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.

Aboutpv – Native Plants on the Peninsula

Aboutpv – Native Plants on the Peninsula

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Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy has been taking care of maintaining the native plants on the Palos Verdes Peninsula’s open parkland areas since their inception. Every month volunteers work in the native plant nursery starting plants an maintaining the different species so as to relocate them into the open park areas under their management.

In the fall/winter 2017 Open Spaces flyer sent out by the Land Conservancy, they discussed what is happening to the native plants now that we have had such heavy rains. The interns that were monitoring vegetation this spring noticed that there was an expansion of rare plant species such as woolly seablight (Suaeda taxifolia) after years of stagnant growth.The rain was great for native flora and fauna, but caused an explosion of invasive weeds. Since the warm summer months transitioned to fall, some of the native plants are showing off their autumn blooms. These plants are now drying and causing a fire hazard and have no substance for birds and insects. Luckily in helping to clear the land of weeds and dried vegetation, goats were brought in to help clear off the invasive weeds and restore the native plants in the area.

The conservancy has begun planting over 10,000 native plants in a five acre area of Alta Vicente Reserve. This is a sanctuary for coastal sage scrub and cactus scrub habitat. These native plants will change colors with the seasons, and provide habitat for our native animals.

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy is always looking for volunteers to help maintain these native plant areas. If you are interested in volunteering you can contact them at pvplc.org.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy.

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Aboutpv – Hikes & Trails

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Palos Verdes residents are lucky to have some of the best walk & hiking trails located right here on the peninsula. The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy manages these trails, and also maintain the native plants and wildflowers that surround them. Some of these walks have spectacular views, interesting geology and lots of animal sightings. The range of trails vary from easy to strenuous, and if your looking for a specific trail you can find it here. Some of the trails are accessible by wheelchairs, bicyclists and even equestrians. Known as easier walks are the White Point Nature Preserve, Linden H. Chandler Preserve & Forrestal Reserve. If you are lookjing for a sunset walk you would want to visit Alta Vicente Reserve, Forrestal Reserve, Portuguese Bend Reserve or Vicente Bluffs Reserve. If your interested in a tide pool walk the Abalone Cove Ecological Reserve is for you.

If you haven’t enjoyed these trails on your own lately, you might be interested in a Guided Nature Walk that the Palos Verdes Land Conservancy offers. These walks are led by volunteer naturalists, historians, and geologists. The walk leaders will help you discover another side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula with unique stories about the birds, wildlife, and plants of this rare open space. These walks are free and you do not have to have reservations. For up to date information on a walk you can call the conservancy at (310) 541-7613, or go to www.pvplc.org.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy.

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Aboutpv – Halloween Fun in the Area!

Aboutpv – Halloween Fun in the Area!

Palos Verdes residents know that Halloween is just around the corner, as you drive through our local neighborhoods and see the homes decked out. This fun fall holiday has been a great treat for kids throughout the years, with their school parades and carnivals, to the local pumpkin patches and fairs.

This year the Peninsula Center be having a Fall Carnival and Halloween Spooktacular Fair starting on Friday night, October 27, thru Sunday, October 29, 2017. Friday night is a “Teen Night” from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m., with a portion of pre-sale tickets going to our local schools.  Teen Night will be featuring unlimited ride wristbands for local and high school students along with performances from youth bands and are purchased through the schools or www.palosverdeschamber.com. On Saturday, the center will be offering trick or treating from 11:30 – 2:00 p.m, while the carnival going on. The carnival hours on Saturday, October 28, are 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and on Sunday, October 29, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Palos Verdes Fall Carnival and Halloween Spooktacular is located on Crossfield Road between Silver Spur Road and Indian Peak Road in Rolling Hills Estates.

The South Coast Botanic Garden will be celebrating their Great Pumpkin Hunt from October 1 through November 30, 2017 at the garden. Participants will be searching for the missing pumpkin patch (as last years prized pumpkin was eaten by a sneaky squirrel and a ravenous rabbit). The birds of the garden (ravens, owls, hummingbirds and hawks) have teamed up to save this year’s patch. This is all included with the daily admission charges. The South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26400 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Lunada Bay’s Homeowners Association will be celebrating their Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 22, 2017, from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. At the festival families can enjoy pumpkin & face painting, bungee jumping, arts and crafts, kiddie carnival, balloon crafting, rock climbing wall and more. The Harvest Festival is located on the corner of Yarmouth & Via Anacapa.

Photo courtesy of the Lunada Bay Homeowners Association.

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White Point Preserve & Education Center

White Point Preserve & Education Center

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Palos Verdes residents are lucky to have the White Point Nature Preserve sharing the Peninsula with them. The preserve features 102 acres of restored coastal sage scrub habitat, hiking and accessible trails overlooking the ocean and Catalina Island. It also has become the home of the Nature Education Center which opened in 2010, and acts as a resource for students, families and different community groups from all over Los Angeles.

Located in San Pedro, it is owned by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. This helps to maintain the property which sat empty behind fences for almost 20 years. A management agreement was signed over to the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy in 2001, which allowed it to restore the site with the help of numerous volunteers and hours of planting native scrub and grasses, all while installing public trails.

The Nature Education Center is housed in a repurposed historic Cold War assembly building. The Center was made possible with the support of the California Department of Parks and Recreation, the California Coastal Conservancy, and the Ibrahim El-Hefni Technical Training Foundation. A generous grant from Alcoa Foundation funded the creation of the interpretative exhibits and support from Major Family Foundation enabled the creation of four adjacent native plant demonstration gardens.

The White Point Landslide which occured on November 2011, moved about 420 feet of earth and roadway of Paseo del Mar, causing a portion of the White Point Nature Preserve to actually be moved about 53 feet toward the ocean. The Conservancy is dedicated to safeguarding the Preserve from a road traversing through the natural lands. To learn more about the Preserve go to: http://pvplc.org.

White Point Nature Preserve is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro, CA 90731, and is open daily from dawn to dusk along with the parking area. The Education Center is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.on Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday.

The parking area is open daily from dawn until dusk. Parking is available in the lot accessed from the west end Paseo del Mar from sun up to sun down during Preserve hours.  Please note that due to the landslide, access to White Point Nature Preserve is via Western Avenue.

 Photo courtesy of the White Point Nature Preserve & Education Center.

 

Palos Verdes Peninsula’s Point Fermin Lighthouse

Palos Verdes Peninsula’s Point Fermin Lighthouse

Point Fermin Lighthouse was the first navigational light into the San Pedro Bay and was built in 1874. Phineas Banning along with local support had petitioned the Government and the US lighthouse Board to place a lighthouse on the point in 1854, but because of funding and land disputes the construction did not start until 1874.

Paul J. Pelz was a draftsman for the US Lighthouse Board, and he designed the Stick Style Victorian lighthouse which is characterized by its Victorian architectural style with gabled roofs, horizontal siding, decorative cross beams and hand carved porch railings. That same design was used for six other lighthouses between 1873 and 1874.

Lighthouse Keepers were a staff of federal employees whose job was to keep the light lit as a beacon for ships, maintain the lighthouse lens, and the general up-keep of the building. Point Fermin’s first lighthouse keepers were women. Mary and Ella Smith came from a lighthouse family and their brother Victor, a Washington Territory customs officer.

Captain George Shaw took over as the lighthouse keeper position shortly after the Smith sister’s resigned in 1882. Shaw was a retired sea captain but he refused to retire far from his beloved sea and was delighted by the opportunity to serve as the keeper at Point Fermin. He was the first keeper at Point Fermin to wear the US Lighthouse Service uniform, which was required of all employees in 1884.

The last keepers of the Point Fermin Light were the Austin family which moved into the lighthouse in 1917. William Austin had served as keeper at two other California lighthouses, Point Arena and Point Conception, before coming to Point Fermin.This was the first time the lighthouse had children occupying it, and later two of the eight children actually took over after their parents death until 1927, when management of the light was turned over to the City of Los Angeles until 1941.On December 7th, 1941, Pearl Harbor was bombed and the coast was blacked out for fear of being a beacon to enemy ships and planes. Sadly, the light was never to be lit again. I

In 1972, two devoted citizens, Bill Olesen and John Olguin, raised funds and worked diligently to replace the lantern room and the lighthouse to its original glory for her 100th birthday in 1974. Their efforts also placed the lighthouse on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2002, the lighthouse was restored, retrofitted, and rehabilitated for public access with funds from the City of Los Angeles, the Port of Los Angeles, and the State of California. The lighthouse was opened to the public on November 1, 2003 under the management of the Department of Recreation and Parks for the City of Los Angeles. Volunteers from the Point Fermin Lighthouse Society serve as tour guides and help to keep the lighthouse open to the public.

Photo courtesy of the City of Los Angeles.

Palos Verdes Interpretive Center

Palos Verdes Interpretive Center

Point Vicente Interpretive Center

Palos Verdes’ Point Vicente Interpretive Center was built by the City of Rancho Palos Verdes in 1984 at the cost of $1.3 million. The property consists of almost 10,000 square foot which features exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the Peninsula, with a special emphasis on the Pacific gray whale. This is the premier whale watching site of the coastal area which has volunteers who watch daily to record annual migration of the Pacific gray whale, from December through April.

On the tip of the point near the Interpretive Center you will see the Point Vicente Lighthouse which was built in 1926 and stands on a cliff 130 feet high, and is itself 67 feet high. The other buildings on the site provided housing for Coast Guard officers who worked in other areas. During the World Wars the hillside was the location of coastal artillery which was part of the harbor defenses of Los Angeles.

Today besides being able to visit the gift shop & museum, the property has become known as a party venue. Whether it’s for a birthday celebration, wedding celebration or just a viewing party, the facility has something for everyone. Just take a stroll throughout the property to view the native plantings and coastal walkways or sit in the amphitheater and just enjoy the view.

The Point Vicente Interpretive Center is located at 31501 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 and is open daily from 10:00 to 5:00 p.m. (closed January 1, Thanksgiving Day, December 24 and 25).

Photo courtesy of the Point Vicente Interpretive Center.

Palos Verdes’ Point Fermin Park

Palos Verdes’ Point Fermin Park

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Palos Verdes Peninsula’s Point Fermin Park is a beautiful park sitting along the edge of the palisade and consists of 37 acres of landscaped lawns, pergolas, and colorful gardens. When at the top point of the park, you will get breaktaking views of the coast of the Santa Catalina Island, and enjoy watching seals, dolphins and an occasional whale pass by. This is a great location where you can enjoy the picnic areas, barbecue pits, children’s playground and small amphitheater which is the home to “Shakespeare in the Park” and numerous music venues.

The park was given it’s name by the British explorer George Vancouver who had visited the property in 1793 and wanted to thank Father Fermin Francisco de Lasuen for his hospitality at the mission in Carmel.

This is one of the few places along the coast where Monarch butterflies spend their winters.You can walk through the gardens and enjoy numerous plants and trees which make this a leisurely stroll worth visiting.

The park is located at 807 Paseo del Mar, San Pedro, Ca. 90731, and is open daily. For more information about the park call (310) 548-7705.

Photo courtesy of the City of Los Angeles Parks & Recreation.

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 http://southcoastbotanicgarden.org or call (310) 544-1948.

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