Mavis Staples, a National Treasure...according to me!
I recently returned from New Orleans where I attended Jazz Fest (and caught the Covid). One thing that stood out was how many of the musicians were 70+: Stevie Nicks; Boz Scaggs, Jimmy Buffett, and Southside Johnny to name a few. All of them were brilliant, fun to listen to and sing along with; but Mavis... At 82, she stole the show, the stage, and the hearts of the 2,000 people that packed the Blues Tent. She was a smoking blend of Rhythm & Blues singer, preacher, and advocate for justice. My friend and I, and many among us, were so moved by her banter that we were crying while dancing.
All that is to say that it was incredibly inspiring to watch these performers take to the stage and blow us away even though they have every right to rest on their laurels. It wasn't lost on me that May was Older Americans Month. I also thought about all of our dear members and volunteers who are still going strong, sharing their time, their talent and their hearts at whatever capacity they can. We truly are blessed with an abundance of kindness in our Village. If Mavis knew about us, she would be proud.
Additionally, we spent a lot of time in the AARP tent where smaller acts featuring well-seasoned performers played. As a perk, AARP members received a free cocktail every day. Who knew that a frozen Rose slushy would be the first AARP benefit that I would use. Cheers!
BOO! Guess what!? The planning for our annual "Halloween In The Village " party is underway. Save the date: Sunday, Oct. 30th. In the meantime, you can help us by turning us on to items for our auction. Know someone with a beach house? A mountain house? A winery? A restaurant? Tickets to anything, anywhere? If so, please let us know. Proceeds from the auction=support for members regardless of their ability to pay. Thank you.
Reminder: The public is invited to our June 28th Board meeting. Scroll down for details and to register to attend.
We hope to see you soon, Around The Village! Until then, take care,
Jacqueline & the team at NEXT.
Camille's Volunteer Corner
Dale Fehringer is a writer, editor, and volunteer who has made San Francisco his home for more than 40 years. He has written books about San Francisco, the interesting people he has met, as well as his travel adventures. He says that NEXT Village is a special organization because he has seen it help so many people he knows.
Dale has provided support countless times to our members. He does everything from grocery shopping to giving rides to appointments and does it with a smile on his face every time. Dale has had a lasting impact on every member he has worked with, and NEXT Village truly wouldn’t be the same without him! If you need help from any of the amazing NEXT Village volunteers like Dale, contact our Volunteer Coordinator Camille at 415-574-0156 or Camille@nextvillagesf.org
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NEXT is a member-driven organization, and we often host events requested by our Village members. Please help us brainstorm new activities to host. Below is a link to a quick survey designed to help guide us as we work to keep folks connected and engaged. We're open to feedback from the entire Village community, so if you're reading this, please share your ideas with us! Thank you.
Wednesday, May 25 or Wednesday, June 22 | 10-11 AM | On Zoom
NEXT Village New Member Orientation
New and old members, and curious folks, please join us on Zoom as we explain in more detail about member benefits, how to access the volunteer coordinator, sign up for events, and most importantly, to meet other new members. Even if you've been a member for awhile, there will be something to learn.
We'll have a brief member orientation from the executive director and the volunteer coordinator, time for Q&A, plus, it's a nice way to meet other new Village members.
Spread the love/word - feel free to tell your friends to register as well.
In this Zoom workshop you will learn ways to build your confidence and get what you want. Erase the fear! We'll focus on how to express yourself to help people understand you better. This is a chance to learn new tools to communicate with more confidence! Instructor: Kathy Stefano, Artistic Director of The Aquatic Park Players.
On this flat level loop walk, we'll walk along a bit of the SF Bay Trail to enjoy the views along the Bay. This will be a walk for exercise rather than history, however our location does have a history as a tidal marsh, the site of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition and first terminus of the Transcontinental airmail route. Loop walk is approx. 1.5 miles, but you can go at your own pace and a longer or shorter distance. Join us to meet new people while getting in some exercise together. RSVP to receive the starting address near the Marina Safeway.
At the top of the food chain, but not always the king of its territory. What is the value of mountain lions, and how do they cope when their habitat is encroached by development? Learn more about these fascinating animals and the efforts to preserve them.
Presented by Zara McDonald, MS, MBA, PRESIDENT, RESEARCHER & DIRECTOR from The Felidae organization, a resourceful, passionate and dedicated team of conservationists who are working to safeguard global ecosystems, with felid species as natural world guardians. https://felidaefund.org/
Walking Group: Exploring Crissy Field and Recently Opened Battery Bluff Park in the Presidio
This walk was rescheduled (due to road construction) so you get another chance to join us. As a bonus, we've added the option to visit the recently opened Battery Bluff park. We'll start by discovering new uses of some of the former military buildings along Crissy Field's Mason St. including a secret WW II school (now housing an exhibit on Prejudice & Patriotism about Japanese Americans in WW II), an Army commissary (now a sports store) and an aircraft hanger (now a trampoline park) on a flat paved route. From the Warming Hut, walkers can return to the starting point *OR* can continue on an uphill walk to check out the quirky Presidio Pet Cemetery and the newly opened Battery Bluff Park! RSVP to receive the starting address on Crissy Field near MUNI stop and metered parking.
Join NEXT Village to learn all about how to use apps for transportation. Tech genius Harrison, will show us apps for your phone that can be used to track buses, show route options, and how to keep your Clipper card on your phone. The public transportation in San Francisco is some of the best in the country, so it is important to understand how to use it as you move about.
Come learn how using the apps can make transportation in the City easier!
Tuesday, June 7, 14, 21, and 28 | 2-4 PM | Cow Hollow/Union St
NEW!!! NEXT Village Weekly Meet Up & Games
NEXT Village is excited to invite neighbors of all ages to our new weekly meet up so you can get to know each other. Join us at Avotoasty Coffee Shop any Tuesday in June from 2-4PM to get to know people over a game, cards, or a cup of coffee, tea or smoothie! Drop by for a drink/bite, a game or just to say a quick hello!
A NEXT Village staff or board member will be there each week. We really look forward to seeing you in person! Please invite other fun friends and neighbors. The more the merrier (but RSVP so we know how many tables to reserve.)
Avotoasty was started by NEXT Village volunteer and supporter extraordinaire, Sofia Pinzon, and has delicious drinks and bites. Click button below to register for our Meet Up & Games launch on June 7, or go to our events calendar HERE to register for another date.
Wednesday, June 8 | 11 AM- 2 PM | 704 Filbert Street
North Beach Tour with Blandina Farley
Join Blandina Farley for a fun, fascinating, and interactive adventure through North Beach. This area is known as the center of San Francisco’s historic and culturally rich Italian Community, but also as a mecca for creatives. Blandina will introduce you to friends and neighbors who are also the proprietors of local shops, restaurants, galleries, and working art studios.
Put on some comfortable walking shoes and join the fun. We bet you’ll see something you’ve never seen and learn something you never knew!
We will be meeting at the NEXT Village office at 704 Filbert Street at Columbus at 10:45 am and leaving promptly at 11 am. Be sure to allow yourself enough time to get here so you don't miss the group!
Friday, June 10 | 2-4 PM | 736 Mission St, between 3rd and 4th
Tour of Jim Henson Exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum
The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited celebrates the legacy of Jim Henson (1936–1990), trailblazing puppeteer, animator, cartoonist, actor, inventor, and filmmaker. Featuring more than 150 objects drawn from the beloved worlds of Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and more, the exhibition highlights Henson’s groundbreaking work for film and television, his indelible mark on popular culture, and the profound social impact of his work. These stories continue to delight audiences and inspire people of all ages to look beyond differences and cultivate a more compassionate, inclusive world.
We are lucky enough to have a guided tour of the exhibit at 2 pm. There are a limited number of FREE tickets, and NEXT Village members have priority.
Saturday, June 11 | 11 AM -2 PM | Golden Gate Park Music Concourse
14th Annual Golden Gate Park Band Festival
For those who have been asking for a weekend event, here you go! Get out in the fresh air on Saturday June 11th with NEXT Village to enjoy live concert bands at the 14th annual Golden Gate Park Band Festival. We'll hear the Woodside Village Band, the Deutscher Musikverein (which includes NEXT Village member Linda Coughenour!), and the Ophir Prison Marching Kazoo Band and Temperance Society. For those who want to make a day of it, the concert goes until 5PM and there are other nearby things to do in GG Park like the Botanical Gardens, de Young Museum, CA Academy of Sciences or Tea Garden. RSVP in advance to receive meeting location near the de Young museum.
Walking Group: Francisco Park -- Exploring SF's Newest Public Park
Join us to check out San Francisco's newest public park on Russian Hill. Francisco Park officially opened to the public on April 27 on the site of the city’s first reservoir. The park's 4.5-acres cover two city blocks and include a children's playground, dog park, large grassy area, community garden and some remnants of the old reservoir. We'll walk around the park and enjoy the views while learning a bit about the history, including how the Francisco Reservoir helped extinguish fires after the 1906 earthquake. Walk includes uphill (and then downhill) walk on an ADA-accessible pathway. Dogs & friends welcome! RSVP for meeting location near Bay & Hyde St.
Wednesday June 15 (In Person @ Aquatic Park Senior Center) or Monday, June 20 (on Zoom) | 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Improv This! Improvisation Theatre Class (Zoom or In Person)
Louise Vogel is now offering two monthly Improv classes -- in person on the 3rd Wednesday of the month and on Zoom on the 3rd Monday of the month.Join her and other fun people on Zoom and/or in person to have double the fun! You can attend either, both or alternate each month as you wish. If you've never tried Improv before, what are you waiting for? You'll be surprised at what you can do and how much fun you can have! Feeling shy? Let Louise know you prefer to be a part of our Improv audience and not participate.
Thursday, June 16 | 5:15 PM | In Person, North Beach
Live Music at Belle Cora!
Want to enjoy live music with friends old & new? Join Elaine, Donna and friends at Belle Cora -- a warm, cozy neighborhood wine bar that offers live music. Join us to enjoy the music and to meet each other. Seating is outdoors with heaters. RSVP in advance so we know how many spots to reserve. For those who attended this group when Kathy Cady started it, we're hoping to carry on the music night tradition she began ... if we can find people interested in helping co-host future editions! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be a part of the music team to help us continue to meet up for live music together.
Cruising 101: Overview of Nearby Destinations and What to Expect
Ready to get out and travel again? Cruises make it easy to experience rich cultural itineraries filled with a wide variety of excursions, activities, entertainment and amenities. Cruises offer a convenient way to visit multiple destinations without the stress of all the logistical planning like finding hotels, transportation, and things to do. Cruises are also great for multi-generational family trips as there are activities for kids and adults so all have an enjoyable vacation.
Vicky Barzey will provide an overview of some cruises in the US, Mexico and Canada from large ocean ships to riverboats. She'll also provide information on the latest health protocols and how the industry has adapted during the pandemic. Join us to get ideas for your next vacation!
Rental Subsidies for Seniors and Section 8 Housing
Bayanihan Equity Center (BEC) is hosting a housing workshop for NEXT Village on the topic of Section 8 and Other Rental Subsidies for seniors. We will cover frequently asked questions seniors have when trying to find affordable housing options in SF, such as:
What is a subsidy?
What is Section 8 and how can I apply?
Where can I get help with rent?
This presentation will provide information about the basics of subsidies and available rental assistance in San Francisco to help you understand what is available and what the eligibility requirements are. We will also provide information on how to get free help from a housing counselor to apply for options you are eligible for. Presenter: Joy Ng is a Housing Caseworker at Bayanihan Equity Center (BEC).
NEXT Village Monthly Board Meeting - Open to the Public
Join us for the second of two annual NEXT Village Board meetings open to the public. There will be time at the beginning for public comment. You can comment on any items on the agenda. Meetings typically last 60-90 minutes. Please register to participate.
To register for any of our ongoing weekly events, go to our events calendar to select an event to sign up: nextvillagesf.org/upcoming-events. New people are always welcome!
3 PM - Spanish Conversation Group - conversation group, not a class. New people welcome to practice & dust off conversation skills. We are relaunching this group after a taking a "Spring Break" in May, so hope you can join us to have fun practicing Spanish with others! On Zoom.
1:30 PM - Bocce and Boules - weekly bocce and boules games on the North Beach library courts. In person - DiMaggio Playground Courts.
10:30 AM - French Conversation Group – moderated French conversation group with weekly discussion topics (not a class). On Zoom.
11 AM - Italian Conversation Group - friendly & convivial conversation group open to anyone conversant in Italian (and beginners who want to listen in). Not a class. On Zoom.
10 AM - Mindful Meditation - learn about and practice various types of meditation techniques. On Zoom.
California is a better place to live as an LGBTQ elder than many states. We have policies enacted into law that protect LGBTQ elders and mandate training for those who provide care and services for older adults. Click HERE for more.
Access NEXT Village’s YouTube Channel through our website!
Enjoy a variety of educational and event videos on our YouTube channel. It’s a good place to go if you missed a presentation or want to review one that you enjoyed.
Here’s how: Go to www.nextvillagesf.org On the home page, hover your mouse over the “Events” tab and click on “YouTube Channel”. Click below for a direct link to our channel. Once there, you can subscribe to the channel and receive a message when new videos are uploaded. You can also forward links to your friends. New recordings are updated frequently.
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Announcing Access Membership at the de Young and Legion of Honor Museums
These two museums have just launched Access membership: a discounted ($79; fully tax-deductible) Individual level membership for people with disabilities. We look forward to providing an accessible avenue for people with disabilities to deepen their relationship with the museums and our collections, exhibitions, and programs through this new offering.
Access members enjoy:
Free admission for
one member and a guest to the permanent collections and special
exhibitions at the de Young and Legion of Honor
Member Previews (members-only, early access to special exhibitions),
Member Wednesdays (weekly members-only hours), and Extended Member
Wednesdays (an after-hours, member event on select Wednesdays)
Priority ticketing for special exhibitions for members to reserve their preferred date and time
10% off at the de Young and Legion of Honor Museum Stores and 20% off during seasonal members-only sale days
Discounts on audio tours, lectures, films, curator talks, and other programs and events
Insider information, tips, and perks with your free subscription to Fine Arts magazine and to the Member Monthly e-News
If you would like to join Access Membership, please visit the Membership desk or Museum Store at the de Young or Legion of Honor. You can also join by calling the Membership department at (415) 750-3636. We look forward to seeing you in the galleries!
To become an Access member, we request that you please provide documentation from a physician or a local or federal government agency. Examples of documentation may include a physician’s letter, a Medicaid or Medicare card, a Social Security Disability benefits letter, or a disabled transit pass.