Suffragette – My Own Story

At last night’s Book Club meeting, we were discussing “Suffragette – My Own Story” by Emmeline Pankhurst about the fight for the vote for women in the UK. We also discussed the fight for the women’s vote in California and the US.

Senator Honors Woman of the Year

Today Senator Ben Allen honored Jacqueline Caster, President and Founder of the Everychild Foundation, as Woman of the Year, at our Clubhouse.

2017 GFWC California Convention

A reminder that our Club is part of a national organization of women’s clubs.

Health Lecture – Blood Pressure and U – February 10th, 2016 – 7pm

Heart-EKGOn February 10th, at 7pm, The Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club will host its 25th complimentary Health Lecture, which is part of our monthly series.

UCLA nephrologist Anjay Rastogi, MD, PhD, will discuss the importance of managing high blood pressure through lifestyle and medication management.  As one of the key investigators for the SPRINT Study, he will also discuss some of the implications that may change global standards for blood pressure. Wednesday, February 10, 7 – 8:30 pm. Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club, 1210 4th Street, Santa Monica. RSVP: (800) 516-5323

7th Annual Valentine Making and Live Music Event – Saturday February 6th, 2016

Valentine Cards Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club

Beautiful Valentine Cards from last year’s event

Join us for our 7th Annual Valentine Making and Live Music Event – Saturday February 6th, 2016 – 10am – 3pm.  The perfect event for ALL ages!  We will provide you with a wide variety of Valentine making supplies to make the most beautiful Valentine cards. Special craft sessions will teach participants how to make heart mobiles, crocheted hearts and Scandinavian paper hearts.  Live music and snacks will keep the creative energy flowing. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Funds raised from the event will benefit the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation, which provides funding for arts programs in local public schools; with matching funds donated by the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club to School on Wheels, dedicated to tutoring homeless children.

This event provides the perfect opportunity for all ages to be creative together, making Valentine cards and crafts for school mates, friends and family.  Participants in the event will be provided with a  smorgasbord of supplies, including paper hearts, clouds, butterflies, shrubbery, animals of every kind, stickers, stamps, ribbons and  envelopes to make the most beautiful Valentine cards and crafts. Members of SMBWC Artists’ League will instruct participants in a variety of Valentine crafts, including crocheted yarn hearts, Scandinavian paper hearts, and heart mobiles. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Musicians will add to the creative ambiance and snacks will be provided to keep up the energy level.

When: Saturday February 6th, 2016 – 10am – 3pm

Location: Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club, 1210 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Donation: 10 donation – 100% of donations go to Santa Monica-Malibu Educational Foundation in support of arts programs in local schools; with matching funds donated to School on Wheels, dedicated to tutoring homeless children.

Parking: Ample parking available at Santa Monica City Parking Structures directly south of our building and across Wilshire.

Contact: For further questions or inquiries to participate, please feel free to call or email. Addie Stalk, (310) 694-4090, email hidden; JavaScript is required; or Susan Barry, (530) 906-4076, email hidden; JavaScript is required

Descriptions of the missions of the participating organizations

The mission of the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation is to engage the community to invest in a vibrant educational experience for all students in the Santa Monica and Malibu public schools. Established in 1982 by a dedicated group of parents, community leaders, and local business owners, SMMEF raises funds to enhance and supplement the curriculum of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. SMMEF-funded staff and programs include arts education for the district’s 4,900 elementary students, 87 instructional assistants, and enrichment grants for all 16 schools in the district. To learn more, visit smmef.org.

The mission of School on Wheels is to enhance educational opportunities for homeless children, shrinking the gaps in their education and providing them with the highest level of education possible.  The program serves as a consistent support system to homeless students at a time of great stress and fear and includes the message that they are cared about and important.

Annual Art & Craft Show and Sale October 17, 2015

The Artists’ League will host its Second Annual Art and Craft Show and Sale on October 17, 2015 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. WE HEART ART is an event to open hearts and minds to the diversity of artists in our community and to provide a generous donation to creative art programs for those in greatest need.

The show will feature the work of artists from organizations that use ART as a means of empowerment, including Daybreak Designs, A Window Between Worlds, LA Goal and Made by DWC a program of the Downtown Women’s Center. In addition, arts and crafts created by members of the Artists’ League and local artists will be on sale.

Funds raised through the event will benefit art education and art empowerment programs, including School on Wheels.

The mission of School on Wheels is to enhance educational opportunities for homeless children, shrinking the gaps in their education and providing them with the highest level of education possible

Daybreak Designs is a member-run arts and crafts business that empowers women recovering from homelessness and mental illness to rebuild their lives through creative, personal and financial growth.  The project started in 1999 as an extension of OPCC’s Daybreak Shelter.

A Window Between Worlds is a nonprofit organization dedicated to using art as a healing tool to empower and transform individuals and communities impacted by violence and trauma.

L.A. Goal has been dedicated to improving the lives of people with developmental disabilities since 1969. They provide vocational training, employment opportunities, health and wellness classes and creative expression programs.

MADE by DWC is a social enterprise created by the Downtown Women’s Center to break the cycles of chronic unemployment and homelessness.

For further questions or inquiries to participate, please feel free to email Addie at email hidden; JavaScript is required or Susan at email hidden; JavaScript is required

August Book Club

The book selection for August is Wonder by R.J. Palacio. We are meeting on August 20th at 6:30pm.

You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out. My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside.
But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don’t get stared at wherever they go.
Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, he’s being sent to a real school – and he’s dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted – but can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?”

~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.

July Book Club

The book selection for July is Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea. We are meeting on July 16th at 6:30pm.

“Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the US when she was young. Recently, it has dawned on her that he isn’t the only man who has left town. In fact, there are almost no men in the village–they’ve all gone north. While watching The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli decides to go north herself and recruit seven men–her own “Siete Magníficos”–to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over.

Filled with unforgettable characters and prose as radiant as the Sinaloan sun, Into the Beautiful North is the story of an irresistible young woman’s quest to find herself on both sides of the fence.”

~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.

Lennon Family Benefit Concert July 31 & Aug 1

By popular demand…

The Lennon Family will once again return to the Historic Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club for an intimate evening of family music on Friday, July 31 and Saturday,August 1, 2015.

This is an especially meaningful year as the Lennon Sisters will celebrate 60 years in show business and the Woman’s Club celebrates it’s 100th anniversary serving the Santa Monica community from this now beautifully restored landmark building.

The Lennon Sisters, VENICE, The Lennon Brothers and Gail Lennon, The Lennon Cathcart Trio, Tom Lennon, Ted Lennon, Jackie & Tim Lennon, Jeffrey Lee Lennon, Vaughn Montgomery, and many others in our extended family will come together in harmony to raise funds and to bring attention to some of our favorite local charities.

Our concert proceeds will benefit:
*My Stuff Bags “give children separated from all they know… something to hold on to.”
*AFTAF  Supporting the arts in our public schools.
*HavASole Providing shoes to the homeless and honoring the dignity of every human being.
*B.R.A.I.N.  Support for victims of Traumatic brain Injury and their families.
*A donation to the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club.

For all questions, including ticket issues, please contact Virginia via phone: (310) 721-0773

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June Book Club

The book selection for June is The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. We are meeting on June 18th at 6:30pm.

“Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets–an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.” ~From Goodreads.com

Gabriel García Márquez meets Umberto Eco meets Jorge Luis Borges for a sprawling magic show.” –The New York Times Book Review

“Wonderous… masterful… The Shadow of the Wind is ultimately a love letter to literature, intended for readers as passionate about storytelling as its young hero.” –Entertainment Weekly

“One gorgeous read.” -Stephen King

“Anyone who enjoys novels that are scary, erotic, touching, tragic and thrilling should rush right out to the nearest bookstore and pick up The Shadow of the Wind. Really, you should.” -Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

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.