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 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.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


The American Wine Blog Awards have just been announced and Michel-Schlumberger is winner of "Best Winery Blog."

Michel-Schlumberger is based in the Dry Creek Valley. Its Benchland Blog, written by a handful of the winery's employees, is an attempt to describe where the winery is and why it matters, its "human terroir," as it likes to say. Recent postings include everything from a sales trip to Washington, DC to how effective owls are at killing gophers, never a vineyard's friend.

It provides useful insight into all the parts that go into running a successful wine operation, which, as anyone in the trenches of the business will tell you, is not as glamorous as it looks, Benchland's bloggings on petanque and fashion notwithstanding.

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