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November – December Happenings

We have several events coming up in November and December that we are excited to share with you.

Upcoming Events

I hope you will take the opportunity to gather together with us as a group during the holiday season. These events are a great way to get to know each other better while giving back to the community.

December Program: Adopt-A-Family Cookie Exchange

O’Come share in the sweetness of the season! It’s a cookie swap!

There will be coffee and tea, cookie decorating and sampling.  Gift boxes of cookies will be made up for the 40 families on our Adopt a Family list.  Please bring 4 dozen of your favorite homemade cookies and leave with at least 2 dozen cookies of different varieties and knowing you’ve made the day of a family who might not be able to bake their own holiday treats.

Let’s aim for variety, easily transported, tasty cookies.

Please email your cookie recipe to nancyscherger@yahoo.com and we will share the recipes with you – you might just find a new family favorite after all!

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December Women, Wine and Wit Book Club: The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Join us for a fun and lively book/movie discussion. This book club focuses on books that have been made into films. If you don’t have time to read the book, just watch the movie!  Then come on over for a relaxing evening of wine, dessert, and good conversation.

Event Details

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Book Club Chair, Archana, at archana.p.mehta@gmail.com. Feel free to bring wine or your favorite drink, but don’t feel compelled to every time.

In December, we’re reading The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. About the book: 

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

January Afternoon Book Club: Waking Up White by Debby Irving

Join us for a potluck lunch and lively discussion. Newcomers, new members are invited and most welcome!

Event Details

Please RSVP to Jen and bring a potluck dish to share.

This month we’re reading Waking Up White by Debby Irving.  About the book:

For twenty-five years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. As a colleague and neighbor, she worried about offending people she dearly wanted to befriend. As an arts administrator, she didn’t understand why her diversity efforts lacked traction. As a teacher, she found her best efforts to reach out to students and families of color left her wondering what she was missing. Then, in 2009, one “aha!” moment launched an adventure of discovery and insight that drastically shifted her worldview and upended her life plan. In Waking Up White, Irving tells her often cringe-worthy story with such openness that readers will turn every page rooting for her-and ultimately for all of us.

December Afternoon Book Club: The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson

Join us for a potluck lunch and lively discussion on December 20th. Newcomers, new members are invited and most welcome!

Event Details

Please RSVP to Jen and bring a potluck dish to share.

This month we’re reading The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson.  About the book:

Performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang dedicated themselves to making great art. But when an artist’s work lies in subverting normality, it can be difficult to raise well-adjusted children. Just ask Buster and Annie Fang. For as long as they can remember, they starred (unwillingly) in their parents’ madcap pieces. But now that they are grown up, the chaos of their childhood has made it difficult to cope with life outside the fishbowl of their parents’ strange world.

When the lives they’ve built come crashing down, brother and sister have nowhere to go but home, where they discover that Caleb and Camille are planning one last performance -– their magnum opus -– whether the kids agree to participate or not. Soon, ambition breeds conflict, bringing the Fangs to face the difficult decision about what’s ultimately more important: their family or their art.

volunteer-652383_640-300x225Please consider being a host or hostess at one of our biggest fundraisers of the year.

All we ask is for a commitment of 2 hours, in a beautiful home to welcome guests. There will still be plenty of time before or after your shift to view the other homes on the tour and you will be an honored guest at our after party at the Mountain Lakes Club. Your help makes this the wonderful event that it is.

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