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WHISTLESTOP PERSPECTIVE

By Joe O’Hehir

“A Tribute to John and Val”

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or more than a decade, Whistlestop has been blessed to have John and Val Bowman serve as the Co-Editors for the Whistlestop Express newsletter.

Prior to working with Whistlestop, John had a distinguished career in journalism for 38 years, working as reporter, columnist, editor and publisher of daily newspapers in Indiana, Illinois and California. From 1993 to 1995, he was the General Manager for the Daily Californian, UC Berkeley’s student newspaper. Val was an award-winning columnist and Lifestyles Editor at newspapers in Illinois and California. They worked together at newspapers in Streator, Illinois and Roseville, California.

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John and Val’s introduction to Whistlestop

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came in 2008. Mark Lindsey, a former Whistlestop Board member, recruited them to become editors of the Whistlestop Express. At the time, the organization was looking to revamp the Express and give it a more professional look and feel. John and Val led the revival and over the next 10 years transformed the Express into the go-to monthly information and assistance newsletter for Marin County’s older adults, with a circulation of over 25,000. When asked what their favorite themes and articles were, John and Val pointed to all five Whistlestock event issues. Their favorite was the September 2015 edition when Val interviewed Barry Melton of Country Joe and the Fish and John interviewed Lester Chambers of the West Coast

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Blues Hall of Fame. One of the highlights of their tenure as co-editors was working with all the members of the Whistlestop staff, especially Yvonne Roberts and the Marketing Communications team, who made them feel like they were part of the Whistlestop family. They also enjoyed interviewing the likes of Jerry Jampolsky and Dianne Cirincione, Sylvia Boorstein, Jack Kornfield and poet laureate Kay Ryan. John and Val recently relocated to Iowa to be near family and to continue to enjoy their beautiful life together. Their parting message to Whistlestop Express readers is, “Pitch in to support Whistlestop with your financial contributions or as a volunteer. You will be supporting the most important and caring

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organization for older adults in Marin County. Whistlestop ensures that so many people live longer, healthier and happier lives by providing unparalleled services and a refuge from loneliness and isolation.”

On behalf of the Marin community and of the thousands of Express readers who have enjoyed your work over the last 10 years, thank you for your continued generosity and support of Whistlestop’s mission. You are and will always be loving members of our family.

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Kelly Krueger Thomas, Whistlestop Express Editor 415-235-5031 | kelly@kruegerpr.com

TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

Jennifer Golbus, Marketing & Communications Director jgolbus@whistlestop.org

CarePool Volunteer Driver Program | 415-454-0927 Travel Navigators/Marin Access Eligibility | 415-454-0902 Schedule a Paratransit Ride | 415-454-0964 Cancel a Paratransit Ride | 415-457-4630

OUR MISSION Whistlestop believes we share a responsibility to ensure all Marin residents have an opportunity to age with dignity, independence and grace. Want to receive the Express at home? Send $10 to Whistlestop for an annual delivered print subscription, or sign up at whistlestop.org for a free email version.

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Colorful and Fresh Vegetables make a Healthy Meal

The Delight of Home Grown Vegetables By Kelly Krueger Thomas

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alternative since they are easier to reach. The Old Farmer’s Almanac www. almanac.com/content/howbuild-raised-garden-bed has lots of ideas for raised beds. Just remember, most vegetables need six to eight hours of direct sun to grow so be sure to pick a spot for your garden, bed or pots that offers plenty of sunlight. The best soil for your garden should be loamy. You don’t want it to be too sandy or have too much clay – which is pretty common in Marin. To create the perfect balance, add organic materials such as compost, humus or well-composted

manure. You want the soil to be loose so there are tiny air pockets between soil particles, giving your plants time to grow. Now it’s time to think about what you want to grow! Make sure the vegetables you choose will work with your soil and space and are hardy enough to weather the elements. Seeds take more time to grow while seedlings will give you a jump-start on the season. If you live in the valleys, that occasional frost can come until the end of April. It may be warm above ground but the soil may be too cold to plant. Once

Whistlestop thanks UC Marin Master Gardeners and Dot Zanotti Ingels for the information used in this article. Marin Master Gardeners visit home gardens to provide advice in sustainable gardening techniques, focusing on water efficiency, soil health and plant selection. To schedule a free consultation, call the Marin Master Gardener Help Desk 415-473-4204 or visit their website at marinmg. ucanr.edu.

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hether you were born with a green thumb or are thinking about giving gardening a try, now is the time to start planning your spring vegetable garden. Whistlestop visited Marin Master Gardeners to get advice from the experts so that your garden not only yields delicious, fresh vegetables, but offers a healthy way to enjoy the outdoors all year long. Before you begin planting you’ll want to figure out the best place for your garden. If space is limited you can use pots or a raised garden bed. Raised beds are a great

nighttime temperatures stay consistently at 50 degrees F or above and the daylight hours are growing longer, it’s safer to plant. If plants need a little extra growing time, you can start them indoors. Your choice of seeds or starters depends on how much time and how much money you want to spend. Seeds need more attention and starter plants cost more to buy. Some vegetables aren’t available as starters so bear that in mind. Your local nursery and farmers’ markets are great sources for seedlings and expertise. Remember that there are others watching your garden too! Insects and birds may want to dine on your young tender greens before you can. Learn which insects are beneficial to your garden and which ones are there to dine. Bird netting is good cover for your seedlings until they get bigger and most insects can be eliminated with a strong spray of water from the hose. Now that you have the basics to get your garden growing why not give healthy homegrown vegetables a try? March is National Nutrition Month and there’s no better time to start planning for healthy eating all year long.

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NUTRITION BITES By Sophia Osotio

Nutrition Program Coordinator

Nourishing Discussions On Tap By Sophia Osotio, Whistlestop Nutrition Program Coordinator

F Kale and spinach are nutrient dense, perfect for helping boost your immunity! Most of these ingredients you can purchase at the farmers market or at Rollin’ Root which comes to Whistlestop every Thursday morning.

Kale/Spinach Apple Salad 2 cups of thinly shredded kale 2 cups of spinach cut into strips

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1/3 cup dried cranberries 1/3 cup chopped nuts 1/3 cup non-creamy dressing 1/4 cup shredded parmesan Massage kale for about 2 minutes in the dressing using clean hands. Let it sit for about an hour if possible. Then mix in the remainder of the

ood is nourishment for the body. But there are often more questions than answers about nutrition, food, fads and what’s fact and what’s fiction. The good news is Whistlestop has a number of programs to help you answer those questions through the variety of services offered such as meal delivery, classes and the cafe. Whether you are trying to lose weight, gain weight, or just eat a little healthier to improve your quality of life, you can join a Nutrition Bites class or social group. Times and dates are listed in the calendar below. Brown Bag Pantry: Every Friday 11 am - noon in the Caboose at Whistlestop. Free, fresh produce, protein and staple food items provided from the Marin/SF Food Bank. Marin residents and must be 60+. Rollin’ Root: Every Thursday 9-10 am. The mobile farmers’ market sells local seasonal fruits and vegetables (mostly organic). EBT & SFMNP coupons are accepted. Jackson Cafe: Lunch served Monday through Friday 11:30 am – 2 pm (across from the bus depot in

Whistlestop Nourish: By appointment. Delivers food to those suffering from life threatening illnesses three days a week, with the help of dedicated volunteer drivers. To schedule, call 415 4569062 x176.

central San Rafael). Open to the public with lower prices for Whistlestop members, meals are made in our kitchen and served by our Whistlestop volunteers. Community Breakfast: 1st Friday 9-10 am. Join us for a delicious, healthy community-style breakfast at the Jackson Café. Nutrition Bites Class: 1st Thursday 3 pm. Call 415456-9062 x115 to register. Nutrition Bites Social Group: 3rd Thursday 3 pm. Whistlestop lounge, drop-in. Nutrition Consultations: By appointment. Schedule a 30-minute session with our in-house Nutritionist, Sophia Osotio to discuss your nutrition-related concerns or questions. Call 415-456-9062 x115.

Meals on Wheels: In partnership with the County of Marin, Whistlestop's friendly, reliable paid and volunteer drivers deliver fresh meals to homebound older adults 60+. Call 415-457-4636 to sign up. CarePool: By appointment. FREE door-to-door rides to the grocery store for Marin residents 65 or older and people with disabilities with extra support to riders, such as unloading groceries. To schedule a ride call: 415454-0927 or email carepool@ whistlestop.org. Want to volunteer to drive? Call 415456-9062 ext.103. Monthly Food Box: 3rd Wednesday of the month, 9:30 am-12:30 pm. Receive food boxes that include a variety of quality foods. Eligible recipients must be Marin residents, 60+, with income less than $1,265/month. For more information, call 415-2821900 x370.


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Zumba Gold Computer Lab German Social Group Persian Social Group Tai Chi Poetry Workshop **4 week series** Russian Social Group ESL 100, 150, 250 Forever Young Mediation Whistlesizers Mah-Jongg French All Levels Spanish 2 Spanish 1 French Social Group Too Much Stuff? Matter of Balance **Last 4 weeks** Monthly Food Box 3/20 Senior Circle 3/6 Computer Lab Persian Social Group Beginner Ukulele Inter. Ukulele ESL 100, 150, 250 Beginning Hula Intermediate Hula Citizenship Tutoring Rollin’ Root Farmers Market Shake Up Your Mornings **New Teacher** Italian 1 **New Class** Open Art Whistlesizers Italian 3 Italian Study Group Adv.Write Your Life Stories Italian 2 Community Breakfast 3/1 Cal-Fresh 3/1 & 3/15 BrightStar Health Check 3/8 & 3/22 Brown Bag Pantry Spanish Social Group Ping-Pong Yoga with Kelly

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SPECIAL EVENTS & WORKSHOPS

For a full list of classes, visit whistlestop.org/classes/ calendar or call 415-456-9062, ext. 100

International Women’s Day Performance

Friday, March 8; 12pm-1pm Since 1909, Women’s Day has evolved from National Women’s Day to International Women’s Day in order to celebrate woman’s achievements, successes, and triumphs throughout history. Come and celebrate women with Lucina Tison as she performs songs by famous female singers.

Senior Circle in partnership with Hospice by the Bay

First Wednesday of the Month starting March 6; 10:00am11:30am With an open heart and an open mind, please join LCSW, Jill Cordova-Holt as our new Senior Circle facilitator. Sometimes we all need a little support when it comes to aging gracefully and leading ourselves through some emotional support.

St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon featuring Cormac Gannon and Kyle Alden

Thursday, March 14; 12pm-1pm $10, Limited number of tickets available St. Patrick’s Day observes of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Join us for a lunch at Whistlestop’s Jackson Café in celebration of the holiday that has evolved into a celebration of Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, drinking and a whole lot of green.

Socially Responsible Investing

Wednesday, March 27; 10-11:15am; No Fee; Registration required Learn about the opportunities to invest according to your values with customized portfolios that reflect your values. These values can range from reducing carbon emissions, gun control, animal welfare, and/or heart-healthy living among many others. Free Presentation by Marinites, Adrian Jones and Dan Murray, fiduciaries with Mirador Capital Partners, LP., Sponsored by Valley Memorial Park, Novato.

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Are We Still Recycling?

Wednesday, March 13; 10am-11am; No fee; Registration required Join us at Whistlestop to hear from Jennifer Grenier; Commercial Recycling Coordinator at Marin Sanitary Service. She will talk about what to recycle, how it gets processed and where things are going that are not being accepted overseas.

Dyalogues & Wishes Workshop: Plan Well, Live Well, Die Well

Wednesday, March 20; 9:30am-11:00am; No Fee: Registration Required Join the Dyalogues facilitators in learning to initiate meaningful conversations about “end-of-life care wishes” as well as learning how easy it can be to engage your family and community. We invite you to foster empathy and compassion for yourself and others through this thought provoking workshop.

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Community Breakfast

Friday, March 1; 9-10am; $3/6; Drop-in Stop by and enjoy our tasty, hot breakfast buffet.

Nutrition Bites Social Group

Thursday, March 21; 3-4 pm; No fee; Registration required Are you a self-proclaimed foodie?! This group is for anyone who loves food! We talk about restaurant suggestions and recipes - with a focus on how to eat healthier while still enjoying delicious food!

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Thursdays starting March 7- April 25; Fee: $30/$35 Do you want to learn Italian? Join our NEW interactive Italian 1 class. The class focuses on Italian language and culture. Classes run for 8 week sessions, so you’ll be speaking Italian in no time! Maximum of 10 students per session.

Open Art

Thursdays; 11:00am-1:00pm; Drop-In; Free Do you have art projects that are unfinished? Would you like guidance and support from other artists? Join our newest Art facilitator Mary Brooks in doing art here at Whistlestop!

Poetry Workshop 4-week series

Mondays, March 4, 11, 19, 26; 12:30pm-1:30pm; $8/$10 Poetry can be used as a form of communication, storytelling, and an outlet for emotional expression. Join Lucina Tison in sharing her love of poetry and expression with the members of Whistlestop.

Basic Life Story Writing 4-week series Part 2

Thursday, March 7, 14, 21, & 28; 3-4:45pm; $40 /50, plus $10 text book fee payable to facilitator first day of class This Basic Life Story Writing 4-week workshop is a continuation of Part One and uses the same approach, universal themes and sensitizing questions, to help you rediscover memories and continue your life story writing. Weekly writing assignments to be done at home. You must complete Part One first before being admitted to this series.

Nutrition Bites Class

Thursday, March 7; 3-4 pm; No fee; Registration required Come learn about a variety of nutrition related topics such as diet modifications, why to eat organic, or cooking tips. Topics will change every month.

Rollin’ Root Mobile Farmers Market Truck

Thursdays rain or shine; 9-10am The Agricultural Institute of Marin’s Mobile farmers market visits Whistlestop every Thursday rain or shine. Purchase local seasonal fruits and vegetables with ease right here at Whistlestop.

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Wednesday, March 13; 11am-noon; No fee; Registration suggested; Held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month Jen Arent, director of Covia’s Home Match Marin, will discuss older adult housing options in Marin. Information about Covia’s free, Home Match Marin’s comprehensive home sharing services to older adults and the Marin Housing Authority’s subsidized and low-cost housing will be shared.

Healthy Aging Workshop

Thursday, March 21; 12:30-2pm; No fee; Registration required Are you interested in evaluating and improving your health? Join Wells Whitney, Board Member of the Buck Institute for a presentation of his healthy aging scorecard. Dr. Whitney will help you evaluate and identify the areas where you can improve your health and your life.

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Tai Chi

Mondays, 11am-Noon; $8/10; Drop-in Join David Mac Lam on a Tai chi journey. This non-competitive martial art known for its self-defense techniques and health benefits combines gentle physical exercise and stretching with mindfulness.

Forever Young Meditation

Mondays, 4pm-5:00pm; Fee: $8/$10; Drop-in Join Rev. Libby Sherwood, a teacher and 20 year practitioner of yoga and meditation. All spiritual backgrounds are welcome. Join us in a peaceful and joyful experience by practicing meditation.

Ping Pong

Fridays; 2-4pm; $2-4; Drop-in Energetic group of players led by Vivian Malcy. Please wear tennis shoes.


Whistlesizers

Tues 9:30-10:30am/Thurs 11am-noon; $4/5; Drop-in Gentle chair exercises with light cardio exercises to improve strength, flexibility and motion. Instructor: Elizabeth Lynn

Yoga

Fridays 3-4pm; $3/5; Drop-in Improve balance strength and flexibility with Kelly Lynch, instructor. Please bring your own yoga mat.

Zumba

Mondays; 9:45am-10:45am; $6/8; Drop-in; Dance to the beat of exciting music! Lead by Pam Munter on Mondays.

Too Much Stuff?

Tues; 3-4pm; No fee; Monthly registration Do you or someone you love struggle with TMS (Too Much Stuff)? Join this positive support group, led by facilitator Sue Zee Poinsett, as they discuss the challenges of dealing with TMS and open a dialogue about hoarding awareness. Learn how to help yourself or family members with this common and very serious problem.

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Cal-Fresh (eligibility & application assistance)

Friday, February 1 & 15; 10:00am-Noon; No fee; Call Cal-Fresh/SF Marin Food Bank for assistance: 415-697-7411. The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, Cal-Fresh, provides qualified applicants with an EBT card to use at participating grocery stores and farmers markets.

Memory Screenings

Wednesday, April 3; 9:00am-12:30pm: No Fee; Registration Required Worried about memory loss or just want to have a reference detection test? Call today to schedule a free 45-minute appointment. Memory assessment is not diagnostic, but it is an opportunity to speak privately and confidentially with a professional evaluator. Limited to 10 appointments. CONTINUED ON PAGE 8 >

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SF-Marin Food Bank’s Monthly Food Box

Wednesday, March 20; 9:30am-12:30pm; Drop-in The SF-Marin Food Bank operates the Supplemental Food Program, providing a monthly box of quality U.S. Dept. of Agriculture food to low income older adults. To register, bring an ID, proof of income, and proof of residency and one of the Food Bank specialist will determine your eligibility.

NEW Nutrition Consultations

By Appointment Only; Monday-Friday, 9:30am-3:30pm Schedule a 30 minute session with our in-house Nutritionist, Sophia Osotio. Discuss your nutrition related concerns or questions. Enjoy our new Whistlestop Member perk! Schedule an appointment with Sophia at 415-456-9062 ext. 115.

Bi-Weekly Blood Pressure, Cholesterol Screenings, and Medication Reviews

Friday, March 8 & March 22; 10:30am-Noon; No fee Bi-weekly blood pressure checks, cholesterol screenings, and medication reviews offered by BrightStar Care. BrightStar is a local agency providing home care, caregivers, and medical staffing solutions to families and businesses in Marin.

Free Legal Consultation

Thursday, By Appointment Only; call (415) 459-6700 Legal Aid of Marin provides free 30-minute legal consultations for Marin County residents who are 60+. Local volunteer lawyers offer general advice, explain legal options and rights, and recommend referrals to attorneys who have expertise in your particular area of concern.

Covia’s Social Call Program

Are you an older adult or a homebound or disabled individual who lives alone? Register today for free, reassuring calls three mornings a week to say, “Good morning” and check in with you. Call 877-797-7299.

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Saturday, March 30 For many older adults, common household repairs are no longer easy to do, family members may not be able to help, and the cost of hiring a handyman is prohibitive. Call Home Team at 888-204-5573 for an appointment. A two-person team of volunteer Rotarians will be scheduled to visit your home.

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COMPUTER CLASSES MAR, APR & MAY 2019

PRE-REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT REQUIRED: 415-456-9062

Intro to Computers – Windows or Apple

Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19, 26, 10:00 am – Noon (4 classes) Fee: $78 Minimum 4 people & Maximum 6 people Designed for first-time computer user, you will learn how to start your computer and turn it off, use the mouse and keyboard to perform basic computer tasks, how to create and print a document, identify the basic parts of a computer and their use, search the Internet to find information and set up an email account.

ANDROID Basics 1: Getting to Know Your Device

Thursdays, March 28 & April 4, 10:00 am – Noon (2 classes) Fee: $48 Maximum 8 people In this two week course for those new to the smart phone/wireless device world Android products, you'll learn how to make calls, send emails, take pictures, surf the internet, download music and add applications. Each session provides one-on-one help and comes with instructional handouts so you can practice at home! (For Android devices only, including Samsung and LG)

iPad/iPhone Basics 1: Getting to Know Your Device

Tuesdays, April 2 & 9, 10:00 am – Noon (2 classes) Fee: $48 Maximum 8 people In this two week course for those new to the smart phone/wireless device world, you'll learn how to make calls, send emails, send texts, download music and add applications. Each session provides one-onone help and comes with instructional handouts. (Bring your charged-up Apple device to class.)

Managing Your Photos

Tuesdays, May 7 & 14, 10:00 am – Noon (2 classes) Fee: $48 Maximum 8 people Learn how to take and edit photos on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device (Samsung, LG, Motorola,etc). We'll also show you how to store your photos, transfer them all into one place, organize them into folders and how to get them printed. Bring photos on digital camera, smartphone, iPad or tablet (and all charging cords), to class, and if you have laptop bring that too!

ONGOING Open Lab

No Fee | Every Monday and Wednesday, 10:00 am – Noon Use our Apple and PC computers to access the Internet. Volunteers are available to help and give advice on problems with your laptops and tablets and software applications.


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SAVE THE DATE Rotary Golf Tournament & Fundraiser The 2019 Rotary Club Marin’s Golf Tournament and Fundraiser will benefit Whistlestop this year, so save the date and get your short game in order! WHEN Monday, May 13 Registration at 11:30am, shotgun start at 12:30 pm Tournament followed by silent auction, wine bar, and dinner WHERE

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Rollin’ Root Mobile Market at Whistlestop every Thursday

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ave you seen The Rollin’ Root mobile market truck at Whistlestop? Filled with locally grown produce and dairy items, this fresh from the farm market on wheels is at the Whistlestop every Thursday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. The Rollin’ Root is a win-win for everyone, as products are sold at or below retail and sales support local farmers. Created by the Agricultural Institute of Marin (AIM), The Rollin’ Root also provides nutritional information to help the community stay healthy. Customers can use their CalFresh benefits and

are eligible for the Market Match program, making produce half-off when you use CalFresh (up to $10). If you like The Rollin’ Root as much as we do, you can volunteer to be an Ambassador. The Rollin’ Root needs Ambassadors at each of their stops to help out and assist customers. As an Ambassador, you’ll attend The Rollin’ Root stop each week, share information about what’s available and assist AIM staff in answering questions. You’ll also be asked to promote the service to your friends and family, distribute the weekly availability update the day before The Rollin’ Root is scheduled to arrive, share

community feedback with the AIM team, help set up the produce and distribute recipe cards. Ambassadors receive a monthly stipend of $60. If you’re interested in becoming a Rollin’ Root Ambassador when it comes to Whistlestop, contact Karimah Hay, Rollin’ Root Coordinator, at 415-472-6011 or Karimah@agriculturalinstitute.org.


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Brown Bag Pantry Volunteers at Whistlestop

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food pharmacies, the food bank aims to provide food for 110,000 meals a day. At Whistlestop, the gratitude from participants in our food program is tangible. Through our weekly on-site food pantry located in the Active Aging Center, we are making a positive impact in the lives of older adults in Marin. Our appreciation for the services of the Marin Food Bank goes deeper than the food that’s provided. The enjoyable hustle and bustle of our Friday Brown Bag Pantry builds camaraderie within our community -- from the friendly staff, to the helpful food bank staff,

we all work together for a common mission. Whistlestop’s Brown Bag Pantry is every Friday from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at our Active Aging Center. Registered participants receive a variety of free, healthy produce, proteins and staple food items provided by the SF-Marin food bank. At this location, recipients must be at least 60 years old and a Marin resident. Whistlestop members experiencing food insecurity can sign up for the Brown Bag Pantry, Friday mornings at 11:30am. Others in need of food can find an available pantry or program by calling 2-1-1 or online at www.sfmfoodbank.org/find-food.

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our values shouldn’t end where your investments begin. Over the past several years, it has become possible to customize a portfolio of investments specific to an individual’s or a family’s values. These values can range from reducing carbon emissions, gun control, animal welfare, and/or heart-healthy living among many others.  What’s different about this new methodology is that it is customized to the individual’s values, not those of a fund manager.    Moreover, this approach also opens up the possibility of a more tax-efficient investing approach.  Please join us at Whistlestop on Wednesday, March 27, from 1011:15am for a free presentation by native Marinites, Adrian Jones and Dan Murray. Adrian and Dan have worked in the investment community since the mid-90s. They are fiduciaries with Mirador Capital Partners, a registered investment advisory firm located in Marin and Pleasanton.

This free presentation is part of the monthly estate planning series generously sponsored by Valley Memorial Park Cemetery and Funeral Home in Novato. First time attendees will receive an estate planning binder. Drop-ins welcome, but it helps us plan if you can register: 415-4569062. Park in our free parking lot on the corner of 3rd and Tamalpais. Need help with your estate documents? Older adults may schedule free half hour appointments at Whistlestop with an attorney from Legal Aid of Marin. Call Whistlestop’s Resource office: 415-459-6700. It has been a great pleasure to provide this ongoing monthly estate series to our community these past two years. My role is changing and going forward I will be focusing on Whistlestop’s exciting capital campaign to build a new Healthy Aging Campus in San Rafael. To learn more about making charitable gifts to Whistlestop, please contact Yvonne Roberts, Chief Donor Relations Officer at 415-295-0578, yroberts@whistlestop.org.

Make a Difference! We are seeking friendly and reliable volunteers who want to give back to their community. DATE

Thursday, March 14, 2019

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3:00pm – 4:30pm

930 Tamalpais Ave. San Rafael, CA 94901

LOCATION

Volunteer positions include: • CarePool Volunteer Drivers • Meals on Wheels Delivery Drivers • Jackson Café Lunch Servers & Cashiers • General Office help and Parking Services • Home Delivered Grocery Shoppers (in partnership with Covia) For more information contact: Laurie Vermont, Volunteer Program Manager Phone: 415-456-9067 or Email: volunteer@ whistlestop.org

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Whistelstop Express March 2019  

Whistelstop Express March 2019