A Chapter of the California Council of the Blind
August 2019

EDITOR: Susan Glass,
COPY EDITOR: Beverly Clifford,
ADDRESS: P.O. Box 493, Mountain View, CA 94042
DEADLINE: for the September, 2019 issue: noon, August 23

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
Santa Clara Valley Blind Center (Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired San Jose). Meetings run 9:30 AM to 1 PM the third Saturday of the month and are open to all. 


* President's Message
* Membership Corner
* Lupe Medrano: Transportation Powerhouse
* Bay View Chapter Annual Fund-Raiser
* Fund-Raising Report
* Flying with Guide Dogs: An ACB Update
* Other ACB Advocacy and Legislative Highlights
* Snack Shack
* Tidbits
* Event Calendar

by Susan Glass

I love July in the Santa Clara Valley. And yes, I much prefer that name over Silicon Valley. The days are warm, but there is a brisk quality to morning, a scratchy moisture that raises fragrances of Scotch Broom and Yerba Buena from our surrounding hills and mountains. I just had my patio glider repainted, restored to the original white that it was when my mother was a little girl in the 1930s, and it stood on her wooden front porch in Toledo Ohio. Last Saturday afternoon, Bev and Victor took me to buy new cushions for it (a nice rust color), and two pillows with parrots on them, and a small table just the right size for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Saturday night I slept outside on the glider, resurrecting a habit from childhood when I'd spend my entire summer sleeping on our back patio. That was a time when I was still me, just awakening to what my place in the wider world might be. All around me, the air vibrated lightly with my mother's garden, with who she was, with the spaces that she created that allowed her children to thrive, and to discover who we were.

So, it's picnic weather, and I hope you're coming to the SVCB picnic. Read about it in Mike's Membership Corner column. And you simply must read Bev's article paying tribute to Lupe Medrano, "our transportation powerhouse." Lori Castner, President of the CCB Bay View chapter, has invited us to a fund-raiser that they're holding on August 10. I know that during our July program, I told you quite a bit about what transpired at the ACB convention, but I'd like to share some information about our national advocacy work, especially the part of it that pertains to those of us with guide dogs who travel by air; (no, not on flying dogs, but on airplanes). Michelle has some cool Tech Grant fund-raiser updates for you, and Suzanne has more enticing recipes. So read on, and enjoy.

by Mike Keithley

Hey, the picnic is here! Last I heard we have 40 people coming (well, 44, if you included King, Lancer, Rachel, and Kola - each getting a hamburger and hotdog).

"Only 44 people? Seems kinda lacklusterish." That's true, so maybe more people from the Blind Center can come. "Well, I'll find my charm hat and give 'er a try."

(Copy-editor's Note: King must be doing a great job because we're now up to 47 (possibly 48) people coming. Way to go, King!)

The picnic is 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 guests. 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.

The chapter is providing hamburgers, hot dogs, and vegie burgers, plus appetizers, beverages, and desserts.

You can register by sending a check to the address in the masthead of this newsletter. Be sure to write "picnic" in the memo line, plus your food choices: hamburger, hot dog, or vegie burger.

Now let's wish happy birthdays to Bev Clifford, Charlie Stein, Claudia Gulasch, and David Hunter. Come to the picnic and sing them a song.

The bulk of the program at the July meeting was a discussion of what went on at the ACB Conference and Convention in Rochester, New York. Susan and John Glass were there, and Susan had many things to tell us. And many people listened to portions of the event on ACB Radio, so there was quite a bit of information shared. John escaped the meeting! He went to the Handi-Ham radio camp in Lake George, Minnesota.

Mike Keithley presented information on the California Real ID Card, a replacement for the current California ID card. Victor Clifford got cards for himself and Beverly, and shared the experience. It looks like the office appointment won't take long if you're prepared. You'll need to have this card by October, 2020 as your formal identification at airports to board a plane.

A website containing all you need to know about getting this card is You'll have to go to a DMV office to obtain the card, and a major concern is to have the proper documentation when you go there. You can save time by filling out an online form and bringing a confirmation number to your appointment. Access for this form, and to examine a checklist of appropriate documents.

You can hear the July program at

We hear that John Vandervort lost his dog Chase to cancer in early June before the CCB convention. Hang in there, John!

We also hear that Vic Clifford has been chosen to serve on the Santa Clara County Grand Jury, a year-long assignment full of challenge and hard work that has been on his "Bucket List" for a long time, and which he is very much looking forward to. Congratulations, Vic!

(Copy-editor's Note: We always like to know what interesting and exciting things our SVCB members are doing, so if you'd like to contribute something to our newsletter about your life adventures, please feel free to contact Susan Glass, Bev Clifford, or Mike Keithley (our trusty newsletter team), and we will fit your information into an upcoming issue.

by Bev Clifford

In our chapter, we are fortunate to have many members who volunteer their considerable time and talent to various committees, and to a multiplicity of tasks that help SVCB run smoothly and efficiently. Not the least of these is assistance to fellow members in need. In this article, I would like to salute Lupe Medrano, chairperson of our Transportation Committee, and our very own transportation powerhouse.

Besides attending VTA Transit meetings, unbeknownst to many of us she has been working behind the scenes on our behalf to help some of us resolve our various transportation issues. Case in point, Me, and my own personal paratransit dilemma. Here's the story:

Just after Valentine's Day of this year, I called VTA Access to make my usual paratransit ride to Vista Center San Jose (which we were still calling The Blind Center at that time), for the monthly meeting of Another Slice of Apple Pie, Ernie Molina's fabulous presentation about everything iOS. Upon connecting with a scheduler and giving them the information needed to schedule the ride, I was told that my street address was no longer within the VTA access service area. "What!" I blurted in astonishment and disbelief. From there, a conversation ensued which brought to light the fact that, as of February 14 2019, I would have to pay $16 for each ride, instead of the $4 I had been paying ever since October 2007. "So what's up with that?" I wondered in confusion. Had my street suddenly sprouted wings and absconded to another area, thus removing it from the nice, cozy service area in which it had nested for all this time? (I thought all this to myself, of course. To my scheduler, I said something like, "Please have someone check this out: it just can't be right.") So it got checked again - and yup, I wasn't in the service area anymore. So then I asked how I could proceed to find out what had happened, and if anything could be changed, and I was advised to call VTA Customer Service, which I immediately did.

The woman I spoke with was very kind, sympathetic, and understanding, took great notes as I related my story, opened a case for me, and said someone would get back to me right away. And in only a few minutes, the Dispatch Manager at VTA Access called me for a chat, as she is the person who is charged with handling cases such as mine that come in from VTA Customer Service. I related my story again as she read along in the case notes she had received, and since I insisted yet again that she check to make absolutely sure that my address was no longer in the service area, she put me on hold and went to VTA Access's resident "map expert," who verified that yes, I'd have to pay $16 to get a ride from my house. But the Dispatch Manager was thrilled to let me know that if I wanted to go around the corner to Traminer Court (maybe a hundred feet away from where I live), I could get a $4 ride from there. I'd just needed to get permission from one of my friendly neighbors to use their address when making a ride, and then camp out in front of their house until the ride came to pick me up. Well, we all know how long that can take, and what fun that might be during inclement weather, but I didn't express those thoughts to the VTA Access Manager, who was just trying to be helpful and save me some money.

Needless to say, I was pretty frustrated, and I figured that I had come to the end of the road. I would just have to pay the $16 if I wanted to wait for a ride in comfort of my own home. After all, I had asked for advice about who to call for help, I had made the call, people had tried to help me, but it hadn't worked out. When I told my story to my husband and our friends, everyone said I should appeal the ruling, but who in the world would I appeal to? I had no clue where to go from here. So I dropped the ball and waited.

Several months went by, and it was July. I was avoiding paratransit because the principle of the thing stuck in my craw - I was NOT going to pay the $16, and I didn't think I should have to impose upon a neighbor to get the service I had been receiving for the past 12 years.

Enter Lupe. It turned out that I was sitting near her at our July SVCB meeting, and I happened to bring up "The Big Valentine's Day Service Eviction." The two of us had touched upon it not long after it happened, but then it went off our radar. This time, however, I asked in all seriousness if there was any way she could help me to appeal VTA's decision, and she was eager to be of service. This was on a Saturday, of course, and she said that on the coming Monday she would call a gentleman she knows from her work at VTA Transit meetings. I told her that if she found out the name of a specific person I should call to discuss the matter, I would be perfectly willing to do so, but I just didn't know who that person might be. I didn't want Lupe to think that she needed to do all the work herself.

Monday rolled around, and Lupe started making phone calls to the people in authority that she knows (and who know her, and are aware of her commitment to ensuring good and reliable transit service for all of us), telling my particular story, and regaling them with her very firm opinions about VTA's treatment of the disabled population. She kept me informed after each of her phone calls so that I would know the progress she was making. And by Wednesday, I came home from a fantastic day in Capitola to find a phone message from Lupe saying that my little street had been reinstated into the service area! I couldn't believe it! I really thought that, even with Lupe's intervention, the result would be a negative one. But our Lupe seems to know just what to say to the transit higher-ups to make them realize the error of their ways. Lupe's way of communicating with the people in power may not have been my way, but Lupe's way worked, and mine did not - and she got the job done in two days!

My purpose in writing this article has been first, to commend Lupe for her service to me in this situation, and second, to make all of you aware that she knows who to talk to when you have a problem with VTA transit. Don't wait as long as I did! Call her and request her help. As the old adage goes: "It's who you know that counts," and Lupe has a leg up in that department that most of us do not have. Thank you so much, Lupe!

BAY VIEW Chapter Annual Fundraiser
by Lori Castner: President of the Bay View Chapter

Please join us at the Bay View Chapter annual fund-raiser to be held on August 10 from noon to 4:00 at the East Bay Center for the Blind, 2928 Adeline Street, Berkeley. For the cost of ten dollars, enjoy a lunch of Fried Chicken, Cole Slaw, Potato Salad, and Dessert, and listen to an informative program "Voices from the Past," featuring interviews from an oral history CD with seven American Council of the Blind former Presidents and five other American Council pioneers.

We will also hold a raffle and a drawing for door prizes.

For reservations, call Cathy Skivers, (510) 357-1986, no later than Wednesday noon, August 7.

by Michelle McGrew

We're looking forward to several upcoming events! At our August picnic, we'll have a raffle for several very nice prizes, including a 24-inch Samsung LED TV, a 4-tier mini greenhouse, and a 5-quart crockpot! And, below are details about two special fund-raisers!

Save the dates and spread the word! Please join us at our next fund-raising event at Marie Callender's (751 East El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087) any time Monday, September 23 through Tuesday, September 24, 2019 (11 AM-8 PM) for a meal, dessert or snack, or even to purchase a pie to take home! Please call 408-245-3710 to make reservations if you have a party of 6 or more. Present one of our fund-raising event flyers to your server, and Marie Callender's will donate 20% of each purchase (excluding alcohol, tax, and tip) to SVCB's technology grant program! We'll have the required flyer at our August picnic and at the September meeting. Or, visit our website at to download and print the required flyer. (Note: Marie Callender's will not have extra copies, and we will not receive credit for your purchases if your party does not have a flyer.)

Then, in October, you are invited to an old-time radio show fund-raiser! We have scheduled the event for Saturday, October 12 at Vista Center San Jose (101 North Bascom Avenue, San Jose, CA). We'll play old-time radio shows from 1 to 4 pm. So, please plan to arrive from noon to 1 pm and to depart from 4 to 4:30 pm. Themes for these shows include Halloween, back-to-school, and Autumn. If you have suggestions for a favorite show or series, please call 888-652-5333 and leave a message to be forwarded to John Glass, or look him up on our Membership List to call him directly. Admission is $10 per person ($5 for youth ages 14 and under). Snacks and drinks will be available at $1 each. Funds raised will benefit our tech grant and other SVCB projects and services. We will have flyers about this event at our August picnic and at the September meeting, and the flyer is now available on our website at for you to download and print to share with others.

Thanks to all who got tickets for our raffle featuring donated items at our July meeting! Our raffle had a twist: we chose 11 winning tickets, and the winners each got to choose two prizes! Prizes included a set of two matching placemats, classical music CDs, shopping bags, costume jewelry, a lunch bag, a set of singing magnets, a treat pouch from GDB, some picture hanging strips, a Jansport water bottle, a pink zippered makeup bag, an LED pocket light, some rolodex boxes, and some one-week pill containers. Congratulations to our winners: Lupe, Frank, Mike, Donna, Roger, and the Hoags. We raised $76!

Our July Cookies of the Month fund-raiser, benefiting our tech grant, featured Neiman Marcus Cookies baked by Bev Clifford. (The recipe for these cookies was featured in the "Snack Shack" column of our July, 2017 newsletter.) We sold 25 bags of cookies at our July meeting, and another 25 bags of cookies at the Blind Center. Thanks to all of our supporters! We raised $50!

We are now sold out of chocolate. We will restock our candy bars and Meltaways in the Fall once the weather begins to cool down. In the meantime, we hope you will choose one of our other snacks for $1 each! You may purchase bags of Welch's Fruit Snacks (2.2-ounce bags of chewy fruit-flavored candies), Kirkland Nut Bars (contains a sprinkle of salt and a little chocolate), or as part of our Summertime Snack Sale, nut mix with cranberries or with chocolate. To place an order for nut bars, Welch's Fruit Snacks, or either nut mix, 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

See you at our August picnic!

by Susan Glass

On Wednesday July 10 at the ACB National Conference and Convention, Claire Stanley, ACB Advocacy and Outreach Specialist, gave a presentation to the general session titled Furry Friends and Friendly Skies: An Update on the State of Air Travel for Guide Dog Handlers. The presentation addressed policies that Delta and other airlines attempted to instate in 2018 that were detrimental to guide dog handlers. The policies required that handlers provide documentation from veterinarians well in advance of all flights, to guarantee that the guide dog team was legitimate and safe to travel. These policies violated the Air Carrier Accessibility Act. Claire Stanley is currently serving on an FAA committee whose task is to develop an interim statement differentiating service animals from emotional support animals, and defining appropriate pre-flight requirements for each. The interim statement will be called Notice of Proposed Rule Making, and all ACB members are urged to comment on it once it is released. The FAA is also creating an Advisory Board comprised of disability organizations such as Blinded Veterans and ACB. Claire has applied to serve on this Board. She encouraged any ACB member who encounters difficulty with airlines when traveling with a guide dog to file a complaint directly on the FAA website, and to do so within 6 weeks of the incident.

by Susan Glass

Clark Rafhfal, Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs, filled ACB Members in on our organization’s current legislative imperatives:
1. Accessible, durable equipment, especially for people with diabetes.
2. Medicare Demonstration of Coverage for Low Vision Devices Act. This legislation will be introduced to the United States Senate for the very first time.
3. We are working on several transportation imperatives. Regarding autonomous vehicles, we want to ensure that blind and visually impaired citizens can own and operate them. ACB is working with Amtrak to ensure that trains, ticketing counters, and station navigation are accessible, whether manned or unmanned.

Finally, we heard an enlightening presentation from Sajja Koirala, graduate Research Assistant, University of Hawaii Manoa. Sajja shared information about tools, training, and mobile apps that spread audio description through our National Parks. In particular, she discussed the UNID app that makes audio-described National Park brochures available to people on their iPhones. Thus far, 65 out of 400 National Park brochures have been audio described, always with consultation and feedback from blind constituents. Several parks on the West coast and in the Northeast are now on the app, and this fall, National Parks in the Southeastern region of the US will begin developing audio-described brochures. ACB will be inviting members from the Southeast to participate in Descriptathon training that will help park personnel prepare the brochures.


Pistachio Lemon Gelato
Submitted by Suzanne Smith

Source: Italian Family Favorites Start to Finish in 30 Minutes

4 cups whole milk
1-1/3 cups sugar
12 egg yolks, beaten
1 medium lemon
1/2 cup frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1/3 cup chopped, toasted pistachios or almonds

Combine the milk, sugar, and egg yolks in a large saucepan. Use a vegetable peeler to cut long strips of peel from the lemon. Add lemon peel to saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until the mixture just coats a metal spoon. Remove from heat. Remove peel; discard.

Transfer cooked mixture to large mixing bowl. Cover surface of mixture with plastic wrap. Refrigerate several hours or overnight until completely chilled. (Or, place the saucepan in a sink of ice water to chill quickly.)

Stir lemonade concentrate and pistachios or almonds into milk mixture. Freeze mixture in a 2-quart ice cream freezer according to manufacturer's directions. Makes 7 cups or 14 half-cup servings.

Pork Chops with Cinnamon and Apples (recipe from Great Britain)
Submitted by Suzanne Smith

Source: Book entitled The British Table.

3/4 to 1 pound bone-in loin pork chops
salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons (half stick) butter
2 medium apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1 large white onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup heavy cream

Season the pork chops generously on both sides with salt and pepper. Melt half the butter over medium high heat in a heavy-bottomed skillet large enough to hold the chops without touching. Fry the chops for 4-5 minutes on each side, turning them once. Transfer the chops to a plate, and set them aside.

Add the remaining butter to the skillet. Then add the apples and onion and cook, stirring frequently, for 6-8 minutes, or until the onion is translucent. Stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon, vinegar, and cream, combining them well.

Return the pork chops to the pan, and cook for about 3 minutes on each side, turning once.

To serve, divide the pork chops between 4 plates, and spoon the sauce over them, dividing it evenly.

compiled by Mike Keithley

Library Funding--various writers

Your senators need to hear from you. Because about 90% of the Braille and Talking Book Library's funding comes from the Feds, the following is good news. Please contact our state senators, Feinstein and Harris, to ask them to support library funding.

As you may have heard in the news, the White House appears to be moving forward with a two-year budget deal. The agreement currently includes increased or level funding for most domestic programs, including libraries.

In May, the House included significant increases for libraries in the funding bill they put forward. The Senate has not yet passed an equivalent bill. We expect the committees who handle library funding plan to vote soon. Once again the Senate needs to hear from you. Take two minutes to remind your senators why they should be funding libraries in your state. Urge them to vote yes on Federal library funding.

Newly Elected ACB Board and BOP Members

The American Council of the Blind elected new officers, a new Board member, and a new member of the Board of Publications during its 2019 annual Conference and Convention. Learn more about them below:

President: Dan Spoone, Orlando, FL

Dan is retired; he formerly worked as a senior project manager for Siemens.

First Vice President: Mark Richert, Arlington, VA

Mark is the Director of Public Policy for the National Disability Institute and the founding President of Excelsis, LLC, a public policy consultancy.

Second Vice President: Ray Campbell, Glen Ellyn, IL

Ray is a Senior Accessibility Analyst for United Airlines.

Secretary: Denise Colley, Lacey, WA

Denise is a retired Disability Program Coordinator for the state of Washington. She serves as president of the Washington Council of the Blind.

Treasurer: David Trott, Talladega, AL

David is retired; he formerly worked for Alabama Industries for the Blind, dealing with contracts, budgets, employees, and supervising daily operations of various programs in his area of responsibility.

Board Member: Donna Brown, Romney, WV

Donna is a Technology Integration Specialist at the West Virginia School for the Blind.

Board of Publications Member: Zelda Gebhard, Edgeley, ND

Zelda is an administrative assistant at Wright Insurance Agency. She also serves as president of the North Dakota Association of the Blind.

ACB 2020 Conference and Convention dates--Janet Dickelman

The 2020 American Council of the Blind Conference and Convention will be held in Schaumburg Illinois from Friday, July 3rd through Friday, July 10th at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.

Opening general session will be Saturday evening, July 4th. Daily general sessions will be held Sunday through Wednesday mornings, and our final general session will be Thursday the 9th.

The exhibit hall is open Saturday through Wednesday. We will have all-day tours on Friday the 3rd and Friday the 10th, with many other tours throughout the convention. Special-interest affiliates, ACB committees, and our business partners will hold sessions Saturday through Wednesday (7/4 through 7/8 - our banquet will be the evening of July 9th.

Contact me with any questions either by phone, 651-428-5059, or email,

Vista Center Announces New Board President--Andrea Tsang
Dear SVCB,

Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the premier provider for vision rehabilitation in San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties, is excited to announce the appointment of Amy Andonian, President and CEO of Avenidas, as our Board of Director President. We hope that SVCB will print this press release in their business or people section of their In Touch newsletter. Thank you for your consideration.

First Ever CCB Telephonic Auction (from the CCB Auction Committee)

Modeled on the ACB Radio Auction, CCB will hold its first telephonic auction in late October!

We need individuals, chapters, and affiliates to begin planning your donations!

More information on exactly where and when to submit descriptions, as well as where to send items, will follow. But now we need you to think about those auction goodies!
Goods and Services welcome!

Items must be brand new or "antiques," with a value of at least $50.

Technology, baskets, baking--your imagination is the limit!

Submit items by September 21.

Contact the Auction Committee at

From Jeff Thom

Many of you are aware that SSI recipients are eligible to receive CalFresh (food stamp) benefits beginning July 1, 2019. SSI recipients can begin applying for CalFresh with your county of residence on June 1, 2019. If you have any issue when trying to apply for CalFresh benefits, please let me know either by calling me at 916-995-3967, or by emailing

Walmart and Sam's Club Set Standard for Providing Accessible Prescription Labels Across US: edited press release at ACB convention

Walmart and Sam's Club are deeply committed to accessibility and medication safety for their blind, visually impaired, and print-impaired pharmacy patients. To enhance their commitment, Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies provide En-Vision America's ScripTalk audible (i.e. "talking") prescription labels at Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies across the United States.

Since 2012, Walmart and Sam's Club have equipped almost 1,200 of their pharmacies to provide ScripTalk audible prescription labels at a patient's request. More than 750 pharmacies have been equipped in just the past three years, with 25 additional Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies (on average) set up to provide ScripTalk labels each month.

Walmart and Sam's Club equip a pharmacy to provide ScripTalk upon a single patient's request for audible prescription labels. Once a pharmacy is equipped, usually within 7-10 days, the pharmacy provides ScripTalk labels to patients requesting them at no charge and without lengthy delays.

The ScripTalk labeling system, the industry leader in audible prescription labels, was developed by En-Vision America. To provide ScripTalk labels to their patients, the pharmacy places an RFID label on the bottom of a patient's prescription bottle. The patient then places the bottle on a small, battery-operated device called a ScripTalk Station, which is provided at no charge to the patient. The ScripTalk Station reads the prescription information out loud to the patient, including patient name, prescription number, drug name, dosage, use instructions, warnings, educational leaflets, and pharmacy information.

EVENT CALENDAR: August through September, 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


Aug 2 and 3 at 8 PM and 4 at 2 PM: THE LANGUAGE ARCHIVE; descriptions by the Visual Voice; TheatreWorks; Lucie Stern.

Aug 3, 8 PM: BILLY ELLIOT; AudioVision; see notes.

Aug 6, 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

Aug 17, 11 AM to 3 PM: SVCB annual picnic. See Membership Corner in this issue.

Aug 23, noon: September SVCB newsletter deadline.

Sep 2, 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

Sep 5, 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.

Sep 13 through Oct 6: SHERLOCK Holmes AND THE MYSTERY OF THE CROWN JEWELS; Tabard Theatre; see notes.

Sep 13 and 14 at 8 PM and 15 at 2 PM: THE 39 STEPS; descriptions by the Visual Voice; TheatreWorks; MVCPA.

Sep 21, 7 to 9 PM: SVCB Monthly meeting. Announce Nominating Committee and begin planning for Braille Literacy Month.
Sep 21, 2 PM: ANASTASIA; Descriptions by AudioVision; Golden Gate Theatre; see notes.

Sep 27, noon: October In Touch newsletter deadline.