​​SMWC members keep the place humming with a variety of activities throughout the Club’s regular season.  In addition to renting Essick House for weddings, receptions, business meetings and other special occasions throughout the year, the Club’s calendar is filled with a potpourri of Annual Community Events and Club Fundraising Activities.


Games Tea Social
October 17, 2020
Elma Flores and Connie Alexander are the event chairs.

Prayer Breakfast
November 18, 2020

 This annual community gathering of leaders representing a range of faiths 
convene to give thanks for our community. This event is by invitation only.   

Wistaria Festival
March  2021
SMWC members staff a booth to conduct outreach during this one-of-a-kind festival that attracts thousands of visitors to see the world’s largest blossoming plant, a Wistaria.  Now more than 100 years old, the Wistaria is called “One of the Seven Horticultural Wonders of the World.”  Located in the backyard of a private residence that is accessible to the public during the festival, this sprawling plant displays shades of purple and lavender blossoms that emit a pleasant fragrance.  The Wistaria Festival is usually held during the second weekend

in March.

Mount Wilson Trail Race

Volunteers convene 7:30am at Kersting Court

(51 N. Baldwin Avenue & Sierra Madre Blvd)
Eva Poet, Chairwoman
SMWC members are busy slicing oranges the day before this annual race, ensuring that the 300+ runners each year are well-nourished and hydrated.  Providing all of the oranges has been an annual tradition as the Club’s way to participate in the second oldest trail race in the Golden State. 

The Mount Wilson Trail Race is held on the Saturday during Memorial Day Weekend.

July 4th Pre-Parade Open House
Friday, July 4, 2021  

8:00am – 10:00am
Located on Sierra Madre Boulevard to welcome everyone entering from the west edge of town, Essick House is transformed into a hospitality station for Sierra Madre’s Annual celebration of America’s independence.


Jazz in the Garden

Grand Reopening of Wistaria Thrift Shop

September 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 7th

Holiday Shopping Extravaganza 2020
December 3rd, 4th & 5th

Essick House and Wistaria Shop

Spring Fling Shopping Extravaganza 2021
March TBD
Essick House and Wistaria Shop

Spring Fashion Show
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Santa Anita Golf Course Banquet Room

Wisteria Thrift Shop's “Brown Bag Sale” 2021

June 5th
This annual sale is known by thrifters and bargain hunters

as the place to be.  This event is truly a win-win, as Wisteria liquidates inventory to raise funds

for scholarships and local charities; shoppers get great deals as they walk away with

as much as they can fit into a large brown grocery bag for a flat price.

Note:  All events are held at Essick House unless otherwise noted.

 Click here for more information on the Wistaria Thrift Shop “WISTARIA” PAGE

“Supporting philanthropy and education through service"Sierra Madre Woman’s Club - The Essick House, 550 West Sierra Madre Boulevard, Sierra Madre, CA 91204Club House (626) 355-4379   Wistaria Shop: (626) 355-7739Facebook:  SierraMadreWomansClub Sierra Madre Woman’s Club is an affiliate of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and the California Federation of Women’s Clubs

Out on a Limb Book Club

The Out on a Limb Book Club has selected 

To the Land of Long, Lost Friends

#20 in the top-selling ladies detective agency series by Alexander McCall Smith. We invite you to read the book and join us on November 18th via Zoom as we discuss the book. The invitation to join the discussion will be emailed out to interested members.

Please contact Mary Carney to receive this email.


Our October Program and Project was donating personal care items to the USO for distribution to members of our armed services when they transit through the Inland Empire centers. KC Ullilo, representing the USO, spoke to our members and gave a presentation about their work.

I really enjoyed meeting all of your members and having the opportunity to spread the good word about the Bob Hope USO-Inland Empire.  Please know your generous donations will really come in handy during this very busy time. Below are the links were you can register to volunteer or sign up for one of our upcoming events!
How to volunteer:
You can register at
Register for Live at the USO November 19
 Register for Trot for the Troops November 21-28
Should you have any questions or need additional information, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Thank you again, KC