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December 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

Aging Better Together


The office is closed December 21 through January 1.
If you have service requests for the first week in January,
please give them to us before December 19.
Table of Contents

Special Events:
Interest Groups for Members and Active Volunteers
Weekly Walking Group
The Joy of Writing Group
Qigong Class
Film Discussion Group
Gentle Chair Yoga
Wednesday Morning Village Drop-in Coffee Hour

Gardening Group's Annual Holiday Potluck
Bocce Ball
Village Game Night
Tech Workshop
Village Singing Group
Men's Discussion Group
Discussion Group for Retired Nurses

Mindfulness-Based Meditation Group
Village Support and Discussion Group
Finding Serenity in Turbulent Times
Improving Communication with the Hearing Impaired
Village Book Group

Long-Term Care Insurance May Become More Expensive for Women
Support the Village's Sustainability in Your Holiday Shopping

Online calendar at

Welcome Info Meeting
Thursday, December 13, 11:00 - Noon, Village office.
Learn how adults ages 50+ enjoy connection with others through the Village Network in Petaluma and Penngrove.We believe a better experience of aging is possible when we can grow with, laugh with, and rely on each other as we navigate the opportunities and realities of aging. Bring a friend and get your questions answered. Meet Village members and volunteers. Questions: call the Village office at 
776-6055, or info@Village

Tour of Petaluma Historical Library and Museum
Tuesday, December 4, 1:00 -2:30 pm, 20 Fourth Street.
Join us for a docent-led tour of the museum’s current exhibit – "A Story of Civic Progress and Pride," illustrating its journey from Carnegie Library to historical museum – followed by a wine and cheese reception with the exhibit curator. For Village members and active volunteers. 
RSVP today to or 707-776-6055 to reserve space and provide a headcount for our museum hosts. We’ll meet at the museum; drop-off and accessible entrance are off B Street.

Free Public Libraries: An American Icon
From 1883 to 1929, Scottish-born American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie offered grants to cities and small towns in the U.S. and around the world to establish free public libraries. Most of these libraries corresponded to the rise of women’s clubs in the post-Civil War period. In 1903, Petaluma received $12,500 and built the imposing structure at 4th and B Streets designed by Brainerd Jones. Terms of the grant required the local community to pay the staff, maintain the building, and provide free services to all. Many of the 1,689 Carnegie libraries in the United States are still in existence; some have been demolished, some have been converted to other uses. In 1978, our Carnegie Library became our historical museum, preserving Petaluma’s cultural heritage.

Collage and Conversation: A Solstice Workshop for Women
Friday, December 21, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Village office.
Experience a seasonal exploration of the magic of collage-making. Paper, scissors, glue, and collage-worthy bits provided. Please bring images that call to you as well. $5 donation for supplies appreciated. For Village members and active volunteers. Space is limited; please RSVP to Village office by December 14thto reserve yours.

Presenter Sue Kearney is a Village member and journey-woman artist who embraces the third third of life. For more info, contact Sue 
at or 510-503-6355.


Weekly Walking Group
Tuesdays, 8:30 – 9:30 am. Meet at Walnut Park on 4th St.
We share fun, great conversations, and exercise while exploring neighborhoods and gardens, or walking across the river. Everyone welcome. Email Sue Miller at for info, and whether rain cancels.

The Joy of Writing Group
Tuesdays, 10:15 – 11:45 am, Village office.
We write for fun, in fiction, in nonfiction, memoir, poetry, etc. We write original stories in a noncritical 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.
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.

Film Discussion Group
Fridays, December 7 and 21, 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, or For Village members and volunteers.

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.

Gardening Group's Annual Holiday Potluck
Monday, December 17, 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 Connie McNeill for the address, at 
707-773-3135, or

Bocce Ball
Wednesday, December 19, 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 at
Village Game Night
Friday, December 14, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Village office.
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. Newcomers welcome. RSVP to the office for address at, or 776-6055.

Tech Workshop
No December meeting. Begins again in January 2018, last Wednesday of the month.
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. 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, December 27, 3:00 – 4:30 pm, in the home of a member. (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 or 658-1646 for location.

Men's Discussion Group
Alternate Thursday afternoons, Village office.
We get together with other men on a regular basis to discuss men’s lives and other topics in a spirit of fellowship.If you are interested or even curious, RSVP to 776-6055 or The group is limited to eight members and volunteers.

Discussion Group for Retired Nurses
How does it feel to be retired from nursing? This will be a purely social group to share our nursing lives and get to know each other. The group will convene in members' homes, and determine topics to discuss, times, and days for meetings. Please RSVP by Nov. 12 to Lolly at


Mindfulness-Based Meditation Group
Consecutive Saturdays, January 19 through March 23, 10:00 - 11:00 am, in a member's home.
Each of the ten sessions will include two guided meditations followed by a post-meditation check-in. Our goal is to hone our meditation skills and to foster calmness, relaxation, compassion, gratitude, and non-judgmental awareness. Registration is on a "first-come" basis for up to 10 Village members and active volunteers. RSVP by January 7 to or  707-776-6055. For more info about the group, contact Darcy at

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

NEW: Village Support and Discussion Group
Second Thursday of the month, January through June, 1:30 – 3:00 pm, Village office.
(January 10, February 14, March 14, April 11, May 9 and June 13.)

This group for Village members offers an opportunity for support and discussion on a variety of topics relating to life changes that accompany the aging process. Topics emerge from the group or are suggested by the facilitator. No registration is required, and members may attend on a drop-in basis. We ask, though, that participants stay for the full length of the attended meeting in support of one another.

Facilitator Bev Miller worked with Hospice of Petaluma for over 30 years, providing one-to-one and group support. For more information and to suggest topics, contact Bev at

Finding Serenity in Turbulent Times
Monday, January 14, 1:303:00, Village office.
The mind can be trained to look for joy, hope, and connection. We will learn how to turn toward the positive and develop strategies for what we can do right here, right now to cultivate a resilient mindset. Participants gain direct experience in using specific tools and skills, guided meditation among them, and receive resources for continuing their practice. Space for up to 20 Village members, volunteers, and all those who attend the Village Qigong class. RSVP by January 3 to or 707-776-6055.

Presenter Elad Levinson teaches the Village’s popular Qiqong class, and has over 45 years’ experience as a psychotherapist, meditation teacher, and organization strategy consultant.

Panel on Pros and Cons of Long-Term Care Insurance
Saturday, January 19, 2:00 –3:30 pm, Petaluma Regional Library.
A panel of experts on long-term care insurance will present their different perspectives. More information in the January newsletter.

Improving Communication with the Hearing Impaired
Monday, January 28, 1:30 – 2:30, Village office.
This workshop is for friends and family of people with hearing impairment. Join the Village Member Connection Team as we learn how to help facilitate clearer and easier conversation with the hearing impaired. There will be informational handouts and time for Q&A and sharing personal experiences. RSVP by January 21 to or 707-776-6055.

Presenter Nancy Sullivan has a Master's in Counseling and has done extensive work in this field.

NEW: Village Book Group Coming!
The Village Book Group will be starting up again in February. Book lovers:Watch for details in January’s newsletter.


Long-Term Care Insurance May Become More Expensive for Women
If you’re a woman shopping for long-term care insurance (LTCi), the time to buy is now. Insurance carriers in California have filed paperwork with the state Department of Insurance that will allow them to initiate “gender based pricing.” This type of pricing for LTCi, already the norm in many other states, is based on the premise that women generally live longer than men, so their LTCi claims are larger and more protracted than those of men.Applying now for an LTCi policy in California locks in the current lower unisex pricing for women. Subsequent increases based on gender will not apply to policies purchased before the change is implemented, perhaps in a few months.

The Village is featuring a panel on January 19 with several perspectives on the pros, cons, and considerations concerning long-term care insurance. Kelly Grant, an agent with New York Life Insurance Company, will be one of the speakers on our panel, and can provide more information on their options. She can be reached at

Support the Village's Sustainability in Your Holiday Shopping
If you have an Amazon account, please consider making it an AmazonSmile account, naming the Village as your choice for charitable donations.

How do I sign up for AmazonSmile?
Go to The first time, it will prompt you to select or type in a charity – the Village Network of Petaluma. Every eligible purchase you make at will then result in a small donation, at no cost to you. Just remember to be sure you are on AmazonSmile, not the regular Amazon site. If you have any questions on how to sign up, please contact Paul at


L to R: Paul Greenblatt; Scotti Kluess; Rick Gorman, Branch Manager, Exchange Bank Petaluma; Anne Greenblatt; Kelly Back, Branch Manager, Exchange Bank Sebastopol; Darcy Levy, Bob Stires (photo by Village Board member StarrRohrman).

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

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

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

for contributing their expertise.

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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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