August 22, 2023
Contact: Carlile Soldo

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DC Cal Alumni July events & beyond!

In this issue we highlight recent events and lay out a list of upcoming events and opportunities to get more involved with the club.

Upcoming Events:

  • 7/15 - Hangry Bears at JONGRO KBBQ in Wheaton, MD

  • 7/18 - Picnic Volunteers meeting via Zoom

  • 7/20 - Happy Hour at Sequoia on the Georgetown Waterfront

  • 7/22 - Summer Picnic and Summer Welcome Party SIGN UP NOW!

  • 7/25 - Board Meeting at UCDC

  • 7/28 - Professional Networking Lunch at Founding Farmers & Distillers in DC

  • 8/9  - SAVE THE DATE - Graduate School of Journalism event in DC

  • 8/13 - Book Club meet-up at MLK Library

  • 8/17 - Happy Hour at Wild Days rooftop in the Eaton Hotel DC

  • 9/10 - Pac-12 Alumni Day at Nats vs Dodgers Game

  • 10/24 - SAVE THE DATE - Reception for Chancellor Carol Christ in DC


Keep scrolling to learn more about these events.


Don't miss the "coolest" DC Cal alumni event of the summer.  53 incoming Cal students have been invited.  Let's give them a great send-off!


Date:  Saturday, July 22

Time:  1 - 4 pm (rain or shine!)

Where:  Cabin John Regional Park Group Picnic Area, 7701 Tuckerman Lane, Potomac, Maryland  20854

Who's invited:  Club members & their families; Cal in the Capital & other current Cal students; 2023 incoming Cal students from DMV area & their families

Closest Metro:  Grovesnor on the Red Line [or take an Uber]

Parking:  Available at the site

RSVP: Eventbrite Registration Link


Please register in advance so we know how much food & drink to provide.




- shopping for food, beverages, ice and supplies

- transporting equipment & supplies to the site (large cars really help)

- setting up the site

- unpacking & setting up food & drink (can you lend an ice chest?)

- decorating (putting up banners, blowing up balloons & decorating tables)

- shuttling car-less guests from & to closest Metro (Grosvenor)

- checking in guests on arrival; giving out name tags

- grilling burgers & veggies; serving food 

- setting up PA system (does anyone have PA equipment we could borrow?)

- setting up & running games (table games, corn hole, croquet)

- photography 

- clean-up


It's fun to volunteer for this event.  If you can help out, send an email to Julia Lotvin (VP Activities) at: [email protected]


Oppenheimer Film Update:

Oppenheimer, the 2023 film directed by Christopher Nolan (180 mins), will premiere on Friday, July 21.  The story of the famed UC Berkeley scientist tapped for the Manhattan Project was filmed in IMAX format for maximum special effect.   Some scenes depicting the 1940s were filmed on the Berkeley campus.


The film in standard and IMAX versions will show at various theatres in our area, but the IMAX version will only be available for a limited time.  For best IMAX viewing, purchase your reserved seat online in advance.  Search for  "Oppenheimer film" online to find local dates & times.


It was not practical to organize a group viewing of the film for the Club, but we encourage you to see it on your own.

Other Upcoming Events:

July 15 - Hangry Bears at JONGRO KBBQ (no host)


When:   Saturday, July 15

Time:   12 - 2:00 pm

Where:  JONGRO KBBQ, 11160 Veirs Mill Rd LLH 15, Wheaton, MD 20902 

Who's invited:  Hangry Bears, +1's, friends of Cal

Closest Metro:  Wheaton

Estimated cost of AYCE lunch:  $43 ($33 per person + tax + tip)

RSVP: Fill out this Google Form by Friday July 14 at 5pm. 


If you haven't yet done anything memorable this summer, that's alright because this month we are going to Jongro BBQ for its AYCE (All You Can Eat) Korean BBQ Lunch!

JONGRO KBBQ is a retro Korean restaurant concept where authentic Korean BBQ and Korean drinks bring good people together for a unique experience.  Cooked at your table!  Be sure to RSVP early to guarantee a spot. 


To stay apprised about Hangry Bears events and how to RSVP or get on the waiting list, be sure to add your name to the Hangry Bears group list by emailing David Wei: [email protected]


NOTE:  Hangry Bears will be on hiatus in August, but we plan to resume in September.


July 18 - Pre-Picnic Volunteer Meeting (virtual)


Date:   Tuesday, July 18

Time:   7:00 - 8:00 pm 

Where:  Zoom Link will be sent to those who sign up to volunteer

RSVP by July 17:  Email [email protected] to sign up


This quick meeting will go over logistics for the summer picnic and welcome party.


July 20 - Happy Hour at Sequoia on the Georgetown Waterfront (no host)


Date:   Thursday, July 20

Time:   5:00 - 8:00 pm 

Where:  Sequoia, 3000 K Street NW (Georgetown Waterfront), Washington, DC 20007

Closest Metro:  Foggy Bottom

RSVP:  None required.  Just show up! 


Look for us on the terrace, weather permitting.

To regularly stay informed about our scheduled Happy Hours and related announcements, be sure to add your name to the Happy Hour group list at :


July 22 - Annual Picnic and Summer Welcome Party at Cabin John Regional Park


For details, see FEATURED EVENT above.


July 25 - Club's Board Meeting


Date:   Tuesday, July 25

Time:   7:00 - 8:30 pm

Where:   University of California Washington Center (UCDC), 1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036

RSVP by July 24 to:   [email protected]


Any Club member who has paid their 2023 dues is eligible to attend our Board meetings.  It's a great way to get more involved with the Club.  If you want to join us for this month's Board meeting, please RSVP to our Club president, Victoria Brademan, at the above email address no later than July 24 to arrange access to UCDC.  More details will be provided when you RSVP.  


July 28 - Professional Networking Lunch (no host)


Date:  Friday, July 28

Time:  12 - 1:20 pm 

Where:  Founding Farmers & Distillers, 600 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC  20001

RSVP by July 24 to: Olesya (see below), just so we have an idea how big a table we need  


To add your name to the Networking Lunch group list for regular announcements and updates, please contact: 

[email protected]


August 9 - SAVE THE DATE - Journalism & Democracy discussion hosted by UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism


Date:  Wednesday, August 9

Time:  6:30 pm (TBC)

Where:  TBA (somewhere in DC)


This just in!  Save the date!  On August 9, please plan to join Professor Geeta Anand, Dean of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, for a conversation about journalism and democracy.  More details and speaker information to follow.  Keep an eye on your email inbox for an invitation soon.


August 13 - Book Club Meeting


When:  Sunday, August 13

Time:   3:00 - 4:30 pm 

Where:  MLK Library, 901 G Street NW, Washington, DC. 20001 (exact room to be announced later)

RSVP:   None required.  Just show up!

What we're reading for this meeting:   See below.


Due to travel and vacation schedules, we are skipping the July meeting.  The delay will give you more time to read the next book, which is

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.  It’s considered to be one of the best-loved modern classics in world literature. 

Link to the book if you’d like to purchase it: Amazon Link


To add your name to the Book Club group list for regular announcements and updates, please contact: 

[email protected]


Also, Olesya will be sending a survey to vote on for our September – November books.  We will likely be switching to non-fiction books.  If you would like to suggest a book for inclusion in the next survey, please include it here by July 9: Book Suggestions


August 17 - Happy Hour at Wild Days in the Eaton DC (no host)


Date:   Thursday, August 17

Time:   5:00 - 8:00 pm 

Where:  Wild Days rooftop at the Eaton DC (Hotel), 1201 K Street, NW  Washington, DC   20005

Closest Metros:  McPherson Square, Metro Center

RSVP:  None required.  Just show up! 


Look for us on the terrace, weather permitting.

To stay informed about our scheduled Happy Hours and related announcements, add your name to the Happy Hour group list at :
Google Group


September 10 - Celebrate Pac-12 Alumni Day at Nats vs Dodgers game


Date:  Sunday, Sept. 10

Time:  1:35 pm

Where: Nationals Stadium, Washington, DC

Buy Tickets Here:


Join your fellow PAC-12 DC Alumni, family & friends for our 6th annual PAC-12 Day with the Washington Nationals!  This year the Nationals will be facing off against the Los Angeles Dodgers at 1:35 pm on Sunday, September 10.


As in previous years, we will arrange for a pregame social hour and brunch at a nearby spot (hopefully Walters again) for us to get to know each other before the game starts.  Details will be added to the link above as they are nailed down.  We may also try to do some social thing at the ballpark itself, depending on ticket sales.


We have arranged for special discounted tickets.  Seats are reserved in Outfield Reserved in section 142.  We generally sell out our allotment, so if you want to sit with us, be sure to get your tickets early!


October 24 - SAVE THE DATE - Reception Honoring UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ


Date:   Tuesday, October 24

Time:   6:00 pm

Where:  TBA (somewhere in DC)


Chancellor Christ has announced that her resignation will take effect at the end of June 2024.  Please join us on October 24 as we celebrate her tenure and thank her for leading the campus as our intrepid Chancellor since 2017.   Complete details for this event are not yet available.  If you wish to receive a formal invitation closer to the actual event date, please register here:  

Register Here

Looking forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events!


Thanks & Go Bears,

DC Cal Alumni Club

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