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.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

May 20: Proclaimed Fresno, "America's Pétanque City" Day

On May 20th, 2010 the City of Fresno, California received the first of two great honors with respect to the game of pétanque. At the Fresno City Hall Chambers, the Mayor and Supervisors declared May 20th to be Fresno: "America's Pétanque City" Day. The added honor is that Fresno and Engelmann Winery hosted Victor Nataf, international training director who taught 32 players from around the country how to go back into their pétanque communities and teach the sport to newcomers.
With a great amount of tireless effort on the part of Tim Channell and others, Fresno is on track to potentially be a world-wide destination for pétanque. Don't blink, as we may see Fresno hosting the world championships in the very near future.

The City of Fresno proclamation ceremony that officially kicked off of the conference on May 20 can be viewed by clicking here. Once the video opens, drag the position bar to 33:52 to view the presentation.

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