Welcome to Ross Valley Village

Wishing you a

Happy 4th of July

and a fun summer!!!



The Ross Valley Village Steering committee will be calling all members this summer. We want to hear what events, opportunities and services you would like to see provided for our Villages.  Do you have an idea for our calendar or perhaps you are looking for someone who shares an interest. We plan to find new ways to connect our community this fall, but first we will get to know our membership better.


Also, we know we have members who are homebound, even if for a short time, who could use come company. We would like to make visits this summer and fall.  Let us know if that will work for you when we call.

Message from the Executive Director – Lisa Brinkmann

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer . . . wow, did those words ever come to life this past week!   Just as I was settling in to enjoy a few lazy summer days, exploring the coves of the Lost Coast, things got crazy. 


With mixed emotions, I had to wish my long-time (2 years is a long time around here) co-worker Isaiah much success in his new endeavors, as he takes on the position of Assistant to the Athletic Director at Marin Academy.  Like in any work place, as much as you think you may have things “under control”, the quick loss of one key person can create some psychological chaos.


Changes are exciting, tiring, scary and challenging – and depending on how we manage through them, they may feel like any one or all of these at various times of transition.  Fortunately, with age, we become more resilient in times of change, recovering quicker and redirecting our focus to put plans in place to move forward.   And as the queen so regally says, “carry on” . . . so off we go. 


I wish you all a great summer and, if you have some time, please consider picking up a volunteer request (or two).


Need summer Reading or Audio books?

Get a Marin Villages return trip ride to the library or try the Electronic books catalog from home. The Marin E-Library is designed to fit your information, entertainment, and leisure wants and needs when you are away from the Library or after hours. You can access e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines, and e-services any time using your library card number and password. 

To create a password online:

  1. Log in to Classic Catalog
  2. Type in your library card number. 
  3. Leave the Password (PIN) box blank. 
  4. Click on "Submit."
  5. At the next screen, re-type your library card number and enter a Password in both "New Password (PIN)" boxes (the characters in the Password (PIN) boxes appear as encrypted symbols, ex. ***). 
  6. Click on "Submit" again. 

If you forgot your password:

  • If you have your email address on file, you can request a new password online. 
  • You can also rest your password at any branch. Be sure to bring your library card with you. 


Need books, but can’t leave home…let the books come to you with the Marin Library Beyond Walls

It is a free service of the Marin County Free Library offering library services to county residents who are unable to visit our various locations in person. Library Beyond Walls staff and trained volunteers deliver and pick up library materials from the homes of our patrons.  Call 415-663818

Patrons receive deliveries at least once a month from trained volunteers. Materials are checked out to a patron, on his or her library card, for up to six weeks



What’s Happening in Ross Valley Village

If you would like to participate in any of the activities below and need transportation, please call the office at 415-457-4633 to arrange a ride. 

Breakfast at Barefoot Cafe – Third Wednesdays

Wednesday, July 18, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Where: Barefoot Cafe, 1900 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax

Join us for our monthly social hour over coffee and breakfast (you cover the cost) to make new friends and keep the old--bring your neighbor, friend, a family member or show up ala carte! We get a big group!  A joint event by Age Friendly Fairfax and Ross Valley Village


Village Social: Coffee at Farm House Local – Third Thursdays

Thursday, July 19, 10:00 a.m.   

Where: Farm House Local, 25 Ward St., Larkspur

Just show up and have a cup of coffee, pastry and conversation.  Park in main lot if driving!!    


Ross Valley Village/Age-Friendly Fairfax - Contributing and Working: Options for Community Service and Income

Friday, July 27, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Where: Fairfax Library

Staying engaged with our communities, out of financial need or for personal fulfillment, as well as giving back can enrich our lives with meaning and purpose that might slip away as we move into our later years.  Come hear about local volunteer opportunities with Fairfax and Ross Valley Villages; and learn about economic possibilites through the YWCA Women over 50 Program.


What’s Happening Around the Villages:

Novato Village - U.S.S. Potomac ~ FDR’s Floating White House

Wednesday, July 8, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

leave Novato at 10 a.m., return around 3 p.m

CONTACT:  Beth Livoti at  llivoti@comcast.net or Marge Jackson (415) 892-1238

EVENT:   Docent-led tour of the Presidential Yacht Potomac (berthed at Jack London Square) followed by no-host lunch at a nearby restaurant.  Cost of tour: $8.



Twin Cities Village – Happy Hour at the BACKSTAGE

Wednesday, July 10, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where: 295 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur (opposite Pico)

Marin’s newest and hottest wine bar – BACKSTAGE – will host Twin Cities Village’s Happy Hour!  Voted one of Marin’s best “Hot Spots”, this new venue has outdoor patio seating and is seen as an adult playground.  So… let’s play!


Twin Cities Village/Age Friendly Corte Madera: Discover Unique Places in Marin

Wednesday, July 18, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Central Marin Police, Community Room, 250 Doherty Drive, Larkspur

Our county is an outdoor recreation paradise, attracting travelers from all over the planet.  Don’t miss this informative and enlightening presentation. You’ll hear about hidden gems in Marin, the numerous parks and attractions and the popular Marin culinary movement.  Get ideas as well for new adventures you can find in your own backyard.  Complementary light refreshments.  

Presenter: Christine Bohlke, Sales and Marketing Director, Marin County Convention & Visitors Bureau.



Mill Valley Village - Sage & Sierra:  Growing Up In Owens Valley

Volunteer Joan Busby Talks About Her Book 

Thursday, August 2, 2:00 p.m.

Where: Mill Valley Golf Course Clubhouse

Village volunteer Joan (pronounced Jo-Ann) Busby is going to chat with us about her childhood growing up in the Owens Valley, as captured in her recent book Sage and Sierra.  Joan and her sister Carol wrote this memoir together, alternating chapters and recollections.   So please plan to come join us for a fun afternoon of stories, books and friendship.  All are welcome so please feel free to pass this along to friends and neighbors. 


Twin Cities Village/Age Friendly Corte Madera: Driving As We Age

Wednesday, August 15, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Central Marin Police, Community Room, 250 Doherty Drive, Larkspur

Worried about your driver’s license renewal? Wondering if you should still be driving? Many people value driving as a mark of independence. The rules of the road, and your hearing, vision and reaction time have changed since you learned to drive. Discover how to tune up your driving skills and get helpful hints to pass the license renewal exam. This presentation will provide valuable information and help you continue to maintain your driving privilege as long as you are safe to do so. 

Presenter: Rosemary Robles, DMV Community Outreach Senior Ombudsman.


Twin Cities Village/Age Friendly Corte Madera: Why Does Everyone Mumble?!

Wednesday, September 19, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Central Marin Police, Community Room, 250 Doherty Drive, Larkspur

Having trouble understanding your grandchildren? Do you have difficulty following conversations in restaurants? Join us to learn how hearing changes as we age and some simple strategies that can improve the quality of your life. In addition, you will learn how to seek hearing help from a skilled clinician, who will listen well to your needs, and explain the complex trade-offs involved in selecting

and fine-tuning the best hearing aids for you.

Presenter: Lee Weissman, Doctor of Audiology, Novato.



What’s Happening Around Town


Marin County Commission on Aging – Addressing the mental health needs of older adults 

Thursday, July 5, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Where: Alma Via of San Rafael, 515 Northgate Dr., San Rafael

Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Older


Mini-Succulent Gardens with Marin Master Gardener Diane Lynch

Saturday, July 21, 11:00 - 12: 00 pm 

San Anselmo Council Chambers,  525 San Anselmo Avenue

Succulents are attractive easy-care, low-water plants that come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Learn how to incorporate these versatile plants into mini-gardens, using common households objects like teacups and cookie tins as containers. Diane Lynch has been a Master Gardener in Marin since 1999 and previously was one in Texas. She has been writing a gardening column for The Ark newspaper on the Tiburon Peninsula since 2002 and has been a long-time contributor to the weekly Master Gardener column in the Marin Independent Journal.



Corte Madera Bingo

Thursdays – Ongoing, 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m

Where: Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Dr., Corte Madera

Join our group of active older adults for BINGO every. at the. You’re sure to have fun! Come and enjoy wonderful company, delicious treats like Lappert’s ice cream, and other great perks and surprises.  Once a month, representatives from local senior organizations will be on hand to answer questions regarding services they offer.


Lunch Club for Seniors

Thursdays - Ongoing, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.   

Where:  Corte Madera Recreation Center, 498 Tamalpais Dr., Corte Madera

Come have lunch with us! Every Thursday Good Earth Natural Foods prepares organic, well-balanced, hot lunch. Enjoy a nice meal and conversation with friends!


Open to all adults age 60+, $3.00 suggested donation. No older adult turned away for lack of funds. Reservations are required seven days in advance, call 415-457-4636.


Social Services Navigator

Friday, July 27,  12:30 – 1:00

Where:  Fairfax Library

Do you have questions or concerns about resources for older adults?  Come meet one-on-one with a member of the Age-Friendly Fairfax Task Force for more information.


Save the Date:


Marin Villages’ Annual Volunteer Appreciation Party!  

Sunday, September 23, time TBD

Where: Jason’s Restaurant, 300 Drake’s Landing, Larkspur

Join us to celebrate the lifeblood of Marin Villages, our amazing volunteers.  We will get a chance to recognize the folks that make our grass movement possible.  More details on timing and program to come in the following weeks. Mark it on your calendar!