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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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Website: http://gourmetwalks.com/
Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017
Time: 11:00 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 ?

 

Kala

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 www.pbknca.org 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 www.pbknca.org 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

Asilomar

“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

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Asilomar Chair, Deirdre Frontczak


Visit to Takara Sake USA in Berkeley
SakeSaturday, March 17, 2018

This event is one that we’ve been trying for years to arrange, and finally, Takara is able to accommodate us.  Our visit will include Takara’s tasting room where we will learn about the different sakes; and also the Sake Museum which includes an exhibit of the historical sake-making process, sake artifacts and implements collected by Takara Sake USA, and a history of sake-making in America. The collection is the only one of its kind in the U.S.A.
Date:   Saturday, March 17, 2018  
Time:  1:00 pm          
Minimum:      12 Maximum: 18
Deadline:        March 3, 2018
Fee:                 $15.00 per person

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Directions:      Takara is located at 708 Addison Street in Berkeley. 
From South (San Francisco) on I-80
Take the University Ave. exit. Turn right at the first traffic light, to 6th St. Go one block, and turn right at Addison St. Takara Sake is two blocks down, on the left, at 708 Addison St. 20 minutes drive from San Francisco.
From North (Sacramento) on I-80
Take the University Ave. exit. Turn right at ramp, to University Ave. Turn right at the first traffic light, to 6th St. Go one block, and turn right at Addison St. Takara Sake is two blocks down, on the left, at 708 Addison St. 70 minutes drive from Sacramento.


Silent Film San Francisco—We Tour the Locations Used in the Days before the “Talkies”
Saturday, April 14, 2018

ChaplinDescription: Going back over 125 years, San Francisco provided the settings for hundreds of silent films & starring the Chaplins, Valentinos, Pickfords and more.  We will walk through the Barbary Coast, Chinatown and the Financial District and Union Square.  Along the way we’ll learn about the eccentrics, the stars, and the barriers filmmakers faced, and the greatest scandal of the silent era.
 
Note:  We will start at the southeast corner of Pacific Avenue and Kearny Street -- across from “The Station” cafe.

        Date:                   Saturday, April 14, 2018       
        Time:                  11:00 am
        Minimum:          12        Maximum:     18
        Deadline:            April 4, 2018
        Fee:                     $18.00

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Wolf cruise

Mediterranean Wine Cruise with Burt Wolf!
SEPTEMBER 23 - 30, 2018

Some years ago we offered PBKNCA’s first “International” program event.  Fifteen of us joined Burt Wolf of PBS’s “Travels & Traditions” show in Prague and with him, toured via bus and river boat from there to Budapest.  Also with Burt, we’ve since “river boated” Portugal, France (Paris to Barcelona and the Bordeaux wine region) and now, to celebrate Burt’s milestone birthday, we’ll be joining him in the western Mediterranean.

Sign on now while good cabins are available!  We’ve been offered a chance to take a fantastic trip and at the same time, make a contribution to PBKNCA’s scholarship fund as Burt will donate $300 for each of us and each of our guests who join him on this wonderful experience.

Don’t delay—having a great time while doing a good thing can’t be beat!

HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU BIRTHDAY CRUISE WITH TELEVISION JOURNALIST BURT WOLF & LETTUCE ENTERTAIN YOU WINE EXPERT RICHARD HANAUER

ROME TO MARSEILLE
SEPTEMBER 23 - 30, 2018

September 28th, 2018 will mark Burt’s 80th Birthday. So Burt and his friend Richard Hanauer, one of the world’s most respected sommeliers, are celebrating with a cruise from Rome to Marseille with stops in Florence, Elba, Monte Carlo, and St. Tropez. It’s also a cruise to raise funds for the Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association. Richard will be conducting tastings and classes on Italian and French wines, and Burt will be drinking and presiding as Master of the Revels. We hope you will join them!

DATE PORT ARRIVAL TIME DEPARTURE TIME
23 SEPTEMBER 2018, SUNDAY ROME / CIVITAVECCHIA, ITALY 6PM
24 SEPTEMBER 2018, MONDAY ELBA / PORTOFERRAIO, ITALY 8AM 6PM
25 SEPTEMBER 2018, TUESDAY FLORENCE / LIVORNO, ITALY 7AM 7PM
26 SEPTEMBER 2018, WEDNESDAY LA SPEZIA, ITALY 7AM 6PM
27 SEPTEMBER 2018, THURSDAY MONTE CARLO, MONACO (OVERNIGHT) 7AM  
28 SEPTEMBER 2018, FRIDAY MONTE CARLO, MONACO   12MIDNIGHT
29 SEPTEMBER 2018, SATURDAY ST-TROPEZ, FRANCE 8AM 6PM
30 SEPTEMBER 2018, SUNDAY MARSEILLE, FRANCE 5AM  
       

WHY CRYSTAL CRUISES
Burt tested five cruise companies before deciding on the Crystal Serenity. Then - he cruised on the
Crystal Serenity two more times, just to be sure.
* The Crystal Serenity is a mid-sized ship, big enough to sail along the coast of the Mediterranean,
but small enough to allow a sense of community for our group.
* Offers a wide-selection of restaurants, including the best Nobu on land or sea.
* Fully equipped gym and Spa facilities.
* Well thought-out land excursions.
* A top management that understands and meets the expectations of their guests.
* An onboard crew that is skilled at their jobs and have a great attitude.
* Excellent value for the price.

Contact Judy Hardardt at hardardtj@gmail.com for more information

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