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Bay Area
The Bay Area chapter had a busy winter: in January a capacity crowd of 75 alumni and friends enjoyed a lecture by Reed assistant professor Elizabeth Drumm on Spanish playwright Rafael Alberti. Later that month, Drew McCormick '84 organized a weekend trip for alumni to take the waters among the redwoods at the delightful Orr Hot Springs outside Ukiah. In February the chapter trained volunteers in the techniques of oral history for the alumni board's oral history of Reed project. Many thanks to Lauren Lassleben '75 for coordinating the training and to Gail Kurtz '82 for being the trainer.

Our next event will likely be the summer picnic. Watch your mailbox for a notice! For further information, please call chapter chair Richard Thomason '84 at 510/524-3724.

The Boston chapter has put on a slew of events, including a Reed on the Road lecture by professor of mathematics Tom Wieting, a "donut social," and a bowling party. Bostonian Reedies gathered for a dim sum excursion at China Pearl in Chinatown. You can join the Boston alumni email list to receive reminders of up-coming Reed events in the metro area by sending email to
majordomo@reed.edu. In the body of the message type the following: subscribe boston-announce@reed.edu. Please direct any questions about the Boston chapter to Greg Lam '96 at slam@berkshire.net, and be sure to check out the web site at www.reed.edu/~slam/ alumni.html.

New York
Members of the New York chapter attended a February beer tasting hosted by William Abernathy '88 at the Ginger Man. In March, the chapter welcomed Reed on the Road music professor David Schiff, who gave his popular lecture on Duke Ellington. If you would like to become more involved in the New York chapter, please email or phone Kate Bieber '94 at
katebieber@yahoo.com or 718/499-8980.

The Portland chapter sponsored and hosted a breakfast lecture in March by Reed president Steven Koblik that focused on Reed's status as an independent college and its voice (or lack thereof) in higher education. The garden club sponsored a lecture by local TV news anchor and master gardener Anne Jaeger. Portland steering committee member Susan Reagel '97 arranged for the internationally known band B–lgari to perform in April, bringing alumni and students together for some traditional Bulgarian dance and song. The chapter looks forward to helping with (and participating in) Reunions 2000 in June.

The Rainier chapter will have its annual summer picnic in early August_watch your mailbox for an invitation. Other Rainier groups such as the Reeding club and the brewpub touring group have ongoing activities. For more information on chapter events, watch for the newsletter and visit the Rainier chapter web site at
www.eephus.com/rainierchapter. For help, write or call Peter Mason '79 at 206/ 323-2887 or peterma@msn.com.

Southern California
The southern California book group meets the second Sunday of each month at a member's home. Members take turns choosing selections. The May selection is Nikolai Gogol's Dead Souls. Alumni visiting from out of the area are invited to read the book, call for the location, and join us. The annual chapter picnic is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, September 17, at a lovely park in Culver City.

For information about chapter activities, call Robert Hadley '53 at 310/391-1427 or send email to bobpathadley@aol.com.

Washington, D.C.
The Washington, D.C., chapter hosted a Reed on the Road lecture by math professor Tom Wieting in April. Many thanks to Paul Levy '73, who has coordinated a group to attend the D.C. United vs. the New England Revolution soccer game on May 13. If you have any questions or wish to get more involved in the chapter, call or write Dave Baxter '87 at 410/325-4038 or

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