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June 2018 Newsletter

Village Network of Petaluma
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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, June 14, 11:0012:00 noon
Saturday, July 12, 11:00 – 12:00 noon

Village office,402 Petaluma Blvd. North(at Oak St.).

Learn more about the Village Network, a nonprofit membership organization in the Petaluma – Penngrove area for adults ages 50+ who are active and engaged in a community of mutual support and connection.We are part of an innovative national movement of villages created to support “aging better” through expanded personal relationships and social events, with a network of volunteer services to make life easier and more affordable. Get your questions answered and meet Village members and volunteers.

NEW: Mindfulness-Based Meditation Group
Saturdays,June 2 throughJuly 21, 10:00– 11:00 am, in a member's home.
TheMindfulness-Based Meditation Groupincludes two guided meditations per session, each with a brief introduction and a post-meditation check-in. Our goal is to hone our meditation skills and foster calmness, relaxation, compassion, gratitude, and nonjudgmental awareness. Registration is on a "first-come" basis for up to 12 Village members and active volunteers.

Facilitator Freeman Humphrey is a retired psychiatric social worker who has led mindfulness-based meditation groups for over ten years.

Travel Tips: Before, During, and After
Monday, June 4, 10:00 - 11:30am, Village office. Open to members, volunteers and the public.
What interests and excites you about travel? We will share our ideas and experiences to get the most out of roaming the world. How has travel changed in recent years? How have we changed in our physical requirements and our reasons for getting out and about? Learn how to use the Internet to your advantage and discover organizations that offer learning experiences. RSVP toinfo@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.orgor776-6055.

Presenter Sue Miller worked in reservation sales andticketing for 30 years with Pan Am and 5 years in business travel with American Express and has had a lifelong curiosity about our world.

Making Your Five Wishes Known: A Health Care Directive with Heart
Monday, June 18, 10 – 12 noon, Village office.
Have you made out a Health Care Directive? Or have you been thinking about doing it, but just can't get around to it? Either way, this workshop is for you. The Five Wishes format is a compassionate expansion of the standard advance directive, adding instructions for "How I want people to treat me" and "What I want my loved ones to know." We will explore feelings about our final wishes, receive a copy of the Five Wishes booklet, walk through each of its sections, and get a start on making our wishes known. The workshop is limited to 20 members and active volunteers, and an RSVP is required to reserve your place. Please respond toinfo@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.orgor776-6055as soon as possible.Marjorie Sands received her Five Wishes training through Hospice of Petaluma and has facilitated a number of workshops on this topic.

TED Talks Discussion Group
Wednesday, June 20, 10:30 – 11:30 am, Village office.
We watch two or three Ted Talks and talk about what they talked about—anything from current politics, elements of a spiritual life, how our language changes, science in everyday affairs, why we travel, what is happiness. Open to members and active volunteers. Contact Jane Merryman for more information:jane@sonic.netor707-775-1754. RSVP toinfo@VillageNetworkofpetaluma.orgor776-6055.

NEW! Wednesday Morning Drop-In Coffee Hour
Aqus Café, 189 H. St.,from 9:00 - 10:00am.
Village Network members and active volunteers are invited to a weekly drop-in Village Network Coffee Hour at Aqus Cafe, meeting every Wednesday. Village member and volunteer, Tiaga Liner, will coordinate this new way for Village folks to get to know each other.

"When I connect with my Village, I feel energized,
because I am part ofa vibrant, expansive community.

Together, we’re creating what comes next in our lives."
- Village member


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.m
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,June 8and 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 ownand discuss it at the next meeting. Please RSVP to Jerry Spremich at415-827-3206, or For Village members and volunteers.

Drawing Workshop: Yes, You Too Can Draw
Wednesday, June 13, 2:00 – 3:30, in a member’s home.
Drawing is fun, relaxing, and mindful. You can do it anywhere; all you need is a pen, a small sketch book, and the confidence that you too can draw. This workshop, for members and active volunteers, is for those who have little or no drawing experience. RSVP for location to

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

Gentle Chair Yoga -To Improve Balance, Flexibility and Increase Vitality
Wednesday, April 13 and 27,11:00 – 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.

Bocce Ball
Wednesday, June 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! Newcomers are welcome. RSVP to George Beeler
Village Game Night
Friday, June 15, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, in a member’s home,newcomers welcome!
A lovely way to relax and have fun at the end of your week. We have several new games to play...You can also bring a game you like, finger food snack or drinks (optional). Or just bring yourself. RSVP to the office for address at, or776-6055.

Gardening Group
Monday, June 18, 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

Potluck for Village Members and Volunteers: Newcomers welcome!
Sunday, June 24, 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 the office, at, or776-6055, for the address.

Tech Workshop
Wednesday, June 27, 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. 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, June 28, 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.
Book Group Takes a Break
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

We Are Moving This Summer
We are are delighted to announce a new partnership! PEP Housing has offered to sub-lease space in their headquarters tothe Village Network. Many details need to be worked out, and the space needs a great deal of preparation. We anticipate moving in August. PEP has requested that Village members and volunteers not drop in until our move-in date, and we will keep you all posted.

In the meantime,
the Village will continue in our current office at402 Petaluma Blvd. North,at the same time (officehoursMondayThursday,10:00 am1:00 pm), with monthly informationalWelcome Meetings on Thursdays and Saturdays as announced. Watch for our upcoming funding campaign to help cover moving expenses.
Donors to ourMembership Partners Program

Patricia Arfsten
George and Ellen Beeler
Suzanne Clarke
Fr. Michael Culligan, St. James Church
Deborah Dalton
Becky Devine
Maria DoCeu, Out West Garage
Earl and Micky Dolcini
Laura Dunne and Stacey Banas
Selma Ehrlich
Paul and SherryEklof
Linda Endicott
Rabbi Ted Feldman, B’nai Israel Jewish Center
Ann and Mel Fox
Gopal Gauchan, 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
Jeff 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
Lori Torkelson
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
Jan Conlon
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
Ann and Mel Fox
Linda Fox and Floyd Dickman
Robert Gallup
Marilyn Hartley
Gary and Lynn Imm
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
Doris Bowman
Joanne Martin Braun
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
Elad Levinson
Bill and Catherine Luther
Len and Charlotte Nelson
PEP Housing
Emil Perlsteiner
David and Cheryl Perry
Mike and Sue Riley
Eileen Simard
George Young and Kelly Corbett

Donors-up to $100
Bridie Acton
Janet and Vernon Burrows
Patricia Early
Bill and Margaret Fishman
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
Jerry Spremich
Pam Torliatt

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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