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San Rafael Village

A Branch of Marin Villages

May 2017 News

Spring is here!  Time to get out, meet new friends and enjoy the beauty of Marin. Consider joining us at one of the many social events on the May calendar this month.

Information on San Rafael Village events for May


Tuesday, May 2                1:30PM          Theater/Discussion Group

Come join us for a discussion with an emphasis on theater.  We are also interested in attending theater as a group. Meet at Nancy Koors’ home, 38 Laconheath Ave., Novato. For more information and to RSVP: 415-884-9185


Wednesday, May 3          2:00 PM     First Wednesday Coffee

An afternoon gathering at the home of SRV member/volunteer Jane Solomons

691 Cedarberry Lane, San Rafael

Questions: Contact Joy Bloom at or 415-717-0173


Mondays, May 8, 15 ,22, 29     10 AM   Qi Gong Class

351 Paloma Ave, San Rafael

Long time Qi Gong teacher and SRV member Louisa Yee is teaching free weekly classes in her home.  Contact Louisa at or 415-295-7522


Monday, May 8                at approx. 4:00PM      Movie Group

We meet for late afternoon movie and dinner.  If interested, contact Joan Hartwell at or 415-479-9101


Wednesday, May 10                   1:00PM          Member/Volunteer Committee Meeting

Marin Villages office, 4340 Redwood Hwy, Suite F-142, San Rafael

Help us recruit new members and volunteers.   Contact Jane Solomons at 415-492-8041 or cartersolo@comcast.netfor more information.


Friday, May 12    1:30PM                 Program Committee Meeting

Marin Villages office, 4340 Redwood Hwy, Suite F-142, San Rafael

We’d love your input.  Contact: Carole Sherick at or 415-479-0930


Tuesday, May 16              2:30PM              Scrabble Group

Rotary Valley Senior Village Clubhouse, 10 Jeanette Prandi Way, San Rafael.

This is a non-competitive group aiming to have a good time.  Questions: Sharon Greer at or 415-479-2088


Friday, May 19      1:30PM                     Steering Committee Meeting

Marin Villages Office, 4340 Redwood Hwy., Suite F-142, San Rafael

Contact Sparkie Spaeth at 415-250-3172 or


Friday, May 19      2:00PM              Memoir Writing Group

Susan Mines facilitates our Memoir writing group.  Contact Susan at or 415-479-0351 for information.


Tuesday, May 23              11:30AM        Lunch out at Panama Hotel

4 Bayview Street, San Rafael.  This charming restaurant, housed in an inn dating back to 1906, offers food influenced by Latin America, the Mediterranean and the California wine country. Menus are prepared with the finest organic products from the Bay Area. Bring cash! This restaurant will not do individual credit card checks.   To reserve:  call Kat Braeman at 415-492-2647 or email by Monday, May 16th.


Wednesday, May 24       3:00PM         Book Chat Group

For location, to RSVP and for more information, contact Barbara Rozen at or 415-472-6610. Newcomers welcome.  Participants describe a book they’ve read recently or in the past, or just listen.


Let’s Go…

We know that many of our members and volunteers enjoy attending music performances, theater, lectures, etc.  If someone suggests, Let’s Go… San Rafael Village now offers a way for this to happen.

We have begun a list of SRV members and volunteers interested in attending events in our

community. When you add your name to the list, and note your particular interests, it is shared with all the others on the list. Then, when you come across an event, such as a concert that you would like to attend, you can contact those on the list with similar interests. The arrangements are made between the individuals.

An example of how this works is as follows: SRV member Carole Sherick read about an event sponsored by Homestead Valley Village. It was a musical presentation about Beethoven. Carole was interested and sent an email to three SRV members she thought would enjoy it. This resulted in four villagers spending a delightful afternoon and early evening together at an event they might not have known about or chosen not to go alone.


If you’d like to be included on the Let’s Go list, or have any questions, contact Carole Sherick or 415-479-0930.


Coming in June – Residential Options for Seniors, Retirement Living Workshop

Wednesday, June 14, 2:00 -4:00PM at the Jewish Community Center. 


The mission of Marin Villages is to help older adults remain independent in their own homes and communities. At some time, however, living at home may no longer be desirable for you or a family member.  Join us to learn about the variety of options outside your home for retirement living. The speaker, John Milford, has 34 years of experience in the retirement living field.


First Wednesday Coffees

Since its beginning, San Rafael Village has had a monthly coffee. It started out in the morning and has now switched to the afternoons. We are meeting in members or volunteers homes, which is very popular.  The coffees offer an opportunity to connect with Village friends and neighbors, get to know each other better and hear a bit about what’s going on in the SRV. Or just chat…


Everyone has enjoyed meeting in villagers’ homes, but it sometimes isn’t easy to find a location.

If you think there is a possibility that you could host a coffee, please contact Joy Bloom at She can explain how EASY it is.  We have put together a box of “coffee hosting” supplies, so all you need to do is supply your house!

If you are not able to offer your home, consider bringing a treat to share at the coffee.