Tuesday, October 28, 2014

October News

As the native grape vines out in front turn to red and gold, we think of fall. For PAA that always brings the October Tea. This year we will celebrate our many long-time members and our twenty-three newest members with an outdoor tea party in Nancy’s back yard. If you haven’t replied to Dallas yet, please do so immediately.  We will also announce the board member nominees for next year and hear from our featured speaker, Dr. Neville Golden, Chairman of the Department of Adolescent Medicine at Packard. Dr Golden is active with the teen van as well as Packard at El Camino, right up the street from Nancy’s.

Remember the annual Membership Tea is Tuesday, October 21st at 2 PM.  We will be parking diagonally along the street on Richardson. If you need a ride, please call Sarah.

Restaurants with Heart had a good showing at Sakura Teppanyaki in Redwood City in September and those of us who went were treated to a great show!  We will celebrate this month with dinner on Tuesday and Wednesday the 28th and 29th of October at Creola in San Carlos for the delicious cuisine of New Orleans.  As the RwH team will take a break for November and December, don’t miss out on the October event.

Planning for the American Girl Fashion Show on November 15th and 16th is well underway. You can sign up to help during the tea or by calling Sarah. Probably because of the new store at Stanford Mall, ticket orders have been very slow coming in. We would love to have every member come and bring a young relative or neighbor. If you don’t know anyone, we are looking for generous souls to sponsor some tickets for the children of active military families. They were thrilled last year to be able to attend and we would be thrilled to fill the seats.

Many of our new members are hardworking moms from the American Girl project. Some have already spent hours working, especially with publicity and model assignments. We think that they will be the future of PAA so please welcome them graciously and help introduce them to others.

Our November general meeting will be held at the Cibo Restaurant in Palo Alto, which proved very popular in June. It’s located at 3398 El Camino in Palo Alto. As in June, we’ll have lunch at 12 and a meeting at 1. You can come for lunch and the meeting or just the meeting. The cost for the set menu with choices is $20 but reservations are not necessary. We will vote on the slate of officers for next year and on our holiday gift to LPCH

Once we survive American Girl, our next big event is the Holiday Boutique on Saturday, December 6th from 11 AM to 4 PM in the Sunset Room at Allied Arts in Menlo Park.. If you are making treasures to sell, please get them to Sharon Brugos by November 30th.  Also please let Sharon know if you can help sell at the boutique and don’t forget to come and shop.

Gerry Nelson reports tremendous interest in her Bears and Books project as she has sold many Beargrams. Some former restaurant days are forming groups to make bears but she has also used teens to help and set up a Kids for Packard group.  We’re hoping some of you with book clubs might also like to donate new children’s books to go into the tote bags with the bears. Dallas and friends have completed 100 tote bags for the inpatients during the holidays.

Our sister auxiliaries have many activities, too.  San Francisco will hold their Jewel Ball on Saturday November 1st at the Four Seasons. See sfjewellball.org.   Charter has their monthly Rummage Sale in Redwood City including this Friday and Saturday.

Affiliates are busy, too. Our Luisa Pliska requests a few more volunteers for Packard Pantry which usually works on Thursdays but will change to Tuesday on some holiday weeks. Reading Buddies could use a few more volunteers and Teen Van needs body wash, hand sanitizer, tissues, and movie tickets.

We hope to see many of you at the tea on Tuesday.

Sarah and Nancy