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October 2017 Newsletter

Village Network of Petaluma  | Published on 10/1/2017
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
October Programs
Welcome to the Village
Thursday, October 19, 11:00 – 12:00 noon
Saturday, November 18, 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.


Planting a Fall and Winter Garden
Monday, October 2, 10:0011:30 pm, Village office.
It's that time again -- time to prepare your garden for the coming months. Master Gardeners Bryce Sumner and Sue Lovelace will suggest flowers and veggies that go together and love the cool, wet weather we are so looking forward to. Learn about building healthy soil, watering wisely, encouraging beneficial insects, using space to maximum benefit, and getting along without pesticides. Open to members, volunteers, and the public. RSVP

Volunteer Driver Training
Thursday, October 5, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, Village office.
The Village Network has been steadily growing,which means our need for volunteer drivers, our most requested service, is also growing. Members are deeply appreciativeand have glowing feedback about Village drivers.Completion of the this training is necessary before driving Village members. RSVP by Monday, October 2 required: 707-776-6055 or

Interspiritual Meditation Group: Gathering Monthly for Peace - Compassion - Wisdom
First Wednesdays, October 4, November 8, and December 6, 5:00 – 6:00 pm, Village Office
In response to the current divisiveness damaging our nation, we will join together 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 Joanne at, or 776-6055. Open to Village members, volunteers, and the public with a $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.Formore information, contacther at

Mindfulness-Based Meditation Group for members and volunteers
Consecutive Saturdays,October 21 - December 9,10:00 – 11:00, in a member's home.
The Mindfulness-Based Meditation Group will meet weekly for eight consecutive weeks.Each meeting will include two guided meditations, bookended by a brief introduction/teaching period and a post-meditation check-in. Our goal will be tohone our meditation skills, promote calmness and relaxation, and cultivate compassion, gratitude, and nonjudgmental awareness.

Women's Circle - for members
(This is an 8-month series.Group is now full;let us know if you'd like to be on a waiting list for a second group)
UsingThe Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdomby cultural anthropologist Dr. Angeles Arrien, as a foundation for discussion, we will work on deepening and enriching our experiences in the “second half” of life to the “third third” of our lives. Participants are asked to purchase the paperback book, which will guide us on an interactive journey together. It is important to plan to attend all eight sessions and necessary to attend the first to participate. Limited to eight participants For information, contact Anne at 772-5132 or
The group will be co-facilitated by Sarah Fleming, MFT, and Anne Greenblatt, Village board president. Sarah is a psychotherapist in private practice and has worked in Petaluma with families and individuals for 15 years. Anne has worked with this book in three women’s groups during the past 15 years.

Creating Cards
Monday, October 16, 10:00 – 11:30 am,
* Co-sponsored by PEP Housing and the Village Network

We will use our creativity in a workshop to make birthday, get well, or other kinds of greeting cards. Samples and supplies available. A $5 donation toward the cost of supplies is appreciated. Bring your own scissors and glue. RSVP to Joanne for specific location at
info@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.orgor 776-65055.

Workshop leader Maralyn Neilsen has many years of experience making cards, scrapbooking, and creating paperwork art. She has led a successful card-making workshop at PEP Housing for seven years.


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 comeif 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
Saturday October 14 and Friday, October 27, 10:15 – 11:15 am, in a member's home
Would you like to join a group of film lovers who get together to discuss the latest hits every other Friday? 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 Chair Yoga -to improve balance, flexibility and increase vitality
Wednesdays, October 11 and 25, 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.

Village Game Night
Friday, October 13, 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 Joanneat, or 707-776-6055.
Gardening Group
Tuesday, October 17, 12 – 1:30 pm, at the home of a member (NOTE TIME CHANGE FOR THIS MONTH)
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
Poetry Group
Tuesday, October 17, 1:30 – 3:30 pm, in a member’s home, (meets the 3rd Tuesday 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.

Bocce Ball
Wednesday, October 18,4:00 – 5:00 pm, Leghorn Park. (meets the 3rdWednesday of each month.)
No experience necessary, rain cancels. We have a lot of fun – dress warmly! RSVP to George Beeler at

TED Talks Discussion Group
Wednesday, October 18 10:00-11:30am, Village office.
We watch two or three TED Talks and talk about what they talked about - anything from sexism in movies, the news industry, New Yorker cartoons, ballroom dancing, why we travel, and where is home.Contact Jane Merryman for more info, or 707-762-1023.

Tech Workshop
Wednesday, October 25, 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.

Quilts and Conversation
Wednesday, October 25, 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

Village Singing Group
Thursday, October 26, 3:00 – 4:30 pm (meets the 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 Liner at
tiagananda@gmail.comor 658-1646 for location.

Book Group
Friday, October 27, 1:30 – 3:00 pm, in a member's home
The group will discussThe Sellout, byPaul Beatty, available at the public library and on (There is another book with the same title by a different Beatty.) Contact Village member Jane Merryman for the address at
jane@sonic.netor 707-762-1023.

Potluck for Village Members and Volunteers:Newcomers Welcome!
Sunday, October 29, 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 Joanne, at, for the address.

Improving Balance and Confidence:Keys for Healthy Living
Monday, November 6, 1:00 pm, Village office.
With the coming holidays, our living spaces get cluttered (even more than usual!). We have more visitors, we bring out all our beloved decorations, and our usual schedule is turned topsy-turvy. Nora Tallent, an occupational therapist for more than 40 years, will discuss strategies to reduce the risks of falling and to increase safety in the home. Please note the afternoon start of this program. Open to members and volunteers. Please RSVP to

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Village Network office: 402 Petaluma Blvd. North

Donors to our newMembership Partners Program

Patricia Arfsten
George and Ellen Beeler
Fr. Michael Culligan
Laura Dunne
Selma Ehrlich
Paul and SherryEklof
Rabbi Ted Feldman
Wayne and Robin Guptill
Marcia Hince
Kiwanis Club of Petaluma
Scotti Kluess
Lucy Kortum
Tiaga Liner
Maryann Marks andElad Levinson
Pat Martin
Len and Charlotte Nelson
Nora Pearl
Leslie Quadres
Alice Rebizzo
Starr Rohrman
Robin Schaef
Paula Schafer
Silver Lake Technology
Vreni Schnirman
Janine and Ray Slaughter

Your donations are vitally important in building a sustainable organization.
All financial and in-kind donations are tax deductible,
as we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

If you would like to support the Village Network, make checks payable to:
"Village Network of Petaluma"
P.O. Box 442
Petaluma, CA 94953

Or you can donate on-line at
2016-17 Donors to the Village Network are deeply appreciated

Diamond Sponsors - $1,000 to $5,000
Stanton Lawson andGabriella Ambrosi
Sequoia Senior SolutionsIn-Home Care Provider
Anne and Paul Greenblatt
Pat Martin
Supporting Donors-$500 to $999
Steve Ayala
George and Ellen Beeler
Lolly Burns
James and Harriet Coyne
Sherry and Paul Eklof
Marie Fletcher
Linda Fox and Floyd Dickman
Robert Gallup
Marilyn Hartley
Janice Kearns
Darcy and Harvey Levy
Sid and Gerry Lipton
Barbara and Jake Mackenzie
Suzanne Miller
Diane Olberg
Nancy Porter
JoAnn Pozzi
Supporting Donors - $100 to $499
Lyndi Brown and Anthony Tusler
Jeanette Clarey
Suzanne Clarke
Jodi Clinesmith and Chris Samson
Sam Doctors and Meredith Cahn
Peter HolewinskiHome Care Assistance
Gary and Lynn Imm
Kathy Lawrence and Rod Fraser
Tiaga Liner
Kit Loofroos
Sue Miller
Len and Charlotte Nelson
PEP Housing
Emil Perlsteiner
Whitney Schatz
Eileen Simard
Donors-up to $100
Bridie Acton
Pat Burns
Janet and Vernon Burrows
Patricia Early
Rod Fraser
Tina Hittenberger and Chuck Pyle
Marilee Jensen
Kathleen Kestlyn
Nina Komiakoff and Paul Smith
Lucy Kortum
Nancy Kull
Kathy MacDonald
Caroline O'Reilly and family
Paul Praetzl
Elaine and Chris Stevick
Pam Torliatt

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