April 2023 Peninsula Calendar of Events
PVAC hosts Fiber art exhibit
An exhibit of contemporary fiber art in Southern California runs through April 15 at the Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 Crestridge Road in Rancho Palos Verdes. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays. For more information, call (310) 541-2479 or visit pvartcenter.org.
Volunteer Day at Abalone Cove
Outdoor Volunteer Day at Abalone Cove Reserve with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, 9 a.m. to noon. Join the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, and volunteer at a breathtaking coastal reserve and help restore wildlife habitat. Students can receive community service hours. Sign up at PVPLC.VolunteerHub.com.
Canyon guided nature walk
George F Canyon Guided Nature Preserve Walk with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, 10:30 a.m. You will be guided by a trained naturalist to discover a unique variety of wildlife in the canyon habitat with amazing views of the LA Basin. Meet on the back deck of the George F Canyon Nature Center. Parking in Preserve lot located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates. No RSVP required. Rain cancels.
Bluff guided nature walk
Walk through coastal sage habitat along the eastern bluff of the Reserve. Enjoy coastal views, see WWII sites and possibly gray whale sightings. The theme of the walk is “Modern History of PV and San Pedro.” Meet at 9 a.m. at the sign-in table that will be set up on the sidewalk on Twin Harbors View Drive. The moderate hike will take place though the coastal sage scrub habitat along the Eastern Bluff of Trump National Golf Course. Approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours duration. Bring water since there is no drinking fountain on the trails. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Rain cancels. Free. All ages welcome. For more information, call 310-544-5260 or visit losserenos.org.
Sacred Expressions Retreat: Paint, Pause, Pray
9 a.m.-noon at the Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. Participants follow a pattern and start with the same subject, but have artistic freedom and flexibility. The session will allow time for contemplative prayer using silence, music, scripture, and sharing as each artist creates their masterpiece. Individuals will be able to connect with others on a spiritual level while creating art. All skill levels are invited and no artistic experience is required. Cost: $45 per person (all materials included).
To register, go to maryjoseph.org/event/sacred-expressions-paint-pause-pray.
Pavilions complimentary wine tastings
Pavilions in Rolling Hills Estates offers a tasting of French wines on April 1. April 6 through April 8, from Duckhorn Vineyards, Faire La Fete sparkling wines, and The Prisoner wines. On April 15, they will be pouring sparkling wines from Le Grand Courtage. Caymus Family Wines will be poured on April 21. (Caymus will also co-host the Pavilions Wine Dinner on April 27 at L’Opera restaurant in Long Beach.) Austin Hope Family Wines are pouring on April 27. DAOU will be pouring on April 29, and Justin on April 30 as part of another Double Discount weekend. Times for the Double Discount weekend are 1 to 4 p.m. Other tastings are 3 to 6 p.m. Pavilions is located at 7 Peninsula Center. For more information, call Tom Hyatt at (310) 377-1994 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Bay Bromeliad meeting
South Bay Bromeliad Associates will host Jerry Robinson, vice president of Rainforest Flora in Torrance. Robinson will demonstrate how to incorporate bromeliads into a tropical landscape and will show Neoregelias, Billbergias, Aechmeas and Vrieseas. The meeting is at 1:30 p.m. in the third floor Community Room at the Peninsula Center Library, 701 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates. There will be refreshments, a members Show and Tell bromeliads and a plant auction. Free parking on the lower and upper levels of the library.
Free bridge workshops
Today is the first of four free bridge workshops for beginners. The workshops will be presented by Linda MacKenzie, a certified bridge teacher from the South Bay Bridge Club. Classes continue on Tuesdays, April 11, 18 and 25, from 10 a.m. to noon at 24100 Narbonne Ave., Unit 105, Lomita. To register, call (310) 373-8166 or email email@example.com or Scholler.JD@gmail.com.
Seniors Bohannon lectures
The Peninsula Seniors Bohannon Lecture Series is on Wednesdays, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Scriba Family Center, 602 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. Coffee social at 10:15 a.m. Today LA Opera presents a discussion of its new production, “Pelleas & Melisande.” This tale of hidden longing and lingering suspicion where forbidden love blossoms is highlighted by Claude Debussy’s hypnotic score. For more information, call Renee Reymond at Peninsula Seniors at (310) 377-3003.
Ocean Trails guided nature walk
Enjoy a guided nature walk at Ocean Trails Reserve with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, 9 a.m. Walk through an impressively-restored habitat on top of an ancient slide area with spectacular bluff-top ocean views that are well worth the visit. Easy to moderate. Sign up at pvplc.org/calendar.
Volunteer Day at Agua Amarga
Outdoor Volunteer Day at Agua Amarga with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, April 8 and again April 29, 9 a.m. to noon. Help remove invasive weeds and care for a community restoration site to benefit wildlife. Students can receive community service hours. Sign up at PVPLC.volunteerhub.com/.
RPV Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza
At Ken Dyda Civic Center, 30940 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes. Ages 1-8. The egg hunt will begin promptly at 10:15 a.m. Activities begin at 9:30 a.m. There will be an appearance by the Easter Bunny, lots of prizes and photo opportunities, inflatables for kids and a petting zoo. Pre-registration required. Register soon, as the event fills up quickly. RPV residents: $15. Non-residents: $18. To register, go to rpvca.gov/parks.
In celebration of Easter, La Venta Inn is hosting a special brunch by caterer and South Bay native Meg Walker. Offering a bountiful brunch buffet, mimosa bar, photos with the Easter bunny, and an Easter egg hunt for the kids. La Venta Inn will host two brunch seatings. Seating one is from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Seating two is from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit eventbrite.com.
Easter Sunday breakfast buffet
The Mary & Joseph Retreat Center hosts an Easter Sunday breakfast from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 5300 Crest Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. Reservations required by April 3. Adults $30; children ages 4 to 12 are $15. Children under 4 free. To RSVP, go to MaryJoseph.org/event/easter-sunday-breakfast-2023/.
Seniors lecture series
The Peninsula Seniors Bohannon Lecture Series, 10:30-11:30 a.m., at the Scriba Family Center, 602 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. Coffee Social at 10:15 a.m. Music appreciation lecturers Lee and Ann Strong introduce “The Luthier,” the story of a guitar maker and his local workshop. In this special live, and Zoom lecture, follow Ann and Lee as they tour a guitar workshop, and view a unique collection of guitars with interesting stories behind them. For more information, call Renee Reymond at Peninsula Seniors at (310) 377-3003.
Positive aging at
Learn about the Palos Verdes Peninsula Village, an organization dedicated to creating a sense of community for older adults living on the Peninsula. Their goal is to create connections, foster friendships and provide volunteer support for members. There will be an information session at 11 a.m. on Zoom. Zoom link: https://bit.ly/PVPVinfo. Meeting ID: 853 4261 7275 and Passcode: 228788. For more information, call (310) 991-3324, visit peninsulavillage.net or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shakespeare for kids
Will and Company, a touring group of artists, much like the troupes who traversed the provinces in Shakespeare’s day, are bringing Homer’s “The Odyssey” to the Miraleste Library. Expect innovative use of puppets, mime and choreographed swordplay. Aimed at grades K-12. No registration required. 3:30 p.m. 29089 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rancho Palos Verdes.
“Something rotten” at PV High
The Palos Verdes High School Drama Department is proud to present the smash Broadway hit, “Something Rotten!” Performances run April 14 to 15 and April 21 and 22 at 7 p.m., April 16 and April 23 at 2 p.m. and April 20 at 4 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Palos Verdes High School, 600 Cloyden Road in Palos Verdes Estates. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at pvhsdrama.com. The production is rated PG-13.
Mary & Joseph Pilgrim Walk
Join the Mary & Joseph Retreat Center for the sixth annual Pilgrim Walk, a 4.8-mile walk through the streets and trails of Palos Verdes to the grounds of the retreat center. As pilgrims, walkers will be blessed and walk to various stations for reflection and to have passports stamped. All ages and faiths welcome. All activities will be outdoors. 7 a.m. registration opens, 7:30 a.m. blessing of all pilgrims, first groups depart, walk in a calm meditative way, 11:30 a.m. closing prayer and grace, picnic lunch at noon. No dogs, strollers, skateboards or bicycles. This walk is of moderate difficulty. Wear closed-toe walking shoes. $30 per person (picnic lunch included), family for $60. To register, go to maryjoseph.org/event/along-the-way-pilgrim-walk-2023.
White Point guided nature walk
Guided nature walk at White Point Nature Preserve with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, 10:30 a.m. Naturalists will guide you along a trail to discover a unique variety of wildlife in their coastal sage scrub habitat with amazing views across to the ocean. Meet in front of the Nature Center and come inside to explore after the hike. Reservations not required. Preserve parking available at the end of the street in a gravel lot at 1600 West Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.
South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society sale
The society’s annual show and sale is today and tomorrow, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. Thousands of plants for sale, hard to find plants, artistic pottery, expert advice and show plants. The art center galleries and gift shop will be open. Free admission and parking. For more information, call (310) 346-6206 or go to southcoastcss.org.
Boys, Girls Club Barbecue cook-off
Barbeques Galore will be hosting a barbecue cook-off benefiting the American Heart Association and the Boys & Girls Club of LA Harbor from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the company’s Torrance location, 18225 Hawthorne Blvd. The event features grill master competitions, grill demonstrations, free food samples, music, raffles, prizes and giveaways. Free admission.
Chamber Orchestra’s “Beethoven to Broadway”
Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay presents “Beethoven to Broadway,” 7 p.m. at the Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. Pre-concerts talk at 6:15 p.m. Tickets: palosverdesperformingarts.com
Seniors lecture series: Hollywood Bowl
The Peninsula Seniors Bohannon Lecture Series is Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., at the Scriba Family Center, 602 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. Coffee Social at 10:15 a.m. Elizabeth Shafer presents a talk on the rich history of the Hollywood Bowl. For more information, call Renee Reymond at Peninsula Seniors at (310) 377-3003.
Join proprietor Adam Craun for an evening with award-winning Memento Mori Wines. Guests will enjoy drinks followed by a five-course dinner featuring dishes from land and sea with vertical tasting of winemaker Sam Kaplan’s creations from some of the most desired singled vineyards in Napa Valley. $175 per person. Limited seats available. For reservations, go to EatPrimo.com/events.
House of Bards
The House of Bards Theatre Company presents Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” April 21 through May 7 at The Grand Annex, 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro. Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. For tickets, go to grandvision.org.
Earth Day at the Conservancy
Celebrate Earth Day with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, 9 a.m. to noon, at the White Point Nature Preserve. Help beautify the preserve and native plant demonstration garden. Activities for families, including a guided nature walk. Volunteers under age 16 should be accompanied by an adult. Sign up at pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
Wild & Scenic
An exciting selection of adventurous and inspirational films about nature. Viewers will be moved, transfixed and energized to make a difference in the world. 4 p.m. Screenings online. Tickets are $15 at pvplc.org; $20 at the door.
Vistas for Children’s Rosé All Day
Vistas for Children’s annual fundraiser, Rosé All Day, will be held at the Palos Verdes Golf Club. The event includes a garden party, boutique, fashion show and live and online auctions. Doors open at 11 a.m. The mission of Vistas for Children is to raise and distribute funds for children with special needs and be a system of support for those children and their families. For tickets, go to vistasforchildren.org.
Peninsula Symphony concert
The Peninsula Symphony Association will present “Astro-German Gems” at 7 p.m. There will be a pre-concert lecture for members at 6:15 p.m. The program is Overture in C by Fanny Mendelssohn, Clarinet Concerto in A, K.622 by Mozart and Symphony No. 4 in Dm, Op.12 by Schumann. David Cubek will conduct and David Nicholson will be the soloist. Redondo Union High School auditorium, 631 Vincent St., Redondo Beach. For more concert and membership information, call the Peninsula Symphony Association at (310) 544-0320, visit pensym.org or email music.pensym@verizon.
Seahorse Classic golf tourney
The 33rd annual Seahorse Classic Charity golf tournament will be held at Palos Verdes Golf Club. Hosted by the Peninsula Committee Children’s Hospital, all proceeds will benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The day’s activities include a shotgun scramble golf format, barbecue lunch, hole-in-one opportunities, a raffle, online auction and post-round cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. For more information and to register, visit www.seahorseclassic.com.
City Nature Challenge
City Nature Challenge Bioblitz training is offered by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, 6-7 p.m. Help add to our knowledge of local species; just take a photo and upload it to iNaturalist. Join this virtual presentation to find out where and how to participate as citizen scientists for the City Nature Challenge April 28-May 1. No prior experience necessary. All you need is a smartphone or a camera and a desire to get out on the trails to see what you can find. Sign up at pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
Seniors lecture: LA Fleet Week
The Peninsula Seniors Bohannon Lecture Series is Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., at the Scriba Family Center, 602 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. Coffee social at 10:15 a.m. “All Aboard for Fleet Week.” Capt. Rich Abele of the U.S. Navy (Ret.) will discuss the 2023 LA Fleet Week celebration over Memorial Day weekend at the Port of Los Angeles. Learn about this family-friendly event with educational exhibits, military displays, tours, live entertainment, food trucks, aerial demonstrations, visiting ships, and service personnel. For more information about the lecture series, call Renee Reymond at Peninsula Seniors at (310) 377-3003.
Lin-Manuel Miranda theater
“In the Heights” by Lin-Manuel Miranda, April 28-May 7 at the Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. Tickets: palosverdesperformingarts.com.
Agua Amarga Volunteer Day
Outdoor Volunteer Day at Agua Amarga with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, April 8 and April 29, 9 a.m.-noon. Help remove invasive weeds and care for a community restoration site to benefit wildlife. Students can receive community service hours. Sign up at pvplc.volunteerhub.com/. PEN