Welcome to Ross Valley Village

The fire storms in the North Bay this past month really drove home the importance of family, friends and one’s community.  It was heartbreaking to see just how quickly life can change.  Many of us have friends that lost homes and are now rebuilding – and we appreciate what a daunting task that will be.   


As we approach the holiday seasons, we would like to invite and encourage all our members and volunteers to join us at our Thanksgiving Tea and Holiday Party – to enjoy each other’s company and give thanks for the friends we have made through our Village efforts.   The details are in the newsletter below – we hope to see you!


Your steering committee – 

Katie Erickson, Kay Gillis, Carolyn Jones, Suellen Lamorte, Anne Ramsay, Dianne Sheridan, Teresa Sousa, and Loulie Sutro.  


Happy Birthday wishes to Joan Holmes who celebrated her 90th birthday in September.   Joan joined Ross Valley Village almost at its inception in June 2012.   Here’s to a healthy, fun entrée into “the 90’s”! 


What’s Happening in Ross Valley Village

If you would like to participate in any of the activities below and need transportation, please call the office at 415-457-4633 to arrange a ride.  Please note: our monthly luncheon is the second Thursday of the month.


Ross Valley Steering Committee Meeting

Thursday, November 9,  10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Where: Suellen Lamorte's Home - San Anselmo

The Ross Valley Steering Committee will meet at Loulie’s home to discuss and plan activities for 2018.   If you are interested in helping with program planning, membership and/or volunteer management or just want to add some ideas to help make Ross Valley Village even better, please know you are welcome to join us.   For directions, please call the office at 415-457-4633.


Village Men’s Group

Wednesday, November 1 & 15, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Sweetwater Music Café, Mill Valley

We are joining the Mill Valley Village’s Men's Group and encourage you, whether a volunteer or a member, to come join us.  It is an informal gathering with no particular agenda beyond the company of friends.  Contact Marcus Byruck (617-763-1697 or marcusbyruck@gmail.com) or David Cardenas (transitionssupport@gmail.com) to get more info.

Coffee at Il Fornaio – Third Thursdays

Thursday, November 15, 10:00 a.m.   

Where: Il Fornaio, 223 Corte Madera Town Center

Just show up and have a cup of coffee, pastry and conversation.  Our coffee group meets at Il Fornaio, a lovely setting where there is plenty of parking, good coffee and, if we have enough people, our own dedicated table in the front of the restaurant.


Ross Valley Thanksgiving Tea

Monday, November 20, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where: St. John’s Fireside Room, 14 Lagunas Rd, Ross

Join us for a fall tea to recognize and give thanks to all our amazing volunteers and member in Ross Valley Village.  Please bring a friend to celebrate and give thanks!    It would be great if you could rsvp with the office, so we can plan on refreshments – 415-457-4633.


Ross Valley Village Holiday Party

Monday, December 11, 11:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Where: St. John’s Fireside Room, 14 Lagunas Rd, Ross

Come one come all for the annual Ross Valley Village Holiday Party!  We will toast our volunteers, celebrate our members, and enjoy the holiday season together in the cozy fireside room at St. John’s Church in Ross.  We may have surprise entertainment!

Please rsvp to the office by December 6th – 415-457-4633


There will be no Third Monday programs in January and February at St. John’s due to Martin Luther King and Presidents’ Day holidays.




Chair Yoga

Wednesday, November 15, 1:00 p.m.

Where: Central Marin Police Community Room, 250 Doherty Dr, Larkspur

Curious about yoga, but not interested in getting up and down off the floor?  This is an introductory class on chair yoga, designed for those who have difficulty maneuvering into traditional yoga positions.  We will use standing and seated movements and stretching techniques that increase range of motion, improve posture, restore flexibility and increase breathing capacity.  Morgan Scott, PhD presents, bringing over 20 years of training and practice in mind-body self-regulation techniques that promote self-healing and well-being.    


Age-friendly Fairfax – 3rd Friday Speakers Series

November 17: “Housing Opportunities in Fairfax--Are There Any?”

Time: 11:15am to 12:15pm   (4th Friday)

Location: Women’s Club, 46 Park Road --- FREE

Whether you are a homeowner or a renter, low income or high, come learn about shared housing,

junior second and accessory dwelling units; subsidized housing (Bennett House and Victory Village); local apartment complexes, etc.

Save the Date:


Welcome to Watercolor

Thursday, January 18, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   

Where:  Larkspur Recreation Building, 240 Doherty Drive, Larkspur

Start the New Year with a new skill!  Join us exploring the medium of watercolor painting.  All skill levels are welcome to join the class.  For more information, contact Lisa Guthrie at 415-461-1419 or lisaguth1@comcast.net


Foreign Language Skills

A Twin Cities Village member, Inna Mink, would like to setup a group for persons who would be interested in practicing their language skills in either Russian, German, and/or French at her home every other week or once a month.  Inna can be reached at 415-891-8447.





Do You Need help Pulling You Financial Life Together?

Saturday, November 4, 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where: Marin Center Exhibit Hall (Manzanita Hall)

Mark your calendars for the second annual Marin Financial Planning Day.  This highly regarded event includes free 30 minute financial planning consultation wit a Certified Financial Planner volunteer, plus a number of seminars and other services.  There are no strings attached; vetted volunteers are available to help you answer questions on all aspects of financial planning on a first come first served basis.



The Ross Valley Village Steering Committee Meeting will meet on Thursday, October 12 at 10 a.m., if you are interested in organizing our programs, producing the monthly newsletter, or a trying new idea, we welcome you!   Please call the office at 415-457-4633 for directions.