community information: South Bay Area Holiday Events - 11/29/12 11:33 AM

Palos Verdes homes owners are just “next door” to some fabulous holiday events of our surrounding neighbors. Below are some fun activities for us to enjoy.
If you like going back in time, you will enjoy the “Victorian Christmas” at the Banning Museum.  This event will take place on Saturday, December 1, and Sunday, December 2, 2012, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. During this special weekend the grounds and museum are transformed into a Christmas festival with Victorian period entertainment.  They will have self-guided tours of the museum, children’s crafts, refreshments, and a visit from St. Nick.  One of the … (1 comments)

community information: Palos Verdes Afternoon Tea Fans At Hotel Bel Air - 04/09/12 12:25 PM

Recently, I attended Afternoon Tea at the reopened Hotel Bel Air.  The bar was set high because in prior years it was known for the best Afternoon Tea in Los Angeles.  The drive down Stone Canyon Road in Bel Air, with its gated homes, set the tone.  We had made great time on the freeway and had time before Tea to wander the hotel and relax in the lobby before our Tea.
We were seated in the Wolfgang Puck restaurant rather than the garden room because it had been raining.  The tea was from Art of Tea and our favorite … (0 comments)

community information: New Laws Affecting Real Estate 2012 - 03/21/12 10:21 AM

Recently, I attended a presentation by Gov Hutchinson, Assistant General Counsel for the California Association of Realtors, giving an update on new laws affecting California real estate and Palos Verdes homes owners.  Here are some of the interesting changes:
The limit in Small Claims Court has been raised to $10,000 for an individual.  The limit is still $7,500 until January 1, 2015 for actions brought by natural persons for bodily injury from a car accident. After you have purchased a unit, Home Owners Associations cannot change the rules to restrict you from renting out your unit. Home Owners Associations cannot … (0 comments)

community information: Time Is Running Out for Filing Tax Exemption in Palos Verdes - 05/13/11 04:47 PM

Palos Verdes homes owners who are 65 or older as of June 30, and own and occupy a residence within the boundaries of the Palos Verdes Unified School District, may apply for the parcel tax exemption for the 2011 -12 school year.  These are for measures P ($209 tax) and V ($165 tax).  The first application must be filed at the district office in person.  The office is located at 375 Via Almar, in Palos Verdes Estates.  You need a document to show your date of birth – such as driver license, birth certificate or passport.  Also,  proof of ownership (such as a property … (0 comments)

community information: Palos Verdes Cities 2011 Update - 05/12/11 04:58 PM

Recently, I attended a Palos Verdes real estate Board Breakfast Meeting with the City Managers from all 4 cities on the Peninsula – Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills and Rolling Hills Estates.  Here is a summary of their updates:
Tony Dahlerbrach from Rolling Hills reported on the initiative going on the ballot for the next election in March 2012 regarding passive and storage usage of barns.  The property involved in the Poppy Trail landslide is being remediated by the insurance company and will be sold as two separate lots in December.  Verizon and AT&T have installed new cell sites … (0 comments)

community information: S.S. Victory Lane - Things To Do In Palos Verdes - 04/22/11 02:51 PM

Did you know that in 1945, here in our own Palos Verdes Peninsulabackyard, the S.S. Lane Victory served during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War as well as in peace time as part of the merchant fleet?  After years of deterioration, she was restored by volunteers of the United States Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II.  Now the S.S. Lane Victory is nationally recognized as a historic landmark, and serves as a living museum and memorial to the service of all Merchant Marine sailors and Navy Armed Guardsmen. You can visit the ship which is open daily from 9 a.m. to … (0 comments)

community information: Portuguese Bend Nature Reserve - Things To Do In Palos Verdes - 04/14/11 03:52 PM

Did you know that the Portuguese Bend Nature Reserve is comprised of ten ecological reserves on 399 acres of the Palos Verdes Peninsula?  The preserve is made up of the Vista del Norte Ecological Reserve, AquaAmarga Ecological Reserve, Vicente Bluffs Ecological Reserve, Alta Vicente Ecological Reserve, Abalone Cove Ecological Reserve, Three Sisters Ecological Reserve, Canyons Ecological Reserve, Forrestal Ecological Reserve, San Ramon Ecological Reserve and Ocean Trails Ecological Reserve.  These ten were joined together into the Nature Reserve in 2005. The Portuguese Bend Nature Reserve consists of rolling hills, steep canyons, coastal sage scrub habitat and fragrant and dought resistant shrubs and flowering plants. 
In August of 2009, a wildfire burned approximately 165 acres … (0 comments)

community information: 2011 Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza - Things To Do In Palos Verdes - 04/01/11 01:00 PM

Once again the City of Rancho Palos Verdes will be sponsoring the Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza at the Ladera Linda Community Center.  This is a fun event where children from 1-8 years can join Mr. Rabbit and find themselves a basket of Easter eggs. This event will be held on Saturday, April 23rd from 10:00-11:00 a.m. The fee is $10 per child and there will be a limited number of participants.  The pre-registration deadline is April 8th and the registration form needs to be mailed in.  This event usually sells out. Remember to bring your Easter basket, and of course your camera because I’m sure there will be lots of photo ops … (1 comments)

community information: Visit The Farmer's Market - Things To Do In Palos Verdes - 03/17/11 03:40 PM

What are you doing on Sunday mornings?  Many Palos Verdes homes owners visit our local Palos Verdes Farmers' Market right here in the Peninsula Center.  Every Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. local farmers and growers sell their crops directly to the public.  You can find a wide array of fresh and locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables.  You will also find other vendors which complement the farmers produce with fresh breads, prepared food, meats, fish  and even crafts.  You can stop by the local coffee shop for a cup of coffee, or try some of the hot foods with their tantalizing aromas. 

community information: Visit Fort MacArthur Military Museum - Things To Do In Palos Verdes - 03/16/11 11:35 AM

The Fort MacArthur Museum is dedicated  to the preservation of the history of Fort MacArthur, an army post which guarded the Los Angeles harbor from 1914 to 1974.  The museum was established in 1985 and is housed in corridors and galleries of the historic Battery Osgood-Farley.  The concecpt was to create a collection of historical structures which were part of the U.S. Army's role in the defense of the continental coastline from invasion.  The structures were part of the American coastal defenses when the Los Angeles harbor was a military port for both the Army and Navy.  The rooms and galleries contain a variety … (0 comments)

community information: Palos Verdes Kids Camps and Connections - Things To Do In Palos Verdes - 03/10/11 01:50 PM

It might seem early to be thinking about summer activities, but before you know it the kids are out of school and looking for something to do.  On Saturday, March 12, 2011,  What's Up For Kids will be having their annual Kids, Camps and Connectionsfor Palos Verdes parents with exciting ideas for activities for your children this summer.  It will be held at the Norris Pavilion from 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. and will have many different exhibitors and resources for children of all ages.  There will be information on academics to sports, beach to science and everything in between.   There is no admission on Saturday for this … (0 comments)

community information: Cabrillo Museum Whale Watching Trip - Things To Do In Palos Verdes - 03/09/11 01:40 PM

Our local Cabrillo Marine Aquarium,  located at the base of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, has introduced a  new opportunity to appreciate our beautiful Pacific gray whales.  They will be offering an adventure that begins with an educational slide show and lecture about the life of a whale; then you will board a San Pedro whale-watching boat for a two hour voyage.  During this time you will continue to learn about the whales and also seach for dolphins, sea lions and sea birds.  The Pacific gray whale takes a 10,000-14,000 mile round trip up/down the coastline annually, as they enjoy their summers off … (0 comments)

community information: Martingale Trailhead Park - Things To Do In Palos Verdes - 03/07/11 01:54 PM
If you are looking for a place to hike this weekend, or take your horse out for a ride, visit Martingale Trailhead Park.  Considered one of Rancho Palos Verdes'"passive parks", this trailhead provides access to a trail system serving Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills and Rolling Hills Estates. The trail has seen some recent improvements including landscaping, a tri-level drinking fountain (which serves not only humans but horses), a mounting block and also a seating rock.
Park hours are from dawn till dusk.  The park is located at 22 Martingale Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275.
Photo Courtesy of Rancho Palos Verdes PVNET

community information: Cherry Blossom Picnic Day - Things To Do In Palos Verdes - 03/04/11 12:42 PM

Palos Verdes homes owners are in for a special treat as the Cherry Blossoms are blooming at the South Coast Botanic Garden.  This is the closest location for us to see the beauty and color of these trees.  This yearly event reminds us that Spring is just around the corner.  This Saturday, March 5th, from 9:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m. bring a picnic and enjoy Cherry Blossom season at the Garden.  Cherry Blossomsare said to be an omen of good fortune, and also an emblem of love and affection.  So why not enjoy nature and celebrate these gorgeous blooms.  The upper … (0 comments)

community information: Whale Of A Day! - Things To Do In Palos Verdes - 03/02/11 09:23 AM

If you are looking for a fun outing this weekend for the whole family, stop by the Point Vincente Interpretive Center and enjoy "Whale Of A Day" activities.  This is a popular annual event for Palos Verdes homes owners and their neighbors throughout the South Bay.  The festival celebrates the migration of the Pacific Gray Whale from its summer feeding grounds in the Bering and Chuchki Seas in Alaska to its calving grounds in Baja, California. 
Whale Of A Day this Saturday, March 5th, will include whale watching from the shore, museum tours, Point Vicente Lighthouse tours (ages 7 and older and 44″+ tall) … (0 comments)

community information: Deane Dana Friendship Park - Things To Do In Palos Verdes - 02/28/11 01:55 PM

Deane Dana Friendship Community Regional Park is a 123 acre park located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and is one of the parks enjoyed by owners of Palos Verdes homes.  The park over looks San Pedro and has panoramic view of Catalina Island, the harbors of Long Beach and Los Angeles, and also the San Bernardino Mountain ranges.  This park has many amenities such as a natural history museum, gift shop,  indoor and outdoor classrooms and even live animal displays to educate and entertain in the 4000 square foot Nature Center.  The park is ADA accessible and there are many school field trips … (0 comments)

community information: Ranger Led Night Hikes - Things To Do In Palos Verdes - 02/18/11 08:36 AM

On Saturday, February 19th, at 7:00 p.m., Rancho Palos Verdes Park Rangers will be offering a night hike for the public.  This introductory hike will be free and participants will learn about the Palos Verdes environment, will, experience the Preserve, and observe its nocturnal inhabitants.  The City of Rancho Palos Verdes has contracted with the Mountains Recreation Conservation Authority (MRCA) for park ranger services within the Preserve to protect this unique and open area. 
The Palos Verdes Nature Preserve is approximately 1400 acres and has 10 individual Reserves.  The 424 acres Portuguese Bend Reserve is owned by the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and managed … (1 comments)

community information: Marilyn Ryan Sunset Point Park - Things To Do In Palos Verdes - 02/10/11 02:14 PM

Marilyn Ryan Sunset Point Park in Rancho Palos Verdes is a little gem located at the southwest corner of Palos Verdes Drive South and Ocean Trails Drive.  Most Palos Verdes homes owners are unaware of this 1.5 acre "pocket park" that was named in memory of Marilyn Ryan, the city of Rancho Palos Verdes' first mayor and later our State Assembly Woman for the 51st District.  Marilyn Ryan passed away at the age of 75 from congestive heart failure but her legacy lives on.  She is recognized for her vision to protect our coastline, and was instrumental in the formation of Save Our Coastline.  This … (1 comments)

community information: Montemalaga Elementary's New Library - Things To Do In Palos Verdes - 02/04/11 01:54 PM

After many years of planning and fundraising, the $1,400,000 library at Montemalaga Elementary School finally had its opening celebration and dedication on January 9th.  This is quite an accomplishment in a time when many schools are struggling.  This project actually had its roots back in 2000 when the new principal, Patricia Stewart,  arrived at the school and realized that the library and computer lab were not large enough to meet the needs of the growing student population.  At that time, both the computer lab and library were moved from their small classrooms into a small portable building brought to the campus by the school district.  It quickly … (0 comments)

community information: Local History Saturday Series - Things To Do In Palos Verdes - 02/03/11 01:27 PM
The Palos Verdes Library Disrict has been offering a Local  History Saturday Series for Palos Verdes homes owners.  The sixth installment is "The History of Rancho Palos Verdes" presented by Ginger Clark to be held on February 12, 2011, at the Malaga Cove Library Gallery at 2:00 p.m.  No reservations are required.
The Malaga Cove Library is located at 2400 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates 90274.  For more information, call 310-377-9584 extension 551.  This series has been a big success and hopefully, it will be repeated.

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