WDCSA Newsletter – November 2015

November 2015

DC Book Club Discussion
Sunday, November 8 5 pm
Capitol Hill, DC

The book group will discuss All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. A novel
to live in, learn from, and feel bereft over when the last page is turned, Doerr’s
magnificently drawn story seems at once spacious and tightly composed. It rests,
historically, during the occupation of France during WWII, but brief chapters told in
alternating voices give the overall—and long—narrative a swift movement
through time and events. We have two main characters, each one on opposite sides
in the conflagration that is destroying Europe. Marie-Louise is a sightless girl who
lived with her father in Paris before the occupation; he was a master locksmith for
the Museum of Natural History. When German forces necessitate abandonment of
the city, Marie-Louise’s father, taking with him the museum’s greatest treasure,
removes himself and his daughter and eventually arrives at his uncle’s house in the
coastal city of Saint-Malo. Young German soldier Werner is sent to Saint-Malo to
track Resistance activity there, and eventually, and inevitably, Marie-Louise’s and
Werner’s paths cross. It is through their individual and intertwined tales that
Doerr masterfully and knowledgeably re-creates the deprived civilian conditions of
war-torn France and the strictly controlled lives of the military occupiers.

The December book is Pale Horse, Pale Rider by Catherine Anne Porter.

For more information, contact Jennifer Presley at jenniferbpresley@gmail.com

WDCSA Stanford Football Game Watches
Fall 2015
Ventnor Sports Café,
2411 18th St NW.
Washington, DC

The 2015 Stanford football season has begun! WDCSA is excited to announce our new host, Ventnor Sports Cafe, for the following football game watches:

Saturday, November 7 vs. Colorado 1:00 pm
Saturday, November 14 vs. Oregon 7:30 pm

Ventnor is accessible by public transit on the Red Line (DuPont Circle and Woodley Park) or the Green/Yellow Line (Columbia Heights and U Street). Please stay posted for future updates on the Cardinal schedule! Go Cardinal!

Parents Connection Autumn Social (NEW DATE & TIME)
Saturday, November 14 11:30 am
Mrs. K’s Restaurant and Barrel Bar
9201 Colesville Road,
Silver Spring, Md

Come and socialize at the Stanford Parents Connection autumn event. We will share ideas and tips, ask questions, and talk with other parents. Purchase of food or drink is optional.

Questions/RSVP: Helene Myers, Ph.D., P’14, at cedarhouse@comcast.net or at (301)655-5871.

Stanford vs. Cal Big Game Viewing Party
Saturday, November 21 Kick-off TBD
(doors open one hour prior to kick-off)
Spider Kelly’s,
3181 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA

It’s time to put on your Cardinal red and cheer on the Stanford football team in the 118th Big Game!

The Washington D.C. Stanford Association is organizing the annual Big Game viewing party with the Cal Alumni Association. Come out and support the Cardinal as we crush those Bears!

WDCSA members, young alumni (’11-’15), and their guests: $5 advance registration; $10 at the door. Non-WDCSA members and their guests: $10 advance registration; $15 at the door. Register at http://alumni.stanford.edu/goto/event19497. Please contact Kevin Coyne at kevin.coyne@stanfordalumni.org with any questions.

Ivy / Seven Sisters Winter Indoor Mixed Doubles Tennis
Saturday, November 21 6:45-11:45 pm
3010 Williams Dr.,
Merrifield, VA

Admission for players with advance registration is $25 by check or credit card. Door admission for players is $30 and is payable by cash or check, no credit card. Admission is $10 for non-players.

Tennis party policies:
1. Advance registration can be made only by mailing the registration form available at www.yaleclubdc.org. All payments must be received by 11/20/2015 to qualify for the advance registration price. There is no registration by fax, email, or telephone.
2. Requests for refunds must be received by 3 pm on 11/20/2015.
3. Door admission is available at the higher price noted above by cash or check only.
4. Each attendee is responsible for any damage to the facility, injuries or accidents in connection with this function.

For more information:
Contact: David Federbush at (301) 657-4691, or email him atfederbus@erols.com.

Ivy Singles Holiday Party
Friday, December 4 6-9 pm
DACOR-Bacon House
1801 F Street, NW (on the corner of 18th Street),
Washington, DC

Join Ivy Singles at the elegant and historic DACORBacon House for its annual holiday party. Each floor will be festively decorated for the holiday season. We will feast on hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and enjoy a selection of fine wines, bubbly, cocktails and nonalcoholic drinks from a cash bar. Please join us in your festive holiday, cocktail or business attire.

Advanced registration is $42 through this link: https://ycwd.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_206936.

Walk-ins welcome at $47.00 by check made out to WDCSA, cash or credit. Street parking is available after 6:30 pm. Nearby parking garages close before midnight.

Contact Charlotte Perry ‘81, CharMPerry@gmail.com or text/cell 202-341-8799.

Baltimore Book Club Discussion and Holiday Party
Saturday, December 5 5 pm
6508 Beverly Road
Baltimore, MD

Bring your family and friends to the Stanford Book Club holiday party and book discussion. The December selection is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This novel won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and the 2014 Goodreads Choice Award for Historical Fiction. New York Times named it one of its 10 best books of the year, staying on its Best Seller List for over a year for Hardcover Fiction.

The January selection is The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown.

Questions/RSVP: Helene Myers, Ph.D., P’14, at cedarhouse@comcast.net or at (301) 655-5871.

By George, By Ira, By Gershwin
Saturday, December 5 7 pm
Source Theatre,
1835 14th Street NW,
Washington DC

Join your friends in the D.C. Stanford and Cal Alumni Club for a lively evening of music with an option for a pre-performance dinner nearby within walking distance of the Source Theatre.

Showtime is Saturday December 5 at 7:00 PM, with a pre-dinner starting at 5:30 PM.

Tickets are $38, with a special $25 ticket available for those ages 34 or below, and $22 for students. We are still working on dinner plans and anticipate $25 (including tip and tax) per person, not including alcohol.

“By George, By Ira, By Gershwin” brings Embraceable You, ‘S Wonderful, I Got Rhythm, heartfelt songs, memorable show-tunes, iconic jazz classics … such is the legacy of George and Ira Gershwin, the incomparable, fraternal songwriting team. Our concert-in-cabaret spans Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood and Porgy & Bess: all your favorites, and then some! Directors Abel Lopez, Reenie Codelka, Frank Conlon, and Angelisa Gillyard (choreography) lead an exuberant cast.

For more information and/or to RSVP, contact Rob Tobiassen via email at Robert.tobiassen@gmail.com or phone at 202-203-1930.

Boomers to Busters: Zoo Lights
Wednesday, December 9 6-9 pm
National Zoo,
3001 Connecticut Ave. NW,
Washington DC

Come see the National Zoo when it is lit up for the holidays. Visit the lions, tigers and bears – and – reptiles and pandas. Ride the "Conservation Carousel" and "Zoo Choo-Choo."


We will meet at 6 PM at the main entrance of the zoo at 3001 Conn Ave. NW. The zoo is midway between the Woodley Park and Cleveland Park Metros. The L2 bus stops at the entrance. Parking is tight.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Margot Ross MBA’86 at (202) 557-4542 or margot.j.ross@gmail.com.

WDCSA Holiday Party
Thursday, December 10 6:30-9 pm
DACOR Bacon House,
1801 F Street NW,
Washington DC

WDCSA is hosting our annual holiday bash! The cost for WDCSA members, young alumni (’11-’15), and current students is $10 in advance / $15 at the door. The cost for non-members is $15 in advance / $20 at the door.

Register here: http://alumni.stanford.edu/goto/event19263.

For more information, contact Maggie New at maggie@middleburggroup.com or 703-298-2525.

Renwick Gallery Tour
Saturday, January 23 11 am
Renwick Gallery,
Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW,
Washington DC

Come enjoy a docent led tour of the newly renovated Renwick Gallery, which is home to the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection of contemporary craft and decorative art. The debut exhibition, WONDER, features large-scale artwork created from unexpected materials, turning the building into a larger-than-life work of art. We will socialize afterwards at the Potbelly Sandwich Shop next door. Purchase of food or drink is optional.

Questions/RSVP: Helene Myers, Ph.D., P’14, at cedarhouse@comcast.net or at (301)655-5871

Get Involved

  • Capital Alumni Network

    The Capital Alumni Network (CAN) is organizing a wreath laying event at Arlington cemetery on Saturday December 12. Please keep the date open if you’d like to pay homage to our fallen soldiers.

    Are you interested in playing competitive coed basketball against other alumni in the DC Metro area? Games will be held in Alexandria Virginia. Contact Gregory Billings billings.g@gmail.com or 202-440-7714. p.s. The team will be warming up for the season Saturday October 31st at 10 am at the Columbia Heights Community Center 1480 Girard St. Washington DC

  • Cardinal Young Alumni Representative

    WDCSA is looking for one or two enthusiastic and committed, young alumni to help run the CYA club. If you would like to volunteer to be one of these leaders of the Cardinal Young Alumni for WDCSA, please contact ninamariarodriguez@gmail.com.

Stanford In the News

  • Stanford engineers developed a new air filter that could help Beijing residents breathe easily. Stanford’s Yi Cui and his students have turned a material commonly used in surgical gloves into a low-cost, highly efficient air filter. It could be used to improve facemasks and window screens, and maybe even scrub the exhaust from power plants.

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