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.

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."

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