Around and About July 2018
42nd Street Musical Performance
The glittery and glamorous production of the musical comedy classic played to a packed house on Mother’s Day at the Norris Theater. The almost 4 decades old story is about a small town dancer who becomes a Broadway Star. The stars included Kevin Bailey, Sandy Bainum, Ashley Ruth Jones and Austin Miller and was directed and choreographed by Christine Negherbon. The Tony Award-winning song and dance extravaganza featured spectacular tap numbers and some of the most iconic songs ever written, including, “We’re in the Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” Shuffle off to Buffalo,” and “I Only Have Eyes for You.” The show that is based on the book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble was sponsored in part by Remax Estate Properties and Bennett Landscape. The honorary producers included Dr. O. Allen Alpay, Charlotte and Dr. Allen Ginsburg and Marylyn and Chuck Klaus.
Photo by Stephanie Cartozian
Peninsula School of Performing Arts debuts “Coppelia” Ballet
Directed by Tita Boulger, owner of Peninsula School of Performing Arts (PSPA), a full-length production of “Coppelia” was at the the Norris Theater for three days in May. The beautifully performed story is about Dr. Coppelius who puts the finishing touches on a toy doll named Coppelia. She seems so real that the doctor himself is almost unaware that she is only a doll and secretly dreams of bringing her back to life, and making her his companion. The sets were a lovely and well-done complement to the storyline as were their elaborate and professional costumes. Dr. Coppelius is played by Dwain Roque and Coppelia is played by Celia Glinsky. The staff of volunteers at the theater are particularly helpful to all guests and they also staff a snack bar with beverages during the intermission.
Photos by Stephanie Cartozian
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Fight for a Cure
The California Winemaster’s perennial Wine Spectator Top 10 Charity Wine Auction took place on May 19th at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank. This glitterati event showcases 50 international chefs and 75 of California’s Finest Wineries. “Winemasters” has raised more than $30 million in support of the mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment, and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care.
Photo by Tony LaBruno
Grand Opening of The Residences at the Rolling Hills Country Club
The Chadmar Group hosted a party on Saturday, June 2nd to introduce their new resident development to prospective buyers and to the community at large. Four model homes were open for viewing and each was staged with a bright and light California coastal style and decor. A pianist serenaded guests and open bars along with petite appetizers kept guests entertained long after they viewed the Each home opened up to spectacular city and canyon views and were positioned along the Rolling Hills Country Club golf course. Upon membership into the club, homeowners here will have access to luxe club amenities such as chef-in dining, poolside cabanas and the newly equipped athletic club. The development is surrounded by bucolic horse trails and is keeping with the rustic style of the existing community. To learn more visit, RHCCResidences.com.
Photo by Stephanie Cartozian
Historic Gift for New Senior Center in Rolling Hills Estates
Last week Peninsula Seniors announced a $500,000 gift from the Ralph Scriba Family to the capital campaign for their new location in Rolling Hills Estates. The new facility will be named The Scriba Family Center.
Peninsula Seniors have searched for a new location and now have an opportunity to purchase a space of over 4,200 square feet in a centrally-located existing building. This new location and facility is between the PV Library and the Promenade Shopping Center and will enable them to meet the growing and future needs of seniors in the community.
“We are excited to be supporting the new home for Peninsula Seniors because it will play a vital role in our community by providing a thriving, permanent senior center that we can all be proud to call our own,” said Ralph Scriba, Palos Verdes businessman and philanthropist. “We hope our donation will inspire others in the community to support the Peninsula Seniors’ Capital Campaign.”
Ralph Scriba founded the aircraft parts manufacturer, Swift-Cor, in his garage in 1956 and built it into a major enterprise before selling it in 2000. Since retiring, Scriba, and his wife Loraine, have supported many community organizations through the Ralph Scriba Charitable Trust and Scriba Enterprises, which oversees industrial properties, office buildings and residential developments in California, Arizona and Texas.
Currently Peninsula Seniors is housed in two double-wide trailers located at the Rancho Palos
Verdes City Hall site.
“It is time for us to have a permanent home,” said Ann Shaw, President of the Peninsula Seniors
Board of Directors. “In our new, larger, and state-of-the-art facility, we will offer expanded
programs and activities such as additional health and wellness classes, as well as extended hours of
operation. Peninsula Seniors is honored to be the recipient of this generous gift from Ralph and
The Capital Campaign goal is $2 million and the gift from the Scribas brings Peninsula Seniors
closer to their goal. In addition, they have a goal of $500,000 for the establishment of an
endowment for maintenance and operations.
“We are very appreciative to the Scriba family for their generous gift, and to each and every person who has contributed to our Capital Campaign.” said Shaw. “Each donation is a brick that is building a new Peninsula Seniors that will serve the community in new and exciting ways. We are grateful to this community for its support.”
For more information about the Peninsula Senior Capital Campaign, please visit www.pvseniors.org
or call 310-377-3003.
Peninsula Seniors is a non-profit tax exempt 501(c) (3) organization and is governed by a Volunteer
Board of Directors serving the senior adult community on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and in
surrounding areas. With a membership more than 1,100, and with great potential for growth and
increased membership, Peninsula Seniors provides activities which exercise the mind and body and
allows members to connect to the community, get together, socialize and have fun. No other
Peninsula-wide organization exists with the programs and activities that Peninsula Seniors provides.
On average, they provide 60 activities per month including local and long-distance excursions. For
more information, please visit www.pvseniors.org or call 310-377-3003.
31st Annual Street Fair Brings in Big Crowds
Droves of families congregated over the weekend of June 9th and 10th for the Palos Verdes Street Fair and Music Festival. Produced by the Palos Verdes Chamber of Commerce, admission was free as was the parking. Amongst the many attractions was a Ferris Wheel, carousel, Aristocat and honey bear themed rides for the little ones and more adventurous experiences for the older kids, that included 2 funhouses, roller coasters and an enormously tall slide where the kids could ride down on potato sacks. There were lots of food vendors selling cotton candy and other carnival favorites and booths where kids could test their skill at tossing balls in cups or ping pong balls into small fish bowls. There was something to be won by everyone.
Photos by Stephanie Cartozian