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January 1st from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 Mary Lou Bennington is hosting at her famously-decorated-for-the-holidays home… 7464 S. Milwaukee Court, Centennial. 

Please bring a snack and/or beverage to share.  She will be providing non-alcoholic drinks. 

For further information, contact Mary Lou at 303-741-5265. We’ll need volunteers to help setup and cleanup.

December’s holiday social outing

. Sunday December 8 at 2:00 pm at Town Hall Arts Center in Littleton

2450 West Main St. Littleton Co 303-794-2787. www.townhallartscenter.org.

 $26.00  tickets

Checks payable to Pat Kaplan.

Contact Pat at 303-759-1176 or patia51@gmail.com.

Join us at the Scarf Studio on Wednesday October 30, 2019

      6:30- 8:00 pm 

999 Vallejo St. #4T (Use Google- near Wyandot & 8thSt.)

Come make yourself a new travel scarf or gifts for the holidays.

The Scarf Studio sells wine and we can bring some snacks to enjoy!

Price is dependent upon the size of the scarf you choose:

Small- 10” x 60”= $46

Medium- 18” x 62”= $52

Large- 26” x 72”=$58

RSVP to Ilene Americus

iamericus-denver@yahoo.comor 303-941-2280


Denver Architecture Tour

Please join us on Saturday, October 5 at 10:00 AM to learn about the architecture that has defined Denver.

We will meet in the lobby of the Wells Fargo Building at 17th and Broadway, then walk the streets of downtown Denver with T. John Hughes, who is a retired professor of Architectural Photography from the University of Colorado at Denver.

We will spend one and a half hours learning about the architecture of the city before enjoying a nice deli lunch at the Leven Deli, which is located next to the Denver Art Museum at 12th Avenue.

Contact Pat Kaplan at patia51@gmail.com for more information or to RSVP. 

Be sure to save the date for our annual picnic, and farewell event for our visitors from Dayton.

Fun and games, and prizes to win!

WHEN: Saturday, July 22nd, 2:00 – 5:00 pm

WHERE: Pat Kaplan’s, 2987 S. Oneida St., Denver 80224

RSVP to Pat 303-759-1176 (so we can plan for dessert)

A potluck picnic—

A – K bring main dishes (entrée salads, cold cut or sandwich platters, fried chicken

L – Z bring starters (appetizers, hors d’oeuvres)

Dayton Journey hosts are not expected to bring anything—you all deserve a day off!

The club will provide dessert, iced tea and lemonade, BYO beer or wine. Plus, you will need to bring your own lawn chair.

Seven ambassadors from Brisbane, Australia will be visiting Denver for three days before a Friendship Force Journey to Grand Junction and then Salt Lake City.  We will be meeting them (informally) at Kim’s office building on the 30th floor of The Tabor Center (downtown) on May 30 at 6:15 p.m. for pizza and salad. 

If you would like to join us, please sign up at the membership meeting or by email and pay Kim Means $10.00 per person, by Monday, May 27.

(If you came to Kim’s office for the pizza party last time – where Melody was the Journey Coordinator for Canada – it will be a lot like that, with the spectacular views of downtown and the front range, but without a presentation and without the hassle of trying to get up the elevator on the weekend.)

Date:           Thursday, May 30, 2019

Time:            6:15 p.m.

Address:      Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

                     1200 17th Street, Suite 3000   Denver, CO  80202

Host:           Kim Means

                     Office:         303-628-9664   Cell/Text:   303-935-1842

Cost:           $10.00 per person 

Botanic Gardens Tour

York Street Gardens

Friday, May 17, 2019  1030AM-1130am

Add lunch after the tour at the Gardens.

$14 includes the tour as well as exploring the gardens on your own during the rest of the day. 

Lunch at the Gardens at either the Hive Garden Bistro or the Offshoots Cafe'

Free Parking off York Street

Just in time for spring planting, join us for a personalized tour of the Botanic Gardens. We'll have a docent directing our attention to Human Nature, or in case of rain to the Conservatory. If our tour group is larger than 10 , docents will tour smaller groups of 5 or 6. 

Call Jeannette Armbrustmacher at 303-279-0418 or email at jmarmbru@aol.com.

We need a reservation count by Monday, 5/13. You may also sign up at the Friendship Force Meeting 5/14. Please call with any questions or requests.

Of course, mobility options are available. The more the merrier!!

Check out the Plant Sale, May 10 and 11!! 

Haystack Goat Cheese Farm

1121 Colorado Ave., Longmont, 80501

            WHEN: Wednesday April 24, 10:00 until 12:00 noon.

The cost is $10.00 per person.

We have reservations at a nearby restaurant at  12:15. The Cheese Importer restaurant is not related to the farm but is highly recommended, and they have a room that will accommodate a large group.


The tour should take about two hours. We’ll learn about the history of the farm, then tour the actual facility to see how the cheese is made. It will finish with us tasting the different cheeses that they make on site.  It takes about an hour to get there from the church where our meeting is held. Carpooling is recommended.

            DEADLINE TO RSVP: Monday, April 15th

Pat Kaplan 303-241-4376 or patia51@gmail.com


FIRST: plan on joining us for lunch.  SECOND: add a fun, informative, and stimulating private museum tour led by Rae Wiseman, long time History Colorado docent and friend of our own Marilyn Larkin. Here are the particulars…

DATE:              Tuesday, February 26th

PLACE:           Optional self-pay lunch at noon – Rendezvous Café   (Located inside History Colorado Center near lobby)

                        Docent tour at 1 pm (arrive by 12:45 pm – meet in museum lobby) – History Colorado Center   

   1200 N. Broadway (at 12th Ave.), Denver


Marilyn Larkin – marilynlarkin@gmail.com (preferred), 913-481-6549 (2nd choice)


                          Tour is from 1 pm to 2:30 pm.

                        Please buy your ticket ($10/person) at the museum prior to 1 pm –  credit cards accepted.

                        No limit on number of participants.

                        Marilyn will be at the Rendezvous Cafe at 11:30 am



Thursday, February 21st.



WHEN:     January 1st – 2 pm until 5 pm

WHERE: Mary Lou Bennington’s home

             7464 S. Milwaukee Court, Centennial

*** Please sign up to help with set-up beforehand (4-5 helping hands needed), food and wine donations to share during the party (Mary Lou will provide non-alcoholic beverages), and clean-up after it is over (2-3 helping hands needed)!! Many hands make light work – that means a team effort!! *** 

The Five Points neighborhood is home to some important African American contributions to Denver and the West.  It’s time for our Denver Friendship Force club to discover some of this fascinating and local gem history (and let’s do brunch together afterwards).  So join us…

WHEN:     Saturday, October 27th, 10:30 a.m.

WHERE:   Black American West Museum

                3091 California Street, Denver


  • ·        $9 (senior rate entrance fee), $10 (regular rate)
  • ·        Let’s brunch/lunch together afterwards – details on a   restaurant still being worked out
  • ·        Want more Five Points history?  Visit the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library (2401 Welton Street) after lunch – the “gateway to historic Five Points”!

RSVP:       Any Social Committee member – Nancy Crocker, Luree Miller, Ilene Americus, Pam Comello, Arlene Casabona, or Jackie Goreham

                Maximum number is 25 so RSVP now!

DEADLINE TO RSVP:  Monday, October 22nd

Let’s Picnic Together!!!

WHEN?  Saturday, July 21st, at 1:30 p.m.

                   RAIN DATE: Saturday, July 28th, at 1:30 p.m.


WHERE? Jamie & Pat Kaplan’s home

                   2987 S. Oneida, Denver

                   Need directions? Call Pat – 303-241-4379 


              Potluck:  last names begin in A-K bring starters, appetizers or hors d’oeuvres and those from 

L-Z bring main dishes

         Bring your own lawn chair

      Dessert will be provided

Picnic entertainment will be available for those ready for

a bit more social interaction or competitive sport

RSVP?    Any Social Committee member:

Luree Miller (lureemiller@mac.com), Nancy Crocker (snjcrocker@aol.com), Ilene Americus (iamericus-denver@yahoo.com), Pam Comello (sedonadreamer@yahoo.com), or Arlene Casabona (ac12150@yahoo.com)     

The NSF – ICF (formerly the National Ice Core Laboratory) is located in the Federal Center and is a facility for storing, curating, and studying meteoric ice cores recovered from the glaciated regions of the world.  Scientists are given the ability to conduct studies, examinations, and measurements on these ice cores.  The integrity of these cores are preserved in a long-term repository for these scientific investigations.

Our club has the privilege of being one of the last groups that will be able to tour the National Science Foundation Ice Core Facility.

                                Here are the details:

DATE & TIME:  WEDNESDAY, MAY 30TH, 10 A.M.            

PLACE:  DENVER FEDERAL CENTER (entrance map provided to all who sign up)



This is the second part of a two-part Social Committee sponsored foodie adventure.  Part One will be a tour of several ethnic grocery stores, shopping, and cooking by some club members.  This part will allow the dining crowd to sample the culinary skills of the cooks!  Please join us to enjoy special good food and good times with good friends.

DATE & TIME:       Saturday, April 21st, 6 p.m.

LOCATION:           Stoney Brook Clubhouse

                                    4601 S. Yosemite Street, Denver    


                                     (map available – Ilene Americus – 303-941-2280 (cell) or iamericus-denver@yahoo.com)

MENU:                      THAI FOOD – A Variety!!!

Including spring rolls, larb chicken, green papaya salad, pad Thai, Thai beef salad, pork stew, stir-fried mixed

vegetables, and 2 desserts (maybe sticky rice & mango and banana in coconut milk)menu items may change at the discretion of the cooks, though!

COST:                       $15 per person        

                                                  (cash or checks made out to “Friendship Force Denver”)

RSVP:                        Contact: Luree Miller – 415-215-3770 (cell) or lureemiller@mac.com

DEADLINE:            Tuesday, April 17th  


We have the opportunity to once again help meet a world of needs by volunteering to sort donations of medical supplies at Project C.U.R.E. (Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment).  World Friendship Day is a day to celebrate not only our close ties here at home but broadly across the globe, and what better way than to provide a helping hand to a need greater than our own?  Our recent club ambassadors to Uganda and Kenya took medical kits from Project C.U.R.E. to their host clubs there.  The appreciation for those gifts was deep and palpable.  Let’s not stop now!! 

Here are the details:

Date and time:    Saturday, March 24th       9 a.m. – 12 noon

Location:  10377 E. Geddes Ave. (between. S. Havana & S. Fulton Streets)


RSVP/Questions:  Ilene Americus

                  303-941-2280 (cell) or iamericus-denver@yahoo.com  


Additional information:


This volunteer event unfortunately can only accommodate 15 volunteers.  It is a limit that Project C.U.R.E. itself puts on its program, so the early birds to sign up will definitely be the ones with a space for this great opportunity to serve others!

For those who would like to have lunch together afterward, we may plan on going to a nearby restaurant.  Others can join us for lunch, if they would like (and if we can make lunch happen).  Look for possible lunch details in the March newsletter.


What better combination could there be than a club social event of friendship and chocolate in the month of February?  So let’s go to Denver’s best, locally owned, 5-star rated chocolate shop, restaurant, and cocktail bar for a most unique and creative experience under the tutelage of “chief mad scientist” owner Phillip Simonson and his “lab tech” crew!!

WHEN?    Tuesday, February 20th, at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE?  Chocolate Lab Restaurant

2504 E. Colfax Avenue at Columbine Street, Denver

                   (in the Sie Film Center complex)

RSVP/DEADLINE?  Friday, February 16th

Contact Luree Miller or Nancy Crocker

lureemiller@mac.com or snjcrocker@aol.com 


FRIENDS, FOOD, CHOCOLATE, BOOKS – who can resist??!!


MORE details on this flyer

Tenth Annual


Mary Lou Bennington has offered to host.  She has a special talent for decorating her home, and loves to share her creations.


Monday, January 1, 2018

2:00 – 5:00 PM

Bring snacks and/or wine to share.

7464 S. Milwaukee Court, Centennial 80122



DATE:  Sunday, December 3rd

PLACE:  Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main Street, Littleton

TIME:  Pre-show reception in Stanton Art Gallery from 11:45 am – 1:30 pm

(confections and punch for your holiday sweet tooth)

“Seussical: The Musical” performance at 2:00 pm


• Non-refundable tickets will be available for sale at the September, October, and November meetings – remember that the early bird gets the choicest seats

• We have a reserved block of 50 tickets – but when they’re gone, they’re gone!

• Cost per ticket – $24 (cash or checks made out to “Friendship Force Denver”)

• DEADLINE TO PURCHASE TICKETS – Tuesday, November 14th!!!

• Questions? Contact Luree Miller (lureemiller@mac.com or 415-215-3770). Or mail your ticket request with your check to: Luree Miller, 2001 Lincoln Street #1221, Denver CO 80202.



It's Denver's 35th Birthday

By gathering for our annual summer picnic and inviting our inbound exchange/journey ambassador guests from Orlando to join us to make this a double-duty party – a birthday for us and a Farewell for them!  


          Tuesday, June 27th, at 4 p.m.


        Mike and Cindy Tanner’s home

            4 Niblick Lane, Littleton

            303-730-2464 (for directions only)


 Cost per person – $15

Menu details on the flyer link below


        Luree Miller -- lureemiller@mac.com or 415-215-3770


        Saturday, June 17th

 All the details  HERE

Date and Time:                      Monday, April 10th, at 9:45 a.m.

Place:                                           Lobby of the Helen Bonfils Theater in the

                                                Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Cost:                                               $12.00 for the tour. 


Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the curtain??  Join us for a private tour back stage at the Denver Center for Performing Arts.   A 90-minute walking tour will cover many of the ten venues and their workshops. We will go to lunch nearby after the tour.


All the details & RSVP info HERE


Get creative, keep it tacky.  Join us for the fun, laughs, and more laughs.  And find out just how tacky your friends like to be!!


            Saturday, March 25th, at 6 p.m.


We may stay in one location or may divide the group into two (or more) locations, depending on how many sign up to participate.  So Location to be assigned after March 17th deadline to RSVP.

More Details HERE




It may sound crazy, but what a fun and grand combination of sensuality, decadent humor, dance, and music as the Baroque Chamber Orchestra and Wonderbound team up for the back-by-popular-demand performance of “A Dangerous Liaison.”  Your Social Committee invites you to experience this afternoon of merriment and high glee with fellow Friendship Force friends. 

DATE & TIME:           Sunday, February 12, at 2 p.m.

WHERE:                     Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School

                                    1001 West 84th Avenue, Denver

DETAILS:                   Contact Wonderbound (www.wonderbound.com or 303-292-4700) to purchase your tickets.  Ticket range -- $22 to $50.

                                    We’ll meet in the lobby after the performance and go to a local restaurant to critique the show, dine together, and enjoy each other’s company.  If you prefer just to join us for dinner but not the show, please RSVP that, too.  Details of restaurant location and time given when you RSVP.

QUESTIONS:             Nancy Crocker (for information and to RSVP)

                                    303-868-6819 or snjcrocker@aol.com

DEADLINE:                Please let us know if you will be joining us for the performance and/or the dinner by February 8th


Cecil Roberts has graciously offered to share his home and host the 9th Annual 

Friendship Force Denver

New Year’s Day Open House.

We need volunteers to help serve and clean up.

Contact Carl Dawson 303-888-4411 carldawson@remax.com

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2:00 – 5:00 PM

Bring snacks and/or wine to share.

6374 S. Yates Court

Littleton 80123

From W. Bowles Avenue, turn south onto Coventry Lane, which is 1.7 miles west of S. Santa Fe Ave., and 2.10 miles east of S. Wadsworth Blvd. Give the gatekeeper your name; he will have a membership list. After the left curve of Coventry Lane, turn right onto S. Yates Court.  Cecil's home is at the end on the left (SE corner).



Friday, October 14th (2 homes) or Saturday, October 15th (1 home).  You choose, because there will be small group dinners both nights.

Here are the details:

But to make your reservations, please contact:  Luree Miller at 303-586-4146 (home), 415-215-3770 (cell), or lureemiller@mac.com.

Which home you will dine at to be assigned when you contact her.

It’s September.  It’s harvest time.  It’s wine-tasting time.  Join us as we taste and compare three varietal red wines (pinot noir, cabernet, and zinfandel).  And you don’t even need to be an oenologist, sommelier, or connoisseur – not even Bacchus himself – to enjoy this evening with friends (old or new) and a glass (or two or three) of vino/vin/wein!

DATE AND TIME:     Saturday, September 10th, at 6:30 p.m. 

PLACE:                      5753 W. Hoover Avenue, Littleton


  • ·         IMPORTANT – limited to the first 10 who reserve a spot
  • ·         Cost -- $10 to help cover cost of wine and heavy appetizers
  • ·         Bring a bottle of wine to share after the wine tasting is finished (optional)

CONTACT/RSVP:     Bob Matzen, your host

                                    720-550-6856 (home) or Rmatzen2001@yahoo.com


FIRST GAME NIGHT (in the afternoon) will be held on July 18th at 3:00 PM


                                      at the home of:

                                      John and Linda Giles

                                      5613 S. Pagosa Ct.

                                      Centennial 80015


RSVP to John at jgiles_911@hotmail by July 1st

We have room for 8 more people!

Guests are expected to bring an appetizer or dessert to share and a beverage of their choice.

We have a selection of games to play, but feel free to bring another game of interest

Summertime is Picnic Time.  And there is no better way to celebrate summer than an outdoor picnic with family and friends.  That includes celebrating with Friendship Force friends.  So here are the details for this year’s DENVER FRIENDSHIP FORCE CLUB SUMMER PICNIC:

DATE AND TIME:        Saturday, July 9th, at 5:00 p.m. (rain or shine)

PLACE:                        Milt and Susan Stockmyer’s home

                                             12 Meadowview Lane, Greenwood Village

                                             303-781-2635 (if you need directions)

WHAT TO BRING:       *Assigned by last name ((please bring enough for 8-10 servings)

                                                A - E .. Appetizer

                                                F - Q .. Salad (pasta, green, or fruit) or cole slaw

                                                R – Z .. Dessert

*Bring your own carbonated or alcoholic beverages

                                             *Bring your own portable chair (and extras, if you have them)


*Wear your favorite fancy or fun(ny) hat to represent a trip you have taken, an exchange you have been on, or an event from your past (no prizes for either the fanciest or funniest, though – just plain fun and lots of stories shared!)

WHAT IS PROVIDED:  *Burgers and brats (and chefs to cook them!), baked beans, buns/rolls, and condiments

                                             *Ice tea, lemonade and water

                                             *Paper products, cups, and eating utensils

                                             *Bocce ball, croquet, and bean bag games


BE THINKING ABOUT:            Countries and cities with Friendship Force clubs – that’s the only hint you will get about additional fun that looms

RSVP/QUESTIONS:     Luree Miller – lureemiller@mac.com or 415-215-3770 (cell) or 303-586-4146 (home)

DEADLINE TO RSVP – Tuesday, July 5th


 In anticipation of our October outbound exchange to Japan, join us as we continue to delve deeper into both that nation’s ancient history and its current-day cuisine.  This is a “two part” social outing but with limited dinner capacity.  Please note that you can attend one or both events, but if you want to go to dinner, the restaurant is limited to 20;  thus, restaurant reservations will be first-come-first-reserve-first-served. So DO NOT wait!



     PART ONE: “Samurai Exhibit” at Denver Art Museum – 2:30 pm

Tickets -- $12/members, $22/non-members (includes general museum and Samurai exhibit admissions).

NOTE: Ticket admission is timed, and you must purchase your own ticket(s) – 720-913-0130 or denverartmuseum.org

** Try to time your tickets for 2:30 pm or as close to it as possible in order to be with the group. 

 If you have a museum membership, consider graciously offering your rate

 to any non-museum member who will be going (if your membership allows that guest benefit)


  PART TWO:       Dinner Kobe An Restaurant – 5:00 pm

             231 Milwaukee Street, Denver (between 2nd and 3rd in Cherry Creek)

        ** Free parking at 299 Milwaukee **

Choice of bento box (assorted Japanese fare plus miso soup), yaki-udon, or yakisoba.  

Includes special green tea (other drinks are extra) – $19.50 plus tax and 18% gratuity

RSVP:  Luree Miller – contact for questions about both parts, as well as RSVP for dinner reservations:  

lureemiller@mac.com(email), 303-586-4146 (home), or 415-215-3770 (cell)

DEADLINES:     +  For dinner reservations (limited to first 20 to reserve!) – May 19

                    +  No limit for museum tickets, but if you plan to attend the 

                       Samurai exhibit, please also let Luree know by May 19

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