LAMP Interest Groups

Book Club

The Book Club meets the last Thursday of every other month. A selection list of approximately twenty books is complied from The New York Times Best Seller List, The San Jose Mercury News Best Seller List, Barnes and Noble web site and input from the group. Each member chooses their top 3 and the book with the most choices is the one selected as the next read. The books we have read so far:

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
I Feel Bad about My Neck by Nora Ephron
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
With you and Without You by Deborah Wolfe
Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
The Thirteen Tale byDiane Setterfield,
The Scenic Route by Binnie Kirshenbaum.
One Week in December by Holly Chamberlin
Shakedown by Andie Ryan

We have enjoyed evenings of thoughtful discussions, food, wine and good company. Check the calendar for dates and times.

Mary Ann Ramirez

Crafts Group

The craft group has enjoyed making a variety of crafts. We've learned to knit, made Halloween and Thanksgiving cards, designed Christmas gift tags, and made Origami scrapbooks, to name a few. No experience is needed and a good time and laughs are guaranteed. Check the calendar for dates and times. Crafts we made this year include:

Knitting on a "Knifty Kniter"
Christmas Gift Tags
Iris Folding
Origami Scrapbooks
Desk in a box
Old Fashion Valentine Cards
Party Favor boxes for Holidays and favors
Making Chocolate Truffles

Sue Pershon

Food & Wine Group

The Food and Wine group does not have a set time when they meet. It was set-up to attend wine tasting, take cooking classes, bake and cook together and enjoy some food tours in the Bay Area. We went on the Mangia Tour in San Francisco where we tasted Foccacia Bread at an old Italian bakery and delicious cured Italian meats at a deli, as well as a tour of the Joe Di Maggio restaurant and kitchen ending with lunch. We also went to the Grapevine wine bar on Lincoln Avenue for Bite Size Gooey Grilled Cheese sandwiches and wine. Check the calendar for dates and times.

Linda Pfahnl

Garden Group

Our garden group has outings two to three times a year to various beautiful homes and gardens in the Bay Area. Most recent tours have been to Hakone Japanese Gardens in Saratoga, the Elizabeth Gamble home and garden in Palo Alto, and to the Filoli Gardens in Woodside.

Looking for a new leader. If you are interested, please contact Karen Kane-Foempe at

Hiking Club

The hiking group goes on local walks and hikes in the Bay Area. The Los Gatos trail and Almaden trails are two of the areas this group has explored. Check the calendar for dates and times.

Charlene Murray
phone 408-997-2544

Movies & Theater Goers

The movie group meets once a month to see the latest releases of what we like to refer to as "chick flicks". These are the movies our husbands don't usually want to see! Also, depending on the time of the year, we will be attending plays at Presentation High School,listen to a female speaker in downtown San Jose at the Unique Lives series or see a seasonal performance that is directed toward women. Check the calendar for dates and times.

Sue Butler

Social Activities

This group meets once per month to plan a variety of activities for the group. Previous activities have included a tour of Harley Farms, Heath Ceramics, Annieglass, the Golden Gate Bridge, Elephant Seals, Lula’s Chocolates, various gallery exhibits etc.

Mari Donnelly