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Twin Cities Village
Serving the communities of Corte Madera and Larkspur

More Things to Do
Check out the updated “Things to Do While Sheltering-in-Place” list on our website. New additions are at the top of the list, dated May 25. And don’t forget to check back through listings from prior weeks. There are lots of options! View the list here or download a PDF here. Printing the PDF may help in remembering items you would especially like to explore.

Have a suggestion you’d like to share with others? Email or call the office and we can add it to next week’s list!, or (415) 457-4633

Dear Members and Volunteers,

Communications re Coronavirus 26th May 2020
(previous Coronavirus communications can be found under Newsletters)

It’s already our last weekly letter of May! Time has taken on a strange quality with the pandemic and sheltering in place, but it’s still hard to believe June is around the corner.

More Things to Do
Check out the updated “Things to Do While Sheltering in Place” list on our website. New additions are at the top of the list, dated May 25. Among other suggestions, additions include a performance of Bolero from Julliard; new suggestions for online streaming of theatrical productions; a new Olive and Mabel video (and links to prior ones) with Scottish sportscaster Andrew Cotter and his dogs; and an amazing armchair tour of one of Holland’s most beautiful gardens.

Questionnaire to Be Emailed Shortly!
Marin Villages members with access to email will receive a questionnaire Wednesday 27th May via Google Forms. Please take a minute to fill it out. We want to know your thoughts on possible new programs and services. Volunteers will receive a separate questionnaire later this week or early next week. If you are both a member and a volunteer, please respond to both questionnaires. Thanks in advance for your help! If you don’t have access to email, watch for a “snail mail” version—or perhaps a call from a volunteer to get your response via telephone.

Marin Villages Programming

Outside on my porch
Seeing nature, hearing birds
Who says I’m alone?

Poems are starting to come in! Won’t you try your hand at a haiku or a limerick, or something longer, and join our village-wide program to create the first-ever Marin Villages book of poetry? Poems can be funny, sad, happy, silly, or deeply philosophical. They can rhyme or not, be related to COVID-19 or not. They just need to be written by you during this time of sheltering in place and sent to us before June 30. Email or mail your poems to Cherie Sorokin, or 120 Geldert Dr., Tiburon 94920.

Staying Safe and Sane

Save the date of June 18 at 4:30 pm for a presentation on Zoom by Marin Villages members Sue Steele (MA, psychotherapist) and Patricia Stamm (MD, psychotherapist). This program will provide practical self-care tips to help us all navigate the ups and downs we experience during this pandemic. They will also provide helpful info on what to look for in a therapist if at some point you think you need some actual one-on-one counseling. Sue Steele is on the Marin Villages board and an active member and volunteer in Mill Valley Village. Patricia is a Marin Villages member and volunteer in Novato Village. Both are practicing therapists.

Please RSVP to the office if you are interested in attending this program. The Zoom link will only be sent to those who RSVP. Those of you without computer access can also phone in to the meeting. We will call you with the telephone number if you let us know that is how you would like to participate. If you need more training on Zoom, please also let the office know so we can arrange that for you in advance of this program. RSVP to (415) 457-4633 or

Did You Miss It?
Last Friday we had a special Zoom presentation from the Buck Institute on the nature of the coronavirus and the work being done at the Buck Institute to help understand the virus. We didn’t record this program, which was designed especially for Marin Villages. Aside from very interesting information on how the virus actually works and what medicines might help in recovery (Remdesivir is promising, Hydroxychloroquine is proving harmful), Daria Timonina, the speaker, reminded us all that exercise and diet continue to be among the most critical factors in maintaining good health overall—something we shouldn’t forget even though sheltering in our homes!
Things to Know
COVID-19 Risks for Those of Us Over 65
We are now entering the personal-balancing-act phase of the pandemic. As the County and other locations throughout the country begin loosening restrictions, we all will have to make our own assessments as to how much personal risk each of us is willing to take in our day-to-day life. Public Health officials are still strongly recommending that those of us over 65 keep practicing these recommended steps:
  • Stay at home unless you really need to go outside
  • Limit visitors to your home
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water and avoid touching your face
  • Wear a mask whenever in a public place or when you have visitors
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from other people

Remember, these practices not only protect you, but they also protect others around you.

What do the Stats Show?
Newly reported cases of COVID-19 are increasing in Marin. In part, this may reflect greater testing. It won’t be clear for several weeks whether the loosening of shelter-in-place restrictions and/or noncompliance with restrictions is a significant factor in increasing the number of cases. In the meantime, it’s good to remember that to-date in Marin the majority of confirmed cases and hospitalizations have occurred among individuals greater than 50 years of age, and all the reported deaths have been among those 65 years of age or older.
More Information from Scientists on COVID-19
The Buck website offered a series of webinars earlier this month on their own work and their collaboration with others in understanding the coronavirus and COVID-19. All the programs are excellent, but these two are real standouts: Dr. Larry Brilliant’s presentation which can be found here: and Dr. John Newman’s presentation which can be found here:  Other recordings in the series can be accessed here: 
Closing Thoughts
We are so grateful for the amazing support provided by our volunteers throughout this pandemic. We have fulfilled 100% of the service requests in April and May! Virtual pats on the back all around!

We are also grateful to our members who have been letting us know how much they value not only our volunteers but the very idea of Marin Villages. And we are so impressed with your individual resilience! Virtual hugs to you!

We are all learning to reinvent ourselves in this crazy time, but it is especially wonderful to be surrounded and supported by the Marin Villages community we have all built together over the past 10 ½ years.

Cherie Sorokin, President, Marin Villages
Peter Lee, Interim Executive Director

Be Alert to Scams. 
Emergencies bring out the best in some, and the worst in others! It may be harder for us all to ignore scam emails and calls, and especially those robocalls since we’re at home all the time. The Federal Trade Commission is already aware of scams out there falsely indicating there is a medicine that will protect you from, or cure you of, COVID 19. These may request money to put you “first on the list” to receive the medicine, or even promise to ship it now. DO NOT BELIEVE any such request. Here are a few tips that may be helpful in general:

    • Don’t answer the phone if you don’t recognize the number; let it go to voicemail. You can return the call later if it was from someone you want to speak with.
    • Hang up quickly if there is a brief pause between the time you pick up and someone starts to speak. These are usually robocalls.
    • Check the “from” line of any suspicious email you receive to make sure it is coming from the person indicated. The name might be familiar, but the email address may be sending you to a different person.
    • Don’t open attachments from anyone you don’t know well.
    • NEVER respond to requests by phone or email requesting money or gift cards or your social security number or bank or credit card numbers.
    • Be ESPECIALLY WARY of urgent requests.
    • Talk to a friend or family member before you respond to any request to send money or give out information.

Upcoming events

06/01/2020 - CANCELLED: Mill Valley Village - Monday Back Before Lunch Hike
06/01/2020 - Mill Valley Village - VIRTUAL MEETING - Steering Team Meeting
06/02/2020 - Mill Valley Village - VIRTUAL MEETING - Caregiving and Family - Challenges and Rewards
06/02/2020 - Mill Valley Village - VIRTUAL MEETING - Tuesday Knitting and Needlework Group
06/03/2020 - Mill Valley Village - VIRTUAL MEETING - Men's Group at the Sweetwater
06/04/2020 - CANCELLED: Mill Valley Village - Spirit Rock - First Thursday Afternoons
06/05/2020 - CANCELLED: Mill Valley Village - Friday Hiking Group
06/05/2020 - Public Health Program
06/08/2020 - CANCELLED: Mill Valley Village - Monday Back Before Lunch Hike
06/09/2020 - Mill Valley Village - VIRTUAL MEETING - Tuesday Knitting and Needlework Group
06/10/2020 - CANCELLED: Mill Valley Village - Coffee at the Sweetwater
06/11/2020 - Mill Valley Village - VIRTUAL MEETING - Book Group
06/12/2020 - CANCELLED: Mill Valley Village - Friday Hiking Group
06/12/2020 - Mill Valley Village - CONTINUING - Recent Articles Group
06/15/2020 - CANCELLED: Mill Valley Village - Monday Back Before Lunch Hike
06/16/2020 - Volunteer Training
06/16/2020 - Mill Valley Village - VIRTUAL MEETING - Tuesday Knitting and Needlework Group
06/17/2020 - CANCELLED: Mill Valley Village - Third Wednesday Trail Walk
06/17/2020 - Mill Valley Village - VIRTUAL MEETING - Men's Group at the Sweetwater
06/18/2020 - CANCELLED: Mill Valley Village - Memoir Group
06/18/2020 - Marin Villages - Stay Safe and Sane During this Challenging Time (Zoom)
06/19/2020 - CANCELLED: Mill Valley Village - Friday Hiking Group
06/22/2020 - CANCELLED: Mill Valley Village - Monday Back Before Lunch Hike
06/22/2020 - CANCELLED: Mill Valley Village - Luncheon
06/23/2020 - Mill Valley Village - VIRTUAL MEETING - Tuesday Knitting and Needlework Group
06/26/2020 - CANCELLED: Mill Valley Village - Friday Hiking Group
06/26/2020 - POSTPONED: Mill Valley Village - All About Owls
06/29/2020 - CANCELLED: Mill Valley Village - Monday Back Before Lunch Hike

If you need a ride to an event, please call Marin Villages 415-457-4633 four days in advance.

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Special Offers for Twin Cities Village Members:

Rotary of Central Marin Luncheon
Get treated to a delicious luncheon and listen to an interesting guest speaker at Left Bank Brasserie compliments of Rotary of Central Marin! Meet local Rotary club members who share a passion for both community service and friendship. 

Learn about Rotary’s global network of volunteer leaders who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.

Cost: Free to Twin Cities Village members and volunteers attending for the first time. The regular cost is $25. RSVP is required.
When: Mondays, 12:00 Noon to 1:30 pm
Where: Left Bank Brasserie, 507 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur
To learn more or RSVP, please call Joe Barton at 415-235-9162

Corte Madera Community Foundation Supports Twin Cities Village
Are you a Corte Madera resident, over age 65, who could use a hand with local rides, household help, pet care, tech support, office organization, or companionship?

Twin Cities Village might be able to help. Twin Cities Village seeks to address the service gap that many seniors face. It is part of Marin Villages, a non- profit, volunteer-supported, membership organization that strives to help seniors age in place safely, confidently and independently.

They do that by providing vetted-volunteers who assist members with the help needed. And if finances are the reason you haven't tried it, the Corte Madera Community Foundation might be able to help.

The Corte Madera Community Foundation is offering one-year scholarships to individuals interested in joining the Twin Cities Village, but unable to afford the monthly dues. to offset the cost to join so you can try it out and see if it would work for you.

Don’t delay, scholarships are limited. Call Marin Villages at 415-457-4633 and tell them you are interested in applying under the CMCF scholarship plan.

Marin Villages is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization • 415-457-4633 • • 
4340 Redwood Highway, Suite F-142 San Rafael, CA 94903

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