Palos Verdes Senior Programs

Palos Verdes Senior Programs

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 South Coast Botanic Garden

Palos Verdes South Coast Botanic Garden

South coast - about pvPalos Verdes South Coast Botanic Garden is one of the world’s first botanical garden developed over a sanitary landfill.

Amazingly at one time the Garden was covered by the Pacific Ocean. In the ocean there were a vast population of single cell algae called a diatoms. As they died they left behind a sediment know as crude distomite which has industrial uses for filtration as a stregthening component in building materials. During the early 1900′s the Dicalite Company began mining the earth and in 1944 the mine was sold.  By 1956 the mine declined and the site was sold to the County of Los Angeles to become a sanitary landfill.

In 1961 a group of private citizens headed by Frances Young prevailed upon the County Board of Supervisorys to convert this site into a botanic garden. It was an experiment and in April 1961 the first major planting took place with over 40,000 donated trees, shrubs and other plans. Since then the collection has increased to more than 200,000 plantings.

It has come a log way, and today bursting with color and varied plant and wildlife the grounds are spectacular. There are at least 14 Clubs and Societies which are informed about specific plant varieties and have at least twelve flower shows annually. They have monthly lectures, classes, concerts and weddings that help fill the calendar seven days a week.

The gardens are open 364 days a year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost to preview is adults $9/seniors $6/Students $6/Children 5-12 $4/ and four and under are free.

The South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Blvd, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Ca. 90274. For more information go to or call (310) 544-1948.

Photo by Jeannie Mutrais courtesy of the South Coast Botanic Garden.