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Peninsula People Feb 2018

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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L Special Children’s League Diamond Anniversary The Special Children’s League hosted a holiday boutique fundraiser at the Palos Verdes Golf Club. The group has helped children with disabilities for the past 60 years. President Joyce Komatsu observed, “There is a greater recognition and acceptance of individuals with special needs, with more attention given to their abilities rather than disabilities.” But she added that more work needs to be done. Among the festive holiday vendors were Abbracci Medical Spa, Kendra Scott Jewelry and Social Butterfly Designs. There was a nohost bar and lunch included a Brown Derby Chopped salad followed by a flourless chocolate cake topped with fresh berries for dessert. The Diamond drawing awarded the lucky winner a stunning 18kt white gold, diamond necklace valued at $3,000 and a First Prize drawing included a two night stay at the Montage Beverly Hills. PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE CARTOZIAN 1. Stephanie Hughes and Catina Gonzalez. 2. Michele Dahlerbruch, Julie Patterson and Tracy Lazarus. 3. The luxe table centerpieces. 4. Jill Pasant, Virginia Butler and Janis Farran. 5. Dr. JJ Levenstein, Joyce Komatsu and Cristina Ferrare. 6. Linda Marlo, Janis Farran and Linda Igo. 7. Ellen Schuchert, Sally Hill and Lynn Densmore. 8. Joyce Komatsu, Linda Igo and Ann Cooper. 9. Jan Sharpe, Jacqueline Glass and Robin Haney. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 58 PeninsulaFebruary 2018

ook myself.” Being a fraternal twin with a brother and having grown up in Palos Verdes where peacocks are ubiquitous, Vanderlip’s book was a natural story having been evolving for years in her mind. Mixing memories with her vivid watercolor pallette, she brings the story to life. The book is about adventure and growing up. Gabriel the white peacock is an angelic character in the book who is heartwarming and sage and looks out for twins Leopold and Cleopatra as they progress through different stages of their lives. The debut of the book will be at the PV Art Center beginning on Friday, March 16 for the Capturing a Vision Exhibition. To obtain signed copies of the book beforehand, please email Katrinavanderlip@yahoo.com. Newest Eagle Scouts honored at the Court of Honor Boy Scout Troop 378 of the Greater Los Angeles Area Council proudly announced its newest Eagle Scouts, Brent H Usui and Matthew Y. Usui, both 18, at an awards banquet, on January 3 at St. John Fisher Church. Brent and Matthew are seniors at Palos Verdes High Schhol and join their brothers Jeff and Ryan in earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Brent’s Eagle project involved designing and building a hexagonal indoor bench made of maple wood for the Children’s Ministry at South Bay Community Church (SBCC), the church where Brent and his family attend. In addition, Brent designed and built the storage closet area for the High School Legacy group of SBCC, which included making wooden shelving, storage closets and a guitar rack. Brent has actively participated in engineering and research projects through Jisan Research Institute and Palos Verdes High School, which included presenting at the 11th Annual International Green Energy Conference in Anchorage, Alaska in May 2016 and participating in observational studies of wildlife in the Galapagos Islands. Brent’s hobbies include playing the guitar and the ukulele. Matthew’s Eagle project involved building the gate and portions of the dressage horse arena at Ernie Howlett Park located in Rolling Hills Estates. Matthew chose to do his project at Ernie Howlett Park because he spent many memorable hours playing Little League there. Matthew’s project required many volunteers to help dig around&about out and replace decaying posts, custom build and paint sections of the fence and gate that were damaged to allow the local community to safely enjoy the beautiful dressage riding arena. Outside of Scouting, Matthew is a member of the Palos Verdes High School Varsity Volleyball team, Team Rockstar Club Volleyball team, and earned 1st team honors in the Bay League. Matthew also played on the Palos Verdes High School Varsity Basketball team. Matthew is active in school leadership as a member of the Palos Verdes High School Principal Advisory Council and as the student representative for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Matthew also enjoys being a staff writer for Trade Winds, a student-run Palos Verdes High School literary magazine. Brent Usui. Photos provided by David Seo Matthew Usui. February 2018Peninsula 59