Washington DC Stanford Association July-August 2003 Newsletter

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July 7 Stanford Black Alumni Association Fundraiser at Austin Grill
July 13 WDCSA Book Club: "Fast Food Nation" 
Thur July 17 Whitewater Kayaking…Again
Sat July 19 Orioles v. Anaheim Angels
Sat. July 26-Sun. Aug. 3 Legg Mason Tennis
August 10 WDCSA Book Club: "Midnight's Children"

Forecast for the Fall:

Other: Modern Drama Discussion Group

This month's newsletter will not be mailed.

Stanford Black Alumni Association Fundraiser
Monday, July 7, 5-10:30 p.m., Austin Grill
750 E St., NW, Washington, DC (just southwest of the MCI Center)

Enjoy good Mexican food, help out a worthy cause and win a gift certificate! The Stanford Black Alumni Association is presenting a restaurant night at downtown Washington's Austin Grill. From 5-10:30 p.m. on Monday, July 7, SBAA will get 50% of food and drink receipts from customers WHO WRITE "SBAA" or "Stanford" ON THE BACK OF THEIR RECEIPTS (please remember this, or we don't get the money). Forms will be available at the front for people to fill out and enter a drawing for gifts, which include $25 gift certificates to Amazon.com and Best Buy. Please come out for this, and encourage friends, significant others, and co-workers to eat out that night at this location:

For more information, please call or e-mail Stephaan Harris ('96) at (202) 331-5540 or sharris@epinet.org.

Sunday, July 13, 2003, 6-9 p.m.
Book: Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the American Meal, Eric Schlosser

Location: Contact carinau@stanfordalumni.org

10 August, 6-9 p.m. Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie;
14 September, 6-9 p.m. The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown

If you notice a scheduling conflict for a discussion you would like to attend, please email Carina at least one month in advance to suggest an alternative date. We will always try to maximize the number of people able to make a meeting! If you would be willing to host a discussion and potluck in your home, please email carinau@standfordalumni.org. Your home should be within walking distance from a metro and be wheelchair accessible. For more information please contact Carina Uraiqat at carinau@stanfordalumni.org

Follow Up to Whitewater Intro, Thursday, July 17, 5:30-8PM

We will follow up our successful June paddling lessons for those interested in whitewater kayaking. The Potomac River level and weather will likely be perfect (i.e. blisteringly hot) for an after-work class at the river. Lessons will once again be provided by AJ and Jeff McIntyre, experienced instructors and residents of Cabin John, MD.

Meet us at Potomac Outdoors, 7687 Macarthur Blvd, Cabin John, MD (301) 320-1544. You can reserve equipment there for $28 per day. Call ahead and ask for a 'whitewater kayak' and the associated accessories: a life jacket, sprayskirt, paddle and helmet. Wear a bathing suit or trunks, polypropylene undershirt (you may have one for winter sports), a windbreaker if breezy. Wear sandals or sneakers that can get wet or muddy.

Find out more about Potomac Outdoors at www.potomacoutdoors.com, which has a link to provide detailed directions. Potomac Outdoors is inside the Beltway, west of Glen Echo and Cabin John Parkway, two blocks before Seven Locks Road.

RSVP by July 15th to risa@amwhitewater.org with your plans to attend so we'll be looking out for you!

Saturday, July 19, 7:00 p.m.

WDCSA has purchased a block of 25 tickets for the Baltimore Orioles v. Anaheim Angels. Tickets are $16 each (a $4 discount off the regular price). To RSVP, send your check, payable to WDCSA, to Tom Hwang at 5647 Columbia Rd. Apt. 304, Columbia, MD 21044 and include if you would like to carpool with someone. Post-game celebrants can visit the Inner Harbor near Camden Yards or the Power Plant entertainment district. Please contact Tom Hwang at 410-884-3533 for more information. On game day, if you need to contact Tom, call 800-960-9696 (cell)

Directions: Take the Baltimore Washington Parkway to Baltimore. This will turn into Russell St. and end at the stadium. Or, take I-95 to I-395 to downtown, exit on Martin Luther King Blvd. Turn right on Pratt St. Parking is available in the vicinity.

As a pregame activity, you may wish to visit Ft. McHenry, the Inner Harbor, or Baltimore's National Aquarium. Ft. McHenry Park is three miles southeast of the Baltimore Inner Harbor and just off I-95. From I-95, take Exit 55 to Key Highway. Turn left on Lawrence Street and left on Fort Avenue. Proceed one mile to the park.

Legg Mason Tennis Classic
Saturday, July 26-August 3

The WDCSA has box seats (Aisle 4, Box 7 – 7th and 8th row from the court, on the west side, providing shade from the afternoon sun) to the tournament at 16th & Kennedy, NW. We will allocate our two onsite parking passes per session by lottery if more than 2 groups purchase for a single session:

Sunday, July 27, 11 a.m., $15 (4 seats left)
Monday, July 28, 4 p.m. $26 (2 seats left)
Thursday, July 31, 4 p.m. $38 (2 seats left)
Saturday, August 2, 1 p.m. $45 (4 seats left)
Saturday, August 2, 7 p.m. $45 (2 seats left)
Sunday, August 3, 2 p.m. $53 (4 seats left)

Email Bill Pegram at dcstanalum@aol.com or call (703) 486-0952 indicating the number of tickets desired and the session.

16 September, 7:00 p.m.

Location tba: someplace in Baltimore.  We'll discuss Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines.

On the heels of having led a successful Stanford Book Club group in Chicago, Sarah Clever ('91) is recreating success and enthusiasm in … Bal'more! The club is open to all alumni, and the only rules are that we will alternate between fiction and non-fiction every other month, and that book selection will be by democratic vote. We'll decide whether and/or how much food we want at each meeting, and when and where we want to meet.

Please be in touch with Sarah Clever, '91, 410-685-7558, slclever@earthlink.net, with questions. Happy reading!

[Below, a review of the book…]

"In a small Cajun community in 1940s Louisiana, a young black man is about to go to the electric chair for murder. A white shopkeeper had died during a robbery gone bad; though the young man on trial had not been armed and had not pulled the trigger, in that time and place, there could be no doubt of the verdict or the penalty.

"'I was not there, yet I was there. No, I did not go to the trial, I did not hear the verdict, because I knew all the time what it would be...' So begins Grant Wiggins, the narrator of Ernest J. Gaines's powerful exploration of race, injustice, and resistance, A Lesson Before Dying. If young Jefferson, the accused, is confined by the law to an iron-barred cell, Grant Wiggins is no less a prisoner of social convention. University educated, Grant has returned to the tiny plantation town of his youth, where the only job available to him is teaching in the small plantation church school. More than 75 years after the close of the Civil War, antebellum attitudes still prevail: African Americans go to the kitchen door when visiting whites and the two races are rigidly separated by custom and by law. Grant, trapped in a career he doesn't enjoy, eaten up by resentment at his station in life, and angered by the injustice he sees all around him, dreams of taking his girlfriend Vivian and leaving Louisiana forever. But when Jefferson is convicted and sentenced to die, his grandmother, Miss Emma, begs Grant for one last favor: to teach her grandson to die like a man.

"As Grant struggles to impart a sense of pride to Jefferson before he must face his death, he learns an important lesson as well: heroism is not always expressed through action--sometimes the simple act of resisting the inevitable is enough."

Saturday, September 27

Enjoy an exciting evening of thoroughbred racing and casino games at Charles Town Racetrack in Charles Town, West Virginia. Jim Arrison (BS/MS) '87, a thoroughbred owner, will host the evening and provide introductions to jockeys, trainers, and the track handicapper. Details will follow in the September newsletter.

Modern Drama Discussion Group

Monday, July 14, 6:30 p.m. (dinner), discussion 7:30-9:30
Luna Books, 1633 P St., NW

The Modern Drama Discussion Group (www.footlightsdc.org), a project of the Stanford Club and other DC-area alumni clubs, discusses theater over dinner with a guest speaker. This season's plays all focus on women.

On Monday, July 14, the MDDG will discuss "Diana of Dobson's" (1908), by feminist activist Cicely Hamilton. When Hamilton's heroine, a sweatshop worker, receives a small inheritance, she spends it all on a month at a high-class resort frequented by eligible bachelors. Reckless extravagance--or wise investment? Canadian director Alisa Palmer will fly here from Toronto to lead the discussion; her production of "Diana" runs through October 3 at the Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Backstage Books, Olsson's, & Politics & Prose all have copies. For reservations & other information, call 202-898-4825 (24 hours/day) or e-mail gruenberg@footlightsdc.org.


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