Events of 2019
May with Caroline Cocciardi
Overlooked for centuries yet visual to the naked eye Cocciardi detected that the minute interlocking embroidered knot pattern on Mona Lisa’s dress deviated from the decorative embroidery of the day. The Mona Lisa Knot was a mathematical pattern based on its angular crossing patterns.
March with Bill Griffeth
TV financial journalist, Bill Griffeth spoke about his memoir The Stranger in My Genes, which is a 2019 Silicon Valley Reads selection. In his book, Bill undertakes a quest to solve the mystery of his origins, which shakes his sense of identity. As he takes us on his journey, we learn about choices made by his ancestors, parents, and others, and we see Bill measure and weigh his own difficult choices as he confronts the past.
March with Anna Yen
Sophia of Silicon Valley is a novel about a fictional character, Sophia, and her life working with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. Anna Yen based her character’s adventures on her own experiences working with notables like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk. She grew up in Silicon Valley, and went to local schools.
January with Karen Trolan
Ms. Trolan inspired the audience with her tips for ways to deal with set-backs to gain success. She is a real estate Broker Associate and Assistant manager who has dealt with much adversity including paraplegia and yet continues to give back to the community by volunteering, exemplified by getting inducted into the “Legends of Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
Events of 2018
OCTOBER with The 21st Century Irish Writers
The Friends hosted two of the writers at the Friends’ bookstore. Wendy Erskine, author of Sweet Home and Emer Martin, author of The Cruelty Men.
OCTOBER with Joe Galiardi, author of Hooked on Autographs
Joe has the largest and most diversified private collection of autographed golf balls in the world. His collection of signed golf balls extends beyond golf superstars to include other famous notable athletes, Hollywood celebrities, and the last nine U.S. Presidents.
JULY with Dr. Victoria Sweet
In July, Dr. Victoria Sweet spoke to a standing-room only crowd. You can find out more about her latest trip and her visit with Carlo Petrini, the creator of The Slow Food Movement. HERE.
APRIL with Swimming Olympic Gold Medalists
Synchronized Swimming Gold Medalists Bianca and Sonja Van der Velden-OLY share their journey from Olympic Hopefuls, to Olympic Winners.
Come hear their story and see the video of their Olympic winning routine.
FEBRUARY with Mark Lukach, author of My Lovely Wife In The Psych Ward, a Silicon Valley Reads 2018
An incredible story through years of battling mental illness.
Four and five star reviews, say this is a “powerful and raw story,” “heartbreaking,” “intimate portrait of mental illness and how if affects those closest to the sufferers.” Many write, “Must read.”