Cheers to Summer, Supervisor Stefani, The Junior League, and Sir Richard Branson!
Go forth and vacationify! That’s what I did in July. I had BIG plans, but I let those go and settled for a simpler time; friends and family in Oregon, under hazy/smoky skies. We hope you have a chance to connect with loved ones in loved places.
THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR STEFANI Join us in offering a standing ovation to District 2 Supervisor Catherine Stefani, for securing funding through the add-back budget process to help us continue to support our members in her service area. Many thanks to her crack staff; especially Andrew Mullan for making certain that NEXT stayed in the budget throughout the many changes that take place during the process. If you live in her District, and have ever reached out to us for a little help, or attended one of our nearly 400 social, cultural, and educational events, please consider sending her a message of thanks: (email@example.com) (415) 554-7752.
BIG THANKS as well to the Junior League of San Francisco. Not only do they send beautiful and cheery handmade cards to our members, they recently gifted NEXT $5,000! Generous donations like this make the business of rowing this ship of service and engagement easier… a tailwind if you will. (And we all know how windy San Francisco can be!)
OLDER MAN ACHIEVES BIG THING; DONATES MONEY TO SPACE TRAVEL, FORGETS TO LEAVE MONEY TO CHARITY If the thought of leaving earth with all of your money bothers you, (and we’re not talking about Jeff Bezos leaving earth with all of his money and also coming back with it) consider a bequest to NEXT Village. Maybe you’ve been impressed with our mission and the way we walk our talk to implement it, or you’ve been touched by a volunteer who lent you a hand, or you’ve noticed that even during a pandemic, we’ve been there for you or your neighbors, we hope you will think of us. Speak to your financial advisor, or, if you don’t yet have a will, you can easily create one with one of the many online platforms such as Legal Zoom.
Of course, you can always teach Jeff a thing or two and go directly to our website and leave your money there. We promise we will be excellent stewards of it. NEXTVillagesf.org
That’s it for now. We’ll see you Around The Village!
One Hard Thing!
Thank you to the SF Evening Rotary, One Brick, and NEXT Village volunteers who helped flip mattresses, clean porches, move heavy things, and change lightbulbs for our members! It was wonderful to see so many people having a great time while supporting their neighbors.
Thank you North Beach Pizza!
North Beach Pizza (1462 Grant Ave) generously hosted NEXT’s Game Night event. Fun was had by all!
Meghan has been the fabulous teacher for our weekly Chair Yoga and Meditation class this year on Wednesdays!
Meghan said, “Teaching yoga and meditation with NEXT Village is something that truly makes my heart happy! The cultivation of a heart centered yoga practice with these wonderful people feels like a gift to my soul! I look forward to each week and all the fun and love we generate in the group!”
NEXT Village is planning to host “Not Born Yesterday”, a podcast with a focus on issues of importance to Village members and well, anyone who is aging! Two of our volunteers, Lynn Winter Gross and Miriam Goodman, are behind the program, and both have extensive communication backgrounds in senior issues. They have already produced the first episode and are ready to launch an entire series.
Miriam has written extensively on senior issues and is the author of “Reinventing Retirement” and “Too Much Togetherness, surviving retirement as a couple.” She created and produced the first syndicated radio program on feminism, and hosted a program on senior issues for the Fromm Institute at USF. She also served as the Retirement Expert for an online magazine.
Lynn was director of communications for the community colleges of Los Angeles. She also worked with older adults who were seeking retraining for new careers. Lynn holds a Masters from USC in communications and currently counsels job seekers and gives seminars on ageism in the workplace.
The podcast, Not Born Yesterday, covers subjects such as
What is a fiduciary and why would I need one?
Why volunteer---advantages and opportunities
Keeping your brain active
Dealing with your adult children
Alternative housing options
Health and Aging (strokes, hearing, vision, cancer, etc)
If your company has a marketing budget, or you just want to get on board, please let us know. We are hoping to do 3-4 podcasts per month. We are using a studio in San Francisco, and using their equipment, but it’s the editing that runs up the tab.
We will post new episodes on our website and Facebook page, and we will send a special email every time one is released. We have an extensive list of show ideas, and we’re also super open to your suggestions.
LGBTQ+ News: Eleven historic Queer places you should know.
In the era of Pride when rainbows adorn city streets and shop windows for major retailers, it’s easy to forget that today’s visibility is possible in part thanks to the LGBTQ+ spaces that bravely served as sanctuaries for queer people since the days when being out publicly was unheard of, unsafe, and in some cases, even illegal. For generations of LGBTQ+ people, bars and restaurants have served as community pillars, offering a safe space to organize, gather, mourn, and celebrate. Click here to read more (Marion Brewer)
How will the fire department or paramedics gain access to your building/apartment if you can't let them in? The Knox-Box!
You may order a Knox-Box online through the Knox Company at Knox box.com or to get a paper order form call 540-665-6350. Knox Padlocks – designed for securing perimeter or fire access gate, industrial equipment yards, restricted utility areas.
COVID Update -Indoor masking is now recommended
Indoor Masking Recommendation for Vaccinated Individuals In San Francisco, daily new cases have increased eight-fold and are projected to increase an average of at least 80 new cases per day. All Bay Area counties are seeing a significant increase in COVID-19 cases, causing concern that unvaccinated individuals and communities are more at risk than ever. Out of an abundance of caution, people are recommended to wear masks indoors in settings like grocery or retail stores, theaters, and family entertainment centers, even if they are fully vaccinated. Find the statement and more information here. Additionally, recommended public signage may be found here.
New and improved COVID-19 data tracker San Francisco has made improvements to their COVID Data tracker that now includes greater accessibility, improved design, and better translations. Get the latest COVID-19 facts and figures in SF at https://sf.gov/resource/2021/covid-19-data-and-reports. Please note the increase in daily case rate.