Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Not Just Any Polo Event...

6th Annual Wounded Veterans Polo Benefit
The 1940’s  (70th Anniversary of the end of World War II)
 Sunday, August 30, 2015 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
 Trione Polo Field; 560 White Oak Drive, Santa Rosa (Oakmont), CA 95409 
Polo players, polo ponies, stunt riders, horse drawn carriages, and military dignitaries will all be part of an upcoming polo benefit for combat injured American soldiers living in the San Francisco Bay Area. The 6th Annual Wounded Veterans Polo Benefit takes place Sunday, August 30. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. and festivities begin at 11:30 a.m.
The benefit, sponsored by the Commandery of St. Francis, Order of St. John, Knights Hospitaller, and hosted by the Wine Country Polo Club, is designed to generate support for three veterans’ rehabilitation programs:
1) Pathway Home (www.thepathwayhome.org) in Yountville, providing residential treatment for veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,
2) Community Action North Bay, (www.canbinc.org) providing housing and life assistance to veterans in need in Solano County, and
3) the veterans program at BAADS, the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors (www.baads.org) providing sail training and therapy on sailing dinghies in the San Francisco bay.
The opening ceremony includes posting of the Colors by a mounted Color Guard, the National Anthem and a salute to the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II. Special guests will include World War II veterans.
The afternoon features two polo games played by some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s highest rated polo players and polo ponies. The Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls will lead the show at the intermission with a display of stunt riding and trick roping. Other highlights include the traditional Chandon Divot Stomp, a Ladies' Hat Competition, a silent auction, wine tasting, and more. Premium seating includes lunch tables and a gourmet buffet. Lawn seating allows for picnics or lunch from the concession.
The Commandery of St Francis was the first Hospitaller commandery to be established on the West Coast. Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, this non-profit organization is comprised primarily of serving or retired Officers of the Armed Forces of the United States of America and its Allies. The mission of this philanthropic organization, in keeping with the centuries’ old history and traditions of the Knights Hospitaller, is to support recently wounded service veterans.
Last year the 5th annual Wounded Veteran Polo Benefit, attended by over 350 spectators, raised and disbursed over $50,000.
Early Bird tickets (until August 9):  lawn seating $60, children under 12 $30. Premium seating with Preferred Sonoma Caterers luncheon $160, Premium Table for 8 $1200.
From August 10: lawn seating $70/children $40, Premium seating $185, Premium Table for 8 $1400.  For more information and to register for tickets: www.wvpb.org.  

Monday, July 6, 2015

Yippie Yogurt Fundraiser and Wine

Travels: Event Worth Checking Out

Wine Lovers...support this great cause and enjoy the possibility of winning some amazing wines.

Yippie Foundation’s First Annual
“Best in the Cellar” Wine Raffle, 2015

Only 100 Wine Raffle tickets will be sold for this first prize 50-bottle lot of fantastic wine. And Wine Donors will have first opportunity to purchase tickets! Wine Raffle tickets will be available June 15 – August 21, 2015 or until all 100 tickets are sold.  (The winner need not be present to win).
Wine Donors will also be honored with their names on Wine Raffle literature and name or logo on a large “Thank You” Board at our “Sunset in the Vineyard” dinner fundraiser at Wooden Valley Winery on August 21, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:30 pm. General Sunset tickets are $30 each and VIP Premier tickets are $50 each. We hope you will come!  Please purchase your tickets now athttps://eventbrite.com/event/16058447248/
Wine donations will be stored in a climate controlled wine cellar.
The Yippie Foundation is a local 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, EIN# 27-3252623 www.YippieFoundation.org and www.YippieYogurt.org

Yippie Yogurt® 1955 W. Texas Street, #4 (next to Nation’s Burgers) in Fairfield      

“We don't train youth to serve yogurt; we serve yogurt to train youth!"

The Yippie (Youth Initiating Professional Preparedness In Employment) Foundation’s mission is to develop and empower underserved youth to reach their potential through training and work experience.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

ConvertAHanger Review

I've reviewed this previously...but I used it again and still love it.

If you're going on a cruise or staying in hotels...the hangers may not be what you need. If you can't remove the hanger from the closet or only part of it can be removed, it's a pain to hang up your wet swimsuit or to hang up your dress when you want to remove the wrinkles.

These really do work. Plus, they take up almost no room.

Give them a try and let me know what you think.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Reading Reviews

Do you read reviews before you book a hotel, a B&B, a restaurant, etc.?

By the same token, do you write reviews when you are back home? Did you have some awesome wine and a fantastic experience in a little known bar in Venice? Was the apartment you rented in Victoria the absolute perfect spot? Did the hotel in Milan provide customer service that was over the top?

If so, write a review. Other travelers appreciate it and you may help someone decide what they want to do and where they want to go.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

What do you do with your Travel Photos?

You've returned home from vacation and have a gazillion photos. Now is the time to sort them, label them or group them by city or event, and delete those that aren't quite in focus.

I know it seems like this is something you can do later. But, will you? A few months from now you'll look at them and try to remember which castle was which, or if that's the Duomo in Florence or somewhere else, and why on earth do I have so many photos of the Rialto Bridge...

Schedule a day to go through them now. You'll be glad you did.

If you have a few that are really special, or that you love, or capture your trip perfectly...why not make a small album. Fifteen or 20 photos in a small album can be shared with friends and can remind you of your favorite times.