Art Group visits the Getty Villa – Thursday, August 9, 10:30am

A Summer Treat – The Silver Stand Art Group visits the Getty Villa

Thursday, August 9, 2018
Depart from Silver Strand at 10:30am

The Villa galleries have been recently remodeled and the ancient art is stunning and interesting as you journey through art of the Neolithic and Bronze Age, to Classical Greek and Roman Age

The day will begin with a short guided overview of the Getty architecture and gardens (led by Marilee Karlsen who has been a docent at the Villa for 7 years), followed by lunch in the outdoor cafe, and ending with time to roam freely in the magnificent new galleries.

On this tour, there is NO COST (except your own lunch.) Parking and entrance are free to our group.

We will drive in carpools which means we need drivers.
RSVP to any Silver Strand Art Group Chairperson:


Board Meeting – Monday, July 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm

The next SSMHOA regular Board Meeting will take place on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm sharp at 125 Privateer 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.

Have a safe and fun Fourth of July!

Next “Books in the Afternoon Book Club” – Tuesday, August 14th @ 3pm

The fifth Silver Strand “Books in the Afternoon Book Club” met at Nora Nicosia’s house on Tuesday June 19th at 3 pm.  Our selected book was The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner.  The book is set in the 70’s and 80’s in San Francisco and 90’s in Los Angeles which provided some interesting backdrops.  The primary storyline starts in 2003 in a fictional women’s prison in the Central Valley.  The author did extensive research and had inside information from a former prisoner so the details and character profiles of the prison were fascinating.  It is based on the California prison in Chowchilla—the largest women’s prison in the world.  It reminded some of us of the TV series “Orange Is the New Black” with a secondary story line in a strip club.  The lead character was a young white woman serving two life sentences.  It dealt with prison themes such as separation from children, revenge, prison families, pecking order, transgender challenges, dirty cops, choices, and hopelessness.  One reviewer said “it puts you in a place you don’t want to be.”

The group already eliminated food and wine. We’re down to water only. No bread. And still they come. We did decide that we should save the next book, Mary Coin: A Novel by Marisa Silver, for another time. We don’t want another depressing book. So our next book will be The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman.

We’re also looking for a well written, entertaining, novel with a happy ending and hopefully a few laughs and a juicy romance. Please help us. Send any recommendations or questions about the group to Nora Nicosia at or Clarissa Cervantes at

Our next meeting will be delayed until Tuesday, August 14th at 3 pm at Nora’s house on Spinnaker. We’re delayed meeting again due to vacation schedules.

Book Name

Author Date Discussed Rating

Little Fires Everywhere

Celeste Ng 11/14/17



Fredrik Backman 3/6/18


The Woman in the Window

AJ Finn 4/10/18


Before We Were Yours

Lisa Wingate 5/15/18


The Mars Room

Rachel Kushner



Next Thursday – Venice Local Coastal Program Drop-in Office Hours

Venice Local Coastal Program Drop-in Office Hours

Thursday, June 21, 2018, 2-7pm

City Planners will be hosting Office Hours in Venice on Thursday, June 21!

We welcome you to drop by the Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library any time between 2:00PM-7:00PM on Thursday, June 21st, 2018. We’ll be on-site to help answer any questions and hear any comments you have about the Venice Local Coastal Program. Your participation is important to this process and we look forward to seeing you there!

Please RSVP here:

When: Thursday, June 21, 2018, 2-7pm
Where: Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library
501 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90291
What: Venice Local Coastal Program Drop-in Office Hours

The Venice Local Coastal Program team looks forward to seeing you!

To learn more about the Local Coastal Program, please visit us at:

-Department of City Planning
City of Los Angeles

Community Open House – Bridge Home Effort: June 13, 6-8pm

Bridge Home Effort Community Open House

When: Wednesday, June 13, 6-8pm
Where: Westminster Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice.

The Community Open House will provide opportunities for you to offer your feedback and input.

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Dear Friends,

Last week, Mayor Eric Garcetti and I proposed using the former LA Metro bus yard on Main Street in Venice as “bride housing” — temporary shelter for people who are homeless. It is part of the mayor’s “A Bridge Home” initiative, an effort to reduce sidewalks encampments by giving people a place to stay until we find them long-term housing.

If you can’t make it to the open house, or you can’t wait until June 13, we have also posted a “Frequently Asked Questions” page on our website, which is full of useful information about the project and process.

A Bridge Home is our opportunity to provide a humane alternative to encampments in our neighborhoods by moving people from sidewalks to temporary housing and then to long-term housing. We are eager for your input on this proposal, and we know that the talent, heart and vision of our neighborhoods can make this successful. Working together, we can move forward, do good and get this done.


Council member Mike Bonin

Next “Books in the Afternoon Book Club” – June 19 at 3 pm

The fourth Silver Strand “Books in the Afternoon Book Club” met at Nora Nicosia’s house on Tuesday May 15th at a new time: 3 pm.  Our selected book was the best seller Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate.  The book is a historical novel with two timelines: 1939 and current day about an orphanage called the Tennessee Children’s Home Society (real name).  Although 80% of 6,550 Amazon readers rated the book 5 stars, our group found it to be too long and a bit confusing.  The book had a shallow lead character (Avery) and a cookie-cutter romance with the requisite single father and perfect child.  The child abuse scenes in the orphanage were unpleasant to read.  We rated it 3.4 on a scale of 5.

So why did we have such a great discussion for over an hour?  All of us researched the orphanage after finishing the book and coming to the meeting.  We were fascinated to learn about child trafficking at the home from 1924 – 1950.  They handled over 5,000 adoptions and as many as 500 children died at the facility.  A subtitle could have been “the woman who stole children from the poor to sell to the rich.”  The issues weren’t one-sided.  Were the children better off?  Did any of us experience adoption?  Did the organization help promote adoption on a national basis?  How did this continue for 26 years?  Which famous people arranged adoptions from this institution?  The book actually did an excellent job of making history very real.

The group continues to have seven or eight lively attendees.  We’ve dispensed with food and wine—we’re too busy talking.  Our next meeting will be Tuesday June 19th at 3 pm at Nora’s house on Spinnaker.   We delayed reading Mary Coin: A Novel by Marisa Silver since it has the same time period as the one we just finished.  We will be discussing The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner at the June meeting and saving Mary Coin for later.


If you have any questions about the group, please contact Nora Nicosia at or Clarissa Cervantes at

Soles4Souls – Give Shoes, Give Love

Have a Heart – Give a Sole / May 18 – July 5, 2018

Penny Akashi, Silver Strand resident and Sales Partner at the Brighton store in Marina del Rey, will be collecting gently used men’s, women’s and children’s shoes for Soles4Souls from now until July 5th. Last year, Penny collected approximately 100 pairs of shoes, most of which were donated by her Silver Strand neighbors!

Brighton has partnered with Soles4Souls, a wonderful charity that collects new and gently-worn shoes (men’s, women’s and children’s) and distributes them worldwide to those who do not have access to shoes.

More than 300 million people worldwide are without a single pair of shoes – leaving them vulnerable to injuries and infections, yet every year, millions of shoes are thrown away in landfills.Soles4Souls

In 2017, Brighton collected 234,000 pairs of gently-used shoes which were donated to Soles4Souls to help children and adults in need of the simple, yet life-changing gift of a pair of shoes. To date, Brighton has collected over a million pairs of shoes.

Your shoe donation can be dropped off over the wall in front of Penny’s home at 135 Ketch Mall or you can contact Penny at and she will pick up the shoes. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Penny at

Thank you in advance for supporting such a worthwhile cause.

Next SSMHOA Board Meeting – Monday, May 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm

The next SSMHOA regular Board Meeting will take place on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm sharp at 4707 Via Dolce.

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, Path Maintenance, and Government Action Committees, maintenance proposals review and discussion on parking.

Silver Strand Spring Has Sprung

The flowers are blooming and the bees are back in the Silver Strand and the Mickey and Minnie Cactus is proof of  it.”

Explosive colors, texture and lavender scent can be found along our own Silver Strand Walking Path. Thanks to 2017’s rainy downpours season and snowy deluge, flowers and seeds are germinating and roots are spreading and growing.

Go out, smell the flowers, and enjoy our beautiful neighborhood path.

Please find our Mickey and Minnie Cactus as well as a collection of blooming local flowers as photographed by Clarissa Cervantes.

Submitted by Clarissa Cervantes