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February 2018 Newsletter

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

Village Office: 402 Petaluma Blvd. North

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Welcome to the Village
Thursday, February 15, 11:00 – 12:00 noon
Saturday, March 17 11:00 - 12:00 noon
Village office, 402 Petaluma Blvd. North (at Oak St.).

An introductory 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.


Eating for Pleasure and Health
Monday, January 29, 10 – 11:30 am, Village office.
As soon we heard Dennis Zerbo say that it is okay to have a piece of chocolatenow and then, we signed him up for this program. We’ll have an in-depth discussion about friendly relations with food, making eating fun, and exploring some of the myths forced on us by the media and pharmaceutical companies. If you have a New Year's resolution related to diet, you will want to be here on the 29th.Free and open to the public. RSVP to

Dennis Zerbo is a state-certified nutritionist and herbalist with affiliations at the Buck Institute and Sonoma Valley Hospital.

Drawing Worshop: Yes, You Too Can Draw
Wednesday, January 31, 10 – 11:30 am, Village office.
Open to members and active volunteers.
Drawing is fun, relaxing, and mindful. You can do it anywhere — sitting on your sofa, in the doctor’s waiting room, or in the boarding area at the airport. All you need is a pen and a small sketch book — and the confidence that you too can draw. Join us to learn a few tricks of the trade, and you are set to go. This workshop is for people who have little or no drawing experience. Members free, volunteers$5/workshop.RSVP required, or 707-776-6055.

Facilitator Diane Benjamin is an artist and long-time art and art history teacher in local schools.

Making Your Five Wishes Known: A Health Care Directive with Heart
Monday, February 12, 10 – 12 noon, Village office.
Have you made out aHealth Care Directive? Or have you been thinking about doing it, but just can't get around to it? Either way, this workshop is for you. TheFive Wishesformat is a compassionate expansion of the standard advance directive, adding instructions for "How I want people to treat me" and "What I want my loved ones to know." We will explore feelings about our final wishes, receive a copy of the Five Wishes booklet, walk through each of its sections, and get a start on making our wishes known.The workshop is limited to 20 members and active volunteers, and an RSVP is required to reserve your place. Please respond to
info@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.orgor775-6055as soon as possible.

Marjorie Sands received her Five Wishes training through Hospice of Petaluma and has facilitated a number of workshops on this topic.


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, and whether rain cancels.
Our Life Stories and Legacy
Tuesdays, 10:15 – 11:45 am, Village Network 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 using writing and creative projects. For more info email Members free, non-members $5.
Qigong 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

Qigong is a mindful movement training that supports balance, relaxation, vigor and strength. Qigong is also a meditative practice that encourages awareness, focus, and calmness. Participants report feeling confident as they walk without a fear of falling. There are no restrictions on who may comeif you cannot stand, the poses can be done easily in a chair. Members free, non-members $5.

Elad Levinson has studied QiGong for many years with teacher Teja Bell. He has also practiced meditation since 1975.

Mindfulness-Based Meditation Group
Consecutive Saturdays, January 27 through March 17, 10 – 11:00 am, in a member's home.
(This series is now full.)
This series of theMindfulness-based Meditation Group is currently meeting one hour a week for eight weeks. Each week includes two guided meditations, bookended by a brief introduction and a post-meditation check-in. Our shared goal is to hone our meditation skills, bring a measure of calmness and relaxation to our moments, and cultivate compassion, gratitude, and nonjudgmental awareness.We hope to schedule another series in the spring, with registration once again on a "first come" basis for up to 12 Village members and volunteers.

Facilitator Freeman Humphrey is a retired psychiatric social worker who has led mindfulness-based meditation groups for over ten years. For information about future sessions, contact Darcy Levy at

Film Discussion Group
Fridays, Feb. 2 and 16, 10:15 – 11:15 am, in a member's home.
Would you like to join a group of film lovers who get together to discuss the latest hits? We agree on a movie to see on our own and discuss it at the next meeting. Please RSVP to Jerry Spremich (discussion facilitator), at 415-827-3206, or For Village members and volunteers.

Women's Circle - for members
Friday, February 9, 9:15 – 10:45
(This is an 8-month series. Let us know if you’d like to be on a waiting list for the next series.)
UsingThe Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdomby cultural anthropologist Dr. Angeles Arrien as a foundation for discussion, we will work on deepening and enriching our experiences in the “second half” of life to the “third third” of our lives. Participants are asked to purchase the book, which will guide us on an interactive journey together. It is important to plan to attend all eight sessions and necessary to attend the first to participate. Limited to eight participants. For information, contact Anne at 772-5132 or

The group is facilitated by Anne Greenblatt, Village board president. She has worked with this book in three women’s groups during the past 15 years.

Gentle Chair Yoga -To Improve Balance, Flexibility and Increase Vitality
Wednesday, Feburuary 14 and 28, 11:00 – noon, Village office.
Practice gentle yoga, Eden Energy exercises, breath work and meditation to promote your well-being. We work both sitting and standing and focus on stress reduction as well as improving strength and resilience. Members are free, non- members $5/class. Please bring a large towel. Email Pat Martin at
patmart@comcast.netto rsvp.

Teacher Pat Martin, CMT, EEM-CP, CYT, focuses on optimizing health and managing stress using Massage Therapy, Yoga, and Eden Energy Medicine. Pat also teaches yoga at P.O.S.T. Wellness by Design.

Village Game Night
Friday, February 16, 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 Joanneat, or 707-776-6055.
Gardening Group
Monday, February 19, 12 – 1:30 pm, at the home of a member. (Meets 3rd Monday of the month.)
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.Please RSVP to Suzanne Clarke for the address,
Poetry Group
Tuesday, February 20, 1:30 – 3:30, in a member’s home (meets the 3rdTuesday of the month).
Are you a closet poet? Shhhhh. Don't tell anyone, but join us and share your latest efforts with other closet poets. For more information and the location of the meeting, contact Sam Doctors at
samdoctors701@gmail.comor 530-414-4032.

TED Talks Discussion Group
Wednesday, February 21, 10:30 – 11:30, Village office.
We watch two or three TED talks and talk about what they talked about-- anything from sexism in movies, the news industry, New Yorker cartoons, ballroom dancing, why we travel, and where is home. Contact Jane Merryman for more info, or 707-762-1023. RSVP

Bocce Ball
Wednesday, December 20,4:00 – 5:00 pm, Leghorn Park. (Meets the 3rdWednesday of each month.)
No experience necessary, rain cancels. We have a lot of fun – dress warmly! RSVP to George Beeler

Book Group
Friday, February 23, 1:30 – 3:00, in a member’s home.
For the book we will be reading and location, contact Jane Merryman at 762-1023

Village Singing Group
Thursday, February 22, 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 Tiaga Liner at
tiagananda@gmail.comor 658-1646 for location.

Potluck for Village Members and Volunteers: Newcomers welcome!
Sunday, February 25, 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. RSVP to Joanne, at, for the address.

Tech Workshop
Wednesday, February 28, 1:00 – 2:30 pm, Village office.
Members at all experience levels welcome in this workshop, which will assist you with computer, tablet, or cell phone issues. Learn new ways to get things done and make your life easier. In addition to helping you with your technology challenges, we will demonstrate how to book a ride using Uber or Lyft. Led by Village volunteers Tom Horst and Paul Greenblatt. Please 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.


What if I Need More Help to Continue Living at Home?
Monday, March 5, 10 - 11:30 am, Village office
This program has been postponed.

Getting Your Affairs in Order
Monday, March 19, 10:00-11:30 a.m., at the Village office
In February's "Making Your Five Wishes Known," we'll begin creating a personalizedhealthcare directive.In March's "Getting Your Affairs in Order,"we'll briefly review the value of wills and trusts.Then, usingthePeace of Mind Planneras our guide,we'll get a start on organizing the documents and information needed to carry out our final wishes.The underlying theme?"If, like many of us, you've been postponing these important tasks, let's work on them together!"

This hands-on workshop is limited to 20 members and active volunteers, and anRSVP is required by March 12to reserve your place. Please respond to
info@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.orgor775-6055.The 96-page, hardcoverPeace of MindPlannerwill be available at cost for $10 if you'd like to purchase it.

Presenter Teresa Nelson is a retired attorney who practiced institutional reform and public policy law for 30 years.

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Village Network office: 402 Petaluma Blvd. North

The Village Network is exploring options for a new space. Your ideas are welcome…

Contact Paul Greenblatt, Relocation Task Force Leader,

A.G. Spanos Companies plan to demolish the building we occupy for the proposed North River Apartments project. All ideas for community partner organizations who might have space to rent are welcome!
Your donations are vitally important in building a sustainable organization.
All financial and in-kind donations are tax deductible,
as we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

If you would like to support the Village Network, make checks payable to:
"Village Network of Petaluma"
P.O. Box 442
Petaluma, CA 94953

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and to Denise Wilbanks, who handles MailChimp formatting,

for contributing their expertise.

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As part of a national movement, the Village Network of Petaluma is a nonprofit membership organization empowering adults 50+ to continue living active, independent, and connected lives in our own homesand apartments as we age.

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