Penngrove is a hotbed of good music in the summer

It’s another Penngrove summer! There’s a lot of music around, starting with Train Wreck Junction after the Penngrove July 3 Parade (11 a.m.) during the BBQ at Penngrove Park, July 3 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Rancho Adobe Firefighters Association will hold its annual pancake breakfast on July 2 from 7-11 a.m.

Twin Oaks Truck Stop

Check their website for details on free shows. In August, every Sunday is the 2nd Annual HopMonk Presents & KC Turner Presents: Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express “Roadhouse Sundown Series”. Advance tickets are advised, as shows sell out. See

Penngrove Market

The market continues Summer Live Music every Sunday from 4-6 p.m. Check out the program on their Facebook and Instagram pages. John Roy Zat plays Sunday, July 17 from 4-6 p.m. I have a soft spot for his act because he’s an amazing fiddler, writer, singer and picker. Plus, because we’ve been friends since 1968 (the stories I can tell).

Penngrove Pub

The pub will host Band of Friends on July 9 from 4-7 p.m. outdoors.

Wall embellishment

Thank you to the Grade 4 students at Penngrove Elementary School. Last December, students noticed graffiti on the retaining wall of the Old Redwood Freeway. and Main St., and discussed how to improve their community. They decided the best solution was an 8′ x 20′ mural on the wall. Because they were studying the persuasive essay, each student wrote an essay about why they wanted to create a mural and drew pictures of their design visions.

They sent the package to Supervisor Rabbitt’s office, who referred them to Johannes Hoevertsz (Director of Transportation and Public Works) for permission to use the wall on a county road. After the director gave them the green light, the next step was financing. They thought they could get donations, hold bake sales and car washes, but they would need to know the financial goal. So they solicited offers from the nonprofit program Artstart and muralist Maxfield Bala (who has done several murals at the school). The students interviewed both artists and selected Bala for the project based on the offers.

Bala then met with each student individually to hear each student’s ideas for the artwork. The students presented Bala’s three drawings to the entire student body for a vote, with 320 of the 479 students voting for the image of the mountain lion, along with the flora and fauna of the area.

According to a statement from Supervisor Rabbitt’s office: “Supervisor Rabbitt and Transport Public Works recognize the continued need to address the graffiti on the retaining wall at the corner of Main Street and Old Redwood Freeway. Sonoma County is pleased to participate in a pilot project to reduce graffiti with students, teacher Jenny Hlebakos and a local artist on this public art project. The project will be financed by the Transportation Public Works Road fund which is used for the maintenance of the retaining walls.

“I am thrilled that the art of Penngrove Elementary students is on full display on this retaining wall and will serve as an important pilot project in other areas of our county,” said Second District Supervisor David Rabbitt, “ I am grateful for the work support staff at Transportation Public Works who will make this project a reality, and the imagination and caring of our local students and Ms. Hlebakos who helped develop this creative solution.

25th Anniversary Power Up

This event returns Saturday, July 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Penngrove Power and Implement Museum, 200 Phillips Rd. This year is dedicated to all those screens you didn’t see in 2019! This fascinating local museum showcases its collection of engines from a time of old farming tools. Free, donations accepted. Find them on Facebook at Penngrove Power.

Lyndi Brown is a community volunteer from Petaluma/Penngrove. It was named Good Egg 2016 by Petaluma Downtown Association. She is an Honorary Rear Admiral in the Navy of Petaluma (not military: it’s an honorary title for promoting the town as a tourist destination. Active with the Penngrove Social Fire Department and the Petaluma Village Network, she needs a vacation. Email Lyndi at [email protected]