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November 2018 Newsletter

In This Issue
Ashby Village at the 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer's
Upcoming Events 

SpinningSpinning Facts into Fiction:
Writing the Historical Novel
Friday, November 2, 3 - 4 PM
Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave.,

Come meet bestselling author Patricia Bracewell and find out how a historical novelist shapes fact into fiction, and where the writer draws the line between truth and story.   Open to all.
OpenHouseAshby Village Open House
Saturday, November 10, 2 - 4 PM

Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley

SPECIAL CALL to members and volunteers: Please join us to share your stories with the greater community! There will be opportunities to meet and greet, check out info tables about AV programs and interest groups, and watch a new video compilation of Ashby Village happenings. Also, friends and volunteers can join the raffle for 3 FREE introductory 3-month memberships!                                                                              Register on Eventbrite
November Living Room Chat
Sunday, November 18, 2 - 4 PM

Presentation starts at 2 PM
Home of Joanne Carder, Berkeley

Invite a few friends to join our Living Room Chat ! This is their 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.
Ashby Village Holiday Party: Save the Date!
Saturday, December 8, 2 - 5 PM

Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley

Come celebrate the holiday season with us at Ashby Village! You bring the savory dishes, we'll provide the sweets. We'll also have a book exchange table, so bring a book or two if you are interested in participating. Open to members and volunteers.          RSVP by 11/26

OrientationAshby Village Volunteer Orientation & Training
Saturday, November 3, 2018, 8:30 AM - 1 PM  
Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley

Members  are increasingly calling us for support, which is wonderful! In order to effectively satisfy their requests, we need to continue growing our volunteer program. If you would like to become an AV volunteer, fill out an online application or call 510-204-9200 to register for training.

MedpalAshby Village Medpal Volunteer Training

Tuesday, November 13, 
10 AM - noon
Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley 
Specially trained volunteers, vetted as Medpal volunteers, perform the valuable service of assisting members in navigating before, during and after their medical appointments. Existing volunteers can register for Medpal training by contacting
Click here to apply to become an AV volunteer.
Hearts N'Hands Garden Event Thank You

Volunteer Judy conquers the Ivy 
It was  wonderful to have five bright-eyed, smiling, enthusiastic,
volunteers show up right on time to tackle the overgrowth of my front and back yards.

The results: large stuffed bags of debris, prunings, branches and leaves ready for pick up; a yard that I can finally enjoy; clear instructions as to how to care for the plants and when to call for additional help; and best of all getting to know some fine people and feeling very well cared for. 

Thank you Melissa, Bob, Judy, Lois and Pat! Thank you Ashby Village!" 
Warmly, AV Member Linda
Alz2018 Walk to End Alzheimer's

Saturday, October 20, saw almost 2000 walkers come together at Heather Farms Park in Walnut Creek to help raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. Among the walkers was the Ashby Village team, led by our very own Pat Carvalho! Volunteer and walker, Bob Waxman, shares the story of the that day.

Ashby Village Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Ashby Village will be closing early on Wednesday, 11/21. Office hours will be 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Ashby Village will be CLOSED on Thursday, 11/22 and Friday, 11/23.

We will resume our usual hours of operation on Monday, 11/26.

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techtipsTech Tips

Need to edit text in a document or email?
This month the Technology Team offers suggestions to Apple computer users about how to cut and paste! Click here for the article!

Would you like personal assistance from Technology & Electronics Volunteers?
Volunteers can help you with a wide range of devices! To request service, email or call 510-204-9200.

Would you like to learn about technology devices in a workshop setting?
Ashby Village and the UC Berkeley Retirement Center are co-sponsoring monthly technology workshops on the third Tuesday of each month, 10:30 AM - noon at Ashby Village. Open to members of either Ashby Village or UCBRC.

Workshops will provide guided, hands-on practice. The topics in November and December are:

November 20  Voice Commands on Android Phones: Using voice to make phone calls and send texts and emails.

December 18  Amazon Echo and Google Home: Introduction to voice-activated devices.

Workshops are by registration only. To register, email or call 510-204-9200.

interestInterest & Neighborhood Groups
& Ongoing Activities 
North Berkeley Next Steps

The North Berkeley Next Steps Group produces a set of notes for each of its monthly meetings. The notes contain the things they learn as they investigate the options and concerns that may lie ahead.  If anyone would like to receive a copy of the notes, email Don Hubbard  or call him at (510) 647-5145.

Tuesday, November 6, 2 - 4 PM: Thousand Oaks Hamlet Mac Users Group at Ken Nakayama and Kate Anderson's home, El 
Cerrito (accessible!). Contact Ken for details.

Tuesday, November 13, 4 - 6 PM: Elder-Action Interest Group, Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley. RSVP to  

Wednesday, November 14, 3 - 5 PM: Science & Ideas Group Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley. RSVP

Rescheduled date: Wednesday, November 14, 3 - 5 PM:
Clarewood i-Group Workshop at Bob Reynold's home, Oakland.
Email Bob to reserve your place.

Wednesday, November 146 - 7:30 PM: North Berkeley Neighborhood iGroup at home of Maryl Gearhart; email RSVP.

Sunday, November 18, 2 - 4 PM Documentary Film Watching at Clarewood I Am Tired of Living in my Native Land, a t Mary  Goldstein's home (limited seating) RSVP

Monday, November 19, 7 -9 PM:  Non Fiction Book Club at Tobey Klein's home, Emeryville. RSVP

Wednesday, November 21, 2 - 3:30 PM:   Low Vision Support Group, Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley. Open to 
all with visual impairment, but call 510-204-9200 before attending.

Wednesday, November 28, 1 - 3 PM: Shakespeare Reading Group meeting, Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley. 

Check the online calendar for many more meetings and events. 
What we are reading
" ...if you must retire, do it after 65" by Rachel Gillett, Business Insider, 10/5/17

" ...research into health" by Alexandra Ossola, Popular Science, 10/9/17

" will be life" by Dr. Natasha Josefowitz, HuffingtonPost, 10/11/17

 " ...maintain strength & balance" by Melissa Howell, NewsOK/The Oklahoman, 11/29/17

"...shift your perspective" by Judith Graham, Star Tribune, 12/2/17

"...what is the ideal age?" by Clare Ansberry, Wall Street Journal, 1/13/18

"...chronic inflammation" Univ. of Southampton, Medical press, 1/22/18

past-eventReflections on Past Events
Sam Duncan: October 5

Did you miss Sam Duncan's talk and slideshow? Learn what life was like for Sam and his family during the 10 years they lived in The Congo.

Rights of People with Disabilities

On October 18, we were honored with a talk by Sid Wolinsky, distinguished and effective champion of disability rights.
He described the work of his non-profit firm, Disability Rights Advocates, in providing judicial relief and improved services for the disabled and underserved, who still suffer from limited accessibility despite the Americans with Disability Act (ADA).

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Want to Get Or Give A Ride To & From The Polls This Election Day?

Do you want to vote in person in Berkeley this year, but have no way to get to and back from your polling place? Or are you looking for something concrete to do on November 6 to help registered voters in your backyard cast their ballots?

Rides are Ashby Village's most popular service. This Election Day, thanks to AV's new interest group Elder Action, trained AV volunteers can take part in the "Drive to Vote", a pilot project to offer AV members* rides to and from the polls on Tuesday, November 6 from 9 AM - 2:00 PM.

And longtime Berkeley Community Activist Deborah Matthews, of Deborah Spotlight, has joined us to make sure our effort serves South Berkeley residents, too, by contacting voters who need "Drive to Vote" through her blog,

If you're an Ashby Village member and need a ride to and from your polling place on Election Day, please contact Pat Carvalho, at, or by calling the Ashby Village office at 510-204-9200.

And if you are an AV volunteer, have attended an Ashby Village Volunteer Training and want to step up to help your fellow citizens exercise their right to vote by driving them to and from the polls, please also contact Pat Carvalho.

Deadline for registration for drivers and riders is November 2nd.

*Voters must be able to stand, walk and move in and out of a car without assistance.
Are you a veteran? 
If so, are you interested in exploring benefits for which you
might be eligible, including medical care, rehabilitation, nursing homes, and other benefits? Jill Martinez from the Veterans Service Office would be pleased to make a presentation at Ashby Village.

Ashby Village member Ilse Eden, a retired VA clinical social worker, is gauging interest. If you would like to attend such a presentation, please contact Ilse at
FREE Inkjet Cartridges 
An AV volunteer is giving away inkjet printer ink cartridges that she can no longer use. The cartridges are: hp 564 (black) and hp 701 (black). If you are interested in one or both of these, email Natalie.   
Thank you to the Ashby Village volunteers who contributed to this issue of the Village Voices newsletter: Gert Weil, Bob Waxman, Peter Sussman, Nancy Rubin