1 - The Dining Out Group generally goes to dinner once a month on the third Thursday.


Il Fornaio in Walnut Creek is the destination for our dining out group on Thursday, October 17. The reservation is set for 5:30. Il Fornaio is located at 1430 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, across from Nordstroms. The restaurant features authentic Italian cuisine.

There is a parking garage located on Duncan Street, just off of N. Main Street with entry to Il Fornaio.

Carpools will leave the Gateway Parking lot nearest the corner of Tice Creek and Golden Rain, PROMPTLY at 5:00pm.

Separate checks will be provided.

Contact Mary Kelley for reservations and information at or 925-954-7778.

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2 - The International Dining Group goes to dinner once a month on the fourth Wednesday.

On September 25 we will dine at Lavash Mediterranean Restaurant, 3576 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. The restaurant has a private parking lot.

Carpools will leave Gateway parking lot (corner of Tice and Golden Rain) at 5:00pm the reservation is for 5:30pm.

For a reservation please call or email Karen McCallister or 925-300-3263. Please indicate if you want a ride, can drive or will meet us there.

Following are Jessica Yadegaran’s reviews in The Mercury News published June, 19 & revised July 18, 2019: “Tony Sohi, owner of Walnut Creek’s Silk Road, has just opened his first Lafayette restaurant, Lavash, a Middle Eastern bistro in the former Rustic Tavern digs on Mt. Diablo Boulevard. Sohi, who trained under his uncle Faz Poursohi of the Bay Area’s multiple Faz restaurants, is doing the same solid mix of kebabs, pastas, salads and sandwiches that you’ll find at Silk Road and Santorini, his Danville restaurant. In the coming months, Sohi plans to add more seafood and tapas in addition to cocktails, pending a full liquor license. . . .

Sohi . . . and his staff make the important stuff from scratch. And they offer a few extras that set them apart from most mom-and-pop kebaberies. That lavash, for instance, arrives warm, studded with herbs and accompanied by a garlicky tomato cucumber salad.

The grilled boneless chicken kebab is quite good too. It’s juicy and comes with a tasty mustard-flecked sauce that may be hummus based . . .

For dinner, tuck into an entree, like the impossibly tender braised lamb shank ($19) in tomato sauce with scalloped potatoes, or the beef kebab made with top-notch filet mignon ($19) served with basmati rice and steamed veggies. (Yes, steamed veggies are boring but healthful)”

For a RESERVATION email or call 925-300-3263, indicating if you will like a ride, can drive or will meet us there.



On October 23rd we will dine at China Palace, 2932 N. Main St., Walnut Creek. There is a private parking lot. Reservation is for 5:30pm.

Meet in the Gateway parking lot leaving at 5:00pm. For reservation email or call Karen McCallister, or 925-300-3263. Please indicate if you will meet us there, need a ride or will be willing to drive.