By the time. you see this newsletter, our Spring Fling fundraiser will be in the books. If you bought a ticket, donated tickets, sponsored the evening, or came as someone's guest, we thank you. We hope you had a great night and that you realize the impact you have made on our members and the organization in general.
We thank our kind sponsors for their generosity - with their help we were able to provide wonderful music and delicious food, and to honor our co-founder, Janet Crane. (Photo: Our Queen: Janet Crane; Guests of honor, David Chiu, SF City Attorney, and Sunny Angulo Chief of Staff - Supervisor Aaron Peskin)
And finally, many thanks to the Spring Fling Committee. These certified-smart people dialed in every detail required to host a successful event, and we are lucky to have had their help: Janet Crane, Gail Switzer, Kim Rotchy, Howard Wong, Harrison Ravazzolo, Barbara Blake, Nandini Joseph, Christy Gritton, Sadie Scott, Reid Rankin, Pauline Seddon, Janae Koger, Shannon Beal, Helen Doyle, & Theodore Kramer.
Happy, Healthy Spring.
Jacqueline & the team
Pics from Spring Fling
Camille's Volunteer Corner
I admire the famous quote by Gandhi: "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." Volunteering for NEXT Village has proven the quote just right for me. I recently got married and moved from India to California. I provide virtual technology support for seniors at NEXT Village. It is so rewarding to see happy clients at the end of the call or when they write back thanking me.
I've had the opportunity to meet and converse with such amazing authors, business women, and great humans. Listening to their stories took me back to my childhood when my grandmother used to tell me stories.
About me: I love to be outdoors - I bought a beautiful Trek Bike recently and go crazy miles on it; I also volunteer for the Red Cross, Second Harvest; and I have amazing handwriting. Thanks to NEXT Village for putting it to good use!
Webinar Launch: Anti-Burglary Neighborhood Network-District 2 | NOT A NEXT-HOSTED EVENT
MESSAGE FROM CATHERINE: Join me for the webinar launch of the Anti-Burglary Neighborhood Network on March 30th at 11:00am
to hear from the SFPD and community safety leaders. We will hear about
current trends, existing community services, and discuss ways we can
help each other. I hope to see you there! Supervisor Catherine Stefani CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Thursday, March 31 | 11:45 AM | Lower Fort Mason
German Lunch at Radhaus
Join us at Radhaus for traditional German fare at a Bavarian beer hall in a former U.S. Army machine shop at Fort Mason. Radhaus has German favorites including pretzels, Bratwurst, Jagerschnitzel, Bier and more! You can just join us for lunch, or why not make a European afternoon of it and also "travel" to Italy with us on a visit to nearby Museo Italo Americano at 1PM (separate registration for Museo -- see below). In person, indoor, no-host lunch (outside tables available).
Visit to Museo Italo Americano / Italian American Museum
Join us for a visit to the Museo Italo Americano / Italian American Museum in Fort Mason. Bianca Friundi, Curator and Communications Director of the Museo, will tell us about the Museo and the current exhibition, as well as the Museo's permanent collection. Afterwards you can explore the Museo at your leisure. In person, indoor event. We hope you’ll also join us for German lunch at nearby Radhaus restaurant prior to the Museo visit. (Separate registration for lunch -- see above.)
Thursday, March 31 & April 7, 14 & 21 (special edition) | 5:30-7:30 PM | North Beach
Enjoy Live Music at Belle Cora
NEXT Village members and friends have been enjoying a convivial get together with live music from Irish fiddler Colm O'Riain and his group to meet up with friends old & new at Belle Cora -- a warm, cozy neighborhood wine bar and restaurant. We hope you'll join us for one or all Thursdays for the fantastic music & camaraderie! Our current music night hostess Kathy Cady is leaving SF so we'll have a toast to her on 4/21 to wish her the best.
Like enjoying music with others? We're looking for a team of music aficionados to come up with ideas for future music gatherings and to help us make them happen. Email email@example.com if you might want to be a part of the team or if you have suggestions for future venues. Click button below to register for 3/31 gathering, or https://www.monami.io/calendar... to go to our events calendar to register for other date/s in April.
Walking Group: Palace of Fine Arts for Spring Bird Migration
Join us to enjoy the views around the iconic Palace of Fine Arts. It's Spring migration time and the fresh water lagoon we'll be walking around is a prime spot for bird sightings from tiny hummingbirds to the great blue heron! This loop walk on a paved path will be for exercise rather than history, but there are info signs along the way about 1915 Panama-Pacific International Expo if you're interested. At the start of the walk, we'll help you pair up with partners with a similar pace for walking & conversation.
District 17 Follow Up Debate/NOT A NEXT-HOSTED EVENT
Tune in for a follow up virtual debate with the two candidates, Matt Haney and David Campos, running for California's 17th State Assembly district.
Both candidates received the largest number of votes at the Feb 15th election, but neither candidate received greater than 50% of the vote so there is a runoff election on Tuesday, April 19th. As a reminder, this is a race for David Chiu's former seat.
Submit questions for discussion here by Tuesday, March 29th.
Thursday, April 7 | 1-2:30 PM | On Zoom
Build Confidence and Erase Fear Workshop
Do you have trouble getting your point across?
Do you feel people don’t understand what you’re trying to say?
Do you have trouble being direct and asking for what you want?
In this Zoom workshop you will learn ways to build your confidence and get what you want. Erase the fear! Participation encouraged, but auditing this event is allowed. Learn new tools to communicate with more confidence! Instructor: Kathy Stefano, Artistic Director of The Aquatic Park Players.
Tech Teach In: Tips and Tricks to make your computer run smoother
Join us for a tech teach-in where we will cover how to make your computer run faster. Harrison will be teaching us how to clear our cache (what is a cache and why is it so important to clear it from time-to-time), how to empty your trash, and how/why to fully close your apps so they don't run in the background.
We are on our computers so much we don't even realize how slow they get. This is a great way to learn about tricks to make your computer run faster. You can use the same tricks in the future when your computer starts to slow down again! Join us as Harrison helps us clean up our computers!
How To Ask for What You Want In Ways To Get Heard: Practice Making Requests | NOT a NEXT-HOSTED Event
Join us for the April
session of HEART TO HEART CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE CHALLENGES OF AGING
and learn and practice a new way to ask for what you need, in order to
create mutual understanding and increase the chances to get the response
you would like.
Facilitator: Katharina W. Dress, M.A. AGING IN HARMONY
SPECIAL LIVE & LEARN EVENT. Tuesday, April 19 | 10:30 AM | On Zoom
What is the Medigap Birthday Rule?
While Medicare Open Enrollment is not until the Fall, if you are over 65 and already enrolled in Medicare with a supplemental plan, join us to learn about the "Birthday Rule" which may allow you to change your Medicare Supplement plans (aka Medigap plans) within 60 days after your birthday without the need for medical underwriting. Changing supplemental plans may save you money and may be worth considering.
Join us to learn about California’s Medigap Birthday Rule, especially if your birthday is coming up in the next 6 months before the Medicare open enrollment period.
Presenter: Allan S. Eckmann has been selling insurance for 48 years and is the founder of BayCrest Insurance Services.
SPECIAL LIVE & LEARN EVENT Thursday, April 21 | 3 PM | On Zoom
In Home & Other Services for Seniors & Adults with Disabilities
Are you aware of all the services available to seniors & adults with disabilities in San Francisco?
Are you curious about what you might be eligible for, including paid assistance for help with household chores, meal prep, personal care or someone to go with you to doctor appointments?
Join us for a Zoom presentation providing an overview of the wide range of services available through the SF Department of Disability & Aging Services (DAS), with a deep dive into In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), a program that provides paid assistance to income-eligible aged, blind, and/or disabled individuals so they can remain safely in their own homes.
Whether you need help now, or want to be aware of what is available in case needed in the future, make sure to join us to learn about DAS and IHSS services available, eligibility requirements, and the application process. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about the wide variety of resources and services available through DAS and IHSS and how to take advantage of them!
Presenters: Christine Ng (IHSS) and Mary Cabarles (SF Dept of Disability & Aging Services Intake Social Worker)
Join us for Coffee n’ Conversation to meet neighbors and friends new & old. To guarantee you'll meet some new people, we'll play a modified version of Musical Chairs with periodic announcements to change conversation partners (don't worry, no one will be left without a chair in our version of the game!). This casual event is designed to make it fun & easy to get to know some new people. We'll even have icebreaker game cards available to inspire conversation. Location is on Chestnut St on MUNI 30 route. Address will be provided to registrants.
Secrets of Cow Hollow -- Neighborhood History Walk
Join us for the SECRETS Of COW HOLLOW, a fascinating history walk through an historic gem of a neighborhood with John Nockels. A few highlights John will talk about along the way include Digby's Castle, Mayor Burr's stately Victorian, tales of Lotta Crabtree dancing on a barrel, Orson Fowler freeing women from their corsets and Talbot H. Green who lied his way to power! We will end our history walk at the Octagon House so you can go inside and get an in-house tour by a Colonial Dame.
Walk Leader: John Nockels, a San Francisco City Guide with 10 years experience.
4/11 & 25, 1PM - Writing Group - informal, facilitated writing group. On Zoom.
4/11, 4PM - Cheers! Happy Hour* at Osmanthus Dim Sum, located at 504 Broadway at Kearney. Please register. In Person - North Beach.
4/12 & 26, 11AM - Men's Conversation Group - share ideas and discuss what's going on in our lives and beyond. On Zoom.
4/12 & 26, 1-3 PM - Women's Conversation Group w/ Alex & Leslie Pellegrini* - Alex and Leslie's popular facilitated women’s conversation group. Hybrid event being held on Zoom *or* In Person in North Beach.
4/14, 11:30AM - Lunch Is Served! Lunch with The Bunch!* Please pre-register for headcount. In Person - Rose's Cafe, 2298 Union St @ Steiner St.
4/15, 4PM - Trivial Pursuit - April's theme: San Francisco Trivia! On Zoom.
4/21, 1PM - Stress Busters Workshop & Discussion Group - learn how to better handle your reaction to situations. Open to regulars & first timers! On Zoom.
4/27, 4PM - Reading Circle with Ms. Kim* - Read what you like and tell us about it! Piazza Pellegrini. In Person - North Beach.
Recently, NEXT Village partnered with the SF Evening Rotary Club for our bi-annual One Hard Thing event. They helped our members out with a variety of chores that are difficult to navigate alone, including: mattress flipping, blind washing, planting, window washing, and more.
Many thanks to our friends at the San Francisco Rotary Club for their outstanding elbow grease!
Be sure to watch for our next One Hard Thing event in November.
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