We have a full calendar of exciting upcoming programs to talk about, specifically for us seniors.

First program is on fraud prevention, where we can learn how to avoid fraud and identity theft and ways to safeguard our private information. This will be a free town hall meeting hosted by Assemblymember Bill Dodd, the Contractors State License Board, the town of Yountville and local officials.

We won’t want to miss this event as seniors have become easy targets for these unscrupulous people. This event will be held at the Yountville Community Center, 6516 Washington St. in Yountville on Sept. 20 from 2-4 p.m.

By the way, wasn’t it wonderful news that our Napa Valley Register Editorial Board endorsed our past Board of Supervisors member Bill Dodd for the state Senate?

Next, we have a workshop, called “A Matter of Balance.” I know, we covered falls pretty extensively last week, but this is a series of workshops designed to conquer our fear of falling, reduce our fall risks, leading us to participate more in our own lives.

Area Agency on Aging’s Laura McLaren will be teaching these workshops. Call her at 707-643-1797 immediately if you are interested in attending, as there are just a few openings available.

The workshops will be held at Rohlffs Manor Community Hall, 2400 Fair Drive, Napa. Dates and times are Sept. 21—Nov. 9, 1:30–3:30 p.m. (every Wednesday) Parking is limited, so please park on Linda Vista, Sutherland Drive or Baywood.

“A Matter of Balance” is an evidence-based program that includes: group discussions, problem solving, skill building, assertiveness training, journaling and sharing practical solutions. I’m interested in learning more about each of these programs, aren’t you?

Our third activity is a class in tai chi, also held at Rohlffs Manor Community Hall (address above).

This tai chi class is based on an ancient series of movements that can be helpful in reducing pain and improving mental and physical well-being. It uses gentle Sun-style tai chi routines that are safe, easy to learn and suitable for every fitness level.

This class is an ongoing class, held every Wednesday at 10 a.m. Classes are an hour in length, and cost $3 per session. We must pre-register at 707-321-0061.

Our last program, but certainly not our least, is one that I am especially interested in attending. We are excited to announce that John Tuteur, our county assessor, recorder and county clerk, all rolled into one very nice gentleman, will be coming to Rohlffs Manor on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. to talk about the 17 California propositions that will be on the November ballot. He will also talk about the measures for Napa County. If you are like me and sometimes feel confused by the wording of some of the propositions on our ballots, won’t you join us in asking questions of John Tuteur?

John said his presentation, which lasts about one-half hour plus time for questions, is an objective, non-partisan look at the local and state measures on the ballot, which total 20 — 17 state and three county-wide.

Please contact John at 707-253-4459 or john.tuteur@countyofnapa.org if you would like to arrange for John to visit your organization prior to Election Day.

Thank you, John.

Until next week, remember to be kind to, and appreciate yourself and others, to smile a lot, and the world will smile with you.

It was great fun being with you today, as always.

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