New Beginnings Fun Events in 2020

Despite the many challenges of 2020, we were still able to offer 116 Bay Area New Beginnings events  – 41 events in person, and another 75 on Zoom! They helped us all stay sane and connected through a very challenging time. Take a look and add your own comments and memories at the end of the page!

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▲ 6th Annual Spring Forward event in Half Moon Bay

January •  New Year’s Day Golden Gate Bridge Hike • three Paris Baguette Coffee Get-Togethers • Live Jazz in Los Altos • 49ers Playoff Game at the Swingin’ Door • Berkeley Community Chorus Concert • Tony Constantino at Vino Localé in Palo Alto • Jack’s in San Mateo • Uncle Choir Band at the ECR in Belmont • 49ers/Packers at “The Lister” in San Francisco • Round Table in Menlo Park

▲ Paris Baguette Coffee Get-Together

February • Beatles Cover Band at St. James Gate • Live Jazz in Los Altos • Jack’s in San Mateo • Uncle Choir Band at St. James Gate • three Paris Baguette Coffee Get-Togethers • Round Table in Menlo Park • Fishhook at The Cats in Los Gatos • Point Bonitas Hike in the Marin Headlands • Stanford Afro-America Jazz Ensemble • Friday Bash at Devil’s Canyon

▲ New Year’s Day Hike

March • Drivers License Renewals in Redwood City • two Paris Baguette Coffee Get-Togethers (one live and one on Zoom) • 6th Annual “Spring Forward” event in Half Moon Bay • Musical Art Quintet in the SF Mission • First-Ever Zoom Happy Hour and Joke Night • Lisa’s Zoom Birthday • Zoom Happy Hour and “Worst Thing I Did as a Child” Night

▲ Round Table Pizza in Menlo Park

April • Zoom Happy Hour and One-Minute Film Night • two Paris Baguette Zoom Coffee Get-Togethers • Zoom Happy Hour and Scavenger Hunt Nights I and II and III • “Partner-Choosing” and “Procrastination” Videos

▲ Zoom Scavenger Hunt

May • Zoom Happy Hour and Scavenger Hunt Night IV • three Paris Baguette Zoom Coffee Get-Togethers • Narcissist Night • Zoom Happy Hour and Variety Show • Zoom Happy Hour and Charades Night • Zoom Happy Hour • SpaceX Crew Dragon Launch Watch Party • “Love, Sex and Dating” Video Events • Sunday Zoom Games Night

▲ Zoom Happy Hour

June • A Zoom Event About Nothing • two Paris Baguette Zoom Coffee Get-Togethers • two Sunday Zoom Games Nights • Zoom Happy Hour • Zoom Happy Hour with Seinfeld Episode AND Trivia Contest • “Attachment Style” Video Nights • Zoom Happy Hour and Short Films Night

▲ Zoom Scavenger Hunt

July • Hike at Sweeney Ridge in Pacifica • Zoom Happy Hour and Movie Trailers Night • two Paris Baguette Zoom Coffee Get-Togethers • more “Attachment Style” Video Nights • Zoom Happy Hour with TV Commercials Contest • three more Zoom Happy Hour Events

▲ Point Bonita Hike

August • three Paris Baguette Zoom Coffee Get-Togethers • Palo Alto Baylands Walk • Zoom Happy Hour with “Name That Tune” Contest • Zoom Happy Hour with “Teach and Learn” Night • Zoom Happy Hour and Todd Rundgren Night • Zoom Happy Hour and “Odd Couples” Music Night

▲ Plank at Jack London Square in Oakland

September • Zoom Happy Hour and “Bad Dates Stories” Night • two Paris Baguette Zoom Coffee Get-Togethers • Zoom Happy Hour and “Just a Minute” Game Night • Zoom Happy Hour and Scavenger Hunt • Zoom Happy Hour • Trump/Biden First Debate Watch Party

▲ Presidential Debate Watch Party

October • Zoom Happy Hour and “Love Boat” Night • two Paris Baguette Zoom Coffee Get-Togethers • Zoom Happy Hour and “Getting To Know You” event • Zoom Happy Hour and Telepathy Event • Trump/Biden FinalDebate Watch Party • Zoom Happy Hour • Hallow-Zoom-O-Ween Party

▲ Zoom Variety Show

November • Election Night Watch Party • “Election’s Over” Zoom Celebration • two Paris Baguette Zoom Coffee Get-Togethers • Sunnyvale Baylands Afternoon Stroll • Zoom Happy Hour and SNL “Celebrity Jeopardy” Night with Alex Trebek and Sean Connery • Mori Point Hike in Pacifica • Föstudagskvöldfagnaður með Björk Night • Half Moon Bay Mavericks Hike • Sunnyvale Baylands Walk • Land’s End in San Francisco • Thanksgiving Weekend Zoom Happy Hour • Marin County Hike

▲ Pont Mori Hike Route

December • Zoom Happy Hour and “_______ Walks Into a Bar” Joke Night • Mussel Rock Hike in Daly City • Zoom Happy Hour and Chinese Checkers Game Night • Paris Baguette Zoom Coffee Get-Together • Zoom Happy Hour and Codenames Game Night • Hike at Windy Hill Open Space Preserve • 2020 “Great Conjunction” Event at Mussel Rock in Daly City • Christmas Day Holiday Gift Show-and-Tell • Hike at Ravenswood Open Space Preserve • Last Sunset of 2020 in Half Moon Bay • First-Ever New Year’s Eve Zoom-Tacular

Despite your generosity, we did not achieve our 2020 giving goal, so cash flow is a real concern for 2021. You can help us with that – and be a 2021 Supporting Member all year long – by setting up a monthly gift of $5 or more today. (A one-time gift of $50 or more also does the job!)

Your generosity also powers the life-changing work of the Divorce and Relationship Recovery Network, which continues to be a lifeline for people dealing with difficult relationship transitions and the stresses of COVID-19. This work is also powered solely through the support of people like you!

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