Holiday Auction 2020

Richmond Rotary Virtual Holiday Auction

Holiday Gift Shopping That Benefits Your Community

Thank you all for your generous donations and bids!

AUCTION CLOSED
on Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 11:59pm

Link to Auction Website


You make the difference! Your contributions to our Holiday Auction raise the money we donate to local schools and community organizations (Which schools and organizations? Check the list on our Current Projects page). So join the band this year: attend the Auction online, invite guests, and of course, bid on some of the fun and sometimes even useful items listed below. Check back to watch the list grow day by day.

For ideas for this year, auction items from 2019 are listed down below.

We know that every Richmond Rotarian will want to pitch in. Please click the Post my Item button to send us your item’s description, which we’ll post on this page. Or if you prefer, click the Donate button to make a tax-deductible donation using PayPal or your credit card. We request a donation of $100 or more. Either way, your generosity helps to build a better community.

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Holiday Auction 2020 Donated Items

 

Birding Trip

In years past, Nick Despota offered guided birding trips for our auctions. Today, owing to Covid limits on indoor gatherings, the Great Outdoors seems greater than ever. So Nick again offers an expert-guided birding trip, this time to Coyote Hills Regional Park. Instead of the usual focus on species count, this trip will highlight perception.

Similar to recognizing a friend on the street, identifying a bird in the wild depends on an integration of sense impressions: a glimpse of a black-white streak, a rattling trill, a rustle of grasses. Enhancing moment-to-moment awareness is the goal of our trip.

Maximum of 6 participants.

$100 value per person


The Bottle of Muscatel

Once upon a time the retail value of a bottle of Gallo Muscatel was around two dollars. But today “The Bottle” has accrued a fundraising value of… well we don’t know. We’re pegging it at around $14,000!

The concept is as simple as it is beguiling: each year a Rotarian invests in the venerable object, increasing its total generated value and earning the high honor of having his or her name memorialized in Dymo tape on the bottle. Neville Guard is the current custodian of the bottle—and the tradition.


The Sister Bottle

In contrast to The Bottle of Muscatel, The Sister Bottle, Turkish brandy, is meant to be enjoyed socially by those discerning persons who possess it.

Each person who contributes to its purchase earns the high standing that comes with having their name embossed (yes, Dymo tape) on the outer box.

If that is not one form of immortality, the word has no meaning.

Priceless, but currently valued at $350


Lau’s Luau

Celebrate our 50th State’s 62nd Admissions Day on August 21, 2021.

Enjoy cocktails, pupus (appetizers) and dinner.

Outdoor activity that will follow whatever health guidelines are in effect.

Limited to 12 seats at $100 per seat.

Okole Maluna (bottoms up)! Aloha!


One week stay on the St. Lawrence River in Quebec

Jon Lawlis and Darlene Quenville would like you to go away…to an idyllic farmhouse located one hour west of Montreal, in St. Anicet, Quebec. This beautiful 100+ year old farmhouse is situated on 5 acres with historic 200-year-old barns. Located in St. Anicet, Quebec on Lake St. Francis on the St. Lawrence River. Beautiful views and waterfront access.

Great for families. Click here for pictures and full description.

Special Note: Canada Border will need to be opened up for non-essential travel due to Covid-19. The first three weeks in June 2021 and last two weeks in September 2021 are currently open. If Covid-19 prevents use in 2021, this booking can be used in 2022.

$950 value


East Brother Lighthouse Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

East Brother Lighthouse, or more accurately a Light Station, is a beautifully restored California Victorian Lighthouse Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Inn perched atop an island in the strait that separates San Francisco and San Pablo Bays.

The lighthouse offers the rare combination of both a “lighthouse dinner, bed & breakfast” and an “island dinner, B&B,” and is a unique California destination.

Though only a ten-minute boat ride to the island, the lighthouse inn seems to be a world away from the lights of the nearby cities.

Guests will also be treated to a full tour of the island, taking in all of the buildings. They’ll be regaled with the history of the island and its life as a lighthouse up to the present day.

Can be used when they are open post-COVID.

$435 value for double occupancy, dinner, bed and breakfast


Contractors’ Lunch

Once again the gauntlet has been tossed.

Can the Club’s die-hards outlast one another despite the abuse to which they’ve subjected their bodies to over the years?

Up to 10 people.

Minimum bid $200.


Customized Take-Home Opalescence Whitening Kit

Dr. Josh Rosales would like to brighten your smile for the holidays with customized take-home opalescence tooth whitening gel.

The gel is mint flavored and has 35% concentration whitening strength. It also contains PF (potassium nitrate and fluoride) formulated to prevent tooth dehydration and tooth shade relapse. It can be used for regular day or night wear.

Our office will take custom impressions of your teeth to fabricate your whitening tray. Gel is sticky and viscous so it won’t migrate to soft tissues and the custom tray stays securely in place.

$250 value


Oral-B Genius Electric Toothbrush

Dr. Josh Rosales would like to enhance your oral hygiene care at home by offering the Oral-B Genius electric toothbrush that connects to the Oral-B smartphone app via Bluetooth to give you customized real-time feedback about your brushing habits.

The brush and app also provide time your brushing for the recommended 2 minutes and include a pressure alert to protect your gums from over-brushing. The brush also features a round head that surrounds and cups each tooth with dynamic oscillating, rotating and pulsating movements. The 360 SmartRing with LED lights delivers visual feedback on your brushing pressure, brushing time and selected mode.

$125 value


McDonald’s Gift Certificate

Stoney Stonework is donating a McDonald’s Gift Card, perfect for the Big Mac® Lover in your life. Makes a great gift for you or a friend.

Sustainably Sourced. Committed To Quality. Can be used for Mobile Order & Pay. Delivery.

$100 value


Stoney’s BBQ Sauce

Stoney Stonework is donating a bottle of his homemade BBQ Sauce.

Different geographical regions have allegiances to their particular styles and variations for barbecue sauce.

Most American barbecue sauces can trace their roots to a sauce common in the eastern regions of North Carolina and South Carolina. It is used as a “mopping” sauce to baste the meat while it is cooking and as a dipping sauce when it is served.

Stoney has his own special recipe.

$25 value


Chocolate Martini Gift Basket

Includes all the recipe ingredients needed for chocolate martinis:

2 martini glasses, Godiva Chocolate liquor, Grey Goose Vodka, Stolichnaya Vanilla Vodka, Hiram WalkerCreme de Cacao, and Turin Johnnie Walker Black Label Dark Chocolates.

$100 value


Richmond History Museum Basket

Melinda McCrary, executive director of the Richmond History Museum, offers a selection of gifts that reflect our city’s rich history.

The basket includes a City of Richmond brick, a poster & “other goodies”.

$150 value


Eight handmade knit items by local artisan Maggie Jacobs

Great gift ideas!

One white cabled hat (acrylic)
One purple and blue fair isle hat (wool)
One teal Amstel Hat (hand dyed wool)
Hanasaku Cowl (wool & polyester)
One peach Caterpillar Cowl (wool)
One teal and blue Wedge Scarf (acrylic)
One teal bubbles scarf (wool)
One mustard, olive and ecru colorblock scarf (wool)

Donated by Melinda McCrary

$150 value


Red Wine Assortment

Discover the world with this assortment of red wines donated by President Stacey Street-Spight.

Identify new flavors and varieties in a wine tasting session in the comfort of your own home.

Different people have different tastes in wine, so you should have a variety of styles on hand – the trick here is to not overwhelm the food being served.

The most basic variety would consist of one red and one white option. You can add multiple styles of each, or include a sparkling, rosé, or sweet option.

$125 value


Tequila Revolución from Mexico

700ml bottle of Tequila Revolución Extra Añejo Cristalino donated by Oscar Garcia

Crystalline Sparkles With Silver Edges.

Tropical Fruits (Carambola And Lychee), Toasted Almonds, Wood And Very Subtle Vanilla.

Alcohol content 35%

Drink it alone, at room temperature or cold, in a Riedel Tequila Cup.

$80 value


Computer Support

One on One technical support donated by Mac Lingo

Mac Lingo, who has over 40 years of computer experience, is offering up to 5 hours of technical support to an individual or non-profit organization.

Mac has a number of skills in Microsoft as well as other programs.

$250 value


Lake Tahoe Vacation Home

Henry Moe offers this rustic, cozy and family-friendly South Lake Tahoe home with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fireplace and a deck.

Sleeps 6 comfortably. Fully stocked kitchen, TV’s, Wifi and propane BBQ on the deck.

5 minutes to the Lake, 10 minutes to Heavenly Valley Ski Resort and 15 minutes to the state line, casinos, gondolas and Heavenly Village Shopping Center.

Can be used when they are open post-COVID.


Fleet Week Sail

Mark Howe invites you to watch the Fleet Week air show from the water on his sail boat, lunch and drinks provided.

Past acts included the Blue Angels, trickster bi-planes, and big jets.

The likely date is the first or second Saturday in October.

Limited to 8 guests

Valued at $300 per seat


Intro Pickleball Clinic

Intro Pickleball Clinic to be held on a Saturday (TBD) at Richmond’s Booker T Anderson Park.

Pickleball is a mish mash of badminton, tennis, and ping pong and it’s the fastest growing sport in the country. Pickleball is easy to learn and offers great exercise, yet won’t wear you out.

It’s the perfect COVID-friendly activity that’s enjoyed by entire families!

12 people at $25/participant. 2 hours includes pickle ball and lunch and a GREAT TIME!

Lunch includes tacos from Richmond’s El Garage and agua fresca!

Donated by Darlene Drapkin


A Portrait by artist Alan Blavins

A one-of-a-kind work that you’ll appreciate forever: a framed drawing of yourself, your family, or you and your grandchildren. (The images shown here are examples of his work).

Our resident portraitist, Alan Blavins, will create this work from a high-resolution photograph.

Offering up to 6 portraits

$250 for up to 2 people in the portrait


Whiskey Tasting in a Basket

A do-it-yourself whiskey tasting kit for two to four people!

In the basket are two 50ml bottles of each of six fine bourbons, tasting glasses, an eye dropper for hydrating your tastes, Beer Nuts, Basil Hayden Bourbon-flavored cheese (“Pour Me a Slice” from Wisconsin), crackers, and Jack Daniels-flavored chocolate.

(Extra credit for whoever can tell me which item doesn’t belong with the others!). And, of course, Josh’s copyrighted tasting guide to Bourbon. Absolutely priceless!

Donated by Joshua Genser


Queso-Birria Taco Meal for two from Richmond’s El Garage

Treat yourself to a take out Queso-Birria Taco Meal for two!

Beef Birria on a crispy red flavorful corn tortilla with melted mozzarella cheese.
Plate comes with Toppings (Cilantro, Onion, Lime), Hella Spicy and Kinda Spicy salsas all on the side.

$30 value

Donated by El Garage Restaurant, c/o Darlene Drapkin


Glenfarclas 25 year old Scotch

Glenfarclas 25 year old scotch

$175 value

Donated by Dave Brown


Weekend Airbnb in Point Richmond

Spend a weekend looking at expansive views of the bay from a beautiful home in Point Richmond on Western Drive

Enjoy views of the bay and surrounding hills from every room in this 2200 square foot home. Spacious bedrooms with stunning views bring the outdoors in. The large living room and dining areas are great for entertaining. The deck space includes a big teak table with seating for 8 a view of the city. (hot tub closed now).

The Studio on-site can also be rented for larger groups, it has separate entrance, garden, full kitchen, and bath.

Donated by Jerry Feagley

$500 value


Bourbon & Rye Basket

Six bottles of excellent bourbon and rye delivered to your door

1 750 Michter’s 91.4 prf Kentucky Straight Bourbon
1 750 Boondocks 90 prf 8 yr old KSB finished in Port Barrels
1 750 Knob Creek 100 prf KSB
1 750 Bulleit 90 prf KSB
1 750 Woodford Reserve 90.4 prf Kentucky Straight RYE
1 750 Bulliet 95 prf Straight American Rye

Donated by Simon Ellis


Oil painting by Mathias Tusiime

Stunning oil painting on hand made paper by famous Ugandan artist Mathias Tusiime.

20″ x 30″ including frame.

Donated by Tom Herriman

$100 value


An Italian Evening – Virtual cooking class with Marsha Tomassi, former owner of Ultimate Inner Cook

Connect your kitchen with Marsha via Zoom for a one of a kind cooking class

Join a few friends and together we’ll make 3 to 4 items (app, salad, main and dessert), Marsha will pass on some cooking tidbits, tips and tricks, and of course, we’ll taste wine along the way!!

Sample menu*:

  • Baked Medjool Date Stuffed with Meyer Lemon Zested Burrata and Prosciutto
  • Sicilian Carrot Salad
  • Puttanesca Pasta
  • Bursted Berries!

* menu subject to change based on ingredient availability

What you get:

Access for 2 via Zoom
Two bottles of wine paired with the final menu
An ingredients list
Recipes
A fun experience in your kitchen!

Up to 10 participants

$75 value


Foursome at Richmond Country Club

Enjoy a foursome at this beautiful, bayside golf course.

Donated by Joshua Genser

$400 value


Vintage Illustrations Tea Towel Set

Hans Christian Anderson Images
3 tea towels – 2 Poppy design, 1 Mermaid design

Donated by Santina Roher Moran

$25 value


Cookbook Illustrations Tea Towel Set

Cookbook Images
3 tea towels – 2 Knife set design, 1 Pig design

Donated by Santina Roher Moran

$25 value


Knit Cap & Lap Blanket for Baby

0-3 month size knit cap and 24″ by 18″ purple and blue knit blanket

Donated by Santina Roher Moran

$25 value


Fenton Creamery Gift Certificate

Fenton Creamery

Donated by Jim Findley

$50 value


Extreme Pizza Gift Certificate

Extreme Pizza

Donated by Jim Findley

$50 value


15-Swim Pass (Richmond Plunge, Richmond Swim Center)

Grab your swimsuit, goggles, and swim cap! 2021 will be the year to hit the pool – maybe get back into pre-pandemic shape. Enjoy 15 visits to the Richmond Plunge or Richmond Swim Center, widely considered to be two of the finest public swimming pools in the East Bay.

Note: This swim pass will only be valid when drop-in swims resume, perhaps in Summer or Fall 2021.

$67.50 value

Donated by City of Richmond’s Community Services Department, c/o Pierre Thompson


Centennial Note Cards reprint!

Jan Brown is offering a reprint of the quality note card sets featuring images from the original Richmond Art Center exhibit “Blossoms and Thorns” in 2010.

These images capture the melancholy beauty of wild roses that continued to thrive in the abandoned greenhouses in what is now known as Miraflores, the site of the former Sakai and Oishi nurseries in Richmond.

Photographs courtesy of local photographers: Ellen Gailing, Fletcher Oakes, Ken Osborne and Matt Matsuoka in honor of Richmond Rotary’s 100th Anniversary and the Miraflores Centennial Project 2020. Printing by local union printer.

Eight cards with envelopes. $20/set delivered to your door. Please provide name and full mailing address upon order.


Photography session with Tracey Medcalfe photography for 1-2 hours

From Tracey Medcalfe:

I am passionate about photography and everything it encompasses…I try to capture the fun and honest
natural expressions that you bring to me. It is both an honor and a responsibility to work in this
wonderful profession and I love every minute…I hope to create images that you will treasure forever!

The photography voucher includes –
– 1-2 hour photography session
– Photography shoot at the location of your choice (additional transport cost may apply if outside
local area)
– Editing and processing of pictures
– 5 High resolution images for you to choose and download (printing rights up to 8×10 inches)
– Secure online gallery that you can share with family and friends
– Opportunity to order additional products from online gallery (prints, canvases etc.)
– How would you like to capture your one, unique and precious life?

$250 Value

Donated by Pam Jones


AMSEC home safe

AMSEC home safe with 1 hour fire protection.

H 13.5” W 19.5” D 15.75 “ 100 lb

Donated by Alan Baer

$450 value


Dead Fish restaurant Gift Certificate

Former Richmond Rotary President Josh Surowitz donates a $150 gift certificate for the popular and picturesque Dead Fish restaurant along the beautiful Carquinez Straight in Crockett.

$150 value


Hiroshima Survivor Trees (x 4)

Botanists and historians take note: these camphor trees are descendants of those that survived the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima. During the 2017 Rotary convention in Atlanta, survivor trees were planted at the Carter Presidential Library to instill hope for a more peaceful world.

Up to 4 trees available. Each camphor tree comes with a plaque, stake and book. They range in height from 4 to 6 feet.

Inestimable value. Note: Shipping and handling from Atlanta may cost $30-50, depending on tree size.

Starting value for each tree $75 to honor the 75th Anniversary of the bombing

Donated by Steve Leeper, WE Rotary, c/o Pierre Thompson


Foursome at Berkeley Country Club

Formerly known as the Mira Vista Country Club, this course remains one of the most scenic in the Bay Area regardless of its name.

Treat your friends or relatives to a memorable day on the greens. Thank you Alan Blavins for this generous donation

Value is $120 per person with a cart



All vanilla scent from Madagascar beauty gift box

An all-vanilla scent Madagascar beauty items in an elegant box made of palm tree Raphia with Aloe design.

Items include: vanilla scent shower gel; vanilla scent antiviral air purifier; vanilla deodorant; vanilla soap; vanilla lemongrass tea. All items natural nothing chemical!

Donated by Liliane Koziol


Madagascar Scent Tea BoxTeas from Madagascar with health properties in an elegant palm tree raphia gift box.

The four teas are thyme/turmeric/lemon; Verbena/mint; fat-burner green coffee/green tea/lemon grass; and moringa/ sage. All herbal plants have health benefits which are anti inflammatory, antioxidant, detoxifying, body-healing and muscle-building. Description of benefits included.

Donated by Liliane Koziol


Framed Harmon Killebrew Autographed Hall of Fame Lithograph Portrait

Approximately 13.5 x 21.5 framed autographed and inscribed by 500 Home Run Club member and Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew.

Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity from the Harmon Killebrew Foundation.

Donated by Jon Lawlis


Holiday Spirit Mug Set

These festive mugs can be used for drinking hot drinks, such as coffee, hot chocolate, or tea. These mugs have handles and hold a larger amount of fluid than other types of cup. Typically, a mug holds approximately 8–12 US fluid ounces (240–350 ml) of liquid.

Donated by Jon Lawlis


Set of two Japanese Candy Bowls

There are two sets of these Candy bowls available.
From Japan.

Donated by Jon Lawlis


Three bottles of White Wine

Cass Rocking One 2015 > 46% Roussanne, 37% Marsanne, 17% Viognier
Cass Marsanne 2018 > 100% Marsanne Gold Medal Central Coast
BLACKJACK “21” CHARDONNAY 2016 > 100% Chardonnay

Donated by Karen Thomas

Have you joined the band?

We’ll put a check next to your name after we receive your donation. Thank you!

75%

Iris AlRoy
Carey Hawkins Ash
Alan Baer
Santa Baer
Shana Bagley
Alan Blavins
Jan Brown
David Brown
Erle Brown
Tom Butt
Sid Chauvin
Herbert Cole
Robert Connolly
Hank Covell
William Dabney
La’Tanya Dandie
Nick Despota
Darlene Drapkin
Matthew Duffy
George Egan
Simon Ellis
Brian Fay
Gerald Fay
Jerry Feagley
Charles Fender
Jim Findley
Diego Garcia
Oscar Garcia
Josh Genser
Christopher Hammer
Ethan Heinrich
Tom Herriman
Mark Howe
Felix Hunziker
Pam Jones
Liliane Koziol
Bill Koziol
Don Lau
Jon Lawlis
Norm Lundberg
Melinda McCrary
Doris Mitchell
Henry Moe
Jeff Mulvihill
Gonzalo Ochoa
Cecilia Orozco
Darlene Quenville
Nakele Rechenauer
Santina Rohner Moran
Joshua Rosales
Mey Saechao
Horace Stonework
Tamara Shiloh
Fran Smith
Stacey Street-Spight
Josh Surowitz
Dan Tanita
Stanley Teaderman
Pierre Thompson
John Troughton
Alexandra Wilson
Mike Winter
Chad Works-Wright


Here are ideas for 2020, a list of donated items from the Holiday Auction 2019

The Bottle of Muscatel
Once upon a time the retail value of a bottle of Gallo Muscatel was around two dollars. But today “The Bottle” has accrued a fundraising value of… well we don’t know. We’re pegging it at around $14,000! The concept is as simple as it is beguiling: each year a Rotarian invests in the venerable object, increasing its total generated value and earning the high honor of having his or her name memorialized in Dymo tape on the bottle. Don Lau is the current custodian of the bottle—and the tradition

 

The Sister Bottle
In contrast to The Bottle of Muscatel, The Sister Bottle—this year, Turkish brandy—is meant to be enjoyed socially by those discerning persons who possess it. Each person who contributes to its purchase earns the high standing that comes with having their name embossed (yes, Dymo tape) on the outer box. If that is not one form of immortality, the word has no meaning.

 

Contractors’ Lunch
Erle and Jonathon once again toss down the gauntlet. Can the Club’s die-hards outlast one another despite the abuse to which they’ve subjected their bodies to over the years? Up to 10 people. Minimum bid $200.

 

Infamous Eggnog
Sid Chauvin again contributes his ‘Magical Elixir’ for which no description can do justice. One must partake to understand and enjoy!!

 

Doreen’s Cookies
Don’t arrive at your holiday party empty-handed. This perennial favorite, 5-6 dozen scrumptious chocolate chip cookies in a festive wrapping, will delight a crowd of hungry revelers. They can be frozen (the cookies, that is).

 

East Brother Lighthouse Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
East Brother Lighthouse, or more accurately a Light Station, is a beautifully restored California Victorian Lighthouse Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Inn perched atop an island in the strait that separates San Francisco and San Pablo Bays. The lighthouse offers the rare combination of both a “lighthouse dinner, bed & breakfast” and an “island dinner, B&B,” and is a unique California destination. Though only a ten-minute boat ride to the island, the lighthouse inn seems to be a world away from the lights of the nearby cities. Guests will also be treated to a full tour of the island, taking in all of the buildings. They’ll be regaled with the history of the island and its life as a lighthouse up to the present day. Its value is $415.

 

One week stay on the St. Lawrence River in Quebec
Jon Lawlis and Darlene Quenville would like you to go away…to an idyllic farmhouse located one hour west of Montreal, in St. Anicet, Quebec. This beautiful 100+ year old farmhouse is situated on 5 acres with historic 200-year-old barns. Located in St. Anicet, Quebec on Lake St. Francis on the St. Lawrence River. Beautiful views and waterfront access. Great for families. Available dates are May 30 to June 27 and August 29 to September 5.

 

Northern California Whiskey Tasting
American cities are exploding with boutique distilleries, making outstanding distilled liquors, including whiskies. The Bay Area is no exception, with excellent whiskies being made in Alameda, Berkeley, San Francisco and in the wine country. For next year’s Rotary Whiskey tasting Josh Genser will introduce you to seven different whiskies from distilleries from all around the Bay Area. To add to the local flavor, the tasting will take place at the Four Fools Winery in Rodeo, we hope on a day nice enough to sit on their deck overlooking the Bay, with food provided by the generous owners of Four Fools. As always, tasters are not permitted to drive themselves, so, you can carpool or take Uber or Lyft, or you may bring your own designated driver who gets to eat, but not partake of the whiskies. Up to 15 tasters.

 

Vacation stay in Manzanillo, Mexico
Enjoy a fun-filled week at Jerry Feagley’s private condo in Manzaniillo, Mexico, near the famed Las Hadas Hotel, where the movie 10 was filmed.

 

South Lake Tahoe House
Henry Moe offers this rustic, cozy and family-friendly South Lake Tahoe home with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fireplace and a deck. Sleeps 6 comfortably. Fully stocked kitchen, TV’s, Wifi and propane BBQ on the deck. 5 minutes to the Lake, 10 minutes to Heavenly Valley Ski Resort and 15 minutes to the state line, casinos, gondolas and Heavenly Village Shopping Center.

 

Enjoy the beauty of the Mendocino Coast
Listen to the sounds of the crashing surf and the barking sea lions. This is what you’ll experience at the “Ocean House” situated on the Mendocino coast. Mike Winter’s vacation home has 3 bedrooms and 2 plus baths, with a spa on the deck overlooking the ocean. New kitchen, built-in BBQ, fireplaces, entertainment center, bar, and enclosed garage. Internet and cell service. For up to 6 people.

 

Fleet Week Sail
Mark Howe invites you to watch the Fleet Week air show from the water on hiss ail boat, lunch and drinks provided. Past acts included the Blue Angels, trickster bi-planes, parachuters, and big jets. The likely date is the first or second Saturday in October. Limited to 8 guests.

 

Foursome at Berkeley Country Club
Formerly known as the Mira Vista Country Club, this course remains one of the most scenic in the Bay Area regardless of its name. Treat your friends or relatives to a memorable day on the greens. Thank you Alan Blavins for this generous donation.

 

Foursome at Richmond Country Club
The Richmond Country Club has also donated a foursome at this beautiful, bayside golf course.

 

Great seats to SF Giants v Colorado Rockies Game
Brian and Gerald Fay put up for auction a pair of great seats to The SF Giants versus the Colorado Rockies. Seats are CL (Club Level Infield) 221, Row B (second row) These same seats are offered for two different games:
Friday May 29th. Face value of $174.
Saturday, May 30th. Face value $260.

 

Visit to USDA Laboratories
A guided visit to the US Department of Agriculture . The tour will introduce you to a range of applied research projects aimed at making our food supply safer and our environment cleaner. Fascinating couple of hours at the Western Regional Research Center, in Albany.

 

Dinner for four at Anaviv’s Table
Anaviv’s Table is a gathering place for people to experience delicious food sourced from local farms and ranches. It is an opportunity to dine with old friends or make new ones while celebrating the bounty of our region. There is one tasting menu from Thursday through Saturday, with one seating at 7 pm. The experience begins in the kitchen where guests meet the Chef, then moves to a communal dining table. Gift of Arnon Oren.

 

Bar-B-Q Lovers Alert
Jim Findley offers gift certificates valued at $100 for Everett & Jones BBQ. Napkins not included.

 

Rhum & Spices: Malagasy Dinner
Liliane Koziol invites you to enjoy a Madagascar culinary and cultural experience—without the burden of a 10,000 mile journey.

 

Firehouse Dinner
Always a hot item, the firefighters are once again offering their Firehouse Dinner. They cook up a hearty dinner, and you join in good fellowship with the men and women whose sole job is your safety.

 

Hands-on introduction to firearms
Ever wonder how it feels to shoot a gun? Curious about the difference between a revolver and a pistol? Then this experience is for you. We’ll begin by reviewing terms, handling, inspection, and the basic of shooting. We’ll then go to the Richmond Rod & Gun Club, where you’ll have the opportunity to shoot a variety of handguns. Range fees, eye and ear protection, targets and ammunition all included.
Note: persons convicted of any felony, certain misdemeanors or subject to a restraining order are NOT eligible to participate as it is a criminal offense for any such person to handle a firearm.

 

Movie Studio Tour and Photo Shoot
Eight guests can enjoy a unique experience: Marshall Spight, fiancé of Stacey Street, will lead you on a tour of his movie studio, with a viewing and talk by renowned film director Rob Nilsson, along with a professional photo shoot at Meets the Eye Studio in San Carlos. Lunch including wine and other beverages is included.

 

Portrait by artist Alan Blavins
A one-of-a-kind work that you’ll appreciate forever: a framed drawing of yourself, your family, or you and your grandchildren. Our resident portraitist, Alan Blavins, will create this work from a high-resolution photograph. Limited to three portraits.

 

Richmond Art Center class
If creating your own art is more in your line of thinking, consider getting, or giving, a gift certificate for a class at the Richmond Art Center. Ric Ambrose has contributed a gift certificate for a multi-week studio art class, a gift whose effects will continue to enrich your life long after the class has ended. Please contact Addela Garboos at to register.

 

Centennial Note Cards
Jan Brown offers note card sets of eight quality images from the 2010 Richmond Art Center exhibit Blossoms and Thorns, These images capture the melancholy beauty of wild roses that continued to thrive in the abandoned greenhouses in what is now known as Miraflores, the site of the former Sakai and Oishi nurseries in Richmond. This is a one time sale $20/set, while supply lasts. Photographs courtesy of Ellen Gailing, Fletcher Oakes, Ken Osborne and Matt Matsuoka in honor of Rotary’s Centennial.

 

Tickets to The Band’s Visit
If you have guests coming in from out-of-town, Josh Genser has a perfect gift: four tickets to see the Broadway musical, “The Band’s Visit,” winner of 10 Tony Awards, in San Francisco in June. The musical is a delightful, gentle show with a little bit of comedy and a little bit of drama, about a visit of an Egyptian band to a small town in Israel. The seats are excellent: second row loge center. Value: $440.

 

Diablo Ballet Tickets
Julie Hahn graciously donates two seats to Diablo Ballet’s performance of Balanchine & Beyond, at the Del Valle Theatre in Walnut Creek, February 7, 2020. Date night? Value $98.

 

Fine Tequila
Pam Jones offers this bottle of Silver Pátron tequila. Just the thing to take the chill off those 50-degree nights that are becoming more common in what passes as “winter” here in northern California.

 

VAGO Mezcal Tasting at Agave Azul!
Darlene Drapkin invites you to try Mezcal, Mexico’s wonderfully smoky contribution to the drinking world! According to legend, mezcal first came about when a lightning bolt struck an agave plant in the Oaxacan desert, instantly cooking its core and splitting it open. You’ll join Darlene, hubby Ken, Mezcalero Extraordinaire Andy Maurer, and fellow Rotarians for a Mezcal 101 and the best Mexican food in town.

 

Rum-infused Flan
Cynthia Orozco can supply your home with a culinary adventure that blends two sensations: smooth and oh-wow: a nine inch rum-infused flan. Dessert for your New Year’s dinner? (Just before New Year’s resolutions take effect.)

 

Jose Cuervo Reserva De La Familia Reposado
This bottle of one of a kind tequila from the Jose Cuervo family reserve will make your holidays that much more joyful.

 

Two Bottles of Fine Malt Scotch
Norm Lundren offers two gifts to warm the hearts of your holiday guests.The Macallan Single Malt Scotch and GlenDronach Single Malt Scotch. They will be auctioned separately.

 

An Exotic House Plant
Staghorn Fern, a pup from Jim Young’s gigantic plant. Comes with easy care instructions and free consultation with Linda, as needed. This exotic plant requires some shade and water about once a week. It can be hung indoors, and it thrives in the Bay Area climate.

 

Book Basket
Got readers on your list this holiday season? Then Tamara’s contribution may be just the thing: a basket of books and $50 gift card to the Multicultural Children’s Book Store.

 

Richmond History Gift Basket
Linda McCrary, director of the Richmond History Museum offers a selection of gifts that reflect our city’s rich history: a framed Point Richmond Wig Wag Poster, assorted local history books, and local landmark Christmas ornaments by Wild Bryde.

 

The Dog Walker, a porcelain sculpture
A “Fine Art Sculpture” (it says so right on the box!), entitled “The Dog Walker, by artist Doug Hyde, number 132 of only 295 cast! And ready for this: A London gallery is offering the work for a tidy sum of £ 848.

 

BBQ Grillin’ and Chillin’ Basket
Basket contains Portable BBQ Grill, Kinder’s BBQ Sauce, Spice Rub, Whole Grain Dijon Mustard, Cheddar & Bacon Cheese Spread, Crackers, Popcorn, Snack Mix and BBQ mitt—great holiday gift!

 

Wooden Box Tower of Gourmet Chocolates, Cookies & Snacks
Boxes contain Ghirardelli, Lindt, Enstrom, Godiva, Poppies, Mr. Brownie, Too Good Gourmet, Bridget’s, California Pantry, Laurieri, Tom Clark’s and Alehouse Snack Co. Yummy Goods!

 

Keeping It Safe
They say you can’t take it with you, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to enjoy it while you’re still around. To that end, Alan Baer offers three wall safes: the Gardall MS900-B-K, and the General Lock SW-100K and SW200-K. Look them up online, and talk to Alan before bidding to decide which of these may be best suited to you needs.

 

NFL Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Memorabilia
This framed keepsake is the perfect gift for your NFL fan. It includes photos and autographs of the inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame of 2016, including Eddie DeBartolo of our own 49ers, and Ken Stabler of the Raiders.

 

Stunning image of Northern Californian coast
Diane Dickey has donated a framed serigraph print, entitled “Condor Point”, by the acclaimed artist Jerry Schurr. It is a stunning representation of Northern California’s rocky coast. Must be seen to be appreciated. (Print shown here is very similar, but not the same as the “Condor Point”.)