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Dear Friends,

We hope you will begin this year's charitable season by supporting Marin Villages and our mission to keep older adults active, connected, and independent in their own homes and communities. 

Recently, we received a $10,000 Matching Grant from the Gruber Family Foundation to assist with this year's annual fundraising efforts.  That means that every donation, big or small, helps us get a little closer!!  Please helps us match their generous contribution:  CLICK HERE TO DONATE!

Or send your contribution to Marin Villages, 4340 Redwood Hwy, Suite F-142.  San Rafael, CA 94903.

Your partnership makes the Village movement a sustainable reality.  Thank you for your continued support.  YOU are the lifeblood of our organization!

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Twin Cities Village is one year old!

It was just one year ago that a gaggle of Twin City residents gathered at Corte Madera's Town Hall to kick-off the beginning of Twin Cities Village. We are a part of a nationwide movement addressing one of the primary concerns of seniors today – how to remain in one’s home while maintaining an active, healthy and independent life.

 

Larkspur and Corte Madera have more than 4,500 residents who are at least 65 years of age, so we are aging in our community -- our goal is to make sure the quality of that aging is interesting, safe and healthy. We are fortunate that the town councils of both cities are committed to creating the conditions to make that a reality.

 

It really does take a village to build a community that nurtures young people, embraces older people and brings together everyone in between.

In our first year, we’ve created new programs and activities that have helped people meet their life challenges but also discover the benefits of being older. To that end:

  • We cohost a very popular monthly Third Wednesday Speaker Series. The most recent topic: “Take Control of Those Files, Closets, Piles and Drawers” drew more than 50 residents.
  • We’ve established a series of social events that include: a monthly coffee hour at Il Fornaio; cocktail parties at the Left Bank Brasserie; regular Bocce Ball.
  • Merged with Mill Valley Village’s men's group

 

Our volunteers are not only essential, they are the heart of our organization. In the past year they have:

  • Regularly contacted members for companionship and “check-ins”;
  • Solved countless computer, iPhone and iPad problems;
  • Provided many neighborly rides to medical and dental appointments along with shopping and errands;
  • Walked dogs, moved furniture, hung pictures, fixed blinds, replaced batteries in smoke alarms, changed light bulbs, assessed and eliminated trip and fall hazards.

We are happy with our progress but Twin Cities Village needs to keep growing – more members, more volunteers, more community support and participation.  Neighborly care and connectedness is the “secret sauce” that will make this community a Village. 

 

What’s Happening in Twin Cities 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.

 

Village Men’s Group

Wednesday, November 1 and 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.

 

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 with 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.

 

Third Wednesday Speaker’s Series - 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 wellbeing.    

 

Coffee at Il Fornaio – Third Thursdays

Thursday, November 16, 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.

 

Twin Cities Village Steering committee meeting 

Wednesday, November 27, 10:30 – 12:00 p.m.

Central Marin Police Authority, 250 Doherty Dr., Larkspur

Are you interested in meeting new people?  Do you like to organize programs and events? We’d love to have you on our steering committee.  Come by and see what we’re planning.


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.

Around the Villages – Join us!

 

Twin Cities Village Members, Volunteers and Guests are invited to the following parties with Ross Valley Village:

 

Ross Valley Thanksgiving Tea

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

Where: St. John’s Fireside Room, 14 Lagunitas 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!

Ross Valley Village Holiday Party

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

Where: St. John’s Fireside Room, 14 Lagunitas 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.

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND TOWN

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. Due to holidays: 3rd Friday in November December --no meeting.

Forum returns in January!  Facilitator: Jody Timms

Seasonal Changes

 

The last quarter of the year is firmly upon us, and with it come changing seasons and the Holidays. Leaves need to be cleared from gutters and the yard, windows may need sealing and don’t forget that the furnace filter may be dirty. Our volunteers are eager to help. If you need assistance with decorations, give us a call. The Holidays can also be a lonely time. If you want someone to hang around with, just give us a call. Don’t be shy about letting us know of your needs.  Call the office at 415-457-4633! 

 

Warmly,

Anne Knuut

TWCV Steering Committee

 

Flu Season -- Time for Flu Vaccine 

We are now officially in the flu season and it is time to get your flu shot.

Marin’s Department of Health and Human Services recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine.  Vaccination protects your health, and the health of your family and our community.

 

Contact your primary care doctor or medical home to arrange to discuss any concerns and to receive your flu vaccine. Many sites throughout Marin provide easy access — Kaiser, pharmacies, health care providers.

 

Interest Groups!

 

Twin Cities Village members have expressed interest in the following activities.  If you are interested in starting/leading one of these groups, please let us know by contacting Larry Meredith at larrywmeredith@gmail.com

 

  • Lead a book club
  • Lead a mahjong group
  • Lead a workshop on how to digitally store photographs
  • Lead a knitting group
  • Lead a monthly lunch group
  • Any weekend activities as this is the loneliest time of year for many older adults.