Kevin Cody

Around and About December 2018 Peninsula

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Lynn Doran, Gary Williams and Bernard Fallon. Photo by Stephanie Cartozian

Artist and Neighborhood Soiree in Portuguese Bend

Many local artists, friends and neighbors congregated at the home of Ben and Peggy Zask for a warm and spirited get together. Amidst free standing life size, art sculptures and warm open fire pits, guests were invited to bring their favorite dish for a potluck style feast. Local musicians got together and played heartland rock and folk music while servers were pouring wines and entertaining friends, many who were from the neighborhood or who were also fellow artists and colleagues. Lynn Doran, a local author, art collector and artist attended having just returned from India and visited the Dalai Lama. “We didn’t have a concrete plan to actually meet the Dalai Lama, but someone in our group who had lived in one of the monasteries there was able to arrange the meeting.”

Lynn Doran with her travel group and his Holiness, The Dali Lama.

Robert Procop and Marshall Varon. Photo by Stephanie Cartozian

Morgan’s Jewelers Exhibit benefits House of Ruth

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On November 3rd, Robert Procop, gemstone trader, jewelry designer and Editor in Chief of Lord Ian Balfour’s famous industry tome, with Marshall Varon, owner of Morgan’s Jewelers on the hill, hosted a gem and horderves event to benefit the House of Ruth. Over the last 25 years, Procop has used profits from his gemstone collection to build 14 homes for battered women and children through the Los Angeles House of Ruth. The collection on display was one he did in partnership with Brooke Shields although he also has a collection in partnership with Angelina Jolie where 100% of the funds from that collection are donated to her foundation, the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict which has already opened an all girl school in Afghanistan. According to Procop, he has also helped direct the launch of three additional charities, TLC Missionaries, Port Authority Rock to Rescue 9/11 Benefits and the building of Kids Future Now Recreation Center. According to Forbes Magazine, “His (Procop’s) true skill is being one of the best and most knowledgeable diamond and gemstone dealers in the world.”

Scott, Azumi and (front) Sky Rei Williams. Photo by Tony LaBruno

Promenade Ice Chalet’s  Annual Spooktacular

Halloween descended early last Saturday, October 27 and kicked off Promenade Ice Chalet’s annual Spooktacular celebration!  A Halloween on-ice party still only in its second year welcomed, not only resident Ice Chalet students, but also public patrons to join in on the festivities, treats and giveaways.

Preliminary celebrations began in the morning Learn to Skate Academy with students and coaches dressed up during classes for trick-or-treating and skills contests.  Cranking the main event up a notch from last year, Theater On Ice opened up the Spooktacular party on Public session with their performance as popular Korean pop band BTS while contestants came out swinging in their costume best to compete in four categories: most comedic (“Lol-ipop”), scariest (“Spooooky”), most creative (“It’s Alive!”), and most original (“Ah!-riginal”).  The four winners then proceeded to compete in an all-new category this year for overall “Best in Show” with the grand prize of an 8-week Learn to Skate Academy session to keep the thrilling adventure of skating alive in the year to come! The winner of the “Best in Show” was the Scariest (“Spooooky”) as “IT” by “Valentina Flores. Visit

Michelle Feldenzer, Azumi Williams, Jennifer Ito Harry, and (front) Sky Rei Williams.

Luis and Stephanie de Moraes. Photo by Stephanie Cartozian

Moraes exhibits architectural showcase

Now and again a new estate comes up that melds well with the city’s ancestry. Luis de Moraes of Envirotechno Architecture recently hosted an an intimate wine and cheese party for friends and fell architects at his newly designed three story 5,600 sq. ft  Mediterranean home with a 14-foot by 6.5-foot quartz Caesarstone center kitchen island and a Queen’s Necklace view. Photos by Stephanie Cartozian

Rendering of completed residence.

Newly constructed PVE home unveiling.


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