WDCSA Newsletter – June 2008

Sun 6/8 Stanford Book Club
Fri 6/27 Ivy Singles Event
Sat 6/28 Washington Nationals Game
Sat 8/9- Sun 8/17 Legg Mason Tennis Classic
Sat 8/16 2008 PAC 10 Conference Pre-Season Kick Off Party
Fri 9/12 –
Sun 9/14
Whitewater Rafting Trip
Nov 5&19 Stanford at the Opera

*Rock Climbing Information*

Thank you for being a member of WDCSA! The Washington DC Stanford Association is your local volunteer alumni group that keeps Stanford connections alive and up-to-date in partnership, with our local partners – the Stanford Law Society, Stanford Black Alumni, and the Graduate School of Business Clubs of Washington DC.

WDCSA membership allows you to:

* Register for Washington, DC Stanford Association events at a discounted rate;
* Attend WDCSA ‘Members Only’ events;
* Receive this WDCSA monthly newsletter with exclusive news about local events;
Recent grads (up to five years out) often receive further discounts. New graduates can receive this newsletter FREE for one year.

Take advantage of your membership by attending an upcoming WDCSA event.

Stanford Book Club Meeting
Sunday, June 8 6:00-8:00pm

Join the Book Club on Sunday, June 8 to discuss "Lolita" by Nabokov. We are in the process of selecting books for the following six months, and readers who are members of the book group’s Yahoo site will receive that list soon

Ivy Singles Event
Friday, June 27 6:30pm
Washington Marina,
1300 Maine Av. SW,
Washington DC

The next Ivy Singles Social Club event will be a cruise up the Potomac on Friday, June 27th, hosted by the DC Penn Club. We will set sail promptly at 6:30PM from the Washington Marina, cruise down by the Presidential yacht (Sequioa) and General’s Row, then over to see Old Town Alexandria and the new National Harbor, then back up the Potomac to see all the monuments at sunset before returning to the Marina at 9:30PM. Our boat features two decks (the lower deck is air-conditioned and features a full-service bar, while the upper one has great wide-open views). There will be finger food and a cash bar along with soft drinks and spring water. If you are driving, parking is $10/car at the Marina, or use metered parking in the Fish Market/Phillips Restaurant area.

The cost of admission (which includes food) will be $35/person in advance, with a special rate of $30 for recent graduates (since 2000). Please make your check out to “DC Penn Club” and send it to: Jon Teitel, 1711 Massachusetts Ave. NW, #522, Washington, DC 20036. Last year’s cruise sold out (space is limited to 100 people), so while you are strongly encouraged to sign-up in advance, if there is any room left on the day of the cruise, the cost will be $40/person for walk-ins. For further information, please contact Jon Teitel at: jon.teitel@hotmail.com, or check out the cruise website at: www.capitalyacht.com.

A Night at the Nats!
Saturday, June 28 7:10pm
Nationals Park,
1500 South Capitol Street, SE,
Washington, DC 20003-1507

Come join your friends from the Washington DC Stanford Association for a game at the Washington Nationals’ new ballpark. It’s interleague play, against the rival Baltimore Orioles! Saturday, June 28th, 7:10 PM. Tickets are $25 apiece, in Section 408. Email Steven Kelts at kelts@gwu.edu or call at 202-365-9342 to reserve a space and arrange for payment (cash, check, PayPal).

Nationals Park is easily accessible from the Metro Green Line, Navy Yard stop. More detailed location and transportation information can be found here:

Legg Mason Tennis Classic
Saturday, August 9-Sunday August 17
16th & Kennedy, NW

WDCSA has 6 premium box seats in Aisle 36, Section 3 to all sessions; our seats are in the same location as in recent years – at the end of the court and very close to the court. (These seats are $500/seat at the box office for the tournament). These seats provide access to the Courtside Club restaurant. We have two parking passes available for each session at $10/pass. The Sunday of the first weekend will include main draw matches as well as qualifying matches.

Sat 8/9 (qualifying) 9am – $8
Sun 8/10 (qualifying & probably main draw) 12pm – $14
Mon 8/11 4pm – $36 (4 left)
Tue 8/12 4pm – $43
Wed 8/13 4pm – $48 (4 left)
Thur 8/14 4pm – $54 (none left)
Fri 8/15 (quarterfinals) 12pm – $48
Fri 8/15 (quarterfinals) 7pm – $58 (3 left)
Sat 8/16 (semifinals) 1pm – $63 (4 left)
Sat 8/16 (semifinals) 7pm – $68 (none left)
Sun 8/17 (finals) 12pm – $73

As with recent years, we expect there to be a women’s pro tournament in addition to the men’s bracket. Please email wmpegram@comcast.net or call 703-486-0952 indicating the number of tickets desired, the session, and parking passes desired. Bill will process requests in the order they are received and confirm availability by return email and provide instructions for payment.

2008 PAC 10 Conference Football Pre-Season Kick-Off Party
Saturday, August 16 6:00pm
Penn Quarter Sports Tavern,
639 Indiana Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20004

Come join us as we celebrate the 2008 PAC 10 Conference Football pre-season kick-off party at Penn Quarter Sports Tavern! To help kick off the event, there will be specials on Bud and Bud Light all night long! For more information please contact Chris Shinkman at c.shinkman@verizon.net or (301) 229-4427

Save the Date: Whitewater Rafting
Friday, Sept 12 – Sunday, Sept 14

Wild Wonderful West Virginia Rafting on the Glorious Gauley River. Join a staunch band of fellow WDCSA alums as we visit and experience one of the nation’s iconic whitewater rivers for a trip on the Class IV-V "Upper" Gauley. Details next month! Trip organizers: John Smithson, Kevin Coyne and Risa Shimoda.

Stanford at the Opera

Lucretia Borgia – Donizetti
Wednesday, November 5 @ 7:30 pm.
Renee Fleming, one of the greatest sopranos of our day makes her WNO debut in a new production and company premiere conducted by Placido Domingo. Prime Orchestra $156.50. 2nd Tier $76.50. (Special pricing for this opera only. Tickets will NOT be available to the general public.) The deadline for ordering is October 3. Tickets will be mailed week of October 13.

Carmen – Bizet
Wednesday, November 19 @ 7:30 pm.
Denyce Graves, in her defining role in the Francesca Zambello production from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Prime Orchestra $141.50. 2nd Tier $69.50. The deadline for ordering is October 17. Tickets will be mailed week of October 27.

To order your tickets, please send a check payable to WDCSA to Betty Byrne, 1822 Ingleside Terrace NW, Washington, D.C. 20010. Contact Betty for more information or if you are interested in the “American Ring” in November 2009 at bettybyrne@stanfordalumni.org or 202.483.4048.

Rock Climbing
Earth Treks
725 Rockville Pike,
Rockville, MD 20852

Several Stanford alums and friends rock climb in the area! The group meets regularly at the Earth Treks indoor climbing gym in Rockville. All are welcome, from first timers to experienced climbers. Contact Jeffrey Neal ‘91 for the next dates and times at jneal@stanfordalumni.org or (202) 367-6360. Find more information about Earth Treks at www.earthtreksclimbing.com/