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June 2017 Newsletter

Village Network of Petaluma  | Published on 5/30/2017
Village Network of Petaluma
A nonprofit membership community of support
serving the Petaluma and Penngrove area.

Village Office: 402 Petaluma Blvd. North

News Flash !
The Village Network is hiring a Membership and Volunteer Manager,at 24-30 hr/wk. Deadline June 16.
See the job posting on our website: click on News.
Table of Contents
June Programs
Welcome to the Village

Free Programs Open to the Public
Welcome to the Village
Saturday, June 3, 11:00 – 12:00 noon
Thursday, July15, 11:00 – 12:00 noon
Village Network 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.


The Latest Frauds and Scams in Petaluma
Monday, June 5, 10:00 – 11:30 am, Village Office
Did you know that the Petaluma Police Department has an active crew of volunteers?They are returning to the Village Network with Detective Lance Novello to update us on the current phone calls, knocks on the front door, and mailings that we should watch out for. Open to members, volunteers, and the public. Please RSVP to
info@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.orgor 707-776-6055.
Why Get a Senior Clipper Card?
Monday, June 12, 10:00 – 11:30 am, Village Office
With a Clipper card you can travel on public transportation all over the Bay Area and not need any cash – in fact, the SMART train will not take cash at all. Learn what the Clipper card is and how to use it. Senior Clipper cards will be issued on the spot at this workshop to those who have a valid ID (driver’s license, passport, or official ID card) showing you are 65 or over. Even if you are still driving, you might want to hop on the SMART train or take the easy way into SF on Golden Gate Transit. A Clipper card is good for both, as well as many other transit lines. Open to members, volunteers, and the public. Please RSVP toinfo@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.orgor call707-776-6055.

Lunch and a Movie
Tuesday, June 6, 11:30 – approximately 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. We’ll meet for lunch at 11:30 at Wild Goat Bistro. Contact Gretchen to rsvp at
gretchenmcn@me.comor 707-559-3325.

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.
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

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, 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.

Film Discussion Group
Friday, June 2and 16, 10:15 – 11:15 am, Village Office
Would you like to join a group of film lovers 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. Please RSVP to Jerry Spremich (discussion facilitator), at 415-827-3206, or For Village members and volunteers.
Women's Circle -for members
Friday, June 16, 6:00 – 8:30 pm, at the home of a member. (Lastmeetingof a 4-month series)
his 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.For Village members only, age 60+.

Sarah Fleming, MFT, is a psychotherapist in private practice who has worked with clients in Petaluma for 15 years.
Gentle Yoga -to Improve Balance, Flexibility and Increase Vitality
Wednesday, June 14and 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.

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.

Poetry Group
Friday, June 16, 1:30 – 3:30 pm, in a member’s home, (meets 3rd Friday of each 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 at
samdoctors701@gmail.comor 530-414-4032.

Gardening Group
Monday, June 19, 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
Bocce Ball
Wednesday, June 21,4:00 – 5:00 pm, Leghorn Park, (meets 3rd Wed. of each month)
No experience necessary, rain cancels. We have a lot of fun - dress warmly! RSVP to George Beeler at
Quilts and Conversation
Wednesday, June 21, 1:30 –3:00 pm, in the home of a Village volunteer
Selma Ehrlich will host a quilting group for both beginners and those who have some experience with quilting. She will teach basics, from choosing materials and pattern to piecing and binding. Selma is a prize-winning quilter who loves to teach the craft. RSVP to Selma at 707-762-9541

Book Group
Friday, June 23, 1:30 – 3:00 pm, at the home of a member
Please contact Village member Jane Merryman for confirmation, the book title, and address atjane@sonic.netor 707-762-1023.Those on the Book Group email list will be notified byMay 30.

Potluck for Village Members and Volunteers:Newcomers Welcome
Sunday, June 24, 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.
Tech Workshop
Wednesday, June 28, 1:00 – 2:30 pm, Village Network 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. 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.

TED Talks Discussion Group
We are taking a break over the summer. We will begin meeting again in September. Go towww.ted.comto enjoy talks at your leisure. Contact Jane Merryman for more, or707-762-1023.

Village Singing Group
Thursday, June 29, 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.


Befriending Our Bodies
Monday, July 10, 10:00 – 11:30 am, Village Office
We live in a culture that teaches that the body is to be mastered and controlled. This attitude causes great body/mind/spirit pain as we age. But there is another way. In this workshop, you will experience simple practices that promote a tender, empowering, and mutually supportive relationship with your body to reduce stress and enhance wellness and life satisfaction. This program is open to members, volunteers, and the public. RSVP

Ruah Bull is a spiritual director who draws on more than 30 years in the alternative healing field to support body/mind/spirit healing and wholeness.

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Village Network office: 402 Petaluma Blvd. North

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and to
Daya Ceglia, graphic designer and web designer,
for contributing her expertise to our newsletter.

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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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