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February 2018 Newsletter

In This Issue
AV exhibit 'Reframing Aging' is at the
Doe Library, UC Berkeley
Highlight Highlight 
Our very own "Reframing Aging" goes to UC Berkeley

" Reframing Aging " the photography/interview project featuring members of Ashby Village, inaugurated the Ashby Village Gallery last July. 

The exhibit is featured on the UC Berkeley website and in the current California Magazine , and will be on view at
UC Berkeley's Doe Library through March 2, 2018.

anne-colbyUpcoming Events 
Conversation with Anne Colby: Well-Being and Life with Purpose 

Thursday, February 15, 2 - 3:30 PM
Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley

Dr. Anne Colby, Consulting Professor at Stanford University, will discuss the meaning of purpose beyond the self, and its vital importance for older adults.
Are You Stuck Completing a Nagging Project?   
Friday, February 2, 3 - 4 PM
Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley    
AV member Marjorie Paul, a certified coach and life designer strategist, will take you from intention to a plan!

Seasonal Bird Walks  
Lake Merritt
Saturday, February 10, 9:30 AM

Tilden Park
Sunday, February 18, 8:30 - 10:30 AM
Celebrating a 60-year friendship: R. Ellis, T. Duster & T. Henderson, in conversation with A. Hochschild    
Photo by Deborah Woo
Sunday, March 25, 2 - 4 PM 
Northbrae Community Church
941 The Alameda, Berkeley
Each of the three people involved - Russ Ellis, Troy Duster and Thelton Henderson - has had a distinguished career. After growing up in a highly segregated world, throughout his working life each of the three often found himself the first black person to fill a particular job or receive a particular honor. For the first time, all three of them come together on stage to discuss and remember the ways they have sustained each other. 

The event is co-sponsored with UC Retirement Center.

A Bipartisan Solution to Climate Change
Friday, March 2, 3 - 4 PM
Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley

Brian Cronin of the Citizens' Climate Lobby, will describe the proposal: Carbon Fee and Dividend, a solution to the challenges posed by climate change that would lower emissions without damaging the economy.
Embracing Change Series
Sustaining Quality of Life During Serious Illness
Thursday, March 8, 10 - 12 PM
Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley

Dr. Steven Z. Pantilat, Professor in Palliative Care in the Department of Medicine at UCSF, will discuss his recently published book, Life After the Diagnosis: Expert Advice on Living Well with Serious Illness for Patients and Caregivers and share his innovative approaches for dealing with serious illness.
Claire Volunteers 
Hearts N' Hands Thank You    
On December 13, AV Volunteers did some  cleanup in the garden and kitchen of member Patricia Brucker.  
Patricia wrote us: 
"I just want you to know what a wonderful gift the Hearts N' Hands Program gives to aging Seniors!

Melissa, the intrepid leader, arrived with a team of volunteers, some of whom transformed the front garden and others washed the kitchen walls. It has never looked so good! For lunch we all sat around the table on the patio, ate pizza and salad, introduced ourselves and shared stories.

The most wonderful feeling was how everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, and the result is so beautiful and such a relief since I can no longer be that energetic!  This Program is an enormous Gift to Seniors, members of Ashby Village.

THANK YOU Melissa, Lula, Michelle, Diane, Betsy, Maryl and Barbara!
New Program!
Drop-In Technological Support

The Ashby Village Technology Committee is launching a monthly drop-in assistance program!

On the second Tuesday of each month, between 2-4pm, technology volunteers will be available to provide one-to-one assistance with your technology devices - smartphones, tablets, and laptops.  We will help you troubleshoot an application, update an operating syst em, or learn a new skill!

Our first drop-in session begins on Tuesday, February 13 at the Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave, Berkeley. Appointments are up to 30 minutes and registration is required. 

To register for assistance, email or call the office 510-204-9200. 
StoryTeam From the Story Team
 Russ Ellis (Reframing Aging: Bonus Edition) 
Russ Ellis _photo by Nancy Rubin_

"I'm always learning. As a person, I think I've always been that way. And it turns out that I'm not as thin-skinned about criticism of my work as I thought. I seem to absorb the blows. I think that has to do with being old-I'm absolutely certain it does!"    
TechTipsTech Tips
Technology security: time to update your devices!

While the average person has little to fear, it is still important to update the operating systems of your computers, smartphones and tablets.

If you're familiar with update procedures, we hope this reminder encourages you to do so now. You can also use the information for various devices assembled by Sam Duncan and Maryl Gearhart.

If you need assistance with your updates, contact the office at or 510-204-9200.

neigh-storiesNeighborhood Stories

Good Neighbors 
Diane Resek and Don Hubbard are creating community, right in their own "back yards," by building stronger relationships among neighbors in Ashby Village's North Berkeley Neighborhood Group.
interestInterest & Neighborhood Groups

New Interest Groups? 
The North Berkeley Neighborhood Group is considering forming new interest groups to meet monthly at an agreed-upon place. We are considering:
Poetry Reading: to read personally written and/or published poetry. Discussions of the readings are likely to follow.
Scrabble: to play one or more games of Scrabble, thus providing an
escape from Bridge and Mahjong.
Memoir Writing: to write memoirs, guided by an experienced memoir writer.

Contact Don Hubbard if you are interested in forming any of the above groups.   

New Shakespeare Reading Group Organizational Meeting 
Tuesday, February 13, 2:30 - 3:30 PM
Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley

This meeting will assess the level of interest in having this group. We will select the next play, and select a date and venue for the first of the planned monthly meetings. RSVP to Steve Chernicoff or contact him if you are interested but cannot attend on February 13.

Updated List of Interest Groups
A complete listing of current Interest Groups and when they meet is now available on the Ashby Village website.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 2 - 4 PM:  Thousand Oaks Hamlet Mac Users Group at Thousand Oaks Neighborhood, 7 Menlo Place, Berkeley 
Monday, February 12, 3:30 - 4:30 PM:   Android Users Group
Rockridge, RSVP Alison Colgan 
Monday, February 19, 2 - 4 PM, Handwork Group Knitting and More at Mary Jo Powell's home 

Thursday, February 22, 1:30 - 4 PM Hamlet Neighborhood Group Movie Matinee Mob at Albany Twin Theatre, 1115 Solano Ave., Albany
Wednesday, February 28, 3 - 4:45 PM Global Issues Group, Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley

Check the online calendar for more Events. 
past-eventReflections from Past Events
It Never Ends: Mothering Middle-Aged Daughters

On January 21, for an appreciative audience at the Berkeley City Club, authors Sandra Butler and Nan Fink Gefen shared some insights they obtained in writing their book, after they interviewed a large, diverse group of mothers about the nature and nuances of their ongoing relationships with their middle-aged daughters. 

bulletinbBulletin Board
Help Wanted:
Searching for assistance with upcoming Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

I am looking for a volunteer to serve as an Executive Assistant, to join me (AV Member and Chair of Committee) in putting together the conference to be held at the Ed Roberts Campus in May. The Subcommittee members, some of whom have a disability, are working all-out on this, but it is clear we need someone who can be a Jack- or Jill-of-all-trades when it comes to turning out the finished product for public participation. If this interests you and you want to find out more, please contact Rita.
Doctor, I'm Going Blind... 

Eleanor Lew, an AV volunteer who is leading the Low Vision/Macular Degeneration support group, submitted an essay to the New York Times that was published in their January 23 Well Newsletter.

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