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Bulletin, Oct. 9

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Pictures of our milonga and a video of Gato & Andrea performing are available on our new website. For photos click on Pictures . For a video of their vals (waltz) click on Videos. Gato & Andrea will finish their workshops Thursday (Oct. 10). http://modestotango.googlepages.com/

Saturday lessons continue this week; intermediates start at 11 a.m. You can build on what you learn in class, particularly Gato & Andrea workshops, with private lessons. One private lesson a month often gives more than enough material to work on; Roman is available for privates as early as 8:30 on Saturday and can often stay after class. His $70 includes the studio fee.

December in San Francisco: a show well worth our attendance. Leading Ladies of Tango opens Dec. 13 with noted musicians and dancers from West and East Coast. We can get a block of 20 tickets for $38 each; if everyone invites someone else it will help our community grow. Plan for this now and we may get several carloads.


MONDAY, (tonight) Oct. 9 & 16: Dinner and dancing at Jacobs Fine Dining, 2501 McHenry.
A chance to work on moves learned in class and get needed floor time. No fee, but you are encouraged to order off the menu. We start at about 8 p.m. An informal gathering; some arrive early to dine. We may dance until 10 p.m.

TUESDAY, October 10 / 8 - 9:30 p.m. Last workshop with Gato & Andrea. Vals (intermediate to advanced dancers): We will start with simple patterns to introduce students to this new rhythm, then add specific turns for vals and double time patterns and turns. $30. Modesto Fitness and Racquet Club / 200 Norwegian (off McHenry) Modesto, CA 95350

SATURDAY, October 14: Regular classes with Roman at Modesto Fitness and Racquet Club, 200 Norwegian, off McHenry. 11 a.m. Intermediate, 12:30 beginning level. Intermediate students are encouraged to stay for the beginner class at no additional fee to work on their own technique and maybe assist beginners. $12 a class per person.

Contact: Modesto Tango Mary (209) 522-1571

OUT OF TOWN: Some have expressed interest in these. To carpool call 522-1571


La Práctica for all levels with Mike & Alisa at Step One, 1920 T St. (at train tracks), 8:15 to 10:15 p.m., only $3 for all levels, beginners welcome. Another chance to get needed floor time

Chris Peake & Emily Trites teach "Twenty-Something Tango" at TBTR in Old Sac
from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Contact Donna at donna@rivertango.com or 916-443-7008 for
more information.

Zak Brown hosts a práctica featuring a mix of music on Thursday nights from
8:00-10:00 p.m., at "Tango by the River" 128 J Street in Old Sacramento. Cost is
only $3!!! Contact Donna at donna@rivertango.com or 916-443-7008 for more

@>---- at Tango by the River ( 128 J Street. Old Sacramento)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14: SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMANCE WITH CHRISTY COTE & DARREN LEES! Beginning tango lesson taught by Christy & Darren from 8 to 9 p.m. (doors open at 7:45); we dance from 9 to midnight! Cost is $15 for lesson & dance; $10 for dance only. Both include hors d'oeuvres, refreshments and performance.
• SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28: Beginning tango lesson 8-9 p.m. (doors open at 7:45), then we dance from 9 to midnight! Cost is $15 for lesson & dance; $10 for dance only; both include hors d'oeuvres & refreshments.
@>---- 2nd SUNDAY / Time 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. - at Giovanni's Pizzeria Milonga
( 2701 Del Paso Rd in Safeway Shopping Center Town Center -
Del Paso Rd exit from I-5 - East)
Contact: Joanne Miyao (916) 215-1020 cell or Betsy Gordon (916) 601-8824 cell

1st and 3rd Sundays of every month - 6 - 9:30 p.m.
@>---- "MILONGA MIRABELLE" 7318 Winding Way, Fair Oaks, CA 95628 (just west of San Juan)
Hosted by Mirabelle European Pastry Café
Mini Cover Charge: $5 for dancers (includes two tickets for drawings at 8 & 8:30 p.m.)
This charge is in support of our host, whether or not we eat and drink at his establishment. The Mirabelle will remain open for customers which will expose Argentine tango to a new area! With the hope of promoting tango Teachers are encouraged to put out their flyers.
@>---- Every THURSDAY evening at "Café La Boca" at 2600 Fair Oaks Boulevard
(at Munroe, diagonally across from Loehmann's Plaza) from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m, más o menos. Contact Ed Loomis, TangoBear@pobox.com or 916-368-9451, for info.

@>---- FRESNO
Fresno Halloween Milonga SUNDAY October 29
$10 per person, 6 p.m
Potluck Dinner / Beverages and tables service will be provided.
Costumes encouraged.
ALL EVENTS ARE CONDUCTED AT Studio 65, 2965 N. Maroa Ave, north of Clinton.

Thursday Oct 12, 19 & 26
Mariposa Argentine Tango Club at the Verdi Club www.sfmariposaverdi.org
2424 Mariposa St. at Potrero Ave, SF
7:15 - 8 p.m - Close Embrace Basics 8 - 8:45 p.m - Int/Adv Close Embrace
8:45 p.m - 12:30 am - Milonga hosted by Victor Meneses & Christy Coté with D.J. Emilo Flores
$15 class & Milonga/$14 Milonga only.

@>---- MONTEREY - Annual Pirate Milonga
Sunday, October 22 with DJ - Fernando Filippelli 7-11 p.m. $12
Get those seaworthy or landlubber duds together! Pirates, Wenches, Spanish settlers, Soldiers, Indians invited to Monterey's annual costume celebration Inspired by the 1818 attack on Monterey by Hipolito Bouchard and his Argentinean Revolutionarios. Dancing, eating, drinking and general merriment encouraged. Plundering, looting, or gunfire will not be tolerated at The House of The Four Winds - www.tangomontereybay.com / (831) 649-8821 or 373-7872


FROM El Gato & Andrea: Dear Tangueros,
If you are thinking of investing your money in a trip to Buenos Aires , don't miss this great opportunity to travel to the Mecca of Tango by the hand of two professional Argentinean dancers and masters, Gato Valdez and Andrea Monti. They will guide you to the best local places during the 14 tour days and will accompany you at all times!
The package includes the following:
* Airport pick up and drop off in Buenos Aires
* 13 nights, 14 days at a 4 stars hotel with breakfast
* Welcome dinner
* Tango City Tour (Historic circuit, La Boca, San Telmo, Retiro, Recoleta Cemetery, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Palemo parks and Palermo neighborhood, Mataderos Fair)
* 8 tango classes with excellent teachers (one and a half hours each)
* Colón Theatre visit
* Café Tortoni visit
* A day in the country (with"asado " , " gauchos show," horse riding, music and more!
* 12 milonga nights (entrance tickets included)
* Tango Dinner Show at one of the best dinner theatres in Buenos Aires *Guided shopping day
* Farewell dinner
For more information, details & registration, please visit our trip website www.bairestangotour.com.ar montitango@hotmail.com / andretodotango@yahoo.com.ar
(415) 425 0515
Thank you! Andrea & Gato

From Patricia Thatcher / Dear Tangueros and Tangueras,
Now is the time to register for Patricia's Buenos Aires trip next February 2007 which includes a two-night extension to Iguazu Falls and the chance to participate in the city's FREE and awesome TANGO FESTIVAL with free nightly concerts with the best tango orchestras, free classes, free outdoor milongas.... I give you plenty of information to discover "your own" Buenos Aires and make it your own unique experience. We don't go around together. I let you experience Buenos Aires like a local, not with a group of tourists who stand out at milongas and cafes. We will have a few group activities, such as a day excursion to Colonia and El Tigre and a group dinner and tango show. I do not provide taxi dancers, but tell you how to go to the milongas and get asked to dance and meet the real tangueros you needn't pay for!

My goal is to show you how to experience Buenos Aires like a local. A deposit of $350 holds your spot. All info is on my website at www.infusionstravel.com. Hotel upgrades and trip extensions are possible because as you know, I own a fully registered travel agency.
February 20 to March 8, 2007 BUENOS AIRES TANGO FESTIVAL
$2,345 fourteen-night package with Iguazu Falls
$1,895 twelve-night package Buenos Aires only
Departure from San Francisco, flying Continental Airlines.
Please email your questions and inquiries to
www.infusionstravel.com ~Travel to Tango Festivals Worldwide~

Until later:
Mary Menz
(209) 522-1571