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36 DATEBOOK South Bay calendar

116 ARTS Portraits of Hope

38 Q&A PV’s Arty Party

140 PALATE BALEENkitchen

98 MEDIA Sonic stocking stuffers

142 COMMUNITY Flyaway Homes

100 WEEKENDER Breckenridge

144 ENTREPRENEURS Givebox

102 HEALTH Wellness testing

154 SEEN Who’s who around town

112 GIVE Beantween Coffee

167 THE BUBBLE

114 AS YOU WERE Randy’s Donuts

194 LAST WORD The Awful Tooth

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59 HOLIDAY WISH LIST Your shopping guide for the season 128 BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT 505 Salon 150 AGENT SPOTLIGHT Richard Haynes 168 PROFILES Business Give Back

COVER Manhattan Beach turns on the holiday magic Photographed by Jeff Berting

176 REAL ESTATE Spectacular local listings

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features 40 ALMOND JOY We’re nuts about these almond-based festive drinks that combine some of our favorite holiday flavors. 46 AFTER MIDNIGHT It’s 2019, and the style party is just getting started. 106 PACK LEADERS Megan Carter and her husband, Jeff, centerman for the LA Kings, are doing their part to make sure rescue dogs find their “forever” homes. 120

AN UNEXPECTED MOVE A Hermosa Beach family trades their close proximity to the beach for more than a little extra space, a custom-built property and an epic view.

130 STEEPED IN TRADITION For many international residents of the South Bay, preserving cultural identity begins with fostering kinship from within. 146 SALT CURED Looking to start 2019 on a healthy note? Consider a wellness reboot in stunning Maldives.

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MARKETING & OPERATIONS Partner/Brand Publisher | Emily Stewart Partner/Managing Director, Media & Analytics | Warren Schaffer Director of Account Services | Bev Wurth Brand Publisher | Hannah Lee Director of Marketing & Business Development | Cherice Tatum Director of Digital | Charles Simmons Director of Film & Video | Bryce Lowe-White Digital Marketing Manager | Mike Sayers Operations Director | Allison Jeackjuntra Marketing Manager | Chloe Curtis Community Manager | Natalie Long Director of Events | Danielle Price Accounting | Janet De La Cruz, Ljay Farris No part of this periodical may be reproduced in any form or by any means without prior written consent from The Golden State Company, LLC. Any and all submissions to this or any of The Golden State Company, LLC publications become the property of The Golden State Company, LLC and may be used in any media. We reserve the right to edit. SUBSCRIPTIONS Email: info@goldenstate.is or phone: 310-376-7800. Subscriptions are $29 per year. TO OUR READERS Southbay welcomes your feedback. Please send letters to: Reader Response Department, Southbay Please include your name, address and email. Edited letters may be published. 200 N. Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 110, El Segundo, CA 90245 Tel 310-376-7800 | Fax 310-376-0200 | goldenstate.is | southbay.goldesntate.is


editor’s letter

The Gift of Give The morning I sat down to write this letter, my grandfather was prominently on my mind. The following day would have been his 100th birthday (he died in 1995 at age 77). The milestone of his centenary happens to also coincide with Veteran’s Day. After my grandmother passed away last year, my family went through some photographs she kept in crumbling albums. I asked to keep a few, and I revisited them this weekend. In those photos you see a handsome, young sailor on leave in Honolulu, walking the street in his pressed Navy whites. On the back he wrote to his girlfriend (my grandma) about his days on the aircraft carrier where he worked in the Pacific and the antics of his fellow crew. In one photo, men dress in hula skirts and coconut bras for the amusement of their fellow “shellbacks”—a scene that could have inspired a number from South Pacific. He would come home, marry his sweetheart and raise my mom and aunt in Los Angeles. While my time with him was cut short by Parkinson’s and heart disease, I have our memories … and our traditions. He was raised on a sheep farm in Utah, and visits to the ranch and those epic family reunions burned a nostalgic Western sensibility into an otherwise city kid. I learned to ride a horse before a bicycle. I watch him build pretty much everything he owned, and I’m lucky to own both his saw and a table he built for his home. And I learned that even the most rugged and reliable man can also be one of the most sensitive and fragile. My grandmother never cried. He did. And it’s the gentleness behind the world-weary exterior that I admire and cherish. In this issue we take a closer look at the givers—those who give from their pockets, those who give of their time … those who share their traditions and those who share their souls. Giving comes in many forms. It may come in the form of a handsome check, a simple gesture, a word of encouragement or an inspiring act. We all have the gift of give. How do you pay it forward to others? What are you most thankful for in this life? My hope is that you and your family celebrate this season with love and generosity, and that the spirit of giving continues with you into 2019. Thank you for reading along with us this year. We look forward to bringing you more South Bay stories in the next. And as always, my personal gratitude to all the contributors who give so richly to these issues over and over. We couldn’t do this without you. Enjoy the holiday season.

DARREN ELMS

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Future of Higher Education The

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STUDENT SERVICES All student services will be centralized in this modern space, making it easier for students and first-time visitors to access information and services.

ADMINISTRATION BUILDING A new Administration Building to better serve the district on the site formerly occupied by the Administration Building, which first opened in 1947.

POOL & CLASSROOM COMPLEX An 81,200-square-foot-facility featuring two fully equipped, spectator-friendly indoor pools for instructional use and athletic competition for the El Camino College swim, diving and water polo teams.

GYMNASIUM Housing two full instructional and athletic competition areas for basketball, volleyball, and badminton, as well as a multipurpose fitness facility, and team locker rooms.

Thank you to the South Bay community for making these projects possible with the passage of voter-approved bond Measure E in 2002 and 2012. www.elcamino.edu


dec/ jan A WORLD OF GOOD

Celebrating the South Bay’s unique international traditions. Page 130.


datebook

The Holiday Spirit

December November 28–Jan 6 Come From Away

Ahmanson Theatre, centertheatregroup.org

2 Celebration of the Season Tree Lighting

5 p.m., Catalina Terrace at Terranea Resort terranea.com

6 The Devin Allman Project with special guest Duane Betts 8 p.m., Saint Rocke saintrocke.com

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Torrance Memorial’s 35th Annual Holiday Festival

Torrance Memorial Medical Center will host its annual fundraiser with themed decorated trees, dinner gala, live entertainment, fashion show, the South Bay’s largest holiday boutique, an opportunity drawing, children’s activities and food court. 310-325-9110, torrancememorial.org

November 30– December 2

SKECHERS presents Holiday Fireworks Festival

11 Fleetwood Mac 15 & 16

The 26th outing showcases four distinctive homes in the South Bay. Each home will be magnificently decorated and magically transformed for the holiday season. In addition, the Sandpipers Holiday Market featuring local artisans and restaurants will provide a unique shopping and dining experience. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., sandpipers.org

The Nutcracker

2 p.m., Marsee Auditorium southbayballet.org

22 Glowtide 5K

5:30 p.m., Downtown Manhattan Beach racewire.com Grab a sweater and your loved ones for this annual Manhattan Beach tradition where the night sky above the Manhattan Beach Pier explodes in a colorful spectacle. The festivities begin at 4 p.m. in Downtown Manhattan Beach. mbfireworks.com

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10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Art To Grow On art2growon,com

8 p.m., The Forum fabulousforum.com

November 27– December 2

Sandpipers’ Holiday Home Tour

Gingerbread House Workshops

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Arty Party

Every holiday season, a home behind Portuguese Bend opens its doors to local artists and potential buyers. WRITTEN BY CHRIS RIDGES PHOTOGRAPHED BY MONICA OROZCO

Built in 1931 as the Farmstead, architect Gordon Kaufmann’s seven-bedroom home for Frank Vanderlip’s lawyer E.D. Levinson remains one of Palos Verdes Peninsula’s most significant residences. Thoughtfully placed in Portuguese Bend, the estate is grand … amazingly grand. The sprawling, scenic grounds remain impressive long after one’s first visit. For nearly 30 years Charles and Jean Shriver and their children, Steve and Sarah, have been hosting their holiday Portuguese Bend Arty Party there and showcasing nearby artists’ works at the same time. Purchased in 1984, the Shrivers’ heirloom-filled home—built in 19thcentury Italianate style with column-flanked entrance, horse stall-lined courtyard, historical decorations and formal garden—is the place to be for local lovers of art (and procrastinating Christmas gift buyers). Look closer to discover the charming and detailed touches that were originally designed and have been carefully retained and lovingly respected. Above one of the two office’s desks is a trap door leading to an attic used as a library for leather-bound books and archives. The four bathrooms still exhibit their original teal-blue tile. The home was used for location filming, including A Walk in the Clouds. Steve and Sarah, accomplished artists themselves, answer some questions about their nottoo-well-known traditional bazaar.

How did this get started? When was the first Arty Party? Sarah: In the early ‘90s I began showing her sculpture, jewelry and beads in the living room and would sell to family friends. By the late ‘90s Steve had joined me, showing his paintings as an opportunity to expand his already prolific career. Other artists who joined their annual marketplace would eventually become known as the Portuguese Bend Artist Colony, including Dan and Victoria Pinkham, Alys Chalmers, Stephen Mirich, Margaret Missman and Thomas Redfield. Several of these self-named “Plein Air Warriors of Palos Verdes” still show at Arty Party every year. Steve has thought of becoming more of a curator at times since he knows so many artists far and wide, but he usually returns to the tradition of who’s shown before. How does one show and sell at your event? There are around 25 artists and artisans every year, and their work is notably exceptional. How do they qualify? Steve: The work must be self-made, and we prefer the artist live in the neighborhood or at least nearby. We’ve added ceramicists, jewelers, photographers, soap and scent makers, scarves, origami and foodies. Participants’ fees are used to help support event costs, including the banquet.

Yes, the food and wine. The feast you put together is a work of art in itself. It adds so much to the festivities—and of course everything’s delicious … all the while serenaded with live music. Sarah: Steve’s wife, Marianne, and her cousin Annie assemble the spread in the courtyard for the guests and the artists. The last few years we’ve added more music while still using the same local sources as we do for the art. You attract hundreds of guests every year; how do you accommodate everything and everyone? Steve: It’s a lot of work to make it happen every year—with organization, cleanup before and after, and making sure everyone has space. It’s been worth it every time. The crowd has grown every year—never getting unmanageable but making parking a challenge (our kids have helped come up with solutions many times for that!) The times that it’s rained (fortunately very few) it’s been extra difficult. But we’re lucky we have an empty field next to the driveway that, when dry, works perfectly. ■ The Shrivers’ soiree is planned for December 16, 1 to 5 p.m. Visit steveshriver.com to make inquiries.

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Almond Joy We’re nuts about these almond-based festive drinks that combine some of our favorite holiday flavors. PRODUCED & STYLED BY KARA MICKELSON PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANE O’DONNELL

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Winter Wipeout Serves 1 Frothy, foamy cacao goodness with a tart lime twist is like riding a winter wave in Candy Land. 1–2 ounces gin 2–3 tablespoons fresh crème de cacao 1 tablespoon whole whipping cream 1 large pasteurized egg white 1 juiced fresh lime (about 2 tablespoons or ½ ounce) 1 juiced small tangerine or clementine 3 tablespoons Almond Syrup (see recipe below) 1½ cups ice cubes 3–4 drops orange blossom water 2 tablespoons club soda 1 lime twist for garnish Mix gin, crème de cacao, whipping cream, egg white, juices and Almond Syrup in a shaker. Adjust flavor as desired by adding more gin or crème de cacao. Shake for several minutes. Add ice and continue shaking for several minutes. Strain into a tall glass. Fill the glass to about ¼-inch from the rim. Add orange blossom water to the top of the foam. Pour club soda down the center of the drink until the foam raises above the glass. Top with garnish. Serve with a straw or bar spoon. ALMOND SYRUP 1 (7-ounce) package almond paste (not marzipan) 1¾ cups water 1 tablespoon powdered sugar 1 teaspoon almond extract Break up almond paste into small chunks. Add to saucepan with water. Slowly bring to a simmer and cook until almond paste is completely dissolved; stir constantly to avoid browning. Stir in the sugar and almond extract. Strain out any undissolved almond meal. Reserve under refrigeration until ready to use. Can be made 3 days ahead.

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Reindeer Glogg with Almond Snow Granita Serves 6 Close your eyes, breathe in the warm, spiced, boozy Glogg aroma and imagine a light, almond-scented snow descending upon you from above. 3 whole cardamom pods, cracked 2 small cinnamon sticks 4 whole cloves 1 750ml bottle port wine 1 750ml bottle proof bourbon whiskey 1 750ml bottle white rum 1 cup crème de cacao ½ cup granulated sugar 3-inch orange peel rind, pith removed 2 cups dark raisins 3–4 small clementines or oranges, sliced and deseeded ¾ cup raw unpeeled almonds

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Place small spices into a tea ball (or tightly wrap in cheesecloth) and secure in saucepot. Add cinnamon sticks, wine, whiskey, rum, crème de cacao and sugar. Cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and add orange peel, fruit and nuts. Cool until room temperature and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Remove spices. Just before serving, reheat Glogg. Add fresh orange slices and scoop some fruit and nuts into each mug. Enjoy with a side of Almond Snow Granita.

ALMOND SYRUP (see previous page) ALMOND SNOW GRANITA Almond Syrup recipe (doubled) ¼ cup granulated sugar, dissolved in syrup 3 tablespoons half and half 1 teaspoon almond extract Make the Almond Syrup and add additional sugar and half and half. Remove from heat and add additional almond extract. Cool mixture; place in a shallow, covered, freezer-safe dish. Freeze overnight or until solid. Scrape a fork across the top of the mixture until it looks like icy flakes. Can be made 2 days ahead and stored in an airtight container in the freezer. Just before use, scrape again to produce fresh ice flakes. Serve immediately alongside the Reindeer Glogg or spoon into each mug before serving.


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Almond Coconut Latte Serves 1 A favorite candy treat gets a warming winter makeover with the perfect blend of almond, coconut and espresso. Skip dessert and indulge in this holiday brew instead. FLAVORED ESPRESSO BASE 2 shots espresso 1 ounce Almond Syrup (see recipe on previous pages) 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon melted chocolate 1–2 ounces amaretto liqueur Chocolate Drizzle (see recipe below) TOPPINGS: Coconut Almond Whipped Cream (see recipe below) Coconut Latte Foam (see recipe below) Optional garnish: ground cinnamon, chopped almonds, 1 cinnamon stick Prepare Chocolate Drizzle. Smooth onto a small plate and dip rim of glass into chocolate. Mix fresh hot espresso with almond syrup, ground cinnamon, amaretto liqueur and some of the Chocolate Drizzle (optional). Adjust flavor as desired. Pour into mug. Pour Coconut Latte Foam over espresso mix. Top with billowy whipped Coconut Almond Whipped Cream and toppings as desired. CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE ¼ cup dark chocolate chips (60% cocoa or non-dairy chips) 3 tablespoons heavy cream or almond milk ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract pinch of salt Melt chocolate chips at 30-second intervals in the microwave in a microwave-safe dish. Be careful not to overcook; chips will continue to melt after removal from the microwave. Stir and heat until creamy. Stir in remaining ingredients. COCONUT ALMOND WHIPPED CREAM 8–10 ounces sweetened coconut whipping cream* 3 tablespoons powdered sugar 1 teaspoon almond extract, or more to taste Chill mixer bowl and whisk. Add chilled sweetened coconut whipping cream and beat until the mixture begins to thicken. Add sugar and almond extract. Whip until firm peaks form. Keep chilled until ready to use. Can be made 1 day ahead. *Canned sweetened coconut whipping cream can be found at specialty markets or online. Nature’s Charm brand comes pre- sweetened in 15-ounce blue cans. Adjust sweetness as needed if you choose a brand without sugar. Chill product overnight before whipping. COCONUT LATTE FOAM Heat 4 ounces un-whipped sweetened coconut cream on stovetop or in the microwave. Use a hand “frother” to foam.

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Gold dress with rouging detail by Ronny Kobo, $335; BLVD in Manhattan Beach. Green faux fur jacket by FRAME, $596, rainbow chain linked bag by Tambonita, $386; The Beehive in Manhattan Beach. Rings by Elizabeth Goziak, $320 to $420; Third Gallery in Manhattan Beach. Split ring and pave ring, both by Sofia Day, $4,750 to $5,730, micro-cut metal boots by Officine Creative, $742; Wright’s in Manhattan Beach. Jacquard Presley blazer, $478, gosling white tuxedo shirt, $228, black Clyde Slim trouser, $248, patent leather shoes by Sanders, $418; Mr. Turk in Larchmont Village.

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Velvet dress by Love Shack Fancy, $496, faux fur cheetah print jacket by FRAME, $696; The Beehive in Manhattan Beach. Black leather pumps by Sam Edelman, $100; Details in Hermosa Beach. 24k gold with pyrite ring and 24k gold with amber druz by Elizabeth Goziak, $320 to $420; Third Gallery in Manhattan Beach. Split ring and pave ring, both by Sofia Day, $4,750 to $5,730; Wright’s in Manhattan Beach. Presley jacquard blazer, $478, Gosling white tuxedo shirt, $228, Montgomery tux trouser, $278, patent leather shoes by Sanders, $418; Mr. Turk in Larchmont Village.

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Suede fringe jacket by LTH JKT, $496; The Beehive in Manhattan Beach. Sequined striped shift dress, $468, multicolor drop earrings, $100; Trina Turk in Manhattan Beach. Copper snake print belt bag by Calleen Cordero, $472, micro-cut metal boots by Officine Creative, $742; Wright’s in Manhattan Beach. Floral print Franklin blazer, $428, multistriped stretch velvet Alex trouser, $268, patent leather shoes by Sanders, $418; Mr. Turk in Larchmont Village.


Gosling white tuxedo shirt, $228, plaid Clyde Slim Trouser, $228, plaid Louie jacket, $398, patent shoes by Sanders, $418; Mr. Turk in Larchmont Village.

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Star mesh top by Monoplaza, $274, black gilet pant by Rachel Comey, $396, split ring and pave ring, both by Sofia Day, $4,750 to $5,730; Wright’s in Manhattan Beach. Faux fur jacket by Somedays Lovin, $140; The Beehive in Manhattan Beach. Gold metal heels by Sam Edelman, $100; Details in Manhattan Beach. Rainbow striped metallic clutch, $128, disco ball earrings, $100; Trina Turk in Manhattan Beach. Gosling white tuxedo shirt, $228, diagonal stripe bow tie, $68, Adrian tux peacock print jacquard trouser, $328, patent leather shoes by Sanders, $418; Mr. Turk in Larchmont Village.

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Beaded cape with fringe by Cleobella, $398; Beach & Beverly in Hermosa Beach. Velvet beaded jumpsuit by Amanda Uprichard, $216; Third Gallery in Manhattan Beach. Hoop earrings by Girls Crew, $206, zodiac sign necklace by CAM, $82, zodiac charm chain bracelet by CAM, $90, double snake chain choker by Frasier Sterling, $56; The Beehive in Manhattan Beach.

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2018

Gum Tree Hermosa scented candle, $36. Mother-of-pearl frame, $52. Baby blue Italian herringbone throw, $96.

Zoe Chicco 14k and pave diamond initial necklace, $825. Chan Luu 22k gold plate and pearl hoops, $78. Ten Things clear quartz tassel necklace, $147.

Los Angeles Cult Recipes, $34. Laguiole, France cheese knife set, $38. Cheers! marble serving board, $80.

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2018

Maileg Tooth Fairy mouse with tooth box, $32. Cream classic teddy bear, $35.

Grey knit pom-pom hat, $28.

Rose gold micro cinema light box, $23.

Super-soft striped scarf, $34. Tracey Tanner rose gold metallic leather pouch, $99.

12-inch silver abalone shell tree, $212. 9-inch world mix white shell tree, $92.

Gum Tree

6-inch white clam shell tree, $56.

238 Pier Avenue Hermosa Beach 310-376-8744 324 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Manhattan Beach 310-318-2990 gumtreela.com

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2018

Old St. Nick 3-part server, $122. Old St. Nick limited edition plate, $56. Mouse King nutcracker, $110.

Initial wood bar board, $25. Ted’s Treats famous English toffee, $24. Tidbit dipping set, $16.

Berry Santa, $24. Snowflakes Santa, $48. Leffy Elf, $38.

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Jellyfish ornament, $12. Whale dome ornament, $14. Beach van ornament, $16.

Tabula Rasa Essentials 919 Manhattan Avenue, Suite A Manhattan Beach 310-318-3385 tabularasaessentials.com

Stemless Champagne flutes, $20 each. Wish bubbling bath, $54. 52 Lists for Togetherness, $17. Volcano glam petite jar, $24. Birchwood pine classic candle, $42. Frasier fir gilded gold candle, $52.

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2018

Nordstrom MAC Shiny Pretty Things eye party palette, $30. Jo Malone London cologne collection, $115. La Mer The Glowing collection, $255.

Nordstrom Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones II with Google Assistant, $350. Fitbit Versa smart watch, $200. Bose SoundWear companion speaker, $300.

Nordstrom S’well Milky Way insulated stainless steel water bottle, $35 to $45. Adidas trefoil hoodie, $70. Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 running shoe, $120.

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2018

Nordstrom Burberry giant check print wool & silk scarf, $390. Halogen crewneck cashmere sweater, $89. Halogen crewneck cashmere sweater, $89.

Nordstrom Longchamp large Le Pliage tote, $145. Longchamp Le Pliage backpack, $125. Longchamp small Le Pliage tote, $125.

Del Amo Fashion Center 3525 West Carson Street Torrance 310-542-8525 simon.com/mall/del-amo-fashion-center

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Nordstrom UGG Coastline faux fur throw, $98. Make + Model knit girlfriend pajamas & eye mask, $59. UGG fleece-lined socks, $50.

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2018

TravisMathew Big Six polo, $85. Beck short, $85. LETTERMAN hat, $40.

TravisMathew Trifecta pant, $125.

TravisMathew Battery jacket, $165. Kruzers shoe, $85. Thomas button up, $125.

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2018

Vera Bradley Carson mini shoulder bag in velvet chocolate raisin, $98. Iconic Vera tote in velvet chocolate raisin, $128.

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Hadley backpack in velvet black, $108.

Del Amo Fashion Center 3525 West Carson Street Torrance 310-542-8525 simon.com/mall/del-amo-fashion-center

Vera Bradley Lighten Up compact weekender in black, $118. Iconic Weekender travel bag in bordeaux blooms, $118. Vera Bradley Iconic RFID little hipster in denim navy, $78.

Iconic large travel duffel in denim gray, $128.

Iconic Triple Zip hipster in holiday owls, $68. Iconic RFID mini hipster in denim gray, $68.

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2018

Lucky Brand Boucle beanie, $30. Metallic pouch, $39. Pink teddy coat, $198.

Marmi Fancie boot by Vaneli, $195. Dillon handbag by Hammitt Los Angeles, $475​.

Johnnie-O Morton mens button down shirt, $98. Sully mens ¼ zip pullover, $125. Hudson mens vest, $115.

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2018

Rabbit Ladders Circus tent including 3 circus mice, $118. Circus lion, $18. Circus sea lion, $18.

Kendra Scott Chairman earrings, sage mica/gold, $80. Kalani necklace, sage mica/gold, $90. Merida bracelet, sage mica/gold, $65.

The Point 850 S. Sepulveda Blvd. El Segundo 310-414-5280 ThePointSB.com

No Rest For Bridget Ivory faux fur coat, $95.

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Black skater dress by Arrays, $50. Gold crystal star earrings, $13.

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2018

White gold sapphire, lapis and diamond ring, $7,620. White gold sapphire and diamond earrings, $4,495. White gold oval sapphire with diamond halo, $35,850.

Nanis yellow gold dancing in the rain earrings, $1,482. Nanis yellow gold dancing in the rain ring, $1,450. Nanis yellow gold dancing in the rain necklace, $5,583.

Memoire white gold two-row shared prong diamond band, $3,650. Memoire white gold two-row pave diamond eternity band, $6,100.

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2018

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Shy Creation rose gold ruby and diamond earrings, $430. Shy Creation rose gold ruby and diamond bracelet, $940. Shy Creation rose gold ruby and diamond band, $990.

Morgan’s Jewelers Palos Verdes 50 C Peninsula Center Rolling Hills Estates 310-541-2052 morgansjewelerspv.com

Roberto Coin yellow gold Princess collection pendant, $990. Roberto Coin yellow gold Princess collection ring, $990. Roberto Coin yellow gold Princess collection earrings, $990.

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Robert Procop white gold Bella multi-color earrings, $19,600. Robert Procop white gold Bella multi-color ring, $10,000.

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Diane’s Beachwear La Blanca Island Goddess convertible shoulder Mio onepiece, $129. Sunnsand.com Calique Cove bamboo sun hat, $26. Crusheyes.com Montana, $40.

Diane’s Beachwear Frankies Bikinis Greer Rip Top, $90. Crusheyes.com Exquisite, $40.

Origins Best of Origins set, $60. Youth Renewing Musts set, $45.

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2018

spreading holiday c heer

Kiehl’s Head To Toe Hydrators gift, $65. Mighty Moisture gift, $30. Mens Grab and Go gift, $48.

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

Sephora Kat Von D highlighter palette, $36. Pat McGrath Labs MTHRSHP Subliminal Dark Star eyeshade palette $55. Huda Beauty The New Nude eyeshadow palette, $65.

Sephora Drunk Elephant Agent Ellie day kit, $88. Drunk Elephant Inspector Drunk night kit, $98.

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2018

Women’s Cozy Campfire – Team Toasty slippers, $38. Women’s Skecher Street Moda – Warm Soul slip-ons, $55.

holiday red-y—get boxed to give & Women’s Ultra Flex – Strolling Out slip-ons, $70. Men’s Skechers GOrun Fast – Valor sneakers, $65. Women’s Sepulveda Blvd – My Map slip-ons, $62.

BOBS Yay for Strays tote bag, $25. Women’s BOBS Plush – Cranky Pants (from the Grumpy Cat® Collection), $45. BOBS Had Me at Woof tote bag, $25.

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2018

Women’s Skechers On-the-GO Joy – Whimsical boots, $80. Women’s Skechers On-the-GO Joy – Blizz boots, $75.

Men’s limited edition Skechers D’Lites x One Piece, $85. Women’s limited edition Skechers D’Lites x One Piece, $85.

Skechers 1121 Manhattan Avenue Manhattan Beach 310-318-3116 Del Amo Fashion Center Torrance 310-542-2333 skechers.com Kids’ Double Dreams – Mermaid Music, $52. Kids’ S Lights: Luminators, $77.

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2018

Desigual Vest Kimera, $130. Desigual Bols Miss Velvet Tallin, $96. Brighton Love script bracelet, $48.

Desigual Kids Vest Naukchot, $80. Desigual Bols Discovery Lima, $116. Desigual Kids Legging Frutipan, $23.

Desigual Vest Morgana, $130. Desigual Mone Linux wallet bag, $90. Schutz Gilberta pump, $210.

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2018

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Desigual Chaq Yuma, $196. Desigual Fal Kyra, $116. Desigual Bols Brilli Toulouse, $80.

The Urban Clothes Horse 1901 S. Catalina Ave. Redondo Beach 424-247-8948 urbanclotheshorse.com

Free People Modern Femme vegan mini, $60. Free People Twice The Fun bodysuit, $78. Free People Nolita ankle boot, $228.

Stone Rose Mens Athens button down, $158. Joes Jeans Mens The Brixton distressed colors in sidewalk, $165. Stone Rose Mens Honeycomb knit sweater, $168.

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2018

GameStop Gift card, $5 to $1,000. Pokémon figure multi pack, $35. Red Dead Redemption II (PS4 & Xbox One), $60.

My Room Hit Hit Hollywood dress, $40. Sheer maxi party dress, $49. “Ball” Room bag, $59.

Sleep Number Sleep Number 360® p6 smart bed (queen size – furniture sold separately), $2,899. True Temp™ sheet set (queen size), $200. In Balance™ pillows, $100.

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2018

Crazy 8 Sparkle sweater dress, $30. Hooded sweater, $30. Stretch rocker jeans, $20.

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South Bay Galleria 1815 Hawthorne Blvd. Redondo Beach 310-371-7546 southbaygalleria.com

Champs Sports Nike NBA Swingman jersey – Boys (Los Angeles Lakers, Lebron James), $70. Nike NFL Game Day jersey – Boys (Los Angeles Rams, Todd Gurley), $75. Nike mini lunch/fuel bag, $25.

H&M Fine-knit sweater, $20. Twill pants skinny fit, $30. Nylon bomber jacket, $35.

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2018

Tunisian cooking tagine, $48

Tunisian serving bowl, $44.

Tunisian mini tagines, $18.

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2018

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Hamsa platter, $38.

The Souk 1201 Manhattan Ave. Manhattan Beach 424-275-9773 thesoukmb.com

Studio Soul Palo Santo bouquet with crystal, $18. Souk soy candle, $10/$20

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2018

Vietri Foresta deer large bowl, $140. Vietri Fresh white narrow oval platter, $70. Vietri Lace aqua medium bowl, $60.

Shun Classic 3-piece set, $280. Sharp cookbook, $28. J.K. Adams Farmhouse 20” x 14” cutting board, $40.

The Catalina Cooking Store 1915 S. Catalina Ave. Redondo Beach 310-378-4830 catalinacooking.com

Emile Henry Flame pizza stone, $50. Harold Imports pizza peel, $17. Messermeister pizza wheel, $15.

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2018

14K starburst locket necklace, $1,950. 14K bypass pave diamond bracelet, $2,795. 14K starburst dangle earrings, $1,750.

14K opal necklace dripped in diamonds, $2,875. 14K diamond halo opal ring, $790. 14K dangling opal earrings with diamonds, $3,450.

Morgan’s Jewelers 14K adjustable floral lariat, $1,975. 14K hexagonal pave diamond cuff, $860. 14K stackable bead cuff, $1,230.

SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

22200 Hawthorne Blvd. Torrance 310-375-4471 morgansjewelers.com

a small sa mplin of giftables fromg the Morgan’s Collection

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a n o n i p s n r e a mod urfer staple ‘70s s

Faherty Baja sweater poncho, $295. AG Tellis modern slim Selvedge denim, $275.

Manhattan Denim

Faherty reversible Belmar shirt – vintage red/ indigo, $150. Fidelity Torino Starlight, $250. Seavees Army issue sneaker, $110.

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920 Manhattan Avenue Manhattan Beach 310-798-5326 ManhattanDenim.com Instagram: @manhattandenim

Reyn Spooner classic Lahaina sailor shirt, $100. Seavees Baja slip on – tin grey, $90.

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2018

Dream big … sparkle more … shine bright

Floating diamonds in yellow and white gold necklaces.

23rd Street Jewelers 1009 Manhattan Ave. Manhattan Beach 310-374-9923 23rdStreetJewelers.com Cushion cut blue sapphire and diamond earrings.

Organic-shaped emerald and diamond ring. Geometric emerald necklace. Emerald earrings surrounded by Champagne diamonds.

Important oval cut blue sapphire in a three stone ring.

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2018

Medium carved dough bowl, $50. Large carved dough bowl, $80.

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Assorted faux succulents, $5 to $15.

Round and rectangle charcuterie boards, $48. Black-handled bone knives, $28. Bites on a Board book, $25.

Maison Luxe 138 Pier Ave. Hermosa Beach 310-372-5552 maisonluxehome.com

Balsam cedar candle – sanded tumbler, $28. Balsam cedar candle – mini luxe sanded Mercury glass, set of 3, $34. Balsam cedar aromatic diffuser, $28

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2018

perfect pairing of luxe & cozy with a sprinkle of glitz Gin N Tonic sweater, $348. Churchill pant, $278. Cosmo heel in black, $248.

Trina Turk 333 Manhattan Beach Blvd. 310-303-3153 trinaturk.com Cosmo heel in black, $248. Draco top, $258. Mercury 2 pant, $348.

Cosmo heel in pink, $248. Crystal ring, $120. Bubbly dress, $368.

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Preferred gift card, available in any denomination. Kybella® and Juvéderm®, call for holiday special pricing.

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Diplomat, American Board of Plastic Surgery Spa Bella 3400 Lomita Blvd. #305 Torrance 310-539-5888 dr-petti.com

SculpSure® non-invasive body contouring in 25 minutes, call for pricing & packages.

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Vivace™ microneedling with radio frequency, call for pricing & packages.

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2018

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Custom morganite and diamond ring in 18K rose gold, $7,760. Vergano Italian design interwoven diamond bangle in 18K rose gold, $28,455.

Medawar Fine Jewelers 810C Bart Earle Way Rolling Hills Estates 310-544-0052 medawarfinejewelers.com

Freida Rothman signature oval eternity hinged bangles in sterling silver/14K yellow gold overlay, $350 each. Freida Rothman signature geo stripe cigar band ring in sterling silver/14K yellow gold overlay, $195.

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Ladies Hermes watch with diamond set in stainless steel, $5,350. Gents Hermès watch Carre H-Steel Automatic, $7,125.

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Manhattan, Hermosa, Redondo & Beach House baskets, $50 & up. Hermosa Beach silicon wine glass, $10. Manhattan Beach Pier silicon wine glass, $10.

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Uncorked Hermosa 302 Pier Ave. 424-247-7117 uncorkedhermosa.com

Naughty or Nice wine glasses, $19 each. Red Tartan Jingle Bell Wine Bag, $13. Uncorked “Gift Certificate in a Bottle” for wine, wine club, cheese club or wine tasting, $25 & up.

Customized 2-bottle wood wine box, $55 (wine not included). Customized 1-bottle wood wine box, $35 to $45 (wine not included). Personalized wine glass, $35+.

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2018

d in k a f o e n o a perfectt,he hostess who gift for everything has

Vintage cutting board, small, $45. Vintage cutting board, large, $75.

Kate Lester Home 837 Pacific Coast Highway Hermosa Beach 310-372-0550 katelesterhome.com katelesterinteriors.com

Wooden hand, $65. Mudcloth stocking, $72. Surf & Stay, $55.

Hand-woven color block pillow, $215. Pray for Surf banner, $825. Hand-loomed vintage textile lumbar, $190.

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2018

14K yellow gold rainbow moonstone and alexandrite diamond ring, $4,000. 14K yellow gold chrysoprase diamond tassel lariat, $4,900. 14K medallion diamond disc necklace, available in rose, yellow or white gold, $8,400. 14K diamond dome ring, available in rose, yellow or white gold, $2,700. 14K gold plate diamond necklace, customized with monogram letters, $3,200.

Sig Ward Jewelry 1219 Morningside Dr. #113 Manhattan Beach 310-871-5360 sigwardjewelry.com Showroom open Fridays 10–3

14K yellow gold rose quartz diamond necklace, $3,700.

14K yellow gold green tourmaline diamond earrings, $1,900.

tickled pink in these one-of-a-kind gorgeous designs

18K yellow gold carved pink opal and rainbow moonstone diamond earrings, $3,600. 18K yellow gold pink opal candy button diamond ring, $4,000.

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST 2018

make everytidoany a celebra

Macassar humidor, $200. Sterling silver flask, $200. Arturo Fuente rare holiday sampler set, $200.

Huckleberry’s Pen, Inc. 1705 S. Catalina Ave. Redondo Beach 310-265-2489 huckleberryspen.com

Damascus steel knife, $150. Rikwill Four Seasons winter fountain pen, $1,295. Hand-made journal, $50.

Gold and bronze Camelot chess set, $550. S.T. Dupont blue Chinese lacquer lighter, $995. Dunhill sterling silver bulldog cufflinks, $150.

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picture perfect ways to make you special moments r memorable

8x8-foot Flowers In Bloom photo backdrop, $400 ($520 with display stand). 8x8-foot Tropical Leaves photo backdrop, $300 ($420 with display stand). Flowers In Bloom Snapchat filter, $12.

Chalk Shot In-A-Box

818-732-9277 chalkshotinabox.com Backdrops can be personalized with name and message, +$150

Blitzen Snapchat filter, $12. 8x8-foot Reindeer Formation photo backdrop, $300 ($420 with display stand). 8x8-foot Christmas Morning photo backdrop, $300 ($420 with display stand).

8x8-foot Santa’s In Town photo backdrop, $300 ($420 with display stand). Winter Wonderland Snapchat filter. $12. 8x8-foot Seasons Greetings From Los Angeles photo backdrop, $300 ($420 with display stand).

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Sonic Stocking Stuffers Spice up your holiday party with these adventurous audible treats. WRITTEN BY RICH THOMAS

EVERYDAY IS CHRISTMAS SIA | ATLANTIC Probably the best contemporary Christmas album released in the last few years, and it doesn’t contain any covers. “Santa’s Coming For Us” sounds like a holiday re-rub of the Bewitched theme song. “Ho Ho Ho” is a raucous stein-swinger that name-checks all your favorite spirits. And “Puppies Are Forever” has really nothing to do with Christmas but is pretty much a universal truth and is guaranteed to put you in a good mood. Sia is a gifted songwriter with a magical voice, and this is definitely a new classic you’ll play every season. CHRISTMAS IS 4 EVER BOOTSY COLLINS | SHOUT FACTORY What’s Christmas without a little funk? Bootsy serves up 13 tracks on this offering, most of which are tongue-in-cheek reworkings of old standards. Instead of “The Christmas Song” we get “Chestnutz,” “Winter Wonderland” becomes “Winterfunkyland,” and Santa Claus isn’t necessarily coming to

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town—he’s just coming. Christmas is 4 Ever isn’t for everyone, but Booty has never been a conventional cat. Who else is going to include a voicemail from Bishop Don “Magic” Juan and a guest vocal from Snoop Dogg? Not Michael Bublé, that’s for sure. CHRISTMAS WITH WEEZER WEEZER | DGC/INTERSCOPE The songs on this six-track EP were originally created for an iOS game, and the total running time is just over 12 minutes—but it’s a solid assortment of tunes to sprinkle into a playlist. The best part is the songs featured— “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “O Holy Night,” “The First Noel,” “Silent Night,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”—are usually the types of songs you’d skip over in a traditional Christmas mix. But Weezer’s big guitars and Rivers’ emo swagger make ‘em irresistible. KASKADE CHRISTMAS KASKADE | COLUMBIA On the dance floor Kaskade is known for

bringing on the euphoric EDM feels, but this collection is free of big-room bangers. Instead, Kaskade parlays his crisp, immaculate production into soulful collaborations with female vocalists like Erika Sirola, Skylar Grey and Jane XØ. If everything I’ve just said sounds like a completely different language, just imagine the safe, poppy feeling you get when you hear any Maroon 5 song. Kaskade delivers the same type of vibe. VERVE REMIXED/UNMIXED CHRISTMAS VARIOUS ARTISTS | VERVE RECORDS When the party requires the classics but you still need some flavor, cue up this compilation. Mel Tormé, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and other greats get a few subtle retouches—and some complete overhauls—from beatsmiths like Wax Tailor, The Orb, Fink, The Heavy and Brazilian Girls. If things get too weird, back off the remixes and let the originals warm up the room … but you really can’t go wrong with Verve. Their Very Best of Christmas Jazz compilation is a holiday essential.


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At 12,840 feet of elevation, Colorado’s highest resort packs in the thrills from top to bottom. WRITTEN BY DARREN ELMS

We’re ready to breathe in that Rocky Mountain high. One of the most visited ski resorts in the Western Hemisphere, Breckenridge naturally comes alive during the winter months— attracting skiers and snowboarders to its five sensational summits. But beyond the slopes the après-ski game is quite strong, from the comfort of the lodge to the action down on Main Street … all connected by gondolas. A great spot for families to converge for the stay, One Ski Hill Place, a RockResort is just steps from five different chairlifts, offering effortless access to countless ski runs in the winter. These comfy and convenient digs also offer guests a variety of amenities to entertain and delight, such as The Mine Shaft, a twolane bowling alley, two movie lounges, a game room, Rejuvenation Center Spa, ski valet and more. oneskihill.rockresorts.com Down on Main Street, spirited pals will enjoy the Breckenridge Distillery, which offers tours and tastings of their award-winning bourbon whisky, gin and vodka. Stay for dinner and tempt your taste buds with their signature porchetta—a slow-cooked pork belly seasoned with sage, rosemary and garlic, accompanied by their world-class bourbon plum jam. A must. breckenridgedistillery.com No visit to Breckenridge would be complete without a stop at the historic Hearthstone restaurant. Formerly the Kaiser family home in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the building has been the site of this notable restaurant since 1989 and a locals’ favorite for hand-cut steaks, wild game and fresh seafood. Executive Chef Michael Halpin creates a menu highlighting the very best of the Rocky Mountain region and farmed seasonal products, including meats, fish, artisan cheeses and fresh produce. hearthstonebreck.com Don’t miss the lively Ullr Fest January 9–13, celebrating the god of winter for the past 55 years. Prepare to channel your inner viking. ■

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The Body Shop

Ready for 2019, editors Tanya Monaghan and Darren Elms sign up for a comprehensive wellness test with surprising results. ILLUSTRATED BY CHRISTINE GEORGIADES

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We all know that knowledge is power, but when it comes to our own bodies there is so little we actually know about what’s going on inside us. And this is not for lack of wanting to know … it’s lack of information or a way to test how our bodies are actually performing under the stress of our daily lives and the environment we live in. Many of us in the South Bay are healthconscious—we strive to exercise regularly and eat organic foods when we have the option. Some of us also take a mindful approach to de-stressing, with helpful practices such as meditation. But it still left us curious: Was there any impact? And how can we measure the results? The Solution, located in Hermosa Beach (thesolutioniv.com), offers a comprehensive test to see how well our bodies are actually performing. These tests not only show how we are treating our own bodies but also how our bodies are performing in relation to our environment. In the past, in-depth tests like these were usually only available to superathletes, but now The Solution is making this accessible to everyone. So we decided to check it out. We’re both the same age and live somewhat similar lifestyles. We took the test and compared notes! Tanya: I was going into this test quite confidently expecting my results to show how well I take care of my body. I feel like I eat well and exercise regularly, so I was hoping the test would be a confirmation that what I’m doing for my body is working … kind of a stamp of approval. Darren: I went in just the opposite. Although I’m a pretty healthy person, I was sure they were going to find some big deficiencies.

and water balance. Measuring your weight alone is not the best indicator for one’s overall health. This machine gives you a comprehensive analysis of your BMI, your percentage of body fat in segmented areas such as your arms and legs, your skeletal muscle mass and your basal metabolic rate. Amazingly, this machine breaks down a lot of valuable information in less than 60 seconds. Our blood was sent to a diagnostic center, and that information was graphed and sent back to The Solution. D: Once they received it, we came back to hear our full-body analysis. Lauren at The Solution took the time to go over the whole test and explain it all in layman’s terms and answer any questions or concerns. They also work out a plan to get you back on track in the areas you might need help on. I like having a roadmap. T: OK, D. Let’s talk vitamin D. D: Both of us were low on that. But I guess that’s pretty common for most people. T: This information to me was crazy because I am in the sun every day living in Southern California, raising three very active children. I even take a daily vitamin D supplement. But apparently my sunscreen is blocking all UV from entering my body. D: How about your post-gallbladder removal concern? T: I’m actually absorbing the fatty acids from my food, which I thought would be a problem without my gallbladder. D: What else was surprising for you?

T: My main concern was that I might not be absorbing some of the nutrients I was eating due to the fact that my gallbladder was removed eight years ago. D: Interesting. Let’s go over the testing process. T: This was pretty painless and not timeconsuming. We booked an appointment, filled out some paperwork and showed up to The Solution to give them a urine sample and get blood drawn at their office. They then put both of us on a special InBody composition analyzer, which measures the percentage of your body fat, muscle

T: I found that I was lacking in alpha lipoic acid, some major B vitamins, magnesium and slightly low on my omega-3s. I also found that I had a high heavy metal marker—especially my mercury levels. This was alarming to me because apparently the majority of us living in the South Bay have high mercury levels, which means that this may also be an environmental issue. And not just because I love sushi.

T: Anything that surprised you about your results? D: That my levels were all pretty normal. I had a couple deficiencies, but nothing catastrophic. I started taking a few supplements, like B and D, to balance things out. But overall it was good news. T: I felt so empowered by learning all of this information about my body that I decided to take another test that offers to check my gastrointestinal system. Bacteria live throughout your body, but the ones in your gut may have the biggest impact on your wellbeing as they line your entire digestive system, mostly living in your intestines and colon. They affect everything from your metabolism to your mood to your immune system. D: What did you find out? T: This test can tell you so much about what is happening in your gut—whether you have an infection, an imbalance of bacteria or are possibly carrying a parasite. After my GI test results, I also realized I needed a powerful probiotic to keep my gut in check. Knowledge is power, and now I feel with all of this information I am truly proactively working with that knowledge to better my health. It’s a powerful feeling. D: Have you made any other changes post-tests? T: Lauren gave me a list of foods I could eat to help me in the areas where my body is lacking essential nutrients and vitamins. I am taking daily supplements that she recommended to help boost these deficiencies, as well as some supplements to help with my metal detoxification. I have been on this regimen for about three months, and I feel great! I have energy, my skin is clearer, I haven’t been sick and I generally feel healthier and stronger. D: You look marvelous! Let’s keep up the good work in 2019.

D: My heavy metal levels were normal, but I also spend less time at the beach. But I do love my sushi.

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Pack Leaders Megan Carter and her husband, Jeff, centerman for the Los Angeles Kings, are doing their part to make sure rescue dogs find their “forever” homes. WRITTEN BY RICH THOMAS | PHOTOGRAPHED BY JEFF BERTING

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very animal lover has an origin story—some type of childhood event or impactful relationship that galvanized their connection to the fuzzy and less fortunate. For Megan Carter it started with a grandmother who encouraged her involvement in animal rescue. When Megan was a little girl, the two would often take supplies to shelters in their hometown just outside State College, Pennsylvania, and volunteer their time with the animals—feeding them and taking them on walks. But that appreciation turned into impassioned advocacy when Megan went to a breeder in Central Pennsylvania to purchase her first dog at the age of 22. At the time she wasn’t educated on the brutality of puppy mills, but what she saw shocked and disgusted her. The owner led her to a broken-down shed in the backyard, its inside packed with wire cages stacked on top of each other with little more than bits of shredded newspaper serving as liner. The dogs on the bottom were covered in the excrement of those above them. It was early February, and the temperatures were in the mid-30s. “We left with only one puppy because that’s all they let us take,” Megan remembers. “We called the police the next day, and they actually did end up getting shut down. That was my first experience with seeing the way in which those animals are treated.” Megan and her husband, Jeff Carter, who plays centerman for the Los Angeles Kings, have been involved with animal rescue and advocacy for the majority of the time they’ve lived in the South Bay—beginning with Megan’s early volunteer work with shelter and rescue group NKLA (No-Kill Los Angeles). Their involvement with West L.A.based Wags & Walks started in 2013 when the company was still in its infancy and working in founder Lesley Brog’s garage in West Los Angeles. To date Wags & Walks has saved more than 4,000 dogs, a statistic they proudly display on their homepage. “The Carters have been loyal supporters of Wags & Walks since the early stages,” says Lesley. “Our team was so small when we first started saving dogs, and Megan was instrumental in helping us launch our foster program and grow our community of supporters. Megan and Jeff have been so kind to our organization and have helped us develop a relationship with the Los Angeles Kings that ultimately led to a sponsorship.” The Learning & Enrichment Center, unveiled in January and sponsored by the Kings organization, is a dedicated space at Wags & Walks headquarters where people can learn about adoption, volunteering and humane education. The Kings also host regular supply drives at home games, created the “We Are All K-9s” player/pet calendar in 2015—proceeds have benefitted various animal-related nonprofits—and host the Pucks for Pups charity hockey game, featuring various celebrities and notable NHL alums. When the Wags & Walks Adoption Center had its grand opening

earlier this year, the Carters were front and center. Though Jeff’s schedule makes it difficult for him to be present at all functions, he helps Megan find foster homes online when he can. “He’s never had more than the koi fish that lived in his dad’s pond,” jokes Megan. “He’d never walked a dog before, so he had to learn how to take care of a pet. Our oldest dog is 11, and she takes the pre-game naps with him. They’re best buddies.” That oldest is Miley, the dog Megan rescued from the puppy mill in Pennsylvania. Then there’s Mack, a 5-year-old Shih Tzu-Yorkie mix who was en route to a shelter before the Carters took him in. And there’s Bo who has, among other disabilities, a double front leg deformity, a back deformity, skin problems, hearing problems and is completely blind in one eye. After fostering countless dogs, the Carters decided Bo was the one destined to become a part of their family. “He completes the pack,” she says. With 2-year-old son Caden and 1-year-old daughter Emersyn ruling the roost, the Carters have less time to foster these days. But they’ve helped cultivate a strong network of Kings players who are equally passionate about the cause, including Tyler and Cat Toffoli and Jake and Courtney Muzzin, who adopted their Saint Bernard, Daryl, from a rescue called Sunny Saints. “None of them are really from here, so they’re not familiar with the pet overpopulation problem in L.A.,” says Megan of the Kings players. “I think for them to be able to see what we do at these events but also see our center and follow us on social media, it’s really opened a lot of their eyes.” Equally important for the Carters—and for Wags & Walks—is to change the mindset that rescue dogs are damaged goods or castoffs with hidden behavioral problems just waiting to manifest themselves once they find a home. “There are many dogs in shelters that are there through no fault of their own,” stresses Megan. “They may have been lost, a family may have been financially unable to care for them … the list of reasons goes on. These dogs deserve to find their forever homes.” Strip back all the galas and fundraisers and celebrity endorsements, and what’s left are compassion and education—arguably the cornerstones of every rescue operation. For the Carters, building that network of volunteers and joining together all the satellite entities that are associated with rescue—trainers, walkers, vets, kennels and retail businesses like Healthy Spot in Manhattan Beach—has become paramount to their involvement in the South Bay community. Once the Carter children are old enough to engage in the same activities and create the same lasting bonds that Megan and her grandmother did back in Pennsylvania, the cycle of compassion will undoubtedly continue. ■

“There are many dogs in shelters that are there through no fault of their own. They may have been lost, a family may HAVE been fInancially unable to care for them … the list of reasons goes on. These dogs deserve to find their forever homes.”

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Manhattan Beach’s Beantween puts people before profit with their socially responsible Brazilian coffee. WRITTEN BY ELIZA KRPOYAN

The aroma of black coffee wafted inside Rose Park Roasters as Beantween cofounder Lilian Alves brewed pourover coffee from her hand-harvested, single-origin Brazilian roast for me to have a behind-the-scenes taste. Before drinking the medium and dark roast coffees, I took a deep inhale of the sweet, dark-chocolate, nutty and fruity characteristics of the roasted beans. The fair trade beans are imported from Barinas Farm in Brazil. The Rainforest Alliance-certified farm helps preserve the environment and the rights of their growers and pickers. “They have breakfast and lunch for their employees every day,” Lilian shares in between sips. “From time to time they also invite the city to educate the farmers on health, hygiene and social responsibilities.” Beantween’s medium and dark roast beans are single-origin from here, while their decaf is from small Brazilian farms. “It’s decaffeinated through Swiss Water Process,” shares Lilian of the 100% chemical-free process that’s good for the environment and yields a 99.9% caffeine-free coffee. Lilian’s concept when creating the brand was to only work with specialty coffee where there’s no slavery and where the growers care about others and what they’re doing. Helping others is imbedded in her nature. In Brazil she grew up giving through her religion. “I was raised by parents who worked in the medical field and passed their legacy of helping others to me,” she explains. When she co-founded Beantween with her husband, Rodney Alves, she asked herself, “How can I give back to my community through the business?” Not only do they donate copious amounts of coffee to various organizations and functions, but a percentage of their online sales benefits different nonprofit organizations. With every online purchase of Beantween coffee, 10% of proceeds goes to an organization of the purchaser’s choice. Customers can either register a nonprofit of their choice or select from a list of nonprofit organizations. Lilian has collaborated with USA Olympic gold medalist and South Bay resident Kerry Walsh by donating coffee to her company, p1440, which puts on events for athletes to help them grow professionally and personally. Providing coffee samples for these events allows athletes the opportunity to purchase Beantween and choose a nonprofit organization to benefit. Lilian has also collaborated with Brazilian fashion designer Fabiana Milazzo to benefit

her project Income for Women, which aims to take care of women who work in her clothing factory in Brazil—and their children— by providing embroidery courses for the moms and educational activities for the kids. Before creating Beantween, which gets its name from a play on the word “between,” Lilian was trading beans from Brazil to roasting facilities in the U.S. Now they only import beans from Brazil for their own brand and sell in specialty stores throughout the South Bay including Boccato’s Groceries, Hi Brazil Market and Brasil Mania. The beans can also be spotted inside the small marketplace of Bossa Nova Brazilian Cuisine, Panelas Brazil Cuisine, Silvio’s Brazilian BBQ and Samba Brazilian Steakhouse.

I was raised by parents who worked in the medical field and passed their legacy of helping others to me.” Lilian’s focus is specialty markets that care about sustainability and fair trade business. “I’m not going to sacrifice my work and [the farmer’s] work for corporations to have money in their pockets.” The family-owned business enlists the help of Lilian’s college-aged kids, Giovanna and Leonardo. “They help with everything from marketing to emails. Being a foreigner you need some extra help,” she says in her soft voice with a smile. Lilian’s brother Paul Marcondes is CFO, and her lawyer husband handles all of the legal work. In 2003 Rodney’s acceptance into UCLA School of Law is what prompted their move from Brazil to California. In the future Leonardo hopes to expand the family business by opening coffee shops after he graduates. For now Lilian’s goals are to expand organically to more specialty stores, coffee shops, restaurants and online. ■

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Slam Dunk

With decades of Los Angeles history, the iconic Randy’s Donuts finally touches down in El Segundo. WRITTEN BY CHRIS RIDGES

When Russell Wendell created the first of his Big Donut Drive-In locations in Westmont, California in 1950, he wanted to make sure the restaurant stood out from any and all competitors. Reflecting back a few decades to a novelty architectural style popular in the ‘20s and ‘30s known as Whimsical (the original Brown Derby Restaurant on Wilshire Boulevard being its most well-known example), he came up with the answer. Each of his locations would have an actual three-story-high, steel-and-gunite doughnut as part of the building. With the help of designer Henry J. Goodwin, not only would the gigantic structures be visible for blocks, they would be talked about for miles. Word-ofmouth was huge. The building became as important as the business. More significantly, an icon was born. Once their doors opened, standing out from the competition was never again an issue. Of the 10 Big Donut Drive-Ins that Wendell opened during the ‘50s, five still remain. The second location in Inglewood, which premiered in 1953, was sold in 1976 and renamed Randy’s Donuts. Just two years later brothers Ron Weintraub and Larry Weintraub took over, kept the new name and held the reins for nearly 40 successful years. In addition to having that giant brown halo hovering overhead, the crowds have been lining up for decades for another reason: Randy’s doughnuts are good … really good. Nearly 10,000 of the fancifully decorated cakes are sold daily. Open 24 hours every day of the week, Randy’s Donuts has continued to include their originally chosen fine ingredients on their menu, as well as an unparalleled variety of product—affordably priced and still made by hand. You’d better like it rich and sweet: The cooks don’t scrimp on frostings, icings, fillings or those crazy colorful confetti sprinkles. If you’re in the mood for excess, their Premium Donut line features red velvet with vanilla ganache, among the other out-of-control recipes. The 40-item menu includes a Breakfast Donut composed of various combinations of sausage, bacon, eggs, hash browns and cheese served on a glazed donut roll. Their donut holes are fittingly gargantuan (and delicious). Travelers buy them by the cartons to bring home. And yes, there’s coffee. Randy’s Donuts is consistently found at the top of the latest best-of lists. The eatery places first in online reviews and has won countless awards. Let’s just say it’s been working. Their charitable efforts include donating doughnuts and gift certificates by the dozens to local churches, schools and other nonprofit groups. For their entire history they have supplied free freshly baked

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goodies to local homeless programs. Recognized worldwide, the Inglewood location’s image has appeared in countless films, TV shows, music videos and photography. A must-visit destination for tourists, there is never a time when the 32-foot-high temptation isn’t having its picture taken. The “world’s most famous doughnut” is used as a symbol for Los Angeles in airport murals and travel brochures throughout the world. Recently sold to businessman Mark Kelegian, the future looks even brighter for Randy’s Donuts as two recently opened locations in El Segundo’s Apollo Landing and Westfield Century City already have pastry connoisseurs lining up. In addition, five more new locations have been cleared and are preparing to turn on the ovens soon, including spots in Hollywood, Torrance and Downey. As if that weren’t enough, plans for another 15 restaurants—including Orange County and Las Vegas—are currently in the works, as are global franchise opportunities. As Albert Einstein once wrote: “If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.” ■



Paint in Numbers Portraits of Hope is changing the world one colorful panel at a time. WRITTEN BY KELSEY ALLEN

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It all started with a children’s book. In 1995 Ed Massey, an artist and activist, was invited to read his children’s book, Milton, at a pediatric hospital. He noticed how confined the children were and decided he wanted to create an environment for them where they could expand their creativity outside the limits of the hospital. The sick children in the hospital became the first group their many volunteers served. Ed joined forces with his brother, Bernie Massey, who has a background in human rights and social issues education, to create Portraits of Hope (POH). Initially the program was formed to benefit sick and disabled children. Their organization has now grown from its origins in a small children’s hospital to having tens of thousands of volunteers—including Girl Scout troops, high school students and social service agencies—contributing to their mission. The Massey brothers’ ultimate goal is to educate people of all ages on the importance of teamwork, community bonding and social issues through large-scale civic art projects. Their first project was beautifying the declining Beverly Hills corridor. They chose to paint and infuse color into a 165-foot-high oil tower, now called the Tower of Hope. The project led them to create special paintbrushes for the disabled and ill children Ed met at the pediatric hospital. They created mouth and shoe brushes for children with limited movement in their arms and legs, as well as telescope and hockey-stick brushes for children who were in wheelchairs or attached to IVs. “We wanted to include everyone because these kids would never have access to transforming something so iconic,” says Ed. The giving doesn’t stop there. Their signature look consisting of vibrant colors and bold prints would not be possible without the donations from their sponsors, Vista Paint and Image Options—two Californiabased companies. Portraits of Hope is consistent with their theme of giving and kindness; everything they have is donated to them by other companies, and their community painting sessions are completely free. “We’re always looking for new partners. When we announce a project, we hope that partners step forward. We never charge any participant, whether it is a school or a hospital. No one ever pays a penny to participate because we want it to be affordable to everyone,” says Bernie Massey. Portraits of Hope has made its mark on the lives of people all around the world. Their

most large-scale projects consist of revamping Southern California’s lifeguard towers, New York’s taxis, airplanes, blimps, NASCAR race cars and tugboats. They are currently working on beautifying the Los Angeles Convention Center. POH plans to transform the face of Downtown Los Angeles with their bold look. They are estimating about 12,000 volunteers of all ages will paint the panels that will envelop the convention center in as much lively artwork as possible. POH has also been working on rehabilitating animal shelters and senior centers. Their goal is to cover all of the white, grey and beige walls and turn them into something beautiful and compelling. They are hoping that the colorful interior artwork will lure people to the buildings. “We asked ourselves if there was some way to make these shelters more revisited. The idea was, if we revitalize these shelters, more people will come to them and increase the adoption rate,” says Bernie. With the animal shelter initiative, they realized that there are more animals than adopters and that there was only a certain amount of time for them to get adopted. The goal was to save as many animals as possible, but first they wanted to figure out how to get people to the shelters. The Massey brothers have their own approach to choosing projects. They identify where there is need, and then they try to find where the artwork could go that would ultimately result in a positive impact. One of the most charming aspects of POH is the way it has impacted the brothers behind the operation. “I couldn’t ask for a better partner,” says Ed. “We work together on a lot behind the scenes that no one ever needs to know about. It takes two to tango. It starts with my brother and I, and if something doesn’t work, we both have to feel really good about what we’re going to set off on.” Ed and Bernie say they are most grateful for the community’s involvement and have based their current community painting sessions at the South Bay Galleria, thanks to the South Bay’s outpouring of support. “I’m just as proud of the artwork as I am about the thousands of people,” shares Ed. “It’s about the journey. Kids in hospitals have the opportunities to be children. Once you see the whole thing, it’s a beautiful story.” Thanks in part to the South Bay, Portraits of Hope is changing the world one colorful panel at a time. ■

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An Unexpected Move A Hermosa Beach family trades their close proximity to the beach for more than a little extra space, a custom-built property and plenty of pop. WRITTEN BY AMBER KLINCK PHOTOGRAPHED BY LAUREN PRESSEY


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aty and Ian Smith moved to Hermosa Beach in 2002, bounced around a bit and then purchased a property they’d call home for eight years. “It was a detached townhouse,” Katy says. “Typical South Bay—two on a lot, which was amazing and we loved it.” But an itch for more space led them up the hill to a nearly 10,000-square-foot lot with sweeping ocean views and considerably more space for the family of four. “We didn’t think we were ever going to leave our old house. We were getting ready to do a whole kitchen remodel,” Katy notes. Hermosa-based interior designer Shanna Shryne had already started working on the concept for the remodel. However, Ian had something else in mind: He wanted to move. “He really wanted a pool,” Katy explains. The couple looked at another house for sale in the area, but it wasn’t quite right. There was a massive lot up the hill, though. Three years after breaking ground, Katy and Ian moved their family into a spectacular, custom-built, three-level home with views of the Pacific—and a pool. “It’s really weird to tell your kids to go outside. It’s like, ‘In or out!’ Remember that as a kid? In or out,” Katy says. “Growing up in Oregon we were always outside, running like crazy wild animals. So I kind of feel like we’re giving our kids just a little bit of what we had.” All of the home’s three levels offer easy access to outdoor space with sprawling patios, and a grill area, lawn and firepit off the ground level. The inside of the home is full of personality, with the aesthetic style preferences of the family masterfully brought to fruition by Shanna. “I don’t know how she reads me so well,” Katy says. “I feel like I’m all over the place all of the time. [But] somehow she has zeroed in and reads into exactly what I want, exactly what I’ve envisioned. It’s such a gift; it’s amazing.” Shanna describes Katy’s style as “beachy, metropolitan, with pops of color. She’s really, really fun and a bit whimsical, but she definitely has a taste that’s a little bit elevated with fun undertones. She’s very artistic.” Throughout the home the duo manages to

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merge a New York industrial appeal with the warmth and animation of Katy’s unique style. Playful prints adorn the walls—even in the master closet, which also has, quite possibly, the world’s most deliciously soft carpeting. With dreamy light fixtures, large pieces of art, metallic tiles and even an elevator with a newspaper-lined interior, the house is filled with visual treats—each with a story behind its inspiration. At the hub of the house, the kitchen serves as a prime example of Katy’s style. “Katy’s a cook,” Shanna points out. “And they travel a lot; they’re in New York a lot. She wanted a functional but a bit industrial, very homey kitchen.” For Katy, merging style with functionality was a must. “I wanted to be able to live in it and play in it but have it look really cool,” she says. With open shelving, clear doors on the refrigerator and pantry showcasing Katy’s enviable organizational skills, gold accents throughout and a neutral grey palette tying it all together, the space is both playful and well executed. A pop of blue around the pantry door and a massive decorative gingerbread house (on early display in October) offer hints of the family’s personality. “They’re fun people,” Shanna adds. Katy and Ian’s daughters, Lily Sue and June, have their own imprint on the house. A Jack-and-Jill bathroom joins their bedrooms, both with individual styles that include a secret closet and a tiny door for a minignome named Tulip; a trio of clocks displaying the time of day in Hermosa Beach, New York and Paris; and pictures of the children’s book character Eloise hanging on the wall.


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The inspiration for the family’s shared office was a pair of paintings created by June’s kindergarten class. “These paintings are what this room is all about,” Katy says. “Every single class does an art project to be auctioned at the [Hearts of Hermosa] fundraiser.” Shanna used the collage of pigments and textures found in each work of art as her foundation when designing the room. Colorful carpeted floor tiles and a cork wall give the space a playful appeal. “It’s also the dogs’ favorite room,” Katy adds. What’s special about this recent collaboration between Katy and Shanna is that it’s not their first. The pair have been working together for years. “They’re so fun, it brings tears to my eyes,” Shanna says. “It’s such a good experience. [They’re] so trusting. It’s just such a positive relationship.” ■ This home will be featured on the upcoming Sandpipers Holiday Home Tour, November 30 through December 2. For tickets and information visit sandpipers.org.

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THE MAGIC OF BEGINNINGS Two local women join forces to open a hair salon where clients feel right at home. WRITTEN BY LAURA L. WATTS | PHOTOGRAPHED BY SIRI BERTING

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wo women from completely different backgrounds met while working in the beauty industry, and from their friendship and like-minded career goals was born 505 Salon—a full-service hair salon in upper Hermosa Beach. After working together at a Manhattan Beach salon, Therese De Vos and Kaci Braunecker decided to open their own business in April 2018. The salon offers hair services—including all types of coloring techniques and three different types of extensions—delivered by a well-rounded team of expert stylists who have worked together for years. “We all have a strong bond that our clients can feel, and that is what makes our salon so comfortable and inviting,” explains Kaci. WORLDS APART While today Therese and Kaci are united in their mission to provide the best hair care possible, the two couldn’t come from more different backgrounds. Born in Sweden, Therese developed a love for hair styling while working at a modeling agency in Stockholm 20 years ago. She enrolled at the infamous London hair academy Toni & Guy and later worked for a prestigious Stockholm salon that serves the Swedish royal family. It was there that she realized her dream to one day open her own salon. Fast-forward to five years ago, and Therese achieved that dream with her first South Bay salon—where she worked hard to run her own business while raising two young girls. Meanwhile Kaci was born and grew up in Redondo Beach and received her hair training close to home—working with some of the best educators across the U.S. in addition to private training. The first salon she worked at was run by two women who also had families, and their work ethic inspired Kaci that she could do the same. Starting her own family came first, but when Therese presented the idea of becoming business partners, Kaci new it was the right time— even though she was three months pregnant with her second child.

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“I knew this was going to be something great, and we would hopefully be inspiring to all women out there,” shares Kaci. Therese agrees: “I want my girls to feel like they can do anything they put their minds to when they grow up. And with 505 Salon, they can see that hard work pays off and dreams can come true!” HOME SWEET HOME The next step was choosing the home for their new salon; Therese and Kaci agreed on Hermosa Beach. “Having the right location is so important, and we are in the perfect part of Hermosa—just a walk up from the beach but far enough up from the pier where there is plenty of parking,” Therese says. Kaci adds: “Clients can feel the calm, and they also get the privacy they love.” 505 Salon’s clients range from South Bay residents to well-known TV personalities, athletes and A-list actors. “They know they can trust us,” explains Therese. “We understand how important their hair is to them, and we will always put in 110% effort to achieve desired results. We love to help our clients feel their very best.” The two feel lucky and grateful to do what they love for a living and have such loyal clients who have shown their support over the years. “They love that family feeling,” Kaci says. “We try to make every client feel like they are family.” A popular conversation piece at the salon is a painting commissioned by a client and local artist, DeAnne Olguin Williamson. The art depicts a woman with her eyes closed, at peace, and the words “Trust the magic of beginnings.” And 505 Salon is the beginning of a truly magical thing. “We are working together to build a salon that we can both be proud of, where our clients and staff can feel welcome and at home,” Therese shares. Kaci agrees, extending an invitation on behalf of the entire 505 Salon team: “We want everyone to know about our salon and stop in—even if it’s just to say hi.”

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For many international residents of the South Bay, preserving cultural identity begins with fostering kinship from within. Photographer Nancy Pastor documents a handful of local communities nurturing their roots while celebrating the new home that unites them. PHOTOGRAPHED BY NANCY PASTOR

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On Día de los Muertos, historic Downtown San Pedro comes alive with arts, culture, cuisine and live entertainment. This holiday is not a Mexican version of Halloween. In fact, they differ in both tradition and tone. The Day of the Dead is less about darkness and horror and more about color and joy. Family members honor the memory of their departed relatives with offering, parades, parties, costumes, song and dance. It’s believed that this holiday originated several thousand years ago with the Aztec, Toltec and other Nahua people. Death was considered a natural phase in life’s long continuum. On this day, they temporarily return to earth. The calaveras, or skulls, dominate much of this celebration of both life and death. Captured here, Academía de Mariachi and Folklorico Nadino, a San Pedro dance group, performed at this year’s celebration.

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The Greek community in the South Bay began in the early part of the 20th century, but they didn’t have a church of their own until St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Redondo Beach was completed in 1963. As an important center for families and children, the church initiated such programs as Greek Orthodox Youth of America (GOYA), a Greek language school and a Folk Dance Federation. These activities continue to thrive and flourish on Knob Hill. The youth also serve in the annual festival, a community staple for over 50 years. “Philoptimo is a very important word for Greeks,” shares longtime church member Dr. Jim Dimitriou. “It means hospitality and pride in sharing one›s culture, religion and traditions together. That is the magic of our festival over the years.”


Bando Hiromiya, 67, of Palos Verdes and Bando Hidesomi, 45, of Torrance practice the Nihon Buyo—a 200-year-old style of dance originating in the Kabuki style of theatre—at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute. Both women studied under the same teacher, Bando Mitsuhiro, who passed away three years ago. Now they continue her legacy—Bando Hiromiya at Mai No Kai in Torrance and Bando Hidesomi at the cultural center. Women as old as 80 and from different regions of Japan find each other at these studios with a shared love of traditional Japanese dance. For the women, it’s not just about the dance … it’s an opportunity to socialize, exercise and share food and stories. Shares Bando Hidesomi, “In Japanese culture you never achieve 100%. You learn until the day you die.”

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Krista Kupau and Leilani Kanaauao Huggins are “ohana” (Hawaiian for family), but they didn’t understand the depth of that connection at first. Both have sons at Redondo Beach High School and discovered they share ties to an uncle, Palani Vaughan. Both Redondo residents, Krista is the founder of Ohana Dance, and Leilani is a fourth-generation lei-maker. The women come from a long line of Hawaiian artists and educators who have perpetuated the Hawaiian culture as language teachers, cultural preservationists, professional musicians, dancers and Hawaiian environmentalists. The art of lei-making is deep-rooted—a cherished part of the Hawaiian culture, which celebrates any and all occasions by making, sharing and wearing a lei. “The aloha spirit is anywhere you are and the ultimate expression of aloha,” shares Leilani. “We both strive to make our ohana proud doing what we do best.”

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Merry at the Marina

Dive into the holiday season at the revised BALEENkitchen in Redondo. WRITTEN BY KARA MICKELSON

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Think of it as a staycation for locals and a respite for out-of-towners, business travelers or those returning home to see family during the holidays. With spectacular harborside views, the distinct “away-from-home” experience at The Portofino Hotel & Marina is part of the allure. As part of the Noble House brand, the Redondo Beach property recently got a major reboot to its signature restaurant, BALEENkitchen. The venue maintains a few signature popular dishes on their menu, including the cashew graham crust and vanilla bean cream key lime pie developed in 1999 with owner Pat Colee, along with other familiar items such as the cioppino, ahi and lobster mac ‘n’ cheese. The harborside restaurant’s revamped décor sets the scene with a stylish, lighter, brighter feel. The vibe is sleek yet comfortable with banquette booths and fireside seating. The newer, posh, designer ambience retains the contemporary coastal inspiration

that also drives the menu. Abundant seafood offerings can be ordered from all three on-property restaurants: BALEENkitchen, BALEENlounge and The Living Room. With waterside views, regular musical entertainment and social events on the schedule, out-of-town guests and locals alike can find the perfect “neighborhood spot” that feels like a true dining destination. The Portofino has two chefs de cuisine on staff overseeing the new restaurant menus. The collaborative effort is yielding some interesting and tasty culinary creations. The end game is a creative team working in harmony to produce the best overall dining experience. The heart of their current culinary ambition is “food for the soul,” with scratch-made ingredients that satisfy the senses. Imagine California-style cuisine with a global, multicultural culinary influence threaded throughout the chef-driven menus and culinary-focused experiences, such as wine-paired dinners.


Chef Vasili Tavernakis’ fresh seasonal creations and warm hospitality likely draw on his Greek heritage. He wants the food to make you happy and exudes a feeling of “come, sit, eat.” He received his formal training and degree from Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena. He was also at the forefront of the Manhattan Beach dining scene working alongside Chef David Lefevre as sous chef at Manhattan Beach Post and other Simms Restaurant Group establishments such as Fishing with Dynamite and The Arthur J. The kitchen was calling, so he left behind a buttoned-up tech career to battle braising, sautéing, and any and all facets of kitchen culture. He took a leap of faith to follow his passion and never looked back. Chef Paul Dinulescu brings his Romanian “made from scratch” tradition and his European Michelin restaurant experience with a touch of what might be called “urban-ethnic London.” Think subtle Indian spices and

fresh local product comingled with French European technique, where the importance of ingredients, pairings and flavors are nurtured and respected. He is enthusiastic when speaking about the restaurants’ own mushroom forager and their trusted vendor partners such as Santa Monica Seafood. He appreciates the relationships and quality product that their vendors bring to the culinary experience. Both chefs look to craft a memorable dining experience with attention to detail in each creation. They are striving for customer engagement that will spark a new passion for South Bay dining. The sentiment is: Tell us what you like and how can we make it better; we are listening. It’s not just about creating new, fresh, seasonal dishes but about cementing a relationship with customers that makes them come back. It’s about finding the balance between delicious food served in an inviting environment that feels exclusive—maybe even like

a getaway—yet is actually a short drive from anywhere in the South Bay. In passionate pursuit of upping the cheffocused menu, they proudly offer a unique, 10-person chef’s table set in the kitchen— right in the action—and a private dining area with spectacular harbor views. It’s certain to be a favorite for special occasions, and no doubt these two chefs will graciously tempt your palate with pleasing kitchen creations. On the whole, The Portofino’s updated look and curated restaurant offerings feel fresh and interesting. With the holidays approaching, The Portofino Hotel & Marina provides boutique luxury lodging for visitors and is a local destination where you can celebrate the season with several dining experiences that will take the pressure off holiday entertaining. ■ 260 Portofino Way in Redondo Beach 310-372-1202, hotelportofino.com

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A Leg Up

Flyaway Homes is tackling L.A.’s homeless crisis one community at a time—each project built with private funds. WRITTEN BY AMBER KLINCK PHOTOGRAPHED BY LAUREN PRESSEY

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The project at 820 West Colden Avenue is unique—and not just because the threestory residential building is constructed using shipping containers or because it will provide permanent supportive housing for 32 previously homeless tenants. The privately funded project is the fruit of thinking outside the box—creating not only a residence but a community … implementing design elements that offer not only a safe place for residents to rest their heads but also a nurturing environment. With eight four-bedroom units, all with a shared kitchen, bathroom and living space, the building is able to sustainably provide housing to individuals relying on subsidies. “We have people who need housing today,” says Flyaway Homes chief operating officer and Palos Verdes resident Kevin Hirai. For individuals relying on resources from Supplemental Security Income, “Maybe they have MHS, maybe DHS … that’s $1,100 a month,” Kevin explains. “[We] had to think about how to provide reasonable housing for somebody with that income.” Flyaway Homes, an organization created to fund housing solutions for the homeless, understood the importance of minimizing the time and cost of construction, which led them to modular building. And by relying on private investments rather than government funding, the organization was able to have more flexibility in the design of the building itself. “What’s different about this community is it’s co-living,” Kevin says. For recent college grads and young professionals, the idea of co-living to minimize living expenses is not a foreign concept. But current legislation and building codes make it difficult for co-living developments to receive government funding. “Another part of our mission is advocacy,” Kevin notes, “just shining a light on the fact that co-living works. It’s not for everybody, and it’s not the only solution. But it [should be] one of them.” In addition to the eight units, the building has a one-bedroom unit for a resident manager and a community room for laundry, group activities and support services. The space is bright with floor-to-ceiling windows and a streamlined, modern design. The first-floor units are ADA accessible, and all the units are ADA adaptable. And the building has an elevator. “We didn’t need

to put an elevator on the property by code,” Kevin notes. At a cost of $200,000 on a $3.6 million build, the addition was a considerable expense. “But we did that for our clients; they need that. A lot of them have physical disabilities.” The functionality of the living space aside, there’s a clear sense of how much thought was put into the quality of life each tenant would experience while living on property. There’s ample outdoor space with polished landscaping, a grassy dog run and a smoking area. “The point is, if you have a dog or you smoke, you shouldn’t be precluded from a decent housing opportunity, right?” There are plans for a garden, and citrus trees have already been planted. “These are bushman tanks,” Kevin points out. “They collect all the roof water. Next to them we’re going to put planters and vegetable gardens.” A local church has adopted the property with plans to host BBQs and planting parties. “It’s a community thing,” Kevin says. Along the street, “we’re going to plant trees,” he adds. “There’s this organization called the Tree People, and they’ll plant a

My philosophy—and I think the numbers are there—is that if you beautify something, people will take care of it.” streetscape with a dozen trees. My philosophy—and I think the numbers are there—is that if you beautify something, people will take care of it.” The People Concern, a Los Angeles-based homeless services provider, has partnered with Flyaway Homes. In addition to placing compatible tenants, The People Concern will provide supportive services. “We have 53,000 homeless people in Los Angeles,” Kevin says. “Our goal is to do 450 of these communities in the next 10 years. That would house 25,000. If you provide [people] with the support services they need, they thrive and then they have an opportunity to go and do their own thing.” ■


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Pay it Forward Givebox, a banking and fundraising platform for nonprofits, gives back in a big way. WRITTEN BY ELIZA KRPOYAN

“Every penny makes a difference,” says every nonprofit that has ever raised money. Yet in an industry dependent on donations, a chunk of charitable contributions goes toward online banking and processing fees. With a mission for nonprofits to experience financial freedom, Manhattan Beach resident Josh Rowley created Givebox—a banking platform that provides sophisticated fundraising tools for charitable organizations of all sizes. A technology expert, Josh first set out to give back to charities before learning the financial and technology void in fundraising. “My cofounder Don Yang, a Hermosa native, tried to raise money to build a skate park for underprivileged children in the Philippines,”

he shares. “When I tried to help him with my experience in tech, I found that no matter the amount we raised, almost 50% of the money was going to banking and fundraising platforms. It was then that I realized that a company was going to have to bridge the two worlds of finance and philanthropy to solve this issue.” The fundraising, banking and payment platform is the first of its kind. Because they have partnered with Vantiv/Worldpay—one of the largest payments providers in the world—Givebox is able to give the lowest processing fees and free fundraising technology to every nonprofit. “Fundraising is hard for smaller nonprofits as they cannot afford the premium technology that is currently available. So we have made the platform free to all nonprofits with the lowest banking fees in any industry,” says Josh. “My passion for philanthropy has driven me to blueprint a plan in which every nonprofit, small or large, has the opportunity to change the world.” Givebox shares that their goal is to see the more than half a million nonprofits that currently do not have access to technology get the support they need. “Many of our hometown South Bay nonprofits are already experiencing an increase in donations without the excessive costs that come with other fundraising and banking platforms,” Josh shares. ■

WHY PUT OUR FUNDS, TIME AND AWARENESS TOWARD NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS? Investing in a nonprofit is truly a gift that keeps on giving. Here, three reasons to put our funds, time and awareness toward nonprofit organizations, according to Givebox CEO and founder Josh Rowley. 1.

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“Government funding is dwindling for nonprofits. This has caused local communities to rely heavily on local, smaller nonprofits. Frankly, these organizations are not prepared for the influx in credit card donations. To survive, they must adapt quickly to a cashless world.” “Banking fees have increased in every industry, including philanthropy. And nonprofits have been left behind by financial technology. Donors and nonprofits should not be losing the

majority of funds in transit to philanthropic efforts. Donors need to take the time and research the amount of money that is being syphoned off to the middlemen and ask their nonprofit to change providers.” 3.

“Local nonprofits lack the tools to connect with a younger donor base. This has caused donations to dip in recent years for smaller nonprofits that cannot afford mobile giving technology. Givebox provides a mobile app where any size nonprofit can raise money and awareness for free. And any donor can stay in touch with every nonprofit and share their efforts with their social networks.”


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Salt Cured Looking to start 2019 on a healthy note? Consider a wellness reboot in stunning Maldives. WRITTEN BY ELIZA KRPOYAN

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owner Christina Ong, COMO Shambhala is the practice of holistic healing through massages, beauty treatments, healthy cuisine and yoga. According to the COMO Shambhala website, “The philosophy is inspired by the mythological kingdom of ‘Shambhala,’ which in ancient Buddhist texts denotes a sacred place of bliss. The belief is that everyone can find tranquility within themselves by exploring body, mind and spirit.” All COMO Hotels and Resorts worldwide offer COMO Shambhala cuisine developed by the group’s executive chef. The dishes are either on a separate menu or on the regular menu indicated by the COMO Shambhala logo. Many of these offerings are also raw, gluten-free or vegan, and all are sans processed sugar. Each item is carefully prepared for specific nutritional purposes such as increasing energy and balancing sugar levels. They can also be found in Christina’s cookbook, The Pleasures of Eating Well: Nourishing Favourites from the Como Shambhala Kitchen (Clearview, 2016). Among my favorite dishes were a salad of crab, longan and green mango with cashews and chili-lime dressing; pad thai with brown rice noodles, tofu, cashews, sprouts, chili and tamarind; and a bowl of vegan coconut yogurt topped with mango and passion fruit, and nut and seed clusters. In addition to eating clean, I experienced daily spa services set in over-water tranquility rooms. Among the treatments I received was an Indonesian massage, which employs a precise technique of thumb rolling and kneading strokes—as targeted as (yet more relaxing than) a deep-tissue massage. Each service, including facials, begins with a gentle exfoliating foot ritual. COMO Maalifushi also offers twice-a-day complimentary yoga classes, six days a week. In the morning the class takes place in an all-glass studio adjoining the spa, since the reflection off the white sand is too bright. The evening session is held in a stilted, open-air pavilion above the gentle surf. Complimentary yoga and Pilates and the COMO Shambhala cuisine make it exceptionally easy to resolve to be healthy. However, if you’re looking for additional experiences, the resort offers wellness retreats with visiting practitioners. In April the resort will host a weeklong total body renewal program with fitness expert Amy Buck and registered nutritionist Eve Persak. The sixday workshop combines high-intensity exercises and yoga, as well as nutrition education and healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. The takeaway from a wellness vacation at COMO Maalifushi? Enlightenment through simplicity. From dining on clean cuisine to being barefoot 24/7, it’s time to embrace the essential you. ■


“If there was ever doubt that diff icult roads often lead to beautiful destinations, COMO Maalifushi was the proof. Once we arrived I had the thought that if I had to come by rowboat, I would have.”

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LIVING THE DREAM Life is good for South Bay native and local business owner Richard Haynes. WRITTEN BY LAURA L. WATTS | PHOTOGRAPHED BY SIRI BERTING

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ealtor Richard Haynes has spent almost his entire life as a South Bay resident—starting with his first breath at Torrance Memorial Medical Center. He grew up in Valmonte, played Palos Verdes Little League games, ate at the Snack Shack and headed to RAT Beach on his days off. As he got older, he played PVBA basketball, Pop Warner football and hung out at Torrance Beach during the summer. Richard attended all local schools: Silver Spur Elementary, Palos Verdes Intermediate School and Peninsula High School. He graduated from the University of Southern California, where he attended the Marshall School of Business. This South Bay native has lived, worked and played all over the Beach Cities: Manhattan, Redondo, Hermosa and Palos Verdes—and currently resides in Hermosa Beach with his wife, Nicole, who was also born and raised in the South Bay. Richard’s parents, Dick and Julie Haynes, and younger brother, Eric Haynes, live nearby. DO WHAT YOU LOVE Before college, Richard inadvertently got his first education in real estate marketing when he worked as an intern at a firm that had several real estate development clients.

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During his senior year in college, his parents gave him a gift that sealed the deal for his career: a few financial and real estate books. When Richard found himself poring over those books rather than studying for his final exams, he knew he had found the perfect line of work. “Real estate is a great fit for me because it is both a science and an art,” he explains. “You need to understand a little bit of everything to be good in real estate. Since I began my career in mortgage and then transitioned to an investor, I can be a resource on real estate financing, repair costs and investment on a much higher level than your average agent.” Richard has personally flipped or developed more than 30 properties—putting him in the shoes of both buyer and seller more than 30 times. He has even jumped into the commercial development arena by building a daycare facility in South Los Angeles that has future development opportunities. Because of his firsthand experience in so many areas, Richard offers clients unique insight into finding what they are looking for—and helps them avoid expensive mistakes. “We believe that our clients acquire some of the best home and investment property deals in the South Bay,” he says.

As the owner of Manhattan Pacific Realty, which he started in 2011, Richard is a valuable resource to the clients he works with throughout the South Bay—from El Segundo to Palos Verdes to Hawthorne. To give clients even more insight into the market, he spends a good deal of time each week writing a blog at manhattanpacificrealty.com/blog. Richard’s weekly posts skip the fluff—such as favorite recipes or social events—and focus exclusively on analyzing local real estate data, making projections based on the market and educating clients on maximizing their real estate portfolio. THE LOCAL EXPERT Life isn’t all about work for the local-boyturned-expert-Realtor. Richard is proud to give back by being a member of USC Marshall Partners, which raises money for the Marshall School of Business and the Leventhal School of Accounting. “It’s great to see hard-working students get the opportunity to travel abroad to study international business, compete in a national competition or receive seed money for a promising startup,” he shares. He’s a big fan of USC football, the beach and anything that allows him to spend time outdoors. Richard and Nicole live close to the

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“I TRULY UNDERSTAND THE LOCAL CULTURE OF THE SOUTH BAY AND GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA, AS I HAVE BEEN A RESIDENT HERE FOR ALMOST THREE DECADES.” Hermosa Beach Pier, and on the weekends they enjoy walking everywhere: on The Strand, to the post office, to the grocery store. During their time off they enjoy exercising together (working out with trainer Tanner at F45 fitness center), and they frequently dine at local restaurants (their favorite is Baran’s 2239 in Hermosa). And what South Bay neighborhoods does this local expert love? “In Palos Verdes, my favorite neighborhood is Valmonte where I grew up, along with Malaga Cove Plaza. And how can you not love Terranea and Portuguese Bend? I have lived in Hermosa for many years, and I lived in Downtown Manhattan Beach, which is such an amazing place. My first job post-college was in Redondo Beach, and I think The Avenues and Riviera Village are the most underrated neighborhoods in all of the South Bay.” It’s this local expertise that places Richard ahead of the game when it comes to giving his clients a unique real estate advantage. “I truly understand the local culture of the South Bay and Greater Los Angeles area, as I have been a resident here for almost three decades,” he says. “Clients would be hardpressed to find someone who knows the area better.”

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2018 Fall Classic

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Local golfers teed up at Virginia Country Club for this annual tourney benefitting the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation. A special thankyou to the sponsors: Srixon, Wheels Up, Cause Events, Liquid I.V., Código Tequila, Cleveland Golf, The Arthur J, Fonz’s, Moss Adams LLP, Palms Casino Resort, Borzi Family Foundation, Highridge Costa Companies, OrangeTwist and Beach City Orthopedics.

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Barsha’s 6th Anniversary Celebration

Barsha Wines family celebrated their six-year anniversary surrounded by their biggest supporters! More than 50 wines were represented along with kombocha mocktails by Health-Ade. Thank you to JP Cordero of Shutter Styles Photography for the custom photo booth and event photography.

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16th Annual Girls Night Out

Nearly 600 ladies “Rocked their Pink” at Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach’s “fun-raiser,” which generated $200,000 in net income. Proceeds benefited CSCRB’s free support group programs for cancer patients and their families. The three-night, sell-out event just for ladies promoted awareness of women’s cancers with an evening of fun and laughter.

The ladies of Malaga Bank

Norma Imhoff, Christine Sabedra, Deb Patrick, Ashley Williams (front), Angela Juranek

Rebecca Weintraub, PhD, Paula Moore, Maxine Hawk, Tammy Hernandez, Susan Sleep, MD

Judith Opdahl, Steve Napolitano, Theresa Plakos, Paula Moore (front)

Charmaine Wilson, Charlotte Ginsburg, Paula Moore

Amy Anthony, Renee Vachon, Carla Bick, Elissa Oblath

Karen Beck, David Plakos, Judy Shepherd

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Clint Clausen 4D Fours Volleyball Tournament

The fifth annual 4D Fours volleyball tournament honored Clint Clausen, the Manhattan Beach local who died suddenly of a massive heart attack at the age of 44. The event raises heart screening awareness, and the funds raised go to subsidize screenings and support his four daughters’ 529 educational funds.

Loren Bushman, Kori Clausen, Avery Drost

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Sophia, Hailey, Leila, Sloan Clausen

Las Madrecitas Mardi Gras Fall Fundraiser

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Las Madrecitas hosted a Mardi Gras Fall Fundraiser at The Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach to benefit Orthopaedic Institute for Children. Guests enjoyed a fun-filled evening for a worthwhile cause with cocktails and a silent auction followed by dinner, a live auction and comedy show.

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The Jimmy Surf Fiesta

The Jimmy Surf Fiesta is a unique team format surf fiesta (not contest) where five surfers on a team all surf together at the same time. This is a fun, family-oriented event that welcomes all ages—from super groms to salty dogs. The event commemorates the life and spirit of Jimmy Miller. Team getting ready for heat

Crowd gathering for raffle and live auction

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The Depot’s 23rd Annual Halloween Ball

Hundreds of costumed guests gathered for the Halloween Ball benefiting Pediatric Therapy Network (PTN). Guests enjoyed dinner by Chef Shafer, danced the night away, bid on auction items and competed in costume contests. The fundraiser brought in more than $300,000 for PTN—a nonprofit early child development and therapy center that provides therapy to 2,500 children each year.

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The Rockefeller Grand Opening Popular South Bay restaurant and bar The Rockefeller celebrated its third location opening, this time on Catalina Avenue in Redondo Beach.

Roundhouse Aquarium Unveiling in Manhattan Beach

The Harrison Greenberg Foundation announces the reopening of Manhattan Beach Pier’s signature historic landmark: the newly revitalized Roundhouse Aquarium. The $4 million beautification project transforms the beloved marine facility into a state-of-the-art oceanographic teaching center and experiential destination that will educate and inspire local children and visitors.

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New exhibits

Harrison Greenberg’s family joined by Harrison Greenberg Foundation executive director Robin Curren, Manhattan Beach city officials, Ocean Teaching Stations board president John Roberts and CambridgeSeven architect Peter Sollogub

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The walk broke records for the 10th year in a row—with 15,000+ participants raising more than $2 million to support the Friendship Foundation for children with special needs, college scholarships and South Bay schools. Presented by Nickelodeon and sponsored by NBC4, the event has raised more than $11 million for kids since its launch.

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Sofia Duran rocks out with the Mira Costa High School marching band

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40th Anniversary Gala for Vistas for Children

More than 250 guests gathered at the Rolling Hills Country Club to celebrate 40 years of giving to special needs children in our community. The event’s program honored the past 40 years during an exquisite dinner followed by live entertainment, an enthusiastic auction and a DJ dancing the night away.

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Harvest Fair Fun

Peninsula Heritage School’s annual Harvest Fair kicked off with an alumni breakfast followed by games, rides and a delicious dad’s BBQ lunch. A silent auction for teacher adventures plus a raffle for grade-level gift baskets highlighted the afternoon. Under the leadership of head of school Dr. Cindy Chun, Harvest Fair co-chairs Melissa Hewitt and Jason Greenwald, and Parent Association president Emily Gutierrez, parent volunteers worked to plan and present this event for Peninsula Heritage School families and friends. Funds raised will augment the school’s new coding curriculum for all grades.

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Montage Boutique Spa LightStim Launch Party

Montage Boutique Spa in Manhattan Beach hosted a party to launch their exclusive new treatment, the LightStim LED bed. Guests were treated to wine, nibbles and an informative presentation about the health benefits of LED light therapy, as well as a chance to win more than $5,000 worth of prizes.

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Andrea Vona, Chef Bernard Ibarra, Terri Haack, Sharon Ryan

Diana Heffernan-Schrader and Marta Jevenois-Richardson

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Becky Vanderwolk, Marcie Norling, Lynn Taber, Isabella Donato, Rhonda Donato, Robbie Lever

Janet Grothe and Andrea Vona

Gaye Vancans, Louise Olfarnes, Jennifer Ruth

Steve Schrader and Alnis Briedis

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Leah Bizoumis, Don Tuffli, Becky Cool, Craig Cooning, Bruce Biesman-Simons

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A breathtaking orange and red sunset and the vibrant color and flavors of Oaxaca were the backdrop to this year’s sold-out Palos Verdes Pastoral Garden-to-Table Dining Experience benefitting the preservation of the Peninsula’s unique natural lands. Hosted by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy in partnership with Terranea Resort, Pastoral included a toast to celebrate the organization’s 30th anniversary and an announcement of a $125,000 leadership endowment gift by Becky Cool.


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businesses give back Making a difference by giving back is the right thing to do for individuals, families and businesses alike. Especially at the holiday season, we can all give of our time and talents to benefit others in our community, nationwide and even globally. In our annual Businesses Give Back profiles section, we chat with some of the finest professionals in the South Bay and the charitable organizations to which they are dedicated.

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LA Kings

Toyota Sports Center 555 North Nash Street El Segundo 310-535-4441 lakings.com

Featured Charity Kings Care Foundation 310-535-4441 lakings.com/kingscare

“We are always thinking about how we can put a smile on someone’s face or create a memory for a family.”

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he Los Angeles Kings, a franchise of the National Hockey League, began play in 1967 and has called Downtown Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center home since 1999. More than 650 men have played for the Kings, and the team has won two Stanley Cups—in 2012 and 2014. With the help of players, alumni and staff, the LA Kings raise funds and drive awareness for educational, recreational and healthrelated causes through their award-winning children’s charity, the Kings Care Foundation. The team’s efforts are estimated to make a direct impact on the lives of nearly 1 million children annually. Formed in 1996, the Kings Care Foundation has donated more than $13 million in monetary and in-kind support to the Los Angeles community. Among the foundation’s ongoing pledges is a $1 million commitment to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in support of the neurosurgery and pathology departments; a $1 million donation toward capital improvements of the Loma Linda Ronald McDonald house in conjunction with the Hope Reigns Foundation; a $1 million commitment to fund a new YMCA Ball Hockey program at all 26 LA locations; and a $2.5 million contribution to Discovery Cube Los Angeles to construct and maintain a permanent Science of Hockey interactive education exhibit. Tell us about a favorite holiday tradition of the team. “Each year for the past 10 years, our players, coaches, broadcasters and staff adopt families from the Child Abuse Prevention Center. When the kids open their ultimate wish item (gaming system, bike, scooter, etc.) you can’t help but tear up. We of course get them their basic needs, but when they see an item that they never thought they would get, it’s the best.” What do you love about giving back specifically during the holidays? “There is so much good that we can do— from food drives to toy drives to ice skating parties at our outdoor Holiday Ice Rinks. We are always thinking about how we can put a smile on someone’s face or create a memory for a family. We’re also extremely lucky to work with players (and wives) who truly want to make a difference in a family’s life. Anything we ask of them, they jump right in.”

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What’s a great way to teach our kids the value of sharing with those less fortunate? “Kids look up to athletes as heroes. Whether it’s the clothes they wear or the music they like, young people will be influenced by their example. When our players and our brand are visible in the community, we know it’s showing a positive example.” What charities do you work with? “Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Ronald McDonald House of LA, the YMCA and Discovery Cube Los Angeles. Also we recently worked with the Redondo Beach Police Foundation to put trauma kits in all South Bay public school classrooms. Each of these organizations is an ‘expert’ in the work they do in the community, and we’re fortunate enough to be able to enhance their work by putting our brand, logo, players and money behind it to do some great stuff.” How is the Kings Care Foundation a good steward of donor money? “Over the last five or so years, we’ve really moved away from buying tables at events and foursomes at golf tournaments. We wanted to look at the bigger picture and see how we can make a lasting impact by putting our money behind specific programs. Each dollar that we raise comes directly from our fans and partners, so it was important to us to show them what their money was doing. Our programs have tangible results. For example, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is nearly self-sufficient in their blood needs since we started the LA Kings Blood Program. Camp Ronald McDonald is able to host 20% more children each summer since their dining/mess hall was completed. The YMCA is helping us implement ball hockey at all of their Los Angeles locations.” In what ways does giving back make the Los Angeles Kings even more successful? “Our community programs promote engagement with our fans and sponsors. When people engage with the team, all aspects of our business thrive. People want to associate with brands that give back.” What’s at the top of your wish list this year? “A long winning streak! Our organization is a great place to work, but when we’re winning, everything just flows and works together.”

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Gimlen Orthodontics D 973 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Suite C, Manhattan Beach 512 Main Street, Suite 3, El Segundo 310-545-6525 | gimlenorthodontics.com

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

“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.”

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 at St. John’s Hospital. “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 pediatric dentist, a nurse, a pediatrician, a plastic surgeon, a speech therapist, a social worker, an ENT, an audiologist and a geneticist. The team members see each

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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 step-by-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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“We understand that raising money is one of the toughest jobs for any nonprofit, so it is our pleasure to donate these funds and help bring their vision into reality.”

Kinecta Federal Credit Union

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inecta Federal Credit Union is one of the nation’s largest credit unions, with approximately $4.42 billion in assets; 22 branches; two retail mortgage centers; and more than 303,000 members nationwide. Banking the South Bay for 80 years, Kinecta offers its members a full range of financial products. From 2011 to 2018 it was named the South Bay’s Best Credit Union by Daily Breeze readers. Tell us about your featured charity. “Mychal’s Learning Place, located in Hawthorne, believes that children and adults with developmental disabilities deserve to be challenged with opportunities that build selfesteem and independence in order to create lifelong success. In doing so, they encourage each child and adult to develop their individual talents and the skills necessary for them to interact and contribute to society. They believe that no disability should ever hinder the growth, passion, success or independence of those who are willing to try.”

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How did you choose to support Mychal’s? “We value the work that Mychal’s does and understand the importance of providing support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Collaborating on events in the corporate headquarters—from the chili cook-off to offering our lobby as a location where they serve baked goods—provides much-needed awareness to the community and lets our members see firsthand some of the abilities that the students have. With our partnership, we look to change the dialogue.” How is Mychal’s Learning Place a good steward of donor money? “By using the money to provide muchneeded resources, programming and activities that provide their participants with tools for independence, job training and social opportunities. We understand that raising money is one of the toughest jobs for any nonprofit, so it is our pleasure to donate these funds to a worthy organization and help bring their vision into reality.”

Donna McNeely, Chief Operating Officer 1440 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach Kinecta.org Why does giving back make your business even more successful? “At Kinecta, we’re part of the communities where our members and employees live and work. Those who bank with us notice the difference—that we strive to help—and they like knowing that we’re supporting their local communities.” Why is promoting goodwill so important? “Goodwill is the reputation of a company. People like doing business with companies that have aligned values, and those are the people we’d like as members of Kinecta. And it goes back to the basic credit union philosophy of People Helping People.” Insured by NCUA

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Jim Schlager & Hilary Mahan

“Giving is immensely fulfilling and can also be an important part of your own family’s financial plan and legacy.”

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oss Adams is an industry-focused accounting, consulting and wealth management firm serving middle-market companies as well as families and families who own businesses. Jim Schlager and his team help people make informed decisions about reaching their goals by integrating investments, tax, estate trusts, insurance, real estate and charitable giving into their financial plans. Tell us about your featured charitable organization. “The Manhattan Beach Education Foundation 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. We’re proud to be part of such a great organization that helps support our schools and our kids.”

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2121 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 2390 El Segundo 310-616-3460 | mossadams.com What’s at the top of your wish list this year? “I would really like everyone to learn about and, if appropriate, set up a donor advised fund (DAF) before the end of the year. As a result of the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA), the limit for state and local tax deductions on your federal return is now capped at $10,000—meaning that you may have to look at other strategies to help minimize your tax exposure. One option might be to increase your charitable giving, especially since the new deductibility limit for cash gifts is 60% of your adjusted gross income. A DAF could be a good avenue to help structure your giving more efficiently. Setting one up is relatively simple, and you can easily gift stocks, mutual funds, cash or other noncash assets to your fund. It’s generally more tax-advantageous to transfer highly appreciated assets rather than cash because you won’t pay taxes on the appreciation, but it’s important to remember that the deductibility of these assets is different from cash and you

should consult with an accountant. When you transfer assets to your DAF you claim a charitable deduction for the full fair market value, and the DAF does not pay gains tax on the capital gains when the assets are sold within the DAF account. Giving is immensely fulfilling and can also be an important part of your own family’s financial plan and legacy. With a DAF, you can get the whole family involved in giving.” Disclaimer: 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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SHUTTERS BY THE BEACH Speechless serenity abounds when living in this home that makes you feel like you’re on vacation year round. Approaching the front door down the walk street is mesmerizing since the beach and ocean are merely paces away. Upon entering the home you are immediately charmed by the interior shiplap walls and oak hardwood floors. This sophisticated yet warm inviting home is flooded with light from the plethora of windows and skylights. On the first level is a beach room directly off the walk street patio, perfect as a gym, yoga/ meditation room or kids hangout. There are also two bedrooms (one currently used as a den) and a bathroom as well as laundry room and 2 side by side two car garages (four car interior parking). The middle level is graced with a large inviting master suite including a breathtaking ocean view deck and huge closet. Down the hall are three additional bedrooms, one bath room, one loft/office and spacious back deck. The top floor however is the soul of this home. With the Pacific Ocean visible from every room and deck, you are immersed in the home’s essence once you arrive upstairs. Entertaining is seamless with formal living and dining rooms, built in “captains bar”, kitchen, nook and family room surrounded by three large decks with French doors that when open provide a luxurious yet cozy inviting space you won’t want to leave….

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COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor agents and are not employees of the Company. ©2018 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker, the Coldwell Banker Logo, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo service marks are registered or pending registrations owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC.


SOLD: 106 MONTEREY BLVD, HERMOSA BEACH 2BD | 1.5BA | APPROX. 1,285 SF | TOWNHOME SALE PRICE - $1,099,000 *represented buyer*

SOLD: 1150 5TH ST, MANHATTAN BEACH 4BD | 3BA | APPROX. 2,123 SF | SFR SALE PRICE - $2,370,000 *represented buyer*

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SOLD: 1820 PCH, HERMOSA BEACH 3BD | 3.5BA | APPROX. 2,211 SF | TOWNHOME SALE PRICE - $1,659,000 *represented buyer*

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SOLD: 18014 BAILEY DR, TORRANCE 4BD | 2BA | APPROX. 1,480 SF | SFR LIST PRICE - $709,000 SALE PRICE - $710,000 *represented buyer*

SOLD: 750 35TH ST, MANHATTAN BEACH 5BD | 4.5BA | APPROX. 3,714 SF | SFR LIST PRICE - $3,500,000 SALE PRICE - $3,250,000 *represented buyer*

SOLD: 1446 11TH ST, MANHATTAN BEACH 5BD | 3.5BA | APPROX. 4,204 SF | SFR LIST PRICE - $2,495,000 SALE PRICE - $2,350,000 *represented buyer*

The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor agents and are not employees of the Company. ©2018 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker, the Coldwell Banker Logo, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo service marks are registered or pending registrations owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC.


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The Awful Tooth What happens when they start questioning the magic? WRITTEN BY EMILY TECKLENBURG, AKA “GELATO MAMA” ILLUSTRATED BY CHRISTINE GEORGIADES

The Tooth Fairy really screws Santa over. Let’s face it. The moment your kid starts to question a tiny fairy collecting teeth in the middle of the night in exchange for currency is the same moment St. Nicholas himself comes into closer examination. And I’m sorry, but the Tooth Fairy should feel really bad about that. Think of the longevity Santa could have if we didn’t have to pretend the Tooth Fairy was a thing. This dwindling childhood magic hit me hard recently when my daughter lost another cavityridden tooth. As far as I was concerned, enough money had already been sunk into that tooth, and she certainly was not deserving of payment for it. Yet she still excitedly detailed the momentto-moment extraction of said tooth and then tentatively began to cross-examine me in regard to its reward. Her eyes grilled me silently from the passenger side of the car, and I began to sweat a little as she questioned the authenticity of the tooth’s banker. I slowed to a stop, and she pulled my face to hers and looked me square in the eye and said, “Mama, some people at school say Santa isn’t real. I say he is, but some people say no. He’s real, right? Tell me the truth. Tell me the truth, Mom.” What followed was not some sort of beautiful explanation about the spirit of the season

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and the essence of Santa living on inside us and how giving is always better than receiving. Nope. Not at all. What followed was more of a stuttering, half-assed, caught-off-guard response of: “Yeah … I mean … totally … like … what do you believe? Who cares about those other (jerky, keep-yourmouth-shut) kids?” You do you, daughter. And then, thank God, the light turned green and I diverted her attention by turning on “Party In the U.S.A.,” and we sang it loud and proud with the windows down, just as Miley intended. I know my son slipped silently from believer to non-believer. He never asked me about it, and I didn’t want to confront it with the hopes of another year of magic on the line. But my daughter questioning this so boldly, and me so ungraciously failing at an answer … well, needless to say, I blame the Tooth Fairy. Regardless of who believes what, I know the children will discover that there is always magic crackling in the air this time of year. Towering Christmas trees, sparkling light displays, laughter with friends, a chill in the air and generous hearts are what rule December. And they will learn the lesson we all eventually do: Extraordinary magic lies within the ordinary. That is the truth, daughter. Kris Kringle told me so. ■


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