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Volume XX, Issue 7
P A L O S V E R D E S P E N I N S U L A M O N T H L Y
ON THE COVER
Photo by David Fairchild
Wayne and Jan Jay Judah, owners
of Admiral Risty’s
Wayne and Jan Judah
by Robb Fulcher
As The Admiral Risty celebrates its 50th year owners Wayne
and Jan Jay Judah shared their up-by-the-bootstrap stories.
David Fairchild ‘s photography is frequently seen in Peninsula People
and Beach magazines.
Richard Foss is the Dining Editor for Easy Reader publications.
Robb Fulcher is a journalist, stand up comedian and author of
the children’s book, The Snake Who Would Not Bend.
Esther Kang is a freelance writer and musician.
Ed Solt is LA’s definitive surf beat writer.
Bondo Wyszpolski is the Arts & Entertainment Editor for Easy
4 Peninsula People • January 2016
Kyra Belle Johnson
by Bondo Wyszpolski
In the blink of an eye, Kyra Belle Johnson went from high
school to starring in the national tour of “Mamma Mia!”
by Esther Kang
Palos Verdes Chamber Volunteer of the Year
by Ed Solt
Former Peninsula High surfing all-star finds himself riding
very big waves.
8 TMMC Holiday Fashion Show
10 TMMC Holiday Gala
12 Malaga Cove Homeowners
14 Encore Circle
22 NCL Operation Homefront
26 PVP Realtors holiday party
62 PTN Halloween bash
38 Restaurant review: Corazon Mexican Kitchen
40 Health Care Providers Guide
52 Around & About
64 Service Directory
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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L
Parade of Sophisticated
sold out high fashion runway show
kicked off festivities at Torrance
Memorial’s week-long 32nd annual Holiday
Festival. The show featured creations
by designer Mi Long Lee of the women’s
luxury line “Emmelle.” The week of family
activities is supported by hundreds of community
volunteers who work throughout
the year to make the event a success. Festivities
included a Friday night Dinner
Gala, which features a silent and live auction
under the Holiday Festival tent.
1. Karly Rigg, Kim
Rigg, Ruth Daniels,
8. Christine Gaudenti,
Laura Schenasi and
2. Terry Hohm,
Phyllis Spierer, Peggy
3. Song Klein, Lori
Baldwin, Tracy Livian.
4. Lily Tan, Cathie
Siegel, Debbie Uba.
5. Courtney Zimmerman
and Ann Zimmerman.
6. David Buxton and
9. Jennifer Morgan,
Allison Mayer, Ellen
Smith, Kim Brothers
and Randy Dauchot.
10. Kelli Piken,
Nadine Bobit, Linda
Perry and Nina Tarnay.
11. Nina Turpanjian,
and Lori Muncherian.
12. Judith Gassner,
Patricia Sacks, MD
7. Sigrid Allman and
8 Peninsula People • January 2016
Miracle-Ear Opens New Office in Palos Verdes
By FRED EISENHAMMER
Silver Spur Road
Miracle-Ear is reaching out to its neighbors again.
A new Miracle-Ear office has recently opened in Palos
Verdes to provide the surrounding community with the
best-known hearing-aid brand in the U.S.
The office is located at 734 Silver Spur Road, Suite 301,
Rolling Hills Estates next to Red Onion Restaurant.
This will be the third Miracle-Ear in the neighboring
area, joining offices in Redondo Beach and Carson.
Miracle-Ear offers free hearing tests and consultations
and its hearing aids come with a 45-day trial period, plus
service, warranty and lifetime after-care.
“Patients can be assured that they will have no financial
risk because of the risk-free trial that Miracle-Ear offers,”
said Tod Frueh, audioprosthologist of the Palos Verdes office
and 17-year Miracle-Ear veteran.
Miracle-Ear opened the Palos Verdes office to better
serve the community. The new office provides better access
to Miracle-Ear facilities for area patients.
Frueh often cites the importance of good hearing with
a memorable quote from
American educator Helen
Keller, who overcame the adversity
of being blind and
deaf to emerge as a leading
“Blindness separates people
from things; deafness separates
people from people.”
More than 36 million Americans
suffer from some degree
of hearing loss. The
loss of hearing often is
accompanied by depression,
and even dementia.
have the experience and
know-how to make a difference
in people’s lives.
Nine out of 10 people
with hearing loss can be
helped with hearing
“We sincerely try to
help people,” said Frueh,
one of the top specialists
in California. “We know
that if we do the best we can to help, they’ll feel it and
they’ll appreciate it.”
Miracle-Ear’s commitment to the community is personified
by its Miracle-Ear Foundation, which joins with
local Miracle-Ear offices and donors to provide free hearing
aids and services to eligible adults and children.
The Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach and Carson offices
are all involved in the Miracle-Ear Foundation.
There are more than 1,600 Miracle-Ear hearing-aid centers
in the U.S. Miracle-Ear’s headquarters is in Minneapolis.
Miracle-Ear is a subsidiary of Amplifon, the
largest hearing-aid company in the world, which is based
For free hearing evaluation call
Miracle Ear Hearing Aid Center
Rolling Hills Estates
734 Silver Spur Rd. #301
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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L
Torrance Memorial Gala
Torrance Memorial announces
$10 million gift at 32nd annual
Holiday Festival Gala
Torrance Memorial Medical Center announced
a $10 million gift by O. Allen Alpay, a 45-year
Peninsula resident and grateful former patient.
The gift will name the O. Allen Alpay East Wing,
which houses Torrance Memorial’s Emergency
Department and Labor & Delivery Unit.
The gift was formally announced during the
hospital’s 32nd annual Holiday Festival Gala on
Friday, December 4, 2015. In total, Holiday Festival
2015 raised more than $11.2 million, which includes
sponsorships and major gift
announcements. More than 15,000 community
members enjoyed the six-day event hosted under
a 30,000 square-foot white tent on the Torrance
Memorial campus. Festivities included a display
of 32 themed decorated trees, a Fashion Show,
Gala Dinner, Santa Lunch, two Seniors Days and
the South Bay’s largest Holiday Shopping
1. Pat Theodora, Ellen
Theodora, Gerald Marcil,
Carol Marcil, Lee Minshull,
and Sandii Minshull.
2. Rich Lucy, Kak Mc
Kinnie, Mark Lurie, MD,
Pat Lucy and David Mc
3. Ayne Baker, Jack
Baker, Sigrid Allman.
4. Kevin Theodora, Joy
Theodora, Cami Evans,
Don Evans, Dominic and
5. Drs. Oi-Lin and Tei-Fu
6. Ofelia and Emmanuel
David (third and fourth
from left) and family.
7. Phil Pavesi, Chris
Pavesi, Song and Dave
8. Jerry Unatin, MD, Judy
Gassner, Mary Jo Unatin
and Nick Silvino, MD.
9. Front row: Richard and
Melanie Lundquist; in
back: Craig and Judy
10. Ralph Scriba, Craig 5
Leach and Lorraine
11. Priscilla Hunt (front
row, first from left) and
12. Front row: Kirsten
Chumley, Anna Mellor,
MD, Sally Eberhard, Dell
Fortune; Back row: Keith
Chumley, MD, Eric Mellor,
Mike Eberhard, Susan
Haas, Steve Nash, David
Haas, MD. 8
Russ Varon & Gina Doherty
O. Allen Alpay
Billee and John Gogian
Loraine and Ralph Scriba
$50,000 - $99,999
Sam and Rose Feng
$20,000 - $49,999
Ayne and Jack Baker
Emmanuel and Ofelia David
Sandii and Lee Minshull
The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris
Kirsten Wagner, DDS and
Rick Rounsavelle, DDS
Sunrider International, Drs. Oi-Lin and
Ellen and Patrick Theodora
Torrance Memorial Medical Staff
TF Educational Foundation - Gerald and
$10,000 - $19,999
Sigrid and Ralph Allman
George and Reva Graziadio Foundation
Priscilla and Donald Hunt
Dominic and Danica Iannitti
Patti and Thomas LeGrelius, MD
& Drs. Nicole and Ryan Lawrence
Lenore and Irving Levine
Lisa and Eric Nakkim, MD
Nixon Peabody, LLP
Owens & Minor
Our Heartfelt Appreciation
$5,000 - $9,999
Association of South Bay Surgeons
Jennifer and Brad Baker
Philo and Raju Chhabria
Emcor Services/Mesa Energy Systems
Kak and David McKinnie
Medline Industries, Inc.
Eric and Anna Mellor, MD
Roxanne and Ramin Mirhashemi, MD
Debra and Gerald Soldner
Drs. Gelareh and Houman Solomon
Jan and Ian Teague
Torrance Emergency Physicians
Torrance Radiology Medical Group
$1,000 - $4,999
Valerie and Chris Adlam
Morgan and Eric Aguirre
Shaabini and Dave Alford
BCM Boehling Construction
Tracy Bercu, MD and Peter Weinstein
Peggy and Cliff Berwald
Brigante, Cameron, Watters & Strong
Ann and David Buxton
Linda and Zan Calhoun
The Cam Family, Vinh, Judy, Wilson and
Cancer Care Associates
Cannon Building Services
Joan and Chris W. Caras
Cathy and Pat Carroll
Bryan Chang, MD and Phung Huynh
City National Bank
Tracey and Ron Cloud
Sandy and Tom Cobb
Mei and Bill Collier
Cross America Financials
Lesley and Roy Dahlen
Francesca and Doug Deaver
Dept. of Radiation Oncology
Digestive Care Consultants
Suzann and Don Douthwright
Betty Duong and John Abe, MD
Sally and Mike Eberhard
Thyra Endicott, MD and Jonathan Chute
Nancy and Len Fein
Regina and Dan Finnegan
Jeannine and Dennis Frandsen
Gelbart & Associates
Kathy and Richard Goldstein
Nora and Dan Graham
Joseph Gregorio Family
Nancy Griffith, MD
Keiko and William Griswold
Susan and David Haas, MD
Laurie and Greg Halvorsen
Steven L. Hansen
Renee and Doug Henry
Heritage Rehabilitation Center
Eve and Rick Higgins
Terry and Joe Hohm
Lisa Humphreys, MD and
John McNamara, MD
Internal Medicine Nephrology
Sandy and Karl Jackson
Mary Rose and Tom Jeffry
Judy and Parnelli Jones
Keesal Young & Logan
Kay and William E. Kim, MD
Song and David Klein
Heather and Rick Kline
kpff Consulting Engineers
Judy and Craig Leach
Jacqueline and Joe Leimbach
Charlotte and Russ Lesser
Lomita Post Acute
Pat and Rich Lucy
Barbara Demming Lurie and
Mark Lurie, MD
Ian and Marilyn MacLeod
Kristy and Eric Maniachi
Carol and Gerald Marcil
Allison and Rick Mayer
McCarthy Building Companies
Catherine and Linwood Melton
Sam and Fifi Menzelos
Ljepa and Vel Miletich
Susan and Ralph Moore
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Payden & Rygel
Kelli and Ed Piken, MD
The Rouse Company
Patricia Sacks, MD and Harvey Kushner
Laura and Marc Schenasi
Allyson and Alexander Shen, MD
Laura and Thomas Simko, MD
South Bay Gastroenterology
South Bay Heart Clinic
South Bay Orthopaedic Specialists
Ralph Scriba, Craig Leach, Loraine Scriba
Torrance Memorial Medical Center wishes to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of the 32nd Annual Holiday Festival, which
raised millions for the medical center’s North Patient Tower transformation.
Pat & Ellen Theodora, Carol & Gerald Marcil, Lee &
Emmanuel David Family Michael Zislis, Jeff Neu and friends Priscilla Hunt Family
South Bay Pain Docs
South Bay Plastic Surgeons
Michele and Tim Stratton
Stephanie Tang, MD
Torrance Anesthesia Medical Group
Torrance Memorial Neonatology
Torrance Orthopaedic Sports
Torrance Pathology Group
Wells Fargo Advisors
Robyn and Scott Wilkes
Alissa and Robert Wilson
Nancy and Roger Zapor
Ann and Gary Zimmerman
G.S. Gaudenti Brothers
Melanie and Richard Lundquist
Morgan's Jewelers, Russell &
Redondo Van & Storage
Rolling Hills Flower Mart,
Mary Jo and Jerome Unatin, MD
The Zislis Group, Andrea and
Thank you to all our donors.
3330 Lomita Blvd., Torrance, CA 90505
310-517-4703 - www.TorranceMemorial.org
10 Peninsula People • January 2016
S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L
he Malaga Cove Homeowners Association
members, neighbors of
La Venta Inn, enjoyed the hospitality
of LaVenta for its third Holiday Party.
Shown are some of the 200 people
who attended on a most blustery (and
clear!) evening for superb savory and
sweet fare provided by the New York
Food Company and host Mike Halish.
Name tags showed the date of the
wearer's arrival in Malaga Cove so
that neighbors could meet neighbors.
A great time was had by all.
1. Larry and Nancy Bolton.
2. Andrew and Yvonne Meinzer and,
3. Mike and Ruby Kumagai with Betsy
4. Susan and Vince Nelson, Jon and Sally
Landerville and Lola Hagerty.
5. Jon and Sally Landerville, Lola
Hagerty, Debbie Dinsmore, Edith and Bill
Andrew and Shauna Hagerty Regan.
Watch & Clock
Independent Rolex Service
Buy • Sell • Repair
Service of Antique and Grandfather Clocks
714 South Weymouth Avenue, San Pedro, CA 90732
Offered at $5,500,000
Kathleen had the privilege and honor of representing both the Buyer and the Seller in the sale of this home.
Enjoy my Virtual Tour with Aerial photos of the location:
12 Peninsula People • January 2016
January 2016 • Peninsula People 13
S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L
The Encore Circle
Annual Holiday Party
embers of Encore Circle, one of
the support groups for the Norris
Center held their annual holiday
luncheon in mid-December at Terranea
Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes.
The highlight of the afternoon was a
dance performance by the students
enrolled in the Education Department
at the Norris Performing Arts
MARY JANE SCHOENHEIDER
1. Sal and Melody Intaglita and Mary
Kehrl and daughter.
2. Hal and Anita Javitt.
3. Sandra Sanders, Sophia Fitzmaurce,
Myla Azer and Lotte Brasswell.
4. Mr. & Mrs. Al Sheng.
5. Maude Landon and Park and Lynn
6. John and Abby Douglas event co-chair
with Maude Landon.
7. Marylyn and Chuck Klauss.
8. Bunny and Marty Rosenzweig.
9. Jim Welch, Harlene Norris, Webb
Castor and Allen and Dottie Lay.
10. Dick Moe and Susan Hamilton.
11. .Jim Hill and Pam Barrett-Hill.
12. Dance Students from Palos Verdes
13. Norris Performing Art Centers Box
Office Manager Jason Sluter performed a
medley of popular show tunes.
11 12 13
14 Peninsula People • January 2016
January 2016 • Peninsula People 15
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Rotary Club of
Annual Holiday Party
The members, their spouses and
guests enjoyed an evening of
socializing and dinner this past
December at the Palos Verdes
1. PV Rotary President Les Fishman and
2. In back row, Greg O’Brien, Sarah Ott,
John Stillo, Henry Ott and in front Carolyn
O’Brien, Santa and Bridget O’Brien.
3. Kelly and Tom Intagliata.
4. Donna and Don Duperon.
5. Julia Parton Rosas, Stacey Dubowitch,
6. Lauren and Tom Spiglanin.
7. Gail and Bob Johnson.
8. Nancy Crawford with Santa.
9. Suzi and Bob Gulcher.
10. Wendy and Allen Bond.
18 Peninsula People • January 2016
S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L
National Charity League, INC.
Participate in Operation Homefront
n Sunday, November 8, the Peninsula Chapter of National
Charity League, Inc. gathered moms and Ticktockers at Palos
Verdes Intermediate School to help brighten the holidays for military
families with Operation Homefront. Operation Homefront
is an organization that provides assistance to military families.
They offer relief during military family crisis and support
wounded warriors when they return home. This was the third
year NCL Peninsula participated in this event. Lesley Sklow, chair
of the event, requested the membership to donate new toys and
clothing for children ranging in ages from infants to teens. These
gifts were wrapped at a wrapping party held in the multipurpose
room at PVIS. Over 100 holiday cards and letters were also written
to send to our soldiers serving overseas. The Army ROTC Color
Guard from the University of Southern California opened the
event along with Class of 2020 Ticktocker Gracey Thomas, who
sang the National Anthem. On December 9, moms and Ticktockers
delivered the wrapped gifts to the Naval Armory in Seal Beach
for a Gift Giving Party where the members had the pleasure of
meeting the families who were receiving the gifts. The Ticktockers
helped children decorate cookies and Class of 2018 mom and professional
photographer, Katrin Cooper, took family photos for their
holiday cards. Santa also made an appearance.
1. NCL Peninsula Chapter Senior Ticktockers
& Patronesses with USC Honor
2. NCL Peninsula Patronesses Michelle
Spaulding and Jenny Litchfield.
3. NCL Ticktockers wrapping gifts for Operation
Homefront families from left,
Amanda Kessaris, Caroline Armour,
Rachel and Paige Freer.
4. NCL Peninsula Ticktockers at the
5. Gifts ready for military families at
Operation Homefront from left, Liese
Cooper, Colleen Thomas, Claire Litchfield,
Kate Hoyne and Charlotte Litchfield.
6. Face painting with the troops from left,
Allyson Harder, Ally Wescott, Sydney Merchant,
Caroline Turnbull and Caroline
2 3 4
22 Peninsula People • January 2016
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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L
PVP Association of Realtors
Classic Hollywood on the Peninsula
he 22nd Installation of Officers and Directors of the Palos Verdes
Peninsula Association of Realtors (PVPAR) honoring 2016 President
Edward Barrios took place on Wednesday, December 9 at the
Trump National Golf Club and was truly an evening of stars! The
2016 Board of Directors who were installed this evening were Officers:
Edward Barrios, Jennifer Goorchenko, Sep Ebrahimi, and Mike Harper
along with Board of Directors: Lynn Aglipay, Jason Buck, Virginia
Butler, Jackie Crowley, Dalal Karama and Jolaine Merrill. Certificates
of Appreciation and Distinguished Service Awards were presented to
members who have demonstrated exceptional service throughout the
year in support of PVPAR. Bill Ruth, Keller Williams–PV, was given
the prestigious honor of being named 2015 Realtor of the Year and
Andy Santonello, owner of Andy’s Pest and Termite Control was
named 2015 Affiliate of the Year. A special tribute for a long time
PVPAR member for his decades of service to the real estate industry
which spanned from 1962-2015 at the local, state and national association
level was given to Joe Barnett and his memory will continue at
PVPAR with a Joe Barnett Scholarship to send selected PVPAR Realtor
members to the State Legislative meetings held in Sacramento every
year. Joe Barnett’s son, Tom Barnett and daughter, Nancy Barnett,
were present to receive a Special Recognition Award. The evening was
complemented with music by the incredibly talented jazz musicians
fostered within the Freedom4U program.
1. Affiliate of the Year-
Kara Wilkins (2014 Affiliate
of the Year), Andy
Santonello (2015 Affiliate
of the Year) and Edward
2. Joe Barnett Recognition
Jackie Crowley, Edward
3. Dana Graham with
1929 Packard Dietrich.
4. Distinguished Service
Bond, Christi Carrillo
and Moses Dennis.
5. 2015/2016 President
Ed Barrios being
sworn in by Steve Goddard.
6. Certificate of Appreciate-Assemblyman
Hadley presenting to
7. Incoming 2016
Board of Directors-
Jason Buck, Dalal
Karama, Jackie Crowley,
Lynn Aglipay, Mike
Harper, Virginia Butler,
Sep Ebrahimi, Jennifer
8. Appreciation Award-
Edward Barrios, Moses
Dennis, Kim Hall, Jack
9. Realtor of the Year-
Marion Ruth and Bill
26 Peninsula People • January 2016
P E N I N S U L A P E O P L E | B U S I N E S S
Jan and Wayne Judah. Photo by David Fairchild (DavidFairchildStudio.com)
Two for the tiller
by Robb Fulcher
As The Admiral Risty celebrates its 50th year as a beloved, award-winning Palos Verdes eatery,
owners Wayne Judah and Jan Jay Judah shared their up-by-the-bootstrap stories. Wayne, the
longtime co-owner and general manager of The Admiral Risty, developed his love of hard
work on the family farm. Jan, a longtime realty force in Palos Verdes and the South Bay, became a
“worker bee” to rise above hard times early in her life.
The two became full owners of The Admiral Risty last year.
Tradition and change
Wayne was raised on a farm in Florida, where the family grew cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers
and citrus fruit, raised livestock and made their own butter. At age 12, he was driving a tractor.
“It’s a bootstrap-type story,” he said.
Wayne left the farm to attend the University of Florida, but as Jan related, he would soon return.
“It’s like we’re throwing a party.
...There’s entertainment, as well as
meals and a view of the ocean.”
– Wayne Judah
“When his father passed away, when Wayne
was in his late teens, he left college to go back
to the farm and bring in the crops, to help his
mother pay the bills,” Jan said. “That’s the kind
of guy he is.”
In the 1960s he was drafted into the U.S.
army, served in Vietnam and was promoted to
sergeant. He landed in San Pedro, where he was
stationed at Fort MacArthur as a communications
specialist. He also took on a weekend job
that would give him his entry into The Admiral
“I always felt I needed more income, and I had
the time, so I went to the officers’ club, and they
were willing to train me as a bartender,” he said.
When his stint in the Army ended, Wayne
took his bartending skills to the Risty.
He also took flying lessons, and flirted with
making his living in the air.
“As a young kid I always wanted to be a pilot,
so I got flying lessons on the GI Bill at the Torrance
airport. I got my pilot’s license and I was
working toward my commercial [license], but
there weren’t a lot of jobs,” Wayne said.
“A lot of people love to fly, but it’s not as exciting
as I thought it would be. I liked dealing with
people better. [The restaurant business] is a lot
more fun, more entertaining. It’s a social thing.
It’s a social business,” he said.
His role in The Admiral Risty expanded as he
began ordering its liquor, food and meat. In time
he became co-owner and general manager, guiding
the Risty through decades of carefully managed
changes, within its traditions of quality and
“In the ‘60s when the restaurant opened, beef
was king. We had one chicken dish and one fish
dish, broiled sea bass. It was a much more limited
menu than it is today,” Wayne said. “In the
mid to late ‘70s people began to get into more
healthy dieting,” which led to an expanding
menu with a much greater emphasis on fish.
But the mainstay signature dish, Risty’s flank
steak, continues to be ordered as much as any
Other popular items include an award-winning
cioppino, Belgian waffles with fresh compote
for brunch, and salads with freshly-baked
croutons and the restaurant’s blue cheese dressing.
The Risty cold-cures its own gravlax, as well.
Over the years the restaurant’s beverage list
has been expanded to include more than 150
California and imported wines.
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“We bake our own desserts and we bake our own breads,” Wayne said.
“We have vegetarian dishes now. We’re always adjusting our menu.”
The changes in Risty’s menu are made only with great care.
“We worked with the bread for a year before we put it on the table. Some
we would throw out, some we liked, some we needed to make adjustments
to,” Wayne said. “We consulted with the best bakeries on the processes to
use. We want to do it well if we are going to do it.”
Five different entertainers work six nights a week in the restaurant’s
lounge, where patrons can be served full meals as well as drinks.
All the while, Wayne has been out front, greeting guests as they arrive.
“It’s like we’re throwing a party, having a good time. It’s a very social
environment. We have lots of fun, there’s entertainment, as well as meals
and a view of the ocean,” Wayne said.
“We enjoy people coming to see us. There are lots of rewards that are
personal rather than financial.”
He likened the cyclic nature of the restaurant to that of the old family
“It was a truck crop situation. You get the land prepared, you plant the
crops, you fertilize the product, you till the soil, you spray the plants, you
harvest the product, you start all over again.”
At the Risty, “You get the raw materials, you process the materials, you
take the product to the table, you service the product, and you clean up
“The restaurant business sounds glamorous, but it’s not all glamorous,”
Wayne said. “A lot of investors think they want to go into the business, but
they quickly find out what it involves. If the deep fryer breaks you have to
get it fixed. If the dishwasher breaks, the hot water heater breaks, you have
to fix that now, not later. There’s a lot of pressure on those things.”
An ongoing 50th anniversary celebration at the restaurant includes a
weekly drawing for a $50 Admiral Risty gift certificate.
Of cats and milk crates
Turning to the seemingly unrelated topic of cats, Jan revealed that Wayne
can be “a real softie” when it comes to felines and other animals. She
learned this as she watched him feed restaurant leftovers to a colony of
feral cats in a then-undeveloped canyon next to the Risty.
“I think I fell in love with Wayne the night I saw him sitting on a milk
crate in the parking lot behind the restaurant with his favorite feline, Nigh
Nigh, sitting in his lap basking in the affection that Wayne was supplying,”
“Nigh had been the toughest, most irascible member of the colony at
one point but was now an older cat who would soon become stone deaf,”
she said. “Eventually, he came to live with us after we were married, joining
our other two cats Alli and Gator, and he enjoyed a stress free last few
years with us at our then Malaga Cove home.”
Working with veterinarian Cassie Jones, Wayne found homes for most
of the rest of the cats.
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for more than three decades, specializing in corporate relocation in partnership
with her son Evan Jay.
Clients include TRW, Xerox, AIG, PepsiCo, MCI, Ernst & Young, Sony
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Peninsula resident Kyra Belle Johnson is starring in the national touring production of
“Mamma Mia!” It comes to the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood on Jan. 26. Photo by Bondo
Top: Kat Borrelli, Kyra Belle Johnson and Christa Eskridge
in the national tour of “Mamma Ma!”
Bottom: Johnson on stage soaking up the limelight in Abilene,
Texas. Photos by Joan Marcus, 2015
An Overnight In the blink of an eye, Kyra Belle Johnson
went from Palos Verdes High School to starring
in the national tour of “Mamma Mia!”
by Bondo Wyszpolski
Afew months ago Kyra Belle Johnson graduated
from Palos Verdes High School and,
guess what? She’s already touring the country
as one of the leads in the popular musical
“Mamma Mia!” Better yet, we can see her onstage
for ourselves when the company performs January
26-31 at the Pantages Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.
Kyra Belle has lived in the same Rolling Hills
home her entire life, except that at the moment
she’s living out of a suitcase in Anchorage, Alaska,
before jetting to Hawaii for a few days. But we’ll get
to that later.
So how did it all begin?
This is how it began
“The first show I remember seeing was ‘Oliver!’
and it was at the Norris Theatre,” says Kyra Belle,
sitting across from me in a pastry shop on a dreary
afternoon. “I remember seeing it because there
were kids onstage and they were my age and a little
So she turned to her mother and asked what those
kids were doing up there. Her mother’s response
was concise: They’re in the show. “And I’m thinking,
well, I want to do that. Why can’t I be up there
Belle was about eight years old at the
time and she was soon enrolled in dance
classes. The next show that came up was “High
School Musical,” and Kyra Belle auditioned for
it. Well, no cigar, but her sister, Kendyl, who is
two years older, also auditioned and got in.
Next up was “Grease,” and Kyra Belle tried out
for that one, too. Again, she wasn’t selected;
again, her sister was.
A few years later Kendyl went off to play
water polo, leaving Kyra Belle as the only one
in her family with an active passion for the performing
All right, she was 0 for 2, but so what?
“You know,” she says, “it was a persistence
thing. I’m a persistence kid, I don’t really stop;
that’s just who I am.”
And so Kyra Belle auditioned for “You’re a
Good Man, Charlie Brown” and ended up with
a small role. However, at the time it didn’t matter
how little the part was because, she says, “I
was so happy. I was like, ‘I’m in a show! Oh my
gosh, I’m in a show!’”
To this day, she remembers everything about
“Stepping on stage, I had more fun doing that
than I ever had doing anything else.”
Kyra Belle’s been in a lot of shows since then,
but up to now they’ve all been musicals such
as “Annie,” “Legally Blonde,” and “Thoroughly
Modern Millie.” Her knowledge of theater,
straight drama in particular, has room for
growth, but let’s give her a few more years,
From Fiona to Sophie
When Kyra Belle Johnson was a junior in
high school she was cast as Princess Fiona in
“Shrek: The Musical.” It’s still one of her favorite
roles: “Fiona is just hilarious and she’s
strong, and that’s the type of character that I
like to play.”
PV High has been involved in a program, or
competition, that might loosely be compared to
the Tony Awards, but for high school theater.
It’s called the JRAYs, the John Raitt Awards for
Youth, and the Fullerton Civic Light Opera
Music Theatre (FCLO) hosts it each year in the
historic Plummer Auditorium, in Fullerton.
About 20 high schools participate, including
Mira Costa in Manhattan Beach. A panel of
judges weighs in on everything from lighting
and sound to acting and choreography. During
the awards presentation on May 24, 2014, Kyra
Belle was named Best Actress.
Along with Eli Labinger, who was named
Best Actor, Kyra Belle was flown to New York,
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to the Broadway Artists Alliance, where she participated in workshops
with Broadway theater people. “At the end of the week,” she says, “they
had a showcase in front of casting directors and agents.”
That took place in July of 2014. And then? Nothing.
Until January of last year, that is, when she received an email from someone
at Joy Dewing Casting, the people finding actors for the “Mamma
Mia!” tour. There was going to be an audition in March, and they wanted
Kyra Belle to come and try out.
Who wouldn’t jump at that opportunity? Well, Kyra Belle almost didn’t.
When the day arrived she had second thoughts (“Nothing’s gonna happen”)
but her mother pressed her: Just try. It’s your first professional audition
for anything; just get out there and see what you can do.
Or words to that effect.
Kyra Belle cleared the first hurdle: The company (Work Light Productions)
was definitely interested. But they had other concerns and questions:
Would she be 18 by September? Yes. And was she mature enough to be on
the road, away from home and parents?
The concern for her well-being was reassuring, and so Kyra Belle knew
what to expect before signing on with the company.
The “Mamma Mia!” tour got underway in October, and Kyra Belle says
they’ve done about 30 shows thus far, in maybe a dozen towns, most of
them on the East Coast, but with a couple in Texas, one in Kansas, and a
couple more in Florida. She might see a little of the town or city if the
show is up for more than a day or two, and mentions a zoo in Abilene that
had lions, giraffes, and a white Bengal tiger.
Singing for her supper
“Mamma Mia!” threads together numerous pop songs by the ‘70s
Swedish group ABBA (“Dancing Queen,” “Waterloo,” “Fernando”), with a
storyline that focuses on a young woman named Sophie (Kyra Belle) who’s
about to be married. She’s the daughter of a single mom, Donna, and they
live on a Greek island. Sophie has never known her father, but wouldn’t
it be just super if he attended her wedding and walked her down the aisle?
Yes, except that even her mother doesn’t know the identity of Sophie’s
father because she slept with three different men during the months before
Sophie was born. (In case you’re wondering, no one mentions DNA testing)
Kyra Belle says she connects with the character of Sophie even though
Sophie is 20 instead of Kyra’s 18.
“I like to relate Sophie to Lucy from ‘I Love Lucy,’” she says, “because
Sophie comes up with this plan where, You know what? I think it’d be a
great idea to invite these three random men that I’ve never met before. I
don’t even know if they’re real, but they’re in my mom’s diary so they
must be. Let’s invite them for a weekend to my wedding, and let’s see how
it goes. Then I’ll just know my dad when I see him.”
Except that she doesn’t, and she finds she’s made a muddle of things.
Sophie’s just a human being, Kyra Belle says, albeit with good intentions.
“She’s not some perfect girl who’s getting married to this really hot guy
and everything’s going her way. She’s just like, oh, I want my dad! She’s
totally flawed, and she makes mistake after mistake in the show, but she’s
also really sure about her choices.”
What Kyra Belle also appreciates about her character is that Sophie doesn’t
just sit back and sulk, but tries to get up and fix whatever’s wrong. And
while she may not be the central figure in the show, that honor falls to her
mother, Donna, “it’s Sophie’s charisma and her strength that pushes the
show forward. I really admire that about her character, and I love tapping
“Break a leg” is an old theater term that means go out there and do your
darned best, and good luck to you while you’re at it. But sometimes actors
break a leg in a more physical sense or, failing that, twist an ankle or come
down with an exotic fever, and so that’s why there are two understudies
for every role in this production of “Mamma Mia!”
“If anything goes wrong,” Kyra Belle says, “someone’s ready to be there.”
In her case, she’s appeared in every show thus far. She’s been asked if
she gets along with her understudies or if she thinks they might try and
do her in. Kyra Belle laughs “Those two girls are some of my best friends
in the cast.”
Johnson cont. on page 60
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“You don’t do it halfway.”
by Esther Kang
Allen Bond, a 58-year-old Rancho Palos Verdes resident,
has witnessed countless ribbon-cutting ceremonies on
the Hill over the last two decades.
Recently named 2015 Volunteer of the Year by Palos Verdes
Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and incoming president for
Peninsula Rotary Club, the father of four is a dedicated servant
of the community.
“My attitude is, anything you do, you don’t do it halfway,”
Bond said. “Not just showing up for the picture at the end, but
you’ve got to do the work in between.”
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Bond moved to California
after graduating from Temple University with a bachelor’s degree
in accounting and a minor in computer science. A serious
tennis player since age 13, he attended the university on a tennis
scholarship. After graduating from school, he played tennis
on professional satellite tours and participated in many tournaments
throughout the East Coast while teaching on the side.
In 1981, at age 23, he made the big move to California after
visiting an old friend in Santa Monica and feeling sold on the
“I just kind of landed here,” Bond said. “I came to California with no job
and no place to live.”
He had vowed to quit teaching tennis upon his fresh start on the West
Coast and put his accounting degree to use. He had always been a “numbers
guy,” he said. But his prowess on the court is what landed him his
first job and introduced him to the Palos Verdes Peninsula community.
At the Peninsula Racquet Club, which sits atop the cliffs of Rancho Palos
Verdes and overlooks the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island, he became a
full-time instructor for adults and children alike. The young man settled
in Redondo Beach and continued the teaching job for about seven years.
By the end of the seven years, he moved into a small condo in Lunada Bay.
“I still play tennis at the Racquet Club about once a week and teach a
little bit,” Bond said. “I’ve only taught there, and played there, pretty much
my whole time in California. I still have friends I met when I first got here
in ’81, and we still play tennis. We’re a little bit older now."
In 1988, when the opportunity presented itself to work for a small mortgage
business in Lawndale, Bond left the full-time post at the club and
“It seemed to be a pretty good vocation,” he said. “I enjoyed numbers
and I enjoyed people.”
Through mutual friends, he met his wife Wendy, who was in a similar
line of business. In 1991, she founded a mortgage banking company called
Palos Verdes Funding Group, and in 1993, Bond joined his wife’s company,
which was located in Malaga Cove Plaza for a number of years, then
moved to Silver Spur Road. They raised their four children — Mellissa,
Matthew and twins Alexander and Colin — through the Palos Verdes Peninsula
school system, where Bond coached their baseball, basketball and soccer
teams in the true fashion of a Palos Verdes parent.
In 2006, the business was sold to Countrywide Mortgage, which was
later bought by Bank of America. At Countrywide, Bond worked as a retail
sales manager for home loans.
Today, he works for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage as a retail sales supervisor
at the office on Deep Valley Drive in Rolling Hills Estates and in El
Segundo. Wendy founded an independent escrow company, Guaranty Escrow,
which has offices in Rolling Hills Estates, Redondo Beach and Manhattan
“Even though mortgage is mortgages, you’re dealing with a different personal
situation with every transaction, so it’s interesting in that light,” Bond
said. “Hopefully I can help them or advise them on situations and how
they can better their situation financially, and most importantly on the purchase
side, to get someone in the home they want, their dream home. It’s
extremely gratifying to do that."
Bond is the quintessential Palos Verdes volunteer. In addition to being
an active member of the Peninsula Rotary for over 20 years (he will take
over as president this coming July), he has been involved in the Peninsula
Chamber for nearly the same length of time. This is his seventh year on
the board. He has previously chaired the Chamber membership committee
and special events committee.
“Twenty years ago, it was a lot more casual — it was a lot more about
getting together with your friends,” Bond said.
As chairperson in 2014, he oversaw programs such as the Young Entrepreneur
Academy, a yearlong Chamber-sponsored after school program for
middle and high school students who generate business ideas, conduct
market research, write business plans, make pitches and launch their own
companies. His main focus was to continue the tradition of the Peninsula’s
tight-knit business community by helping to forge relationships.
“I really try to work within the Chamber to help people, especially new
businesses, to meet other old businesses and whatever people they’re going
to work well with that will create a good synergy and for them to be successful,”
said Bond, who volunteers to emcee at most events.
He said that over the last two decades, he has observed great changes
for businesses on the Hill, namely the addition of Terranea, the new open
shopping area of the Promenade on the Peninsula and renovations at Peninsula
Center. The Chamber will continue to encourage residents to shop
local and bring regionally attractive businesses to the Hill, he said, but
overall they’re headed in the right direction.
“As far as people coming in, I think it’s real positive,” he said. “It’s a good
influx of the kind of people that will continue to enjoy PV and keep moving
forward the way it is.” PEN
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guacamole that arrived shortly afterward, and though it helped there was
a subtle mélange of chili flavors here too. If you like the simple version that
tastes mainly of mashed avocadoes with citrus you might find this a surprise,
but we liked the overtones of onion, cumin, and spice.
In a way it’s surprising that Mexican-style Caesars have taken so long to
enter the mainstream — the salad was invented at an Italian restaurant in
Tijuana, after all. Mexican versions have caught on recently, some of which
involve spicy dressings or the addition of bell pepper. In my opinion those
may be good salads but that aren’t really a Caesar any more. This version
added shredded tortilla chips and some roasted pumpkin seeds, and was
topped with queso fresco rather than parmesan. I found it slightly out of
balance and a bit too mild; I like the traditional bold trio of garlic, pepper,
and parmesan, and the Mexican cheese just didn’t have the depth of flavor
The carnitas taco was a return to form with a bold and citrusy tomatillo
sauce and a sprinkling of mango salsa. It wasn’t actually the style of meat
that I prefer because the pork lacked a fried crust, but the sauces were so
over-the-top good that I didn’t mind.
On my two visits to Corazon I tried four main courses: chipotle-glazed
salmon, chicken mole enchiladas, a carnitas burrito, and an unusual take
on a chicken tamale. The traditional tamale is wrapped in either a cornhusk
or banana leaf and steamed, and the wrapper keeps it moist and imparts
some flavor. This looked more like lasagna, a square cornmeal cake topped
with shredded chicken, “romero” sauce and topped with both jack and
cotija cheese. Tamales aren’t usually topped with cheese or served sauced;
this one seems to be a creation of the owner, Fernando Romero. There were
so many unusual things about this that it took a moment to wrap my head
around it and I briefly wondered if we had received the wrong order. Somehow
it worked: the corn masa was silky and flavorful despite the lack of a
wrapper, the chicken delicious despite being a topping rather than a filling.
The other dishes I tried were conventional by comparison, but boldly flavored.
Salmon isn’t a traditional Mexican fish but the rich and slightly oily
meat stands up to a spicy, delicately sweet sauce very well, and the vegetable
mix it was served with put it over the top. The squashes, corn, and
onions had been sautéed with green herbs and put over seasoned rice, and
there were enough different flavors to make every bite interesting. I was
delighted with the sauce on the chicken enchiladas too — it was a black
mole made with chocolate for a thick texture and richness and spiked with
plenty of herbs and chillies. It’s rare to find a mole of this complexity outside
places that specialize in Oaxacan regional dishes, and if there’s a better
version ion the South Bay I haven’t had it.
The burrito was the only main course we tried that was made in a purely
traditional manner, and it was a solid rendition of a favorite item. The
roasted lemon on the side was a nice touch, and gave a sweet and sour kick
when squeezed over the mix of meat, rice, and beans. As a meal it had some
extra zip thanks to the sides of corn on the cob with crema on a bed of
lightly pickled purple cabbage.
The drinks were slightly less reliable than the food — the “margaritas”
were made with Korean soju rather than tequila, which is common in
places with only a beer and wine license. I tried a cucumber-jalapeno margarita
and without the tequila body and smokiness it was like drinking hot
peppers with lime juice. Our server graciously replaced it with a sangria,
which I liked a lot better. There are many wine-based drinks that complement
Mexican food, and I think it would be better to do these well or experiment
with agave wine drinks than serve an inferior margarita.
To finish we shared freshly made churros with slightly bitter chocolate
sauce and ice cream, which is the perfect end of any Mexican meal as far
as I’m concerned. Meals at Corazon are reasonably priced for the quality
and the elegance of the surroundings, with most entrees priced between
$13 and $20. This Mexican restaurant is worth a drive, as they are certainly
the best on the Hill and some distance beyond.
CORAZON is at 767 Deep Valley Drive in RPV. Open daily at 11 a.m., close 9
p.m. Sun-Thu, 10 p.m. Fri-Sat. Wheelchair access to some areas – mention when
reserving. Beer and wine served, street parking, Sunday brunch, some vegetarian
items. Partial menu at corazonmexicankitchen.com, phone 310-377-0580. PEN
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Corazon’s Matt Briggs serves chipoltle-glazed salmon, one of the restaurant’s boldly flavored dishes. Photo by Brad Jacobson
by Richard Foss
From the heart of Mexico
Corazon’s rich, bold flavors mark the arrival of
one of the area’s finest Mexican restaurants
It’s a sad fact that most Mexican restaurants
around the South Bay serve food that is very
much on the bland side. When I mention this
fact, people have been known to ask, “Can’t you
just add hot sauce?”
Yes, I can, if heat is all I’m looking for, but a
well-made Mexican sauce is richly savory and
complex, and might include notes of dozens of
spices and herbs. It may also use several kinds of
peppers that may be fresh, dried, pickled, or
smoked. You’re not going to replace that complexity
with the typical hot sauce, which may contain
nothing more than vinegar, salt, water, and red
The local Mexican food scene has been gradually
improving, and one place on the Hill has
raised the standard: Corazon in Rolling Hills Estates.
I’ll admit that I went in with low expectations,
figuring that if I was going to find my spice level
in some hole in the wall joint, not a location that
has been many stylish high-end places. Corazon
is still pretty sheik – there is a mix of modern and
traditional Mexican art on the wall now, but the
multilevel interior here is still quite attractive.
At first glance the menu is a straightforward list
of old favorites, but look closely and you’ll see differences.
The cilantro Alfredo sauce on the
shrimp enchiladas straddles Italian and Mexican
ideas, and the calamari is marinated in buttermilk
and served with cilantro aioli. A vegetable mix of
zucchini, squash, onions, and corn is used as an
accompaniment to several dishes; they’re all traditional
Mexican ingredients, but rarely served
Before testing innovations we started with the
basics: appetizers of guacamole, a Caesar salad,
and a carnitas taco. Even before these arrived we
had a clue: the salsa served with the chips. It’s
thick and has greater depth of flavor than most
served locally, with flavors of oregano, cilantro,
and what I’d guess are both fresh and roasted
chillies. We expected to cool the heat with the
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Pacific Sunrise Home
Choosing the right place for you or someone you care about can be difficult. For
those who are not used to living in large buildings and can’t live alone, moving
to Pacific Sunrise Home could help smoothen the transition by offering the services
of an assisted living place in the intimacy of a home environment. However, if you
are not ready to move to “Pacific Sunrise Home” we also have private home duty
licensed and experienced care providers. Pacific Sunrise Home is located in a
quiet and peaceful neighborhood with medical offices, shopping areas, public &
private community resources and public agencies in the area.
Contact Maria: (310) 500-7223
Torrance Memorial Health System
The Torrance Memorial Health System is comprised of the nationally recognized,
non profit Torrance Memorial Medical Center; Torrance Memorial Physician Network,
a coordinated physician group; and Torrance Health IPA, an independent
practice association. Founded in 1925 as a 32-bed hospital, it has grown to a
446-bed medical center providing advanced and compassionate medical care.
Torrance Memorial joined the ranks of the nation’s top hospitals by earning the
coveted Magnet recognition, given to medical centers exhibiting nursing excellence.
Torrance Memorial is also ranked among the best hospitals in California
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"New Creations" Exhibition
Featuring painters Don Crocker and Parrish Nelson Hirasaki and bronze
sculptor Errol Gordon, at the Artists' Studio Gallery #159, Promenade on the
Peninsula. Continues until February 21.
Palos Verdes Art Center / Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education in partnership
with Jonathan Art Foundation, California Art Club, and American
Legacy Fine Arts to an exhibit will be approximately 28 oils and pastels by
Theodore N. Lukits highlighting his atmospheric plein air landscapes and captivating
Accompanying the Lukits exhibition are pastels by Peter Adams and Tim Solliday,
two of Lukits' notable students who continue his tradition.For further information
call the Art Center at 310-541-2479.
Saturday, January 30
Jazz Pianist Hendelman in Concert
St. Francis Jazz Series presents acclaimed jazz pianist Tamir Hendelman in
an exclusive solo concert at 7 p.m. followed by a reception with light refreshments.
The award-winning jazz pianist, composer and music educator has
performed and recorded with Barbra Streisand, James Moody, Roberta Gambarini,
Paul McCartney, Natalie Cole, Quincy Jones and others. Hosted by
KJAZZ Radio personality Bubba Jackson. No admission charge. A free-will
offering will be taken to support the St. Francis Jazz Vespers ministry. St. Francis
Episcopal Church is located at 2200 Via Rosa, Palos Verdes Estates. For
more information, call 310-375-4617 or visit www.stfrancispalosverdes.org.
Friday, February 5
Joy of Law: LAW 101
Dates and time are Feb. 5, 12, 26, March 4 and 11 at 11 a.m. to 12:30
p.m. at Peninsula Center Library Community Room. The LAW 101 course will
have lively discussions of a range of legal issues including Estate Planning
and Federal Taxation with a focus on Trusts, Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney
and Advanced Health Care Directives. It will explore the land of Tort liability
(the reasonable person standard) to distinguish between civil and criminal
laws. Topics will include intentional (e.g. assault, battery, invasion of privacy),
negligent and strict liability (e.g. dog bites) torts. It will also examine the elements
of a legally binding contract (OACLCS), including how contracts must
be written, the three day rule, the validity of "not responsible clauses" and
fine print paragraphs. The discussion will conclude with contract law by exploring
guidelines for avoiding fraud. Readings may be assigned. Join retired
USC Professor of Business Law, Dr. Dagmar Halamka, for this 5-week course.
Sponsored by Palos Verdes Library District and the USC Emeriti Center College,
these classes are free and open to the public. Registration is required.
Contact Mary Cohen at email@example.com or 310-921-7519 to register. The
registration deadline is February 12. For further information, please contact
the USC Emeriti Center College at 213-740-8841 or on the web at
Seaside Beaders Meet
The Seaside Beaders, a special interest group of the Embroiderers' Guild of
America is meeting at 9:30 a.m. They meet at St. Francis Episcopal Church,
2200 Via Rosa, Palos Verdes Estates. Idele Gilbert will teach the square stitch,
which is good for lettering. You may also bring your own project to work on.
Calendar cont. on page 44
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Saturday, February 6
Music & Memories Gala
The stage is set for Palos Verdes Performing Arts’ 27th annual major fundraiser,
the “Music & Memories” Gala, which will be held at the elegant Harlyne J.
Norris Pavilion. The evening’s festivities will include stations with fine dining,
prepared by Chef Michael Shafer; live and silent auctions; and a special performance
at the Norris Theatre, filled with “Music and Memories” from the
Center’s last 33 seasons. Celebrated jazz pianist/composer and five-time
Grammy nominee David Benoit will be honored and perform, along with
many surprise entertainers. For three decades David Benoit has reigned
supreme as one of the founding fathers of contemporary jazz. His expansive
career has included over 25 charting solo recordings, as well as several prominent
Charlie Brown projects born from his lifelong passion for the music of
original Peanuts composer, Vince Guaraldi. He played almost all of the piano
solos for The Peanuts Movie, which was released in November. Tickets to the
Gala are $200 per person, and VIP tables are also available. For more information
about the Gala, or to purchase a ticket, please call 310-544-0403,
Assistance League anniversary
The Assistance League of San Pedro-South Bay will be returning to 1936 to
celebrate its 80th anniversary. The evening will spotlight Mae West and many
famous people of that era. The star studded evening will offer fabulous raffle
prizes plus a silent auction. The celebration will be held from 5 - 10 p.m. at
the chapter house at 1441 West 8th Street. Dinner and entertainment is $36
per ticket. Tickets are limited. Contact Michele at 310 832-8355 ext.221 for
Saturday, February 13
Guided Nature Walk
By Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy at Deane Dana Friendship Park,
9 a.m. Enjoy some of the best LA/Long Beach harbor and Catalina views on
the east side of the Peninsula. See PV blue butterfly habitat restoration area.
This is a moderate walk. Park in the Nature Center parking lot, 1805 W. 9th
Street, San Pedro. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact
310-541-7613 ext. 201 or visit the website at www.pvplc.org.
Trail Crew Class
Introductory Class at PVPLC Offices, 9 a.m. to noon. Join the Trail Crew for
monthly field practice in trail assessment and repair techniques. This Introductory
class will give an overview to the 50-hour certification training program.
Snacks, refreshments and good company provided! Sign up at
Valentine’s Tea & Tunes
Friends of Banning Museum will hold its eleventh annual Valentine’s Tea &
Tunes on 1 to 3 p.m. This popular event will take place at The Banning Mueventcalendar
At St. Peter's by the Sea, “Fanning the Flames of Marital Passion and Intimacy.”
When "Happily Ever After" needs some encouragement. In a world
of distractions and disconnection treat yourself and your marriage to a singleday
presentation focusing on physical, emotional, and spiritual connection.
Guest presenters will be Dr. Scott and Dr. Melissa Symington, both licensed
clinical psychologists. Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., $45, lunch included. 6410
PV Drive South, 310-377-6882. StPetersPres.org.
Tuesday, February 9
Shrove Tuesday Luncheon
Sponsored by the St. John Fisher Women's Council. The luncheon is their annual
fundraiser for the local charities they support. Guest speaker will be Msgr.
Kevin Kostelnik, the First Pastor of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angeles
and former Associate Pastor at St. John Fisher Church from 1982-1987. Admission
is $25. Reservations can be made in the Parish Office, 5448 Crest
Rd. Rancho Palos Verdes, until Friday February 5. Call Elaine Sweers at 310-
377-7704 for more information.
PV High Project Runway
The Palos Verdes High School Project Runway Fashion Show . Feb 9 and 10
at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation Greater Los Angeles.
In the MPR (multipurpose room). 600 Cloyden Rd, PVE. Tickets are $15 regular
and $30 VIP and tickets will be sold at the door. Instagram: PVHSPROJEC-
TRUNWAY, questions email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, February 10
PV Woman’s Club Meet
The Palos Verdes Woman's Club will meet at noon at Trump National Golf
Club. Deborah Boland will entertain by singing Valentine's Songs. Husbands
and significant others are invited. Cost of the luncheon is $32. For reservations
call Beverly Teresinski at 310-378-1349.
Palos Verdes Buddhism Club Meeting
Once we achieve the true purpose of life, all suffering is repaid. Every tear
shed comes back to us a pearl. What is the nature of the eternal happiness
awaiting us? Listening to Buddhism is of utmost essence in finding that out.
2:30 - 4 p.m. at Palos Verdes Library 701 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates,
Conference Room next to the Gift Shop. Also meets February 24. 818-
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seum, 401 East “M” Street, Wilmington. Guests will enjoy celebrating Valentine’s
Day inside the Banning Museum’s historic Stagecoach barn. Presented
in a vintage setting you will enjoy an elegant light luncheon served on exquisite
fine china with a special selection of teas chosen for the occasion. There will
be live entertainment provided by renowned harpist Katrina Saroyan as well
as complimentary tours of the Museum, Transportation Exhibition and Visitor
Center. A special exhibit featuring popular vintage fashions and accessories
from 1864 to the 1920s has been assembled especially for this event. Don’t
forget to don your hats, gloves and finery.Tickets sell out quickly for Valentine’s
Tea and Tunes and space is limited. The cost is $65 for Friends of Banning
Museum members and $75 for non-members. Please call Friends of Banning
Museum at 310-548-2005 for reservations or for further information. Friends
of Banning Museum is a nonprofit corporation founded to develop the historic
Banning Museum. Our mission is to “Preserve History, Promote Education,
and Inspire Entrepreneurial Spirit.” The Banning Museum is a facility of the
City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation and Parks and is operated in
cooperation with Friends of Banning Museum.
Sunday, February 14
South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society
Botanical Names Decoded by Marquita Ellias. Join Marquita on a delightful
journey of discovery to learn why we use those Latin names, what they mean,
and how really simple it is. Lecture is at 1:30 p.m., South Coast Botanic Garden,
26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos
Verdes Peninsula. For more information visit southcoastcss.org.
Second Sundays at Two Concert
Stars of Tomorrow from USC Thornton School of Music featuring Alin Melik-
Adamyan, piano; Philip Marten, violin; Coleman Itzkoff, cello. 2 p.m. Rolling
Hills United Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw Blvd. Rolling Hills Estates
(NE corner of Crenshaw & PV Drive
North). Free admission. Donations
appreciated. 100% goes to the
artists. For information 310-316-
Maestro Gary Berkson and the
Peninsula Symphony Association are
excited to present their second concert
of the 2015-16 season with an
array of eclectic music. The evening
will open with Japanese composer
Yasushi Akutagawa’s Music for Symphony
Orchestra, and will be followed
by the ever-popular and lush
Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar
and orchestra by Spanish composer
Joaquin Rodrigo. For this performance,
we are thrilled and privileged
to welcome Grammy Award-winning
guitarist, Scott Tennant. After intermission,
the Symphony No. 2 in
D Major by Johannes Brahms. Doors
open at 6 p.m.; pre-concert lecture
by Maestro Berkson (for members
only) at 6:15 p.m., and 7 p.m. for
the concert. Redondo Union High
School Auditorium, 631 Vincent
Street in Redondo Beach (PCH at Diamond).
Concert and parking are
free. For further information, call the
Symphony Office at 310-544-0320,
e-mail email@example.com, or visit their website at Pensym.org.
PVP 4-H CLUB
Community Meeting 6:45 to 8 p.m. at City of Rolling Hills Estates City Hall,
4045 Palos Verdes Drive North, RHE. For more information about the 4-H Club;
please visit our local website at www.pvp4hclub.org or call Dee Keese at 310-
377-9773 or Peter Michel at 310-493-5559. You can also send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Thursday, February 18
Beach Cities Republicans Meeting
This month's speaker will be candidates for Hermosa Beach City Council. 6
p.m. Dinner (No Host-Dinner is required by all attendees), 7 p.m. Speaker. Sizzler
Torrance, 2880 Sepulveda Blvd., Torrance (Between Crenshaw &
Hawthorne blvds.) For more information please call 310-793-8647 or email
at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Beach Cities Republicans Club Website at
www.LAGOPCLUBS.com or www.BeachCitiesRepublicans.com for the Speaker
South Coast Rose Society
February meeting at South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard,
Palos Verdes Peninsula, at 7 p.m. when the Society will give a PowerPoint
presentation on roses with Valentine themed names, i.e. Lasting Love, Careless
Love, Truly Yours, etc. The public is welcome so please join us. For further information,
please see us on Facebook.
Friday, February 19
Etienne Gara and his Sunset Club Trio
RHUMC Main Concert Series is proud to announce a concert by internationally-heralded
French-born violinist Etienne Gara, and his new group Sunset
Club Trio, consisting of German virtuoso Ines Thome on electric guitar, and
prize-winning Texan Michael Gratovich on flamenco guitar, These world-class
musicians have joined together to produce a fresh approach to the classical violin
and piano repertoire. They have carefully chosen a program where these
instruments can shine--and the interesting combination enables them to revisit
sound textures of the classical masterpieces, as well as newly commissioned
ones to bring a whole new aspect and energy to the stage! The concert will be
at 7:30 p.m. at the Rolling Hills United Methodist Church. Earlier in the day,
Etienne Gara will also be conducting a Master Class of student violinists at the
church from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The public is invited. Call 310-377-6771 for further
information. This concert is free, donations are appreciated and all proceeds
go to the artists.
Pop Musical, 13
The Palos Verdes Performing Arts Conservatory presents the musical comedy,
“13” through February 28 at the Norris Theatre. With a blast of high voltage
energy, the musical, which opened on Broadway in 2008, navigates the ups
and downs of early adolescence, and features an explosive pop-rock score by
famed composer Jason Robert Brown, with a five-piece on-stage band. The plot
revolves around Evan Goldman, who has been uprooted from New York to a
small town in Indiana, where he struggles to fit in, but soon discovers that cool
is where you find it, and sometimes where you least expect it. Show times for
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“13” are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., plus a
2 p.m. matinee on Saturday February 27. Ticket prices are $15 for youth
ages 17 and under and $22-$28 for adults. For more information or to purchase
tickets call the box office at 310-544-0403 or go to www.palosverdesperformingarts.com.
The Norris Theatre is located at 27570 Norris Center
Drive in Rolling Hills Estates.
Your New Year resolutions list just
The holidays are over and it’s time for a fresh start. But
don’t forget your trusty clock, it deserves the same TLC
you are about to partake in.
A properly maintained clock not only extends its life indefinitely,
it also insures its accuracy. Your clock has a complex
mechanism of inter-working parts. Yet unfortunately this precious
item does not warn you prior to any major malfunction,
therefore it becomes imperative to maintain and service your
clock regularly. Oil gets old and dry forcing the train of gears
to work twice as hard to accomplish their goal. This results in
damage that drastically shortens the life of a fine timepiece.
Your clock reminds you of it’s presence every time you
wind it, and if its accuracy is not what it used to be, or its
chimes are not as healthy, or maybe it just stops. That means
it’s talking to you, telling you that its endless life is in jeopardy.
Michel Medawar has been extending the lives of timepieces
for over fifty years as his father did fifty years before. He is
the inventor of the first talking clock in the world. He is a
graduate from Patek Philippe in Geneva, Switzerland, The
Theod Wagner clock Co. in Wiesbaden, Germany, and the
Howard Miller Clock Co. in Zeeland, Michigan. Call him so
that he may come to your home the same day and offer you a
free estimate for servicing your clock. Or bring your wall or
mantel clock to our store to see our showroom and receive the
same complimentary diagnosis.
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Saturday, February 20
Your Story is the Peninsula’s Story
Do you live, work or go to school on the Peninsula? The history of the Peninsula
is YOUR STORY! Bring a favorite photo or two of people, activities or events
that represent your connection to the Peninsula. Photos can be old, new, formal
or snapshots (originals preferred). We scan your photos, you keep them, and
together we preserve our shared history! This event is free and open to the
public. 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Peninsula Center Library Community Room,
701 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates. For more information call or email
Monique Sugimoto at 310-377-9584 ext 213 or email@example.com.
Star Viewing Party
Enjoy a short lecture with an amateur astronomer at Peninsula Center Library
roof and observe through a state-of-the-art telescope, the Milky Way, the moon
and perhaps even a planet or two! No registration required. Admission is free
and open to the public. For more Information call 310-377-9584 X601 or
visit their website at www.pvld.org. All events subject to rain or heavy overcast
Sunday, February 21
Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy's Second Annual Wild & Scenic
Film Festival On Tour, 4 p.m. Redondo Beach Union High School, 631 Vincent
Park, Redondo Beach. Join us for a special selection of environmental and adventure
films that illustrate the earth’s beauty, challenges facing our planet and
what work communities are doing to protect the environment. Advance Tickets
$10 or $15 at the door. Tickets and more information: www.pvplc.org or 310-
Monday, February 22
"Life's Treasures", featuring mosaic artist Robin Bott, watercolorist Margaret
Mohr, and painter Jody Wiggins will open at the Promenade Gallery. The
show will continue until April 3.There will be an opening reception for the
artists on Sunday, February 28 from 2 to 6 p.m. Jody Wiggins will do a painting
demonstration on Saturday, March 5 at 3 p.m.Robin Bott will show how
she does mosaics on Sunday, March 6 at 2 p.m. Margaret Mohr will demonstrate
her watercolor techniques on Saturday, March 12 at 3 p.m.
The Artists Studio Gallery at the Promenade is located at #159, Promenade
on the Peninsula, 550 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, 90274. Gallery
hours are from 11 to 8 Mondays thru Saturdays and 12 to 6 on Sundays. For
further information please call 310 265-2592 or log onto their website at
Wednesday, February 24
Mac Users Group Meeting
Meets at Lomita VFW Hall, 1865 Lomita Blvd. 6:30 p.m. Beginners Q & A,
8 p.m. Presentation by Mike Cowan of Mcgyver Tech. Admission is free. All
Mac/iPad/iPhone/Apple Watch users and potential users are welcome. 310-
644-3315; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Embroiderers' Guild Meets
The Azure Verde Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America will be meeting
at 9:30 a.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 2200 Via Rosa, Palos Verdes
Estates. The February program will be Idele Gilbert teaching an Assisi Cupid
Heart which she designed. Or you may bring your own project to work on.
Visitors are welcome. For more information, please call 310- 540-6104 or
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Do you have questions about Part A, B, C, D, enrollment windows, cost sharing
or “Extra Help”, the difference between Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage
Plans and Supplement Plans? Join a presentation, Understanding Your
Medicare Plan Options, with Carol Clement (CA License 0H80524) and have
all of your questions answered. Sponsored by Palos Verdes Library District,
this informational seminar is free and open to the public. This event is for educational
purposes only. Medicare has neither reviewed, nor endorses, this
information. 10 a.m. at Peninsula Center Library Community Room.Questions?
Please contact Mary Cohen at email@example.com or 310-921-7519.
Land Conservancy Workshop
Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy 4th Saturday Workshop: Drought,
El Nino and Water Reliability, 11a.m. Workshop on conservation, recycling
and desalination with Ron Wildermuth, West Basin Metro Water District.
White Point Nature Education Center, 1600 W Paseo Del Mar in San Pedro.
RSVP recommended to firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-541-7613.
Daughters of American Revolution
El Redondo Chapter is having its 51st Colonial Luncheon at Palos Verdes Golf
Club - 3301 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates. Social hour and Silent Auction
Bidding begin at 11 a.m. and Lunch begins at noon. This is a fun way to
renew and initiate friendships with sister members. The entertainment is Karin
Frasier. She has a beautiful voice and performs as a soloist or onstage in musical
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National Charity League
n The Philanthropy Committee of the National Charity League’s Peninsula Chapter
met to begin the process of researching philanthropies for the Chapter's annual
grant awards . The committee consists of: Sharon Oda, Christine Pearson, Immediate
Past President-Julie Long, Community Philanthropy Chair-Mary Schaefer, Chapter
President-MaryBeth Kane, Chair-Valerie Real, Jennifer Townsend, Lynn Whitlock,
Cathy Stain, Carol McFarland and President Elect-Janet Westergaard. Members
Marymount California University offers new degree
n Marymount California University co-presidents Ariane Schauer, PhD, and James
R. Reeves announce the offering of a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice beginning
in the fall semester of 2016. This is the fifth bachelor’s degree offered by the
university, which also offers bachelor’s degrees in business, liberal arts, media
studies and psychology.For more information about the university visit www.MarymountCalifornia.edu.
will research 21 philanthropies who have applied for grants. Once research is
complete, the committee will meet in February to make recommendations to the
NCL Peninsula Board of Directors. Money for grants comes from proceeds from
the NCL Ticktocker Thrift Shop in San Pedro. In the 2014-2015 fiscal year, the
NCL Peninsula Chapter awarded over $167,000 in scholarships and philanthropic
grants to members of our South Bay Community.
LA BioMed Researcher honored for
n John Michael Criley, MD, a Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA Bio-
Med) researcher, will receive the 2016 Distinguished Teacher Award from the
American College of Cardiology on April 4 at the organization’s 65th Annual Scientific
Session in Chicago, IL.In notifying Dr. Criley of the award, the American
College of Cardiology said he was being recognized for his “innovative, outstanding
teaching characteristics and compassionate qualities. Because of these
attributes, you have made major contributions to the field of cardiovascular medicine.”“Congratulations
to Dr. Criley for this recognition of the training and education
he’s provided to more than 200 cardiologists who are improving the lives of
patients around the country,” said David I. Meyer, PhD, LA BioMed president and
CEO. “Dr. Criley is an LA BioMed legend, a leader in the field of cardiology for
more than 50 years and an example of the institute’s physician-researchers who
translate science and transform lives.” In addition to the more than 200 cardiologists
he has helped train, Dr. Criley has taught cardiology to over 6,000 medical
students, residents and nurses throughout his career. He has developed interactive
multimedia programs in three languages that are
used for medical and nursing education programs
around the world.
Palos Verdes Village
appoints new Director
n The Board of Directors of Palos Verdes Peninsula
Village has appointed Colleen Cotter as Executive
Director.Ms. Cotter has lived in Rancho
Palos Verdes for 21 years, and has served in
many volunteer positions on the Peninsula. She
has managed grants for non-profits, assisted with
many events, and worked with the PVP Chamber
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day operations of the Peninsula Village office
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National Charity League, Peninsula Chapter
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n On Sunday, November 8th, 200 the Peninsula Chapter of National Charity
League, Inc. gathered moms and Ticktockers at Palos Verdes Intermediate School
to help brighten the holidays for military families with Operation Homefront. Operation
Homefront is an organization that provides assistance to military families.
They offer relief during military family crisis and support wounded warriors when
they return home. This was the third year NCL Peninsula participated in this event.
Lesley Sklow, chair of the event, requested from the membership to donate new
toys and clothing for children ranging in ages from infants to teens. These gifts
were wrapped at an exuberant wrapping party held in the multipurpose room at
PVIS. Over 100 holiday cards and letters were also written to send to our soldiers
serving overseas. The Army ROTC Color Guard from the University of Southern
California opened the event along with Class of 2020 Ticktocker, Gracey Thomas,
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the members had the pleasure of meeting the families who were receiving the
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Risty cont. from page 29
Her maternal grandfather Fred McCoy was a gold miner in Alaska during
the Klondike era. He and a partner “actually hit pay dirt” with a successful
claim that they later sold to a mining syndicate.
That “made his fortune, and ensured that my mother grew up in a privileged
environment,” Jan recalled.
McCoy and Jan’s two uncles traveled frequently to Seattle, and Jan grew
up hearing stories about the adventurers’ raft capsizing in a river, and the
group being charged by a grizzly bear.
“The ring my sister wears today was my grandmother’s wedding ring,
which my grandfather won in a poker game while on a steam ship en route
to Alaska,” Jan recalled.
“Apparently, the family fortunes ebbed and flowed during the depression,
and in ensuing years my grandfather and his sons built homes in Seattle
and owned a grocery store,” she wrote. “But most of the mining fortune
was dissipated long before I was born.”
Her father, Bill Golden, was a journalist. Chet Huntley was his best man
when he married Jan’s mother, Marjorie “Midge” McCoy.
Her father became press secretary for U.S. Sen. Warren Magnuson, and
the family moved to Washington DC and later returned to Seattle.
Hard times, hard work
When Jan was 10, her father died suddenly and her 16-year-old brother
was killed in an accident. Her mother took a job in Anchorage, Alaska,
“but had trouble coping with her losses,” Jan recalled. “As a 12-year-old I
was pretty much on my own in a very rough environment during the year
we spent in Alaska.”
Through the rough times, the family managed to avoid homelessness,
and Jan found solace in reading voraciously.
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“The library was my sanctuary,” she said.
“Alaska was still a territory – not even a state – at the time we were there,
and it was not unusual to see an occasional moose stroll through the main
part of town,” she said.
The family moved to the Los Angeles area, and at 17 Jan began supporting
herself with administrative and accounting work, while studying a full
academic load at Santa Monica College at night.
“Marriage interrupted my education and I had two sons, Evan, now my
partner in our real estate practice, and Brad, who works in the insurance
industry in San Diego,” she said.
Later, as a single mom, she moved to Palos Verdes and began her real
“I found having two mouths to feed to be highly motivating,” she recalled.
“My sales career evolved slowly but steadily and the cliché ‘the harder
you work, the luckier you get’ proved true for me,” Jan wrote.
At different times, both her sons worked for Wayne at The Admiral Risty.
“I remember once calling Wayne to complain about the number of hours
my then-high-school-aged son was working and Wayne informed me, politely
but firmly, that while he was sympathetic to my concerns – I quote
– ‘Ma’am, I have a business to run,’” she recalled.
“Basically, he shut me down in no uncertain terms. The upside though
was that Wayne proved to be an outstanding mentor, not just for my sons
but for generations of young people on the Peninsula.”
“Even I was influenced by Wayne – and although I always worked hard
prior to meeting and later marrying him – I found myself redoubling my
efforts becoming a real worker bee just by being in his presence. I later established
a second business as a travel agent while still working successfully
at real estate full time.”
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Chasing purple blobs
by Eddie Solt
“Surfing big waves isn’t only about the actual act of catching big waves. It’s about making
the decisions to drop everything and be there at the right time.” - Scotty Bredesen
Former Peninsula High longboarder Scotty Bredesen at Puerto Escondido, Mexico, winter 2015. Photo by Mariana Marenalma
The buoys were banging. It was the first big
swell of the season. Ocean Beach, just
south of San Francisco cradles swells. With
no natural barriers the break welcomes any
ocean action, from ripples to mountains.
Surfline.com called December 16, 2013 “Macking
“That day was my first time surfing giant
Ocean Beach. It’s a heavy paddle out, like six to
eight football fields out,” Scotty Bredesen said.
“There are different zones you have to paddle
through to get to the outside. I just squeaked by
and scored an epic session.”
Now when the buoys are banging, Bredesen
can often be found making a cannonball run up
the 5 with his Joe Bark guns piled in his vintage
Chevy Suburban, sans surf stickers for discreteness.
“Surfing big waves isn’t only about the actual
act of catching big waves. It’s about making the
decisions to drop everything and be there at the
right time,” he said.
The Palos Verdes native comes from a South
Bay surfing family. His dad Chris was a Los Angeles
County Lifeguard and in the ‘60s a member
of the Greg Noll Surf Team. Today he is a member
the Haggerty’s Surf Club and the Hap Jacobs
Surf Team. Scotty’s older brother, Chris Jr., was
seen all through the pages of the now defunct
Longboard Magazine during the zine’s heyday, 15
years ago, performing his progressive longboarding
style. Chris Jr. is also a lifeguard and member
of the Jacob’s Surf team.
Every summer growing up the Bredesens vacationed
on Maui with the Meistrell family, owners
of Body Glove and Dive N’ Surf.
“I learned to surf at Ka’anapali Point when I
was five, after doing the whole boogie board
shorebreak thing,” Bredesen said.
In high school, Bredesen was on the Peninsula
High Surf Team, which dominated the South Bay
until 2005 when the hill’s top surfers migrated to
the newly opened Palos Verdes High. Bredesen
was an anchor for the longboard team for four
years and in his senior year won the All Star title.
“Scotty was a pudgy, little short kid,” recalled
longboarder Shawn O’Brien, who was a judge
during Bredesen’s high school years. “After he
won the all star meet, the judges threw him upside
down in a trashcan.”
But he traces his big wave obsession back to
when he was nine years old and became a Los
Angeles County Junior Lifeguard. “JG’s laid the
foundation for my life,” Bredesen said. “It’s the
reason I became a LA County Lifeguard.”
Bredesen, now 29, has been a recurrent lifeguard
for 10 years.
“Becoming a lifeguard shaped me into being a
complete waterman,” he said. “I grew up looking
up to my dad and Uncle Wally Millican. I see myself
emulating Lifeguard Captain Tom Seth when
I’m older, having a loving family and being in
Four years ago Bredesen was visiting a friend
up in Cen-Cal. The surf report forecasted an epic
swell, perfect for lighting up the region’s secret
reefs. Bredesen borrowed Joe Bark’s back-up gun
and paddled out in hammering, triple overhead
“I got caught inside and was thrown into full
survival mode,” he said. “I never had been so
sketched out in my life. That’s when I was
hooked, especially after talking about the waves
afterwards, over a few beers.
The quest for big waves became the focus Bredesen’s
life: lifeguarding in the summer and
“chasing the dream” of the heavies in winter.
“I remember when Scotty came up to me very
serious, and said ‘Jamie, I want to do this,’” Jamie
Meistrell recalled. “I’ve known him since we
we’re in diapers. It was from there I saw him
Another person Bredesen talked to was fellow
Palos Verdes surfer Joe Bark. Bredesen grew up
with a family quiver of Bark surfboards and paddleboards.
“Your surfboard is the last thing you want to
worry about in big surf,” Bredesen said. “Joe’s
one of the best glassers and shapers in the world.
I always see his boards at the top big wave
“He’s always believed in me and had my back,”
Bredesen added. “He’s showed me a new love for
With Bark and other sponsors, including Body
Glove, Zico coconut water, and Freestyle watches
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(he was in the Freestyle Watch ad in the “big”
June 2014 issue of Surfer Magazine), he feels he
has to put himself out there.
“The easy part is catching waves. Performing
comes natural,” he said. “The anxiety is going
somewhere expected but unexpected at the sametime
and putting yourself in the spot to make that
decision to paddle out.”
Over the last four years, Bredesen has been
chasing bomboras up and down the California
coast, as well as in Mexico.
Bredesen took his worst thrashing two winters
ago at Todos Santos, 13 miles off Ensenada. The
big, right hand point break was maxing out at 30-
“I took a set wave on the head and was swallowed
into deep water and feeling the pressure
on my ears,” Bredesen said. “Then I was dragged
inside, into the rocks that are the size of Volkswagens,
while being held under almost the entire
way. I was gasping for air in the foam.”
When the rescue ski picked him up he had a
bloody nose and a snapped gun.
While recovering on the boat, he questioned
what he was doing there.
The answer, he decided was “Chasing big
waves, big dreams, experiencing the adventure.
It makes you grow, not just as a surfer, but as a
He waxed up his full-on, 10-foot-6 Bark rhino
chaser, a board he had yet to even paddle and
jumped off the boat. Then he made the same mistake
that had gotten him in trouble earlier in the
day. He went for a small wave, got caught inside
and took the next set on the head.
But this time, he was able to get back out to the
“Here I was with a few of my idols and for a
moment I reflected, ‘Wow.’ Then I looked up and
saw a set on the horizon. I was in the right spot.”
“Dropping in I could hear the hoots and hollers
from my fellow surfers and the boat crews,” he
said. “I felt redeemed. I didn’t give up and it paid
Puerto Escondido is another barreling Mexican
break that Bredesen has established himself, at a
“The wave pops up and peaks out of nowhere
and you can’t track it. The wave has to choose
you.” he said. “You have to be at the right spot at
the right time and hope the wave you’re pulling
into doesn’t gobble you up.”
Last May, on his fifth trip to Puerto, Bredesen
found himself in a lineup of international surf
“Sharing a line-up with surfers whom I respect
is mind blowing,” he said. “The local Puerto community
is especially deserving of respect. Oscar
Moncada and Coco Nogales are two of the local
surfers I look up to.”
After charging through the shorebreak, Bredesen
mistimed his paddle out and was thrashed
by a double overhead, pitching lip.
“It felt like a cement truck was pouring down
on me while I was pinned to the ocean floor,” he
On his second attempt to paddle out, he barely
pushed through to the outside.
“Once I got my bearings straight, a set wave
came to me and I found my rhythm,” he said.
“You have to catch that one right wave to get the
A freak left peaked 20 yards south and coming
straight at him.
“My eye lit up. I dropped into a Hail Mary,” he
He was swallowed up by the 20 foot, closing
tube, slide slipping at one point and grabbing a
rail while going for broke.
“When I was spit out, I realized I had just
caught the barrel of my life,” he said.
Bredesen’s current goal is to get a bomb at
Mavericks, California’s most fabled big wave
spot. Qualifying for the World Surf League Big
Wave Tour is another fantasy that plays in his
head, but it’s not what motivates him.
“There are 1,000s of surfers better than me. I’m
not even in the ballpark with some of the great
South Bay, big wave surfers,” he said. “Chasing
purple blobs is about growing. Besides the obvious
growth as a surfer – trying to pull in deeper
and catch bigger waves – you grow as a person.
When you come back from a trip, you’re not the
same person you were when you left.” PEN
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The “Mamma Mia!” national tour ends in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 12,
after which Kyra will have time to catch her breath. And after that? “I really
don’t know,” she replies, and then adds with a playful laugh: “I just
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