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May 2017 Newsletter

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Kaleidscope Neighbors

Hearts N' Hands Upcoming Events
Window Washing Caravan-2
Thursday May 25, 9:15am-2:30pm
Come meet other volunteers and help wash windows at three member's homes.

Light lunch will be provided by Member. Space is limited! 

Click for more details.

Hearts N' Hands is in full gear this Spring. Check out this VIDEO to see what volunteers have been up to!

Pat, I loved having your team and you here to wash my windows both inside and out. In addition to the service (and the windows do look beautiful!) it was just fun and such a nice group. Thanks so much  once more  -  that great name "Hearts and Hands"  says so much in just a few words,  and the joy which you spread to the three volunteers.   
Thanks again, Janet Messman~AV Member
Volunteer Appreciation Event!
                 ***SAVE THE DATE***

Festival Italiano - Come experience an authentic Italian Village: food, drinks, music and much more! 
Saturday June 3, 12:30-2:30pm 
Ashby Village Office (Courtyard)

Meet the other amazing volunteers, win a raffle prize and enjoy the celebration!
90s Tea tea90

Saturday, May 27, 2-4 PM - Ashby Village , 1821 Catalina Ave. 
Members are invited to celebrate with other Ashby Village members who have reached the wise age. 
RSVP 510-204-9200
cultureGivingCulture of Giving
Betty Webster
Betty Webster

"It is a joy to give where you feel genuinely appreciated" says Betty Webster, who has  contributed to Ashby Village in many ways since its planning stages. 
Betty first learned about  the Village Movement in a San Francisco Chronicle article about Boston's Beacon Hill Village.  
She remembers thinking "Oh, this is just what I need!".  Read Story
Living Room Chat

Join our May "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 
May 28, 2017, 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM
people-AV-mairinPeople of Ashby Village
Sam Duncan

Sam Duncan the AV Computer Doctor
"It's a real thrill when I can fix something," says Sam Duncan, an Ashby Village technology volunteer. And he means it. When contacted for this interview, the first thing Sam wanted to know was whether the newsletter wa s having any technology problems.  
Embracing Change Series: 
Inter-generational Dialogue

with Social Worker Ada Burko. 
As we age, it seems that we encounter role reversals with our adult children. An honest conversation with our adult children may result in a better relationship and effective planning for the future.

HEALTHIER AGING: 2nd Anniversary!

Help us celebrate  by 'Getting On The Move'! 

Staying active keeps our members healthy and strong and therefore, more likely to remain independent. 

Sometimes it can be hard to get started. We'd like to help you find an activity you will love to do. 
  • Try an activity that will get your heart rate up.
  • Take a class or a walk. 
  • Try swimming or dancing.
  • Take baby steps and build up the intensity and length of your workouts slowly.
  • Adjust for your limitations. Talk to your doctor and choose an activity to suit your situation.  
Need help getting started?  Don't see an activity that you like? Contact one of the members of the Healthier Aging Program (510-204-9200).   We'd also love to hear your suggestions for more Healthier Aging activities.

A few ways to get started

Join other Ashby Village members for:  

A YOGA CLASS ,  Thursdays 10-11:30 AM 
The Yoga Room, 2530 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley           

A STRENGTH TRAINING CLASS, Wednesdays 12:30-1:30 PM 
Ashby Village, 1821 Catalina Ave, Berkeley

A TAI CHI CHI CLASS, Fridays 10-11 AM 
Epworth Church, 1953 Hopkins Avenue, Berkeley    

Coming soon:
- Ashby Village New Community Resource Booklet for classes in the community      
- Workshops on health related issues

Hikes and Strolls 


Tuesday, May 16,  11-1 PM   Meet at Ashby Village Office 
Stroll along Strawberry Creek. See Coastal Redwoods and Spring Flowers, as well as a view of the Bay. There are benches for sitting along the way. 

Saturday, May 6, 10:30-12:30 PM 
Cesar Chavez and Eastshore State Park lead by Audre Newman
Fantastic from the Bay Bridge to the San Rafael Bridge and Marin County's Bay shore. Optional lunch afterwards.

Saturday, May 20, 2-4 PM 
Nature Walk Briones Regional Park, lead by Claire Heinzelman
This trail reaches over the Briones Crest into the Alhambra Valley through oak laurels and buckeyes and then ascends steeply to a high point with beautiful views of Mt Diablo, the Carquinez Strait and the Sacramento River Delta.

Check Ashby Village Calendar for more hikes ands strolls in May and June


My Fitness Pal Blog,  Jessica Smith  March 25 2017   
"It sharpens your brain, strengthens your bones, boosts your mood, reduces your risk of tripping and falling, improves your sleep... "

NY TIMES, Well, Gretchen Reynolds, 4/5/17  
"Scientists at Stanford may have uncovered for the first time why taking deep breaths can be so calming..."

NY TIMES, Jane E. Brody 4/11/2017  
"A newly published study of a population in the Bolivian Amazon suggests that adopting some of their examples of modifying our high-fat, highly processed, high-sugar diet and our extremely sedentary lifestyle might improve our health and longevity..."

Healthy Years  November 2016 Vol 13, Number 11  
"With prompt detection of AMD, there are steps you can take to further reduce your risk of vision loss...  Age is a risk factor as are Smoking, Race, and Family History..."

OnGoingActivitiesOngoing Activities
The surprising wild flowers of the Mohawi Desert (right before the Happy Hour). 
Ashby Village member Tom Koerber, entomologist and world traveler, will present a 1/2-hour slide show of his own photographs.
Friday, May 5, 3 - 4 PM.
1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley.

Ashby Village Happy Hour
Friday, May 5, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM.
1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley.

Ashby Village member

 Wanda creates collages using pictures from old magazines. 
Monday, May 22 at 2 PM
Bring whatever you've got around the house: maps, brochures, photos, old letters, etc., anything you'd like to get rid of. Collage is fun, is creative, and is recycling too!

Every other Wednesday, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
For details  Epworth Church

Third Monday of the month
May 15, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
Artsandculture Arts & Culture Series
Celebrating Creativity
A Conversation With Maxine Hong Kingston, Earll Kingston, and Judith Foosaner

Save the date!
Sunday, June 11, afternoon (time and location TBC)  
iphone-workshopiPhone and iPad Workshop! 
with expert Sharon Beck
Save the date!  Wednesday, June 7, 2 - 3:30PM 
Ashby Village Office 1821 Catalina Ave. Berkeley
Kaleidoscope Group Happy Hour

Active since 2012, Ashby Village's Kaleidoscope Neighborhood Group currently has 44 members from Kensington, El Cerrito, and Richmond.
All volunteers from the Kaleidoscope area and members from other neighborhoods are invited to all Kaleidoscope events. Kaleidoscope has monthly potluck dinners on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Julia Morgan Hall next to the Ashby Village Offices. It also sponsors monthly lunches at Solano restaurants and monthly happy hours at various neighborhood bars. 
Ashby Village neighborhood groups contribute to a shared sense of community and companionship by making it possible for us to get to know other Ashby Village members in small group settings. We urge you to contribute to the vitality of your local neighborhood group by participating in activities and also by helping design and carry out interesting and rewarding events and programs. Your energy and ideas are welcome, so do consider joining in with the team in your neighborhood.
Come join us by contacting NG Council members Beth Burnside,, or Sam Foushee,

Neighborhood Groups Events

May 12, 4-6pm: 
May 17, 2-4pm:  UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Dr., Berkeley
May 18, 3-5pm: Clarewood i-Group Workshop 

May 18, 4:30-6pm:  at Trader Vic's, 9 Anchor Dr., Emeryville
RSVP is required.

Check the online calendar for all Neighborhood Groups events.
lgbtq  LGBTQQA Interest Group
Advocating LGBT Older Adults Report 

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Ashby Village volunteers and participants in the Village's LGBTQQA Interest Group Andrea Mok and Alison Mertz (MSW Intern, "Older & Out" Older Adults Program, Pacific Center) joined Dorothy Streutker and Anne Mitchell (LCSW, Peer & Elder Services Coordinator, Pacific Center) at the "Advocating for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Older Adults" forum at SF State on April 7.
Trending Now: The Village Movement
Key Findings from the 2016 National Survey of US Villages

The newly released 2016 National Survey of US Villages from Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging surveyed 115 villages in the United States and found rapid growth and development in the Village Movement.
An estimated 25,000 older adults in the United States belong to villages. More villages are developing in response to the demand for communities that promote independence and prevent unnecessary disruption of support networks and community connections.

Ashby Village at Senior Expos!
Many thanks to our Outreach Ambassador Team and other members-volunteers who represented us at two recent community events (Albany Senior Resource Expo and the North Berkeley Senior Center's Health Fair) to spread the word about Ashby Village.   

We are planning to do more of these community events this fall including the "Solano Stroll", "Rockridge Out and About" and "Sunday Streets Berkeley".  We need your help! Contact Emily Sexton and Manuela Pegoraro at

buletinboardBulletin Board
Ashby Village member Floramay would like to see if anyone wants her upright freezer, approx. 30 years old, has 5-6 shelves, electric.
Floramay's number: 510-525-7229
Epworth UMC 1953 Hopkins St., Berkeley 94707 

Lunch Bunch 
Marjorie Shultz, retired UCB law professor, will discuss bio-medical ethics, changing definition of death. 
Thursday, May 18, 11:30-1pm, Fellowship Hall.  
Contact: Susan Jardin @ 510-524-2921. 
Bring a bag lunch.  Beverages and desserts provided.

Community Concert
EOS Ensemble performs Beethoven and Janacek pieces dedicated to the great violinist, Rodolphe Kreutzer.
Sunday, May 14 at 4pm, Sanctuary Hall

Free, online Retail Savings Guide for Baby Boomers: how seniors can save money on everyday purchases.
Newsletter co-editors Richard Bermack and  Charli Depner