Past Events

May 2023: Speed Friending


Speed Friending is back for this month! And so are pre-Assembly mimosas for celebrating Mother's Day!

Feeling shy about meeting some of our new members? Speed Friending is your opportunity to be paired one-on-one for a few minutes each with multiple random participants. We'll suggest friendly topics to stimulate conversation that will help you get to know one another!

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April 2023: Science Matters

In April 1955, the world celebrated the creation of the first-ever polio vaccine. Funded via crowdsourcing and hyped by the media, it was a huge achievement. A month later, the vaccine was taken off the market. This is the story of mass vaccination and a mass vaccine scare. It's a story of why science matters and of human achievement. A contributing member for the past four years and passionate about history and science, Josh Abadie will be our speaker, and he plans to share some of that passion with us.

March 2023: Get Grounded

Are you familiar with Japanese Shinrin-yoku (Forest Bathing)? Our guest speaker this month is Kira White, Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide and Founder of Forest Therapy Collective, based in the Bay Area. “Forest Therapy is a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments.” Come to our Assembly for an interactive presentation that demonstrates how it works!

Meetup event: Get Grounded

Feb 2023: JEDI = Justice + Equity + Diversity + Inclusion

Our guest speaker is Jenice, a prevention specialist with YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley. Come learn about how the YWCA has been at the forefront of the most pressing social movements for over 160 years — from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity, from violence prevention to health care reform.

Steve Sergeant is hosting. In addition to our guest speaker, we’ll have a great Doing-Your-Best talk, Creative Space presentation or reading, and fun singalongs. Bring a dish to share and be sure to join us for a potluck social time after Assembly!

Jan 2023: Resistance is Futile

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Member Steve Sergeant will be our speaker, giving us a presentation that’s been well-received by tech companies and computer, electronics and radio clubs. His "Model-T of Computers" talk explores two ground-breaking examples of technologies that changed our society. Each one changed how people live and how civilization works. As we evolve our technical skills, can we resist the social changes that they bring? Should we?

December 2022: Holiday Party

SASV is looking forward to brighter days coming soon! We're ordering a catered brunch in celebration of the winter solstice.

Join us for this first in-person winter solstice event in almost three years! We want it to be both a warm welcome to anyone who's been thinking of coming to SASV, and a heartfelt thank you to all our members who have continued to support us in myriad ways.

November 2022: Journey

Have you ever dreamed of being a nonstop traveler? SASV member, Donna Terman, turned that dream into reality. Together with her husband, Donna traveled worldwide for more than a year, starting in 2016. How did they come to this big decision, what was the planning process like, and what advice does Donna have for anyone considering long-term travel? Come hear Donna talk about the logistics of this travel adventure and how it all worked out!

October 2022: Remembrance

Each October we hold an Assembly with the theme of Remembrance. We will be performing a ceremony to remember the people that we’ve lost. If you would like, we invite you to bring a picture, an item, a story, or simply the name of someone that you loved and have lost. We will also have fall leaves available to place on our Remembrance table during the ceremony in honor of those we've lost.

September 2022: Keep Nature Beautiful

Our speaker this month is Deb with Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful. Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful is a community-driven organization with the vision of a vibrant Coyote Creek with clean waters, abundant wildlife, and natural beauty that everyone can enjoy. Deb will share how they mobilize resources and engage community members to become the creek’s advocates and caretakers. The programs they offer include action projects, educational events, and recreational activities, all to help people learn more and take care of Coyote Creek, located in the South Bay.