Oaks & Acorns has designed an intergenerational social skills program, which supports self esteem and allows individuals to feel confident in most social situations – especially those involved with eating etiquette.

As students learn:

  • Why Manners are Important
  • First Impressions: Introductions
  • Meeting and Greeting
  • Communicating with Confidence: Speaking and Listening skills
  • Table Setting: What Goes Where
  • Table Manners: Do’s and Dont's
  • Restaurant Etiquette
  • Body Language and Poise
  • Phone Manners and Thank You Letters
Values are being instilled, they are learning from fabulous senior role models, and having fun as they learn! The instructors: Alannah Sinclaire was trained by Maggie O’Farrill*, leading educator and international coach in etiquette and social skills. Jacqueline Hicks, was trained beginning at an early age in manners, etiquette and the importance of social graces. In addition to developing courses that address social challenges for youth, Maggie O’Farrill has served a program director for her mother’s renowned finishing school, the Margarita O’Farrill Institute in Los Angeles. Manners, etiquette and learning the "social graces" are vital life skills. As Maggie O’Farrill rightly points out, "You never know where you will be or to whom you will be speaking in life."

"Being a part of the Munchies and Manners program has taught me much about myself, and working with other people. This program is beneficial to all involved and I hope more continue to participate and become a part of Oaks & Acorns' mission."

Cristen Boerman, SDSU Intern


Munchies &smp; Manners for Young Adults is an advanced course in Manners, Etiquette and Effective Communication which covers business communication, advanced table manners and social etiquette, as well as r esponsible communication. This program has three 3-hour sessions:
Business Communication—PART ONE
  • Networking skills
  • Interview skills
  • Dress for Success
  • Cover letters/ resumes/ thank you notes
  • Business lunch
  • How to be influential

Advanced Table manners and Social Etiquette- PART TWO
  • Formal Dining and Banquet Dining
  • The Art of Table Conversation
  • Hosting
  • Being a welcome guest
  • Get ready for dating (Proms and Parties)
  • Responsible communication

Responsible communication—PART TRHEE
  • Congruence
  • Empathy Unconditional Positive Regard
  • Dealing with Differences (Fighting Fairly)
  • Compassionate Communication

Channel 10 News recently ran a full segment featuring our Munchies & Manners program!
Individual coaching and group sessions can be arranged by appointment at (619)792-1478. We welcome all ages—all stages six to ninety-six! We tailor classes specially for Girl Scout/Boy Scout troops, church youth groups, after school activity programs, high school and college career preparation and those wanting to learn formal social skills.

For more information, and to pre-register please call: