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December 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

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Village office will be closed for the holidays December 25 - January 2
Welcome to the Village
Thursday, December 14, 11:00 – 12:00 noon
Saturday, January 20, 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.


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.

Interspiritual Meditation Group: Gathering Monthly for Peace - Compassion - Wisdom
Wednesday, December6, 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

New Year's Day Open House
Monday January 1, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, in the Village office.
A time to enjoy each other, share good food, and have fun! For members and volunteers.RSVP to Joanne, at, by December 21.

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 new Women's Circlein 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.


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.

Book Group
Friday, December 8, 1:30 – 3:00, in a member’s home.
For December we are readingThe Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan. For location, contact Jane Merryman at 762-1023 or

Film Discussion Group
Saturday, December 9 and Friday, Decmber 22, 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.

Gentle Chair Yoga -To Improve Balance, Flexibility and Increase Vitality
Wednesday, December 13, 11:00 – noon, Village office.
Wednesday, December 27, 11:00 - noon, at Pat Martin's home

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. Email Pat Martin atpatmart@comcast.netto rsvp and learn location for Dec. 27 group.

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, December 15, 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
Monday, December 18, 12 – 1:30 pm, at the home of a member.
Join our holiday potluck gardening and pave' flower-arranging party! This is not about having a showplace, but about seeking suggestions, new ideas, and having fun.Please RSVP to Suzanne Clarke for the address,
Bocce Ball
Wednesday, December 20,4:00 – 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

No Potluck in December.
We're having a New Year's Day Open House instead!

Monday, January 1, 1:00 – 3:00pm, Village office.
A time to enjoy each other, share good food, and have fun. For members and volunteers. RSVP to Joanne, at, by December 21.


Can We Live Better Longer? The Biomedical Research of the Buck Institute
Monday, January 8, 1011:30 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

Drawing Workshop - Yes, You Too Can Draw
Wednesday, January 10, 9:3010:45 am, Village office.
Drawing is fun, relaxing, and very mindful. You can do it anywhere — sitting on your own sofa, in the doctor's waiting room, or in the boarding area at the airport. All you need is a pen and a small sketch book — and the confidence that you too can draw. Join us and learn a few tricks of the trade and you are set to go. This workshop is for people who have little or no drawing experience. Open to members and volunteers. Contact Jane Merryman for more information, 707-762-1023 or RSVP, or 707-776-6055.

Diane Benjamin is an artist and a long-time art teacher in local schools.

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Village Network office: 402 Petaluma Blvd. North

The Village Network is exploring options for a 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. All ideas for community partner organizations who might have space to rent are welcome!
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
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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