December - 2017 


Annual Holiday Mix & Mingle                                  December 11                                     San Francisco
Laughter Yoga                                                        January 8                                           San Francisco
Giving Back to Women in Our Community             January 22                                         Oakland

 See details below and check out our Events page on our website: 
Community....that's what  TTN means to our Chapter members.  A group of women coming together, interacting, sharing and caring about one another.  How fortunate we are.  Happy holidays to all.  

Monthly Chapter meetings will be held on the second Monday of the month, from 6 to 7:30 pm, at 50 California Street, San Francisco.
Please mark your calendars for the following upcoming   

December 11th    Annual Holiday Mix n Mingle
January 8th          Laughter Yoga with Guest Speaker:  
                             Linda Shively
Register for these events by clicking  on this link to the   
  Chapter Events website page  or emailing

Members:  Free      Guests:  $5.00


Laughter is the Best Medicine! 
Laughter is contagious and has a powerful and immediate effect on our mind, body, and spirit.  

This interactive Laughter Yoga workshop will demonstrate that you do not need humor or comedy to laugh.  Thankfully, the body receives the same physical and emotional benefits from simulated and real laughter.  Together, we will use laughter as exercise combined with yoga breathing.  Playful movements along with eye contact may turn simulated laughter into real laughter.

Benefits you will receive include:
·    Increase blood flow and oxygen in your body
·    Enhance uplifting endorphin levels and can reduce 
·    Stimulate the immune, digestive, and cardiac systems
·    Help reduce stress levels
·    Stretch and help relax tight muscles
·    Have fun!
Come ready to move and laugh (all exercises can be adapted to various physical abilities).  We will laugh, clap, move, and breathe.  All exercises will be done standing or sitting.  No prior yoga experience required and no yoga mats needed.  Wear regular clothes as long as you can move and breathe easily.  We will end with a meditation to center ourselves after the laughter.

Over the last 30 years, Linda Shively has become a happiness and joy expert. She has studied everything she can get her hands on in the subject of psychology, overcoming adversity, and personal development. She has a psychobiology degree from UCLA, and she coaches and leads events and workshops helping participants to find happiness and joy.

When:  Monday, January 8, 6:00-7:30
Where:  50 California Street;  10th floor

Register for this event by clicking on this link to the  Chapter Events website page     or emailing

TTN members and guests enjoyed an inspirational talk and lively discussion led by Retirement Coach, Luanne Mullin.

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 at

Holiday Lights Walking Tour

A Great Way to Get into 
 The Holiday Spirit

Join TTNer and master tour guide, Marilyn Straka on a two-hour holiday-themed walking tour of downtown San Francisco featuring lights, decorations, and hidden treasures.

See the lights and glitter of hotel and office lobbies, department stores and public squares.  See hidden treasures that even locals don't know.  Join the fun! 
  • When:  Throughout December-Thursdays through Sundays, 5 to 7pm - starting December 8 and ending December 23. 
  • Where:  Meet at the Palace Hotel. at 5:00 pm
  • Cost:   $25. 
For private parties and group rates call Marilyn at 415 921-1382. Private parties can start at 4pm


The Power of Essential Oils

Do you want more energy, clear thinking and strong bones? Let essential oils help balance, harmonize and support your health and well-being. Essential oils are distilled from plants and are highly concentrated and more potent than herbs.
You may have heard of essential oils or aromatherapy and aren't quite sure what they are or how to use them. Come taste, smell, and experience the oils and learn how you can have the oils as part of your life.

Aging with Vitality and Purpose 

When:   December 4, Monday 6:00-8:00 pm 

Where:  Herchurch, 

              678 Portola Dr, San Francisco, CA 94127

RSVP, as space is limited, Email for more information or to register for any of the workshops.
Anna Yang

Anna C.Yang, R.N. is a TTN member and is a Certified Holistic Nurse. She has been in the field of holistic health for over 30 years. She currently has a private practice dedicated to women's worth, wisdom, and well-being.


Oakland Museum's Women's Board Gears Up for the 
Fantastic White Elephant Sale

TTN member, Josephine Withers wants everyone to know that the annual WHITE ELEPHANT SALE returns to the San Francisco Bay Area for the 59th time on March 3 and 4, 2018.  The Preview Sale will be held on January 28, 2018.

All proceeds benefit the Oakland Museum; and of  course,  in addition to shopping, they accept a wide variety of  donations,  and have a truck that can pick up large items. If folks bring in donations during the month of February, they'll get two free passes to SHOP at that time. There's a calendar giving days and hours on the website.

Check out their website HERE.


Setting the Table for Civility

Holiday gatherings can often be stressful as friends and family bring differing views to the table.  TTNer Anna Yang has discovered a site that she thought would be of interest to our membership.  "I heard on the radio about a great resource for being able to talk with people who have differing opinions during the holidays. There is a handout with what questions to ask, etc. I was really impressed that this exists!  Sooooo needed."
To access the site, click HERE.

Rewarding, very part-time opportunity

Stacey Palevsky works for Engage As You Age.   Since 2008, they have provided homebound and isolated seniors with social interaction, conversation and education in an effort to slow the progression of dementia and improve quality of life.

Engage is looking to hire a few good smart and compassionate people to work with several new clients in SF and the Peninsula. They have an immediate opening to work with an elderly man in Foster City.  In this instance, visits will be weekly on Tuesdays for two hours at a time, so not a huge time commitment. This makes a great match for freelancers, consultants and artists because the schedule is so flexible and fits easily among other commitments.

Engage offers a competitive hourly rate. A college degree or relevant life experience is required. Our application is found at:

Often peer groups get together for the holidays.  Send in pictures of your outings and let us know what you have been doing.  Send to Nancy Ware at

What a perfect way to get into the Holiday spirit. 

Bring two dozen of your favorite cookies and the recipe to share.  Don't worry, no one will care if your recipe calls for stopping at your local bakery to pick up cookies.We will have ziplock bags to carry cookies back home.

This gathering will have plenty of time for getting to know each other and having fun conversations. And of course, plenty of cookies.  What a perfect way to get into the Holiday spirit.  Please join us to mix n mingle, cookie exchange, raffle/prizes and refreshments.

When:   Monday, December 11, 2017  6 - 7:30pm
Where:  Robert Half meeting room
              50 California Street, 10th floor  (1;2 block   
                              from  MUNI Embarcadero Stop)

Register for this event by clicking on this link to the   Chapter Events website page    or emailing

Members:  Free      Guests:  $5.00

Doing something for others is always a good feeling.  You are invited to join us in making sets of Angel Cards to be given to women who are clients at the newly relocated Women's Cancer Resource Center in Berkeley.
Angel cards are sets of small cards with artwork and a word or phrase chosen to empower and inspire the recipient.  Artistic experience is not required and all supplies will be provided.  We'll be using cut-up greeting cards so if you have any to share, please bring them along.  
When:  Monday, January 22, 2018, 1-4 pm
Where:  Merrill Gardens at Oakland/Rockridge
              5238 Coronado Avenue
              First Floor Activity Room
              Oakland, CA  94618
Easily accessible from the BART Rockridge Station, then either walk 10 minutes or take  AC Transit Bus # 51A on College Avenue.  Street parking is also available.
Please RSVP by January 8th  to Lujuana Treadwell at   and feel free to send questions to either Lujuana or Lynn Richards:


On Sunday, November 12, 2017, the Aquatic Park Senior Center, 890 Beach Street @ Polk, celebrated the Grand Opening of the Aquatic Park Life Story Center to the community. You may wonder how you might make use of the Life Story Center. As the holidays approach, think of making a Legacy Recording as a gift for your family and friends. Using the Life Story Center is FREE!  You will be provided with a free flash drive to deliver your gift. All you need is wrapping paper and your story! Please rsvp to Frank at 415-923-4485 or . You must be 50 or over to participate in the Life Story Center.


      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  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. 

Attention East Bay Non-Fiction Fans

Planning to read and learn more in the New Year? Start working on your resolution by joining a book group. The East Bay Non-Fiction book group is seeking new members and meets every other month in the evening.  To learn more contact Marj Wolf at  .


Let's Go To The Movies

TTN Movie Group started up on October 1 by seeing the new movie, Victoria & Abdul.  We had a great time learning about and discussing this previously unknown friendship between Queen Victoria and a young Indian clerk.  Plus we got to view the great actress Judi Dench portraying the Queen!  If you are interested in joining us at our monthly viewings in San Francisco, please email Mae at


East Bay TED Talk Discussion Group

TNN 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 
and I'll keep you posted when future meetings will take place.


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.

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! 


Barbara Aspelin  
Chair -The SF Bay Area Chapter 
Aleen Colitz

Hilda Hernandez-Gravelle
Special Projects

Dianne McCutcheon  
Publicity  Coordinator

Bunnie Quint
Event Planning

Gail Benton Shoemaker
  Event Activities

Joan Varrone
Event Planning

Janice Wallace
Special Interest Groups 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

For further information on our Chapter please email

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