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Special Programs

We offer workshops, special programs, and field trips on topics ranging from decluttering, avoiding fraud, nutrition, disaster prep, the latest research on aging at the Buck Institute, and much more…


Interest Groups For
Members and Active Volunteers


   

Weekly Walking Group
Tuesdays, 8:30 – 9:30 am. Meet at Walnut Park, 4th St.
We share fun, great conversations, and exercise while exploring neighborhoods. Everyone welcome. Email Sue Miller at
rmiller875@comcast.net to let us know you're coming.  

 

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 info@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.org.


Film Discussion Group
Third Friday of the month, 1:00 pm, in a member's home. 
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 john.spremich@yahoo.com.

Gentle Chair Yoga - because wellness takes work!

Thursdays, 11:00 am – noon, Village office.  
We practice yoga asanas, Eden Energy exercises, breath work, and meditation to improve strength, flexibility, and inner calm. Beginners welcome. 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.  

 

Wednesday Morning Village Drop-In Coffee Hour
Wednesdays, 9:00  – 10:00 am, Aqus Cafe, 189 H St.

Village Network members and active volunteers are invited to a  weekly Wednesday drop-in. Village member and volunteer Tiaga Liner facilitates.


Retired Nurses Group
First Wednesday of the 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 lolly.burns@me.com for the meeting place and any questions.

 

Gardening Group 
Second Tuesday of the month,1:30 pm, at a member’s home.

Join our monthly gardening interest group, meeting in each other’s gardens or on field trips. This is not about having a showplace, but about seeking suggestions, new ideas, and having fun. Bring a brown bag lunch. RSVP to Jane Merryman at jane@sonic.net, or 762-1023.

Village Game Night

Second Friday of the month, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Village office.
A great way to relax and have fun at the end of your week. You can bring a game you like, finger food snack, or drinks (optional). Or just bring yourself. Newcomers welcome. RSVP to the office for address at 
info@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.org 776-6055.

Village Support and Discussion Group

Second Thursday of the month,1:30 – 3:00 pm, Village office.

For Village members, this group offers an opportunity for support and discussion on a variety of topics relating to life changes that accompany the aging process. Participants may attend on a drop-in basis. Please plan, though, to arrive at the beginning and to stay for the full length of the attended meeting.

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


Bocce Ball
Third Wednesday of the month,4:00 – 5:00 pm, Brewsters Beer Garden, 229 Water St. N.
The game anyone can enjoy. We have a lot of fun, and our new venue means you can have a beer or other refreshments while playing. No experience necessary. Newcomers welcome; feel free to just show up and join the fun. RSVP to George Beeler at agbcomm@sonic.net.Parking on Water Street with stair down entry on Petaluma Boulevard North just north of Washington. 

Tech Workshop
Last Wednesday of the month, 3:00 - 4:30 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. Led by Village volunteers Tom Horst 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
Thursdays, 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
tiagananda@gmail.com or 658-1646 for location.

Potluck for Village Members and Volunteers
Last Sunday of the month, 4:00 – 6:00 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. RSVP to 776-6055 or info@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.org
 for the address.

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 
info@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.org. The group is limited to eight members and volunteers. 

Mindfulness-Based Meditation Group

Consecutive Saturdays in 10-meeting cycle, 10:00 – 11:00 am, in a member's home.

The shared goal of the Mindfulness-Based Meditation Group is to hone our meditation skills to foster calmness, relaxation, compassion, gratitude, and nonjudgmental awareness. We meet weekly in a Village member’s home for one hour. Each hour includes two guided meditations book-ended by a brief introduction and a post-meditation check-in. To learn more, contact darcylevy@comcast.net.
The group facilitator, Freeman Humphrey, is a retired psychiatric social worker who has led mindfulness-based, guided meditation groups for over ten years.


Book Group

Currently on hiatus and seeking a facilitator. Contact Darcy at darcylevy@comcast.net if you’re interested. 

 

If you would like to learn more, please contact us at 707.776.6055 or VillageNetworkofPetaluma@gmail.com.



 
“Before I joined, I was very isolated.  Now I get out much more, go to gentle yoga, to the Village potlucks, things like that. And I’ve made several new friends.”