Palos Verdes Library Districts 2017 Children’s Summer Reading Program
The Palos Verdes Library District offers reading activities for children as young as 6 months through grade twelve. Members may read any books and also try some reading activities that are fun, exciting, informative and funny. They can track their progress online or use classic paper reading logs. The theme this year, “Find a World of Wonders,” reminds children and parents that reading opens up the world to us all! Go to https://pvld.beanstack.org/reader365 to keep track of your children’s reading and help them earn cool prizes and online awards while they are enjoying stories. The registration for this program has just begun, so either go online or you can sign up at the Library.
Kids going into grades K-5 will earn achievement patches, similar to boy scout badges but unique to PVLD. Teens grades 6-12 earn Amazon gift cards, so they can purchase more of their favorite books. Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to during early childhood. Reading to children from an early age can help close the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed. Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading. Riddle of the Week begins June 19! Drop by any library and solve the riddle using their code and get a small prize. They post a new riddle every week!
The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is available to all families with children between the ages of birth and four years. Registration opened June 5, 2017. This program is free of charge. For more information, call the library at 310-377-9584 ext. 600. The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000 book goal in three years and provide their children essential early literacy skills.
Summer is a great time for your children to maintain and improve their reading skills and find topics that they love. Each branch of the Palos Verdes Library District will have exciting weekly events in June, July and August. Some of these activities include jugglers, magic, balloon fun and crafts. Weekly activities begin June 13 and end on August 10, 2017. The reading program will begin June 5 and end on August 20, 2017.
For more information go to www.pvld.org, or call (310) 377-9584 ext. 600.
To read my prior article on Palos Verdes Library District summer reading programs click here.
Photo of Peninsula Library courtesy of the Palos Verdes Library District.
Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – June 6, 2017
My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the June 6, 2017, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (47 homes had open houses today) are described below. We currently have 211 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $849,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (The low in Eastview is $829,000) to $48,000,000 in Rolling Hills Estates. There are 29 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $355,000 and $2,350,000. My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:
Rick Edler’s (Vista Sotheby’s Int’l Realty) 959 Paseo La Cresta, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 8 bath, 9,017 square foot home for $8,999,000. This gorgeous Tuscan style Monte Malaga estate features breathtaking coastline/ocean views, library, wine cellar, theater, tennis court and pool/spa. Chris Adlam’s (Vista Sotheby’s Int’l Realty) 2600 Via Campensina, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above right) is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,278 square foot home for $2,150,000. This charming Malaga Cove home features a huge master suite w/luxurious master bath, wood beamed ceilings, gourmet kitchen and lushly landscaped courtyard.
Frank Fountain & Heidi Agid-Mackenbach’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 6424 Via Colinita, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above left) is a 3 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,514 square foot home for $1,899,000. This elegant Old Spanish style Palos Verdes Drive East estate features panoramic mountain & harbor views, chefs kitchen w/center island, sun room, wine cellar w/tasting room and pool/spa. Gayle Probst’ (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 30338 Via Borica, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,681 square foot home for $1,499,000. This wonderful West Palos Verdes home features ocean/Catalina views, updated kitchen & bathrooms, viewing balcony and patio.
To read my prior article on favorite Palos Verdes homes click here.
Photos courtesy of CRMLS
Palos Verdes Bowl Offers Free Summer Bowling For Kids!
Palos Verdes homes owners who are looking for an indoor activity for their children this summer, need to look no further than Palos Verdes Bowl. This is a great opportunity for your children to enjoy summer with friends and family while getting some exercise at the same time. This is one activity that won’t break the wallet either, since it is free and fun for everyone starting with bumper bowling lanes for younger children and cosmic bowling for teens.
They are offering two free bowling games daily to children throughout the summer starting on June 1, 2017, and continuing through September 30, 2017. This bowling special is being offered Monday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. To sign up for free bowling go to www.kidsbowlfree.com/PalosVerdes to register and receive your free bowling passes every week by email. This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for children to spend time this summer.
Palos Verdes Bowl is located at 24600 Crenshaw Boulevard, Torrance. For more information call (310) 326-5120.
To read my last article on Palos Verdes Bowl click here.
Photo courtesy of Palos Verdes Bowl.
Palos Verdes Fun Local Summer Camps 2017!
Palos Verdes has a great selection of local summer camp fun for their residents. As Summer is quickly approaching, it is time to start looking for activities for your children. Below are a few of the activities and camps located here on the Peninsula for Palos Verdes homes owners to choose from.
Elite Dance Studio is teaming up with AMUSE Music Center to bring you a Dance and Music sampler. Children will be able to spend the week sampling various types of dance including: Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Ballet, Music Theatre, Tumble Acting and More. This camp is perfect for kids 5 to 10 years of age. Camps will be offered in one week sessions starting June 12 through July 21, 2017. Prices vary, and they suggest that you sign up as soon as possible. For more information go to www.elitedancerhe.com.
PV Surf Camp is a local youth surf camp which has been in operation for 16 years and is for ages 6 to 15. The camp offers various programs depending on age and skill level. The programs vary for the participant who has never surfed and requires one to one support in the water at all times, to the intermediate surfer who wants to improve their skills (The ratio is never more than 4 to 1 instructor). The camp starts in June with weekly sessions up until August 25, 2017. The cost per session is $275 for the first week, and $225 for any additional weeks. The sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information go to www.pvsurfcamp.com, or call (310) 908-8164.
Palos Verdes Stables Pony Camp has activities for children ages 4 and up. Children from 4 to 7 are able to enjoy the Pee Wee Pony Camp which is a great way to introduce your children to safe riding skills and how to care for a horse. The day starts off with grooming and saddling and then each small group will have a riding lesson in the area. In addition to playing different horse themed games, the campers untack and groom their horses while learning and practicing good horsemanship. Summer camp sessions run for 8 weeks Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon; cost is $375 per week. (Palos Verdes residents get a $40 deduction with proof of residency). For more information, go to www.PalosVerdesStables.com or call (310) 378-3527. Palos Verdes Stables is located at 4057 Via Opata, Palos Verdes Estates. Other local stables that offer other camp or riding opportunities are: Wagon Wheel Ranch Trail Rides, firstname.lastname@example.org or (310) 567-3582; Seahorse Riding Club at 26411 Crenshaw Boulevard, Rolling Hills Estates, for kids 5-14 years of age and offers classes Monday through Friday with rates starting at $300/week – go to www.seahorseridingclub.org or call (310) 541-9487 for registration information; and Peter Weber Equestrian Center located at 26401 Crenshaw Boulevard, Rolling Hills Estates, www.PWECent.com or call (310) 541-9487. Classes run from June 12 through September 1, 2017, and start at $275/week.
Peninsula Sports Camps have been offering children full and half day camps in Palos Verdes since 1972. These camps are held at Palos Verdes High School which overlooks the ocean on the west side of the Peninsula. The great thing about these camps is the variety. Children can enjoy their favorite sport – baseball, basketball, tennis and soccer, and then enjoy a swim in the pool to cool off. Children can purchase lunch at the snack shop. At the end of their camp session, children will receive awards for their sports. The cost per child for full day camp is $265, and half day camps are $145. For more information on Peninsula Sports Camps or to register, go to www.peninsulasportscamps.com or call (310) 213-5433. Remember the camps do fill up fast so it is important to register soon.
Peninsula Bay Cities Day Camp and Swim School is located at Marymount California University Campus College in Rancho Palos Verdes. This camp has been operating for 18 years and will offer a traditional summer day camp program with instructions in swimming, archery, all court, diamond and field sports, horsemanship, Sierra sleep away, adventure trek, arts & crafts, educational fun and other activities. For more information on dates and times for this camp, go to www.pbcdaycamp.com or call (310) 541-3664. Tuition amount varies per activity. Campers can be from 4 to 17 years of age.
Palos Verdes Performing Arts Center will be offering Camp Curtain Call again this summer for kids ages 5 to 11. Children will enjoy singing, dancing and acting classes for two weeks at beginning and intermediate levels, with a performance for friends & family at the end of the session. The Summer 2016 Master Class Series is designed for intermediate to advanced performers with Hollywood and Broadway professionals teaching the classes. For more information on dates and times go to www.palosverdesperformingarts.com.
To view my previous article on Local Palos Verdes Summer Fun click here.
Photo courtesy of Peninsula Sports Camps.
Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales Los Verdes Neighborhood 2016
2016 Palos Verdes homes sales for the Los Verdes neighborhood increased to 52 single family homes sold in 2016 compared to 39 in 2015. Price per square foot for Los Verdes houses that sold in 2016 increased to $597 compared to $552 in 2015 a 8.1% increase. Average sales price for Los Verdes homes sold in 2016 was $1,182,729 compared to $1,110,423 in 2015. The most expensive home sold for $1,550,000 and the lowest priced home sold for $860,000.
Currently, Los Verdes has 4 active Palos Verdes homes for sale. There are 4 single family homes ranging in price from $1,295,000 for a 3 bedroom/2 bath, 1,899 square foot home, to $1,599,000 for a 4 bedroom/4 bath, 2,605 square foot home. There are no condo/townhomes for sale in this area.
To view current Palos Verdes real estate statistics for the entire Peninsula, please click here or on the “Statistics” tab above.
Photo of Hesse Park in the Los Verdes neighborhood courtesy of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes.
Palos Verdes Neighborhood Church 2017 Summer Concerts
Palos Verdes Neighborhood Church Summer Sunday Sounds will begin their 2017 season on Sunday, June 25, 2017, with additional concerts on July 16 and August 20, 2017. This is a great time for Palos Verdes homes owners to sit on the seaside terrace of this beautiful church, enjoy the ocean view and bring a picnic at 6:00 p.m. The concerts actually begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall and are presented free of charge.
On June 25, 2017, Elena Degl’Innoceti an Italian award winning singer-songwriter-guitarist, will perform as a solo artist mixing her Italian roots with her Jazz and Latin background. She sings in Italian, English, Portuguese and Spanish.
On July 16, 2017, Richard Smith, an English guitarist who is now residing in the U.S., performs in the finger-style tradition of Merle Travis, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed.
On August 20, 2017, Bill Webster’s Unabridged Big Band will be playing nostalgic big band sounds, swing and rock and roll. This group has been performing together for over 30 years, and is sure to bring about a fun night of memorable music.
To read my prior article on Neighborhood Church Summer Sunday Sounds click here.
The Neighborhood Church is located at 415 Paseo del Mar in Palos Verdes Estates.
Photo courtesy of the Neighborhood Church in Palos Verdes Estates.
Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – May 30, 2017
My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the May 30, 2017, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (24 homes had open houses today) are described below. We currently have 213 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $849,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (The low in Eastview is $798,888) to $48,000,000 in Rolling Hills Estates. There are 25 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $385,000 and $2,350,000. My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:
Jackie Wang-Dojiri’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 1312 Via Zumaya, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 3 bath, 4,151 square foot home for $3,090,000. This gorgeous rennovated upper Lunada Bay home features panoramic ocean/Catalina views, a beautiful gourmet kitchen w/large center island, and master bedroom w/sitting area & 2 balconies. Steven Watts’ (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 4 Palomino Lane, Rolling Hills Estates 90274 (above right) is a 5 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,459 square foot home for $2,195,000. This fabulous ranch style Palos Verdes Drive North home features a gourmet kitchen, remodeled master bath, private 450 sq. ft. guest quarters, and gorgeous pool/spa.
Daniel O’Connor’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 5506 Shoreview Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above left) is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,041 square foot home for $1,449,000. This classic Transitional ranch style Silver Spur home features ocean/canyon views, was extensively remodeled inside and out, has a new gourmet kitchen and pool. Kathy Tyndall’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 4333 Via Frascati, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 2,233 square foot home for $1,425,000. This gorgeous remodeled home located in the “Red Tile Roof” section of Miraleste features city/canyon views, 2 master suites, bi-fold doors opening onto the living room deck, and fire pit/hot tub.
To read my prior article on favorite Palos Verdes homes click here.
Photos courtesy of CRMLS
Palos Verdes Hikes & Trails Events June 2017
During the month of June 2017, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy is offering outdoor hikes/activities for Palos Verdes home owners to enjoy including bird walks, nature walks with naturalists, nocturnal full moon walk and volunteer opportunities which are listed below.
Nature & Me Storytime: Stories, Songs, Rhythm and Rhymes at George F Canyon Center will take place on Friday, June 9th, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. This event is designed to share the joy of reading with your children and introduce them to the beauty of our natural surroundings. This program is geared for 2 – 5 years of age. For reservations visit ww.pvplc.org/Events&Activities.
Docent training at the George F Canyon Nature Center will take place on Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. This charming Nature Center needs docent assistance to staff the Center during open hours and to help with special events. Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com..
Docent training at White Point Nature Education Center will take place on Saturday, June 17, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. This training program is set up to help run the dynamic White Point Nature Education Center and will include school programs to plant sales and assistance running a variety of fun events. Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
Local Paleo History at White Point Nature Education Center & Preserve will take place on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. Austin Hendy will be talking about fossils and mollusks. You will discover more about the variety of life in the habitats and ecosystems around us. This event is free. RSVP to ww.pvplc.org/Events&Activities or call (310) 541-7613.
The First Saturday Family Hike at George F Canyon will take place on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. Bring your family and join a naturalist guide to discover habitat, wildlife and more on an easy hike up the canyon with amazing views of the city. This is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. For more information call (310) 547-0862 or RSVP at www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.
Explore nocturnal sights with an expert Naturalist under a full moon with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy at the George F Canyon Nature Preserve on Friday, June 9, 2017. Call (310) 547-0862 for reservations and time. Children must be at least 9 years of age and there is a fee of $12 per person. Reservations required at ww.pvplc.org/Events&Activities.
Guided Nature Walk by Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy at Alta Vicente Reserve will take place on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. You will be able to explore the 15 acre restoration site with cactus wren and gnatcatcher habitats while enjoying beautiful views of Catalina Island. This is considered a moderate to strenuous walk. This walk is free and open to the public. For more information, call (310) 541-7613 x 201, or sign up at www.pvplc.org/events/NatureWalkRSVP.asp.
Stories, Songs and More For All at the White Point Nature Education Center will take place on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. 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. This event is free. White Point Nature Education Center is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. RSVP at www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.
Birding with Wild Birds Unlimited at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. Observe the birds now making a home in the restored habitat at the Preserve. Binoculars will be supplied for beginners. The program is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. White Point Nature Education Center is located at 1600 West Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. RSVP at www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.
Guided Nature Walk at the White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. You will be able to visit the Preserve and attend a Naturalist-guided hike. Enjoy coastal views and learn more about the plants, animals, restoration area and more. The White Point Nature Preserve is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. Meet at the information kiosk between parking lot and Nature Center. For more information call (310) 541-7613 or RSVP at www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.
Native Plant Sale at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, June 24, 2017, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. Plants are sold on a first come, first serve basis. White Point Nature Preserve is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. For more information call (310) 541-7613.
Birding with Wild Birds at George F Canyon will take place on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. Explore the birds in nesting season making a home in the canyon. The program is free and all ages are welcome. Parking is available at the Center which is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates. For more information call (310) 547-0862 or RSVP at www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.
Rapid Response Team will be working on Fridays and Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. You will work alongside conservancy staff protecting important wildlife habitat by closing unauthorized trails. The task will include trail maintenance, building fences, installing signage and more. They will be working various locations around the Preserve where work is most needed. Directions to sites will be emailed after signing up. No experience is needed. Volunteers must be 15 and older. Sign up at http://pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
Outdoor Volunteer Days at Native Plant Nursery will take place on Monday through Friday at 9:00 a.m. You will nurture seedlings and help shrubs grow for habitat restoration projects. Must RSVP at least 48 hours in advance. Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
Outdoor Volunteer Day at White Point Nature Preserve, will take place on Saturday, June 3, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Help beautify the native demonstration garden and surrounding habitat. Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
Outdoor Volunteer Day at Portuguese Bend Reserve will take place on Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Help restore important wildlife habitat while enjoying beautiful views. Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteer.com.
Special Outdoor Volunteer Day at Native Plant Nursery will take place on Saturday, June 17, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. You will nurture seedlings and grow shrubs for habitat restoration projects. Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
Outdoor Volunteer Day at Alta Vicente Reserve will take place on Saturday, June 24, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Help restore this unique canyon habitat to many threatened and endangered wildlife species. Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
To read my prior article on the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy click here.
Photo courtesy of Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy.
Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales La Cresta Neighborhood 2016
2016 Palos Verdes homes sales for the La Cresta neighborhood decreased to 37 single family homes sold in 2016 compared to 40 in 2015. Price per square foot for La Cresta houses that sold in 2016 increased to $564 compared to $551 in 2015 a 2.3% increase. Average sales price for La Cresta homes sold in 2016 was nearly the same – $2,094,608 compared to $2,095,272 in 2015. The most expensive home sold for $4,525,000 and the lowest priced home sold for $952,500.
Currently, La Cresta has 16 active Palos Verdes homes for sale. There are 15 single family homes ranging in price from $1,294,000 for a 3 bedroom/4 bath, 2,482 square foot home, to $4,300,000 for a 5 bedroom/6 bath, 5,002 square foot home. There is 1 condo/townhome for sale – $768,000 for a 3 bedroom/3 bath, 1,720 square foot townhome.
To view current Palos Verdes real estate statistics for the entire Peninsula, please click here or on the “Statistics” tab above.
Above photo of Del Cerro Park located in this area.
Palos Verdes Street Fair & Music Festival 2017
Palos Verdes Street Fair & Music Festival will be celebrating its 30th year for Palos Verdes homes owners to enjoy on Saturday, June 10th & Sunday, June 11, 2017. As in past years, the Fair will have its “Friday Teen Fun Night” opening the carnival on Friday, June 9th, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. when local youth can enjoy a fun-filled night (with the purchase of discount tickets through their middle school or high school). The Fair will have more than 200 arts and crafts booths, carnival rides for children of all ages, an International Food Court, a children’s petting zoo, free pony rides, train rides, and live entertainment on two stages.
On the Main Stage, there will be continuous live entertainment starting each day at 11:00 a.m. with Rockabilly Blues, 80’s Music, Cars Tribute, David Bowie Tribute, Police Tribute, Heart Tribute, Rock & more. The local Community Entertainment will start on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. with local youth groups and performance troops such as Elite Dance Studio, Palos Verdes Performing Arts, K.S. Choi Tae Kwon Do, Precision Dance, Hilltop Singers, Amuse Singers, and Palos Verdes Children’s Choir.
Animal rescue and adoptions will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m.to 6:00 p.m. There will be craft beers, unique food, and wine tastings at the International Food Court and Young Professionals Beer & Wine Tent beginning at 11:00 a.m. on both days.
For more information, contact the Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce at (310) 377-8111, or visit them at www.pvstreetfair.com. The Palos Verdes Street Fair is located on Crossfield Road between Silver Spur Road and Indian Peak Road in Rolling Hills Estates. The Palos Verdes Street Fair hours are Saturday, June 11th, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 12, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Parking is available at the Promenade parking structure at Drybank Drive and Silver Spur Road. There will also be parking at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School.
Click here to read my previous article on the Palos Verdes Street Fair & Music Festival.
All day wristbands for carnival rides will be sold for $30/per day and you can obtain a $5 discount by going to www.pvstreetfair.com and purchasing before the fair.
Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Street Fair