SVCB IN TOUCH

Newsletter of the SILICON VALLEY COUNCIL OF THE BLIND

A Chapter of the California Council of the Blind

April 2020

EDITOR: Susan Glass, editor@svcb.cc

COPY EDITOR: Beverly Clifford, copyeditor@svcb.cc

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

DEADLINE: for the May, 2020 issue: noon, April 26

VOLUNTEERS: Naomi Grubb, volunteers@svcb.cc

MEMBERSHIP: Mike Keithley, membership@svcb.cc

LEGISLATION: Mike Keithley, legislation@svcb.cc

PHONE: 888-652-5333

EMAIL: svcb@onebox.com

URL: www.svcb.cc

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, database@svcb.cc.

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.

IN THIS ISSUE

* President's Message

* Editor's Corner

* Suggested Reading

* An Interview with Irene Barker

* Membership Corner

* A Special Find

* Fund-Raising Report

* Snack Shack

* Tidbits

* Event Calendar

President’s Message

by Rob Turner

Let me start off by thanking Naomi Grubb for all her many contributions to our chapter. For years she has served as volunteer coordinator, ensuring that we have the help we need at our meetings, picnics, and holiday parties. She has also acted as hospitality chair for our meetings, making sure we all have the goodies and beverage of choice we want. She also makes calls for our phone tree, and currently serves as our corresponding secretary. She does it all with humility and grace. Three cheers for Naomi!

In case you haven't heard, CCB has cancelled the in-person convention scheduled for the first week in June. Instead, there will be a virtual convention, the details of which are still being worked out. Stay tuned.

If you are feeling isolated and want to connect with other chapter members, we will hold a recurring conference call at four o'clock Tuesday afternoons until we can again meet in person. The call-in number is 800-662-6992. The conference code is 1184109. Our last call was a great success, with more than twenty participants. Thanks Susan Glass for suggesting this and making it happen.

As I write this message, there is much uncertainty as to how the fight against the coronavirus will unfold. There is a possibility that we may need to cancel our April meeting. Once a decision is made, we will notify you through our email list and phone tree. In the meantime, please continue to follow the shelter-in-place order for Santa Clara County. Stay well.

EDITOR's CORNER

by Susan Glass

Hello, Svcb friends and community. How are you? That's an especially weighty question these days, isn't it? I keep thinking of 19th century America and perhaps Amherst Massachusetts, home town of Emily Dickinson. The question "How are you," was a loaded one. You might be well this week, and ill or gone next week. If you are well, wow! Rejoice in that. Let's send love to all people on our front lines: doctors, nurses, food delivery services, cashiers in grocery stores who are making personal sacrifices to keep the rest of us safe.

Last Tuesday, March 24 at 4 PM, SVCB members met on our One Box phone line for an hour-long chat. We had so much fun that we're planning to do it again this Tuesday at 4, and every subsequent Tuesday until "sheltering in place" ends, and we can dance in the streets. Here is the call in information:

Dial 1-800-662-6992. When asked for the pass code, dial 1184109, and press pound.

On last week's call, we had 25 people, including 3 who we haven't heard from in a long time: Abby Tamara, Jeanne-Marie Moore, and Tamara Kearney. Tamara Kearney is now a yoga teacher, though of course she's not teaching now as they are sheltering in place in Kansas, too. Abby Tamara is doing lots of community activist work. After the call, she sent me a list of health-related books, and she said I can include them in the newsletter. Alice Turner said that she's using this stay-at-home time to start a new habit: daily long walks with her dog guide Cora. She observed that neighbors who usually say nothing when she's out walking now greet her. Ditto! We're craving contact these days. Bev Clifford twisted her ankle while she and Vic were out walking, so she's using her recovery time to master Zoom conferencing, and also to find deliciously funny videos to lighten spirits during COVID-19. Our hour together flew by, and I can't wait for the next one.

We have new features in this month's newsletter. Lynette Kersey has relaunched our Member Interview corner. Read her conversation with Irene Barker, and watch for more member interviews as the year progresses. Mike Keithley and King have contributed something to the "Snack Shack" column. No, Omni, not dog biscuits! And we have Abby Tamara's reading suggestions. By the way, is anyone up for an ongoing phone book club? Send a yes or a no to the editor's email address that always appears in this publication. To keep our mood light, please consider sending jokes, and links to fun videos to our editor's address.

Ok, here's Abby's book list. Actually, let's call this Abby's Book Column, because she's included several excellent annotations. I predict that the food-related titles may fortify our "Snack Shack" column. Thank you, Abby.

SUGGESTED READING

by Abby Tamara

Super Immunity: The Essential Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body's Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger, and Disease Free; available on Bookshare and BARD

Eat for Life: The Breakthrough Nutrient-Rich Program for Longevity, Disease Reversal, and Sustained Weight Loss. This book was just published, March 2020, available on Bookshare

The End of Diabetes: The Eat to Live Plan to Prevent and Reverse Diabetes; available on Bookshare and BARD

The End of Heart Disease: The Eat to Live Plan to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease; available on Bookshare and BARD

The Eat to Live Quick and Easy Cookbook: 131 Delicious Recipes for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Reversing Disease, and Lifelong Health; available on Bookshare

Eat to Live Cookbook: 200 Delicious Nutrient-Rich Recipes for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, reversing Disease, and Lifelong Health; available on Bookshare and BARD

Fast Food Genocide: How Processed Food is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It, by Robert Phillips and Joel Fuhrman

Another good book that was just published in March 2020 is called Mastering Diabetes: The Revolutionary Method to Reverse Insulin Resistance Permanently in Type 1, Type 1.5, Type 2, Prediabetes, and Gestational Diabetes. It is by Cyrus Khambata and Robbie Barbaro, both of them type 1 diabetics. They use plant-based methods rather than counting carbohydrates as a way to have great control of their diabetes. They were both able to lower, to a great percentage, the amount of insulin necessary to be in good control and be healthier than they were, and they coach others in the method. Cyrus is a Palo Alto High School graduate, and has a degree from Stanford in mechanical engineering. He went on to get a Ph.D. in nutritional biology from UC Berkeley. Robbie has an Master's in public health, on his own journey to be healthy with type 1 diabetes.

Another book that was just published that I am beginning to read is The Gift of Presence: A Mindfulness Guide for Women, by Caroline Welch, who is the CEO of the Mindsight Institute. This book is available on Bookshare. The Mindsight Institute was founded by Dan Siegel, M.D., who is a psychiatrist at UCLA School of Medicine. He has written many wonderful books. Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation, is available on BARD, and is read by Dan. There are a few books that he has written on parenting that are available on Bookshare.

Christopher Voss, who was a lead FBI negotiator, wrote a wonderful book called Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It. It is available on Bookshare and BARD.

And for anyone who hasn't yet read Michelle Obama's book, Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice, it is a real treasure. It is available on BARD with Michelle reading it herself, and it is also available on Bookshare.

Into the Magic Shop: a Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart, by James R. Doty. Dr. Doty is the neurosurgeon who performed my 4th spinal surgery. He has written a wonderful book about learning mindfulness as a 13-year-old. He grew up in poverty, sought to make money after living with deprivation, and made a huge change after the dot com bust. This is an inspiring read about how mindfulness changed his life, and describes his work at Stanford's CCARE (The Center for Compassion and a Altruism Research and Education). It is available on Bookshare.

From Mindfulness to Heartfulness: Transforming Self and Society with Compassion, by Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu. It is available on Bookshare. Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu teaches at Stanford. His courses are extremely popular with students.

AN INTERVIEW WITH IREEN BARKER

by Lynette Kersey

Hi everyone, this is Hope. I'm a beautiful black lab, and Lynette's guide dog. I wanted to let you know that she has a great interview this month. Also, I wanted to tell you that she will be calling you all in the coming months so we can get to know each other better. I'd better go. She doesn't know I can use a keyboard yet: won't she be surprised?

Talk to you all next month, if I can get hold of the keyboard.

Wags,

Princess Hope!

Hi all,

I see my lovely dog has beaten me to the keyboard. I do, indeed, have a good interview.

Our participant is Irene Barker. Thank you, Irene, for talking with me and sharing with your SVCB friends.

Q: "How long have you been a member of SVCB?"

A: “I have been a member for about 3 years this time. I was a member before.”

Q: “How did you hear about SVCB?”

A: “I heard about it through the Blind Center.”

Q: “Where were you born?”

A: “I was born in Crystal City Texas.”

Q: “Where did you grow up?”

A: “I grew up in Texas until I was 15 years old. Then we moved to California.”

Q: “How long have you been blind or visually impaired?”

A: “I have been blind since the age of 18 years old."

Q: “Where did you attend school, and what kind of school was it?”

A: "I attended public school while living in Texas. I did not attend school after we moved to California. I needed to stay home and take care of my mother. Also, that was about when I started having eye problems."

Q: "Tell us about your career?"

A: "I am a homemaker, and have raised 3 sons."

Q: "How many grandchildren and great-grandchildren do you have?"

A: "I have 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren."

Q: "What do you do for fun?"

A: "I like to crochet. I used to like to go dancing when I was younger."

Q: "What's your favorite food?"

A: "People might think I'm weird or something, but I love liver and onions."

Q: "Do you like chocolate?"

A: "Yes, don't we all?"

Q: "What's your favorite dessert?"

A: "I like bread puddings."

Q: "What food do you absolutely hate?"

A: "I don't like chicken. I used to have to kill the chickens while I was growing up, so can't stand chicken anymore."

Q: "What makes you mad and pushes your buttons?"

A: "People who drive after drinking. Also, drunks in public."

Q: "What kind of music do you like?

A: "I like Texas Country, Spanish, and Blues."

Q: If you had to spend a year on an island, and could only bring one person and five things with you, who and what would you bring?"

A: "I would bring my son, and a bathing suit, clothes, shoes, hair bearush and perfume."

Q: "What's your favorite season?"

A: "I love summer. I like hot weather."

Q: "What are your hobbies?

A: "I crochet baskets and do other crafts."

Q: "Do you use a guide dog or a white cane?"

A: "I use a white cane."

Q: "What's your favorite movie?"

A: "I like the old TV shows, like Sanford and Sons and others from that time."

Q: "Do you have any pets? If so, what kind, and what are their names?"

A: "I don't have any pets."

I hope this has helped us get to know Irene Barker a little better. I'm sure as we meet together and chat, there will be other things we can learn about each other.

Take care, and stay healthy.

MEMBERSHIP CORNER

by Mike Keithley

Well now, we're all sheltering at home! Star and I haven't left the house all this week, and King is getting worried. "Yeh, what's goin on here? It's spring time. Why haven't I gone anywhere?" Oh, it's the pandemic. "Yes, I'm becoming aware of that, but I haven't heard of a cure yet. Guess I'd better get crackin' and save the world!" Oh wow, King, go for it. "But how am I gonna do that when no one will let me out?" Well, just figure out how to unlock the front door in that sneaky way you have. No one will notice. "OK, I'll talk to Omni and see if she has any ideas. I'll be gone for a long time. Bye!" Bye, good luck!

We didn't have a meeting in March, so we missed an opportunity to see the Sit-Mills machines CCB hopes to sell. But we did have an amazing teleconference on March 17, where we all talked about how we're coping with the corona Virus. I think 25 members were there, and we'll likely do this again. It's unlikely we'll have an April meeting, but King is out there working for us, so who knows? Stay tuned!

As far as I know, no one in SVCB has the virus. So talk to one another, and be happy!

Let's walk out of our houses and sing happy April birthdays to Anna Bolino, John McNulty, and Dawn Wilcox. If we're loud enough, they'll hear you and wonder, "what's that?"

And be on the lookout for the Spring SVCB membership list. Ya see, there is life after the virus. "Of course!"

A SPECIAL FIND CONTRIBUTED BY EVELYN COMSTOCK

Hi Mike,

A friend sent me this article from the New Yorker magazine website about free digital books. I checked it out and signed up. It's amazing how many titles are available. There is a section called Books for the Print Disabled, as well as podcasts, old time radio shows, and music. They have some affiliation with Bookshare and the National Library Service. Perhaps some SVCB members might be interested. Evelyn

The National Emergency Library

by Jill Lepore

March 26, 2020 (Excerpt)

This week, the Internet Archive in San Francisco announced and, in the blink of an eye, opened the National Emergency Library, a digital collection of 1.4 million books. Until June 30th, or the end of the national emergency in the United States (whichever is later), anyone, anywhere in the world, can check books out of this library for free. As Brewster Kahle, the digital librarian at the Internet Archive, wrote in an online announcement, if you can afford to buy books, please buy books! Bookstores still need your business. But, by God, if you can't afford them, or if the books you need aren't in any bookstore, and, especially, if you are one of the currently more than one billion students and teachers shut out of your classroom, please: sign up, log on, and borrow!

archive.org/details/nationalemergencylibrary

FUND-RAISING REPORT

by Michelle McGrew

Our Fund-Raising Committee met in early March by conference call, and plans to meet again in early April. We have made a lot of progress as we decide who all will be taking on my various responsibilities when Darin and I move. We originally planned to depart from California after the April SVCB meeting, but that departure date has been put on hold due to complications from the coronavirus. I should have more details on all of this in my next Fund-Raising Report!

The coronavirus has impacted our ability to do fund-raising, and with the "shelter in place" mandate, we do not know when our fund-raising activities will return to normal. We have scheduled a fund-raising event at Marie Callender's in May to benefit our tech grant, but please be aware that this is subject to change depending on what is happening at the time with the coronavirus. Provided that life returns to normal in time, here are the details:

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, May 18 through Tuesday, May 19, 2020 (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 flyers available the next time we meet, or you can download and print the required flyer by visiting www.svcb.cc. Note that 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.

I still have one more large print/braille calendar left! The calendar, featuring artwork by blind and visually impaired people of all ages, costs $10. You might consider giving it to someone who has been especially helpful as a thank-you gift. We'd love to find a good home for this last calendar! To reserve this calendar, 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 fundraising@svcb.cc.

Given that we were unable to meet in March, our raffle featuring donated items is postponed to our next meeting. Prizes currently include a package of Snake Eggs singing magnets, an Easter basket with handle, an egg poacher (holds 2 eggs), a kitchen towel and dishcloth set, a collection of "happy birthday" gift bags and tags, a clear round glass vase, and two books: __Three _Cups _of _Tea, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (on CD), and __The _Kitchen _God's _Wife, by Amy Tan (on cassette). Tickets are $1 each, or $5 for six.

Our Cookies of the Month fund-raiser is temporarily on hold. But we will work with our bakers to reschedule our March and April cookies once we can safely resume this fund-raiser.

"Getting low on chocolate? As you know, we sell chocolate bars from Van Wyk Confections and Meltaways from Bakers Candies. Since we are all sheltering in place, I can't get more chocolate to you right now, but if you would like to reserve an order to pick up once we can meet again, here are the details: Meltaways come in four-ounce bags containing about 13 individually-wrapped chocolates, and sell for $4 per bag. I currently have the following flavors available: three kinds of dark chocolate (plain, orange, and cherry), six kinds of milk chocolate (plain, peanut butter, coconut, raspberry, mocha, and caramel), and the assorted (mix of both dark and milk chocolates). (Sorry, we're sold out of both mint chocolates and the dark chocolate sea salt caramel.)

You may also reserve candy bars. We have four kinds of milk chocolate bars (roasted almond, creamy caramel, crispy rice, and plain) and a limited number of dark chocolate with roasted almonds. The candy bars sell for $1 each.

Or, you may wish to reserve some of our other snacks! Choose from the following: nut mix (with either sweetened dried cranberries or with chunks of dark chocolate), Kirkland Nut Bars (contains a sprinkle of salt and a little chocolate), and Welch's Fruit Snacks (2.2-ounce bags of chewy fruit-flavored candies, in the following flavors: Mixed Fruit, Island Fruit, Apple Orchard Medley, and Strawberry). The nut mixes, Nut Bars, and Welch's Fruit Snacks are all $1 each. To place an order for any of these items or for chocolate, contact me as listed above.

Please stay tuned to the Phone Tree for further updates. In the meantime, stay safe and well!

SNACK SHACK

Easy Oatmeal

Submitted By Mike Keithley

I used to make this for an early breakfast before my pickup to HP. The important item is to use old-fashioned oatmeal so you have a crunchy experience. I dusted this off for a fun shelter-at-home breakfast.

Ingredients

1 cup old fashioned oatmeal

1 cup milk (low fat)

1 cup water

1/4 cup brown or cane sugar

1/3 cup raisins

Put everything into a large bowl. Microwave for ten minutes, stirring at 5-minute point, or until oatmeal sets. Makes 4 servings.

Honey-Glazed Pineapple

Submitted by Suzanne Smith

This is from Beating Diabetes.

Ingredients:

1 (2-1/2 pound) fresh pineapple, peeled and cored

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon honey

1-1/2 teaspoon transfat-free margarine

Fresh mint, minced (optional)

Directions:

Cut pineapple lengthwise into 12 spears. Arrange spears on a broiler pan, and set aside.

Combine honey and margarine in a small saucepan. Place over low heat, and cook until margarine melts. Divide the honey mixture in half. Brush 1 portion of the honey mixture evenly over one side of each spear. Broil the pineapple about 3 inches from heat for 7 minutes. Turn spears over; brush evenly with honey mixture. Broil for an additional 7 minutes. To garnish, sprinkle with minced mint. Makes 4 servings (3 pineapple spears per serving).

Editor's Note: I think I'll prepare this recipe for Easter Sunday. It will go nicely with our spiral baked ham.

Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

Submitted by Suzanne Smith

This comes from Recipes from the Heart Cookbook (The Pampered Chef).

Ingredients:

1-1/2 pounds boneless beef sirloin steak, well trimmed and cut 1 inch thick

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger root

2 garlic cloves, pressed

3 carrots, sliced diagonally

1/4 cup rice wine vinegar

1/4 cup soy sauce

1 medium onion, sliced

1-1/2 cups chopped fresh broccoli

Directions:

Cut steak in half and then crosswise into 1/8-inch thick strips. In wok or deep-sided 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add beef, ginger root, and garlic. Stir fry 2-3 minutes, or until beef is browned. Remove from wok with slotted spoon; set aside.

Add carrots to wok. Stir fry 2 minutes. In small bowl, combine vinegar and soy sauce. Add to wok with onion and broccoli. Stir fry 2 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender.

Return beef to skillet, and heat through. Serve immediately. Makes 6 servings.

Crunchy Mixed Vegetable Bake

Submitted by Suzanne Smith

This comes from Recipes from the Heart Cookbook (The Pampered Chef).

Ingredients:

1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup

1 cup mayonnaise

1 garlic clove, pressed

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese

3 packages (16 ounces each) frozen broccoli, carrot, and cauliflower blend

1 can (28 ounces) French fried onion rings

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In medium bowl, combine soup, mayonnaise, garlic, and pepper. Mix well. Stir in cheese. Place vegetable blend in greased 9 by 13-inch baking pan. Spoon soup mixture over vegetables. Toss to evenly coat. Bake 35-40 minutes or until heated through.

Sprinkle with onion rings. Bake 5 minutes longer, or until onion rings are golden. Serve immediately. Makes 12 servings.

TIDBITS

by Mike Keithley

VTA

VTA lite-rail service has been suspended due to corona virus concerns. Some busses are still running and are free. Use the rear doors to stay away from the driver. VTA Access rides are still being offered and are free.

2020 Census

The 2020 consus can be completed at:

my2020census.gov

But if you're having trouble, use this phone number:

844-330-2020

Note that you'll need your 12-digit identification number that was included in the census letter mailed to you. I've read on the lists that the person you talk to on the phone may be able to retreive your ID number.

CCB Convention Canceled--CCB Happenings

The CCB board has voted to cancel our in-person 2020 convention. Anyone who has already made hotel reservations should go ahead and cancel those. We are investigating options for a virtual convention. Details will be made available as soon as we have them.

Note also that the ACB in-person convention has also been canceled. Plans are underway to do a virtual convention.

Freedom Scientific Offers Free Home-Use Software to Those Affected by COVID-19--edited press release

Freedom Scientific has announced its plan to help students and employees in the US and Canada affected by COVID-19 remain accessible while working and studying from home.

Users can access JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion software free of charge until June 30, 2020 by visiting our software portal. If you do not have a college email, simply enter your personal email.

For users outside of the United States and Canada, we are working with our international team to provide a home solution, and recommend contacting your local distributor for assistance.

We also encourage you to take advantage of our free training resources, where you'll find a wealth of software product information, suitable for new users, as well as intermediate and advanced users. Resources include:

Live and archived training webinars

Self-paced online learning

Product video tutorials, and

Downloadable lessons and vocabulary resource files

Vista Center San Jose Programs and Calendars--Lisa Quan

We wanted to let you know that information about our programs and classes at Vista Center San Jose is now available on the Vista Center for the Blind website. It may be a little tricky to get to at first, but you can get to it by going to www.vistacenter.org/ and then find the News&Events tab, then Program Calendars, then San Jose Classes.

Alternatively, you can go to the new Welcome to Vista Center San Jose Page at www.vistacenter.org/Vista%20Center%20San%20Jose.html. Our old SCVBC website will redirect to this page. From here, there are links to the San Jose classes www.vistacenter.org/San_Jose_Classes.html and a link to our contact information at vistacenter.org/sj_contact.html

From the classes page, there is a link to the current month's schedule, which will open up a Word document.

You may want to bookmark some of these links for your convenience.

Lisa Quan, Office Manager, Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 101 N. Bascom Avenue, San Jose, CA 95128 (408) 295-4016 x202)

lquan@vistacenter.org

Free Digital Downloads of 3 NBP Books--National Braille Press

To help with some of the practical challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, we're offering free digital downloads of three relevant books, between now and April 30th:

Dinner Delivered: Accessible and Easy Ways to Receive Meals Direct to Your Door, by Kim Loftis and Chris Grabowski

Getting Visual Assistance with an iPhone, by Judith Dixon

Navigating Healthcare, When All They Can See Is that You Can't, by Deborah Kendrick

Downloadable formats include DAISY, BRF, and Microsoft Word. Hard copy versions of these books are also available at half price.

If you or someone that you know could benefit from one or all of these guides, please share this with them!

Order any of our books online at

www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/publications/index.html.

Copy-Editor's Note: Due to the corona virus crisis, National Braille Press has closed its offices and production facilities. Therefore, hard-copy braille books will not be available until it is safe to resume normal press activity. If you wish, you can order paper braille books online, but you'll have to wait until the crisis has ended to receive them.

Tech Grant Extension

The 2020 Barbara Rhodes Access Technology Grant deadline has been extended. Formerly it was March 31 but is now April 30.

EVENT CALENDAR: April through May 2020

Compiled by Mike Keithley

Notes

Please note that a weekly SVCB conference is scheduled for 4 PM Tuesday afternoon until sheltering at home has ended. Call-in 800-662-6992, with ID code 1184109.

We'll be optimistic here, and hope the events noted below will actually happen!

Tabard Theatre shows: To order tickets, call the Tabard box office at 408-679-2330 and speak to Marilyn Watts, or visit tabardtheatre.org. 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 didisalvo@msn.com.

The monthly "Let's Talk Low Vision" conferences from CCLVI can be accessed as podcasts at www.airsla.org/cclvidd.asp.

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 www.baads.org.

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 www.borp.org.

Calendar

Apr 2, 7 to 8 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 Rob Turner.

Apr 5, 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 lorischarff@gmail.com.

Apr 20, 9:30 AM to 1 PM: SVCB Monthly meeting.

April 24, 5:30 to 7 PM: Let's Talk Low Vision, Professional Careers. Zoom info: zoom.us/j/793242226, or one-tap dialing from your mobile phone: +16699009128,,793242226#

Apr 26, noon: May newsletter deadline.

May: Healthy Vision Month.

May 5, 7 to 8:30 PM: Breast Cancer Support Group.

May 7, 7 to 8 PM: SVCB Board meeting.

May 16, 9:30 to 1 PM: Monthly meeting.

May 19, 5:30 to 7 PM: Let's Talk Low Vision; Curious About Convention?; see notes.

May, 22, noon: June newsletter deadline.