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. 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, October 20, 2011

boules, bier und brats - VOMPC

Hello Dearest Petanque Enthusiasts,

Don’t miss this the Valley of the Moon Pétanque Club Oktoberfest Celebration and tournament this Saturday, October 22. It’s a casual tournament with a focus on fun – perfect for beginners and intermediates as well as the more experienced. Newcomers are absolutely welcome and I encourage you to bring friends who might enjoy our sport.

Behind the grill will be the inimitable* Hans Kurz, famous for his sauerkraut as well as his authentic lederhosen and accent! There are a few spots left for the lunch – sign up right away on the website (vompc.org) or on the hotline (707-343-9465). Lunch includes homemade sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, bratwurst, smoked pork chops and complimentary beer. Wow!

Hope to see you there!

Tournament Director, Peter Mathis

Saturday, October 15, 2011

County to buy San Rafael office building for public safety complex

After months of negotiations, Marin officials have agreed to spend about $82 million to buy a San Rafael office building, remodel and equip it as an emergency operations and sheriff's headquarters — and abandon controversial plans to build a new structure near the Civic Center.

Although the deal isn't due for formal approval until next month, county supervisors on Tuesday are expected to announce their intent to acquire the 315,000-square-foot building on 24 acres at 1600 Los Gamos Road, reversing a 2008 decision to erect a $102 million public safety facility in Santa Venetia.

"I'm ecstatic that we're able to bring this one over the finish line," said board president Susan Adams, noting the proposal to build a new safety building in Santa Venetia was opposed by the neighborhood "and we responded."

For the rest of the article, click here

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Tino Lofaro Memorial Tournament

On October 9, 2011

You are invited to join the members of La Pétanque Marinière & La Boule d’Or In a day of honoring the memory of our Friend and Respected LPM Member

Tino Lofaro

Tournament a la Mélêe – $5.00 entry fee Registration ends 9:30 AM

Concours + Consolante Cash Prizes + Trophies

100 % registration toward prizes

Free Lunch Graciously provided by Sol Food

While there is no charge for this delicious, hot meal...

Reservations are Required!

Awards Ceremony and Aperitifs following tournament

For lunch reservations contact: Alain Efron by email at lutecemeister@gmail.com or 415-479-5820. Please leave the names of all persons reserving!!

Any questions: Call Christine at 415-302-5069 or email @ petanque.marin@gmail.com