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Volume XXII, Issue 7

<strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2018</strong> • <strong>Peninsula</strong> 3

RPV Residents<br />


Volume XXII, Issue 7<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2018</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 />

Do you change your automobile oil and filter? If you do,<br />

call EDCO your trash/recycling hauler and arrange for a<br />

free pickup. Then, place your used oil in a tightly sealed<br />

container and your filter in a sealed ziplock bag. EDCO<br />

will pick them up and drop off a free oil recycling kit that<br />

contains a 15-quart drip pan, empty 1-gallon container,<br />

funnel, shop rag, cardboard floor mat and information<br />

on used oil and filter recycling. Call EDCO at 310-540-<br />

2977 or go to www.rpvrecycles.com.<br />

Composting Workshop<br />

Sat. April 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.<br />

Hesse Park, Fireside Room<br />

Document Shredding Event and<br />

Electronic Waste Roundup plus<br />

Free Mulch Giveaway<br />

Sat. April 21 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.<br />

RPV Civic Center, 30940 Hawthorne Blvd<br />

(for RPV Residents Only)<br />

Household Hazardous Waste Roundup<br />

Sat. April 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.<br />

RPV Civic Center<br />

For More information on Used Oil Recycling, go to:<br />

1-800-CLEANUP<br />

For Weekly Household Hazardous Waste Disposal<br />

(including Sharps, Used Oil and<br />

Electronic Waste Disposal) go to:<br />

Gaffey SAFE Center<br />

1400 N Gaffey St, San Pedro, 90731<br />

Phone: 800.988.6942<br />

Open Every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.<br />


“Arctic Sunset” by Albert Operti,<br />

who accompanied Admiral Robert<br />

Peary Sr. on the first Arctic<br />

expeditions. The sketch is among<br />

a collection of travel sketches on<br />

exhibit next month at the<br />

Palos Verdes Center.<br />


18 Spotlight on the <strong>Peninsula</strong><br />

by Ryan McDonald Joy Nicholson’s critically acclaimed<br />

novel “Tribes of Palos Verdes” is adapted for the big screen<br />

with stars Maika Monroe (“Labor Day”), Cody Fern ( “American<br />

Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace”) and<br />

Jennifer Garner (“Alias”).<br />

22 Travel sketches<br />

by Bondo Wyszpolski Before there were cameras, there<br />

were sketchbooks, which travelers used to memorialize their<br />

travels. A collection of sketches from the Vanderlip family, as<br />

well as contemporary sketches by local artists will be featured<br />

in an exhibit next month at the Palos Verdes Art Center.<br />

Boulder of dreams<br />

by Stephanie Cartozian First, Dean and Kara Herbrandson<br />

collected boulders that they stored wherever the boulders<br />

would fit on their Palos Verdes Estate property. Then they figured<br />

out the boulders could be used to build their dream garden.<br />

Lin’s <strong>Peninsula</strong> people<br />

by Chalice Lin Chalice Lin grew up regretting having missed<br />

the opportunity to spend a day at the amusement park with her<br />

grandfather in Taiwan. Her word and photo portraits of over 50<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong> seniors are a way to compensate for her childhood<br />

error.<br />

Beef, Japanese style<br />

by Richard Foss Since the centuries old ban on eating cows<br />

was lifted in Japan, the country has made an art of barbecue.<br />

Yamaya Japanese Wagyu & Grill is the first American outpost<br />

of a Japanese restaurant specializing in beef.<br />

Major Langer remembered<br />

by Kevin Cody Attorney Major Langer is remembered as a<br />

bigger than life figure, with a heart to match.<br />



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12 Morgan’s Jewelers “A man and his watch”<br />

18 Malaga tree lighting<br />

40 Shrivers’ Arty Party<br />

58 Special Children’s League affair<br />

64 <strong>Peninsula</strong> Symphony with the Asia America<br />

Youth Symphony<br />

44 <strong>Peninsula</strong> calendar<br />

57 Around and about<br />

65 Home services<br />

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Teri Marin<br />


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

Morgans Celebrations are Bar None<br />

Author visit and holiday fare<br />

Morgan's Jewelers celebrated a new book by Matt Hranek titled, “A Man<br />

& His Watch.” The book details the emotional attachment between<br />

watches and their owners. The cover features the famous Paul Newman<br />

Rolex Daytona, which broke all records when it sold at auction for over $17<br />

million. It was a man’s night of whiskey and watches. On another evening,<br />

Morgan’s Jewelers hosted a holiday party with a top shelf bar, hors d’oeuvres<br />

from PV Catering and a harpist to set the holiday mood.<br />



1. Dean and Kara Herbrandson.<br />

2. Guests showing off their highcalibre<br />

watches.<br />

3. Guest with her son showing off<br />

the new emerald-colored Day Date<br />

Rolex.<br />

4. Irv and Lenore Levine, Marshall<br />

Varon and Shintia Lynch.<br />

5. Elie Massoud and Abbe Vargas.<br />

6. Guest with his new edition of A<br />

Man & His Watch alongside author<br />

Matt Hranek.<br />

7. Elie Massoud and Colleen<br />

Conradt.<br />

8. A photo of Paul Newman’s<br />

watch inscribed with “Drive Slowly”<br />

by his wife Joanne Newman.<br />

9. Nicole and Ron Connor.<br />

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Ralph Moore, Priscilla Hunt and Craig Leach<br />

Our Heartfelt Appreciation<br />

Ralph Scriba<br />

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Tribal<br />

by Ryan McDonald<br />

In “The Tribes of Palos Verdes,” there’s darkness amid the sunshine as Medina (Makia Monroe) and her brother Jim (Cody Fern) move to the peninsula from the<br />

midwest with their family. Photo courtesy IFC Films<br />

‘Tribes of Palos Verdes’ is a beautiful but flawed take on the <strong>Peninsula</strong><br />

Brendan and Emmet Malloy’s latest film, “The Tribes of Palos Verdes,”<br />

had a high bar to clear, and the fault is their own. As far as cinematic<br />

takes on surfing localism go, it would be hard to top a four-minute<br />

deleted scene from “Fair Bits,” the Malloy Brothers’ Taj Burrow-centered<br />

surf movie from 2005.<br />

The skit centers around Donavon Frankenreiter and Ben Stiller — disguised<br />

in a fake moustache and trucker hat — who post up in a beach-front<br />

carpark, channeling Laurel and Hardy as they ape their way through the<br />

finer points of localism. They growl “No photos!” and clumsily wrench a<br />

camera away from a mom and daughter out for a stroll. They clutch latemorning<br />

Budweisers while talking down the surf, which, in passing shots,<br />

looks absolutely firing. (The spot is never named, but the footage suggests<br />

a certain Ventura County beach break with a reputation for violence). And<br />

they harangue a series of passersby who include Burrow, the late Andy<br />

Irons, and the Malloy Brothers themselves. “More like the motherfuckin’<br />

Marx Brothers,” Stiller mumbles from the lot as one of them threads a spitting<br />

barrel.<br />

It’s hilarious, and it dramatizes the way hateful surfing locals are almost<br />

always clowns, as suitably brought down with a pie in the face as a vengeful<br />

exposé. This lesson, though, is often forgotten in the brooding “Tribes,”<br />

which snaps and turns with a seriousness that never quite feels earned.<br />

The film follows teenager Medina (Makia Monroe), who moves with her<br />

family from the midwest to Palos Verdes. She encounters a sterile, superficial<br />

community that enforces manicured uniformity by municipal ordinance,<br />

and is so cloistered that the football stadium lacks lights, Medina<br />

tells the audience, “because locals didn’t want anyone from out of town<br />

there after dark.”<br />

Medina launches this voiceover critique less than 15 minutes in, but it is<br />

already fairly clear what kind of ideas the movie has about Palos Verdes.<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong> residents watching the movie will notice a fair share of Easter<br />

eggs, but they are unlikely to be thrilled. Over the course of the film, Medina’s<br />

family tumbles downward like stones off a cliff, and it all seems to be<br />

the fault of the Hill and the people living on top of it.<br />

As a finely etched portrait of the <strong>Peninsula</strong>, forget about it: “Tribes” dispenses<br />

with subtleties, like the existence of four different cities and an unincorporated<br />

area in favor of generalizations about the whole darn<br />

landmass. In interviews, the Malloy brothers have instead characterized the<br />

film as a look at the darker side of coastal Southern California, a place that<br />

tries very hard to be perfect. The idea is not quite an original one, but there<br />

are enough piquant moments to make one wonder whether people will<br />

groan at the movie for what it gets wrong, or squirm for what it gets right.<br />

“Tribes” is an adaptation of the 1997 young-adult novel of the same name.<br />

In most reviews, the book carries the ambiguous descriptor “semi autobiographical,”<br />

and in the years since its publication, <strong>Peninsula</strong> native Joy<br />

Nicholson’s tale has found a comfortable niche between cult classic and<br />

mainstream success. Its frank depictions of drug use and parents behaving<br />

badly have endeared it to teens typically bored by reading. But the real lure<br />

of the story, for coast-dwellers and landlocked alike, is surfing.<br />

The “Tribes” of the title carries several meanings, but the most prominent<br />

reference is to the Bay Boys — or “Bayboys” in Nicholson’s truncated style<br />

— the crew of surfers that for decades have been accused of keeping people<br />

out of the water at Lunada Bay. As in the headlines, the Bay Boys of the<br />

film are buffoonish cro-magnons, who hold their territory with a mixture<br />

of intimidation and violence. (A lawsuit in federal court against several alleged<br />

Bay Boys is pending; last <strong>Feb</strong>ruary, a judge declined to certify it as a<br />

class action.)<br />

This protectionist behavior, of course, is also a great way to make something<br />

desirable. Not long after moving in, a mysterious noise at sunset lures<br />

Medina out of her bedroom. She climbs to the top of her family’s ranchstyle<br />

home, and realizes that it is a crew of surfers hooting each other into<br />

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waves. (In the film and book, the family home is posited as resting directly<br />

above Lunada Bay; according to an article in the Los Angeles Daily News,<br />

most of the film was actually shot just over the San Pedro border.) Entranced,<br />

she procures a surfboard by flashing a schoolmate, then repeats<br />

the process to get one for her beloved twin brother Jim. The Bay Boys<br />

ridicule Medina, which only seems to embolden her.<br />

The film devotes little time to the arduous process of learning to surf,<br />

which is a shame because the Malloys are so talented at shooting in the<br />

water. They are responsible for some of the best surf movies of the young<br />

millenium, including “Thicker than Water” and “Brokedown Melody.” The<br />

surf scenes that are included are gorgeous, with a fluid grace that often<br />

eludes non-surfing directors, who tend to drown the action in slow-motion<br />

and noise.<br />

Jim and Medina are wary of the Bay Boys, who appear to tolerate them<br />

because their home fronts the break. But while Medina seeks her own<br />

peak, Jim becomes part of the pack. Jim is played by the Australian actor<br />

Cody Fern, who looks like he enjoys his role more than anyone else in the<br />

movie. Rangy and feral, he manages to pull off a character who is somehow<br />

both stoned and angry for much of the movie. (Here is one voice for casting<br />

him in any film adaption of Kem Nunn’s “surf noir” books.)<br />

Meanwhile, their mother Sandy — an anything-but-matronly Jennifer<br />

Garner — struggles to fit in. In an early scene, she goes to lunch at a country<br />

club with some local women. They all order salads with dressing on<br />

the side, while Sandy picks out a cheeseburger and fries. The scene initially<br />

feels like a heavy-handed attempt at using food to contrast Sandy’s midwestern<br />

authenticity with the West Coast shallowness of Palos Verdes<br />

women. The audience soon learns, though, that it is difficult to trust anything<br />

that comes out of Sandy’s mouth. (The movie mostly ignores the<br />

book’s exploration of Sandy’s compulsive overeating.)<br />

Jim and Medina’s father Phil (Justin Kirk), drifts away from his unstable<br />

wife, and is absent for much of the movie. A serial philanderer, he becomes<br />

a walking cliche after shacking up with his real estate agent, an underused<br />

Alicia Silverstone. Silverstone, in reality a proud PETA member, gets in a<br />

winking joke when she chides her son from a previous marriage for bringing<br />

up the evils of factory farming during a country club luncheon.<br />

The film’s one-dimensional depiction of Palos Verdes’ women, though,<br />

is pervasive, and is the laziest aspect of its storytelling. (This is, in fairness,<br />

a limitation of the source material: sophomoric narration is the price you<br />

pay for a story told from the perspective of a high schooler.) Some of the<br />

best scenes come when the film actually bothers to interrogate the Stepford-wife-in-sandals<br />

stereotype it has erected. Sandy, dabbling in a real estate<br />

relationship of her own, discusses an arsonist torching homes on the<br />

peninsula, and crudely announces she wishes someone would burn the<br />

whole place down. The Realtor, hurt, gets up from the table and says, “But<br />

Sandy, these people are my friends.”<br />

With dad gone and mom acting like a child, Jim descends further into<br />

the Bay Boys cult he once ridiculed. Medina does her best to pull him out,<br />

but she is ill-matched against the lure of drugs and belonging. By the time<br />

Jim is bashing in the face of a hapless dad who dared to try to surf the Bay,<br />

his fate seems pretty much sealed.<br />

It’s a credit to the filmmakers that they don’t bash us over the head with<br />

the parallels between keeping unknown surfers out of the ocean, and keeping<br />

unknown people out of Palos Verdes. The Bay Boys and the plastic<br />

adults never seem to cross paths. Indeed, it’s unrealistic how ignorant the<br />

country club women seem of surfing altogether. The audience is left to<br />

wonder what the well-respected men and women really think about the<br />

ones doing the dirty work.<br />

Whether you resent them, love them, or deny their existence, the Bay<br />

Boys attract attention because they represent a heightened version of the<br />

separation that makes surfing so alluring. More or less since “Gidget,” surfing’s<br />

mystique has come from all the ways it is inaccessible: to squares at<br />

work during dawn patrol, to flatlanders living far from the beach, and to<br />

people whose bodies are not accustomed to piloting fiberglass over moving<br />

water. Belonging to a tribe can promote a sense of connection, but it’s only<br />

meaningful if some people are left out. And nothing says “exclusive” quite<br />

like telling even the willing and able-bodied to take a hike.<br />

The Tribes of Palos Verdes, from IFC Films, is available for streaming online.<br />

The film is rated R, with a run-time of 1 hour, 43 minutes. PEN<br />

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

Malaga Cove Tree Lighting<br />

Deck the halls<br />

With the generous help of PVE city personnel, Realtor and resident,<br />

Virginia Butler along with John Polen of Premier Bank of Palos<br />

Verdes, the Malaga Cove tree lighting tradition was upheld again in<br />

2017. “It was a systematic, old-fashioned, community effort,” said Butler.<br />

“We all got together and made it happen.” Santa Claus was on site<br />

to grant last minute wishes and the bank provided hot cocoa, libations<br />

and finger foods to keep the revelers reveling.<br />

1. Ruth Gralow and Santa Claus.<br />

2. John Polen and Mario Santoyo.<br />

3. Nicholas and Charly Sandoval and<br />

Santa Claus.<br />

4. Jeremy and Alex Hudgens.<br />


5. Karen Elston with her dog Chaka<br />

and local children.<br />

6. John Vandever, Virginia Butler and<br />

John Polen.<br />

7. The tree lighting.<br />

8. John Vandever, Arleigh ‘Gene’<br />

Dotson and Kim Hall.<br />

9. Shari Campbell and Santa Claus.<br />

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Clothing items worn by a female eskimo, sketched by Albert Operti.<br />

Courtesy of the Explorers Club of New York<br />

Sketch of Villa Narcissa by Daniel Pinkham of the Portuguese Bend Artist Colony.<br />

The Birth of an Idea, or, From Spark to Sparkle<br />

Portuguese Bend artists to show sketches and finished work at the Palos Verdes Art Center<br />

by Bondo Wyszpolski<br />

Until roughly the mid-19th century, when cameras emerged to do the<br />

job for them, painters and other visual artists carried sketchbooks<br />

and an assortment of pens, pencils, and pieces of chalk. Some artists<br />

worked quickly and some took their time, but the ultimate goal was to preserve<br />

the idea or the inspiration and then to rework it under usually more<br />

favorable conditions (and, yes, many artists work this way today).<br />

There are exceptions to the above. One, what were formerly deemed<br />

working sketches later were elevated as artistic masterpieces in their own<br />

right. John Constable is a good example of this, with J.M.W Turner being<br />

yet another. Two, when we get to the waning years of the 19th century and<br />

the vogue for plein air painting (Impressionism by another name, perhaps),<br />

the “sketch” and the finished work were often one and the same.<br />

For several years, Katrina Vanderlip has been hosting a painting week at<br />

Villa Narcissa, high on the hillside in Portuguese Bend. Villa Narcissa is a<br />

11.5-acre estate and also the remainder of Frank Vanderlip’s personal holdings<br />

in the area. Lest we forget, in 1913 Vanderlip acquired 16,000 acres on<br />

the Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong>. In layman’s terms, that’s a lot of Dodger Stadiums<br />

(the latter, with parking, encompassing a mere 352 acres).<br />

The painting weeks that Katrina oversees attract numerous participants.<br />

These often occur in the spring, and the one last year had some involvement<br />

by members of the Portuguese Bend Artist Colony, in particular Daniel<br />

Pinkham. The next painting week is scheduled for April 2-7. (In connection<br />

with this event, high teas are scheduled for three Sundays in March at Villa<br />

Narcissa: a Mad Hatter Tea Party on March 11; an Opera High Tea on<br />

March 18, with UCLA opera students performing arias; and a classic Parent-Child<br />

High Tea on Palm Sunday, March 25. Please email katrinavanderlip@yahoo.com)<br />

A sketch is a diamond in the rough<br />

And so we come to “Capturing a Vision,” an exhibition opening on March<br />

16 at the Palos Verdes Art Center, which was conceived by Katrina as a<br />

means not only to highlight the annual painting week at the Villa, but to<br />

focus attention on the Portuguese Bend Artist Colony and specifically their<br />

preparatory designs in advance of their completed canvases.<br />

Or, as Katrina herself explains it, “A sketch allows you to capture a vision,<br />

an idea, or an impression that you can use to create a final artwork.” And,<br />

she adds, “A good sketch becomes a powerful tool and stands on its own as<br />

art.”<br />

The artists in the Portuguese Bend Artist Colony include Rick Humphrey,<br />

Steve Mirich, Kevin Prince, Tom Redfield, and Amy Sidrane, plus Daniel<br />

and Vicki Pinkham. One gallery will contain and pair preliminary sketches<br />

alongside finished oil paintings.<br />

A second gallery will exhibit preparatory sketches for jewelry, wood carving,<br />

costume designs for UCLA opera productions, and a sketchbook never<br />

before displayed by Albert Operti who, among other accomplishments,<br />

served as the official artist for Robert E. Peary during his Arctic expeditions<br />

in 1896 and 1897. Operti’s sketchbook is being loaned by the Explorers<br />

Club of New York. (“The Explorers Club connection,” Katrina says, “is that<br />

I have been accepted as a member this year [and] can go as an artist to<br />

record expedition sketchings. My grandfather Frank Vanderlip helped raise<br />

funds for Perry's last expedition to reach the North Pole and was given a<br />

polar bear rug on their return.”)<br />

Another highlight of the show is Operti’s wall-sized sketch on cloth called<br />

“The Last Meal,” depicting George W. De Long and his officers prior to their<br />

departure for Siberia from the Arctic in three small boats after their ship<br />

became trapped in ice. Some survived, many did not.<br />

Katrina Vanderlip, as an artist and art scholar, inherited the sketchbooks<br />

of her great aunt, Clover Cox, the elder sister of Narcissa Cox Vanderlip,<br />

Sketch exhibit cont. on page 24<br />

22 <strong>Peninsula</strong> • <strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2018</strong>

Small, subtle, and gently magnificent<br />

Angel wings and peacock feathers: Sketches for jewelry by Marianne Hunter<br />

A Portuguese Bend jeweler crafts works of art and beauty<br />

by Bondo Wyszpolski<br />

The first sketchbook Marianne Hunter shows me dates back to 1977,<br />

but she’s been making jewelry for half a century so perhaps there’s<br />

an earlier sketchbook or two lying close by.<br />

The word “exquisite” is often overused, same with the word “sensibility,”<br />

but if there are better ways to describe the work and the person I’m sitting<br />

down with I don’t know what they are.<br />

Married to the equally talented and skillful woodcarver William Hunter,<br />

Marianne may be described or defined in some circles as an artisan or<br />

craftsperson, but what she creates is never mere handiwork. The finished<br />

pieces, mostly pendants or brooches, are thoughtfully designed, almost storyboarded<br />

in some cases, visual and non-visual poetry with many of them<br />

bearing poetic titles.<br />

Elaborate praise goes only so far. The jewelry needs to make an appearance,<br />

the preliminary drawings as well. Her influences are many, some not<br />

so surprising, such as the Viennese Secessionist and the French-Belgian<br />

Symbolist styles of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, along with Art<br />

Nouveau and in particular René Lalique.<br />

“Lalique is my jewelry hero,” Marianne says, “because his artwork was<br />

so finely wrought and so exquisitely detailed. And also incredibly inventive.<br />

He used materials that nobody used before him in fine art jewelry – tortoise<br />

shell and bone and wood. Materials that weren’t considered valuable and,<br />

therefore, ‘No, this can’t be a part of a fine piece of jewelry.’” But the naysayers<br />

were proved wrong, weren’t they?<br />

In her earliest days, Marianne Hunter worked primarily in grisaille, that<br />

is to say, in black and white, and her subject matter was curtailed in the<br />

realms of fantasy and myth. Her husband, thankfully, nudged her out of<br />

that self-confined way of thinking, and into new territory. “So, now I’m all<br />

over the map,” Marianne says, “but I feel that’s the reflection of a curious<br />

mind.”<br />

It’s a curious mind that we are funneled into by way of her sketches.<br />

Items were numbered, what metals were used were dutifully noted. “When<br />

you look through these,” Marianne says, “you can start to see different areas<br />

of development where I’ve got themes going.”<br />

In the early years she was making about 50 pieces a year. They were small<br />

and the smithing was relatively easy. “And then as I went on I came into<br />

contact with so many more materials.” More choices, then, requiring more<br />

deliberation.<br />

And where does she find her ideas?<br />

“The way I draw is partly whatever it is I’m thinking about at the moment.<br />

So that comes into my work. And I’m interested in anthropology and<br />

I’m interested in dance and I’m interested in other art forms. I really like<br />

other cultures; and I love fantasy, all kinds of fantasy and mythology.”<br />

There are stories with fairy tale themes as well as pendants and brooches<br />

with African or Australian undercurrents. One prominent design that occurs<br />

in numerous permutations are her Kabuki Kachinas, as she calls them.<br />

“They ended up being my signature work. I can tell any kind of story in<br />

these figures. I can go anywhere I want with them reflecting how I feel<br />

about that. They’re everything from, really, art nouveau to very stylized<br />

and modern.”<br />

It took her, Marianne says, 50 years to get to Japan. “And it was everything<br />

I imagined and more. Walking into some of the older buildings that had<br />

been maintained, or down the street in the older towns, was like walking<br />

into a woodcut.” The appeal is understandable. Peter Quennell called Japan<br />

“a universe of half-tones and subtle hints.”<br />

They speak, she listens<br />

Sometimes a gem will remind her of something, Marianne says. In that<br />

Hunter cont. on page 25<br />

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Original sketch of Arctic explorer Robert E. Peary by Albert Operti, from which<br />

a life-size portrait was painted. Courtesy of the Explorers Club of New York<br />

Sketch exhibit cont. from page 22<br />

Katrina’s grandmother (and the grandmother of Katrina’s siblings, Kelvin,<br />

Narcissa, and Henrik). A sketch by Kelvin Cox Vanderlip, Katrina’s father,<br />

showing the Villa Narcissa cypress allee in the early 1930s is being included,<br />

in addition to sketches of the Villa Narcissa entrance hall by Denis<br />

Berteau and various mural sketches by nearby resident Steve Shriver.<br />

Notable, also, are the jewelry designs, coupled with the finished pieces,<br />

by Marianne Hunter. Please see the accompanying story.<br />

Katrina Vanderlip’s new children’s book, “A Tale of Twin Peacocks,” will<br />

be available for purchase. As a girl, Katrina was taught illustration by Ted<br />

Geisel, that fellow better known as Dr. Seuss.<br />

What was, and what could have been<br />

A companion show, “Inhabit: The Olmsted Brothers on the Palos Verdes<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong>,” is to occupy the third gallery. The Olmsteds were hired by<br />

Frank Vanderlip to study and evaluate the vast tract of land he’d purchased.<br />

They did a thorough job, and the exhibition, in the words of curator<br />

Hilarie Schackai, “casts a spotlight on the crucial process of visionary translations<br />

from rough settlement and natural environment into a manifestation<br />

of cultural splendor. It presents formidable and meticulous early<br />

surveys, planning sketches, and other documents – topographical surveys,<br />

water analyses, road studies – that in their glorious abstraction are more<br />

than technical artifacts: they are virtual art objects in themselves.”<br />

The person who knows the most about Frank Vanderlip’s history, before,<br />

during, and after the land on the peninsula was acquired, is Palos Verdes<br />

Estates resident Vicki Mack. Her book, “Frank A. Vanderlip: The Banker<br />

Who Changed America,” is a panoramic view of the man and his vision<br />

for developing the area from Portuguese Bend to Malaga Cove. It was a vision<br />

interrupted by that little bump in history called The Great Depression.<br />

Capturing a Vision: The Portuguese Bend Tradition, curated by Katrina<br />

Vanderlip, paired with Inhabit: The Olmsted Brothers on the Palos Verdes<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong>, curated by Hilarie Schackai, opens Friday, March 16, from 6 to 10<br />

p.m., with Palos Verdes Wild! a farm-to-table and foraged feast with Chef<br />

Paul Buchanan of Primal Alchemy Catering. The seasonal produce as well as<br />

the wild ingredients are entirely from local sources. Tickets, $125. The Palos<br />

Verdes Art Center is at 5504 W. Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. (310)<br />

541-2479 or go to pvartcenter.org. PEN<br />

24 <strong>Peninsula</strong> • <strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2018</strong>

Left, Marianne Hunter’s sketch elaborating on an orphan medal designed by<br />

René Lalique in the aftermath of World War I. Right, her completed work.<br />

Hunter cont. from page 23<br />

inch or half-inch cloud an idea for a piece may emerge. An opal, for example.<br />

“That’s one of the things I’m good at,” she adds, referring to her ability<br />

to extrapolate an image or part of a story. One grouped set of stones that<br />

she shows me reminds her of photographs taken from the Hubble telescope:<br />

“An expansion of galaxies and the beautiful colors in space.”<br />

“And also, by this time, the titles have become poems. I make no claim<br />

as to how good the poetry is, but it’s heartfelt. It’s just a longer title; it’s<br />

the way I feel about the piece.” And now, because the exactitude of her<br />

work has led her to create just 18 pieces a year instead of the previous 50<br />

a year, “I have a lot of emotion left over. So it ends up in the poetry.”<br />

It’s not just the physical work that is taking more of her time, Marianne<br />

says. The decisions about the physical work are taking more time as well.<br />

Some of that pre-planning is made by what her trained eye conveys to<br />

her brain. She has boxes of different materials, tiny stones and other objects<br />

she may have saved for years, even decades, waiting for the right setting<br />

or the right context. Like sifting through patterns to see what plays with<br />

or against something else. “And I just keep moving them around on the<br />

bench until I find the things that [go together].”<br />

She says at one point, as she shows sketches and photographs of recent<br />

and past work: “I love these materials. It’s a real indulgence for me to be<br />

able to do this.”<br />

In Tucson, each year, sellers gather to display their wares. Booths, tents,<br />

every place imaginable. Marianne used to be a regular. But now?<br />

“I don’t have good self-control,” she confesses; and since she already has<br />

so much material on hand, in addition to crafting less than 20 pieces annually,<br />

“I just get myself in big trouble, so I don’t go to Tucson anymore.”<br />

But some of her favorite dealers make house calls as they pass through<br />

California. She’ll patiently look through everything, the high-end stones as<br />

well as the less expensive. One just never knows…<br />

Meanwhile, the jewelry-making continues.<br />

“I like doing commissions as long as I know that the person who’s placing<br />

it is familiar enough with my work that they know they like it, and they<br />

trust me.” That’s the key; she doesn’t want a client who starts telling her<br />

how to design something. First she’ll gather all relevant information from<br />

them, so that client and artist are on the same page. “And then I do a drawing<br />

to scale before I finish the piece so that I get an approval.”<br />

Recently she’s been bidding on and collecting orphan medals made in<br />

France during the aftermath of the First World War to raise money for the<br />

orphans of the French army. Specifically the one designed by Lalique.<br />

There’s something in the somber quality that strikes a chord with Marianne,<br />

and with each medal she’ll add a little here, there, to enhance its<br />

poignancy.<br />

She shows one, and it’s a real beauty. Quiet, subtle. And we’ll use that<br />

word again: exquisite.<br />

“I keep one piece a decade,” she says, “and I’m thinking of keeping that<br />

one.”<br />

How do we describe these little works of art? So small, and yet how<br />

firmly they resonate through time and space.<br />

Marianne Hunter’s jewelry and sketches will be on display at the Palos<br />

Verdes Art Center from March 16 through April 22 in Capturing a Vision:<br />

The Portuguese Bend Tradition. PEN<br />

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Photos by Tony LaBruno<br />

An aerial view of the Herbrandsons’ final work of art, which encompassed a few stops and starts along the way. (Photo by Carlo Zanella, DHP Multimedia)<br />

After collecting stones and boulders for more than two decades,<br />

Dean Herbrandson and wife Kara finally found something to do with them<br />

Dean and Kara Herbrandson celebrating Dean’s 50th birthday on Flag Day,<br />

when the backyard landscaping was only a few months old. (Photo by Adam,<br />

Treasured Moments Photography)<br />

Dean Herbrandson had a<br />

penchant for collecting<br />

boulders and for decades<br />

scouted the hill to uncover just the<br />

right ones. For what? He did not<br />

know. But he credits his wife Kara<br />

for her infinite patience as he had<br />

these enormous monoliths<br />

dumped off for years on their<br />

Malaga Cove driveway and in their<br />

side yard.<br />

“I used to drive my pickup truck<br />

around as far back as the 2000, collecting<br />

stones as big as I could lift.<br />

I wouldn’t stop until the truck almost<br />

bottomed out,” Dean said.<br />

Later, he would bid on even<br />

larger stones, some fossilized with<br />

whale vertebrae and other sea<br />

creatures, or plant material. He<br />

would bid against contractors and<br />

architects for the most awesome<br />

earthly specimens.<br />

“I was into these rocks for about<br />

$10,000 and still hadn’t ascertained<br />

how to utilize them.”<br />

All along he assumed the rocks<br />

would be cut and made into something<br />

like stepping stones, but he<br />

later learned that PV stone doesn’t<br />

peel back like an onion, but is like<br />

chalk and disintegrates when cut.<br />

This discovery led to new concepts<br />

on how to proceed with his treasure<br />

trove.<br />

Herbrandson graduated from<br />

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a<br />

degree in mechanical engineering.<br />

He builds drone engines. Herbrandson<br />

Engines is based in<br />

Lawndale and specializes in designing<br />

and manufacturing drone<br />

mechanisms for military use. His<br />

father Dale started the business.<br />

“At work he’s Dale and at home,<br />

he’s dad,” Herbrandson said. In the<br />

‘70s, his dad built a 2 cylinder engine<br />

that had very good vibration<br />

resistance. This was a crucial enhancement<br />

to previous drone models<br />

because his drones could hold<br />

a camera without vibrating, enabling<br />

them to take sharper photos.<br />

His drones were used for reconnaissance<br />

during the Vietnam War<br />

and the Gulf Wars.<br />

30 <strong>Peninsula</strong> • <strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2018</strong>

The custom designed fire pit has inverted<br />

sides so that guests can cozy<br />

up close to the fire on cool evenings.<br />

Backyard quandary<br />

Dean and Kara’s 1950s Spanish style Malaga Cove home is across the<br />

street from the Malaga Cove Library on Via Pinale, where the outdoor<br />

summer concerts are held June through September. The previous owners<br />

had raised their family there and wanted another family to enjoy what<br />

they had. Other contenders included contractors who wanted to raze the<br />

property and turn it into a behemoth. The Herbrandsons won the sellers’<br />

hearts and minds with their plan to raise their family there. After the home<br />

was purchased they made improvements to the electrical system, foundation<br />

and plumbing.<br />

“When we looked at the house, there was a lamp in every corner because<br />

none of the light switches worked,” Dean said.<br />

The backyard was dirt with winding stone walls that were uneven and<br />

in disrepair.<br />

“In the backyard, you couldn't get out of your own way to see over the<br />

roofline and what was layed out before you. There’s the ocean and Malibu,<br />

King Palms and these idyllic concerts in the park, but we couldn’t see any<br />

of it,” Dean said. “We started putting chairs on top of trash cans trying to<br />

get some height in the back to see what laid before us and how high we<br />

had to go to see it.”<br />

The idea for creating a usable outdoor environment started to take hold.<br />

When Dean and Kara were dating, they found they both enjoyed the outdoors<br />

and often went on garden tours. Originally, they hired some high<br />

profile landscape architects to help them design their dream outdoor environment,<br />

but quotes ranged upwards of $650,000 to accomplish their<br />

rough plan. To create a patio environment with poured cement or concrete<br />

blocks required casans, per the city regulations. When the first contractor<br />

went down 12 feet, he hit bedrock. To continue with the project, they were<br />

going to have to go down another 12 feet into the bedrock with multiple<br />

casans, which made their plan cost-prohibitive. The project sat dormant<br />

for two years.<br />

“Our son would take his dirt bike in the backyard and gun it, to the chagrin<br />

of our neighbors. We knew we had to find other footing to proceed.”<br />

The couple has two sons, Brett, 21, and Erik, 17.<br />

John Feldman, of Ecocentrix Landscape Architecture, came through with<br />

some solutions. Instead of using cement, they brought in stone imported<br />

from India that was hand cut onsite and layed down in a terraced pattern,<br />

maintaining lots of little enclave gardens and places to enjoy varying van-<br />

These weighty stepping stones imported from India, lead up to a bistro lighted<br />

perch that’s high enough to view concerts in Malaga Park, the ocean, Malibu<br />

and neighboring parklands.<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2018</strong> • <strong>Peninsula</strong> 31

The backyard perch looks out over the roofline and landscaping.<br />

tage points. The stones had fluctuating thicknesses, which had to be accounted<br />

for when laying them on the ground. Instead of bringing in new<br />

soil, they moved soil and repositioned it to build height in the rear, enhancing<br />

the scope and breadth of their home’s perch. This improved the views<br />

of the ocean, the concerts and the rural parklands bordering the property.<br />

There used to be a water pump on the hillside above the property that<br />

would pump water up to a reservoir close to La Venta Inn. The pump is<br />

long gone, but parts of the stone structure remain. There was a time, Herbrandson<br />

reflects, when the parkland’s hillside was green and there was a<br />

stream that was home to frogs that would ribbit through the night. There<br />

is still a teeming natural habitat here. They stopped trimming the palm<br />

Changing leaves lead up the terraced pathways to a Sapote tree where bees<br />

live year-round.<br />

fronds when they realized that they served as a habitat for owls who made<br />

these trees their home.<br />

The Herbrandsons worked for two years to create a botanical experience<br />

rich in color regardless of the season.<br />

“We like bugs. We wanted a garden that attracted them,” Dean said.<br />

The Sapote tree planted by the previous owner is abuzz with bees except<br />

for the one month out of the year where it loses its leaves. Their garden is<br />

full of native plants that require little water. The <strong>Peninsula</strong> peacocks are especially<br />

fond of the succulents.<br />

“We have to plant new succulents every week. The birds eat all the leaves,<br />

and when they can’t get a firm grip on the plant anymore, they yank out<br />

32 <strong>Peninsula</strong> • <strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2018</strong>

The PV stones collected by Herbrandson himself fit together like a puzzle and are home to a wall of<br />

succulents.<br />

the whole thing by its roots,” Dean said. There are Winter Lavender, Beach Cannas, Crepe Myrtles,<br />

Aloe Vera plants with orange blooms, and double and single Trumpet vines, all amidst a perfectly<br />

contoured outdoor environment that has individual rocks fitted together like a puzzle. Some<br />

of the boulders Dean collected serve as resting places. Others, including the boulder with the fossilized<br />

whale vertebrae, create the feeling of a sculpture garden.<br />

The couple’s goal was to create an outdoor environment for entertaining that stretched to the<br />

very top of the property. This proved to be no easy feat. Each one of the slabs of stone from India<br />

weighed 300 pounds. They were brought in on pallets. It would take a whole day for three workers<br />

to make one or two steps. The end result is the Huntington Library gardens meets Hollywood’s<br />

Greek Theater – in Palos Verdes. PEN<br />

The slabs from India were handcut onsite and dovetailed<br />

to enhance their strength and natural beauty.<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2018</strong> • <strong>Peninsula</strong> 33

Lin’s seniors<br />

Destabelle, 76, at Wayfarers<br />

Chapel, where she has frequently<br />

performed. Photo by Charlice Lin<br />

Over the past year, Charlice<br />

Lin has interviewed and<br />

photographed 54 <strong>Peninsula</strong>ns<br />

over the age of 75. “Foregone,<br />

but not forgotten,” an exhibit of<br />

those interviews and photographs<br />

opened Jan. 14 at the <strong>Peninsula</strong><br />

Center Library and will continue<br />

through Jan. 31.<br />

The project is the result of the remorse<br />

the Rancho Palos Verdes resident<br />

felt over an unfulfilled<br />

promise to her paternal grandfather<br />

when she was 10 and visited<br />

him in Taiwan. He offered to take<br />

her to an amusement park, but she<br />

told him “another time” because<br />

she wanted to go shopping with<br />

her cousins. Her grandfather<br />

passed away from cancer soon afterwards.<br />

Lin hopes the exhibit will inspire<br />

people to reach out to their families<br />

and loved ones, often. To learn<br />

more about her project, visit Charlicelin.com.<br />

Following is the first in a series<br />

of Lin’s senior profiles that will appear<br />

in <strong>Peninsula</strong> magazine.<br />

-Editor’s note<br />

by Charlice Lin<br />

Anne Stallone left Long Island,<br />

New York, when she<br />

was 17 to attend American<br />

University in Washington, D.C. In<br />

1963, shortly after President John<br />

F. Kennedy spoke at her commencement,<br />

she moved to California.<br />

After five years spent raising<br />

her daughter Dawn on her own,<br />

she married Ray Destabelle.

<strong>Peninsula</strong> seniors who participated in Charlice Lin’s photograph and personal<br />

history project gather at an exhibit of her stories and photos at the <strong>Peninsula</strong><br />

Center Library. Photo by Stephanie Cartozian<br />

Destabelle, now 76, plays tennis,<br />

mahjongg, the guitar, and the piano.<br />

She performs throughout Southern<br />

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Destabelle chose Wayfarers<br />

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The slogan is “Come one, come all’ to the Shrivers’ annual gathering<br />

in their Tuscan style courtyard, once called the Farmstead. Jean,<br />

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iconic home to over 25 different local artists who displayed their works<br />

just in time for gift giving for the holidays. While the original oils on<br />

canvas were displayed on easels throughout, there were also ceramicists,<br />

jewelers, and artists of every medium, many who come annually. Guests<br />

park in gravel lots to shop and drink wine with their Portuguese Bend<br />

neighbors.<br />

1. Marty Redfield and her dog Mattie,<br />

Tom Redfield and Joan Wright.<br />

2. Don Christy and Nic Vaughan.<br />


3. John White, Jean Shriver and Fred<br />

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4. Harpist and flutist entertained.<br />

5. Meredith Grenier and De De Hicks.<br />

6. Bernard Fallon.<br />

7. Stephen Mirich, Steve Dair and<br />

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30 Year Anniversary<br />

The Palos Verdes Flower Talking Clock donated by<br />

Michel Medawar and his family, celebrated its 30th<br />

Year on the Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong>.<br />

Your clock reminds you of its presence every<br />

time you wind it. If the accuracy of the clock is<br />

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strong or rhythmic, or maybe it just stops; that means<br />

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It is imperative to maintain and service your clock<br />

regularly. Oil gets old and dry forcing the train of gears<br />

to work twice as hard to accomplish their goal. This results<br />

in damage that drastically shortens the life of a<br />

fine timepiece.<br />

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timepieces for over sixty years as his father did sixty<br />

years before. He is the inventor of the first talking clock<br />

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

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Weekly and periodic activities. Call the Center for more information (310)<br />

377-3003 or for <strong>Peninsula</strong> Newsletter for Active Seniors go to: pvseniors.org.<br />

Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Days<br />

Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. Enjoy nurturing seedlings and help plants grow for<br />

habitat restoration projects. Must RSVP 48 hours in advance. Sign up at:<br />

www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com<br />

Mother’s Day essay contest<br />

St. John Fisher School and Sam Pheng of Modern Jewelry Mart are hosting<br />

an essay contest for first through eighth students on “Why mom deserves a<br />

diamond.” Eight gemstone prizes for each grade will be awarded, along with<br />

a diamond for the grand prize winner. For more information call Modern Jewelry<br />

Mart at 310-517-0308.<br />

Friday, January 26<br />

Picasso at the<br />

Lapin Agile<br />

The clever off-Broadway hit from comedian/writer<br />

Steve Martin imagines<br />

Albert Einstein and Pablo<br />

Picasso meeting in a Parisian bar<br />

one evening in 1904, just before<br />

each man introduced the work that<br />

would make him famous. Tickets<br />

$30-$70. 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays;<br />

2 p.m. Sundays. Through Sunday,<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>ruary 4. Norris Theatre, 27570<br />

Norris Center Dr., Rolling Hills Estates.<br />

Saturday, Jan. 27<br />

Trail Watch Training<br />

Richy Stores is Einstein and<br />

Andrew Puente is Picasso in<br />

Picasso at the Lapin Agile at<br />

the Norris Theatre Jan. 26<br />

through <strong>Feb</strong>. 4.<br />

Become a Trail Watch Volunteer and make a difference on the trails. 9 a.m.<br />

– noon. Ladera Linda Community Center, 32201 Forrestal Dr., RPV. Sign up<br />

at pvplc.volunteerhub.com.<br />

Rock the Garden<br />

Live family musical performance in the Amphitheatre 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Also,<br />

through January 31 a selection of trails will host a special “mix-tape” to mix<br />

up your post-holiday walk. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Included with garden admission.<br />

South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes. southcoastbotanicgarden.org.<br />

Native Plant Sale<br />

At White Point Nature Education Center, noon – 2 p.m. Plants sold on firstcome,<br />

first-serve basis. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. For more information<br />

call (310) 541-7613.<br />

Sunday, January 28<br />

Whale Fiesta<br />

This fun-filled family event, co-sponsored by Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and<br />

the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Cetacean Society, celebrates marine<br />

mammals and the migration of Pacific gray whales along Southern Califor-<br />

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Rock the Garden<br />

Live, family friendly DJ sets provided by VOX DJ in the Amphitheatre, 11 a.m.<br />

to 3 p.m. Free with Garden admission. South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300<br />

Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes.southcoastbotanicgarden.org.<br />

Wild & Scenic Films<br />

An exciting selection of adventurous and inspirational films about nature presented<br />

by the Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong> Land Conservancy. 4 p.m. Hermosa<br />

Beach Community Theater, 710 Pier Ave. Hermosa Beach. Tickets $15 at the<br />

door, $10 at www.pvplc.org or (310) 541-7613.<br />

Wednesday, January 31<br />

Hesse Park Lecture Series<br />

Liz Cantine returns with Crooners and Song-birds as dancers and singers<br />

beckon back to the golden age of music and entertainment. 10:30 a.m. Liz<br />

Cantine is a professional dancer, director, choreographer and instructor. Hesse<br />

Park, 29301 Hawthorne Blvd., RPV. pvseniors.org.<br />

Thursday, <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 1<br />

Wine, cheese & chocolate<br />

Palos Verdes Historical Society presents resident Dana Graham speaking on<br />

the history of the Neighborhood Church and the building’s original owner J.J.<br />

Haggarty. 7 to 9 p.m., seating space is limited. Please RSVP (310) 373-6018.<br />

Suggested donation: members $15, non-members $25. Malaga Cove Library<br />

Lower Gallery, 2400 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates.<br />

Saturday, <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 3<br />

Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong> Land Conservancy<br />

First Saturday Family Hike at George F Canyon. 9 a.m. Join a naturalist guide<br />

to discover wildlife and more on an easy hike with amazing views. Free. All<br />

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

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

Outdoor Volunteer Day<br />

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

home to many threatened and endangered wildlife species. 30940<br />

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

Volunteer Greeter Training<br />

This one day training prepares volunteers to lead outreach booths at special<br />

events and nature walks to help connect the Land Conservancy with the community.<br />

10 a.m. - noon. Land Conservancy Office. Sign up at http://pvplc.volunteerhub.com.<br />


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Sunday, <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 3<br />

Tidepool Wonders<br />

Explore the rocky shore at low tide with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium 3 to 4:30<br />

p.m. Gather at the aquarium’s John M. Olguin Auditorium for an informative<br />

slide show, followed by a walk led by Aquarium Education Staff to the nearby<br />

tidepools. Free; reservations required for groups of ten or more. Children must<br />

be accompanied by an adult. Non-slip shoes and outdoor clothing recommended<br />

for navigating the slippery, rocky shore. Also held Saturday, <strong>Feb</strong>ruary<br />

10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday, <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 11 from 12:30 to 2<br />

p.m. 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro. (310) 548-7562 or<br />

www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org.<br />

Thursday, <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 8<br />

Needle Artists<br />

Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild will hold its monthly meeting, 10<br />

a.m. The program will be “Coeur Hearts,” a design which can be stitched on<br />

your choice of ground fabric and thread color. Call 424-224-9254 for further<br />

information. Meeting held at Ports O’Call Restaurant, 1200 Nagoya Way,<br />

San Pedro.<br />

Saturday, <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 10<br />

Volunteer Trail Crew Training<br />

Join the Trail Crew for monthly field practice in trail assessment and repair<br />

techniques. This will give an overview to the 50-hour certification training program.<br />

9 a.m. - noon. Land Conservancy Office. Snacks, refreshments and<br />

good company provided! Sign up at http://pvplc.volunteerhub.com.<br />


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


Guided walk<br />

Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong> Land Conservancy<br />

at Vicente Bluffs Reserve. Follow<br />

the bluff top from Point Vicente<br />

to Oceanfront Estates, an area containing<br />

restored coastal sage scrub<br />

habitat. 9 a.m. Great location for<br />

sighting whales. This is an easy<br />

walk. Free and open to the public.<br />

For more information, contact (310)<br />

541-7613 ext. 201 or sign up at<br />

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

WalkRSVP.asp. 31501 Palos Verdes<br />

Dr. W, Rancho Palos Verdes.<br />

Outdoor Volunteer Day<br />

At Alta Vicente Reserve, 30940<br />

Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos<br />

Verdes, 9 a.m. – noon. Help restore<br />

this unique canyon habitat home to<br />

many threatened and endangered<br />

wildlife species. Sign up at<br />

http://pvplc.volunteerhub.com.<br />

Stories, Songs and More<br />

At White Point Nature Education<br />

Center, 10 -11 a.m. Share the joy of<br />

storytelling with your children and introduce<br />

them to the beauty of the natural<br />

surroundings. Retired Children’s<br />

Librarian Carla Sedlacek shares stories<br />

and activities featuring nature<br />

themes, exciting props and songs.<br />

Free. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San<br />

Pedro. RSVP at: www.pvplc.org.<br />

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Night in Old Cuba<br />

Cuban-style food, casino games, music, dancing,<br />

piano bar, cigar lounge, live and silent auction, opportunity<br />

drawing, no host bar. Dress casual or<br />

Caribbean style. Tickets $95 through <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 9;<br />

$100 at the door. Presented by Temple Emet. At the<br />

Automobile Driving Museum, 610 Lairport St., El<br />

Segundo, 6 - 10 p.m. Contact Karen Greenberg at<br />

310-266-7567 or kgreenberg@socal.rr.com.<br />

Sleeping Beauty<br />

Get swept into a world of kings, queens, fairy godmothers<br />

and storybook creatures, as the treasured<br />

tale of Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty” comes alive<br />

for two performances only at the Norris Theatre.<br />

With exquisite costumes and a lavish set, the production<br />

includes more than 30 distinguished<br />

dancers from the nationally acclaimed Atlantic City<br />

Ballet, and features special appearances by fairy<br />

tale favorites Puss-In-Boots and Little Red Riding<br />

Hood. Performances are 8 p.m. and <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 11<br />

at 2 p.m. Tickets $45 for ages 17 and under, $55<br />

for ages 18 and over. For more information or to<br />

purchase tickets, call 310-544-0403 or visit<br />

palosverdesperformingarts.com. 27570 Norris<br />

Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates.<br />

Tuesday, <strong>Feb</strong>. 13<br />

Shrove Tuesday<br />

St. John Fisher's Women's Council will hold its annual<br />

luncheon in Barrett Hall. Guest speakers include<br />

a priest and two residents from Homeboy<br />

Industries, a gang intervention program located in<br />

Boyle Heights. $25. Refreshments at 10 a.m.,<br />

speakers at 11 a.m., lunch at noon. 5446 Crest<br />

Rd., Rancho Palos Verdes. For information call Gail<br />

Capers at 310-377-6164.<br />

Thursday, <strong>Feb</strong>. 15<br />

South Coast Rose Society<br />

Monthly meeting. Social hour begins at 7 p.m. with<br />

refreshments. Speaker is being kept secret because<br />

it’s so special. The public is welcome and for further<br />

information, please see them on Facebook! South<br />

Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard,<br />

Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong>.<br />

Friday, <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 16<br />

Beauty and the Beast<br />

“Be our Guest,” and experience the enchantment<br />

of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” live on stage at<br />

the Norris Theatre, weekends through <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 25.<br />

Presented by the highly-acclaimed youth theatre program,<br />

the Palos Verdes Performing Arts Conservatory.<br />

Show times for the student-cast production are<br />

7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m.<br />

Sundays, as well as a 2 p.m. show on Saturday,<br />

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<strong>Feb</strong>ruary 24. Tickets are $15 for ages 17 and<br />

under, $30 for ages 18 and over. For more information<br />

or to purchase tickets, call 310-544-0403<br />

or visit palosverdesperformingarts.com. 27570<br />

Norris Center Drive in Rolling Hills Estates.<br />

Saturday, <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 17<br />

Outdoor Volunteer Day<br />

At White Point Nature Preserve, 9 a.m. – noon.<br />

Help beautify the native demonstration garden and<br />

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

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

Guided Nature Walk<br />

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

hike. Enjoy coastal views and learn<br />

more about the plants, animals, restoration area<br />

and more! 9 a.m. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San<br />

Pedro. Meet at the information kiosk between parking<br />

lot and Nature Center. For more information call<br />

(310) 541-7613 or RSVP at: www.pvplc.org,<br />

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Sunday, <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 18<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong> Symphony<br />

Celebrate the symphony’s 51st season. Doors open<br />

at 6 p.m. Pre-concert lecture by Maestro Berkson<br />

(members only) at 6:15 p.m., followed at 7 p.m.<br />

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Wednesday, <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 21<br />

Birding with Wild Birds Unlimited<br />

Explore the birds making a home in the restored habitat at the beautiful White<br />

Point Nature Preserve. Binoculars supplied for beginners. The program is free,<br />

all ages welcome. 8:30 a.m. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. RSVP at:<br />

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

Saturday, <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 24<br />

Cactus Wrens<br />

Learn to help monitor rare Cactus wren habitat. Birding experience desired,<br />

but not mandatory. 8:30-11:30 a.m. Alta Vicente Reserve, 30940 Hawthorne<br />

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

Capturing rain water<br />

Learn how easy it is to conserve and use water in your home. White Point Nature<br />

Education Center, 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro, 11 a.m. RSVP at<br />

https://pvplc.org/_events/WhitePointWorkshopRSVP.asp.<br />

Outdoor Volunteer Day<br />

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 />

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

Native Plant Sale<br />

At White Point Nature Education Center, noon – 2 p.m. Plants sold on firstcome,<br />

first-serve basis. White Point Nature Preserve located at 1600 W. Paseo<br />

del Mar in San Pedro. For more information call (310) 541-7613.<br />

DARs to celebrate<br />

The public is invited to join with members at El Redondo Chapter, Daughters<br />

of the American Revolution’s 53rd annual Colonial Luncheon. Have lunch with<br />

Ben Franklin and hear about his adventures and challenges in forming a new<br />

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Sunday, <strong>Feb</strong>. 25<br />

Organ concert<br />

The Neighborhood Church hosts visiting<br />

French-Canadian organist Isabelle<br />

Demers, who has enraptured<br />

listeners around the globe with her<br />

spell-binding performances. A native<br />

of Québec and a graduate of the<br />

Juilliard School, Ms. Demers is<br />

Organ Professor and Head of the<br />

Organ Program at Baylor University<br />

in Texas. 4 p.m. in the ocean view<br />

sanctuary of the Neighborhood<br />

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Verdes Estates. Tickets are $20 and<br />

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Wednesday, <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 28<br />

Birding with Wild Birds Unlimited<br />

At George F Canyon presented by the Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong> Land Conservancy,<br />

8:30 a.m. Explore the birds in nesting season making a home in the<br />

canyon. Free, all ages welcome. 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills<br />

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

Mac Users Group Meeting<br />

Admission is free. All Mac/iPad/iPhone users and potential users are welcome.<br />

6:30 p.m., Beginners Q & A. 8 p.m., presentation on Mac OS High<br />

Sierra. See sbamug.com for more info, or call 310-644-3315. Email:<br />

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Sunday, March 4<br />

Music in the Garden<br />

The <strong>Peninsula</strong> Committee Los Angeles Philharmonic hosts Music in the Garden.<br />

Young musicians will be showcased with performances by <strong>Peninsula</strong> High,<br />

Palos Verdes High, Redondo Union High, Ridgecrest Intermediate, South High<br />

and Narbonne High students, to name a few. Festivities will also include Philharmonic’s<br />

Music Mobile, face painting, drum circle, food for purchase and<br />

more. Noon to 4:30 p.m. Great musical fun for all ages. Tickets are $25 for<br />

a Family Pack (up to two adults and five children), or $15 per adult and $5<br />

for youth. Benefits music youth education. South Coast Botanic Garden,<br />

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

please visit pclaphil.org or email pclaphil@gmail.com. PEN<br />

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Seven tasty meats<br />

Yamaya general manager Masahiko Koyanagi. Photos by Brad Jacobson (CivicCouch.com)<br />

The Japanese’s relatively young tradition of eating beef is gloriously celebrated at Yamaya<br />

You wouldn’t know it from the number of Japanese steakhouses that<br />

have been popping up around town, but the Japanese are relatively<br />

new at eating beef. The overwhelmingly Buddhist country banned<br />

most cattle consumption in the year 675 and only legalized it in 1868. When<br />

it was announced in 1872 that the Emperor himself had eaten beef and<br />

lamb, resistance to the practice fell. Still, most of the population ate beef<br />

only rarely until the 1960s.<br />

The style of Japanese barbecue most celebrated now is yakiniku, a variant<br />

on the grill-your-own Korean barbecue style. There are differences that fit<br />

the culture, with sauces that are less pungent so the focus is on the natural<br />

flavor of quality beef.<br />

A restaurant in Torrance offers a particularly authentic version of this<br />

cuisine. Yamaya Japanese Wagyu & Grill is the first American outpost of a<br />

Japanese restaurant chain that features the Japanese wagyu breed of cattle<br />

raised in Oregon by traditional methods. They’re fed a natural diet and allowed<br />

to live longer than commodity cattle. The more mature animal has a<br />

richer flavor.<br />

The restaurant in the eastern corner of the mall at Crenshaw and Pacific<br />

Coast Hwy. has a demure frontage and a neat and modern but slightly<br />

anonymous interior. The only unusual element is the industrial-size exhaust<br />

fans that hang above every table to vent the smell of cooking beef. They<br />

work well and are surprisingly quiet, so it’s not like having dinner under a<br />

running aircraft engine.<br />

The menu offers the expected variety of grilled beef but also some noodle<br />

soup, shabu-shabu, and sukiyaki entrees that are portioned for two people.<br />

While these looked intriguing, my companion and I wanted to try as many<br />

different items as possible, so we ordered a seven-item combination<br />

yakiniku dinner and a bowl of bibimbap stone pot rice for main courses.<br />

This was preceded by appetizers, and the three I most wanted to try went<br />

a bit beyond my companion’s comfort zone. He doesn’t usually like raw<br />

fish or meats, but gamely decided to try mentaiko (spicy salted caviar), top<br />

sirloin tartare, and salmon marinated in Japanese rice vinegar with onions.<br />

The salmon was the most conventional item, lightly pickled fish with a<br />

little sweetness and a little vinegar tartness. In typical Japanese fashion they<br />

left the good ingredients to speak for themselves, the flavor of the fish delicately<br />

enhanced.<br />

The other two items had more art and less nature in the combinations.<br />

Mentaiko is made from the eggs of the Alaskan cod fish, called Pollock,<br />

which are salt-cured and blended with chili peppers. The flavors are strong<br />

but balanced, the texture a bit weird and slightly pasty, and it is often used<br />

as a flavoring in noodle dishes and soups but sometimes eaten alone. This<br />

was the first time I had tried it by itself, and while it was interesting I like<br />

it better with spaghetti.<br />

The beef tartare was a cylinder of shredded top quality raw beef per-<br />

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fumed with sesame oil and topped with a raw egg yolk. Small portions of<br />

toasted garlic, shredded scallion, and pine nuts accompanied it, and added<br />

little bursts of flavor and texture. The meat itself was rich and full of flavor,<br />

and the condiments made it an experience that was simultaneously primal<br />

and civilized. If you are at all open minded about flavor and enjoy the taste<br />

of beef, try this – you may be surprised.<br />

The manager, a pleasant fellow named Mr. Koyanagi, had helped suggest<br />

our menu selections and also asked about our beverage preferences. They<br />

have many premium sakes and shochus here but the wine selection is limited,<br />

with only one red wine by the glass. We had tried some shochus with<br />

our starters, but preferred wines with the main course. Mr. Koyanagi mentioned<br />

that he had some bottles that didn’t appear on the list, and offered<br />

a Beaujolais that worked nicely with the meaty flavors to come.<br />

While we nibbled our starters a server fired up the grill in the middle of<br />

our table, which had gas for heat along with charcoal for flavor. When the<br />

first items were demolished he brought the beef, an array of seven different<br />

cuts of meat, attractively presented. A few slices of zucchini, onion, and<br />

pepper were provided too, but this dinner was all about the beef. Five<br />

types were presented unseasoned. One had a sprinkling of sesame seeds<br />

and salt, and one was marinated with soy sauce, sesame, and chopped scallions.<br />

We were encouraged to grill each type rare and take it off before it<br />

became tough.<br />

What followed was a thoughtful carnivore’s dream meal, an exploration<br />

of the flavors and textures of beef. I don’t have room in this article to rhapsodize<br />

about all seven, but suffice it to say that we were engrossed in analyzing<br />

each type. Was the buttery richness of the short rib more enjoyable<br />

than the more fully flavored top sirloin cap? How did that compare with<br />

the ribeye or the chewier tongue or chuck flap tail? Did the flatiron steak’s<br />

marinade and scallions make it the best palate cleanser between unadorned<br />

cuts, or did the marinated flank steak wrapped around a rice ball do that<br />

better? It was a challenge to put our thoughts into words as we savored<br />

each piece.<br />

When we had devoured the beef we had the bibimbap to finish things.<br />

Like yakiniku style cooking, this dish of rice heated in a stone bowl has a<br />

Korean influence, but with the accent on natural flavors rather than high<br />

seasonings. Beef, vegetable, and seafood bibimbaps are offered, and since<br />

we knew we would be in beef overload we decided on vegetable. The rice<br />

had been quietly sizzling and developing a tasty crust as we ate the beef,<br />

and when we mixed everything together there were crusty bits where the<br />

rice and sauce had cooked next to the bowl. The crisped rice with root vegetables,<br />

bean sprouts, and spinach were a fine finish to the meal.<br />

Mr. Koyanagi surprised us with a dessert, steaming cups of dashi soup<br />

with citrusy yuzu added. We’re used to desserts being sweet instead of<br />

umami-laden and scented with seaweed and bonito, but it was strangely<br />

compelling.<br />

Dinner for two with a bottle of wine and two shochus ran $140, remarkably<br />

reasonable for a meal of this caliber. Yakiniku is the style of dining<br />

for people who really want to savor good beef. Yamaya’s preparations of<br />

quality meat hit the balance of simplicity and sophistication. The Japanese<br />

came to eating beef late, but they’ve made up for the lost time.<br />

Yamaya is at 2529 Pacific Coast Hwy., Torrance. Open 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.<br />

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by Kevin Cody<br />

On the first day of shiva, following Major Langer’s burial, the guard at<br />

the Rolling Hills gatehouse asked one of the arriving guests, “Who<br />

was this guy? I’ve never seen so many people come to pay their respects.”<br />

At noon that day, Jan. 4, over 1,000 mourners attended the Rolling Hills<br />

attorney’s burial at Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery.<br />

“I lost track of all the dignitaries at the services. <strong>People</strong> flew in from all<br />

over the world. It was something to see,” recalled friend and colleague Jim<br />

Hall.<br />

Langer and Hall met at their children’s preschool over four decades ago.<br />

They and their wives Shirley and Marcie, had dinner almost every Sunday<br />

at Fu Yuan Low. They celebrated Christmas Eve dinner together and were<br />

scheduled to be together on New Year’s Eve.<br />

But on Friday, Dec. 29, Langer, 75, was fatally shot by a recently dismissed<br />

law partner. According to witnesses, John Mendoza, 58, of Redondo Beach,<br />

arrived that afternoon at the holiday office party for Langer’s Long Beach<br />

law firm. Mendoza, Langer and partner Ronald Beck went into the firm’s<br />

conference room to discuss Mendoza’s dismissal settlement, which sources<br />

described as “generous.” According to Hall, who spoke to Beck after the<br />

shootings, Mendoza became verbally confrontational and then fired a handgun<br />

at Langer and Beck. Langer was fatally shot in the back. Beck, a Rancho<br />

Palos Verdes resident, was wounded in the leg. After shooting his former<br />

partners, Mendoza fatally shot himself.<br />

Both Mendoza and Langer were prominent personal injury attorneys.<br />

Mendoza was a frequent legal commentator on Los Angeles television and<br />

radio programs.<br />

Langer represented many high profile clients, including actress Pamela<br />

Anderson. He also represented several Rolling Hills neighbors in the 1987<br />

Portuguese Bend Flying Triangle Landslide case. Langer spent days on horseback<br />

riding across the otherwise inaccessible slide area, taking notes and<br />

photographs to support his argument that the slide was caused by faulty<br />

water pipes. The 14 month civil trial, believed to be the longest civil trial in<br />

California history, resulted in a $17.6 million judgement in favor of his neighbors<br />

whose homes were damaged in the slide.<br />

Langer’s legal successes enabled him to devote his leisure time to tending<br />

his Rolling Hills property vineyard. But his motivation, Hall said wasn’t success,<br />

but justice.<br />

“One of his early cases involved an eccentric Long Beach woman named<br />

Misses Rose, who claimed the neighborhood kids were taunting her. Most<br />

attorneys won’t even return calls from the Misses Roses of the world. But<br />

Major took her case and won a judgement in her favor against the kids and<br />

their parents,” Hall said.<br />

In addition to his wife Shirley, Langer is survived by daughters Jessica and<br />

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Beautify Lunada Project<br />

The Beautify Lunada Bay (BLB) Project is an initiative sponsored by Lunada Bay<br />

Homeowners Association (LBHOA), City of Palos Verdes Estates (PVE) and Palos<br />

Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong> Land Conservancy<br />

(PVPLC). The goal is to revitalize the<br />

bluff tops along Lunada Bay using<br />

drought tolerant, native landscaping<br />

through a phased multi-year program<br />

and to provide an outdoor classroom<br />

for elementary school students where<br />

they can sit outside and learn.<br />

The LBHOA has been working alongside<br />

the Palos Verdes <strong>Peninsula</strong> Land<br />

Conservancy and a professional<br />

landscape design firm, Dudek Habitat<br />

Restoration, to develop a realistic<br />

budget and execution plan. The plan calls for $88,650 to complete Stage 1 construction<br />

and planting, and an additional $22,500 for 3 years maintenance,<br />

water costs, and volunteer training. Once the project has been firmly established,<br />

maintenance and water costs will decrease significantly.<br />

There has been some controversy amongst residents, some who prefer to leave<br />

the Bluff and adjacent space in its natural state. Visit lbhoa.org and blb.lbhoa.org<br />

for more information.<br />

Los Cancioneros<br />

Los Cancioneros Master Chorale is a non-profit organization of mixed chorus that<br />

performs in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County under the direction of<br />

Artistic Director, Allan Robert Petker. The association offers musical scholarships,<br />

community concerts and an opportunity for the public to enjoy the musical arts in<br />

the South Bay. Its repertoire ranges from classical to modern and their performances<br />

around&about<br />

Los Cancioneros holiday concert, above, celebrated the Latin culture and<br />

included carols and lullabies from the Southwest along with holiday<br />

melodies from Spain and Central America. The Chorale ended the<br />

evening with playful favorites including Guaraldi’s jazzy “Peanuts” classic,<br />

Christmas Time is Here. Visit www.lcmasterchorale.com. Photo by Jeremy<br />

Brunson<br />

are limited to only four per year. Generally the concerts are held at the Armstrong<br />

Theater in Torrance. Their next concert is on March 18, <strong>2018</strong> called Celebrating<br />

Music, a classical concert.<br />

New children’s book release, A Tail of Twin Peacocks<br />

“Dr. Seuss (Ted Geisel) was a friend of my family’s when I was growing up”, shares<br />

author Katrina Vanderlip. “He taught me how to illustrate at age 6 and now 6<br />

decades later, I have finally finished my first children’s book completely written and<br />

illustrated by me, yet inspired by my early interactions with Geisel.” She further explains<br />

that after her father Kelvin Vanderlip passed away, she remembers a trip to<br />

Geisel’s home overlooking La Jolla beach. “This was a time before computers and<br />

he (Geisel) carefully figured out each color separately for his illustrations and explained<br />

it all to us. From that time on, I had always wanted to create a children’s<br />

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

Special Children’s League<br />

Diamond Anniversary<br />

The Special Children’s League hosted a holiday boutique fundraiser at the Palos Verdes<br />

Golf Club. The group has helped children with disabilities for the past 60 years. President<br />

Joyce Komatsu observed, “There is a greater recognition and acceptance of individuals<br />

with special needs, with more attention given to their abilities rather than disabilities.”<br />

But she added that more work needs to be done. Among the festive holiday vendors were<br />

Abbracci Medical Spa, Kendra Scott Jewelry and Social Butterfly Designs. There was a nohost<br />

bar and lunch included a Brown Derby Chopped salad followed by a flourless chocolate<br />

cake topped with fresh berries for dessert. The Diamond drawing awarded the lucky<br />

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4. Jill Pasant, Virginia<br />

Butler and Janis Farran.<br />

5. Dr. JJ Levenstein, Joyce<br />

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6. Linda Marlo, Janis<br />

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7. Ellen Schuchert, Sally<br />

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ook myself.” Being a fraternal twin with a brother and having grown up in Palos<br />

Verdes where peacocks are ubiquitous, Vanderlip’s book was a natural story having<br />

been evolving for years in her mind. Mixing memories with her vivid watercolor<br />

pallette, she brings the story to life. The book is about adventure and growing up.<br />

Gabriel the white peacock is an angelic character in the book who is heartwarming<br />

and sage and looks out for twins Leopold and Cleopatra as they progress<br />

through different stages of their lives. The debut of the book will be at the PV Art<br />

Center beginning on Friday, March 16 for the Capturing a Vision Exhibition. To<br />

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Newest Eagle Scouts honored at the Court of Honor<br />

Boy Scout Troop 378 of the Greater Los Angeles Area Council proudly announced<br />

its newest Eagle Scouts, Brent H Usui and Matthew Y. Usui, both 18, at an awards<br />

banquet, on January 3 at St. John Fisher Church.<br />

Brent and Matthew are seniors at Palos Verdes High Schhol and join their brothers<br />

Jeff and Ryan in earning the rank of Eagle Scout.<br />

Brent’s Eagle project involved designing and building a hexagonal indoor bench<br />

made of maple wood for the Children’s Ministry at South Bay Community Church<br />

(SBCC), the church where Brent and his family attend. In addition, Brent designed<br />

and built the storage closet area for the High School Legacy group of SBCC,<br />

which included making wooden shelving, storage closets and a guitar rack.<br />

Brent has actively participated in engineering and research projects through Jisan<br />

Research Institute and Palos Verdes High School, which included presenting at the<br />

11th Annual International Green Energy Conference in Anchorage, Alaska in May<br />

2016 and participating in observational studies of wildlife in the Galapagos Islands.<br />

Brent’s hobbies include playing the guitar and the ukulele.<br />

Matthew’s Eagle project involved building the gate and portions of the dressage<br />

horse arena at Ernie Howlett Park located in Rolling Hills Estates. Matthew chose<br />

to do his project at Ernie Howlett Park because he spent many memorable hours<br />

playing Little League there. Matthew’s project required many volunteers to help dig<br />

around&about<br />

out and replace decaying posts, custom build and paint sections of the fence and<br />

gate that were damaged to allow the local community to safely enjoy the beautiful<br />

dressage riding arena.<br />

Outside of Scouting, Matthew is a member of the Palos Verdes High School Varsity<br />

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Verdes High School Principal Advisory Council and as the student representative<br />

for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Matthew also enjoys being<br />

a staff writer for Trade Winds, a student-run Palos Verdes High School literary magazine.<br />

Brent Usui. Photos provided by<br />

David Seo<br />

Matthew Usui.<br />

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Journey of the Endeavour and David Benoit<br />

The <strong>Peninsula</strong> Committee Los Angeles<br />

Philharmonic presented its 2017<br />

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Center’s Samuel Oschin Pavilion.<br />

Performing under the wings of<br />

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

Benoit, Asia America Youth Symphony<br />

perform Journey of the Endeavour<br />

The <strong>Peninsula</strong> Committee of the LA Philharmonic celebrated its 65th anniversary<br />

with a performance by the Asia America Youth Symphony, directed by<br />

<strong>Peninsula</strong> composer and conductor David Benoit. The concert took place under<br />

the wings of the Space Shuttle Endeavour at California Science Center’s Samuel<br />

Oschin Pavilion. The concert showcased Benoit’s newly completed composition,<br />

“Journey of the Endeavour,” which was accompanied by footage of the retired<br />

space shuttle’s journey from Los Angeles Airport, through the streets of Los Angeles<br />

to the Science Center. Over 350 guests attended the performance and afterwards<br />

enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, craft beers and premium wines. Sponsors<br />

included Malaga Bank and Mr. and Mrs. Allan Frew.<br />


1. Ken Phillips of Calif. Science<br />

Center and Sue and Allan Frew.<br />

2. Jann Feldman, Marian Hall and<br />

Lu Takeuchi.<br />

3. Tom and Sandy Cobb and Rolf<br />

and Judy Sannes.<br />

4. David Benoit conducting under<br />

wing of Endeavour.<br />

5. Event Committee (back)<br />

Cheryl Graue, Linda Whitson, Kei<br />

Benoit, Denise Clement, Sue Frew,<br />

Judy Sannes, Marian Duntley and<br />

Marian Hall. (Front) Jann Feldman,<br />

Lu Takeuchi, Darlene Vlasek,<br />

Karen Gotlieb, Nancy Ceja, Jane<br />

Beseda, Alicia Maniatakis, Tammy<br />

Kolodny and Joann Deflon.<br />

6. Lu Takeuchi and Jann Feldman.<br />

7. Riner Scivally on guitar, Jean<br />

Strickland on flute and Paul<br />

Gormley on bass.<br />

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