Happy Thanksgiving to our NEXT Village family & friends! Please join us for Friendsgiving on Nov. 18th (Details below)
From the Director
Your director is on a wee holiday!
may not be aware of this, but we put the finishing touches on our
monthly newsletter by the 15th of the preceding month. Today finds me
in a cozy cabin in between Zion and Bryce National Parks. It's snowing, so we are hunkered down
until it warms up a bit. Please enjoy this photo from an outlook in Zion just as the storm was making its entrance. Since I’m technically on holiday, I’ll keep
hope to see you at our Halloween Party and that if you are able, you’ll
support our work by checking out the online auction – perhaps you need a
gift for someone this holiday season? Even forwarding the auction link
(it’s chock full of goods, services, treasures, trips, and treats) would
be a grand gesture. Thank you to the members of the committee for all that you did to create this fabulous evening. Thanks too, to the many sponsors and donors who made it all possible.
The NEXT Village Auction committee has gone above and beyond to make this our best online auction ever! Bid until October 31 at 7:30pm
Here's your chance to take home any number of the fabulous items we've conjured up for our online auction—all donated in the spirit of Halloween and supporting this vibrant community we all are a part of.
Scroll down to take a peek at some of the treats !
Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with NEXT Village and The Mexican Museum (on Zoom)!
If you feel like death is a taboo subject, then this program is for you. If you think of it as the Mexican Halloween or a macabre holiday, then this is a must! Diane Levy, Director of Education for The Mexican Museum, will demystify this misunderstood holiday to provide a new understanding of the anticipation and excitement the Mexican people feel as they welcome the spirits of their dearly departed ones. Join us on Zoom to learn about history, traditions, and celebrations that welcome the spirits of the loved ones. There will be time for Q&A, so join us to learn about the the holiday as well as to share your experiences and stories about the holiday. (Image is Jose Guadalupe Posada's "La Calavera Catrina").
Your host, NEXT member and ace volunteer Gregg Brooks, will convert the office and the space out front (weather-permitting) to a gathering spot for games, newspaper reading, and conversation.
Pick up a cup of coffee and a pastry from Victoria’s and enjoy this free-form weekly session. Drop in anytime between 11-2pm at 704 Filbert St. No need to pre-register. (Please be fully vaccinated.)
Tuesday, November 2 & 16 | 2-4 PM
What Matters Most? Healthcare Directive - Two Part Workshop
WHAT MATTERS MOST…is a 2-part workshop offered by Redwing Keyssar, RN, Author and Director of Patient and Caregiver Education at the UCSF MERI Center, to assist people in creating meaningful and personalized Advance Directives for Healthcare. Make sure you can attend BOTH workshops on Nov 2 *and* 16 before registering. Every time NEXT Village has offered this unique workshop, it receives rave reviews from participants -- whether they are doing their Healthcare Directive for the 1st time or considering updating their Directive. This workshop is not about a how to fill out boilerplate template form -- it is to help you personalize your Directive so it reflects your values and wishes and how to communicate them to your loved ones to spare them emotional trauma if something happened to you.
Limit: 20 people. NEXT Village members have priority for spots until 10/26. Non-members can register earlier for the 1st come, 1st served spots.
Haven’t danced for awhile? Join us and let loose. You don’t need to know any specific routines or dance moves; just listen to the music and move your feet! We had so much fun last month at American Bites, we're doing it again. Even if you don’t dance, come enjoy the music, food, drink and company!
This month Harrison teaches us how to make holiday cards online for friends and loved ones. Join us to learn some creative and artistic ways to show appreciation for the loved ones in our lives this holiday season! Check out this site for ideas: Click Here.
Experience Leonard Cohen Exhibition - Virtual Tour
Experience Leonard Cohen:
Cohen’s words gave voice to the human condition, in all of its grace
and imperfection—and to this day, they continue to inspire generations
of artists, musicians, and writers. This inspiration is at the heart of
Experience Leonard Cohen: a series of four solo exhibitions that present
immersive and intimate artworks by contemporary artists George Fok,
Judy Chicago, Candice Breitz, and Marshall Trammell, all inspired by the
life and work of Leonard Cohen (1934–2016), the influential musician,
man of letters, and global icon from Montréal, Canada. These four
exhibitions invite you to find new connections to the poetry, music, and
lyrics of the late legend through artworks inspired by his enduring
The virtual tour will give you an inside look to the exhibition: Experience Leonard Cohen. A Contemporary Jewish Museum Educator will give an overview of the exhibition, sharing both the biography of Leonard Cohen as well as how his work inspired and informed the four artists on view. Via installation and archival images, we will engage in conversation about the power of words, Cohen’s poetry and music, and explore the contemporary art works of George Fok, Judy Chicago, Candice Breitz, and Marshall Trammell.
Walking Group: Crissy Field Walk + Easy Seated Yoga
Join us to walk along the Crissy Field promenade with views of the Golden Gate, Alcatraz, and the North and East Bays as we walk to the Warming Hut (2.6 mile round trip) or Fort Point (3.4 miles) . Before we start our walk, USF Kinesthesiology student Nicole will lead us through an easy seated yoga session on benches for 10 minutes to breathe, stretch and learn some new moves prior to the walk!
Color into Line: Pastels from the Renaissance to the Present - Virtual Museum Tour
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (the “Museums”) are proud to present Color into Line: Pastels from the Renaissance to the Present, a celebration of the artistry of pastel through rarely seen holdings from the Museums’ Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, as well as prominent collections from Northern California. Through eighty masterworks, the exhibition traces the technical evolution of pastel, from its introduction in 16th-century Europe to works created as recently as 2020. Highlighting the creative process behind the works, the exhibition emphasizes pastel’s versatility over five centuries of human creativity, through drawings by Rosalba Carriera, Jean-Baptiste Perronneau, Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Eva Gonzalès, Diego Rivera, Wayne Thiebaud, Richard Diebenkorn, John Altoon, Rupert García, and Joan Mitchell.
North Beach Tour with Blandina Farley's Fabulous Tours
Please join Blandina Farley for a fun, fascinating, and interactive adventure through North Beach. Known not only as the center of San Francisco’s historic and culturally rich Italian Community, but also as a mecca for poets, painters, musicians, master crafters, dreamers and free spirits. Blandina will introduce you to local friends and neighbors who are also the proprietors of shops, restaurants, galleries, and working art studios. Put on some comfy walking shoes and join the fun. We bet you’ll see something you’ve never seen and learn something you never knew.
Come celebrate with us, and commiserate over a fun-loving food failure chat on Zoom. We'll share stories about our failed and funny Thanksgiving food fiascos and enjoy each other's company a full week before Thanksgiving Day, on Thursday, November 18th at 6pm. We look forward to seeing you!
A huge thank you to the folks at Lord Stanley for once again providing us with delicious treats to sweeten the holidays! If you would like to receive one of these goodies, please RSVP for our pie delivery from 11am-1pm on November 18th -- that way, you can get your pie fix in before our Friendsgiving event at 6pm!
And please be sure to check out Lord Stanley for more of their scrumptious offerings at 2065 Polk St! Find their website and menu here: https://www.lordstanleysf.com/.
Celebrate & Learn about Chanukah -- 1st Night Candle Lighting
We invite everyone to join us to learn about and celebrate together the first night of Chanukah (Hanukkah) on Zoom. You don’t have to be Jewish to attend! Everyone is welcome to come and learn about the holiday, its history and traditions. NEXT Village member Edith Kaplan will light the first night candle to begin the eight day celebration. We welcome anyone who has a menorah to light theirs also and to share your traditions and stories about the holiday. We had such a special night last year and want to thank Edith for once again welcoming us to join her to learn and celebrate together.
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. (Note: 11/1 will be an event on Dia de los Muertos in English rather than our normal conversation group)
11 AM - NEXT Village Games and Conversation* - gathering spot for games, newspaper reading, and conversation. 2 PM - Bocce and Boules* - weekly bocce and boules games on the North Beach library courts.
10:30 AM - French Conversation Group – moderated French conversation group with weekly discussion topics (not a class).
2:15 PM - Chair Yoga & Meditation - stretch and improve your flexibility.
11 AM - Italian Conversation Group - friendly conversation group, not a class.
10 AM - Mindful Meditation - learn about and practice various types of meditation techniques.
From her own experience, Janae knows how much comfort it can bring to families when they know that their elderly family members have people close by who care about them. When Janae moved to SF pre-pandemic, she knew she wanted to provide that sense of security for her senior neighbors and their families as well. Janae said, “Personally, I know for my family, having a trusted neighbor or friend who checked in on or helped our loved one gave us so much peace when we couldn't physically be with them. It made a really challenging time in our life so much more manageable. I hope I can give that same feeling to our member's families.”
Janae also explained that during the pandemic, she “began deeply missing a sense of belonging and social connection. Finding NEXT helped me feel like I was making small differences in people's lives during a time where this type of help may be limited. I found a sense of community and belonging by volunteering with NEXT village. Part of that sense of community is because I have loved meeting our NEXT members and hearing about their histories in San Francisco. That's probably my favorite part of volunteering! Getting to meet new people and maybe help them, even just a little, is so incredibly rewarding. I really do love volunteering for this organization and can't wait to foster even more relationships within our community."
Thank you Janae for all of your compassion and hard work! If you’d like to build connections with your neighbors, sign up to be a NEXT Village volunteer like Janae. Call Annie at 415-301-3742 extension 0.
SF AIDS grove memorializes Brown, 1st person cured of AIDS
by David-Elijah Nahmod, Monday Oct 18, 2021. Bay Area Reporter
The National AIDS Memorial Grove has memorialized Timothy Ray Brown, who was the first person cured of AIDS, with a boulder at the contemplative space in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
Brown, also known as the Berlin Patient, was remembered at a short gathering October 16. He died September 29, 2020 after battling a recurrence of leukemia.
Around 40 people showed up to honor Brown, who was the first person cured of AIDS through a stem cell transplantation. As the Bay Area Reporter previously reported, in 2006, Brown was living in Berlin and had well-controlled HIV when he was diagnosed with leukemia, which would ultimately require two bone marrow transplants. His German physician, Dr. Gero Huetter, had the idea to use stem cells from a donor with a rare genetic mutation that blocks HIV from entering cells. He underwent intensive chemotherapy and radiation — nearly dying in the process — and the donor stem cells rebuilt a new immune system that was resistant to the virus. He had never tested positive for HIV again.
During the gathering, a memorial boulder was dedicated to Brown. The stone reads: "In loving memory of Timothy Ray Brown, the first person cured of HIV." Attendees were invited to plant flowers in front of the boulder. Additionally, Brown will be honored with a memorial bench and plaque in the Wellness Park adjacent to the Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, where he had lived at the time of his passing.
Welcome New NEXT Members!
NEXT has a podcast!
Be sure to listen to our podcast, "NOT BORN YESTERDAY". “Not Born Yesterday” will focus on the challenges and joys our members and friends experience related to aging. It's about playing, working, loving, laughing and enjoying the possibilities and opportunities in our later years. Our podcast brings you the wisdom and voices of experts in the field of aging and offer tips on how to feel your best, use your lifetime skills and experience, and make the coming months and years as fulfilling as possible."
Give it a listen on any podcast app, like Apple, Spotify, or click below to listen. New episodes every Friday!
As we age, our white matter (connective wiring in our brain) can thin and develop lesions. But good news! It has been discovered that white matter has as much plasticity as gray matter, and can positively evolve, especially with exercise!In a study of people over 60, those who briskly walked 40 minutes 3 times a week had areas of the brain enlarge, lesions shrink, and memory improve. Those who did not exercise saw their brain health decline over the 6 month study. Let us know if you'd like a walking buddy or strike out on your own. Happy trails.
NEXT opened its doors for First Friday and for the Italian Parade!
Thanks for dropping by and visiting with us! Here's a picture of the board and members having fun while waiting for the parade to get to our corner!