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April 2018 Newsletter

Village Network of Petaluma  | Published on 4/1/2018
Village Network of Petaluma
A nonprofit membership
community of connection and support
serving the Petaluma and Penngrove area.

Village Office:402 Petaluma Blvd. North

Community- Support - Peace of Mind
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Welcome to the Village
Thursday, April 12, 11:00 – 12:00 noon
Saturday, May 19, 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.


Drawing Workshop: Yes, You Too Can Draw
Wednesday, April 4, 9:30 – 11:00 am, Village office.
Drawing is fun, relaxing, and mindful. In this session we will practice drawing the human body. We supply pencils and paper or you can bring your own. This workshop, for people who have little or no drawing experience, is free for members, volunteers $5/workshop donation requested. RSVP to
info@VillageNetworkofPetauma.orgor776-6055.Facilitator Diane Benjamin is an artist and long-time art and art history teacher in local schools.

Men's Discussion Group
Thursday, April 5, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, Village office.
Several of us in the Village have been thinking that we would like to get together with other men on a regular basis to discuss our lives and other topics in a spirit of fellowship. The group is forming and has met once. We will likely be meeting every other week. Maximum of 8 men who are members or active volunteers. For more information contact Paul Greenblatt, or776-6055.

Befriending Our Bodies
We offered this program last July and it was so popular we are scheduling it again. New and returning participants are welcome. Learn simple practices that promote a tender, empowering, and mutually supportive relationship with your body. Reduce stress, enhance wellness and life satisfaction. Open to members, volunteers, and the public. RSVP toinfo@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.orgor776-6055.

Presenter 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.

"Volunteer 101" Training
Thursday, April 19, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, Village office.
Village volunteers are deeply appreciated as they support members in living independently in our community. All volunteers who are interested in working with members or in the Village office must complete this training. If you’d like a one-on-one meeting to discuss your interests, contact Joanne at or776-6055. RSVP for Volunteer 101 is required.

Tour of the Buck Institute, Novato
Thursday, April 26, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
We have arranged for a 45-minute walking tour of the Buck Institute, including the architecture of I.M. Pei, book-ended by seated presentations on the latest research on aging. We have reserved 20 spaces for members and volunteers and will need to carpool. The tour is now full, but RSVP right awayso we can put you on the waiting list if more spaces open up. Village volunteer drivers, please let the office know if we can sign you up as a carpool driver. RSVP to

Volunteer Driver Training
Monday April 30, 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 appreciative, and have glowing feedback about Village drivers.Completion of this training is necessary before driving Village members. RSVP by Wednesday, April 25 required:707-776-6055or

Mindfulness-Based Meditation Group
Meets consecutive Saturdays,10:00 – 11:00 am, in a member’s home.
(The current series is full; a new series will be offeredJune 2 through July 21.Registration will begin in May on a first come first served basis, for up to 12 members and active volunteers.)
The group includes two guided meditations per session, each with a briefintroduction and a post-meditation check-in. Our goal is to hone our meditation skills and foster calmness, relaxation, compassion, gratitude, and nonjudgmental awareness.

Facilitator Freeman Humphrey is a retired psychiatric social worker who has led mindfulness-based meditation groups for over ten years. For more information about the focus of the meditation group, contact Freeman at


Weekly Walking Group
Tuesdays,8:30 – 9:30 am. Meet at Walnut Park on4th 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.

Film Discussion Group
Fridays, April6 and 20,10:15 – 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), at415-827-3206, or For Village members and volunteers.

Gentle Chair Yoga -To Improve Balance, Flexibility and Increase Vitality
Wednesday, April 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. Email Pat Martin at
patmart@comcast.netto rsvp.

Gardening Group
Monday, April 16, 12 – 1:30 pm, at the home of a member. (Meets 3rdMonday of the 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, at707-364-6298, or

Bocce Ball
Wednesday, April 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
Village Game Night
Friday, April 20, 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, or707-776-6055.

Tech Workshop
Wednesday, April 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. In addition to helping you with your technology challenges, we will demonstrate how to book a ride using Uber or Lyft. Led by Village volunteers Tom Horst and Paul Greenblatt. Please 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, April 26, 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 Liner at
tiagananda@gmail.comor658-1646for location.

Potluck for Village Members and Volunteers: Newcomers welcome!
Sunday, April 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.

TED Talks Discussion Group
Next meeting will be in June
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, or707-762-1023. RSVP
Book Group
TheVillage Book Groupis taking a break until the fall and will resume based on interest and input on the kind of Book Group you want. Should we meet every month? Read fiction or nonfiction or both? Please send your ideas to Jane Merryman and let her know if you are interested in joining the group.For members and active


Awakening to Aging
Wednesday, May 23, 10:30 am – noon, Community Room, Petaluma Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive.
A fresh look at the joys and challenges of aging based on the bookAwakening to Aging: Glimpsing the Gifts of Aging, edited by local therapist Dr. Myrtle Heery. The book is a deeply insightful anthology of personal stories of practical advice, wisdom, and compassion for the complexities of growing older. Dr. Heery will be joined by two local chapter authors, and together they will engage the audience in exploring some of the new frontiers of change this stage of life offers. Refreshments provided.

Dr. Myrtle Heery is a marriage and family therapist practicing in Petaluma since 1983 and founder of International Institute of Humanistic Studies.

Village Spring Photo Exhibition

Mike Riley is a Village volunteer who has created a new career as a photographer since retiring. His work is now on exhibit at the Village office. He is also a member artist at the Riverfront Art Gallery. Mike describes himself as a “well worn, substantially traveled photographer, with interest in interpreting subjects via composition and digital adjustment.”

He is a North Bay resident (mainly), and member of a large and extended family populated by a collection of artists, wildlife biologists, singers, entrepreneurs and corporate toilers, extending over several continents.
Donors to our newMembership Partners Program

Patricia Arfsten
George and Ellen Beeler
Suzanne Clarke
Fr. Michael Culligan, St. James Church
Becky Devine
Maria DoCeu, Out West Garage
Earl and Micky Dolcini
Laura Dunne and Stacey Banas
Selma Ehrlich
Paul and SherryEklof
Rabbi Ted Feldman, B’nai Israel Jewish Center
Ann and Mel Fox
Gopal Gauchon, Everest Indian Restaurant
Majida Gibson
Wayne and Robin Guptill
Marcia Hince
Kiwanis Club of Petaluma
Scotti Kluess
Lucy Kortum
Diane Judd and Ronald Krempetz
Robert Leichtner
Tiaga Liner
Maryann Marks andElad Levinson
Jell Lyons, Adobe Creek
Pat Martin
Kathy MacDonald
Len and Charlotte Nelson
Teresa Nelson
Nora Pearl
Leslie Quadres
Kris Rebillot
Alice Rebizzo
Starr Rohrman
Robin Schaef
Paula Schafer
Vreni Schnirman
Eileen and Ernie Simard
Janine and Ray Slaughter
Janny Van Aalderen and David Quist

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 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
Jan Conlon
James and Harriet Coyne
Sherry and Paul Eklof
Marie Fletcher
Linda Fox and Floyd Dickman
Robert Gallup
Marilyn Hartley
Janice Kearns
Darcy Levy
Sid and Gerry Lipton
Barbara and Jake Mackenzie
William McDevitt
Suzanne Miller
Diane Olberg
Nancy Porter
JoAnn Pozzi

Supporting Donors - $100 to $499
Lyndi Brown and Anthony Tusler
Pat Burns
Chris and Sue Castellucci
Suzanne Clarke
Jodi Clinesmith and Chris Samson
Sam Doctors and Meredith Cahn
Ken Gertz
Peter HolewinskiHome Care Assistance
Gary and Lynn Imm
Kathy Lawrence and Rod Fraser
Kit Loofroos
Margaret Kullberg
Bill and Catherine Luther
Len and Charlotte Nelson
PEP Housing
Emil Perlsteiner
Mike and Sue Riley
Eileen Simard
George Young and Kelly Corbett

Donors-up to $100
Bridie Acton
Janet and Vernon Burrows
Patricia Early
Tina Hittenberger and Chuck Pyle
Marilee Jensen
Hilda Jobson
Kathleen Kestlyn
Nina Komiakoff and Paul Smith
Lucy Kortum
Nancy Kull
Joanne Martin Braun
Kathy MacDonald
Maryann McCourt
John Mazzella
Caroline O'Reilly and family
Paul Praetzl
Starr Rohrman
Pam Torliatt

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 Kathy Lawrence our newsletter writer/editor,
and to Denise Wilbanks, who handles MailChimp formatting,

for contributing their expertise.

Community-Support-Peace of Mind

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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