Climate Crisis Series | San Francisco Village

Events & Programs 

Current Calendar of Events

Our vibrant programming is the gateway through which members gain empowering information, share experiences, and develop a deep sense of belonging to the community. At a time when older adults may find their social networks shrinking, San Francisco Village programs offer opportunities to expand. Programs are continually evolving, reflecting the interests and requests of our dynamic membership, and generally fall into one of six categories: Healthy Aging, Express Yourself, Member-Led, Connections Across Generations, Navigating Today’s World, and Exploring San Francisco.

San Francisco Village hosts 30-35 program events per month. Take a look at our calendar and get involved!


Climate Crisis Series

Every Thursday starting 08/08/19 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM Until 9/19/2019 PT

In October 2018, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report warning there are only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. In this series, we will explore the basics of climate change science,
connect with youth working to call attention to the crisis, how older adults will be disproportionatelyaffected by climate change, and more.

August 8: Climate Crisis 101--This session will provide an overviewto understand the causes and impact of global warming and greenhouse gasses. Learn about climate change and study the effects of fossil fuels on the Earth's atmosphere. Presenters from, a grassroots climate movement, will discuss
socially equitable solutions and a just transition to clean energy.

August 15: Sunrise Movement and the Green New Deal--Come out to hear from the Sunrise Movement, a youth led organization to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. Through their strategic and moral actions over the past 6 months, they've shifted the national conversation on climate change and have been pushing presidential candidates to support a Green New Deal. Come hear about their story, strategy, theory of change, and how you can best support them!

August 22: Fossil Fuel Resistance--With its five oil refineries and multiple export terminals, the Bay Area is an important nexus for the fossil fuel industry. has a campaign that stretches from hearing rooms to front porches to the streets to stop infrastructure expansion projects, extreme forms of oil extraction, and the shipping of dangerous fossil fuels through our communities. Learn about the need and the ways to build sustainable alternatives instead.

August 29: Climate Change and Healthy Aging--In the months and years to come extreme weather events will increasingly affect healthy aging. Rising temperatures, flooding, and changing wind patterns are just a few factors that will directly affect how people live and age. Lisa Brown, Ph.D., Professor at Palo Alto University, will explain the consequences of extreme weather on healthy aging and will describe actions people can take to contribute to a healthy environment.

September 5: Earth Friendly Nutrition--Common dietary patterns and agricultural production systems contribute to acute and chronic diseases and widespread environmental degradation,including climate change. Changes in dietary habits and food production will be necessary in order to feed a growing global population while staying within planetary boundaries for a safe operating space for humanity.

This presentation will summarize those impacts, barriers to change, and discuss
alternatives that can result in improved health for individuals and entire ecologic systems.

Ted Schettler MD, MPH, the Science Director of the Science and Environmental Health Network and Science Advisor to Health Care Without Harm,will
be leading this conversation.

September 12: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in the Era of Climate Crisis--
As we learn about devastating fires and storms, and scientific projections of how the impacts of global warming are likely to touch all of us, we can’t help feeling distressed about the world our children and grandchildren are growing into.

Leslie Davenport will offer tools and perspectives to build emotional resilience and explore creative possibilities for sustainability that include every one of us. Leslie is a psychotherapist and author of three books including Emotional Resiliency in the Era of Climate Change. She is an associate professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

September 19: Prep for SFV’s role in the Global Climate Strike--San Francisco Village will be participating in the Global Climate Strike on September 20th. Let’s gather to discuss what that will look like, make our plan to march with youth, and/or other ways we can support the strike.

September 20: Global Climate Strike-- In August 2018, Greta Thunberg, a 16
-year-old student in Sweden, began a solo school strike. Every Friday,
she sat outside her country’s parliament, protesting inaction on the climate crisis.
Since then, millions of students around the world have been inspired by Greta’s bold actions and joined her, leaving their classrooms on Fridays.

During the week of March 15, 2019, there were at least 1.6 million strikers on all 7 continents, in more than 125 countries and in well over 2000 places. School strikers are calling on everyone: young people, parents, workers, and all concerned citizens to join massive climate strikes and a week of act ions starting on September 20th.
People all over the world will use their power to stop “business as usual” in the face of the climate emergency. We will join young people in the streets to demand an end to the age of fossil fuels and emergency action to avoid climate breakdown.

Registration for this event is closed.


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Neighborhood Circles

Neighborhood Circles are smaller, hyper-local groups that enable members to develop relationships closer to home. Currently there are 12 Neighborhood Circles led by either members or non-member volunteers and supported by our member and volunteer coordinator, Jill Ellefsen.  If you are interested in learning more about Neighborhood Circles and/or starting one in your area, let us know!  Contact us at or 415-387-1375 x 2.  Current Neighborhood Circles exist in the following San Francisco zip codes:

  • 94102/94103 – SOMA, Hayes Valley, Opera Plaza
  • 94117 – Cole Valley, Haight Ashbury
  • 94118/94129 – Inner Richmond
  • 94127/94132 – West of Twin Peaks
  • 94123/94115 – Marina, Cow Hollow, Pacific Heights, Western Addition
  • 94105/94108/94111/94104 – Nob Hill, Financial Dist., Embarcadero
  • 94109/94133 – North Beach, Telegraph Hill, Chinatown, Russian Hill
  • 94121 – Outer Richmond
  • 94116/94122 – Sunset
  • 94131/94122 – Diamond Hts., Glen Park, Twin Peaks, Excelsior, Ingleside
  • 94110/94107/94134 – Potrero Hill, Bernal Heights, Mission, Bayview
  • 94114 – Castro/Noe Valley
  • Solo Agers’ Circle – all are welcome
  • LGBT Circle – all are welcome

Wellness Program

Sometimes we need a little help after a hospitalization: someone to check in with us, drive us to a doctor’s appointment or pick up groceries. Knowing we’re connected to a caring community can speed our recovery. The SFV Wellness Program supports you in the journey from leaving the hospital to achieving wellness at home, in harmony with your goals and preferences. This program can help you manage your health, prepare for your doctor’s visit, get the community services you need and more.  Participation is completely voluntary. If you start the program and are not satisfied, you may withdraw at any time. 

This program is available to all current members of SFV and through our partnership with Sutter Health/CPMC Mission Bernal Campus; it’s also available to ACE Unit patients free of charge for 90 days. If a patient chooses to participate, once they go home, SFV volunteers will be available to:

  • Check in by phone or friendly visit
  • Help with grocery shopping, laundry and simple household tasks
  • Provide transportation to a doctor’s appointment

Additionally, our Wellness Program Coordinator is available to connect the participant with online services that make your life simpler and make referrals to local community resources.

As a participant in this program, you are invited to any of the more than 30 activities that take place each month. From health and wellness lectures to creative writing classes; from tai chi to film and discussion groups, and so much more. Scroll down to the next section to see our online calendar of events.

For more information, contact our Wellness Program Coordinator, Jessica Da Silva, at or 415-387-1375 x 6.

Annual Events

Four annual events are the highlight of our year.  They bring community members of all ages and backgrounds together and help us celebrate those significant people who make San Francisco Village possible.


Transforming Lives and Community Luncheon (May)

The Transforming Lives and Community Luncheon is a celebration of aging and our annual signature fundraising event hosted annually at the Julia Morgan Ballroom.  The hallmark of the luncheon is an award to one or more persons in their 70s or older who have made a profound impact on the lives of San Franciscans and beyond, and who exemplify what it means to age with continued meaning and purpose. Recipients may include politicians, civic leaders, artists, scientists, philanthropists and others who continue to transform lives and community into their older years.  Learn more about past Luncheons here!


Volunteer Appreciation Party (October)

San Francisco Village invites all of our volunteers and members to our annual fall party (usually known as the Volunteer Appreciation Party). Join us in celebrating abundance — we’ll share stories of connection and appreciation in our generous community with plenty of treats and drinks!


Holiday Party (December)

SFV celebrates an evening of food, wine, and merrymaking to celebrate the holidays! In the spirit of the season, we come together as a community and share some laughter and gratitude with fellow Village members and volunteers.  So many of our fondest holiday memories involve food, and particularly sharing food with friends and family.


State of the Village (February)

The State of the Village meeting is our version of an Annual Shareholders Meeting, marking each anniversary. It’s a great opportunity to feel connected to San Francisco Village, meet the staff, get better acquainted with one another, and learn about our goals for the upcoming year.  A vendor fair is also a staple of this event so that SFV members can learn about leading community organizations and see what resources are available to help older adults continue living independently.

“If you think about it, we are all aging together, even though we’re in different stages of the process; aging is something that everyone is going to experience, so we can learn from each other.”

Peter Heldman,
volunteer since 2013