Events & Workshops

I.D.I.E Part II

Designing Advanced Care Directives

4 Mondays, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

February 11, 25, March 4, 11


I.D.I.E: Investigate, Design, Implement, Endings: a Workshop Series with Tess Lorraine

About the Program:

“How can we develop a values-centered approach to our end of life?” Educate yourself on all aspects end of life in an intimate and interactive setting. This workshop series is for people of all ages and stages, who want to be empowered at the end of life and who want to provide care to others with knowledge and compassion.    

Part Two: Designing Your Advanced Care Directive

Mondays, 2:30-4:30 p.m.: February 11, 25 & March 4 & 11 

Feb. 11: All about medical advocacy 

Feb. 25: The changing nature of Advance Care Directive

March 4:Important paperwork to have in order for your loved ones

March 11: Values and endings in final stages.

*Advanced registration highly encouraged. Classes will fill up.

About the Instructor:

Tess Lorraine has been facilitating Death Café Sonoma in Santa Rosa monthly since 2014.  Tess is committed to bringing the topic of death to our communities, as she lives her life by a Buddhist proverb that says, “Keep life as a consultant on one shoulder and death on the other.”   Tess goes on to say, "Increasingly as we age, conversations will happen regarding degenerative and life-threatening diagnoses.  The choices we make will have implications about our own quality of life as well as for those who are close to us.  The cost of denial is that we lose the opportunities for the wisdom, growth, and healing that can occur when we share authentically.  Our death is ultimately our final frontier and our lasting legacy."

How to Register:

Members, $8/class; Non-members, $10/class; Scholarships available; no one turned away for lack of funds.

Minimum group size, 5; max group size, 15.

*Advanced registration highly encouraged. Class may be cancelled if minimum sign up not reached*

About the Program:

Worried about the new tax laws? Should you still itemize? Can you get a tax break with charitable donations? Join us as we discuss the new tax laws. 

In this informative discussion, we will discuss:

·       Qualified Charitable Donations from IRAs: how you can make gifts to charities without paying income taxes on distribution

·       Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs)

·       Gifting shares of stocks, mutual funds, bonds, etc.: how you can give larger gifts of appreciated investments without selling and incurring capital gains taxes

About the Speakers:

Brandon Gundry is a Certified Financial Planner and Principal of Ridgeview Financial Planning, a fee-only registered investment advisory firm in Santa Rosa. He works with individuals and businesses and also manages the Senior Center’s endowment. 

Mark Mumm is the Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Sebastopol Area Senior Center. Mark has been a CPA for 30+ years and is now the owner of a CPA practice that specializes in tax work for non-profit organizations. Prior to running his own firm, he worked in a variety of management positions in the accounting and tax areas for several different organizations.

How to Register:

Please RSVP by calling 707-829-2440.

FREE, and open to the public!

Let’s Talk: New Tax Laws

Wednesday, March 6; 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Free, and open to the public.

Join us on the 2nd Fridays of each month (March - June) to hear invigorating and inspirational talks from local people.

Spring Speakers Series

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Join this facilitated group to gain greater personal connection and learn to listen with compassion. 

Listen with Compassion • Speak from your Heart • EVERYONE is WELCOME 

What to expect: A Heart Circle is coming together to listen and speak from the heart. Using a “talking stick” a participant speaks without interruption or feedback while everyone else is encouraged to listen with full attention and compassion. The ultimate goal is to build resilient community through healing, trust, and respectful heart connection. Confidentiality is assured.

About the facilitator: John Olesen, MA, TEP, has been running experimental groups focused on helping people find connection for health and person growth for over 30 years. He is the former Clinical Supervisor at the Shanti Project in San Francisco serving people with life-threatening illness and a co-founder of the Bay Area Morena Institute.

Heart Connection Group

2nd & 4th Thursdays

1:30-3 p.m.


How informed are you about the details of your healthcare benefits?

  • Understand Details That Could Become an Issue

  • When Portions of your Part A or B Claim is Denied

  • Cost Saving Considerations

  • Your Rights to Purchase a Medigap Supplemental Plan

  • Question & Answer Period

Presented by HICAP, free and unbiased Medicare Help

To reserve a seat, call 800-434-0222.

Understanding Your Medicare

Thursday, March 14

1:00 p.m.

More information coming soon!

iPhone Workshops

3 Thursdays in March

1:00-3:00 p.m.

More information coming soon!

Intro to Genealogy

4 Fridays in April

2:30-4 p.m.