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May 2018 Newsletter

In This Issue
Lily Ellis sings at the 60 years of friendship event (photo by Nancy Rubin)
upcomingUpcoming Events 
RumiRuminating Rumi, The Mystic Persian Poet
Friday, May 4, 3 - 4 PM
Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley

Iranian-American Shadi Shamsavari will recount finding her calling in midlife through music, story-telling and Rumi messaging.
DownsizingYour Kids Don't Want Your Stuff: 
Downsizing Made Easy
Thursday, May 10, 10 - 11 AM
Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley

Jean Goldman's presentation will give you the tools you need to start to go through your things, determine what you would like to keep and what should be donated, sold, or recycled.
ChatMay Living Room Chat
Sunday, May 20, 2 - 4 PM 
Home of Alison Colgan 
Invite a friend to join our Living Room Chat! They'll have the opportunity to hear what Ashby Village offers to our members and volunteers, how it enhances their quality of life, and why it helps them develop peace of mind about the future. 

Hearts N' Hands Thank You
After a Hearts N' Hands garden cleanup project on April 11, AV member Tari French wrote:

"Dear Hearts N' Hands Volunteers,

Thank you so much for all the garden work you did for me on Wednesday last week. The de-jungled yard is just in time for the many out-of-town relatives who will be here this weekend. 

Love, Tari"

HNHYardHelpHearts N' Hands Upcoming Event! 
Yard help is on its way!
Thursday, May 3, 1 - 5 PM (FULL)
Come meet other volunteers and help a member with a some garden work.
This project will include weeding around the house and some hedge trimming. 

Weeds, weeds go away!
Wednesday, May 16th 9:30-2:30pm
This project will include weeding in her yard. Strong, agile and volunteers with good balance. Come meet other volunteers and help a member with a some garden work.
Space is limited! For more info or to sign up.

VolunteerBCauseVolunteer B' Cause 
Repair Cafe Event
Saturday, May 5, 11 AM - 2:30 PM 
Historic Fellowship Hall, BFUU 
1924 Cedar St., Berkeley
Ashby Village's Volunteer B' Cause Program would like to provide support for this Community  Repair Cafe Event! These events are community half-day gatherings co-organized by Culture of Repair Projects and Transition Berkeley. Neighbors bring broken things, others bring know-how and tools - and  everyone brings goodwill and a zeal for fixing. Interested in being an Ashby Village "fixer" for the day?

A Matter of Balance

The 8-week Fall Prevention Class just concluded with rave reviews from its participants.

The workshop provided many tips, from making your home "fall safe," to teaching exercises and posture to strengthen the muscles needed to keep us upright and able to better maintain our balance. We will be repeating this workshop
in early October (limited to 12 participants). For more info, email Roberta Pressman.

Good news: now we don't have to spend hours
at the gym! 

In the latest study published last month in the Journal of the American Heart Association, scientists found it doesn't so much matter HOW you accumulate time spent in physical activity.
"The little things that people do every day like walking from their cars or climbing a flight of stairs can add up and affect the risk for disease and death [...] a few short walks or just getting up and moving around in the course of a day also counts."  - from Well column by Gretchen Reynolds, NYT, 3/28/2018.

Joining us at Ashby Village, however, is even more fun.  So do check out Strength, Stretch, and Dance, Strength Training, Tai Chi Chih, and Yoga as well as our wonderful hikes and strolls. 

Strolls and Hikes 

If you haven't joined one of our hikes this spring, you've missed out on some beautiful sights, like this one of Tilden Park in April.

Roger Newman
photo by Roger Newman. 

Upcoming hikes:
5/7, 5/21, 10-11 AM: Monday Morning by the Bay - Cesar Chavez Park, 11 Spinnaker Way, Berkeley
5/19Tilden Park, Upper Pack Rat Trail to Jewel Lake.

More walking opportunities:
Contra Costa Hills Club |  Berkeley Path Wanderers |  Oakland Urban Paths |  Oakland Walking Tours ( Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10 AM) |
From the Story Team
Lisa Esherick (Reframing Aging: Bonus Edition) 
"I think we have to do things with gusto!"

Lisa Esherick looks back on her lifelong commitment to making art, and what it takes, as she looks ahead to her new projects.     
TechTipsTech Tips

Technology Team 
In this month's important Tech Tips column, Lincoln Spector tells you how to manage your passwords to safeguard your identity and your personal information. 
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 

Retirement or Refirement?

Organizational meeting: Tuesday, May 8: 3 - 5 PM
Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley

We are proposing a small group to meet monthly and talk about our varied life experiences after retirement.  Read more, and RSVP to Don Hubbard by email or phone (510-647-5145). 
Monday, May 7, 3:30 - 4:30 PM:   Outlandish Android Users Group  Rockridge RSVP Alison Colgan  
Wednesday, May 9, 3 - 5 PM: Science & Ideas Group, Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley. 
Sunday, May 20, 2 - 4 PM: Clarewood Documentary Screening: "What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy" at Mary Goldstein's home. RSVP Irene Rosenthal  
Monday, May 21, 7:30 - 9:30 PM: Non-Fiction Book Club (open to two new members). RSVP  

Wednesday, May 23, 1 - 3 PM:
Shakespeare Reading Interest Group reading the last 3 acts of The Merchant of Venice, Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley. RSVP

Wednesday, May 23, 3 - 4:45 PM:
Global Issues Group, Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley. Optional RSVP

Thursday, May 24, 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
60 Years of Friendship

photo by Nancy Rubin
Berkeley octogenarians and AV members Troy Duster, Russ Ellis and Thelton Henderson shared their stories at a sold-out Ashby Village event March 25. 
It was an afternoon filled with laughter, poignant stories about uphill struggles, and memorable anecdotes. 

 WhatweareReadingWhat we are reading
"...dementia is not inevitable" by Gill Livingston, Medical press, 7/21/17

"...changing thoughts, behavior" by Brianna West, Thought Catalog,, 7/28/17

"...dare to be 100" by Walter M. Bortz II, MD, HuffPost, 8/8/17

"...aging vernacular" by Robin Seaton Jefferson, Forbes, 8/24/17

" healthier, longer and smarter" by Reenita Das, Forbes, 8/24/17

" and companionship" by Rebecca Maitland, Chron, 9/14/17

" for walking with bad knees" by Wendy Bumgardner, Verywell Fit, 2/8/18. 
bulletinBulletin Board
City-wide disasters:  What can you do to help prepare yourself and those around you?

The Bay Area faces a number of potential disasters of which earthquakes are only one. Our history of fires, flooding, and industrial accidents points to the need for preparation. It's up to us to work with first-responders like the Berkeley Fire and Police Departments and with friends and neighbors to prepare for the next Big One.
Moonrise Players Perform (script in hand) "Seventeen Characters"

Four senior women actors present 6 varied, hilarious, and heart-warming 12-minute plays about life, loss, and love!

Friday, May 11 at 7:30 PM
Atchison Village Hall, 270 Curry Street, Richmond, CA
Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 PM
Thousand Oaks Church, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley, CA
Admission is free - donations accepted

Room available in El Cerrito 

Sunny, west-facing room for rent in a good neighborhood of El Cerrito, near El Cerrito High School and walking distance to El Cerrito Plaza. Shared kitchen and shared bathroom. It is currently furnished but arrangements can be made for the room to be unfurnished. No Smoking. $1,100 per month plus shared utility expenses. If you are interested, call Shirley at 510-225-5788.
Berkeley Historical Society Photo Exhibit

Allen Stross Exhibit: April 8 - May 5, Thurs. - Sat., 1 - 4 PM
Berkeley Historical Society, 1931 Center St., Berkeley
This is  your  last chance to see the  exhibit featuring the art and photography of the late Allen Stross (1923-2017), documentarian of Berkeley's diverse population, vibrant parades and distinctive architecture.
Medical Cannabis for Pain Management? 
Ashby Village member would like to talk to other members who have used or plan to use medical cannabis for pain management. Please contact Joy at 510-525-1603 or send her email.
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