Newsletter of the
A Chapter of the California Council of the Blind
December 2018

EDITOR: Susan Glass,
COPY EDITOR: Beverly Clifford,
ADDRESS: P.O. Box 493, Mountain View, CA 94042
DEADLINE: for the January, 2019 issue: noon, December 26
VOLUNTEERS: Naomi Grubb,

MEMBERSHIP: Mike Keithley,
LEGISLATION: Mike Keithley,
PHONE: 888-652-5333
Legislative Hotlines, current issues for blind persons:
CALIFORNIA CONNECTION: 800-221-6359, after 5 PM and weekends
WASHINGTON CONNECTION: 800-424-8666, 3-9 PM and weekends

DISCLAIMER: This publication contains announcements from the Silicon Valley Council of the Blind and is also a forum for opinions relating to blindness issues. Signed articles reflect the views, and research, of their authors.

STATUS: SVCB is a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization under the California Council of the Blind.

CHANGES OF ADDRESS: Contact Mike Keithley,

MEETING LOCATION: SVCB's monthly meetings are held in the community room of the Monte Vista Terrace Apts. at 1101 Grant Road, Mountain View. Meetings run 9:30 AM to 1 PM the third Saturday of the month and are open to all. Monte Vista Terrace is one block from the intersection of Grant Road and El Camino Real and is accessible by bus #22.


* President's Message
* Membership Corner
* Apply For A Technology Grant
* Fund-Raising Report
* Snack Shack
* Event Calendar

President's MESSAGE
By Susan Glass

Let me begin this column by heartily thanking one of our morning volunteers, Daksha, for providing the day's snacks at our November membership meeting, and for doing so on a last minute basis. What a gracious gesture! I also want to thank Rob Turner and Noel Runyan for their delightful and interactive sports presentation at our November meeting. It's great to know that there are so many inexpensive ways to be physically active. I for one, had a blast playing basketball and Bop It. The next time we have a recreation program, I'd like us to aim for a day when we have many sighted volunteers who can guide people from activity to activity. I bet we'll get more participation that way.

I'd like to recommend a book to any of us interested in broadening our recreational activities. It's called The Encyclopedia of Sports and Recreation for People With Visual Impairments, by Andrew Leej. DB7649. It's narrated by Jo Fox, one of my all-time favorite NLS readers. Its chapters describe how blind and visually impaired people participate in any sport you can think of: tennis, cycling, swimming, wrestling, basketball, rowing, skiing (both downhill and cross country), dart playing, archery, target shooting and hunting, horseback riding, golf, hiking, rock climbing, baseball, dancing.... Each chapter provides resource lists for places throughout the country where you can access these sports. The book also contains interviews with blind paralympic athletes, and directors of sports programs. Check it out.

Writing about this book brings to mind a new column that I'd like to suggest for our newsletter. We could call it The Book of the Month Recommendation column. If you read a book that you like, you can send a brief paragraph about it (5 to 7 sentences) to Don't worry if writing isn't your strong suit. Even the book's title, author, source where we can access it, and a one sentence description will do. Wouldn't it be cool if we received such a recommendation every month. Then, in December of 2019, we'd publish a column listing all of our year's book picks. We'd all be set up for great holiday reads.

And speaking of holidays, don't miss SVCB's holiday party! It will be at the Silicon Valley Blind Center on Saturday, December 15, from 11 AM to 3 PM. You can register by sending a check to the following address: P.O. Box 493, Mountain View, CA 94042. Put "holiday party" on the memo line. Registration is $20 for CCB/SVCB members and $25 for friends. IMPORTANT! Your check must reach the SVCB post office box by December 12. This is the absolute deadline since we must finalize our food order with Armadillo Willys. John Glass will entertain us with some Old Time Radio shows that are just perfect for the holidays. See you there!

by Mike Keithley

O my, the thanksgiving weekend is finally over. I've got so lazy that I forgot the newsletter deadline. I could blame visiting family, but King says that's too easy. So hope Susan puts away her whip!

But now comes the SVCB holiday party. I hope you've registered and are looking forward to a good time. If you haven't registered yet, check out the President's Message in this newsletter for details and contact Joe Silveria before Wednesday, December 12.

We hear that John Vandervort has had many problems. He had a house fire and is now living with Carol and Joe Silveria. The interior of his old house needs to be rebuilt. So give him a call and cheer him up, he needs it, and be sure he gets to the party.

Our November meeting was playtime! Rob Turner brought his dart game, and I hear that Naomi Grubb made several cheered bulls-eyes. Noel Runyan had his target riffle and several other game, including the Parker Brothers audio baseball game, which I haven't seen in 20 years. And there was the Bop-It game that used to make John Glass crazy. You can hear the business meeting and raffle at

SVCB's 2019 administration was elected. It is:

Susan Glass: President
Alice Turner: Vice President 
Naomi Grub: Corresponding Secretary
Rob Turner: Recording Secretary 
Victor Clifford: Treasurer
Mike Keithley: full-term Director

Before we close, which happy birthdays to Celina Carey, Ruben Armenta, Lorraine Brown, Milton Quenzer and William Tipton.

By Susan Glass

We are now accepting applications for our 2018 2019 Barbara Rhodes Adaptive Technology Grant. For several year's now, this grant has been SVCB's community service project intended to benefit blind and visually impaired individuals who are at least 16 years old, and who live in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Bonito, and San Mateo Counties. And of course, any SVCB member is eligible to apply. The deadline for submitting a completed application is the last day in February of 2019. The committee will deliberate and select a winner during March and April. The winner will be notified in April, and will be awarded at the May SVCB General Membership meeting. The value of this year's grant is $1500. Please help us spread the word, and please apply for the grant yourself if you think you have a technology need that qualifies.

by Michelle McGrew

We had a raffle featuring donated items at our November meeting. Prizes included a mini handheld vacuum for auto care, a black handbag, blueberry Russian herbal loose-leaf tea, some Christmas gift tags, a pair of Christmas mugs, a new plaid winter scarf, and two lace handkerchiefs in a box. Our winners were the Hoags, Mike, and Roger. Thanks to all who donated prizes and to those who purchased tickets. We raised $73! 

Our November Cookies of the Month fund raiser, benefiting our tech grant, featured Berry Chocolate Chip Cookies baked by Suzanne Smith. You can find the recipe for these cookies in the "Snack Shack" column of this issue of the newsletter. We sold 10 bags of cookies at our meeting, and plan to sell more at the Blind Center at the end of November or early December. Thanks to all of our supporters! 

Thanks to all who purchased calendars! We're currently sold out, but hope to receive another order in mid-January. Most of this order is already reserved. However, we did order a few extras, so please check with me if you are interested in purchasing any calendars should they be available. They cost $10 each. You may contact me by calling 888-652-5333 (leave a message to be forwarded to me, or look me up on our Membership List to call me directly), or send email to 

Need some great gifts for Christmas? SVCB has four-ounce bags of Meltaways from Bakers Candies in Nebraska for $4 each. Each bag contains about 13 individually-wrapped chocolates. We have the following flavors available: five kinds of dark chocolate (plain, mint, orange, cherry, and sea salt caramel), six kinds of milk chocolate (plain, mint, peanut butter, raspberry, coconut, and mocha), milk chocolate wrapped caramel, and the assorted (mix of both dark and milk chocolates).

We also have World's Finest Chocolate bars. We have four kinds of milk chocolate: with almonds, caramel, crisp, and plain, and a very limited amount of plain dark chocolate. The World's Finest sell for $1 each. To purchase or help sell candy bars, or to order Meltaways, please contact me as listed above.

Or, choose one of our other options! We're selling bags of nut mix as part of our Holiday Sale. These come with either sweetened dried cranberries or with chunks of dark chocolate. You can also purchase Kirkland nut bars (contains a sprinkle of salt and a little chocolate) and bags of Welch's Fruit Snacks (2.2-ounce bags of chewy fruit-flavored candies, in the following flavors: Mixed Fruit, Island Fruit, Apple Orchard Medley, Strawberry, and Berries 'n Cherries). The nut mixes, nut bars, and Welch's Fruit Snacks are all $1 each. To place an order, contact me as listed above. 

See you at the Holiday Party!

Snack Shack
Berry Chocolate Chip Cookies
Submitted by Suzanne Smith

This is a recipe of my own creation. I started with the recipe for the Lemon O. V. Cookies (see the "Snack Shack" in the July issue), and made some changes to come up with this new creation. 

2 boxes strawberry cake mix, any brand 
2 eggs
1 (8-ounce) container Kool Whip 
1 (12-ounce) package semisweet or dark chocolate chips
1-1/2 to 2 cups fresh blueberries, halved (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookie sheets. 

2. Mix together eggs and Kool Whip until well blended.

3. Gradually mix in strawberry cake mix until well blended.

4. Combine chocolate chips and blueberries. Stir into cookie dough.

5. Form dough into small balls and place 1-1/2 inches apart on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until firm but not overdone. 

6. Cool slightly on baking sheets before removing to wire racks to cool.

EVENT CALENDAR: December through January, 2019
compiled by Mike Keithley


Tabard Theatre shows: To order tickets, call the Tabard box office at 408-679-2330 and speak to Marilyn Watts, or visit SVCB members and Blind Center clients should use Discount Code BC27 when ordering. Performances take place at The Tabard THEATRE, 29 North San Pedro Street, San Jose.

Shows described by AudioVision: For all San Francisco productions (Golden Gate and Orpheum Theatres, Tickets are generally on sale four weeks before the production opens. To charge tickets and reserve receivers, call 888-746-1799 (SHN Theaters), or fax your order to 415-581-2121 and ask for AudioVision tickets. If you have any questions, please email

The monthly "Let's Talk Low Vision" conferences from CCLVI can be accessed as podcasts at

Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors: Departs every Sunday at noon from Pier 40 in San Francisco. Call 415-281-0212 for information and reservations, or visit

Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP): BORP believes that everyone should have access to the unique challenges that outdoor recreation provides, and makes every effort to accommodate each person's needs, including providing transportation and volunteer support. For event listings, call Lori Gray at 510-843-4398, or visit


Dec 4, 5:30 to 7 PM: Breast Cancer Support Group, call-in: 605-715-4920; ID: 2776167. For questions, call Lori Scharff at 516-887-1336, or

Dec 6, 7 to 9 PM: SVCB Board meeting, call-in 800-662-6992 with ID code 1184109. If you're not on the Board but wish to attend this meeting, please contact President Susan Glass.

Blind Center (see President's Message in this newsletter).

Dec 16 at 2 PM: A BRONX TALE, descriptions by Audiovision, Golden Gate, see notes.

Dec 18, 5:30 to 7 PM: Let's Talk Low Vision, iPhone apps and JAWS, 712-432-3447 with ID code 145330.

Dec 21 and 22 at 8 PM and 23 at 2 PM: TUCK EVERLASTING, TheatreWorks, descriptions by the Visual Voice, Lucie Stern.

Dec 22 at 2 PM, BAT OUT OF HELL, THE MUSICAL, descriptions by AudioVision, Golden Gate, see notes.

Dec 26, noon: January, 2019 newsletter.

Dec 29, 2 PM: DEAR EVAN HANSEN, description by AudioVision, Curran Theatre, see notes.

January, 2019

Jan 3, 7 to 9 PM: SVCB Board meeting.

Jan 19, 9:30 AM to 1 PM: Anniversary SVCB membership meeting. New administration takes office.

Jan 25, noon: February newsletter deadline.