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Village Network of Petaluma  | Published on 6/1/2016
Community - Support - Peace of Mind

As part of a national movement, the Village Network of Petaluma is anonprofit membership organizationcreated toempower adults 50+
to continue living active, vibrant, and connected lives
in our own homes as we age.


Newcomers are welcome to all our programs

Welcome to the Village
Wednesday, June 8, 10:30 – 11:30 am
Saturday, July 16, 11:00 – 12 noon
Village Network Office, 402 Petaluma Blvd. North (at Oak St.)

An information meeting for adults 50+ and their familymembers who want to learn more about the innovativeVillage concept of “friends helping friends” to continue living vibrant, active, and connected lives in our own homes as we age. Learn how membership offers social engagement, transportation, home assistance, connection, and fun! Bring a friend or loved one, get your questions answered, and meet Village members and volunteers.

Weekly Walking Group
Tuesdays, 8:30 - 9:30 am. Meet at Walnut Park on 4th St.

We have fun, great conversations, and exercise while exploring neighborhoods and gardens, or walking across the river.
Everyone welcome. Email Sue Miller at
rmiller875@comcast.netfor info on whether rain will cancel that day.

Our Life Stories and Legacy
Tuesdays, 10:15 – 11:45 am, Village office. Newcomers welcome.

Our life stories and legacy are unique and important both individually and as a community. We explore ways to preserve, celebrate, and honor our experiences. Tell your story using writing and creative projects. We work together to create a setting which can inspire participants to celebrate their life stories and remember long-forgotten details. Formore info Members free, non-members $5.

Qi Gong Class
Thursdays, 9:30 – 10:30 am, Village office. Newcomers welcome.

Qi Gong is a gentle standing form of meditation and exercise that was developed in China thousands of years ago. Its benefits are strengthened nervous system, deep relaxation, and overall health and well-being. There are no restrictions on who may come - if you cannot stand, the poses can be done easily in a chair with benefit. It is preferable, but not necessary, to attend all classes. Members free, non-members $5.
Elad Levinson has studied Qi Gong for many years and is currently in teacher training level one of Qigong Dharma with teacher Teja Bell. He has also been practicing meditation since 1975.

Is Your Home Ready for the Earthquake?
Monday, June 6, 10:30 - 12:00 noon, Village office

Learn to prepare for an earthquake in this introductory workshop led by engineer JohnHarrison andarchitect George Beeler. Both have decades of experience helping people prepare for this inevitableevent in Petaluma. Learn theapproximatevulnerability of your home, based on its construction and
vintage, along with ways to improve its safety to protect you, your family, and your investment.Free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Stephanie mailto:info@VillageNewtworkofPetaluma.orgor 776-6055.

Village Game Night
Friday, June 10, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, in a member’s home. Newcomers welcome.

We will have potluck finger food and games. Join us, and bring a favorite game if you wish, or just bring yourself and have fun. RSVP to Stephanie


Independence Day: Options for Our Post-Driving Years Are Expanding
Monday, June 13, 10:00 to 11:30 am, Village office

We all dread the time when we won't be able to drive and may lose our independence. But that doesn't have to happen. Petaluma, Sonoma County, and the Bay Area have plenty of options for getting around. Our transportation panel will present the choices you have in Petaluma and beyond. Find out the many ways you can get to a doctor's appointment, the grocery store, outdoor activities, museums, and shopping. Panelists will represent Petaluma Transit, Paratransit, iRide, and the Village Network Transportation Team. Will also include an overview of using Uber in our community. Ample time for Q & A. Free and open to the public. RSVP, or 776-6055.

What You Can Learn by Traveling
Wednesday, June 15, 1:00 – 2:30 pm, Village office

There is a difference between traveling as a vacation versus traveling as a sacred journey. This workshop will show you how to turn anything that happens on a trip into important learning. We will discuss the importance of setting aside strong preferences and appreciating what occurs. Learn to see with mindful eyes, which means taking a dip into deeper insight while looking at people, scenes or the journey itself. Free and open to the public.
Presenter Elad Levinson, LCSW, is a Qigong teacher at the Village and a psychotherapist in private practice.

Bocce Ball
Wednesday, June 15, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, Leghorn Park. (Meets 3rd Wednesday of the month – rain cancels.)

RSVP to George Beeler No experience necessary. Lots of fun!

MedPal Training
Thursday, June 16, 1:30 – 3:30 pm, Village office

The MedPal Training is designed for:

  • MedPal volunteers who are willing to accompany members to medical appointments as requested.
  • Village members who accompany their partner or other family members on medical visits.

Med-Pals serve as an extra set of eyes and ears, assisting members in preparation, if needed, and then taking notes during appointments. RSVP to Stephanie required,info@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.orgor 776-6055.

Gardening Group
Monday, June 20, 12 – 2:30 pm (Meets 3rd Monday of the month.)

Join our monthly gardening interest group, meeting in each other’s gardens, and sharing brown bag lunches afterward. This is not about having a showplace, but about seeking suggestions, new ideas, and having fun. RSVP to Suzanne Clarke for address, atsjclarke232@gmail.comor to Jane Merryman

Gentle Yoga for Balance, Flexibility, and Increased Energy
Wednesday, June 22, 11:00 – 12 noon, Village office.
(Gentle Yoga will be now be held every 2 weeks on Wednesdays)

Practice gentle yoga and breathing techniques, and improve posture, balance, flexibility, and energy. Can be done seated or standing - beneficial for all health levels. In addition, we’ll be investigating simple ancient hand gestures, or mudras, with accompanying meditations to support stress reduction and resilience. Come early, as we’ll start on time. Members free, non-members $5/class. Bring a large towel.
Pat Martin, CMT, EEMPC, CYT, has worked with hundreds of clients for over 20 years in her Petaluma practice. She focuses on optimizing health and managing stress, with tools including yoga, massage therapy, and Eden Energy Medicine. Pat teaches yoga at P.O.S.T. Wellness by Design.


Book Group

Friday, June 24, 1:30 - 3:00 pm, at the home of a member.

Join us for a discussion ofAnd Then All Hell Broke Loose,by NBC foreign corespondent Richard Engel. It is available at the public library and at Contact Village member Jane Merryman for the address

Potluck Gathering for Village Members and Volunteers
Sunday, June 26, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, in a member’s home

A time to get to know each other better, share good food, enjoy our “conversation café,” and have fun. For members and volunteers only. Space is limited, so RSVP early to Stephanie Wilkinson atinfo@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.orgfor the address.

Volunteer Driver Training
Monday, June 27, 9:30 – 12:30, Village office

We’re looking for a few good drivers, as driving is one of our most requested and appreciatedservices. Completion of this training, in addition to the "Village Volunteer 101 Training,”is necessary before driving Village members to medical appointments, grocery shopping, Rx pick-up, or Village events.RSVP required: 707-776-6055


TED Talks Discussion Group
Wednesday, June 29, 10:30 - noon, Village office

TED Talks are about Technology, Education, and Design - and everything else. We have viewed talks about what makes a good life, modern secular culture, going nowhere, and the poetry of Billy Collins. Next time, who knows what? It always leads to interesting discussions. Attendance is limited to 10, so please RSVP to Stephanie, or 776-6055.

Village Tech Workshop
Wednesday June 29, 12:45 – 2:45 pm, Village office

  • Want to be more comfortable using your computer, tablet, or smartphone?
  • Having problems with your cell phone or computer?

Members at all experience levels welcome in this new workshop, which will assist you with computer or cell phone issues. Maybe your computer is running slow or has a virus, or maybe you want to send photos on your cell phone. Learn new ways to get things done and make your life easier. Led by Village volunteers Tom Horst and Paul Greenblatt. RSVP

Reminder: If you are a member and need someone to come to your home to help with a computer problem, you can also schedule an appointment with a Village tech volunteer.


Village Singing Group
Thursday, June 30, 3:00 – 4:30 pm, at a member’s home. (Meets last Thursday of the month.)

No prior experience or talent necessary, just a love of making music. We try many kinds of music – and have a lot of fun! RSVP to Sue Miller atrmiller875@comcast.netfor location.

New Poetry Group forming…

Some of the poets among us would like to get together and meet regularly. If you are interested, contact Sam Doctors for more information atsamdoctors701@gmail.comor 530-414-4032.


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