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August 2016 Programs

Village Network of Petaluma  | Published on 8/1/2016
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
Thursday, August 18, 11:00 – 12 noon
Saturday, September 17, 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.

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.


NEW: Support Group for Caregivers of Those With Memory Loss
Monday, August 8, 1:30 – 3:00 pm, Petaluma Senior Center
(meets 2nd Monday of the month)

The Alzheimer’s Association is providing a new support group in Petaluma for those family members and friends who are caregivers for those with memory loss from Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. The group is free and registration is necessary. For more information, call the Senior Center, 211 Novak Drive, at 707-778-4349.

Gentle Yoga for Balance, Flexibility, and Increased Energy
Wednesday, August 10 and 24, 11:00 – 12 noon, Village office.

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.

NEW: Support Group for People with Hearing Impairment
Monday, August 15, 10:00 – 11:30 am, Village office

As hearing impairment becomes an issue for more older adults, join us for a discussion of how we can support one another in adapting our environment, using technology, and researching affordable new ways to improve communication. Group is facilitated by Nancy Sullivan, Village volunteer with extensive life experience in this field. RSVP to Stephanie atinfo@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.orgor 776-6055. Group size limited to 6 people.

Gardening Group
Monday, August 15, 12 – 1:30 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,, or Jane Merryman

“It's fun to see other people’s gardens and to learn about and exchange plants.
I enjoy talking about our gardens -- and all kinds of things -- over lunch.”


Bocce Ball
Wednesday, August 17,4:00 – 5:00 pm, Leghorn Park. (Meets 3rd Wednesday of the month.)

RSVP to George Beeler No experiencenecessary. Lots of fun!

NEW: Poetry Group
Friday, August 19, 1:30 - 3:30 pm, in a member’s home
(Meets 3rd Friday of the month.)

Poets are invited to join us to share our poetry with one another. For more information and the location of the meeting, please contact Sam Doctors atsamdoctors701@gmail.comor 530-414-4032.

Village Game Night
Friday, August 19, 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 for address to Stephanie atinfo@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.orgor 776-6055.

Village Tech Workshop
Wednesday August 24, 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 workshop, which will assist you with computer or cell phone issues. Topic for this session will be the benefits of social media, and how to use it. Learn new ways to get things done and make your life easier. Led by Village volunteers Tom Horst and Paul Greenblatt. RSVP to

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, August 25, 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.

Book Group
Friday, August 26, 1:30 - 3:00 pm, at the home of a member.

Join us for a discussion ofThe View from Lazy Point, by Safina. It is available at the public library and Contact Village member Jane Merryman for the address

Potluck Gathering for Village Members and Volunteers: Newcomers welcome!
Sunday, August 28, 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. Space is limited, RSVP to Stephanie Wilkinson,, for the address.

TED Talks Discussion Group
Wednesday, August 31, 10:00 to 11:30, Village office

Join us for a lively discussion based on viewing several TED Talks-- videos about Technology, Education, and Design, and everything in between. Our past meetings have included discussions of what constitutes happiness, modern secular culture, going nowhere, the Chinese zodiac, poetry, and a talking parrot. Next time, who knows? Attendance is limited to 10, so please RSVP to Stephanie, or 776-6055.

Coming in September…


Guide to Senior Housing and Care
Thursday, September 15, 11:00 – 12:00 noon

Tara Indorato from Sunrise Senior Living will describe the many different senior living communities in our area, as presented in a 22-page handout given to each attendee.She will describe services offered by each choice, questions to ask when visiting, and the costs related to each – to help increase our awareness of senior living choices and the necessity of planning ahead. Please RSVP toinfo@villagenetworkofpetaluma.orgor 707-776-6055.

Learn About the End of Life Option Act
Monday, September 26, 10:00 – 11:30 am, Village office

This California bill became law on June 9. It allows dying Californians to make the end-of-life healthcare decisions that are right for them in the final stages of their illness. It is similar to the laws in Oregon and Washington that you might have heard about.

Learn who is, and who is not, eligible under the law. Bring your questions and concerns to this important and informative program. You will receive materials that will help you discuss your wishes with your family members. Please RSVP to
info@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.orgor 776-6055.

Presenter: Dennis Pocekay, M.D., is a retired Kaiser physician who teaches Public Health at UC Davis and volunteers with Compassion & Choices: Care and Choice at the End of Life.




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