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August 2018 Newsletter

In This Issue
Next Steps panel, July 19
 DonorUpdateDonor Update
Thank You, Donors
In our July issue our Board President shared a personal letter of appreciation for our generous Ashby Village Community. Prior to publication, several additional gifts were received, and several corrections were made. Click here to see the updated list.

The Culture of Giving lives on!
upcomingUpcoming Events 
PreHappyHourPre-Happy Hour Talk: California's Hidden History
Friday, August 3, 2:30 - 4 PM
Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley

Susan D. Anderson, historian and Interim Chief Curator of the African American Museum & Library at Oakland will speak on civil rights and African American leadership since the 19th century.
TeaParty90+ Tea Party and Reminiscences
Friday, August 10, 11 AM

Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley
You are invited to celebrate with other Ashby Village 90+ members who have reached your wise age.
ChatAugust Living Room Chat

Sunday, August 12, 2 - 4 PM  

at the Oakland home of James Zellers
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.
MoreEventsLearn About Financial Scams, Identity Theft and Fraud
Friday, September 7,  3 - 4 PM

Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley

In this Pre-Happy Hour discussionGrant Shoaf and Tony Strain-Flores of Mechanics Bank will help you identify and avoid falling victim to the many types fraudulent schemes that they have seen over the years.   
Sara Geber: Meeting the Challenges of Solo Aging
Thursday, September 27,  10 AM - noon

Epworth United Methodist Church, 1953 Hopkins Street, Berkeley

In this interactive presentation, Sara Z. Geber, author, Ph.D. in Counseling, financial planner and certified retirement coach, invites you to learn what to consider as you weigh your options and make decisions to create a fulfilling life as you age -- identifying what matters to you most, and finding resources in lieu of family to provide what you will need. 

HNHEventHearts N' Hands Event:
Spruce It Up for Summertime! 
Wednesday, August 15, 10 AM - 2 PM

For this project we will help spruce up an unsighted member's apartment. We will clean, scrub and dust in areas the member may find challenging to do.  
Light lunch provided by member. Space is limited.  

ThankYouHearts N' Hands Thank You!
HNH team on July 11
"Dear Pat,  Thank you so much again for getting me all of this help. It really makes a big difference. And I'm glad that everyone enjoyed the lunch. It was wonderful for me to meet some new people and to discover how many connections we all had. And I really appreciated getting to know you and how amazing that we both come from the Boston area!" 
- Enid Young, Ashby Village member 

SmartSeniorEast Bay Smart Senior! Celebrating 10 Years 
Ashby Village Volunteer Joann Sullivan is celebrating 10 years of her website, East Bay Smart Senior! Joann, a Seniors Real Estate Specialist, features senior-focused articles on her blog, offering a wealth of information on a wide array of housing options. Read her latest post, and catch up on past ones here.

Meet Ashby Village's New Program Manager, Natalie Castelo 
Some of you may have noticed a new face at the office. Natalie joins the Ashby Village staff after initially joining as a volunteer earlier this year. Learn more about this new addition to our community!  
Ashby Village's Decluttering Team 
Join the Ashby Village members who have discovered that writing a " Dear John" letter breaking up with all the stuff in your house can be a big step toward  improving the quality of your life. The Ashby Village Decluttering Team can help you make a plan for decluttering your house, or you may just want help in organizing a small area, like the papers on your desk or a stack of books overflowing your bookshelf.  
Members who wish to request decluttering assistance may email or call the Ashby Village office 510 204-9200.   
The Ashby Village Medical Equipment Library 
Through the generous donations of our members, we are able to lend members a variety of medical assistive devices such as walkers, wheelchairs, shower seats, crutches, some exercise equipment, heating pads, and blood pressure monitors, at no cost. All items are clean and in good repair.

Borrowing is easy. Contact Ashby Village volunteer Marilyn Schneck to check availability and to arrange pick-up or to drop off returns at the Ashby Village Office. Members are responsible for picking up and returning the items they borrow from the Medical Equipment Library.

Donating is easy.  We are happy to accept clean items in good repair. Contact Marilyn or Hilda Hern├índez-Gravelle to arrange drop-off at the Ashby Village Office. A receipt for tax purposes will be supplied upon request.
Picnic lain fallow this year

Thanks to members, volunteers and staff, our Ashby Village programs are thriving. With the increased demand to continue  providing all of you with high quality service and programs and with a transition of core staff, we find that we do not have the capacity to produce a fall picnic this year. But don't fret! The picnic will be back next year. We look forward to planning it with you and creating an even more robust picnic.

PressAshby Village in the Press
ElderAction participation noted in Berkeleyside    
On June 30, more than 1,000 people showed up at Berkeley's MLK Jr. Civic Center Park to protest federal immigration policies at the Keep Families Together demonstration. Among them were some members of the Ashby Village interest group ElderAction. AV Member and ElderAction co-convener Marcia Freedman said of the gathering, "I'm grateful I was able to share with other members of the Ashby Village community my profound sense of outrage and sorrow about the Administration's policy of separating parents and migrant children, including babies and toddlers. This was our first action as part of ElderAction, a new interest group within the Village." Berkeleyside journalists noticed the ElderAction contingent and featured a quote from Marcia in their article.
StoryTeamFrom the Story Team  
Peter Sussman (Reframing Aging: Bonus Edition) 
Photo by Nancy Rubin 
"I'm a big believer in framing. How you grip something with words is how you perceive it."   
Author, journalist, mentor and lately, poet, Peter Sussman reflects on his current projects, his core values and his approach to aging.
TechTipsFrom the Tech Team
Technology Assistance
Would you like assistance from our Technology Volunteers?    
Is your computer giving you headaches? Do you need to learn how to use an app on your smartphone or tablet? Is your printer refusing to print, or is your wifi connection unreliable? Would you like to set up streaming on your TV, or an answering machine for your home phone? Ashby Village volunteers can help you with a wide range of technology and electronic devices!

To request assistance, email us or call 510-204-9200. 
interestInterest & Neighborhood Groups
& Ongoing Activites 

Summer Notes: 
Please note the CANCELLATIONS this month:
Thousand Oaks Hamlet Group - Jigsaw Puzzles August 13
Drop-in Technology Assistance August 14
Non Fiction Book Club August 20  
The Retirement or Refirement? interest group had an interesting inaugural meeting in June. The group is taking a summer recess and will resume on September 20. 
The Building & Balancing Life in Retirement Interest Group is closed, but check the possibility of forming a second group led by Frances P. Nurkse by emailing or calling her at 831-227-9531.


Kaleidoscope Revival! 

The neighborhood group formerly known as Kaleidoscope has been inactive for some time. It comprises the communities of El Cerrito, Albany, Richmond, and Kensington. Members in these areas, lacking a group of their own, have been attending other group functions. Mary Graham and Deirdre Anderson, both Kensington residents, would like to revive and enlarge the Kaleidoscope group. A new name, Northtowns, has been proposed. Former activities and new ones are being researched. An invitation to a dinner discussion of goals and possibilities that represent the group's constituency and interests is forthcoming.


Upcoming Healthier Aging Classes
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.   
Have you been a little forgetful lately?  Come join us on Friday mornings for a fun class that gives your brain a good workout. For more information or to register, email Roberta Pressman
or call her a t 510-735-9580. 

A Matter of Balance , with Lars Koch   
8 sessions, beginning Tuesday, October 16, 10:30 - noon
The Fall Prevention Class is back by popular demand!
A great class that teaches exercises and provides educational information to help you stay "upright." 12 people maximum.  No fee, but you must make a commitment to attend all 8 sessions.  To register or for more information, call Roberta Pressman at 510-735-9580.
Tuesday, August 7, 2 - 4 PM: Thousand Oaks Hamlet Mac Users Group at Ken Nakayama and Kate Anderson's home, El Cerrito (accessible!). Contact Ken for details.

Tuesday, August 7, 5 - 7 PM: ElderAction
at Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley (accessible!). Interested in political reform and social justice? Contact Marcia for details.

Wednesday, August 8, 3 - 5 PM: Science & Ideas Group,
Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley. RSVP  
Thursday, August 9, 3 - 5 PM: Clarewood i-Group Workshop  at Bob Reynold's home. RSVP required. Note: this is a one-time change from the usual meeting date.
Friday, August 10, 12:30 - 2 PM: Outlandish Neighborhood Potluck Please RSVP to Sarah Puyans by August 8. 
Sunday, August 19, 3 - 4 PM: Documentary Film Watching at Clarewood viewing Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies
at Mary Goldstein's home. RSVP 

Thursday, August 23, 1:30 - 4 PM: Hamlet Group Movie Matinee Mob at Albany Twin Theatre, 1115 Solano Ave., Albany
Wednesday, August 29, 1 - 3 PM: Shakespeare Reading Interest Group, Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley. RSVP to Steve Chernicoff. 
Check the  online calendar for more Events. 
past-eventReflections from Past Events
Next Steps: July 19 

When the Next Steps group formed, "The universal motivation," Charlie Schad shared, "was to continue living independently in our own homes...Health and safety concerns were in the back of everyone's mind..."  So for the last year and a half, the group met with professionals and experts to help them with their deep dive into the myriad of possibilities for their next steps...            Read the article
Before You Eat Out...Saru Jayaraman: July 22
The high-energy afternoon began with her question to the audience: "Did you eat at a restaurant recently?"  Virtually all hands went up.  People in the United States frequent food and drink establishments more often than those in any other country. Yet, rarely do we stop and think about the working conditions of those who prepare and serve our food.  Saru Jayaraman explained, in a breathtaking talk, why we should.            Read the article
bulletinBulletin Board
Street Requiem

Saturday August 25, 7:30 PM
First Church Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

Do you want to help support the work of Berkeley's Women's Daytime Drop-in Center and hear some inspiring music? Come to the East Bay premiere of Street Requiem, a 50-minute cantata to remember the homeless who have died on the streets.

In a collaborative effort of the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra (BCCO), First Church Berkeley, and the Berkeley Women's Community Chorus, a 100-voice choir will sing with mezzo-soprano Molly Mahoney, tenor Brian Thorsett and chamber orchestra under the direction of Derek Tam. Free admission. Donations to the Drop-In Center are requested. For more info contact AV member Kathy Barrows or

Ashby Village member Sue Goldberg is looking for housing in the El Cerrito, Albany, Berkeley, N. Oakland, or Rockridge areas. She needs a private apartment on the ground floor or a unit in a building with an elevator. She is also open to shared housing, especially if it is with another member. If you have a lead on a place, or if you know of resources to help her find a place, please email Sue
or call 510-965-5272 (landline - no texts, please).

Ashby Village interest group, ElderAction, is looking for a volunteer with the skillset to help the group design a logo and a t-shirt. Can you help? Please email Marcia Freedman.    
Walk-in Theratub for sale

$1,500 or best offer. Great for elders or people with a disability. Includes integral seat, massage and bubble jets, hand-held shower head and high-flow faucet and drain. 47-gallon capacity. Additional details available here. This walk-in tub has only been used for 3-1/2 years and is in great condition. Ready for immediate pick up near No. Berkeley BART. Call Devin for more information at 510-527-4632 
Geneology Support  
An Ashby Village Volunteer who has recently joined the California Genealogical Society and Library in Oakland is happy to share knowledge and resources to AV members on a one-on-one basis. The volunteer is also offering to drive members to visit the library, or The Family Search library also in Oakland, they are a wonderful resource especially for New England ancestors! For more information or questions please contact the Ashby Village office.  
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, Karin Evans, Lincoln Spector