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"A Queer Love Story" Reading

posted Dec 3, 2017, 4:16 PM by East Bay Smith Club   [ updated Dec 3, 2017, 5:37 PM ]

A Queer Love Story

Dear East Bay Smithies,

 Susan Van Dyne and I (now retired to Oakland from Smith and the Program for the Study of Women & Gender) will be doing a dramatic reading of my recent book, A Queer Love Story: The Letters of Jane Rule and Rick Bebout, at the University Press Book Store on Bancroft across from Zellerbach Hall on the UC campus. The date is Saturday, December 16 from 4:00-6:00. Please join us if you can, it would be great to see Smithies there.

Marilyn (Schuster)

RSVP now for the November 5 Potluck

posted Oct 29, 2017, 9:27 PM by East Bay Smith Club

Use this link to access the "Whoozin" invitation:

Nov 5, 2017: Save the Date for the Fall Potluck

posted Sep 30, 2017, 1:57 PM by East Bay Smith Club   [ updated Sep 30, 2017, 1:58 PM ]

It's fall and that means potluck time! This year it will be Sunday November 5 in the Berkeley hills home of Holly House. Details and invitation to follow.

Smith Fall 2017 Alumnae Webinar Series kicks off soon!

posted Aug 18, 2017, 11:51 AM by Sherrill Lavagnino

It's FREE!!! For more information and to register:

October 29, 2016: Fall Potluck in Berkeley

posted Oct 14, 2016, 5:12 PM by East Bay Smith Club   [ updated Oct 14, 2016, 5:12 PM ]

If you are on our email list you should have already received an invitation to the fall potluck on October 29. If not, here's a link:

Theater Outing: Emperor Jones 2pm Matinee Oct 2, 2016 at Tao House in Danville

posted Sep 12, 2016, 2:28 PM by Sherrill Lavagnino

This year we've decided to see Eugene O’Neill’s The Emperor Jones.  The play is part of Danville’s yearly Eugene O’Neill festival.  The unique thing about the performance is that is held at the barn of O’Neill’s former home in the Danville hills:  Tao House. This complicates matters somewhat, since you need to arrive early and park in Danville in order to take the National Park Service shuttle up to the house (which is on a gated, private road). However, if you get there early enough, you can tour the home before the performance!  It doesn’t take long and it is a lovely building with great views of Mount Diablo.
Here is a description of the play from the festival’s website:  “Fugitive turned island dictator Brutus Jones learns that he has a revolt on this hands and must flee for his life. O'Neill's ground-breaking play explores the psyche of a hunted man trying to outrun his guilt and fears. Don't miss the American theatre's first psychological thrill ride.” Here are some useful links:

Tickets:  Click here to purchase tickets

The website for the play:

Information about taking the shuttle to Tao House:

The festival website:


SAVE THE DATE: Annual Potluck October 29, 2016

posted Sep 12, 2016, 2:15 PM by Sherrill Lavagnino

Our Annual Potluck will be held October 29th at 4:00pm at the home of Deebie Symmes ‘81 and John Hood. 2432 Oregon Street, Berkeley. Look for an invite with RSVP instructions by email.

Photos from Julia Morgan Event

posted Jun 8, 2016, 9:48 PM by Sherrill Lavagnino

I've posted some photos from the June 1 Smith+Mills event at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden. Check out the album on our Facebook Page:

June 1 2016: Smith+Mills+Julia Morgan at UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

posted May 4, 2016, 9:48 AM by Sherrill Lavagnino


Carol Christ, Marilyn Schuster and Susan Van Dyne invite you to a pop-up celebration of pioneering architect Julia Morgan. Follow this link for details and to RSVP:
June 1 Event RSVP Form

April 23 is Earth Day! Volunteer with the EBSC

posted Mar 21, 2016, 8:22 PM by East Bay Smith Club   [ updated Apr 13, 2016, 9:12 PM ]

Join fellow East Bay Smith Alumnae and their families on Saturday, April 23, 2016 for Earth Day volunteering in Oakland!

We will meet at 9:30am at 568 Bellevue in Oakland (blue and white boat house) on Lake Merritt to receive equipment and further instructions. Before you arrive, it is important that you watch 'A Guide to Cleaning the Lake' short video The video also includes directions and parking information.

RSVP to Missy Longshore '99 (email
) to stay updated on details.

Earth Day marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. According to Earth Day Network, “more than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.”

Thousands of volunteers will join this global effort for the 22nd Annual Oakland Earth Day, Saturday April 23, 2016. Oakland Earth Day is the city’s largest community volunteer event and is sponsored by Oakland Public Works, with support from the Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District. 

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