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Jun 11
11:00 am-open


Tilden Park
Tilden Regional Park
Berkeley, California 94708
Park and meet near the north end of Tilden Park where the Little Farm is.

OWADP Informal Family Day


This is a casual OWADP meet-up to socialize and bring your family so they know who you have been meeting with or talking to...

Bring your own blankets and food and let's all hang out in the gorgeous weather before it gets super hot.

We plan to meet near the Little Farm in Tilden Park. Here is a link with some more information and a small map.

We hope to see everyone that can make it there!

Jun 25


Ruth Bancroft Gardens
1552 Bancroft Rd
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

via Eventbrite

50th Anniversary Garden Gala


Join us in celebrating our 50th year at the beautiful Ruth Bancroft Succulent Gardens located in Walnut Creek.

Enjoy the warm summer breeze, by strolling through the beautiful gardens on the premises. Indoor and outdoor seating is available.

A delicious dinner of paella and tapas (vegetarian options available) will be served.

There will be dancing to all your favorite music over 5 decades!

Decorative, festive hats are encouraged!

Bring cash or a checkbook to participate in the Silent Auction.

Space is limited, book your tickets early for the early registration discount. The price per person will be $150 after 6/1/23.

Date: Sunday, June 25th, 2023
Time: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
Location: Ruth Bancroft Gardens (1552 Bancroft Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94598)

Register via Eventbrite

Aug 11
thru Aug 13


Hearst Castle
750 Hearst Castle Rd
San Simeon, CA 93452

50th Anniversary Hearst Castle Trip


Join us for a relaxing weekend trip to San Simeon and a tour of Hearst Castle with OWA+DP friends old and new.
Learn more about Julia Morgan and discuss women’s place (past, present and future) in architecture and design in California.

Friday - drive down, dinner together + social hour
Saturday Morning - Hearst Castle tour
Saturday Afternoon - free time, enjoy the pool and ocean
Saturday Evening - Dinner together & social hour
Sunday Morning - Breakfast together and ocean hike/walk
Additional details can be found here

Recommended hotel is the San Simeon Lodge

Approximate cost for the tour: $100 for the Julia Morgan Tour, 120 minutes
Costs for accommodations, transportation & meals on your own.

Sara Mae Parker can help arrange carpools and roommates if you want to share a room.

To RSVP, please fill out this form.
or email Sara Mae Parker
Please RSVP by June 1st.


Jan 19



50th Anniversary Ecuador Trip


We are very excited to be able to announce the OWA + DP 50th Anniversary trip that was postponed in February 2023 to January of 2024.

Below are some key points and information to move forward with making this awesome experience happen.
Gilda will be already in Ecuador and will be joining the group in Quito to start the trip.
The trip is organized by Amazon Learning, owned by a friend of Gilda's who has help us planned this customized trip tailored
for our group. We wanted to keep the group small to make it a more pleasurable experience for all of us, as opposed
to a regular trip that takes 30 passengers on a large tour.

1) Dates of trip: January 19th-27th, 2024
2) Each traveller must buy their own airline tickets to get to Quito on January 19th, they must arrive in the afternoon or evening time.
4) We also encourage each traveller to buy their own travel insurance.
5) Attached is the
OWA+DP 50th Anniversary Ecuador Trip Description and the updated itinerary.
6) Attached are all the
Ecuador Arrival Forms that all travelers must fill out.
7) Attached is the
OWA+DP 50th Anniversary Trip Financial Information for each traveller and it is broken down in the following way:

A deposit of $500 per person is required to reserve your spot on the trip. This deposit is due by 7/1/2023.

Early Bird Specials
If deposit of $500 is received by 6/01/23, a discount of $200 will be applied and total cost will be $2800.

If deposit of $500 is received by 6/15/23, a discount of $100 will be applied and total cost will be $2,900.

The complete trip cost (remaining balance) is due by 8/1/23.

Once the final balance is received we will be able to make all hotel reservations below is a sample of some of the potential and quality level of hotels that we will be using.

We will be including exquisite meals and will be able to taste the rich culinary variety that Ecuador has to offer.

Gallery - Casa Joaquin Boutique Hotel (
Papalllacta hot-springs
Hamadryade Lodge
Luna Volcan

The trip is set up to be on a first come first serve basis.

We want to have the minimum number of attendees confirmed, so we can all start to purchase our airline tickets ahead of time to secure the best rates possible.

I (Gilda) will be glad to answer any questions you may have or Andy Gavilanes the CEO of Amazon Learning.

I look forward to sharing my beautiful, picturesque and diverse country with you all!

Looking forward to a memorable trip!

Gilda Puente-Peters

OWA+DP 50th Anniversary Ecuador Trip Description.pdf

OWA+DP 50th Anniversary Trip Financial Information.pdf

Ecuador Arrival Forms.pdf

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