April 2019
From the Executive Director, Andy Gaines
Ashby Village is currently recruiting and hiring two full-time staff positions:
Program Manager, overseeing member support teams, groups and neighborhoods; and Executive Assistant/Project Coordinator, supporting communications and organizational effectiveness . We’re using this opportunity to make adjustments to better serve our Village.

With all these changes we want to keep members, volunteers and community members up-to-date. We’ll be trying several approaches to reach everyone:  

Read about us : Look for the first story in the monthly Village Voice for key organizational developments, including information about Ashby Village staff and project teams, the Board, the Program Leadership Team, Event Planning, etc. 

Meet Us : The executive director and/or Board members plan to come to the monthly Happy Hour   to have an informal opportunity to connect with one another.

Tell Us What You Think:  Information and feedback sessions will be held with the Board and Neighborhood Groups. Also, we hope to hold a  Community Forum  to discuss the changing needs of our membership.

Now, after almost 10 years, Ashby Village is addressing many more varied interests and needs. We have many village partners and we’ll continue to come together, moving forward with open ears and hearts.
Upcoming Events
Embracing Change: Medication Management
Wednesday, April 3, 2:00-3:30 pm
Ashby Village, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley

Michelle Dhanak, MD-Geriatrician will discuss many aspects of managing medications with older adults including: Understanding the common pitfalls in prescribing practices; learning about a framework for appropriate medication prescribing that can be used by families as they advocate for their loved ones; understanding the use of antipsychotics in elders - when, why and how; which medications to avoid; and treating pain which is often undertreated in elders. There will be ample time for questions at the end of the presentation.
Arts & Culture Series: Dr. H. Edwards - Sports As An Instrument of Social Change
Sunday, April 7, 2:00-4:00 pm
Northbrae Community Church 941
The Alameda Berkeley, CA 94707

Thanks to the work of Dr. Harry Edwards, we have come to understand that, far from being regarded insulated and isolated from life’s serious concerns, sports are infused with society’s cultural and political. Dr. Edwards will discuss this and its significance for our current political and social climate.   

Harry Edwards is a founder of a social movement with international relevance and reach, the Olympic Project for Human Rights, which led to the now-legendary Black Power Salute protest at the 1968 Mexico City Summer Olympics. He’s been a consultant diversity for all three major U.S sports. Dr. Edwards was with the NBA’s Golden State from 1987 through 1995. The programs and methods he developed for dealing with issues and challenges facing professional football players were adopted by the entire NFL in 1992.
Living Room Chat
Sunday, April 14, 3:00-4:00 pm
Albany RSVP for location

Invite a friend to join our Living Room Chat! They'll have the opportunity to hear what Ashby Village offers to our members and volunteers, how it enhances their quality of life, and why it helps them develop peace of mind about the future.
Cannabis and Pain Management
Wednesday, April 17, 2:00 pm start
Ashby Village, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley

Laurie Vollen, M.D. , a Board Certified physician in Clinical Medicine and Preventive Care, has over 18 years experience passionately guiding patients towards the safe and effective use of medical marijuana. She is the founder of Naturally Healing MD in Albany (just down Solano Ave. from Berkeley), providing comprehensive services to patients who want to harness the medicinal components of cannabis. Her services include treatment plans, Cancer Consultations, medical marijuana recommendations, medication management. Her website (www.naturallyhealingmd.com) has valuable educational tools in the Resource section to keep cannabis consumers informed of the basics of marijuana use, including videos of her San Francisco Library presentations. 
Volunteer Training & Orientation
Saturday, April 27, 8:30-1:00 pm
Ashby Village, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley 

Are you interested in giving back to your community? Do you want to build new relationships with a friendly and engaging corps of Village staff, members and volunteers?
Then join us by becoming a volunteer!  

At Ashby Village, volunteers are the heart of our organization, supporting all aspects of our community, including operations, programs and services.  
If you would like to participate, fill out an online application or contact us at 510-204-9200.
2018 Volunteer Hours at a Glance
Have you wondered... ?

  • What percent of member service requests were filled in 2018?
  • How many hours did volunteers spend helping Ashby Village Members in 2018?
  • What percent of volunteers who signed up, stayed active in 2018?

Upcoming Hearts N' Hands Events
Gardening Project
Wednesday April 3, 2019

For this event, the project will include weeding in the back yard. Volunteers should be strong, agile and have good balance for the project.

Come and join us! Light lunch provided. RSVP
Gardening Project
Wednesday April 17, 2019

For this event, volunteers will This project will include removing grass weeds in front (and some of the back) of the house

Come and join us! Light lunch provided. RSVP
Window Washing
Wednesday May 1, 2019

For this event, volunteers will meet to wash the windows of two members' homes, one after another! 

Come and join us! Light lunch provided. RSVP
The Hearts N' Hands program provides volunteer assistance to Ashby Village members when they need a hand
Volunteers gather for a half day to complete multiple
jobs at once. 
Connections Team is in
need of volunteers!

If you are an Ashby Village volunteer interested in visiting an Ashby Village member on a regular basis, who is feeling socially isolated, wanting a walking companion or someone with whom to have a cup of coffee, please contact Ellen Newman for more information about volunteering with the Connections Team.

Ellen can be reached at enewman2k3@yahoo.com
Hikes and Strolls
The skies are blue and the wildflowers are blooming. Join one of these hikes in April and enjoy the views and the wonderful, clear spring air.

Saturday, April 6 8 AM Birdwatching with Celeste Burrows and Eric Schroeder. Under the guidance of mater birder Eric we’ll observe the changes the spring season brings to the bird life at Tilden Park. The pace is relaxed and distance can be 1-3 miles with several turn back options.

Saturday, April 13 11 AM Nature walk with Audre Newman, Tilden Ridge Wildflower

Saturday, April 27 11 AM Nature walk with Audre Newman, Redwood Regional Park, East Ridge Trails  

Watch the calendar for more details and to register
In an effort to offer mid-week opportunities for Ashby Village members and volunteers to walk in nature, Audre Newman has started a monthly series of walks on the Strawberry Creek Trail, every second Thursday afternoon, 1-3 PM.
Next hike: Thursday, April 18

Description of the walk: wide dirt trail (fire road). After a short (~25 yds) stretch of ~20º incline the trail levels out and traverses the west-facing slopes below Grizzly Peak Blvd, high above the Cal campus. On a clear day the view of the campus, the city of Berkeley, the Bay, and the Golden Gate to the Pacific Ocean is spectacular. At 1.5 miles we can turn around and return to the trailhead. Not wheelchair accessible.
Memory Class
Enroll in " Exercise Your Memory"!

Every Friday until 6/14/19, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This is a FANTASTIC class that I look forward to every week. I find that I get better at remembering things inside class and outside... This class gives me a sense that I don’t need to be as anxious about memory which of course helps my memory.
I encourage others to take this class. I learned great strategies that are very useful. This class is fun, informative, and well taught.

Drop in and try it. Learn useful techniques to improve your memory and have fun while learning. For more information contact Roberta Pressman
News and Recommended
"Falls can Kill You." Here’s How To Minimize The Risk. Every 19 minutes in this country, an older person dies from a fall.”

No Pre-Happy Hour Program in April
April is stacking up to be a busy month for events at Ashby Village, but please don't plan for our usual pre-Happy Hour program. Happy Hour will take place, and we look forward to seeing you there.

Instead, consider attending the April 3 program on Medication Management just a couple of days before. Details in the Upcoming Events section at the top of the newsletter.
Berkeley Completes Action Plan to Become More Age-Friendly 
On March 4, the City of Berkeley finalized and released its action plan to become an age-friendly city. The 4 priority areas of the plan are:
(1) Develop a continuum of affordable, accessible housing options for older adults to age in their community regardless of their health or financial status;
(2) Advance a network of public and private transportation that equitably serves residents and connects them to services, social activities, and employment opportunities;
(3) Develop a more integrated system of services and supports that is person-centered and ensures that all residents have the opportunity to engage in health promoting activities; and
(4) Enhance neighborhood cohesion and social connectedness of all Berkeley residents with community events and activities that are inclusive, affordable, and accessible. 

You can read the full plan on the Age Friendly Berkeley website.
Photo Wall at Ashby Village
Office corps volunteer Andrina helping Bill with the newest photo installment.
Stop by Ashby Village office
to see our updated
"Year in Review"
photo wall!

Thank you to volunteer Bill Graham for managing the job this year! 
Exciting opportunity for grandparents!
Ashby Village grandparents have been invited to try out a service designed to increase communication between grandparents and children.  
The initiative is led by Jennifer Rhodes, an attorney and Stanford grad who is passionate about reducing social isolation among older adults. Over the past three years – working with Stanford researcher Marlene Orozco – Jennifer has met with over 200 older adults, developed the attached online survey for additional data collection, and developed validated measures of loneliness, happiness and connectivity. Based on the finding, she has created a digital service that increases connection between grandparents and children.  
To participate, you’ll need online access through a computer, tablet or mobile device. Please also feel free to complete this survey!

If you're interested or want to learn more, please email Jennifer at and let her know that you're an Ashby Village member.   
WANTED: Your Speaker and Performance Recommendations!
Some of Ashby Village's most successful events have come to the us by way of member and volunteer recommendations and offers - in other words, they came from you!

Are you interested in sharing your subject matter expertise, or artistic and musical talents, or do you know someone who may be willing to share theirs?

Contact Sigrid, our Volunteer Events Coordinator, with the info!
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Tech Tips
Technology resources!

Frustrated with technology? 
Need more information?  

The Ashby Village technology committee has created a web page with resources for you!  
Click here to find: 
  • Tech Tips articles published in previous issues of Village Voices
  • Handouts distributed at previous technology workshops
  • Information on local technology classes and tech support for seniors.
Would you like personal assistance from Technology & Electronics Volunteers?

Volunteers can help you with a wide range of devices!

Do you want to learn how to get more out of your smart phone or tablet? Call us!

Not sure how to get your TV hooked up? Call us!

Interested in finally getting your printer to work? Call us!

Are you ready to learn how to use Skype or FaceTime to have video calls with friends and family? Call us!

Have you had enough of that weird thing that keeps happening with your computer? Call us!

To request service, please email info@ashbyvillage.org or call 510-204-9200.
Demystifying Gmail

Gmail was the topic of a recent workshop hosted by four Ashby Village Technology Team volunteers. 

Both UC Berkeley retirees and Ashby Village members came with laptops, tablets, and even cell phones to learn some Gmail tips and tricks. 

Many participants expressed how much more comfortable they are now using Gmail because of the workshop.
Neighborhood Groups &
Ongoing Activities
Wednesday, April 3, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Emery Bunch Mah Jong, Emeryville. Email Jean Goldman or call 510-207-6600.

Tuesday, April 9, 1:00-3:00 pm, Scrabble!, Berkeley. Contact. Don Hubbard

Wednesday, April 10, 3:00 - 5:00 pm, Science and Ideas Group at Ashby Village.

Friday, April 12, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Exercising Your Memory. Register with instructor in class.

Friday, April 12, Outlandish Neighborhood Potluck. Email Alison by the Wednesday before the potluck.

Monday, April 15, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Handwork Group Knitting and More - This month at Tari's. Please contact Tari (510-525-1696) this month only if you would like to attend.

Thursday, April 11, 3:00 - 5:00 pm, Clarewood Igroup. RSVP Bob Reynolds or call 510-597-1952  

Sunday, April 28, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Thousand Oaks Hamlet Meeting and Social Time.

Check out our online calendar for the full view of our upcoming meetings, activities and other events.
Reflections on Past Events
Ashton Applewhite’s Manifesto Against Ageism Draws Large, Enthusiastic Crowd
Story by Charli Depner, photos by Nancy Rubin
On a sunny Friday afternoon, over 150 people turned out at UC Berkeley’s Clark Kerr Campus to dialogue with the author of This Chair Rocks, a new book that stands out as an incisive critique of the ageist stereotypes that divide the generations and lead to stigma, discrimination, and age segregation. 

Adult story time - indigenous cultures of the Arctic
On Friday March 1, 16 Ashby Village members and volunteers attended the first outreach presentation of the newest Adult Story Time offering (Berkeley Public Library), which consists of three different stories from indigenous cultures of the Arctic: “The Blind Boy and the Loon”, “The Magic Drum” and “The Seagull and Her Two Uncles”.  Unlike previous Adult Story Hours, the Library staff’s presentation was straight up storytelling by one person at a time, without musical embellishment or sound effects. Ashby Village audience was very appreciative and engaged and there was a terrific discussion afterwards. 
What We're Reading
BusinessWire, 01/22/2018

by Richard Faragher, The Conversation, 04/25/2018 

by Alan Golds, CBS News, 06/10/2018 

by Hillary Hoffower. Business Insider, 06/22/2018  

by Fred O’Brien, HomeNewHaven News, 11/2018 

by Felicia Mello, capital public radio, 02/05/2019

Bulletin Board
WANTED: someone who knows how to cast toy soldiers out of metal
Member Ilse Eden is looking for someone who can provide insight about the process of making the figures "from scratch"; making the molds, and casting the final figure.

If you can help, contact Ilse at ilseeden@gmail.com
Housing Wanted
If you've ever called the Ashby Village office, you've had the opportunity to speak with our fab administrative assistant Kate. Her daughter, Jessica, is seeking a place to live.

Single, responsible, professional adult female needs a place to live as soon as possible. Clean, no mold issues. Open to sharing if spacious and uncluttered. One kitty. 

Please contact Jessica at jlsosin@gmail.com or 510-396-3305.
Thank you to the Ashby Village volunteers who contributed to this issue of the Village Voices newsletter.
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