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Michael Lee
Activity Chairman
 
HERE'S YOUR ACTIVITY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 2021
 
BOCCE: Truman Howard  truman.howard@gmail.com
Members of Sirs 128 San Ramon Valley are playing Bocce every Monday, at Sycamore Park in Danville, arrival time —9:15AM. Our plan is to play every Monday until the rain starts in December. Bocce is a game developed in Italy, it is lots of fun, very low stress with some competitiveness. If you have never played the game, just show up. We have tutors on every court to teach you the game.
 
BOOK CLUB AM: Tony Fassiotto  tonandjan@sbcglobal.net
The AM Book Group continues to meet on the lawn at Oak Hill Park. Next meeting will be Monday October 4th 9:30 AM to review The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell.
Tony Fassiotto has taken over leadership of this group and can be contacted for further information. Thanks to Al Hudock for doing a great job!
 
BOOK CLUB PM: Paul Sheckler  pk7sheck@sbcglobal.net
The evening Book Club is discussing on September 21 the book Premonition by Michael Lewis.  The book traces the recent origins of deadly viruses leading to and the current discovery and status of Covid 19, and its transformation into current deadly viruses.  Lewis always adds a personal touch to his stories, often telling revealing and astonishing inside information. The book selected for discussion in October is How the Word Is Passed by Clint Smith.
 
BOOK CLUB #3: Denny Hintz  dennyhintz@gmail.com
Book Club 3 is currently reading Our next book is "Hero of the Empire" about Winston Churchill, written by Candice Millard on September 22nd at 3pm.
 
BOWLING: John Monahan  johnmon596@yahoo.com
SIR bowling tournaments have started and the schedule for the remainder of 2021 is noted on the SIR website.   
 
BRIDGE: Bob Colbourn  r1colbourn@sbcglobal.net
We are exploring being able to safely restart our meetings. Stay tuned!
 
COOKING: John Noll  john@coastal-mktg.com
We are still in hiatus, waiting a new directive from the State or County.  Looks like we may be back in January.
 
CYCLING: Bill Corbett  wc1894@gmail.com
Cycling continues to go out on rides on a regular basis.
 
DINE-IN: John Noll  john@coastal-mktg.com
We had a nice outdoor get together in August and are planning something in October – outdoors, of course. If interested in starting a dine in group of four couples contact John. 
 
DINE-OUT: Jim Quon  askquon@yahoo.com
On hold for now. Stay tuned!
 
FANTASY FOOTBALL: Dan Poulin  dan.poulin@comcast.net
Our $$$ and POINTS leagues started on September 9th. If anyone is curious about how fantasy football works, you can still sign up for our Beginners league - no experience needed!  You can follow results throughout the season by checking out the activity web page which will post weekly updates.
 
FISHING: Pedro Contreras  petjan@pacbell.net
The fishing group is conducting regular in-person meetings at the Legends Bar and Grill every 4th Thursday of the month at 0830.
 
FRIDAY MONTHLY BREAKFAST: Fred Pourmirzaie  fpourm@gmail.com
Monthly Friday breakfast will be revisited after our very first in-person luncheon.
 
GOLF COUPLES: John Kent  johnkent818@gmail.com
Couples Golf Thursday is taking a break in September. See you in October.
 
GOLF 9-HOLE: Bo Brummett  carolnbo@comcast.net
The Sirs 9 hole golf group plays every Tuesday and Friday at the easy to walk 9 hole course inside the race track at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds. Periodically, we travel on Fridays to other local 9 hole courses.  We are playing a Best Ball tournament on Tuesday, September 14th. We will have prizes for the longest drive on holes 4 and 7, closest to the pin on holes 3,6 and 8, and lowest combined number of putts. The teams will be chosen on a random basis to give all players a chance to win. The course is in great condition and we are looking forward to the tournament. 
 
GOLF TUESDAY 18-HOLE: Dan Poulin  dan.poulin@comcast.net
Thanks to Oskar Nadjari and Danny Basso, members of the group enjoyed a great overnight outing to the Monterey area on Sep 7-8 to play Del Monte and Pacific Grove.  The group is scheduled to play a special Monday round at Oakhurst Country Club on Monday, Sep 20th. This outing is open to ALL members and any guests they wish to bring along. Cost is $55 pp. The group also has rounds scheduled at Solano Ranch, Poppy Ridge, Dublin Ranch Ranch and Corica Park in the coming weeks. Sign-up on the web site.
 
GOLF THURSDAY: Jim Briggs jim.briggs824@gmail.com
Thursday golf continues to offer an opportunity for 16 golfers each Thursday at local course.
 
HIKING: Bob Turner  urnerta@att.net
Our next hike is scheduled for Briones Regional Park on October 1st. This is a moderate hike. We will meet for carpools at 8 AM in the Sycamore Park and Ride. This will change if the air quality is predicted to be poor.
 
INVESTING: Mike Levine michael.levine@sbcglobal.net
At our next meeting on September 22nd, we will have Dan Hassey, Senior Registered Investment Advisor at McIntosh Capital Advisors Inc. and Senior Research Analyst at James DiGeorgia & Associates, Inc. review his Outlook for 3rd Qtr 2021 with us.
Our group has an educational orientation. All SIR128 members are welcome. By researching and sharing information gathered, among ourselves, a safe-haven is provided to those who want more knowledge about financial matters. More information about the SIR128 Investment group and handouts from all of our past meetings can be obtained on the Investments Activity Web page.
 
LUNCH IN THE PARK: Mike Sorensen  msorensen.us@gmail.com
Our initial get together was wildly successful.  28 SIRs gathered for lunch (BYO), conversation, socializing and a wee bit of wine for a few.  Join us October 6th [first Wednesday], 11:30am, Hap Magee Ranch Park in Danville.  Bring your own lunch and beverage a few stories.
 
METROPOLITAN OPERA: Rich Vivrette  r.vivrette@am-alarm.com
Boris Godunov will be screened at the Hacienda Theater on October 9th at 9:55am.  
Bass René Pape, the world's reigning Boris, reprises his tremendous portrayal of the tortured tsar caught between grasping ambition and crippling paranoia, kicking off the highly anticipated 2021-22 Live in HD season. Conductor Sebastian Weigle leads Mussorgsky's masterwork, a pillar of the Russian repertoire, in its original 1869 version. Stephen Wadsworth's affecting production poignantly captures the hope and suffering of the Russian people, as well as the title ruler himself. This is an in-theater presentation. Tickets for this 160 minute program can be purchased online at: https://www.regmovies.com/movies/met-op-live-in-hd-boris-godunov-2021/ho00011466#/
 
MOVIES: Bob Lyons  rlyons1009@sbcglobal.net
I’m still reluctant to restart this activity for two reasons:
-        Restaurants are still discouraging large groups.
-        The quality of movies in the theater is terrible.
Since the best movies are generally released in the fall, I’ll reevaluate in the next few months.
 
PICKLE BALL: Oskar Nadjari  oskar11@comcast.net
Pickleball is getting back as before. There are more places to play with a certain percentage of players that are allowed in for now. The one place that has been doing good is Osage Park in Danville. There are different groups with different abilities that are going on every day of the week and lately have been starting at around 8:30am.
 
POKER GROUP 1: Robert Caviglia  rcaviglia827@comcast.net
Our Sirs poker group continues to play on the 1st Monday of each month at 7pm. This is "small stakes poker" and very little money is exchanged at night's end.  Our get-togethers are more social in nature and everyone has a fun time. If interested in getting more information, please reach out to Robert at 925-640-8077.
 
POKER GROUP 2: Ken Sterba  designpro2@hotmail.com
We are actively back playing once a month. Still looking for “a few good men”.
 
SENIOR FITNESS: Michael Lee  88mlee@gmail.com
Lately we’ve been working on ab strengthening and balance exercises. We meet on Zoom on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 9:00am.
 
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY: Joe Velson  jvelson@gmail.com
The STEM group has changed its name to Science & Technology. We are asking for your participation in a survey to help us grow our membership and to guide us in focusing on topics of interest to you. You can find a link to the survey at:
Our next Zoom meeting is scheduled for October 13. Details of that meeting as well as materials from past sessions can also be found on our webpage.
 
TENNIS: George Kibler  glkibler@gmail.com
We play 3 times each week at Athan Downs Park on Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting at 8am.
 
TRAVEL: Ron Knibbs  r.knibbs@comcast.net & Tan Matosian  tgmat54@gmail.com
Our trip to the Columbia/Snake River is on and we are looking forward to a great river cruise in May, 2022. I am scratching the surface for other opportunities that are no brainers, like a SF/Alaska/SF cruise in 2022. That is a Princess cruise from SF which means no flights are involved. Contact Ron or Tan for more info.
 
WINE: Mike Sorensen  msorensen.us@gmail.com
This is one of the best times of the year; watching the beginning of the grape harvest with all the potential that will go into a bottle.  We have switched things up a little bit, we are now having Zoom Happy Hours the second, third and fourth Wednesdays of the month.  The change, we are now enjoying each other’s company on the first Wednesday of the month in combination with “Lunch in the Park”. 
The end of August we had a challenge for our Zoom call, find a red blend under $15. It was surprising the number of wines folks said they would buy again.  September was, bring a picnic wine – we had wines all over the board with many worthy of buying again.  Last week we focused on a GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mouvedre), a lovely blend.  There were several Friday wines among the wines tasted that afternoon, each of them under twenty dollars..   
If you need some guy time….this is the place.  Wine has a way of introducing topics with great fanfare. You are invited to join us Wednesday 4PM at this zoom address: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87912238270?pwd=WVlHalNPay94clU2Mm96MG5QNTZNZz09
 
For more information about any activity, sign onto the Activities page of our website at SIR128.com.
 
If you have activity updates or if you're interested in helping to form a new activity group please let me know at any time.
 
 


HERE'S YOUR ACTIVITY REPORT FOR AUGUST 2021
 
NEW ACTIVITY: Lunch in the Park  John Noll  john @coastal-mktg.com
Bring your own brown bag lunch and beverage of choice for lunchtime socialization, conversation and fun.   September 1, 2021 11:30am – 1:30pm.  Location:  Hap Magee Park in Danville (off La Gonda Way, next to 680.  Map it.).  First get together is this September 1st.  Please join your friends and buddies for a good social event – outdoors!  Then, put it on your calendar – every 1st Wednesday of the month. No need to sign up, just show up!
 
BOCCE: Truman Howard  truman.howard@gmail.com
Members of Sirs 128 San Ramon Valley are playing Bocce every Monday, at Sycamore Park in Danville, arrival time —9:15AM. Our plan is to play every Monday until the rain starts in December. Bocce is a game developed in Italy, it is lots of fun, very low stress with some competitiveness. If you have never played the game, just show up. We have tutors on every court to teach you the game.
 
AM BOOK CLUB: Al Hudock aahu@astound.net
The AM Book Group continues its meeting at Oak Hill Park. Next meeting second Monday in September 9/13 9:30 AM reviewing FREEDOM by Sebastian Junger who examines the tension that lies at the heart of what it means to be human.   Interested in joining the discussion or finding out more about our group, contact me @ aahu@astound.net.
 
PM BOOK CLUB: Paul Sheckler  pk7sheck@sbcglobal.net
The evening book club, now deep into its second decade of meeting, has finished  monthly Zoom meetings and is now back into in person meetings at member homes.  Did not miss a beat during Covid restrictions.  We will meet at the home of Jim Hanafee in August to discuss Franklin and Washington, a book which gives an intimate look at how these great American leaders together navigated with wile, strength and wisdom the founding and foundation of  our country, through times of war with England and the difficult path to democracy.  In September Bill Buhl will host discussion of Premonition by Michael Lewis.
We do have one opening for a new member.  Please call me at 925-820-5391 if interested.  I can answer your questions and give assistance.
 
BOOK CLUB #3: Denny Hintz  dennyhintz@gmail.com
Book Club 3 is reading "Pacific Crucible" by Ian W. Toll which is about the first months of the WWII. We will meet on Zoom Wednesday August 25th at 3pm to discuss.  
Our next book is "Hero of the Empire" about Winston Churchill, written by Candice Millard.  We welcome new member Bob Gilroy to our book group.
 
BOWLING: John Monahan  johnmon596@yahoo.com
SIR bowling tournaments have started and the schedule for the remainder of 2021 is noted on the SIR website.   
 
BRIDGE: Bob Colbourn  r1colbourn@sbcglobal.net
On Hold.
 
COOKING: John Noll  john@coastal-mktg.com
Back on hold until the Covid Crisis clears.  (You can say 12+ guys standing elbow-to-elbow, talking, preparing food is a recipe for covid disaster!)   We want to be safe.
 
CYCLING: Bill Corbett  wc1894@gmail.com
In August we have gone on 4 rides for 99 miles.  Also, this month,  SIR146 (Walnut Creek) has joined us for two rides.  Anticipate more rides with them in the future.
Monday 8-23 our cycling group will be attending the Bike Turnout Ceremony in Mount Diablo State Park at 10:00 A.M. in Danville.
 
DINE-IN: John Noll  john @coastal-mktg.com
We are resuming a Dine-In at the Buhl’s on August 27th with a Backyard BBQ.  Covid compliant – all vaccinated and masks inside, but we will be outside.
 
DINE-OUT: Jim Quon  askquon@yahoo.com
Dine Out is now suspended until further notice. 
 
FANTASY FOOTBALL: Dan Poulin  dan.poulin@comcast.net
Player drafts for both the $$$ and POINTS leagues have been set for September 3rd with competition scheduled to begin with the NFL league 1st game on September 9th. You can follow the results throughout the season by checking out the activity web page which will post weekly updates.
 
FISHING: Pedro Contreras  petjan@pacbell.net
The fishing group held its annual auction on 7/22. The auction raises funds for the groups annual functions such as the Christmas dinner and summer barbecue. Speaking of barbecue it will be held on 8/15 at the home of Brion Beetz secretary of the fishing group. On a side note, the Quail Lodge in Plumas County was lost to the Dixie Fire. The Quail Lodge was base camp for biannual fishing trips to Lake Almanor. The lodge is owned by John and Deb Crotty who are wonderful hosts for the fishing group. John arranged all the guiding on the lake for the group. At the next meeting discussions will be held regarding how the fishing group might be able to assist the area. Members are fishing for salmon with mixed results. The mantra being “should have been there yesterday”. Still a lot of fun! The annual long range trip out of San Diego will begin 9/2. Four members are participating in this adventure.
 
FRIDAY MONTHLY BREAKFAST: Fred Pourmirzaie  fpourm@gmail.com
The monthly Friday Breakfasts at Black Bear Diner are being postponed indefinitely.
 
COUPLES GOLF: John Kent  johnkent818@gmail.com
Couples Golf plays at 9-hole course at Las Positas in Livermore on August 19th at 10am.  Lunch after at Beebs. Registration is on the website now.
 
GOLF 9-HOLE: Bo Brummett  carolnbo@comcast.net
The 9-hole group has been busy traveling to new 9 hole courses on some Fridays. A group of us played Mission Hills Hayward recently and enjoyed the course. We played Diablo Hills last Friday. It is a good course to either walk or share a cart. Some of us had lunch afterwards at the restaurant and found the food good with great service.
 
GOLF TUESDAY 18-HOLE: Dan Poulin  dan.poulin@comcast.net
The group played Wente, Corica Park, Metropolitan, and Chardonnay over the past month, as well as, the group's annual 4-club tournament held at Dublin Ranch GC on August 10th. Robert Caviglia successfully defended his title as gross score champion with guest Jim Buhl taking 1st place as our net score champion. Details of this event can be found on the activity web page for this group. Details are available on our web site for this event, as well as, our schedule for upcoming outings.
 
GOLF THURSDAY: Jim Briggs  jim.briggs824@gmail.com
Thursday golf continues to offer an opportunity for 16 golfers each Thursday at local course.
We have not filled all 16 spots most weeks so contact Jim for a fun round of golf!
 
HIKING: Bob Turner  urnerta@att.net
On August 27th we will hike Crocket Hills in Crockett. We will check the air quality and temperature forecast on the Monday before to decide if we move to a location that is along Carquinez Straits that is a bit cooler than the planned hike.
 
INVESTING: Mike Levine michael.levine@sbcglobal.net
On Wednesday, August 25 the SIR128 Investment Group will review the results of a survey about insurance. The objective of the meeting is to draw attention to the fact that after Taxes and Housing, Insurances may be one of the largest fixed expenditures a retired couple might have....and by exchanging information among ourselves, perhaps some savings can result for some of them. To receive emails about upcoming Zoom meetings, members need to check off the box "Investments" on their member Profile.
 
METROPOLITAN OPERA: Rich Vivrette  r.vivrette@am-alarm.com
On hold.
 
MOVIES: Bob Lyons  rlyons1009@sbcglobal.net
On hold.
 
PICKLE BALL: Oskar Nadjari  oskar11@comcast.net
Pickleball is getting back as before. There are more places to play with a certain percentage of players that are allowed in for now. Hopefully more still will be opening up as the state and counties allow. I am calling weekly to see if more places open up for play. Stay tuned.
 
POKER GROUP 1: Robert Caviglia  rcaviglia827@comcast.net
Poker Group 1 continues to meet  at 7 pm on the 1st Monday of each month. We focus on fun and socialization with a bit of poker mixed in. Strictly low stakes games.
NOTE: both Poker Groups are currently full----if you're interested in forming or being part of a 3rd Poker Group, please reach out to Robert Caviglia at rcaviglia827@comcast.net.
 
POKER GROUP 2: Ken Sterba  designpro2@hotmail.com
Postponed until further notice.
 
SENIOR FITNESS: Michael Lee  88mlee@gmail.com
Lately we’ve been working on core strength, losing belly fat and balance exercises. We meet on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 9:00am.
 
STEM: Joe Velson  jvelson@gmail.com
The STEM Group is working on a survey to help identify topics that would be of broader interest to our membership. You should see an email asking for your participation in the next few weeks.
 
TENNIS: George Kibler  glkibler@gmail.com
A group of about 10 players start at 7am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Central Park in San Ramon.
 
TRAVEL: Ron Knibbs  r.knibbs@comcast.net & Tan Matosian  tgmat54@gmail.com
Currently planning a 7-day cruise on the Snake River through Oregon and Washington in May of 2022. Contact Tan or Ron for more info.
 
WINE FELLOWSHIP: Mike Sorensen  msorensen.us@gmail.com
Can you believe another month has come and gone?  We continue to enjoy everyone’s contributions during our Zoom happy hours, every Wednesday at 4pm.  You don’t know what you are missing until you log in and join us…it is never dull.  Our theme for 7/21 was Granche, we had a number of very nice wines that were well priced.  Our 7/28 theme was finding a unique named red wine, such as Blaufrankish (yea, I have never heard of it either), Tannat, Petit Verdot, Cinsault, Nebbiolo and others – there were some Saturday wines that afternoon.  Then on 8/4 was Zinfandel at the BBQ – enjoyed all that I tasted at the event.  Last week, it was hot so we had white wines, with a little label humor from Mitchel Katz Winery.  We also learned whites sometimes do not age well….
Join us any Wednesday, except the first Wednesday of the month, on Zoom.  The first Wednesday of the month we are getting together for lunch at the park with a bit of wine – yes, Danville allows us to enjoy lunch and wine. 
 
For more information about any activity, sign onto the Activities page of our website at SIR128.com.
 
If you have activity updates please let me know at any time.


HERE'S YOUR MID-JULY 2021 ACTIVITY REPORT
 
BOCCE: Truman Howard  truman.howard@gmail.com
Members of Sirs 128 San Ramon Valley are playing Bocce every Monday, at Sycamore Park in Danville, arrival time —9:15AM. Our plan is to play every Monday until the rain starts in December. Bocce is a game developed in Italy, it is lots of fun, very low stress with some competitiveness. If you have never played the game, just show up. We have tutors on every court to teach you the game.
 
BOOK CLUB AM: Al Hudock aahu@astound.net
We will be discussing PREMONITION: THE PANDEMIC STORY when we meet again August 2nd at Oak Hill Park.  If you are interested in joining a book group that meets in the AM on the first Monday of each month give Al Hudock a call (925-937-1783) or e-mail him (aahu@astound.net).
 
BOOK CLUB PM: Paul Sheckler  pk7sheck@sbcglobal.net
The evening book club selection for August 17th was chosen by Jim Hanafee is "Franklin and Washington" by Edward J. Larson.
There is space in our book club for one new member.   If interested in joining, contact Paul Sheckler.
 
BOOK CLUB #3: Denny Hintz  dennyhintz@gmail.com
Book Club 3 is currently reading "The River of Doubt" by Candice Millard and will review it Wednesday July 21st at 3pm. It is about Teddy Roosevelt exploring an uncharted river in the Amazon in 1914 after his two terms as President. Our next book for August is "Pacific Crucible" by Ian W. Toll. Please contact Denny if interested to join Book Club 3. 
 
BOWLING: John Monahan  johnmon596@yahoo.com
The bowling committee has been meeting via zoom and discussing possible procedures to be implemented when bowling will again be started.  These recommendations will be forwarded to the SIR Executive Committee for their advice and approval.  SIR organized bowling will not restart without approval of the SIR Executive Committee.   
 
BRIDGE: Bob Colbourn  r1colbourn@sbcglobal.net
We thought we would be given the green light this month, but have been told, like the launches, we are on hold. It looks like sometime next year.  Things are what they are.  Everybody stay safe.
 
COOKING: John Noll  john@coastal-mktg.com
We are back and running strong. We enjoyed a summer-cookout style dinner with 25 hearty souls this past Thursday evening. Check out the recipes on the website. And, we look forward to our next get together in August – Thursday, the 19th to be exact. Watch the Rooster for details.
 
CYCLING: Bill Corbett  wc1894@gmail.com
During the first 2 weeks of July, we have gone in 5 rides for a total of 138 miles including Mt. Diablo on July 19th.
 
DINE-IN: John Noll  john@coastal-mktg.com
The four couples are restarting having dinners together at each other’s homes.  If interested in starting a dine in group give John Noll a call or email. 
 
DINE-OUT: Jim Quon  askquon@yahoo.com
The next event will be on Thursday July 22nd at 6:00 PM at Brava Garden Eatery in Pleasanton. Reservations will be taken up until Tuesday, July 20 or until we reach 30, whichever comes first.
 
FANTASY FOOTBALL: Dan Poulin  dan.poulin@comcast.net
Fantasy Football:  Our leagues have been reactivated but will remain open for new players through the end of July. The $$$ league has 12 returning players but open to add 2 more players ($75 prize pool donation)! Our POINTS league has 6 returning players but will welcome up to 6 more players ($25 prize pool donation). Contact Dan Poulin asap if you are interested in participating. We have also renewed our BEGINNERS league this year for those of you that are curious about how it works. This league does not have an entry fee. Additional details are available on the web site. Contact Dan Poulin asap if you are interested in participating.
 
FISHING: Pedro Contreras  petjan@pacbell.net
The fishing group is conducting regular in-person meetings at the Legends Bar and Grill every 4th Thursday of the month at 0830. This month is the group’s annual silent auction/fund raiser. Funds raised are used to help pay for the annual Barbecue and Christmas dinner along with gifts for fish masters. The annual barbecue for members and their significant others is scheduled for August. It’s salmon season and reports have been hit and miss. Winds have made fishing tough for members with their own boats.
 
FRIDAY MONTHLY BREAKFAST: Fred Pourmirzaie  fpourm@gmail.com
The monthly Friday Breakfasts at Black Bear Diner are being postponed indefinitely.
 
COUPLES GOLF: John Kent  johnkent818@gmail.com
Couples Golf will be playing at Las Positas in Livermore on Thursday, July 22, starting at 10 AM.  Lunch will be at the golf course restaurant immediately following the round.  Registration is on the website now.
 
GOLF 9-HOLE: Bo Brummett  carolnbo@comcast.net
We now have 3 starting times on Tuesdays and Fridays starting at 9:00, 9:07 and 9:15 and we have two new members.  We are also starting to play travel courses once in a while on Fridays.  The travel courses are Dublin Ranch, San Ramon, Diablo Hills, and Marina.
 
GOLF TUESDAY 18-HOLE: Dan Poulin  dan.poulin@comcast.net
The group has been very busy over this mid-summer period with play at Las Positas, Blue Rock Springs, Diablo Creek, and the Oakhurst Country Club. The special outing to Oakhurt Country Club included 47 players - a new high for his season! Overall, the group played close to 130 rounds at these 4 courses. Coming up over the next 5 weeks - Wente, Corica Park, Metropolitan, Dublin Ranch and Chardonnay. Time is running out to sign up for the annual 4-club tournament scheduled on August 10th at Dublin Ranch. The $60 entry fee includes lunch, golf and prizes. There is also time to sign-up for the special Jim Powers Memorial Lunch/golf event scheduled for Rossmoor on Monday, August 23rd.  Details available on our web site.
 
GOLF THURSDAY: Jim Briggs jim.briggs824@gmail.com
Thursday golf continues to offer an opportunity for 16 golfers each Thursday at local course.
We have not filled all 16 spots most weeks so contact Jim for a fun round of golf!
 
HIKING: Bob Turner  urnerta@att.net
Our next hike is July 30 at Coyote Hills on San Francisco Bay. This hike includes a portion of the Bay Trail as well a trip up to the view point providing unobstructed views.
 
INVESTING: Mike Levine michael.levine@sbcglobal.net
We will meet by Zoom on Wednesday, July 28 at 1:30 PM to discuss the potential risks to COVID Recovery as well as the Role of the Fed like:
-higher inflation on a sustained basis.
- “peak liquidity” is fast approaching, with elevated rates of federal deficit spending on the decline and the Fed beginning discussions in the coming months to end quantitative easing.
-the 10-year Treasury yield could go as high as 2.5%-3.0% in the coming quarters if higher inflation and tighter monetary policy are realized, and real rates could turn positive.
These are likely to lead to a challenging operating environment for many kinds of companies although cyclicals, financials, and companies with pricing power can perform well amid such a background.
 
METROPOLITAN OPERA: Rich Vivrette  r.vivrette@am-alarm.com
Just a reminder that Carmen will be playing on Wednesday, July 28th. This is a replay of the January, 2010, performance with Elina Garanca and Robarto Alagna in one of the best renditions of Carmen I’ve seen. Incredible raw emotion. Carmen ranks #4 among the best operas, 5th with men and 3rd with seniors. It has 5 arias which are in the top 100 opera hits. There will be two shows, one at 1:00pm and one at 6:30pm. Summer Encores do not have intermissions so this presentation will run about 40 minutes shorter than the season performances, about 3 hours.
These are all in-theater presentations. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.
 
MOVIES: Bob Lyons  rlyons1009@sbcglobal.net
I’m still reluctant to restart this activity for two reasons:
- Restaurants are still discouraging large groups.
- The quality of movies in the theater is terrible.
 
Since the best movies are generally released on the fall, I’ll reevaluate in the next few months.
 
PICKLE BALL: Oskar Nadjari  oskar11@comcast.net
Pickleball is getting back as before. There are more places to play with a certain percentage of players that are allowed in for now. Hopefully more still will be opening up as the state and counties allow. I am calling weekly to see if more places open up for play. Stay tuned.
 
POKER GROUP 1: Robert Caviglia  rcaviglia827@comcast.net
Our Sirs poker group continues to play on the 1st Monday of each month at 7pm. This is "small stakes poker" and very little money is exchanged at night's end.  Our get togethers are more social in nature and everyone has a fun time. If interested in getting more information, please reach out to Robert at 925-640-8077.
 
POKER GROUP 2: Ken Sterba  designpro2@hotmail.com
We are actively back playing once a month. Still looking for “a few good men”.
 
SENIOR FITNESS: Michael Lee  88mlee@gmail.com
Lately we’ve been working on strength and balance exercises. We will be meeting on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 9:00am starting in August.
 
STEM: Joe Velson  jvelson@gmail.com
Taking a break and looking for interesting new topics to cover.
 
TENNIS: George Kibler  glkibler@gmail.com
We play 3 times each week at Athan Downs Park on Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting at 8am.
 
TRAVEL: Ron Knibbs  r.knibbs@comcast.net & Tan Matosian  tgmat54@gmail.com
Currently planning a 7-day cruise on the Snake River through Oregon and Washington in May of 2022. Contact Tan or Ron for more info.
 
WINE: Mike Sorensen  msorensen.us@gmail.com
Good day to all you wine lovers.  We are all looking forward to getting back together for some real face time.  Until then, we will use Zoom to socialize for an hour every Wednesday. We continue to  travel via Total Wines, Trader Joe’s, Costco, and Bevmo to enjoy wines from Washington and Oregon.  As the wine industry in Washington and Oregon continues to mature and grow, the quality continues to improve.  Only out of Oregon will you find a winery called “Hand Grenades and Horseshoes” (proverb Being nearly successful or accurate is not the same as being successful or accurate; being close to achieving something does not provide any benefit.)  Based on the tasting notes, they are still playing horseshoes. 
 
First week of July was a Meritage tasting (A Red Meritage is a blend of two or more of the red "noble" Bordeaux varieties - Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot and the rarer St. Macaire, Gros Verdot and Carmenère.) In simple terms, Meritage is a marketing term created in Napa that is proprietary and is losing its popularity as wineries dream up their own names to bypass the licensing cost associated with use of the name Meritage. Now you know more than you wanted to.  Moving on. Since one of members who does not like Cabernet Franc was on vacation, we had a tasting of Cabernet Franc tasting in Mid-July. Based on the tasting notes, the younger the vintage, the poorer the scoring was.  Those bottles with 5+ years in the bottle scored very well.  Is there something to be learned here?
 
We look forward to seeing all of you August 4 at the SIR’s BBQ.  This event we are focusing on Zinfandel as the wine of the afternoon.  Finding an Ancient vine or Old vine Zinfandel will be quiet satisfactory for the day.
 
Join us Wednesday afternoons at 4pm at this zoom address
 
 
For more information about any activity, sign onto the Activities page of our website at SIR128.com.
 
Also, if you have activity updates please let me know at any time.
 
Michael Lee
Activity Reporter