Palos Verdes Residents Enjoy Whale Watching!

Palos Verdes Residents Enjoy Whale Watching!
Point vicente interpretive center

Palos Verdes residents have the great advantage of watching whales right here from the peninsula. Whale watching is a popular event to this area since whales are migrating at this time down to Mexico, and pass right here off our coast. The Point Vicente Interpretive Center welcomes visitors to this premier whale watching site for viewing where volunteers keep daily count of their sightings starting on December 1st through April.

The annual “Whale of a Day” festival takes place this year on Saturday, March 10, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This fun event celebrates the migration of the Pacific Gray Whale from its summer feeding grounds in the Bering and Chuchki Seas in Alaska, to the winter breeding and calving grounds in Baja California. This event is free to the public and is sponsored by the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and the members of Los Serenos de Point Vicente. The event takes place on the main grounds of the Point Vicete Interpretice Center and includes fun activities for the children with face painting, children’s crafts, small children’s games, plus exhibits, crafts and food vendors. Point Vicente Interpretive Center is locateed at 31501 Palos Verdes Drive West. There will be free parking available at the Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall located at 30940 Hawthorne Blvd. with a free shuttle bus service to PVIC.

Locally, during these migration months you can take whale watching boat tours with San Pedro Spirit Cruises located at 77 Berth, San Pedro (www.spiritmarine.com) and Voyager Excursion located at 181 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach (www.voyagerexcursions.com).

Photo courtesy of Point Vicente Interpretive Center

If you are interested in re-locating to the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula so you can watch whales from your ocean view home, or if you have any questions about the real estate market please feel free to contact me.

Palos Verdes – Peninsula Friends of the Library!

Palos Verdes – Peninsula Friends of the Library

Peninsula friends of the library

The mission of the Peninsula Friends of the Library is to raise funds to support the Palos Verdes Library District and to build community awareness and enthusiasm for PVLD services, programs and needs. This is an all volunteer organization, which started in 1961 to enhance our libraries services and programs, and currently provides 5% ($400,000) of the library’s budget and has over 800 friends to ensure the library district can continue it’s vital programs and services. These funds support many of the libraries program including:

Sunday hours at the Peninsula Center Library which allows local students to use the facility.
Summer Reading Program which benefits all age groups, especially young children.
Internet and Wi-Fi access at all three libraries.
Library newsletters & Story time programs.
Special purchases of items for the library collections, furnishings, and equipment.
The Annex, a safe meeting place for teens after school hours.
eBooks, eMagazines, and subscriptions to online services
Monthly movie screenings, concerts, and community events
Library Gift Shop
On-line language programs, used book sales and more.

Equally important, the Friends support a volunteer program of nearly 150 individuals who together give more than 24,000 hours of their time each year. In addition to working in the Library Shop and helping with the Used Book Sales, volunteers organize Books for Troops and give countless hours of their time repairing, shelving, and cataloging books.

Palos Verdes residents make this a wonderful area to reside in. If you have any questions about the real estate market, or if you are interested in selling or purchasing residential or commercial property please feel free to contact me.

Palos Verdes Senior Programs

Palos Verdes Senior Programs
PVE CARES logo

Palos Verdes homes owners have a wonderful organization to help care for its aging population. The City of Palos Verdes Estates’ Senior Program; PVE-CARES, was established in 2004, by the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department, to address the rise in crimes against seniors. It was found that seniors were becoming the victims of what is commonly referred to as “Elder Abuse,” so they helped design a program called PVE-CARES (PVE-Care, Assistance, Resources, Education, and Socials). PVE-CARES was designed to provide education, available resources and socialization for Palos Verdes Estates’ senior residents so that they may avoid becoming victims as well as be able to live independently, in their own homes, for as long as possible.

PVE-CARES holds between 5-6 events each year. They include a Spring Event, which usually holds a topic of interest, a May Social which generally is some sort of musical or theater production, a Summer Concert such as Chaussee’s Big Band, Doctor’s Talk and their big Senior Health & Wellness Fair held in October which has over 40 exhibitors, flu shots and more.

Palos Verdes Seniors can enjoy the monthly Senior Lecture Series which take place on Wednesay’s at Hesse Park starting at 10:30 a.m. Also available through this program are exercise and support groups, AARP Tax Aide programs, travel and movie opportunities.

To learn more about the PVE-CARES program click here.

Palos Verdes is a wonderful area to reside in. If you have any questions about the real estate market, or if you are interested in selling or purchasing residential or commercial property please feel free to contact me.

Palos Verdes School Enrollment for 2018

Palos Verdes School Enrollment for 2018

PVPUSD 1-26
Palos Verdes residents that have children entering the school district in for the first time or entering high school need to make sure that they have enrolled properly for the 2018 fall semester. If your child will be starting the school system for the first time in 2018, then the following information needs to be read carefully. Children leaving the eight grade and going into ninth, need to decide on the Palos Verdes High School that they wish to attend. Below I have listed some of the main programs that are available for parents/children to help make that decision.

If your child is entering the school district for the first time you are encouraged to contact the school district to learn more about the program and application deadlines. Each school will be holding an orientation meeting in May, that will include tours, program information and the curriculum information.

Both High Schools have scheduled several sessions to assist you and your student in selecting which one of our award winning high schools will be the best fit for them. Palos Verdes High School will be holding it’s next meeting on Monday, February 5, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Open House will be held on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Palos Verdes High School is located at 600 Cloyden Road, Palos Verdes Estates.

Palos Verdes Peninsula High School will be holding their next parent/student information meetings on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Palos Verdes Peninsula High School is located at 27118 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Unified School District.
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Aboutpv – What Happens After The Holidays!

Aboutpv – What Happens After The Holidays!
transit bus

Palos Verdes Peninsula residents know that after the Hanukkah & Christmas holidays there is always lots of extra trash that is needed to be picked up.Each city has it’s own special programs for trees and extra packaging.

The City of Palos Verdes Estates will be picking up Christmas trees starting one week after the holiday, from January 1 through January 15, 2018. Please leave them in the same area as your green pick up. The City of Rolling Hills will be picking up trees starting December 26, through January 19,2018, and all trees over 6 feel must be cut in half. The City of Rancho Palos Verdes will start tree pick up service on December 26 through January 15, 2018, and any tree over 4 feet high should be cut in half. Rolling Hills Estates will be picking up trees from December 26 through January 13, 2018. Each of the above cities are requesting to please put trash in separate containers.

Palos Verdes Transit will once again be offering their free New Year’s Eve rides here on the Peninsula.This bus service is available to any Palos Verdes Peninsula resident from 6:00 p.m. on December 31, 2017, to 2:00 a.m. on January 1, 2018. It can be used to and from a restaurant, party or even just a small get together. Additionally, Palos Verdes Transit will pick you up from your own home and return you there at the end of the evening. The PV Transit has been offering this free service for years and it is just one of the great services available to Palos Verdes residents. To schedule you can call Palos Verdes Tansit after December 27, 2017, at (310) 544-3710, to schedule your ride share.

Photo courtesy of Palos Verdes Transit.

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Aboutpv – When Will Santa Be Coming To Palos Verdes?

Aboutpv – When Will Santa Be Coming To Palos Verdes?

Malaga cove fountain
Santa is making his way around the Palos Verdes Peninsula starting today Monday, December 18, 2017. Santa will visit the Valmonte Learning Academy (VELA) located at 3801 Via La Selva, Palos Verdes Estates, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Montemalaga Elementary School located at 1121 Via Nogales, Palos Verdes Estates, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Lunada Bay Little League Field located at 2020 Palos Verdes Drive West, Palos Verdes Estates, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. At these locations, there will be lots of holiday spirit with refreshments and picture opportunities for you and your family.

Santa will also be visiting Malaga Cove Plaza on December 24, 2017. Santa will come to Coronel Plaza at 5:15 p.m. and then around 5:30 p.m. the parade will make its way to Malaga Cove Plaza for Santa visits from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This will be a great opportunity for children to share their last minute gift requests with Santa.

If you have any questions about the real estate market in this area where Santa loves to visit, or if you are interested in selling or purchasing residential or commercial property please feel free to contact me.

Palos Verdes Peninsula’s General Store

Palos Verdes Peninsula’s General Store

General Store blog

Palos Verdes longtime residents have different stories about how the “General Store” in Rolling Hills Estates began. Some say that it was constructed in 1928 as a community theatre, others as a nursery school inside with a small market and a gas pump.

The General Store was known in 1938 as the Rolling Hills Market. This was even before Rolling Hills Estates was incorporated (which happened in 1957) so at that time the paperwork on the market was issued in Lomita to the Palos Verdes Corp. Over the years of its existence, other enterprises were added to the market. A small US Post office open in the late 1930′s or early 1940′s, and operated for years, but was closed in 2013. In 1977 the property was designated as a historical landmark.

In 1984 Jim Kelly opened up Kelly’s Korner which still stands today as a popular deli/sandwich shop. To this day you still can find equestrian items for sale and there is even a bulletin board outside kept up by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Horsemen’s Association which keeps the public updated of horse related happenings on the peninsula.

The Rolling Hills General Store is open Monday thru Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and on Sunday from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. It is located at 26947 Rollng Hills Road, Rolling Hills Estates. For more informaton you can contact the store at 310-541-3668.

Photo courtesy of the City of Rolling Hills Estates.

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Palos Verdes Residents Ask Where Do Our Property Tax Dollars Go?

house-for-sale2Palos Verdes Residents Ask Where Do Our Property Tax Dollars Go?

Palos Verdes residents are once again getting ready to pay their property taxes by December 10. Many buyers especially new property owners, are perplexed as to why property taxes are so high. Depending on the area where you reside, the tax usage is pretty much the same. Cities, counties and school districts rely on your property taxes to raise money for their budgets. The local government then uses the money collected to provide many public and local public services.

The local school district accounts for a significant percentage of the money from local property taxes. Although some of the monies do come from federal and state government, school districts rely heavily on the property taxes for support. Each school district varies on the local tax base.

Peninsula property owners realize that a good amount of the tax dollars goes to supporting the salaries and benefits of public safety officers. Added to that cost is the maintaining of fire stations and keeping police and fire vehicles on the road, obviously needed to keep our residents safe.

Maintaining public streets and roadways is also one of the main uses of these dollars. This maintenance helps to ensure public safety in our areas. Also included is the upkeep of street lights and traffic lights within the city limits, patching potholes and at times road maintenance to make improvement. Occasionally the dollars are used to fund improvements to water and sewer lines, storm drains and other improvements.

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About South Bay Holiday Events

About South Bay Holiday Events
manhattan fireworks show pic

AboutSouthBay.com wants to bring some holiday cheer to all those in the community young and old, by listing some fun local holiday events that are taking place in the area. Listed below are but a few of the fun events in the area this weekend.

The 26th Annual King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade will take place on Saturday, December 9, 2017, starting at 4:00 p.m. At that time the Grand Marshall’s Boat “Disappearance” will start off the parade with a music selection to get the crowd going. The Grand Marshall this year will be Vera Jiminez Meteorologist for the KTLA Evening News.The parade will start at 4:30 p.m., and be followed by cannons and lots of decorated boats. This is a fun event and it is suggested that you arrive early to avoid traffic.

Manhattan Beach will be bringing in their holiday fun by having their 29th Annual Fireworks Show.The Sketchers Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks Festival is held at the Pier every year in December. This year’s show will be taking place on Sunday, December 10, 2017. This is a fun event where you can bring beach chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner to hold your place for this spectacular show. You can start putting down blankets between 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. The music program will be serenading the crowd at 4:00 p.m., which is about the time the Santa float will be coming around, and Skechers Snow Park and Sled Hill will be starting and continuing till 6:30 pm. If you bring an unwrapped toy or cash donation you can join in the fun event which benefits the YMCA Adventures Guides Toy Drive. The fireworks show will begin at 7:00 and as always will bring a cheering crowd.

For more information contact Pete Moffett, Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks founder and producer by going to mbfireworks.com.