Friendship Circle

Lunch at Left Bank Brasserie & Tour of The Bay Model Excursion

Date: June 20, 2019

Lunch at Left Bank Brasserie & Tour of The Bay Model
Thursday, June 20
Larkspur & Sausalito

Board our private coach for a day with Friendship Circle! After enjoying a delicious, French lunch at Left Bank Brasserie in Larkspur, we’ll make our way to The Bay Model for a private tour of the incredible hydraulic model of the entire San Francisco Bay and much of the Sacramento River Delta!

Lunch at Left Bank Brasserie: La Rive Gauche (The Left Bank) is the southern bank of the River Seine in Paris. "Rive Gauche" or "Left Bank" generally refers to the Paris of an earlier era: the Paris of artists, writers and philosophers. While it remains a haven for artists and bohemians, it is also the site of many wonderful and famous brasseries, including Les Deux Magots, Café Flore and Brasserie Lipp. Enjoy an all-inclusive lunch at this fun, French restaurant! Please choose one of the following entree options and include your choice when making your reservation:

NIÇOISE SALADE - seared salmon, green beans, tomatoes, fingerling potatoes, avocado, tapenade, anchovy, roasted red bell peppers
LAMB SANDWICH - herb marinated leg of lamb, basil, roasted peppers, aïoli, black olive tapenade, arugula salad
JACQUES PÉPIN'S SANDWICH - grilled eggplant, sun dried tomatoes, roasted peppers, red onions, mozzarella cheese, mixed greens
FRENCH ONION SOUPE GRATINÉE & SALADE VERTE - baguette, Emmenthal cheese salad includes butter lettuce, fines herbs, shallots, Dijon vinaigrette

About the Bay Model: Housed in an unassuming low-slung building on Sausalito’s waterfront, The Bay Model was built by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1956-57 to demonstrate what would happen if the South Bay were dammed and infilled (as had been proposed). Using simulated tidal action, the Corps was able to prove that the results would be disastrous for the bay environment, and the plan was shelved. The Bay Model is still owned and maintained by the Corps. Water flows through the delta, into the bay, and out through the miniature Golden Gate Bridge. At over 1.5 acres, it’s an enormous contraption! You can wander around, though no swimming is permitted! In addition to The Bay Model, there are exhibits on the history of Bay Area watercraft, the Marin Shipyard, World War II, and the modern working life of the bay. Please wear comfortable shoes, dress in layers, and be prepared to walk and stand as you observe the model.

Cost: $62 Friendship Circle Members; $78 Guests (includes round-trip private transportation, lunch at Left Bank, private tour of The Bay Model, tax, gratuity, and snacks along the way).

Transportation: Meet the bus at least 15 minutes prior to departure.
Bus LEAVES at 10:15 AM sharp! from Congregation Beth Ami (4676 Mayette Ave, Santa Rosa)
Please park in the overflow parking lot.
Bus LEAVES at 10:45 AM from Petaluma Community Center (320 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma)
LEAVING The Bay Model 3:00 PM for return 




Remember to bring a bottle of water!


Make your reservation early so you don’t miss out!
We strongly encourage those who have never attended one of our excursions to sign up!

How to Reserve: Reservations for each excursion are limited. Priority is given to Friendship Circle Members and those who have not attended a recent excursion.

Contact Carol at the Friendship Circle office to reserve:
(707) 528-1182 or

After your reservation has been confirmed, please call to pay with a credit card over the phone or mail a check made payable to the JCC, Friendship Circle, 1301 Farmers Lane, Suite C103, Santa Rosa, CA 95405. Include the name and date of the event on your check.
No one is ever turned away based on inability to pay. Speak to Jalena in confidence.

Cancellations result in a $5.00 administrative fee. A full refund (less the $5.00) will be given if the cancellation is made two weeks prior to trip date. No refund will be given for cancellations made thereafter.

Medical Emergency Contact Form:
We must have an updated medical form on file by the date of departure. When necessary, we will send you a new form to complete and return to the Friendship Circle office prior to the day of the trip. Please call Carol at (707) 528-1182 if you have any questions.

to and from the bus on the JFCS van may be 
available upon request at least one week in advance of the trip. Please let us know if you are meeting the bus in Petaluma or if you need a ride to the bus.

Senior Excursions are sponsored with the generous support of the Senior Excursion Fund of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties.