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ON THE COVER
surf team rider
and coach Brian
Heavy starRo Movin’
by Esther Kang Shinya Mizoguchi abandoned music when
he moved from Tokyo to Rancho Palos Verdes in search of a
quieter life. Now, he’s nominated for a Grammy. In appreciation
of his new hometown, StarRo, as he is known professionally,
served as DJ at last month’s Peninsula Education Foundation
Schooled in the sea
by Ed Solt The Peninsula High surf team finds life lessons,
including self discipline, in early morning practices.
High style comes to the Hill
by Bondo Wyszpolski Tziporah Salamon discusses dressing
as an art and the difference between style and fashion at
the Palos Verdes Art Center.
The Beall deal
by Stephanie Cartozian A 1930s,Tuscan-inspired home
designed by Long Beach City Hall architect H.H. Lochridge is
reimagined by former Peninsula architect Edward Carson
16 LA Biomed honors researchers
20 Peninsula Ed Foundation Ibiza en Blanco
24 Blazevich/Coldwell Banker, tennis
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50 Peninsula Committee Children’s Hospital
54 Sunday by the Sea for TrinityCare
56 Palos Verdes Breakfast Club 75th Anniversary
43 Kids summer camps
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70 Around and about
73 Home services
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The Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA BioMed) held its
annual fundraising gala on May 4 at the Vibiana in downtown Los
Angeles. “Spirit of Innovation” honored three LA BioMed investigators
who have pushed the envelope of cutting edge research to come up with
groundbreaking innovations in therapies, treatments and medical devices.
Honored were Drs. Richard Casaburi, Ruey-Kang Chang and
Michael Yeaman. Over 400 supporters enjoyed the warm outdoor
weather and a superb culinary experience created by Chef Neal Fraser
of the neighboring Redbird restaurant. LA BioMed is one of the nation’s
largest independent not-for-profit research institutes. It is located on the
campus of the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
1. Melanie and Richard Lundquist.
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Over 500 guests attended the Peninsula Education Foundation’s Ibiza
en Blanco-themed, Main Event fundraiser at Terranea Resort on
May 13. Nearly everyone dressed in white. The raffle prize was a new
Lexus from Toyota and a weekend with a Maserati were among the auction
items. The banquet room transported guests to the festive island
off Spain for an evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing. Main Event
sponsors included Cox Cable, Del Amo Fashion Center and KPMG. Proceeds
benefit local schools.
1. Kristin Curren, Michelle Fullerton,
Shari Shigenaga and Matthew Rener.
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3. Beth White and Julie Trell.
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6. Brock MacDonald, Sage Vetterlein,
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8. John and Jennifer Messerli.
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10. Kristen Leone, Kristin Borden
and Catherine Lucas.
11. The venue outside at Terranea
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Rancho Palos Verdes electronic artist and
producer starRo earns a Grammy nod just
five years after abandoning music
by Esther Kang
Shinya “Straight Arrow” Mizoguchi, better known as starRo, is rising up the musical
ranks with his heartfelt concoctions of soul, R&B, jazz and electronica. In five years’
time, the Tokyo-native multi-instrumentalist has gone from an unknown bedroom producer
with a day job as a project manager for a Torrance tech company to becoming the
first Japanese electronic artist to be nominated for a Grammy. Touring internationally and
shooting commercials for Beats by Dre are some of the itinerary items that comprise his
Still, the 41-year-old father of three stays grounded. Mizoguchi, who with his family has
lived in Rancho Palos Verdes for five years, recently DJ’ed at the Palos Verdes Education
Foundation’s annual fundraiser, where one of the main auction items was a private party
with Mizoguchi as the DJ. His two sons are first and fifth graders at Point Vicente Elementary
School; his daughter is a preschooler at St. Peter’s by the Sea.
Until about a month ago, Mizoguchi, who last fall released his first full-length album
Monday, was working out of his home studio. Now with a new ground zero in LA’s arts
district, he finds himself appreciating the peaceful nature of Palos Verdes.
“The school system is obviously the biggest thing, but I find myself really enjoying life
here now,” Mizoguchi said. “When you play at the club and go back late at night tired, the
next morning you wake up and see a completely different nature explosion. That’s really
cool. I really enjoy this contrast of life right now."
Raised in Tokyo, Mizoguchi grew up in a musical environment, inundated with jazz
records and the sounds of his father, a “semi-professional” jazz pianist, performing at home.
Shinya “Straight Arrow” Mizoguchi, better known as starRo in the music world. Photo by Sean Garrison
At 7, Mizoguchi began taking piano lessons — by his own
volition, not his parents’, he noted — but by middle
school, he had lost interest in classical music. With leanings
toward top 40, rock and dance music, he began
teaching himself other instruments and formed a band
with friends from school. They mostly covered their favorite
rock bands, from Japan and abroad.
When they began composing original music, Mizoguchi
took it upon himself to make a demo for the band. That
was his first exposure to creating music on a computer,
“I pretty much played every part — bass, drums, guitar
and a little vocal — and that was the beginning of my
track making,” he said. “I realized I enjoyed making the
demo more than being in a band, so I started being more
of a producer. I did that for a while, just as a hobby and
maybe to show some of my friends."
For many years, he worked brutal hours as a manager
at a tech company, which left little time for a life outside
of work. About 10 years ago, he and his wife decided to
leave Tokyo’s workaholic culture in search of a more balanced
life. After a weeklong visit to LA, they knew they
had found their new home.
“It seemed like this is a chill, laid-back place, and people
seemed to enjoy their lives more,” Mizoguchi said.
“We didn’t really expect anything; we basically just tried
to change our lifestyle.”
Mizoguchi had no intention of pursuing a music career
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in LA, he said. He was unfamiliar with the music
scene and had sold all his gear back in Tokyo. For
three to four years, he worked his job at a tech company
in Torrance, striving to build a new foundation
for him and his family. Not knowing a single person
in the new city, he never went out to explore the clubbing
or live music scene, he said.
“We pretty much started from ground zero,” he said.
“Music was not even a priority back then.”
It wasn’t until a friend from Tokyo came to visit that
Mizoguchi had a proper night out. His friend, curious
about LA’s clubbing scene, urged him to find a spot
for them, so he went online and discovered Low End
Theory, LA’s seminal weekly event featuring up-andcoming
beat makers. As a big fan of A Tribe Called
Quest, Mizoguchi said he had initially thought it
would be a hip hop event (Low End Theory is the name
of the hip hop group’s most famous album). His life,
he said confidently, changed for good that night.
“It was experimental and also mind-blowing,” he
said. “Mind-blowing in the way that I’d never heard
any music like that, and I’d never seen a producer, a
trackmaker like myself, get on the stage under a spotlight
… Usually to me, the artist has always been like
the singer or rapper, but there I realized that even producers
can be an artist.”
Newly inspired, Mizoguchi began producing music
again and sharing his tracks with the burgeoning online
community of Soundcloud. There, he made hundreds
of new friends — fellow beatmakers and
producers — and began accruing tens of thousands of
plays with his fresh take on soul-based electronica and
tasteful remixes. In 2013, he was discovered and
signed by Soulection, the famous LA-based online
radio station and label for inventive producers such as
himself. The rest, he said, is history. Tours, festivals
and numerous musical collaborations have followed.
He has since performed at Low End
Theory three times, marking a full circle.
“That was my dream, my original
dream,” he said.
Last year, he was approached to remix
an a cappella song called “Heavy Star
Movin” by The Silver Lake Chorus. Having
heard that many producers gave up on
the difficult endeavor, Mizoguchi said he
gave it his full effort. To his surprise, his beautiful
remix garnered him a Grammy nomination
this past February. His stardom has since
been in full swing, particularly in his home
country of Japan.
“I didn’t realize that it was such a big deal
in Japan,” he said. “So it’s kind of strange to
see myself in major newspapers in Japan. A
lot of my old friends didn’t even know I had
quit my day job and was making music.”
Today, Mizoguchi is regularly on the
road, performing across the U.S. and
abroad. He returns to Tokyo to perform
once a month and has no plans to slow
down anytime soon, he said. His next
album is due out in the fall. PEN
starRo. Photo by
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The Peninsula High School surf team. Photo by PSS Imaging, Inc.
An emerging generation of talented young surfers is riding high on Peninsula High’s surf team
by Ed Solt
John “Doc” Ball founded the Palos Verdes Surf Club in 1935, laying
the foundation for the surfing lifestyle and making Palos
Verdes a hotbed for surf culture. Ball documented early California
surf history in his book,“California Lifestyle,” published in
1946. His photos beautifully capture the easygoing lifestyle of the
burgeoning surf scene, prewar surfers enjoying Waikiki-esque
waves, oftentimes sharing waves.
More recently, even as the Palos Verdes has attracted unwanted
national attention for surf localism, a less noted undercurrent has
emerged — a new generation tapped into the stoke of Ball’s original
surf gang, a stoke that’s leading these young surfers to do great
things in all areas of their lives.
Peninsula High’s surf team is an original member of the South
Bay Scholastic Surfing Association (formerly known as the South
Bay High School Surf League), founded 25 years ago. Notable
alumni include Holly Beck, a professional surfer who paved the way
for women surfers in the 2000s; Chris Del Moro, who found success
as a professional lifestyle surfer (sans contests) and eco-friendly entrepreneur;
former professional longboarder and local restaurateur
Chris Bredesen; his brother, big wave rider and LA County Lifeguard
Scotty Bredesen; and professional surfer Alex Gray.
Gray found a place in Hawaii’s notoriously difficult North Shore
line-ups, charging mountainous waves while performing small wave
acrobatics, all the while showing a keen understanding of the inner
limits of a tube. In addition to his surfing accolades (he’s been fea-
Isabel Frandsen. Photo by Steve Frandsen
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Colin Macleod slashes back in a local South Boardriders Club Surf Contest. Photo by Steve Gaffney (SteveGaffney.com)
tured on surf magazine covers and in surf movies for almost 20 years),
Gray’s entertaining personality has made him a spokesman for the sport.
He’s hosted numerous surfing events, including the prestigious Surfer Magazine
“Surfer Poll” awards.
In the midst of his jet-setter, surf lifestyle (one that’s taken him to far
flung places such as Alaska’s outer islands), Gray makes time to work with
his former surf team.
“I'm always so excited watching the surf team kids compete,” Gray wrote
in an email from Fiji. “Whether they win or lose, it's great seeing them
face their nerves and fearful emotions through surfing. We all go through
so many life moments as teenagers. It's a time when many emotions are
foreign and hard to understand. That's where surfing really shines. It can
be a vessel of self-confidence, helping you to achieve things you never
Peninsula freshmen Colin Macleod has only been surfing for two years,
but he’s rapidly progressing on his Dennis Jarvis-shaped Spyder surfboards.
Junior Isabel Frandsen has perfected a distinctive style on her Chris Ruddy
Surfboards noserider and 5-foot-5 mini shred sled. Senior Cole Yoshida is
a multi-discipline surfer, shredding with either a Lost, Pyzel, or Roberts
under his feet. On the longer end of the spectrum, he perches on the nose
on either his Kris Hall-shaped Flower Surfboard or his Swift, shaped by
the late Don Swift.
“I first met Alex at a rally he was leading for a PV Skate Park at City
Hall,” Frandsen said. “I was so stoked to meet my first pro surfer.” (Gray
was instrumental in establishing PV’s first skatepark — in a community
where skateboarding had been banned since the ‘70s).
These kids do not possess one ounce of the slacker-stoney-stereotype of
Sean Penn’s character “Spicoli,” from the early ‘80s teen comedy “Fast
Times at Ridgemont High.” To be a part of the surf team one must possess
“Surf class begins at sunrise. Having the discipline to be up at dark and
in the cold, equipment ready, with a good attitude is something the coach
expects,” Gray said. “The surf team allows for a positive, healthy outlet. I
want to pass on the fun of surfing and its benefits to help guide you through
life. For some it's competitive, and for others it's a hobby. Either way, we
are lucky as surfers to have the ocean as our teacher. I hope each student
allows surfing to be a teacher for all aspects in life.”
Macleod is known as the most surf-fevered of the bunch, winning his
team’s “Most Dedicated Surfer” award.
“It’s all about getting in the water every day and having fun,” he said.
“Even if it’s onshore and small, make the best of the situation. It’s part of
my daily routine. It wakes me up for school.”
Macleod has perfect school attendance. For Yoshida, the discipline
needed for surf team is applied to other sports, particularly his golf game.
He’ll be heading to University of Hawai'i at Manoa on a golfing scholarship.
“Waking up early to go surf and catch a few waves in the morning has
influenced my golf greatly because it has trained me to get up every morning
before six, and it’s helped when you have an early tee time and you
have to get there even earlier to warm up,” Yoshida said. “It just makes it
a lot easier because it feels like second nature. It even helps if you have a
later tee time because waking up early gives you time to have a proper diet
for a full day of golf and it gives you time to get a little more warmed up
before even getting to the course.”
For Frandsen, surf team is just a part of her morning routine, something
that defines her as a person. She’s up at 5:15 a.m. and out the door to attend
a 5:45 a.m. daily seminar at her church. After church, she returns
home to wake up her younger sister to get her ready for her church semi-
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Brielle Anderson, Ada Frandsen, Isabel Frandsen of the Peninsula High Surf team,
along with friend Kierra Fedio. Photo by Steve Gaffney (SteveGaffney.com)
nar at 6:30 a.m.
“My sister needs a little more sleep,” she said, with a laugh. “I have a
real structured morning. I also make sure I have on a good watch. From
6:45 a.m. until 8 a.m., I’m surfing. It’s my morning reflection and meditation
As Gray noted, surfing is a guiding light that helps some kids navigate
the turbulent waters of adolescence.
“Being a part of the surf team gave me a sense of purpose,” Gray said. “I
dealt with a lot during high school. I can say I was lost at times on the
early path of life. But the surf team was always there for me. It was something
that made me strive to be a better student and surfer. I really enjoyed
the feeling of pride for our team that we collectively instilled and acted
In addition to pushing each other out in the water, the team prides itself
on killing it in school. The team possesses
one of the highest collective team GPAs of
all Peninsula’s sport teams. Macleod considers
homework a breeze compared to “jumping
into the chill of morning surf.” Yoshida
is not affected by “senioritis.” For his last semester,
AP Psychology, Marine Biology Honors
Calculus, and English 4 fill his schedule.
Frandsen is planning to attend BYU Hawaii.
“Surfing has taught me to push beyond
your comfort zone, to paddle out and go
big,” she said. “When it came to choosing
classes, I took harder subjects — they have
become my favorite classes. As my coaches
Bryan Hemlrich, Bill Macleod, and Alex say,
‘Always look two seconds ahead on a wave.’
It’s another aspect of surfing I apply to life.”
She also volunteers with organizations
such as Walk on Water, which provides
ocean therapy for special needs children.
“My first time as an instructor, I took a kid
out for his first time on a surfboard and he
pearled hard after I pushed him into a
wave,” she said. “When he came up, he was
frowning, about to cry, then began laughing.
I knew from there I wanted to get into occupational
therapy, helping young kids with
special needs. Much like ocean therapy is to
a special needs child, I want to make the
world a little better with one little push.”
In his senior year, Gray was named “Athlete of the Year.” It was the first
time the award went to a surfer.
“That award is something I hold high in my surfing accomplishments.
As the captain of the team, I truly felt a responsibility to do all I could to
get our team to the top. Some of my dearest memories are with my brother
surfing early mornings,” Gray said (Gray lost his brother at the age of 21).
“He would drive me to each practice. I got to hang out with the older guys
who were my heroes because I was with my brother. Having him to push
me in the surf was the most influential aspect I had. I still find myself
thanking him for those moments.”
With three years to go, Macleod is just generally stoked to be on the
“Banquets, contests, meets — it’s all fun,” he said. “I’ve been on club
soccer teams; everybody is in pursuit of individual glory. In surf team, it’s
all about the team — which is weird because field sports are considered
team sports and surfing is an individual sport, yet we’re all supportive. My
goal is to improve and be able to compete with South, Palos Verdes High,
Yoshida considers competing in the state competitions at Oceanside his
fondest surf team memory.
“I spent a few days down there with Coach and some of my close friends
on the team,” he said. “It was a great opportunity to surf against a very
competitive field of surfers.”
You can find Frandsen continually sharing stoke. She’s on the hunt for
new recruits and recently organized a booth for an eighth grade open
“We spread out surf photos all across a table from the fun times from
surf team this year,” she said. “There were lots of kids interested, and parents
— some of the parents were like ‘I want to join the surf team.’”
“I've never cared too much about someone's surf ability,” Gray said. “I'm
more concerned with how they represent the sport, the community, and
themselves. Their great attitudes are a direct reflection on the coaches and
parents. It's easy to see how passionate they are, and very fun watching it
shine while they compete on the team. At the end of the day, it's about
having fun and helping others along the way as a team. The kids are doing
a great job representing that.” PEN
The very versatile Cole Yoshida hanging five at the 2015 Hermosa Beach
Hotdogger Championships. Photo by Brad Jacobson
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We won’t charge you, but by the time you’re done reading this article
you’ll be on your way to becoming the best-dressed person
on your block, and maybe in all of the South Bay, who knows.
Last month New York-based Tziporah Salamon presented a two-hour
show and tell at the Palos Verdes Art Center about her newly-released
book, “The Art of Dressing,” subtitled “Ageless, Timeless, Original Style.”
The key word here, I think, is style, and although the book contains 150
color photographs “style” remains an intangible. Even so, with enough
learning and exposure we’ll know it when we see it.
“It’s the image that leaves an indelible mark on the viewer, forever,” Salamon
writes. “It requires discipline, study, and attention… Style does not
just happen; it needs to be cultivated, chiseled, refined.”
I dress, therefore I am
People Salamon encounters often ask what she does, and while at the
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and so forth, she soon discovered the proper response: “I dress.”
“When I am assembling an outfit, “she writes, “I think of the total look…
Dressing is an artistic endeavor with you as the painter, your body as the
canvas, the various components of your outfit as the paints, and your eyes
as the brush.” Or, as she tells me over the telephone from New York: “I
don’t have to invite you to my studio to show you my paintings. You get to
see my paintings every day on my body.”
Know your body and its proportions, height, width, etc., and thus which
colors and what shapes work best with it, she advised. Within your budget,
of course, invest in staples, but remember it’s quality over quantity. Choose
the classic over the trendy because
fashion is here and gone
“The Art of Dressing”
at the PV Art Center
but style endures. Lastly, don’t
underestimate the importance of
a good seamstress and tailor.
“No matter what,” Salamon
writes, “always dress as well as
you can, and in a becoming and
Repairing a broken heart
How a person gets to where
they are from where they started
can often be circuitous or labyrinthine. Both words apply to Tziporah Salamon,
the child of Hungarian Jews who survived the Holocaust and relocated
to Israel in the early 1950s. Papa was a tailor and mama a dressmaker.
Despite empty pockets, despite dusty roads and few amenities, people
dressed well, even elegantly (in style, Salamon says, “Budapest was considered
a rival to Paris”). If there was poverty, there was also a solid sense
of community. Besides, much more than in most places, they were all in
Her father’s tailoring shop was Salamon’s “Magic kingdom,” until 1959,
when she was nine, and the family moved from Israel to Brooklyn. Culture
shock hardly describes it: Salamon’s first impression of New York was that
the sun never shone there. Figuratively, it wouldn’t shine until many years
later. At the age of 12, she changed her name to “Lynn” because no one
had ever heard of “Tziporah” ( a Biblical Hebrew name; “tzippor” means
bird) and naturally the “Tz” threw everyone off.
For all that, Salamon was a bright young lady, and she enrolled at the
University of Buffalo. However, she decided to spend her junior year overseas,
back in Israel. A decade had passed, but embedded in her mind was
a picture of Israel as (in my words) a cross between the Emerald City of
Oz and one of those magical paintings by Marc Chagall.
“I told my parents I was going back to study,” she says over the phone,
“but I told all my friends that I wasn’t going to come back, that I was hoping
to meet an Israeli and settle down and marry and raise my kids there.
“What happened was,” she continues, “everything I hated about America
in 1959 when we moved here was now in Israel. The first thing my relatives
wanted to do was show me the skyscrapers and the supermarkets.”
“We were no longer dancing in the streets,” she says. “We were now
dancing in discotheques.
“The first time my heart was broken [was when] we left Israel and came
to America. America was the enemy when we got here. And now [I’ve
gone] back to Israel to live happily ever after and America is now in Israel.
The wound of the nine-year-old girl opened up all over again. I was just
devastated. There was no home.”
Back in the U.S., Salamon graduated with a degree in English literature,
attended UC Santa Barbara, where she earned a Masters in Education, and
then headed up to Berkeley to pursue a Ph.D. in psychology, with the goal
of becoming a therapist. In the eleventh hour, however, she decided to
move back to New York, hoping for a career in fashion. A photo of Nancy
Cunard (think of the shipping line) convinced her to cut her hair, and she
immersed herself in the world of designer Coco Chanel, “Vogue” editorin-chief
Diana Vreeland, and others. She embarked upon a string of jobs
and at the same time asked herself what precisely she was hoping to become.
A stylist? No. A designer? No. A buyer? No. A fashion consultant?
Well, that was a possibility. While working as a hat- and coat-check girl at
a new restaurant she started wearing a different hat for each day (currently,
she has about 300).
Serious, and fun
Not a hard and fast rule, I imagine, but for the most part Salamon seems
to dress from the top down. She first selects a hat (“Hats are the exclamation
point. The perfect finishing touch to any outfit.”), and then, in roughly
this order, a blouse, pants, earrings, shoes, handbag, shawl, coat. She em-
Tziporah Salamon. Photos by Bondo WyszpolskiF
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phasizes good, and comfortable shoes; suggests mixing costly jewelry with
costume jewelry, and advises that one should “always wear earrings as they
frame the face.” An outfit can produce a different effect by merely changing
the buttons. Her choice of bright red lipstick is certainly a strong accent,
although I did notice that fingernail polish makes only an occasional appearance.
At the PV Art Center, Salamon presented a chronological walk-through
of how she’s dressed over the years, and how it’s changed as she’s gone
from her 30s to her 40s, her 50s and now 60s. “What I want to wear now,”
she tells me, “is very different than what I wanted to wear in my 30s. I
talk about the evolution of a woman aging as well, and its impact upon us
and our choices.”
She points out that the key chapter in “The Art of Dressing” is called
“The Keeper of the Cloth.” It explains, within a religious context to some
degree, why she does what she does: “I take the role of dressing, and my
being a dresser, very seriously… I really do see it as a calling.”
Number one, though, she dresses well to bring delight to herself. But
there’s more to it than that, of course:
“I think what I do is I give women permission to dress again, to play in
their closets,” Salamon says. “I give them permission, I free them, and I
entice them to do it. They look at me and they say, ‘Wait a minute, you’re
having such fun with clothes. I want it too; I want to have fun with clothes.’
If that’s what I’ve done, and in my way leave the world a more beautiful
place in the way we dress, then I’ve done my job.”
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June 19-23 and June 26 - 30
Ages 5 - 7 years
w Students enhance reading and writing skills while awakening their imagination
by creating illustrated books and paper sculptures. Students engage in interactive
activities led by local musicians, visits by professional artists, and dance.
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w Students explore the exciting urban art scene through music and painting. Students
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Begins June 19
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boys and girls, BeachSports programs start at age 4. Participants will leave
camp with the ability to safely and confidently enjoy the beach and ocean. Four
camps are offered: Surf Camp, Beach Camp, Beach Volleyball Camp, and Intro
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w Rolling Hills Estates has several summer programs available for all ages from
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uCAMPS & SCHOOLS FOR SUMMER FUN
Flight School Gymnastics
Begins June 19
w Flight School Gymnastics is committed to giving children the opportunity to experience
the joy and benefits of gymnastics. Programs are designed to help children
develop from beginning gymnastics through competitive team. Academy
offers a wide range of options starting with parent and me, beginning, intermediate
and advanced classes. Teams includes Compulsories Junior Olympic Pre-Team,
Compulsories Junior Olympic levels 1-5, and Optionals Junior Olympic levels 6-
10. Many team members have held numerous State, Regional, and National titles.
Flight School is a place where students and team members can thrive and
develop to their maximum potential.
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Palos Verdes Performing Arts Conservatory
June 19-30, July 10-21 and July 24- Aug. 4
w Palos Verdes Performing Arts Conservatory will offer exciting theatre camps for
kids of all ages and levels. Camp Curtain Call, which introduces musical theatre
to elementary school-aged children has three fun-filled sessions: “Madagascar: A
Musical Adventure” (June 19); “Wizards in Training” (July 10); and “Once Upon
a Time” (July 24). The Summer Master Class Series will take intermediate to advanced
performer ages 10-18, to the next level with acting and dance workshops.
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PCH Skate Camps
Begins June 12
w Learn to skateboard or take your
skills to the next level! Beginner to intermediate
level instruction covering the
basics to the more advanced flips,
grinds, vert skating and more. Ramps,
rails and fun boxes are positioned differently
each day. Safety is the number
one priority so all campers must wear
full pads. Private skate instruction also
available. PCH Skate runs in association
Pediatric Therapy Network
Aug. 7-11 and Aug. 14-18
w Pediatric Therapy Network hosts
Camp Escapades, an innovative day
camp for 5-14 year olds with developmental
concerns, and their siblings.
Staffed with PTN’s occupational, physical
or speech therapists. Activities include
fine motor development,
cooking, sensory experiences, sports,
music, yoga, water play, dance and
special events. 9:30 a.m. – 3:30
p.m. at Rolling Hills Country Day
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Begins June 19
w Experience the Montessori Method of education. Peninsula Montessori welcomes
the opportunity to share its beautiful environment where your child will participate
in a hands-on educational approach to learning. Based on self-direction and cooperation
activities, children develop a strong self-image as well as academic and
social competence. Curriculum includes programs designed to stimulate the development
while having fun – both indoors and out: Sports of All Sorts, Treasure
Hunt, Kid’s Cooking, Science Experiment Extravaganza, Woodworker, and Art,
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w PSPA has been providing quality
dance training since 1985. Dancers
of all ages and experience are welcome.
Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Pre-
Ballet, Mommy & me, Lyrical &
Contemporary classes are offered.
Dancers have the opportunity to perform
in major productions each year
including: The Nutcracker, May Ballet
Recital and a June Show. Competition
and YAGP teams also offered. Each
year students are accepted into prestigious
dance programs, take honors in
dance competitions, and many
choose careers as professional
dancers and teachers.
Rolling Hills Country
Begins June 26
w Summer fun with academic and
camp programs for grades K-8! A traditional
6-week summer school, Experium
Science camps, and fun
academic enrichment programs are offered.
Activities include swimming, arts
& crafts, cooking, dance, sports, imagination
& creation, and themes and
shows. Art Camp, Swim Camp, private
swim lessons, and extended day
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CALENDAR OF COMMUNITY EVENTS
Compiled by Teri Marin
You can email your event to our address: firstname.lastname@example.org
All submissions must be sent by the 10th of each month prior to event taking place.
Sunday, May 28
Family Picnic Day, more
Included with Garden admission. Picnic location is on the Lower Meadow. In
spring, the Garden is at its showiest! Visit Guest Services or the Gift Shop for
additional information about the perennials and annuals in bloom for your
self-guided tour and enjoy your visit. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. South Coast Botanic
Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula.
South Coast Bonsai Association Meeting
The South Coast Bonsai Association meets the fourth Sunday of the month
(except December) at South Coast Botanic Garden, 10 a.m. - noon. No registration
required. Meetings are open to the public. For additional information
contact Ken Ueda at (310) 987-6345. 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes
Wednesday, May 31
Mac Users Group Meeting
The South Bay Apple Mac Users, a group of over 100 Mac, iPad, iPhone
and Apple Watch aficionados, has been around for almost 30 years. Free
monthly meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. for beginners; Q & A at 8 p.m., with a
presentation on a subject of interest to all Mac users. All Mac/iPad/iPhone
users and potential users are welcome. Lomita VFW Hall, 1865 Lomita Blvd.,
Lomita. See sbamug.com, 310-644-3315, email@example.com.
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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L
Palos Verdes High School
Project Runway Fashion Club at Palos Verdes High School held its 10th
annual fashion show and raised $17,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation,
Greater Los Angeles. The funds will help grant the wishes of children
diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. This year’s theme was
"Walking on Sunshine." Models were from PVHS, all three middle schools
and Lunada Bay Elementary School. The fashions were from South Bay boutiques,
including the online rental clothing store, The Stylist L.A. New this
year was the addition of dogs modeling fashions from Tail Trends pet accessories.
Two South Bay high schoolers shared stories of their wishes being
granted and how it helped them recover from illness. This year’s presidents
were Nikki Walker and Perrie Kaminskas.
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1. Nikki Walker, Adam Enomoto and
2. Lauren Brill.
3. Nicole Halverson.
4. Regan Berger.
5. Taylor Stahel and Brittany Montiel.
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Saturday, June 3
First Saturday Family Hike at George F Canyon. Bring your family and join a
PV Land Conservancy naturalist to discover habitat, wildlife and more on an
easy hike up the canyon with amazing views of the city. 9 a.m. Free. All ages
welcome. 27305 Palos Verdes Dr. E, Rolling Hills Estates. For more information,
contact (310) 547-0862 or RSVP at: pvplc.org, Events & Activities.
Outdoor Volunteer Day
Help beautify native demonstration garden and surrounding habitat. 9 a.m.
– noon. At White Point Nature Preserve, 1600 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro.
Sign up at pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
Dave Widow & The Line Up
With his unique style of fingerpicking and bluesy vocals, Dave Widow combines
elements of R&B, funk, soul and rock. Nominated for "Best Musical
Group in 2012" by the LA Music Awards and recognized in 2013 by The
Blues Foundation, Widow and his Line Up of session all-stars deliver a soulful
helping of guitar-driven blues. Opener Bernie Pearl is one of the most highly
respected blues musician in Los Angeles. 8 p.m. Tickets $20-$30; $50-$55
with Dining in Town package. Grand Annex, 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro. For
tickets go to: grandvision.org or call (310) 833-4813.
Thursday, June 8
Needle Artists by the Sea, chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild will
hold its monthly meeting 10 a.m. at Ports O’Call Restaurant. The program is
the second part of a year-long project, designer Sue Reed’s IT’S NOT THE
USUAL. 1200 Nagoya Way, San Pedro. (424) 224-9254 for further information.
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Friday, June 9
Nature & Me Storytime: Stories, Songs, Rhythm and Rhymes at George F
Canyon Nature Center. Share the joy of reading with your children and introduce
them to the beauty of our natural surroundings. Geared for 2-5 years.
9:30 - 10 a.m. 27305 Palos Verdes Dr. E, Rolling Hills Estates, For reservations
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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L
Peninsula Committee Children’s Hospital recently held its 28th annual
Seahorse Classic Sponsor Party at the home of Carol and John
Miguelez in Palos Verdes Estates. While enjoying the breathtaking ocean
views, major donors to this year’s Seahorse Classic Golf Tournament
enjoyed wine and a Japanese feast catered by Ace sushi. Proceeds from
the Seahorse Classic benefit the Associates Sarcoma Program at Children’s
Hospital Los Angeles.
PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE CARTOZIAN
1. Noelle Giuliano and Flora Fairchild.
2. Don Tuffli, Anne Farrell and Betty
3. Tim Romer, Dave Farrell, Craig
Knickerbocker, John Whitcombe.
4. Carol Miguelez, Ken and Patty
5. Wally and Terry Durham.
6. Dan Boever, Chuck Miller and
7. Carole and David Rowe.
8. Richard and Karen Govenar.
9. Living succulent wall at hosts’
10. Suzie Stiassni, Diana Pfeil and
11. View from the Miguelez
12. Dawn Knickerbocker, Kim
Whitcombe and Karen Miller.
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Full Moon Hike
Explore nocturnal sights with an expert naturalist under a full moon at the
George F Canyon Nature Preserve with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy.
Must be age 9 and up. $12 per person. George F Canyon, 27305
Palos Verdes Dr. E, Rolling Hills Estates. Reservations required at pvplc.org,
Events & Activities.
Saturday, June 10
Guided Nature Walk
Explore a 15-acre restoration site with cactus wren and gnatcatcher habitat
with beautiful views of Catalina Island with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land
Conservancy. This is a moderate to strenuous walk. 9 a.m. Free and open to
the public. Alta Vicente Reserve, 30940 Hawthorne Blvd., Palos Verdes. For
more information, contact (310) 541-7613 or sign up at
George F Canyon Docent training. This charming nature center needs docent
assistance to staff the center during open hours and to help with special events.
9 a.m. – noon. 27305 Palos Verdes Dr. E, Rolling Hills Estates. Sign up at
Outdoor Volunteer Day
At Portuguese Bend Reserve, Rancho Palos Verdes, 9 a.m. – noon. Help restore
important wildlife habitat while looking out at a beautiful view. Sign up
Stories, Songs and More
Share the joy of storytelling with your children and introduce them to the
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beauty of the natural surroundings with retired Children’s Librarian Carla Sedlacek
for stories and activities featuring nature themes, exciting props and
songs. 10 a.m. Free. White Point Nature Education Center, 1600 W. Paseo
del Mar in San Pedro. RSVP at: pvplc.org, Events & Activities.
Music of Babes
Ty Greenstein and Ingrid Elizabeth of Mouths of Babes are no strangers to the
contemporary folk music scene. For years, their respective bands Girlyman
and Coyote Grace captivated thousands of loyal fans as they toured with the
likes of the Indigo Girls and Dar Williams. Now, as Mouths of Babes, Ty and
Ingrid have distilled the songwriting, humor, and musicianship of their previous
groups into a new duo. 8 p.m. Tickets $20-$30; $50-$55 with Dining in Town
package. Grand Annex, 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro. For tickets go to: grandvision.org
or call (310) 833-4813.
Sunday, June 11
Surfwriters, a Peninsula writing group, will again present a readers theater
production of short plays. Enjoy plays written by Surfwriters and a few of their
favorite playwrights. Free and open to the public. 2 p.m. Peninsula Center Library
Community Room, 701 Silver Spur Rd, Rolling Hills Estates. For more
Second Sundays at Two
Pianist Robert Thies won the Gold Medal at the Second International Prokofiev
Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia, and has since performed concertos with
leading orchestras worldwide. Admission is free; donations appreciated. 2
p.m. sharp! Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw Blvd.,
formation call (310) 316-5574.
Cactus, Succulent Society
Gary Duke's program "Bolivia - Part
1" shows Bolivian altiplano via La
Paz, Cochabamba, Sucre, Potosi,
Carmago to Tarija where he photographed
more than 50 species of
cactus and succulents, including rare
ones and unique aerial videos as
well as other scenic views of the Bolivian
Andes and Bolivian culture.
Come at 1 p.m. to buy plants, meet
other cactophiles, and have refreshments.
Program is at 1:30 p.m.
South Coast Botanic Garden,
26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos
Verdes Peninsula. For more information
Back to the Catskills, a tribute to the
“Borscht Belt”, presented by Senior
Comedy Afternoons. 2 p.m. Call or
buy your tickets online, (714) 914-
com. Tickets $35 advance sales and
$40 cash sales at the door. At the
Clark Building, 861 Valley Dr., Hermosa
Los Cancioneros Chorale
Under the direction of Artistic Director
Allan Robert Petker, Los Cancioneros
Master Chorale presents
“East Meets West”, 7 p.m. Torrance
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Armstrong Theater. Concert begins
with “world music” selections by
Brian Tate, representing different
styles of music from around the
globe then skips over to Argentina
for a Mass of Two Worlds, with captivating
melodies and Latin rhythms,
by Ariel Quintana. The final work,
Touch, composed by LCMC conductor
Allan Robert Petker, features the
chorale and chamber orchestra and
is based on the paintings of Chinese
artist, He Qi, which will be displayed
in multimedia as the piece is
performed. General admission is
$25; students $15; parking is free.
LCMC offers a Buy-One-Get-One if
you are attending the concert for the
first time! Please purchase tickets in
advance from a Los Cancioneros
member or by contacting De Giebler
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LCMasterChorale.com. The Armstrong
Theater is located at 3330
Civic Center Dr., Torrance.
Monday, June 12
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Sunday by the Sea
The 26th annual Providence TrinityCare’s Gourmet Tasting
Gala was hosted April 30 at the bluff top home of Julian and
Carolyn Elliott, overlooking Lunada Bay. The exquisite cuisine
was prepared by local chefs and served with fine wines of every
varietal, and craft beers. Among the many vendors were Mama
Terano’s Cafe, Plates Restaurant and the Admiral Risty. This
year’s tent for the several hundred guests was the largest ever.
Proceeds benefitted the Providence TrinityCare Foundation.
1. Terry Neff, Marlene and Chuck Smyth
and Jenni Brooks.
2. Mike and Dena Maloney, Chris and
Valerie Adlam and Andrea Sala.
3. Dave Cort and Carol Armitage.
4. Alan Tran, Tony Yeh and Jay Outsen.
5. Will and Linda Gassett, John and Alicia
6. Jacqueline Glass, Jamie Born, Pat
and Hank Edelstein.
7. Tim Roderick and Jill Gaston.
8. Rick Murphy and Dan Gruen.
9. Nancy Jurecki and Jim Sala.
10. Venue at Julian and Carolyn Elliott’s
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Scene programs energize families with an exciting summer of friends and fun!
Children entering grades TK-5 have a choice of the Kids’ Corner Summer Day
Camp at Rancho del Mar High School, 38 Crest Rd W, or Before/After Summer
School Care at select elementary schools. Intermediate students entering
grades 6-8 can join friends at the Ridgecrest Teen Scene After Summer School
Program. No residency requirements. Programs run through August 18. For
more information on a fun and enriching summer experience, visit
pvpusd.net/pvkids or contact the business office, (310) 541-7626.
Wednesday, June 14
The Palos Verdes Woman's Club
Scholarship recipients will be introduced and the philanthropy recipients announced
at this monthly meeting. Noon. Rolling Hills Country Club, 27000
Palos Verdes Drive East. For information and reservations call Beverly Teresinski
at (310) 378-1349.
The Wesley Youth Bell Ringers will perform a free concert at St. Peter’s by the
Sea, 7:30 p.m. The concert will be the fifth concert on the choir’s 52nd annual
concert tour, and will feature 15 teenaged ringers playing more than 150
handbells and handchimes. They have performed at the US Capitol, Cathedral
of the Pines National Monument, Mt. Rushmore, George Washington Masonic
Memorial, Disneyland and Disneyworld. All are welcome! 6410 Palos Verdes
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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L
PV Breakfast Club
Provenance joins friendship
Over 250 members and guests of the Palos Verdes Breakfast Club
celebrated the club’s 75th anniversary last month. The Club dates
back to the early years of WWII when neighbors volunteering in Civil
Defense gathered along the beaches and cliffs to give early warning of
enemy attacks. The club’s mission statement includes "no politics or
causes, just neighborly fun and frolic." The Breakfast Club meets on the
first and third Saturdays of every month at the Palos Verdes Golf Club.
Meeting includes a breakfast buffet, music and speakers — some famous,
others infamous, including best-selling authors, professional athletes
and war heroes. For more information visit pvbcweb.com.
1. Mike Miller, Bruce Dalrymple,
Charlie Peterson and James Morino.
2. Capt. Harry Peck, 96, the club’s
oldest member and Marion Somers.
3. Kathy Melton, Gloria Mangano and
4. Eve and Rick Higgins.
5. Elaine and James Bruce.
6. Thomas and Joan Connaghan.
7. Virginia Butler and Les Fishman.
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8. Norm and Patricia Eagle.
9. John and Cynthia Bartlett, Alicia
and Kenny Kao.
10. Sandra and Craig Caryl.
11. Ram and Mani Nadella, Cindy
and Sam Pheng.
12. Andrew Meinzer and Lynn Reger.
13. Charlie and Joanne Peterson,
Mary Engle, James and Diana Morino.
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Speaker will be Jack Engberg of GroPower which has been making humusbased
soil conditioners since 1966 and will share which fertilizers work best
during the hot summer months. Savings will be offered to members and friends
who participate in SCRS’s group order with Mr. Engberg at the meeting. Additionally,
free fertilizer samples will be distributed to attendees. Admission:
Members: free; adults: $9; senior & students: $6; children (5-12) $4. For more
information, please see them on Facebook or southcoastbotanicgarden.org.
26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula.
Saturday, June 17
White Point Docent Training at White Point Nature Education Center. 9 a.m.
– noon. Help run the White Point Nature Education Center. From school programs
to plant sales, assistance is needed running a variety of fun events.
1600 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro. Sign up at pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
Sunday, June 18
Pen Symphony, Knox winner
For Concert IV of their 50th Season, Maestro Gary Berkson and the Peninsula
Symphony Association are excited to present Nicholas Mariscal, winner of
the Edith Knox Competition. Nicholas will join the Peninsula Symphony filling
the concert hall with Samuel Barber’s exquisite Concerto for Cello in A minor,
Opus 22. Doors open at 6 p.m. At 6:15 p.m., a pre-concert lecture by Maestro
Berkson (for members only), and 7 p.m. the concert. The concert and parking
are free. The venue is Redondo Union High School Auditorium, 631
Vincent Street in Redondo Beach (PCH at Diamond). For further information,
please call the Symphony Office at 310/544-0320, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or visit Pensym.org.
Wednesday, June 21
Enjoy birding with Wild Birds Unlimited at White Point Nature Preserve. Explore
the birds making a home in the restored habitat at this beautiful preserve.
Binoculars supplied for beginners. The program is free. All ages welcome.
8:30 a.m. 1600 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro. RSVP at: pvplc.org, Events &
Affinity luncheon honors
Three prominent community members:
Jean Adelsman, Ann Buxton
and Joyce Kochanowski will be honored
for their exemplary volunteerism
and contributions to the
community at a luncheon hosted by
the Affinity Group of the Volunteer
Center. Proceeds will benefit the Volunteer
Center’s Operation Teddy
Bear program. Noon. Tickets to the
luncheon cost $75 per person. At
the Palos Verdes Golf Club, 3301
Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates.
For more information about the
event, interested guests should call
De De Hicks at (310) 377-4930.
Saturday, June 24
Local Paleo History
Austin Hendy talks about fossils and
mollusks. Discover more about the
variety of life in the habitats and
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Preserve, 1600 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro. RSVP to: pvplc.org: Events &
Activities/Whitepoint Presentations or (310) 541-7613.
Guided Nature Walk
Visit White Point Nature Preserve and attend a naturalist-guided hike. Enjoy
coastal views and learn more about the plants, animals, restoration area and
more! Meet at the information kiosk between parking lot and Nature Center.
9 a.m. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro. For more information call (310)
541-7613 or RSVP at: pvplc.org, Events & Activities.
Outdoor Volunteer Day
Help restore a unique canyon habitat, home to many threatened and endangered
wildlife species. 9 a.m. – noon. At Alta Vicente Reserve, 30940
Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes. Sign up at pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
Native Plant Sale
At White Point Nature Preserve, noon – 2 p.m. Plants sold on first-come, firstserve
basis. White Point Nature Preserve located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar,
San Pedro. For more information call (310) 541-7613 or pvplc.org.
Sunday, June 25
Wellness in the Garden
Join Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach as it celebrates 30 years of
providing free support programs for cancer patients and their loved ones. Reserve
your seat at this extraordinary garden party that will amaze and delight
food and wine enthusiasts or anyone who appreciates an opportunity for a
great culinary experience. Leisurely stroll through the garden while sampling
delectable cuisine and beverages from some of the finest South Bay restaurants,
wineries and breweries. Bid on the many valuable live and silent auction
items offered at the event: fabulous trips, health and beauty, entertainment and
sports items, and much more. Visit the Wine Vault—a special setting devoted
to wine aficionados. Guests can enjoy sipping on exquisite wines while perusing
silent auction items that include tasting packages from high-end vintners
among other fabulous items tailored to the wine lover. Its 21st annual Celebrate
Wellness food and beverage tasting event, hosted and sponsored by the South
Coast Botanic Garden, takes place 3 - 7 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the more
than 200 free programs per month offered by Cancer Support Community
Redondo Beach. Tickets are $150 per person (guests must be 21 and older),
and can be purchased online by visiting CelebrateWellness.org or by calling
(310) 376-3550. 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula.
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Free family-friendly concert hosted by the Neighborhood Church, features Italian-born
songwriter Elena Degl’Innocenti, an award-winning songwriter recognized
at the LA Music Awards, UK Songwriting Contest, and much more.
Blessed with a three-octave soprano voice, her vast repertoire mixes her Italian
roots with Jazz and Latin influences. BYO picnic begins at 6 p.m. Concert at
7 p.m. No tickets or reservations required. 415 Paseo del Mar, Palos Verdes
Tuesday, June 27
Documentary “Being Mortal”
To address the importance of planning ahead and talking with family members
about end-of-life decisions, Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Caring
House host a free screening of the PBS “Frontline” documentary “Being Mortal.”
The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the
relationships between patients and their doctors. Following the screening, a
panel of end-of-life care experts and Celia Rothman, as a representative community
member, will explore the movie’s themes and encourage further discussion
with audience members. Free. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Torrance Memorial
Richard B. Hoffman Health Conference Center, 3330 Lomita Blvd., Torrance.
Seating is limited and RSVP is recommended for the event. Please call (310)
517-4711 or visit TorranceMemorial.com/BeingMortal for more information.
Wednesday, June 28
With Wild Birds Unlimited at George F Canyon presented by the Palos Verdes
Peninsula Land Conservancy, 8:30 a.m. Explore the birds in nesting season
making a home in the canyon. The program is free and all ages welcome.
27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates. RSVP at: pvplc.org, Events
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Gardens, 6001 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verde. Call or email
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Tantawan Thai crabcakes are mildly seasoned and served with noodles stir-fried with onions and a dipping sauce of mild red curry. Photos by Brad Jacobson (Civic-
Tantawan Thai’s servings and server lift spirits
by Richard Foss
Idon’t always comment about the restaurant service, even though that
has a lot to do with the quality of the dining experience. Once in awhile,
though, it makes or breaks a meal, and that just happened at Tantawan
Thai, a restaurant located in a shopping center near the corner of Silver
I was meeting family members for dinner, and one had just had a bad
day at work. Wait, did I say bad? I mean stupendously awful, the kind of
day that can leave you sullen, irritable, and looking for someone to vent
at. Thai food hadn’t been her first choice for the evening, and as she waited
for a menu to be delivered she was an explosion looking to happen.
The person who delivered that menu was a sunny character named Carlos,
who handled a snappish customer with deft diplomacy and wit. When
we asked his opinion of one item that seemed fairly plain, he responded,
“That’s very healthy. You should get something else.” After a few such comments,
the person who was having a bad day was living in the moment
and enjoying the repartee. It was a case of the irresistible charm meeting
the immovable grouch, and it was the grouch that melted.
All this bonhomie would have led to disappointment if the food that Carlos
was recommending hadn’t been up to par, but we were in a good mood
as we awaited our appetizers while sipping a Chainier “1749” Sauvignon
Blanc. Though New Zealand has become famous for this varietal in the
last few years, the French entrants like this one from Bordeaux are worth
exploring. The climate in France is warmer, the soil limestone based rather
than volcanic, even the aging method different, and French Sauvignon
Blancs are more subtle without the pungent grassy overtones. The New
Zealanders are usually suggested with spicy Asian cuisines because the
tropical fruitiness stands up well to spice and vinegar, but we found this
enjoyable both as a sipping wine and with the food. They sell it for only
$20 per bottle, which is a very good price.
Our starters were eggrolls, dumplings called ka-nohm-jeeb, and an order
of crabcakes that were served with a side salad. The dumplings were a
Thai version of Chinese shu mai, ground chicken and shrimp with shiitake
mushroom and water chestnuts steamed inside a thin crepe-like noodle.
Though Thailand doesn’t share a land border with China there has been
trade for centuries, and the culinary influence was clear here, with none
of the heat and ginger that characterizes most Thai food. A thick soy-based
spice sauce was served with it and that added flavor without ratcheting
the heat very high, but these were just fine without it.
I did want a little more zip with the eggrolls, which were a bit on the
bland side and served with a sweet chili sauce. When asked Carlos provided
a trio of sauces with different balances of vinegar and chili. One of
these had chopped red and green peppers in a tart vinegar and was so assertive
that I momentarily lost my ability to speak when I got too much of
it. I kept applying it because it was delicious, but did so more moderately.
The crabcakes were a winner, too, the two large discs of seafood mildly
seasoned and served with some noodles stir-fried with onions and a dipping
sauce of mild red curry. The exterior had the uniform crispness that
suggested it had been egg-dipped before deep frying, which isn’t how I
usually like crabcakes, but it worked and that’s what matters. The red
curry dip was fragrant rather than hot according to the spice wimp at the
table, but we had asked for things to be mild and now know we can give
them a bit more latitude with the seasoning.
We continued with a “tiger salad” which contained no actual large felines,
but was composed of a mix of grilled beef, scallion, onion, lemongrass,
and mint leaves over a bed of green salad. Salads like this aren’t
really Thai because lettuce as we know it doesn’t grow there, but this 1960s
invention by a Thai chef in Los Angeles has gone global. As well it should,
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ecause the combination of spice
and garlic in the meat with a vinegary,
slightly peppery dressing is a
Our final items were barbecue
garlic pork over vegetables, shrimp
pad Thai, and chicken with spicy
chili and basil. If I had it to do all
over again I might have ordered
something other than the garlic
pork because it was similar to the
garlic beef that had been on the
salad, and I would have liked to try
a wider range of flavors from this
kitchen. The different setting with
cooked vegetables and a side sauce
lent sufficient variety that we
weren’t bored, but I’d still suggest
getting one or the other.
The shrimp pad Thai was standard
but well crafted, the shrimp
briefly grilled rather than steamed
and the vegetables in good balance
with the noodles, peanuts, and
sauce. It wasn’t highly spiced and
as far as I can tell shouldn’t be –
it’s a gentle savory item that is a
delight when done traditionally.
The chicken with chili and basil
was more assertive even though
we had ordered it medium in deference
to the two-heat-averse people
at the table. When made mild
it accents the pungency of Thai
Tantawan Thai manager Miu Sauls
basil, which has a concentrated
herbal flavor that is very different
from the Italian variant. The basil
was accented by chili in the mild
version, but if we had asked them
to kick the seasoning up a few
notches it would have been the
other way around. Either way, it’s
an enjoyable dish and one I would
We were offered the choice of
regular jasmine rice, coconut rice,
or brown rice with each entrée,
and we got one of each. My suggestion
is to do the same, because
the different flavors in each add
shadings to the curries and sauces.
Dinner for four with a bottle of
wine and a beer ran $133 and we
took home enough for a nice lunch
the next day. It was a fair price for
a fine meal in pleasant surroundings,
a showcase for a meal with
character and a server who is one.
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Asia America Symphony (AAS) Guild Spring Tea
n The “Tea by the Sea” was held at the private home of an Asia America Symphony
Guild members in Palos Verdes Estates on May 11. The Guild supports the
Asia America Youth Symphony, directed by David Benoit. Nearly 100 guests enjoyed
tea and finger sandwiches and an array of desserts prepared by members.
Youth Symphony members performed for guests , including Marcus Chang on
the violin and Kai Nakkim on the clarinet.
Toy Stern, Lisa
Malone, Leslie Low
and Kay Inose.
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Los Compadres Class of 2017 (seated left to right) Kasey Katayama,
Katherine Kelliny, Camille Masuda, Jillian Ambler, Julianna Yonis, and
Hope Maruyama. (Standing, left to right) Megan Webb, Jennifer Simonell,
Olivia Azzopardi, Cassidy Cushman, Nicole Takeda, Maxine
Lee, Morgan Rivera. Photo by Kathi Wolfrum
n The Las Comadres Light Blue Group Class of 2017 held their recognition
dinner on Sunday, March 5 at Ports O’Call in San Pedro. Las Comadres is a
member of the Student Service Advisory Council of Palos Verdes. Over the past
four years, the group of 13 girls from Peninsula and Palos Verdes high schools volunteered
more than 2,500 hours for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Ronald Mc-
Donald House, PVP Land Conservancy, Heal the Bay, Cabrillo Marine Museum,
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Around & About cont. on page 70
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June 2017 • Peninsula People 65
This meticulous Italian styled veranda is lush and private and runs along the side of the house facing the pool and spa area. Photos by Dan Mullin
HOME SWEET TUSCANY
After starting a family in Japan, the Chapmans returned to Palos Verdes and rebuilt a masterpiece
by Stephanie Cartozian
Larry and Jodie Chapman
never expected that they
would be building a life together
after a blind date set up by
a mutual church friend over 30
Larry was late to the performance
of “Pirates of Penzance,”
which was to be their meeting
place for the evening. It was a
show staged at the St. Peter’s Episcopal
Church in San Pedro, where
Jodie volunteered as a youth
“It was the worst production of
Designed in part by Edward Carson Beall, the Chapmans’ Tuscan villa sits
just off of the Palos Verdes Golf Course in the Valmonte neighborhood.
‘Pirates of Penzance,’ ever,” Larry
Jodie was not particularly impressed
with his tardiness. Yet the
two somehow managed to enjoy
the evening together. Following
their courtship, they married on
August 27, 1983, and relocated
soon after to Tokyo to take advantage
of a professional opportunity.
Larry, an electrical engineer, had
joined Hughes Electronics in 1980.
His work in Japan was the result of
a joint venture between Hughes
Electronics and two other companies.
The companies were researching
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This inviting pool area was a favorite spot when the Chapman children were growing up, replete with a water slide.
surrounding direct broadcast satellites at the
time, which eventually became DirecTV. Larry
was one of DirecTV’s original Chief Operating
Officers, in charge of the company’s Latin
The Chapmans’ first child, Alexis, was born
in Japan and spent her first four years there. She
was an anomaly in Eastern Asia.
“People couldn’t get over her looks,” Jodie remembered.
“They would bring over gifts just to
be afforded the opportunity to see her up close
and were fascinated by her non-Asian appearance.
It was quite an experience for her to undergo
all the extraordinary attention and
popularity bestowed upon her at such an early
The family thoroughly enjoyed living in
Tokyo and brought Japanese style, along with a
sense of adventure, to the homestead they’d
eventually establish in Palos Verdes. The family's
sojourn to Japan ended in 1989 and they
moved back to the States and settled in San
Pedro in time for the arrival of their second
child, Wesley that same year. Jodie, a Palos
Verdes High School alumna, had never anticipated
moving back to her hometown to raise a
family as a full time mother.
But the family became smitten with a house
in the Valmonte neighborhood of Palos Verdes
Estates. They purchased it in 1996.
“We saw the potential here to really make it
our own,” Jodie said. “I had a book of ideas and
I would go through it excitedly searching for
the just the right place to [apply] our future
And what a playground this home proved to
be for architectural detail, ingenuity and luxury.
Originally built in 1938 and designed and engineered
by H. H. Lochridge — the same architect
who designed the City Hall building in
The water slide leads to a sparkling pool and spa area
with artificial grass and a courtyard lined with trellises
filled with spring’s abundant flowers.
Long Beach — this Tuscan-style refuge
served as the foundation for the family’s
future ideal home. In 1997, they hired the
prominent Torrance-based architect, Edward
Carson Beall, to engage in an ambitious
“It was a two year endeavor,” Larry said.
“We covered lots of ground.”
He recalled how the couple saw an advertisement
for vintage flooring that took
them out to Vista, California, one of many
uniquely sourced materials for the home’s
“The wood plank reclaimed flooring is
eucalyptus sourced from a Tasmanian
sheep shearing factory,” Larry said. “We
had it hand-scraped, and even though it
was glued down flooring, it still retains the
original nail holes from its past life.”
The family went to great lengths to stay
true to the home’s character. The stairwell
by the entrance is the original from the
1930s. It’s made of magnesite, a type of oldworld
style poured cement comprised of a
mixture of calcined magnesite, magnesium
chloride and various fillers including wood
flour or sawdust.
“There were five layers of paint masking
the magnesite,” Larry said, noting it was
all removed to expose the stairwell’s natural
egg-shell color composition. Larry recalled
that when they went to build the
back staircase during the remodel, they
could only find one purveyor of this material,
Rizo’s, in Los Angeles.
The house sits high above the street,
meeting its towering eucalyptus trees eyeto-eye.
The steps leading up to the front
door are winding and alluring, with the floral
and herbaceous scents of nature wafting
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Larry and Jodie Chapman enjoying the veranda with the Sebastion and
Sola. Photo by Tony LaBruno
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
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
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as one ascends. The front door, from Arte de Mexico, is heavily built with
hand-carved paneling originally towering 12 feet tall. The door had to be
taken down a few feet to fit the frame, so the extra panels were crafted
and embedded into a wood lattice succulent planter outside creatively concealing
When the front door opens you are greeted by the Chapmans and their
friendly small schnauzers, Sebastian and Sola. Your second vision is of the
inviting kitchen, designed partly by Cooper Pacific Kitchens in Los Angeles.
The kitchen cleverly features Old World accessories. The Sub-Zero refrigerator
boasts an Arte de Mexico set of ornate handles. A “secret” staircase
takes you underground to a well-equipped butler’s pantry, replete with a
second refrigerator and other useful appointments, including ample storage
cabinetry and workspace countertops. The breakfast area sits by a large
bay window overlooking lush greenery outside. A front deck, visible just
outside the window, offers an expansive view that includes the Palos
Verdes Golf Course, venerable trees and bounding greenery and flowers.
The home has three distinctive fireplaces. The living room, off the kitchen,
has an old world finish, hand-done by well-known South Bay artisan Barbara
Van Groningen in a textured deep merlot hue. Van Groningen’s
artistry is ubiquitous throughout the home, including fleur de lys painted
into the beams, whimsical fairies painted on the floors in the children’s
bathroom and copper etchings of Tuscan villages she freehanded in the
laundryroom. Some Asian influence can also be discerned in the largely
The daughter’s whimsical bathroom has a decorative handpainted fairy on
the floor by the basin and Barbara Von Groningen, artisan, styled the flanking
cabinetry to match the sink basin’s greenery motif.
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Tuscan residence, such as the
Japanese Tansu step cabinet in
their son’s room.
Wesley resides in Australia now.
“Since he wasn’t born internationally
like his sister, he went international
later!” Jodie said.
All the bedrooms are upstairs in
this approximately 3,355 square
foot home that even has a “quilting
room” upstairs, with a sewing machine
and a window seat overlooking
the pool and gardens.
“This room is my refuge and
sanctuary,” Jodie said. “It’s away, at
the end of the house, and offers me
creative time to work on projects
that I love.”
Each of the five bathrooms is
carefully thought out, with unique
accents fitting for the home. Wesley
loved dolphins, so a dolphin
motif is displayed in his shower
tiles. Each of the bathroom shower
drains throughout the house has a
different, uniquely designed brass
grating of Japanese fish or flowers
or other nature motifs. Even the
pool and spa are comprised of pebble-tech
flooring, and the pool slide
has a stone facade; gargoyles flank
Living room with views of the verdant outdoors and vintage eucalyptus flooring
throughout is a nod to the home’s seamless melding with nature.
the slide with half-animal, halfhuman
features, acting as downspouts
clearing water from the slide
wall. Such features, throughout the
home and its grounds, are both
practical and decorative.
After the couple finished their
home’s two year remodel, Jodie
said they were inspired to find
other projects they could share.
“I was trying to find out what else
we could do together next,” Jodie
said. “Some couples garden together,
bike together or even work
Jodie’s father, who was a navigator
in the military, instilled in her a
love of flying at an early age. So
Jodie obtained her pilot’s license in
2001 and two years later she convinced
Larry to do the same. They
purchased a Cirrus plane that has
two batteries, two alternators, two
GPS’s, four seats, and its own parachute.
“I feel very safe in this plane,”
The plane is housed at the Torrance
Airport but will soon be flying
north. The Chapmans have
decided to make a move to Placerville
to be closer to their new
granddaughter, Juniper, who just
turned one. The Chapmans are
once again embarking on a new adventure,
The handcarved front door from
Arte de Mexico is of substantially
thick wood and makes a
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New PV Orchard’s Paint a Pot
n The new Orchards in Palos Verdes hosted a free Paint a Pot event on Saturday
afternoon May 13 in anticipation of Mother's Day. Children painted a terracotta
pot for their mothers and planted a
flower inside their new creation.
Assisteens Recognition Ball
Chris Tabellerio and OSH
manager Cyndy Lippert.
Photos by Stephanie Cartozian
Kids at the table painting
their Mother's Day creations.
Peninsula School of Performing Arts
Presents La Bayadere ballet at the Norris
n Students of the Peninsula School of
Performing Arts (PSPA), directed by
owner Tita Boulger, performed “La
Bayadere” at the Norris Theatre La
Bayadere on May 12, 13 and 14. La
Bayadere means The Temple Dancer
and was originally staged in four acts
and seven scenes by the French choreographer
Marius Petipa, to music by Ludwig
Minkus. The ballet premiered in
1877. The story takes place in India
and connects the romantic and classical
Photo by Stephanie Cartozian
eras of ballet. The ballerinas wear
shorter classical tutus and move in very
romantic and flowing manners.
Assistance League Walk
n Assistance League supporters Walked the Walk on April 23. It started at the
Maritime Museum in San Pedro and concluded at the Dancing Waters, in front of
the Cruise ship terminal. Nearly 100 walkers enjoyed views of the U.S.S. Iowa
and cruise ships to raise funds to help underprivileged. Lisa Lehman won the prize
for most miles.
Nadia Innab, Eileen Potter, Miranda Kim, Nicole Suppelsa, Isabella
Manestar and Nicole Rogalski. Photo by Nathan Worden, Worden Photography
n The 52nd Annual Assisteens Recognition Ball was held at the Millennium Biltmore
Hotel’s Crystal ballroom. Senior graduates danced a traditional waltz with
their fathers to Tchaikovsky’s classic “Sleeping Beauty.” Each honoree spotlighted
in a white gown, stood on a balcony while her high school accomplishments were
read. The honorees contributed more than 4,500 hours to more than 17 South
Bay nonprofit organizations. This year’s graduating class comes from Palos Verdes
Peninsula High School, Palos Verdes High School, and Bishop Montgomery High
Happy 90th Birthday, Jea Baran
n The Trojan League of South Bay (TLSB) celebrated the 90th birthday of Founding
Member and Past President Jea Baran at the Valmonte Room at the Canterbury
Residence in Rancho Palos Verdes. The Trojan League of South Bay awards merit
scholarships to current USC students from the South Bay. The group also connects
South Bay USC alumni with one another.
Pam Sattler, Rita
Stratton and Gwen
Slater. Photo by
(Seated) Nancy Jacobsmeyer, John Baran, Jea Baran, Joan Spaeter and
Sigrid Allman. (Standing) Al Spaeter, Lori Carlson, Kerry Olson, Patti
Johnson, L’Cena Rice, Mary Beeson, Suzanne Krapf, Ginny Wood,
Alice Remp, Nancy Lovell, Patti Josi, Julie Haynes and Beth Petak Aaron.
Photo courtesy of TLSB
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Red Day helps Seniors
n Keller Williams closed its doors May 11 for its annual Red Day. Keller William
Palos Verdes Realtor Cheryl Friedman spearheaded the effort with Palos Verdes
Estates Police Community Relations Officer Marcelle Herrera and Orchard Supply
Hardware Assistant Manager Dave Taylor. The group cleaned up the yards of
seven elderly residents.
PV Seniors receive donation
n The Palos Verdes Peninsula Association of Realtors
(PVPAR) presented $1,000 to the Peninsula
Seniors for their Capital Campaign. The donation
was made at the seniors’ monthly breakfast
meeting at the Los Verdes Country Club. Real Estate
Attorney Steven Spierer addressed the nearly
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