Fighting for Our Future in San Francisco 
Dignity Fund Implementation Underway
dignity Fund logo
The Dignity Fund Oversight and Advisory Committee (OAC) has started meeting weekly. Members include Edna James, Gustavo Serena, Elinore Lurie, Beverly Taylor, Marcy Adelman, Margy Baran, Ramona Davies, Chip Supanich, Sandy Mori, Monique Zmuda, and Allen Ng. They will be working hard with the Dept. of Aging and Adult Services to oversee a quick process for recommendations for this first year's allocation and then will have more time for help shape planning and recommendations for future years. Information is updated periodically on the Dignity Fund Coalition website at  The next Dignity Fund Coalition meeting will be Wednesday, March  8 at 2:30 at ILRC, 825 Howard Street.  And thanks to Matt Perry for coverage in the California Health Report
Supervisor Yee Schedules Hearing for March 9
Supervisor Yee with Yes on I sign
Supervisor Yee has called a hearing to learn about progress on a recent audit of the Department of Aging and Adult Services and more importantly, to take testimony about needs of seniors and adults with disabilities. The hearing will be Thursday, March 9 starting at 10:00 at Room 250 City Hall.  If you would like more information and are considering speaking, please free to check in with Supervisor Yee's staff Jarlene Choy at or by calling 415.554.6519. Unable to attend? You view live on
Save the Dates - Upcoming Marches and Actions 
Sign that says A community that excludes even one of its members is no community at all.
15 April:  Tax March
Demand tax justice and that Donald Trump release his tax return.  

22 April:  March for Science
In the meantime, best advice is to keep calling your elected and appointed representatives  (see action tip sheet) and if possible, visit their office or see them in person at community forums. Practice democracy daily!  For more ideas, sign up for Daily Action text action alerts by texting the word DAILY to 228466. 
Connectors Build Communities & Friendships
seniors at a class in Cayuga

For March, mark your calendars.  All events, unless otherwise noted, are at Bethel Community Center, 2525 Alemany at Ottawa:
Friday, March 3 at 11:00 am - SF Fire Dept. Bureau of Fire Prevention & Investigation / DEMO: putting out a fire, prevention.
Tuesday, March 7 at 10:00 am-1:30pm, Legion of Honor (; Admission is FREE, SF Para Transit Bus Trip. You must sign-up in advance.
Friday, March 10 at 11:00 am - SF Dept. of Public Health, Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response (PHEPR). Join Tara Connor and learn how to handle emergency FLOODING conditions.
Saturday, March 18 at Noon  to 4:00 - CCC Potluck with performers: The Jeanetts! A Capella Quartet belting out Retro Hits ($5 music cover).

Upcoming: Mural Workshop with Precita Eyes reflecting neighborhood history  (hear neighborhood seniors reminisce about early days in the neighborhood here.) Build a Little Free Library, Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs, Leah's Pantry & Nutrition Education, Paint in the Park and CIA April Egg Hunt!  

For more information about these or other activities, contact Patti Spaniak at or call: 646-409-7775.  
St. Francis BYOB Event (Bring Your Own Bowl) 
What a great idea! St. Francis Square Community Living Campaign Committee hosted their second BYOB event on Sunday, Feb. 19 at St. Francis Square Social Hall. The idea for the event came from one of our members, Janet Tom, who made two big pots of vegetable soup. Another member, Sachiko Woo, made miso soup. Others brought salads, bread and appetizers.  About 25 guests arrived, many who have not come to events before. The next BYOB is set for the Fall. In the meantime, St. Francis Square will be hosting their  Coffee and Conversation gathering on March 10 and quarterly Birthday Party April 30. Thanks to Nan Park for the pictures!

seniors around the table

a big pot of soup

seniors labeling out a bowlful
Inter-generational Efforts Grow in Food Networks
senior leaders int he OMI Food Network
OMI Food Network reweaves community with the connections nourished by food and hospitality.
Ny'Juan pictured below is a volunteer, Saralyn Archie's grandson. Saralyn is in the picture (left) with Carolyn and Deb Glen at left.  Want more info about the OMI Food Network, email  
young man with seniors delivering food

young man with seniors delivering food

young man with seniors delivering food
young man with seniors delivering food
young man with seniors delivering food
SF Tech Council's Lively and Varied Meetings 
SF Tech Council logo
The SF Tech Council meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, from 4:00 to 6:00. Read about last month's lively meeting on the SF Tech Council website.  Next month's meeting will be on  March 15th  at 4:00  pm at Microsoft.  Advance registration required because of building security.  Please contact Susan Poor,   And if you will be going to this year's Aging in America Conference in Chicago, stop by SF Tech Council Co-chairs presentation on Thurs. March 23 at 1:00. 
Classes and Workshops 
Connections for Health Aging Workshop Empowers
Community Living Campaign, in partnership with Openhouse, will again offer this community-building and empowering series.  The workshops support healthy aging with a focus on:
Four-Week Workshop Series  
Thursdays, April 13th - May 11th * 10AM to 1PM
65 Laguna St.
Participants should attend all 4 dates.
Series is free and accessible.
Lunch is provided.    
RSVP Required to Attend.  To sign up or for more information, contact Armando Paone, Education Coordinator, at (415) 728-0194 or
To schedule a free presentation for your organization , please contact
Stay Engaged with Computer Classes and Tutoring
rob McBride in front of powerpoint

We have a great roster of technology classes, tutoring opportunities and presentations. This month's topics include shopping and online calendars, photoshop and so much more.  Download a list of free classes and open labs here .  

And something special /new this month... 

Learn about Privacy, Security and Managing Passwords on the Internet with Rob McBride (pictured above right) 
Join us Monday March 13,  1:00-3:00
SF City College Mission Campus 1125 Valencia St., Room 475 Bartlett Bldg.
For more info, download flyer here or contact Judy at

Basic Computer Skill Class 
Smartphone & Tablets In Chinese & English
Every Saturday, 12:30-3:00pmExcelsior Community Center 4468 Mission Street.   Contact Wanda Liu for more information at  
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Senior & Disability Survival School -
A New Kind of School
Join us for Senior and Disability Survival School! Learn more about community  resources, your rights and advocacy! 4-part series starts  Fridays March 3, 10, 17, 24 at the Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission Street. Sponsored by Senior and  Disability  Action and co-hosted by SFPL and the Mission YMCA. Refreshments provided.  Classes will be translated into Spanish and Cantonese. Please RSVP to guarantee a spot. Call Sarah Jarmon at 415-546-1333 ext. 307.
Economic Security 
Creating New Opportunities... 
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 is coming!!  Watch for a special announcement later in March. 
Don't Leave Money on the Table 
Words - Earn It_ Keep it_ Save It_
Hundreds of the City's poorest residents who are still working leave tens of thousands of dollars on the table in unclaimed state and federal tax credits designed to give bigger tax refunds to low-income workers. To apply for California's tax credit, a single person has to have made less than $6,717, while a family of two or more had to have made less than $14,161.  The Federal tax threshold is even higher - $14,880 for a single person and a family of three or more earning needs to earn less than $53,505. Taxpayers can have the tax break paid out even if they don't owe any taxes! 
Those interested in learning more about the tex credit and eligibility requirements an visit.  If you income is less than $54,000, you can get your taxes done for free at  in partnership with United Way.
 More Upcoming Events
Black Cuisine Returns on March 4 for its 37th Year 
chet in ethnic garb with platter
Many San Franciscans wait all year for this signature event hosted by Bayview Senior Services.  This year's event will be held at the newly opened Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center, 1753 Carroll Avenue at 3rd Street.  Wonderful food, cook-off contests, live music, ethnic marketplace and more. Get more information on Eventbrite or purchase  advanced black cuisine tickets here or by calling 415-822-1444. Proceeds benefit programs provided by Bayview Senior Services.  
2017 Boomer & Beyond - Luncheon & Presentation 
logo for boomer and beyond event
This year's Boomers and Beyond is an exceptional opportunity to engage in a conversation with he pioneering neuropsychologist Dr. Martinez.  They invite you to discover the dynamic power of your thoughts, body and cultural history have in mastering wellness and fulfillment.  Program begins on March 16 with a 12:00 Luncheon and Presentation, followed by 2:00 Continuing Education Seminar at the Westin St. Francis Hotel, 335 Powell Street. More information and tickets are available on EventbriteProceeds benefit 30th Street Senior Center. 
Digital Inclusion Week Getting Closer 
words digital and others that relate
The San Francisco Public Library is hosting Digital Inclusion Week May 8 through 13th, with Tuesday May 9th having a special focus on seniors.  To learn more and to participate, visit their website at