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Volume XXII, Issue 10

May 2018

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

Medical Director,

Providence Little Company of Mary

Medical Center,

Interventional Cardiology and

Catheterization Lab.

PROFILES

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

possible.

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.”

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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.

HIGHLIGHTS

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

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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

Discovery Ball

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

reigned.

4. Actor Paul Sorvino of the film

Goodfellas and wife/actress Dee

Dee Benkie.

5. Gensler partner Arpy Hatzikian

and companion.

6. Tom Redfield and CBRE SVP

Tim Vaughan.

7. Mixing the martinis.

8. Science Center Foundation’s

Terry Monteleone.

9. The dinner scene inside an

Egyptian-decorated hangar

underneath the Space Shuttle

Endeavour.

10. CBRE SVP Tim Vaughan and

wife Emily Vaughan.

11. The Endeavour spectacularly

lit up as King Tutankhamun’s

ornate sarcophagus.

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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L

Jubilant PV Juniors Celebrate

60th Anniversary

Spring Fete

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

in May.

PHOTOS BY MARCUS ROY HOFFMAN PHOTOGRAPHY

1. Maura Mizuguchi and Susan Rule

Sandler.

2. Nadia McMahon and David Kelliny.

3. Suzanne Sugano, Vivian Hung and

Sandra Wang.

4. Jane Lau, Charlie and Mary Clarke

and Sally Harris.

5. Sean Tabazadeh, Faryaneh Kashef,

Mary Kelliny, David Kelliny and Leslie

Low.

6. Priti Patel, Mandi Leonard and

Brittni Barron.

7. Antonietta Ciccone, Silvia

VanDusen, Yvonne Liu and James

Reese.

8. Maura Mizuguchi and Mark

Coleman.

9. Marilyn Kidd and Chris Brier.

10. Mich Mohuchy and Gretchen

Lent.

11. Leslie Low and Sally Harris and

Patty Cukrov.

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

Walk.

“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

in kindergarten.

“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

said.

“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

people excited.”

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 bill.

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

body.

“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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S P O T L I G H T O N T H E H I L L

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

Schenasi.

2. Ralph Moore, Priscilla Hunt and Craig

Leach.

3. Julie and Jackson Yang. (Photo by Wally

Skalij/Tim Branning)

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

Sandesha Singh.

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

Resort

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

Madrecitas)

12. Debby Edwards with Carolyn

Kitchen and daughter Kellanne

Kitchen.

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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

Opening reception

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

Perlberg.

PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE CARTOZIAN

7. Emily Vaughan, Marianne and Bill

Hunter and Tim Vaughan.

8. Web Castor, Marion Ruth and Tom

Redfield.

9. Joe Baker, Dan Crocker and Katrina

Vanderlip.

10. Allen Alpay and Ruthie Pearce.

11. Maude and Aaron Landon with

Joe Baker.

12. The Colony, Tom Redfield, Kevin

Prince, Stephen Mirich, Vicki and Dan

Pinkham.

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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.

Kaushal said.

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.”

he conceded.

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

there.

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

too.

“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

benefactors.

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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Stars

“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

50th birthday.

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

you.’”

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

close relatives.

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

Bonestell book?

“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”

(1944).

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

Kubrick’s “2001”.

“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

Mars now.”

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,

spot-on.”

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

beginning.

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

system.

“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

one side.”

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

Elson Alexandre

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

Wind.”

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

family.

“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

host.”

For one party, her father cooked

a whole lamb, Arabic style on a rotating

spit in a hole he dug in the

backyard.

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

cream.

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.

” PEN

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CALENDAR OF COMMUNITY EVENTS

Compiled by Teri Marin

You can email your event to our address: penpeople@easyreadernews.com

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

On Going

Peninsula Seniors

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:

www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com

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

volunteerhub.com.

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.

Spring Fling

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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“personal art signature” as you begin, or enhance, the use of art in your home.

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.

42nd Street

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,

(310) 544-0403.

Sunday, April 29

ESL class

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 music.pensym@verizon.net, or visit our website at

Pensym.org.

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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Thursday, May 3

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

visit newneighborspv.wixsite.com/website

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

pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

PVPLC Saturdays

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.

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Wednesday, May 9

Seniors Lecture series

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p.m. South Bay Contemporary SoLA , 3718 W

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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.

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Taiko extravaganza

Master drummer Kris Bergstrom teams up with

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devoted his career to the welfare of children. 10:30 a.m. Hesse Park, 29301

Hawthorne Blvd., Palos Verdes.

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

‘Grease’ auditions

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

pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

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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Carolyn and Julian Elliott graciously opened their luxe seaside home to

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

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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

Sam Fischer.

4. Marion Ruth, Mary Bianco and

Mona Gifford.

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

Symphony Association.

11. Dr. Rainer Beck and his wife

Nancy Kramer.

12. Carolyn Elliott, Marion Ruth

and Mona Gifford.

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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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Closing celebration

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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.

PVPLC Saturdays

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Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates. For

more information, contact (310)

547-0862 or RSVP at:

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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

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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.

PVPLC Saturday

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.

3rd Saturdays

At George F Canyon Preserve and Nature Center: Volunteer Activities for Families

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on your grubbies and take part in a kid-friendly habitat restoration activity:

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begin to understand the role that

they can play in nature conservation.

Free. 27305 Palos Verdes Drive

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For more information, contact (310)

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Birding with Wild Birds

Unlimited

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,

Rolling Hills Estates 90274. RSVP at:

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

Palos Verdes.

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

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Rolling Hills Estates. For more information

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Thursday, May 24

Embroiderers' Guild

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

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Saturday, May 26

PVPLC Saturday

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

pvplc.org/_events/WhitePointWorkshopRSVP.asp.

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

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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

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Chef Paul Buchanan, left, with a guest.

Seeing

and

eating

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around

us

by Richard Foss

Photos by Monica Orozco

Painters

and

foragers

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

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treeless hill was sculpted into a

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in the paintings. To Chef

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Tongva tribal culinary historian

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sense of a place with paint, we’re

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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

traditional practices.

“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

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things that are usually covered up. It’s almost like developing

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time. ”

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ideas. This includes traditional methods of food preservation, necessary in

climates that offer bountiful harvests in one season and little or nothing in

others.

“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

ways.

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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Peninsula Athletics

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.”

PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE CARTOZIAN

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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Dear Cassy:

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

way.

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

teens.

• 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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uCAMPS & SCHOOLS FOR SUMMER FUN

Aqua Surf

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.

(310) 902-7737

AQUASURF.com

Info@aquasurf.com

Destination Science

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

(888) 909-2822

destinationscience.org

BeachSports

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.

(310) 372-2202

BeachSports.org

Palos Verdes Performing

Arts Conservatory

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

(310) 377-1577

• Golf Lessons

www.RollingHillsEstatesCA.gov

camps&schoolsforsummerfun

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

PalosVerdesPerformingArts.com

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.

(310) 827-8827

performingartsworkshops.com

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

website.

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

(310) 541-7626

5500 Ironwood St., RPV

pvpusd.net/pvkids

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.

(310) 372-2202

PCHSkateCamps.com

Pediatric Therapy

Network

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.

(310) 328-0276

PediatricTherapyNetwork.org

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,msandoval@rhcds.com, for information.

(310) 377-4848, ext. 7051

26444 Crenshaw Blvd, Palos Verdes

rhcds.com

City of Rolling Hills Estates Summer

Recreation Programs & Camps

Begins June12

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

the website.

www.RollingHillsEstatesCA.gov

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National Charity League

Honors Students

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.

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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

around&about

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

scouting awards.

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

School.

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 assisteensmembershipsp@gmail.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

Stephanie Cartozian

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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.

Heather Fitzgerald,

hostess with Simone

Wellness Consulting.

Photo by Stephanie

Cartozian

Judge receives Fulbright

Specialist Award

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

and students.

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

Czuleger.

in their field, and their potential to foster long-term

cooperation between institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

Marifrances Trivelli

Museum Director

and organizer of the

event. Photo by

Stephanie Cartozian

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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

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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

complimentary diagnosis.

We are located at 810C Silver Spur Rd., in Rolling Hills Estates, Ca.

90274. Or call us at (310) 544-0052

Open 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Tuesday - Saturday

810C Silver Spur Road • Rolling Hills Estates • CA 90274

Call 310.544.0052

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Appointments Are Recommended

Showroom Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10-5 • Friday 9-3 • Monday by Appointment

Closed Saturday and Sunday • License #381992

Suzy Zimmerman, Agent

Insurance Lic#: OF71296

4010 Palos Verdes Dr N, Suite

103

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Bus: 310-377-9531

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