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
www.sfdignityfund.org.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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling
415.554.6519. Unable to attend? You
view live on SFGovTV.org.
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
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 (
legionofhonor.famsf.org); 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).
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!
Inter-generational Efforts Grow in Food Networks
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 DebGlen1@gmail.com.
SF Tech Council's Lively and Varied Meetings
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 4:00pm at Microsoft. Advance registration required because of building security. Please contact Susan Poor, email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Basic Computer Skill Class Smartphone & Tablets In Chinese & English
Every Saturday, 12:30-3:00pm,
Excelsior Community Center, 4468 Mission Street. Contact Wanda Liu for more information at email@example.com.
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.
Creating New Opportunities...
is coming!! Watch for a special announcement later in March.
Don't Leave Money on the Table
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 www.myfreetaxes.org in partnership with United Way.
More Upcoming Events
Black Cuisine Returns on March 4 for its 37th Year
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
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
Proceeds benefit 30th Street Senior Center.
Digital Inclusion Week Getting Closer
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