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What’s New in April
Mailing Address:
Mature Friends
PO Box 21203, Seattle, WA 98111-3203

Every month, Mature Friends publishes the newsletter with updates on our activities. So, here is what we’re up to this month, such as traveling (both locally and internationally), attending arts events, playing bridge or pinochle, reading and discussing books, making investments, touring gardens, taking walks and going on hikes, choosing among many options for dinners and lunches, cooking, and tasting fine wines from our own state, from other states, and from around the world.


Goings On

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Eating Date and Time Where
Lunch Out
Wed., Apr. 8 and Apr 22, at 12:00 Noon Charlie’s on Broadway, 217 Broadway Ave. E
Dinner Out
Tue., Apr. 21, at 6:00 p.m. Robb’s 125th Street Grill, 12255 Aurora Ave. N
Monthly Potluck
Fri., Apr. 24, at 6:15 p.m. Food Contributions
Odd Fellows Hall
Wine Tasting
No tasting for April
Last month's tasting: French red and white Burgundy
Annual Banquet
Sat., June 13, at 5:30 p.m.
Womens’ Athletic Club
Annual Picnic
Sat., Aug. 15, at 12:00 Noon
Woodland Park
Dinner for Six
Determined by participants In members’ homes
Christmas Lunch
Sat., Dec. 12, at 12:00 Noon
Robb's 125th Street Grill, 12255 Aurora Ave. N.
Playing Date and Time Where
A Better Club for Investing
Not set at time of publication.
Not selected at time of publication.
Book Club
Tues., Apr. 14, at 7:00 p.m.
Discussion on Peter Stark’s Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire at home of a member.
Board Meeting
Mon., Apr. 13, at 6:30 p.m. At the home of our Treasurer
Tue., Apr. 21, at 9:30 a.m. Heybrook Lookout
Garden Tour
Tue., Apr. 28, at 10:30 a.m.
Seattle tree and garden guru
Theater and Music
Various dates and times
Check out these performances
Travel and Events
Various trips
Check our destinations
Bridge Club
Every Wed. at 7:00 p.m. Odd Fellows Hall
Pinochle Club
Wed., Apr. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Odd Fellows Hall
Camera Club
Waiting for a new leader. Any volunteers?
Odd Fellows Hall
Exercise Group
Every Wed. at 10:00 a.m. Odd Fellows Hall


Potluck Contributions

Dish to Bring Initial of Last Name
J , K, T
Hot Dish
C, H, L, O, P, V
A, F, I R, W, Y
D, E, M, S
B, G, N, Z

1 For those assigned to bring an appetizer, please arrive early.

For everybody else, if you bring a vegan or vegetarian dish, please label it as such.



Our eight hikers to Kukutali Preserve in March walked uphill and down through lush forest and walked the beach at low tide.  We enjoyed lunch while sitting at the beach, with views of forested shores of Puget Sound. 

Hikers in Kukutail Preserve

Hikers Tim, Roger, Jerry, Hector, Dale, Scott, Ramon, Brian Take a Break In Kukutali Preserve

Avid photographer Brian also took the following pictures, vicariously sharing the hike with you:

Brian's Pictures

April Hike to Heybrook Lookout

Our April hike to Heybrook Lookout will be our first hike in the mountains this year. Popular in the spring because the snow melts off early, the trail is on the north side of Highway 2 a couple miles east of the road to Index. It’s a mile and a quarter to the lookout, with eight hundred feet of elevation gain. (That’s roughly equivalent to the hike to the lower falls at Wallace Falls.) The trail winds though second-generation forest recovering from a clear cut in the 1920s. A lookout was first placed here in 1925. The current lookout was built in the late 1990s and stands seventy-three-feet tall. From the lookout's balcony, you can scan the scenic Skykomish Valley with excellent views of Mount Baring, Mount Persis, Mount Index, and Bridal Veil Falls.

We will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21, at the north end of Northgate Shopping Center, just off Northgate Way, in front of the Bank of America building. We will arrive back in Seattle by 3:00 p.m.

Check Out Some of Our Previous Hikes

Our hikers posed with beautiful backdrops from some of our past treks. The following pictures show some examples.

Dale, Ramon, Jim, Dennis, Garry, Bruce, Scott, George, and Harvey at Lighthouse in Discovery Park

Dale, Garry, Ramon, Jim, Dennis, Bruce and Scott Explore Shoreview Park in Shoreline

Brian, George, Jim, Jerry, Ramon, and Dale Pause on the Snoqualmie River Trail

Hikers Steb, Dale, Scott, Hector, Jerry, Stephen, Harvey, Alan, Tim, and David In Meandowdale Beach Park

— Dale J.

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Garden Tours Kickoff with Famous Seattle Tree and Garden Guru

The April Garden Tour will feature the person as much as the garden. We will meet, tour, and listen to Arthur Lee Jacobson, known as the person who intimately knows every important tree in Seattle. He constantly pedals his bicycle all over the community taking notes and pictures along the way. I once received a telephone call to tell me that he had discovered a giant Eucryphia, only to find out it was mine. His books and talks are legendary: Trees of Seattle, Trees of the Locks, Purpleleaf Plums, Trees of Greenlake, and Wild Plants of Greater Seattle.

Arthur Lee Jacobson

Arthur Lee Jacobson

I have personally experienced extraordinary tours about the trees of Capitol Hill, the haunted Lake View Cemetery and its special trees, as well as plants of Volunteer Park. Arthur consults and engages in many garden projects. He is well known for speaking “his part,” and he is one “huge” fount of plant and local knowledge. Additionally, he is a great guy, evidenced by our enjoying a Guinness after viewing the tallest Embothrium tree in the city. His garden is his collection and he will have plants for sale also.

We will be visiting his garden on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, meeting promptly at 10:30 a.m. He will have just finished his annual Garden Open Weekend.

The location is 2215 E. Howe Street, Seattle, WA 98112, north Capital Hill.


  1. Taking SR 520, get off onto Montlake Boulevard, going south.
  2. Follow onto 24th Avenue E.
  3. Go about 10 blocks to a major stop light (Boyer Avenue E.).
  4. Turn right and go two SHORT streets.
  5. Turn right onto E. Howe Street for a short distance.
    His house is on the right.

This street is narrow and constricted, so parking will be a bit tricky. So you may want to park on Boyer and walk in. If you approach from the south on 24th Avenue E., turn left at Boyer.

There is a cost of $10.00 each payable at the garden.

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Travel and Events

This section tells you all about recent or upcoming trips planned for Mature Friends. Everybody who has gone on one of these trips has had a great time and was well taken care of. So, what are you waiting for? Sign up and join the fun!

Note: For those of you who are not members of Mature Friends, you must join the club before you can travel with us.

Taste of Cruising and Alaska — April 29

Sample both cruising and Alaska on a five day luxury excursion with Princess Line as their Ruby cruises to Seattle via Vancouver and Ketchican.

Take three days off work and have a five day vacation. Catch the convenient Wednesday morning Amtrak train to Vancouver, join the nearby ship for lunch, relax and enjoy this early season salt water sailing past deep green forests and snow capped mountains to Alaska and back on Sunday to the ship’s summer berth at Pier 91.

We are the first cruise ship to arrive in Alaska this season beating the others by nearly a week. Let’s tell the high school that we want to be met by their band! Although some of Ketchican’s gift stores won’t have opened there are shore excursions and places to see in the momentarily quiet town. Probably no snow on the streets but plenty nearby. If you are considering a cruise sometime this is an adventurously fun way to sample the experiences at less than $500 including rail.

Send your e-mail address to Linda Lane at Cruiseworld or give her a call 206-284-0500 for more details.

Reno Gambling Trip — May 12

For our annual gambling trip, Mature Friends returns to Reno. The package includes round-trip airfare and accommodations at the El Dorado Resort Casino.

After gambling, take in a show or experience other Reno sights, such as the National Auto Museum and  Riverwalk. Marlyce is also planning an optional side trip to explore historic silver towns.

New and Improved Road Trip to Ashland, Oregon – August 21

Arrive in Ashland late afternoon on Friday, August 21, to see three plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival:

Pericles is a rarely done late play by Shakespeare and the Festival always does a spectacular job on it. We will also take part in activities of the Daedalus Project, the Festival’s AIDs benefit including a reading of a new play on an AIDs-related theme and the Company Variety Show featuring the ever popular Underwear Contest. Ever wanted to stuff a dollar bill into an actor’s briefs? Now’s your chance.

We will  stay at the Stratford Inn in downtown Ashland, a short walk to the theaters and we will have another back stage tour. You can also fit in ad hoc side trips to Crater Lake, Jacksonville, and Hilt California (a booze run).

You will need to arrange your own transportation, although we will help organize car pools. Alternatively, you could fly to Medford, Oregon. We return home on August 25. Cost for tickets and room (with breakfast) $725 (single  supplement
$385). If you are not driving your own car you should plan on buying your driver a tank of gas. A deposit of $200 by April 1 will guarantee you a space. The remainder will be due by June 5.

Upcoming Trips and Events

Watch your newsletter in coming months for several Puget Sound area day trips that are being planned for later this year and next year.

Past Trips and Events

If you missed some of the trips organized by Mature Friends, you might be interested in reading about what you missed. Or if you went on any of these wonderful trips, you might be interested in reliving the fun and adventure. If so, this section is for you!


In April 2014, about twenty Mature Friends set off for an adventure of a lifetime — touring China! To read about the trip, all we did, all we saw, please click the link:

Tour of China

. . . and enjoy some pictures, too!

Spain and France

On October 12, 2014, twenty-four Mature Friends took off for Madrid, where they began a two-week tour of Northern Spain and Southern France. Please click the following link to see some of the sights they saw:

Tour of Spain and Southern France

Don’t forget to click the links in the story to see some pictures.

Costa Rica

On February 14, 2015, some adventurous Mature Friends took a short winter’s break in a land down south to soak up some warm weather and fine culture, as well as to see incredibly beautiful and fascinating sights. If you missed the tour or have an interest in what we did and what we saw, just click the link below for a description, written by Dan, one of the Mature Friends on the trip. Also, click the links in the write-up to see more:

Tour of Costa Rica

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Theater and Music

Tune into this section to find information on theater and music that might interest gays and Lesbians over forty, or that might interest anybody, for that matter.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival – April 2015

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, housed in Ashland, is by most measures the largest repertory company in the country. It has a large outdoor theater, a large indoor theater and a small indoor theater. The indoor theaters play from February through October.

We have tickets included in the fee for Guys and Dolls, Pericles, and Much Ado About Nothing. In addition there are tickets for the Daedalus Festival, the AIDs fundraiser, on Monday, including a staged reading of a new play on an AIDs theme and the company talent show, which includes the ever popular underwear contest where you get to stuff bills in the underwear of your favorite actor.

We also have tickets for the backstage theater tour on Wednesday morning at 11:00 a.m. This takes about an hour and does involve six flights of stairs, not all at once. Pericles is a late play, probably only partly by Shakespeare, which is rarely staged but they always do a spectacular job of it at Ashland.  Word is  that it is the best production of the three plays we will see, though there are rarely bad productions in Ashland.


Optional excursions during the day include Crater Lake, historic Jacksonville, wine tasting, hiking, and white-water rafting.

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