Household Hazardous Waste, document shredding and e-waste disposals are important for Palos Verdes homes owners. It gives us a chance to get rid of all the articles we have been saving throughout the year that cannot be picked up at regular trash collections. In October, there are two different opportunities for Palos Verdes Estates & Rancho Palos Verdes residents.
Rancho Palos Verdes residents will have the opportunity on Saturday, October 17, 2020, to have their documents shredded by EDCO and the City of Rancho Palos Verdes. They are sponsoring this free document paper shredding from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Rancho Palos Verdes Civic Center. The center is located at 30940 Hawthorne Blvd, Rancho Palos Verdes. This drop-off is for Rancho Palos Verdes residents only. Residents can safely dispose of personal documents right there on site. You can bring up to three “bankers” boxes per household. Electronic waste will also be collected at the same time and location. If you get there early you might be able to get some free mulch if you bring your own trash cans (up to 3), gloves and a shovel – while the supply lasts. There is absolutely no hazardous waste material accepted at this location.
Palos Verdes Estates will be holding it’s annual Household Hazardous Waste Round Up with a “Door- to-Door Collection” on Saturday, October 17, 2020. Athens Services will be providing this event for Palos Verdes Estates residents only, and all items must be placed on your porch by 7:00 a.m. For safety reasons they do not want the items placed at the curb or in your trash areas. There is a onetime collection fee of $35.00 for this scheduled pick up. In order to participate in this service, you must call in advance by Thursday, October 15, 2020 to schedule a pick up collection. Remember this is Hazardous Waste which is fluorescent light bulbs, oil, paint, household/car batteries and antifreeze. To make arrangement for this pick up call (888) 336-6100 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Monday – Friday) or 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on (Saturdays).
Palos Verdes Estates Annual Bulky Waste & E-Waste Collection Day will take place on Saturday, November 14, 2020. We will provide more information closer to the actual event date.
To read my last article on waste services pick up click here.
Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes City Newsletter
Palos Verdes Art Center 2020 Virtual Fall Registration!
The Palos Verdes Art Center will be scheduling their Fall Term online only due to continuing public health concerns. The Fall Term will begin on September 28,2020, and will run through November 20, 2020. The doors will reopen when they can enforce strict social distancing and sanitizing guidelines, and they have been working diligently to create a safe environment for our return. Registration for the fall classes has begun, and you can find classes and registration information by clicking here.
When you arrive at the online registration you can see the limited classes that they will be offering online this fall. Some of the adult classes that will be offered are: Art Theory, Ceramics, Drawings & Illustration, Painting, Photography & Printmaking. There is also a Youth Studio which is K-2nd Grade, 3rd-5th Grade & High School.
If you have paid registration fees for the past Spring term they can be credited toward Fall Classes. If you want to convert them to a donation to help PVAC during these times you can contact Daniela Saxa-Kaneko, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Palos Verdes Art Center is located at 5504 W. Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. For more information call (310) 541-2479.
To read my prior article on the Palos Verdes Art Center click here.
Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Art Center
Palos Verdes Welcomes New Retail Stores To Peninsula Center!
Palos Verdes homes owners are welcoming new stores to Peninsula Center. One of the businesses that has opened recently in the center is the Halloween store Spirit which is located at 28 Peninsula Center where you will find the best Halloween costumes and Halloween decorations that will have you ready for a spooktacular celebration whether it be on zoom or a drive by Halloween visit. Spirit Halloween has a wide variety of Halloween décor, animatronics, costumes, and accessories that are perfect for dressing up and enjoying the day. The whole family can get in on the action and they even offer pet costumes so your dog and cat can celebrate with you.
Target which has moved into the old Orchard Supply Hardware location, now has a projected opening in late October. Coming soon to Peninsula Center in the spring of 2021 is Bath & Body Works which is a great addition to our local center. These two large retail companies are a welcomed addition to our local shopping malls, and will hopefully encourage other large retailers to join them.
The holidays will soon be here, so please support our local businesses and Shop Local First so even more businesses will want to bring their goods and services to our area.
The Peninsula Center is located at 67 Peninsula Center, Rolling Hills Estates. (Corner of Silver Spur Road & Hawthorne Blvd).
Photo courtesy of Target stores
Enjoy A Gentle Yoga & Expressive Arts Program Virtually Through Palos Verdes Library District!
The Palos Verdes Library District offers great opportunities for children and adults. Even though the library is closed for visitors, they have many enjoyable opportunities for all. No matter what your age, there is something for all of us here to enjoy. The Palos Verdes Library District is dedicated to providing online services to the community during the COVID-19 virus. The wonderful thing about these programs is that many of the digital resources can be accessed 24/7 with your library card. If you don’t currently have a library card, you can sign up online and it will be emailed back to you within 48 hours (click here for link).
One of the wonderful programs the Library is currently offering is Gentle Yoga & Expressive Arts Program (Virtual) on September 12, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Registered yoga instructor Mona Wells will present Gentle Yoga & Expressive Arts via Zoom for the Palos Verdes Library District. This program has a foundation in gentle Hatha yoga with visualization and deep relaxation segueing into creative drawing, expressive movement, and transitioning into writing. Attendees may participate using their own yoga mat or chair and must provide their own writing and drawing materials. Although the workshop will be through Zoom, there will be some opportunity to meet and reflect with new people after the participants explore the expressive arts portion of the program via Zoom.
Please have ready the day of:
-Yoga mat and/or chair
-Yoga block, strap, scarf, and/or towel
-Writing paper and/or drawing paper
-Pen and/or Pencil for writing
-Colored pencil, pastel, crayon, marker, etc. for drawing
Space is limited and online registration is required. Click here to register for the class.
For more information call (310) 377-9584 ext. 601.
To read my prior article on the Palos Verdes Library District click here.
Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Library District
Palos Verdes Homes Owners Join 2020 International Coastal Cleanup Month!
Palos Verdes Homes owners can still participate in the annual Coastal Cleanup which is a worldwide beach clean up program and has the largest number of volunteers on the planet. Coastal Cleanup Day which normally takes place on September 21st, is an international day of action to protect our oceans, watersheds, and wildlife from trash and debris. However, with COVID 19 this year it will be a little different with smaller groups taking action in different areas. This massive volunteering effort has an astounding impact on many of our local natural habitats and communities. In 2019, the Ocean Conservancy reported that nearly 800,000 volunteers collectively removed more than 20 million pieces of trash from beaches and waterways around the world resulting in an estimated 20 million fewer potential impacts on whales, turtles and other beloved ocean wildlife. At this time, Heal the Bay is not organizing any large cleanup in Los Angeles County but is asking all of us who wish to volunteer to put our small group together and go out and help from September 5, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to September 30, 2020, at 8:00 p.m.
Palos Verdes homes owners have some of the cleanest beaches and we can all do our part to keep them this way. Heal the Bay is again reporting that Palos Verdes beaches and coves are in the current top Honor Roll 2019-2020 list for California. This means that our local waters have received grades of A and A+ throughout the year. Heal the Bay assigns weekly grades to more than 500 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.
Join your neighbors and friends and be a part of the largest volunteer project. You can participate in this worldwide event by volunteering right here in your own backyard while enjoying our beautiful coast at the same time. This year, event organizers are promoting zero waste and are asking participants to bring their own reusable gloves, buckets, and disposal bags.
To read my prior article on the Heal the Bay beach report card click here
Photo courtesy of Heal The Bay
Palos Verdes Supports Virtual 2020 “The Hills Are Alive” Race
Palos Verdes home owners will be supporting our local “The Hills Are Alive” race virtually this year due to COVID 19. The race which benefits the Rolling Hills Estates Pepper Tree Foundation will be celebrating its 39th annual race online. 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 39th annual race will start on Saturday, September 12, 2020 and go thru October 12, 2020.
This year you can run at anytime, and you’re free to complete the 5K or 10k indoors on a treadmill, or anywhere outside while practicing safe distancing and following all CDC guidelines. The best part is you get to choose the start and finish line and you can take as much time as you like to complete this run! Registration is now open for this self-coordinated fun run with no setup, chip timing or coordinators on site.
The registration fee for the event is $25 for all ages. You can mail your registration form to City of Rolling Hills Estates, Attn: Recreation, 4045 Palos Verdes Dr North, Rolling Hills Estates, CA. 90274. Checks should be payable to RHE Pepper Tree Foundation and must be received by September 10, 2020, or you can go online at www.active.com. All participants will receive a tee shirt, and finishers will receive a medal.
For questions about the race call (310) 377-1577 ext 110. To download a registration form to mail in click here.
To view my previous article on “The Hills Are Alive Race” click here.
Photo courtesy of the City of Rolling Hills Estates
Palos Verdes Local Business Offers Home School Support!
Palos Verdes homes owners with school aged children are working on finalizing their plans to start the 2020-2021 school year on August 26, 2020. Many students have chosen for the Hybrid Learning Models, but quite a few have signed up for the Distance Learning Academy. The schools strict policies for opening, have put many families in a bind. Some have reached out for small pod learning groups so that the children can study with other children in a safe environment. However, there are not enough groups to satisfy the demand. Having learning pods allows the parents time to work from home or return to their jobs.
Elite Dance Studio is offering a school setting where children bring their laptops and participate in their zoom classes for school, then for physical education they can dance, or play games for activities. The hours would be from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with early drop off and late pick up for parents. This program will be starting in September to allow the school program to start on August 26,2020. This program is being offered on a first come first serve basis, due to distancing guidelines.
Pricing will depend on each child’s exact schedule requirements. If you are interested please contact the owner Dyan Lopez at (310) 413-6536, to save a seat and put together a specific program for your child.
Elite Dance Studio is offering Zoom dance classes, and in studio classes for the rest of the year respecting social distancing. To find out more information about these wonderful dance opportunities contact Dyan Lopez at (310) 413-6536.
Elite Dance Studio is located at 550 Deep Valley Drive Suite 241, Rolling Hills Estates. To read more about the studio go to www.elitedancerhe.com.
To read my last article on the Palos Verdes Peninsula School District click here.
Photo courtesy of Elite Dance Studio
Palos Verdes Stables Offers Trail Rides On The Peninsula!
Palos Verdes homes owners are having to get creative these days looking for fun outdoor opportunities for their children to enjoy. Summer is a great time to try new things, but this summer has added some challenges what we normally enjoy. One great event that you may want to consider for the whole family is a trail ride in Palos Verdes. Whether its going through the canyons or along Palos Verdes Drive North, now is the time to take that ride and enjoy our wonderful summer weather. You also get a different view of nature sitting on top of a horse and riding through our special areas. Our local Palos Verdes Stables offer many different type of equestrian activities. You can enjoy pony camps, trail rides, and even private or group lessons.
On the trail ride you will be paired with one of the reliable and friendly horses and taken by an experienced guide on a ride along the scenic trails of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. There is no previous riding experience necessary, and they can accommodate groups of up to 10 riders at a time. For larger groups you must contact them in advance. Please remember to bring your mask.
PV Horse Rentals is offering trail rides every hour running daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Trail riding is open to ages 6 and up, and prices start at $50 for a 45 minute ride, $75 for an hour and $100 for a 90 minute ride. Also city of Palos Verdes Estates residents can show proof of residency to receive a discount. They also offer a 20 minute pony ride for $40 for kids 3-5 years of age. For more information call (310) 310-5178, or to schedule a trail ride go online at pvhorserentals.com.
To read my last article on Palos Verdes Stables click here.
Palos Verdes Stables is located at 4057 Via Opata, Palos Verdes Estates.
Photo courtesy of PV Horse Rentals.
Palos Verdes Library District 2020 Children’s Summer Reading Program
The Palos Verdes Library District offers reading activities for children as young as 6 months through grade twelve. If you haven’t visited the summer reading program at our local library, then you’re missing some great activities for the kids and adults too. In addition to reading books, members may also try some reading activities that are fun, exciting, informative and funny. Children can track their progress online or use classic paper reading logs. The theme this year, “Imagine Your Story” 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 enjoy reading stories. Registration is open and you can go online now through August 16, 2020.
Kids going into grades Tk-5 will earn achievement iron on 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.
The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is available to all families with children between the ages of birth and four years. Registration is still open, and 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. Plus the Library has more fun ideas for the kids with their “Drive in Movies at Home,” “Mystery Crafts” and ” Virtual Scavenger Hunt.” You can also check out all of the great activities that are offered for adults – cooking ideas, summer book reading and more.
For more information go to pvld.org/pvsummer or call (310) 377-9584 ext. 600.
To read my prior article on Palos Verdes Library District click here.
Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Library District
Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School Districts Guide for Reopening!
Palos Verdes homes owners with school aged children should read the District’s Guide for Reopening. This has been quite the school year for both parents and children who have had to adapt to remote home learning.
These educational choices have not been easy parents and the school board which is doing its best to follow the state guidelines. Now that the school year is approaching, families have had to decide whether to use the Hybrid Learning Models or Distance Learning Academy. For the students who have not yet responded to the school district’s choices, they will be placed in the Hybrid Learning Model unless they opt in for the Distance Learning Academy.
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School Districts has encouraged families to make sure that they respond in a timely manner. August 2, 2020, is the deadline to select Distance Learning Academy. Following that protocol, August 19th, will be the tentative date for the material pick up at school campuses. As of now the 2020-2021 school district will begin on August 26, 2020.
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School Districts informational guide can be seen by clicking here.
To read my last article on the Palos Verdes Peninsula School District click here.
Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District