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June 2018 Newsletter

In This Issue
2018 Volunteer Appreciation Event
upcomingUpcoming Events 
ShanghaiJune 1 !  Street Photography of Shanghai
Friday, June 1, 3 - 4 PM
Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley

Steve Scholl, Ashby Village member and retired city planner, presents slides that reflect the many faces of Shanghai, as well as a visit to Hangzhou, home to scenic West Lake and many historic temples. Open to all!
Call (510) 204-9200 or email to RSVP
PigginsGrowing Whole, Not Old
A conversation with Janet E. Piggins
Thursday, June 14, 2 - 3:30 PM

Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley
In this free workshop (open to all), Janet Piggins will explore, through discussion, interactive exercises and journaling, ways to live the second half of life more consciously and compassionately.  Janet has worked with older adults around issues of community support and wellness, and has taught stress managemen t. 
More info and RSVP 

ShadiVoice of the Heart, with Shadi Shamsavari

Thursday, June 21, 3 - 4:30 PM
Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley 

Following on her well-received event on May 4, and by popular request, Shadi Shamsavari is   returning for another gathering, in which she will use Rumi's poetry and her own inquiries to facilitate a deeper dialogue and reflection about our soul's journey. Open to all.  
RSVP by June 11, 2018 so Shadi brings enough Persian sweets.
Monday, June 25, 7 - 9 PM

Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley

In this open meeting stressing ACTION, we will hear about the electoral activities of Indivisible Berkeley, the initiatives of Age-Friendly Berkeley, and will discuss Ashby Village's role and your interests in supporting effective action on social justice, at the local, state and national levels. Open to all.
SaruFind Out What Goes on Behind the Kitchen Door Before You Eat Out! (Ashby Village Arts & Culture Event)

Sunday, July 22, 2 - 4 PM
Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda, Berkeley

If you, your friends and family eat out, you are invited to attend the next Ashby Village Arts & Culture Series event!  Saru Jayaraman, founding President of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and Director of UC Berkeley's Food Labor Research Center, will share with us the big challenges the folks who cook and serve our food face. Open to all.  

VolunteerPartyVolunteer Appreciation Event - Summer of Love Revisited!  

Ashby Village volunteers are invited to a 60's-themed Volunteer Appreciation Party. Let us express our gratitude for all the work you do. Food, drinks, music, raffle and much more! 

Saturday, June 9, 12:30 - 2:30 PM
Ashby Village, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley

If you're feeling groovy, dress in your tie-dye and experience the peace, love and appreciation!

SPECIAL REQUEST: Send us a photo of YOU during the "Summer 
of Love" days! Send photo to

RepairCafeBerkeley Repair Cafe Event: a Success!
Ashby Village volunteer Sam Duncan lends a hand

Ashby Village was so happy to help with this exciting, collaborative community event put together by Culture of Repair and Transition Berkeley on May 5.

Check out the photos (scroll down) and see the featured Berkeleyside video story! 

ThankYouThank you Hearts N' Hands volunteers!

May 9, 2018

Dear Hearts N' Hands Volunteers Melissa, Karen and Bob,   Thank you all so much for all your hard work cleaning up our yard last week. It looks great! And it's such a relief to be able to walk freely along the walkway again.     
Sincerely,  L&M ~ AV members
GrantGreat News - Awards & Grants   
Ashby Village received Community Foundation Grant Award of $3150

Ashby Village was selected for a 2018 Oakland | Berkeley Association of REALTORS® Community Foundation Grant Award. The Community Foundation Committee wrote :

"Your organization stood out among many worthy applicants participating in our 2018 grant cycle and we are excited to know about your organization's impact within our community." 
Ashby Village featured in Berkeley Hills Living magazine  
Spotlight on Aging describes the ways in which Ashby Village members support one another in remaining active and independent while living at home, and the volunteer program that helps with that support. It describes the goals of our village: in addition to assistance with physical and emotional health, Ashby Village seeks to foster continuous learning, social connection, and maintaining a sense of purpose. Read the full article  here.
StoryTeamFrom the Story Team  
Troy Duster (Reframing Aging: Bonus Edition) 

"I don't think people experience aging as a long, slow process. They experience it like a snap of the fingers. It's a sudden jump -- you say, what happened?
AVStoryAshby Village Story 
The strange case of the lost mobile phone... 
A surgical blooper befell Sam Duncan in the process of repairing a member's printer that had been brought in for Drop-In Tech Assistance. 
TechTipsTech Tips
Technology Team

In this month's Tech Tips column, Patricia Hom chronicles her passion for her third iPad!
Would you like assistance?  
Register for drop-in assistance at the office on the second Tuesday of every month from 2:15 - 4:30 PM. For an appointment, email or call 510-204-9200.

interestInterest & Neighborhood Groups
& Ongoing Activites 

Nature Walk: Redwood Regional Park
Saturday, June 16, 11 AM - 1 PM   Redwood Regional Park Gather at Redwood Bowl Staging Area, Skyline Drive 

A beautiful 4.0-mile hike on the West Ridge/ Graham /Dunn Trails .
More information. RSVP Audre Newman.

North Berkeley Neighborhood Cultural Events Group  
Some members of the North Berkeley Neighborhood Group like attending concerts, movies and civic events, and find these occasions even more enjoyable in the company of others, so they formed an interest group called Cultural Events.

Members and friends at the recent Taste of North Berkeley Walk

The way the group works, a member finds an event (s)he would like to attend and an email is sent to the whole group with details of the event, perhaps including travel arrangements and dinner/lunch possibilities. Members who would like to accompany the initiator respond and a group is formed. Last year seven groups attended events that included a Bergman film at BPFA, the Wine Walk in the Gourmet Ghetto and Bach's B minor Mass.

Monday, June 11, 3:30 - 4:30 PM: Outlandish Android Users Group Rockridge. RSVP Alison Colgan

Wednesday, June 13, 3 - 5 PM: Science & Ideas Group, Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley. RSVP 

Saturday, June 16, 10 AM: NEW! Midlandish potluck organized by member Judy Turley. Members of Midlandish, don't miss it! Contact Judy (510-258-4278) for the location. RSVP
Monday, June 18, 7:30 - 9:30 PM: Non-Fiction Book Club (open to two new members). RSVP  
Thursday, June 21, 3 - 5 PM: Clarewood i-Group Workshop  at Bob Reynold's home. RSVP required.
Wednesday, June 27, 1 - 3 PM:
Shakespeare Reading Interest Group, Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley. RSVP

Thursday, June 28, 1:30 - 4 PM: Hamlet Group Movie Matinee Mob at Albany Twin Theatre, 1115 Solano Ave., Albany
Check the online calendar for more Events. 
past-eventReflections from Past Events
Solitary Confinement 

Read about Dr. Terry Allen Kupers' sobering account, on April 29, of the little-known, shocking conditions inmates face in Supermax isolation in American prisons.

Cannabis and Aging 

On Thursday, April 19, 2018, Ashby Village hosted a lecture and discussion on medical marijuana and how it can help seniors. The speaker was Linda Jacobson.
Video of Dr. Steven V. Pantilat

Watch Dr. Pantilat's March 8 presentation, Sustaining Quality of Life During Serious Illness, in the Embracing Change series.

bulletinBulletin Board
Berkeley Historical Society's New Exhibit: Collection Gems  

From May 20 through October 13, 2018
Berkeley Historical Society, 1931 Center St., Berkeley
Marking its 40th anniversary, the Society's first permanent exhibit displays a wide variety of materials documenting Berkeley history. Admission is free. The History Center is open and staffed by volunteer docents most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1 to 4 pm but it's better to call 848-0181 to check.
Looking for accommodation in exchange of caretaking 
"I have been the steady caretaker of my great uncle Rabbi Bernard Baskin of 98 years old and Patrice Bolgen- 91 years old. I am trustworthy, reliable, practical, and efficient with a warm demeanor. I am looking for accommodation in exchange of caretaking services (shopping, driving, cleaning, cooking, etc.) in the Bay Area. References available. 954-665-0919" 
LovingMemoryIn Loving Memory
Barbara Bull
1931 - 2018
Barbara was a quiet, helpful presence at many Ashby Village Events. We shall miss her warm smile and her willingness to try new things and help with existing tasks.  

Her daughter, Nina, sent the following to Ashby Village:
"Thank you all for being such a big part of her life these last few years. I'm only sorry I didn't get to meet you all in person."    

Barbara was a lung cancer survivor; the same cancer that took her husband a few years ago. Following his death, Barbara came to Ashby Village for community. From Nina's message it seems that she found her community. --The Hamlet Neighborhood Group.
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