Around & About

+ St. Peter’s by the Sea Reopens  Sunday, November 7 marked a long-awaited reunion for the faith community of St. Peter’s by the Sea Presbyterian Church. The sanctuary, its exterior distinguished by PV stone and a copper clad roof, was filled inside with members and friends celebrating return to a renovated worship space. Esthetic improvements…

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Spotlight on Education Toast on the Coast

Despite a misty day, spirits were high for the 80s Fast Times concert, on Nov. 6, on the grassy flatlands above Palos Verdes Beach Club. The concert benefited the Peninsula Education Foundation. Ringing the big stage were tasting tables by Titos, Gray Whale Gin, and the Peninsula’s Catalina View Gardens winery and Pavilions Peninsula Center…

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National Public Lands Day

This is an annual event that is celebrated on the fourth Saturday of September. Entrance fees waived at national parks and public lands, and thousands of volunteers come out to help restore public lands across the country. In celebration of National Public Lands Day locally, volunteers came out in droves to eradicate invasive weeds at…

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Las Candalistas Treasure Troving

After losing a 30 year lease on a large storage trove of holiday decor, arts and crafts supplies, party goods, fabric household items and garden supplies, Las Candalistas hosted a one-time Hidden Treasures Sale on October 2 at the Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall. The proceeds from the sale will support Las Candalistas’ many charities,…

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Casa de los Angelitos

On September 11, a special fundraiser was hosted by Adriana and Luigi Schiappa, at their charming Tuscan famiglia estate, to raise funds for Casa de los Angelitos, a non-profit maternity home helping women in crisis since 1986. Guests enjoyed a beautiful Italian feast, on red and white checkered tablecloths and under umbrellas while listening to…

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“Are You Thinking What I’m Thinking”

The opening reception of “Are You Thinking What I”m Thinking” took place at the PVAC on Saturday evening, September 25. The show of 35 curated pieces runs through November 13. Conceived in 2019 when arts writer Bondo Wyszpolski surveyed a group of paintings on display and noted that most of them had fairly standard subject…

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“Party in the Plaza”

The Malaga Cove Homeowners Association (MCHA) hosted “Party in the Plaza” on the festive, sunlit evening of October 10.  After a year on hiatus, the annual event was held outdoors at a new venue, Malaga Cove Plaza. The MCHA has been promoting the interests and maintaining the beauty of their neighborhood for over 30 years.…

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Spotlight on Community – Iconic La Venta Inn Reopens

The historic La Venta Inn has reopened, after closing in March 2020 because of the pandemic. Made by Megan and executive chef Meg Walker is the new lessee and operator of the historic  estate. Mark Matthews, one of the owners of La Venta and his daughter, were present at the ribbon cutting hosted in part…

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Peninsula 1

    by Stephanie Cartozian Photos by Tony LaBruno Black and White photos -Palos Verdes Library District Local History Collection The Gardner Building in Malaga Cove Plaza is a Spanish Colonial style, commercial building named after W.W. Gardner, the original landowner. Gardner hired the architectural firm of Webber, Staunton and Spaulding to design what became…

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The Gardners’ stone garden on the Palos Verdes Peninsula

by Stephanie Cartozian Near the end of 2012, Catherine and Dennis Gardner were in escrow on a house on Sweetbay Road. When that fell through, they entered escrow on a vacant lot on upper Cinnamon Drive.  “We were going to bite the bullet, build our dream house, and get a view,” Catherine Gardner recalled.  “Then…

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School board member Frankel remembered for commitment

by Stephanie Cartozian Close friend Jeannie Hahn said of Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School Board member Jeffrey Frankel, “He was a tireless board member who did not give up till a job was finished. He used to say, ‘One act of kindness, sparks another act of kindness.’ And that sparked him.” Frankel passed away, at…

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Tuscany by trial

After three decades, David and Ann Buxton finally got the Tuscany villa of their dreams. Their home is one of three on this year Palos Verdes Art Center Home Tour

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