May
26
4:30 PM16:30

Movie Club

  • 10850 Pico Blvd. at Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles 90064 (map)
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The SCCLA's monthly movie club is on the last Sunday of each month. Local Smithies can get together to watch a movie at the Westside's Landmark Theater and can enjoy a lively conversation (plus drinks). The next movie will be chosen on Thursday, May 23.

DATE: Sunday, May 26
TIME: TBD
PLACE: Landmark Theater on10850 Pico Blvd. at Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles 90064
RSVP: Please email Susan Pollack'85 to be emailed when the movie and showing are announced.

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Jun
1
10:00 AM10:00

Monthly Board Meeting

The SCCLA Board meets monthly from August to June. We welcome anyone in our community to attend. However, space is limited as we do meet in homes or community meeting rooms. Please let us know if you're interested in attending so we can accommodate you.
 
DATE: Saturday, June 1
TIME: 10 am - 12 pm
RSVP/PLACE: Email Kristin Matthews '91. Address will be provided upon confirmation.

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Jun
2
4:00 PM16:00

Pasadena Book Club

The Pasadena Book Club will discuss A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman. This New York Times best seller is sure to be a captivating page-turner.

DATE: Sunday, June 2
TIME: 2 - 4 pm
RSVP: This Book Club is currently at capacity for members. Please email Anne McNeill '92AC about joining.

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Jun
9
1:00 PM13:00

Annual Family Potluck

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sccla-annual-family-potluck-picnic-2019-tickets-60640786224

Join the SCCLA for our annual summer potluck picnic. NOTE NEW LOCATION at Roxbury Park Community Center in Beverly Hills. The picnic is one of our biggest events of the year and a great way to kick off the summer! Come meet entering Smithies, new grads, and reconnect with old friends in the area (and make new ones).

Tickets
SCCLA member* - complimentary
SCCLA member guest* - complimentary
Additional SCCLA member guests* - $10
Non-members - $10
Incoming Smithie/Parent of Incoming Smithie - complimentary
Current Smithie (including 2019 grads) - complimentary
Child - complimentary

*Please note: SCCLA membership status will be confirmed. If there are any questions, you will be contacted.

Potluck
The Club will provide beverages (NO alcohol is permitted in the park or community center). Please bring a dish to serve 6 according to the initial of your last name:
A-H: Desserts
I-Z: Hearty Salads

Opportunity Drawing
The picnic will also feature an Opportunity Drawing with multiple prizes to benefit the SCCLA Endowed & Spetnagel Scholarship Funds. Feel free to purchase opportunity tickets or bundles with your event ticket!

Transportation/Parking
There is metered parking (free on Sunday) in the Community Center parking lot and on the streets bordering the park. However, we encourage taking public transit, carpooling, or Uber/Lyft as Sunday is a busy day at the park and parking spots will be in high demand. If you drive, leave yourself ample time to find parking.

Please note that the Community Center has a hard close at 5pm so we will wrap our event at 4pm so we can finishing cleaning up prior to the Community Center's closing time. Thank you.

If you have any questions, please email rsvp@smithclubla.org.

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Please note this is a private event for the Smith College Club of Los Angeles. The event is not open to the public. Non-Smith guests must be accompanied by a Smith alum. Also, we take your RSVP seriously in the planning of food, beverage, and other materials for events so if your plans change and you cannot attend, please update your RSVP or notify us at rsvp@smithclubla.org.

DATE: Sunday, June 9
TIME: 1 pm - 4 pm
PLACE: Roxbury Park, 471 S. Roxbury Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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Jun
29
8:00 PM20:00

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl

PURCHASE TICKETS: https://scclahollywoodbowl2019.eventbrite.com

Enjoy the modern family classic, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, on the big screens while the orchestra performs the score live. Do come for a wonderful night at the Hollywood Bowl! And make sure to bring the whole family to enjoy this annual Smith Club tradition.

https://scclahollywoodbowl2019.eventbrite.com

DATE: Saturday, June 29
TIME: Movie starts at 8 pm
PLACE: Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068

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May
19
5:00 PM17:00

Columbia-Smith Book Club

The next book for the Columbia-Smith Book Club will be Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao's Revolution, by Helen Zia. This sprawling book recounts the stories of four young Shanghai residents who brave an uncertain future as they flee the Communist Revolution in China.

DATE: Sunday, May 19
TIME: 5 - 7 pm
PLACE: Catherine Lincoln's home, 802 Franklin Street, Santa Monica 90403
RSVP: Email Elizabeth Van Denburgh.

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May
19
2:00 PM14:00

Los Angeles Book Club

  • 4634 La Subida Place, Tarzana, CA 91356 (map)
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At the next Los Angeles Book Club meeting, the group will discuss Educated, by Tara Westover. This memoir delves deep into Westover's journey from her survivalist family to Cambridge University.

DATE: Sunday, May 19
TIME: 2 - 4 pm
PLACE: Home of Vivian Forbes '50, 4634 La Subida Place, Tarzana, CA 91356
RSVP: Email Terri Macellaro '84.

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May
9
7:00 PM19:00

South Bay Book Club

  • 2 Clear Vista Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, 90274 (map)
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At the next South Bay Book Club, the group will discuss Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee. This National Book Award Finalist spans four-generations, following a Korean family who makes their fortune in pachinko parlors in Japan.

DATE: Thursday, May 9
TIME: 7 - 9 pm
PLACE: Home of Rosa Easton '86, 2 Clear Vista Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, 90274
RSVP: Email Jan Mottinger '68 or call her at (440) 463-1333.

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May
9
7:00 PM19:00

South Bay Book Club

  • Clear Vista Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, 90274 (map)
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At the next South Bay Book Club, the group will discuss Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee. This National Book Award Finalist spans four-generations, following a Korean family who makes their fortune in pachinko parlors in Japan.

DATE: Thursday, May 9
TIME: 7 - 9 pm
PLACE: Home of Rosa Easton '86, 2 Clear Vista Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, 90274
RSVP: Email Jan Mottinger '68 or call her at (440) 463-1333.
 

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May
9
6:00 PM18:00

Smithies Connected Happy Hour

Please join us for the "Smithies Connected" Happy Hour at the Everson Royce Bar in the Arts District/DTLA! This is a casual networking opportunity to meet/reconnect with Smith alums and play a game or two on the bocce court on the outdoor patio. On-site parking is available.

DATE: Thursday, May 9
TIME: 6pm - 8pm
PLACE: Everson Royce Bar, 1936 East 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021
COST: Free
RSVP: Click here.

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May
4
10:00 AM10:00

Monthly Board Meeting

The SCCLA Board meets monthly from August to June. We welcome anyone in our community to attend. However, space is limited as we do meet in homes or community meeting rooms. Please let us know if you're interested in attending so we can accommodate you.
 
DATE: Saturday, May 4
TIME: 10 am - 12 pm
RSVP/PLACE: Email Kristin Matthews '91. Address will be provided upon confirmation.

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Apr
28
4:00 PM16:00

SCCLA Movie Club

  • 10850 Pico Blvd. at Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles 90064 (map)
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The SCCLA's monthly movie club is on the last Sunday of each month. Local Smithies can get together to watch a movie at the Westside's Landmark Theater and can enjoy a lively conversation (plus drinks). The next movie will be chosen on Thursday, April 25.

DATE: Sunday, April 28
TIME: TBD
PLACE: Landmark Theater on 10850 Pico Blvd. at Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles 90064
RSVP: Please email Susan Pollack '85 to be emailed when the movie and showing are announced.

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Apr
13
10:00 AM10:00

How We Win with Author Farah Pandith '90

  • 3173 S Bentley Avenue, Los Angeles 90034COST: Free (map)
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Author, foreign policy strategist, former diplomat and Smith alum, Farah Pandith '90, will be giving a special talk based on her book How We Win: How Cutting-Edge Entrepreneurs, Political Visionaries, Enlightened Business, Leaders, and Social Media Mavens Can Defeat the Extremist Threat. Based on her experience working for three different Presidential administrations, Farah will discuss her real world solutions for combating extremism and what we all can do.

Her book is available for purchase at Amazon and other booksellers. We encourage you to purchase books in advance of the event if you would like to have a book signed.

DATE: Saturday, April 13
TIME: 10am - 12pm
PLACE: Home of Susan Pollack '85, 3173 S Bentley Avenue, Los Angeles 90034
COST: Free
RSVP: Click here.

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Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

Monthly Board Meeting

The SCCLA Board meets monthly from August to June. We welcome anyone in our community to attend. However, space is limited as we do meet in homes or community meeting rooms. Please let us know if you're interested in attending so we can accommodate you.
 
DATE: Saturday, April 6
TIME: 10 am - 12 pm
RSVP/PLACE: Email Kristin Matthews '91. Address will be provided upon confirmation.

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Mar
31
4:00 PM16:00

Movie Club

  • 10850 Pico Blvd. at Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles 90064 (map)
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Official time TBD

The SCCLA's monthly movie club is on the last Sunday of each month. Local Smithies can get together to watch a movie at the Westside's Landmark Theater and can enjoy a lively conversation (plus drinks) afterward. The next movie will be chosen on Thursday, March 28.

RSVP: Please email Susan Pollack '85 to be emailed when the movie and showing are announced.

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Mar
24
5:00 PM17:00

Columbia-Smith Book Club

  • Home of Elizabeth Van Denburgh, 837 Lincoln Blvd. #11, Santa Monica (map)
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The next book for the Columbia-Smith Book Club will be Nine Pints: A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood, by Rose George. From the author of The Big Necessity, Nine Pintstraces the past, present and future of human blood, including bloodletting, transfusions and synthetic blood.

RSVP: Email Elizabeth Van Denburgh.

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Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

South Bay Book Club

  • Home of Pam Learned '82, 255 West 5th St, #1212, San Pedro 90731 (map)
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At the next South Bay Book Club, the group will discuss The Hummingbird's Daughter, by Luis Alberto Urrea. Winner of Kiriyama Pacific Rim Prize 2006, this epic piece of historical fiction adds a dose of Urrea's magical realism to the real-life story of the "Saint of Cabora."

RSVP: Email Jan Mottinger '68 or call her at (440) 463-1333.
 

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Feb
24
1:30 PM13:30

SCCLA Tour of Notorious RBG Exhibit

Purchase tickets here

Join SCCLA for a docent-led tour of the new Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center. Please arrive to meet up with the group by 1:30pm so we can start our tour on time at 2pm. We will have one group with a max of 20 people. After that, we will start a waitlist. If we get another 10-20 then we will open up a second group. The cafe will be under construction at this date, but there will be a snack cart open.

TICKET SALES END DECEMBER 31, 2018 as we must provide numbers and payment to Skirball in early January! Tickets are $12 each and also gain you entry into the remainder of the museum. No refunds will be available because the Club will be paying these funds directly to Skirball. For directions, parking, and public transit information, please consult the Skirball's website: https://www.skirball.org/visit/directions-and-parking.

Questions? Email rsvp@smithclubla.org.

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Jan
10
7:00 PM19:00

South Bay Book Club

  • 32510 Seahill Drive Rancho Palos Verdes (map)
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The next book for the South Bay Book Club is Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. This novels follows the clash that erupts between a suburban family and the mother and daughter that rent a house from them. This New York Times best-selller, about art, identity, and motherhood, was named a best book in 2017 by everyone from NPR to Goodreads to Amazon.

RSVP: Email Jan Mottinger '68 or call her at (440) 463-1333.

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Jan
5
3:00 PM15:00

January Faculty Speaker: Brent Durbin, Associate Professor of Government

  • 866 Toulon Dr. Pacific Palisades, CA, 90272 USA (map)
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Register for this event here.

Brent Durbin, Associate Professor of Government at Smith, will be this January's faculty speaker. Durbin teaches courses in U.S. foreign policy, strategic intelligence, military conflict and culture, and international relations. He also directs Smith’s Jean Picker Semester-in-Washington Program. Durbin's research centers on the political and organizational dynamics of U.S. national security, with a particular focus on the CIA. His book The CIA and the Politics of U.S. Intelligence Reform will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.

Durbin has held research fellowships at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), the University of California's Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs and Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge. He is co-director of the Bridging the Gap Project, which promotes connections between scholars and the broader foreign policy community.

Prior to joining the Smith faculty, Durbin taught in the public policy program at Stanford University. He also has served as press secretary for U.S. Senator Patty Murray, and as an adviser and senior staff member on several campaigns for U.S. Congress.

SCCLA members plus a guest are complimentary and it's $20 per person for Smith alum non-members and additional SCCLA member guests.

Questions? Email rsvp@smithclubla.org.


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Dec
2
5:00 PM17:00

Columbia-Smith Book Club

Calling all nature-lovers! At the next meeting, the Columbia-Smith Book Club will discuss The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate -- Discoveries from a Secret World, by Peter Wohileben. This international best-seller dives deep into new research that suggests trees are communicative, social beings.

RSVP: Email Elizabeth Van Denburgh.

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Dec
1
6:00 PM18:00

SCCLA 2018 Holiday Soirée

  • 1245 Benedict Canyon Drive Beverly HIlls, 90210 USA (map)
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Wine, dine & be merry and celebrate the holiday season with the Smith College Club of Los Angeles. The annual Holiday Soirée will be on Saturday, December 1 at the lovely home of Colleen and Sol Rabin '08P.

One of the SCCLA's most popular events, the evening will feature an opportunity drawing with multiple prizes to benefit the SCCLA Endowed & Spetnagel Scholarship Funds.

For more information, including potluck items, cost, and drawing tickets visit the RSVP page.

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Oct
20
2:00 PM14:00

Mountain Day West! Book Reading with Smithie Author Cheryl Suchors '72

Please RSVP here for this event.

Join your fellow Smith alumna to celebrate Mountain Day West! Meet and hear Smithie Author Cheryl Suchors '72 read an excerpt of her new book, 48 Peaks, Hiking and Healing in the White Mountains, due out this month. As we mix, mingle, and reflect we invite you to share stories of the figurative and literal mountains you have climbed with your fellow alums. There will also be apple cider and delicious Mountain Day treats.

Description of 48 PEAKS
48 Peaks, Hiking and Healing in the White Mountains is an inspiring story of adventure and persistence. At forty-eight years old, Cheryl Suchors—hoping to find concrete successes and a feeling of control as she changes careers and fifty stares at her from the horizon—vows to summit the highest forty-eight peaks in New Hampshire’s grueling White Mountains. Neglecting to consider her flimsy body, scoliosis, bum knee, and fear of heights, she dives into the challenge.

Along the way, Suchors suffers numerous injuries; her hiking buddy succumbs to ovarian cancer; and she endures breast cancer, a mastectomy, chemotherapy, and five years of adjuvant therapy herself. But she always returns to the mountains—and in that connection she finds spiritual nourishment, as well as a space powerful enough to hold her grief. Over the ten years it takes her to complete her quest, she learns that mastery alone doesn’t satisfy her and control is often an illusion—that she must connect with hiking comrades and with nature in order to feel nourished and enriched. In the end, Suchors creates her own definition of success.

You can check out more about Cheryl at her website: www.cherylsuchors.com.

48 Peaks will be published September 11 and is available for pre-order before that/order after that from IndieboundBarnes & Noble, and Amazon.

Parking/Transportation
Fillmore Station (Gold Line) is the closest Metro station and is a $3-6 6 minute Lyft/Uber ride from the station to the host's home. There will also be ample street parking.

*This event is FREE and open to members and non-members. Space is limited.*

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Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

What's New at Smith? with Lia Brassord ‘83, Sr. Asst. Dir of Admission

  • 433 Country Club Drive San Gabriel, CA, 91775 United States (map)
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Please RSVP here for this event

Lia Bischoff Brassord ’83, Senior Assistant Director of Admission, has set aside time during her Southern California visit to meet with local alums and update us on what's new at Smith. Lia has been with the Smith Office of Admissions for 20 years and has "the best job in the world," according to Brassord. Bring your questions about admissions, Smith, Friday tea, the Neilson Library - the agenda is up to you!

All LA greater LA-Pasadena area alums are welcome. Active or prospective admissions volunteers and interviewers are strongly encouraged to attend! 

Lia is the Admissions officer who oversees the Alumnae Admission Volunteer program and handles the entire state of California - from visiting high schools to reading applications. We hope you will join us for this special opportunity to get the "inside scoop."

Questions? Email Admissions Chairs Vicky M. Razo '04 and Xiomara Iraheta ‘07 at admissions@smithclubla.org.

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Oct
7
3:00 PM15:00

Career Panel + Wine Soiree

  • 3173 South Bentley Avenue Los Angeles, CA, 90034 United States (map)
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Join us for a Career Panel + Wine Soiree in a garden setting, to explore the theme of Career Changes: Navigating Changes, Whatever Stage of Life.

Please register on Eventbrite here

From executing strategy to honoring intuition, this panel explores the theme of career change. Two panelists, HR executive, Jane Miyashiro and Life Coach, Ginger Legon will explore approaches to change, speaking from the perspectives of positive psychology and hiring approaches. Relevant reading: Why You Should Take Time to Mourn During Career Transitions, NY Times published 8/23/18.

After the panel, you will have the chance to share your stories with other Smithies, over wine in an outdoor garden.

Email Amalia and Selwa, Career Network Co-Chairs at CareerNetwork@SmithClubLA.org with any questions.

Thank you to Susan Pollack ‘85 for generously opening her garden to us!

We look forward to welcoming you,
Amalia '00J + Selwa '00

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Sep
27
6:00 PM18:00

Smithies Connected- Career Networking Happy Hour in Highland Park

Come out for a casual Smith College Club of Los Angeles networking mixer series being held around L.A.! 

This series is a direct result of feedback to our Career Development survey for regular happy hours/meet ups. The evening brings Smithies of all careers, interests, and at all career points - entry level to retirement - together for an evening to connect. Please RSVP to this no-host event so we may have a count for the gracious bar manager. 

Email Amalia and Selwa, Career Network Co-Chairs at CareerNetwork@SmithClubLA.org with any questions.

About The Venue
Block Party is a Modern Beer Garden created by three time Los Angeles Best Bartender Award Winner Jason Eisner. Turning his dream into a reality, Eisner created the first Block Party location on York Boulevard in Highland Park. Block Party celebrates our guests as community. Our mission is to create an environment that allows for you to experience that life is awesome and anything is possible each and every time you step through our doors. We support craft breweries and small production wine makers. We offer a variety of cuisines daily through partnerships with Southern California's best food trucks. We also have a "Bring Your Own Grub" policy that allows guests to bring their own food from anywhere they like. Happy Hour runs 5-7pm. See menus here. (323) 741-2747

Getting There
Depending where you are coming from the bar is accessible via car (street parking), ride share, bus, Metro Gold Line and by foot.

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Sep
15
10:00 AM10:00

SCCLA September Board Meeting

The SCCLA Board meets monthly from August to June. We welcome anyone in our community to attend. However, space is limited as we do meet in homes or community meeting rooms. Please email Kristin Matthews ‘91 if you're interested in attending so we can accommodate you. Address will be provided upon confirmation.


Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Location: RSVP to Kristin for address

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Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00

SCCLA August Board Meeting

The SCCLA Board meets monthly from August to June. We welcome anyone in our community to attend. However, space is limited as we do meet in homes or community meeting rooms. Please email Kristin Matthews ‘91 if you're interested in attending so we can accommodate you. Address will be provided upon confirmation.


Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Location: RSVP to Kristin for address

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Aug
14
6:30 PM18:30

Meet Julia Franchi Scarselli '18: Libellula Olive Oil Tasting and Talk

Recent graduate and Libellula co-founder, Julia Franchi Scarselli '18, embarks on a cross country road trip this summer to introduce her olive oil and company's mission to the U.S. Best of all, her tour stops in Los Angeles with a special, private event with members and friends of the Smith College Club of Los Angeles.


DATE: Tuesday, August 14
TIME: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
PLACE: Home of Dana Maze Ehrlich ‘89
COST: Free
RSVP: Click here
QUESTIONS: Email rsvp@smithclubla.org

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Aug
11
7:30 PM19:30

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl

Enjoy the iconic movie, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, on the big screens while the orchestra performs John Williams' legendary score live. Do come for a wonderful night at the Hollywood Bowl! And make sure to bring the whole family.


DATE: Saturday, August 11
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
PLACE: The Hollywood Bowl
COST: $31.50
RSVP: To reserve your seats, mail a check for $31.50 per person, payable to SCCLA, to Gail Conway, Theatre Chair, 11786A Moorpark, Studio City, CA 91604-2125. Make sure to include your return address so you can be mailed your tickets.
QUESTIONS: Email Gail Conway or call her at (818) 985-9338.

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