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    • April 28, 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
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    To register, we prefer you pay online via the black "REGISTER" button. But you may mail the coupon and a check by snail mail

    You are in luck. After a four-year hiatus, we are planning to resume our annual meeting and awards luncheon this year on Sunday, April 28, at the Bancroft Hotel in Berkeley. This is your opportunity to meet the outstanding scholars and professors whom we have selected to receive our awards, as well as mingle with long missed fellow Phi Betes.  Just when you might have lost faith in the future of liberal arts education, seeing and hearing these awardees will act as an inspiring restorative.

    Where: Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

    When: Sunday, April 28, 2024, 12 noon to 4 p.m.

    How much: $70 (includes salad, main course, dessert, wine, tax and tip).

    An anonymous donor is contributing $10 to the scholarship fund for each member attending!

    Questions? Contact Jean James at jeanejames@comcast.net or (415) 328-7978

    • May 25, 2024
    • 10:30 AM
    • Scotts Peak Trail Head in Orinda, California
    • 18
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    To register, we prefer you pay online via the black "REGISTER" button. For other options, contact O'Neil Dillon at oneilsdillon@gmail.com or 510-207-8761

     Skyline Gardens is a 1.5 mile trail running South from the steam trains at Tilden Regional Park in Berkeley to Sibley Volcanic Regional Reserve.  it is on EBMUD watershed land.

    Skyline Gardens is an East Bay Botanic hotspot for native plants, with more than 280 species. 

    The reason it is called a “Garden" is because since 2016 there has been a major volunteer led restoration program removing a massive invasive non-native plant population.  With this help native plants, animals, and insects have thrived.

    This event will be  led by two docents and will not only be a Spring wildflower walk, but an education on restoring nature.

    https://www.skylinegardens.org/

    https://baynature.org/article/weeding-the-wild/

    Date: Saturday May 25th

    Time: 10:30 AM

    Cost: $15 ( for scholarships)

    Maximum group size- 20


    PBKNCA rep- O’Neil Dillon

    Map and directions at available at this link

    The trailhead is .7mi South from the Tilden Steam Train turn-off on Grizzly Peak Blvd and .3mi North from where the intersection of Fish Ranch Rd and Grizzly Peak Blvd. Parking is on the side of the road.

    The trail is not flat, but some has some slight elevation change. Binoculars recommended.

    If on the day of the event you find you can't make it, call O'Neil Dillon at 510-207-8761Simply not paying or not replying prevents us from allowing someone else to attend. No-shows do NOT receive a refund!

    If you register, then later decide not to attend this event, there may be others on the waiting list who will be able to take your place, so please cancel (click HERE, or on "Already registered" if you are on the event page) or by contacting  O'Neil Dillon at oneilsdillon@gmail.com or 510-207-8761

    If you are on the waitlist and wish to be removed without being registered, please contact  O'Neil Dillon at oneilsdillon@gmail.com or 510-207-8761

    • June 08, 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 1275 Minnesota St. San Francisco
    • 6
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    To register, we prefer you pay online via the black "REGISTER" button. For other options, contact O'Neil Dillon at oneilsdillon@gmail.com or 510-207-8761 

    This exclusive, guided tour of contemporary art will begin at the Minnesota Street Project, a three warehouse complex dedicated to educating the public through exhibitions, galleries and programs. Led by collector, traveler and art historian, Rhoda Becker, participants will have access to galleries, meet owners and collectors, speak with artists and get an insider’s perspective on this vibrant contemporary art community. Our guide will have previewed the most current exhibits and created a varied itinerary showcasing current artists and works. They recommend allowing three hours to view all galleries and visit with creatives.

    Nearby cafes are available for lunch and refreshments or bring your own and eat in the nearby park.

    The Minnesota Street Project is in Dogpatch which is the new epicenter of innovation, craft and artistic expression. The Museum of Craft and Design, California College of the Arts, San Francisco Center for the Book, entrepreneurial ventures and various art spaces make this an internationally recognized art destination. After the tour, people may want to explore this vibrant area.

    Group size: 20
    Cost: members  $40 ($15 for scholarships), Non-members $50 ($25 for scholarships)
    Parking: Ample street parking
    PBKNCA rep:  Tina Hittenberger

    If on the day of the event you find you can't make it, call Tina Hittenberger at 707-738-5607Simply not paying or not replying prevents us from allowing someone else to attend. No-shows do NOT receive a refund!

    If you register, then later decide not to attend this event, there may be others on the waiting list who will be able to take your place, so please cancel (click HERE, or on "Already registered" if you are on the event page) or by contacting  Tina Hittenberger by email or at 707-738-5607

    If you are on the waitlist and wish to be removed without being registered, please contact  Tina Hittenberger by email or at 707-738-5607

    • February 14, 2025
    • 4:00 PM
    • February 17, 2025
    • 12:00 PM
    • Asilomar, 800 Asilomar Ave, Pacific Grove, CA
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    What a great weekend we had! You can register now for 2025 now!  

    To register, we prefer you pay online via the black "REGISTER" buttonBut you may mail the coupon and a check by snail mail.  After you register you will receive information about reserving room and meals with the PBK group. For registration or logistics matters, please contact Barry Haskell at bghaskell@comcast.netRegistration is $150 (member rate), which goes in part to scholarships.  (Remember, to be part of the PBKNCA package, do not reserve directly with the facility - wait for the information from Barry.) 

    The goal of liberal education is to understand the world in all its complexities, to challenge us and yes…  to make us uncomfortable from time to time. – Fred Lawrence, General Secretary, PBK Society

Past events

February 16, 2024 37th Asilomar Conference - Feb 16-19, 2024
January 09, 2024 Saildrone Ocean Explorer tour (on land!)
November 18, 2023 John Muir House and Garden tour
October 28, 2023 Young Professionals: Join us for a day of food, drinks and community-building at SPARK Social SF, at our annual Young Professionals Key Connections Event
October 20, 2023 U.C. Berkeley’s splendid Blake Garden tour
September 20, 2023 Guide Dogs for the Blind
August 26, 2023 Far Leaves Tea class Saturday, Aug. 26, 2023
August 19, 2023 Far Leaves Tea class August 19, 2023
June 17, 2023 African American Museum and Library at Oakland
May 27, 2023 History Cruise on the USS Potomac
May 20, 2023 PBKNCA YP Lands End Hike
April 15, 2023 Mt. Burdell Nature Walk
March 19, 2023 PBKNCA YP Wine Tasting Event
March 18, 2023 Truhlsen-Marmor Museum of the Eye
February 17, 2023 36th Asilomar Conference - Feb 17-20, 2023
November 12, 2022 All You Ever Wanted To Know About Olive Oils
October 22, 2022 California State Railroad Museum - Private guided tour
October 16, 2022 PBKNCA YP Key Connections - 2022 - “Let’s Chat About Your Career Journey”
September 17, 2022 San Francisco Chinatown Family Associations, Tongs, and Gangs
August 27, 2022 Private Docent-Led Tour: The Marine Mammal (Rescue) Center
July 16, 2022 Everything You Wanted to Know About Bees
June 08, 2022 Wayne Thiebaud, Crocker Museum of Art, private guided tour
May 15, 2022 PBKNCA Book Club
April 09, 2022 Pt Reyes wildflower walk
March 17, 2022 Oakland Zoo walking tour CANCELLED
February 18, 2022 Asilomar 35. Feb 18-21 2022. Join us in 2023
January 15, 2022 Tour the historic Delta town of Locke and winery visit
November 17, 2021 The Arion Press (and M+H Typefoundry) in San Francisco
September 11, 2021 Good Grief, Charlie Brown
August 14, 2021 Museum of International Propaganda DATE CHANGED
July 10, 2021 The Young Professionals Hike and Lunch
May 02, 2021 Sunday, May 2, 2021: ΦBKNCA Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon, Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley, 12:00 Noon
October 21, 2020 Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 6PM PBKNCA Member's Stories #4 "HAPPY HOUR WITH PBK YOUNG PROFESSIONALS"
October 08, 2020 El Anatsui: The Reluctant Iconoclast
September 26, 2020 Saturday, September 26 ,2020 10-11AM PBKNCA Member's Stories #3 Mr. Vic Schacter will present “HOW NEGOTIATION, MEDIATION AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION CAN BE IMPLEMENTED IN THE REAL WORLD”

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