Boating and Pokemon this Weekend

Today 12:30 - 2:30 Sonoma County (R/C) Boaters Club. Model Boating at the Lucchesi Pond in Petaluma. Bring your model boats and meet other modelers interested in building and operating radio controled model boats. More Info... Sunday 10:00am - 5:00pm Pokemon Battle Roads Tournament Bring your Pokemon pocket monsters to HobbyTown USA and match your [...]

By | May 28th, 2011|community, Games, Sonoma County Boaters|Comments Off on Boating and Pokemon this Weekend

Hobby Events this Weekend

Hey families, this is a great weekend to get out and have some fun. Along with the Salute to American Graffiti this weekend there are some fun hobby activities going on as well. Friday evening: Slot Car Racing at the American Graffiti Cruise-in at the Petaluma Plaza, 4-7pm. HobbyTown USA will be setting up a [...]

By | May 19th, 2011|community, IPMS, Liberty Flyers, RC Racing, WCFlyers, WCModelers|Comments Off on Hobby Events this Weekend

Community Board Game Days

Just in time for Mother's Day. If you are looking for something to do as a family (or just dad and kids while mom relaxes) this Sunday try the Community Board Game Day at HobbyTown USA. Steve Salkovics of Sebastopol has organized the event as a way for people to come together and enjoy playing [...]

By | May 7th, 2011|community, Games|Comments Off on Community Board Game Days

Trinkets, Toys, and Hobbies

This is the season when everyone's thoughts turn to gifts and playthings. Whether you are shopping for an old or a young child, you will probably add some playthings onto your gift list. As you go about your shopping, evaluate your purchases according to the properties of interest, durability, and budget. You can maximize the [...]

By | November 25th, 2010|community|Comments Off on Trinkets, Toys, and Hobbies

Enjoying the Train Show

The Redwood Empire Model Railroad show last weekend was a great success. Many clubs were there showing their impressive layouts to appreciative families. There were vendors at the show too, selling difficult to find items and good bargains but the real measure of a good train show is the layouts. Possibly the most impressive was [...]

By | September 24th, 2010|CoastalValleyLines, community, Sonoma County Model Railroad Society|Comments Off on Enjoying the Train Show

Check Out the Train Show

The Redwood Empire Model Railroad show happens this weekend at the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds along side the Home and Garden Show. The show opens at noon on Friday and runs until 6:00pm on Sunday. You can get directions and show details at http://sonomacountyhomeshows.com/RedWoodEmpireTrains.htm. If you have an interest in model railroading, or just want to [...]

By | September 16th, 2010|CoastalValleyLines, community, Sonoma County Model Railroad Society|Comments Off on Check Out the Train Show

Super Models of Sonoma County

No, not the catwalk strutting fashion kind. I'm talking about award winning models made by members of our local model building clubs. Recently two members of our local chapter of the International Plastic Modeling Society (IPMS) took home first place awards at the IPMS National Competition. Another member of the Redwood Empire Model Shipwrights won [...]

By | August 20th, 2010|community, IPMS, Model Shipwrights, WCModelers|Comments Off on Super Models of Sonoma County

The Lost Joy of Building

A confluence of events resulted in this post; first was an article by Mitch Albom in the Sunday Press Democrat back on May 2nd, next was the advent of the American Graffiti Pinewood Derby to benefit local scouts, and last was the monthly model build day at HobbyTown last Saturday. All of these events propelled [...]

By | May 14th, 2010|community|Comments Off on The Lost Joy of Building

Build a Car to Help the Scouts

Here's a way for you to not just watch the Salute to American Graffiti but to participate as well and help local Cub Scouts at the same time. You can build a pinewood derby car to compete in the American Graffiti Derby on May 14th and donate it to the scouts to auction off. For [...]

By | April 24th, 2010|community|Comments Off on Build a Car to Help the Scouts

Hobbies and Learning

Something that has impressed me about the hobby club members I meet is their generosity when it comes to sharing their knowledge and skill with others. A couple members of the Wine Country Flyers radio control airplane club recently had the opportunity to demonstrate that generosity. A couple months before Christmas the club was approached [...]

By | April 8th, 2010|community, WCFlyers|Comments Off on Hobbies and Learning