Volume XXII, Issue 9 April 2018
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Volume XXII, Issue 9
P A L O S V E R D E S P E N I N S U L A M O N T H L Y
ON THE COVER
Re/Max Estate Properties founder
Photo by David Fairchild
Belle of the Bay
by Kevin Cody Sandra Sanders emerged from a small town
in Louisiana to become the most successful real estate broker
in one of the nation’s most competitive and expensive real
Hello muddah, hello faddah
by Ryan McDonald An app for helping seniors keep in
touch with their families draws the attention of “Shark Tank.”
by Stephanie Cartozian After nearly two decades in the
National Hockey League, Stanley Cup winner Brad Stuart looks
forward to staying home with his family.
An app for horses
by Yvonne Liu Horse lover Lindsay Douglass uses her
Stanford engineering degree to design an app that simplifies
the paperwork required of owning a horse.
Old school Italian
by Richard Foss Luna Rossa’s food lives up to the promise
of its formal, old school, Italian dining room.
12 Richstone Masquerade Gala
14 Sanders awarded Norris Keys to the Heart
22 Girls Night Out at Comedy and Magic
32 Providence Little Company honors
48 Las Madrecitas Ball
50 Coach ‘Dozer’ remembered
56 Peninsula Heritage celebrates the
60 Vistas for Children Cirque by the Sea
64 Mad Hatter Tea Party
50 Peninsula calendar
63 Around and About
68 Peninsula Home and Garden
73 Home services
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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L
Moonlight Masquerade Gala
Richstone Family Center benefit
The 23rd Annual Affair of the Heart Gala was attended by hundreds
of South Bay residents at mega-car dealer Michael Sullivan’s Audi
Pacific Torrance Center. This year’s honorees were Chuck Stain and
Gary Houston, both Palos Verdes Peninsula residents. The attire was
masquerade and guests were treated to a special evening of wine, martinis,
dinner and an auction full of unique experiences including a
Goodyear Blimp excursion, a Hawthorne City Police helicopter ride and
an unforgettable experience at the Hearst Castle for two. Richstone is
dedicated to preventing and treating child abuse and trauma, strengthening
and educating families and decreasing violence in families,
schools and communities. For more about Richstone Family Center visit
1. Corey and E.J. Wicketts, Denise
and Russell Tyner and Jeana Cabotaje.
2. Gary and Nan Houston.
3. Courtney Houston, Gary and Nan
Houston, Jenny Houston and Shelby
4. Mathew St. Cloud and Lindsey
5. Terry Dibble and Mark Smith.
6. Jack Whalen, Cathleen and Chuck
PHOTOS BY TONY LABRUNO
7. RL and David Peters, Larry and
8. Fred Grant, Tara Hubbard Grant,
Britney and Nick Brandeau.
9. LAcarGuy’s Mike Sullivan and
10. Barbara and Roger Van Remmen,
Rita and Doug Mockett.
11. Randy Burt and Deslie Guthrie.
12. Eric and Nicole Santiago.
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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L
Reach for the Stars Benefit Gala
An evening of shimmering splendor and
dazzling entertainment awaited guests at
the “Reach for the Stars” Gala at the Harlyne
J. Norris Pavilion. The black-tie event commemorated
the 35th anniversary season of the
Norris Theatre and honored supporter Sandra
Sanders, who was presented with the “Keys to
Our Heart” award for her service on the board
and generosity to the Palos Verdes Performing
Arts (PVPA). Among the many highlights of
the evening was the “Reach for the Stars Musical
Revue,” which celebrated music from
Broadway spanning eight decades.
PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE CARTOZIAN
1. Julie Moe Reynolds and Abby Douglass.
2. Keys to our Heart honoree Sandra Sanders.
3. Honoree Sandra Sanders and children James,
Diane and John.
4. John, Sandra, Julie and Jocelyn Sanders.
5. Adam Wagoner, Sandra Sanders, Sadie Sanders,
Jocelyn Bennion and Annika Smith.
6. Kehrl Blenko and Mary Carroll.
7. Steve and Lisa Hansen.
8. Dr. Allen Ginsburg and Charlotte Ginsburg,
Quinn and Rochelle Fregeau.
9. Dr. Greg Ginsburg and Valerie Neuner, Danny
and Simone Ginsburg.
10. Chuck and Marylyn Klaus.
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of the Bay
by Kevin Cody
The old boys’ club was no problem for Southern born Sandra Sanders
Sandra Sanders opened Re/Max Palos Verdes in a medical building at
Palos Verdes Drive North, and Crenshaw Boulevard in 1984. Re/Max
(Real Estate Maximums) was a franchise founded a decade earlier by
Denver-based Dave Liniger and his future wife Gail Main.
Prior to Re/Max, real estate offices split sales commissions 60-40, with
the 60 percent going to the agent. The broker provided agents with an office,
logistical support and marketing.
Re/Max upended this business model by introducing “rent-a-desks.” Instead
of closely split commissions, agents paid brokers a flat fee, plus a
small percent of their commissions. In return, brokers gave agents a desk
and logistical support. Re/Max predated today’s shared offices by half a century.
The rent-a desk model attracted top producing agents, leaving conventionally
structured offices with the less productive agents. Re/Max brokers
were discouraged from keeping low producers because their franchise fee
was based on the number of agents they had.
“Everyone has to contribute. If an agent isn’t selling, I bring them in and
tell them, ‘You’ve got to sell,’” Sanders said in explaining how the system
Within five years Sanders had over 40 agents, and had opened a second
office in Malaga Cove.
Then, in 1989, longtime Peninsula broker Ron Florence sold his Carriage
Realty to Coldwell Banker, a national, split-commission brokerage. Over 70
agents promptly left Coldwell Banker and joined Re/Max Palos Verdes.
“Agents were loyal to Ron, but they weren’t loyal to Coldwell because it
was from out of the area. And Carriage’s office was right across from ours,
in Malaga Cove. So, I got lucky. But you have to be somewhat good to be
lucky,” Sanders said.
Two years prior to Sanders opening Re/Max Palos Verdes, Bob Todd converted
his Spring Realty offices in the Beach Cities to Re/Max. Todd’s
Re/Max Beach Cities enjoyed even faster growth in his hyperactive market
than Re/Max Palos Verdes. By the time Todd retired in 2005, he owned 14
Re/Max offices with over 700 agents in the Beach Cities and West Los Angeles.
Todd’s rival in the Beach Cities was Shorewood Realtors, a conventional
commission broker, founded in 1969 by Arnold Goldstein and Larry Wolf.
To stem the exodus of their agents to Todd’s Re/Max, Goldstein and Wolf
adopted the rent-a-desk model. The two companies battled for dominance
in the Beach Cities for the next three decades, until the Great Recession of
During their expansion years, both Re/Max Beach Cities and Shorewood
attempted to expand to the Peninsula, without success.
“You’re looking at her,” Sanders said by way of explaining why they failed.
Todd’s Malaga Cove office was one of nearly a dozen offices she bought in
her consolidation of the Peninsula market.
When the Great Recession hit and home prices plummeted, Sanders
closed her San Pedro office and put her own money into her company to
keep it afloat. But her chief rivals fared worse, providing her another lucky
In 2010, Todd’s daughter Kelly Amundson, who took over Re/Max Beach
Cities after Todd’s conviction on loan fraud cost him his real estate license,
called Sanders’ son James.
“Kelly told James she was filing for bankruptcy and even though we were
competitors, she wanted what was best for her agents and thought we
would be a good fit. So, for just $200,000, we acquired their 200 agents and
their offices in the Beach Cities and West Los Angeles,” Sander said.
The sale left Shorewood as Sanders’ biggest rival. Like Sanders, Shorewood
founders Goldstein and Wolf were approaching 80. Unlike Sanders,
they were ready to retire. In 2014, they sold Shorewood, with its nine offices,
and 250 agents, to Denver-based real estate mogul Roger Herman.
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Sandra Sanders with
other top Peninsula real
estate brokers Steve
Watts, Raju Chhabria,
and Chris Adlam in
Photo by David Fairchild
Two years later, Shorewood was dissolved during Herman’s bankruptcy
and its assets acquired by Vista Sotheby’s.
Peninsula brokers Adlam and Associates, and the Edler Group, and Realtors
Gerard Bisignano and Darin DeRenzis formed Vista Sotheby’s in
2007. In 2015, they established a Beach Cities beachhead by merging with
South Bay Brokers, which, like Re/Max Beach Cities and Re/Max Palos
Verdes, was formed in the mid 1980s by Jim Van Zanten and Jack Gillespie.
The Shorewood and South Bay Brokers transactions made Vista
Sotheby’s the second largest Peninsula real estate broker and the third
largest in the South Bay, behind Keller Williams and Sanders’ Re/Max.
Sanders said she chose not to bid on Shorewood because she thought
she could win over a significant number of Shorewood agents without paying
for the company’s assets.
“And we did. 75 to 80 Shorewood agents joined us,” she said.
In 2012, as the Great Recession receded and South Bay home prices rebounded,
Sanders rebranded Re/Max Palos Verdes as Re/Max Estate Properties
and ditched the cheesy, red, white and blue Re/Max business cards
in favor of black cards with the Re/Max balloon embossed in silver, to reflect
her increasingly wealthy market.
Last year, Re/Max Estate Properties accounted for over 40 percent of the
Peninsula’s 1,280 home sales and over 30 percent of the South Bay’s 7,896
Sanders’ 17 offices, 725 agent and more than $5 billion in annual sales
have surpassed Todd’s levels during the pre Great Recession South Bay
real estate boom years.
Sanders explains her success to new agents by telling them about the
first time she went fly fishing.
“My husband and I went to a lodge in Montana, and I caught 21 fish the
first day. Back at the lodge the other guests were complaining about not
Getting rid of your frown lines is no
different than getting your nails done.
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catching any fish. So the next day, I studied why I was catching fish and
others weren’t. The first reason was I had a good guide. He went up and
down the river looking for the best holes to cast in while the other guides
settled in one place.The second reason was I cast left and right. I worked
“A good coach and a good work ethic is all you need.”
Sanders’ coach, she said, was the legendary motivational speaker Jim
“I listened to his tapes and what I learned was ‘Work harder on yourself
than on your business.’”
Nothing in Sanders upbringing portended her becoming the most successful
real estate broker in one of the nation’s wealthiest, most competitive
real estate markets.
Beginning with the fact that she is a woman in a field long dominated
Sanders acknowledged having had her “me too” moments, but insists
they never hindered her career.
“There was an old boys’ club that I was not included in,” Sanders said.
“I can’t say it hurt me, but I certainly noticed that I wasn’t included.”
“When I started, Re/Max had almost no female brokers. And most of
them were partners with their husbands. It’s still that way,” she said.
“But I was never motivated to break through the glass ceiling. I was motivated
to do the best job I could every day of the week,” she said.
“My advice to women is the same I give to men. Color, creed and gender
don’t matter. It’s what’s inside you.”
Sandra McConnell grew up an only child in Minden, a town of 8,000 in
the northeast corner of Louisiana, near Shreveport and the Red River. It
bequeathed her a disarming Southern accent, a supportive husband and
not much else.
Her father, an oil field supervisor, died when she was nine, leaving her
to care for her English-born, epileptic mother Fairy Maurice Barnes Mc-
“I had no ambition. I just wanted to be get married and be a housewife.
When it was time to go to college, my mother told me I could be a teacher,
a nurse or a secretary. She was a teacher and hated it and I didn’t want to
be a nurse, so I studied business at Louisiana Tech University.”
At 22, she married Glover Sanders, her highschool sweetheart, who possessed
an engineering degree from Texas A&M.
“Part of the reason I married Glover was he agreed to have my mother
live with us. He must have really loved me because mother was crazy as
well as epileptic,” Sanders said.
When Glover was offered a job at Union Carbide in Torrance, the couple,
with young children John and Diane and her mother moved to a small
home on Spring Creek Road in Rancho Palos Verdes.
After their third child James entered St. John Fisher in 1973, Grover suggested
to his wife that she apply her formidable energy to selling real estate.
“I was bored and just wanted to make some extra money. But, being
competitive, I wanted to do well. After eight months, I had six homes in
escrow, so it became a career.”
She started with the Rockoff brothers’ Robert’s Realty and over the next
10 years worked for a half dozen other Peninsula brokers before starting
Re/Max Palos Verdes. She said she affiliated with Re/Max because she
thought its commission structure would enable her to attract the Peninsula’s
In recent years, Sanders has relinquished responsibilities to her sons John
and James and daughter Diane. She’s dialed back her 24/7 days to 10 to 4,
Monday through Friday, leaving her time to swim in her pool at her ranch
style Rolling Hills home.
As her fortune grew Sanders became one of the Peninsula’s principal
philanthropist. She served on the Norris Theater Board of Director for a
dozen years and has also contributed to the Palos Verdes Art Center, Marymount
College, St. John Fisher, Rainbow Services and Torrance Memorial
Medical Center. In 2013, The Palos Verdes Chamber of Commerce named
her Woman of the Year and last month she received the Norris Theater
Key to Our Heart award.
At 82, Sanders credits her energy to a positive attitude, exercise and moderation.
“I take life as it comes. I think stress ages people,” she said with her understated
Southern sensibility. PEN
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Exceeds fundraising goals
This year’s event surpassed our fundraising goal by more than
$60,000,” said Judith Opdahl, CSCRB executive director and cancer
survivor. “This would not be possible without our generous sponsors,
auction donors, and guests who truly get in the spirit to make Girls Night
Out a tremendous success every year.” Girls Night Out featured its customary,
festive “Rock Your Pink” theme. Attendees donned their fanciest
pink attire to honor the women in their lives who have been touched by
cancer. Each evening kicked off with a silent auction followed by dinner
and a live auction from the stage. Highlights included stays in Mexico
and Palm Springs, jewelry by Kendra Scott, VIP tickets to Ellen, Judge
Judy, and Dancing with the Stars shows and VIP Lakers and Kings tickets.
1. The “Super” ladies of Malaga Bank
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2. Judith Opdahl and Rene Gilbertson.
3. Nancy Forman, Pearl Kaperl and Jill
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5. Jennifer Bernier, Debra Faber, Amy
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PHOTOS BY THERESA PLAKOS
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(Middle) Maria Kazan, Elyse Linn and
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7. Sophie Rietdyk, Maureen Hazard,
Jackie Halverson, Marianne Cuttic and
8. Charmaine Wilson, Charlotte
Ginsburg and Paula Moore.
9. Janet Glazier, Jacqueline Glass and
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550 Silver Spur Rd. Suite 240, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90275
by Ryan McDonald
Amber Corwin and Franklin Farrow have developed a “telepresence” device to tackle loneliness among the elderly. Photo by Ryan McDonald
Call Grampma simplifies calling family while addressing an epidemic of loneliness
Call Grampma’s video phone connects to phones and devices through an app. Photo courtesy Amber Corwin
Amber Corwin started training from an early age to become a champion
figure skater. The sport’s demanding travel schedule meant she
was often a continent away from her Peninsula family. Calls to her
grandparents were a rare treat when travelling.
Franklin Farrow grew up in the United Kingdom, where his father
worked was a doctor and saw many of his patients on house calls. The trade
brought him to the homes of rich and poor, and one ailment appeared to
strike the elderly with an equivalent lack of class discrimination: loneliness.
Corwin and Farrow are now married partners in Call Grampma, an easyto-use
device that beams sound and images from a phone or other device
to a tablet repurposed as a video phone.
Corwin and Farrow frame their sales pitch around “Joe and Frida,” a fictional
“They’re good through their 60s. But as they get into their 70s, they start
to lose some of their appetite for ‘technological complexity,’” Farrow said.
The typical customer for their product is a middle-aged adult looking to
buy the device for a parent — someone like Joe or Frida.
The simplicity of the product, they say, is part of its allure. Call Grampma
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comes with all the software uploaded. There are no menus to navigate. On
the videophone, each contact is identified by a picture of the person. That
person, presumably a younger family member, downloads the Call
Grampma app to a smartphone.
The ease of the Call Grampma is what sold Anna Gould, a Redondo
Beach resident whose mother lives in Temecula. She visits her mother
twice a month, and uses the Call Grampma to fill the time in between.
Gould bought the product for her mom as a Christmas present. Her children
had tried to show their grandmother how to use video chatting on a
cell phone, but it never seemed to work. Now, up to four generations of
the family commune without having to battle traffic on the 91 East.
“They were trying to teach her how to Facetime. They probably tried to
show her 100 times,” Gould laughed. “But when we saw this, it was, ‘Oh
my gosh, she just has to push one button?’ When our cell phone rings and
when we pick up she sees our faces and we just talk to her. She absolutely
Fittingly for its low-tech ethos, the humble stand was one of the design
elements Corwin and Farrow tinkered with the most. They initially thought
about including wheels, but worried it would tip over. The current version
is sturdy but lightweight, and is easily positioned at eye-level for a person
sitting down. Most of the weight is in the tablet’s lithium ion battery, which
can hold a charge for as long as three weeks.
The product arrives at a time of increasing concern about the effects of
solitude. Last year, in Farrow’s native United Kingdom, Prime Minister
Theresa May appointed a “Minister for Loneliness.” In the United States,
about 25 percent of men and 45 percent of women over 75 live alone, according
to census data.
Loneliness in this group is associated with a host of medical issues. Some
of these problems stem from physical infirmity, like not having someone
to help with grocery shopping. But other associated conditions, including
higher blood pressure and a greater incidence of dementia, are harder to
explain, and seem to be rooted in the simple lack of people to talk to.
Corwin and Farrow have partnered with Little Brothers, a San Franciscobased
charity that matches volunteers with the elderly. The organization
is launching a pilot program to use Call Grampma to increase contact between
volunteers and the elderly. Cathy Michalec, Little Brothers’ executive
director, said that loneliness among the elderly has long been a
problem. What’s changed, she said, is the graying of the population.
“This organization has been around 27 years. Maybe seniors can’t go to
the senior center because they can’t get down the stairs. Or they can’t drive
anymore. Or they lose their social network when they retire,” she said. “As
baby boomers age, that’s what’s happening. In San Francisco, 25 percent
of population by 2020 is going to be elderly. People are just living longer.”
Locally, the Beach Cities Health District is establishing similar volunteer
programs and crafting long-term plans to address the “Silver Tsunami.”
Corwin and Farrow are discovering applications beyond what they initially
“It’s not just for a younger person communicating with an older person.
It can be used to set up networks, with multiple elderly people talking together.
Imagine recreating the feel of a family dinner, with a bunch of different
people together,” Corwin said.
The product recently became available on Amazon, and they hope to be
selected for “Shark Tank,” the popular television show in which entrepreneurs
compete for funding. They are looking to attract investors to increase
Corwin and Farrow view their product less as a phone enhancement
than as means for “telepresence.” With its larger screen and elevated position
on the stand, it mimics the feeling of having another person nearby,
like a neighbor, even if the two aren’t talking to one another the whole
time. Farrow said that, by allowing for these more passive interactions,
“hopefully a bit of that wisdom of the elderly will rub off.”
Michaelec, of Little Brothers, said that she too is interested in the “telepresence”
possibilities. She said that at orientations in the organization’s San
Francisco office, she notices that many of the young volunteers seem lonely
themselves. They are often tech workers new to the city, whose work environment
does not provide the social connection humans crave and need.
“This device that Amber and Franklin have shared with us, it’s reciprocal:
both sides are getting something out of it.”
To learn more, visit CallGrampma.com. PEN
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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L
Providence Little Company of Mary
Honors the Hunt Family
Over 150 donors, executives, physicians, Community Ministry Board and
Foundation members of Little Company of Mary gathered at the Doubletree
Hotel to honor Priscilla Hunt and her late husband, Donald G. Hunt.
The Hunts made a $20 million, transformational gift to the Cardiac Center
of Excellence. This donation is the largest in the history of the medical center.
The hospital’s Heritage Tower will be renamed the Donald and Priscilla
Hunt Tower in honor of this landmark contribution. Priscilla was serenaded
by tenor Ryan Gallagher and presented with over 100 handwritten thank
you notes and a personalized silver heart locket. Dr. Rod Hochman commented
on the strength of the two petite women in the room: Priscilla and
Sister Terrence Landini, LCM. Priscilla shared her views on philanthropy,
and then observed, “Wow. Little Company of Mary really knows how to do
it right. I am truly honored.”
PHOTOS BY KEATS ELLIOT
1. The Hunt grandsons Sean
Williams, Saxon Nowotka and Ryan
2. Hunt daughter Brenda Nowotka,
Providence Little Company of Mary
chief executive Mary Kingston, and
Priscilla Hunt’s granddaughter
3. Priscilla Hunt explains her
approach to philanthropy.
4. Carolyn Elliott, Paula Del Vicario,
and Debbie and Steve Dinsmore MD.
5. Steve Morikawa and Yvonne Liu.
6. Michele Del Vicario MD, Ron
Johnson and John Armato MD.
7. Janice Brandmeyer and Maureen
8. Debbie Greene, Ed and Alanna
Kennedy and Patty Sullivan.
9. Marlene Young, Priscilla Hunt
and Sean Armstrong.
10. Tenor Ryan Gallagher, Sister
Nancy Jurecki OP, Sister Terrence
Landini LCM and Providence Little
Company of Mary chief executive
11. Priscilla Hunt and CEO
Providence St. Joseph Health Rod
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by Stephanie Cartozian Photos by Tony LaBruno
Daughter Stella’s Princess nursery.
After nearly two decades in the NHL, Stanley Cup winner
Brad Stuart, with sons Logan and Jake, is honored by the Colorado Avalanche upon his retirement
in 2016. Photo courtesy of the Stuart family
In 1998, 18-year-old Brad Stuart, of Rocky Mountain
House, Canada, population 7,000, was drafted
third overall by the San Jose Sharks. Ten years and
five trades later, the top-four defenceman won the
Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings. Stuart recently
retired after playing over 1,000 National Hockey
League games, including a season with the LA Kings.
He said he’s enjoying his new, stay-at-home lifestyle.
“I missed a lot of important school events. I missed my
kids birthdays. You find yourself not wanting to go on
the road,” Stuart acknowledged.
He and his wife Melissa relocated to Palos Verdes
from Los Gatos and selected a home in the Estates at
Trump National Golf Course that was designed by the
architectural firm Archlite and was being built by
“We were awed by the seaside beauty and having
Catalina Island as the backdrop for our view sealed the
deal,” Melissa said.
The couple, who has three children, was equally impressed
with the Palos Verdes Peninsula school system.
During construction, the family rented a nearby home
so they could oversee the construction and the work
with interior designer Lori Dennis on what they call
“kid friendly, California Coastal.”
Brad’s hometown of Rocky Mountain House is close
to Banff and Jasper National Parks and is described as
a “cozy, high altitude, charming town with a main
street peppered with quaint coffee shops and art galleries.”
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The game room features table hockey, and pool and family photographs.
Brad Stuart is ready to enjoy his family and the ocean view
At, 14, he left home for Red Deer, Alberta to pursue his
NHL dreams. “I moved in with my grandparents to play a
better team with more exposure to scouts,” he said.
Stuart described his ice hockey career as a “crazy adventure
“I learned to never order drapes because by the time they
came, we were already packing up and moving to our next
location,” Melissa said.
The Stuarts said they made many friends with coaches
and team managers. But in the end, Brad said, “You are just
a number. We learned never to get too comfortable in our
environment because it was always changing. Two months
after I was granted a two year extension with the San Jose
Sharks, I was traded to the Boston Bruins.”
His new, stay at home lifestyle, is a welcome change for
his family. “This is what a family feels like, this is what normal
is,” Melissa said.
Their new home reflects their new lifestyle. The colors
are warm, it’s open and spacious and the kitchen has a 14-
foot, granite island where the family gathers for meals.
The couple put the barbeque right outside the great room
to make it easily accessible from the kitchen for family gatherings.
Evidence of her husband’s adaption to his new
lifestyle, Melissa said, is “the other day he came home with
a new crock pot.”
The floors are a combination of polished limestone and
wide plank, walnut hardwood. Double, leaded glass entry
doors open to a grand foyer lit by a massive, green tinted
chandelier. Extra wide stairs lead to the second level, which
is spacious and generously lit by skylights. Daughter Stella’s
The Stuart family at the beach having just taken up residence on the Peninsula.
(Photo by Heidi Walter)
April 2018 • Peninsula 37
Backyard balconies overlook the ocean and Catalina Island.
Do you change your automobile oil and filter? If you do,
call EDCO your trash/recycling hauler and arrange for a
free pickup. Then, place your used oil in a tightly sealed
container and your filter in a sealed ziplock bag. EDCO
will pick them up and drop off a free oil recycling kit that
contains a 15-quart drip pan, empty 1-gallon container,
funnel, shop rag, cardboard floor mat and information
on used oil and filter recycling. Call EDCO at 310-540-
2977 or go to www.rpvrecycles.com.
nursery is a Princess room with a crown on the wall by the head of the
crib and a delicate, crystal chandelier that hangs in the center of the room.
The taupe and pastel pinks along with natural cotton and linen fabrics create
a warm feeling in the small room, marked with a capital “S” on the
wall. Boys Logan and Jake have a huge, ice hockey mural in their bedroom
with bunk beds and sports equipment expressive of their love of the sport.
Stuart coaches both boy’s Junior Kings Teams at the Toyota Sports Center
in El Segundo.
The downstairs has white, coffered ceilings with modern details and
wide open living spaces conducive to keeping an eye on the children while
tending to other activities. The kitchen is well appointed, with five bar
Leaded glass doors open to the the grand foyer, featuring a scaled glass
Sat. April 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Hesse Park, Fireside Room
Document Shredding Event and
Electronic Waste Roundup plus
Free Mulch Giveaway
Sat. April 21 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
RPV Civic Center, 30940 Hawthorne Blvd
(for RPV Residents Only)
Household Hazardous Waste Roundup
Sat. April 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
RPV Civic Center
For More information on Used Oil Recycling, go to:
For Weekly Household Hazardous Waste Disposal
(including Sharps, Used Oil and
Electronic Waste Disposal) go to:
Gaffey SAFE Center
1400 N Gaffey St, San Pedro, 90731
Open Every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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stools in sea green, an extra large,
stainless steel refrigerator and a
butler’s pantry to hold a bounty of
kitchen essentials. The game room
features family photos, a sign that
says, “Family Love,” table hockey
and a pool table. The room opens
up to the backyard playhouse, slide
Melissa said there was a lot of
stark white on the walls when they
moved in, and after living with it
for awhile they decided to repaint
with warmer, light seagreen and
peach walls that blend seamlessly
with the furnishings and decor.
The upfront ocean view and
Catalina Island at the back door
step is different from the mountain
where Stuart grew up with and
also a world away from Silicon Valley,
where they last lived.
Stuart said he’s fully satisfied
coaching his sons’ hockey teams,
playing golf, helping with the children’s
carpools and spending time
with his family.
But he hasn’t forgotten how he
got to where he is.
“It’s not about scoring the goal.
It’s about working hard. That’s all
we ask for, I tell my kids,” the Stanley
Cup winner said. PEN
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2204 Via Pacheco Palos Verdes Estates $2,449,000
by Yvonne Liu
PonyApp co-founder Lindsay Douglass competing in Chantilly, France, at the Longines Global Champion Tour in 2017. Photo courtesy of PonyApp.com
“Equestrians needed an app, and we were the best people to do it.”
-- International show jumper Lindsay Douglass
When she was a sixth grader growing up in Rancho Palos Verdes,
Lindsay Douglass would hop on a bus from school to the Rolling
Hills riding stables, where she would ride her palomino pony
Oscar until dark. Now, the 25-year-old international equestrian and Stanford
engineering graduate is developing an app designed to bring order to the
business side of the equestrian world.
One day in 2015, Douglass and her Stanford classmate Lucy Davis, an
Olympic silver medalist, were at the campus stable, the Red Barn, staring
at piles of months-old invoices — many scratched on small bits of papers
— for horse owners. In that moment, the idea for PonyApp was born.
Bookkeeping for horse management is complicated by the fact that multiple
professionals are involved in a horse’s care and training. Douglass
grew up using a binder stuffed with bills from trainers, veterinarians, and
other equine service people.
“Equestrians everywhere deal with this problem. The possibility of taking
the biggest pain point out of their day made us excited. At the very least,
we would solve our own problems,” Douglass said.
Douglass and Davis envisioned an app that would enable everyone involved
with horses — professionals, young riders, old riders, trainers, farriers
and veterinarians — to connect efficiently. They could keep abreast of
the industry and competitions, and most importantly, simplify invoicing
and payments in one place.
Douglass and Davis began while they competed on the western horse
show circuit by asking fellow horse enthusiasts what they would like in an
Douglass and Davis incorporated the app into their Stanford engineering
Capstone project, an independent senior project that requires students to
address real world problems. Professors and advisors provided guidance
on how to structure their company and raise funds. Douglass and Davis
did the early app design work and then outsourced the engineering to a
Chicago design firm.
Last year, after two years of research and development, PonyApp was
launched at a glittering affair at Two Swans Farm, a luxury horse farm in
Wellington, Florida. Wellington serves as the equestrian hub during the
winter show jumping season when international competitors and trainers
“Wellington was the ideal place for us to market our app. When the people
leave, they go to the four corners of the world, and they take PonyApp
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Douglass said that PonyApp has been downloaded 32,000 times and
there are 50,000 horses in over 50 countries on the app. The app’s revenue
comes from premium subscriptions, transaction fees, an online store and
partnerships with equestrian media outlets such as Horse and Hound and
Professional international show jumper Alden King Giacopuzzi of Rolling
Hills Estates uses PonyApp for her business Alderin Sporthorses, located
at Palos Verdes Stables. She teaches children and adults and trains horses.
“I am trying to organize my business and find an easier way to keep track
of my clients’ lesson counts because I sell my lessons in packages. And I
want a way for all my staff to get all the information needed through the
app on their phones.”
After graduating from Stanford in 2015, Douglass worked in product design
at BMW for a year before turning her attention full time to PonyApp
and to competing in show jumping.
“Growing up in RPV, I was just one of those girls who was absolutely
obsessed with horses,” Douglass said. She started riding at the Portuguese
Bend Riding Club at five years old, and later moved to Rolling Hills riding
stables. Douglass started competing in horse shows at age eight. When she
was 15, she entered her first show on the East Coast and progressed to international
competitions five years later.
Has your home turned
into a “fixer”
over the years?
It happens to the best of us homeowners. Time is taking a toll on
our California houses built and purchased in the rush of the 60’s
as the Traditionalists/Silent Generation born before 1945 started
their families and worked toward their American Dream. Termites
and soft wood, rust in the galvanized pipes, poor quality of copper
water lines, and weeds growing in the seams of terracotta main
sewer lines, our soils that shrink and expand with drought one
year and pouring rains the next causing settlement. The enemy.
Olympic individual bronze and team gold medalist Beezie Madden (center)
with PonyApp co-founders Lindsay Douglass and Lucy Davis at the PonyApp
launch party last winter at Two Swans Farm, in Wellington, Florida.
Douglass decided to specialize in jumping rather dressage or other types
of horse competitions because, she said, “There’s nothing quite like the
adrenaline and excitement of jumping.” She would sneak her horse to
parks and fields so that she could jump higher than her coach would allow
While still a teenager, she won the Seahorse Classic Grand Prix at the
Portuguese Bend National Horse Show. “The PBNHS is the show I’ve gone
to for the longest; it’s just so special because there is so much tradition at
the show. You hear about people who competed when they were kids and
now they’re grandparents.”
On the international show jumping circuit, Douglass, who is coached by
renown equestrian coach Mickey Hayden, won a Grand Prix event in Belgium
in 2014. Last year she placed sixth at the China World Cup league
final in the 1.4-meter jump. Douglass and Davis were invited to compete
in China with other top equestrians from around the world. “No one spoke
English, but people were still caring for their horses in the same way. It
reinforced our belief that horse care is universal,” she said.
“Show jumping. It’s our sport, our lifestyle, our everything. It’s all one
and the same. This industry needed an app, and we were the best people
to do it,” Douglass said. “You need just as much passion to start a company
as you need to go to the top levels of a sport. Luckily for me, they are one
and the same.”
Visit PonyApp at ThePonyApp.com. PEN
Over the last several years only “HGTV House Hunter” model
homes were selling. Sellers are investing $25,000 to fix up a house
before putting up the For Sale Sign. But times are changing. The
price of homes are so high that the Millennials are buying the Fixers
again at lower prices to remodel themselves over time. That
is what this Baby Boomer did all through the 70’s and 80’s. My
daughters thought everyone washed their dinner dishes in the
HOW TO SELL A FIXER:
1. Clean the home, mow the grass, pull weeds, wash down
2. Hire a Certified Home Inspector and Termite Inspector and
provide their Reports to prospective buyers.
3. Your Realtor will find comparative homes that have sold in
the near by area that were in similar original condition or in
need of updates/repairs, using the square footage and lot
size to reasonably price your home.
4. Have the home appraised. Optional. You must do this
normally if the home belonged to a deceased loved one.
5. The more information you provide good or bad, the more
buyers will feel comfortable and safe about making an offer.
6. DISCLOSE EVERYTHING YOU KNOW ABOUT THE HOME ON THE
TRANSFER DISCLOSURE STATEMENT.
7. If priced right you will get multiple offers, my Seller
Coldwell Banker Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
“Life is a Journey measured and
remembered by the Homes in which we live”
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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L
Front row (left to right): Julia Davis, Madeline Babros, Emily Warter, Adelaide Brannan, Emily Levin. Second row: Catherine Mihm, Marissa Hong, Michelle Renslo, Mia
Daly, Mia Gioiello, Julia Cotter. Third row: Melia Harlan, Helena Ruzic, Tate Robinson, Natalie Watts, Hanalei Emnace; Top row: Kara Lee, Audrey Yun, Daniella Cooper
Las Niñas Gala
Las Madrecitas, an auxiliary of
the Charitable Children’s
Guild of the Orthopædic Institute
for Children (OIC), held its 52nd
annual Evergreen Ball in the
Grand Ballroom of the Beverly
Wilshire Hotel on Saturday, January
6. The evening recognizes
19 high school girls for their community
service and volunteer
service to OIC. Dr. Anthony
Scaduto, OIC’s president and
chief executive officer, presented
each Las Niñas honoree with a
white gold medallion in recognition
of their service. Each member
of the Las Niñas senior class
has contributed several hundred
hours of volunteer service to OIC
and their community throughout
their high school years. PEN
The father daughter dance.
PHOTOS BY GILMORE STUDIOS
48 Peninsula • April 2018
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BRE # 01930136
Selling the Neighborhood
We Live, Work & Play
mourns Coach ‘Dozer’
by Randy Angel
Peninsula High School was hit
hard when former Panther
player and current freshman
baseball coach Brett Mendoza passed
away, six days following a traffic accident.
Mendoza, 31, suffered traumatic
head injuries during the March 4 accident.
His wife, Savannah, escaped
serious injury during the accident,
which occurred on the border of Redondo
Beach and Hermosa Beach.
The couple resided in Redondo
During his senior year at Peninsula Peninsula freshman coach Brett Mendoza
(right) with player Edward
in 2005, Mendoza led the Bay League
with a .485 batting average. He was
Rosas. Photo courtesy of Heston
a four-year letterman and two-year
captain for Coach Dennis Gonzalves
and a three-time All-Bay League selection
Following high school, Mendoza played baseball for Loyola Marymount
University and then was asked to help the Peninsula program by varsity
head coach Brian Bowles.
“He was tough on our kids. He challenged them to work hard and do
better, but he was also like a big brother to them,” Bowles said in a Daily
Mendoza began as an assistant coach for the Panther freshman team in
2016, and became an assistant varsity coach last season.
He served as the freshman head coach this year and also coached middle
A GoFundME page set up for Mendoza’s family has surpassed the goal
In addition to his wife, Mendoza is survived by his parents, Martha and
Rudy Mendoza, and sister, Lauren.
A memorial service was held Thursday, March 22 at St. John Fisher
Catholic Church in Rancho Palos Verdes. The Peninsula High baseball
team is also planning a ceremony to retire Mendoza’s No. 7 jersey. PEN
Brett Mendoza and wife Savannah. Photo courtesy of GoFundMe
CALENDAR OF COMMUNITY EVENTS
Compiled by Teri Marin
You can email your event to our address: email@example.com
All submissions must be sent by the 10th of each month prior to event taking place.
Tidepool Wonders for the Month
Explore low tides on the rocky shore with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium: April
1, 3 to 4:30 p.m.; April 14, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.; April 15, 2 - 3:30 p.m.
and April 28, 1:30 - 3 p.m. with a walk offered in Spanish April 15, 1:30 -
3 p.m. Meet in the aquarium’s John M. Olguin Auditorium for a slideshow,
followed by a walk led by CMA Staff. Free; reservations required for groups
of ten or more. Young children must be accompanied by an adult. Non-slip
shoes and outdoor clothing recommended. Discover more about the ocean
in the aquarium’s Exhibit Hall, Exploration Center, Aquatic Nursery and touch
tank. Open weekends 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday, noon
to 5 p.m. 3720 Stephen M. White Drive in San Pedro.For reservations, further
information, or to receive a calendar of events, please call (310) 548-7562
or visit our website at www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org.
Saturday, March 24
12-Steps to a Spiritual Awakening
Identify sources of suffering and unhappiness, experience the resources and
process for healing, learn skills and actions to establish and foster a stable
sense of well-being. This 12-Step methodology promises enlightenment for all
who embrace and incorporate this way of life. 1-5 p.m. $25. (310) 377-
4867 or maryjoseph.org. Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Rd.,
Gathering for the Grand
This marks the 10th annual Gathering for the Grand Gala Fundraiser, celebrating
art, inspiration and education. This year's event, themed: The Beatles:
All You Need is Love, will be held at the Palos Verdes Golf Club at 3301 Vía
Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates, 5 p.m., and features a cocktail reception,
extensive silent auction, elegant dinner, live entertainment, dancing and speakers
and guests. This year GVF will honor Andrew and Adela Silber of The
Whale & Ale British Pub & Restaurant in San Pedro. Attendees are encouraged
to dress in ‘60s psychedelic and mod fashion. Advanced payment and
RSVP required. (310) 833-4813 or grandvision.org.
House of Yahweh “Irish Spring” Gala
House of Yahweh holds its first fundraising gala at the Norris Pavilion, 501
Indian Peak Rd., Rolling Hills Estates, at 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sit down dinner, entertainment,
live auction including two trips, and silent auction. For more information
Kathy Bradford at (310) 265-9812.
Sunday, March 25
No fee; cost of textbook only. Emphasis on conversation and pronunciation.
Learn not only English language but American culture, history and geography!
Adults and high school students are welcome. Sundays, 10:30 a.m. - noon,
thru May 20. Peninsula Community Church, 5640 Crestridge Rd., RPV.
Parent-Child High Tea
Seated high tea party for a maximum of 30 people under the olive trees on
the terrace of Villa Narcissa. Followed by book signing and storytelling of
Katrina Vanderlip’s new book “A Tail of Twin Peacocks”. 4 p.m. Dress for a
party. One child per adult. Adults $100, children $50; includes one book.
Join printmaker and painter Pamela Smith Hudson for a workshop to learn to
make your own mono print, a fun method for kids or first-time printmakers.
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remodeled (and not cheaply) Cape Cod style home. Meticulous attention to every detail is evident throughout
— all you have to do is move in. There is even a charming outdoor entertaining area with fire
place and barbecue. See all pictures on my website www.DanaGraham.com and call me for a private showing.
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Buy One, Get One
All PPOs Accepted
Evening & Sat.
Hudson’s mixed media paintings, on exhibit, show how she incorporates printmaking
with collage and other art processes. Free. 2-4 p.m. South Bay Contemporary
SoLA Gallery, 3718 W. Slauson Ave., LA, (310) 429-0973.
Wednesday, March 28
Birding with Wild Birds Unlimited
At George F Canyon. Explore the birds in nesting season making a home in
the canyon. 8:30 a.m. Free and all ages welcome. 27305 Palos Verdes Drive
East, Rolling Hills Estates RSVP at: www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.
Pen Seniors Lecture Series
In addition to being the weekday weatherman since 1984, Fritz Coleman is
a comedian and will make you laugh out loud. This talented celebrity is also
a writer, philanthropist, former disc jockey and radio personality. 10:30 a.m.
Arrive early as seating is limited. Hesse Park, 29301 Hawthorne Blvd., RPV.
Mac Users Group Meeting
Lomita VFW Hall, 1865 Lomita Blvd., 6:30 p.m., Beginners Q & A 8 p.m.,
presentation on a subject of interest to all Mac users. See website sbamug.com
for more info, or call (310) 644-3315 email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Free. All
Mac/iPad/iPhone users and potential users are welcome.
Friday, March 30
Nature & Me Storytime
Share the joy of reading with your children and introduce them to the beauty
of our natural surroundings. Geared for 2-5 years. 9:30 – 10 a.m. For more
information contact Marisa Perley at (310) 377-9584 x 238 or email:email@example.com.
George F Canyon Nature Center, 27305 Palos Verdes Dr. E.,
Saturday, March 31
Oh What A Night!
The exhilarating musical revue, Oh What a Night! returns with the musical
tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The production has thrilled audiences
across the country with its is boundless energy, nostalgic choreography
and classic hits. 8 p.m. $80-$75. palosverdesperformingarts.com or
(310) 544-0403. Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Dr., RHE.
Music Legends Live
Legends of R & B share the stage for one night in a benefit for St. Jude's Children's
Hospital Foundation. The Dazz Band, Evelyn Champagne King, Side
Effect and Ozone and a bevy of comedic hosts will have you dancing and
singing all the way home. 7 p.m. Tickets $21 - $86 at www.jaymichaelsteamentertainment.com.
Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro,
Sunday, April 1
Holiday brunch offers a selection of food, an “eggstravagant” Egg Hunt and
activities are included in admission. Seatings 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adults: $85,
Children 5-10: $47, Children under 5 complimentary. Grand Ballroom. (310)
265-2836. 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes. terranea.com.
Continue your family tradition or start a new one! Enjoy a delicious buffet
brunch and celebrate Easter with family and friends. 10 a.m. Reservations required
by Tuesday, March 27. Adult $27; Children 4-12 $14; Children under
4 Free. (310) 377-4867 or maryjoseph.org. Mary & Joseph Retreat Center,
5300 Crest Rd., Rancho Palos Verdes.
Music, fun and games on the Terranea’s Meadows include a petting zoo, egg
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hunt, arts and crafts, and more! The
Terranea Easter Eggstravaganza
Egg Hunt is complimentary for all resort
guests and included in the price
of the Easter Ballroom Brunch and
brunch at Catalina Kitchen and
mar'sel. The Easter Egg Hunts occur
at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2 p.m.,
to accommodate all dining reservations.
Other fun activities 10-11
a.m., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and
1-3 p.m. For more information:
(310) 265-2836. 100 Terranea
Way, RPV. terranea.com.
Monday, April 2
The South Coast Floral Designers
meet the first Monday of the month
at South Coast Botanic Garden, with
the exception of July and August.
Classroom A. 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. For
additional information contact Gudy
Kimmel at (310) 530-2382 or Judy
Unrine at (310) 378-0227.
26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos
Narcissa paint out
Focus on the art of sketching under
the direction of Katrina Vanderlip
and local artists. Week-long workshop
by advanced reservation only
and will take place at Villa Narcissa.
Katrina Vanderlip will give a tour of
the house and tell you some of the
history throughout the week. Please
contact Katrina at Katrinavanderlip@yahoo.com
to learn how to be a
participant in the paint-out. All profits
from the painting week will go towards
much needed repairs and
maintenance of the estate.
Friday, April 6
Dr. Karen Martin of Pepperdine University
presents Surf, Sand and Silversides.
California Grunion will be
compared with other beach-spawning
fishes to show how the rewards
of this behavior may outweigh the
risks. Free, reservations required. 7-
9 p.m. RSVP to lecture@cmaqua.
org. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium,
3720 Stephen White Dr., San
Saturday, April 7
Cactus, Succulent Show
Today and Sunday, Francis Young
Hall will overflow with thousands of
St. John Fisher Catholic Church
Holy Week Services - March 29 - April 1
Wednesday, March 28
Penance Service 7:30 pm
Holy Thursday, March 29
Good Friday, March 30
3 pm, 7:30 pm
Holy Saturday, March 31
8 - 10 pm
Easter Sunday, April 1
7 am, 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm
Top of the Hill at Crenshaw and Crest
Rancho Palos Verdes
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sculptural, rare, colorful and beautiful
cacti and succulents. Cactus & Succulent
Society members and growers
will be on hand to help you select
plants to best meet your needs—indoors
or outdoors and for drought-tolerant
landscapes. Free with Garden
admission. southcoastcss. org for
more information. South Coast
Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw
Best of The Beach 2017 Winner
Best Eclectic, American Contemporary
Daily Breeze “2015 South Bay’s Favorite”
American Restaurant & Bar
“ Best New Restaurant”- Richard Foss of Easy Reader
Favorite Soul Food of 2015- Daily Breeze( yeah, we were surprised
Hey! We like to party, especially with YOU! Call us for your next
Occasion. We’ve got a Banquet Room perfect for any celebration
Call 310-378-8119 for details
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"Its Like You’re There All Over Again"
Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula, (310)
544-1948 or southcoastbotanicgarden.org.
Family Guided Walk
Sunday, April 8
Family Science & Stories
Gather the kids for a hands-on science
experience about the elusive
gray fox of Palos Verdes. See rare
footage of local foxes, examine taxidermy
specimens and pelts, and
learn about how this beautiful animal
thrives in our canyons and hills.
Followed by related storytime. 10
a.m. Free. All ages welcome.
George F Canyon, 27305 Palos
Verdes Dr. E., Rolling Hills. For more
information, (310) 547-0862 or
RSVP at: www.pvplc.org.
Second Sundays At Two
Rolling Hills United Methodist
Church's concert series presents:
Berlin-based Israeli pianist Einav
Yarden at 2 p.m. Admission is free.
26438 Crenshaw Blvd, Rolling Hills
Have you ever heard a tuba concerto?
Are you ready for a high-qualeventcalendar
Bring children for an easy, beautiful,
walk in George F Canyon. Free. 9
a.m. 27305 Palos Verdes Dr. E.,
Rolling Hills. (310) 547-0862 or
RSVP at: www.pvplc.org.
Help restore the unique canyon habitat
at Alta Vicente Reserve, home to
many threatened and endangered
wildlife species. 9 a.m. to noon.
30940 Hawthorne Blvd., RPV. Sign
up at pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
Featuring guided tours of 3 native
and drought tolerant gardens in
Palos Verdes. Great opportunity to
see and learn about California native
plants from experts. $25 members
$30 non-members. 9:30 a.m.
or 1:30 p.m. For info and reservations
call: (310) 629-0500 www.sccnps.org.
At South Coast Botanic
Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd.,
Palos Verdes Peninsula.
Thrill to the high-flying harmonies,
stellar songwriting and guitar riffs of
the most authentic Eagles tribute
group in the country, On the Border.
8 p.m. $75-70, plus facility fee.
Please note: there is no elevator for
balcony access. App.artspeople.com
or (310) 544-0403 x
221. Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris
Center Dr., Rolling Hills Estate.
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This tastefully refined home located in the Malaga Cove section of Palos Verdes Estates has a timeless elegance
that shows class and quality both inside and out. The 4,919 square foot home’s original Spanish villa theme was
redesigned and expanded by well known Hollywood architect Gerard Colcord in the 1970s. Sitting on nearly a
half acre lot, this two story home has ocean, city, and mountain views from both levels, and all 4 bedrooms and 3
of the bathrooms are downstairs. On the upper level is the expansive grand salon with beautiful high open beam
ceilings, and and impressive mezzanine, along with the 4th half bathroom. Your chance to own a home for the
ages is here now. For a virtual tour, please visit www.2720ViaElevado.com
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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L
Kentucky Derby gala
For Peninsula Heritage School
Parents and friends of Peninsula Heritage School
joined faculty and administrators at the annual
“Kentucky Derby” Winter Gala on February 24 at
Brouwerij West in San Pedro. A silent auction, a rousing
live auction, along with dinner, dancing, and even several
video horse races provided the Derby-attired guests
a delightful evening. Proceeds will benefit the school’s
science and visual and performing arts programs.
PHOTOS BY JOAN BEHRENS
1. Scott and Zisha Yamano.
2. Jett and Aubrey Abramson.
3. Maria and Art Auerbach, Patricia and Alain Cailler.
4. Melissa Camouse and Nicole Tangen.
5. David and Kylie Esturain, Faith and Bruce Trotman.
6. Brian, Melissa, Nancy and Fred Lovell.
7. Erik and Rachel Swanholt.
8. Goran Visnjic and John Teng.
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ity, free concert? The five finalists in the Peninsula Symphony’s 2018 Edith
Knox Young Artists Competition will perform for professional judging. Firstprize
winner announced at the end of the program and will solo with the Peninsula
Symphony at its June 17 concert. Free. 2 p.m. Redondo Union High
School Auditorium, 631 Vincent St., Redondo Beach.
Beethoven with a C
Beethoven carried the tradition of Joseph Haydn’s Masses with his Mass in C,
work commissioned by the Esterhazy Family. This Mass is scored for soloists,
chorus and orchestra. Join the Joanna Medawar Nachef Singers as they salute
this giant of the Classical world of Music with this magnificent masterpiece. 7
p.m. $40-$20, plus facility fee. 310-544-0403 Ext 221, app.artspeople.com.Norris
Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Dr., Rolling Hills Estates.
Tuesday, April 10
AARP Driving Classes
Join the sponsored program to receive a state mandated discount on auto insurance.
You must call (310) 377-3003 for a reservation. Bring your CA driver’s
license and attend both sessions (today and Thursday, April 12) to obtain
the certificate for insurance discount. 8:45 a.m. $15 for AARP members; $20
all others. (310) 377-3003 or for Peninsula Newsletter for Active Seniors go
to: pvseniors.org. Hesse Park, 29301 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes.
Wednesday, April 11
The Palos Verdes Woman's Club meets at noon at the Rolling Hills Country
Club, 1 Chandler Ranch Road, Rolling Hills Estates. For the program Peter
Small will present "Historical Characters Brought to Life." $38. For reservations
and information call (310) 378-1349.
Brush up your Shakespeare with Cole Porter’s musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate,
presented by the Palos Verdes High School Drama Department. Performances
April 13-22. April 13-14 and 21 at 7 p.m., April 15, 21-22 at 2 p.m., and
April 20 at 3 p.m. $20 for adults; $15 for students and can be purchased at
www.pvhsdrama.com or at the door if seats still available. In the MPR at Palos
Verdes High School, 600 Cloyden Road, Palos Verdes Estates. For further information,
visit the website, or call (310) 378-8471, ext. 237.
Thursday, April 12
Fleet Foxes is Robin Pecknold, Skyler Skjelset, Casey Wescott, Christian
Wargo, and Morgan Henderson. 8 p.m. $45. Warner Grand Theatre, 478
W. 6th St., San Pedro, (310) 548-2493.
Saturday, April 14
Appreciate some of the best wildflower viewing and geological formations on
the cliffs of a former basalt quarry. See faults, folds and igneous intrusions.
Moderate to strenuous walk. 9 a.m. Free and open to the public. Park along
Forrestal Dr. or park in lot at Ladera Linda Community Center. Meet near gate.
32201 Forrestal Drive, RPV. For more information, contact (310) 541-7613
ext. 201 or sign up at www.pvplc.org.
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
White Point Stories
Share the joy of storytelling with your children with retired Children’s Librarian
Carla Sedlacek for stories and activities featuring nature themes, exciting props
and songs. 10 a.m. Free. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.
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Wed., April 18
Explore the birds in nesting season
making a home in the George F
Canyon. The program is free and all
ages welcome. Presented by the
Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy
and Wild Birds Unlimited.
8:30 a.m. 27305 Palos Verdes
Drive East, RHE. www.pvplc.org.
Can you Dig it?
The Diggers Garden Club meets the
second or third Wednesday of the
month, 10 a.m. to noon. For more
information, contact Sharon Ratterree
(424) 558-0919 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. South Coast
Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw
Blvd., Palos Verdes Pen. southcoastbotanicgarden.org.
Friday, April 20
Weekend retreat provides opportunities
to access your inner wisdom
through prayer experiences, ritual,
dreamwork and film. Renew, nourish
and energize. 7 p.m. to Sunday at
1:30 p.m. Shared $245 ($230 if
paid by March 30); single $340
($325 if paid by March 30). Mary
& Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest
Rd., Rancho Palos Verdes, (310)
377-4867 or maryjoseph.org.
Saturday, April 21
Earth Day Celebration &
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land
Conservancy invites the community
to a special Earth Day Celebration
and film. The two-part event begins
with volunteer day and choice of
family activities at White Point Nature
Preserve, 1600 W. Paseo del
Mar, San Pedro. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. At
5 p.m. enjoy free screening of acclaimed
documentary JANE at the
Warner Grand Theatre, 478 West
6th St., San Pedro. www.pvplc.org.
Nature with a Naturalist
Enjoy coastal views and learn more
about the plants, animals, restoration
area and more! 9 a.m. Meet at the
information White Point kiosk between
parking lot and Nature Center.
1600 W. Paseo Del Mar, San
Pedro. RSVP (310) 541-7613 or
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Cirque by the Sea
Vistas for Children Fashion Show
Over 350 guests gathered for a spectacular 18th Annual Vistas Boutique
and Fashion Show. Vistas has been helping children for over
40 years. This year they celebrated at the newly renovated Crowne Plaza
Hotel’s Coral Ballroom in Redondo Beach. Guests shopped the more
than 25 carefully selected vendors for the Vistas Boutique. During the
luncheon guests enjoyed a fashion show organized by Suzanne Von
Schaack and the magical theatrical Vistas children production. Dancers
and models showcased the latest LA fashions by designers who included
Kentaro Kameyama, winner of the 16th season of television’s Project
1. Velveth Schmitz and her children.
2. Mayra Harris and Lori Burzminski.
3. Gretchen Privett, Julie Beckman,
Carolyn Perry and Linda Perry.
4. Pat Heybl, Cindy Percz, Vanja
Kapetanovic, Jenna Hills and Brenda
5. Kim Vallee, Judy Brilhart, Selmira
D’Angelo and Pam Secor.
6. Diana Ozolins, Guadalupe
Doumerz, Loretta Thompson and
PHOTOS BY TONY LABRUNO
7. Madeline Jordan and Antonia
8. Susan Brooks and Cindy Percz.
9. Pam Branam, Cindy Percz, Rene
Berliner, Brenda Betty and Olga Arana.
10. Alex Angelino and Pam Branam.
11. Claire Campbell, Kylie Lazar and
12. Cirque By The Sea Performance.
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Earth Day Composting
Join the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy
for an composting presentation by Denise Epport of
Triformis Corp. Free. 11 a.m. White Point Nature
Preserve, 1600 Paseo del Mar, San Pedro. (entrance
only via Western Ave.) RSVP:
Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay concludes its
season at the Norris Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Featured
soloist is pianist Rufus Choi, Gold Medal winner of
the 2007 Iturbi International Competition. Preview
Talk by Stephen Richards starts at 6:45 p.m. Single
tickets $63 (includes facility fee) and available
through the box office, (310) 544-0403, ext. 221
or online at www.palosverdesperformingarts.com.
Sunday, April 22
Wonderland Tea Party
Put on your Cheshire grin and imagination cap (or
top hat) for an adventure through the South Coast
Botanic Garden’s wonderland of trails and hidden
treasures. Search for rabbit holes, dare to play an
Eat Me, Drink Me game, and brew and sip rose tea
in the Rose Garden. 1-4 p.m. Free with membership
or Garden admission. RSVP highly encouraged.
26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula.
(310) 544-1948 or southcoastbotanicgarden.org.
Wednesday, April 25
Explore the birds making a home in the George F
Canyon. Free and all ages welcome. Presented by
Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy and
Wild Birds Unlimited. 8:30 a.m. 27305 Palos
Verdes Drive East, RHE. www.pvplc.org.
Thursday, April 26
Spirit of Ireland
Las Candalistas presents Celebrate the Spirit of Ireland.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy the history and culture
of Ireland, performance by the Celtic Irish
Dance Academy, traditional Irish music by
singer/guitarist Denis Murray. Enter a chance to
win a trip for two to Ireland, valued at $5,250!
Enjoy a gourmet luncheon, shop boutique vendors,
Las Candalistas Creations, Garden Shoppe and
Gourmet Pantry and silent auction items. www.lascandalistas.org
for online reservations or call (310)
798-7499 for more information. Catalina View
Gardens, 6001 Palos Verdes Dr S, RPV.
Friday, April 27
H.E.L.P.’s Wild, Wild West Gala Fundraiser begins
at 6:30 p.m. and will be filled with music, auctions,
lots of fun and dinner. To make reservations call
(310) 533-1996. Help4srs.org. Held at the Palos
Verdes Golf Club, 3301 Via Campesina, Palos
Come and meet those dancing feet in a glittery and
glamorous production of the classic of a small town
dancer who becomes a Broadway star. $80-$30.
Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday,
2 p.m., through May 13. Palos Verdes Performing
Arts Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Dr., RHE.
Palosverdesperformingarts.com or (310) 544-
Saturday, April 28
Ritual and Labyrinth
Using media, music, art and your feet, experience
a day filled with ritual and fun with Sue Ballotti.
Dress comfortably and wear walking shoes. 9 a.m.
to 3 p.m. $50 ($45 if paid by April 20) Lunch included.
Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest
Rd., RPV. (310) 377-4867 or maryjoseph.org.
Needle Artists by the Sea
Shoreline Stitchers’ Showcase, a judged needlework
show and boutique. A variety of needlework
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will be on display. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission $10. Sponsored by Needle Artists by the Sea, of the American
Needlepoint Guild. www.needleartistsbythesea. org. South Coast Botanic Garden,
26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes.
Native Plant Sale
At White Point Nature Education Center, noon – 2 p.m. Plants sold on firstcome,
first-serve basis. White Point Nature Preserve located at 1600 W. Paseo
del Mar in San Pedro. For more information call (310) 541-7613.
Destination: Art’s first big exhibition of 2018. Gala Public Reception, 4 – 7
p.m. for a special show and sale celebrating local natural beauty and the
work of local artists. Explore your “personal art signature” as you begin, or
enhance, the use of art in your home. 1815 W. 213th St., #135, Torrance;
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Sunday, April 29
Strings vs Winds
Peninsula Symphony’s 51st season concert, A House Divided, features Händel’s
Music for the Royal Fireworks (version for winds), and Shchedrin’s Carmen
Suite for strings and percussion. Doors open 6 p.m. Pre-concert lecture
(members only) at 6:15, concert at 7 p.m. Concert and parking are free. Redondo
Union High School Auditorium, 631 Vincent S., Redondo Beach (PCH
at Diamond). For information call the Symphony Office at 310-544-0320, e-
mail email@example.com, or visit Pensym.org.
Full Moon Yoga
Enjoy yoga for all levels on Terranea Resort's Ocean Lawn overlooking the
Pacific Ocean. Bring your own mat. 7 p.m. Suggested donation $20 to support
the PVP Land Conservancy. 100 Terranea Way, RPV. PEN
Freedom4You youth contests
n Winners of the Freedom4U Youth Photography contest had their work exhibited
at Paul’s Photo in Torrance during March. On May 22, Freedom4You and Hitchcock
Automotive Resources will host the annual South Bay Teen Idol Vocal Contest.
The entry deadline is May 1 for submissions of one minute, one song videos. Entrants
must be from the South Bay/Harbor area and be ages 13 to 18. For details
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.
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
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
Wiesbaden, Germany, and the Howard Miller Clock
Co. in Zeeland, Michigan. Call him so that he may
come to your home and offer you a free estimate for
servicing your clock. Or bring your wall or mantel
clock to our store to see our showroom and receive the
same complimentary diagnosis.
We are located at 810C Silver Spur Rd., in Rolling Hills Estates, Ca.
90274. Or call us at (310) 544-0052
Open 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Tuesday - Saturday
810C Silver Spur Road • Rolling Hills Estates • CA 90274
April 2018 • Peninsula 63
S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L
Mad Hatter High Tea Party
Villa Narcissa Style
The Portuguese neighborhood guests and curated outliers were the invitees
to the Katrina Vanderlip Mad Hatter Tea Party to benefit the Vanderlip
Heritage Fund. Joan Shriver had the funniest get up with a spoon
faced mask and top hat while her son Steve sported a flourescent yellow
and black striped spider hat with orange fluff and a blue feather scarf. The
venue was the Villa Narcissa, and the guests were asked to share one of
their most embarrassing moments at the dining room table. After a few
glasses of champagne, the roars of laughter could be heard from outside.
PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE CARTOZIAN
1. Steve and Joan Shriver.
Edward Perlberg and Jackie Balestra.
2. Brian and Diana Anderson, Corinne 4. Sharing stories.
Gerrard and Katrina Vanderlip. 5. The tea.
3. Katrina Vanderlip and husband 6. The bites.
Betty Raley Wing
7/21/1923 ~ 2/4/2018
Wing, a prominent business
man and inventor. Together
they traveled the world and
supported many worthwhile
She was preceded in death by
three husbands, one brother
and two sisters. From her first
two marriages she is survived
by sons Edward and Stephen
and three grandchildren. From
with George, she
is survived by his
children from a
Betty Raley Wing passed
away on February 4,
2018. She was ninety
Born in Colorado,
a long time resident
of the South
Bay and deeply
the Palos Verdes
Art Center. She
was a founding
member of The
Circle, a key support
group of the
served as its
She also served
on the Art Center board of directors.
Betty was married to George
and Judi, six
g r a n d c h i l d r e n
and ten great
Betty was an
lady, always imp
e c c a b l y
dressed. She dazzled
a wide range of people
with her sparkling conversation
and sharp wit.
She was loyal to friends and
family and a fierce defender of
deeply held principles. Donations
may be made to fund established
in her name at the
Palos Verdes Art Center.
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Ek Kardia Serving the Community
n The 2018 high school senior class members of Ek Kardia were recently honored
for their service to the South Bay. Ek Kardia, which means "from the heart" in
Greek, is a faith-based mother-daughter service organization designed to foster a
lifelong practice of giving from the heart.
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(Front row) Natalie Watts, Leah Heffernan and Emma Wendorff. (Middle
row) Hayley Zakman, Megan Colaruotolo, Rebecca Schubert,
Angelina Norris, Kara Lee, Kaitlyn Tang, Karly Galosic, Eliza Steere,
Amanda Houtz and Claire Malit. (Back row) Nicole Yee, Nicole Vogel,
Christina Vogelzang, Christine Miller, Elise Hall, Camille Fechner,
Alyssa Yeh and Rachel Hood.
Trojan League South Bay
n Fun Times and the “Fight On” spirit were shared at the Trojan League of the
South Bay Luncheon at the Palos Verdes Golf Club. Celebrating their 44 year anniversary
as well as their two-term past presidents who have contributed their time
and resources so generously. Eighteen of the twenty-two presidents were in attendance
including four of the charter members: Sigrid Allman, Jea Baran, Donna
Gibbs, and Regina Leimbach. They reminisced how times have changed before
email, technology and Facebook. But what has not changed is their life-long
friendships and support of their alma mater… USC! PEN
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Baran, Suzanne Krapf and Regina Leimbach Back Row-Melody Nishida,
Dale Harbour-Day, Nancy Lovell, Paula Hawkins, Julie Haynes, Sigrid Allman,
Kathie Chapman, Donna Gibbs, Beth Petak-Aaron, Helaine Lopes
and Patti Johnson.
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April 2018 • Peninsula 65
ONCE IN A
The housemade crusty bread
served on seating
shows Luna Rossa is putting its
woodfired oven to good use
Luna Rossa manager Augusto Cali.
Photo by Brad Jacobson (CivicCouch.com)
by Richard Foss
Iwas reminded to visit a restaurant by an eclipse. No, really.
You might remember that we had a super blue blood moon a
while ago, and my wife and I got up before dawn to see it. It
was worth a few moments of contemplation before going back
indoors to get warm.
Somehow, when we went out for dinner the next evening it
must have been in my mind. We went to Luna Rossa, which of
course is Italian for red moon, on the second floor of the Peninsula
Promenade. I had last visited in 2012, about a year after they
opened, and at that time the food was uneven but showed promise.
I had meant to get back soon to find out how the place matured,
but somehow it took an eclipse to jog my memory.
It had been so long that I actually forgot where the entrance
was – the first sign you see as you exit the parking structure is
for their private dining room. (They really ought to have a sign
somewhere near the bottom of the stairway pointing to the main
entrance, because we weren’t the first to go all the way to the
top of the stairs and then discover that you can’t get in there.)
Go around the building to the right and you’ll find the escalator
that will actually get you to their second floor location.
Once you‘re inside the atmosphere is old-school Italian, with
a formal looking dining room just past the clubby bar by the
entry. The yellow walls and natural light make the environment
stylish and comfortable for a mall location.
The menu is slanted toward Northern Italy and includes the
traditional pastas and both grilled items and pizzas from a woodfired
oven. This isn’t the place to go for arcane regional dishes,
and the comfort food is a good match for the décor. They bring
out very good housemade crusty bread to start, which shows that
they’re putting that oven to good use.
My wife and I were decided to start the meal with the salmon
and potato salad but decided that something lighter was in order
and split a small Caesar. A generous portion of anchovies is $3.50
extra and worth it, because the sharp flavor completes what is
otherwise a very mild dressing. I added a gentle sprinkle of pepper
too, and my wife who usually prefers hers without agreed
that it was an improvement. The portion was generous as a salad
for one person and enough for a light starter for two.
We had ordered the small salad because we liked the look of
two of the entrees but also wanted to try something from that
oven, so had pizza as a second course. The thin, crisp crust was
very good and the portion of sauce and topping moderate so no
one element overshadowed another, which is true to the tradition
of Naples rather than the Italian-American more-is-better idea.
We had chosen the pizza that is a house specialty, a vegetarian
item with eggplant, zucchini, artichoke, olives, tomato, onion,
and bell pepper, and though we asked for the bell pepper to be
omitted it was still a well-balanced set of flavors. The pizza was
quite large and with a salad would have been a good lunch or
light dinner for two.
For main courses we chose a mushroom risotto and a bowl of tortellacci
pasta filled with wine-braised short rib meat in a truffled Alfredo sauce.
That latter item is probably the most unusual item on the menu, since it’s
a bit counterintuitive to braise beef in red wine and then stuff it in pasta
in a white sauce. It works well because the shaved truffles in that sauce
add a slight muskiness that is a very good complement to meaty flavors.
Our server offered some grated parmesan. It wasn’t essential but added
nicely to the flavor.
The risotto was well-made and had a rich, full mushroom flavor balanced
with garlic in the white wine sauce. I think I might have liked a dash more
herbs in it to add complexity, but it was quite decent as it was.
We paired our meal with glasses of wine from an unexpectedly short
and California-centric list. There are a many very good Italian wines available
at a price that makes them an attractive proposition by the glass, and
it was surprising not to find them in a place that otherwise celebrates Italian
We had just a little room left for dessert so decided to split what was referred
to as a mini-tiramisu. The portion was actually larger than we expected,
and even though we liked the light but rich cake we wouldn’t have
wanted a larger portion. Unlike most of the rest of the desserts, this one is
made in house and made very well, with the sweetness of the cream, slight
wine flavor, and bitterness from chocolate and espresso all harmonizing.
We were also offered a complimentary last item of a fritter called a frappe.
This is just fried dough topped with a sprinkle of powdered sugar, a crisp
little finish to the meal.
Dinner for two with three glasses of wine ran $130, about what I’d expect
for this caliber of food in this location. Luna Rossa isn’t groundbreaking
but the cooking is solid, and you shouldn’t wait for a sign from the
skies to stop in.
Luna Rossa is at 550 Deep Valley Drive in Rolling Hills Estates. Opens daily
11:30 a.m., closed 9 p.m. Sun.-Thur., 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Full bar, corkage $25,
some vegetarian items. Menu at lunarossapv.com (warning: website blasts
music). Phone 310-377-0202. PEN
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team works with you to explore all options within your budget range. By working
Highest Quality at a Fair Price
1815 W. 213th St, #135, Torrance
• Pool Decks
LIABILITY INSURED • WORKERS COMPENSATION
Casey Lindahl - Founder & President of Lindahl Concrete Construction, Inc.
68 Peninsula • April 2018
with a single company that provides both design and construction all under one
roof, you don’t have to be the middleman and your exact final price is in place
before work even begins. That means no surprises down the road. Ask about
easy in-house financing and if you aren’t sure where to start, please attend a free
home remodeling seminar or stop by the Design Center. Call Custom Design &
Construction today! License #524561
2001 E. Mariposa Avenue, El Segundo
Replacement and New Construction
AND SAVE BIG $$$
VINYL, ALUMINUM, WOODCLAD
Lowest Prices Up Front • No Games
Show Room 562-494-9069
CONTRACTOR REFERRAL • Fax 562-494-2069
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Best Paints and
1002 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach | (310) 540-4456
708 N Sepulveda Blvd, Manhattan Beach | (310) 376-2444
Experience Destination: Art’s first big art exhibition of 2018, “Spring Fling.” Art
lovers, interior designers, and home and garden enthusiasts are invited to a Gala
Public Reception Saturday, April 28, 4 - 7 p.m. for this special show and sale,
celebrating the natural beauty of the South Bay and the work of local artists. This
event can help you explore your “personal art signature” as you begin, or enhance,
the use of art in your home. Visit this unique studio and gallery concept,
open Thursdays through Saturdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays noon to 4
1815 W. 213th St., #135, Torrance
Beautiful pools, spas and outdoor
living space by Horusicky Construction
Beautiful swimming pools, creative spas and artistic masonry work of all sizes are
offered by Horusicky Construction. Started by Michael Horusicky, Sr. and now
run by Mike Jr. and his sons, the family has been in business for over 45 years
and is known for its quality work. Offering complete new pool and spa construction
and remodels, hardscape, decking, outdoor kitchens, brick and stone projects of
all sizes as well as landscaping. Horusicky Construction can meet all of your
hardscape needs with the experience and expertise that you can trust. Log onto
Horusicky.com to see their photo gallery and customer comments and reviews.
Call or email to schedule a free estimate.
Whether it is real wood Or composite wood
Call The DexPerts at Learned Lumber
South Bay’s oldest lumber yard.
South Bay’s oldest lumber yard
Free parking in our 6th Street lot
635 Pacific Coast Highway - Hermosa Beach
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Suzy Zimmerman, Agent
Insurance Lic#: OF71296
4010 Palos Verdes Dr N, Suite
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
Since 1990 • License # 770059, C-36 C-34 C-42
D E P E N D A B L E • P R O F E S S I O N A L • A F F O R D A B L E
w w w . m a t t u c c i p l u m b i n g . c o m
That’s when you can count on
I know life doesn’t come with a schedule.
That’s why at State Farm you can always
count on me for whatever you need –
GET TO A BETTER STATE.
CALL ME TODAY.
1101198.1 State Farm, Home Office, Bloomington, IL
Watch & Clock
714 S. Weymouth Avenue
San Pedro, CA 90732
Not affiliated with Rolex USA
$ 9 8 0
Residential Water Heater
40 gal. installed! ($1080 - 50 gal. also available)
Includes hot & cold water supply lines
Expires May 31, 2018
FULL SERVICE PLUMBING
SEWER VIDEO INSPECTION
$ 7 5
Rooter Service - Main Line
Must have clean-out access. Some restrictions may apply.
Expires May 31, 2018
F R E E
E S T I M A T E S
M e n t i o n t h i s a d w h e n
s e t t i n g u p a p p o i n t m e n t .
3 1 0 . 5 4 3 . 2 0 0 1
Kitchen Collection team creates timeless results
Jackie Balint, CKD, has been a designer in the kitchen and bath industry since
1981 and is the owner of The Kitchen Collection in Riviera Village in Redondo
Beach. She and her daughter Debra offer years of expertise in practical and personalized
kitchens and baths. They work with clients and contractors to create
timeless projects, utilizing quality products and providing personal attention from
concept to completion. Jackie and Debra have worked on projects throughout the
country and have had many of their projects featured in architectural publications.
The Kitchen Collection is a member of the National Kitchen & Bath Association
and the Bath & Kitchen Buying Group. Jackie has served on the boards of both
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241 Avenida del Norte, Redondo Beach
Lindahl Concrete’s work is legendary
Lindahl Concrete is the leading concrete and masonry company in the South Bay.
They value good relationships with their customers and produce the highest quality
work. View their work of driveways, pool decks, patios, walkways, barbecues,
city work, stone work, and more at their website. They are stamping, pavers and
sand/washed finished concrete specialists. Visit their garden showroom to see
samples of colors and finishes. Workman’s Comp & General Liability Insured. Call
Casey Lindahl, Founder and President of Lindahl Concrete Construction. Lic.
At Mattucci Plumbing, the level of service you receive is a guarantee. For plumbing
repairs and installations in the South Bay and Greater Los Angeles, Mattucci’s professional
technicians are all about making services and equipment work as great
as possible. Customer satisfaction is their #1 priority. Call today or book an appointment
online. Their professional team is available whenever you need them
and a live person will gladly assist you 24 hours a day. Call today for your free
Pete Fer Plumbing,
Heating & Air offers
Pete Fer Plumbing is a complete mechanical
contracting company, providing
plumbing, heating and air
conditioning for new construction, remodeling,
service and repair to commercial
and residential customers.
They provide 24 hour service, seven
days a week through an automated
emergency dispatch paging system.
Mention Peninsula People to one of
their service technicians and receive
$20 off your first service call.
2020 S. Mesa St, San Pedro
Classifieds Your Local Expert Community 424-269-2830
CATERING CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION GARAGE DOORS PLUMBING POOLS & SPAS
Concrete & Masonry
Residential & Commercial
Lic. #935981 C8 C29
Thank You South Bay for
50 Years of Patronage!
Residential • Commercial • Industrial
POOLS • SPAS
Credit cards accepted
Lic #309844, Bonded, Insured
Two Month Classes
One Day Class
Catering is available
Concrete • Masonry
Landscape • Pools
Spa • Waterfall
BBQ • Firepits
Call us to Discuss the
Foundation Repair Experts
Grading & Drainage
Fences & Decks
your space in
Call direct 424-269-2830
Pub Date: April 28
Deadline: April 13
• Remodel Specialist
Scott K. Lynch
Licensed & Insured
Office & Fax
Fix It Right
What we do…
Painting & more.
Rancho Palos Verdes
20 year experience
Plumbing 24/7 • Heating
800-354-2705 • 310-831-0737
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• Venetian Plastering
• Ceiling Removal
Tile Reroof and
business since 1978
Patch Master Plastering
Patch Plastering • Interior • Exterior
• Drywall Work
• Acoustic Ceiling Removal
• Water & Fire Restoration
Lic. # 687076 • C35-B1
Local Owner/General Contractor
Ph: (310) 791-4150
Cell: (310) 293-9796
Fax (310) 791-0452
“Since 1990” Lic. No. 810499
PLUMBING • HEATING • COOLING
DEPENDABLE • PROFESSIONAL • AFFORDABLE
FULL SERVICE PLUMBING • COPPER REPIPES
SEWER VIDEO INSPECTION • HEATING
DRAIN & SEWER SERVICE • COOLING
TRENCHLESS SEWER REPLACEMENT
C-36 C-20 A
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