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Volume XXI, Issue 9 <strong>April</strong> <strong>2017</strong>

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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 />


Seed to Plate founder Nancy<br />

LeMargie with volunteer Katie Ages<br />

and the garden chickens.<br />

Photo by David Fairchild<br />

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Panther pole vaulter<br />

by Randy Angel Jacqueline Ahrens sets a school record<br />

and strives for still higher goals, athletically and academically.<br />

Seed to plate<br />

by Esther Kang Horticulturist Nancy LeMargie cultivates<br />

crops and proud students in the school district’s program for<br />

young special needs students.<br />

Monterey Colonial<br />

by Stephanie Cartozian After three decades, a family<br />

prepares to part with a hillside home designed by H. Roy<br />

Kelley, the architect introduced Monterey Colonial architecture<br />

to the West Coast.<br />

Wine alchemist<br />

by Richard Foss Chemist Amir Afshar pursues making a<br />

premium wine free of allergy triggering sulfides.<br />

Heavenly kitchen<br />

by Richard Foss Gimbap, the Korean-style rice roll, and<br />

other Korean staples have made Rice Heaven the go-to place<br />

for <strong>Peninsula</strong> residents craving Korean food<br />

Bubble bath<br />

by Stuart Chaussee Price-to-book value shows stocks at<br />

the highest reading in history, other than the Tech Bubble. If<br />

history is a guide future returns are likely to be below-average<br />

or even negative.<br />


10 Vistas for Children Fashion Show<br />

14 Cherry Blossom Festival at Botanic Garden<br />

22 Rainmaker Software Soiree<br />

44 Muffins and Mozart<br />

56 Switzer’s Women of the Year<br />

60 Home and Garden Guide<br />

62 Hockey Heroes<br />

64 Vista Grande Elementary benefit<br />

65 Around and About<br />

66 Pen High / CSCRB’s Walk to Fight Cancer<br />

67 <strong>Peninsula</strong> Historical Society<br />

68 Temple Beth El<br />


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

69 Home services<br />

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

Bedecked and Bejeweled<br />

Vistas for Children bedazzled<br />

The 17th Annual Vistas for Children Boutique, Fashion Show and Luncheon<br />

cast off in the Grand Ballroom at the restored Queen Mary on February<br />

25. The theme was “Old Hollywood” and the dress was glitzy and<br />

glamorous, with a red carpet parade of starlet models followed by a musical<br />

show. The live auction included a Hollywood Magic Castle Seance with private<br />

dinner for 10 guests and an eight day Lake Tahoe vacation in a luxury<br />

log cabin. There were 350 guests and 30 vendors who sold their wares to a<br />

generous crowd, donating a portion of their proceeds to Vistas. The fashion<br />

show was presented by Suzanne Von Schaack, and Teri Nelson Carpenter.<br />

Reel Muzik Werks produced the sound and staging. The evening raised over<br />

$100,000 to help children with special needs.<br />

1. Nadine Bobit, Pam Branam and<br />

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2. Kim Vallee, Nadine Bobit and<br />

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10. Deborah Keshtkar, Cindy Percz,<br />

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

Cherry Blossom Festival<br />

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The South Coast Botanic Garden Foundation hosted a festival on March 4 and<br />

5 commemorating love and passion, as symbolized by the blooming cherry<br />

trees. Music in the Garden was presented by the <strong>Peninsula</strong> Committee of the Los<br />

Angeles Philharmonic and there were numerous wind and string instruments on<br />

display for children to play. Guests picnicked and enjoyed lunch from the<br />

Okamoto Kitchen Food Truck. An 8-foot clown entertained the children with<br />

quips, bubbles and streamers and the gift shop and nursery were open for onlookers.<br />

In Japanese culture, the short cherry blossom season symbolizes the transient<br />

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<strong>Peninsula</strong> High<br />

senior pole vaulter<br />

Jacqueline Ahrens<br />

is set to defend her<br />

CIF and Bay League<br />

titles<br />

Four years ago, Jacqueline<br />

Ahrens was looking toward<br />

making the frosh/soph girls<br />

tennis team during her first year at<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong> High School. Setting a<br />

school record of any sort was the<br />

furthest thing from her mind.<br />

Now, as a senior deciding on<br />

which college to attend, Ahrens<br />

can boast of not only setting a<br />

school record but one she continues<br />

to break as she reaches new<br />

heights in the sport of pole vaulting.<br />

“I had played tennis growing<br />

up,” Ahrens said. “When my freshman<br />

season was over, I decided to<br />

go out for the track team. My only<br />

exposure to pole vaulting was<br />

watching it on television but it<br />

looked like fun.”<br />

At the Paramount Relays on<br />

March 5, 2016, Ahrens broke a 17-<br />

year-old school record with a<br />

height of 12 feet, 3 inches topping<br />

Leora Ward’s mark of 12-feet-2 set<br />

in 1999.<br />

She proceeded to have vaults of<br />

12-feet-6 in three consecutive<br />

meets last <strong>April</strong> before setting a<br />

personal best 12-feet-8 to win the<br />

Bay League championship.<br />

Ahrens captured the CIF-Southern<br />

Section Division 1 crown (12-<br />

feet-3), was fourth at the<br />

CIF-Masters Meet (12-foot-7) then<br />

finished eighth at the CIF State<br />

Meet (11-feet-8).<br />

Yet it was that first record-breaking<br />

performance that Ahrens considers<br />

the most memorable<br />

moment of her high school career.<br />

“I wasn’t expecting to break the<br />

record,” Ahrens recalled. “I was<br />

just so focused and it was one of<br />

those days when everything just<br />

came together.”<br />

Ahrens’ freshman year best<br />

mark was a mere 7-feet-6. She<br />

credits much of her success to<br />

coach Greg Miguel.<br />

“I wasn’t very good my freshman<br />

year but he has taught me so<br />

much,” Ahrens said. “Not just<br />

about pole vaulting but helping me<br />

grow as a person. Now I love pole<br />

vaulting. It’s such a challenging<br />

sport, both mentally and physically.”<br />

Ahrens improved dramatically<br />

throughout her sophomore season,<br />

finishing second in the Bay League

<strong>Peninsula</strong>’s Jacqueline Ahrens records a personal-best 12 feet, 8 inches at the<br />

2016 Bay League pole vault championships. Photos by Ray Vidal<br />

and fourth in CIF-SS Division 1.<br />

“Jacquelineʻs improvement between her freshman and sophomore year<br />

was surprising but another biggie was her improvement from 11-feet to 13-<br />

feet,” Miguel said. “She is so positive, focused and a joy to be around. Her<br />

work ethic has always been great. Neither rain nor heat has kept Jacqueline<br />

from workouts or planning and striving for her goals.”<br />

Despite her success, the Rancho Palos Verdes resident has her sights set<br />

on still loftier goals despite the pressure of a bullseye on her back after her<br />

breakout season in 2016.<br />

“I’m working extremely hard to continue that success,” Ahrens said. “I<br />

want to be more consistent while reaching the 13-foot range. I just want to<br />

have fun, which I’m doing as I continue to feel more comfortable. I got a<br />

late start in the sport, while many pole vaulters have a strong background<br />

in gymnastics.”<br />

Ahrens began this season with two podium finishes placing third at the<br />

California Winter State Championships (12-feet- 2.5”) and second at the<br />

prestigious Redondo Nike Track Festival (11-feet-9).<br />

“I’m taking things a little slow so I’m strong and jumping my best at the<br />

end of the season,” Ahrens said. “The competition in the Bay League is so<br />

strong that it really helps me prepare for CIF and State. My teammate Isabelle<br />

Beaudoin is always pushing me and going up against girls like Kaitlin<br />

Heri (Redondo) and Brigette Grau (Mira Costa) make me a better vaulter.”<br />

Ahrens practices almost daily, while also weight lifting, running sprints<br />

after every workout and improving her endurance and strength with longer<br />

runs.<br />

“The more power I have, the higher I can vault,” she explained.<br />

Along with Miguel, Ahrens trains with Anthony Curran. A previous<br />

coach of Miguel’s, Curran passes on a wealth of pole-vault knowledge. He<br />

started No Limit Sports Track & Field Club in 1984 and coaches athletes<br />

from middle school to Olympic levels.<br />

“I began training with Coach Curran a year ago,” Ahrens said. “He has<br />

me using bigger poles and, having instructed my high school coach, they<br />

both have the same styles of coaching.”<br />

Curran competed in the USA Olympic Trials (1980, 1984 and 1992) and<br />

was the 1982 Pac-10 champion while at UCLA. He also was California High<br />

School champion in 1977 and 1978 setting the National High School Record<br />

in 1978 at 17′ 4 1/4″.<br />

Ahrens is grateful to her parents Earl and Emily for their support and has<br />

also received inspiration while attending the Reno Pole Vault Summit the<br />

past two years, where she met Sandi Morris, a 2016 Olympic silver-medalist<br />

and 2010 pole vault winner at the USATF Junior Olympic Track and Field<br />

Championships.<br />

“Hearing Sandi’s story was very motivational for me,” Ahrens said. “She<br />

stressed the importance of finding the right fit at the right school. She taught<br />

how to be mentally strong. It’s very challenging to have the right mindset<br />

going into each meet.”<br />

Ahrens’ high marks are not limited to the field. She has a weighted GPA<br />

of over 4.8 and, with physics being her favorite subject, she is aspiring to<br />

become either a mechanical or material science engineer.<br />

Ahrens plans to continue competing in the pole vault at the collegiate<br />

level, but has yet to decide where she will take her talents. She has narrowed<br />

the selection to MIT, UCLA and UC Berkeley.<br />

Ahrens said she wants to be accepted by a college based on her academic<br />

performance and that her success as an athlete is an added bonus.<br />

“We’ll see where pole vaulting takes me,” Ahrens said. “Of course, it’s<br />

every athlete’s dream to compete in the Olympics, but that’s down the<br />

road.”<br />

Miguel believes the future is bright for Ahrens.<br />

“Jacqueline’s main strength, in my opinion, is her understanding of the<br />

sport, herself and how to manage all the activities student-athletes have<br />

during the season and year round,” Miguel said. “She has been a great role<br />

model, leader and captain the last two years.”<br />

Helping Ahrens develop her leadership skills has been her nine-year involvement<br />

with the Girl Scouts. She has been a troop leader for the past<br />

seven years.<br />

“It’s been a great part of my life,” Ahrens said. “I’ve really enjoyed leading<br />

the girls in the Mariner and Backpacking Skills competitions.”<br />

Despite her busy schedule, Ahrens recently began rock climbing.<br />

“It’s fun and a great workout,” Ahrens said. “The facility at Hangar 18 in<br />

Hawthorne is a fantastic place to climb. Someday I hope to climb real<br />

rocks.” PEN<br />

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

Nocturnes at Night<br />

Art Colony<br />

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Soiree. The artists selected a garden statue to paint and onlookers had<br />

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the newly remodeled Catalina Kitchen.<br />



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Fertile<br />

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Horticulturist Nancy LeMargie<br />

cultivates crops and proud students<br />

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for young special needs students

Seed to Plate founder Nancy LeMargie (center) with volunteers Charlie Probst, Raxiel Palma, Katie Ages, Jonathan Schmidt, and Erick Holmes.<br />

Photos by David Fairhchild<br />

by Esther Kang<br />

The Seed to Plate Garden, a one-acre<br />

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School in Palos Verdes Estates, is much<br />

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Beyond the fenced entrance, a hand-painted<br />

box filled with succulents sits atop a rusted bicycle<br />

leaning against a Great Oak Tree, opposite a<br />

working nursery, where rows of potted plants<br />

and more succulents sit. A few steps farther in, a<br />

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Rose vines and a handmade sign reading “Home<br />

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In a month or two, LeMargie’s students will be<br />

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squash and peppers to corn and strawberries.<br />

The garden’s orchard — apples, lemons,<br />

kumquats — will be in full bloom, as well.<br />

On the other side of the garden is a chicken<br />

pen, with a dozen hens roaming. The chickens<br />

provide fertilizer and fresh eggs for the garden to<br />

sell. Beyond the pen is an unpretentious, twolevel<br />

amphitheater, with clay pots and plastic<br />

chairs strewn about.<br />

“Everybody wants a project,” garden manager<br />

Nancy LeMargie said fondly of her 10 specialneeds<br />

volunteers, who tend the garden five times<br />

a week. “The greenhouse isn’t even finished, and<br />

they’re like, ‘What’s our next project?’ They love<br />

to have something big to think about, to plan, to<br />

develop and build. We will never be finished<br />

down there. Never."<br />

Since 2001, LeMargie, a 58-year-old Gardena<br />

resident, has been spearheading the Seed to Plate<br />

program for special-needs students after being<br />

tapped by Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong> Unified District’s<br />

pupil services director Lynn Busia and<br />

Chez Melange restaurant owners Robert Bell and<br />

Michael Franks. Based on a similar program at a<br />

public elementary school for low-income kids in<br />

Berkeley, the Seed to Plate program is a leg of PV-<br />

PUSD’s Transition to Independence program for<br />

special needs individuals, between ages 18 and<br />

22.<br />

The first iteration of the garden took form in a<br />

much smaller 3,600-square-foot space in Palos<br />

Verdes High School’s parking lot. A few years<br />

later, the garden moved across the street to make<br />

way for a new building. LeMargie still uses that<br />

garden to teach horticulture to special needs and<br />

“regular ed” students at PVHS twice a week. She<br />

also teaches at <strong>Peninsula</strong> High twice a week.<br />

As for the Seed to Plate garden, it has called the<br />

space at Valmonte Elementary home since 2013.<br />

With the help of many gracious individuals — including<br />

the school principal Shirley Resich and<br />

her husband John, as well as LeMargie’s carpenter<br />

husband Rick, volunteers from EnrichLA and<br />

major donor Silver Spur Garden Club —<br />

LeMargie, her students and their assistants built<br />

the garden from ground up, starting with an extensive<br />

irrigation system. The students sow,<br />

weed, water and harvest the crops, which are<br />

sold weekly to Chez Melange in Redondo Beach’s<br />

Riviera Village.<br />

Born to parents from farm towns in Minnesota,<br />

LeMargie grew up in Torrance when sidewalks<br />

were still a novelty. As a child, she was always<br />

drawn to the outdoors — particularly the vast<br />

fields where Del Amo Mall and Union Bank now<br />

sit.<br />

“In those days, the ‘60s, we could just run<br />

around for hours,” she recalled fondly. “Our parents<br />

would say, ‘Come home before dark.’ We<br />

were just immersed in nature."<br />

While she mowed the family lawn growing up,<br />

it wasn’t until LeMargie had children that she<br />

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took her two little kids to the Lomita Public<br />

Library, and out of curiosity, she picked up books<br />

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things, then started reading a lot. Lots and lots of books."<br />

LeMargie began taking classes at the Southern California Regional Occupational<br />

Center (SCROC), which would become her second home for<br />

the next two decades. She walked into the registration office to sign up for<br />

the morning class, which she would attend when her kids were in school.<br />

The class was labeled “Horticulture Special.” She found on the first day of<br />

class that it was a course for special needs students.<br />

“So I landed in the class, no experience with special needs people, sitting<br />

there with my little notebook,” she recalled with a laugh. “The teacher’s<br />

looking at me like, okay?"<br />

She had looked into working as a groundskeeper for the City of Torrance,<br />

where the job description called for mowing lawns, trimming bushes and<br />

the like. But by the third day at SCROC, she set her sights on a new goal:<br />

teaching horticulture. Within a year of taking classes there, she was promoted<br />

to her teacher Mike Pack's assistant. A few years later, she earned<br />

her teaching credential in horticulture and became a full-time teacher for<br />

both special-needs and other students at SCROC and later at Palos Verdes<br />

and <strong>Peninsula</strong> high schools.<br />

This past year, after two decades, LeMargie left her teaching job at<br />

SCROC. The decision was timed to the retirement of her husband Rick,<br />

who worked there as a custodian. She’s ecstatic that she now gets to spend<br />

more time at the Seed to Plate garden with her students. Small, everyday<br />

moments are fleeting but remind her of the significance of the garden.<br />

“Today, one of the students in a wheelchair smiled at me for the first<br />

time — I’ve known him for three years,” she said, fighting tears. “It’s just<br />

the beauty of them, of each individual.”<br />

Most of the current volunteers have been part of this program for two to<br />

three years now, she said. She’s observed increased self-esteem with each<br />

responsibility she entrusts them with. On a daily basis, the students also<br />

practice important life skills such as timeliness and cleaning up after oneself.<br />

“Being given the responsibility of a pitch fork, it’s a lot of trust,”<br />

LeMargie said.<br />

Looking forward, LeMargie hopes to build a working kitchen in the garden,<br />

where she and the students can make jam and marmalade from the<br />

orchard and other dishes from their harvest.<br />

“I just love the type of person who is drawn to gardening,” she said, “because<br />

we all just click. We all are drawn there, like a beam of light on our<br />

heads.”<br />

Seed to Table Garden will hold its inaugural spring plant sale May 5 - 7<br />

from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those interested in volunteering to help pull weeds and<br />

plant are welcome Mondays and Wednesdays 1 - 3 p.m. The garden accepts<br />

plants, pots, garden art and funds as donations. For more information, contact<br />

Nancy LeMargie at seedtoplate@yahoo.com. PEN<br />

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Ascent to Paradiso<br />

by Stephanie Cartozian<br />

This California Monterey style home was designed by H. Roy Kelley who served on the Presidential Building Commission in 1931. Photo by Peter McMenamin<br />

An architectural, hillside landmark as pristine and inviting now as it must have been back in 1929<br />

Somonte is a Spanish word meaning a field on the slopes of a mountain.<br />

When the Marottas first purchased this California Monterey style<br />

manse on Via Somonte 33 years ago, part of its appeal was its vast<br />

openness, a feeling of ascent over paradise. The home was designed by the<br />

revered architect H. Roy Kelley, who was appointed by Herbert Hoover in<br />

1931 to serve on the Presidential Advisory Commission on Home Building.<br />

Kelley, who was educated at Cornell University and settled in Los Angeles<br />

from New York nine years prior to designing the Marotta residence, had<br />

many other notable achievements including the design of the RAND headquarters<br />

in Santa Monica and the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences in Los<br />

Angeles. He is thought to have brought the ranch style of residential design<br />

to the West. This home seems to have all the style and charm of the Monterey<br />

Colonial architectural style, which is characterized by two stories,<br />

continuous surrounding porches, hip roof and adobe style walls, essentially<br />

considered to be Spanish.<br />

Owner Alfred Marotta is an attorney specializing in defending injured<br />

workers through workers compensation insurance. He used to work on<br />

the opposing side as an insurance adjustor — a part time job that helped<br />

him through law school — so he has an understanding of both halves of<br />

the equation and the intricacies involved. He opened his own practice 30<br />

years ago, around the same time he purchased this estate. His office is in<br />

Norwalk by the courthouse.<br />

“I’ve been fighting for workers all my life,” he said. “All the way up to<br />

the Supreme Court.”<br />

“I haven’t made a lot of money as an attorney,” he added. “My wealth<br />

has been made because of investments, like property I owned in Hawaii<br />

The master bedroom and most of the home have oak hardwood floors and a<br />

style and character that is nostalgic of old Palos Verdes. Photo by Tony LaBruno<br />

32 <strong>Peninsula</strong> • <strong>April</strong> <strong>2017</strong>

The living room. In the corner is an organ and other instruments the six Marotta children grew up playing. Photo by Peter McMenamin<br />

and property from my mother and father’s<br />

estate.”<br />

His mission is helping injured workers<br />

obtain the medical care they need to<br />

return to work.<br />

“They want to go back to work,” he<br />

said. “They really want to work. The<br />

perception may be different, but they<br />

want to feel like they are contributing<br />

to society and that they are worth something.”<br />

Inside the residence are collected<br />

family treasures, including a corner in<br />

the living room dedicated to the instruments<br />

his six children have played. Although<br />

Marotta does not play an<br />

instrument himself, his now grown<br />

children have played the trombone,<br />

flute, organ, guitar, bass, clarinet and violin.<br />

He has five sons and one daughter<br />

(and asks us, kiddingly, to guess which<br />

is the spoiled one). Over the years,<br />

The backyard view looking down on an enclosure that used to be an open patio in a different time.<br />

Photo by Peter McMenamin<br />

Paradiso cont. on page 35<br />

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Paradiso cont. from page 33<br />

Marotta hosted high school classical<br />

music concerts in his home. He<br />

still marvels at students’ musical<br />

prowess, and considers music to be<br />

an important accompaniment to<br />

any standard education.<br />

Perhaps Marotta’s experience<br />

handling properties has led him to<br />

be such a rigorous steward of this<br />

particular estate. The two story<br />

villa is over 3,300 sq. ft., with 4<br />

bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. As one<br />

ascends the gracious stairways<br />

leading to the covered terrace and<br />

then to the front door, there is a<br />

feeling of sanctuary and timelessness.<br />

The oak, planked flooring<br />

and exposed beam ceilings exude<br />

warmth and hospitality. The<br />

wrought iron stair railings have<br />

heart shapes throughout. The oversized<br />

archways are framed with intricate<br />

wood carvings. The home is<br />

as pristine and inviting now as it<br />

must have been back in 1929. Yet,<br />

there are modern enhancements,<br />

like a windowed elevator that rises<br />

from the garage to the main level.<br />

The home’s covered terraces and<br />

Queen’s Necklace views from<br />

most vantage points show that the<br />

original acquirers took their time<br />

selecting this lot.<br />

“The foundation goes down six<br />

feet,” Marotta said, marveling at<br />

the bygone craftsmanship taken to<br />

build such a home.<br />

Posing for a photo with his son<br />

Gregory outside on the terrace,<br />

Marotta is reflective. Three<br />

decades of his family’s life transpired<br />

in this grand setting.<br />

“I usually sit out here and have a<br />

glass of wine in the evenings,” he<br />

said.<br />

What new family traditions will<br />

be made here in the future have<br />

yet to be seen as the home currently<br />

awaits its new residents.. PEN<br />

Alfred Marotta and his son Gregory,<br />

on the terrace of the two story villa<br />

overlooking the coastline and city.<br />

Photo by Tony LaBruno<br />

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BlissWithout<br />

Penalty<br />

by Richard Foss<br />

A<br />

Amir Afshar in the wine cellar of his Rancho Palos Verdes home. Photo by Brad Jacobson<br />

A Chemist Seeks To Change Winemaking<br />

mir Afshar has spent much of his career thinking about but all over that part of the world,” he said. “My family<br />

preservation of metal, wood, and other materials, as were grape growers for generations and before the Islamic<br />

well as the lives of American military personnel. Revolution there was a great tradition of winemaking there.<br />

“I am a chemical engineer and am part owner of Farmers used to sell a lot of grapes to French people who<br />

three paint companies,” Afshar said. “We have been made wine in our town, but that business went downhill<br />

involved in formulating paint for military uses, situations<br />

where it has to be extremely resistant to and started growing apples… There were once 200 species<br />

after the Shah was overthrown. They got rid of all the vines<br />

anything that can be thrown at it — not just the of grapes in that region, and I don’t know how many are<br />

usual corrosion but acids and chemical left.”<br />

weapons.”<br />

Though the French winemakers in Urmia made wine in<br />

Those challenges would be enough to fully international styles, Afshar’s family followed an ancient tradition<br />

that involved more luck than skill.<br />

occupy most people, but over the past decade<br />

Afshar has also been considering another kind “There was a traditional Persian style of winemaking that<br />

of preservation. He is a wine lover, diagnosed was all natural — they didn’t add anything, they didn’t do<br />

with an allergic reaction to the sulfites that anything except preserve the grape juice and let it become<br />

are used to preserve wine, as well as dried wine,” Afshar said. “Whatever comes up, comes up, and it<br />

fruits, shellfish and some meats. He is putting<br />

his skills as a chemist to work to make cial winemaking, it was just for our own use. The wines<br />

might not come out as wine sometimes. It was not commer-<br />

wine that he, and the estimated five to did not last long, so you drank it that year like the French<br />

eight percent of Americans who also experience<br />

sulfite intolerance, can enjoy. The limited shelf life was partly because the wine con-<br />

Beaujolais Nouveau.”<br />

Wine has always been a part of tained no sulfates. The use of sulfur in winemaking goes<br />

Amir’s life, even when he was still living<br />

in northern Iran, near the border wineries with sulfurous smoke to drive away insects and<br />

back to the ancient Greeks, who started fumigating their<br />

with Azerbaijan.<br />

pests. They discovered that wine stored in jars exposed to<br />

“I was born in a city called Urmia the smoke lasted longer. The practice had become a science<br />

in the far northwest of Iran that was by 1820, when pioneering food chemist Frederick Accum<br />

famous for grapes, not only in Iran included a chapter on sulphuring wine in his book on wine-<br />

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making. At the time, nobody recognized<br />

it could cause health problems<br />

in some people.<br />

“Every time I drank wines containing<br />

sulfites my hands and feet<br />

swelled, I started itching, I had<br />

headaches,” Afshar said. “I had the<br />

same problem when I ate dried apricots<br />

or raisins. I didn’t touch wine<br />

for a couple of years after I was diagnosed.<br />

One day a friend brought<br />

a bottle and insisted that I try it. I<br />

told him that I couldn’t drink wine,<br />

but he insisted — he told me it was<br />

homemade and he thought I wouldn’t<br />

have problems. He was right; I<br />

drank it and felt just fine. That was<br />

17 years ago. That was when I<br />

started becoming interested in<br />

home winemaking.”<br />

Home winemaking allowed Afshar<br />

to enjoy wine again, but not the<br />

kind he liked most. He had come to<br />

appreciate the developed tannins<br />

and more complex flavor imparted<br />

by long aging. The wines he and his<br />

friends made were deficient in that<br />

regard.<br />

“Those wines were good but fragile,<br />

and they had to be enjoyed the<br />

same year,” he said. “After six<br />

months my wine started changing<br />

flavor and losing color because it<br />

was oxidizing. I started doing a lot<br />

of research, reading and studying<br />

what had been done in previous<br />

centuries. One thing they did, which<br />

is not practical for commercial<br />

winemakers, is to store it in silver.<br />

They didn’t know why this works,<br />

but it does. Silver has an antibacterial<br />

effect. It’s not something that we<br />

can do for wine storage on a grand<br />

scale, but it was interesting to know<br />

that something else worked at all.”<br />

As Afshar started looking at the<br />

whole winemaking process, he<br />

came to the conclusion that many<br />

things are done just because they’ve<br />

always been done that way.<br />

“Corks are not the best way to seal<br />

a wine, it’s the worst way. Corks are<br />

a natural product but they’re unpredictable,”<br />

he said. “They can have<br />

cracks and other flaws, including<br />

pockets of bacteria that infect the<br />

wine. <strong>People</strong> used to think of screw<br />

caps or synthetic corks as a sign of<br />

cheap wine. Now some excellent<br />

wines are abandoning natural corks.<br />

In Persia they sealed the wine with<br />

bread dough. In other places they<br />

used a wooden or clay plug covered<br />

with beeswax.<br />

“It’s the same with barrels. They<br />

were the most convenient technology<br />

1,000 years ago, but it isn’t the<br />

best thing for all wines. Oak barrels<br />

give tannins and flavors that you<br />

want in red wine, and the oak itself<br />

has antibacterial properties, but a<br />

crack in the wood can let in more<br />

oxygen than the winemaker intends.<br />

The Greeks and Romans aged their<br />

wines in ceramic amphorae. Modern<br />

winemakers like me get the<br />

same effect by aging in steel or<br />

glass.”<br />

Afshar’s effort to eliminate sulfites<br />

encountered a problem: winemakers<br />

use sulfites because they<br />

eliminate bacteria that spoils wine.<br />

“There are bacteria on every surface,<br />

including the skins of the<br />

grape,” he said. “The industry’s answer<br />

to this is to spray the grapes<br />

with a solution that contains sulfites.<br />

But there is another way to do<br />

that. I have been working on a mix<br />

of chemicals that evaporates with<br />

no residue left on the grape. It is like<br />

ozone, which kills bacteria on contact<br />

but is a gas. I am taking methods<br />

from other areas and applying<br />

them to winemaking.”<br />

After eliminating sulfites in the<br />

early stages of production, Afshar<br />

moved on to aging.<br />

“There are food grade antioxidants<br />

that some people take as dietary<br />

supplements but that aren’t<br />

usually used for wine,” he said.<br />

“They are not as effective as sulfites<br />

individually, but when used in the<br />

right balance they don’t affect the<br />

taste or color of wine, and they<br />

don’t cause allergic reactions. It took<br />

me years to come up with the successful<br />

combination.”<br />

Though there are some non-sulfited<br />

wines on the market already,<br />

they are rare, usually drunk very<br />

young, and are generally more expensive.<br />

Though the antioxidants<br />

that Afshar uses are more expensive<br />

than sulfites, he is confident his new<br />

processes will create a sulfite-free<br />

wine that can be sold at only a modest<br />

price premium. He is in the<br />

process of getting licenses and trademarks<br />

to produce his wine commercially.<br />

“As soon as I get my approvals,<br />

I’m ready to go commercial,” Afshar<br />

said. “I’ll start with 100 cases. If that<br />

sells out, 1,000. If that sells out I’ll<br />

double it. I have people who want<br />

to buy now because they have bad<br />

reactions to most wines, but not<br />

mine. They’re ready to put down<br />

deposits now, even though I won’t<br />

be able to have it on the market for<br />

two years. Once I have the winery<br />

running I may quit the paint and<br />

coatings business because I enjoy<br />

this a lot more. This is my future,<br />

my family’s future. I have been<br />

doing this for years, and it has<br />

proven to work over and over. I<br />

don’t see why it wouldn’t take off.” PEN<br />

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RPV Residents<br />

Do you change your automobile oil and filter? If you do, call EDCO your trash/recycling<br />

hauler and arrange for a free pickup. Then, place your used oil and/or filter in a tightly<br />

sealed container or ziplock bag. EDCO will pick them up and drop off an oil recycling kit<br />

that contains a 15-quart drip pan, empty 1-gallon container, funnel, shop rag, cardboard<br />

floor mat and information on used oil and filter. Call EDCO at 310-540-2977 or go to<br />

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Household Hazardous Waste/Electronic Waste Roundup<br />

Sat. <strong>April</strong> 8th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm<br />

RPV Civic Center, 30940 Hawthorne Bl.<br />

Composting Workshop (Beginners Level)<br />

Sat. <strong>April</strong> 15th from 9:30 am to 11:30 am, Hesse Park, Fireside Room<br />

Document Shredding/Electronic Waste Roundup/Free Mulch Giveaway<br />

Sat. <strong>April</strong> 22nd from 8 am to 11 am<br />

RPV Civic Center, 30940 Hawthorne Bl. (RPV Residents Only)<br />

For Household Hazardous Waste (including Sharps disposal)<br />

and Electronic Waste Disposal, go to:<br />

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Address: 1400 N Gaffey St, San Pedro, 90731<br />

Phone: 800.988.6942<br />

Open Saturdays and Sundays<br />

from 9am to 3pm<br />

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

Muffins and Mozart<br />

Celebrates composer’s life<br />

On a rain drenched Saturday morning, February 18, St. Peter's by the<br />

Sea hosted a family breakfast and concert at Reeves Hall. Volunteers<br />

served up enormous platters of gourmet muffins, hot bacon and eggs,<br />

fruit and lots of fresh Starbucks coffee. The breakfast with friends was<br />

followed by a kid friendly performance by Pat Maki and Campus Concerts<br />

highlighting the music and life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Proceeds<br />

from the fundraiser went towards supporting St. Peter's Pre-School<br />

programs and facilities.<br />

1. Ann Shaw and Laura Bettis.<br />

2. Romina, Daniel and Lukas Mariani-<br />

Simacek.<br />

3. Hope, Dan, Holly and Abigail<br />

Bolton.<br />

4. Romina Mariani-Simacek, Alexis<br />

White and Danica King.<br />

5. Elle, Sara and Stella McKown.<br />

6. Araceli Orozco, Carol Kollmer,<br />

Laura Bettis and Ann Shaw.<br />


7. Dorian Gomez, Martha Hynes M.D.,<br />

Donna Gomez and Tom Hynes.<br />

8. Eric, Caden, Danica, Naomi and<br />

Kiran King.<br />

9. Tony Gonzalez, Don Mottinger and<br />

Bill Schurmer.<br />

10. Dan Bolton, Pastor Paul Barrett<br />

and Ross Bolton.<br />

11. (Front) Elle McKown, Elisa Arai,<br />

Mattie and Hattie Cartozian and (back)<br />

Romina Mariani-Simacek.<br />

12. Aislin Ard, Lily and Isla Hansen.<br />

13. Carol Mead, Pat Maki, Anna Adkisson,<br />

Cathy Biagini and Darren Mc-<br />

Cann.<br />

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eventcalendar<br />


Compiled by Teri Marin<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 />

Saturday, March 25<br />

Slime Snails & Slugs<br />

Join Natural History Museum’s Jann Vendetti to become a snail and slug citizen<br />

scientist. 11 a.m. White Point Nature Education Center & Preserve, 1600<br />

W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. Free. RSVP to pvplc.org: Events & Activities/Whitepoint<br />

Presentations or call (310) 541-7613.<br />

Vietnam Veterans Day<br />

Honoring Vietnam Veterans on The Battleship IOWA Museum. The Point Vicente<br />

Chapter NSDAR, and co-hosted by The Battleship IOWA Museum. Individual<br />

bronze lapel pin presented to all Vietnam Veteran attendees. The<br />

ceremony, open to everyone, will also be marked with other festivities, presentations,<br />

musical entertainment and more! 11 a.m. 250 S. Harbor Blvd.,<br />

Berth 87, San Pedro. Pacificbattleship.com.<br />

Sunday, March 26<br />

Holiday Concert<br />

Long Ago and Far Away: A Musical Odyssey. The Palos Verdes Symphonic<br />

Band will perform. 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 (adults) and $10 (youth 18 and<br />

younger), plus a $5 facility fee to both. Purchase tickets directly from the Norris<br />

Box Office: (310) 544-0403 x 221 or palosverdesperformingarts.com. Norris<br />

Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates.<br />

Friday, March 31<br />

Nature & Me Storytime<br />

Share the joy of reading with your children and introduce them to the beauty<br />

of our natural surroundings. Geared for 2-5 years. 9:30 - 10 a.m. For more<br />

information contact Marisa Perley at (310) 377-9584 x 238 or email mperley@pvld.org.<br />

George F Canyon Nature Center, 27305 Palos Verdes Drive<br />

East, Rolling Hills Estates.<br />

Saturday, <strong>April</strong> 1<br />

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

Free Family Hike at 9 a.m. Bring your family and join a naturalist guide to<br />

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discover habitat, wildlife and more on an easy hike up George F Canyon with<br />

amazing views of the city. 27305 Palos Verdes Dr. E, Rolling Hills. (310) 547-<br />

0862 or RSVP at: pvplc.org, Events & Activities.<br />

Outdoor Volunteer Day<br />

Portuguese Bend Reserve, Rancho Palos Verdes, 9 a.m. – noon. Help restore<br />

important wildlife habitat while looking out at a beautiful view. Sign up at<br />

pvplc.volunteerhub.com.<br />

Beauty of Nature film series – Seasons<br />

An awe-inspiring tale about the “golden age of forests.” A visually stunning<br />

film by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud who brought us “Winged Migration.”<br />

$10. Youth free. 5:30 p.m. at Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th<br />

Street, San Pedro. Tickets: pvplc.org, Events & Activities.<br />

The Step Crew<br />

The Step Crew boasts three world-class fiddlers backed by an amazing fivepiece<br />

ensemble plus three styles of exhilarating dance forms - Irish step, Ottawa<br />

Valley step and percussive tap. 8 p.m. Tickets $55-$65, with a $10<br />

discount for children 12 and under. Call the box office at (310) 544-0403 or<br />

go to palosverdesperformingarts.com. Norris Theater, 27570 Norris Center<br />

Drive in Rolling Hills Estates.<br />

Saturday, <strong>April</strong> 2<br />

Beginners Composting in RPV<br />

Workshop with water-wise gardening information 9:30 - 11 a.m. at Hesse<br />

Park. Discounted compost and worm bins for sale (cash or check only) after<br />

the workshop. Open to all interested gardening enthusiasts. 29301<br />

Hawthorne Blvd, Rancho Palos Verdes, Fireside Room. For information go to:<br />

smartgardening.com or rpvca.gov/DocumentCenter/ View/1148.<br />

Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna<br />

Joanna Medawar Nachef Singers presents Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna.<br />

The JMS Singers will feature more of Lauridsen’s music in the second half such<br />

as: O Magnum Mysterium, Sure on This Shining Night, and Dirait On. At the<br />

Palos Verdes Performing Arts Norris Theatre 27570 Norris Center Drive,<br />

Rolling Hills Estate. 7:30 p.m. pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. For tickets visit<br />

palosverdesperformingarts.com or call (310) 544-0403 x221.<br />

Tuesday, <strong>April</strong> 4<br />

Jester Phund-raiser<br />

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Saturday, <strong>April</strong> 8<br />

Easter Egg Hunt<br />

BYOB – Bring your own basket to the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the lighthouse.<br />

Join an old-fashion egg hunt and crafts10:30 a.m., for children ages 4 to 10.<br />

All children must be accompanied by an adult. Younger siblings are welcome<br />

to participate, but egg prizes may not be appropriate for children under four.<br />

Lucky egg hunters may find a golden egg which is good for a special gift. Pt.<br />

Fermin Lighthouse, 807 Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.<br />

Welcome Zorman<br />

Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay concludes its 2016-17 Season with a<br />

gala performance at the Norris Theatre at 8 pm. The featured soloist is 2011<br />

International Tchaikovsky Competition winner violinist Itamar Zorman. <strong>2017</strong>-<br />

18 season will be announced and the audience will be invited to a reception<br />

following the concert. There will be a Preview Talk by Chuck Klaus, starting at<br />

7:15 p.m. Single tickets are $63 and will be available through the Norris Theatre<br />

Box Office, (310) 544-0403, ext. 221. Further information on the COSB<br />

and its future concerts can be found by visiting mycosb.org.<br />

Cactus, Succulent show & sale<br />

The two-day show (Saturday and Sunday) features stunning displays of exotic<br />

and dazzling plants staged by expert growers. This is your opportunity to<br />

recreate sculptural beauties in your own home or drought-tolerant garden.<br />

Choose from thousands of rare and beautiful cactus and succulents and to<br />

speak with the experts on how to display and care for them. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.<br />

South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong>.<br />

Entry includes admission to the Garden: adults $9; seniors and students $6;<br />

child 5-12 $4; under 5 free. Garden members free. For more information see<br />

southcoastcss.org or the garden at (310) 544-6815.<br />


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Presented by the Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong><br />

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the impressively restored 28-acre Linden<br />

H. Chandler Preserve with its<br />

lush oasis of riparian habitat and<br />

home for the rare Palos Verdes blue<br />

butterfly. Moderate walk. Free and<br />

open to the public. 9 a.m. 916 Silver<br />

Spur Rd. #207, Rolling Hills Estates.<br />

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

at pvplc.org/_events/Nature-<br />

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Stories, Songs and More<br />

All at the White Point Nature Education<br />

Center, 1600 W. Paseo Del<br />

Mar, San Pedro,10 a.m. Share the<br />

joy of storytelling with your children<br />

and introduce them to the beauty of<br />

the natural surroundings. Your family<br />

will enjoy spending time with retired<br />

Children’s Librarian Carla Sedlacek<br />

for stories and activities featuring nature<br />

themes, exciting props and<br />

songs. Free. RSVP at: pvplc.org.<br />

5 Outstanding Musicians<br />

The five finalists in the <strong>Peninsula</strong><br />

Symphony’s <strong>2017</strong> Edith Knox Young<br />

Artists Competition will perform with<br />

piano accompaniment for professional<br />

judging. First-prize winner will<br />

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at its June 18, Norris Foundation<br />

concert. Free and open to the<br />

public. 2 p.m. Redondo Union High<br />

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Sunday, <strong>April</strong> 9<br />

Mozart's Requiem Mass<br />

Community Concert<br />

From darkness to light, grief to hope,<br />

Mozart's Requiem sets the traditional<br />

prayers of the Requiem Mass to<br />

spectacular music. St. Peter's by the<br />

Sea Festival Choir with professional<br />

orchestra and soloists, along with<br />

Music Director, Dr. Mark Bennett, invite<br />

you to our community concert at<br />

3:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary . We<br />

offer this concert in the hope that it<br />

will serve as a memorial to our loved<br />

ones. 6410 Palos Verdes Drive<br />

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Full Moon Hike<br />

Wth the Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong> Land<br />

Conservancy. Explore nocturnal<br />

sights with an expert naturalist under<br />

a full moon at the George F Canyon<br />

Nature Preserve. Must be age 9 and<br />

up. $12 per person. Reservations required<br />

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

Tuesday, <strong>April</strong> 11<br />

Photography Contest<br />

Deadline for photographic entries<br />

from amateur photographers of all<br />

ages for the first ever Point Fermin<br />

Photography Contest. Participation is<br />

free; subject is the freshly painted<br />

lighthouse. Email kristen.heather@<br />

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at the lighthouse. Winning entries<br />

displayed at the lighthouse during<br />

the “Tea by the Sea” event <strong>April</strong> 29.<br />

807 Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.<br />

Thursday, <strong>April</strong> 13<br />

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Wednesday, <strong>April</strong> 12<br />

The Palos Verdes Woman's Club<br />

Luncheon speaker will present an update on the Norris Center for the Performing<br />

Arts. Noon. Rolling Hills Country Club, 27000 Palos Verdes Drive East.<br />

Cost of the luncheon is $32. For information, reservations call Beverly Teresinski,<br />

310-378-1349.<br />

Friday, <strong>April</strong> 14-23<br />

Pippin at PV High<br />

Palos Verdes High School Drama Department will present the musical Pippin<br />

for eight performances. Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin<br />

is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. <strong>April</strong> 14-15 and 21-<br />

22 at 7 p.m., <strong>April</strong> 15, 22-23 at 2 p.m., and <strong>April</strong> 20 at 3:30 p.m. in the<br />

MPR at Palos Verdes High School, 600 Cloyden Road in Palos Verdes Estates.<br />

$20 for adults; $15 for students. Tickets can be purchased at pvhsdrama.com<br />

or at the door if seats still available. For further information, (310) 378-8471,<br />

ext. 237.<br />

Saturday, <strong>April</strong> 15<br />

Poetry & Music<br />

Surf Writers Annual Poetry and Music. Guitarist and poet, Richard Leach, performing<br />

and reading some of his work, followed by ten local poets and a closing<br />

performance by guitarist and poet, Ildy Lee. Free. 1:30-3:30 p.m. In the<br />

Gallery at the Malaga Cove Library, 2400 via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates.For<br />

more information contact mltrvlarng@hotmail.com.<br />

Outdoor Volunteer Day<br />

Help restore the unique Alta Vicente Reserve canyon habitat, home to many<br />

threatened and endangered wildlife species. 9 a.m. – noon. Alta Vicente Reserve,<br />

30940 Hawthorne Blvd, Rancho Palos Verdes. Sign up at pvplc.volunteerhub.com.<br />

Sunday, <strong>April</strong> 16<br />

Easter photos, food fun<br />

Celebrate Easter Sunday at St. Peter's by the Sea with three unique Easter<br />

Worship Services: 8 a.m. -Contemplative<br />

in Reeves Hall, 9:15 a.m.-Traditional<br />

in the Sanctuary, and 11<br />

a.m.-Informal in the Sanctuary. At<br />

noon enjoy an egg hunt on the lawn<br />

for the kids including a light food<br />

faire for all. Complimentary family<br />

photos. Childcare & Church School<br />

at 9:15 & 11 a.m. All are welcome.<br />

StPetersPres.org or 310-377-6882.<br />

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Wed., <strong>April</strong> 19<br />

Birding with Wild Birds<br />

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Explore the birds making a home in<br />

the restored habitat at this beautiful<br />

preserve. Binoculars supplied for beginners.<br />

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ages welcome. 8:30 a.m. White<br />

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Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro. RSVP at:<br />

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Thursday, <strong>April</strong> 20<br />

South Coast Rose Society<br />

<strong>April</strong> meeting, at South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard,<br />

Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong> with social hour beginning at 7 p.m. Society member<br />

Sharon Van Enoo will be speaking on how to prepare your roses for showing<br />

at rose shows. For further information, please see<br />

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Friday, <strong>April</strong> 21<br />

The Music Man<br />

With a crash of cymbals and a blast of horns, Meredith Willson's Tony Awardwinning<br />

musical comedy, “The Music Man,” will march into the Norris Theatre<br />

accompanied by a full orchestra. Performances are <strong>April</strong> 21-May 7 at 8 p.m.<br />

Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Ticket prices $30-<br />

-$65. To purchase tickets call the box office at (310) 544-0403 or go to<br />

palosverdesperformingarts.com. The Norris Theatre is located at 27570 Norris<br />

Center Drive in Rolling Hills Estates.<br />

Saturday, <strong>April</strong> 22<br />

RPV Brush Clearing<br />

EDCO’s residential event starts for five consecutive Saturdays, each week concentration<br />

on a different area in RPV depending on regular collection day.<br />

Today’s brush clearing is for Monday routes. For more info go to<br />

www.rpvca.gov/DocumentCenter/ View/9366 or www.rpvrecycles.com.<br />

Earth Day<br />

Celebration at White Point Nature Preserve 1600 W. Paseo Del Mar, San<br />

Pedro, 9 a.m. - noon. Families are invited to participate by helping to beautify<br />

the native garden and trails, taking a guided hike through the preserve, enjoy<br />

special nature inspired art activities, and much more! Lunch and gifts sponsored<br />

by Toyota. RSVP at: pvplc.volunteerhub.com.<br />

Composting 101<br />

White Point Nature Education Center & Preserve, 1600 W. Paseo Del Mar,<br />

San Pedro <strong>April</strong> 11a.m. – Compost to a greener tomorrow with Denise Epport,<br />

President of Trifomis Corporation. Free. RSVP to: pvplc.org: Events & Activities/White<br />

Point Presentations or call (310) 541-7613.<br />

Saturday, <strong>April</strong> 23<br />

RPV’s Free Shredding &<br />

E-Waste Roundup<br />

EDCO and the City of RPV sponsor<br />

a free document/paper shredding<br />

event 8 a.m to 11 a.m. at the RPV<br />

Civic Center (City Hall) Parking lot<br />

located at 30940 Hawthorne Blvd.<br />

Certified shredding trucks will shred<br />

the material on-site. Limit of 3 storage<br />

size boxes per household. Event<br />

exclusive to RPV residents (EDCO<br />

customers) only. Electronics waste<br />

will be collected also. Free mulch<br />

available on a self-serve, self-load,<br />

self-haul basis, while supplies last.<br />

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2 cans per household. Please follow<br />

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Walk the Walk Fundraiser<br />

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Monday, <strong>April</strong> 24<br />

Seahorse Classic<br />

The 28th Annual Seahorse Classic, hosted by <strong>Peninsula</strong> Committee Children’s<br />

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Thursday, <strong>April</strong> 27<br />

Wings of Freedom<br />

Western Museum of Flight Wings of Freedom ground tours and flights. The<br />

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of the vineyard, the Pacific and Catalina Island! At Catalina View Gardens,<br />

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Lunch is served at noon. Adults $70. To make reservations: lascandalistas.org.<br />

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31st Annual Circle Garden Party<br />

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Saturday, <strong>April</strong> 29<br />

Lighthouse tour and photos<br />

Enjoy tea in a garden setting at the Pt. Fermin Lighthouse Tea by the Sea boutique.<br />

Adults can tour the lighthouse; monitors will be stationed in each room.<br />

Garden guides will allow for self directed tours. A boutique of local artisans<br />

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RPV Brush Clearing Events<br />

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South Bay Women of the Year<br />

Awards Luncheon<br />

Switzer Learning Center's 17th Annual South Bay Women of<br />

the Year Awards Luncheon was held on March 10th at the<br />

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel. The prestigious honorees are pillars<br />

of their communities. Paula Del Vicario was honored for her<br />

community service particularly in music. Merrietta Fong was<br />

recognized for her civic leadership. Peggy Tremayne was recognized<br />

for her work in education and Sue Chen was recognized<br />

for her work in social awareness. All the honorees are actively<br />

involved with serving the community on many levels and the<br />

luncheon was to bring attention to their individual accomplishments.<br />

To learn more visit www.switzercenter.org.<br />

1. John Arensdorf, Honoree Sue Chen, Allison<br />

Nieuwenhuis and Kenny Leung.<br />

2. Ann Ehrenclou, Alanna Kennedy, Janet<br />

Ceske, Carole LaCaze and Val Noguchi.<br />

3. Robin Taub Comer, Janet Payne, Donna<br />

Duperron, South Bay Deputy for Janice<br />

Hahn Mark Waronek and Barbara Graham.<br />

4. Auction art piece designed by autistic<br />

kids in the school.<br />

5. Executive director of Switzer Rebecca<br />

Foo, Jann Feldman and Judith Borck.<br />

6. Honoree Sue Chen, Executive director of<br />

Switzer Rebecca Foo.<br />

7. Rachel Bigley, Charlotte and Russ<br />

Lesser, Geri Isara, Mark Matuso and Martin<br />

Serna.<br />

8. Mike Molina, Ruben Barajas, Executive<br />

director of Switzer Rebecca Foo, Torrance<br />

city councilman Mike Griffiths, Geoff Rizzo,<br />

Torrance city council member Heidi<br />

Ashcraft and Torrance city councilman Dr.<br />

Milton Herring.<br />

9. South Bay Women of the Year Peggy<br />

Tremayne, Paula Del Vicario, Merrietta Fong<br />

and Sue Chen.<br />

10. Student honorees Marranda Hollis,<br />

Carolina Resendiz, Maya Smith and<br />

Vanessa Cazares.<br />

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Heaven<br />

a bit like<br />

home<br />

by Richard Foss<br />

Rice Heaven offers Korea’s answer to home cooking<br />

As much as I like to cook, there are times<br />

when I open the refrigerator, rummage<br />

through the pantry, and just can’t see<br />

anything that looks like a meal. On another day,<br />

inspiration might strike from that same view,<br />

but today it just isn’t happening. My wife<br />

comes home and I suggest a restaurant, and<br />

what do you know, that’s the same thing she<br />

had for lunch.<br />

Sound familiar? On days like this we have a<br />

go-to restaurant that serves a little of this, a little<br />

of that, a place where we always get a good<br />

meal and nobody’s wallet gets pinched too<br />

tightly. Sometimes we even get everything to go<br />

so my wife can have dinner in a bathrobe and<br />

slippers, because there are evenings when that<br />

is the height of luxury. It’s comfort food at its<br />

most pure, and you probably don’t have to<br />

think very long before you come up with the<br />

name of the place where you go when you feel<br />

the same way.<br />

I think I have found the restaurant that<br />

serves that purpose for the Korean community<br />

on the Hill. It’s a little place called Rice<br />

Heaven, in the shopping center at the corner of<br />

Crenshaw and Rolling Hills Road. The place<br />

opened in 2008 as a Japanese restaurant but<br />

switched to a mainly Korean menu after a<br />

change in ownership a few years later. I hadn’t<br />

visited in some time, until recently, when I<br />

stopped in with a friend.<br />

The place looks like a lot of quick-serve<br />

restaurants, the walls decorated mainly with<br />

pictures of the food, the only hint of style some<br />

brightly colored hanging lamps. The menu is a<br />

list of Korean home cooking favorites, plus a<br />

few Japanese items such as chicken or pork<br />

katsu and both Japanese and Korean style sushi<br />

rolls. The prices are very moderate, so on that<br />

visit we over-ordered because we didn’t know<br />

how large the portions were.<br />

I was dining with someone who hadn’t tried<br />

gimbap, the Korean-style rice roll. Though gimbap<br />

and sushi both involve rice and other items<br />

wrapped in seaweed, gimbap isn’t technically<br />

sushi because sushi rice is always vinegared.<br />

Gimbap rice usually has a dash of sesame oil<br />

instead, and instead of fresh fish there is usually<br />

a mix of pickled and fresh vegetables and<br />

beef, spam, vegetables and fishcake or dried<br />

fish. My companion doesn’t like raw fish but<br />

was delighted with the mix of chopped beef,<br />

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pickled daikon, scallion and Asian<br />

spinach. On a second visit with my<br />

wife we sampled a roll with dried anchovy<br />

along with the vegetables, a<br />

new experience for her, which she<br />

likewise enjoyed. The anchovy isn’t<br />

the oily, salty type you get on pizza,<br />

and it is used moderately. If you really<br />

like a strong anchovy flavor you<br />

might ask them to add extra, but we<br />

thought the balance was perfect.<br />

On that first visit we decided to<br />

order a special item was posted on<br />

the wall called Tteok galbi. This<br />

turned out to be a pair of small hamburger<br />

patties blended with mild seasoning,<br />

grilled, and coated with a<br />

thick, sweet soy sauce. It was a bit<br />

too sweet for me as it was, but was<br />

good when topped with a little of the medium-spicy kimchi that arrived at<br />

our table along with side dishes of fried tofu and japchae noodles with vegetables.<br />

These dishes, called banchan, are refilled as often as you like, but<br />

on both visits we had so much food that we didn’t take advantage of that.<br />

On the first trip we tried the Korean fried chicken, which is offered with<br />

a spicy sauce, sweet sauce, or half and half. There were four wing pieces<br />

in each style to the order, along with rice, cabbage salad, and the banchan,<br />

so it was an impressive portion. We both greatly preferred the spicy chicken<br />

to the milder one coated with sweet sesame oil.<br />

We enjoyed the chicken while listening to our bowl of bibimbap sizzling<br />

gently at the side of the table. Bibimbap is a rice, meat, and vegetable dish<br />

that can be served plain or in a hot stone pot so that the rice at the bottom<br />

gets crispy. When you mix it together there is a pleasant variety of textures.<br />

On top of the rice was a neat arrangement of beef, spinach, mushrooms,<br />

carrots, bean sprouts, and zucchini, topped with a fried egg and dusted with<br />

shredded seaweed and sesame seeds. It’s a marvelously varied set of flavors,<br />

and a fine full meal for only 10<br />

bucks.<br />

On my return visit with my wife<br />

she ordered ramyun, the Korean version<br />

of Japanese ramen, while I had<br />

a plate of spicy squid served on a hot<br />

platter. The squid was a Korean classic,<br />

a big pile of seafood, grilled<br />

onion, scallion, cabbage, and a few<br />

jalapeno peppers in a sweet and<br />

spicy sauce. My wife’s vegetarian<br />

noodle soup was not quite what she<br />

expected. She doesn’t usually like<br />

spicy food as much as I do so she had<br />

ordered the soup assuming it would<br />

be mild. But the broth was at least as<br />

spicy as my seafood dish. More surprisingly,<br />

she liked it. It’s a very flavorful<br />

dish with more than just heat<br />

to recommend it. She took regular bites of the rice, tofu, and cold noodle<br />

salad to cut the heat and surprised herself and me by finishing the whole<br />

bowl.<br />

Though the restaurant was almost empty when we came in, as we dined<br />

we noticed a steady stream of customers picking up to-go orders, all of them<br />

greeting the counter staff in Korean. Beer and wine aren’t served here. Most<br />

customers choose soft drinks, tea, or a variety coffees from the self-serve<br />

machine at the back of the restaurant. On one visit we brought our own<br />

wine. If you’re thinking of doing this I recommend a rose or sparkling<br />

white, because those go well with the spices.<br />

Rice Heaven is an interesting little spot to get unpretentious, well-made<br />

Korean comfort food. It was good when we had it there and would taste<br />

just as good if you enjoy it at home in your bathrobe.<br />

Rice Heaven is at 2937 Rolling Hills Road in Torrance. Open daily except<br />

Sunday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Parking lot, some vegetarian items. Menu at riceheaven.net.<br />

Phone 310-257-0134. PEN<br />

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Ice-America Presents<br />

Local hockey heroes<br />

The Palos Verdes Promenade ice skating rink hosted local<br />

LA Kings veterans on Sunday afternoon February 26. Former<br />

Kings Marty McSorley, Ian Turnball and Vic Venasky<br />

scrimmaged with local kids on the ice and joined in a meet<br />

and greet, signing autographs for their fans. The afternoon<br />

also included a Chinese auction, games, prizes, food and entertainment<br />

with costumed superheroes, including batman<br />

and bat woman. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the<br />

Kings Care Foundation.<br />

1. DJ Longnecker, Azumi Williams and Barbara<br />

Grimner.<br />

2. Tamalin Srisook, Julia Parton and Azumi<br />

Williams.<br />

3. Dylan Walsh and Amanda Perez.<br />

4. Vic Venasky, Jake Solomon and Ian<br />

Turnball.<br />

5. Marty McSorley, Vic Venasky, Jake<br />

Solomon, Azumi Williams and Ian Turnball.<br />

6. Hockey players and fans.<br />


7. Sophie Croucier and Alliyah Becerra.<br />

8. The LA Kings Ice Crew and PIC Hockey<br />

students (photo by Marta Stattmiller).<br />

9. Geanna Culbertson, author of the<br />

Crisanta Knight Series (photo by Marta<br />

Stattmiller).<br />

10. Los Angeles Ice Crew (photo by Marta<br />

Stattmiller).<br />

11. Marty McSorley and son in the Green<br />

Room (photo by Marta Stattmiller).<br />

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P E N I N S U L A | C H A U S S E E ’ S I N S I G H T<br />

<strong>2017</strong> All-Weather Portfolio<br />

Stock valuations are at 29.2, their highest reading in history except for<br />

the Tech Bubble in 2000. And we know how that ended.<br />

by Stuart Chaussee<br />

he average household income in zip code 90274 was<br />

$188,000, according to City-Data.com’s most recent report.<br />

57 percent of tax filers showed dividend income, which indicates<br />

stock ownership. For zip code 90275, the average household<br />

income was $117,000 with 47 percent reporting dividend<br />

income. If you factor in the number of residents on the <strong>Peninsula</strong><br />

who have company sponsored 401ks or other retirement plans,<br />

where dividends are sheltered and unreported, my best guess tells<br />

me that close to 70 percent of the households in 90274 own stocks<br />

and probably 60 percent or higher in 90275.<br />

Given this high level of stock ownership, it’s baffling to me how<br />

little concern there is about the level of stock valuations and the<br />

potential for loss in the coming years. Indeed, complacency reigns<br />

despite stock portfolios being bloated from an 8-year bull market<br />

that has pushed valuations close to the second highest in history.<br />

The Shiller CAPE ratio (cyclically-adjusted price-to-earnings) indicates<br />

current stock valuations are at 29.2, essentially the highest<br />

reading in history except for the Tech Bubble in 2000. Stocks are<br />

now priced well above the bubble in the late 1960s (Nifty-Fifty<br />

Bubble), beyond the stock bubble of 2007 that led to a 55 percent<br />

collapse in stocks, and equal to the bubble that was followed by<br />

the Great Depression in the late 1920s (stocks subsequently lost<br />

80 percent of their value). The only period when stocks were<br />

clearly more expensive was during the Tech Bubble of 2000 – and<br />

we know that ended with a 50 percent haircut to major stock indices.<br />

It’s not only the CAPE Ratio that indicates stocks are back in<br />

bubble territory. Price-to-book value also shows stocks at the highest<br />

reading in history, other than the Tech Bubble. And, the priceto-sales<br />

ratio is above where it was during all prior bubbles, while<br />

the dividend yield on the S&P 500 is still near all-time lows at 1.9<br />

percent annually – with prices at all-time highs.<br />

If these facts are not enough to catch your attention, I could add<br />

that almost all psychological market indicators suggest stocks are<br />

overdue for a correction or worse. Volatility is near all-time lows,<br />

the level of bullishness among advisors and advisory newsletters<br />

is also close to a record (contrarian indicator). And, of course, the<br />

investing public has started to throw money blindly at the stock<br />

market, afraid of missing out on the apparently easy profits. These<br />

are all additional signs of “irrational exuberance” and as we all<br />

know, every bubble has ended badly for investors.<br />

I have been concerned about overvalued stock prices since late<br />

2013, but I have reluctantly gone along for the ride with heavy<br />

stock exposure the past three years and the ride has been enjoyable.<br />

Actually, the 8-year bull market ride has been quite fun,<br />

but it was much easier to justify staying fully invested in<br />

stocks when valuations were somewhat reasonable. That’s<br />

not the case anymore. The vast majority of my clients<br />

(mostly <strong>Peninsula</strong> residents) are nearing retirement<br />

or already retired and I can no<br />

longer justify an overweight allocation<br />

to stocks. I have recently<br />

reduced risk and sold many<br />

stock positions. If history is a<br />

guide, given that we are at 2-<br />

standard deviation levels above<br />

long-term price trends in stocks<br />

–- which is an acceptable definition<br />

of a bubble –- returns going<br />

forward are likely to be belowaverage<br />

or even negative. Still,<br />

you hear almost no talk about<br />

prices being frothy or at risk of<br />

a serious decline. Heck, we<br />


25% Vanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond Index VCSH 2.1% 0.07%<br />

30% Vanguard Intermediate-Term Bond Index BIV 2.8% 0.09%<br />

10% Vanguard Long-Term Bond Index BLV 4.1% 0.09%<br />

10% Vanguard Dividend Appreciation Index VIG 2.0% 0.09%<br />

25% Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR XLP 2.4% 0.14%<br />

haven’t had a bear market in eight years (we are way overdue), when<br />

prices decline on average 30 percent and the aftermath of a bubble<br />

could show declines of 50 percent or more. Have you calculated how<br />

much your portfolio would decline if we entered another bear market?<br />

It’s easy to do. Multiply the dollar amount you have in stocks<br />

by 20 percent (minimum decline to be considered a bear market) or<br />

30 percent (average bear market decline) and that would indicate<br />

your dollar loss. Sure, perhaps the loss will be temporary, but my<br />

guess is it would be painful, nevertheless. And, we never know how<br />

long it will take for the market to recover, so “temporary” could mean<br />

a long wait to recover from those losses.<br />

So, what is a prudent, rational investor to do? Well, you could do<br />

nothing and simply ride out the inevitable downturn and hope you<br />

live long enough to see your portfolio go on to reach new highs at<br />

some point in the future. And, no doubt it will –- you simply need<br />

an investing time horizon that is long enough for you to wait out any<br />

temporary decline. And, of course, you must be able to “stomach”<br />

portfolio losses that won’t be pretty and not panic and sell. So again,<br />

doing nothing is one option, but perhaps not that appealing to anyone<br />

nearing retirement or already retired.<br />

My suggestion is that if you have enjoyed this long bull market in<br />

stocks, but are concerned about losing a significant portion of your<br />

profits in the next bear market, then protect at least a portion of your<br />

gains. Consider reducing risk, perhaps substantially, and rebalancing<br />

your portfolio now. Below I’ve compiled a simple, balanced portfolio<br />

that I have back-tested, that survived our most recent stock and real<br />

estate bubbles and Great Recession quite well. You could consider<br />

some combination of these low-cost holdings that fit your own risk<br />

profile and investment objectives. The <strong>2017</strong> All-Weather Portfolio<br />

had one slightly negative year in the last 10 years, showing a loss of<br />

only -1.0 percent in 2008 while during the same year the S&P 500<br />

declined 37 percent. In addition, the portfolio<br />

has an annual yield<br />

of 2.6 percent,<br />

which provides important<br />

cash flow<br />

for investors in<br />

need of income. PEN<br />

6.2% -1.0 7.1 9.9 10.4 8.0 7.8 9.5 1.7 4.6 2.1<br />

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 <strong>2017</strong><br />

*Hypothetical returns 2007 to present (3/10/<strong>2017</strong>)<br />

Stuart Chaussee is<br />

a Palos Verdes-based feeonly<br />

registered Investment<br />

Advisor. He is the author of<br />

three financial books,<br />

including the awardwinning<br />

Advanced<br />

Portfolio Management;<br />

Strategies for the Affluent.<br />

He is a former contributing<br />

writer for TheStreet.com.<br />

Stuart welcomes your feedback<br />

and can be reached<br />

through<br />

preservingwealth.com<br />

or e-mail him directly at<br />

stuartchaussee@msn.com<br />

At the time of publication,<br />

Stuart Chaussee and/or his<br />

clients held positions in<br />

BIV, BLV, VIG and XLP.<br />

Holdings can change at any<br />

time. Under no circumstances<br />

does the information in this<br />

column represent investment<br />

advice or a recommendation<br />

to buy or sell securities.<br />

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Copacabana Affair<br />

Raises funds for school<br />

Los Verdes Country Club hosted a fundraiser benefiting Vista Grande<br />

Elementary School. The theme was Havana and the dress was colorful<br />

Cuban style with chocolate cigars and model, 1950s car centerpieces.<br />

The crowd was primarily parents coming together to support their local<br />

school and teachers. A disc jockey played Caribbean music and taught<br />

the crowd to salsa and the cha cha. There were tables of silent auction<br />

items and a photo booth with costumes for dress up in front of the camera.<br />

Parents took home bookmarks with their photos.<br />

1. Marla and Glenn Thompson.<br />

2. Jeff and Kristy Llamas, Carolina<br />

and Joe Tanner.<br />

3. Rosemarie and Michael Diehl, Ron<br />

and Pamela Light.<br />

4. Jeri Delatorre and Melanie<br />

Browoleit.<br />

5. LaRae Mardesic Bechmann and<br />

Glenn Thompson.<br />

6. Dina Bates and Amanda Wishner.<br />

7. David and Kristina Brown.<br />

8. Glenn and Marla Thompson, Erik<br />

and Debbie Brenizer, Amanda and Mike<br />

Wishner.<br />

9. Kim Libby, Jennifer Cosgrove, Amy<br />

Cochrane, Abby Cowan and Julie Sampras.<br />

10. Caitlin Waddell-Chow, Molly Amloyan,<br />

Sandy Horii and Jo-Ann Bellucci.<br />

11. Trish McNamara, Cindy Chia,<br />

Alice Shippee and Karen Kordich.<br />

12. Matt and Dina Bates, Sara and<br />

Jordan Floyd.<br />

13. Kristy and Jeff Llamas.<br />

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around&about<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong>, South students earn Eagle Scout rankings<br />

Troop 378 Eagle Scouts Dallas Cooper, Alex Fukunaga, Scott Mitani<br />

and Terren Mueller.<br />

n Boy Scout Troop 378 of the Greater Los Angeles Area Council recently<br />

awarded the rank of Eagle Scout to Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong> High students Alex<br />

Fukunaga and Scott Mitani, Palos Verdes High student Terren Mueller and South<br />

High student Dallas Cooper. Cooper’s and Mueller’s Eagle projects involved trail<br />

and shelter improvements at the George F. Canyon Nature Preserve in Rolling Hills<br />

Estates. Fukunaga refurbished a janitorial room at the Gardena Valley Japanese<br />

Cultural Institute in Gardena. Mitani helped build planters and an amphitheater at<br />

the Seed to Plate nursery.<br />

Troop 276 Eagle Scout honored<br />

n Trevor Trumpler, a senior at<br />

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

and member of Boy Scout<br />

Troop 276, was awarded<br />

the rank of Eagle Scout at an<br />

Eagle Court of Honor on<br />

March 4 at Hesse Park Community<br />

Center. Trumpler is the<br />

son of Tom and Ginger Trumpler<br />

of Rolling Hills Estates.<br />

His Eagle Scout community<br />

service project was designing<br />

and building a new<br />

shelving unit at the Neighborhood<br />

Church. Troop 276 is<br />

a high adventure troop that<br />

backpacks the trails of Southern<br />

California mountain<br />

ranges, Joshua Tree National<br />

Park, and the Sierra Nevada<br />

Mountains. The troop is<br />

based in Palos Verdes Estates<br />

and meets at Palos Verdes Intermediate<br />

School. For more<br />

about the troop visit<br />

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<strong>Peninsula</strong> High School<br />

Walk to fight cancer<br />

The Cancer Support Community of Redondo Beach (CSCRB)<br />

was one of two beneficiaries of the 15th Annual Walk for Life<br />

to support cancer patients on February 24 at <strong>Peninsula</strong> High School<br />

(PVPHS). More than 1,100 students, faculty, and members of the<br />

community took part in the walk. The $50,000 raised was divided<br />

between the CSCRB and City of Hope. The walk began at PVPHS<br />

Campus and finished at Highridge Park. “It is heartwarming to see<br />

how these students work together to make a difference in the lives<br />

of cancer patients and their loved ones — we cannot thank them<br />

enough,” said CSCRB CEO Judith Opdahl. “The funds received<br />

from this walk will benefit more than 165 free support programs<br />

that are offered each month at CSCRB for those affected by cancer.”<br />

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1. CSCRB’s Daniel Hovenstine MD,<br />

George Ozawa, Mana Kimura, and<br />

Judith Opdahl display a check representing<br />

proceeds from the 15th<br />

Annual “Walk for Life.”<br />

2. CSCRB’s Daniel Hovenstine MD,<br />

Season Pollock and Judith Opdahl.<br />

3. Samal Senaratna, Hunter Walsh,<br />

Marco Merola and Matthew Patman<br />

throw purple powder to commemorate<br />

those in the PVPHS community<br />

touched by cancer.<br />

4. PVPHS Choir under the direction<br />

of Dan Doctor perform Martina<br />

McBride’s “I’m Going to Love You<br />

Through It” at the pre-walk ceremony.<br />

5. Alex Fukunaga thanks supporters<br />

and speaks to the crowd about<br />

his recent journey with cancer.<br />

6. Over 80 South Bay students<br />

with family members suffering from<br />

or lost to cancer submitted essays<br />

about their experiences to a contest<br />

sponsored by Cancer Support Community<br />

Redondo Beach. CSCRB<br />

Kids Community Group Facilitator<br />

Sharon Feigenbaum (left) poses<br />

with winner Rebecca Nolan, of West<br />

Neighborhood School; finalist<br />

Cameron Amintinat, of West Torrance<br />

High; contest sponsor Mary<br />

Kehrl; finalists, Julia Gazdik, of<br />

Palos Verdes Intermediate School;<br />

and Marissa Cueva, of Magruder<br />

Middle School; CSCRB board president<br />

Dr. Dan Hovenstine and<br />

CSCRB CEO Judith Opdahl. Dr. Hovenstine<br />

is holding a photo of finalists<br />

Jake Milch, of <strong>Peninsula</strong> High,<br />

who was unable to attend the ceremony<br />

because he had a basketball<br />

game.<br />

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Palos Verdes Historical Society<br />

Uncovers mysteries<br />

Point Vicente Interpretive Center hosted Sweets, Secrets and Wine on February 23,<br />

featuring stories from the Palos Verdes Historical Society Artifact Collection. The<br />

evening began with guests viewing the historical museum pieces, enjoying wine and appetizers<br />

and then listening to lectures by local historians Ann Hugh, Bruce Megowan and<br />

Vicki Mack. Among the relics was a wooden stave in the shape of an old brandy barrel<br />

that used to be a part of the PVE waterpipe system. The soiree wrapped up with light<br />

desserts and conversation. In September 2014, the Society acquired a collection of Palos<br />

Verdes artifacts from the original museum, which had lost its home in the Malaga Cove<br />

School Tower in 2006. The goal of the group is to establish a new museum to preserve<br />

and display cultural and historical relics <strong>Peninsula</strong> artifacts. To find out more visit<br />

PalosVerdesHistoricalSociety.org.<br />


1. Joan Kelly, Ken Dyda and<br />

Ann Hugh.<br />

2. Don Christy, Vicki Mack<br />

and John Harbison.<br />

3. Steve Young and<br />

Charlotte Ginsburg.<br />

4. Jack Goldberg, Aaron and<br />

Carrie Miller.<br />

5. Tom Steers and Diana<br />

McIntyre.<br />

6. Joan Kelly, Ellen Moses<br />

and Joyce Fein.<br />

7. Dale and Marilyn<br />

Hoffman, Jan and Dwight<br />

Abbott.<br />

8. Ken Dyda standing in<br />

front of a table of artifacts.<br />

9. Joanie Keluche and<br />

Marilyn Hinrichs.<br />

10.The venue, Point Vicente<br />

Interpretive Center.<br />

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With the great goodness of Mama<br />

in Rolling Hills Estates, we now offer<br />

our Cafe’ - a smaller version in Malaga Cove Plaza!<br />

Temple Beth El embarks<br />

On ambitious social programs<br />

When the Waterman family offered to help renovate Temple<br />

Beth El they envisioned the temple becoming a spiritual<br />

home, a place of lifelong learning and a place to convene like<br />

minded organizations for community engagement. That vision is already<br />

being realized. In January, Temple Beth El members joined the Rotary<br />

Club of San Pedro in preparing over 10,000 meals in support of Stop<br />

Hunger Now. They were joined by representatives from the Port of Los<br />

Angeles, PASS Organization, Rolling Hills Preparatory School, Keystone<br />

Elite Boys and Girls Club and Mary Star of the Sea High School.<br />

Rabbi Charles Briskin, who has led Temple Beth El since 2005, has<br />

striven to establish TBE as a type of Town Hall for the community. “The<br />

space we have is conducive to bringing our neighbors together to share<br />

our hopes, dreams and desires for the kind of community we’d like to<br />

see strengthened around us,” he said. Temple Beth El is planning to offer<br />

educational and advocacy programs that speak to the plight of refugees,<br />

immigrants and the local homeless.<br />

“In <strong>April</strong> we plan to host a workshop with the Little Company of Mary<br />

San Pedro Hospital called 'Beginning the Conversation,' which is intended<br />

to help families begin the important, yet sometimes difficult task<br />

of creating an Advanced Healthcare Directive,” said Rabbi Briskin, a<br />

member of Providence Little Company’s Mission Team..<br />

Temple Beth El is one of five San Pedro congregations working with<br />

Family Promise, an organization that provides temporary housing for<br />

newly homeless families.<br />

Temple Beth El serves the greater South Bay by providing strong Jewish<br />

leadership; diverse educational, musical and cultural programming<br />

and engaging worship services, all in a warm, welcoming and vibrant<br />

social community. The Temple is fortunate to have had long-time, dedicated<br />

clergy, dating back to Rabbi David Lieb from 1971- 2005. Today,<br />

it is led by Rabbi Charles Briskin, Cantor Ilan Davidson (since 1995) and<br />

Debi Rowe, its Director of Education and Programs for the past 19 years.<br />

Specializing in Mama’s Spaghetti & Meatballs with<br />

our newly inspired flatbreads, salads and more!<br />

Join us for Lunch & Dinner Mon-Sat.<br />

• Outdoor Patio Seating • Lots of Free Parking<br />

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Palos Verdes Estates<br />

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www.mamaterano.com<br />

Temple Beth El organized volunteers in preparing over 10,000 meals in January<br />

for Stop Hunger Now.<br />

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Calendar cont. from page 54<br />

eventcalendar<br />

Sunday, <strong>April</strong> 30<br />

Satisfy a “Suite” Tooth<br />

Concert 3 of <strong>Peninsula</strong> Symphony’s 50th Anniversary Season will host special<br />

guest baritone Vladimir Chernov. Doors open at 6 p.m. Pre-concert lecture by<br />

Maestro Berkson (for members only) begins at 6:15 p.m. and the concert at<br />

7 p.m. Concert and parking are free. Redondo Union High School Auditorium,<br />

631 Vincent Street, Redondo Beach (PCH at Diamond). For further information<br />

310-544-0320, music.pensym@verizon.net, or Pensym.org.<br />

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chairs available on site. For adults and young adults. $15/couples;<br />

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