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Our Annual Report is Online

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Each year Peninsula Volunteers has an independent audit performed on our accounts and business practices. We combine these results (always positive!) with our list of the fiscal year’s donors (that’s July 1 through June 30, not the calendar year), and some highlights of our goings on. These become our Annual Report to our community.

We always post these online, both the financial audits for public disclosure, and the Annual Report.

You can find them on this page: http://www.penvol.org/about/reports.cfm

We hope this gets you as excited as we are about all the great work we are able to do so cost-effectively for seniors throughout the mid-Peninsula.

And if you are so moved, you can join us as a volunteer or as a donor!

Thank you for your interest in helping seniors and for your support of Peninsula Volunteers.

National Eichler Expert Speaks Today at Little House

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Join us Tuesday, January 14th, 1:30 PM at Little House for a special presentation by local realtor and Eichler expert, Monique Lombardelli, as she takes you on a visual tour of Eichler homes. In her recent film, People in Glass Houses: The Legacy of Joseph Eichler, you’ll explore the unique architectural style of Eichler, whose homes are well known for their glass walls, open floor plan, and post and beam construction, representing the epitome of modern architecture for the common homeowner. Lombardelli will also discuss how she is bringing forth a second wave of newly built and updated Eichler tract houses in the Bay Area.

About Monique Lombardelli:

With a passion for maintaining and restoring Joseph Eichler houses, realtor Monique Lombardelli has rightfully been exclaimed as “The Eichler Lady.” Lombardelli was recently featured in a major article posted by Architect Magazine, covering her journey to bring Eichler’s back to the Bay Area. Here, she defines herself as an “Eichler specialist who represents only clients intent on preserving or restoring midcentury modern architecture, and not those seeking a teardown or base material for a McMansion graft.” She has also featured numerous Eichler homes with Modern Homes Realty.  Click here to read her feature article.

Hats Off to Baubles Bangles and Bags

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

The Menlo Circus Club was abuzz on Monday during the Peninsula Volunteers, Inc.  Fifth Annual Baubles Bangles and Bags.  Attendees discovered table favors of feather and polka dot fascinators and immediately put them on and began shopping. (You wouldn’t believe the brisk trade in fascinators; eat your heart out, Kate Middleton!)

The Silent Auction of select new, vintage and designer handbags and baubles was almost completely sold out, and the 300 attendees enjoyed lunch and a special education on diamonds presented by Alexis Padis-McMunn of Steve Padis Jewelry in San Francisco.

Spectacular gift bags prepared by Mario Salas of La Bouquetiere in San Francisco added to the excitement.  The small purses were filled with special items from Mario’s collection. (Everyone wanted a picture with Mario, as you can see.)

Best of all, the Fund-a-Need for Meals on Wheels weekend meal delivery service was fully funded for over a year by pledges from the generous attendees.

Chaired by Camilla Shroff and co-chairs Darlene Woodson and Pat Grillos, the event was a smashing success.  Hats off to all those who donated, underwrote, attended and supported this amazing event.









Decorator Show House in Gentry Magazine Again!

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Our friends at Gentry Magazine featured the 2013 Peninsula Volunteers Decorator Show House preview party in their July issue. Take a look or click this link.

Kalani Engles Exhibits in Little House

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Kalani Engles, Painter & Print Maker, come to Little House Galleries this week. Kalani formerly exhibited at our Decorator Show House, and we welcome her new works to our home galleries.

“My paintings and monotypes are based on things I have seen, heard, smelled or felt, often while traveling. The colors, shapes, mood and composition of my work are extracted from sensory experience, translated into feelings, and recreated from emotional memory, with painterly discipline and technique, months or sometimes years later. My work represents the tangible world, interpreted by my subconscious, rather than pure idea or emotion. In this sense I am a painter of inner landscapes that parallel the outer world, which I want the viewer to feel as well as see.”

PV Betsy Kehoe – Master Gardener

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

This summer’s issue of Gentry Home Magazine ran a feature story on our own Peninsula Volunteer Master Gardener, Betsy Kehoe. Betsy is known throughout the Peninsula for her horticultural service, “Every Bloomin’ Thing”. If you can grow it – and especially if you can grow it beautifully and artfully in a pot – Betsy can do this for you!

Two years ago, when we were redecorating Peninsula Volunteers Little House, the Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center, Betsy stepped up to work on the garden design. With her friends at the UC Master Gardeners program, she also helped develop a gardening year long series of classes and workshops at Little House that were very popular.

This spring, Betsy took on the main gardening design for our 2013 Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. Decorator Show House in Woodside. From fountains to planters to pots of every size and shape to surrounds for massive outdoor sculpture, all of that was Betsy’s artful contribution to the Show House. If you saw it and loved it, you have a feeling for why Betsy is not at all shy about digging into the dirt!

Betsy is a strong Peninsula Volunteer with a keen interest in our programs. She has many interests world wide. In June she brought us the “Samburu Warrior” lecture that wowed a new audience at Little House.

We’re proud of all our fabulous Peninsula Volunteers. So talented and so dedicated.

This month we join Gentry in celebrating Betsy Kehoe. You can read about it here: http://mydigimag.rrd.com/publication/?i=164471. Then show your friends.

Decorator Show House in Gentry Magazine

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

The July/August issue of Gentry Home Magazine features the 2013 Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. Decorator Show House. What a spread! Please share this story and link with your friends and contacts.

It’s hard to capture all the excitement in still pictures, but Gentry does their usual fabulous job of highlighting Peninsula decor. In fact, Gentry was a major sponsor of the entire event and their help was crucial in implementing the Show House.

We’re grateful to Gentry (18 Media), their publisher, editor, all their staff and contacts who participated in making the Decorator Show House such a smashing success.

If you haven’t seen the July/August issue, there’s still time to get your copy. Just contact Gentry directly, visit your local newsagent or read it online here: http://mydigimag.rrd.com/publication/?i=164471. Then show your friends.

2013 Decorator Show House Video

Friday, August 9th, 2013

2013 Peninsula Volunteers Decorator Show House is on video! How about a blast from the recent past?

Show your friends and share this widely.  FYI, the interiors start about about minute 2.

Have fun, because we all did!

Thousands of people visited the Decorator Show House during May, and the comments were universally positive. Our Show House was called “the best in the Bay Area this year…” and sometimes even “the best in Northern California this year!” We are proud of the fabulous job done by our designers on the property, plus the artists, gardeners and entertainers. This video gives you a taste of what it looked like.

“Living Wall Sculpture” Comes to Little House

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Sabrina Alfin's Living Wall at Little House

“Living wall sculpture” is the small scale version of a new and internationally hot architectural trend: vertical gardening in unexpected places.

At the 2013 Peninsula Volunteers Decorator Show House designer Sabrina Alfin created two beautiful living wall sculptures for her Garden Room. These units are seven feet tall, three and a half feet wide, vertical gardens, with individual plants creating a three dimensional, monochromatic design. They are “green” in every sense.

They’re beautiful, and they grow, and every single 4″ potted plant is changeable at any time you feel the need to refresh your viewpoint.

Thanks to Sabrina, these two exciting pieces of living sculpture now grace the entry foyer to Little House. You’ll see them every time you walk in our doors, and we do have plans to have them change periodically, just to keep you on your toes.

Come take a look.

And thank you Sabrina!

Pix from Last Meet Designers Eve at Show House

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

We thought you might get a kick out of some pictures from the very last Meet the Designers Evenings at our 2013 Decorator Show House.  By the way, the pooch is “the world’s ugliest dog”, who came with his owner to visit “the Bay Area’s most beautiful show house”….