Newsletter of the SILICON VALLEY COUNCIL OF THE BLIND A Chapter of the California Council of the Blind

June 2019

EDITOR: Susan Glass,

COPY EDITOR: Beverly Clifford,

ADDRESS: P.O. Box 493, Mountain View, CA 94042

DEADLINE: for the July, 2019 issue: noon, June 28

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,

Monthly meetings are held at the Peninsula Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (Vista Center San Jose) at 101 N. Bascom Avenue in San Jose. Meetings run 9:30 AM to 1 PM the third Saturday of the month and are open to all.


* President's Message

* Fund-Raising Report

* Snack Shack

* Membership Corner

* Event Calendar


by Susan Glass

Greetings to all on May 30. The weather is finally behaving as May weather should.

I've just returned from Washington D.C. where I spent from Wednesday May 22 through Friday May 24 attending the National Library Service (NLS) Collections Development Advisory Group conference. I was there to represent ACB library patrons. Other attendees included a patron representative from NFB, a representative from the Blinded Veterans Association, readers at large (one representative each) from the Western, Eastern, Southern, and Midwestern sections of the United States, and reader advisors from NLS branch libraries from each reading region of the country. We were joined by NLS library director Karen Keninger, as well as by the following additional librarians:

Michael Katzmann, Chief, Materials Development Division

Alice O'Reilly, Acting Head, Collection Development Section

Katie Dunneback, Senior Selection Librarian

David Fernández-Barrial, Foreign Language Librarian

Jill Garcia, Senior Selection Librarian

Stephanie Handy, Senior Selection Librarian

Sara Long, Senior Selection Librarian

Megan McArdle, Senior Selection Librarian.

Each "Senior Librarian" was responsible for acquiring and maintaining specific NLS collections, such as music, historical fiction, biography, fantasy and science fiction, youth fiction and nonfiction, and poetry, to name a few. NLS librarians invited our feedback on such issues as the language governing the book rating system, and whether our patrons would welcome the inclusion of tactile graphics and maps in braille and audio books when such material is included in the original text. We discussed the implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty in terms of how soon we could expect to see new international books in our collection. It will be a little while, as books written in other languages may require reformatting to match NLS overall formatting criteria. We prepared a list of recommendations for NLS, as well as a list of commendations for what NLS is already doing well. As soon as these documents are finalized, I will share them with our chapter.

When the conference was over, I spent Memorial Day weekend with my sister who lives in Washington D.C. She treated me to dinner at a neighborhood French bistro on my birthday. We also visited the National Gallery of Art and the Sculpture Garden. There is a wonderful rooftop terrace on the art gallery where you can eat your lunch and listen to the sounds of the city below. Washington D.C. has no sky scrapers, and it has many green parks as well as older established neighborhoods. As cities go, it is a walker's paradise. The majority of museums charge no admission (our tax dollars help subsidize them) and free outdoor concerts abound in spring and summer. So visit your national capitol if you can. I'm sure you'll be glad that you did.

The CCB convention is next week, and one of the things that members (your delegates among them) will be voting on is the new proposed CCB Bylaws. An MP3 audio recording of the proposed CCB Bylaws is available for download from the following link.

If you have not already familiarized yourself with the bylaws, you can do so by listening to this recording, and then letting your delegate and alternate delegate, Rob and Mike Keithley, know your opinion of the proposed bylaws draft.

John and I will be in Nebraska visiting family on the date of our June meeting, so let me wish everyone a relaxing month, and a happy celebration of summer.


by Michelle McGrew

Thanks to all who donated items for our auction at the May meeting! We auctioned a canvas bag, yoga DVD, Bluetooth shower speaker, Noritake teacup and saucer set, carry bag for a laptop, Sake decanter and cup set, an Avon teacup and saucer collectable, and a Sunbeam electric kettle. Thanks to all of our participants and to our auctioneer Carol. Congratulations to our highest bidders: Sharon, John Vandervort, Anna, Irene, Mike, April, and Ken Hoag. We raised $82!

At our June meeting, we will have a 50/50 raffle. Tickets will be $1 each or $5 for six.

Our May Cookies of the Month fund-raiser, benefiting our tech grant, featured Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies baked by me. (The recipe for this cookie will appear in the "Snack Shack" column later this year.) We sold 28 bags of cookies at our meeting, and another 35 bags of cookies at the Blind Center the following Wednesday. Plus, at this writing, I have another 17 bags of cookies that we will sell the last Wednesday of the  month. Thanks to all of our supporters! So far, we raised $63!

For June, Lorraine Brown is baking Cappuccino Royale Cookies. These cookies contain nuts, chocolate, and coffee. Each bag of cookies will sell for $1.

Want a yummy treat? Meltaways from Bakers Candies come in four-ounce bags containing about 13 individually-wrapped chocolates, and sell for $4 per bag. I currently have the following flavors available: four kinds of dark chocolate (plain, mint, orange, and cherry), six kinds of milk chocolate (plain, mint, peanut butter, raspberry, coconut, and mocha), and milk chocolate wrapped caramel.

We'll also continue to sell candy bars while our supplies last. Made by Van Wyk Confections, these 1.5-ounce, peanut-free bars cost $1 each. We currently have four kinds of milk chocolate: with roasted almonds, creamy caramel, crispy rice, and plain. (Sadly, we're sold out of dark chocolate with almond.) To purchase or help sell candy bars, or to order Meltaways, please 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

Or, choose one of our other options! We're selling bags of nut mix as part of our Summertime Snacks 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 dark 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 our June meeting!


Editor's Note: We have Suzanne Smith to thank for the following 4 recipes, all of which should get your summer off to a good start. You'll find two entrees, a salad, and a dessert.


This recipe is from More Campbell's Recipes.

8 manicotti macaroni (about 1/4 pound)

2 cups (1 pound) dry cottage cheese

1 egg, slightly beaten

1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup finely chopped parsley

1/2 pound ground beef

1/3 cup chopped onion

2 medium cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon basil, crushed

1 teaspoon oregano, crushed

2 (10-3/4 ounce) cans condensed tomato soup

1/2 cup water

3 slices (3 ounces) Mozzarella cheese, cut into 8 triangles

Cook manicotti until tender; drain. Combine cottage cheese, egg, Parmesan cheese, and parsley. Fill manicotti. Arrange manicotti in shallow baking dish (12 by 8 by 2).

In saucepan, brown meat, and cook onion, garlic, basil, and oregano until onion is tender. Stir in soup and water. Pour over manicotti.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Top with Mozzarella cheese. Bake until cheese melts. Makes 4 servings.

Corned Beef Barbecues

This recipe comes from Good Housekeeping (April, 1964).

1 teaspoon chili powder

2 tablespoons cider vinegar

3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne

3/4 cup ketchup

3/4 cup water

4 (12-ounce) cans corned beef

8 hamburger buns

8 whole sweet pickles

Mix first 6 ingredients in skillet. Add beef and break up into small pieces. Cook about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until most of liquid has evaporated and mixture is thick. Toast split buns in broiler about 2 minutes or until lightly toasted. Spoon some of the mixture onto bottom half of bun. Put on top. Garnish top with sweet pickle.

Note: You can substitute corned beef hash for the canned corned beef.

Quick Holiday Raspberry Fudge

This comes from a cookbook entitled Favorite All-Time Recipes: Hershey's Holiday Collection.

5 (10-ounce) packages (3-1/3 cups) Hershey's raspberry chips or Hershey's semisweet chocolate chips

1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)

1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract or raspberry-flavored liqueur

Line 8-inch square pan with foil, extending foil over edges of pan.

Place raspberry chips and sweetened condensed milk in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high (100 percent) for 1 minute. Stir if necessary. Microwave an additional 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Stir in vanilla. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours or until firm. Remove from pan, and place on cutting board. Peel off foil, and cut into squares. Store loosely covered at room temperature. Makes about 48 pieces.

Note: For best results, do not double this recipe.

Joy Salad

This recipe comes from one of my mom's cookbooks.

1 large package lime Jell-O

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese

1 cup boiling water

1 cup cold water with fruit cocktail juice

1 large can fruit cocktail

1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (optional

1 small bottle Maraschino cherries (optional)

In flat dish, soften cream cheese. Cream and mix together cream cheese and Jell-O until creamy. Add hot water to Jell-O cream cheese mixture. Mix until most of the cream cheese melts and dissolves. Then mix cold water juice mixture, fruit cocktail, nuts, and cherries until well mixed. Then chill for 3-4 hours.


by Mike Keithley

The program at our May SVCB meeting was well received. We told our life stories, plus interesting anecdotes on anything and everything. King tried to tell his but barked it, and no one could understand him.

"Had to give up in humility and disgust. The crowd at the dog park agreed that those blind people missed an outstanding story."

Well, King, I'll bring my keyboard and synthesizer with me the next time we do this, so all the dogs, including stick dogs, can have a say. And it's been suggested that 5 minutes each meeting be set aside to tell a story. You can hear the program at

Santa Clara County will soon roll out new accessible voting machines for the 2020 election, and training classes at Vista Center will happen. A program at a future SVCB meeting regarding these new machines is likely, too.

We hear that Dawn Wilcox is recovering from glaucoma surgery. Though her activity at the Vista Center Health Library may be less for awhile, it isn't going away. Dawn and Roger Petersen staff the Health Library, which provides private health information to anyone who calls.

Let's wish happy June birthdays to Ken Carey, Elmer Chapson, Victor Clifford, Allen Jones, Alice Turner, and Art Takahara. We celebrate them all with a song at our meetings, so come join us!

Get ready for the picnic! It's on Saturday, August 17, at Hellyer Community Park in San Jose, and our picnic site is called Sylvandale. Registration is $20 for SVCB/CCB members, and $25 for guest. The address of the park is 985 Hellyer Ave. It is accessible by VTA Access and bus lines, and Access will not be required to pay for parking. There will be drawings at the June and July meetings for 2 free admissions to the picnic.

The chapter is providing hamburgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers, plus appetizers and drinks. Register at the June meeting by talking to Victor Clifford, and be sure to tell him what food you want. We will be including info in the upcoming June Phone Tree about people to contact if you want to bring something.

I want to invite you to be on the lookout for the summer Blind Californian. SVCB member Alice Turner, co-chair of the CCB Legislation Committee, will be reporting on the success of the District Day initiative that took place in early May, and comprised the April SVCB meeting program.

EVENT CALENDAR: June through July,  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


June: Vision Research Month.

Jun 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.

Jun 6 to Jun 9: CCB Conference and Convention.

Jun 8, 2 PM: BEAUTIFUL: The CAROLE KING MUSICAL; Golden Gate Theatre; descriptions by AudioVision; see notes.

Jun 8 at 8 PM, and Jun 9 at 2 PM: IN THE WAKE OF THE MOON; Tabard Theatre; see notes.

Jun 11, 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

Jun 15, 9:30 to 1 PM: SVCB Monthly meeting. Finalize picnic plans. Remind members to acquire prizes.

Jun 18, 5:20 to 7 PM: Let's Talk Low Vision; tips and tricks to pursue a professional career; 712-432-3447, ID 145330#.

Jun 22, 2 PM: RENT; Golden Gate Theatre; description by AudioVision; see notes.

Jun 27: Helen Keller Day.

Jun 28, noon: July newsletter deadline.

Jul 4, 5 to 7 PM: SVCB Board meeting (stay tuned for possible date change).

Fri. Jul 5 to Fri. Jul 12: ACB Conference and Convention, Rochester, New York. Hotels are the Hyatt and Riverside; room rates are $89 single or double and $10 more per person for up to four people. Reservations for the Hyatt: 800-546-6400; Riverside: 800-233-1234; online:, and access 2019 registration.

Jul 16, 5:20 to 7 PM: How to use the National Library Service Digital Talking book player.

Jul 20, 9:30 AM to 1 PM: SVCB monthly meeting. Begin plans for White Cane Safety Day and Employment of People with Disabilities Awareness Month; appoint Holiday Party Committee chair.

Jul 26, noon: August SVCB newsletter deadline.