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February 2019 Newsletter

Village Network of Petaluma
A nonprofit membership
community of connection and support
serving the Petaluma and Penngrove area
Village Office: 955 Petaluma Blvd. South

Aging Better Together

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Online calendar at

Welcome to the Village
Thursday, February 14, 11:00 - 12 noon,Village office.
Learn how adults ages 50+ enjoy connection with others through the Village Network in Petaluma and Penngrove. We believe a better experience of aging is possible when we can grow with, laugh with, and rely on each other as we navigate the opportunities and realities of aging. Bring a friend and get your questions answered. Meet Village members and volunteers. Questions: call the Village office at 
776-6055, or info@Village

Frauds and Scams: What's Going Around in Petaluma?
Tuesday, February 5, 1:00 - 2:30 pm, Village office.
Free and open to the public.

Trained volunteers from the Petaluma Police Department visited us in 2017 to tell us about the frauds and scams floating around town. They're coming back to update us on phone calls, knocks on the door, people on the street, and mailings we should watch out for. We’ll learn how to recognize and handle these intrusions and how to report them. Please RSVP by February 4 to or 707-776-6055 to ensure a seat at this important presentation.

Winter's Graces: The Surprising Gifts of Later Life
Saturday, February 23, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Petaluma Regional Library.
Free and open to the public.

 Drawing on folklore, recent research, the world’s wisdom traditions, and the experience of elders   themselves, Susan Stewart will describe a balanced and heartening view of age that acknowledges its   challenges and celebrates its many gifts. There will time for questions and comments, and copies   ofWinter’s Graces will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

 Susan Stewart, PhD, is an emerita professor of psychology (SSU), a retired psychotherapist, a regular   contributor toPsychology Today, and the author of Winter’s Graces, published by She Writes Press,   Berkeley.


 Village Support and Discussion Group
Second Thursday of the month, through June, 1:30 – 3:00 pm, Village office.
February 14, March 14, April 11, May 9, and June 13.

This group for Village members offers an opportunity for support and discussion on a variety of topics relating to life changes that accompany the aging process. Topics emerge from the group or are suggested by the facilitator, and participants may attend on a drop-in basis. Please plan to stay for the full length of the attended meeting and to let facilitator Bev Miller know you'll be attending. For the February 14 meeting, RSVP by February 7 to or call 776-6055.

Facilitator Bev Miller worked with Hospice of Petaluma for over 30 years, providing one-to-one and group support.

Village Book Group
Thursday, February 28, 2:00 - 3:00 pm.
We will discuss My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. Set in post-war Italy in 1950, this story of two friends takes us through their early lives. The first of three volumes in the Neapolitan Trilogy, it stands on its own and should lead to a lively discussion. Ten books are available in the library for pick up. Contact Lorraine at for meeting location, or call 776-6055.

TED Talks, We Discuss
Coming Tuesday, March 19, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Village office.
This session is a test to see if enough people want this program, so be sure to mark your calendar and attend if you’re interested! We listen to a couple of 20-minute TED Talks and then talk about them. Topics? Who knows…come and find out. Please RSVP to or 707-776-6055 to let us know you will be joining us. Contact Jane at for more information.

Retired Nurses Group
Wednesday, February 6 (first Wednesday of every month), 10:15 - 11:45 am, in a member's home.
We will discuss our nursing practices, education and favorite stories, among other things. In the process we will get to know one another. Contact for the meeting place and any questions.


Weekly Walking Group
Tuesdays, 8:30 – 9:30 am. Meet at Walnut Park on 4th St.
We share fun, great conversations, and exercise while exploring neighborhoods and gardens, or walking across the river. Everyone welcome. Email Sue Miller at for info, and whether rain cancels.

The Joy of Writing Group

Tuesdays, 10:15 – 11:45 am, Village office.
We write for fun, in fiction, in nonfiction, memoir, poetry, etc. We write original stories in a noncritical environment. So come have fun with us, whether you are a veteran writer or a nervous beginner. All are welcome. Members free, non-members $5. For more info email

Qigong Class
Instructor Elad Levinson will not be teaching classes at the Village Office for the next few months - Qigong will resume in April.
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 come - if you cannot stand, 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.

Film Discussion Group
Fridays, February 1 and 15, 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 at 
415-827-3206, or For Village members and volunteers.

Gentle Chair Yoga -To Improve Balance, Flexibility and Increase Vitality
Thursdays, 11:00 – noon, Village office.
We practice gentle yoga, Eden Energy exercises, breath work, and meditation with a focus on improving strength and resilience as well as stress reduction. We do both sitting and standing poses. All Yoga levels are welcome, including total beginners. Village members free, non-members $5.

Pat Martin, CMT, EEM-CP, CYT, is a State Certified Massage Therapist, Eden Energy Medicine Certified Practitioner, and Certified Yoga Teacher. Her focus in this class is on optimizing health, strength, and stress reduction.

Wednesday Morning Village Drop-In Coffee Hour
Wednesdays, 9:00 -10:00 am, Aqus Cafe, 189 H St.
Village members and active volunteers are invited to our weekly drop-in coffee hour. Member and volunteer Tiaga Liner facilitates.

Gardening Group - day and time changed!
Tuesday, February 5, noon - 1:30pm at the home of a member. (Meets first Tuesday 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, at 
707-364-6298, or

Bocce Ball
Wednesday, February 20, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, Leghorn Park. (Meets the 3rdWednesday of each month.)
No experience necessary. We have a lot of fun! Rain cancels. Newcomers are welcome. RSVP to George Beeler at

Village Game Night
Friday, February 8, 3:00 – 5:00 pm, Village office. (Meets 2nd Friday of the month)
A great way to relax and have fun at the end of your week. We have several new games to play. You can also bring a game you like, finger food snack, or drinks (optional). Or just bring yourself. Newcomers welcome. RSVP to the office for address at, or 776-6055.

Potluck for Village Members and Volunteers
Sunday, February 24, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, in a member’s home. (Meets the last Sunday of the month.)
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 776-6055 or for the address.

Tech Workshop
Wednesday, February 27, 3:00 - 4:30 pm, Village office. (Meets last Wednesday of the month.)
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. Led by Village volunteers Tom Horst, Steve Schlich, and Paul Greenblatt.

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, February 28, 3:00 – 4:30 pm, in a member's home.
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 or 658-1646for location.

Men's Discussion Group
Alternate Thursday afternoons, Village office.
We get together with other men on a regular basis to discuss men’s lives and other topics in a spirit of fellowship.If you are interested or even curious, RSVP to 776-6055 or The group is limited to eight members and volunteers.

Mindfulness-Based Meditation Group
Consecutive Saturdays, January 19 through March 23, 10:00 – 11:00 am, in a member's home.
Registration for this series is full. The next series is scheduled to begin in April, and dates will be announced in the March newsletter. For more information, contact

Facilitator Freeman Humphrey is a retired psychiatric social worker who has led mindfulness-based meditation groups for over ten years.


For the Love of Learning: Try OLLI!
Tuesday, March 5, 1:00– 2:30 pm, Petaluma Regional Library.
Classes at Sonoma State’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) offer older adults an opportunity to continue their education without tests and grades in a fun, relaxed, congenial environment. Learn more about OLLI ‘s once-a-week classes and enjoy a sample lecture on artists of the post WWII New York School – Jackson Pollack, Lee Krasner, Mark Rothko, and more – all of whose work we can see at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Please RSVP ASAP to or 707-776-6055. We’d like to have a headcount for this event by February 26.

Presenter Linda Loveland Reid chairs OLLI’s Community Outreach Program and is a popular art lecturer.

Black History Tour
Tuesday, March 12, 1:00– 2:30 pm, Petaluma Historical Library & Museum.
Enjoy a free, docent-led tour in celebration of February’s Black History Month as it flows into March’s Women’s History month. Look back to the 1800's and the first African Americans to make Petaluma their home. Proceed to the “great migration” from the southern United States (1910-1970) and its local impact. Learn about the founding ofPetaluma Blacks for Community Development in 1978 and its continued mission to promote respect, appreciation, and understanding of diversity. Stay for refreshments and conversation with exhibit curator Faith Ross. Please RSVP no later than March 5 to or 707-776-6055. Attendance is limited to 20 Village members, volunteers, and friends. To discover local Black History events in February, go to

Online calendar at:

Village Network office: 955 Petaluma Blvd. South· 707-776-6055

Thanks to so many generous donors, we exceeded our targets for 2018! We received over $20,000 for our General Fund, and over $10,000 for our Membership Partners Program Fund. Your donations make a big difference in helping us build a sustainable community and include more of those in our community living on limited incomes.

We Deeply Appreciate This Year’s Donors
to Our General Fund


Provider of professional Home Care services since 2003.
Also providing Home Care training to family caregivers.


Rip City Riders presenting their $1000 donation to grateful Village volunteers.

Rip City Riders
Summit State Bank
Steve & Carolyn Gavriloff, Westgate Real Estate
Jeff Lyons, Adobe Creek Funeral Home
Vince Giovacchini, Giocacchini Construction
Jeff Morgan, the Spanos Corporation
In memory of Alex & Faye Spanos
Rev. Daniel Green, St. John’s Episcopal Church
Dr. Myrtle Heery, International Institute for Humanistic Studies


$500 to $3000
Wayne & Robin Guptill
Sid & Gerry Lipton
Pat Martin
Sue Miller

$100 to $499
Meredith Cahn & Samuel Doctors
Margaret Kullberg, in memory of Dick Wilcox
Kathy Lawrence & Rod Fraser
Robert Leichtner, in honor of Ruby Palmer
Leslie Quadres, in memory of Harold Quadres
Cynthia Rathkey
Mike & Sue Riley
George Young & Kelly Corbett

Up to $100
Bridie Acton
Richard Allen
Joanne Martin Braun
Lyndi Brown & Anthony Tusler,i n honor of Anne & Paul Greenblatt
Dennis & Carolyn Buss
Helene des Rosiers, in memory of her father Jean-Paul
Marilyn Gambonini
Freeman Humphrey
Kathleen Kestelyn
Lynn Knudson
Harvey & Darcy Levy
Kit Lofroos
John Mazzella
Maryann McCourt
Robert & Nancy McFarland
Paul Mihaly
David & Cheryl Perry
Starr Rohrman
Pamela Torliatt
Donna von Edelkrantz

We Deeply Appreciate This Year’s Donors to Our Membership Partners Program Fund
- for Subsidized Members Living on Limited Incomes –


Bryant Monihan presenting Kiwanis donation
of $1080 to grateful Village volunteer Lyndi Brown.

Kiwanis Club of Petaluma

Summit State Bank

Maria do Ceu, Out West Garage
William McDevitt, Jr., McDevitt Construction Co.
Rotary Club of Petaluma Foundation
Rabbi Ted Feldman, B’nai Israel Jewish Center
Rev. Michael Culligan, St. James Church


$500 - $1000
Patricia Arfsten
Stacy Banas, in gratitude for Village member/volunteer Joellen Aymond
George & Ellen Beeler
Becky Devine
Liz Warren

$100 - $499
J.E. Bukszar
Colleen Campbell
Mel & Ann Fox
Paul & Sherry Eklof
Terri Johnson
Scotti Kluess
Diane Judd & Ronald Krempetz
Len Nelson
Alice Rebizzo

Up to $100
Diane & John Benjamin
James & Harriet Coyne
Earl & Micky Dolcini
Sue Firkus
John Haugen & Lorraine Graves
Harvey & Darcy Levy
Tiaga Liner
Beverly Miller
Regina Reilly
Vreni Schnirman

Our Social and Associate Members are Donors to the Village Network
(All but $50/year of their membership fee is a charitable contribution)

Avra Alexiedes
Steve Ayala
George & Ellen Beeler
Lyndi Brown
Laura Burns
Lita Clear-Sky
Paul & Sherry Ekloff
Robert Gallup
Lorraine Graves & John Haugen
Anne & Paul Greenblatt
Camille Jordan
Darcy Levy
Suzanne Miller
Teresa Nelson
Lona Poehlmann
Paul & Judy Praetzel
Regina Reilly
Barbara Stagg
Bob Stires & Gaye Kelly
William Luther
Gail Wilson

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

Or you can donate on-line at

We extend our appreciation to Kathy Lawrence, our newsletter writer/editor,
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 live active, independent,
and connected lives in our own homes and apartments as we age.

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