Pay To Play -- California Dreamin’
Contact Christine Marke if you want to join in the fun!
WANTED: YOU … at the best rootin’ tootin’ shindig in town! Mosey on down to the Red Rose Ranch to kick up your heels and enjoy tasty vittles, line dancing and country music. We'll have western wines, frosty sarsaparilla (beer) and Moscow mules to whet your whistle. You best have yer Urban Cowboy duds in fine form for the costume contest! We're also fixin' to host a Chili cook-off, a whiskey bar and a surprise or two, to boot! So saddle up and join us, partners. (Yee-Haw)
The Low-Down on the Hoe-Down
The Ranch: The Red Rose (St Theresa Event Center)
The Date: Saturday, April 21, 2012, 7pm – 11pm
The Deal: $50 per dude/dudette
The Posse: Blatney, Corbett, Coyle, Dittmer, Dailey, Gross, Page, and Spallone families
(#2) Calling All Happy Campers Sold Out
Big Sur? Yosemite? Forget about it! This is the campout that kids and grown-ups alike will enjoy – spending the night under the stars on St. Theresa's lawn. Best of all, there's no “roughing it” at this camp! As soon as you arrive, our camp wranglers will set up your tent and whisk away your kids for some fun games and snacks. Meanwhile, you’ll head over to the watering hole to enjoy some spirits and hearty appetizers created by St. Theresa's very own Chef Tom Schnetz. As the sun starts to set you’ll chow down on barbeque and s'mores by the campfire and sing along with Country Swooners Jay Shilliday and Ronnie McInerney before tucking in with your family for the night. Alas, sunrise will come too soon, but our wranglers will help you face the day with coffee, hot chocolate and piping hot pancakes and sausage. This event has a big following – so don’t miss this chance to pitch your tent on St. Theresa’s turf.
The Details: Saturday, Sept. 29 – Sunday, Sept. 30 2012; 5 pm – 10 am
The Bargain: $200 per family (25 Families)
The Wranglers: Adams, Cecka, Corona/Hurtado, Ellis, Guthrie, Hoekstra (Todd), Huntington, O'Keeffe, Piccinini, Schnetz, and Shilliday families
(#3) The Amazing Race
Back by popular demand! Teams of four will race around Oakland completing fun, mind bending and challenging tasks. Decipher clues, perform physical feats, sample exotic foods and embark on an unforgettable adventure with your teammates across our fair city.
When your team has finished its last feat, return to the “Pit Stop” for a victory party complete with awards, great food and potent cocktails. They don’t call it The Amazing Race for nothing!
Race Day: May 19, 2012
Starting Line: The Franco’s House
Fee: $75 per person
Judges: Basch, Bullock, Fenn, Franco, and Turner families
(#4) Top of the World Bay Bridge Tour
Here’s your once-in-a-lifetime chance to tour the new Bay Bridge as it undergoes construction. With a Bay Bridge engineer as your guide, you’ll meet at the Oakland Public Information office to learn about the construction process them board a boat for a 1 1/2-hour trip under the Bay Bridge to the already constructed right-hand side of the completed bridge. Your tour is timed to witness one of the most dramatic events in the whole project: the installation of the main cable. This exclusive, behind-the-scenes view is a rare and unique opportunity to see history in the making for a maximum of 25 guests. Don't worry: there are snacks. We'll send you off with coffee and crumpets and provide a yummy bagged lunch for the boat ride back.
(#5) Flip Flops & Lemon Drops
Ladies: Transform yourselves at a Mediterranean Spa Oasis (aka The Natsues' beautiful poolside backyard) where you’ll be spoiled during an afternoon of spa treatments and relaxation. Choose one of three treatments such as shoulder/neck massage, lash tint, brow tint, manicure, pedicure or a spray tan. You’ll sip on refreshing cocktails and enjoy tasty Mediterranean Meze while thumbing through your favorite magazines. Take a dip in the 90 degree pool and soak away all of your worries in the bubbling hot tub. You'll leave your relaxing afternoon oasis with a parting gift to continually remind you of your perfect day.
Day of Relaxation: Saturday, September 8, 2012
Spa: Natsues Oasis
Cost: $125 (25 lucky Gals)
Spa Hosts: Ghiglieri, Gilbert, Homertgen, Lynds, Natsues, Olofson, Onken and Thompson families
(#6) California Dreamin’ Casino Night
We’ve taken the popular poker party and doubled down to include even more casino fun! Bring your game face and your steady hand to the St Theresa Event Center which will be dressed up and transformed into a Las Vegas casino. Ace of Hearts are wild and we're not talking about the entertainment. This party will let you try your hand at poker as well as other fun games like roulette. Even if you don’t know Texas Hold ‘Em from Craps, you’ll still enjoy the scene, drinks, food and fun (and you might even benefit from some beginners luck!). Is it going to be fun? You Bet!
The Deal: $75 per gambler
Party Time: Saturday, February 4, 2012
Casino: California Dreamin’ Casino (St Theresa Event Center)
The Dealers: Brown (Steve & Michele), Milanowski, Rogers, Rollo and Wagner families
(#7) Wish Upon a Star at the Father/Daughter Dance 2012
When you wish upon a star
Disneyland is not so far
Come in your favorite Disney wear
Kings and princesses will be there
Dancing and treats just for you
At St.Theresa where dreams come true
A magical kingdom we’ll create
So please join us and make it a date!
The Very Important Date: Saturday, March 10, 2012
Magical Hours: 7-10 pm
Enchanted Castle: St Theresa Event Center
Fast Pass: $70 per family (dad and daughters)
Cast Members: Bunn, Fairbairn, Ralston, Smith, Starc, Van Auker, Walters, and Weible families
(#8) STRIKE! Mother-Son Bowling Tournament
Hey Moms - here's a chance to spend some quality time with your boy(s). Come join us in the 3rd annual St T Mother-Son Bowling Tournament! Each mother/son pair is a team, competing against the rest for bragging rights as "Rulers of the Lanes." Event will consist of bowling two games followed by snacks and ice cream sundaes.
When: Sunday, January 22, 2012, 2 – 4 pm
Alley: Castro Village Bowl in Castro Valley
Price: $60/pair (+ $20 for each additional bowler)
Strikers: Costagliola, Espos, Rodriguez (Dante & Diane), and Velastegui families
(#9) Eat, Drink and Be Merry Christmas at the Wine Mine!
Sniff, swirl, mix and mingle at the first ever wine tasting pay to play. The Wine Mine's David Sharp will be serving up an array of award winning California wines ranging from Alexander Valley Sauvignon Blancs to Napa Cabs and Foothills Zins. Sharp will even uncork the labels that put Napa Valley on the world map, Stags Leap Cabernet and Chateau Montelena Chardonnay. Enjoy identifying all those bits of bark, hints of pear, layers of blackberry, while also noshing on a spread of sweet and savory Hors d'oeuvres put together by St T's favorite neighborhood store, the Village Market, and Berkeley's La Mediterranee. (Hey Room Parents: this could be a festive and easy parent Christmas party!) 50 people maximum.
The Date: Thursday, December 8th, 6:30 pm- 9:00 pm
The Place: The Wine Mine in Temescal
The Fee: $25 per person
The Stewards: The Wine Mine, Village Market and La Mediterranee