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Volume XXI, Issue 6

January 2017

P A L O S V E R D E S P E N I N S U L A M O N T H L Y

ON THE COVER

On the cover: Peter Olpe,

President of the South Coast

Botanic Garden Foundation

Board of Trustees. Photo by

David Fairchild

PROFILES

18 Regency house

by Stephanie Cartozian

Nazi labor camp survivor Rita Rogers and husband G. Allen

Rogers, M.D. were inspired by their backgrounds and travel

to build one of the Peninsula’s few regency style homes.

24 Olpe’s garden secret no longer

by David Mendez

Peter Olpe and his ambitious crew strive to make the South

Coast Botanic Garden the rival of botanic gardens anywhere

in the world.

Holiday mixology

30 by Richard Foss

Terranea Resort’s Adam Stearns, Rebel Republic’s Sarah

Pauly and Hey 19’s Demi Stevens share their recipes for

holiday conversation drinks.

38 Foreign holiday flavors

by Richard Foss

The South Bay’s many ethnic markets offer holiday dessert

alternatives to our 19th Century, English-inspired traditions.

Tradition runs deep

by Randy Angel

The Palos Verdes girls cross country team adds another

league and state title to its long running, winning tradition.

Scotty scores

by Ed Solt

Big wave surfer Scotty Bredesen establishes his place in the

line-up at Puerto Escondido on a day the locals were calling

one of the best ever.

HIGHLIGHTS

10 Asia America Symphony holiday benefit

14 Torrance Memorial Foundation festival

39 Torrance Memorial doctors and donors

44 LA Biomed legends

56 McCaw and sons holiday exhibit

58 League of Women Voters honorees

64 Palos Verdes Seniors fashions

68 Torrance Memorial holiday fashions

70 Pirate booty funds PV library

72 Special Children’s Affair to Remember

DEPARTMENTS

34 Peninsula gift guide

46 Peninsula calendar

73 Home services

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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L

Asia America

Symphony Guild

Maestro David Benoit

The Asia America Symphony Guild held

its annual holiday benefit at the scenic

home of Carolyn and Julian Elliott. The

fundraiser benefited the AASA Concerts and

youth programs and included vendor boutiques,

baked goods and a stunning performance

by young musicians playing wind and

string instruments. The youth symphony

provides learning and performing opportunities

to young people, primarily in high

school. Music director David Benoit surprised

guests by attending in between his

holiday season schedule of performances.

Benoit has released over 25 albums since

1980 and has been nominated for three

Grammy Awards for his piano and composition

work. The new AASA season begins

Feb. 16 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. The

Asia America Youth Symphony will perform

with the Korean Dream Orchestra presented

by D.K. Kim. For additional information

visit aasymphony.org or AASymphony.org.

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PHOTOS BY MARLENE OKADA

1. Marlene Okada, David Benoit and Karen

Bronson.

2. David Benoit, Woodwind Trio members Kai

Nakkim, Robert Wakefield-Carl and Kathleen

Moran with Darryl Tanikawa.

3. Darryl Tanikawa, Marlene Okada, Gloria Mata,

Carolyn Elliott, Chris Naito and Val Noguchi.

4. AAYS String Quartet: Kaori Shimizu and

Marcus Chang, violins; David Nagoshi, viola;

Jamie Chung, cello, and (back) Darryl Tanikawa.

5. Keiko Kita, Marlene Okada, Kei Benoit, Mariko

Abdulian and Yuka Amakasu.

6. Kathy Yoshihara with Ceramic Kokeshi Dolls.

7. AAYS Wind Trio: Robert Wakefield Jr., oboe;

Kai Nakkim, clarinet; Kathleen Moran, bassoon,

with (back) Darryl Tanikawa.

8. Renko Watanabe of Renko Original Fashions.

9. Lisa Nakkim of Nozomi Project shows jewelry

made from broken pottery from 2011 Japan

Tsunami.

10. Charity Boutique announcement.

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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L

Torrance Memorial

Foundation

& Las Amigas Holiday Festival

The Torrance Memorial foundation raised $1.5 million

through its holiday events, largely through annual festivities

held under its big white tent. “The magic that surrounds

Torrance Memorial Medical Center with the

raising of the big white tent announces the arrival of the

holidays…” said Holiday Festival Co-Chair Bev George.

For 33 years, this holiday tradition has been transforming

a plain parking lot into a chic philanthropic spectacle decorated

with Christmas trees, wreaths, snowflake ceiling

lights and lush centerpieces. The crowd was decked out

in gowns and sequins and the band played disco and motown.

This year’s party raised funds for the north patient

tower transformation and for the hospital’s many other

programs. The live auction included a party for 50 guests

at the new Redondo Beach Shade Hotel and a stay at a

breathtaking 4 bedroom oceanfront villa in Oahu’s Turtle

Bay. A new 2017 Lexus RX 350 was raffled off, generously

donated by Toyota Motor Sales, USA. The gourmet cuisine

was provided by Food Fetish and festival benefactors included

Billee and John Gogian as well as Donald and

Priscilla Hunt. Over 10,000 volunteer hours helped to

make this annual gala the magical night that it was.

PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE CARTOZIAN

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1. Craig and Judy Leach,

Nicholas Silvino M.D., Chris

and Kelly Rogers.

2. Eric Mellor, Anna Mellor

M.D., Donna LaMorit, Harv

and Ruth Daniels.

3. Hicham Siouty M.D. and

Roya Siouty.

4. Richard and Melanie

Lundquist.

5. Steve and Teri Milam, Alida

and Steve Calvillo.

6. Bill Spenler M.D., Aileen

Takahashi, Roxanne

Mirhashemi and Ramin

Mirhashemi M.D.

7. Jack Sun M.D. and Lan

Sun.

8. Judith Gassner, Jonathan

and Sun Beutler.

9. Syed Jilani M.D., Thomas

Lowe M.D., Melody Lowe,

David Chan M.D., Suzy Moy-

Chan, Sharon Horodner, and

Andrew Horodner M.D. (Photo

by Wally Skalij).

10. Judith Gassner and

Caroline Gassner.

11. Wendy Klarik, Harriet

Sustarsic and Ann Zimmerman.

12. Keri Zickuhr M.D. and

Sara Zickuhr.

13. Ann and David Buxton.

14. Kimberly and Ron

Compton.

15. Elizabeth Hood and Mitch

Koch.

16. Christy Abraham,

Margaret and David Waite and

Ann Zimmerman.

17. Steve and Mary

Morikawa.

18. Gerald and Patricia

Turpanjian, Lori and Jack

Muncherian (Photo by Tim

Branning).

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P E N I N S U L A | H O M E S

This Regency period home was

painstakingly brought back to its

original glamour by Realtor Barbi Pappas

and a team of local design experts.

Jane Austen Lives Here

The rare Regency style Peninsula home was inspired by its owners’ backgrounds and travels

by Stephanie Cartozian

Photos by Kim Pritchard and Rob Massi


The late Rita Rogers, M.D.

met her future husband G.

Allen Rogers, M.D. at Albany

Medical School in the late

1950s, while finishing her psychiatric

residency. Rita was born in

Romania. In her teens, she and her

family, along with other Romanian

Jews were sentenced to a Nazi

Labor camp in the Ukraine, where

she saved her family by posing as

a foundry worker. Following World

War II, she earned an undergraduate

degree at the University of

Prague and then a medical degree

from the Vienna University Medical

School. In 1953, she emigrated

to the United States, disembarking

at Ellis Island.

“The way she transcended personal

suffering, converting her experiences

into resources from

which to draw” was recounted in

“The Alchemy of Survival: One

Woman’s Journey,” which she

coauthored in 1988 with Harvard

psychiatrist John Mack. A decade

The pagoda is showered in natural light and the jacuzzi overlooking the

garden was inspired by the Rogerses’ trips to Japan.

earlier, Mack had won a Pulitzer

Prize for his biography of TE

Lawrence.

After Rita and G. Allen married,

the family made plans to set down

roots in the South Bay. In 1966, the

couple purchased a vacant parcel

in Palos Verdes Estates for $20,000.

It sat high above the Malaga Cove

shopping center and backed up to

protected parklands. Moore’s Market

was at the Malaga Cove center

then as was the Palos Verdes General

Store, where neighborhood

kids would congregate at the ice

cream bar for afternoon sundaes.

Working closely with John

Treacy of Young and Remington in

Redondo Beach, the Rogerses set

out to build a Regency period

home, a style she knew from her

childhood and he learned about

during the couple’s frequent travels

abroad. This stately style, not

often seen on the Peninsula, was

complemented by a commanding

“Queen’s Necklace” view of the

coastline.

The Rogers home appears today much as it did in this photo, taken shortly

after it was completed in 1968.

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Sheila Rogers, one of the couple’s

three children, warmly remembers

the easy access to the

beach that she and her siblings enjoyed.

They would “walk everywhere,

even to junior high school,

the then Malaga Cove School.”

When Rita completed her residency

in 1968, Rita chose not to

have a car. She set up her private

child psychiatry practice in the

Malaga Cove Center, within walking

distance of her home. She

loved the live/work arrangement

and her daily walks.

The Rogerses had a robust penchant

for travel and never missed

an opportunity to tour somewhere

new and exotic. Their home was

filled with mementos from their

trips, according to Sheila. They especially

loved eastern art and culture

and set out to emulate the

Japanese Gardens they visited with

a custom made pagoda, replete

with a jacuzzi from where one

could gaze out onto the garden. G.

Allen built a greenhouse to grow

orchids. With a surgeon’s eye for

detail, he maintained the property’s

landscaping, starting with topiaries

and even adding a hilltop

gazebo where he determined the

best vantage point was to enjoy the

immense view.

The Regency period of architecture

that defines their home flourished

from the time of George I,

who became king of England in

1714, to the death of George IV in

1830. This period is also known as

the Jane Austen era because it

serves as background for the

famed author’s stories. During this

era it was traditional for aristocratic

youth to travel to Europe on

a “Grand Tour” to “polish their education.”

These Grand Tours exposed

the influential young adults

to classical traditions in architecture.

Judging from their elegant

home, Rita and G. Allen Rogers’

own Grand Tours similarly impressed

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Palos Verdes stone steps lead serenely to the highest point of the property,

where the Rogerses built a gazebo to take in the “Queen's Necklace” coastline

views.

This dining room’s parquet floors, built-in curio cabinets and a traditional

crystal chandelier are reminiscent of a bygone era.

The large gazebo allows guests to enjoy conversation and refreshments

while looking out onto the ocean.

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P E N I N S U L A

| L E A D E R S

Growing

the

future

by David Mendez

Peter Olpe, President of the South Coast Botanic Garden Foundation Board of Trustees. Photo by David Fairchild

Peter Olpe wants to make the South Coast Botanic Garden the standard for botanical gardens worldwide

The South Coast Botanic Garden was founded in 1961, with a plan to

reclaim nature out of a sanitary landfill that was once an open pit

mine.

When Peter Olpe moved to the South Bay 24 years later, in 1985, he was

a fresh-faced young computer hardware engineer from Cornell University

with a job offer in hand from automotive and aeronautic giant TRW. Once

there, he was tasked with creating something that no one knew how to do.

His job, alongside his team, was to design and build computers that could

survive in the harsh environments of space while also being flexible enough

to be used for any satellite or function. Much of what he worked on is still

classified.

“I left school and was told that some things were impossible, and at TRW,

I was immediately asked to make them possible,” Olpe said. “I learned that

problems are challenges, and that solutions are there, you just may have to

look at a problem a different way.”

With that in mind, it’s easy to take him seriously when, as President of

the South Coast Botanic Garden Foundation Board of Trustees, he says the

garden will become the gold standard for botanic gardens.

“Our goal is to have this facility be the best it possibly can be, a resource

for millions of people — families, children, parents — in the Los Angeles

community, something that our community can be proud to say is in their

backyard,” Olpe said. “That’s the big picture.”

Olpe’s interest in gardening began small, with a backyard garden inspired

by his wife Susan, and her interest in fuchsias. Those, he said, were his first

real garden-grown plants. Before long, Olpe’s interest had grown to tomatoes

and roses, two plants that he learned from personal experience are notoriously

difficult to grow in his corner of the South Bay. One year, he

planted 16 tomato plants, only to get a total of five tomatoes in return.

“Not five plants, just five tomatoes…time and time again with this plant,

I was wasting my time,” he said. “Why was that? It was a problem, and as

an engineer, I try to solve problems. Now I understand why that plant didn’t

produce, and why that year the harvest was low. I got the answers, but that

takes time.”

Microclimates. Roses and tomatoes like heat, and they like a lot of direct

sunlight. In his area of South Redondo Beach, that’s not always a given.

“A lot of it comes down to proximity to the ocean, where air temperature

is dominated by ocean temperature,” Olpe said. “When you have fog — say,

June Gloom — it reduces the sunlight that plants get, and during a time

when everywhere else in LA [plants have] explosive growth, we’re in fog.

It’s a blessing and a curse.”

Through a combination of grafting and careful plant selection, Olpe’s

tomato garden isn’t just producing, it’s flourishing, it’s producing heavily.

A particularly productive 2015 growing season allowed him and his wife

to have tomatoes each and every day from January to June.

“I learned how to do it myself; taking the plants, growing the roots, and

the tomato and grafting it so the top is the desired plant and the stock is a

disease-resistant root stock,” Olpe said. “The yield is tremendous.”

Olpe’s mindset enables him to get in front of a task, tweak it and tune it,

diving deeper and deeper until he feels he’s reached an end.

“I take what some people would do as ordinary and amp it up to something

that only an engineer would do. It’s what I enjoy,” Olpe said. “I like

it when someone tells me something can’t be done. No, there must be a

way to do it.”

In 2010, when Olpe came onto the board of the South Coast Botanic Garden

Foundation after years of volunteering, he and the rest of the board

members decided to develop the property to the greatest extent possible.

“A lesson I took from TRW, was if you want to achieve the best results,

hire the best people you can, and building a team is part of that effort,”

Olpe said. “That’s what we’ve done.”

That year, the board hired Adrienne Nakashima, a woman with more

than a decade in public and private management positions, as the Foundation’s

Chief Executive Officer. It seemed a great fit for an organization managing

a public garden jointly operated by the County of Los Angeles and

the SCBGF.

“Normally when an executive starts somewhere, they ask what the plan

is, what the goals are. At that time in 2010, there wasn’t anything current,”

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Bella Jacobson admires artist Sean Kenney’s Lego buffalo and calf at the South Coast Botanic Garden Lego exhibit last May.

Photo by Brad Jacobson (CivicCouch.com)

Nakashima said. “A Vision Plan hadn’t been done in 25 years, and we

needed a new document that guided the garden.”

Three years later, with significant board, staff and community input, a

revised Vision Plan was completed, giving the 55-year-old garden a new

path for its 87 acres of space.

“When I came in, it wasn’t a secret that the garden was a bit status quo

for a while; everyone was content with the way things were going,”

Nakashima said. “But the board wanted the garden to have a more prominent

role in the community, to be more visible and to attract more visitors…we

saw a need from families who were yearning for a place to provide

access to open space and nature.”

Families, Olpe says, are what have changed his mind on what the big picture

is for the Garden.

“When you step out of a meeting here and walk through the garden, just

participating as a visitor and talking to people, you learn that everybody

has a different reason for being here,” Olpe said. “The garden is about relationships,

learning and generating memories you’ll have your whole life.”

But to get to that point, he and his colleagues needed to focus on the facility

itself, from programming to classes to events. An expansion of the

Rose Garden, Olpe said, will be complete by mid-2017. Expansions of the

Children’s Garden, Japanese Garden and Native Plant Garden are underway.

“Everyone from myself to every board member to every staff member is

excited about what’s happening here,” Olpe said. “And for the first time,

perhaps in the history of the garden, we’re engaging the community to participate.”

The programming is becoming more varied as well. Earlier this year, Nature

Connects, a touring Lego art exhibit, was installed in the garden from

February to May. A Pokemon Go Day was held during the height of the

mobile app’s popularity.

“Over 1,000 people showed up, and it was more than just kids, but it was

kids showing their parents and grandparents how to play,” Olpe said. “I was

quite honestly surprised, even stunned, at what that turned into.”

It’s a credit, he says, to the staff, which finds ways to achieve the garden’s

mission while also giving the community what it wants.

“It’s a challenge — don’t forget, we’re a botanical garden,” Olpe said. “Almost

all of our plants have been labeled. If you read one label a minute,

it’d take over a week to see everything.”

Membership has tripled in recent years, growing to over 9,000 individuals.

“It’s exciting. I can’t wait until the Rose Garden is finished, and the Children’s

Garden,” Olpe said. “This is a facility, a garden, that is an amazing

community asset, and I’m excited to be a part of it…I think the board is setting

the stage for the next 100 years.”

Olpe is hesitant to talk about ideas that aren’t strictly in the Garden’s Vision

Plan.

“With unlimited funding, we could do unlimited projects — a visitors center

with a cafe, an auditorium, an administrative facility, but there are design

issues and cost issues,” he said.

There’s one nagging idea that springs forth when he’s asked what he

would do if he could snap his fingers and make a project happen.

About two years ago, Olpe stopped at the exit of the South Coast Botanic

Garden and stared at the property across Crenshaw Boulevard. It’s also

landfill, part of the same mine that once sat far below where the Garden

currently lies.

“I thought to myself, who better to develop, manage and maintain the remaining

landfill than those who have 55 years of experience across the

street?” Olpe said. “There may be a million reasons why this is a bad idea,

perhaps impossible, but I couldn’t help but think about the amazing potential.”

When Olpe mentioned the idea to a fellow board member, the board

member was taken aback.

“That’s either brilliant, or sheer madness,” Olpe recalled his colleague

saying. “And I thought to myself, it wouldn’t be fun if it weren’t a little of

both, would it?” PEN

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P E N I N S U L A

| E N T E R T A I N I N G

Here’s

to the

holidays

by Richard Foss

What drinks go well with mistletoe?

There are traditional Christmas drinks around the world. Germans

enjoy Glühwein, hot red wine with lemon and spices. Argentines a

mix of sparkling wine, pineapple juice, and lemon that is famous for

exacting revenge the next day. The English favor hot spiced wine or ale

drinks called wassails, or the heavily alcoholic punches that were the centerpiece

at Charles Dickens’s table.

American Christmas cocktails are often based on eggnog, the Colonial

American mix of cream, eggs, and rum or whiskey, or hot cider with rum

or applejack. Those who really go overboard on historical recreation occasionally

concoct hot spiced wine or mead drinks, or perhaps hot buttered

rum. All of those drinks are very good when well-made, but most people

enjoy them mainly for their antique novelty. They’re out of tune with modern

ideas about flavor and are often overly sweet.

Fortunately modern mixologists have ideas about how to reflect the traditions

of the season, and the experts at three local restaurants were willing

to share not only their recipes, but the inspiration behind them.

Monks meet in a recipe

Adam Stearns, the mixologist at Terranea Resort, seemed surprised

when asked whether he combined Champagne with Benedictine at

Christmas because both were originally invented by Catholic

monks.

“That’s true, but it wasn’t the inspiration behind this drink,” Stearns said.

“The flavors of this season are fruit and spice, though the fruit isn’t usually

pomegranate or raspberries. This is based on the Champagne Cocktail,

made with brandy, a sugar cube and Angostura bitters topped with Champagne.

The Benedictine has both sweetness and bitterness and is substituting

for the bitters, and you’re adding sweetness from the fruit instead

of just sugar.”

The original Champagne Cocktail is a classic. Its recipe was first published

in 1862 in “The Bon Vivant’s Companion,” the world’s first book of

cocktail recipes. Like many mixologists, Stearns often draws on old drinks

for inspiration, and he had a colorful explanation of the process.

“There is something we in the community call the potato head method,

based on the classic toy, where you can take off pieces and replace them

with other pieces,” he said. “We do that with cocktails, removing one component

from a classic and adding something else to put your own spin on

it. The classics are classics because they work, and you can take those ideas

and give them a subtle twist.”

Terranea Resort mixologist Adam Stearns and his Blitzen’s Bubbles.

Photo by Archel Arindaeng

Adam’s Blitzen’s Bubbles

1/2 ounce Benedictine liqueur

1/2 ounce Pomegranate juice

4 ounces Sparkling wine

6 Muddled raspberries

Muddle raspberries in shaker, add all ingredients but sparkling wine.

Shake and double strain into flute. Top with sparkling wine and

garnish with raspberries and mint.

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The Flavors of New England

Rebel Republic Social House has a modern design and menu, but when bartender

Sarah Pauly created a holiday cocktail she invoked a set of flavors

that go back to colonial America. It’s based on apple cider and diluted

maple syrup with vodka and falernum bitters, and it has an odd name because

of the event where it debuted.

“It’s called the ’Stache Cider because Sarah invented this for a charity event

we hosted for the Los Angeles Moustache Club,” explained managing partner Andrew

Northam. “The flavors are the ones associated with winter in the Northeast.

Those are the flavors of winter even if you’ve never lived there, though since we

have such a substantial transplant population here a lot of our customers have

firsthand knowledge. I don’t know what a winter cocktail with California flavors

would be, because things are less seasonal here.”

Falernum, a fruity Caribbean syrup with subtle flavors of almond, ginger, and

cloves, is usually used in tropical drinks, and the bittered version adds a touch of

spice and exotica to an American classic. So far the customer reaction has been

positive, and Northam thinks the drink could have staying power.

“We think this isn’t just a Christmas drink. We’re going to keep making it after

the holidays,” he said. “The flavors that are in there may not be popular in the

middle of summertime, but it could stay on for a while.“

Sarah’s ’Stache Cider

1 1/2 ounce Tito’s Vodka

1/2 ounce Lemon juice

1/2 ounce Maple simple syrup

1 1/2 ounce Unfiltered apple cider

4 dashes Falernum bitters

Stir and garnish with orange wheel dusted with cinnamon.

Rebel Republic’s Sarah Pauly and her ‘Stache Cider, invented for a

Moustache Club event and enduring due to its wintry Northeastern

depth of flavor. Photo by Brad Jacobson

Cookie in a Glass

Demi Stevens recreated a specific seasonal

flavor from her childhood for the

drink that is being served at her restaurant

Hey 19.

“I lived in Germany as a kid, and at every

Christmas we had Pfeffernusse, those orangeflavored

Christmas cookies with powdered

sugar on them. There’s some orange rind in

them, the tart orange rather than the super

sweet one,” Stevens said. “I like those cookies,

and I have my mother’s handwritten recipe for

them at home. It might even be my grandmother’s

recipe, but it’s in my mother’s handwriting.

When I think of Christmas, that’s the

flavor that comes to mind. I created this recipe

for a group because I figure you’ll have a lot of

people at the house.”

“You can serve this as a cocktail as it is, or

add orange juice and make it a nice punch. It

will keep for two months in the fridge, but you

won’t have it that long. It’s tasty and you’ll run

through it.”

Stevens cautioned that when making this or

any other citrus punch you should use a nonmetallic

bowl or pitcher. Citronge is an orange

liqueur that is similar to Cointreau but with a

distinctive agave flavor, and is widely available.

Hey 19 owner

Demi Stevens, a

mixologist in her

own right, turned a

German cookie into

a holiday drink,

On Blitzen.

Photo by

Brad Jacobson

Demi’s On Blitzen

2 cups Orange wheels, halved

3 Vanilla beans split and scraped

4-5 Cinnamon sticks

1/2 c Agave nectar

1 1/2 liters Bourbon

125 ml Citronge (orange liqueur)

Place ingredients in order above in large container, stir to

mix, and refrigerate for 2 days. To serve, shake 3.5 ounces

of mixture in a shaker with ice, then strain into a cinnamon

and sugar rimmed martini glass. Garnish with an orange

wheel from mixture. Sit on Santa's lap and enjoy.

These recipes can all

be created by a home

bartender, and are sure to

enliven holiday gatherings.

You can practice at home,

and then visit any of these

establishments to compare

your execution with that of

the people who invented

the drinks. It’s your choice –

make them at home if you

want to extend your skills

and don’t mind a little

cleanup, or take your

favorite designated driver

or hired car to sample the

work of the pros.

Happy Holidays. PEN

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Picture this for the holidays

The Magic of Mova

Luxurious, eco-friendly globes that channel energy

from ambient light and the earth’s magnetic

field to rotate continuously on their own.

Nantucket Crossing

867 Silver Spur Rd, Rolling Hills Estates

(310) 377-7201

nantucketcrossing.com

Your source for unique, one of a kind gifts for lovers

of fine furnishings.

Freighthouse - Sara Balough Designs

1270 Cabrillo Ave, Torrance

(424) 558-3768

freighthouseconsign.com

Morgan’s Jewelers Palos Verdes

Peninsula Shopping Center 50-C

Rolling Hills Estates

(310) 541-2052

Morgansjewelerspv.com

PV Grill

Book Your Holiday Party

in our Private Room!

Call today for details and

to make reservations!

PV Grill

in Lunada Bay Plaza

2325 Palos Verdes Drive West

(310) 750-6877

facebook.com/pvgrill

Gifts for Your Soul

Do you need some peace and

harmony during this busy

holiday season?

Visit our store to find special

treasures like Statues, Incense,

Wall-hangings and

more.

Bring this Ad and get a free

Incense

Yak & Yeti

1124 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach

(310) 372-4315

Give the Gift of Travel

Give that special someone a memorable trip from custom vacations to

exotic cruises or simply a flight to a favorite destination. Travel is

happiness and one of the only things to buy that makes a person

richer.

We are an accredited full service Travel Agency in the South Bay.

Pacific Heights Travel

Your Holiday Travel Planner

2204 Elm Ave., Manhattan Beach

(310) 802-0066 or PacificHeightsTrvl@gmail.com

PacificHeightsTravelAgency.com

Give the Gift of

Authentic Italian Cooking

at Deluca Trattoria this Holiday Season.

Gift certificates, private dining available

for family, business, social events.

Lunch & Dinner.

Deluca Trattoria

225 Richmond Street

Downtown El Segundo

(310) 640-7600

Delucapasta.com

Timeless treasure

Men

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Nu Shuz

207 Avenida Del Norte

Riviera Village Redondo Beach

(310) 792-7865

Mama Terano

Don’t forget about Mama Terano for your last minute

to-go food.

We can fill in the voids or do the whole thing!

Call us for details.

Mama Terano

815 Deep Valley Dr., Rolling Hills Estates

(310) 377-5757

Mama Terano Cafe

36 Malaga Cove Plaza, Palos Verdes Estates

(310) 375-6767

Mamaterano.com

Hermês watches embody French

elegance and most are inspired by

timeless styling of equestrian and

nautical themes.

Medawar Fine Jewelers

810C Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates

(310) 544-0052

medawarfinejewelers.com

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Sparkling

Inspired by nature and the beauty of the world around us,

Yael's signature style blends vintage with classical and modern

influences.

Medawar Fine Jewelers

810C Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates

(310) 544-0052

medawarfinejewelers.com

Urban Feet & Skate

The UGG Australia story began in 1978 when a surfer

by the name of Brian Smith needed a way to keep his

feet warm between waves and the UGG classic was

born. Crafted from Merino grade A sheepskin, the classic

surf boot is lightweight and perfect for walking on sand.

The idea caught on and today UGG boots have become a

phenomenon.

We carry a full line of UGG Australian

products for men, women, and

kids.

Urban Feet

329 W. 6th Street, San Pedro

(310) 832-9364

Featuring pre-owned Rolex and high-grade vintage

and modern watches

Vilicich Watch & Clock

714 S. Weymouth Avenue

San Pedro

310-833-6891

The sky’s the limit

Morgan’s Jewelers Palos

Verdes

Peninsula Shopping Center 50-C

Rolling Hills Estates

(310) 541-2052

Morgansjewelerspv.com

Mala Beads

Hand-made with love and reiki using

natural semiprecious stones imbued

with a beautiful essence.

Perfect for the Holidays!

Open everyday from 11a.m. - 7 p.m.

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Amaloa

200 Pier ave. suite #206.

Hermosa Beach

(310) 310-5300

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The Perfect Place

for your Holiday Parties & Special

Events!

Join Us Dec. 24-25 and New Year’s Eve -

for party, live music and dancing!

La Rive Gauche

320 Tejon Place

Palos Verdes Estates

(310) 378-0267

LaRiveGauchePV.com

A Gift of Beauty

Purchase a gift certificate at Celibre Medical Laser

Dermatology in December and receive 10% off the

value.

Celibre

23211 Hawthorne Blvd., Second Floor, Torrance

(800) 689-1571. Celibre.com/beach

"Exhilaration and serenity meshed into one.

Hands down the best thing on the West Coast."

-Jessica G, Trip Advisor

Pacific Blue Air offers epic open air adventure

flights.

Give the Gift of SHOES, Boots, &

Fabulous FASHION the E-Z Way

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Especially when they are from Nu Shuz

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Offer good until 12/31/16

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207 Avenida del Norte

Riviera Village Redondo Beach

(310) 792-7865

Pacific Blue Air

Hawthorne Airport

12200 Prairie Ave, Hawthorne

(310) 570-9390

www.pacificblueairla.com

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P E N I N S U L A

| S W E E T S

Far flung

feasts

by Richard Foss

Think of the smells of Christmas for just a

moment – got it? You probably thought of

baking spices, the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg,

and cloves that accent everything from

fruitcakes to holiday candles.

Those seasonal flavorings go back to nineteenth

century London, to Queen Victoria and her German-born

husband Albert who took such delight

in Christmas that they turned a minor holiday

into a commercial bonanza. The Christmas tree,

sled rides, and candy canes from Albert’s boyhood

in Bavaria and the bright Scottish plaids and

steamed plum puddings Victoria favored became

part of our culture as well as theirs. The eccentricity

of a beloved and trend-setting royal couple

captured the world’s imagination.

Other flavors might come to mind if you didn’t

grow up in England or the U.S., or if your family

honored their ancestral holiday traditions. Romanians

get nostalgic over cakes filled with brandied

cherries, Ukrainians over sweet nut and grain

pudding, Danes creamy rice puddings and tiny

pigs made of marzipan. Some of the foods from

around the globe involve rare ingredients or are

difficult to make, and since you only get one

chance to serve the perfect holiday meal you’d

rather buy them premade. With that in mind, we

present this short guide to the delicacies of the

Christmas season and where you can get them.

We assume you’re willing to travel off the Hill,

because celebrating the season right is worth the

drive.

English – Mincemeat pie has gone through a

curious evolution, beginning as a medieval mutton

pie laced with chopped dried fruit and spices.

It became a Christmas treat at least as early as

Elizabethan England, so much so that Puritans regarded

eating them as a Catholic vice. Over the

centuries the pies became less meaty and more

sweet, and now many mince pies are all fruit,

nuts, and spices with no meat at all. That’s the

case at Hof’s Hut, which bakes them only on

Christmas Eve. This is a rare treat, and if you

want one you need to put in your order now.

23635 Crenshaw Blvd., Torr. 310-325-0470

German, Northern European –

Building and decorating a gingerbread house is

one of the most enjoyable family traditions, and

Alpine Village Market offers the materials in an

easy kit form. But call first to be sure they have

gingerbread kits available, because they are

known to run out. They also have everything for

a complete German holiday meal, including weisswurst,

the veal and pork sausages that are a holiday

treat in Bavaria, and stollen, the fruit bread

scented with orange zest. Whole frozen geese and

ducks are also available. Pick up a bottle of glühwein,

the spiced wine that is served heated, to

make things even more festive. Alpine Village has

items from other holiday traditions too – Hungarians

will want to pick up szaloncukor, the colorful

candies that are used to decorate the Christmas

tree.

833 W. Torrance Blvd., Torr. 310-327-4384

Hawaiian – At holiday luaus Hawaiians

enjoy haupia, coconut milk thickened with arrowroot

starch so it resembles gelatin. This is

usually cut into blocks and served on a ti leaf.

You can get these and other pastries at King’s

Hawaiian Bakery in Torrance, and munch on

classic items like a kalua pork sandwich, loco

moco, or saimin soup while you’re there.

2808 Sepulveda Blvd., Torr. 310-530-0050

Italian – Most Americans look forward to

the roast beef, turkey, or ham during this season,

but Italians look forward to the Feast of Seven

Fishes. A-1 Market in San Pedro stocks up both

on fresh fish and the salted codfish called baccalà

that is served fried in cod cakes, braised with

milk, anchovy, and onions, or cooked into stews.

A-1 also carries the nougat candies called torrone

and imported panettone breads.

If you’d like your panettone made in Rancho

Palos Verdes instead then Amalfitano Bakery will

be happy to oblige. They also make the Neapolitan

honey pastries called struffoli, mostaccioli

(not the pasta, the walnut cookie), rococo spice

cookies, and cuccidati fig cookies.

A-1 Market

348 W. 8th Street, San Pedro 310-833-3430

Amalfitano Bakery

29111 S. Western Ave., RPV. 310-833-2253

Japanese – There is nothing wildly innovative

about the Japanese Christmas cake: it’s a

Alpine village makes beautiful gingerbread houses,

and sells gingerbread house kits.

Photo by Kevin Cody

Ethnic markets provide holiday flavors from around the world

sponge cake topped with whipped cream and

strawberries. Nevertheless it has great symbolism

in modern Japan. The red and white cake has the

colors of the Japanese flag, its ornate decoration

evokes traditional Shinto shrines, and it’s a symbol

of prosperity. The local Japanese community

buys their cakes at Nijiya Market, generally ordering

in advance because they sell out quickly.

2533 Pacific Coast Hwy. Torr. 310-534-3000

Mexican – At this time of year many Mexican

restaurants and bakeries sell fruit tamales –

one of the most popular variants includes pineapple,

raisins, cinnamon, and honey. They wash

those tamales down with Ponche Navideno, and

some Mexican markets stock the hawthorn

berries and guavas that are pulped to make this

sweet concoction. The distinctive pastry of the

season is buñuelos, fried pastries scented with

anise or cinnamon and sometimes served with

syrup. Mi Lupita Bakery has those fragrant holiday

doughnuts, but you need to call to reserve

them, as they aren’t made every day.

1640 W. Carson Street #A1, Torr. 310-533-1884

Spanish – Marzipan may have been invented

in Spain, and whether or not that is true the

ground almond and honey confection is important

in their Christmas celebrations. La Española

is where we go for all things Spanish, and the side

street deli in Harbor City offers many varieties of

Christmas candy at this time of year. Turrón de

Jijona is a luxurious marzipan that is 74 percent

almonds by weight, and is one of several sweets

they import from Spain just for the season. Others

include mantecados y polvorones, a selection

of frosted and unfrosted Christmas cookies, and

bombón de higo, chocolate-coated figs injected

with brandy. You’ll want to pick up some

cheeses, sausage, and Iberico-style ham for tapas

before the meal, because who could pass that deli

case without doing so?

25020 Doble Ave., Harbor City. 310-539-0455

Whether your Christmas is a holiday of great

reverence or an excuse to gather the family and

give presents, connecting your menu with your

heritage helps make a connection with your culture.

Whatever you eat and drink, we wish you a

joyous season. PEN

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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L

Doctors and Donors Celebrate

New Mother/Baby Unit

Physicians and donors celebrated the opening of Torrance

Memorial’s newly renovated Mother and Baby Postpartum

Unit on October 13. Torrance Memorial’s Young Physicians and

Professionals Alliance (YPPA) presented a $15,000 donation. The

food and beverage for the event were sponsored by PDM LLP.

The new all-private patient rooms are 33 percent larger, providing

more space for moms to “room in” with their new babies to facilitate

bonding. The unit’s opening is phase one of a $33 million

renovation. Once completed the North Wing will also feature

new Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Units.

1. Shibani Patell M.D.,

Mary Wright R.N., Jerry

Schwartz M.D., Leazel

Rojas R.N., and Elliott Sumi

M.D.

2. Laura Schenasi, Melanie

Friedlander M.D. and Sigrid

Allman.

3. Beth Lowerison R.N.,

Alex Shen M.D., Leah

Romine R.N., Nadine Bobit,

Nick Arquette, Jamie McKinnell

M.D., Heidi Hoffman

PHOTOS BY DEIDRE DAVIDSON

M.D., Clay Zachry, Mary

Wright R.N., Song Klein,

Stanley Chang R.N. and

Barb LeQuire R.N.

4. Marina Pelzl R.N. leads

tour of new unit.

5. Judy Gassner, Song

Klein and Pam Crane.

6. Mary Wright R.N.,

Richard Krauthamer M.D

and Kathleen Krauthamer

M.D.

7. Cheri Davis, Nadine

Bobit, Eric Haynes,

Stephanie Bezner and Marina

Pelzl R.N.

8. Stanley Chang M.D.,

Melanie Friedlander M.D.

and Jamie McKinnell M.D.

9. Leah Romine R.N., Beth

Lowerison R.N., Leazel

Rojas R.N. and Mary

Wright R.N.

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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L

LA BioMed Celebrates

Accomplishments of Legends

In a grand style at the Torrance Marriott, LA BioMed honored three of

their outstanding physician-researchers before a distinguished crowd

of philanthropists, fellow physicians and government officials with dinner

and a live musical trio. Drs. Sherwin J. Isenberg, Nora C.J. Sun and

Ronald S. Swerdloff are credited with solving the many healthcare challenges

faced by ours and other communities around the globe, said LA

BioMed president and CEO David I. Meyer, Ph.D. LA BioMed is affiliated

with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and works in collaboration

with Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. The biomedical research organization

is funded by NIH grants, non-profit foundations, industry and

teaching contracts/royalties and through private donors. To find out more

about the “Legend’s” individual accomplishments visit

www.labiomed.org.

1. Ronald S. Swerdloff M.D. and

Christina Wang M.D.

2. Nora C.J. Sun M.D. and David I.

Meyer Ph.D.

PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE CARTOZIAN

3. David I. Meyer Ph.D., Rina Isenberg

and Sherwin Isenberg M.D.

4. David I. Meyer Ph.D., Melanie

Lundquist, Web Castor Ph.D.and Evi

Meyer.

5. Ginny Bleier, Mary Graff, Jim and

Nancy Welsh.

6. Melvin Kaplan M.D. and Harriet

Kaplan M.D.

7. Anne Merelie Murrell and George

Murrell.

8. Mary Ellen Criley, Marion Paulson,

Laura McCoy, Douglas Jeffe and John

Michael Criley M.D.

9. Gildon Beall M.D., Grace Tanaka

M.D. and Kovichi Tanaka M.D.

10. Donna and George Lee and Lily

Liang.

11. Melanie and Richard Lundquist.

12. Noah Craft M.D., Ph.D., Ron

Swerdloff M.D., Eric Daar M.D. and

Christina Wang M.D.

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CALENDAR OF COMMUNITY EVENTS

Compiled by Teri Marin

You can email your event to our address: Teri@easyreadernews.com

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

Through January 4

Annual Holiday Boutique

Finish up your last minute shopping at the Assistance League of San Pedro-

South Bay’s Annual Holiday Boutique. The boutique has a selection of unique

gift items that will appeal to everyone on your list. The volunteers at The Assistance

League of San Pedro-South Bay will help with all your needs. All proceeds

benefit local philanthropic programs. Sale Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

(weekdays), and 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Saturdays). 1441 W. 8th Street (Weymouth

Corners), San Pedro. (310) 832-8355 ext. 221.

Saturday, December 17

Holiday concert

Join Maestro Steven Allen Fox and the Golden State Pops Orchestra for a

spirited and sublime performance of holiday film music and traditional favorites.

8 p.m. Warner Grand Theater, 478 W. 6th St. San Pedro (310) 548-

2493.

Sunday, December 18

Right on course

Enjoy tableside caroling beginning at 1 p.m. Performed by members of the

Los Cancioneros Master Chorale. Admiral Risty, 31250 Palos Verdes Drive

West, at Hawthorne Blv., Rancho Palos Verdes. (310) 377-0050.

BEACH FC 2017 TRY-OUTS

We are excited to announce our upcoming Try-Outs for

our younger teams in both the South Bay

and Long Beach.

Ages: 2011 - 2003

All players are welcome to attend.

Come and join the Beach Family.

For more information and to Register Today visit:

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Tuesday-Friday, December 20-23

Visit with Santa

Bring your camera to capture this special event. Noon - 4 p.m. Center Court

Area, Promenade on the Peninsula, 550 Deep Valley Dr., RHE. (310) 541-

0688.

Saturday, January 7

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy

First Saturday Family Hike at George F Canyon. Bring your family and join

our naturalist guide to discover habitat, wildlife and more on an easy hike up

the canyon with amazing views of the city 9am. Free. All ages welcome. For

more information, contact (310) 547-0862 or RSVP at: www.pvplc.org, Events

& Activities.

Outdoor Volunteer Day

Alta Vicente Reserve. Help restore this unique canyon habitat, home to many

threatened and endangered wildlife species 9 a.m. - noon. Sign up at

www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Monday, January 9

Adult Education

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District-Adult Education, Winter

2017 Session begins. 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, Line Dancing, Plus much more. For more

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information or to request a catalog, please call: (310) 541-7626 x289 or visit

www.pvpusd.net/adulted Most classes are held at Rancho Del Mar

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

Wednesday, January 11

Cabrillo Museum talk

The Palos Verdes Woman's Club meets at noon on Wednesday at the Rolling

Hills Country Club. Guest speaker Carolyn Brady talk about updates at the

Cabrillo Beach Museum. Cost of the luncheon is $32. For reservations and

information call Beverly Teresinski at (310) 378-1349.

Free Consultation

Call Today

Friday, January 13

Economy Trump’d

Celebrity economist Dr. Christopher Thornberg of Beacon Economics will discuss

the economy in the era of Trump at the Palos Verdes Chamber’s annual

Economic Forecast Breakfast at Terranea Resort. 7:30 a.m. $50. For reservations

call (310)377-8111 or visit visit Palos VerdesChamber.com.

El Camino distinguished alumni

Activist Eleanor Bersano, former State Assemblyman George Nakano, Torrance

Memorial Foundation vice president Laura Allman Schenasi and

actor/director William Young will be honored as the El Camino College 2016

Distinguished Alumni at a dinner at the Torrance Marriott. 6:30 p.m. $90. For

tickets call (310)660-3683 or visit Foundation@ElCamino.edu.

Full moon hike

At George F Canyon, with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. Explore

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

F Canyon Nature Preserve. Must be age 9 and up. $12 per person. Reservations

required at www.pvplc.org.

Saturday, January 14

Norris Theatre “Four by Four”

A stellar cast of four sensational performers will pay tribute to the legendary

music of the Beach Boys, Beatles, Bee Gees, and Motown, recreating their

extraordinary music for an evening of feel-good, raise-the-roof entertainment.

2 p.m. Tickets $55 to $65. $10 discount for children 12 and under. For more

information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at (310) 544-0403 or

go to palosverdesperformingarts.com. 27570 Norris Center Drive in Rolling

Hills Estates.

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Guided nature walks with plein air artists

This year’s Peninsula Land Conservancy Nature Walks will include visits with

“en plein air” along its walk. The art will be available for purchase, with part

of the proceeds benefiting the Land Conservancy. Vicente Bluffs. 9-11 a.m.

Please call PVPLC for parking information. Free. Reservations not required.

Walks are on dirt trails, and participants are urged to wear comfortable shoes

with good traction and sun protection. Bring plenty of drinking water. For upto-date

information on a walk, call (310) 541-7613 or visit pvplc.org.

Dear President: important American Issues

South Bay Contemporary, At the LOFT hosts an artists reception at 4 p.m., followed

by songwriter performances at 5:30 p.m. “Dear President” is an art

exhibition corresponding with the presidential inauguration. The artwork ad

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Timeless

Centuries ago when the world’s finest clockmakers were

hard at work, their aim was to create a mechanical marvel

that operates continuously and last forever. Imagine

a hand made complex mechanism of inter-working parts designed

to keep time accurately. Your clock is a work of art and

your job is to keep this timeless treasure healthy for the next

generation.

Your clock reminds you of its presence every time you wind

it. If the accuracy of the clock is not what it used to be, or the

chimes are not as strong or rhythmic, or maybe it just stops;

that means your clock is 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 Sixty years as his father did Sixty 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 complementary diagnosis.

We are located at 810C Silver Spur Rd., in Rolling Hills Estates, Ca.

90274. Or call us at (310) 544-0052

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dresses issues that face our country. The art will be displayed along with the

artists’ letters to the president. The artwork and letters will be combined into a

catalog that will be mailed to the President, other elected representatives and

the press. The catalog will also be available for purchase. 401 South Mesa

St, 3rd floor, San Pedro. For more information visit:

SouthBayContemporary.org or SouthBayContemporary@gmail.com.

Monday, January 16

Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day

White Point Nature Preserve 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Join in this community effort to

beautify the nature preserve. Sign up to volunteer at pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Wednesday, January 18

Birding with Wild Birds

White Point Nature Preserve, 8:30 a.m. Explore the birds making a home in

the restored habitat at this beautiful preserve. Binoculars supplied for beginners.

Free. All ages welcome. Also January 25 at 8:30 p.m. White Point Nature

Preserve is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. RSVP at

www.pvplc.org.

Thursday January 19

South Coast Rose Society

South Coast Rose Society’s January meeting will be at South Coast Botanic

Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula. Social hour at

7 p.m. followed by Bob Shanman of Wild Birds Unlimited talking about attracting

wild birds to your garden and why feeding them is a good idea. For

Open 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Tuesday - Saturday

810C Silver Spur Road • Rolling Hills Estates • CA 90274

Call 310.544.0052

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further information, see them on

Facebook.

Friday, January 20

“Nunsense”

Before “Sister Act” and “Late Nite

Catechism,” there was the award

winning “Nunsense.” Revel in the

madness of this hilariously funny musical

comedy, featuring a troupe of

dancing, singing, joke-cracking

nuns. The production played off-

Broadway for a record-breaking run

of 10 years. Performances through

January 29. Fridays and Saturdays

at 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays

at 2 p.m. 27570 Norris Center

Dr. Rolling Hills Est. 310-544-0403.

Palosverdesperformingarts.com.

Healing thoughts

1st Church of Christ, Scientist, Palos

Verdes Peninsula offers a free lecture

on "CHRISTIAN SCIENCE: What it

is and how it heals" by Michelle

Nanouche, CSB. 2 p.m. Also, January

22 at 2 p.m. 4010 Palos Verdes

Drive North, Palos Verdes Estates,

Contact: (310) 375-7914.

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. This will be a "catch

up" meeting to finish projects started

earlier in the year. Visitors are welcome

and you may bring your own

project to work on. For more information,

please call Idele (310) 540-

6104 or visit our web page at

azureverdeega.com/bead_ projects.com.

Saturday, Jan. 21

Broadway meets Peking

in SB Community Concert

The South Bay Community Concert

Association will presents a dance

and music program, featuring the

dance troupe Yaya’s Dance Academy,

choreographed by Yaya

Zhang, who was trained in classical

and folk Chinese artistry at the Beijing

Dance Academy. The concert

will showcase beautifully costumed

dancers in fantastic productions of

Chinese and American broadway

dance numbers. 7:30 p.m. $20 for

adults, $10 for students 18 and

under. Redondo Union Auditorium,

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St. John Fisher Catholic Church

Christmas Eve, December 24

Masses in Church and

Parish Activity Center

4:00 pm Church

4:00 pm Parish Activity Center

6:00 pm Church

8:00 pm Church

Midnight Mass Church

Carols begin at 11:30 pm

Christmas Day, December 25

All Masses in Church

7:30 am

9:00 am

10:45 am

12:30 pm

No evening Mass

Please join us as we celebrate the

Birth of Our Lord

Corner of Crest and Crenshaw

Rancho Palos Verdes 310-377-5571 www.sjf.org

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St in Redondo Beach.

Call Paul Bellia at (310) 326-8184

or visit our website southbayconcerts.org

for more information and to

purchase tickets online.

Outdoor volunteer day

Portuguese Bend Reserve, 9 a.m. –

noon. Help restore important wildlife

habitat while looking out at a beautiful

view. Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Sunday, Jan. 22

Wild & Scenic Film Fest

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival at

Warner Grand Theatre presents an

exciting selection of adventurous and

inspirational films about nature.

You’ll be moved, transfixed and energized

to make a difference in our

world. 4 p.m. Second event, February

12 at Hermosa Beach Community

Center. Tickets $15 at the door,

$10 at www.pvplc.org.

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Thursday, Jan. 26

Clay artists at PVAC

Jill Kollman will discuss how she

works with polymer clay to create

one-of-a-kind artisan jewelry, trinket

boxes and home décor items. The

Fountain Valley resident is a member

of the PVAC Artists’ Studio. Guests

and prospective new members are

welcome. For more information, call

Roxanne Lawrence at (310) 548-

7050. Or email

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Friday, January 27

Author Elizabeth Letts

addresses book group

Our Perfect Horse Luncheon Adventure

hosts New York Times bestselling

author, Elizabeth Letts. Noon

at Luna Rossa Ristorante, 550 Deep

Valley Dr., Rolling Hills Estates. For

more information visit

adventuresbythebook.com.

Saturday, Jan. 28

Volunteer trail watchers

If you hike, bike or ride horses, become

a Trail Watch Volunteer and

make a difference on the trails. Receive

Trail Watch Training at Ladera

Linda Community Center, 9 a.m. – 1

p.m. Also February 4. Sign up at

pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Farming the South Bay

Author Judi Gerber will discuss the

history of the area’s local family

farmers, dating back to the 1700s at

White Point Nature Education Center.

10 a.m. – noon. Free. 1600 W.

Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. RSVP

at pvplc.org.

Outdoor Volunteer Day

Nurture seedlings and grow shrubs

for habitat restoration projects

around the Peninsula at the Native

Plant Nursery. 9 a.m.– noon. Reservation

required by Wednesday, January

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Los Serenos tour

Enjoy a guided hike lead by the Los

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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L

McCaw art exhibition

Dan, John and Danny McCaw

The McCaw father and sons holiday exhibition drew a standing room

only crowd to their Old Town Torrance gallery. Rapidly appearing

red dots on the paintings revealed the high level of appreciation. “The

MCCAW objective is to examine and direct a fresh approach to contemporary

issues such as the relationship between art and reality, memory

and fantasy, symbols and anthropology...within the walls of a static environment,

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1. Danny McCaw, Dan McCaw and

John McCaw.

2. Steve Mirich, Margaret Missman

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3. Bernard Fallon, Rodolfo Rivademar

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4. Tom Redfield and Eric Merrell.

5. Troy Donaldson, John McCaw,

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6. Mike Rausch and Tricia Alexander.

7. Steve Oliphant and Jessie Dong.

8. Joe Gray, Greg and Patti Cortesi.

9. Danny McCaw, Mohamed Mohsen,

Dan McCaw and John McCaw.

10. James Harter.

11. John and Amy Humphrey, Tina

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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L

League of

Women Voters

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The League of Women Voters of

the Palos Verdes Peninsula along

with the Palos Verdes Peninsula

Chamber of Commerce recently honored

elected officials at the Point Vicente

Interpretive Center. The

president of the Palos Verdes Library

District, Kingston Wong, was present

along with the president and CEO of

the Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber

of Commerce Eileen Hupp. This nonpartisan

political organization influences

public policy through

education and advocacy. Representing

all four cities on the peninsula,

their history is rooted in the movement

that secured the right to vote

for women. Learn more by visiting

their website at www.lwvpalosverdes.org.

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Alexa Davis,

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Sherwood.

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Don Gould and

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3. Steve Zuckerman,

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P E N I N S U L A P E O P L E | S P O R T S

Placing 18th at the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon were Palos Verdes teammates (left to right) Caitlin Stoner, Grace Catena, Olivia Polischeck,

Savannah Scriven, Mazzy Genovese, Camille Hines and Alexandra Regan. Photo above and background photo by Brian Shapiro

Tradition runs deep

by Randy Angel

When workouts began in the summer, the

girls on Palos Verdes’ cross country

team knew they had an opportunity to

do something special, but it would takes lots of

hard work.

The season began in August with an annual trip

to Mammoth Lakes, where the cross country

teams from Palos Verdes and Mira Costa trained

in the high altitude with the hopes of producing

a championship season. The dream became a reality

not once, but three times for the Palos

Verdes girls squad, who kept a winning tradition

alive.

This year’s squad began with the Bay League

team championship followed by CIF-Southern

Section and State Division 3 titles.

The cross country team has a storied history

since the Palos Verdes girls program began in

1977. The girls won 14 consecutive Bay League

titles from 1977 to 1991.

They won won CIF titles in 1979, 1985, 1986,

1987, 1988, 1989, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and

2016 with the 1987 team being named national

champions and still considered to be one of the

greatest squads in prep history.

“I knew my team had talent and determination,

but I had no idea what was coming for us,” said

senior leader Caitlin Stoner. “I'm glad I did not

know that we were going to accomplish what we

did way back in August because it made this season

like a mystery and motivated me and everyone

of us to work harder to see what we can

accomplish and how far we can push our season

to be.”

Fighting through inclimate weather at Woodward

Park in Fresno on November 26, the Sea

Kings captured their sixth State title and third

since 2011.

Palos Verdes dominated the Division 3 competition

scoring 75 points, well ahead of Esperanza

and Aptos who both tallied 156 points.

Only a sophomore, CIF-Southern Section Division

3 individual champ Mazzy Genovese led

Palos Verdes, finishing 10th in 18 minutes, 12.7

seconds. Also running for the Sea Kings were junior

Grace Catena (15th, 18:22.6), seniors Caitlin

Stoner (18th, 18:28.6) and Alexandra Regan (24th,

18:38.8), freshman Savannah Scriven (25th,

18:39.1) along with seniors Olivia Polischeck

(49th, 19:02.3) and Camille Hines (66th, 19:16.6).

“Statistically, this is the best team ever to come

from the area’s schools,” said Palos Verdes coach

Brian Shapiro. “They set records for the fastest

times run on historic course like Mt. SAC, Woodward

Park, and our own Palos Verdes Cross

Country Course. But they are also a very unique

mix of ages, personalities, and running styles.

Every team has its own personality and this

group has been characterized by a willingness to

work hard and have a lot of fun. It has been an

absolute pleasure to mentor this group of studentathletes.”

Stoner feels the differences of her fellow Sea

King runners helped form a special bond between

the teammates

“We have girls from every grade, and it is true

— we really do all bring in different personalities,”

Stoner said. “Some of us are total beach

bums, like me, and some of us are a little more

goofy. I love every single girl on my team and we

came together to make our team so unique and

have created memories I will never forget.”

Catena, who joined the Palos Verdes team after

running for South Torrance the first two years of

her prep career, elaborated on the differences between

the runners.

“Mazzy is a bundle of joy, always encouraging

us with her excitement,” Catena said. “Camille,

Caitlin and Alex have that senior leadership that

pushes us to be the best we can be. OIivia is the

mom of the team. She always has a positive out-

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Bay League girls champion Palos Verdes ran to CIF-Southern Section and State Division 3

championships this season. Photo by Ray Vidal

Palos Verdes sophomore Mazzy Genovese captured a

CIF-SS individual title before leading the Sea Kings to a

State championship the following week with a 10th

place finish. Photo by Ray Vidal

Palos Verdes’ girls cross country team won CIF-Southern Section and State Division 3 championships

with a blend of unique personalities and running styles

look and wants the best for the team and although

only a freshman, Savannah is super

friendly and enjoys the sport. I love running with

her.”

Catena also believes the different running

styles provided depth for her squad.

“Olivia enjoys running longer distances like 13-

mile workouts,” Catena said. “Camille prefers the

shorter, faster courses and Mazzy pushes the

pack and likes to take the lead.”

While winning the State championship was a

memorable moment for the girls and validated

the hard work put in by the runners, the highlight

of the season was yet to come.

Sitting on the bus during the five-hour trip

home from Fresno, the girls anxiously awaited

news to see if their State championship was

enough for the team to earn an at-large entry at

the Nike Cross Nationals (NXN) in Portland, Oregon.

“Coach Shapiro stood up and said ‘I’m going to

Portland next week and you’re coming with me,’”

Catena recalled. “It was such an emotional experience.”

Stoner felt there was no better way to end her

final cross country season in high school.

“Once Shapiro told us we all started screaming,

then all started crying, then all started laughing

because why would we be crying?” Stoner said.

“Then actually going to NXN and meeting different

runners from all over the country was so inspirational.

Also to get the awesome gear and

running the race was so much fun.”

Palos Verdes’ girls became the first team from

the hill to reach the NXN, where it placed 18th

in the competition held December 3.

“Even we didn’t win, it was a great experience,”

Catena added. “It was insane to compete against

the best in the country, facing new competition

and a new course.”

The Lady Sea Kings began competition on September

17 by winning the team title at the Iolani

Invitational at Kualoa Ranch in Kaaawa, Hawaii.

All seven of the team’s runners placed in the

top 20, led by champion Catena and runner-up

Stoner.

After capturing the Bay League title, Palos

Verdes won its 11th girls CIF championship scoring

37 points to beat Esperanza (104) and Laguna

Hills (136) on November 19 in Riverside..

Genovese, who won the 2015 Division 5 individual

title as a freshman at Rolling Hills Prep before

transferring to Palos Verdes, claimed the

Division 3 championship with a personal-best

17:19.9.

The Sea Kings had six of their seven runners

finish in the top 20 with Genovese, Stoner (8th,

17:51.1), Catena (9th, 17:52.1), Scriven (17th,

18:13.7), Regan (19th, 18:18.9) and Polischeck

(22nd, 18:25.0) turning in strong performances.

Catena feels the key to the team’s success was

training on the difficult courses in Palos Verdes.

“We took advantage of the hills, our coaches are

fantastic when it comes to training methods, and

we have great parental support,” Catena said.

Stoner gives credit to the head coach.

“Coach Shapiro has all our best interests at

heart and we all go through phases where we

want to kill him because he pushes us so hard,

but that only makes us better,” Stoner said. “He

is so smart and knows what he's doing. I trust

him with my whole running career and I don't

know how I'm going to be able to move on to another

coach next year because Shapiro is the absolute

best.”

All of the girls on championship cross country

team are expected to continue their mentorship

by Shapiro in the spring. Along with serving as

the school’s athletic director, Shapiro also fills the

shoes of head track and field coach for the Sea

Kings. PEN

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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L

Peninsula Seniors

Annual Fall Fashion Show

The Ninth Annual Peninsula Seniors Fall Fashion

Show fundraiser and luncheon took place at the

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Torrance on October

14. The latest fashions were provided by CJ’s Fashions

and Stein Mart. Supporters included Terranea

Resort, Malaga Bank and Trader Joe’s. For the auction,

the City of Rancho Palos Verdes donated a

“Ride with the Mayor” in its December holiday parade

and the City of Los Angeles donated a Fireboat

Cruise, Firehouse Tour and lunch at the San Pedro

Station #112. Executive director Margie Beierschmitt

discussed activities and services that the organization

offers senior adults living in Palos Verdes and

surrounding communities. To find out more go to

pvseniors.org or call a volunteer at (310) 373-3003.

1. Joyce Kochanowski, Shirley

Sylvester, Joanna Perry and

Sheryl Hammond.

2. John Murphy.

3. Pam Barrett Hill and Cynthia

Cohen.

4. Donna Richard, Martha

Glenn and Doris Gilchrist.

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Beirerschmitt and Diana

Francis.

6. Adrienne Ang, Elaine Clark

and Jackie Crowley.

7. Ellen Tuberosi, Marylou

Sweeney and Juanita Davis.

8. Patsy and Adrienne

Edwards.

9. Frances and Paula Boothe.

10. Margie Beirerschmitt,

Lianne La Reine, Shelley Fine

and Wanda Baldwin.

11. Rocco S. and Lianne La

Reine.

12. Pam Barrett Hill, Linda

Cavette, Judith West, Parrish

Hirasaki and Adrienne Ang.

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P E N I N S U L A

| S U R F

by Ed Solt

Scotty Bredesen in a do-or-die position at Puerto Escondido. Photo by Paco Calleta

Big wave surfer Scotty Bredesen credits fellow Peninsulan Joe Bark with ‘having my back’

Scotty Bredesen has the waterman lifestyle on lockdown. He puts in

the hours wearing the red trunks of an LA County Lifeguard all summer

long to save up for his big wave exploits. This season, his yearly

winter trip was to Puerto Escondido, Mexico’s premier big wave break.

“It was a very unspectacular summer season for giant south swell,” said

Bredesen, a Peninsula native in his 11th season as an LA County Lifeguard.

Bredesen, 29, comes from a South Bay surfing family. His father, Chris

Sr., is a legendary surfer, a retired LA County Lifeguard, member of the

Haggertys Surf Club and Hap Jacobs Surf Team and in the ‘60s surfed for

Greg Noll. His older brother, Chris Jr., was seen all through the pages of

the now defunct Longboard Magazine during the magazine’s heyday 15

years ago with his progressive longboarding style. Chris Jr. is also on the

Hap Jacobs Surf Team and a LA County Lifeguard.

Scotty traces his big wave obsession back to when he was a nine-year-old

Los Angeles County Junior Lifeguard.

“JG’s laid the foundation for my life. It’s the reason I became an LA

County Lifeguard. Becoming a lifeguard shaped me into being a complete

waterman,” he said. “I grew up looking up to my dad and Uncle Wally Millican.

I see myself emulating lifeguard captain Tom Seth when I’m older,

having a loving family and being in shape.”

Bredesen’s Puerto Escondido sessions began six years ago. He groveled

at the bottom of the Puerto Escondido hierarchy, scavenging for leftovers

and pulling into deadly closeouts to earn respect. Bredesen flew into Puerto

armed with a quiver of surfboards, including his go-to 9-foot-1 ”gunrunner,”

shaped by fellow Peninsulan Joe Bark. Bredesen credits Bark’s worldwide,

big wave proven shape with giving him confidence in hefty conditions.

“Your surfboard is the last thing you want to worry about in big surf,”

Bredesen said. “Joe’s one of the best glassers and shapers in the world. I always

see his boards at the top big wave breaks. He’s always believed in me

and had my back. He’s showed me a new love for the ocean.”

This year’s Puerto Escondido swell peaked on Friday, September 13.

“Puerto was solid and pretty walled up, but there were some diamonds

in the rough,” Bredesen told Surfline.com. “Puerto is my favorite place in

the world — it’s very humbling and really tests your ability as a surfer and

waterman.”

Puerto’s only other XXL day happened during the World Surf League’s

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Bredesen setting up for a “kegging” barrel. Photo by Buho Jarquin

Puerto Escondido Challenge, the first event of the Big Wave Tour (BWT).

The contest limited surfing to BWT contestants, who included Palos Verdes’

Nic Vaughan and Hermosa Beach’s Trevor Carlson.

“I look up to guys on the BWT, like Nic Vaughan and Jamie Mitchell, who

both have been so supportive and encouraging. To surf on the BWT is one

of my goals, but is not why I surf big waves,” he said. “If it happens, it happens.

It’s all about the experience, the love of surfing. I want to earn my

spot on the BWT outright and go about it the right way by charging hard

and being humble. I want everyone involved to believe that I deserve it and

leave no doubt in anyone’s mind.”

Vaughan believes Bredesen is already deserving of a spot on the tour.

“Scotty and I have been great friends and charging partners together for

the last few years, scoring some of the most memorable and adrenalineprovoking

surf sessions of both of our lives,” Vaughan said. “Our travels

have taken us up and down the North American West Coast, to big Mavericks

as well as frigid 20-foot, open ocean, shark-inhabited secret spots; to

the Hawaiian Islands, scoring triple overhead Sunset with no one around

and that same afternoon, back to Pipeline bombs; and down to the heavy

beachbreaks of Mainland Mexico, Pascuales and Puerto Escondido, where

we've shared a number of ‘harbor paddle-out’-sized days.”

“Scotty is a hard charging stud with such a positive outlook on life,”

Vaughan continued. “He's someone who pushes me, whether it's during

our training sessions or out on the biggest days of the year. I'm stoked to

call him my friend.”

Last September’s Friday the 13th session was described by Puerto Escondido

locals as one of the best evening sessions ever. After a morning’s surfa-thon,

Bredesen went out for his second session.

“For an hour it went perfectly off shore and some amazing waves were

on tap,” he said. “The big swell broke up the bottom and made the sand

good.”

Bredesen said he scored some great waves but still didn’t get that “10”

Puerto wave that he's dreamed about.

“I’m seeking the biggest tube of my life. I want to be as deep as possible

and to come out of the barrel as it is spitting its guts out so hard it stings

my eyes and face. The adrenaline is second to none — it’s the best feeling

on earth,” he said. “The chase of my perfect wave is why I do it. One day,

I will finally catch it.” PEN

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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L

Festival of Fashion

Torrance Memorial

High style fashions were on display at

Torrance Memorial Foundation’s annual

Festival of Fashions. Trendsetting cochairs

Nadine Bobit, Roxanne Mirhashemi,

Linda Perry and Kelli Piken orchestrated a

posh runway show and luncheon to benefit

the Torrance Memorial Foundation. The

show featured luxury pieces from Kevan

Hall Designs and Edwards-Lowell Beverly

Hills Furs. Guests were treated to the opportunity

of purchasing select items at a

tony boutique following the show. Their executive

vice president, Laura Schenasi along

with other volunteers provided an unforgettable

afternoon just in time for the holidays.

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1. Sigrid Allman and

Laura Schenasi.

2. Nadine Bobit,

Linda Perry, Kelli Piken

and Roxanne

Mirhashemi.

3. Jackie Leimbach,

Randy Dauchot,

Allison Mayer and

Kelly Spagnola.

4. Song Klein, Deena

Ruth and Tracy Livian.

5. Christine and

Chelsea Gaudenti and

Judith and Caroline

Gassner.

6. Debbie Uba and

Cathy Siegel.

7. Cindy Tobis, Judy

Leach, Cynthia Cohen

(seated) and (standing),

Lisa Nakkim,

Craig Leach, Kathleen

Krauthamer, Mary

Rose Jeffrey and Terri

Ozurovich-Kane.

8. Christy Abraham,

Melissa Orr, Lori

Richard and Ann

Zimmerman (seated)

and (standing) Marion

Ruth, Judith Gassner,

Vicky Mar, Paula

Thomas, Margaret

Waite, Wendy Klarik,

Harriet Baillis-

Sustarsic,

9. Sandy Cobb,

Carolyn Snyder and

Judy Jones.

10. Sally Eberhard,

Bev George, Carolyn

Snyder and Laura

Schenasi.

11. Pam Woo, Karen

Chuang, Sharon

Coors, Cathy Oda,

Tammi Wong and

Debbie Uba.

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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L

Peninsula Pirates

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summoned pirate clad guests to the

beautiful ocean cliff home of the

Jacqueline Glass Family. A colorful

rainbow was seen on the ocean overhead

and a pirate’s feast along with

rum punch, Strand Brewing beers and

a variety of wines were served on the

tennis court for the hundreds of guests.

The well-attended event raised about

$400,000 for support of a variety of library

district programs including storytime

for children and guest lecturers.

Panjive performed festive Caribbean

music throughout the evening.

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1. Lea Ann King and Janet Baszile.

2. Charlie Trujillo, Jennifer Chaffey and

Jennifer Addington.

3. Jim Hill and Pam Barrett-Hill.

4. Anne Destabelle, Jim and Jane Jones and

Jane Copper.

5. Kaaren Lee and Kathy Gould.

6. Ray Destabelle and Hal Javitt.

7. Reggie Jue and Kay Cooperman-Jue.

8. Gregorio Robles, Estefani Morales and

Kris Pina.

9. Tom and Kelly Intagliata.

10. Ray and Anne Randall, Charlie Shriver

and Dick Lohrer.

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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L

An Affair to

Remember

Special Children’s League

The 20th year of the Special Children’s

League benefit luncheon took off at

the Palos Verdes Golf Club on November

18. Members joined forces with local

artists and specialty vendors such as Lesal

Custom Ceramics and Social Butterfly to

raise monies for children with special

needs. The Jacqueline Glass Family and

Los Angeles County Supervisor Don

Knabe were among the sponsors. League

president Joyce Komatsu said, “Many of

us here today know someone or have a

loved one who has a special need –

autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome

or another kind of disability. We have witnessed

the remarkable abilities of these

individuals especially, when they have

the love and support of their family and

community.” She went on to explain how

each guest’s support enriches the lives of

countless children, adults and families in

need.

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1. Susie Collins and Paula Boothe.

2. Vicki and Gary Lindman, Susan

Schuchert Brown and (front) Helen

Schuchert.

3. Jacqueline Glass and Joyce Komatsu.

4. Lori Delgado, Sandy Fisler and Patt

Severa.

5. Margarete Preusser, Ron Cohen, Jennie

Bergar and Amy Simon.

6. Paula Petrotta, Sonia Pleasant and Simi

Moezzi.

7. Carolyn Tsai, Jill Weisinger, Kate

Cameron and Christi Cameron.

8. Tina Quinn, Kate Cocke and Joyce

Komatsu.

9. MaryBeth Kane, Patti Lynch and Sandy

McElroy.

10. Penny Valencia and Jill Gerbracht.

11. Carri Bender, Stephanie Reisz, Ilene

Eisenberg and Austin Claydon.

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Styles of Hawaii. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 326-2151

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Kabab Curry of India . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 539-0171

Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot . . . . (310) 517-9605

Mashawi Lebanese Grill . . . . . . . . . . (310) 325-3545

Nice Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 539-0323

Pinwheel Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . COMING SOON!

Rubio’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 891-1811

Ryo Zan Paku . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 530-8720

Sushi Boy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 534-4013

Veggie Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (310) 325-6689

Northeast Corner of Crenshaw & Pacific Coast Highway in Torrance

For Information Call (310) 534-0411

A LA CAZE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PROJECT

76 PeninsulaJanuary 2017

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