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features 50 TURNING THE TABLE While we look forward to turkey and stuffing, sometimes it is fun to go outside the realm of tradition. Here are some creative alternatives to elevate your menu. 62 BLENDED & BRIGHT A cross-country marriage melds families and mementos as a bright new life is forged in big-hearted Manhattan Beach. 104 THE COUNTDOWN We’re waiting for 2018 in style. 116 WE ARE FAMILY What is family to you? DNA? History? Togetherness? We caught up with a handful of South Bay families who, though unique in many aspects, share a deep love for the South Bay and—most importantly—each other. 136

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editor’s letter On a recent retreat in Sedona

Bonds Between Us Photographer Nancy Pastor came to me just over a year ago with a pitch. What if we profile a variety of spiritual institutions and leaders in the South Bay … a rabbi in Manhattan Beach, the Christian outreach in Hermosa, the Hindu women of the Peninsula? Through Nancy’s colorful and thoughtful images and writer Michele Garber’s inspired words, we published an insightful feature in last year’s Holiday Issue that resonated with many of our readers—from all different faiths. So when the topic came up for a follow-up feature for our current issue, Nancy once again came to the table with a pitch. What if we focus on family? Not just the bloodlines that connect us to a name or legal document but the ties binding us emotionally, culturally and locally. From that conversation, we found five incredible households … ones that both embody and expand the definition of family. This feature was especially poignant for me this year, having lost both a beloved grandmother and partner. It’s in those moments of grief that many of us lean on our families—both those we came from and those we create—for support and comfort. The holiday season only amplifies this need for togetherness as we celebrate traditions, toast the previous year and embrace the coming one. Here at the office, I also have a work family that holds its own in the togetherness department. Like any other family, we talk, laugh, bicker and break bread with each other on a daily basis. We’re keenly aware of each other’s ups and down … giving high-fives at moments of joy and hugs at times of sorrow. It’s hard to spend 40+ hours a week with people and not get involved on a personal level. And that’s always been the Moon Tide way … a collection of specialized professionals—but also a proud family. As we publish our final Southbay of the year, I want to give a shout-out to the writers, photographers, editors, publishers, salespeople, marketers and admins who made 2017 a spectacular year. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to our family of magazines. We’re the sum of all your talents. And also much gratitude to our readers, who engage with us issue after issue. We look forward to another great year of community storytelling in 2018.

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contributors

Nancy Pastor PHOTOGRAPHER “We Are Family” Nancy, a native New Yorker, began a career in photography as a fashion stylist in San Francisco. She pursued her passion for visual storytelling by becoming an award-winning photojournalist in Washington D.C. After moving to the South Bay, Nancy continues editorial and commercial work while balancing family life and her spoiled pup, Agnes.

Christine Georgiades ILLUSTRATOR Cover Christine is a designer and illustrator based in Long Beach. She is a graduate of the graphic design program at California Institute of the Arts and is passionate about illustration, typography and storytelling. When she’s not designing, she spends her time traveling, drawing comics and making costumes.

Kara Mickelson STYLIST/WRITER “Turning the Table” A graduate of UCLA and Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts, Kara trained in Spain and in Napa at the famed French Laundry. She has worked with Food Network chefs Bob Blumer and Giada De Laurentiis and many others on the talk show circuit. She is an on-camera culinary expert, recipe developer, producer, writer and food stylist. Follow @styleddelicious.



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How Sweet It Is

Debbie Allen Dance Academy’s Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, a fresh interpretation of a holiday classic, is a real treat. WRITTEN BY MARLENE STANG

For the first time in the show’s eight-year history, the Debbie Allen Dance Academy (DADA) is bringing Hot Chocolate Nutcracker to the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center for its annual, always highly anticipated theatrical production. Running December 7–10 with five scheduled performances, Hot Chocolate Nutcracker was written, directed and choreographed by Debbie Allen—a powerhouse Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning dancer, choreographer, actress and producer who is currently starring as Dr. Catherine Avery on the hit series Grey’s Anatomy. All of the proceeds from this three-time Nutty Award-winning production will benefit arts education for youth in Greater Los Angeles through DADA, Debbie’s nonprofit, which offers a comprehensive dance curriculum to students ages 4 and up. We spoke with Debbie about Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, its supporters and contributors, the mission of DADA and why you should see this production.

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What was your primary motivation—and source of inspiration—for re-imagining this beloved classic ballet? The real inspiration was my son Thump. I took him to see a performance of The Nutcracker when he was 6, and he was bored to death. At one point during the performance he shouted, “Mom! When is the rat coming on?” Some people in the audience laughed at that, but it got me thinking. Gil Cates from Geffen [the late theatre director and Debbie’s mentor] said, “You need to do a Christmas show.” So I made the mouse a New York rat named Harvey with two sidekicks! The story still starts with a party, but Kara (instead of Clara) visits new lands like Egypt, an Indian rain forest with a Bollywood-style dance sequence and a Land of the Kimono Dolls. The mice from the original production are now flamenco-dancing cockroaches. Young people love it! And since the first performance [at UCLA’s Royce Hall], we’ve been asked to bring it to Washington D.C. and New

York City. We’re so busy but very happy to bring it to the South Bay. Tell us about your partnership with the Annenberg Foundation. The Annenberg Foundation has been an integral supporter of all of the work we do at DADA. With support from Annenberg, we provide not only training and performance opportunities but scholarships and lecture demonstrations across the country. We did Freeze Frame, a performance about gun violence. And we’re also launching a dance program for cancer survivors. Annenberg has gotten behind our progressive vision and is interested in supporting organizations that exhibit leadership and just get out there and do the work. DADA has also received support from organizations like Shonda Rhimes’ foundation [the Rhimes Family Foundation], the Berry Gordy Family Foundation, the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation and anonymous donors. It’s been a great journey so far. Our


supporters trust our programs and believe in developing kids. DADA has seen a diaspora of the kids we work with going on to perform on Broadway. Establishing a legacy and lineage is important to us, and our greatest goal is to expand the footprint of what the arts can do … especially now that arts education is being taken out of schools. I understand that the production is coming to the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center due to huge audience demand. How did this all unfold? We actually almost came to the South Bay once before but had already committed to an engagement at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. We’re excited … Redondo Beach has an incredible audience, and the facility is beautiful. We’ve been well received at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center whenever we’ve visited, like with our Summer Intensive program of kids from all over the country.



What was it like developing the score with six other artists [Mariah Carey, Arturo Sandoval, Chau-Giang Thi Nguyen, James Ingram, Shiamak Davar, Tena Clark and Norm “Thump” Nixon]? Did you express your vision and just let them run with it? I shared my vision with each artist and then collaborated with each artist, one-on-one. Mariah just told me I could use whatever songs of hers I wanted. I had already choreographed and directed three of her world tours, including her Butterfly Tour. You have had a long and celebrated career in the arts as a dancer, choreographer, actress and producer. What motivates you to stay active in both dance and the world of TV and film? It fuels me! The main challenge is scheduling, but I’ve always been inspired to tell a story, and dance and acting both let me do that. In Fame (both the 1980 film and the TV series)

I choreographed, danced and acted. I’ve just always done a lot of things and done them all well. What would you like people who are contemplating buying tickets to know, especially those who see a traditional rendition of The Nutcracker every year and who are now considering taking their family to see Hot Chocolate Nutcracker? Hot Chocolate Nutcracker is funny for all ages! And it’s very relevant in its exploration of cultural identities and diversity. It will make you laugh. As a fresh take on The Nutcracker, it will turn Christmas on its head … in a good way! ■

Visit thehotchocolatenutcracker.com to purchase tickets. For more information about the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, visit debbieallendanceacademy.com.

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Dream Team For Sandra Heitzler, family has always come first. Now with the encouragement of her husband, Joe, her professional ambitions are coming to life. WRITTEN BY AMBER KLINCK PHOTOGRAPHED BY LAUREN PRESSEY

Sitting across from Sandra and Joe Heitzler is energizing. Their optimism is contagious, with their years of rich experiences and an undeniable love and respect for one another that is truly inspiring. The pair, married for 33 years, explains the connection between them was instant. “I was working at a financial printer as an executive assistant, and [Joe] came in brokering all the printing for the 1984 Olympics,” Sandra notes. “He saw me, and the rest is history.” Joe smiles as he shares how he asked his future wife out for the first time. “Can we have lunch?” he asked. “Can’t you afford to take me to dinner?” she replied. Two years later they were married. Life was busy for Sandra and Joe from the start. There were businesses to build and three boys to raise. Sandra’s primary focus was on her family. “She created a home for my sons and I,” Joe explains. After the couple purchased a company in

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television production, Sandra stepped in and helped Joe with his business. “He’s had quite an interesting, fun and exciting career,” she says. “For years I supported him, and now he’s decided it’s my turn.” Sandra was interested in “establishing a brand that truly embodies the transition of personal [home furnishings] with the passion for finding a new home with dignity in a meaningful manner,” Joe explains. With the eye of a curator and a passion for design, Sandra began staging homes more than a decade ago. “I saw a lot of potential for pieces of furniture that families were no longer needing because they were cleaning out their parent’s estates or downsizing,” she explains. With the ability to distinguish between what was worth saving and what was not, she began storing what she could. “I kept saying, ‘If I could just have a place where I could bring it all together, I could offer a place for people to sell their cool pieces … I

could sell the pieces I no longer needed for staging … and I could have new pieces that I could help people design with.’” Determined to see his wife’s vision come to life, Joe began searching for a place to make it happen. “She made my dream come true, so when I got sick I said, ‘It’s time for your dream.’ Everything that I’ve ever accomplished is because of her support and her confidence in me,” he says. Joe has been battling cancer for eight years—tongue cancer for more than five and esophagus cancer for more than two. “When I was in the ICU, they said I was going to die,” Joe shares. “[Sandra] leaned over and said to me, ‘If you die, I’ll kill you.’” Giving up was never an option, and Sandra certainly wasn’t going to give up on Joe. After years of looking for the perfect location, Joe happened to stumble on a storefront on Catalina Avenue in Redondo Beach “on the right day and at the right time,” Sandra says. Originally built in 1922, the


historic, 4,000-square-foot building is the “largest open space wooden truss building in the Beach Cities,” Joe notes. “We were very set that our location had to have a meaningful history which we could, if fortunate enough, add to the ‘lore’ of its legacy.” As a surprise for Sandra, Joe asked her to meet him at the space. “When I pulled up I thought, ‘Uh oh,’” Sandra says. “But when he opened the door and brought me inside, I said, ‘This is it.’” The building was in need of work; it would be more than six months before they were able to open their doors for business. But once complete the renovations managed to brighten the space without losing the historic charm of the building. “Joe made it all happen,” Sandra says. “He kept at it, found this little jewel and here we are.” OneThirtySix Home was born. The name pays tribute to the building’s address on Catalina Avenue. “We wanted to pay homage to the building,” Sandra explains.



The company’s logo is her own handwriting. “OneThirtySix Home is the umbrella, and within it is consignment, home furnishings, complete staging and Fowler & Moore Interiors,” she continues. “They’re a design firm that’s been established for 27 years.” Working together is nothing new for Sandra and Joe … though they describe it a bit differently. “We never went to work; we went to our passion,” Joe says. As for the secret to the success of their marriage, “I learned how to say, ‘Yes, honey,’” Joe says with a grin. Sandra attributes their shared faith and that they’ve always been on the same page. Whatever it is, the synergy between the two is wonderful to watch. And the opening of OneThirtySix appears to have brought joy equally to them both. “All of this has kept me alive,” Joe says. “I enjoy the store,” Sandra adds. “I enjoy collecting and curating. It’s been amazing how much people have found us without us

doing a lot of advertising and marketing. It’s all been word-of-mouth.” Recovering from a recent vocal cord surgery where, thankfully, he was cleared from a third possible cancer, Joe typed a few notes for this interview with the central theme being: “Everything deserves a second chance to be loved, and the transition process has to be filled with dignity and a passion for continuing forward in a significant manner.” “We keep getting second chances with his health,” Sandra says. “God has a plan, and we are just along for the ride.” “Without God’s love and grace we would not have gotten this store, nor our marriage, nor our battles with cancer,” adds Joe. And there’s no plan to retire. Vivacious and charismatic, Joe doesn’t appear to be the kind of man to slow down. But there’s something else he says that really sticks— something that encapsulates the life he and Sandra have built. “It’s a love story—it’s a total love story. We are blessed.” ■

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Taking Flight A restaurant icon near LAX gets a second chance at a new beginning—thanks to one family’s passion to continue the legacy. WRITTEN BY JENNIE NUNN

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In 1967 WWII pilot, pioneer and Specialty Restaurants Corporation founder David Tallichet opened The Proud Bird restaurant, situated next to the runway at LAX for prime airplane landing and touch-down viewing, as a result of his affinity for aviation. Now 50 years later, the part food hall/part museum and outdoor aviation yard has sprung back to life, largely thanks to the vision of his son, John Tallichet. “There are a lot of emotional ties to the restaurant,” explains John, who was only 3 years old at the time the restaurant originally opened. After receiving numerous calls from longtime patrons on the heels of closing due to increasing costs and varying factors, they decided to keep it open but make it fresh. “I’m sure he’d be very happy we fought to keep it open and reinvented it.” The revamped establishment is replete with a Curtiss P-40 Warhawk (a replica of the WWII fighter plane) and a slew of exhibits including SpaceX (focusing on Elon Musk and his team and space transport) and Women Aviators (highlighting renegades such as Amelia Earhart and Bessie Coleman—the first licensed African American female pilot). The self-service food bazaar boasts six culinary kitchens spanning chicken and waffles, barbecue, poke salad bowls, wood-fired pizzas and Thai shrimp noodles. There is also a large bar area, a dining area and an event space. “We wanted to design these areas where people can come in and hang out,” says John, who explains that guests can download an app to listen to the south runway tower at LAX and pick up a set of earbuds from the front desk. “We’ve gotten a lot more families than I remember seeing before, and it’s really fun for me to watch.” One prime hangout spot is the outdoor airplane park housing nearly a dozen replica and original aircraft, such as a Douglas DC-3 and a twin-engine Lockheed P-38 Lightning once used for ground attack, dive bombing and level bombing. Guests with extra time can also schedule an in-depth tour with docents at the front desk. For the arduous undertaking of compiling and sorting items and memorabilia for the new design and museum exhibits, John enlisted the help of Carla Roth, principal of Roth Projects, LLC. “There were over 1,400 collection items that were photographed, catalogued or scanned,” she says. “The story of the collection was fascinating. The Tallichet family had preserved and shared stories that celebrated unique alliances and spirited aviation heroes ... for example, the Aztec Eagles [Mexican Air Force



fighter squadron collaboration with the U.S. military during WWII] and the story of Israeli hero Lou Lenart, the leader of four pilots who boldly attacked 6,000 Egyptian troops invading the newly formed Israel in the 1848 War of Independence.” In the main hall, a Tuskegee Treasury exhibit made of bright yellow, powder-coated steel beams and Sintra PVC wall panels celebrates the Tuskegee Airmen—a group of African American military pilots who fought in WWII (with the largest chapter now in Los Angeles.) The exhibit is equipped with a visitor-activated SoundStick audio system, an integrated lighting system and black-and-white photos of aviation heroes. Throughout the design and planning process, no detail was overlooked. Carla and her team even made calls to contemporary aviation pioneers for permission to use photographs including Jeff Bezos, Buzz Aldrin, Elon Musk and astronaut Scott Kelly. “My team was mostly female, which I think in retrospect really added something to the way the material is presented,” adds Carla, who admits one of her favorite artifacts is a piece acquired from a local collector on loan. It is wood from the iconic Spruce Goose—a Howard Hughes and U.S. government-funded aircraft that was built almost entirely out of laminated birch. “We didn’t use a lot of militaristic or overtly masculine colors or motifs,” she continues. “We were perhaps more fascinated by the mystery of flight, the magic of aviation, the dreamers and pioneers who pushed the field forward. I think this resulted in exhibits that are accessible to a wider audience.” But what resonated with Carla perhaps the most was preserving the family legacy. “I have to confess working with the Tallichet family—John Tallichet in particular—was inspiring. I was often struck by his generosity of spirit and willingness to take on this project. Yes, it is a legacy project for their family, but they dedicated themselves to sharing a story and celebrating aviation history with an authenticity I would expect at an accredited museum. So that was interesting to me as a museum professional. It was an honor to be involved in shaping this legacy story.” Now since reopening, John has already received a lot of feedback. “We want to see people really enjoy, and we’ve had a lot of people say, ‘Thank you’ and embrace the new,” he says. “We’re constantly evolving and it’s a work in progress, but there’s still more to come.” ■ The Proud Bird 11022 Aviation Boulevard in Los Angeles 310-670-3093, theproudbird.com

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Slice of Life A former South Bay teacher opens doors to a new cheese shop in Hermosa Beach—proving to be much more than just a life dream. WRITTEN BY JENNIE NUNN | PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANE O’DONNELL

Brazilian-born Solange Comer, founder of newly opened specialty cheese shop Cultured Slice in Hermosa Beach, is a selfadmitted cheese nerd. “I get so excited when I find something new—it’s like Christmas,” she says. “Cheese is such a social food. It brings people together, and that’s another part of why I love it … because I love talking to people about my passion.” Solange, who hails from a French-Italian family that moved to Manhattan Beach from Europe three decades ago, logged many hours cooking in the kitchen with her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. “I was exposed to so many cheeses and was eating Stilton before I could walk. So it was brought on at a very early age for me, and I loved it.” Solange procures cheese from Spain, Italy, France, Vermont, Washington and Northern California and offers daily grab-and-go lunch boxes—including vegetarian and gluten-free options—and vegan cheeses. She also creates custom cheese and charcuterie boards for dinner parties and large events. “I became fascinated with different pairings and what would taste good,” she explains. For 22 years she worked as an early education teacher—most recently at American Martyrs School in Manhattan Beach—but she always had a dream to open her own business. “While teaching, I never lost my passion for cheese or cooking or entertaining,” Solange says. “I remember as a teenager there was a small cheese shop here in Manhattan Beach, in this little strip mall on Sepulveda. I remember going to it and thinking, ‘This is so great.’ But it closed, and I’m not sure why. I don’t know if the South Bay wasn’t ready for it at the time, but cheese maybe wasn’t as big as it is now.” It wasn’t until four years ago that Solange decided to make cheese her

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full-time job. “I really felt like this is the time and this is the place. I worked really hard to make this dream come true, and it was absolutely terrifying. But I thought, ‘If I don’t try, I won’t know.” Along with her wife, Solange designed her approximately 600-square-foot, Europeaninspired store with white subway tile, sealed concrete floors, pendant lamps made from cheese graters and chalkboards revealing fun cheese facts. “It’s a little European, a little beach and a lot of me,” she shares. “I remember that mom-and-pop shop feel we used to have, and I’m just hoping that I can bring that back. The shop was met with such excitement and support. Some of the neighbors have been watching and waiting and said, ‘We’re so happy you’re here.’ So I’ve thought, ‘I’m okay, and I’m on the right path.’” She wanted to create a “one-stop shop” environment with a neighborhood feel. “I have customers that say, ‘I’m going to a friend’s house tonight, and I need some cheeses,’ or ‘It’s a girls’ night,’ or ‘My husband and I want to pack a picnic and need a board,’” explains Solange, who can create just about any type of board and cheese compilation for varying budgets. “I have people who come in to buy cheese for breakfast to pair with fruit. The times have changed, and cheese is such a staple in people’s lives.” Solange admits she has plans in the works for potential partnerships with local businesses and events, including Cheese 101 education classes for customers. “There’s lots of room to grow, and I love the feedback I’ve gotten so far. I feel like people feel my vision, and it’s definitely a sigh of relief.” She attributes her late father as a driving force in her decision to launch her own company. “I have big plans in the South Bay, so we’re just getting started.” ■


Cheese Checklist: Solange’s No-fail Picks & Pairings Bayley Hazen Blue “It’s a soft, raw, cow’s milk cheese from Jasper Hill Farm in Vermont. This blue has a dense, creamy texture and a grassy, spicy aroma and would pair well with a stout beer or a fruity dessert wine—or even a chunk of dark chocolate. It has a wow-factor that is sure to please any blue lover.” Delin Brillat-Savarin “This triple cream brie from Île-deFrance is incredibly smooth, creamy and buttery. With hints of mushrooms and nuts, this pairs well with a pale ale, fruity wine and, of course, bubbles. It makes for a perfect dessert cheese; however, I wouldn’t be able to wait until dessert.” Beemster Extra Aged Gouda (X-O) “It’s a hard cow’s milk cheese from the Netherlands and aged for no less than 26 months, which gives it a deep butterscotch, whiskey and pecan, long-lasting flavor. I love this Gouda for the crunchy crystal bits that can be found nestled in the cheese. It’s an amazing pair with a little fig jam, a dry red wine or dark beer.”



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May I Offer You a Cocktail? Mister Elixir is ready to take your order. WRITTEN BY DARREN ELMS | PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANE O’DONNELL

While you’re hitting the party circuit this holiday season in the South Bay, there’s a good chance your craft cocktail will be lovingly prepared by Mister Elixir—a boutique bartending service with a killer drink menu and fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The man behind Mister Elixir is Mike Dazé, a South Bay local and fifth-generation Angelino. His great-grandfather and grandfather owned and operated the Boathouse concessions all around Los Angeles—including Westlake Park (MacArthur Park), Echo Park and Lincoln Park. Mike continues the family tradition of hospitality and has tended bar at some of the finest craft cocktail bars in New York, Los Angeles and Manhattan Beach, including his current gig at The Arthur J. Here are two of his favorite holiday recipes … both certain to keep things festive and flirty. Mike recently debuted a new line of craft cocktail mixers for those looking to simplify the process. Check out those and his full services at misterelixir.com. ■

POMEGRANATE COSMO

BOURBON HOT TODDY

2 ounces Tito’s vodka ¾ ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice ½ ounce triple sec ½ ounce simple syrup ¾ ounce pomegranate juice

2 slices fresh ginger root, muddled 2 ounces Belle Meade bourbon ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice ¾ ounce honey syrup (50/50 honey to water) 5 dashes Angostura bitters  5 mint leaves

Shake with ice until shaker tin is nice and frosty. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

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Shake or stir at room temp. Strain into coffee mug. Add 4½ ounces hot water.




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Turning the Table While we all look forward to standards like turkey and stuffing, sometimes it is fun to go outside the realm of tradition. Here are some creative alternatives to elevate your holiday menu. STYLED & WRITTEN BY KARA MICKELSON PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANE O’DONNELL

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Spaghetti & Pumpkin Squash Duo with Shitake, Pine Nuts, Sage, Tangy Kefir & Goat Cheese Serves 4 to 6 1 medium sugar pumpkin (quartered, deseeded) 2 medium spaghetti squash (cut lengthwise, deseeded) 1½ sticks butter, unsalted, plus extra for cooking squash coarse kosher salt, to taste fresh ground black pepper, to taste 16 fresh sage leaves 16 shitake mushrooms (slice if large, trim stems if using whole) ½ cup pine nuts 1 bunch collard greens (6 to 8 leaves, stems removed) pinch of fresh ground nutmeg ½ cup creamy goat cheese ¾ cup lebneh kefir cheese, thinned with water to a pourable consistency, seasoned with salt to taste



Preheat oven to 400º. Rub the inner flesh of the pumpkin and spaghetti squash with butter. Season with salt and pepper. Cook on a sheet tray at 400º until fork-tender, approximately 35 minutes for the spaghetti squash and 40–50 minutes for the pumpkin. Once the spaghetti squash has cooled, create noodles by horizontally dragging a fork across each half. The pumpkin is done when it is easily scooped out of the shell. Reserve both; can be refrigerated if making ahead of time. In a large sauté pan, melt 4 tablespoons of butter. Add half the sage leaves and the mushrooms. Sauté until lightly brown. Add pine nuts and cook until light brown. Remove ingredients from pan and reserve. Add 2 more tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of

water and lightly sauté collard greens. As the greens wilt, add a few more tablespoons of water. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Remove from pan and reserve. Reheat pumpkin and spaghetti squash in the microwave or oven until warm. Melt remaining butter in a sauté pan. Add remaining sage leaves and cook until crisp but not brown. Individually plate squash noodles and add a couple tablespoons of goat cheese and a few scoops of pumpkin per serving. Warm the mushrooms, nuts and collard greens in the sage butter and top the noodles. If serving in a platter, assemble and keep warm in a covered oven-proof dish. Add lebneh just before serving or on the side.

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Fragrant Holiday Spice Lamb with Pomegranate Salsa & Butternut Squash Puree Serves 4 to 6 olive oil 2 lamb racks, Frenched and trimmed of excess fat (approx. 2½ pounds each) coarse salt Fragrant Seasoning Paste Pomegranate Molasses Glaze Butternut Squash Puree Pomegranate Mint Salsa Preheat oven to 450º. In a large sauté pan or cast-iron skillet, heat olive oil to high heat. Pat lamb racks dry with paper towels and generously season with coarse salt on both sides. Coat pan with a thin layer of oil. When the heat begins to move the oil in the pan, just before smoke point, carefully add the lamb racks, fat side down. Sear until light brown on both sides, about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from pan and place fat side up on an oiled rack in a shallow baking pan or cast-iron skillet. Use the back of a spoon to coat the top of the lamb racks, avoiding the rib bones, with the Fragrant Seasoning Paste. You may have some paste leftover; just cover all the fat and both ends of the racks. Roast for about 10 to 15 minutes, until internal temp is 130º for medium-rare. Brush lamb with Pomegranate Molasses Glaze. Let lamb rest up to 10 minutes before carving. Slice between the bones and serve with Butternut Squash Puree, Pomegranate Mint Salsa and extra Pomegranate Molasses Glaze. FRAGRANT SEASONING PASTE* 1½ teaspoons fresh ground black pepper 1½ teaspoons cumin 1½ teaspoons coriander 1½ teaspoons ground cloves 1 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon ⅛ teaspoon ground cardamom ¼ teaspoon ground allspice 1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika ½ teaspoon Aleppo pepper, or ¼ teaspoon cayenne 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard ¼ cup olive oil Dry toast spices in pan until fragrant. Blend in a spice blender until fine. Sift out any large pieces. Cool and reserve. Can be made a week in advance. Mix spice blend with the mustard and drizzle in the olive oil until you have a spreadable consistency. Reserve, covered under refrigeration.



POMEGRANATE MOLASSES GLAZE ½ cup pomegranate molasses ½ cup honey 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar Mix all ingredients until combined. Reserve under refrigeration. BUTTERNUT SQUASH PUREE 1 butternut squash 2 tablespoons butter 1 small white or yellow onion, diced salt and white pepper to taste Wash squash, cut end and peel with a vegetable peeler to remove hard outer skin. Slice lengthwise and remove seeds and string. Cut into cubes. Melt butter in a saucepan. Add a small amount of water. Add onion. Sweat ingredients by allowing steam to soften squash and onion without browning. Continue to stir and gradually add up to 1 cup of water. Continue cooking until the vegetables are forktender and the liquid is almost evaporated. Remove from heat, cool slightly and puree in a food processor until thick and smooth. Add a tablespoon or 2 of water if needed to smooth the puree. Season with salt and pepper. POMEGRANATE MINT SALSA 1 pomegranate, deseeded 1 small orange, juiced 1 lemon, juiced 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced 1 tablespoon honey 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar ½ cup mild olive oil 1 teaspoon salt ½ cup mint leaves, washed, stemmed and chopped ¼ cup parsley leaves, washed, stemmed and chopped ¼ cup cilantro leaves, washed, stemmed and chopped Combine all ingredients except leaves. Add fresh herbs up to 2 hours before serving. Reserve under refrigeration.

*Note: If you don’t want to make your own spice mix for the Fragrant Seasoning Paste, use 2½ tablespoons of storebought Arabic 7-spice, available at Persian markets. If the purchased spice blend includes allspice, don’t add more. Continue recipe as guided. If blending your own spice mix, you can substitute ground spices for whole and skip grinding; however, expect less fragrance.

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Cornish Hen or Quail with Prosciutto, Sage, Couscous and Cream Sherry Sauce

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Serves 6 6 Cornish game hens (1½ pounds each) or quail, 2 per person salt and pepper 1 bunch fresh sage 18 slices prosciutto vegetable oil Preheat oven to 425º. Remove hens from packaging and pat dry with paper towels. Generously season with salt and pepper. Truss legs and remove any giblets. Place fresh sage leaves on breast and top with thin, slightly overlapping layers of prosciutto to cover breast. Secure with picks if needed. Heat medium to large sauté pan and add vegetable oil to lightly coat pan and prevent sticking. Sauté hens breast for 3 minutes over medium-high heat. Carefully turn bird(s) and cook another 3 minutes or until skin tightens and starts to brown. Remove and place in a pan with a roasting rack, breast side up. Sear all hens, adding additional oil only if needed. Reserve pan drippings for pan sauce. Serve with Israeli Pearl Couscous and Cream Sherry Pan Sauce. ISRAELI PEARL COUSCOUS 4 tablespoons unsalted butter ¾ cup pancetta, cut into small cubes 1 cup white or yellow onion, cut into small cubes ½ cup celery, cut into small cubes 6 leaves fresh sage, washed, dried and minced 2½ cups chicken stock 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt 2 cups pearl couscous ¾ cup toasted, unsalted pistachios ¼ cup dried currants In a medium saucepot, melt 3 tablespoons of butter and sauté pancetta until light brown. Add 1 more tablespoon of butter and cook while stirring. Add onions and celery and cook until tender without browning. Add sage. Cook for a few seconds and then add stock, salt, couscous, pistachios and currants. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer covered until liquid is absorbed and couscous is al dente. Remove from heat and cool to room temp. Refrigerate if making in advance. Check seasoning. Reheat in the microwave or oven before serving. CREAM SHERRY PAN SAUCE 1 shallot, finely diced 4 tablespoons pan drippings 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons flour ¼ cup cream sherry 2 cups chicken stock 1 teaspoon ground white pepper 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste Add shallot to pan juices and sweat until tender without browning. Add butter and melt. Add flour and cook for 1 minute. Add sherry and stir until combined. Slowly add stock and reduce sauce until it thickens. Remove from heat and strain if desired. Check for seasoning.


Be Merry, Not Manic 4 surefire ways to entertain like a pro

Holiday entertaining can be bundles of fun; it can also be bundles of stress and hard work. Luckily we have Cat Libor at Choura Events to calm our nerves and set us straight on how to create seasonal magic. Here are four ways to soften the folly and spice up the jolly.

MAKE A LIST AND CHECK IT TWICE Get organized. Thinking through details and leaving yourself enough time to plan will eliminate stress. There are great, free, online resources that provide event checklists. Now is the best time to get started!

SUGAR, SPICE AND EVERYTHING NICE Nothing brings people together like good food and drink. Stick to comfort foods and put a fun holiday twist on them. Winter drinks like mulled wine and holiday sangria are always a big hit—check Pinterest or your favorite recipe website for unique ideas. And remember: Never run out of booze!

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DECK THE HALLS Don’t hesitate to go all out—find a fun theme and stick to it. Holiday parties are once a year, and the spirit gets people excited. We always recommend leaving your guests with a sense of nostalgia. Whether you have Miracle on 34th Street running on the TV in the background or you pop on Bing Crosby’s Christmas Classics, connecting your friends emotionally to your gathering is key to throwing a meaningful event. And if you aren’t feeling very creative or the task seems too overwhelming, reach out to an event designer to help out! They’re always looking to share their ideas and help you create something magical.

JOY TO THE WORLD Most importantly: Don’t forget to have fun! Do not let the stress of planning a gathering take away from the joy people will get from being together. After all, if the goal is to get people to enjoy themselves, it has to start with you!

Planning a party should be fun; good energy is infectious. As we like to say at Choura Events: Don’t be boring! ■ Check out Choura and their event services at chouraevents.com.


Full Plate Living with a hearing impairment never deters Chef Darren Weiss from pursuing his dreams … it lights a fire. WRITTEN BY DIANE E. BARBER PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANE O’DONNELL

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What has been most challenging with being hearing-impaired during your career, and how have you compensated for that? Challenges have been there all day, every day. Communication is most important in life, and mine is restricted. Imagine not being able to hear what people are saying for a day—let alone a lifetime (though I enjoyed not hearing when any chefs yelled at me!) I can lip-read very well. When cooking I use more vision, tasting and alertness with minimal communication.

Chef Darren Weiss was born with profound hearing loss. He lived in Pennsylvania and England before settling in Santa Monica in 1976. A passion for food that began during his childhood eventually led him back to the East Coast to attend the Rochester Institute of Technology and the Culinary Institute of America in New York. After graduating from the latter in 1996, he worked in Hawaii as an executive sous chef before moving to the South Bay in 2000. He owned and operated Catalina Cafe for five years in Redondo Beach prior to opening Darren’s Restaurant in Manhattan Beach. When he talked about his journey for this story, he revealed a humble spirit that is centered in gratitude and loaded with grit.

When did you realize that being a chef was your calling in life? I knew for as long as I can remember. I have always been good at making food taste good and always have liked how it makes people feel happy.  



Who most inspired you to overcome those challenges? My parents inspired me to always focus on what I could do, not what I could not do. When I was growing up they always insisted that I was mainstreamed in regular classes.

How do you best describe Darren’s Restaurant? The restaurant is an elegant and friendly neighborhood gathering place. We serve California cuisine with a flair of both the Mediterranean and Pacific Rim. I love the taste and flavor of Asian ingredients because they are newer and more exciting than the classical ingredients. We also serve a lot of fruits and vegetables—mainly from local farms.  What creatively inspires you? I fly to Thailand every year to visit my wife’s family. One of her relatives lives in Northern Thailand. He owns his own restaurant and has taught me several interesting recipes. I also learn from going to many other local restaurants and farmers markets. Their street foods are incredible.

Who were your favorite culinary role models and why? Alex Purroy, my former boss who owned Doce Lunas in Kenwood, because he was very helpful and showed he had so much passion in his cooking. I also worked for David Paul Johnson, founder of Lahaina Grill in Lahaina, Maui—a tough chef who taught me how to overcome problems without any help by learning from my mistakes and from fellow workers.

What would you like to share about your life and your family in the South Bay? I am blessed with a wonderful family. My wife, Sawalin, is also deaf. Our son, Noah, is 7 years old and is hearing. He is the love and motivation of my life. He is a terrific ice hockey player and excels in school. Most importantly he is a nice and kind kid. He is also bilingual, as he communicates with his mother only through sign language.

How do you communicate with your team in a busy working kitchen? Are any of your staff members also hearing-impaired? None of my staff is hearing-impaired. Most of my fellow workers have been with me for a while. At first we had difficulties with communication, but as we got to know each other more we were able to understand each other better and better. They just needed to get used to my deaf accent!

What is your message to someone who is also hearing-impaired and aspires to be a chef? Focus, focus, focus! Pride, pride, pride! Every year I host a full day for deaf students from Europe to show them that deafness does not have to be an obstacle to not only being a world-class chef but also an entrepreneur. I also put on classes for local young deaf kids on the basics of cooking. ■

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Blended &Bright A cross-country marriage melds families and mementos as a bright new life is forged in big-hearted Manhattan Beach. WRITTEN BY SUZANNA CULLEN HAMILTON | PHOTOGRAPHED BY LAUREN PRESSEY STAGED BY KARA MICKELSON

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f anyone had asked Diane Bradshaw or Rob Womack if they would be married and raising their children in Manhattan Beach, they would have bought the farm—and the beach. However, serendipity brought Diane and Rob together, while their desire to find the perfect family home brought them to Manhattan Beach. Rob was born in Santa Monica but went to high school in Texas, where he met Diane. “I still hold dual citizenship as a SoCal-Texan,” says Rob. Although they never dated, they remained devoted best friends even after Rob’s return to California. When Diane called Rob to tell him she was engaged, he jumped on a plane to Dallas to ask her to halt the engagement. However, Diane never went to meet Rob and went through with the wedding instead. Thirty years passed during which Rob married and had a son, Reid, whom he raised in the Hollywood Hills. Diane married and raised two daughters in Texas, but the two never spoke again after that fateful night in Dallas. Diane is smart and quick with the determination for which beautiful steel magnolias are renowned. Although her marriage did not



last, she and her daughters created a rich life in Dallas in their gracious, traditional home filled with friends and family and decorated with her mother’s European antiques. Diane had long adored The Beverly Hills Hotel, where she and the girls visited several times each year. However, a visit to Los Angeles for an appearance on Shark Tank changed their lives. Older daughter, Maddie, created M3 Girl Designs with younger daughter, Margot, as the V.P., and an appearance on Shark Tank brought visibility for the company while it sparked the love Diane and Rob had left dormant for 30 years. “I found him on social media and asked him to have dinner with us when we were in town, but I had no idea it would lead to marriage and a cross-country move,” says Diane. Soon after that dinner, Diane and Rob knew they were meant to be together, so the question became how to blend their lives. “Our focus has always been the kids, and we wanted to start our lives fresh with each other and as a family. We found that in Manhattan Beach” says Rob. “I knew as soon as I stepped inside the front door that this was our home,” says

Diane. The Spanish Colonial architecture includes a beautiful staircase with gleaming hardwood floors, high ceilings and great light. The house had the perfect number of bedrooms as well as two living spaces and a fabulous pool for their family of five. Their move was a whirlwind that included a wedding at The Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach. “We hadn’t furnished the house, but we had wedding guests in town who wanted to see it,” says Diane. So a call to Manhattan Beach designer Caroline Burke began the process of merging their furnishings and family mementos. “My house in Dallas was traditional and had a subdued color palette, so I wanted color at the beach. I fell in love with this brilliant Jonathan Adler geometric print,” says Diane. It now covers two club chairs in the upstairs living room that they fondly call “The Rosé Room” for the rose light it imparts when the sun sets over the Pacific and washes a soft light over the bright colors. Pops of fuchsia, orange and turquoise infuse more color into the airy space. In the downstairs family room, Caroline created custom upholstery in a calm

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ivory-and-blue color scheme adjacent to the large outdoor living area and pool. The bar is a nod to their Texas roots but with a relaxed SoCal vibe. As suddenly and beautifully as life changed in their marriage and move to Manhattan Beach, life changed alarmingly soon after their wedding. Diane was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer–a fight she continues to wage with ferocity and determination. “I told Caroline that I wanted our bedroom to be a refuge, but I also wanted to keep some of my mother’s pieces,” says Diane. Caroline deftly incorporated many of Diane’s sentimental antiques into the bedroom while also making it a peaceful and relaxing sanctuary. The pale turquoise palette is reminiscent of the beach, but it beautifully frames Diane’s antiques and the portraits of her daughters. Manhattan Beach and their home have become the pillars of their lives. “This community has been amazing to me during this time, and the generosity and kindness of the people here has been overwhelming,” says Diane. Reid, 22, graduated from the University of Texas and is working in Santa Monica, while Maddie, 21, is finishing her senior year at Stanford and Margot, 17, is a junior at Chadwick. As busy as the family is, holidays are an important gathering time when the house is decorated and presents and laughter fill the rooms. “We love ‘us’ … all of us, and friends now call us the Wom-Shaws,” says Rob. Diane agrees: “Our family is blessed and blended. Our home is beautifully blended, and we have blended into this amazing community.” ■

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Maison Luxe Hermosa Beach on December 6th for an exclusive premiere showing. 138 Pier Avenue Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 Event Timing: 5:00 - 9:00 pm 310.372.5552


Heart of the Hill

How Malaga Cove in Palos Verdes went from commercial plaza to Peninsula icon     WRITTEN BY CHRIS RIDGES


This should get your attention: The first home sold in Palos Verdes Estates went for $6,000—including land, materials and construction. It was 1924, and that was a lot of money for a pad. There was no water, barely a tree and no noisy neighbors. Think “barren,” and you’ll have an idea. As the community began to grow there became a need for a marketplace—someplace to buy food and socialize. Architects Walter Webber, Sumner Spaulding and William Staunton were brought in to design the multi-building Malaga Cove Plaza. Master-planned by renowned landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., locals found a place to renew, relax and recover from all the dust.   Frederick also drafted the protective restrictions that shaped Palos Verdes Estates, offering the highest standards, guidelines and principles still in practice today. His City Beautiful Movement influenced and determined the area’s development standards, enforced by their homes association and art jury. The Palos Verdes Project was initiated to follow his Mediterranean revival style, his “open space” landscaping philosophy and concern for wildlife conservation. The homes were built in what is known as California style (not Mediterranean, Spanish, Moorish or mission but a combination of all). Taking nearly 40 years to complete, each building showcased distinct variations of style. Look closely, and you’ll see the obvious differences. None of the buildings were designed specifically to replicate one another but still express a remarkable aesthetic-coordinated result.  The first structure finished in 1925 was called the Gardner Building (renamed La Casa Primera) and was Spanish Renaissance style. It contained a market, a drugstore, a restaurant and real estate offices for the project. Up the street, La Venta Inn was completed a year earlier as a place for real estate agents to wine and dine prospective investors. Literally translated, La Venta means The Sale. In 1930 the Alpha Syndicate Building (later renamed Casa del Portal) was completed. Located on the easternmost edge, it’s the one with the large archway—or sally port— which allows traffic to pass beneath its beautiful gateway even today.  In February of that same year the Plaza’s official guardian was installed: a 2/3-scale, 100-year-old replica of King Neptune—a marble statue originally set in northern



Venice. The original bronze, sculpted by Gian Bologna in 1563, remains today a centerpiece in Bologna, Italy. This was a major achievement for the PV Project, representing the community’s strength, vision and stability. An example of late-Renaissance/Baroque, the king of the sea with his three-pronged trident has had quite a controversial history since moving to the Peninsula. Surrounded by mermaids, seahorses and guardian spirits known as genii, the Roman god has suffered considerable damage at the hands of vandals. An easy target with his white marble smooth surface, the Sea King was often spray-painted with modern-day slogans, facial hair and breasts. The removal by hammer of his most vulnerable appendage became an almost annual event and at great restoration expense. On one occasion the entire statue was stolen from its foundation only to be recovered headless. The head was returned eventually, but both head and body had suffered enough damage to require a complete replacement in 1969 (alas, with fig leaf).   The Plaza’s third structure was built a full 20 years later in 1950. Mr. and Mrs. Berthold Starr from Manhattan Beach positioned it next to the archway of Casa del Portal.   In 1954 Walter Davis (the architect who created La Venta Inn, the Point Vicente Lighthouse and many of the first homes on the Peninsula) designed the building next to La Casa Primera, now known as Malaga Cove Ranch Market. In an effort to outdo himself, Walter also built the Plaza’s General Store in 1961—his are the two towered structures. Impressed with the architecture he had discovered while studying in Europe, Walter’s designs reflect and pay tribute to the Mediterranean’s structural beauty. Between 1957 and 1963 the last three buildings were constructed. These include the (then) medical building, the building next to La Casa Primera (constructed by Howard Towle) and the Courtyard Building. The Plaza began to show signs of deterioration and decay in the ‘70s and ‘80s. A Malaga Cove Plaza Beautification Project began in 1987 and finished just several years ago, breathing new life into the center. King Neptune has been restored and repaired once again. Significant landscaping and tree planting was finished. New walkways and crosswalks have been installed. During this process, in 1995 the Malaga Cove Plaza was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.  ■

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2017

1. UGG® Gita boots, $170. 2. 32 Degrees Packable Down Puffer Coat, available in a variety of colors, $100. 3. DKNY Bryant small crossbody in luxe leather, $228.

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4. MICHAEL Michael Kors metallic leather card holder, $58. 5. Dior 3-piece Miss Dior eau de parfum gift set, $149. 6. Tommy Hilfiger men’s Sunday shawlcollar sweater, $249.

“My favorite tradition and one of the great traditions of holiday shopping at Del Amo Fashion Center is our Simon Santa experience. Seeing the faces of our youngest guest light up when they visit Santa is a truly heart warming experience.” – Chris Yates, director of marketing & business development, Del Amo

21600 Hawthorne Blvd. Torrance 310-370-8511 macy’s.com

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1. Schulz, $200. 2. Tissot watch, $655. 3. Burberry cashmere scarf, $435. 4. Creed Adventus, $315 to $425. 5. MCM Liz medium reversible shopper, $590. 6. Jo Malone, $65 to $125 per piece.

“The holiday shopping season brings a festive and robust atmosphere to Del Amo Fashion Center. While the shopping process has become more complex, we hold a tangible and experiential advantage by providing our guests what they want, where they want it, when they want it, whether its for holiday shopping, dining or entertainment.” – Chris Yates, director of marketing & business development, Del Amo

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2017

1. Rock and Gems Fine Jewelry 18K yellow gold diamond monogram necklace, $4,000. 2. Sara Weinstock 18K yellow gold diamond Isadora Starburst Bolo bracelet, $3,675. 3. HBJ 18K yellow gold Old European diamond star cut earrings, $3,850. 4. Sylva & Cie 18K yellow gold diamond arrow bracelet, $11,375.

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5. HBJ 18K yellow gold diamond and blue zircon ring, $7,700. 6. Lauren K Fine Jewelry 18K yellow gold multi-color sapphire necklace, $3,685.

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Hamilton Butler Jewels “From stocking the store with the most beautiful jewelry to decorating the windows and playing holiday carols, this is the most festive time of the year. Shopping can be stressful for customers so we try to make it as pleasurable as possible. Enjoy a delicious nibble and glass of Champagne while we help you choose the perfect piece for a friend or loved one. Jewelry is a desirable gift because it creates a memory, and it doesn’t get much more personal than a great piece of jewelry! Whether it’s the latest trend of lots of layers or bold statements, we’re here to wrap up a thoughtful and exquisite gift for everyone on your list.”

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2017

1. Tru Blu Bella dress, $158. Planet Blue. 2. Candy Trunk, $195. Sugarfina. 3. Teton shirt jacket, $145. Johnnie-O. 4. Cashmere blend crew neck with scalloped hem in whisper, $198. Michael Stars. 5. Bette statement necklace in brass, $350. Kendra Scott.

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The Point “From ruby red sparkles to romantic white dresses and formal velvet, this holiday season is all about the statement. From Kendra Scott’s glamorous jewels to Michael Stars and Planet Blue’s party-perfect dresses, The Point is crushing fashion this holiday. We are your go-to shopping and dining destination. With stores like Athleta, Bluemercury, Lou & Grey, Lucky Brand, Madewell, Prana and more, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list. Don’t forgot to bring your little ones by to drop off a letter to Santa Claus in the mailbox near the lifeguard stand before December 11.”

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2017

1. Nate Ricketts Design shell tree, $24–$248. Gum Tree HB & Gum Tree MB. 2. US Apothecary bath soak, $34. Gum Tree HB & Gum Tree MB. 3. Misa Jewelry Mini Cove 14K gold, labradorite & diamond ring, $667. Gum Tree HB & Gum Tree MB. 4. The ABC’s of Christmas, $8. Gum Tree Kids & Gum Tree MB.

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5. Alimrose princess doll, $58, Gum Tree Kids & Gum Tree MB. 6. Hat Attack knit hat with faux fur pom, $55. Gum Tree HB & Gum Tree MB.

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Gum Tree “My favorite holiday tradition is our Santa photos at Gum Tree. The ‘real’ Santa comes for photos on our front patio, and all proceeds are donated to the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation. We have raised more than $40,000 to date. Kids pass by all year and say, ‘That’s where Santa lives.’ It’s the best! I also love our wishing tree. Reading the wishes people leave is my favorite thing to do every morning in December.”

Lori Ford

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Gum Tree Hermosa 238 Pier Avenue Hermosa Beach 310-376-8744 Gum Tree Manhattan 324 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Manhattan Beach 310-318-2990 Gum Tree Kids 323 Pier Avenue Hermosa Beach 310-376-5107 gumtreela.com

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2017

1. Collection for a Cause, $45. Kiehl’s. 2. Vitamix A3500 Ascent series blender, $600. Williams Sonoma. 3. Hula surf shots set, $100. Tommy Bahama. 4. Truffle delight collection, 9-piece & 16-piece, $25/$40. Godiva.

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5. Red all-in-1 retro kitchen, $399. Pottery Barn Kids. 6. Petite faux fur vest, $180. White House Black Market.

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Manhattan Village Shopping Center “We love the excitement and energy at the shopping center during the holidays. Holiday music is playing overhead, Santa is visiting with the families, and the whole center is lit up in holiday lights. It’s an amazing time of year.”

3200 Sepulveda Blvd. Manhattan Beach 310-546-5555 shopmanhattanvillage.com

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2017 1 1. Copper-accent cheeseboard, wine stopper & stemless cups, $97/set. Tabula Rasa Essentials. 2. Handcrafted California ornaments, $12.50. Tabula Rasa Essentials. 3. Crystal leather cuff. $156. Tabula Rasa Essentials.

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Tabula Rasa Essentials “At Tabula Rasa, we have gifts that will thrill and delight everyone on your list. Think of us as Santa’s workshop at the beach! Choose items made by local artisans as well as iconic brands, timeless treasures and envy-worthy accessories from around the globe. Our collection of ornaments, candles and home entertaining are our best ever. We wish you the happiest holiday season!”

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Maureen McBride 919A Manhattan Avenue Manhattan Beach 310-318-3385 tabularasamb.com

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1. Manhattan Beach Coastal Collection, $141/set. Tabula Rasa Essentials & Yorktown. 2. Old St. Nick platter & utensil holder. $66 to $128. Yorktown. 3. Customized canvas pillows, $60. Tabula Rasa Essentials & Yorktown.

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Yorktown “This holiday season, Yorktown is excited to share great designer finds, handcrafted furnishings, luxurious accents and a wide array of fabulous gifts. Chic holiday decor and barware are ideal accents for your home and gift-giving.”

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Maureen McBride 919E Manhattan Avenue Manhattan Beach 310-379-5125 yorktownmb.com

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2017

1. Desigual black Anna sweater, $130. 2. Brighton black crystal rock jewelry set, $212. 3. Desigual black Ulianne dress, $116. 4. Free People rose gold rainbow tunic, $168. 5. Free People Effie block heel, $168. 6. Stitch Note men’s striped cotton polo, $89.

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“There’s nothing more rewarding then seeing all the cheerful faces that visit us every year during the holidays—helping them find something special for their loved ones while enjoying our beautiful, twinkly beachside boutique! Truly makes it all worthwhile! This year we’ve got several favorite trends we’re looking forward to: romantic floral prints and delicate lace. Rich reds, light rose pinks, heather greys, taupes and classic black. And our fave: extremely soft, cozy knit fabrics!”

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Amy Wilkens & Matt Wilkens 1901 S. Catalina Ave. Redondo Beach 424-247- 8948 UrbanClothesHorse.com

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2017

SKECHERS

1. Men’s Elite Flex sneaker with air cooled memory foam insole, $65. 2. Women’s Skechers GOwalk Joy™ sneaker with Goga Max® insole, $55. 3. Women’s Skecher Street Double Up – Shiny Dancer shoe with bead and rhinestone detail, $60.

“Lighted footwear continues to dominate kids’ wish lists this holiday, and the new SKECHERS Kids’ Swipe Lights are at the top for all the junior innovators—thanks to the swiping light feature and USB recharging system. For those looking to get fit and focused on wellness, our men’s and women’s sport lines are great gifts, as is our You by SKECHERS wellness line. And with SKECHERS memory foam and details like faux fur trim, comfort is a focus while you’re shopping the malls and walking Downtown Manhattan Beach. As always, SKECHERS is boxed to give, so it makes the perfect gift.”

4. Women’s Skechers on-the-GO 400 – Blaze suede boot with Goga Mat® insole, $75. 5. Women’s BOBS Keepsakes – Doggone shoe with dog applique design and faux fur lining, $45.

Michael Greenberg 1121 Manhattan Avenue Manhattan Beach 310-318-3116 3 Del Amo Fashion Center Torrance 310-542-2333 skechers.com

6. Kids’ Energy Lights high-top sneakers & Kids’ Swipe Lights glow-in-the-dark high-tops, $65 & $75.

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2. Tunisian pastel tagine, $54. 3. Tunisian tribal kilim pillow, $79. 4. Tunisian boho kids coat, $49. 5. Tunisian mini-tagines, $24. 6. Tunisian Aatik accent rug, $129.

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The Souk MB “My daughters were the best gift I ever received—and one of them a couple of days after Christmas! A favorite holiday tradition is to spend a whole evening at the tree light section in Torrance and watch my girls’ eyes light up with magic. On our wish list this year is a 20-foot slide for our girls … but mostly for us! I also like to treat myself at the holidays with wine from the special cellar at Barsha. For a winter getaway, I love to go anywhere where it snows! One of my fondest holiday memories is Christmas in snowy Milan, when Adnen proposed.”

Lenora Marouani 1201 Manhattan Ave. Manhattan Beach 310-545-1016 TheSoukMB.com

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2017

1. Albert stool, $295. 2. Baguette slicing board, $98. 3. Kensington linen throw, $195.

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kate lester HOME “I love the access I have to such fabulous and fun gift options for others! Giving a unique, high-quality gift that fulfills an unknown need (or want) is tremendously satisfying. Finding that perfect gift for friends and family may be somewhat daunting, but it is completely worth the effort! Some of my best gifts have been simple yet so impactful. Giving something thoughtful, functional and special (regardless of the size or price tag) is the surefire way to a gift your recipient will enjoy for years to come.”

Kate Lester 837 Pacific Coast Highway Hermosa Beach 310-372-0550 katelesterHOME.com

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1. Parker Maje floral print silk mini-dress in red rooted, $368. 2. Joie Nabila velvet platform heel in black, $298. 3. Whiting and Davis canteen wristlet in pewter, $255.

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marea at Terranea Resort “marea boutique at Terranea Resort has a contemporary fashion assortment that can only be found at your favorite luxury retailer, all while capturing the charm of a beachside boutique. Carrying an expertly curated selection of fashion, jewelry, accessories and gifts, marea provides a destination shopping experience that will add a personal touch to your season of giving.”

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Pat Lewis 100 Terranea Way Rancho Palos Verdes 310-265-2850 terranea.com

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2017

1. One-of-a-kind tanzanite ring in 18kt yellow gold set with 0.50 cts of diamonds, $5,200. 2. 16.54cts oval tanzanite pendant in 18kt yellow gold set with 0.35 cts of diamonds, suspended from 30” 18kt yellow gold chain, $5,500. 2

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23rd Street Jewelers 3 “Fine, precious gems are the highlight of the season! Unique designs and a kaleidoscope of bold colors are taking center stage and can create a spectacular statement piece. We at 23rd Street Jewelers love making one-of-a-kind pieces, which can express your individuality. Our inspiration for design comes from knowing what women want to wear and are interested in. For 36 years 23rd Street Jewelers has created a brand of our own: feminine, timeless, unique and highly sought after. The occasions are endless!”

Mary Kelley 1009 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach 310-374-9923 2319 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica 310-828-0833 23rdstreetjewelers.com

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1. Tammy coat, $375. 2. Logan dress, $398. 3. Zigzag Lola clutch, $128.

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“This holiday season we’re excited about our faux leopard fur jacket, metallic strappy sandals, pajamas as a ready-to-wear trend, and touches of sparkle and metallic.”

333 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Manhattan Beach 310-303-3153 trinaturk.com

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2017

1. Brady microfleece ¼ zip pullover, $125.

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2. Merion PREPFORMANCE buttondown shirt, $115 (mens), $55 (boys).

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johnnie-O “The holidays are the busiest time of year for johnnie-O, so naturally I love it! One of my favorite holiday traditions is playing the annual Turkey Bowl on Thanksgiving Day. It’s always fun to line up against family for a little smash-mouth football, but when it’s time to sit down for Tom Turkey later that night, we know we’re all on the same team. My fondest holiday memory is probably Christmas Eve growing up as a boy—a big family dinner followed by holiday music at home and dad reading ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’ is something I will always cherish.”

John O’Donnell, founder, johnnie-O johnnie-O @ The Point 860 S. Sepulveda Blvd, Unit C-107 El Segundo 310-944-8036 johnnie-O.com

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1. Michele Deco Day diamond watch, $2,095. 2. Jude Frances yellow gold and diamond pendant, $1,775. 3. Roberto Coin YG and diamond pendant, $1,650.

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Morgan’s Jewelers Torrance “Our line of work is especially gratifying during the holidays. We pride ourselves in our ability to take care of everyone’s gift needs no matter what their budget may be. Our cases are filled with the finest and most fashion-forward jewelry, as well as several lines of fine Swiss timepieces. Thanks to all our customers who have trusted us during our 70 years in business. We invite those who have not yet been to our store to visit us during this holiday season and experience the difference that Morgan’s Jewelers in Torrance can provide. Best wishes to all for a wonderful holiday season!”

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2017

1. DuBunne spa gift cards, $25 to $2,500. 2. DuBunne LED/ Cannabliss Facials, starting at $150. 3. DuBunne Cannabliss Massages, from $125.

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Jessica Palmer, Spa Director 23725 Arlington Ave. Torrance 310-326-9062 dubunne.com

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1. Freida Rothman necklace, Amazonite pendant set in 14kt signature matte gold-plated sterling silver, $695. 2. Hermes watch, Slim D’Hermes collection, stainless steel with a diamond bezel, $9,425.

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Medawar Fine Jewelers “The holidays in my line of work are magical. It brings out the best in all of us because our focus is on giving. To give brings a truly special kind of joy. Color is a strong trend this year. We have some exquisite pieces featuring a variety of breathtaking hues—from rare, gem-quality sapphires accented with matching calibrated diamonds to affordable semi-precious stones set in sterling silver.”

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Robert Medawar 810-C Silver Spur Road Rolling Hills Estates 310-544-0052 medawarfinejewelers.com

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2017

1. Sexy Multi Hex intro paddle package, $299. Individual intro paddle, $79. 2. Sexy Definition tank (womens), $42. 3. Sexy “Big S” hoodie (mens), $80. 3

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Sexy Beach Tennis “Because Sexy designs beachwear and beach tennis gear we love, we have an indoor showroom that features a nice sandy white beach tennis court for people to try! It’s super fun especially during the colder holidays.” – Mark Bonfigli, founder

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3 1. Beatriz Ball metalware, $20 to $162. 2. William Bounds salt & pepper grinders, $30 to $60. 3. Messermeister Olivia knives & natural olivewood cheese board, $60 to $180.

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The Catalina Cooking Store “Holidays are always our favorite time of the year because of the sheer volume of people we see in the store every day. It’s always fun to be that busy. It all starts with the traditional Riviera Village Holiday stroll on the Thursday evening a week after Thanksgiving, when we welcome hundreds of holiday strollers and serve cups of freshly made soup and spiked apple cider. From there through Christmas the days just fly by, as we get to help our customers with the gifts that make home chefs happy.”

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Don Koeberle 1915 S. Catalina Ave. Redondo Beach 310-378-4830 catalinacooking.com

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2017

1. Marquise-shape dangling diamond earrings set in 18k white gold. 48 diamonds, approximately 1.40 cts, $5,900. 2. Diamond ring in 18k white gold, approximately 3.92 cts., $12,950 (mounting only).

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Valalan’s Jewelers “To treat myself for the holidays, I always indulge in a piece of jewelry to commemorate each passing year. Each piece holds a special meaning and leaves a legacy for the next generation to cherish. I love creating or finding the perfect gift for our clients and cultivating our relationships. Truly it is a privilege and an honor to facilitate a very joyous occasion. Being an election year, I find that being ‘green’ in our industry seems to be the trend. I love taking old pieces of jewelry, combining them to create a story and watching how the project evolves into something very meaningful.”

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Alice Tsai 25401 Crenshaw Blvd. Torrance 310-370-5013 | 310-940-8265 valalansjewelers.com

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Trendy Eyes Optometry “Providing our customers with the gift of sight is so rewarding—at the holidays and all year long. Not only can our doctors prescribe the most accurate prescriptions, but our stylists are here to help every one of our patients look their very best. We have an incredible selection of boutique eyewear to highlight each client’s unique personality.”

223 Manhattan Beach Blvd. 310-545-4090 trendysmb.com

“Eluard” by Jacques Marie Mage, $775.

Margaret O’Leary “I grew up on a farm in rural West Ireland. We were very poor and didn’t have money for store-bought holiday gifts. Everything we exchanged was handmade—that’s how I learned to knit, by the way! I think about that today and feel close to that memory when I produce the clothes that our fans exchange with one another for the holidays.”

St. Helena cashmere cardigan, $595.

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Thank you to our generous sponsors

Coastal Contributors Bruce Biesman-Simons & Hale Field Carolyn Hadley Colburn Allen & Charlotte Ginsburg

A Garden-to-Table Dining Experience on the Peninsula

Ocean Bluff Benefactors Virginia Cicoria The R.M. Cool Company/Becky Cool The Jacqueline Glass Family Lisa & Steve Hansen Diana Heffernan-Schrader & Steve Schrader Craig & Pang Mueller (L to R) Terranea President Terri Haack, Co-Chair Sharon Ryan, Executive Jim & Diane Staes Director Andrea Vona, Co-Chair Diana Heffernan-Schrader and Lenora Grassland Guardians Marouani, owner of The Souk Bill & Barb Ailor Carl Cambilargiu & Barbara Clark-Cambilargiu Geraghty Group at Morgan Stanley Chuck & Betsy Miller Mark Paullin Phillips 66 Point Vicente Animal Hospital Siegrun & Alex Smith John & Lynn Taber (L to R) Ocean Bluff Sponsor Becky Cool, Janet Grothe of Phillips 66, Board Tide Pool Sponsors member Diana Bailey and President, Ginny Bleier Board of Directors Cassie Jones Elizabeth Dible Bob & Kathy Ford Greg Gawlik & Patty Woods-Gawlik HSBC Bank Trudy Park George & Joan Paulikas Carolynn & Andy Petru SA Recycling Shay Realty Property Management Sue & Steve Soldoff Don & Martha Tuffli Uncommon Journey/Sharon Ryan (L to R) Grassland Sponsor Steve Geraghty, Water Replenishment District Terranea President Terri Haack, Ocean Bluff Sid & Fran Wielin Contributor Jacqueline Glass and Whole Foods Market Store Leader Jennifer Ruth Zone 24 Landscaping, Inc.

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Iron mesh tee by AQC, $276, and velvet slip dress by AQC, $358; Wright’s in Manhattan Beach. Beaded earrings, $48, and ring, $48; marea boutique at Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes. Black Woodrow turtleneck sweater, $228, blue velvet Kennedy blazer, $468, and black Ferdinand trousers by Mr. Turk, $248; Trina Turk in Manhattan Beach. 

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‹ Fur jacket by H Brand, $744; Wright’s in Manhattan Beach. Smocked chiffon blouse by Frame, $270; The Beehive in Manhattan Beach. Black leather pants by Rag & Bone, $756, drop tassel earrings, $28, and ring, $72; marea boutique at Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes. Fellini Blazer by Mr. Turk, $498, and black Woodrow turtleneck sweater by Mr. Turk; $228; Trina Turk in Manhattan Beach.

› Pleated gold Kravitz dress by ALC, $695, and gold interlocking ring, $72; marea boutique at Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes. Drop earrings by Liz Law, $75; bylizlaw.com or Cami in Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach. Lacey faux fur sandal heels by Raye, $190; The Beehive in Manhattan Beach. Randolf short-sleeve polo by Mr. Turk, $198, and black and white houndstooth Alex trouser by Mr. Turk, $288; Trina Turk in Manhattan Beach. Black tuxedo shoes by Calvin Klein, $110; Macy’s at South Bay Galleria.



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Faux fur jacket by Amuse Society, $206, and black leather tie choker, $36; The Beehive in Manhattan Beach. Tailored black lace Twig dress by Diane Von Furstenberg, $368, and drop earrings, $28; marea boutique at Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes. Chunky gold ring by Gorjana, $55; Details in Hermosa Beach. Two Waves interlocking ring, $72; marea boutique at Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes. Hacienda Kalea clutch by Trina Turk, $128; Trina Turk in Manhattan Beach. Checked Marlon jacket, $398, and Lance polo by Mr. Turk, $188; Trina Turk in Manhattan Beach.

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Music, Magic, Mmm … A few offerings putting a spell on us this holiday

SONGS OF EXPERIENCE U2 The upcoming 14th studio album by Irish rock band U2 is intended to be a companion piece to U2’s previous record, Songs of Innocence (2014). Whereas its predecessor explored the group members’ adolescence in Ireland in the 1970s, Songs of Experience thematically will be a collection of letters written by lead vocalist Bono to people and places closest to his heart. Releases December 1.

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COCO DISNEY/PIXAR Despite his family’s baffling, generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Opens November 22.

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MAKING CHOCOLATE: FROM BEAN TO BAR TO S’MORE BY TODD MASONIS, GREG D’ALESANDRE, LISA VEGA & MOLLY GORE POTTER/TENSPEED/ HARMONY From nationally lauded San Francisco chocolate maker Dandelion Chocolate comes the first-ever complete guide to making chocolate from scratch. From the simplest techniques and technology— like hair dryers to rolling pins— to the science and mechanics of making chocolate from bean to bar, Making Chocolate holds everything the founders and makers behind San Francisco’s beloved chocolate factory have learned since the day they first cracked open a cocoa bean. Available November 14.



THE ART OF HARRY POTTER BY MARK SUMERAK HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS Bursting with hundreds of rare and unpublished works of art—including production paintings, concept sketches, storyboards, blueprints and more—this collectible book is the definitive tome on the visual legacy of the Harry Potter films. Fans will recognize beloved characters, creatures, locations and more as they embark on a journey through the wizarding world, from the depths of Gringotts to the heights of Hogwarts Castle. Available November 21.

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Need a Lift? Thanks to some recent upgrades, Park City is primed for your visit.

Whether you’re in town for the Sundance Film Festival or just out to catch some incredible Utah powder, the season is looking really solid in beautiful Park City. No stone was left unturned in the recent $15 million renovation of the iconic ski-in/ski-out Grand Summit Hotel. Located in the heart of Canyons Village at the largest ski resort in America, the Grand Summit is steps away from the mountain. Natural textures and a soothing color palette reflecting the hotel’s stunning alpine locale create a modern yet understatedly elegant ambience throughout this distinctive property—now part of Vail Resorts’ premium RockResorts lodging collection. Highlights at the Grand Summit include the also revamped RockResorts Spa, perfect for unwinding after a full day on the slopes, and The Farm, the hotel’s in-house dining venue preparing from-scratch, sustainably-raised fare from local farms and purveyors. 4000 Canyons Resort Drive, 435-615-8099, parkcitymountain.com If you’re looking for something in town and more of the boutique variety, you can’t do better than the incredibly stylish George Washington School House. As the name implies, the structure was built as a school in 1889 and has since graduated to a fine hotel. With only 12 rooms/suites, it offers guests a heated pool and terrace surrounded by aspens and a roaring fire in the nicely appointed lounge. The hotel regularly offers a delicious breakfast menu in addition to a lively après-ski gathering for wine and relaxation. 543 Park Avenue, 800-824-1672, washingtonschoolhouse.com While both properties will be happy to assist you with your day of skiing, there’s plenty besides fresh powder to enjoy in Park City Town. The bustling Main Street is packed with retail—from fashionable winter and recreation wear to jewelry, art and trendy home design. On the dining side, options abound so you’ll never get bored. Some standouts from a recent visit include Firewood on Main, featuring New American heirloom cuisine, and Riverhorse on Main, one of the oldest and most distinguished restaurants in town. 306 Main Street, firewoodonmain.com, and 540 Main Street, riverhorseparkcity.com. Of course you can’t beat Atticus Coffee, Books and Teahouse for your morning cup, and a visit to Park City wouldn’t be complete without a tasting at High West Distillery, a popular saloon and happy hour hangout. 738 Lower Main Street, atticustea.com, and 703 Park Avenue, highwest.com. ■



APRÈS ALL DAY Left: George Washington School House. Top: Hitting the slopes. Middle: Getting hungry at The Farm. Below: By the fireside at George Washington School House.

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Family What is family to you? DNA? History? Togetherness? We caught up with a handful of South Bay families who, though unique in many aspects, share a deep love for the South Bay and—most importantly—each other. WRITTEN BY DARREN ELMS | PHOTOGRAPHED BY NANCY PASTOR




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WHO: SHERRI, STAN, NOAH & BRYSON FRANCOIS WITH THEIR FOSTER DAUGHTER

WHERE: REDONDO BEACH Sherri and Stan were considering adoption for a while when someone brought to their attention how many children of all ages were in the foster system of L.A. County. When they realized their family was able to provide a safe, nurturing home for a child, they went through the foster-to-adopt program in order be an approved foster family. They received the call from a social worker asking if they were able to take in a 1-monthold baby girl in just a few days. From the moment she arrived, they fell in love. Sherri sums it up in one of her favorite quotes: “Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs—the ones who accept you for who you are, the ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.”



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WHO: ROSEMARY & JAMES NEWTON

WHERE: MANHATTAN BEACH Rosemary and John met in Hermosa Beach and got married more than 67 years ago at American Martyrs Church in 1950. They raised four children and lost two. Their son lives in Missouri and their daughter in Arizona, so they are mostly on their own. When they bought their house, it was on a dirt road in Manhattan Beach—not too far from Mira Costa High School. They paid $650 for the land. They built a house on that property, and they still live in it today. For them, family is both locality and longevity.

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WHO: DAVID, SHANNON, SYDNEY, KYLEE, EVAN & HAILEY SCHWARTZ

WHERE: RANCHO PALOS VERDES When Shannon found out she was pregnant, her blood work showed a high indicator usually associated with twins. During a follow-up ultrasound, they discovered a third heartbeat. On another appointment, they found a fourth. “Needless to say we were terrified to go back to the next ultrasound appointment,” shares David with humor. But he says raising quadruplets has been an amazing journey, one that has been both extremely challenging and rewarding. “To be able to watch these children grow into the beautiful, bright, compassionate individuals they are becoming is overwhelming in every way.”    When people ask if it gets easier raising their four kids as they get older, David and Shannon say, “Not really; it’s different.” Adds David, “We may not be going through diapers like they were going out of style, but we have become masters of conflict resolution, scheduling, chauffeuring, volunteer work, all types of sports and, currently, eighth-grade math!

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WHO: ANTHONY PEÑA HUERTAS, FRANCIS DÍAZ IRIZARRY & PEDRO ANTONIO PEÑA DIÁZ

WHERE: TORRANCE Anthony and Francis, both from Puerto Rico, met at their hometown Catholic church. They were married in 2008, just as he was commissioned as second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. After nearly a decade abroad, the couple arrived in Torrance last year with son Pedro. “There is a great pride and purpose in what we do as a military family,” shares Francis. “It also comes with unique challenges. We move every three years, leaving behind our family, friends and the cities we love. But we always try to look at each move as an opportunity to explore and discover new places.”



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WHO: DEREK BILLINGS, CHRIS CARTER, KIRA AND HUNTER BILLINGS-CARTER & HULA

WHERE: MANHATTAN BEACH Derek and Chris wanted their twins to be raised in a small town that resembled the ones they grew up in. The more they visited Manhattan Beach, the more they knew it was the perfect place for their family. “At first our kids’ new friends would ask me, ‘Why does Kira have two daddies?’ to which I replied, ‘Well, some families have two daddies, some have only one parent, some have a mom and dad. All families are different.’ The child would usually say, ‘Oh. Do you like Pokemon?’ We’ve even heard stories of some of our kids’ friends complaining to their parents, ‘I want two dads! Hunter and Kira’s dads are so cool!’ “Family is love. Loving someone more than yourself. Loving the life you build together. Loving each other’s accomplishments, hopes and dreams. Loving the family you are born with and the family you choose. And loving the people in our lives that lift us up.” ■



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Animal Instinct

Fauna artist Aimée Hoover fills canvases with images that imitate, educate and inspire people about our natural world. WRITTEN BY SUZANNA CULLEN HAMILTON PHOTOGRAPHED BY MONICA OROZCO

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South Bay animal artist Aimée Rolin Hoover paints at the speed that the images and thoughts roll through her mind. “I’m a fast painter so if I wake up with an image in my mind, I go paint it so that there’s less in my head while there’s a freshness to the painting,” she says. For three years Aimée has taken the month of September to paint her “September 30/30” series. It’s a blistering 30 days during which she churns out one painting each day. “It’s the hardest thing I’ve done,” she says. The paintings are posted each day at noon on Aimée’s site, and the prices are reduced 50% during the month of September. While animals are always the subjects of her paintings, they range from mammals to birds to fish. A hummingbird hovers against a bright green field, while a fluffy white sheep seems to smile in response to the viewer. A pensive gorilla evaluates his view, while a Podenco Canario is alert and on watch. A Siamese fighting fish consumes the canvas in

an elegant sway that reveals the power of his fanning fins. Aimée began her career as a graphic designer, while painting was a passion she pursued on the side. However, in 1999 Aimée made the leap to full-time artist when she began her business of painting pets. For 13 years Aimée’s painting subjects were people’s beloved animals. “However, part of being an artist is to keep growing and challenging yourself. So in 2012 I decided to move away from painting pet portraits and to start painting all types of animals,” Aimée says. Aimée relies on various sources for inspiration. “Sometimes I reach out to photographers for images, but other times I scroll through hundreds of images on the internet looking for the ones that are most inspiring,” she says. Aimée works in various mediums that include paintings and charcoal drawings. Sometimes colors pop in her paintings, while other times the colors are more subdued.


Sometimes her images are sharp, while other times the edges are blurred and the images are more emotive. Her charcoal drawings reveal depth and an appreciation and understanding of light and shadow and movement. The Bovine Farm Animal series and her Equine series are both beautifully executed. Charming hogs and majestic Highland cattle are part of the powerful Bovine Farm series. The Equine series evolved when Aimée began to paint horses without showing their faces. “I became obsessed with the fly mask and how to create a painting where the viewer connects with the animal but not through the eyes,” says Aimée. Fly masks are made of mesh, so while they appear to completely block the horse’s ability to see, the reality is that the horse can see while also being protected from flies and mosquitos. “What I found is that horses are very emotive, and they communicate not only through their eyes but through a slight turn of the head or a twitch of the



ears,” says Aimée. That subtle communication is very similar to humans who also use body language to communicate, so Aimée’s Equine series is not only about horses—it’s about the ability to relate and communicate on a subtle, nonverbal, nonvisual level. Aimée’s paintings range in size from small 12” x 12” pieces to large, commanding paintings that can be up to 60” x 60.” A powerful rhinoceros takes his stance on a 5-foot-square canvas, while a 4-foot-long shark swims across another extended canvas. Whether in paint or charcoal … whether on a small paper or a large canvas, Aimée’s work conveys motion and emotion. Her paintings are represented both in galleries and online through her own website. However, Aimée is loyal to her clients because she is adamant that prices be the same regardless of whether a painting is purchased through a gallery or directly from her website. She also enjoys the interaction with

her customers. “When people invest in my work, those collectors become close friends,” she says. Aimée continues to expand her horizons both in terms of her art and her business. As she continues to explore animals in different ways and mediums, she has also expanded her business reach to Australia where a gallery represents her pieces. She will occasionally take on a pet portrait as a special commission, but her goal is to continue exploring the animal kingdom at-large. “I want to be true to myself as an artist, and that means continuing to push myself in new directions with new subjects,” says Aimée. As we continue to witness the impact of humans on the natural world, Aimée’s work will become increasingly relevant as we document both our own pets and the animals around the world with whom we share this planet. ■

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Couple Goals

Gretchen Tiernan and Megan Richardson are making spa life accessible in the South Bay while building a brand that’s growing at rapid speed. WRITTEN BY AMBER KLINCK

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For Sand Spa owners Gretchen Tiernan and Megan Richardson, the decision to open the doors of their first Manhattan Beach location stemmed from a desire to increase the accessibility of spa treatments from the once-a-year indulgence to regular self-care appointments. It helped that the two have a strong entrepreneurial spirit and were in the right place at the right time. Driving down the street in El Porto, Gretchen saw a “For Lease” sign in the window on Highland Avenue. After an impromptu viewing of the space and realizing that the landlord was willing to take a chance on the then 23- and 24-year-old duo, the gals were given until 10 p.m. that evening to take the space. “We thought, ‘Let’s just go for it,’” Gretchen notes. “There’s never going to be a perfect time,” Megan adds. “And we both love the North Manhattan Beach crowd. It was just such a good spot for us to be.” Sand Spa was born, and immediately the women started working hard to solidify the

brand’s reputation in the South Bay. “We worked the front desk every day from 10 in the morning till 10 at night,” Gretchen shares. With no budget for a front-desk staff, the girls became the face of the spa—developing relationships with their clientele and learning the ins and outs of their business from the front to the back of the house. Not even a year later, the pair was planning to introduce a new location in Hermosa Beach. “We thought, ‘There are two of us; let’s divide and conquer and build them both from the ground up at the same time,’” explains Gretchen. “It was probably one of the best things we could have done.” Originally from the South Bay, Megan left home for college, but she always knew where she wanted her business to originate. “It’s hard to leave; growing up in Manhattan Beach spoils you. We knew we wanted to start something of our own, and what better place than right here in South Bay?” For Gretchen, who was raised in Northern California just outside Sacramento, life in


the Beach Cities seemed almost too good to be true. “When I first got here, it just felt like the clouds opened. I thought, ‘This is where you’re supposed to be.’ It was one of those, ‘aha’ moments,” she explains. “Manhattan Beach changed my life. Being around this many people that had a smile on their face—it really made me feel like I could be somebody.” With the strength of a relationship that began nearly a decade ago (Gretchen and Megan met through mutual friends while playing college basketball against each other), as well as a shared admiration for the South Bay community and the continued success of both their Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach locations, it only makes sense that the partners would want to add another store. With a scheduled grand opening set to happen prior to the 2017 holiday season, Megan and Gretchen are preparing to introduce Polish—a third Sand Spa located in Manhattan Beach that will solely offer nail services.



As for next steps, the two are keeping their options open. “A lot of people ask us where we see ourselves five years from now,” Gretchen says. “There’s a lot more we want to do, but we don’t want to limit ourselves.” With more than 60 Sand Spa team members, the duo has projects on the horizon like a new app and a partnership with multiple Los Angeles-based hotels offering in-room services. They certainly haven’t limited themselves so far … and they’ve done it all while giving back to the community they love—donating to a number of local schools and businesses. “Our end goal is to keep evolving,” Megan says. “We’ve learned that you have to be able to adjust and change.” With open minds, a tenacious work ethic and a go-big-or-go-home mentality that has served them well, there’s no telling how far Gretchen and Megan—and their growing brand—will go. ■

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you’ve been schooled. Think you have all the answers on how our Manhattan Beach public schools are funded? A valuable lesson on a complicated process turned up some surprising results.

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it is often said

that perception is reality. Yet in our social media-driven culture misinformation abounds, falsehoods spread like wildfire and many perceived notions are often proven to be untrue. Case in point: Consider the outstanding school system in Manhattan Beach. Conventional wisdom suggests that the quality of schools in a neighborhood like MB is largely due to its affluence. This type of erroneous assumption is exacerbated when demographic studies support a link between affluence and school performance. To be sure, wealthy neighborhoods do tend to have better performing schools, while lower-income neighborhoods often have sub-par or failing schools. Yet the correlation between wealth and school performance may not actually be due to the reasons one most often presumes. When asked, many people conclude that schools like those in the Manhattan Beach Unified School District (MBUSD) outperform their counterparts because the area is wealthy and thus receives greater education funding. But that conclusion stems from a completely faulty premise and is therefore intrinsically flawed. Yes, wealthy neighborhoods by definition have higher property values. Correspondingly, residents in these neighborhoods pay substantially higher property taxes. And property taxes in most states—including California—are a primary source of education funding. The flaw lies in the assumption that property tax revenues remain in the school district where they were collected. Subsequently, people assume that affluent school districts like MBUSD are flush with cash and that all that cash begets better school performance. It is true that funding levels customarily have an impact on the performance outcomes of schools, although empirical data on occasion contradicts that correlation. For example, the U.S. spends far more per pupil than most Westernized countries yet lags

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behind in several meaningful indicators of education outcomes. Still, in general it is safe to conclude that increased funds will affect performance by boosting scholastic resources. The irony is that in California, wealthier school districts often receive the lowest revenues, while lower-income districts routinely receive the highest funding levels. California’s education funds derived from property taxes are redistributed across the state and, with few exceptions, do not stay in the district where the revenue is generated. So a district like MBUSD with high property taxes based on high real estate values actually receives less education funding than just about any other district statewide. Wait ... what? If you are wondering why those tax revenues do not stay in their districts— or where the funds go, or how they get allocated—you’re not alone. To fully unravel the circuitous route on which education funds travel, we need go back nearly five decades. Prior to 1970 California school districts set their own property tax levels to fund local education. This led to enormous disparities in school funding between wealthy and poor neighborhoods. The question of access to education based on wealth became the hotbutton issue of the day. In 1971 the California Supreme Court ruled in favor of Serrano v. Priest under the Equal Protection Clause of both the California Constitution and the U.S. Constitution. In an effort to dilute disparities between the educational opportunities in high- and lowincome neighborhoods, the court placed a ceiling on revenues for school districts, thus in theory equalizing revenues across all California school districts. Regrettably this ruling did little to fix the problem, as strong-willed districts found a way to circumvent revenue limits by passing local referenda. Property taxes continued to rise, while the chasm between high- and lowincome school districts continued to widen. In 1978 the burden of high property taxes reached critical mass. California voters passed Proposition 13, which capped property tax

assessed values at 1% and annual increases at 2%, and required a 2/3 majority vote to pass any further increases. While Prop 13 stabilized the housing market, it left in its wake a profound and lasting impact on California public education and its funding. As a result of Prop 13, state property tax revenues fell 57%, and control of apportioning those property tax funds shifted from local districts to Sacramento. To determine how these funds would be allocated, a formula was created based on the education spending levels in 1972 (the year after the Serrano ruling). At that time Manhattan Beach was a K–8 district and spent only about 20% of collected property taxes on its schools. MBUSD was designated a Revenue Limit District, and thus does not retain its property taxes. Meanwhile a district like Palo Alto—where larger sums of property taxes were used for school funding—was designated a Basic Aid District. That meant it was able to keep its excess property taxes. The semantics of these designations are confusing. “Revenue Limit” sounds as though the district keeps its money, while “Basic Aid” sounds as though the district is underserved and thus needs extra state funding ... when in reality, just the opposite is true. To add to confusion, there was a complicated web of ways schools could increase funding based on categorical needs, and this often resulted in further inequities between districts. Then in 2013 California Legislature passed the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) in an effort to simplify how tax revenues are distributed to local school districts to fund public education. LCFF also returns discretionary control of how to spend education funds to the district level. LCFF is the first major change to how California manages and funds its education system in nearly four decades. It replaces the former spending system of categorical spending, revenue limits and basic aid with a per-student base grant supplemented by the state to cover students with “higher” funding needs. Essentially, every district receives the same


per-pupil funding based on average daily attendance. Then districts that have students with higher needs receive additional funding. The three categories of students in need of extra funding are English learners, students who qualify for reduced or free lunch and students in foster care. MBUSD has the lowest percentage of students who qualify for additional funding out of all school districts in California. Thus MBUSD receives the lowest level of per-pupil education funding statewide. Factor in the fact that California ranks 44th in per-pupil funding and 50th in student-to-teacher and student-to-counselor ratios in the U.S., and MBUSD’s funding issues are magnified. One major solution many districts throughout California found to supplement gaps in public school funding was to pass parcel taxes. These taxes can be difficult to pass because they assess the tax not on the value of the property or its use but on a flat fee basis. In addition they require a 66% super majority to pass. One of the benefits of a parcel tax is that most communities vote for a parcel tax with a senior citizen exemption, so that retirees on fixed incomes will not be negatively impacted by them. In addition, they accomplish their goal of fundraising—bringing in much-needed extra monies to enhance local education. In districts like Palos Verdes, Palo Alto and San Marino, parcel taxes represent 7%, 8% and 11% of the districts’ budgets respectively. Piedmont, California’s parcel tax makes up an astounding 28% of their district’s budget. Manhattan Beach is one of the only topperforming school districts statewide that does not have a parcel tax. According to the LA Times, Manhattan Beach is 79th out of 88 on a list of municipalities in LA County ranked by their effective property tax rates in descending order. Though property taxes in Manhattan Beach are high due to property values, the



MB effective property tax rate is a remarkably low 1.059263%, which is largely due to not having parcel taxes and other funding assessments. MBUSD derives its revenues from state funding as well as local sales, business and income taxes. Meanwhile, back to Prop 13. Following its passage, California school districts—faced with severe budget cuts—were forced to make excruciating choices and eliminate beloved programs deemed less necessary. Many teacher, counselor and staff positions were cut; class sizes increased adversely, affecting the quality of instruction; and resources were severely scaled back. These changes did not sit well with parents and teachers. Unwilling to accept the new normal, many sought to find their own solutions to protect the quality of their children’s education. Fortunately, as is so often the case, challenging times spur innovative solutions. One notable positive response to postProp 13 draconian funding cuts was the advent of education foundations, along with the rise of other volunteer support organizations such as booster clubs. These philanthropic organizations rose to the occasion and began filling in the gaps and repairing the damage of cutbacks in school programs. Over the past four decades the number and influence of support organizations has risen steadily throughout California. In 1990 there were just 278 education foundations. By 2011 that number grew to 920.

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Over the past four decades the number and influence of support organizations has risen steadily throughout California. In 1990 there were just 278 education foundations. By 2011 that number grew to 920.

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Manhattan Beach is fortunate to have one of the most successful and prominent education foundations in all of California, if not the U.S. Founded in 1983, the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation (MBEF) was one of California’s earliest education foundations established to supplement the shortfall of funding created in response to Prop 13 funding cuts. MBEF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit fundraising organization that gives parents and the community at large an opportunity to invest in their local public education. In its early years MBEF stepped in to provide supplemental funds to enhance arts and music—some of the first programs negatively affected by budget cuts. At first MBEF grants were humble, amounting to just a few thousand dollars. As the needs of MBUSD grew, the role of MBEF grew in tandem. Grants from MBEF to MBUSD now represent nearly 10% of the district’s annual budget and have grown exponentially from just a few thousand dollars to multimillions of dollars annually. In the 2016/2017 school year MBEF disbursed $5.8 million in grants to the district. These vital funds pay for 71 educators including teachers, librarians, college and career counselors, as well as guidance and support counselors. They help keep class sizes at appropriate levels. Grants fund professional development for teachers— an essential tool to continuing best practices in evolving educational techniques. In 2015/2016 MBEF funded the professional development of 61% of MBUSD instructors. MBEF funding provides stipends for the Teacher of the Year at each of the seven school sites. MBEF grants supplement STEM programs and fund 44% of MBUSD’s K–12 music programs. MBEF also funds electives and extra period classes and does so much more for MBUSD. MBEF support of MBUSD is clearly working. By any measure traditionally used to evaluate the quality of a school district, MBUSD consistently excels. They have high graduation rates, high test scores, strong college preparedness, math and English proficiency, and high AP participation, test and passing rates. Mira Costa High School is reliably ranked in the top 1% of U.S. public high schools by both Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report and earned a Gold Medal for 2017 by U.S. News & World Report. MBUSD schools have been designated Distinguished, Gold and Green Ribbon Schools by the California Department of Education and Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. The vital annual grants that MBEF provides to MBUSD to ensure its continued success are derived from two primary fundraising sources: its annual appeal, which takes place beginning in autumn and runs through January, and its legendary wine auction, which happens every June. The annual funds that MBEF raises for the district are essential, yet they are also susceptible to fluctuations in the economy and the financial stability of residents. Auspiciously, a group of early MBEF supporters realized the best way to support and protect the school district was to establish a permanent and stable funding source for MBEF. The group noted that every year MBEF would


meet its fundraising goals, but after making its annual gift to MBUSD the funds were exhausted and they would have to begin fundraising all over again. They wanted to create a more permanent funding source. So in 1986 this group of forward-thinking MBEF supporters founded The MBEF Endowment, a separate 501(c)(3) organization with the sole mission of providing a sustainable and enduring funding source to MBEF. Manhattan Beach was one of the first communities in the U.S. to establish a permanent private funding source for its schools. Modeled after the endowments of universities such as Harvard and Stanford, the endowment began with just $10,000 in principal funds. Contributions, sound investing and the magic of compounding over the years allowed the endowment to multiply. By 2014 the endowment surpassed $10 million, enabling it to make its first distribution of $116,000 to MBEF. The endowment recently crossed the $15 million mark. It took 27 years to reach the $10 million mark and less than four years to reach its current level. At more than $15 million, the 2017/2018 disbursement to MBEF will be more than $500,000. But The MBEF Endowment has a loftier goal: reaching $20 million by 2020. If the organization meets this goal—and it is certainly on track to do so—the endowment, which is allowed to disburse up to 5% of its value each year, could ostensibly disburse up to $1 million annually in perpetuity to MBEF. These disbursements will be impervious to economic fluctuations or budgetary instability from the state’s public school funding. Just think about that: $20 million dollars by 2020. It is indeed a lofty goal. Reaching it will take tremendous financial support from an already extremely generous

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community. Manhattan Beach is one of the most giving and active communities, especially in supporting its school system. But even the most generous people can burn out when asked repeatedly to open their checkbooks. And it can get a bit confusing to discern how these interrelated organizations differ. If someone supports the wine auction and has made direct donations to MBEF, the delineation between the education foundation, the wine auction fundraising event and the endowment may blur. And then there is the adage that charity begins at home. As Mike Duckworth, president of The MBEF Endowment, says, “People are often concerned about ‘my kid now.’ If they are donating, they naturally want to know how it will impact their family directly.” When MBEF supporters are collecting for the endowment, which is a long-term investment in the education of future generations, it’s not as easy to get people onboard. This was especially tough in the first two decades when monies went into the endowment to build principal and could not be touched. But the long-term investment of the endowment benefits everyone, especially in a neighborhood where real estate values are so entwined with the quality of the school district. Not to mention, supporting the endowment is just a smart (and right) thing to do. Mike goes on to explain, “Thirty years ago, a group of visionaries wanted to do something spectacular. With great foresight, they worked really hard to build this tremendous asset for the community. It is now our responsibility as a community to continue this legacy.” He continues, “Some of our biggest donors are people whose kids have already

matriculated out of our schools. But these donors recognize the longer-term benefits of the endowment. Though their kids are grown and gone, they are still part of our community and they realize what an asset The MBEF Endowment is to our community. The role of MBEF is to support MBUSD so every child in the district has excellent educational opportunities. MBEF bases its grants on the needs the parents, schools and community have expressed. It is the liaison between the schools and the community. If the community wants something from the schools, MBEF can work with them to make it happen. Per the mission statement, MBEF funds programs that inspire learning, enrich teaching and promote innovation and academic excellence in the public schools of Manhattan Beach.” Each June MBEF hosts its illustrious Manhattan Wine Auction. Soon to be in its 24th year, the auction is MBEF’s annual fundraiser to support MBUSD. The 2018 wine auction will take place on June 8 at Manhattan Country Club. The event has become so popular within the community that general admission tickets sell out within a day. Since its inception in 1994, the wine auction has become the largest charity wine auction in Southern California. With each subsequent year, the auction has raised impressive funds for MBUSD. In 2016 net proceeds of the wine auction exceeded $1.1 million. This year, the auction raised an impressive $1.8 million. As Mike muses—only somewhat jestingly, “My vision is that in 30 years the MBEF Endowment will exceed $100 million and will be able to provide a significant source of funding—perhaps even replace MBEF as the main source of funding for MBUSD.” ■


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Start 2018 off with a well-deserved spa day … or better yet, make it a vacation. Here are 11 spas this side of the Mississippi to cross off your bucket list of bliss.

Arizona L’APOTHECARY SPA AT L’AUBERGE DE SEDONA, SEDONA Why it’s on our radar: With the help of a spa specialist, blend your own body scrub, soak or bath salts using ingredients such as chaparral, sage, cacao, peppermint, nutmeg, Epsom salt and lavender. Book now: Quiet Mind (90 minutes; $235), inspired by the Quiet Mind flower essence blend (including geranium and bird of paradise flower) from Lotus Wei, is a journey intended to help guests learn to turn off their mind for the ultimate massage benefits with guided breathing techniques and facial acupressure points. lauberge.com

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SANCTUARY SPA, PARADISE VALLEY Why it’s on our radar: The property completed a major $2 million renovation to the Spa Casitas and Spa Suites with private outdoor space replete with a soaking tub and canopied daybeds, and a newly unveiled 3,500-square-foot, four-bedroom Spa House for retreats and getaways (think exclusive in-room experiences and deliveries such as a hand-and-foot bedtime aromatherapy massage and a meditative coloring book.) Book now: The Wild Lime Blossom (Monday through Thursday, 90 minutes, $235; Friday through Sunday, 90 minutes, $245) is an aromatic scalp and full-body relaxation massage complete with warm wild lime oil. sanctuaryoncamelback.com

Wyoming THE SPA AT FOUR SEASONS RESORT AND RESIDENCES, JACKSON HOLE Why it’s on our radar: Situated at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village, die-hard skiers and outdoorsy types will revel in the cozy yet luxe, 11,685-squarefoot spa with 16 treatment rooms and two private spa suites appointed with Swiss showers, deep soaking tubs and fireplaces. Book now: Après Ski Spa Ritual is a new treatment designed for skiers and snowboarders using heat to help alleviate sore muscles. The journey begins with a Himalayan salt body soak followed by a native hot stone massage and a willow bark wrap—a natural anti-inflammatory. fourseasons.com/jacksonhole Sanctuary Spa, Paradise Valley



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Colorado THE SPA AT THE BROADMOOR, COLORADO SPRINGS Why it’s on our radar: Next year this historic, fairytale-like property—which has played host to countless celebrities and dignitaries including Elvis Presley, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and Margaret Thatcher—will celebrate its 100th anniversary. Daredevils and adventure seekers can sign up for a Soaring Adventure on one of two zip-lining courses (or a combination of both courses), or enroll in the Seven Falls Challenge. The guided, 10-mile course (with 700 feet of elevation gain) consists of a short bike ride to Seven Falls, a trail run to the top of the falls and intermittent body weight exercises with the help of a certified fitness trainer. Book now: Tuscan Fig Hydrotherapy Ritual (50 minutes; $125) is a full-body, Tuscaninspired bath that hydrates and revives skin using chardonnay grape seeds combined with sugar and Tuscan figs. broadmoor.com

THE RITZ-CARLTON SPA, DENVER Why it’s on our radar: The recently redesigned spa retail area and fitness center (the hotel also completed a major refresh in the lobby, guestrooms and meeting areas), houses a well-edited collection of skin care and spa product lines including Boulder– based company Sanitas. Book now: The Ultimate 5280 (75 minutes; $205) is a body wrap—complete with a dry brush and facial mask—that increases circulation and promotes deep hydration, a plus given the elevation of the Mile-High City. During the treatment, drift away while cocooned in Mylar and finish with an application of body butter for intense hydration. ritzcarlton.com/denver

THE SPA AT HOTEL TALISA, VAIL Why it’s on our radar: The brand new spa, opened last month within Vail’s new ski-in/ ski-out Hotel Talisa, is fashioned with a tranquil, grey-and-white color palette reflective of the surroundings and artwork and artifacts paying homage to the town’s rich history and Southern Ute Indian Tribe roots. Set along Gore Creek, the spa features 10 treatment rooms outfitted with music and lighting customized for each guest, and men’s and women’s locker rooms with steam rooms and salt saunas.

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Book now: Colorado Wildflower Scrub (50 or 75 minutes) combines chia seed, jojoba and brown sugar infused with rainbow flourite crystals to exfoliate and soften skin. A bouquet blend of concentrated wildflower essences is selected to sync with your energy output and customize the experience, which concludes with a massage lotion application in the same bouquet as your scrub. hoteltalisa.com

California THE SPA AT FOUR SEASONS RESORT THE BILTMORE SANTA BARBARA, SANTA BARBARA Why it’s on our radar: A cozy, Spanish Colonial-style spa outfitted by Peter Marino and Associates (think New York Public Library and St. Patrick’s Cathedral) with ocean views, fireplaces, deep soaking tubs, handcrafted ceramic tiles and lamps, vases and intricate tile-topped coffee tables crafted by French ceramic artist Roger Capron. Other standout pieces include a photograph of The Biltmore swimming pool by artist Jennifer Kos that hangs above the spa desk. Book now: Organic Seaweed Leaf Wrap (80 minutes) uses seaweed strands culled from the ocean in Silgo, Ireland, and commences with an exfoliation using finely ground seaweed and walnut shells, followed by a seaweed wrap (legs, arms, back and stomach, if desired, are wrapped in long strands of seaweed) for a deep detoxification. While wrapped, enjoy a relaxing scalp and/or foot massage. fourseasons.com/ santabarbara

THE SPA AT RANCHO VALENCIA, RANCHO SANTA FE Why it’s on our radar: The Mediterraneaninspired spa with wrought-iron gates has just unveiled a new treatment menu and product line exclusive to the property in partnership with Natura Bissé. Other new additions include a 1,000-square-foot Serenity Yoga Pavilion and fitness workshops using Elemental Wellness spa therapies customized and based on William H. Sheldon’s somatotypes (making it one of only two spas in the country with these type of therapies based on body type: ectomorph, endomorph or mesomorph.) Book now: The Kur (90 minutes; $285) is inspired by the European holistic holiday and includes a private soak, refreshing cool

wrap and therapeutic massage. ranchovalencia.com

SPA OJAI AT OJAI VALLEY INN, OJAI Why it’s on our radar: The 31,000-squarefoot, Mediterranean-inspired spa is appointed with 28 treatment areas, including massage rooms with fireplaces and two 1,500-squarefoot spa penthouse suites replete with a meditation loft and a private outdoor whirlpool. For art classes and custom-blending workshops, guests can visit the on-site Artist Cottage and Apothecary at Spa Ojai. Book now: Ojai’s East West Ritual For Balanced Beauty (100 minutes; $355) embraces the spiritual energy of the Ojai Valley using sustainably sourced Kypris skin care. It features a facial massage incorporating rose quartz crystals and energy work for the ultimate mind and body rejuvenation. ojairesort.com

SPA MONTAGE AT MONTAGE LAGUNA BEACH, LAGUNA BEACH Why it’s on our radar: Schedule a treatment at the oceanfront, Craftsman-style resort and take full advantage of the spa’s offerings including a daily morning Thalassic Beach Walk, an evening yoga class and access to Spa Montage’s signature 18-minute Art of Spa ritual replete with a steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi and cold plunge pool. Book now: Warming Ginger Massage (60/90/120 minutes; $255/$345/$435; book 90+ minutes and receive a $50 credit for next visit) addresses achy muscles and incorporates ginger oil to boost the immune system, while a restorative eye treatment soothes and hydrates montagehotels.com/ lagunabeach

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Hawaii HEAVENLY SPA BY WESTIN AT THE WESTIN MAUI RESORT, MAUI Why it’s on our radar: The oceanfront oasis just completed a more than $70 million transformation to its guestrooms and suites. Book now: Hualani Waterfall Experience (50 minutes; $165) is an island-inspired ritual with a gentle, Hawaiian-made sugar exfoliation and invigorating, seven-head Vichy shower. Finish with a massage application of a body crème infused with kukui, coconut and macadamia oils, and passionfruit and pineapple essences. westinmaui.com ■


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Clint Clausen 4D Fours Volleyball Tournament This volleyball tournament was held in honor of Clint Clausen, owner of Four Daughters Kitchen, who died of a heart attack at 44. The tournament raises heart disease awareness, and a percentage of the proceeds go to subsidized heart screenings as well as his four daughters’ 529 college funds.



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SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk The ninth annual SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk raised more than $1.8 million for children with special needs and education, exceeding its $1.6 million goal. Supported by lead presenter Nickelodeon and media sponsor NBC4, the walk reached a new high attendance with more than 13,000 walkers and participants.

Michael Greenberg with Niles Fitch, Mackenzie Hancsicsak, Parker Bates and Logan Shroyer

Mayor David Lesser with some of the Laker Girls

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Sugar Ray Leonard with some of MB’s finest

Sugar Ray Leonard, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Michael Greenberg, Denise Austin

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Michael Greenberg, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Sugar Ray Leonard


The 22nd Annual Bids for Kids This event featured live music by our Voice Ensemble club members of Wilmington and a beautiful art/photo show. More than 370 friends and supporters attended and helped raise $320,000+ to support programs across the 13 club sites. Back a Kid bidders

Mike Lansing

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Joe Buscaino with the club members

Yvonne Bogdanovich, Melanie Fontelara, Raime Quick



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Palos Verdes Pastoral

Peninsula’s rare Mediterranean climate and unique habitat inspired the sold-out 2017 Palos Verdes Pastoral, supporting the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy’s preservation of the Peninsula and work to inspire the next generation of environmental heroes. The event was hosted in partnership with Terranea Resort and Whole Foods Market, with the support of many generous corporate and individual sponsors.

Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg with their children and spouses, Valerie and Greg, and Jeff and Melissa

Greg Gawlik, Patty Woods, Susan Wilcox

Leah Bizoumis and Dimitri Bizoumis

Lenora Marouani and Diana Heffernan-Schrader

Prickly pear-inspired cocktails, chermoula-rubbed grilled shrimp and plancha-spiced lamb cigars

Terri Haack, Sharon Ryan, Andrea Vona, Diana Heffernan-Schrader, Lenora Marouani

Becky Cool, Janet Groethe, Diana Bailey, Cassie Jones

Steve Geraghty, Terri Haack, Jacqueline Glass, Jennifer Ruth

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Southbay’s Cherice Tatum and Charles Simmons and guests


Celebration Gala

The annual Celebration Gala raised more than $900,000 to benefit Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Centers San Pedro and Torrance. With a theme of Come Together, more than 650 guests gathered at Terranea Resort to honor Donald and Priscilla Hunt for their extraordinary philanthropy. Marlene Young, Susan Moore, Priscilla Hunt, Ralph Moore

Steve Morikawa, Sister Terrence Landini, LCM, Mary Kingston, Mark Paullin

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Sister Terrence Landini, Mary Kingston, Priscilla Hunt

Ken Prindle, Paula Del Vicario, Mike Del Vicario, MD, Jacky Glass, Marilyn Prindle



Tim Rogers and Twanna Rogers

Nina Patel, Kathie Eckert, Lori Nolan

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An Evening with Friends Kentucky Derby Party

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The South Bay Friends of the Orthopædic Institute for Children (OIC) hosted a fundraiser gala at the Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach. Las Madrecitas and Las Amigas sponsored this joint fundraiser to expand their efforts to raise funds for OIC.

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Pink Party Benefiting Susan G. Komen With all proceeds benefiting Susan G. Komen, the Pink Party brought more than 200 guests to the Del Amo Fashion Center. Restaurant vendors offered tastings, cancer survivors spoke, and there was a raffle of purses that was a huge hit with attendees. Swag bags contained numerous samples and discounts from mall vendors.

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The ladies of Susan G. Komen



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Shade Hotel Redondo Beach One-Year Anniversary Party

Michael Zislis and family

Chef Aaron Robbins

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Shade Hotel Redondo Beach celebrated their first year with panoramic sunset views from all three levels of Shade’s culinary building and drink specials, live entertainment, a DJ, dancing, prizes and a complimentary Champagne toast.

Access Books

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Dozens of volunteers, school children and families worked to fill the 93rd Elementary School Library with new books, computers, furniture and colorful murals. The weekend event was the 267th school library renovation completed by Access Books. The Los Angelesbased nonprofit organization relies on volunteer support, and over the past 20 years the group has donated more than 1 million new books to schools in low-income areas including Compton, Watts and East Los Angeles.

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Dance or Bust

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Torrance Memorial Medical Center breast cancer survivors got into the dancing groove with Dancing with the Stars pro dancer Anna Trebunskaya at You Can Dance Studio in Hermosa Beach. Anna taught the ladies a salsa dance for the purpose of celebrating life after cancer and bringing attention to the importance of regular mammograms.

Torrance Memorial Ambassadors Comedy Night

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Torrance Memorial’s Ambassadors enjoyed an evening of comedy and magic as special guests of club owner and grateful patient Mike Lacey and his wife, Kathy Lacey.

Harriet Bailiss-Sustaric, Wendy Klarik, Ann Zimmerman



Mark Lurie, MD, Judy Leach, Craig Leach, Mike Lacey

Christy Abraham, Jay Abraham

Dave Klein, Song Klein, Linda Perry, Patrick Theodora, Ellen Theodora

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Mira Costa Class of ’97 Reunion Mira Costa High School Class of ‘97 held their 20th reunion on October 7. More than 120 people attended. KC Campbell, owner of Vox DJ and MCHS Class of ‘96, DJ’d the event.

Emily Wagner, Jessica Jacobs, Bryndis Gudmunsson

Josh Schriber and Jon Grauman

Nicolette Lenzini, Crystal Yang Edwards, Jennifer Sitter, Leta High

Ivonne Hershman, Kim Altamirano, Brock Anderson, Natalie Anderson

Vistas For Children Grants

Vistas for Children, a philanthropic organization composed of women volunteers from the South Bay, distributed $190,000 grant award checks to 20 charitable organizations that benefit special needs children. The top three grant recipients were the Institute for Families, Pediatric Therapy Network and the teen program at the Torrance Memorial Thelma McMillen Center.

Song Cho, Pam Branam, Allison Tanaka, Helaine Lopes, Meena Oberoi-Wadhawan

Olga Arana, Gina Gillum, Stephanie Yeun, Teri Carpenter, Terri Nishimura, Cathy Hauschildt, Kim Vallee

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Brenda Beatty and September Sucher

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Sara Carabez, Jennifer Sitter, Jeanene Souder, Ed Souder


UNRAVEL Pediatric Center This third annual local fundraiser supported the research of Dr. Jim Olson at the Fred Hutchinson center in Seattle. They have raised more than a half-million dollars for pediatric brain tumor research. The event was hosted by the Holman, Hackley and Willard families.



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Hermosa Beach Hotdogger Championship Presented by Subaru Pacific

Dakota Faircloth

Heat change

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The Davenport Surfboards SuperDogger pre-1968 surfboard heat

Mike Siordia

Haillie Roark

Shane Jones aka “Whiskey Tango”

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Is it 1966 or 2018? The HB Hotdogger Championships presented by Subaru Pacific celebrated the South Bay’s place in surf history with a laid-back vibe on the beach and some of the world’s best longboarders in the water.


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businesses give back Great business leaders use their positions of influence to look beyond the bottom line and make a difference in their community, nationwide and even globally. As we head into the holidays—a time for giving—we chat with some of the finest professionals in the South Bay and the charitable organizations to which they are dedicated. Welcome to our annual “Businesses Give Back” profiles section.

168 TERRANEA RESORT GREEN TEAM Lauren Bergloff

176 HANG TEN KIDS SUNGLASSES Justin Wachs

170 FERGUSON BATH, KITCHEN & LIGHTING GALLERY Desiree Musselman

178 GIMLEN ORTHODONTICS

172 RYAN/BENSON WEALTH MANAGEMENT GROUP Shannon Ryan & Zelda Benson 174 MCKENNA AUTOMOTIVE GROUP Danny McKenna

EDITED BY LAURA WATTS PHOTOGRAPHED BY KRISTEN ANDERSON, JP CORDERO, TAMEKA JACOBS, KAT MONK & SHANE O’DONNELL

180 VOX DJS KC Campbell 182 MOSS ADAMS Jim Schlager


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Terranea Resort Green Team Lauren Bergloff Sustainability Leader 100 Terranea Way Rancho Palos Verdes 855-416-3928 terranea.com

“Volunteering can be a great opportunity for teambuilding and increasing employee morale.”

Featured Charity Chefs to End Hunger 562-741-2200 chefsendhunger.org

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he Green Team at Terranea Resort strives to fulfill their mission of instilling the love of nature in Terranea associates so they are passionate and empowered to take on the responsibility of protecting it. The Green Team is comprised of Terranea associates from each department who meet once per month and plan the resort’s educational celebrations and campaigns. Team leader Lauren Bergloff has worked in the environmental industry since 2007. When she was a child, Lauren’s mother taught her to be philanthropic; they fed the homeless on Skid Row and taught art classes at underprivileged Los Angeles schools. How did you choose the nonprofit organization that you support? “Chefs to End Hunger is a nonprofit sector of one of our food distributors, LA & SF Specialty. Terranea Resort buys specialty items from LA & SF Specialty, and when there is a surplus of servings, they are donated. The ‘hunger kits’ go on the LA & SF Specialty truck when they drop off our specialty items; they make it very convenient to donate food to hungry people in our community.” How is Chefs to End Hunger a good steward of donor money? “Because hotels like Terranea Resort donate food to Chefs to End Hunger, the Midnight Mission is able to keep their cost per meal to 95 cents. The Midnight Mission is one of the recipients of the ‘hunger kits’ and is an excellent steward of donor money.” Do you involve your customers in the worthy causes that you support? “A major highlight to our guests’ awareness is including them in Terranea Resort events during Earth Month, World Oceans Day and Coastal Cleanup Day. We continue to encourage sustainability in the conference and event spaces of the resort. Terranea is working toward the goal of placing signage about Chefs to End Hunger during events to bring awareness to the clients of our sustainability initiatives, such as unserved food going toward a charitable cause.” Do you feel charitable organizations inspire us to be better people? “Being involved in charitable organizations opens our eyes to other lifestyles and allows us to engage with other people outside our own ‘bubble.’ This year the Terranea Resort Green Team focused on food waste. A significant part of combating food waste

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is donating our unserved, properly chilled leftovers to those who are less fortunate. By continuing our partnership with Chefs to End Hunger, we feel motivated and optimistic that there are enough resources to feed the local community.” What’s most rewarding about your work? “Seeing the increase in associates who are enthusiastic and aware of Terranea’s sustainability efforts is the most rewarding part of my job. Almost every day I receive emails and have face-to-face encounters with those who are interested and want to learn more about what we do—and in return, what they can do to support the causes.” How do the philanthropic efforts of Terranea Resort make the South Bay community a better place? “One recent example of how our efforts make our community a better place is that Pelican Cove, a public beach next to Terranea Resort, is now cleaner. We picked up 115 pounds of trash on Coastal Cleanup Day, September 16.” Does your business host events to help the public learn about important topics? “This year we partnered with local organizations to host events, with the intent of educating and promoting awareness to specific causes: (1) Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 22 with Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, which focuses on waste diversion, composting, local and native plants, and gardening. (2) World Oceans Day celebration on Saturday, June 10 with AltaSea, Algalita Marine Research & Education, Marine Mammal Care Center, International Bird Rescue, LA Waterkeeper, which focuses on ocean organisms, aquaponics, animal rehabilitation and releases, marine protected areas and marine plastics. (3) Snapshot CalCoast BioBlitz on Friday, June 30 with Marine Protected Area Collaborative Network, which focuses on identifying living organisms found in intertidal zones in MPAs (marine protected areas) to obtain better understanding of diversity. (4) Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 16 with Heal the Bay, which focuses on pollution awareness through trash and debris pickup; this will influence legislative change.” What’s one simple way a local business can reach out and make a difference? “Volunteer! Some local businesses do not have the financial resources to donate. Volunteering can be a great opportunity for team-building and increasing employee morale.”

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Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery Desiree Musselman, Ferguson Trainer 2600 Marine Avenue Redondo Beach 310-219-7200 fergusonshowrooms.com

“Ferguson has a firmly established culture of giving.”

Featured Charity: College of Ferguson NorCal Donation Drive

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erguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery features more than 280 showrooms nationwide that offer a wide range of of lighting options, indoor and outdoor appliances, and bath and kitchen products from top brands. The company’s product experts have years of industry experience and provide personalized service for customers working with remodels or new construction. Tell us about the College of Ferguson. “The College of Ferguson is a five-month program that prepares recent college graduates, or trainees, for a career with Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery. Trainees in Southern California organized the College of Ferguson NorCal Donation Drive to send supplies to the temporary shelters in Santa Rosa assisting people affected by the Northern California fires. The supplies go directly to those whose homes have been damaged or destroyed. Trainees and local Ferguson associates are also working with the Salvation Army in Santa Rosa to facilitate the donations we’ve sourced.” Why did you choose to create the NorCal Donation Drive? “Ferguson Cares, our company’s community outreach program, allows us to support local causes that will have the biggest impact directly on our community. When choosing how to help those affected by the wildfires, we wanted our relief to go directly to those who need it—and thought the temporary shelters and Salvation Army would need supplies with the influx of people they are serving. Our trainees working with our Northern California group are doing a fantastic job volunteering at shelters and organizing our Cal-Steam and Ferguson Divisions to give the hands-on help that is so desperately needed for those affected. Both Dawn Crummié and Ryan King of our CalSteam division have been an integral part of conveying on-the-ground information to us in SoCal. They have helped us bridge the gap seamlessly between Northern and Southern California.” Give an example where your involvement with a charitable cause taught you the value and reward of teamwork. “In my 14 years with the company, every time a national disaster strikes, Ferguson gives back in some way. Eric Joachim, the showroom manager for Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery in Redondo Beach, took an active role in this drive and inspired others to join in. Eric opened many opportunities for our cause to get in front of the local community and facilitated assistance from our vendor partners.”

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What are some benefits of supporting worthy causes? “It’s the comradery. This donation drive brought together our leadership teams and new associates who wanted to offer their time and resources to help Californians affected by this tragedy. It has really helped build teamwork across our different divisions. Trainees made phone calls to each division to get them involved, and the reaction was incredible! It united four different divisions of Ferguson’s business—HVAC, waterworks, plumbing and showroom, as well as our vendors under a single cause. For example, Haws provided saline solution for the firefighters and residents during the ashy cleanup in the aftermath of the fires. Several vendors donated cases of water, and some vendors such as Pfister provided monetary donations to help with various aspects of the drive. Additionally, other local companies from the community have provided clothing, toiletries and cleaning supplies.” Do you feel charitable organizations inspire us to be better people? “Of course. The way the younger associates responded in such a robust, enthusiastic, ‘all in’ way gives me hope for the future of our communities and our country. One thing I’ve always loved about Ferguson is that while we are a large company, locations are given the autonomy to help the local community where we see fit.” Does the Ferguson staff join you in your charitable efforts? “Ferguson has a firmly established culture of giving. Each associate is encouraged to lend a hand where it’s needed and make a positive impact to strengthen the communities where we live and work.” What’s most rewarding about your work? “My unique position as a regional Ferguson trainer gives me the ability to mentor all sales trainees from California and Hawaii. I’m able to help them get to where they want to be in their careers and grow as individuals in their personal lives, which is very rewarding to me personally.” What’s one way a local business can make a difference? “Local businesses can call our Redondo Beach showroom or email Eric.joachim@ferguson.com or bring items directly to our location. We are accepting supplies and donations. The needs of the Santa Rosa community are evolving daily, and our staff is communicating with the local shelters to find out what’s needed most.”

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Ryan/Benson Wealth Management Group Wells Fargo Advisors Shannon Ryan, CFP® & Zelda Benson, CFP® 2321 Rosecrans Ave, Suite 2275 El Segundo 310-725-2268 wfadvisors.com/Shannon.T.Ryan wfadvisors.com/Zelda.Benson

“Success in life is not all financial; having a deep connection within your community by serving others often gives us and our clients some of our greatest ‘wealth’ as we age.”

Featured Charity Manhattan Beach Rotary mbrotary.org

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hannon Ryan, Senior Vice President–Investments, and Zelda Benson, Managing Director– Investments, are financial advisors with Wells Fargo Advisors. They joined the firm in 2013 and 2014 respectively, after being with an independent firm. Collectively Shannon and Zelda have been helping individuals, families and businesses with financial and investment advice for more than 54 years. Why is philanthropy important to you? “Philanthropy is a value we both share. We know when you work together for a common goal, bonds are created that last a lifetime, strengthen our community and give hope for the future.” Tell us how you give back. “We are both deeply involved in our community. Zelda is on the Professional Advisory Committee for the Assistance League of Orange and an active member of Unity Church of Tustin, The Samburu Project and Impact Giving. Shannon is the past-president of Manhattan Beach Rotary, a patroness with NCL Manhattan Hermosa Chapter and a member of Leadership Manhattan Beach class of 2011.”    How do you share your professional skills with others? “We are often called on to speak for women’s advisory groups. We both have a passion for financial literacy—teaching people how money works in the world— and we regularly speak in our communities as well.” Tell us about a favorite experience when you volunteered. “There have been so many, but one that stands out is The Samburu Project’s Walk for Water in Hermosa Beach. This project builds wells and provides educational events for remote villages in Kenya. Zelda was deeply involved with The Samburu Project at the same time Shannon was serving as president of Manhattan Beach Rotary working on a 1m Niger Water Grant. When we walked on The Strand together with our clients, parents and children, it was a powerful day of gratitude for all that we have and are blessed to share.”

Tell us more about the nonprofit organizations you support. Shannon Ryan: “I support Manhattan Beach Rotary—an organization of business and professional leaders providing humanitarian service, encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations, and helping build goodwill and peace. I am a fourth-generation Rotarian. In 1987 I was awarded a scholarship with Rotary international to be an exchange student in Japan. This international experience inspired me to get involved in Rotary when I became a professional. We have also hosted four exchange students in our home. It has been culturally enriching for my kids, and I am grateful to give international students the same care I received. I am an author and blogger on financial literacy for children. And I am thrilled to be involved with National Charity League, the Manhattan–Hermosa chapter. The mission of NCL is to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences.” Zelda Benson: “I am deeply involved with Unity of Tustin. As a member of the Unity church, I am grateful to contribute to my church community by teaching classes on financial planning fundamentals. I also help produce congregational events and work with grocery store food collection and delivery for ‘Sunday Supper.’ With The Samburu Project, I assist with grant writing and fundraising. This project builds wells and provides educational events for remote villages in Kenya. I am also on the Professional Advisory Committee for the Assistance League of Orange. This is a multi-professional advising committee for planned projects, community outreach and awareness.” What are some benefits of supporting worthy causes? “As financial advisors we know how important it is for someone to retire to something—not just from a job. Often our happiest retirees are those who are involved in their community in a meaningful way. Success in life is not all financial; having a deep connection within your community by serving others often gives us and our clients some of our greatest ‘wealth’ as we age.”

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McKenna Automotive Group Danny McKenna Owner 18800 Hawthorne Blvd. Torrance 310-939-7300 mckennacars.com

“There’s nothing more special than when somebody gives time or energy or expertise for free without expecting anything in return.”

Featured Charity Walk With Sally 310-322-3900 walkwithsally.org

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cKenna Automotive Group is a family-owned, third-generation business that owns eight automotive dealerships in LA and Orange counties. Owner Danny McKenna has worked in the car business for nearly 48 years—and he knew he wanted to go into this line of work since the age of 10. What’s most rewarding about your work? “I love the car business. Sometimes it’s difficult, but you weather the good and the bad. My son, who’s 25 years old, loves the car business. We’re doing it together right now. He’s the third generation, and I think it’s fascinating. I come to work excited every day.” Tell us about how you support Walk With Sally (WWS). “WWS was one of our main charities we worked with this year. The organization is dedicated to providing free mentoring support programs and services to children whose parents, guardians or siblings have cancer or have succumbed to cancer. We suppored their biggest charity event, White Light White Night, as their automotive sponsor and also hosted a charity event at our dealership where we raised funds to sponsor a friendship walk.” What is the most meaningful fundraising event you have attended? “Cancer research fundraisers for young children who have operations and get cured. What really touches my heart is the attitude of these young people with cancer or life-threatening diseases. They have successful operations and just have smiles on their faces—they’re so thankful. That just warms my heart.” How do your philanthropic efforts make our community a better place? “There are three or four local high schools that I support. The big, famous high school gets all the money spent on their football team, and the two other schools basically get nothing. For about five or six years I have supported the two smaller schools—it goes to uniforms, pre-game meals and support for them. When you have a group of high schoolers show up and want to hug you and thank … I’d almost give them every last dime. I know it’s not a charitable cause where we’re saving someone’s life or doing some kind of research, but it puts a huge smile on their face. They see me giving back, and I hope it sets an example for them

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to give back.” Who influenced you to become a philanthropist? “When I was young my parents were divorced, so I tagged along with my girlfriend’s parents a lot. He was a doctor, and she was a housewife. These people gave with an open heart. There’s nothing more special than when somebody gives time or energy or expertise for free without expecting anything in return. It is really important for a young person to see adults who want to give advice or just talk to you.” Do you feel charitable organizations inspire us to be better people? “Who doesn’t!? It’s not just about money … just giving time. I passed out lunches to children once, and I’ll tell you … it was the most amazing thing. They’re so appreciative, and they have the greatest questions. Honestly, it’s a nice break from work because kids are way more entertaining and fun to work with than adults!” What are some of the benefits of supporting worthy causes? “Friends. I’ve met some of the closest friends because they have a similar mindset as myself and my wife. We want to be part of a worthy cause that we can support. It’s really special to help someone or give back—even if it’s just words of encouragement or a pat on the back.” Does your staff join you in charitable efforts? “They do. We have 600 to 700 employees. When you have that many employees, you deal with heartache and hardships. You deal with health issues. I’ve had many employees lose relatives or parents. At the employee level and at the community level, everybody gets behind helping one another, and I never see a shortage of that at all.” In what ways do local nonprofits grow our community? “The people who I looked up to growing up were not those who drove a fancy car but the ones who gave their time and gave back to the community. I still remember a couple of them today—what these people did for my church and my school growing up. I think giving back to your community is a big thing about love and support. It’s really important.”

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Justin Wachs Owner 2110 E. 25th Street Vernon 323-973-4516 hangtenkidssunglasses.com

“It should be a mission for every company to incorporate a social responsibility component in their operating approach, no matter how large or small.”

Featured Charity Ronald McDonald House Charities Southern California 626-744-9449 rmhcsc.org

ang Ten Kids Sunglasses is an eyewear company featuring nostalgic designs and the recognizable “Feet” mark. The company gives a child in need a free pair of Hang Ten™ California-designed sunglasses for every pair purchased on their retail site or from participating retail partners. Owner Justin Wachs joined the parent company, Shark Eyes, as a sales rep nearly 10 years ago. When he purchased a 50% stake in the company four years ago, he integrated philanthropic initiatives across all of Shark Eyes’ brands and private label eyewear lines, especially the Hang Ten Kids sunglass brand. Tell us how Hang Ten Kids Sunglasses supports Ronald McDonald House Charities Southern California. “RMHCSC supports the unique needs of families with critically ill children. It is one of the few Ronald McDonald House Charities chapters across the world that operates a cost-free, medically-supervised camp for children with cancer and their families: Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times. Our corporate giving manager, CJ, recently underwent an internship program with RMHCSC and soon thereafter forged the relationship with Hang Ten Kids. Now RMHCSC is the primary recipient of our buy one, give one charitable initiative.” How did you choose to support RMHCSC? “We’re always looking to support established, local charities with relevance to our brand. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California checks all the boxes. Its long history channels the spirit of coastal California-based Hang Ten. Each pair of affordable, stylish sunglasses is uniquely designed to fit and appeal to kids ages 2 to 10 but also to resonate with adults who grew up with the original 1960 surf and lifestyle brand. The Hang Ten team makes a monthly appearance at one of the Southern California Ronald McDonald House Charities. Our goal is to give away at least 50,000 pairs of sunglasses in 2018.” What are some benefits of supporting worthy causes? “It’s a tangible way of involving oneself in your community. With Hang Ten Kids, we’re personally handing out sunglasses to the kids and families at each individual Ronald McDonald location. We experience the joy and delight firsthand from those families.” Do you involve your customers in the worthy causes you support? “Absolutely. For one, our retail customers ben-

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efit from a uniquely designed, affordable pair of sunglasses and can pass those savings to their shoppers. Secondly, the more our retail partners sell, the more sunglasses we donate to kids across Southern California who need them the most. Most people don’t realize the importance of eyewear protection for children and teens, especially during the early years of childhood.” Do charitable organizations inspire us to be better people? “It should be a mission for every company to incorporate a social responsibility component in their operating approach, no matter how large or small. We simply can’t rely on nonprofits for help; we as business owners must continue to do our part and incorporate a giving philosophy within our infrastructure.” Are nonprofits good for the economy? “Nonprofits and participation from local and national companies with a charity-based initiative are paramount for economic growth. We’re all seeing an increasing demand for products tied to charity-based organizations. With limited budgets, nonprofits need all the help they can get. So why not grow your business and help nonprofits at the same time? It’s a win–win for all components of the business transaction: manufacturer, retailer, nonprofit and consumer.” Does your staff at Hang Ten join you in your charitable efforts? “Without my staff, we couldn’t make any of this happen. CJ, our corporate giving manager, organizes and attends nearly all of our events. She is a mother of two, a wife, works as the program coordinator for another nonprofit organization (The Spondylitis Association of America, spondylitis.org) and runs her own nonprofit (Happy Feats, happyfeats.org). Bruno, Brandon and Matt are driving sales and relevance via e-commerce, social media and making sure all relevant, local businesses have an opportunity to carry the brand in their stores, such as Bella Beach Kids in Manhattan Beach, which has supported the brand since its inception.” How can local businesses make a difference? “There are so many ways, especially among locally based organizations. If it’s not a monetary contribution, perhaps it’s your time and effort or simply donating a portion of your products to a relevant, nonprofit organization that you want to support. If you can think of it, I promise you it’s out there. If you run a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles and could benefit from free sunglasses (kids’ or adults’), please reach out to CJ@sharkeyes.com.”

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Gimlen Orthodontics 973 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Suite C Manhattan Beach 512 Main Street El Segundo 310-545-6525 bracesbythesea.com

“Improving the function and esthetics of my patients’ smiles is my job, but striving to help them achieve personal growth and selfconfidence keeps me smiling.”

Featured Charity St. Johns Hospital Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Team 310-829-8150

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r. Amy Gimlen, a board-certified orthodontist, has been in practice in the South Bay since 2006. Her practice was founded by Dr. James Duffin in 1967. Dr. Gimlen joined the practice as an associate doctor and became the owner in 2013. How did you become involved in your charitable organization? “I became interested in working with children with craniofacial birth differences after studying them in dental school. My first exposure to the care of kids with birth differences correlated with the mouth and face was in dental school on the UCLA craniofacial team, where I did research. This experience ignited my passion—not only could I improve the functionality of people’s bites, improve self-confidence and the esthetic smiles of people without any craniofacial differences, but I could make an even bigger impact on kids and families who have been affected with a large variety of craniofacial differences. During my residency at USC I earned a master’s degree in craniofacial biology and was able to further study the development of the head and face and learn when and why differences occur. At the time I looked forward to someday treating such complicated patients.” Why did you join this orthodontic practice? “In looking for a practice in the South Bay, I met Dr. Duffin (the founder of the practice) and Dr. Adams. It was an instant fit. Dr. Duffin also had a passion for treating kids with a variety of craniofacial differences and served on the cleft palate/ craniofacial team at St. Johns. The doctors invited me to join the practice as an associate doctor and to join the team at St. Johns. Dr. Duffin and Dr. Adams still act as my mentors to this day.” Tell us more about the craniofacial team. “The cleft palate/craniofacial team at St. Johns is a group of professionals who meet once a month to see patients in a group setting—minimizing doctors visits in order to provide exceptional patient care. During one visit the patient is able to see an orthodontist, a pedatric dentist, a nurse, a pediatrician, a plastic surgeon, a speech therapist, a social worker, an ENT, an audiologist and a geneticist. The team

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members see each patient and do a comprehensive evaluation, then meet together to come up with the best course of action for each patient.” What type of patients do you treat? “There has been such a shift in focus in orthodontics over the years. For so long orthodontics was thought to be only for kids and for esthetic reasons. However, with biological research and technological advancements, we have learned that people of all ages can benefit from investing in orthodontic treatment at any age. At my practice we treat children as well as many adults. As a specialist, I also see patients with complicated orthodontic needs. The most commonly known craniofacial difference is cleft lip/palate, but that only scratches the surface of the types of birth differences that we treat. I have treated patients with Pierre Robin, Treacher Collins syndrome, cleidocranial dysplasia (like the boy on Stranger Things) … just to name a few.” Who influenced you to become a philanthropist? “My mother is my inspiration! She has dedicated her life to fundraising and running a camp for children with physical disabilities called Youth Rally. She has run the camp for more than 30 years and has a made a difference in thousands of children’s lives—teaching them that they are not alone and that a perceived ‘disability’ can be turned into a ‘different-ability.’ My parents have always imparted a sense of making a difference in the life of a child and leaving the world a better place than how they found it.” What’s most rewarding about your work? “I love the relationship I have with my patients and families. Watching people go from not smiling because they weren’t confident with their teeth to shining when they smile is the most rewarding to me in both cleft and other cases. I am treating several families where not only the kids are in treatment but both mom and dad are also. I take time to explain treatment stepby-step and make treatment as simple as it can be for everyone. Improving the function and esthetics of my patients’ smiles is my job, but striving to help them achieve personal growth and self-confidence keeps me smiling.”

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VOX DJs KC Campbell CEO 500 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 211 Manhattan Beach 310-372-2222 VOXDJS.com

“Growing up, all of my favorite experiences in life were related to the arts; I want that great education and positive experience in the arts to be available to children in our community.”

Featured Charity The LA25 Foundation for the Arts la25foundation.org

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OX DJs provides professional DJs, MCs, live auctioneers, event lighting and photo booths for weddings, private parties and corporate events. The company was founded in 1984, and KC Campbell purchased it in 2008. KC has been DJing events since he was in eighth grade. “I just loved the art of DJing, loved music and dancing, and loved teaching dances in a microphone,” he says of his career choice. “I couldn’t believe that a job existed that is so rewarding and so much fun!” Tell us about The LA25 Foundation for the Arts. “The LA25 Foundation for the Arts is a nonprofit volunteer organization created by the networking group TheLA25 to support arts programs for children in Los Angeles County. I have been involved with the LA25 organization for many years and have had the honor of DJing and being the live auctioneer for the Art Auction many times— always such a fun event! Growing up, all of my favorite experiences in life were related to the arts; I want that great education and positive experience in the arts to be available to children in our community.” Who had a positive impact on your life and influenced you to become a philanthropist? “My mom and dad are phenomenal role models. My mother has always been selfless and was the past president of Sandpipers, on the Manhattan Beach school board for many years, and the past president of the PTA. My father has always loved getting involved by donating his time at Manhattan Beach Community Church and producing local theatre and music productions. When you have this as your consistent example, it’s easy to want to jump in and help out a nonprofit organization.” Tell us about one of the most meaningful fundraising events you have attended. “One of my favorite fundraising events was a walk for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. We provided a live DJ and MC, and everyone was so appreciative of the music and the announcements. It was a great event with a great sense of community and togetherness.” In what ways do local nonprofits grow our community? “Whether it be a LA25 Art 310 event, Richstone Family Center gala, Skechers Friendship Walk or Walk With Sally’s

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White Light, White Night—all of these events are what make our community so special. I am so proud of these great fundraising events in our great community, and seeing thousands of people come from all over to support them.” Do you feel charitable organizations inspire us to be better and more hopeful people? “Charitable organizations are a key part to any community. These organizations inspire everyone to come together and work for a common goal of raising money for a great cause.” What is the benefit of supporting worthy causes other than philanthropy? “The positive rewarding feeling you have after the event, when the dust settles. Similar to running a marathon. You have put in the work, you have donated your time and energy, you have put together something special, and the payoff is seeing the large check that is presented at the end and saying, ‘I had a little something to do with that!’ Always a rewarding feeling.” Give an example where your involvement with a charitable cause taught you the value and reward of teamwork. “Last year’s Richstone Family Center gala in March. To be involved with the planning meetings, the walkthroughs of the venue at South Bay Porsche, the music planning and then the execution of the event as the DJ and MC and photo booth provider was incredibly rewarding. The volunteers worked so hard, and then when everyone is singing ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ at the top of their lungs at the very end, it’s a great payoff for a job well done.” Do you feel nonprofits are good for the economy? “Nonprofits are great for the economy and are an important part of business. Fundraising and events, as well as donating items, money, time and energy, are all ways to keep businesses busy and moving forward.” Does your staff join you in your charitable efforts? “Absolutely! All of our DJs, MCs, lighting techs and photo booth workers have donated their time and energy many different times for different fundraising events. At VOX DJs we strive to hire not only great workers but great people who are good human beings.”

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“Giving back, in my mind, is what brings our community together.”

Jim Schlager, Partner

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oss Adams is an accounting, consulting and wealth management firm serving middle-market businesses, not-for-profit enterprises and individuals. Jim Schlager has worked in the financial industry for more than 25 years. He and his team help clients across the South Bay meet financial goals, make informed decisions and manage their financial plans. Tell us about Manhattan Beach Education Foundation. “MBEF is a community-driven fundraising organization that supplements state funding for programs that inspire learning, enrich teaching, and promote innovation and academic excellence in the public schools of Manhattan Beach. Moss Adams is a corporate sponsor of the Manhattan Wine Auction as well as the MBEF Golf Fall Classic. We are proud to be a part of such a great organization that helps support our schools and our kids!” How is MBEF a good steward of donor money? “In 2016/2017 MBEF helped fund our local schools with $5.8 million. More than 6,800

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students benefit from programs funded by MBEF. As a result, Mira Costa is ranked in the top 1% of U.S. public high schools, 70 educators are funded by MBEF grades K–12, and 61% of MBUSD teachers received professional development funded by MBEF in 2015/2016.” Do you involve your network in supporting the causes you support? “As a corporate sponsor of the annual Manhattan Wine Auction, we get extra tickets to invite clients and friends who also support this great cause! We have also hosted an annual event benefiting MBEF and the PS I Love You Foundation where we get to invite friends within the community to learn more about these local charities.” How do philanthropic efforts make our community a better place? “Giving back, in my mind, is what brings our community together. The people of this community embody this sense of responsibility, and they value giving back both actively and financially. It’s part of what draws people here, and this growth continues the giving cycle.”

What’s one simple way a local business can reach out and make a difference? “One way to make a difference is to buy a table at a charity fundraiser and fill it with other local influencers who can donate and spread the mission of the charity. You can provide a sponsorship for a child in need, volunteer your time, or find other opportunities to help. Satisfaction comes from participating and seeing a child smile or helping someone else in need.” Assurance, tax, and consulting offered through Moss Adams LLP. Investment advisory services offered through Moss Adams Wealth Advisors LLC. Investment banking offered through Moss Adams Capital LLC.

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Tradition…and Tamales A family changes, but their holiday tradition remains the same. WRITTEN BY KATHLEEN LACCINOLE | ILLUSTRATED BY CHRISTINE GEORGIADES

My grandmother and her 11 brothers and sisters came from Yuma, Arizona, a town bordering Mexico and “the iceberg lettuce capital of the world.” They were “border people,” and the Mexican culture—namely the food—slipped into our DNA as naturally as chips into salsa. In the 1940s when the family relocated to L.A. for the war effort, most landed in Venice, with its ocean air and rich MexicanAmerican culture. In the ‘70s my immediate family moved to the Valley. By then cousins had spread across the city like stars in an Arizona sky. But it was always the Mexican food that brought us together for birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, funerals … the elders enjoying a smoke, telling stories and jokes while kids ran wild, eating watermelon and taquitos. The Yuma generation passed, along with the conventions of their time. Gone were the days when families lived in the same house, neighborhood and city. Gone were bridge nights, poker tables and vast yards studded with folding chairs topped by aunties and uncles, with stories of the Yuma traditions blowing away like sand in a Venice breeze.

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We needed reunification—a way to pass stories to the next generation, to keep the family alive. The answer was tamales. Tamales are a timeless tradition for many Mexican families—a special occasion meal because of the work involved in preparation. For most, they’re a Christmas treat. For us, making tamales is a rebirth and a womenonly event—aprons and all. “Tamale Day” started 35 years ago when a Mexican cousin-in-law came to our house with her daughter. She taught us everything we needed to know about making tamales and had strict quality control. Our crowd got a bit bawdy, and the daughter learned a little too much about the facts of life. They never joined us again. And so it began: On any given December day, my sister and cousin Debbie make the early morning trek to Carrillo’s, standing in line for the best masa (corn paste) in town. My mom makes red chili, and everyone brings a shredded chicken. Driving from as far as Northern Arizona, the women of my extended family gather in my mom’s kitchen, each taking a task: huskers, spreaders, fillers, baggers and cleanup. We form an assembly line of sorts and work

without a break until we have hundreds of tamales—always more than the previous year. Chatter centers on stories of the past, events in the coming year and gossip … culminating in a lunchtime feast replete with beer, beans, shellroni salad (a rogue addition but family tradition nonetheless), fresh tortillas and the spoils of our labor. Everyone is packed up and on their way by midday, when time stands still until next year when we meet again. Our numbers go up and down, as does our weight. We age. We have babies. Some have passed; others have joined. And Tamale Day continues ... the one time a year we can count on seeing each other to reconnect and keep the family alive. We can’t bring back the past, but we can hold memories like sand in our hands, tightly, so it doesn’t blow away. We can pass family traditions to the ones who come next, wrapped with a ribbon like a holiday gift … wrapped in a cornhusk like a Christmas tamale. ■ Kathleen Laccinole is a freelance writer. Visit kathleenlaccinole.com or pcharlottelindsay. com for more.


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