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We encourage members and volunteers to bring guests to Novato Village events and activities -- help spread the word and grow our Village!  If you need a ride to an event, please call Marin Village at 415-457-4633 about four days in advance of the event.  Also, check out to view the wide variety of Village activities throughout Marin that are available to you as Village members and/or volunteers.

May 2017

Tuesday, May 9                                            2:30 p.m – 4:00

Book Lovers Club


Thursday, May 11                                        11:00 a.m.

Rush Creek Walk


Thursday, May 11                                        1:30 p.m. - 3:30

Let's Play Boggle!


Wednesday, May 17                                     2 p.m. – 4:00

Great Books Club


Wednesday, May 24                                     Noon

Monthly luncheon 


Coming Soon…. Novato Fire District Public Information Officer Sandy Wargo will meet with us at NovaRo III to discuss “Preventing Falls.”  Date of this event will be announced soon.


Members:  If you need a ride to an event, please call Marin Villages at 415-457-4633 about four days in advance.



When:  Tuesday, May 9, 2017     2:30-4pm

Where:  Rustic Bakery, 1407 Grant Ave., Novato

Book to be discussed: The Indian Bride by Karen Fossum



When:  Thursday, May 11, 2017         11:00 a.m. – noon

Where:  Rush Creek

Directions:  101 N to Atherton exit, right turn at stoplight, immediate left into commuter parking area and to trailhead.
One hour, with possibility to choose longer walk.  Rain cancels.  Info is available from Ginni Saunders



When:  Thursday, May 11, 2017   1:30-3:30 p.m.

Where:  Roberta Dixon’s home. For directions, contact Roberta at

Here's another Novato Village group that really knows how to have fun!  Boggle is a game played using a plastic grid of lettered dice in which players attempt to find words in sequences of adjacent letters. Be prepared to boggle your mind and have a blast!



When:  Wednesday, May 17, 2017   2-4pm

Where:  Ginni Saunders’ home (contact Ginni at for directions)

This month’s readings (from The Seven Deadly Sins Anthology available from Amazon) are two stories from the ‘Sloth’ section: The House With the Mezzanine by Anton Chekhov and Shiloh by Bobbie Ann Mason.  If you have questions, contact Paula Weinberger 415-382-1660 or Ginni 415-408-3612.



When: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at noon

Where:  Sushi Tri, 333 Enfrente Road., Novato

Novato Village members Nancy Fisher and Joanne Keenan visited Sushi Tri recently. They enjoyed the Warrior Sushi roll and Bento Box combo, with soup and salad. Sushi Tri offers delicious Sushi, Nigiri, Sashimi, Noodle bowls, Bento Box combos, Teriyaki and Tempura entrée plates and 5 delicious dessert choices...see you thereat noon on Wednesday, May 24!



  • SAVE THE DATE -- Thursday afternoon, August 24, 2017.  Thanks to members Roberta Dixon and Jim Duckworth, our Volunteer Appreciation event will be a Wine and Cheese Tasting party held on the grounds of their lovely home. Recently, Roberta told us:  We have asked our longtime friend Greg Berruto to lead our wine tasting event. Greg has been working in the wine industry in Sonoma for the past 15 years. He is a great wine educator, enjoys helping people learn about wines and is looking forward to making the party a fun experience for all our terrific volunteers.”


  • Novato Village needs a Volunteer Coordinator! If you’re interested in finding out more about what's involved, please contact Jean Gunn at  We hear it all the time from members --- our volunteers are amazing people --- and we want to keep that volunteer connection strong.




Though the following are not Marin Village sponsored events, they may be of interest to members and volunteers.



When: April 15 through May 20, 2017

Where:  Marin Museum of Contemporary Art,  500 Palm Dr., Novato

Cost: Free admission

Bay Area artists use books as an artistic medium in this annual event benefiting the Marin MOCA. Visitors can bid on their favorite one-of-a-kind book art in a silent auction that runs for the length of the exhibition. On May 20, the exhibition culminates in a live auction event. See website for details.


When:  May 24 and May 31 (Wednesdays) 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Where:  Margaret Todd Center, 1560 Hill Rd., Novato

Cost:  Free

Sponsored by the Independent Elders program, this is a special series of presentations to help advise and prepare older adults for healthy aging.   May 24:  “End of Life Planning”   May 31:  “When You Need More Assistance”


When:  Wednesday, May 3, 2017    2-4 p.m.

Where:  Margaret Todd Center, 1560 Hill Rd., Novato

Cost:  $8.00 per person

Grab your passports and your friends! Join us for an afternoon of sipping tea and enjoying delicious pastries served on fine china. Do you have china that you would love to put to use? Enter the table decorating contest and create a tablescape using your own china setting. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative tablescape! Ticket price is $8 per person or $30 to enter the table decorating contest which includes 4 tickets. Sign-ups are open now. For more information, please contact the Margaret Todd Center at415-899-8290.


WhenThursday, May 4, 2017      9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (Registration: 8:15 a.m -9:00 a.m.)

Where:  Embassy Suites Hotel, 101 McInnis Parkway, San Rafael

Cost:  $20 (includes lunch) 


Registration required:  Register at website by entering Event Brite Link – Annual Healthy Aging Symposium in your browser.  For  info about scholarships, call (415) 473-2980. Sponsored by the Commission on Aging, this annual event is always well attended by Marin’s older adults.  This year’s topic is “Intimacy for Healthy Living” and features keynote speaker Walter M.Bortz, M.D., Clincal Professor of Medicine, Stanford University.




WHENSaturday, May 13, 2017  7 a.m – 11:00 a.m.

WHERE:  Marin Center Fairgrounds

Sponsored by the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership, the Human Race is a great way to have fun and get some  exercise, while raising money for Marin Villages. Last year, with only four participants, Marin Villages earned $6,000. This year, we hope to triple that amount by encouraging  members from every village to signup to walk or run (dogs are welcome!) Remember, it's not about speed or winning…'s about supporting all the Marin Village walkers and runners with our donations. Go to the Marin Villages website to sign up and/or donate.




WHENWednesday, June 14, 2017     2:00 p.m.- 4:00

WHERE:  Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro Rd., San Rafael


While staying in our own homes is a desire many of us have, there may be a time when it is no longer ideal.  Learn about what living arrangements are available to us when we decide that independenceis no longer the best option. JohnMilfordwill discuss different housingchoicesincluding: equity (ownership); entry fee (non-equity); Villages and NORCS (naturally occurring retirement communities); affinity based housing; and rental (including independent, assisted living, and continuing care communities).  Free admission.


With over 34 years in the retirement living field, John has a deep expertise in the aging services industry and remains active as the principal of Heritage Consulting for Retirement Living.  (for more information see our calendar  This event is co-sponsored by Rhoda Goldman Plaza andSeniorsat Home. Reserve your place for this event by June 7 --- call 415-457-4633 or go to website: