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We hold a number of recurring monthly events including book club, virtual happy hour, and brunch meetings. You can find details and register for events below.

Any member or regular attender is welcome to suggest or host an event. Please contact us to discuss the details and get it on the calendar.

Upcoming events

    • 02/05/2021
    • (PST)
    • 12/17/2021
    • (PST)
    • 22 sessions
    • online
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    Grab your favorite beverage and join us to discuss the week's events, have a few laughs, and socialize with someone you're not stuck at home with!

    • 02/14/2021
    • (PST)
    • 12/12/2021
    • (PST)
    • 11 sessions
    • online
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    April update:  We will be meeting IN PERSON at QUEEN BEAN!

    As long as Stanislaus County remains in the RED TIER, Coffee Klatch will continue to be held as a live event.

    Second Sunday of the month. Online during the pandemic, but usually at Queen Bean Coffee in Modesto.

    Bring books, devices, or notepads while we solve the world's problems, exchange witty repartee, and drink delicious coffee.

    • 02/28/2021
    • (PST)
    • 12/26/2021
    • (PST)
    • 11 sessions
    • online
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    Held every 4th Sunday. Online during the pandemic, but usually at Panera Bread in Turlock.

    Grab a beverage and a snack or just come for the chat. Either way, you'll have a great time and meet some new people. This is an entirely informal event. Show up when you can, leave when you want.

    • 04/19/2021
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom
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    All dues-paying members are invited to join us for April's board meeting.

    Monday, April 19, 2021

    7:30 pm

    via Zoom

    • 05/04/2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
    • online
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    Meetings will start at 7 and end around 9 or so, depending on how everyone is enjoying the evening. Please come whether you enjoyed the book, hated the book, or didn't quite finish it! 

    Book Selections for 2021 will be posted on a monthly basis. The selection for the next meeting is:

    When Montezuma Met Cortés: The True Story of the Meeting That Changed History by Matthew Restall

    "A dramatic rethinking of the encounter between Montezuma and Hernando Cort s that completely overturns what we know about the Spanish conquest of the Americas

    On November 8, 1519, the Spanish conquistador Hernando Cort s first met Montezuma, the Aztec emperor, at the entrance to the capital city of Tenochtitlan. This introduction--the prelude to the Spanish seizure of Mexico City and to European colonization of the mainland of the Americas--has long been the symbol of Cort s's bold and brilliant military genius. Montezuma, on the other hand, is remembered as a coward who gave away a vast empire and touched off a wave of colonial invasions across the hemisphere.

    But is this really what happened? In a departure from traditional tellings, When Montezuma Met Cort s uses "the Meeting"--as Restall dubs their first encounter--as the entry point into a comprehensive reevaluation of both Cort s and Montezuma. Drawing on rare primary sources and overlooked accounts by conquistadors and Aztecs alike, Restall explores Cort s's and Montezuma's posthumous reputations, their achievements and failures, and the worlds in which they lived--leading, step by step, to a dramatic inversion of the old story. As Restall takes us through this sweeping, revisionist account of a pivotal moment in modern civilization, he calls into question our view of the history of the Americas, and, indeed, of history itself."

    Here are some useful links about the book:

    https://www.mexicolore.co.uk/aztecs/spanish-invasion/encounters-countdown-1

    (We're an affiliate on Bookshop. We get a little bit if you purchase the book from this link.)

    https://bookshop.org/a/5552/9780062427274


    Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

    • 06/01/2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
    • online
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    Meetings will start at 7 and end around 9 or so, depending on how everyone is enjoying the evening. Please come whether you enjoyed the book, hated the book, or didn't quite finish it! 

    Book Selections for 2021 will be posted on a monthly basis. The selection for the next meeting is:

    Outside Looking In by Matthew Restall

    "In this stirring and insightful novel, T.C. Boyle takes us back to the 1960s and to the early days of a drug whose effects have reverberated widely throughout our culture: LSD.

    In 1943, LSD is synthesized in Basel. Two decades later, a coterie of grad students at Harvard are gradually drawn into the inner circle of renowned psychologist and psychedelic drug enthusiast Timothy Leary. Fitzhugh Loney, a psychology Ph.D. student and his wife, Joanie, become entranced by the drug's possibilities such that their "research" becomes less a matter of clinical trials and academic papers and instead turns into a free-wheeling exploration of mind expansion, group dynamics, and communal living. With his trademark humor and pathos, Boyle moves us through the Loneys' initiation at one of Leary's parties to his notorious summer seminars in Zihuatanejo until the Loneys' eventual expulsion from Harvard and their introduction to a communal arrangement of thirty devotees--students, wives, and children--living together in a sixty-four room mansion and devoting themselves to all kinds of experimentation and questioning.

    Is LSD a belief system? Does it allow you to see God? Can the Loneys' marriage--or any marriage, for that matter--survive the chaotic and sometimes orgiastic use of psychedelic drugs? Wry, witty, and wise, Outside Looking In is an ideal subject for this American master, and highlights Boyle's acrobatic prose, detailed plots, and big ideas. It's an utterly engaging and occasionally trippy look at the nature of reality, identity, and consciousness, as well as our seemingly infinite capacities for creativity, re-invention, and self-discovery."


    (We're an affiliate on Bookshop. We get a little bit if you purchase the book from this link.)

    https://bookshop.org/a/5552/9780062882998


    Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Past Events

04/06/2021 Book Club (Talking to Strangers)
03/02/2021 Book Club
07/12/2020 Coffee Klatch
07/07/2020 Book Club
06/28/2020 Turlock Brunch/Breakfast in Bed
06/19/2020 Quarantini Happy Hour
06/05/2020 Quarantini Happy Hour

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