Sun Senior News Article
By Sandi Dolbee
Coffee klatches have been around for more than a century, as people gather in diners and homes and workplace cafeterias to solve the problems of the world over a cup of joe. The Lavender Friends Club is no exception.
One morning a week, the drop-in event draws anywhere from a half-dozen to a couple dozen members to the Kilaga Springs Cafe. Elaine Kalani, who was the club’s first secretary after it was officially formed here more than a decade ago, sees the gatherings as a chance to reconnect with old members and get to know new ones. “I find them (the coffees) interesting,” she says.
Lynde Rammelsberg began attending the weekly gatherings “as soon as I moved in,” she says. Why? “Just to socialize.”
The subjects range from the movies (two thumbs up for the Mr. Rogers documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”) to the blistering weather (two thumbs down).
A couple who moved here from Santa Cruz is particularly vexed about the heat. “How do you handle it?” one asks.
“I move out in August,” a longtime resident answers. Her favorite respite: a campground 7,000 feet above sea level.
When the subject of TV shows comes up, one member shifts into an enthusiastic pitch for her newly purchased Amazon Fire Stick. Conversations continue about water pressure, where to place your carbon monoxide detector and transportation services to the airport. Plans are made to go kayaking. Others talk about their upcoming vacations here and abroad.
Solving the problems of the world? Maybe not. But for one hour each week, over cups of coffee, the bonds of community grow a little stronger.