Friday, April 17, 2020

Staff Corner

Linda Gavron

Linda Gavron pictured in the middle, Thanksgiving 2018. 
Currently, my job title is Facility and Rental Manager, which means that I am responsible for the care and maintenance of our facility and private event rentals. Most recently, however, you will recognize me as, “Hi, this is Linda, and I’m calling on behalf of Vintage House Senior Center.”
That’s been my mantra for the hundreds of phone calls I’ve made to Vintage House members while working from home over the last several weeks offering a cheery “hello and how are you doing today?” and asking if there is a need for grocery shopping or prescription pick up. Overwhelmingly the response has been “I/we’re doing fine,” followed by kind words of appreciation and gratitude for our Vintage House team and all that’s happening here to assist our senior population. It’s been very gratifying to personally connect with so many individuals that I’ve befriended during my 16 years of employment.
Like so many of our 65+ population, I’m right there with you and have cabin fever! At age 70 and feeling fit and active, my reaction to being told that I am at risk and need to stay home is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. Many of our members have expressed a desire to volunteer but are aware that the age restriction is a roadblock. I am quick to remind them that by “sheltering in place,” they ARE helping - hugely - by keeping themselves safe and healthy, thus reducing risk to the community.
While I am at heart a homebody, this is overkill. I’m keeping busy cleaning out closets and drawers and places I never thought to clean. (I’ve amassed quite a collection for the Vintage House share table!  We might need a second table!) I love crossword and Sudoku puzzles and find that they keep me entertained and thinking. My neighbor and I walk daily and have discovered a family of three snapping turtles at the lake we circle. They have become a highlight of our walks, and we smile and chuckle as we approach their sunning spot on the rocks or watch them gently dip into the water. My friend has aptly named them Snap, Crackle & Pop.
I am trying to practice patience and mindfulness for all of my blessings, and mostly I am at peace, except when I’m freaking out. I really need someone to invent an alarm system that will only allow me to open my refrigerator three times a day and for only 30 seconds so that I cannot cheat!
Love, Linda
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Bobbie Jonas

Week five with Bobbie. Refocus your mind, recalibrate and reenergize. 
Bobbie Jonas
Holistic Practitioner, Relationship Coach
Creator of "Your Magical Mind, Shift Your World"
A Place for Conversations that Matter
You can reach Bobbie at 707-227-6485 or by email to

Bird Watching Class

Would you like to learn more about birds without leaving your home?

Given the interest of Sonoma residents, Jim Rosso has added another ZOOM session for us. The 9:00 am class will consider a number of topics and the 10:00 am class will be about bird identification. You can join either session to observe wildlife through pictures and discuss what kinds of birds are in our area.
Please register by 5:00 pm on Thursdays.
Fridays • 9:00 to 9:50
• 10:00 to 10:50
Questions? Register Here: Bird Watching


Join Vintage House for a ZOOM TED Talk.
Facilitated by Jade Filippi

Different Talks Each Week

Fridays • 1:00 to 2:00
How it Works: Click on the ZOOM TED Talk yellow button every Friday at 1:00 pm. We all introduce ourselves, then watch the TED Talk. After, we share our respectful thoughts and options. It is a great way to feel connected from the safety of your home. We hope to see you at the next TED Talk! 
Click Here: Zoom TED Talk

Shelter in Place with a Good Book!

Join Vintage House’s Virtual Book Group

Love to read but have trouble finding the time?  Now is your opportunity!

Vintage House’s first Virtual Book Group will be reading The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See and discussing via Zoom (computer or telephone accessible).  This New York Times Bestseller is available in paperback at Reader’s Books.  They have several copies in stock now and can order more.  The e-book is also available through the Sonoma County Library.

Set on the Korean Island of Jeju, The Island of Sea Women follows Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls who are best friends that come from very different backgrounds. When they are old enough, they begin working in the sea with their village’s all-female diving collective, led by Young-sook’s mother. As the girls take up their positions as baby divers, they know they are beginning a life of excitement and responsibility but also danger.

Despite their love for each other, Mi-ja and Young-sook’s differences are impossible to ignore. The Island of Sea Women is an epoch set over many decades, beginning during a period of Japanese colonialism in the 1930s and 1940s, followed by World War II, the Korean War, and its aftermath, through the era of cell phones and wet suits for the women divers.

Please contact Denise Wilbanks at or 707.485.9346 if you will be participating in the book group so that she can send you an invitation to join the ZOOM book discussion on May 1st.  Happy reading!

Guided Meditation

Robert Young

You are invited to take a journey at 5:00 pm on Mondays for Guided Meditation. 
Robert will email out a YouTube video that everyone will watch together, from the safety of your own home.

Mediation can help you feel calm, diminish stress or pain, get through a crisis, and engage in spiritual practice.
Please register by 1:00 pm on Mondays.
Register Here: Guided Meditation
Face Covering Questions?

Vintage House Delivers

In response to the CoronaVirus outbreak and state-mandated orders to shelter-in-place, Vintage House has launched a new initiative to address the growing need amongst Sonoma Valley Seniors who are unable to leave their homes. 

Vintage House Delivers is here to help those who are in need of a volunteer to do your grocery shopping, pick up a prescription or other non-food essentials such as pet food. 

To request a delivery or sign up as a volunteer shopper, please click here or call us at 707.996.0311. 
Click Here to Request Delivery
Click Here to Volunteer Shop
Click Here: Safe Grocery Handling Instructions

Supper's On

Monday through Friday

Supper's On is now five days a week!
Vintage House is distributing FREE Senior packaged meals and FREE Family packaged meals. All are available for curbside pickup. 
Please have your mask on when you arrive. Your mask protects us, and our masks protects you. Thank you!
We can deliver Senior meals, please call (707)996.0311 for information.

Monday through Friday • 11:30 to 4:00 (or until we run out)

Redwood Food Bank

In response to the COVID-19, the Redwood Food Bank will be at Vintage Hosue twice a month, on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday from 8:30 to 10:00.
Redwood Food Bank will distribute food drive-through curbside. 

Tuesday, April 21 • 8:30 to 10:00
Click Here: Redwood Food Bank Info

Pet's Lifeline

Pet's Lifeline is offering FREE pet food every Friday during our Soup's On event and during the Redwood Food Bank food give away event. 

Tuesdays and Fridays • 11:30 to 1:00

Learn How to ZOOM

Click Here to Learn How

Vintage House Cares. We're Here to Help

During this time of crisis please consider a tax-deductible donation to support all that Vintage House is doing to address the needs of seniors in our community.
We need each other now more than ever before.
Thank You. 

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