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CANCELLED!! Celebration of the First National Village Day with Atul Gawande

Monday, February 13, 2017, 1:30 PM until 3:30 PM
Ashby Village: Julia Morgan Hall
1821 Catalina Avenue
Berkeley, CA  94707

(510) 204-9200
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First National Village Day
Keynote Speaker Atul Gawande


Please take note that the EVENT TIME has changed.

The event will BEGIN at 2pm instead of 1:30pm in order to avoid the busiest school traffic on Colusa.

PARKING IS LIMITED. Neighborhood street parking is available but may be very limited.

Please consider the following options:

  • Public transportation: AC transit #18- Colusa Ave
  • Carpooling
  • Gogograndparent (affordable senior transportation with just a phone call: 1 (855) 464 - 6872); Uber, Lyft, Taxi 
  • Northbrae Church Parking (0.3 miles to Ashby Village), although we can't guarantee you'll find parking 
  • Solano Ave. has metered parking (max 2 h, $1.50 per 30 minute)

We encourage registrants without mobility issues to leave parking spaces near the event's location for guests who have.


accessible entrance from San Pedro Ave

main entrance (stairs) from Catalina Ave


Celebrate with us the First National Village Day!

We will start at 1:30 PM, looking back at how Ashby Village founders were inspired by Beacon Hill Village, the first village that opened in Boston in 2002 and celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.

At 2:00 PM, Beacon Hill Village has invited Villages around the country to participate “virtually” in a live-streamed talk by Dr. Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, author of the seminal book Being Mortal.

His talk will be followed at 3:00 PM by a discussion at Ashby Village on our future: where will we be by our 15th anniversary?

About Atul Gawande

Dr. Gawande is a renowned surgeon, public health researcher and writer, who will speak about the value of community and opportunities as we grow older.

He describes people’s efforts to maintain autonomy as they age in the face of ingrained habits, cultural expectations and one-size-fits-all corporate offerings.

He includes Beacon Hill Village and the Village model as an option for assisting older adults in their efforts, which has often meant providing services and extending community to people who want to remain in their own homes and enjoy the rich stew of activities, attributes, attitudes and ages that engage the community’s older adult population.

Choice and community are concepts honored throughout the Village Movement. These concepts are behind the underlying principles that led to the founding of Beacon Hill Village and subsequent 200+ Villages that impact the lives of older adults across the country.

One of the great issues worldwide today is how to support and care for aging populations. By 2030, twenty percent (20%) of our nation’s population will be over 65, an estimated 83 million people. The Village Concept and Dr. Gawande’s profound understanding of the importance of choice and community offer valuable insights and solutions for this challenging phenomenon.

RSVP to or call the office (510) 204-9200.