President: Ann Arabian Editor: Charlotte Ruffner
Happy April as we continue to weather the storm.
Who would ever have thought we’d experience a moment like this in our lifetimes? With “social distancing” and “sheltering in place” it’s proving to be an interesting time, as well as a new way of daily life.
Now that most of us are staying home, we're trying ways to relax and also stay engaged with the joys of life. Perhaps you’re de-cluttering and organizing (you should see my tidy drawers) or tackling an intricate jigsaw puzzle.
Or maybe you’re working out with a live stream exercise class, testing new recipes, brushing up on computer skills, or teaching your pet new tricks (guilty again). Reaching out to others is also valuable - and comforting. Some Newcomer groups are enjoying each other’s company via Zoom, an online meeting app that people are using as a virtual chatroom. Or maybe you’re connecting with Newcomer friends over the backyard fence, from opposite sides of the street, on 6-feet-apart walks, via email or Facetime, or by phone.
Whatever you may be doing, take comfort in the fact that we’re all in this together. All trying our best to flatten the curve, obey the science, take care of each other (including our first responders, businesses, and elders), be safe and intentional in everything we do, and spread calm wherever we can.
I know that we’ll come out the other side even stronger as a community. All in good time.
Stay safe, my friends.
As of March 23rd, there are 369 members. Please note that the April Prospective Member Coffee is canceled due to our shelter-in-place order. We will notify you when we are able to host our next coffee. Stay healthy, everyone!
Help us welcome 2 new members from the March Coffee:
Jill Jarrett (Robert)
We purchased our home in Sonoma in 2012. Until we retired at the end of 2019, we were working and living most of the time in Portland. Now we are enjoying Sonoma!
Nancy Schopp (Ken)
I just moved from Mill Valley after 50 plus years there. I am a semiretired CPA. I love hiking, gardening, traveling, and volunteering at Guide Dogs socializing puppies.
This is a recycled announcement about the Corona Virus. It has been posted and reposted by multiple medical doctors. The advice is very clear and informative. While the attribution is somewhat cloudy, the advice is all good and has been vetted by multiple organizations and scientists.
* The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (RNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa, changes their genetic code (mutation) and converts them into aggressor and multiplier cells.
A number of Newcomer Activity groups are still meeting, some in person like the weekly Tuesday hike, which is now a walk. Participants are maintaining the proper 6' distance and we encourage people to join the group. Please send an email to Stephanie at mailto:email@example.com and we will forward it to Vail, the group leader so you can learn the meeting locations.
Many groups are meeting via Zoom, especially book groups. If you haven’t used Zoom, Vintage House has a tutorial for people who don’t know how to use it. Check out their website: vintagehouse.org for a brief but thorough description. Select Vintage House Delivers/ More COVID-19 Info from the menu bar.
Stay healthy, safe and sane :).
Let’s Go To The Movies
From the Desk of Margo Ginsburg
Let’s Go To The Movies While We’re Sheltered-In-Place. Since we’re mostly confined to our homes without our usual diversions, some of our newcomers have responded to a request to suggest movies/series that they’ve particularly enjoyed.
This will be posted on the Newcomers Website on a continuing basis, beginning 4/6 and then every 2 weeks (4/20, 5/4, 5/20) as we gather more and more films. If you don’t see any new listings, it means that for the time being, we’ve run dry and have not received any recent suggestions for our Watch List. We’ll then revisit the idea.
If there’s a film you’d like to share with other newcomers, please send me an email to include the name of the movie/series, the genre of film (drama, comedy, mystery, political intrigue, etc), where we can locate it (Netflix, etc), and any comments (although not necessary). My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Press HERE to go to the Newcomer recommended listings.
Let’s Go To The Opera
Metropolitan Opera Presents
The New York Metropolitan Opera announced that it would stream encore presentations from the award-winning Live in HD series. The nightly streams begin at 4:30 pm Pacific time and remain available via the homepage of metopera.org for 23 hours. Here is the line-up so far:
April 2 - Don Carlo
April 3 - Les Pêcheurs de Perles
April 4 - Macbeth
April 5 - Norma
April 6 - Aida
April 7 - La Fanciulla del West
April 8 - Falstaff
April 9 - Parsifal
April 10 - Roméo et Juliette
April 11 - Don Pasquale
April 12 - Cosi fan Tutte
Lets Go To the Museum
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