February Book Club

“When beautiful, reckless Southern belle Zelda Sayre meets F. Scott Fitzgerald at a country club dance in 1918, she is seventeen years old and he is a young army lieutenant stationed in Alabama. Before long, the “ungettable” Zelda has fallen for him despite his unsuitability: Scott isn’t wealthy or prominent or even a Southerner, and keeps insisting, absurdly, that his writing will bring him both fortune and fame. Her father is deeply unimpressed. But after Scott sells his first novel, This Side of Paradise, to Scribner’s, Zelda optimistically boards a train north, to marry him in the vestry of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and take the rest as it comes.

What comes, here at the dawn of the Jazz Age, is unimagined attention and success and celebrity that will make Scott and Zelda legends in their own time. Everyone wants to meet the dashing young author of the scandalous novel—and his witty, perhaps even more scandalous wife. Zelda bobs her hair, adopts daring new fashions, and revels in this wild new world. Each place they go becomes a playground: New York City, Long Island, Hollywood, Paris, and the French Riviera—where they join the endless party of the glamorous, sometimes doomed Lost Generation that includes Ernest Hemingway, Sara and Gerald Murphy, and Gertrude Stein.

Everything seems new and possible. Troubles, at first, seem to fade like morning mist. But not even Jay Gatsby’s parties go on forever. Who isZelda, other than the wife of a famous—sometimes infamous—husband? How can she forge her own identity while fighting her demons and Scott’s, too? With brilliant insight and imagination, Therese Anne Fowler brings us Zelda’s irresistible story as she herself might have told it.” ~From Goodreads.com
The Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club Book Group is pleased to partner with ‘Reading Opens Minds’ and founder/program director, Lauren Lovett.  Book selections for upcoming discussions will be announced in the monthly newsletter.  If you would like to be placed on the email-announcement list, please contact us here and let us know you want to join the Book Club.

Health Lecture February 11th – Virtual Colonoscopy

Colon cancer is the second most common cancer in America, yet less than half of all Americans who should be screened follow through.  Learn about how virtual colonography might be an alternative to colonoscopy for colon cancer screening that avoids sedation.  This event is co-sponsored by UCLA. To RSVP please call (800) 516-5323.

Valentine Making and Music Appreciation Event

Here is your chance to be creative, take care of all of your Valentine cards for one cheap price AND help a great organization.

At this event we provide you with all the supplies you could possibly need to make the most wonderful Valentine cards, including cards, envelopes, and a veritable smorgasbord of animals, celestial objects, flowers and, of course, hearts in the form of cutouts, stickers, ribbons, borders and much, much more.

While you are working on your Valentine cards, you will be entertained by musicians and healthy and not-so-healthy snacks will be provided to keep up your energy level.

This is a great event for everyone who appreciates those special home-made Valentines!

A $10 donation provides you with all supplies, musical entertainment and snacks.

All proceeds go to “School on Wheels”, a wonderful organization that provides tutoring and after-school education to homeless children.

January Book Club

The book selection for January is This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper.

“The death of Judd Foxman’s father marks the first time that the entire Foxman family—including Judd’s mother, brothers, and sister—have been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd’s wife, Jen, whose fourteen-month affair with Judd’s radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public.

Simultaneously mourning the death of his father and the demise of his marriage, Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarch’s dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together. In the same house. Like a family.

As the week quickly spins out of control, longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed, and old passions reawakened.

For Judd, it’s a weeklong attempt to make sense of the mess his life has become while trying in vain not to get sucked into the regressive battles of his madly dysfunctional family. All of which would be hard enough without the bomb Jen dropped the day Judd’s father died: She’s pregnant.

This Is Where I Leave You is Jonathan Tropper’s most accomplished work to date, a riotously funny, emotionally raw novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind—whether we like it or not” ~From Goodreads.com

The February Book Selection is Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler.

The Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club Book Group is pleased to partner with ‘Reading Opens Minds’ and founder/program director, Lauren Lovett.  Book selections for upcoming discussions will be announced in the monthly newsletter.  If you would like to be placed on the email-announcement list, please contact us here and let us know you want to join the Book Club.

Health Lecture January 14th – Advance Directives: A Valuable and Powerful Tool

On January 14th, at 7pm, The Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club will host its 13th complimentary Health Lecture, which is part of our monthly series.

An advance health care directive, also known as a living will, is a legal document, which ensures that a person’s decisions regarding his or her own medical care are respected in the event of incapacity.  Laurel Lewis, BSN, RN, MA, is a hospice nurse and end-of-life specialist. She will discuss how this tool can empower you to make choices about your future health care, so that your doctors and your loved ones will know exactly what you do and do not want.

Please join us on Wednesday, January 14th, 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Club.  Please RSVP by calling the Club at 310-395-1308 or by emailing Tery at email hidden; JavaScript is required

 

Upcoming Lectures:

February 11th: Virtual Colonoscopy
March 11th: Toe and Foot Pain by Joan Williams, M.D.