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.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Rick Steves Helps Inaugurate Edmonds WA Pétanque Court


The sun shone brightly when Rick Steves had the honor to throw the first official “boule” to inaugurate Edmonds Petanque court situated on the west side of the civic play field directly across from the city Council chambers and Police station.

Many thanks go to Mrs. Michelle Martin who originated the idea and our Parks Department director Brian McIntosh who made it happen. Francophone and Francophile alike rejoice that we now can enjoy this wonderful French sport, which can be played by anyone at any age.

Seattle and Bellevue Petanque Clubs will now face stiff competition in regional Petanque tournaments. You can find the “boulistes” playing on Monday morning at 8:20 a.m. and Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Free lessons will be given and all are welcome.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Bike Rambler - Tour has end

Hello Everyone, Just a short dispatch to let you know that I left Seattle yesterday morning by train and arrived in Fresno, California this morning. My bike and I are now back home. Thanks for all your support of me on this ambitious bicycling tour of the Pacific Northwest...what a ride it has been. I will send a final "Bike Rambler" dispatch to all of you in a few days. It will give you the grand overview of the tour.

Get up on your bike.

Pedal on,
Tim "The Bike Rambler"