Strike a Pose Viewing and Discussion | San Francisco Village

Events & Programs 

Monthly Programs

At San Francisco Village we’re in the business of building inter-generational community. We believe in the transformative power of community to share our perspectives and guide our choices. Together, we’re exploring questions that may intrigue or pester us, and the possibilities that could liberate us. To that end, San Francisco Village hosts 30-35 programs per month so that our members can engage with and empower one another. These programs focus on the following topics, and members can attend what suits them most:

  • Creative Expression
  • Health and Wellness
  • Inter-generational Community 
  • Exploring San Francisco
  • Social and Interest Groups, and
  • Information and Resources for Navigating Aging

For a full listing of this month’s programs and events, check out our newsletter here.

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.

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!


Strike a Pose Viewing and Discussion

8/14/2019 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM PT

In 1990, seven young, wild, and talented dancers joined pop star Madonna on her most controversial world tour. Their journey was captured in Truth or Dare, one of the highest-grossing documentaries ever. As a self-proclaimed mother to her six gay dancers plus straight Oliver, Madonna used the film to take a stand on gay rights, freedom of expression and the fight against AIDS. Madonna’s flamboyant dancers became icons of sexual freedom, inspiring people all over the world.

25 years later, they reveal the truth about life during and after the tour in the documentary Strike a Pose. The film is a dramatic tale about overcoming shame and finding the courage to be who you are.

SFV member Sue Trupin is in the film representing her late son Gabriel Trupin, one of Madonna’s 7 dancers. He died of AIDS in 1995. She’ll do a Q & A after the screening.

Registration for this event is closed.


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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