April 2017 Newsletter

volunteerDay April: National Volunteer Month 
Board Member Laura Peck thanks our volunteers.

The Ashby Village Board expresses their appreciation for the work of all our wonderful volunteers. You make our village great!

In This Issue
Welcome Team
Ashby Village Welcome Team

New  Volunteer Connect  has arrived!

2017 has b een a year with incredible changes for Ashby Village:  new location,new staff, new logo.  We are pleased to announce that we've launched one more! 

We have spent the last few months creating an exclusive new tool called Volunteer Connect (VC) to replace the one volunteers have been using for the past 18 months. VC enables volunteers to access and select services they'd like to help members with, report hours if you work on a program, team or committee and much more!

Coming soon! Features of this tool will  enable members to get notification when their requests have been accepted!
Hearts N' Hands Upcoming Events

Window Washing Caravan-1
Wednesday April 19, 9:15am-2:30pm
Click to sign up or for more details

Paint doors and cabinets at our office!
Saturday April 22, 9:00am-2:00pm
Click to sign up or for more details

Window Washing Caravan-2
Thursday May 25, 9:15am-2:30pm
Click to sign up or for more details
Ashby Village's New Look

People often assume that Ashby Village is a "bricks and mortar"
neighborhood; but those who know us realize that it is a lot more than that.  Ashby Village is a community that is re-writing the book on aging!  

The new look replaces our rooftop logo and adds content that illustrates our community's innovative approach to connecting people and neighborhoods to support each other to live vital lives as we grow older.  

Check out the new look of our website!
livingRoomLiving Room Chat
Join our April "meet and greet" Living Room Chat! An Ashby Village member opens his or her house to those who 
might be interested in joining Ashby Village. You'll have the opportunity to hear from our members, Board Members or staff about what it means to be part of the Village. 

Join us Apr 23, 2017, 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM, in El Cerrito.
people-AV-mairinPeople of Ashby Village

When she joined Ashby Village, Mairin Malarka Meyer was not expecting such a warm welcome.

Looking back on her own reasons for joining, she remembers thinking "maybe I could be helpful to others."  As it turned out, "I got much more than I gave."

  Read story  
WelcomeTeam Meet the Welcome Team

A team of five enthusiastic member volunteers-Audre Newman, Liz Raymer, Barbi Jo Stim, Mairin Malarka-Meyer, and Kathy Barrows- is dedicated to the significant role of reaching out to new members to help them find a meaningful place in the Ashby Village community.

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OnGoingActivitiesOngoing Activities

Ashby Village Happy Hour
at the new office
Friday, April 7, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM.
1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley.

NEW! Short Walks
led by Ashby Village member and volunteer Shirley Jowell.
Tuesday, April 18, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM.
1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley.

Every other Wednesday, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
For details  Epworth Church

Third Monday of the month
April 17, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
Artsandculture Arts & Culture Series

Record Turn Out for Arts & Culture's Arlie Russell Hochschild Talk

On the sunniest Sunday in weeks, why would Berkeley's Ashby Village (AV) community turn out, 200 strong, to stay inside and listen to a distinguished sociologist describe what she learned in a 5-year intensive study of Tea Party supporters?  


Begun in 2012, Emery Bunch (EB) is one of our first neighborhood groups, and it currently counts 40 members and volunteers on its roster. The group includes Emeryville and surrounding areas of Oakland. It has evolved into a very active subgroup of the greater village that offers a multitude of interesting and diverse activities and opportunities for enjoyment, stimulation, and building friendships. 

Wouldn't you like to have similar opportunities in your own neighborhood? The Neighborhood Group Council (NGC) is looking for interested Ashby Village members and volunteers who are willing to work towards making that happen.

If you interested, please contact NGC members Beth Burnside, burnside@berkeley.edu, (510) 527-6308 or Sam Foushee, slfoushee@comcast.net, (510) 393-6749.

Neighborhood Groups Events

Apr 14, 12:30pm: 

Apr 17, 2-4pm:  UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Dr., Berkeley

Apr 20, 3-5pm: Clarewood i-Group Workshop 

Apr 20, 4:30-6pm:  at Trader Vic's, 9 Anchor Dr., Emeryville

RSVP is required.

Check the online calendar for all Neighborhood Groups events in April.

Birthday celebrations are so much fun!
Margie Pezzaglia, 96, Floramay Moser, 97, and Mary Regier 90
buletinboardBulletin Board
The Science interest group is in the process of getting organized. Its purpose is to study and discuss current issues in Science which excite us either by their scientific merit or by their influence on society; we will also plan activities for the greater Ashby Village membership to help them make sense of topics making headlines in today's news.

If you are interested in participating in this Forum, please contact Ashby Village member Gerry Abrams.
Art Exhibit by Ashby Village Member Edith Hillinger

Edith exhibits her Abstract Collages at the Peninsula Art Museum, Burlingame until Apr. 9. Visit the museum website to learn more.
Spanish tutor wanted, immediately. Emphasis on pronunciation. Native speaker preferred. North Berkeley area.  Email charlie.sch@att.net   
Experienced assistant offering driving, errands, computer, etc. help in exchange for accommodations.  Kind, mature woman. Volunteer who has worked directly with AV Members. Excellent references. 
Contact Debbie 503-505-4282
AV Member would like to sell or donate a piano to a not-for-profit
organization. Is a 1913-14 Mahogany Mason & Hamlin 6'3" AA model (medium size grand) with bench. Completely rebuilt in 1995. Last tuned 3/17. Professionally appraised with a fair market value of $12,000. Located in my El Cerrito home. Recipient to pay moving cost. Please email  HTASSEY@comcast.net
Read Julie Freeston's blog post "Reaching Across the Empathy Wall" about Arlie Hochschild Talk on March 12.
Celebration of the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana

Join Ashby Village member Diane Resek and bring   something wonderful to eat and/or drink. The site is two blocks from the #65 bus stop. 
April 20, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
For directions and to RSVP email or phone  Diane  Resek resek@sfsu.edu  or 510- 524-1953.

What We're Reading
August 9, 2016 -  NY Times
By David Brooks, 
Submitted by Mona Kreaden 
August 20, 2016 -  The Motley Fool
By Selena Maranjian
September 2, 2016 -  The Huffington Post
By Shelley Emling
:: Ageism
September 3, 2016 - NY Times
By Ashton Applewhite
October 5, 2016 -  CBS News
By Robert Preidt
:: Improving the Experience of Growing Older in America. Eighteen Next Avenue Influencers in Aging offer their ideas about longevity, aging in place, creativity, connection, caregiving, person-centered medicine, integrated care, re-entry internships, mentoring, retirement accounts, purposeful aging, combating age bias, and loneliness.

::  No Time to Spare : Thinking about What Matters, features posts from Ursula K. Le Guin's blog on a nonagenarian's perspective on life, fantasy, and current events.  

March 24, 2017 - Forbes
By Richard Eisenberger

February 27, 2017 - New York Times
By Jane E. Brody
Jean Myer Radford

Jean Myer Radford died on January 19th of this year, the day before the inauguration of the 45th president, whom she did not vote for. She was 86 years young, born on May 6, 1930. She spent the first 85 years of her life in the East Bay and the last nine months in Sutter Creek, California. A Celebration of Life in her memory was held on March 11, 2017, at the First Presbyterian Church.

Jean was the daughter of Arthur "Pi" Myer (of Boy Scout Troop 17) and Ethel Levy Myer. Jean was a fourth generation Californian. She had four children and is survived by all of them: Arthur Radford, Marie Radford Elliott and her husband, Ross Elliott, Andy Radford and his wife, Amy Hagen, and Beth Radford Haddorff. She has seven grandchildren: Perry Radford, Steven Elliott, Margaret Burnett and her husband, Joel Burnett, Becca Elliott, Michael Haddorff, Holly Radford, and Ben Radford. She has one great granddaughter, Ruby Jean. She is also survived by her sister, Barbara Myer Klein. Jean was preceded in death by her son-in-law Kim, granddaughter Martha Jean, and many beloved family members and friends.

Jean was adored by everyone who knew her. She loved her family and loved meeting new people. She made new friends everywhere she went.

Jean was raised in Berkeley. She graduated from Berkeley High in 1948 and from Stanford in 1952. She received her teaching credential at Cal State East Bay. She taught music in the Oakland Public Schools for 30 years, including Claremont, Joaquin Miller, Montera, Jefferson, Emerson, Washington, Burckhalter, Golden Gate, and West Lake. She consulted with Holy Names College and Piedmont Schools in their music programs. She played in the Oakland Civic, Holy Names, Berkeley Free, and Prometheus Orchestras. She loved chamber music and playing viola, violin, and piano. Her main interest in life, after her children and their families, was music.

Jean also worked as a social worker for Alameda County, with the Oakland Symphony, and with the US Forest Service. She loved to travel. New Zealand had a special place in her heart.

Contributions in her memory may be sent to the Sierra Club, (415) 977-5653, or the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, 1330 State St. Suite 102, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

Newsletter co-editors Richard Bermack and  Charli Depner