Posts by Ian Lanouette

A Brief History of Valentine’s Day

The internet is a marvelous tool for researching just about any topic that one can imagine. I thought it would be fun to research the origins of Valentine’s Day.

The $$$ Switch

A funny story about technology and upgrading phones from a PVE resident.

Saving Those Dates

"One of the fun tasks I enjoy each month when editing Elysian Fields is writing the Save These Dates column."

Pumpkins, Three Tunnels and Lobster Rolls

Around 9 a.m. one late October Thursday, a bus full of intrepid souls departed the Community Center for an epicurean adventure that was highlighted by lobster rolls, three tunnels and a visit to a pumpkin patch.


Fifteen residents braved an early morning rainstorm to hop on a PVE bus that was destined for Babushka, a restaurant in Walnut Creek that specializes in “authentic Russian cuisine with a French influence.”

A Journey Back in Time

Do you remember where you were in the summer of 1967, a time that came to be known as the Summer of Love?

Oenophiles in Lodi

In September, several PVE residents enjoyed a trip to Lodi for wine tasting.

Asian Cultural Night

In August, Paradise Valley Estates residents and guests enjoyed a spectacular sampling of Asian culture as our very own PVE Japanese Folk Dancers and the Taiko Drummers put on a fantastic show in the Community Center parking lot.

Grand Ol’ Opry Visits PVE

Well, not quite! However, “Ricky Harris and the Grand Ol’ Opry Players” did come to PVE on a Friday evening to play some delightful country and western music for a “sellout” crowd in the parking lot adjacent to the Café.

Visiting the Aerospace Museum of California

For many residents of PVE, memories are indelibly etched with the excitement of flight — especially from the cockpit of an airplane or as a crewmember onboard.