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April Newsletter

Village Network of Petaluma  | Published on 4/1/2017
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
April Programs
• Village Welcome InfoMeeting
• Weekly Walking Group
• Our Life Stories and Legacy
• Qi Gong class
Quilts and Conversation

• Film Discussion Group
• Book Group
• Gardening Group
Movie Matinee and Happy Hour
• Women's Circle
• Gentle Yoga
Gardening Group
Game Night
• Poetry Group
Village Potluck
• Bocce Ball

Special Programs/Workshops Open to the Public
Cyber Security: How to Protect Your Identity
(and Bank Account)

Advance Care Planning

Wish List
Welcome to the Village
Thursday, March 16, 11:00 – 12 noon
Saturday,April 8, 11:00 – 12:00 noon
Village Network Office, 402 Petaluma Blvd. North (at Oak St.)

The team of volunteer Village Ambassadors hold introductory meetings 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 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 Members 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
Learnmovements 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 movements that are designed to energizeand strengthen the five major systems in Chinese medicine. In addition, we will continue to develop a deeply relaxed nervous system that is “underdoing” and finding peace via Qigong. 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.

Cyber Security: How to Protect Your Identity (and Bank Account) in the 21st Century
Monday, April 3, 10:00 – 11:30 am, Village office.
This program will present current best security practices for home computers and smartphones. Eric Stauffer, a software engineer with 28 years’ experience at Fortune 500 companies, will discuss how to make home and mobile Internet access more secure, how to create effective passwords and keep them safe, and how to protect against scams. Open to members, volunteers, and the public. RSVP to
info@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.orgor 707-776-6055 to ensure you have a seat at this presentation.

Quilts and Conversation
Wednesday, April 5 and 19, 1:30 –3:00 pm, in the home of a Village volunteer
Selma Ehrlich will host a quilting group in her home, for both beginners and those who have some experience with quilting and would appreciate help with techniques. She will teach basics of quilting, from choosing materials and pattern to piecing and binding. Participants will work initially on creating a quilted placemat. Selma is a prize-winning quilter who loves to teach the craft. RSVP to Selma
Film Discussion Group
Fridays, April 7 and 21, 10:15 – 11:15 am, Village office.
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Attention all film lovers. Would you like to join 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 discuss it at the next meeting.We chose 3 films to discuss on April 7: “Beauty and the Beast,” “A Sense of an Ending,” and “Neruda.” Give this group a try! Please RSVP to Jerry Spremich (discussion facilitator), at 415-827-3206, For Village members and volunteers.
Women’s Circle - for members
Wednesday, April 12, 9:00 – 10:30 am, at the home of a member.
(Second sessionof 4-month series.)
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 only, age 60+. Space is limited, RSVP to Stephanie
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, April 12 and 26, 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.

NEW! Movie Matinee and Happy Hour
Thursday, April 13, approximately 12:30 – 4:00 pm (depends on show time)
New member Gretchen McEvoy, who “loves the movies,” has proposed this group for members and volunteers who would like to attend a movie together in Petaluma, then talk about it afterward over tea, coffee, or wine in a “happy hour” at a nearby café.Contact Gretchen for movie and time to meet, atgretchenmcn@me.comor 707-559-3325.

Gardening Group
Monday, April 17, 12 – 1:30 pm, at thehome 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

“Volunteer 101” Training
Monday, April 17, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, Village office.
All volunteers who are interested in working with members need to complete this training. If you’d like a one-on-one meeting to discuss your interests, contact Stephanie at
info@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.orgor 776-6055. Space is limited. RSVP for Volunteer 101 required.

TED Talks Discussion Group
Wednesday, April 19, 10:00 am, Village office
Have you ever pondered how the news distorts your world view? What about all those satellites accumulating up above us? Do you realize maps tell us not just where we are but also who we are? Find out about all this when we view two or three 20-minute TED talks and talk about what they talked about. Contact Jane Merryman for more info (,707-762-1023). RSVP
Bocce Ball
Wednesday, April 19,4:00 – 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
Poetry Group
Friday, April 21, 1:30 – 3:30 pm, in a member’s home.
(Meets 3rdFriday of the month.)
Poets are invited to join us to share our poetry with one another. For more information and the location of the meeting, contact Sam Doctors atsamdoctors701@gmail.comor 530-414-4032.
Village Game Night
Friday, April 21, 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, or 776-6055.

Advance Care Planning
Monday, April 24, 10:00 – 11:30 am, Village office.
Nina Arbour, Community Relations and Volunteer Services Manager for Hospice of Petaluma, will explain the Advance Care planning process, including treatment options and how to discuss your wishes with family and friends. This program is cosponsored by Hospice of Petaluma and is open to members, volunteers, and the public. RSVP to
info@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.orgor 707-776-6055 to ensure you have a seat at this presentation.

Village Tech Workshop
Wednesday, April 26, 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. 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.

Singing Group
Thursday, April 27, 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 atrmiller875@comcast.netfor location.
Book Group
Friday, April 28, 1:30 – 3:00 pm, at the home of a member.
Join us for a discussion ofThe God Delusion,by Richard Dawkins. It is available at the public library and at Contact Village member Jane Merryman for the address
Potluck for Village Members and Volunteers: Newcomers welcome
Sunday, April 30, 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.

Coming in May…
Pros and Cons of Personal Emergency Response Systems
Monday, May 8, 10:00 – 11:30 am, Village office.
This workshop will present features of Personal Emergency Response Services (PERS) systems and their benefits. Different products and services that are available will be discussed and compared. The presenter will explain the importance of receiving quick medical attention after a fall or during a medical emergency.
Members, volunteers and public are welcome. Please RSVP to reserve your spot to Stephanie at
info@villagenetworkofpetaluma.orgor call 776-6055.
Presenter is David Decker, a marketing and community relations representative for LifeLine of the North Bay, a service of the Petaluma Healthcare District.

Intro to CPR: What to Do Before the Paramedics Arrive
Monday, May 22, 10:00 – 11:30 am, Village office.
This short workshop, presented by Coast Guard staff, will discuss and demonstrate what to do in an emergency, while you are waiting for the ambulance to arrive. The program, which uses basic CPR techniques and common household items, is geared toward older adults.Open to members, volunteers, and the public. RSVP to Stephanie at the Village Office
info@villagenetworkofpetaluma.orgor call 707-776-6055 to ensure a seat to this presentation.
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Village Network office: 402 Petaluma Blvd. North
We're making progress with our large new
space - come by to see!Our wish listnow includes:

A large carpet or two smaller ones
Indoor plants
A floor lamp

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