South Bay By Jackie is your source for Palos Verdes events
February 25, 2018
The Neighborhood Church in Palos Verdes Estates will present the latest in their series of Annual Organ Concerts, on Sunday, February 25 at 4 p.m. This year’s concert features Isabelle Demers, a native of Quebec and graduate of the Julliard School.
With playing described as having “bracing virtuosity” (Chicago Classical Review) and being “fearless and extraordinary” (Amarillo-Globe News), Isabelle Demers has enraptured critics, presenters, and audience members worldwide for her spell-binding performances.
Ms. Demers is Organ Professor and Head of the Organ Program at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Her recital for the joint International Society of Organbuilders – American Institute of Organbuilders convention in 2010 so enchanted the audience that she “left the entire congress in an atmosphere of ‘Demers fever’.” Her concert at the 2010 national convention of the American Guild of Organists, in Washington, D.C., was received with great acclaim not only by critics, who deemed it “one of the most outstanding events of the convention” (The American Organist), but also by the standing-room-only audience, which called her back to the stage five times.
March 2, 2018
Benefitting the St. Francis Outreach Scholarship Fund, this annual event features creative trends in entertaining and themed-table designs. Other highlights include guest speakers, boutiques, demonstrations, opportunity drawings and silent auction.
Refreshments and a light lunch are included in the admission price.
Tickets for the event are $35 in advance (by Feb. 27); $40 at the door.
For additional information, call (310) 375-4617 or visit the website at http://www.stfrancispalosverdes.org.
St. Francis Church is located at 2200 Via Rosa, at the northwest entrance to Palos Verdes Estates, off Palos Verdes Boulevard.
March 10, 2018
Co-Sponsored by Los Serenos de Point Vicente and the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, the event celebrates the migration of the Pacific Gray whale from the frigid waters of the Arctic seas to the warm lagoons of Baja California.
Entertainment for this year’s celebration includes several returning acts, including Dance 4 Oceans environmental dances, Michelle Nardone & the Palos Verdes Strings children will perform, plus the Beach City Cloggers, and live music from local bands.
Event highlights include:
•The Aquarium of the Pacific’s Aquarium on Wheels with living tide pool touch tanks
•The Marine Mammal Care Center’s Mobile Visitors Center – experience how rescued seals and sea lions are treated
March 10, 2018
Ready, set, STRIKE! The Friendship Bowl is Walk With Sally’s high-energy spring fundraiser!
Round up your families, friends, kids, moms, dads, grandparents, teens, schools, corporations, teachers, bankers, florists, pastors, coaches, cops, doctors, nurses, dentists, neighbors and EVERYONE you know to help Walk With Sally raise funds for children impacted by cancer. Bowl as an individual or with a team. The goal is to raise $80,000, which will support 28 new Walk With Sally friendships. Sign up early and be one of the first five fundraisers to reach $250, and you’ll earn a Walk With Sally swag bag.
March 16, 2018
The Palos Verdes Art Center presents INHABIT: The Olmsted Brothers at Palos Verdes Peninsula on exhibit from Saturday, March 17 through May 27. The Opening Reception for INHABIT will take place on Friday, March 16 and is a ticketed event ($125) in conjunction with Palos Verdes Wild.
In 1914, the widely renowned Olmsted Brothers landscape architecture firm was commissioned to design a “New City” on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Southern California. Having been purchased by a syndicate of businessmen headed by banker Frank A. Vanderlip, the 16,000 acres of peninsular land were sparsely settled at the time, having previously supported only a cattle ranch and a small number of Japanese farmers.
March 16, 2018
Celebrate the bounty of the wild at a unique dining experience highlighting our local foodshed. Palos Verdes Wild! features Chef Paul Buchanan, one of the founders of the Farm-to-Table movement.
Chef Paul is committed to local, seasonal cuisine; founding his catering company, Primal Alchemy, on the principles of sustainability years ago.
The dinner will feature locally foraged elements such as coastal sage, stinging nettles, prickly pear and Palos Verdes sea salt combined with ingredients from farmer and rancher friends including the Weiser Family Farms, Gayton Farms, Drake Farms and Diamond Mountain Ranch.
March 17, 2018
The Luminaries and NOVAs, two Auxiliary support groups of Torrance Memorial Medical Center, will host the annual Spring into Fitness 5K Walk/Run on Sunday, March 17 at South Coast Botanic Gardens in Rolling Hills Estates.
Proceeds will support the renovations of the Torrance Memorial Pediatric Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Torrance Memorial Medical Center is a nonprofit community hospital that has undergone major renovations in the past few years. The next planned transformation will provide upgrades and innovations to the Pediatric Unit and NICU. As mother-child tax-exempt 501(c)(3) service organizations, The Luminaries and NOVAs of Torrance Memorial Medical Center are committed to raising funds to support this next phase of renovation at the hospital. Proceeds will help create a modern updated hospital unit for premature infants and sick children.
March 17, 2018
This fun-filled morning with the Easter Bunny includes breakfast and refreshments.
Tickets are $15 for adults and kids under 12 are free. Tickets are available at Ruby’s at Promenade on the Peninsula.
For additional information, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PromenadeOnThePeninsula.
Promenade on the Peninsula is located at 550 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274.
April 20 & 21, 2018
Three homes that reveal the amazingly different lifestyles available within minutes of each other in Portuguese Bend will be featured on the 2018 Palos Verdes Homes Tour.
Purchase Tickets by Friday, April 27, 2018
An Oceanfront Estate on the island of Kauai in Hawaii – or $5,000,000 – is just a $150 raffle ticket away for the lucky winner of the 2018 Palos Verdes Dream House Raffle. The first and oldest house raffle licensed in California, proceeds help fund Palos Verdes Art Center’s exhibition, education, and outreach programs, making the visual arts available, accessible and affordable in Los Angeles County.
June 23, 2018
The event will raise money and build awareness of the need for quality mental and oral health services for underserved children, teens and young adults throughout the South Bay and surrounding areas and will attract local dental and mental health professionals, community partners, families and local corporations.
Participants can run or walk the course as an individual or as part of a team. The day will be filled with family activities for children of all ages, vendor booths, a children’s festival and a wonderful, healthy team spirit.
The cost is $35 for adults and $25 for children under 13.
RHUMC Music Director Charles Dickerson serves as Artistic Advisor for the series of free afternoon recitals and chamber music concerts from September through June, except December and the month of Easter, when there are other musical offerings at RHUMC. Admission is FREE but donations are appreciated! 100% of donations go directly to the artists.
For additional information, visit the website at http://rhumc.org/concerts-at-rolling-hills/.
Rolling Hills United Methodist Church is located at 26438 Crenshaw Boulevard, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274 (NE corner of Crenshaw & PV Drive North).
There’s something romantic about a lighthouse….
If you’ve ever driven along the coast of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, chances are you’ve caught a glimpse of the Point Vicente Lighthouse. Built in 1926, the 67 foot high tower is perched on a cliff offering breathtaking views of the endless Pacific and its beacon can be seen from twenty miles at sea.
Since 1931, when it was founded as a cultural arm of the planned community of Palos Verdes Estates, the Art Center’s exhibitions, educational and outreach programs have made the visual arts available, accessible and affordable.
Palos Verdes Performing Arts is a non-profit organization committed to providing the South Bay with a performing arts venue that is also available for community use. Throughout the season, PVPA stages an eclectic selection of productions, including the best of Broadway plays and musicals, revues and concert performances as well as classes and camps.
PVPA boasts the 450-seat Norris Theater for stage productions, the 300-seat Pavilion for concerts and the Upstairs Gallery for art exhibits.
The South Bay is world-renowned for its miles of delightful beaches and coastline – but did you know there are also hundreds of acres of woodlands, meadows and trails just waiting to be explored?
One of the South Bay’s best kept secrets is the surprising amount of natural habitat to be found in the area and it is the mission of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy to “preserve land and restore habitat for the enjoyment and education of all.”
They host a full calendar of popular activities, volunteer workdays, training programs and special events throughout the year including:
27570 Norris Center Drive
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
Jackie Says: This 450 seat theater produces a variety of concerts – from a Beach Boys Tribute band to some of Broadway’s finest performers. The Irving Berlin White Christmas concert is sure to get the whole family in the holiday spirit.
The South Bay has several terrific Farmers’ Markets throughout the week.
These are great community amenities that provide an opportunity to shop locally for the freshest, seasonal produce available.
Here’s a schedule by day of the week:
The 87-acre Garden, known as the ‘Jewel of the Peninsula’, has more than 2,500 different species of plants from as far away as Australia, the Mediterranean and southern Africa. The Garden is situated in Sunset’s Zone 23, one of the most favored growing areas in the world.
About 100 trees and shrubs are rare mature specimens, infrequently seen elsewhere. The wide variety of plant life provides food and shelter to an abundant wildlife and bird population, and over 200 species of birds are sighted annually.
Mankind has employed birds of prey to hunt for thousands of years. Falconry is “the taking of wild quarry in its natural state and habitat by means of a trained raptor” and the sport has been around for a long, long time.
Have you ever had an opportunity to view a hawk or falcon up close and personal? Have you ever watched them hunt? Falconry is a fascinating pastime and if you’ve ever wondered about this ancient pursuit and would like to learn more about it, you’re in luck.
We wake up on weekend mornings and contemplate all the things we could and should accomplish with our free time. As everyone knows, keeping up with the Joneses is a full time occupation….but seriously, when was the last time you squandered away a perfectly good afternoon?
As Lin Yutang professed, “If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.” I think he’s onto something.
Many places claim to be dog friendly – hotels, parks, shops, even entire towns – but when it comes to dining, there are few and far between that actually practice what they preach. Fortunately, for our furry friends that frequent the South Bay, there is an establishment that encourages inter-species dining.
Nelson’s at Terranea in Palos Verdes is a casual dining venue, one of seven restaurant options at the resort. The freestanding structure is situated on a bluff overlooking the Pacific with magnificent views of Catalina.