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Programs and Special Interest Groups for October
 
To join us for any of the online programs listed below, please RSVP by calling the office at 707-776-6055 or emailing us at info@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.org.  We will then send you the online link for that class and details for how to get in. If you are a member needing Tech Help you can make a request and one of our Tech volunteers will call you.  Programs on Zoom can be joined by phone for those without computers.

Get to Know the Village Information Meeting                                                                   Thursday, October 8, 11a.m. – 12 pm.

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 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. When the shelter-in-place order has lifted, we hope to gradually begin offering in-person programs, driving, and in-person friendly visits, computer help, and minor home repairs again.
 
This is an online or phone meeting for potential members (ages 50+), their adult children, and those interested in volunteering. To receive the Zoom link, please RSVP to the Village office at 707-776-6055 or email info@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.org. Those with no computer can participate in the meeting by phone.

Connecting from the Heart:  Communicating with Loved Ones with Cognitive Impairment
Monday, October 12, 1 2 pm. 
Gabriella Ambrosi, CEO of Sequoia Senior Solutions, Kelly Sturgeon, co-owner of Creekside Cottages in Petaluma,  and Marcy Baskin, Eldercare Manager and Family Coach, will share their extensive experience and respond to questions in this program designed especially for caregivers and friends/family members seeking to have meaningful connections with their loved ones in person, by phone, or online. Free and open to the public. Please RSVP by calling the office at 707-776-6055 or emailing us at info@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.org

Learn to Use Free Library Electronic Resources
Thursday, October 15, 3:30 – 5 pm.
The Petaluma Regional Library may be closed but you can still access its books, magazines, newspapers, and films for free – all from home using a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone, or tablet. Librarian Kerrie Gavgavian will explain the rules for curbside pickup and returns, and show us how to use the Library’s electronic resources. You must be able to join this Zoom meeting by video. RSVP by October 8 info@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.org or 707-776-6055 to receive the Zoom link. Open to Village members and volunteers, and limited to 20 participants.

If there is more interest, Kerrie will be pleased to repeat the program in December.
 
Around Town

Conversations with Women Leaders in Our Community
Tuesday, October 6, 5:30 pm.
Petaluma Woman’s Club continues its free online Speaker Series featuring Conversations with Women Leaders in our Community.October’s conversation will be with the co-founders of Cowgirl Creamery, Sue Conley and Peggy Smith. To register and receive the Zoom info, visit https://www.petalumawomansclub.com/pwcs-speaker-series/.

Medicare Changes and Choices
Thursday, October 15 through Monday, December 7, Mondays at 10:30 am,                        and Thursdays at 3 pm.
Get your Medicare questions answered by a state-certified counselor trained to provide free, up-to-date, and unbiased information. Offered throughout Medicare’s annual enrollment period, this online seminar will cover options for original Medicare, Advantage Plans, and Part D Plans taking effect in January 2021. To reserve a space on the date of your choice and receive the link to access this presentation, visit the Senior Advocacy Services website at https://senioradvocacyservices.org/event-calendar-public/.  Free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the HICAP office at 707-526-4108, and ask to speak with a HICAP counselor.

Petaluma Regional Library's Community Coffee
Friday, October 30, 11 am.
This virtual BYOC (bring your own coffee) event will be led by Joe Cochrane, the Branch Manager of the Petaluma Regional Library. It is meant to create a safe place to interact with staff, meet community members, and talk about Library news and resources. Click on this link to register for the event: https://events.sonomalibrary.org/event/4595731 Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email, and a second email on the day of the event with the Zoom link and information.
 
New Interest Group

Mindfulness-Based Meditation Group
Consecutive Saturdays, October 17 through December 19, 10 – 11:30 am.
Our goal is to foster compassion, equanimity, gratitude, and non-judgmental awareness through guided meditation and shared insights. This 10-week series is limited to 10 participants and is open to Village members and volunteers.

Facilitator Freeman Humphrey is a retired psychiatric social worker who has led mindfulness-based guided meditation groups for over twelve years.
 
 Online Workshops, Classes, and Interest Groups

Gentle Chair Yoga  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. 
 
 
Qigong Online
Teja Bell, Zen Master and committed practitioner of Qigong, offers a 12-minute guided Qigong practice at https://vimeo.com/qigongdharma

Men's Discussion Group
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
Tuesday, September 29, October 13 and 27, 12 noon – 1 pm.       (Meets on alternate Tuesdays.)
Let us know if you want to join this group interested in gardening and many other topics.

Retired Nurses Group
Wednesday, October 7, 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
Friday, October 9 and 23, 11 a.m. – 12 noon.
We meet on the 2nd and 4th Fridays, watch a TED Talk, and discuss it. The subject is announced a week ahead of time. To receive the Zoom info to attend online or by phone, RSVP toinfo@VillageNetworkofPetaluma.org or 707-776-6055.
 
Village Social Hour
Friday, October 16, 4 – 5 pm.
This has been a success, so 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.
 
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.”