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September 2018 Newsletter

In This Issue
90+ Tea Party
upcomingUpcoming Events 
Friday, September 7,  3 - 4 PM

Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley

Grant Shoaf and Tony Strain-Flores of Mechanics Bank will help you identify and avoid falling victim to the many types of fraudulent schemes that they have seen over the years.   
"End Game" - Documentary Viewing and Discussion
Friday, September 14, 1 - 3 PM  
Ashby Village office, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley  

Dr. Steven Pantilat, distinguished director of the UCSF Palliative Care Program and author of numerous publications about living with serious illnesses, will introduce and lead a discussion of this original Netflix documentary.

This compelling and compassionate film chronicles the experiences of several patients, their families and their extraordinary doctors with palliative care.
ChatSeptember Living Room Chat
Sunday, September 23, 2 - 4 PM
Presentation starts at 2 PM !
Member's home in El Cerrito 

Invite a few friends 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.
SoloAgingSara Geber: Meeting the Challenges of Solo Aging
Thursday, September 27,  10 AM - noon

Epworth United Methodist Church,  
1953 Hopkins Street, Berkeley

In this interactive presentation, Sara Z. Geber, author, Ph.D. in Counseling, financial planner and certified retirement coach, invites you to learn what to consider as you weigh your options and make decisions to create a fulfilling life as you age -- identifying what matters to you most, and finding resources in lieu of family to provide what you will need. 
ComiingUpCandidate Forum with Assembly District 15 candidates Jovanka Beckles and Buffy Wicks

Tuesday, October 2, 7 - 8:30 PM
New venue: Berkeley Community Theater, on the campus of Berkeley High School
Join us for this forum, consisting of opening and closing statements, prepared questions, and questions from the audience, co-sponsored by Ashby Village's Elder Action interest group.

Friday, October 5, 3 - 4 PM
Ashby Village Office, 1921 Catalina Ave., Berkeley 
In this Pre-Happy Hour talk, Ashby Village volunteer Sam Duncan will show slides of his time in this dynamic country. After years in the defense industry, Sam rechanneled his expertise by working for volunteer organizations - teaching Math, Physics and Computer Science in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and setting up a computer center at a university in the Philippines.
Upcoming Hearts N' Hands Events:

Window Washing Caravan
Thursday September 13, 9:30a-1:30pm
For this project we will wash and clean member's windows.
For more info or to register

Garden Clean up!
Friday October 5, 9:30a-2:00pm
For this project we will help clean up member's yard.

Volunteer B'Cause Save the Date!  
Ashby Village 2016
Saturday, October 20
Heather Farm Park,  
301 N. San Carlos Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
3 miles, or 1-mile option 
Volunteer B'Cause is assisting in fund-raising for the Alzheimer's Association. Registered walkers on our AV team will receive an Ashby Village t-shirt.
Ashby Village in Local Street Festivals  
Enjoy these two popular fairs and stop by our booth!
Solano Stroll  
Sunday, September 9, 10 AM - 5  PM 
Solano Stroll features a parade, food, crafts, rides and more! Come find our booth in front of 1737 Solano Avenue just below Ensenada.
Rockridge Out & About!
Sunday, September 16,  
Noon - 6 PM 
Bring your friends to say hello before taking advantage of all the delicious food, music and dance performances, and fun for the little ones, at the 2018 Rockridge street festival.

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ExecutiveDirectorAbout the Executive Director
Have you ever wondered what motivates Ashby Village Executive Director Andy Gaines? Learn how his search for a home facilitated a building of bridges and deepening of community between Ashby Village and Park Hills.  

TechTipsTech Tips
The best camera is the one I always have with me!
Celie Placzek writes about some often surprising uses of her smartphone camera, in the last narrative-style entry from the Tech Team. In the future, the team will offer practical how-to guides.
interestInterest & Neighborhood Groups
& Ongoing Activities 

It's Official: Welcome NORTHTOWNS! 

The Northtowns Neighborhood Group (formerly Kensington
Kaleidoscope) is now official.  
Eleven group members lunched together in mid-August to talk over building neighbor-hood camaraderie and to consider future directions and desired interest groups.
A second gathering to identify interest group leaders and schedule future meetings will be held at the Ashby Village office on Tuesday, October 9 at 2 PM. Members are invited to contribute their expertise and energy to the future of Northtowns. 


Upcoming Healthier Aging Classes
Exercising Your Memory
Fridays, September 7, 2018 through January  25, 2019,  10 AM - noon  
Tuition $35, payable to the Berkeley Adult School. 
Enrollment limited to 16.   
Have you been a little forgetful lately?  Come join us on Friday mornings for a fun class that gives your brain a good workout. For more information or to register, email Roberta Pressman
or call her a t 510-735-9580. 

A Matter of Balance , with Lars Koch   
8 sessions, beginning Tuesday, October 16, 10:30 - noon
The Fall Prevention Class is back by popular demand!
A great class that teaches exercises and provides educational information to help you stay "upright." 12 people maximum.  No fee, but you must make a commitment to attend all 8 sessions.  To register or for more information, call Roberta Pressman at 510-735-9580.
Tuesday, September 4, 5-7 PM Elder Action Interest Group
at Ashby Village Office 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley (accessible!). RSVP
Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 11 AM-noon: 
Meditation  at Epworth United Methodist Church, 1953 Hopkins St., Berkeley. Email
Susan or call her at 510-499-2841 to register.  
Sunday, September 16, 2-4:30 PM: Documentary Film Screening at Clarewood: "Finding Vivian Maier." RSVP to Mary Goldstein. 
NOTE rescheduled date: Monday, September 17, 3:30-4:30
Android Users' Group
RSVP to Alison Colgan.

Monday, September 17, 7-9 PM: Nonfiction Book Club in Emeryville. RSVP to Tobey Klein. 
Thursday, September 20, 2-4 PM: Retirement or Refirement? (new interest group). Share your ideas, experiences, and  
experiments in this new stage of life. RSVP with Don Hubbard.
Tuesday, September 25, 2-3:30 PM:  Technology Committee Meeting at Ashby Village, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley (accessible!). Are you skilled and interested in technology? Interested in sharing your skills? RSVP to Maryl Gearhart.
Check the online calendar for more Events. 
WhatWereReadingWhat we are reading
" ...caregiving impacts" by Ann Brenoff, HuffPost, 6/1/17

" ...younger than ever" by Alexandra Preston, Natural Society, 8/25/17

" ...older people can learn new things" from HealthDay News, OurStyle 8/24/17

" ...keep moving" by Candy Spelling, HuffPost, 9/19/17

" yourself" by Karen Cicero, Prevention, 9/22/17

" ...workampers" by Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan, Washington Post, 9/30/17

" ...staying relevant" by Nancy K. Schlossberg, MarketWatch, 1/31/18
PastEventsReflections from Past Events
Liberty Loving People: August 3  

Susan D. Anderson addressed a full house on the topic "Liberty Loving People: African American Freedom Networks and the Struggle Over Slavery in California."

Her talk shed light on the little-known existence of slavery in California, and the forms that resistance to slavery took.
90+ Tea Party: August 10  
Ashby Village 90's Tea Party Celebration!
It was a grand party to celebrate our venerable Ashby Village 
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Senior-friendly Tech Classes

Maryl Gearhart of Ashby Village's Tech Team has compiled a list of one-time and ongoing technology and computer classes offered at Senior Centers in Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito and Emeryville. 
Introducing: Home Match Pilot Program 
Bringing Students and Seniors Together for Mutually Beneficial Housing Opportunities

Are you interested in earning some extra cash from your spare bedroom, at the same time providing affordable housing to UC Berkeley graduate students?

UC Berkeley Retirement Center and Ashby Village are lead partners in a pilot program seeking to match six Berkeley senior homeowners with six UC Berkeley graduate students this year.  
This joint initiative is described on page 4 of the Fall 2018 issue of the UC Berkeley Retirement Center Newsletter CenterPiece.  If you're interested in learning more about this program, or providing insights about the pros and cons of renting a room in your home, please contact us.  More information and contact numbers
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, Lincoln Spector, Bob Waxman