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Social Call

We’re all feeling a bit disconnected during this time of extended social distancing. One phone call, once a week, can make a huge difference. Vivalon is proud to partner with Covia to provide a friendly visit and social connection through Social Call. Connect on the phone to chat with a friendly volunteer and create connection during this time of isolation. Call 415-456-9062 for more information or to sign up. Social Call in Marin County is a partnership between Covia and Whistlestop, now known as Vivalon.

Healthy@Home Workshops

Vivalon is proud to partner with AyaPlaces to present Healthy@Home Workshops, learn how to transform your home into a safer, more comfortable, and more joyful place. Healthy@Home is a series of FREE online sessions featuring leading home design and “living in place” experts as well as master teachers from a variety of different disciplines – from cooking to gardening and more.

Next up:

December 2: “The Lifelong Gardener” Tips & Recommendations for setting up and tending your garden at any age. Join Master Gardener, Toni Gattone, for this introductory workshop on tools and strategies for gardening more comfortably and joyfully – regardless of physical challenges. RSVP here.

December 9: “Holistic Healing with CBD” An introduction to cannabis and the potential health benefits of CBD. Join industry pioneer, Ali Stoddard, for an overview of CBD – what it’s good for, how it works, how it differs from THC, how to consume it, and more! RSVP here. 

For more details and to sign up visit

Healthy @ Home Workshops: Free Online Seminars for Better Living

Watch video recordings of past workshops at

Decluttering & Reorganizing: 5 Easy Steps

Home Fit: Simple Home Safety Modifications for Better Living

Granny Flats: They’re not just for Granny anymore!

Community Living: Is it for you?

Cooking Matters I: Kitchen Safety & Accessibility

Cooking Matters II: The Mind Diet

Pleasure is Ageless!

Marin County Free Library

The Marin County Free Library offers many other services in addition to reading materials. Library Beyond Walls brings materials to homebound patrons and the Literacy program serves both families and individuals. Furthermore, through their website, or eBranch, they continue to provide information and reading material for patrons at home, work, or school even when their physical branches are closed. They offer access to over 400,000 streaming and downloadable eBooks, eAudiobooks, videos, and digital magazines.

Link to the Marin County Free Library (MCFL) homepage with library services & featured offerings –

  • Includes access to ‘Adults & Seniors’ library blog posts and Marin local history (plus, the New York Times, Mango Languages, eBooks & eAudio, etc., for Library cardholders)
  • Online library card application for new patrons – 

Learn more about classical music:

How to start a journal:

MCFL Library Reference assistance – 415-473-2272, Monday to Friday, 9:00 am-6:00 pm – for help downloading and/or streaming ebooks, e-audiobooks, magazines, movies, and music. (For assistance via email or chat, visit

Point Reyes Library- ESL

Point Reyes Library Free Online ESL Classes On Zoom! Located at the gateway to the Point Reyes National Seashore, they offer monthly computer classes and book clubs, bi-monthly storytimes (except during summer) as well as many programs for all ages. Spanish language materials for children, teens, and adults. Spanish-speaking staff is available.

Class Schedule 


2:00-4:00 pm All levels

6:00-8:00 pm Beginner


12:30-2:30 pm All levels

6:30-8:00 pm Intermediate


2:00-4:00 pm All levels


2:00-4:00 pm Beginner

12:00-2:00 pm All level

To enroll today email ARUSSO@MARINCOUNTY.ORG or call 415-663-1849 indicate which class you are interested in and you will be provided the zoom information.

Jackson Cafe To-Go Thanksgiving- SOLD OUT

Jackson Café To-Go will be selling traditional Thanksgiving meals freshly prepared by our chef Stacy Scott! Enjoy this delicious, homemade meal with all the sides, and a treat from us, from the comfort of your own home. Meals cost $10 each and must be preordered and paid for by Wednesday, November 18th, at 5:00 pm. Please call our front desk to place your order at 415-456-9062. Come by to pick up your meal Thursday, November 26th from 11:30 am-1:00 pm at Vivalon’s front door or request delivery to your home between 11:00 am-1:00 pm. (You must be home to receive the meal). Only 100 meals will be made, so get your order in today! 

Highway 61

We have partnered with Highway61 to offer you real-time, conversation groups including Aging Alone Support Group, Trivia, French Culture, Entrepreneurs Circle, Opera, Classic Movies, and more. Seniors from all over the US are on Highway61 and it is a great way to stay connected. If you’d like to attend one of the virtual discussion groups, here are the instructions: need a code to join which you can receive from us or by emailing and letting them know that you are from Vivalon.


December Luncheons via Zoom

Join us via Zoom with your lunch from the Jackson Cafe to celebrate the holidays. Thursdays, December 17 and 31 at 1:30 pm. Let us discuss traditions and special memories.

To join in by phone: Call (669) 900-6833. When prompted, enter the meeting ID:927 3601 0414.

To join in by Zoom: click the following link:





Tuesdays 10:00 am-10:30 am via conference call and zoom, Free, Registration Required

A perfect opportunity to socialize and win prizes. Play BINGO from the comfort of your own home!

Please call 415-456-9062 by Thursday to play Bingo the following Tuesday.

You will be provided with the conference call number and zoom information upon registration.

Holiday Happiness Packets

Vivalon and generous individuals throughout Marin are creating free Holiday Happiness Packets for our homebound older adults!

If you would like a packet, please contact our front desk at (415) 456-9062 to preorder.

If you are looking for a noncontact way to help your community, we would appreciate your donated packets. You choose what you’d like to put in your packet. Ideas include crossword puzzles, Sudoku, adult coloring books, colored pencils or markers, magazines, puzzles, lotion, and a handwritten card. We cannot include food items.

Please drop packets off by Wednesday, December 9th at Vivalon, 930 Tamalpais Avenue, San Rafael, Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Call our front desk at (415) 456-9062 if you have any questions.

Bridging Thru Music

Bridging Thru Music, brought to you by Lita, provides both amateur and professional volunteer musicians the opportunity to share their music with residents in long term care facilities. These musical events are interactive and informal.

Watch Here.

Caring Connections

Vivalon has partnered with LITA (Love is the Answer) to offer a new in-home friendly visitor program. Caring Connections matches older residents with local Marin County volunteers for weekly chats and friendship in the comfort of older adults’ homes. The visits are generally 30 to 45 minutes long and will continue for at least six months.

Vivalon has been providing services to Marin County’s older adults for 65 years, including almost 30 years of in-home services, such as meal delivery. LITA has been connecting volunteer friends with residents in Marin’s long-term care facilities for 45 years. We have combined our expertise to develop Caring Connections so that older adults who are aging-in-place have access to vital social connections.

Free Legal Consultation

Free Legal Aid of Marin

By appointment only, call 415-492-0230, x 102.

Legal Aid of Marin provides free consultations for Marin County residents who are 60+.

Please, leave a message including your name, phone number, and the town where you live. You can also use Legal Aid of Marin’s Online Appointment Request Form, by visiting

You will be contacted within 24 hours or on the next business day with a suggested appointment time and location.

As a courtesy to Legal Aid of Marin’s staff and other community members who need Legal aid of Marin services, they kindly request 48 hours notice by voice-mail message if you will be unable to attend a scheduled appointment.

1401 Los Gamos Drive Suite 101 San Rafael, Ca 94903 Phone: (628)253-5755 Fax: (415) 492-0947

Regular Office Hours Monday – Thursday 9:00am- 12:30pm; 1:30pm- 5:00pm.

Brown Bag Pantry

Brown Bag Pantry will continue to operate as a vital service during the Shelter in Place directive, with the following changes: we will hand pre-packed bags of food to avoid indoor crowds.There are now two ways to pick up your bag-drive up to our front door or walk to the back entrance. Please note the EARLIER  time of 10:00 am – 11:00 am for the Brown Bag Pantry. 

Vivalon’s Brown Bag Pantry offers free, healthy, fresh produce, meats, and staple food items provided from the Marin/SF Food Bank. Simply bring proof of Marin residency and sign up.

Brown Bag Pantry is held every Friday from 10:00 am – 11:00 am.