August Book Club

Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

THE GOLDFINCH is a mesmerizing, tell-all-your-friends triumph, hailed by Stephen King as “a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind.” (New York Times Book Review) (Amazon)

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 August 13th – Fear and Loathing in Los Angeles: Understanding OCD

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

Our August Lecture is titled Fear and Loathing in Los Angeles: Understanding OCD and will be presented by Sarosh Motivala, PhD.

Dr. Motivala, is the Director of Training at the UCLA OCD Intensive Treatment Program. He will cover basic concepts for understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and its treatment, including what “obsessing” actually means and the variety of behaviors that are compulsions. 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.

Upcoming Lecture: Sep 10th: Sleep Update by Ravi Aysola, MD

Art & Craft Show and Sale

On Saturday April 26th the Club will hold a very special Arts and Crafts Show, from 10am – 3pm. The work of artists that participate in art therapy programs of local charities, including OPCC’s Daybreak Designs and Step Up on Second will be for sale.   In addition, the show will feature arts and crafts produced by members of the Club’s own Artists’ League and other local artists.  This is the perfect opportunity to buy that unique Mother’s Day present and support the charities that serve your local community at the same time. The event will be at the Club.

To learn more about our Club’s activities, check out our website, Facebook page and or call us at 310- 395-1308.

2/4/14 5th Annual Valentine Card Making & Music Appreciation Event

Tuesday, February 4th – 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Everyone deserves a special Valentine’s Day card! The Artists’ League of the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club will supply a veritable smorgasbord of paper hearts, animals of sky and earth, celestial phenomena, and more, along with blank cards and envelopes for all participants.
Musicians will be on hand to put you in that lovely Valentine’s Day mood.

Bring your kids, grandkids and friends! This event will be wonderful.

2/12/14 – Health Lecture Series – Promoting Brain Health

On February 12th, at 7pm, The Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club will host its second complimentary Women’s Health Lecture, which will be part of a monthly series. We have speakers scheduled for the next 6 months.

Our February Lecture is titled Promoting Brain Health and will be presented by John Geirland, Ph.D. Dr. Geirland is a licensed psychologist with a clinical practice in Burbank.  He is an assistant professor (voluntary) in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA, where he works at UCLA’s Longevity Center.  John specializes in working with older adults and other persons who are dealing with life transitions such as retirement, aging and illness, taking care of a spouse, preparing a child for college, starting a new career, and other issues.  John serves on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Psychological Association where he edits The Los Angeles Psychologist, the Association’s publication.

Please join us on Wednesday, February 12th, 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the club. 1210 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. To RSVP, please call: (800) 516-5323.

Upcoming Lectures:

March 12th: Gluten Free: Is it Right For You? by Nancee Jaffe, RD

1/8/2014 – Health Lecture Series – What You Can Do To Protect Your Vision

On January 8th, at 7pm, The Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club will host its first complimentary Women’s Health Lecture, which will be part of a monthly series. We have speakers scheduled for the next 6 months.

Our January Lecture is titled Most Common Causes of Vision Problems: What You Can Do to Protect Your Vision and will be presented by Dr. Negin Nikahd, OD.  Dr. Nikahd is a Resident at the Center for the Partially Sighted, and will discuss common systemic and ocular causes of decreased vision and what can be done to protect the health of your eyes.

Please join us on Wednesday, January 8, 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the club. 1210 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. To RSVP, please call: (800) 516-5323.

Upcoming Lectures:

February 12th:  Promoting Brain Health by Carol Hahn, RN

March 12th: Gluten Free: Is it Right For You? by Nancee Jaffe, RD

12/14 Venice Holiday HO HO

The band Venice, comprised of 4 local Lennon cousins, returns for the “5th Annual / Venice Christmas Show” here at the Club on December 14, 2013.

The band is currently touring The Netherlands and Germany to debut their new album “What Summer Brings”. This will be a night of acoustic soft rock with many traditional holiday songs woven in.

The Bowled & Beautiful Food Truck (featured in the Great Food Truck Race) will be selling delicious Holiday dinner bowls adjacent to the Club before the show. (from 6 to 10PM)

Drinks, coffee, and dessert will be available inside.

Club members receive a $10.00 discount on the ticket prices of: $50.VIP, $40.Balcony, and $25.00 for General Admission

Call or email Virginia Lennon for reservations.
310 721 0773
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New toy donations will be accepted for local charity…receive a ticket for dessert or a drink.

12/16 Pass the Dish

The December Pass the Dish is all about feeding the hungry!

The Board will feed all our hungry members — Members, you do not have to bring a dish!!!!

Members get a chance to make a donation to feed the hungry people of the Westside Food Bank — you can either donate non-perishable food items or cash (the buying power of the West Side Food Bank makes sure that your $ will go a long way).

If you prefer to contribute food items, the following items are suggested:

  • Cans of tuna, soup, vegetables, pork and beans, beans, stew.
  • Plastic (no glass) containers of peanut butter or other nut butters.
  • Macaroni and cheese packaged dinners.
  • Packages of nutritional bars, granola bars, protein bars, etc.

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11/1/13 Kundallini Yoga Teacher Training

From Friday, November 1st 6pm until Sunday, November 3rd 2:30 pm
Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training with Harijiwan and Tej.

Harijiwan has been teaching Kundalini Yoga since 1975. He is available for consulting, face reading, meditation and yoga, hypnosis, gong intensives and workshops Read more