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Volume XXI, Issue 2 September 2016

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Volume XXI, Issue 2

September 2016



Alexey Steele in his studio.

Photo by Michael Darter

Cover photo by Neil Kremer, Cory

Johnson, Kremer Johnson Photography









Tide turner Patricia Sacks

by Rachel Reeves

At a time when most medical research funding focused on

men’s diseases, radiologist Dr. Patricia Sacks helped open a

center for the study and treatment of breast cancer treatment.

Art of the Steele

by Bondo Wyszpolski

Ukrainian born, Carson based artist Alexey Steele has found

a following on the Peninsula with his edgy, but classically

informed character studies.

The jobs president

by Kevin Cody

South Bay native Dena Maloney a background in collegebusiness

partnerships to her new position as president of El

Camino Community College.

Peninsula chateau

by Stephanie Cartozian

Sylvia and Harry Bruni acquired a long unfinished hilltop

French chateau style estate designed by architect Martin

Fuller and over the next decade fulfilled the architect’s grand


Revealing masks

by Richard Foss

Gwen and Jim Beazell share their fascination with the over

500 masks they have collected from around the world.

Terranea cafe

by Richard Foss

It’s a hunt to find Nelson’s, but worth the effort, and not only

for the view.


8 Catalina View hosts PVAC

28 Freedom4U honors Glassman

62 Contemporary ranch home, behind the gates

70 Torrance Memorial Heritage supporters

72 Volunteer Center legends


12 Peninsula calendar

68 Around and About

73 South Bay Health Care Guide

77 Home services



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Stephanie Cartozian


Mary Jane Schoenheider


Richard Budman


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Tamar Gillotti, Amy Berg,

Shelley Crawford


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Richard Budman



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Malaga Cove, Palos Verdes Estates


Chefs and Cellars

An afternoon in

the vineyard

Being at the Catalina View Gardens,

just south of Wayfarers Chapel, is

like being transported to Monaco’s

Monte Carlo, except with a backdrop of

acres of vineyards. This was the venue

for the annual Chefs and Cellars benefit

for the Palos Verdes Art Center. Hundreds

of guests joined in supporting the

arts while enjoying offerings from

Plates American Bistro, PV Grill and

Good Stuff restaurants. Silent auction

items included vacation home getaways

to Palm Desert, handmade jewelry and

wine baskets. There was also a painting

area for adults, with guidance from instructor

Jennifer Siegal. For more information

visit PVArtCenter.org

1. Lisa Dennen, Eli Gale and Laurie


2. Dr. William J. French, Bob Lyon,

former Mayor of Rancho Palos

Verdes Marilyn Lyon.

3. Dorcey Oshiro, Chris Marshall

and Jennifer Siegal.

4. Kathy and Jim York.


5. Emily and Joe Bias, Keri and Ken

Roberts from Boisset Collection.

6. Eli Gale, Roxanne Lawrence,

Lynne Variano, Charla Martinez,

Karen Gale.

7. Sara and Dale Balough.

8. Brian Watts, James Longley, Noel

Watts and Vicki Longley.


9. Johnny Rivera, Amanda David,

Carmine Lopez and Neil Piche.

10. Roxanne Lawrence, Maude Landon,

Sharon Ryan and Sharon Holman.

11. David and Ann Buxton.

12. Catalina View Gardens vineyard

and its stunning view.



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8 PeninsulaSeptember 2016




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• 9.14-acre lot—one of the largest in Rolling Hills

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• Vast living room, sumptuous pool deck overlooking the city lights view

• This home has 25 ft. ceilings and an open floorplan perfect for displaying your

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• Completed 2015 featuring 5 BDs & 5.5 BAs and 3,068 SF living space

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The PV Land Conservancy’s

2016 White Point Home Tour

on Sunday, September 11, presents

the first ever opportunity for

the public to visit the mid-century

oceanfront estate, designed by

Frank Lloyd Wright-protege

Aaron Green. The home is a

popular location for video and

photo shoots. The five home tour

begins at 12:30 p.m. followed

by a reception at the Brouwerji

West tasting room at 4:30 p.m.

$65. For tickets, visit PVPLC.org.

Photo by Ann Koons


Peninsula Center Library Adult Coloring Club

Adult coloring is the newest trend sweeping the craft business. Adult Coloring

books have been on Amazon’s top 10 for months. Learn techniques, shading,

and where to find affordable supplies. Just bring a few colored pencils, markers

or pens. Meets the fourth Thursday of every month, 2 – 4 p.m. at Peninsula

Center Library, 701 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates RSVP to

ehbarri@gmail.com. For more information call (310) 377.9584, ext. 452 or

check the library’s website at www.pvld.org.

Thursday, September 1

Nepali-Style cooking with Pramila Dugel

Pramila Dugel’s Healthy Nepali Cookbook was born of friends urging her to

them to cook. Pramila will share her knowledge about her homeland and cuisine.

Dishes will be sampled. 11 a.m. at Peninsula Center Library Community

Room. For more information contact Mary Cohen at mcohen@pvld.org or

(310) 921-7519. 701 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates.

Friday, September 2

Seaside beaders

The Seaside Beaders, a special interest group of the Embroiderers' Guild of

America meets at 9:30 a.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 2200 Via Rosa,

Palos Verdes Estates. No program this month, members will be working on

finishing projects they started earlier in the year. Visitors are welcome. Bring

your own project to work on. For more information, call (310) 540-6104 or

visit azureverdeega.com/bead_projects.com.

Law 101

The Palos Verdes Library District and the USC Emeriti Center College present

“Joy of Law in Life and Beyond: LAW 101” September 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30

from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at: Peninsula Center Library Community Room.

701 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates.

Sunday, September 4

Bird Walk

A beginners’ Bird Walk at George F Canyon is led by the Palos Verdes Peninsula

Land Conservancy on the first Sunday of each month. 8:30am. Binoculars

provided. Free and open to the public. For more information (310) 547-0862

or RSVP at: pvplc.org.

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Wednesday Sept. 7

Songs, Stories from the

Life of Stephen Foster

Bring your singing voices as the Pennyroyal

Players present their tribute

to Stephen Foster in a moving tribute

to the father of American music and

America’s first great songwriter.

‘Camptown races,” “Beautiful

Dreamer,” “Jeanie with the Light

Brown Hair,” “My Old Kentucky

Home” and “Swanee River” are

among Foster’s sons, which are as

meaningful and relevant today as

they were during the height of his

popularity. Donations only. Pennyroyal

Players supporters have donated

over $100,000 over the past

dozen years to local charities.

10:30 a.m. Hesse Park—29301

Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos

Verdes. For more information email

destabelle@cox.net or visit pennyroyalplayers.org.

Friday, September 9

PVP Village

Enjoy Coffee with Colleen, from 10

to 11 a.m., and learn more about

the PVP Village, which assists seniors

in enjoying the later years in their

own home.Peninsula Seniors Activity

Center, 30928 Hawthorne Blvd,

Rancho Palos Verdes. For more information

call (310) 991-3324.

Saturday, Sept. 10

Guided nature walk

Follow North Spur Trail to visit a

restoration area for native cactus

wren and California gnatcatcher

and listen for their distinct calls. This

is a strenuous walk led by the Palos

Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy.

Meet at the Alta Vicente Reserve at

9 a.m. Park at RPV City Hall, 30940

Hawthorne Blvd, RPV. Free and

open to the public. For more information,

call (310) 541-7613 ext.

201 or sign up at pvplc.org.

Sunday, Sept. 11

Cactus, Succulent Society

Woody Minnich, well-known for his

extensive field work and photography,discusses

"Mexico, The Hidden

Treasures of Coahuila." Because

many back-country roads in Mexico


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Calendar cont. on page 16

Buying or Selling? Call Kyle today for a confidential consultation and complimentary valuation report.

September 2016Peninsula 13

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are recently opened up, many new species of cactus and succulents are being

discovered.1 p.m. to buy plants and meet other cartophiles, Program begins

at 1:30 p.m., South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos

Verdes Peninsula 90274. For more information visit southcoastcss.org.

PVP Land Conservancy

The Palos Verdes Land Conservancy hosts the 2016 White Point Home Tour.

After visiting the distinctive homes, visit the new art installations at White Point

Nature Reserve and the Angels Gate Cultural Center, then join the reception

at the Brouwerji West tasting room. The home tour begins at 12:30 p.m. and

the reception at 4:30 p.m. $65. For tickets, visit PVPLC.org.

Monday, September 12

Palos Verdes Gem and Mineral Society

Andrew Hoekstra will quickly review California's geological history using paleogeographic

maps, concentrating on the Miocene time and its local fossil

legacy. Everyone is welcome. Free, in the Community Room of Palos Verdes

Main Library. Park on roof. Meet and greet at 6:30 p.m., Program at 7p.m.

(310)373-2696 for more information. 701 Deep Valley Dr., RHE.

Adult Education Fall Session

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District-Adult Education, Fall 2016

Session begins today. Classes included are: Oil Painting, One Stroke Painting,

Mah Jong, Learn To Speak English, Italian-All Levels, Spanish-All Levels, Chinese

Language. Exercise classes included are: NIA, Pilates, Zumba, Yoga-Beginning-Level

I-Intermediate, Mind, Body & Spirit workout, Gentle Yoga,

Yogilates, Yoga Stretch & Meditation, Group Golf Lessons, Computer classes

include: Computer Basic, I-pad Basics and Internet Basics, Beginning Computer,

Wine Tasting, Bridge and Line Dancing. Most classes are held at Rancho

Del Mar High/Adult Education Campus, 38 Crest Road West. Rolling Hills.

For more information or to request a

catalog call (310) 541-7626 x 289

or visit pvpusd.net/adulted.

Wed., Sept. 14

PV Woman's Club

The Palos Verdes Woman's Club

meets noon at the Rolling Hills Country

Club. Entertainment by guitarist,

Chris Wooley. $32. For reservations

and information call Beverly Teresinski

at 310-378-1349.

Thursday, Sept. 15

South Coast Rose Society

A combined Internet/power point

presentation will highlight informative

websites on roses, including instructions

on how to use

helpmefindroses.com and many less

familiar. South Coast Botanic Garden,

26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos

Verdes Peninsula.For further information,

please see their Facebook.

Seniors Lecture Series

Peninsula resident and Arizona

Highways photographer Rick

Thompson presents “Organpipe


Calendar cont. on page 18

16 PeninsulaSeptember 2016

“Home is everything.”

It’s where you come back to after a long day and

can finally relax and be with your family.

Your home is that place you’ve dreamed of ever

since you were a child.

It’s not easy to find that perfect home.

We are here to help make that dream a reality.

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Real Estate & Construction

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The Penny Royal Players sing songs by Stephen Foster, whose “Camptown

Races” and “Swanee River” earned him the title of the Father of

American Music. The performance will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday,

Sept. 7 at Hesse Park. Members are (left to right) Diane Brownson,

Gay Durward, Joan Perkins, Anne Destabelle, Ann Ehrenclou and Faye

Schwartz. For more information visit PennyRoyalPlayers.org.

National Monument & Other Southwest Delights.” Thompson will bring his library

of outstanding photos of horses, sunsets, cowboys, and a historical perspective

of the Yuma Prison. 10:30 a.m. at Hesse Park, 29301 Hawthorne

Blvd, Rancho Palos Verdes.

Full Moon Hike at George F Canyon

Explore nocturnal sights with an expert naturalist under a full moon at the

George F Canyon Nature Preserve. Organized by the Palos Verdes Peninsula

Land Conservancy. 9 and up. $12. Reservations required at pvplc.org.

Saturday, September 17

Los Serenos Coastal Cleanup Day at Abalone Cove

Bring the family to help clean the beach at Abalone Cove. 9 a.m.. to noon.

Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Wear sturdy shoes. Parking fee

waived. Abalone Cove Shoreline Park, 5970 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho

Palos Verdes. For more info call (310) 377-5370 or visit


Water Conservation

Learn about drought friendly watering methods from Cris Sarabia, Stewardship

Manager of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. Followed by

a Native Plant Sale noon – 2 p.m. 9 a.m. - 11a.m. Free. White Point Nature

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Calendar cont. on page 20


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Celebrates its 90th Birthday

● Membership open to all women

in the South Bay.

● Monthly luncheon meeting

with program

Philanthropies receiving our funds:

Scholarships to local high school seniors

Other local charities

For further information:



Palos Verdes Woman’s Club is a 501C3


Education Center, 1600 W Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro. For more information

and to RSVP, visit pvplc.org.

Wednesday September 21

Peninsula Seniors Lecture Series

Dr. Roberto Frisancho, anthropologist discusses “Human Brain Evolution.”

Learn about the role of walking on two legs, body fat distribution and brain

size of Homo Sapiens.Frisancho was the recipient of the LS&A Excellence in

Education Award for years 1996, 1997 and 1998. He is a Research Professor

of the Center for Human Growth & Development at the University of Michigan.

10:30 a.m. Hesse Park—29301 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos


PVP 4-H Club Community Meeting

Their first club meeting is today at 7 p.m. The 4H Club offers a wide range of

projects for ages 9-19, including Pets & Small Animals, Horses, Dog Care,

Beekeeping, Poultry, Sewing, Marine Biology, Wildlife, Surfing, Leadership,

Photography, Archery, Shooting Sports, Computers and Rocketry. Monthly

meetings at the Rolling Hills Estates City Hall, 4045 Palos Verdes Dr. North.

For more information call Dee Keese at (310) 377-9773 or Peter Michel at

(310) 863-8596. You can also send an email to pvp4hclub@gmail.com or

swimdude64@earthlink.net. Or visit pvp4hclub.com rthlink.net

Thursday, September 22

Embroiderers Guild Meeting

The Azure Verde Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America’s Mary Gould

Calendar cont. on page 22

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will teach how to make a crazy quilt purse (part 1 of 2, to be continued at the

October meeting). Visitors are welcome. 9:30 a.m. St. Francis Episcopal

Church, 2200 Via Rosa, Palos Verdes Estates. For more information call

(310)675-2745 or visit azureverdeega.com.

Friday, September 23

Young Frankenstein – The Musical

The Palos Verdes Performing Arts opens its season with the zany, Broadway

hit musical comedy, “Young Frankenstein.” The production runs through October

9 at the Norris Theatre. In this reimagining of the famous legend, the

grandson of mad scientist Victor Frankenstein inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania,

and with the help of his hunchbacked sidekick and leggy lab assistant,

he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s. 8 p.m. Fridays and

Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, plus 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday

October 1 and 8. $55-$65. Not recommended for children under 13.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (310) 544-0403 or go to

palosverdesperformingarts.com. 27570 Norris Center Drive, RHE.

PVP Land Conservancy Film Screening

The Beauty of Nature Film Series screens "Touching the Void" at 7p.m, a gripping

drama of a mountaineering trek gone awry in the Andes. Rated R. Tickets

$10 adults, 18 and under free. Hermosa Beach Community Theater, 710 Pier

Ave. Hermosa Beach. Tickets and to RSVP: www.pvplc.org.

Saturday, September 24

PVP Land Conservancy

Celebrates National Public Lands Day, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the White Point

Calendar cont. on page 26

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Chris Adlam



Magnificent bluff top property in Lunada Bay. Dramatic one level with 5 bedrooms, 4750

square feet with pool and front courtyard. Situated on a 21,000 square foot lot. $6,250,000

Completely remodeled inside and out, this beautiful 4 bedroom home in Lower Lunada Bay has bright,

spacious living spaces and a large, flat backyard that opens to parkland. $2,199,000

Chris Adlam



This one level, 3 bedroom home in the heart of Valmonte is situated on an oversized corner lot. Charm

through-out with a covered front porch, beautiful bay window and hardwood floors. $1,199,000

24 PeninsulaSeptember 2016

Sprawling one level, 5 bedroom home in Palos Verdes Estates. Tennis court, pool, spa and more

on huge, street-to-street lot in the "Resort Point" neighborhood in Lunada Bay. $3,999,000

Chris Adlam



Gated Tennis Estate in PVE. Over 6200 square feet of gorgeous living space, 5 bedrooms

plus an office, sweeping ocean views, wine cellar, and more! $4,999,000


Nature Preserve. Volunteer to help beautify the nature demonstration garden

and enjoy a Guided Ranger walk, Composting Workshop and Native Plant

Sale. Coffee from Starbucks and lunch provided courtesy of Toyota. 1600

Paseo del Mar, San Pedro. RSVP at pvplc.volunteerhub.com

Wednesday,September 28

Mac Users Group Meeting

Beginners Q & A, 8 p.m. presentation on Apple TV. Admission. Free. All

Mac/iPad/iPhone users and potential users are welcome. 6:30 p.m. Lomita

VFW Hall, 1865 Lomita Blvd. For more information call (310) 644-3315 or

email info@sbamug.com.

Thursday, September 29

Jazz & Swing

The Palos Verdes Library District and the USC Emeriti Center College present

Jazz & Swing: Encore! today and October 6, 13, 20, 27 and November 3

from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Peninsula Center Library Community Room. This

multi-media presentation is filled with musical examples, rare photos, film clips,

humorous stories, and live demonstrations. Join us for entirely new lectures on

The Ella Fitzgerald Story; A is for Armstrong: Louis Armstrong; Tony Bennett;

Jazz and Swing on the West Coast; Artie Shaw and Harry James; and Jazz

and Swing Today. This 6-week course will be taught by Dr. Thom David

Mason, retired Professor of Jazz Studies at the Department at the Thornton

School of Music, University of Southern California. Registration required. To

register, Mary Cohen at mcohen@pvld.org or 310-921-7519. The registration

deadline October 6. For further information, please contact the USC Emeriti

Center College at (213) 740-8841 or on the web at emeriticollege.usc.edu.


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Glass receives Freedom4U

George and Etty Allen Award


ong time Peninsula volunteer and benefactor Jacky Glass was presented

with the George and Etty Allen Lifetime Achievement Award

during the recent Releasing Youth Into Purpose dinner hosted by Freedom4U

at the Palos Verdes Country Club. In addition to Freedom4U,

Glass volunteers for dozens of other charity and community programs,

including H.E.L.P., the Norris Theater, St. Peter’s by the Sea and the Los

Angeles Philharmonic.

Freedom4U helps parents and teens move towards healthier living and

away from substance abuse, using, peer mentors, healthy activities and

service learning. “The unique thing about our program is we will involve

kids in healthy social activities and our service-learning projects,” said

director George Allen.


1. Jacky Glass receives the George

and Etty Allen Lifetime Achievement

Award from Greg Allen.

2. Freedom4U leadership teens share

their experiences.

3. The Freedom4U Teen band.

4. Jamie Born and friends.

5. Dr. Greg Allen, Dr. Charles Park, Dr.

Nichole Wesley, Mitzi Cress and Jens


6. Jesse Allen, Joanne Culverhouse,

Roma Mistry, Greg and Christine Allen.

7. Freedom4U Board Members

Michael Kroll, Greg Allen, Lauren

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Women taking care of women

Dr. Patricia E.Sacks and the Vasek and Anna Maria Polak Breast Diagnostic Center are celebrating the center’s 30th anniversary this year.

Photo by Rachel Reeves

by Rachel Reeves

When Patricia Sacks began

her medical career, she noticed

there was very little money for

researching women’s diseases.

Thanks to her, and other women

like her, that has changed.

Four decades ago, when it was rare to hear anyone speak publicly about breast cancer, Dr.

Patricia Sacks dreamed about establishing a facility dedicated to diagnosing and treating the

disease. She was then the only female radiologist at the Torrance Radiology Group. She had

been one of just five women in her graduating class at Tufts Medical School.

“At the time there was very little understanding of diseases that are specific to women,” Dr.

Sacks recalls. “There was no money for research. There was for prostate cancer, all the men’s diseases,

but none for women, and I really felt that, in a way, it was my duty to do something about


In the late seventies, the tide began to turn in her favor. High-profile survivors like Shirley Temple

Black, Betty Ford, and Happy Rockefeller were speaking and writing about breast cancer, paving

the way for Dr. Sacks to have a conversation about her vision with administrators at Torrance Memorial

Medical Center.

Hospital managers paid attention. Shortly after they agreed to create a women’s center, a wealthy

donor took a tour of the hospital. His name was Vasek Polak. He had been a freedom fighter in

32 PeninsulaSeptember 2016

his native Czechoslovakia. When the secret police arrived to arrest him,

he fled on foot to Germany. There he found work as a mechanic, saved

money, and boarded a boat to America, where he worked for a car importer

in New York, then headed west to California in a Volkswagen van.

Polak arrived in Manhattan Beach in 1958. Through connections he’d

made in Europe he met Dr. Ferry Porsche, who offered him the first

Porsche dealership in the nation, a business that led to others and eventually

to a vast fortune. In 1987, following his tour of the hospital, Polak

chose to fund a breast cancer center at Torrance Memorial in memory of

his late wife, who died of cancer.

Over the years, his trust has donated $15 million to the Vasek and Anna

Maria Polak Breast Diagnostic Center. Before Polak died, Dr. Sacks helped

him to set up a center for breast cancer in Prague – a show of gratitude for

what he had done for the women of the South Bay.

Today, together with its three satellite offices in Carson, Manhattan

Beach, and Rolling Hills, the Center employs nine radiologists and 43 staff.

It screens nearly 35,000 women a year, some from as far away as Victorville

and Catalina Island. Radiologists at the Center diagnose about 400

new cases a year.

The Center has been doing mammograms and ultrasounds since its inception,

and MRI scans for more than 10 years. (In 9 to 12 percent of cases,

the MRI will reveal something the mammogram and ultrasound didn’t.)

In 2014, the Vasek and Anna Maria Polak Breast Diagnostic Center was

the first facility in the South Bay to acquire 3D mammogram machines –

three of them, each worth up to $400,000 – which detect otherwise undetectable

cancers in women with dense breast tissue.

“The analogy would be the princess and the pea,” Dr. Sacks says of the

machines. “If you had a pea between 50 mattresses, but the pea was between

mattresses 26 and 27, you wouldn’t see it until you got to those two

mattresses. By taking a picture of the breast from the top or side you don’t

see as much as when you can take off layer after layer, and put the slices

back together, and then take a picture. [The machine is] 41 percent more

accurate at finding invasive breast cancers, and for the same exact radiation.”

These kinds of advances in technology, together with an increasing

awareness of breast cancer, have reduced the disease’s mortality rate by

20 percent over the last decade. Now drugs are shrinking tumors. Radiologists

are being trained specifically in breast cancer. Breakthrough clinical

trials are occurring.

Recognized by the American College of Radiology as a Breast Imaging

Center of Excellence, the facility is a one-stop shop for anyone concerned

about, or genetically at risk for, breast cancer. (The risk doubles for a

woman whose sister or mother has suffered from breast cancer.)

The Center’s work does not end with a diagnosis. Dr. Sacks works in

close collaboration with all the people who could be involved in her patients’

treatment. Every Thursday morning, she meets with radiation therapists,

plastic surgeons, surgeons, radiologists, medical oncologists, and

pathologists to discuss treatment planning.

The Center also offers psychological support, putting its patients in touch

with cancer groups, hat and wig clinics, and two “nurse navigators,” both

breast cancer survivors. Navigators act as advocates for patients, making

their appointments, answering their questions, and walking them through

the treatment process.

“Women come in and they’re really scared,” Dr. Sacks says. “Everybody’s

scared of breast cancer. Everybody has a relative or friend with breast cancer.

I would say from the time you come to the front desk to check in to

going back to have a mammogram and then maybe an ultrasound everybody

here is really, really dedicated to trying to take care of you and allaying

your fears.”

Tiffani Zanelli, director of the facility, remembers the exact moment Dr.

Sacks changed her perspective on the work the Center does. A woman

who had tested positive referred to her rotten luck and Dr. Sacks told her

that was perhaps the luckiest day of her life. The cancer had been found

early and it would be cured. This is at the heart of Dr. Sacks’ – and the

Center’s – mission: to screen early and often so that women don’t have to

suffer through breast cancer the way they did four decades ago.

“As I started working here what I realized is that women as a whole are

always taking care of everybody – their families, their parents, children,

spouses – and sometimes they delay their own personal care,” Zanelli says.

“This is a place where women are taking care of women.” PEN

Cancer Support Community director Judith Opdahl with Harvey and Dr. Patricia

Sacks at the annual Celebrate Wellness fundraiser in 2014.

Vasek Polak, owner of Vasek Polak Porsche in Hermosa Beach, in 1994,

with bronze reliefs of his wife Anna Maria and himself at the Torrance Memorial

Polak Breast Diagnostic Center. That year, Polak made a $1.2 million

donation to the center, in memory of his wife.

Celebrating the groundbreaking for the Torrance Memorial Polak Breast Diagnostic

Center in the early 1990s are Patricia Sacks, MD; Robert Huber,

MD; Sally Eberhard, Senior Vice President, Planning and Development and

George W. Graham, President/CEO.

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“Ricky of Carson,” by Alexey Steele

Alexey Steele. Photo by Gene Lemuel

Man of Steele

An artist who elevates and takes pride in his community

by Bondo Wyszpolski

When we step into the vast Carson

studio of painter Alexey Steele we

can be forgiven for thinking we’ve

slipped back in time, into the atelier

of Ilya Repin or Valentin Serov, dominant figures

of late 19th century Russian realism, and

renowned for their compelling portraits.

By way of his late father, Leonid Mikhailovich

Steele, as well as Ilya Glazunov, with whom he

studied at the Surikov Art Institute of the Soviet

Academy of Art in Moscow, Steele has followed

in their path.

This puts him at odds with the various avantgarde

trends and experiments that garner the attention

when people talk about the admittedly

diverse L.A. art scene. But many people do not

trust or understand work of an overly abstract,

conceptual nature, whereas a portrait in the vein

of a Rembrandt or Caravaggio is akin to comfort

food, especially when well executed. And when

it comes to stylistic boldness and grace, Alexey

Steele is arguably as good as it gets.

No turning back

Though originally from Ukraine, Steele grew

up in Kiev, and as a boy moved with his family

to Moscow. In 1990, when Steele was in his early

20s, the family came to America by way of

Canada, where they had distant relatives. It was

to be a three-month stay, but Steele’s father must

have decided early on that he wasn’t going back:

“My dad said, I’m staying; you want to go, go.”

After all, he’d seen Venice Beach with its golden

girls gliding down the boardwalk. Of his father,

Steele says, “The first thing he bought in the

United States were rollerblades. At age 70.”

But that’s not to say father and son abandoned

their ideas about classical art. Quite likely they

embraced their heritage and their tradition even


Steele has a pronounced, gregarious personality,

which I imagine strikes some people as overbearing,

but he does have the chops, as they say,

to back it up. For quite a while he had a studio in

West Los Angeles (behind the Odyssey Theatre

and near Twenty Twenty Wine Co.), but the

owner put the building up for sale. That was

roughly 10 years ago. Well, it so happened that a

very good friend of his had acquired property in

Carson, and he told Steele to come and have a

look around. Naturally, the first response was,

Where the hell is Carson?

Steele’s friends probably had the same reaction,

telling him, We’ll never see you again; you

might as well be moving back to Russia. However,

with his pal Rick Rand, Steele acquired a

large space, formerly the home of a roofing company,

in what was then a sort of no-man’s-land

just east of the San Diego Freeway off of Torrance

Blvd. and near Main Street. Seeing the interior

today, we might imagine it was once an 18th century

theater or opera house.

Of life’s finer qualities

If Steele is widely known for one thing, it might

be as the impresario of the region’s best kept

open secret, his Classical Underground music series,

which pops up every… well, whenever he

feels like it. Which also gives the event an air of


This is now the 10th year, and essentially it duplicates

the drawing room, chamber music salon

gatherings of 19th century Europe. If you read

Delacroix’s journals, for example, you’ll find numerous

instances of his attending intimate soirees

with the likes of the marvelous but fragile

Frédéric Chopin on piano.

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Steele’s Classical Underground is rather larger in scale, I’m guessing

some 250 people at each one, and everybody accommodated on chairs or

couches in Steele’s workplace, which requires three days to haul everything

out and three more to haul it back in.

No matter, the programs are exquisite, with piano and violin duets one

night, a string quartet on another, and the musicians, often in Los Angeles

from out of town, are always first-rate. If we ask Steele where he finds

these performers he’ll mention that it’s a family legacy, and that during

the 1960s his boyhood home in Kiev was a fertile and cultural meeting

Portrait and study

of Uncle Lincoln,

Ukelele Player by

Alexey Steele.

ground. Contacts made years ago still bear fruit, and then the word spreads.

But there’s also that feeling of having stumbled into an elite gathering of

art sophisticates, hungry for artistic nourishment.

For Steele, his Classical Underground began as an “investigative project:

How does a classical way of thinking, a classical way of philosophically

relating to the universe, fit into today’s contemporary world?” Also, he

notes, “It’s about art and society, because I believe that art is a powerful

tool within society.”

That, as you will find, is pretty much his mantra, too: In art we trust!

Steele, it can be said, is both practitioner and custodian for the dignity of

art (his interpretation of it, let’s be clear), just as his working studio, when

converted into a concert hall, gives the impression of being an artistic sanctuary.

A sanctuary not only for the music that draws hundreds, but for the

art, much of it monumental, and for the vast library of art books that spans

an entire wall. We won’t call it religious, but there’s a sense here of the sacred,

of the rarefied and refined.

For all that, there is no media advertising and hardly any advance notice.

A week, if you’re lucky. The word goes out on Steele’s extensive email list

and the response is usually immediate, just as when Randy Berler of the

South Bay Film Society announces a new screening and tickets are snapped

up literally overnight. Again, there’s a real hunger for the finer things in

life, and the fact that the City of Carson is one of the places where it’s burgeoning

is rather ironic, don’t you think? But even so…

Come together

“I’ve always been fascinated by one important thing,” Steele says, and

that’s “the relation of art and society, the place of art in a society.” Which

is also to say that he believes art is the tool that brings the people of a community

together. Whether or not one agrees that this is what it’s about,

this takes us to Steele’s current endeavor, an ongoing series called “Love

My Neighbor.”

He began it seven years ago, although the roots go back as far as his first

days in Carson.

“When I came here, one of the first things that struck me is how incred-

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ible a neighborhood this is,” Steele says.

What he’s referring to is actually the diversity, and because his work is

human-centered, and thus character-based, Steele’s concern with stylistics

takes a back seat, at least at first. “Authenticity and humanity is the core

in the greatest examples of the type of work that I do, which is this great

depiction of the human condition.”

His first impression of Carson has remained a lasting impression, and it

may not have occurred at all if Steele hadn’t made the move from West

Los Angeles. “I immediately started looking and thinking and I had the

idea to portray my neighborhood characters.”

The project picked up steam several months ago when a grant from the

City of Carson Cultural Arts Commission enabled Steele to devote more

time to it, with Wells Fargo Bank coming on board as an exhibition sponsor.

The results, so far, are impressive, with three individuals comprising the

latest addition to this series which, Steele says, he’ll continue for as long

as possible.

The reason why the series is titled “Love My Neighbor” and not “Love

Thy Neighbor” is because this is a personal testimony and not a command.

Still, there is a message of sorts, an invitation for the residents of Carson,

“which is big enough to be representative of our world,” to open up to their

fellow residents. Besides, it all starts at ground zero, in the community.

Alexey Steele has collectors of his work living throughout Los Angeles,

including Palos Verdes. He also teaches classes at his studio. Earlier this

year Portuguese Bend resident Steve Shriver took one such course and

found it beneficial. “Alexey gave a thorough account, from tinting paper to

the medium sharpening technique,” Shriver recalls. “It felt like a complete

introduction to a traditional method of depiction, and one I am very glad

to have received.”

In art we trust. When Steele says it, the words sing with authority and

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El Camino College’s

new president brings

experience in collegebusiness


Dena Maloney is El Camino College’s sixth president, and its first woman president. Photo by Kevin Cody

by Kevin Cody

Freshman students pictured in the inaugural,

1947 El Camino College Warrior yearbook

don’t look like freshly graduated high

school students. Most were World War II veterans.

The national war effort had evolved into a

national education effort, funded by the GI Bill.

One of the founding freshmen pictured in the

1947 yearbook is a future North American Aviation

tool and die maker named Bill Pearson.

This past February, Pearson’s daughter Dena

Maloney was named the 6th president in El

Camino college’s six decade history and its first

female president, replacing retiring president

Tom Fallo. Maloney keeps a copy of the 1947

yearbook in her office for reasons other than the

obvious fondness for her father. The yearbook is

a reminder of El Camino’s future.

California’s 113 community colleges have embarked

on an education effort, not unlike the post

World War II effort, to fill the nation’s workplace

“skills gap.” The 2016 California State budget includes

$200 million for the Strong Workforce Program.

The program matches student training

with private sector needs. El Camino will receive

$1.5 million of this money for its Career Technical

Education (CTE) programs.

Maloney’s previous experience at Santa Clarita

and West Kern community college districts made

her an attractive candidate to replace Fallo.

“Coming from a smaller district gave her more

hands on experience,” El Camino Trustee Bob

Beverly said. Beverly represents District 3, which

includes Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, El

Segundo and North Redondo Beach. “We had

candidates who were strong in community relations,

strong in academics, strong in vocational

education. Maloney appeared strong in all of

these areas.”

Beverly noted that California community colleges

are “two headed beasts.” Their academic

program students are expected to transfer to a

state college or university. Their vocational program

students are expected to enter the workforce

after two years. Maloney said the goal of

most of El Camino’s 22,000 students is to transfer

to a four year college. But her background suggest

an equal appreciation for the college’s vocational

program students.

In the late 1990s, Maloney was named director

of the Santa Clarita district’s Center for Applied

Competitive Technology (CACT). In 2006, she

was named founding dean of Santa Clarita College

District’s new Canyon Country campus,

which opened the following year. She also served

as the college’s director of economic development.

Foremost among Maloney’s achievements at

College of the Canyons were the partnerships she

forged with Santa Clarita’s many aerospace contractors.

“They couldn’t find workers. They were raiding

their fellow contractors for employees,” Maloney


“They told me, ‘We’re not in the training business.

What can you do for us?”

Maloney told them she was limited in what she

could do because her college couldn’t afford the

equipment needed to train skilled workers. Boeing,

IBM and other Santa Clarita employers responded

by contributing $6 million to equip her

campus’ new Applied Technology Education

Center, which opened in 2011.

“The companies also agreed not to raid one another’s

employees, who were sent to the centers

for training,” Maloney said.

Maloney had used the same strategy several

years earlier to fund the College of the Canyon

Biotechnology Center. The 4,700 square foot facility

was built off campus, in the nearby Mann

Biomedical Park.

College of the Canyon’s two training centers

are similar to El Camino’s Business Training Center

in Hawthorne. The center offers courses cus-

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tomized to the needs of South Bay businesses,

taught by local professionals.

On Campus, El Camino has a new 70 classroom,

$38 million Industry Technology Education

Center, offering courses ranging from

drafting and fashion to robotics and emergency

medical technology. It also has a new, $30 million

Center for Applied Technology, which offers

courses in welding, automotive and green technology.

The buildings were built with proceeds

from a $394 million bond approved by voters in

2002. At the time, the bond was the largest of its

kind in state history.

Courses offered at the new tech center range

from architecture and automotive to paramedics

and welding,

Proceeds from the 2002 bond will have been

exhausted this fall with the opening of the new

Murdoch Stadium, an NFL-level, $37 million

football, soccer and track stadium, with an adjacent

sports medicine center. The original Murdoch

Stadium was built in 1949 and named after

the school’s founding president Forrest Murdoch.

The fabled stadium produced over 60 NFL football

players, the most of any community college

in the nation, and was the location for Chris

Rock’s and Adam Sandler’s “The Longest Yard,”

and dozens of other movies.

Maloney has arrived at El Camino, just in time

to preside, not only over the new stadium’s opening

kickoff, but also the spending kickoff of a second,

$350 million bond passed in 2012.

“We’re just finishing mapping out how to

spend the 2012 bond money,” Maloney said in

her soon to be demolished office. A new administration

building is planned, along with new fine

arts and behavioral arts clasrooms, two swimming

pools, and a new student services building.

Maloney and her husband recently moved to

Rancho Palos Verdes. She said she is looking forward

to more celebratory dinners at the new Bottle

Inn in Riviera Village.

Maloney’s career in education began in the

early 1990s with a part time job with the Santa

Clarita Community College District. She worked

with local businesses on job training. She subsequently

was named director of the college’s Employee

Training Institute, then, in rapid

succession director of its Center for Applied

Competitive Technology and then dean of the college’s

yet to be built Canyon Campus.

Back to the South Bay

Maloney said one of the reasons she sought the

El Camino position was to be closer to her family.

She was born in Inglewood. And though her immediate

family moved to La Puente in the San

Gabriel Valley when she was young, she spent

much of her summers with her grandparents, in

Hawthorne and has many South Bay cousins.

After attending Loyola Marymount on a scholarship,

where she majored in political science, Community connections

she earned a masters in government at Georgetown

University. She then spent two years on recent memory) College Night for high school

This fall El Camino will host its first (at least in

Capitol Hill working for Texas Congressman seniors and their parents. The evening is part of

Charles Wilson.The Congressman’s involvement Maloney’s strategic outreach to area high schoolers.

Another part of the strategy, she said, is the

in the covert funding of the Afghan Mujahideen

in their fight against the invading Soviet Union college’s “dual enrollment” program, which allows

high school students to take college level

became the subject of the Hollywood film, “Charlie

Wilson’s War.”

courses from El Camino professors at the high

“I worked for Congressman Wilson on postal schoolers’ campuses.

service issues,” Maloney was quick to point out. Despite her enthusiasm for technology education,

Maloney did not speak enthusiastically

In the early 1980s, she and her husband moved

to Hermosa Beach, where they lived for three about online classes. She acknowledged that they


will be “part of the mix,” but pointed out they

“I worked in Irvine and he worked in Van don’t work well for lab courses. She did speak favorably

of state legislation that will fund devel-

Nuys. Hermosa was mid way. When I got a new

job closer to home, we celebrated at the Bottle opment of online college textbooks because

Inn, on 22nd Street. We used to have breakfast

at Le Petite Cafe, around the corner from our

apartment on 190th Street,” she said. Maloney cont. on page 55

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The French Chateau style Bruni residence was originally designed by Martin Fuller. Architectural details including limestone keys on the exterior structure and reclaimed French antique

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Sixteen years ago, The Bruni family first set their

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among the hills of Palos Verdes Estates.

The home was designed by the architect Martin Fuller

in 1982 and built in 1984, but had never truly been completed.

Selected to be a Sandpipers showcase home in

1986, most of the design elements implemented were furnishings

that were removed following the event — leaving

the home lacking in warmth, detail and finishings. Two

owners had come and gone but the lived-in celebration of

life that is the essence of an authentic chateau had not

taken root.

Harry Bruni was not daunted. When he purchased the

50 PeninsulaSeptember 2016

The double entry interior doors with a leaded glass design offer an intriguing entrance to the grand living room.

home in 2000, he didn’t dwell on what was missing. He

saw vast vast possibilities, a home that could contain both

sweeping grandeur and smaller, quiet spaces.

“The living room had to be completely rebuilt when we

moved in,” Bruni said. “What’s neat about the house now

is I have these, great 18-foot ceilings in a couple of rooms

but most of the rooms are pretty intimate”

The interior entry doors to the formal living room were

intricately adorned with beveled, leaded glass handmade

by Rose Art Glass. The living room, Bruni explained, “was

probably the statement room for John Fleming Interiors,”

the much-beloved Torrance based firm known for its

work on the Peninsula. Its namesake founder passed away

in 2010.

The Brunis credit Fleming with many of the French

style accoutrements, such as the lambrequin walls that

were built to accommodate wider plaster ceiling moldings

and an enlarged fireplace and mantle, better scaled with

the room’s elevated ceilings. The Brunis chose to keep

most of the period moldings throughout the home; according

to Bruni, they were designed by the same company

Bruni Chateau cont. on page 52

The pub is an expansive wood paneled room with coffered ceilings, combining an authentic Irish pub feel

with a sports bar.

September 2016Peninsula 51

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Yet centuries ago when the world’s finest clockmakers

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Imagine a hand made complex mechanism of inter-working

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next generation.

Your clock reminds you of its presence every time you wind

it and if its accuracy is not what it used to be, or its chimes are

not as strong rythmic, or maybe it just stops. That means it’s

talking to you and telling you that its endless life is in jeopardy.

It is 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.

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 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.

Bruni Chateau cont. from page 51

who did the moldings inside the Getty Museum.

The home was about 6,500 square feet when the family purchased it in

2000. In 2007 and 2008, the Brunis added 4,000 square feet, including a

children's wing and a large basement. The home now contains every

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ocean and tree lined view.

Bruni Chateau cont. from page 53

improvisation from “Doctor Seuss.” The basement also houses a state-ofthe-

art media room with theater seatings and a “pub,” as Bruni calls it —

a marriage of Irish pub and upscale sports bar. The wallcoverings are

stamped in an intricate design carried through to the coffered and burled

walnut ceiling above, giving the pub a cave-like feel that invites intimacy

and fun. The Mrs. Pac Man Video machine and other games make it a

place children are likewise comfortable in.

“The kids used to spend a lot of time down here with their friends,”

Bruni said. “These days, they prefer to be around us adults, and it’s nice.”

The family designed the bar and most of the interior spaces themselves.

Bruni said his wife, Sylvia, has a natural talent for interior color schemes.

Her tile selections and design ideas stand on their own merit. Each of the

8.75 bathrooms is in keeping with the French character of the home,

though each has its own, signature look. One bathroom has lamps rather

than wall sconces flanking the basin mirror. Tiny holes were drilled into

the stone countertop to facilitate the lamps connection to an electrical

source, and although this feature is not overly apparent, it adds to the

sparkle of the home, which is rich with nostalgic spaces, thoughtfully rendered.

Directly outside the pub room is the outdoor living room, also part of

the 2007-2008 addition. A floral mural pulled from Harry Bruni’s parent’s

home in La Jolla graces a background wall. Overhead is an oiled mahogany

ceiling in a staggered strip design. The floors are heated. The room gathers

around a large fireplace, and a large flatscreen television hovers above it

all. The covered outdoor space can serve either as an entertainer’s dream

or a simple family refuge.

During a tour of the home, Regan, the family’s 2-1/2-year-old border collie

rescue dog, follows his master around. Later, Jenette, the beloved family

cat credited with being the ruler of the roost, makes a brief appearance.

The Brunis are a large family, with four children, yet the home still affords

them two guest bedrooms. The family room downstairs is a player’s

paradise, with a full size pool table and wood bar stools featuring carved

geese on the arms. The barstools are from the Hotel Bel Air bar, before its

remodel. The family purchased the chairs from the previous owners due

to their comfort, not realizing at the time that they also were a design icon.

The goose style used to be a theme at the Hotel Bel Air.

Further downstairs is the wine cellar.

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“The cellar had cheap ceramic

tile and no refrigeration,” Bruni

said. That’s all changed. The cellar

is temperature controlled and features

natural stone and an original

oil painting by Sandra Jones Campbell.

The art was previously pictured

on the cover of the Laguna

Beach Pageant of the Masters program.

“It’s named ‘A Dog Needs a

Drink’, and is my high-end version

of the famed, ‘Dogs Playing Poker’

painting,” Bruni said.

The relationship between the

late John Fleming and the Bruni

family appears to have gone beyond

client-designer into friendship.

Although Fleming Interiors

fully designed only a few spaces in

this large estate, Fleming’s influence

pervades the home through

small details, such as the petite

Caesar Medallion inlaid in the upstairs

mezzanine and in the gold

leaf moldings in the front hall.

Perhaps the greatest addition executed

by Fleming for Bruni is a

hidden bookcase door that leads to

an office, outside loggia, exercise

room and full bathroom. Bruni recalls

the day that this idea first presented

itself. Fleming was sitting

down in the home, “noodling” as

Bruni describes it, trying to discern

where a hidden door would fit

best. This was Harry Bruni’s treasured

wish for the house. Fleming

transformed a space, formerly a

hallway leading to a maid's room,

into a sophisticated office, loggia,

full bathroom and exercise room.

It’s not all man-cave. The exercise

room is also used by the Bruni children,

who are now college athletes.

Towards the end of the tour

music sounded, and Bruni smiled.

“There’s my daughter playing

the piano,” he said. “We have the

Olympics on all the time here.”

The home has served as both a

family and social hub for the Bruni


“We’ve had a lot of friends here,”

Brunni said. “We’ve had a lot of

events here. We had a wedding

here last December.”

Now that the family’s children

are off to college, they have decided

to downsize a bit. They are

preparing to sell the house, but will

remain on the Peninsula. Bruni

said he is grateful for the family’s

time in the chateau.

“Now we don’t have as much

need for the use of this whole

house,” he said. “It’s time for another

family to come in and enjoy

all it has to offer.” PEN

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Jim and Gwen Beazell with a New Guinea mask woven out of rattan and embellished with wood, mud, shells and feathers.

Photos by Brad Jacobson (CivicCouch.com)

Unmasking Gwen and Jim Beazell travel the world looking for

masks and the stories and magic behind the masks

the masks

by Richard Foss

Ask anyone with a passion for collecting

and they can tell you about the thing that

started them on the road. It may be the

rare coin they found in their change, an intriguing

old book from a yard sale or a piece of glassware

that was part of an inheritance, but they remember

it and they still have it.

When Gwen Beazell met the man who was to

become her second husband, she owned six Mexican

ethnic masks, most made from stamped tin.

Gwen was a teacher, and she discovered quickly

that she shared a number of commonalities with

the medical researcher named Jim who called her

at the urging of a mutual friend. Both were avid

readers and gourmet cooks who had Native

American children, either from previous marriages

or adoption, and both were interested in

art, anthropology, and ethnic cultures. The two

talked on the phone for four hours on that first

call. The relationship blossomed over family dinners

at each other’s homes.

The masks that Gwen brought into their shared

household were only a few items of the ethnic

décor that both of them liked until the fateful day

that they saw an announcement of an event that

both thought sounded interesting.

As Jim tells it, “The city of Los Angeles used to

have a Festival of Masks, sponsored by the Folk

Art Museum. They invited people from all over

the world who have mask cultures to perform. It

just turned us on, and we would go there and stay

all day. We befriended a lot of people there, and

one of them was Professor Irmstead from UCLA,

who was a collector of Mexican masks. He invited

us to his house and spread them out on the

floor. It was awe inspiring. That started us collecting,

and it eventually got out of control. Because

we had this ethnically diverse, mostly

Native American family, we started collecting artifacts

that were relevant to their cultures. Then

we made a friend who was a dealer in West

58 PeninsulaSeptember 2016

“Crooked Nose” is an Iroquois healing mask.

African art, and we started branching out. When

you get involved in learning about masks and

how they’re used in different cultures, it leads

you into their religion, music, and dance, all their


Gwen remembers that the thing that first

caught her attention was the enormous diversity

of materials in mask construction.

“What started my interest was the use of different

media – I was an art teacher, after all. In

New Guinea, they weave them out of rattan, and

then apply wood, mud, shells, feathers… Other

cultures use papier-mâché, leather, wood, metal.

Almost anything you can work or shape gets used

by somebody.”

Their collection now includes at least 500

masks (they’re not sure of the exact number),

some bought from dealers and importers but

most collected on trips around the world.

Jim says that one of the things that is universal

about this highly ritualized object is the transformational

power of wearing one. “A traditional

mask is not just a disguise, and when you put one

on you take on a different persona. It says more

about you than your bare face. The Native Americans

put on an eagle mask not just to reflect that

they are a member of the eagle clan, but to become

the eagle. It’s a mask that only they and

their fellow clan members can wear. In New

Guinea there are masks for gods and ancestors,

which you might expect, but there’s a mask for a

yam. Yams are a very important food source in

their culture, so it’s represented in their rituals

and dances. There are even masks to represent

diseases – we have one with pockmarks that represent

smallpox. A shaman would wear it at a funeral

to drive away the evil spirits of the disease.

There are events in various cultures that have

very specific masks, like circumcision rites, coming

of age ceremonies, funerals, but oddly very

few that have anything to do with courtship.

That’s something that’s usually more private and

not as ritualized, so I suppose it makes sense.”

Though the Beazells have an interest in all

manner of masks, they have an obvious fondness

for those from North American cultures. Some of

the most beautiful in their collection have a

prominent place near the front door. As is often

the case, Gwen started by talking about the

media, and Jim followed up storytelling about the


“Our happiest masks are from the Iroquois and

Seneca peoples. People of different gender use

different materials; some masks are carved by

men, some are woven by women. The hair for

most masks is a horsetail, but they use corn

husks for the hair of harvest masks. That’s their

staple crop, so the symbolism is obvious. A lot of

them have the tongue hanging out, and it’s made

of leather or other flexible materials so it wags in

a comical way when someone dances.”

“Some of the Iroquois masks have a very ritualized

pattern of construction,” Jim continued.

“You start the carving on the living tree, and you

are taking some power from the tree when you

make it that way. If you start it in the morning it

must be painted as a red mask, and if you start it

in the evening it is a black mask.”

When asked about one Iroquois mask that has

a particularly goofy expression, Jim launched into

a folk tale.

“Crooked Nose started out as a very confrontational

person, and one day he confronted the

Great Spirit to ask who had the most power. The

Great Spirit suggested that Crooked Nose propose

a contest, and he suggested it should involve

whoever could move a distant mountain with

their minds. The Great Spirit told Crooked Nose

that he should go first. He strained and the mountain

trembled and moved just a few inches.

Crooked Nose turned to the Great Spirit and said,

‘OK, now let’s see what you can do.’ He turned

back to look at the mountain and it slammed into

his face and broke his nose. He learned humility,

and now his mask is a healing mask, that a

shaman would wear to visit someone who is ill.”

The power of a mask can extend beyond healing,

as Jim explained when we passed by a selection

of African masks.

“These are the type called Kifwebe from the

Songe people of the Congo. One of them is a personification

of justice. I have heard that when a

court case is called and people come face to face,

or face to mask, with justice, the guilty party

often breaks down and confesses. They aren’t

facing a person seeking justice, but justice itself,

and they are sure that it would be useless to lie.

There’s a practical aspect too, because nobody

knows who is behind the mask so they can’t retaliate

against them, but the real power is psychological.”

Though many of the masks have recognizable

human faces and convey easily recognizable

emotions, some are weirdly alien or disturbing,

even horrifying. Gwen said that some of them

caused friction with the younger members of the


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masks; the person who wears it becomes a guardian spirit. One of them

that we call Rhonda the Witch is so frightening that when our children

and grandchildren were young they wouldn’t sit anywhere near it. The

ones from the Himalayas are very spooky too, very stern and forbidding.

The only one of these that is friendly is the one that is always shown with

the mouth open and the tongue out, which is a teacher. Naturally I like

that one.”

From the way Gwen talks about a particular mask it’s obvious that even

though they’ve had it for years, it still inspires wonder.

“This is a royal headdress from the Zairian culture that uses several different

media. There’s a base of basketry with a wooden nose, fur on the

face, shells, beads, and with cloth sewn on parts of it. It’s carved and woven

and embroidered and appliqued, all in one piece. I have another chieftain’s

headdress that includes mummified birds that have been beaded. It’s one

of the oddest pieces we have. We also have a mask from Mali that includes

mud made with a mixture of clay and blood. It’s decorated with the horns

of an antelope and porcupine quills.”

At my expression of astonishment at this combination, Jim laughed and

quipped, “Mud, blood, and porcupine quills… all you need is a pickup

truck and a hound dog and you have a country song!”

The only sad things about the Beazells’ collection is that the people who

were partly responsible for it, the Native American children that the couple

raised, have no interest in most of it.

“Ethan, our Arapaho son, is the most connected to his own cultural heritage,

but none of our children have the fascination with multicultural

items that we do,” explained Jim. “We’re actually decreasing our collection

now and have a website at caltribalart.com where we’re selling some of

them. I also sell some of the jewelry and sculpture I make, some of which

has inspiration from the tribal designs. We’d like to find an institution that

would be interested in conserving and exhibiting the whole collection, but

we haven’t found one yet.”

As our interview finished, I took another look around the house and the

assemblage of so many things that have spiritual power to people of different

cultures. This made me ask Gwen if she had ever thought of the

house being haunted. She paused a moment and responded reflectively,

“If shamanic power means anything, we’re pretty safe from ghosts. They

seem to live in peace with each other.” PEN

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to be showcased in the exclusive gated community. Guests came to view

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amenity that guests could desire, including an air conditioned garage.

Sommelier Jean Philippe Molinari recommended wine pairings for the

gourmet food. Cocktails and live music were enjoyed on the hilltop patio

overlooking the Los Angeles basin.


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Nelson’s is hard to find and often crowded,

but worth the walk and the wait

Isabella Jacobson gives her approval to the chips.

by Richard Foss

One of the most popular restaurants on the Peninsula doesn’t have much curb

appeal. In fact it lacks a curb altogether, since it’s located about a quarter of a

mile from the nearest road.

Nelson’s at Terranea Resort is an ocean view café that you will almost undoubtedly

not find on the first try. Most first-time visitors enter the lobby, then discover that

they need to go down one floor, outside, and then around a set of curving paths

through the landscaped grounds. Those who consult a map of the property will discover

that there’s a much more direct route that goes around the west side of the

hotel, but I didn’t see any signs for it at the front of the hotel. Those who are concerned

about getting lost, are in a hurry, or have access concerns can take a shuttle

from the lobby.

The exterior of Nelson’s is as low-key but stylish as the rest of the Terranea architecture,

with only a small green sign next to the check-in stand to let you know that

this square fieldstone bungalow is your destination. It looks like a modestly sized

restaurant, and if you just count the interior space it is. Most of the seating is outdoors

facing this restaurant’s greatest asset, a panoramic view of the ocean and coastline.

Nelson’s doesn’t take reservations and since the place is popular you may have a while

to gaze while you wait, but you won’t mind doing so.

The menu is heavy on items that come from under that water, so we started with

crabcake sliders and a poke salad with greens, daikon slaw, avocado, edamame, and

both a ginger sesame vinaigrette and wasabi aioli. If I ordered this again I’d ask for

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the wasabi aioli to be left on the

side because it was liberally applied

and dominated the other flavors.

There were plenty of other

flavors going on here and I would

have enjoyed it if everything had

been balanced. There was no such

problem with the crabcakes,

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with a crust of mild creole seasoning

and served with fresh tomatoes

and arugula on mini-burger buns.

There was a dab of remoulade on

the buns that added a little spice,

and it helped make this a successful


We asked our server for recommendations,

and he was enthusiastic

about the tenderloin tips and

the unfortunately named “Bait &

Switch” fresh seafood options.

Salmon, swordfish, or mahi are offered

roasted, blackened, or seared

with your choice of sauce. I selected

the roasted swordfish with

remoulade. Unfortunately someone

in the kitchen seemed to take

the name literally, because I received

the fish with aioli instead,

and it was somewhat overcooked.

When I made our server aware of

the problem he immediately removed

it from our bill and offered

something else, which I appreciated.

The entrée came with with

fries, veggies, or salad, and since we had just had a salad

and our other dish included fried, I got the veggies. All

the Terranea restaurants use top quality produce and

this was no exception. The mix of roasted young carrots,

snap peas, and baby potatoes was excellent.

The tenderloin tips with chimichurri sauce were flawless,

the lightly seasoned meat very moist and tender

but with an appealing hint of caramelization on each

piece. Since these pieces of meat are rather small it

takes a steady hand with a char-broiler to get them this

good Somebody back there has the skills. The fries arrived

hot, crisp, and lightly salted, and as much as I like

chimichurri sauce we didn’t find anything that needed


A variety of desserts are available, including an interesting

sounding chocolate sea salt caramel parfait, but

Nelson’s cont. on page 66




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iginally from Quebec, Canada, Jacques Gre-

began his culinary career with La Rive


Gauche in 1980. For the next 15 years, he not

only was the Executive Chef at this classy restaurant

in Malaga Cove but also cooked on a cruise

ship. The Cunard Cruise Lines traveled worldwide,

stopping in places like Bombay and Vietnam.

Jacques recalls his favorite experiences

being in the South Pacific and the Mediter-

ranean. “They would bring

aboard the freshest ingredients

for cooking, like

herbs and homemade Cognac

- the very best.”

In 2002, Jacques purchased

La Rive Gauche

and decided to make

some significant upgrades.

He changed the

menu, renovated the entire

inside, with its grand

piano, and enhanced the

sunset-view outdoor terrace.

More recently, he

and his wife Kidist opened

a bar area at the entrance,

with a casual feel, perfect

for enjoying Happy Hour

specials everyday except

Monday 4:00 to 7:00pm.

Today, Executive Chef/

Owner Jacques Grenier

offers a full food and

drink menu with lunch

and dinner specials everyday

except Monday. And

guests are invited to a delicious

Breakfast starting

at 10am everyday and

with champagne on Sunday!

Nelson’s cont. from page 65

we decided to follow our server’s recommendation and get a key lime tart.

This was a good move, as the tart key lime custard in a graham crust was

delicious. Key lime pie is often over sweetened, but this hit the mark as

well as any I’ve had in a long time.

Nelson’s offers some interesting cocktails but after considering the winding

road home we decided to stick with wine and beer, of which they have

a fine selection. Our meal would have run $156 if the fish hadn’t been

comped, of which about $110 was food. I can’t make my usual comparison

with similar restaurants because there really is nothing comparable to Nelson’s.

The Peninsula has only one resort hideaway with an ocean view

serving simple but stylish food, and this is it. I’d certainly recommend the

place if you want a good meal in a spectacular location, especially if you

can dine midweek or arrive early enough to beat the crowds. Nelson’s has

its charms, and based on the wait we weren’t the only ones to notice that.

Nelson’s is located on the waterfront at the Terranea Resort, 100 Terranea

Way in RPV. Fastest access is via the road from the West Casitas, to the right

of the main entrance. Open at 11 a.m. Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. Sat-Sun, close 11 p.m.

daily. Wheelchair access good, full bar, Corkage $35, some vegetarian items.

(310) 494-7891. Menu at terranea.com, phone. PEN

La Rive Gauche

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PV Democrats’ installation party

n The Palos Verdes Democrats hosted their annual installation of officers on July

17 at a picnic held in the beautiful gardens

at St. Luke's Presbyterian Church in Rolling

Hills Estates. Nearly 100 people attended.

Board members Lynn Bommer, Kathy Bradford,

Connie Sullivan, Al Shadbourne,

Rascha Hall, Arlene Korb, Craig Williams,

David Hall, Susie Boone, Teresa Savo and

Dee Dee Gonzalez were installed by California

State Treasurer and 2018 candidate

for Governor John Chiang. Other speakers

included Congressman Ted Lieu, LA County

Ted Lieu addresses Palos

Verdes Democrats at St.

Luke Presbyterian Church

in Rolling Hills Estates.

Assessor Jeffrey Prang, and candidates Al

Muratsuchi (66th Assembly District), Jim

Kennedy (Water Replenishment District) and

Alicia Molina (Superior Court Judge). A representative

from State Senator Ben Allen’s office

also added his congratulations.

Peninsula Symphony Celebrates 50th season

n 2016-2017 marks the Peninsula Symphony’s 50th Anniversary. The season’s

first concert, “50th Anniversary Celebration,” is Sunday, October 30 at the Redondo

Union High School Auditorium. The concert will open and conclude with

two, special surprise items. In between will be a reprise of selections from the orchestra’s

inaugural concert half a century ago. Selections include Finlandia, Opus

26 by Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius (1900-1990) and the Concerto No. 2 for

Piano and Orchestra in F minor, Opus 21 by Polish composer Frédéric Chopin

(1865-1957), with Rufus Choi as soloist. Following intermission, the orchestra will

perform Symphony No. 104 in D major, H. 1/104 (“London”) by Austrian native

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). Members only are invited to pre-concert lecture

at 6:15 p.m. by Maestro Berkson. The concert begins at 7 p.m. The concert and

parking are free. 631 Vincent Street in Redondo Beach (PCH at Diamond). For

more information, call the Symphony Office at (310) 544-0320, e-mail

music.pensym@verizon.net, or visit Pensym.org.

MCHA President Jill Shoemaker, Susan

Chang, Valerie Beranek, Project Chair Tricia

Rapaport and Al Rosen.

Malaga Cove Homeowners

Celebrate Triangle Beautification

n The Malaga Cove Homeowners Association hosted a reception on July 28 at

the Via Pinale/Via Ramon Parkland Triangle for its volunteers, city decision makers,

partners and financial contributors. The event co-chaired by Tricia Rapaport and

Valerie Beranek. The 7,200 square foot, triangular piece of Palos Verdes Estates

Parkland has been transformed with the addition of over 250 drought-tolerant

plants that will provide

visual interest throughout

the seasons. Local,

natural materials such

as Palos Verdes stone

and wood chips were

repurposed for practical

design and aesthetic


Neighbors, library patrons

and concert goers

are now able to safely

walk through this central

piece of community

parkland, rather than

being forced to walk

along the narrow and

busy streets, while enjoying

the new beautiful

plants and existing


trees.Although the project was initiated and led by the Malaga Cove Homeowners

Association and its Project Chair Tricia Rapaport, it could have not succeeded

without the financial and volunteer efforts of the Young Professionals Network of

the Palos Verdes Peninsula Association of Realtors. Other funding was provided

by the Palos Verdes Homes Association, as well as 21 individual Malaga Cove

households. Resident Mark Paullin donated and delivered Palos Verdes stone to

the site. Critical support also came from the City of PVE, which provided rock material

and wood chips and who will maintain the site. Landscape designer Ric

Dykzeul and Bennett Landscaping were hired to design and prepare the site and

procure the native and other drought-tolerant plants. Hands-on Volunteers were

Valerie Beranek, Tricia Rapaport, Edward Barrios, Christy Carrillo, Robert Dixon,

Jane Felland, Cheryl Kohr, Marla Virgin, Ryan Crabtree, Jill Shoemaker, Sep

Ebrahimi and Norma Fernandez. Sunscreen was provided by Dr. Cynthia Lazzaro

of Good Dermatology in Torrance. Financial contributors included Young Professionals

Network/Palos Verdes Peninsula Association of Realtors, Palos Verdes

Homes Association, Malaga Cove Homeowners Association, Phil and Marilouise

Huff, Jane Felland and Michael Varon, Linda Elliott and Ray Johnson, Deborah Eppolito,

Vanessa and Tim Roettger, Susan and Bob Chang, Jimi Andersen, Mark

and Michelle Towns, Richard and Marcie May, Kelly and Ken Miller, Roseann

DeLuca, Pauline and Al Rosen, John and Janice Cartwright, Mark Paullin, Kirchofer

Family, Bill Karg, Pauline and Brian Harris, Patricia and Larry Murphy, Philip and

Lynn Solomita, George Edwards and Jill Shoemaker and Valerie Gorsuch.

Solorzano competes in Jr. Cycling Championships


Solorzano Jr.,

with gold

medals at the

Junior Track




n Palos Verdes Estates’ Rafael Solorzano Jr. won gold medals in both the team

sprint and team pursuit at the Junior Track Cycling National Championships in

Trexlertown, Pennsylvania in July. Individually, he finished 18th in the Junior Men’s

15-16 Age Omnium, which consisted of various events that added up to a final

standing. Solorzano trains at the Velodrome in Carson with Connie Cycling, a

team founded by former Olympian Connie Paraskevin.

PV Library offers mobile printing

n The Palos Verdes Library District now offers mobile printing at the Peninsula

Center, Malaga Cove and Miraleste libraries. Residents can send print jobs to

PVLD’s public printers from any computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet with an Internet

connection and pick them up at any of our libraries beginning August 1.

Can’t read that huge spreadsheet on your smartphone, and need a way to view

the document without your glasses? Home printer broken or out of ink? Or maybe

you just need to print a boarding pass directly from your phone. No problem,

send your print job to the library and pick it up anytime in the next 24 hours. If you

are already in the library you no longer need to use one of our computers to print

your documents. Print directly from your own device. An additional benefit of mobile

printing is that it offers a high level of privacy and eliminates the need to rely

on others to print sensitive documents. Your email address is required to unlock

your print job when you pick it up. To use this new service, send an email with an

attachment to the library’s print stations or visit their mobile printing website and

upload a file. There is no need to download software or apps. Black and white

and color printing are available. PVLD charges a small per-page fee for printing.

For more information please visit: www.pvld.org/mobileprinting. PEN

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Torrance Memorial

Honors Heritage Society


orrance Memorial Heritage Society

members who have made a contribution

annually for 10 or more consecutive years

were honored at a luncheon on June 9 at

Palos Verdes Golf Club. This year’s honorees

heard from members of the Emergency Department

and the Hospitalist Program physician

team at Torrance Memorial about the

teamwork it takes to provide seamless patient

care. Mark Lurie, MD, cardiologist and

president of the Foundation thanked members

for their

generous support. For more information

about the Heritage Society contact

Sandy VandenBerge, director of

Planned Giving, at (310) 784-4843 or

sandy.vandenberge@tmmc.om. Or visit TorranceMemorial.org/plannedgiving.


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1. Stanley and Frances Zee.

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Winters, Pat Lucy and Rich Lucy.

6. (Seated) Karl McMillen, Ralph Scriba and Eric

Nakkim, MD, and (standing) Ralph Allman, Carol

McMillen, Sigrid Allman, Mark Lurie, MD and Alex

Shen, MD.

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Gerald Maxwell and (standing) Sandy Vanden-

Berge, Stuart Tsujimoto, Maude Infantino, Dr.

John Sealy and Colin Hull.

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Bezner, Song Klein and (standing) Laura Schenasi,

Chris Adlam, Valerie Adlam and Christian Cordoba.

9. Sherrill Sipes, Sandy VandenBerge and Judith


10. Stephanie Bezner, Alex Shen, MD, Eric

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Volunteer Center Honors

Four Legends in our Time


our Palos Verdes residents have been named Legends in Our Time

by the Volunteer Center’s Affinity Group. William Ailor, Donald

Crocker, Robert Medawar and Richard Moe were honored Sunday, May

1 at the Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion in Rolling Hills Estates. This is the

11th year that Affinity has selected Palos Verdes residents to honor as

Legends. “We decided that this was the year that we would recognize

four men. Bill, Don, Bob and Dick are the epitome of what we mean by

Legends,” said Affinity president Jane Jones. For over 50 years, the center

has referred over a million volunteers to nonprofit agencies. The main

office of the Volunteer Center is a beautiful historical building that the

Center in Old Town Torrance. For more information call (310) 212-5009

or visit VOLCenter.org.


1. Affinity Legends Donald Crocker,

Richard Moe, William Ailor and Robert


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Belmont Village Senior Living keeps senior residents active

If you have the age to live the life you want, but unexpected health changes have

gotten in the way for you or your spouse, then Belmont Village Senior Living may

offer a solution. Varying needs, either health or memory loss, can be challenging,

but especially for the spouse who becomes the caregiver. Belmont’s tiered programs

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own mental and physical fitness, nutrition, spirituality and creativity. Ask about Belmont

Village’s award-winning cognitive care, including Circle of Friends for residents

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Comfort Keepers keeps life comfortable, dignified

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Torrance Memorial Health System among nation’s best

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Memorial’s excellent care is continually acknowledged. Torrance Memorial joined

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Lunada Bay Dental keeps it personal

Lunada Bay Dental, a beautiful, modern office overlooking Catalina Island, is the

perfect blend of technology and warmth and personal attention. Dr. Dyan Van De

Velde has been in private practice in the South Bay for over 30 years. “The key

to our success is to treat people the way we want to be treated,” he says. Dr. Van

De Velde brings the same skills and attention to detail to dentistry that she brings

to flying. As a private pilot, she works with charity organizations to combine flying

and dentistry. Maintaining good dental health is an important step in overall wellbeing,

whether you need basic care or are considering some modern improvements

to enhance your smile. Make this the year you get a complete examination

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Marina Del Rey Hospital offers intimate setting

Marina Del Rey Hospital offers world-class care in an intimate setting, where medical

excellence and compassion go hand-in-hand. Marina Del Rey Hospital is an

affiliate of Cedars-Sinai Health System and a 133-bed, acute care Joint Commission

accredited hospital, offering general acute medical services and 24/7 emergency

care. Marina Del Rey Hospital concentrates on four areas of expertise:

spine, weight loss, orthopedics and minimally invasive surgery. This focus allows

it to provide an excellence of care usually found only at a large, academic facility

— but in an intimate, personal and convenient setting. People choose to live in

Marina Del Rey because of its quality of life. Patients choose Marina Del Rey Hospital

for its highly focused specialty care, and advanced technologies, to safeguard

their quality of life quickly and safely.

4650 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey. (310) 823-8911. MarinaHospital.com .

Dr. John J. Kim and the Re Nu Mi Wellness Center

Re Nu Mi Wellness Center is a spa-like office redolent of fragrant herbs and relaxing

music. In addition to acupuncture, they offer cupping, therapeutic massage,

Active Release Therapy, Zen meditation, and herbal medicine, specially created

on-site. The philosophy and methods of Re Nu Mi's Traditional Medicine practitioners

are to treat both common ailments and complex conditions by using natural

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Agraduate of UCLA, she went to Tufts University

School of Dental Medicine, Boston; and

graduated in 1980. Dr. Van has been in private

practice in the South Bay for over 30 years.

After a short professional sabbatical to explore

volunteer opportunities in New Mexico, she is

happy to be practicing in her beautiful neighborhood

office in Lunada Bay.

Having earned her private pilots license, she

tries to combine her love of dentistry and her

love of flying on at least one mission each year

to serve those who do not have access to dental

care. This year was an exhausting but fulfilling trip

to Fiji in affiliation with USC.

“I love my office in Lunada Bay. It is beautiful and

modern and and at the end of the day, I have a

wonderful view of Catalina. My patients are terrific

and it is a pleasure to see each one of them and

their families. I embrace new advancements and

technology in conjunction with providing an environment of warmth and education.” Lunada Bay Dental offers a full range of services from

exam and cleaning to full mouth reconstruction including cosmetic veneers and Invisalign. The key to our success is having the best team of

experienced, knowledgeable, and caring professionals. Each individual is precious to us and we strive to exceed your expectations.

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Thelma McMillen Center offers outpatient treatment

For over 25-years, the Thelma McMillen Center at Torrance Memorial Medical

Center has been helping South Bay adults and adolescents succeed in overcoming

the destructive patterns of alcohol and drug abuse and addiction. The Center’s

comprehensive, three-phase outpatient model allows clients to get sober within the

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