Cleanup. We invite volunteers to join us in small groups at 12 different creek and river locations in the Petaluma Watershed to help remove trash and debris from our waterways. We can still help protect the Petaluma River from 6-feet apart. Sign up to receive your creek assignment.
Saturday, Sept. 19th | 9am – 12pm
Volunteers will go directly to their assigned creek. Creek assignments will go out the day before the Cleanup.
Bring your own water bottle and gloves and wear sturdy shoes. Gloves will be available if needed. Trash pickers, bags, and other supplies will be distributed at your assigned creek.
This event is being held in conjunction with California Coastal Cleanup Day. Did you know that 80% of the trash found in our oceans come from inland waterways? Help stop the trash before it reaches our coasts and beaches!
Living Room Live concert series
Petaluma’s annual Rivertown Revival has brought joy and laughter to the North Bay for the past 10 years, but this homegrown festival has always been about much more than a single sunny day in July. The spirit of Rivertown is an ongoing effort from within the community to celebrate life, support the arts, and raise awareness and funds for environmental protection and education. Join us for Rivertown Revival 2020 in your living room!
Living Room Live Concert – Saturday, July 18th, 6pm
With COVID 19 making public assembly impossible, we have decided that if we cannot come Down to the River to Play, we will bring the celebration to you! The series, which ran for 4 weeks in May and June streamed engaging, fun and uplifting performances for you and your kids. With intimate musical performances by our favorite regional singers and bands, profiles of visual artists, a weekly kids’ magical town report, a mass vow renewal and more!
All shows are hosted by Rivertown’s music director and resident showman, Josh Windmiller.
Now we’re back with one final concert to mark the day of Rivertown Revival. The July 18th show will feature performances by local songstress Maya Leon, the eclectic Lee Vandeveer Band, David Luning and the always energetic Snaps for Sinners as well as entertaining visits with some of the festival’s more colorful contributors.
Living Room Live is a fundraiser for Friends the Petaluma River so please join us, and donate to promote education, conservation and celebration of our mighty Slough.
Summer Petaluma River Cleanup
Saturday, July 25th
8am – 12pm
We can’t gather for a big cleanup event or a thank you BBQ but we can still band together to cleanup our River. Volunteers will meet at their assigned creek for supplies. Registration and waiver are now all online! Register to receive your creek assignment.
Please bring your own water bottle and gloves and wear sturdy shoes. We’ll provide trash pickers, buckets, bags, and gloves if needed.
Contact Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or if you would like to volunteer as a Site Captain.
Rivertown Revival | Cancelled
Transhumance Festival | Cancelled
Wine & Whiskey for the Wetlands | Postponed
Fall Petaluma River Cleanup
Join in on the next opportunity to support the Petaluma River – come out and help remove trash and debris from our waterways. 80% of the garbage in our oceans originates on inland rivers. Let’s stop this trash before it gets to our coast!
Saturday, September 21st
Steamer Landing Park, Petaluma CA
9am – 1pm
Moonlit Fandango Gala
Join Friends for our annual Moonlit Fandango Gala at Rockin’ H Ranch. Our premier event of the year, the location highlights the Petaluma Marsh, offering stunning views of the River’s Cloudy Bend. Enjoy an evening with Friends and support our programming focused on conservation, access to and education on the Petaluma River.
Moonlit Fandango Gala
Saturday, August 24th
5pm – 10pm
Tickets: $150.00; Table Host: $1,500.00; Sponsor: $3,000.00
COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER DAYS
Join Friends for a day of stewardship at Steamer Landing Park. Be a part of creating a rich and vibrant habitat for local wildlife while building community and and gathering space. Days will focus on projects at the park like planting, mulching, weeding, watering, and more. Come get your hands dirty with a group of dedicated and like-minded people.
When: December 16th, January 20th, February 17th, March 17th, April 21st
Time: 10am – 2pm
Where: David Yearsley River Heritage Center, Steamer Landing Park, Petaluma – D & Copeland Streets
What to bring: Water Bottle, shoes and clothes that can get dirty, positive attitude and willingness to work!
Come hear our Watershed Classroom students present what they’ve learned this year about the Petaluma River through multi-media presentations. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from the next generation of stewards for our local environment and their conclusions about the health of the River.
We will also announce the winners of our Watershed Conservation Video Award and show the winning videos. This year’s theme is water conservation and how this affects your carbon footprint.
Student Showcase *FREE*
Thursday, April 18th
5:30pm to 7:00pm – Student Presentations
5:00pm to 5:30pm & 7:00pm to 7:30pm – Tabling and Discussions
Carole Ellis Auditorium, SRJC Petaluma Campus
Spring Petaluma River Cleanup
After a winter of heavy rains we need your help to remove trash and debris from the Petaluma River. Join us for our annual Spring Petaluma River Cleanup and be a part of the solution to river pollution. We’ll have a BBQ, live music, a raffle and educational booths for volunteers following the cleanup effort. RSVP today!
Saturday, May 4
9am – 1pm
Steamer Landing Park
6 Copeland Street
Come join Friends at the David Yearsley River Heritage Center for a look at ways to get involved in conservation and celebration of the Petaluma River. Enjoy lunch, a beverage and hear about the volunteer opportunities coming up in 2019.
David Yearsley River Heritage Center
Sunday, March 17th
River Heritage Days presents Sagra D’Autunno
Saturday, October 20th
5:30pm – 9pm
David Yearsley River Heritage Center @ Steamer Landing Park
A River Heritage Days celebration & Barn Dance with seasonal flavors and lively music.
Friends invites you to eat and dance the night away with us along the River at the David Yearsley River Heritage Center. Food sourced and prepared by local True Grass Farms in the Italian tradition of celebrating seasonal bounty.
Come and enjoy this seasonal feast of wild boar with entertainment by the Purple House Swing Band. Tickets include dinner, a free drink, swing lessons, and hours of dancing along the City’s longest Park.
*SPECIAL PRE-EVENT PRICE*
Buy your ticket today and save $5.00 / $25.00 at the Door