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November 2017 Newsletter

Village Network of Petaluma
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
November Programs
Welcome to the Village

Special Events and New Interest Groups
Improving Balance and Confidence
Interspiritual Meditation Group
Women's Circle
Creating Cards

Interest Groups and Events
Weekly Walking Group
Our Life Stories and Legacy
Qigong Class
Quilts and Conversation
Gentle Chair Yoga
Film Discussion Group
Bocce Ball
TED Discussion Group
Village Game Night
Gardening Group
Poetry Group
Potluck for Village Members & Volunteers
Tech Workshop
Village Singing Group
Book Group

Coming in December
Qigong Workshop

Coming in January
Can We Live Better Longer?

The Village's Third Birthday Celebration
Do You Have Space to Share with Fire Victims?
Aging in the 21st Century
Exercise Provides Greater Emotional Benefits for Older Americans
The Village Network is Exploring Options for New Space
Welcome to the Village
Saturday, November 18, 11:00 – 12:00 noon
Thursday, December 14, 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.


Improving Balance and Confidence: Keys for Healthy Living
Monday, November 6, 1:002:30 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

Interspiritual Meditation Group: Gathering Monthly for Peace - Compassion - Wisdom
First Wednesdays, November 1, and December 6, 5:00 – 6:00 pm, Village office
As our community begins the long process of recovering from the recent devastating fires, gathering together to meditate on peace, wisdom, and healing more than ever supports, strengthens, and nourishes us. All who would like to sit together in silent meditation or contemplative practice are welcome. At each gathering, we will sit for two 20-minute sessions with an optional walk. RSVP to Joanne at
info@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.orgis not required but would be appreciated.

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, please contacther at

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 in January.)
UsingThe Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdomby cultural anthropologist Dr. Angeles Arrienas 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. Anne has worked with this book in three women’s groups during the past 15 years.

Creating Cards
Monday, November 20, 10:00 – 11:30 am, Pep Housing Community Room
* 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.
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 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.

Quilts and Conversation
Wednesday, November 1, 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

Gentle Chair Yoga -To Improve Balance, Flexibility and Increase Vitality
Wednesdays, November 8 and 22, 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.

Film Discussion Group
Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 25, 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? 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.

Bocce Ball
Wednesday, November 15,4:00 – 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, November 15, 10:00 –11:30 am, 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.
Village Game Night
Friday, November 17, 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, November 20, 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
Poetry Group
Tuesday, November 21, 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.

Potluck for Village Members and Volunteers:Newcomers Welcome!
Sunday, November 26, 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.

Tech Workshop
Wednesday, November 29, 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.

Village Singing Group
Thursday, November 30, 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, December 1, book to be determined
For information on the book, and location, contact Jane Merryman at
jane@sonic.netor 762-1023.

Qigong Workshop: Mindful Movement Promotes Health and Well-being
Saturday, December 2, 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

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.


Can We Live Better Longer? The Biomedical Research of the Buck Institute
Monday, January 8, 10 am,Village office
You've seen the impressive buildings of the Buck Institute looming above Hwy. 101 as you drive home to Petaluma. Now find out what goes on there. Kris Rebillot, the Buck's Director of Communications for 14 years, works with scientists focused on extending the human healthspan. She will describe the latest discoveries in aging research: Just what is aging? And what can we do about it? What is the vision of the Buck Institute? How about aging without illness? Join us onJanuary 8. Open to members, volunteers, and the public. RSVP to

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Village Network office: 402 Petaluma Blvd. North

The Village's Third Birthday Celebration Brightens Spirits

As the devastating North Bay fires started to turn the corner and smoky conditions began to abate, the Village Network of Petaluma made the decision to go ahead with our long-planned third birthday celebration on October 15. More than 75 people came together, glad for a chance to leave our homes and affirm our thriving community. The party was an opportunity to acknowledge our 88 members and more than 80 volunteers, community advisors, donors, and community partners who have helped build the Village Network into such a vibrant community. Volunteers provided delicious food, our singing group led a singalong, local restaurants contributed gift certificates for “dine-out door prizes,” and everyone had a great time. Clearly, we need a birthday party every year!

NOTE:Teresa Barrett, Petaluma City Council Vice Mayor, brought a box of N-95 masks for us to hand out. Also good for your emergency kit for the future¾come pick up yours soon.
Do You Have Space to Share with Fire Victims?
SHARE Sonoma County is matching fire victims who can't go back to their homes for 6 months or more with those who have space in their homes to share. All those who seek housing agree to background checks. After a one-month trial, rent or assistance is negotiable. Places for couples or families are especially needed, although spaces for single people are also needed.

If you are responding to this email as a member of the Village Network community, please indicate this in your response to Amy Appleton, Director, at

More information on this vitally needed program can be found at:

Several members of the Village community have participated in Share Sonoma County in the past few years, and have reported how appreciative they are of this program.

Aging in the 21st Century
“The truth of becoming an older person today is that one is entering into an oddly mysterious and profoundly misunderstood stage of life, one that is far more complex, and far more rewarding, than common knowledge can comprehend.”
-- Rabon Saip, member of the Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council, writing inSonoma Seniors Today.

Disputing the negative views of aging so prevalent in our youth-obsessed culture, Saip presents persuasive arguments in favor of a more positive, empowering attitude toward the later part of life. He cites research indicating that a positive attitude about the aging self has a greater impact on health outcomes than any other factor, and he encourages an exploration of the advantages and opportunities that aging presents. As with any stage of life, he reminds us, “What you see is largely determined by where you focus.”
Saip’s thoughtful column, as well as several other excellent articles, is available in the October 2017 issue ofSonoma Seniors Today, the newsletter of Sonoma County’s Council on Aging.

Exercise Provides Greater Emotional Benefits for Older Americans

A survey conducted earlier this year by the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index found that exercise is associated with a more positive outlook on life at any age. But optimistic attitudes were much stronger among older adults who exercised regularly than they were for younger people reporting comparable levels of exercise. The benefits of exercising for at least 30 minutes at least three days a week were 32% greater for older adults and were linked to increased levels of optimism about their lives as well as reduced levels of depression and stress.

Ininterviews with nearly 270,000 U.S. adults, those aged 65 and older showed substantially greater benefit from regular exercise in terms of their optimism and emotional wellbeing. The study underscores the strong correlation between exercise and both physical and emotional health as people age. The complete study is available at:
The Village Network is exploring options for new space. Your ideas are welcome…

Contact Paul Greenblatt, Relocation Task Force Leader,

Also, A.G. Spanos Companies plan to demolish the building we occupy for the proposed North River Apartments project. They will be presenting their plans and exchanging ideas with the community at the Petaluma Community Center, 320 No. McDowell Blvd., on Wednesday, November 15, at 7:00 pm. All are welcome to attend.
Donors to our Membership 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
Ann and Mel Fox
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
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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