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Village Network of Petaluma  | Published on 10/1/2016
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As part of an innovative national movement, the Village Network of Petaluma is a nonprofit membership organization created to empower adults 50+ to continue living active,
vibrant,and connected lives in our own homes and apartments as we age.
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Weekly Village Programs
- Tuesdays, 8:30 - 9:30 am.Walking Group
- Tuesdays, 10:15 - 11:45 am.Our Life Stories &Legacy
- Thursdays, 9:30 - 10:30 am.QiGong Class
- Fridays, 12:00 - 2:00 pm, newKnitting Group, Hen Haus Yarns, Cotati

- Wednesdays, 11:00 - 12:00 noon.Gentle Yoga for Balance, Flexibility,&Increased Energy
- Fridays, 10:15 - 11:15 am,Film Discussion Group

- Fri.Oct.14, 4:00 - 6:00 pm.Village Game Night
- Mon.Oct. 17, 12:00 - 1:30,Gardening Group
- Mon.Oct. 17, 10:00 - 11:30 am,Support Group for People with Hearing Impairment
- Wed.Oct. 19,10:00 - 11:30am.TED Talks Discussion Group
- Wed.Oct. 19, 4:00 - 5:00 pm,, 4:00 - 5:00 pm.Bocce Ball
- Fri.Oct. 21, 1:30 - 3:30 pm.Poetry Group
- Wed. Oct. 26, 1:00 - 3:00 pm,Village Tech Workshop
- Thurs. Oct. 27, 3:00 - 4:20 pm,Village Singing Group
- Fri.Oct28, 1:30 - 3:00 pm.Book Group
- Sun. Oct. 30, 4:00 - 6:00 pm.Potluck Gathering for Village Members & Volunteers
Special Programs
- Mon.Oct. 10, 10:00 - 11:30.Presentation onShared Housing and Lilypad Homes
- Wed. Oct. 12, 1:00 - 4:00 pm,"Volunteer 101" Training
- Thurs.Oct. 27, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Genealogy: How to Get Started
October Programs
Newcomers are welcome to all our programs
Welcome to the Village
Thursday, October 13, 11:00 – 12 noon
Saturday, November12, 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 atrmiller875@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 andcreative projects. We work together to create a setting which can inspire participants to celebrate their life stories and remember long-forgotten details. For more info Members free, non-members $5.
Qi Gong Class
Thursdays, 9:30 – 10:30 am, Village office. Newcomers welcome.
Fridays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm, Petaluma Health Center,* 1179 No. McDowell
* Co-sponsored by the Petaluma Health Center and the Village Network
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.

: Knitting and Crochet Group

Fridays, 12:00 – 2:00 pm, Hen Haus Yarns, 8099 La Plaza St., Ste. H, Cotati
A weekly get-together sitting around a large table in a local yarn shop. A great opportunity for social interaction with others with mutual interests - regardless of expertise. Learn skillsand share creative ideas.Facilitator Lorraine Graves has been knitting for 30 years. When she moved to Petaluma after retiring, she found a welcoming environment at Hen Haus Yarns in Cotati. For more info contact Lorraine
Gentle Yoga for Balance, Flexibility, and Increased Energy
Wednesday, October 12 and 26, 11:00 – 12 noon, Village office.
Oct. 12 session will focus on approaches to insomnia. 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.

Shared Housing Workshop
Monday, October 10, 10:00 – 11:30 am, Village office
Learn more about SHARE Sonoma County, the home sharing program which facilitates secure home shares for homeowners and renters who are stressed financially, experiencing life transitions, looking for companionship, or needing basic assistance (service exchange) to help them to remain safely at home. This program has created more than 120 home shares to date and helps seniors remain home safely and affordably, age in place, and thrive. This program will also include a presentation on the innovative Lilypad Homes, a nonprofit which focuses on creating private apartments by repurposing an existing bedroom within a home. Lilypad Homes is expanding the conversation on new ways to provide affordable housing.
Amy Appleton, Executive Director of SHARE Sonoma County, established the organization in 2014. Rachel Ginis is Executive Director of Lilypad Homes in Marin County.Please RSVP toinfo@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.orgor 707-776-6055. The program is free and open to the public.

“Volunteer 101” Training
Wednesday, October 12, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Village office

All volunteers who are interested in working with members need to complete this training. RSVP to Stephanie required,atinfo@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.orgor 776-6055.
New!Film Discussion Group
Friday, October 14 and 28, 10:15 – 11:15 am, Village office
The Village Network of Petaluma Is offering a movie discussion club that plans to meet on alternate Friday mornings at the Village office. Each meeting will consist of a roundtable critique of the film we chose the previous week and have each seen on our own, and a decision regarding the next movie to see. For Oct. 14 we’ll discussQueen of the Katwe. Please RSVP to Stephanie at 707-776-6055, or Jerry Spremich
(discussion facilitator), at 415-827-3206, For Village members and volunteers.

Village Game Night
Friday, October 14, 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, or 776-6055.

Gardening Group
Monday, October 17, 12 – 1:30 pm (Meets 3rdMonday 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

NEW: Support Group for People with Hearing Impairment
Monday, October 17, 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@VillageNetworkofgPetaluma.orgor 776-6055. Group size limited to 6 people.

Bocce Ball
Wednesday, October 19, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, Leghorn Park. (Meets 3rdWednesday of the month.)
RSVP to George Beeler No experience necessary. Lots of fun!

TED Talks Discussion Group
Wednesday, October 19, 10:00 – 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 limited to 10. RSVP to Stephanie, or 776-6055.

Poetry Group
Friday, October 21, 1:30 - 3:30 pm, in a member’s home (Meets 3rdFriday 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 Tech Workshop
Wednesday October 26, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Village office
-Wantto be more comfortable using your computer, tablet, orsmartphone?
-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 using the cloud for connectivity, storage, and back-up. Learn new ways to get things done and make your life easier. Led by Village volunteers Sarah Jane Catarozoli (a high school student), 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.

Genealogy: How to Get Started
Thursday, October 27, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Village office
This workshop will provide the tools needed to create your personal family tree, covering the basics of where to start, available resources, references and sourcing, formats and files, obstacles and successes, and tips and tricks. $5.00 for non-members. RSVP to Stephanie Wilkinsoninfo@villagenetworkofpetaluma.orgor 707-776-6055.
Rob Girolo, a volunteer for the Village, began researching his family history in 1996 to learn about his father's family whom he never knew. Since then, his family tree has grown to over 10,000 names and dates back to the 12th century. Although not a professional genealogist, he does have 20 years of experience.

Village Singing Group
Thursday,October 27, 3:00 – 4:30 pm (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, October 28, 1:30 - 3:00 pm, at the home of a member.
Join us for a discussion ofWhite Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America,by Nancy Isenberg. It is available at the public library and at Contact Village member Jane Merryman for the address

Potluck Gathering for Village Members and Volunteers: Newcomers welcome
Sunday, October 30, 4:00 – 6:00pm, 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.

Coming in November…

NEW:Village Birding Group
Monday, November 7, 10:00 – 11:00 am, Village office
We will talk about what’s happening in fall migration and consider when to go out toobserve birds at Schollenberger Park and Ellis Creek. Whether you are a seasonedbirder or new to this outdoor activity, you are welcome to join us. Contact Jane Merryman,, 707-762-1023, for more info.

NEW: Women’s Circle
Wednesday, November 9, 9:00 – 10:30 am, at the home of a member (also Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 8)
This discussion group will provide an opportunity to share thoughts and feelings about what life is like as we age, and the gifts and losses we experience. It is important to plan to attend all 4 sessions, and necessary to attend the first to participate. For Village members only, age 60+. Limited to 10 members. RSVP required to Stephanie at 776-6055 or
Sarah Fleming, MFT, is a psychotherapist in private practice. Sarah has worked in Petaluma with families and individuals for 15 years.

A Panel on the Pros and Cons of Reverse Mortgages
Saturday, November 19, 10:00 – 12:00 noon
Lucchesi Community Center

Co-sponsored by the Village Network and the American Association of University Women
Is a reverse mortgage the right choice for you? Hear the pros and cons from a panel of experts and get your questions answered. The panel will also address whom reverse mortgages might be most suited for, and the importance of exploring alternative options. Free and open to the public.
- Heidi Darling is a Licensed Fiduciary/Daily Money Management Supervisor for the Social and Financial Services Program of the nonprofit Council on Aging. For the past 11 years, she has overseen all trusts, conservatorships, and daily money managment clients that have named Council on Aging as their agent.
- Bill Fishman, Estate Planning Attorney,founded his law practice in Petaluma in 1984. For 32 years, the office of William R. Fishman has provided comprehensive representation for estate planning, estate administration and dispute resolution concerns.
-David Carter, a Certified Reverse Mortgage Professional, has worked in ths field since 2004. Since 2015 he has been a loan officer serving the SF Bay Region with Reverse Mortgage Funding (RMF), one of nation’s top reverse mortgage lenders.

Online calendar at

Village Network office: 402 Petaluma Blvd. North
info@· 707-776-6055

Your Donations Help Build a Sustainable Village

Once firmly established, 75% or more of our funds will come from member fees. However, donations are vitally important in building a stable and sustainable Village that will be here for all of us as we age. All donations are tax deductible, as we are a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives, in San Francisco, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Make checks payable to:
Community Initiatives/VNP,
and mail to Village Network of Petaluma, P.O. Box 442, Petaluma, CA94953

Or you can visitour web page and click on "Donate,"at

Donors to the Village Network

With deep appreciation the Village Network isproud to publicly thanthose below who made it possible for us to exceed our fundraising goal!

Diamond Sponsors - $1,000 to $5,000

Stanton Lawson & Gabriella Ambrosi
Sequoia Senior Solutions
In-home care service provider
George & Ellen Beeler
Anne & Paul Greenblatt
Gary & Lyn Imm
Dr. David Strange

Sustaining Donors: $500 to $999
Gene Anderson
Steve Ayala
Lolly Burns
Barbara Carlson
Suzanne Clarke
Harriet and James Coyne
Ann and Mel Fox
Linda Fox and Floyd Dickman
Paul and Sherry Eckloff
Ron and Marsha Harris
Robert Gallup
Marilyn Hartley
Vasi Jayaswal
Tom and Marcia Joynt
Janice Kearns
Darcy Levy
Maryann Marks & Elad Levinson
Sue Miller
Diane Olberg
Nancy Porter
Joann Pozzi
Donald Revere
Jim Stern
Janny Van Alderen & David Quist
Naomi Weinstein

Supporting Donors: $100 - $499
Colene Abramson
David Adams, Quality Printing
Joellen Aymond
Lilia Bizal
B’nai Israel Jewish Center
Lyndi Brown & Anthony Tusler
Pat Burns
Sue & Christopher Castellucci
Bill and Maggie Fishman
Rev. Mary Foran
Steve Gavriloff, Westgate Real Estate
Majida Gibson
Camille Jordan
Brian Lemesh, D.C., Petaluma Family Chiropractic
Tiaga Liner
Sid & Gerry Lipton
Bill and Catherine Luther
Barbara & Jake Mackenzie
Jane Merryman
Mary Munat
Nadia Navid, D.D.S.
Len and Charlotte Nelson
Petaluma Elks Lodge #901
Paul Praetzel
Richard Quinn
Robert and Maureen Reed
Susan and Richard Rodkin
Vreni Schnirman
Ernest and Eileen Simard
Janine and Ray Slaughter
St. James Altar Fund

Donors: up to $100
Bridie Acton
Carmina Angka
Virginia Anderson
Gregory Bard
Bonnie & Pod Boatright
Carol Crabill
Lynn Camhi
Gail Cardaropoli
Charles Collum & Nancy Blanchard
Jan Crosby
Julie Donohue
Terri Dugar
Joni Gardner
Robert Girolo
Wayne Guptill
Kay Hardy
Tina Hittenberger
Kathleen Kestelyn
Scotti Kluess
Lucy Kortum
Nancy Jean Kull
Susan Lampert
Andree Langlois
Kathleen Lawrence
Louise Leff
Michael and Kathy Lerner
Darcy and Harvey Levy
Nita Liles
Ellen MacDonald
Kathy MacDonald
Robert and Nancy McFarland
Kendra Mon
Martha Murphy
Bente Niles
Alice Jean Rebizzo
Starr Rohrman
Phyllis Sharrow
Jerry Spremich
Pam Torliatt
Corlene Van Sluizer & Julian Blair
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