April - 2017 


Monet Exhibit                                      Wednesday, April 5                               San Francisco
SF TED Talks Group                           Wednesday, April 26                            San Francisco
Overcoming Political Stress                Saturday, May 27                                 East Bay
Scottish Rite Temple                            Wednesday, May 31                           Oakland

See details below

Monet:  The Early Years
Legion of Honor, 
San Francisco

Wednesday, April 5th, 11:30 am
Join us for a tour of Monet:  The Early Years exhibit at the Legion of Honor.  Please purchase/reserve your ticket for an 11:30 am showing.  We will meet at the entrance to the exhibit at 11:15 am.  

Following our tour of the exhibit, join us for lunch/mix n mingle at the Legion CafĂ©.  

Due to demand during this exhibition,  parking may be limited   at the Legion of Honor. Ticket holders are strongly advised to arrive at the Legion of Honor  15 to 30 minutes before the time noted   on their ticket to enter the queue for the exhibition. The museum is accessible via public transportation. 

Tour of the Scottish Rite Temple
1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland
Wednesday, May 31st, 
 11 am

The Scottish Rite is a branch of Freemasonry, and has several origin stories dating to the 18th century. The luxurious and beautifully maintained Scottish Rite Temple of Oakland replaced an earlier Masonic structure, and was completed in 1927. 
Many of us have attended concerts and other events here, but our docent-led tour will give us access to many private spaces. Although we will be primarily interested in the architecture, you will find more information on the complex and arcane organization of the Scottish Rite on their website,  http://oaklandscottishrite.com/ 
Meet in the lobby of the Temple at 11 am.  
Followed by lunch across the street at the Lakeside Chalet
Admission by donation
Transportation:  Walking distance from the Lake Merritt BART station.  Limited street parking available.
RSVP to Josephine Withers at  josephinewithers@gmail.com

Dianne in front of one of her ribbon winning quilts titled "Reaching to the Sky:Chicago."
On Saturday, March 25, ten TTN members and friends enjoyed a tour of the spectacular, color-filled QUILTS San Francisco 2017 show. Dianne McCutcheon, TTN member and quilter, led the tour highlighting the most spectacular works at the show and sharing her expertise in how the quilts were designed and executed. A special congratulations to Dianne for winning an honorable mention prize at the show for her art quilt "Reaching to the Sky: Chicago".

Thank you, Dianne, for an informative and very enjoyable tour.

TTN group on guided tour of the SF Quilt Show


A special benefit of being a TTN member is getting involved in members-only peer groups. 
Participate in peer and special interest groups that range from discussions about transition issues and business networking to activities such as cultural events, gourmet dining and book clubs. There is no limit to the groups that can be created because they all originate with the members!

Here are our Current Openings:

San Francisco 
All queries about San Francisco peer groups should go to Barbara Aspelin

East Bay   
All queries about East Bay peer groups should go to Toby Stewart.
Peninsula/South Bay
We have a new coordinator for the Peninsula/South Bay region.  For information about Special Interest Groups and Peer groups, contact Nancy Hawes.

Workshop: "Overcoming Political Stress"
May 27th, 2017

Hello, my name is Maria Pedroza.   I moved to the U.S. from Argentina in 1988. The move initiated a transformation from being a mind centered psychoanalyst to becoming a heart centered shaman and a healer. 

Lately, I am watching women being affected by the political news. It looks as if gains during the years of struggle for women's rights are at stake. 

As women, our resources and strength can become limited by previous traumatic experiences. My life's work is to liberate ourselves from the deep wounds that we silently and courageously carry through our lives. I feel honored to use ancient knowledge shared by indigenous traditions to remove the traumatic energy trapped in the psyche, to liberate our feminine power. 

After listening to the impact of the political climate on many of my friends and clients, I decided to offer a workshop. 

What:         "Overcoming Political Stress"
When:          May 27th, 2017
Where:         Bay Area (Address provided at registration)

Please feel free to contact me for more information:  maria@ShamanicHealingCenter.org  or by phone at (510)883-4182
For more information about my story click  HERE or check out my website HERE

Personal Concierge 



The only three-day film fest on aging, once again we will  present independent and innovative global cinema that advances our
mission: to educate, entertain, inspire intergenerational and diverse
audiences about the issues of aging.

We are seeking new board members who meet several of the
following requirements:

Love of film; interest in researching and reviewing potential films;
comfortable with issues of aging; available to meet once a month in San Francisco for board meetings, plus 3-4 hours' extra work during the month.
Experience or interest in fundraising and/or publicity a plus;
experience with social media (Constant Contact also helpful). Flexibility and  sense of humor.

If not board member, would you like to help out 3 hours per week
organizing 'stuff' (myriad fest details)?

For the full announcement, click HERE or contact   Sheila Malkind, Executive Director, info@legacyfilmfestivalonaging.org

2016 LFFOA Board members, l to r: Koko Kawasaki, Sheila Malkind (Executive Director); Arlene Reiff; Howard Bloomberg, and Maxine Berzok.Not in photo:  Zel Anders, Amy Hittner, and Alan Klaum.

Click  HERE to join or renew

When you break down the membership dues it comes to $8.00/month or $2.00/week...  less than the cost of a latte!!!  What a bargain! 


San Francisco TED Talk Group
Just Starting Up

We like the TED Talk Discussion Group idea so much that we are forming one in San Francisco (copying those brilliant East Bay members :) The San Francisco group will gather once a month to watch a TED Talk and then discuss it.  Joan Varrone has offered to hold the discussions at her home.  Those participating will take turns choosing the Talks and bringing snacks.  The first discussion will take place on 4/26 from 7:00 to 8:30.  If you are interested please contact Gail Benton Shoemaker at  gailbentshoe@igc.org.

Have I Lived My Life 
to the Fullest? 

Now that many of us are in our seventies and eighties, TTNer Lyn Richards  is interested in exploring with other TTN members  how this question personally affects them, as well as how you are addressing this issue.  

I'm envisioning a leaderless small group, taking place in the East Bay, for as much time as participants want to delve into the topic. I see this as a small discussion group, closed to new members once we start going. It would take place on a weeknight evening, in rotating participants' homes.  

Please respond to Lynn Richards,
LRW7732@pacbell.net  if you are interested, and let her know what you think of the whole idea.

East Bay Ted Talk Discussion Group Forming

First East Bay TED talk meeting

TTN East Bay TED Talks Discussion Group had it's first meeting.  It was a great time for everyone with a lively discussion. If you are interested in joining the group, please email me at terry@polarisone.com and I'll keep you posted when future meetings will take place.

For a link to some of the most popular TED Talks click 
East Bay TED group in discussion!

What's your passion? 
 Any member can start a special interest group. If you have an interest that is not represented by a new or existing group, contact  Janice Wallace  at
janicewallace2016@gmail.com  to create a group description and recruit other members to join you.

For more information about other new groups as well as information about existing groups, see the   Special Interest Page on our website. 


All TTN members in the East Bay may join the Caring Collaborative, a group of women who volunteer to support each other in times of illness, injury, or other personal needs.  Our goal is to create a supportive safety net to preserve and promote healthy independence. 
Sample services include rides to and attendance at medical appointments, providing meals, and assistance with household chores such as grocery shopping. For more information or to join, contact Janet Mandelstam, Collaborative lead.


Many of you have shared interesting articles and videos that have been appreciated by our readership.  We'd like to encourage this sharing; to this end, we have created a monthly column called Readers' Corner.  Submit your articles to Nancy Ware at nanwebware@sbcglobal.net

Home Sharing Program 
When You're Over Sixty

"There comes a time when you become really realistic about your finances," Ms. Tall said. "Also, when you get older, it's nice to have another person around."  Read this interesting article about a home-sharing program for older renters that matches two art lovers in a two-bedroom in Morningshide Heights, New York.  The article was sent in by long-time TTNer Mona Kreaden.  For the full NY Times article click HERE.


The Three Tomatoes is a newsletter celebrating "women who aren't kids" with a fun and informative FREE insiders lifestyle guide covering the best of NYC, LA and just recently SF!  Check it out HERE.
Barbara Aspelin  
Chair -The SF Bay Area Chapter 
Dianne McCutcheon  
Publicity  Coordinator
Charlotte Myers

Joan Varrone
Event Planning

Bunnie Quint
Event Planning

Janice Wallace
Special Interest Groups Coordinator 

Hilda Hernandez-Gravelle
Special Projects

Nancy Hawes
Peninsula/South Bay Coordinator


Arlene Reiff
Exploring Housing Options 
Mona Kreaden
Exploring Housing Options

  Janet Mandelstam
 East Bay Caring Collaborative     

Nancy Ware
Newsletter Editor   
Janet Mandelstam
Arlene Reiff  
Co-Founders of SF Bay Area Chapter

What are you doing?  We'd love to hear from you and share some ideas and stories.  Send us pictures too! Send your updates of your adventures and discussions to Nancy Ware at   nanwebware@sbcglobal.net

For further information on our Chapter please email SanFranciscoChapter@TheTransitionNetwork.org

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Visit the National webpage HERE 
The Photograph used in the heading is "Two Bridges and the Low Fog" provided by  Brocken InaGlory