Tuesday, September 8, 2015

End of Summer Newsletter

Where did those “lazy, hazy, crazy days of Summer” go!!!!
While we haven’t had a meeting since June, things have been hopping right along!
We have enjoyed our monthly Restaurants with Heart meals..…each one as tasty as the last! This 28th and 29th of September, RwH will be at Sakura2 in Redwood City. (Flyer attached) It’s a fun Teppanyaki style meal with the built-in entertainment of a chef throwing knives while making volcanoes from vegetables!
The Fancy Nancy Tea Party committee has been busily creating this new event, to be held on Saturday September 19, Christ Episcopal Church. Los Altos. It will be loads of fun with a free “face painting station” (fancy temporary butterfly transfers) and a photo booth where children can “bling up” with tiaras, beads, chapeaux, opera glasses etc. and pose for a “fancy” memory.  Our Thora’s Thimbles volunteers have been busily making dresses, aprons, doll assessories and faux feather boas (made with soft fleece rather than scratchy feathers!) to sell. The Reading Bug is again setting up shop in the church’s Fireside Room and will donate a portion of their proceeds to us.
And that is just for “starters”! The main event is when the Fancy Nancy illustrator, Robin Preiss Glasser gives a fun presentation while the little ones and their mums / grandmums dine on our tea goodies.
We are happy to be well passed the break-even point, as staging a new event is always a little unnerving. We have relied solely on word of mouth, local newspapers, shops, studios, newsletters and Facebook (Palo Alto Auxiliary for LPCH) to spread the word. Please continue to pass this information along…our target ages are 3 to 7.
Mark your calendars for November 7 & 8. This year’s American Girl Doll of the Year is a baker who loves all things French!
The American Girl Fashion Show committee is back up and running. We will hold an Open Casting Call at the American Girl Store at Stanford on September 12, and a casting call for returnees on September 20. Remember, PAA Member children and grandchildren are free; non-members pay $75 per model. The clothes are size 6x and 10 only. This year we are planning to have more models, as we have found that models are our main source of ticket sales. We will up the ante with a fabulous American Girl prize to the girl who refers the most ticket sales.
With Karen Steven’s help, we have begun our American Girl marketing campaign with a blast email to our former patrons. Our website paloaltoauxiliary.com  reflects our current projects (Thank you, Bob Stevens!) We are also on Facebook both under American Girl Fashion Show Palo Alto and Palo Alto Auxiliary for LPCH…check us out!!!
Our upcoming Membership Meeting, 1 pm Tuesday September 15, at Lucie Stern Community Center Palo Alto, will be a workshop. We will be working on projects for Fancy Nancy, American Girl and Thora’s Thimbles.  Please bring sharp sewing scissors if you have them!
During the summer, many of our members have honored Deborah Potash’s memory and her years of service to PAA. Deborah’s own Monday Girls combined with our BearGrams program to share their appreciation of her life and service. A fitting tribute. to a very giving woman.

Sept 12                                    American Girl Casting Call, Stanford Shopping Center
Sept 15                                    Membership Meeting, Lucie Stern, PA
Sept 19                                     Fancy Nancy Tea Party, Christ Episcopal, Los Altos
Sept 20                                    Returning models’ Casting Call, Woodland SC, Los Altos
Sept 27                                    Mandatory American Girl model /parent meeting TBA
Sept 28 & 29                                    RwH @ Sakura 2 in Redwood City
Oct 20                                                Annual Membership Tea Party, Los Altos
Nov 7 & 8                                    American Girl Fashion Show
Dec 5                                                Holiday Boutique, Allied Arts, Menlo Park

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