Hola amigos. As usual, our chapter kicks off each month with the Lake Merritt walk on the first Saturday, rain or shine. For the first time since I’ve been on this Camino kick, the walk falls on my birthday! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate: walking and talking with pilgrims, then having a few beers over lunch—just like a typical day on the Camino. 🙂
I wanted to help a charitable organization for people to make donations in lieu of gifts, and I found a cause that is very close to my heart. I work at a non-profit called International House at UC Berkeley, which houses nearly 600 students from 70 different countries. Our mission is to promote peace, friendship and cultural understanding through programs, leadership training, and the simple act of living together under one roof. I have taken pilgrims here for lunch and hikes, and they marvel at the Spanish architecture, especially a few Camino shells carved into the decor! Each year, we have an online fundraising blitz called The Big Give, and this year it takes place on 3.14 (yes, on Pi day!). This year, there is a special VIP access to donate early to International House. If you are looking for a great organization to support, consider making a donation of $10 or more at biggive.berkeley.edu/VIP. Gifts of all sizes are greatly appreciated.
Go to: biggive.berkeley.edu/VIP
Enter $ amount, click Continue.
Click Browse List. Make sure you click the Programs button!
Choose a Program, scroll to > International House
Choose a Giving Opportunity, scroll to > The Fund for I-House, as pictured below:
Friends, this is a very worthy cause. And you would be doing me, the residents, and a historic institution a great service. The donations go where the need is greatest, including scholarships for deserving students in developing countries. The world the I-House experience now more than ever. Thanks for your consideration.
Click the link below for upcoming hikes and Camino events.
Lake Merritt Walk
Saturday, February 2, 10:30 AM
Join our walk that takes place on the first Saturday of the month, rain or shine. We meet at the Pergola (aka “The Columns”) on the east side of Oakland’s Lake Merritt at 10:30 AM and start walking by 10:45 AM. It’s a level, 3.3-mile walk around the lake that takes about an hour. Whether you’re a newbie or Camino veteran, everyone is welcome. Bring your questions, answers and pilgrim spirit! We’ll be going to Aisle 5 on Grand Ave. for lunch after.
Directions: Take BART to the Lake Merritt or 19th Street Oakland station and navigate your way to the Pergola.
If you drive, make sure to give yourself enough time to find parking, as there are many activities on Saturday mornings in the Lake Merritt area. FYI: There is a small fee lot at the corner of Euclid and Grand Avenues that is close to the Pergola.
RSVP not required, but if you’re on the NorCal Facebook group, join event.
Marin Headlands Hike
Marin County, California
Sunday, February 17, 10:00 AM
This hike has been cancelled due to the weather, but will be rescheduled in April.
Join us on this moderately paced 11-12 mile hike in the Marin Headlands with great views of the headlands and the ocean. We begin the hike next to Hwy 101 in Sausalito at the Spencer Ave. parking lot on the west side of Hwy 101. After walking up the Morning Sun Trail, we then have the scene below of Gerbode Valley. The hike will pass thru both Gerbode and Tennessee Valleys. Now part of the GGNRA, both Gerbode and Tennessee Valleys were planned in the early 1960s to become the town of Marincello with a population of 30,000. Hiking poles will help on this hike because we have lots of gradual ups and downs.
Leader: Dick Duker.
Level of Difficulty: 3B (10 to less than 15 miles, less than 2,000 ft elevation gain). Cancelled by rain. If weather questionable, call (510) 526-5530 for an update message. For insurance purposes, we are unable to welcome dogs, except service animals, at our events.
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NorCal Pilgrim Blessing & Shell Ceremony Potluck
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Help us celebrate our pilgrims heading out to the Camino this year at the NorCal chapter’s annual Blessing & Shell Ceremony Potluck. Once again, we’ll gather at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Oakland, located at 400 Alcatraz Ave. off of College Ave.
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There are always opportunities to train for or learn about the Camino. If you know of any Camino related events for the SF Bay Area that should be included in the monthly roundup, please use the comment form below, or email me.
For those who live elsewhere, there are Camino hotspots all over the USA and the American Pilgrims on the Camino (APOC) website has a listing of local chapters where you can find Camino events. There are also many active Facebook groups to learn about events in your region. Check your local REI store for workshops and presentations about the Camino. Check http://www.rei.com/ for events in your area.
Visit the Northern California Chapter page on the APOC website.
Join the Peregrinos Northern California Facebook group (closed group for Northern California residents only)
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