Tuesday, September 8, 2015

April 2015 Newsletter

Spring has sprung! Let’s harness some of this energy to our new and existing PAA projects!
Some PAA dates to mark on your calendars:
April 27 & 28 Restaurants With Heart at Kabul Afghan Restaurant, San Carlos, lunch & dinner.  (See attached)
Membership Meeting, 12 noon, May 19 at PF Chang (May’s Restaurants with Heart restaurant!), Stanford Shopping Center, introducing Debbie Burkholder, the new Director of Auxiliaries. Menu choices and reservation info will be sent later.
November 7-8 American Girl Fashion Show
This month sees the well-deserved  “retirement” of Victoria Applegate, after 38 years of dedication to the Children’s Hospital. We gave her a gift certificate to Arte Restaurant in Palo Alto and a succulent garden in a planter (easy-care for her new lifestyle) as a token of our sincere gratitude. And now we will be welcoming Debbie Burkholder, the new Director of Auxiliaries to our May Membership meeting at PF Chang. We look forward to a long and rewarding relationship!
Last month’s Membership Meeting was a working one. We helped the Thora’s Thimbles crew by sorting donated fabric, cutting felt eyes, respirator covers, etc. And we got to see the fun finished products!
We are actively moving forward with the expansion of the wildly successful BearGram project.  Gerry Nelson, along with her Kids For Packard, has recently delivered books, bears, Easter baskets and cards. Growing the project to include other comfort items (such as ChemoDucks,, Dialysis Bears,  ….) will require a new card. Anyone have graphic arts skills to lend? It would be much appreciated!!
American Girl 2015 has begun! This year’s Girl of the Year is Grace, a baking enthusiast who loves all things Parisienne…should be fun to decorate!
Packard Pantry is in need of more volunteers. If you have a morning a month to spare, please contact Luisa Pliska (luisaliska@comcast.net).
I have been in contact with Lauren at The Reading Bug bookshop regarding a potential new event, The Fancy Nancy Tea Party. (Love that name!) The illustrator is willing to fly up (on her own nickel) to act as presenter, Harper & Row will donate door prizes, the play venue U-me (www.u-meplace.com) in Menlo Park is offering their premises if we pay a few of their employees to help (insurance reasons) and the Reading Bug will donate a percent of their sales to us also. The illustrator will be in touch soon regarding her availability.  I’m hoping for late summer or September.  Fancy Nancy is geared toward 3 to 8 year olds…a nice adjunct to our American Girl audience (5 to 12 year olds). Now, I need to work on a BOY event!!  Please contact me if you are interested in helping to develop this Fancy Nancy Tea Party.
Looking forward to a great month! Nan

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