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.

Health Lecture June 10th – Management of Aortic Stenosis

On June 10th, at 7pm, The Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club will host its 18th complimentary Health Lecture, which is part of our monthly series.

Our topic for June is “Management of Aortic Stenosis”. UCLA interventional cardiologist William Suh, MD, will discuss diagnosis and management of aortic stenosis including transcatheter aortic valve replacement, an alternative to open heart surgery.

Please join us on Wednesday, June 10th, 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Club. This event is co-sponsored with UCLA Health. Please RSVP by calling (800) 516-5323

Health Lecture May 13th – The Modern Approach to Facial Aesthetics and Rejuvenation

On May 13th, at 7pm, The Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club will host its 17th complimentary Health Lecture, which is part of our monthly series.

Our topic for May is “The Modern Approach to Facial Aesthetics and Rejuvenation”. Our presenter will be UCLA plastic surgeon Jason Roostaeian, M.D. Dr. Roostaeian will discuss the latest techniques in facial aesthetic surgery and rejuvenation that give real results without losing one’s natural appearance.

Please join us on Wednesday, May 13th, 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Club. This event is co-sponsored with UCLA Health. Please RSVP by calling (800) 516-5323

May Book Club

The book selection for May is The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. We are meeting on May 21st at 6:30pm.

“We are in the center of Paris, in an elegant apartment building inhabited by bourgeois families. Renée, the concierge, is witness to the lavish but vacuous lives of her numerous employers. Outwardly she conforms to every stereotype of the concierge: fat, cantankerous, addicted to television. Yet, unbeknownst to her employers, Renée is a cultured autodidact who adores art, philosophy, music, and Japanese culture. With humor and intelligence she scrutinizes the lives of the building’s tenants, who for their part are barely aware of her existence.

Then there’s Paloma, a twelve-year-old genius. She is the daughter of a tedious parliamentarian, a talented and startlingly lucid child who has decided to end her life on the sixteenth of June, her thirteenth birthday. Until then she will continue be having as everyone expects her to behave: a mediocre pre-teen high on adolescent subculture, a good but not an outstanding student, an obedient if obstinate daughter.

Paloma and Renée hide both their true talents and their finest qualities from a world they suspect cannot or will not appreciate them. They discover their kindred souls when a wealthy Japanese man named Ozu arrives in the building. Only he is able to gain Paloma’s trust and to see through Renée’s timeworn disguise to the secret that haunts her. This is a moving, funny, triumphant novel that exalts the quiet victories of the inconspicuous among us.” ~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.

April Book Club

The book selection for April is “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon.

“Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.

Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor’s dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favourite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally.” ~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 April 8th – 8 Steps to Lose Weight, Look Great and Feel Amazing at any Age

Join us on April 8th at 7pm for an inspiring lecture by Malin Svensson – 8 Steps to Lose Weight, Look Great and Feel Amazing at any Age.

Malin Svensson is an international fitness coach, author, and speaker.  She will discuss how the subconscious mind influences decisions that affect health.  She will also address why some decisions last for only days or weeks while others last a lifetime.  Malin will share suggestions for making choices that could lead to improved health.

Please RSVP by calling 310.395.1308