Ashby Village Member, Volunteer and Friend


Sunday June 14, 3-5pm

Northbrae Community Church
941 The Alameda in Berkeley (near Solano Ave)


Laura Peck (Board Vice President), Shirley Haberfeld (Co-founder), 
and Pat Sussman (Co-founder and Board member)

We will be celebrating Ashby Village's 5th Anniversary with birthday cake and balloons, and you're invited. Hear reflections about the history and future of Ashby Village, and the national movement.  Chat with Board members, program leaders, and members of all the Ashby Village teams who help our village grow and thrive.


We welcome special guests, Mayor Tom Bates and State Senator Loni Hancock, on hand to present the Village with a special City of Berkeley Proclamation celebrating Ashby Village's 5th Anniversary! 


 (Almost) 50 Reasons Not to Miss our Information Tables


Each of the programs and teams will hosting an Information Table.  Each table will be offering Birthday Cake to visitors -- you'll want to try cake from every table! 


Visitors of each Information Table will get their Passports stamped and, when completed, be eligible for prizes and awards! 


More reasons you won't want to miss this first of its kind Town Hall

  • See Videos & Slideshows (will your face be on the Big Screen?!)
  • Find out what's new at the Village 
  • Talk with different team leaders and volunteers to find out how they can make a difference in your life, or what they are doing to move the Village forward
  • Meet other Village members and volunteers
  • Check out opportunities to volunteer 

If you can, please RSVP (if you can't/didn't...come anyway!): 510 204-9200 or 


In This Issue
Ongoing Monthly Activities
June 5, 12, 19
(1pm Fridays)

June 5,12, 19, 26
(2pm every Friday)

June 5 

Ashby Village


(4pm first Friday)


June 9

Lunch at Danute's

(noon second Tuesdays)

RSVP one week ahead


June 9

Bridge Group

(2pm second Tuesdays)


June 15

Handcraft, Knitting

(1:30pm third Mondays)


June 2 & 16

(2pm, 1st & 3rd Tuesdays)
(click on event for information)


East Berkeley Hills

Tues, June 9, 2pm

Sharing Creatively





Mon,, June 1, 2pm 

Advanced Fashion Film


June 2

LeBateau Ivre Breakfast

(9am first Tuesdays)


June 11

Coffee & Conversation

(2pm, 2nd Thursdays)


Thurs,, June 18, 3pm

iGroup (apple devices)

led by techie Ken Frankel


Emery Bunch (Emeryville)


June 1

Lunch (Picante)

(noon first Mondays)


June 9

Sing-a-long Coffee & Conversation 

(11am, 2nd Tuesdays)


June 18

Trader Vic's Happy Hour 

(4:30pm, third Thursdays)


Friday, June 19, 10am

Spring Cleaning Workshop


Monday, June 29, noon

Emery Lunch Bunch


Kaleidoscope (Kensington/El Cerrito)


June 17, 11:30 am

Lunch Bunch 



(North Berkeley)


June 11

Happy Hour 

(7pm second Thursdays) 


June 21

Cafe Expresso Roma 

(10am Third Sundays) 



(South of Campus)


June 12, noon

Neighborhood Potluck 

(third Fridays,alternating 

lunch & dinner)

Thousand Oaks Hamlet  

May 31
(2pm Sunday)

June 8
(2pm second Mondays)


As a regular feature in upcoming 
Newsletters,  the Ashby Village Story Team will be bringing you a human interest story about the Ashby Village community, illustrated by professional photographer Nancy Rubin with narrative by Writer Cynthia Bix.
Ashby Village Story Team
Photographer Nancy Rubin
Writer Cynthia Bix


Can you tell who the real dog owner is? Ashby Village Member Phyllis Plate or Volunteer Enid Pollack? Read the Story (and see the amazing photos) of how one dog changed everything... 

Love the above photograph? Want to see more work by Ashby Village volunteer Nancy Rubin? On Saturday June 6 (reception 6:30pm) her photo exhibit Faces of Fatherhood: Celebrating Bay Area Fathers 
opens at North Branch Library, 1170 The Alameda, Berkeley. Show continues tthrough July 1. While there, be on the lookout for a great photo of Executive Director Andy Gaines with his kids!


Ashby Village members 
can be volunteers too! 


Dragon Boat Racing

Sat, May 30, 11am - 2pm

Berkeley Marina, Dock M

Come cheer your favorite Ashby Village volunteers, who are racing DragonBoats (hosted by DragonMax). Click here to learn more about Play-It-Forward.

Volunteer B' Cause Opportunity 


Saturdays, June 20 & June 27,  10am - 2pm

First Congregational Church of Berkeley

2345 Channing Way, 


Help paint a hallway! 

FCCB is a valued partner who has supported Ashby Village from the beginning. To find out more, click here or to join us call 510 204-9200 or click here 

Ashby Village Special Events

Compassion & Choices

Wednesday, June 10 

2:00-4:00 pm

Do we have options about when and how we die? Do we want them? Come hear a presentation about the history of this question and how it continues to unfold as a legal issue in this country. Our presenter, Jacie Rowe - Northern CA organizer for Compassion & Choices - will discuss:

  • What people should consider when considering their end of life options
  • Types of assistance Compassion & Choices provides
  • Medical Aid in Dying in different states and currently before the CA legislature
  • Differing opinions on choice at end of life

We will have the opportunity to ask questions and open the topic for discussion. Learn more. 

Caught in the Act (of having fun)

 Pool Antics - The Emery Bunch neighborhood group has something planned almost every day of the week! No wonder they have to occasionally cool off by jumping in the Watergate pool. To find out what your neighborhood group is up to this month (so you can join them), check out the Neighborhood Group activities, column left. 


Red Nose DayThere's no reason supporting a good cause can't be fun. Celebrating Red Nose Day on Thursday, May 21, are (left to right) Pat Carvalho, Lula Greene, Andrea Mok, Andy Gaines, and Sue Diehl.  Red Nose Day is a nationwide campaign to raise money for children in poverty.

Tell us what you think (about anything!)
      Interested in Travel?

The above live lion in the wild was photographed by Ashby Village member Eric Schroeder on one of the many amazing tours he has organized for groups to travel to Australia, London, Greece, France, and South Africa. 

Ashby Village is very interested to know if the friendships we're forging over lunch and happy hour might transport to travel abroad! 

Call Eric to tell him you'd like to know if he plans a trip abroad for the Ashby Village community, and he'll put you on his list. Email him 


Not Going Anywhere? Come June 5 
Friday 4pm Happy Hour  We'll bring yodeling to you!
Ashby Village Shout Out...

Thanks for finding a volunteer to go to Home Depot with me and buy potting soil.  Brandon was perfect for this task.  He is a young guy who lives at Watergate.  He had the muscle needed for this job and was an interesting person.  I was glad to meet and get acquainted with him. I'm very happy with the help he gave me.

Appreciate your help. 
Joyce (member) 
Living Room Chat:
South Berkeley

Sun, June 7, 2-4 pm

South Berkeley Home of a Member
Living Room Chats are smaller events where we give those who might be interested in joining our Village an opportunity to hear from our members, Board Members or staff about what it means to be part of the Village. Light refreshments will be served.


For more information, click here. RSVP to or (510) 204-9200 

National Village Meets in Seattle this October
This year 2015 West Coast villages are in luck, as the 7th Annual National Village Gathering is in Seattle, October 5-7. Join more than 15 Ashby Villagers planning to attend. The NVG is the premier event for Villages across the country to get together to share stories, learn best practices and make lasting connections!Learn more, sign up, and share.

At Your Service
Featuring Member Services
Helping You Create a Disaster Preparedness Plan and Kit
Do you have a plan in case of a disaster? Do you have a personal disaster kit in case major utilities get shut down? 
Volunteer Ellen Davis-Zapata would love to work with you one on one, or with a group at AshbyVillage, to create a customized disaster plan. With ten years experience, she frequently does Red Cross training. Please contact the office and we will put you in touch with Ellen.
City of Berkeley
Emergency Notification System 

Sign up with the City of Berkeley to be notified of local disasters via your telephone or email. Visit 

Bon Voyage, Lisa!
Lisa Brooks, has been awarded a Fullbright and will be moving to India for a year, to do the research on aryuvedic medicine and Sanskrit for her PhD. She is deeply appreciated by her Ashby Village students, and we're hoping she'll stay in touch with us during her travel abroad.
We look forward to September 2016  when we hope she will return to Ashby Village.
Lisa - Ashby Village will miss you while you are gone. All the best to you! 

Ashby Village | 510-204-9200 | |
2330 Durant Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704
Publications Editor
Sarah Hawthorne