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Sausalito Village is affiliated with Marin Village, a California nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization.  All Sausalito residents who pay the annual fee for membership in Marin Village automatically become members of Sausalito Village at no charge. Sausalito Village is dedicated to providing the practical means, social connections and resources that enable people to stay both independent and supported in their Sausalito homes as they grow older.



SAUSALITO VILLAGE

WEEKLY NEWS

February 2, 2012

 

Call Marin Village at 457-4633 if you need a volunteer, a referral to a service provider, help with signing on to the members only section of the Marin Village website, or have a

question.

 

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Sausalito Village Events

 

February Monthly Meet

Wednesday, February 22, 12-2 pm

at the Sausalito Womans Club

120 Central Ave.

Buck Institute Presentation

 

The Chief Administrative Officer of the Buck Institute, Mary McEachron, will speak on The Buck Institute-Who We Are, What We Do, Where We are Headed.”   The Buck Institute, right here in Marin County, is the nations first independent research facility focused solely on understanding the connection between aging and chronic disease.  Their mission is to increase the healthy years of life.

 

Mary McEachron was the Buck Institutes first employee, commencing on October 1, 1987, as its founding chief executive officer and general counsel.  Prior to that time, Mary practiced law at Orrick in San Francisco, where she was that firms first female litigation partner. 

While at Orrick, Mary successfully represented the executor of Mrs. Buck's estate as part of a multi-firm defense team representing various (and sometimes competing) interests during the Buck Trust litigation (a trial which became known as the "Superbowl of Probate").

Bring your own lunch.  Water and cookies will be provided. This event is open to the public.  You are encouraged to car pool as parking is limited.

Please note, this will be our monthly meet for February, so we will not be meeting on our normal second Wednesday of the month.

 

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Sausalito Village Coffee Hour

First and Third Thursdays of the Month

Next One: Thursday, February 16, 10-11 am

Café Divino- back room

37 Caledonia St.

 

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SV Trip to the De Young for the

" Masters of Venice"

Tuesday, Feb. 7th

Note change in bus pick-up and drop off!

Bus Leaves MLK parking lot at 610 Coloma at 9:30 and returns at 1:30

Immediate RSVP needed!

 

Catch this exhibit before it leaves on February 12th. The exhibit features paintings by Titian, Giorgione, Tintoretto, Veronese and other Italian masters from the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

Please let Mareiea Reybear at 925-0174 or ma-reb@sbcglobal.net  know immediately  if you'd like to go.  If you are a museum member, let her know how many guests you can take.  If you are not a museum member, the good news is that we seem to have enough guest tickets so you will not have to pay the entrance fee. This is the last week of the show and we anticipate it will be crowded to everyone should make a timed and dated reservation for 10:00 or 10:15 for Feb 7th as soon as possible.

Other: Lunch on your own at the De Young Café. Sausalito Village will be providing transportation via a city van, using funds from the Sausalito Art Festival Grant. If you will need a ride to and from the MLK parking lot, let Mariea know.

 

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 Sunday, Feb 19th 

 "Neil's Berg's 102 Years of Broadway"

3 pm Matinee at the Marin Center

Bus leaves the MLK Parking lot, 610 Coloma (Note this change- not the City Hall parking lot as previously announced) at 2 pm and returns at @5:30 pm.

 

Join us for this show that recreates some of your favorite music from Les Miserables, Evita, Fiddler on the Roof, Wicked, Rock of Ages, Tommy, Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera and many others. The show features Ron Bohmer, Chuck Wagner, Lawrence Clayton, Sandra Joseph and Andrea Rivette. Neil Berg has revived the arrangements of these Broadway classics as well as the fantastic numbers from Broadways newest hit shows. Sausalito Village will be providing transportation via a city van, using funds from the Sausalito Art Festival Grant. Tickets are $20 each (cheapest seats- or next best if we get a group of 15.)  Please respond to Mariea Reybear at 925-0174 or ma-reb@sbcglobal.net by Friday, February 3rd if youd like to go so she can order discounted tickets. Also let her know if you need a ride to and from the MLK parking lot.

 

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SV Year-long Series of Cultural Events Planned

 

You may have noticed that were planning about two cultural events a month for 2012 using transportation via a city van, funded by our Sausalito Art Festival Grant.  Here are upcoming events to put on your calendar- details will be published closer to the events.

March 13 Bouquets to Art- DeYoung Museum

March 17       Mill Valley Philharmonic- Mill Valley

March 29       Royal India- Asian Art Museum

April 17       Filoli- Woodside

May 12       In Paris- Berkeley Rep

May 23       John Muir House- Martinez

 

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Sausalito Village Book Club

Fourth Tuesday of the Month

Next Meeting: Tuesday, February 27th, 3-5 pm

 

. We have chosen The History of Love by Nicole Krauss for our February book. If you are interested in joining the group, call Adele Gibbs at 332-2444 or e-mail her at Panam7@yahoo.com

 

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Breathexperience Classes

by Margot Biestman

 

Margot is offering her classes free to Sausalito Village members again.

10:30 a.m.12:00 p.m.

Beginning February 29, March 7, 14, 21, 28

Margots Breath House

phone 415-332-0279

(to register and for directions)

Classes limited to 11, so registration is first-come-first serve.

 

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New Sausalito Village Gathering

Games and Gab

Second and Fourth Monday of the Month

Next Gathering: February 13th, 3-5

Edgewater Room, City Hall

 

Looking for someone to play scrabble with?  Some avid scrabble players are looking for others to join them!   Or perhaps youd just like to chat with other Villagers. Come and join in a game of scrabble (or bring your own favorite game and a snack to share if you wish.  Felicity Kirsch will host the first couple of gatherings- after that wed love to get a volunteer host or rotating hosts. Call Felicity at 888-3919 or e-mail her at 10avalon@comcast.net with questions.

 

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A new SV group:  "Tales of the Trail

  

Come to the 1st (monthly) night of this new group:

Sunday, February 5, 7 PM at Sue Dunlap's- to discuss travels in France  & Italy.

 

Please bring "tales", recommendations, & visuals of your favorite spots (5 minute presentations only, please) and the beverage of your choice. Post dinner desserts will be served.

Three spaces still available.  RSVP: Sue # 332-3746 or bldspd2@att.net

 

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Sausalito and Nearby Events and Announcements

 

Free Tax Help in Marin

 

Free tax help is available from AARP and the United Way are starting up in Marin. Contact marintaxaide@gmail.com or call 320-6191 for information about all of Marin.  Here are the programs closest to Sausalito:

AARP Foundation Tax Aide Program

This program is for taxpayers with low to middle income with special attention to seniors.  The closest location to Sausalito is Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. The program offers free income tax counseling and tax return preparation is available 9:30-2:00 on Tuesday and Thursday from February 1-April 17.  Bring you social security card, ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number), a copy of your 2010 tax return, any estimated tax payments in 2011, and other papers documenting expenses.  Call 383-1370 for more information.

United Ways Earn it Keep It Save It

This program provides free tax assistance for households that earned less than $50,000 in 2011.  Assistance is available on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30-2:00 at the Mill Valley Community Center on a walk-in basis from February 2-March 12, and also at the Marin City Community Development Corporation, 4441 Drake Ave on Tuesday from 1-4 (walk-in) Wednesday 5-6:30 by appointment) and Thursday 1-4:30 (walk-in) fro February 1-April 17th.  Call 339-2839 for more information.

 

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Housing for Older Adults

 

The goal of Sausalito Village is to enable us to stay in our homes as long as possible.  But we know that in some cases, that may not work out.  This session will provide information about finding other housing. Everything you ever wanted to know about Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities is the title of a community forum set for 10-11 am February 8 at the San Rafael Community Center at 618 B. St. The session is sponsored by the Marin County Commission on Aging and will include speakers Robin Schaef, a policy analyst for the Long-Term Ombudsman Program of Marin County, and Susan Ziblatt, executive director for the Long-Term Ombudsman Program of Sonoma County. They will discuss appropriate housing choices for older adults, tips for choosing a facility and making the transition and the role of the long-term care ombudsman in care facilities.

 

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Free Downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks

 

MARINet Digital Downloads is the Sausalito Public Library's new collection of electronic books and audiobooks. Visit the Library website for more information and step-by-step instructions, or email your questions to achambers@ci.sausalito.ca.us. You will need a library card and PIN to access the collection.

 

Free Help with eBooks & eAudiobooks

 

Drop-in to get hands-on ebook and eaudiobook help with your Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Android phone, Sony Reader, BlackBerry or other mobile device. We can get you set up to read or listen to library ebooks in a snap! Trainer: Abbot Chambers. Sausalito's MARINet Digital Downloads collection: http://overdrive.marinet.info 

When: Every Thursday between 1pm and 2pm

Where: Sausalito Public Library - City Hall Conference Room

 

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Upcoming Events at the Bay Model

2100 Bridgeway, 332-3871

www.spn.usace.army.mil/bmvc/

 

In the Gallery until February 11th

Photographs of the Golden Gate Bridge by Edgar Angelone in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Bridge.

 

February 4, 12:30-1 Powered by the Sun

Learn about the solar panels installed n the roof of the Bay Model.

 

February 4, 1:30-2:30 Trout in the Classroom and the Run of Salmon

 

February 8, 2:00-3:00  History of Marinship

 

February 25, 11-4

Celebrate the grand re-opening of the Bay Model. Ceremony at 2 pm. Refreshments served.

 

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Local Dining Deal

Horizons Restaurant

558 Bridgeway

 

Several SV members recommend checking out Horizons at Happy Hour M-F between 4-7.  They offer 5 different small plates at reasonable prices ranging from $5.00 for 2 beef sliders to Truffle Fries for $8.00. A 20 oz draft beer, well drinks and red or white wine are $5.00 and a 13 oz draft beer is $3.00.

 

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The Home Connection Program

A Marin Housing Program

 

Looking for a place to live?  Or do you have space youd like to provide to someone? The Home Connection Program is a housemate matching service that connects housing providers with housing seekers in Marin County. Every applicant has a criminal and sex offender database screening and a housing coordinator will provide pre and post match services free of charge in most cases. The Home Connection Program does NOT provide any direct financial rental assistance. Please call 491-2347 for Home Connection drop-in hours.

 

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Sausalito Village Programs and Announcements

 

Lets Go!

 

  Several Sausalito Village members have expressed an interest in connecting with other members to go to the movies, play tennis and/or golf, hike, walk, go out to dinner, the theater, movies, symphony, opera, ballet, and more.   If you would like to be a part of an informal network of people with such interests, please join us for a friendly "kick-off" gathering at Caffe DiVinos on Thursday, February 9 at 10 11am.

 

If you are unable to attend, but would like to be included as a member of this informal network, please contact Felicity Kirsch at 10avalon@comcast.net or call 888 3919 to be put on the list of interested people.

 

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SV Member Achievements

 

Update of readings: Bill Broder will read from his new book, A Prayer for the Departed: Tales of a Family Through the Decades of the Last Century:

Monday, February 13, 2012 7 PM, in the Library at the City Hall of Sausalito, 420 Litho Street, Sausalito, sponsored by the Friends of the Sausalito Library.

6 PM: Nosh and Browse at the Friends Bookstore on the 2nd floor

7 PM:  Broders presentation in the City Council Chamber, 1st floor.

Sunday, February 26, 2012 -- 4 PM, Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera 94925.  Ample parking lot.  The author will sign books.

Monday, February 27, 2012 3 PM 3:30 PM, KPFA 94.1 FM and 89.3 FM, interview on Cover to Cover by Denny Smithson,

Thursday, March 8, 2012 7 PM, Books Inc., 1760 4th Street, Berkeley, CA.  Ample parking lot.  A joint reading with Renee Gibbons, who will read from her memoir, Longing for Elsewhere.  Authors will sign books.

 

If you have published a book, have an exhibit opening, achieved a milestone or whatever- and would like to share the news, let us know at info@sausalitovillage.org or call Sharon at 331-1362.

 

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SV Member Announcements

 

Apartment for Rent for June 2012

 

Apartment with 180 degree views of the Bay for rent for the while month of June!!

2 bedroom; 2 bath; fully furnished; fireplace; washer/dryer; 2 carport parking spaces;  min. walk  to  downtown  Sausalito

Contact SV member Sue: tel. # (415) 332-3746 or bldspd2@att.net for details.

 

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Sausalito Village Member Recommendations

 

If you have a recommendation for other service providers, send the information to us at info@sausalitovillage.org or call Sharon at 331-1362.

 

Service provider recommendations are contributed by SV members and are listed in the Sausalito Village Weekly News as a convenience to our members and other readers. They are not and should not be taken as a recommendation or endorsement by Sausalito Village or Marin Village, the California non-profit corporation under which Sausalito Village operations are conducted. We have made no independent investigation of these service providers and will not under any circumstances assume any direct or indirect responsibility or liability in connection with services provided by them. Please always check references for yourself before hiring someone recommended by an SV member.

 

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SV Member Offers Symphony Tickets

 

Colette Pratt, SV member, has found that she will not be able to use some symphony tickets she has for this spring.  She is donating them to Marin Village- thanks Colette! The tickets are for the following dates- all at 2 pm, with a pre-concert talk at 1 pm:

February 23: Haydn, Mozart

Rinaldo Alessandrini, conductor; Olivier Cave, piano; S.F. Symphony

April 19: Roussel, Saint-Saens, Stravinsky

Stephane Deneve, conductor; Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano, S.F. Symphony

 

Originally at $39 per each, they are offered for $20 per ticket.  Payment should be made to Marin Village.  Contact info@sausalitovillage.org or call Sharon at 331-1362 if you are interested.  You can also contact Colette at colettepratt@sbcglobal.net or 331-0801 to arrange for pick-up of the tickets.

 

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Trip to the Grocery Store Service is Up and Running

 

Contact Felicity Kirsch at 888-3919 if you would like this service. Please indicate your preferences for time and whether you would prefer Mollie's or Safeway. 

 

 

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Sausalito Village Supporting Merchants

 

Have you used a Sausalito Village supporting merchant lately?  Wed like to share stories about your good deals, and also would like to know if you experienced any problems. Let us know your experiences.

 

You can find the list of all the local merchants who support SV and a description of the discount they give at the Sausalito Village website- just go to www.sausalitovillage.org. On the right hand side, you'll see "Supporting Merchants".  If you click on that, you'll find the list.  We'd love to hear reports of your experiences with local merchants.   In particular, please, let us know if you have problems with any merchant and we will follow up.

 

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News from Other Marin Villages

 

Ross Valley Village

 

Stay or Move?

February 15, 12-1:30

Corte Madera Town Centers Community Room

 

Bruce Wrisley will speak on "Stay or Move, The Senior's Housing Dilemma." addressing the various options open to seniors including reverse mortgages.

 

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News of Interest

 

Middle-Lane Driving Keeps Seniors Safe

 

Posting b Richard Ashby-Leeds on 1/5/12 on Futurity.org website

A University of Leeds study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance shows how older people naturally adapt when they can no longer move with the freedom they once had. They made allowances for their age. by adopting a middle-of-the-road strategy on motor skills tests, but when they were asked to drive faster and to follow narrower patys, they tended to cut corners...

 

 From the New York Times January 10, 2012

The New York Times announced a new book by Jane E. Brody called "30 Lessons for Living" which consists of practical advice culled from interviews with more than 1000 older Americans from different economic, educational, and occupational strata.

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Have you used a Sausalito Village supporting merchant lately?  Wed like to share stories about your good deals, and also would like to know if you experienced any problems. Let us know your experiences.

 

You can find the list of all the local merchants who support SV and a description of the discount they give at the Sausalito Village website- just go to www.sausalitovillage.org. On the right hand side, you'll see "Supporting Merchants".  If you click on that, you'll find the list.  We'd love to hear reports of your experiences with local merchants.   In particular, please, let us know if you have problems with any merchant and we will follow up.

 

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From the Daily Geezer

 

Bay seniors who have heard Carrie Fishers hilarious tale of her father Eddie Fisher mistaking his microscopic new hearing aids for pills, can appreciate the sudden and dramatic interest in hearing loss. Helen Keller famously once said she would rather be blind than deaf. Hearing aids come in a spectrum of capabilities. You should know that Medicare doesnt cover them, nor does it cover hearing tests. You are not alone. Unsurprisingly, Pete Townsend of the Who has come auditorially out the closet admitting a severe loss. And yes, hearing aids are getting smaller, more digital, some calling themselves invisible. One size does not fit all. Hearing aids are like eyewear, regularly needing adjustment. The most extreme form of medical treatment is a cochlear implant, which is highly successful for anyone with a severe hearing loss from disease or injury. Thanks to Loyal Reader B. Rosenthal for the news that the current cavalry coming to the rescue of hard of hearing seniors is the hearing induction loop. Copper wires are installed around the periphery of a room, a theater, a concert hall which transmits sounds only from a mike, not from the audience hubbub. In the Bay Area only a handful of churches have installed it. The Geezer urges you to campaign for hearing loops by hounding managers at your favorite theaters. Until they do you can always cart around this personal version for $9.95. Geezer note: Always put your Netflix DVDs on Subtitles, especially if theyre Irish, Scottish or British films.

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Sausalito Village is affiliated with Marin Village, a California non-profit IRC Section (501(c)(3) membership organization. All Sausalito residents who pay the annual fee for membership in Marin Village automatically become members of Sausalito Village at no charge. Sausalito Village is dedicated to providing the practical means, social connections and resources that enable people to stay independent and supported in their Sausalito homes as they grow older.

 

 

 

108 Stores with Senior Discounts (or so they say)

One of our members has sent us a list of "108 Stores with Senior Discounts."  A copy is attached to this email.  We did a little Googling and discovered that the list is being widely circulated on the internet.  We also found warnings that no one has checked the accuracy of this list.  Since all of us love a bargain, we are passing the list along, for what it may be worth, but you will need to take the list with a grain of salt and do your own investigation to determine whether the information about a particular business is accurate.
 



Member Recommendations for Service Providers


Service provider recommendations are contributed by SV members and are listed in the Sausalito Village Weekly News as a convenience to our members and other readers. They are not and should not be taken as a recommendation or endorsement by Sausalito Village or Marin Village, the California non-profit corporation under which Sausalito Village operations are conducted. We have made no independent investigation of these service providers and will not under any circumstances assume any direct or indirect responsibility or liability in connection with services provided by them. Please always check references for yourself before hiring someone recommended by an SV  member.


Gardener
: Pedro Rodriguez runs a gardening business called  Rodriguez Landscaping.  Pedro is highly recommended by SV member Alice May and has also done work for Christ Church in Sausalito, and for several other Sausalito residents.  His address is 1520 Hill Road #63, Novato.  His phone numbers are 415-532-5240 and 415-898-1740. For further information, feel free to contact Alice May at 332-3658.

 

Audiologist:  Amanda L. Lee, Au.D., CCC-A; Audiology Associates, 7 N. Knoll Road, Suite 1, Mill Valley, CA 94951. Tel: 415-383-6633; amanda@audiologyassociates-sr.comAccording to SV member Betsy Stroman, Amanda is prompt, professional, and friendly. Her explanation of  the  results of the hearing examination she administered was clear and concise, as were her answers to Betsy's questions. If you mention that you heard about Audiology Associates from Sausalito Village/Marin Village, Amanda will be happy to provide you with a free initial screening examination. For further information give Betsy a call at 331-1464.

 

Architect:   Architect William (Bill Kirsch) is an SV member and the husband of Felicity Kirsch, one of our Volunteer Committee Co-Chairs.  SV members Bob and Betsy Stroman were extremely pleased with the design services he provided in connection with a small building project in their home. Bill can be reached at 888-3919. If you wish to speak with Betsy or Bob about Bill's services you can reach them at 331-1464.

For further information call Sharon (331-1362) or Betsy (331-1464).