February 2017

Happy Hour at the New Office
Happy Hour at the new office, photo by Richard Bermack

In This Issue

Atul Gawande author of
Being Mortal to speak via a live webcast at Ashby Village office, as part of the First National Village Day. Feb 13, 1:30 to 3:30 pm.   See story below.

Living Room Chat

Hearts an Minds in Action


Ashby Village Links

villageMovmentAniversay First National Village Day
Discuss the past and future of village movement started 15 years ago at Beacon Hill Vilage. Live webcast with Atul Gawande and party at the new Ashby Village location. Feb 13, 1:30 to 3:30 pm. 

photo by Richard Bermack
Retirement Workshop 
Village members Joel Kaufmann and Mary Graham co-facilitated a Retirement Transition Workshop in  collaboration with the UC Berkeley Retirement Center on January 18. Volunteer Pat Hom assisted.

Discussion topics included finding purpose, creating structure and accepting body changes after retirement. Read about what they found out in next month's March issue of Village Voices.

livingroomLiving Room Chat
Living Room Chats are smaller events where we give those who might be interested in joining our Village an opportunity to hear from our members, Board Members or staff about what it means to be part of the Village.
Sunday, February 12, 2-4 pm
Home of Carol Takaki
1842 Tacoma
embracingChange-Hearts and Minds in Action 

The Care Team (left to right) Julianne Morris, Roberta Pressman, Liz Raymer, and Hilda Hern├índez-Gravelle.  Photo by Richard Bermack
Story by Charli Depner

"Sometimes even a small act by a volunteer can contribute significantly to a member's quality of life," says Dr. Hilda Hernández-Gravelle, Director of Member Support at Ashby Village, which includes the Healthier Aging Initiative, the Connections Team, the Caring Team, and the Social Care Team.
Peter Sussman and his grandkids, at Peter's 75th birthday celebration. Photo by Richard Bermack.

The Unhyphenated Family

Volunteer training on
Saturday February 4, 2017   
Are you interested in becoming an official Ashby Village Volunteer or know someone else who is interested?
MedPal Training on Monday February 13, 2017  
Are you interested in helping members navigate the health care system?
members-volunteers Members and Volunteers Welcome

Ashby Village Happy Hour
at the new office
Friday, Feb 3, 4 pm- 5:30 pm.
1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley.

Strength Training Classes
Tuesdays 1-2pm
and Wednesdays  12-1pm
1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley.
Please register!
... and  here's a great reason to join our classes.                                                    

Intro to Meditation
Wed Feb 1, 15 11:00-12:00
Epworth Church

Yoga Mat
Thursdays, 10 am


Fridays,  10 am 
Epworth United Methodist
1953 Hopkins, Berkeley

Interest Group Potluck 
at the  home of Andrea Mok. Please RSVP to Andrea

Third Monday of the month
Feb 20, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm

artsandcultureArts and Culture

Arlie Hochschild in Conversation

Ashby Village member Arlie Hochschild will discuss her important new book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right , a finalist for the National Book Award and on the New York Times bestseller list.

Sunday, Mar 12, 2017
2:00 PM until 4:00 PM
Ashby Village: Julia Morgan Hall
1821 Catalina Avenue
Berkeley, CA  94707
Neighborhood Groups

The February Thousand Oaks Hamlet Lunch Bunch will be at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Everest Kitchen, 1150 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706. Their website is Everest Kitchen 
Please RSVP no later then Monday, Feb. 6 to Carol Takaki

Community Bulletin Board
Scholar Sundays at the JCC East Bay

A new Sunday morning discussion and learning series featuring special guests, with complimentary coffee and bagels. 
All events start at 10:30 am .
JCC Berkeley, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley, CA 94709   
Next event Sunday, February 26 at 10:30 am with Rachel Binstock.  
Reading by Maxine Hong Kingston

Maxine Hong Kingston
Ashby Village member
Maxine Hong Kingston  
will read from The Woman Warrior and other works
Epworth Church 
Lunch Bunch Speaker Series
Thursday, February 16
12 - 1 pm.
1953 Hopkins Street
Berkeley, CA 94707

Community Meeting:  Improving Transportation Options in Berkeley

Tuesday, Feb 7, 2 - 4 pm
North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst St, Berkeley
The Berkeley Aging Services Division is considering new bus service, and needs your feedback.  For more info, call 510-981-5190

Retired Librarian Needs Apartment 

I am a long-time Ashby Village member seeking a 1 to 2 bedroom, unfurnished, apartment in the SF East Bay Area. I can pay $1300/mo and need covered parking included in my rent. I am a retired librarian with a pension and have lived in my current El Cerrito residence for many years - my apartment was recently sold. I enjoy gardens and have no pets.  Please contact me: cell phone: (510) 367-0282 (leave message, speak slowly; or  I look forward to hearing from you.

Looking for Reviewers

Retired Cancer Research Scientist and aspiring children's book author, Audrey Robinson, has written a seven book series (for ages 5-8) and illustrated three of them.  She is seeking members of the community who would be willing to critique her writing and illustrations. Contact Audrey Robinson, 

Newsletter co-editors Richard Bermack and  Charli Depner