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

Author

Date Discussed

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

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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

Reminder: Art Group Getty Villa Tour – Thursday, Aug 9, 10:30am

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

There is still time to join your friends and neighbors on our tour of the Getty Villa, Thursday, August 9, 10:30am. Let us know as soon as possible so we can arrange for free parking.

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.

Depart from Silver Strand at 10:30am.

The day will begin with a short guided overview of the Getty architecture and gardens 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 Chairpersons
Angela angeladurrant6@gmail.com
Clarissa cissapaz@hotmail.com
Nora noranic@ca.rr.com
Marilee mgkarlsen1@gmail.com

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:
Angela: angeladurrant6@gmail.com
Clarissa: cissapaz@hotmail.com
Nora: noranic@ca.rr.com
Marilee: mgkarlsen1@gmail.com

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 noranic@ca.rr.com or Clarissa Cervantes at cissapaz@hotmail.com.

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

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