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NOVATO VILLAGE - October 2017

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.




This year's winner of the “Spirit of Marin Villages” award for the volunteer who goes above and beyond is Novato Village's own Marge Jackson. Marge received the prestigiousNancy Forster Spirit of Marin Villages Awardat the annual Marin Villages Volunteer Recognition eventon September 24, 2017 at Jason's Restaurant in Greenbrae. Marge Jackson is a boundless bundle of positive energy.


In addition to being a regular provider of rides to our members, she is a very active member of the Novato Village Steering Committee. She is a member of the Novato Membership Committee and visits all new members to present them with their green bag of goodies and gets to know each on an individual basis. She knows all our members names and birthdays. Whether it be a village coffee or other member activity, you can always find Marge working on some task or another. She is a perpetual motion machine.

When Marge is not helping out at Novato Village, she is busy helping other seniors through volunteer work at the Margaret Todd Senior Center, or helping out at her church. She is truly a very special human being, and we are fortunate to have her in our midst.

--- Frank Keenan


Note:  To say Marge was anything but surprised to hear her name announced as the Nancy Forster Spirit of Marin Villages awardee is an understatement.    After the initial shock wore off, Marge was near “speechless” as she graciously accepted the award.  


Congratulations, Marge!!


         This Month’s Calendar of Activities

Thursday, October 5                                         1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Let’s Play Boggle!

Thursday, October 5                                         2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Great Books Club

Tuesday, October 10                                         2:30  – 4:00 p.m.

Book Lovers’ Club

Wednesday, October 11                                   10:30 a.m – noon

Monthly Coffee

Wednesday, October 18                                   4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Happy Hour at Rickey’s

Friday, October 20                                                8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 21                                           8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Novato Village Garage Sale     

Monday, October 23                                           2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Apple Party

Wednesday, October 25                                     Noon

Monthly luncheon

Thursday, October 26                                         1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Learn to Play Bocce Ball


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




When:  Thursday, October 5, 2017   1:30-3:30 p.m.

Where:  Linda Henderson’s home   

Contact Linda for address at  or 415-382-8910

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:   Thursday, October 5, 2017   2-4pm

Where:  Joan Raab’s home  Contact Joan at 415-686-8297 for address & directions.

This month we’ll discuss two short stories from the “Envy” section of the Even Deadlier Anthology - Krakatau by Jim Shepard and Weekend by Fay Weldon.  Questions? 

Contact Paula Weinberger 415-382-1660



When:  Tuesday, October 10, 2017      2:30-4pm

Where:  La Piñata Restaurant, 970 Seventh St., Novato (near Goodwill & the DMV)

Book to be discussed:  The Mambo Kings Sing Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos


Join us for our bookdiscussion in this Latin-themed location…it should be fun! During our meeting we’ll select a few books we'd like to read in the coming year.  Please bring the titles of two books that interest you to present to the group for consideration.  Each member will also choose a month to host (meeting place is the host's choice.)


MONTHLY COFFEE (2nd Wednesday of every month) 

When:  Wednesday, October 11, 2017     10: 30am - noon

Where:  Nova-Ro III Community Room, 31 Pinheiro Circle, Novato

Directions: 101 north San Marin exit, left  San Marin Dr., left Redwood, right Pinheiro Circle

Parking:  Street parking is available on Pinheiro Circle past the Club House and also on Redwood Blvd. (Please be careful not to park in designated resident spaces. Thanks!)


Now that the SMART train is rolling, we’ve invited a representative from Marin Transit to join us for coffee and goodies.  We’ll learn about SMART discount senior fares, how/where to purchase the Clipper card (which can be used to access transportation systems throughout Marin), as well as other transportation options. Hope to see you there!  Feel free to bring your friends and neighbors.  Questions?  BethLivoti  (415) 892-1043




When:  Wednesday, October 18, 2017  4-6pm

Where:  Rickey’s at Inn Marin, 250 Entrada Dr., Novato

Join the fun in this relaxing venue featuring great spirits and yummy food at reasonable prices.  It’s an enjoyable way for Novato Village members and volunteers to get together.



When:  Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21, 2017    8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where:  Beth Livoti’s home, 140 Garner COURT, Novato

Please drop by to score new treasures while supporting our Village!  There’s still time if you have items to donate.  We’ll pick up donations until October 16, or you can drop them off by contacting Beth Livoti at 415-892-1043.  Sorry, we’re unable to accept encyclopedia sets, exercise equipment, old TV’s, printers, fax machines.  Check out the article below about Beth and her extensive experience with garage sales!


When:  Monday, October 23, 2017     2–4 p.m.

Where:  Ginni Saunders’ home  (Contact Ginni for address:

Need help with your Apple device (iPad, iPhone, MacPro, etc.?) Trish King, former Director of Behavioral Training at the Marin Humane Society, will assistfourNovato Villagers one-on-one with their Apple devices at a house party.  Contact Ginni Saunders to sign up and obtain address.


When: Wednesday, October 25, 2017    Noon

Where:  Wild Fox Restaurant225 Alameda del Prado, Novato


At Wild Fox, you can expect a delicious, large salad or hearty sandwich with soup, salad, or hand-cut French fries plus a beverage for around $15-$18. The lunch menu also offers “share plates” (many items are priced around $10), rice and noodle bowls (served in abundantly large tureens) and delectable desserts, big enough to share. A quote from the chef: "We take great pride in the fact that we make everything from scratch, including all stocks, sauces, soups, salad dressings, bread and butter pickles and ice creams." Check out the lunch menu by clicking this link  Hope to see you there!




When:  Thursday, October 26, 2017   1:00-3:00 p.m.

Where:  Roberta Dixon’s home (For address, contact Roberta at

Interested in learning to play Bocce Ball?  Well, you’re in luck!  Novato Village volunteer Delore Venstrahas offered to teach us the game. All you need is a hat, sweater, sun block and lots of  enthusiasm.  (Weather permitting, of course.)

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Thank you to Carole Bennett for documenting the fabulous wine tasting event hosted by Roberta Dixon in August to show appreciation to our wonderful volunteers.  Check out these slides:


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Save the date:  Novato Village Holiday Luncheon ~ Wednesday, December 13, 2017