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January 2018 Newsletter

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UpcomingUpcoming Events
The Perennials: Improv Group 

Perennials improv
Friday, January 5, 3:15 - 3:45  PM
Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Avenue, Berkeley

Before the January Happy Hour you will be treated to an improvisational performance by the Perennials, an experienced troupe of women in their 60's and 70's. Their mission is to engage a variety of audiences in light-hearted, joyous entertainment. 
Do You Worry About Falling? 
Tuesday, January 16, 2 - 3 PM
Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Avenue, Berkeley
Come to hear "A Matter of Balance," in which Ysela Jimenez of HCSA (Alameda County Health Care Services Agency) describes risk factors and provides various ways to reduce your risk of falling.
Art-Life Process Series  

There is still space in this workshop! Explore the Tamalpa Experience, based on Anna Halprin's teachings.

January 16, 23, 30, and a fourth date TBD, 2 - 3:30 PM
Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Avenue, Berkeley

Retirement Workshop with UC Berkeley
Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 1:30 - 4:30 PM
150 University Hall, UC Berkeley campus

Ashby Village and the UC Retirement Center collaborate to bring you a workshop based on key learnings from the Village's Retirement Transition Group.
First Living Room Chat of 2018!   
Sunday, January 28, 2 - 4 PM 
Home of members Glo Harris and Monty Sher
Invite a friend to join the January 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. 
It Never Ends: Mothering Middle-Aged Daughters  
January 21, 2 - 4 PM 
Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley    
In this Ashby Village Arts & Culture event, Sandra Butler and Nan Fink Gefen talk about their new book exploring the challenges and rewards of relationships between aging mothers and their midlife daughters. 
Are You Stuck Completing a Nagging Project?   

Friday, February 2, 2018  3 - 4 PM
Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Avenue, Berkeley    
AV member Marjorie Paul, a certified coach & life designer strategist will take you from intention to a plan!
Claire Volunteers 
Kate Sosin 
Do you ever wonder who was on the other end of the line when you called the Ashby Village Office?  
Chances are it was office volunteer Kate Sosin. Kate's dedication is a large factor in Ashby Village's ability to provide its excellent member services.

Hearts N' Hands Video  

"Paying it Back" to our 
Veteran Member Bob Davis
Hearts N' Hands Veterans Day,
November 11, 2017
Volunteer B'Cause Event  
Wednesday, January 10, 10 - 4
1821 Catalina Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94707
Come help Thousand Oaks Baptist Church, a valued partner of Ashby Village. . This event will include painting a meeting room in the church.  

VOLUNTEER B'CAUSE program offers and shares our wealth of volunteers with other non-profit organizations that need some help.

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Join Our Next Volunteer Training!
February 3, 8:30 AM - 1 PM
Ashby Village Office 1821 Catalina Ave, Berkeley

Experience the rewards of volunteering for Ashby Village! Our volunteer program is core to our mission. This half-day orientation and training session prepares you to contribute your skills and services in a wide variety of roles.

StoryTeam From the Story Team
 Liz Raymer
photo by Nancy Rubin 
1930 - 2017
"Sometimes older people get kind of set in their ways--that's not me."

Liz, who died in November, expressed some of her thoughts about life and aging in a February 2017 interview.  
TechTipsTech Tips
Staying Connected in Our Digital World 

Ashby Village tech volunteer Lincoln Spector asks:
This article introduces a monthly  feature of t ips and insights submitted by the Ashby Village Technology Committee.
Kindertransport (Childre n of World War II)
An Ashby Village member would like to know if other members or volunteers were in the Kindertransport, and would like to meet with other members who were.
Kindertransport is the informal name for humanitarian programs that from 1938 to 1940 placed almost 10,000 predominantly Jewish children in Great Britain, to rescue them from Nazi-occupied countries, where their future was in grave peril. 
If you are interested, call the office at 510- 204-9200 and ask for Manuela, or email  

Updated List of Interest Groups
A complete listing of current Interest Groups and when they meet is now available on the Ashby Village website.
January 2, 2018 2 - 4 PM:  Thousand Oaks Hamlet Mac Users Group at Thousand Oaks Neighborhood, 7 Menlo Place, Berkeley 
Wednesday, January 10, 3 - 5 PM:   Science & Ideas Group
Ashby Village Office 
Monday, January 15, 2:30 - 4 PM, Second 80+ Interest Group at a handicapped-accessible home
Monday, January 15, 2 - 4 PM, Handwork Group Knitting and More at Mary Jo Powell's home 
Sunday January 21, 5 - 8 PM North Berkeley Neighborhood Potluck 

Wednesday, January 24, 3 - 4:45 PM Global Issues Group

Check the online calendar for more Events. 
Life-Art Process (Introductory Workshop)

Participants at Jennifer MacGregor Dennis' December 14 workshop had an opportunity to dance, move and draw, to elicit and share their feelings (and limitations) in a sympathetic environment.

Holiday Party (December 2017) Photo Album

The Holiday Party was a great occasion, with 160 attendees!

If you'd like a printed or digital copy of your photo, please email

Jeanne Bamberger on the Art of Listening

A packed crowd at the Berkeley City Club on November 19 was treated to an insightful presentation by AV member Jeanne Bamberger, distinguished musician, cognitive theorist and author, who engaged her audience in broad questions relating to the nature of music and the art of listening.

Interacting with Technology

On November 16, 12 AV members joined Lincoln Spector, Mark Goldman and two Stanford tech students in a freeform discussion of new and upcoming technology, both its promise and its downsides.
"...peak ages" by Chris Weller and Skye Gould, in Money 5/28/17, originally from Business Insider

"...into the caregiving future"  by Denise Logeland, Next Avenue Contributor, in Forbes 5/30/17 

"...old...who me?" by Siofra Brennan for Mainline in 5/31/17 

"...keeping up on the Court" by Jenni Miller in THE CUT, New York Magazine 6/4/17

"...a changing reality" from Mitsubishi Heavy IndustriesVoice, in Forbes on 5/5/17

" and your brain" by Brian McHugh, CBC News 5/5/17 

  "...ridiculously good for you" by Markham Heid, in Time 6/6/17

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Volunteering Opportunity with Children!  

Would you like to spend a little time volunteering and get a lot of satisfaction and appreciation in return? 

Thousand Oaks School, across the street from the AV office, could use volunteers with K-5 children in a variety of capacities, such as helping with classroom, library, cafeteria, playground; tutoring subjects like math or reading; or helping teachers and staff with activities. It all helps the kids!

If you have other ideas or a particular skill (e.g. art) let us know and we will try to find a fit. Schedule can be fixed or flexible.
Earthquake Retrofitting 

If you have not yet retrofitted your home against earthquakes, you may be able to receive up to $3,000 toward an EBB retrofit. If you have already done so, there are prizes and rewards for telling your story. You must register between January 23 and February 23, 2018.

EBB, Earthquake Brace and Bolt, is a new program created by CRMP (California Residential Mitigation Program), a joint authority created by the California Earthquake Authority and the Governor's Office of Emergency Services, to provide California homeowners help with and incentives for seismic retrofitting.
Help in Exchange for Accommodation

Experienced assistant is offering driving, errands, computer, etc. help in exchange for accommodations.  Kind, mature woman. Volunteer who has worked directly with our AV Members. Excellent references.  Contact Debbie Schley 503-505-4282
Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra will present its winter concert series.
We are pleased to present, for the first time, an all-Russian repertoire. In addition to orchestra selections from Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet, the program also includes three movements from Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil, which comprises a strikingly beautiful, harmonic series of Russian Orthodox vespers and chants.  Concerts are free, donations are always welcome.
Resource: Better Health While Aging 

AV member Judy Tart points us to the excellent website of Dr. Leslie Kernisan, a geriatrician at UCSF. Among the many practical advice columns and well-written articles, read " How to Plan for Decline in Alzheimer's Dementia..."
Other recent topics include: how we diagnose dementia, what doctors should check after a fall, diet recommendations, medication problems, and avoiding brain-slowing drugs.
Companionship Training on January 20

If you wonder how to respond to others who are isolated, alone and estranged, First Church Berkeley is offering a training workshop, led by Rev. Craig Rennebohm, to help you cope with this situation. 
memoryIn Loving Memory
Donald Barker
1931 - 2017

Born in Carnegie, PA, Donald Barker was an electrical engineering graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. He served four years in the US Air Force before moving to the Bay Area, where he met his future wife and started working in the electronics industry. For many years Donald worked as a sales engineer, selling large computer systems for some of the emerging companies in Silicon Valley.

A Celebration of Life gathering for Don will be held on Sunday, January 14 at 1 PM at the Northbrae Community Church social hall, 941 The Alameda, Berkeley.
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