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August 2017 Newsletter

Village Network of Petaluma  | Published on 8/1/2017
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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August Programs
Welcome to the Village
Saturday, August 17, 11:00 – 12:00 noon
Saturday,September 16,11:00 – 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, August 15, 11:30??(contact Gretchen to confirm time and restaurant location)
New member Gretchen McEvoy, who “loves the movies,” coordinatesthis group for members and volunteers who would like to attend a movie together in Petaluma. They usually meet for lunch at 11:30 at Wild Goat Bistro. Contact Gretchen to check time and 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.

Film Discussion Group
Friday, August 4 and 18, 10:15– 11:15am, 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.
Gentle Yoga -to Improve Balance, Flexibility and Increase Vitality
Wednesday, August 9 and 23, 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.

Bocce Ball
Wednesday, August 16, 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
No poetry group in August. Starting September 19, 1:30 –3:30 pm, the groupwill meet the3rdTuesdayof 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.

Village Game Night
Friday, August 18, 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 Joanne, or 776-6055.

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
This group will not meet in August, will resume on September 29, 1:303:00 pm
For more information contact Jane Merryman atjane@sonic.netor 707-762-1023.

Gardening Group
Monday, August 21, 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

Village Singing Group
Thursday, August 31, 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 Tiaga Linerat
tiagananda@gmail.comor 658-1646for location.

Potluck for Village Members and Volunteers: Newcomers Welcome!
Sunday, August 27, 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 Joanne, at, for the address.

Tech Workshop
Wednesday, August 30, 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.


Interspiritual Meditation Group: Gathering Monthly for Peace * Compassion * Wisdom
First Wednesdays of the month, beginningSeptember 6, 5:006:00 pm, Village office.
In response to the current divisiveness damaging our nation, we will join together in silence to support one another in cultivating the qualities so needed in our communities. All who would like to sit together in silent meditation or contemplative practice are welcome. We will sit for two 20-minute sessions with an optional walk. RSVP required to Members free, non-members $5 suggested donation.

Facilitator Ruah Bullis a spiritual director who draws on more than 30 years’ experience in the alternative healing field to support body/mind/spirit healing and wholeness. "Since the role of the elder in so many cultures is to hold silence as a sacred space for wisdom to emerge," Ruah said, she looks forward to connecting with the community of elders represented by Village members, volunteers, and other supporters.For more information, contactRuah at

Disaster Preparedness
Wednesday, September 20, 10:00 – 11:30 am, Village office
We all know it is not IF but WHEN, but are we prepared? Learn how to get ready for The Big One and what to do during and after an earthquake. This program will focus on how to be as self-sufficient as possible, what supplies you will need, and where to get them. Open to members, volunteers, and the public. RSVP to

Presenter Jeff Schach is Battalion Chief of the Petaluma Fire Department and the city's Emergency Operation Center Coordinator. He has taught many classes on personal disaster preparedness.

The Village Movement Celebrates Community and Choice
Live nationwide webinar with Dr. Atul Gawande, physician and author ofBeing Mortal.

Monday, September 25, 1:303:30 pm, Petaluma Library Forum Room.
Community-wide event celebrating the 15th birthday of the successful global Village Movement! Dr. Gawande's profound understanding of the importance of community and choice offer valuable insights and solutions for our rapidly growing aging population. Everyone welcome, bring a friend. Refreshments and interactive discussion after the webinar.

Village Network office: 402 Petaluma Blvd. North
info@ 707-776-6055

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We extend our appreciation to to Kathy Lawrence our newsletter writer/editor,
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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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