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December 2018 Newsletter

In This Issue
November 10 Open House
Special Special Announcements
Annual Campaign in Full Swing!

With our traditional annual fall campaign in full swing, now is the time to think about making a gift to Ashby Village. We are well on our way to our goal of $150,000, and every gift helps! 

Read more about the different ways you can help here.

Recognizing Hilda Hernández-Gravelle
It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our Member Support Manager, Hilda Hernández-Gravelle. Hilda's last day with the Village will be December 20.

After an impressive career in Boston as a clinician, and as Dean for Race Relations and Minority Affairs at Harvard University, Ashby Village was fortunate to have Dr. Hernández-Gravelle join the Village staff to oversee Member Support Services.

During her tenure here, Hilda contributed to the expansion of Member Support Services and resources, established clear policies and guidelines for these services, and instituted the highly successful "Embracing Change" series which addressed a range of issues important to seniors, including end of life issues. 

Her impressive clinical skills, sense of humor, goodwill, as well as her great support and encouragement of her volunteer staff made her a much respected and valued leader of Member Support Services. We wish her well and extend our gratitude to her for all she has done to help our members in times of need.
Upcoming Events 
Ashby Village Holiday Party
Saturday, December 8, 2 - 5 PM

Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley

Come celebrate the holiday season with us at Ashby Village! You bring the savory dishes, we'll provide the sweets. We'll also have a book exchange table, so bring a book or two if you are interested in participating. Open to members and volunteers.          

Special Note:
The Camp Fire in Paradise and the surrounding area is the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in our state's history. As of the end of November, at least 88 people are confirmed dead and up to 200 are unaccounted for, and the entire town of Paradise was leveled. Older adults were disproportionately affected. While this area of Northern California is home to thousands of retired adults, it does not have a Village. Ashby Village's Elder Action group, in collaboration with Village Movement California, has started a collection for Camp Fire victims and will have a donation station at the Holiday Party. We are requesting cash - no checks, please -- and suggest $5, although any amount will be accepted. Donations will be given to the North Valley Community Foundation, which charges no overhead for processing these contributions. We appreciate your support and generosity in helping thousands of victims who have lost their homes and possessions.

Adult Story Time: Hans My Hedgehog
Tuesday, December 11, 2 - 3 PM

Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley

Don't miss the first story in the new Berkeley Public Library Adult Story Time series. This cautionary tale, collected by the Brothers Grimm, tells of a childless peasant who foolishly proclaims, "I will have a child, even if it is a hedgehog!" The surprising outcome will be narrated in improvisational theatrical style, and preceded by a live-action presentation of Neil Gaiman's "Instructions."


Painting the Loo!

Wednesday, December 12, 
9:30  AM - 4 PM
At member's home

This project will include painting a member's bathroom. Volunteer may need to work on a ladder. Light lunch will be provided by member!

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Ashby Village Holiday Hours

Ashby Village will be closing early on December 24, at 2:00 pm.

The office will be closed on Tuesday, December 25, Christmas Day, and on Tuesday, January 1, New Year's Day.  

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techtipsTech Tips
* Lost your Android phone?   In this month's "Tech Tips," volunteer Lincoln Spector shows us how to find a lost Android phone with 3 easy strategies that are bound to reunite you with your device! Click here to learn more.

* Would you like personal assistance from  Technology & Electronics Volunteers? Volunteers can help you with a wide range of devices! To request service, email or call 510-204-9200.

* Would you like to learn about technology in a workshop setting? Ashby Village and the UC Berkeley Retirement Center are cosponsoring monthly workshops on the third Tuesday of each month, 10:30-12pm at Ashby Village. The topic in December is:

December 18 Amazon Echo and Google Home: Introduction to voice-activated devices
January 15 Home phones 
February 19 The Ashby Village Website: Explore the services on the website

To register, email or call 510-204-9200. If you have questions, email Maryl Gearhart .
interestInterest & Neighborhood Groups
& Ongoing Activities 
New! Scrabble Interest Group 
Sharpen your word and logic skills!  Have some fun with your fellow Ashby Villagers!  Come and play Scrabble !
Next Game Day: December 11
Every second Tuesday of the month
1:00 - 3:00 pm
AV Office (Fellowship Hall)  
1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley     
Open to members and volunteers

  RSVP Don Hubbard or call him at 510-647-5145
New! Hearing Impaired Support Group 
Are you hearing impaired and want to meet other hearing impaired members for support and/or to share tips, strategies, coping skills and friendship?  Let's share suggestions about how to go about it! 

Beginning in January
Every 3rd Wednesday of the month
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Ashby Village (conference room) 
1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley     
Open to members and volunteers 
New! Support Group for Family & Friends of People with Vision Loss 

Vision loss can bring challenges to the person experiencing the loss and to those in relationship with that person. This group will focus on participants' experiences (loss, anger, frustration, fear, etc.) and ways of coping with these challenges. 

The group will begin mid-February, and will meet monthly. Specific date to be determined. 

For more information or to pre-register, please contact Mona Reeva at 510-525-8556 or via email.

Tuesday, December 4,  2 - 4 PM: Thousand Oaks Hamlet Mac Users Group at Ken Nakayama and Kate Anderson's home, El Cerrito (accessible!). Contact Ken for details.

Wednesday, December 12,  3 - 5 PM:  Science & Ideas Group Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley. RSVP

Wednesday, December 12,  6 - 7:30 PM:  North Berkeley Neighborhood i-Group at the home of Maryl Gearhart; email RSVP. Bring your iPhone or iPad!

Monday, December 17,  7 - 9 PM: Non Fiction Book Club discussing Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. At Tobey Klein's home, Emeryville. RSVP

Wednesday, December 19,  2 - 3:30 PM:   Low Vision Support Group, Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley. Open to 
all with visual impairment, but call 510-204-9200 before attending.

Wednesday, December 19,  3 - 5 PM: Clarewood i-Group Workshop at Bob Reynold's home, Oakland. Email Bob to reserve your place.

Wednesday, December 26,  1 - 3 PM: Shakespeare Reading Group meeting at Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley. Email Steve Chernicoff to RSVP.

Check the online calendar for many more meetings and events. 
past-eventReflections on Past Events
Fall Open House: November 10
Despite the smokey conditions in the area, Julia Morgan Hall at the Ashby Village offices was filled with a festive mood as guests came to learn about Village life from our very own members and volunteers.

bulletinBulletin Board
Wanted: Web Developer Help 
Ashby Village is planning to move away from our current Club Express website host and create a new AV website in the coming year.  
Are there any volunteers who may have some experience with web development, or do you know of someone with that skill set who would be open to getting us started with a little research?  
If so, please contact  

Photo Exhibit: Visions of Democracy 
Nancy Rubin, Ashby Village member and volunteer, is one of 5 women who who curated the Visions of Democracy exhibit and has several prints featured in the show. She hopes you'll stop by this beautiful gallery, enjoy the exhibit, and the wonderful gift shop. The exhibit will be up from 12/3-1/29. Support your local artists!

Memorial Service for Joyce Kraus 
Former long-time Ashby Village member, Joyce Kraus died on September 9, 2018. A memorial service will be held for her on Sunday, December 16 at Berkeley Friends Meeting at 2151 Vine beginning at 3 PM. In lieu of flowers please donate to one of the following: American Friends SocietySojourn Hospice of Palliative Care (Concord, CA) or Partnership with Native Americans.

Thank you to the Ashby Village volunteers who contributed to this issue of the Village Voices newsletter: Gert Weil, Karin Evans, Nancy Rubin, Peter Sussman