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Key ConnectionsSave the Date for the PBK Association of Northern California's Key Connections celebration and welcome event for new members and members new to the area!  Moderator George Anders, contributing editor of Forbes and author of You Can Do Anything, will lead a panel discussion on the value of Phi Beta Kappa as a career tool.


When: Sunday, September 10, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Where:Plug and Play Tech Center, 440 N Wolfe Road, Sunnyvale
Cost: Free! Appetizers and drinks will be provided

For more information on Sunnyvale, please click here


San Francisco
Note: San Francisco is sold out, but we have created a waiting list. Sign up, you have a good chance of getting in, or consider Sunnyvale.

When: Thursday, September 7, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where: PARISOMA, 169 11th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Cost: Free! Appetizers and drinks will be provided

For more information on San Francisco, please click here


About the Phi Beta Kappa Association of Northern California

The Northern California Association of Phi Beta Kappa is the active alumni organization for Phi Beta Kappa members living in Northern California. With Association membership, the Phi Beta Kappa Key becomes more than a past award; it becomes the key that admits its holder to an organization which fosters scholarship and teaching excellence in the colleges and universities in Northern California. Membership also provides continuing intellectual stimulation and socialization opportunities through the various activities organized and sponsored by the Association. Learn more at

About the Phi Beta Kappa Key Connections Events

On September 7-10, Phi Beta Kappa will launch Key Connections, a new event series designed to welcome recent Phi Beta Kappa members, in at least 20 cities across the country. Hosted by Phi Beta Kappa alumni associations, these events will offer recently inducted and young professional members a chance to network with their peers and get to know other Phi Beta Kappa members in their community. Local associations provide an opportunity to expand professional connections, take advantage of cultural opportunities, learn about a wide array of topics in engaging and creative ways, and give back through scholarship programs and other activities. Learn more and see all participating cities at 

The Key Connections event is a great opportunity to connect with Phi Beta Kappa members in the San Francisco area.
We hope to see you there!

Bread—the Staff of Life—Exclusive Class with an Extraordinary Master Bread Baker

Bread- The Staff of LifeSaturday, September 16, 2017 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

What an experience this will be for us! Starting bright and early, we will meet at Judy Hardardt’s home in Davis where we will have the chance to not just learn how to bake a loaf of bread, but to “hands-on” make and bake several different kinds of bread with master baker Chris Kenber. Lunch will include the pizza that we start making in the morning. By the end of the day, we’ll be going home with freshly baked souvenirs. What more could we possibly ask for other than freshly-churned butter to go with our breads? Come hungry!

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Date:               Saturday, September 16, 2017   
Time:              9:30 am to 3:00 pm
Minimum:      8         
Maximum:      10                   
Deadline:        August 18, 2017
Fee:                 $45.00

Directions:      From the Bay area, take I-80 East to Richards Blvd exit. At the end of the exit, turn left and move into the right lane of Cowell Blvd. Continue straight ahead through three lights, and after the 3rd light, bear right at the next light onto Lillard. Drive past Peregrine School and a large sports field, and at the first stop sign, turn right onto Danbury. Take Danbury to the next stop sign, turn right onto Montgomery. Drive down Montgomery to the end and turn left onto Regatta Court. Judy’s driveway is the 3rd on the right and the house is set in quite a way back from the street. Address: 2527 Regatta Court, Davis, CA 95618. Phone number 530-297-7150. 

SHIPS AHOY! We Visit the California State University Maritime Academy in Vallejo

Friday, October 27, 2017 Deadline: October 14, 2017

Golden Bear- Maritime AcademyMost of us have been driving past CSUM for years but have never stopped. This is our chance to make up for that as we will be touring the Maritime Academy, founded in 1929 in Tiburon, including a visit to the ship Golden Bear. Our tour of the Academy, the only degree-granting maritime academy on the west coast of the U.S., will start with an orientation to the property and then we will be visiting key sites on the campus. Because our tour will include the Golden Bear, you will need to have some form of picture I.D. and you should wear shoes with rubber soles if possible. No open-toed sandals or high heels (we will be walking!) and equally important, there are steep stairways and high doorsills on the ship, so be prepared.
A campus map is available at the school’s web site:

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Date:               October 27, 2017
Time:              10:30 am (please arrive no later than 10:15 am for check-in)
Minimum:      8
Maximum:     20
Deadline:        October 14, 2017
Fee:                 $12.00 per person


From San Francisco/Oakland area, take I-80 toward Sacramento. Cross the Carquinez Bridge (use right toll lanes). The toll is $5.00. Immediately after toll, exit right onto Sonoma Blvd (Hwy. 29 and Exit 29A). Left at first stop light onto Maritime Academy Drive
Follow Maritime Academy Drive down onto campus 

From Marin, Sonoma, Napa area, take Highway 37 east and go through Vallejo, exit onto I-80 west toward San Francisco. Exit right at Exit 29 "Maritime Academy Drive" (watch carefully for the exit - a sign is missing. It is one exit past the Magazine Street Exit). Go to the stop light at Rt. 29 Sonoma Boulevard. Go straight across Sonoma Blvd (Hwy 29) onto Maritime Academy Drive and follow the road onto campus.

From Sacramento, Go west on I-80 toward San Francisco. Exit right at Exit 29 "Maritime Academy Drive" (watch carefully for the exit - a sign is missing. It is one exit past the Magazine Street Exit). Go to the stop light at Rt. 29 Sonoma Boulevard. Go straight across Sonoma Blvd (Hwy 29) onto Maritime Academy Drive and follow the road onto campus.

The San Francisco Gourmet Chocolate Tour

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 11 a.m. Deadline November 10, 2017

Chocolate tour“Exercise is a dirty word. Every time I hear it I wash my mouth out with chocolate.”
What a great excuse to eat chocolate and say you’re doing your Christmas shopping! If you love fine chocolate, join us in San Francisco for a private Chocolate Tour with Gourmet Walks! Our guides will take us on a delicious 2 ½-hour walking and tasting tour of the city's best chocolate makers. We'll learn about how fine chocolate is made, understand its health benefits and see the latest trends from bean to bar. We'll visit seven different gourmet chocolate boutiques in downtown San Francisco, and taste a variety of bars, bon-bons and hot chocolate. Since the days of the Gold Rush, San Francisco has had a love affair with chocolate and is now at the center of the new wave of artisan chocolatiers, experimenting with high quality beans, new production methods, exotic fillings and breathtaking packaging. Come find out why!

And, we will also get "Chocolate Lover Cards" to use on future chocolate shopping trips! Including Christmas shopping! What a sacrifice….

Our tour leaves at 11 am sharp. We will meet in front of the main entrance of Crystal Jade, 4 Embarcadero Center, Lobby Level (near the intersection of Drumm St. and Sacramento St. Look for the tour guide with her umbrella! If you have any problems finding us, please call Judy Hardardt at 707-696-9498.

The tour will last 2 ½  – 3 hours and will end at Westfield Centre. Parking is available in Embarcadero Center, as well as the Ferry Building parking lots. BART’s a good option as well! Consider bringing the following: comfortable walking shoes, umbrella, water, and an appetite – try not to eat too much before the tour! Optional: tote bag to carry extra chocolate

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Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017
Time: 11:30 am
Minimum: 12
Maximum: ??
Fee: $70.00

Deadline: November 10, 2017

We Visit Berkeley’s Kala Art Institute

Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, 11:00 am to ?



The Kala Art Institute is located in the old Heinz factory at San Pablo and Ashby Ave. in Berkeley. A large non-profit institution providing space for artists to do their work, Kala is best known for print-making facilities, specializing in various forms of printmaking. They also provide art services to the public schools and summer art camps for kids, and they offer various art courses for the public. Showcasing the work of various artists in their exhibition space, Kala has a library of artworks demonstrating the techniques currently being used by artists these days as well as selling works of art by local artists. Our tour will last about an hour and will include the current exhibition and a demonstration of art done using different techniques. Kala occupies a large and interesting loft in the building, filled with a variety of print making devices, from digital printing and other printmaking techniques.


Optional demonstrations of different print making techniques are available at an additional cost of $10 per person. This, the first option, will involve having an artist demonstrate one of the following techniques: etching, screen printing, letterpress, woodcut or intaglio, and digital printing. Over and above that, if we want, for an additional $10 per attendee Kala will provide two demonstrations - screen printing and letterpress. The first option must be satisfied before we can move onto the second one.

More details will be posted at as they become available.


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Date:               Saturday, January 20, 2018

Time:              11:00 am to ?

Minimum: 10. Maximum: 20

Deadline:        January 5, 2018

Fee:                 $15.00

Directions:      Kala is located at 2990 San Pablo Ave. in Berkeley. Ample parking is available and if using BART, it is approximately 1 mile from the Ashby BART station. Check for additional directions details.


By Car:

To reach the gallery from Highway 80/580, exit at Ashby Avenue, continue East on Ashby to San Pablo Avenue. Take a left on San Pablo, heading North. Kala is located halfway down the block on the left side of the street, at 2990 San Pablo Ave. Parking: Non-metered spaces are available along San Pablo Ave as well as East on Heinz St. one block North of San Pablo Ave.


By Public Transit:

Take BART to 19th St. Oakland. On the street, catch the 72 or 72R AC Transit bus, ride it to the intersection of San Pablo and Ashby, and get off. OR, take BART to the Ashby station, walk or bike down Russell St. (parallel to Ashby one block north) to San Pablo Ave, and turn left to 2990 San Pablo Ave to reach the gallery.


Judy Hardardt, First Vice-President, Programs

The 32nd Annual Asilomar Conference is coming Feb 16 – 19, 2018


“If western culture is shown to be rich, it is because… it has tried to ‘dissolve’ harmful simplifications through inquiry and the critical mind.” – Umberto Eco

Get all the information here

Asilomar Chair, Deirdre Frontczak