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Online & In-Person Programs and Special
Interest Groups
 
We are responding to the pandemic by creating new ways for members and volunteers to connect with each other, build new friendships, and offer mutual support as we navigate opportunities and realities during the pandemic.

Village membership now offers many online wellness programs, interest groups, educational and social events, as well as volunteer services including grocery shopping, prescription pickups, phone friends, computer help, and personalized referrals to community resources. We are gradually beginning to offer some in-person programs, driving, friendly visits, computer help, and minor home repairs again.
 
See our Village Event Calendar to view all of our current offerings. Register for events online, call the office at 707-776-6055, or email us at infoVillageNetworkofPetaluma.org. If you are a member needing Tech Help you can make a request and one of our Tech volunteers will call to assist you. Most programs on Zoom can be joined by phone for those without computers.
 
"Get to Know the Village" Information Meetings - on Zoom
Third Thursday of every month, 10 - 11:00 am.
This is an online or phone meeting for potential members (ages 50+), their adult children, and those interested in volunteering. Those with no computer can participate in the meeting by phone.
 
 
Workshops, Classes, and Interest Groups
 
Gentle Chair Yoga – on Zoom
Stay Well During Stressful Times!
Mondays and Thursdays, 11 am – 12 noon.
We practice yoga asanas, Eden Energy exercises, breath work, and meditation to improve strength, flexibility, and inner calm. Beginners welcome. The class is currently conducted over Zoom, and you will have the option to be seen or only heard, if you choose. Donations by non-members welcome. 

Pat Martin, CMT, EEM-CP, CYT, is a State Certified Massage Therapist, Eden Energy Medicine Certified Practitioner, and Certified Yoga Teacher.

The Joy of Writing Group - on Zoom
Tuesdays, 10 - 11:00 am.
We write for fun, in fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, etc. We write original stories in a noncritical environment. Come have fun with us, whether you are a veteran writer or a nervous beginner. All are welcome. Members free, non-members $5 donation.

Men's Discussion Group - on Zoom
Alternate Tuesdays, 11 am.
We get together with other men via Zoom to discuss our lives in a spirit of fellowship. The group is limited to eight Village members and volunteers, and is not currently open. Let us know if you want to be on the wait list.

The Village Garden and Chat Group
Alternate Tuesdays, 12 noon – 1:00 pm.   
Let us know if you want to join this group interested in gardening and many other topics.

Retired Nurses Group
First Wednesday of the month, 10:15 – 11:45 am.
We will discuss our nursing practices, education, and favorite stories, among other things – and get to know one another.
 
TED Talks Discussion Group - on Zoom
Second & Fourth Fridays of the month, 11 a.m. – 12 noon.
We watch a TED Talk, and then discuss it. The subjects are announced a week ahead of time. You may attend online or by phone. 
 
Village Social Hour - on Zoom
Third Friday of the month, 4 – 5 pm.
Mark your calendars for this fun way to relax and enjoy each other’s company at the end of the week. Grab your favorite beverage and join us as we explore new interests and moments of fun and inspiration we've found. Members and volunteers are welcome. Hosted by Paul and Anne Greenblatt.
 
Bocce Ball
First & Third Wednesdays of the month, 7 – 8:00 pm. at Leghorn Park
We have a lot of fun. It takes only about five minutes to learn this simple game, but it takes a lifetime to master. We pretend to be competitive, but really we just socialize and have fun. Please bring a mask and gloves. Rain cancels! If you are interested in coming, please RSVP by email to George Beeler at agbcomm@sonic.net by Wednesday 12 noon. We now wear masks, gloves, and stay 6+ feet apart.
 
Qigong - on Zoom
Teja Bell, Zen Master and committed practitioner of Qigong, offers a 12-minute guided Qigong practice at https://vimeo.com/qigongdharma
 
Shopping Online provides individual consulting for members on how to use Instacart and other delivery options.
 
Staying Connected with Zoom provides individual consulting for members on how to participate in programs via Zoom.
 
If you would like to learn more, please contact us at 707-776-6055 or info@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.org
                 
“Before I joined, I was very isolated.  Now I get out much more, go to gentle yoga, to the Village potlucks, things like that. And I’ve made several new friends.”