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April 2019 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

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Information Meeting: Get to Know the Village
Thursday, April 11, 10:00 - 11:00 am, 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. Village membership offers social programs and connections as well as volunteer services including transportation, note-taking at medical appointments, friendly visits, computer help, and personalized referrals to community resources. Bring a friend and get your questions answered. Meet Village members and volunteers. Questions: call the Village office at 
776-6055 or info@Village

Daytripping: Exploring New Horizons
Tuesday, April 16, 1:30 – 3:00 pm, Village office.
Open to the public, Daytripping offers a new way to enjoy the world around us. Discover an array of organized one-day trips close to home and longer ones all over the country. Learn about all types of excursions, including performing arts, museum tours, and sports events. To reserve a seat, RSVP by April 9 to or 707-776-6055.
Presenter Spencer Gold has been a tour planner and director for the Daytripping Travel Company for over nine years. He has a passion for travel and enjoys providing age-friendly tour experiences.

3rd Annual Petaluma Walking Day
Wednesday, April 3, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm,
Shollenberger Park.

April is Move More Month. To kick it off, the Petaluma Health Care District is partnering with the American Heart Association to put on this free and fun event. Blood pressure screening and information on how to prevent and respond to cardiac-related emergencies in the workplace will be available. No need to sign up. More info at


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. Everyone welcome. Email Sue Miller at to let us know you're coming.

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

Film Discussion Group
Fridays, April 5 and April 19, 1:00 pm, in a member's home.
(Meets 1st and 3rd Friday of the month.)

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 - because wellness takes work!
Thursdays, 11:00 – noon, Village office.
We practice yoga asanas, Eden Energy exercises, breath work, and meditation to improve strength, flexibility and inner calm. Beginners welcome.
Village members free, non-members $5.
Pat Martin, CMT, EEM-CP, CYT, is a State Certified Massage Therapist, Eden Energy Medicine Certified Practitioner, and Certified Yoga Teacher.

Wednesday Morning Village Drop-In Coffee Hour
Wednesdays, 9:00 - 10:00 am, Aqus Cafe, 189 H St.
Village Network members and active volunteers are invited to a weekly Wednesday drop-in. Village member and volunteer Tiaga Liner facilitates.

Gardening Group
Tuesday, April 2, field trip to
Ruth Bancroft Gardens + Annie's
(Meets first Tuesday of the month.)

Join our monthly gardening interest group, meeting in each other’s gardens or on field trips. This is not about having a showplace, but about seeking suggestions, new ideas, and having fun. Bring a brown bag lunch. Please RSVP to Tiaga for details at (707) 583-5877.

Retired Nurses Group
Wednesday, April 3,10:15 - 11:45 am, in a member's home.
(Meets first Wednesday of the month.)

We will discuss our nursing practices, education and favorite stories, among other things. In the process we will get to know one another. Contact for the meeting place and any questions.

TED Talks, We Discuss
Tuesday, April 9, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Village office.
TED Talks are back. We listen to a couple of 20-minute TED Talks and then talk about them. Topics? Who knows…come and find out. 
Please RSVP by Thursday, April 4 to or 707-776-6055 to let us know you will be joining us. Contact Jane at for more information.

Village Game Night
Friday, April 12, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Village office. Note new time!
(Meets 2nd Friday of the month.)

A great way to relax and have fun at the end of your week. You can 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.

Village Support and Discussion Group
April 11, May 9 and June 13, 1:30 - 3:00 pm, Village office.
(Meets 2nd Thursday of the month through June)

This group offers Village members an opportunity for support and discussion on a variety of topics relating to life changes that accompany the aging process. Participants may attend on a drop-in basis.

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

Bocce Ball
Wednesday, April 17, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, Brewster's Beer Garden,
229 Water St. N.
(Meets 3rd Wednesday of the month.)

We have a lot of fun, and our new venue means you can have a beer or other refreshments while playing! No experience necessary; rain cancels. Newcomers welcome. RSVP to George Beeler at

Tech Workshop
Wednesday, April 24, 3:00 - 4:30 pm, Village office.
(Meets 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, April 25, 3:00 – 4:30 pm, in a member's home.
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.

Potluck for Village Members and Volunteers
Sunday, April 28, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, in a member’s home.
(Meets last Sunday of the month.)

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 776-6055 or for the 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.  

NEW Mindfulness-Based Meditation Group
Consecutive Saturdays, May 4 through June 29, 10:00 – 11:00 am,
in a member's home.

Open to ten Village members and active volunteers; registration is on a “first come” basis. Our shared goal is to hone our meditation skills to foster calmness, relaxation, compassion, gratitude, and non-judgmental awareness. To learn more, contact 
darcylevy@comcast.netTo register, RSVP by April 18 to 707-776-6055 or
Facilitator Freeman Humphrey is a retired psychiatric social worker who has led mindfulness-based meditation groups for over ten years.


Tuesday, May 14, 1:00 – 2:30 pm, Petaluma Historical Library & Museum.
Pun-ny billboards featuring Clover’s beloved bovine, Clo, and her dairy products have entertained drivers along Highway 101 for generations. Enjoy a free, docent-led tour of this fun exhibit and stay for a reception with the curator. Attendance is limited to 20 Village members, volunteers, and friends. To reserve a space,
please RSVP by May 7th to or 707-776-6055. We’ll meet at the accessible entrance at the back of the Museum (off B St. at 4thSt.).

TRASH TALK: The New Rules for Garbage and Trash
Monday, May 20, 1:30 – 3:00 pm, Village office.
Remember when we learned new ways to handle our garbage and trash? Well, the rules have changed. There is a better way to dispose of and recycle the materials of our life. This timely program is open to the public. Please RSVP by May13th
to or 707-776-6055.
Presenter Lisa Moore is a Waste Zero Specialist for RecologySonomaMarin.

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Village Network office: 955 Petaluma Blvd. South·707-776-6055

We are delighted to announce...

The Petaluma Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Petaluma Argus-Courier, has chosen Anne and Paul Greenblatt to receive the 2019 Award for Excellence in the area of Service to Seniors. 
As the founder and Board Chair, Anne Greenblatt has inspired so many people and been tireless in creating and growing the Village Network of Petaluma. As Board member and Director of Operations, Paul Greenblatt has brought his business talents to the establishment of the Village as a strong organization. Together, along with over 150 members and volunteers, they have led this groundbreaking approach to creating community as we age.

The Awards Ceremony is open to the public. If you would like to join us it will take place on Thursday, April 18th from 5:00-7:30, at Rooster Run Event Center, 2301 East Washington. Reservation deadline is March 31. Click below to make a reservation:

You May Qualify for Free Tax Preparation
A program called “Earn It! Keep It! Save It!” is providing free tax return preparation for low- to moderate-income individuals and families at two locations in Petaluma. To qualify for free tax help from IRS-certified preparers, your household income must be less than $60,000. Being a U.S. citizen is not a requirement. Visit or call 211 or
800-325-9604 for more information.

Thanks to so many generous donors, we exceeded our targets for 2018! We received over $20,000 for our General Fund, and over $20,000 for our Membership Partners Program Fund. Your donations make a big difference in helping us build a sustainable community and include more of those in our community living on limited incomes.

We Deeply Appreciate This Year’s Donors
to Our General Fund


Provider of professional Home Care services since 2003.
Also providing Home Care training to family caregivers.


Rip City Riders presenting their $1000 donation to grateful Village volunteers.

Rip City Riders
Summit State Bank
Steve & Carolyn Gavriloff, Westgate Real Estate
Jeff Lyons, Adobe Creek Funeral Home
Vince Giovacchini, Giocacchini Construction
Jeff Morgan, the Spanos Corporation
In memory of Alex & Faye Spanos
Rev. Daniel Green, St. John’s Episcopal Church
Dr. Myrtle Heery, International Institute for Humanistic Studies


$500 to $3000
Wayne & Robin Guptill
Sid & Gerry Lipton
Pat Martin
Sue Miller

$100 to $499
Meredith Cahn & Samuel Doctors
Margaret Kullberg, in memory of Dick Wilcox
Kathy Lawrence & Rod Fraser
Robert Leichtner, in honor of Ruby Palmer
Leslie Quadres, in memory of Harold Quadres
Cynthia Rathkey
Mike & Sue Riley
George Young & Kelly Corbett

Up to $100
Bridie Acton
Richard Allen
Joanne Martin Braun
Lyndi Brown & Anthony Tusler, in honor of Anne & Paul Greenblatt
Dennis & Carolyn Buss
Helene des Rosiers, in memory of her father Jean-Paul
Marilyn Gambonini
Tina Hittenberger
Freeman Humphrey
Kathleen Kestelyn
Lynn Knudson
Nancy Jean Kull
Harvey & Darcy Levy
Kit Lofroos
John Mazzella
Maryann McCourt
Robert & Nancy McFarland
Paul Mihaly
David & Cheryl Perry
Starr Rohrman
Shadi Shamsavari
Pamela Torliatt
Donna von Edelkrantz

We Deeply Appreciate This Year’s Donors to Our Membership Partners Program Fund
- for Subsidized Members Living on Limited Incomes –


Melissa Becker presenting generous donation of $9,300 from Fabulous Women to delighted Village member Lyndi Brown - to support subsidized Village memberships.

Bryant Monihan presenting generous Kiwanis donation
of $1080 to grateful Village volunteer Lyndi Brown.

Kiwanis Club of Petaluma

Summit State Bank

Maria do Ceu, Out West Garage
William McDevitt, Jr., McDevitt Construction Co.
Rotary Club of Petaluma Foundation
Rabbi Ted Feldman, B’nai Israel Jewish Center
Rev. Michael Culligan, St. James Church


$500 - $1000
Patricia Arfsten
Stacy Banas, in gratitude for Village member/volunteer Joellen Aymond
George & Ellen Beeler
Becky Devine
Liz Warren

$100 - $499
J.E. Bukszar
Colleen Campbell
Mel & Ann Fox
Paul & Sherry Eklof
Terri Johnson
Scotti Kluess
Diane Judd & Ronald Krempetz
Len Nelson
Alice Rebizzo

Up to $100
Diane & John Benjamin
James & Harriet Coyne
Earl & Micky Dolcini
Sue Firkus
John Haugen & Lorraine Graves
Harvey & Darcy Levy
Tiaga Liner
Beverly Miller
Regina Reilly
Vreni Schnirman

Our Social and Associate Members are Donors to the Village Network
(All but $50/year of their membership fee is a charitable contribution)

Avra Alexiedes
Steve Ayala
George & Ellen Beeler
Vina Breyfogle
Lyndi Brown
Laura Burns
Lita Clear-Sky
Paul & Sherry Ekloff
Rolbert Gallup
Martha Helland
Lorraine Graves & John Haugen
Anne & Paul Greenblatt
Camille Jordan
Darcy Levy
Suzanne Miller
Teresa Nelson
Lona Poehlmann
Paul & Judy Praetzel
Regina Prince
Regina Reilly
Barbara Stagg
Bob Stires & Gaye Kelly
William Luther
Gail Wilson

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 live active, independent,
and connected lives in our own homes and apartments as we age.

955 Petaluma Blvd. South - -707-776-6055