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Key Connections for Younger Phi Betes September 5 and 6

Key Connections

Two Special Events for younger Phi Betes.  Topic: How to Succeed as an Entrepreneur:  PBK Offers the "How To"!

Takara Sake

PBK Special Event for Younger Phi Betes, Berkeley

“Key Connections” at Takara Sake in BERKELEY—The Entrepreneurial Spirit—“How To”.

While there’s no guarantee, learn how success was achieved by some who did make it! Join us from 6 to 7:30 pm, Sake tasting & snacks and get to meet fellow Phi Betes, too!

At Takara Sake USA, 708 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA See Here for directions

Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Time: 6:00 to 7:30

Deadline: Soon

Fee: $5:00


September. 5, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.
Snacks and Sake tasting with non-alcoholic options available

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At  Coffeebar, 1149 Chestnut St, Menlo Park, CA 94025, Menlo Park


PBK Special Event for Younger Phi Betes, Menlo Park

“Key Connections” at Coffeebar in Menlo Park—The Entrepreneurial Spirit—“How To”.

While there’s no guarantee, learn how success was achieved by some who did make it! Join us from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Snacks and drinks for all attendees.

At Coffeebar, 1149 Chestnut Street, Menlo Park, CA. See here

Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018

Time: 5:30 to 7:00

Deadline: Soon

Fee: $5:00

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No charge for either event, but please register as attendance is limited. If at the last minute you can't make it, please call Judy Hardardt 707-696-9498


NASA Ames Research Visitor Center September 22, 12:00 Noon

NASA   Robotic Arm

Moffett Field, CA 94035 near Mountain View
about one hour docent led tour
(good for kids and grandkids as well)

NASA’s Ames Research Center is a key facility for many of NASA’s missions and projects. In the Visitor center you can see and learn about:

1. A spherical projection system offers a new look at the planets in the Universe.
2. An actual piece of the moon brought back from the apollo 15 mission
3. The Mercury Redstone 1A capsule from the last unmanned test flight.
4. Living and working in space.
5. The Kepler Mission and the discovery of potential new planets.
6. The Sofia Infrared Astronomy project enhancing the space telescope system.
7. Other NASA projects and missions.


Date:               Saturday, September 22, 2018
Time:              12:00 am (plan to arrive no later 11:30 am for check-in before the tour begins) 
Deadline:        September 1, 2018
Fee:                 $10.00
Directions: :
From Highway 101: Exit at 'Moffett Blvd / NASA Parkway', then turn right onto Moffett Blvd. and proceed to the four way stop sign at the main gate.

From Highway 85: From Highway 85 Northbound, exit at 'Moffett Blvd' and then turn right onto Moffett Blvd. and proceed to the four way stop sign at the main gate.

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all day cruise on the Jeremiah O'Brien, October 7, 2018 

Jeremiah O'Brien

Launched June 19, 1943 the SS Jeremiah O'Brien is the last unaltered Liberty Ship; A veteran of the Normandy invasion, fully restored and maintained in her original condition.  The ship is a National Historic Landmark.  She and her triple expansion reciprocating steam engine are a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark. Visit us online at

In June 1943 the Liberty Ship S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien slid down the ways at the New England Shipbuilding Corporation in South Portland, Maine. Shortly thereafter she entered service, operated by Grace Line for the War Shipping Administration. Named for the first American to capture a British naval vessel during the Revolutionary War, the O'Brien made seven World War II voyages, ranging from England and Northern Ireland to South America, to India, to Australia. She also made eleven crossings of the English Channel carrying personnel and supplies to the Normandy beaches in support of the D-Day invasion. After the war, she was "mothballed" and laid up in the Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay, north of San Francisco.See the history

San Francisco Fleet Week is an annual public event that honors the contributions of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces while advancing cooperation and knowledge among civilian- and military-based Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response personnel. The O'Brien participates with the SF Fleet Week Cruise around San Francisco Bay, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the Bay Bridge for amazing views of the San Francisco waterfront, the visiting Navy ships, and the air show featuring the US Navy Blue Angels.

Includes food and drinks, starting at 9 am (boarding) and ending 5 pm.  Cost per person $150.

Directions are here

Date: Sunday, October 7, 2018
Time: 9:00 am (plan to arrive no later 8:30 am for check-in before the tour begins)
Maximum: 20
Fee: $150.00


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At Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma. Sunday matinee, December 16, 2018

Cinnabar Theater - Love, Linda

The great songs of Cole Porter are ingeniously interwoven with captivating story-telling by his beautiful and glamorous wife, Linda Lee. Peek behind the glitter of her sensational life with her brilliant husband, to experience a unique, sometimes difficult but always love-filled marriage. As she tells us, “Just because a love between two people may be difficult to define, that doesn’t mean it didn’t exist.” Musical numbers include the hits So In Love, I Love Paris, My Heart Belongs to Daddy, Night and Day, Wunderbar, and many more.

Date: Sunday matinee, December 16, 2018
Deadline: tbd
Time: tbd.
Cost: tbd

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Asilomar 2019 33nd Annual Asilomar Conference, the weekend of February 15 - 18, 2019

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 32 years. For more see the Wiki

Go to Past Asilomars

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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

As the news cycle spins ever faster, it is time for that annual change-of-pace weekend in the spring when Phi Betes gather with family and friends for fellowship, learning and exploration. 

Past attendees describe the event as a much-needed renewal for body, mind and soul. Where else can friends meet for provocative talks with leading scholars and artists, while relaxing in world-class architectural gems and hiking the stunning Monterey coast?  See details on last year’s event here

There is a $125 registration fee per person which goes mainly to our Scholarship fund.

Lodging and meals are charged separately - instructions to follow in October.The per person total below is based on a 3-night stay beginning on Friday, February 15th 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 2018 it was $851.24
Double Occupancy: TBD. In 2018 it was $574.13 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

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Free HouseΦBKNCA Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon- Sunday, May 5, 2019

Free House, 2700 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

We are in the planning stages of the Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon. We have decided to go to a luncheon rather than dinner for several reasons including cost and daytime travel, As you are aware, the annual meeting is the occasion when we celebrate ΦBKNCA’s primary mission—the awarding of scholarships and teaching excellence awards to deserving scholars and professors, fulfilling ΦBKNCA’s objective to enhance scholars’ educational and research activities and to honor those who are teaching our next generation.

Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019
Deadline: tbd
Time: tbd.
Cost: Lower than last year

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