Peninsula November 2022 Calendar of Events
Volunteer with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Rapid Response Team 9 a.m.-noon Fridays and Saturdays. Work alongside field staff around the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve to help protect important wildlife habitat. Help with trail maintenance, fence building installing signage and more. No experience needed. Ages 15 and up. Sign up at https://pvplc.volunteerhub.com/.
The mission of XPRIZE Foundation is to inspire and empower humanity to achieve breakthroughs that accelerate a hopeful future. One of the foundation’s competitions is ANA Avatar XPRIZE, a four-year global contest focused on the development of an avatar system that will transport a person’s sense, actions and presence to a remote location in real time, ideally leading to a more connected world. The two-day finals, open to the public free of charge, will be held from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Nov. 4 and Nov. 5 at the Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd. For more information, go to xprize.org/prizes/avatar/finals-testing.
The South Bay Athletic Club meets at noon on Fridays at H.T. Grill, 1701 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach. There’s a different speaker every week. The luncheon is open to the public. Lunch is $30.
Closing Reception for “Texture”
Join the Palos Verdes Library District to celebrate “Texture,” the art exhibit featuring the Redondo Beach Art Group. Live music and light refreshments provided. 4-7 p.m. at Malaga Cove Library, 2400 Vía Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates.
The Palos Verdes Library District is holding a series of community conversations. Share your thoughts on library services at an informal meeting. The first meeting was on Oct. 28. The second is at 10 a.m. on Nov. 5 at Malaga Cove Library and the third and final meeting is at 6 p.m. on Nov. 10 at Miraleste Library. To register to attend, go to pvld.org.
George F Canyon Guided Nature Preserve Walk
10:30 a.m. with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. You will be guided by a trained naturalist to discover a unique variety of wildlife in their canyon habitat. Enjoy amazing views of the L.A. 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.
Local journalist, and author Deborah Paul will be the guest speaker at the Southwest Manuscripters/Surfwriters meeting. Paul will discuss her career as a Flying Tigers flight attendant, flying boat people out of Southeast Asia, and pilgrims to the Muslim hadijs in Mecca, and how these experiences inspired her to write about her unusual travel experiences. She will also talk about self-publishing five children’s books. 2 p.m. at the Palos Verdes Peninsula Library, 701 Silver Spur Road.
Abalone Cove hike
Enjoy a guided tour of Abalone Cove at 2 p.m. Led by Los Serenos docents, you will hike past unique native flora and fauna and explore the tide pools teeming with marine life. The hiking difficulty is moderate to strenuous. The trail to and from the tidepools is approximately a mile and involves about a 120-foot change in elevation. This is a child-friendly hike but the trails and rocky beach are unsuitable for baby strollers. No dogs are allowed on the beach. The hike is free, and rain cancels the hike. Carpooling is highly recommended as parking at Abalone Cove is very limited. The address for Abalone Cove Shoreline Park is 5970 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes. For more information, call 310-544-5366 or 310-544-5375 or go to losserenos.org or www.facebook.com/LosSerenos.
Guided Nature Walk
Enjoy a guided nature walk at 9 a.m. at Alta Vicente Reserve with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. Explore rare cactus wren and gnatcatcher restored habitat. Enjoy beautiful views of Catalina Island, blooms of lupine and golden poppy and learn about the military history of the area in honor of Veterans Day. Moderate to strenuous. Sign up at pvplc.org/calendar.
Outdoor Volunteer Day at White Point Nature Preserve
Help the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy care for the White Point Native Plant Demonstration Garden by planting native shrubs, removing invasive weeds, watering native plants, grooming trails and more. 9 a.m.-noon. Sign up at: https://pvplc.volunteerhub.com/.
South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society
The group will meet at 1 p.m. at South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula. Free admission for SCCSS members and their guests. Kelly Griffin will give a presentation, “Now and then – An update on the Yemeni island of Socotra.” Griffin, a succulent plant hybridizer, propagator and avid plant explorer, will discuss the flora and fauna he observed over two trips to Socotra. Griffin will also discuss plants from mainland Yemen. For more information, go to southcoastcss.org.
Live chamber music
The Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay’s 40th season continues with Boris Allakhverdyan, clarinet principal with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on Nov. 13; Claire Huangci, piano, on Jan. 15; Marcia Dickstein on harp and Philip Vaiman on violin on March 5 and a concert titled, “Beethoven to Broadway,” on April 15. All concerts are at 7 p.m. at Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. Tickets are $63, plus the facility fee. Subscriptions are available. For tickets, call 310-544-0403 or go to palosverdesperformingarts.com.
Start your holiday season with “The Nutcracker,” presented by Peninsula School of Performing Arts. Performances will be held at the Palos Verdes Performing Arts Norris Theater on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m., Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. and 7 pm. and Nov. 20 at noon and 4 p.m. Tickets are $40 for adults and $30 for children ages 17 and under. The theater is located at 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. For tickets, go to palosverdesperformingarts.com.
Outdoor Volunteer Day at Alta Vicente Reserve
Help the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy restore habitat on the 22-acre restoration site to create a home for rare cactus wrens and gnatcatchers. The site offers beautiful views of Catalina Island. 9 a.m.-noon. Sign up at https://pvplc.volunteerhub.com/.
Guided Nature Walk at White Point Nature Preserve
10:30 a.m. with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. 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. Park in the lot at the dead-end of 1600 Paseo del Mar, San Pedro. Reservations not required. Preserve parking available in a gravel lot at 1600 West Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.
Thanksgiving Champagne Ballroom Buffet
12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the Palos Verdes Ballroom at Terranea Resort. Prices: Adult (ages 13 and up) — $119, child (ages 5-12) — $59, small child (ages 4 and under) — complimentary. The deadline for ordering tickets online is 5 p.m. on Nov. 21. terranea.com. PEN