I am pleased to report that private individuals gave both their time and energy, and also over $125,000, and to take a moment to honor this support and say what it means to me and to our organization.
Mary Beth and Frank
Curry and David Barber
Judy and John Boe
Ronnie Boynton and Liz Raymer *
Mary Lou Breiman
Irene Bruenger and Bob Riksheim
Barbara Bull *
Alison Colgan and Darryl Katz
Jan and Luciano Corazza
Philip Davis and Beverly
Robert Deutsch and Donna
Mason Drukman and Anne Barrows
Elizabeth and James
Brigitte and Louis Fisher
Sam Foushee and La Rae
Diane and John Gossard
Pam and Elmer Grossman
Shirley Haberfeld and Bob
Glo Harris and Monty Sher
Peggy and Philip Havey
Don Hubbard and Cheryl
Nancie and Tom Hughes, Jr.
Elaine and Herrick Jackson
Ellen Jacobs and Darryl
Joel Kaufmann and Susan Blake
Marjorie & Theodore
Pat Kirkpatrick and Sid
Rochelle Lefkowitz and
Andra Lichtenstein and Bill
Steve and Linda Lustig
Clare Cooper Marcus
Ann Martin and Robert Reynolds
Janice and Dale Mead
Michael and Karen
Donna Mickleson and Tim Gordon
Audre and Roger Newman
Jo O'Malley and Michael Brucker
Clifford Orloff and Olga Shalygin
Susan Palo and Eric Schroeder
Laura Peck and Alan Stein
Mary Jo Powell
Louise and John
Patricia Sakai and Richard
Jane and Joe Selby
Julie Shearer and Russ
Bess and Steve Sternberg
Barbi Jo Stim
Joann and Jon Sullivan
Tricia and Mick Sullivan
Pat and Peter Sussman
Janet Tam and Christopher
Judith and Charles Tart
Anna Marie Taylor
Betty and Bill Webster
MaryAnn and Chuck Wenger
Eva Yarmo and David Rosenthal
* = Deceased
Brickyard C Fund
City of Berkeley
Life Long Medical
Berkeley Oakland Realty
Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating
Planchon Roofing and Siding
Thank Goodness! Senior Concierge Services
"Summer of Love" Volunteer Appreciation event!
Board Member Bob Davis
Our wonderful Ashby Village community continues to amaze me! Your support in so many ways makes it possible for us to accomplish so much every day. In one aspect of your support, this year I am pleased to report that private individuals gave both their time and energy, and also over $125,000, and to take a moment to honor this support and say what it means to me and to our organization.
Our community of donors - which includes many members and volunteers, as well as other friends of Ashby Village - has now reached over 200 individuals, and a number of local organizations. We are grass-roots and volunteer-based, but like most nonprofits, annual fees cover only part of the cost of running the overall organization, so your charitable support helps make it all possible!
It also means that we can expand our initiatives, like our Member Support program, which receives significant private support. In addition, the It Takes a Village program (which helps pay membership fees for those on limited incomes) received support from individuals-both directly as well as through 10% of our Founders Fund-as well as important support from local businesses.
Quite aside from the concrete help I've received, I am just so thrilled about this organization existing. It makes it less scary to face old age to know there is a web of camaraderie and support.
So I say a big "Thank you!" to everyone for all your wonderful involvement and support.
Andra Lichtenstein, President
7/6 - Joe Lurie on Culture Clash in the Era of Globalization
Friday, July 6, 3 - 4 PM
Ashby Village Office
1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley
Award-winning author, teacher, former Peace Corps Volunteer and Director of UC Berkeley's International House, Joe Lurie will examine cultural disconnects with refugees and other immigrants, and their implications in many spheres of our contemporary world.
7/19 - Next Steps: Educating ourselves for continuing to live in our own homes
Thursday July 19, 2 - 4:30 PM
Ashby Village Office
1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley
Join five members of the Hamlet Neighborhood Group to hear them share their findings from 1 1/2 years of considering this topic. Read more
7/22 - Find Out What Goes on Behind the Kitchen Door Before You Eat Out!
Sunday July 22, 2 - 4 PM
Northbrae Community Church
941 The Alameda, Berkeley
Saru Jayaraman, author, founding president of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) and Director of UC Berkeley's Food Labor Research Center, will share with us the big challenges the folks who cook and serve our food face, and will describe initiatives, local and national, that seek to address these challenges.
Volunteer Training & Orientation
Saturday, July 28, 8:30 AM - 1 PM
Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley
We offer a wide range of options to enable volunteers to apply their talents and build a deeper connection to the Ashby Village community. Following a comprehensive screening process, prospective volunteers complete a half-day orientation and training session.
Meet Volunteer Jineth Campo
Jineth, a Colombian native and international exchange student, fell in love with Berkeley and decided to stay here and study Business Administration.
She loves working with people and supporting her community, wherever she finds herself. Ashby Village has been the beneficiary.
Volunteer Appreciation Party
On a warm, sunny June afternoon, Ashby Village celebrated the generous spirit and service of all of our volunteers with a "Summer of Love" themed Volunteer Appreciation Event....
To read more and check out the video and
Hearts N' Hands Thank You
"Thank you ladies for doing such a fabulous job on my garden. It was wonderful meeting all of you and hearing your stories. I admire your dedication to volunteering in so many ways and I do appreciate how great my garden looks now. I had been feeling overwhelmed and now hopefully I will keep it up!"
Ilse Eden - Ashby Village Member
Upcoming Hearts N' Hands
WHEN: Wednesday, July 11 - 11:00am-3:30pm
WHAT: Garden clean up, getting our hands dirty!
For this project we will help rake up leaves (to prevent it from becoming a fire hazard), deadhead flowers
and a little weeding in a member's yard.
Space is limited! Sign up here
New Shingles Vaccine
, the new FDA-approved Shingles vaccine, has proven far more effective at preventing this disease than the first vaccine, Zostavax.
on the CDC website.
Don't delay...Get the vaccine NOW.
New and Continuing Classes
Unless otherwise noted, classes are held at A
shby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley
New! Exercising your Memory
Fridays, September 7, 2018 through January 25, 2019, 10 AM - noon
Tuition $35, payable to the Berkeley Adult School. Enrollment limited to 16.
The instructor, Donna Davis, is an experienced professional actor and drama coach. The course will provide fun activities to exercise your brain and teach you skills to support your memory. For more information or to register, contact Roberta Pressman
A Matter of Balance, with Lars Koch
8 sessions, beginning Tuesday, October 16, 10:30 - noon. Enrollment limited to 12.
Stretch, Strength and Dance, with Anne Aronov
Anne is offering summer classes (July 11 and July 18, 10 AM - noon) in addition to the fall series which will resume on August 29,
Wednesdays, 10 AM - noon. Register in class with Anne Aronov.
T'ai Chi Chih with Faith Isaacs, Fridays, 10 - 11 AM at Epworth United Methodist Church, 1953 Hopkins St. More information
Gentle Yoga with Ada Lusardi, Thursdays at The Yoga Room, 2540 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. More information
Strolls and Hikes
Easy Nature Walk (with more challenging option)
Sequoia Bay Trail, Joaquin Miller Park
Saturday July 14, 11 AM - 1 PM
Audre Newman and Celeste Burrows led 16 of us on a beautiful and educational hike in Tilden Park on May 27.
Discover the benefits of turmeric, sauerkraut, beets, avocado, and more. Read AARP story
Ashby Village staff held a going away party for Manuela Pergoraro, our dearly loved Community Engagement Manager. Manuela moved to Jerusalem, Israel at the end of June and looks forward to visitors from the Bay Area.
Buona fortuna Manuela!
Check out our newly designed
and YouTube channel, where you can watch videos of your favorite AV events, and catch up with a few that you missed.
(Reframing Aging: Bonus Edition)
I don't think about "aging gracefully." I think about trying to live gracefully!
Pat reflects on pursuing interests that she set aside during her most demanding work years. At the same time, in her fundraising activities for community organizations, she continues to enjoy engaging with people and forging connections between them.
Drop-in Technical Assistance, normally held the second Tuesday of each month, and the Tech Column, are taking a vacation for July and August.
Interest and Neighborhood Groups and Ongoing Activities
Retirement or Refirement? interest group is taking a recess until September. The
Shakespeare Reading Group and the
Non-fiction Reading Group are not meeting in July.
Wednesday, July 11, 3 - 5 PM:
The topic for the July 11 Science and Ideas Group meeting concerns the Brain and Psychedelics, stimulated by Michael Pollan's new book, How to Change Your Mind. Focusing on psilocybin (from "magic" mushrooms), marijuana, and LSD, we will look at what they do to the working of the brain and how they do it. Current research on possible pharmacological uses will be discussed.
Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley. No registration required.
Sunday July 15, 2 - 4 PM:
at Mary Goldstein's home. RSVP
also Sunday July 15, 5 PM:
Tuesday, July 17, 7 - 9 PM:
Are you interested in advocacy for political reform and social justice? Come together with others in the Ashby Village community to share ideas about how to take action.
What We Are Reading
Ilse Eden Presentation
In 1938, Ashby Village member Ilse Eden, who grew up in pre-war Berlin, was sent to England on a Kindertransport train. On Friday June 8, Ilse spoke to Andra Kavuma's fourth grade class at Thousand Oaks School about the Kindertransport and her experiences growing up in Nazi Germany. The presentation was well received with many questions.
Ilse has given numerous such presentations to adults and children. If you would like to have Ilse as a speaker you may contact her directly.
The Timeline of Berkeley History, by Linda Rosen, a permanent exhibit, reviews Berkeley history from 3,700 BCE to the present.
Collection Gems: Forty Years of Documenting Berkeley's History uses photo-collage, artifacts and costumes to illustrate Berkeley's family, institutional and artistic life from the 19th century to the present. The exhibit runs through October 13, 2018.
Exhibit hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday 1 - 4 PM, 1931 Center St. (Veteran's Memorial Building)
In Loving Memory
1944 - 2018
Ashby Village member Jeri Cardoza died peacefully and without fear on May 27, 2018. She will be missed. Well traveled and well-read, Jeri enjoyed being active in her community, and in recent years was instrumental in organizing and hosting neighborhood get-togethers in her backyard, including a face recognition party. No memorial has yet been planned. Further information will be forthcoming.