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features 36 HEAD OVER HEELS Make no mistake: The young performers in Le PeTiT CiRqUe are small but mighty. 44 COMING FULL CIRCLE A couple and their two twin boys find the ultimate home in South Redondo Beach and make it their own with a casual, bohemian chic vibe … thanks to the help of a local interior designer. 58 RAISED IN WATER L.A. County’s Junior Lifeguards are strengthening their confidence—in and out of the ocean. 64 19 UNDER 19 No matter how you label them, our 19 Under 19 picks for 2018 are #awesome. 88 VARSITY VOGUE Fun and fashion-forward styles that take kids from the classroom to the Friday night dance. 96 VISIONS OF BHUTAN Former dentist Barry Shaffer channels his talent for photography and his passion for Bhutan into a book. .

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editor’s letter

We’re Listening The timing of our 19 Under 19 issue coincided with some devastating news from Parkland, Florida. On February 14, a young gunman entered a public high school and killed several students and teachers. I bring this up not to make a statement about guns, mental illness or politics … there’s plenty of discourse on these topics circulating throughout our nation and individual communities. Instead I’d like to talk about the kids. The teens. The survivors. Hours after they witnessed friends and teachers murdered in what they considered a safe space, they went to the public. They stood up, raised their voices and demanded change. They spoke with poise, with authenticity and with integrity. Whether or not you agree with the politics or the policies they cried out for, there’s a truth here that should be recognized: The future is brave, and it wishes to be heard. Sometimes the simplest, most honest answers we seek come from the young. It’s easy to push aside youthful will as inexperience or naivety. The older I get, the less I rely on those gut instincts that piloted me through crucial years in my development. Perhaps I should listen more deeply … not only to that fading inner voice but the one coming from the generations that follow me. Sometimes the wisest nuggets come from the unfiltered, unaffected mouths of my two young nieces. It gives me hope that perhaps some of the ills created in my lifetime will move toward remedy in theirs. I remain optimistic. In the days following the tragedy, my team was laser-focused on 19 kids and teens here in the South Bay. On paper, we already knew they were awesome. But after interviewing and photographing them in person, they truly transcend their resumes. They stand out not only with their achievements—and there are many—but by the virtues of individuality, confidence and graciousness. In an era where we put so much emphasis on grades, activities and getting into the perfect college, it’s refreshing to see a group of young people equally dedicated to their passions, their communities and their overall wellbeing. We should all take note. Despite the uncertainties of a world they will soon inherit, they choose courage over fear and light over darkness. Good luck to you all. I remain optimistic.

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contributors

Jeff Berting PHOTOGRAPHER “Raised in Water” Jeff is an advertising and editorial photographer who lives in Manhattan Beach. “I love living and shooting in the South Bay with all the diversity it has in people and their activities,” he says. “One day it’s in the ocean shooting surfing, and the next it’s cowboys roping cattle. There aren’t too many places that provide that kind of variety and visual eye candy.” jeffberting.com

Marlene Stang WRITER “Head Over Heels” Although she lives in Pasadena, Marlene has family in the South Bay and considers it her second home. She says she loves writing about the people who live here because they are individualists who epitomize California’s spirit. Marlene is also the development director of Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times and the founder of Fiat Lux, a niche fragrance company.

Kate Gammon WRITER “The Show Must Go On” Kate is a freelance science writer based in Santa Monica. She has written for Esquire, Wired, National Geographic and other publications about technology, society and the environment. When not reporting or editing, Kate can be found sailing, riding horses or—more often—chasing her two young sons on the beach.



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P.S. I Love You Foundation brings together your favorite distillers and boutique wineries to raise awareness and support for the social and emotional learning program Love4Life. Celebrating 20 years of programs and success mentoring in schools throughout SoCal, the foundation will toast their supporters with special performances and a silent auction. 6 to 10 p.m. at The Proud Bird, psiloveyoufoundation.org Collection creators Mike Bender and Doug Chernack continue to grow this work with the help of families from all over. It is time to smile and see how family portraits have a true right to stay on art history’s priority list. The homestyle setting in ESMoA’s gallery will provide insight on how to keep your own family memories alive with fun. El Segundo Museum of Art (ESMoA), esmoa.org When Kareem Abdul-Jabbar left the game in 1989 at age 42, no NBA player had ever scored more points, blocked more shots, won more Most Valuable Player Awards, played in more All-Star Games or logged more seasons. Since retiring, he has been an actor, a basketball coach, an activist and the author of several New York Times best sellers. 8 p.m., Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, speakersla.com

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Boston Strong South Bay local Dustin Sanza trains for the 2018 Boston Marathon while raising money for the Martin Richard Foundation. WRITTEN BY AMBER KLINCK | PHOTOGRAPHED BY JEFF BERTING

Dustin Sanza was in his early 20s when an opportunity to work in Boston presented itself. “I was young, like 24 or 25,” he notes. “I thought, ‘Why not?’ I’d go for two, three years.” He ended up staying for nearly six. For this Southern California native who grew up in Palos Verdes, Boston was a stark contrast from what he was used to. And he liked it. “I love Boston; it’s a great city. You walk everywhere. It’s so easy to meet up with people. I developed a really

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good social network. If it wasn’t for [the] winters, I’d probably still live there.” Dustin goes on to describe the neighborhood feel Boston has, despite being a large metropolis. “There’s a big sense of community. That’s why the bombing was so … even though it was an attack on a city, it felt like it was an attack on a neighborhood.” During the April 15, 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon, Dustin was working in the city. His office was roughly a mile from the site of the attack. “It’s hard to explain to someone who has never been,” Dustin says. “The marathon in Boston is bigger than the Fourth of July is here. [People take] off work; none of the kids go to school. The Red Sox purposely start their game early. You go to the game, you funnel out—Fenway Park is about a mile, maybe not even, to the finish line.” Since his first year in the city, Dustin had made it to a number of Marathon Mondays. But during the 2013 bombing, he was at his office. “I was sitting at my desk. One of my friends messaged me that a few bombs just went off at the marathon. On our trading desks, we have CNBC going at all times. When the coverage went national, that’s when it hit that something was really wrong here. It was just a crazy, crazy day. We had no idea who did it [or] what their motivation was.” For the next few days, the city was quiet. “It was really creepy,” Dustin remembers. “Nobody was outside. You saw military vehicles driving up and down the streets. It’s weird to see such a big city just shut down.” But Boston wouldn’t stay quiet for long. A year later at the next marathon, Dustin recalls the scene. “You know, Boston’s a tough city. It was almost like, ‘You’re not going to dictate our well-being.’ There was a little bit of somberness, but they were proud: ‘You’re not going to shut us down; we’re going to keep moving forward.’” Dustin never ran the Boston Marathon while he lived there, but he’s currently training here in the South Bay to participate in the 2018 race. “Even if you’ve never run a day in your life, watching people finish the Boston Marathon is so inspiring. It’s like, ‘Aw man, I want to do this. I want that feeling.’” In addition to training for the marathon, Dustin is fundraising for the Martin Richard Foundation. “The Martin Richard Foundation really spoke to me,” he says. “He’s the only child who died in the bombing. He was only 8 years old; it was awful. He was so young and so innocent.” With an initial goal of $7,600, Dustin has now raised well over $10,000 with no plans to quit before Marathon Monday. “I started [fundraising] on November 1, 2017. I was originally nervous about how I was going to raise [the money]. But when it’s a cause like this, so many people are willing to step up. It’s been really humbling.” With yoga-inspired fundraisers and donations ranging from bottles of organic wine to healthy snacks and even sunglasses, people have been eager to contribute to the cause. But it’s Dustin’s contribution of time that’s brought it all together—the time he’s donated to rallying those around him to give to the cause; the time he’s donated training for his upcoming 26.2-mile run; and the time he’ll spend in Boston this April in support of the city’s most beloved event. To donate prior to Dustin’s April 16 race, go to crowdrise.com/o/ en/team/teammr8boston2018/dustinsanza. For more information on the Martin Richard Foundation go to teammr8.org. ■



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Winds of Change Introducing the new westdrift to the South Bay

If you were wondering what was up with the former Manhattan Beach Marriott, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. As of late February, the hotel will re-debut as westdrift—the first Autograph Collection hotel in Los Angeles. The newly renovated and beautifully appointed space enjoys some major upgrades: 393 guest rooms, 9-hole golf course, a signature indoor-outdoor restaurant and a CrossFit-inspired fitness center … to name a few highlights. Now a bit of historic trivia. With westerly winds famously sweeping dunes of sugary sand over the boardwalk and vacation homes of Hollywood’s elite, Manhattan Beach first made a name for itself by dispatching heaps of its sand to create Hawaii’s own star-studded playground of Waikiki Beach. Meanwhile, the continental drift was underway as East Coast trailblazers were in pursuit of the Southern California dream—including the New Yorker who named the city. The westdrift name reflects the decidedly WestCoast-meets-East-Coast vibe of the hotel’s design and amenities. Brimming with a sun-washed beachy palette and casual sophistication for which

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Manhattan Beach is known, the design fuses the bicoastal aesthetic with driftwood, modern lines, tailored details and sandy hues brightened by pops of navy blue to paint the quintessential Southern California dreamscape. Mirroring the nostalgic Manhattan Beach pier, the hotel lobby will feature striking wooden columns with metal accents. The bold sense of arrival continues with a custom Argentine driftwood check-in desk and artwork by Sausalito photorealist Eric Zener, celebrated for his elemental water paintings. One place guests can enjoy a few Californian takes on the classic Manhattan cocktail, westdrift’s signature restaurant offers an indoor-outdoor enclave where locals can sip at the 360º bar alongside the sun-seekers. Executive Chef Octavio Sabado aims to bring a fresh, creative and communal-focused dining experience slated to elevate the already vibrant Manhattan Beach culinary scene. From dusk to dawn, the restaurant will transform from morning tea and pastries to evening cocktails, craft beer and wines from private labels. You know where to find us all season long. For more, visit westdrift.com. ■


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December 11. As Nathalie tells it, she fought hard for this opportunity, which was ultimately booked by Warner Bros. Television “sight unseen” because the decision-makers at the studio knew and trusted Nathalie’s vision. The audience of 10,000 people at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert offered LPC a standing ovation. The kids who comprise LPC’s A and B teams (A team members are the troupe’s seasoned performers, while B team members are “up-and-coming”) come from all over the world, although the majority of them are from California. Trainings are designed to fit in with the kids’ lives. California-based troupe members carpool from the state’s major cities once weekly for trainings that are three to five hours in duration. Kids from other states or parts of the globe will fly in approximately every four months for a weekend or a full week of in-person trainings. Once back home, they will train with the California youth via Skype. Approximately 50% of LPC youth are homeschooled, while the other 50% attend public or private schools. In addition to Nathalie, LPC maintains a staff of eight trainers who train LPC’s A and B teams in art forms that include acrobatics, stunts, lyrical dance, contortion, hand balance, stilts and clown arts/physical comedy. The end result is sophisticated performances that dazzle audiences of all ages. Of the recruitment process, Nathalie says, “It’s been very organic, which I like.” She discovers new talent either




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by word-of-mouth or through occasional castings, usually in that order. She notes, “At parties someone might say, ‘Have you heard of so-and-so?’ And we NEVER advertise.” Nathalie explains that LPC avoids advertising in order to avoid inquiries by overzealous parents whose children lack real talent. LPC staff audition parents as well as their children. Stage parents are not tolerated. “We boot stage parents if they are not responsive to feedback,” Nathalie says. Many LPC youth also attend—or have attended—circus schools. Some of the youth in LPC are outright prodigies, meaning that although they are under 18 years of age, they can execute a skill or more than one skill as well as an adult. It’s important for parents to be aware of their child’s capabilities and limitations, but that isn’t always the case. One of LPC’s prodigies—a contortionist—first came to the troupe at the age of 11. She was referred by a circus school but was underdeveloped at that time. Now 15, she is performing at the level of many adults in her field. Other prodigies within the troupe actually compete with adults in fields such as martial arts. Next up for LPC is a Nelson Mandela tribute concert in Germany. As always, there are big projects on the

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horizon but also a constant need to find more talent. As the troupe’s concept centers on tiny bodies performing big feats, LPC performers need to be shorter in order to fit in with the troupe’s visual presence. There is currently a need for more performers in the 8-to-14 age range, since kids grow so quickly. Four of LPC’s performers are heading off to college next year. Five LPC youth have received full college scholarships—in no small part because of the humanitarian bent of their work with the troupe. Ultimately it’s LPC’s humanitarian focus that makes it so special. In addition to only booking performances that raise awareness of a greater good, Nathalie is committed to helping her kids become their best selves. Trained in psychology, she incorporates a meditation session into the end of each class. She and her staff also create space for discussion groups amongst the youth, in which they address such topics as how to be a good person. LPC staff also prioritizes teaching their youth to maintain humility. “The first thing Steve Harvey said when he had them on his show was how poised and well-behaved they are,” Nathalie says. We tell them, “You’ve been blessed, and so you’ve got to give back.” ■


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Beachy Keen

Pack the kids and the boards for a Laguna getaway. WRITTEN BY DARREN ELMS

I mind my P’s and Q’s when talking about Laguna … it’s pleasant; it’s quaint; it’s popular; it’s quick. Not that any of our local beaches aren’t all of the above. But sometimes you need a change of atmosphere. Which makes this easy, agreeable destination the perfect choice for a family weekender. Like the South Bay, Laguna has a penchant and passion for its surf culture. Wave worshipers will love the vintage surf stylings of Laguna Beach House, a boutique hotel right off PCH in the middle of the action. The lobby and guest rooms feature boards as art, alongside colorful Mexican textiles and coastal treasures. This cool and casual vibe extends to the pool scene, though you might just want to hop the fence and go straight to the ocean just beyond the property. thelagunabeachhouse.com Just down the street, The Inn at Laguna Beach provides another option on the edge of the sea—this one with a rooftop bar overlooking the Pacific. If you’re game for standup paddle, be sure to ask the concierge for a special package geared toward SUP adventurers. innatlagunabeach.com Once you’ve settled in, it’s time to take in the local flavor with several terrific restaurants and bars right outside your door. Laguna is also home to unique shopping, art galleries, hiking, biking and every ocean activity under the sun. Get an up-to-date schedule of local events and happenings at visitlagunabeach.com. ■

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ON BOARD Above: Surf-friendly digs at The Laguna Beach House. Below: Taking in the views from The Inn at Laguna Beach.


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COMING FULL CIRCLE A couple and their two twin boys find the ultimate home in South Redondo Beach and make it their own with a casual, bohemian chic vibe â&#x20AC;¦ thanks to the help of a local interior designer. WRITTEN BY JENNIE NUNN | PHOTOGRAPHED BY LAUREN PRESSEY


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an and Kali Murphy’s unconventional house hunt in the Hollywood Riviera in South Redondo Beach all began seven years ago with a chance encounter. “We were driving to Dan’s parents’ house, and there was an ‘Open House/For Sale’ sign literally on the same street Dan grew up on,” recalls Kali, who at the time was living with Dan, captain of the Los Angeles County Fire Department Lifeguard Division, in a 750-square-foot

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apartment in Westchester with their 6-month-old twin boys. “We walked in and the Realtor was there, and it was the first time I had ever walked into a home and said, ‘I don’t have to do 20 million things to love this home. I’m already in love with it.’ It had such an amazing vibe and 180º views from Long Beach to Malibu. Dan was reminiscing about playing on that street when he was a kid.” The couple arranged to come back for a second visit and learned the history of the

existing Spanish-style home from the original owner’s son and his wife, who happened to be at the property. “They kind of instantly fell in love with the boys, and I got to learn all about the owners, Dr. and Mrs. Bill Forrest, who had bought the home when it was built in 1973 and it was their retirement home,” recounts Kali, a program officer at The Scan Foundation. “No children had ever lived in the house, and I think there was this really strong connection between our family and the home. There was this mutual, agreed-upon


recognition that we weren’t a family that was going to move in and demolish this house and what it had meant to the previous owner—but that we really just wanted to move in and amplify this awesome vibe that the house gave off and make it our own.” At the time they placed an offer, Kali wrote a letter to the owners about what they envisioned for the home and the meaningfulness of Dan growing up on the same street. “They picked us, which was unbelievable and incredibly exciting,” says Kali, who still is in



touch with the family including holiday cards every year. After living in the house for six weeks, Kali first met Hermosa Beach-based interior designer Kate Lester of Kate Lester Interiors, whose husband also works for the Los Angeles County Fire Department Lifeguard Division. “We hosted this holiday party, and Kate and her husband showed up. I’ll never forget her saying, ‘I love how you kept all the walls white,’ and I kept thinking to myself, ‘I have no idea what else I would have done.’

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But they were white to begin with. And she and I just had this kindred spirit connection; we are both professionals and very driven. We have a very similar design aesthetic. She said, ‘If you want some help, let me know.’” A few months later, Kali and Dan recruited her to help with the redesign of the dated, 1970s interior, which is now replete with a brand new kitchen and breakfast nook, living room, entryway and powder room. “It was kind of this ‘Spanifornia’ style with white stucco, and it really was about lightening and brightening everything,” explains Kate, who has projects throughout the South Bay, Lake Arrowhead, Malibu, New York and Orange County. “Our aesthetics are so similar, and I chose some things that I would put into my own home. They really trusted my style.” For the project it was important to have hints of nautical and coastal elements as a wink to Dan’s job and the family’s lifestyle— but not to be blatant or overwhelming. “I didn’t want it to feel to theme-y, and I didn’t want to see coral and seashells everywhere,” explains Kate, who also blended existing art and objects including a vintage family piano

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gifted to them when they moved in, and items from the couple’s travels to Australia and Hawaii. “It’s coastal without kitsch.” In the entryway outfitted with shiplap, Kate placed a vintage blue anchor, one of the boy’s Zinca sunhats, a beach towel and a wood carving from Kali’s collection above a rustic Chinese bench from Kate Lester Home. “We were all standing there holding things up on the wall, and Kate said, ‘This is really you, the four of you,” adds Kali. “It’s really beautiful, and it says something about our family.” The sun-drenched kitchen, which was completely gutted, is awash with crisp white cabinets with hardware by Rejuvenation; shiplap walls; a nautical-style “Harbor” sconce by RH; Thermador appliances; barstools by CB2; a vibrant navy island painted in Valspar’s “Hampton Surf,” and handwoven pendant lamps by Roost available at Kate Lester Home. “We wanted a navy island for a pop of color,” says Kate, who opted for shiplap for the kitchen backsplash in lieu of subway tiles. “One of the boys is really into design, and after we hung the pendants he called me

and said, ‘I’m sitting here, and these lights are gorgeous.’ It was one of the cutest things that’s ever happened.” The subtle nautical references continue in the adjacent breakfast nook appointed with a banquette in outdoor fabric topped with tribal-inspired pillows; a dining table by CB2; a framed, vintage orange lifebuoy; and two “Skipper” chairs by Kate Lester Home. In the powder room, Kate painted the old cabinets a charcoal-blue-grey hue (Cavernous by Dunn-Edwards) with pulls from Anthropologie, and chose a bold, green-and-blue mid-century-like wallpaper (Seagulls by Trustworth Studios)—something she had found a few years ago and tracked down on the internet. “I was hoping someone would trust me enough to use it,” laughs Kate. For Kali and Dan and their two boys, the final design is nothing short of perfect. “Kate’s really kind of a magician to extract the feeling we were looking for. It’s a relaxed, California beach house, and when you walk in you just want to sit down and have a drink,” says Kali. “I’m still in shock that I live here, and Dan and the boys love it too.” ■




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Renaissance Woman Artist Wendy Stillman’s tribe influences her art and allows her to do it all.

WRITTEN BY ELIZA KRPOYAN | PHOTOGRAPHED BY MONICA OROZCO

Can a modern-day artist do it all? Wendy Stillman—South Bay-based artist, jewelry designer, wife and mother—appears to have figured out a way, with the help of her husband, kids and community. “I can see the different periods of my life in the different kinds of art I produce,” shares Wendy. Currently her work is modern with clean lines as well as tribal patterns and people. Wendy not only has a great support system with her husband, Michael, but she has the support of her friends too. “We equally call on each other to the point where our kids feel comfortable with the other moms like aunts, and half of their friends are like cousins to them.” This tribal experience is reflected in her artwork. The idea of “it takes a village” also applies to the creation of art. Wendy enlists the help of her son, Ben, 9, and daughter, Zoe, 12. Stacked in Ben’s room are blank canvases. “Instead of drawing on paper, I have him doodle on canvas,” Wendy explains. “Creativity is natural in kids.” She then paints over the pencil and creates abstract figures. “The art that’s underneath it is so raw,” she shares. “Ben is making me pay him,” quips Wendy, who has started a bank account for the pieces they sell together. Painting is an outlet for Wendy’s busy mind and also an essential part of her day. “People always ask me, ‘What drives you to create art?’ It’s like getting dressed. It’s just something I have to do.” In the garage are Wendy’s paintbrushes—cleaned and at the ready. While she’s cooking pasta, she’ll go in and paint. “It’s so interweaved into my day. And it’s a part of every day.” In the entryway of her home as part of her modern series is an abstract painting of Manhattan Beach. “You can see Palos Verdes. You can see the beach and the pier,” points out Wendy of the colorful seascape that has been simplified with lines and blocks of color. “This whole series came from a Young at Art project on Richard Diebenkorn, who did The Ocean Park Series. I went to the training for that and learned his background. I was really taken by him. I turned it into something else, but the bones of it came from Diebenkorn.” Young at Art is a parent-run program that offers students art classes once a month, including art history, as well as an annual art show that turns Pennekamp Elementary’s cafeteria into a gallery with more than 1,200 pieces. “There aren’t other art programs in schools in Manhattan Beach,” explains Wendy, who has worked with the nonprofit for eight years. A former chair of Pennekamp Elementary, she is now a docent and in charge of the art show. “I want kids to get comfortable working with paint and clays and not just crayons,” says Wendy, who goes into classrooms with an art cart because there isn’t a designated studio space to teach kids. It takes a lot of coordination for the parents because there are 22 different classes and only two art carts. “It’s so worth it,” Wendy says smiling, “The kids see us coming with the cart, and they’re like, ‘Yay, Ms. Stillman’s coming today with Young at Art!’” In addition to her full-time jewelry line sold in six boutiques in the South Bay—including Oakwood Drive, where she also has a solo show through April 5, Two Guns coffee and Tabula Rasa—Wendy is also commissioned to create residential art. Of course, her artwork is always at Resin Gallery. Is this how Wendy pictured her life? “It’s a little beyond,” she beams. ■



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Finn, center with the Hermosa sweatshirt, surrounded by some good young men.

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They Got Your Back

10 South Bay students pool their resources to help the homeless over the holidays. Sometimes the entrepreneurial spirit transcends dollars and cents and becomes an act of pure kindness and generosity. Such was the case when eighth-grader Finn Wills decided to recruit nine of his buddies to collect 100 backpacks for the homeless over the holiday season. When he learned there were 180 people in need, they matched the number. And by delivery time, they had collected 260. Here’s how it came together, in Finn’s own words. What inspired you to start the backpack collection for the homeless? Every year we do a charity, and my parents wanted me to pick the charity last Christmas and be more involved. After we talked about some options, I picked homelessness because it is a big problem. I didn’t know I would do backpacks until I talked to the shelter and found out what they needed. Backpacks seemed like a good idea because if you don’t have a place to live, you can keep all of your things together. All of the essential items we put inside are just basic items people need to take care of themselves. When did you know you were going to need the help of some buddies to get the job done? I was only going to ask a few of my friends to help collect backpacks because it is fun to work with friends and easier to get the job done as a group. After my mom talked to the director of the shelter and he said we needed at least 180 for all of the men staying there at Christmas, I was glad I had friends to help.  What were in the backpacks? We put basic essential items like shampoo, soap, socks, hats, gloves, toothbrushes, toothpaste, blankets and sweatshirts. What did you learn from your visit to Skid Row? I learned a lot of things, but the thing that surprised me the most was how close our homes are to so much poverty. It took us 15 minutes to get downtown, and it is a whole different world. Some of the little kids were so happy to get a backpack, while me and my friends have so much. What advice would you give others who want to make a difference in the world but aren’t sure how? I would say ask your parents for advice. And once you decide to do something, ask friends and family for help. ■



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L.A. County’s Junior Lifeguards are strengthening their confidence—in and out of the water. WRITTEN BY AMBER KLINCK

| PHOTOGRAPHED BY JEFF BERTING

he ocean-facing windows at the Los Angeles County Lifeguard Training Center, located at the base of 26th Street and The Strand, boast quite a view. The sand is peppered with beach-goers, despite the brisk February temps. A handful of surfers donning wetsuits plunge in and out of the Pacific. It looks like a perfect day to get in the water. As summer approaches, the Southern Cali beaches will become more and more saturated with locals enjoying the longer and warmer days and tourists soaking up the seascape that we, all too often, take for granted. But for those preparing for the first session of the Los Angeles Junior Lifeguard Program, the real fun begins on June 20. “In some form or another, the program’s been around since 1908/1909,” says lifeguard captain Daniel Murphy. “During World War II they started using the Junior Lifeguard program to staff the towers while the 17- and 18-year-olds were off fighting. It was almost more of an apprentice program; it was filling a need. The program that we see today really started in the ‘60s. Its been through a few




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evolutions since then, but the basic framework is the same: to teach the kids ocean safety, ocean knowledge and awareness, some lifesaving skills and then sport. Sport’s always been a part of it.” Each one of the roughly 90 instructors—all L.A. County ocean lifeguards—has up to 30 kids. “Our biggest beaches will have a couple hundred kids on the sand,” Daniel notes. “Our smaller beaches will have 20 to 30.” All will be grouped together by age, ranging from 9 years old to 17. “I was a Junior Guard for about eight years at Torrance Beach,” says Daniel, a South Bay native who has been a lifeguard captain for the past four years. He began lifeguarding at 21, but his introduction to the Junior Guard Program began at age 10. “I was drawn to the ocean as much as any other kid in the South Bay—surfing and playing in the water,” he says. “But I just kind of fell into lifeguarding.” After receiving recommendations from his high school swim coaches and more than a little nudge from his younger brother, Daniel took the steps necessary to begin his career as a lifeguard during college. Today Daniel and all three of his brothers are Los Angeles County ocean lifeguards. Living in the Beach Cities, we’re all familiar with stories like this. Having one degree of separation from a lifeguard or Junior Guard is not uncommon; you many even have one living in your home. How many mornings have you seen a pack of teens sporting JG sweatshirts jogging along the beach? And while this sense of tradition passed on from family members and neighborhood mentors is paramount, so is increasing the program’s benefits to those not living along the coast. “The ocean has a great effect on kids,” Daniel points out. “It becomes a bit of a sanctuary. There’s plenty of research on ocean therapy and what it does to people. When we’re able to bring these kids from areas where they don’t get to see the beach all that often, it’s great for the head.” For lifeguard captain Remy Smith, the positive effects the program has on L.A. County’s youth is something he’s seen firsthand as a father, as well as a recruiter. “My son [was a Junior Guard] for three years,” he notes. “Then he became a cadet, and it helped him get into college. Whenever he wrote papers, he would add what he did in Junior Guards and cadets.” Following in his father’s footsteps, Remy’s son, now 32, is a lifeguard today. So what does a Junior Guard do? To Remy, a lot of what they’re learning is basic life skills. “Everyone should be at a certain swimming level,” he notes. They learn first aid and CPR,



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while working daily toward improving their endurance and strength—both in the water and on the sand. Additionally there’s a strong sense of camaraderie that builds between the Junior Guards each summer. With more than 4,000 kids participating at locations sprawling from Avalon to Zuma, the program offers two summer sessions. Session one begins on June 20; session two begins on July 23. Each session consists of either a morning or afternoon three-hour class, five days a week. That’s a lot of time spent working toward a common goal in an environment that requires overcoming physical hurdles while maintaining a sharp mental focus. It’s what they’re learning in the program that transcends into other aspects of their lives, however, that Remy emphasizes most. “It’s about building confidence,” he says. “If you’re a kid and you’re initially afraid of the waves, and then after the program you’re out there swimming, that confidence

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resonates into everything else that you do. It’s a great stepping-stone. From what I see, it changes them.” In an effort to expand the reach of the program, the Junior Guards have amped up their social media presence while maintaining their relationships with local pools. To reach kids who are further from the beach, “We have an AWARE program,” Remy says. “We go out to inner cities … we’re trying to get [the kids] aware of what the beach has to offer, and we’re giving them a taste of what it would be like to be a part of the program.” He goes on to emphasize the importance of “just being there to pull them in and letting them know they can do it … to recognize these kids and give them that confidence.” Giving someone the encouragement and extra push they need to achieve something they may have otherwise thought impossible is not new to Remy. One of the Junior Guards who participated with Remy’s son through the Venice program didn’t think he had what

it took to be a lifeguard. “[He] was an outstanding swimmer,” Remy explains, “an inner-city kid … this guy could easily pass a swim test, but mentally he didn’t think he could do it. I talked to him and actually brought him to the swim. He came in 19th out of [roughly] 400 people. He’s a quiet kid, but he became a great guard.” With stories of kids overcoming the odds, breaking mental obstacles and developing a level of confidence that spills into other aspects of their lives, the Junior Guard program is inspiring to say the least. But it’s also just really fun. For a little slice of summer, these kids spend nearly every day outside, on the beach, soaking up the sun (heavily saturated in SPF of course). Their iPads are out of reach; their phones are tucked away. They are off the grid for a few precious moments. And that’s what they’ll remember: those few weeks during the summer when the only thing they had to do was be a kid. ■


Amazing. Diverse. Exceptional. Inspiring. No matter how you label them, our 19 Under 19 picks for 2018 are #awesome. In an era when young people endure constant pressure to make the grade or get into the best college, sometimes the smartest of the bunch know when to put down the pencil and pick up a guitar … or travel abroad … or sprint away the stress. These wellrounded South Bay citizens get it. And while they really can’t be contained to a printed page, we’ll give it a shot. Enjoy!

EDITED BY DARREN ELMS PHOTOGRAPHED BY MONICA OROZCO ILLUSTRATED BY CHRISTINE GEORGIADES


THE GLOBAL CITIZEN ALDEN TETREAULT, 17 Chadwick School

GREATEST HITS Taught in Ghana before high school Traveled to Cambodia last year to teach young girls and learn about human trafficking Raised money to send four Cambodian girls to college Co-founder of Speak Up

FUTURE ASPIRATION “In my precalculus class we’ve been learning about federal and state taxes, which I oddly enough find absolutely thrilling. I think it would be really neat if I could find a way for people to see how their tax dollars are being spent in real life so that they are able to realize how their money is making a positive difference in our country.” #GOALS “I don’t care about being  remembered by millions, but I do want to be remembered by at least one for being compassionate and thoughtful.”



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THE LIGHTENING BOLT IAN IRISH, 18 Palos Verdes High School

GREATEST HITS Award-winning surfboard shaper

become more environmentally friendly, which will surely be the future of the surf industry at some point.”

Master Meet champ for 800m track event

BIGGEST FEAR

Future mechanical engineering student at Columbia University

PERSON YOU ADMIRE “Paul Naude, the CEO of Vissla. He found a way to combine his hobbies with a business and paved the way in providing many opportunities to

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“Crocodiles. ‘Maybe deep down, I’m afraid of any Apex Predator that lived through the KT Extinction. Physically unchanged for 100 million years because it’s the perfect killing machine: a half-ton of coldblooded fury with a bite force of 20,000 newtons and stomach acid so strong it can dissolve bones and hooves [from TV series Archer].’”


THE ANIMAL ADVOCATE GREATEST HITS Received $7,000 for her Whiskers & Tails Foundation from NCL Accomplished equestrian and harpist Member of Congressional Youth Advisory Council

SERAPHINE SUN, 17 Palos Verdes High School

months ago. She was a political legend and a trailblazer who shattered many glass ceilings. But to me, she was the gentle and kind granny who always remembered my birthdays and prepared my favorite snacks whenever I visited her.” #GOALS

PERSON YOU ADMIRE “My god-grandmother March Fong Eu, who passed away a few

“I hope to either become a veterinarian and pursue my passion of taking care of animals or to become a prosecutor like my mom.”

THE EARTH ANGELS ISABELLA BACALLAO, 15 & SARAJANE BACALLAO, 12 Chadwick School GREATEST HITS Environmental advocates

individuals but as one. A truly impactful and memorable experience.”

Leaders in Hermosa’s no-oil campaign

SECRETS TO SUCCESS

Volunteers at The SEA Lab

PROUDEST MOMENT Isabella: “Celebrating in The Standing Room when Hermosa won the vote against E&B drilling for oil in Hermosa Beach. Everyone was cheering and singing and celebrating—not as



Isabella: “Find passion in things you do. Enjoy them. Don’t look at them as a task but as an adventure.” SaraJane: “Expect the unexpected to avoid disappointment.”

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THE MODEST MENSA

ANTHONY KARAMBELAS, 16

GREATEST HITS

WHO INSPIRES YOU?

Entered college at 14

“Honestly, all my peers and friends. I know it’s not always healthy to compare yourself to others, but being surrounded by motivated, like-minded individuals provides me a bit of a reality check. They’re a constant reminder that life is all about the journey—not the destination.”

Davidson Young scholar and Mensa member Performed at the Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Concert Hall and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

California State University, Los Angeles

LIFE EVENT THAT IMPACTED YOU “When my father passed away due to an aneurism when I was 5, it robbed me of a father figure to look up to. At the same time, I’ve been forced to remain true to myself and forge my own identity, which has actually been a blessing in disguise.”

THE SCIENCE SENSATION KATIE CHAMPION, 14

MOMENT THAT MADE AN IMPACT “In third grade we were learning about the moon in class, and this led to a conversation with my dad about the idea of antigravity. This seemingly small conversation is when my affinity for science clicked.”

American Martyrs School #GOALS GREATEST HITS Top 300 in Broadcom national science, technology, engineering and math competition First place at California state and Los Angeles County science fairs Nationally ranked synchronized skater

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“I hope I can make a discovery in astrophysics that will improve travel in space and possibly provide ideas to better transportation on Earth; finding some solutions for environmental issues is an alternative to my first goal. I would also like to help provide education for those without access, to help them find their passions.”


THE PIXIE PE R FO R M E R CORA DOWNEY, 16 South Torrance High School GREATEST HITS Acrobat and aerialist Performed at Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Norway Dog advocate

#GOALS “I would love to attend a film school and later on make a short film to share circus arts with the world. Many people have this idea in their minds that a circus is just clowns and contortionists; however, I want to show all aspects of the art … the beauty and grace of the dance involved and the strength of the artists as athletes.” SECRET TO SUCCESS “I believe my success comes from willingness—my willingness to try new things and step out of my comfort zone … the ability to be vulnerable and uncomfortable, because that is when magic is created.”



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THE SMOOTH SAILOR DREA KESWATER, 17

GREATEST HITS Helped create school sailing program U.S. Sailing certified Level II sailing instructor Junior Commodore at King Harbor Yacht Club

Rolling Hills Prep School THE DIFFERENCE YOU’D LIKE TO MAKE “I’d like to discover a new energy source that is not petroleum. It’s one of the reasons I have chosen my major of chemical engineering.”

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ACTIVITY THAT CHANGED YOUR LIFE “Sailing has given me a chance to grow more independent. In the boat I have to make decisions for myself, and I have applied that to everyday life. I see this, now that soon I will be on my own and have to be my own person.”


THE HEALING HEART CLAIRE EASTON, 18 Palos Verdes Peninsula High School GREATEST HITS Healing arts advocate Yearbook editor-in-chief National writing award winner

WORD THAT BEST DESCRIBES YOU “Undefined. Growing up in a multicultural household, I was taught to embrace the intertwining and overlapping of thought, tradition and belief. I have a lot of varying, interdisciplinary interests, and I pride myself on following a nonlinear path, smashing stereotypes and being wholly myself.” SAY WHAT? “During my freshman year, my school’s science research advisor told me, ‘Social sciences aren’t real sciences. People are unreliable subjects. People don’t win you science fairs.’ These words lit some sort of fire inside me, motivating me to prove him wrong. After spending the past two years conducting art therapy behavioral science research, I think my mission was accomplished.”



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THE MEDICAL MIND GREATEST HITS Hospital volunteer in Sri Lanka Selected for Perry Outreach program, inspiring women to be leaders in orthopedic surgery Manhattan Beach Mayor’s Youth Council, Sandpiper Junior and Model U.N.

BEING A TEEN IN 2018 “Being a teenager in 2018 is basically like living in Europe during the 14th through 17th

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ISABELLA GIAQUINTA, 16 Marymount High School

centuries. We are living in a technological renaissance where incredible advancements happen every day, creating exciting future choices for teens.” #GOALS “While on this earth, I would like to close the STEM gender gap. I hope to advance the cause of women in STEM to enrich our nation’s scientific capabilities through diversity. I plan to advocate for the role of women in the workplace and empower girls to pursue careers in STEM fields where we are underrepresented.”


THE RECORD CHASER CHRISTIAN (KAI) BATHURST, 17 Mira Costa High School GREATEST HITS Record-breaking MCHS swimmer Academic All-American Olympic hopeful

PERSON YOU ADMIRE “Michael Phelps for two reasons: First, he’s the greatest athlete/swimmer of all time, and second, he was able to make a mistake and come back stronger—showing perseverance.” PRIZED POSSESSION “Free time is my most prized possession because I don’t have a lot of it. Every once in a while I like to do nothing.”

THE SINGULAR S O N G MAN

KAI JOHNSON, 14 El Segundo Middle School

GREATEST HITS Guitarist and musical composer

My Japanese heritage influences every aspect of my day, including my music and my philosophy on life.”

Festival performer SECRET TO SUCCESS LIFE EVENT THAT MADE AN IMPACT “I think that being born in Japan is a very important part of who I am.



“Be confident and be myself. Be unique; be different. Remember that we are all special, and that’s a beautiful thing.”

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THE HIGH FLYER GREATEST HITS Civil Air Patrol NCO of the year for Los Angeles County and state of California USA Water Polo Academic All-American Middle school national championship of CyberPatriot

AMY ROSS, 18 Peninsula High School

FICTIONAL CHARACTER YOU IDENTIFY WITH “Ma Joad from Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath. If she had been born a few decades later, she would have been a multinational corporate CEO. She was powerful, fixed everything that was broken and always owned her condition and found the means to make it right.”

#GOALS “I want to make coding as common a skill as sending text messages is today.”

THE SELFLESS MENTOR BARBRA LYONS, 17 Mira Costa High School

GREATEST HITS Competitive synchronized ice skater Junior mentor with Walk With Sally

LIFE EVENT THAT IMPACTED YOU “My mother passed away from cancer. I admired her greatly.” THE DIFFERENCE YOU’D LIKE TO MAKE “I would like to help underprivileged kids go to college, continue their education and set them up for a better future.”

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THE OLD SOU L KIRA LEVIN, 17 Palos Verdes Peninsula High School GREATEST HITS 2018 National YoungArts Foundation finalist in jazz voice The Music Center’s Spotlight quarterfinalist 2017 Grammy Jazz Camp jazz choir finalist

WHAT’S THE SOUNDTRACK OF YOUR LIFE? “If Jazzmeia Horn recorded a record with John Coltrane and Bill Evans. They are some of my favorite artists.” PRIZED POSSESSION “My record player. I love collecting and listening to vinyl records. If anyone’s looking for someone to give their old records to, definitely give me a call.”



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THE CURIOUS LENS GREATEST HITS Filmmaker and documentarian Started first all-girl CyberPatriot team and led them to state championship TEDx speaker on power of editing in film and in real life

BEING A TEEN IN 2018 “Empowering. I feel like our generation has been the most vocal about issues of equality and rights than any other generation

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KAYLEN NG, 17 Palos Verdes Peninsula High School has been in decades. Being a teenager and seeing all of these role models stand up for what they believe in only inspires us to do the same.” #GOALS “I’d like to make at least one person have a ‘that’s me’ moment when watching something I make. To see yourself in a character on screen is really important in the fight for representation, and I hope that I can help make things that have parts that represent everyone.”


THE EARLY ENTREPRENEUR AUSTIN KOEHLER, 17 Redondo Union High School GREATEST HITS Started his own business, G.O. Nuts (Genuinely Original Nuts) Donates 10% of the company’s profit to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in honor of his type 1 brother

ACTIVITY THAT CHANGED YOUR LIFE “The YEA!, or Young Entrepreneurs Academy, taught me how to start a business.” SECRET TO SUCCESS “I work hard and learn. Working hard is a step in the right direction, but you also have to be able to learn from your mistakes and others’ successes. “

THE RE E L THING 

IZZY TAULLI, 16 Chadwick School GREATEST HITS

PRIZED POSSESSION

SECRET TO SUCCESS

Award-winning U.S. competitive Irish dancer

“My dancing shoes are one of favorite things because I use them almost every day.”

“To me, the most important part of reaching your goals is intrinsic motivation and your own will to work hard. Other people can push you, and maybe the success of others may motivate you, but ultimately only the motivation that comes from inside you combined with the right guidance will lead you to success.” ■

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Community Table A group of South Bay residents rally together to keep a Manhattan Beach staple locally owned. WRITTEN BY AMBER KLINCK | PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANE O’DONNELL

It’s social. You’re always going to see someone you know.”

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Eric Choi takes a minute to search for a bottle of water in the empty restaurant. It’s early; the doors haven’t yet opened for business. “I’m not usually behind the bar,” he explains. As the new majority owner of Fonz’s Restaurant, along with nearly 30 additional partners, Eric smiles as he describes the group as more “restaurantgoers” than “restauranteurs.” So how did Eric and several other South Bay locals come together to invest in the Manhattan Beach steak-and-seafood staple? “There’s a lot to the story at the end of the day,” says Eric. “But mainly it’s about Danny, his great staff, the following he has, and all of us coming together and saying we don’t want to see Fonz’s go away.” Founded in 1997 by Dan Boehle and Olympic beach volleyball player Mike Dodd (whose father the restaurant was named after), Fonz’s has that everybodyknows-your-name-feel. Dan refers to it as the “Cheers of Manhattan Beach,” with two decades of locals making it their go-to restaurant. “It’s social,” explains Fonz’s general manager, Nancy Mason-Reynolds. “You’re always going to see someone you know.” Nancy was part of the team back in 1997 when the restaurant first opened. “I had moved to California from the midwest to play volleyball,” she notes. “Being able to work here allowed me to be successful in my beach volleyball career, so it’s kind of come full circle.” With 20-year regulars and staff members that have been part of the team since the doors first opened, it’s not surprising that a group of South Bay residents wanted to rally together and keep it a locally owned business. Dan, whom Eric describes as “a very hands-on guy who was [at the restaurant] all the time,” was ready to pass the torch. “Danny had a number of other buyers—all from out of town, like New York guys—which would have completely

changed the restaurant,” Eric notes. So in late 2016, going into early 2017, Eric started discussing the possibility of purchasing Fonz’s from Dan. Well, Eric and a few of his friends. “It’s interesting the number of investors we have in the restaurant,” says Eric. “It’s got to be about 30 guys, which is a lot, right? And all local. That’s a pretty compelling story. [Nancy and I] were going to take it over regardless. We threw it out to who we knew and were like, ‘We’re going to take over Fonz’s; who wants to participate?’ It was cool.” The investment group took over ownership on July 1, 2017, and began implementing a few changes that October. “We now have only one chef in the kitchen [Margarito Garcia], and he’s been great,’ says Eric. “He added a real spark. The guys are fired up; everyone’s fired up. And we’ve made a few subtle changes [to the interior]. We’re trying to put our own spin on it without losing the foundation of our clientele, or the menu. We have really good seafood and really good steaks. That’s what we’re known for.” With such a tried-and-true reputation and solid fan base, Eric and Nancy aren’t looking to reinvent the wheel with Fonz’s. In fact, part of the reason they took the project on was to keep the restaurant from dissolving into something completely different—something Eric feels would have been a sure thing should an outside buyer have taken over. They do hope, however, to attract some new regulars as Manhattan Beach continues to grow and evolve as a beach community, with menu items that would satisfy any self-proclaimed foodie and a fun and familiar atmosphere that’s perfect for dinner and drinks with friends or a date night away from the kids. “It’s fine dining, but it’s not stuffy,” says Nancy. Which is just how we like it here in the South Bay. ■


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Courageous Kids

New and classic tales of young people with a courageous spirit ISLE OF DOGS Wes Anderson returns to animation with a futuristic tale of a canine flu epidemic that leads the mayor of a Japanese city to banish all dogs to an island that’s a garbage dump. The outcasts must soon embark on an epic journey when a 12-year-old boy arrives on the island to find his beloved pet. Limited release March 23. SHAKING THINGS UP: 14 YOUNG WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD By Susan Hood Fresh, accessible and inspiring, this new children’s book introduces 14 revolutionary young women—each paired with a noteworthy female artist—to the next generation of activists, trailblazers and rabble-rousers. From the award-winning author of Ada’s Violin, this is a poetic and visual celebration of persistent women throughout history. THE HAZEL WOOD: A NOVEL By Melissa Albert Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone at her estate—the Hazel Wood—Alice learns how bad her luck can really get. Her mother is stolen away by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland—the cruel, supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.” LITTLE WOMEN This three-part miniseries (co-produced by the BBC and airing as part of Masterpiece) is a new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel set during the Civil War. Emily Watson, Angela Lansbury, Dylan Baker, Kathryn Newton and Willa Fitzgerald star. Premieres May 13 on PBS.

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Breaking the Cycle At Richstone Family Center, creative thinking is changing child abuse—and strengthening families from within. WRITTEN BY KATE GAMMON PHOTOGRAPHED BY JACK ZELLWEGER

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A new playground gleams next to a tidy green garden and a painted shape of the United States on the pavement. Between large apartment buildings, the Richstone Family Center feels like an oasis of calm and peace in a busy, tough Hawthorne neighborhood. And that’s just what Richstone is intended to be. Forty-five years ago the center opened its doors with the goal to treat and prevent child abuse. Since that time it has grown from a staff of six to 135 and now serves more than 3,500 families. The mission, too, has grown: It now includes early education programs, parenting classes, fatherhood training, after-school programs, and health and wellness. “Right now we’re primarily focused on dealing with healing of immediate trauma,

so we can provide counseling and therapy to help families get through any urgent crisis,” says Allison Tanaka, Richstone’s director of development. The center is working on ways to also provide longer-term programs like health, wellness and financial literacy programs—skills that help families build resilience. “We used to call it kind of like a Band-Aid to heal them immediately. Now we’re giving them programs that will help them down a path of success over the longer term.” One of those efforts is in nutrition. The small but hardy garden outside near the playground serves as an entry point to the basic points of cooking. Local chefs often come to teach the children how to cook, including Chef Michael Fiorelli from Love & Salt in Manhattan Beach.


Another new program combines a food donation with nutrition education. As Richstone’s CEO and president Roger Van Remmen explains, parents would line up hours early to receive donated grocery store goods. “Since we’ve got this captive audience, why not take them and put them in a class to teach nutrition?” That effort has become a popular class, and the participants are taking the knowledge home to their families. Roger points out the shiny new playground. It was another community effort, in collaboration with JetBlue and playground nonprofit KaBOOM! In just one day last November, 200 volunteers worked for 6.5 hours to construct play structures based on drawings done by kids at Richstone. “It’s been crawling with kids ever since,” Roger laughs.



Inside at the after-school Richstone Kids Club, volunteers of all ages and backgrounds read to school-age kids. They also work on homework. Richstone enjoys the support of hundreds of volunteers who bring a perspective and a life experience these kids wouldn’t otherwise see, says Roger. More people are willing to open up and talk about issues in parenting and challenges in their lives, which is a remarkable improvement, Roger and Allison say. One example is the popularity of a domestic violence prevention program launched last June. The program helps fathers learn coping skills, conflict resolution and make connections with other men—through classes and mentorship. The Richstone Family Center plans to extend their mission with a new healing center they hope to open next year. The

organization received a $1 million grant to serve 500 additional at-risk and abused children and their families. The center will provide increased access and availability to programs including play therapy, art therapy, pet therapy, yoga, self-defense, nutrition, a young men’s group, middle school teen dating workshops, a fatherhood program, support groups for teens and young moms, substance abuse prevention, a targeted rehabilitation referral program and a vocational services assistance program. In much of the South Bay, residents take things like parks and gyms and services for granted, says Roger. Richstone is providing the same feeling: an oasis for the community in Hawthorne. ■

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From left to right: Max Cameron, Loss Prevention Officer; Brandon Chhea, Banquet Houseman; Efren Ruano, In-Room Dining Sous Chef; Terri Haack, President; Claudia Molera, Captain Server and Trainer at mar’sel; Yuka Obayashi, Nail Technician; Penelope Bankwitz, Room Attendant

TERRANEA: ABOVE & BEYOND You know the resort, but how well do you know the people who make Terranea one of the South Bay’s favorite destinations? From the concierge to the restaurants to The Spa and everywhere in between, Terranea Resort’s associates offer that personal touch to each visit and experience. Here we introduce you to a few of those individuals and share some of their most memorable guest moments. So when you come by the resort next time for dinner, a spa treatment or a special event, you just might run into a familiar face. PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANE O’DONNELL


CLAUDIA MOLERA Server and Trainer at mar’sel Hometown: Berlin, Germany “I feel very blessed getting to look at the ocean and experience the peacefulness of the hotel. Not being stuck in traffic on the 405 doesn’t hurt either. I get to see whales and dolphins passing by and feel very connected to nature when I am here.”

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Hometown: Hollywood, California “I received a phone call from a guest—a father of a young girl. I could hear the child sobbing in the background. The reason for the call? The little girl’s treasured stuffed frog, which had faithfully been by her side through two dental surgeries, had gone missing. This call resonated with me because as a child, I too had a stuffed animal that I treasured. I scoured every inch of the property for this stuffed companion. Just when I was thinking all hope was lost, I discovered the stuffed frog in the bushes near the Beach Cove. The stuffed critter had become dirty due to the rain, and I immediately rushed to the laundry department, where he was cleaned up. I called the father with the news, and within minutes the father and little girl were in the lobby. As I turned the corner, the little girl’s face lit up with a glow that I will never forget as she saw her friend in my arms. She ran to me as I kneeled down to give the frog back and gave me a hug of pure joy. I will never, ever forget that moment.”

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“My first Christmas working at the resort I was able to see many of our guests complimenting our service as well as the resort in general, and it was truly amazing.”

“My most memorable interaction with a guest on property was when one of our guests asked me who made the mole in a dish. I told my story of how my mother showed me how to cook mole when I was a teenager and mentioned this was one of my family’s recipes. She seemed so delighted with my response and to really enjoy and appreciate her meal a little more in that moment.”

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BRANDON CHHEA Banquet House Attendant

Hometown: Phnom Penh, Cambodia “When an elderly couple on crutches and a wheelchair asked me how to get to Nelson’s, I told them I would call the valet to assist in providing a ride there via our Lexus fleet. The couple insisted that it was unnecessary and they could walk. I called the valet regardless, and they were so grateful to receive the extra attention and care.”

YUKA OBAYASHI Nail Technician

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan “I get to meet guests from all over the world and hear all kinds of beautiful stories every day. Our goal is for every guest to walk out of the salon with a smile; it is the best feeling when they let us know what a great time they had. I met a guest from Germany who visits Terranea three to four times a year. We became very good friends. Terranea definitely created this wonderful friendship. I am actually visiting her in Germany, and we are going to Japan together!”

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Sandpipers 26th Annual Fashion Show & Luncheon featuring

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The Show Must Go On

At POPS, kids are the actors, techs and creative force behind a theatre company. WRITTEN BY KATE GAMMON

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Five years ago, Puttin On Productions—a Manhattan Beach-based kids theatre company—produced The Little Mermaid. The boy who played the Prince in the younger cast–about 10 years old—lost his singing voice midway through the production. The teenage prince in the older show sang for him offstage while the younger actor lipsynched onstage. “We gave him a microphone and told him to sing, but he sang the Prince songs nearly two octaves lower,” recalls Julia Mirkovich, who founded and runs POPS. “So this very deep and big voice was coming from a very small boy who would do whatever it took to be there for his cast. But the kids are all in by this point in the process and committed to something that is bigger than themselves. It was really beautiful.” Ten years ago Julia was a dance teacher and professional dancer, pregnant with her first child. She knew her body needed a break, and she loved seeing children transform as they learned to sing and dance in a musical theatre setting. “In school kids don’t always have that platform to be themselves in a quirky, weird space.” The idea for POPS—a nonprofit theatre



company for kids—was born. The first show took place at the Hermosa Community Center in 2007. Since those times the company has grown from 35 students to more than 150, ages 7 to 17, performing nine productions per year. Julia also started TADA, a theatre and classes for kids ages 3 to 11. The programs for younger actors culminate in a mini-performance in a black box theatre. The company also runs programs for special needs kids and has the only theatre tech classes for kids in the South Bay. “Maybe kids don’t want to be on stage, but we can teach design, lighting, sound, props, costumes, directing … anything on the creative side.” All this adds up to productions that are close to the real deal. “POPS is kind of like my favorite thing,” says Chloe Estrin, 11, who is working on her 10th production with POPS. “I love looking at movies and seeing how they act and applying it to the shows I’m in.” She recently learned to tap dance for a production of Anything Goes, and it’s now one of her favorite forms of dance. Chloe says she loves how everyone–older actors and younger—pitches in to help out. Julia agrees. Five years after the incident

with The Little Mermaid, another illness epidemic hit the cast of this year’s show. The actress who played Ariel had a fever of 105º and no voice. “She cried her eyes out, mom got her to urgent care to get the medicine needed, and then she pulled herself together to give her very best show so all of the kids could still have theirs,” says Julia. POPS’ musical director sang for her from off-stage. It was hard for everyone, but also an opportunity for growth. “Some very tough life lessons were learned, but in the face of a storm they all persevered,” she says. “This is what theatre does for young people.” ■

In school kids don’t always have that platform to be themselves in a quirky, weird space.”

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On the day this photo was taken, I was deep in the Himalayan Mountains, with access to photograph at will. I came across three juvenile monks who were playing a traditional game of Sok-Sum. It was quite a sight.

Visions of Bhutan Former dentist Barry Shaffer channels his talent for photography and his passion for Bhutan into the book Echoes of Bhutan. PHOTOGRAPHED BY BARRY SHAFFER

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All proceeds from sales of Echoes of Bhutan will benefit the Tarayana Foundation, established by the Queen Mother of Bhutan, to support improvements to the most rural communities. The book can be purchased at barryshafferphotography.com. Barry’s work will be on display through July at USC’s School of Gerontology. The project, “Quiet Heroes ~ Over 80,” exhibits black-and-white photographs that spotlight aging and immigration.

Clouded Himalayan foothills in the background of the massive, walled Paro Dzong. This was my initial photograph of Bhutan from my first visit in 2001. It was a surprise to turn a corner and see this incredible scene … it encapsulates Bhutan’s landscape and was stunning to see in my lens.

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fter a 40-year career as a dentist, Barry Shaffer was restless. Ready to start cutting back on hours at his practice, he wanted to find something meaningful. Little did he know he’d find that meaning in photography and a tiny Himalayan kingdom on the other side of the world. Barry had taken up photography as a hobby in the 1990s, and as someone with a keen eye and deft fingers, it was no surprise that he showed promise. “The skills involved in dentistry and in photography are actually very similar,” Barry explains. In 2000 he began to scale back on dentistry, and two years later Barry enrolled full-time in the professional photography program at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara. “I was 52. My classmates were 18 to 20—but it worked better than I ever imagined.” During that period, he heard a speech by the renowned Indo-Tibetan Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman at the Telluride

Mountain Film Festival. “He described a very pure Buddhist culture amongst the beautiful mountains and valleys of the Himalayas. He made it sound like a kind of Shangri-La,” Barry says. Ten months later Barry and his wife, Barbara, found themselves in Bhutan, camping and trekking to the most remote parts. “I was blown away by the clean air and gorgeous mountain views, which have a spiritual quality, but also by the people. I was struck by how happy they were. We might think they have very little, but there is such joy among them. It made me think that it’s the complications of life that make it such a hassle.” The couple has embarked on three trips to Bhutan, where they’ve been embraced by the locals and the government. Barry has compiled his work in a fine art photography book, Echoes of Bhutan, and here he expounds on some of his favorite shots.


This photo—the sight of colorful prayer flags over an ancient bridge of wood and stone spanning a pure Himalayan stream of icy glacial water—is a photographer’s dream. Loving prayers for our wellbeing and that of all creatures are written on the flags, which are believed to scatter through the atmosphere when gentle breezes cause them to flutter.

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In the most remote part of the countryside, I had the incredible privilege to see this image through my lens. I just could not believe what I was viewing: the Jangbi shaman performing a ritual to ready an ancient house for its new inhabitants.

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Home design lovers and local foodies toasted the Amirian HOME | Porcelanosa showroom in Hermosa Beach. Guests poured into the showroom for a grand opening event hosted by Southbay magazine. They dined on delicious dishes prepared in the live cooking demos by The Ripe Choice and tasted international cheeses from Cultured Slice. Attendees interacted with the space by meeting the creative masterminds behind locally owned home boutiques Suite 6, DACHA and The Souk, which styled custom vignettes throughout the Amirian showroom. Craft brews were provided by Scholb Premium Ales, and a fabulously curated wine selection was provided by Barsha Wine and Spirits. Special thanks to Choura, VOX DJs, Penta and Rolling Hills Flower Mart for their continued partnership.



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Peninsula Heritage School Gala

Parents and friends of Peninsula Heritage School joined faculty and administrators at the Kentucky Derby Winter Gala held February 24 at Brouwerij West in San Pedro. Derby-attired guests enjoyed a silent auction, a rousing live auction, dinner, dancing and several horse races (via video, of course!) Through the generosity of the attendees, proceeds from this event will directly benefit the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s science program as well as its visual and performing arts curriculum.

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Water&Wood Water&Wood 2018 was a celebration of South Bay artists and photographers. The show featured 89 artists including the Hermosa Beach artist collective Youth Program.

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Shawn Fielder, Ava Fielder, Rafael McMaster, Robin Lebowe

Andre Snyman, Jacquelyn Snyman, Blakeley Hunter, Rafael McMaster, Andrea Archambault

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Brooke Nojima, Sabrina Armitage, Keira Nojima, Blakeley Hunter, Chick Bragg


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Shade Hotels’ Inaugural Wedding Festival showcased both Shade Hotel properties—in Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach—with tons of amazing wedding vendors. Brides and their families were able to shuttle between both properties and envision what their special days could look like at Shade Hotels.

YPPA Geauxs Mardi Gras at 3rd Annual Casino Night

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Young Physicians and Professionals Alliance hosted its third annual casino night fundraiser at the Torrance Memorial Hoffman Health Conference Center. With pours from Neft Vodka and El Segundo Brewing Co., guests enjoyed gambling, Creole fixins’, dancing and a King Cake all the way from New Orleans! Event proceeds will help fund Torrance Memorial Medical Center’s new pediatric and neonatal intensive care units.

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Cody Charnell, Beatriz Villa, Anthony Walker, Meg Walker, Mark Dodson

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SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk Check Presentation SKECHERS celebrated its ninth annual Pier to Pier Friendship Walk with the donation of a record-breaking $1,850,000 million to benefit education and the Friendship Foundation, which helps children with special needs. The check presentation was made at Shade Manhattan Beach.

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Vistas for Children celebrated 40 years of philanthropic fundraising at their annual fashion show on February 25 in Redondo Beach. The event included memorable designers’ fashions presented by Suzanne Von Schaack and a children’s theatrical production. All funds raised are dispersed to organizations supporting special needs children in the South Bay.

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Olga Arana, Josephine Balzano, Gia Balzano

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy presented Wild & Scenic Film Festival, an exciting selection of adventure films about nature that thrilled 1,500 audience members of all ages, inspiring them to action. On Tour sponsors included Brouwerij West Craft Beer, Point Vicente Animal Hospital, REI, Room & Board, Southbay magazine, Wild Birds Unlimited and generous raffle donors.

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all about kids Children. They are our future. From education to enrichment we strive to give them the resources that will help mold them into the best they can be. Whether you’re looking for the right school, summer camp or fitness program, on the following pages you’ll find an abundance of South Bay professionals and organizations ready to help put your kids on the path to happy, healthy, productive lives.

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Peninsula Montessori Schools 31100 Hawthorne Blvd. Rancho Palos Verdes 310-544-3099 907 Knob Hill Ave. Redondo Beach 310-540-9742 peninsulamontessori.com

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ounded in 1978, Peninsula Montessori Schools teach the whole child and allow a freedom of movement unlike traditional classrooms. The school has two campuses: Rancho Palos Verdes serves 250 students, ages 18 months to 12 years, and Redondo Beach serves 80 students ages 18 months to 5 years. In addition to academics, the school offers gymnastics, karate, dance, tennis, soccer, chess, music, art, computer and physical education. How important is memorization in the learning process? “It is important to recognize the difference between learning to think and learning to memorize. Thinking requires much more effort and brain activity than mere recitation of facts. It involves inquiry, analysis, problemsolving, persistence and self-motivation, which in turn build self-confidence and courage. Since our aim in the Montessori classroom is to foster independence and joyful discovery, the emphasis is on children actively learning rather than teachers passively imparting knowledge. This naturally leads to greater understanding and retention of information. We are educating children who live in a world that is changing rapidly from day to day. More than ever, our students will need to be able to think for themselves. Rote learning will not prepare them for the complexity and fast-paced change that they will face.” Is one-on-one instruction part of the classroom experience? “In a Montessori classroom, there is not a rigid, one-size-fits-all lesson plan for each day as there is in a traditional school setting. The Montessori teachers are able to meet the particular needs of each student through individualized assessments and daily work plans. There are hundreds of developmentally appropriate learning materials, presenting abstract ideas in concrete form. Lessons are designed to engage the particular interests of each student at his or her own pace. The emphasis is placed on supporting and encouraging independence and keeping each child’s natural curiosity aroused. In this way, our students develop into confident individuals who can think for themselves.” Do Peninsula Montessori Schools offer a mindfulness program? “Teaching mindfulness is absolutely essential in today’s modern world. Technological

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advances, while offering many great opportunities, also put us at risk of losing connection with ourselves and others. We are becoming increasingly hurried and distracted. Our mindfulness program gives our students the skills they will need to go through life with awareness, compassion and clarity. Through concrete materials and specific activities, our children learn how to focus and live a more balanced life. They take an active part in classroom management and have daily meetings to discuss any issues that arise without casting judgement. Our students learn how to cope and manage situations, making conscious choices to work with others in a peaceful manner. With less stress, they are happier and healthier, blooming into their own unique potential!” What is the #1 way your school helps children become productive adults? “Our students know they are respected and cherished. They learn at their own individual pace with the use of beautifully crafted Montessori materials designed to transport the child step-by-step from the most concrete to the most abstract. They are able to discover their own errors and self-correct their work. They learn that risk-taking is vital for achieving success. The children help one another problem-solve in a collaborative manner. With multi-aged grouping, the older children are able to share their knowledge with the younger ones and develop good communication skills and self-confidence. They leave our program with a strong sense of self and a love of learning.” What do kids love most about your school? “Let’s go directly to the students and ask them! Adya, age 6, says, ‘I like this school because I can choose my own work, and no matter which classroom I’m in, the learning never stops.’ Jameson, age 7, says, ‘I love that we can work on the floor or we can work at our desk. We can ask for help on the help board. If you finish your work plan, you can do free choice.’ Aida, age 8, says, ‘I like how we have beautiful materials and we have very nice cultural classes.’ Ciara, age 9, says, ‘I love how we do our math lessons in the morning in two groups. I love how we have work plans and reminder binders.’ Noella Wren, age 10, says, ‘I enjoy the wide variety of subjects we learn here. I have been educated in math, creative writing, geography, grammar and reading. We also have music, computer, science, social studies, Spanish and art classes.’”

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UCLA Health Torrance Pediatrics Dr. Thomas Jacob & Dr. Sheena Kamra 23550 Hawthorne Blvd. Suite 180 Torrance 310-373-4303 uclahealth.org/southbay

“My favorite thing about working with children is being able to see them grow and flourish.”

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r. Thomas Jacob and Dr. Sheena Kamra are board-certified UCLA pediatricians who provide primary care for children of all ages—from newborns to adolescents. They offer sameday appointments and coordination of care for patients with chronic medical conditions and/or multiple specialist physicians. UCLA Health, which opened its first office in the South Bay in 1999, also offers primary care and specialty care for the entire family in the South Bay, as well as a full range of services throughout Southern California. What is your favorite part about being a pediatrician? Dr. Jacob: “My favorite thing about working with children is being able to see them grow and flourish. I am honored to play an integral role in their development, and I love getting to know the entire family.” What trend is changing in pediatrics today? Dr. Jacob: “I see more children dealing with anxiety and distress. They feel anxious about a wide range of things—from taking tests to social interactions at school, bullying and, in younger children, separation anxiety. We work with the child, parents and, if necessary, mental health providers to directly address their concerns head on and develop healthy ways to combat the issue.” What should you look for when selecting a physician for your child? Dr. Kamra: “I feel that your doctor is your best ally in helping your child cope with health examinations, so it’s important to carefully select a doctor. Of course you want someone who’s knowledgeable and competent. You also want a doctor who understands kids’ needs and fears and who communicates easily with them, in a friendly manner. For expecting parents, we recommend that you start looking for a pediatrician between 28 and 34 weeks into your pregnancy. We are happy to schedule prenatal visits so you can get to know us before your baby is born.” What can you do as a parent to prepare your child for a doctor’s visit? Dr. Jacob: “When you are scheduling an appointment for your child, it is helpful to ask our front desk staff what you can expect during the visit. Depending on the type of visit, your child might be having blood drawn,

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a throat culture or vaccines administered. Children can cope with discomfort or pain more easily if they’re prepared in advance. I have found that they’ll learn to trust you if you’re honest with them. If you don’t know much about the illness or condition, admit that but reassure your child that you’ll be there and that you will both be able to ask the doctor questions. Write down your child’s questions to bring with you, as we’re happy to answer them. We want to make sure that parents and patients feel as comfortable as possible during the visit.” How do you encourage healthy habits for children and their families? Dr. Kamra: “Obesity is a growing concern in children. We discuss each child’s diet and nutrition at every well-child visit and work with families to encourage healthy eating and activity. We understand that every household is different and that it is important to create a plan with each family that will work well for them and their household.” How do you deal with kids’ behavioral issues or bad moods in your work? Dr. Jacob: “Our clinic understands that children may not be feeling their best when they come in for sick visits or may have difficulty adjusting to a new or unfamiliar environment. We pride ourselves on being compassionate in these situations and work with our families to make the child feel as comfortable as possible.” Why should we make the children of our community a priority? Dr. Kamra: “Children are an extremely valuable part of our community. It is important to invest in their well-being and provide them with the best environment and opportunities to succeed. Our clinic is very fortunate to serve this important part of our community and to contribute toward keeping them as healthy as possible.” How do you give back to the community? Dr. Kamra: “Dr. Jacob and I like to volunteer our time at local schools and community events. We love giving talks to parents, students and staff about a wide range of topics including screen time, anxiety and living a healthy life. It is important to us to be able to be a source of support in the South Bay.”

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Withers Dental Brian Withers, DDS Owner 973 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Suite A Manhattan Beach 310-546-2002 WithersDental.com

“We help children form healthy habits that will set them up for a lifetime of oral health.”

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ithers Dental is a family dental practice serving patients from age 1 to 101. Owner Dr. Brian Withers received his degree from Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry at University of the Pacific, after attending South Bay schools and graduating from USC. In 2008 he joined Withers Dental, which his father opened in 1964. Dr. Brian took over the practice when his father retired. What makes your practice stand out? “We are one of the few dental practices that will treat you for your whole life. Rather than having to see a pediatric dentist and ‘grow out’ of the practice, we have patients who have been seeing us for three generations! Being a family-owned business, we wanted our focus to be on treating the whole family.” How does your practice cater to kids? “When children come into our office, we strive to make their experience a fun, stress-free visit. Our goal is for our patients to grow up without a fear of the dentist and to feel empowered to have an optimal oral hygiene routine. We often educate the parents too. It’s hard to know how to navigate all the ins and outs of children’s oral health care when you’re a new parent!” How do you encourage healthy habits for children and their families? “That’s what we’re here for! We help children form healthy habits that will set them up for a lifetime of oral health.” How do you keep your finger on the pulse of kids’ tastes? “Not having kids (yet!) myself, I depend on my wonderful staff, my amazing friends and my extraordinarily talented partner, Dr. Atwood, to keep me abreast on what’s cool and what isn’t. I lecture at Mira Costa, so I can tell what’s getting old based on which slides get laughs and which don’t!” What feedback do you get from your youngest customers? “The best feedback I have ever gotten is when I told a young man that his filling was almost over, and he looked at me and said, ‘I don’t want to be almost over!.’ Now I do have to give Peppa Pig some of the credit, but there is no better feedback than someone actually enjoying their visit!”

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How do you find the necessary energy to keep up with your young customers? “My energy level is what sets the tone for the appointment, so that a visit seems exciting. That said, once the headphones are on, most kids are just happy to be watching cartoons!” Are you a kid at heart? “Yes, I can still get down with a great conversation about video games. Riding bikes at the beach is one of my favorite things to do, and I really think that Saturday mornings are still for cartoons!” Is it important to provide children with a sense of magic and excitement? “Of course! I think we provide our adult patients with a sense of magic and excitement as well … so we have fun with different ideas like tooth fairy day! We love to get imaginative with some things so that coming to the dentist isn’t always routine. A little glitter and some tutus never hurt!” How did you come up with the name of your business? “At first we were trying to incorporate something beachy into our name. I asked a mentor of mine at my old dental school about what he thought, and he said to pick a name that represented who you were. So we went with simple. I’m glad we did, because currently it’s hard to tell all these places apart that have named their practice using beachy terms!” Is your business a family-friendly place to work? “It absolutely is. We offer as much schedule flexibility for our staff as possible. We know that having children, pets, husbands, wives and other family can make it feel like there are not enough hours in the day. We try to alleviate that stress by letting our staff take time for their families when they need to, and we are happy to do it. We are also superlucky to have a staff that loves being here most of the time!” Do you support charitable organizations that help children? “Yes, we make mouth guards for the Mira Costa football and rugby teams, as well as supporting LA25. We’ve started a scholarship through the Neptunian Women’s Club, to help students pursue a career in dentistry. There is also a scholarship in my great-grandmother’s name at the Neptunian Women’s Club for the field of nursing.”

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MemorialCare Medical Group Torrance

22719 Hawthorne Blvd. Torrance 657-241-8640 MemorialCare.org/Torrance

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emorialCare Medical Group an awardwinning team of health care professionals serving more than 130,000 patients in Orange and Los Angeles counties. With multiple locations throughout the Southland, MemorialCare Medical Group offers a broad scope of multi-specialty services including primary care, specialty and ancillary care, laboratory and radiology services, and urgent care. Tell us about the team at the Torrance location of MemorialCare Medical Group. “Karen Alfonso, MD, pediatrician, is a mother of two boys. In her free time, Dr. Alfonso enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, indoor rock climbing, traveling and exploring new cultures and foods. She speaks Spanish and Tagalog. Peter Kaneshige, MD, internal medicine, has been practicing primary care medicine for more than 22 years. He has lived in Torrance for more than 25 years. He enjoys music, especially watching his two teenage kids at their various performances. Salvacion Torre, MD, pediatrician, has been practicing medicine for more than 30 years. Originally from the Philippines, she was an active-duty medical officer with the United States Army and retired from the military in 2003, after 24 years of service.” What is the philosophy of your practice? Dr. Alfonso: “I believe the practice of medicine—especially in the field of pediatrics—is a partnership. I work hand-in-hand with parents as a care team rather than as an authoritarian to make the best medical decisions for their children. Together we make the decisions that will help their children live a healthier lifestyle.”

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Which skill is most important in caring for patients? Dr. Kaneshige: “Empathy—the capacity to understand or feel what patients are experiencing, from their perspective. Obviously a physician needs to have the proper knowledge and clinical skills to provide excellent care. But the ability to listen well and really understand patients’ concerns—and then discuss a management plan—usually results in the best outcomes.” Dr. Alfonso: “The most important skill that a physician can have beyond medical knowledge is the ability to listen and make time when it is needed. There are certainly visits that require more succinct, straight-to-thepoint evaluations, but then there are moments when it becomes vital to stop the typing, put the computer away, look the patient in the eye and listen.”

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“We provide students with an experience that focuses on building character, integrity, community and academic success in a positive and nurturing environment.”

Riviera Hall Lutheran School

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elebrating 65 years in the South Bay, Riviera Hall Lutheran School opened in 1952 with 48 students in kindergarten, first and second grades and two teachers. Today Riviera Hall enrolls 200 children in preschool through eighth grade. The school offers a variety of extracurricular activities including sports, chess, dance, music, Mad Scientists, coding, Spanish club and Makerspace. Why is early childhood education so important? “The early years form the core of who your child becomes as a learner, thinker, citizen and human being. And those years make up the steepest part of a child’s development.” What is your driving force every day? “As a Christ-centered school, we have adopted three core values that drive our conversations and interactions with students: love, respect and responsibility. These are at the core of our day. We provide

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students with an experience that focuses on building character, integrity, community and academic success in a positive and nurturing environment.” Tell us about the impact of play during a school day. “The social-emotional learning is equally important as the academic learning. Our schedule allows students in all grades to have recess three times a day. In addition, we offer PE daily to all students.” What feedback do you get from your students? “They feel our school is a second home, and when they graduate from Riviera Hall they are well-prepared for high school. Our students tell us they feel loved, challenged and supported and have fun learning. They can be who they are and enjoy getting to experience new activities they’ve not previously considered participating in.”

330 Palos Verdes Blvd. Redondo Beach 310-375-5528 rivierahall.org What are your school’s academic strengths? “Our enhanced ELA curriculum; a strong audio-visual/media program; the instruction we offer beyond typical academic areas (music, technology, STEM, gardening); and our well-rounded students who score above average on standardized MAP tests.” What are the most important traits for effective teaching? “Love. Patience. Respect. Compassion. Responsibility. Professional development. Active listening. Modeling behavior. Enthusiasm and passion for teaching/ learning. And being willing to meet with students one-on-one before school, after school and during breaks.” How do you encourage healthy habits? “We offer daily physical education classes with three recesses, as well as a running club and after-school gymnastics. We also offer a refillable water bottle spout and encourage students to eat healthy foods.”

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Founder/president Lauren Perelmuter and Peewee Picasso students from city of Manhattan Beach.

“We are unique due to our mobility, allowing us to reach children throughout Southern California.”

Art To Grow On Children’s Art Center, Inc.

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rt To Grow On Children’s Art Center, Inc. is a mobile art enrichment company that brings programs and classes to students ages 15 months to 18 years. Founder and president Lauren Perelmuter has worked in the arts and early childhood education for 25 years and opened Art to Grow On in 2000. How does your business make our community a better place for children? “We believe that every child has the opportunity to enhance and change our world for the better. By giving children outlets for expression, creativity and innovation, confidence soars. When children are supported and encouraged to be their true selves, selfesteem dramatically increases.” What is an important trait for operating a kid-focused business? “To acknowledge that each and every child

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4010 Palos Verdes Drive North, #105 Rolling Hills Estates 310-625-6028 art2growon.com

sees the world differently. It is our mission to support how they see their world through the art process. We emphasize over and over in our classes that there are no mistakes in art.”

develop critical thinking skills, perseverance, problem-solving and what we call Creative Confidence. The world ahead requires a mind that is agile, flexible, adaptable and has the ability to imagine.”

What are the benefits of making the children of our community a priority? “We truly believe that children are our greatest asset and represent our future. They are of the utmost priority! We must equip them with the skills that will move this world forward with compassion, awareness, empathy, confidence and the idea that we are all connected. The arts give them that communication platform.”

How is your business unique? “We customize our lessons for students of all ages and skill levels for a variety of clients. School districts, private and public schools, preschools, city parks and recreation, camps and more. Lessons for kindergarten through eighth grade could showcase Andy Warhol 3-D pop art, Monet watercolors, Frank Gehry architecture or Ansel Adams sketching. For our youngest students, we could showcase scissor time, tile collage, treasure boxes—lessons focused increasing fine-motor skills, problem-solving and critical thinking. We also customize, package and send lessons to schools and students outside of Southern California—check out our Art Box Academy!”

In today’s tech-oriented world, do the arts benefit children? “Absolutely! As a parent I too have had to embrace and accept all things iPad, but it is a critical time for children to continue to

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“We’re one of the most diverse independent schools in the L.A. area.”

Vistamar School

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ounded in 2005, Vistamar is a college preparatory high school serving 276 students in grades 9-12. In addition to the school’s academic programs Vistamar has an athletic program and numerous co-curricular clubs including speech and debate, theatre, Model UN and competitive robotics. What sets your school apart from others? “Our school was born of the belief that there had to be a better way of doing high school. We know our students want to be challenged and successful on the path to any college they choose, so instead of teaching students a little about a lot of topics the way many schools do, our academic program focuses on depth and stretch. Vistamar students learn how to think not what to think, and that’s what college recruiters and employers and looking for.”

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What do Vistamar graduates do after they graduate? “The colleges and universities our students attend display the selectivity and variety you’d expect from one of L.A.’s finest independent schools, but the Vistamar college process is intentionally embedded in the broader context of Life Planning—a framework that appropriately positions college as an important next step in a larger life plan. When students apply to college using a lens beyond merely a four-year experience, they find and choose a school in which they can thrive and excel, and that will effectively position them for fulfillment in the worlds of work, community and relationships.” What special features does Vistamar School offer? “One of Vistamar’s most distinguishing features is that we’re one of the most diverse

737 Hawaii St. El Segundo 310-643-7377 vistamarschool.org independent schools in the L.A. area; our students are constantly surrounded by peers with diverse backgrounds, thoughts and experiences. We made our school that way on purpose; class discussions are livelier and students learn more when their viewpoints are challenged. You won’t find a school as diverse as ours, nor will you find students who work as authentically to understand each other and grow smarter together.” How do you encourage healthy habits? “The Vistamar curriculum places challenging yet reasonable demands on our students. Our teachers encourage students to find the things they’re passionate about, then teach them how to balance the things they love with the things they need—every day. Our students’ healthy sense of balance not only helps them succeed at the college of their dreams, it helps them get there.”

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Summer Orthodontics

Summer L. Blake, DDS, MS Orthodontist/Owner 451 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Suite D-224 Manhattan Beach 310-545-0770 | summerorthodontics.com

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ummer Orthodontics is an orthodontic practice specializing in creating smiles for children and adults. Dr. Summer and her team help patients with a wide range of orthodontic issues, such as crooked teeth, crowding, spacing, protrusion, narrow arch, overbites, under-bites, cross bites and deep bites. They employ the latest in cutting-edge technology, such as invisible braces, metal braces and clear braces. Dr. Summer completed dental school in 2001 and her orthodontic residency in 2004. She opened her practice in Manhattan Beach on June 21, 2010—Summer Solstice, of course!” What would you like kids and parents to know about your business? “We LOVE working with kids! We have worked hard to create an atmosphere that is not only stress-free but also a fun place to be. It is not uncommon for kids (and parents) to comment on how good it feels to visit our office. In addition to the popular iPads, there are always activities and contests available for extra fun.” What benefits do children gain from the services your practice provides? “The beautiful smiles we create provide a lifetime of confidence to our patients. This confidence carries over into every aspect of their lives. We are so grateful for the opportunity to have such a powerful impact. We take great pride in helping our patients become the best they can be.” What’s most rewarding about your work? “The most rewarding aspect of my work is seeing the pride and confidence that a beautiful smile brings. My goal is to create smiles that generate lots and lots of compliments for my patients.” What do you like to do for fun, when you’re not at work? “Spending time with my family is what I like to do most. I also enjoy Pilates, yoga, cooking and travel.” Tell us about your family. “I married my husband, Matt, here in Manhattan Beach in 2007. We have four children: Ahnika, 10, Tegan, 7, Briggs, 4, and Winslow, 1. It is a very exciting time for our family.”

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“Healthy habits started early last a lifetime.”

AdventurePlex

1701 Marine Avenue, Manhattan Beach 310-546-7780 adventureplex.org

perated by Beach Cities Health District, AdventurePlex is an indoor/outdoor play facility complete with mazes and tunnels, a ropes course and outdoor rock climbing wall, an indoor gymnasium and Toddler Town—a play zone that offers classes, farm-to-table activities and birthday parties for kids ages 5 and younger.

kids to challenge themselves physically and intellectually, and as a result AdventurePlex is annually voted the best kids play facility in the South Bay.”

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What sets AdventurePlex apart from the rest? “AdventurePlex was created for families to play, learn and grow their way to good health. Here, families are encouraged to get active, get silly and get healthier.” What benefits do children gain from the services your business provides? “AdventurePlex is a is a safe, structured facility that offers a wide range of activities for families, including a five-level play structure, Toddler Town, a sports

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court and reading corner—each designed to make healthy habits fun. Additionally, parents and children can enjoy our jam-packed schedule of healthy classes, which range from Parent and Me classes to toddler gardening, sports and dance classes. We offer something fun for nearly every age.” What do kids love most about AdventurePlex? “Kids love exploring all the different activities, learning, playing and, most of all, having fun!” Tell us about your team. “All managers and camp staff are CPRcertified and receive background checks and drug screenings. AdventurePlex upholds the guidelines and standards set by the American Camp Association to ensure the facility is a fun and safe environment. What’s more, our team members encourage

What’s most rewarding about your work? “The most rewarding part of operating AdventurePlex is helping children create healthy habits, because healthy habits started early last a lifetime.” How does your business encourage children (and parents) to live a healthy lifestyle? “Running, jumping, swinging, crawling, sliding, climbing and zipping are just a few of the ways your kids will play their way to good health at AdventurePlex. Packed with colorful mazes, tunnels, slides, zip lines, ball pits and a toddlersized play farm, market and beach house, there’s fun waiting for all ages inside— even parents! And we’re open seven days a week.”

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“Our students readily find joy in learning, and we know that the foundation of a successful student is a happy child.”

Peninsula Heritage School

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ounded by concerned parents in 1961, today Peninsula Heritage School serves 120 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The school opened its main campus in Rolling Hills Estates in 1976 and opened a middle school campus across the street in 2017. What makes Peninsula Heritage School outstanding? “The very first impression that visitors to our campus experience is the feeling of a vibrant, welcoming school where students are happy and teachers are focused on the individual child. Our students readily find joy in learning, and we know that the foundation of a successful student is a happy child.” What are your school’s academic strengths? “Two key academic strengths are our gifted program and our personalized instruction. For academically talented students, our gifted

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program offers the opportunity to advance in specific academic areas while offering the majority of courses—as well as recess and physical education—in their age-appropriate classes to ensure ideal social and emotional growth. With our small class sizes, our teachers can astutely assess each child’s aptitude for learning and devise an academic program based on the student’s learning profile.” What feedback do you get from students? “Students love our school! Returning students often cite their favorite teachers and administrators, along with our unique programs including the fifth-grade play at the Norris Theatre, outdoor education trips, all-school assemblies and Field Day.” How do you prepare students for the future? “We stress the development of social and emotional skills alongside academics. We

26944 Rolling Hills Road Rolling Hills Estates 310-541-4795 peninsulaheritage.org emphasize six character qualities—caring, respect, attitude, gratitude, self-control and perseverance—throughout every subject and in numerous experiences. Our graduates are uniquely prepared, as they accept others, have the confidence to positively engage in conversations despite differences and have come to truly know themselves.” Tell us about the learning process at Peninsula Heritage School “We are fervent in our belief that realworld doing leads to understanding and mastery, so we encourage our students to learn through experience. Our lessons and exercises are designed to initiate exploration, collaboration, research, analysis and problem-solving. We provide the tools and environment students need to learn— whether it is in the classroom, in our science laboratories, with technology, with robotics or in our outdoor garden.”

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“Our students think deeply in critical and creative ways, and they develop courage to lead with confidence and character.”

Chadwick School

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hadwick School is a private, K-12 coeducational day school located on a 45-acre campus on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Founded by Margaret Lee Chadwick in 1935, the school moved to its current campus in 1937 and today enrolls 840 students drawn from more than 45 local communities. In 2010 the school opened a second campus, Chadwick International, in Songdo, South Korea. What makes your school outstanding? “Chadwick is dedicated to developing ethical global citizens with keen minds, exemplary character, self-knowledge and the ability to lead. Our students think deeply in critical and creative ways, and they develop courage to lead with confidence and character.” What are the most important traits for effective teaching? “Chadwick teachers are uniquely

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26800 South Academy Drive Palos Verdes Peninsula 310-377-1543 chadwickschool.org/admission dedicated to knowing and understanding our students as individual learners. They take an active role in promoting our students’ well-being, character development, talents and interests. They are passionate about what they teach and are committed to the continual improvement of our students and themselves. Our academic instructors are experts in their fields, and our fine and performing arts teachers are professional artists, film makers, musicians, actors, dancers and directors.” What special features does your school offer? “Chadwick’s core values of honesty, respect, responsibility, fairness and compassion are part of the daily academic and interpersonal experiences of our students. We bring out the very best in our students through active learning, one-on-one mentoring, challenging academics, unparalleled global experiences and an accredited outdoor

education program. Our optimal class sizes allow for enhanced learning relationships among teachers and students as well as between students. We challenge students to think and apply their learning—to go deeper into the material, rather than just memorizing content.” What do kids love most about your school? “Relationships are a core part of the Chadwick experience, and Chadwick students love the atmosphere of trust, mutual respect and personal growth among fellow students and teachers. It’s a safe environment for students to challenge themselves, try new things and take responsible risks. Students are involved in a wide range of activities beyond outstanding academics, including K-12 STEM programs, 25 athletic teams, extensive performing and visual arts opportunities, student-led publications and more than 50 student-led clubs.”

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“We hope our students lead with their hearts in their homes, at school and in their community.”

Rolling Hills Country Day School

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olling Hills Country Day School was founded in 1961 and enrolls nearly 400 students in grades K–8. In addition to its strong academic curriculum, the school offers competitive team sports for middle school students and a variety of extracurricular classes for lower school students, including outdoor education, Scratch coding, 3-D printing, cheerleading, physical education and homework club. What would you like kids and parents to know about Country Day School? “Our core philosophy is education of the whole child. Our students are critical thinkers, collaborative workers, confident leaders and involved citizens. We understand the lasting impact of the earliest years of education and the importance of preparation for high school, college and beyond. Country Day

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School is a nurturing environment where students have opportunities to experience success and, at the same time, the support and safety to work through challenges. Our academics are rigorous, but we also believe that learning happens everywhere on campus. Whether it is in the classroom, during flag speeches, in the swimming pool or on outdoor education trips, students are inspired to realize their potential.” What makes your school exceptional? “We encourage curiosity, acknowledge responsibility, support creative ideas and appreciate different points of view. We help our students acquire new life skills and cultivate existing ones. Our dedication to our students shines in the reflections of their intellectual, moral, physical and social achievements. In our classrooms, on our fields and across our stage, we nurture the

26444 Crenshaw Boulevard Rolling Hills Estates 310-377-4848 rhcds.com art of expression. As our students develop their skills and enhance their natural abilities using the tools we provide, they come ever closer to achieving and often surpassing their goals.” What do kids love most about your school? “At Country Day School we consider our students to be part of our family. The students thrive as members of a nurturing community. They feel safe to take risks and make mistakes and learn how to try again. They also love our Outdoor Education program, which allows children to learn outside the classroom. We believe good people want to be connected to the global community and find personal satisfaction by looking outward and by making someone else’s life a little better, a little easier. We hope our students lead with their hearts in their homes, at school and in their community.”

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Gemma van Biene, Patient Care Coordinator; Joshua Johnson, Child Development Associate; Simone Volpatti, Child Development Associate

“We are highly effective and have great outcomes for our young clients and their families.”

Pediatric Minds Medical Center

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he Early Childhood Treatment Center (ECTC) at Pediatric Minds is an intensive day treatment program for preschool-aged children with autism, developmental delays, behavioral issues, anxiety disorder, ADHD and many other neurodevelopmental disorders. Owner Dr. Pantea Sharifi-Hannauer, who is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with sub-specialty training in pediatric neurology, opened ECTC nearly seven years ago. Describe your practice. “ECTC provides a unique program of daily interdisciplinary coordinated care in a family-friendly environment. There are no other programs like this in the Southern CA area. We are highly effective and have great outcomes for our young clients and their families.”

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Tell us about a typical day for a child at ECTC. “Upon entrance, children at the Early Childhood Treatment Center at Pediatric Minds are warmly greeted by their team of therapists. They are presented with enticing activities in a group and one-on-one fashion to improve their communication skills, social skills and motor skills through a play-based approach. Classes have sensory, art and social activities to work on each child’s individual developmental and behavioral goals. We also have two sensory gyms which are used to further integrate speech, OT and therapeutic behavioral strategies. This is all done in a supportive and highly nurturing environment. Parents are also involved and provided with education.”

3524 Torrance Blvd., Suite 104, Torrance 310-540-1630 pediatricminds.staging.wpengine.com What do your patients say about you? “I’ve never met so many beautiful, wonderful, selfless people in one office building before. Dr. John is such a patient, kind and wonderful communicator. He helped us accept our children’s diagnoses and told us how to move forward. You are all doing such good in the world. Thank you for being there when we needed you.” — Diana Leslie & family  “Our 5-year-old son was diagnosed with autism, affecting his emotional, social and behavioral development. He participated in the program at the beginning of the summer. Within a couple of weeks we saw improvement. There have been times when I wish there was a cure, but I realize for now there isn’t. But there is the Early Childhood Treatment Center to help us deal with this. Dr. Sharifi and her staff have been wonderful and sooo helpful. Thank you!” — Happy patient

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Approx. 25,000 sq ft, Lot size Approx. 12 acres Villa Vallerano consists of several ancient buildings and courts on a lot of approximately 12.25 acres. The building areas are approximately 25,000 sq. ft. and include the main villa, managers building, storage rooms, garages, gardens, courtyards, a church and lake. The entire complex can accommodate 30/35 “fully serviced suites,” communal living and recreational areas.

4500 sq ft, Lot size Approx. 4 acres Nested in the heart of Provence, south of France, the Luberon Valley remains one the most beautiful place on earth to learn, live and love. The seductive landscape mosaic of vineyards, cherry trees, olive trees and lavender fields with their rich colors and abundant fragrances have inspired Van Gogh and Cezanne, the Masters but also Chefs , perfumers and poets. The magnificent Medieval Hilltop villages with their impressive Abbeys and colorful markets continue to fascinate and enhance your soul.

LILY LIANG

+1 310 373 3333 | lily@lilyliang.com | www.lilyliang.com 550 Silver Spur Road, Suite 240, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274 BRE# 00837794

La Maison en Provence | 2.5 million Euro


CREST ROAD E., ROLLING HILLS

One of the best view properties available on the hill! Sitting on 2.4 acres this estate overlooks panoramic, ocean and Catalina views. 5 beds, 6 baths, 5,955 sq. ft. main house, a 600 sq. ft. guest house, pool, spa & more. $5,900,000 www.CrestRoadRollingHills.com

The Inman Team www.InmanTeam.com

Gordon Inman 310.936.1979

KEIth KEllEy 310.944.5554

BrE #00446156

BrE #00446156


IN ESCROW

TRADITIONAL IN STYLE 535 LOMITA ST, EL SEGUNDO | PRICED AT $1,800,000 4 bedroom, 2390 sq ft across two levels, oak floors, brick fireplace, vaulted ceilings and a gourmet kitchen featuring Thermador appliances. Open concept, beautifully landscaped yard situated at the end of a cul-de-sac near parks and schools.

W E L C O M E T O T H E T E R R A C E S A T 3 6 0 S O U T H B AY 5577 PALM DR, HAWTHORNE | PRICED AT $1,225,000 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. Gated community, large open floor plan, living, dining and renovated kitchen perfect for entertaining. Large private outdoor patio. State of the art fitness center, 3 heated pools, sports court, community rooms and dog park. Single family and HOA $192/month. Located in the Wiseburn/Da Vinci School District.

CHARLES FISHER | 310.902.7214 | BRE# 01731424


Top 1% of producers worldwide for Keller Williams Realty

6 Dapplegray Lane, Rolling Hills Estates

Gorgeous Ranch Estate TADASHI KONDO 310.567.8790 CalBRE# 01438455 TADASHIKONDO@GMAIL.COM WWW.THEKONDOGROUP.COM


last word

Confessions of a Helicopter Parent WRITTEN BY LISSA KAPSTROM ILLUSTRATED BY CHRISTINE GEORGIADES

I’m a helicopter parent. At least that’s how the dictionary defines me: a parent who takes an overprotective or excessive interest in the life of their child. Is that a bad thing? I know my boss would be very happy to know that I take an excessive interest in my job. There’s no shame in giving 100% ... OK, 110% ... 115% tops. Full disclosure, I’m a type A personality, and I only have one kid. I was raised very differently from my own child. I came from a house of five kids, three dogs, a hamster, a parakeet, fish and a snake. It was chaos. If my little brother wasn’t dying the dog blue or accidentally shaving his own eyebrows off, my three sisters and I, smeared in our mother’s makeup and wearing ballet tutus on our heads, were jumping on the bed to a Disney soundtrack until one of us was catapulted off. All this inevitably ended in tears. My parents were so tired and distracted that they didn’t know where I was half the time. They never asked me about my grades or worried about my future. It was a different time. Parenting wasn’t a verb. The streets were safe, everyone went to public school, and college was easy to get into. We all could live in the messy moment. Did I mention we kept a small sailboat in the middle of our living room? Growing up like this, I knew all the things that could go wrong. The memory of my brother riding his Big Wheel into the pool and sinking to the bottom because he wouldn’t let go of his beloved ride while the babysitter screamed was all the parental instruction I needed. He was fine. But with my son, we had

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a pool cover, swim lessons at 2, and a “no swimming with the babysitter” rule. And I always knew his whereabouts. I didn’t let him play in the street because our neighborhood had no sidewalks, and the kids were strangers because they all went to different private schools. Not to mention the occasional windowless van I saw cruising around. Okay, maybe it was an Amazon delivery, but I couldn’t take a chance. My son had scheduled activities: playdates, piano lessons, karate. And then—due to the fact that it’s become a Herculean challenge to get into college—there was SAT tutoring, piano competitions, chorus, play and jazz band performances, community service, and AP tests. And I was there making sure he arrived on time, met deadlines and practiced. I also had him download the Find Friends app on his phone so in case he flipped his car into a ditch, I would know which ditch. Some would call me neurotic or overprotective. They’re right. Compared to my parents, I’m not better or worse, I’m just different. My son may not have had the reckless freedom of my youth, but he can come to me with a problem and I’ll listen. He can express an opinion that I don’t agree with and I’ll respect it. He will always know that I’m his biggest cheerleader. If I hover a little that’s because the world these days needs closer watch. And I must’ve done something right because he’s back east in college—happy, thriving, figuring life out. Now it’s me I have to worry about as I miss him and try to find somewhere else to put my 110% … 115% tops. ■


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Southbay April 2018