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.

Health Lecture December 10th – Aging Eyelids

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

Our December Lecture is titled Aging Eyelids and will be presented by Mehryar Taban, M.D. Dr. Taban, is an UCLA oculofacial plastic surgeon; he will discuss the various eyelid problems related to aging and their management.

Please join us on Wednesday, December 10th, 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club, 1210 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401.  This event is co-sponsored with UCLA. Please RSVP by calling (800) 516-5323

Upcoming Lecture: January 14th: Advanced Directives by Laurel Lewis, RN, MA

December Book Club

The book selection for December is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It won the Locus Award for Best First Novel.

“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called “Le Cirque des Reves,” and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway–a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.” ~From Goodreads.com

 

The January Book Selection is This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper.

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 November 12 – Bladders, Prolapse and Incontinence

Have you ever experienced a loss of urine with exercise, cough or sneeze? Have you ever experienced a sensation of bulging at the vaginal opening?  These are not uncommon problems especially in those who have given birth.  There are solutions both surgical and non-surgical.  Amy Rosenman, MD, UCLA urogynecologist, will discuss what this is, why it happens and how it is treated. Wednesday, November 12, 7 – 8:30 pm. Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club, 1210 4th Street, Santa Monica. To RSVP please call: (800) 516-5323

This event is co-sponsored with UCLA

Yoga Fundraiser for Next Gen Docs – November 9th!

Please join us for a morning of yoga with Al Tavera from YogaWorks! The event takes place on Sunday, November 9th, 2014 – 11am.

We are raising awareness and funds to train the next generation of doctors in basic science and clinical research to benefit women with
Infertility and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

This Fundraising event is Co-sponsored by the Santa Monica Bay Women’s Club and the Santa Monica Sports Club. It is a part of the Spark Crowdfunding Campaign to Benefit the Women’s Reproductive Health Research Program at UCLA.

There is a $20 minimum suggested donation for participation and donations are tax deductible.
Capacity is limited so register today to reserve your spot!

Please visit https://giving.ucla.edu/YogaForNextGenDocs to sign up and donate!
Doors open at 10:00am – Class begins at 11:00am

For event-related questions, please contact Ariel Simerman (email hidden; JavaScript is required).

Your contribution is greatly appreciated!

Participant Levels:

WARRIORS – $20 *
WARRIOR I – $100
WARRIOR II – $200
WARRIOR III – $300
YOGI – $500
GURU – $1,000
* Suggested donation for participants is $20. Registration is required to attend but a donation is suggested.
To register offline, please contact Ariela Simerman (email hidden; JavaScript is required).

 

Santa Monica Bay Women’s Club, 1210 Fourth Street, Santa Monica CA 90401

November Book Club

The book selection for November is the newest book by San Francisco author, Dave Eggers.

“When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency…  Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world—even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.”

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 October 8th – Mindfulness Meditation

On October 8th, at 7pm, The Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club will host its tenth complimentary Health Lecture, which is part of our monthly series.

Our October Lecture is titled Mindfulness Meditation and will be presented by Christiane Wolf, MD, PhD. Dr. Wolf is the Director of MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) Programs at InsightLA, and she will discuss the topic of how mindfulness meditation can improve both physical and emotional health. 

Please join us on Wednesday, October 8th, 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Club.

 

Upcoming Lecture:

Nov 12th: Bladders, Prolapse and Incontinence by Amy Rosenman, MD

Dec 10th: Aging Eyelids by Mehryar Taban, MD

October Book Club

The book selection for October is the newest book by San Francisco author, Lisa See.  See’s recent books offer well researched insight into the struggles of Asian women woven into the dramatic history of California where she lives and writes.

“It’s 1938 in San Francisco: a world’s fair is preparing to open on Treasure Island, a war is brewing overseas, and the city is alive with possibilities. Grace, Helen, and Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous Forbidden City nightclub. Grace Lee, an American-born Chinese girl, has fled the Midwest with nothing but heartache, talent, and a pair of dancing shoes. Helen Fong lives with her extended family in Chinatown, where her traditional parents insist that she guard her reputation like a piece of jade. The stunning Ruby Tom challenges the boundaries of convention at every turn with her defiant attitude and no-holds-barred ambition.

The girls become fast friends, relying on one another through unexpected challenges and shifting fortunes. When their dark secrets are exposed and the invisible thread of fate binds them even tighter, they find the strength and resilience to reach for their dreams. But after the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, paranoia and suspicion threaten to destroy their lives, and a shocking act of betrayal changes everything.” ~From Lisa See’s website

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 September 10th, 2014 – Sleep Update

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

Our September Lecture is titled Sleep Update and will be presented by Ravi Aysola, MD.

Dr. Aysola is a UCLA sleep specialist and pulmonologist, and will explore the promotion of healthy sleep and treatments of common sleep disorders. This lecture is co-sponsored by UCLA. To RSVP call: (800) 516-5323

Please join us on Wednesday, August 13th, 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Club, 1210 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401.