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NOVATO VILLAGE - November 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.


Thursday, December 7                                     2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Great Books Club


Monday, December 11                                      2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Apple workshop


Tuesday, December 12                                     2:30  – 4:00 p.m.

Book Lovers’ Club


Wednesday, December 13                               Noon

Holiday luncheon


Thursday, December 14                                   1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Let’s Play Boggle!


Wednesday, December 20                             4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Happy Hour at Rickey’s


Note:  Due to our Holiday Luncheon on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, this month’s Coffee will not be held.  Our next coffee will be Wednesday, January 10, 2018, and we’ll have a speaker from Travel Navigators (Marin Access.) This will be a good opportunity to find out how to access Marin transportation options via smart phone.


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


When:   Thursday, December 7, 2017   2-4pm

Where:  Ginni Saunders’s home.  Contact Ginni at (415) 408-3612 for address & directions.


We’ll discuss two short stories (average length: 10 pages each) from the Even Deadlier Sampler published bythe Great Books Foundation.  This month's stories (under “Sloth”) are Babylon Revisited by F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Custard Heart by Dorothy Parker. Questions?  Contact Ginni Saunders   (415) 408-3612



When:  Monday, December 11, 2017     2–4 p.m.

Where:  Ginni Saunders’ home.  Contact Ginni to sign up and obtain 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 (please bring your specific issues/problems.)



When:  Tuesday, December 12, 2017      2:30-4pm

Where:  Rustic Bakery, 1407 Grant Ave., Novato

Book to be discussed:  Enchanted April



When:  Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at noon 

Where:  Rickey’s at InnMarin, 250 Entrada Drive, Novato

Cost:  $25

Menu:   Entree Choices:Shrimp Louie Salad or Beef Ravioli

Variety of White and Red Wines, Butternut Squash Soup

Cornbread with Butter, Dessert and Coffee


Reservations: Mail your $25 check (payable to “Rickey’s”) indicating your entree choice (Shrimp Louis or Beef Ravioli) by December 5, 2017 to Marge Jackson, 43 Mendocino Lane, Novato, CA 94947.



When:  Thursday, December 14, 2017   1:30-3:30 p.m.

Where:  Roberta Dixon’s home.  Contact Roberta for her address:


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, December 20, 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.

Interested in having pot luck dinners in members’ homes?  Please contact Ginni Saunders at  for more information.

Consider Donating to Marin Villages

We hope youwillbegin this year’s charitable season by supporting Marin Villagesandour mission to keep older adults active, connected, and independent in their own homesand communities. We need your help to continue to make a difference for older adults here in Marin County.

We recently received a $10,000 Matching Grant fromtheGruberFamily Foundationto assist with this year’sannual fundraising efforts.  That means every donation, big or small, helps us get a little closer!!  Please help us match their generous contribution.  To donate online, please visit, or send your contribution to Marin Villages, 4340 Redwood Hwy, Suit F-142, San Rafael, CA 94903.



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


EVENT:  Senior Produce Market

WHEN:  Wed., December 6 & 20, 2017  10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (1st & 3rd Wed. every month)

WHERE:  Margaret Todd Senior Center, 1560 Hill Rd., Novato


Seasonal produce from local suppliers and growers (priced at or below wholesale cost) is offered twice each month.  Convenient per-item pricing saves money since you’re able to purchase only what you can use (e.g., one radish, one stalk of celery, ½ head of lettuce.)

Refreshments and surprises throughout the year.



EVENT:  Eating Healthy on a Budget

WHEN:  Wednesday, January 17, 2018    11 a.m. - noon

WHERE:  Margaret Todd Senior Center, 1560 Hill Rd., Novato

REGISTER:  415-899-8290


Come and learn some healthy food alternatives for seniors eating on a budget. Topics will include suggestions for nutritious meals and snacks to feed one or two people, as well as community resources for seniors to acquire healthy food at reasonable costs.                                                          


EVENT:  ‘Maximize Your Memory’ presented by Shannon Speaker, MSW, Alzheimer’s Assoc.

WHEN:  Wednesday, February 7, 2018    1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Margaret Todd Senior Center, 1560 Hill Rd., Novato

REGISTER:  415-899-8290


Worried about your memory? This informative and interactive program will focus on understanding the difference between normal memory loss and dementia, as well as strategies for improving memory. Shannon will discuss the latest approaches to Alzheimer’s prevention, diagnosis and treatment, as well as the importance of early detection.


EVENT:  Health Services Day

WHEN:  Wednesday, February 21, 2018   9:30 a.m. - noon

WHERE:  Margaret Todd Senior Center, 1560 Hill Rd., Novato


A number of Novato health care-related providers will offer a wide variety of services including:  acupuncture for seniors, blood pressure checks, cranial sacral work, dental evaluations, fall prevention tips, glucose testing, hearing screening, medication drop-off, skin cancer screening, thermometer exchange, trigger point massage, vision screening and walker/cane adjustments.



A special thank you to Novato Village’s own Maggie Saxon (pictured with Isaiah Schwerin) for designing and executing the Marin Villages’ booth at the Marin County Senior Fair.  We won FIRST PRIZE for best booth!!!!