Monthly Archives: February 2020

Monthly Luncheon and Program

Thank you for attending what turned out to be our last monthly luncheon before the COVID19 pandemic shutdown. Watch our Facebook @AlamedaAAUW and our newsletter for upcoming events, virtual and eventually, in person.

More details in March newsletter

Amos White to speak on Climate Change


Join us on Saturday March 14, 11:30 am to hear Amos White, co-founder of 100,000 Trees for Humanity in Alameda, speak about how we can all make a difference in combating climate change. Amos is also the Vice Chairperson of the Climate Emergency Mobilization Task Force of the Community Action for Sustainable Alameda (CASA) and serves as Chairperson of the Climate Emergency Mobilization Committee. Amos, an excellent speaker, is well known for his poetry and his tireless community advocacy. Invite your spouses and friends! After no January luncheon, sandwiches and salads in the fall, and dainty tea sandwiches in December, now is the time for a real meal! A Grand Buffet luncheon feast at Speisekammer German Restaurant, 2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda can serve as your main meal of the day, and there should be plenty of leftovers to take home! Enjoy all of your favorites: Bite-sized potato pancakes with applesauce, German Salads (cucumber, red beet, cabbage and carrot), Schweinebraten/Roasted Pork in Beer Sauce, Herb Chicken in White Wine Butter Sauce, Cheese Spatzle with caramelized onions and cheese (Vegetarian), Sauerkraut, Mashed Potatoes, Apple Strudel; tea and coffee. Send your check for $40.00, payable to “AAUW-Alameda Branch,” to Penny Washbourn. With questions, call Penny at 510-748-7455.×300.jpg


Author Series

Author Series

Mark Greenside at Alameda Author Series 4

Mark Greenside

on his book (not quite) Mastering the Art of French Living

March 11, 2020 in the Stafford Room, Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak Street

Reservations requested:


The fourth annual Alameda Authors Series, sponsored by, AAUW Alameda and the Friends of the Alameda Free Library, continues with best-selling author and chronicler of life in France,  Mark Greenside.

Mr. Greenside will speak about (not quite) Mastering the Art of French Living, a memoir that details Greenside’s daily adventures in his adopted French home, where the simplest tasks are never straightforward but always end in a great story. 

Praise for (not quite) Mastering the Art of French Living 

— David Lebovitz, author of My Paris Kitchen and L’appart
Learning how to shop, drive, and eat in France have their own sets of rules, and (not quite) Mastering the Art of French Living tackles them with a soupçon of humor. From buying a lamp to mastering mollusks (oysters), and learning the right—and wrong ways—things are done in France, Mark Greenside perseveres . . . and succeeds.

Julie Barlow, author of The Bonjour Effect, The Story of Spanish, The Story of French, and Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong
Failure to speak French has never been so funny! Greenside may never master the gender of French nouns, but he sees straight through the French. A smart, delicious memoir of life off the beaten track in France.

Susan Herrmann Loomis, author of On Rue Tatin, and proprietor of the cooking school On Rue Tatin in Normandy and Paris
Mark Greenside recounts hilarious experiences only a foreigner can have in France, for they’re the ordinary things of French life that go unnoticed by the locals yet the funniest of things for someone from the ‘outside’!

William Alexander, author of Flirting with French: How a Language Charmed Me, Seduced Me, and Nearly Broke My Heart
Surely the funniest American to land in France since Jerry Lewis, Greenside ‘masters’ the baffling rules of French life in principle, while mangling them—to hilarious effect—in practice. A delightful pas de deux of humor and wisdom.” 

 About the author:

Mark Greenside holds B.S. and M.A. degrees from the University of Wisconsin. He has been a civil rights activist, Vietnam War protestor, anti-draft counselor, Vista Volunteer, union leader, and college professor. His stories have appeared in The Sun, The Literary Review, Cimarron Review, The Nebraska Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, The New Laurel Review, Crosscurrents, Five Fingers Review, and The Long Story, as well as other journals and magazines, and he is the author of the short story collection, I Saw a Man Hit His Wife. He presently lives in Alameda, California, where he continues to teach and be politically active, and Brittany, France, where he still can’t do anything without asking for help.