Category Archives: Santa Clara

Getting lost never seems like a good idea.

 Unless, of course, it’s in a corn maze. The fun part though it getting lost with 30 other people! What a fun night that was! Our group headed in to the maze with the expectation of taking about 1.5 hours to finish it… Apparently though, we are rockstars because we finished it within 45 minutes! Following the clues, our group didn’t make one wrong turn! (Ok, we might have and just didn’t notice it) But really we had a great time running through the corn and following clues. When we reached the end, we were having such a good time that we decided to turn around & find how far back we could go! Our group re-entered the maze and went all the way back until we couldn’t go back any further. What a fun Halloween treat!

Julie Event Manager Santa Clara

Donation Bowling for Loaves & Fishes

 We did it! I have been working with Loaves & Fishes to have a food drive and we successfully helped fill their cabinets for the holidays! Donation Bowling was great. We had everyone bring something to donate for a discounted bowling rate. We filled two giant containers & had a good time doing it! Berret & David worked hard to teach me how to curve my ball when bowling  (I am a terrible bowler) and I successfully started getting the hang of it! About halfway through, Cupid Shuffle came on… This was the best part of the evening. Our entire group got up & danced in the lanes! Even those who didn’t know the dance learned it to participate! What a sight we must have been to the other bowlers. HA! It was such a fun night.

Julie Event Manager Santa Clara

Being “Stealthy” playing Laser Tag!

Laser Tag is one of my favorite events. Running around in the dark arena, trying to be “stealthy”. It can be so much fun! It’s funny because every time I play, I think I am a ninja… and then I see my score…. And I’m not as good as I thought I was. E&A went to a new laser tag location last week & it was a blast. Angela & I teamed up to cover each other’s backs while we tried to protect our home base. I feel I may have let her down though, I got caught up in a laser war with Nadia & totally forgot to protect Angela! We lost that game but got another chance!

The highlight of the evening for me was the laser maze! This was really where I felt like James Bond. It’s a room full of lasers that you have to navigate without touching any of them. I was nervous because I got so into mood! I seriously felt that if I touched the laser it would be the end of me! Ritu busted out her yoga skills and rocked it! She put the level on extreme & finished quickly and only touched 1 laser. Then new member Berret (it was his first event) came & bunny hopped over the most difficult part! He did it without touching any laser & getting through it the fastest! What a rockstar! It was one seriously good night!

Julie Event Manager Santa Clara

Wedding Day in Santa Clara!

Saturday was the day! The wedding of Jen & MJ or MJen, as they like to put it. I had such a good time surrounded by E&A’ers! It was festive and beautiful! I loved listening Kate’s maid of honor speech using the lessons you learn in E&A (specifically how trampoline dodgeball relates to a happy marriage). As expected, all the E&A’ers shut down the party. The last dance, we all surrounded MJen and danced together. It was so much fun! After, we headed to Bennigans to continue the party and to bring back memories of many after events there. Such a great evening filled with friends and festivities and the love between MJ & Jen shined bright for everyone to share!

Julie Event Manager Santa Clara

Hiking Santa Clara!

Hiking is one of my favorite things to do with E&A. Getting out and exploring all the neat locations, seeing the beautiful landscape, getting a great workout, and being able to really talk and connect with people is why I love it. The group went to Alum Rock Park on Saturday for a 6 mile hike. It was a blast! I got to meet some new members and really was able to get some one on one time with them. It was a blast racing George to the top of a hill. I am pretty sure I won, but we both had to stop and take a couple breaths at the top! It was so much fun giving Rolando a hard time during the hike. He was always at the head of the group, running up all the uphill portions working really hard to get that workout going. What an athletic guy! Afterward, we all went to Lucy’s Tamale Factory which has the best tamales in San Jose. Delicious!

Julie Ott Regional Events Manager

Lifelong Friendships Santa Clara

Sometimes working for a singles club can be a wonderful thing. To have someone join the club and see their lives change can be so emotional. It is especially noticeable now. I received a wedding invitation not long ago to a wedding for my friends Jen & MJ who are in E&A. It is so nice to think back about the ride we have had in the club. Both MJ & Jen  became hosts shortly after joining. From there we worked together, hung out together, and got to know each other and have had a wonderful friendship blossom. Just last week another good friend from the club asked me to be part of her wedding (this is the second E&A wedding I will be in). It is touching to know that relationships I have made in the club have turned into lifelong friendships! What a great experience this has been!

Julie Ott- Event Manager Santa Clara