Our days of kicking back in the summer sun have come to an end. I am always surprised when the calendar says Labor Day. Like a child, I love the lazy slow days of summer. This summer was full of hot, bright, sunshiny days! The island was beautiful and the ocean warm.

Now, what to do with the rest of our Las Commodoras year! First, plan on celebrating with us for Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 13. Chef Georges Rapicault has some wonderful German-themed dishes to share with us as we participate in the fun and games of the festival. Catherine Miller is our hostess for this event – come in your lederhosen and dirndl! I know I’ll be wearing mine.

On Prime Rib Night, Nov. 1, we kick off the annual Toy Drive. This year, we hope to get gifts for older children. During the holidays, gifts for young kids are donated by the dozens. However, kids who are 13 and older receive very little of what they’d been asking Santa for. So, if possible, we are requesting that your donation, left in Santa’s sleigh in the club lobby, be in the form of gift cards to Target, Walmart, iTunes, etc. so that the teens have items to open over the holidays. We will be sure that your gift is secured and given directly to one of our Marine liaisons for distribution. If you’d like to give something other than the gift card we will welcome those items as well. My personal favorite things to donate are soccer cleats and baseball gloves.

Also in November, we will host a wellness luncheon with our very own Julie Bitetto as presenter. She is an expert in gentle yoga for ALL AGES and will give us some tips on becoming more active in our daily routines. YES, we will have lunch, but we will be moving so dress comfortably for the Nov. 15 luncheon.

At our annual holiday luncheon Dec. 6, we will have a floral designing session with professional florist Jane Sacco from Four Leaf Clover Studio in Laguna Beach. In the meantime, I will see you in the Columbia Room!

Las Commodoras, Leslie Kazarian