Upcoming Events

Balistreri Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting

What: Vineyard tour and wine tasting

When: July, 9, 2022, 11 AM

Where:  Balistreri Vineyards, 1946 East 66th Ave., Denver, CO  80229. www.balistreriwine.com

Number of Attendees: The tour and wine tasting is limited to 12 people. Attendees must be at least 21 years old.

Cost: $20 per person for the tour and wine tasting. Pay us at the vineyard by cash or check to Alpha Association of Colorado. The Alpha Association will pay Balistreri Vineyards for the tour.

Optional Lunch: Stay after the tour for lunch at 12:15 in the vineyard’s restaurant. Please let us know when you make your reservation if you also want to stay for lunch. The cost of the lunch will be your responsibility.

Reservations: Respond to this email or send an email to board@pbkcolorado.org by noon on Thursday, July 7, 2022. Be sure to tell us if you want to join us for lunch. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests are welcome; but please just one guest per member. We will create a waitlist for additional guests in case of cancellations.

Cancellations: If you make a reservation but cannot attend, please notify us as soon as possible in case someone on the waiting list can take your place. If you cancel after July 7 and no one can take your place, you will be charged for the tour.

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Past Events

2022 Annual Banquet

The Alpha Association’s annual banquet was held at Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant in Englewood. Professor Thomas Zeiler from the University of Colorado Boulder spoke on “America through Baseball” — how the game has changed American history.

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February 2022 Discussion of The Sirens of Mars by Sarah Stewart Johnson

Book club participants discussed The Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another World , by Sarah Stewart Johnson, which won the 2021 Phi Beta Kappa book award in science.

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Jeffrey Franklin Poetry Reading: Where We Lay Down

Jeffrey Franklin read from his book of poems, Where We Lay Down.

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2021 Annual Meeting

The Alpha Association held its annual meeting to elect officers for the 2021-22 year. After a buffet lunch, Colorado’s poet laureate, Bobby LeFebre, spoke.

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2021 Picnic

Alpha members and their guests met at Observatory Park in Denver for a post-COVID celebration.

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PBK Visiting Scholar: Poet Evie Shockley

Professor Evie Shockley, Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar and Professor of English at Rutgers University, gave a virtual public lecture on Thursday, April 15, titled, “Black Graphics: Text, Image and the Politics of ‘Colorblindness’ in Natasha Trethewey’s Poety.” Natasha Trethewey was US Poet Laureate in 2012-13 and 2013-14. The lecture was sponsored by the Gamma Chapter at the Univeristy of Denver.
The Alpha Association of Colorado and the Gamma Chapter co-sponsored a poetry reading on Friday, April 16, at 6:30 pm, followed by a brief question-and-answer session.
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Gardening Basics from A to Z

On April 8, Alpha member Ben Palen led a virtual demonstration about gar­den­ing — how to start seens in containers and small spaces, vegetatbles and flowers that do well in our area, caring for plants once they are established, and basics of companion plantings. YouTube videolink: https://youtu.be/tjhDEKzzYMc

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Happy Hour with Alpha Association Members and Guests

Alpha Association members and their guests enjoyed a virtual happy hour, with members providing ingredients for cocktails and mocktails, which were then paired with appetizers.

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Movie Night -- Late Night with Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling

Zoom discussion of the movie Late Night, starring Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling.

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