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October 2018 Newsletter

Village Network of Petaluma
A nonprofit membership
community of connection and support
serving the Petaluma and Penngrove area

Village Office: 955 Petaluma Blvd. South

Community - Support - Peace of Mind

Table of Contents
Exchange Bank Adds $3000 to Village Relocation Fund

L to R: Paul Greenblatt; Scotti Kluess; Rick Gorman, Branch Mgr., Exchange Bank Petaluma; Anne Greenblatt; Kelly Back, Branch Mgr., Exchange Bank Sebastopol; Darcy Levy; Bob Stires. (Photo by Village Board member Starr Rohrman.)
Rick Gorman, Vice President/Bank Manager of Exchange Bank Petaluma presented a $3,000 check for the Village Network of Petaluma’s Relocation Fund to members of the Village Network Board in August.

“The Board is deeply appreciative to the Exchange Bank Foundation for its generous donation,” said Board President Anne Greenblatt. “We also want to express our gratitude for contributions by the Rotary Club of Petaluma, and all the generous donors who contributed to meeting our goal.”

The Village’s new office is developing into a warm and welcoming center for Village operations and activities.Come and see us at 955 Petaluma Blvd. South (behind PEP Housing headquarters). We’re open Monday -Thursday, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Special Events

Learn What the Village Offers at Welcome Meetings
Thursdays, October 18 and November 8, and Saturday November 17, 11:00 -12:00 pm
New Village Network office, 955 Petaluma Blvd. South

Are you curious about aging better? Join us for aninformation meeting for adults 50+. The innovative Village movement is about expanding choices at all stages of aging. Village members are livingvibrant, active,and connected lives in our own homes as we age. Bring a friend or loved one, learn about Village programs and services, get your questions answered,and meet Village members and volunteers.

Tour of Bodega Marine Laboratory
Thursday, October 11, meeting 8:45 am off-site to carpool, and returning around12:45 pm.
Visit the best kept secret of the Bay Area, UC Davis' marine research facility at Bodega Bay. The cost is $5.00 per person for a 90-minute, docent-led tour featuring both underwater habitats of our ocean and a tide pool environment. Wear sturdy shoes, and bring a warm jacket (the tour is indoors and outdoors) and a snack if you need one. This tour is limited to 20 Village members and volunteers, so RSVP to
info@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.orgright away and let the office know, no later than October 1, if you need a ride. For more information, contact Jane Merryman atjane@sonic.netor707-775-1754.
Learn About Medicare Choices, Changes
Monday, October 22, 10:30 -12:00 pm, Petaluma public Library.
This program is co-sponsored by the Village Network with our community partners, Senior Advocacy Services and the Petaluma Public Library. Open to the public and offered at the start of Medicare’s annual enrollment period (which ends December 7, 2018), the focus is on changes to Medicare coverage, Advantage Plans, and Part D premiums and formularies that take effect January 2019. RSVP by October 15 to

Presenter Frank Nelson is the Program Manager for Senior Advocacy Services’ Health Insurance and Advocacy Program (HICAP), and a state-certified HICAP counselor.

“I define connection as the energy that exists between people
when they feel seen, heard, and valued.”
-Brene Brown, author

Weekly Walking Group
Tuesdays, 8:30 – 9:30 am. Meet at Walnut Park on 4th St.
We sharefun, 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.
The Joy of Writing Group
Tuesdays, 10:15 – 11:45 am, Village Network Office, Newcomers welcome.
We write for fun, in fiction, in non-fiction, memoir, poetry etc. We write original stories in a non-critical environment. So come have fun with us, whether you are a veteran writer or a nervous beginner. “All are welcome. Members free, non-members $5. For more info email

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 come -if you cannot stand, 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.

Gentle Chair Yoga -To Improve Balance, Flexibility and Increase Vitality
Every Thursday, 11:00 – noon, Village office.
Popular Yoga teacher Pat Martin leads a practice of gentle yoga, Eden Energy exercises, breath work, and meditation to promote your well-being. The focus is on stress reduction and improving strength and resilience. We do both sitting and standing yoga. (We do not do yoga on the floor). All are welcome whether or not you have ever practiced yoga before. We now have a large quiet room. Friends are welcome. This class is free to Village members and $5 for non-members.

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.

Wednesday Morning Village Drop-In Coffee Hour
Wednesdays, 9:00 -10:00 am, Aqus Cafe, 189 H St.
Village members and active volunteers are invited to a our weekly drop-in coffee hour.Member and volunteer Tiaga Liner facilitates this new way for Village folks to get to know each other.

Drawing Workshop: Yes, You Too Can Draw!
Wednesday, October 3, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Petaluma Library.
Open to members and active volunteers. Drawing is fun, relaxing, and mindful. You can do it anywhere ~on your sofa, in the doctor's waiting room, or at the airport. All you need is a pen and a small sketch book ~and the confidence. This workshop is for people who have little or no drawing experience. Members free, volunteers $5/session. RSVP required to

Film Discussion Group
Fridays, October 5 and 19, 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 at
415-827-3206, For Village members and volunteers.

The Third Third of Life: A Women's Circle -for members.
Monday, October 8, 9:30 – 11:00 am, at the home of a member.
(First session of an 8-month series meeting second Monday of the month)
AdaptingThe Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdomby cultural anthropologist Dr. Angeles Arrien as a foundation for discussion, we will work on sharing and enriching our experiences in the “third third” of our lives. Limited to eight participants. RSVP to Anne at 772- 5132 or

The group will be facilitated Anne Greenblatt, Village board president. Anne has worked with this book in four women’s groups during the past 15 years.

Gardening Group
Monday, October 15, noon – 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, at

Bocce Ball
Wednesday, October 17, 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, October 19, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, in a member’s home,newcomers welcome!
A great 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.

Village Singing Group
Thursday, October 25, 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, October 28, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, 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 to776-6055or
info@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.orgfor the address.

Tech Workshop
Wednesday, October 31, 3:00 - 4:30 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, Steve Schlich, 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.

Mindfulness-Based Meditation Group
Saturdays, September 8 throughOctober 27, 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, and is now full.If you'd like to be added to a wait list for this series or learn more about the next 8-week series, please contact Darcy Levy at

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

Men's Discussion Group
Alternate Thursday afternoons.
We get together with other men on a regular basis to discuss men’s lives and other topics in a spirit of fellowship. The group islimited to eight participants.If you are interested or even curious, please call the office at
776-6055to learn more.

Coping with the Holiday Blues
Monday, November 5, 1:00 -2:30 pm, Village office.
Why are holidays often so stressful, and how do we find peace and contentment in their midst? We will explore thisand the mental and emotional impact of those stressors. Togetherwe will develop coping strategies to help manage these holiday “blues.” Open to Village members and volunteers.

Facilitator Bev Miller worked with Hospice of Petaluma for over 30 years, providing one-to-one and group support.

Tour of the Petaluma Arts Center
Friday, November 9, 2:00 -3:30 pm.
Join us for a free, docent-led tour of “Renewal Through Art.” Featuring work of local artists in response to the 2017 fires, this exhibit includes fascinating pieces that demonstrate the resiliency of the human spirit in the face of catastrophe. Tour limited to 20 Village members and active volunteers. RSVP by October 26 to
info@VillageNetworkofPetalmua.orgor776-6055. We will meet at the Arts Center at 230 Lakeville.Let the office know if you need a ride.Although this tour is a gift from the Petaluma Arts Center to our Village members and volunteers, donations are appreciated.

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Village Network office: 955 Petaluma Blvd. South




Exchange Bank Foundation
Rotary Club of Petaluma
Maria DoCeu, Out West Garage
Gauchan Gopal, Everest Indian Restaurant
Bill Wolpert, Green Building Architects
Bridie Acton
Caryn & Joe Ansel
Patricia Arfsten
Teresa Barrett
Dianne & John Benjamin
Lyndi Brown & Anthony Tusler
Pat Burns
Suzanne Clarke
Janet Clover
Jan Crosby
Deborah & John Dalton
Paul & Sherri Eklof
Ann & Mel Fox
Ken & Susan Gertz
Clint & Evie Gilbert
Tina Hittenberger
Freeman Humphrey
Lynn & Gary Imm
Kathleen Kestelyn
Diane Judd & Ronald Krempetz
Nancy Kull
Darcy & Harvey Levy
Tiaga Liner
Sid & Geri Lipton
Laura Lyons
Pat Martin
John Mazzella
Mayann McCourt
Sue Miller
David & Cheryl Perry
Alice Jean Rebizzo
Regina Reilly
Junko Rich
Mike & Sue Riley
Starr Rohrman
Vreni Schnirman
Ernest & Eileen Simard
Janine & Ray Slaughter
Paul & Nina Smith
Hope Stewart
Marvin Weinbaum & Lynn Byk
Elizabeth Young

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As part of a national movement, the Village Network of Petaluma is a nonprofit membership organization empowering adults 50+ to live active, independent,
and connected lives in our own homes and apartments as we age.

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