Bookal is a free iOS app launching this fall, born and based in Petaluma. Bookal is a home for book lovers - a social network where readers can connect and share and an easy to use hyperlocal peer-to-peer marketplace.
Everything you might love about Facebook, Goodreads, Amazon and Craigslist, the clever people behind Bookal have simplified, cleaned up and brought under one roof. What you don’t love about these companies, you won't find at Bookal.
Bookal was inspired by founder Ramin Rahimian's wife’s monthly Amazon book orders for her book club. "She was frustrated that she had to wait so long to borrow a book from someone else in her book club, often not having time to finish it," shared Ramin, over a pile of my new books at my first signing of the season, at Marin French Cheese Company, this August.
"She also often opted not to borrow the book from our local library or to go downtown to buy it from our independent bookstore," he said. "I was frustrated, too. I wished she would take advantage of our amazing local bookstore and library. I also thought - there must be an easier and better way for her to get her hands on these very popular books. These bestsellers are out there, on people’s shelves. Let’s get them back in the market and in the hands of those who want them now."
The result was Bookal.
Features and design create a welcoming, engaging, and easy to use social network and marketplace. The app sounds like it will be a great place to get in touch with the only other person who has read your favorite book, even though he or she might be all as far away as New York or London.
On Bookal, your book club will be able to better manage and organize itself. On Bookal, you'll show off your massive library and discover new books to fill it with. With Bookal, you will push one button to buy a book and have it delivered to your door or buy it new from your local bookstore. I'm looking forward to experiencing what it can do for readers, writers and bookstores and other small merchants that sell books.
Intrigued? I'll keep you posted as the app is closer to launch. Otherwise, CLICK HERE to sign yourself up as an early adopter, today.
The Fork, at Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company is one of my favorite foodie venues in Fog Valley, perched on the edge of the world, overlooking Tomales Bay. Fall farm tours, dinners and exclusive classes have just been announced.
Jump on whichever takes your fancy, fast, as every little happening at this delicious locale sells out so fast. How about Baking with legendary Brickmaiden, hands-on class with Celine Underwood - Friday, November 11th?
Hands-On Instruction in The Fork kitchen is interspersed with a walking farm tour, a focused cheese tasting and a delicious family-style farm-fresh lunch. The day concludes with a bag of treats and a fresh sourdough baguette wrapped for you to take home. 9 am to 4.30 pm.
This week I sat down with fellow Brit, Stephen Hamilton, Development Director of Petaluma Shakespeare Company, over coffee at Aqus Cafe. Stephen's stellar and extensive background with San Francisco's fabulous Shakespeare Festival makes me happy to hear that he and his wife, Fiona's move north to live in Petaluma three years ago means great and exciting things are in store for us here in the south county, theatrically speaking.
We talked about upcoming free As You Like It production, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept 16th through October 1st, 2016 on Foundry Wharf Green at H & 2nd Streets, Petaluma. Bring a blanket, a picnic, family and friends and make the most of such accessible Shakespeare.
Putting on the show and paying equity actors costs money. In order to move barriers for free theater and to build community, Petaluma Shakespeare Company invites us to a terrific and exclusive fundraiser at AZARI Vineyards, in West Petaluma on Sunday August 28th. Enjoy fine, cool climate Azari wines coupled with the family's delicious, homemade artisan pizza, cooked in a wood-burning pizza oven on site. We'll be fully entertained by the talents of the Petaluma Shakespeare Company while gazing over the rolling vineyards of the Petaluma Gap.
Raffle prizes include a part in the company's upcoming fall production . All proceeds benefit this year's free production of "As You Like It" performed at the Foundry Wharf by the Petaluma River.
Join in the fun and support free Shakespeare in Petaluma!
In the spring of 2015, a group of Shakespeare lovers had a vision. They saw themselves as the cast of ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ and knew it had to be done. With kamikaze-like dedication, athletic determination and support from a generous community, these local theater geeks launched the first annual Petaluma Shakespeare Festival.
They built a modern traveling wagon stage on a flatbed trailer and as fast as Puck “putting a girdle around the earth”, the gang gathered props, costume, scenery pieces and lighting. As the show pushed forward a crew and a production staff emerged from the woodwork of the community and pitched in.
Since this humble start the Petaluma Shakespeare Company has formed. Its mission is to make Shakespeare and the performing arts available to everyone regardless of age, ethnicity, financial status or level of education.
To increase reach and remove all barriers to audiences to experience the transformative works of Shakespeare, the Petaluma Shakespeare Company presents As You Like It — Free Shakespeare by the River, September 16th to October 1st, 2016. By removing practical and perceptual barriers, this forward thinking group encourages broad participation in the arts to make these artistic activities an active part of our community life.
This rare mid-century modern, fully remodeled, four-bed, four-bath contemporary ranch in-town in West Petaluma is on the market at 620 Sunnyslope Avenue and open for viewing Sunday, August 7th, 2016 from 1pm to 4pm.
Highly sought after homes like this don't pop up very often, particularly within walking distance to downtown Petaluma and area schools. This beauty is a designer's one-of-a-kind, revamped vintage home to suit the laid back lifestyle of Sonoma County.
Fully landscaped 16,552 sq foot corner lot for move-in ease and enjoyment of many more weeks of outdoor summertime fun and relaxation. Just under 3,000 sq feet of single level, living space with a separate legal unit for home office/family/friends and two separate two car garages for the motor enthusiast.
Open, spacious kitchen forms the heart of the house, with family room, dining and great rooms, two fireplaces and immaculate, wide-plank wooden floors.
Top pick for Petaluma, Southern Sonoma County and West Marin friends — Marin French Cheese second Summer Picnic Party, Sunday August 21st is the best value in the region for an outstanding taste of place, with live music and picnic blanket hanging out under the oaks.
I'll be there with my brand new, hot-off-the-press Fog Valley Winter books for signing and very first sales.