Reminder: Kids Klub Beach Party this Saturday, June 15th 3-5 pm

The Silver Strand Kids Klub

Announces an event for Silver Strand kids and parents.

Beach Party
Saturday, June 15
3-5 pm

Meet on the beach west of Lighthouse Bridge.

Bring beach toys, towels, chairs and umbrellas. Plus drinks and snacks to share.

Email questions and suggestions to kidsklubsilverstrand@gmail.com

Hope to see you this Saturday, June 15th at 3pm!

 

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Next Afternoon Book Club is Tuesday, July 2 at 3pm

The Silver Strand “Books in the Afternoon Book Club” had our kinda-monthly meeting on May 21st at Nora Nicosia’s house to discuss The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews.  We took a “spring vacation” from depressing books and went with a “beach read.”  We found out later than Mary Kay Andrews is the “Queen of the Beach Reads.”  The book included murder, secrets, friendship, life on an imaginary island off the coast of Georgia, romance, and nothing of value.  How’s that for a review?

We were unanimous: the book was “cotton candy” and not worth discussing.  Of course we proceeded to critique it for an hour anyway.  We were kind and rated the book 2.4.  The discussion eventually focused on what elements we look for in a book that we want to read for our book club.  We decided the characteristics were:
1) teaches us something
2) had an emotional impact—we cared about the characters
3) well written
4) deep character development
5) addresses issues we’d want to discuss.

We keep a list of possible next books.  Besides tracking ratings, we now include the number of pages.  We’ve noticed we prefer books that aren’t over 400 pages long.  We noticed that we happened to pick books by female authors.

Since we don’t pick non-fiction books, we do track if there are any to recommend.  One member finished The Library Book and recommends it.

For our next book, we selected Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger.  We will meet on Tuesday, July 2 at 3pm at Nora’s house.

If you want to join this crazy, fun group, please contact:
Nora Nicosia at noranic@ca.rr.com
Clarissa Cervantes at cissapaz@hotmail.com or
Kay Barancik at b2kbarancik@hotmail.com.

Note: reading the book is not a requirement for attending.

 

Book

Author Date

Rating

Little Fires Everywhere Celeste Ng 11/14/17 3.5
Beartown Fredrik Backman 3/6/18 3.6
The Woman in the Window AJ Finn 4/10/18 3.5
Before We Were Yours Lisa Wingate 5/15/18 3.4
The Mars Room Rachel Kushner 6/19/18 3.0
The Marriage of Opposites Alice Hoffman 8/14/18 5.0
The Great Alone Kristin Hannah 10/2/18 4.8
The Leopard at the Door Jennifer McVeigh 10/30/18 3.2
Less Andrew Sean Greer 11/27/18 3.8
A Prayer for Owen Meany John Irving 1/29/19 3.4
Where the Crawdads Sing Delia Owens 2/26/19 3.4
There There Tommy Orange 3/26/19 3.6
The Island of Sea Women Lisa See 4/30/19 4.0
The High Tide Club Mary Kay Andrews 5/21/19 2.4
Ordinary Grace William Kent Krueger 7/2/19

Kids Klub Beach Party: Saturday, June 15, 3-5 pm

The Silver Strand Kids Klub

The Silver Strand Kids Klub had a very successful first eventWheels on Roma” on April 28th.

We had between 20-25 parents and kids.  The event was so successful that we are planning “Wheels on Roma” on a repeat basis.

Our next event will be a Beach Party!

Beach Party
Saturday, June 15
3-5 pm

Meet on the beach west of Lighthouse Bridge.

Bring beach toys, towels, chairs and umbrellas. Plus drinks and snacks to share.

Email questions and suggestions to kidsklubsilverstrand@gmail.com

Hope to see you Saturday, June 15th at 3pm!!

Art Round-up at Autry Museum

Fifteen arty cowpokes from the Silver Strand enjoyed an outing at the Autry Museum in Griffith Park on April 27th.  We were all impressed with the buildings and the exhibitions.  We agreed that the docent, Dwight, brought the museum to life.  His enthusiasm, knowledge, and dedication to the museum really impressed us.  We had planned on a 45-minute tour and were surprised when it ended—two hours later.
Some of the highlights were the art of American Indian David Bradley, “On Fire” landscapes by Michael Scott (about to close), photos from the San Francisco 1906 destruction, transportation collection including an “Indian” motorcycle, Native American blankets, and memorabilia from Hollywood cowboys.  We had fun with a green-screen video where you dress up and sit on a saddle with cowboy and Indian movies in the background.  Wahoo!

We enjoyed a fun lunch at the Crossroads West Café.  They no longer have buffalo burgers but the chili was wonderful.

If you missed this great Art Tour, the Silver Strand Art Group will have more events this year with location and date TBA.

For more information contact:
Marilee Karlsen at mgkarlsen1@gmail.com,
Clarissa Cervantes at cissapaz@hotmail.com,
Angela Durrant at angeladurrant6@gmail.com or
Nora Nicosia at noranic@ca.rr.com

Photo credit: Clarissa Cervantes

 

 

Books in the Afternoon Book Club – Tuesday, May 21st at 3 pm

The Silver Strand “Books in the Afternoon Book Club” met on April 30th at Nora Nicosia’s house to discuss the best seller The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See. We welcomed a new member, Harriett. One of the members noted that the author offers to join a book club meeting to discuss her book via Skype. Not sure the author could have gotten a word in with this group.

The book covers the sometimes tragic history of the Korean Island of Jeju from the 1930’s to 2008 through the eyes of two best friends in a female diving collective. The divers, haenyeos, are famous for their ability to dive for sea life without oxygen or wetsuits in frigid waters. They form a matrifocal society where the men watch the children and prepare the meals and the women are the breadwinners.

The book is extremely well researched and at times seemed like a book of non-fiction. The relationship between the two divers was the focal point of the story and included secrets, misunderstandings, guilt, and forgiveness.

Although the author hadn’t been invited to attend, one of the members, Karin, had been to Jeju island in 2001 and brought photos of her trip. The island is considered the “Hawaii of Korea.” Other members had already shared links to stories about current day haenyeos. It was an excellent book for a book club because there was so much to discuss. Not everyone liked the book or the characters but agreed they learned a lot about a time and place and culture unknown to them. We rated the book 4.0.

We had no non-fiction book to recommend for this month.

The minute-taker promised not to report on the non-book discussions—very loud and lively.

After way too much time, we selected The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews.  One of the lead characters is 99 years old.  We’ll read it in honor of Nora who turns 99 in time for our next meeting on Tuesday, May 21st at 3 pm at her house.

If you want to join this crazy, fun group, please contact:
Nora Nicosia at noranic@ca.rr.com
Clarissa Cervantes at cissapaz@hotmail.com or
Kay Barancik at b2kbarancik@hotmail.com.

Note: reading the book is not a requirement for attending.

Book Author Date Rating
Little Fires Everywhere Celeste Ng 11/14/17 3.5
Beartown Fredrik Backman 3/6/18 3.6
The Woman in the Window AJ Finn 4/10/18 3.5
Before We Were Yours Lisa Wingate 5/15/18 3.4
The Mars Room Rachel Kushner 6/19/18 3.0
The Marriage of Opposites Alice Hoffman 8/14/18 5.0
The Great Alone Kristin Hannah 10/2/18 4.8
The Leopard at the Door Jennifer McVeigh 10/30/18 3.2
Less Andrew Sean Greer 11/27/18 3.8
A Prayer for Owen Meany John Irving 1/29/19 3.4
Where the Crawdads Sing Delia Owens 2/26/19 3.4
There There Tommy Orange 3/26/19 3.6
The Island of Sea Women Lisa See 4/30/19 4.0
The High Tide Club Mary Kay Andrews 5/21/19

SSMHOA Board Meeting – Monday, May 13 at 7:30 pm

The next SSMHOA regular Board Meeting will take place on Monday, May 13, 2019 at 7:30 pm sharp at 130 Mast Mall.

All registered SSMHOA homeowners are welcome to attend. Homeowners can address questions and concerns to the Board during the Homeowners Forum which precedes reports on the regular agenda items and, if they wish, leave after they have spoken.

There will be reports from the Chairs of the Landscape, Security, Block Captain, Street, Emergency Preparedness, HOA Community Liaison, and Government Action Committees.

Update on our US Postal Carrier Gerald

For those of you who are asking for an update on Gerald, the postal carrier for many of us in the Silver Strand (not to be confused with Geral), the hearing continues to be postponed.  We have handed 10 more letters to Gerald, bringing the total to around 210.  He has read every one of them and submitted them.  Also please note that he will have his union representative with him when it happens.
Gerald thinks the delay is a good sign.  He doesn’t think he will get off completely free, but he is encouraged that it has calmed down.  His supervisor continues to praise his work.  They would NOT want to replace him for any period of time because he does the work of two people and he has a great attitude for the past 25 years.
It’s more than just letters, but know that the letters seem to have exceeded even management’s expectations.  We aren’t expecting more updates any time soon.  If we do get one, we will post it.
Thanks for caring.
Erica, Kay and hundreds of your neighbors

Reminder: Saturday, May 11th at Noon – Multi Mall Potluck

Ole!  Let’s Party Again!

Please join your neighbors for a Potluck Celebrating Spring, Cinco de Mayo & Mother’s Day.

The Ketch and Lighthouse Malls and all of Roma Court from Mast Court to Via Dolce are having our SEVENTH multi mall party to meet and get to know our neighbors better!

Date:  SATURDAY, May 11, 2019
Time:  Noon until 3 pm
Place:  Lighthouse Mall

Please bring something to share and also chairs or a blanket.  We will provide plates, cups, utensils and the tables to set up for the food and drinks.  Also some fun stuff for all children that attend!

Please let us know if you plan to be there, the number coming (kids, pets and friends from all of the other malls are invited too), and what you will be bringing (so we can try to have a balanced and varied choices of dishes).

Please email either Eileen Nugent (etnugent@verizon.net) or Cindy Carlin (cindycarlin@gmail.com)

We hope to see you then!
Eileen, Penny, Cindy and Kris