Happy Hour- Sunday, October 7th, 4 – 6pm  


Sunday, October 7, 2018 – 4 to 6pm

All Neighbors Invited

Meet @ Spinnaker Mall

Mall Party for Reef, Spinnaker, Topsail Malls, plus surrounding homes Via Dolce & Roma Ct.

Get to know your neighbors …

Bring Your Own Special Drink and an Hors d’Oeuvre of Choice.

Let us know what food you wish to bring and if you can help; need folding tables and chairs, some decorations, children’s activities and music.

If attending please contact:
Linda Evans-Smith @ levanssm@gmail.com
Clarissa Cervantes @ cissapaz@hotmail.com
Nora Nicosia @ noranic@ca.rr.com
Karin Hollink @ khollink@yahoo.com
Lisa Amster @ lisa.amster@gmail.com


Silver Strand 7th Annual Party – September 16 at 12pm

The Silver Strand Homeowners Association Presents the End of Summer Silver Strand 7th Annual Party

When: Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 12 – 4pm
Where: Quarterdeck Mall and Roma Court

Come and Enjoy the Fun, Food, Games and Music!
This year we will feature 9 hole mini golf, giant Velcro darts game, wine bar, live music, hamburgers and hot dogs of all types, vegan pizza, French fries, ice cream, face painting, candy bar, jumpy house, and balloon man!

The Best Fun For The Best Neighborhood!

Come meet your neighbors and enjoy this annual event! See you Sunday at 12pm.

Sponsored by Peter & Ty of Bergman Properties

Next Afternoon Book Club Meeting: Tuesday, Oct 2 at 3pm

The sixth Silver Strand “Books in the Afternoon Book Club” meeting was at Nora Nicosia’s house on Tuesday August 14th at 3 pm.  Our selected book was The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman.  The book was described as a “forbidden love story set on a tropical island (St. Thomas) about an extraordinary woman who was the mother of the painter Camille Pissarro.”  The book was a hit with the group.  All the main events and names were based on historical facts.  The book was so well written we thought we could smell the tropical flowers and hear the rain.  The author included mysticisms and curses and magic herbs, which seemed to us to be Marquez-esque.

We enjoyed critiquing the [too?] lovey-dovey marriage, how the lead character honored the dead prior wife, and why the marriage was forbidden by the Jewish Synagogue.  (Sorry—you’ll have to read the book to get the juicy details.)  There were many topics in the book including mother and daughter relationships, servitude, slaves, art as a career, interracial marriage, religion, life in Paris, close female friendships (who were actually sisters), rejection, and more.  And for a change, it wasn’t depressing.

When we weren’t analyzing the three generations of characters, we critiqued samples of Camille Pissarro’s paintings provided by Nora.  No wonder we rated the book a perfect 5.0—it came with an art lesson.  We also had chilled water from Nora and fresh cherries from Marilee.  This group is very chatty probably because we aren’t eating.  Or drinking.

Are we the only book club that spends almost as much time deciding our next book as we do discussing the current book?  Seriously.  We have lists, ratings, and many opinions. Eventually we decided on The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah.  We’ll be shifting from a Caribbean island and Paris to the isolated wilderness of Alaska.  The book is described as raw and honest.  Just like the club.  Wear a sweater.

If you want to join us or send us a book recommendation, please contact Nora Nicosia at noranic@ca.rr.com or Clarissa Cervantes at cissapaz@hotmail.com.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, October 2nd at 3 pm at Nora’s house on Spinnaker Mall.

Prior Meetings:

Book Name


Date Discussed


Little Fires Everywhere Celeste Ng



Beartown Fredrik Backman



The Woman in the Window AJ Finn



Before We Were Yours Lisa Wingate



The Mars Room Rachel Kushner



The Marriage of Opposites Alice Hoffman



Photos: Art Group visits the Getty Villa

Like the Romans, the Silver Strand Art Group enjoyed the art and gardens and food of The Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades on a recent trip.  The delightful 4-hour adventure had its own private tour guide: Marilee Karlsen, who is a long-time docent at The Getty Villa.  Marilee even arranged for free parking ($15 otherwise).

Opened in 1974, The Getty Villa museum recently completed a multi-year re-organization to present the Greek and Roman antiquities by age not type.  The museum is the largest in the world dedicated to the arts and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome.  The craftsmanship of the buildings and the art is amazing.  We were amused to learn that the smaller side garden was typically used by the Roman women and children.

Many of us shook our heads at the attempt to introduce a few rooms containing contemporary art including the Jeff Koon’s “Play Doh” (see photo).  We found the grounds and museum to be mostly wheelchair friendly including free wheelchair rentals.  Even on a hot day, we were cooled by ocean breezes and air conditioning.  The Café had great food although we were pretty busy chatting.

It was a joy to have a guide who didn’t repeat historical facts we could read.  Instead, Marilee pointed out the hidden gems and over looked oddities of the Villa and gardens.  Thanks, Marilee, for opening our eyes and providing great stories.

SSMHOA Regular Board Meeting – September 5 at 7:30pm

The next SSMHOA regular Board Meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 7:30pm sharp at 131 Quarterdeck 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, and maintenance proposals review.

Via Dolce Park Grand Opening – Saturday, Aug. 4 at 11am

Good news!
The Via Dolce Park along the Grand Canal is nearing completion and the last few elements should be brought to the park soon!

The new, 6000-square-foot park at 3507 Via Dolce is landscaped with native plants and features a playground and walkway. The Department of Recreation and Parks is planning a ribbon cutting event next Saturday, August 4th at 11am to open the park.

We hope you can all make it.

See you Saturday, August 4th at 11am at the new Via Dolce Park!

Important Meeting – Aug. 1st at 4:30pm – Development at Villa Marina Tule Wetlands

Important Meeting – Wednesday August 1st at 4:30pm
Development at Villa Marina Tule Wetlands

I wanted to make you aware of an important upcoming meeting next Wednesday, August 1 at 4:30pm to oppose the development of an auto dealer parking lot that will greatly effect Marina traffic, as well as become a huge billboard entering and exiting the Marina.
It’s the land right at Mindanao and the 90 freeway entrance.

We had a terrific meeting at the Del Rey Neighborhood Council last week who unanimously agreed to turn down the project and rescind their approval. However, lobbyists for Toyota have now really stepped up their fight.

The proposed project will really cause more traffic in this area with cars leaving on Mindanao, because the use for the parking lot, will make the cars exit and need to make an immediate left to get back to the lot. They will extract the trees and nature there, and also put up bright lighting with Toyota banner signage, so the pretty and relaxing view will be gone forever.

Next week Wednesday August 1st at 4:30 pm is the meeting that will decide the ultimate fate of this parcel of land. People that would oppose this must show up, as this will be an important decision affecting the community and area.

Wednesday – August 1st at 4:30 pm (7th agenda item on their list)

Henry Medina West L.A.
Parking Enforcement Facility
2nd Floor, Roll Call Room
11214 West Exposition Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA  90064

Councilman Mike Bonin is and has been supportive, so that is one good thing, but this is being decided next week. It might make sense to let the community know so people can turn out if they would like.

Submitted by Beth Holden-Garland