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Open Lab

Open LabUse our desktops for your own purposes, access internet, etc. Volunteer staff available for advice on problems with your electronic devices; laptops, tablets, etc., and can help with software applications. Call 415-456-9062 for more information.

Senior Connect

Senior ConnectTechnology 4 Life is offering a workshop for seniors who want to learn to use iPads and tablets and what they can do on the internet. No device? No problem! We have iPads and tablets for you to try while we teach you some basics.

Learn how to use the internet to shop without driving or how to catch a bus to the doctor’s office or to the movie theater or where to find answers to personal medical issues. Learn how to use the internet safely and protect your privacy Come join other beginners just like you.

Food Bank

Food Bank
3rd Wed of the month, 9:30am-12:30pm

Every third Wednesday of the month, Whistlestop participates in the Supplemental Food Program, where on average, 66 older adults and 5 children receive food boxes that include a variety of quality foods such as tuna, rice, cheese, pasta and peanut butter. This is a Federal program being offered in Marin for the first time. It is designed to serve those individuals who do not participate in the WIC food stamp program. If you live in Marin, are 60 years old and your income is less than $1,265/month (or you have a child younger than 6 years old and your family does not participate in WIC), you may be eligible for the Supplemental Food Program. Food boxes include a variety of quality foods such as tuna, rice, cheese, pasta and peanut butter. Please bring original form of ID, proof of income, and proof of residency.

For more information on the required documentation, call Shirley Chen, SFP Senior Program Coordinator, at 415-282-1900 x370.

Beginning/Intermediate Conversational Spanish

Beginning/Intermediate Conversational Spanish

Intermediate Spanish: Tuesdays, 1-3 pm, $2/3 per class, No need to preregister; drop-ins welcome.

Beginning Spanish: Tuesdays, 3-4 pm, $2/3 per class, No need to preregister; drop-ins welcome.

Instructor: Carol Costa

Using iPhone/iPad and Android Smart Phones & Tablets

Using iPhone/iPad and Android Smart Phones & TabletsIn this class, we will take you through common tasks like making phone calls, sending a text message, watching a video clip on YouTube, and surfing the Web. You’ll learn fundamentals such as configuring the security options for safe and private use, finding and installing apps, adjusting the brightness of the display, working with a wireless network and more. See how smart your device really is! Call 415-456-9062 for more information.

iPhone/iPad and Android Smart Phone & Tablet Applications

iPhone/iPad and Android Smart Phone & Tablet ApplicationsYou’ve learned the basics and now want to find out the applications “apps” the cool kids are using. There are apps for everything. In this workshop, we’ll highlight the most popular, fun and useful apps to get the most out of your i-device. Call 415-456-9062 for more information.

Intro to Computers (Windows)

Intro to Computers (Windows)Start at the very beginning and get an overview of what a personal computer can do for you, in this hands-on course. Designed for first-time computer user, you will learn how to start your computer and turn it off, use the mouse and keyboard to perform basic computer tasks, use Windows components to create and print a document, identify the basic parts of a computer and their use, search the Internet to find information and set up an email account. Call 415-456-9062 for more information.

Beginning Ukulele

Beginning Ukulele

Wednesdays, December 4th – January 22nd; 11:15 am – 12:15 pm; $40/$50

Strum your way to happiness with instructor Sandy Bailey! Please bring your own ukulele. Each session runs for 6 weeks.

Citizenship Prep Class

Citizenship Prep Class

Resuming Week of February 4 – May 8; Wednesdays; 3:30pm-4:45pm

Fee: Sign up before February 1 and get a $5 discount $35/$40; after February 4 pay full price $40/$45

Naturalization is the process to voluntarily become a U.S. citizen if you were born outside of the United States. In general, you may be eligible if you can show continuous U.S. residence for three to five years, are at least 18 years old, and demonstrate good moral character and loyalty to the U.S. Constitution. If you are currently studying for your Citizenship Exam and need additional support, join us for our weekly class.


CalFresh (eligibility & application assistance)

CalFresh (eligibility & application assistance)

Mondays, January 6, 13, 23, 30

Fridays, January 3 & 17, 10:00am-1:00pm; Free; Drop-in

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, CalFresh, provides qualified applicants with an EBT card to use at participating grocery stores and farmer’s markets.

Financial Consulting

Financial ConsultingWednesdays, January 8th & 22nd; 10:00am-12:00pm. Free; Appointment only.

Peter Tabet, CLU, ChFC, AEP, MBA, brings a wide-ranging portfolio of education, experience, skills & interests to his career in insurance and financial services.

Victim-Witness Assistance

Victim-Witness Assistance

Thursdays, January 9 and 23, 9:00am-12:00pm; No Fee

Advocate Yolanda Johnson from the District Attorney’s office answers questions, provides information, and connects you to resources. For more information, please call 415-473-6450.

Drop-In Writers

Drop-In WritersFirst Thursday of every month beginning January 9th, with the exception of July; 12:30pm-3:00pm. Secessions are $10. Beginners welcomed! Class is limited to 8 people. Registration required. This is a drop-in writers group facilitated by Jean Stumpf.

Stretch and Breath

Stretch and BreathEvery Wednesday beginning January 15th; 10:00am-10:50am. Fee is $3/$5.

This class will help to strengthen, loosen and balance your body for better health and quality of life. It will include deep, gentle, simple stretches from dance, primal and yogic movements, always working with the breath to a variety of peaceful music. You will need a stretching mat, blankets or pillows. Please wear loose stretchable clothing and non-slip socks or soft dance slippers. This class will be taught by Kathy Burch, aka KaRasheba.



Wednesdays, begins January 15th; 9:00 am – 9:50 am; $3/$4; Drop-in

It is time to get up and dance with Jimna Calmell!

Marin Gardens

Marin GardensTuesday, January 21st; 11:00 am – Noon

Have any CBD questions? Come by for pamphlets and information.

Come ask a budtender about Cannabis.

Movement & Music

Movement & Music

Begins Mondays, January 27th; 11:00 am – Noon; Fee $15 yearly Emeritus Students College of Marin (ESCOM) membership, plus $63 for ESCOM members $82 for Non-members (6-week class) paid to the College of Marin registrar. Call 415-485-9318 to register.

If you have not been exercising regularly or have arthritis-related problems, this class is for you. Join instructor, Diane Haine in the comfortably paced class that meets individual needs. Both chair and standing mobility exercises tone both upper and lower body muscles. Includes joint flexibility, muscle strengthening, balancing, breathing coordination and modified Tai-chi movements. 

Positive Aging Series

Positive Aging Series

Wednesday, January 29th; 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm; Registration Required

Join us in a discussion on sleep, stress, and health.

Life Story Writing

Life Story Writing

Free intro! Workshop series begins January 30th 2020; 2:30pm-4:00pm.

This workshop will be held in the computer room at Whistlestop. This workshop will help you decide if you want to join the basic life story workshop part one series starting February 6, 2020. There is no fee for this workshop but limited to 12 participants.

Estate Planning

Estate Planning

Third Wednesday of each month, 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Call 415-456-9062 x100 to register.

As we enter the new year, now is a great opportunity to update and review your estate plans, including taking inventory of your assets, drafting a will, creating a living trust, and assigning financial and health care powers of attorney. Our 2020 series will begin with an accredited estate planner and chartered financial consultant, Peter Tabet. Peter recently retired after a 40-year career as a Financial Advisor at Northwestern Mutual and is distinctly knowledgeable about the complex financial aspects of estate planning. Join Peter at Whistlestop for an informative presentation on the processes involved in fiscally preparing your estate on Wednesday, January 15, from 9:30-11:00 am. This presentation is sponsored by Valley Memorial Park Cemetery and Funeral Home in Novato.