September 2022 Peninsula Event Calendar

For over six decades, the Portuguese Bend National Horse Show at Ernie Howlett Park has benefited Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). This year’s show is Friday, September 9 through Sunday, September 11. For more information, visit

2 September, Friday 

Volunteer opportunity 

Volunteer with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Rapid Response Team 9 a.m.-noon Fridays and Saturdays. Work alongside the field staff at 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 

Adult take & make craft

PV Library District offers a creative, do-it-at-home craft for adults. Create a colorful and mesmerizing geometric design using a grid pattern and paints on a smooth stone to create a Mandala Rock Painting. Registration (online at is required as supplies are limited. Sign up available Sept. 2 through Sept. 9. Pick up your kit from your designated branch Sept. 12 through Sept. 23. Robert Broadstone, (310) 377-9584 ext. 601,


3 September, Saturday 

Sidewalk Sale 

The Riviera Village Sidewalk Sale is Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3-4. Free tote bags while supplies last. Riviera Village is on South Catalina Avenue in Redondo Beach. 

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. Enjoy beautiful views of Catalina Island. 9 a.m.-noon. Sign up at 

Summer Sea Harvest Tasting at Terranea Resort 

Join award-winning chefs for an intimate sea salt and kelp tasting, paired with farm-fresh produce, signature crafted bites and sparkling ONEHOPE Wine, all while learning about the resort’s sea harvesting process. Terranea’s Sea Salt Conservatory is used to produce Terranea’s signature sea salt and to cure locally grown and foraged kelp. 10 a.m. $80. Book at

George F Canyon Guided Nature Preserve Walk 

You will be guided by a trained naturalist to discover a unique variety of wildlife in a canyon habitat. Enjoy amazing views of the L.A. Basin. Meet at 10:30 a.m. on the back deck of the George F Canyon Nature Center. Parking available in the Preserve lot located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates. No RSVP required. Rain cancels.  


8 September, Thursday

Thwacky Thursdays

Hosted by librarians and friendly puppets, this storytime incorporates a little American Sign Language along with fun stories, songs, and even dancing! Recommended for children 2 – 5 years old and their caregivers but all ages can attend! No registration is required. Masks are strongly encouraged for those old enough to wear them but not required. 10:15 a.m. Malaga Cove Library,  2400 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates.


9 September, Friday 

Portuguese Bend National Horse Show 

The 64th Annual Portuguese Bend National Horse Show will be held Sept. 9-11 at Ernie Howlett Park, 25851 Hawthorne Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates. The daily hours are 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. This highly regarded A-rated horse show has two fully scheduled rings offering a wide variety of classes, including the prestigious PCHA Horsemanship Medal Finals. There will also be food booths, boutiques and events for children, including magic shows, pony rides and face painting. Proceeds benefit The Associates Chair in Endocrinology and The Associates Chair in Transplant Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. General admission tickets are $5. Free admission for children under age 12. Friday complimentary admission. For more information, go to 


10 September, Saturday

Silly Saturdays

Get silly at this storytime for kids of all ages and their parents and caregivers! Hosted by Peninsula Center librarians and friendly puppets,  we’ll share fun stories, songs, and maybe even dancing! No registration is required. Masks are not required, but are strongly encouraged for those old enough to wear them. 10:15 a.m.  701 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates.

Full Moon Yoga at Terranea Resort 

Yoga enthusiasts of all levels are invited to practice yoga under the warm, summer night sky while the bright, full moon shines above. Guests are encouraged to bring a yoga mat and $20 charitable donation to support a community nonprofit partner. 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes. For more information, call 855-938-4047 or visit for more information. 

Music x Flowers 

This new offering at South Coast Botanic Garden aims to amplify African American voices in floriculture. Two events are scheduled. The daytime event features two Wellness x Flowers programs featuring gentle yoga, guided meditations and floral arranging. It will also feature local artists working on five major floriculture installations inspired by LA music that visitors can watch being created. At night, the botanic garden will be transformed for a 21-and-over ticketed event that merges Southern California music, fashion and floriculture. South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Estates. For more information, go to flowers. 

Sacred Expressions

Prayer of the Heart with Art at the Mary & Joseph Retreat Center will foster an inner listening, using introverted and extroverted forms of prayer. Led by Rev. Paula Vukmanic, the session will explore the revelations of mandala making, poetry, the simplicity of the haiku and word collages to express one’s feelings and thoughts. Participants will experience silence, seeing, hearing, creating, walking and breathing in the presence of God’s inspiring spirit. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. Cost: $40 per person (all materials included). For more information or to register, go to 


11 September, Sunday 

South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society 

The presenter for September is Steven Frieze, whose talk is titled, “Adventures in Namaqualand: The Beauty and Exotic Quality of South African Succulents.” Steven will speak about a variety of succulents he saw growing while traveling north from Cape Town to Springbok in an area of South Africa known as Namaqualand. 1 p.m. at South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula. Free admission for SCCSS members and their guests. For more information, visit 


16 September, Friday 

Live music 

The BeachLife Ranch music festival is Sept. 16-18 on North Harbor Drive in Redondo Beach. The lineup includes Dierks Bentley, Brandi Carlile, Waylon Jennings, Wilco, The Lumineers and Old Crow Medicine Show. For tickets and more information, go to 


17 September, Saturday 

Outdoor Volunteer Day

Join the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy and volunteer at its newest restoration site, Abalone Cove Reserve. Help eradicate invasive weeds to protect native species. 9 a.m.- noon. Sign up at 

Guided Nature Walk

Naturalists will guide you along a trail to discover a unique variety of wildlife in their coastal sage scrub habitat at the White Point Nature Preserve. Meet at 10:30 a.m. 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. For more information, go to 


22 September, Thursday 

Republican meeting

The Palos Verdes Republican Assembly will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. RSVP for the location by emailing Questions? Call 424-261-7433. 


23 September, Friday 

Ukulele festival 

The Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival is Sept. 23-25 at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Drive. The family-friendly festival includes workshops for all levels of playing ability and live performances by some of today’s most popular ukulele players. For the full festival lineup, artist and workshop information and to purchase tickets, go to 

Personal Growth 

Experience how simple, everyday events hold opportunities for growth. Levanté 1, the first of Michael Fish’s new retreat series, is designed to help one recognize the opportunities for personal growth that are often hidden within everyday experiences. Watch the videos at home or anywhere with an internet connection. Sept. 23-29. Cost: $250. For more information, go to PEN


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