Monthly Newsletter
October 2020
Greetings!

We welcome the first days of Fall and all the beauty it brings. We hope this season you take a stroll downtown to enjoy the changing leaves, the fall menus and cozy wears it offers.

Our best,
Ty & Marie
Halloween in Petaluma
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Trick or Treat Trail Cancelled for 2020
Unfortunately, due to COVID, we are unable to host our beloved annual Trick or Treat Trail. Although we are disappointed, community safety and wellbeing must come first. We are working hard with the County and Health Officials in hopes of creating a safe alternative. Please stay tuned for more information.
The City of Petaluma - Drive-In Movie "Hocus Pocus"
From 6 - 9 pm at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds & Events Center

The City of Petaluma's Parks and Recreation Department is excited to present the Disney classic, “Hocus Pocus”, as a Drive-In Movie! This showing will take place on Friday, October 16th at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma.

Please note that pre-registration is required, and space is limited, so be sure and visit cityofpetaluma.org/hocus-pocus-drive-in-movie for more information and to purchase your tickets today!
You've been BOO'D
Beginning October 111th
Halloween in Petaluma will look very different this year as we continue to navigate through the pandemic. Although trick or treating will be limited, Kinyatta Renyolds has found an alternative way to get into the holiday spirit. "Petaluma Boo" is a community activity where residents can purchase a "Boo Kit" for $20 that consists of a lawn sign that says "We've been Boo'd", three ghost shaped stickers and a printed set of instructions.

Starting on October 11th, participants are asked to display their signs to indicate they are participating. Neighbors and community members are encouraged to anonymously deliver a small fun treat, basket, or bag to that home. If you would like to contribute to the community spirit, you can find a listing of participants on the website petalumaprograms.com.

Once a family has been "Boo'd" they will stick a ghost sticker on their sign and are then expected to boo someone else in town.
Oktoberfest
at Brewster's Beer Garden
October 10th - 11th, all day!

Celebrating may look a little different this year, but we're pulling out all the stops to revel in our favorite weekend! Dust off your best Oktoberfest attire and join us for classic German fare (brats?! hello!) boots of beer, live music, and more! Reservations highly encouraged (groups of 10 guests or less only, as per the Sonoma County Public Health Office).

For reservations call 707-981-8330 or visit our website www.brewstersbeergarden.com.
Community Updates
River Dredging Schedule & Info
Project Manager: Jonathan Sanglerat
Contact: jsanglerat@cityofpetaluma.org or 707-292-2772

Milestone Dates
Reach # 4 - South of Shollenberger September 4th to September 11th
Reach #3 - North of Shollenberger September 12th to September 26th
Reach #5 to #8 - Not in Petaluma September 17th to October 17th
Reach #2 - Marina to Turning Basin September 26th to October 11th
Reach #1 - Turning Basin (D Street Bridge) October 11th to October 21st

Notice:
  • Shollenberger Trail Loop will be closed from late August to early November. This includes the parking lot and public restrooms.
  • Traffic may increase along D Street when the dredging occurs as the D Street Bridge will be opened multiple times a day.
  • Noise may be apparent October 11th through October 21st for riverfront properties. Noise is expected at all hours and every day of the week during the process.
  • River access will not be accessible to the public during the dredging.
Shop Petaluma

The City of Petaluma, in collaboration with the Petaluma Downtown Association, the Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce, and local merchants, created a virtual shopping experience to give local storefronts and restaurants a place to share what they have to offer during the unusual circumstances COVID-19 has presented.

On the website you'll find listings for local storefronts and restaurants in our Downtown, with detailed information on the goods and services they have available during Shelter-in-Place, as well as the best ways for customers to contact them. We encourage you to use ShopPetaluma as your resource for supporting our local businesses!
Petaluma Dental Group
Freedom Day USA
October 8th

Petaluma Dental Group wants to thank you for your service! Let us serve YOU with free dental care on October 8th!

This is available to all active military, veterans, first responders & families.

To set up an appointment please call 707-762-0067.
Petaluma Community Access

Do you know that Petaluma has our own television and radio stations? We do!

Petaluma Community Access (PCA) has been running our television stations, manning the broadcast of our city meetings, and broadcasting content provided by our neighbors for nearly 25 years!

In 2017 we added radio to our repertoire, providing 24/7 broadcasts of music, health & wellness, and commentary on local issues.

There is NOWHERE else that you can listen to LOCAL voices on LOCAL issues and nowhere else that you can have your voice heard by THIS community. Better than that, we don't censor!

Our television and radio outlets are the voice created BY Petaluma FOR Petaluma. PCA has a brief survey asking questions about what you know about us, what you like about us, and how we can serve you better.

Please answer these questions for us, but more importantly, share them with your friends and neighbors so that we can continue to strive to be the BEST we can be.

PCA loves Petaluma!!
Fire Relief & COVID-19 Resources
Please check out the SOCO Emergency Page for the most up-to-date information regarding the state of our County. In addition for information or specific questions you can call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898-211.

The Coronavirus or “COVID-19” continues to generate concern locally, domestically and globally. The City of Petaluma is committed to providing leadership and help throughout the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the above website for the latest information on a range of topics regarding COVID-19.
Business Improvement District
Keller Street Garage
The BID committee is working with Joel from Basel Ganglia Studio (see photo from the Argus on the right) on designs for the stairwell walls in the Keller St. Garage. Joel the artist that created the "Plugged In" artwork on 1st Street is currently working on 12-15 new images for the garages stairwells. When time permits, please check out his new pieces. Additionally, we are working with the Art Committee on the expansion of the Telephone Alley garage wall Mural. The BID continues to match utility boxes and artists in creating visual art.

Keller Street Garage
The BID committee is working with Joel from Basel Ganglia Studio (see photo from the Argus on the right) on designs for the stairwell walls in the Keller St. Garage. Joel the artist that created the "Plugged In" artwork on 1st Street is currently working on 12-15 new images for the garages stairwells. When time permits, please check out his new pieces. Additionally, we are working with the Art Committee on the expansion of the Telephone Alley garage wall Mural. The BID continues to match utility boxes and artists in creating visual art.

The BID continues to support the graffiti cleanup work by Ed Cera, who was just honored by the City Council with the first Petaluma Proud Award. Ed works tirelessly to clean up the graffiti in the downtown area and city wide. What a hero!
If you identify graffiti and need assistance in cleaning it up please call the Graffiti hotline number: (707)776-3606, or send us a email with the location and a picture, if possible.

BID Projects & Events:
  • Purchased Christmas Tree which displays in the Bank Hub window
  • Paid for electricity junction box to lite up the tree in Center Park with Christmas lights
  • Christmas Banners
  • Painted Electrical Boxes Downtown (5 more artists have signed up to continue painting!)
  • Seasonal Downtown Banners
  • Provide Every Day Security Patrol from 9 pm-5 am
  • Lights on three trees in Putnam Plaza and tree on corner of Washington
  • Created three Historical Pedestals and producing 2 more
  • Marketing Campaigns for Downtown
  • Halloween Trick or Treat Trail
  • Merchants Holiday Open House
  • Downtown Sidewalk Sale
  • Small Business Saturday

For more information on the BID please visit our website. To review the most recent meeting minutes, click here.

Meetings are canceled until further notice. We welcome your input and attendance when they resume.
Petaluma Visitors Program
Distribute the Petaluma Visitor Magazine at your business!
We would love for you to have copies on hand to give to your customers and clients. Email colleen@visitpetaluma.com if you would like a box or two. There are 60 magazines in a box; there is no cost to receive the magazines.

Submit Your Virtual Event to VisitPetaluma.com
We might not be able to gather at fairs and festivals but that doesn't mean Petaluma is going dark! Let people know about your virtual events. Don't miss out - "events" is one of the most searched terms on the Visit Petaluma website. The link to submit events (both virtual and in-person) is here.


Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Colleen@VisitPetaluma.com or Marie marie@petalumadowntown.com if you have any questions. We look forward to a time when we can re-connect in person. In the meantime, be well!
Become a Member
Membership makes up a large part of our funding as a nonprofit. We have been working tirelessly to promote our merchants during this global crisis. Let us promote you! Thank you to everyone who has continued to support the Petaluma Downtown Association by signing up or renewing your membership. We are currently restructuring our membership levels and benefits to adapt to our new normal, stay tuned for updates very soon!

Click the button below to find out more about the benefits of being a member, or email our Ty to learn more!
Petaluma Downtown Association