“Hot Lips” Houlihan and her animals came to SMBWC!

Actress and animal rights activist Loretta Swit shared stories about her acting career and love of animals at a gathering of members and guests in the Club’s ballroom Tuesday, March 6 to introduce SWITHEART, a book collection of her new animal painting of rescued dogs, cats, domestic and wild animals.  Goats and roosters seem to hold a special place.

The former star of the long-running hit TV series M*A*S*H* was interviewed by Geoffrey Mark, singer and himself an author of a new book.

Mr. Mark, “walking encyclopedia of music,” opened with arrangements of standards and a talk about Ella Fitzgerald, the subject of his most recent book, ELLA: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald.

Ms. Swit’s career after M*A*S*H has included many stage and other TV show appearances and years of activism in support of her campaign against animal cruelty.

The name, she recounted, comes from the nickname a fellow M*A*S*H cast member gave her years ago.  She began drawing at a very early age and begged her mother to enter a drawing for an art contest she saw in a magazine.  Thrilled when she won, self-expression has defined her life.

Refreshments accompanied the afternoon event and book signing.

The book and set of 12 cards can be found on her website SwitHeart.com.   Proceeds from the sale of book, prints and cards go to her nonprofit, Animal Alliance.

Loretta Swit signed copies of her book SWITheART on March 6.

Loretta Swit book signing with Geoffrey Mark, March 6

Loretta Swit, also known as “Hot Lips” Houlihan in the long-running hit TV show M*A*S*H, and star of The Love Boat, will join us on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 4pm at the Club for a special book signing. The award-winning actress, animal activist and artist will talk with Geoffrey Mark about her new book “SwitHeart” and life after M*A*S*H.

Loretta Swit will sign copies of her new book “SwitHeart”

Geoffrey Mark, called a “walking encyclopedia of music,” will open with music and a talk on his most recent book, ELLA: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald.

He will then interview Loretta Swit.  Following the interview, both authors will sign their books during a free wine and cheese reception. Their books will be available for sale at the event.

The reception is free and open to the general public, so invite all your friends!

Music & Love Create a Lot o’ Valentines

Fans of Valentine’s Day came together for a day of Valentine making at the Club’s 9th annual Valentine Making Event, on Saturday, Feb. 3.   Open to the community, every age group–young children, teens, adults–enjoyed a day of creating cards for special people in their lives. All materials were supplied by the Club to make beautiful, quirky, scary, funny and lovely Valentine cards.  Supplies include cut and folded papers, stamps, doilies, miniature folded books, and hearts in every conceivable size and out of every possible material. Even envelopes for mailing! For the crafts-challenged, there were plenty of examples to get the creative juices flowing.

Proceeds from the event go to the Santa Monica Educational Foundation (SMMEF) and School on Wheels, which helps homeless children in the Los Angeles area.

“It was so much fun to see so many people from all over the Santa Monica area having a good time” said Susan Barry, SMBWC Board member and chair of the event. She noted the Club provides refreshments and background music to encourage artistic expression.  SMBWC Member Gerry Bryant provided inspiring and beautiful piano music throughout the day. Check out our video recap of the day below (click the play button if you can’t see the video)!

Club members volunteered on the on the day of the event to supplies stocked, and to set up and clean up after the event.  They also helped get materials ready at a casual brunch the Sunday before.

Susan is excited about next year’s event already with some new ideas.  She and her committee scout local stores all year to collect materials.  For more information about the event, to donate supplies, to make a financial contribution or to volunteer, contact Susan Barry at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Orson Bean & Alley Mills Raise Money for UCLA Student Program


Orson Bean & Alley Miles entertained at the Club on Dec. 17, 2017 at an event that raised funds for the Club’s support of Next Generation of Doctors at UCLA.

On Sunday, December 17th, Orson Bean and Alley Mills entertained a curious and enthusiastic audience at our Club. Their delightful two-person show about their lives before they met and their successful 25 year marriage was filled with both heart wrenching moments and lots of laughter.  Orson and Alley kindly agreed to allow all proceeds from the event to be donated to the UCLA Next Generation Doctors program.  Through their generosity, and the generosity of our Club and its members, over $5,000 was raised which will support research in Women’s Health.

For those unable to attend, Orson Bean and Alley Mills will perform their show beginning in late January at the Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice.  If your New Year’s resolutions include having more fun, definitely attend this show!

Valentines Making Event – February 3, 2018

For the 9th year in a row, the Artists’ League will be organizing the very popular Valentine Making Event, on Saturday, February 3, 2018 – from 10am – 3pm!  As in years before there will be an amazing variety of supplies to make the most beautiful, quirky, scary, funny, and especially lovely Valentine cards for those special people in your life.  We will also have tables with special projects to stimulate your creative juices and for the young and young-at-heart there will again be a special stamp table. Still only $10 with all proceeds going to Santa Monica Malibu Educational Foundation (SMMEF) with matching funds given by SMBWC to School on Wheels, dedicated to tutoring homeless children.

For more information about this event, to donate supplies, or to volunteer to make this event a success, contact Susan Barry by sending us a message here.

$10 at the door. Cash or check only.

Also, or the first time this year, on Sunday January 28, 2018 from 10:00 to 2:00, members are invited to help with getting the craft supplies ready. More about this in the January newsletter.


An Afternoon with Alley Mills & Orson Bean! Sneak Preview Performance – Sunday, December 17

Be among the first to see this new show by the acclaimed duo before they take the show on the road in January 2018!  We will have a special preview at the Club on Sunday, December 17 at 2pm. Orson Bean describes the show as follows:

“Last season I wrote and appeared in a one man show at the Pacific Resident Theater in Venice. It ran for nine months and won the L.A. Drama Critics Award for best solo show. This is a companion piece which I think is better. It’s about how two

people who should not have been able to have a successful marriage have lasted twenty-five years together….and it keeps getting better.”

Alley Mills has been on the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful for the past ten years and is best known as the mom on The Wonder Years.

Orson Bean is best known for his role in the movie Being John Malkovich. His television work includes 200 appearances on The Tonight Show, seven years on To Tell the Truth (for the old timers), seven years on Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, the last three seasons of Desperate Housewives, guest appearances on Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family and more. He recently filmed Equalizer 2 with Denzel Washington (for release September 2018).

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online here – and are tax-deductible.  All proceeds will benefit the UCLA Women’s Reproductive Health Research Program – Next Generation Doctors.

Orson Bean’s solo show is available on YouTube here.  It is fantastic!  We are certainly in for a treat with this new show.

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.