SMART Train, aka SoCoMaCo Akamai rail

☆New Scenery Visual☆ Driving home yesterday afternoon from Terra Linda and the new SMART train zipped by the parallel tracks along 101 near the Novato narrows. ~ l@@king forward to the train service later this year.

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SMART Train, aka SoCoMaCo Akamai rail is a voter-approved passenger rail and pathway project located in Marin & Sonoma counties. It will serve a 70-mile corridor from Larkspur to Cloverdale, with a first phase from San Rafael to Santa Rosa ~ transit service targeted for late 2016 launch date. The new train bridge in Petaluma is taking a lot of time and resources to finalize.
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Petaluma Pete ~ Tourism ambassador video promo for the SMART train! Love the new views of the countryside. http://youtu.be/nrAYGk6mghY

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Sonoma County spring blossom trail is underway at #Sonomahort

This week at #Sonomahort, the annual Sonoma County spring blossom trail is underway. The 8 acre nursery and garden is transforming into colorful varieties of fragrant daphne’s, white yellow & purple magnolia canopies, showcasing red, white, pink and yellow rhododendrons, azaleas, plus a full spectrum of camellia bushes and seedlings. If you’re in the area, I recommend dropping by for a visit, close up magnolia blossom viewing opportunities this weekend, don’t wait too long! Sonoma Horticultural Nursery — 3970 Azalea Lane, Sebastopol, CA http://www.facebook.com/sonomahort

2016 SoCo Blossom trail

2016 SoCo Blossom trail

Eileen azaleas

Eileen azaleas

Rh Grande rhododendron

Rh Grande rhododendron

Peacock camellia

Peacock camellia

Purple tulip magnolia

Purple tulip magnolia

White tulip magnolia

White tulip magnolia

Edgar Degas exhibit is coming to the Petaluma Arts Center!

Edgar Degas exhibit is coming to the Petaluma Arts Center June 20– July 26, 2015! An exhibit including 40+ drawings, prints, pastels and photographs by French artist Edgar Degas (1834-1917) from his early days. The show will also include works by other artists in Degas’ circle, including Mary Cassatt, Paul Cezanne and Henri de Toulouse-Latrec.

BY DAN TAYLOR – THE PRESS DEMOCRAT  March 19, 2015

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/entertainment/3686342-181/edgar-degas-exhibit-comes-to

Edgar Degas study for "Plough Horse"

Edgar Degas study for “Plough Horse,” ca. 1860-61