Palos Verdes Free Income Tax Preparation 2015

Palos Verdes Free Income Tax Preparation 2015

Photo of Lakeview:Catalina Trail courtesy of Arvin Design

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Senior Center is once again offering free income tax preparation to Palos Verdes homes owners through the AARP Tax-Aide Program.  These one hour sessions are held on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. beginning February 6, 2016, and ending on April 9, 2016.  In order to take advantage of this free program, you must have all your tax documents for 2015 in hand before going in.  You are also required to bring copies of your 2014 Federal and State income tax returns.   It is open to all ages including seniors, but remember that space will be limited and you must bring your tax documents organized and ready to go.

This year, they will have tax preparation sessions on a first come – first serve basis so plan accordingly and make sure you are available to wait for an opening.  For more information, contact the Peninsula Seniors Center ob Monday through Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at (310) 377-3003 or go to seniors@pvseniors.org.

To read my prior article on Free Income Tax Preparation click here.

Peninsula Seniors is located at 30928 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275.

Photo of  Lakeview Catalina Trail courtesy of Arvin Design.

 

 

PVE-CARES Annual Senior Health & Wellness Fair

PVE-CARES Annual Senior Health & Wellness Fair

The Neighborhood Church, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Palos Verdes 10th Annual Senior Health & Wellness Fair will be held on Friday, October 23, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Neighborhood Church.  This senior health fair event is offered by PVE-CARES (Community Assistance and Resources for the Elderly and Seniors).

Palos Verdes homes owners will once again be able to get free flu shots for seniors and other medical screenings.  There will also be music from the 50’s courtesy of Chaussee’s Big Band and lunch will be served for the participants.  The fair will also feature an opportunity drawing for prizes and over 30 exhibitors of local resources geared toward senior services.

There will not be any document shredding or E-waste collection at this event.  Palos Verdes residents have an opportunity for these services on Saturday, November 7, 2015, at Palos Verdes High School between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon.  Please click here to read my recent article on this shredding/e-waste event. 

This is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of these great services, and also to have a relaxing visit at one of our most beautiful, historic locations on the Peninsula.  The Neighborhood Church is located at 415 Paseo Del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates.

For more information on this event contact PVE-CARES through the Police Department at (310) 378-4211.

Photo courtesy of the Neighborhood Church.

Palos Verdes Library District’s Free Movies!

Palos Verdes Library District’s Free Movies!

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The Palos Verdes Library District has a great list of free movies that they will be showing in the month of October.  Each month they offer a different selection of foreign movies, the latest releases and classic cinema.  Most of the screenings will have some post film discussion which adds an opportunity to socialize with others in the community.  In October the following movies will be presented.  Classic Movies at Noon will be showing Night Of The Hunter on Monday, October 5, 2015, from 12:00 noon to 2:30 p.m.  The Classic Movies at Noon series takes place on the first Monday of every month and features Hollywood films from the 1930s through the 1970s.  On Thursday, October 8, 2015, at 5:30 p.m., Cine-Monde film series (a film series featuring notable film from around the globe) will be screening Where Do We Go Now?  The Multiplex film series (featuring notable, popular and recent American releases from Hollywood) will occur on the fourth Thursday of the month October 22, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.  These events are free and open to the public.  Following the film there may be a brief discussion facilitated by the coordinator of the series.

All of the film showings will take place at the Peninsula Center Library Community Room.  The Peninsula Center Library is located at 701 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information regarding any of the films, call 310-377-9584, ext 214 or contact Joshua at jpeck@pvld.org.

To read my prior article on the Palos Verdes Library District click here.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Library District

Palos Verdes Peninsula Seniors Lectures & Coffee & Cars August 2015

Palos Verdes Peninsula Seniors Lectures & Coffee & Cars August 2015

The Peninsula Seniors Lecture Series August 2015 is a great opportunity for Palos Verdes homes owners to hear interesting speakers and learn new information. These Lectures take place at Hesse Park located at 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes, in the Fireside Room on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

August 5, 2015 – Shelly Stockwell-Nicholas, PhD, Joy Therapy – Shelly is the creator of Joy Therapy, which she says is made up of joy and laughter and is what we are all after.  She will assist you in several wonderful laughing yoga exercises which should help elevate your mood.  She is also the author of 17 books and the President of the International Hypnosis Federation.

August 12, 2015 – Jean Alden and the Reader’s Theater Repertoire present “Washington’s Loves” by Miro Gavran.  The playwright, Miro Gavran, explains that George came to him in a dream in 1988 and told him that the story that is described in the play, describes the truth of the human heart and not the truth of historical fact.  This play is supposed to be the most truthful recording of that dream where George admits that his ghost was there at Mount Vernon when his wife Martha and mistress Sylvia met.

August 19, 2015 – Dr. David Hart – Memory Boosters – This is a two part strength and flexibility training for the brain presenting novel activities that stimulate the different regions of the cerebral cortex.  He will also discuss strategies for improving memory function which is said to decrease the possibility of developing dementia.

August 26, 2015 – Cynthia Young –  Barbie, Bedrooms and Beyond – Cynthia who is an interior, landscape and fashion designer has met and designed for many celebrities including Barbara Sinatra, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Lucille Ball.  She was also former Vice President of Design at Mattel for Barbie,  and is now applying these creative experiences to help you create your own spaces.

Special Movie Program – Friday, August 21, 2015, 1:00 p.m. – The movie, Woman in Gold, is about the Jewish refugee Maria Altman who was forced to flee Vienna during World War II.  She is determined to salvage her dignity and also a painting the Nazis stole from her family called the Lady in Gold.  This is based on a true story, and stars Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Jonathan Pryce, Katie Holmes and Max Irons.

COFFEE & CARS

On Saturday, August 1, 2015, the Peninsula Seniors will sponsor Coffee & Cars at the Peninsula Shopping Center (Silver Spur Road and Hawthorne Boulevard in Rolling Hills Estates).  A group of car enthusiasts will bring their Hot Rod, Custom, Muscle Car, Sports Car, Antique, and other special interest vehicles, to the Peninsula Shopping Center parking lot where you can admire the cars, meet the owners and ask them questions.

Coffee & Cars is held the first Saturday of every month 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the back parking area near the intersection of Crossfield Drive and Indian Peak Road (across from the Norris Theatre) in the Peninsula Shopping Center.  Each month, a different type of car is featured.

For more information contact Peninsula Seniors at (310) 377-3003.

To read my previous article on Peninsula Seniors Lecture Series click here.

Photo courtesy of Peninsula Seniors                                                                      

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – July 21, 2015

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – July 21, 2015

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the July 21, 2015, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (30 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 208 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $950,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 to $53,000,000 in the City of Rolling Hills (The low in Eastview is $649,000).  There are 32 Palos Verdes townhomes for sale priced between $299,000 and $2,895,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:

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Chris Adlam’s (Vista Sotheby’s Int’l Realty) 2736 Paseo Del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 6 bath, 7,628 square foot home for $6,900,000.  This fabulous Lunada Bay Resort Point home features unobstructed ocean views, a gourmet kitchen w/huge center island,  a massive family room, a 12 seat theater and a sports court.  Kathleen Cartier & Sloan Sanders’ (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 5 Santa Rosa, Rolling Hills Estates, 90274 (above right) is a 5 bedroom, 7 bath, 5,772 square foot home for $3,998,000.  This fabulous gated Vantage Point home features ocean & sunset views, an exquisite gourmet chef’s kitchen, private office/den and pool/spa.

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Stephen Haw’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 22 Sail View Ave, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 5 bath, 4,012 square foot home for $2,399,000.  This former model home in the Sea Breeze community of La Cresta features a gourmet kitchen, a master retreat and guest/in law suite.  Susannah Hogentogler ‘s (Beach City Brokers) 6032 Flambeau Road, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above right) is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,395 square foot home for $1,025,000. This beautiful turnkey Silver Spur home features an open floor plan with remodeled kitchen and in ground spa.

To read my prior article on favorite Palos Verdes homes click here.

Photos courtesy of CRMLS.

 

PVE-CARES Sponsors Palos Verdes Concert In The Park

PVE-CARES Sponsors Palos Verdes Concert in the Park

Lunada Bay Concerts in the Park

Summer is here and it’s time for Palos Verdes home owners to get out and enjoy the warm weather. Our local PVE-CARES will be sponsoring “Chaussee’s Big Band” on Thursday, July 23, 2015, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Lunada Bay Park.  Chaussee’s Big Band will be performing music from the 40’s and 50’s and it will be fun for all ages.  Grab a blanket or a low back lawn chair, some snacks and get ready to enjoy the music!

PVE-CARES (Palos Verdes Estates – Care, Assistance, Resources, Education and Socials) is a program created by the Palos Verdes Police Department to assist in “Caring for Those Who Cared for Us.”  It is designed for Palos Verdes residents 65 and older and is celebrating 10 years of service.  It not only offers them fun activities such as the concert, but offers different lectures and health fairs to keep seniors informed of the latest information in the health care industry.  For more information, contact the Community Relations Officer, McCullough, at 310-378-4211, ext 2121, or mmccullough@pvestates.org.

Lunada Bay Park is located at the corner of Palos Verdes Drive West and Via Carrillo in Palos Verdes Estates.

To read my last article on PVE-CARES click here.

Photo courtesy of Lunada Bay Homeowners Association

Peninsula Seniors Lecture Series June 2015

Peninsula Seniors Lecture Series June 2015

Palos Verdes homes owners have a wonderful opportunity in June to hear several interesting topics at the Peninsula Seniors Lectures Series.  These Lectures take place at Hesse Park located at 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes, in the Fireside Room on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

June 3, 2015 – Dr. Kate Cummins – Mindfulness, Pain Management, and Stroke Awareness will be the topic at this lecture.  This lecture will discuss the workings of the brain and how to combat pain management through cognitive behavior change, mindfulness and solution focused therapy.  Dr. Cummins is a clinical psychologist specializing in neuropsychology and brain injury with a practice here on the Peninsula.

June 10, 2015 – Bill Lama will present History and Future of Environmental Movement – Environmentalism for the 21st Century.  He will explore how the first priority of human life and human well being is the standard of morality.  He will explain that as we strive to protect the environment we must take care of those things that become detrimental to human life.

June 17, 2015 – John Warbank will be discussing Memory and Insomnia Challenges.  John has been practiving and sharing Zigong and Qu-ssage for years.  Through these techniques he believes you can achieve more restful/peaceful sleep which gives you wellness.  The techniques that he shares are great for seniors as they can be done sitting, standing or even lying down.  Most are self administered and produce great results.  Mr. Warhank has a degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from USC.

June 24, 2015 – A. Roberto Friscancho, PH.D., Evolution – Biological anthropologist.  Dr. Frisancho is known for his work on developmental human adaption to extreme environments such as high altitudes as well as growth and evaluation of nutritional status.  Dr. Frasancho is the Aurthur G. Thurnau Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan.

To read my prior article on Peninsula Seniors Lecture Series click here.

Photo courtesy of the Peninsula Seniors Lecture Series.

Join PVE – CARES Senior Program At Palos Verdes Golf Club

Join PVE – CARES Senior Program At Palos Verdes Golf Club

Palos Verdes Golf Club - Front

PVE-CARES Senior Program will be hosting their lunch and learn program “Cinco de Mayo” at the Palos Verdes Golf Club on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at 11:00 a.m.  Palos Verdes homes owners over the age of 65 can join this program which was established to assist residents who want to enjoy living in their own homes as long as possible.  PVE-Community Assistance & Resource for the Elderly & Seniors (CARES) offers many events showcasing City services for seniors – from updates on security issues, how to notify the police department when leaving on vacation, to local assistance in health care and medical needs.  Members will receive information, sent directly to them, regarding all the activities.  The City of Palos Verdes Estates established this program to assist seniors with phone calls, home visits, resources from handy helpers and educational programs.

“Cinco de Mayo” is open to both new and existing PVE-CARES members and will include an introduction/update on the senior services.  Join them at the PV Golf Club at 11:00 a.m. to enjoy lunch and learn what PVE-CARES can offer you or a senior you care about.  Police, Fire, Neighborhood Watch and many other organizations will be on hand to answer questions about PVE senior services.  This event is free and open to all residents.

Please RSVP to the Community Relations Officer McCullough at 310-378-4211.

To read my prior article on PVE-CARES click here.

Photo courtesy of Palos Verdes Golf Club

Palos Verdes Coffee & Cars!

Palos Verdes Coffee & Cars!

Next Saturday, March 7, 2015, Palos Verdes homes owners have an opportunity to visit Coffee & Cars at the Peninsula Shopping Center.  The Peninsula Seniors sponsor this great activity at the Peninsula Shopping Center located on the corner of Silver Spur Road and Hawthorne Boulevard in the City of Rolling Hills Estates.  Car enthusiasts will get together and bring their Hot Rod, Custom, Muscle Car, Sports Car, Antique, and other special interest vehicles, to the Peninsula Shopping Center parking lot, where you can walk around and admire the cars, meet the owners and ask them questions.

This free event is a wonderful opportunity to meet and socialize with Peninsula Seniors members, their guests, and other South Bay area car lovers.  If you are not over 55 and would like to bring your favorite car to show, you can get an honorary car admission or a “senior-in-training” badge for the event.

Coffee & Cars is held the first Saturday of every month at 7:30 a.m. in the parking area near Starbucks and Rite Aid in the Peninsula Shopping Center.  Each month a different type of car is featured and we are looking forward to Ageless Wonders at this show.  For more information contact Peninsula Seniors at (310) 377-3003.

To read my prior article on Coffee & Cars click here.

Photo courtesy of Arvin Design

Peninsula Seniors Lecture Series March 2015

Peninsula Seniors Lecture Series March 2015

Palos Verdes homes owners have a wonderful opportunity in March to hear several interesting topics at the Peninsula Seniors Lectures Series.  These Lectures take place at Hesse Park located at 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes, in the Fireside Room on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

March 4, 2015 – Sherry Erickson and the Cup of Water Players will perform “Good News.”  Cup of Water Players began in 1994 with a small group of actor/singers who wanted to take quality musical theater to those who could no longer get out to enjoy it.  They have rewritten and adopted shows that will be performed (just an hour running time) at local venues such as retirement and convalescent homes, church groups and women’s clubs.  Good News is a show set at fictional Tait College during the 20’s when colleges were as much a social scene as an academic one and will feature such great songs as “Button Up Your Overcoat,” “Keep Your Sunny Side Up,” “Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries,” “Together” and many more.

March 11, 2015 – Dr. Charles Spurgeon will speak on “Seven Ages of Man,” based on the insights of Shakespeare.  He will examine how poets have defined the seven life stages and how we respond to our senior years.  There will be a discussion on the wisdom and insight that English literature gives us.  Dr. Spurgeon teaches at Marymount California University where he is a professor emeritus in British Literature.

March 18, 2015 – Dana Graham, realtor and life long resident of Palos Verdes will be making a presentation entitled “Real Estate Realities and Myths.”

March 25, 2015 – Joe Mardesich will be presenting “Spies.”  Information is imperative when national security is at stake both in discovering the secrets of potential enemies or protecting our own.  Lord Palmerston said, “a country has no permanent friends, only permanent interests.”   This is the narrative of the lecture –  from Benedict Arnold to cyber war.  Joe is a native Californian and a teacher for 51 years.

To read my prior article on Peninsula Seniors Lecture Series click here.

Photo courtesy of the Peninsula Seniors Lecture Series.