Monthly Newsletter

March 2020

Can March and Fallas be upon us?  Fallas is an amazing experience for anyone who is in Valencia.  There are a number of English language website and apps that will keep you up to date on what is going on.  Check the App store on Apple or Play Store on Android.

Once again there was there was an enjoyable concert by candlelight at the Church of the Real Colegio de las Escuelas Pías de Valencia.  It was a sold-out crowd, so if you are interested, get your tickets early.  The next one is in April.  Check their website for details and to purchase your tickets.

Our tour of the Casa-Museo Benlliure was absolutely delightful. It is such a beautiful place with a lovely garden and filled with the artwork of the Benlliure family, José, his son Pepino and his brother Mariano.   David, our terrific guide,  was, as always,  extremely informative. 


It is not too late to donate “gently used, clean clothes” to Proyecto Vivir.  The cutoff date is March 3.  Contact any of the following to arrange your drop-off.

San Vincent Martir - Elaine Weckwerth -

Gran Via Marques del Turia - Missy Anobile -

Calle Arquitecto Alfara - Karen Fallon -

A big thank you to Ines, Missy and Elaine who are coordinating with Proyecto Vivir.  They are currently planning additional ways to support Proyecto Vivir and are looking for a volunteer or two who speak Spanish to serve as liaison with Proyecto Vivir.  Please contact any of them if you are interested in doing this.

Elaine Weckwerth -

Missy Anobile -

Inez  Reser -


Please don’t forget our friends at Casa Caridad.  They are always in need of a variety of items to care for their residents.  At this time there is a need for underwear for adults and children.  You can always bring them to coffee or lunch.

There was some confusion about whether you could volunteer if you are on a non-lucrative visa.  You cannot volunteer for a job that would be a paying job for someone.  If it is purely a volunteer position, you may volunteer.

Missy has arranged a terrific trip to Gandia on April 1.  It will include a visit to the Ducal Palace of the Borja,  Fallas Museum and Lunch.  Please check the website for details and sign-up early as the trip is limited to 16 participants.

Please save the date for our Annual General Meeting on April 16.  As we have done in the past  a morning meeting will be followed by our monthly lunch.  Detail will be sent out and posted on the website a bit later.  In addition to reviewing our past year, elections will be held.  It is also a time to share your ideas and make plans for the up-coming year.

A thank you to Brenda Stein, Lauren Baker and Missy Anobile who have agreed to be our Nominating Committee.   You will be receiving information directly from them about the election in mid-March.  If for some reason you do not receive anything, check your “spam” inbox.  If it is not there, go to “Contact Us” on the website and let us know so we can make sure you get the information.

Please welcome our February new members.

Karen Pulvers    American

Karen Tate    British

Silvia Gauthier    American/Argentinian

Sonia Martos    Spanish

Michelle Jorissen    Belgian 

Maria Jose Piera    Spanish

Robin Kaplan    American

Maria Drapacz    Polish

Anita Trabucco    Italiana

Cynthia Marin    American


Happy Birthday to our March  Birthdays

Andrea Cartwright

Bonnie Scott

Margaret Chanequa

Chloe LoBianco

Gail Gillis

Inez Reser

Karen Gutridge

Maria Rieff

Missy Anobile

Patricia Geoghegan

Patricia Murray

Sirkka-Liisa Kaila

Suzan Cioffi

Taryna Hughes



Our events for March are below.  Please go to Member Events  on the website to confirm details of the events and register.

With the exception of the Coffee, all are exclusively for members and their guests.

Tuesday,  March 3             10:00   Monthly Coffee at Corte Inglés

​Mondays and Thursdays   10:00   Mahjong​

​Thursday, March 12           11:00   Visit to a Casa del Pilar


Tuesday, March  24            14:00    Monthly Luncheon


Thursday, March 26           14:30     Knit and Knatter at ArtySana


Wednesday, April 1            9:45    Visit Ducal Palace of the Borja  & Fallas Museum -Gandia



I hope you all have a lovely March, whether you are here to enjoy the Fallas or have decided to escape the city for a quieter time.

Susan V. Kaplan

President, IWC-Valencia