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Palos Verdes Easter 2017 At Terranea Resort!

Palos Verdes Easter 2017 At Terranea Resort!

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The beautiful Terranea Resort will be offering Palos Verdes homes owners an opportunity to experience wonderful restaurants and exquisite views while joining them for Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

Terranea Resort offers a variety of food choices to choose from at their many restaurants. The Easter Ballroom Brunch will take place in the Palos Verdes Grand Ballroom.  This annual holiday brunch will offer a selection of house-made morning pastries, an omelet & egg station, saute kitchen, seafood station, an Asian kitchen buffet, pasta and risotto station, carving board, salad bar, dessert station and more.  There will also be a children’s buffet and children’s dessert table.  The seating times are as follows:  9:30, 10:00 & 10:30 a.m, and afternoon times of 1:00, 1:30 & 2:00 p.m.  The cost for brunch is:  adults $95 (includes champagne), children 4-10  are $47, and children 3 and under are free.  If tickets are purchased by April 1, 2017, you will get a $10 per adult ticket discount.  Tickets must be purchased in advance for this event.

Mar’sel Restaurant will be offering a California Coastal Brunch paired with a Champagne Flight.  They will be serving from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and the price is $85 for adults, and children 4 – 10 years of age will be $40.

Catalina Kitchen will be offering a holiday brunch buffet in their newly remodeled dining room with beautiful ocean views.  Their buffet menu is available from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  The cost for this buffet is $95 for adults and $47 for children 4 – 10 years of age.  Children 4 and under are complimentary.  Some of the wonderful choices they will be serving are: breakfast pastries, Catalina Egg Kitchen, Buttermilk Pancake & Waffles, Chef’s Brunch Creations, Garden Table, Local Seafood & Poke Bar, and Crepe & Dessert Bar.

Bashi restaurant will be serving their contemporary blends of Asian flavors including Grilled Whole Stuffed Squid, Sizzling Pora Sisig & Braised Galbi.  They will be serving from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and their menu is a la carte with prices from $20 – $41.

For more casual dining, Nelson’s will be offering their everyday a la carte menu as well as an Easter Blue Plate special from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

For those of you who love all the special food that is prepared on this day, but would prefer to relax and enjoy at home, Easter To Go is available at Sea Beans.  Just call in advance and they can prepare gourmet meals for you to take home to enjoy.  Sea Beans will also be serving an Easter Waffle Bar from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., and prices are $12 Adults/$6 children 6 to 10.  For more information call (310) 265-2766.

Terranea’s Egg Eggstravaganza will take place in the Palos Verdes Meadow where children will make their way through the special wonderland and collect scattered eggs along the way.  There will also be music by DJ Rick, a petting zoo, an egg hunt, an arts and crafts booth and carnival games.  This Eggstravaganza is complimentary for Brunch and Resort guests only, and not open to the public.  It will take place on Easter Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Arts & Crafts will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

These Easter dining opportunities fill up quickly and they recommend that you make reservations as soon as possible.  You can visit or call (310) 265-2836.  Terranea Resort is located at 6610 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes.

To read my prior article on Easter Dining at Terranea Resort click here.

Photo courtesy of Terranea Resort                  

Palos Verdes Celebrates Earth Day 2017!

Palos Verdes Celebrates Earth Day 2017!

Palos Verdes homes owners have a great opportunity to celebrate Earth Day at several different locations here on the Peninsula.

The Promenade on the Peninsula will be having their Earth Day Celebration on Thursday, April 20, 2017, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  At this celebration there will be several exhibits including Water Conservation, Reptacular Animals, Stormwater Run-off Demo, Palos Verdes Land Conservancy, South Bay Wildlife Rehab and more.  There will also be a family activity center with colorful themed activities and a scavenger hunt with prizes.  Free Paper Shredding will be available in the parking lot outside of El Pollo Inca.

The Promenade on the Peninsula is located at 550 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates.

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy’s celebration will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the White Point Nature Preserve.  We have been celebrating Earth Day on April 22 in this country since 1970.  The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Act.

At White Point Nature Preserve from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., families can enjoy this years Palos Verdes Earth Day celebration.  From 9:00 to 12:00 noon, you can volunteer in the demonstration garden around the White Point Nature Education Center.  At 10:00 a.m. the LA City Rangers will lead a family friendly nature hike to explore trails with native coastal habitat, blooming wildflowers and wildlife.  Family activities, crafts, a discovery table with games will be just part of the fun to participate in all day.  From 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., areas will be set up so that you can learn more about volunteering in the native plant garden or at the Nature Education Center.

Volunteers can enjoy refreshments and snacks that will be provided.  The Conservancy’s outdoor volunteer days are sponsored by REI Inc., Wild birds Unlimited, and the Harbor Community Benefit Foundation.

To sign up for the volunteer outdoor workday, please call Jill Whitman at (310) 541-7613 or email  Wear comfortable shoes and bring sun protection.  For more information, please visit:  White Point Nature Preserve is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.

Click here to read about Palos Verdes Earth Day celebrations last year.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy

Palos Verdes Performing Arts Presents “The Music Man”

Palos Verdes Performing Arts Presents “The Music Man”

Rendering of Palos Verdes Performing Arts Norris Theatre

Palos Verdes home owners have the Palos Verdes Performing Arts Norris Theatre with its wonderful selection of entertainment to enjoy locally, here on the Peninsula.  “The Music Man” is one of the most loved musicals of all time, and a Tony Award musical comedy.  This fabulous show will be playing at the Norris beginning on April 21st and run through May 7, 2017; it has touched audiences worldwide with its sense of humor, warmth and honesty.

This classic story is about a fast talking traveling salesman Harold Hill who brings trouble to River City, Iowa, when he cons the townspeople into buying instruments and uniforms for an imaginary band.  His plan is foiled when the town librarian steals his heart, and  skipping town is then out of the question.  This show has been an audience favorite for over 50 years, and will be shared with many generations to come as a musical theatre favorite.  You will be able to enjoy such broadway songs as “Seventy-six Trombones, and the renowned song, “Til There Was You.”

Performance times for “The Music Man” at the Norris Theatre are 8:00 p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays and 2:00 p.m. on Sundays.  Tickets start at $30 for adults and can be purchased online at or call (310) 544-0403.

The Palos Verdes Performing Arts Norris Theatre is located at 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates.

To read my last article on Palos Verdes Performing Arts Norris Theatre click here.

Photo courtesy of  Palos Verdes Performing Art Center

Palos Verdes Enjoys Easter Egg Hunts!

Palos Verdes Enjoys Easter Egg Hunts!

Easter Bunny courtesy of Arvin Design

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes will be sponsoring the Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza at Ladera Linda Community Center.   At this popular event, children from 1 to 8 years of age can join Mr. Rabbit and find Easter eggs to fill their basket.  This event will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.   The fee is $15 per child and there will be a limited number of participants.  On line registration closes on April 5, 2017, so make sure you register ahead of time by going to or call (310) 544-5260 and get your name on the list.  Remember to bring your Easter basket, and of course your camera because I’m sure there will be lots of photo opportunities that you won’t want to miss.

The Ladera Linda Community Center is located on 32201 Forrestal Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes.

A Community Egg Hunt will be held at St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church on Saturday, April 15, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  This is a free family event and is open to everyone.  At 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. there will be crafts, games, jumpers and snacks.  At 11:00 a.m. the egg hunt will start by age group.  Remember to bring along your Easter basket and camera.  For more information call (310) 377-2825.

St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church is located at 26825 Rolling Hills Road, Rolling Hills Estates.

To read my last article on Easter Events click here.

Photo courtesy of Arvin Design.

Orchard Supply Hardware Has Opened In Peninsula Center!

Orchard Supply Hardware Has Opened In Peninsula Center!

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Palos Verdes home owners have a new hardware store in Palos Verdes!  Orchard Supply Hardware has opened in The Peninsula Center and it looks like other new businesses will be following soon.  The store will be celebrating its official Grand Opening on March 25, 2017, but in the meantime, residents can come and check out the new location.

This is exciting for us since there has never been a hardware store this large in the area. This will allow homeowners and contract workers to stay in the area purchasing goods through our local stores rather than going off the Peninsula to the large chain stores.  Shopping local puts dollars back into our city pockets with the hiring of local neighbors.  Remember to also visit our local family run Lunada Bay Hardware store that has been supporting its neighbors for years.

Orchard Supply Hardware store hours are: Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday hours are 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The store is located at 43 Peninsula Center, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information you can reach the Rolling Hills Orchard Supply Hardware at (310) 265-0821.

Please support our local businesses and Shop Local First.  To read my prior article regarding shopping in Palos Verdes click here.

Photo is of Orchard Hardward Store located in the Peninsula Center. 


Palos Verdes Art Center 2017 Homes Tour

Palos Verdes Art Center 2017 Homes Tour

The Palos Verdes Art Center will be presenting its 31st Anniversary Homes Tour, Delectable Living: Delightful and Delicious, on Friday April 28, and Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The Tour will feature two garden parties filled with music and edible treats.  This magical discovery day will feature terraces with Rennaisance styled gardens with docents sharing informative details.  These unique gardens will allow you to dream while strolling along in tranquil private landscapes which have the beauty of public botanical gardens.  These two Rolling Hills Garden Estates are  called Enchanted Terraces amd Rural Meets Renaissance.

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Enchanted Terraces (above) is the result of nearly 50 years of hard work on a barren Rolling Hills hillside, where it was turned into lush terraced gardens with a simple cottage home filled with antique French and contemporary Mexican furnishing where tranquilly co-exists.
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Rural Meets Renaissance (above) consists of a formal kitchen garden, styled after a 16th century French Renaissance estate, and has 270 degree views setting the stage for this 10 acre Rolling Hills rural oasis.  This 80 year old early California residence hosts guests in rustic country style.
The tour starts at the Palos Verdes Art Center where you will pick up your map and self-drive to two diverse homes and the garden stop.  There will be a shuttle from the Art Center to the bonus loft-style town home.  Complimentary valet parking is available at the Art Center where you will also enjoy a STRIPES gourmet lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., shop collectibles, designer boutiques, original local art and a raffle.

Tour ticket prices for this fun event are $70/advance ticket purchase, $75 for tickets purchased on the day of the event and Palos Verdes Art Center member ticket price is $65.  To purchase tickets, or for more information about the event go to, or at the Palos Verdes Art Center located at 5504 W. Crestridge, Rancho Palos Verdes.

To read my last article on the Palos Verdes Art Center annual homes tour click here.

Photos courtesy of the Palos Verdes Art Center.


Palos Verdes Advanced Rally AKC Competition Classes

Palos Verdes Advanced Rally AKC Competition Classes

Palos Verdes homes owners who want to participate in the Advanced Rally ALC Dog Competition classes can do so  right here on the Peninsula.  After years of watching these trained dogs on television, many of us wish our pets had the opportunity for this type of local training.  Lomita Obedience Training Club, a non-profit organization, and Advanced Rally ALC Competition classes are being offered for pet owners who already know the rally novice stations and are ready to learn and/or practice advance and excellent stations.  These classes are designed to prepare you to compete in obedience and rally. You will develop the knowledge, skills and techniques necessary to enter and show your dog.  These include ring procedure, handling and knowledge of the required exercises.

Description: This class is designed to give you and your dog a fun way to practice and polish basic obedience skills as you and your dog work through a course of written signs that require precision and teamwork.  This 6-week course will introduce you to the signs, show you how to time treat delivery to build drive and confidence in your dog and teach you the skills needed to successfully compete in the Rally AKC competition events.  It’s a great way to build obedience skills and a closer relationship with your canine companion!

Requirements: Completion of Beginning Companion Dog (obedience & manners) class.  These classes are designed to help you teach your dogs or puppies the behaviors, skills and manners they need to become good companions.  You will learn and practice training techniques based on positive reinforcement such as marking behavior, verbal praise, and food rewards.  These classes are being offered weekly and more information is available by clicking here.

Advanced Rally ALC Dog Competition classes are 6 weeks long and will be held at Ernie Howlett Park (flat area near the horse barns) in Rolling Hills Estates, on Friday’s beginning on March 10, 2017.  The class fees are $85.00/each.  For more information on the class, time and to sign up go to

Photo courtesy of Lomita Obedience Training Club.

Palos Verdes Library District March 2017 Activities

Palos Verdes Library District March 2017 Activities

The Palos Verdes Library District offers great opportunities for Palos Verdes homes owners during the month of March.  There are interesting classes for both adults and children to enjoy.  Listed below are just a few of the fun events that are available:

Information Power! Workshops Core Skills for College Success  will be offered on Saturdays, March 4, 18 & 25, 2017, at the Peninsula Center Library Community Room (call Library for Workshop time).  They will be discussing how to tackle that first college research assignment that will be required of all students.  This is a great information power workshop, that the PVLD librarians will present in an interactive, collaborative session to learn what professors expect you to know at the college level.  These workshops are free but seats are limited.

Ellen Cantor Prior Pleasures Art Exhibit will begin March 12, 2017, at the Peninsula Center Library.

Jazz and Swing from A-Z Yet Another Encore!  Will take place on Tuesdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Peninsula Center Library Community Room.  This presentation will be filled with musical examples, rare photos, film clips, funny stores and live demonstrations that will entertain the audience.  These entirely new lectures will be on The Benny Goodman Story, Big Band Starts Charlie Barnet and Les Brown and Piano Stars of Jazz and Swing and more.

Open Mic Night Presented by the Peninsula Teen Advisory Council will take place on Friday, March 17, 2017,  from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Peninsula Center Library Community Room.  You can share your talents or just watch and be entertained.  Performers can sign up at the door.  This is for grades 6-12 only.

Loss Angeles:  Author Talk with Mathieu Cailler will take place on Saturday, March 18, 2016, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Peninsula Center Library Community Room.  Mathieu Callier is a writer of poetry and prose.  His work has been featured in national and international publications including the Los Angeles Times and The Saturday Evening Post.

Medicare 101: Understanding Your Medicare Plan Options will take place on Saturday, March 25, 2017, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Peninsula Center Library Community Room.  You will have your questions answered about Part A, B, C, D, enrollment windows, cost sharing or “Extra Help,” showing the difference between Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plans and Supplement Plans.  The Presentation will be held by Carol Clement (CA License OH80524).

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Library is located a at 701 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information on any of the above events call (310) 377-9584.

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

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Library District

Palos Verdes 2017 Children’s Summer Fun Expo!

Palos Verdes 2017 Children’s Summer Fun Expo!

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Spring will be here in a few weeks, and Palos Verdes homes owners are already thinking about fun activities for their children during the summer months.  Although some may think it is too early, before you know it children are out of school and looking for things to do.  On Saturday, March 25, 2017, the 20th annual What’s Up For Kids Expo will be having their annual Kids, Camps and Connections to give parents the opportunity to sign up for activities for their children to enjoy.  It will be held again this year at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will have over 70 different exhibitors and resources for children of all ages.  Each year the science and educational activities seem to increase and there is an ever changing list of camps for children to choose from – sports, beach fun, surf & sailing, art, riding, dance, music, language and more.

This year, there will be live performances to entertain the crowd.  They will also have hands-on activities, a craft area, fantastic giveaways, door prizes, and more.  Pizza from Fresh Brothers will be available for purchase from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Plaza.  This is a great opportunity to learn about full and part day Summer Programs for the working parent where children can enjoy days of fun at various school locations on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Torrance Cultural Arts Center is located at 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance.  For a complete list of the exhibitors and activities go to

To read my prior article on Summer Camps for Children click here.

Photo courtesy of What’s Up For Kids

Palos Verdes High Schools’ Booster Club Fundraisers

Palos Verdes High Schools’ Booster Club Fundraisers


Both Palos Verdes high schools will be sponsoring their annual Booster Club’s fundraisers during the month of March at the Palos Verdes Golf Club.

Palos Verdes High School will be sponsoring their 2017 Booster Club’s CATCH THE WAVE fundraiser on Saturday, March 11, 2017.  The theme is Alice and Wonderland, and will bring an amazing night of food, dancing, silent auction, and live auction.  Get a group of friends and plan an evening of fun on Saturday, March 11, 2017, from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m for $125.00 per person.

For more information about this event or to purchase tickets go to

Palos Verdes Peninsula High School will be sponsoring this years annual Booster Club’s BLACK AND GOLD AFFAIR  fundraiser on Saturday, March 18, 2017.  This  event will feature food, dancing, silent auction, and live auctions beginning at 6:00 p.m. for $110.00 per person.

For more information about the event or to purchase tickets go to

You don’t have to be a parent of a school child to enjoy the events.  The purpose of these high school fundraisers is to raise money for the academics, arts, and athletics.  These fundraisers provide 33% of the Booster Club’s contribution for the much needed supplemental funding.

Booster Club Supporters take our high schools to a whole new level of excellence.  The contributions help to subsidize so much at our local high schools.  They help with academics by bringing in Tutors, Link Crew, Technology Upgrades, Digital Datatabase, Speech & Debate Advisories, and Academic Decathalons.  In the Arts Department they help with the drama productions, video production, choral and color guard, musical equipment for the band and more.  The Athletics Department also gets help with turf maintenance, athletic trainers, athletic equipment and maintenance for the athletic facilities.

They need and appreciate all your support to ensure the success of all Palos Verdes High School students.  Historically, our district receives far less money per student due to state funding inequities.  Bond initiatives, parcel taxes, PEF, and PTSA have all helped, but the additional funds from the Booster Clubs are necessary for our student needs.

The Palos Verdes Golf Club is located at 3301 Via Campensina, Palos Verdes Estates.

Above photos courtesy of PVUSD