Welcome to the IWP Newsletter – October 2022

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Welcome to the IWP Newsletter
October 2022 

The Sanctuary of Christ the King (Portuguese: Santuário de Cristo Rei) is a Catholic monument and shrine dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ. It is situated in Almada and overlooks the city of Lisbon.
It was inspired by the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, after the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon visited that monument. The project was inaugurated on 17 May 1959.
Dear IWP Members – 

We have a busy month ahead!  Several of our members who live in Lisbon are planning new activities. As with all IWP activities, they are of course open to all members.  A great reason to have a change of scene and explore some of our beautiful capital city – never mind making even more friends! Speaking of which, we are hoping to find a volunteer from Lisbon to be our liaison or point person. Someone willing to come to our monthly board meetings in Cascais and chat about what the needs and/or plans are for our growing Lisbon residents. Please consider this (low) key role!
Questions? Thoughts? executivepresident.iwp@gmail.com

We are excited to host an Appreciation Luncheon this month for all of you who have either been Captains of an activity or who have contributed in a significant way to IWP this year.  If you haven’t received an invitation – next year is your chance to raise your hand and help out. Who doesn’t like a free lunch?!


While on the subject of activities … please note that the Monday’s Paredão Walk will revert back to a start time of 10:30am, beginning October 3rd. The Sintra Walks will remain with a 10am start time until further notice.

The Arraiolos Group would love to have some new members! What are we talking about?! Portuguese rug making … see our Facebook Forum for a beautiful example of the work by Claire Banazol and then click on the website and look at the webpage for details. 

OFFICE HOURS:  Heather Dennis will be at the IWP office at Rua Poço Novo 85, in the historic district of Cascais on Tuesday, Oct. 4th from 12 – 2pm. Drop by for help with RSVPs, tickets, membership or just to chat and say hello. (She takes milk, no sugar).

WEBSITE FYIs …. We know that you look at the Groups and Events tab but have you gone to our other tabs to see what’s there? For newcomers, there are past Member Highlights, so you can get to know our amazing members. Under News and Resources, you’ll find our past Newsletters and at the bottom of the page, you’ll find Useful Links and Facebook Groups. Also, under News and Resources, there is a sub tab ‘Communities’, which highlights some groups where you can volunteer.
A special request has come in from Kathryn Watson, who runs Riding for the Disabled. She needs your help! You DON’T ride the horses or need to know anything ‘horsey’!  Please email her for more info: kathrynwatson43@gmail.com


LOOKING AHEAD – please find and keep a shoebox! 
Last year, we filled dozens of Holiday Gift Bags for the ‘ladies’ of under served families in the Cascais/Estoril parish. (We happily used up a ton of IWP bags that we had uncovered while moving to our office.) This year, we would like to make the same gesture but using shoeboxes (as we did in December 2020).  So here is your ‘heads up’ to keep an eye open for a box. More details next month! 
Some dates for your calendar: 

TEA & TALK – Wednesday, October 12th.  3pm – 4:30pm
Cascais Library, Rua Costa Pinto 27, Cascais 2750-431

Join member Flavia Soares as she shares her knowledge and wonderful pictures of São Miguel island in the Azores.  An archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic and only a short flight away, the Azores are known for their dramatic landscapes, whale and dolphin watching and spectacular hydrangeas, among other things!       Limited to 25 members.
Reserve your spot: https://iwpportugal.org/events/tea-talk

DRINKS AT THE BAIA ROOFTOP BLUE BAR – Thursday, October 13th. 6pm – 8pm
Our monthly evening get together to meet and greet … and fabulous news … now on our RSVPs, you will have an option to click a button if you’d like to bring a guest – no need for any more separate emails …. thank you to our IT guru Tracy Cooper for making IWP life easier!

Reserve your spot: https://iwpportugal.org/events/iwp-drinks-at-the-baia-hotel

LUNCH BEFORE ART –  Thursday, October 20th with a 12:30pm start.
For those who want to explore and understand Lisbon’s new contemporary art scene in the rapidly developing area of Marvila. 
Meet for lunch at Refeitorio do Senhor Pizzeria Marvila, Rua Tabaqueria A3, Marvila, Lisboa 1950-256. Tel: 218 680 572. Start the walking tour directly after lunch. (approx 2pm) Allow at least 2.5 hours to visit the galleries. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring a hat and a bottle of water (if hot). 
Elizabeth Paquement and Diana Williams will be the guides: 
 912 233 900
Members only please.
Reserve your spot:  https://iwpportugal.org/events/marvila-gallery-walk


SUNSET CRUISE ON THE BAY – Monday, October 24th 5pm – 7pm
Cascais Marina –
Gate L   (location)  38.6910571, -9.4185609

Back by popular demand! Just one vessel is available for this sunset cruise and it can only take 12 lucky sailors on board! Spend a couple of hours enjoying the coastline. Wine/soft drinks are included.  35€ per ticket.
Reserve your spot:  https://iwpportugal.org/events/sunset-sailing-cruise-cascais-harbor


coming up in November … (but always subject to change) Fado in Estoril, Museu do Oriente Tour in Lisbon, Casca Wine Tasting in Estoril and Quiz Night is back in Cascais!
A very Happy Birthday to the Members who have birthdays this month:
Carol Carnell, Hillary Galler, Jennifer Hartney, Maria-Luiza Riemann, Debra Windjack, Judith Wright ….. 
 
Member Highlight
 
This month we meet Erica Tiliacos
(by Joy Davenport)

Erica Tiliacos was born in Mexico City, Mexico to an American mother and a Danish father. Her paternal grandfather was a Danish diplomat in Mexico, which is what took her father’s family there; it is also where her mother met her father when she went from the U.S. one summer to study Spanish.
The eldest of five children, Erica spent most of her childhood in Mexico, with occasional visits to her maternal grandparents in California. Her grandmother was an excellent seamstress, as was her mother, and Erica learned to sew while growing up in Mexico. With her ability to sew, Erica realised that she could create whatever she wanted to wear. This led her to expand her designs beyond her own wardrobe, and she became hooked on art and design. She began drawing portraits in high school, and quickly won recognition for her artistic talent.
At age 17, Erica went to Thailand as an exchange student, and through a fortunate turn of events, she met a member of her host family who happened to be a Japanese custom clothing designer. After Erica’s exchange program school year ended, the woman gifted Erica admission to her pattern-drafting course, mentored her, and took her along when buying textiles.
On her return to the US, Erica got her AA degree at a local community college and transferred to UC Berkley as an art major, but fate intervened, and with help and encouragement from her maternal grandmother, Erica transferred to LA to study at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
She had wanted to go back to her home country for some time and landed the opportunity after design school. She worked as a clothing designer in Mexico for eight years, where she met her husband, Nicholask. In the late 1980s they decided to move to New York, and Erica continued to work for the Mexican company from her home. She travelled back and forth from New York to Mexico until she was offered a job by one of her company’s suppliers that took her to the garment district in NYC, where her career shifted from clothing design to textile printing and development. When her husband accepted a job that took them to Seattle, she continued to work for her NYC design firm, again designing from home.
In Washington, Erica and her husband lived on a large property that was part of a wildlife corridor with wooded lands and wetlands at the bottom of the hill. It all became impacted by a large structure behind them with water drainage issues. This catapulted her into extensive research on local environmental policy studies, which led her to being appointed to the Sammamish City Planning Commission, and later involvement in two environmental organizations. Because of Erica’s passion for nature, she completed a course in native plant studies and led a habitat restoration project for the city, which resulted in a community garden and a restored forest area. She is proud to have also played a role in changes in city policy with monitoring and protection of the wetlands and wildlife in the area. She continued her volunteer work in the state of Washington until her move to Portugal in October 2016.
Since moving here, Erica has renovated their home on the island of Rhodes in Greece. She’s working on becoming proficient in Portuguese and is fluent in Spanish and English. She also studied Thai while in Thailand. Her husband still works as an executive consultant, and they have an adult son who lives in California.
Erica loves the history, beauty, and societal aspects of Portugal. She is impressed with how the Portuguese have so many cultural amenities that are available to everyone. “I love a society that has built monuments to poets!” She enjoys the social aspect of the IWP and looks forward to meeting new friends and is seeking ways to get more involved in the community.
 
HEALTH UPDATE
A new recommendation comes just 3 weeks after the government ended the obligation to wear masks on public transport, taxis, TVDE and aeroplanes but maintained it in health service establishments, residential or care facilities, and home support services for vulnerable populations. 
The guideline reads as follows: “DGS recommends the use of masks “by any person over 10 years of age whenever they are in closed environments, in crowds, namely when using public passenger transport, including air transport, as well as when transporting passengers in taxis or TVDE. The use of the mask is also recommended on platforms and covered access to public transport, including airports, maritime terminals and metro and train networks.”

Best wishes,

Louise Strasenburgh
Executive President of IWP
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