January 2019
Special Announcements
"Happy New Year" - Revisited
For many of us, the once fashionable staying up until midnight, popping the cork and sharing good tidings is long gone. Be that as it may, we here at Ashby Village want to grasp every opportunity to wish you good health, happiness and delight in the year to come. Ashby Village is here for you, so jump in: participate in an event, reach out to someone in your neighborhood, help a friend. If you're searching for a way to connect, give us a call. Thank you for being part of this dynamic, caring community!
2018-19 Annual Campaign hits $125,000 in gifts and pledges to date!
“We are well on our way toward making our ambitious goal of receiving $150,000 in charitable support. The generosity of our members, volunteers and other friends is so wonderful,” said Andy Gaines, executive director. “The gifts can be designated for our Founders Fund, for our It Takes A Village Fund, to assist in paying fees for members on limited incomes, and other important purposes.”

“And every gift truly does count,” adds Andra Lichtenstein, president of the board of directors. “You can make a gift at any time. One-third of our annual budget comes from your support, so let me say to everyone, 'Thank You!, and Happy New Year!'”
Upcoming Events
The Perennials Improv Group
Perennials improv
Friday, January 4, 3:15-4:00 pm
Ashby Village, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley

Come and kick off the New Year at Ashby Village with a big laugh as we welcome back this experienced, improvisational performing troupe of women in their 60s and 70's!
Living Room Chat
Sunday, January 13, 2:00-4:00 pm
RSVP for location

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.
Arts & Culture Series: Lifelines & Deadlines and End-of-Life Issues
Sunday, January 27, 2:00-4:00 pm

Epworth United Episcopal Church, 1953 Hopkins St., Berkeley

Join us for the premiere screening of the Ashby Village-produced film of Chana Bloch’s reading two years ago for Village members of her last poems, an event she titled “Dying for Dummies”. Joining us will be Dr. Lonny Shavelson, an expert on end-of-life issues who helped make the film. He will discuss Chana’s attitudes on dying and other end-of-life issues. DVDs of this film will be available at the showing.

This event is co-sponsored by Ashby Village & Epworth United Methodist Church's Older Adult Ministry.
Hearts N' Hands Painting the Loo Thank You
Peggy, Lula and Pat were AWESOME! One might think a "bathroom" is just a place to, well, you know, and then you flush and wash your hands and get on with your life. Or take a long shower and then get on with your life. But, thanks to you three--and to Ashby Village--my gorgeous bathroom is the nicest place in my house! A place in which I want to hang out with my friends and have a party! A room that would put Martha Stewart to shame! I love my loo! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

~Ashby Village Member, Beverly Slapin 
Office Corps Holiday Party
Volunteers aren't only the cornerstone of our member services, they are also the cornerstone of our daily administrative functions. In other words, we LITERALLY could not run our Village without them!

We celebrated our dear Office Corps volunteers this holiday season with a special luncheon on December 18. Cheers to this very special group!
Your Kids Don't Want Your Stuff!
Perhaps one of the greatest gifts you can give your family is to go through your belongings now (e.g. donate it, sell it or get your family’s agreement now that they do indeed want your china and bedroom set).  

Need some help with this? The Ashby Village Decluttering Team can help! We will make an assessment and, when we think we can help, we'll collaborate with you to develop a personalized decluttering strategy. The work is completed within a few sessions and the team provides guidance with donating, disposing and recycling. Submit your requests now. We have team members waiting to help!

For more information e mail tienne@ashbyvillage.org .
Sexual Harassment Policy at Ashby Village
Given the increasing awareness of sexual harassment in our country, we want to reiterate that we are committed to building a safe and respectful community here at Ashby Village:

The environment at Ashby Village must be one that is free of inappropriate and disrespectful behavior, intimidation, communications and other conduct directed at an individual because of their sex. Sexual harassment is prohibited behavior and against Ashby Village policy. Sexual harassment includes unwanted (a) sexual advances, (b) requests for sexual favors, or (c) visual, verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. 
Events & Speakers for 2019
Do you or someone you know have a skill or area of expertise that you think some of your fellow Villagers might be interested in? Let us know about it!

We are currently exploring event options for 2019 and would love to hear your recommendations! Email our Volunteer Events Coordinator, Sigrid, with the details. 
Winter Hikes and Strolls

One of our clear and sunny winter days is ideal for a good walk! There's plenty to choose from in January...

Join Audre Newman on Saturday, January 5 for an easy afternoon walk at Middle Harbor Shoreline, 1:30-3:30 pm. Learn more about the walk here

Join Celeste Burrows on Saturday, January 12 and Wednesday, February 6 for a 2-hour Bird Walk! Contact Celeste for more details.

Join Audre again on Saturday, January 19th, from 11am-1pm for a hike at Wildcat Canyon Ridge (with easy and challenging options). Read the details about this hike here.

Berkeley Adult School classes will not meet from December 24- January 4.

Registration for next semester’s Berkeley Adult School classes starts on January 7.

You can register online or in class for:

Exercise Your Memory and for Stretch, Strength and Dance classes.

Call Berkeley Adult School if you have questions about their online registration 510-644-6130.
New in Town

John Muir Hospital and UCSF have joined forces and now have an Outpatient Health Center located at 3100 San Pablo Avenue. 

In addition to offering a full range of outpatient services, they also periodically offer educational programs and workshops on Wellness, Fall Prevention, Memory Loss, Care giving, Advanced Health Directives and Medicare. Check out their schedule to see the current offerings.

Alta Bates-Summit Hospitals as well as Kaiser Permanente also offer various Wellness workshops and programs of a similar nature and are worth checking out.

Summit/Alta Bates Berkeley Campus: 2450 Ashby Avenue, 510-204-4444

Summit/Alta Bates Oakland Campus: 350 Hawthorne Street, 510-655-4000

Kaiser Permanente: Locations throughout the Bay Area. Learn about their online wellness resources and onsite classes here.
Healthier Aging Recommended Reading

Danger! Don't Be A Couch Potato This Winter...

Regular exercise may keep your body 30 years younger By Gretchen Reynolds

Even a Little Weight Training May Cut the Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke By Gretchen Reynolds

Sarcopenia, a decline in skeletal muscle in older people, contributes to loss of independence by Jane E. Brody

Luckily, Ashby Village can keep you warm and dry (even if it is a little wet outside) while you lift weights, practice yoga and tai chi, and get your heart rate up in the Stretch, Strength and Dance class so that you can remain strong and healthy.

Check out our Healthier Aging Classes in the biweekly email calendar and GET ON THE MOVE!
Tech Tips
Lost your iPhone? In this month’s “Tech Tips,” we explain how to find it! Click here to learn more.  

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

Would you like to learn about technology in a workshop setting? Ashby Village and the UC Berkeley Retirement Center are cosponsoring monthly workshops on the third Tuesday of each month, 10:30am-12pm at Ashby Village. The topics coming up are:

To register, email info@ashbyvillage.org or call 510-204-9200. If you have questions, email Maryl Gearhart at marylgear@mac.com.
Neighborhood Groups &
Ongoing Activities
New! Building & Balancing Life in Retirement, Group 2
After the success of group 1, AV volunteer, Frances Nurkse is starting a second Building & Balancing Life in Retirement group!

In a small group setting, relatively-recently retired participants will explore questions and experiences related to “building and balancing,” as they transition away from paid work into a new phase of life. As part of this exploration, questions related to aging and unpaid work may also be considered.

This group is limited to 10 participants. Open to members. Click here for more information.

Beginning January 22
Every 4th Tuesday of the month
3:00 - 5:00 pm
Ashby Village (Fellowship Hall) 
1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley

Register fpnurkse@gmail.com | 510-204-9200
Shakespeare Reading Group Movie Night
All are welcome at the Cerrito Theater for a screening of the epic National Theater production of Antony & Cleopatra , starring Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo. Enjoy dinner at the theater with your fellow Villagers.

Wednesday, January 9, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Cerrito Theater
10070 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito

Contact Don Hubbard for details.
Elder Action Invites You to the Women's March
Ashby Village’s Elder Action group invites you to participate in the January 19 Oakland Women’s March. The focal points of this year’s march include: fighting for civil and immigrant rights, ending violence, and uplifting and empowering youth. The march kicks off with a rally at the Lake Merritt Amphitheater at 10 am, then moves down 14th Street to Frank Ogawa Plaza. All are welcome.

Look for Elder Action signs or contact the group for information on connecting at the march.

Saturday, January 19, beginning at 10:00 am
Lake Merritt Amphitheater, Oakland

Contact promediarl@aol.com for details.
New! Hearing Impaired Support Group
Are you hearing impaired and want to meet other hearing impaired members for support and/or to share tips, strategies, coping skills and friendship? Let's share suggestions about how to go about it! 

Open to members.

Beginning January 16
Every 3rd Wednesday of the month
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Ashby Village (Conference room) 
1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley

Register info@ashbyvillage.org | 510-204-9200
New! Support Group for Family & Friends of People with Vision Loss
Vision loss can bring challenges to the person experiencing the loss and to those in relationship with that person. This group will focus on participants' experiences (loss, anger, frustration, fear, etc.) and ways of coping with these challenges. 

The group will begin mid-February, and will meet monthly. Specific date to be determined. 

Open to members.

For more information or to pre-register, please contact Mona Reeva at 510-525-8556 or via email.
Tuesday, January 8, 1:00-3:00 pm, Scrabble at Ashby Village, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley. RSVP

Tuesday, January 8, 2:00-4:30 pm, Bridge Group. RSVP with Mary Jo 510-525-0545 or Betty 510-524-8260 for location.

Wednesday, January 9, 12:30-2:00 pm, Thousand Oaks Hamlet Lunch Bunch at Everest Kitchen. RSVP with Carol Takaki.

Tuesday, January 11, 2:00-4:00 pm, Emery Bunch Mah Jongg. Email Jean or call her at 510-207-6600 to reserve your spot.

Monday, January 14, 3:30-4:30, Outlandish Android Users Group at Alison Colgan's house, Oakland. RSVP

 Thursday, January 17, 3:00-5:00 pm, Clarewood iGroup at the home of Bob Reynolds, Oakland. RSVP

Monday, January 21, 7:00-9:00 pm, Non-Fiction Book Club will be discussing White Fragility by Robin Diangelo. At Irene Marcos' home, Berkeley. RSVP

Tuesday, January 29, 6:00-7:30 pm, North Berkeley Neighborhood iGroup at the home of Maryl Gearhart, Berkeley. Email Maryl to reserve your spot.

Check out our online calendar for the full view of our upcoming meetings, activities and other events.
What We're Reading
9 signs Japan has become a 'demographic time bomb' By Chris Waller
January 5, 2018 - Business Insider

Brain ‘pacemaker’ for Alzheimer’s helps give life back to patients By Sarah Knapton
January 30, 2018 - The Telegraph

Older patients recover from surgery faster if they 'train' for it By Annie Nova
February 11, 2018 - CNBC

Finding Meaning and Happiness in Old Age By Jane E. Brody
March 19, 2018 - The New York Times

The Pets Are All Right (Even Though You’re Gone) By Judy Mandela
May 28, 2018 - The New York Times

Students in Milan are moving in with the elderly to fight loneliness and save money By Emma Charlton
November 22, 2018 - World Economic Forum
Reflections on Past Events
Holiday Party 2018
Did you miss this year's annual Holiday Party, or are you looking to relive the fun? Check out a photo-filled page taking you through an afternoon of good times for all!

Ashby Village Sends Support to Those Affected by Camp Fire
At last month's Holiday Party, attendees took time to recognize the devastating affect of this year's Camp Fire in Paradise, California. 

A basket was passed around for donations to help support the thousands of victims who have lost their homes and possessions. Over $850 was raised and has been contributed to the North Valley Community Foundation . We are grateful to Elder Action for initiating this collection, and we so appreciate your generosity and support. We are honored to share the wealth of care that abounds in our Village with the wider community.
Bulletin Board
Holiday Party Food Containers - Claim Your Forgotten Container
We get it. You were having such a great time at the party, it's no wonder you forgot to pick up your food container before heading home!

Is one of the remaining items yours? See pictures here to find out.

Contact Ashby Village to claim your container or dish.

info@ashbyvillage.org or call 510-204-9200
Help Wanted
Member Joy Thomas is looking to hire an English-speaking woman to help her with household work, cleaning, laundry, etc. at $15 per hour for about 4 to 6 hours per week.

Joy lives near Arlington Avenue and the Kensington Shopping Center. Please call or email Joy with information:

seajsun@yahoo.com  | 510-525-1603
Small Sewing Jobs Needed?
Ashby Village has many talented volunteers. Hilary, in particular, likes to sew! She is able to manage buttons, hemming, mending and small sewing projects.

If you are an AV member and would like some some sewing help, please contact the office.

info@ashbyvillage.org | 510-204-9200
AV Member Featured in Solano Ave. Photo Exhibition
AV member and volunteer, Nancy Rubin, is part of a group of photographers featured in the Visions of Democracy exhibit currently on view at Solano Avenue's Abrams Claghorn Gallery.
The exhibit runs through January 29, 2019.

Abrams Claghorn Gallery | 1251 Solano Ave., Albany
Used Car Needed
Member Jane Falk desperately needs a new used car, preferably one for $5,000 max. Older with low mileage would work, especially Japanese or Korean models. Do you have a lead for her?

Call Jane at 510- 548-9035.
Thank you to the Ashby Village volunteers who contributed to this issue of the Village Voices newsletter:  Richard Bermack, Pat Hom, Allan Jacinto, Chris Woodside
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