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Volume XXII, Issue 1


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PENINSULA

Volume XXII, Issue 1

August 2017

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

ON THE COVER

Watercolor by Katrina Vanderlip

depicting a sculpture of her grandfather

as a boy with his favorite

dog. The sculpture is by Rudolf

Evans, whose other work includes

the Jefferson Memorial in

Washington D.C.

PROFILES

10

Chester Bennington remembered

by Kevin Cody Chester Bennington enjoyed rockstar status.

But it didn’t calm his personal demons. As he wrote in his last

single release, “Heavy,” I keep draggin’ around/What’s bringin’

me down/Why is everything so heavy?

18 Rising ballerina

by Esther Kang Peninsula School of Performing Arts

ballerina Lauren Hunter performs on the international stage,

enroute to London’s Royal Ballet School.

22 America’s banker

by Bondo Wyszpolski Peninsula writer Vicki Mack

recounts the story of Frank Vanderlip, whom the New York

Times called “the banker who changed America.”

26 Palos Verdes’ first family

by Bondo Wyszpolski Both figuratively and literally the

Vanderlips have been the first family of Palos Verdes since

financier Frank Vanderlip bought 16,000 acres on the peninsula

over 100 years ago.

52

Truxtons Bistro’s family fare

by Richard Foss The newly opened Truxtons Bistro raises

the bar for family restaurants on the Peninsula.

HIGHLIGHTS

14 Whiskey and Wine with PV Performing Arts

34 Encore Group luncheon at Villa Narcissa

50 PV Arts at Catalina View Gardens

54 Peninsula Family Businesses

56 Palos Verdes Assembly Ball

58 Affinity Volunteers luncheon

60 Music on the Meadows at Terranea Resort

62 Celebrate Wellness at the Botanic Garden

64 Caring House’s Evening of Appreciation

DEPARTMENTS

40 Peninsula calendar

48 Around and About

69 Home services

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Music couldn’t save

Bennington

Chester Bennington wrote music to ‘numb’ his

personal demons. It wasn’t enough.

by Kevin Cody

In March 2016, Chester Bennington told Peninsula parents who filled the Norris

Theater, “The schools here are so great because the parents are so involved in

their kids’ lives.”

Bennington’s praise came during a break in the music at the From Classic to Rock

concert, organized by Marten Andersson, of the band Lizzy Borden. The concert

raised over $50,000 for Peninsula school music programs. Bennington and his wife

Talinda had several children in Peninsula schools.

Bennington’s band Linkin Park had won multiple Grammys. Their 2001, breakthrough

album “Hybrid Theory” sold over 10 million copies. During From Classic

to Rock, Bennington and Andersson performed with fellow South Bay music stars

Stone Temple Pilots, Gary Wright (“Dream Weaver”) , Chas West (Bonham and Foreigner),

Monte Pittman (Madonna), LA Philharmonic violinist Yutong and Long

Beach Symphony cellist Stan Sharp

The evening closed with the musicians singing Bob Dylan’s elegiac “Knockin’ on

Heaven’s Door.” The Peninsula High School choir sang backup.

On Thursday, June 20, while his family was vacationing in Arizona, Bennington

was found dead in his Palos Verdes Estates home, of an apparent suicide. He was

41.

Bennington struggled with mental demons throughout his life. He traced them to

having been sexually abused in his youth.

“I have been able to tap into all the negative things that can happen to me by

numbing myself to the pain, so to speak, and kind of being able to vent it through

my music,” he said in a 2009 interview with the website Noisecreep.

That year he declared himself free of drugs. But if his music offers any insight, he

was not free of his demons. His last single “Heavy,” released in February, includes

the lyrics:

You say that I’m paranoid

But I’m pretty sure the world is out to get me

It’s not like I make the choice

To let my mind stay so f….ing messy

Following his death, Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified Superintendent Don Austin

told the Daily Breeze, “All day I’ve been receiving calls and texts from people expressing

their sadness for the loss of someone whom, anyone who knows him,

would describe as a great guy, and our interactions together were the same. It was

very clear that being a dad was more important to him than anything else. Our

thoughts are with his family.” PEN

2016 From Classic to Rock performers

and organizers (left to right) Bennington,

Stone Temple Pilots’ Dean DeLeo, musician

and composer Gary Wright,

Schools Superintendent Donald Austin,

Ed Foundation Development Director

Cheryl Ward, Ed Foundation Board

President Roma Mistry, PTSA Council

President Beth Myerhoff, School Board

member Malcolm Sharp, Stone Temple

Pilots’ Robert DeLeo, Lizzy Borden’s

Marten Andersson, PYT singer Lauren

Mayhew and event co-producer Amy

Friedman. Photo by Cynthia Halverson

(CynthiaHalverson.com)

Chester Bennington performing with Stone Temple Pilots at the 2016

From Classic to Rock concert at the Norris Theater. Photo by Cynthia

Halverson (CynthiaHalverson.com)

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

Performing Arts Conservatory

A Night to Celebrate Whiskey and Wine

Peanie and Alex Wang hosted Whiskey, Wine and Dads on June 16 in

the courtyard of their Tuscan style estate. This was the first

fundraiser organized by Backstage, the new leadership team of parents

for the Palos Verdes Performing Arts Conservatory (PVAC). More than

60 guests were in attendance to support dance performances and plays

while immersing themselves in the nuances of whiskey through J.P.

Cordero, the spirits sommelier, who served up rare, high-end whiskeys.

The spread of delectables was prepared by Jean Cordero of Entertaining

Friends Catering and included lobster bisque, beef and seafood sliders,

salads, pasta bar and individual desserts. For more information visit

PalosVerdesPerformingArts.com.

1. Peanie and Alex Wang.

PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE CARTOZIAN

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Marta Rhodes, Tanya Mann, Cindy

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and Cindy Boger.

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Mann, Michael Warner, David Boger

and Hank Parker.

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J.P. Cordero.

6. Maura Mizuguchi, Amy Firmani,

Allison Holcher and Joanne Saalberg.

7. Marta Rhodes, Cindy Boger, Kimberly

Wood, Deborah North, Justine

Roe Lee Azadeh Khatibi, Lisa Berry

and Lynn Collins.

8. Dessert and drink.

9. Carrie Yamato, Devyn Park and Kathleen Warner.

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Peninsula School of Performing Arts dancer Lauren Hunter competing at Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition in Switzerland this past February.

Photos by Gregory Bartardon

15-year-old Lauren Hunter earns a place on the international ballet stage

by Esther Kang

Fifteen-year-old ballerina Lauren Hunter walks, talks and dances with

a poise beyond her years. Her journey as a ballerina began at the

Peninsula School of Performing Arts only three years ago, but Hunter

has already ascended to some of the most prestigious stages in the world.

This past February, she was one of six Americans selected to compete at

Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition in Switzerland. As the

youngest contestant, she placed fifth and took home the coveted prize -- a

full tuition scholarship to Royal Ballet School in London for a three-year

course beginning this fall.

Upon returning home, Hunter has continued her streak. In May, she won

the Spotlight Awards for Classical Dance at the Los Angeles Music Center,

earning a $5,000 scholarship and a performance at the Walt Disney Concert

Hall. She then traveled to New York to compete in the Youth America

Grand Prix finals, placing third and earning a bronze medal in the senior

women’s level.

Hunter was born outside Seoul, South Korea, to an American father and

Korean mother. The family moved to Texas when she was 2. The intuition

of her mother prompted Hunter to begin taking dance classes at age 6, splitting

her time between jazz and ballet. She says the main incentive for dancing

was fun and exercise in these early years.

“Everyone always says, ‘Oh I’ve been in love with ballet since I was 2

years old’ … not me,” she said, laughing. “I didn’t like it that much at all.

The older I got, the more I understood it. When I was younger, I was like,

‘I’m just in pain! Why am I doing this?’"

At age 10, she and her family moved to Palos Verdes.

As she got older, Hunter found herself appreciating ballet over other styles

of dancing. At 13, she began private instruction with Marina and Alex Kalinina

at the Peninsula School of Performing Arts, as well as with teachers

Roberto Almaguer and Vera Ninkovic. Under their mentorship, Hunter

began to understand ballet as an art form beyond the visceral technicalities

of dance.

“I’ve always liked to draw and paint,” she said. “And I realized I can draw

and paint while dancing on stage.”

Upon entering Palos Verdes High School, Hunter was faced with a decision

between joining a team or continue dancing ballet. She followed her

intuition and decided to continue dedicating her energy to pursuing dance.

Hunter described this period as a very difficult time; she struggled to balance

school with pursuing a professional career in ballet. She traveled to

New York, Salt Lake City and Orlando, Florida, placing in each of these

competitions.

“What’s cool about ballet is that you’re an actress as well as a dancer,”

Hunter said. “One part of artistry is being able to show different emotions

— sadness, anger, happiness — in one ballet. You have to be able to do that

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and connect with the audience, but

there’s also artistry in how we

move.”

In the spring of that year, just a

year into private training, 14-yearold

Hunter landed her first lead

role in a show when a Royal Ballet

dancer, due to visa issues, was unable

to perform the role of Aurora

in the Peninsula School of Performing

Arts production of Sleeping

Beauty.

“It was really new to do that big

of a role,” she said. “It was a big

step for me. After every performance

you grow, and when you

come back in the studio, you’re

like, ‘Wow, I can do this so much

better than I used to,’” she said.

“It’s a big opportunity and experience

every time you’re on stage.”

Homeschooling, which she

began last year, has freed Hunter

to pursue her passion. On a typical

day, she spends at least five hours

practicing her craft. She begins her

morning with homeschool, followed

by an hour and a half of private

instruction with her current

mentor Alla Khaniashvili. That’s

followed by stretch class, pilates or

swimming, then a conservatory

class at Marat Daukayev School of

Ballet in LA, near Marina Del Rey,

where her family now lives. After

that, she attends another class at

the Peninsula School of Performing

Arts.

The international recognition

Hunter has garnered has not

slowed her down. Her fierce work

ethic, paired with natural ability,

makes her insatiable as a young

artist pursuing perfection.

“There’s always something for

me to work on,” she said. “Some

people plateau or think they’ve

achieved the best they can. That’s

when it gets boring. But it could

never get boring really if you think

about it. You can always be cleaner

when you’re dancing, or jump

higher. There should be no opportunity

to get bored.”

Earlier this month, Hunter spent

two weeks participating in an intensive

program at the Royal Ballet

School in London, where she will

return as a student this fall. She

hopes to take the stage as the Royal

Ballet’s prima dancer in the near

future.

“There’s so many other schools I

can try to put my mind to,” Hunter

said. “But the Royal Ballet is my

dream company, so this school is

the best way to lead into that.” PEN

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Spirit of the Peninsula

Peninsula founder Frank Vanderlip

lived in Vicki Mack’s downstairs office,

and very likely he’s still there

Photo of Vicki Mack by Bondo Wyszpolski. Inset: Frank and Narcissa Vanderlip. Photo courtesy of Vicki Mack

by Bondo Wyszpolski

Vicki Mack has put so much heart and soul into her book about Frank

Arthur Vanderlip that her husband thought she was going to leave

him for Vanderlip, despite the fact the patriarch of the Peninsula died

in 1937.

The couple had lived in The Cottage, which was built in 1916 and was

originally part of the vast Vanderlip Estate.

Vicki is a noted author and photographer (her resume includes photo

shoots with six U.S. presidents, among countless celebrities) who lives in

Palos Verdes Estates. She had never intended to write about the elder Vanderlip

until one day at a luncheon she met Don Christy, the stepson of Vanderlip’s

brother John.

At the luncheon, which took place at The Cottage and had as its agenda

the Palos Verdes Historical Homes Tour, she overheard someone say to Don

that he should write a book since he knew so much local history. He replied,

“I always wanted to, but I don’t know how.” Perhaps emboldened by her

second glass of wine, Vicki interjected, “Well, you know, I could help you

with that.” The result was a book they co-authored called “Up Around the

Bend.”

Later, Don told Vicki, “You need to write a book on Frank Vanderlip.” (In

1913, Frank Vanderlip, a New York banker at the time, purchased the entire

Palos Verdes Peninsula, 16,000 acres, and naturally had big plans for it, although

very few of them were ever realized on account of the 1929 financial

crisis.)

Vicki replied that writing a book about Frank Vanderlip was the family’s

job, not hers, but Don told her that no one was doing it. “So that’s when he

gave me his copy of the autobiography,” Vicki says. “As I read his book, I

started getting a sense of who he was.” She hadn’t known he had helped

found the Federal Reserve and had consorted with prominent public figures

in New York and Washington, D.C.

Narcissa Vanderlip, Frank Vanderlip’s granddaughter, asked Vicki how

long she thought the writing would take. “I said, ‘Oh, probably three

months.’ And she goes, ‘Vicki, there’s no way you can write a book on Frank

in three months.’”

Narcissa was right. “Nine months later I finished the first round, and

Kelvin (the elder Vanderlip’s grandson) said, ‘You know, Vicki, this is only

your first edition.’ And I said, Naaaah, this is it. And he said, ‘No, you’re

going to learn so much more after it gets published.’”

Kelvin was right. The book, “Frank A. Vanderlip: The Banker Who

Changed America,” was published in 2013, but Vicki has indeed discovered

new material since, and is seriously thinking of another edition. “What I’d

like to do this time is a little more scholarly because I have so much more

information now, particularly on the founding of the Federal Reserve. I

think I’ve put some things together in ways that other people haven’t because

of the background knowledge I have on Frank.” This would include

financing related to World War I and Japanese immigration in the 1920s.

“He was quite strong on the fact that he didn’t like the way the Japanese

people were being treated.”

Vicki Mack can entertain you for hours about Frank Vanderlip, whom

she began calling “Frank” because Vanderlip had complained that no one

ever used his first name but always addressed him as “Mr. Vanderlip” or

“Mr. Van.” This led to an amusing incident.

Each morning at 9 a.m. Vicki would head downstairs to her office to work

on the manuscript. Her husband David would ask her where she was going.

“I’d reply, ‘Well, we’re off to the Spanish American War,’ or, ‘We’re dealing

with his time in Washington, or whatever.’”

One day, as she’d picked up her coffee cup and was headed to her office,

she told him, “I’m off to bury Frank.”

“And he said, ‘I knew it! I knew it was going to happen!’ And I said, ‘Well,

you know I’ve come to the end; it’s going to happen sometime.’”

“He thought what I’d said was, ‘I’m off to marry Frank.’”

She then adds, “To me he’s just Frank, and I joked that he lives in my office.

He died in 1937 but he’s really alive and well in my office.

“So that’s kind of how it all came to be.”

Now, in the works is a documentary about Frank Vanderlip that was first

shown at the Norris Theatre in Rolling Hills Estates in 2015 but is being reedited.

“We need to do some different things to get it sold for TV,” she adds.

Vicki Mack was adamant in noting that “none of this would have happened

if it weren’t for Don Christy.” Husband David was supportive throughout

the process, but Don pushed her until it was completed.

Frank A. Vanderlip: The Banker Who Changed America, by Vicki

A. Mack, is available from Pinale Press, P.O. Box 293, Palos Verdes Estates, CA

90274. More information is at vickimack.com. PEN

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Narcissa Vanderlip (Frank Vanderlip’s granddaughter) and her

husband Parmer Fuller in the living room of Villa Narcissa. They

are the co-founders of the ETC Theatre Company.

Photo by David Fairchild

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FRANK ARTHUR VANDERLIP

Through the ages with the Peninsula’s “First Family”

by Bondo Wyszpolski

Photo by David Fairchild

In the beginning was

Reached only by a narrow and winding tree-lined country road, Villa

Narcissa sits high above the Portuguese Bend Club and Wayfarers

Chapel. If we stand on the home’s quiet terrace and face west, we

can pretty much say this is where it all started, this is the story that became

Palos Verdes.

Just over 100 years ago, Frank Arthur Vanderlip, then president of National

City Bank of New York, brought his family from the East Coast to

see the 16,000 acres he’d purchased. Vanderlip had bought the entire Palos

Verdes peninsula, sight unseen, for about $1.5 million.

The “internationally known financier,” as the New York Times would

write in his obituary, had a grand vision for Palos Verdes. Imagine several

estates the size and grandeur of the Getty Villa or the Huntington Library,

all perched above the cliffs, as spacious and expansive as Italian seaside villas.

That could have happened, and the beginnings of it indeed did. But history,

that mishmash of zig-zags and cul-de-sacs, intervened in the form of

the 1929 stock market crash and the Great Depression that trailed in its

wake. Details about this can be gleaned from Vicki Mack’s exhaustively researched

2013 biography, “Frank A. Vanderlip: The Banker Who Changed

America.”

Bit by bit, parcels of land were peeled away. Today, the Vanderlip estate,

that which remains in the family, is just over 11.5 acres. And although Villa

Narcissa (named in honor of Vanderlip’s wife) is an impressive and solidly

built home, one must keep in mind that it was never conceived as the chief

residence, but rather as a guest house, originally referred to as the Italian

Renaissance Villetta. So where is or was the main domicile?

In 1924, Vanderlip commissioned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead,

Jr., whose father designed New York’s Central Park, to draw up plans

for a villa (to be called Villa Palos Verdes), based on the 16th century Villa

Papa Giulia in Rome. “It was to be large enough,” Mack writes, “to rival

San Simeon, the northern California hilltop mansion of William Randolph

Hearst.” The villa, she adds, “was to be a regal Italian estate. There would

be groves of fruit trees and formal gardens, a magnificent arched loggia,

enough rooms for even an explorer to get lost in, and every comfort one

could ask for.”

The market crash put an end to that plan, although years after after Vanderlip

died in 1937 building material, columns, stones, roof tiles, remained

on the property.

Second generation

Frank Vanderlip had six children. Kelvin, one of the sons, took possession

of the estate and improved what remained of the property. However, Frank

Vanderlip’s true descendent wasn’t a blood relative, but rather a person just

as savvy and hardworking as he had been. This person was Elin Brekke, a

Norwegian Kelvin married in 1946.

Again, in a story filled with what-ifs and could-have-beens, Kelvin died

young, in 1956 at the age of 44 (he’d been born the day the Titanic sank,

April 15, 1912). What Vicki Mack wrote about formal gardens and enough

rooms to get lost in, while never to be realized by way of Villa Palos Verdes,

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A hilltop view down the grand cypress allee from the Temple to the front door of Villa Narcissa. Photo by Bondo Wyszpolski.

were carried out as if to the letter by Elin Vanderlip over the half-century

that she ruled the roost, no exaggeration, and elevated Villa Narcissa into

something truly grand.

The marriage had yielded four children, Kelvin, Jr., Narcissa, Katrina and

Henrik, all of them born between 1947 and 1952, and thus still very young

in 1956. Within two years their coming of age in such a pristine environment

was interrupted in yet another way.

“When my husband died, I took my whole family and the help to Switzerland,”

Elin Vanderlip told me in 1997. “Other people would hang around

and moan and put everybody in public school. Not me.” As her eldest

daughter Narcissa wrote in the eulogy she delivered for her mother, who

passed away in 2009 at the age of 90, “For us she became, as she said, our

‘mother and father,’ setting off for Switzerland to find us top schools, learning

French, and making a life for us over there.”

That was the end of one phase in the children’s lives, and of course the

beginning of another. Henrik and Katrina, forever “the twins,” were just six

at the time, with Kelvin and Narcissa not much older.

The hiatus lasted eight years, beginning in 1958, with the family returning

to the Villa for good in 1966. Much had changed. As Kelvin Jr. recalls in a

recent email, “The Villetta had become the Villa Narcissa, the Casetta (“a

three-bay garage with two apartments above to house workers and mechanics,”

Mack writes) had been sold, and the Cottage (a prefab structure, although

nonetheless one with style, where the family was first installed) was

no longer a shared family home. Portuguese Bend had grown from a dozen

houses to about 50, the Palos Verdes landslide was in full descent, Abalone

Cove went from a small private club to a county beach, and the Hill was

growing roads and new homes.”

Frank Vanderlip had built a duck pond below the Cottage, and the

grounds housed an aviary large enough to contain over 100 varieties of birds

(including, ahem, peacocks that later ran wild), but I’m not sure how developed

the acreage was with regard to vegetation. There was the grand cypress

allee that still descends at least 250 steps from a “temple” with Doric

columns, virtually to the front door of Villa Narcissa (at one point, it is said,

continuing down to Narcissa Drive). What I do know is that, whatever landscaping

was there before her, Elin Vanderlip added to it immeasurably, and

would do so up until the very last years of her life.

“My accomplishments are my gardens,” she told me. “I’m very proud of

that because twice it was totally burnt.” When the film producer Lee Katz

was in Italy filming “Man of La Mancha,” Elin Vanderlip “toured every Italian

garden I could get into. When I came back I planted nothing but olives

and cypresses and got Italian terracotta sculptures.”

(Lee Katz, described as her “eternal fiancé,” was sometimes referred to

by Elin Vanderlip as “my companion of 30 years” or simply as “Mr. Katz,”

which always made me think of “The King of Cats,” which is what the

painter Balthus called himself.)

A landscape in bloom

“The Villa Narcissa gardens were my mother’s passion,” Katrina says

today, “and although I remember hating planting annuals for her when I

was a teenager, she took me to every garden we could find in Italy, in

France, and wherever else we went, so her passion for gardens has become

mine as well.”

Elin Vanderlip was an imposing woman, at times “difficult, demanding

and challenging” as Narcissa put it in her eulogy. So I was astonished then,

as I remain today, that one topic that at least momentarily brought us closer

was the godfather of punk rock, Iggy Pop, who’d himself scaled the cypress

allee and also, barechested and seated upon one of the railway ties that

serves as a stair, was filmed strumming a guitar and singing “Candy.” Elin

Vanderlip relished telling me this curious vignette, all the more surprising

in retrospect since this was the same woman who, in the latter 1960s, had

founded Club Bagatelle, a gathering place for well-mannered teens that existed

for maybe two years at the Golden Cove shopping center. If it didn’t

exactly take off, just remember that this was the era of The Byrds, Buffalo

Springfield, and The Doors. Well-mannered teens were on the wane.

Iggy Pop wasn’t the only celebrity to be filmed or photographed against

the backdrop of the grand allee or the gardens. There were shoots for

“Vogue” and Elizabeth Arden and many others. But although most of the

growing up and the living took place indoors, “A garden connected to a

house can be a second home more real to its inhabitants,” in the words of

Robert Harbison, author of “Eccentric Spaces.” “We need these two homes,

a green one and a brown one, a grown one and a built one, two worlds in

tension.”

My mother had a childhood friend who owned a house near a lake in the

woods, a few miles from Paris, where the three of us spent an afternoon.

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The woman, rather stout with a

manly voice, reminded me of

Rodin’s statue of Balzac, a figure

with gravitas, wrapped in a cloak.

But what intrigued me then, and intrigues

me still over 30 years later,

was that I never was sure where her

garden ended and where the inside

of the house began. There was an intertidal

zone, if you will, comprised

of flora, fauna, and furniture. Before

we step inside Villa Narcissa itself,

let’s recall a passage from Henry

Miller’s “The Air-Conditioned Nightmare.”

Miller wrote that “to speak in

architectural language of a house

which is as organically alive, sensuous,

and mellow as a giant tree is to

kill its charm.”

Which is to say that thanks to Elin

Vanderlip’s penchant for growing

more rooms, the way one of her trees

grows another branch, we cannot or should not write about the home in

conventional terms of square feet and number of bedrooms and baths. And

that, let me say, is a woman after my own heart. The house, staid and sturdy

in some parts, survives as a living ancestor. Perhaps Bernard Rudofsky says

it better: “I believe that in the arts and in architecture, the sensual pleasure

should come before the intellectual ones.”

Do I hear any naysayers? I thought not.

Books, and lost love letters

The throughline with all this, in case you’re wondering, is the family’s

abiding passion for the arts (it extends to the youngest or “fourth generation”),

beginning with Frank Vanderlip’s fondness for education (he founded

a school on the East Coast) and his

love for books. Elin Vanderlip, herself,

was a voracious reader and

much of her personal library, and

that of her father-in-law’s, remains

intact.

On the first floor of Villa Narcissa

is a library, the kind with built-in

shelves, all of them neatly lined with

old, elegant books, the likes of which

are hard to come by, except perhaps

at an estate sale where the family has

run out of steam after 37 generations.

I’m reminded of a sentence in Gert

Hofmann’s “Lichtenberg and the Little

Flower Girl” that says “There was

a smell in the library of book dust

and erudition.” Book dust, I don’t

know, but all venerable libraries

The library with rare books from the collection of the patriarch, Frank A. have that scent of learning and erudition.

One of the key volumes, and

Vanderlip. Photo by David Fairchild.

Narcissa takes it from the shelf, is a

well-thumbed, complete works of Shakespeare, which, she says, “I like to

think is the one my grandfather carried in his overalls as a teenager trudging

the six miles to work in the tool shop every day. And that helped him get

into the University of Chicago.” After all, and one can read about this in

Vicki Mack’s biography, Frank Vanderlip really does stand out as an example

of someone who pulled himself up by his bootstraps.

On the other side of the house, and it’s quite a stroll, actually, is a dark

passageway, nearly a tunnel, that is lined with books, at the end of which

one turns left, then right, before entering yet another large room, one wall

of which is overflowing with books on gardening and architecture. There’s

that sense of having entered a treasure vault.

However, it’s the older part of the Villa, before these various wings and

maze-like hallways were added, that retains the charm and character of the

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estate’s glorious past. I’m referring

to the living room and a dining

room that seem to have been in suspended

animation, for decades. This

is the part of the residence where

one is reminded most of Frank Vanderlip’s

legacy. The furnishings are

splendid, tasteful, the colors mostly

somber but soothing, and the walls

graced with portraits of family

members long since or recently deceased.

“I love the living room in the old

part of the house,” says Eric deCarbonnel,

the son of Katrina Vanderlip,

who spent three years there as

a boy, “especially the rug and sofas.”

But also, he adds, casting a vote on

both sides of the equation, “I love

the new kitchen/dining room in the

new part of the house with its bright

colors and unique design.” As mentioned,

the house is a living thing, and perhaps still growing.

The upstairs rooms are also joined by a warren of passageways. Narcissa

leads us into and through each chamber, describing which sibling or relative

had which room. Kelvin’s seems to have been the least appealing, with just

one window, fronting the hill, whereas “My bedroom was the best in the

house,” Katrina claims. “It is the only one with two windows with views of

the ocean and one overlooking the fish pond garden.” It’s hard to disagree.

But it’s not only that. “The walls of the Villa are thick and literally full of

history,” she continues. “There are inside wood shutters, and behind the

shutters are storage closets with three shelves each, and also built-in storage

chests under the windows. The ones in the living room held memories: old

rolled-up plans, Daddy’s collection of records, glass slides of 3-D pictures,

Japanese lacquer tea sets (her grandfather

visited Japan in 1920), games,

and silver wrapped in felt.

“The window closets in my old

room were forgotten by all,” Katrina

adds, “and I could even leave love letters

there undisturbed. I found some

two years ago, nearly 50 years later!”

It was after I’d half-joked to Narcissa

that there could well be undiscovered

rooms in the house that she

led me to the basement, not something

one routinely finds in California

homes, although they are plentiful in

the Northeast, and so the idea of including

one here must not have

struck Frank Vanderlip as being the

least bit odd.

The one at Villa Narcissa is not vast

The elegant dining room of Villa Narcissa. Blue was Elin Vanderlip’s favorite but perhaps in decades long gone,

color. Photo by David Fairchild.

when lavish parties were frequently

given, there were many more bottles

of wine. As with most cellars, it eventually became cluttered with odds and

ends, old children’s skis, for example. Narcissa says she’d spent some time

cleaning out an accumulation of rubble.

After the death of Elin Vanderlip, Kelvin and his wife Michele took up

residence in the home. “My wife and I, mainly my wife,” he says, “did quite

a bit of hands-on work restoring the house and its 10 surrounding rental

cottages.”

That may be an understatement. Narcissa calls it a “herculean task that

Kelvin and Michele accomplished over six years,” and points out that they

not only handled major repairs, including plumbing and electrical work,

but also took upon themselves “rehauling the infrastructure of the main

house, organizing, accounting, painting rooms, and property management.”

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Oh, and let’s not forget the 11.5 acres with their cottages and gardens that

were and are always are in need of care and fire abatement work. The surrounding

hills, dry in summer, now belong to the Palos Verdes Land Conservancy.

There are also security cameras above and below the property.

A climb to the top

The rental cottages were added to the property many years ago by Elin

Vanderlip as a means of securing additional income for maintaining the

house and its gardens. One of these was occupied by the writer and actor

Sterling Hayden, a handsome man who was one of Elin’s many suitors.

“There are 10 rentals now,” Narcissa says as we begin the steep climb to

the top of the estate. “There were 13 at one point.” They were built without

permits because, as Narcissa recalls her mother saying, “We were here before

the City; who are they to tell me what to do on my property?”

But after Elin Vanderlip’s death the City intervened with rules and regulations,

and the upshot is that one cottage was demolished and two others

now have different functions. The best of the remaining cottages are, not

surprisingly, ideal for artists of whatever persuasion.

Instead of walking straight up the grand cypress allee, we make our way

along the north side of the estate, where we pass the remnants of a maze,

concentric circles of oleander, that didn’t fare so well during the drought,

and we come to a level rectangular area that Elin Vanderlip dubbed “My

blue heaven,” blue being her favorite color, and which was planted with

rosemary and jacaranda. The drought wasn’t so kind with this area either,

although Katrina has been helping to restore it to its former grandeur.

In one remote area is a tall, leafy circle of pine trees, which Narcissa

likens to a bohemian grove, This is where Narcissa’s daughter Lili was

married this past May to Joe Sofranko, who, like Lili, is involved in film

and theater. Much of their comedy TV mini-series, “Complete Works,” having

to do with actors wanting to excel at performing Shakespeare’s characters,

was filmed on the estate. And, notably, this connects Lili with her

great-grandfather, who would surely have applauded her interest in the

Bard.

Lili says she grew up spending Christmas holidays at Villa Narcissa, and

so to be wedded here, as her aunt Katrina had been, “felt historic in a way,”

she says. “I really felt the sense of time, the generations, and a gratitude

for what my great-grandfather and great-grandmother did, and my grandfather

and my grandmother. It’s truly a special, magical place, and I feel

so lucky to have gotten married there.”

And then there’s that focal point, like a high-backed throne, that looks

down upon the domain.

“I love the fantastic view from the Temple, after climbing the 276 stairs

to the top,” Eric deCarbonnel says. “Need to check that number; it has

been a long time since I counted.”

“Climbing up to the Temple and sitting down to catch my breath and

look at the Pacific is the best therapy for thinking out any problem,” Katrina

says. “When we were little my older sister Narcissa created fairy

worlds up in the hills, tying candies to trees and making me firmly believe

in fairies. She even made me believe they moved to Switzerland with us.”

Like his twin Katrina, Henrik looks back fondly on his youthful days at

the Villa.

“It is so rare in these days of constant mobility to have a childhood home

to return to,” he says. “We are fortunate to still be able to share a family

home with such a rich history. It is wonderful to see the next generation

taking an interest in the house as well.”

Also at the top of the estate is a small amphitheater where plays and

other events have taken place. It’s not large by any stretch of the imagination

despite being outlined by freestanding Roman-style columns, but it

does have an unsurpassed view and serves as a reminder that over the past

60 years the Villa has hosted performances and soirees, and continues to

support the community by being available for various activities. In April,

the Villa hosted a luncheon for Friends of the Palos Verdes Library donors,

and in June for Palos Verdes Performing Arts Center donors. Among others

scheduled is a fundraiser for the small non-profit ETC Theatre Company,

which was co-founded in 2000 by Narcissa and her husband Parmer Fuller.

Narcissa hopes that ETC will present musical and theatrical performances

at the house or in the gardens. Over the years, the company has created

37 shows, garnered five Ovation Award nominations, and received

the Ovation Award for Best Score of a New Musical. That’s not bad, considering

the depth and range of professional theater across Los Angeles.

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As pointed out earlier, the

throughline for the Vanderlips has

been their love for the arts. The

pinnacle of this passion must be

Elin Vanderlip and the Friends of

French Art foundation that she

kept going for over 20 years, resulting

in nearly two dozen group excursions.

Participants donated

$6,000 before embarking on the

adventure, which I’m sure it always

was with Elin Vanderlip at

the helm. The foundation raised

hundreds of thousands of dollars

that went towards restoring objects

of cultural significance in France,

ranging from tapestries and ceiling

paintings to the outer staircase of

the Château de Blois along the

River Loire (which didn’t go unnoticed

in France itself. Vanderlip

was presented with the Commander

of the Order of Arts and

Letters, among other honors).

“I went on five of those Friends

of French Art trips,” Narcissa says,

“and you’d be in these châteaus

that had been in the family for six

generations, or a thousand years.”

Palettes in paradise

“It is pure bliss to paint in the

garden, always finding a different

vista and time of day,” Katrina

says. “We have the very best sunsets

in California, especially when

the Santa Ana blows the dust particles

out to sea.”

All of which brings us to the upcoming

Villa Narcissa Painting

Week, a plein air master workshop,

with oil painter Daniel

Pinkham and watercolorist Katrina

Vanderlip, to be held from August

21 to 26.

Pinkham and his wife, Vicki,

have resided for a good 20 years in

what is known as the Gate House,

situated at the based of Narcissa

Drive, and which was built in

1925. Not only does the Gate

House serve as the home of the

Portuguese Bend Artist Colony and

the non-profit Pinkham Foundation

for the Arts, it remains,

Pinkham says, “a reflection of the

spark in the eye of Frank Vanderlip’s

original vision. All about the

home and studio one can see artifacts,

antiques, and pieces of the

Italian furniture from the Vanderlip

family.”

Regarding the plein air workshop,

he points out, “The surroundings

and spirit of Villa

Narcissa offer artists a rare opportunity

to address their artistic and

aesthetic ideals and principles

while working in an almost retreatlike

Italian atmosphere.”

Katrina trained as an art conservator

at Harvard and in Italy. She’s

also worked retouching paintings at

the Getty, the Louvre, and the

Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

“Plein air watercolor painting has

a huge advantage in that you can

complete the painting in a short period

of time and catch the feeling

and moment,” she says. “Each day

I will teach different techniques of

bleeding or layering colors that you

can use to create effects, such as in

clouds, shrubbery, or the velvety

feel of flower petals. We will set

ourselves up in different areas of

the garden and paint, paint, paint!”

“I can think of no finer location,”

Pinkham adds. “Plein air painting,

like all the arts, helps elevate and

edify life itself. That is why a workshop

like this is so important.”

Little more evidence is needed

that the Vanderlip family, which

was here from the very beginning,

continues to be a presence on the

Peninsula. Their story, with its

twists and turns, is still unfolding.

For information on Villa Narcissa

Painting Week email katrinavanderlip@yahoo.com.

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Monday, August 21 to Saturday, August 26

Plein air master workshop with Daniel Pinkham (oil painting) and

Katrina Vanderlip (watercolors). Vanderlip will give a tour of the

house and share some of the history throughout the week. To

participate, email three pictures of your paintings. Selected participants

are asked to make a non refundable deposit of $600. The total cost of

the week is $1,200. The fee includes instruction, coffee and tea on arrival,

a gourmet buffet lunch on the terrace and wine with critique at

the end of the day.

For more information email katrinavanderlip@yahoo.com or visit

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

PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE CARTOZIAN

Villa Narcissa luncheon

Arts Salon

The Villa Narcissa in Portuguese Bend, originally belonging to Frank

Vanderlip, was the venue for the Encore Group’s Benefactor Appreciation

Luncheon. Narcissa Vanderlip, granddaughter of the famed New

York financier who is often referred to as the Father of Palos Verdes, gave

tours of the 100-year-old, Norwegian styled villa and its expansive

grounds. Following the luncheon prepared by Lisa’s Bon-Appetit, the Lunada

Bay author Vicki Mack talked about her biography of Frank Vanderlip

and shared interesting facts about the history of Palos Verdes and its

first family.

1. Narcissa Vanderlip leading the

tour of the Villa’s park-like grounds.

2. The venue at Villa Narcissa.

3. The grand stairs leading up to the

“temple.”

4. Terracotta garden.

5. Ann and David Buxton.

6. Narcissa Vanderlip and Parmer

Fuller.

7. Aaron and Maude Landon.

8. Allen and Dottie Lay.

9. Jim and Nancy Welsh.

10. Parmer Fuller, Abby Douglass

and Bria Biesman-Simons.

11. Maude Landon, Narcissa

Vanderlip and Abby Douglass.

12. Vicki Mack, Art Friedman and

Don Christie.

13. (Standing) Jim Hill and Sue

Andrews.(Seated) Melody and Sal

Intagliata and Larry Andrews.

14. Thea Bower, Dick Moe, Pam

Barrett Hill, Marilyn Klaus and

Alberta Samuelson.

14. Vicki Mack, Art Friedman and

Don Christy.

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CALENDAR OF COMMUNITY EVENTS

Compiled by Teri Marin

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

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

Ongoing

Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Days

Monday – Friday, 9am. Enjoy nurturing seedlings and help shrubs grow for

habitat restoration projects. Must RSVP 48 hours in advance. Sign up at

www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com

Rapid Response Team

Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Work alongside Conservancy staff

protecting important wildlife habitat by closing unauthorized trails! Task include

trail maintenance, building fence, installing signage and more! We

work at various locations around the Preserve where work is most needed.

Directions to sites emailed upon sign up. No experience needed. 15 and up.

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Saturday, July 29

Bestselling Author

The Palos Verdes Library District is proud to host New York Times Bestselling

Author Mary Alice Monroe at Malaga Cove Library Garden. Mary will be

promoting the latest in her Beach House series: Beach House for Rent, which

explores the interconnection between two strangers and the natural world

along with the South Carolina seashore on the Isle of Palms. Monroe is an

active conservationist and lives in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. 2-4 p.m.

2400 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates. www.pvld.org.

Friday, August 4

The Seaside Beaders

A special interest group of the Embroiderers' Guild of America meets at 9:30

a.m. This meeting continues teaching a peyote stitched miniature teapot. Visitors

are welcome. You can always bring your own project to work on. St.

Francis Episcopal Church, 2200 Via Rosa, Palos Verdes Estates. For more information,

please call Idele (310)540-6104 or visit the web page:

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Saturday and Sunday, August 5 and 6

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Many plants will be offered for sale from commercial vendors and SBBA members’

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a.m.-4:30 p.m. Plant sale both days, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Rainforest Flora

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Saturday, August 5

First Saturday Family Hike

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy First Saturday Family Hike at

George F Canyon, 9 a.m. Bring your family and join a naturalist guide to discover

habitat, wildlife and more on an easy hike up the canyon with amazing

views of the city. Free. All ages welcome. 27305 Palos Verdes Dr. East, Rolling

Hills Estates. For more information, contact (310) 547-0862 or RSVP

at:www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.

Outdoor Volunteer Day

At Portuguese Bend Reserve, 9 a.m. – noon. Help restore important wildlife

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Sunday, August 6

Full Moon Hike

At George F Canyon, 27305 Palos Verdes Dr. East, Rolling Hills Estates,with

the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. Explore nocturnal sights with

an expert naturalist under a full moon at the George F Canyon Nature Preserve.

Must be age 9 and up. $12 per person. Reservations required at

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Thursday, August 10

Needle Artists by the Sea

Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild will hold its monthly meeting at

10 a.m. Create small, round animal/pet ornaments. Ports O’Call Restaurant,

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Saturday, August 12

Los Serenos tour

Enjoy a guided hike lead by the Los Serenos docents along the Vicente Bluff

Reserve and the Point Vicente Lighthouse, at 10 a.m. Tour the Point Vicente Interpretive

Center museum, the native plant garden, and walk along the spectacular

bluff top at the Vicente Bluff Reserve. There will also be a guided tour

of the Point Vicente Lighthouse hosted by the Coast Guard Auxiliary. The hike

is free and the public is welcome! The hiking difficulty is easy. Parking and

meet up will be at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center. Hike will be canceled

if there is rain. 31501 Palos Verdes Dr. W, Rancho Palos Verdes. For more information,

please call (310) 377-5370 or visit our website at

www.losserenos.org.

Trail Crew Training

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, 9 a.m. – noon. Join this indoor

intro class to learn more about how to help improve Peninsula trails while enjoying

nature and getting a healthy workout! Must be 18 years or older. Training,

tools and work shirt provided.PVP Land Conservancy Office, 916 Silver

Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates. RSVP: www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Guided Nature Walk

By Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy at George F Canyon, 9 a.m.

Wander along a willow-filled canyon stream with coastal sage scrub restored

habitat. Look down on the Peninsula’s rare Catalina Schist from one of the few

places you can see the rock exposed. An easy to moderate walk. Free and

open to the public. For more information, contact (310) 541-7613 ext. 201

or sign up at www.pvplc.org/_events/NatureWalkRSVP.asp.

Outdoor Volunteer Day

At White Point Nature Preserve, 1600 Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro, 9 a.m. –

noon. Help beautify the native demonstration garden and surrounding habitat.

Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Stories, Songs and More for All

At the White Point Nature Education Center, 10 a.m. Share the joy of storytelling

with your children and introduce them to the beauty of the natural surroundings.

Your family will enjoy spending time with retired Children’s

Librarian Carla Sedlacek for stories and activities featuring nature themes, exciting

props and songs. Free. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. RSVP at:

www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.

Sunday, August 16

Seaside Concert with

Webster’s Big Band

Free family-friendly concert hosted

by the Neighborhood Church featuring

local favorite swing and jazz

specialists, Webster’s Big Band!

They bring nostalgic sounds from big

band music, to swing, rock and roll

and more! Led by Bill Webster, longtime

Palos Verdes resident, they have

been performing in the South Bay

and beyond for over 30 years! BYO

picnic begins at 6 p.m., concert at 7

p.m. No tickets or reservations required,

seating is provided. 415

Paseo del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates.

Birding with Wild Birds

Unlimited

At White Point Nature Preserve,

8:30 a.m. Explore the birds making

a home in the restored habitat at this

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eautiful preserve. Binoculars supplied for beginners. The program is free. All

ages welcome. White Point Nature Preserve is located at 1600 W. Paseo del

Mar in San Pedro. RSVP at: www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.

Saturday, August 19

Banning Birthday Concert

Friends of Banning Museum will celebrate the birthday of the “Father of the

Los Angeles Port” Phineas Banning with a special evening of music and dancing

with JB and the Big Circle Riders. 5 - 8 p.m. General admission guests

bring their own dinner and beverage, blanket/low chair and enjoy the concert,

line dance instruction and dancing on the front lawn of the mansion: $10

general admission, free for Friends of Banning Museum members and children

11 and under. In the spirit of the Rancho-period of the Banning property, in

addition to the Western-themed evening of music and dancing VIP guests will

be treated to a good old fashioned barbecue buffet by The Outdoor Grill complete

with birthday cupcake, reserved seating and gated parking: VIP -$45.

Country Western attire is admired but not required. Guests are welcome to

bring their own wine or beverage. Reservations required for all guests. 401

East “M” Street, Wilmington. For more information or to reserve your ticket,

call 310-548-2005.

Outdoor Volunteer Day

At Alta Vicente Reserve, 30940 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes, 9

a.m. – noon. Help restore this unique canyon habitat home to many threatened

and endangered wildlife species. Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Wednesday, August 23

Birding 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: www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.

Thursday, August 24

Azure Verde embroiderers

Meeting at 9:30 a.m. No program this month, just bring your unfinished projects

to work on. Visitors are welcome.

St. Francis Episcopal Church,

2200 Via Rosa, Palos Verdes Estates.

For more information, please

call (310) 540-6104 or visit our web

page at www.azureverdeega.com/

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Saturday, August 26

Guided Nature Walk

Attend a naturalist-guided hike beginning

at 9 a.m. 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. White Point Nature Preserve,

1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.

For more information call (310) 541-

7613 or RSVP at: www.pvplc.org,

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Outdoor Volunteer Day

At Native Plant Nursery, 9 a.m. –

noon. Nurture seedlings and grow

shrubs for habitat restoration projects

all around the Peninsula. Reservations

required by Wednesday, August 23.

Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.

com.

Blooming Begonia Show

The Palos Verdes Begonia Society’s

26th annual Begonia show at the

South Coast Botanic Garden (SCBG)

from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come see beautiful

and unusual Begonias exhibited

by society members. Parking is free

and show is free with paid garden

entry: adults $9, seniors and students

with ID $6, children 5- 12 $4, and

under 5 free. Entry to the gardens is

free for SCBG Foundation members.

26300 So. Crenshaw Blvd. For information

contact Carol Knight at 310-833-3466.

Amazing Honeybees

A begonia arrangement

'Campfire' by Jackie Johnson.

The South Coast Begonia

Society will hold its annual

show Saturday, August 26,

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the South

Coast Botanic Garden.

Photo by Ted Johnson

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Presentation, 11 a.m. at White

Point Nature Education Center & Preserve, 1600 Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro.

Join Nicole Palladino, Founder, Beequilibrium to celebrate National Honey

Bee Day who will explain the importance of bees to the food chain. Free.

RSVP to: www.pvplc.org: Events & Activities/Whitepoint Presentations or call

(310) 541-7613.

Native Plant Sale

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

basis. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro. For more information call

(310) 541-7613.

Gourmet evening

American Honda presents “Honda Evening Under the Stars” Gourmet Food

& Wine Festival, benefiting Vistas for Children, Inc. and Torrance Memorial

Pediatrics. The event takes place 6 to 9:30 p.m. on the grounds of Honda

Headquarters in Torrance, 700 Van Ness Ave. It features a performance by

saxophonist Kenny G, along with samplings of the best in South Bay cuisine

and more than 80 varieties of wine. For more information or to purchase tickets,

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Sunday, August 27

Garden Concert Series

St. Luke's third free Garden Concert

for 2017 features The Firebird Quintet

performing on traditional Russian

instruments: the domra, a string instrument

with a thin, fretted neck and

round body first appearing in written

records at the end of the 15th century;

the balalaika, a triangular-bodied

Russian instrument well known to

Western audiences from the film

Doctor Zhivago; and the bayan, a

member of the accordion family popular

in Russia and Ukraine. Their

repertoire ranges from traditional

Russian, Ukrainian, and Eastern European

songs to well-known classics

and original compositions. The Firebird

Quintet is a winner of the

2016/17 Beverly Hills National Auditions.

Everyone is invited to come

early to picnic in the lovely garden.

5-7 p.m. During intermission, dessert

and coffee are hosted by St. Luke's,

located at 26825 Rolling Hills Road,

Rolling Hills Estates. For more information

call (310) 377-2825 M-F, 9

am - 1 pm. www.stlukespres.com

Monday, August 28

Calling all Singers!

Los Cancioneros Master Chorale auditions

for the 2017-18 season.

LCMC, under director Allan Robert

Petker, is a mixed chorus that performs

in the South Bay region of Los

Angeles County. Its repertoire ranges

from classical to modern. The

Chorale gives four performances a

year, Just Desserts, Holiday, Classical

(usually at the end of March),

and Spring (usually in June) at the

Armstrong Theater in Torrance California.

To make an appointment,

contact Lorraine Pickus at (310) 377-

4978. lcmasterchorale.com.

Wed., August 30

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

Afternoon in the Vineyard

Chefs and Cellars

On July 16, The Associates to Benefit the Palos Verdes

Art Center and the Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts

Education, held a fun-filled event at the hilltop property

of Catalina View Gardens, generously hosted by Jim and

Kathy York. Guests savored and sipped curated wines

from Boisset, spirits such as Tito's Handmade Vodka and

craft beers from Stone Brewing Co. Guests dined on chef

selected hors d’oeuvres from restaurants including Bettolino

Kitchen, P.V. Grill and Rebel Republic Social House.

The soiree was set amongst vineyards where establishments

like Terranea Resort are purchasing their wines,

and included a frontage panoramic view of the Pacific and

Catalina Island, which gives the venue its name.

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Oz Valle serves up Truxton’s Coca-Cola braised ribs. Photo by Brad Jacobson (CivicCouch.org)

Better than fair family fare

Truxton’s American Bistro raises the bar for family fare on the Peninsula

by Richard Foss

The primary characteristics of a French

bistro are casual, small, and cheap. The

word is Russian for “quickly.” After

Napoleon surrendered and Paris was occupied,

impatient Cossack soldiers reportedly shouted

“Bistro!” at restaurant workers so often that small,

cheap places that could make a fast meal put out

signs with that word. This was probably welcomed

by restaurants because impatient shouting

foreigners now all went somewhere else.

The staples of French bistros are country classics

such as steak frites, onion soup, and coq au

vin. What, though, might an American bistro be?

Our sense of flavor is much wider than the traditional

bistro favorites.

At Truxton’s American Bistro, the space in Hillside

Village that was Restaurant Christine for almost

two decades, the category has a quite

different meaning. This offshoot of a popular

Westchester restaurant is medium size, has an

unusually large and wide ranging menu, and

though it’s inexpensive for the neighborhood, it’s

not a bargain basement. The place has a casual,

bustling energy that attracts a range of people,

and it’s the highest profile family restaurant in

the area to open in years.

I have visited three times and each time had

trouble deciding because there are so many options.

The starters I’ve tried were the ancho

honey shrimp, a Caesar salad, brisket taquitos,

and the charred broccoli. The shrimp are the

kind of thing that everyone has put on menus

since our inexhaustible appetite for things that

are crispy, sweet, and spicy was discovered. The

element that raised this a few notches was the

gently spicy pepita cole slaw they were served

with. Truxton’s has many different sides, some of

which outshine the items in the spotlight.

The Caesar dressing had just a hint of anchovy

and garlic, and I might ask for a little extra next

time because it was a bit tame. I liked the taquitos

more, though I would like to have the chipotle

crema on the side rather than pre-drizzled. The

slow-cooked brisket in these has enough flavor to

be enjoyed on its own, or with just the good guacamole

that is also provided. I get that the presentation

is prettier, but sometimes it’s good to

give the diners the choice to adulterate their food,

at will.

The only starter that disappointed was the

charred broccoli. Lightly cooking vegetables and

then char-finishing them to get extra smokiness

and texture is a sound idea, but the kitchen did

this with pieces that had huge stems, and the

base of these was very fibrous. If the broccoli

stem had been trimmed, this would have been a

winner. As it was, we ate the best parts with a

dab of Dijon mayo and left the rest.

The four mains we tried were wild mushroom

linguine, Turkish spiced chicken, fish and chips,

and a monthly special of Coca-Cola braised ribs.

Odd as that last item might sound, braising meat

in cola is actually a common practice. It’s usually

done with cheap and tough cuts of meat because

the acidity of the soft drink tenderizes the meat,

while also infusing sugars that caramelize nicely

when the meat hits the grill. The sweetness has

to be balanced with pepper, ginger, chili, or other

sharp spices not to be cloying. Truxton’s version

falters here. The sweet barbecue sauce that was

slathered on before serving didn’t have that bal-

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ance, and there was a lot of it. It would be better with a spicier sauce, or

no sauce at all to cover up the interesting effect of the marinade. The ribs

came with grilled corn and tangy cilantro coleslaw that was a good companion

to barbecue.

The Turkish spiced chicken was a more successful experiment, and a

somewhat daring thing to put on the menu because most Americans have

no idea what Turkish food is like. The chicken had been rubbed with savory

but not hot spices before being grilled, and then topped with an intense

herbal sauce. It was accompanied by an Israeli-style, large grain

couscous with crisp garbanzo beans and barberries, a tart, tangy dried fruit.

The flavors were spot on. It was easily the best item I had here.

The fish and chips and mushroom linguine were traditional items competently

made, and if that sounds like faint praise it isn’t. Getting the fish

moist and the batter crisp takes talent, and they nailed it. As for the pasta,

the parmesan garlic cream sauce complemented the peas, mushrooms, and

other vegetables in the sauce and completed the fresh and natural flavors.

It tasted like good home cooking, and that’s a compliment.

The wine and beer program here is decent though wines are slightly

overpriced, and the bar is curiously lacking in high-end spirits. This is definitely

a food destination that serves drinks rather than a wine or craft bar,

but they cover the basics. They should perhaps reconsider their dessert offerings,

which are all sweet and heavy. The meals here are substantial, and

some people like something light and fresh to finish. I had asked our server

about the apple tart, but she said that it was very sweet and topped with

caramel sauce, and that killed that.

Truxton’s is open for brunch on weekends, and we were lucky enough

to get in just before the rush. The place was half full when we arrived but

had a line out the door as we left. Conventional eggy things were offered

but we decided on a Vietnamese-style pork breakfast burrito and an order

of salmon hash. The pork burrito had a mix of spicy harissa and fruity Chinese

hoisin sauces, an idea I hadn’t seen before. It worked nicely with the

eggs, pork, green onions, and avocado. My wife had ordered the hash in

spite of it including kale, an item she doesn’t always like, but the combination

of greens with onion, potato, and roasted salmon won her over.

Truxton’s owners made a smart move when they decided to open here,

because there is a shortage of family-friendly American restaurants on the

hill. They deserve to succeed because they’re doing something that needed

to be done, and generally doing it well.

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Quality Seafood

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uality Seafood was founded in it remains one of the largest and

Q1953 by Nick Dragich and his finest seafood markets on the West

son Peter Dragich Sr. After years of

fishing from Alaska to South America,

they decided to open a market

Coast. The market continues to be

family run, with Pete Dragich Jr. and

Ann Belson at the helms. And recently

and bring the freshest possible

the 4th generation of

seafood from the boats directly

into Redondo Beach. Prior to the

redevelopment of the pier, the

Dragich family owned four separate

seafood markets in Redondo.

In 1968 the family combined those

Dragich family members came

aboard to help keep things running

smoothly for years to come. As

Cassie (Dragich) and her husband

Jeff Jones recently relocated back

to the South Bay, together, they

markets into Quality Seafood Inc., foresee continuing the family

and opened its current location on

the International Boardwalk, where

legacy of providing a truly unique

experience and fresh seafood to all.

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ary Lou Schatan began

her professional career at

Ballard Optical in the Riviera

Village. The family owned

and operated business gave her

the opportunity to learn all aspects

of the business from janitor

to manager. It took 21

wonderful years of "hands on"

working experience in dispensing

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Mary Lou began building

Schatan Optical Gallery in March

of 1988. It took 9 months to

build and became an instant destination

for "Exceptional Eyewear”!

Schatan's "family" consists of

two other women. Winky

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26 years at Schatan and loved as

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an 11 year veteran, who assists

both Mary Lou and Winky and regarded

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The Neighborhood Meeting Place” is not just a slogan, but states the truth about

Hennessey’s Tavern - all 10 of them! Now it their 41st year serving Irish Hospitality,

owner and founder Paul Hennessey says he’s looking forward to the next

40 years!

It all started on Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, September of 1976 when the first

Hennessey’s Tavern opened for business. At half the size then, this flagship location

has grown westward and up to offer diners spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean

while enjoying great food and drinks. Each Hennessey’s offers a full bar & menu,

serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

Paul Hennessey couldn’t stop with just the one concept. Apart from 10 Hennessey’s

Tavern locations throughout Southern California and Las Vegas, Paul also

proudly owns H.T. Grill, The Lighthouse Café, The Wine Bistro & Whiskey Bar in Dana

Point, and an additional concept in Las Vegas, Mickie Finnz Fish House & Bar. Most

recently Paul has partnered with 3 of his senior management team, to create Rebel

Republic Social House in the Riviera Village which he’s hoping to take to other City’s

in the near future.

Paul Hennessey, married with 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren actively participates

in the daily operations of all 15 of his locations. No matter what, the respected business

& family man promises, when referring to his locations “You always run into

someone you know there”. And that’s what has kept the Irish Hospitality going for

over 40 years!

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For the three Chong brothers, Fernando, Roberto and Marcelino,

the journey to success in the restaurant business began in their

mother’s very own kitchen.

“She had a passion for cooking, not only Chinese, but also Cuban

and Peruvian cuisine. I picked up a lot of things from her,” recalled

Roberto, who would grow up to become the executive chef of the

family’s restaurants.It may be noted from Roberto’s quote above,

that the three brothers were born in Cuba and raised in Peru before

settling in California. Once here, Roberto furthered his culinary education

while working for California Cuisine pioneers Robert Bell and

Michael Frank at Courtney’s, in downtown Manhattan Beach.

In the early 1990s the three brothers opened the family’s second

Chong’s at the corner of PCH and Artesia. Subsequently, other

Chong’s would open in Long Beach and Costa Mesa. Roberto, however,

wanted to stretch his culinary legs. When the opportunity presented

itself to open a formal, 80-seat restaurant in Manhattan

Beach, they seized it.

Ws China Bistro

China Grill, like the family’s other restaurants, enjoyed immediate

success. With its western influenced menu and upscale décor, the

restaurant is often compared to PF Chang’s. But Fernando noted a

critical difference. Unlike corporately owned restaurants, “because

we are family owned, we are quality driven, instead of bottom line

driven”. The western influences, Robert noted, allow him to use

flavors that are bolder than traditionally mild Cantonese food. Ginger,

garlic, peppers and other exotic spices are used to enhance the

natural flavors. Over time, influences from the countries of their

upbringing have worked their way into the menu, such is the case

of the Asian Paella and the Peruvian Saltado.

Continuing in this tradition of entrepreneurship, the family

opened Rabano in Hermosa Beach this past February.

No doubt, a new dynasty in Asian/Fusion cooking was started

right here in the South Bay.

Rabano

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Rabano 2516 Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach CA, 90254 (310) 318-1998 • www.rabano.com

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

PV Assembly

Presentation Ball

S

ince 1964, Peninsula youth

have participated in the Presentation

Ball at the legendary

Crystal Ballroom of the Millennium

Biltmore Hotel. This year’s

ball was May 8. The evening recognizes

the students for their philanthropic,

academic and athletic

achievements. Over the past four

years they have provided more

than 8,000 hours of service, supporting

a wide range of causes,

from the environment to homelessness.

Under the tutelage of

Dance Masters Bobby Burgess

and Carol Thomas they have

learned ballroom dancing as well

as manners and etiquette. After

the medallion presentation members

danced the mother/son and

father/daughter Viennese Waltz.

To learn more about the presentation

ball, visit PVAsembly.com.

PHOTO BY BRIAN MCCONVILLE

Palos Verdes Assembly Class of 2017: Front row (left to right) Nicole Suppelsa, Lauren Alimento, Kathryn Dodge, Siobhan

Ortolano, Lindsey Yoshiyama, Sophie Jacobs, Saeko Kubo, Erin Kawakami, Emma Manis, Sabrina Lee. (Second row) Kastur

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ony’s On The Pier today is known for its fresh seafood, ocean

Tview sunsets and best customer service. Back in 1952, when

Tony Trutanich opened its doors, it had that same positive reputation.

Growing up in San Pedro, Tony was a successful tuna fisherman,

and as the boat Captain, would be out to sea for months

at a time. Just plain “tired of the long hours and extra hard work,”

Tony decided to bring that tuna to the tables of his own restaurant

- Tony’s On The Pier.

With only 20 tables at first, Tony’s On The Pier grew quickly and

was soon frequented by movie stars, as hundreds of photos on

the walls depict. In 1964, Tony added the famous “Top of Tony’s”

where guests, still today, walk up stairs to enjoy the most beautiful

sunsets, full bar, food and live entertainment. His son,

Michael, started working there when he was just 15, as a busboy

and dishwasher, doing anything he could to help his father’s business.

Moving up the ladder to become General Manager, Michael

continued working with his father until he passed away in 2006.

“Dad stayed active all the way to the end,” Michael recalls. “He

taught me everything. I worked for him all my life.”

Retiring three years ago, Michael still works for Tony’s, ordering

all of the seafood, even living in Idaho. He communicates daily

with now GM Regina Fong, who’s been at Tony’s for 40 years. And

that’s not uncommon. In fact, the average employee has worked

there for over 20 years. Downstairs bartender Billy Morgan has

been there for 47 years while upstairs bartender Manny Jimenez

just hit his 38 year anniversary. Tony’s son Michael says his father

was such a “role model” and treated everyone at his restaurant

like family. Today, Tony would be proud as everyone at Tony’s On

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Affinity Volunteer Luncheon

Honors service

The Hill was alive with the sound of music on June 21 when Jeralyn

Glass kept the luncheon crowd at the Palos Verdes Golf Club mesmerized

with her performance of Broadway show tunes. It was the annual event

of the Affinity Group of the Volunteer Center honoring three noteworthy

women, Jean Adelsman, Joyce Kochanowski and Ann Buxton for their volunteering.

Proceeds from the event went to support the Center’s Operation

Teddy Bear, which annually provides 5,700 backpacks filled with educational

materials to underserved first graders. Ann Buxton has been a key

supporter of the Palos Verdes Art Center and its support group, The Circle.

Joyce Kochanowski is the president of Las Vecinas, support group of the Assistance

League.

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AFFINITY COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS

1. Honoree Ann Buxton, David Buxton,

daughter Christie Vogt and

grandson Brook Vogt.

2. De De Hicks and Honoree Jean

Adelsman.

3. Honoree Joyce Kochanowski

(center) and sons Doug and Paul.

4. Honorees Jean Adelsman, Ann

Buxton and Joyce Kochanowski.

5. Honoree Jean Adelsman and

friends Ellen Kircher, Katherine

Joiner and Pam Popovich.

6. Jen Ryan, Sharon Ryan, and

Cherri Olson.

7. Jeralyn Glass and mother

Jacqueline Glass.

8. Laura Lamping, Ann Buxton

Honoree, Betty Wing and Nancy

Howell.

9. Lynne Neuman, Steve Kovary

and Kelly Curtis Intagliata.

10. Steve Kovary, Shirley Starke-

Wallace, Roberto Reid and Silia

Sofko.

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30 Year Anniversary

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Music on the Meadows

The Summer Soundtrack

On Father's Day, Terranea Resort invited guests to celebrate

summer’s start with their fourth annual program

of live music on their sprawling, oceanfront grass

lawn. The meadows of Terranea were bursting at the

seams with hundreds of concert goers, foodies and

oenophiles enjoying the beginnings of a blissful season in

a quintessential California setting. Visitors enjoyed Farmto-Terranea

BBQ inspired dishes, local breweries and signature

cocktails. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Blasters and

the eclectic group, Venice performed. Music on the Meadows

is a celebration of life...a hope that each special event

held at Terranea brings a deeper connection between the

resort and the greater Palos Verdes Community,” said marketing

vice president Agnelo Fernandes.

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1. The band Venice.

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3. Ted Lanes and Alysha Del Valle.

4. Bill and Karen Savino, Gage, Kitti and Wally Hammons and

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5. Jessica, Louie and Jacob Alvidrez.

6. Kerry and Kelly O’Brien.

7. Kat Bloom, Gavin Steiner and Briana Thomas.

8. Brian and Ali Whitaker.

9. Dana, Paige and Ethan Ireland.

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Cancer Support Community

Sizzles hot at Celebrate Wellness

The Cancer Support Community commemorated 30 years

of service on June 25 at the South Coast Botanic Garden.

Over 500 guests attended the 21st Annual Celebrate Wellness

fundraiser. Attendees enjoyed sunshine and music as they

sampled fare from over 30 restaurants, wineries and breweries.

The day generated net proceeds of nearly $170,000,

which will help fund over 200 free, monthly support programs

for cancer patients and their loved ones. Adrienne

Nakashima, CEO of South Coast Botanic Garden Foundation

said, “We commend the work they have done to be a powerful

resource for individuals and families affected by cancer.”

1. Hanne Ekberg, Alicia Henderson and

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2. Trump National Golf Club wine.

3. Viviana De La Borda, Chris Garasic and

Harvey Kano.

4. Elise Asch, Adrienne Nakashima, Judith

Opdahl, Thomas Simko MD, Anne Clary and

Dan Hovenstine MD.

5. Natalie and Dave Muckley.

6. Brent Anderson, Andrea Sala, Randy

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7. Meredith Grenier and De De Hicks.

8. Bryan Chang MD, Phung Huynh MD and

Thyra Endicott MD.

9. Brian and Pauline Harris, Paula and Brad

Moore.

10. John Bucher, Craig Ekberg, Theresa

Plakos, Guido Rietdyk and Kyle Kazan.

11. Sasha Ohara, Randy Bowers and

Judith Opdahl.

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Caring House residents. The Torrance facility opened

in February 2016 and is focused on end-of-life care.

Honorary committee members in attendance included

Dr. Ira Byock, Rev. Jonathan Chute, Kathleen Crane,

Esq., Torrance Mayor Patrick Furey, Los Angeles

County Supervisor Janice Hahn, Dr. Lisa Humphreys,

Sr. Terrence Landini, Richard Lundquist, Dr. John Mc-

Namara, Dr. Samuel Nam and Rabbi Didi Thomas.

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PV Juniors distribute compassion

n The Palos Verdes Junior Women’s Club's annual disbursement ceremony was

held recently at the Palos Verdes Golf Club. Through financial assistance and

hands-on care, the organization has

been supporting women and children in

crisis since 1958. Proceeds were raised

from major donors, the annual holiday

luncheon and annual spring fundraiser

were distributed to 12 philanthropies, including

Rainbow Services, Toberman

Neighborhood Center and the Boys &

Girls Clubs of the LA Harbor. Four deserving

students , Ross Kalter, Caroline

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Special Children’s League celebrates 59th year

n The Special Children’s League’s annual luncheon raised almost $90,000 to

support efforts to aid individuals with developmental disabilities, including cerebral

palsy and autism. The executive board is led by president Joyce Komatsu, along

with Lori Delgado, Michele Dahlerbruch, Paula Boothe, Maria Ballinger, Monique

Caine, Merin Dahlerbruch, Jacqueline Dunton and Mary Lynn Webster.

New PCCH Board Members

n The Peninsula Committee Children’s

Hospital was founded in 1957 to raise

funds for a new recovery unit at Children’s

Hospital Los Angeles. The committee has

grown to more than 170 families who

volunteer throughout the year.. Since its inception,

the committee has raised more

than $14 million for the hospital through

an annual horse show, golf tournament,

and individual contributions.

Photos provided by PCCH

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New PCCH members Holly

Gardner, Jenny Litchfield,

Marnie Gruen.

Incoming board from left to right: Joyce Komatsu, Michele Dahlerbruch,

Kristina Mermelstein, Maria Ballinger, Paula Boothe, Amy Ball, Jacqueline

Dunton and Maria Kroha. Photo courtesy SCL

Alexey Steele unveils “El Rey Trabajador”

n Artist Alexey Steele unveiled the newest addition to his “Love My Neighbor”

series on June 27 at the new Artward Gallery in the Scottsdale neighborhood of

Carson. The 72-inch by 48-inch oil on canvas was made possible by a grant

from the City of Carson Cultural

Arts Commission and

from Wells Fargo Bank.

Steele says the visitors to unveilings

such as this are not

your usual ‘art crowd’. They

were neighbors, civic leaders

of different communities,

gang prevention activists,

local government, sheriffs

and and supporters. Steele

selected one of Carson’s

most beloved residents to be

his subject, a 75-year-old

gardener. “I hope that My

Neighbor series will encourage

visitors to see their own

neighbors from a new perspective

and take the message

of love for one’s

neighbor back to their own

streets,” Steele said.

Alexey Steele with 75-year-old Carson

gardener Cirillo Campos, the model for

Steele’s painting. Photo by Richard Rand

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n The Palos Verdes Woman's Club was established in 1926 as a Sunday school

program at Malaga Cove School. Today, the organization is devoted to community

social programs. Proceeds from the group’s fundraising events are distributed

to local charities and as college scholarships.

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Los Angeles Maritime Museum receives federal grant

n The National Park Service has

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