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September 2017 Newsletter
Thank you donors !
You made it happen! 

Last year, more than 185 people and organizations helped make it possible for Ashby Village to move to a new home, expand our services and programs, and reach out to more people than ever. Your generosity means so much to all of Ashby Village--together, we are creating a wonderful community with a true culture of giving, in so many ways. Thank you!
Individual Donors

Anonymous (8)

Gerald S. Abrams
Nancy Alexander

Gertrude Allen
Frank and Mary Beth
Rhoda Alvarez
Jody Ames
Carletta H. Aston
Marlene Bagdikian
Jimmy Baker, Jr.
Kathy Barrows
Anne Barrows and
    Mason Drukman
Joan and Sheldon*
Gloria Bayne

Melissa Beidler
Carolyn Bellis
Sue and Richard Bender
Hilary Bendich
David Bergad
Gene Bernardi
Carol Bernstein
Antoinette Betschart
Chana Bloch* and
    Dave Sutter
Mary Lou Breiman

Janis Brewer
Mollyanne Brewer
Lisa Brinner
Orli Broer
Holly Brownscombe
Barbara Bull
Beth Burnside
June Cheit
Wei-Bing Chen
Joan H. Cole
Jan and Luciano
Linda Cozzarelli

Eleanor Dahl
Philip Davis and Beverly
    Gregg Davis
Bob and Merle Davis

Charlene Depner
Robert Deutsch and
    Donna Terazawa
Sue Diehl

Sheila Diehl*
Laura M. Donohoe
Arlene Dunn
Troy Duster
Alice Erb
Lisa Esherick
Karin Evans
Elizabeth and James
Helen Fisher
Lisba Fowler
Marcia Freedman
Julie Freestone
Tari and Bill French
Martin Friedman
Dagmar Friedman
Maryl Gearhart
Arthur Gill
Mark Goldman
Cheryl Gordon and Don
John and Diane Gossard
Mary Graham
Dorothy Gregor
Pam and Elmer Grossman
Shirley Haberfeld and
    Bob Allegrotti
Rhoda Haberman
Glo Harris and Monty
Peggy and Philip Havey
Susan Helmrich
Charlotte Herzfeld
Betsy Hess-Behrens
Carole Hickman
Vivian Hirshen
Colleen Hoehn
Kristina Holland
Rosalie Holtz
Patricia Hom
Paula Horowitz and
    Richard Engle
Nancie and Tom Hughes,
Dr. Cecelia Hurwich*
Phyllis Isaacson
Elaine and Herrick
Linda Jacobs
Ellen Jacobs and Darryl
Cynthia Johnson
Rachel Kahn-Hut
Naneen Karraker
Marjorie and Theodore
Judy Kellman
Pat Kirkpatrick and Sid
Patricia Klahn
Simmy Klein
Eric Kleinhandler
Linda Kohn
Helen Laird
Rochelle Lefkowitz and
     Felix Kramer
Deborah Levy
Andra Lichtenstein and
    Bill Glover
D. Lichtman
Judith and Stanley
Steve and Linda Lustig
Marty Lynch and Eileen
Emily Lyon
Michela Maiden
Clare Cooper Marcus
Bennett Markel
Suzanne J. Marks
Veronica Martin
Andree McGiffin
Karen McKie
Michael and Karen
Janet Messman
Donna Mickleson and
    Tim Gordon
Floramay Moser
Milt Mozen
Anita Navon
Audre and Roger
Lorraine Osmundson
Brenda Ostendorf
Kris (Gisela) Owens
Martin Paley
Susan Palo and Eric
Laura Peck
Margie Pezzaglia
Tanya Phillips
Hanna Pitkin
Celie Placzek
Enid Pollack
John and Louise Rasmussen
Liz Raymer and Ronnie
Mary Regier
Diane Resek
Brad Ricards
Suzanne Riess
Audrey J. Robinson
Irene Rosenthal
Marion Ross
Elizabeth Ryan
Brandy Sacks
Patricia Sakai and
    Richard Shapiro
La Rae Schneider and
    Sam Foushee
Alison Seevak
Jane and Joe Selby
Gordon Seligson
Julie Shearer and Russ
Hildegard Sheppard
Charlotte Shoemaker
Patricia Silver
Lynn Snyder
Joseph (Jay) Stecher
Anne Stenzel
Bess and Lewis
Barbi Jo Stim
Joann and John Sullivan
Tricia and Mick Sullivan
Pat and Peter Sussman
Carol Takaki
Janet Tam and
   Christopher Ratcliff
Hugh Tassey
Steve Toby
Pat Ungern
Charlotte von der Hude
Jane Watanabe and
Brenda Webster and Ira
Betty and Bill Webster
Carla Woodworth  

* Deceased

Alta Bates/Summit Medical Center
Arkay Foundation
City of Berkeley
Connemara Fund
Jewell Foundation
Oakland/Berkeley Realty  

Preferred Providers 

Albert Nahman Plumbing
   and Heating
Diamond Handyman
Divine Home Care
Elizabeth McDonald -
    Senior Concierge
Metz Construction and  
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events upcoming
9/10 - Ashby Village joins the solano Solano Stroll!
Our booth will be placed in front of the apartments located at 1737.  We encourage you to stop by and bring your friends so you can see our outreach in action! 
9/12 - Embracing Change Series: embracingTaking Charge and Letting Go
Join us for a conversation about end-of-life planning. We will address emotions and issues, and will offer expert advice for gaining control of this phase of your life. Speakers will include a psychotherapist, a palliative care specialist, a dying doula, and a representative of The Conversation Project.
9/16 - Ashby Village Annual potluck
Potluck Picnic
Members and volunteers, bring your friends and family for a leisurely Saturday afternoon at the beautiful (and fully wheelchair accessible) Padre picnic site in Tilden Park.

9/17 - Ashby Village at the Rockridge Out & About
Browse the numerous community, artisan and business booths lining College Avenue, alongside the many interesting Rockridge businesses. Bring your friends and stop by our booth!  
9/25 - Atul Gawande (live streaming) 
Renowned surgeon Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, public health researcher and author, will address the value of community and opportunities as we grow older, in a live-streamed talk at the Ashby Village office. 
Space is limited!       RSVP here
More events in September and moreOctober

9/1 - Bedouin Weaving Slideshow Presentation 
Ashby Village member Joy Totah Hilden will present a slide program showing examples of Bedouin weaving, the weavers at work, and their families.  More info  

9/7 - Presentation on special lens filters and glasses 
A representative from a company specializing in eyewear with absorptive filters that offer more protection against the sun than ordinary sunglasses, will provide a basic understanding of how different lens filters improve contrast and reduce glare. He will also talk about lighting. 

9/24 - Living Room Chat  
Join our "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. 

10/15 - Toward a Deeper Understanding of North Korea  
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.
10/6 - Climate Disruption: A Scientific Call to Action 
Andrew Gunther, environmental scientist and popular speaker on climate change issues, will address the local and global implications of climate change.   More info    
Hearts 'N Hands Event
Wednesday, September 20, 9:30 AM-2:30 PM

Meet other volunteers and give back! We'll spend time washing windows at 3 member homes!  No experience necessary.
Light lunch provided.

Register here
Service of the monthteam
Outreach Ambassadors Team

Bringing a contagious enthusiasm about the Village Movement and what new members can add to the success of Ashby Village, the Outreach Ambassadors are active in Ashby Village's development.  
September is here!
It's time to think about your Fall activities. 

Your Healthier Aging Team is hoping that you will be prioritizing physical fitness. Call on us if you need a consult.  
Choose from our very own Ashby Village classes.
  • YOGA, Thursdays at 10 AM
  • TAI CHI CHIH, Fridays at 10 AM
  • STRENGTH TRAINING, Wednesdays at 12:30
  • STROLLS AND HIKES (check the calendar for upcoming hikes)  

Introducing out newest class, in collaboration with Berkeley Adult School : 



starting Wednesday 8/30 at 10 AM at Ashby Village.


This class is guaranteed to be fun, as well as building strength, increasing flexibility, and improving balance.   
"Dry eye disease deserves serious professional and personal attention. It can be very debilitating and seriously diminish a person's quality of life." Dr. Rachel Bishop, National Eye Institute.   "...evolving knowledge of the nature of tears and their production has led to a better understanding of the causes of dry eye disease and major improvements in treating this all-too-common condition." 
Here's a good reason to get on that treadmill or take a hike. Although the study used younger people as subjects, we might try it at Ashby Village and report on our results. French anyone? 
Gretchen Reynolds Well, New York Times 8/22/17

A better way to remember what the doctor said? Record the appointment. "Without recordings, patients forget 80 % of what we say by the time they hit the parking lot."  
The New Old Age, Paula Span, New York Times 8/22/17
New Ashby Village Interest Groups upcoming
Living With Uncertainty
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 2:30 - 4:00 PM

Women over 80 get together to discuss uncertainty and other issues in their lives, in a support group that meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month.

Global Issues Group global
Wednesday, September 27th, 3:00 - 4:45 PM
Ashby Village Office

Interested in events in the wider world? Meeting the last Wednesday of each month, this group will discuss a current global issue, the topic to be guided by the interests of the participants. The first meeting will address the President's ability to start a nuclear war.

folkmusicAshby Village Folk Musicians: Attention!
Friday, September 15th, 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 at the kick-off on Sept 15.
Ashby Village members are free to create groups around specific viewpoints and we encourage productive dialogue within our community. In so doing, we encourage members to be  
mindful of opposing viewpoints, to 
appreciate diversity, and to
listen respectfully to all. While groups may have limits regarding number, members are welcome to participate in any interest group.
People of Ashby Village bill
One of the most important things for me is to have a dream, and to follow my dream. - Bill French
Each month, Reframing Aging: Bonus Edition will publish extended excerpts from the photographers' interviews with Ashby Village members featured in the exhibit. This month, read more about Bill French
neighborhoodFrom the Neighborhood Groups
Every Wednesday, 11:00 - noon: Emery Bunch Water Aerobics 
Clipper Club of the Watergate Condos, 5 Captain Dr. Emeryville
September 5, 2:00 - 4:00 PM: Thousand Oaks Hamlet Mac Users Group
at Thousand Oaks Neighborhood, 7 Menlo Place, Berkeley 
September 8, 4:00 - 6:30 PM: 
at the home of Darryl Katz and G. Alison Colgan

September 20, 11:30 AM: Kaleidoscope Lunch Get Together 
at Bo's California Cuisine 1491 Solano Ave. Albany

September 21, 3:00 - 5:00 PM: Clarewood I-Group Workshop  at Bob Reynold's house  

Check the  online calendar for all Neighborhood Groups events.
Ongoing Activities ongoing
Ashby Village Happy Hour
Friday, September 1 and Friday,  
October 6  
4:00 - 5:30 PM
1821 Catalina Ave. Berkeley  
Every Thursday
10:00 - 11:30 AM
     The Yoga Room,
     2530 San Pab lo Ave.

Wednesday, September 13,
3:00 - 5:00 PM  
Ashby Village Office,  
1821 Catalina Ave. Berkeley                                             

past-eventsReflections from past events
Ashby Village visits Airbnb headquarters
Twenty Ashby Village members and volunteers gathered on a gray August morning in the former Jewelry Mart in San Francisco's south of Market neighborhood. A private tour of one of the most famous tech companies of the Bay Area, Airbnb, was about to start.
Bulletin Board bulletin
Legacy Film Festival, 9/
15 - 17, San Francisco 
The 7th Annual Legacy Film Festival on Aging celebrates the many facets of the aging experience in a diverse collection of films. More information and tickets  
Russ Ellis to Speak at UC Retirees' Association Berkeley Luncheon, 9/21

Village member and Professor Emeritus Russ Ellis, whose profile is on display in Ashby Village's "Reframing Aging" exhibition, will 
speak about "Retirement: Then and Now." Following a distinguished academic career, often dominated by words, Russ will describe his new focus on the "extra-verbal world" of images.
"Reframing Aging" exhibit moving to the Berkeley Public Library, 9/15
If you missed these wonderful photographs of Ashby Village members with vignettes from their interesting lives, you can still see them after September 15 at the Berkeley Library North Branch, 1170 The Alameda, or by visiting the gallery website .     
New Book by Ashby Village Member
"Solitary," published this month by University of California Press, is a rigorous investigation of the use of solitary confinement in the U.S. prison system. The author, forensic psychiatrist Terry Allen Kupers, will discuss the extensive use and devastating impact of Supermax Isolation, at an Ashby Village Arts and Culture event in Spring 2018.  
Save the Date: Memorial for Chana Bloch, 10/8 
A message from Chana Bloch's husband, Dave Sutter, and her sons: 

Dave, Benjamin and Jonathan would like to invite friends and colleagues of Chana Bloch to an afternoon commemorating her life and work, to be held on the campus of Mills College, where she taught poetry, literature and creative writing for over thirty years. We will gather in the Littlefield Concert Hall at 1:00 PM for a presentation by prearranged speakers, and an an opportunity for others to speak as well. The memorial will be followed by a catered reception on the Concert Hall lawn from 3:00 to 5:00. We will send out invitations soon, with location and parking maps. There is no need to RSVP.
Classified: Unfurnished Office for Rent 
Suitable for Licensed/Certified Psychotherapist, Somatic Therapist or other LIcensed Professional. Annex to Kensington home, with separate entrance. Rent is $800/month. 
Quiet, carpeted space (13' x 14'), small reception area, toilet, sink and heater, spacious cupboards and closets. Option to sublet to one other qualified person, subject to approval of landlady. Available Mondays - Saturdays.
Editor Wanted
Member is seeking an editor (or recommendation of editor) with skills and experience in copy editing, writing or book publishing, to finish his course book and autobiography for publication. This cross-disciplinary work is designed for elevating international civilization to the next level of collective human experience, the new whole-human renaissance of self-realized individual and collective consciousness.
Please email Loren or call 510-558-3347.
Second Hand 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.
Lee McRae Memorial Concert, 9/23 
from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley. Admission is free.

The afternoon will be a celebration and commemoration of Lee's pioneering work in many areas of education, music, and social activism. Lee McRae was a long-time member of Ashby Village.
From Epworth
United Methodist Church, 1953 Hopkins St., Epworth, Berkeley 94707

Lunch Bunch, 9/21, 11:30 - 1 pm
Professor Greg Downs, U.C. Davis, will discuss Reconstruction, Public Memory and the Public Park System.  Free event - bring a bag lunch; dessert and beverages provided.

Epworth at the Movies
Hidden Figures, 9/8, 3 pm and 7 pm
Lion, 9/22, 3 pm and 7 pm
AARP Driver Safety Class, 9/14, 21 at 1:00 PM 
Alice Meyers will conduct the class at the Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Ave. Call 510-524-9122 to register. The class is also offered at the Emeryville and North Oakland Senior Centers. 
Golf Fundraiser in Walnut Creek, 9/8 from 7:00 AM

Play golf with your Walnut Creek Village friends at a Golf Tournament fundraiser held at Boundary Oak Golf Course, with tournament events, golfing contests and a silent auction.  More info and registration