Join us for our holiday meeting—live and in person—featuring live music and live people!

We’re delighted to return Dec. 1 for our first in-person meeting in nearly two years—our annual holiday party, back home at the La Mesa Community Center. We’ll feature live music, food, a charity donation drive and the opportunity to see each other in person and even hug.

Music will be provided by the Joseph Luna Quartet, a local jazz combo. To get a taste of the great entertainment in store, check them out on YouTube , where they have a big selection of great performances. Go to their holiday playlist to get in the mood. Big nerd that I am, I skipped the holiday playlist and went straight for their riff of the “Game of Thrones” theme, which is a delightful surprise. (It’s on their Latin Jazz playlist because yeah I guess Westeros is in Latin America? Sure, why not?)

As is traditional for our holiday events, we’re doing a non-perishable food drive, that means canned fruits, vegetables and soups, ramen, instant mac and cheese, pasta, packaged baked goods, cereals, and other shelf-stable food. Our donation coordinator is also looking for socks, to be given to the homeless. The drive this year benefits clients of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in San Diego.

We’ll also accept donations to help defray the cost of the band and the extra goodies we’ll provide for our feast.

Attendees at the meeting will be required to mask, when not eating—oh, yes, there will be food, a potluck, so bring your favorite dish to share, if you are able.

You’ll also need to show proof of vaccination at the door.

The meeting starts at 6 pm Wednesday, Dec. 1, at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942. We’re excited to see all of you in real life, not just through a screen!

To review: Here’s a checklist of what you need to know and do to get ready (because nothing is simple in the 2020s):

  • You’ll need to show proof of vaccination at the door. It’s fine if that’s a vaccine card, photocopy of the card, or photo of the card in your phone.
  • You’ll need to wear a mask at all times when not actually eating and drinking.
  • Bring a cash donation to help pay the band.
  • We’ll serve a potluck buffet. The club will provide some of the food, and your donation will go to pay for that, too.
  • Additionally, we’re asking members to bring food.
    • If your last name starts A-H, bring an appetizer.
    • I-M, salad or vegetable.
    • N-Z, dessert.
  • Please also bring donations, to help clients of St. Vincent de Paul in San Diego. Donations can be:
    • Non-perishable foods: canned fruits, vegetables and soups, ramen, instant mac and cheese, pasta, packaged baked goods, cereals, and other shelf-stable food.
    • Also, socks, to be given to the homeless.

Also: now is a good time to pay your dues, if you haven’t done so already, and make an additional donation, if you can. You can do it in person at the meeting, or if you’d rather just get it done now, go here.

Your donations help fund events—like our holiday party—and help us help Democrats get elected to enact progressive policies.

We won’t be streaming this one on the Internet, out of respect for our musical entertainment. However, we do plan to resume streaming with our January meeting, which we also plan to have in person at the Community Center.

Author: Mitch Wagner

Just another monkey with a phone.

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