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We affectionately call it The Hill

Let me conduct a tour of the Palos Verdes

Peninsula, consisting of four incorporated

cities, two unincorporated areas, one annexed

area. Building requirements

consider lot coverage, air space, views,

privacy, and neighborhood compatibility.

We call it “The Terraced Land”.

Let me show you why.

• “A Village”, parklands, open space, no congested

cities, traffic, or parking meters

• Thirteen micro-climates from which to choose

• Views are common here: Mighty Pacific, City

Lights, Pastoral, Ocean Cliffs and Coves,

Canyons, LA Harbor and most are without

power lines!

• Public schools are rated Top 10 - website:

• Three High Schools, Three Intermediate Schools,

11 neighborhood Elementary Schools, transitional

Kindergarten. Highly rated Private Schools

• Two nearby beaches off the beaten track, tide pools

• Four Golf Courses, Tennis Clubs, Athletic Clubs

• Active Peninsula Senior Center, Three beautiful

Public Libraries

• Horseback Riding Stables, Ice Skating Rink,

Sports Parks (soccer, baseball), Toddler Parks,

Dog Park, countless Hiking/Walking Trails

• Norris Theatre for Palos Verdes Performing Arts,

Palos Verdes Art Center

• Regal 13 Cinema, plenty of easy parking, seating

• 45 minutes to LAX (in traffic)

• Three major hospitals within a 15-minute drive


Interested yet? Let me show you around. Resident

since 1977 and a Certified Palos Verdes Specialist

P.S. Neighbors, any additions to brag about?

Just email me.

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Coldwell Banker Palos Verdes and Beach Cities

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Volume XXII, Issue 2

September 2017



Jumpstart CEO David Lord.

Photo by David Fairchild



Lord of Jumpstart

by David Mendez David Lord’s computer games are

designed to do more than entertain and now have over five

million monthly users. Next up, China.

26 Produced and then published

by Bondo Wyszpolski Peninsula novelist Jennifer Irwin’s

controversial, but unpublished novel is soon to be a major

motion picture.

32 Peninsula paradiso

by Stephanie Cartozian Jean and Charles Shriver made

an offer for an Italian villa that wasn’t for sale. Four years later

the owners responded to their offer.


San Pedro soul food

by Richard Foss Chef Dustin Trani’s family’s restaurants

have nourished the soul of San Pedro for nearly a century.

62 Schwartz’s baby

by Esther Kang Over the past three decades, Dr. Jerry

Schwartz has led the ongoing technological innovations at Torrance

Memorial’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.


De-stress the start of school

by Dr. Greg Allen The start of a new school year can lead to

stress for both kids and parents. Talking about it helps.


8 Stormstock Woodstock revival

12 Jester & Pharley

16 Harbor Interfaith


39 Peninsula calendar

66 Peninsula health guide

68 Around and about

73 Home services



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A Woodstock Revival

The Peninsula Committee Los Angeles Philharmonic held its newest

fundraiser Stormstock, a Woodstock Revival, on a sprawling grass

lawn in Rolling Hills, generously hosted by Claudia and Tom Grzywacz.

The 240 guests dressed in bell bottoms, miniskirts with crazy flowered

prints, long-haired wigs and tie-dyed T-shirts. Psychedelic art beckoned

guests to a “selfie station.” The entertainment highlight of the evening

was Andy and Renee and the Hard Rain Band with a little help from

Chef Michael Shafer of Depot Restaurant. Andy and Renee took guests

down memory lane with a sing along and dancing under the stars. The

Peninsula Committee supports the LA Philharmonic and youth music

education in the South Bay.


1. David and Kei Benoit, Cheryl Graue

and Lisa Zagha.

2. Chef Michael Schafer singing along

with the band.

3. Elizabeth Burns and Dominique


4. Joellen Alflen and John McBeth.

5. Greg and Natasha Finn.

6. Dave Jones, Marian Hall, Tammy

and Mark Tucker.

7. Karen and Jeff Hogue.

8. Chip and Pat Zelt, Dave and Debra


9. Sisters Claudia Grzywacz and

Elizabeth Storm McGovern.

10. Brian Higa, Tammy Tucker,

Marian Hall and Dali Higa.

11. Marian Duntley, Lu Takeuchi,

Jane Beseda, Lisa Sierveld and Jann


12. Claudia Grzywacz, Daniela Garcia

and Tom Grzywacz.

13. Paula DiFiore (seated), Vivien

Murtha and Sharon Guthrie.


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Jester and Pharley

Create Joyful Phundraiser

or the last 22 years, The Jester Has Lost His Jingle has given me strength

“Fand courage,” said Jesse Hernandez. Now 27, Jesse told his story at The

Jester & Pharley Phund Taste of the South Bay Soiree. “That book changed my

life. You read the book to me when I was 5 at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long

Beach,” he told Barbara Saltzman, mother of the late Palos Verdes author-artist

David Saltzman. “Thank you for giving me hope then– and now.” The Phund’s

founder read her late son’s book to Jesse shortly after its release in late October

1995 and hadn’t seen him since. Hernandez’s mother Joann had been told her son

wouldn’t live to be 8. The “Phundraiser” on July 21 at Alta Vista Park in Redondo

Beach included the 5th Annual Jester Benefit Doubles Tennis Tournament and

Food and Wine festival, sponsored by Big 5 Sporting Goods, Premier Bank of Palos

Verdes and the Original Red Onion. Visit for more information.


1. Barbara Saltzman with Jesse

Hernandez and Madison Radlein.

2. Adam Jonas MD with wife

Julie Noble MD.

3. Joe Saltzman and Norman

Panitch MD.

4. Nickie Lennertz and son

Harrison Lennertz.

5. Susan Dalton, Denise Vega

and Jennie Speciale.

6. Richard Gridley, Brandon

Stokes and Aime Claire Lager.

7. Chair Heidi Grimm presents

trophies to Janice Bittker and

Michael Lopez.

8. 1st Place Winners-Addie

Soltani and Lanana Goldstein.

9. 2nd Place Winners-Lou Stokes

and Rebecca Clites.

10. Aime Claire Lager swing.

11. Heidi Grimm, Bob Oster,

Larry Styza, Yaz Nakamoto and

Deborah Ford.


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and a raffle. Auction items included a 5 night stay in a

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to Clippers and Kings games at Staples Center. In an

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JumpStart CEO

David Lord cuts

loose in his

Torrance office,

with help from

his JumpStart


Photo by

David Fairchild

Lord goodGameS


For many years, David Lord’s morning routine was to walk from his

Terranea condo to the trail along the ocean bluff and walk several miles

listening to Boston sports radio over headphones.

“Boston sports radio,” the New England native said after a moment,

laughing in spite of himself. “I liked to get clarity on the sports scene, and

I wouldn’t be able to check in all day,” said the Boston native and CEO of

Torrance-based, education software developer JumpStart.

The past season belonged to Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas,

the 5-foot-8 basketball superstar who seemingly scored at will against much

larger competition.

“He’s a fighter, and that’s Boston at its core – just a bunch of dopey, working-class

people. I’m the same way,” Lord said. “There are no blue bloods

in our family.”

Lord cashed in on a tech startup at the height of the late 1990s dot-com

bubble, helped build a major ticket reseller, and most recently, helped lead

JumpStart through a six-month-long acquisition negotiation with Chinabased

game developer NetDragon.

Lord is no longer living at Terranea, the sale to NetDragon closed this

month and the youngest of his three daughters has moved out. But he isn’t

slowing down.

“I’m still hungry,” Lord said.

Lord is the son of a factory worker. He spent his youth playing football

and Lord graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. in accounting.

Through there, he found his way into tech.

“After college, I went with a reengineering group, doing tech accounting,”

Lord said. “The first eight to 10 years of my career led up to when the dotcoms

were starting.”

After a year of incubating the idea, Lord helped to found Toysmart, an e-

commerce company that specialized in developing educational, or what

Lord calls “good” toys, as opposed to Barbies and Hot Wheels. To keep

prices down they marketed directly to consumers, rather than through retailers.

But they had a problem.

“I was there at the beginning, when you couldn’t convince investors that

people would buy online,” Lord said.

Fortunately for Lord, concerns that consumers wanted to touch what they

bought and wouldn’t wait for a product to be shipped, passed.

“It got to the point where we had term sheets (investment agreements)

rolling in, each one with a $10 million higher valuation of the company

than the one before it,” Lord said. “All the biggest leaders in [venture capitalism],

everyone wanted to invest. It was an unbelievable time.”

Those were the Wild West days of the web, when companies such as, Yahoo and were booming. New initial public offerings

for companies were hitting the stock market every day, starting at $15 a

share and increasing in value by 2,000 percent by day’s end.

In August 1999, Disney bought a majority stake in Toysmart for $45 million.

In May 2000, eight months after the acquisition, Toysmart shut its

doors. The company lagged behind its contemporaries, eToys and Toys- Lord left Toysmart in August 2000.

He worked for three years at Intel as the President/CEO of its New Business

Ventures department. But the transition, he said, was rough.

“Going from a start-up back to corporate…that was a punch in the nose,

after working at a dot-com,” Lord said.

In 2004, Lord began re-exploring the world of startups, and found an opportunity

with Razorgator, a then-minor player in the nascent world of online

ticket reselling.

He began as a consultant while still working on the East Coast. At the

time, the secondary ticket market was illegal in Massachusetts.

“There were plenty of scalpers, but you couldn’t do it online and get away

with it,” Lord said. “No one cared, but it wasn’t legal, so a corporation

wasn’t going to work.”

by David Mendez

David Lord conquered the educational software markets in North and South America and Europe. Now he’s targeting China.

Investors were eager to work with the company though. Razorgator drew

interest from major venture capital firms, such as Kleiner Perkins Caufield

& Byers, and Oak Investment Partners.

“When you get a blue-chipper like that [backing you], you have to go for

it,” Lord said. He and his family moved to Agoura Hills. Within four years,

the annual sales hit $150 million and it became the official ticket reseller

for the NCAA.

“Our first big event was the Rose Bowl — and it happened to be the USC

vs. Texas Rose Bowl,” Lord said.

The game was an instant classic, a 41-38 shootout between star quarterbacks

Matt Leinart, of USC, and Vince Young, of the University of Texas.

The game’s final scoring play, with 19 seconds left on the clock, sealed a

three-point victory for Texas at one of college football’s most historic venues.

And though the loss was hard for the newly-minted Californians, Razorgator

was thrilled with the association.

But Lord was unhappy. He and Razorgator’s investors had irreconcilable

difference of opinion over the company’s future. Time with his family over

the holidays in 2007 led him to move on.

“I hate seeing you so miserable – why’re you doing this?” Lord recalled

his father saying. “You should consider other things.”

Four months later, in April 2008, Lord joined JumpStart.

It was a natural fit for Lord. He was able to apply lessons learned and relationships

developed with Toysmart. He brought his team from Razorgator

along with him.

“It goes back to those days at Toysmart — we called it ‘good toys,’ and it

felt like we did something worth doing,” Lord said.

He and his team were focused on making learning fun for kids, building

on their Knowledge Adventure, JumpStart and Neopets brands.

Jumpstart now has over five million monthly users in North and South

America, Europe, Oceania and Asia.

Key to the company’s success was building a partnership with Dreamworks,

that allowed JumpStart to build the “School of Dragons” series

around Dreamworks’ “How to Train Your Dragon” franchise.

The demographics served by “School of Dragons” are unusual: Ages 7-13

make up 50 to 55 percent of the player base. The rest is made up by players

aged 13-25.

People get associated with a brand at age 10 and they stay loyal to it,”

Lord said. “It’s an interesting phenomenon.”

Just as interesting is getting feedback on the way kids interact with their

games. The “Dragons” games are based on the scientific method: pose a hypothesis,

test it, interpret the results and duplicate the results.

“We got the perfect review: a kid wrote ‘I was having so much fun, until

I realized I was learning.’” Lord recalled. “We checked, and the kid had been

playing for six months. It just clicked.”

New owner NetDragon focuses on mobile application development and

online multiplayer gaming. The company offers JumpStart the opportunity

to move from selling solely to consumers to working with schools.

JumpStart, he said, has the opportunity to become the biggest educational

brand in China, where education providers must be approved by the government.

“No one is doing what we’re doing over there,” Lord said. “The gaming

market is unbelievable and NetDragon has an incredible portfolio.”

Lord is staying on as CEO of JumpStart, where his daughter who just

moved out will be joining him and her older sisters.

Having kids, Lord said, is the perfect training for being a CEO. “You’re

always sleeping with one eye open,” he explained.

Though still hungry, his goals have changed.

“I’m in a different place than I was five years ago. I like mentoring. Watching

them be successful is awesome,” Lord said. “I don’t base success on revenue

and losses anymore. But people, that’s what matters.” PEN

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Sexand the



Jennifer Irwin. Photo by Bondo Wyszpolski

by Bondo Wyszpolski

Jennifer Irwin wrote about a sex addict, and her novel will soon be a film

The road to becoming a published author has changed dramatically in

just one or two decades. The Internet now provides endless opportunities

for anyone with chutzpah to get their manuscript noted, increasing

the chances of seeing it into print. With a unique angle or storyline,

and a gift for self-promotion, writers can draw attention to themselves and,

if truly fortunate, their book-to-be will generate a buzz before it’s even

boxed up and shipped out.

Jennifer Irwin has navigated herself into that enviable position. The film

rights to her novel, “A Dress the Color of the Sky,” have been bought for

$250,000, despite the book still in its final edits.

As the saying goes, Timing is everything. The Palos Verdes resident

showed her manuscript to an agent who also lives locally. As Irwin recounted

it, he told her, “Your book is very of-the-moment because it has a

flawed female character who does bad things but you can root for her.”

What sort of bad things? Book Reader Magazine, an online publication,

ran a brief Q&A with a synopsis, the gist of the latter being like this: “Prudence

Aldrich, wife and mother, pulls up her jeans in the miniscule bathroom

after yet another random sexual encounter… After several dangerous

liaisons, Prue’s therapist advises her to get serious help. Her diagnosis: sex


It’s an attention-getter, all right. Prudence checks herself into the Serenity

Hills rehab center for a five-week stay, her contract stipulating that she is

to abstain from all sexual relations, and she is even forbidden to have or

perhaps to nurture sexual thoughts (yeah, good luck with that). Five weeks?

I’m reminded of Wing-Foot’s comment on fasting in Jorge Amado’s “Shepherds

of the Night”: “Without food, drink, and a woman, nobody could live.

True, there were men who could go for a month without a woman; he had

heard tell of them.”

The novel has an elegant and poignant title, and the story edges back and

forth between Prue’s stint in rehab and her life as a child and young

woman, which will gradually lead the reader into an understanding of who

Prudence is and how she ended up where she does.

And, by the way, the book is about more than sexual addiction and abuse,

but we’ll get to that later.

I mentioned timing. Another factor that has helped propel the story is

the resurgent interest in books and films about empowered women. Of particular

note is Reese Witherspoon and her Hello Sunshine production company.

Witherspoon was behind “Gone Girl” and “Wild” (both box office

hits). Among other women-penned novels that Witherspoon has scooped

up for potential films we find “Luckiest Girl Alive,” “Eleanor Oliphant is

Completely Fine,” and “Something in the Water.”

Although there is always the risk of market oversaturation, the people

and the company who have acquired “A Dress the Color of the Sky” are

banking on the continued viability of this genre, niche or trend. Now, if

you’ve noticed me skirting around proper names and identities that’s because

it’s all hush-hush for another month or so. The cat isn’t being let out

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of the bag just yet. But let’s take a

step back and look at how Jennifer

Irwin reached the point where she

is today.

Read it and rate it

Something or Other Publishing

holds an annual contest. “My book

was the most voted on book in the

history of this publishing contest,”

Irwin said. What’s involved, however,

is more than just a high vote

tally. Contestants also have homework

to complete. “Part of the

homework was they taught you the

importance of marketing and the

importance of the author being extremely

involved in promoting the

book. Even if you publish with a big

five publisher, they expect you to

put the money they give you up

front for the book and invest that in

marketing. They taught me how to

utilize and market on Twitter, they

taught me how to get the right audience

following you, and I found the

author community on Twitter extremely


One may ask, supportive of what?

since none of them have seen the

book. What they’ve seen is a brief

synopsis and excerpts of the reviews.

Reviews? But how can that

be? Irwin explained:

“Early on I went to friends and

people I knew who were big readers,

and I asked them to read the

manuscript, even in its earliest

stages. And I was able to get reviews.

On my website I have all

these reviews that are just amazing.

I would take snippets of the reviews

on Twitter and use them for posts.”

These reviews are also posted on

Instagram and on Irwin’s Facebook


People see the review, or they see

just a sentence, and they’re intrigued;

and they want to know

more about the book.”

“A Dress the Color of the Sky” is

being published by Glass Spider in

the fall.

“I have a list of bloggers and reviewers

who have asked for advance

copies, and they’re

committed to [submitting] their reviews

within 30 days because my

book goes to pre-order in October.

So, in September the reviews will

come out from these really prominent

book bloggers. That’s kind of a

really important time for me.” Furthermore,

Irwin noted, there are

“hundreds of thousands of readers

following these different bloggers.”

She also pointed out that she’s

been “marketing the book for two

years,” which on the one hand can

be seen as diligent and savvy, but

more like hype on the other since

there is no product, only a synopsis.

But, as I said, the road to publishing

(and being noticed) has drastically

changed. New age, new tactics.

Sex cells

Irwin was raised in New York and

attended Denison University where

she earned a BA in Cinema. Actor

Steve Carell was a classmate; Jennifer

Garner and Hal Holbrook are

alumni. While in college, Irwin

wrote a screenplay. After graduation

she worked in advertising and later

married. Over the course of a 20-

year marriage she and her husband

had three sons, moved to Lunada

Bay in about 2000 (all three children

attended Palos Verdes High School),

and eventually divorced. Irwin has

been with her attorney boyfriend

for six years now, in one of the

winding housing tracts that overlooks

Trump National Golf Club.

Irwin retired from fulltime work

after her third son was born, and a

couple of years later became a Pilates

instructor. “That was,” she said,

“a good job for me to do and still be

a mom.

“Teaching private Pilates is like

being a hairdresser; you hear a lot of

stories. You share with them and

they share with you, and I had all

kinds of clients, not just PV moms.

It got me interested in women and

how they think and how they fall in

love, and how some women choose

the right man and some women

don’t. Is that luck? Or does that

have to do with your childhood or

having a good father figure?”

Irwin ceased writing after she

married and began a family. But

after her divorce she returned to

some former ideas, “and a little bit

is part of the screenplay that I wrote

back in college. The story just got

bigger and bigger and [began] taking

on a life of its own. Whereas I’d

started to write it to heal from my

own pain and my own relationship,

all of a sudden I was letting people

read it and they were really encouraging

me that there was something

big there and that I should keep

going with it.”

Film rights to the book were sold

“almost immediately” after Irwin

won the publishing contest. One

can again point to Reese Witherspoon

because, after Irwin opened

her Instagram account to the public,

Witherspoon’s book club began following

her online. It was around

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this time that the agent (the one who

told Irwin, “Your book is very of-themoment”)

informed her that Witherspoon’s

production company “was

looking for meaty roles of flawed female

characters, whether likeable or

not,” and snatching up the film rights.

The stars must have been aligned,

as they say, because Irwin then gave

her manuscript to what in Hollywood

is known as a private money investor,

someone (or some group) with deep

pockets who puts their money behind

potential film projects. Presumably

aware of the trend towards projects

with strong or singular women at

their center, this producer liked the

gist of what she read and acted on her

gut instincts.

Irwin initially thought that what the

private money investor wanted to purchase

was merely an option on “A

Dress the Color of the Sky.” Many

books are optioned for film, and many

books sit on shelves for a couple of

years until the option runs out. Some

of course do get made into films, just

as some baby turtles do make it to the

shoreline and into the water.

“She said No, I don’t mean option, I

mean purchase,” Irwin recalled. “I

want to buy this manuscript for a feature

film whether or not your book is

ever published. I want the story.”

Not to demean the novel in any

way, but at that point it was the subject,

the concept, the themes, that

were the basis for the sale.

Irwin was given a good faith deposit,

which she invested in a writing

coach. The manuscript evolved from

having flashbacks to being linear, to

again toggling between events past

and present.

“After I finished working with my

writing coach I landed an agent in

New York,” Irwin said, “which is

every author’s dream.” Agent Karen

Gantz also represents Alec Baldwin,

who recently published his memoirs.

Now, because the film rights have

been sold, and because Irwin already

has a following on social media, Gantz

encouraged Irwin to go with a small

publisher, ostensibly because the author

would have more control over

when the book would go to print. One

Irwin cont. on page 60

The cover of “A Dress the Color of the Sky,” forthcoming from author Jennifer Irwin, and

soon to be made into a feature film.

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Peninsula paradiso

The rear of the Shriver residence shows architraves or moulding around the windows characteristic of Italianate design.

by Stephanie Cartozian

Back in the early 1930s Frank Vanderlip’s

attorney E.D. Levinson walked on these

now worn paver stones leading to the front

yard gardens and courtyard.

The Italian villa wasn’t for sale. The Shrivers made an offer, anyway, with fortunate results.

Charles and Jean Shriver waited four years to hear from a sealed bid

they submitted in 1980 for a sprawling, Portuguese Bend compound.

They came across the property on a class tour for new appraisers.

The house was not for sale. The class was there to learn how to appraise.

A friend of Jean’s had invited her to join the class for the day, so she could

see the secluded home. Neither she nor her husband were in real estate.

Jean was a Manhattan Beach librarian and Charles an engineer. They were

living on Paseo Del Mar in Lunada Bay.

Four years after the tour, the property owner, Seymour “Skip” Warner

and his wife Virginia unexpectedly accepted the Shriver’s offer. The time

was serendipitous. The Shrivers were about to begin a remodel of their

residence. Instead, they moved into what Jean describes as her “dream

family farmstead.”

The Italianate residence was built for E. Douglas Levinson, the attorney

for Peninsula founder Frank Vanderlip. Levinson’s wife never visited the

property because it required taking a train from Los Angeles, then the Red

Car to Redondo Beach and then a mule over the hill to the residence.

In 1931, Levinson hired architect Gordon Kaufmann who, at the time,

was also working on the Hoover Dam. Kaufmann’s other notable works

include the Doheny Greystone Mansion, the Los Angeles Times building,

Scripps College and the Santa Anita Park Clubhouse.

Charles and Jean met in the late 1940s when he attended the then all

male Princeton and she attended the then all female Vassar. Albert Einstein

Photos by Tony LaBruno

Jean and Charles Shriver in the home

they’ve owned for over three decades.

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One of the two living rooms with a wood burning fireplace and original furnishings passed down from both sides of the Shriver family.

The cornerstone of the home with the

initials of the first owner, E.D. Levinson,

dating back to 1931.

lived in Jean’s neighborhood, where he attended the Institute of Advanced

Studies, along with Robert Oppenheimer, the “Father of the Atomic Bomb.”

Einstein planned to return to Germany but it was wartime, and his summer

home had been taken over by the Nazis, so he stayed in the United States.

“Einstein was a regular figure amongst us,” Jean said. “But I never spoke

to him because what do you say to someone of such a grandiose, mathematical

mind?” The town of Princeton was small at the time, with only

about 10,000 residents. “Everybody knew each other,” said Jean, who authored

a book about her famous neighbor, ”The Einstein Solution.” She

also wrote a novel, “Mayflower Man,” about a teenage boy’s efforts to save

the family farm.

The Shrivers’ two story, 4,900 square foot, sprawling, Italian farmstead

has seven bedrooms, two kitchens, two offices, two living rooms, four bathrooms,

an attic and a basement. As you travel up the private, gravel road

you hear the shrill screams of peacocks and the neighs of horses. The

sweeping courtyard is flanked by Roman columns. During the holiday season,

the courtyard is the venue for the annual Portuguese Bend Arty Party,

which attracts hundreds of residents for wine and cheese and to enjoy local

artisans’ wares. Horse stalls line the back of the courtyard. The Shrivers’

son Steve, an accomplished artist, recalled that during the filming of

“Rumor Has It,” starring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Aniston, ”The set

painters had so many tricks up their sleeves that they were able to transform

objects in an instant to create a point in time.” They worked with

A old crank pencil sharpener in Charles’s

office, next to a 1930s photograph of the

peninsula, in which the Shriver home

is pictured.

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The courtyard entry to the Shriver home is flanked by columns. Projected eaves along

the roofline are supported by corbels, common in Italianate architecture.

Steve Shriver with a self portrait in his studio.

paint and muddled graphite over conduit to make the bars in the stable appear

rusted. During the filming of “A Walk in the Clouds,” starring Keanu

Reeves and Debra Messing, Jean said, “The set designers spent 10 days

preparing the property, including installing a pool in the courtyard and only

seven days doing the actual filming. “We were thrilled. Anthony Quinn was

here. He was old and funny.”

Although it was exciting having celebrities on their property, “none of the

movies were any good,” Jean said, candidly.

Both Jean and Charles keep offices by the stables, each with an exterior

entrance. Jean’s office has floor to ceiling shelves, teeming with books of

every genre. Above her desk is a trap door leading to an attic with old, fabric

and leather bound books, some with gold leaf letters.

The family’s furnishings have been passed down from both sides of the

families. Jean said that they have purchased maybe two pieces of furniture.

Everything else is an heirloom with a provenance. A bathroom has the original,

small teal tiles from the 1930s. There is a nod to history everywhere,

including old photographs of the Peninsula, classic automobiles, renaissance

style art of a medallion with the the Virgin Mary and Jesus (original to the

exterior of the house) and even an old crank pencil sharpener affixed to the

wall in Charles’ office.

But not everything evokes the past.

In Steve’s studio there is a large oil on canvas self portrait. “It’s not a typical

self portrait,” he said. The portrait shows him under a freeway overpass,

juggling eggs, naked. PEN

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The shaded path along the side of the home leads you to gardens and an idyllic natural pond.

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550 Silver Spur Rd. Suite 240, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90275



Compiled by Teri Marin

You can email your event to our address:

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

Saturday, August 26

Annual Rummage Sale

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Lots of garage, yard and estate sale items.

Held in the “Family Life Center” room and upper patio area, directly opposite

the parking lot. 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. 301 Avenue D, Redondo Beach. There is

a parking lot opposite the church on Avenue D. For more information go to:

Bee knowledgeable

Join Nicole Palladino, Founder, Beequilibrium to celebrate National Honeybee

Day. She will explain the importance of bees to the food chain. 11 a.m.

at White Point Nature Education Center and Preserve. 1600 W. Paseo del

Mar in San Pedro. Free. RSVP to (310) 541-7613 or go to: Events

& Activities/Whitepoint Presentations.

Medicare 101

Do you have questions about Part A, B, C, D, enrollment windows, cost sharing

or “Extra Help”, the difference between Original Medicare, Medicare

Advantage and Supplement Plans? Carol Clement, (CA License 0H80524)

will answer all your questions. Sponsored by Palos Verdes Library District, this

informational seminar is free and open to the public. 3 p.m. at the Peninsula

Center Library Community Room. 701 Silver Spur Rd., Rolling Hills Estates.

Questions? Please contact Mary Cohen at or 310-921-

7519. Palos Verdes Library District, (310) 377-9584,

Summer Music Series at Nelson’s

Enjoy fantastic food,

drinks, entertainment and

scenery at Nelson’s Sunset

Bluff every Saturday and

Sunday throughout the

summer. The culinary

team will be offering po’

boy and beer pairings, as

well as specialty Bluff

cocktails. Gelato,

smoothie, and nitro coffee

available on Sundays.

Saturdays 6 -10 p.m. Sundays

1 - 5 p.m. For more information call (310) 265-2836 or go to:

Sunday, August 27


FRAM is the only competitive soccer club in Palos Verdes and has 50 competitive

youth soccer teams with over 750 kids ranging in ages 7-18. This all

day event will feature team booths, a coaches game, silent auction, dunk

tanks and much much more! Nansen Field, 15 Hidden Valley Road, Rolling

Hills Estates. For more information call (310) 418-3708 or email:

Garden Concert Series

St. Luke’s third free Garden Concert features The Firebird Quintet and their

repertoire that ranges from traditional Russian, Ukrainian and Eastern European

songs, to well-known classics and original compositions. Come early to

picnic in the lovely garden. During intermission, dessert and coffee are hosted

by St. Luke’s. 5 - 7 p.m at 26825 Rolling Hills Road, Rolling Hills Estates. For

more information call (310) 377-2825 M-F, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m or go to:

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Monday & Tuesday, August 28 & 29

Calling All Singers

Allan Robert Petker, Director of the Los Cancioneros Master Chorale, is holding

auditions for the 2017 - 2018 season starting at 6 p.m. at Hope United

Methodist Church, 3405 Artesia Blvd., Torrance. To make an appointment,

contact Lorraine Pickus at (310) 377-4978 or email:

For more information go to:

Friday, September 1

Seaside Beaders

A special interest group of the Embroiderers' Guild of America. This meeting

continues work on a miniature bead embroidered chair that is a pincushion

and needle keep. Visitors are welcome. You can always bring your own project

to work on. 9:30 a.m. St. Francis Episcopal Church, 2200 Via Rosa, Palos

Verdes Estates. For more information, please call Idele (310) 540-6104 or


Saturday, September 2

Coffee & Cars

All Senior (55+) car hobbyists & enthusiasts - Bring your Hot Rod, Custom,

Muscle Car, Sports Car, Antique, Classic, Exotic, or other Special Interest Car

or Truck, or just yourself to this free event in the parking area between Starbucks

and Burger King of the Peninsula Shopping Center. Meet and socialize

with Peninsula Seniors members and guests, and other enthusiasts. First Saturday

of every month from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Monthly Beach Clean-Up Day

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium monthly Beach Clean-Up Day. Learn about coastal

habitat, the growing amount of marine debris within it, and the benefits of

protecting this ecosystem. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome. 8

to 10 a.m. 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro. For additional information,

group reservations, or to receive a calendar of events, call (310) 548-

7562 or visit

First Saturday Family Hike

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy at George F Canyon, 27305 Palos

Verdes Dr. E, Rolling Hills Estates, 9 a.m. Bring your family and join a naturalist

guide to discover habitat, wildlife and more on an easy hike up the canyon

with amazing views of the city. Free. All ages welcome. For more information,

contact (310) 547-0862 or RSVP at:, Events & Activities.

Outdoor Volunteer Day

At Portuguese Bend Reserve, Ishibashi Trail, RPV., 9 a.m. – noon Help restore

important wildlife habitat while looking out at a beautiful view! Sign up at

Sea Salt Workshops at Terranea

Explore Terranea by Land and Sea with an experience highlighting the resort’s

farm-to-Terranea philosophy. Sea Salt Workshop attendees enjoy an intimate

workshop, salt pairing, wine and learn about the resort’s salt harvesting

process with Terranea’s award-winning chefs. The first Saturday of each month

at 10 a.m. $70 per person, per workshop. The Sea Salt Conservatory is located

adjacent to the Palos Verdes Ballroom Terrace. Ages 21 and up. Advance

reservations required. For more information please call (310) 265-2885

or go to:

Bill Engvall at The Norris

Palos Verdes Performing Arts opens the season with one of the country’s most

popular comedians. Bill Engvall makes a stop at the Norris Theatre on his “Just

Sell Him for Parts” tour. 8 p.m. 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates.

Tickets $165 - $185. To purchase tickets, call the box office at (310)

544-0403 or go to:

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"Its Like You’re There All Over Again"



Sunday, September 3

Full Moon Hike

At George F Canyon with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. Explore

nocturnal sights with an expert naturalist under a full moon at the George

F Canyon Nature Preserve, 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates.

Ages 9 and up. $12 per person. For reservations (required) and time:, Events & Activities.

Monday, September 4

Labor Day Concert

Enjoy the sounds in the beautiful South Coast Botanic Garden. The Palos

Verdes Symphonic Band consists of about sixty musicians, including school

music teachers, engineers, physicians, homemakers, as well as current and

former professional and amateur instrumentalists. Concert starts at 5 p.m. Tickets

available at the entrance. 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula.

For more information call (310) 377-2442 or go to:

Wednesday, September 6

Pen Seniors lecture series

Local author Christopher J. Lynch talks about what he considers to be the

“Greatest Adventures” of his life, the challenges, the perceptions and finally,

the shattering of the word “dis-abilities”. Ongoing Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Hesse Park, 29301 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes. For more information

call (310) 377-3003 or go to:

Full Moon Yoga

In celebration of the full moon, yoga

enthusiasts of all levels are invited to

practice yoga under the warm summer

night sky while the bright full

moon shines above. Please bring

your yoga mat and a $20 charitable

donation. Starts at 7:30 p.m. 100

Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes.

Space is limited, and reservations

must be made by calling The Spa at

(310) 265-2740.

Friday, September 8

Classical Crossroads

Joanna Lee on violin, Tanner Menees

viola, Bingxia Lu cello and Sung

Chang on piano, performing Robert

Schumann’s Romantic-era masterpiece

Piano Quartet in E-flat Major,

Op. 47. Starts at 12:15 p.m. with a

complimentary reception to follow.

First Lutheran Church and School,

2900 W. Carson Street, Torrance.

Admission is free. For more information

call (310) 316-5574 or go to:

At Play in Creation

This retreat will focus on the period

of Thomas Merton’s life when he encountered

Sophia, Holy Wisdom, in

the depths of his heart. This led him

to an intense study of the Russian

mystical writers. This in turn formed

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the backdrop of his remarkable prose poem Hagia Sophia. Learn to appreciate

what Merton has to say in this profound work as well as in related works

from this fruitful time in his life as he discovers Wisdom at play in creation. 7

p.m. Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Road, Rancho Palos Verdes.

Call Marlene Velazquez at 310.377.4867 x234 for reservations or information.

Online Registration is available at

Ricky Nelson remembered

In a unique, multi-media entertainment event, twin brothers Matthew and Gunnar

Nelson perform the hits of their legendary father, Ricky Nelson - the Rock

n’ Roll Hall of Famer who shook up music charts. The retrospective is heartfelt

and full of laughter. 8 p.m. Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling

Hills Estates. Tickets $70 - $80. To purchase tickets, call the box office at (310)

544-0403 or go to:

Saturday, September 9

Preschool open house

Come check out Ascension Lutheran’s innovative preschool and transitional

kindergarten programs. Spaces still available for children ages 2 thru 5 years

Morning or full day sessions 26231 Silver Spur Road, RPV, (310) 373-

3083;www. ALCPreschool.Org

Channel Islands adventure

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (CMA) is offering a Channel Island Adventure to

Santa Rosa Island. Meet at 7:30 a.m. in Ventura and board a high speed

catamaran for an early morning crossing of the Santa Barbara Channel returning

at approximately 7 p.m. The fee is $82 adults, $74 seniors, $65 children

($70 Friends members) and pre-registration is required. On the island,

participants will follow along on a naturalist-led hike to learn about past human

occupation and observe the diverse coastal habitats, amazing geologic formations

and panoramic views that this unique island has to offer. Please note:

Island activities are very strenuous. For more information, reservations or to

receive a calendar of events, please call (310) 548-7562 or visit

Team Leader training

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Team Leaders provide support and

oversight during Outdoor Volunteer Days. Learn more about native plants,

habitat restoration and growing plants in the nursery through exclusive training

workshops held throughout the year. 9 a.m. – noon Ages 16 and up. RSVP


Stories, Songs and More

Families can share the joy of storytelling and nature with retired Children’s Librarian

Carla Sedlacek. All ages are welcome. Free. Reservations appreciated

but not required. Wear comfortable shoes and bring sun protection. 10 a.m.

White Point Nature Education Center, 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.

R.S.V.P. to:, Events and Activities.

Make and Take: Fairy Garden

Flap your fairy wings and sprinkle some magic dust to join a wonderful day

in the Gift Shop where you will make your very own garden fairy habitat. All

materials provided, including a pot, soil, plants, top dressing, and an enchanted

ornamental inclusion to help dress up your habitat. Upgraded pots

and décor will also be offered. Walk-ins are welcome but registration is encouraged.

South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes

Peninsula. Noon - 1:30 p.m. Visit are website:

or (310) 544-1948.

Guided walk

Hike while admiring picturesque ocean views and restored seaside buckwheatcovered

bluff tops that support the recovery of the rare El Segundo blue butterfly.

This is a moderate walk. Free and open to the public. 3 p.m. Pelican

Cove, 31300 Palos Verdes Dr. S, Rancho Palos Verdes. For more information,

contact (310) 541-7613 ext. 201 or sign up at

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Fall Fling is the American Association of University Women, Palos Verdes

Peninsula’s festive and fun event to start off the year. Reconnect with friends

after the summer and hear about the variety of activities planned for the coming

year. It is the one time when all of the projects and interest groups and are

gathered in one room and the full scope of branch activity is on view. Members,

prospective members, and guests are all welcome. 1-3 p.m. Hesse Park,

29301 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes. $15 for members. Prospective

members and guests are free. Reservations are required. For information and

reservations, call 310-377-5252 or go to

Sunday, Sept. 10

White Point Home Tour

Unforgettable homes reveal unique

stories and designs at the White

Point Home Tour. Lovers of art, architecture

and nature will relish in the

opportunity to tour six homes on the

Palos Verdes Peninsula, which feature

a range of architectural, landscaping

and design styles. Enjoy the

self-guided tour before relaxing at a

private Reception and Silent Auction

at Brouwerij West in San Pedro. Tickets

are $65 in advance or $75 the

day of the event. Self-guided tour

from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. Registration

begins at 11 a.m. at White Point

Nature Preserve, 1600 W. Paseo

del Mar, San Pedro. Reception and

silent auction from 4:30 p.m. - 7

p.m. For more information call (310)

541-7613 or go to:

Rock, Paper,


Join an artistic game of row-shambow

at this month’s Kids Club, where

families will explore the intersection

of nature and art together. Grab a

paint brush, paint a rock and set

your imagination free as you hide

them in the Garden for future visitors

to find. Capture the beauty of the

Garden alongside master plein air

artists with your own pastel painting,

and help create a group masterpiece

using your own nature paint.

1-4 p.m. Free with Garden admission.

South Coast Botanic Garden,

26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos

Verdes Peninsula;

or (310) 544-1948.

Spiritual Eco-action

Is God the ultimate environmentalist?

Spend an afternoon considering

God’s creation in a new light and

identify your impact on it. Enjoy nature,

moments of silence, experiential

activities, and group discussion. You

may wish to bring a journal. 1- 4

p.m. $10. Part 1 of a 3 Part Series

exploring issues critical to our community.

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Torrance High School Centennial Celebration

David Pack

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Sings his #1 Classic Hits

including How Much I Feel,

Biggest Part of Me and others.


Featuring David Pack, Fred Beato,

and Tom Croucier

Sept. 9, 2017 @ 7pm

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Tickets $30 @

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ter, 5300 Crest Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. Call Marlene Velazquez at

310.377.4867 x234 for reservations or information. Online Registration is

available at

Second Sundays concert

Catherine Gregory on flute and David Kaplan on piano. Starts at 2 p.m.

sharp! Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling

Hills Estates. Admission is free. For more information call (310) 316-5574 or

go to:

An Enchanted Evening at Villa Narcissa

Join the Peninsula Friends of the Library at the historic Villa Narcissa, 5:30 to

8 p.m. Enjoy food and drinks, with the music of Gershwin and Porter. Watch

the sunset from the Villa patio and imagine the early days of the Palos Verdes

Peninsula when Villa Narcissa was created. Attire from the 1920s is welcome

but not required. Valet parking. Reservations $150. For more information or

to make a reservation, please call (310) 921-7505, or (310) 921-7503.

Tuesday, September 12

Advance Care Planning for Smarties

5-part series to help you gain a better understanding of the people, process

and paperwork involved in successful advance care planning. Presenters Edward

Long, JD and Ellen Gorbunoff, RN (board members of Caring House),

have years of practical experience with both successful and failed advance

care planning. Free and open to the public. Join one or all sessions. No RSVP

necessary. 1 - 2:30 p.m. at the Peninsula Center Library Community Room,

701 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates. Questions? Please contact Deb

Ripley at or (310) 377-9584 x217.

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Wednesday, September 13

Pen Seniors lecture series

Brett Arena, archivist for the A.F. Gilmore Company, owner of the original

Farmers Market, manages an eclectic collection of artifacts, photographs and

documents. “Welcome to Gilmore Island” is an overview of the long history

and varied activities of a family-owned enterprise that continues to leave an

impression on generations of locals and visitors from around the world. 10:30

a.m. Hesse Park, 29301 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes. For more

information call (310) 377-3003 or go to:

Friday, September 15

RHUMC concert

Accomplished concert soloist, recitalist and opera singer Jessie Tisdale, will

perform. 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of Rolling Hills United Methodist Church,

26438 Crenshaw Blvd, Rolling Hills Estates. Admission is free & donations

are welcome. For more information call (310) 377-6771 or go to:

Saturday, September 16

Coastal Clean-Up at Abalone Cove

Join the Los Serenos docents and the community for the annual International

Coastal Cleanup Day. Bring friends and family to clean up Abalone Cove 9

a.m. to noon. Gloves and trash bags provided, or bring your favorite trash

bucket and trash picker! Trail to the beach is moderate to strenuous. Please

wear sturdy shoes; part of the walk will be on cobblestones. Parking fees

waived up to 45 minutes prior to the event and 30 minutes after. Postponed if

there is rain. (310) 377-5370 or visit

Outdoor Volunteer Day

At Alta Vicente Reserve, 9 a.m. – noon. Help restore this unique canyon habitat,

home to many threatened and endangered wildlife species. 30940

Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes, Sign up at

Malaga Cove Lawn Show

Last weekend for the summer art show, Saturday and Sunday. Over 30 talented

artists from the seven art groups affiliated with Palos Verdes Art Center

gather on the lawn in Malaga Cove Plaza, 10 a.m to 5 p.m. The Plaza offers

plenty of free parking. With

the support of Palos Verdes

Art Center and the City of

Palos Verdes Estates, the

shows have been a tradition

in the community for over 60

years. The artists have created

a variety of original artwork

including paintings,

ceramics, jewelry and photography

and are happy to

chat about their work and its


ArtWalk Experiment

The San Pedro Historic Waterfront Business Development District in collaboration

with San Pedro Waterfront Arts District announce an experimental Third

Saturday ArtWalk. Explore galleries and artist lofts, dine in unique eateries

and stay for a show or listen to music at local bars and restaurants. Free

guided ArtWalk tours will be offered at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m., leaving from

Sirens Java and Tea, 357 West 7th Street. For more information and an Art-

Walk Guide contact: Joe Pielago, (310) 832-

2183, Linda Grimes, SanPedroWaterfrontArts Facebook: San Pedro Waterfront Arts District.

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Make it a Habit

Little Sisters of the Poor Auxiliary’s annual fundraiser benefits the Jeanne Jugan

Residence. 5:30 p.m. no host cocktail reception; 7 p.m. dinner followed by

live auction. DoubleTree by Hilton Torrance, 21333 Hawthorne Blvd.,Torrance.

For more information (310) 548-0625 or

Benefit Concert

Richard Sherman Trio with Bili

Redd. Tickets are $25, tax deductible

and benefit the Seaside

Church. 7 p.m. James Armstrong

Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Dr.,

Torrance. For more info: Richard

Sherman (310) 378-5813,

Sunday, September 17

Peninsula Seniors Homes Tour

This Capital Campaign fundraiser features three private estates, never before

open to the public, each valued at more than $6,000,000! 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

$100 includes a gourmet luncheon. Get your tickets before Thursday, Sept.

14! No tickets will be sold at the door. Call (310) 377-3003 or mail your

check to Peninsula Seniors, 30928 Hawthorne Blvd. Rancho Palos Verdes,

CA 90275.

A Fall Fete

Enjoy cocktails in the garden, a silent auction, entertainment, an elegant dinner,

and stunning sunset views from a historic Peninsula home overlooking the

ocean. 4:30 p.m. Reception in the Garden and Silent Auction. 5:45 Musical

Theatrics by ETC Theatre Company. 7 p.m. dinner. Please reply by September

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Grand Annex concert

Award-winning South Bay rockers, Andy & Renee return to the Grand Annex,

434 6th Street, San Pedro, for a riveting tribute to The Band’s legendary Last

Waltz concert. 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 19

Advance Care Planning for Smarties

This 5-part series will help you gain a better understanding of the people,

process and paperwork involved in successful advance care planning. Presenters

Edward Long, JD and Ellen Gorbunoff, RN (board members of Caring

House), have years of practical experience with both successful and failed advance

care planning. Free and open to the public. Join one or all sessions.

No RSVP necessary. 1 - 2:30 p.m. at the Peninsula Center Library Community

Room, 701 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates. Questions? Please contact

Deb Ripley at or (310) 377-9584 x217.

Wednesday, September 20

Wild Birds Walk

Wild Birds Unlimited leads a special guided bird walk at White Point Nature

Preserve. Explore the birds now making a home in the restored habitat at the

preserve. On 3rd Wednesdays starting 8:30 a.m. The program is free and

open to the public. All ages are welcome. Binoculars are available. Reservations

appreciated but not required. Wear comfortable shoes and bring sun

protection. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro. RSVP to: For more information got to:

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Back by popular demand! Anthropologist Dr. Roberto Frisancho is returning

with “Grandmothers’ and Grandparents’ Role in Human Evolution”. The

award-winning doctor was named the Arthur A. Thurnau Professor of Anthropology

in 1999 for his distinguished teaching record. 10:30 a.m. Hesse Park,

29301 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes. For more information call

(310) 377-3003 or go to:

PVP 4-H CLUB Community Meeting

4-H is an organization for youth ages 7-19, that promotes hands-on learning

and is based on parent and volunteer participation. 4-H welcomes all youth

(and adult volunteers) from all backgrounds. 4-H offers such a wide range of

projects, programs and activities that every member can benefit from involvement.

Monthly meetings held at Rolling Hills Estates City Hall Council Chambers,

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South Coast Rose Society

September meeting begins at 7 p.m. with refreshments. Society members,

Sharon Van Enoo and Gloria Leinbach, speak about the Heritage Rose Foundation,

a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving old roses. South

Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Friday, September 22

Beauty of Nature film series

Based on a New Yorker essay by novelist Jonathan Franzen, Emptying the

Skies exposes the rampant poaching of migratory songbirds in southern Europe.

Songbird populations have been drastically declining for decades, with

a number of species facing imminent extinction. This poignant documentary

follows the intrepid squad of pan-European bird-lovers waging a war against

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Celebration of Food and Wine

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Farm-to-Terranea Dinner, Breakfast at the Cove, two tasting menu lunches complete

with wine pairings from California’s Central Coast, an after-party, and

more. For more information or to purchase tickets go to:

100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes.

Saturday, September 23

Guided Nature Walk

At the White Point Nature Preserve, 9 a.m. Visit White Point Nature Preserve

and attend a naturalist-guided hike. Enjoy coastal views and learn more about

the plants, animals, restoration area and more! White Point Nature Preserve

located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. Meet at the information

kiosk between parking lot and Nature Center. For more information call (310)

541-7613 or RSVP at:, Events & Activities.

Attack of the Killer Algae

Presentation and book signing with author Eric Noel Munoz about an exciting

success story against invasive algae in our oceans. Free. 11 a.m. White Point

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

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Tony Award-winning musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County

Spelling Bee”. Runs through October 1. This hysterically funny tale will have

you rooting for the unlikeliest of heroes. 2 p.m. 27570 Norris Center Drive,

Rolling Hills Estates. Tickets prices are $30 - $70. To purchase tickets, call the

box office at (310) 544-0403 or go to:

Grand Annex concert

An annual Annex sell-out! All-star ensemble of top LA musicians, celebrating

the memory of the Father of Cuban Salsa, Arsenio Rodriguez. Co-sponsored

by KXLU’s Alma Del Barrio radio show. 8 p.m. 434 W. 6th Street, San Pedro.

At the Table

Experience an elegant dining experience with fine wines and education on

pairing them to the perfect foods. Join in multiple silent auctions and opportunity

drawing for a beautiful, handmade quilt. 5-10 p.m. Cost: $125 per person

if purchased before Sept. 1; $150 per person after. Buy a table ~ bring

your friends! Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Road, Rancho Palos

Verdes. Call Marlene Velazquez at 310-377-4867 x234 for reservations or

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Sunday, September 24

Music On the Meadow

Join the Corelli Ensemble on the Upper Meadow for an enjoyable afternoon

of Baroque music. 3 - 4:30 p.m. Free with admission. South Coast Botanic

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A unity of themes

Chef Dustin Trani’s family has operated local restaurant for nearly a century.

Still, even J Trani’s traditional fare has a modern flair

by Richard Foss

One of the modern memes in restaurant design is the deliberately inappropriate

space. Trendy Italian in a warehouse, Korean food in a

British pub, Southern traditional in an austere space reminiscent of

a hospital, they’re all a thing in greater LA. It’s ironic humor expressed in

architecture, and when done well it can mess with your expectations in an

amusing way.

I generally prefer harmony of décor and dinner, environments that seamlessly

put me in another world or perhaps another era. On days like that,

I’m likely to end up at J. Trani’s, a San Pedro classic. I admit a level of nostalgia

here. My parents took me here as a child when it was Peppy’s steak

and seafood house. When the Trani family took the place over in 1989 they

converted a charming but relatively conventional place into a retro mountain

lodge with English baronial touches. If you’re the kind of person who

grooves on architecture you can wander around and notice details like the

spokes radiating around the ceiling of the bar. If you aren’t, you can just

luxuriate in the atmosphere of vintage cool.

It’s pretty clear which camp I’m in. On a recent visit I spent quite a while

viewing the place from all angles while waiting to be seated. Once ensconced

at a table in a corner by the bar we spent some quality time with

a pair of cocktails while examining the menu. The Sunken City (a renamed

Gold Rush) was well-made, but the Black Tie Affair was more innovative

and better. The mix of dry vermouth, chartreuse, Aperol, and chamomileinfused

brandy had harmonious spicy and herbal flavors. San Pedro is short

on craft bars, but these drinks make the case for Trani’s as the local leader

in the field.

With regard to the food, Chef Dustin Trani could be forgiven if he served

nothing but steaks, seafood, and pastas as dated as the architecture. His

family has operated local restaurants for over 90 years. However, even the

traditional offerings have a modern flair. A case in point is the cold smoked

swordfish carpaccio, which is tossed with olive oil and lemon and served

on a board alongside a basket of toast. It’s a classic smoked fish appetizer,

but the sprinkling of smoked red onion and radish sprouts adds a spicy tang

to the old favorite.

On another evening I tried their “new style” calamari. It’s tossed with

greens, Thai-spiced aioli, a dash of balsamic vinegar, and a sprinkle of black

sesame seeds. The greens and sesame add flavor and varied textures to an

item that is often just an excuse to eat crunchy batter. I would certainly

order this again.

After the “new style” calamari, we considered ordering the “old fashioned”

navy bean soup, but decided on the Trani’s salad instead. It’s just

greens with fresh mushrooms, red onion and feta with an herb-mustard

vinaigrette, but sometimes you just want simple flavors minimally accented.

The only flaw was the bread that came with it, which was dense and characterless.

It was fine toasted with the fish carpaccio, but with all the good

Italian bakeries in town that can deliver good crusty bread there isn’t a reason

to serve this.

For main courses, we decided on swordfish milanese and a sausagestuffed

pork chop with roasted root vegetables. Milanese on a menu usually

means a thick breading on something pan-fried – a schnitzel by another

name. It was breaded fish, but with a light crust of herbs and panko crumbs,

and it suited the meaty, mild fish nicely. The filet had been topped with

fresh green, yellow, and red cherry tomatoes and a bit of balsamic and olive

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Experience Handcrafted

Fine Mexican Cuisine

Filippo Trani, founder of the four generation restaurant family, left the island of

Ischia for San Pedro, where he opened the Majestic Cafe in 1929. Photo by Brad

Jacobson (

oil, and served over mashed potatoes with asparagus, making a pretty

and varied plate.

The stuffing on the pork was a thin layer that seemed to be more

breading than actual sausage, but that didn’t detract from our enjoyment

of that item. It was a good quality and very large piece of meat that had

been rubbed with a slightly salty herb mix before being grilled, and it

usually arrives topped with a rosemary demi-glace. I asked for this on

the side because my wife sometimes finds these heavy, and I liked it

both with and without it. The medley of carrots and parsnips sweetened

when roasted and were a good companion. Along with the mashed potatoes

it made a fine meal.

We had been seated in the bar rather than the main dining room and

as we ate we realized what a gathering place for the community this is.

Just about everybody there had a greeting, hug, or handshake for Marco

the bartender, and there was a lot of table-hopping. This isn’t surprising

given J. Trani’s long history, but it’s nice to know that places like this

still exist.

I had enjoyed the tiramisu on a previous visit but on this day we were

too full for dessert. So after I finished the last of the glass of Chianti I

had ordered with dinner we made our exit. Dinner for two with two

cocktails and one glass of wine ran $128. It was money well spent. J.

Trani’s is a slice of history. The bust of the founder in the lobby looks

on approvingly as his legacy continues in high style.

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might think, Why not try for Pantheon or Scribner? Glass Spider, which

bills itself as “A Boutique Editing and Publishing Service,” seems like a minnow

in an ocean of giants. When asked why them, Irwin replied, “I chose

Glass Spider for a variety of reasons, the main one being trust.”

Arousing finale

We should circle back to why it is that “A Dress the Color of the Sky”

seems to have grabbed people’s attention and fueled their curiosity. Irwin

tells me about an interview she did with a book publicist in which “fifteen-hundred

people tried to call in and talk with me… And why? Because

people are interested in knowing the story of this person who’s a sex addict

and what happened.”

Is it partly autobiographical?


Not at all?


It’s all made up?”

“Yes.” Irwin paused. “All writers write about what they know. Can I write

about a marriage crumbling? Yes. Can I write about what it’s like to be

married to the wrong person or to date the wrong guy? Yes. I did a lot of

research for the book, obviously on addiction and recovery. I went to a lot

of meetings and talked to a lot of addicts, and my dad was an alcoholic

and a recovered drug addict, so I know what that’s like.”

Also, as mentioned, there were many contemporary issues that Irwin

wanted to explore, one of these concerning the reports of date rapes on

and off campus. “I had to put this into my book because, as a mother of

boys, I wonder where we’re going wrong. I don’t know about the girls because

I don’t have a daughter, and I don’t know about raising a girl.” She

added that she’s spoken to her sons about this subject. “I tried to have them

understand women and how to respect women. I’m sure my kids aren’t

perfect, but it was really important to me.”

This is, in a way, related to the title of the book, which is taken from a

late 17th century fairy tale by Charles Perrault called “Donkeyskin.” The

fairy tale hints at sexual abuse and incest. The donkey skin, Irwin said, “is

what we cover ourselves in to have people not really know who we are.

It’s our protective shell.”

The novel gives a full account of the fairy tale.

“There isn’t a lot of gratuitous sex in my book,” Irwin continued, “but

there is some sex and there’s also discussion of sex and abuse. So, it’s not

for the faint of heart, but at the same time it’s not graphic. It’s not a ‘Fifty

Shades of Grey’ or anything like that.”

One of Irwin’s sons is in his late teens, the others in their early 20s.

When she was writing the book was she thinking what their reactions

might be when they read it?

“Yeah. That was a little hard,” she admited, “and as a matter of fact my

youngest son has been embarrassed about the subject matter of the book.

I definitely did think about that and I definitely was worried about that.”

However, “He’s a big advocate of me being a writer and me writing this

book.” She laughed. “But he doesn’t want to read it.”

Writing “A Dress the Color of the Sky” has, after all, pulled Jennifer Irwin

out of her comfort zone, and she’s aware that not everyone’s going to sing

its praises once it’s published. In some ways she’s steeling herself for that.

That said, she’s had quite a bit of help and support along the way, from

book publishing veteran Edward Young, whom Irwin refers to as a writing

mentor, to her publisher Vince Font, her boyfriend and her sons, her agent

and her many readers, and now the producer and director of the film,

which is scheduled to go into pre-production in January. That’s quite a

backup team, and we can be certain there are others.

And afterwards? Is this the end of the line for sex addict Prudence


“I’m going to be starting my second book soon,” Irwin said. “At the end

of the book there’s a place where you can go, Oh my god. Now I need to

see what happens next.” PEN

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Dr. Jerry Schwartz, head of Torrance Memorial’s neonatology department. Photo by Esther Kang

Torrance Memorial neonatology director Dr. Jerry Schwartz brings multidisciplinary

teams and newest technology into the delivery room

by Esther Kang

Inside his quiet office on the fifth floor of Torrance Memorial’s Neonatal

Intensive Care Unit, Dr. Jerry Schwartz recalled in a soft voice a delivery

last Christmas Eve that was unprecedented in his 29-year career as the

department’s medical director.

Schwartz, who is Jewish, works a 24-hour shift every Christmas. On this

particular evening, a mother began experiencing the acute onset of severe

fetal distress. The fetus’ heart rate was dropping to dangerously low levels.

As nurses wheeled the mother into the operating room for an emergency

C-section, he learned the situation was more dire than usual. The mother

was having an amniotic fluid embolism, a rare condition during childbirth

when the amniotic fluid enters the mother’s bloodstream. The result can

be multiple organ failures.

Within moments of entering the operating room, the mother went into

full cardiac arrest. While the code blue team began performing CPR on one

side of the table, Schwartz and his labor and delivery staff performed a C-

section on the other side. There were about 18 people in the operating

room. It was like a ballet, Schwartz said.

“The room was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. Not a word was spoken."

The baby was born without a heartbeat and required a full resuscitation.

The mother, after being closed up, was wheeled into intensive care.

“Both survived,” he said. “I’d never seen this in 29 years, a full maternal

arrest leading to fetal distress.”

Schwartz prides himself on the efficacy of his multi-specialized neonatal

team. The team includes six board-certified neonatologists, approximately

50 labor and delivery nurses and several in-house obstetrician-anesthesiologists.

During his nearly three decades at the helm of the department, the

Palos Verdes resident has bolstered the unit’s resources to include advanced

technologies not commonly found in community hospitals. These include

high-frequency ventilators, non-invasive nasal mechanical ventilation

equipment, inhaled nitric oxide therapy and therapeutic hypothermia.

These resources enable the team to treat most high-risk newborns.

Soon, Torrance Memorial’s neonatal unit will move to the newly completed,

$450 million Melanie and Richard Lundquist Tower. The tower’s

new neonatal unit includes 23 private rooms with around the clock ameni-

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ties for entire families and rooms designed for sick newborns. Proceeds

from the 31st annual "Honda Evening Under the Stars” Wine Festival on

Saturday, August 26 will help underwrite the new neonatal unit.

Schwartz, 60, was born in Philadelphia. His father, a Navy Air Force engineer,

and his mother, a junior high school teacher, raised him to be a doctor,

he said. He graduated first in his pre med class at La Salle University

and went onto the University of Maryland’s medical school. In 1989, following

his pediatric residency at Saint Christopher’s Hospital for Children

in Philadelphia, he moved to Southern California to accept a combined fellowship

in neonatology and pediatric pulmonology at the Children’s Hospital

of Los Angeles.

“After the fellowship, I stayed in Southern California,” he said. “It’s a

hard place to leave.”

Following a brief stint at Tanzania Regional Medical Center, Schwartz

answered an ad seeking a medical director for neonatology at Torrance

Memorial. He was just 31 years old when he was offered the job. Under

his direction, the hospital has received about 10,000 babies in the Neonatal

Intensive Care Unit.

“Our hospital invests a lot of money in making sure our babies get what

they need,” Schwartz said. “And that’s based on what we tell them, using

evidence-based research. I was always passionate and aggressive in bringing

state-of-the-art neonatal intensive care. That’s why they hired me.”

“One thing about being a neonatologist is that every time our in-house

phone rings, it could be an ordinary call or it could be the start of something

extremely intense,” Schwartz said.

Schwartz moved to Palos Verdes in 1989. He has three daughters, ages

26, 20 and 17. The youngest is a senior at Palos Verdes High School.

“I felt Palos Verdes had the best schools in the country,” he said. “It was

beautiful, low crime, great sense of community. I went there for all the

usual reasons people move to PV.”

Schwartz is a supporter of the Palos Verdes Education Foundation and

the Palos Verdes Junior Women’s League, where he volunteers his piano

chops at some of their events. He was an auction item a few years ago for

a Christmas party. His primary instrument, he said, was the trumpet,

which he began playing in second grade. He played with local jazz quintets

and the Philadelphia Jazz Band, but when he received his fellowship in his

late 20s, he gave up the instrument due to lack of time.

In October, some 300 people will gather for the annual NICU staff and

grad reunion.

“We get to see the children grow up,” he said. “There are a lot of families

that were not critical, but there are also families who had extremely premature

twins or triplets and you just see them running around the room.”

Schwartz said the celebration is his favorite night of the year.

The 31st annual “Honda Evening Under the Stars” Gourmet Food and Wine

Festival takes place Saturday, Aug. 26 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the American

Honda campus in Torrance. Saxophonist Kenny G. will perform. Tickets are

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Easing back to school stress

by Dr. Greg Allen

Many kids and parents experience anxiety over going back to school

from the morning rush, the homework, and the quicker pace of

life. While this doesn’t mean we don’t like school, the changes

‘back to school’ time brings (new teachers, new classmates, new material)

can lead to increased stress. Here’s what young adult novelist Elizabeth

Scott and I recommend parents can do for their kids and themselves to relieve

back to school stress.

Get enough sleep

Over the summer, most families take their cues from the sun and and

stay up late. With the start of school, adjust bedtime schedules and try to

have everyone eat on a regular schedule. This advice isn’t just for little

kids. Teens and adults need quality sleep for proper functioning, as well.

Be ready

Set aside a specific study area for your child, even for kindergarteners,

most of whom have homework these days. Preparing that area can be a

shared project. You may also want to get your routines ready ahead of time,

such as having your kids lay out their clothes the night before and keeping

their shoes by the door so they can find them in the morning.


One of the best ways to relieve back to school anxiety is simply to talk

to your child about what he or she may be feeling. Let your child tell you

what’s exciting about school as well as what may be anxiety-provoking. If

your child expresses negativity about school, don’t discount his or her concerns.

Instead, focus on validating their feelings. Then help find solutions

to whatever is challenging to them. It may be another student, a teacher

or coach, a subject, peers or even how they feel about themselves.

Seek to understand what the main challenges are. It will be different for

each kid and for each school year. Add in some more positive focus, like

seeing friends, covering exciting new material, and growing up. These conversation

times can also be a time to discuss important topics like how to

handle bullies and peer pressure. Letting your child know you’ll be available

for support. Open discussions can be a crucial to your relationship,

as well as to your child’s success in school.

Balance responsibilities

Managing school is a shared task. While you don’t want to take away responsibility

from your child or teen for managing their schedules, your

support and guidance can be a positive motivator to your family functioning.

Dr. Greg Allen, LMFT is a therapist with a group practice in Palos Verdes

Estates and Hermosa Beach ( He is the founder and director

of Freedom4U, a non-profit organization focused on creative arts, life skills,

leadership and service. ( He may be reached at PEN

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Canterbury’s A- Fitch rating, the highest rating for a Life Plan community in California,

makes it a superior choice for retirement living with comfort, care and financial


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Keep life comfortable, dignified

At Comfort Keepers, nothing is more important than helping people live

full, independent and dignified lives within the comfort of their own homes.

Comfort Keepers is dedicated to providing in-home care that enriches people’s

lives and helps them maintain the highest possible level of independent

living and dignity. Comfort Keepers’ in-home assistance includes

companionship, meal preparation, transportation to doctor appointments

and other commitments. It may also include personal care such as bathing,

dressing and mobility. Families choose Comfort Keepers for both extensive

and short term care.

Comfort Keepers

25124 Narbonne Avenue, Suite 101, Lomita


Care for women by women

From its online patient portal to fireplaces and chocolates on every pillow,

you, your time, and your health are Complete Women Care’s priorities.

Personalized care is provided by all-female, highly experienced physicians

at multiple convenient locations that offer the latest technology and one

goal – your optimal health. Patients enjoy 24/7 emergency care provided

at their GYN Emergent Care Center with a spa-like GYN specialized Sur-

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gical Institute on site. Complete Women Care serves over 40,000 patients

in the area, has performed more than 50,000 GYN surgeries, helped

deliver over 15,000 babies and is trusted by more than 2,000 primary

care providers.

Complete Women Care

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Hearing Health

Dr. William Lee Parker of Hermosa Beach, was born into a family with

deaf parents, although he could hear. He understands the challenges of

the hearing impaired. He founded Parker Hearing Institute in Torrance in

1975. His children Josh and Andrea followed him into the audiology business

after years of study. Josh is now in charge with offices in Torrance

and San Pedro.

20% of the American population has hearing loss but only 20% of those

with hearing loss seek hearing help. The remainder struggle to cope. Modern

digital aids are invisible and adaptive to noisy environments. Josh

prides himself on professional and empathetic care.

Parker Hearing Institute has helped over 40,000 people achieve greater

hearing health.

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Residents urge support for PVE Police

n Residents who support keeping an independent Palos Verdes Estates Police Department

are urging fellow residents to send letters of support for the police to

Last March, residents voted down Measure D, which would have extended the

Palos Verdes Estates Fire and Paramedic Services Parcel Tax. As a result, the city

is facing a nearly $5 million budget deficit. A study about how to fund the police

department will be presented to the city council in September.

Moana at the South Coast Botanic Garden

Globe’s PV Hill gets local

n The South Coast Botanic

Garden hosted a summer family

movie night July 28 to a

sold out crowd. Hundreds of

ticketholders began arriving at

3 p.m. for a big screen show

of Moana that started at 8

p.m. with festivities beforehand

that included Polynesian

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beers. The gardens were in full

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Set in the prestigious community of Westfield in the Palos Verdes Peninsula

more that two thirds of an acre on 4 graded flat pads with wide views. It is not

only the ultimate horse property, the house boasts 3 large bedrooms and 2 1/2

baths (one with a whirlpool spa tub). The charming remodeled kitchen features

convenient built-ins, wood cabinets and shiny granite countertops. Cozy fireplace

in living room. Extensive use of travertine and gleaming hardwood and high grade

laminate flooring and granite along with energy efficient dual pane windows

throughout and on sewer system. Circular driveway and large garage allow ample

room for multiple cars. Close to freeways, shopping, schools,

medical facilities, entertainment, parks, tennis court, trails and riding ring.

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Globe CEO Matt Hill and Globe riders and staff celebrated the August

11 opening of the Australian surf, skate and snowboard company’s first

U.S. retail store, in Hermosa Beach. Hill, a Palos Verdes resident, and

brothers Steve and Peter founded the now global lifestyle company in

1994. Hill came to the U.S. in 1995 to attend USC film school but soon

took charge of Globe’s U.S. operations. Photo by Kevin Cody

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30 Year Anniversary

The Palos Verdes Flower Talking Clock donated by

Michel Medawar and his family, celebrated its 30th

Year on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.


Olde Time Barbershop Quartets Host Ice Cream Social

n The South Bay Coastliners, The Westminster Chorus and guest quartets hosted

an afternoon ice cream fundraiser at the First Methodist Church in Torrance. Guests

were able to take a step back in time and enjoy music of a bygone era while taking

a break from the summer heatwave. The Coastliners perform a weekly chorus

rehearsal at the Redondo Beach Salvation Army Community Center, 125 W. Beryl

Street, Redondo Beach from 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. Visit for

dates and more information.

Your clock reminds you of its presence every

time you wind it. If the accuracy of the clock is

not what it used to be, or the chimes are not as

strong or rhythmic, or maybe it just stops; that means

your clock is talking to you and telling you that its endless

life is in jeopardy.

It is imperative to maintain and service your clock

regularly. Oil gets old and dry forcing the train of gears

to work twice as hard to accomplish their goal. This results

in damage that drastically shortens the life of a

fine timepiece.

Michel Medawar has been extending the lives of

timepieces for over sixty years as his father did sixty

years before. He is the inventor of the first talking clock

in the world. He is a graduate from Patek Philippe in

Geneva, Switzerland, The Theod Wagner Clock CO. in

Zeeland, Michigan. Call him so that he may come to

your and offer you a free estimate for servicing your

clock. Or bring your wall or mantel clock to out store

to see our showroom and receive the same complementary


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John Saffery, Frank Olivadoti, Peter Neushul (Director), Denny

Lawrence, Bruce Beyne, Tim Bixler, Jim Gallagher, Damian Curran, Dan

Ullfig, Michael Borrett, Scott Suwabe. Photo courtesy of The Coastliners

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Concours continues tradition of elegance & speed

n The 1964 Ford Fairlane 427 “Thunderbolt” Drag Racer, one of 100 ever produced,

will represent Motor City’s Glory Days at Palos Verdes Concours Sunday,

Oct. 1 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Louis Zamperini Field in Torrance. This stock, builtfor-speed

Fairlane is owned by John Karelius of Dove Canyon, California, and

boasts its original engine, body, and chassis. This marks the first time for this “Thunderbolt’s”

appearance in the Concours. The car was originally delivered to Max

Larson Ford in Coldwater, Michigan, on Dec. 26, 1963, and resold to Jack Mefford

Ford in Springfield, Ohio, on April 21, 1963, where it campaigned throughout

the Ohio Valley. Jack Lindeman of Jack Mefford Ford reported to Lee Iacocca

every Monday morning about the T-Bolt’s weekend victories and sometimes losses.

Originally produced with an automatic transmission, this car was quickly converted

to a Ford “Toploader” four-speed. This common conversion to the “Thunderbolt”

model created a very competitive car in the Super Stock classification.

The pair, Iacocca and Lindeman, it is said, battled constantly about switching over

to a manual transmission. The many successes that followed confirmed that swapping

the automatic transmission for the “Toploader” four-speed was the right decision.

This year’s show will feature the marques of Packard and Porsche. In addition,

there will be a total of 19 classes of automobiles representing the finest in craftsmanship

from all over the world and for the first time there will be historic aircrafts

on display as well. Ticket holders will be able to tour the Western Museum of

Flight located at Zamperini Field at no additional charge. Proceeds will benefit

the Boys and Girls Clubs of Los Angeles Harbor and the Western Museum of

Flight. For more information visit or contact Kimberly Locke

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Portuguese Bend Horse Show Poster Contest

In anticipation of the 60th Annual Portuguese Bend National Horse Show September

8-10 at Ernie Howlett Park, high school students across the Peninsula were

invited to participate in a photography contest showcasing the heart-rending relationships

between horses and people. The winner would receive a monetary

award as well as the honor of having his/her photo piece used for the show’s

promotional posters. The contest was sponsored by Lisa and Chuck Noski of Palos

Verdes and the Art Department of Peninsula High School received a $1500 prize

as did the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles in honor of Peninsula High School’s

1st Place Winner, Chloe Green’s winning submission.

Poster contest winners: First Place-Chloe Green, Second Place-Krystina

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