WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL BLOG for La Pétanque Marinière in San Rafael, California. LPM has been an active Marin pétanque club since 1972 and affiliated with the Fédération of Pétanque USA, since 1975. We welcome people of all abilities, ages and nationalities to come and enjoy pétanque with us.

The Pierre Joske Courts are located on Civic Center drive in San Rafael. (click for directions). Casual games are played every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from about 1 pm. Tournament play is usually held on the second Sunday of every month.

Please consult the links on the sidebar to the right for more information on clubs in the bay area, nationally and world wide.

If you would like to play but haven't any boules, please contact our President, Christine Cragg, or Vice-President Ken Lee. They can bring some for you to use, as well as introduce you to the basic skills and techniques of pétanque. In addition, if you are looking to purchase boules but are unsure as to which size and weight are right for you, we have a range of different examples from which to choose.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

VOMPC-SONOMA

NorthWest Regional Mixed Doubles Sunday May 17, 2009

Depot Park, Sonoma Ca Start Time: 9:30 am
Entry Fee: $40 Per team
YOUR PAYMENT AND COMPLETED ENTRY FORM MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE CLOSING DATE
May 14th, AT THIS ADDRESS:
VOMPC P.O. Box 863, Sonoma, CA 95476.
Check or money order made payable to VOMPC


EVENT INFORMATION

Registration 9:00 a.m. Competition begins at 9:30 a.m.
Tournament questions? Contact Narin Garrett at 707.478.0458 or email nui3@mac.com
Hospitality questions? Contact Bill Thompson at 707.935.0990, or email thomsonb@earthlink.net
Sport questions? Contact Ed Porto 707.953.5497, or email edporto@sbcglobal.net
Coffee and Pastries in the am•Sandwich Buffet for lunch•Aperitifs afterwards

FPUSA REGIONAL REGULATIONS

1. New members must be registered with FPUSA by the CLOSING DATE above.
2. Members who renewed their 2009 licenses less than 90 days prior to the tournament are ineligible.
3. Pre-Registration with full payment is required for this event by the closing date noted above.
4. All players must have a current Release of Liability Waiver on file with FPUSA before participating.
Waiver forms will be available on site and must be signed, if necessary, prior to player check-in.
5. Every Participant must bring his/her Federation Card and can be asked to produce it by the tournament staff.
Appropriate attire and competition-grade boules are required for all players.
Closed-toed shoes are required except if a player has a valid medical reason.

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NW Regional Mixed Doubles

Team Captain

2nd Player

Phone/Email

Club

Saturday, April 11, 2009

A Word From Fresno

Hello Boulistes,

As we begin to enter the summer months, let me invite you to Fresno,California for a few days or even a week of petanque. Fresno County is home to the three crown jewel of the national parks system too - Yosemite Park, Sequoia Park and Kings Canyon Park. Take a look at this video, click here.

Fresno County is considered to be the food basket of the United States. One example of that is wine. Fresno County produces more wine than any other county in the United States. If you visit us, I have to warn you that we might drink a bit of wine when we play petanque. While we do not grow tobacco in the beautiful San Joaquin Valley, you might, nonetheless, see someone smoking on the pistes. We encourage them not to do so and even tell them how bad it is for their health, and that it eventually will kill them, but then they just shoot our boules off the terrain. What's one to do ~ C'est la Vie!

Come to Fresno. Have some fun, eat our food, drink our wine and enjoy the finer qualities of life. Fresno is California's playground. Hey, we even have programs to help you stop smoking. Drinking wine though? Well, that's a more difficult proposition. You see, we have over twenty wineries within a 35 mile radius of our petanque terrain and almost all of them make really good wine.

Give it some thought and then visit us before the temperature gets to hot. By the way, click here
for our current Fresno boules newsletter. To view our Fresno orange edition boules newsletter, click here
.

See you down the road a ways,
Tim Channell, President
Fresno Petanque Club
(oh yeah, National Editor, FPUSA newsletter "The Score" - click here
)

p.s. All of you are doing a great job promoting petanque across the country. Thanks for all you are doing. I'll see you on the piste eventually, and I won't be smoking and I'll try to not be drinking wine either. Boule on sport fans..."California dreamin on such a winter's day."

Saturday, April 4, 2009

LPM APRIL TOURNAMENT

LENTILS/SAUSAGE PICNIC AND PANACHÉ TOURNAMENT
OPEN TO ALL - FRIENDS AND FAMILY WELCOME

Tournament fee: $7.00

Registration ends at 10:30

Lunch served at 11:30

Games begin at 12:30

Menu:
Lentils, Sausage, Salad, Brie and Bread
(Please bring your own plates and utensils)

***RESERVATION REQUIRED FOR PICNIC***
Reservation Deadline: Thursday April 16th
For reservations, call 415 479 5820 or aefron3@comcast.net


Thursday, April 2, 2009

"BOULE D'OR'" SAN FRANCISCO.

SUNDAY APRIL 5th 2009.

1 shooter + 1 or 2 players

Entree fee $7

Awards: 3 Prizes + Consolante if 12 teams

Starting time 10:15

Coffee and Cake in the morning

Info call the Krauer's # 650-755-2391 or cell phone 650-483-0732