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Upcoming Events- FF Sacramento

See the list of upcoming events below for the Friendship Force of Sacramento.  Feel free to join us at any of the events.  We love meeting new people!  If you have any questions just click on the contact link and give us a call.

Events are listed in order below or you can switch to a calendar view by clicking the button at the top right of this page.

Need to cancel?  Contact the person in charge of the event or the webmaster.  Refunds can only be issued if you cancel before the registration deadline.  To request a refund, submit a check request form to the club treasurer.

Members who want their event published here can download the event request form and send it to webmaster@ffsacramento.org

Upcoming events

    • 18 Sep 2019
    • 25 Sep 2019

    From September 18 to the 25th we will be hosting Ambassadors from Huntsville, Alabama. This is a great opportunity for you to learn more about that part of the country, and to meet some wonderful people.  Our club was hosted by Huntsville in 2018 and they are a great group.  

    Marty McKnew is the Journey Coordinator for this inbound.  She will need help with party planning, day hosts, dinner hosts, and other things.  If you can help, please call her at 916-709-1347 or email martymcknew@comcast.net

    • 19 Sep 2019
    • 11:00 AM
    • Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Arnold CA - Visitors Center
    Registration is closed

    Seeing the giant sequoias in Calaveras Big Trees State Park is often a highlight of our ambassadors’ journeys. Join us as we walk the North Grove Trail, a 1.5 mile trail through these noble giants.

    You can find a detailed trail guide at http://parks.ca.gov/pages/551/files/northgrove.pdf.

    We will meet at the Visitor’s Center, have lunch in the picnic area, take a photo at the Big Stump, and then explore the North Grove. Afterwards, you are free to go on your own to the charming and historic town of Murphys, the gardens and tasting room of Ironstone Vineyards (including the amazing gold nugget), or other points of interest in California’s Gold Country.

    NOTE: when driving up there is little to no cellular coverage in the area so you won't be able to call anyone if you are running late. Please try to arrive 15 minutes early if possible.

    • 22 Sep 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • California State Capitol

    Join our ambassadors from Huntsville as we tour the State Capitol Park and the State Capitol Museum. 

    Park Tour begins promptly at 10:30 am. Meet in the first floor rotunda of the Capitol building.  Following this tour we will provide a picnic lunch. At 1:00 pm we are scheduled for a tour of the California State Capitol. We will reconvene in the first floor rotunda for this tour.

    Parking is free on the street on Sundays. The only door to the Capitol open on Sundays is the south side door on N St.

    Lunch for home hosts and ambassadors is provided. For all others there is a $12 charge. Registration deadline September 20th.

    • 23 Sep 2019
    • 9:15 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Various Pickup Locations

    Lake Tahoe Day

    Join us as we show our friends from Huntsville Alabama the beauty of Lake Tahoe. We’ll start out early with some breakfast treats at a mountain cabin, then see historic Tallac, then of course the spectacular view at Emerald Bay. We’ll have a picnic lunch in Sugar Pines Point State Park, then a quick look at Squaw Valley. We will learn about the history of the Donner Party at the Donner Memorial, see some petroglyphs and a spectacular view of Donner lake before heading home.

    There’s always something new to see, something new to learn so join us! Early registration required in order to arrange carpooling and logistics – so sign up now!



    • 24 Sep 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Fat City Bar and Cafe,1001 Front St, Sacramento, CA

    Help us bid farewell to the ambassadors from Huntsville, Alabama at Fat City Bar and Cafe in Old Sacramento on Tuesday, September 24.

    The price is $32 per person which includes tax, gratuity, and room fee. Home hosts will not be charged. Register and select your entree no later than September 18. Iced tea, hot tea, coffee, decaf coffee, and milk are included in the banquet price. No host sodas, juice, and alcohol can be paid for on an individual basis. The corkage fee for bringing your own wine or champagne is $10 per bottle. The restaurant provides a parking validation for $5.

    Meal choices are:

    • a) Fresh fish of the day with rice or mashed potatoes, and seasonal vegetables.
    • b) Chicken Marsala with mushrooms and Marsala wine sauce, mashed potatoes, and seasonal vegetables.
    • c) New York Steak seared and served with mashed potatoes, and seasonal vegetables.
    • d) Angel Hair Pasta with heirloom tomatoes, garlic, pesto, pine nuts, and basil and extra virgin olive oil.

    There will be no refunds after September 18.

    For questions, contact Audrey Wiechman at (916) 481-4073 or audreywiechman@gmail.com .

    • 05 Oct 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Gail & Dick Bird's home at 4438 G St, Sacramento
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    Come join us at our Annual Club Meeting for some food, drink, and fun, and conduct a little business. We’ll vote for new board members and cast ballots on potential 2021 Outbound journey countries. 

    This is always a fun event and a great one to invite neighbors or friends who might be interested in the Friendship Force. 

    Your help is needed for this occasion. We need volunteers to make salads. Also needed are people to chair the following committees: set up/greeting, decorations, food, beverages, and clean up. As you can see, there are many opportunities for you to become an active member of our group.

    Please e-mail Nancy Sinnwell at nlsinnwell@gmail.com or contact Gail Bird at gail@gailbird.com if you are able to help with any of the committees.

    Registration Deadline is September 29th and we are limited to 70 guests because of space so register early!

  • Register

    Our annual Oktoberfest is coming up on October 5th.  See the details of the event by clicking here.

    Big events like this require you, our club members, to help out.  We've created a way for you to tell us what you'd like to do (making salads, setup chairs & tables, clean up, etc).    

    Please click the "register" button and and choose the way you can help.  Gail and Dick Bird have opened their home and are organizing the event but we all need to pitch in.

    If you have any questions on what is needed call Gail Bird at 916-801-5215.


    • 06 Oct 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Davis Central Park

    Davis Festival

    We will have a booth at the Davis International Festival, to be held in Davis Central Park from noon to 5 pm on Sunday, October 6.  This is a great opportunity to tell others about Friendship Force.  We need volunteers for three two-hour shifts:  Setup to 1:30 p.m., 1:30 to 3:30 pm, and 3:30 to 5 p.m. plus takedown/cleanup.  Plan to spend some time before or after your shift checking out all the exhibitors and the music lineup.  Details at http://www.internationalfestivaldavis.org/   If you have a club shirt or clothing from your travels, wear it!  Any questions, contact Helen Flach at kwflach@aol.com.

    The festival has:  

    • ·         Art and craft vendors
    • ·         Entertainment stages
    • ·         Culture booths
    • ·         Food vendors
    • ·         Youth activities
    • ·         Local businesses and nonprofits

    • 10 Oct 2019
    • 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Round Table Pizza, 7867 Lichen Drive, Citrus Heights, CA 95621

    Shutterbug Agenda for October 10th: Photographing Birds and Trees. Review of the "Food" photos from September.

    • Join us for a social lunch in private meeting room 12:30 - 1:00 All you can eat salad and pizza buffet; lunch $11.00.

    • 1:00-3:00 Shutterbugs Meetup.

    FF Sacramento Shutterbugs is a cluster of Friendship Force Sacramento members interested in learning more about and perfecting their photography, editing, and presentation skills.  Our goal is to tell the FF Story with appealing visuals and encourage others to join us in our mission to cross barriers that separate as people and to build peace through friendship….oh yes...and to have fun!   All skill levels from novice to experts, all camera types (phones to DLSRs) welcome.  Bring a friend.

    See our FFSAC Shutterbugs Share Site on Shutterfly to  see our photos and event calendar.  Have a question, suggestion or want to join Shutterbugs online because you can’t make it to meetings?  Send and email to ffsacshutterbugs@gmail.com.

    • 11 Oct 2019
    • 18 Oct 2019

    In October we will be hosting a Global Birding Journey.  Friendship Force members from all over are invited to come and learn about the birds in the Sacramento Valley.  You don't need to be a birded to be involved though.  If you'd like to meet some interesting people and be a part of this event, please contact the Journey Coordinator, Chris Smith, at smitinsac@gmail.com or call 916-712-6979.  We can use host families, outing drivers, dinner hosts, etc. 

    • 08 Dec 2019

    Save the Date

    We'll be working on when and where but our annual Holiday Party will be December 8th, 2019.

    Details to follow.

Past events

18 Sep 2019 Huntsville, Alabama Welcome Party
07 Sep 2019 River City Food Distribution
05 Sep 2019 FF Sacramento Shutterbugs Lunch Bunch
29 Aug 2019 General Meeting - Report from FFI Conference
29 Aug 2019 Board Meeting
24 Aug 2019 City of Elk Grove Multicultural Festival
23 Aug 2019 Huntsville Planning Meeting
19 Aug 2019 Welcome International Students-Local Shopping
15 Aug 2019 FF Sacramento Shutterbugs Noon til Moonshot Party
10 Aug 2019 New Member Orientation and Luncheon
09 Aug 2019 River City Food Distribution
11 Jul 2019 FF Sacramento Shutterbugs Lunch Bunch
22 Jun 2019 River City Food Distribution
20 Jun 2019 Huntsville Planning Meeting
18 Jun 2019 Shutterbugs Photo Safari - Nature's Art
13 Jun 2019 FF Sacramento Shutterbugs Lunch Bunch
09 Jun 2019 Wakamatsu Fest Carpooling
08 Jun 2019 Midtown Murals & Alley Walk
06 Jun 2019 General Meeting at Arcade Library Meeting Room
06 Jun 2019 Board Meeting
28 May 2019 How Did I Get So Much Stuff and What Do I Do with It?
22 May 2019 Shutterbugs Photo Safari - Architecture
09 May 2019 FF Sacramento Shutterbugs Lunch Bunch
01 May 2019 Huntsville Planning Meeting
27 Apr 2019 River City Food Distribution
24 Apr 2019 Craft Committee: Sewing Day
23 Apr 2019 Shutterbugs Photo Safari
16 Apr 2019 FF Sacramento Shutterbugs Lunch Bunch
11 Apr 2019 General Meeting at Arcade Library Meeting Room
11 Apr 2019 Board Meeting- Arcade Library
04 Apr 2019 Huntsville Inbound Planning Meeting
22 Mar 2019 River City Food Distribution
19 Mar 2019 FF Sacramento Shutterbugs Lunch Bunch
10 Mar 2019 Indonesian inbound planning meeting and luncheon
07 Mar 2019 FF Sacramento Shutterbugs Lunch Bunch
06 Mar 2019 Toronto Ambassador Planning Meeting
04 Mar 2019 Backstage Tour of Harris Center
02 Mar 2019 River City Food Distribution
27 Feb 2019 FF Shutterbugs Meeting
23 Feb 2019 African-American History at Sacramento City Cemetery
22 Feb 2019 River City Food Distribution
19 Feb 2019 Planning meeting for Southern Mexico Journey (meeting #3)
14 Feb 2019 General Meeting at South Natomas Library Meeting Room
14 Feb 2019 Board Meeting-South Natomas Library
14 Feb 2019 FF Sacramento Shutterbugs Lunch Bunch
09 Feb 2019 New Member Orientation and Luncheon
29 Jan 2019 FF Sacramento Shutterbugs Lunch Bunch
17 Jan 2019 Board Meeting- Conference Call
10 Jan 2019 FF Sacramento Shutterbugs Lunch Bunch
08 Jan 2019 Planning meeting for Southern Mexico Journey (meeting #2)
03 Jan 2019 Toronto Outbound Planning Meeting
18 Dec 2018 FF Sacramento Shutterbugs Lunch Bunch
09 Dec 2018 Holiday Party and Performance by High Voltage
07 Dec 2018 Heath Ceramics Factory Tour
29 Nov 2018 FF Sacramento Shutterbugs Lunch Bunch
26 Nov 2018 Planning meeting for Mexican Journey
17 Nov 2018 Holiday Party Planning Meeting
14 Nov 2018 "Thanksgiving" Farewell Party to Gifu Ambassadors
13 Nov 2018 Tahoe Day - Gifu, Japan Inbound Journey
12 Nov 2018 Sandhill Crane Viewing with Gifu Ambassadors
08 Nov 2018 Welcome Potluck for Gifu Ambassadors
07 Nov 2018 Hospital Art to the Sacramento Children’s Home
03 Nov 2018 General Meeting at Rancho Cordova Library Meeting Room
03 Nov 2018 Board Meeting-Rancho Cordova Library
25 Oct 2018 Gifu Planning Meeting
23 Oct 2018 FF Sacramento Shutterbugs Lunch Bunch
16 Oct 2018 Farewell Dinner for Montreal-Start time changed to 5:00
15 Oct 2018 Montreal Inbound Journey: Helwig Wine Cave Tour
13 Oct 2018 Late Lunch at Joe's Crab Shack in Old Sacramento
12 Oct 2018 Tahoe Day -Montreal, Canada Inbound Journey
05 Oct 2018 Oktoberfest & Annual Meeting
05 Oct 2018 FF Sacramento Shutterbugs
28 Sep 2018 Sacramento Farm-to-Fork Festival FREE!
27 Sep 2018 Planning Meeting for Gifu
08 Sep 2018 Movie Night
18 Aug 2018 New Member Orientation and Luncheon
10 Aug 2018 FF Sacramento Shutterbugs (meeting location change)
03 Aug 2018 General Meeting - Georgia & Alabama Journey Overview
03 Aug 2018 Board Meeting
25 Jul 2018 FF Sacramento Shutterbugs (meeting location change)
13 Jul 2018 FF Sacramento Shutterbugs
05 Jul 2018 Inbound Montreal Canada Journey Planning Meeting
30 Jun 2018 Discover Davis!
30 Jun 2018 Board Meeting
27 Jun 2018 FF Sacramento Shutterbugs (meeting location changed!!)
25 Jun 2018 San Antonio Inbound Journey: Farewell Luncheon and Tour of Soil Born Farms
23 Jun 2018 Calaveras Day and Big Trees Park
22 Jun 2018 San Antonio Inbound Journey: Helwig Wine Cave Tour
21 Jun 2018 Tahoe Day - San Antonio, Texas Inbound Journey
20 Jun 2018 San Antonio Inbound Welcome Breakfast
16 Jun 2018 Afternoon Home Tour of Native American Collection
16 Jun 2018 Morning Home Tour of Native American Collection
09 Jun 2018 FF Sacramento Shutterbugs (meeting location changed!!)
17 May 2018 Board Meeting via Conference Call
11 May 2018 FF Sacramento Shutterbugs (meeting location changed!!)
05 May 2018 Gala Dinner at Western Regional Super Conference
03 May 2018 Welcome Reception at the Super Regional Conference
03 May 2018 Western Regional Conference
25 Apr 2018 FF Sacramento Shutterbugs
21 Apr 2018 Sister City Friendship Garden Work Day
14 Apr 2018 General Meeting-Sacramento Public Art & Historic Homes
14 Apr 2018 Board Meeting
13 Apr 2018 FF Sacramento Shutterbugs
12 Apr 2018 Planning meeting for Super Regional Conference
04 Apr 2018 Adventures in Auburn
28 Mar 2018 Inbound San Antonio Planning Meeting
09 Mar 2018 30th Anniversary & Meeting with Jeremi Snook
09 Mar 2018 Board Meeting
19 Jan 2018 Planning meeting for Super Regional Conference
17 Jan 2018 Mystery Mini-Journey Host and Helper meeting
12 Jan 2018 FF Sacramento Shutterbugs Meeting
11 Jan 2018 Leuven - Kiel Journey Planning Meeting
07 Jan 2018 January General Meeting
07 Jan 2018 January Board Meeting
10 Dec 2017 Holidays Around the World Party
28 Nov 2017 Leuven, Belgium/Kiel, Germany Journey Meeting
11 Nov 2017 Journey Coordinator Training Class
09 Nov 2017 November General Meeting
09 Nov 2017 November Board Meeting
31 Oct 2017 Farewell Luncheon for Toronto
26 Oct 2017 Welcome Brunch for Toronto Ambassadors!
25 Oct 2017 Toronto Inbound Exchange
04 Oct 2017 Gifu, Japan - Outbound Exchange
24 Sep 2017 Oktoberfest
23 Sep 2017 Sacramento Farm-to-Fork Festival-Free!
18 Sep 2017 September Board Meeting
24 Aug 2017 40th Anniversary World Conference
14 Aug 2017 August Board Meeting
12 Aug 2017 Exploring Woodland
06 Aug 2017 Farewell, BBQ and Swim Party
04 Aug 2017 Tahoe Day - Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico Journey
02 Aug 2017 Calaveras Big Trees/Murphys Day
01 Aug 2017 Welcome Event for Tuxtla Gutierrez-River Cats Game and Tour!
22 Jul 2017 Summer Picnic and Hoedown
29 Jun 2017 General Meeting- Presentation on recent Iowa Journey
29 Jun 2017 June Board Meeting
20 Jun 2017 Planning Meeting for Super Regional Conference
09 Jun 2017 Farewell Dinner for Big Canoe Ambassadors
08 Jun 2017 Calaveras Big Trees/Murphys Day
05 Jun 2017 Tahoe Day - Big Canoe, Georgia Journey
04 Jun 2017 Welcome Potluck for Big Canoe Ambassadors
27 May 2017 Four Seasons Community Garden Tour
22 May 2017 Tuxtla-Gutierrez Planning Meeting
15 May 2017 May Board Meeting
30 Apr 2017 Cedar Rapids, Iowa- Outbound Exchange
22 Apr 2017 Vietnamese Journey Planning Lunch
17 Apr 2017 April Board Meeting
11 Apr 2017 Preparation for Super-Regional Conference
06 Apr 2017 Japanese Tea Ceremony
27 Mar 2017 Sacramento Kings vs Memphis Grizzlies
27 Mar 2017 Free Golden 1 Center Tour
20 Mar 2017 March Board Meeting
09 Mar 2017 Wild West Farewell & 40th Anniversary Party
06 Mar 2017 Welcome Lunch for Wild West Ambassadors
06 Mar 2017 Discover the Wild West
01 Mar 2017 Big Canoe Planning Meeting
20 Feb 2017 February Board Meeting
17 Feb 2017 Open World Farewell and Recognition Party
11 Feb 2017 Welcome Lunch for Open World Delegates from Ukraine
10 Feb 2017 Open World Program - Health Care
23 Jan 2017 January Board Meeting
18 Jan 2017 January General Meeting - Global Exchanges
18 Jan 2017 Open World program planning meeting
04 Dec 2016 Afghani Holiday Party
16 Nov 2016 November General Meeting - Report on Moldova Exchange and International Conference
16 Nov 2016 November Board Meeting
17 Oct 2016 Sapporo Exchange Welcome & Farewell Dinner
15 Oct 2016 Inbound Stopover from Sapporo, Japan
02 Oct 2016 Oktoberfest
21 Sep 2016 General Meeting
21 Sep 2016 Board Meeting
26 Aug 2016 Outbound Exchange to Moldova
17 Aug 2016 General Meeting - Friends of San Juan de Oriente
17 Aug 2016 Board Meeting
17 Jul 2016 Preston Castle Tour & Foothills Day
16 Jun 2016 Sapporo Planning Meeting
15 Jun 2016 Bats! Bats! Bats!
15 Jun 2016 June Board Meeting
18 May 2016 Ole! Farewell Fiesta for Shelby Ambassadors
16 May 2016 Tahoe Day - Shelby Exchange
15 May 2016 Capitol Day, Shelby Exchange
14 May 2016 Calaveras Big Trees/Murphys Day, Shelby Exchange
13 May 2016 Welcome Lunch for Shelby, North Carolina
11 May 2016 Golden 1 Center Overview
11 May 2016 Private Old Sacramento Tour
02 May 2016 Western Region Leadership Conference
20 Apr 2016 America's Farm-to-Fork Capital
31 Mar 2016 Special Event - Free Sacramento Bee Tour
22 Mar 2016 Farewell Dinner with Open World Delegates
19 Mar 2016 Open World Program
16 Mar 2016 What you Need to Know about Medicare
16 Mar 2016 March Board Meeting
17 Feb 2016 Healthy Travels
17 Feb 2016 Board Meeting
20 Jan 2016 Crocker Art Museum Tour
20 Jan 2016 Monthly Friendship Force Meeting
13 Dec 2015 Holiday Party
19 Nov 2015 General Meeting - What we learned from the FFI Conference
19 Nov 2015 Board Meeting
07 Oct 2015 Moldova Exchane Meeting
03 Oct 2015 Oktoberfest
17 Sep 2015 General Meeting - The Silk Road Odyssey by Rail
17 Sep 2015 Board Meeting
20 Aug 2015 Farewell Party for Birmingham Ambassadors
15 Aug 2015 Welcome Lunch for Birmingham Ambassadors
14 Aug 2015 Birmingham Alabama Inbound Exchange
13 Aug 2015 Board Meeting
30 Jul 2015 Final Planning Meeting for Birmingham Exchange
16 Jul 2015 Mexican American Experiences - Luncheon
08 Jul 2015 Whidbey Island Outbound Exchange
07 Jul 2015 Planning Meeting for Birmingham AL inbound
18 Jun 2015 General Meeting
18 Jun 2015 Board Meeting
03 Jun 2015 Farewell Dinner for Christchurch, New Zealand
02 Jun 2015 Big Trees Day Trip - Christchurch, New Zealand
31 May 2015 Lake Tahoe Day Trip - Christchurch, New Zealand
29 May 2015 Welcome Lunch, Christchurch New Zealand
21 May 2015 Board Meeting
25 Apr 2015 Planning Meeting for Birmingham Inbound
16 Apr 2015 General Meeting
16 Apr 2015 Board Meeting
12 Feb 2015 Growing Up Black in America
12 Feb 2015 Board Meeting
08 Jan 2015 General Meeting
08 Jan 2015 Board Meeting
07 Dec 2014 December Meeting
13 Nov 2014 General Meeting
13 Nov 2014 Monthly Board Meeting
20 Oct 2014 Farewell Dinner for Cedar Rapids, Iowa
20 Oct 2014 Coloma & Apple Hill Day Trip - Cedar Rapids
19 Oct 2014 Lake Tahoe Day Trip - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
17 Oct 2014 Big Trees Day Trip - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
05 Oct 2014 Oktoberfest
18 Sep 2014 Sydney Farewell BBQ and Auto Museum Tour
17 Sep 2014 Coloma Area Day Trip - Sydney Australia
16 Sep 2014 Big Trees Day Trip - Sydney Australia
14 Sep 2014 Lake Tahoe Day Trip - Sydney Australia
12 Sep 2014 Welcome Dinner for Sydney Australia
11 Sep 2014 Monthly Board Meeting
16 Aug 2014 MYSTERY TRIP
14 Aug 2014 Monthly Board Meeting
10 Jul 2014 General Membership Meeting
10 Jul 2014 Board Meeting
24 Jun 2014 Donner-Truckee Tour and Lunch
23 Jun 2014 Empire Mine Tour with Lunch
21 Jun 2014 Coloma-Placerville Tour
20 Jun 2014 Welcome BBQ
20 Jun 2014 Sacramento Tour
04 Jun 2014 Understanding American Muslims & Islam
04 Jun 2014 Board Meeting
22 Apr 2014 Sacramento Exchange to Solo and Surabaya Indonesia
10 Apr 2014 What can we do with all those photos? - Panel Discussion
10 Apr 2014 Board Meeting
13 Mar 2014 Planning Meeting- Gold Discovery Exchange
13 Mar 2014 Board Meeting
02 Mar 2014 Welcome Luncheon for Open World Delegates
01 Mar 2014 Open World delegation from Russia
19 Feb 2014 Chinese Lunar New Year Dinner and Program
19 Feb 2014 Southern Sydney Exchange Kickoff Meeting
09 Jan 2014 General Meeting - Croatia & Slovenia
09 Jan 2014 Board Meeting
07 Jan 2014 Planning Meeting for Open World Delegation
08 Dec 2013 Holiday Party
03 Dec 2013 Open World Planning Meeting
19 Nov 2013 New Member Orientation
14 Nov 2013 General Meeting - Indonesia
14 Nov 2013 Board Meeting
22 Oct 2013 General Meeting - Travel Organizations
22 Oct 2013 Board Meeting
27 Sep 2013 Octoberfest and Annual Meeting
26 Sep 2013 Pau, France inbound to Sacramento
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