Category Archives: Activities


SIR Travel Opportunities In 2018:

Jan 12-22, 2018 Cruising the Mexican Riviera. A 10 night cruise from SF on the Grand Princess with ports of call in Puerta Vallarta, Manzanillo, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas and back to SF. Cost ranges from $1565 to $2375 depending on cabin and includes all taxes and fees, all tipping for drivers, pre trip orientation, home pick up and return and all shipboard meals. Rollo Parsons Br.141, 408-268-5245 or Bdrian Serpa, 408-227-7658.

Feb 8-16, 2018: Tropical Costa Rica. Highlights of this trip include, air, insurance, 13 meals, gratuities and guides.You will vist the unique ecosystem of the Monteverde Cloud Forest, the Doka Coffee Estate, the Arenal Volcano The Cano Negro Nature Preserve and much more. Cost is $3299. Jim Stoner, Br 114, 408-238-8458 or Larry Martinson, 408-528-0746.

Apr 4-14, 2018: Tulip Time in Holland. A 7 night Cruise R/T to Amsterdam aboard AMA Waterways. Celebrate the beauty of the Netherlands and Belgium in the springtime. You will visit the legendary Keukenfof Gardens, and pass colorful row houses and houseboats, See Ann Franks home then indulge in culinary bliss via Belgium chocolates and stroopwafel. Cost ranges from $4830.00 to $6195.00 based on cabin choice and includes complimentary bikes, unlimited complimentary fine dining and wines, all guides, gratuities and taxes, R/T air, choice of excursions, and riverview staterooms or suites. John Pletsch, Br.32, 408-274-2992 or Mike Console, 408-246-1080.

Oct 21-31, 2018: Crystal Mozart River Cruise. Enjoy Europe’s history as you cruise the scenic Wachau Valley, and Austrian Wonderland along the Danube River. You will visit Durnstein, Melk, Bratislava, Budapest and Vienna. Prices start at $6485 and include Crystal’s expansive list of free service’s such as,  butler service, gratuities for all shipboard staff, unlimited refreshments, free WiFi, choice of adventure shore excursions, R/T airfare, port charges and transfers in SF and Vienna. Larry Martinson, Br. 114, 408-528-0746 and Jim Stoner, 408-238-8458.

Feb 15-Mar 2, 2019: Cruise from San Francisco to Ft Lauderdale. 15 day cruise aboard the Coral Princess with port stops at Cabo San Lucas, San Juan Del Sur, Puntarenas, Fuerte Amador, cruising through the Panama Canel, Cartagena, and Ft Lauderdale. Cost ranges from $3390 to $4190 depending on stateroom and includes, home pickup, shipboard meals and entertainment, R/T airfare, luggage handling, transfers, all drivers and porters, gratuities, all applicable taxes and travel gift .Arkady Belogolovsky, Br. 54, 408-253-3956, or Joe Salamida, 408-767-2838.

Only trips of at least 4 days or more in length will be listed









Outings Post 

BR 47 SIRS  

NOTE:  If anyone has a suggestion for a Br 47 Outing or event, please let Kurt Heilman know so he can include it in our future Outings.

Yet to be scheduled is a BYO picnic lunch and wine tasting @ either Jacuzzi or Cline winery in 2018. 

Other Outings include:  1. A unique opportunity suggested by Bob Gonzalez that I highly recommend.  Enjoy Vintage Music and tour the lovely Victorian Home of Richard Reutlinger in San Francisco.  Concerts are on specific Sat & Sun afternoons @ 2 pm (doors open @ 1:30 pm so you can tour the old Victorian before the concert.). Monica & Kurt attended the April 1, 2017 Mimi Blais concert AND thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  *Jan 13 & 14 Sonny Leyland *Feb 17 & 18 Mimi Blais * Mar 10 &11 Ivory & Gold

The location is  824 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA 94117; the door opens at 1:30 pm and the concert begins at 2 pm; the price is $25 per person. Make the check payable to Richard Reutlinger and mail it to his home on 824 Grove St., San Francisco, CA 94117.  Free champagne and snacks are served during intermission as you enjoy Richard’s fine collection of mechanical musical instruments.  Be sure to mention which day you wish to attend and buy your tickets early to guarantee seating. 

2. Pacific Empire Chorus PEC), a Sweet Adelines Chorus, presents an all-you-con-eat Crab Feast. It will  take place on Sat. January 27, 2018 at the Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building in Petaluma.  Details to be determined, but generally goes from 5 – 9 PM with great singing during the Crab Feast. the Petaluma Veterans Building. Details to follow later.

3. Cinnabar Theater: 3333 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma suggested by Al Anderson. Contact  or 707-763-8920. Next music venues: Dec 15 – Jan 14 “My Way” a musical tribute to Frank Sinatra. $35 pp in advance. 

4. Ross Valley Players:  Jan 18 – Feb 11 The Childrens Hour.  Showcasing the destructive power of lies, the play depicts the experiences of the the head mistress of a girl’s boarding school. For tickets contact or call 1-415-456-9555 Ex 1.

5.   Marin Theatre Company: Jan 25 – Feb. 18, 2018 “Skelton Crew”. The third of Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit cycle trilogy. At the start of the Great Recession, one of the last auto stamping plants in Detroit is on shaky ground and workers have to decide what to do with their futures. Contact the Box Office at (415) 388-5208,, or visit us during regular Box Office hours of operation: 397 Miller Ave.  Mill Valley, CA 94941.

6. Weill Hall 2017-18 Season of great performances @ the Green Music Center @ Sonoma State University. For tickets contact or 1-866-955-6040. Cost varies depending upon performances. The next performances are on: Jan 12 Chanticleer, an orchestra of voices, Jan 18 Marc Cohn 25th Anniversary Show, Jan 26 Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Feb. 2 Nikolaj Znaider on violin & Robert Kuler on Piano…    

7. Fresh Starts Chef Events @ Homeward Bound. Fine dinners cooked @ Homeward bound in Novato by renowned local Chefs. Most dinners are on Thursdays and start @ 6:30 pm .  The last dinner (until fall 2018) is with Joanne Weir on Thursday Jan. 18, 2018.  The cost is generally around $60 pp.  Make your own reservations @ 415-382-3363 ex.243.

8. Marin Onstage at the Belrose Theatre in San Rafael.
Feb.16 & 17, 2018 Sol Flamenco (Joelle Goncalves & company).  7:30 pm wine & Tapa’s with music, song & dancing @ 8:00 pm. For $25 tickets contact 415-298-1433.         

Cheers, Kurt Heilman  1-415-892-2460


































































































McInnis 9-Hole

9-Hole Golf at McInnis Park

A group of Marin SIRs has been getting together for golf at McInnis Park on Monday mornings.
They have been kind enough to invite any interested Branch 47 members to join them.
At present, four of five foursomes generally show up each week. The first tee time is at 9:00
a.m. The format is informal and noncompetitive although you can pay $2.00 and enter in the closest to the pin contest on the second hole of play. You don’t need to join the NCGA or have an
established handicap to participate. You don’t even have to keep score. They play all year
round (weather permitting). The standard weekday rate for Seniors is $14.00, pull carts rent is $4.00 Most regulars own a pull cart and some of our spry members carry their own clubs. The course is flat and ideal for walking.Jack Friesen of Branch 68 has organized the group. Contact him directly if you want to play with them. He prefers dealing with the players via e-mail. He sends them an e-mail each
Saturday, asking them to respond by 4:00 p.m. Sunday if they are going to play on Monday. His
e-mail address is You may also contact him at (415) 491-1086.
Feel free to contact me ( or (415) 897-8573) if you have any questions.



Depot Park off Sonoma Square

Bocce is played on the first Monday of each month  – members, spouses & guests are all invited

It begins with lunch at the Swiss Hotel on the Sonoma Square @ noon.  Followed by Bocce @ 1:30 pm @ Depot Park (behind the Swiss Hotel)

Our bocce is no cost as we play in between leagues.

Come Join Us for Fun – no experience is necessary, only the desire to play & learn bocce without taking it serious.

SIR Kurt Heilman, Chairman, 415-892-2460



The fishermen meet every 2nd Tuesday of the month at Novato United Methodist Church at 9:30am. For detailed information, contact SIR Bill Cline, Branch 134,  @ 892-0209


Join the SIR Walkers  Thursday’s. Location announced weekly by e-mail.
Spouses and guests welcome.
1st week each month: Jake Solomon 415-472-3069
2nd week each month: Jim Hancock 415-492-0883
3rd week each month:Al Springstead 415-250-3808
4th week each month: Alan Thomas 415-457-4576
5th week (if applicable): Dee Stuever 415-459-6751
Call Jake Solomon, hiking chairman, to be placed on e-mail list about future walks and hikes. It’s FREE!