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Volume XXII, Issue 4<br />

<strong>Nov</strong>ember <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 />


Photo by David Fairchild<br />

Pianist, composer and<br />

conductor David Benoit will<br />

conduct his “Journey of the<br />

Endeavour” at the California<br />

Science Center, where the space<br />

shuttle Endeavour resides.<br />


22 Ed Foundation foundation<br />

by David Mendez Two-term Ed Foundation President Roma<br />

Mistry helped restructure the organization to serve future<br />

generations..<br />

28 Benoit looks up<br />

by Bondo Wyszpolski Over the past five decades, David<br />

Benoit has cast a wide net in the musical world as a performer,<br />

composer, conductor and KJazz DJ. Now he’s focusing on work<br />

that is less ephemeral and more enduring.<br />

38 A life of passing passions<br />

by Maneesha Prakash For most of his 22 years, Marco<br />

Vignale has suffered from a progressively debilitating gene<br />

mutation, a condition so rare that it is known to be shared by<br />

just one other person in the United States. It hasn’t stopped<br />

him from living a full life.<br />

48 Schoeben’s students<br />

by Robb Fulcher By the end of the school year one fifth of<br />

the Palos Verdes School District’s 11,500 students will visit<br />

campus therapists through a new program created by therapist<br />

and entrepreneur Liz Schoeben.<br />

58 Born to serve<br />

by Robb Fulcher Faith driven volunteer Jackie Crowley has<br />

been helping the less fortunate for nearly five decades. Now<br />

she will be the focus of attention when the Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong><br />

Chamber of Commerce recognizes her as the <strong>2017</strong> Citizen<br />

of the Year.<br />

76 Sea Change at Chez Melange<br />

by Richard Foss Chez Melange chef Robert Bell and partner<br />

Michael Franks abandon their restaurant’s name and menu in<br />

order to continue their tradition of culinary adventures.<br />


10 60th Annual Portuguese Bend Horse Show<br />

14 Act II Shop ‘til you drop<br />

18 Torrance Police Foundation on the Hill<br />

34 PTN Halloween Ball at The Depot<br />

44 Friends of the Library at Villa Narcissa<br />

52 Palos Verdes Concours takes to the air<br />


60 <strong>Peninsula</strong> calendar<br />

74 Around and about<br />

78 South Bay Dining Guide<br />

85 Home services<br />

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

Portuguese Bend Horse Show<br />

Raises funds for Children<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong> Committee Children’s Hospital held their main fundraiser<br />

on September 8 -- 10 at Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates.<br />

This was the 60th year of the Portuguese Bend National Horse Show<br />

benefiting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). This year’s proceeds<br />

will provide support for the CHLA Associates Endowed Chair for<br />

the Chief of the Children’s Orthopaedic Center, as well as The Associates<br />

Endowment for Liver and Intestinal Research. The theme for this<br />

year’s horse show was “Stirrup Hope – the Story of our Lives.” In addition<br />

to the three day horse show, the weekend featured a children’s carnival,<br />

food booths, a boutique, a Saturday Night BBQ dinner and special<br />

events, varying from miniature therapy horses to the Long Beach<br />

Mounted Police.<br />

1. Joe Leimbach, Jeff MacLean, Darren<br />

Del Conte and Scott Stuckman.<br />

2. Megan Moore, Diane Moore, Lisa<br />

Noski and Andrea Sala.<br />

3. Doug and Gwynne Shaw.<br />

4. Kathy and Kirk Johnson, Marnie<br />

and Dan Gruen, Holly and Jeff Gardner.<br />

5. Jay and Valerie Crawford.<br />

6. Doug Van Riper, Steve Mitchell,<br />

Jan Van Riper and Karen Mitchell.<br />

7. Larry Clark, Noelle Giuliano and<br />


Anne Clark.<br />

8. Michael, Diana and Lizzy Grannis.<br />

9. Long Beach Mounted Police<br />

10. Dave Rowe, Dave Farrell, Carole<br />

Rowe and Anne Farrell.<br />

11. Lisa Van Nortwick, Shari Moore<br />

and Jenny Litchfield.<br />

12. Jim Witte, John Whitcombe,<br />

Craig Knickerbocker, Flora Fairchild<br />

and David Wendorff.<br />

13. Charlie Stuckman.<br />

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

ACT II Supports Theatre<br />

Holiday Fundraising Boutique<br />

ACT II was founded in September of 1984 as a support organization<br />

for the Palos Verdes Performing Arts. This year their “Shop till you<br />

Drop” lunch included gourmet food stations and a boutique featuring<br />

clothing, purses and jewelry. The women of ACT II have raised over<br />

$450,000 through their annual Variety Show and Spring Fashion Show.<br />

The members meet monthly from September through June to plan the<br />

shows and to enjoy numerous theatre-related programs. “It used to be<br />

us knocking on all these production and musical artists’ doors asking<br />

them to come perform here. Now they are calling us,” Julie Moe-<br />

Reynolds said. This year the boutique was in the Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion<br />

and presented dozens of purveyors, including The Pottery Barn, to<br />

help ring in the holidays.<br />

1. Halloween Boutique.<br />


2. Julie Moe-Reynolds, Pam Barrett-<br />

Hill, Jim Hill and Abby Douglass.<br />

3. De De Hicks, Deena Gribben and<br />

Meredith Grenier.<br />

4. Judy Dinh and Georgia Ellingson.<br />

5. Arline Grotz, Nancy Budde, Donna<br />

Day, Adrienne Ang, Pam Barrett-Hill,<br />

Joyce Kochanowski and Mary Graff.<br />

6. Maryann Ayres, Donna Day and<br />

Carolyn Harrington.<br />

7. Pam Barrett-Hill and Lorraine<br />

Kasse.<br />

8. Melinda Grotz.<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 Community<br />

Supports Torrance Police Foundation<br />

Ann and David Buxton opened up their Palos Verdes Tuscan style estate<br />

to host a fundraiser for the Torrance Police Foundation. The<br />

organization’s mission statement is to “stand behind those who wear<br />

the badge” by appealing to the community to support public safety projects.<br />

The grants issued by the Torrance Police Foundation (TPF) to the<br />

police department fund projects that typically are not covered by the<br />

police department budget. Among the guests were Torrance Mayor Pat<br />

Furey and members of the police department. A drone demonstration<br />

was presented by Torrance Police Office Matthew Slawson. To learn<br />

more visit www.TorrancePoliceFoundation.org.<br />

1. Hosts Ann and David Buxton.<br />

2. Marylyn and Chuck Klaus.<br />

3. Officer Matthew Slawson, Jerry<br />

and Gabriela Rocha.<br />

4. Board member and founder Jack<br />

Messerlian and Mayor Pat Furey.<br />

5. Donna and Councilmember Geoff<br />

Rizzo.<br />

6. Councilmember Mike Griffiths and<br />

Cecilia Geronimo.<br />

7. Board chair Hank Parker and<br />

Captain Jon Megeff.<br />


8. Elisabeth Swardstrom and Emmett<br />

Miller.<br />

9. Officer Matthew Slawson demonstrates<br />

the drone donated by the<br />

Torrance Police Foundation.<br />

10. Diamond Level Sponsor Tim<br />

Rogers and Mayor Pat Furey.<br />

11. Diamond Level Sponsor Tim<br />

Rogers with Kristen Matsuda and<br />

former Police Chief Mark Matsuda.<br />

12. Captain Jon Megeff and Board<br />

Member and Platinum Level Sponsor<br />

David Buxton.<br />

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Ed<br />

foundation<br />

Roma Mistry put the<br />

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

on a solid footing<br />

during her two term<br />

presidency<br />

by David Mendez<br />

Despite her two-term presidency of the <strong>Peninsula</strong> Education Foundation’s<br />

Board of Trustees, Roma Mistry doesn’t think what she’s<br />

done merits much consideration, compared to the community of<br />

volunteers that she lives among<br />

“I’ve lived on the hill for 22 years…people seem to be involved in so<br />

many wonderful organizations, giving back to the community,” Mistry said.<br />

“I don’t think what I’ve done is anything unique beyond what other people<br />

have given back.”<br />

But during her two years as PEF’s President, Mistry saw two consecutive<br />

executive directors move on in quick succession, and helped stabilize the<br />

foundation to continue its mission of supporting the Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong><br />

Unified School District.<br />

“We have a great community, principals and teachers who care, and volunteers<br />

who come together to keep our schools successful,” Mistry said.<br />

“We’re ensuring our kids have the tools they need to be successful.”<br />

The former child welfare attorney for Los Angeles County has lived on<br />

the hill with her husband Sameer since 1995. The two met when they were<br />

working on their postgraduate studies; Roma was at Pepperdine Law<br />

School, while Sameer was studying medicine at USC.<br />

They first moved to the South Bay after they were married, when he accepted<br />

a residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and lived in Redondo<br />

Beach.<br />

“We would drive around, and I had never heard of PV before,” Mistry<br />

said. “I remember thinking it would be awesome if we could live there,<br />

and as a young couple, the timing was right — we saved and bought a<br />

house before we had kids.”<br />

The two, she recalls, were the youngest on their block when they moved<br />

in. Roma was 27, Sameer was 30. They fell in love with their new neighborhood.<br />

“We were young, no kids, working hard, and we knew we wanted to live<br />

there, where the schools were great,” Mistry said.<br />

Former two-term Education Foundation president Roma Mistry.<br />

Photo by David Fairchild<br />

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Their son Dilan was born four years later; their daughter Shefali three<br />

years after him.<br />

When their children were ready to go to school, their parents decided to<br />

send them to public school, rather than take advantage of any nearby private<br />

options.<br />

“It’s about being part of your local community; I went to LA Unified<br />

schools,” Mistry said. “I think public schools have a lot to offer, especially<br />

in the community we’re in. It’s a no brainer.”<br />

Mistry started her support for the <strong>Peninsula</strong> Education Foundation as a<br />

donor. She was still practicing law at the time, while volunteering at her<br />

child’s school.<br />

“Eventually, I became aware of the funding issues, and how our schools<br />

are funded,” Mistry said.<br />

In terms of per-pupil funding, the Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong> School District<br />

is among the lowest-funded school districts in the state. The bulk of its<br />

budget comes from the state’s Local Control Funding Formula. As of the<br />

2015-16 school year, PVPUSD receives $7,579 per student. By comparison,<br />

the statewide average for all unified school districts is $8,954 per student.<br />

“When we started donating, my kids were really young; I don’t think I<br />

fully grasped the scope of disproportionality in funding for schools,” Mistry<br />

said. “From that point, I started paying more attention to what PEF was<br />

funding, and it grew from there.”<br />

Music programs nationwide have become expendable in many situations<br />

as belts have tightened for schools. However, PEF has named funding music<br />

programs among its top priorities.<br />

“That caught my eye; my son participated in music in elementary school<br />

and got his first taste of playing an instrument,” Mistry said. “It was a selfesteem<br />

boost for him and it spurred an interest going forward and continuing<br />

his musical education. That was a big selling point for me.”<br />

As she continued looking into PEF, Mistry appreciated that its board of<br />

trustees was a cross-section of the community. Its members ranged from<br />

volunteers to professionals, and parents at each level of schooling and across<br />

the peninsula community.<br />

“It offered a vantage point from being an elementary school parent to<br />

what lies ahead, and what we have to look forward to; plus, it gave a look<br />

at what the Ed Foundation does beyond elementary school,” Mistry said.<br />

Mistry joined the PEF Board of Trustees in 2011, shortly after she stepped<br />

away from her legal career. In 2014, she was elected board president.<br />

Mistry is reticent about giving herself much credit, instead deferring to<br />

the Board of Trustees, as well as PEF Executive Director Christine Byrne,<br />

and the organization’s staff and volunteers.<br />

“[Byrne] goes in and is there every day…the PEF office staff is the hardest<br />

working group I’ve worked with. They’re a well-oiled machine, making<br />

sure things run smoothly, contacting companies and seeking partnerships,”<br />

Mistry said. “The buck stops with them.”<br />

Mistry’s challenge, she said, was beyond strictly fundraising. Under her<br />

leadership, PEF underwent a review of its bylaws, wrote a strategic plan,<br />

and put in place a new employee handbook.<br />

“Those things don’t sound sexy or important, but they’re important for<br />

governance,” Mistry said. “For an organization to be successful, it has to be<br />

guided.”<br />

Of course, PEF continued its fundraising endeavors. In 2015 and 2016,<br />

the organization donated $6.76 million to PVPUSD, with the bulk of contributions<br />

coming from PV families. Donors will be thanked and honored<br />

at the organization’s upcoming Food and Wine Fest on <strong>Nov</strong>. 16. That night,<br />

winners of the Chuck Miller Teacher Grant will be honored. Teacher<br />

awardees will receive up to $1,500 to bolster their classroom budgets.<br />

Last year Mistry left the board in the hands of co-presidents Matthew<br />

Rener and Michelle Fullerton, though she’s still volunteering. Her son recently<br />

graduated from Palos Verdes High School, and is on to Chapman<br />

University, while her daughter is in her second year at <strong>Peninsula</strong> High.<br />

“It’s nice to be in a position where my family and I have been able to<br />

benefit from the groundwork that’s been laid for us,” Mistry said. “I love<br />

when people’s kids have graduated, and that we’re ensuring the success<br />

and longevity of the schools and local community...PEF supports students<br />

from the moment they start in kindergarten, and it’s there at every level.<br />

We’ve been able to make sure that continues so that future generations can<br />

benefit, too.” PEN<br />

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Rising above his<br />

musical horizon<br />

David Benoit takes a poolside break at his Palos Verdes Estates home. Photo by David Fairchild.<br />

On the launching pad with David Benoit<br />

by Bondo Wyszpolski<br />

Jazz artist David Benoit and the California Science Center are rarely mentioned<br />

in the same sentence, but that’s beginning to happen more often<br />

these days thanks to the space shuttle Endeavour. So far, so strange, so<br />

let’s explain.<br />

On Sunday, <strong>Nov</strong>ember 5, the Manhattan Beach native and Palos Verdes<br />

Estate resident will conduct the Asia America Youth Symphony in the<br />

Samuel Oschin Pavilion, at the Science Center in Exposition Park, where<br />

the Endeavour is on view. The orchestra will tantalize the audience with<br />

the theme from “Star Wars” and soon thereafter fill the hall with Benoit’s<br />

spirited “Journey of the Endeavour.”<br />

The composition is largely ebullient and celebratory and just over fiveand-a-half<br />

minutes in length. Benoit premiered in 2013 at the James Armstrong<br />

Theatre in Torrance. At that concert, footage of the shuttle was<br />

projected behind the orchestra, a former astronaut was one hand to lend<br />

gravity to the occasion, and among the people sitting in the audience was<br />

an executive from the California Science Center.<br />

“She said we must do this at the Endeavour,” Benoit says from the kitchen<br />

table at his home in Palos Verdes Estates. “So we talked about it for a couple<br />

of years and finally they pulled the trigger and said, ‘We’re going to do it,’<br />

so here it is.”<br />

After the piece is performed, the audience will turn their heads and marvel<br />

at the long-distance voyager itself, imposing and radiant.<br />

Benoit explains how the “Journey of the Endeavour” came about.<br />

“I try once a year to do an artist residency in Villa Montalvo (in Saratoga,<br />

near San Jose), where I can take a couple of weeks and write something<br />

fresh. The idea is not to write anything commercial. I was looking for some<br />

inspiration and I saw this video of the Endeavour when it went through the<br />

streets of L.A.” Because of its size, its route from LAX to Exposition Park<br />

had to be carefully choreographed, reminiscent of LACMA’s plan for “Levitated<br />

Mass.”<br />

The 184-foot long Endeavour was named after Captain Cook’s HMS Endeavour.<br />

“I saw it almost like a ballet,” Benoit continues. “I saw it as an orchestral<br />

piece.<br />

“I edited the video so that you see it take off and then you see it land.”<br />

The mood shifts as it wends its way across Manchester Avenue, north along<br />

Crenshaw Boulevard, and east again on Martin Luther King Boulevard.<br />

“And then finally, when it finds its home in the garage I kind of slowed the<br />

music down. It was a little sad in a way, a little remorseful, but it was like,<br />

well, that journey’s over, here’s the new one, and now he’s in the museum.”<br />

Known for now, known for later<br />

In 1982, the late Timothy Purpus wrote a cover feature for Easy Reader<br />

about David Benoit as he was first achieving success as a professional jazz<br />

musician. In the 35 years since, Benoit has released over two dozen albums,<br />

including four this year. Foremost, perhaps, is his “Music of Montalvo” CD,<br />

a crowd-funded effort recorded with the West European Symphony Orchestra<br />

that highlights “Bikeride” (with the All-American Boys Choir) and “Napa<br />

Crossroads Overture,” a catchy number co-written with David Pack, (formerly<br />

of Ambrosia). The centerpiece of the CD belongs to the Endeavour.<br />

The other new releases include the commercially-tilted “So Nice,” with<br />

Marc Antoine; an all-solo piano CD called “The Steinway Sessions,” and a<br />

holiday record with Dave Koz (“That’s more his CD, but I did the orchestral<br />

arrangements and conducted, and played piano on it, too.”).<br />

That would be a bumper crop year for any artist, on top of which Benoit<br />

is a morning DJ for radio station 88.1 KJazz. It’s a weekday show, 8 a.m. to<br />

12 noon, but because of traveling and other commitments Benoit is often<br />

able to record several upcoming programs at a time. He’s also hosting a Saturday<br />

show from 10 to noon, this one focused on piano players. He has a<br />

free hand with Saturday’s selections, but not so much with those aired dur-<br />

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ing the week.<br />

Perhaps you’re thinking, hey,<br />

that’s great, Benoit’s really on a roll<br />

and he must be a happy camper.<br />

Well, yes and no.<br />

In some circles, Benoit is regarded<br />

as a purveyor of smooth jazz<br />

(or “easy listening”), a label he abhors.<br />

“You get typecast,” he admits.<br />

“Okay, everybody knows me for<br />

writing the pretty melodies.” And,<br />

yes, they are pretty, and often<br />

charming.<br />

Clearly, there’s an audience for it;<br />

Benoit might be living under the<br />

freeway if there weren’t. But<br />

“smooth jazz” isn’t the only thing he<br />

hopes to be remembered for, and<br />

that’s one reason why “Journey of<br />

the Endeavour” is a vital piece. He<br />

would like to find other projects<br />

that take him out of his comfort<br />

zone and, like the shuttle itself, into<br />

new frontiers.<br />

“I’m always looking for new<br />

things to write about,” he says. “Part<br />

of the problem, well, the good and<br />

the bad news, is it’s been an unusually<br />

busy year for me commercially,<br />

which is good. The ‘bad’ thing is<br />

that when you have a year like that<br />

there’s so little time to do the other,”<br />

meaning of course the non-commercial.<br />

“I need to get back to that<br />

creative space.<br />

“That’s what’s important as an<br />

artist. We have our stuff to do to<br />

earn money and keep the bills paid,<br />

but the ‘Journey of the Endeavour’<br />

is an example of something that has<br />

no connections with making<br />

money, it’s just, hey, here’s some<br />

art; art’s important.” He points to<br />

“Kobe,” written years ago in response<br />

to the earthquake that damaged<br />

the city of the same name, and<br />

to the fairly recent “Bikeride,” as<br />

more complex works that needed<br />

time to be thought out and developed.<br />

Benoit was 29 when Timothy<br />

Purpus interviewed him, and he’s<br />

64 now. That’s still young, or young<br />

enough, for a strong second-half<br />

showing. Sure, Schubert and<br />

Mozart died when they were just<br />

kids, but Verdi, Sibelius, and<br />

Richard Strauss all lived productively<br />

deep into their 80s. As Saul<br />

Bellow once told Herbert Gold,<br />

“Don’t count any writer out while<br />

he’s still alive.” Sometimes one’s<br />

greatest adversary isn’t old age so<br />

much as it’s the unwillingness to<br />

risk failure.<br />

At the moment, Benoit’s legacy is<br />

in his jazz compositions, the soundtrack<br />

to “The Peanuts Movie,” and<br />

so on, but will this work endure?<br />

With the exception of a few tunes<br />

(“Kei’s Song,” “Freedom at Midnight,”<br />

“Drive Time,” etc.) will he<br />

be remembered and played a generation<br />

or two hence? Nobody<br />

knows for sure, and one can’t even<br />

guess whether his earlier classical<br />

pieces will survive, but chances<br />

could be greater that posterity<br />

awaits him in the field of classical<br />

or rather orchestral music. If he<br />

persists in this genre...<br />

He may not have cut his teeth at<br />

a prestigious music academy, but<br />

Benoit has the tools and the knowhow.<br />

He’s been the music director<br />

and chief conductor of the Asia<br />

America Youth Symphony for a<br />

dozen years, and has played or conducted<br />

in numerous venues, including<br />

Disney Hall where he led a<br />

performance of Beethoven’s “Ninth<br />

Symphony.”<br />

In short, Benoit says, referring<br />

back to “Kobe” and “Journey of the<br />

Endeavour,” “Something I want to<br />

do more and more [are works] like<br />

these, expressing myself in a way<br />

where I’m not encumbered by commercial<br />

restrictions.”<br />

Pushing at old boundaries<br />

And thus the question, can he<br />

transcend that by which he’s been<br />

primarily known? Danny Elfman,<br />

who tumbled into the new wave<br />

music scene with Oingo Boingo,<br />

has become a world-class composer<br />

of soundtracks. Others, from Paul<br />

McCartney to Joe Jackson, have<br />

made the leap into writing symphonic<br />

music, and Benoit himself<br />

mentions Frank Zappa, whose<br />

records like “Hot Rats” and<br />

“Weasels Ripped My Flesh” belie<br />

the fact that he was an accomplished<br />

composer on a much<br />

grander scale.<br />

“<strong>People</strong> in the symphony world<br />

and classical world are discovering<br />

Frank Zappa,” Benoit says. “He was<br />

a serious composer. But he’s been<br />

dead now, how many years (almost<br />

25), and people are just starting to<br />

figure it out.”<br />

Benoit wonders aloud if he’s running<br />

out of time, and in a sense we<br />

all are, and especially those of us<br />

who harbor unrealized artistic ambitions.<br />

“One of my dreams would be to<br />

take a year off,” Benoit says, “which<br />

I’ve never done, and it’s been pretty<br />

much just doing gigs since I was 18.<br />

And all of a sudden I’m 64 years<br />

old, and still doing gigs.” It isn’t that<br />

he doesn’t enjoy performing, it’s<br />

just that a lengthy retreat, a sabbatical,<br />

or what have you, would be a<br />

rejuvenating balm and, need it be<br />

said, could possibly give him the<br />

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eathing room required for a<br />

larger-scaled work, one on which,<br />

who knows, he might even stake<br />

his reputation.<br />

Looking ahead to potential opportunities<br />

is important, he says,<br />

“and continuing to be really creative,<br />

because I feel like I’m doing<br />

some of my best work now as I’ve<br />

gotten older and a little smarter<br />

about things. When you’re young<br />

you think you know it all, then you<br />

realize the adage ‘the more you<br />

know the more you realize you<br />

don’t know.’ Yup, that’s true,” and<br />

he laughs.<br />

In the meantime, Benoit has his<br />

work cut out for him locally. This<br />

includes a dinner concert on Sunday,<br />

<strong>Nov</strong>. 12, at the Palos Verdes<br />

Golf Club. Proceeds from the<br />

event, with tickets at $125, benefit<br />

the Asia America Symphony Association.<br />

“I’ll do a few of my signature<br />

tunes,” he says. “We’ll probably do<br />

a couple things that people know<br />

me for. I want it to be a fun, loose<br />

event where maybe we’ll jam on<br />

an Eddie Harris tune and then Herbie<br />

Hancock, and maybe (throw in)<br />

a few cover tunes. Everyone’s<br />

gonna get a chance to stretch out<br />

and jam a little bit.” In addition to<br />

David Benoit introduces Manhattan Beach resident and Space Shuttle Endeavour<br />

Astronaut Dr. Garrett Reisman at the premiere of "Journey of the Endeavour"<br />

at the James Armstrong Theatre in Torrance in 2013. Benoit conducted the Asia<br />

American Youth Orchestra wearing an Endeavour flight suit. Photo by Kevin Cody<br />

Benoit on piano, the lineup is likely<br />

to consist of guitarist Pat Kelley,<br />

drummers Clayton Cameron and<br />

Brad Harner, bassist Ken Wild, and<br />

saxophonist Michael Paulo. “Plus<br />

I’ll have a couple of my young<br />

members from the orchestra performing<br />

so they’ll have a chance to<br />

be featured as well,” the latter musicians<br />

being 14-year-old Vinnie<br />

Aguas on drums and 17-year-old<br />

Colton Russell on bass.<br />

As for the Asia America Youth<br />

Symphony, the 2018 season has yet<br />

to be announced, but one of the<br />

highlights (if not the highlight, for<br />

those involved) takes place in June<br />

when 30 members of the orchestra<br />

will travel to Seoul, South Korea, to<br />

perform. This is actually a reciprocal<br />

concert: in February of this year<br />

some 30 South Korean musicians<br />

came to the States and were guests<br />

of the Asia America Symphony.<br />

On this side of the Pacific, however,<br />

the AAYS will host its alumni<br />

concert, on April 20: “We’ve had<br />

the orchestra for 15 years now,”<br />

Benoit says. “In those years we’ve<br />

had a lot of students who have<br />

gone on to be very successful in<br />

music, so we’re asking them to<br />

come back.” In other words, if you<br />

or someone you know performed<br />

with the group during those years,<br />

dust off your oboe or viola and get<br />

ready for the big reunion.<br />

For the moment, though, all eyes<br />

are glued to the space shuttle and<br />

David Benoit’s “Journey of the Endeavour”<br />

concert, which is also the<br />

fall fundraiser of the Los Angeles<br />

Philharmonic’s <strong>Peninsula</strong> Committee<br />

(our local LA Phil Affiliates).<br />

The performance takes place from<br />

7 to 10 p.m. on Sunday, <strong>Nov</strong>. 5, in<br />

the Samuel Oschin Pavilion at the<br />

California Science Center, 700 Exposition<br />

Park Drive, Los Angeles.<br />

Tickets, $150. Hors d’oeuvres,<br />

desserts, fine wine and coffee to be<br />

served. For information and tickets,<br />

go to pclaphil.org. PEN<br />

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Seeing the Space Shuttle Endeavour transported from Los Angeles International Airport to the California Science Center in 2012 inspired David Benoit to write<br />

“Journey of the Endeavour.” Photo by John Post<br />

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Marco’s<br />

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Marco Vignale and Emily Jordan on their way to the <strong>Peninsula</strong> High prom in 2013. Photos courtesy of the family<br />

A rare gene mutation takes away a young man’s physical abilities, but not his passions<br />

by Maneesha Prakash<br />

On October 27, 2016, my son Marco was admitted to Torrance Memorial<br />

Intensive Care Unit, complaining of shortness of breath, and<br />

extreme stomach pain. We assumed this was another inflammatory<br />

episode of his chronic condition that would be resolved with bed rest and<br />

proper nutrition in a few days, at most. Marco did not return home, or see<br />

the world beyond the walls of a hospital, for over three months.<br />

Marco suffers from a very rare, rapidly progressing, life-threatening type<br />

of Muscular Dystrophy known as BAG3 MFM6 myopathy. This condition<br />

is caused by a spontaneous mutation in a single gene – parents and family<br />

do not carry it. No treatment exists. All known subjects with the disease<br />

have died in their teens or twenties.<br />

Marco, now 22, is confined to a wheelchair and needs a breathing machine.<br />

Alexander Zah, a 14-year old Massachusetts boy, is the only other<br />

person in the U.S. known to have the same unlucky strike mutation. Both<br />

boys have lived with no treatment, no hope, and the knowledge that their<br />

condition is so rare that there is little incentive for medical research to be<br />

conducted on their behalf.<br />

We moved to Rancho Palos Verdes in 2003 when Marco was 8 years old,<br />

with his two older sisters. He attended Soleado Elementary School and was<br />

your average All-American Boy, with an average dislike of math, and an<br />

above average love of soccer. He spent most of his free time kicking a soccer<br />

ball against the garage door of his Longhill Drive home. As soon as he was<br />

old enough he began playing AYSO soccer.<br />

He was the slowest player on the field, which was not a surprise. When<br />

Marco was a toddler he had a difficult time sitting on the floor or crossing<br />

his legs. He would fall off playground swingsets because he didn’t grip the<br />

ropes tightly enough. Neurological tests showed that Marco was missing<br />

some key nerve reflexes, but doctors were at a loss as to why. Nevertheless,<br />

Marco enjoyed playing AYSO, which is open to all kids, regardless of ability.<br />

In 2006, his team, the Strikers, won the championship cup, which sent him<br />

to a heaven of happiness.<br />

Marco continued playing soccer at Ridgecrest Middle School, but with<br />

more and more difficulty. P.E. required running around the field, which<br />

was excruciatingly difficult. The UCLA Pediatric Neurology Clinic conducted<br />

multiple tests, but could not diagnose the problem. He attended<br />

summer soccer camps, and though he could not run much, he was praised<br />

by his coaches for his technique. He hoped to try out for the <strong>Peninsula</strong> High<br />

soccer team. But by the end of the summer of 2008, he was forced to accept<br />

the reality that he could not keep up with the physical requirements of the<br />

game. Instead, he became a living encyclopedia of FIFA and soccer World<br />

Cups, dating back to 1930. He hoped to become a game commentator, until<br />

he discovered those jobs go exclusively to former players.<br />

He looked for another passion and found music. After trying drums and<br />

guitars, he settled on bass guitar. He joined a jazz band through the Harbor<br />

College outreach partnership. The group played at El Camino over the holiday<br />

season. He immersed himself in music theory and composition. Music<br />

filled his head and his home.<br />

But, as with soccer, Marco’s body could not keep up with the physical<br />

demands of his new passion. As his disease progressed he began to lose coordination<br />

in his extremities. His fingers, once deft at pressing chords, lost<br />

their strength, making it difficult to learn new and challenging pieces. After<br />

advancing within just a few years from novice to accomplished bassist, he<br />

had to move on, once again.<br />

Marco transferred to Rancho del Mar in 2011, which offers individualized<br />

instruction to <strong>Peninsula</strong> students. A shorter work day and a different approach<br />

to learning helped him tremendously. He became an A student<br />

(though still not in math). He drove a car with hand controls. But a diagnosis<br />

still eluded the UCLA neurologists.<br />

In 2012, Marco transferred back to <strong>Peninsula</strong> High and began dating a<br />

beautiful young woman named Emily. By then, his health had declined to<br />

the point that he could no longer walk, and was confined to a wheelchair.<br />

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Marco cont. from page 38<br />

He went with Emily to the 2013 prom in his wheelchair.<br />

Finally, in early 2012, the UCLA team reached a diagnosis. Marco tested positive<br />

for the recently discovered and usually fatal mutation known as BAG3 MFM6<br />

myopathy. Our family was on the verge of despair.<br />

Then, out of the blue, I received calls from two individuals who gave us hope.<br />

The first was from Dr. Monte Willis, of the University of North Carolina. He<br />

was doing basic research on a heart condition known as cardiomyopathy, which<br />

results from a gene mutation similar to the mutation responsible for Marco’s condition.<br />

The second call was from Laura Zah, of Massachusetts, mother of 14-year-old<br />

Alexander. She had seen a slide presentation about Marco that I had posted on<br />

YouTube.<br />

Our families began talking to medical researchers, among them, an expert in<br />

gene therapy from Harvard University who is studying genetic mutations. We are<br />

now in negotiations to help commence a research project on their mutation.<br />

There are no government funds for research on such a rare disease, and no<br />

pharmaceutical company will invest in the necessary research for a disease with<br />

so few sufferers.<br />

To raise money to fund research, our families have established the non profit<br />

Alexander’s Way Research Fund at Alexandersway.org and a GoFundMe campaign<br />

at GoFundMe.com/genecure.<br />

Last month marks one year since Marco’s urgent admittance to Torrance Memorial<br />

Hospital. Since then, his condition has stabilized and he is living his life to<br />

the fullest. Soccer matches are on the sports channels and he has begun to compose<br />

digital music, which does not require the muscular dexterity required of conventional<br />

composing. Emily, has been by his side throughout his ordeal.<br />

Since the beginning of the human race, rare and deadly genetic diseases have<br />

left children like Marco and Alexander without hope. Now, for the first time in<br />

human history, we are developing the technical tools that in a not too distant future<br />

may eradicate these diseases from the face of the Earth. It is our duty to do<br />

all we can to save Marco, Alexander, and future generations of children. PEN<br />

Marco Vignale and friends on his 22nd birthday. Photos courtesy of the<br />

family<br />

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Intermittent lightning lit up the fall sky on September 10, but there was<br />

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The Vanderlip family was present including Narcissa and her sister,<br />

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her original watercolors of the Villa Narcissa to benefit the Friends of<br />

the Library. More than 200 guests donated close to $50,000 to support library<br />

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Liz Schoeben’s therapists help school students deal with increasing pressures<br />

by Robb Fulcher<br />

Liz Schoeben is using a rare combination of<br />

therapeutic and entrepreneurial acumen to<br />

help students on the <strong>Peninsula</strong> avoid, or<br />

overcome, the increasing pressures of school life.<br />

Through her nonprofit organization CASSY<br />

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Southern California, Schoeben is making trained<br />

therapists available to Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong><br />

school students. She established a similar program<br />

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efforts in the schools.<br />

She and colleague Liz Llamas co-founded<br />

CASSY Bay Area in 2009. They hired trained<br />

therapists, marking an immediate upgrade from<br />

school-based systems that use graduate students<br />

who are unpaid and less trained.<br />

CASSY became a thriving concern, thanks to<br />

Schoeben’s gifts as a counselor, coupled with her<br />

flair as an entrepreneur who can conceive, develop<br />

and administer a nonprofit organization.<br />

“<strong>People</strong> usually have one brain or the other,”<br />

she said. “It’s hard to find a therapist who wants<br />

to run an agency.”<br />

Schoeben worked to build CASSY from the<br />

ground up, reading a “For Dummies” book about<br />

starting a nonprofit.<br />

She said her husband Rob Schoeben, then a<br />

marketing vice president at Apple, provided expertise<br />

and connections that helped CASSY start<br />

its life with a professional website and logo design,<br />

pro bono legal help, and a “polished look”<br />

right out of the gate.<br />

In six years CASSY grew into a $3 million-ayear<br />

operation, serving more than 40 schools. Its<br />

success with students was confirmed with stateof-the-industry<br />

metrics. Last year, Schoeben left<br />

to seek a new horizon.<br />

“I’m an entrepreneur,” she said. “At that point<br />

it was a really well run agency.”<br />

To the Hill<br />

Schoeben was speaking on a panel at a mental<br />

health symposium in Sacramento when she met<br />

officials from the Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong> Unified<br />

School District.<br />

“They wanted me to do CASSY down here,”<br />

she said.<br />

Her experience up north spared her some<br />

growing pains with the new CASSY. In the Bay<br />

Area, she juggled the administrative and clinical<br />

functions, and worked in the schools.<br />

“That was way too much. I learned I can’t do<br />

everything.”<br />

This time, Schoeben hired a part-time clinical<br />

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director to manage the counselors, and partnered with The Giving Back<br />

Fund, a nationwide organization that takes care of accounting, payroll taxes<br />

and other similar functions for nonprofits. And once again, Schoeben’s<br />

husband helped out.<br />

“All this allowed us to start up the agency in less than a month,” she said.<br />

Student issues<br />

In the high schools, a CASSY counselor occupies an office in the administration<br />

building, and is seen as “just another support” for the students.<br />

“What we’ve found over the years is that [other students] have no problem<br />

with it. It’s like, ‘Oh, you’re seeing her too, cool!’ They’re referring<br />

their friends,” Schoeben said.<br />

“There’s a lot of social work kind of stuff,” she said. “It’s not a long, yearafter-year,<br />

lie-on-the-couch-and-talk kind of thing. We help them function<br />

happily in school.”<br />

Crisis intervention and treatment is also an important part of the work.<br />

“A crisis is in the eye of the student,” said Schoeben. For instance, a student<br />

might say, “I broke up with my boyfriend, and he’s in my second period<br />

class,” prompting the counselor to talk the student through the<br />

situation, sort out her concerns, and return to functioning comfortably in<br />

the classroom.<br />

“This could also be a kid, or another student or staff member, saying he<br />

plans to kill himself, and he has the means, and he has a plan, and he’s<br />

getting ready to carry it out,” Schoeben said.<br />

In such a case, an eminently suicidal student might be hospitalized for<br />

evaluation, with the cooperation of parents, and stabilized before returning<br />

home. Then CASSY counselors help the student transition back to school.<br />

CASSY counselors also help students cope if death strikes a student or<br />

teacher, and help with issues of drug and alcohol abuse, or inappropriate<br />

sexual behavior. They refer students for more intensive therapy for issues<br />

such as eating disorders or suicidal planning.<br />

Nationally, one in eight young people is clinically depressed, 26 percent<br />

of high school girls have been victimized by physical or sexual abuse, including<br />

date rape. A host of other issues, less serious and less chronic, still<br />

can interfere with a student’s happy adjustment to their environment.<br />

Although crisis counseling is sometimes needed for younger children,<br />

much of the work with them is done in classroom presentations on social<br />

skills and friend-making.<br />

“We’re exposing almost every student to some level of emotional learning,”<br />

Schoeben said.<br />

Universal forces<br />

Data collected on the issues raised by students show a universality of<br />

experience, from affluent school districts to economically disadvantaged<br />

ones, such as the East Palo Alto schools served by CASSY Bay Area.<br />

“Every high school has the same issues – anxiety and depression symptoms,<br />

communication with parents, the stress and anxiety of wanting to<br />

get everything done, wanting to please everyone.”<br />

Schoeben said the pitfalls facing kids have not changed fundamentally<br />

since she attended high school in the ‘80s, but some things have changed,<br />

such as the ubiquity of texting and social media.<br />

“We don’t turn off as well now,” she said. “We used to hang up the phone<br />

and go to sleep, or if my sister was on the phone, I couldn’t talk to my<br />

friend, and I’d just go to bed. Now they can text all night, and are exposed<br />

to the drama, and it’s hard to get a break. It doesn’t go away.”<br />

On social media kids – and adults – have difficulty interpreting the tone<br />

of online comments, and can be tempted into too-impulsive online communication.<br />

“Their brains are still growing, until they’re about 25, and so they’re<br />

more impulsive, it’s harder to slow down and make good decisions.”<br />

Money matters<br />

The school district covers 80 percent of CASSY’s funding, and Schoeben,<br />

the former business banking salesperson, must fundraise the rest, which<br />

totals about $45,000.<br />

CASSY’s effectiveness is measured through feedback from kids, parents<br />

and school staff, and by the Children’s Global Assessment Scale, commonly<br />

called C-GAS, which evaluates the level of functioning, and severity<br />

of mental illness, in children and adolescents.<br />

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“We assume it will parallel<br />

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The school district had been<br />

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social and emotional needs<br />

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upon later, to handle the greater<br />

stresses that high school can bring.<br />

“I’m very excited and enthusiastic<br />

about this partnership with<br />

CASSY,” Fricker said.<br />

Looking ahead, Schoeben wants<br />

to expand CASSY.<br />

“It’s important to have the district<br />

buy-in. We would like to grow<br />

district by district.” Growing<br />

Liz Schoeben MFT, founder and executive director of CASSY, Southern California.<br />

would help costs low and allow for<br />

better employee training, Schoeben<br />

said.<br />

Funding can be secured for counseling<br />

in financially disadvantaged<br />

school districts through grants, and<br />

through Title IX of the federal civil<br />

rights law.<br />

“East Palo Alto is a very underserved<br />

community. Ninety percent<br />

of students get free and reducedcost<br />

lunch. But sometimes these districts<br />

are easier to fund. It’s hard to<br />

write a grant for a community that<br />

has a lot of wealth,” Schoeben said.<br />

In her limited spare time,<br />

Schoeben relaxes by kickboxing,<br />

and she volunteers four hours a<br />

week with crisistextline.org, a free,<br />

24-hour crisis counseling text line.<br />

Rob works as a consultant for startups<br />

and fledgling businesses. The<br />

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The historic D-Day Doll Douglas C-53 Skytrooper that dropped paratroopers into combat during WWII. Photos by Tony LaBruno<br />

by Randy Angel<br />

The 24th edition of the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance had a different<br />

look this year. Instead of a <strong>Peninsula</strong> golf course, the venue<br />

was Zamperini Airfield in Torrance, at the Robinson Helicopter Company’s<br />

facility. The new venue enabled the concours to include historic<br />

aircraft alongside the dozens of vintage automobiles. The theme was “Elegance<br />

and Speed,” a reflection of this year’s marquee cars, Packard and<br />

Porsche.<br />

Other cars fitting the “speed” theme were South Bay icon Vic Edelbrock<br />

Sr.’s 1932 Ford, his record-winning V8-60 Sprint Car, a 1964 Ford Fairlane<br />

427 “Thunderbolt” drag racer, one of only 100 ever produced, and David<br />

G. Adishian’s 1961 Chrysler 300, one of the first muscle cars. The car was<br />

known as the “Banker’s Hotrod” because of its luxury interior and 396<br />

horsepower cross ram Wedge V-8.<br />

Another highlight of the show was the Italian-built Pagani, exhibited by<br />

Christopher Pagani. The Pagani is the world’s most expensive production<br />

car.<br />

The historic aircraft included a Douglas C-53 Skytrooper and a North<br />

American P-51 Mustang D. During the Normandy invasion, the Douglas<br />

C-53 dropped members of the 101st Airborne, behind enemy lines before<br />

the first wave of soldiers hit the beach.<br />

The masters of ceremonies were Dave Kunz and Ed Justice, Jr. Kunz has<br />

been the Eyewitness News Automotive Specialist at ABC7 since 2001. Justice<br />

comes from a family of automobile enthusiasts and has been heard on<br />

radio programs Road & Track, Car and Driver and Motor Trend, in addition<br />

to appearing on MSNBC.<br />

Concours Chairman Ray Johnson said the new venue proved to be pop-<br />

Superformance President Lance Stander.<br />

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Al Cellier, of Palos Verdes, with his 1962 red Corvette. Ed and Mort Bauchman, of Rancho Palos Verdes, with their 1964 Porsche 356 C.<br />

Stearman 1942 aircraft N2S3 owned by Frank Mauro of Torrance.<br />

ular.<br />

“We have received very positive feedback from the exhibitors, sponsors,<br />

and attendees,” Johnson said. “Robinson Helicopter, the Airport Commission<br />

and the City of Torrance were very supportive of the show and helped<br />

make the new venue a success and we would like to hold the show there<br />

again next year.”<br />

Rolling Hills residents Tom and Carrie Lieb, who have participated in the<br />

event for many years, were two-time winners for the second time. They<br />

took first place in the Hot Rods, Golden Era (1930-1960) class with their<br />

1929 Ford Roadster and in the Brass/Antiques through 1924 category with<br />

a 1923 Wills St. Claire Roadster. The Wills St. Claire won the Vintage Class<br />

at Pebble Beach in 2001.<br />

“It feels great to get a double win,” Tom Lieb said. “The ‘29 roadster was<br />

prepared by my grandson Connor. He spent about 20 hours detailing the<br />

car. I bought the car in 1959 but sold the engine for college tuition in 1961.<br />

Mark Guggenheim, of Palos Verdes, with his 1958 Porsche<br />

Speedster.<br />

I put it back together in late 2009 and took it and the Wills to the Grand<br />

National Roadster show in 2010 and won best roadster. I drive both cars<br />

regularly which is a lot of fun.”<br />

Darren Moore, of Rancho Palos Verdes, took two second-places with his<br />

1922 Stutz Bearcat (Brass/Antiques through 1924) and his 1932 Packard<br />

Twin Six 905 Coupe Roadster (Open Classic Packard, 1925-1948). He was<br />

also presented the Chairman’s Award for his P51D Mustang Airplane.<br />

Moore has seven cars and six airplanes in his collection but it was the<br />

first time he has exhibited his cars.<br />

“I’m not a car show person, but since the Concours was presented at Torrance<br />

Airport where my collection is, I couldn’t refuse” Moore said. “I have<br />

displayed and flown my aircraft at airshows before, but I no longer participate<br />

in those events. I haven’t acquired the vehicles as an investment, only<br />

because I like them.”<br />

Moore purchased the P51D Mustang in 2011 after completing a training<br />

Robert Knee, of Los Angeles, with his 1928 Mercedes-Benz 630K Murphy<br />

Town Car.<br />

Lianne Graham, of Palos Verdes, with her 1932 Chrysler Imperial CH Convertible<br />

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The scene at The Louis Zamperini Airfield venue.<br />

The $2.4 million Italian Pagani.<br />

Darren Moore( left), is presented the<br />

Chairman’s Award by Ray Johnson<br />

for his P51D Mustang airplane.<br />

Photo courtesy of PV Concours d’Elegance<br />

Christopher Pagani whose father manufactures the Pagani automobile. Photo by<br />

Stephanie Cartozian<br />

course in the aircraft with Stallion 51, the only school in the country that<br />

offers this course.<br />

“Soon after I completed the course, a man down in Florida had just completed<br />

a six year restoration of his Mustang and decided to sell it,” Moore<br />

added. “I flew it home a few weeks later. I tell everyone that I’m just the<br />

“Caretaker” of it. It’s American history and I’ll pass it on to someone who<br />

loves it just as much as I do.”<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong> residents placed first and second in the Post-War European Elegance<br />

through 1976 class. Jay and Bonnie McDonald, of Palos Verdes Estates,<br />

took top honors with their 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL while Hiram<br />

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Tom and Shannon Hartman, of Rancho Palos Verdes, placed second in<br />

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Local third-place finishers included John Marian, of Rancho Palos Verdes,<br />

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Aaron and Valerie Weiss, of San Marino, won Best of Show with their 1936<br />

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Jackie Crowley<br />

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by Robb Fulcher<br />

Jackie Crowley has been giving of herself for more decades<br />

than she will reveal, visiting kids recovering from surgery<br />

in an orthopedic hospital, lugging supply-filled backpacks<br />

to disadvantaged schools, and sitting on the boards of Palos<br />

Verdes Performing Arts and the <strong>Peninsula</strong> Symphony Association.<br />

If you ask her why, she might have to think for a moment.<br />

Service has become second nature, to the extent that she sometimes<br />

must remind herself to turn her attention to her other career,<br />

real estate. Still, her answer is clear and simple: her work<br />

is animated by faith and gratitude.<br />

In recognition of her volunteer spirit, Crowley has been<br />

named Citizen of the Year by the Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong> Chamber<br />

of Commerce, which will officially bestow the honor at an<br />

annual dinner <strong>Nov</strong>. 1.<br />

Service in faith<br />

In an interview, Crowley spoke of her church, Rolling Hills<br />

Covenant, and its mission to “lead people to Christ.” She believes<br />

that in addition to that Christian mission, people are<br />

given individualized missions to be useful to each other.<br />

“It probably sounds corny, but the good Lord has been very<br />

good to me. Life has been very good to me,” she said.<br />

Of course, she volunteers at the church too, taking care of<br />

“leapers,” kids 18 to 24 months old, in the nursery, once a<br />

month during the 9:30 service.<br />

“We have peepers, creepers and leapers. I have the leapers,”<br />

she said.<br />

The morning of the interview, she had been on hand for the<br />

“Shop ‘Til You Drop” fundraiser, with food and retail vendors,<br />

to support Palos Verdes Performing Arts, which brings highly<br />

regarded stage, musical and ballet performances to the Norris<br />

Theatre, and oversees a student Conservatory and a multi-use<br />

pavilion.<br />

The next day would see her in San Diego where, in her role<br />

as a state director for the California Association of Realtors, she<br />

would help ride herd on one of the association’s three yearly<br />

conferences.<br />

Much of her current volunteer work involves structure and<br />

organization. On the Performing Arts board, for instance, she<br />

helps make decisions about which theater productions should<br />

be brought in, with a bottom-line focus that they must be affordable.<br />

The board also oversees a variety of uses of the Harlyne<br />

J. Norris Pavilion, and keeps track of Performing Arts<br />

support groups such as Bravo!, Chorusliners, and Act II, which<br />

put on “Shop ‘Til You Drop.”<br />

Jackie Crowley in front of a wall lined with local service awards. Photo by Tony LaBruno<br />

Crowley also solicits advertising for a program book that sits on the laps of Norris<br />

Theatre patrons.<br />

Depression child<br />

Crowley was born during the Great Depression, in a hospital along Lake Erie. She<br />

used to call her birthplace Cleveland, until she found out that, technically, she was<br />

born in the eastern suburb of Euclid.<br />

“I was sort of surprised,” she said. “I had always said Cleveland, Ohio.”<br />

In the rough and tumble of a desperate economy, her father worked for Ford Motor<br />

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Co. until that job went away. He operated his own auto dealership for a<br />

time. Then he caught on with the government, in a job that called for frequent<br />

relocations. The family lived in West Virginia, North Carolina,<br />

Louisiana, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Ohio, with mom timing the<br />

moves to take place between the school years.<br />

“My mother was smart enough to have us move in the summertime,”<br />

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while he was in the service, so the family came out west. Crowley<br />

attended Inglewood High School, where she served as editor-in-chief of<br />

the yearbook.<br />

“In those days you were raised to grow up, get an education, get married<br />

and raise a family,” she said. “That was expected of a young lady, so that’s<br />

the way it went.”<br />

Crowley has two children, Steven Lee Pinkney and Susan Leann Mc-<br />

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“I’d have to say life has been very, very good to me,” Crowley said.<br />

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homes. In 1972 she opened Rancho Verdes Realty, at Palos Verdes Drive<br />

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Her extensive volunteer service began in the early 1970s, when she went<br />

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surgery.<br />

“We could go into the recovery room and then see the parents. It gives<br />

them a wonderful feeling, that communication, to know that somebody<br />

saw their loved one. It was wonderful.”<br />

Crowley did that recovery room work for about 20 years, “as long as they<br />

had that job.”<br />

Also among Crowley’s volunteering favorites is the Affinity Group,<br />

which she has chaired for five years, for the Volunteer Center South Bay.<br />

The centerpiece of the effort is Operation Teddy Bear, which prepares and<br />

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Crowley sees her real estate career as another form of service, with the<br />

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“I love selling real estate. You help people make one of the biggest decisions<br />

they make in life…It’s a very important step,” she said.<br />

“Some people I’ve sold houses to, they’re still in the same house 50 years<br />

later,” Crowley said.<br />

“I’ve been in real estate for over 50 years – I wouldn’t want to say how<br />

many more,” she added with a laugh.<br />

Crowley lives in Rancho Palos Verdes, and fills her limited spare time<br />

with physical activity including bowling, golf, swimming and ballroom<br />

dance classes.<br />

“I love to dance,” she said. “When you’re dancing, you don’t know that<br />

you’re exercising, but you’re exercising.”<br />

To be happy, she must be of service.<br />

“I belong to Rotary Club of Palos Verdes Sunset, and the Rotary motto is<br />

also my life motto: ‘Service Above Self,’” Crowley said. “Happiness for me<br />

is anything I can do that makes someone else happy.”<br />

“I don’t want people to think I’m a Pollyanna, but I definitely see the<br />

glass as half full. I can’t see it half empty.”<br />

Jackie Crowley will be honored as the Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong> Chamber<br />

of Commerce <strong>2017</strong> Citizen of the Year at the chamber’s annual gala 5:30<br />

p.m., Wednesday, <strong>Nov</strong>. 1 at Terranea Resort. In addition, Walk With Sally<br />

will be named Nonprofit Organization of the Year, and Vistas For Children<br />

will be named Community Service Organization of the Year. Tickets are<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 />

Ongoing<br />

Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Days<br />

n Nurture seedlings and help shrubs grow for habitat restoration projects.<br />

RSVP 48 hours in advance. Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. - noon. Sign up at<br />

pvplc.volunteerhub.com<br />

Rapid Response Team<br />

n Work alongside Conservancy staff protecting wildlife habitat by closing<br />

unauthorized trails. Task include trail maintenance, building fences and installing<br />

signage. Work at various locations around the Preserve. Directions to<br />

sites emailed upon sign up. No experience needed. 15 and up. Visit volunteerhub.com<br />

Nature on the Big Screen<br />

n Birders take note! The PVP Land Conservancy is compiling photos for<br />

slideshow showcasing your bird photographs for <strong>Nov</strong>ember 19 to be shown<br />

on the “big screen” at the Warner Grand Theatre. If you have bird photos<br />

that you would like to be included, please email up to 3 images to:<br />

photo@pvplc.org. Please make sure they are in large format, at least 240 dpi<br />

and 1920 x 1200 pixels. Include your name, location of the photo and<br />

species of bird, if known.<br />

n Are you a student who loves filming videos? You too can be featured on<br />

the big screen. Please send a 1- 2 minute video about what you love about<br />

nature, how nature impacts your life or what nature taught you. Send your<br />

.mov or .mp4 file tophoto@pvplc.org. Include your name and year in school.<br />

Sunday, October 29<br />

Water music<br />

n Season opener of the <strong>Peninsula</strong> Symphony. Pre-concert lecture by Maestro<br />

Berkson (members only) at 6:15 p.m., concert begins at 7 p.m. The doors<br />

open at 6 p.m. Concert opens with Felix Mendelssohn’s Calm Sea and Prosperous<br />

Voyage, Opus 27. Aleksandr Glazunov’s majestic Das Meer (The<br />

Sea), Opus 28, follows. After intermission, the concert hall is transformed to<br />

a fairy tale lake in Anatole Liadov’s The Enchanted Lake, Opus 62. The concert<br />

ends with Leonard Bernstein’s haunting On the Waterfront. Concert and<br />

parking are free. Redondo Union High School Auditorium, 631 Vincent Street<br />

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Together, let us …<br />

Pray for all who carry burdens.<br />

Worship the Christ whose love<br />

overcomes the darkness.<br />

Light candles of peace, courage, love,<br />

hope, faith, remembrance and<br />

thanksgiving.<br />

The Service<br />

of Reflection<br />

and Thanksgiving<br />

Wednesday<br />

<strong>Nov</strong>ember 15, <strong>2017</strong><br />

7:00 pm (new time)<br />

The Sanctuary<br />

St. Peter’s by the Sea<br />

6410 Palos Verdes Drive South<br />

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275<br />

StPetersPres.org<br />

Sponsored by the Stephen Ministry,<br />

Deacons and Caring Ministries<br />


Sunday, <strong>Nov</strong>. 5<br />

Musical Endeavour<br />

n “Journey of the Endeavour,” by<br />

Grammy nominated <strong>Peninsula</strong> composer<br />

David Benoit, will be performed<br />

at the <strong>Peninsula</strong> Committee<br />

Los Angeles Philharmonic (PCLAP)<br />

fall fundraiser at the California Science<br />

Center Samuel Oschin Pavilion.<br />

Benoit will conduct the Asia<br />

America Youth Symphony. “Journey<br />

of the Endeavour” will be accompanied<br />

by NASA footage of the space<br />

shuttle’s journey to its permanent<br />

home in Los Angeles. 7-10 p.m.<br />

$150 at pclaphil.org. 700 Exposition<br />

Park Dr., Los Angeles.<br />

Jacob Miller and the<br />

Bridge City Crooners<br />

n The Palos Verdes Performing<br />

Arts’ Cabaret Jazz series opens with<br />

one of the finest roots-oriented vineventcalendar<br />

in Redondo Beach (PCH at Diamond). For further information, please call the<br />

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

visit Pensym.org.<br />

Friday, <strong>Nov</strong>ember 3<br />

Full Moon Hike<br />

n Sponsored by the PVP Land Conservancy. Explore nocturnal sights with an<br />

expert naturalist under a full moon at the George F Canyon Nature Preserve,<br />

27305 Palos Verdes Dr. E., Rolling Hills. Must be age 9 and up. $12 per person.<br />

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

A show of Ponies<br />

n With classic touches of Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles, The Show Ponies<br />

deliver a sassy blend of indie-folk, bluegrass, old-time country and American<br />

roots-rock. 8 p.m. $20 to $42, available at www.grandannex.org or (310)<br />

833-4813 Mon-Fri 9 to 5. The Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St., San Pedro.<br />

Saturday, <strong>Nov</strong>ember 4<br />

Outdoor Volunteer Day<br />

n At Native Plant Nursery, 9 a.m. – noon. Nurture seedlings and grow shrubs<br />

for habitat restoration projects all around the <strong>Peninsula</strong>. Reservations required<br />

by Wednesday, <strong>Nov</strong>ember 1. Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.<br />

Family hike<br />

n First Saturday Family Hike at George F Canyon. 9 a.m. Bring your family<br />

and join a naturalist guide to discover habitat, wildlife and more on an easy<br />

hike up the canyon with amazing views of the city. Free. All ages welcome.<br />

27305 Palos Verdes Dr. E., Rolling Hills. For more information, contact (310)<br />

547-0862 or RSVP at: www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.<br />

Fortunate Son<br />

n Fortunate Son delivers the spirit<br />

and grit of Creedence Clearwater<br />

Revival and John Fogerty. 8 p.m.<br />

$20 to $42, available at www.grandannex.org<br />

or (310) 833-4813<br />

Mon-Fri 9 to 5. The Grand Annex,<br />

434 W 6th St., San Pedro.<br />

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tage-style jazz bands on the West Coast. Jacob Miller and the Bridge City<br />

Crooners have taken the hot jazz of the ‘20s and ‘30s and combined it with<br />

country blues, western swing, and ragtime to create an irresistible sound. 7:30<br />

p.m. Tickets are $80, which includes reserved table seating, gourmet supper,<br />

no-host bar, dance floor, and two music sets. Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion, 501<br />

Indian Peak Road in Rolling Hills Estates. For more information, or tickets, call<br />

(310) 544-0403 or go to palosverdesperformingarts.com.<br />

Thursday, <strong>Nov</strong>ember 9<br />

Personalized (genomic) medicine<br />

n Modern genetic technology now allows the complete sequencing of an individual’s<br />

entire “genome”, all 3 billion DNA base pairs. In this presentation,<br />

learn about current and future applications of genomics in improving the diagnosis,<br />

the prognosis and therapy, and even prevention of disease, the concept<br />

of personalized medicine. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Lunch provided.<br />

Attendance is limited to Friends, members and one-time guests. LA BioMed<br />

1st Floor Conference Room, 1124 W. Carson St., Torrance. To become a<br />

member, sign up at labiomed.org/friends or contact the Development Office<br />

at (310) 222-4240 or development@labiomed.org.<br />

Friday, <strong>Nov</strong>ember 10<br />

Outlandish Raya<br />

n Shimmering blues soul vocalist most recognized as the voice of the opening<br />

credits of the Outlander series and for the shimmering vocals featured throughout<br />

the sci-fi hit Battlestar Galactica. 8 p.m. $20 to $42, available at<br />

www.grandannex.org or (310) 833-4813 Mon-Fri 9 to 5. The Grand Annex,<br />

434 W 6th St., San Pedro.<br />

Saturday, <strong>Nov</strong>ember 11<br />

Holiday Boutique & Food Court<br />

n Little Sisters of the Poor Auditorium, 2100 S. Western Ave., San Pedro,<br />

8:30 a.m - 5 p.m. Grand Raffle tickets $5 each, (310) 548-0625.<br />

Guided walk<br />

n Celebrate Veteran’s Day viewing a former gun emplacement and learn<br />

about the military history of the area from the Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong> Land<br />

Conservancy. 9 a.m. Don’t miss the Nature Education Center with activities<br />

for the whole family. This is a moderate<br />

walk. Free and open to the<br />

public. White Point Nature Preserve,<br />

1600 W. Paseo Del Mar, San<br />

Pedro. For more information, contact<br />

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

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

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Outdoor Volunteer Day<br />

n Help beautify the native demonstration<br />

garden and surrounding<br />

habitat. 9 a.m. – noon. Sign up at<br />

www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.<br />

White Point Nature Preserve,1600<br />

W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro.<br />

Stories, songs and more<br />

n Share the joy of storytelling with<br />

your children and introduce them to<br />

the beauty of the natural surroundings.<br />

Your family will enjoy spending<br />

time with retired Children’s Librarian<br />

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props and songs. 10 a.m. Free. RSVP at:<br />

www.pvplc.org. White Point Nature Preserve,1600<br />

W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro.<br />

The Company Men<br />

n Featuring stellar performers from Broadway and<br />

national touring companies of “Hairspray,” “The<br />

Lion King,” “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Camelot,”<br />

The Company Men uniquely interweave Top 40 hits<br />

with re-imagined classics by blending songs by<br />

artists including Sam Smith, The Four Tops, Michael<br />

Jackson, Katy Perry, Adele, The Temptations, Billy<br />

Joel, Prince, Meghan Trainor, Bruno Mars, Michael<br />

Bublé and more. 8 p.m. Tickets $70-$75; $10 discount<br />

for youths. To purchase tickets, call the box<br />

office at (310) 544-0403 or go to palosverdesperformingarts.com.<br />

The Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris<br />

Center Drive in Rolling Hills Estates.<br />

Sunday, <strong>Nov</strong>ember 12<br />

TMMC “Light Up a Life”<br />

n Torrance Memorial Hospice will host its annual<br />

“Light Up a Life” tree lighting ceremony and<br />

fundraiser 4 to 6 p.m. at Torrance Memorial Medical<br />

Center’s Hoffman Health Conference Center.<br />

Hosted in honor of National Hospice and Palliative<br />

Care Month, the event provides the community an<br />

opportunity to celebrate and honor a loved one’s<br />

life. The evening will include a reading of names,<br />

performances by the Los Cancioneros Master<br />

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Chorale and the Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong> High<br />

School Symphonic Orchestra. Individuals can illuminate<br />

a light on the holiday tree by making a donation<br />

of any amount. All contributions support the<br />

hospital’s Hospice and Bereavement Programs and<br />

assist those who cannot afford care. For information<br />

or to RSVP, call 310-517-4694 or visit www.TorranceMemorial.org/Hospice.<br />

Second Sundays At Two<br />

n Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Principal Cellist<br />

Andrew Shulman and renowned Italian pianist and<br />

Colburn Conservatory faculty Fabio Bidini perform.<br />

2 p.m. sharp! Free admission, donations appreciated.<br />

Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, 26438<br />

Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates.<br />

www.RHUMC.org.<br />

Chamber Orchestra, Waarts and all<br />

n Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, the resident<br />

classical orchestra of the Palos Verdes Performing<br />

Arts Center, continues its <strong>2017</strong>-18 season with<br />

featured soloist, award-winning violinist and Curtison-Tour<br />

artist Stephen Waarts. Under the direction<br />

of Frances Steiner, the program will open with<br />

Gluck's Overture to Orfeo et Euridice followed by<br />

Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2 in g minor, Op.<br />

63 featuring Mr. Waarts. Following intermission<br />

Mozart's wonderful Symphony No. 41 in C Major,<br />

KV 551 "Jupiter". There will be a Preview Talk by<br />

Stephen Richards starting at 6:45 p.m. Concert begins<br />

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www.palosverdesperformingarts.com. Further information<br />

on COSB and its future concerts can be<br />

found by visiting www.mycosb.org. Norris Theatre,<br />

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

Monday, <strong>Nov</strong>ember 13<br />

‘Jester’s Mom’ talk<br />

n Barbara Saltzman, president of the nonprofit<br />

Jester & Pharley Phund, will talk about “Why The<br />

Jester Jingles” at Lunada Bay Elementary School auditorium,<br />

520 Paseo Lunado, Palos Verdes Estates,<br />

at 6:30 p.m. Free to local residents. Lunada Bay<br />

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holiday season. For every copy of “The Jester” sold<br />

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another to a hospitalized child. For information,<br />

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Wednesday, <strong>Nov</strong>ember 15<br />

Service of reflection and thanks<br />

n Take a moment for reflection as the holiday season<br />

begins anew. Light candles of peace, courage,<br />

love, hope, faith, remembrance and thanksgiving.<br />

7 p.m. The Sanctuary St. Peter’s by the Sea, 6410<br />

Palos Verdes Dr. S., Rancho Palos Verdes.<br />

Wild birding unlimited<br />

n Explore the birds making a home in the restored<br />

habitat at the beautiful White Point Nature Preserve.<br />

8:30 a.m. Binoculars supplied for beginners. Free.<br />

All ages welcome. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San<br />

Pedro. RSVP at: www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.<br />

Friday, <strong>Nov</strong>ember 17<br />

An Affair to Remember<br />

n Special Children’s League, luncheon and holiday<br />

boutique, 10 a.m - 2 p.m. Palos Verdes Golf<br />

Club, 3301 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates.<br />

Tickets Kristina Mermelstein, kmermel@cox.net.<br />

Saturday, <strong>Nov</strong>ember 18<br />

Running funning<br />

n Palos Verdes Half Marathon, 5K and 10K races.<br />

7 a.m. Pelican Cove Park, 31300 Palos Verdes Dr.<br />

S., Rancho Palos Verdes. www.laceuprunningseries.com.<br />

Outdoor Volunteer Day<br />

n Help restore this unique canyon habitat home<br />

to many threatened and endangered wildlife<br />

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

30940 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes.<br />

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

Art2Go2 premiers<br />

n Art enthusiasts and the general community welcome<br />

the second annual Art2Go event, a dynamic<br />

concept for enjoying and buying art. Every wall of<br />

Destination:Art will be filled with over 300 original<br />

paintings of all styles and media created by the 22<br />

studio and gallery artists, as well as the 60 associate<br />

artists. Framers with special prices frames will<br />

be on site. 3-7 p.m. Destination:Art Studios &<br />

Gallery, 1815 W. 213th Street, Torrance. 310-742-<br />

3192.<br />

El Rayo-X<br />

n Master guitarist and string player, David Lindley<br />

pioneered the infusion of Americana and roots-rock<br />

with world music then went on to work with some<br />

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of the biggest names in ‘60s and ‘70s rock, including<br />

Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, Linda Ronstadt,<br />

David Crosby, Bruce Springsteen and many<br />

more. 8 p.m. $20 to $42, available at www.grandannex.org<br />

or (310) 833-4813 Mon-Fri 9 to 5.<br />

Grand Annex, 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro.<br />

Sunday, <strong>Nov</strong>ember 19<br />

Kids Club<br />

n Families can dig their way into the past with<br />

South Coast Botanic Garden’s Kids Club. Learn<br />

about the Garden’s transformation from an underwater<br />

wonder, to an open pit mine, to a trash<br />

dump, and into a beautiful botanic garden. Hunt<br />

for marine fossils in a simulated dig pit, build your<br />

own landfill model, get dirty with soil testing, and<br />

start your own flower seedling. 1 - 4 p.m. Free with<br />

membership or general garden admission. RSVP<br />

highly encouraged. 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos<br />

Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong>. Southcoastboatnicgarden.org.<br />

Beauty of Nature Series<br />

n This is the final film of the PVP Land Conservancy’s<br />

series with a documentary, The Central Park<br />

Effect, that transports the viewer to the dazzling, hidden<br />

world of America’s most famous city park. 4:30<br />

p.m. Tickets $10 online at pvplc.org. Youth 18 and<br />

under free. Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th St.,<br />

San Pedro.<br />

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Wednesday, <strong>Nov</strong>ember 22<br />

Birding with Wild Birds Unlimited<br />

n Explore the birds in nesting season making a home in the George F<br />

Canyon. 8:30 a.m. The program is free and all ages welcome. Presented by<br />

the Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong> Land Conservancy 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East,<br />

Rolling Hills Estates. RSVP at: www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.<br />

Saturday, <strong>Nov</strong>ember 25<br />

Guided Nature Walk<br />

n 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! 9 a.m. Meet at the information kiosk between parking lot and Nature<br />

Center. White Point Nature Preserve, 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.<br />

For more information call (310) 541-7613 or RSVP at: www.pvplc.org, Events<br />

& Activities.<br />

Native Plant Sale<br />

n Plants sold on first-come, first-serve basis. Noon-2 p.m. White Point Nature<br />

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

541-7613.<br />

Sunday, <strong>Nov</strong>ember 26<br />

Starbright Holiday Boutique & Music<br />

n A festive benefit to support the Asia America Symphony Association &<br />

Guild, Youth Symphony education programs and concerts will be held at a<br />

magnificent oceanfront home from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Youth musicians and<br />

professional artists perform. Music director David Benoit, renowned pianist.<br />

Unique vendors include inspiring author Deborah Paul, Renko Original Fashions,<br />

Nozomi (jewelry created from Japan’s tsunami) and more. Reservations<br />

(a must) for lunch. Contact AASA (310) 377-8977 or Marlene Okada (310)<br />

594-6510 for more information.<br />

Monday, <strong>Nov</strong>ember 27<br />

ACT II auditions<br />

n Act II, a support group for Palos Verdes Performing Arts, is looking for talented<br />

performers to sing in the upcoming annual variety show to be held<br />

March 9-10, 2018. Auditions for “Broadway to Hollywood” will be held at<br />

the Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion, and appointments for both solos and groups<br />

are being taken for times between 5:30 to 10 p.m. Participants should choose<br />

music from a popular Broadway or Hollywood songs to tie in with this year’s<br />

theme. Accompanist will be available. All proceeds benefit PVPA. For more<br />

information or to make an appointment, call co-producer Arline Grotz at (310)<br />

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n Torrance Memorial Medical Center hosts its annual<br />

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drives, Torrance. (310) 517- 4606 or www.TorranceMemorial.org/holidayfestival<br />

for more<br />

information.<br />

Friday, December 1<br />

Yule Parlor<br />

n Welcome the holiday season with the Neighborhood<br />

Church’s annual event featuring the formal delectable<br />

Yule Tea by the Sea, accompanied by the<br />

popular shops of vintage antiques and memorabilia,<br />

bake shop with homemade pastries and candies<br />

wrapped for gift giving, and the Yule crafts and<br />

homemade arts created by loving hands. View the<br />

treasured hand painted ceilings and walls of the<br />

Mediterranean architecture, and treasured art work<br />

of the Church. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.<br />

$25 each guest for one day; $30 if purchased<br />

the day of event. Send your check to: Yule Parlor<br />

Neighborhood Church, 415 Paseo del Mar, Palos<br />

Verdes Estates. Ticket will be held for pick up at the<br />

door.<br />

Nutcracker sweets<br />

n Start your holiday season with the annual production<br />

of “The Nutcracker”, presented by <strong>Peninsula</strong><br />

School of Performing Arts. A beautiful blend of<br />

professionals, pre-professionals, adults and young<br />

dancers come together to delight audiences of all<br />

ages with this rich rendition of the classical ballet.<br />

World renowned performer Alexander Kalinin, as<br />

Herr Drosselmeier, weaves an enchanted story<br />

through the dreams of a young girl, Clara, and her<br />

Nutcracker. Her travels take her to the Battle of the<br />

Nutcracker and the Mouse King then to the Land of<br />

Snow, and on to the Kingdom of the Sweets, where<br />

Clara is greeted by the ever so beautiful Sugar Plum<br />

Fairy and her court. Music by Tchaikovsky and choreography<br />

by Tita Boulger, Vera Ninkovic, Marina<br />

eventcalendar<br />

Kalinina and Alexander Kalinin. A treat for the entire<br />

family. Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m & 7<br />

p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $35 for<br />

adults and $25 for Children 17 and under. For tickets<br />

contact the Norris Theater Box Office at 310-<br />

544-0403. palosverdesperformingarts.com.<br />

Saturday, December 2<br />

Victorian Christmas celebration<br />

n The Banning Museum will kick off the holiday<br />

season with its annual Victorian Christmas Weekend<br />

Celebration. The Museum grounds are transformed<br />

into a Christmas Festival featuring Victorian<br />

period entertainment, walk-thru tours of the decorated<br />

Banning Mansion, blacksmith demonstrations,<br />

refreshments, family holiday crafts, a bake sale,<br />

local food vendors, handmade crafts by area artisans,<br />

and jolly ol’ St. Nick himself will pose for photos<br />

with the little ones in an historic carriage. One<br />

of the highlights of the festivities is a horse-drawn<br />

trolley ride to the Drum Barracks Civil War Museum<br />

in Wilmington. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and<br />

Sunday. Banning Museum, 401 East “M” Street,<br />

Wilmington. For more details contact Friends of<br />

Banning Museum at (310) 548-2005 or www.thebanningmuseum.org.<br />

PEN<br />

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Clint Wilson, Teresa Klinkner, Kent Burton, Brad N. Baker, Christine Daniels, Albro Lundy, Evan Koch<br />

Baker, Burton & Lundy, P.C.<br />

Giant-killing law firm still growing after all these years<br />

Baker, Burton & Lundy, the local law firm with a nationwide<br />

reputation and billions of dollars won for its clients,<br />

continues to expand both its practice and its physical<br />

presence in the heart of Hermosa.<br />

The giant-killing firm has won more than $4 billion in verdicts<br />

and settlements, and the attorneys have argued twice before<br />

the U.S. Supreme Court and won an affirmative verdict from<br />

the California Supreme Court.<br />

Never content to stand still, BBL has been growing its<br />

probate and employment law divisions, while energetically<br />

maintaining its core practices that include business, real estate,<br />

personal injury, elder abuse and estate planning.<br />

To house the expanding practice, the 41-year-old firm is making<br />

its third expansion along Hermosa’s iconic Pier Avenue,<br />

adding new offices and a “lifeguard tower-esque” roof deck<br />

to its storefront.<br />

Partner Brad N. Baker, who heads up estate planning,<br />

probate, trust administration and trust litigation for the firm,<br />

works to bring peace of mind to clients by putting their affairs<br />

in order which allows clients to protect and care for their loved<br />

ones who truly appreciate Brad’s attention to detail and forethought<br />

dedicated to a comprehensive Estate Plan.<br />

In addition to his legal work, Baker serves as vice chair of the<br />

nonprofit Healthcare and Elder Law Programs Corporation<br />

(H.E.L.P.), which provides information, education and<br />

counseling on elder care, law, finances and consumer<br />

protection.<br />

BBL Partner Kent Burton heads up real estate and business<br />

transaction law, while partner Albro Lundy heads the firm’s<br />

litigation efforts.<br />

BBL is recognized far beyond Hermosa’s cozy confines for<br />

high-profile wins, including a multibillion-dollar settlement for<br />

California consumers in a complex, multi-state case<br />

concerning natural gas prices and the energy crisis of 2000 and<br />

2001.<br />

BBL also has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to<br />

battle cases that protected people maimed in preventable<br />

accidents or exploited by those in positions of power, with no<br />

profit to the firm.<br />

The firm’s associates include:<br />

Trial lawyer Evan Koch, who for three years running has been<br />

named one of Super Lawyers’ “Rising Stars,” placing him<br />

among the top 2.5 % of Southern California attorneys under<br />

age 40;<br />

Real estate and business transactions attorney Teresa<br />

Klinkner, who has earned the highest Martindale-Hubbell<br />

rating from her peers;<br />

Business and real estate transactions attorney Clint Wilson,<br />

praised by colleagues and clients for his competitive zeal and<br />

his ability to harness the fine details of cases that others might<br />

overlook;<br />

Estate planning attorney Christine Daniels who is bilingual<br />

(Spanish) and is known for embracing the challenge of<br />

creating individualized estate plans for clients;<br />

Steven J. Dawson, a labor and employment law and<br />

litigation attorney, with nearly three decades of experience<br />

representing corporations and public agencies in matters including<br />

labor, employment, construction and property<br />

disputes.<br />

BAKER, BURTON & LUNDY | 515 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach | (310) 376-9893 | info@bakerburtonlundy.com<br />


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around&about<br />

Silver Spur Garden Club honors Red Onion<br />

Author children’s book<br />

Inspired by Misty Copeland<br />

n <strong>Peninsula</strong> resident Debra Paul has published<br />

her first children’s book. The title, “The<br />

Ballad of Baby Rain,” is a nickname for<br />

local ballerina Misty Copeland, whom Paul<br />

wrote about when she was a newspaper<br />

reporter. The story tells in rhyme the story of<br />

a woodsman in medieval times, who<br />

chances upon a young ballerina in the<br />

countryside. With the handsome woodsman<br />

as her manager, Baby Rain travels the<br />

world performing for kings and queens.<br />

“The Ballad of Baby Rain” is available at<br />

orders@Xlibris.com or by emailing the author<br />

at DeborahPaul16@cox.net.<br />

Red Onion owner Jeff Earle with members of the Silver Spur Garden Club (left to right) Yu-Hsin Kreitzman, Joan<br />

Friedman, Diane Camarata, Pat Fitzpatrick, Elizabeth Burns, Philo Chhabria, Maureen McGowan, Faye<br />

Strumpf, and Pauletta Bryson. Photo provided by Lorraine Kasse<br />

n The Silver Spur Garden Club recently awarded its Commercial Landscape Award to the Red Onion Restaurant the<br />

for its drought resistant gardens. Third generation owner Jeff Earl said the restaurant’s recipes trace back to his greatgrandmother<br />

Catalina Castillo, who was born in Sonora, Mexico, and his great-grandfather, Guillermo Spiva, who<br />

was a blacksmith in Tombstone, Arizona. Catalina operated a café that cooked meals for local miners.<br />

Schlichter & Shonack, LLP<br />



When legal difficulties threaten the livelihood and security<br />

of affluent South Bay residents, they can turn to decorated<br />

attorney Jamie Keeton, who has saved clients<br />

millions of dollars, and won more than $13 million in judgements<br />

and settlements.<br />

When such troubles strike, “Jamie is the go-to person,” law<br />

partner Kurt Schlichter said, pointing to her recognition by the<br />

Super Lawyers rating service four years running. “She’s the<br />

lawyer you want to nail down before the other guy does.”<br />

The attorneys at Schlichter & Shonack, LLP, aggressively represent<br />

clients from individuals to Fortune 500 companies, up and<br />

down the state and federal court systems. All the while, they remain<br />

dedicated to giving their clients individual attention, and<br />

keeping their costs low.<br />

Keeton says the legal troubles that blindside affluent people<br />

can come from unexpected sources such as neighbors, ex-business<br />

partners, ex-spouses or domestic employees.<br />

She represents plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury and<br />

general civil litigation, handling cases from assault and battery<br />

at high-profile Orange County nightclubs to multimillion dollar<br />

real estate litigation,<br />

including construction<br />

defect cases.<br />

Keeton handles all<br />

phases of trials and<br />

mediations, and is<br />

backed by seven<br />

other accomplished<br />

lawyers in a powerhouse<br />

firm that is serendipitously local.<br />

“We’re not a big Century City firm, or a big downtown firm.<br />

You won’t have to wait an hour and a half to meet with us for<br />

five minutes,” she said.<br />

“We’ll hold your hand at 10 o’clock at night because you’re<br />

in litigation, and it’s scary. Everything you’ve worked for could<br />

be at risk,” Keeton said. “Big corporations rely on us, but you can<br />

get us on the phone at night.”<br />

“You’ll have our cell phone numbers, and you’ll run into us at<br />

Trader Joe’s,” Schlichter said.<br />


Schlichter & Shonack, LLP | 2381 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 326 | El Segundo | 310-643-0111 | firm@sandsattorneys.com<br />

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Assistance League hosts back to school shopping<br />

Art2Go second annual art sale<br />

around&about<br />

Dana School students and volunteers who participated in the the Assistance<br />

League back to school shopping program (left to right) Andrew<br />

Lozano, Edward Ruiz, Griselda Salgado, Valeria Belanzo, Romeshia<br />

Banks, Destiny Alari, Daniela Alari and Helen Sandoval. Photo by Sharon<br />

Cole<br />

n The Assistance League San Pedro-South Bay hosted their shopping program<br />

for middle school students identified as being in financial need. Participating middle<br />

schools included Rudecinda Sepulveda Dodson in Rancho Palos Verdes and<br />

Richard Dana Middle School in San Pedro. Over 300 students had an opportunity<br />

to spend $100 on school apparel. The Assistance League is a national nonprofit<br />

organization. To learn more about the Assistance League San Pedro-South Bay<br />

contact Michele at (310) 832-8355, ext. 221.<br />

Tony Sr. celebrates 90th birthday<br />

n Tony Arminio Sr. recently celebrated his 90th birthday with a large family<br />

gathering at the Palos Verdes Golf Club. Family traveled from all over the United<br />

States and as far away as Japan to wish him well. Arminio has been a Palos<br />

Verdes Estates resident since 1969 when he moved here with his wife Anita and<br />

their six children, all of whom attended Palos Verdes High School. Tony enjoyed<br />

a 50 year career in executive sales management for Electrolux. He is an Emeritus<br />

Trustee of the Providence Little Company of Mary Foundation Board and a member<br />

of both the Palos Verdes Golf Club and the Palos Verdes Breakfast Club, where<br />

he is well known for his mentorship and storytelling skills.<br />

Clouds, an original oil on canvas by Jean Comings of Rancho Palos<br />

Verdes will be exhibited at the Art2Go sale.<br />

n Art enthusiasts and the general community are welcome to attend the second<br />

annual Art2Go event. Doors open at 3 p.m. Saturday, <strong>Nov</strong>ember 18 at Destination<br />

Art Studios and Gallery, 1815 W. 213rd Street in Torrance. Over 300 original<br />

paintings will be exhibited, in all styles and media created by 22 studio and<br />

gallery artists, as well as 60 associate artists. Art2Go endeavors to increase<br />

awareness of art as essential to the flourishing of the human spirit. Destination Art<br />

is a non-profit art studio and gallery cooperative in Downtown Torrance dedicated<br />

to public education in fine art.<br />

Scary garden party at Orchard Supply Hardware<br />

Stephanie Sanders and Chris Tabellario show ways to scare off garden<br />

pests. Photo by Stephanie Cartozian<br />

Tony Arminio is surrounded by his family members (left to right, back row)<br />

Mark Arminio, Tony Arminio Jr., Rosanne Farnum, Anita O’Hara, Maria<br />

Arminio and (front row) Caroline Somers.<br />

n Palos Verdes’ new Orchard Supply Hardware store presented “Fright Weekend”<br />

on October 13-15 for the little ghouls on the peninsula. Among the many<br />

activities were “Frank’s Friends Craft,” where kids learned to make a spider from<br />

a terracotta pot and then add spindly legs and googly eyes. Pumpkin carving<br />

demos and spooky scavenger hunts were led by store staff. PEN<br />

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Sea Change<br />

for THE better<br />

Sea Change co-owners Michael and Lisa Franks with chef Reilly Quillan. Photo by Brad Jacobson (CivicCouch.com)<br />

Chez Melange stays ahead of the curve with a new name and a new focus<br />

by Richard Foss<br />

There was a time when restaurants fit into<br />

categories, serving only the French, German,<br />

Mexican, Italian, American coffee<br />

shop, or whatever else was their specialty. California<br />

cuisine blew up that expectation, creating<br />

eclectic cuisine as its own category. Suddenly you<br />

had to scan the menu carefully and weigh unanticipated<br />

flavor combinations in your head. The<br />

small plate revolution followed closely, so that<br />

not only the flavors but the whole rhythm of the<br />

meal was freeform. It was exciting to some people,<br />

intimidating to others, and confusing to most<br />

until we got the hang of it.<br />

The first establishment in the South Bay to<br />

wholeheartedly embrace this culinary revolution<br />

was Chez Melange, and owners Michael Franks<br />

and Robert Bell kept things edgy for decades.<br />

After they moved to their current location, the<br />

front room of the restaurant became Bouzy, a gastropub<br />

with a more stable menu, but in the main<br />

dining room culinary exploration reigned. A few<br />

items were perennials, but all else was as variable<br />

as the seasons and the whims of chef Robert Bell.<br />

It was therefore a surprise when this most daring<br />

of restaurants announced that the main dining<br />

room would have a new name and a new<br />

focus. It is now Sea Change, and most of the<br />

menu is based on things that lived underwater.<br />

It’s a smart move. While many restaurants offer<br />

eclectic cuisine there isn’t another restaurant in<br />

this nightlife-intensive neighborhood that specializes<br />

in seafood.<br />

The interior of Sea Change has been freshened,<br />

the room transformed from a dark and clubby<br />

cave to a brighter and altogether more appealing<br />

space. It’s amazing how a simple repainting and<br />

new upholstery changed the feel of the place,<br />

which is now much more welcoming.<br />

The new menu is recognizably a product of the<br />

same aesthetic that created Chez Melange, with<br />

multicultural and whimsical elements. You can<br />

get kung pao lobster and Thai-style curried<br />

Hawaiian ono, but also Southern shrimp and grits<br />

or a hangtown fry, an oyster and bacon omelet<br />

invented during the Gold Rush. On our first visit<br />

our party included a pescaphobe eater who focused<br />

on the short list of Chez Melange classics<br />

and was reassured to find there were things she<br />

could eat as well.<br />

We asked our server to suggest starters and<br />

were served Boston clam chowder, an avocado<br />

stuffed with shrimp, clam and corn fritters, a<br />

“Japanese” salad that included seaweed, Persian<br />

cucumber, and pine nuts, and a starter of grilled<br />

octopus. Though we hadn’t planned it that way,<br />

it was a tasting of seafood fads of over 200 years.<br />

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Chowder was popular in Colonial days, fritters in the 1880s, shrimp stuffed<br />

avocados were big in the 1920s, Japanese-American salads hit in the ‘70s,<br />

and grilled octopus went big at the end of the ‘90s. Had we wanted to chart<br />

the development of the American palate with regard to seafood, we could<br />

hardly have done better.<br />

Boston is noted for chowder that includes salt pork and has a light broth<br />

that includes cream and butter. They also add a bit more pepper and herbs<br />

than other regions, and this one hit that mark on all counts. The clams<br />

were tender, the flavors integrated so that no one stood out from the others.<br />

The clam and corn fritters here have a more Southern flair – think hush<br />

puppies with some chopped clam mixed in and a creole remoulade sauce<br />

on the side.<br />

Avocados stuffed with shrimp are a delight that has mysteriously gone<br />

out of fashion. The flavor balance is simple, two things that are rich and<br />

luscious with a little housemade French dressing to add interest.<br />

The octopus derives from a different tradition, where brighter and more<br />

complex Spanish and Mediterranean French flavors play together. Grilled<br />

octopus tentacle tastes the same about everywhere, smoky mild seafood<br />

with a distinctive slightly chewy texture, but the right accompaniments<br />

can enhance the enjoyment. The mix of butter beans and celery stewed<br />

with potato and black garlic and accompanying dabs of black olive pesto<br />

provided a succession of clean, simple flavors to pair with the grilled tentacle.<br />

The little plate with a lot of flavors was a reminder of why tapas<br />

caught on and octopus went from bait to entrée.<br />

The salad was close to the standard Japanese mix of lettuce, seaweed,<br />

and scallion with ginger miso dressing, but with a few extra touches. The<br />

pine nuts and crumbled nori added a bit of umami and texture, and the<br />

slightly peppery cress was an interesting substitute for the radish that<br />

would usually fill that niche.<br />

For mains we got petrale sole with couscous, kung pao lobster, chicken<br />

schnitzel, and steak frites. The schnitzel and steak proved that the people<br />

in this kitchen didn’t forget anything about cooking meat when the focus<br />

changed to fish. Our non-seafood eater and her husband tore through both<br />

so fast that I barely managed to steal a few bites. The schnitzel came with<br />

a blueberry-port sauce that I recommend be served on the side – it’s good<br />

but sweet for some palates. As fine as that butter-fried schnitzel is, the<br />

gruyere cheese and rye bread pudding outshines it – it was invented here<br />

but encapsulates Northern European flavors.<br />

The sole was sautéed with what was described as a falafel crust, which<br />

made me expect a thick chickpea batter with fish inside. That wasn’t quite<br />

what was going on, because the point was to show how the Middle Eastern<br />

seasonings that are usually used in falafel go with seafood. It works, too –<br />

– the delicate fish was heavily dusted with cumin, coriander, parsley, and<br />

other flavors I couldn’t quite identify. A dollop of yogurt over the fish and<br />

mild, fragrant couscous underneath made it a satisfying meal.<br />

The one item that didn’t quite work for me was the kung pao lobster,<br />

and it wasn’t for the usual reason. The red chili heat and bell pepper often<br />

overwhelm everything else, but were muted in this version. That left the<br />

soy, sesame, and other mild elements in the forefront, and though those<br />

are perfectly good flavors they aren’t what I associate with kung pao.<br />

The wine list here has always had many selections that go well with<br />

seafood, and we asked our server to select some for us to sample. Our<br />

server offered tastes of a Vermentino and a Quady Rhone-style blend from<br />

Oregon, while the carnivores in our midst shared a Paoletti Piccolo Napa<br />

blends in the Bordeaux style. The cocktails are on point too. If you enjoy<br />

a good Manhattan you should try the “Summer in the Hamptons,” a variation<br />

that uses a spicy rye and lavender bitters to deliver complex herbal<br />

and floral notes.<br />

That cocktail was the only after-dinner item we had despite some tempting<br />

options because we had binged on the starters. There weren’t any<br />

seafood items on the dessert list, and the seafood was what I had come to<br />

try. On departure, our impression was unanimously favorable. Sea Change<br />

is delivering a revitalized experience in a more dynamic space. They’re<br />

serving a little of everything and a lot of seafood. It’s a good next chapter<br />

for the people who wrote the book on modern dining in our area.<br />

Sea Change at Chez Melange is at 1611 S. Catalina in Redondo. Open<br />

daily 4 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Sunday brunch 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Valet parking weekends,<br />

lot, or street. Full bar, corkage $15, some vegetarian/vegan items. Reservations<br />

recommended. (310) 540-1222. ChezMelange.com. PEN<br />

The Landmark<br />

Pictured above Michel Medawar restores the historical<br />

tower clock at Malaga Cove School back to its original<br />

working condition. By hand, he repairs the damaged<br />

numbers, hands and the mechanism retaining its<br />

authenticity.<br />

Your clock has a complex mechanism of inter-working<br />

parts designed to keep time accurately, and it is your job to<br />

keep this timeless treasure healthy for the next generation.<br />

Your clock reminds you of its presence every time you<br />

wind it and if its accuracy is not what it used to be, or its<br />

chimes are not as strong rhythmic, or maybe it just stops.<br />

That means it’s talking to you and telling you that its<br />

endless life is in jeopardy.<br />

It is imperative to maintain and service your clock<br />

regularly. Oil gets old and dry forcing the train of gears to<br />

work twice as hard to accomplish their goal. This results in<br />

damage that drastically shortens the life of a fine timepiece.<br />

Michel Medawar has been extending the lives of<br />

timepieces for over fifty years as his father did fifty years before.<br />

He is the inventor of the first talking clock in the<br />

world. He is a graduate from Patek Philippe in Geneva,<br />

Switzerland, The Theod Wagner clock Co. in Wiesbaden,<br />

Germany, and the Howard Miller Clock Co. in Zeeland,<br />

Michigan. Call him so that he may come to your home and<br />

offer you a free estimate for servicing your clock. Or bring<br />

your wall or mantel clock to our store to see our showroom<br />

and receive the same complementary diagnosis.<br />

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

90274. Or call us at (310) 544-0052<br />

Open 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Tuesday - Saturday<br />

810C Silver Spur Road • Rolling Hills Estates • CA 90274<br />

Call 310.544.0052<br />

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S O U T H B AY<br />


1<br />


Deluca Trattoria<br />

225 Richmond St.<br />

(310) 640-7600<br />

delucapasta.com<br />

2<br />


Hennessey’s<br />

8 Pier Avenue<br />

(310) 372-5759<br />

hennesseystavern.com<br />

3<br />


Hennessey’s<br />

313 Manhattan Beach Blvd.<br />

(310) 546-4813<br />

hennesseystavern.com<br />

1<br />

2<br />

4<br />


Poke Me<br />

31234 Palos Verdes Dr. #A,<br />

(424) 327-2172<br />

Pokeme.net<br />

5<br />

3 4<br />

Best of The Beach <strong>2017</strong> Winner<br />

Best Eclectic, American Contemporary<br />

Daily Breeze “2015 South Bay’s Favorite”<br />

American Restaurant & Bar<br />

“ Best New Restaurant”- Richard Foss of Easy Reader<br />

Favorite Soul Food of 2015- Daily Breeze( yeah, we were surprised<br />

too)<br />

5<br />


Baleen Kitchen<br />

The Portofino Inn<br />

260 Portofino Way<br />

(310) 372-1202<br />

Hotelportofino.com<br />

Hey! We like to party, especially with YOU! Call us for your next<br />

Occasion. We’ve got a Banquet Room perfect for any celebration<br />

Call 310-378-8119 for details<br />

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6<br />


Barney’s Beanery<br />

100 Fisherman’s Wharf<br />

(424) 275-4820<br />

barneysbeanery.com<br />

9<br />

Quality Seafood<br />

130 International Boardwalk<br />

(310) 374-2382<br />

Qualityseafood.net<br />

7<br />

8<br />

Hennessey’s<br />

1712 S. Catalina Avenue<br />

(310) 540-8443<br />

Hennesseystavern.com<br />

HT Grill<br />

1701 S. Catalina Avenue<br />

(310) 791-4849<br />

htgrill.com<br />

10<br />

11<br />

Riviera Mexican Grill<br />

1615 S. Pacific Coast Hwy.<br />

(310) 540-2501<br />

facebook.com/RivMex/<br />

Ws China Bistro<br />

1410 S. Pacific Coast Hwy.<br />

(310) 792-1600<br />

wschinabistro.com<br />

6<br />

7<br />

8 9<br />

10<br />

11<br />

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Plates - An American Bistro<br />

550 Deep Valley Dr. #145<br />

(310) 541-9500<br />

platesrgi.com<br />


Alpine Village Restaurant<br />

833 West Torrance Blvd.<br />

Torrance, CA 90502<br />

310-323-3954<br />

alpinevillagecenter.com<br />

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Hey 19 Public House<br />

4525 Calle Mayor<br />

(310) 378-8119<br />

Hey19publichouse.com<br />

Truxton’s American Bistro<br />

24530 Hawthorne Blvd.<br />

(310) 373-8790<br />

truxtonsamericanbistro.com<br />

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Barney’s Beanery<br />

Here at Barney’s we've got our full newspaper-sized menu available as well as 40 beers<br />

on draft. Daily and weekend specials and a great Happy Hour Mon - Fri, 4pm to 7pm.<br />

ALL DAY Happy Hour on Monday! We offer free wifi and always have the TV's tuned<br />

to numerous sporting events, in case you want to settle in for a long lunch or dinner.<br />

Either way, we are here for you so come on in and enjoy!<br />

100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Suite H, on the Redondo Beach Pier.<br />

(424) 275-4820 www.barneysbeanery.com<br />

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Welcome to the Riviera Mexican Grill<br />

Just the place for people who think life's a little bit better splashed with salsa. When you pull up a chair<br />

here, we want you to know that our food will always be fresh and good. This is the one place where the sun<br />

shines and the surf's up every day of the year! So, eat drink and be mello, amigos, you're in the Riviera!<br />

Mon.-Thurs.11:00am - 9:00pm, Fri.and Sat.11:00am - 10:00p.m. Sun.10:00am - 9:00pm<br />

1615 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach (310)540-2501<br />

82 <strong>Peninsula</strong> • <strong>Nov</strong>ember <strong>2017</strong>

German traditional cuisine,<br />

contemporary American fare,<br />

award-winning artisanal sausages,<br />

20 taps of European & craft beers.<br />

Happy Hour<br />

Live Entertainment<br />

Weinerschnitzel<br />

Pan-fried Pork Cutlet<br />


The Alpine Village Restaurant<br />

833 West Torrance Blvd.<br />

Torrance, CA 90502<br />

310-323-3954<br />

Closed Monday & Tuesday<br />

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ickedler.com<br />


$1,799,000<br />


$1,829,000<br />


$1,399,000<br />


$5,249,000<br />



310.872.4333<br />

CALBRE#01113145<br />



310.283.8790<br />


Classifieds 424-269-2830<br />



POOLS & SPAS<br />

FOR SALE<br />

Prime for VRBO, Home + Office or Retirement in the city of<br />

Mount Shasta, California. 3 Bedroom, 2 bath, 2,482 sq. ft. on 1/4<br />

acre. Renovations in 2003 included electrical, drywall, plumbing,<br />

flooring, windows, roofing and heating. Garden includes fruit trees,<br />

raised vegetable and flower beds, an arbor for outdoor dining.<br />

Asking $294,000<br />

Please contact<br />

Sandra Haugen<br />

at Elite Real Estate Group<br />

(530) 859-2907 • dnshaugen@hotmail.com<br />

Classifieds 424-269-2830<br />

LYNCH<br />

ELECTRIC &<br />

General<br />

Building<br />

Contractors<br />

• Residential<br />

Troubleshooting<br />

• Remodel Specialist<br />

Scott K. Lynch<br />

P.V. Native<br />

Licensed & Insured<br />

Cell<br />

310-930-9421<br />

Office & Fax<br />

310-325-1292<br />

www.LynchElectric.us<br />

Lic 701001<br />


Vocal Technician<br />

Piano Teacher<br />

Vocalist<br />

Jeannine McDaniel<br />

Rancho Palos Verdes<br />

20 year experience<br />

All Ages<br />

310-544-0879<br />

310-292-6341<br />

Jeannine_mcdaniel2001@yahoo.com<br />


Patch Master<br />

Plastering<br />

Patch Plastering<br />

Interior • Exterior<br />

• Venetian Plastering<br />

• Ceiling Removal<br />

• Drywall Work<br />

• Acoustic<br />

Ceiling Removal<br />

• Water & Fire Restoration<br />

310-370-5589<br />

Lic. # 687076 • C35-B1<br />

POOLS • SPAS<br />


New Construction<br />

& Remodeling<br />

Excellent References<br />

Horusicky Construction<br />

310-544-9384<br />

www.Horusicky.com<br />

Credit cards accepted<br />

Lic #309844, Bonded, Insured<br />



Concrete & Masonry<br />

Residential & Commercial<br />

310-534-9970<br />

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Lic. #935981 C8 C29<br />

classifieds<br />

424-269-2830<br />

D<br />

Remodeling<br />

Design<br />

Kitchens<br />

Bathrooms<br />

Room Additions<br />

New Construction<br />

Reserve<br />

your space in the<br />

next<br />


Pub Date: <strong>Nov</strong> 18<br />

Deadline:<br />

<strong>Nov</strong> 3<br />

Call direct<br />

s<br />

(424)<br />

269-2830<br />

Charles Clarke<br />

Local Owner/General Contractor<br />

Ph: (310) 791-4150<br />

Cell: (310) 293-9796<br />

Fax (310) 791-0452<br />

“Since 1990” Lic. No. 810499<br />


Call us to Discuss the<br />


Extreme<br />

Hillside Specialist<br />

Foundation Repair Experts<br />

Grading & Drainage<br />

Retaining Walls,<br />

Fences & Decks<br />

310-212-1234<br />

www.LambConBuilds.com<br />

Lic. #906371<br />



Handyman<br />

Services…<br />

Fix It Right the<br />

First Time<br />

We like small jobs<br />

/ Free estimates<br />

What we do…<br />

Plumbing,<br />

Electrical, Drywall,<br />

Painting & more.<br />

Valente Marin<br />

310-748-8249<br />

Unlic.<br />


Thank You South Bay for<br />

50 Years of Patronage!<br />

Residential • Commercial • Industrial<br />

Plumbing 24/7 • Heating<br />

Air Conditioning<br />

pfplumbing.net<br />

800-354-2705 • 310-831-0737<br />









Tile Reroof and<br />

repair specialist<br />

310-847-7663<br />

Family owned<br />

business since 1978<br />

Lic 831351<br />

ON CALL<br />

24 HOURS<br />

7 DAYS<br />


310.543.2001<br />


Lic. #770059<br />

C-36 C-20 A<br />

2013<br />

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