A bowl for every occasion and for the elderly who need it

Perhaps you’ve heard of, hosted, or been invited to a bowl painting party in recent months, all in preparation for the Petaluma People’s Services Center’s Petaluma 1000 Bowl Party. Well, that party has finally arrived and it will be held at the Petaluma Hotel on Friday, November 25 from 11:30 am to 3 pm. It’s the day after Thanksgiving, so I hope you’re not working. Tickets are $20 at the door and include soup, drinks and live entertainment. You’ll also have the opportunity to bid on those bowls, with proceeds going to help PPSC support their local programs, including meal delivery to seniors.

Even if you don’t see a bowl or set of bowls you like, consider donating anyway. The PPSC website says that for every $60 worth of bowls sold, they can deliver food and care to one senior for a week. In my house, a large portion of our everyday bowls come from these events, and I have to tell you, there are some pretty awesome professional and hobby bowl decorators in our community. Visit the events section of www.petalumapeople.org for more information and to find out how to host a bowl painting party for next year’s 1,000 bowls.

dine to give

On Thursday, December 1st, local restaurants, breweries and wineries will host Dining Out for Life – Sonoma County, donating 25-100% of their profits to Food for Thought, a local non-profit organization dedicated to satisfying nutritional needs. of people living with HIV and other serious medical conditions in Sonoma County. “We supply more than 300,000 meals a year free of charge to qualified customers who are at risk of malnutrition. Our services eliminate food insecurity, reduce hospital visits and medical expenses, and improve the health and quality of life of our customers,” says the website fftfoodbank.org.

Approximately 80 Sonoma County restaurants are participating, with our local list including Central Market, Cucina Paradiso, Magdelena’s Savories & Sweets, McNear’s, Quinua Cocina Peruana, Risibisi, Street Social, and the Tea Room. And in our sister cities to the west, Rocker Oysterfeller’s, in Valley Ford, and Ginochio’s Kitchen and Terrapin Creek, both in Bodega Bay, will participate.

You can also donate before or during the event and you’ll automatically be entered into a raffle with prizes ranging from restaurant gift cards to grocery store gift certificates and free entry to the Food for Thought 2023 event, including the Rialto Awards Night. Cinemas, a yoga class of your choice and Our Long Table, an evening of food and music at the Vine Hill House in Sebastopol. And for every $25 or more, you’ll receive FFT’s “20% Off Tuesday” Card, which gives you 20% off when you dine at participating restaurants on Tuesdays throughout 2023. There are a dozen restaurants on the list, but our local participants are Magdelena’s Savories & Sweets, Rocker Oysterfeller’s and Quinua Cocina Peruana.

cake for elderly children

Last year’s Petaluma Future Farmers of America cake auction was a huge success, even though it had to be held online due to Covid concerns. The cakes were amazing, and the offering was equally impressive, everyone will be supporting chapter activities throughout the year.

For the first time in several years, this event will take place live. The Potluck Dinner and Bake Auction will be Tuesday, December 13 starting at 6:00 pm in the Petaluma High School Multi-Purpose Room. The Petaluma High School Agriculture Department asks for RSVPs by Sunday, December 10 using the Google form link you can find in their social media posts (we can’t print it in the paper) or by calling 778- 4661.

And if you want to participate by donating a cake, you are also welcome. Last year we won the tender for a cake from Sax’s Joint, where Mum Julie Saxelby makes some pretty spectacular cakes, along with the rest of the great menu. This year, they will be holding a “Gift Wrapped Cake Contest” for cakes that look like a Christmas present, but regularly decorated cakes and other desserts are also welcome.

Regular readers know that I have a soft spot for our local youth farm programs because I not only have first-hand experience in 4-H, but have also seen a multitude of 4-H and FFA youth capitalize on the opportunities provided to them. through these programs. programs Many grow into truly amazing adults, often returning home to help keep our agricultural roots well connected to the rest of the community. In short, these types of youth programs are helping to develop the next generation of leaders.

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