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December 2022

Tis the season to be jolly – and to get together with friends and celebrate the season! We have a lot on offer this coming month, so continue reading and see what we’ve got in store for you!


Events for December

Susan Kaplan, VP Membership

  • First Tuesday Coffee – Tuesday 13 December (a new date because the first Tuesday this month is a holiday). 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!

  • Guided Visit to Palacio El Cervello – Tuesday 13 December. Our excellent English-speaking guide David from Ars Magna will take us on a visit to the Palacio de Cervello where a significant part of the historical and political evolution of 19th century Spain took place. This wheelchair-accessible tour is open to IWCV members and their partners /spouses. For complete details and to register click here: Guided Visit to El Palacio de Cervello | IWC - Valencia

  • Holiday Cookie Exchange for IWCV Members – Wednesday 14 December, 4:30pm. Join us for holiday music, a festive beverage or two (your choice – cava, wine, soft drink) and of course, a cookie exchange. What a great way to celebrate the season with your IWCV friends! Click here for details and to sign up: Holiday Cookie Exchange for IWCV Members | IWC - Valencia

  • December Holiday Luncheon for IWCV Members – Thursday 15 December, 2:00pm. A very special luncheon to spread the cheer and enjoy a special meal. Be sure to bring your appetites! For details and to register, click on December Holiday Luncheon - La Mora Taberna | IWC - Valencia

  • Socializing Can Be Hazardous to Your Waist – Tuesday 20 December, 11:00am. You and your partner/spouse can learn how to avoid the dangers of holiday over-indulgence! For details and to register, click here: Socializing Can Be Hazardous to Your Waist! | IWC - Valencia

  • Ars Magna Concerts – With many thanks to David, our historical tour guide from Ars Magna, and to IWCV member Brenda Stein, Ars Magna has offered a special discount to IWCV members on tickets to their lovely concerts this season. Just enter the code IWCVLC when making a booking (please don’t share the code with non-members!). For details of concerts, go to SCHEDULED CONCERTS - ARS MAGNA

Fee Referendum - Thank you to all IWCV members who voted on the recent membership fee referendum, which passed by a margin of nearly 85%!

New Members

Carmen Bellos - American

Carol Moir - British

Clayre Gribben - Spanish

Jennifer Breyer - American

Julie Anne Sharpe - British

Liliana Rio - Argentina/Italian

Liz Humphreys - Australia

Marian Abdul Rahman - American

Roberta Tomiato - Italian

Saori Garvey - Japanese

Stephanie Bissiere - Argentinian/French/Australian

December Birthdays

Alicia Stidham

Ana Barques

Andrea Stanley

Anita Trabucco

Anneli Sinikka Pedersen

Carol Moir

Clayre Gribben

Debbie Roth

Elizabeth McCullogh

Emma Ziff

Joanne Richardson

Julia Gunn

Karen Eanes

Ketty Delapena

Maria Ortiz

Marlyse Lupis

Myra Deuel

Normal Acland

Olimpia Cerda

Phyllis So

Robin Kaplan

Sue Kempen

Ulrika Rendel

Charities and Fundraising

Pauline Fitzgerald, Chair – Charities & Fundraising

Holiday Season is a busy time and I appreciate all the generosity and kindness shown by you wonderful ladies. See below drop off dates for Sponsor a Child and Gifts for the Homeless. There is also a schedule for collection of Poinsettia Plants for those of you who have ordered. We are still awaiting confirmation of delivery for Casa Ronald Baskets, please watch for updated notifications.

Thanks to Cathy Cleever who kindly hosted The Wine and Empanadas Evening in November. This event raised €115 for our Charity Fund.

For those of you who send holiday cards, we still have some packs of IWCV cards available. The price is €5 for a pack of ten and 100% of the proceeds goes to our Charity Fund.

Gifts for the Homeless Below are the drop off dates and times for the Christmas Gift Bags for the Homeless. The location is Missy Anobile’s apartment at Gran Vía Marques del Túria, 33 (Buzzer 3, 3rd floor), or Coffee Corner (see below). Please send Missy a message beforehand to let her know you are coming: WhatsApp or Message: +34 683 29 35

Sunday, December 4, 6pm-9pm Thursday, December 8, 11am-1pm at COFFEE CORNER, Carrer de Ciril Amorós, 32 Saturday, December 10, 11am-3pm FINAL DROP OFF: Tuesday, December 13, 11am-3pm Proyecto Vivir - Collection Point for Poinsettia Plants Calle del Editor Manuel Aguilar, 6, planta 3, piso 7. Valencia, 46001. If you have any problems please contact Alea on +34 644593185 Thursday, December 1

9 - 14 hrs; 16 - 21 hrs Friday, December 2 9 - 14 hrs; 16 - 21 hrs Saturday, December 3 9 - 13:30 hrs; 19 - 21 hrs Sunday, December 4; 16 - 21 hrs Monday, December 5; 9 - 14 hrs Wednesday DECEMBER 7th Pick up is from Cindy Roberts for people who cannot collect up to the 5th of December. This will be the final collection day. Address is : C/de Les Mantes 7, Apt 3, Piso 2, Valencia Collection Times: 11 - 15 hrs or 16 - 20 hrs Cindy's number is +34 658 116397

Sponsor a Child These are the December dates and times for drop off at Claire’s. Claire will also collect the gifts at IWC Coffee Morning. Please contact her to arrange, she will obviously be limited with what she can carry. The IWCV is sponsoring 85 children this year, such a wonderful effort by everyone! November 28 - December 4 Monday 7 to 10pm Tuesday 10am to 1.30pm Wednesday 6pm to 10pm Thursday 6pm to.10pm Friday 10am to.2pm Saturday 10am to 2pm December 9 - December 29 Monday 7 to 10pm Tuesday 10am to 1.30pm Wednesday 6pm to 10pm Thursday 6pm to.10pm Friday 10am to.2pm Saturday 10am to 2pm This is a very general schedule. Please call or send a WhatsApp or text message first to Claire on +34 628 908 674. Address: Calle Jorge Juan 10, pta 5, Valencia


Phyllis So, VP Activities

Our newest ongoing activity – Spanish and Coffee – has been going through some trials and errors finding a consistent place to hold the activity. We can use some help finding a location that has a back room for privacy for 15-20 people on a weekly basis. If you have such a place in your neighborhood please let Marilyn Megallon know.

Board Games and More has been happening and has a good following. Twice a month someone hosts a board game like RumiKube, 3-13, Mexican Dominoes, Yahtzee (or whatever board game you want to play). Just let Ann Linton know you want to host a 6-8 person board game night.

We also had a great Wine/Empanadas fundraiser activity where we had fabulous empanadas from Malvon (thanks to our very own member, Inez Reser) with wine to go with it. Thanks to your generosity we were able to donate €115 to Casa Ronald McDonald, one of the charities supported by the IWCV.

We had a fabulous tour of La Patriarca with David from Ars Magna last month, and there’s another tour on the December calendar – a visit to the Palacio El Cervello. Sign up quickly as it is filling fast!

Finally, we have a fascinating talk scheduled with licensed dietician Susan March on a great topic that’s very appropriate for the holiday season “An Expat Dilemma: Socializing Can be Hazardous to Your Health”. Join us to learn how to enjoy yourself and avoid extra calories at the same time!

December Holidays in Valencia

Tuesday 6 December Constitution Day

Thursday 8 December Immaculate Conception

Sunday 25 December Christmas Day

Monday 26 December Christmas Holiday (Boxing Day)

We wish you all a very happy holiday, whichever you may celebrate, and a happy, healthy new year!

Jane Buck,


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