WDCSA Newsletter – November 2008

Sat. 11/8 Walk Now for Autism: The Cardinal Cares
Thu 11/13 Ivy Singles Event
Sat 11/15 Stanford Book Club Meeting
Sat 11/22 Stanford vs. Cal Big Game
various dates Stanford Basketball
Fri 12/5 Ivy Singles Holiday Party
Sun 12/7 Inaugural WDCSA Writer’s Series: Christopher Sorrentino
Sat 12/13 WDCSA Holiday Community Service Project
TBD WDCSA Holiday Party

Walk Now for Autism: The Cardinal Cares
Saturday, Nov 8,
National Mall

1 in 150 children born this year will be diagnosed with autism. Join the "Cardinal Cares" team at the annual Walk Now for Autism, Saturday, November 8th on the National Mall, sponsored by Autism Speaks. Each member of our Stanford team will be asked to raise a nominal sum ($50) towards the Walk’s fundraising goals. If you’re ambitious, you can help organize a Stanford happy hour at a local bar, with proceeds to benefit the Walk.

For more information on the Cardinal Cares team, contact Steven Kelts at kelts@gwu.edu. Steven will organize the team, and register us to participate. For more information on the walk itself, see the Autism Speaks site:

Ivy Singles Event
Thursday, November 13 6:30-9:00pm
City Tavern Club,
3206 M Street NW,
Washington DC, 20007

Join the hosts, the Dartmouth Club and Cornell Club of Washington, for the Harvest Season Soiree at the City Tavern Club in Georgetown.

City Tavern Club is the second oldest building in the District of Columbia. It was built in 1796 when Georgetown was well established from colonial times and the City of Washington merely comprised a vast construction site.

Advance payment registration is $30. Registration by email, phone, or at the door is $35. To register and pay in advance, note your school on the check, make your check payable to “The Dartmouth Club of Washington DC”, and mail it to Dan Crowley, 1440 N St NW #202, Washington DC 20005. Advance registration checks must be received by Saturday, November 8. To minimize check in lines, please RSVP with your name and school to DanielFCrowley@Compuserve.com, or by phone to 202 234-6676.

Attire for this event is business or cocktail.

Stanford Book Club Meeting
Saturday, Nov. 15 5:00pm

The book group will meet at the home of Perry Seiffert (please note the new day and time!) to discuss Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure. The December book is Another Life and The House on the Embankment by Yuri Trifonov. People who are interested in joining the group can sign up at http:groups.yahoo.com/group/wdcsabooks or email alisoncolew@hotmail.com.

Stanford vs. Cal Big Game Viewing Party
Saturday, November 22
3:00 p.m. doors open,
3:30 p.m. kick-off
Bar Louie,
701 7th St NW,
Washington, DC 20001,
(202) 638-2460

It’s time to put on your Cardinal red and cheer on the Stanford football team in the 111th Big Game. Come watch Stanford’s team spoil Cal’s season. The Washington, DC Stanford Association is organizing another fun event with the DC area Berkeley Alumni Association, so come out and support the Cardinal!

Bar Louie is 1 block from the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro (Red, Yellow, and Green lines) and 4 blocks from the Metro Center Metro (Red, Blue, and Orange lines).

Price by November 16: $12 for WDCSA members, young alumni, (’04 – ’08) and their guests; $15 for non-WDCSA members and their guests; $8 for kids 12 and under.

Price at the door (cash and check only): $15 for WDCSA members, young alums (’04 to ’08), and their guests; $20 for non-WDCSA members and their guests; $10 for kids 12 and under.

Price includes appetizers, drink specials ($3 any draft beer, $6 house wine, complimentary soda and tea), and exclusive viewing of the Big Game.

» RSVP online by November 19See Who’s coming
» Visit the WDCSA website for updates – www.stanfordclubs.org/dc/
» Check your WDCSA membership status – www.stanfordclubs.org/dc/listmembers.asp

Questions?  Email Joanna Hiatt, ’02, at johiatt@stanfordalumni.org

Stanford Basketball

Are you ready for some Stanford basketball?
Even though the football season is not yet over it’s time to start thinking about Stanford hoops. Come and join Stanford fans as we watch the following men’s games at the Penn Quarter Sports Tavern, 639 Indiana Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 2004 (202-347-6886). Nearest metro stop is Gallery Place or Archives/Navy Memorial. Admission is free and food and drink specials will be available. Please contact Chris Shinkman at c.shinkman@verizon.net, (301) 229-4427for more information

Saturday, November 29 vs. Colorado 10:30pm
Sunday, December 14 vs. Colorado State 7:00pm
Sunday, December 28 vs. Texas Tech 10:00pm
Thursday, January 8 vs. Washington 10:30pm
Saturday, January 17 vs. Cal 10:00pm
Saturday, January 24 vs. Oregon State 10:00pm
Sunday, February 8 vs. Washington 5:30pm
Saturday, February 14 vs. Cal 5:00pm

Ivy Singles Holiday Party
Friday, Dec. 5 6:30-9:00pm
DACOR-Bacon House,
1801 F Street NW,
Washington DC 20006

The Washington DC Stanford Club invites you to an Ivy Singles Social Club holiday party. The venue is the elegant, historic DACOR- Bacon House (built 1824-25), home to several Supreme Court Justices as well as a Maryland governor. The DACOR-Bacon House will be decorated for the holiday season. In keeping with the holiday spirit of goodwill, we hope you will bring an inexpensive gift to put under the tree for Toys for Tots.

We will feast on scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and enjoy live music. Libations will be available from a cash bar. Wear your festive party apparel.

Please send $30 by check payable to the “Washington DC Stanford Association” to Margaret New, The Middleburg Group, P.O. Box 933, Middleburg, VA 20118 so it is received by Monday, December 1, 2008.
Please note your school on the check.

Email reservations and walk-ins:
$35 at the door. E-mail reservations (by December 1 please) and questions to Margaret New at Margaret@middleburggroup.com . Walk-ins are welcome, however advance reservations are strongly encouraged as space is limited.

Inaugural WDCSA 2008-2009 Writers Series: Christopher Sorrentino
Sunday, Dec. 7 4:00pm
Stanford in Washington,
2661 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.,
Washington, DC 20008

The fiction writer Christopher Sorrentino, author of four books, will present his work at Stanford in Washington. This "literary performance" will inaugurate the WDCSA 2008-2009 Writers’ Series.

Sorrentino’s second novel, TRANCE (2005), "treats" the Patty Hearst saga and was nominated for a National Book Award. He is the son of Gilbert Sorrentino, a legendary professor in Stanford’s Creative Writing Program from 1982-1999. He resided on campus during part of his father’s tenure at Stanford and is amply familiar with the campus.

Admission will cost $15 for WDCSA members, and $20 non-members. Checks made out to WDCSA should be sent to Dr. Barry S. Alpert, 4500 Furman Court, Silver Spring, MD 20906-4549 or you may signup and pay below by credit card. Please contact Barry at barrys.alpert@gmail.com or (301) 933-9814 with any queries you may have.

WDCSA Holiday Community Service Project
Saturday, Dec. 13 9am-12pm
Capital Area Food Bank,
645 Taylor Street NE,
Washington, DC 20017

Been hankering for a volunteer opportunity? Now’s your chance! WDCSA will be volunteering at the Capital Area Food Bank, which is a 10-minute walk from Brookland-CUA metro stop. Come join Stanford alums in sorting and preparing food for distribution to local families and programs. Last year, the Capital Area Food Bank distributed over 20 million pounds of food and fresh produce in the Washington Metro Area. For more information or to sign up, please contact Christina Russell (carussell17@comcast.net) or Tracy Williams (tracyw@gmail.com). It’ll be a great way to meet fellow alums, and to get on Santa’s good side!

WDCSA Holiday Party

Looking to add some cardinal red to your holiday? Please join your fellow Stanford alums to celebrate the festive season at WDCSA’s annual holiday party. Keep posted for details on the date and venue for this event.