Peninsula People Events Calendar, September 2011

calendarThursday, September 1
Las Vecinas Meets

The Las Vecinas Women’s Club meetinig at noon at the Palos Verdes Country Club will focus on the USO Center at LAX, which provides a “safe haven,” with food and comfort for more than 40,000 American warriors and their families that pass through LAX yearly. For lunch reservation at $25.50 per person call 310-377-2595.

Saturday, September 3
Zask Gallery Art Exhibition Opening
Liminal Examinations opening reception is from 6-9 p.m. celebrates the subtlety of moments seldom perceived. These five artists, Janet Bothne, Nathan Huff, Asiyeh Khalilzadeh, Jeff Matsuno and Perry Okimoto transcend the evident to give a glimpse at the unnoticed, often appearing right before our eyes. Show runs Aug 27 – Sept 18. The gallery is located at 550 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. For more information call 310-429 -0973 or www.pszaskgallery.com.

Monday, September 5
PV Symphonic Band Concert
The Palos Verdes Symphonic Band will present a late afternoon of delightful music at 5 p.m. at the South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard in the Palos Verdes Peninsula. It will be performed at the upper meadow. This 50 piece symphonic band is under the direction of David Stanton and consists of local musicians who wish to bring you the best of concert band music. This concert is titled “Picnic N’ Pops” and will include march, big band, Broadway, Latin, and classic Gershwin favorites. Tickets are only $7 each, with free admission for children 12 years of age and under. Tickets are available at the Botanic Garden just prior to concert time. Bring a blanket or comfortable chair, a picnic if you like and dress for the outdoors. For more information call the band at 310-792-8286.

Tuesday, September 6
PVAC Seeks Docents

The Palos Verdes Art Center is looking for a few new docent volunteers. Those interested in becoming volunteer gallery docents are invited to the 9:30 a.m. Docent Council meeting at the Palos Verdes Art Center, Promenade on the Peninsula, 550 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 261, Rolling Hills Estates. Those interested in learning more about the docent program can contact Gail Phinney, education director, at 310-541-2479.

Wednesday, September 7
Peninsula Seniors Lecture Series

Mr. Phil Kavesh, principal in the law firm of Kavesh, Minor Otis will bring his firm’s 29 years of experience to discuss the need for a properly drafted and maintained Living Trust. Learn about what makes a well prepared trust as well as other variations to existing trusts, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Hesse Park community room, 29301 Hawthorne Blvd. RPV. For more information: 310-377-3003.

Thursday, September 8
New Neighbors of PVP

The Palos Verdes Peninsula New Neighbors Club invites new residents to attend their meeting at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room of the Peninsula Center Library on Silver Spur Road. They will have a longer social hour with a brief meeting to go over the many activities for fall. Lunch will follow at the Palos Verdes Country Club with a pre-set menu. For more information visit www.palosverdes.com/newneighbors or contact Laurie Anderson, Calevents1@yahoo.com – 310-375-5151 or Yasuko Osaki at Yasuko.osaki@yahoo.com –310-251-2242.

Palos Verdes Buddhism Club Meeting
These monthly group discussions introduce the fundamentals of Buddhism: “Eliminating Suffering and Granting Joy.” September topic is “Reality of Mankind” 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. at Palos Verdes Peninsula Library, 701 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates. Lecture repeated on Thursday Sept. 22 same time and location. Free. For further information contact Hiroki at 310-722-1074.

Friday, September 9
Portuguese Bend National Horse Show

The weekend of September 9, 10 and 11 marks the return of the Portuguese Bend National Horse Show to Ernie Howlett Park, 25851 Hawthorne Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates. The Peninsula Committee Children’s Hospital will present the equestrian event as a means of raising money to fund the Clinical Imagine Research Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Two riding rings are fully scheduled all 3 days offering a wide variety of special events. The $10,000 Seahorse Jumper Classic will challenge some of the West Coast’s finest Jumper riders over a difficult and exciting course. This show is clearly the most popular three day event of its kind in the West, and is the site of the Pacific Coast Horse Show Medals Finals. An atmosphere of hometown fun is created through the décor and booths. Puppet shows, pony rides, games, moon bounce and face painting are popular activities in the Children’s Circle along with special events every day. Food booths entice the crowds with items for breakfast, lunch and snacks. Riding events begin at 7:30 a.m. each day. Friday, all ages are free. Saturday and Sunday, general admission is $5 and children under 12 are free. Reserved and ringside tables are available upon reservation. For further information, call 310-318-8258 or visit our website at www.pcch.net.

Saturday, September 10
Pen Hi Yard Sale

The Peninsula HS Marching Band will have a Yard Sale in the parking lot of PenHi at the corner of Hawthorne Blvd. and Silver Spur Rd. The sale will run from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. The sale will feature a wide variety of items including toys, books, furniture, collectible dolls, bikes, sporting equipment, plants, clothes and much, much more. Help support the Marching Band program. Nothing will be sold to early birds. For further information call Sara Engl, Marching Band Boosters, 310-377-6974.

League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters of the Palos Verdes Peninsula will host a fall kick-off event for the LWVs of the South Bay. The luncheon meeting will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Torrance, 2133 Hawthorne Blvd., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The County Registrar/Recorder’s office will present information on “Choosing a New Voting System for LA County.” Members of the public are welcome. Cost is $30. Call 310-377-0735 for information or reservations.

DAR Meeting

El Redondo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its monthly meeting at 1 pm at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 2200 Via Rosa, Palos Verdes Estates. Marilyn Boone, DAR member, will present a program on “An Adventurer’s Guide Through the American Heritage Contest: Sharing Our Talents”. She will discuss and show examples of various talents and hobbies of DAR members. Members will learn how to submit their creations for national recognition. Projects will be on display. For information: 310-373-2332. Contact: Sylvia Richardson at 310-377-9584 ext. 210.

Freedom4U Pep Jam Event

Freedom for you will be hosting a second summer event 2-9 p.m. for teens at the Promenade on the Peninsula and it is free to the public and includes a day of positive motivation for young people including speakers, youth bands, vendors, games, giveaways, drawings, food and fun… Featured guest singer-songwriter, recording artist and TV actor Caitlin Crosby will be speaking and performing. For more info go to: www.freedomcommunity.com.

Reading Event

Palos Verdes Library District presents acclaimed author Aimee Bender as guest speaker for their 3rd annual One Book, One Peninsula reading event, featuring her extraordinary novel, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake 7:30 p.m. Peninsula Center Library Rooftop for an evening under the stars. Book sales and signing after the program. For further information call the Reference Desk at 310-377-9584 ext. 601.

Healthy Living Open House

The Center for Healthy Living at Malaga Cove Plaza is inviting the community free of charge to come and see what it has to offer at a special open house. The event will include free demos of classes, mini-bodywork sessions (including chair massage, Reiki and acupressure), blood pressure and body fat screenings, healthy snacks and raffle prizes; 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Torrance Memorial Center for Healthy Living, Malaga Cove Plaza, 2550 Via Tejon, Palos Verdes Estates. For more information call 310-517-4711.

Sunday, September 11
Brahms’Requiem

Brahms’ Requiem and a Service of Remembrance and Hope. 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. On the tenth anniversary, gather to honor those who lost their lives, and pray for our country and the world. 100 voices and a full orchestra bring this message of hope and comfort. Free admission. Child care available. St. Peter’s By The Sea Presbyterian Church, 6410 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes. 310-377-6882.

Open Auditions for The Nutcracker

Dance Peninsula Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” will hold open auditions for boys, girls and adults at Peninsula School for Performing Arts, Lunada Bay Studio, 2325 Palos Verdes Drive West, #106, PVE for their 23rd Annual performance of the Nutcracker at the Norris Theater November 26 and 27 and December 2 and 3. Auditions are 9-10 a.m.: Ginger Snaps (5-7 years old), 10-11 a.m.: Mice, Soldiers Clowns (7-10 years up), 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Angels Party Scene (10 years and Up), For further information contact Dance Peninsula Ballet at 310-375-1398.

Monday, September 12
PV Adult Education Classes

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District-Adult Education, Fall 2011 Session begins Monday, September 12. For more information or to request a catalog call: 310-541-7626 x707 or visit www.pvpusd.com. Most classes are held at Rancho Del Mar High/Adult Education Campus: 38 Crest Road West. Rolling Hills.

Tuesday, September 13
Classic Movies

Classic Movies at Noon, a film series presented on the second Tuesday of the month featuring classic film favorites. This event is free and open to the public. Following the film, there may be a brief discussion facilitated by the coordinator of the series. Licensing does not allow the publishing of the title of the film. About the film: A newspaperman tracks a runaway heiress on a madcap cross-country tour. The Annex is located in the Village Shopping Center next door to the Peninsula Center Library in Rolling Hills Estates. For more information call 310.377.9584, ext 601 or visit www.pvld.org.

Wednesday, September 14
Peninsula Seniors Lecture Series

Anthony Misetich, Mayor Pro Tem of Rancho Palos Verdes was elected two years ago and is about to assume senior status on the Council. This is an opportunity to learn about the outlook and philosophy of the next mayor and to pose any questions to him. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Hesse Park Community Room, 29301 Hawthorne Blvd. RPV. For more information: 310-377-3003.

Thursday, September 15
Foreign and Independent Films at Library

A free film series featuring acclaimed foreign and independent films .showing at 5:30 p.m., in the Peninsula Center Library Community Room. Following the film, there may be a brief discussion facilitated by the coordinator of the series. About this film: In a Bronx Catholic school in 1964 a popular priest’s ambiguous relationship with a troubled 12 year old black student is questioned by the school’s principal. Licensing does not allow publishing the title of the film. The Peninsula Center Library is located at 701 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates. For more information call 310.377.9584, ext 601 or visit www.pvld.org.

Saturday, September 17
Coastal Clean Up Day

Join the Los Serenos de Point Vicente docents from 9:00 am-12:00 pm for International Coastal Clean Up Day at Abalone Cove Shoreline Park. Bring the family to help clean the beach. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Refreshments served. This is a moderate hike. Please wear sturdy shoes as you may be on cobblestones. The address is 5970 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes. Parking fees will be waived for the hike. Call the Point Vicente Interpretive Center at 310-377-5370 or go to our website www.losserenos.org for more information.

Country Day’s 50th

The 50th Anniversary Homecoming Celebration will be held from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Rolling Hills Country Day School campus. Alumni, families, friends, teachers, and the community are all welcome to attend and enjoy the day. The campus will turn into a summer festival with plenty to enjoy and explore for all ages including live entertainment, picnic on the field and fun and games for kids, including airbrush tattoos, balloon artist, burying of the 50-year time capsule, to be unearthed in the year 2061 and more. This event is held as a joyous celebration and thanks the community from the school’s owner, Gary Stokoe. There is no cost to attend, but you must RSVP in advance using the form on the website to receive a nametag and be admitted to the event. Sign up at http://rhcdshomecoming.com.

Malaga Cove Lawn Art Show

Bring your family and enjoy a free day of art at the Malaga Cove Art Show and Sale from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18, between Via Corta and Via Chico. Approximately 30 artists affiliated with the Palos Verdes Art Center will show and sell their ceramics, jewelry and acrylic, oil and watercolor paintings. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind original. For more information on all Palos Verdes Art Center activities or events, call the Palos Verdes Art Center, 310-541-2479 or visit: www.pvartcenter.org.

PV Concours Tour d’Epicure Road Rallye

Begins at the historic Banning Museum at noon with a French-style picnic lunch where you’ll receive a wooden artist’s box holding your Rallye instructions. As you drive the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula you will encounter three gourmet food stops with great surprises and end at the Palos Verdes Golf Club for a reception with even more surprises in store for you. $250 per car for driver and navigator. Additional passengers $125 each. To reserve call 866-522-7746 or go to pvconcours.com. To bid on the online auction, log onto www.biddingforgood.com/pvconcours.

PV Concours Grand Marshal’s Dinner

Step into the Palos Verdes Golf Club Ballroom for Bistro d’Elegance to experience three charming French bistros to dine family-style and enjoy fabulous French entertainment, 5 – 10 p.m. Most importantly, meet the Grand Marshal and Artist Guy Buffet, who created an original painting for the 2011 Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance. Check it out on an online auction at www.biddingforgood.com/pvconcours. To reserve dinner tickets at $150 per person. log onto www.pvconcours.com or call 866-522-7746.

Benefit Concert

John Lithgow will perform his one-man theatrical memoir, “Stories By Heart,” at 2 p.m. as a benefit to the advancement of the theater program at Antioch College. John’s father, Arthur Lithgow, was an Antioch College alumnus. The event will be held at a spectacular home in Palos Verdes Estates. There will be fabulous food and a silent auction. Tickets are $250. For more information or tickets, contact Rascha Hall at (310) 377-7334 or follow the links at antiochcollege.org to make a reservation.

Sunday, September 18
Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance

This year’s marque features California Design Style, the automobiles representing the birth of the California car culture including Darrin Coachworks and Packard Darrins. American and European Classics will be on display, plus Woodies, Shelbys, Hot Rod Legends and more from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Enjoy a wonderful meal in one of the Trump restaurants, and don’t forget to stop by the ever popular Restoration Alley. Adult tickets $35 in advance, $40 day of. Children under 12 free. To purchase tickets in advance or to bid on the online auction, log onto www.pvconcours.com or call 866-522-7746.

Early Music Vocal Instrumental Concert

Enjoy a late afternoon concert with music by Bach, Buxtehude, Dowland, Gorczycky, Handel, Lasso, Purcell, and other composers of the 15th to 18th centuries. A capella singing, brass quintet, harpsichord, and other presentations performed by musicians from within and around the Ascension Lutheran Church community 7 p.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church, 26231 Silver Spur Road , Rancho Palos Verdes. Admission is free; a donation of $10 is suggested to benefit Habitat for Humanity. For further information call 310-373-0454.

Wednesday, September 21
Peninsula Seniors

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) is a vital and important agency that has great influence on quality of life. Its mandate is to improve the quality of the air that we breathe and combat some of the worst polluted air in the nation. Speaker, Mr. Stan Myles, will describe some of those technological advances and the philosophy, goals and objectives of AQMD going forward into the future. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Hesse Park community room, 29301 Hawthorne Blvd. RPV. For more information: 310-377-3003.

4-H Club

The Palos Verdes Peninsula 4-H Club will having it first club community from 7 – 8 p.m. at the City of Rolling Hills Estates City Hall Council Chambers at 4045 Palos Verdes Drive North. The club offers a wide range of projects including: Arts Crafts, Archery, Automotive, Backpacking, Bees, Beginning 4-H for 7 and 8 year olds, Bicycles, Camping, Computers, Dog Care, Electricity, Foods Nutrition, Guide Dogs, Heritage Arts, Horses, Leadership, Leather craft, Marine Biology, Martial Arts, Master Gardening, Needlework, Pets Small Animals, Pigeons, Poultry, Rocketry, Sewing, Scrapbooking, Shooting Sports, Surfing, Photography, Wildlife, Woodworking and Video/Film Production. Families can begin the registration process and complete their online registration prior today’s club meeting by going to the 4-H Club’s website www.pvp4hclub.com or www.pvp4hclub.org.

Thursday September 22
RHE Woman’s Club

The Rolling Hills Estates Woman’s Club will have their first meeting of the fall season at the Rolling Hills Country Club, 27000 Palos Verdes Drive East The business meeting begins at 11:15 a.m. with luncheon to follow. The program features Miss Cindy Peters, a Cardiology nurse practioner from Long Beach Memorial Hospital who will speak on “Robotic Cardiac Surgery.” Guests are welcome. Call 310-378-1686 for luncheon reservations at $25 each.

Friday, September 23
Guys and Dolls at the Norris

The Tony award-winning romantic musical comedy, “Guys and Dolls” opens the Norris Center for the Performing Arts’ 2011-2012 season, running weekends, through October 9. Bustling with gamblers, gangsters, and sassy showgirls, shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees. Tickets are $42 adult and $25 youth, and discounted group sales tickets are available at ext. 256. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 310-544-0403 or visit www.norriscenter.com. The Norris Theatre is located at 27570 Norris Center Drive in Rolling Hills Estates.

Concert

Violinist Solomon Liang Pianist David Fung will perform at 7:30 pm at Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw Blvd. Rolling Hills Estates. Taiwanese-born violinist Solomon Liang is a recent graduate of the Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach, studying under Professor Linda Rose. He is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree at the Yale University School of Music. Australian-born, Steinway Artist David Fung holds a Bachelor of Music and Artist’s Diploma from the Colburn Conservatory, where he studied under John Perry, and a Master of Music at the Yale University under Peter Frankl. Adults: $20; 12 and under $10. For more information call 310-377-6771 or www.rhumc.org/music.asp.

Saturday, September 24
League of Women Voters

Join the League of Women Voters of the Palos Verdes Peninsula to hear a panel of experts discuss the role of the federal government in public education. The luncheon meeting will take place at the Los Verdes Golf Course, 7000 West Los Verdes Dr., Rancho Palos Verdes, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Members of the public are welcome. Cost is $20. Call 310-377-0735 for information or reservations.

Sunday September 25
Sunday by the Sea Food and Wine Tasting Gala

Sunday by the Sea Food and Wine Tasting Gala celebrates its 21st year from 2-5pm at a gorgeous estate home overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Palos Verdes Estates. Sample delicious libations and gourmet cuisine from the finest food and beverage purveyors from California. Browse among the highly sought after silent and live auction items and register to win a Hawaiian vacation courtesy of Argo World Travel, Inc. and Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Sunday by the Sea benefits the programs of Providence TrinityCare Hospice. Reservations are $150 per person in advance of the event. For reservations and sponsorship opportunities, call 310.257.3535. www.trinitycarehospice.org

White Point Home Tour Reception

Enjoy a self-guided tour of six distinctive, historic and eclectic homes that reflect the rich diversity of architecture and landscaping in the San Pedro community. This year, the historic Point Fermin Lighthouse will be an added tour stop which is hosted by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy and the White Point Committee. Following the tour, ticket holders are invited to a reception with wine/hors d’oeuvres, silent art auction and musical entertainment at the new White Point Nature Education Center. The Center features multi-media exhibits of White Point’s cultural and natural history and a native plant demonstration garden. Self-Guided Home Tour: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Reception: 4:30pm to 7:00pm Advance Tickets: $50.00 per person may be purchased online at www.pvplc.org or on the day of the event at White Point Nature Preserve, 1600 Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. Call 310-541-7613 for more information and discount pricing for groups of 6 or more tickets.

Wednesday, September 28
Peninsula Seniors Lecture Series

The Flight Path Museum is the LAX aviation history facility housed in the old Imperial Terminal complex located on the south side of LAX airport. Speaker, docent Eleanor Ginsberg, brings a salute to the 50th anniversary of the opening of the “Jet Age” at LA International Airport. Films shot at the opening ceremonies will include VP Lyndon Johnson, newly elected Mayor Sam Yorty and outgoing Mayor Norris Poulson. 10:30 – 11:30 am at Hess Park community room, 29301 Hawthorne Blvd. RPV.For more information: 310-377-3003.

Friday, September 30
Harbor Interfaith Services Benefit

The fourth annual fall gala to benefit Harbor Interfaith Services, a San Pedro-based nonprofit that serves 15,000 homeless and working poor people each year will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Redondo Beach The event, produced by the South Bay Auxiliary for Harbor Interfaith Services at 6 pm features dinner, dancing and a live and silent auction. This year’s theme, “Work in Progress”, was selected because Harbor Interfaith Services is in the process of constructing its three-story Family Resource Center to expand and improve its services. Proceeds from the event will benefit the agency’s programs, including an emergency family shelter, transitional housing, after-school care, childcare and a food pantry. Honorees for the gala are St. John Fisher Church and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. The public is invited to attend. Tickets are $175 each and can be purchased at www.harborinterfaith.org. For more information, call Lynn Elliott at 310-377-0839.

On Going
Restaurants for Rescue
Photo in PP August photo file under Team Trakr

James Symington and one of the Trakr pups named, Trustt

Select South Bay restaurants have joined together to donate a portion of their proceeds to the Team Trakr Foundation, a humanitarian, non-profit organization committed to training and deploying life-saving K9 search and rescue teams across the U.S. and around the world. Money raised will help the Team Trakr Foundation train its five German shepherds who are offspring of 9/11 hero, Trakr. Participating restaurants: Friends of the Vine and Turquoise (Redondo Beach), Sharks Cove (Manhattan Beach), Trio Mediterranean Grill (Rolling Hills Estates) and McKenna’s on the Bay (Long Beach).For more information: www.teamtrakr.org, www.facebook.com/TeamTrkr, 424.245.5121

Peninsula Seniors Meet and Greet

Join hostess Elly Visser each Monday at the Annex from 10am-12:30pm for coffee, cookies, conversation, computer use and Wii games. The Annex is located in the Village Shopping Center, on Deep Valley Drive, next door to the Peninsula Center Library. For information call the Peninsula Seniors at 310-377-3003, or, call Elly Visser at 310-541-9090. This program is made possible through a partnership between the Palos Verdes Library District and the Peninsula Seniors. There is no cost or membership requirement.

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