April Aspirations -
Every Day is Earth Day in Fairfax!
Hello everyone, 

We’re all still hoping for April showers but in the meantime, we’ve got lots happening this month, including the 52nd anniversary of Earth Day! Join us at the library for an intergenerational event, along with our friends from the Climate Action Committee. We’re also hosting a forum on driving—how can we think outside the car, decrease our emissions and keep everyone on the road safe. Plus, you’ve no doubt heard about “the housing element,” as every city and the County are in deep discussion so come learn more about that and check out all the other great opportunities for education and social interaction this month. And as always, keep enjoying our gorgeous planet!

The Age Friendly Fairfax Task Force: Jody Timms, Barbara Coler, Susan A. Brandborg, Francie Bedinger, Anne Mannes, Jessica Price,
and Jackie Engstrom. 
Aging in Fairfax, everybody's doing it!
Upcoming Events:

April 4:  Commission on Aging - Special Meeting
April 7:  Commission on Aging - Regular Meeting
April 7: Ross Valley Seniors
April 20: Breakfast with Friends
April 22: Age Friendly Fairfax Task Force Meeting
April 23: AFF Tabling at Fairfax Library Earth Day Event
April 27: Age Friendly Marin Forum
Marin County Commission on Aging - Special Meeting

April 4, 10-11am

“AAA Today with Jenay.” Your host Jenay Cottrell and special guests cordially invite you to attend the annual public hearing of the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and Marin County Commission on Aging (MCCOA). By attending you will learn about the accomplishments of the AAA, the MCCOA and community partnerships in the last year, hear from guests about their experiences with older adult programs supported by the AAA and find out about collaborations and plans for the year ahead. A draft of the FY 22/23 Area Plan Update is posted on https://www.marinhhs.org/area-agency-aging
You can request a hard copy by emailing 473info@marincounty.org or calling 415-473-INFO (4636). Your presence and voice are valued and appreciated.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 854 6622 6348   Passcode: 800814   
Phone: 1-669-219-2599  

No RSVP required.
Marin County Commission on Aging - Regular Meeting

April 7, 10-11am

“Marin County Voter’s Choice Act & the Housing Element, Programs, Policies and Alternative Housing Options for Older Adults.” In this two-part presentation, Lynda Robert, Registrar of Voters, will present the new Voter’s Choice Act in Marin County. Next, two speakers will discuss housing issues and opportunities. Jillian Zeiger, Marin County Senior Planner, will discuss the County’s Housing Element, including major changes in legislation that impact the sixth cycle and policy and program ideas for benefiting older adults. John McCauley, Mill Valley City Mayor, will talk about alternative affordable housing options and explain state-mandated Housing Element requirements.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 838 2029 1566   Passcode: 662153   
Call-In: 1-669-219-2599 
Ross Valley Seniors

April 7, 11-2pm
Join Jim Carriere, senior vice president of operations for First Federal Savings and Loans of San Rafael, as he shares the most common forms of elder abuse, the risk factors, and keys for avoidance. Our hope is for an open and honest conversation rather than a presentation. Jim’s been in banking since 1985 and has experience as both branch manager and regional manager before moving into upper management. He has worked with countless customers over the years and hopes to share some of his insights. 

11-Social time and Bocce Ball, 12-Lunch, 1-Presentation.

Please e-mail Kevin MacLeod at kmacleod@townofsananselmo.org or call 415-258-4669 to RSVP or for more details.
Age Friendly Marin "Breakfast with Friends"

Wednesday, April 20, 9:30-10:30am

Socializing is important for all and it's fun to connect. Join us for coffee, tea and/or breakfast and a friendly and enjoyable chat at Barefoot Café, in person!  
Age Friendly Fairfax Task Force Meeting

April 22, 9:15-10:30 am

Curious about Age Friendly Fairfax? You’re welcome to attend our monthly meeting, bring your questions, feedback, ideas and energy!  

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 853 935 7484  Passcode: 398715  
Dial in number 1+ (408) 638-0968 
Age Friendly Marin Forum

April 27th, 10:30 - 11:45 am

“Driving: An Intergenerational Dilemma for Us All.” Historically, owning and driving a (gasoline) car has been an all-American obsession, seen as our individual path to independence, beginning in our teens. In the age of climate change, and certainly as we age, driving needs much more critical consideration. For these two primary reasons, aging and the climate crisis, let's dive deep into our choices and options to get out and about in the world. Speakers: Jody Timms, Ph.D., Chair of Age Friendly Fairfax and a climate activist will explore why we drive and how we can creatively approach our mobility options; and Claudia Castro, DMV Senior Driver Ombudsman will remind us of the warning signs of unsafe driving and when it might be time to stop it all together.  

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 520 207 8153  Passcode: 572332  
Join by phone at 1-669-900-9128

Please Note: Prior Age Friendly Marin Forums are available on our You Tube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV2hzXPyuTSKm2N6pYdkmGw/featured
Fairfax Recreation Classes

Free online classes for older adults such as our popular yoga classes. We are offering six classes per week!

Mat Yoga 9:30-10:45
Chair Yoga 11:30-12:30

Mat Yoga 9:30-10:45
Chair Yoga 11:30-12:30

Mat Yoga 9:30-10:45
Chair Yoga 11:30-12:30

For a full list of current classes and how to register, click here.

Dance a la Moxie
Tuesdays from 2-3pm 
Right Field Side of Contratti Ballfield

A progressive, FUN total body workout guaranteed to make you feel better, look better and be better! No experience necessary.
New Class Starting in March

Chi Gong
Tuesdays - Register now for April Classes
10am – 11am 
Bolinas Park 

Chi Gong (Qigong) is the ancient Chinese practice of movement and meditation, deeply rooted in the balance and harmony of nature.  Chi is the vital life force energy that animates all living beings. Through gentle exercises we learn to cultivate and direct the flow of Chi within ourselves and draw from the Universal Chi all around us. Empower yourself to health!

Questions about services for older adults?  
Call 415-473-4636 (INFO)
Local News & Resources:

Marin County:
Adult and Aging Service's Information and Assistance Line, providing information and referrals to the full range of services available to older adults, adults with disabilities and their family caregivers: 415/473-INFO (4636) 8:30 am to 4:30 pm weekdays; 473INFO@marincounty.org

Town of Fairfax: 
Are you receiving the weekly Town of Fairfax Newsletter? If not, we really encourage you to do so as there is LOTS of news, information and events listed. Click this link to start receiving the Town’s newsletter asap!

Fairfax Library: 

The Fairfax Library, a branch of the Marin County Free Library, wants to grow — outside. And if you’d like to help by donating an engraved brick or paver, click here to learn more: https://marinlibrary.org/fairfax-garden/ 

AARP Tax Assistance at Fairfax library by appointment only:
The AARP will be providing tax assistance this year on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am-2pm starting Feb. 2.  This year they will take people by appointment only. Contact AARP: 415-320-6191  Email: fairfaxtaxaide@gmail.com

Chair Yoga with Tamela every 1st & 3rd Thursday from 10:30a-11:30am. In person at the Fairfax Library, All ages welcome, FREE.

Friends of the Fairfax Library Book Club meets on the 2nd Thursday each month at 7pm on Zoom. 
April 14th is our next meeting. We will discuss: Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu
Everyone is welcome to attend.
Contact:Beth Bailey-Gates  Email:bethmbg@gmail.com

Fairfax Library Earth Day Event
April 23rd from 2-4pm

Join us for a free Earth Day event for all ages at the Fairfax Library
  • Create a Climate Change storytelling map
  • Make a seed bomb and plant a sunflower
  • Learn about environmental heroes around the world
  • Chat with Age Friendly Fairfax and Climate Action Committee folks
ALL ARE WELCOME!  Join us outside under the oaks

Emergency Preparedness! Sign up for Alert Marin and Nixle.

The Alert Marin Emergency Notification System delivers incident-specific information or potentially life-saving instruction to the precise geographic area(s) affected. Emergency situations may include:
  • flooding, wildfires, and subsequent evacuations;
  • public safety incidents including crimes that affect your neighborhood;
  • post-disaster information about shelters, transportation, or supplies.

When do we use Alert Marin?
  • Imminent flooding, wildfires, and evacuations with life safety implications
  • During-event information about evacuation routes, shelters, transportation
  • Other public safety incidents where lives may be at risk

Nixle is an emergency notification system. Nixle is used: 
  • When INFORMATION is needed in a ZIP CODE 
  • Road closures, general updates, issues affecting larger areas 
  • Post-disaster information about shelters, transportation, or supplies 
  • Police activity and general public safety information 

Wondering what IS Age Friendly Fairfax??