Palos Verdes Offers Many Opportunities For Kids Activities

Palos Verdes Offers Many Opportunities For Kids Activities

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Palos Verdes homes owners have great opportunities for children to engage in activities here on the peninsula. Whether you have pre-school, elementary or high school age child there is something for everyone.

Boys and girls have many choices in sports and the arts here in the area. There is soccer, skating, horse back riding, tennis, cooking, art & dance here on the peninsula. Camps and classes of all different types are available. Spring and summer camps offer a great opportunity for school age children to participate in new activities.

Some of the opportunities for these programs are: AYSO Region 10 soccer club, Palos Verdes Tennis Club, Palos Verdes Beach & Athletic Club, Palos Verdes Library District, Palos Verdes Stables and Palos Verdes Art Center. If they are interested in dance or music there is Elite Dance Studio, Palos Verdes Performing Arts Center & Amuse Music Center just to name a few. For children interested in acting the Palos Verdes Performing Arts Center (formerly Norris Theater) has classes for all ages.

Photo above is courtesy of the Palos Verdes Tennis Club.

The Palos Verdes Peninsula is a wonderful place to raise your children. If you are interested in buying or selling your home, or have any questions about residential or commercial real estate please feel free to contact me.

Palos Verdes Residents Enjoy Whale Watching!

Palos Verdes Residents Enjoy Whale Watching!
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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

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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
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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.

Aboutpv – What Happens After The Holidays!

Aboutpv – What Happens After The Holidays!
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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.

If you have any questions about the real estate market in this area, 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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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 Art Center

Palos Verdes Art Center

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The Palos Verdes Art Center/Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education, is a nonprofit visual arts school and gallery, which inspires those who enter to appreciate and celebrate art. Palos Verdes Art Center was founded in 1931, and it’s education and outreach programs have been available not only to local residents, but also to residents and visitors of Los Angeles County through its many programs.

Some of the programs that the art center offers is free exhibitions, which feature not only it’s own students and artists, but also national and internationally recognized artists and exhibitions. They also offer education programming which includes docent tours, lectures and workshops.The Studio School offers classes throughout the year starting with kids as young as 4. They offer all skill levels in drawing, painting, ceramics, textiles, design, art history, glassblowing and printmaking. The class tuition varies and they also offer financial assistance if available. In it’s last 18 years, the Beverly G. Alpay Memorial Education Fund has given over $200,000 to student artists.

The Palos Verdes Peninsula School District has benefited for years with the school based art education program which benefits more than 7,000 students each year with “Art at your Fingertips”. They also offer art experiences for differently-abled youth and adults with special education classes.

The art center also has rental space for parties, meetings and even weddings. For more information regarding these inquiries go to www.pvartcenter.org, or call (310) 541-2479.

The Palos Verdes Art Center is located at 5504 Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Art Center.

Palos Verdes’ Neighborhood Church

Palos Verdes’ Neighborhood Church
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Palos Verdes’ Neighborhood Church is one of the most historic buildings located here on the Peninsula. With it’s beautiful Mediterranean charm, it’s history extends through decades. It originally was built by businessman JJ Haggarity in 1927, as a summer residence since he owned homes in Los Angeles and New york. He hired an Italian architect who was inspired by Villas along the Mediterranean, and the property was built at a cost of $750,000. The original property consisted of formal gardens (where west side parking lot sits) green house behind the cottage, a reflecting pool, swimming pool, bath house and a 30 foot thick sea wall. He also brought in fully grown olive and palm trees. However, later Haggarty had to sell the property because of hard times. It was at that time that financier Harry Wheeler purchased the property to hold his art collection. Once again due to finances and after years of this property sitting there on the cliffside, he put the property on the market in 1949 for $250,000, and it sat there for years as a white elephant.

During this time a group of mothers had been holding bible class at Malaga Cove School since 1937 because there was no church in the area. They approached the owners of the property since they were in need of a larger facility, and in 1961 they were able to purchase the church for $60,000, thus later becoming the United Church of Christ which the Neighborhood Church still follows to this day.

The holiday season is a great time to take advantage of viewing this beautiful property. Starting December 1 & 2, 2017, they will be presenting their 61st Annual Yule Parlor which consists of an afternoon tea, holiday music and shopping in their boutiques with home made goodies and collectibles. The cost for the tea is $25, and takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Christmas Pagaent takes place on Sunday, December 10, 2017, at 5:30 & 7:30. This is a wonderful opportunity for residents to enjoy an evening together watching children and adults performing in various scenes which depict the story of the First Christmas (including live animals). The prelude is set in the sanctuary of this beautifully decorated historic Church which overlooks the ocean.This is a free event and open to the public.

The Neighborhood Church is located at 415 Passeo del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates, Ca. 90274

Photo courtesy of the Neighborhood Church.