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July 2017 Newsletter

Village Network of Petaluma  | Published on 6/25/2017
Village Network of Petaluma
A nonprofit membership community of support
serving the Petaluma and Penngrove area.

Village Office: 402 Petaluma Blvd. North

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July Programs
Welcome to the Village
Saturday, July 15, 11:00 – 12:00 noon
Thursday, August 17, 11:00 – 12:00 noon
Village 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.

Lunch and a Movie
Tuesday, July 18, 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 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.
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

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.

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 and volunteers only. RSVP required, to

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.

Gentle Yoga -to Improve Balance, Flexibility and Increase Vitality
Wednesday, July 12 and 26, 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.

Gardening Group
Monday, July 17, 12:00 – 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, July 19,4:00 – 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
Poetry Group
Friday, July 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 location,contact Sam Doctors at
samdoctors701@gmail.comor 530-414-4032.

Quilts and Conversation
This group is taking a break for the summer
Selma Ehrlich hosts a quilting group for both beginners and those who have some experience with quilting. She teaches 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, July 28, 1:30 – 3:00 pm, at the home of a member
The group willdiscussHuckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain.Please contact Village member Jane Merryman for more informationand the address atjane@sonic.netor 707-762-1023.
Tech Workshop
Wednesday, July 26, 1:00 – 2:30 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. 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, or 707-762-1023.

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

Qigong Workshop: Mindful Movement Promotes Health and Well-Being
Saturday, July 29, 9:30 - 12:00 noon, Village Office
This is a special half-day Qigong workshop for people at all levels of experience. Join us in a peaceful, energizing practice that will leave you feeling alive and present in the “now.” We will train in the internal art of mindful movement, which originates as “Qi,” or energy. The practice of Qigong can promote emotional, mental, and physical health, as well as good balance, preventing falls. Village members are free; non-members $20. RSVP required to Village office, 707-776-6055 or Please bring a snack to share mid-morning.

Presenter Elad Levinson is a certified level 1 and 2 teacher trained by Teja Bell. He has practiced mindfulness meditation and Qigong for over 15 years.

Potluck for Village Members and Volunteers: Newcomers Welcome
Sunday, July 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, for the address.


Special Program for Village Members Only

Training in Adult CPR and Defibrillator Use
Tuesday, August 8, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon, Sequoia Senior Solutions, 1372 N. McDowell Blvd.
Presented by certified instructors fromSequoia Senior Solutions’ Training Academy, this private, two-hour class — for Village members only — provides instruction and hands-on practice in:

•applying CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)techniques to a mannequin, and
•using an AED (automated external defibrillator) designed for home use

Practice can be done on the floor or at a table for those who have difficulty getting up and down.Everyone will receive a reminder “pocket card” outlining when and how to apply the techniques taught in the class.

Cost is $25 per participant, a 30% discount off comparable, local classes.RSVP to
info@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.orgor call707-776-6055.Space is limited, andpayment must be received byThursday, July 27, to reserve your space.Please make checks payable to Village Network of Petaluma (the Village will pay Sequoia Senior Solutions with a single, consolidated check).

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We extend our appreciation to to Kathy Lawrence our newsletter writer/editor,
for contributing her 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 continue living active, independent, and connected lives in our own homesand apartments as we age.

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