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February 2017 Newsletter

Village Network of Petaluma

The Village Network of Petaluma
A nonprofit membership community of support
serving the Petaluma and Penngrove area.
Village office: 402 Petaluma Blvd. North

Table of Contents

Online program calendar at

- Village Welcome InfoMeeting
- Weekly Walking Group
- Our Life Stories and Legacy
- Qi Gong class
- Film Discussion Group
- Book Group
- Gardening Group
- Women's Circle
- Gentle Yoga
- Poetry Group
- Village Potluck
- Bocce Ball
- TED Talks Discussion Group
- Birding Group

Special Events
- Live Webcast withDr. Atul Gawande, author of "Being Mortal"
- Volunteer Driver Training
- Exercises Just for You

Coming in March
- Taking Control of Your Driving Future
- Companion Planting for Your Veggie Garden

Welcome to the Village
Saturday, February 18, 11:00 – 12:00 noon
Thursday, March 16, 11:00 – 12:00 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, 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, 8:30 – 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 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 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
Start the new year right by learning movements and exercises targeted for specific organ systems like heart, spleen, liver, lungs, and kidneys. Healthy bodies can be enhanced by “The Five Elements Qigong.” Five Elements is an ancient form of movement designed to energize and strengthen the five major systems in Chinese medicine. There are no restrictions on who may comeif 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, February 3 and 17, 10:15 – 11:15 am, Village office. Meets alternate Fridays.
Attention all film lovers. Would you like tojoin a group of people who get together to discuss the latest hits every other Friday at the Village office? We agree on a movie to see on our own and at the next meeting discussit. For Feb.3 we will discussTwentieth Century Women. Give this group a try! Please RSVP to Jerry Spremich (discussion facilitator), at 415-827-3206, or For Village members and volunteers.

Women’s Circle - for members
Wednesday, February 8, 9:00 – 10:30 am, at the home of a member.
(Last session of 4-month series. New series will be 2ndWednesdays, 9:00 – 10:30 am, starting March 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 four sessions and necessary to attend the first to participate. Starting in March, we have an opening. If you want to join (or be on a waiting list for the next Women’s Circle), contact Stephanie at 776-6055
Sarah Fleming, MFT, is the facilitator. She is a psychotherapist in private practice and has worked in Petaluma with families and individuals for 15 years.

Gentle Yoga for Balance, Flexibility, and Increased Energy
Wednesday, February 8 and 22, 11:00 – 12 noon, Village office.
Practice gentle yoga and breathing techniques and improve posture, balance, flexibility, and energy. Can be done seated or standingbeneficial 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.

Volunteer Driver Training
Thursday, February 9, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, Village office.
We’re looking for a few good drivers, as driving is one of our most requested and appreciatedservices. Completion of this training, in addition to the "Village Volunteer 101 Training,”is necessary before driving Village members to medical appointments, grocery shopping, Rx pick-up, or Village events. RSVP required: 707-776-6055 or

Live Webcast from Boston: Celebrating Community and Choice in a Conversation with Atul Gawande
Monday, February 13, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Village office.
Renowned surgeon, public health researcher, and writer Dr. Atul Gawande will be the guest speaker at the 15th Celebration of the founding of the first Village in Beacon Hill, Boston, and the subsequent Village Movement that its innovative model inspired nationwide. Dr. Gawande, author of the seminal bookBeing Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, will focus on the topic “The Value of Community and Choice as We Grow Older.”The event, moderated by Robin Young, host of NPR’sHere & Now,will feature a discussion on aging, living life with purpose, and how we can transform the possibilities for the later chapters in everyone’s lives. The broadcast event, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm, will be followed by a discussion in our Village office from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. Refreshments will be served. The event is free for Village members, volunteers, and the public. RSVP required to Stephanie at 776-6055 or

Exercises Just for You
Thursday, February 16, 2017, 11:00 - 12:30 a.m., Village office.
In this workshop Pat Martin will provide gentle exercises, taking into consideration each participant’s needs. Those who sign up will be requested to email one or two of their physical and energetic concerns to Pat at
patmart@comcast.netby Feb. 6. This information is anonymous and confidential. Pat will then develop a one-hour exercise regime that takes into consideration each participant’s needs. In the workshop, you willpractice exercises that address collective as well as specific individual physical and energetic concerns and good health. Participants will receive a printout of exercises that will that include at least one of their specific needs.Open to members and volunteers, one-time fee of $5 for both members and volunteers.This is not part of the twice-a-month Gentle Yoga group.

Gardening Group
Monday, February 20, 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. Please RSVP to Suzanne Clarke for the address, at

TED Talks Discussion Group
Wednesday, February 15, 10:00– 11:30am., Village office.
TED Talks are 20-minute presentations about Technology, Education, and Design, and everything in between. Wewill listen to two or three TED Talks and then talk about them. Past discussions have covered the news media, maps, social dancing, travel, climate change, the Chinese zodiac, home, and learning a new language. What will we talk about next? Join us on Feb. 15 and find out. Contact Jane Merryman for more info at
jane@sonic.netor762-1023. RSVP

Bocce Ball
Wednesday, Feb. 15,4:00 – 5:00 pm, Leghorn Park. (Meets 3rdWed. of the month.)
No experience necessary, rain cancels. We have a lot of fun – dress warmly!RSVP to George Beeler at

Poetry Group
Friday, February 17, 1:30 – 3:30 pm, in a member’s home.(Meets 3rdFriday of the month.)
Are you a closet poet? Shhhh. 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.

Village Game Night
Friday, February 17, 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 at, or 776-6055.

Village Tech Workshop
Wednesday, February 21, 1:00 – 2:30 pm, Village office.
- Want to be more comfortable using your computer, tablet, or smartphone?
- 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. 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. Open to members and volunteers. 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.

Village Singing Group
Thursday, February 23, 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 at
rmiller875@comcast.netfor location.

Book Group
Friday, February 24, 1:30 – 3:00 pm, at the home of a member.
Join us for a discussion ofNemesis,by Philip Roth. It is available at the public library and at Contact Village member Jane Merryman for the address at

Potluck for Village Members and Volunteers: Newcomers welcome
Sunday, February 26, 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 Stephanie Wilkinson,, for the address.

Birding Group
Since birds don't let us know ahead of timewhen 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 Nelson to get on the mailing list
Coming in March…

Taking Control of Your Driving Future
Monday, March 6, 2017, 10:00 – 11:30 am, Village Office.
Rosemary Robles, Senior Driver Ombudsman with more than 30 years at the California DMV, will show to maintain your driving privileges, options for a limited license, transportation alternatives, how to take and pass the license renewal test, and safe driving tips. Open to members, volunteers, and the public. Please RSVP to
info@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.orgor 707-776-6055 to ensure you have a seat at this presentation.

Companion Planting for Your Veggie Garden
Monday, March 27, 2017, 10:00 – 11:30 am, Village Office.
Just in time for this year’s garden, Bryce Sumner and Sue Lovelace, Sonoma County Master Gardeners, will show how, with the purposeful combining of veggies, herbs, and flowers, you can create a garden that uses wise watering practices, encourages beneficial insects, uses no pesticides, and much more. Open to members, volunteers, and the public. Please RSVP to
info@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.orgor 707-776-6055 to ensure you have a seat at this presentation.

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