December 2021

The holiday season is always lovely in Valencia, with crisp, cool air in the mornings and evenings, sunshine during the day, and lots of things for IWCV members to do!


  • First Tuesday Coffee – Tuesday 7 December, 10:30 to Noon at MuviMent, outside behind the Muvim Museum (yes, they have heaters!). This event is for all women in Valencia, both members and those who haven’t officially joined us yet. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!


  • Holiday Treats Exchange – Friday 10 December, for IWCV members. Stock up on goodies and have a complementary glass of wine or cava while wishing your fellow IWCV members a happy holiday season and a healthy 2022! For complete details and to register, click here: Holiday Treat Exchange for IWCV Members



  • OWL – Because the last Wednesday of December falls between Christmas and New Year’s Day, we will not have our regular “OWL” Happy Hour this month, but we look forward to seeing you all at the next one on Wednesday 26 January.


  • IWCV Recipe Project: Take a look at the “One Pot Autumn Meals” recipes submitted by members last month, plus Chef Amanda’s monthly cooking tip, at IWC Valencia Recipes | IWC - Valencia. Submit your recipes for our very appropriate December theme “Favorite Christmas Dishes”. Please attach your recipe to an email and send it to Chef Amanda at If you have a photo of your finished dish, please attach that too!


Amanda Cushman – Simple Real Food

IWCV member Chef Amanda Cushman of Simple Real Food Inc. is a culinary educator, cookbook author, writer and recipe developer who has cooked professionally for over thirty years. She teaches privately for groups of two to twenty students in private homes. She lived and worked in food in Manhattan for twenty years, working with Martha Stewart and Glorious Foods before entering the world of recipe development.

Amanda and her husband, Herman relocated to Valencia in September 2001 and she has transitioned into offering online cooking classes as well as preparing meals to go for the ex-pat community. For Amanda, Spain is a perfect place to explore all things food, with its vibrant cuisine, abundant food markets and access to fresh produce, fish and meat. Private classes are available upon request at

Amanda is selling her cookbook 'Simple Real Food' which features her favourite recipes and you can also learn different cooking techniques to improve your cooking. The cookbook would make an ideal Christmas gift. To order your copy, please email Pauline at The book is selling for €20 but Amanda will kindly donate €5 for each book sold to our charities.

IWCV Christmas Cards Don't miss an opportunity to purchase our Christmas Cards at all December IWCV events. The card was designed by our IWCV member Susan Hoover. Cards are on sale for €10 for a pack of 10. 100% of the proceeds will be divided between our three charities, Casa Ronald, Casa Caridad & Proyecto Vivir

Sponsor A Child

Thanks to all of you who have offered to 'Sponsor a Child’ for Three Kings on January 6th. Information & guidelines will be issued this week along with child allocation. This is quite a big project undertaken by Amigos de la Calle and they welcome the kindness and support of the IWCV ladies. There are approximately 250 children who are in need, it is wonderful that we can bring a little magic into the lives of these children.

Amigos de la Calle

Our Christmas Gift Bag Project is in full swing and is being managed by Missy Anobile. The DEADLINE for drop off of the gift bags is Monday 13th. December. Dates and locations for drop off are as follows: Thursday, Dec. 2 and Monday Dec. 13, 11am-1pm, La Noa, Carrer de Cirilo Amorós, 21 Tuesday, Dec. 7, 10:30am-12pm, IWCV Coffee at MuviMent (behind the MUVIM Museum) Carrer de Quevedo 10

Casa Caridad

We are still collecting diapers and wipes for Casa Caridad. If you wish to donate the final day for collection will be the IWCV Coffee Morning on December 7th. If you wish to order on line from your preferred grocery store, please have the nappies and wipes sent to: Casa Caridad Passing de la Petxina 9 46008 Valencia

Proyecto Vivir

Cristina of Proyecto Vivir is delighted and ever so grateful to the volunteers from IWCV. Proyecto Vivir still have a need for volunteers at their store for a couple of days, Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings or afternoons. If you would like to volunteer please contact Cristina by phone at +34 687 53 40 99

PV are now in need of donations of basic items. Please watch out for notice in our January newsletter when we will address this issue.

Casa Ronald

As it is holiday season we continue to sell Casa Ronald Gifts. These gifts will be available to purchase at all IWCV events in December.

T-shirt 5€ Keyring: 3€ Bag: 10€ Agenda/Diary 2022 : 10€ Notebook: 6€ Mask Lanyard: 3€ Soft Toy 6€


Despite a chilling, windy morning we had a good turnout for Susan Hoover's fascinating talk on Olive Oils. It was informative and helped us all understand olive oils better. There were samples of good and bad olive oils – Who knew? There was even talk of an olive oil tour and we will be investigating that possibility in the near future.

Our wine tour to the Murviedro winery in Requena proved to be very successful and was enjoyed by everyone. Our members especially enjoyed the lunch with unlimited wine! Thank you to Patricia Murray for all your hard work putting together our first wine tour. We're getting the kinks out and and hope to have more. We can also use some help putting tours together so if anyone is interested, please let Phyllis know (

We have lots to look at for the next year as we start planning. Any ideas for outings and events to attend, please keep us posted! In the meantime, please check our "Join Us for Local Events" WhatsApp chat group for things to do. We also have our "IWC-V Social Chat" for everything else that might be be interesting: restaurants, photos of trips, information needed etc.

With the onset of cold weather, the Women Who Walk continue to walk on the Turia; however, if it's too cold or rainy an alternative is to meet at Saler Mall (a/k/a El Saler) for a walk around the mall and a stop for coffee. El Saler is easily accessible by bus or taxi.

Sadly, it is getting too cold to sit outside at Marcellinos and play mahjong on Mondays, so our Monday Mahjong games will be on hiatus for December & January. Any players who wish to form their own indoor groups to play are welcome to borrow tiles from Jane. And, we only need one more person to sign up to learn to play and we will have enough to hold a class in January. If you are interested in learning this fun game, please contact Jane at


Deborah Scharfetter - American

Isabel Navarro Mestre - Spanish

Liliana Kleid - American

Lindsay Green - British

Maria Ortiz - Spanish

Maria Stefanuto - Italian

Maria Alejandra Gonzalez - Spanish

Marina Moltedo - Italian

Nubia Jaramillo - Spanish

Rachel Blackie - Canadian

Suzanne Cushing - American

Vicki Stollmeyer - American


Alla Shvedova

Ana Bargues

Anita Trabucco

Anneli Sinikka Pedersen

Celina Quintanilla

Emma Ziff

Gabriela Encina

Gladys Brooks

Irina Nicoleta Melinte

Julia Gunn

Karen Eanes

Ketty Delapena

Maria Drapacz

Maria Ortiz

Maria Stefanuto

Marlyse Lupis

Myra Deuel

Nubia Jaramillo

Olimpia Cerda

Phyllis So

Renee Pearce

Robin Kaplan

Roshanna Evans

Sherleen Teilmann

Simone Pilon


Monday, 6 December - Constitution Day

Wednesday, 8 December - Immaculate Conception Day

Saturday 25 December - Christmas Day

Our very best wishes to all our members, their families and friends for a wonderful holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year!

Jane Buck,


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