April 2020

President: Ann Arabian   Editor: Charlotte Ruffner

President's Message

Ann Arabian

Happy April as we continue to weather the storm.

Who would ever have thought we’d experience a moment like this in our lifetimesWith “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.


Membership News

Carmela Mezquita 

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.



Charlotte Ruffner

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.

* Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.

* The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat. That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam CUTS the FAT (that is why you have to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam). By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own.

* HEAT melts fat; this is why it is good to use water above 25 degrees Celsius for washing hands, clothes and everything. In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful.

* Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ANY FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.

* Any mixture with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaks it down from the inside.

* Oxygenated water helps long after soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein, but you have to use it pure and it hurts your skin.

* BACTERICIDE DON’T WORK.  The virus is not a living organism like bacteria.  Antibiotics cannot kill something that is not alive.

* NEVER shake clothing, sheets or cloth.  If you shake such items or use a feather duster, the virus molecules float in the air for up to 3 hours, and can lodge in your nose.

* The virus molecules remain very stable in external cold, or artificial as air conditioners in houses and cars. They also need moisture to stay stable, and especially darkness. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade it faster.

* UV LIGHT on any object that may contain it breaks down the virus protein. For example, to disinfect and reuse a mask is perfect. Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin, eventually causing wrinkles and skin cancer.

* The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin.

* Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.

* NO SPIRITS, NOR VODKA, serve. The strongest vodka is 40% alcohol, and you need 65%.

* LISTERINE IF IT SERVES! It is 65% alcohol.

* The more confined the space, the more concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated, the less.

* This is super said, but you have to wash your hands before and after touching mucosa, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote control, cell phone, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc. And when using the bathroom.

* If you use a moisturizer or a lotion, make sure your skin is completely dry before applying.  Keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there.

Stephanie Brown

Social Activities

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:ncactivities2020@gmail.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

Margo Ginsburg

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: margo1210@gmail.com


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 1 - Nixon in China

April 2 - Don Carlo

April 3 - Les PĂȘcheurs 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

Press HERE to go to the Opera.

Lets Go To the Museum

Newcomers Out and About

These Sonoma Valley Newcomer Tuesday Hikers practiced social-distancing on March 17th at Sonoma Valley Regional Park.  The group was led by Vail Schaeffer.

The Newcomers Co-ed Cycling Group got in one last ride before Governor Newsom ordered Californians to shelter-in-place. The group started in Sebastopol and managed to get in at least 25 miles.  After the ride they met at the Barlowe in Sebastopol for lunch.

Sonoma Valley Newcomers Club is here to help you form friendships as you ease into your new life. By offering an array of activities in a group setting, our hope is that you can meet other women who share your interests. 

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Website: http://sv-nc.org

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