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Volume XXI, Issue 11<br />

Surf schooled<br />

Thai high<br />

A Beall deal<br />

Tziporah style

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Volume XXI, Issue 11<br />

<strong>June</strong> <strong>2017</strong><br />

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


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

surf team rider<br />

Isabel Frandsen<br />

and coach Brian<br />

Helmrich.<br />


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Heavy starRo Movin’<br />

by Esther Kang Shinya Mizoguchi abandoned music when<br />

he moved from Tokyo to Rancho Palos Verdes in search of a<br />

quieter life. Now, he’s nominated for a Grammy. In appreciation<br />

of his new hometown, StarRo, as he is known professionally,<br />

served as DJ at last month’s <strong>Peninsula</strong> Education Foundation<br />

gala.<br />

Schooled in the sea<br />

by Ed Solt The <strong>Peninsula</strong> High surf team finds life lessons,<br />

including self discipline, in early morning practices.<br />

High style comes to the Hill<br />

by Bondo Wyszpolski Tziporah Salamon discusses dressing<br />

as an art and the difference between style and fashion at<br />

the Palos Verdes Art Center.<br />

The Beall deal<br />

by Stephanie Cartozian A 1930s,Tuscan-inspired home<br />

designed by Long Beach City Hall architect H.H. Lochridge is<br />

reimagined by former <strong>Peninsula</strong> architect Edward Carson<br />

Beall.<br />


16 LA Biomed honors researchers<br />

20 <strong>Peninsula</strong> Ed Foundation Ibiza en Blanco<br />

24 Blazevich/Coldwell Banker, tennis<br />

indoors and out<br />

50 <strong>Peninsula</strong> Committee Children’s Hospital<br />

honors sponsors<br />

54 Sunday by the Sea for TrinityCare<br />

56 Palos Verdes Breakfast Club 75th Anniversary<br />


43 Kids summer camps<br />

47 <strong>Peninsula</strong> calendar<br />

70 Around and about<br />

73 Home services<br />

Photo by Steve Frandsen<br />

High on Thai<br />

by Richard Foss Servings and service elevate the spirits at<br />

Tantawan Thai.<br />

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

LA BioMed Gala<br />

Spirit of Innovation<br />

The Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA BioMed) held its<br />

annual fundraising gala on May 4 at the Vibiana in downtown Los<br />

Angeles. “Spirit of Innovation” honored three LA BioMed investigators<br />

who have pushed the envelope of cutting edge research to come up with<br />

groundbreaking innovations in therapies, treatments and medical devices.<br />

Honored were Drs. Richard Casaburi, Ruey-Kang Chang and<br />

Michael Yeaman. Over 400 supporters enjoyed the warm outdoor<br />

weather and a superb culinary experience created by Chef Neal Fraser<br />

of the neighboring Redbird restaurant. LA BioMed is one of the nation’s<br />

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campus of the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.<br />

1. Melanie and Richard Lundquist.<br />

2. Drs. Bett Eng and Scott Filler.<br />

3. Honoree Dr. Michael Yeaman and<br />

Pamela Yeaman.<br />

4. Dr. Peter Barrett and LA BioMed<br />

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8. Drs. Mark Munekata and Kouichi<br />

Tanaka, Grace Tanaka and Arlene<br />

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9. Fred Christie.<br />

10. Craig and Judy Leach.<br />

11. Honorees Dr. Richard Casaburi,<br />

Dr. Ruey-Kang Chang and Dr. Michael<br />

Yeaman.<br />

12. Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-<br />

Thomas with Avid Khorram and Dr.<br />

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13. LA BioMed CEO Dr. David Meyer,<br />

Melanie Lundquist and LA BioMed VP<br />

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


<strong>Peninsula</strong> Education Foundation<br />

Ibiza en Blanco<br />

Over 500 guests attended the <strong>Peninsula</strong> Education Foundation’s Ibiza<br />

en Blanco-themed, Main Event fundraiser at Terranea Resort on<br />

May 13. Nearly everyone dressed in white. The raffle prize was a new<br />

Lexus from Toyota and a weekend with a Maserati were among the auction<br />

items. The banquet room transported guests to the festive island<br />

off Spain for an evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing. Main Event<br />

sponsors included Cox Cable, Del Amo Fashion Center and KPMG. Proceeds<br />

benefit local schools.<br />

1. Kristin Curren, Michelle Fullerton,<br />

Shari Shigenaga and Matthew Rener.<br />

2. Matthew Rener, Tracy Underwood,<br />

National Manager of Social Innovation<br />

at Toyota Motor Sales and Michelle<br />

Fullerton.<br />

3. Beth White and Julie Trell.<br />

4. Jordan Llo, Matthew Giuliano and<br />

Sabrina Davoudzadeh.<br />

5. Frank and Becky Gallo.<br />

6. Brock MacDonald, Sage Vetterlein,<br />

Taylor Saw and Niki Walker.<br />

7. Halley Samacore, Jenna Parker,<br />

Emily Barenson and Claudia Crivello.<br />

8. John and Jennifer Messerli.<br />

9. Micah and Jennifer Farrell,<br />

Salvatrice and Brent Kuykendall.<br />

10. Kristen Leone, Kristin Borden<br />

and Catherine Lucas.<br />

11. The venue outside at Terranea<br />

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12. Beata and Sassan Farjami,<br />

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STARRO<br />

MOVIN<br />

TO<br />

THE<br />

top<br />

Rancho Palos Verdes electronic artist and<br />

producer starRo earns a Grammy nod just<br />

five years after abandoning music<br />

by Esther Kang<br />

Shinya “Straight Arrow” Mizoguchi, better known as starRo, is rising up the musical<br />

ranks with his heartfelt concoctions of soul, R&B, jazz and electronica. In five years’<br />

time, the Tokyo-native multi-instrumentalist has gone from an unknown bedroom producer<br />

with a day job as a project manager for a Torrance tech company to becoming the<br />

first Japanese electronic artist to be nominated for a Grammy. Touring internationally and<br />

shooting commercials for Beats by Dre are some of the itinerary items that comprise his<br />

new normal.<br />

Still, the 41-year-old father of three stays grounded. Mizoguchi, who with his family has<br />

lived in Rancho Palos Verdes for five years, recently DJ’ed at the Palos Verdes Education<br />

Foundation’s annual fundraiser, where one of the main auction items was a private party<br />

with Mizoguchi as the DJ. His two sons are first and fifth graders at Point Vicente Elementary<br />

School; his daughter is a preschooler at St. Peter’s by the Sea.<br />

Until about a month ago, Mizoguchi, who last fall released his first full-length album<br />

Monday, was working out of his home studio. Now with a new ground zero in LA’s arts<br />

district, he finds himself appreciating the peaceful nature of Palos Verdes.<br />

“The school system is obviously the biggest thing, but I find myself really enjoying life<br />

here now,” Mizoguchi said. “When you play at the club and go back late at night tired, the<br />

next morning you wake up and see a completely different nature explosion. That’s really<br />

cool. I really enjoy this contrast of life right now."<br />

Raised in Tokyo, Mizoguchi grew up in a musical environment, inundated with jazz<br />

records and the sounds of his father, a “semi-professional” jazz pianist, performing at home.<br />

Shinya “Straight Arrow” Mizoguchi, better known as starRo in the music world. Photo by Sean Garrison<br />

At 7, Mizoguchi began taking piano lessons — by his own<br />

volition, not his parents’, he noted — but by middle<br />

school, he had lost interest in classical music. With leanings<br />

toward top 40, rock and dance music, he began<br />

teaching himself other instruments and formed a band<br />

with friends from school. They mostly covered their favorite<br />

rock bands, from Japan and abroad.<br />

When they began composing original music, Mizoguchi<br />

took it upon himself to make a demo for the band. That<br />

was his first exposure to creating music on a computer,<br />

he said.<br />

“I pretty much played every part — bass, drums, guitar<br />

and a little vocal — and that was the beginning of my<br />

track making,” he said. “I realized I enjoyed making the<br />

demo more than being in a band, so I started being more<br />

of a producer. I did that for a while, just as a hobby and<br />

maybe to show some of my friends."<br />

For many years, he worked brutal hours as a manager<br />

at a tech company, which left little time for a life outside<br />

of work. About 10 years ago, he and his wife decided to<br />

leave Tokyo’s workaholic culture in search of a more balanced<br />

life. After a weeklong visit to LA, they knew they<br />

had found their new home.<br />

“It seemed like this is a chill, laid-back place, and people<br />

seemed to enjoy their lives more,” Mizoguchi said.<br />

“We didn’t really expect anything; we basically just tried<br />

to change our lifestyle.”<br />

Mizoguchi had no intention of pursuing a music career<br />

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in LA, he said. He was unfamiliar with the music<br />

scene and had sold all his gear back in Tokyo. For<br />

three to four years, he worked his job at a tech company<br />

in Torrance, striving to build a new foundation<br />

for him and his family. Not knowing a single person<br />

in the new city, he never went out to explore the clubbing<br />

or live music scene, he said.<br />

“We pretty much started from ground zero,” he said.<br />

“Music was not even a priority back then.”<br />

It wasn’t until a friend from Tokyo came to visit that<br />

Mizoguchi had a proper night out. His friend, curious<br />

about LA’s clubbing scene, urged him to find a spot<br />

for them, so he went online and discovered Low End<br />

Theory, LA’s seminal weekly event featuring up-andcoming<br />

beat makers. As a big fan of A Tribe Called<br />

Quest, Mizoguchi said he had initially thought it<br />

would be a hip hop event (Low End Theory is the name<br />

of the hip hop group’s most famous album). His life,<br />

he said confidently, changed for good that night.<br />

“It was experimental and also mind-blowing,” he<br />

said. “Mind-blowing in the way that I’d never heard<br />

any music like that, and I’d never seen a producer, a<br />

trackmaker like myself, get on the stage under a spotlight<br />

… Usually to me, the artist has always been like<br />

the singer or rapper, but there I realized that even producers<br />

can be an artist.”<br />

Newly inspired, Mizoguchi began producing music<br />

again and sharing his tracks with the burgeoning online<br />

community of Soundcloud. There, he made hundreds<br />

of new friends — fellow beatmakers and<br />

producers — and began accruing tens of thousands of<br />

plays with his fresh take on soul-based electronica and<br />

tasteful remixes. In 2013, he was discovered and<br />

signed by Soulection, the famous LA-based online<br />

radio station and label for inventive producers such as<br />

himself. The rest, he said, is history. Tours, festivals<br />

and numerous musical collaborations have followed.<br />

He has since performed at Low End<br />

Theory three times, marking a full circle.<br />

“That was my dream, my original<br />

dream,” he said.<br />

Last year, he was approached to remix<br />

an a cappella song called “Heavy Star<br />

Movin” by The Silver Lake Chorus. Having<br />

heard that many producers gave up on<br />

the difficult endeavor, Mizoguchi said he<br />

gave it his full effort. To his surprise, his beautiful<br />

remix garnered him a Grammy nomination<br />

this past February. His stardom has since<br />

been in full swing, particularly in his home<br />

country of Japan.<br />

“I didn’t realize that it was such a big deal<br />

in Japan,” he said. “So it’s kind of strange to<br />

see myself in major newspapers in Japan. A<br />

lot of my old friends didn’t even know I had<br />

quit my day job and was making music.”<br />

Today, Mizoguchi is regularly on the<br />

road, performing across the U.S. and<br />

abroad. He returns to Tokyo to perform<br />

once a month and has no plans to slow<br />

down anytime soon, he said. His next<br />

album is due out in the fall. PEN<br />

Rancho Palos<br />

Verdes resident<br />

starRo. Photo by<br />

Caitlin Harroun<br />

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The <strong>Peninsula</strong> High School surf team. Photo by PSS Imaging, Inc.<br />

An emerging generation of talented young surfers is riding high on <strong>Peninsula</strong> High’s surf team<br />

by Ed Solt<br />

John “Doc” Ball founded the Palos Verdes Surf Club in 1935, laying<br />

the foundation for the surfing lifestyle and making Palos<br />

Verdes a hotbed for surf culture. Ball documented early California<br />

surf history in his book,“California Lifestyle,” published in<br />

1946. His photos beautifully capture the easygoing lifestyle of the<br />

burgeoning surf scene, prewar surfers enjoying Waikiki-esque<br />

waves, oftentimes sharing waves.<br />

More recently, even as the Palos Verdes has attracted unwanted<br />

national attention for surf localism, a less noted undercurrent has<br />

emerged — a new generation tapped into the stoke of Ball’s original<br />

surf gang, a stoke that’s leading these young surfers to do great<br />

things in all areas of their lives.<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong> High’s surf team is an original member of the South<br />

Bay Scholastic Surfing Association (formerly known as the South<br />

Bay High School Surf League), founded 25 years ago. Notable<br />

alumni include Holly Beck, a professional surfer who paved the way<br />

for women surfers in the 2000s; Chris Del Moro, who found success<br />

as a professional lifestyle surfer (sans contests) and eco-friendly entrepreneur;<br />

former professional longboarder and local restaurateur<br />

Chris Bredesen; his brother, big wave rider and LA County Lifeguard<br />

Scotty Bredesen; and professional surfer Alex Gray.<br />

Gray found a place in Hawaii’s notoriously difficult North Shore<br />

line-ups, charging mountainous waves while performing small wave<br />

acrobatics, all the while showing a keen understanding of the inner<br />

limits of a tube. In addition to his surfing accolades (he’s been fea-<br />

Isabel Frandsen. Photo by Steve Frandsen<br />

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Colin Macleod slashes back in a local South Boardriders Club Surf Contest. Photo by Steve Gaffney (SteveGaffney.com)<br />

tured on surf magazine covers and in surf movies for almost 20 years),<br />

Gray’s entertaining personality has made him a spokesman for the sport.<br />

He’s hosted numerous surfing events, including the prestigious Surfer Magazine<br />

“Surfer Poll” awards.<br />

In the midst of his jet-setter, surf lifestyle (one that’s taken him to far<br />

flung places such as Alaska’s outer islands), Gray makes time to work with<br />

his former surf team.<br />

“I'm always so excited watching the surf team kids compete,” Gray wrote<br />

in an email from Fiji. “Whether they win or lose, it's great seeing them<br />

face their nerves and fearful emotions through surfing. We all go through<br />

so many life moments as teenagers. It's a time when many emotions are<br />

foreign and hard to understand. That's where surfing really shines. It can<br />

be a vessel of self-confidence, helping you to achieve things you never<br />

dreamed of.”<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong> freshmen Colin Macleod has only been surfing for two years,<br />

but he’s rapidly progressing on his Dennis Jarvis-shaped Spyder surfboards.<br />

Junior Isabel Frandsen has perfected a distinctive style on her Chris Ruddy<br />

Surfboards noserider and 5-foot-5 mini shred sled. Senior Cole Yoshida is<br />

a multi-discipline surfer, shredding with either a Lost, Pyzel, or Roberts<br />

under his feet. On the longer end of the spectrum, he perches on the nose<br />

on either his Kris Hall-shaped Flower Surfboard or his Swift, shaped by<br />

the late Don Swift.<br />

“I first met Alex at a rally he was leading for a PV Skate Park at City<br />

Hall,” Frandsen said. “I was so stoked to meet my first pro surfer.” (Gray<br />

was instrumental in establishing PV’s first skatepark — in a community<br />

where skateboarding had been banned since the ‘70s).<br />

These kids do not possess one ounce of the slacker-stoney-stereotype of<br />

Sean Penn’s character “Spicoli,” from the early ‘80s teen comedy “Fast<br />

Times at Ridgemont High.” To be a part of the surf team one must possess<br />

commitment.<br />

“Surf class begins at sunrise. Having the discipline to be up at dark and<br />

in the cold, equipment ready, with a good attitude is something the coach<br />

expects,” Gray said. “The surf team allows for a positive, healthy outlet. I<br />

want to pass on the fun of surfing and its benefits to help guide you through<br />

life. For some it's competitive, and for others it's a hobby. Either way, we<br />

are lucky as surfers to have the ocean as our teacher. I hope each student<br />

allows surfing to be a teacher for all aspects in life.”<br />

Macleod is known as the most surf-fevered of the bunch, winning his<br />

team’s “Most Dedicated Surfer” award.<br />

“It’s all about getting in the water every day and having fun,” he said.<br />

“Even if it’s onshore and small, make the best of the situation. It’s part of<br />

my daily routine. It wakes me up for school.”<br />

Macleod has perfect school attendance. For Yoshida, the discipline<br />

needed for surf team is applied to other sports, particularly his golf game.<br />

He’ll be heading to University of Hawai'i at Manoa on a golfing scholarship.<br />

“Waking up early to go surf and catch a few waves in the morning has<br />

influenced my golf greatly because it has trained me to get up every morning<br />

before six, and it’s helped when you have an early tee time and you<br />

have to get there even earlier to warm up,” Yoshida said. “It just makes it<br />

a lot easier because it feels like second nature. It even helps if you have a<br />

later tee time because waking up early gives you time to have a proper diet<br />

for a full day of golf and it gives you time to get a little more warmed up<br />

before even getting to the course.”<br />

For Frandsen, surf team is just a part of her morning routine, something<br />

that defines her as a person. She’s up at 5:15 a.m. and out the door to attend<br />

a 5:45 a.m. daily seminar at her church. After church, she returns<br />

home to wake up her younger sister to get her ready for her church semi-<br />

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Brielle Anderson, Ada Frandsen, Isabel Frandsen of the <strong>Peninsula</strong> High Surf team,<br />

along with friend Kierra Fedio. Photo by Steve Gaffney (SteveGaffney.com)<br />

nar at 6:30 a.m.<br />

“My sister needs a little more sleep,” she said, with a laugh. “I have a<br />

real structured morning. I also make sure I have on a good watch. From<br />

6:45 a.m. until 8 a.m., I’m surfing. It’s my morning reflection and meditation<br />

time.”<br />

As Gray noted, surfing is a guiding light that helps some kids navigate<br />

the turbulent waters of adolescence.<br />

“Being a part of the surf team gave me a sense of purpose,” Gray said. “I<br />

dealt with a lot during high school. I can say I was lost at times on the<br />

early path of life. But the surf team was always there for me. It was something<br />

that made me strive to be a better student and surfer. I really enjoyed<br />

the feeling of pride for our team that we collectively instilled and acted<br />

upon together.”<br />

In addition to pushing each other out in the water, the team prides itself<br />

on killing it in school. The team possesses<br />

one of the highest collective team GPAs of<br />

all <strong>Peninsula</strong>’s sport teams. Macleod considers<br />

homework a breeze compared to “jumping<br />

into the chill of morning surf.” Yoshida<br />

is not affected by “senioritis.” For his last semester,<br />

AP Psychology, Marine Biology Honors<br />

Calculus, and English 4 fill his schedule.<br />

Frandsen is planning to attend BYU Hawaii.<br />

“Surfing has taught me to push beyond<br />

your comfort zone, to paddle out and go<br />

big,” she said. “When it came to choosing<br />

classes, I took harder subjects — they have<br />

become my favorite classes. As my coaches<br />

Bryan Hemlrich, Bill Macleod, and Alex say,<br />

‘Always look two seconds ahead on a wave.’<br />

It’s another aspect of surfing I apply to life.”<br />

She also volunteers with organizations<br />

such as Walk on Water, which provides<br />

ocean therapy for special needs children.<br />

“My first time as an instructor, I took a kid<br />

out for his first time on a surfboard and he<br />

pearled hard after I pushed him into a<br />

wave,” she said. “When he came up, he was<br />

frowning, about to cry, then began laughing.<br />

I knew from there I wanted to get into occupational<br />

therapy, helping young kids with<br />

special needs. Much like ocean therapy is to<br />

a special needs child, I want to make the<br />

world a little better with one little push.”<br />

34<br />

In his senior year, Gray was named “Athlete of the Year.” It was the first<br />

time the award went to a surfer.<br />

“That award is something I hold high in my surfing accomplishments.<br />

As the captain of the team, I truly felt a responsibility to do all I could to<br />

get our team to the top. Some of my dearest memories are with my brother<br />

surfing early mornings,” Gray said (Gray lost his brother at the age of 21).<br />

“He would drive me to each practice. I got to hang out with the older guys<br />

who were my heroes because I was with my brother. Having him to push<br />

me in the surf was the most influential aspect I had. I still find myself<br />

thanking him for those moments.”<br />

With three years to go, Macleod is just generally stoked to be on the<br />

team.<br />

“Banquets, contests, meets — it’s all fun,” he said. “I’ve been on club<br />

soccer teams; everybody is in pursuit of individual glory. In surf team, it’s<br />

all about the team — which is weird because field sports are considered<br />

team sports and surfing is an individual sport, yet we’re all supportive. My<br />

goal is to improve and be able to compete with South, Palos Verdes High,<br />

and Costa.”<br />

Yoshida considers competing in the state competitions at Oceanside his<br />

fondest surf team memory.<br />

“I spent a few days down there with Coach and some of my close friends<br />

on the team,” he said. “It was a great opportunity to surf against a very<br />

competitive field of surfers.”<br />

You can find Frandsen continually sharing stoke. She’s on the hunt for<br />

new recruits and recently organized a booth for an eighth grade open<br />

house.<br />

“We spread out surf photos all across a table from the fun times from<br />

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Last month New York-based Tziporah Salamon presented a two-hour<br />

show and tell at the Palos Verdes Art Center about her newly-released<br />

book, “The Art of Dressing,” subtitled “Ageless, Timeless, Original Style.”<br />

The key word here, I think, is style, and although the book contains 150<br />

color photographs “style” remains an intangible. Even so, with enough<br />

learning and exposure we’ll know it when we see it.<br />

“It’s the image that leaves an indelible mark on the viewer, forever,” Salamon<br />

writes. “It requires discipline, study, and attention… Style does not<br />

just happen; it needs to be cultivated, chiseled, refined.”<br />

I dress, therefore I am<br />

<strong>People</strong> Salamon encounters often ask what she does, and while at the<br />

beginning she might have replied that she was a hostess, a cashier, a salesgirl,<br />

and so forth, she soon discovered the proper response: “I dress.”<br />

“When I am assembling an outfit, “she writes, “I think of the total look…<br />

Dressing is an artistic endeavor with you as the painter, your body as the<br />

canvas, the various components of your outfit as the paints, and your eyes<br />

as the brush.” Or, as she tells me over the telephone from New York: “I<br />

don’t have to invite you to my studio to show you my paintings. You get to<br />

see my paintings every day on my body.”<br />

Know your body and its proportions, height, width, etc., and thus which<br />

colors and what shapes work best with it, she advised. Within your budget,<br />

of course, invest in staples, but remember it’s quality over quantity. Choose<br />

the classic over the trendy because<br />

fashion is here and gone<br />

Tziporah Salamon<br />

and the<br />

“The Art of Dressing”<br />

at the PV Art Center<br />

but style endures. Lastly, don’t<br />

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“No matter what,” Salamon<br />

writes, “always dress as well as<br />

you can, and in a becoming and<br />

thought-out outfit.”<br />

Repairing a broken heart<br />

How a person gets to where<br />

they are from where they started<br />

can often be circuitous or labyrinthine. Both words apply to Tziporah Salamon,<br />

the child of Hungarian Jews who survived the Holocaust and relocated<br />

to Israel in the early 1950s. Papa was a tailor and mama a dressmaker.<br />

Despite empty pockets, despite dusty roads and few amenities, people<br />

dressed well, even elegantly (in style, Salamon says, “Budapest was considered<br />

a rival to Paris”). If there was poverty, there was also a solid sense<br />

of community. Besides, much more than in most places, they were all in<br />

this together.<br />

Her father’s tailoring shop was Salamon’s “Magic kingdom,” until 1959,<br />

when she was nine, and the family moved from Israel to Brooklyn. Culture<br />

shock hardly describes it: Salamon’s first impression of New York was that<br />

the sun never shone there. Figuratively, it wouldn’t shine until many years<br />

later. At the age of 12, she changed her name to “Lynn” because no one<br />

had ever heard of “Tziporah” ( a Biblical Hebrew name; “tzippor” means<br />

bird) and naturally the “Tz” threw everyone off.<br />

For all that, Salamon was a bright young lady, and she enrolled at the<br />

University of Buffalo. However, she decided to spend her junior year overseas,<br />

back in Israel. A decade had passed, but embedded in her mind was<br />

a picture of Israel as (in my words) a cross between the Emerald City of<br />

Oz and one of those magical paintings by Marc Chagall.<br />

“I told my parents I was going back to study,” she says over the phone,<br />

“but I told all my friends that I wasn’t going to come back, that I was hoping<br />

to meet an Israeli and settle down and marry and raise my kids there.<br />

“What happened was,” she continues, “everything I hated about America<br />

in 1959 when we moved here was now in Israel. The first thing my relatives<br />

wanted to do was show me the skyscrapers and the supermarkets.”<br />

“We were no longer dancing in the streets,” she says. “We were now<br />

dancing in discotheques.<br />

“The first time my heart was broken [was when] we left Israel and came<br />

to America. America was the enemy when we got here. And now [I’ve<br />

gone] back to Israel to live happily ever after and America is now in Israel.<br />

The wound of the nine-year-old girl opened up all over again. I was just<br />

devastated. There was no home.”<br />

Back in the U.S., Salamon graduated with a degree in English literature,<br />

attended UC Santa Barbara, where she earned a Masters in Education, and<br />

then headed up to Berkeley to pursue a Ph.D. in psychology, with the goal<br />

of becoming a therapist. In the eleventh hour, however, she decided to<br />

move back to New York, hoping for a career in fashion. A photo of Nancy<br />

Cunard (think of the shipping line) convinced her to cut her hair, and she<br />

immersed herself in the world of designer Coco Chanel, “Vogue” editorin-chief<br />

Diana Vreeland, and others. She embarked upon a string of jobs<br />

and at the same time asked herself what precisely she was hoping to become.<br />

A stylist? No. A designer? No. A buyer? No. A fashion consultant?<br />

Well, that was a possibility. While working as a hat- and coat-check girl at<br />

a new restaurant she started wearing a different hat for each day (currently,<br />

she has about 300).<br />

Serious, and fun<br />

Not a hard and fast rule, I imagine, but for the most part Salamon seems<br />

to dress from the top down. She first selects a hat (“Hats are the exclamation<br />

point. The perfect finishing touch to any outfit.”), and then, in roughly<br />

this order, a blouse, pants, earrings, shoes, handbag, shawl, coat. She em-<br />

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Tziporah Salamon. Photos by Bondo WyszpolskiF<br />

38 <strong>Peninsula</strong> • <strong>June</strong> <strong>2017</strong>

tyle<br />

tays,<br />

ashion<br />

ades<br />

phasizes good, and comfortable shoes; suggests mixing costly jewelry with<br />

costume jewelry, and advises that one should “always wear earrings as they<br />

frame the face.” An outfit can produce a different effect by merely changing<br />

the buttons. Her choice of bright red lipstick is certainly a strong accent,<br />

although I did notice that fingernail polish makes only an occasional appearance.<br />

At the PV Art Center, Salamon presented a chronological walk-through<br />

of how she’s dressed over the years, and how it’s changed as she’s gone<br />

from her 30s to her 40s, her 50s and now 60s. “What I want to wear now,”<br />

she tells me, “is very different than what I wanted to wear in my 30s. I<br />

talk about the evolution of a woman aging as well, and its impact upon us<br />

and our choices.”<br />

She points out that the key chapter in “The Art of Dressing” is called<br />

“The Keeper of the Cloth.” It explains, within a religious context to some<br />

degree, why she does what she does: “I take the role of dressing, and my<br />

being a dresser, very seriously… I really do see it as a calling.”<br />

Number one, though, she dresses well to bring delight to herself. But<br />

there’s more to it than that, of course:<br />

“I think what I do is I give women permission to dress again, to play in<br />

their closets,” Salamon says. “I give them permission, I free them, and I<br />

entice them to do it. They look at me and they say, ‘Wait a minute, you’re<br />

having such fun with clothes. I want it too; I want to have fun with clothes.’<br />

If that’s what I’ve done, and in my way leave the world a more beautiful<br />

place in the way we dress, then I’ve done my job.”<br />

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Contemporary classes are offered.<br />

Dancers have the opportunity to perform<br />

in major productions each year<br />

including: The Nutcracker, May Ballet<br />

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and YAGP teams also offered. Each<br />

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Begins <strong>June</strong> 26<br />

w Summer fun with academic and<br />

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Science camps, and fun<br />

academic enrichment programs are offered.<br />

Activities include swimming, arts<br />

& crafts, cooking, dance, sports, imagination<br />

& creation, and themes and<br />

shows. Art Camp, Swim Camp, private<br />

swim lessons, and extended day<br />

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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 />

Sunday, May 28<br />

Family Picnic Day, more<br />

Included with Garden admission. Picnic location is on the Lower Meadow. In<br />

spring, the Garden is at its showiest! Visit Guest Services or the Gift Shop for<br />

additional information about the perennials and annuals in bloom for your<br />

self-guided tour and enjoy your visit. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. South Coast Botanic<br />

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

South Coast Bonsai Association Meeting<br />

The South Coast Bonsai Association meets the fourth Sunday of the month<br />

(except December) at South Coast Botanic Garden, 10 a.m. - noon. No registration<br />

required. Meetings are open to the public. For additional information<br />

contact Ken Ueda at (310) 987-6345. 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong>.<br />

Wednesday, May 31<br />

Mac Users Group Meeting<br />

The South Bay Apple Mac Users, a group of over 100 Mac, iPad, iPhone<br />

and Apple Watch aficionados, has been around for almost 30 years. Free<br />

monthly meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. for beginners; Q & A at 8 p.m., with a<br />

presentation on a subject of interest to all Mac users. All Mac/iPad/iPhone<br />

users and potential users are welcome. Lomita VFW Hall, 1865 Lomita Blvd.,<br />

Lomita. See sbamug.com, 310-644-3315, info@sbamug.com.<br />

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

Palos Verdes High School<br />

Runway Couture<br />

Project Runway Fashion Club at Palos Verdes High School held its 10th<br />

annual fashion show and raised $17,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation,<br />

Greater Los Angeles. The funds will help grant the wishes of children<br />

diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. This year’s theme was<br />

"Walking on Sunshine." Models were from PVHS, all three middle schools<br />

and Lunada Bay Elementary School. The fashions were from South Bay boutiques,<br />

including the online rental clothing store, The Stylist L.A. New this<br />

year was the addition of dogs modeling fashions from Tail Trends pet accessories.<br />

Two South Bay high schoolers shared stories of their wishes being<br />

granted and how it helped them recover from illness. This year’s presidents<br />

were Nikki Walker and Perrie Kaminskas.<br />


1. Nikki Walker, Adam Enomoto and<br />

Perrie Kaminskas.<br />

2. Lauren Brill.<br />

3. Nicole Halverson.<br />

4. Regan Berger.<br />

5. Taylor Stahel and Brittany Montiel.<br />

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Saturday, <strong>June</strong> 3<br />

Family Hike<br />

First Saturday Family Hike at George F Canyon. Bring your family and join a<br />

PV Land Conservancy naturalist to discover habitat, wildlife and more on an<br />

easy hike up the canyon with amazing views of the city. 9 a.m. Free. All ages<br />

welcome. 27305 Palos Verdes Dr. E, Rolling Hills Estates. For more information,<br />

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

Outdoor Volunteer Day<br />

Help beautify native demonstration garden and surrounding habitat. 9 a.m.<br />

– noon. At White Point Nature Preserve, 1600 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro.<br />

Sign up at pvplc.volunteerhub.com.<br />

Dave Widow & The Line Up<br />

With his unique style of fingerpicking and bluesy vocals, Dave Widow combines<br />

elements of R&B, funk, soul and rock. Nominated for "Best Musical<br />

Group in 2012" by the LA Music Awards and recognized in 2013 by The<br />

Blues Foundation, Widow and his Line Up of session all-stars deliver a soulful<br />

helping of guitar-driven blues. Opener Bernie Pearl is one of the most highly<br />

respected blues musician in Los Angeles. 8 p.m. Tickets $20-$30; $50-$55<br />

with Dining in Town package. Grand Annex, 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro. For<br />

tickets go to: grandvision.org or call (310) 833-4813.<br />

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Needlepoint<br />

Needle Artists by the Sea, chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild will<br />

hold its monthly meeting 10 a.m. at Ports O’Call Restaurant. The program is<br />

the second part of a year-long project, designer Sue Reed’s IT’S NOT THE<br />

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Friday, <strong>June</strong> 9<br />

Special Events<br />

Nature & Me Storytime: Stories, Songs, Rhythm and Rhymes at George F<br />

Canyon Nature Center. Share the joy of reading with your children and introduce<br />

them to the beauty of our natural surroundings. Geared for 2-5 years.<br />

9:30 - 10 a.m. 27305 Palos Verdes Dr. E, Rolling Hills Estates, For reservations<br />

visit pvplc.org.<br />

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<strong>Peninsula</strong> Committee<br />

Children’s Hospital<br />

Celebrating Sponsors<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong> Committee Children’s Hospital recently held its 28th annual<br />

Seahorse Classic Sponsor Party at the home of Carol and John<br />

Miguelez in Palos Verdes Estates. While enjoying the breathtaking ocean<br />

views, major donors to this year’s Seahorse Classic Golf Tournament<br />

enjoyed wine and a Japanese feast catered by Ace sushi. Proceeds from<br />

the Seahorse Classic benefit the Associates Sarcoma Program at Children’s<br />

Hospital Los Angeles.<br />


1. Noelle Giuliano and Flora Fairchild.<br />

2. Don Tuffli, Anne Farrell and Betty<br />

Davidson.<br />

3. Tim Romer, Dave Farrell, Craig<br />

Knickerbocker, John Whitcombe.<br />

4. Carol Miguelez, Ken and Patty<br />

Ochi.<br />

5. Wally and Terry Durham.<br />

6. Dan Boever, Chuck Miller and<br />

Mark Pfeil.<br />

7. Carole and David Rowe.<br />

8. Richard and Karen Govenar.<br />

9. Living succulent wall at hosts’<br />

home.<br />

10. Suzie Stiassni, Diana Pfeil and<br />

Betsy Miller.<br />

11. View from the Miguelez<br />

residence.<br />

12. Dawn Knickerbocker, Kim<br />

Whitcombe and Karen Miller.<br />

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Full Moon Hike<br />

Explore nocturnal sights with an expert naturalist under a full moon at the<br />

George F Canyon Nature Preserve with the Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong> Land Conservancy.<br />

Must be age 9 and up. $12 per person. George F Canyon, 27305<br />

Palos Verdes Dr. E, Rolling Hills Estates. Reservations required at pvplc.org,<br />

Events & Activities.<br />

Saturday, <strong>June</strong> 10<br />

Guided Nature Walk<br />

Explore a 15-acre restoration site with cactus wren and gnatcatcher habitat<br />

with beautiful views of Catalina Island with the Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong> Land<br />

Conservancy. This is a moderate to strenuous walk. 9 a.m. Free and open to<br />

the public. Alta Vicente Reserve, 30940 Hawthorne Blvd., Palos Verdes. For<br />

more information, contact (310) 541-7613 or sign up at<br />

pvplc.org/_events/NatureWalkRSVP.asp.<br />

Docent Training<br />

George F Canyon Docent training. This charming nature center needs docent<br />

assistance to staff the center during open hours and to help with special events.<br />

9 a.m. – noon. 27305 Palos Verdes Dr. E, Rolling Hills Estates. Sign up at<br />

pvplc.volunteerhub.com<br />

Outdoor Volunteer Day<br />

At 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<br />

at pvplc.volunteerhub.com.<br />

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"Its Like You’re There All Over Again"<br />


Rolling Hills Estates (NE corner of Crenshaw & PV Drive North). For more ineventcalendar<br />

beauty of the natural surroundings with retired Children’s Librarian Carla Sedlacek<br />

for stories and activities featuring nature themes, exciting props and<br />

songs. 10 a.m. Free. White Point Nature Education Center, 1600 W. Paseo<br />

del Mar in San Pedro. RSVP at: pvplc.org, Events & Activities.<br />

Music of Babes<br />

Ty Greenstein and Ingrid Elizabeth of Mouths of Babes are no strangers to the<br />

contemporary folk music scene. For years, their respective bands Girlyman<br />

and Coyote Grace captivated thousands of loyal fans as they toured with the<br />

likes of the Indigo Girls and Dar Williams. Now, as Mouths of Babes, Ty and<br />

Ingrid have distilled the songwriting, humor, and musicianship of their previous<br />

groups into a new duo. 8 p.m. Tickets $20-$30; $50-$55 with Dining in Town<br />

package. Grand Annex, 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro. For tickets go to: grandvision.org<br />

or call (310) 833-4813.<br />

Sunday, <strong>June</strong> 11<br />

Surfwriters Playwrights<br />

Surfwriters, a <strong>Peninsula</strong> writing group, will again present a readers theater<br />

production of short plays. Enjoy plays written by Surfwriters and a few of their<br />

favorite playwrights. Free and open to the public. 2 p.m. <strong>Peninsula</strong> Center Library<br />

Community Room, 701 Silver Spur Rd, Rolling Hills Estates. For more<br />

information: mltrvlarng@hotmail.com.<br />

Second Sundays at Two<br />

Pianist Robert Thies won the Gold Medal at the Second International Prokofiev<br />

Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia, and has since performed concertos with<br />

leading orchestras worldwide. Admission is free; donations appreciated. 2<br />

p.m. sharp! Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw Blvd.,<br />

formation call (310) 316-5574.<br />

RHUMC.org.<br />

Cactus, Succulent Society<br />

Gary Duke's program "Bolivia - Part<br />

1" shows Bolivian altiplano via La<br />

Paz, Cochabamba, Sucre, Potosi,<br />

Carmago to Tarija where he photographed<br />

more than 50 species of<br />

cactus and succulents, including rare<br />

ones and unique aerial videos as<br />

well as other scenic views of the Bolivian<br />

Andes and Bolivian culture.<br />

Come at 1 p.m. to buy plants, meet<br />

other cactophiles, and have refreshments.<br />

Program is at 1:30 p.m.<br />

South Coast Botanic Garden,<br />

26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos<br />

Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong>. For more information<br />

visit southcoastcss.org.<br />

Borscht comedy<br />

Back to the Catskills, a tribute to the<br />

“Borscht Belt”, presented by Senior<br />

Comedy Afternoons. 2 p.m. Call or<br />

buy your tickets online, (714) 914-<br />

2565, seniorcomedyafternoons.<br />

com. Tickets $35 advance sales and<br />

$40 cash sales at the door. At the<br />

Clark Building, 861 Valley Dr., Hermosa<br />

Beach.<br />

Los Cancioneros Chorale<br />

Under the direction of Artistic Director<br />

Allan Robert Petker, Los Cancioneros<br />

Master Chorale presents<br />

“East Meets West”, 7 p.m. Torrance<br />

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Armstrong Theater. Concert begins<br />

with “world music” selections by<br />

Brian Tate, representing different<br />

styles of music from around the<br />

globe then skips over to Argentina<br />

for a Mass of Two Worlds, with captivating<br />

melodies and Latin rhythms,<br />

by Ariel Quintana. The final work,<br />

Touch, composed by LCMC conductor<br />

Allan Robert Petker, features the<br />

chorale and chamber orchestra and<br />

is based on the paintings of Chinese<br />

artist, He Qi, which will be displayed<br />

in multimedia as the piece is<br />

performed. General admission is<br />

$25; students $15; parking is free.<br />

LCMC offers a Buy-One-Get-One if<br />

you are attending the concert for the<br />

first time! Please purchase tickets in<br />

advance from a Los Cancioneros<br />

member or by contacting De Giebler<br />

by phone or by email. (310) 779-<br />

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LCMasterChorale.com. The Armstrong<br />

Theater is located at 3330<br />

Civic Center Dr., Torrance.<br />

Monday, <strong>June</strong> 12<br />

PVPUSD Summer Camps<br />

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Providence TrinityCare<br />

Sunday by the Sea<br />

The 26th annual Providence TrinityCare’s Gourmet Tasting<br />

Gala was hosted April 30 at the bluff top home of Julian and<br />

Carolyn Elliott, overlooking Lunada Bay. The exquisite cuisine<br />

was prepared by local chefs and served with fine wines of every<br />

varietal, and craft beers. Among the many vendors were Mama<br />

Terano’s Cafe, Plates Restaurant and the Admiral Risty. This<br />

year’s tent for the several hundred guests was the largest ever.<br />

Proceeds benefitted the Providence TrinityCare Foundation.<br />

1. Terry Neff, Marlene and Chuck Smyth<br />

and Jenni Brooks.<br />

2. Mike and Dena Maloney, Chris and<br />

Valerie Adlam and Andrea Sala.<br />

3. Dave Cort and Carol Armitage.<br />

4. Alan Tran, Tony Yeh and Jay Outsen.<br />

5. Will and Linda Gassett, John and Alicia<br />

Maniatakis.<br />

6. Jacqueline Glass, Jamie Born, Pat<br />

and Hank Edelstein.<br />

7. Tim Roderick and Jill Gaston.<br />

8. Rick Murphy and Dan Gruen.<br />

9. Nancy Jurecki and Jim Sala.<br />

10. Venue at Julian and Carolyn Elliott’s<br />

private villa.<br />


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Scene programs energize families with an exciting summer of friends and fun!<br />

Children entering grades TK-5 have a choice of the Kids’ Corner Summer Day<br />

Camp at Rancho del Mar High School, 38 Crest Rd W, or Before/After Summer<br />

School Care at select elementary schools. Intermediate students entering<br />

grades 6-8 can join friends at the Ridgecrest Teen Scene After Summer School<br />

Program. No residency requirements. Programs run through August 18. For<br />

more information on a fun and enriching summer experience, visit<br />

pvpusd.net/pvkids or contact the business office, (310) 541-7626.<br />

Wednesday, <strong>June</strong> 14<br />

The Palos Verdes Woman's Club<br />

Scholarship recipients will be introduced and the philanthropy recipients announced<br />

at this monthly meeting. Noon. Rolling Hills Country Club, 27000<br />

Palos Verdes Drive East. For information and reservations call Beverly Teresinski<br />

at (310) 378-1349.<br />

Bell Ringers<br />

The Wesley Youth Bell Ringers will perform a free concert at St. Peter’s by the<br />

Sea, 7:30 p.m. The concert will be the fifth concert on the choir’s 52nd annual<br />

concert tour, and will feature 15 teenaged ringers playing more than 150<br />

handbells and handchimes. They have performed at the US Capitol, Cathedral<br />

of the Pines National Monument, Mt. Rushmore, George Washington Masonic<br />

Memorial, Disneyland and Disneyworld. All are welcome! 6410 Palos Verdes<br />

Dr. South, Rancho Palos Verdes. More info at StPetersPres.org.<br />

Thursday, <strong>June</strong> 15<br />

Rose Society<br />

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PV Breakfast Club<br />

Provenance joins friendship<br />

Over 250 members and guests of the Palos Verdes Breakfast Club<br />

celebrated the club’s 75th anniversary last month. The Club dates<br />

back to the early years of WWII when neighbors volunteering in Civil<br />

Defense gathered along the beaches and cliffs to give early warning of<br />

enemy attacks. The club’s mission statement includes "no politics or<br />

causes, just neighborly fun and frolic." The Breakfast Club meets on the<br />

first and third Saturdays of every month at the Palos Verdes Golf Club.<br />

Meeting includes a breakfast buffet, music and speakers — some famous,<br />

others infamous, including best-selling authors, professional athletes<br />

and war heroes. For more information visit pvbcweb.com.<br />

1. Mike Miller, Bruce Dalrymple,<br />

Charlie Peterson and James Morino.<br />

2. Capt. Harry Peck, 96, the club’s<br />

oldest member and Marion Somers.<br />

3. Kathy Melton, Gloria Mangano and<br />

Eve Higgins.<br />

4. Eve and Rick Higgins.<br />

5. Elaine and James Bruce.<br />

6. Thomas and Joan Connaghan.<br />

7. Virginia Butler and Les Fishman.<br />


8. Norm and Patricia Eagle.<br />

9. John and Cynthia Bartlett, Alicia<br />

and Kenny Kao.<br />

10. Sandra and Craig Caryl.<br />

11. Ram and Mani Nadella, Cindy<br />

and Sam Pheng.<br />

12. Andrew Meinzer and Lynn Reger.<br />

13. Charlie and Joanne Peterson,<br />

Mary Engle, James and Diana Morino.<br />

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Speaker will be Jack Engberg of GroPower which has been making humusbased<br />

soil conditioners since 1966 and will share which fertilizers work best<br />

during the hot summer months. Savings will be offered to members and friends<br />

who participate in SCRS’s group order with Mr. Engberg at the meeting. Additionally,<br />

free fertilizer samples will be distributed to attendees. Admission:<br />

Members: free; adults: $9; senior & students: $6; children (5-12) $4. For more<br />

information, please see them on Facebook or southcoastbotanicgarden.org.<br />

26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong>.<br />

Saturday, <strong>June</strong> 17<br />

Docent Training<br />

White Point Docent Training at White Point Nature Education Center. 9 a.m.<br />

– noon. Help run the White Point Nature Education Center. From school programs<br />

to plant sales, assistance is needed running a variety of fun events.<br />

1600 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro. Sign up at pvplc.volunteerhub.com.<br />

Sunday, <strong>June</strong> 18<br />

Pen Symphony, Knox winner<br />

For Concert IV of their 50th Season, Maestro Gary Berkson and the <strong>Peninsula</strong><br />

Symphony Association are excited to present Nicholas Mariscal, winner of<br />

the Edith Knox Competition. Nicholas will join the <strong>Peninsula</strong> Symphony filling<br />

the concert hall with Samuel Barber’s exquisite Concerto for Cello in A minor,<br />

Opus 22. Doors open at 6 p.m. At 6:15 p.m., a pre-concert lecture by Maestro<br />

Berkson (for members only), and 7 p.m. the concert. The concert and parking<br />

are free. The venue is Redondo Union High School Auditorium, 631<br />

Vincent Street in Redondo Beach (PCH at Diamond). For further information,<br />

please call the Symphony Office at 310/544-0320, e-mail us at music.pensym@verizon.net,<br />

or visit Pensym.org.<br />

Wednesday, <strong>June</strong> 21<br />

Birding<br />

Enjoy birding with Wild Birds Unlimited at White Point Nature Preserve. Explore<br />

the birds making a home in the restored habitat at this beautiful preserve.<br />

Binoculars supplied for beginners. The program is free. All ages welcome.<br />

8:30 a.m. 1600 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro. RSVP at: pvplc.org, Events &<br />

Activities.<br />

Affinity luncheon honors<br />

Three prominent community members:<br />

Jean Adelsman, Ann Buxton<br />

and Joyce Kochanowski will be honored<br />

for their exemplary volunteerism<br />

and contributions to the<br />

community at a luncheon hosted by<br />

the Affinity Group of the Volunteer<br />

Center. Proceeds will benefit the Volunteer<br />

Center’s Operation Teddy<br />

Bear program. Noon. Tickets to the<br />

luncheon cost $75 per person. At<br />

the Palos Verdes Golf Club, 3301<br />

Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates.<br />

For more information about the<br />

event, interested guests should call<br />

De De Hicks at (310) 377-4930.<br />

Saturday, <strong>June</strong> 24<br />

Local Paleo History<br />

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mollusks. Discover more about the<br />

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Preserve, 1600 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro. RSVP to: pvplc.org: Events &<br />

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Guided Nature Walk<br />

Visit White Point Nature Preserve and attend a naturalist-guided hike. Enjoy<br />

coastal views and learn more about the plants, animals, restoration area and<br />

more! Meet at the information kiosk between parking lot and Nature Center.<br />

9 a.m. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro. For more information call (310)<br />

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Outdoor Volunteer Day<br />

Help restore a unique canyon habitat, home to many threatened and endangered<br />

wildlife species. 9 a.m. – noon. At Alta Vicente Reserve, 30940<br />

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

Native Plant Sale<br />

At White Point Nature Preserve, noon – 2 p.m. Plants sold on first-come, firstserve<br />

basis. White Point Nature Preserve located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar,<br />

San Pedro. For more information call (310) 541-7613 or pvplc.org.<br />

Sunday, <strong>June</strong> 25<br />

Wellness in the Garden<br />

Join Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach as it celebrates 30 years of<br />

providing free support programs for cancer patients and their loved ones. Reserve<br />

your seat at this extraordinary garden party that will amaze and delight<br />

food and wine enthusiasts or anyone who appreciates an opportunity for a<br />

great culinary experience. Leisurely stroll through the garden while sampling<br />

delectable cuisine and beverages from some of the finest South Bay restaurants,<br />

wineries and breweries. Bid on the many valuable live and silent auction<br />

items offered at the event: fabulous trips, health and beauty, entertainment and<br />

sports items, and much more. Visit the Wine Vault—a special setting devoted<br />

to wine aficionados. Guests can enjoy sipping on exquisite wines while perusing<br />

silent auction items that include tasting packages from high-end vintners<br />

among other fabulous items tailored to the wine lover. Its 21st annual Celebrate<br />

Wellness food and beverage tasting event, hosted and sponsored by the South<br />

Coast Botanic Garden, takes place 3 - 7 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the more<br />

than 200 free programs per month offered by Cancer Support Community<br />

Redondo Beach. Tickets are $150 per person (guests must be 21 and older),<br />

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Seaside Concert<br />

Free family-friendly concert hosted by the Neighborhood Church, features Italian-born<br />

songwriter Elena Degl’Innocenti, an award-winning songwriter recognized<br />

at the LA Music Awards, UK Songwriting Contest, and much more.<br />

Blessed with a three-octave soprano voice, her vast repertoire mixes her Italian<br />

roots with Jazz and Latin influences. BYO picnic begins at 6 p.m. Concert at<br />

7 p.m. No tickets or reservations required. 415 Paseo del Mar, Palos Verdes<br />

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Tuesday, <strong>June</strong> 27<br />

Documentary “Being Mortal”<br />

To address the importance of planning ahead and talking with family members<br />

about end-of-life decisions, Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Caring<br />

House host a free screening of the PBS “Frontline” documentary “Being Mortal.”<br />

The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the<br />

relationships between patients and their doctors. Following the screening, a<br />

panel of end-of-life care experts and Celia Rothman, as a representative community<br />

member, will explore the movie’s themes and encourage further discussion<br />

with audience members. Free. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Torrance Memorial<br />

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517-4711 or visit TorranceMemorial.com/BeingMortal for more information.<br />

Wednesday, <strong>June</strong> 28<br />

Birding<br />

With Wild Birds Unlimited at George F Canyon presented by the Palos Verdes<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong> Land Conservancy, 8:30 a.m. Explore the birds in nesting season<br />

making a home in the canyon. The program is free and all ages welcome.<br />

27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates. RSVP at: pvplc.org, Events<br />

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Fundraiser to Benefit the PVAC<br />

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High<br />

on<br />

Thai<br />

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-<br />

Couch.com)<br />

Tantawan Thai’s servings and server lift spirits<br />

by Richard Foss<br />

Idon’t always comment about the restaurant service, even though that<br />

has a lot to do with the quality of the dining experience. Once in awhile,<br />

though, it makes or breaks a meal, and that just happened at Tantawan<br />

Thai, a restaurant located in a shopping center near the corner of Silver<br />

Spur.<br />

I was meeting family members for dinner, and one had just had a bad<br />

day at work. Wait, did I say bad? I mean stupendously awful, the kind of<br />

day that can leave you sullen, irritable, and looking for someone to vent<br />

at. Thai food hadn’t been her first choice for the evening, and as she waited<br />

for a menu to be delivered she was an explosion looking to happen.<br />

The person who delivered that menu was a sunny character named Carlos,<br />

who handled a snappish customer with deft diplomacy and wit. When<br />

we asked his opinion of one item that seemed fairly plain, he responded,<br />

“That’s very healthy. You should get something else.” After a few such comments,<br />

the person who was having a bad day was living in the moment<br />

and enjoying the repartee. It was a case of the irresistible charm meeting<br />

the immovable grouch, and it was the grouch that melted.<br />

All this bonhomie would have led to disappointment if the food that Carlos<br />

was recommending hadn’t been up to par, but we were in a good mood<br />

as we awaited our appetizers while sipping a Chainier “1749” Sauvignon<br />

Blanc. Though New Zealand has become famous for this varietal in the<br />

last few years, the French entrants like this one from Bordeaux are worth<br />

exploring. The climate in France is warmer, the soil limestone based rather<br />

than volcanic, even the aging method different, and French Sauvignon<br />

Blancs are more subtle without the pungent grassy overtones. The New<br />

Zealanders are usually suggested with spicy Asian cuisines because the<br />

tropical fruitiness stands up well to spice and vinegar, but we found this<br />

enjoyable both as a sipping wine and with the food. They sell it for only<br />

$20 per bottle, which is a very good price.<br />

Our starters were eggrolls, dumplings called ka-nohm-jeeb, and an order<br />

of crabcakes that were served with a side salad. The dumplings were a<br />

Thai version of Chinese shu mai, ground chicken and shrimp with shiitake<br />

mushroom and water chestnuts steamed inside a thin crepe-like noodle.<br />

Though Thailand doesn’t share a land border with China there has been<br />

trade for centuries, and the culinary influence was clear here, with none<br />

of the heat and ginger that characterizes most Thai food. A thick soy-based<br />

spice sauce was served with it and that added flavor without ratcheting<br />

the heat very high, but these were just fine without it.<br />

I did want a little more zip with the eggrolls, which were a bit on the<br />

bland side and served with a sweet chili sauce. When asked Carlos provided<br />

a trio of sauces with different balances of vinegar and chili. One of<br />

these had chopped red and green peppers in a tart vinegar and was so assertive<br />

that I momentarily lost my ability to speak when I got too much of<br />

it. I kept applying it because it was delicious, but did so more moderately.<br />

The crabcakes were a winner, too, the two large discs of seafood mildly<br />

seasoned and served with some noodles stir-fried with onions and a dipping<br />

sauce of mild red curry. The exterior had the uniform crispness that<br />

suggested it had been egg-dipped before deep frying, which isn’t how I<br />

usually like crabcakes, but it worked and that’s what matters. The red<br />

curry dip was fragrant rather than hot according to the spice wimp at the<br />

table, but we had asked for things to be mild and now know we can give<br />

them a bit more latitude with the seasoning.<br />

We continued with a “tiger salad” which contained no actual large felines,<br />

but was composed of a mix of grilled beef, scallion, onion, lemongrass,<br />

and mint leaves over a bed of green salad. Salads like this aren’t<br />

really Thai because lettuce as we know it doesn’t grow there, but this 1960s<br />

invention by a Thai chef in Los Angeles has gone global. As well it should,<br />

62 <strong>Peninsula</strong> • <strong>June</strong> <strong>2017</strong>

ecause the combination of spice<br />

and garlic in the meat with a vinegary,<br />

slightly peppery dressing is a<br />

winner.<br />

Our final items were barbecue<br />

garlic pork over vegetables, shrimp<br />

pad Thai, and chicken with spicy<br />

chili and basil. If I had it to do all<br />

over again I might have ordered<br />

something other than the garlic<br />

pork because it was similar to the<br />

garlic beef that had been on the<br />

salad, and I would have liked to try<br />

a wider range of flavors from this<br />

kitchen. The different setting with<br />

cooked vegetables and a side sauce<br />

lent sufficient variety that we<br />

weren’t bored, but I’d still suggest<br />

getting one or the other.<br />

The shrimp pad Thai was standard<br />

but well crafted, the shrimp<br />

briefly grilled rather than steamed<br />

and the vegetables in good balance<br />

with the noodles, peanuts, and<br />

sauce. It wasn’t highly spiced and<br />

as far as I can tell shouldn’t be –<br />

it’s a gentle savory item that is a<br />

delight when done traditionally.<br />

The chicken with chili and basil<br />

was more assertive even though<br />

we had ordered it medium in deference<br />

to the two-heat-averse people<br />

at the table. When made mild<br />

it accents the pungency of Thai<br />

Tantawan Thai manager Miu Sauls<br />

basil, which has a concentrated<br />

herbal flavor that is very different<br />

from the Italian variant. The basil<br />

was accented by chili in the mild<br />

version, but if we had asked them<br />

to kick the seasoning up a few<br />

notches it would have been the<br />

other way around. Either way, it’s<br />

an enjoyable dish and one I would<br />

recommend here.<br />

We were offered the choice of<br />

regular jasmine rice, coconut rice,<br />

or brown rice with each entrée,<br />

and we got one of each. My suggestion<br />

is to do the same, because<br />

the different flavors in each add<br />

shadings to the curries and sauces.<br />

Dinner for four with a bottle of<br />

wine and a beer ran $133 and we<br />

took home enough for a nice lunch<br />

the next day. It was a fair price for<br />

a fine meal in pleasant surroundings,<br />

a showcase for a meal with<br />

character and a server who is one.<br />

Tantawan Thai cuisine is at 871<br />

Silver Spur in Rolling Hills. Open<br />

daily 11:30 a.m. -- 2:30 p.m. and 4<br />

p.m. – 9 p.m., parking lot, wheelchair<br />

access good. Vegetarian and<br />

vegan items available, but ask about<br />

use of fish sauces. Beer and wine<br />

served, no outside wine. No website,<br />

phone 310-544-0265. PEN<br />

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around&about<br />

Asia America Symphony (AAS) Guild Spring Tea<br />

n The “Tea by the Sea” was held at the private home of an Asia America Symphony<br />

Guild members in Palos Verdes Estates on May 11. The Guild supports the<br />

Asia America Youth Symphony, directed by David Benoit. Nearly 100 guests enjoyed<br />

tea and finger sandwiches and an array of desserts prepared by members.<br />

Youth Symphony members performed for guests , including Marcus Chang on<br />

the violin and Kai Nakkim on the clarinet.<br />

Elizabeth<br />

Morinaka, Susan<br />

Toy Stern, Lisa<br />

Nakkim, Margaret<br />

Shimada, Karen<br />

Bronson, Lisa<br />

Malone, Leslie Low<br />

and Kay Inose.<br />

Las Comadres Light Blue Group<br />

Los Compadres Class of <strong>2017</strong> (seated left to right) Kasey Katayama,<br />

Katherine Kelliny, Camille Masuda, Jillian Ambler, Julianna Yonis, and<br />

Hope Maruyama. (Standing, left to right) Megan Webb, Jennifer Simonell,<br />

Olivia Azzopardi, Cassidy Cushman, Nicole Takeda, Maxine<br />

Lee, Morgan Rivera. Photo by Kathi Wolfrum<br />

n The Las Comadres Light Blue Group Class of <strong>2017</strong> held their recognition<br />

dinner on Sunday, March 5 at Ports O’Call in San Pedro. Las Comadres is a<br />

member of the Student Service Advisory Council of Palos Verdes. Over the past<br />

four years, the group of 13 girls from <strong>Peninsula</strong> and Palos Verdes high schools volunteered<br />

more than 2,500 hours for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Ronald Mc-<br />

Donald House, PVP Land Conservancy, Heal the Bay, Cabrillo Marine Museum,<br />

Friendship Circle and local elementary schools.<br />

Around & About cont. on page 70<br />

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<strong>June</strong> <strong>2017</strong> • <strong>Peninsula</strong> <strong>People</strong> 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<br />


After starting a family in Japan, the Chapmans returned to Palos Verdes and rebuilt a masterpiece<br />

by Stephanie Cartozian<br />

Larry and Jodie Chapman<br />

never expected that they<br />

would be building a life together<br />

after a blind date set up by<br />

a mutual church friend over 30<br />

years ago.<br />

Larry was late to the performance<br />

of “Pirates of Penzance,”<br />

which was to be their meeting<br />

place for the evening. It was a<br />

show staged at the St. Peter’s Episcopal<br />

Church in San Pedro, where<br />

Jodie volunteered as a youth<br />

leader.<br />

“It was the worst production of<br />

Designed in part by Edward Carson Beall, the Chapmans’ Tuscan villa sits<br />

just off of the Palos Verdes Golf Course in the Valmonte neighborhood.<br />

‘Pirates of Penzance,’ ever,” Larry<br />

said.<br />

Jodie was not particularly impressed<br />

with his tardiness. Yet the<br />

two somehow managed to enjoy<br />

the evening together. Following<br />

their courtship, they married on<br />

August 27, 1983, and relocated<br />

soon after to Tokyo to take advantage<br />

of a professional opportunity.<br />

Larry, an electrical engineer, had<br />

joined Hughes Electronics in 1980.<br />

His work in Japan was the result of<br />

a joint venture between Hughes<br />

Electronics and two other companies.<br />

The companies were researching<br />

the technology<br />

66 <strong>Peninsula</strong> • <strong>June</strong> <strong>2017</strong>

This inviting pool area was a favorite spot when the Chapman children were growing up, replete with a water slide.<br />

surrounding direct broadcast satellites at the<br />

time, which eventually became DirecTV. Larry<br />

was one of DirecTV’s original Chief Operating<br />

Officers, in charge of the company’s Latin<br />

America division.<br />

The Chapmans’ first child, Alexis, was born<br />

in Japan and spent her first four years there. She<br />

was an anomaly in Eastern Asia.<br />

“<strong>People</strong> couldn’t get over her looks,” Jodie remembered.<br />

“They would bring over gifts just to<br />

be afforded the opportunity to see her up close<br />

and were fascinated by her non-Asian appearance.<br />

It was quite an experience for her to undergo<br />

all the extraordinary attention and<br />

popularity bestowed upon her at such an early<br />

age.”<br />

The family thoroughly enjoyed living in<br />

Tokyo and brought Japanese style, along with a<br />

sense of adventure, to the homestead they’d<br />

eventually establish in Palos Verdes. The family's<br />

sojourn to Japan ended in 1989 and they<br />

moved back to the States and settled in San<br />

Pedro in time for the arrival of their second<br />

child, Wesley that same year. Jodie, a Palos<br />

Verdes High School alumna, had never anticipated<br />

moving back to her hometown to raise a<br />

family as a full time mother.<br />

But the family became smitten with a house<br />

in the Valmonte neighborhood of Palos Verdes<br />

Estates. They purchased it in 1996.<br />

“We saw the potential here to really make it<br />

our own,” Jodie said. “I had a book of ideas and<br />

I would go through it excitedly searching for<br />

the just the right place to [apply] our future<br />

home ideas.”<br />

And what a playground this home proved to<br />

be for architectural detail, ingenuity and luxury.<br />

Originally built in 1938 and designed and engineered<br />

by H. H. Lochridge — the same architect<br />

who designed the City Hall building in<br />

The water slide leads to a sparkling pool and spa area<br />

with artificial grass and a courtyard lined with trellises<br />

filled with spring’s abundant flowers.<br />

Long Beach — this Tuscan-style refuge<br />

served as the foundation for the family’s<br />

future ideal home. In 1997, they hired the<br />

prominent Torrance-based architect, Edward<br />

Carson Beall, to engage in an ambitious<br />

remodel.<br />

“It was a two year endeavor,” Larry said.<br />

“We covered lots of ground.”<br />

He recalled how the couple saw an advertisement<br />

for vintage flooring that took<br />

them out to Vista, California, one of many<br />

uniquely sourced materials for the home’s<br />

reimagining.<br />

“The wood plank reclaimed flooring is<br />

eucalyptus sourced from a Tasmanian<br />

sheep shearing factory,” Larry said. “We<br />

had it hand-scraped, and even though it<br />

was glued down flooring, it still retains the<br />

original nail holes from its past life.”<br />

The family went to great lengths to stay<br />

true to the home’s character. The stairwell<br />

by the entrance is the original from the<br />

1930s. It’s made of magnesite, a type of oldworld<br />

style poured cement comprised of a<br />

mixture of calcined magnesite, magnesium<br />

chloride and various fillers including wood<br />

flour or sawdust.<br />

“There were five layers of paint masking<br />

the magnesite,” Larry said, noting it was<br />

all removed to expose the stairwell’s natural<br />

egg-shell color composition. Larry recalled<br />

that when they went to build the<br />

back staircase during the remodel, they<br />

could only find one purveyor of this material,<br />

Rizo’s, in Los Angeles.<br />

The house sits high above the street,<br />

meeting its towering eucalyptus trees eyeto-eye.<br />

The steps leading up to the front<br />

door are winding and alluring, with the floral<br />

and herbaceous scents of nature wafting<br />

<strong>June</strong> <strong>2017</strong> • <strong>Peninsula</strong> 67

Timeless<br />

Larry and Jodie Chapman enjoying the veranda with the Sebastion and<br />

Sola. Photo by Tony LaBruno<br />

Centuries ago when the world’s finest clockmakers were<br />

hard at work, their aim was to create a mechanical marvel<br />

that operates continuously and last forever. Imagine<br />

a hand made complex mechanism of inter-working parts designed<br />

to keep time accurately. Your clock is a work of art and<br />

your job is to keep this timeless treasure healthy for the next<br />

generation.<br />

Your clock reminds you of its presence every time you wind<br />

it. If the accuracy of the clock is not what it used to be, or the<br />

chimes are not as strong or rhythmic, or maybe it just stops;<br />

that means your clock is talking to you and telling you that its<br />

endless life is in jeopardy.<br />

It is imperative to maintain and service your clock regularly.<br />

Oil gets old and dry forcing the train of gears to work twice as<br />

hard to accomplish their goal. This results in damage that drastically<br />

shortens the life of a fine timepiece.<br />

Michel Medawar has been extending the lives of timepieces<br />

for over Sixty years as his father did Sixty years before. He is<br />

the inventor of the first talking clock in the world. He is a graduate<br />

from Patek Philippe in Geneva, Switzerland, The Theod<br />

Wagner Clock Co. in Wiesbaden, Germany, and the Howard<br />

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come to your home and offer you a free estimate for servicing<br />

your clock. Or bring your wall or mantel clock to our store to<br />

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as one ascends. The front door, from Arte de Mexico, is heavily built with<br />

hand-carved paneling originally towering 12 feet tall. The door had to be<br />

taken down a few feet to fit the frame, so the extra panels were crafted<br />

and embedded into a wood lattice succulent planter outside creatively concealing<br />

waste bins.<br />

When the front door opens you are greeted by the Chapmans and their<br />

friendly small schnauzers, Sebastian and Sola. Your second vision is of the<br />

inviting kitchen, designed partly by Cooper Pacific Kitchens in Los Angeles.<br />

The kitchen cleverly features Old World accessories. The Sub-Zero refrigerator<br />

boasts an Arte de Mexico set of ornate handles. A “secret” staircase<br />

takes you underground to a well-equipped butler’s pantry, replete with a<br />

second refrigerator and other useful appointments, including ample storage<br />

cabinetry and workspace countertops. The breakfast area sits by a large<br />

bay window overlooking lush greenery outside. A front deck, visible just<br />

outside the window, offers an expansive view that includes the Palos<br />

Verdes Golf Course, venerable trees and bounding greenery and flowers.<br />

The home has three distinctive fireplaces. The living room, off the kitchen,<br />

has an old world finish, hand-done by well-known South Bay artisan Barbara<br />

Van Groningen in a textured deep merlot hue. Van Groningen’s<br />

artistry is ubiquitous throughout the home, including fleur de lys painted<br />

into the beams, whimsical fairies painted on the floors in the children’s<br />

bathroom and copper etchings of Tuscan villages she freehanded in the<br />

laundryroom. Some Asian influence can also be discerned in the largely<br />

The daughter’s whimsical bathroom has a decorative handpainted fairy on<br />

the floor by the basin and Barbara Von Groningen, artisan, styled the flanking<br />

cabinetry to match the sink basin’s greenery motif.<br />

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Tuscan residence, such as the<br />

Japanese Tansu step cabinet in<br />

their son’s room.<br />

Wesley resides in Australia now.<br />

“Since he wasn’t born internationally<br />

like his sister, he went international<br />

later!” Jodie said.<br />

All the bedrooms are upstairs in<br />

this approximately 3,355 square<br />

foot home that even has a “quilting<br />

room” upstairs, with a sewing machine<br />

and a window seat overlooking<br />

the pool and gardens.<br />

“This room is my refuge and<br />

sanctuary,” Jodie said. “It’s away, at<br />

the end of the house, and offers me<br />

creative time to work on projects<br />

that I love.”<br />

Each of the five bathrooms is<br />

carefully thought out, with unique<br />

accents fitting for the home. Wesley<br />

loved dolphins, so a dolphin<br />

motif is displayed in his shower<br />

tiles. Each of the bathroom shower<br />

drains throughout the house has a<br />

different, uniquely designed brass<br />

grating of Japanese fish or flowers<br />

or other nature motifs. Even the<br />

pool and spa are comprised of pebble-tech<br />

flooring, and the pool slide<br />

has a stone facade; gargoyles flank<br />

Living room with views of the verdant outdoors and vintage eucalyptus flooring<br />

throughout is a nod to the home’s seamless melding with nature.<br />

the slide with half-animal, halfhuman<br />

features, acting as downspouts<br />

clearing water from the slide<br />

wall. Such features, throughout the<br />

home and its grounds, are both<br />

practical and decorative.<br />

After the couple finished their<br />

home’s two year remodel, Jodie<br />

said they were inspired to find<br />

other projects they could share.<br />

“I was trying to find out what else<br />

we could do together next,” Jodie<br />

said. “Some couples garden together,<br />

bike together or even work<br />

together.”<br />

Jodie’s father, who was a navigator<br />

in the military, instilled in her a<br />

love of flying at an early age. So<br />

Jodie obtained her pilot’s license in<br />

2001 and two years later she convinced<br />

Larry to do the same. They<br />

purchased a Cirrus plane that has<br />

two batteries, two alternators, two<br />

GPS’s, four seats, and its own parachute.<br />

“I feel very safe in this plane,”<br />

Jodie said.<br />

The plane is housed at the Torrance<br />

Airport but will soon be flying<br />

north. The Chapmans have<br />

decided to make a move to Placerville<br />

to be closer to their new<br />

granddaughter, Juniper, who just<br />

turned one. The Chapmans are<br />

once again embarking on a new adventure,<br />

together. PEN<br />

The handcarved front door from<br />

Arte de Mexico is of substantially<br />

thick wood and makes a<br />

grand entrance.<br />

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New PV Orchard’s Paint a Pot<br />

n The new Orchards in Palos Verdes hosted a free Paint a Pot event on Saturday<br />

afternoon May 13 in anticipation of Mother's Day. Children painted a terracotta<br />

pot for their mothers and planted a<br />

flower inside their new creation.<br />

Assisteens Recognition Ball<br />

around&about<br />

Chris Tabellerio and OSH<br />

manager Cyndy Lippert.<br />

Photos by Stephanie Cartozian<br />

Kids at the table painting<br />

their Mother's Day creations.<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong> School of Performing Arts<br />

Presents La Bayadere ballet at the Norris<br />

n Students of the <strong>Peninsula</strong> School of<br />

Performing Arts (PSPA), directed by<br />

owner Tita Boulger, performed “La<br />

Bayadere” at the Norris Theatre La<br />

Bayadere on May 12, 13 and 14. La<br />

Bayadere means The Temple Dancer<br />

and was originally staged in four acts<br />

and seven scenes by the French choreographer<br />

Marius Petipa, to music by Ludwig<br />

Minkus. The ballet premiered in<br />

1877. The story takes place in India<br />

and connects the romantic and classical<br />

Lauren Hunter.<br />

Photo by Stephanie Cartozian<br />

eras of ballet. The ballerinas wear<br />

shorter classical tutus and move in very<br />

romantic and flowing manners.<br />

Assistance League Walk<br />

n Assistance League supporters Walked the Walk on April 23. It started at the<br />

Maritime Museum in San Pedro and concluded at the Dancing Waters, in front of<br />

the Cruise ship terminal. Nearly 100 walkers enjoyed views of the U.S.S. Iowa<br />

and cruise ships to raise funds to help underprivileged. Lisa Lehman won the prize<br />

for most miles.<br />

Nadia Innab, Eileen Potter, Miranda Kim, Nicole Suppelsa, Isabella<br />

Manestar and Nicole Rogalski. Photo by Nathan Worden, Worden Photography<br />

n The 52nd Annual Assisteens Recognition Ball was held at the Millennium Biltmore<br />

Hotel’s Crystal ballroom. Senior graduates danced a traditional waltz with<br />

their fathers to Tchaikovsky’s classic “Sleeping Beauty.” Each honoree spotlighted<br />

in a white gown, stood on a balcony while her high school accomplishments were<br />

read. The honorees contributed more than 4,500 hours to more than 17 South<br />

Bay nonprofit organizations. This year’s graduating class comes from Palos Verdes<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong> High School, Palos Verdes High School, and Bishop Montgomery High<br />

School.<br />

Happy 90th Birthday, Jea Baran<br />

n The Trojan League of South Bay (TLSB) celebrated the 90th birthday of Founding<br />

Member and Past President Jea Baran at the Valmonte Room at the Canterbury<br />

Residence in Rancho Palos Verdes. The Trojan League of South Bay awards merit<br />

scholarships to current USC students from the South Bay. The group also connects<br />

South Bay USC alumni with one another.<br />

Pam Sattler, Rita<br />

Stratton and Gwen<br />

Slater. Photo by<br />

Andrew Wyman<br />

(Seated) Nancy Jacobsmeyer, John Baran, Jea Baran, Joan Spaeter and<br />

Sigrid Allman. (Standing) Al Spaeter, Lori Carlson, Kerry Olson, Patti<br />

Johnson, L’Cena Rice, Mary Beeson, Suzanne Krapf, Ginny Wood,<br />

Alice Remp, Nancy Lovell, Patti Josi, Julie Haynes and Beth Petak Aaron.<br />

Photo courtesy of TLSB<br />

70 <strong>Peninsula</strong> • <strong>June</strong> <strong>2017</strong>

Red Day helps Seniors<br />

n Keller Williams closed its doors May 11 for its annual Red Day. Keller William<br />

Palos Verdes Realtor Cheryl Friedman spearheaded the effort with Palos Verdes<br />

Estates Police Community Relations Officer Marcelle Herrera and Orchard Supply<br />

Hardware Assistant Manager Dave Taylor. The group cleaned up the yards of<br />

seven elderly residents.<br />

PV Seniors receive donation<br />

n The Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong> Association of Realtors<br />

(PVPAR) presented $1,000 to the <strong>Peninsula</strong><br />

Seniors for their Capital Campaign. The donation<br />

was made at the seniors’ monthly breakfast<br />

meeting at the Los Verdes Country Club. Real Estate<br />

Attorney Steven Spierer addressed the nearly<br />

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Eagle Scout Brian Hom<br />

n Students at Palos Verdes Intermediate School have a new garden to lunch in<br />

thanks to Eagle Scout Brian Hom of Palos Verdes High School. As his Eagle Scout<br />

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