WDCSA Newsletter – July 2008

Sun 7/13 Stanford Book Club
Tue 7/15 Cardinal Young Alum Happy Hour
Fri 7/25 Ivy Singles Event
Sat 8/2 Young Alumni/Current Students Night at the Nats
Sat 8/9 –
Sun 8/17
Legg Mason Tennis Classic
Sat 8/16 2008 PAC 10 Conference Pre-Season Kick Off Party
Fri 9/5 –
Sun 9/7
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. Don’t know if you’re a member? Click on the following link: www.stanfordclubs.org/dc/listmembers.asp

Stanford Book Club Meeting
Sunday, July 13 6:00-8:00pm

The book group will meet on Sunday, July 6, at 6:00 PM to discuss "Sastun:My apprenticeship with a Maya Healer" by Rosita Arvigo. The August book is "The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin". People who are not yet members of the book group’s Yahoo web site (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wdcsabooks) can sign up there to receive notices about meetings, or can e-mail alisoncolew@hotmail.com for information.

Cardinal Young Alum Happy Hour Tuesday, July 15 5:30-8:30pm
Old Dominion Brewhouse
1219 9th Street, NW (Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center metro stop)

Happy Hour usually runs from 4-7pm, but we will have the room in back with specials just for our group from 5:30-8:30pm. Specials include: $3.25 & $3.99 beers on tap (16 oz. & 20 oz.) and half-priced appetizers. Looking forward to seeing you there! Please contact Laura Villanueva, at laura694@gmail.com if you have any questions about this event.

Ivy Singles Event
Friday, July 25 6:30-8:30pm
4935 Cordell Ave.,
Bethesda, MD

The Washington Wellesley Club invites you to an Ivy Singles Social Club happy hour on Friday, July 25. Enjoy good company and conversation, and sample the flavors of Italy with a variety of hors d’oeuvres. Cash bar. Send $25 check payable to Washington Wellesley Club to Deborah Tate, 1022 N. Cleveland Street, Arlington, VA 22201, by Friday, July 18. Please note your school on the check. RSVP and walk-ins: $35 at the door. Please RSVP to debtate2001@yahoo.com so we can order enough food.

Young Alumni/Current Student Night at the Nats
Saturday, August 2 7:10pm
1500 South Capitol Street, SE,
Washington, DC 20003-1507

Join your fellow young alumni and current students for a night out at the Washington Nationals’ new ballpark! Watch the Nats as they take on the Cincinnati Reds, Saturday, August 2nd at 7:10 PM. Tickets are $10 each for current students and WDCSA members and $16 for non-members. (Don’t know if you’re a member? Click on the following link: www.stanfordclubs.org/dc/listmembers.asp)
To reserve your spot, please go to www.stanfordclubs.org/dc. Email John Smithson at jsmithson@gmail.com with any questions.
Nationals Park is easily accessible from the Metro Green Line, Navy Yard stop. More detailed location and transportation information can be found here: http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/was/ballpark/directions.jsp

Legg Mason Tennis Classic
Saturday, August 9-17,
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.

Availability as of August 5, 4PM::

Sun 8/10 – $14 (2 tickets and 1 parking pass left)
Mon 8/11 4pm – $36 (2 tickets and 1 parking passes left)
Tue 8/12 4pm – $43 (1 ticket left)
Wed 8/13 4pm – $48 (2 tickets and 1 parking pass left)
Fri 8/15 (quarterfinals) 12pm – $48 (6 tickets and 2 parking passes left)
Sun 8/17 (finals) 12pm – $73 (2 tickets and 1 parking pass left)

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 in which 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 for the 2008 PAC 10 Conference Football pre-season kick-off party at Penn Quarter Sports Tavern! 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 5 – Sunday, Sept 7 (note change of date from that previously announced)

Looking for an adventure to end the summer? 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. (www.narr.com/upper_gauley_river.html#wgu). The trip will include one full day of rafting on the world class Gauley River, two nights lodging in cabin tents, and all meals on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. WDCSA was able to get a great rate of $185/person, plus tax, a discount of $30/person. The group will caravan on Friday to Hico, West Virginia and then caravan back to DC on Sunday.

Please e-mail your RSVP, or questions, to Risa Shimoda at risa@theshimodagroup.com. We hope to see you there!

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 http://www.earthtreksclimbing.com/