Palos Verdes South Coast Botanic Garden’s Free Admission Day!

Palos Verdes South Coast Botanic Garden’s Free Admission Day!

south coast botanic garden - free walk

The South Coast Botanic Garden’s free admission day is coming up offering a special gift for Palos Verdes homes owners to enjoy.  On the third Tuesday of every month visitors are allowed to walk these gorgeous gardens to enjoy the blooming trees, shrubs and flowers as they transition from their spring blooms into early summer with plenty of color.  The Garden, (which covers 87 acres) has an abundance of beautiful landscaping ideas which not only cover  blooming plants with their glowing colors, but also the drought resistant types which are popping up everywhere Palos Verdes because to the water shortage.

The summer is a great time to get out and enjoy a relaxing walk and find some fresh landscaping ideas to try at home.  The next free day at the Garden is on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Blvd, Palos Verdes Peninsula.  For more information you can go to http://southcoastbotanicgarden.org/, or call (310) 544-1948.

To read a prior article on South Coast Botanic Garden click here.

Photo courtesy of South Coast Botanic Garden.

South Coast Botanic Garden Offers A Free Day!

South Coast Botanic Garden Offers A Free Day!

south coast botanic garden - free walk

South Coast Botanic Garden is offering a special gift for Palos Verdes homes owners to enjoy by opening their doors on the third Tuesday of every month with free admission.  Summer is a wonderful time to enjoy the blooming trees, shrubs and flowers as they transition from their spring blooms into early summer with plenty of color. The Garden, which covers 87 acres, has an abundance of beautiful landscaping ideas which not only cover the blooming plants with their glowing colors, but also the drought resistant types which are popping up everywhere on the peninsula because to the water shortage.

Whether you are looking for a relaxing walk, want to get out and exercise, or just trying to find some fresh landscaping ideas to try at home, this is the place.  The next free day at the Garden is on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Blvd, Palos Verdes Peninsula.  For more information you can go to http://southcoastbotanicgarden.org/, or call (310) 544-1948.

To read my prior article on South Coast Botanic Garden click here.

Photo courtesy of South Coast Botanic Garden.

Palos Verdes Beaches Make Honor Roll List Again This Year!

Palos Verdes Beaches Make Honor Roll List Again This Year!

California has the most beautiful beaches along its coast, and Palos Verdes homes owners have some of the cleanest beaches right here on the peninsula to enjoy.  On June 17, 2015, Heal the Bay reported that Palos Verdes beaches and coves are in the current top Honor Roll 2014-2015 list for California.  This means that our local waters have received grades of A & A+ throughout the year.  Heal the Bay assigns weekly grades to more than 440 sites along the West Coast for summer dry-weather water quality and to another 60 locations that are on year round monitoring.  Heal the Bay is a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to making Southern California coastal waters and watersheds safe, healthy and clean.  They use science, education, community action and advocacy to pursue their mission.

Heal the Bay published their first Beach Report Card in 1990 that covered about 60 locations in Los Angeles County.  At that time, beach goers knew little about the health risks of the water around them.  Since that time, there is a great deal more information to help keep pollution and sewage spills off our local beaches.

The Beach Report Card (BRC) is based on the routine monitoring of beaches by local health agencies.  They collect water samples checking for bacteria that indicate pollution.  The better the grade on the beach means the lower the risk of illness to beach goers.

The Beach Report Card program is funded from grants from different foundations.  Volunteer groups and outside funding are constantly needed to ensure this program continues to minimize the pollution of our beaches.

To read more about Heal the Bay’s Beach Report Card program click here.

To read my prior article on Heal the Bay beach report card click here.

Photo courtesy of Portuguese Bend Beach Club in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Visit the Malaga Cove Plaza Summer Art Shows

Visit the Malaga Cove Plaza Summer Art Shows

malaga cove plaza art shows

The Malaga Cove Plaza Art Shows are back again this summer for all to enjoy, and they will run from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on the following weekends: June 20 & 21, July 18 & 19, August 15 & 16 and September 19 & 20, 2015.   If you are looking for a family friendly outdoor activity to enjoy,  Palos Verdes homes owners have only a short ride to visit the Malaga Cove Plaza Art Show.   The Palos Verdes Art Center invites the community to meet with local artists who will be exhibiting their works.  This includes not only paintings, but also photographs, ceramic goods, and custom jewelery.   There will be approximately 30 artists who are affiliated with the PVAC selling their unique one-of-a-kind goods in the green belt located in front of the Plaza.

Malaga Cove Plaza is located on Palos Verdes Drive West between Via Corta and Via Chico in Palos Verdes Estates.  While there you can take in the historical architecture and landmarks, visit the local gift shop and enjoy lunch at one of two local restaurants.

To read my prior article on the Malaga Cove Plaza Art Shows click here.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Art Center Exhibition Area

Palos Verdes Abalone Cove Tidepool Walk

Palos Verdes Abalone Cove Tidepool Walk

Los Serenos de Point Vicente is offering their 2015 walks for Palos Verdes homes owners to enjoy.  Once again they will be guiding us to explore the local wildlife areas made possible by the wonderful volunteer groups who help to protect our Peninsula.

A moderate hike of the Abalone Cove Shoreline Park on Saturday, February 15, 2015, at 12:00 p.m. will be sponsored by Los Serenos de Point Vicente.  This is a great time to enjoy the outdoors and learn more about the fascinating marine life in our area.  This is a free public walk and, no matter how many times you have been to the tide pools, the ever changing waters captivate us all.  Palos Verdes homes owners are lucky to be surrounded by such beauty.

Abalone Cove Shoreline Park features two beaches (Abalone Cove and Sacred Cove), tide pools, and viewing areas of trails crisscrossing the area.  These hikes are a great time to enjoy nature with experts who will be discussing Palos Verdes Peninsula history, geology, plant and animal life, and specifically marine mammals.  You can see sea urchins, sea stars, sea hares and sea anemones in pristine tide pool settings.  The hikes are scheduled when the tide is low enough to view the marine life.  Please wear sturdy shoes while you visit the tide pools during this two hour walk.

Parking is available at Abalone Cove Shoreline Park located at 5970 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes.  There is no fee for the hike and the parking fees will be waived up to 45 minutes prior to the hike and 30 minutes after.  For more information go to www.LosSeranos.og, or call (310) 377-5370.

To read my last article on Los Serenos de Point Vicente click here.

Photo courtesy of Los Serenos de Point Vicente.

 

Palos Verdes Concours D’Elegance Pleasure Road Rallye

Palos Verdes Concours D’Elegance Pleasure Road Rallye

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On Saturday, September 13, 2014, the Palos Verdes Concours D’Elegance Pleasure Road Rallye will be featuring some of the “nooks and crannies” of the Peninsula that most of us have never explored.

Gather your friends and navigators and join in – beginning with lunch and registration at the Rolling Hills Country Club from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.  At 1:00 p.m. the actual “Pleasure Road Rallye” will begin and will take advantage of the beautiful ocean views which surrounds the Peninsula.  During the 2 hour drive there will be a few brain teasers, and some interesting stops.  After viewing some historical Peninsula locations, you will finish at the Palos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes Estates where a reception will be held honoring this year’s Grand Marshal Don Panoz (who leads the Delta Wing endurance racing team).

This is a pleasure rallye so beginners and experienced rallye participants are encouraged to join in.  There will be hot rods, classic cars and even the family car is welcome to join – driving and exploring for fun.  The entry cost will include lunch and the Grand Marshal’s reception (which starts at 5:00 p.m and goes until 10:00 p.m.) with a hosted beer, wine and champagne reception.  The entry cost of $200 includes both the driver and navigator.  Children under 12 ride for free.  Any additional guests may travel with you enjoying both the lunch and reception for a price of $95.  Tickets will sell out and you are encouraged to purchase your tickets soon.

For a full day of fun, which also includes the Helicopter Golf Ball Drop for prizes and the Grand Marshal’s reception, purchase your tickets at www.pvconcours.org under the Road Rallye tab.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Concours

Visit Point Fermin Lighthouse While Summer Flowers Are In Bloom

Visit Point Fermin Lighthouse While Summer Flowers Are In Bloom

point fermin

Summer is here and flowers are in bloom at the Point Fermin Lighthouse Historic Site and Museum.  This is a great time to view one of Palos Verdes Peninsula’s interesting architectural structures located in San Pedro.  Built in 1874, the Point Fermin Lighthouse was the first navigational source of light in the San Pedro Bay.  It is considered to be one of the oldest lighthouses on the West Coast.  Phineas Banning had petitioned the Federal Government along with several businessmen in 1854 to place a lighthouse on the Point.  After 20 years, it was finally built in the Stick Victorian Style which is a simpler design than the later Victorian period.  The lighthouse did not have a fog-signalling apparatus and was a one-keeper station until 1941 when all coastal lights were extinguished as protection against army attacks.  It served as an aid to safe passage between the Channel Islands and the Harbor.  After the war, the light remained off and the structure fell into disrepair.  However, in 1974, with the help of many volunteers the building was brought back to its original charm for its centennial celebration.

The Point Fermin Lighthouse is open Tuesday through Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and closed on Mondays.  Guided tours are offered at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.  The admission is free, however, a donation is requested from visitors.  Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, and no child under 40 inches tall will be admitted to the tower.  The lighthouse may be closed on major holidays and for special events in the Park.  You can call ahead for that schedule at (310) 241-0684.

The Point Fermin Lighthouse and Museum is located at 807 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro.

To view my previous article on Point Fermin Lighthouse Historic Site and Museum click here.

Photo courtesy of Point Fermin Lighthouse

Malaga Cove Summer Concert Series 2014

Malaga Cove Summer Concert Series 2014

LIbrary Concerts - Palos Verdes

Malaga Cove Summer Concert Series will begin on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at Farnham Martin Park located next to the Malaga Cove Library in Palos Verdes Estates.  The concerts are held on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. and continue through August 27th.  Thanks again to the Malaga Cove Business & Professionals Association and the Palos Verdes Police Association who sponsor these concerts for your summer entertainment.  You may bring your blankets at 3:00 p.m to save a spot, but remember that only small back chairs are allowed in the center areas.  The list of the 2014 summer performers is as follows:

July 9, 2014 – Bad Haggis – Electric Celtic

July 16, 2014 – Andy & Renee & Hard Rain – Rock and roll revival

July 23, 2014 – Jim Sitterly Trio – Classic meets rock

July 30, 2014 – Sgt. Pepper – Beatles & British rock & roll

August 6, 2014 – Sam & Brenda – Classic to rock

August 13, 2014 – Mighty Mo Rodgers – Southern Blues

August 20, 2014 – Cody Bryant – Country party show band

August 27, 2014 – Eaglessquad – Classic music by the Eagles

To read my prior article on Malaga Cove Summer Concerts click here.

Photo from last year’s concert courtesy of Louis Skelton

Palos Verdes Beaches Make Honor Roll List Again

Palos Verdes Beaches Make Honor Roll List Again

Palos Verdes homes owners have some of the cleanest beaches in California to enjoy.  Heal the Bay is again reporting that Palos Verdes beaches and coves are in the current top Honor Roll 2013-2014 list for California.  This means that our local waters have received grades of A & A+ throughout the year.  Heal the Bay assigns weekly grades to more than 440 sites along the West Coast for summer dry-weather water quality and to another 60 locations that are on year round monitoring.  Heal the Bay is a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to making Southern California coastal waters and watersheds safe, healthy and clean.  They use science, education, community action and advocacy to pursue their mission.

Heal the Bay published their first Beach Report Card in 1990 and covered about 60 locations in Los Angeles County.  At that time, beach goers knew little about the health risks of the water around them.  Since that time, there is a great deal more information to help keep pollution and sewage spills off our local beaches.

The Beach Report Card (BRC) is based on the routine monitoring of beaches by local health agencies.  They collect water samples checking for bacteria that indicate pollution.  The better the grade on the beach means the lower the risk of illness to beach goers.

The Beach Report Card program is funded from grants from different foundations.  Volunteer groups as well as funding are constantly needed to ensure this program continues to minimize the pollution of our beaches.

To read more about Heal the Bay’s Beach Report Card program click here.

To read my prior article on Heal the Bay beach report card click here.

Photo above is of Portuguese Bend Beach Club in Rancho Palos Verdes