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April 2023

Fallas is over, and spring has arrived! The weather is getting warmer, the skies bluer, and before you know it we'll be back to sandals, sea and sand. Isn't Valencia wonderful? Read on to see what's been happening with IWCV and to learn what we have in store for you this month. Don’t forget to check the IWCV website ( periodically to see what’s new!


Events for April

Susan Kaplan, VP Membership

  • First Tuesday Coffee – Tuesday 4 April, 10:30am at MuviMent, on the terraza behind the MUVIM Museum. The coffee morning is open to all women in Valencia, both members and those who have not officially joined us yet. There is no need to register in advance - just stop by and join us!

  • April Luncheon – Thursday 20 April. This month we will enjoy a fabulous Moroccan meal at Almunia Restaurant. Our April luncheon is open to members and their partners/spouses. For details and to register, click on April Luncheon | IWC - Valencia

  • OWL Happy Hour – Wednesday 26 April, 6:00pm outside on the terrace at Saltimbocca, Plaça de Vannes 7. Open to all IWCV members, their partners/spouses and guests. No need to register in advance, but if you know you’ll be coming please email and let us know how many you will be.

  • Guided Tour of Montfort Gardens – Thursday 27 April. Springtime in Valencia is the perfect time to visit Montfort Gardens (Jardín de Montforte), the oldest gardens in Valencia. Our English speaking tour guide David will show us the history and the beauty of these gardens. Open to IWCV members, their partners/spouses and out-of-town guests. For details and to register, click on Guided Tour of Jardin de Montfort (Montfort Gardens) | IWC - Valencia

February and March New Members

Angela Viniarski - American

Anita Moyer - American

Candy Mirrer - American

Catherine Kohler - French

Christelle Heydon - Croatian

Christine Vitale - American

Delphine Rault - French

Femke Donington - Spanish

Gina Sosa - Dominican

Glenda Wadsley - Australian

Gloria Torres - American

Grace Ellen Salsbury - American

Janet Polito - American

Jihyeong Ryu - South Korean

Justyna korzynska - Polish

Kay Gerken - American

Kerry Orozco-Word - American

May Leong - American

Mireya Borrome - Venezuelan

Nelsy Ivette Carabali Castro - Columbian

Pinar Ozhal - Turkish

Priscilla Weiss de Carvalho - Brazilian

Rebecca Cabo - Spanish

Thao Cam - American

Zorana Durkovic - Servian-Canadian

April Birthdays

Alex Pericolini

Alla Volpyansky

Angela Cassidy

Camila Velez

Caroline Blennerhassett

Cecilia Heer

Danielle Beeson

Gerlinde Scharinger

Gulzhan Axambayeva

Janie Burge

Jeannette Nieuwendijk

Jennifer Breyer

Judy McDaniel

Kassima Finardi

Kyoko Shimizu

Livia Laks

Margaret Mitchell

Margarita Padilla

Marti Lay

Martina Van de Gey

Nancee Zannone

Nelsy Ivette Carabali Castro

Pauline Fitzgerald

Raksha Sidley

Tina Ashamalla

Charities & Fundraising

Pauline Fitzgerald, Charities Chair

We sadly bid farewell to Alea, our Proyecto Vivir coordinator in March. She has moved to Madrid to pursue her studies to obtain her medical registration in Spain. We thank Alea for her strong collaboration with PV in the past year. She ran a successful fund raiser with the Poinsettia plans before Christmas and she also started a mentorship program with PV. We wish her every success for the future.

We now welcome Myra Deuel as our new Proyecto Vivir coordinator. Mayra is enthusiastic about taking on this role and will meet with Cristina and the team in April. She looks forward to supporting PV and initiating new fundraising activities for them.


Phyllis So, VP Activities

We are thrilled to have so many events happening! Here's a recap of the fabulous events we had in March:

  • Beyond Stick Figures Cynthia Marin, Artist - Coordinator

  • Our Third Annual Fallas Pilar Tour! Phyllis So, Coordinator

  • Tour of Almoina 10:30-12, Cathy Cleaver, Coordinator with David from ARS Magna

  • Lladro Factory Tour

Here’s what’s happening in April so far:

There is plenty of room for more activities! Please consider how you can put together one of your own. It would be wonderful for you to share your talents with other IWCV members. We will be doing educational workshops and on-site events.

Please contact Phyllis So, 605 1176 32 (what’s app) or for more info.

Ongoing Activities:

Spanish and Coffee, Wednesdays, 11-12:30 at El Corte Ingles (Colon - the building where Starbucks and Samsung are) at the cafeteria on the 6th floor. Join us as we have Spanish conversations and get more comfortable being in our adopted country.

Contact Info: Mary Reeves, +34 686 50 20 90

Women Who Walk, Fridays, 11-1. Meet at Palau de la Musica to walk the Turia and then have coffee. For all levels of walking, you will find someone to walk with. Both men and women are welcome.

Contact info: Ida Mauritzen, WhatsApp +47 468 79 903

Stitches and Yarns - Fourth Thursdays 2-4 p.m. The next get-together will be on April 27th. Join this lively group, to learn to knit or crochet or bring your current project.

Contact Info: Cathy Cleaver, +34 635 97 89 98

Board Games and More - Average 2 times per month. For 6-8 people (depends on your flat), bring snacks and beverage. Games currently being played are: 3/13 (like rummy but not), Mexican Train Dominoes (like dominoes but not), Rumi Kube, (like rummy but not), Quiddler (make words vs. Numbers), and Yahtzee. If there’s a game you’d like to play or want to host a party, let Ann know.

Contact info: Ann Linton - +1 (312) 208-8666

Moving Forward

We are in the process of scheduling both a Writing Workshop and an Art Workshop. If there’s anything else you’d like to see – or if you’d like to coordinate a workshop – please contact Phyllis at

April Holidays in Valencia

Friday 7 April Good Friday

Sunday 8 April Easter

Monday 10 April Easter Monday

Monday 17 April Feast of St Vicent Ferrer

Monday 24 April St Vicent Martir Day

For those of you who celebrate, have a lovely Passover, a good EasterFor those of you who celebrate, have a lovely Passover, a good Easter, and we're looking forward to seeing you at one or all of our April events!

Jane Buck,


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Thanks for sharing this newsletter, Jane! Happy holidays to all who celebrate. Susan

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