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Reservations Closed for this event, but others below are available
Friday, June 14, 2019: UC Davis, World leading Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
(as well as the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, if you wish

As the top-ranked global leader in veterinary medicine, the UC Davis Veterinary Hospital treats more than 50,000 patients a year — from dogs and horses to mountain lions and iguanas. Their faculty, staff and students provide attentive and personalized care to each animal, understanding that it is a valued member of a family. Their world-renowned specialists have access to leading-edge equipment and technology, and are equipped to handle 34 clinical specialties. These include 24/7 emergency and critical care, cardiology, internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology,and surgery, among others. 

Our tour will be led by students in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. We will see the world's Number 1 veterinary hospital in full operation. 


Date-  Friday, June 14, 2019
NOTE TIME CHANGE-  Arrive 2:30 PM, tour starts 3:00 PM  
Deadline- Thursday, May 23rd.
Limit- 22 
Cost- $10

Location- UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
#1 Garrod Dr., Davis,CA
Parking information to be sent to sign-ups later on
For directions see:

Shrem MuseumThis is also an opportunity to visit the Manetti Shrem Art Museum at UC Davis, 254 Old Davis Rd, Davis, CA 95616 on your own after our tour. There is no admission fee.  It is open 12 noon-6 PM on the date of our tour.

See:  -especially for parking information

Sunday, July 21, 2019: Oakland Museum focus on Architecture

Experience OMCA’s remarkable mid-century modernist landmark building with the guidance of the Museum’s expert members of the Council on Architecture. This tour shares with you a few of the highlights of the incredible building, including views of Lake Merritt and downtown Oakland from atop a three-tiered roof garden, and the serene Koi Pond. It is a truly Californian indoor/outdoor landmark.

Built in 1969 with a design by Kevin Roche and landscaping by Dan Kiley, the Museum recently completed a major renovation and expansion project, overseen by San Francisco-based firm Mark Cavagnero Associates, which honors Roche and Kiley’s original vision of a vibrant urban park and public space.

Learn about the social times and urban planning concepts the architects (both structural and landscape) took into consideration when designing the museum, which whose collection is as interesting as the architecture itself. 


Meet at Museum ticket desk
Date-  Sunday July 21, 2019
Time 12:30 PM, Tour starts 1 PM.

Limit-  30
Deadline-  Saturday, July 20th
Cost $10 
Place- Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak St, Oakland California

Directions and parking
Parking - The entrance to the parking garage is on Oak Street between 10th and 12th streets. Parking fees are $3 per hour.




Saturday, August 17, 2019. Guide Dogs for the Blind

Guide DogsGuide Dogs for Blind in San Rafael is the largest training center in North America. This tour comes highly recommended and will be a very poignant and moving experience for all. Don’t miss it!


The morning tour at 11 AM is a docent-led walking tour of the campus with a video and information about the programs and blindness. No seating is available. Bring a picnic lunch to have on the reserved patio while waiting for the afternoon program. A gift shop is available to explore.


The afternoon Graduation Ceremony at 1:30 PM consists of talks by the blind or visually-impaired, who have been at the Center for two weeks being matched with their Guide Dogs and trained how to work with their new Guide Dog. The trainers who trained them will also be in attendance. A brief video about the program will be shown.


The people who raised the Guide Dog as a puppy from about 8 weeks to 15 months also come. Sometimes other members of their puppy-raising club attend. Both the graduate, (recipient of their new Guide Dog), and the puppy-raiser say a few words about their experiences. The graduate Guide Dog just gets to wag its tail.


Date - Saturday, August 17, 2019

Deadline - Sunday, July 7, 2019

Time- 11-12 AM tour, bring a picnic lunch, then 1:30 PM-2:30 PM Graduation Ceremony. Do either one or both.


Location -

Guide Dogs for the Blind

350 Los Ranchitos Rd.

San Rafael, CA

Parking- lots of Street parking. Drop off only at center itself.

Meet at the Visitor Center, first building on the left beginning 10:30 AM

Fee - $10

Max number- 40


More info




Saturday, September 14, 2019. Aftel Archive of Curious Scents

letterpress stripsThe Aftel Archive of Curious Scents is not just the first museum in the U.S. dedicated to perfume, but more beguilingly, the first one dedicated to the experience of fragrance. This tiny museum manages to contain the olfactory history of the world: hundreds of natural essences, raw ingredients and antique tinctures gathered from every corner of the globe, and all available for visitors to smell.


This small museum host 8 guests at a time for an hour’s tour, allowing visitors to experience many different fragrances as well as have three letter-press scent strips to dip in essences and take home (shown at left).          


Anyone having read “Moby Dick”  will know that a prized substance from sperm whales is Ambergris, used in perfumery and derived from the squid Sperm whales eat. It is, in essence, whale poop mostly found floating on the ocean’s surface..   Ever wonder what Ambergris fragrance is like?  Now is your chance!   Experience a 100 year old sample, as well as modern synthetic ones, and this is only one of hundreds of different fragrant substances at the Archive!


Date-Saturday, September 14, 2019

Deadline -  September 1, 2019 (early registration highly recommended)

Time- First tour starts promptly at 10 AM for 8 attendees and last one hour. Arrive at least 15 minutes before.

Additional tours starts hourly thereafter. Attendees will be assigned their tour times via E-mail based on when they register for the event.

Fee - $30


In the middle of Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto

1518-1/2 Walnut St.

Cottage at end of brick driveway

Berkeley, CA

Parking- on the street

Max attendees-  24


More information 




Asilomar 2020 34nd Annual Asilomar Conference 
the weekend of February 14 - 17, 2020

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Where is Asilomar? The beautiful Asilomar Conference Grounds was designed in the Arts & Crafts style by architect Julia Morgan and is located near Monterey, California. We have held our conference there for the past 33 years. For more see the Wiki

Asilomar once again beckons! Last year’s conference reminded us of the pleasures of dialogue in the liberal arts – a conversation that flows from history to literature, from biology to design, from neuroscience to music to foreign affairs. Many members have already registered in anticipation of another great event. We are contacting potential speakers now (do you have a suggestion? Let me know).

We will have a slate of extraordinary speakers representing a broad range of disciplines and pursuits, which will be posted here. As always, we look forward not only to sharing a mental workout but also to the privilege of renewing old friendships and beginning new ones – all in a location of exceptional peace and beauty.  Thank you for joining us in what promises to be a lively and exhilarating exchange. It is not too early to sign up now!

Date:              The weekend of February 14 - 17, 2020
Cost:               $125.00 registration, Lodging and meals are charged separately

There is a $125 registration fee per person which goes mainly to our Scholarship fund.See the top of the page to register. Lodging and meals are charged separately by Asilomar.Please wait for instructions, which will be sent to you after you register. The per person total below is based on a 3-night stay beginning on Friday, February 14th and includes 3 meals per day and ALL applicable fees & taxes. Meals inclusive begins with dinner on arrival day and ends with lunch on departure day.

Single Occupancy: TBD, In 2019 it was $941.57
Double Occupancy: TBD. In 2019 it was $623.02 per person
Editor's note: This is a bargain. We have checked numerous other venues, and could find nothing comparable.

If you have questions on the program, please contact  For registration matters, please contact Barry Haskell at

Deirdre Frontczak, Asilomar Chair

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