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We had our best turn out ever for our January social event at the new Fourth Bore Tap Room and Grill in Orinda. Everyone had a wonderful time getting together to eat, drink and socialize!

The 2015/16 Executive Board has been approved and is made up as follows:

President: Amy Stuffman
Deans: Cathy Opdycke and Katie Walsh
Membership: Tracy Cummings
Social: Corrie Raphael
Hospitality: Ignacia Guzman and Leigh Colburn
Communications: Michelle Bea
Treasurer: Maura Aars

Our April meeting featured a night of food and fun. We had a wonderful cooking demonstration with local chef Dan Petek and did some blind taste testing of some of our favorite wines. Dan demonstrated how to make an amazing ahi tuna appetizer, delicious herb-crusted goat cheese salad, a fava bean risotto with lemon and mint pesto, and topped it all off with decadent dark chocolate and sea salt topped bread – it was spectacular!

We ended the evening with laughter, full stomachs, delicious recipes, and great cooking tips (cut goat cheese with dental floss!). What a wonderful way to spend a beautiful Spring evening!

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Our April meeting featured a night of food and fun. We had a wonderful cooking demonstration with local chef Dan Petek and did some blind taste testing of some of our favorite wines. Dan demonstrated how to make an amazing ahi tuna appetizer, delicious herb-crusted goat cheese salad, a fava bean risotto with lemon and mint pesto, and topped it all off with decadent dark chocolate and sea salt topped bread – it was spectacular! We ended the evening with laughter, full stomachs, delicious recipes, and great cooking tips (cut goat cheese with dental floss!). What a wonderful way to spend a beautiful Spring evening!

For our fundraiser this year, we gathered at Maura’s house to make Cookies in a Jar and Chocolate Sauce. We made about 72 jars of chocolate sauce and 48 jars of cookie mix! We spent our next group meeting decorating the treats and will be selling them at our next meeting. They are wonderful holiday and hostess gifts.

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The Orinda Juniors had a great time decorating pumpkins at our October meeting. Once we were all done, a small group (along with their children all decked out in their spookiest garb) delivered the pumpkins to an enthusiastic crowd of seniors at the Orinda Senior Village.