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aShby Village Interest & Support Groups

Interest Groups

Interest groups form when members or volunteers express a shared interest and then put one together. 
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! Explore Interest Group gatherings on the Ashby Village Calendar.



Elder Action 

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 Elder Action!  Elder Action is one of Ashby Village's largest and most vibrant interest groups. Our goal is to make being older our superpower. Elder Action members use their skills and experience to further social justice, climate action and more -- locally and beyond. Contact Julie Freestone (freestonejulie@gmail.comfor information or read more here!




Members work on their own projects or work together on a new craft, such as working with clay, collage, paper maché, wire working and more. You don’t need an art background to join – just curiosity and the interest in trying something new. RSVP to Barbi Jo Stim (, 510-847-0298) or Lynne Alper (, 831-239-2520)

Handwork Group—Knitting & More

Get together to enjoy knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, embroidery, or other handiwork. Contact Mary Jo ( to join.

Playreading Ensemble

The Playreading Ensemble was founded by the late Paul Shepherd to encourage Ashby Village members and volunteers of any skill level to read classic and contemporary theatrical works together for their mutual enjoyment. Contact Laurie (macduck99@gmail.comto be put on the waiting list if you're interested in joining.





Open to seasoned players as well as those ready to learn. Our new coordinator is establishing a date and time once renewed interest is determined. Contact Jody Keller ( if you're interested in joining.


Hamlet Jigsaw Puzzles

Join fellow Ashby Village members for an afternoon of casual fun with puzzles and games. Contact Carol Takaki (carol.takaki@yahoo.com510-527-1926) for location details and to join.

Mahjong—EmeryBunch (Emeryville)

Afternoon and evening groups meet for Mahjong. Contact Jean Goldman (jeanmgoldman@gmail.com510-207-6600) for location details and to join.

Mahjong—North Berkeley

An afternoon group devoted to Mahjong for beginners as well as experienced players. If you’ve never played, members are happy to teach you! Contact Gloria Davis (mortdavis@att.net510-666-0937) for location details and to join.


Want to sharpen your word skills? Want to relive some fun times? Come play Scrabble! Contact Don Hubbard ( for information and to join.




Android Group—Outlandish

Join the group and become more proficient in using your Android devices. Contact Alison Colgan (galisoncolgan@gmail.comfor location details and to join.

Hamlet Mac Users


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. Contact Mark Goldman ( for the Zoom link.

North Berkeley iPhone & iPad


Tech volunteer Maryl Gearhart helps North Berkeley members to become more proficient in using iPhone and iPad on topics the group requests. Gain skill with your iPad or iPhone and have fun in the process! Contact Maryl Gearhart ( for the Zoom link. 


Science & Ideas

Lively discussion group on a myriad of topics, suggested and presented by members and distinguished guests. Contact Joseph Evinger ( for information and check the Ashby Village calendar for monthly program details.

Support Groups

Member Support Groups are small ongoing member-led discussion groups formed around common issues. Support groups provide current Ashby Village members forums to share experiences, information, advice and support with one another. 

Support groups are most useful and encourage meaningful discussions when the number of participants is limited. Member Support Groups are in high demand and tend to fill up quickly, and waiting lists are maintained on an ongoing basis.

Check the Ashby Village Calendar for group availability and upcoming meetings.

Please contact Karen Dean ( or 510-204-9200) if you are interested in participating in a group that's currently full or if you have questions, as additional groups may form depending on interest.

Hearing Loss

This monthly support group provides participants an opportunity to learn from and support each other by sharing the ways we cope with hearing loss. The objective of this group is to improve our ability to interact with the world around us.


Low Vision


The Low Vision Support Group provides emotional support and sharing of information so that we can best carry out matters of daily living with our current level of vision. We also promote public awareness of the needs of visually-impaired seniors. The Low Vision Support Group seeks to be inclusive and welcomes anyone with a visual impairment.  


Caregivers play an essential role by providing assistance with social and/or health needs of another person. Caregiver Support groups are intentionally formed as small groups that allow ample opportunity for each member to share and participate.

Women in Their 70s  

Women born in the 1950s, or thereabout, gather to share reflections about what it is like to live in their seventh decade. 

Over 80


Ashby Village members 80 years of age and older are invited to join one of our Over 80 Discussion Groups for lively bi-monthly discussions on a broad range of topics relevant to life in your eighth decade. 

90 Plus Group

All Ashby Village members 90 years of age and older are invited to a monthly get together on Zoom. We share our stories, discuss where we are today, and voice our dreams for the future.