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December 2016 Newsleter

Village Network of Petaluma  | Published on 12/1/2016

The Village Network of Petaluma

A nonprofit membership community of support
serving the Petaluma and Penngrove area.

Village office: 402 Petaluma Blvd. North (at Oak St.)
Online program calendar at

The Village office will beclosed December 2630.
We wish you all a joyous holiday!

Dates at a Glance
- Village Welcome Information Meetings
Sat., Dec. 10 &Thurs., Jan. 19, 11–12:00 noon
- Weekly Walking Group,Tuesdays, 8:30–9:30
- Our Life Stories and Legacy,Tuesdays, 10:15 –11:45 am
- Qi Gong class,Thursdays, 9:30 –10:30 am, Village office
Fridays, 3:30 –4:30, Petaluma Health Center
- Film Discussion Group,Fridays, Dec. 2 and 16, 10:15 –11:15 am
- Book Group,Fri., Dec. 9, 1:30 –3:00 pm
- Gardening Group's Holiday Potluck,Mon., Dec. 12, 12:00 –1:30
- Women's Circle,Wed., Dec. 14, 9:00 –10:30 am
- Gentle Yoga,Wed., Dec. 14, 11:00 – 12 noon
- Poetry Group, Fri., Dec. 16, 1:30 –3:30 pm
- Village Holiday Potluck,Sun, Dec. 18, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
- Bocce Ball,Wed., Dec. 21, 4:00 –5:00 pm
- Birding Group, time TBA
One free month of membership
for those signing up in December or January!

Welcome to the Village
Saturday, December 10, 11:00 – 12 noon
Thursday January 19, 11:00 - 12 noon
Village Network Office, 402 Petaluma Blvd. North (at Oak St.).
One free month for those who sign up in December or January!
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, computer help, connection, and fun! Bring a friend or loved one, get your questions answered, and meet Village members and volunteers.
Weekly Walking Group
Tuesdays, 8:309:30 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, and whether rain cancels.
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. For more info 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.
Film Discussion Group
Friday, December2 and 16, 10:15 – 11:15 am, Village office
We are now offering a movie discussion clubthat meets on alternate Friday mornings. Dec. 2 film isArrival. Each meeting consists of a roundtable critique of the film we chose at the previous meeting and have each seen on our own, and a decision regarding the next movie to see. Please RSVP to Stephanie at 707-776-6055, or Jerry Spremich (discussion facilitator), at 415-827-3206, For Village members and volunteers.
Book Group
Friday, December 9, 1:303:00 pm, at the home of a member.
Join us for a discussion ofUnderground Airlines,by Ben Winters. It is available at the public library and at Contact Village member Jane Merryman for the address
Gardening Group's Holiday Potluck
Monday, December 12, 12 – 1:30 pm, at the home of a member.
Join our monthly gardening interest group, meeting in each other’s gardens. This is not about having a showplace, but about seeking suggestions, new ideas, and having fun. In December, we will meet for a holiday potluck (rather than a brown bag lunch) at a member's home at noon. Those who are interested in exchanging gifts, please bring one ($10 or under) to exchange! Please RSVP to Lolly Burns to let her know you can come, and for the
Women’s Circlefor members
Wednesday, December14, 9:00 – 10:30 am, at the home of a member
(also Jan. 11, Feb. 8)

This discussion group provides 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, age 60+. Closed for new participants through February.
Sarah Fleming, MFT, is a psychotherapist in private practice. Sarah has worked in Petaluma with families and individuals for 15 years.
Gentle Yoga for Balance, Flexibility, and Increased Energy
Wednesday, December 14, 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.

Poetry Group
Friday, December 16, 1:303:30 pm, in a member’s home.
(Meets 3rdFriday of the month.)
Poets are invited to join us to share ourpoetry with one another. For more information and the location of the meeting, please contact Sam Doctors atsamdoctors701@gmail.comor 530-414-4032.
Holiday Potluck for Village Members and Volunteers
Sunday, December 18, 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.
Bocce Ball
Wednesday, December 21, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, Leghorn Park.
(Meets 3rdWed. of the month.)
No experience necessary, rain cancels. Lots of fun!RSVP to George Beeler
Birding Group
Since birds don't let us know ahead oftimewhen and where they will be, we have to work around that uncertainty. We will be alerting those on the birding email list about places where birds can be seen in the next two weeks, depending on the weather. We might get together to go someplace, or just let people know so they can go on their own. Interested people should contact Len Nelsonto get on the mailing list
Resuming in January
Game Night
Meets Fridays mid-month, 4:00 - 6:00 pm, in a member's home. For

Village Singing Group
Meets last Thursday of the month, 3:00– 4:30 pm, in a member's home. For info contact Sue

Tech Workshop
Usually meets last Wednesday of the month, 1:00 - 2:30 pm, Village office. For

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