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aShby Village Interest Groups


Want to learn more about your iPhone in the company of other Ashby Village members? Interested in playing bridge or mahjong or doing some knitting in good company? Or perhaps you want to discuss climate change or explore end-of-life issues? There may be an interest group just waiting for you. If not, you might organize one.

Such groups spring up when members or volunteers express an interest and then put one together. Check interest group events in the online calendar.


Current groups:

Bridge Group  

Open to seasoned players as well as those ready to learn.

  • Time: 2nd Tuesday of the month, 2-4:30 p.m.
  • Location and RSVP: contact Mary Jo (510-525-0545 |  or Betty (510-524-8260)

Puzzles Group—Thousand Oaks (Hamlet) Neighborhood Group

Join fellow Ashby Village members for an afternoon of casual fun with puzzles and games.

  • Time: 2nd Monday of every month, 2-4 p.m. 
  • Location and RSVP: contact Carol Takaki (510-527-1926 |

Mah Jongg—North Berkeley Neighborhood Group

An afternoon group devoted to Mahjongg. For beginners as well as experienced players. If you’ve never played, members will teach you.

  • Time: Mondays, 12 to 3 p.m.
  • Location and RSVP: contact Gloria Davis ( | 510-666-0937).

Mah Jongg—Emeryville (EmeryBunch) Neighborhood Group

Afternoon and evening groups meet for Mahjongg.

  • Time: Wednesday evenings, 7-9 p.m. and Friday afternoons, 2-4 p.m.
  • Location: Clipper Club, Watergate Condominiums, 5 Captain Drive, Emeryville.
  • RSVP: To Jean Goldman ( | 510-207-6600)

Handwork Group—Knitting & More

A get together to enjoy knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, embroidery, or other handiwork.

  • Time: 3rd (sometimes 4th) Monday of the month, 2-4 p.m.
  • Location and RSVP: contact Mary Jo (510-525-0545 |

Science & Ideas Group

Lively discussion group on a myriad of topics, suggested and presented by members.

  • Time: 2nd Wednesday of the month, 3-5 p.m.
  • Location: Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave, Berkeley
  • RSVP to Audre Newman (

Elder Action Group

Are you interested in advocacy for political reform and social justice?  Do you want to act on this together with other members of the Ashby Village community?  Join us for the launch of ElderAction, a new Ashby Village interest group. More info. 

  • Time: first meeting June 25, 7 - 9 p.m. 
  • Location: Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave, Berkeley
  • RSVP: contact

IGroup—Clarewood Neighborhood Group

For anyone interested in learning more about Apple computer products, including Iphones, Ipads, and Macbooks. Get your questions answered and help solve problems. Newcomers to Apple devices, experienced users, or those just curious about purchasing one, are welcome.

  • Time: 3rd Wednesday of the month, 3-5 p.m.
  • Location and RSVP: contact Bob Reynolds ( | 510-597-1952)


MacGroup— Thousand Oaks (Hamlet) Neighborhood Group

Become better acquainted and have more fun with your iPad, iPhone, and Macs. Learn to problem solve and get familiar with new (and old) features and apps. Group leader Mark Goldman, an Ashby Village volunteer, is not only very skilled in the use of most Mac products but is very good at explaining what is happening to less experienced Mac Users.

Iphone & Ipad Group— North Berkeley Neighborhood Group

Tech volunteer Maryl Gearhart helps North Berkeley members to become more proficient in using Iphone & Ipad. Join the group that meets every 2-3 weeks!


Android Group— Outlandish + Emery Bunch Neighborhood Groups

Tech volunteer Sam Duncan helps Outlandish members to become more proficient in using Android devices. Join the group!

  • Time2nd Monday of the month, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Location and RSVP: contact Alison Colgan (

80+ Groups (Living with Uncertainty)

Especially for members 80 years old and older, a monthly support group in which members explore and discuss the challenges of aging.

  • Time: Group 1 4th Tuesday | Group 2: 3rd Monday of the month, 2:30 – 4 p.m.
  • Location and RSVP: contact Mairin Malarka-Meyer (

Low Vision Support Group

A group offering emotional support and information for those facing vision problems. The group also promotes public awareness of the visually impaired.

  • Time: 3rd Wednesday of the month, 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Location and RSVP: contact Eleanor Lew (510-855-4781).

Hearing Loss 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?  Come share suggestions about how to go about it, what we've learned and continue to learn!

  • Time: 3rd Wednesday of the month, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave, Berkeley
  • RSVP: or (510) 204-9200

Modern Poetry Reading Group

This long-running group of members with experience in and a passion for modern poetry discusses a different poet’s work at each meeting.

  • Time: Saturday afternoon, every 4- 6 weeks, from 2:30-4 p.m.
  • Location and RSVP: Currently full. There are occasional openings for new members. For details contact Peter Sussman (  | 510-872-0898)

Non-Fiction Book Club 

Monthly reading and discussion group open to members.

  • Time: 3rd Monday of each month, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Location and RSVP: contact Tobey (510-653-4205) or Ashby Village office (510-204-9200)


Shakespeare Reading Group 

Monthly reading from Shakespeare plays.   

  • Timelast Wednesday of each month, 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Location: Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave, Berkeley
  • RSVPcontact Steve Chernicoff ( 


Building and Balancing Life in Retirement

Congratulations! You made it into retirement! But does your life feel a bit precarious as you learn to juggle the new challenges that come up in retirement? If so, join us in a new monthly group sponsored by Ashby Village! 

  • TimeGroup 1 (full) 3rd Tuesday of each month, 2-4 p.m, Group 2 in formation
  • Location & RSVPFrances Nurkse (










Eighty plus

Modern Poetry