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Living Room Chat
Sun, July 10, 2 - 4pm
Home in El Cerrito

Share this event with those who want to find out more about Ashby Village.  Please
RSVP:  510-204-9200 or 
Volunteer Opportunity: 
Newsletter Co-Editors
Are You the New Me?

After two years as the A shby Village news-letter editor, I must let go of this happy role. A n editor gets to know many folks during interviews, story writing, and reporting on upcoming events. 

Now we're looking for 2-3 co-editors. No need to know anything (you'll learn on the job), but you must be able to meet deadlines, take initiative, enjoy writing, and not be technology phobic.  Email

Village Advocacy Training
 A class on 'How and Why to Contact Your Electeds and What to Say'.   
This will include role playing and actual phone calls to set up meetings.

Thursday, July 13th. 10:00am - 12:30pm
Sausalito Village office at 501 Olima Street, Sausalito
RSVP:   Tricia Smith at

Volunteer Training 
New Volunteer Orientation/Training
Sat July 23, 8:30am-1pm
Ashby Village Office

If you love helping people, and want to serve as an Ashby Village volunteer, take this training to begin your adventure!
MedPal Volunteer
Tues, Aug 2, 10am - 12
Ashby Village Office

If you have past experience in the medical field (or would like to learn), you may be a perfect candidate for our MedPal volunteers program, which helps members navigate the complexities of the health care system.
JULY 2016

Culture of Giving
Donate Locally

I make my donations to Ashby Village because they are local and the money stays here. I like knowing my money goes to the members and the staff, and to help members who can't afford the fee. The staff are so fabulous and so dedicated - I don't know how they manage to do all they do.

Kris went from "working in a competitive,  nasty business"  to volunteering "ferociously" for Ashby Village.  LEARN MORE

Photo Gallery
Where would you go to find a tough guy?
Did you guess the Annual Tea for 90 and older?
If so, you're right!

The second annual 90's Tea on Friday May 27, 2016, was once again a hit! Approximately 20 Ashby Village members joined with staff, volunteers, and other members to enjoy each other's company, and celebrate the nonagenerian decade and beyond. You must see the extraordinary pictures taken by Ashby Village photographer Richard Bermack. LEARN MORE

Volunteers in Action

Viking & "Mad King" Bob Leavitt
prepares to launch


Dragon Max Dragonboat
On June 11 thirty raucous Ashby Village volunteers gathered at Berkeley Marina to show their colors in Ashby Village Play-It-Forward Dragonboat Volunteer Event.
What's This? Bob Leavitt goes
from Mad King to ...
Volunteer Audre Newman (right) enjoys the predicament of fellow volunteer Bob Leavitt ...
Hearts N' Hands volunteer team met at Ashby Village member Beverly Slapin's house, where they pulled weeds and munched on figs from an ancient, giving tree-and transformed an overgrown weedy backyard into a place with happy veggies, fruit trees and succulents.
HEARTS n' HANDS strikes again!
Member Betsy Hess-Behren's garden
Who's helping out in Betsy's garden? Find out what three frisky dogs contributed, and who had a very lovely time. 


The Healthier Aging Initiative at Ashby Village is nearing its 1st anniversary. 

We hope we have succeeded in 
getting  the word out  
about how important it is for your mind and body to keep physically active.  This is especially true in our later years when we lose 10 lbs of our muscle mass every decade after age 50. 

As we enter our 2nd year, we will make it  even easier for our members to find ways to "get on the move."

This fall watch for our Fitness Handbook describing fitness activities, both at Ashby Village and in the community.

Some of you had the opportunity to attend the workshops we offered this year on Senior Strength Training and Qi Gong. Look for more such  opportunities 
as we " get on the move at Ashby Village."


Friday, July 15, 11am - 1pm
STROLL: Berkeley Rose Garden & Codornices Park 
This North  Berkeley stroll is about 1 mile, gentle slope on Rose Walk.    LEARN MORE

BIRDING WALK:         Tilden Park 
Jewell Lake, Tilden Park details TBA
Celebrate summer by inviting
 Repeat one of our 
previous walks, stroll the Berkeley Marina, or try one of these community walks:
July10  Path-a-thon ( BPWA
July 23 Campus Highlights( BPWA)


Walk, Jog or Dance:
   It's All Good 
for the Aging Brain  
New evidenc e that physic al activity can forestall the mental decline in aging brains.
NY Times, WELL, 4/7/16 by Gretchen Reynolds  
"Even a small  amount of exercise or other physical activity -about 20 minutes of brisk walking a day- can prolong the lives o f sedentary people."

Increasing exercise was associated with reduced mortality rates in people at all activity levels and in all weight categories according to a recent study in theAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition of 330,000 Europeans ages 25-70...The biggest reduction in mortality rate would occur when transitioning from being totally inactive to merely moderately inactive. -Wellness Letter, CAL Berkeley, Vol 13, 4/15

Members and Volunteers Invited
Meet Someone New, 
See a Good Friend   
July 1, 4:00-5:30 pm
Ashby Village Office 

Lunch at Danute's House
Tues, July 10, 12 pm
Lamb Chops & Veggies
Monthly lunch - delicious, fresh,  home-cooked  meal.
Only $10.  RSVP by July 3. 5 10 204-9200   
You know about our online Monthly Calendar, right?
The newsletter doesn't list everything happening, so be sure to check out the Ashby Village Calendar under Popular Links (click here)

Community Bulletin Board

Edith Hillinger
Artist (AV member)
July 8 - Aug 24
 Gallery K,  3513 Blanding, Alameda  
510 865-5060
FREE!!  Stationary Bike seeks new home...
BioDyne 120 Schwinn stationary bike needs a home. Hopeful intentions to exercise must make way for new computer! Good working condition (owners manual has been lost). Will transport to your house. Contact Sarah at

Thursday, July 14
7:00-8:30 pm
Talk to Me: Conversations that Matter
Byers Auditorium, Genentech Hall, UCSF Mission Bay, 600 16th St.
We will explore what gets in the way of meaningful conversations and offer practical suggestions for changing the dynamics.

Click here for more info:

What We're Reading

 on the Internet
May 3, 2013
Radio France Internationale 
By Alison Hurd
Submitted by Mona Kreaden
June 1, 2014
The Atlantic
By Linda P. Fried
Submitted by Andy Gaines

April 21, 2016
Washington Post
By Jill U. Adams
Submitted Pat Hom

Life Hack
By Sean Kim
Submitted Pat Hom

May 7, 2016
By Elise Moreau
Submitted Pat Hom
May 15, 2016
The Motley Fool
By Maurie Backman
Submitted Pat Hom

In Loving Memory

Ben Bagdikian
d. March 11, 2016
Memorial for Ben Bagdikian 
Saturday, July 2, 2:00 pm 
The Universalist Unitarian Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Rd., Kensington 
For map & directions:  UCCB Kensington 
For more about Ben:  Ben Bagdikian
Derrell Chamber 
d. May 22, 2016  

Len Blau
d. May 29, 2016

Lee McRae
d. June 2, 2016
about Lee McRae

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Berkeley, CA 94704

Newsletter Editor Sarah Hawthorne