Picnics, Movies, Happy Hours and more!!!
Who doesn't know this satisfying feeling of talking to someone after many
hours of hard work in the lab? Who doesn't want to see real people after
spending most of their time with computers, spectrometers, lasers, or
The Lawrence Livermore Postdoc Association and in particular the social
events team (Kirsten Howley and Andre Schleife), tries hard to offer some
possibilities of mental distraction to you guys so that you can spend part of
your off hours together with fellow postdocs who also need some relaxing in
their free time.
One example was the movie night that was set up at "The Vine" cinema in
Livermore on April 11, 2012. More than one hundred postdocs from the Lab
enjoyed pizza, hot dogs, beverages, and "Dr. Strangelove" (ranked #34 in IMDB's
top 250 films) in a cozy atmosphere.
Annual Postdoc Picnic
A little bit later in 2012, the biggest and most recent event was our annual
Postdoc Barbeque that we had on July 13 in the beautiful Del Valle Regional
Park. More than 90 tickets were sold and Lab members as well as their friends
and families showed up, many of them even wearing the LLNL Postdoc T-Shirt!
This annual Barbeque is always great fun and a wonderful opportunity to also
meet postdocs that are not directly working in the same field. It takes place
at a very nice location with plenty of opportunity to chat, mingle, and do some
sports. Here is the newsletter article that gives you an impression of the 2012
Regular Lunches and Happy Hours
In addition, in 2012 we had three Happy Hours and one of them even turned
into a Karaoke night. There were monthly lunches at local restaurants, and we
had two nice clubbing nights out in San Francisco. We constantly plan new
events, however, we also want you to get involved! The entire bay area is full
of exciting and interesting opportunities, so why not explore some of them with
like-minded people from the lab? No matter if you just want to show up for the
events or if you even want to organize something yourself, we count on you!
Just shoot us an e-mail with your idea or your feedback, we are, sincerely,
looking forward to hearing from you.
Along with many other organizations at LLNL, the post-doc association
sponsors a family every holiday season through Brighter Holidays. Brighter
Holidays matches donors, such as the LLPA, with families and elders in the
Livermore area to meet their basic needs during the holiday season. This
winter we sponsored a family with four kids, whose father has passed away. The
mother runs a cleaning business. We also sponsored a retired woman, whose
family lives far away.
The post-doc community was very generous with their donations and we were
able to provide the family with a christmas tree, new clothes, shoes, and toys,
including old video games. Their electricity bill was also paid from our
donations! In addition, we were able to sponsor an elder woman who lives
alone in an assisted living community. A handful of post-docs volunteered to
wrap and then drop off the presents and visit with the family and elder