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April 2018 Newsletter

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~Volunteer Appreciation Month~
Many ways to say THANK YOU!
Photo by Nancy Rubin

April is Volunteer Appreciation  Month!!!

Our 284 volunteers contributed nearly 14,000 hours this past year. We are so thankful; this is quite an accomplishment, and so, so helpful. 

Dear Volunteers...                       Read more  
Hearts N' Hands Thank You

HNH Window team
After a Window Washing Hearts N' Hands project last month, member Priscilla Thomas wrote: 
"To Pat and the four dedicated window washing Hearts N' Hands Volunteers - THANK YOU! I am so happy to look out onto my garden though gleamingly clean windows.
So grateful!"

sprucingHearts N' Hands: Upcoming Events! 
Sprucing up member yards for the summer 

Wednesday, April 11, 9:30 - 2:30 PM
For this project volunteers will help with clearing, thinning and pruning a backyard and garden, etc. Find out more

Wednesday, April 25, 11:30 - 4:00 PM
For this project volunteers will help with clearing up some weeds in her garden, etc. Find out more

Thursday, May 3, 1:00 - 5:00 PM
For this project volunteers will help with weeding and trimming of hedges in garden, etc. Find out more
Volu nteer Training & O rientation
Saturday, April 14, 8:30 - 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. 
    More info 
MedPal Training 
Tuesday, April 24, 10 AM - 12 PM
Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley

In this special training, volunteers learn how to support members before, during and after their medical appointments.   
upcomingUpcoming Events 
Cannabis and Healthier Aging?
Thursday, April 19, 3 - 4 PM
Linda Jacobson

Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley

In this interactive presentation by Linda Jacobson, an Eldercare Consumer Advocate, and Octavia Wellness, you'll learn about the medical uses and effects of the main Cannabis compounds, Cannabis botany, and how to be an informed consumer if you wish to try using it.
Why We Need to Be Concerned About Mass Incarceration and Supermax Solitary Confinement
Terry Kupers
Sunday, April 29, 3:30 - 5:30 PM 
Ashby Village Office, 1921 Catalina Ave., Berkeley
Come to this presentation by Terry A. Kupers, M.D., M.S.P., author of several books on the prison system, its abuses, and its psychological effects, and expert witness in legal cases related to this topic. 
Pre-Happy Hour Event: 
Does Mind Survive Death?
Friday, April 6, 3 - 4 PM
Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley

"Pseudo-retired" UC Davis and Sofia University Psychology Professor Charles Tart will present interesting evidence that there is no clear YES or NO answer to this question.
April Living Room Chat
Sunday, April 8, 2 - 4 PM 
Home of Veronika Fukson 
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. 
Farewell to Manuela
"Ashby Village has been like a big family to me," says Manuela Pegoraro, the Village's departing Community Engagement Manager.
Manuela brought great enthusiasm as well as multiple talents to her position at Ashby Village-gifts for organization and innovation and personal connection.
From the Story Team
Steve Toby (Reframing Aging: Bonus Edition) 
"You have to find your corner of the vineyard - what you do well, what you enjoy doing."

After a diverse professional career, Steve is again a dedicated volunteer, building community and focusing on environmental stewardship while he pursues his other personal interests. 
TechTipsTech Tips

Technology Team: Enjoy the Internet!

The Ashby Village Tech team shares links to some of their favorite web sites for armchair entertainment and travel.  
Would you like assistance?  

Register for drop-in assistance at the office the second Tuesday of every month from 2:15 - 4:30 PM. Contact the office if you'd like to set up an appointment at or (510) 204-9200.

interestInterest & Neighborhood Groups
& Ongoing Activites 

A Bit of History: The Hamlet (Thousand Oaks Neighborhood Group) 

Carol Takaki looks back at the first seven years of this Ashby Village Neighborhood Group.
Monday, April 9, 3:30 - 4:30 PM:   Outlandish Android Users Group  Rockridge  RSVP Alison Colgan  
Sunday, April 15, 2 - 4 PM: Clarewood Documentary Screening: "Denied" at Mary Goldstein's home. RSVP Irene Rosenthal  
Monday, April 16, 7:30 - 9:30 PM: Non-Fiction Book Club   (open to two new members). RSVP

Wednesday, April 25, 1 - 3 PM: Shakespeare Reading Interest Group, Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley. RSVP

Wednesday, April 25, 3 - 4:45 PM:
Global Issues Group, Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley. Optional RSVP

Thursday, April 26, 1:30 - 4 PM: Movie Matinee Mob
at Albany Twin Theatre, 1115 Solano Ave., Albany
Check the online calendar for more Events. 
past-eventReflections from Past Events
Climate Change

On March 2, Brian Cronin of the Citizens' Climate Lobby described a concrete proposal for actions to address rising carbon dioxide levels in the environment.
Embracing Change: Sustaining Quality of Life During Serious Illness

You can improve your quality of life despite face of serious illness. That was the message that Dr. Steven Pantilat gave the enthusiastic crowd at Ashby Village during the Embracing Change Series: Sustaining Quality of Life During Serious Illness on March 8. 
Screening of documentary on GMOs

With a discussion led by AV member Allan Griff, the documentary "Food Evolution" was screened on March 14 for Ashby Village members and friends. The film and discussion emphasized facts and science, and touched on some of the tradeoffs between improvements in disease resistance and productivity in food crops and potential unintended consequences and possible increasing use of herbicides or pesticides.
bulletinbBulletin Board
Arthritis and Pole Walking 
Wednesday, April 11, 1 - 2:30 PM
Maffly Auditorium (Elevator B), Herrick Campus of Alta Bates, 2001 Dwight Way, Berkeley. More info: 510-204-4503
Thursday, April 19, 1 - 2:30 PM
Mastick Senior Center in Alameda. More info: 510-747-7510

Reduce risk of falling and stress on knees, hips and spine with author, trainer and pole walking instructor Jaya Faye Paley. 
Interested in Travel?
Ashby Village member Ilse Eden is wondering if other AV members would be interested in a travel group to discuss possible tours with Road Scholar, O.A.T. or other senior travel groups? And maybe talk about previous trips? If so, please contact
"Live your best life!" Senior Wellness Fair

Wednesday, April 25, 10 AM - 2 PM
South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis St., Berkeley

Open to seniors and their caregivers, family & friends, and community members. Over 35 community resources for seniors, exercise and health demonstrations, free blood pressure screening, door prizes, and more. Ashby Village will participate! 
Albany Senior Resource Expo 

Thursday April 26, 10 AM - 1 PM
Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Ave., Albany

Housing, health care, in-home services, transportation, and much, much, more! How about a free raffle, free continental breakfast and lunch?
The event is free, open to the public, and all ages are welcome, so bring a friend or neighbor. Registration not required.
Berkeley Historical Society Talk and Photo Exhibit

Photo Talk: Sunday, April 8, 2 - 4 PM
Allen Stross Exhibit: April 8 - May 5, Thurs. - Sat., 1 - 4 PM
Berkeley Historical Society, 1931 Center St., Berkeley

Ann Harlow, Berkeley Historical Society president, will give an illustrated talk about eight notable Berkeley photographers
born before 1900: Oscar V. Lange, Anne Brigman, Oscar Maurer, Laura Adams Armer, Adelaide Hanscom, Emily Pitchford, Cedric Wright, and Dorothea Lange. The event is free but seating is limited; make a reservation on Eventbrite or call 510-848-0181.

The talk will be followed by the opening of a new exhibit featuring the art and photography of the late Allen Stross (1923-2017), an ever-present documentarian of Berkeley's diverse population, vibrant parades and distinctive architecture.
In Loving Memory 
Bill French 
1926 - 2018   

We are sad to announce our loss of Bill French, who passed quietly in his sleep Thursday morning, March 22, at the age of 91. All week he had been at home surrounded by family, including Tari (his wife of 64 years), his four children and three children-in-law, and five of his seven grandchildren (and he was able to speak by phone with the other two grandchildren earlier in the week).

Bill and Tari joined Ashby Village in 2011 when it was less than a year old. Since then, Bill was instrumental in the creation of the neighborhood group program, was on the neighborhood group council for many years, and helped lead the Hamlet until his "retirement" last summer. He and Tari hosted the Mac User Group for several years, until a few weeks ago. He will be missed by many.

Thank you to all Ashby Village volunteers who contribute to the Village Voices newsletter: Richard Bermack, Charli Depner, Nancy Rubin, Cynthia Overbeck Bix, Gert Weil, Steve Scholl