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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)

Games and 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 |

Mahjongg—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).

Mahjongg—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 and 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 and 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 Gerry Abrams (

Global Issues Group

Group meets to discuss a current global issue, such as Paris climate accord, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, human rights, and other subjects to be determined by interest of members.

  • Time: last Wednesday of the month, 3-4:45 p.m.
  • Location: Ashby Village Office, 1821 Catalina Ave, Berkeley
  • RSVP: Optional to John Lango (

IGroup—Clarewood Neighborhood Group

For anyone interested in learning more about Apple computer products, including Iphones, Ipads, and Macbooks. Member Ken Frankel answers questions and helps solve problems. Newcomers to Apple devices, experienced users, or those just curious about purchasing one, are welcome.

  • Time: 3rd Thursday 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.

  • Time: 1rst Tuesday of the month, 2-4 p.m.
  • Location and RSVP: contact Bill French (

Iphone & Ipad Group— North Berkeley Neighborhood Group

Leader Mary Gearhart. Details coming soon!

Android Group— Outlandish + Emeryville Neighborhood Groups

Leader Sam Duncan. Details coming soon!

80+ Group (Living with Uncertainty)

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

  • Time: 4th Tuesday of the month, 2:30 – 4 p.m.
  • Location and RSVP: currently the group is closed, but there is a waiting list. Contact Mairin Mairin Malarka-Meyer []

Macular Degeneration 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).

Modern Poetry Reading Group

This long-running group of members with experience in and a passion for modern 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 (  | 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 

Coming soon!

  • Time
  • Location and RSVP










Eighty plus

Modern Poetry