Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Family Movie Night

Popcorn, lemonade and a movie under the fog! Bring Your lawn chairs and blankets! Hosted by the Freels and the Winklemans. Date will be in fall 2017.

$20.00 per family -- 30 tickets available

"Celebrity" Cocktail Party

May 20, 2017, starting at 7pm. Hosted by Jana Vourgourakis and Andrew Wilson. Come dressed as your favorite celebrity* and play "Celebrity," a fun and easy team guessing game. If you've played this game before, you know how much fun it is. If you haven't, don't worry -- it's extremely easy to learn! Come nibble and nosh on a smorgasbord of finger foods; sip and savor an assortment of cocktails -- then we'll break into teams and play "Celebrity." 

10 guests maximum -- $30 each

*Dressing as a celebrity is optional. 

Home Coffee-Roasting Class

Learn how to roast green coffee beans, and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee as your reward. All coffee you roast goes home with you! This is approximately a 2-hour class. Available dates: May 6, 7,13, 20, 21, 27 or June 3, 4, 17.

Value: $40

Opening Bid: $20

Private Wine Tasting at Vintage Berkeley

A private, in-store, after-hours tasting at Vintage Berkeley Elmwood for 6-12 people. Vintage Berkeley's wine director/buyer will consult privately with the auction winner to either a) construct an evening tailored to their vinous preferences or b) assemble a fun evening around a theme of their own choosing! 

Vintage Berkeley is a fun, boutique, neighborhood wine shop focused on micro-production wines from around the world, at prices ranging from your every-Monday-night value wine to your once-a-year celebration bottle. Date to be agreed upon between auction winner and Vintage Berkeley.

Value: $350

Opening Bid: $175

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Sarah's Science

Sarah's Science offers an array of programs designed to excite children ages 5 - 15 and their families about science and learning. Our philosophy is that children (and adults) learn best by doing. All programs feature hands-on projects built by each child to engage and delight them while making it easy to understand even complex science concepts.

One week of This Land Is Your Land summer day camp.

Value: $365 (The normal price of camp is $465. The winner of this item will pay the camp $100 in administrative fees.)

Starting Bid: $170

Night at the Claremont Club & Spa, a Fairmont Hotel

Opening its doors in 1915, Claremont Club & Spa has been revered as one of America’s iconic luxury hotels. As it celebrates its 100th anniversary, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts is proud to unveil our newest member of the Fairmont collection, ushering in a new era of luxury for the next 100 years!

Win a one-night stay in the Deluxe Bayview Room (Sunday through Thursday, no holidays or special events).

Value: $550
Opening Bid: $225

Friday, February 17, 2017

One Week of Golden Bear Gymnastics Camp

Participants are grouped based on age and skill level. Activities will include: Olympic gymnastic events, dance, trampoline, arts & crafts, games, and strength training. Our primary objective is improve physical development in a fun environment.

Value: $350

Starting Bid: $175

Galileo Innovation Camp for Kids

We’re on a mission to develop innovators who envision and create a better world. 

$200 off of one week of camp in a number of East Bay locations.

Value: $200

Starting Bid: $100

Two Tickets to the Oakland Symphony

The Oakland Symphony, Youth Orchestra and Chorus bring together orchestral music, choral music and youth education to strengthen the Oakland/East Bay community by providing quality live performances, education for lifetime enrichment and the perpetuation of the performing arts.
Two rear-orchestra or rear-balcony tickets.
Value: $90
Opening Bid: $45

Two Tickets to Marin Shakespeare Company

Our mission is to achieve excellence in the staging and study of Shakespearean plays, to celebrate Shakespeare, and to serve as  a cultural and educational resource for the people of Marin, the San Francisco Bay Area, and beyond.

Two tickets for a 2017 summer performance.

Value: $75

Starting Bid: $38

Two Tickets to California Shakespeare Theater

With Shakespeare's depth of humanity as our touchstone, we build character and community through authentic, inclusive, and joyful theater experiences.

Two tickets to a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evening performance or a Saturday matinee.

Value: $108

Starting Bid: $54

Two Tickets to the Berkeley Symphony

The mission of Berkeley Symphony is to champion symphonic music as a living art form – creating live performances and educational programs that engage the intellect, spark the curiosity, and delight the spirit of Berkeley and surrounding Bay Area communities.

Two tickets to a performance at Zellerbach Hall during the current season.

Value: $96

Starting Bid: $48

Lunch for Two at Chez Panisse

Alice Waters and Chez Panisse are convinced that the best-tasting food is organically and locally grown and harvested in ways that are ecologically sound by people who are taking care of the land for future generations. The quest for such ingredients has always determined the restaurant’s cuisine. Since 1971, Chez Panisse has invited diners to partake of the immediacy and excitement of vegetables just out of the garden, fruit right off the branch, and fish straight out of the sea. In doing so, Chez Panisse has established a network of nearby suppliers who, like the restaurant, are striving for both environmental harmony and delicious flavor. Up for auction is a certificate entitling the winner to lunch for two at Chez Panisse.

Value: $120

Starting bid: $60

Foreign Cinema gift certificate

Evolving menus, sensual environment, champagne and oysters on the half shell. Since 1999, Foreign Cinema has remained a magical destination for local, national and international visitors as San Francisco's most enduring dining centers. A San Francisco Chronicle "Top 100 Restaurant," Chefs (and Jefferson parents) Gayle Pirie and John Clark's collective visions weave food, wine, cocktails, film and art gallery into one harmonious ambiance. Up for auction is a $125 gift certificate to Foreign Cinema.

Value: $150

Starting bid: $75

Monday, February 13, 2017

Mah-Jong 麻将 Party

Join us for Mah-Jong 麻将 Night! This four player game originated in China, and is played all over Asia and in the U.S.  Similar to Gin Rummy and played with tiles that sound like "chattering sparrows," Mah Jongg  is a fast-paced game of skill, strategy and calculation - with fun and chance thrown into the mix!  We'll teach you how to play, so novices and Mah Jongg lovers alike are welcome.

And when your brain and fingers are taking a break from shuffling the tiles, enjoy cocktails, savory nibbles and decadent desserts.

Your Mah Jongg Night hosts are: Monica Lam, Cynthia Barlow, JoAnne Meiyi Chan & Anna Wong

Sign up early for this one! Space available at Mah Jong Night is limited!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Rock Climbing at Bridges

Get a 10-punch card for Bridges Rock Gym in El Cerrito. The climbing terrain at Bridges ranges from gently sloped bouldering walls for beginners and kids to 18-foot tall highball top-out boulders to train you properly for the real thing outdoors. 

Value: $180

Starting Bid: $90

San Francisco Symphony tickets

2 tickets for Emanuel Ax Plays Mozart on Friday, May 12, at 8:00 p.m. at Davies Symphony Hall

Value: $236

Opening Bid: $118

Skating for 5 at Golden Skate

Get admission for 5 during any regular skate session at San Ramon's Golden Skate, a full-service roller skating rink for kids of all ages. Does not include skate rental or special events.

Value: $65

Opening Bid: $30

Residential Design Consultation from Sogno Design Group

Gift certificate for three hours of residential design consultation with Kathryn A. Rogers of the Sogno Design Group. View their amazing portfolio of work here.

Value: $450

Starting bid: $225

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Five Star Video gift certificate

Choose from a wide variety of new, classic and obscure movie rentals at Solano Avenue's Five Star Video.

Value: $20

Starting Bid: $10

Luna Dance Institute gift certificate

Auction is for a $50 gift to certificate to Luna Dance Institute, a nationally-acclaimed dance education organization based in Berkeley. 

Established in 1992, our mission aims to bring creativity, equity and community to every child’s life through the art of dance. Luna uses active inquiry to deepen the learning experience of children and adults, improve teaching practice and build high quality arts programs. As we bring all children to dance, we develop future leaders, choreographers and visionaries.

Value: $50

Starting Bid: $25

Oakland A's luxury suite

Oakland A's luxury suite accommodates 18 people. Tickets are valid for an A's home game during the 2017 season, and booking is subject to availability.

Value: $1,200

Starting Bid: $600

Warriors playoff tickets


Up for auction are two tickets to one of the Warriors first round play off games at Oracle Arena. Seats are center court and upper bowl.  Here is your chance to grab the hottest tickets in town during the live auction portion of the evening! Dub Nation!

Value: $400

Starting bid: $200

Vine Street Salon gift certificate

Vine Street salon offers you a diverse group of experienced stylists. This talented group of professionals are fully trained in all aspects of hair care, from cutting to coloring and are well versed in the latest hair care technology. Up for auction is a $100 gift certificate for services at Vine Street Salon in north Berkeley. 

Value: $100

Starting bid: $50

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Donkey & Goat Wine

Donkey & Goat is a small family run winery crafting natural wines since 2004. Proprietor/winemakers Jared & Tracey Brandt are committed to sustainable viticulture and cellar practices. They make their wines with passion and purpose and their wines can be found on the finests restaurant lists around the globe as well on tables and in the cellars of many Bay Area Residents.  

Their Tasting Room, located in their working winery in Berkeley, is open Friday - Sunday 1-6 pm and each month they host First Fridays, where they celebrate local makers.  From 6-9 pm drop by for live music, an art gallery in the wine cellar, and food and wine available for purchase. Visit for more information.

Donkey & Goat Winery Large Format Library Selection
2013 Five Thirteen, Red Wine Blend, El Dorado
This is our signature red Rhone blend from the 2013 vintage in a custom wooden gift box.  

Josh Raynolds, writing for Antonio Galloni's Vinous awarded this wine 92pts saying, "Vibrant, sharply focused red berry, floral and Asian spice scents show excellent clarity and pick up a bright mineral element with aeration. Nervy and lithe, offering intense raspberry and blood orange flavors that deepen and become sweeter while maintaining vivacity. Silky tannins provide frame and gentle grip to the finish, which hangs on with strong, minerally tenacity."

Value: $85

Starting Bid: $45

A Year of Semifreddi's Bread

The buyer will receive one loaf of handcrafted bread per week for a year from Semifreddi's retail store in Kensington.

Value: $180

Starting Bid: $90

Children's Fairyland Admission for 4

Children's Fairyland was the very first "themed" amusement park in the United States as well as the first amusement park designed for families with young children. It was also the park that was a large part of Walt Disney's inspiration for the original Disneyland. Explore the many famous storybook sets and 60-year history of Children's Fairyland with four general admission passes to the park, located on the shores of Lake Merritt.

Value: $40

Starting bid: $20

Gilroy Gardens Admission for 2

Visit the Bay Area's favorite family theme park! Good through November 2017.

Value: $110

Starting Bid: $55

$200 Coupon for Urban Adventure Camps

Urban Adventure Camps was founded on the belief that summer camp should be a unique and meaningful experience in the growth of a child. The UAC experience is one where children are free to discover and explore in a safe and stimulating environment.  UAC gives children an opportunity to follow their own interests as they travel to interesting places around the Bay Area. 

Value: $200

Starting Bid: $100

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

One Week of QuantumCamp Summer Camp

Quantum campers participate in discovery-based activities and experiments taught by a team of inspiring and enthusiastic subject experts. QC classrooms are student-driven, active, engaging environments where campers collaborate to make their own mathematical and scientific discoveries. 

They are located in Berkeley, just south of UCB on the 1st Presbyterian Church campus.

Value: $449

Starting Bid: $225

Box of Organic Produce from Farm Fresh to You

Get one regular-size box of the season's best mix of 100% certified-organic produce and hand-crafted farm products conveniently to your door from local farms and artisans. Each delivery comes with news, delicious recipes, and quick tips.

Value: $33
Starting Bid: $16