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July 2017 Newsletter

In This Issue
July 8th: Ashby Village Open House
Upcoming Events
openhouseReframing Aging: Ashby Village Open House & Photo Exhibition!  

Saturday, July 8, 2:00 - 5:00 PM 
Where: Ashby Village office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley
We all know that Ashby Village members are a remarkable group of people. In the photo exhibition "Reframing Aging", photographer Nancy Rubin and writer Cynthia Overbeck Bix wanted to show the world at large just how remarkable they are, and how members are shattering old images and stereotypes about what it means to be "old."
Read more and RSVP (Please note that parking might be limited!) 
livingroomLiving Room Chat
Join our July "meet and greet" Living Room Chat! An Ashby Village member opens his or her house to those who  might be interested in joining Ashby Village. You'll have the opportunity to hear what it means to be part of the Village. 

Join us
Sunday July 16, 2017, 2-4 PM
letterLetter from the 
Executive Director

An Invitation to Step Up    
"Our Village is entering a new era, alive with growth and expansion both within our organization and out into the larger community. And the engine that drives it? It's the active and meaningful service to the Village by our members and volunteers. 
... Step up, and help our Village reframe what it means to be a community." 
Festival Italiano: A Celebration of Ashby Village Volunteers
It is often said that the lifeblood of Ashby Village's culture of giving is its 320 volunteers, many of whom are also members.  On June 3, the Ashby Village community celebrated volunteers at Festival Italiano.  The office courtyard was transitioned into an Italian piazza decorated with Italian colors and featured an espresso bar and specialty cocktails of prosecco and elderflower syrup...
Volunteer Training & Orientation voluteer-training

Saturday, Jul 29, 2017, 8:30 AM until 1:00
Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave Berkeley 
If you would like to participate, fill out an online application or contact us at 510-204-9200. 
hearts-hands Carolyn thanks the Hearts N' Hands Team

Dear Ashby Village: 
On May 25th my world was brightened when three members of the Hearts N' Hands came to wash my windows. An accumulation of years of grime and cobwebs was removed by much scrubbing and rinsing. Luck was with me also in having my son from Atlanta, Georgia arrive to take off and replace screens and curtains... There were many smiles and good conversation around the table afterwards.  Thank you Ashby Village, and thanks to each of the Hearts N' Hands.  
Carolyn, Ashby Village Member

Come enjoy two hours of fun and games paddling with your fellow volunteers at the Berkeley Marina with DragonMax. Friends and family are welcome but SPACE IS LIMITED! Light lunch will be provided.
Saturday, August 26, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM 
Berkeley Marina Dock M Berkeley, CA  94710 
Check it out 
 Reflections from Past Events

"I'm very glad to be here. I look forward to this nice affair."
Ashby Village's third 90+ Tea Party was an elegant affair, held on May 27 to honor of the village's 31 members in their 90s.  The Julia Morgan Hall at Ashby Village's new headquarters was abuzz with conversation as members were welcomed with hugs and seated at an L-shaped table that was set with china and adorned with flowers. 
Watch the video of the Tea Party! 

A Broad Margin to Life broadmargin
Board Member Marcia Freedman and Ashby Village member and artist Maxine Kingston
"As an artist, I wanted to make some mark on the world. 
We supported each other to keep our vision alive."
The Ashby Village  
Arts & Culture Series provides a unique dimension to Village life by recognizing and sharing the extraordinary talents of our members. 
In the latest event, on June 11 at the Berkeley City Club, Maxine Hong Kingston, Earll Kingston & Judith Foosaner (internationally acclaimed artists, Village members, and long-time friends) shared insights drawn from the intersections of creativity and relationship.  

Staying Smarter  smarter
Ashby Village Trains iPhone and iPad Users
Smartphones and tablet computers make our lives easier --- and more fun! A recent study from the Pew Research Center found that the fastest growing sector of smartphone users is people 65 and older. 

The Ashby Village Technology Team wants to help members bridge the digital divide. Their mission is to provide support that "opens up new possibilities for communication, entertainment, and creativity."

On June 7, 2017, the
Technology Team offered an iPhone and iPad workshop, lead by
Sharon Beck, a retiree who, at 66, started a new career in technology support and training at Apple.    

You're all invited to join the
second meeting of the Science Interest Group, on July 11, 3-5 PM , at the Ashby Village office. 
We will have introductory discussions on climate change and and aging/dying.

Choosing Inquiry Over Expectations    
An Ashby Village one-year membership was the holiday gift that Roger Pritchard pitched in December 2016 to his three children.  They came through!  What were his expectations?  "I was curious.  Clearly, a movement is going on.  Ashby Village is an interesting organization; but beyond that, I had no specific expectations. I don't find expectations very helpful.  I am more into inquiry, curiosity, discovery." 
From the Neighborhood Groups

meet-rogerOutlandish Neighborhood Group
Outlandish is to be with friends, to share experiences and interests, to  connect. We came up with our name in a brainstorm, seeking something  catchier than "South of Campus." Most of us live in Rockridge or in the Elmwood-Ashby area, and we are lucky to have so many convivial,  energetic, and engaged members close by. At our monthly potlucks we  schmooze and enjoy each other's company, or... we might see a slide  show of the fantastic birds of Colombia, watch a Warriors game, hatch a  Science and Ideas forum. For many of us these social connections have  led to strong friendships and a network of support. We have grown a true neighborhood. Outlandish is what it means to be part of Ashby Village - to participate, to welcome new members, to count on one another.
Neighborhood Groups Events
Every Wedesday, 11am-noon:   Emery Bunch Water Aerobics 
at Pool at the Clipper Club of the Watergate Condos  5 Captain Dr. Emeryville
July 12, 12:30-2pm:   Thousand Oaks Hamlet Lunch Bunch: Nomad Tibetan Restaurant  at Nomad Tibetan Restaurant 1593 Solano Avenue Berkeley
July 14, noon-1:30pm:  
Please contact Alison for time and location 
July 19, 11:30am:  Kaleidoscope Lunch Get Together 
at Bo's California Cuisine 1491 Solano Ave. Albany

July 23, 2-4pm:   at Carol's House Thousand Oaks Neighborhood Berkeley
RSVP is required.

Check the  online calendar for all Neighborhood Groups events.

  ongoingOngoing Activities
 Ashby Village Happy Hour 
Friday, July 7, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM.
1821 Catalina Ave, Berkeley.

Saturday, Jul 8, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM             
Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Avenue Berkeley          

    Every Thursday, 10:00-11:30am
    The Yoga Room 
    2530 San Pab lo Ave Berkeley

Every Friday, 10:00-11:00 am
Epworth United Methodist Church 1953 Hopkins St. Berkeley

    Monday, July 17, 7:30-9:30 pm
    6 Commodore Drive CA 


Tuesday, July 11, 3 - 5 PM.
Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave. Berkeley                                                 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 2:00- 3:30 PM
Home of Liz R. Domingo Ave. Berkeley
 bulletinb Bulletin Board 

On July 1 the City of Berkeley is changing over to a new emergency alert system, ACAlert. The BENS system is being phased out.  ACAlert provides lifesaving emergency information about earthquakes, wildfires, and other disasters. ACAlert sends emergency information directly to the device that will work best for you in the format that is best for you, including emails, text messages, TTY/TDD messages, and voice calls. 
Sign up for the new system at . For more information, read the press release from the City of Berkeley.

From Epworth UMC
Outing to the Oakland Museum
Dorothea Lange-The Politics of Seeing 
Friday, July 28, 5pm

Dorothea Lange documented American life with riveting photographs that portrayed some powerful moments of the 20th century. Come see how Lange's work continues to inspire new generations of artist-activists.

Bart to the museum, dinner together and explore the exhibit--Contact Sally at for information.
Aging Woman in Berkeley Seeks Live-in Help
Offers private, quiet living quarters (for one or two)  in my house with splendid views, very close to University. Will have use of car.
Arrangements flexible as I am now very healthy.  
If interested, contact Marion at 510-841-6545.
Craig Harper  
April 9, 1929  - June 1, 2017  

Craig died after celebrating his 88th birthday and his 65th wedding anniversary.  H is wife Anne expressed deep gratitude for the walks that he shared with  Ashby Village volunteers. "They were very kind and patient with him," she said "listening to his stories and giving him a feeling of community and connection.
Newsletter co-editors Richard Bermack and  Charli Depner