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October 2017 Newsletter

In This Issue

Ashby Village 7th Picnic!
Upcoming Events climate
Climate Disruption: A Call to Action   

Friday, October 6, 2:30 - 4:00 PM
Ashby Village office, 1821 Catalina Ave. Berkeley 
Andrew Gunther, environmental scientist and popular speaker on climate change issues, will address the local and global implications of climate change.  
koreaToward A Deeper Understanding of North Korea 
October 15, 3:30 - 5:30 PM  
Ashby Village office, 1821 Catalina Ave. Berkeley

Philip Yun, a member of the government working group that managed U.S. policy and negotiations with North Korea, will share his expertise and understanding of North Korea with Ashby Village members and guests. 
more-eventsReception: "Reframing Aging" Exhibit     

October 13, 2017, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
North Berkeley Public Library
1170 The Alameda, Berkeley
Come to the kick-off celebration for the "Reframing Aging" exhibit in its new venue - the handsome, historic library. The photo exhibit, created by Nancy Rubin and Cynthia Bix, reframes and redefines aging in a series of interviews and photographs of twelve vibrant Ashby Village members. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will remain at the library through November 28, 2017.
Living Room Chat 
Join our October "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
Sunday, October 22, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Volunteers training
Volunteer Training and Orientation
Saturday, October 21, 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Ashby Village office, 1821 Catalina Ave. Berkeley

Want one? 
It's easy...sign up for any Hearts N' Hands events!

Upcoming HNH Events
Thursday, October 12, 9:30 - 2:30  More info and RSVP 
Wednesday, November 1, 9:30 - 2:30 More info and RSVP  

Veteran's Day Event ***
Saturday, November 11, 9:30 - 3:00 More info and RSVP 

Wednesday, December 13, 9:30 - 2:30 More info and RSVP

  restaurantsPartnerships with restaurants

Do you have a favorite restaurant in your neighborhood? Member Irene Marcos is working on a project that will add value to our memberships. She is approaching restaurants that Ashby Village members frequent to ask that they offer our members a 10% discount.
Currently on board: Cugini Manzone (on College Avenue in the Elmwood), Trader Vic's (on Anchor Drive in Emeryville) and Maison Bleue (near Central Library on Kittridge). 
Look for the full scoop in an email to you soon!
  People of Ashby Village

Margie Pezzaglia

"I'm a party girl!"
"I love life. And I love being with people!"

Each month, Reframing Aging: Bonus Edition is publishing extended excerpts from the photographers' interviews with Ashby Village members featured in the exhibit. 
                                                     Read her story


Story by Charli Depner
Member and volunteer Mary Jo Powell loves contributing to Ashby Village's mutual support and community ---
sort of like the small town where she grew up.                              
                         Read her story

 Reflections from the Director

directorBerkeleyside Opinion Piece

Ashby Village Director Andy Gaines' thoughtful review of what it takes to make communities age-friendly, and his outline of action plans, in cooperation with other local organizations, to address the needs in Berkeley, were published in Berkeleyside on September 9.                                                                                     Read article        
  serviceService of the Month
Matching and placing the right volunteers for Ashby Village service assignments is the mission of Co-Chairs Holly Brownscombe and Gloria Bayne, who are putting their professional backgrounds in Human Resources to good use, taking a fresh look at Ashby Village's volunteer placement process.                               
                                      Read story
  groupsNew Interest Group
Friday, October 13th, 1:30 - 3 PM 
Ashby Village Office   

Interested in forming an Ashby Village group to play folk/americana? Member Gil Jone would like to form a jam group. 
Call him for more information (510-527-0358) and join him on Oct 13.                                
From the Neighborhood Groups nerighbor
Every Wednesday, 11:00 - noon: Emery Bunch Water Aerobics 
Clipper Club of the Watergate Condos, 5 Captain Dr. Emeryville
October 3, 2:00 - 4:00 PM: Thousand Oaks Hamlet Mac Users Group at Thousand Oaks Neighborhood, 7 Menlo Place, Berkeley
October 13: Outlandish Neighborhood Potluck. Contact Alison Colgan for time and location.
October 19, 3:00 - 5:00 PM: Clarewood I-Group Workshop  at Bob Reynold's house  

Check the  online calendar for all Neighborhood Groups events.

activities  Ongoing Activities

Morning walk near the beautiful San Francisco Bay
Monday, October 2, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Cesar Chavez Park, Berkeley

Friday, October 6, 4:00 - 5:30 PM
1821 Catalina Ave. Berkeley

Richmond Marina Bay Trail:
Gentle walk with option for longer, faster route
Saturday, October 14, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM  
Richmond Marina, Richmond   
    Gentle Yoga
    Every Thursday, 10:00 - 11:30 AM
    The Yoga Room, 2530 San Pab lo Ave. Berkeley

Science & Ideas Interest Group
Wednesday, October 11, 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave. Berkeley                                                 

Global Issues Group
Wednesday, October 25, 3:00 - 4:45 PM
Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave. Berkeley                                                

past-events Reflections from past events 
Embracing Change

The third presentation of the Embracing Change Series, which took place on September 12 at the Ashby Village office, was a panel focused on communication: how to initiate conversations among everyone involved, to express and clarify the values and goals of end-of-life planning.

Atul Gawande talk
On September 25, the noted surgeon and author Dr. Atul Gawande drew a crowd to the Ashby Village office to watch a live-streamed talk from Boston, centered on aging and making one's own choices.  
Regarding elder care in general, he suggested that in addition to a patient's medical care, which until now has mostly focused on survival, a wider circle of family and friends be engaged in the broader goal of seeking the patient's well-being. By supporting older adults in maintaining active lives in their communities, and responding to their values, needs and interests, the village movement can play a vital part in achieving this goal.
Ashby Village Picnic
September 16 was a lovely, sunny, but not too warm, afternoon at Tilden Park, a perfect day for the 7th annual Ashby Village picnic.
As usual there was lots of good food, and there were pleasant conversations with old friends and opportunities to meet new ones. Special thanks to the volunteers who set up and then cleaned up so we left the picnic site for the next group of picnickers to enjoy.
                                                        More photos 
readingWhat we are reading
by Pat Hom

". . .protection from delirium"
March 5, 2017 - Forbes
By Denise Logeland, Next Avenue Contributor

". . .how young and old worry about aging"
March 24, 2017 - Forbes
Contributor, Richard Eisenberg

". . .age bias in the workplace"
March 24, 2017 - NPR
By Ina Jaffe

". . .scammed out of $1M"
April 2, 2017 - Money
By Megan Leonhardt

". . .brain changes and scams"
April 14, 2017 - CBS
By Maureen Salamon

". . .thrift shop, hippie market kind of [woman]"
May 11, 2017 - Man Repeller
By Amelia Diamond

". . .remember the reflex hammer?"
May 28, 2017 - NPR
By Bret Stetka

bulletinBulletin Board 
Senior Center Without Walls

Senior Center Without Walls is a national program offering activities, education, friendly conversation, and an assortment of classes and support groups to older adults from the comfort of their own homes.
Play a game, write a poem, go on a virtual tour, meditate, share gratitude, get support, and most importantly, connect and engage with others every day, across the country.  All groups are accessible by phone or online!
          More information

Barbara Ridley New Book Launch Events

Barbara Ridley's fascinating first novel, "When It's Over," chronicles her mother's life as a refugee during World War II, when she fled Prague for Paris, and later England, described in the context of the political upheavals of the time.

October 14: Book Launch Party at Book Passage, Corte Madera
Tuesday, October 17 at 7:00 PM: Reading, Signing, Q&A at Books, Inc., 1491 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
October 27: Reading, Signing, Q&A at Green Apple Books, SF

Classified: Bemer Pro Wanted

Member is looking to purchase a second-hand Bemer Pro to help my circulation and healing process. Please send information to Joy at or call 510-525-1603.

Tom was the quintessential natural historian, with interests ranging far beyond the subject matter of his research. In his retirement years, he pursued his lifelong interest in the cultivation of bromeliads and carnivorous plants, planning exhibits and contributing specimens to the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park.

Tom was born In Milwaukee, WI, and received his PhD in Entomology (1967) from the University of California, Berkeley, after BS and MS degrees from the University of Wisconsin. For 32 years he worked for the US Forest Service, studying insect problems in the West; then he ran the Entomology Service Company, a consulting business.

Tom died in Oakland, of Guillain-Barre Syndrome. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Barbara Meyers, by four children, Jacqueline Magagnosc, Steven Edmund, Peter Andrew and Christopher Thomas, and by six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Lynn was an avid writer, author of numerous political and relationship oriented plays and books.  Her books included Politics and Corruption, Couples in Crisis, and Berkeley to Paris and Back with Two Stops in New York.
Her plays were produced in theaters in the US, Canada, Scotland and Italy.  She was a playwright who eagerly invited praise and critique.

Lynn was was a complex person, blunt, humorous, intellectual, a person who enjoyed stimulating conversation, and a caring friend. Friends will miss her caring, long conversations over tea at her Berkeley apartment.

As an expression of her gratitude for being part of our community, Lynn made a Legacy Gift to Ashby Village. Her generosity will live on in our Village.
Newsletter co-editors Richard Bermack and  Charli Depner