South Bay By Jackie is your source for Palos Verdes events
March 17 – May 27, 2018
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.
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.
April 22, 2018
Explore five extraordinary private gardens on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and lunch in a sixth garden. Lunch will be served between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Tickets are $40 with reservations before April 14 and $45 thereafter. Ticket price includes lunch. No day-of sales.
April 22, 2018
Seated high tea party for a maximum of 20 people in the dining room followed by viewing of the sunset with a flute of champagne. The sun sets at 7:04 p.m. and the view over the Pacific and Catalina is unforgettable from the Villa Narcissa terrace.
A concert of operatic arias will take place in the living room. Peter Karazaz, director of Opera, UCLA has prepared a program sung by his very talented young singers. It is an absolutely magical experience to experience their powerful voice so close with the excellent acoustic of the Villa Narcissa living room.
April 22, 2018
The event features VIP guests, Eric and Mary Wright. Eric is the son of Lloyd Wright, architect of the Wayfarers chapel, and grandson of Frank Lloyd Wright, iconic American architect. Mary is an artist and earth activist and will be selling her original nature inspired watercolor art in the Meditation Garden. Local artists Don Crocker, Kathryn Stinis, Trish McCoy, Julie Balcom and Linda Gunn will be in attendance as well. In addition, April is National Poetry Month, and there will be poetry readings starting at 1 p.m. inside the chapel.
April 26, 2018
The event features a wonderful day of Irish hospitality; the history and culture of Ireland presented by the charming and witty Honorary Consul General Emeritus of Ireland, M. Finbar Hill; an energetic performance by the Celtic Irish Dance Academy; and the magical sounds of traditional Irish music by singer/guitarist, Denis Murray. Take a chance to win a trip for two to Ireland, valued at $5,250! Includes $2000 airfare allowance and 9 nights accommodations.
Enjoy a gourmet luncheon, visit the Irish pub, try the Catalina View wines, shop the boutique vendors, Las Candalistas Creations, Garden Shoppe and Gourmet Pantry and awesome Silent Auction items. Proceeds benefit Community’s Child, Family Promise of the South Bay and Providence TrinityKids Care Hospice.
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.
April 28, 2018
This is a family-friendly event to raise funds and awareness for the American Parkinson Disease Association and provide funds for more research towards a cure, along with local programs and services for people living with PD.
April 29, 2018
The class will take place on the Ocean Lawn under the full moon and is open to both guests and locals. Yogis of all levels are welcome. Participants should bring a yoga mat and $20 to support PVP Land Conservancy in honor of Earth Month.
Space is limited, and reservations must be made by calling The Spa at 310-265-2740.
May 12, 2018
An evil villain is destroying the planet! Grab your best super-suit and help bring him to justice! Let loose, laugh and play at this imaginative fun run. Battle through planet saving obstacles, fight through physical challenges and team up to solve earth-friendly riddles, while adventuring through 2 kilometers of nature trails.
The cost is $3/$10. Children under 2 years of age admitted free.
For additional information and registration, visit the website at https://southcoastbotanicgarden.org/event/superhero/.
South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes, CA 90247.
May 13, 2018
Celebrate Mother’s Day with another fabulous ‘Clean and Clever Comedy’ show. This show is for anyone looking for a great afternoon full of laughs, a delightful lunch and a chance to socialize.
Doors open at 12:30 p.m., followed by an Italian Buffet Luncheon at 1 p.m. During lunch the audience will be serenaded by a celtic harpist and other entertaining surprises. The show begins at 2 p.m. and everyone is encouraged to wear HATS of course, in honor of MOM!
Comedians performing include Emcee Scott Wood, aka “Mr. Punchline!” Scott has appeared on ABC, NBC, Fox, BET, Comedy Central and America’s Got Talent, and has written for Leno, Joan Rivers and others.
Comedienne Anita Milner, who when not doing comedy practices law. She’s also performed at The Pechanga Casino and the La Jolla Comedy Store and scores of joints!
May 19 & 20, 2018
The event takes place each month from April through September and features paintings, jewelry, ceramics, photography, wearable art and prints from artists from the seven art groups affiliated with Palos Verdes Art Center: Artists Open Group, Pacific Arts Group, Paletteers, Palos Verdes Painters, Peninsula Artists, Photographic and Digital Artists, and Third Dimension.
For additional information, visit the website at http://pvartcenter.org/malaga-cove.
Malaga Cove Plaza is located at the entrance to the City of Palos Verdes Estates on scenic Palos Verdes Drive West between Via Chico and Via Corta. There is plenty of free parking.
June 9 & 10, 2018
Recognized as a high quality, family friendly event, the Fair features a range of activities designed to appeal to a broad spectrum of visitors. Enjoy shopping, music, dining, more than 200 arts and crafts booths, carnival rides, International Food Court, craft beer and wine garden, children’s petting zoo and pony rides, community events, pet adoptions and continuous live entertainment on two separate stages. Convenient all-day carnival ride wristbands will be available for purchase.
Free parking is available at Peninsula High School with a free shuttle service to and from the Fair. The campus parking lot is located on Silver Spur Road near the corner of Hawthorne Boulevard.
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.
July 15, 2018
Enjoy a fun evening in paradise while raising funds to benefit youth programs in the South Bay. The event features live music, dancing and special performances, as well as a silent and live auction. Enjoy samplings from the best local restaurants and mingle while sipping signature cocktails and wine. Tropical casual attire is encouraged!
Freedom4U’s mission is to identify, develop and release the potential of youth into their life purpose by offering peer-driven healthy activities such as creative arts, life skills, service projects, and leadership opportunities in the South Bay/Harbor Area of Los Angeles. The annual Freedom Breeze event is not only an important part of raising funds for the organization to continue to fund impactful youth programs, but it is also a chance to connect with all the wonderful people in the community.
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.