Volume XXII, Issue 10 May 2018
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Volume XXII, Issue 10
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
Dr. Michele Del Vicario
Providence Little Company of Mary
Interventional Cardiology and
Photo by Tony LaBruno
22 School financing Main Event
by Robb Fulcher Matthew Rener and Michelle Fullerton
team up to educate parents on school finances. Next class, the
Peninsula Ed Foundation’s Main Event.
36 King of Hearts
by Yvonne Liu Providence Little Company of Mary names
its new cardiovascular center after the doctor who made it
40 Days of futurist past
by Bondo Wyszpolski Peninsula filmmaker Douglass
Stewart remembers a pioneer space illustrator with his film
“Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future.”
Home from the entertainment era
by Stephanie Cartozian Pauline and Amir Dia, M.D. purchased
a spacious, old home for their large family and made
it a neighborhood and international party house.
Foraging for food
by Richard Foss Chef Paul Buchanan and Tongva tribal
culinary historian Craig Torres forage the hill for a dinner at
the Palos Verdes Art Center.
14 Discovery Ball
18 PV Juniors Spring Gala
26 Torrance Memorial Gala
30 Las Ninas Fashions
32 PV Art Center en plein air
58 Peninsula Phil Grand Salon
66 The Captain cooks
72 Athletic Boosters’ Black and Gold Affair
74 Dear Cassy
76 Peninsula camps
80 Charity League Medallion Ball
82 Around and About
50 Peninsula calendar
84 Home services
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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L
The 20th Annual Anniversary
King Tut and The Space Shuttle
Hundreds of VIP guests were treated to a celebrity reception and preview of
the King Tutankhamun exhibit at the California Science Center. Los Angeles
Mayor Eric Garcetti gave a powerful speech thanking his father Gil and special
donors for making the historic evening possible. This will be the last time the Tutankhamun
artifacts will be on tour, as Egypt is building the collection a permanent
home at its Grand Egyptian Museum. The event had a roaring twenties
theme, with exhibits, real camels and live hip hop music. Dinner was housed inside
the space shuttle Endeavour’s hangar, which was decorated elaborately with
an Egyptian theme. The party, which continued into the early morning, raised
close to $200,000 for kids’ science camps.
PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE CARTOZIAN
1. Antonio Villaraigosa with
fiance Patricia Govea and Richard
and Melanie Lundquist.
2. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti.
3. Roaring twenties theme
4. Actor Paul Sorvino of the film
Goodfellas and wife/actress Dee
5. Gensler partner Arpy Hatzikian
6. Tom Redfield and CBRE SVP
7. Mixing the martinis.
8. Science Center Foundation’s
9. The dinner scene inside an
underneath the Space Shuttle
10. CBRE SVP Tim Vaughan and
wife Emily Vaughan.
11. The Endeavour spectacularly
lit up as King Tutankhamun’s
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Jubilant PV Juniors Celebrate
The Palos Verdes Junior Women’s Club Diamond Jubilee Spring Gala
was held at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach on March 17. The “All
You Need is Love” themed fundraiser was a musical celebration of the
charity’s 60-year commitment to supporting women and children in crisis
throughout the South Bay. The evening featured a Beatles tribute by
the band Abbey Road, dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions. Proceeds
will be distributed to local philanthropies at the annual disbursement
ceremony, which will take place at the Rolling Hills Country Club
PHOTOS BY MARCUS ROY HOFFMAN PHOTOGRAPHY
1. Maura Mizuguchi and Susan Rule
2. Nadia McMahon and David Kelliny.
3. Suzanne Sugano, Vivian Hung and
4. Jane Lau, Charlie and Mary Clarke
and Sally Harris.
5. Sean Tabazadeh, Faryaneh Kashef,
Mary Kelliny, David Kelliny and Leslie
6. Priti Patel, Mandi Leonard and
7. Antonietta Ciccone, Silvia
VanDusen, Yvonne Liu and James
8. Maura Mizuguchi and Mark
9. Marilyn Kidd and Chris Brier.
10. Mich Mohuchy and Gretchen
11. Leslie Low and Sally Harris and
12. David Hughes and Celine Ott.
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Peninsula Education Foundation co-chairs Michelle Fullerton and Matthew Rener. Photo, courtesy of PEF, by Diane Miller
Main Event matters
Peninsula schools get 40 percent less funding per child than the average LAUSD,
which is why the Main Event matters
by Robb Fulcher
Despite the affluence of the community, the Peninsula’s 17 public
schools require tireless private fundraising to help pay for basic
functions. Matthew Rener and Michelle Fullerton have made that
fundraising their mission.
Rener and Fullerton are reaching the end of their terms as co-presidents
of the Peninsula Education Foundation. Their most important fundraiser is
the upcoming Main Event, an ‘80s-themed gala at Terranea Resort.
But they have also focused their efforts on fundraisers with broad community
participation. An example is the yearly Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship
“Throughout the year we are constantly out speaking to families, parents,
teachers – every year there is a brand-new set of families going through the
district, and educating them is an ongoing process,” said Rener.
He and Fullerton point out that since the late 1970s, local property taxes
that fund the schools have moved from the community to Sacramento,
where they are redistributed based on a state formula.
Fullerton said the formula steers financial help to less affluent school districts.
As a result, Palos Verdes public schools are not funded as well as the
local property tax values might suggest.
“We get 40 percent less funding per child than the average school in the
Los Angeles Unified School District,” Fullerton said.
Money raised by the Education Foundation pays for librarians, music and
PE teachers, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.
It also pays for tech support to keep the classrooms electronically
linked. This school year, it covered $1.1 million in teacher salaries.
Money raised through the PEF pays for “Parent University,” which brings
in experts on education. The money supports academic counselors, allowing
the school district to maintain a 1-to-350 counselor ratio with the students,
compared to a statewide ratio of 1-to-950.
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Fullerton, whose son Peter is a high school sophomore and daughter
Danielle is in seventh grade, became involved with the PEF as a donor,
and a parent representative, when Peter was in kindergarten.
Rener, whose daughter Hannah is in college and daughter Emmy is in
high school, also became involved with the PEF when his oldest child was
“I discovered what made [Silver Spur Elementary School] amazing,” he
said. “Part of it is the community. Part is, of course, the great teachers. And
the third part is the Peninsula Education Foundation, how it helps support
a lot of programs that would not be there otherwise.”
The first Main Event attended by Rener and his wife Allyson was memorable
for a torrential storm that sent a thick stream of rainwater through
the center of the event tent, set up on the old Marineland grounds where
Terranea now stands.
The event was formal – men in tuxedos and women in full length gowns.
Rener recalls the gowned ladies navigating a watery floor of artificial grass.
“It was like ‘A River Ran Through It.’ But it didn’t seem to dampen anyone’s
spirits,” he said.
His participation in the PEF grew into a roughly decade-long stint as a
trustee, and his co-president position.
The co-presidents are busy people. Fullerton is a wealth manager and
Rener owns a home design business. Nevertheless, they approach their
PEF mission with an enthusiastic headlong plunge.
“We attend a lot of meetings together, and we also tag-team,” Fullerton
“I like to say we divide and conquer when have to, and we meet in the
middle when we can,” Rener said. “Michelle and I are both super, super
busy people, and it helps to be organized. Michelle is one of the most organized
people I know.”
Kristin Curren, development director for PEF, said, “Rener has been a
pillar of our community in a real quiet way. He doesn’t want the spotlight,
he’s just out there working all the time. And he’s very motivating. He gets
Curren noted Rener’s attention to the personal touch, hand-writing
thank-you notes and sending homemade Valentines to donors.
Christine Byrne, executive director of the PEF, said, “Fullerton absolutely
loves getting on the phone and talking with our donors, and all of our constituents.
“She’s a wonderful representative of PEF when she speaks in front of
the PTAs and the other community groups.”
The legacy of the outgoing presidents includes increase Palos Verdes involvement
in the Skechers Pier to Pier Walk.
Skechers approached the PEF about the pier to pier walk about a decade
ago. At the time, the PEF had been planning a new fundraising event, with
an emphasis on fun and community participation. The Skechers walk fit
The first year, operating with just a couple months’ notice, the Palos
Verdes contingent mustered 175 walkers.
“I saw it had the potential to become big,” Rener said.
He led a “systematic” effort to broaden Palos Verdes participation, working
with teachers, the PTA and the Foundation’s school representatives,
holding pizza-party contests to boost individual schools’ involvement.
The first year of the walk, Peninsula schools received a check for $7,500.
Nine years later, the most recent walk earned $240,000 for PV schools.
The walk also benefits the Friendship Foundation, which works with
schools to bring special needs students together with the rest of the student
“This partnership is helping all kids at schools,” he said. “This one is a
winner all the way around.”
Other notable fundraisers include The Wine Event, most recently held
in a tent in the backyard of Tim and Sandy Armour. It raised $170,000.
And of course there is the Main Event, which is put on with the “diligent”
help of 75 to 100 community members, Fullerton said.
This year’s Main Event, May 12 at Terranea, will be a “Totally 80s Bash,”
with dress in the way of shoulder pads, Members Only jackets, uggs and
leg warmers. The event will feature three auctions and two raffles. The
grand raffle prize is a 2018 Lexus RX Hybrid. High School performers will
be the entertainment.
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TMMC Raises $64 Million
With generous community support
Torrance Memorial's 34th annual Holiday Festival raised
more than $2.1 million. At the event’s Friday night gala,
the medical center announced a $22 million gift from Donald
and Priscilla Hunt that will help fund the renovation of the
North Patient Tower, a facility dedicated to mother/baby postpartum,
neonatal and pediatric care. The building will be renamed
the Donald and Priscilla Hunt Tower. The gift will also
fund the Donald and Priscilla Hunt Radiation Oncology Center.
More than 600 guests also attended a sold-out fashion show
earlier that week.
1. Dave and Song Klein, Laura and Marc
2. Ralph Moore, Priscilla Hunt and Craig
3. Julie and Jackson Yang. (Photo by Wally
4. Jack Baker, Erin Hoffman, Heidi Hoffman
MD and Tom Simko MD.
5. Celeste Crandall, Mary and Steve
Morikawa and Janice Petrosini.
6. Judy Gassner, Jeff Neu, Kapil and
PHOTOS BY DEIDRE DAVIDSON
7. London Theodora, Kristin Hunter, Ellen
and Pat Theodora and Jaden Theodora.
8. Front Row: Andrew Minite, Cindy Soma,
Priscilla Hunt, Eric Nakkim MD, Ron Gedda;
Back Row: Lauriann Wright-Kim, Brenda
Nowotka, David Kim, Mark Lurie MD, Roger
and Cora Oriel.
9. Kristy and Eric Maniaci.
10. Jerry Unatin MD, Melanie and Richard
Lundquist. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Tim Branning)
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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L
Charity Fashion Show Rocks the
Senior Class Honored
Las Niñas de las Madrecitas, an auxiliary of the Charitable Children’s
Guild of the Orthopædic Institute for Children (OIC), hosted its annual
fashion show at Terranea to honor its 2018 Las Niñas Senior class for their
dedicated community service. The 2018 Las Niñas honorees included Madeline
Babros, Adelaide Brannan, Daniella Cooper, Julia Cotter, Mia Daly, Julia
Davis, Hanalei Emnace, Mia Gioiello, Melia Harlan, Marissa Hong, Kara
Lee, Emily Levin, Catherine Mihm, Michelle Renslo, Tate Robinson, Helena
Ruzic, Emily Warter, Natalie Watts and Audrey Yun. The fashion show was
bedecked with movie screens and a runway along with a glamorous lunch
and boutique vendors selling their speciality wares.
PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE CARTOZIAN
1. Madeline Babros, Emily Levin
and Adelaide Brannan. (Photo
courtesy of Las Madrecitas)
2. Spring Fashion Show.
3. Senior classman modeling a
Spring dress for the Show.
4. Todd and Traci Mihm with
daughter Claire and son Todd.
5. Patti Lynch and Lisa Petrie.
6. Shaya Kirkpatrick, Christy Moya,
Cathy Hill and Sarah Smith.
7. Hannah Rondinella, Caitlin Ige
and Rachel Gundlach.
8. Vucan Ruzic, Laina Glaeser,
Stefania Kazarian and Jeanette Ruzic.
9. Nicole Mosich, Mary Arnold,
Rosan Johnson and Julie Johnson.
10. Maci Aranda operating a
boutique at the Show.
11. Jennifer Robbins and Kym
Smithan. (Photo courtesy of Las
12. Debby Edwards with Carolyn
Kitchen and daughter Kellanne
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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L
Capturing a Vision Fine Art
Many modern artists continue the tradition of sketching outdoors,
en plein air. The Portuguese Bend Art Colony captured the Palos
Verdes coastline with their oil, watercolor, and pencil sketches at all
times of day and all four seasons. For the first time artists Stephen
Mirich, Daniel Pinkham, Vicki Pinkham, Amy Sidrane, Kevin Prince,
Thomas Redfield, and Richard Humphrey exhibited their oil paintings
at the Palos Verdes Art Center. Each painting was paired with its
preparatory sketch. Also on display were antique sketches from bygone
eras courtesy of the Vanderlip Family, large paintings on linen and canvas
of major discoveries courtesy of the Explorers Club, and an Olmsted
Brothers Exhibit. The event’s denouement was the naming of the art
center’s atrium after late benefactress Harlyne Norris.
1. Marianne Hunter, Dr. Cassie Jones
and Diane Heffernan-Schrader.
2. Ray Destabelle, Meredith Grenier
and Anne Destabelle.
3. Charlotte and Dr. Allen Ginsburg.
4. Tom Redfield and Dan Pinkham.
5. Vicki Pinkham.
6. Edward Perlberg with son Fred
PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE CARTOZIAN
7. Emily Vaughan, Marianne and Bill
Hunter and Tim Vaughan.
8. Web Castor, Marion Ruth and Tom
9. Joe Baker, Dan Crocker and Katrina
10. Allen Alpay and Ruthie Pearce.
11. Maude and Aaron Landon with
12. The Colony, Tom Redfield, Kevin
Prince, Stephen Mirich, Vicki and Dan
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Dr. Michele Del Vicario (third from left) with his cardiology crew (standing) Ryan Lindner, Eddie Urrutia and Juan Paleo and (seated) Daniel Higgins, Nikki Yerelian and
Ana Hall. Photo by Tony LaBruno
At the heart of medicine
Cardiologist Dr. Michele Del Vicario balances
cutting edge technology with bedside manners
by Yvonne Liu
Over the past 43 years, Dr. Michele Del
Vicario has performed more than 10,000
angiograms and other cardiovascular procedures.
His philosophy, despite his heavy workload,
is to treat every patient like he would want
his mother and father to be treated.
“I am very patient-oriented. It’s important to be
available and communicate not only with the patient
but also with the family. You can’t ignore
calls for a day or more. They want answers now.
It’s important that things get done on the quick.
For a closed artery, or a damaged muscle, the
quicker you open it, the better the outcome.”
Ten years ago, Palos Verdes Estates resident
Stanley Moore had a stent procedure performed
by Dr. Del, as he is known by his patients. Moore,
who is nearly 80, said he has never felt better.
“Dr. Del Vicario is able to make judgements and
analyze at the same time, to get into complex
areas and explain them clearly. I don’t know of
anyone who mixes science and human caring better
than he does. ”
Dr. Del Vicario serves as medical director of
Providence Little Company of Mary Medical
Center Interventional Cardiology and Catheterization
Lab. He was chief of the medical staff in
2014 and 2015 and has served on the Medical
Center’s governing board, the Community Ministry
Board, since 2011.
Dr. Del Vicario is especially proud of the hospital’s
transcatheter aortic valve replacement
(TAVR) program. This minimally invasive procedure
is performed in catheterization labs and allows
cardiologists to repair a faulty valve without
opening the chest. Currently, TAVR is only approved
for high risk patients — usually in their
70s and 80s — who cannot withstand the trauma
of open heart surgery. People with severe aortic
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stenosis have a 50 percent chance of dying within two years. With TAVR,
patients can live longer, fuller lives. A 2017 study published in the Journal
of the American Medical Association found that TAVR patients experienced
a 27.6 percent increase in their quality of life. Dr. Del Vicario performed a
TAVR on a 96-year-old patient who is now 100.
In 2015, Providence Little Company of Mary was named one of America’s
Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics. It was
the only community hospital in Southern California on the list and only
one of four hospitals recognized in the state.
On April 20, in appreciation of Dr. Del
Vicario’s decades of cardiac care and
physician leadership, Providence Little
Company of Mary’s new $35 million cardiovascular
center was dedicated in his
honor, by being named the Del Vicario
Cardiovascular Center of Excellence.
“I don’t know if the honor is deserved.
I just wanted to create a cardiovascular
program and environment that everybody
can be proud of,” Dr. Del Vicario said.
His colleagues don’t share his doubt.
Dr. Richard Glimp, chief medical officer
at Providence LCM, has known Dr. Del
Vicario for 22 years. “I think this is not
only a great honor, I think it’s an appropriate
honor. The contributions and the
sacrifices Dr. Del Vicario has made to
make Providence LCM a better place
make it such that it’s the least we can do
and probably not even as much as we
should do to honor him,” he said.
Interventional cardiologist Dr. Rishi
Kaushal said of Dr. Del Vicario,. “He is
the most compassionate, fervent advocate
for his patients. I really think his patients
recognize how much he cares for them
and what lengths he will go to figure out
the correct diagnosis and treatments,” Dr.
He added that Dr. Del Vicario is a man
of boundless energy. “I don’t know how
to describe it. I often get exhausted just
looking at him, and I’m half his age.”
Over the past four decades, Dr. Del Vicario’s
typical workday has begun at 6 a.m.
and ended around 8 p.m. He starts at
Providence LCM performing procedures
and seeing patients. Next, he heads to his Torrance office for initial consultations
and follow-up visits. Throughout the day and well into the evening,
his cell phone rings constantly. (During a one-hour interview, when Dr. Del
Vicario was neither at work nor on call, his phone rang five times with urgent
calls from the hospital or his office.)
“Unfortunately, family life suffers. But I didn’t have hobbies that took me
away from the family and I did make it to most of my four kids’ games,
though I did miss some. My wife Paula was the backbone of the family.”
Dr. Del Vicario immigrated with his family from Italy to British Columbia,
Canada when he was 11. He was the oldest of five and had a natural
interest in science and math. In ninth grade, he decided he wanted to become
a doctor. “I was always interested in science and medicine and wanted
to do my bit for society,” he said.
He attended the University of British Columbia for his undergraduate degree
and medical school.
Dr. Del Vicario met Paula, an elementary school teacher during his last
year of medical school. They moved to Southern California for his internal
medicine internship at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. He completed
his residency at the University of California Irvine/VA Long Beach,
where he was chief resident and then continued his cardiology fellowship
He decided to specialize in cardiology, he said, because “it was the most
exciting field. Cardiology is very progressive, with new things coming out
all the time. If I had stopped learning in 1976 when I finished the program,
I would have been a dinosaur in a short period of time.”
When he began practice, diagnostic coronary angiograms were the norm.
Next came balloon angioplasties, and then angioplasties with stents to crush
blockages and keep arteries open. These interventional procedures in many
cases avoid or delay the need for bypass surgery.
“There’s always a new mousetrap, better equipment that is smaller and
easier on the patient,” Dr. Del Vicario said.
About 610,000 people die each year in
the United States from heart disease, according
to the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention. That’s one in four deaths,
making it the leading cause of death for
men and women. Although genetics play
a major role in heart disease, proper diet,
exercise and lifestyle are important factors
“Once the disease develops, we fix
things, balloon them, put stents and new
valves in, but whatever we as physicians
do, it’s never as good as what you were
born with,” said Dr. Del Vicario.
After completing his cardiology fellowship,
Dr. Del Vicario started private practice
in Torrance. California was in the
midst of a malpractice crisis. With huge
malpractice insurance fees and a growing
family, “there were many anxieties,” he
acknowledged. Paula taught piano to
neighborhood kids for $2.50 per hour.
Nonetheless, his practice thrived. He explained
that medicine is a word of mouth
service industry. “If you don’t give the
service, you’re not going to be highly successful.”
Over the past five years, Dr. Del Vicario
has assembled a team of physicians comprised
of a general cardiologist, three interventional
cardiologists and an
electrophysiologist. “I’ve been really
blessed with the quality of these cardiologists:
their skills, morals and conscientiousness,”
Dr. Del Vicario said.
Dr. Michele Del Vicario presides over one of the nation’s most technologically
advanced cardiology centers. Photo by Tony LaBruno
“Now I have zero calls because I’ve
built up a group of younger physicians
who need to build up their practices, so
they omitted me from the call schedule,” he said. “They’re highly trained,
they’re a finished product, but we do discuss cases together. I no longer
take new patients, except in special circumstances. We have a great team
of young physicians to carry on.”
The new Del Vicario Cardiovascular Center of Excellence is a testament
not only to his colleagues’ respect, but also that of the medicals center’s
Dr. Del Vicario was instrumental in obtaining a $20 million pledge from
Priscilla Hunt and her late husband Donald Hunt to the Heart to Heart
Campaign. To date, there have been eight donations of $1 million or more.
Paula, his wife of 47 years, shares Dr. Del Vicario deep commitment to
Providence LCM. Paula has been a trustee of PLCM Foundation for over
nine years and chaired numerous PLCMF galas and women’s wellness conferences.
Last year, she was named one of Switzer Learning Center’s South
Bay Women of the Year. She also served as president of the Peninsula Committee
for the LA Phil for two years.
Starting in June, when he will be 73, Dr. Del Vicario plans to reduce his
“official” schedule to 20 hours a week. However, his wife Paula scoffs at
this notion, predicting he will work a full work week.
The couple hope to spend more time gardening.
“I’m into vegetables. I like to plant them, see them grow and eat them.”
Dr. Del Vicario said. Their Peninsula backyard is filled with beets, cauliflower
and tomatoes. PEN
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“Exploring Mars” (1954), by Chesley Bonestell
Filmmaker Douglass Stewart’s tribute to space artist Chesley Bonestell premieres
at the Newport Beach Film Festival
Ithink we can call it a labor of love, fueled by persistence and diligence,
but also a deep concern that a beloved artist and architect was being
forgotten despite his many deeds and accomplishments.
Palos Verdes resident Douglass M. Stewart, Jr., has just completed a feature-length,
96-minute documentary titled “Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with
the Future.” The film will premiere on Tuesday, May 1, at the Newport
Beach Film Festival.
Bonestell lived two years shy of a full century, having been born in 1888
and dying in 1986. In his youth there were sailing ships, but he was also
around long enough to see men walking on the Moon. The latter sight may
have been a dream come true, but perhaps it also signaled a decline as to
his own relevance and recognition.
Why is that? Because the reality of man in space overtook and replaced
the imagining of man in space. Now, let’s step back in time.
In 1949, Bonestell illustrated Willy Ley’s “The Conquest of Space,” and
for years afterwards Bonestell was hailed as one of the great, if not the greatest,
illustrators of space art. He not only collaborated with the likes of Wernher
von Braun and Arthur C. Clarke, producing imagined but carefully
researched and rendered views of distant planets and their landscapes, his
work frequently appeared on the covers of major publications. If you pick
up Michael Benson’s new book, “Space Odyssey,” about the making of
“2001: A Space Odyssey,” you’ll find that director Stanley Kubrick “devoured
the space art illustrations of Chesley Bonestell.”
However, that’s only one part of Bonestell’s legacy. As a young man he
survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and became an architect, His
fame in this field rests on two milestones: One, his paintings of what the
Golden Gate Bridge would look like, which convinced a skeptical public
that this landmark structure could be built, and, two, his art deco designs
for New York’s iconic Chrysler Building.
And then Hollywood called, and as a special effects matte painter Bonestell
created background scenes for the Orson Welles masterpiece “Citizen
Kane” and George Pal’s “Destination Moon” and “War of the Worlds.” Young
men and women who encountered his work were inspired by him, and
Doug Stewart was among them.
On his shoulders it fell
“When I was growing up I saw Chesley’s artwork in interesting places,”
Stewart says, “in science-fiction magazines and books, and there’s something
about his artwork that’s unforgettable. It resonates with you and it
stays as part of the consciousness. Maybe not right at the top, but it’s in
there. There’s something really magical about his painting.”
Stewart has had a long and distinguished career in film. For 35 years he
and his company, DMS Production Services, have been producing tribute
films for the Academy Awards, the Emmy Awards, and the Screen Actors
Guild, among others, as well as producing and directing “50 Years of Action!”
for the Directors Guild of America. And there’s plenty more, such as
the six-part homage he produced for Bill Clinton on the former President’s
And in the background, always, was Chesley Bonestell.
“As I went through my career in show business I always thought, Hey,
somebody’s someday going to do a film about him because his books are
so famous and his artwork is just so mesmerizing. Finally I got to the point
where I needed to find out for sure.”
In 2014, Stewart embarked on an internet search. Certain names connected
to Bonestell would pop up over and over, and one of the foremost
among them was Ron Miller, a noted space artist but also the author of two
books on Bonestell’s work, one published in 1983 and the other in 2001.
Eventually, Stewart located Miller’s telephone number and rang him up
at his home in Virginia.
“I told him a little bit about who I am and what my mission was,” Stewart
“And I said, Has anyone done a film about Chesley? ‘No, no one has.’ I said,
‘Well, here’s the important question: Is anybody doing one right now?’ And
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he said, ‘Nope; it’s time to do one,
you should do it, and I will help
From the way Stewart utters
these few words, you know this
was a defining moment for him
and his project. Before long, Ron
Miller had become a co-producer
of the film, as did one other individual,
Melvin Schuetz, the latter
not only “a walking encyclopedia
of Bonestell paintings” but also the
author of “A Chesley Bonestell
Space Art Chronology.”
The search was on
In the film, which this author
was the first journalist to see in its
entirety, numerous men and
women are interviewed on camera,
along with some, like Ray
Bradbury, who had previously
been filmed sharing their thoughts
about Chesley Bonestell.
Ron Miller’s books provided
many of the initial leads with regard
to which people should be
contacted, and this largely supplied
the narrative foundation the film
was to follow. But there were also
certain moments of serendipity
whenever someone suggested yet
another person to follow up on, a
man or woman of whom neither
Miller nor Stewart had been aware.
Space artist Don Davis, for example,
referred the filmmakers to a
person in Florida who had footage
of Bonestell, and whose video clips
were then pulled from storage.
That’s the kind of legwork needed,
and as Stewart puts it, “There’s a
lot of wonderful archival footage
and also recordings that had never
before seen the light of day.”
I might add that there were
heartbreaks, too, and that, says
Stewart, is “part of the journey of a
filmmaker making a film like this.”
In other words, there were instances
of someone saying they
had or thought they had recordings
or home footage only to be unable
to find it, or else there were people
purported to have such material
who could not be located.
As for letters, apparently there
weren’t that many. But on the
other hand letters are often
deemed ephemeral, and if not by
the recipient then by the recipient’s
next of kin. Bonestell had one
daughter, June, who was born in
1912, but she died in 1989 and
there don’t seem to be other surviving
And then the artwork itself.
Melvin Schuetz had told Stewart
that Bonestell painted in the neighborhood
of 3,000 pictures. While
“Saturn as Seen from Titan” (1944), by Chesley Bonestell
“Assembling the Ships for the Mars Expedition” (1956), by Chesley Bonestell
“Saturn as Seen from Mimas” (1944), by Chesley Bonestell
the whereabouts of many of
them are known, “there are
probably paintings that will be
discovered by people, somewhere,”
and that’s even more
likely if Stewart’s film is
viewed by a fairly wide audience.
In fact, after contacting
Julie DeVere, head curator of
the Filoli Center in Woodside,
she did some searching on the
premises and located folders
containing Bonestell sketches.
“These are the little miraculous
things (that can show up),”
Stewart says. “Ron Miller was
totally amazed when he saw
them.” And, naturally, wished
he’d known about them when
doing his own research. Of
course that leads to another
question: Is Miller thinking of
doing a revised version of his
“He and I have been talking
about that for quite a while,”
Stewart replies, and the short
answer is that a few publishers
have been approached but so
far the fish aren’t biting. At any
rate, Stewart adds, “My mission
has been to finish the film
with (the aim) that we could
have a companion book at
some point. It is my hope that
the film will spark a renewed
interest not only in Chesley’s
work, but in the whole exciting
field of space art. Chesley wasn’t
the only one, but he certainly
was a very prominent
figure in American art and in
the history of the space program.
“This film is to introduce
people to Chesley who never
knew about him, but also to
reacquaint those who knew
about him, and to provide
more details of his life, which
was a very fascinating one.”
He took us there first
Filming began in March of
2015, with the initial shoot at
the Adler Planetarium in
Chicago, where a special exhibition
of Bonestell’s work was
on display, including the stellar
“Saturn Seen From Titan”
Stewart describes some of
his travels, up and down the
California coast, but also to
Massachusetts to interview
Doug Trumbull, who was the
special effects supervisor for
“Documentaries take a lot of
time,” Stewart points out, “and
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these people who are in the film all
paintings by the artist, von Braun
have schedules. Someof them took a
told him, “As usual, those hours in
year to get going, but it was worth it.”
your studio were an unforgettable experience.
I feel almost at home on
One interview in particular that
lends weight to the project was with
Irene Edwards, editor-in-chief of
In 2005, the inductees into the Science
Fiction Museum’s Hall of Fame
“Sunset” magazine, a national publication
(now in its 120th year) that
were four of the most renowned people
working in or having worked in
Bonestell contributed illustrations to
in 1904, while he was still a teenager.
fantasy and science-fiction: Steven
“These are busy people who run
Spielberg, Philip K. Dick, Ray Harryhausen,
and Chesley Bonestell. What
things,” Stewart says. “It’s persistence.
This was not an easy film to
better company was there?
make by any stretch of the imagination.”
Furthermore, “I am a perfec-
Stewart says, “What I hope it will do
As for his new documentary film,
tionist; everything has to be right,
is what his paintings have done,
which is inspire people to develop an
You must have accumulated more
appreciation for all the stars and
footage than you were able to use?
planets and our journey as space explorers.
My feeling is that the history
“Yes,” Stewart replies, “and we’re
making some really crazy bonus features
for a hoped-for DVD. But the
porated into the U.S. space program
of Chesley Bonestell has to be incor-
timing of the film really is amazing.
because he was a part of it from the
We’re right on the cusp of the 50th
anniversary of landing on the Moon.”
“People hear his name or they see
And, just recently, “It was the 50th Douglass M. Stewart, Jr. Photo by Bondo Wyszpolski
his paintings and they say, ‘Well, is
anniversary of the release of ‘2001: A
he still alive?’ He’s a forgotten part of
Space Odyssey.’ So that little story from Doug Trumbull is very timely.” American history and a very important one, in many fields, in architecture
Long before the Mercurys and the Apollos, Bonestell took us into outer and the arts and filmmaking, and in the exploration of space.”
space. You’d have thought he was the first astronaut to reach the planets, Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future, a feature-length documentary
his work was that convincing. Wernher von Braun, the creator of Germany’s
V-2 rocket but also one of the fathers of the U.S. space program, Beach Film Festival. The directors and others associated with the film will be in
by Douglass M. Stewart, Jr., screens Tuesday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Newport
was a friend and colleague. After visiting Bonestell in Pasadena to see new attendance. PEN
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Casa Dia home from an earlier era
A depiction of the Dia house when it was first built for the original owner Dr. Hugo Jones in 1931. (Courtesy of pvld.org)
The architect for the Newport home of the director of the “Wizard of Oz” and
“Gone with the Wind” designs a Peninsula home for Roaring ‘20s era entertaining
by Stephanie Cartozian
Pauline and Amir Dia, M.D.
were expecting their fourth
child in 1971 when they decided
to move from their Rancho
Palos Verdes track home to a larger
home in Palos Verdes Estates.
Their daughter Alex (Sousie) was
with her parents when they arrived
early to an open house, only
to find signs pointing to a house
down the same street. The dilapidated,
six bedroom, six bathroom
home was For Sale by Owner and
had been vacant for two years.
“My parents loved old historical
things and this home had provenance,
having been built in 1931.
But for a kid it had a scary mansion
feeling. There were doors that
seemed to open into other doors,
there was an exposed pipe in the
basement billiards room (think
Parker Brother’s Clue Game) that
was packed with black tar. The
floors here were buckled from
flooding and mounds of pine needles
were in some of the rooms.
The Dia house as it stands today surrounded by a fire trail and parklands and
designed by the notable architect Kirtland Cutter.
Photos by Tony LaBruno
“My mother exclaimed, ‘Oh my
God, what potential!’ And that
sealed the deal.”
The family purchased the home
for $125,000, a large investment at
the time and more than double
what they sold their RPV home for.
Soon what they christened “Casa
Dia” was restored to its original
grandeur and filled with antiques
from live auctions such as those by
Abell Auction Company.
Five years following the purchase,
the home was selected for
the Design House tour and in
1991, on the 20th anniversary of
the Dias’ purchase, “Casa Dia” was
selected for the first ever Sandpipers
Home Tour. For the Sandpipers
tour, designer are each given
a room to showcase their work.
“The nineties were a time of
crazy, opulent interiors and our
home was decorated like the set of
Dynasty – glass and bronze and
shine,” Alex recalled.
The home was one of the first on
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The living room is on a grand scale with an oversized fireplace and was an
entertaining haven for the Dia family.
The sitting room has an oversized stone fireplace and alcoved mantle with built
in bookshelves and a solidly crafted wood beam ceiling that all come together
to create a rustic and relaxing setting.
Here is the original light-up intercom system that used to allow the Dia
family to locate each other inside the house with ease.
Casa Dia depicts a house filled with family and their traditions.
the hill to be built fully electric. It
included a phone-room and an intercom
“The intercom made living in a
three-story house with three other
siblings a lot easier,” Alex said. Another
feature, not often seen today,
was a button in the floor of the formal
dining room for discreetly
ringing the butler. There was also
a dumb waiter for the groceries
and for playing hide and seek.
The home was designed by architect
Kirtland Cutter in 1930 for
Dr. Hugo Jones. It was described in
Henry Matthew’s book, “Kirtland
Cutter, Architect in the Land of
Promise,” as “a compact block with
a three-car garage projecting out in
front at a lower level and a shady
court with an outdoor fireplace to
Cutter is known for his departure
from exterior embellishments
and focus on interior space and the
relationship of a house to its site.
He was also the architect for a
A 1981 photograph of the Dia family with (Back row) son Amir and father Amir,
(Front row) Alex (Sousie), Adam, mother Pauline and Magda (Mimi). Photo by
sprawling Lunada Bay Plaza,
which was to be designed in the
style of a romantic Italian town.
But because of the Great Depression,
it was never built. Cutter
went on to design the Lewis-Clark
Hotel in Idaho, the Autzen Mansion
in Oregon and the Fleming
House in Newport Beach, built for
Victor Fleming, director of the
“Wizard of Oz” and “Gone with the
Dr. Amir Dia was an Obstetrician/Gynecologist.
Pauline Dia was
a homemaker and hospice registered
nurse. The house was frequently
filled with guests from all
over the world.
“We had guests from Egypt (the
family is Egyptian), consulate generals
from Turkey and Kuwait
medical students who were going
to school or doing their residencies
here and celebrities such as boxer
Muhammad Ali and basketball
player Kareem Abdul Jabbar.”
Guests were introduced to her as
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“aunt” or “uncle” and treated like
“Our doorbell was constantly
ringing. I never knew who was
going to be seated at our dinner
table. Mother was always preparing
extra food for last minute
guests and Dad was always having
tea, dessert and a cigar with them.
He was charismatic and the consummate
For one party, her father cooked
a whole lamb, Arabic style on a rotating
spit in a hole he dug in the
On Easter Sundays, up until Dr.
Dia became ill in 2014, neighborhood
families would congregate at
the Dia house for Belgian waffles
with strawberries and whipped
For the Easter Egg Hunt, her dad
hid golden, silver and bronze eggs.
Money was inside the special eggs,
but some years no one found the
golden egg, which led the kids to
believe that their dad didn’t always
hide this egg, but rather took pleasure
in watching their frantic search
for it. Other years he would place
it in a tree where no one could see
or reach it.
“He was a master jokester with a
zest for competition,” Alex said.
The sitting room has an oversized stone fireplace and alcoved mantle with built in bookshelves and a solidly crafted wood
beam ceiling that all come together to create a rustic and relaxing setting.
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Stone columns the Dias probably sourced from auction or antiquing and perhaps a nod to their Egyptian ancestry.
The yard was as important to Dr.
Dia as the inside of the house. His
way of relaxing was to work in the
garden. Because the front yard was
close to the third hole on the Palos
Verdes Golf Course, players often
mistook her father for a gardener,
a charade he took pleasure in. Although
Amir and Pauline divorced
in 1985, they remained friends
throughout their lifetimes and
spent holidays together, along with
their new spouses.
The siblings are Alex (Sousie),
Magda (Mimi), Amir, Adam and
half brother Ashraf. When asked
what three things she most treasured
about her childhood home,
Alex was quick to answer, “The
laundry shoot was indispensable
and being located in the hallway of
the third level, it hastened the dirty
clothes of four active kids down to
the laundry room, two floors
below, on the main level – a huge
convenience. The soundproofing
meant you were never disturbed
by anybody elsewhere in the
house, which was a benefit for a
family of six. Lastly, my bedroom
on the third floor was built into the
bedrock. When I looked out my
window I felt like I was in a treehouse.
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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.
Weekly and periodic activities. Call the Center for more information (310)
377-3003 or for Peninsula Newsletter for Active Seniors go to: pvseniors.org.
Native Plant Nursery volunteer days
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. Enjoy nurturing seedlings and help plants grow for
habitat restoration projects. Must RSVP 48 hours in advance. Sign up at:
Rapid Response Team
Work alongside PVP Land Conservancy staff protecting wildlife habitat by
closing unauthorized trails. Tasks include trail maintenance, building fences
and installing signage. Work at various locations. Directions to sites emailed
upon sign up. No experience needed. Ages 15 and up. Visit
Saturday, April 28
Ritual and labyrinth
Using media, music, art and your feet, experience a day filled with ritual and
fun with Sue Ballotti. Two labyrinth walks and rituals for healing. 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., Rancho
Palos Verdes, (310) 377-4867 or maryjoseph.org.
Needle artists by the sea
Shoreline Stitchers’ Showcase, a weekend-long, judged needlework show
and boutique. Close to 300 pieces of a variety of needlework will be on display.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is
$10. Sponsored by Needle Artists by the Sea, a chapter of the American
Needlepoint Guild. www.needleartistsbythesea.org. Held at the South Coast
Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula.
Keep coyotes wild
An important part of any Coyote Management Plan is education! Join this
Peninsula meeting to learn how to keep coyotes in the wild and out of your
neighborhood. Get the tools and resources you need to educate friends and
neighbors. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and requires an RSVP to 310-377-1577. A second
Wildlife Watch Training is scheduled for May 5, noon - 4 p.m. at Rolling
Hills Estates City Hall, 4045 PV Dr N. AlexaD@RollingHillsEstatesCa.gov.
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.
All ages art workshop
Inspired by the tradition of experimental artists’ books, explore and imagine
new ways to design a book. With artist Nicholette Kominos, use or fuse craft,
construction, fine art materials and techniques, to find an approach that is enjoyable
and suits your style. A variety of materials will be provided. 2-4 p.m.
South Bay Contemporary SoLA, a non-profit gallery, 3718 W Slauson Ave.
Los Angeles. www.southbaycontemporary.com.
Destination: Art’s first big art exhibition of 2018. Art lovers, interior designers,
and home and garden enthusiasts are invited to a Gala Public Reception, 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
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Visit the unique studio and gallery concept, open Thursdays through Saturdays
11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays noon to 4 p.m. Destination Art, 1815 W.
213th St., #135, Torrance; (310) 742-3192, www.destination-art.net.
Come and meet those dancing feet in a glittery and glamorous production of
the musical comedy classic of a small town dancer who becomes a Broadway
star. $30-$80. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 2
p.m. Through May 13. A limited number of discounted tickets are available
as a Mother’s Day special for the Sunday, May 13 performance. With the
purchase of one full price adult ticket, the second ticket is 50% off with code
“mom42.” Offer includes champagne greeting upon arrival. Only one discount
per transaction. Palos Verdes Performing Arts Norris Theatre, 27570
Norris Center Drive in Rolling Hills Estates. palosverdesperformingarts.com,
Sunday, April 29
No fee; cost of textbook only. Emphasis on conversation and pronunciation.
Learn not only English language but American culture, heritage, history, geography,
and food! Adults of all ages and high school students are welcome.
Sundays 10:30 a.m. - noon thru May 20. Peninsula Community Church, 5640
Crestridge Rd., RPV. www.pccpv.org.
Strings vs Winds
Peninsula Symphony’s 51st Season concert, A House Divided, features Georg
Friedrich Händel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks (original version for winds),
and Rodion Shchedrin’s Carmen Suite for strings and percussion. Doors open
at 6 p.m. Pre-concert lecture by Maestro Berkson (for members only) begins
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at 6:15, and concert begins at 7 p.m. Concert and parking are free. Redondo
Union High School Auditorium, 631 Vincent S., Redondo Beach (PCH at Diamond).
For further information, please call the Symphony Office at 310/544-
0320, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at
Full moon yoga
Enjoy yoga for all levels on Terranea Resort’s Ocean Lawn overlooking the Pacific.
Bring your own mat. 7 p.m. Suggested donation $20 to support the PVP
Land Conservancy. 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes.
Wednesday, May 2
Senior Lecture series
Terri Haack has a distinguished career that spans more than 30 years in hotel
and resort operations management. In her current role as president of Terranea
Resort, she is responsible for the overall operating performance of the 102-
acre luxury resort that employs more than 1,200 associates and continues to
thrive as a top Destination Hotels property renowned for its natural beauty
and stewardship, award-winning cuisine, unique enrichment programs and
unrivaled guest service. At Hesse Park, 29301 Hawthorne Blvd., Palos Verdes,
10:30 a.m. www.southbaycontemporary.com.
Dreams do come true
The South Bay Auxiliary of Harbor Interfaith Services presents the 4th annual
Evening of Laughter & Fundraising. At The Comedy & Magic Club, 1018 Hermosa
Ave., Hermosa Beach. Doors open 5:30 p.m., dinner 6:30 p.m. and
comedy show 8 p.m. Tickets $100. Purchase tickets online at hisauxiliary.org.
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Parents skate free!
All day with the purchase of a child admission at
Promenade on the Peninsula, 550 Deep Valley Dr.
#107, Rolling Hills Estate. (310) 541-6630.
New Neighbors Club
A social and charitable women’s organization
open to all new and current residents of the Palos
Verdes Peninsula. General Meeting held at 10 a.m.
in the Peninsula Library Community Room, 701 Silver
Spur Rd., RHE. For more information, please
First Thursday Open Mic
Are you a musician? A singer/songwriter? Poet?
South Bay's Open Mic at the Grand Annex will
showcase, connect and provide a creative outlet for
musicians and spoken word artists. Every first Thursday
of the month. Sign-up at 6:30 p.m. Show 7 - 9
p.m. $5. All ages event but must be 21+ for the
bar. (310) 833-4813 or grandvision.org. Grand
Annex 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro.
Friday, May 4
The Seaside Beaders
A special interest group of the Embroiderers' Guild
of America meets at 9:30 a.m. A peyote beaded
small vessel kit, which needs to be ordered, will be
started at this meeting. Visitors are welcome. You
can always bring your own project to work on. For
more information visit www.azureverdeega.com/
bead_projects.com. We meet at St. Francis Episcopal
Church, 2200 Via Rosa, Palos Verdes Estates.
Saturday, May 5
Outdoor volunteer day
At Alta Vicente Reserve, 30940 Hawthorne Blvd.,
Rancho Palos Verdes, 9 a.m. - noon Help restore
this unique canyon habitat home to many threatened
and endangered wildlife species. Sign up at
At George F Canyon Preserve and Nature Center:
Guided family nature walks by the Palos Verdes
Peninsula Land Conservancy, 10 -11 a.m. Easy, educational
hike focused on an aspect of habitat and
wildlife. Suitable for all ages. Free. 27305 Palos
Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates. (310) 547-
0862 or RSVP at:www.pvplc.org.
All ages art workshops
Be creative and eco friendly as you make an assemblage
sculpture. Be inspired by artist Ben Zask
‘s imaginative and contemporary techniques as he
shows you how to use “found” wood, metal, and
other types of treasures to create your original object.
You will secure the parts using glue, wire,
Wednesday, May 9
Seniors Lecture series
Kenneth W. Wright, MD will speak on the imporeventcalendar
screws, and nuts and bolts! Also, Mr. Zask’s graceful
sculptures will be on view in the gallery. 2 - 4
p.m. South Bay Contemporary SoLA , 3718 W
Slauson Ave. Los Angeles. www.southbaycontemporary.com
Grand Grunion Gala
Friends of Cabrillo Aquarium hosts the Grand
Grunion Gala to support the Aquarium’s awardwinning
ocean conservation and education programs.
This Cinco de Mayo Fiesta will have guests
mix and mingle while sipping exotic cocktails and
shopping for one-of-a-kind auction items then enjoy
an al fresco dining experience before dancing the
night away with music from 80z Enough. 5-11 p.m.
Tickets are $225; $200 for Friends members.
3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro.
www.grandgruniongala.org or (310) 548-2031.
Master drummer Kris Bergstrom teams up with
Mochi Mochi and Grand Vision's Team Taiko for a
powerfully positive and inspirational drumming and
on-stage mochi-making experience. Everyone eats!
Yum. 8 p.m. Grand Annex, 434 W. 6th St., San
Pedro. (310) 833-4813 or grandvision.org.
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Woman's Club meeting
Guest speaker will be from the Lomita Railroad Museum. Cost of the luncheon
is $38. Noon. Rolling Hills Country Club, 1 Chandler Ranch Road, Rolling
Hills. For further information call 310-378-1349.
Thursday, May 10
The Palos Verdes Performing Arts Conservatory will hold open auditions at 5
p.m. on May 10 and 11 for a student production of the ‘50s rock and roll musical
favorite, “Grease.” Students ages 12-18 may audition on either date,
and should come prepared to sing and dance. Performance dates for the production
are weekends, July 6-15, at the Norris Theatre, and rehearsals begin
June 2. This is a tuition-based program, scholarships are available based on
financial need. Auditions are held at the Conservatory Studios, 27525 Norris
Center Dr., Rolling Hills Estates. For more information, call (310) 544-0403,
ext. 303, or visit www.norriscenter.com/education/auditions.
Saturday, May 12
Outdoor volunteer day
At Alta Vicente Reserve, 9 a.m. - noon Help restore this unique canyon habitat
home to many threatened and endangered wildlife species. Sign up at
Guided nature walk
By Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy at White Point Nature Preserve,
9 a.m. View a premier example of restored coastal sage scrub habitat and
stop at a former gun emplacement to learn about the military history of the
area. Don’t miss the Nature Education Center with activities for the whole family.
This is a moderate walk. Free and open to the public. 1600 W. Paseo del
Mar, San Pedro. For more information, contact (310) 541-7613 ext. 201 or
sign up at www.pvplc.org/_events/NatureWalkRSVP.asp.
Artists Unlimited art show & reception
The members of Artists Unlimited cordially invite the public to a free opening
reception celebrating its fourteenth group exhibition, “Keleidoscope,” from 1
to 4 p.m, at the Malaga Cove Library Gallery. Refreshments and live music
will be provided. The exhibit features a wide variety of works by eight artists
from the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Torrance, and San Pedro who are members
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the Peninsula Symphony for an intimate Grand Salon. The concert was
led by Gary Berkson on the piano, David Mergen on the cello and Sam Fischer
on the violin. The trio played a magical rendition of Beethoven’s
“Ghost” and other favorites, including original “jazzy” music composed by
the famed Mary Bianco for the occasion. To become a member visit
1. Sam Fischer-violinist, Gary
Berkson-pianist and David Mergencellist.
2. Marilyn and Marvin Litvak.
3. Gary Berkson, Mary Bianco,
David Mergen, Carolyn Elliott and
4. Marion Ruth, Mary Bianco and
5. The Grand Salon.
6. Marcia and Harold Avent, Anita
Gash and Jean Dunn.
7. Jonathan Morin, Terri Zinkiewicz
and Claudia Medl-Rilling.
8. Anne and Ray Destabelle.
9. Vivian Murtha, Carolyn Elliott
and Marci Gleason.
10. Gary Berkson and John
William, President of Peninsula
11. Dr. Rainer Beck and his wife
12. Carolyn Elliott, Marion Ruth
and Mona Gifford.
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of Artists Unlimited. The show runs May 12 through
May 26 and is open daily from 12 to 4 p.m.
Closed Sundays. Admission is free. Many artworks
will be for sale, with 20% of sales benefitting the
Palos Verdes Library District. For additional information
please call 310-548-8570.
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“In Pursuit of Beauty” special closing event: Talking
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Stories, songs and more for all
Share the joy of storytelling with your children and
introduce them to the beauty of the natural surroundings.
Your family will enjoy spending time with retired
Children’s Librarian Carla Sedlacek for stories
and activities featuring nature themes, exciting
props and songs. 10 - 11 a.m. Free. White Point
Nature Education Center, 1600 W. Paseo del Mar,
San Pedro. RSVP at www.pvplc.org Events & Activities.
Join the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land
Conservancy in the George F
Canyon nature center for a handson-science
experience where children
of all ages can learn about one
of the unique animal species that
makes the canyon their home. 10 -
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11 a.m. Free. 27305 Palos Verdes
Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates. For
more information, contact (310)
547-0862 or RSVP at:
www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.
Sunday, May 13
Mother’s Day concert
Treat your mom to a Mother’s Day
concert that the Palos Verdes Symphonic
Band will present for you!
Magnificent Melodies will be played
from 2 - 4 p.m. on the meadow at
the South Coast Botanic Garden. Included
will be selections by Johann
Strauss Jr., Richard Strauss, Leonard
Bernstein, Alfred Reed, and Eric
Whitacre. Tickets are $10 for adults
and free for children 12 and under
and are available at the door. The
band invites you to bring a picnic
lunch and a blanket or beach chairs
for outdoor seating. For further information,
you may call the Garden at
(310) 544-1948, the band at (310)
792-8286 or (310) 373-2442, or
visit www.pvsband.org. 26300
Crenshaw Blvd. in the Palos Verdes
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Mother’s Day at the Los Verdes Golf
Course at the Vista Ballroom with
“Hats- On For Momma!” with an Italian
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Wednesday, May 16
Birding with Wild Birds Unlimited
At White Point Nature Preserve, 8:30 a.m. Explore the birds making a home
in the restored habitat at this beautiful preserve. Binoculars supplied for beginners.
The program is free. All ages welcome. White Point Nature Preserve
is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. RSVP at: www.pvplc.org,
Events & Activities.
Seniors Lecture series
As a youngster Jerry Sorkin got involved in photography, a hobby which has
remained throughout his life. Professionally he is a CPA who owned a computer
data processing company for 45 years. He has been to over 100 countries
as a tourist. He will speak about his trip to the Antarctic, a trip was
sponsored by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic on the ship Explorer.
10:30 a.m. Hesse Park, 29301 Hawthorne Blvd., RPV.
Friday, May 18
Salute to Business Awards luncheon
The PVP Chamber of Commerce’s prestigious Business Excellence Awards will
be presented at the Salute to Business luncheon. This year’s honorees are
Peninsula Shopping Center, PrimeSource Project Management, Providence Little
Company of Mary Medical Center, McLean & Associates CPAs. In addition,
the Brunning Leadership Award will be given to Katherine Gould, District Director,
Palos Verdes Library District. The event will also feature an exceptional
keynote speaker, on the topic of “Extraordinary Abilities - Shattering Barriers.”
Walter O’Brien gained fame when he hacked into NASA’s computers at the
age of 13 and is now one of the world’s leading experts on cyber security
and artificial intelligence. Walter’s life is the inspiration behind the hit CBS tv
series Scorpion. He is founder and CEO of Scorpion Computer Services. The
community is invited to attend. 11:30 a.m. Trump National Golf Club, 1 Trump
National Dr., Rancho Palos Verdes. Contact the Chamber for additional information
and to purchase tickets: palosverdeschamber.com or (310) 377-8111.
Saturday, May 19
Big Sunday volunteer day
At White Point Nature Preserve, 9 a.m - noon Join Angelenos from around
the city for a Big Sunday Community Celebration Volunteer Day to help beautify
the native plant demonstration garden. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San
Pedro. Sign up at pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
At White Point Nature Preserve and Education Center: Guided Nature Walk
by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, 9 a.m. This Naturalist led
nature walk includes a visit to the Tongva Native Plant Gardens, where you
will learn how early inhabitants of the Peninsula used native plant species for
thousands of years. Then walk the preserve’s paths amongst exquisitely restored
coastal sage scrub habitat. Stop at a former gun emplacement to learn
about the military history of the area. The walk concludes with a visit to the
wonderful Nature Education Center with activities for all ages. This is a moderate
walk. Free. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Outdoor Volunteer Day
At White Point Nature Preserve, 9 a.m. - noon. Help beautify the native
demonstration garden and surrounding habitat. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San
Pedro. Sign up at pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
At George F Canyon Preserve and Nature Center: Volunteer Activities for Families
by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Put
on your grubbies and take part in a kid-friendly habitat restoration activity:
plant seeds, care for native plants, and track wildlife. Children of all ages will
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Widow and Pearl
Funk blues-rocker Dave Widow &
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Annex with a full acoustic opening
set with acclaimed veteran blues
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Wed., May 23
Birding with Wild Birds
At George F Canyon presented by
the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land
Conservancy, 8:30 a.m. Explore the
birds in nesting season making a
home in the canyon. The program is
free and all ages welcome. Location:
27305 Palos Verdes Drive East,
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www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.
Seniors Lecture series
Ken Dyda, city father, former RPV
mayor, City Council member will be
presenting the History of Rancho
Palos Verdes. 10:30 a.m. Hesse
Park, 29301 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho
Ready, Willing and Able
The 9th annual showcase for Ready,
Willing and Able, a unique dance
program for special needs students,
will be presented at 4 p.m. at the
Norris Theatre. This year’s show is titled
“Our World” and will include
group dances, solo spotlights and
duets. No tickets or reservations are
required, but donations are appreciated.
The Norris Theatre is located
at 27570 Norris Center Drive in
Rolling Hills Estates. For more information
about the program, contact
the Palos Verdes Performing Arts
Conservatory at (310) 544-0403,
Thursday, May 24
The Azure Verde Chapter of the Embroiderers'
Guild of America is meeting
at 9:30 a.m. The program for
this month is a small Hardanger project.
Visitors are welcome, feel free to
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ing your own project to work on. For more information,
please visit www.azureverdeega.com/calendar. The
chapter meets at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 2200 Via
Rosa, Palos Verdes Estates.
Saturday, May 26
At the White Point Nature Preserve, "Alchemy Quartz
Crystal Singing Bowls by Jeralyn Glass" 11 a.m. Experience
this unique presentation by internationally known
musician, professor and sound healing practitioner Jeralyn
Glass to experience one of the most sought after sonic
tools to open and ignite your brain waves, resulting in
cleansing, clearing and clarity. Free. 1600 W. Paseo del
Mar, San Pedro. For more information, contact (310)
541-7613 ext. 201 or sign up at
Native plant sale
At White Point Nature Education Center, noon - 2 p.m.
Plants sold on first-come, first-serve basis. White Point Nature
Preserve located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San
Pedro. For more information call (310) 561-0917.
Sunday, May 27
Ballet celebrates 38th Season
Palos Verdes Ballet is celebrating the 38th anniversary
season with a single special performance of “A Classical
Evening.” Palos Verdes Performing Arts, Norris Theatre,
at 5 p.m. Step into the amazing fantasy and magical
world of ballet. Uta Graf-Apostol, director of Palos
Verdes Ballet, proudly presents “A Classical Evening.”
The performance includes Études, Pas de Quatre, La Fille
Mal Gardée, Garland Waltz, Diana & Acteon, Umbrella
Dance and Don Quixote. Palos Verdes Ballet is thrilled
to welcomes back its former students and guest artists,
Olivia Tang-Mifsud, from Joffrey Ballet, and Stephan
Azulay, from Royal Winnipeg Ballet, who will join Palos
Verdes Ballet students. Purchase tickets at:
www.palosverdesperformingarts.com. 27570 Norris
Center Dr, Rolling Hills Estates.
Wednesday, May 30
Seniors Lecture series
“Revisiting Vintage Palos Verdes,” a three-person lecture
offers beautiful photographic and musical presentation
by Carolyn Lefever Kelford. Dana Graham will follow
with a lecture, an edited version, “Things you’ve always
wondered about Palos Verdes.” Dana is a PV native, historian,
Realtor and UCLA alum. Lastly, “Memories of
Marineland” by Lianne La Reine. Lianne graduated from
Miraleste High. She practically grew up at Marineland
since her family’s business was the iconic sightseeing
coastal boat cruises from the Marineland pier. Like many
teens her very first job was inside the park. 10:30 a.m.
Hesse Park, 29301 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos
Palos Verdes Ballet’s Samantha Liu
(soloist in ‘La Esmeralda’) leaps into
her new adventure as she graduates
from Palos Verdes Peninsula High
School this June, and attends Princeton
University this fall. Liu is pictured
leaping above young students of
Palos Verdes Ballet. She will be performing
Pas de Quatre and Don
Quixote with guest artists Stephan
Azulay (Royal Winnipeg Ballet) and
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Chef Paul Buchanan, left, with a guest.
by Richard Foss
Photos by Monica Orozco
On March 16, the Palos
Verdes Art Center hosted
an examination of the natural
environment of the Peninsula
by artists of two unrelated disciplines.
One was visual art: the
opening of a show of plein air
works painted amid nature, tranquil
landscapes that are sometimes
sun-drenched, sometimes brooding.
These were exhibited near
technical drawings by the Olmsted
brothers, the property developers
who shaped the Peninsula into the
place we know today. Together
they highlighted the way a rugged,
treeless hill was sculpted into a
Mediterranean fantasy, an overlay
of one continent on another.
The other element of the evening
was a dinner utilizing both foraged
and farmed items from the neighborhoods
in the paintings. To Chef
Paul Buchanan, who consulted
Tongva tribal culinary historian
Craig Torres, the pairing made perfect
“The style of Plein Air is about a
sense of place. You’re painting
something in its own location… As
plein air involves capturing the
sense of a place with paint, we’re
doing it with food.”
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For Buchanan foraged ingredients are the elements of his art, while to
Torres they are a connection to his culture. The Spanish systematically
broke the links between native peoples and their traditional foods to make
them dependent. The farmed vegetables and proteins supplanted a culture
of sustainable harvesting. Torres is lyrical when he reflects on his people’s
“Our life cycle was dictated by the seasons, what we harvested and gathered.
The Los Angeles basin was our world. We had variety because the
area probably has the most diverse flora of any place in California. You can
go 10 miles in any direction and end up in a different environment. Our
culture was based on alliances, intermarriage, and trade, and there was
something in every ecology [to barter].”
The flavors of California native plants weren’t as varied as the crops that
were brought by the conquerors, he admitted.
“My ancestors’ diet would be regarded as pretty bland today. We didn’t
have a lot of ways to spice our food, or any items that had much sweetness.
It wasn’t part of our culture, so we savored the simple, natural goodness of
what we foraged and grew. To introduce people to traditional foods we
come up with recipes that mix them with familiar things, but we focus on
the simple flavors in their basic form. We want people to transition to rediscovering
things that are usually covered up. It’s almost like developing
a relationship with your food, because you learn about those flavors over
Striking a balance between the simplicity of the native diet and our modern
cravings was Buchanan’s job, and he is uniquely qualified to do it. He
met Torres at a native cooking event in downtown Los Angeles about a
Buchanan is the founder and chef for Primal Alchemy catering, based in
Long Beach. As he describes it, “We were local, seasonal, and sustainable
before it was a fad.” The chef, who spent his youth in Thailand, trained in
San Francisco along with a cohort of chefs who explored the flavors of foraged
items and neglected crops. Buchanan adopted and extended their
ideas. This includes traditional methods of food preservation, necessary in
climates that offer bountiful harvests in one season and little or nothing in
“I was exposed to foragers and to the food preservers who were looking
at pickling for the modern age, and it shaped what I do. I’ve been teaching
a program called “Days of Taste” to fourth graders for 17 years, and part of
it is showing them that food comes from the ground, not a grocery store.
In the case of Palos Verdes, that includes ingredients that most people
don’t consider to be food at all.
“The prickly pear is everywhere, and we made a vinegar out of it for the
ceviche. The stinging nettle is delicious in soup, and there is a local guy
here who brings them to the farmer’s market when we ask for them. He
may regard me as the guy who buys weeds, but he’s happy to sell them
and I’m happy to buy.”
Those crops are generally available, though obscure, but there are problems
with trying to present wild foods in a commercial setting. A sudden
cold snap or unexpected rain can shift what is available, scrambling the
plans of a chef who has a particular dish in mind.
It’s a problem Torres knows well, and he sometimes had to improvise
when presenting programs about the indigenous diet. He is a member of a
Tongva tribal group called the Chia Café Collective, which started as a seed
and food bank for tribal elders. The workers talked and traded recipes,
learning so much that they eventually collaborated on a cookbook called
“Cooking The Native Way.” Despite the name the group doesn’t own a
restaurant, or want one, both for practical and ideological reasons.
“We don’t have enough of our traditional foods to supply our own communities,
much less start a food business. The environment has become
degraded, the native plants choked out by things that were introduced either
deliberately or accidentally. We still utilize the plants we can get, either by
harvesting them or buying them. You can get chia seeds at almost any market,
but not acorns or cattails. We have so few areas to harvest that when
we see any under threat we’re concerned. We have a relationship with those
plants, that environment, that make us activists on behalf of the few remaining
places where the ecology hasn’t been tampered with.”
Even if they could find reliable supplies of native ingredients, Craig says
that they would leave opening cafes to people like Paul Buchanan who want
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Tongva tribal culinary historian Craig Torres with a display of native foods.
to be in the culinary business. The Chia Café Collective has a loftier goal.
“I tell people that we aren’t caterers or cooks, we’re not a nonprofit;
we’re a philosophy. We’re trying to get people to refocus their cultural lens
on some questions. What is their relationship to their environment, to the
indigenous here who have survived for thousands of generations? We’re
asking people to renegotiate their relationships with nature. We want them
to eat things from here instead of thousands of miles away. We encourage
people to rip out their lawns and put native plants there, and then they
can eat from the land. It looks like it’s about food, but it’s about your relationship
with the world.”
Interviewed separately, Buchanan echoed some of the same themes in
equally passionate language.
“We want to remind people that there is food right at their feet, and most
of us don’t open our eyes and look at it. There’s mallow growing everywhere
and it’s a great green, less bitter than arugula. I’ve got kids in my
Days of Taste class that I teach every year, and when they find that this
weed is edible they eat it by the handful. It’s a great resource, one of many
that we don’t use. That’s what this PV Wild event was about, a look at the
resources that were historically there and how they were used.”
Those visual artists who created the works in the show were out in force,
and before the dinner they stood near their work and answered questions.
An interesting element of the show was the display of draft sketches of
many pieces so that viewers could see experiments that led to each finished
piece. This window into the creative process is not one that chefs can easily
present, because diners are generally only interested in trying the best
version of any dish they create.
The painters, chef, and cultural historian all had things to say about the
natural landscape of the Peninsula, and each hopes to continue the dialog
in their own way. They all absorb lessons from their environment and express
them as both individuals and representatives of their cultures, and
their interactions with each other may shape their art in unpredictable
The Plein Air exhibit at the Palos Verdes Art Center has closed. Chia Café
Collective events may be found on their Facebook page. PEN
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Black & Gold Affaire
The Athletic Booster Club Board of Directors and the Black and Gold
Committee held a packed fundraiser at the Palos Verdes Golf Club
on March 17. The parents and faculty were in high spirits and raised
$190,000 for Peninsula High School athletics. Nearly 300 guests attended.
Live auction items included a sushi party for 20 donated by
Bristol Farms, a Long Beach Grand Prix package including pit passes,
and a grand Fire Station dinner and boat cruise. At the end of the
evening, senior athletes were honored with the annual “Parade of Athletes.”
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1. Alyssa Bowers and Sara Conlon.
2. Thea Sanderson, Christina Britt,
Randy Hata and Julia Parton Rosas.
(Photo by Tom Coombs)
3. John and Lisa Tellenbach.
4. Marcela Bocanich, Sandra Frasso
and Suzanne Seymour.
5. Ron Seiter, Vinny Rosato, Wendy
and Jeff Burrage.
6. Rick and Dee Edler.
7. Katie Clovis, Brent Kuykendall, Lea
Toombs and Michael Wanmer.
8. Michael and Tina Torcasso.
9. Larry and Peggy Campbell.
10. Chris Duffy, Rick Smith, Tami
Rand and John Labreche.
11. Nicole and Chris Graves.
12. Tama Somers and Chris Brandt.
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Love versus infatuation
by Liz Schoeben. MFT
In recent times, schools, community forums and parents have done a
good job of talking to teens about sex. At least it’s better than when I
was growing up in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Now, we need to talk about
healthy relationships and love. Many teens are left to figure this out on
their own, which can lead them to entering relationships that are unhealthy
or even abusive.
A recent study of 18- to 25-year-olds found they want more information
from parents about the emotional aspects of romantic relationships. So let’s
give it to them.
The conversation should start with talking about what a healthy relationship
looks like. Sadly, there are many inaccurate portrayals of teen relationships
on TV and in movies. Educating teens about how to love should
not be that different from educating them about other activities. Here are
a few ways to get the discussion going:
• Healthy relationships require a range of skills, including the
ability to communicate honestly, problem solve, measure anger
and to be generous. Find examples among relatives, friends,
books, your own relationship and relationships on TV shows
such as “Blackish,” “Modern Family,” and even “The Bachelor.”
How do couples show love and affection? How do they resolve
conflicts in a healthy way?
• Discuss ethical issues. What would you do if you caught your
male friend cheating on his girlfriend? What would you do if
you saw an upperclassman trying to hook up with a freshman?
• Discuss the intense feelings we can have towards others. How
do we know what is love and what is infatuation? Are we attracted
to someone who is kind and generous or someone
who acts aloof and seems unattainable?
As a therapist, I have often been asked by students who are in relationships
if it is normal or okay for their boyfriend or girlfriend:
• asks them to text him or her as soon as they get home, to school,
or to work
• tells them what to wear or asks them not to wear certain clothes
gets jealous when they talk to another boy or girl and threatens
to beat him or her up
• checks their phone to see who is texting them
It is important that young people understand the differences between
controlling and loving, demanding and asking, and consent and coercion.
This starts with having these conversations at home in a loving, non-judgmental
As much as our teens may act like they don’t care, they want to know
how we navigated relationships before meeting our spouse. Share the lessons
you learned from heartbreak along the way. It will help normalize it
when it happens to them.
There are many great resources out there. Here are a few of my favorites:
• Amaze.org. An online sex education resource for 10-to 14-yearolds.
• Scarleteen.com. It offers sexual and relationships education for
• Stayteen.org. This site offers teens information on sexual health
and sexual relationships.
• Southbayfamiliesconnected.org. Offers advice for parents and
educators on issues ranging from the new social media landscape to reducing
the likelihood that kids will use drugs and alcohol.
Liz Schoeben is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. In 2017, she
founded CASSY SoCal (www.cassysocal.org), which partners with the
Palos Verdes Unified School District to provide students with comprehensive
mental health services. PEN
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After practicing law in the
Manhattan and Hermosa Beach area for
over 28 years I'm pleased to announce the
relocation of my offices to Palos Verdes.
Please call for a free consultation.
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Attorney At Law
655 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 125
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
uCAMPS & SCHOOLS FOR SUMMER FUN
Begins June 11
w Beach fun and surfing for kids and teens. Aqua Surf camps instill ocean safety and
surfing skills while creating lifelong skills, incredible memories and treasured friendships.
Instructors tailor the experience based on the needs of each individual, while maintaining
a family-style atmosphere. Aqua Surf accommodates complete beginners to kids
and teens learning to surf at a pro level with a 3 to 1 student to teacher ratio to ensure
the highest quality of safety practices and personalized attention for each student. Attend
by the day or week, half or full day. Camps run Monday - Friday, for the entire summer
break. Half days run 9 a.m. - noon or noon - 3 p.m. Full days are 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Begins June 25
w The fun science day camp for curious kids! Top notch, enthusiastic educators and
leaders make STEM learning an adventure! Topics include: Science Makers & Inventors;
Amusement Park Science; Transforming Robots; Rovers Rocketing to Space plus special
Minecraft 101: Mod Design, for campers entering 5th, 6th 7th grades only. Enroll
now save $20 a week. Enroll for 3 weeks and save an additional $10 a week.
South Coast Botanic Garden - 26300 Crenshaw Blvd, Palos Verdes
Richmond St School - 615 Richmond Street, El Segundo
United Methodist Church - 540 Main Street, El Segundo
Trinity Lutheran Church - 1340 11th Street Manhattan Beach
Valor Christian Academy - 525 Earle Lane, Redondo Beach
Begins June 11
w Make your summer awesome! Starting at age 4, BeachSports Summer Camps are
designed with both parents and campers in mind. Through a collaboration with lifeguards
and local school teachers, BeachSports created a program that is inclusive,
fun, educational and, most importantly, safe for campers. Camp activities include surfing,
boogie boarding, beach volleyball,
ocean safety exercises, Jr. Lifeguard skills,
skateboarding, various age-appropriate
games and more! Flexible day pass system
and extended hours make parents’
lives easy and allow campers to experience
all the fun activities offered.
Palos Verdes Performing
Begins June 18
w This summer, the acclaimed PV Performing
Arts Conservatory will offer a series
of exciting theatre camps for all ages
and experience levels, and the opportunity
to perform in a fully-staged, Broadway-style
production of “Grease.” Camp
Curtain Call, which introduces musical
theatre to children ages 5-11, has three
fun-filled sessions of Disney favorites:
“The Lion King Jr.” (June 18-29); “Aladdin
Jr.” (July 9-20) and “Mulan Jr.” (July 23-
Aug. 3). Summer Master Class sessions
and Dance Intensives provide professional
training for students ages 10-18
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City of Rolling Hills Estates
Summer 2018 Recreation Program
Summer Movie Nights
Ernie Howlett Park
25851 Hawthorne Blvd., (310) 377-1577
• June 7 - The Incredibles
• July 5 - Hotel Transylvania
• Aug 2 - The Lion King
Peninsula High School Pool through YMCA
27118 Silver Spur Road, (310) 832-4211
• Adult & Youth programming
• Swimming Lessons
• Recreational Swimming
• Water Exercise
Los Verdes Golf Course
7000 Los Verdes Drive, RPV
• Golf Lessons
who want to advance to the next level to become true triple threats. “Grease” auditions
(ages 12-18) are May 10 - 11.
(310) 544-0403, ext. 303
Performing Arts Workshops
Begins June 18
w Performing Arts Workshops, voted BEST Summer Camp in LA Parent Magazine is
proud to announce this year’s camp programs. Children ages 5-15 can choose from
Musical Theater Camp, Guitar Camp, Filmmaking, Magic, Stage F/X Makeup, Rock
The Mic, or Photography Camp! PAW offers the ultimate “Arts” experience from rehearsal
to performance. “Our kids don’t need to be experts – just have a curiosity and
love for performing,” says Cheryl Appleman, PAW President. “In each session campers
participate in a creative performance which is free and attended by family and friends.”
This summer children can choose to perform in: Hogwarts Musical, Lion King, Witches
of Oz, Little Mermaid, or Mary Poppins. Come make friends and lifelong memories.
Camps are held throughout the South Bay including locally at Ascension Lutheran,
26231 Silver Spur Rd, Rancho Palos Verdes.
PVP School District
Begins June 11
w The PVPUSD Kids’ Corner program offers families an exciting summer of friends, enrichment
and fun! Children entering grades TK-5 can join the excitement offered for
each weekly themed session. Camp begins June 11, at the new Silver Spur School in
Rancho Palos Verdes! For children attending summer school programs, parents can
enjoy the safety of the Before & After Summer School Childcare Program offered at
Cornerstone at Pedregal Elementary, 6069 Groveoak Pl., Rancho Palos Verdes and
Soleado Elementary Schools, 27800 Longhill Dr., Rancho Palos Verdes from June 18
- July 13. For more information on a fun and enriching summer experience, visit the
Peter Weber Equestrian Center
26401 Crenshaw Blvd., (310) 541-9487
• “Wee Tot” Pony Camp
• Riding Lessons
• Pony Camp
• Junior Ranch Hand Camp
• Birthday Parties
• Petting Zoo
Ernie Howlett Park
25851 Hawthorne Blvd., (310) 377-1577
• Dog Agility
• Tennis Camp & Classes
• Pintsize Sports Camps & Classes
• Flag Football Camp
5500 Ironwood St., RPV
PCH Skateboard Camps
Begins June 11
w Learn to skateboard or take your skating
to the next level! Summer camps in
Manhattan and Redondo Beach provide
beginner to advanced skateboarding instruction
for boys and girls age 5 and
up. Safety is the number one priority. All
campers are required to wear a helmet,
elbow pads, knee pads and closed toe
shoes. The first-aid and CPR certified
coaches are very talented skateboarders
with a lot of knowledge to share with
their campers. Don’t have pads or a
skateboard? No worries! The camp offers
boards and pads. Campers also
have access to BeachSports programs,
as well, with their flexible day pass system.
Begins August 6
w Every August, Pediatric Therapy Network
(PTN) hosts Camp Escapades – an
innovative summer camp for children
ages 5 to 14 with developmental concerns.
Camp groups are staffed with
PTN’s occupational, physical or speech
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therapists. Camp activities include: arts & crafts, cooking, sensory experiences, sports,
water play, music, yoga and special events. Camp Escapades 2018 presented by
Honda takes place August 6 - 10 and Aug 13 - 17 at Rolling Hills Country Day School.
Rolling Hills Country Day School
Begins June 25
w Join Rolling Hills Country Day School for summer fun with academic and camp programs
for grades K-8. Both a traditional 6-week summer school academic program
and weekly Experium Science camps are offered. Camp programs are filled with fun
activities that include swimming, arts & crafts, cooking, dance, sports, imagination &
creation, and weekly themes and shows. Art camp, swim camp, private swim lessons,
and extended day care are available until 6 p.m. Request a brochure online or call
Melissa Sandoval,firstname.lastname@example.org, for information.
(310) 377-4848, ext. 7051
26444 Crenshaw Blvd, Palos Verdes
City of Rolling Hills Estates Summer
Recreation Programs & Camps
w Rolling Hills Estates has several summer programs available for all ages from sports
such as cheer, soccer, flag football, golf and swimming camps to equestrian activities.
Locations include Ernie Howlett Park, RHE; Peter Weber Equestrian Center, RHE; Peninsula
High School, RHE; and Los Verdes Golf Course, RPV. For more information visit
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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L
National Charity League
Annual Medallion Reception
The National Charity League, Inc., Peninsula
Chapter held its annual Medallion Senior Recognition
reception on March 10, where twenty-seven
seniors were recognized for their outstanding years
of service and dedication. The reception took place
at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The
Peninsula Chapter of the National Charity League,
Inc. acknowledges its graduating senior class each
spring in a Medallion Senior Recognition reception.
Each senior Ticktocker, or daughter, was presented
in a white dress ceremony that included a tribute to
the girls and their six years of volunteerism as a Ticktocker.
“As President of the Peninsula Chapter of the
National Charity League, it’s impressive to observe
how, over the course of six years, these twenty-seven
seniors have volunteered 16,896 hours. They have developed
as socially-conscious and compassionate
young women and have learned how their efforts and
hands-on service have made a difference in our community
and in the lives of others. That is something
to commend!” stated Mary Schaefer.
The National Charity League, Inc., offers mothers
and daughters unique opportunities to strengthen
their bond while growing together, sharing among
themselves, and improving their community. In the
Peninsula Chapter, graduating seniors typically contribute
more than 15,000 volunteer hours.
PHOTOS BY NICHOLSON PHOTOGRAPHY
1. Liese Cooper.
2. Ken and Allie Sopp, Michael and Mary O’Brien, Doug
and Jenna McFarland, Kent and Maggie Phillips, Mark and
Claire Easton and Randall and Sidney Smith.
3. Natalie and Nicole Walker with Glen Walker.
4. (Front Row) Megan Fogle, Maggie Phillips, Katy Auerbach,
Isabella Navarro, Claire Easton and Nicole Walker.
(2nd Row) Liese Cooper, Audrey Trell, Ava Dahle, Megan
Mashy, Emme Schaefer and Megan Correa. (3rd Row) Sidney
Smith, Mary O’Brien, MaryJo Ericson, Shannon Sklow,
Carolyn Ernenwein. (4th Row) Claire Vanderdonck, Claire
Litchfield, Katie Wilhelm, Jenna McFarland, Nicole Halverson.
(5th Row) Allie Sopp, Claire Katnik, Maya Williamson,
Trianna Mitsanas and Amy Davin.
5. (Center) Audrey Trell, (Right) Claire Vanderdonck, (Left)
Ava Dahle and (Back) Liese Cooper.
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Coleman Special Engagement in Palos Verdes
n Local celebrity weatherman Fritz Coleman joined Peninsula Seniors Lecture Series,
their weekly entertaining presentations at
Hesse Park on March 28. The presentations are
weekly at 10 a.m. and free to the public.
Coleman has been on television as the weekday
weatherman since 1984. In addition, he is a comedian,
writer, philanthropist, former disc jockey
and radio personality. Coleman has been named
best weatherman by the Orange County Register,
LA Daily News and San Bernardino Sun. He
speaks to many non-profit groups, like Peninsula
Seniors, without charging speaking fees.
“I have a great day job,” said Coleman as he
laughed when asked about why he does not
charge for any of his speaking engagements.
Peninsula Seniors is a non-profit tax exempt 501
(c) (3) organization and is governed by a Volunteer
Board of Directors serving the senior adult
Fritz Coleman. Photo
by Dana Graham
community on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and in
surrounding areas. For more information, please
visit www.pvseniors.org or call 310-377-3003.
Eagle Scouts Earn achievements in Court of Honor
n Brian Henry Seo, age 18, attends New
York University, College of Arts and Science.
His proud parents are David and Cynthia Seo
of Rancho Palos Verdes. Brian started Cub
Scouts in 2006 and has been an active member
of Boy Scout Troop 378 since 2010.
Brian’s past leadership positions include Senior
Patrol Leader and Den Chief. Along the way,
he earned 38 merit badges and numerous
Brian’s Eagle project involved designing and
building a raised garden for educational purposes
and paving stones in a parking lot area
Brian Henry Seo.
at Pediatric Therapy Network in Torrance. His
project involved the installation of over 4,000 pounds of raw material. He was
able to fund his project through local restaurant fundraisers, pasta sales fundraising,
personal donations and from his personal savings. Brian had 56 project volunteers,
including scouts, adult volunteers, and friends who put in over 396.5 hours to
complete the project. Brian is very grateful for everyone who contributed their time
and energy to make his Eagle Project a great success for the community.
n Boy Scout Troop 276 has awarded the rank of Eagle Scout to Nikhil Sean
Emde at an Eagle Court of Honor on March 3, 2018 at Hesse Park Community
Center. Nikhil is currently a senior at Peninsula High School.
As a Boy Scout, Nikhil earned 31 merit badges
and served the troop in a variety of leadership
roles. In addition, he earned the 7 League Boot
Award for hiking over 700 miles with the Troop.
For his Eagle project, Nikhil replaced mud and
grass with pavers in the 4th grade work area at
Montemalaga Elementary School. The project
was a great success and took over 200 man
hours to complete.
Troop 276 is a high adventure troop that backpacks
the trails of Southern California mountain
ranges, Joshua Tree National Park, and the Sierra
Nevada Mountains. The Troop is based in Palos
Verdes Estates and meets at Palos Verdes Intermediate
Nikhil Sean Emde.
Photo by Laura Behenna
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Assisteens Recognized for Service
n The Assisteens South Bay celebrated their 53rd Annual Recognition Ball for the
Class of 2018. Representing two high schools from the community: Palos Verdes
High School and Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, the Class of 2018 donated
over 4,150 hours of volunteer service throughout San Pedro and the South Bay
communities. The group included six altruistic young ladies and the first young gentleman
to be recognized and to receive a medallion. All danced a traditional
waltz with their parents to the Disney classic, “Beauty and the Beast.” The ceremony
was held in the Crystal Ballroom at the LA Millennium Biltmore Hotel. To
learn more about joining visit email@example.com.
Cristina Martel, Payton Chi, Nicole Hay, Samantha Spanjol, Anna
Chang, Kelly Van Boxtel and Kathryn Shirley. Photo by Nathan Worden
Support the Land Conservancy’s Adopt a Goat
n In mid-May the Conservancy will deploy a herd of 300 goats to graze overgrown
brush in Lunada Canyon, part of the Agua Amarga Reserve located in Rancho
Palos Verdes. Goats effectively remove invasive weeds including fennel, ice
plant and other non-native plants. This method of weeding by goat grazing is considered
an environmentally friendly and economically efficient approach to prepare
land for native plant restoration. According to Executive Director Andrea
Vona, “The goats are the most popular weeders because they make very little
noise and leave no trash behind.” Since 2009, the goats have been helping the
Conservancy clear invasive plants for restoration from its lands. Goats can clear
an entire acre in a single day, which takes a crew two to three days to normally
accomplish. The indiscriminately eat every plant, and therefore require an electric
fence to keep them from grazing on native plants and nearby resident gardens.
Their droppings provide natural fertilizer that replenish the topsoil. The goats will
also be at several other sites on the
Peninsula eating weeds as part of
the “fuel abatement program” for
the City of Rancho Palos Verdes.
Goat adopters who donate $100
plus will be invited to a reception in
spring 2018, where benefactors
will receive a photograph with
"their" goat. If donating in honor or
in memory of someone, please be
sure to provide the PVPLC with the
appropriate name and mailing address
(not an email address) so that
they can send an acknowledgement
card. Visit www.pvplc.org to
learn more about the program and
be part of the party! Photo by
Mandalas Margaritas Sunday Afternoon by the Sea
n Terranea along with Elizabeth Simone from Simone
Wellness Consulting, hosted a special afternoon
of wellness and libations outside on the
patio overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Simone, an
experienced spiritual wellness coach, created this
event whereby guests were able to reflect on their
life journey while painting their own unique mandala
stone which can be later taken home for decoration
and/or used as a meditation tool.
Heather Fitzgerald with Simone Wellness explained
eloquently how the circle shape of the
stone symbolizes wholeness, continuity, connection
and unity. Fitzgerald further explained that the
whole is representative of the entire cycle of life.
These special stones are believed to help individuals
focus inward. The guests enjoyed the Spring
Sunday amongst many new Palos Verdes friends
painting and drinking margaritas with a generous
spread of buffet style hors d'oeuvres.
Shipbuilding Contest at the Port of San Pedro
n The Los Angeles Maritime Museum, San
Pedro, hosted its second annual Lego Shipbuilding
Contest on Saturday, April 14. Shipbuilders
of all ages competed in two categories: "build at
home" or "build on site". Prizes were awarded by
age group, and approximately 450 shipbuilders
of all ages participated. The entries ranged from
traditional classics such as "Titanic" and "Queen
Mary" alongside fanciful creations including
"Nixon Boat" and "Party Ship Egg Hatching". In
addition to the contest, shipbuilders tested their
skills in the non-competitive drydock category, assembling
Lego naval ships using kits with preprinted
instructions supplied by the Museum. The
Museum is open Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and
offers free educational school tours year-round focusing
on the history of the Port of Los Angeles.
www.lamaritimemuseum.org or 310-548-7618.
hostess with Simone
Photo by Stephanie
Judge receives Fulbright
n The U.S. Department of State and the J.
William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board are
pleased to announce that Palos Verdes resident
Judge J. Stephen Czuleger of the Los Angeles Superior
Court has received a Fulbright Specialist
Program award. Over a three-week period in
May, Judge Czuleger will present intensive lectures,
meetings and discussions with Albanian
judges and prosecutors as well as law school faculty
Judge Czuleger is one of over 400 U.S. citizens
who will share expertise with host institutions
abroad through the Fulbright Specialist Program
in 2018. Recipients of Fulbright Specialist awards Judge J. Stephen
are selected on the basis of academic and professional
achievement, demonstrated leadership
in their field, and their potential to foster long-term
cooperation between institutions in the U.S. and abroad.
and organizer of the
event. Photo by
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• Serving the South
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When Michel Medawar invented and designed the first
talking clock in the world almost fifty years ago he insisted
on the most precise clock motor in existence.
When he found that such a motor was not available, he contacted
Patek Philippe the creators of the finest mechanical timepiece
in the world. With their collaboration he designed a motor
of the highest caliber and accuracy second to none. Yet to retain
its endless life it must be regularly maintained, just like your
clock at home.
A properly maintained clock not only extends its life indefinitely,
it also insures its accuracy. Your clock has a complex
mechanism of inter-working parts. Yet unfortunately this precious
item does not warn you prior to any major malfunction,
therefore it becomes imperative to maintain and service your
clock regularly. Oil gets old and dry forcing the train of gears to
work twice as hard to accomplish their goal. This results in
damage that drastically shortens the life of a fine timepiece.
Your clock reminds you of its presence every time you wind
it, and if its accuracy is not what it used to be, or its chimes are
not as healthy, or maybe it just stops. That means it’s talking to
you, telling you that its endless life is in jeopardy.
Michel Medawar has been extending the lives of timepieces
for over fifty years as his father did fifty years before. 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 the same day 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
We are located at 810C Silver Spur Rd., in Rolling Hills Estates, Ca.
90274. Or call us at (310) 544-0052
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