Ashby Village Newsletter July 2010
Ashby Village street sign photo

First Members' Meeting

Ashby Village is pleased to invite all members to the first Members' Meeting where we'll exchange ideas about what Ashby Village should look like and what services members would like to see.  We look forward to everyone's participation as we begin together to shape Ashby Village.  You'll get a chance to talk to other members and be introduced to our new Executive Director.


The meeting will take place on Sunday August 8 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM at Northbrae Community Church - 941 The Alameda, Berkeley. 


Members: Please RSVP no later than 8/5 to or by calling 510/204-9200.
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What our members are saying about Ashby Village and why they joined:

"I have seen too many people slip into a closed-off and lonely old age, and I myself am not about to go gentle into that not-so-good night. For me, Ashby Village is a starting place for options, opportunities and openings into community." - Ann Martin, new Ashby Village member


Great News! Ashby Village Hires a Full-Time Executive Director!

The Ashby Village Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Andrew Gaines has been hired as our first Executive Director. Andrew will be formally introduced at the Members' Meeting on August 8th and will begin work on September 1st.


Andy will be oriented by our Interim ED Janis Brewer who, as planned, will depart AV on September 15th. Andy comes to AV with many years of management experience in the nonprofit world and degrees in both Sociology and Counseling Psychology. Andy has worked extensively with aging populations and holds a deep respect and passion for helping seniors live in safe and supportive communities. Please help us in welcoming Andy into our community, and join us in thanking Janis for a remarkable job as our Interim Executive Director.

Free Vision Services

The Lions Center for the Blind provides vision rehabilitation services and life enrichment courses to help people adjust to vision loss, increase their independence and maintain quality of life. If you are having trouble reading, doing tasks around your home, walking around independently, or if your vision problems are interfering in any way with your life, the Lions Center can help. Services are free for anyone experiencing vision loss over 55 and residing in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano counties.   Call Tina Coffield at 510-450-1580 for more information. 

From our Event Committee

In July members met for a delicious and lively lunch at Cafe Leila in Berkeley. The Rockridge Library was the setting for an interesting and informative Computer Workshop where we learned the ins and outs of Social Networking. The Committee is taking a well-earned rest in August. There are already many exciting activities that we are scheduling for the Fall, including dinner and Jazz at Yoshi's in Oakland, Wine Tasting at Vintage Berkeley, attending a play about Emily Dickinson at the Berkeley City Club and a Pot Luck Dinner at a member's home.  We hope you will join us at these Member Only Events. Exact dates and locations will be in our next Newsletter and on our Website.



Upcoming House Parties

Come and learn more about becoming a Village member, learn about the benefits of membership, meet your neighbors and enjoy some camaraderie. The next House Party is at the home of Charlotte Herzfeld on Sunday August 15 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM. Charlotte's home is located at 4955 Taft in Oakland (Rockridge neighborhood). Please RSVP to or by calling 510/204-9200.

Help us spread the word about Ashby Village! If you'd like to host a House Party please contact the Ashby Village office at 510/204-9200 or by email at