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Volume XXI, Issue 5 <strong>Dec</strong>ember <strong>2016</strong>

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Volume XXI, Issue 5<br />

<strong>Dec</strong>ember <strong>2016</strong><br />

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<br />


Golf course designer David Kidd<br />

Photo by David Fairchild<br />


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Rolling Hills links to golf<br />

by Kevin Cody<br />

After a decade of costly and complicated lease negotiations,<br />

Rolling Hills Country Club prepares to unveil a new, world<br />

class golf course by Scottish course designer David Kidd<br />

A taste of Terranea<br />

by Richard Foss<br />

Terranea Resort offers a new view and fresh presentation of<br />

the familiar food and wine tasting concept.<br />

Keys to Coleman<br />

by Esther Kang<br />

When not performing in international piano competitions,<br />

Adam Coleman played saxophone in the Palos Verdes<br />

Intermediate School band and then served as battery captain<br />

in the Palos Verdes High School band.<br />

Change of courses<br />

by Richard Foss<br />

HT Grill chef Nael Taki of HT Grill introduces a new menu,<br />

but his signature style is still in evidence.<br />


14 Providence Gala<br />

20 Viva España<br />

24 <strong>Peninsula</strong> Heritage gala<br />

30 Land Conservancy garden to table<br />

34 Freedom 4 U<br />

36 Torrance Memorial Grammys<br />

44 <strong>Peninsula</strong> Symphony 50th Anniversary<br />

68 Fort MacArthur reenactment<br />

74 Lunada Bay Harvest Festival<br />


42 <strong>Peninsula</strong> gift guide<br />

46 <strong>Peninsula</strong> calendar<br />

72 Around and about<br />

81 Home services<br />

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Shelley Crawford<br />


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Teri Marin<br />


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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L<br />

Providence Gala<br />

Benefiting Cardiovascular<br />

Center<br />

The Providence Celebration Gala, benefiting<br />

the Torrance and San Pedro Providence<br />

Little Company of Mary Medical<br />

Centers, celebrated its 40th annual masquerade<br />

fundraiser at Terranea Resort. The<br />

black tie event specifically supported the<br />

new Cardiovascular Center of Excellence.<br />

Major donors included American Honda<br />

Motor Co., The Centofante family, Driftwood<br />

Healthcare Center and the Jacqueline<br />

Glass family. The high tech auctions utilized<br />

the guests’ smartphones for bidding.<br />

The evening was an inspirational event,<br />

emphasizing compassionate community<br />

healthcare.<br />

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3 4<br />

1. Glenn Thompson and LaRae Mardesic Bechmann.<br />

2. David and Maria Schinderle, Jake and Tracey<br />

Pierson.<br />

3. Neil and Sanam Chhabria.<br />

4. Nazanin Azadi M.D. and Vanessa Benitez.<br />

5. Raju Chhabria, Carlin and Art Edelstein.<br />

6. Beatrice Schlatter, Janet Teague and Philo<br />

Chhabria.<br />

7. Lynn and Jim Watson.<br />

8. Sassan Farjami M.D. and Beata Farjami, Arty<br />

and Kathy Feles.<br />

9. Uriah Melchizedek and Andreea Maxim.<br />

10. Pat and Debbie Greene, Joan and Tom<br />

Connaghan.<br />

11. Sanam Chhabria, Marshall Varon and Shintia<br />

Lynch.<br />

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18 <strong>Peninsula</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>ember <strong>2016</strong>

S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L<br />

Viva España!<br />

Benefits LA Phil<br />

An intimate, gourmet dinner for<br />

10 was held September 18 at the<br />

Palos Verdes home of Ed and Nancy<br />

DeRenzis. The dinner was the result<br />

of a silent auction prize donated and<br />

hosted by the DeRenzises and Van<br />

and Diana Honeycutt. Chef Matt<br />

Todd prepared a Spanish menu that<br />

included five appetizers, three tapas<br />

courses, two main courses and<br />

dessert. Paired wines were poured by<br />

Jeff Bonafede, owner of Uncorked in<br />

Hermosa Beach. All proceeds went to<br />

the <strong>Peninsula</strong> Committee for the LA<br />

Philharmonic of which Nancy and<br />

Diana are members. The <strong>Peninsula</strong><br />

Committee was founded in 1952 to<br />

help support the LA Philharmonic<br />

and local youth music instruction and<br />

education.<br />

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1. Bud Guthrie, David and Barbara Hart,<br />

Linda Bhatia, Karen Gottlieb, Marian Hall,<br />

David Jones, Bill and Phyllis Glantz,<br />

Sharon Guthrie.<br />

2. Jeff Bonafede of Uncorked in Hermosa<br />

Beach.<br />

3. Hosts Nancy and Ed DeRenzis.<br />

4. Tortilla Española, trio of Spanish<br />

cheese, jamon, Spanish olives.<br />

5. Entertainment by flamenco guitarist.<br />

6. Chef Matt Todd.<br />

7. Tomatoes stuffed with couscous and<br />

wild mushrooms.<br />

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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong> Heritage Gala<br />

at Brouwerij West<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong> Heritage School’s annual Spring Gala, hosted by the<br />

PHS Parents Association, brought together parents, friends,<br />

trustees, teachers and administrators at the festive Brouwerij West<br />

in San Pedro. Parents Association co-president and gala chair Tristen<br />

Moffett, and her committee chairs organized an extensive silent<br />

auction, a superb New York Food Co. dinner, and an exciting live<br />

auction. Proceeds benefited <strong>Peninsula</strong> Heritage’s athletic facilities.<br />

1. Nancy Dineen, Head of School<br />

Patricia Cailler and Renee Dokmanovich.<br />

2. Alicia Yarak, Tony Drockton and<br />

Patricia Hogan.<br />

3. Rick and Dee Edler, Eric Gutierrez<br />

and Mike Dokmanovich.<br />

4. Maria Auerbach, PHS Trustee<br />

Art Auerbach and PHS teacher<br />

Kimarie Lynn.<br />

5. PHS Trustee Zita Macdonald,<br />

Head of School Patricia Cailler and<br />

PHS Trustee Robin Mearns.<br />

6. PHS Parents Assoc. Co-Chair<br />

Kate McKenna, gala Committee<br />

Chair Emily Gutierrez, and gala<br />

Chair Tristen Moffett.<br />

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24 <strong>Peninsula</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>ember <strong>2016</strong>

Chris Adlam<br />

310.493.7216<br />

www.chrisadlam.com<br />

Gorgeous 6 bedroom Palos Verdes Estates home. Built in 2005, and designed by Edward Carson Beall, this<br />

6200 square foot home has it all! Wine cellar, pool, spa, tennis court, ocean view, and more! $4,999,000

Panoramic Queen's Necklace and ocean views from this Coastal Classic in PVE. Charm throughout<br />

with 3 bedrooms and a beautiful veranda and brick patios! $1,895,000<br />

Chris Adlam<br />

310.493.7216<br />

www.chrisadlam.com<br />

Incredible Lower Lunada Bay home with 4 bedrooms, office, great indoor/outdoor living spaces and a<br />

large, flat backyard with pool, spa, patios and grass play yards. $2,699,000

Beautiful, contemporary 6 bedroom home in Palos Verdes Estates with ocean views. Over 5400<br />

square feet with open, spacious living spaces. Pool and spa too! $3,199,000<br />

Chris Adlam<br />

310.493.7216<br />

www.chrisadlam.com<br />

Sprawling one level in Palos Verdes Estates with over 5100 square feet and 5 bedrooms.<br />

Huge street-to-street flat lot with tennis court, pool, spa, sauna and more. $3,899,000


“Home is everything.”<br />

It’s where you come back to after a long day and<br />

can finally relax and be with your family.<br />

Your home is that place you’ve dreamed of ever<br />

since you were a child.<br />

It’s not easy to find that perfect home.<br />

We are here to help make that dream a reality.<br />

Mike Levine<br />

Real Estate & Construction<br />

Rolling Hills Estates<br />

• Resort-style Retreat • 4,885 sf<br />

• 6 Bedrooms & 5 Baths<br />

• Dual Solar Paneling & Water Filtration System<br />

$2,995,000<br />

310.796.9088<br />

Mike@Levine-homes.com<br />

New Construction Specialists.<br />

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“Working with Levine Homes was the best decision.<br />

They made the entire home buying experience effortless,<br />

and personalized our new house into our dream home!<br />

I couldn’t be happier!”<br />

- Tori Hofer<br />

Manhattan Beach<br />

• New Construction<br />

• 5,585 sf<br />

• 6 Bedrooms & 8 Bathrooms<br />

$3,700,000<br />


CSLB License # B985034 | BRE License # 01928630

S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L<br />

Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong><br />

Land Conservancy<br />

Terranea Pastoral Garden-to-Table Dinner<br />

An illuminated coastline was the backdrop to an extraordinary evening benefiting the<br />

preservation of the <strong>Peninsula</strong>’s natural landscape. The Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong> Land<br />

Conservancy in partnership with Terranea Resort and Whole Foods Market hosted the<br />

Basque themed alfresco dinner. Using only local ingredients, Terranea’s Executive Chef<br />

Bernard Ibarra created a special menu starting with rosemary sangria cocktails and following<br />

with an organic array of sustainable foods and wine. Co-chair Diana Heffernan described<br />

the sold out event as “the ideal fit for the communal garden-to-table event, where<br />

guests enjoy old friends and meet new ones….”<br />

Terri A. Haack, a member of the Conservancy’s President’s Advisory Council and President<br />

of Terranea Resort spoke to guests saying she was delighted to host this special<br />

evening and that it offered a “unique experience that will benefit and support an important<br />

cause close to all of our hearts - preserving our natural landscape.” Sponsors were entered<br />

to win many prizes including a 2-night get-away at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco<br />

with dinner at the Michelin Star Luce Restaurant. Other prizes included a beautiful<br />

painting by acclaimed plein air artist Dan Dempster and guests also had a chance to win<br />

a pair of Silver Oak reserve wines and a VIP wine tasting for 6 at the Silver Oak Winery.<br />



1. Executive Director<br />

Andrea<br />

Vona, Diana<br />

Heffernan-<br />

Schrader, Sharon<br />

Ryan, Terranea<br />

President Terri<br />

Haack.<br />

2. William<br />

Hadley, President<br />

of the Board Dr.<br />

Cassie Jones,<br />

Charlotte and<br />

Allen Ginsburg.<br />

3. Jeralyn Glass,<br />

Jacqueline Glass,<br />

President of the<br />

Board Dr. Cassie<br />

Jones, Jill<br />

Gregerson, Diane<br />

and Jim Staes,<br />

Becky Cool, Don<br />

Tuffli.<br />

4. Becky Cool<br />

and Executive Director<br />

Andrea<br />

Vona.<br />

5. Janet Grothe,<br />

Joelle Arnado,<br />

Susan Fitzhenry,<br />

Jolie Rhinehart.<br />

6. Dan Thomas,<br />

Kevin Kim, David<br />

Dykzeul, William<br />

Hadley, Andrew<br />

DeCristofaro,<br />

Sean Hassett,<br />

John Moffitt.<br />

7. Sharon Ryan,<br />

Chuck Klaus and<br />

Marylyn<br />

Ginsburg-Klaus.<br />

8. Austin and<br />

Brandon Nash.<br />

9. Dimitri and<br />

Leah Bizoumis.<br />

10. Joaquin and<br />

Teresa Madrenas<br />

and Evi and David<br />

Meyer.<br />

11. Diana<br />

Heffernan-<br />

Schrader (far<br />

right) enjoying<br />

sunset with<br />

guests.<br />

12. Steve<br />

Napolitano,<br />

Dimitri and Leah<br />

Bizoumis,<br />

Rebekah Kim.<br />

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30 <strong>Peninsula</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>ember <strong>2016</strong>


3300 Palos Verdes Dr. W., Rancho Palos Verdes<br />

5 Bedrooms, 10 Bathrooms, 12,270 Sq.ft., Lot Size 1.12 acres<br />

2990 Twin Harbors View Dr., Rancho Palos Verdes<br />

4 Bedrooms + Library, 6 Bathrooms, 6,208sq. Ft, Spacious Media Room,<br />

Bonus Room/Gym,Huge Wine Cellar<br />

12 San Miguel, Rolling Hills Estates<br />

www.12SanMiguel.com<br />

$3,599,000, 5 Bedrooms + Library 6 Bathrooms, 4,500+ sq ft, Approx.<br />

20,000 sq ft lot, Catalin & Ocean Views, Salt water pool/spa & waterfall<br />

5288 Willow Wood Rd., Rolling Hills Estates<br />

www.lilyliang.com<br />

$1,099,000, 4bdrm, 2ba, 1,971 sq ft, Lot Size 9,185 sq ft<br />

Single level home within close proximity to schools & shopping<br />

32 <strong>Peninsula</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>ember <strong>2016</strong>


COMING<br />

SOON<br />

Monte Malaga, Palos Verdes Estates<br />

$2,399,000, Price includes lot with plans only, 13,000+ sq. ft. lot. 5,000 sq. ft.<br />

Interior, Infinity pool, Ocean/Coastline/Redondo to Malibu Views<br />

605 Paseo del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates<br />

$28,000/Mo., 6 Bedrooms, 9 Bathrooms, 6,800+ sq ft, 33,000 sq ft<br />

lot, Landmark Oceanfront Chateau , 1 year Lease<br />

FOR<br />

LEASE<br />

FOR<br />

LEASE<br />

1724 Esplanade #B, Redondo Beach<br />

$10,000/Mo., 3 Beds, 4 Baths, 1,830 sq. ft., Fully furnished,<br />

1-year Min lease<br />

24 Narcisa Dr., Rancho Palos Verdes<br />

$7,500/mo., 1825 sq.ft., Resort living at it’s best! Fully Furnished and<br />

Boasting incredible ocean & Catalina Island views!<br />

550 Silver Spur Rd. Suite 240, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90275<br />

<strong>Dec</strong>ember <strong>2016</strong> •

S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L<br />

Glass receives Freedom4U<br />

George and Etty Allen Award<br />

L<br />

ong time <strong>Peninsula</strong> volunteer and benefactor Jacky Glass was presented<br />

with the George and Etty Allen Lifetime Achievement Award<br />

during the recent Releasing Youth Into Purpose dinner hosted by Freedom4You<br />

at the Palos Verdes Country Club. In addition to Freedom4You,<br />

Glass volunteers for dozens of other charity and community programs,<br />

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

Angeles Philharmonic.<br />

Freedom4U helps parents and teens move towards healthier living and<br />

away from substance abuse, using, peer mentors, healthy activities and<br />

service learning. “The unique thing about our program is we will involve<br />

kids in healthy social activities and our service-learning projects,” said<br />

director George Allen.<br />

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1. Jacky Glass receives the George<br />

and Etty Allen Lifetime Achievement<br />

Award from Greg Allen.<br />

2. Freedom4U leadership teens share<br />

their experiences.<br />

3. The Freedom4U Teen band.<br />

4. Jamie Born and friends.<br />

5. Dr. Greg Allen, Dr. Charles Park, Dr.<br />

Nicole Wesley, Mitzi Cress and Jens<br />

Brandt.<br />

6. Jesse Allen, Joanne Culverhouse,<br />

Roma Mistry, Greg and Christine Allen.<br />

7. Freedom4U Board Members<br />

Michael Kroll, Greg Allen, Lauren<br />

Forbes, Ashton Smith, Suzy<br />

Zimmerman, Peter Boesen and John<br />

Corrales.<br />

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34 <strong>Peninsula</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>ember <strong>2016</strong>

Enjoy The Holidays in a Spectacular Lake Arrowhead Estate<br />

160 Cedar Ridge Drive<br />

9 Bedrooms, 11 Bathrooms, 16,000 sq ft<br />

$4,925,000<br />

Spectacular French Chateau located in the gated enclave of multi-million dollar homes in Cedar Ridge Estates. Nestled on 2.73 acres<br />

of wooded land, this private property showcases a main residence, separate apt, and a guest house. featuring 9 ensuite bedrooms,<br />

11 baths, 9 fireplaces, and an elevator. Mature cedar and pine trees provide an ideal setting for this impeccably maintained, elegant<br />

remodeled estate. A Magnificent Grate Room with 25 Ft. ceiling, grand fireplace and a gorgeous hand painted mural is the focal<br />

point of this stunning French Manor. Spacious kitchen features a banquette, stainless steel appliances and a butler's pantry. All the<br />

bedrooms are generous in size and beautifully decorated. Retreat to the gentleman's den w/bar and spiral staircase leading up to<br />

the 2nd floor library. A child's fantasy bedroom has 12 built-in bunk beds and an adorable kids bathroom. On the lower level is a<br />

separate apartment w/ 2 bedrooms and kitchen; a wine cellar, gym, and a 3/4 bath. A Fairy Tale guest house offers all the amenities<br />

of a small home w/ 2 car garage. Grounds include an outdoor kitchen, children's playground, fruit trees and several areas to enjoy<br />

the amazing vistas. Lake and beach privileges are included. It's a castle in the Forest.<br />

Shirley Walters<br />

Coldwell Banker- Redlands<br />

Office: (909) 748-5130<br />

Email: shirleywalters@coldwellbanker.com<br />

Bre # 01827379<br />

Jane Angel<br />

Previews Property Specialist<br />

Coldwell Banker- PV Beach Cities<br />

Cell: (310)292-2290<br />

Office: (310)791-6022<br />

Email: jangel@coldwellbanker.com<br />

BRE # 01272591

S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L<br />

And the GRAMMY<br />

Goes to…<br />

Torrance Memorial patrons<br />

The Torrance Memorial Foundation hosted<br />

a dinner party at the GRAMMY Museum<br />

at LA Live to recognize its foundation patrons.<br />

More than 100 guests spent the evening viewing<br />

the exhibits featuring the clothing, work<br />

and career milestones of legends such as The<br />

Beatles, Michael Jackson and The Rolling<br />

Stones, as well as trying their hand at being<br />

rock stars with various hands-on exhibits.<br />

After taking in the displays, donors enjoyed<br />

dinner and wine on the museum’s rooftop terrace<br />

with spectacular views of the Los Angeles<br />

skyline. Craig Leach, president and CEO<br />

of Torrance Memorial, thanked patrons for<br />

their support of the medical center. For<br />

more information on the Torrance<br />

Memorial Patrons program, visit<br />

torrancememorial.org/giving.<br />

1. Sandy VandenBerge, Kim<br />

Vallee and Song Klein.<br />

2. Nadine Bobit and Pam Crane.<br />

3. Adam Wagner and Sandra<br />

Sanders.<br />

4. Pam Crane, Sally Eberhard and<br />

Judy Sipes.<br />

5. Dan and Marie Stefferud, Barbara<br />

Bentley, Phil and Christina<br />

1<br />

Pavesi and David Bentley.<br />

6. Scott and Krissie Douglas,<br />

Greg and Grant Geiger.<br />

7. Liz and Rich Umbrell, Heidi<br />

Hoffman M.D. and Erin Hoffman.<br />

8. Christie Otis, Russ Varon,<br />

Shintia Lynch, Marshall Varon,<br />

Paula Bold and Ed Bold, M.D.<br />

9. David and Ann Buxton.<br />

2<br />

10. Del McCulloch, Diana and<br />

Van Honeycutt, Bobbie and George<br />

Farinsky.<br />

11. Kim Vallee, Judy Gassner,<br />

Song Klein, Buddy Parks, Carla<br />

Zanino and Kathleen Parks.<br />


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The Gift of Luxury<br />

A Sparkling Holiday<br />

Inspired by nature and the beauty of<br />

the world around us, Yael's signature<br />

style blends vintage with classical and<br />

modern influences.<br />

Medawar Fine Jewelers<br />

810C Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates<br />

(310) 544-0052<br />

medawarfinejewelers.com<br />

Give the gift of<br />

Terranea, with indulgent<br />

experiences for friends<br />

and family members including<br />

resort stays, spa<br />

treatments, golf, outdoor<br />

adventures, dining, and<br />

more.<br />

Terranea Resort<br />

100 Terranea Way,<br />

Rancho Palos Verdes<br />

(866) 990-7289<br />

Terranea.com<br />

A Gift of Beauty<br />

Purchase a gift certificate at Celibre Medical Laser<br />

Dermatology in November or <strong>Dec</strong>ember and receive<br />

10% off the value.<br />

Celibre<br />

23211 Hawthorne Blvd., Second Floor, Torrance<br />

(800) 689-1571. Celibre.com/beach<br />

Always a delicious gift!<br />

Admiral Risty Gift Certificates<br />

Available in any denomination and they<br />

never expire.<br />

Stop in or call Wayne or Tim today!<br />

The Admiral Risty<br />

(310) 377-0050<br />

www.admiralristy.com<br />

31250 P.V. Drive West • Rancho Palos Verdes<br />

The Magic of Mova<br />

Luxurious, eco-friendly<br />

globes that channel energy<br />

from ambient light and<br />

the earth’s magnetic field<br />

to rotate continuously on<br />

their own.<br />

Nantucket Crossing<br />

867 Silver Spur Rd, Rolling Hills Estates<br />

(310) 377-7201<br />

nantucketcrossing.com<br />

Celebrate the Season with books<br />

by Mary Jo Hazard<br />

The Peacocks of Palos Verdes, P is for Palos Verdes and<br />

Palo’s World<br />

Available at Pointe Discovery at Terranea, Nantucket<br />

Crossing, Point Vicente Interpretive Center and on<br />

Amazon.com<br />

MaryJoHazard.com<br />

Info@MaryJoHazard.com<br />

Morgan’s Jewelers<br />

Palos Verdes<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong> Shopping<br />

Center 50-C<br />

Rolling Hills Estates<br />

(310) 541-2052<br />

Morgansjewelerspv.com<br />

Give the Gift of<br />

Authentic Italian Cooking<br />

at Deluca Trattoria this Holiday Season.<br />

Gift certificates, private dining available<br />

for family, business, social events.<br />

Lunch & Dinner.<br />

Deluca Trattoria<br />

225 Richmond Street<br />

Downtown El Segundo<br />

(310) 640-7600<br />

Delucapasta.com<br />

ift Guide<br />

The Perfect Place<br />

for your Holiday Parties & Special Events!<br />

Join Us <strong>Dec</strong>. 24-25 and New Year’s Eve -<br />

for party, live music and dancing!<br />

La Rive Gauche<br />

320 Tejon Place<br />

Palos Verdes Estates<br />

(310) 378-0267<br />

LaRiveGauchePV.com<br />

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Musical Gifts for Everyone<br />

Give a gift that lasts a lifetime. Music<br />

Rhapsody has instruments and lessons<br />

for all ages. Perfect gifts for teachers<br />

too! Learn more at MusicRhapsody.com.<br />

Music Rhapsody<br />

1603 Aviation Blvd. #1, Redondo Beach<br />

(310) 376-8646<br />

MusicRhapsody.com<br />

Morgan’s Jewelers Palos Verdes<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong> Shopping Center 50-C<br />

Rolling Hills Estates<br />

(310) 541-2052<br />

Morgansjewelerspv.com<br />

Give the Gift of Travel<br />

Give that special someone a memorable trip<br />

from custom vacations to exotic cruises or simply<br />

a flight to a favorite destination. Travel is<br />

happiness and one of the only things to buy that<br />

makes a person richer.<br />

We are an accredited full service Travel Agency<br />

in the South Bay.<br />

Pacific Heights Travel<br />

Your Holiday Travel Planner<br />

2204 Elm Ave., Manhattan Beach<br />

(310) 802-0066 or PacificHeightsTrvl@gmail.com<br />

PacificHeightsTravelAgency.com<br />

The Gift of Relaxation<br />

Give the gift of a<br />

therapeutic,<br />

stress relieving, relaxing<br />

thai massage<br />

Men / Women / Couples<br />

Body Scrub, Swedish, Sports, Thai<br />

$60/hr * $10 OFF<br />

Original Thai Massage<br />

7 days 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. * Visa & MC<br />

(310) 539-6097<br />

2231 Lomita Blvd, Lomita<br />

Holiday <strong>2016</strong><br />

Mama Terano<br />

Don’t forget about Mama Terano for<br />

your last minute to-go food.<br />

We can fill in the voids or do the<br />

whole thing! Call us for details.<br />

Mama Terano<br />

815 Deep Valley Dr., Rolling Hills Estates<br />

(310) 377-5757<br />

Mama Terano Cafe<br />

36 Malaga Cove Plaza, Palos Verdes Estates<br />

(310) 375-6767<br />

Mamaterano.com<br />

Timeless treasure<br />

Hermês watches embody French<br />

elegance and most are inspired by<br />

timeless styling of equestrian and<br />

nautical themes.<br />

Medawar Fine Jewelers<br />

810C Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates<br />

(310) 544-0052<br />

medawarfinejewelers.com<br />

Del Amo Motorsports<br />

Over 600 new & used units and all your favorite gear<br />

and apparel brands.<br />

Del Amo Motorsports<br />

2500 Marine Ave., Redondo Beach<br />

(310) 220-2223<br />

PV Grill<br />

Book Your Holiday Party<br />

in our Private Room!<br />

Call today for details and<br />

to make reservations!<br />

PV Grill<br />

in Lunada Bay Plaza<br />

2325 Palos Verdes Drive West<br />

(310) 750-6877<br />

facebook.com/pvgrill<br />

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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L<br />

50th Anniversary<br />

Gala<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong> Symphony Orchestra<br />

The <strong>Peninsula</strong> Symphony Orchestra celebrated<br />

its 50th anniversary of presenting<br />

free concerts to the community during a dinner<br />

served by the Red Onion at the Rolling<br />

Hills home of Richard Colyear. Dinner was<br />

followed by a concert of wind instruments<br />

conducted by maestro Gary Berkson. Guests<br />

enjoyed strolling through the Versailles-style<br />

gardens and viewing the orchid greenhouse,<br />

roosters, doves and horses, including a<br />

Friesian show horse.<br />

Maestro Joseph Valenti who lived in Palos<br />

Verdes Estates, founded the orchestra at the<br />

Unitarian Church on Monte Malaga Drive<br />

during a rainy night in 1967. His goal was to<br />

provide music for the betterment of the community<br />

and have the orchestra achieve national<br />

prominence. John Williams, the<br />

organization’s president, has been instrumental<br />

in securing continuing support from the<br />

community.<br />

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1. Web Castor, Marion Ruth, Mancy Kimber, Horse<br />

and Tom Redfield.<br />

2. (Front) Mona Gifford, Terri Zinkiewicz, Jean<br />

Dunn, Jean Shriver and Lilli Tom and (back) Paul<br />

Keye, Jack Reider, Betty Reider, Virginia Whittier.<br />

3. Anne and Ray Destabelle.<br />

4. Terri Zinkiewicz and president John Williams.<br />

5. Jackie Crowley, Eugene McAdoo, Wayne Lynch<br />

and Martha Mathes.<br />

6. Betty and Jack Reider.<br />

7. Midge Trost and Sue Williams.<br />

8. Jean Shriver, Tom Redfield and Ann Buxton.<br />

9. Lisa Valenti Barnes and Marion Ruth.<br />

10. Host Richard Colyear, Terry Dallam and Cliff<br />

Meidl.<br />

11. Marion Ruth.<br />

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by Max Bruch<br />

Christmas Concert<br />

Saturday, <strong>Dec</strong>. 3rd<br />

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Compiled by Mary Jane Schoenheider<br />

You can email your event to our address: penpeople@easyreadernews.com<br />

All submissions must be sent by the 10th of each month prior to event taking place.<br />

Ongoing<br />

Annual Holiday Boutique<br />

Having a hard time finding that gift for the person that has everything? Finish<br />

up your last minute shopping at the Assistance League of San Pedro-South<br />

Bay’s Holiday Boutique. The boutique has a selection of unique gift items that<br />

will appeal to everyone on your list. All proceeds benefit local philanthropic<br />

programs. Sale Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays, and 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturdays.<br />

Now through January 4, 2017. 1441 W. 8th Street (Weymouth Corners),<br />

San Pedro. (310) 832-8355 ext. 221.<br />

Saturday-Sunday, November 19-20<br />

Nutcracker<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong> School of Performing Arts performs The Nutcracker. Saturday, 2<br />

and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Norris Theater, 27570 Norris Center Dr., Rolling<br />

Hills Estates. (310) 544-0403 x221 or pspadance.com.<br />

Saturday, November 19<br />

“Unbranded” Horses<br />

Part of the PV Land Conservancy’s Beauty in Nature series, “Unbranded” is<br />

a film about 16 mustangs and four men riding Mexico to Canada. The documentary<br />

tracks the fresh-out-of-college buddies as they set out on the adventure<br />

of a lifetime. 4 p.m. $10. 18 and under free. Tickets at pvplc.org or (310)<br />


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interest rates, now may be the best time to take advantage of untapped appreciation in your real estate holdings. We will work with you<br />

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541-7613. Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W 6th St, San Pedro.<br />

Promenade Tree lighting<br />

Enjoy local youth talent from Amuse Music Center and Elite Dance, sip hot<br />

cocoa and meet a surprise guest. Free. 5 p.m. Promenade on the <strong>Peninsula</strong>,<br />

550 Deep Valley Dr., Rolling Hills Estates.<br />

Saturday, November 26<br />

Guided Nature Walk<br />

Sponsored by PVP Land Conservancy. 10 - 11 a.m. White Pt Nature Preserve,<br />

San Pedro. Information (310) 541-7613 or RSVP at: pvplc.org.<br />

Sunday, November 27<br />

Another ‘Cracker<br />

Elite Dance Studio presents Twisted Nutcracker. 3 p.m. Warner Grand Theater,<br />

478 West 6th Street, San Pedro. elitedancepac.com for tickets, info.<br />

Tuesday, November 29<br />

ACT II Back to Broadway auditions<br />

Act II, a support group for Palos Verdes Performing Arts, is looking for talented<br />

performers to sing and dance to favorites from Broadway musicals at its 31st<br />

annual variety show. Auditions for “Back To Broadway” will be held at the<br />

Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion. Appointments for both solos and groups are being<br />

taken for times between 5:30 to 10 p.m. Participants should choose music<br />

from a popular Broadway musical to tie in with this year’s theme, and come<br />

prepared with a three minute act of dancing, singing or a combination of a<br />

special talent. An accompanist will be available. This season’s show is set for<br />

March 3-5, 2017 at the Norris Theatre. This year’s production will be in a different<br />

format, with audience members invited to participate in some of the<br />

numbers. For more information call co-producer Maureen Brugh at (310) 375-<br />

3328. 501 Indian Peak Road in Rolling Hills.<br />

Torrance Memorial’s Annual Holiday Festival<br />

TMMC begins its 33rd annual Holiday Festival fundraiser. The festival features<br />

more than 36 themed, decorated trees, live entertainment, the South Bay’s<br />

largest holiday boutique, an opportunity drawing, children's activities and a<br />

food court. Tree themes include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” “The<br />

Magic of Oz,” and “Floating Through the <strong>Dec</strong>ades,” featuring award-winning<br />

floats by the Torrance Rose Float Association. $5. Hours: Tuesday, Nov. 29,<br />

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 30, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday, <strong>Dec</strong>.<br />

1, Saturday, <strong>Dec</strong>. 3, Sunday, <strong>Dec</strong>. 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Senior Days: (free for<br />

seniors and those with limited mobility) Wednesday, Nov. 30 and Thursday,<br />

<strong>Dec</strong>. 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Community Service Group Night: ($2 admission<br />

for nonprofit and community service group members) Thursday, <strong>Dec</strong>. 1, 4 to<br />

9 p.m. Torrance Memorial Medical Center, 3330 Lomita Blvd., Torrance. For<br />

more information, call (310) 517-4606 or visit TorranceMemorial.org/holidayfestival.<br />

Torrance Memorial’s Festival Fashion Show<br />

Cocktail and evening dresses by Kevan Hall Designs, as well as rare and original<br />

fur fashions and designs by Edwards-Lowell Furs Beverly Hills will be<br />

shown. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., $125 per person. For tickets call (310) 517-<br />

4606 or visit TorranceMemorial.org/holidayfestival.<br />

Friday-Saturday, <strong>Dec</strong>ember 2-3<br />

PV Art Center Holiday Art Sale<br />

Friday, 1 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reception Friday <strong>Dec</strong>ember<br />

2 from 5 to 8 p.m. with holiday entertainment and refreshments hosted by<br />

The Circle. Since 1975, Palos Verdes Art Center has held an art sale to welcome<br />

the Holiday Season. This year's PVAC Student and Instructor Holiday<br />

Sale will feature ceramics, glass, textiles and jewelry, as well as painting,<br />

drawing and prints. A percentage of the proceeds funds much needed equip-<br />

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St. John Fisher Catholic Church<br />

Christmas Eve, <strong>Dec</strong>ember 24<br />

Masses in Church and<br />

Parish Activity Center<br />

4:00 pm Church<br />

4:00 pm Parish Activity Center<br />

6:00 pm Church<br />

8:00 pm Church<br />

Midnight Mass Church<br />

Carols begin at 11:30 pm<br />

Christmas Day, <strong>Dec</strong>ember 25<br />

All Masses in Church<br />

7:30 am<br />

9:00 am<br />

10:45 am<br />

12:30 pm<br />

No evening Mass<br />

Please join us as we celebrate the<br />

Birth of Our Lord<br />

Corner of Crest and Crenshaw<br />

Rancho Palos Verdes 310-377-5571 www.sjf.org<br />

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ment for the PVAC studios. Palos<br />

Verdes Art Center, 5504 West Crestridge<br />

Road, Rancho Palos Verdes.<br />

(310) 541-2479. info@pvartcenter.org.<br />

Friday, <strong>Dec</strong>ember 2<br />

Seaside Beaders<br />

A special interest group of the Embroiderers'<br />

Guild of America is meeting<br />

at 9:30 a.m., at St. Francis<br />

Episcopal Church, 2200 Via Rosa,<br />

Palos Verdes Estates. This will be a<br />

"catch up" meeting to finish projects<br />

started earlier in the year. Visitors<br />

are welcome and you may bring<br />

your own project to work on. For<br />

more information, please call Idele<br />

(310 540-6104 or visit our web<br />

page at azureverdeega.com/<br />

bead_ projects.com.<br />

Banning Luncheon<br />

Victorian Christmas Luncheon in the<br />

Stagecoach Barn, 11:30 a.m. -<br />

1:30 p.m. Elegant plated lunch, holiday<br />

entertainment and special<br />

sneak preview of Victorian-decorated<br />

Museum. Banning Museum,<br />

401 East ‘M’ Street, Wilmington.<br />

Call (310) 548-2005 for tickets and<br />

reservations.<br />

TMMC Festival Gala<br />

The Festival Night Dinner Gala will<br />

include silent and live auctions. 5:30<br />

to 10 p.m. $300 per person/$550<br />

per couple. Bid online from November<br />

9 through 22 by visiting biddingforgood.com/holidayfestival.To<br />

make reservations to attend any of<br />

the events or for Opportunity Drawing<br />

tickets, call the Foundation at<br />

(310) 517-4703. For recorded general<br />

event information, call (310)<br />

517-4606 or visit TorranceMemorial.org/holidayfestival.<br />

Saturday-Sunday,<br />

<strong>Dec</strong>ember 3-4<br />

Victorian Celebration<br />

Kick off the holiday season in grand<br />

style at the Banning Museum’s Annual<br />

Victorian Christmas Celebration<br />

and Open House! Event admission<br />

is free. Visitors will enjoy period entertainment,<br />

tours of the Museum<br />

decorated in holiday splendor, refreshments,<br />

a children’s craft, a<br />

blacksmith, a horse-drawn trolley<br />

ride between The Banning Museum<br />

and Drum Barracks Civil War Museum<br />

as well as local food and craft<br />

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vendors. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. 401 East M Street, Wilmington.<br />

(310) 548-7777 or visit Thebanningmuseum.org.<br />

Saturday, <strong>Dec</strong>ember 3<br />

Santa breakfast<br />

Treat your family to a personal visit with Santa at Ruby’s Diner, 8:30-10:30<br />

a.m. Bring your camera! Seating is limited. Adults $15, children under 12<br />

free. Cash or check only. (310) 544-7829. Promenade on the <strong>Peninsula</strong>, 550<br />

Deep Valley Dr., Rolling Hills Estates.<br />

Sea salt seminar<br />

Attendees will enjoy an intimate workshop, salt pairing, and wine, as they<br />

learn about the Terranea’s sea salt harvesting process with award-winning<br />

chefs. 10 a.m. Sea Salt Conservatory, located adjacent to the Palos Verdes<br />

Ballroom Terrace. $65 per person, advance reservations required. For more<br />

information contact (310) 265-2885. 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos<br />

Verdes.<br />

Sunday, <strong>Dec</strong>ember 4<br />

Family Hike<br />

Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong> Land Conservancy family hike with their naturalist<br />

guide to discover habitat, wildlife and more on an easy hike up the canyon<br />

with amazing views of the city. Free. All ages welcome. For more information,<br />

contact (310) 547-0862 or RSVP at: pvplc.org, Events & Activities. First Saturday<br />

Family Hike at George F Canyon, 9 a.m.<br />

Holiday boat parade<br />

More than 60 vessels of all shapes and sizes will participate in the 54th Annual<br />

Los Angeles Harbor Holiday<br />

Afloat Parade starting at 6 p.m. in<br />

the Port of Los Angeles Main Channel.<br />

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti<br />

has been invited to serve as this<br />

year’s Grand Marshal to preside<br />

over this spectacular display of boats<br />

celebrating the nation’s largest international<br />

trade gateway. laharborholidayafloat.org.<br />

Bach’s Magnifcat<br />

Johann Sebastian Bach’s first major<br />

liturgical composition with a Latin<br />

text, written in 1723 for Christmas<br />

Day. Evening will culminate in celebratory<br />

Christmas carols with audience<br />

participation. Celebrate this<br />

season with the JMN Singers, accompanied<br />

by a professional instrumental<br />

ensemble and operatic<br />

soloists, fill the hall with joyous<br />

sound! 7:30 p.m. Tickets $20-$40.<br />

Norris Theater, 27570 Norris Center<br />

Dr., Rolling Hills Estates. (310)<br />

544-0403 x221 or jmnsingers.com.<br />

Lunch with Santa<br />

Torrance Memorial’s Lunch with<br />

Santa will include face painting,<br />

crafts, clowns and photos with Santa<br />

(bring your camera). Price includes<br />

a ticket to Torrance Memorial’s 33rd<br />

annual Holiday Festival, which features<br />

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p.m. $15 per person (minors must be supervised by a paid adult). Torrance<br />

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3330 Lomita Blvd., Torrance. Call (310) 517-4606 or visit TorranceMemorial.org/holidayfestival<br />

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San Pedro holiday parade<br />

Enjoy a festive holiday extravaganza beginning at 1 p.m. Parade travels up<br />

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Holiday Concert Wonder and Joy<br />

Celebrate the season with the Palos Verdes Symphonic Band’s annual holiday<br />

concert, Wonder and Joy, at 5 p.m. in the Frances Young Hall at the South<br />

Coast Botanic Garden. The program consists of traditional Christmas, winter,<br />

and Hanukkah favorites, including Morton Lauridsen’s beautiful O Magnum<br />

Mysterium. The band is especially honored to feature guest musician James<br />

Miller, Associate Principal Trombone with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Tickets<br />

are only $10 each for adults, with free admission for children 12 years of age<br />

and under, and are available in the Botanic Garden courtyard just prior to<br />

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Speaker series<br />

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Celebration of the season<br />

Enjoy lively entertainment, holiday crafts for all ages and spirited music from<br />

local entertainment at Terranea’s tree lighting ceremony. Share your holiday<br />

spirit and bring an unwrapped gift to donate to Toys for Tots. 5 p.m. Complimentary<br />

with toy donation. Catalina<br />

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Sat., <strong>Dec</strong>ember 10<br />

Guided Nature Walk<br />

By Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong> Land Conservancy<br />

at Filiorum Reserve, 9 a.m.<br />

Walk Jack’s Hat Trail on this 191-<br />

acre property linking the Three Sisters<br />

and Portuguese Bend Reserves.<br />

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ocean views and native habitat. This<br />

is a strenuous walk. Park on the<br />

street on Ocean Terrace Drive near<br />

Pacifica Drive, RPV. Free and open<br />

to the public. For more information,<br />

contact (310) 541-7613 ext. 201 or<br />

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Volunteer Day at White<br />

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Help beautify the native demonstration<br />

garden and surrounding habitat,<br />

9 a.m. – noon. Sign up at<br />

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Family Storytime<br />

Stories, songs and more for all at the<br />

White Point Nature Education Center,<br />

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Retired Children’s Librarian Carla Sedlacek will read stories and<br />

lead activities featuring nature themes using exciting props and songs. Bring<br />

the whole family! Free. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro. RSVP at:<br />

pvplc.org, Events & Activities.<br />

Holiday Ice Spectacular<br />

Group and solo performances, all ages and levels. 5 p.m. Promenade Ice<br />

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experience for the entire family. 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets $19-$39. Warner<br />

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Sunday, <strong>Dec</strong>ember 11<br />

Annual Christmas Pageant<br />

Neighborhood Church will be presenting the annual Christmas Pageant at 6<br />

p.m. and again at 8 p.m. Music by the Bell Choir and caroling will begin at<br />

5:30 p.m. in the Church Sanctuary where the Christmas journey begins. Everyone<br />

is invited to attend this traditional Christmas event retelling the Christmas<br />

story enacted in picturesque tableaus set in scenic locations throughout the<br />

property of the beautiful Neighborhood Church. Be stirred by the Annunciation<br />

and awed by the Christmas star and angels. Visit the shepherds overlooking<br />

their flocks by a fireside surrounded by animals in a stunning pastoral setting.<br />

Be turned away at the Inn. View the Magi in their glorious attire, bearing gifts<br />

to the blessed newborn Jesus. See Herod’s Court in all its decadence and<br />

grandeur, and finally end your journey at the scene of new hope, the Nativity<br />

set in a cliffside grotto. This is an event suitable for the entire family and is offered<br />

each year free to the public. A<br />

Christmas offering of canned goods<br />

for a local food bank will be collected.<br />

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located at 415 Paseo del Mar, Palos<br />

Verdes Estates. For information call<br />

(310) 200-1798.<br />

Nutcracker redux<br />

San Pedro City Ballet’s holiday tradition.<br />

A magical experience for the<br />

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Swinging holiday<br />

A Big Band Christmas- featuring<br />

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A decade of lease negotiations nearly<br />

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close permanently and did force it to close<br />

for two years. Now it is awaiting the<br />

opening of a new golf course that may<br />

rival the best in the world<br />

Golf course designer David Kidd during a visit last month to<br />

Rolling Hills Country Club. Photo by David Fairchild

Rolling Hills Country Club general manager Greg Young, club president Aubie Goldenberg<br />

and Chadmar Group builder Chuck Lande. Photo by Kevin Cody<br />

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by Kevin Cody<br />

In April 2014, builder Chuck<br />

Lande invited golf course designer<br />

David Kidd to walk the Rolling<br />

Hills Country Club golf course. That<br />

year, Kidd’s Gamble Sands in Brewster,<br />

Washington, had been named<br />

the best new golf course in the<br />

United States by Golf Digest. Kidd had<br />

already achieved golf immortality<br />

with the opening of Bandon Dunes in<br />

Oregon in 1999. Bandon Dunes was<br />

modeled after Scotland’s St. Andrews,<br />

golfing’s birthplace, and the equally<br />

historic Scottish course Gleneagles,<br />

where Kidd grew up as the son of the<br />

golf course’s superintendent.<br />

Lande grew up in Rancho Palos<br />

Verdes in a home his mother still lives<br />

in. He attended Chadwick School and<br />

USC and is the founder of The Chadmar<br />

Group, named after his son Chad<br />

and daughter Marisa. Chadmar built<br />

the Grand Del Mar Golf Club, its 134<br />

fairway homes and the neighboring,<br />

five-star Grand Del Mar Hotel.<br />

Lande planned to build 114 fairway<br />

homes at Rolling Hills and wanted<br />

Kidd to design the club’s new golf<br />

course.<br />

“I looked at the practice range and<br />

thought, Oh, this may not be all I had<br />

hoped for. It was, not the worst I’d<br />

seen, but close,” Kidd would recall.<br />

“It was obvious the course had been<br />

cobbled together over generations<br />

and not a lot of thought had been<br />

given to the overall composition.”<br />

“I was on the point of thanking<br />

Chuck for the opportunity and leaving<br />

when we reached the highest<br />

point of the course and I was able to<br />

look down into the quarry. It wasn’t<br />

a rock quarry. It was a sand quarry.”<br />

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gredient to make a great course, ” Kidd said.<br />

Kidd was also attracted by the opportunity to build a course overlooking<br />

Los Angeles, adding views of a third global city to TPC Stonebrae, overlooking<br />

San Francisco and Beaverbrook, overlooking London.<br />

A third appeal, which Kidd alluded to during a recent visit to Rolling<br />

Hills, was the opportunity to quiet his critics.<br />

‘I’ve heard a few green-eyed monsters say my courses are successful because<br />

I get great sites.” That criticism wouldn’t apply to the Rolling Hills<br />

site because Kidd planned to level the site, literally.<br />

Into the rough<br />

Kidd was correct in his assessment that the course had been cobbled together.<br />

Rolling Hills Country Club opened in 1963 as a par-3, nine-hole<br />

course squeezed onto 14 acres along Palos Verdes Drive East. A round was<br />

$1.25. In 1972, the members, whose aspirations were apparent in the<br />

club’s name, signed a lease with the neighboring Chandler Sand and Gravel<br />

company for another 66 acres, enabling the course to expand to 18 holes<br />

across 99 acres. The new, 6,112 yard course was designed by Ted Robinson,<br />

from the Arnold Palmer Design Company. It was a traditional parkland<br />

course, with tree-lined fairways, neatly groomed bunkers, rose gardens and<br />

ponds with Palos Verdes flagstone waterfalls dotting the namesake rolling<br />

hills.<br />

In 2000, the Chandler family (no relation to the Los Angeles Times’s<br />

Chandlers) told the club they wanted to sell the 66 acres they had leased<br />

to the club. They also planned to sell the adjacent, 61-acre sand and gravel<br />

quarry, which the family founded in the 1930s. Sand and gravel from the<br />

quarry had been used to build Marineland of the Pacific in 1954. In a precursor<br />

to repurposing, when the park was torn down in 1987, the aquarium’s<br />

concrete was trucked back to the quarry and resold as land fill.<br />

The 66-acre lease ran through 2022. The club had until then to acquire<br />

the property or close.<br />

The purchase promised to be both costly and complicated. Approvals<br />

would need to be obtained not only from the city of Rolling Hills Estates,<br />

but also Torrance (the quarry straddled the Torrance border), three school<br />

districts, six property owners associations, utility companies, environmentalists,<br />

Native Americans and over 20 governmental regulatory agencies,<br />

including the FAA.<br />

In addition, the club’s board needed to convince its 465 equity members<br />

to pay a $40,000 assessment, each, and to continue paying dues during the<br />

two years the club would be closed while a new course and clubhouse<br />

were built.<br />

Over 100 members left. Most resigned rather than attempting to sell their<br />

memberships and pay the $25,000 transfer fee.<br />

Finally, in 2008, at a party at the clubhouse, with the 80-year-old Arnold<br />

56 <strong>Peninsula</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>ember <strong>2016</strong>

have included PGA West in La Quinta, Pelican Hill in Newport and Lande’s Del Mar<br />

wine cellar, gym and a spa. Rendering courtesy Rolling Hills Country Club<br />

Palmer as guest of honor, a jubilant club president Bruce Steckel announced<br />

that a deal had been reached.<br />

Developer John Laing Homes would acquire the Chandler property. The<br />

city would rezone part of the property for residential development, in exchange<br />

for which Laing would fill in the noxious quarry, eliminating pollution<br />

and traffic from the quarry’s 200 daily truck trips. Torrance would<br />

receive $10 million for allowing its portion of the quarry to be annexed by<br />

Rolling Hills Estates. The country club would receive title to 131 acres, including<br />

the quarry, in exchange for helping the home builder obtain the<br />

necessary entitlements and for building a course that would enhance the<br />

value of the fairway homes.<br />

Rather than being forced to close in 2022, the club was to emerge from<br />

the negotiations with a new, $62 million, 160-acre, Arnold Palmer-designed<br />

golf course and a new 60,000 square foot clubhouse overlooking the course<br />

and the Los Angeles Basin.<br />

The $400 million project was arguably to be the largest residential and<br />

recreational community development in the history of the South Bay and<br />

almost certainly larger than any that will be approved in the future.<br />

“All we were waiting for was for the developer to transfer money to the<br />

escrow account. And then the Great Recession of 2008 hit,” current club<br />

president Aubie Goldenberg said during a recent interview.<br />

“Venerable Irvine developer John Laing Homes, one of the nation's<br />

largest, filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday, joining the growing ranks<br />

of residential builders laid low by the collapse of the housing market,” the<br />

Los Angeles Times reported shortly after the agreement was reached.<br />

Lucky lie<br />

Lande lives in Santa Barbara. But his sister still lives in Palos Verdes.<br />

During the summer of 2013, her son Jake was working in the club’s pro<br />

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One day that summer Jake invited his first cousin Chad, Lande’s son, to<br />

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dad. But he had been unaware of the club’s problem.<br />

“That evening, Chad called me and asked if I knew John Robertson,”<br />

Lande recalled. “I said, ‘Sure. In high school, I worked with John’s sister<br />

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Robertson was a third generation Chandler and president of the sand<br />

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“We built 800 homes in Snow Creek. It had an existing nine hole golf<br />

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new homes and a five-star hotel.”<br />

The stalled Snow Creek course had one significant, residual benefit.<br />

Lande met Kidd.<br />

“We worked with Tom Fazio on the Del Mar course. He’s a great golf<br />

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Fazio, Nicklaus and Palmer were the kings. And I’m not saying they aren’t<br />

still. But as far as we’re concerned, David is the king today,” Lande said.<br />

Lande met Kidd through longtime friend and landscape architect David<br />

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Onto the green<br />

Last May, Rolling Hills Country Club held a party to announce that a<br />

new agreement had been reached to build a new golf course, a new clubhouse<br />

and 114 new homes. This time, Kidd was the guest of honor and<br />

Lande the home builder.<br />

“When it’s finished, it will look like it’s been here 100 years,” Kidd told<br />

the members.<br />

It was an audacious promise. Not a blade of grass, not one of the 980<br />

jacaranda, pepper, pine or eucalyptus trees, nor the 100-foot high namesake<br />

rolling hills were to remain of the old course.<br />

Kidd is known for designing “links” courses. Links is a Scottish term that<br />

refers to coastal areas, where the early Scottish golf courses were built.<br />

Any doubt about the club’s commitment to the new plan, was erased by<br />

a YouTube video posted a few days later. The video showed club general<br />

manager Greg Sullivan in his black Dodge Charger, and board member<br />

Kerry Welsh in his midnight blue Tesla Model S, drag racing down the old<br />

number 5 fairway and doing donuts on the green.<br />

“Greg always hated the number 5 hole,” construction superintendent<br />

Bob Vaughey, who was riding in Welsh’s car, says on the video.<br />

Last August, trucks began dumping sand from the quarry at staging areas<br />

around the course while Caterpillar scrapers, commonly used to scrape<br />

coal bowls, began leveling the hills and emptying their 80-ton loads into<br />

the cavernous quarry. Six million cubic yards of dirt would be scooped up<br />

and emptied into the quarry.<br />

Hillside neighbors, behind the white picket fences that border the course,<br />

now wake up to the sun rising over the San Gabriel mountains, east of the<br />

LA Basin. In winter, the view will include snow covered Mount Baldy.<br />

Vaughey describes the new course as “one big tea saucer, or drainage<br />

project.”<br />

“Essentially, that’s what golf courses are. They’re almost always built in<br />

a flood zone.”<br />

To channel the water that flows onto the course from two large canyons<br />

on the western edge, Vaughey’s crews carved barrancas, modeled after the<br />

natural barranca that makes the first hole at the Riviera Country Club,<br />

home of the LA Open, so intimidating.<br />

The barrancas, or arroyos, flow into an irrigation lake, which replenishes<br />

the aquifer, 182 feet beneath the former quarry.<br />

Water rights secured during the negotiations guarantee the club healthy<br />

fairways and greens, regardless of drought conditions. Computerized sprinkler<br />

heads reduce the one million gallons typically required to water an<br />

18 hole course by 60 percent, Lande said.<br />

While the hills were being leveled and the 150-foot deep, 1,000-foot wide<br />

quarry filled, fairway grass was being grown by West Coast Turf, in Thermal<br />

City, near Palm Springs. The company supplies grass for most of the<br />

sports facilities in the west, including the Rose Bowl and Dodger Stadium.<br />

Last month, six to eight West Coast Turf trucks, each carrying 8,000-squarefoot<br />

rolls of turf, began daily deliveries. Groundskeepers unrolled the turf<br />

like carpet, at the rate of a fairway a week.<br />

“Life is short. It would have taken a year to grow the fairways from seed,”<br />

Vaughey said.<br />

He plans to have the course ready for play next June, less than two years<br />

after he did donuts on the number 5 green in Welsh’s Tesla.<br />

The 60,000-square-foot, $35 million clubhouse, clad in Palos Verdes flagstone<br />

and bordered by trimmed, green hedges, is scheduled to open next<br />

58 <strong>Peninsula</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>ember <strong>2016</strong>

August. It is being built by Suffolk<br />

Construction and was designed<br />

by architect Bob Altevers,<br />

whose other golf course clients<br />

have included PGA West in La<br />

Quinta, Pelican Hill in Newport<br />

and Lande’s Del Mar Club in Del<br />

Mar.<br />

The clubhouse will overlook<br />

seven holes where there was once<br />

a sand and gravel quarry and the<br />

LA basin, beyond. It will offer fine<br />

and casual dining rooms and a banquet<br />

room, ballroom, wine cellar,<br />

gym and a spa. Adjoining the clubhouse<br />

will be tennis, bocceball,<br />

pickleball and basketball courts, a<br />

Junior Olympic-sized pool and a<br />

zero-entry pool.<br />

A 10-acre golf facility will include<br />

a 350-yard driving range that<br />

converts to a 9-hole, par-3 course<br />

whose greens, approaches and<br />

bunkers mimic the 18-hole course.<br />

The clubhouse complex is as important<br />

to the club’s future as the<br />

golf course, Sullivan said. Successful<br />

new golf clubs are increasingly<br />

designed to appeal to families.<br />

Rolling Hills offers non-golfing,<br />

social memberships, which are<br />

crucial to a golf club’s home sales,<br />

Lande said.<br />

“Typically, only 25 percent of<br />

home buyers at a golf club are<br />

The redesigned Rolling Hills Country Club will have a Junior Olympic pool and a zero entry pool, as well as tennis, pickleball,<br />

bocce and basketball courts. Rendering courtesy of Rolling Hills Country Club<br />

golfers, but almost everyone enjoys swimming, tennis<br />

and dining,” he said.<br />

The new, ranch style homes will be 3,200 to 5,800<br />

square feet on 12,000 square foot lots. Lande said he expects<br />

buyers will be older <strong>Peninsula</strong> couples who want<br />

more amenities and less home maintenance and young<br />

Beach Cities families who want yards.<br />

Model homes will be completed in <strong>Dec</strong>ember 2017,<br />

Lande said. He declined to disclose the home prices, except<br />

to say they will be priced at market value.<br />

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One afternoon last month, after walking the course<br />

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Sullivan, board member Welsh and this reporter, the<br />

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house and listened to Kidd’s<br />

thoughts on golf course design.<br />

Kidd asked Sullivan his handicap.<br />

Sullivan answered 13.<br />

“Imagine if I designed a 400-yard<br />

hole, with a 100-yard wide fairway,<br />

no bunkers and the cup in the middle<br />

of the green. What do you<br />

think your chances would be of<br />

parring the hole?”<br />

After hesitating a moment, Sullivan<br />

ventured, “50-50.”<br />

“What if I shaped the fairway<br />

like a taco and upped your chances<br />

of par to 60 percent. Wouldn’t that<br />

be more fun to play?” Kidd asked.<br />

“My detractors say I make<br />

courses too easy. But no golf is<br />

easy. Not if 50 percent of the time<br />

a good golfer can’t par an easy<br />

hole,” Kidd said.<br />

Following his success at Bandon<br />

Dunes, Kidd said, he succumbed to<br />

the prevailing wisdom that a golf<br />

designer’s job was to “defend par.”<br />

“The locals call Tetherow in<br />

The Chandler Sand and Gravel pit as it appeared last year, the day an agreement<br />

was announced to fill it in for the new Rolling Hills Country Club golf<br />

course. Photo by Kevin Cody<br />

Bend ‘Deatherow.’ And that’s my home course,” he said. Kidd moved to<br />

Bend, Oregon, shortly after Tetherow opened in 2008, just ahead of the<br />

Great Recession.<br />

“Ego reigned. Harder was better. Every golf designer wanted to brag about<br />

how hard their courses were, making them 8,000 yards long with 24-yard<br />

wide fairways and a slope ratings of 148. (Slope rating is a measure of a<br />

course’s difficulty, with 155 being the maximum difficulty.)<br />

“We were doing what clients wanted and that was generate a maximum<br />

amount of media attention because most were selling houses.”<br />

“Designers talked about ‘Tiger<br />

proofing’ courses because Tiger<br />

made the game look too easy.”<br />

Golf course designer Pete Dye<br />

expressed the then prevailing philosophy<br />

in 2002, when he was<br />

commissioned to design the Trump<br />

National Golf Course, overlooking<br />

the ocean, on the opposite side of<br />

the <strong>Peninsula</strong> from Rolling Hills.<br />

“The pros are the only people<br />

who like an easy course. And<br />

they’re a bunch of crybabies. And<br />

you can quote me,” Dye said.<br />

Told that his courses are described<br />

as “Dyeabolical,” he shot<br />

back, “Have you ever heard of a<br />

great, easy course? This course will<br />

be tough on players who come out<br />

only once or twice a year. But the<br />

ardent golfer who shoots 95 will<br />

love it. He may curse it, but he’ll<br />

go home to Omaha and tell all his<br />

buddies they’ve got to play it.”<br />

Last year, Trump National was<br />

scheduled to host the PGA Grand<br />

Slam of Golf. The tournament was canceled following protests over Trump's<br />

comments about illegal immigrants.<br />

“In 2008,” Kidd said, “I had an epiphany. Harder is not better. Fun is better.<br />

Why did people love the early courses I designed, when I knew so little?<br />

And why weren’t they returning to play the courses I did 10 years later<br />

when I knew so much more?”<br />

“Golf is already one of the hardest sports there is, and you want me to<br />

make it harder? Imagine if tennis had to be played with wooden rackets<br />

and skiers had to use straight skis.”<br />

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“There’s a saying that courses should be easy to bogey, but difficult to<br />

birdie, which sounds good, but is rarely achieved.”<br />

Welsh mentioned the old adage that golf is 90 percent psychological and<br />

10 percent mental.<br />

Kidd, a 6 handicap, said he learned that early on as a golfer.<br />

“But it took me a long time to understand what that meant for a golf<br />

course architect,” he said. “We’ve been taught that golf is all about intimidation<br />

and playing defense. I’m turning that on its head. I want my courses<br />

to breed confidence. Then golf becomes fun.”<br />

“When you stand at the tee, do you feel confidence, or trepidation? Are<br />

you looking down at that $4 Titleist Pro, thinking ‘I’ll never see it again’?”<br />

“If you hit a rank shot, out of bounds, I can’t help you. But keep it in<br />

bounds and I’ll do my best to keep you playing golf with one ball.”<br />

“Confidence translates into a confident swing. If you played a great round<br />

at Bandon Dunes, it’s not because it’s an easy course. It’s because you<br />

played confidently.”<br />

Kidd traced the divergence between the Scottish links courses he grew<br />

up with and America’s less forgiving parkland courses to the 1933 opening<br />

of Augusta National, the Churchill Downs of golf, with its colorful flower<br />

boxes, tree lined fairways and bright white, egg-shaped bunkers.<br />

“Never was the iron gauntlet of challenge more skillfully concealed in<br />

velvet,” the legendary Bobby Jones said of the course he helped design.<br />

"The architect assumes the role of defender against the golfer attacking the<br />

course," he wrote in “Golf by Design”.<br />

“Every April, golfers watched the Augusta Masters on their color TVs<br />

and dusted off their clubs. Groundskeepers looked at Augusta and thought,<br />

‘That’s my benchmark,’” Kidd said.<br />

“Then Bandon Dunes opened and American golfers were able to experience<br />

the golf I grew up with — its wiry grasses, multiple colors, imperfect<br />

nature.”<br />

“I spent my childhood at St. Andrews and Gleneagles. That’s the only<br />

golf I knew.”<br />

“When I came to Bandon Dunes to meet with (owner) Mike Kaiser, I had<br />

never played a Pete Dye, an Arnold Palmer, a Jack Nicklaus or a Tom Fazio<br />

course.<br />

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“I knew Kaiser had already talked to Nicklaus<br />

and Fazio and didn’t think I had a chance. So I<br />

told him what I thought, that he should keep it<br />

simple because the land was already so good. A<br />

few weeks later, he called and asked, ‘Do you really<br />

believe what you said?’”<br />

“He thought golf had gone down a course it<br />

wasn’t meant to go down and he wanted someone<br />

unencumbered by American golf’s overcontrolled<br />

and overspending look.”<br />

“So, he hired someone who didn’t know<br />

enough to screw it up.”<br />

Kidd was 27. As he had proposed, he left the<br />

relatively flat, nearly treeless site largely alone,<br />

wrapping the fairways around the brown sand<br />

bunkers that had always been there.<br />

When Bandon Dunes opened in 1999 it triggered<br />

a revolution in golf course design in the<br />

U.S.<br />

“Whatever else I achieve, I believe Bandon<br />

Dunes marked a turning point in my life and I<br />

believe it marked a turning point in golf in America.<br />

Sophisticated American golfers already understand<br />

that,” Kidd said.<br />

Like Bandon Dunes, Rolling Hills’ fairways will<br />

be defined by strips of tall grass rather than trees.<br />

Its bunkers will be the brown sand that has always<br />

been there.<br />

“The fairways are very sinuous,” he said. “I<br />

want you to be able to hit the ball high and wide<br />

and still be able to find it.”<br />

When asked what quality makes a great golf<br />

designer, Kidd answered, “Visualization. You<br />

must be able to paint in your mind’s eye something<br />

that doesn’t exist.”<br />

Lande’s contract called for grading the site to<br />

within 18 inches of Kidd’s specifications.<br />

At that point, Kidd said, “Course design<br />

changes from an engineering exercise to a lot of<br />

hand waving, flag planting and foot dragging [to<br />

outline the bunkers and greens].”<br />

“The trick is to make the course look as random<br />

as nature. It’s whimsy that excites golfers. If it<br />

looks engineered, it’s not cool.”<br />

“I admire Tom Fazio. His courses are beautiful,<br />

but too perfect. Pete Dye is not so perfect, but<br />

he’s kind of evil. I’m aiming for something in between.”<br />

Kidd said he played Trump National and<br />

walked off after the 12th Hole. “It was like going<br />

to the dentist,” he said.<br />

“<strong>People</strong> look at the old Scottish courses and ask,<br />

why is there a hump in the fairway? It’s there because<br />

it was there. No one shaped it. My challenge<br />

here is to make features look like they were<br />

there when they weren’t. I’m having to engineer<br />

randomness.<br />

“Luis, who’s designing the bunkers doesn’t play<br />

golf. He’s an artist. I let him do his thing. He built<br />

a bunker with a grass hump in the middle.<br />

“I keep telling Greg to stop telling people we<br />

filled in the quarry and leveled the hills. I want<br />

them to look at the course and think it’s always<br />

been that way.”<br />

The group asked Kidd how their course would<br />

measure up to other Los Angeles area courses.<br />

He responded by speaking admiringly of Riviera,<br />

in Pacific Palisades, whose 1926 design is<br />

largely unchanged and possesses some of the<br />

characteristics of a links course.<br />

He also spoke admiringly of Los Angeles Country<br />

Club’s newly redesigned North Course.<br />

“I’d love it if comparisons were made between<br />

our course and LA North. To be spoken of in the<br />

same breath as Gil Hanse would be cool. Gil<br />

studied aerial photos from the ‘20s of George<br />

Thomas’s original design and paid homage to it.<br />

I hope 100 years from now, people will do that<br />

with this course.”<br />

Then Kidd disclosed his hopes for the new<br />

Rolling Hills course.<br />

“It stands a chance to be one of the best courses<br />

not only in Los Angeles, but maybe in the world,”<br />

he said.<br />

Presumably, he was including Bandon Dunes,<br />

with which it will share many characteristics and<br />

one notable exception.<br />

Bandon Dunes is a privately owned pay by the<br />

round course that hosts 150,000 rounds a year.<br />

The nearby airport is the busiest private airport<br />

in the Northwest. Rolling Hills’ 465 members will<br />

never have trouble getting a tee time on their<br />

David Kidd course. Nor is the nearby Torrance<br />

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approval, likely to be impacted.<br />

As the conversation wound down, Kidd was<br />

asked how difficult he thought their course<br />

would be.<br />

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range. More than 120 is too much,” he said. (113<br />

is considered average difficulty).<br />

“I want your pro to think he can shoot a 59. I<br />

don’t want him to actually shoot a 59. I just want<br />

him to think he can. And maybe he will, if he<br />

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Farm toTerranea<br />

by Richard Foss<br />

Chef Tim Wood prepares California Kurobuta pork shoulder with grated fresh truffle. Photo by Stephanie Cartozian<br />

“We are venturing into uncharted waters with different flavors and textures…” -- Terranea Chef Bernard Ibarra<br />

Most of the people who attended the Third Annual Farm-to-Terranea<br />

Celebration of Food and Wine at Terranea last month probably<br />

didn’t give much thought to the way that the event was put together.<br />

You just bring together a lot of good food and beverages and turn<br />

chefs and sommeliers loose on it, and people will have a great time, won’t<br />

they?<br />

Anyone who has ever managed a large event knows otherwise. Executive<br />

Chef Bernard Ibarra mused thoughtfully over the breakdown of traditional<br />

ideas about pairing food and drink.<br />

“<strong>People</strong> no longer just listen to authority figures about what we should<br />

and should not like. We are venturing into uncharted waters with different<br />

flavors and textures, and leaving it up to ourselves to see if we like it or not.<br />

It would be arrogant of me to try to change people’s minds, but I can expose<br />

them to what is out there.”<br />

Resort Wine Director Szymon Piechaczek agreed and gave an example,<br />

based on one of the dinners on the first evening. That evening was called<br />

“A Study Of Pork,” and featured five chefs. Each was given a different cut<br />

of pork and challenged to serve it in a way that accented its best qualities.<br />

As wine director, Szymon provided both traditional and unexpected offerings.<br />

“I do want people to experience a new approach to a food and wine festival,<br />

but it’s a holistic approach. Some people are so guided by tradition<br />

that they never think of experimenting. For the Study of Pork we provide<br />

wines that can all work and let them find the one that they really like. One<br />

of the wines is Mumm Napa sparkling wine, which is not what you usually<br />

think of with pork, but it has the citrus and acidity to cut through the fat<br />

content.”<br />

A Champagne-style wine with pork? The resort’s Beverage Director Aloys<br />

Scheer was involved with an even more unusual event.<br />

“Our Japanese whiskey dinner begins with a cocktail and moves on to include<br />

tastings of the spirit, neat. The menu is predominantly seafood in an<br />

Asian style, which works with these soft-spoken whiskies. This is an extension<br />

of something we have done before at the resort, introducing people<br />

who think of liquors and cocktails just as after-dinner items to the ways<br />

they can be part of a meal.”<br />

One theme that runs through the event is the idea of using local products,<br />

which is possible to a degree that may surprise even locals. There are farms<br />

and wineries hidden in the hills of the <strong>Peninsula</strong>, and Bernard Ibarra had<br />

a chance to get some hands-on experience at one of them.<br />

“A couple of weeks ago we went to Villa Oneiro and harvested olives and<br />

pressed them for olive oil, so for the first time we have Terranea olive oil.<br />

It’s beautiful extra virgin oil, unbelievable, and we have the olives in some<br />

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Wine Director Szymon Piechaczek, Executive Chef Bernard Ibarra and Beverage<br />

Director Aloys Scheer. Photo by Richard Foss<br />

of our other dishes. We have the salt we gather right here on the property,<br />

and we blend it with herbs grown here, and we make smoked salt too. We<br />

also have what we call our moving backyard, the sea right behind the resort.<br />

We use as much as we can from what Mother Nature provides us with right<br />

here.”<br />

Some of those local producers attended the event, including the roaster<br />

who produces the resort’s signature coffee and winemakers Dimitri Bizoumis<br />

from Villa Oneiro and Jim York of Catalina View. Beverage Manager<br />

Scheer noted that while there aren’t any distilleries on the <strong>Peninsula</strong>, they<br />

use as many local ingredients as possible in their cocktails. Ibarra, a Basque<br />

who grew up in a wine-loving region, sounded just as enthusiastic about<br />

the cocktail revolution.<br />

“The cocktail component of the event is new this year, but that is such a<br />

dynamic part of the culture now. We are using what grows in the <strong>Peninsula</strong><br />

in our drinks as well as our food. We have always been utilizing them in<br />

the kitchen, but at the bar it is new.”<br />

Speaking of local produce brought up the question of whether this event<br />

is primarily for local people, or whether there are ambitions to make it<br />

something larger. Scheer suggested that it is already a little of each.<br />

“The event is for local people but is already becoming a regional event.<br />

We have chefs coming from San Francisco, Carmel, Seattle, and San Diego,<br />

and they have spread awareness of this weekend through their clientele. It<br />

has a great potential to grow.”<br />

Szymon suggested that as it does, it could benefit more than just Terranea.<br />

“We have many guests who are coming to this event from Hollywood,<br />

from Malibu, and for many it is their first time to the area. They are not<br />

just seeing this event at Terranea, they are discovering the other attractions<br />

of the <strong>Peninsula</strong>, and they will come back.”<br />

Abigall Parera, Virna Bolang, Andrew Long, Chef Tim Wood and Jessica<br />

Wood. Photo by Stephanie Cartozian<br />

Chef Dushayant Singh of The Camby in Phoenix creates pork frankfurters with<br />

crisped black-eyed peas. Photo by Richard Foss<br />

Wherever the guests came from, they had a wide range of events and<br />

seminars to attend. Szymon characterized these as partly educational and<br />

partly entertaining.<br />

“In the entertaining category I would put our recreation of the famous<br />

‘Judgment of Paris’ dinner of 1976, which will include representatives of<br />

Chateau Montelena and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. In the educational category,<br />

I would put our event evaluating the wine styles of the Old World.<br />

That’s focused on discovering the regional wine styles, and people can learn<br />

a lot from that.”<br />

On the weekend of the event, that balance of intellectual understanding<br />

with basking in the experience was on full display. The “Study of Pork” on<br />

Friday night was a great example. The chefs were all accessible, explaining<br />

to anyone who was interested how they had created each recipe to enhance<br />

the natural flavors and textures of the cut they had been assigned. Some of<br />

the presentations were elegant and stylish, like Chef Tim Wood’s California<br />

Kurobuta pork shoulder with grated fresh truffle. Others were more down<br />

home. Chef Dushyant Singh of The Camby in Phoenix created delicious<br />

pork frankfurters and served them in a bun alongside crisped black-eyed<br />

peas, a plate that looked like something you might get at a ballpark but<br />

tasted amazing. Between trips to the food stations guests sampled beer,<br />

cocktails, and wine, including that Napa sparkler that did indeed go superbly<br />

with pork. It was an education for those who cared to get one, and<br />

a great meal for those who just came for the experience.<br />

Moving on through the weekend, guests could attend a seminar by<br />

women winemakers, a seafood and Champagne brunch, and a celebration<br />

of the legacy of Robert Mondavi. Or they could just stroll the grounds at<br />

Terranea, enjoy the views, and think about what they would eat and drink<br />

next. PEN<br />

Selman and Pauline Shaby, David Buckley and Chef Paul McCabe.<br />

Photo by Stephanie Cartozian

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Hosts multi-era reenactment<br />

History buffs from around the Western<br />

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MacArthur Days last July for a multi-era<br />

historical reenactment. Unlike most<br />

events that focus on a single time period,<br />

here one saw encampments of ancient<br />

Britons and Romans, civil war cavalrymen,<br />

Napoleonic infantry, World War II<br />

leathernecks and peoples of other times<br />

and places. Alongside the soldiers were all<br />

the other people who enable armies to<br />

function, including blacksmiths, surgeons,<br />

cooks, nurses, and other artisans.<br />

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1. This group of Soviet Army reenactors is<br />

composed entirely of fathers and sons. (Bottom<br />

row) sons Dakota Boettcher, Shane Pollack<br />

and Tom Marinello. (Top row) fathers<br />

Scott Boettcher, Todd Pollack and Dennis<br />

Marinello.<br />

2. Ice cream vendor C.K. Farnsworth poses<br />

with “Doughnut Dollie” Kim Hallenger of the<br />

Great War Historical Society. During WW1 the<br />

British “Doughnut Dollies” made fresh pastries<br />

in the trenches and were the only women allowed<br />

at the front.<br />

3. Civil War “Buffalo Soldiers” Trooper Dillis,<br />

August Simian Jr., and Trooper Redfern.<br />

4. Colonial American blacksmith Peter<br />

Farquhar.<br />

5. Early California reenactor Mike Breckinridge<br />

with his horse Juan.<br />

6. President Lincoln (Robert Brosky).<br />

7. Legio 6 Victrix trooper John Long.<br />

8. Roman Centurion David Michaels wears<br />

medals for valor while standing next to a shrine<br />

to Jupiter.<br />

9. Scottish clan chief Steven Gillan talks with<br />

Tory officer John Savage.<br />

10. World War 2 field cook David Kellerman<br />

with his restored army jeep.<br />

11. 19th Century naval Lieutenant John Ash,<br />

better known Gary McAulay of the Manhattan<br />

Beach Historical Society, poses with Dale Erickson<br />

of Lomita.<br />

12. Michael Cawelti as T.R., straight from San<br />

Juan Hill.<br />

13. French and Indian War Surgeon Mark<br />

Rutledge has an encyclopedic knowledge of<br />

18th Century medicine, as well as some scary<br />

looking saws and tools.<br />

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Homegrown virtuoso<br />

by Esther Kang

A 21-year-old<br />

Palos Verdes native<br />

rises to<br />

international<br />

acclaim<br />

Aplastic toy keyboard he received from<br />

his parents on his sixth birthday sealed<br />

Adam Coleman’s fate.<br />

“Apparently, I would just sit there for hours<br />

at a time plucking at the keys that lit up,” said<br />

the now 21-year-old Coleman. “I learned<br />

some classic pieces that way.”<br />

The following year, his parents took him to<br />

Maria Denima, a talented Russia pianist who<br />

studied at St. Petersburg Conservatory. Over<br />

the following decade, Coleman’s musical career<br />

blossomed.<br />

At 9, he began competing in piano performances<br />

around the world, winning the Southern<br />

California Bach Festival, Cypress College<br />

Piano Competition and the MTAC State Solo<br />

and Concerto Competition. In 2012, he was<br />

named a finalist in the 2012 Schlern International<br />

Music Festival Competition in Italy. He<br />

also earned multiple scholarships from the<br />

Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Alice Frazier<br />

Kitchen Memorial.<br />

Despite his competitive successes, the<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong> native considers them a “necessary<br />

evil.” Coleman is in his fourth year at the Indiana<br />

University Jacobs School of Music,<br />

where he is studying Piano Performance<br />

under esteemed professor Evelyne Brancart.<br />

“I don’t like putting musicians and the<br />

music up against each other,” he said. "I think<br />

it defeats the whole purpose of the art. Especially<br />

the way a lot of these competitions score<br />

and the way they decide, it’s very subjective<br />

and there’s a lot of politics involved.”<br />

Performing for people who come to enjoy<br />

the music rather than to judge — that’s the<br />

“best feeling in the world,” he said.<br />

“For me, it started more as a relationship<br />

with the instrument rather than with the<br />

music,” he said. “I fell in love with the instrument<br />

before I fell in love with classical music.<br />

I always felt safe there and felt like I had<br />

something to say when I was making music."<br />

“Later came the love of the music, once I<br />

started hearing about classical composers and<br />

really diving into their genius, why they’re so<br />

well-known now and why it is so important<br />

to listen to them.” Beyond the classical repertoire<br />

of Bach, Mozart and Chopin, Coleman<br />

said he is drawn toward 20th century “new<br />

music” and the late romantics. "Why has their<br />

music lasted hundreds of years,” he said, “and<br />

other people’s music died out instantly?"<br />

At Palos Verdes Intermediate School, he<br />

played saxophone in the school concert band<br />

(and gave piano lessons to the director). At<br />

Palos Verdes High School, he played the snare<br />

drum, quads and bass drum and served as<br />

battery captain, front ensemble captain, and<br />

eventually drum major in the marching band.<br />

He also delved into mallet percussions, including<br />

the marimba and vibraphone.<br />

In 2011, when the Tohoku earthquake and<br />

tsunami hit Japan, Coleman teamed up with<br />

a friend and decided to put his musical chops<br />

to use. It was his first ever attempt at organizing<br />

a concert for the community.<br />

“I had no idea what I was doing, but I just<br />

went around to random churches and asked<br />

if I could play a concert there,” he recalls. “Finally,<br />

someone said yes."<br />

The benefit concert at St. Francis Church,<br />

curated and performed by Coleman, raised<br />

$2,500 for Direct Relief International. Since,<br />

he has organized an annual benefit chamber<br />

concert at the Palos Verdes Golf Club to benefit<br />

the San Pedro-based SHAWL House (Support<br />

for Harbor Area Women’s Lives), which<br />

helps battered and addicted women. The concerts<br />

have raised $50,000 over the years for<br />

the organization. The next one is scheduled<br />

for next spring.<br />

Coleman, who this summer spent an immersive<br />

six weeks at the Brevard Music Festival<br />

in North Carolina, keeps his engine<br />

revving. For next fall, he will be applying for<br />

master’s programs for classical piano performance<br />

across the country (his top choice is Indiana<br />

University). He hopes to make a living<br />

by performing — what he does best.<br />

“By sitting through a performance, you experience<br />

it, and I think in some ways it makes<br />

you a better person, and it makes you grow,”<br />

he says. “I’m really fascinated by how people<br />

can react to music and how it can change your<br />

mental state.” PEN<br />

Adam Coleman. Photo by Brian Chin<br />

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Ground breaking<br />

Veterans celebration<br />

around&about<br />

Bishop Joseph<br />

Sartoris blesses<br />

the site of the<br />

new Providence<br />

Little Company of<br />

Mary Advanced<br />

Ambulatory Care<br />

Center on Tuesday,<br />

October<br />

25. The $80<br />

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with City of Hope, a multi-disciplinary Cancer Center. Photo courtesy<br />

Providence Little Co. of Mary<br />

Gathering for the annual Veterans Day Health and Wellness Fair at the<br />

Palos Verdes Golf Club are Cecil Wyman, Ackerman Geo, Frank Campion,<br />

Bruce Campbell, Laverne Harry Peck, Ray Burns, Bill Garley, Joe<br />

Sherwood, Frank J. Brown, Judge Robert Evans and Wally White.<br />

National Charity League celebrates birthday<br />

n The <strong>Peninsula</strong> Chapter of the National Charity League celebrated 57 years of<br />

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onions with chopped dried figs, run<br />

under the broiler to create little<br />

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not usually a fan of blue cheese but<br />

grudgingly admitted that he liked it<br />

in this context, where a less assertive<br />

cheese would have been lost<br />

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For main courses my companion<br />

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steak with potatoes, arugula, and a<br />

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smoky spiciness with balanced<br />

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but would request that it be served<br />

deconstructed rather than over the<br />

mix of smashed baby potatoes and<br />

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but that wasn’t an option.<br />

I was less of a fan of the meatloaf<br />

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mashed potatoes on a bed of chipotle<br />

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meat was almost completely obscured.<br />

We hadn’t known both<br />

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The desserts offered were a salted<br />

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fried cheesecake, s’mores, and<br />

something referred to as a blueberry<br />

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Rather than a cake made of batter<br />

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The wine list is good, as is the bar<br />

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available for lease for<br />

$500/mo. Length of<br />

term negotiable. All<br />

utilities paid for. Comes<br />

fur- nished with free<br />

high speed internet<br />

(150 mbps download<br />

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speed), kitchenette<br />

and bathrooms. For<br />

more information call<br />

Neil Chha bria at 310-<br />

902-7227 or visit<br />

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• Acoustic<br />

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• Water & Fire Restoration<br />

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Lic. # 687076 • C35-B1<br />


Thank You South Bay for<br />

50 Years of Patronage!<br />

Residential • Commercial • Industrial<br />

Plumbing 24/7 • Heating<br />

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800-354-2705 • 310-831-0737<br />


Tile Reroof and<br />

repair specialist<br />

310-847-7663<br />

Family owned<br />

business since 1978<br />

Lic 831351<br />

TILE<br />

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New Construction<br />

& Remodeling<br />

Excellent References<br />

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310-544-9384<br />

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Credit cards accepted<br />

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classifieds<br />

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Simply Tiles Design Center<br />

Fine Ceramics, Natural Stone, Hardwoods, Cabinetry, Faucetry.<br />

Kitchen & Bathrooms Specialist.<br />

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License #904876<br />

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310.530.5443 310.534.9560<br />

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New Smiles Dentistry<br />

Stephen P. Tassone, DDS<br />

310.791.2041<br />

310.517.0324<br />

310.530.0566<br />

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310.326.8530<br />

310.530.3268 310.539.3526<br />



CENTER<br />

310.325.2960<br />

310.891.2237<br />

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310.530.8411<br />

WineShoppe<br />

310.539.1055<br />

Northwest Corner of Crenshaw Blvd. & Pacific Coast Hwy.<br />

in Torrance ~ For Information, Call 310.534.0411<br />


84 <strong>Peninsula</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>ember <strong>2016</strong>

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