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Volume XX, Issue 10
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
Marymount California University
president Dr. Lucas Lamadrid.
28 Lego my garden
By Stephanie Cartozian
Photos by Brad Jacobson
Lego sculptures by artist Sean Kenney brighten up the
spring colors at the South Coast Botanic Garden.
32 Student body president By Esther Kang
Newly appointed Marymount California University president
Dr. Lucas Lamadrid accepted the school’s top position to be
closer to students.
36 Fast times at PV High By Randy Angel
Palos Verdes High runner Jacquelyn Smith helps her school
team set a national record while she sets a personal example
for fellow students.
40 Peninsula Palladian By Stephanie Cartozian
Georgene McKim and Jim LaBarba and architect George
Shaw spent over six years building the Palladian style,
12,000 square foot Villa LaBarba.
46 Safe and steady investing By Stuart Chaussee
TRW co-founder Dr. Simon Ramo’s Extraordinary Tennis for
the Ordinary Player offers sound advice for the ordinary
8 Peninsula High Black & Gold Affair
12 Cornerstone School Monte Carlo Night
16 Panhellenic Scholarship Luncheon
20 Marymount President Introduced
22 DiscoverE Girls Day
26 Palos Verdes Ballet
63 Chamber Orchestra of South Bay
24 Peninsula Kids Summer Camp Guide
52 Community Calendar
67 Around & About
73 Service Directory
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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L
Peninsula High School
Black and Gold Affair
On Saturday March 12, 2016, the Peninsula High School
Athletic Booster Club hosted its 25th annual “Black &
Gold Affaire” to support the school’s athletes and teams at
the Palos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes Estates. The
event hosted over 300 parents, coaches and administrators,
and celebrated over 100 senior athletes in over 20 sports.
The booster club rose over $170,000 to provide supplemental
support for Peninsula HS student athletes in interscholastic
competition, including upgrades and
maintenance of sports venues, information that allows our
student athletes to be safe and competitive in their sport,
and to promote all PVPHS teams and athletes.
1. Black & Gold Committee members L-R,
Dianne Megginson and Edie Beachboard.
2. Photo of coaches: L-R, James Santos,
Francesco Vaccaro, Mitzi Cress, Dave Young,
3. Major donor Jeremy Wilkinson, of Special
Wines Direct, offers wine tasting to the
4. Steve and Ceci Watts, with Paula Boothe,
A Black & Gold Chair.
5. Peninsula High Principal Mitzi Cress, center
with Steve and Ceci Watts.
6. Rolling Hills High alumns Suzanne
Charles, Julia Roses and Tami Bouse.
7. Julie and Gus Samprese and Julia and
8. Ceci and Steve Watts with major donors
Steve and Romy Martz.
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Monte Carlo Night
Cornerstone Booster Club hosted its 19th annual
Monte Carlo Night at the Harlyne J. Norris Pavillion.
The theme was A Midwinter Night’s Dream.
Parents, friends and business community members
celebrated and raised funds to benefit the children
of Cornerstone Elementary School. Chairwomen
Gail Dardashti, Janet Feigle, Karen Yamamoto and
numerous volunteers transformed The Pavilion into
a winter wonderland. The entrance was sparkling.
Classically trained parent volunteers set an elegant
tone with live string music. Snow flurries and an
open sleigh photo booth set a playful mood. The ballroom
offered delicious small plates, games of chance
and one-of-a-kind silent auction items. Cornerstone’s
cultural immersion parent team, representing the
Year of Scandinavia, dazzled the audience with a lip
sync performance of Abba’s Waterloo. Principal Jeff
Keeney was unrecognizable as the lead guitarist;
demonstrating, once again, his unwavering support
of Cornerstone. Auctioneer extraordinaire, Dennis
Rizza, inspired fierce competition among friends and
significantly raised bids on auction items. The event
ended with a full dance floor. PTA/Parent Board President
Sandra Wang declared the evening a huge success.
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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L
South Bay Association
Panhellenic Alumnae South Bay Association (PASBA)
held its 49th annual Scholarship Luncheon on Saturday,
April 2 at the lovely and newly renovated Los Verdes Golf
Club. Their many guests enjoyed the extensive silent auction,
raffle prizes, lunch and speaker. Their speaker for the
event was Dr. Joanna Medawar Nachef, "Ambassador of
Harmony". Dr. Nachef is recognized as the first woman conductor
from the Middle East. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, she
moved to the LA area in 1976. Dr. Nachef is director of
choral activities at El Camino College. She holds a Masters
of Music from USC. She was an inspirational speaker.
PASBA has awarded yearly scholarships to accomplished
female high school students bound for colleges and universities
across the country, and collegiate and graduate students
who are members of National Panhellenic Conference
sororities. PASBA is comprised of NPC alumnae from the
1. Guests enjoying the silent auction.
2. Dr. Medawar Nachef, speaker.
3. Dr. Medawar with her background information.
4. The PASBA Board from left: Karen
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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L
Marymount California University announced the appointment
of Lucas Lamadrid, Ph.D., as the University’s
seventh president. The inaugural event welcomed the
new president to an audience of over 100 guests. Held at
The Commons at the University’s Oceanview Campus, Dr.
Lamadrid addressed the crowd with a passionate speech to
1. Chairman of the Board Burt Arnold, President
of Marymount CA Univ., Lucas
Lamadrid, Ph.D. and Marymount CA Univ.
Trustee, Brian Marcotte.
2. Business Professor Dave Tomblin and
Ann Tomblin, Former Board Trustee, Webb
Castor and Former Board Trustee, Harlyne
3. PV Chamber Board Member James Morgan,
Guest Dede Hicks and PV Chamber
Board Member Mitch Harmatz.
PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE CARTOZIAN
4. Trustee Dick Grotz, Trustee Sue Soldoff,
Trustee Steve Soldoff and Trustee Arline
5. Former Board Trustees Harlyne Norris and
6. Guests Marylyn Klaus, Chuck Klaus, Pat
Brown and Frank Brown.
7. Trustees Alan Johnson and Liz Schindler
8. Guests Ariane Schauer, Ph.D. Jennifer
Smith and Oscar Garcia.
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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L
Supported by Raytheon
Girl Day is a national initiative from DiscoverE, the organization that
promotes the annual Engineers Week celebration. Raytheon is a
supporter of the Boys & Girls Clubs and so it was a natural marrying of
efforts for the day. The Southern California event took place on February
25 at the San Pedro Club of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Los Angeles Harbor
(BGCLAH).They had about 15 volunteers from Raytheon’s Space
and Airborne Systems office in El Segundo help the 60+ middle school
girls erect bridges from dry pasta noodles. Divided in teams of five or
six, the girls attached lasagna and spaghetti noodles with rubber cement
and duct tape. The bridges gained points for design, ability to allow a
Matchbox car run across it, and the weight that could be hung from the
bridge (measured in bags of rice).
PHOTOS BY PATRICK MCINTYRE
1. Peninsula residents lend a hand at Raytheon SAS Girl Day Event at the Boys &
Girls Clubs of L.A. Harbor’s San Pedro Club on February 25. Flexing their Girl
Power, from L to R: Leticia Diaz, a Raytheon engineer; Rosa Pesenti, BGCLAH
Board member; Jen Prindle, Raytheon finance planning and BGCLAH Board member;
Gwen Butterfield, BGCLAH Board member; Heather Diffley, Raytheon engineer.
2. Jen Prindle, a member of Raytheon’s finance planning and analysis department
and a board member for the BGCLAH, helped the middle school girls use
their noodles to compete in Girl Day at the Boys & Girls Clubs of L.A. Harbor’s
San Pedro Club on February 25. Teaching children about STEM (science, technology,
engineering, math) careers is an important initiative of Raytheon nationwide.
3. Raytheon engineer Leticia Diaz, a Palos Verdes resident, was a “Club Kid”
growing up in San Pedro. On February 25, she helped another generation of Boys
& Girls Club of the L.A. Harbor members gain exposure to STEM education and
careers in engineering. The middle school girls worked in teams to build a bridge
out of pasta. Girl Day is a national initiative of Discover E, the organization responsible
for spearheading Engineers Week annually. This is the second annual
Girl Day celebration that Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems has hosted at the
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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L
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the 36th anniversary spring production of “Les Ballets
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Bella Jacobson admires artist Sean Kennedy’s Lego buffalo and calf.
Bigger than life Lego sculptures of animals and insects are attracting swarms of visitors to the South Coast Botanic Garden
by Stephanie Cartozian
Photos by Brad Jacobson
The Nature Connects Exhibit” at the South Coast Botanic Garden
through May 8, features sculptures of animals and insects built from
Lego blocks by artist Sean Kennedy. A giant bumblebee hangs in the
courtyard near the garden’s entrance and a rabbit and a fox can be found
in the Discovery Garden Promenade.
Adrienne Nakashima, the Botanic Garden Foundation’s CEO, heard
about Kenney’s Lego art at an educational conference. She found to her
surprise, that his work had only been exhibited on the East Coast and in
She said that interest in the exhibit since it opened on February 19 has
been immense. “It’s not unusual to have 1,000 folks come on a weekday
and weekend visitors to the garden have increased by 50 percent,” she said.
She added that many of the visitors are Peninsula residents who are visiting
the Botanic Garden for the first time.
Her hope, she said, is that the exhibit will encourage people to become
more connected with nature and in the process “encourage people to find
connection with friends and family.”
The exhibit’s success has encouraged Nakashima to bring more art exhibits
to the garden and also movie nights during the summer months.
A closing party for the exhibit will be held Friday May 6. For more information,
visit SouthCoastBotanicGarden.org PEN
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P E N I N S U L A P E O P L E | E D U C A T O R
All the world’s
Marymount California University’s
newly appointed president Dr. Lucas
Lamadrid prizes engagement with his
students. Photo by David Fairchild
Newly appointed Marymount president
Dr. Lucas Lamadrid believes education
is enhanced by a multinational student body
In the last two years alone, he visited some 200 colleges and universities
around the country — “all the way from really big systems to smaller liberal
arts colleges” — to provide consulting and collect data. He found himself
wanting more than to act as a mediator between businesses and schools.
“There wasn’t really any contact with students,” he said. “I really missed
Dr. Lamadrid's presidency at Marymount California University marks
his fated return to campus life, rubbing elbows with students and providing
guidance to the budding adults.
“Our life [back then] was in the midst of students,” Dr. Lamadrid said.
“It’s helped me to focus on a key principle that many schools and certainly
many larger universities have forgotten. That is, at the beginning, middle
and end of higher education, it’s all about the student. If you create your
managerial system and programs, keeping the student as the key end user
of all your processes, then you’re going to have a special place."
“When I was looking for a school to be president of, I was looking at that
as the primary objective. That’s where higher education needs to continue
to move toward. And MCU was perfect because it’s all about the student."
Dr. Lamadrid said his top priorities are increasing enrollment and retention
while building brand name recognition for the university, particularly
in countries such as China. He also has a vision of establishing a strong
business school rooted in entrepreneurship by forming partnerships with
He also wants to establish a competitive biotech program as well as physical
therapy, nursing and patient advocacy programs. And he wants to introduce
technological competence into the university’s liberal arts
His theme for his presidency is friendship, one that is rooted in love and
faith to God, he said. That friendship, extending far beyond customer service,
is already evident in the 10,000 hours that MCU students committed
to community service this past year, he said.
“I see the Peninsula as a partner and a benefit to MCU and I see MCU
as a partner and benefit to everyone on the Peninsula,” he said. “I hope we
can strengthen the bond of friendship between this little jewel of a Catholic
university and this jewel of a community.” PEN
CONCRETE - For the Drought-Conscious
by Esther Kang
Just a few weeks into his presidency at Marymount
California University, Dr. Lucas
Lamadrid found himself in a dunk tank, at the
urging of his neighbors. He’s living among university
students in the school’s residence halls in
San Pedro until his family joins him from North
“Then on Saturday I went to a gala,” Dr.
Lamadrid said with a laugh. “So those are the extremes
you operate in."
Marymount California University, a Catholic,
four-year institution whose main campus sits
atop Rancho Palos Verdes, recently enlisted Dr.
Lamadrid to take the helm as its newest president.
“I’m really looking forward to being a fixture
on the Hill,” said the Havana-born, East Coastbred
educator. “But I’ll be honest with you. If it
weren’t for the setting I may not have come out
here. What I love about the Rancho Palos Verdes
area, besides it being tight-knit, is it wants to
maintain a rural existence in the midst of a major
metropolitan area. That for me is really ideal.”
Dr. Lamadrid was just two years old when his
parents packed a single suitcase and embarked
on a journey to the United States with their two
kids in tow. His father worked multiple jobs in
the paper industry and moved the family around
the country, from Florida to New Hampshire
then to Massachusetts and Wisconsin, where Dr.
Lamadrid attended high school and college.
At Marquette College, a Jesuit institution in
Milwaukee, he double-majored in economics and
English, with the intention of pursuing business
or law. During this time, he found himself becoming
fascinated with theological questions. So
he went on to pursue a master’s degree in theology
at the University of Notre Dame, where he
taught freshman writing classes and ran a residence
hall of some 550 students.
Inspired by his work with the students, he decided
to become a college professor. He went on
to earn his doctorate in religion at Duke University,
where he would meet his wife Beth, a fellow
doctorate student and expert on 16th century history.
But upon finishing his doctorate, he found
that most universities had frozen teaching jobs
due to the economy. He needed a plan B.
“The only thing I liked to do besides studying
and teaching was running residence halls at
Notre Dame,” he said. “What you’re doing is
you’re creating a community that complements
the learning they do in the classroom. It was a
His post as the associate director of resident life
at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky,
sparked his decades-long career working with
students in higher education. “Working” is actually
an understatement. He and his wife lived
among them in the college dorms. Their oldest
daughter Claire, now 18 and Stanford bound,
spent her first years there, too. Her first birthday
party was in the student lounge, complete with
presents and a cake.
At Bellarmine, he was soon promoted to assistant
dean of students and he taught classes in the
philosophy department. He would move onto to
become dean of students at St. Vincent College
in Pennsylvania and then vice president of enrollment
and student affairs at Belmont Abbey College
in North Carolina. Then he entered the
private sector as a senior executive of a company
that recruits international students, mostly from
China but also from Brazil, Mexico, South Korea
“Looking at the future I knew international recruitment
would be crucial, not only for revenue
but that’s where the growth was,” Dr. Lamadrid
said. “The neat thing is, with my client base, I got
to see that the learning outcomes are improved
when you have people from around the world at
approximately the same age studying together.
The world’s gotten more global than ever before."
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P E N I N S U L A P E O P L E | P R E P S P O R T S
helps team set the fastest
time in the nation in the
by Randy Angel
Growing up in Palos Verdes Estates, Jacquelyn Smith came
to appreciate the some of the most spectacular cliffs,
beaches and seascapes that Southern California has to
She also took advantage of the hills on the Peninsula to become
one of the top distance runners in the state.
Last fall, Smith led her Palos Verdes High School team to a thirdplace
finish in Division 3 at the CIF State cross country meet, while
placing third individually.
During the season, the senior became the school’s first female runner
to break the 19-minute mark on the demanding Sea King’s home course,
overpowering two steep hills known to runners as Misery and Agony.
“I’m so blessed to live in Palos Verdes,” Smith said. “The views are amazing
and training on the hills has made other courses much easier to deal
Smith’s next goal is to improve on her Spring 2015 accomplishments,
when she captured Bay League titles in the 800 and 1,600, won the CIF-
Southern Section Division 3 championship in the 1,600 finishing in 4:54.03
and placing fourth in the 1,600 at the CIF State Track and Field meet, where
she set a personal best of 4:48.33.
Although her focus has switched to the flat track, Smith still uses the hills
“We have a regimen that is similar to a cross country workout,” Smith
said. “We have long runs on Saturdays, when I usually run 12 to 13 miles.”
Smith has also played a vital role for Palos Verdes’ girls 4x400, 4x800 and
distance medley relay teams. At the Mt SAC Relays on April 15, Smith ran
the second leg of the 4x800, joining teammates Grace Catena, Morgan Irish
and Camille Hines in turning in the fastest time in the nation with a mark
of 9:08.18, surpassing the previous record by three seconds.
Jacquelyn Smith (right) and Great Oak’s Sydney Belus battle for position in the
girls 1,600 meter race at the 2015 CIF-SS Masters Meet. Photo by Ray Vidal
The Sea Kings also won the 4x400 (3:55.37) for the 14th best time in the
“It was super exciting to set the nation’s fastest time,” Smith said. “Passing
the baton has not been one of our strong suits but we’ve been working
hard with extremely intense training.”
At the Arcadia Invitational on April 8, Smith ran the final leg on Palos
Verdes’ distance medley relay (1,200-400-800-1,600 meters) and finished
second. The time of 121:52.45 by Hines, Jessica Lazo, Irish and Smith qualified
the team for the Penn Relays where they competed last Thursday.
The trip to the Quaker State was not the first for Smith, who will be taking
her running talents to Villanova University, outside of Philadelphia, in
While she is looking forward to her college career, Smith has a few goals
left on her high school bucket list.
“Winning team championships in the CIF and State meets would mean
a lot to me,’ Smith said. “Personally, I’d like to win CIF in the 800 and 1,600
and qualify for State, but I’m really trying to break my personal record in
Brian Shapiro, Smith’s cross country and distance coach, feels the experience
gained in last year’s postseason will benefit Smith.
“Jacquelyn has a great chance to find her way on to the podium at the
CIF and State meets,” Shapiro said. “She is the defending champion in the
mile and currently has the best mile time in CIF (4:52) by over eight seconds.
There are some very strong girls in the Southern Section and in the
state, but as the No. 3 returner in the state in the mile, I think she has a
great chance to find her way to back to the state meet podium and possibly
As her senior year winds down, it would be easy for Smith to choose a
victory as her most memorable moment but it was a choice made off the
track that changed the course of her prep career.
“My decision to transfer to Palos Verdes from Marymount after my junior
year was a big part of my life,” Smith said. “We have an amazing coaching
staff. They’re always positive and supportive.”
Smith, who has spent her life as a Palos Verdes resident, found that travel
time to the Marymount campus in Los Angeles – in addition to athletic
practices and academic work – was too much of a strain. Prior to high
school, she had attended the PV Running Camp, where she made a lot of
Already having so many acquaintances, Smith was aided by PV seniors
and running stars Cassidy Webber and Anna Pruter in helping make the
transition to a new school that much easier.
Shapiro believes there have been many keys to Smith’s success, stemming
largely from her making the best of her natural abilities.
“Jacquelyn has some physical capabilities that other runners don’t have
but she also trains at a high level to fully develop her talent,” Shapiro said.
“Jacquelyn trains hard each day and has done well to stay healthy and benefit
from her training, free of interruptions due to injuries and illness. She
also has a great support system around her. Her family has been very supportive
of her athletic career and her teammates challenge her and push
her in practice and competition each day.”
Smith said she tries not to overwork herself and gets plenty of sleep but
does not have a special diet, burning off calories through her excessive
training. She does cut down on sweets, particularly before a race.
“I eat as much as I want,” Smith added. “When I’m out eating with
friends, it’s not uncommon for me to ask if they are going to finish what’s
on their plate.”
Smith’s training regimen is not limited to running. She works out on elliptical
machines, stationary bikes and lifts weights. She also enjoys spending
time in the pool.
“Swimming provides good cross training,” Smith said. “It is low impact
while working so many muscle groups.”
Smith has athletic genes in her family, starting with her father Michael,
who enjoys every sport and can still be found playing basketball with
friends on weekends.
Mother Alex also runs and older brother Colby, a sophomore at Villanova,
played lacrosse. Younger brother Landon is a freshman at Palos
Verdes High School and plays football and lacrosse.
”My dad was the person who got me into running,” Smith said. “I had
played soccer and basketball growing up but wasn’t passionate about either
sport. My dad suggested I try running. I didn’t care much for it at first but
came to love the sport. He taught me to ‘Live in the moment.’”
Smith also credits Shapiro and coach Jeff Atkinson for her success and
being offered an athletic scholarship.
“They always believed in me,” Smith said. “Both have positive attitudes
and push me to reach my full potential.”
Many colleges showed interest in Smith, including UC Berkeley, USC,
Wake Forest and SMU but Villanova was her final choice.
“I knew Villanova had a strong running program,” Smith said. “I had visited
the school before and loved the campus and people there. Plus, they
just won the NCAA men’s basketball championship so it will be fun to root
for a winner.”
“Jacquelyn is a talented distance runner with a high racing IQ,” Villanova
coach Gina Procaccio stated on the team’s website. “She has the potential
to contribute to both the cross country and track and field teams.”
Smith has a weighted GPA of 4.1 and has been accepted into the Liberal
Arts school at Villanova, where she plans to study psychology or communications.
While she does not have much free time, Smith enjoys going to the beach
with her friends and, as a member of the Palos Verdes Beach Club, swimming
and having dinner with other members.
She has also been involved with the National Charity League (NCL) since
7th grade. The non-profit organization helps foster mother-daughter relationships
through community service, leadership development and cultural
“We recently had our graduation, which was very exciting,” Smith said.
“I have become super close with the girls.”
Shapiro, who also serves as the athletic director at Palos Verdes High
School, believes Smith’s contributions will be felt for years after she heads
“It is rare pleasure to have athletes of Jacquelyn’s caliber pass through
the halls of a high school,” Shapiro said. “A star athlete can have a long
lasting impact. Often we will see a surge in interest in a sport in the four
years following the graduation of a star athlete. Young boys and girls in the
community read and hear about the exploits of our athletes, who become
role models for the next generation of high school athletes.” PEN
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The library’s neoclassical style coffered ceiling is inspired by the ceiling at the Biltmore
Hotel in Los Angeles and all hand-painted by owner Georgene McKim. The old world
style library has a rolling ladder for the avid bibliophile and a secret, hidden door connecting
the library to the bar.
The dining room has an intricate hand-gilded and stenciled coffer ceiling, originally
molded for Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. The pendant lights were handmade using plastic
soda bottles and napkin rings and are suspended by a cord and finished off with a
by Stephanie Cartozian
A1940s cinderblock style beach house stood for nearly a half century
on Rancho Palos Verdes’ Lunada Pointe. The property occupied one
of the 16,000 acres formerly owned by the community’s founders,
the Vanderlip family, and its last use was as the familial home of the esteemed
Ernest V. and Marguerite
Berry. According to local lore, the
Berry residence had undergone a
multitude of additions resulting in it
taking on a long “boomerang”
In 1991, Georgene McKim and
Jim LaBarba purchased the property
and spent the next six years constructing
a home with over 12,000
square feet of living space, replete
with 1,000 rose bushes, 300 merlot
grape plantings and a 180 degree
panoramic ocean view. The home
was built to house hundreds of art
objects and paintings, its architecture
itself an assemblege of sorts,
with myriad details — from a lush
allegorical ceiling mural in its great
room to its ornate Chimera stair railings
— meant to mirror the work of
architects, artists, and sculptors the
couples saw during their extensive
“We worked our butts off for 30
years in the garment industry,” La
Villa LaBarba, a Palladian style home completed in 1997, was designed by architect George Shaw and owners Jim LaBarba and Georgene McKim. The villa has over 12,000 sq. ft.
feet of living space, over two dozen French doors, four wood burning fireplaces, and a panoramic ocean view. Photos by Adrian Van Anz
Villa LaBarba’s expansive ocean view amidst a manicured paradise of palms. The custom
water course adds a melodic sound that invites al fresco dining and other entertaining
Barba said. “We decided we were going to travel. These are all the things
we have collected over our life’s journey.”
Many of these features were painstakingly built into the house, such as
the three dimensional ornamental fish created in custom molds and affixed
with other adornments to the interior doors.
This is just the beginning of what
is striking upon entering this 5 bedroom
and 10 bathroom villa, with
expansive oak and travertine flooring
laid throughout by craftsmen
and designed in the a style favored
in homes the couple saw in their
travels to the Bordeaux region of
The home was completed in 1997,
its design reminiscent of the Palladian
style of architecture not often
seen on the the Peninsula. The Palladian
style is a tribute to the prominent
Venetian Renaissance architect,
Andrea Palladio, and is based upon
the symmetry of the classical temple
architecture and the values of the
ancient Greeks and Romans. The
sheer perfection of light emanating
from the center stage living room
skylight is no accident, McKim said,
but orchestrated in true Palladian
style, maximizing symmetry with
light. The famed Monticello home of
Thomas Jefferson is said to have also
been of the Palladian style.
It was Jefferson who once said,
“Architecture is my delight, and
putting up and pulling down, one
of my favorite amusements,” sentiments
shared by Villa LaBarba’s
owners. The home was designed
by architect George Shaw, who executed
McKim and LaBarba’s vision.
Their travels inform every
detail of the house, a living study
of classical architecture combined
with English Manor appurtenances.
This approach is most
clearly illustrated in the kitchen
where there is a mezzanine butler’s
pantry/plate room above the
kitchen that is open and viewable,
a basement wine cellar below, and
all three levels connected by a
dumb waiter. McKim said the idea
came from the couple’s tours of
“We would find architecture
such as this, where they had whole
rooms dedicated to china and sterling
storage,” she said.
The stately Villa sits on Palos
Verdes Drive West. Its frontage
consists of mature landscaping, a
wrought iron car gate and a circular
driveway flanked by two ancient
olive trees that were
preserved from the original site.
This is a significant feature, as the
olive tree motif is artfully carried
through in the intricate floor mosaics
inside the home.
Just past the entry landing are
rows of columns along hallways
that lead to the living room, or
great room (the capitals on these
columns, McKim noted, are intricately
detailed in the Scamozzi-
Corinthian hybrid style developed
by Italian architect Vincent
Scamozzi, whose work the couple
admired on their travels).
Further inside the home’s great
room is a Mercury/Medusa medallion
floor mosaic comprised of over
15,000 individual pieces of stone.
This great room looks up to a mezzanine
of upper balconies and a
soaring ceiling almost evangelical in
proportion. Situated above all this
are ceiling murals epitomizing the
famous Allegory of Winds, a sensory
fervor of color and dynamic
energy. One can see “Baby Wind,”
The proportions of this grand great room recall the Ringling Mansion Ca’D’Zan in
Sarasota, Florida. The Chimera pierced balcony railings were custom made for the
Villa — the“Chimera,” from Greek mythology, a fire-breathing female monster with a
lion’s head, a goat’s body and a serpent’s tail. From this vantage point, one can also
view the “Allegory of Winds” ceiling fresco and the Mercury/Medusa floor mosaic.
“Juvenile Wind,” “Adult Wind” and
humorously, “The Dirty Old Man
Wind,” all personified in a timeless
McKim explains that the design
of the great room was inspired by
the Ringling Mansion in the
Ca’D’Zan of Sarasota, Florida, built
by the family of the renowned Ringling
Brothers Barnum and Bailey
Though art abounds at Villa
LaBarba, there is also a practicality
that pervades all facets of the
home. An example is the villa’s
doors and windows. LaBarba said
that on a visit to the Biltmore Hotel
in Santa Barbara, the couple took
notes of its doors.
“Their doors didn’t stick, or
show signs of weather,” he said.
This is a common problem on
the Peninsula, where wood framed
doors and windows often warp
due to the ocean air and require
continual maintenance. Villa
LaBarba features black, steelframed
French doors and windows
made by Hope’s, the same manufacturer
that constructed the doors
and windows at the Biltmore. This
also gives the home an additional
level of security, durability and
soundproofing, due to the heavier
construction and weighted glass.
Off the great room is a cozy library
and a grand dining room. A
collaboration, and friendship, with
Paul Dreibelbis of Moonlight
Molds led to the installation of two
magnificent coffered ceilings that
grace these two rooms. The library’s
neoclassical molded ceilings
are the same as those inside
the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel,
while the ceiling in the dining
room is gilded and stenciled to em-
Palladian cont. on page 42
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This old world basement
cellar has three major
wine growing regions
masterfully depicted on
the hand painted mural.
The brightly colored wine
lighting was created by
William Swatsek, who
used real wine bottles for
the actual glass. The owners
have their wine
medals displayed here
and make their own wine
from the Merlot grapes
grown on their property.
Palladian cont. from page 41
ulate Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Dreibelbis
worked on both Ceasar’s and the Biltmore and
was able to methodically replicate these fine
works inside the Villa LaBarba.
The home’s dramatic, cliffside perch has long
been used for photography.
“It’s been a chameleon for over 60 years, taking
on many personae for film and still photographers,”
The current house has been featured on the reality
TV show “Millionaire’s Bachelor Mansion,”
“The Mentalist” and “The Medium” (on which
Villa LaBarbra was home to a murder scene
showing a pool of cinematic blood). The house
has also been featured in commercials and print
ads for Ralph Lauren, Toyota and Faconable.
Maria Sharapova was recently photographed at
the home for Russian Vogue.
It’s not hard to see why the Villa LaBarba
draws such attention. With its grand oceanic setting
and intricate, endlessly thoughtful design,
the heart of this home slowly reveals itself, much
like the secret, hidden door that connects its library
to the bar. Villa LaBarba is steeped in the
history of architecture but built very much as a
celebration of the owners’ lives. PEN
The Villa LaBarba’s kitchen is
designed in the English Manor
Style, with an upstairs butler’s
pantry/plate room and a basement
wine cellar connected by a
dumb waiter. There’s a woodburning
pizza oven in the background
and two warming ovens
in the foreground. This kitchen
has been the heart of a myriad
of local philanthropic events.
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Defense minded investing
Invest with a similar mindset to that of a strong amateur tennis player
by Stuart Chaussee
Defensive-minded investing is an approach that focuses on risk first.
Return is secondary. If you are simply an offensive-minded investor
looking to hit home runs, it’s possible that in certain market conditions
your portfolio may not survive.
If your investment objective is both preservation of capital and moderate
growth, there is a need to constantly weigh both objectives. Let’s face it,
they are opposites – you cannot have growth while only preserving capital
(assuming no risk whatsoever), so there has to be a balance.
An excellent sports metaphor to help better understand the approach
taken by a defensive-minded investment manager was presented by
Charles Ellis in an article published in 1975 in The Financial Analysts Journal.
Ellis referred to work done by TRW founder Dr. Simon Ramo, comparing
professional and amateur tennis players in Extraordinary Tennis for
the Ordinary Player. Ramo referred to professional tennis as a “winner’s”
game and amateur tennis as a “loser’s” game.
The professional tennis player wins by hitting shots his or her opponent
can’t return. The player who hits the most “winners” will be victorious.
The opposite is true in amateur tennis. If you watch a typical match at the
Palos Verdes Tennis Club you’ll notice that because most of us lack the
skills necessary to hit winners, the amateur who can simply minimize or
control his or her “losers” will be victorious. By focusing on defense and
not losing the point, the defensive-minded amateur will typically beat most
players – wear them down and basically let them beat themselves.
Ellis applied Dr. Ramo’s ideas to investing and showed that an investor’s
focus should be to not necessarily go for winners (like the adroit profes-
TRW co founder
Dr. Simon Ramo’s
sional tennis player), rather, to try to avoid losers (like the steady amateur
tennis player). This defensive approach is much more likely to allow you
to be successful investing in all market conditions – bull and bear markets.
Bottom line, there is much we cannot control when investing, but we can
maintain a focus on defense to minimize risk.
If one pays attention to risk, with the goal of not losing money first (return
is secondary), it is quite possible to keep portfolio performance close
to the market (i.e. Dow Jones Industrial Average) in good times and hopefully
perform better (lose nothing or much less than the averages) when
markets are in a prolonged decline (bear market). My experience has
shown that the vast majority of investment managers lag the indices during
strong bull markets and those who adhere to defensive-minded strategies
may trail the indices by even more. But, managers who focus on risk control,
particularly when stock valuations become extreme, will be rewarded
with better overall performance.
So, what type of investor are you? Are you offensive-minded with an aggressive
approach, hoping to hit a homerun? Or, are you defensive-minded
with the goal of limiting losses and controlling risk? Are you content hitting
singles and doubles?
True, the investor who is only focused on defense and takes almost no
risk will earn minimal returns.
Those returns in our current lowyield
environment will certainly
not even allow you to keep pace
with inflation. So, there has to be
a balance between trying to preserve
wealth, but also showing
moderate growth. You must have
some offense in your portfolio to
achieve growth, but it must be intelligently
In my opinion, a defensive approach
to investing makes sense
for all investors and most certainly
for retirees or those nearing retirement.
If you try to control risk and
avoid terrible bear market losses,
you’ll have fewer sleepless nights
and your returns can still be consistent
enough to allow you to be
financially comfortable throughout
retirement. Yes, you may miss out
on some excitement near the end
of a bull market when valuations
are extreme, yet making money
seems so easy (bubble territory).
But if you aim to invest defensively
and minimize drawdowns, you
stand a good chance of achieving
your investment goals.
Under no circumstances does
the information in this column represent
investment advice or a recommendation
to buy or sell
Stuart Chaussee is a
Palos Verdes-based, fee-only
registered investment advisor. He
is the author of three financial
books, including the awardwinning
Management; Strategies for the
He is a former contributing writer
for TheStreet.com. Chaussee welcomes
your feedback and can
be reached through
or e-mail him directly at
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level skate and safety instruction focuses on ollies and turns, flip tricks, grinds, vert
skating and much more. Safety is the number one priority so all campers are required
to wear full pads. Private instruction is also available at the Manhattan
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with BeachSports.org and Body Glove Camps.
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June 20- Aug. 12
w Many families seek out a Montessori education for its well-known benefits in the
skill development of young children. Peninsula Montessori has prepared a unique
and rewarding summer experience open to children 18 months to five years old
(up to 12 years at the RPV campus). The program broadens the Montessori curriculum
to include water play, cooking and food prep, themed art projects, science
and sports. Programs are designed to stimulate the development of students while
having fun - both indoors and out. Please contact the Redondo or Rancho Palos
Verdes schools for more information or check the website, peninsulamontessori.com
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City of Rolling Hills Estates
Begins June 20
w Rolling Hills Estates has several summer programs available for all ages from
sports such as cheer, soccer, flag football, golf and swimming camps to equestrian
activities. Locations include Ernie Howlett Park, RHE; Peter Weber Equestrian Center,
RHE; Peninsula High School, RHE; and Los Verdes Golf Course, RPV.
For more information visit RollingHillsEstatesCA.gov click “Living”
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Peninsula School of Performing Arts
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Legends in Our Time
The Affinity Group has named four prominent Palos Verdes residents ‘Legends
in Our Time.’ William Ailor, Donald Crocker, Robert Medawar and Richard
Moe will be honored at a special event, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Harlyne J.
Norris Pavilion in Rolling Hills Estates. “Bill, Don, Bob and Dick are the epitome
of what we mean by Legends,” said Jane Jones, Affinity president. Price
is $110 per person; tickets are limited. Checks should be made payable to
Affinity Group and mailed to Joyce Kochanowski, Affinity Group Treasurer,
31022 Hawksmoor Dr., Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275. For more information
about the event, call the Volunteer Center at 310-212-5009 and ask
for William Welch. Funds from this event will support Operation Teddy Bear
and other programs of the Volunteer Center.
Monday, May 2
Vistas for Children Golf Tournament
The 14th Annual Vistas for Children Golf Tournament will take place at the
Palos Verdes Golf Club. All profits go to charitable organizations in the South
Bay. Information about the event can be found at
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Wednesday, May 4
Peninsula Seniors Lecture Series
Dr. Lew Holzman will make a presentation about The Unification of Japan in
the 16th Century. This lecture will explain the battles and negotiations that
unified the many domains in 16th century Japan. Dr. Holzman is a retired orthopedic
surgeon and a docent at the Gene Autry Museum. 10:30 a.m. at
Hesse Park, Rancho Palos Verdes.
Friday, May 6
Classical Crossroads Concert
Presents duo pianists Izumi Kashiwalwagi and Rose Chen. Complimentary reception
follows. Free admission, donations appreciated. 2:15 p.m. First
Lutheran Church and School, 2900 W. Carson Street, Torrance. Park in the
Church lot or on the surface streets in the surrounding neighborhood .
Fiddler on the Roof – Relive the Tradition
Final weekend of performances of the musical masterpiece, “Fiddler on the
Roof” at the Norris Theatre, May 6 – 8. Produced by the Palos Verdes Performing
Arts Center, the production features a live orchestra and stellar cast
of 25 professional actors. The musical, which won nine Tony Awards in its
Broadway debut, weaves together a portrait of family, community and life’s
unexpected miracles, large and small. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices $48-$58,
with $10 off for children ages 12 and under. 27570 Norris Center Drive,
Rolling Hills Estates. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (310)
544-0403 or go to www.palosverdesperformingarts.com.
PVAC Student Art Exhibition
The annual exhibition highlighting this year’s Art At Your Fingertips program
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opens in the Main and Walker galleries of the Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504
West Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes CA. The exhibit will run through
May 29. Public reception from 4-6 p.m. tonight.
Saturday. May 7
Signatures Fashion Show and Luncheon
Luncheon, runway show of wearable art and boutique,12:30 p.m. in the
Atrium of Palos Verdes Art Center, $40.Purchase tickets on-line: www.artistsstudio-pvac.com,
by phone: 424-206-9902, in person: The Artists' Studio at
South Bay Epiphyllum show and sale
9 a.m. - 4 p.m..South Coast Botanic Garden and Arboretum, 26300 Crenshaw
Blvd, Palos Verdes Peninsula. For further information 310- 544-1948.
Sunday, May 8
South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society
"Exceptional Succulent Plants in South African Habitat" by Jeremy Spath. 1:30
p.m., South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes
Peninsula 90274. For more information visit southcoastcss.org.
Second Sunday at Two
Presents Violinist Linda Wang and Pianist Robert Thies at 2 p.m. at Rolling Hills
United Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw Blvd. Rolling Hills Estates. Free
Admission.Donations appreciated with 100% for artists. For more information
Mother’s Day Concert
The Palos Verdes Symphonic Band will present its annual Mother’s Day Concert,
A Mother’s Day Tribute to Maestro Richard Schwalbe, conducted by acting
director Christine Hayes and guest conductor Randy Schwalbe, the son of
Maestro Schwalbe, who was the band’s music director from 1973 to 2005.
The band will play a number of Maestro Schwalbe’s favorites. 5 p.m. The concert
will be held in the Frances Young Hall at the South Coast Botanic Garden,
26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, in the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Tickets are $10
each for adults, with free admission for children 12 years of age and under,
and are available in the Botanic Garden courtyard just prior to concert time.
For more information, call 310-792-8286 or visit www.pvsband.org.
Monday, May 9
Palos Verdes Gem and Mineral Society
Ever wonder where all the shiny metal that surrounds you comes from? Then
you won't want to miss "Metallic Minerals-where to find them" presented by
Jim Hathaway. Everyone is welcome. There is no charge to the public. Meet
and Greet at 6:30 pm. Program at 7 p.m. Community Room of Palos Verdes
Main Library, 701 Deep Valley Dr., RHE. Park on roof as program goes past
the closing hours of the library. Call 310-373-2696 for more information.
The Dawn Unity Group’s Interfaith Discovery Series will conclude its 15th season
with “Respect for Other Traditions.” The panel will discuss how religions
address interfaith relations at the congregation and higher levels as well as examine
the effects on core beliefs and teachings both past and present. Panel
consists of Rev. Jonathan Chute, Rolling Hills United Methodist Church; President
Mike Gazdik of the host congregation; Rev. Reinhard Krauss, UCLA, and Fr.
Thomas Rausch S.J., Loyola Marymount University. Bob Rothman will be the
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moderator. The ninety minute event is free to all and will conclude with cookies
and a chance to socialize, so join them and bring a friend. 7:30 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5845 Crestridge Rd, RPV.
Wednesday May 11
Palos Verdes Woman's Club
The Palos Verdes Woman's Club will meet at noon at Trump National Golf
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Club. Guest speaker will be Bill Ailor from the PV Land Conservancy. Cost of
the luncheon is $32. For reservations call Beverly Teresinski at 310-378-1349.
Thursday, May 12
Legally Blonde: The Musical - Auditions
The Palos Verdes Performing Arts Conservatory will hold open auditions on
May 12-13 for a student production of the Broadway musical comedy “Legally
Blonde.” Students ages 12-18 may audition either date, and should come prepared
to sing and dance. Performance dates for the production are weekends,
July 15-24, at the Norris Theatre, and rehearsals begin June 10. This is
a tuition-based program, and scholarships are available based on financial
need. Auditions are held at the Conservatory Studios at 27525 Norris Center
Drive in Rolling Hills Estates. For more information, call (310) 544-0403, ext.
303, or visit www.norriscenter.com/education/auditions.
Friday, May 13
Stories of Africa
For all ages. Steve Blinder will present a short film documenting his experiences
in Africa as well as speak about travel, photography and animals. His photographic
travels have taken him to 6 continents. Steve was the winner of the
2015 PVLD “Art in Our Library” Popular Vote category and his work can be
seen throughout the Peninsula Center Library. 4 p.m. Peninsula Center Library
Community Room, 701 Silver Spur Rd., Rolling Hills Estates. Questions? Please
contact Ketzie Diaz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-377-9584 ext. 230.
Rolling Hills United Methodist Church is excited to announce the upcoming
concert of Metropolitan Opera tenor, Aaron Blake, a Palos Verdes native.
Lauded as “a vocal powerhouse” by
the Los Angeles Times, Blake has
performed major roles at leading
opera houses all over the United
States and Europe. The concert is
free and donations are appreciated.
7:30 p.m. The church is located at
26438 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills
Estates. For further information, call
Saturday, May 14
South Coast Rose Society
See why roses are the “Queen of
Flowers” and clematis the “Queen
of Vines” at the South Coast Rose Society
show. All rose and clematis enthusiasts
are encouraged to enter
their blooms in the community show.
Entries are accepted between 7 and
10 a.m. Come early with show flowers;
the Rose Society will provide
vases for all blooms. Flower
arrangements should be in personal
vases. Hours for the public are 10
a.m. to 4 pm. South Coast Botanic
Garden, 23600 Crenshaw Boulevard,
Palos Verdes Peninsula. For
more information, see them on Facebook.
The Palos Verdes Woman's Club will
have its 60th Annual Garden Tour
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from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beautiful Peninsula gardens will be featured and a
catered box lunch at Hesse Park. Tickets are $40 presale, $45 day of. All proceeds
go to scholarships and area charities. Tickets with directions to the homes
will be mailed when you send a business-sized, self- addressed, stamped envelope
with your check to P.V.W.C., P.O. Box 851, Palos Verdes Estates
90274. Tickets are also available at Corners of the World in Malaga Cove
Plaza, Nantucket Crossing on Silver Spur Road and the Kiosk at 1799 S.
Catalina. For further information, 310-541-1237.
Guided Nature Walk
View a premier example of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy’s
restoration of coastal sage scrub habitat on a guided nature walk of the White
Point Nature Preserve. Stop at a former gun emplacement to learn military history
of the area. This is a moderate walk. Free and open to the public. 3 p.m.
Take Western Ave. to the ocean and turn left onto Paseo del Mar. Drive ½
mile and park in lot. For more information, contact (310) 541-7613 ext. 201
or sign up at www.pvplc.org/_events/NatureWalkRSVP.asp.
Sunday, May 15
Learn new skills for the perfect shot with professional help from Paul’s Photo.
$30 per person. 9 – 11 a.m. White Point Nature Education Center, 1600 W
Paseo Del Mar in San Pedro, 90731. For more information and to RSVP, visit
www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.
The Peninsula Committee Los Angeles Philharmonic presents an evening of
world class music at the Grand Salon, at a spectacular Palos Verdes oceanfront
estate. This year's event will feature a performance by two outstanding Los
Angeles Philharmonic musicians: Catherine Ransom Karoly, Associate Principal
Flute and Joanne Pearce Martin, Keyboardist. As guests arrive, they will be
greeted by classical music performed by extraordinary young musicians from
Peninsula schools. Prior to the concert, guests will sample fine wine and an
array of gourmet tastings from notable South Bay restaurants. A silent auction
will benefit youth music education programs in the South Bay. 5 to 8 p.m. The
ticket price is $175 per person. For further information call 310- 544-1885
or email email@example.com.
The Peninsula Symphonic Winds and Music Director Richard Babcock will present
their 20th Anniversary concert featuring band favorites including Godzilla
Eats Las Vegas!, where the brass section is at its frightening best, Selections
from Les Miserables, and When the Saints Go Marching In. The band will also
premiere Game Show by local composer Thomas Kahelin, which was commissioned
to commemorate the special occasion. 3 p.m. The concert will be
held at the Rolling Hills Covenant Church Community Center, 735 Silver Spur
Road, Rolling Hills Estates. Tickets are $10 at the door or on-line at
www.pswinds.org; children under 12 are free with adult.The Peninsula Symphonic
Winds is a 50-member community band established in 1996 that gives
four to five concerts per year. The band rehearses on Wednesday evenings at
Harbor College, offering local musicians the opportunity to maintain and improve
their musical skills. Community members who play a band instrument
are welcome to join. See their web page, www.pswinds.org, for more information
or contact Bill Ailor 310-200-5482.
Thursday May 19
Rose Society meeting
South Coast Rose Society will hold its May meeting at South Coast Botanic
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After Concert Reception
The Chamber Orchestra of South Bay
held their final concert of the 2015-16
concert season on April 9 at the Palos Verdes
Performing Art Center. The evening’s guest
featured soloist was Narek
Hakhnazaryan,cello who performed two
compositions by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky. He
was awarded the Gold Medal at the 2011
XIV International Tchaikovsky competition,
the most prestigious prize given to a
cellist.As first Prize winner in the 2008
Young Concert Artists International Auditions.
Narek debuted in the Young Concert
Artists Series in New York at Carnegie’s
Zankel Hall, and at the Kennedy Center in
Washington DC. Narek was born in 1988 in
Yerevan, Armenia into a family of musicians:
his father is a violinist and his mother
is a pianist. At the age of 12 he began studies
a the Moscow Conservatory with Alexey Seleznyov
and went on to work with Laurence
Lesser at the New England Conservatory of
Music in Boston A gala reception followed
the concert at the Norris.
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1. Feature soloist Narek Hakhnazaryan, COSB
Music Director Frances Striner and COSB President
of the Board, Peter Barrett.
2. Board member Marty Gamble, solist Narek
Hakhanazaryan and board president Peter Barrett.
3. COSB Assistant Conductor Hector Salazar with
guest artist Narek Hakhanazaryan.
4. Jerry Sorkin, a member of the COSB Board of
Directors and Zorica Sorkin with Narek.
5. Dorothy and Allen Lay and guest artist Narek
6. Chuck Klaus who gives the pre-concert preview
talks and Marylyn Klaus.
7. Nancy and Bob Miller, President Emeritus.
8. Dr, and Mrs. Jerome Unitan.
9. Chamber Orchestra Concertmaster Miwako
Watanabe (center) with musicians.
10. David and Ann Buxton and David and Lois
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Garden. Ric Dykzeul, well-known and respected local
landscape designer who specializes in California native
plants, will discuss the use of perennials as border plantings.
He’ll also talk about perennials growing with roses
for height and texture enhancement and shrubs grown
with roses that can be used for cut foliage. 7 p.m. 26300
Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula. For further
information, please see them on Facebook.
Saturday, May 21
Big Volunteer Day
Join the Palos Verdes Land Conservancy and their partner
organizations at White Point Nature Preserve as they work
hard in the native demonstration garden to restore wildlife
habitat and create a place for the community to enjoy! 9
a.m. Sign up at: www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
Palos Verdes Library District
Classical Hindustani music with Suman Laha and Friends
at 3 p.m.: Peninsula Center Library Community Room. Join
them for an afternoon of classical Hindustandi music,
which is the North Indian style of Indian classical music.
The featured performers are Arup Chattopadhyay on
Tabla; Suman Laha on Veena; Niravroh Laha on Sitar; and
Nibedita Laha on Tanpura. Traditional Indian refreshments
will be served.Questions? Please contact Mary Cohen at
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Rainbow Services to
Rainbow Services will celebrate over
30 years of service providing shelter
for families affected by domestic violence
at its annual fundraiser, Sunset
Serenade. The dinner and
auction event will take place at the
Norris Pavilion in Palos Verdes, beginning
at 5:45 p.m. Tickets are
$200.This will be a unique evening
with the theme A New Chapter. The
live auction will feature many one-ofa-kind
items including Luxury Suite
tickets to a Staples Center game, a
gourmet dinner by Chef Michael
Shafer and Dodger tickets. Tickets
can be purchased on Rainbow Services’
website at www.RainbowServicesDV.org.
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Act II Fashion Fundraiser
Act II, a support group of Palos
Verdes Performing Arts, will present
its 10th annual fashion show and
luncheon fundraiser, “Spring into
Spring,” at Los Verdes Country Club
in Rancho Palos Verdes. Act II members
will strut the runway in stylish attire
from Steinmart and CJ’s
Fashions. The event also features
boutiques, door prizes, opportunity
drawings and lunch. 11 a.m.Tickets
are $55, and proceeds benefit the
Palos Verdes Performing Arts Center.
For more information or reservations,
contact event chairwoman
Pam Barrett at 310- 548-3926.
Tuesday, May 24
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Women’s
Club Federated welcomes you to
meet at Palos Verdes Golf Club.
Meet and Greet at 10:30 a.m.;
meeting at 11, followed by lunch
and featured speaker. Steve Napolitano,
candidate for Los Angeles
County Supervisor, District 4, will
speak about his campaign and strategy
in this crucial South Bay race.
Cost of lunch is $30. Husbands,
friends and significant others are
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Mac Users Meeting
All Mac/iPad/iPhone/Apple Watch users and potential users are welcome.
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p.m. Admission is free. Lomita VFW Hall, 1865 Lomita Blvd. 310-644-3315,
Ready, Willing and Able Musical Showcase
The fifth annual showcase for Ready, Willing and Able, a unique dance program
for special needs students, will be presented at the Norris Theatre. 4
p.m. No tickets or reservations are required, but donations are appreciated.
27570 Norris Center Drive in Rolling Hills Estates. For additional information
call Liz Cantine at (310) 874-9940.
Saturday, May 28
Habitat Restoration Presentation
Find out about the strategies the Palos Verdes Land Conservancy uses to restore
habitat with naturalist Johnny Perez. Free. 11 a.m. White Point Nature Education
Center, 1600 W Paseo Del Mar in San Pedro. For more information
and to RSVP, visit www.pvplc.org.
The Stranger: A Billy Joel Tribute
“The Stranger,” the premiere tribute to the music of one of the world’s most
talented performers – six-time Grammy winner Billy Joel – comes to the Norris
Theatre for one performance only! 8 p.m. Tickets are $48-$58, with a $10
discount for children ages 12 and under. For more information or to purchase
tickets call the box office at (310) 544-0403, ext. 221, or go to
www.palosverdesperformingarts.com. The Norris Theatre is located at 27570
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Miraleste Intermediate Robotics
n The Miraleste Intermediate School VEX robotics team 7035 participated in the
California State Championship in Pasadena, March 12 and finished as State
Champions in both Robot Skills and Programming Skills. They also completed the
regular season as the highest ranked middle school in California for Robot Skills.
These accomplishments earned them an invitation to the 2016 VEX World Competition
in Kentucky in April.
Team members are (L-R) Joe Lach, Andrew Sinsioco, Kaleb Agonia, Justin
Ng, Andrew Chong, Jordan Ng, Stephen Jaksic, Tyler Ewald and
Coach/Mentor Campbell Nimick.
n Novas is a unique high school volunteer program offered through Torrance
Memorial Medical Center (TMMC). Beginning in the 9th grade, students work
throughout the year by volunteering their time and talents within the Healthcare
Foundation, Auxiliary, and Home Health and Hospice departments. Novas also
volunteer in Escort Services as Blue Jackets assisting hospital personnel with deliveries
and patient discharges. This year, Novas celebrates fourteen high school
seniors who have served over 3,800 hours throughout their four years volunteering
at TMMC: Andrew Tom, Rory Hubbard, Grant Kian Bazshushtari, Willie Hickok,
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Team America Rocketry Challenge
n The Palos Verdes High School PVIT Rocketry Team has qualified to compete in
the National Finals of the 14th annual Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC).
The team will face 99 of the top rocketry teams that qualified, out of 789 middle
and high school teams, from across the country. The TARC Final Fly-Off will take
place May 14 at Great Meadow in the Plains, V.A. This year’s contest challenged
students to design, build and fly a rocket carrying two raw eggs to an altitude of
850 feet, returning them to the ground with the eggs un-cracked within 44-46
seconds. The 6-member team, all 10th graders at PV High, includes Alex Detrick,
Christian Galvin, Cooper Gardner, Matthew Milutin, Connor Westcott and captained
by Wesley Rich. Team teacher advisors are Lorraine Loh-Norris and James
Warren; mentored by Steven Ning of SpaceX and Chris Rich. The team made
near-perfect qualifying flights at 849 feet and 44 seconds.
Pen High Shoe drive
n What did you do over spring break? Take a trip? Read a book? Well, for
Palos Verdes Peninsula Senior Brett Jordan, it was a moving experience delivering
over 200 pairs of athletic shoes to Lindbergh Middle School in Long Beach. Brett
was introduced and met with Connie Maggie, the school principal, an administrator
and student council members. The students helped unload the many bags of
sorted athletic shoes. All were very excited and grateful for the athletic shoe donations.
The shoes were collected at the PV Peninsula High School shoe drive with
the help of many including the Shoes4Athletes club, the boys and girls cross country
teams and friends and family. Shoes For Athletes, a non-profit corporation, was
formed by PEN high senior Brett Jordan and Makenzie Jordan to provide athletic
shoes to the less fortunate in an effort to encourage and enhance their experience
in sports and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Shoes For Athletes can be seen on facebook
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non-profit. Over his four
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help of many others was instrumental
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