March 2017

How to Become an Ashby Village Volunteer

During a volunteer training, occupational therapist and social care team member Flora Lewis demonstrates how to help someone get up from a chair without hurting your back. Photo by Richard Bermack.

In This Issue
Seven reasons why we should walk more.

Retirement Transitions Workshop

What Happens at a  Volunteer Orientation 

retirement-tansitionsRetirement Transitions Workshop
Finding meaning in retirement, creating structure, and dealing with  body changes were some of the topics discussed in a workshop at the UC Retirement Center, facilitated by Ashby Village members Mary Graham and Joel Kaufman. 
livingroomUpcoming Living Room Chat
Living Room Chats are smaller events where we give those who might be interested in joining our Village an opportunity to hear from our members, Board Members or staff about what it means to be part of the Village. 
Sunday, March 26, 2-4 PM.
 C urious about what happens at our 
Volunteer Orientations?  

"Thorough, organized and engaging
orientation". "Very well done, good speakers, seems like a great program, I had no idea AV did so much!"
Check out what everyone's talking about  HERE

New Volunteer APP coming!

2017 has been a year with incredible changes for Ashby Village: new location, new staff, new logo (coming soon). 
We're excited to announce that we'll soon be implementing a new Volunteer APP to replace the one our volunteers have been using for the past 18 months.   

If you are a volunteer, stay tuned! We'll be in touch with more info when we are ready to launch at the end of March!

Interested in volunteering at the office? 

With our move to our new location, we're in need of some extra office corps volunteers! Duties may include data entry, answering phones, filing, etc.  Must be comfortable with using computers & databases.  Members welcome, too!

Can you spare 3 hours each week to work in a fun environment? If so, c ontact  for more details.
OnGoingActivitiesOngoing Activities
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Jim French is offering his well-received MBSR program for a fourth time at Ashby Village. Each class session will be a combination of instruction, mindfulness practice, and sharing .

When: Mandatory  Orientation Session: Tuesday, March 21, 2017, from 3:45  PM to 5:45 PM

Regular classes: Eight Tuesdays, March 21 through May 9, from 3:45  PM to 5:45 PM

Daylong Mini-Retreat, Saturday April 29, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Where: Ashby Village, 1821 Catalina Avenue, near Colusa and Solano in north Berkeley 

Cost: By donation


Ashby Village Happy Hour
at the new office
Friday, Mar 3, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM.
1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley.

Intro to Meditation
Wed Mar 1, 15 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Epworth Church

Interest Group Potluck
at the home of Gordon Seligson. Please RSVP to  Steve

Third Monday of the month
Mar 20, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm

artsandcultureArt & Culture Event

Arlie Hochschild in Conversation

Ashby Village member Arlie Hochschild will discuss her important new book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right.

Dr. Hochschild spent five 
years learning the deep story
of the men and women who
gave rise to the American

Sunday, Mar 12, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Northbrae Community  Church
941 The Alameda
Berkeley, CA 94707
Note New Location
The event is sold out! 
From the Neighborhood Groups
Join the Kaleidoscope Neighborhood Group Happy Hour at Zaytoon's Restaurant and Bar, 1133 Solano Ave, Albany, on Mar 7, 3:30-5:50pm and meet Ashby Village neighbors living in the Kensington area.     
RSVP to Beth Burnside,, 510-527-6308.

Thousand Oaks Hamlet monthly Lunch Bunch will be at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Mar. 8, also at Zaytoon Restaurant and Bar.
RSVP no later then Monday, Mar. 6 to Carol Takaki



Seven reasons why you need to walk more
  • Want to lower your risk of heart disease
  • Lower your body fat ?
  • Lower your blood pressure ?
  • Boost your mood ? ...and more!
GET STARTED! Join our latest Healthier Aging Program.

Short Walks: Exploring Local Treasures
These walks are 1-1/12 miles long. Benches 
are available for resting along  the way. 
Lunch on Solano following the walk is optional.
When: Once a month, every third Tuesday, carpooling from Ashby Village at 11 AM and returning by 1 PM.
No registration needed. Contact Shirley Jowell for further information at or 510-525-7012
First walk: April 18, Tilden Botanical Gardens

Spring Hikes

Celeste, Audre, and Claire are ready to take you on some beautiful hikes in the woods and along the shore.

Mar 5, 9:30 AM until 11:30 AM (with Celeste)

Mar 11, 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM (with Audre)

Mar 12, 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM (with Claire)

Mar 25, 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM (with Audre)
Apr 8, 2:30 PM until 4:30 PM (with Audre)

RSVP or Audre Newman 510-548-0530

Healthier Aging Classes

Gentle Yoga 
10-10:40 AM 
Chair Yoga and 
10:45 -11:30 AM Mat Yoga. 
Come for Either or Both Classes.

Advanced Yoga  
Thursday, 12:15-1:45 PM
Ada Lusardi, Instructor.  
Location: The Yoga Room, 2530 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
Strength Training  
Tuesdays, 1-2 PM In t ermediate Class
Wednesday, 12-1 PM Beginning Class
To Register, call Roberta Pressman 510-735-9580
Pamela McKernon, Instructor.
Location: Ashby Village, 1821 Catalina Ave, Berkeley
- T'ai Chi Chih  
Friday, 10-11 AM
RSVP 510-524-2921 or
Faith Isaacs, Instructor.
Location: Epworth Church, 1953 Hopkins Street, Berkeley


The Right Way to Fall New York Times 1/24/17
"... falls occur at any age and are the most common cause of injury seen in emergency rooms in the United States..."
Breathe. Exhale. Repeat.  New York Times 11/15/16
"Controlled breathing, an ancient practice, can reduce stress and  soothe your body."  
Exercise Can Help People With Parkinson's New York Times 1/24/17
"An exercise regimen can alleviate symptoms and slow progression of  the disease."
Bulletin Board
Music and Brown Bag Lunch

Arkadi Serper Pianist and Composer. Come enjoy the music and stories of Arkadi Serper, Director of Music at Kairos Youth Choir and Director of Piano and Composition Music Theory at The Crowden School in Berkeley. Mr. Serper received his music education in Russia at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He continues a distinguished career as a pianist, composer and music educator. His symphonic and chamber compositions have been produced by several major orchestras.

Epworth United Methodist Church 
1953 Hopkins St., Berkeley 94707
For more information: 

Free Computer Classes for Seniors

  • Get help using your phone, tablet or computer
  • Open computer lab times and classes covering specific topics
  • Learn how to use email, send/receive photos, make calls
  • Drop in classes--no registration required
Mondays noon to 3:00 PM
Wednesdays 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Center for Accessible Technology
3075 Adeline | Suite 220
Berkeley, CA 94703
510 841-3224

Celebration of the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana

Join Ashby Village member Diane Resek and bring something wonderful to eat and/or drink. The site is two blocks from the #65 bus stop. 
April 20, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
For directions and to RSVP email or phone
Diane Resek ( or 524-1953)

Photo Exhibit by Ashby Village Volunteer Nancy Rubin

See Nancy Rubin's solo show at the North Branch of the Berkeley Public Library. Her photos, from eight countries, celebrate women in honor of International Women's Day. The exhibit will be up from March 1st through April 30th.

Berkeley Public Library - North Branch
1170 The Alameda, Berkeley, 94707
Open 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Looking for Housing Solution
Sue K., - an artist, designer, dancer, and transformation coach - is going through a housing transformation of her own. A sudden 25% increase for the rent in Sunset Pointe (Marina Bay) means it's time for her to (wo)manifest her next lovely home. Please check out this listing on Craigslist  for more info.

In Loving Memory

Thelma Elkins, an Ashby Village member and proprietor of Easy Going Travel Shop and Bookstore in Berkeley for nearly 25 years, passed away Feb. 15 at 12:53 a.m. at the age of 93. She was surrounded by her three children, a grandchild, and a caregiver. Thelma was suffering from metastatic cancer.

Thelma was born in the Bronx, New York, and moved to San Francisco in the '50s. She married Mort Elkins (deceased) during a time when both were actively resisting McCarthyism. She eventually earned a masters in social work at Cal. She practiced as a psychiatric social worker in Berkeley and Oakland for nearly 40 years. She became a well-known business owner in Berkeley, opening Easy Going Travel Shop and Bookstore after her son was given a near impossible list of items to acquire for an upcoming overseas trip. She ran it in brick and mortar form as well as online for nearly 25 years.

Plagued by the onset of macular degeneration in both eyes, she established a low-vision support group through Ashby Village and worked tirelessly to advance rights and benefits for low-vision citizens.

She leaves behind three children and six grandchildren. 


Newsletter co-editors Richard Bermack and  Charli Depner