Special Activity & Events Archive
The original TCHO Factory once only found on the Embarcadero in San Francisco has now expanded to a new facility in Berkeley. On the tour you will learn how TCHO has collaborated with farmers worldwide from West Africa, Haiti, the Caribbean to Madagascar to find new ways to create better cacao for better chocolate. They have installed 10 Flavor Labs around the world allowing their farmer partners to make chocolate from their own beans in order to understand how to improve their quality. TCHO Chocolate is used by some of the best chefs around the nation, and is used by Blue Bottle Coffee in their mochas and Salt & Straw in their vegan mint chocolate chip ice cream. You will be given a factory tour to see how they go from "bean-to-bar" and in the end be treated to the various flavors they produce.
NOTE: This Dine Out and the Wildflower Walk are separate events but designed to work together. You may sign up for one or both but you must register for each, independently.
This should be a really fun event! We hope to see you there!
Jim and Joyce
San Francisco Chinatown rose from the ashes of the 1906 earth-quake to evolve into a Chinese community holding fast to its traditions amid a rapidly changing cityscape. Discover the local alleys where this community has continued to flourish for over 150 years. Temples, dim sum, herbal apothecaries and jade jewel-ry shops all contribute to the vibrancy of this place, one of the oldest Chinese communities outside of China.
Our group gathered at the park's meeting area prior for our scheduled 1 pm tour start. Some brought and enjoyed picnic lunches before the start of the tour.
Eugene O'Neill was America's first great playwright, and the only American playwright to be honored with the Nobel Prize for Literature. He lived at Tao House in the hills above Danville from 1937-1944. It was here that O'Neill wrote his greatest and final plays, including Long Days Journey into Night, The Iceman Cometh, and A Moon for the Misbegotten, among others.
Long Day’s Journey is a memory play about the playwright's family when he was growing up in New London, CT. His father, James O'Neill, was a prominent actor; his mother - a former convent girl addicted to morphine after childbirth; and his carousing brother Jamie. All have dreams, ambitions and secrets that impact younger brother Eugene (named 'Edmund' in the play). Long Day’s Journey into Night is considered one of America's greatest dramas.
A limited number of reduced price seats were reserved for SIR members and guests for this special event sponsored by the Eugene O'Neill Foundation. Branch 128 was well represented.
Rosie the Riveter – WWII Home Front
National Historic Park Visit
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Rachel Dunn Chocolates - Sep 13, 2018
On Thursday, Sept 13th, 35 branch members and guests experienced a hands-on chocolate workshop making delicious American and French chocolates with acclaimed Chocolatier Michael Dunn. The 90 minute workshop began at 1:15 pm and many attendees expressed that "they and spouses had a wonderful time." Check out the newly trained chocolatiers of SIR Branch 128!
L to R: Greg Grebe, Dan & Sylvia Mahoney, Maureen & Herb Schreiber
L to R: Ron & Eileen Weston, Vernon Olson, Chris Whelan, Judy Holmes
L to R: Danny Basso, Bill Corbett, Frank O'Neill
Randy & Lorna Wong
- Climb to the Navigation Bridge and stand at the helm where captains bravely commanded this 900 foot long, 41,600 ton ship & visit the Combat Information Center (CIC)
- Stand on the flight deck and sense the thrill of aircraft being launched and recovered
- Take a close look at vintage aircraft and an authentic
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- Walk through Officer's quarters, crew's deck, medical spaces and other areas imagining what life was like on a floating city
The group enjoyed a docent lead tour of the Elephant Seals at Ano Nuevo State Park. Ano Nuevo State Park is between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz and is home to a large colony of Northern Elephant Seals. Seal activities, birthing and population counts vary widely from December through March, but are at their peak in early February. The walk is 3 miles,lasting 2.5 hours, and is considered moderate with varied terrain including sand dunes
Diablo Country Club
232 members and guests attended this annual event favorite! All enjoyed the tasty lunch that started with a spinach salad, followed by an entree of either grilled salmon, grilled chicken or ravioli. Dessert consisted of vanilla ice cream with a butterscotch sauce
HERITAGE GALLERY I Telling the Presidio Story
PASSAGE WAY I Beyond the Gates
MESA ROOM I Within these Walls
MORAGA HALL I The Life of the Post
SORRY IF YOU MISSED THIS VERY SPECIAL EVENT!
IT WAS AWESOME!!!
Sir Bob Denison led the efforts of a small team of volunteers to plan and execute a spectacular Celebration Lunch with a special menu, birthday cake, prizes, special guest entertainment, and much, much, much more…..
The wine was good and unlimited. The food was great as was the group. All-in-all, it was really fun and a great learning experience for those that were so inclined. Some just kicked back, relaxed and watched the action and sipped wine and had a great dinner! All for an incredibly low price of just $35! Everyone I talked to were thrilled with the experience all said they would like to do it, again! So, it looks like it will be an annual event. It might even be more than once a year.