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February, a special month with a big Heart!

DENISE WARD

February is Black History month. I think every month is Black History month, but this one is special. Married on the 14th, Valentines Day is a special day and this is a big anniversary. We hope to celebrate at SF Jazz, or just having a quiet dinner at home. HAPPY VALENTINES DAY TO ALL!

This is the beginning of baseball season..pitchers and catchers report!

My classes are finally listed at Petaluma Arts Center, listed under EDUCATION see previous journal blogs for dates and times.

Black History month is a celebration in Petaluma that should not be missed. Their opening night is at the Petaluma Museum, a Carnegie Library historical building. The Dorian Mode is playing there, my husband on piano and great music will fill the place. The Petaluma Blacks for Community Development are the hosts, kicking off a great month of Black History celebrations. Here’s their list of events.

Most of the following events are free, and except where indicated, take place at the museum.

SCHEDULE OF FEBRUARY EVENTS CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH IN PETALUMA CALIFORNIA

THE DORIAN MODE: Seventh annual Jazz Concert - Friday, Feb. 1. 7 p.m. (Doors open 6:30 p.m.). Beverages and treats included in ticket price. Downstairs seating $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Upstairs seating $35. Purchase tickets at PetalumaMuseum.com or call 778-4398.

THE GREAT BLACK MIGRATION 1910 to 1970: Museum exhibit – Opens on Thursday, Feb. 7. Runs through the month of February.

Through vivid photographs and gripping stories, this new exhibition shows how the center of black social, economic, political and cultural life shifted from the rural south to the northern states and cities. Free to the public.

The museum is open Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 20 Fourth St.

CHILDREN’S STORY TIME – Saturday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Children welcome, but a parent must accompany all kids. Free. At the museum.

SHARON McGRIFF- PAYNE: Lecture – Sunday afternoon, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m. A storyteller and self-described “history sleuth,” McGriff-Payne is the author of “John Grider’s Century: African Americans in Solano, Napa and Sonoma Counties, 1845-1925. She’ll be telling the remarkable story of John Grider, a veteran of the Black Flag Revolt. Free. At the museum.

41st ANNUAL BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM – Saturday, Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m. This year’s program carries the theme “The Great Black Migration,” and includes a special tribute to Aretha Franklin, the late singer and “Queen of Soul.” New Life Fellowship Church auditorium, 1310 Clegg St. Free.

ANNUAL GOSPEL HOUR – Sunday, Feb. 24, 4 p.m. A number of local churches will participate in this popular celebration of gospel music. Petaluma Christian Church, 1160 Schuman Lane. Free.

DR. MARTHA C. TAYLOR: Lecture – Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m. The author of “From Labor to Reward,” Dr. Taylor is an expert on the religious experiences of black Americans in the Bay Area from 1849 to the 1970s. Escaping the restrictions and dangers of the segregated south, many folks came west, only to find a similar set of obstacles here in Northern California. Free. At the museum