Enjoy Thanksgiving Or Hanukkah Dinner At Terranea Resort

If you haven’t made your holiday plans yet, perhaps Terranea Resort can help you get out of the kitchen with their Thanksgiving and Hanukkah dining specials. Palos Verdes homes owners are lucky to have such an amazing resort here in our back yard that brings a little bit of home to its visitors.

On Sunday, November 24, 2013, The Links at Terranea will be offering a Turkey Shoot Out golf scramble from 8:00 – 10:30 a.m. and a team of 4 players can join in the contest on the 9-hole course where prizes will be award for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.  The cost is $150 per team.  For reservations contact the golf house at (310) 265-2755 or go to Turkey Shoot Out on the Terranea Links at the Terranea website.

On Thursday, November 28, 2013, The Catalina Kitchen will be offering a family style Thanksgiving dinner with a special dessert buffet.  Meals will be served from 1:00 – 10:00 p.m. at a cost of $75 per adult, $35 per child ages 5-10, and free for children under four.  This year, they will be also offering a Hanukkah special menu from November 27,2013, through December 5, 2013.  The menu will consists of matzo ball soup, potato latkes, herb roasted chicken, sticky toffee pudding and more.  Reservations can be made at (310) 265-2836.

Mar’sel will be offering a four course Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday from 5:30-10:00 p.m. for $80 per person, and a vegetarian option is available.  Reservations can be made at (310)265-2836.

Nelson’s will be having a Thanksgiving Blue Plate Special.  This year they will be opening at 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. for  all of those football fans out there.  You will be able to watch Thanksgiving football games on an outdoor large TV screen.

Sea Beans is once again offering Thanksgiving To Go.  Menu items include complete meal packages, individual dinners and desserts to go.  Orders can be placed now until the week before Thanksgiving.  There will be curbside pick up available Thanksgiving week on Wednesday and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until closing.  Call (310) 265-2836 for more information.

Terranea’s Ballroom will be featuring Thanksgiving Buffet at 1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.  The cost will be $90 per adult, $45 per child ages 5-10, and free for children under four.   There will be live music  and complimentary sparkling wine.

Bashi will be serving a special Asian inspired Thanksgiving menu in addition to their regular menu.  The costs will be $50 per adult and $25 per child.  They will be serving from 11:00 a.m. to closing.

On Friday, November 29, 2013, Terranea will  be celebrating Blissful Black Friday at Marea where shoppers will receive 30% off from 8:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m., 25% off from noon to 4:00 p.m. and 20% off from 4:00 p.m. to close.

Terranea Resort is located at 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes.  When giving driving instructions use 6610 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca.  90275.  For more information go to www.terranea.com or call (310) 265-2800.

Photo courtesy of Terranea Resort

Palos Verdes Golf Club Now Accepting New Members

Palos Verdes Golf Course, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Palos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes Estates was built in 1924 by the renowned team of Thomas and Bell who also designed the golf courses at the Riviera and Bel Air Country Clubs, The Los Angeles Country Club and the Ojai Valley Inn.  In 2013, the grounds at Palos Verdes Golf Club underwent a complete renovation to restore it to the original design.  At that time all of the bunkers were re-built, three greens were re-built and a chipping areas around the greens was added. The clubhouse of 50,000 square feet was remodeled and now serves lunch six days a week and dinner four nights per week.  The Club also offers a state of the art exercise facility and meeting and party banquet facilities.

Residential property owners in Palos Verdes Estate have first priority for membership.  Palos Verdes Golf Club is anticipating a limited number of membership openings in the near future and is now accepting candidate applications.  So if you have ever had an interest in joining Palos Verdes Golf Club, you could take advantage of their current special offerings.

To contact the Club’s Membership Manager call Kelly Stortz at (310) 791-7941.  The Club is located at 3301 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates.

Photo courtesy of Arvin Design

Terranea Resort Adds Shuttle Service To Riviera Village

What could be better for the local beach residents of Hollywood Riviera than being able to take advantage of a shuttle back and forth from Terranea Resort?   Recently this became a reality with the first shuttle connections taking place.  While guests at the hotel are able to have an outing and visit the unique shops and restaurants in Riviera Village, local Hollywood Riviera residents have also learned that they can benefit from this great exchange.  Many beach residents have found that instead of worrying about the parking accommodations (which can sometimes be a little restrictive due to large parties or events), they can now jump on the shuttle to visit beautiful Terranea Resort with its breathtaking views and enjoy one of their fabulous restaurants.

The shuttle leaves Terranea Resort at 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.. The return trips from Hollywood Riviera are 10:30 a.m., 2:30, 6:30 and 10:30 p.m.  There is very little signage in Riviera Village to indicate where the shuttle stop is located except for a hard-to-see red curb with the words “shuttle stop” painted on it which is located at the intersection of Catalina Avenue and Vista del Mar.  The Terrenea stop is in front of the lobby with the other courtesy shuttles.  The executive director of the Riviera Village Business Improvement District, Ellen Engelke, feels that this new shuttle will allow Terranea visitors to come and enjoy the uniqueness of the Village.

Terranea Resort is located at 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes.  For more information on Terranea go to www.terranea.com.

Photo courtesy of Terranea Resort.


Point Vicente Lighthouse & Museum Tours Plus An Oceanfront Walk!

Point Vicente Lighthouse, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

On Saturday, June 22, 2013, Palos Verdes homes owners will be able to enjoy a day outside participating in an Oceanfront Estates Walk.  This fun outing includes an easy 2.2 mile hike along the bluff of our beautiful Palos Verdes coast line where you will enjoy a quiet and peaceful walk along the ocean on a nicely maintained decomposed granite trail.  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 90275.

This is a special walk because it also includes a visit to the Point Vicente Lighthouse.  Here you can 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 for his good friend, Friar Vicente of the Mission Buenaventura.  In 1979, the Point Vicente Lighthouse was added to the National Registry of historic sights.  After your tour, you can visit the Point Vicente Lighthouse Museum and the native plant garden.

For more information, call (310) 377-5370, or go to www.losserenos.org.

Palos Verdes Beach Report Card For 2013

Palos Verdes homes owners have one more thing to enjoy here on the Peninsula.  Yesterday, Heal the Bay reported Palos Verdes beaches and coves are in the 2012-2013 top list for California.  This means that our local waters have received grades of A & A+ throughout the year. They assign grades to more than 600 sites along the West Coast for summer dry-weather water quality and to more than 300 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 is 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 looking 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 as well as funding are constantly needed to ensure this program continues to minimize the pollution of our beaches.

To read more about Heal the Bay’s Beach Report Card program click here.

Photo above is of Portuguese Bend Beach Club in Rancho Palos Verdes

National Parks Week Is April 20 – 28, 2013

Frank Vanderlip Sr Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 courtesy of Arvin Design
Did you know that this is National Parks Week?  There are 401 National Parks in America, and they include seashores, battlefields, historic homes, archeological sites and spectacular natural areas.  There is at least one national park in every state. 99% of counties in America have recreational facilities such as playgrounds and trails which are funded by the National Park Services Land & Water Conservation Fund.

Here on the Peninsula, Palos Verdes homes owners are surrounded by a large number of parks. We have both Staffed Parks and Drop-In Parks located throughout the area. Our larger Staffed Parks include, Abalone Cove Shoreline Park, Fred Hesse Jr. Community Park, Ladera Linda Community Center, Point Vincente Interpretive Center & Robert E. Ryan Community Park.  These larger staffed parks offer more services to the public such as rest rooms, activity rooms, playground areas and some even offer facility rentals.

Drop-In Parks which are not staffed include:  Clovercliff Park, Del Cerro Park, Eastview Park, Founders Park, Frank A. Vanderlip Sr. Park, Grandview Park, Marilyn Ryan Sunset Point Park, Martingale Trailhead Park, Pelican Cove, Point Vicente Park/Civic Center and Los Caninos Dog Park.

Photo of Frank A. Vanderlip Sr. Park courtesy of Arvin Design

Whale Of A Day Festivities!

Whale Of A Day, March 5, 2011, Point Vicente Interpretive Center, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275

“Whale of a Day” is a festival which celebrates the migration of the Pacific Gray Whale from its summer feeding grounds in the Bering and Chucki Seas in Alaska, to its winter breeding and calving grounds in Baja .If you are looking for a fun outing for the whole family, stop by the Point Vicente Interpretive Center and enjoy “Whale Of A Day” activities.  This is a popular annual event for Palos Verdes homes owners and their neighbors throughout the South Bay.  The City of Rancho Palos Verdes, and the docents of Los Serenos de Point Vicente sponsor this event and it is free to the public.

Whale Of A Day is Saturday, March 2, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include whale watching from the shore, museum tours, Point Vicente Lighthouse tours (ages 7 and older and a minimum of 44″ tall) exhibits, and much more.  The children will enjoy crafts, games, fun zone and face painting, story telling and chalk drawing – all at no charge.  The arts & crafts, exhibits and vendors will be marine themed.  This event always has great live entertainment which includes music and animals.  Some of the past participants have included The Aquarium of the Pacific with its Aquarium on Wheels, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, George F Canyon Nature Center, Save the Manatee, National Marine Fisheries, Heal the Bay, Marine Mammal Care Center, South Bay Wildlife Rehab and other local organizations.  And if you are hungry, there will be multiple food booths to buy treats throughout the day.

There is free parking and even a shuttle to drive you to and from the event.  Park at the Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall at 30940 Hawthorne Blvd, Rancho Palos Verdes.  For more information call (310) 544-5260 or go to www.whaleofaday.com.

Photo courtesy of the city of Rancho Palos Verdes

Cherry Blossom Time Is Coming!

Palos Verdes homes owners are fortunate to live near the South Coast Botanic Garden where they can watch the Cherry Blossoms start to bloom. This is the closest location for us to see the beauty and color of these trees.  This yearly event reminds us that Spring is just around the corner.  On Saturday, March 2, 2013, from 9:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m. bring a picnic and enjoy Cherry Blossom season at the Garden.  Cherry Blossoms are said to be an omen of good fortune, and also an emblem of love and affection.  The upper and lower meadows will be open for picnicking on this special day.   There will also be an arts display at the Frances Young Hall, a living lettuce bowl demonstration, an origami demonstration and other workshops throughout the day.  The tram tours will be running at 11:30, and 1:30 at the cost of $4 per person.

I am told that the Cherry Blossoms are just starting to bloom now but are not in full bloom yet.  They are only in full bloom for about a week and you can keep checking with the Garden to monitor their progress.

The price for admission to the South Coast Botanic Gardens is: adults $8, seniors $6, students with I.D. $6, children 5-13 $3, and children 4 and under are free.  At this time they are accepting cash only.  The South Coast Botanic Garden is. located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula.  For more information call  (310) 544-1948.

Photo courtesy of Arvin Design

Wayfarers Chapel Is One Of The Most Beautiful Churches in America!

Wayfarers Chapel, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275

On January 17, 2013, Fox News.com announced the “12 Most Beautiful Churches in America.”  Palos Verdes homes owners will be happy to know that our very own Wayfarers Chapel, located in Rancho Palos Verdes, was on this list of the most architecturally inspiring churches.

The article describes how Lloyd Wright, the son of Frank Lloyd Wright, used the perfect combination of nature and architectural genius to create the “tree chapel”  and how he made the chapel a natural sanctuary encased in glass with views of the surrounding forest and the nearby Pacific Ocean.  These are typical traits of Organic Architecture, which uses nature as the framework and regards the space inside as sacred.  They also discuss the fact that Wayfarers Chapel was built along the Palos Verdes Peninsula so that travelers could rest and give thanks to God for the beauty around them.

Some of the other churches that were mentioned in the article were: Cathedral Church of St John the Devine, New York City, Washington National Cathedral located in Washington, DC, St. Mary of the Angels, Chicago, Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, Cathedral of St. Paul, St. Paul, Minnesota, Thorn Crown Chapel located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, St. Mary’s Catholic Church Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary at High Hill, High Hill, Texas, Memorial Presbyterian Church, St. Augustine, Florida, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, California, Cathedral Basilica of St Louis King of France, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Cathedral of St Andrew, Honolulu, Hawaii.

For more information on Wayfarers Chapel contact James Morgan at (310) 377-1650 ext. 222, or to read the full Fox News article go to tp://www.foxnews.com/travel/2013/01/17/12-most-beautiful-churches-in-america/.

Photo courtesy of the Wayfarers Chapel

Whale Watching is Back!

Voyager Excursions, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

The Whale Watching season is upon us, and Palos Verdes homes owners don’t have far to go to see these whales off our coastline.  The season has officially started, and according to the Point Vicente Interpretive Center,  499 whales have been counted going south, 1 headed north, and 17 calf pairs have been counted going south as of yesterday.  This number is higher  than past years, and in the last two years the numbers have been growing.   Most of the whales are traveling south to Baja and the concern in the last several months has been the fact that they are swimming in the large container ship paths.  There is something so exciting about seeing these magnificent creatures.  In the last several days there have been larger than normal pods of these interesting animals, in fact up to 28 counted at one time.

To see these magnificent creatures, there are several different local options for you to choose from.  Point Vicente Interpretive Center located at  31501 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275, welcomes visitors to this premier whale watching site for viewing (bring binoculars).  For more information, call 310-377-5370.   If you want to see the whales up closer, there are two companies that have whale watching tours for a fee.  San Pedro Spirit Cruises (310) 548-8080 has tours on Saturdays at 1:00 p.m., and Sundays at 12:30 p.m. Voyager Excursions in Redondo Beach (310) 944-1219 has daily whale watching tours leaving at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Voyager Excursions