Summer Events: Shopping & Stuffing

Join us in shopping for backpacks and stuffing them with school supplies. We’re giving backpacks to schools in Bay Point, CA that are within the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. The stuffing party is Thursday, Aug 14 from 9:30-11:30am.   Learn more about us while stuffing backpacks!  Contact Monica for more information/RSVP. Can’t make it? We’re accepting donations of backpacks, binders, & money.  Arrange a pick up.

 

 

 May 10: Art and Wine (& Beer) Walk, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
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Stroll around Todos Santos Plaza and Salvio Square while enjoying fine wine and beer, viewing beautiful art, and meeting local artists at the Art and Wine (& Beer) Walk. The All Area Music festival will be happening in Todos Santos Plaza, during the performances by Bay Area student musicians. Tickets are $20 per person; participants must be 21 or older. Event organized and sponsored by the Concord Branch of AAUW.  Proceeds go to Concord Education Foundation (a 501 c(3) operated by AAUW-Concord) and will be used to fund scholarships for local girls and women. At this time, tickets can only be purchased at the event.  Go to E.J. Phair at 1 pm on Sat. May 10 to purchase your ticket for $25.  A limited number of tickets are available.

Already purchased a ticket?  If so, go to E.J. Phair in Downtown Concord, May 10 at 1 pm to check in.  Bring your ticket or Pay Pal receipt to receive your wine glass, map, & hand stamp.

Sponsors:  Dolan’s Lumber California Assembly Member Susan Bonilla, PG&E, and Legal Shield.

Donations: Bev Mo, Cline Cellars, Concord Disposal, Diablo Vista Vineyards, Safeway, TMT Branding, and Trader Joe’s.

Featured Artists:  Adam Moskowitz, Alice Martinez, aRt Cottage, Carol Jurasin, Concord Art Association, Dominic Davi, Jewels Rios, Joe Enright, Lee Rackel, Lisa Greenstein, Scott Moskowitz, Susan Pace-Koch, Wesley Cressman, and Valerie Sobel.

Featured Wineries Bloomfield Vineyards, Climbing Monkeys, Far TroppoFour Fools Winery, Harney Lane, Nimium, Pedroncelli Winery, Renegade Winery, and Sterling Albert.

Featured Breweries Ale Industries, Black Diamond, and EJ Phair.

Featured Restaurants and Businesses:  Agave Grill, Brenden Theater (Concord Ambassadors), La Sen Bistro, Old Spaghetti Factory, Pig and the Pickle, Ravioli’s, Skipolini’s, The Parlor, Tower Grille, Vinnie’s Bar and Grill, and Wells Fargo.

Chocolates:  Fab Delights

May 3: Annual Scholarship Breakfast, Branch Awards & Officer Installation

On May 3, we recognize and celebrate our Concord Education Foundation scholarship recipients from DVC and LMC.  The Distinguished Woman and Named Gift honorees for 2013-14  will be announced and the Concord Branch Board for 2014-2015 will be introduced. Join us! 

Feb 15: Mamie Chow on Traditional Chinese Medicine

Event: AAUW Funds Luncheon
Speaker: Mamie Chow
Date: Feb. 15, 2014
Time: 11:00am  (Lunch starts at 11:30am, program follows)
Location: Concord Methodist Church

 

The AAUW Funds Luncheon is a joint program of AAUW Concord and AAUW Clayton. Together, we host a lunch & dessert followed by a presentation by Mamie Chow, AAUW Career Development Grant recipient in traditional Chinese medicine.

 

This event is our annual fundraising event for AAUW Funds.  Donations are accepted for Concord Education Foundation, which provides scholarships for students who are transferring from the local community college to a 4-year university and/or AAUW Funds, a national fund that supports a spectrum of AAUW national programs.  Event is open to the public.  RSVP is required by Feb 13, 2014.

Jan. 14:  NBC airs Interview with AAUW on Gender Wage Gap

An AAUW member is scheduled to talk about the gender wage gap on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. Aileen Rizo, whose pay inequity story was featured on the AAUW blog last year, sat down with Maria Shriver for an interview. Find out when NBC Nightly News is on in your area and watch with friends (Please note that the interview could be rescheduled due to breaking news.). We’ll be tweeting during the interview from @AAUWPolicy. If you’re on Twitter, tell us what you thought!

Jan. 11:  Author Daphne Miller Speaks on Farmacology

Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming

Can Teach Us About Health and Healing

January 11, 2014, 2 pm to 4 pm

In Farmacology, practicing family physician and renowned nutrition explorer Daphne Miller brings us beyond the simple concept of “food as medicine” and introduces us to the critical idea that it’s the farm where that food is grown that offers us the real medicine. By venturing out of her clinic and spending time on seven family farms, Miller uncovers all the aspects of farming that have a direct and powerful impact on our health. Bridging the traditional divide between agriculture and medicine, Miller shares lessons learned from inspiring farmers and biomedical researchers and artfully weaves their insights and discoveries, along with stories from her patients, into the narrative. The result is a compelling new vision for sustainable healing and a treasure trove of farm-to-body lessons that have immense value in our daily lives.  Join us for this free educational event at the Ygnacio Valley Public Library at 2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek, CA 94598.

.  All are welcome.

Daphne Miller, M.D., is a practicing physician, author, and professor of family medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. For the past decade, her writing and teaching has explored the frontier between biomedicine and the natural world. Her widely acclaimed first book, The Jungle Effect, chronicles her nutrition adventures as she travels to traditional communities around the globe. Miller lives in Berkeley, CA.

Rakestraw Books will be selling books at the library for Daphne to sign.

 

 

 

 

 

What: December Holiday Luncheon
When: Saturday, December 7
Time: 11:00 am
Where: Sizzler on Willow Pass Road
Cost: $22.00

Make your reservations now. Checks must be received NO LATER than Monday, 12/2.   The mailing address is: Concord AAUW, PO Box 434, Concord, CA 94522 or Purchase tickets online!

Jingle Bells! Can you tell? It’s that time of year.  Gather all your friends and join us for some cheer!

Take part in our annual silent auction.  Bring an item for the auction and/or plan on purchasing some tickets at the lunch.  Remember to bring your address labels to mark your ticket stubs.

Learn more about the children we are sponsoring for the holidays, and enjoy the musical performance!

Frede is collecting 2014 calendars to distribute to those in assisted living and nursing homes. Monica is collecting mini/compact, gently used umbrellas. If you have any extras please remember to bring them to the luncheon.

Credit: Cinedigm/Docurama Films

Credit:  All images are a Cinedigm/Docurama Films release

When: Thursday, November 7, 2013
Time:  6:30pm:  doors open, social mixer, introductory remarks.  7:00pm:  Film starts.
Program:  Introductory remarks followed by the film, The Invisible War, a 1 hour and 37 minute documentary featuring plaintiffs in two cases of sexual assault in the military, Cioca et al v. Rumsfeld et al and Klay et al v. Panetta et al, both supported by AAUW’s Legal Advocacy Fund.  Refreshments provided.
Where: The Vineyard Community Church, 1970 Grant Street, Concord, CA (Downtown, across the street from Todos Santos Square)
Get Tickets in Advance: Send a check for $5.00 (made out to Concord AAUW) by Tuesday, November 5, 2013 to AAUW-Concord, P.O. Box 434, Concord 94522.  At this time, tickets can only be purchased at the door for $7.

September Lunch and General Meeting

When: Saturday, September 21, 2013
Time: 11:00 Social
Lunch:  Catered Lunch from Ravioli’s
Program:  12:30  Get updates on our Backpack for Kids Project & hear from branch-sponsored girls who attended Tech Trek Science and Math Camp!
Where: Concord United Methodist Church (1645 West Street, Concord 94521)
Want to Attend? Send a check for $17.00 (made out to Concord AAUW) by Monday, September 16, 2013 to: AAUW-Concord, P.O. Box 434, Concord 94522.

Come, say “hello” to a new year in Concord Branch AAUW. Meet and greet new and old friends. The Concord United Methodist Church is the setting for the first meeting of the year on Saturday, September 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Frede Hammes and Kathie Koski have been connecting with the Tech Trek girls and hopes some of them and their families can join us to share their experiences this year. Betty Hirsch and Phyllis Nishimori will share the results of the back pack project. In addition, Monica Johnston and Michelle Koski will discuss some of the goals of our branch for the upcoming year. Lastly, Section Chairs will provide information on what their groups offer and sign-up sheets for your participation.

 

 Summertime at AAUW-Concord

AAUW-Concord members are planning a stellar 2013-14 program!  We’re updating our website, keeping members and the public aware of our contributions to the Concord community and beyond.  Backpacks for Children is underway.  And so is training for concessions stands at the 49ers games–our college scholarship fundraising event.  Do you like documentaries?  Stayed tuned for showtimes of gripping films that educate us and motivate us to address issues that impact women and girls.  Does STEM education interest you?  Then join us on September 21 to hear about the affirming experiences of our full-scholarship Tech Trek Math & Science Campers.

We’d like to meet you!  Plan to attend an AAUW-Concord event today! 

 

 

Pic_FemaleArtistArt and Wine Walk Fundraiser

Saturday, May 11, 2013, 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Pic_WineTastingR&WStroll around Todos Santos Plaza and Salvio Square while enjoying fine wines, viewing beautiful art, meeting local artists, and listening to live jazz performances on stage.  Event starts at EJ Phair.  Tickets are $15 per person; participants must be 21 or older. Event sponsored by the Concord Branch of AAUW.  Proceeds will be used to send local 7th grade girls to Tech Trek. Purchase tickets online! To make a purchase by mail, call 925.363.4438.  A limited number of tickets are available, so purchase today!

Participating businesses include

EJ Phair, Far Troppo Winery, Trahan Winery, Old Spaghetti Factory, Panama Red Coffee Shop, Sterling Albert Winery, Ravioli’s, and ‎ Tower Grille with donations by Bev Mo, Concord Disposal, Grocery Outlet, JCM-Property Management, Trader Joe’s, Wells Fargo, Innovative Expressions, CF Brennan, Hahn Winery, Barragan Brothers Winery, and Clayton Business Community Association.  Art displays by Concord Art Association, aRt Cottage, Amy McRoberts, Lee Rackel, and Kabir A. Adejare (AKA’s Inspiration Art).

 

 

All Roads Lead to Austen – January 26, 2013, 2pm to 4pm

All Roads Lead to Austen

All Roads Lead to Austen

 Author Amy Elizabeth Smith embarked on a yearlong journey to Central and South America to host Jane Austen book clubs to see how Austen’s works translated into Spanish and whether the people would identify with her characters. Smith reads Pride and Prejudice in Guatamala and Ecuador, Sense and Sensibility in Mexico and Chile, and Emma in Paraguay and Argentina and recounts in much detail the discussions of each book group.Amy Elizabeth Smith, originally from Pennsylvania, has an undergraduate degree in music and a masters and PhD in English. She teaches writing and literature (including a course on Jane Austen) at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. She loves traveling, dancing, classic cinema, and watching squirrel videos on YouTube. 

This event is open to the public.  Join us at the Yngacio Valley Library in Walnut Creek for this free event!

Happy New Year!

AAUW-Concord is looking forward to our Education Funds Luncheon in February, Women’s History Month in March, and Equal Pay Day in April.  Make 2013 your year to get informed and involved in issues that directly impact you, your friends, your family, and your community.  Explore our website for mission-based events and activities, check our calendar, or contact one of our officers and let us know how you want to be involved.  We look forward to meeting you at one of our events!

 

December Holiday Party

When: Saturday, December 8th 11:30 a.m.
Where: Sizzler in Concord
Price: $20 Reservations: by November 28

Music ~ Silent Auction ~ Sponsored family update

Come join us for a chance to enjoy some time with Concord AAUW. There will be a silent auction (bring a little something to donate for this), musical entertainment, and a chance for sharing your December with friends. Watch form more in next month’s newsletter! Menu selection may be made the day of, and will include soup/salad and dessert bars, and a fountain beverage.

Please send your check for $20 to: AAUW-Concord, P.O. Box 434, Concord 94522 Make your check payable to AAUW-Concord. Your check will be your reservation and must be received by November 28th.

Miss Representation, a Documentary Film

Miss Representation, by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and aired on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The film explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. Film Introduction by Karen Mitchoff Supervisor, District IV.

Date:  October 20, 20112
Time:  Doors open at 12:00pm. Program starts at 12:30pm.
Donation:  $5 requested.

Location: CSU East Bay Campus, Oak Room Directions
Parking:  $5

Welcome Back!

What: September Lunch & General Meeting
When: Saturday, September 22, 2012
Time: 11:00 Social
Lunch: 11:30 Box Lunch from Sunrise Bistro
Program: 12:30 Get updates on our Backpack for Kids Project & hear from branch-sponsored girls who attended Tech Trek Science and Math Camp!
Where: Concord United Methodist Church (1645 West Street, Concord 94521)
Want to Attend? Send a check for $17.00 (made out to Concord AAUW) and your lunch choice (Cashew Chicken Salad, Greek Salad, Roasted Veggie Sandwich, or Thai Chicken Salad) by Monday, September 17, 2012 to: AAUW-Concord, P.O. Box 434, Concord 94522.

Come, say “hello” to a new year in Concord Branch AAUW. Meet and greet new and old friends. Frede has been connecting with the Tech Trek girls and hopes some of them and their families can join us to share their experiences this year. Betty and Phyllis will share the results of the back pack project. In addition, our branch president, Terri, will discuss some of the goals of our branch for the upcoming year. Lastly, Section Chairs will provide information on what their groups offer and sign-up sheets for your participation.

In Remembrance

We were very sorry to learn of the recent passing of one of our most dedicated and beloved members, Carol Linda Markley Slatten. A beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend, Carol was born in Turlock on January 15, 1938 to Harold and Gertrude Markley. Carol was the eldest of four children. After graduating from Turlock High School, she attended UC Berkeley and USF Nursing School. A long-time resident of Concord, Carol was actively and enthusiastically involved in several philanthropic organizations, and a passionate supporter of education and the arts. She will be greatly missed. Carol was preceded in death by her husband, Derrell Mack Slatten. She is survived by her three daughters, Katherine Somervell, Jennifer Slatten, and Emily Slatten; her grandchildren, Conor and Emma Somervell; her siblings Kathi Curry, Sally Owens, and Bill Markley; her friend, Celeste Graham; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A memorial service was held on May 26, 2012 at 1:00 pm at the Lafayette United Methodist Church, 955 Moraga Road, Lafayette, CA.

A Memorial Tribute may be left here: http://www.forevermissed.com/carol-slatten/#about

The Invisible War – Tickets on Sale June 15 for June 22 Show!

A feature film, The Invisible War, which features plaintiffs in the two LAF-supported cases about sexual assault in the military, Cioca et al v. Rumsfeld et al and Klay et al v. Panetta et al, is having a limited release in five cities on June 22 and Los Angeles and San Francisco are two of them.

We hope you will save the date and invite your friends so we can fill the theaters. It’s important that there is a packed audience opening weekend as that will mean the film is released in other cities and will stay in theaters longer. Changes in policies are possible if there is widespread community pressure to do so and the film can help galvanize people into taking action. Get your tickets on June 15.

“It’s an immensely powerful film (I’ve now seen it three times and met many of the film subjects) and it’s very exciting to see our cases on the big screen.” –An AAUW member.

Tickets go on sale June 15 at:
AMC Metreon 16
135 Fourth St Suite 3000
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-369-6207

If you’d like to attend this film with AAUW members, please contact the webmaster; it is a great way to get to know AAUW members and keep informed about important issues.

Also showing at

Laemmle’s Noho 7
5240 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, 91601
310-478-3836

Annual Spring Scholarship, Awards, and Branch Installation Brunch

Date: Saturday, May 12
Time: 9:00 Social, 9:30 Brunch, 10:30 Program
Where: Legends at Diablo Creek Golf Course, 4050 Port Chicago Highway, Concord – view map
Cost: $19.50

Reserve by May 5: Send check to Concord Branch AAUW, P.O. Box 434, Concord, CA 94522.

Please join us at a new venue this year where we will recognize some very remarkable and special women. Our May meeting will celebrate the DVC and LMC recipients who have been selected to receive the current year’s Concord Education Foundation scholarships.

We will announce the 2012 Distinguished Woman and Named Gift honorees, and install the Concord Branch Board of Officers for 2012-13.

Take part in the free membership drawing to win free dues for the coming year!

Organized by Carol and Joanne, Co-VP’s EF/CEF

Today’s Women in the Workplace

Join us for an update on the US Supreme Court case, Wal-mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, with speakers Elizabeth Lawrence, Class Counsel and Christine Kwapnoski, plaintiff. Meg Vasey, Executive Director of Tradeswoman, Inc. will speak on women in trades. Get information and tickets today!

This event is presented by the AAUW Concord Branch Legal Advocacy Fund Committee. All proceeds from this event will be sent to the national AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund.