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Silent Auction 2015
We had another successful Silent Auction this year raising over $1500 for the “Adopt a Family” charity. Every year we raise money to buy Christmas gifts for children of families that cannot afford to buy gifts. We had a good turnout, around 50 people. Did something a little different this year we had Bloody Mary bar and omelettes. It was a nice change and I think overall everyone had a good time. If you would like to see a slideshow of the event, please click on this link.
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PNB Paribas Open 2015
Another great PNB Paribas open. We were able to see good singles and doubles matches. We saw Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer playing doubles with different partners. Also were able to see Sloane Stevens and Madison Keys up and coming American women’s tennis players.
And of course it was great to see John and Vicki during the time we were there. Tried a few new restaurants this year. Babe’s which has great BBQ and new Mexican restaurant which had very tasty food. Looking forward to next year.
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Wine Tasting in Temecula
Heading back home we drove to Temecula from Palm Desert. It was a very nice drive starting on Hwy 74. It took about 2 hour to get there. We would have got there sooner but got a bit lost in Temecula. Of course went to our favorite Winery Doffo for a tasting. Needless to day we gained a few more bottles to our wine collection. Had a nice meal at B. J.’s but found out about a good steak house in the old part of town which we plan to try next time we are in Temecula.
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Taylor Guitar Factory Tour
To top things of we ended our vacation doing a Taylor Guitars Factory tour. It was really amazing to see each step of the process how the guitars are made. Starting from the raw wood all the way to the finished product. This is a must for all Taylor guitar fan’s or just people wanting to see how a high quality guitar is made. The tour is free Monday through Friday at 1:00pm. Don’t work if the initial group is full they will start a new group to do the tour. After the tour ends you can tryout the different models in their playing rooms. I tested the new 614ce and it was very nice sounding. But still love my 2014 714ce LTD.
90t Tucson Rodeo
90th Tucson Rodeo
Over the weekend I went to an event sponsored by Canon. The event was at Tucson Rodeo which was celebrating its 90th Anniversary. Its the 21 biggest Rodeo in the United States. This was my first Rodeo which turned out to be a lot of fun. There were all sorts rodeo events with participants as young as 4 years old all the way to Pro Men and Women Rodeo events. The events included RAM Mutton Bustin' , Barrel Racing, Bull Riding, Saddle Bronc and Bareback riding.
Canon supplied lenses and cameras and was situated in a good place to photograph the Rodeo. They served lunch and drinks as part of the event. Considering it was my first rodeo I would say I took so good shots. Have a look!
2015 New Years Day
New years 2015
Started of the new year with 4 inches of snow. Temps have been down to the mid 20’s. Did not do our regular New Years eve Dinner at the Keg, hope to do it next year. PNB Paribas Open is right around the corner. Looking forward to good tennis and food. Will take a detour down to Temecula at the end for some wine tasting and a tour at Taylor Guitars just south of Temecula. 
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June 20th 2014 - 12th Anniversary
Its an even year anniversary so that mean's its Terry's turn to plan it. She did a great job as usual. We had a nice relaxing weekend in Sonoita. We stayed a Xanadu Ranch which is Hybrid B and B Guest Ranch. The ranch is also pet friendly so we brought Lucy on her first trip/vacation. It was very relaxing. Did our usually wine testing and were able dine out at Overland Trout (Cowboy slang for Bacon). We dined out side so we were able to bring Lucy a long. She actually behaved really well considering the tasty food we were eating.
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JDRF Charity Art Exhibit
Another successful charity art exhibit for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation  Last year we raised $3000 dollars, hopefully this year we raised as much or more. This year we added something new to the exhibit, a silent auction.  I entered six photographs for the art exhibit. One of my shots (pictured on the left) was auctioned  for $205.00. As usual there was tasty appetizers and wine. 
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D)  research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from  people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates  with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the  scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better  treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D. As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is  currently sponsoring $568 million in scientific research in 17  countries. In 2012 alone, JDRF provided more than $110 million to T1D  research.
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Desert Botanical Gardens Trip
Went on a Unit 48 day trip to the Desert Botanical Gardens.  We were lucky to visit during the time that the  the Chihuly in the Garden art exhibit was displayed through out the gardens. Started off with a nice lunch at the Patio CAFÉ. After lunch we spent  a few hours walking around the gardens. To top things off  most of us headed towards Scottsdale for a nice dinner at Cowboy Ciao’s.