January 2020
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Ringing in the New Year with Exciting News:
Richmond Expansion Formally Approved!
Richmond Planning Group and new members at the holiday party
The Ashby Village Board is very pleased to announce that it unanimously voted at its last meeting to expand the Ashby Village service area to include Richmond. Our recent efforts to increase membership and volunteer participation in Richmond began as a pilot project...A warm Ashby Village welcome to our Richmond members and volunteers!

Read more background on the Richmond Pilot and the full announcement here .
2019-20 Annual Campaign hits $150,000 in gifts and pledges to date!
We are constantly in awe of this incredible community. Sending our thanks to all who have already donated their support to this year's Annual Campaign. For others who are so moved, there's still time to donate!
In honor of this Tenth Anniversary, we cordially invite you
to join us for our special “10 for 10” programming series:
ten events that celebrate who we are as an organization, a community, and a Village.
Soul Clapping

Ashby Village is beginning to shape a major new initiative for our tenth anniversary, dedicated to developing and sharing our members' creativity, in all its varied expressions. Details will be announced in the coming months. As we are nailing down the plans for launching the initiative and engaging all our members, we are guided by this vision.
10 for 10 Events to Look Forward to in 2020

  • 90s Tea and Centenarian Birthday Celebration
  • Arts & Aging Exhibition
  • 10th Anniversary Gala @ Claremont Hotel (May 8, 2020)
  • Community Open House
  • Grand Opening - Ashby Village Archive
More Upcoming Events
*Back by Popular Demand*

The Perennials: Ageless Improv
When: January 3, 3:00-4:00pm
Where: Ashby Village

We are excited to have The Perennials: Ageless Improv back to Ashby Village.
The Perennials improv troupe challenges assumptions and stereotypes about aging. This performance will spotlight a group of women in their 60s and 70s who create light-hearted entertainment by weaving songs, scenes, and rhymes into our performances—all made up on the spot! Audience members can suggest topics to use in scenes and everyone is welcome to join The Perennials onstage in games and stories.

The Perennials keep their skills sharp through improv and acting classes at Oakland’s Stagebridge Performing Arts Institute, the longest-running senior theater company in the United States ( www.stagebridge.org).
Hearing Loss Support Group: Special Presentation

When : January 15, 3:30-5:00 pm
Where : Ashby Village Office

Dr. Jessa Muscio Traylor , a Berkeley audiologist, will be giving a special presentation on "Hearing Tests and How to Read and Understand An Audiogram (Audiology Report)". As always, we welcome AV members, friends, and anyone who wants to know more about hearing loss and how to better cope with it. Please bring your most recent audiogram, if you have a copy or can get one from your health care provider. As time allows, Dr Traylor will answer as many questions as she can. It should be a very lively and interesting meeting.
Living Room Chat

 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.

Sunday, January 19, 2:00-4:00 pm
OAKLAND -  RSVP for location
Documenting History with
Francis Reid
*Arts & Culture (A&C) Series*

When: January 26, 2:00-4:00pm
Where: Epworth United Methodist Church,1953 Hopkins Street, Berkeley

Frances Reid will read from her memoir about making one of her early documentaries, “Greetings from Washington DC,” and will then show the film which chronicles the first ever National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in 1979. This screening will be one of the few times the film has been publicly screened in over 30 years.

Frances Reid is an acclaimed Bay Area documentary filmmaker. Her films include the Sundance Grand Jury winning and Oscar nominated film “Long Night’s Journey into Day” and “Skin Deep.” She was also the cinematographer for the Oscar winning “The Times of Harvey Milk.” 
This program is co-sponsored with Epworth United Methodist Church
A Visit to Mongolia: Slide Show by Roger and Audre Newman

When: February 7, 3:00-4:00pm
Where: Ashby Village

Join us as Ashby Village follows Roger and Audre Newman on their adventures through Mongolia.

Roger and Audre are long-time members of Ashby Village who have traveled widely and enjoy sharing their experiences with others via slide shows and videos. Roger is a retired instructor of Anthropology and History; Audre is a retired biological illustrator. They have lived in Berkeley since the 1970s.
Upcoming Hearts N' Hands
Painting Ashby Village's (new) Meeting Space

Monday January 6, 10-4pm

For this project Ashby Village is the lucky recipient!  Read more
Light lunch provided. Join us! RSVP
Hearts N' Hands... TADA!!!!!
The Hearts N' Hands team strikes again, this time painting the interior of a small garage.

"There are not enough words to say how thankful I am."
AV Member~ Marcia Freedman


The  Hearts N' Hands    program provides volunteer assistance to Ashby Village Members when they need a hand with larger projects. Volunteers gather for a half day to complete multiple jobs at once.
Office Corps Holiday

Each year we take time out of our busy days to celebrate, eat and be together. Thank you to the twenty nine office corps volunteers who support the office throughout the year!
Healthier Aging
Keep it Moving in 2020...        

Check out our energizing classes that build muscle and improve balance while you mingle with your fellow Ashby Villagers in the new year.

Tuesdays 10:30 - 11:30 Tai Chi @ Ashby Village
Wednesdays 10 -11:30 AM Stretch, Strength and Dance  & 12:30- 1:30 PM   Balance, Flexibility, and Strength @ Ashby Village
Thursdays   10 - 11:30 AM Gentle Yoga @ The Yoga Room - 2350 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
Fridays  10 - 11 AM  Tai Chi Chi - Wait List only @ Epworth United Methodist Church -1953 Hopkins St. Berkeley          
...Rain or Shine!

On a cold Monday morning after the Thanksgiving weekend, seven Ashby Village members hiked at Cesar Chavez Park, "i n a bit of a drizzle but with warm company!" shared Claire H.
Join the next nature walk , Sunday, January 12th from 1:00-3:00 pm at Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Preserve.

RSVP Audre Newman audrenew@gmail.com or call 510-548-0530.
A Well-Deserved Promotion

Volunteer advocate. Jill of all trades. Lola's mom. Party queen. Pat Carvalho is known by many names and hats and she just gained one more.

Pat's title has changed from Operations and Volunteer Manager to Operations Director.

Ashby Village has been so fortunate to have had Pat on its staff for the past eight years, and this title better represents her role and all that she does for our Village. Many congratulations and thanks to Pat for her dedication and support of Ashby Village!
Berkeleyside is also 10 Years Young!

We are thrilled to be celebrating our 10th Anniversary alongside Berkeleyside. These copies were specially decorated and hand-delivered to our office in thanks for our partnership in advertising (check out page 90!).

Grab your copy of their special 10th Anniversary printed edition!
Annual Member Survey Coming in February!

We will be launching our all-member survey in February. Drawing on the excitement of the forum, this is another opportunity for you to give us your feedback as we move into our second decade, and to ensure that Ashby Village will continue to meet your needs.

The survey will provide us important information on members’ experiences and the impact the Village is having on your lives. There will be two short surveys - each will take under 15 minutes to complete, and launched a month apart - and the first will launch in February. Survey questions were solicited from staff, board, team and neighborhood group leaders. More information will follow in the February Village Voices. We hope you will participate and share your voice!
Thinking of Creating a Connection?
The Connections Team provides ongoing friendly visits for members who, for a variety of reasons, are feeling socially isolated or in need of extra support following changes in their living situations. Members are paired with a volunteer and together the volunteer and the member plan what kind of a connection they would like to have.  
The Connections Team helps members access services, programs and resources from the Village, take a walk together, have a cup of tea or just have a conversation. Together you plan the type of activities you would like to engage in and the frequency of the visits.
For more information or to create a connection, please contact Erik Whitaker at 510.204.9200 or  erik@ashbyvillage.org
Please Be Aware of Holiday Scams Especially Targeted at Older Adults
Unfortunately not everyone embraces the holiday spirit and many scammers take advantage of this gift buying season. Ashby Village has been alerted by a member that their email was hacked and fake emails were sent to their friends asking them to buy gift cards.

You can read about some of the common holiday scams and the FTC's recommendations on how to avoid them, and continue your learning with the February 20th workshop detailed below.
Tech Tips
Technology workshop February 20 10am-12pm

Ashby Village and the U.C. Berkeley Retirement Center are co-sponsoring a workshop on Internet Spam & Phishing at Ashby Village on February 20 10:00am-12:00pm . Registration is now open! Email info@ashbyvillage.org or call (510) 204-9200 to register.

Further details will be included in the February 1 Village Voices .
Would you like personal assistance from Technology & Electronics Volunteers?

Volunteers can help you with a wide range of devices!

  • Worried about the end of Windows 7 on January 14th?
  • Not sure how to get your TV hooked up?
  • Interested in finally getting your printer to work?
  • Ready to learn how to use Skype or FaceTime to have video calls with friends and family?
  • Have you had enough of that weird thing that keeps happening with your computer? 

To request service, please email info@ashbyvillage.org or call 510-204-9200.
Neighborhood Groups &
Ongoing Activities
Wednesday, January 8, 12:30 - 2:00 pm, Hamlet Lunch Bunch: Sushi 29. RSVP Carol Takaki carol.takaki@yahoo.com by previous Monday.

Friday, January 10, 1:30-3:00 pm, 90 Plus Club. RSVP Tobey Klein witboat@gmail.com , or call 510-653-4205.

Monday, January 13, 3:30-4:30 pm, Outlandish Android Users Group RSVP Alison Colgan galisoncolgan@gmail.com .

Thursday, January 16, 4:30-6:00 pm, Emery Bunch Trader Vic's Happy Hour. RSVP Dawn Mezo dawnmezo@msn.com.

Sunday, January 19, 2:00-4:00 pm, Clarewood Documentary Viewing: "The Homeless Chorus Speaks". RSVP Mary Goldstein

Tuesday, January 21, 2 :00-4:00 pm, Elder Action . RSVP ElderActionNow@gmail.com.

Tuesday, January 28, 2:30-4:00 pm, 80+ Support Group 1. RSVP  Mairin Malarka-Meyer kinnore@yahoo.com .

Wednesday, January 29, 1:00-3:00 pm, Shakespeare Reading Group. RSVP Don Hubbard wdh1935@gmail.com .

Check out our online calendar for the full view of our upcoming meetings, activities and other events.
Reflections on Past Events
2019 Holiday Party
Story by Karin Evans, Photos by Nancy Rubin and Richard Bermack

Despite rainy weather, 129 people showed up for the annual Ashby Village holiday celebration on December 7. They shook off their umbrellas and gathered at Ashby Village to eat, drink, and enjoy each other...

...As the room buzzed with conversation, village co-founder Patricia Sussman looked around in awe. “It just blows me away,” she said. “What this community has done is wonderful. Just listen to the conversations. No one is talking about the aches and pains of aging. Whenever anyone gets a good idea, they take it and run with it.”

Thanksgiving Day Potluck

On Thanksgiving Day Ashby Village came together as a community to celebrate the holiday in a special way. Arriving guests were escorted to tables draped in white linen table cloths and found their names on place cards beside beautiful china settings. The tables were arranged in a way that everyone could see everyone else (just like a big family dinner!)...
For more photos and to read more click here.
Pre-Social Hour Event: Mingle and Move with Impromptu No Tutu
Photos by Greacian Goeke

On November 1 st , we had a room full of members and volunteers who attended our pre-social hour event, “Mingle and Move.” We were moved by the contemporary version of artist Judy Chicago’s renowned Dinner Party Exhibition that was created by the members of Albany’s Impromptu No Tutu ensemble.

In addition, our members and volunteers enjoyed some easy social movement with music in celebration of the “Phenomenal Women” in our lives. We hope they will come back to move us again.
What We Are Reading
Curated by volunteer Patricia Hom

by Joseph Coughlin, Forbes, 02/10/2019

by Jennifer Pattison Tuohy,  dwell , 02/13/2019

by Dan Patterson, Graham Kates, CBS News, 02/23/2019

by Karin Brulliard, The Washington Post, 03/06/2019

By Dr. Nura Orra, abc NEWS, 04/13/2019

by Ken Mogi, make it, 05/28/2019

by Jennifer Finney Boylan, The New York Times, 10/01/2019
Recommended by Laura Peck, Board Member

by Kate McDonald, PBS NewsHour, 11/25/19
Recommended by Peter Sussman

by Consumer Reports, The Washington Post, 11/18/19
Recommended by Laura Peck, Board Member

by Robin Estrin, Berkeleyside, 12/2/19
Berkeleyside highlighted Berkeley Home Match, a program created through a partnership between Ashby Village and UC Berkeley Retirement Center based on our common knowledge of the need of our members. Ashby Village serves as the lead partner and fiscal sponsor. The program is still open! Please contact Berkeley Home Match if interested.
Bulletin Board
Looking to Share Your Home With A Fellow Ashby Villager?

An Ashby Village member who has have lived in this area for many years, has to move out of his 30-year rent controlled house by this summer and is looking for another place to live. He is alert, adept, and in excellent health, and has aptitude and skills from many years of offering services with an international non-profit. There is time for a "test run" to see if you are a compatible fit. If you are interested please reach out to Bruce Pachter or call 510-435-2966.
In Loving Memory
Daniel Sabsay
It is with sadness that we share that Daniel Sabsay died on December 11, 2019. Daniel had been an important presence in the Ashby Village community since its launch, serving as one of the first building blocks of Ashby Village internet and data management platform. In 2010 he crafted the first Ashby Village website with co-founder Shirley Haberfeld, and continued on over the years in developing, refining and upkeeping our Club Express platform.  He assisted many of our members with their computer challenges.  Founder of the “East Bay Skeptics Society", Daniel had a wry sense of humor, always engaging in provocative conversation and seeking to make connections. He will be missed.
Thank you to the Ashby Village volunteers who contributed to this issue of the Village Voices newsletter.