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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!


Lunch with Provocative People

10/8/2019 starting 10/08/19 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM PT

Who would you like to have lunch with? We provide the people – you bring your lunch! The focus of this group will be on learning about provocative people in our midst (in the USA & elsewhere). Written and video material will be used to discover the wisdom and character of each person.  Bring your lunch to enjoy during the discussion period.   A planning committee of members was created to organize and lead the sessions. The underlying notion is that each of us has something to teach – and learn from one another. 
October 8: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, and one of the world’s great spiritual leaders.  He has lived in exile in Dharamsala, India since 1959 when Chinese forces invaded Tibet.  A noted author and much sought-after public speaker, the Dalai Lama explores big ideas - personal enlightenment, the meaning of freedom, and the art of happiness. Presented by Bill Haskell 

October 22:  "The songs charged the air we breathed,” said Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon referring to the power of the music in the Civil Rights Movement. Cultural historian, singer, song writer, teacher and activist, her music carries history, endurance, and resilience. Presented by Olive Shaughnessy 

November 12: Greta Tintin Eleonora Ernman Thunberg is a Swedish activist who, at age 15, began protesting outside the Swedish parliament in August 2018 about the need for immediate action to combat climate change.  She's now 16 and will travel to New York in a boat to address the U.N. on the urgency of action. Presented by Linda Lewin

November 26: “Leave the door open for the unknown, the door into the dark. That’s where the most important things come from, where you yourself came from, and where you will go.” Rebecca Solnit is an incisive voice on topics ranging from feminism to the environment, western and indigenous history to literary criticism, and from hope and disaster to popular power and social change. Presented by Lynn Davis   

December 10: “The most powerful woman in the world,” so designated by Forbes Magazine for a record fourteenth time. Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has led her country for four consecutive terms, but says she will not run again. Learn the fascinating backstory of a remarkable woman who has been the de facto leader of the European Union for the last decade. Presented by Karen Crommie   

January 14:  Singer, Author, Activist, & Leader: Coretta Scott King was a beloved freedom fighter and one of the mothers of the Civil Rights Movement. Her mission in life was to advocate for equal rights, especially for African American equality. Presented by Judy Jacobs

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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