Palos Verdes Brings New Businesses To Its Malls!
Palos Verdes homes owners are happy to see more new restaurants and businesses moving into our community. The Promenade on the Peninsula recently added Plates Restaurant (known for their American Bistro menu) which is located across from the Red Brick restaurant. Another new restaurant which will be coming to the mall soon is PV Catering, and we are looking forward to their doors opening. Other new businesses which are now located at the Promenade are Complete Women, Dr. Shu, PV Engineering, Clio Nail Salon & Spa and, of course, See’s Candy will come back to join the mall during the holidays.
The Peninsula Center is currently going through a major remodel to welcome new restaurants and retail businesses. Some of the new businesses that have opened recently are MOD Pizza and Cox Retail. Coming soon to Peninsula Center are GS Love, a retail store that will be located next to TJ Max, Kinecta Credit Union, Home Care Assistance and My Saint My Hero (across from TJ Max at the back of the Petco). More restaurants and retail businesses are great for residents to see that the area is bringing more retail businesses to our local malls.
Please support our local businesses and Shop Local First so even more businesses will want to bring their goods and services to our area.
To read my prior article on new businesses coming to the mall, click here.
Photo courtesy of Arvin Design.
Palos Verdes Ice Skating Summer Camps!
Palos Verdes residents still have a chance to enroll their children in this great summer camp. The Promenade Ice Chalet is offering a Summer Hockey Camp starting on July 31, through August 4, 2017. This is a great way to let your children participate in the hockey experience during the Summer when your children’s schedules aren’t so busy. The camp offers both half and full day programs.
The Ice Chalet will also be having an Ice Skating Camp that will be running from August 7, through August 11, 2017, and will be offering both half and full day programs. This is a great way to enjoy a summer activities, while staying cool in the comfortable surroundings. These program go as follows:
|8:00am – 8:15am
|8:15am – 8:45am
||On Ice Warm Up
|8:45am – 10:15am
||On Ice passing, shooting, stick-handling
|10:15am – 10:45am
|10:45am – 11:45am
|11:45am – 12:45am
||Lunch* (Half Day Ends)
|1:00pm – 3:00pm
||Public Skate – On and off ice activities
Reserve your spot today by contacting the front desk at (310) 541-6630, or go to email@example.com. For more information on the Promenade Ice Chalet regarding camps and skating times go to www.PromenadeIceChalet.com.
The Promenade Ice Chalet is located at 550 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 107, Rolling Hills Estates.
Photo courtesy of the Promenade Ice Chalet.
Palos Verdes Residents Enjoy Point Vicente Interpretive Center
Summer is a great time to get out and visit our local Palos Verdes landmarks. Point Vicente Interpretive Center is located on an ocean bluff with such fabulous views of the Pacific Ocean that it is used as a center to count the migration of whales each year. According to the Rancho Palos Verdes city site, “The Interpretive Center opened in 1984 with a mission to present and interpret the unique features and history of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.”
The museum inside offers a look at the geology and history of Palos Verdes, artifacts from early settlers, information on whale migration and even a section on the old Marineland! Outside one can wander the 28 acre park through native plantings and coastal walkways or sit in the amphitheater (right-hand photo) and perhaps catch sight of a migrating whale from December to mid-May, although whales are still occasionally spotted even in July this year.
The center has also become one of the most desired local wedding sites. Located on the side of a cliff, water views and blue skies seem to encourage couples to exchange their vows here. To read more about wedding planning at the center click here.
The Point Vicente Interpretive Center is located at 31501 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes, and is open daily from 10:00 to 5:00 p.m. (closed January 1, Thanksgiving Day, December 24 and 25). Click here for a map.
Photos courtesy of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and Los Serenos de Point Vicente
Palos Verdes Joins 2017 National Night Out Celebration!
Palos Verdes homes owners know that the safety of our community depends on both law enforcement and citizen participation. Residents are encouraged to participate in the National Night Out program, which is America’s Night Out Against Crime. This event is held in all 50 states and every U.S. military base. In Palos Verdes Estates, the event will be held in neighborhoods around the City on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
On the Palos Verdes Peninsula, there will be several locations which will host large parties where area groups can gather and neighbors can get to know one another. Your block captain will be emailing you with the location of your event. Some of the block parties include cookouts, ice cream socials and other family fun. During the evening there will also be a caravan of city officials and the local crime dog, Officer McGruff, visiting the block parties.
This is a great time to show your neighborhood spirit by either helping to host or attending one of the parties. For more information, contact Marcelle McCullough, Police Department Community Relations Officer, at (310) 378-4211.
To read my last article on National Night Out please click here.
Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Police Department
Point Vicente Lighthouse 2017 Tour & Docent Training
Los Serenos de Point Vicente docents will be offering a tour of the Point Vicente Lighthouse & Museum, the native plant garden and a walk along the spectacular bluff top at the Vicente Bluff Reserve on Saturday, August 12, 2017, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Palos Verdes homes owners will have the opportunity to enjoy a tour of the Point Vicente Lighthouse, which is not often open to the public, and view the Point Vicente Lighthouse Museum. You will enjoy the beauty of the lighthouse which stands 67 feet tall and is one of the area’s jewels. The lighthouse beam shines 185 feet high and can be seen twenty miles out over the ocean. Point Vicente was named in 1790 by Captain George Vancouver in honor of his good friend, Friar Vicente of the Mission Buenaventura. In 1979, the Point Vicente Lighthouse was added to the National Registry of historic sights. This is such a special location visited by people from all around the world who come to view the Peninsula, visit the Center and marvel at the beauty of the area.
This fun day also includes an easy hike along the spectacular bluff top at the Vicente Bluff Reserve. You will enjoy the beautiful view of our Palos Verdes coastline on your quiet, peaceful walk. After your tour, you can visit the native plant garden located adjacent to the museum. The group will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the parking lot next to the Point Vicente Interpretive Center located at 31501 Palos Verdes Drive West in Rancho Palos Verdes.
The Los Serenos de Point Vicente docent organization was founded in 1984 and has been sharing information on both the natural and cultural history of the Palos Verdes Peninsula to both children and adults who visit the museum. The first volunteer group had 25 volunteers who had to train with experts on the history, geology and marine animals – that original class selected the name “Los Serenos de Point Vicente” which means “Night Watchman of Point Vicente” to represent their group. This organization is always looking for volunteers and on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., they will be hosting an open house for prospective new docents at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center. You can learn all about this wonderful organization that has benefited children and the community since its conception.
To view my previous article on the Point Vicente Lighthouse please click here.
Photo courtesy of Arvin Design
Palos Verdes South Coast Botanic Garden Free Admission Day!
The South Coast Botanic Garden which is sometimes called “The Jewel of the Peninsula,” has its free admission day coming up which is 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 Botanic Garden has more than 2,500 different species of plants from as far away as Australia, the Mediterranean, and southern Africa. The garden is located in Sunset’s “Zone 23,” which is considered to be one of the most favored growing areas in the world. This variety of plant life provides food and shelter to an abundant wildlife and bird population, and thundreds of bird species have been seen at the garden annually. There is something here for everyone including a small lake, Mediterranean Garden, Children’s Garden, Rose Garden, Fuchsia Garden, Dahlia Garden, Japanese Garden, Herb Garden and of course for our local residents – a Water-Wise Garden. In addition to all the garden areas, there is an attractive Wedding Lawn and two Gazebos, Events Meadow, and Frances Young Auditorium which is available for events. Outside of the garden gates there is also a picnic area. Don’t worry about parking; it is free and there is an abundance of it.
The Summer is a great time to get outdoors, 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 18, 2017, 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 Arvin Design.
Palos Verdes Supports “The Hills Are Alive” 2017 Race
Palos Verdes home owners will once again have the opportunity to support “The Hills Are Alive Race” which benefits Rolling Hills Estates’ Pepper Tree Foundation. This race is considered to be one of the oldest and finest trail races in Southern California. The Pepper Tree Foundation was established in 1982 to promote citizen contributions and donations to enrich the quality of life in Rolling Hills Estates. The foundation has provided trees, benches, picnic tables and other items which enhance and preserve the city parks and open spaces. This year the Pepper Tree Foundation will partner with UCLA Health and this 36th annual race will take place on Saturday, August 12, 2017, beginning at 8:00 a.m.
Participants will enjoy running or walking on soft-packed bridle trails throughout scenic Rolling Hills Estates. The Botanic Garden Loop Trail will be included in the 10K race course this year. The race will both start and finish at Ernie Howlett Park located at 25851 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rolling Hills Estates. There will be Award Plaques presented to the top male and female finishers in the 10K Run and 5K Runs. All finishers will receive a custom designed finishers medal.
The registration fee for the event is $35 for advance sign up, which can be dropped off or mailed to City of Rolling Hills Estates, 4045 Palos Verdes Dr North, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274. Checks should be payable to RHE Pepper Tree Foundation and must be received by August 11, 2017. The city offices are open Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You can now register online at www.active.com. For late registration, the cost will be $40 and sign ups begin at 7:00 a.m. on race day at Ernie Howlett Park. Pick up for race packets will be on Friday, August 11, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m at Village Runner located at 1811 A Catalina Avenue, Redondo Beach. The race package includes a free tee shirt, a map of local horse and hiking trails, sponsor refreshments and goodie bags. No strollers or dogs allowed on the race course.
For questions about the race please call (310) 377-1577 or visit www.ci.rolling-hills-estates.ca.us.
To view my previous article on “The Hills Are Alive Race” click here.
Photo courtesy of the City of Rolling Hills Estates.
Palos Verdes Terranea Resort Hosts Summer Impressions 2017 Workshop
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy and Art to Grow On, Inc, will be sponsoring “Summer Impressions” workshop at the beautiful Terranea Resort located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. This family fun-filled event will take place on Sunday, July 23, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The outing begins with a family coastal hike down the discovery trail with activities along the path which helps the young artists notice patterns of color, objects and the different textures seen in nature. During the walk, they will be looking for different animals and plant life which make up the theme for the summer project. Then, the young artists will take their new skills and transfer all their new impressions into their own masterpieces. This is a great event for children over 3 to enjoy. There is limited space, reservations are required and you are encouraged to register early. The price is only $25 per family.
Meet at the pelican statue next to the Pelican Cove parking lot between the Point Vicente Lighthouse and Terranea Resort. Pelican Cove is located at 31300 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes.
To RSVP, contact Jill Wittman at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (310) 541-7613. Terranea Resort is located at 6610 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes.
To view my previous article on Summer Impressions click here.
Photo courtesy of Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy
Palos Verdes Beaches Make 2017 Honor Roll List Again!
Palos Verdes home owners can be proud that we have some of the cleanest beaches in California for our families to enjoy. Earlier this month, Heal the Bay reported that Palos Verdes beaches and coves are again in the current top Honor Roll 2016-2017 list for California. This means that our local waters have received grades of A+ & A+ throughout the year (summer and winter). 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 has been 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 such as Nothing But Sand, and Coastal Clean Ups are constantly needed to help ensure this program continues to minimize the pollution of our beaches. According to Heal the Bay, the largest Coastal Volunteer Day on the planet will take place on September 16, 2017, when other countries around the world will participate in cleaning their beaches and coastlines of unhealthy material also. If you are interested in participating in Heal the Bay’s event click here. Our local organizations such as Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy and Los Serenos de Point Vicente offer residents additional opportunities to help clean our local beaches. Funding is always welcome to help Heal the Bay pay for the monitoring of our beautiful 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 of Portuguese Bend Beach Club courtesy of Arvin Design
Palos Verdes Firework Shows 2017 Viewing Locations
Palos Verdes homes owners have a great opportunity on the Peninsula to enjoy this wonderful holiday. Beginning in the morning at Malaga Cove School or Point Vicente Park in Rancho Palos Verdes, there are day long celebrations. After dusk, from Palos Verdes we are lucky to be able to watch fireworks up and down the coast in the skies above local South Bay cities. This year there will not be fireworks off the coast of Torrance Beach. After last years special fireworks show put on by the sons of the late Jackie Briles, in her honor, a group of Palos Verdes home owners tried to reach out to businesses and local residents to keep the tradition alive. However, after months of advertising and looking for private donations they came up short. So they are not giving up and hopefully will be able to put on the show in 2018. For more information or if you are interested in donating for next year go to www.palosverdesfireworks.com.
The city of Torrance will be hosting a fireworks show at the Torrance Civic Center. There will be seating available at the Torrance Toyota Sports Complex located at 555 Maple Ave, Torrance, which will open at 7:00 p.m. Go to www.torranceca.gov to find out more about these free tickets. The actual firework show will be starting at 9:00 p.m..
A little further up the coast in Redondo Beach, Seaside Lagoon will once again be celebrating the holiday beginning at 2:00 p.m. You can enjoy water games and fun, arts and crafts and musical entertainment. There is a flat fee of $30.00 for parking at the Marina Parking Lot and Pier Garage. Ticket prices for the event are $25/adults, and $15 for children 0 – 12. It does sell out early, and purchasing tickets as soon as possible is a must. For more information on the Lagoon and/or to purchase tickets go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seaside-lagoon-4th-of-july-fireworks-celebration-tickets-34836916154.
On the other side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula in San Pedro, Cabrillo Beach will once again present their fireworks show at 9:00 p.m. This is a great place to bring the family to the beach to enjoy the fireworks show. And if weather permits, from Cabrillo Beach you can also view the firework show off of the Queen Mary in Long Beach.
Choose your location and get ready for the Fourth of July fireworks. Just grab a blanket and enjoy!
To view my previous Fourth of July article click here.