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WHERE WE LIVE 42 Q&A

52 Palate

Electric Avenue

Made in the Shade

44 Media

54 As You Were

December 7, 1941

46 Out & About

Torrance All the Way

48 Style File

Lounge Act

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Lasting Influence

56 Weekender

Sugar & Spice

58 Datebook

South Bay Event Calendar

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Who’s Who Around Town

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Holiday Wish List

A guide to gifting in the South Bay

158 Profiles

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FEATURES 120 In the Elements

How to do winter wear ... South Bay style.

126 Gathering Memories

Featured on this year’s Holiday Homes Tour, this beautiful Manhattan Beach abode was built on family and tradition.

134 Sweet Dreams

From an auspicious date night to multimillion-dollar reality, South Bay couple and entrepreneurs Rosie O’Neill and Josh Resnick play their own winning game of Candy Land.

142 Keeping the Faith

Are we turning away from faith, or does it only seem that way? And what role does faith play in our daily lives? We went deep into the South Bay’s religious communities to find out.

150 Buon Natale!

Our take on Italy’s holiday tradition of the Feast of the Seven Fishes.

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In Sicily, history, wine and cuisine set the stage for a beautiful romance.

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Two glue guns, five days and hundreds of pieces of Sugarfina candy went into the creation of our beautiful cover by Michelle Villas and Christine Georgiades. Photographed by Shane O’Donnell


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Darren Elms

Jared Sayers

ART DIRECTOR

ADVERTISING Account Executive | Derek Poole

Michelle Villas

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COPY EDITOR

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GRAPHIC DESIGNER

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Christine Georgiades

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FOOD & WINE EDITOR

Account Executive | Amy Tetherow

Bonnie Graves

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CONTRIBUTORS Emily DeRenzis, Michele Garber, Jenny

Account Executive | Dale Tiffany

Karl, Clay Jackson, Eliza Krpoyan, Kara

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Mickelson, Tanya Monaghan, Chris Ridges,

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All of us at PREMIER want to thank you for your business and friendship, and wish you a happy holiday season and a happy New Year.

Siri Berting, Kara Mickelson, Kat Monk, Shane O’Donnell, Nancy Pastor,

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EDITOR’S LETTER

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here’s that old adage, “Never discuss religion or politics.” Post-election, I’m more than heeding that wisdom and enjoying a healthy break from political discourse. But religion? Perhaps. Hear me out. Faith comes in many forms … in the religions we practice, in the personal beliefs we treasure, in the principles we rely on to carry us through our days. Some have a denomination. Others don’t. Some share traditions. Others don’t. These belief systems come with varied histories and cultures, a collection of different garments and appearances, and so many kinds of words and songs. And while I celebrate the diverse, wonderful uniqueness of each, I also cherish the common threads that unite us. Most of us, I believe, believe in something—whether that’s something we’re currently seeking, share with confidence among others or keep quietly to ourselves to ponder and reflect. I also see, day after day, people putting their faith into practice—be it with their family, their friends and colleagues or their community at large. It’s wonderful to witness, no matter if we’re saddled next to them in a pew or experiencing by example. I think we can all use a little faith right now, whatever that means … in ourselves and those around us. I was very fortunate to come across some images taken by the talented Nancy Pastor on local religions and faith organizations. With our encouragement, she turned her attention to the South Bay and created a beautiful collection of images we’re excited to share alongside Michele Garber’s excellent piece on page 142. I hope you’ll spend some time enjoying this glimpse into incredible groups throughout our community. We get into the holiday spirit with some sweet inspirations from the South Bay’s own candy couture company Sugarfina. We also preview fashionable styles you might want to pick up for your holiday party, not to mention a sneak peak at one of the gorgeous homes on this year’s Sandpipers Holiday Homes Tour. Enjoy the season, and see you in 2017!

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CONTRIBUTORS

Nancy Pastor PHOTOGRAPHER “Keeping the Faith”

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

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

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WHERE WE LIVE Mighty at 90 The Palos Verdes Woman’s Club celebrates their fiesta in 1963 at Malaga Cove Plaza. For more on their history of service, see page 54.


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Electric Avenue A South Bay tradition for more than 30 years, the annual Candy Cane Lane light spectacular in Torrance’s Seaside Ranchos area packs in the crowds—much to both the delight and chagrin of local residents. We touched based with Pam Jensen, a RE/MAX real estate agent and longtime neighborhood homeowner, to get some history and insider scoop on the popular event. INTERVIEWED BY DARREN

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Is it required that all the homes in the area hang lights? It’s up to the homeowner how much or how little they want to participate. Some people go all out, and others put up very few lights, if any. I’d say most fall somewhere in between.

Do you recall when the first “event” took place? I believe it started around 1985. Neighbors on Reese Road started draping the tiny white lights in the Chinese elm trees that line the streets in Seaside Ranchos. Looking down the street, the lights created a magical effect that was really festive. The adjoining streets followed suit, and over the years the tree lights spread throughout the Seaside area and the home decorations became more elaborate.

That time of year, the electric bill must run a pretty penny. For sure. My bill more than doubles—going from an average of $110 a month to $260 in December. People ask me all the time if the city pays our electric bills in December, which I find pretty amusing. I bought new LED lights for my house, so I’m hoping that will help. Is there an official start to the celebration? Not really, but typically Thanksgiving weekend is when everyone starts to put up their displays. I would suggest waiting until December 5 or later to get the full effect.

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Having lived there for so many years, I’m sure you’ve witnessed something super memorable. One year I was shocked to see a barely clothed, sexy Santa’s helper and her photographer taking photos on my front porch for her “portfolio.” My neighbor has a life-sized Mr. and Mrs. Claus she puts out on her porch bench. I had to laugh one morning when I looked across the street to see them posed in a … let’s just say “very friendly” position. Another time I was out walking around and saw a family go up to the Nativity scene in my neighbor’s yard, take baby Jesus out of the crèche, throw him on the grass, put their baby in the crèche and gather around for photos. We also get quite a few car, bicycle and motorcycle/ Vespa clubs that ride through decked out in lights, which is fun to see.

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I know the event has also sparked its fair share of controversy, right? Over the years we’ve had the occasional theft of yard displays and vandalism to lights and decor. The past five years or so, the amount of traffic— both car and pedestrian—has been insane. Cars are parked solidly on both sides of the street, and the sidewalks are overflowing with walkers. After a heavy weekend there’s a lot of trash left on the streets— mainly cups, fast food wrappers and dirty diapers. Residents have expressed concerns with the ability of emergency equipment to access the area in a timely manner. Illegal street vendors have become quite a problem, contributing to the trash and congestion. Most people are respectful of the neighborhood and genuinely appreciative, but as with any event that draws a big crowd, there are always a few bad apples. I’ve learned to take the good with the bad.

Is the homeowner’s association doing anything to address residents’ concerns? Yes. A committee was formed and met three times to review the concerns brought forth by the residents. Meetings were held with the city, and they agreed to move the electronic signage to a better location and direct visitors out of the neighborhood, and provide additional trash cans to residents upon request. The TPD will crack down on illegal vendors selling in the area, keep the area clear for emergency vehicles and maintain a presence via a bike patrol. Residents are asked to turn off their lights at 10 p.m. and comply with suggested guidelines regarding the selling of food and merchandise.

Has anyone bought a home in the area JUST because of the event? Definitely! New homeowners are all about decorating and participating in the festivities. As a resident yourself, what do you most look forward to about Candy Cane Lane each year? Besides New Year’s Day? LOL. Joking aside, I love how the neighborhood comes together and creates a very beautiful and memorable experience. I especially love taking my grandchildren for walks and seeing the excitement and joy on their little faces. 

Any advice to a newbie hoping to check out the action? Avoid the weekends and come during the week before 7 p.m.

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WHERE WE LIVE | MEDIA

DECEMBER

7, 1941

75 years after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, words, sounds and images capture the “Day of Infamy” that changed our world forever.

PEARL HARBOR: FROM INFAMY TO GREATNESS By Craig Nelson Gale Group, 845 pages The America we live in today was born not on July 4, 1776, but on December 7, 1941, when an armada of 354 Japanese warplanes supported by aircraft carriers, destroyers and midget submarines suddenly and savagely attacked the United States, killing 2,403 men—and forced America’s entry into World War II. Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness follows, moment by moment, the sailors, soldiers, pilots, diplomats, admirals, generals, emperor and president as they engineer, fight and react to this stunningly dramatic moment in world history. FIELDS OF BATTLE: PEARL HARBOR, THE ROSE BOWL, AND THE BOYS WHO WENT TO WAR By Brian Curtis Flatiron Books, 320 pages In the wake of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the 1942 Rose Bowl was moved from Pasadena to Durham, North Carolina, out of fear

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of Japanese attacks on the West Coast. It remains the only Rose Bowl game to ever be played outside Pasadena. Duke University, led by legendary coach Wallace Wade Sr., faced off against underdog Oregon State College, with both teams preparing for a grueling fight on the football field while their thoughts wandered to the battlefields they would soon be on. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY Columbia Pictures, 1953 Based on the James Jones novel of the same name, this is one of the best films made about the days leading up to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Filled with romance, rebellion and honesty, the film features excellent performances by Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra and Donna Reed. THE ESSENTIAL GLENN MILLER RCA, 2005 The soundtrack of the “Greatest Generation.” Wisely ignoring a by-release-date-order approach, producer Barry Feldman opts for a

track lineup that, plain and simple, sells the Glenn Miller sound to modern ears—across 1940, 1941 and the first half of 1942—zigging and zagging through various “hot” and “sweet” instrumentals and vocal numbers, alternately featuring Ray Eberle, Tex Beneke, Marion Hutton and the Modernaires. INFAMY: THE SHOCKING STORY OF JAPANESE AMERICAN INTERNMENT DURING WWII By Richard Reeves Picador, 384 pages Acclaimed historian Richard Reeves delivers a sweeping narrative of the atrocity. We learn of internees who joined the military to fight for the country that had imprisoned their families, even as others fought for their rights all the way to the Supreme Court. The heart of the book, however, tells the poignant stories of those who endured years in “war relocation camps,” many of whom suffered this injustice with remarkable grace.

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Torrance All the Way Old Torrance treats holiday shoppers to tree-lined streets, a nostalgic gift selection, hip eateries and ghosts of Christmases past. WRITTEN BY CLAY

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ld Torrance preserves a roughly square-mile, early 20 th-century shopping district and downtown that lets people experience what it was like to shop before malls existed. A walking tour of Old Town takes a few hours and covers about two miles as it slaloms its way between historic sites, hobby shops, both rustic and fancy eateries, and eclectic entertainment venues.

stuffers any history buff would love. The store sells military memorabilia, including uniforms, flags, German helmets, medals and patches from World War II and other conflicts. (9) Street Faire Antiques at 1317 Sartori Avenue has sponsored the Torrance Antique Street Faire for 18 years and will have holidaythemed shows on November 27 and December 11. These popular events attract more than 200 vendors.

HISTORIC SITES World War II heroes Louis “Louie” Zamperini and Ted Tanouye grew up in what is now Old Torrance and attended (1) Torrance High School on 2200 W. Carson Street. The school was founded in 1917 and is one of the oldest in California and on the National Register of Historic Places. (2) The Zamperini House at 2028 Gramercy is where the famous World War II prisoner of war, subject of the bestseller Unbroken and a movie of the same name directed by Angelina Jolie, spent his formative years. In front of Torrance High is the (3) Ted Tanouye Memorial, where the World War II Medal of Honor recipient and Torrance High grad’s heroics and his family’s tragic story of internment are recounted. Another must-see is the (4) Pacific Electric Railway-El Prado Bridge spanning Torrance Boulevard east of Cabrillo. Dubbed the “unofficial gateway to Torrance,” the bridge was designed by architect Irving Gill in 1913 and is on the National Register of Historic Places and recognized as a local historic civil engineering landmark. (5) The Torrance Historical Society at 1345 Post Avenue is located in a beautiful art deco building built during the FDR administration in 1936. The museum has lots of Louie Zamperini memorabilia. There is also a bust of (6) Jared Sidney Torrance, who founded Torrance in 1911, out front on the corner of Post and Cravens.

EATERIES Founded in 1984, (10) Torrance Bakery at 1341 El Prado Avenue is known for its wedding cakes, and consuming a cronut (if a croissant and donut had a baby) should be on every culinary bucket list. (11) The Red Car Brewery at 1266 Sartori Avenue rotates up to seven English-style ales brewed in big tanks right on the premises of the old Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company building. Red Car also uses its ales to create sauces, salad dressings and pizza dough. (12) The Depot at 1250 Cabrillo Avenue is in the Irving Gilldesigned Pacific Electric Railway station and depot and was built in 1912. Inside, chef-owner Michael Shafer toys with palates through his culinary creations. A $45 Depot Groupies’ Cooking Class is a perfect gift for foodies.

SHOPPING Many of the shops in Old Torrance cater to old souls (aged and young alike) who prefer using their hands to make something rather than whiling away the hours playing Candy Crush or Grand Theft Auto. One of the more amazing hobby shops in Old Town is (7) My Doll’s House at 1218 El Prado Avenue. The shop was started 26 years ago by Roger and Marge DeKoster. Over the years the DeKosters have made more than 500 custom-designed, museumquality dollhouses—some on display in their store. They sell do-ityourself kits ranging from $50 to $1,500. These amazing creations look good beneath a Christmas tree or make for a fun father-daughter project. (8) The WWII Store at 1422 Marcelina Avenue has stocking

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ENTERTAINMENT Escapists will enjoy the incredible selection of cigars kept in a climate-controlled room at (13) Bo’s Cigar Lounge at 1305 Sartori Avenue. For the man-cave challenged, Bo’s offers a respite from honey-do lists and ankle biters and is where men or women (it’s 2017, after all) can puff freely on a favorite cigar in a nonjudgmental atmosphere of flat-screens, televised sports and comfy leather recliners. Located at 1316 Cabrillo Avenue is (14) Torrance Theatre Company (TTC), which puts on five productions a year. Ticket prices are $30 for general admission and $125 for the season. Productions take place at the Cabrillo location’s intimate 48-seat theatre. The TTC will be performing the Tony-winning play Peter and the Starcatcher through December 18. It doesn’t get any more holiday than the sugar plum fairies and toy soldiers in Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. (15) The Lauridsen Ballet Centre (aka South Bay Ballet) spends months choreographing the holiday production and preparing danseurs and danseuses of all ages so they hit their marks. This year’s performances of The Nutcracker will be December 17 and 18 at the Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College in Torrance. Tickets are $34 for adults and $24 for children 12 and under. The choice this holiday season is clear: After a Black Friday mauling, haggard shoppers can take a history-filled stroll through Old Torrance as they eat, drink, shop and make merry. 

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Team Effort The Saint Sebastian Sports Project aims to equal the playing field for all LA schools.

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lare Trueblood Gurbach recalls watching her daughter, then an American Martyrs student, play in a volleyball tournament and a noticeable disparity catching her attention. “Our team had shiny new uniforms, knee pads, new shoes and a professional coach,” she says. “One of the teams we played had none of those things. They came without knee pads and played in old PE jerseys with tape on the back as numbers.” She also noticed the team members were not wearing athletic shoes, and their volunteer coach did not seem to know much about volleyball. “Winning that first game 25-2 was not fun for anyone involved,” she remembers. “It just didn’t feel right.” It was then that she and her husband fully realized the disproportion in resources between schools like American Martyrs in Manhattan Beach and many other schools all over Los Angeles. They discussed this issue with friends who also shared their passion for youth sports and, together, formed a board. That first meeting at Uncle Bill’s Pancake House would be the start of the Saint Sebastian Sports Project (SSSP), named appropriately after the patron saint of athletes. The goal: to give schools with less funding for athletics the uniforms, gear and sports education they deserve. “Our board is a ‘working’ board in every sense,” shares Clare. “The project is such a success because of the hours we all put into the areas where we have personal strengths.” Those board members include a former advertising executive, a USC professor, a senior partner in a CPA firm and a principal from one of the schools, among others. “We make all major decisions

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together and work extremely well as a group,” she says. A little over a year ago, SSSP was approached by an athletic director of one of their sponsoring schools in Watts. “He was desperate to raise money for one of his students, whose single mother was short $1,000 for the upcoming year’s tuition,” Clare says. “The eighthgrader was a strong athlete and good student.” Although SSSP couldn’t fund the tuition directly as part of its mission, three of the board members donated the funds anonymously. “Keeping this young man in his school for his eighth-grade year proved to be pivotal for his future,” notes Clare. “Last year this student played flag football, basketball and soccer for his school—all made possible because of our funding. He excelled in soccer and was the MVP of this school team at our tournament in May. His grade point average improved, and he received a scholarship to Cathedral High School—where he plans to play soccer.” Currently the SSSP is in the development stages of an exciting project they plan to roll out in 2017: the Saint Sebastian Sports Project Leadership Academy. Developed with Jamal Adams, the varsity basketball coach and teacher at Loyola High School who also serves on the SSSP advisory board, the academy will nominate one eighth-grade male and female student-athlete from each of the participating 41 schools to attend a day focused on leadership, self-awareness and communication in preparation for the challenging transition to high school. “In one day we hope to help these kids understand they belong to something bigger,” says Jamal. The daylong curriculum will enlist several important members of the Los Angeles sports community as guest speakers and include one faculty member from each school who can go back with their students to their school communities to share the experiences of the day. In doing so, the SSSP can expand their mission by helping inner city youth apply the lessons learned from sports to the challenges they will meet in high school and beyond … to nurture and empower them to go back to their schools and lead. “Being a member of a sports team can be transformative,” says Clare. “And that is what we are about. We are trying to change young lives—one game at a time.” 

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Made in the Shade The popular boutique hotel finds a long-awaited encore in Redondo Beach. WRITTEN BY BONNIE

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f you’re reading this piece, there are several things that I know about you already. One is that you likely have Havaiana tan lines permanently tattooed on your feet. Another is that you respectfully decline to eat “tacos” outside California. A third is that you’ve likely enjoyed more than a few cocktails on the patio at Shade in Manhattan Beach. My intuition therefore leads me to lead you south—down to the new Shade in Redondo Beach, which opened in November. Mike Zislis’ second boutique hotel is the crown jewel of the Redondo Beach Waterfront Revitalization Project, and while it’s been a rocky road from inception to completion, this gorgeous property is finally ready to rock. Situated between The Strand and the marina, the new Shade is a beautifully realized example of indoor/outdoor flow with mixed-use spaces designed to accommodate hotel guests and locals equally. I think that is the essential ingredient in Zislis’ recipe for success. Too many small hotels view locals as a threat—one that might overwhelm their ability to service in-house guests. At Shade Manhattan Beach, the vibe has always been exactly the opposite. The hospitality team there works hard to make sure that the family from around the corner is treated with the same attention to detail as the tourists who just drove down from LAX. It’s a winning formula that makes those tourists feel as if they stumbled into a friend’s block party in Manhattan Beach, where everyone is welcomed with a cold drink and a sunny SoCal smile. A word on drinks (and food): Shade Redondo Beach will doubtlessly have the same commitment to fine wine and cocktail culture as demonstrated by its older hotel sibling and by other Zislis outlets like Strand House and Rock & Brews. (Does anyone sell more beer than this company? Unlikely.) What is most exciting about Shade Redondo Beach is its chef. Aaron Robbins, most recently the director of ops for Culinary Lab (Hinoki & the Bird, Pizzeria Ortica, 33 Taps, Lost Property), has signed on with the Zislis Group to open Shade’s signature restaurant, Sea Level. I think getting a chef of Aaron’s caliber to open a “hotel

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restaurant” indicates that the term itself is outdated. Gone are the days of the corporate journeyman chef who does hard time with a company like Hyatt or Marriott, churning out anonymous food to a captive audience that is too tired to leave the property. That’s been the model that too many small hotels have also followed, one in which a low-level chef is trusted to simply churn out the room service and feed the forlorn business travelers and cranky families a decent piece of chicken. Investing instead in a “real” chef—and empowering that chef to run a real restaurant— means that all boats rise in this marina. Hotel guests get more than industrial French toast sticks, and locals in turn gain a fantastic dining destination … one to which many lucky Redondo residents can walk. Cue cocktails? Sea Level will incorporate Chef Aaron’s commitment to farm-to-table cooking, with an emphasis on market produce and fish, which he considers to be his favorite protein. Unique in a chef is his background as an artist working in both clay and paint. Many chefs can cook but lack the ability to plate artfully. I imagine we’ll see both talents on display at Sea Level. Aaron also cites Grant Achatz of Alinea as a formative influence, so we can expect a strain of detailed perfectionism. No messy linecook plates will likely make it out of the pass at this restaurant— hotel or otherwise. Opening just in time for the holidays, Shade Redondo Beach will be busy-busy-busy out of the gate. Walk on over, or park your bike on The Strand, or dock your boat in the marina if that’s how you roll, and pop in. The tourists seeking sunshine will flock to the gorgeous AquaDeck and rooftop pool, but in true Zislis form you’ll be just as welcome there. Be sure to take in that amazing view that sweeps from PV all the way up to Malibu, find yourself some shade and order up.  Shade Hotel Redondo Beach 655 N. Harbor Drive in Redondo Beach 310-921-8940, rb.shadehotel.com

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Lasting Influence The Palos Verdes Woman’s Club turns 90 … and remains laser-focused on giving back to the community. WRITTEN BY CHRIS

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n January 14 and February 10, 1926, Cora Cheney, Mrs. James F. Dawson, Sara Olmstead, Mrs. W.T. Sellick, Mrs. George Gibbs, Jr, and 15 other women from Palos Verdes met to begin discussions on forming a women’s club. The second meeting resulted in their decision to begin a significant local nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to staying in touch with matters that directly affected them and their families, as well as offering assistance and help to their community whenever and wherever it may be needed—a dedication to bettering their community. Being charitable and generous only begins to describe the Palos Verdes Woman’s Club. During their first 90 years they have given more than can be imagined. In the months leading up to the club’s start, the world had experienced other significant events that would also prove long-lasting: Mount Rushmore National Memorial had just been dedicated in North Dakota, the first surrealist art exhibition had opened in Paris, a Santa Barbara 6.8 earthquake destroyed forever much of its invaluable downtown architecture, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby was published, and actor Rudolph Valentino died at age 31—causing worldwide sadness and grief. The club’s first activities focused on a devotion to the social and civic welfare of their community: offering aid to schools, churches, libraries and other civic affairs, and supplying local social oppor-

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tunities for their children. Their many community support events included classical music performances, local dances, family picnics, political forums, stage plays, literary recitals and readings. The PV Woman’s Club’s spring Garden Tour inspired local residents as well as visitors and tourists from around the world for decades. The very first Patio and Garden Tour, held in 1956, included four tours of local gardens and a grand flower show. The proceeds of those first years of the Garden Tour aided in the creation of our stillflourishing South Bay Botanical Gardens. When no one else had the time or energy to become involved, the club somehow found a way. They organized clothing and food donation sites as well as distribution centers during the Depression, helping local families during the crisis. During World War II the PVWC worked with the Red Cross in support of the war effort. Participating women were trained in first aid, helping locally stationed servicemen and women. An additional dramatic achievement during the war was their creation of a women’s Motor Corp in ‘43. The main purpose of the Palos Verdes Woman’s Club is its deep involvement with many charities over the past 90 years. Totally nonprofit and fully philanthropic in their mission to provide for the Peninsula and the South Bay, 100% of all proceeds they collect is donated to their charities and funds merit-based scholarships for local high school seniors. The groups that benefit from the club’s assistance include Harbor View House, Marine Mammal Care Center & Rescue, Dogs For the Blind, South Bay Botanical Gardens, the Palos Verdes Symphony, the Salvation Army Adult Care Center, Rainbow Services, Hospice Foundation (Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Little Company of Mary and Trinity Kids Care), Cheer For Children, Friends of the Library (PV Library District) and Blue Butterfly Village. The club recently presented their 59th annual Books and Authors Luncheon at Trump National Golf Club. Guest speakers during these fall events over the years have included noted authors Ray Bradbury, Steve Allen, Jayne Meadows, Marcia Clark, Lisa See and many more. These literary gatherings continue to function as a major fundraising source for the club, while enriching the community. No one has been a member of the club longer than Helen Gates, now 101 years of age and living proof that doing good things for others is also good for yourself. Having joined in 1952 and served as club president in ’57, she has seen the group accomplish so much. Of her many fond memories, Helen recalls one that always stands out: the club’s delivery of Christmas trees to needy families in the area during the holidays—a tradition that lasted for many years. Another project she oversaw was the establishment of the Shorebird Bookstore in September 1956. Located in Malaga Cove Plaza above the Sea Shell Restaurant (now Rive Gauche), the bookstore offered residents a wide variety of volumes with an emphasis on education, the arts and music—a continuing theme with PVWC throughout their 90 years. Helen was influential with the club’s initiating the first school in our community for children with physical handicaps. She and other members were given access to a Redondo Union High School utility room that had been abandoned. It was in need of much repair and care, so club members went into action scrubbing it down, painting the walls and putting up chalkboards. This effort offered physically challenged South Bay kids the opportunity to be socially involved, included and educated in their community for the first time. The Palos Verdes Woman’s Club, the first women’s club inaugurated locally, is also the longest running club of any type on the Peninsula. Membership was more than 200 in the early 1980s but has dropped to a current count of 60. The PVWC looks forward to involving new members in their mission to give and help locally. 

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WONDER WOMEN Opposite: Books and Authors Luncheon in 1958. Above: Longtime member Helen Gates. Below: Tea celebrating the opening of The Broadway department store at Del Amo in 1959.

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Sugar & Spice Escape the holiday madness with sweet retreat at Rancho Bernardo Inn. WRITTEN BY DARREN

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ith its inland situation and late-season warmth, Northern San Diego makes an ideal getaway during the last months of the year. One of the most popular destinations for locals is the charming Rancho Bernardo Inn, a sprawling resort that conveniently snuggles up next to a gorgeous, 18-hole championship golf course. Family-owned for 60 years, the ranch-style property sparkles with personal touches— from the scattered glowing fireplaces for communing to the beautiful fountains shipped home from travels abroad. Threading all these features is a magnificent array of plants and trees enhancing the resort’s romantic, early-Californian ambience.

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Afternoons and evenings bustle with both energy and appetites at the resort’s watering holes. Breakfast and lunch shine at Veranda, a casual eatery with a heated patio that overlooks the golf course. Brunch is a special treat, with either the buffet or à la carte menu options. Don’t let your sweet tooth miss the seasonal Pumpkin Spice Skillet Cookie topped with vanilla ice cream and caramel. Just above Veranda is the resort’s signature restaurant Avant. The owners sent chef de cuisine Aaron Thomas and his cooking staff to Provence to study with three-Michelinstarred chef Michel Guérard, author of Cuisine Minceur and a driving force in the nouvelle cuisine movement. Chef Aaron and the resort team brought many of those refined, healthycooking techniques back to the resort for the clientele to enjoy. Cap off your dinner with a sip-worthy tequila, specially bottled for the resort in small batches in Guadalajara. The bar also offers a wide selection of wines and locally crafted beers, including the very tasty offerings of Mother Earth Brew Co.

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EYEING THE SEASON November 29–December 1

Torrance Memorial’s 33rd Annual Holiday Festival

Torrance Memorial Medical Center will host its annual fundraiser with more than 36 themed, decorated trees, live entertainment, the South Bay’s largest holiday boutique, an opportunity drawing, children’s activities and food court. $5 general admission. 310-517-4606, torrancememorial.org/holidayfestival   December 4–January 15

Amélie, a New Musical

Amélie captured our hearts in the five-time Oscar®-nominated film. Now she comes to the Ahmanson in a magical new musical. Embark on a mesmerizing journey with inquisitive and charmingly shy Amélie as she turns the streets of Montmartre into a world of her own imagining, while secretly orchestrating moments of joy for those around her. centertheatregroup.org December 13

Holiday Fireworks Festival

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 5 p.m. in Downtown Manhattan Beach. downtownmanhattanbeach.com

TAKE A WHIRL Above: Amélie at the Ahmanson Right: A Peek into Chicano Art at Manhattan Beach Art Center

December Thru December 24 Adventure to Santa

17 & 18 The Nutcracker

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18 Stevie Nicks with Pretenders

2–4 Sandpipers’ Holiday Home Tour

21 Winter Solstice Hike

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24–January 1 Lighting of the Menorah Sundown in the Terranea Lobby Living Room terranea.com

January 8 Elvis’ Birthday with Graceband 7 p.m., Saint Rocke saintrocke.com

20 & 21 Expressing Motherhood 7:30 p.m., Redondo Beach expressingmotherhood.com

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SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk The eighth annual SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk exceeded $1.6 million for children with special needs and education. Supported by lead presenter Nickelodeon and new media sponsor NBC4, the walk reached a new attendance high with 12,000 people taking part in the event.

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Sugar Ray Leonard, SKECHERS president Michael Greenberg, Denise Austin, Brooke Burke-Charvet and SKECHERS COO David Weinberg before the walk

Friendship Foundation volunteer Skylar walked 3.4 miles with her friend Olivia.

Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard stopped to take photos with participants.

Walkers received medals as they crossed the finish line.

The Friendship Foundation rallied together at the eighth annual SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk.

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Manhattan Beach Fall Classic

Held at the venerable Virginia Country Club, the first annual Fall Classic, benefitting the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation, was a day of world-class golf, craft beer and camaraderie with local leaders. To learn more about the tournament, visit mbfallclassic.com.

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Opening of KCM Design

Southbay magazine celebrated the grand opening of KCM Design in Redondo Beach with a packed house of home professionals. Locals networked under the twinkling bistro lights and got a first look into Kimberly Colletti’s immaculate showroom. After grabbing a glass of Stella or wine from the Barsha Wine & Spirits wine bar, guests snapped photos in the custom photo booth artfully created by CHALK SHOT and munched on gourmet bites prepared by Kincaid’s and couture cookies by Sugar Dayne. A few lucky guests left the event with raffle prizes, including a diamond bracelet from Morgan’s Jewelers, a Miele coffee maker and a weekend extended test drive from Rusnak Maserati South Bay. Special thanks to Choura for their continued partnership, Penta for providing the purified bottled water and VOX DJs for the epic beats. The KCM showroom expertly mixes antique art with modern lounge pieces.

Members of the KCM Design team enjoying the autumn evening Kimberly Colletti with her three children

Kevin Mooney, partner of KCM Design, and party guests

Katy Metoyer, founder of Sugar Dayne

Kimberly Colletti and Southbay magazine team raffling off a diamond bracelet

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The Depot’s 21st Annual Halloween Ball

More than 800 costumed guests attended The Depot’s Halloween Ball benefiting Pediatric Therapy Network. Guests enjoyed dinner, open bar, live and silent auctions, costume contests, live music and dancing. More than $280,000 was raised for Pediatric Therapy Network—a nonprofit early child development and therapy center serving 2,500 children with special needs.

Jim Hale and Claudia Krikorian

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Shade Hotel Redondo Beach PreOpener & LA Rams Legends Watch Party

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The newly opened Shade Hotel Redondo Beach welcomed the LA Rams back to their hometown with a game watch during its phase-one grand opening celebrations. Partnering with the Los Angeles Rams Legends Community, legacy Rams players assisted in the inaugural ribbon cutting for the luxury hotel against picturesque waterfront marina views.

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Neptunian Woman’s Club Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon

The annual event featured fabulous fashions from Macy’s in Manhattan Beach. All proceeds from the event benefit the Neptunian Woman’s Club Scholarship Fund.

Ellen Hull, Barbara Schafer, Patti Mahoney, Ida Schrag, Ginger Wilson

Kelsi Later-Dow, Terri Premeaux, Angela Simmons, Suzanne Karger

Maureen McBride and Jessie Ralph

Robyn Rogoff, Juliet Ritchie, Steve Napolitano, Amy Gimlen-Burrin, Alicia Gaut

Fashion show models: Dessi Koleva, Beth Bowen, Marianne Feld, Mallorie Mason, Lilly Swardstrom, Morgan Kelly, Jaime Maggie, Louise Wolf

Las Madrecitas Annual Fall Fundraiser

Las Madrecitas hosted its annual fundraiser to benefit the Orthopaedic Institute for Children located in Downtown Los Angeles on Friday, November 4 at the Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach. Attendees enjoyed cocktails and a silent auction followed by dinner, a live auction and comedy show.

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Debi Robinson, Scot Robinson, Jeanette Ruzic, Vukan Ruzic

Carolyn Kitchen, Dr. Anthony Scaduto, Becca Davis

Arno Zwarg and Jean Zwarg

Catina Perahia, Carla Garske, Katie Cromer

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Peninsula High School’s Athletic Booster Club Kickoff Party

Rosa Easton and Mark Easton welcomed the Peninsula High School Booster Club to help celebrate the beginning of the athletic year.

Francine Mathiesen, Louise Moore, Annemarie Wargin, Jeff Wargin

Drina Semenjuk and Sandy Nemeth

Ceci Watts, Francine Mathiesen, Christina Britt

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Wendell Yoshida, Michael Wanmer, Kari Wanmer

Kimi Hendricks, Dave Young, Dina Young

Celebration Gala

This record-breaking event raised vital funds to enhance patient care at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Centers. The evening’s primary beneficiary was the Cardiovascular Center of Excellence in Torrance. Twanna Rogers, Tim Rogers, Cindy Hagelstein, Chuck Miller, Betsy Miller, Bill Hagelstein

Mary Morikawa, Stephan Morikawa, Priscilla Hunt

Rhea Rhendon, Chris Caras, Mary Kingston, Joan Caras, Chris Caras Jr.

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Kathie Eckert, Paula Del Vicario, Caroline Burke

Jacqueline Glass, Jamie Born, Randall Born, Jeralyn Glass, Scott Gregerson, Tara Gregerson

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Vistas For Children Grant Check Deliveries

Vistas for Children, Inc., the respected philanthropic organization composed of women volunteers from the South Bay, distributed grant award checks to 18 charitable organizations that benefit special needs children. Thanks to the two main fundraising events (Vistas Fashion Show and Golf Tournament) held during the 2015-2016 year, Vistas granted $115,000 to the different organizations. The top two grant recipients were Institute for Families and Pediatric Therapy Network.

Linda Perry, Ellen Tuberosi, Brenda Beatty, Cindy Percz, Flo Richardson, Yossi Mintz

Marcia August, Pam Branam, Laura Schenasi, Cindy Percz, Marykay Stimpfl. Olga Arana, Teri Carpenter, Rika Tanous, Brenda Beatty, Puni Patel, Lisa Lahr, Ellen Tuberosi

Nadine Bobit, Kay Patel, Sherri Ashman, Cindy Percz, Ann Lampe

Gary Huffaker and Teri Carpenter

Puni Patel, Teri Carpenter, Cindy Percz, Roger Van Remmen, Allison Tanaka

Zymurgy Grand Opening

Do-it-yourself Zymurgy Brew Works & Tasting Room welcomed guests to its official opening. The new business mixes user experience and craft beer education to create an operation where you can brew your own batch of beer with the help of a brewmaster.

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REAL ESTATE & MORTGAGE Terri Haack, honoree Don Knabe, Gaye Vancans

Eileen Hupp and Don Knabe Karen Buresh and Tim Buresh

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Chris Adlam, Val Adlam, Jim Sala, Andrea Sala, Marc Schenasi, Laura Schenasi

Hundreds of business, community and government leaders as well as his admiring public recently gathered to honor LA county supervisor Don Knabe. The event featured a jazz band and classic big band, a flyover by the Tiger Squadron, a silent auction and opportunity drawing, and surprises throughout the evening.

The finest professionals in the South Bay John Polen, Terri Haack, Julie Knabe, Don Knabe, Lili Amini, MC Allen Bond

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3rd Annual Clint Clausen 4DK Fours Volleyball Tournament

Held by Four Daughters restaurant, this event benefited late owner Clint Clausen’s college fund for his four daughters and heart screening cost subsidies for those who cannot afford them. Clint died of a heart attack in 2014.

Abel Gustafson, Michelle Meyer, Garrett Wessberg, Dylan Holland, Erik Beranek

Andy McGuire, Trevor Crabb, Branagan Fuller, Lee LeGrande

Harry Cartwright, Jim O’Neil, Lena Yee, Gary Rami

Josh Williams, Brandy Stone, Bojan Nisavic, Ryan Metzger

Palos Verdes Pastoral Garden-to-Table Event

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Jeralyn Glass, Mary Waian, Carolyn HadleyColburn, Andrea Vona, Jamie Born, Diana Heffernan-Schrader, John Hadley, Chef Bernard Ibarra, William Hadley, Terri Haack, Jennifer Ruth, Sharon Ryan, Jill Gregerson, Jacqueline Glass

Sharon Ryan, Chuck Klaus, Marylyn Ginsburg-Klaus

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The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy hosted an extraordinary evening benefitting the preservation of the Peninsula’s natural lands. Guests enjoyed a spectacular sunset for a Basquethemed menu of local handcrafted foods. Supporters included: Terranea Resort, Whole Foods, Don and Martha Tuffli, Bruce Biesman-Simons and Hale Field, Virginia Cicoria, Becky Cool, Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg, Jacqueline Glass family, William Hadley, Lisa and Steve Hansen, Diana Heffernan-Schrader and Steve Schrader, Jim and Diane Staes.


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An art gallery event held at Kit and Ace at The Point highlighted local photographer Benjamin Benoit’s work from around the country. Guests enjoyed small bites from Simmzy’s craft shack, sipped on Effen vodka and Makers Mark cocktails, danced to music by VOX DJs and brushed up against the softest technical fabrics around.

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Silicon Bay Development Opening

Southbay magazine unveiled the newest project by Silicon Bay Development in the Manhattan Beach hill section. The stunning new construction was packed with home professionals and real estate agents. While touring this highly anticipated new property, guests enjoyed wine from Barsha Wines & Spirits and specialty cocktails made with Virginia Black whiskey. Lisa’s Bon Appetit brought their A-game and delighted guests with tri-tip sliders, avocado spring rolls, chocolate-covered strawberries, a fresh poke bar and more. Rusnak Maserati South Bay brought cars for locals to take a spin around the block. Special thanks to Choura for their continued partnership and Mark Righteous music for his beautiful performance. Ryan Schlee of Silicon Bay Development and guests

Guests sip Virginia Black whiskey cocktails on the home’s top floor.

Locals network under the bistro lights in the spacious, new backyard.

Lisa’s Bon Appetit created an innovative, gourmet menu.

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3525 Carson Street in Torrance 310-542-8525 simon.com/mall/del-amo-fashion-center Del Amo Fashion Center is the South Bay’s premier retail destination and offers a onestop-shop for finding the perfect holiday gift. With more than 200 stores to choose from, including several South Bay exclusives such as Kate Spade New York, Hugo Boss and Vince Camuto—and dining options including Din Tai Fung, Great Maple, Brio Coastal Bar and Kitchen—there is sure to be something for everyone on your list.”

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3525 Carson Street in Torrance 310-542-8525 simon.com/mall/del-amo-fashion-center Del Amo Fashion Center is the South Bay’s premier retail destination and offers a onestop-shop for finding the perfect holiday gift. With more than 200 stores to choose from, including several South Bay exclusives such as Kate Spade New York, Hugo Boss and Vince Camuto—and dining options including Din Tai Fung, Great Maple, Brio Coastal Bar and Kitchen—there is sure to be something for everyone on your list.”

6. Olive appetizer gift, available at Oil & Vinegar. $33.95. 7. New Tarah handbag in Silver Leaf Metallic, available at Kipling. $129.

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Yorktown 919E Manhattan Avenue Manhattan Beach 310-379-5125

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yorktownmb.com If it’s something out of the ordinary you are seeking, you’ll find exquisite gifts for everyone on your list. Deck the halls with chic barware, wall art and ornaments. Great designer finds: handcrafted surfboard showers, tables and lighting; locally made frames, trays, coasters and clocks; cozy travel wraps, throws and pillows. We’re your go-to for Vietri, Michael Aram and Cisco Brothers. The best presents come from shopping local— especially with us!” 1. Surfboard coffee table/bench (Vietri glassware). $1,600. 2. Raising the Barware (edgy barware with Tasty plate on lazy Susan). $16 to $24 each. 3. Sea turtle triptych wall art. $396.

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Maureen McBride 919A Manhattan Avenue, Manhattan Beach 310-318-3385 | tabularasamb.com Whether big or small, extravagant or practical, our spectacular gifts are sure to delight everyone on your list. Spread holiday cheer with hundreds of ornaments, nutcrackers and décor. You’ll find clever gifts perfect for stocking stuffers. Man-tastic gifts for guys, trendy accessories for teens, envy-worthy goodies for gals, tasty artisanal treats for everyone—all perfectly festive finds beautifully gift-wrapped.” 1. Coastal barnwood signs. $54. 2. It’s 5:00 Somewhere gift set (tequila shooter set with book and coasters). $144. 3. Hostess Mostess gift set (initial bar board with Simmered Cider candle and Corkcicle). $138.

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3200 Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach 310-546-5555 | shopmanhattanvillage.com Manhattan Village is your go-to shopping destination this holiday season. Find something for everyone on your list at shops like Apple, Macy’s, Sephora, Tommy Bahama, The Gap, White House Black Market, Janie & Jack, Pottery Barn, See’s Candies and more! While you’re here, experience our renovated center with new skylights, new flooring, full-service concierge and new seating. Don’t forget to visit Santa in his new Beach Hut.” 1. “Glow for it” and “Beauty Sleep” Sephora Favorites, available at Sephora. $30 each.

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2. Flavors of the Southern Coast book, leather cigar tube, flask and cigar cutter, florentine leather checker set, available at Tommy Bahama. $360 (can be purchased separately). 3. Blake black boot, black clutch bag, vegan leather pants, pearl swag collar necklace, hematite-pavé collar necklace, pleated shell black top, long sleeve suede fringe jacket in Gleam, available at White House Black Market. $1,053 (can be purchased separately). 4. Cluggette, Jesse Bow (baby shoe), Bailey Bow, Classic Tall II, available at GiGi Shoes. $54.99 to $199. 5. Vitamix Pro 750 Heritage Blender, available at Williams-Sonoma. $599.95. 6. Anywhere Chair, available at Pottery Barn Kids. $99 to $199.

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3 1. Tess + Tricia Little Lovelies wrap bracelets, available at Gum Tree HB and MB. $50. 2. Knit pom pom hats, available at Gum Tree HB and MB. $28. 3. Minor History leather accordion wallets, available at Gum Tree HB and MB. $105. 4. Uncle Goose classic wooden blocks, available at Gum Tree Kids and Gum Tree MB. $15. 5. Toy sheriff car, available at Gum Tree Kids and Gum Tree MB. $58. 6. Fairy dress and star wand, available at Gum Tree Kids and Gum Tree MB. $108.

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Amy & Matt Wilkens, Owners 1901 S Catalina Ave. Redondo Beach 424-247-8948 UrbanClothesHorse.com We make it personal! When you shop at The Urban Clothes Horse, we have personal stylists who help you select from incredible items that will become personal favorites and keepsakes for years to come! As buyers for the company, we pride ourselves on traveling the world, finding lifestyle collections that are difficult to locate just anywhere, and showcasing them all under one roof! We feel confident we can satisfy even the most discerning recipients on every holiday gift list this season. Happy Holidays!” 1. Animapop reversible dress, Liquid Metal rose gold bracelet, ZW malachite necklace. $989. 2. True Grit mountain plaid shirt and men’s slub, Paige Denim cellar, Bed Stu tan coasters. $565. 3. True Grit cotton cargo jacket, buffalo plaid shirt and grey raglan, Joe’s Jeans Kassidy, Bed Stu men’s loafer. $879. 4. Halle Bob beige poncho, Yoli Rapp Dylan black legging, Bed Stu Sandy Lane crossbody, Free People Horizon clog. $736. 5. Johnny Was embroidered blouse, Karen Kane Free Spirit tank, Paige denim ankle skinny, Bed Stu blue leather tote. $768. 6. Fifth & Urban grey forest wrap, Hudson Jeans super skinny, Free People Lost Valley ankle boot. $722.

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SKECHERS 1121 Manhattan Avenue, Manhattan Beach 310-318-3116 skechers.com

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Our Energy Lights are the latest in lighted technology, and kids are going crazy for them this season! They look like classic hightops, but they’re rechargeable sneakers with a row of lights on each sole that flashes in all kinds of colors and sequences. BOBS for Dogs is also really popular this holiday—people love wearing our dog-themed shoes and knowing that their purchase helps us donate millions to save shelter animals’ lives. For those who follow through on their New Year’s resolutions, we’ve got Skechers Performance division footwear and apparel. And we have comfortable lined shoes for the rest of us who just want to relax in front of the fire. Drop by our stores all over the South Bay, like Manhattan Beach and Del Amo Fashion Center. They’re great one-stop shops for the entire family!”

1. Women’s Flex Appeal 2.0 sneaker with air-cooled memory foam insole. $65. 2. Women’s Skechers GOrun Ride 6 performance running sneaker. $95. 3. Men’s Skech-Air Infinity sneaker with air-cushioned sole. $75. 4. Kids’ Energy Lights high-top sneakers with color-changing sole lights. $59. 5. Twinkle Toes Glamslam boot with a faux-fur collar trim and embellished detailing. $60. 6. Women’s Skechers on-the-GO Cozies suede boot with Goga Mat® insole. $75.

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YAYA’S Boutique Lillian Haberman

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1146 Higland Ave., Manhattan Beach 310-504-0031 720-B Allied Way, El Segundo 310-615-1928 Our store carries 39 local designers’ work. This means that each designer carefully crafts each of his or her pieces specifically for our location. Knowing that you are shopping with us will guarantee that you will find that special one of a kind piece for that special someone in your life.” 1. Cobbler series, Crack leather briefcase. $480. 2, Thomas Sabo men’s accessories (watch, ring, bracelet). $700. 3. Diamond jewelry by Jan Jewelry. $1,500.

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Robert Medawar 810C Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates 310-544-0052 medawarfinejewelers.com With 36 years of building relationships, we strive to apply what we have learned with every jewelry creation. We hand-select our inventory with our customers in mind and continually introduce new and exciting lines as we build new relationships.� 1. Ladies Dubey & Schaldenbrand Grand Dome Automatic Chronograph. Stainless steel case with a diamond bezel. $9,900. 2. 18K white gold morganite (21.6 ct) and diamond (3.95 ct) bracelet. $40,000. 3. 18K white and rose gold pink sapphire (1.80 ct) and diamond (.71 ct) pendant. $10,260.

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G r o w i n g Wild Lisa Hoven Gallien & Lee Hoven Bakos 1201 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach 310-545-4432 | growingwild.net

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Finding the ideal gift at the right price can be magical—especially during the busy holiday season. At Growing Wild, we create custom, one-of-a-kind arrangements, wreaths and fresh floral bouquets for anyone on your holiday gift list. If you’re looking for something special on the fly, choose from our festive ornaments, unique home decor items or our pre-made collection of holiday arrangements created on-site by our talented designers. Our signature orchids and live succulents carry the holiday spirit well beyond the holiday season.” 1. Majestic holiday arrangement of burgundy calla lilies, red roses, succulents and seasonal accompaniments nestled in a birch glass vase. $140. 2. Sea Goddess wreath adorned with iridescent abalone shells, blue nautilus with a hint of quartz crystals. $275. 3. Organic birch silk centerpiece created with everlasting silk botanicals. $175.

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Don Koeberle 1915 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach 310-378-4830 | catalinacooking.com When looking for the perfect gift, be original: give something unexpected but also so useful your giftee will wonder how they lived without it. It could be something as small as an artisanal sea salt or a handmade olive wood salt cellar, or as large as a piece of Scanpan CTX nonstick cookware that will be appreciated for months on end. Host’s gifts are always very popular this time of year, and we have all sorts of cool, useful and unique gifts that say ‘thank you’ in the merriest way possible.”

1. Scanpan CTX nonstick cookware. $129.99 to $269.99. 2. The Garlic Twist. $19.99.

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Joni Hamilton & Sheila Butler 200 Pier Avenue, Suite 301, Hermosa Beach 310-374-7700 | hamiltonbutlerjewels.com We are loving all things layered—from bracelets and bangles to multi-layered necklaces and lariats— romantic, casual styles that work day to evening, young to old. We are excited to celebrate our first holiday season in the South Bay! Our store is stocked with exceptional pieces that will add sparkle and style to every girl’s jewelry box.” 1. Rose gold diamond and gray sapphire earrings. $8,500. 2. Sliced diamonds set on a wide rose gold band. $2,400. 3. 77 carats of beautiful gray diamond oval beads. $19,000.

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Wa t e r l e a f Home & Gift Jill Johnson & Suzanne Ascher

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1210 Morningside Drive, Manhattan Beach 310-546-5400 | waterleafinteriors.com Waterleaf Home & Gift brings you the most unique, tasteful and quality items from around the world. We love traveling to find special treasures and have established many exclusive relationships including Simon Pearce, Lafco and John Robshaw. As interior designers we use our trained eye to select the jewelry, home accessories, bedding, lighting and furniture that reflect our California beach lifestyle. 2016 marks Waterleaf’s 10th anniversary—we hope you’ll stop in to see our newly renovated store and design offices.” 1. Abalone holiday trees. Small $84, large $108. 2. Simon Pearce: Small bowl $75, large bowl $200, clock $100, candle $200, ornaments $5. 3. Italian leather purse with 18K gold. Small $54, medium $58, large $82.

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MIXT Studio Marcie Carson

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422 Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach 310-698-3653 | mixtstudio.com We carefully curate our product mix to include one-ofa-kind finds at a great price. With a large assortment of grab-and-go, pre-wrapped gifts priced under $30, we’re here to help with corporate and hostess gifts as well as that last-minute something special. Our primary business is design and manufacturing, so the WORK+SHOP is a truly unique shopping experience— our products are made and shipped daily (WORK) alongside goods from local talent, loved brands and international finds (SHOP).” Knit gold heart pillow, MIXT reusable wine bag and gold-dipped wine glasses. $106 for all.

 South Bay Turkish towel, South Bay trucker hat and MIXT tassel pouch. $102 for all. Harlow necklaces and bent silver earrings. $151 for all.

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Beach &Beverly Colin Cooley & Brian Cooley

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135 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach 310-379-9630 | BeachandBeverly.com @beachandbeverly We’re excited for moms, daughters, sisters and girlfriends to discover our gift registry. While it’s fun to be surprised, it’s equally as fun indulging in the guilty pleasure of buying exactly what you want— and take the guessing of sizes, colors, styles and accessories off the giver.” 1. Season of Style gift card. From $150. 2. Holiday Stocking Stuffer Bundle: Cosabella Never Say Never Cutie lowrider thongs, Compartes gourmet chocolate bars, Biren & Co. orchid coconut scented candle. $110. 3. Deborah Brewer Moonstone crescent necklace. $98.

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Russ Varon 22200 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance 310 375-4471 morgansjewelers.com “Morgan’s has always been known for our vast selection of fine quality jewelry. Given today’s trend toward a more casual lifestyle, we have expanded our ‘boutique’ collections to include pieces that complement today’s relaxed fashions. We pride ourselves in our varied collections of jewelry and gifts for every pocketbook and every taste. Morgan’s is the one-stop-shop for all your gift-giving needs. Come in and experience the difference.”

1. Sterling silver–blue topaz cuff bracelet. $675. 2. 18K white gold diamond lariat necklace, 1 carat total weight. $2,250. 3. 14K white gold diamond ID bracelet. $785.

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Margaret O’Leary 1 1012½ Manhattan Avenue Manhattan Beach 310-363-8830 margaretoleary.com Margaret is known for her rich collections of cutting-edge knitwear. You will find classic silhouettes served with a twist in every store. Beautiful textured cottons like the Claire jacket add interest to any holiday outfit. Help your loved one achieve the classic California chic aesthetic with the Serena Wrap or Travel Wrap, both made of Margaret’s favorite luxurious Scottish cashmere.” 1. Claire jacket in soft grey. $255. 2. Selena scarf in heather grey. $295. 3. Travel wrap in bone. $255.

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904 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach 310-318-0900 | pagesabookstore.com Books are the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list: your honey, parents, kids, co-worker, teacher, postman, clients, colleagues, fellow board members or staff. We have so much to choose from including fiction, history, cookbooks, coffee table books and more! We would be pleased to assist you in making the perfect selection. {pages} offers complimentary gift-wrapping and can provide shipping. Unlike online and discount retailers, {pages} is an active part of the Southbay community.�

1. Malibu Farm Cookbook: Recipes from the California Coast. By Helene Henderson (author) & Martin Lof (photographer), published by Clarkson Potter Publishers. $40. 2. Born to Run. By Bruce Springsteen, published by Simon & Schuster. $32.50. 3. Animals. By Ingela P. Arrhenius, published by Candlewick Studio. $22.

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23rd Street Jewelers

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Mary Kelley 1009 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach 310-374-9923 23rdstreetjewelers.com We are excited to introduce our Holiday 2016 Collection, beautifully designed and meticulously handcrafted fine jewelry. My team and I are celebrating our 14th year as the South Bay’s premier fine jewelry store. As a 25-year resident of Manhattan Beach, I personally look forward to helping you choose the perfect gift for all of the loved ones in your life.� 1. 18K yellow gold earrings with multicolored diamonds. 2.90 carats total weight. $4,300. 2. One-of-a-kind handmade ring, 18K yellow gold with 5.56 carats of mixed, fancy colored diamonds. $12,750. 3. 18K yellow gold handmade cuff bracelet with 5.90 carats of fine white, rose-cut diamonds. $16,000.

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Sole of Brasil Mignonette Bailey

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hello@soleofbrasil.com soleofbrasil.com You really can’t go wrong with beautiful shoes. Each style in our collection is delicately produced, expertly imported and personally shipped. Our shoes are crafted in small batches by Brazil’s finest artisans and have been selected for the choicest woman on your gift list. Our shoes are for women who refuse to blend in. Isn’t everything Brazilian pretty exciting?!” 1. Bella by Carrano. $196. 2. Jade by Carrano. $194. 3. Alina by Jorge Bischoff. $126.

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trina Turk 333 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach

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310-303-3153 | trinaturk.com Trina Turk Manhattan Beach is the ideal place for holiday shopping this season because we’ve created our holiday collection with gift-giving in mind. We offer colorful and festive gifts at all price points including cozy sweaters, cosmetic cases, clutch bags, purse charms and pompoms, gorgeous signature print scarves, earrings that sparkle, fun silk pajamas and whimsical animal brooches boxed and ready to wrap. Don’t forget to gift yourself with a party look for any occasion—from a chic little black dress for the office party to something glitzy for a New Year’s Eve soirée.” 1. Moana dress. $278. 2. Miho clutch. $298. 3. Sequined pump. $228.

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David Smith 1702 S. Catalina Avenue, Redondo Beach 310-540-4422 | eyedentityoptique.com We are proud of our individual, independent, handcrafted collections. They continue to rise above the mass-produced brands. Their sole focus is eyewear design … period. And we LOVE that! Glasses are more than just a utility but rather an extension of your individual personality. You are not a billboard for logos, branding and cheap plastic. Express yourself with our artisan eyewear. Your authentic self will thank you for it—and so will those special people in your life.” 1. Robert la Roche. $300 to $495. 2. Anne et Valentin. $369 to $625. 3. Feb 31st wood frames. $595.

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DuBunne Spa Club & Massage Centre

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Jessica Palmer 23725 Arlington Ave., Torrance 310-326-9062 | dubunne.com You can never go wrong with a DuBunne Spa gift card. They are beautifully packaged and are always appreciated by all! You can choose a dollar amount or pick one of our amazing holiday packages or even a couple’s treatment. It will surely please anyone on your list.�

1. Pure Fiji organic spa packages for 2. From $260 per couple. 2. DuBunne Spa gift cards. From $25 to $2,500. 3. Farmhouse Fresh /Clarisonic organic facials. From $65.

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Krushenka Finocchiaro 1800 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach 310-701-7632 papillonstyles.com   Whether the gift is for yourself or a loved one, we ask you key questions in order to find something beautiful, great quality, long-lasting (will never go out of style), flattering and in most cases practical. Our cashmere topper is what I call a no-brainer. There are 64 colors to choose from and it can be worn with dresses, jeans, shorts, trousers or skirts. It’s great for the airplane and can be worn in many different ways!” 1. Lace B shirt by Olvi’s. $495. 2. Cashmere topper by Alashan Cashmere. Available in 64 colors and can be styled in a variety of ways. $125. 3. “Top of the Year” by Joseph Ribkoff. $143.

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H u c k l e b e r ry ’ s Pen, Inc. 1 Richard “Boomer” McLennan 1705 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach 310-265-2489 huckleberryspen.com I love sharing with customers the unique offering of products we carry. Nothing we have can be found at the big-box stores. All of our products share a story and a passion and show the recipient that thought was really put into this purchase. It is fun and exciting to introduce a product that makes someone light up and say, ‘Yes! That’s the perfect gift!’” 1. Rikwill Churchill fountain pen/rollerball in gold, rose or silver. $995. 2. S.T. Dupont Defi Extreme torch lighter. $295. 3. Redford cigar/wine humidor. $1,999.

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Strand Boards Hans T. Manhattan Beach 424-213-6002 strandboards.com Strand Boards outdoor surfboard showers are such a fun and unique gift for the person who has it all! Not only can the showers be customized by color and logo, but they can be shipped globally. This limited edition art shower is sure to WOW your special someone.” Limited edition art surfboard shower. $3,100.

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WRAP IT UP Faux fur coat by Trina Turk, $395; Trina Turk in Manhattan Beach. Gypsy Girl dress by Auguste the Label, $132, and gold ring, $22; Waverly in Manhattan Beach. Hoop brass with rose gold earrings, $36; Gum Tree in Hermosa Beach. Gold shark tooth necklace, $74; The Beehive in Manhattan Beach. oursouthbay.com 

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WINTER GREEN Silk floral jumpsuit by Show Me Your Mumu, $176, Brown faux fur coat by Amuse Society, $198; The Beehive in Manhattan Beach. black choker with gold ring by Deborah Brewer, $48, and wrap necklace with gem by Deborah Brewer, $68; Beach and Beverly in Hermosa Beach. Gold cuff, $32; Waverly in Manhattan Beach. Gold stud earrings by Zoe Chicco, $262; Gum Tree in Hermosa Beach.

SHEER BEAUTY Black lace cocktail dress by Free People, $108; Urban Clothes Horse in Redondo Beach. Black sheer top by Cold Stone Fox, $264; The Beehive in Manhattan Beach. Black cocktail ring by Trina Turk, $98; Trina Turk in Manhattan Beach. Gold lariat necklace, $32; Waverly in Manhattan Beach. Gold stud earrings by Zoe Chicco, $262; Gum Tree in Hermosa Beach.

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COMFORT & JOY Fur coat by H Brand, $760, gypsy boho dress by Spell, $162, Morrison felt hat by Lack of Color, $96; The Beehive in Manhattan Beach. Black sheer leggings by Noe, $195; BLVD in Manhattan Beach. Suede over-the-knee boots by Dolce Vita, $250; The Beehive in Manhattan Beach. Python bracelet, $124, green agate gemstone ring in 18K gold by Lulu Designs, $210, and gold bird necklace by Marisa Haskell, $160; Gum Tree in Hermosa Beach. Gold ring, $22; Waverly in Manhattan Beach. PUT A BOW ON IT Black fur coat by H Brand, $760, and black bodysuit by Flynn Skye, $106; The Beehive in Manhattan Beach. Long floral print skirt by Free People, $128; Urban Clothes Horse in Redondo Beach. Hoop brass with rose gold earrings, $36, and green agate gemstone ring in 18k gold by Lulu Designs; Gum Tree in Hermosa Beach. Gold ring, $22 and black wrap bolo necklace, $28; Waverly in Manhattan Beach.

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WATCH THE FILM AT OURSOUTHBAY.COM

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Gathering

Featured on this year’s Holiday Homes Tour, this beautiful Manhattan Beach abode was built on both family and tradition. WRITTEN BY

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he stunning three-story home of Chris and Shannon Ryan is truly just that: a home. “It’s a beautiful marriage of having a really warm house for our family and also having a space that we can utilize for the other areas of our lives that are important to us,” explains Shannon, who does an enormous amount of entertaining and philanthropic work. The spacious home was brought down to its studs and reimagined by interior designers Tasha Gates and Lora Penczar of Chateau 310. “The house is big,” says Shannon candidly. “It’s a great space to entertain and utilize the house to benefit others and the charities that mean something to us.” Since philanthropy is a significant part of their lives— and because Shannon is also a local financial advisor—it was important to adhere to a budget. “I can be frugal,” she admits, “especially when that money can be better spent on other things like philanthropy.” Thus she worked closely with Tasha and Lora to decide where they would spend more money and where they’d spend less. Shannon was both pleased and surprised to find that the project came in under budget. One place they did splurge was on a light fixture that fills the space in the center of the heart-shaped staircase. “This was my 25th wedding anniversary present,” she shares, adding with a smile that she didn’t want jewelry … she wanted to finish the house instead. The glass of the contemporary chandelier was cut in Israel and brokered out of New York. On average, Shannon and Chris host one event a month. She is also president of the Manhattan Beach Rotary. Their home includes six bedrooms, which serve as master bedroom, a bedroom for both daughters as well as their playroom, guest rooms where they often host Rotary students and Chris’ office, where he works from home as vice president of corporate payments for U.S. Bank.  The Ryans’ home is among the four houses showcased in this year’s Sandpipers Holiday Homes Tour. The annual event, now in its 24th year, will feature local homes, artisans and restaurants, raising money in the community through ticket sales and the holiday boutique to support Sandpiper charities.  Though it’s adorned in a cool and calming color scheme of grey, cream and blue, the house radiates warmth. Every morning the smell of breakfast fills the air, and the scent of dinner fills the evenings. “I love to cook,” says Shannon, who prepares almost every meal. “It’s one of my favorite things.”  The full-time professional and mother of two admits with a laugh that she’s not the greatest cook but that she loves the feeling it brings to their home. “Our kids are 11 and 13. I want them to have memories of Mom in the kitchen cooking.”  Shannon is usually out of the house early to work out, and by the time she’s back she has breakfast and music going. “We have a lot of music in the house, even though we’re not musicians,” she says.  Immediately as you enter, a collection of instruments— including a harp, guitar, ukulele and grand piano—grab your attention. “While we all have taken different lessons, none of us play or play well,” Chris confesses. The reason they have the piano is because it reminds Shannon of her late father,

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“Every night since we’ve moved in he will yell, ‘Sunset,’ and no matter where anybody is in the house, we’ll all run up to the deck and watch the sunset together.”

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who was a surgeon and also a talented musician. “He would play any instrument he picked up by ear,” she explains. “He played the piano beautifully, and he played it in the house every Sunday.” After he died Shannon purchased a piano with the small amount of life insurance money that was left over. It has a player and plays itself on a regular basis. “We call it Hal, which is my dad’s name,” she says fondly. “Hal’s playing the piano again.” Though contemporary and minimal as a whole, the home’s thoughtfully displayed artifacts have a prominent sentimental value. “We’ve placed things all over the house that are meaningful to us,” Shannon says. In the den, for example, are two framed world maps covered with red-colored pins. One board displays the travels of Shannon’s grandparents, and the other is of her and her husband’s travels. “My grandfather was a surgeon and traveled all over the world with my grandmother,” she says. “When Chris and I were dating—we have been married 26 years this year—we would walk into my grandparents’ house, and they had this pinboard up. We would stand there and say, ‘This is the way we want our lives to look.’” Shannon and Chris were married for 14 years before having children. “We weren’t that interested in having kids in our younger years, so we traveled,” she explains. “We did some really amazing things, though our board seems like nothing compared to my grandparents.”  Perhaps the most important part of the home—with the exception of the breakfast nook, which is their youngest daughter’s favorite space—are the ocean views from every single floor. “It was my husband’s dream to live in a house with an ocean view because he absolutely loves the sunset,” says Shannon. “Every night since we’ve moved in he will yell, ‘Sunset,’ and no matter where anybody is in the house, we’ll all run up to the deck and watch the sunset together.” 

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t e e w S s m a e r D From an auspicious date night to multimilliondollar reality, South Bay couple and entrepreneurs Rosie O’Neill and Josh Resnick play their own winning game of Candy Land. WRITTEN BY

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Sweet Dreams

Many of us have a complex relationship with candy.

Do we like it? Of course. Do we want it? Maybe.

We sneak it. We feel guilty about it. During Halloween, when it’s sitting in that cute little glass bowl in Joan’s office, we promise ourselves “just a few pieces”—when really we’re just waiting for Alice to leave for the day so we can fish out all the Reese’s Cups and pink Starburst. Candy divides us into factions: Tootsie Pops against Blow Pops, Twizzlers against Red Vines, black jelly beans against everyone else. It’s the treat that’s socially acceptable to purchase a few times a year, when we shovel it into skinny plastic bags or heave pillow-sized packages into our shopping carts at Target. Why do we do this to ourselves? “I think most candy stores are stuck in their ways,” says Rosie O’Neill, cofounder of gourmet candy company Sugarfina. “It’s definitely an easier and less expensive model, but I think there’s a segment of the population that’s been craving a better experience. I think maybe they gave up on candy a while ago, and we’re showing them there’s more.” Sugarfina’s origin story is deliciously ironic. Early in their courtship, after an outdoor showing of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory no less, Rosie and Josh Resnick decided they wanted to shake up the status quo and follow their dreams. Rosie was working at Mattel as marketing director for the iconic Barbie brand, and Josh had sold his company—Pandemic Studios—to Electronic Arts for a whopping sum five years prior. Apparently toys and video games were simply too grown-up. The first Sugarfina boutique opened in Beverly Hills in November 2013. In four short years, the company has ballooned to 22 stores across America. A “shop-in-shop” partnership with Nordstrom—mini-boutiques that offer a pared down selection—adds another 13 locations to the mix. And the revenue? Well, that’s the really sweet part. The company is experiencing just over three times the growth it

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enjoyed in 2015, when they brought in $7 million. “We’ve never done retail, never done confections and never done international, but I think that’s part of what makes it so exciting,” says Rosie. “It’s like every day is the most challenging day of my life.” So how—at a time when people seem to have less discretionary income and are more health-conscious than ever—does a candy company post such astronomical growth? By combining luxury aesthetics and marketing with a playful yet sophisticated eye for detail. When you step into a Sugarfina boutique, the first thing that strikes you is its stark interior. Your run-of-the-mill candy shop is a motley-colored orgy of product, bursting at the seams with canisters, troughs and kitschy packages from umpteen different brands. You can take home the World’s Largest Gummy Bear, or perhaps you know someone who’d enjoy 6 feet of licorice rope? At Sugarfina samples are individually wrapped and delivered on silver trays by employees who are dressed to the nines in bowties and crisp whites. An item isn’t “out of stock”—it’s “stuck in traffic.” Colorful cubes filled with canary yellow Parisian Pineapples, Blood Orange Fruttinis, neon green Cowboy Cactus and rainbow-colored Kyoto Blossoms are stacked— only two rows high, of course—against a textured backdrop of perfectly plain paper flowers. Themed threepiece and eight-piece sets come bundled in beautiful blue bento boxes that would give even your most avid iPhone unboxer butterflies. “We’re obsessed with details, maybe in a way that’s not so healthy,” laughs Rosie, “but I really do think those things matter to people, even if it’s not consciously.” For all the whimsical confections and cheeky turns of phrase that typify the Sugarfina experience, the greatest example of their obsession might just be those tiny cubes—cubes Rosie and Josh “agonized over for months” before they decided on the specs. They are made from Lucite, not plastic, giving them a slightly different feel and clarity. While an off-the-shelf option would have been much cheaper, the cubes are custom-molded. And if you’ve ever stared longingly into the bottom of an empty cube and thought, “That’d make a great container for my paper clips,” you’re not alone. The company recently upgraded their labels to a specific material that leaves no sticky residue behind once you peel it off. “It’s a complete circle. The first impression sets the stage for what’s to come,” says Rosie. “We thought not just about the individual products but the whole experience.” Whether it’s the handwritten note in your shipping boxes or the

fact that any email you receive from the company is sent by “Rosie at Sugarfina,” the attention to detail has paid dividends. When Sugarfina debuted, 50% of their candies were exclusive offerings, but none were original. But capital begets scale, and scale has given Rosie and Josh the ultimate gift—the ability to truly play Willy Wonka. “Our focus from here on out is to invent and bring to life things that didn’t exist before,” says Rosie. Champagne Bears infused with Dom Pérignon and the wildly successful Rosé All Day gummies—made with Whispering Angel rosé— are just a few of their bespoke creations. But that’s what happens when you’re able to place 6,000-pound orders and lines go out the door the first day sold-out items come back in stock. Rosie’s and Josh’s passports have been stamped through to Italy, Greece, France, the U.K., Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Spain, Morocco, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and Mexico—all in the name of eclipsing the au courant. They’ve become the largest customers of third-generation candy-makers all over the world … and in the process helped reinvigorate their artisanal spirit. “It feels really good to see these small, familyowned companies having financial success because we’ve been able to grow together,” says Rosie. “In the candy industry, so many of these small players are getting acquired by larger companies and just shut down. It’s really sad.” During our interview, Rosie divulges a few top-secret collaborations in the works, which means a few styles will eventually drop out of inventory. To retain that curated feel, Sugarfina only keeps 150 varieties in the rotation at a time. It’s a measured strategy that’s mirrored in the way the company has grown their team, which now includes former Godiva Chocolatier CEO Jim Goldman, who recently came on board as both an investor and advisor. Over at Sugarfina’s headquarters, the company’s five core values are painted on the wall in their signature Pantone 310c blue: Spread Sweetness, Cultivate Innovation, Lead with Integrity, Act as Entrepreneurs and Deliver Luxury. Unlike most mission statements that serve as cosmetic reminders to companies that may have lost their way after years of putting profits before people, Sugarfina has embodied their principles every step of the way. “I want to maintain that personal touch and detail-oriented soul as we grow bigger,” says Rosie. “We’ve been really fortunate to build a team that represents that. It’s so fun to watch people come into our stores; their eyes light up … it brings out the kid in them. I hadn’t felt that way about candy in so long, and it’s been fun to create something that really resonates with other people.” 

“It’s so fun to watch people come into our stores; their eyes light up … it brings out the kid in them.”

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Your map. Your journey. Vistamar gives you the world to explore. Fiona Class of 2016 Starting point: Palos Verdes, CA Along the way: Member of Vistamar’s Soccer and Robotics Teams, columnist for the Vistamar View student newspaper, Admissions Ambassador, and avid sailor and sailing instructor. What defined your Vistamar journey? The welcoming and friendly students and teachers combined with amazing opportunities have made me into the person I am today. I’m so happy with who I’ve become at Vistamar. Next stop: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Faith, at its core, is a deeply personal concept that carries with it a range of meanings and interpretations. Every person has her or his own way of experiencing and expressing it. In a time when we often hear of our nation becoming more secular and less religious, it’s an amusing paradox that the two most popular world leaders amongst Americans are Pope Francis and the Dalai Lama*. Are we turning away from faith, or does it only seem that way? And what role does faith play in our cities and daily lives? We went deep into the South Bay’s religious communities to find out. WRITTEN BY MICHELE

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ARTISTIC APPROACH A young parishioner at RHCC poses for the annual Pageant of Our Lord.

“A church should be as diverse as its community, and here in the South Bay we live in one of the most diverse communities anywhere.”

os Angeles is often credited with being the most religiously diverse city in the world—and for good reason. It’s estimated that there are nearly 6,000 religious congregations spread throughout LA County, and every major world religion is well represented in the area. It is also estimated that well over 100 different faiths—from Anglicanism to Zoroastrianism—are practiced within the Los Angeles metro area. And the South Bay is an ideal microcosm of this phenomenal religious diversity. Though LA has religious diversity, according to a 2014 Pew Research Center survey the number of Americans identifying as Christian declined 7.8% from the previous survey in 2007. Non-Christian faiths and those identifying as having no religious affiliation—often called “nones”—increased over the same time period. On the surface that would seem problematic—especially for mainline Christianity, but a dive deeper into the study finds that those who are religiously affiliated are just as religious as they have always been. One explanation for the decrease has more to do with demographics than religious attrition. This year Millennials overtook Baby Boomers and are now the largest generation in the U.S. Millennials are less likely to identify themselves as religious, while Baby Boomers and prior generations are more religious. It is likely that as the older generations shrink, the stats on religious-affiliated Americans may continue to decline. If the number of Americans identifying as Christian is down, one would never guess so by visiting Rolling Hills Covenant Church (RHCC). Senior pastor Byron MacDonald says his life’s calling is to serve others. “I always knew I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives,” he shares. He began his career as a public school teacher and administrator in Michigan and New York, but his ability to effectively help others was limited by the constructs of the public education system. Byron was determined to do more. He envisioned becoming a missionary, but his passion for preaching and teaching the word of God led him to become a pastor. In 1992 he joined the minister team at RHCC. RHCC has deep but modest roots within the South Bay. At the time of its founding 60 years ago it had only 52 members and held its services in a small private home in Torrance. It has since grown to one of the largest churches in the region—with 2,300


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congregants and a ministry team of 18 pastors. RHCC holds eight weekly worship services ranging from a traditional service to a more informal contemporary service tailored to appeal to younger congregants. Byron leads four of the weekly services. RHCC has a devoted and active membership, yet services are not limited only to members. RHCC welcomes all members of the community openly, encouraging anyone who wishes to attend services to do so. Indeed, one of the weekly services at RHCC is held entirely in Japanese and another in Spanish to ensure services are inclusive for community members. As Byron explains, “A church should be as diverse as its community, and here in the South Bay we live in one of the most diverse communities anywhere. Our diversity has increased significantly in the last 20 to 25 years.” In an era when many are stepping away from faith, especially Millennials, RHCC has developed creative ways to inspire and attract members of all age groups. One especially innovative RHCC program held annually is the Pageant of Our Lord. Much like Laguna’s Pageant of the Masters, every Easter live models recreate renowned works of art depicting stories from the Bible. The art on display is accompanied by classical music performed by the Rolling Hills Covenant Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra. The pageant has been held annually for 31 years, and this year for the first time RHCC will host a Christmas pageant as well featuring contemporary music rather than classical. RHCC also actively supports dozens of local and global programs. Notable among these is Wheels of Hope, which offers job training in welding and metal fabricating to underserved youth. The church also provides meals and services at multiple local homeless shelters and offers chaplain services at local prisons. Unlike so many other faith communities and houses of worship, RHCC has no financial issues. They are blessed with a secure and ample operating budget funded entirely through generous donations of its membership. This budget enables RHCC to enhance and develop programs and make improvements to church facilities so they can expand their offerings and outreach to the growing congregation and community at large.

Congregation Tikvat Jacob (CTJ) in Manhattan Beach has also seen interest in its membership expanding as exciting changes are on the

horizon for the South Bay synagogue—including the arrival of a new, young and very charismatic rabbi. Rabbi Joshua Kalev of CTJ and his wife, Rabbi Selilah Kalev, who is the director of the preschool at Temple Menorah, are not your grandparents’ rabbis. The Kalevs embody the new face of Judaism. They are a young, vivacious couple with a modern vision of Jewish faith. They respect and honor the rich traditions and rituals that comprise the backbone of Judaism. They also recognize the challenges that Judaism will face in the 21st century if its congregations are unwilling to recognize or adapt to the changing needs of their community. One of main reasons Judaism has survived through millennia is the adept way the Jewish diaspora has assimilated in the cultural dynamic of any adopted homeland. This instinctive inclination to adapt has served the Jewish people well. Many mainline religions in the U.S. have seen their ranks decline, and for Judaism that attrition has spurred earnest concern and debate. For a people who faced an actual existential threat only a few generations prior, the mere thought of dissolution of their faith through attrition is beyond disturbing. Throughout modern history many Jews have had to conceal or publicly denounce (while secretly observing) their faith merely to survive. Judaism also faces an unusual added complexity in that it is not only a faith but also widely considered an ethnicity and a culture. A 2013 Pew Research Center study found that 22% of American Jews say they don’t identify with any religion, even if they had at least one Jewish parent or were raised Jewish. They consider themselves to be cultural or ethnic Jews. For Judaism to continue to thrive, faith leaders will need to evaluate and identify the needs specific to their community and provide the type of worship environment that best serves those needs. CTJ is a self-described conservative-style egalitarian synagogue and has a membership of 400 families. The temple strives to be welcoming and inclusive to members of the community, offering a wide array of activities for people to participate in and pursue their Jewish faith. Its location in Manhattan Beach affords it the opportunity to offer worshipers unconventional ways to practice their faith, including services held on The Strand or on a rooftop at sunset. A San Francisco native, Josh recently moved back from Pennsylvania to become the rabbi at CTJ, but he is very familiar with CTJ. While in rabbinical school at American Jewish University,

PRAISE AND PLAY The spirit of togetherness on display at Hope Chapel in Hermosa Beach

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OPENING DOORS

CTJ’s Rabbi Josh Kalev welcomes people of all faiths to his community.

he was a teacher at CTJ. Josh brings with him a youthful and progressive viewpoint of Judaism, complemented with the experience and understanding of the congregation he now serves. He recognizes that in order to nurture and grow its congregation, CTJ will need to attract young families. As he describes, “Affiliation with a synagogue community is something the younger generation is trying to figure out. Our approach is to make each family feel comfortable in their own way. I see great opportunity in this area. There are so many unaffiliated many members of the community of all ages that haven’t been made excited about their Judaism. I’m hoping that by reaching out into the greater community we can show them that Judaism has many facets to it. It doesn’t mean you have to just come to services or eat matzah on Passover. There are so many paths to being Jewish. Come and explore them with us and see which ones have meaning to you in your life.” With young families he sees a huge opportunity. “I’ve met with so many young families who are looking for a Jewish community that is dynamic and exciting, where young parents can connect and where kids can connect with other kids. I’m really excited about the future of South Bay Judaism and what it has to offer.” Selilah adds, “About 50% of the kids in our preschool (at Temple Menorah) are not Jewish. I have families from Brazil and Beijing. There is a willingness to be part of the Jewish community and an interest in learning about Judaism. I have a family that is coming from Mumbai, and they’re so excited that their children are going to be exposed to Judaism—not because they want to be Jewish but because they want their children to have an understanding of it.

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They respect and appreciate the values that we teach. It’s an amazing multicultural community of interfaith. Our enrollment is increasing. The Chabad preschool has a waiting list. People are hungry for it.” For Josh, faith is really about the joy of Judaism. “Life is serious and has dark, difficult moments that we as a faith community can really help people go through and heal. Ultimately we have to be about the joy of life. Look where we live. It’s this bubble of paradise. We have to rejoice together. There is a saying: ‘Judaism shouldn’t be about the oy, it should be about the joy.’ I just really love that. Judaism has so much light to share with the world, and to do that through celebration and smiling and being hand-in-hand together, that’s our focus.”

If mainline congregations are declining, Eastern religions are growing. Interest in Buddhism seems to be steadily increasing, especially the essential Buddhist practice of meditation—with numerous luminaries and leaders espousing its myriad benefits. At the Mahamudra Kadampa Buddhist Center (MKBC), resident teacher Gen Kelsang Tangpa leads daily classes in meditation and discussion of Buddhist teachings. Based in Hermosa Beach, the center offers classes at several locations throughout the South Bay from Manhattan Beach to San Pedro. The center has about 40 member practitioners but each week welcomes more than 100 local community members at meditation and discussion classes. Mahamudra Kadampa Buddhism is a school of Mahayana, which follows the Gelugpa Tibetan tradition of Buddhism. Mahayana is

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the most widely practiced school of Buddhism in the U.S. Practitioners of Kadampa strive for dharma, which means both the teachings of Buddha and enlightenment. Through meditation and study, Buddhists strive to calm the mind and cultivate patience, compassion and wisdom, ultimately bringing inner peace and contentment. Gen Tangpa first developed an interest in Buddhism at age 17 and became a dedicated practitioner of the Buddhist faith, participating in daily meditation and Buddhadharma study. He went on to become a disciple of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, founder of the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT), and ultimately was invited to become an ordained monk. In 2002 Gen Tangpa took his ordination vows and became resident teacher at MKBC in Hermosa in 2004. There are approximately 950 monks and nuns in NKT worldwide. Gen Tangpa explains, “In Mahayana the possibility to achieve enlightenment is available for all, which is not the case in all Buddhist schools. Our door is open to members of the community so they may practice daily meditation, study Buddhadharma and listen to oral teachings. Buddhism enables people to solve problems through the mind.” For those interested in studying Buddhism, Gen Tangpa recommends finding a Buddhist teacher to help guide them on their path to develop a mind of faith and devotion. As he explains, “Faith in dharma induces a strong intention to practice it, and in turn this induces effort. And with effort we can accomplish anything.” He adds, quoting the Buddha, “’Faith is the source of the attainment of happiness.’ Just as a mother gives birth to children, so faith

is the source of all virtuous activities. The wealth of faith cannot be destroyed by fire or stolen by thieves—even death cannot take it from us. In that way it is our protector.”

Along with Buddhism, the number of Americans affiliated with Islam and Hinduism are also on the rise. Milia Islam-Majeed was born in Bangladesh into a traditional and close-knit Muslim family who lived together in a multi-generational home with her grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins. Every evening the family would eat dinner and pray the last of the five daily prayers together. At age 6 she immigrated with her parents and older brother to Fulton, Missouri, a small town about 30 minutes from Columbia. An uncle sponsored Milia’s family to come to the U.S., and the visa process took six years from filing to approval. In the interim, Milia’s parents enrolled her in an American private school where she was exposed to English. When she arrived in Fulton and began second grade, she was able to understand English and quickly became fluent with no trace of an accent. The move was a culture shock for the Islam family. Life in Fulton was a world apart from what they knew in Bangladesh, and they had their first encounters with prejudice and discrimination. The small enclave of Fulton was comprised predominantly of Christian and Caucasian people who had never met a family of color or of an Eastern religion. It took time, but eventually Milia and her family adjusted to their new home and overcame misperceptions, developing deep, true

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and enduring friendships with their neighbors and community. Milia assimilated well to her new environs. She would attend an occasional church service on Sundays and was crowned prom queen at her high school. Though a faithful Muslim, when her grandmother passed away Milia wanted to take part in the tradition of washing her body. The experience proved life-changing. She decided to become more devout and practice the head scarf. She also decided not to pursue a degree in medicine but instead to study religion. People’s reactions to the change in her attire spurred her to pursue a double major and also study psychology. Milia graduated from Westminster College in Fulton with a degree in world religions and psychology. She received her MA degree in theological studies of world religions from the Harvard Divinity School. Her arrival in Boston marked her first real experience with diversity, and Milia was thrilled to encounter people of varying ethnicities and religions. In an odd twist of fate, her first day of graduate classes was September 11. As a Muslim woman who practices the head scarf and whose last name is Islam, Milia had to deal firsthand with the Islamophobia and fear that most U.S. Muslims experienced in the wake of 9/11. It was this backlash based in ignorance and bias that shaped Milia’s future. Milia moved with her husband, Arfan, to be near family in California, and she became the executive director of the South Coast Interfaith Council (SCIC). Her effervescent, positive personality and her personal experience with overcoming misperceptions and educating people on religious diversity and tolerance make her the ideal person to serve in such a pivotal position. “The work that I am tasked to do is to provide the space for others to come and share their faith traditions and in doing so really

connect on those moral precepts that tie us together as human beings,” Milia shares. “I truly believe that once you connect as human beings, heart to heart, then all these things [prejudices] subside. We are all really one human family. Let’s treat one another with compassion.” She goes on to explain, “If you look different it may take a little longer, but my life attests to this: Once you connect, there is a thirst out there to know about other faiths. In my experience, 90% of people come with good intentions ... they are genuinely curious. We provide a safe space where people can ask questions without feeling someone is intruding on their boundaries, and the other can answer questions about their faith without feeling as though they have to defend themselves.” As part of her work with SCIC, Milia holds about two dozen speaking engagements per month, whether on interfaith issues or specifically on Islam. In the current political climate, people really want to know more about Islam, and requests for Milia to speak to groups and explain the Muslim faith have come pouring in. “There are a lot of misconceptions about Islam, and some people are simply uninformed but they want to learn,” she says. “It speaks volumes of our community that we live in that they welcome me into their worship space during their worship time to talk about faith and afterwards to stay and educate even more. People sometimes feel that by participating in another faith’s service or rituals it will somehow water down their faith, but in actuality the complete opposite is true.” The SCIC motto is: “We pride ourselves on creating communities of compassion among people of different faiths and cultures.” They accomplish this through a three-pronged approach of service,

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education and celebration. They support a variety of community programs from feeding homeless to hosting interfaith gatherings from the South Bay to Orange County.

Dr. Rini Ghosh is president-elect for SCIC and will assume the post in March 2017. Dr. Ghosh, a long-time resident of Rancho Palos Verdes, also serves on the board of trustees of the Vedanta Society of Southern California (VSSC) and is president of Vedanta International Cultural Center (VICC) in Redondo Beach. VICC is the service and cultural arm of VSSC, and members devote most of their time and resources to feeding underserved children and the homeless. As Dr. Ghosh says, “Any and all money we collect goes immediately to feeding people.” Dr. Ghosh has organized so many successful food service programs for local homeless people that representatives of Children and Family Services have reached out to her for support. As if those activities weren’t enough to keep her busy, Dr. Ghosh also owns her own small business and serves on the board of trustees for The Guibord Center, a nonprofit interfaith educational organization. Dr. Ghosh practices Vedanta, a school of Hinduism founded by Ramakrishna that is a renaissance of original Hinduism precepts. “In Hinduism we say it’s not what you learn, what are the rules, do this or do that,” she explains. “You have to experience God through your own way and go to the level that you have achieved through reincarnation in this life. We believe every soul is divine and we have the potential to achieve the ultimate ... to be mingled and absorbed in divine eternal bliss and complete joy. We are all small waves, and the joy is the ocean.” She continues, “You’re not the body. You’re not the mind. You are the soul. You are pure consciousness. You are ultimate bliss.” Vedanta is a spiritual philosophy based on Vedas, which are the oldest Sanskrit literature and Hindu scriptures. Similar to the Bible, they are considered holy, supernatural and authorless. Vedanta followers believe there are four ways to achieve ultimate bliss: bhakti yoga, the practice of love and devotion through praying and rituals; karma yoga, implementing action such as feeding the homeless without any expectations for results from the action; Jnana yoga, the path through true knowledge—not knowledge acquired from books but from what’s inside the mind; and raja (ashtanga) yoga, the king of all practices, combining the other three and especially meditation. The term “yoga” used in the four ways to bliss does not directly correlate with the fitness practice with which we’re more familiar. In Vedanta terms, it means the plus sign, which is the symbol for your union with God. Hindus use the lunar calendar and have many “puja” or worship ceremonies and celebrations throughout the year. Hindus are monotheistic, and much like how Christians pray to Jesus, most Hindus believe in a Supreme God whose persona manifests in several deities to whom Hindus make religious offerings. Some of these include Ganesha, the elephant deity; Hanuman, the monkey deity; and Durga, the divine mother. As many Western religions are shrinking slightly in numbers, many people—especially Millennials—are expressing interest in Eastern faiths including Hinduism and Buddhism. As Dr. Ghosh notes, “I’ve noticed many Hindu beliefs and symbols becoming mainstream, such as cremation and the belief in reincarnation. And it seems ‘namaste’ is everywhere, along with the popularity of yoga. Even Ganesha is everywhere. The key thing about Vedanta is not if you pray or how much, or do this or that thing. What matters is that you are good. Our sages call it by different names, but religion is truth and truth is one.” 

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Buon Natale!

Our take on Italy’s holiday tradition of the Feast of the Seven Fishes WRITTEN, STYLED & PHOTOGRAPHED BY KARA

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ne of the most elaborate seafood meals of the holidays is the Feast of the Seven Fishes, known in Italy simply as La Vigilia. This Christmas Eve vigil represents the waiting before the birth of the baby Jesus. The occasion typically marks an elaborate, multi-course meal— or feast—consisting mostly of seafood and what’s considered a “fast” or no meat. This tradition of a seafood-focused meal on Christmas Eve appears to have originated in Southern Italy. In the U.S. the event is likely a carryover tradition from Italian immigrants arriving here around the early 19 th century. A definitive answer on where the reference to “seven fishes” came from is not clear, but seven is the symbolic number of charity, grace and the Holy Spirit. The number seven also is considered a physical and spiritual symbol of divine perfection, wholeness and has numerous references in scripture. While the number seven does have religious significance, it’s not the main focus of the tradition or even a set reference to the amount of fish on the Italian-American menu. The number of courses and type of fish served is relevant more in terms of family tradition. It doesn’t have to be seven and it could be 10, 13 or some other number with a loose connection to scripture or maybe the amount of serving platters in the home. The family coming together and feasting on the eve of Christmas is really what it’s all about.


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FAMIGLIA The family tradition and meal selection is often passed down through generations. The type of seafood served ranges from fresh to cured with any possible method of cooking, although lightly fried is a popular choice. The menu was based on what your family could afford and what fresh seafood was available, so the type of fish was not as culturally important as, say, a turkey is to Thanksgiving. However, some may serve lobster or eel, and a meal without these delicacies would likely spark a family feud. The occasion is a communal setting with spiritual significance, but mostly it is a reflection of the strong ties to family, food and tradition that Italians are known for. And when it comes to delicious food and strong family bonds, you would be hard-pressed to say Italians don’t get it right. For family-style service, use medium-size platters. They are big enough to hold a lot of seafood yet not too heavy to pass around the table. We suggest you opt for traditional Italian design or handmade pottery for a sophisticated look. We love ocean- and coastalthemed, handcrafted pottery and serving tools, alongside vintage, gold-trimmed cordial glasses for limoncello. LOVE, ITALIAN STYLE Whether you are planning your own occasion or are an invited guest, perfect Italian-themed host and hostess gifts are abundant. A great gift idea is imported limoncello in a decorative bottle or a specialty set for decanting and serving. Genuine limoncello must be produced from lemons grown in the Amalfi region. However, if you are ambitious you can make your own version and provide small bottle samples as takeaway gifts or a single host gift with a custom label or recipe card attached. Italian coffee is a must. Traditionally, espresso is served after the meal. Illy is a popular brand that is easy to find at local markets, or shop online for Sant’Eustachio. We love stylish espresso cups, and a set is always a welcome gift and even better with some fresh Italian beans. If you have ever been to Italy, you will likely remember the moment you sipped a dark, rich, warm, liquid chocolate that easily puts American hot chocolate to shame. With a click of a button you can purchase Dolce Vite Chocolatto online. Trust us, Italian hot chocolate is heavenly. However, Baci Perugina, Modica, Gianduiotto and Pernigotti chocolate bars and products are also worth sampling and can be easy gifts on their own or combined with a bottle of your favorite Italian wine. 

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Chocolate Hazelnut Tart Serves 6–8

25 chocolate shortbread cookies or chocolate wafer cookies (approximately 2 inches each) ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder ¼ cup dark brown sugar ¼ teaspoon coarse salt ¼ cup unbleached pastry flour ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted 1 large egg yolk extra cocoa powder and butter to prep pan ¼ cup toasted hazelnuts Chocolate Hazelnut Ganache Filling (recipe follows) Optional: edible gold leaves, found at specialty bake stores or online Preheat oven to 325º. In a food processor pulse cookies, cocoa powder, sugar, salt and flour until combined. The texture should be like coarse crumbs. Remove mixture and place in a large bowl. Drizzle melted butter over cookie mixture and combine with your hands until the mixture holds together when pressed between two fingers. Add egg yolk and continue to mix completely. If the mixture is not holding together when pressed, add a little more melted butter—but not too much or the crust will be greasy. Butter a 9-inch nonstick fluted tart pan with removable bottom and dust with cocoa powder. Tap tart pan to distribute cocoa evenly. Press cookie crumbs into pan. Dust fingers with cocoa powder to prevent sticking, if necessary. Create an even and uniform crust, using the bottom of a glass to help press down the crumbs. Bake at 325º on a sheet tray for 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool and chill in refrigerator before filling. Lightly toast hazelnuts on a sheet tray in a 350º oven to enhance the flavor. Roll warm nuts in a clean kitchen towel to remove any loose skin. Reserve 6–8 whole nuts as top garnish, one per slice. Halve the remaining nuts and sprinkle on cookie crust. Pour warm Chocolate Hazelnut Ganache Filling on top of nuts in crust. Use an offset spatula to smooth top and distribute chocolate evenly. Tap and move tart pan from side to side on countertop to remove any surface bubbles (and/or prick with a toothpick). Chill overnight in the refrigerator uncovered; carefully remove from tart pan before slicing. Top with whole hazelnuts (1 per slice) and edible gold leaf. CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT GANACHE FILLING 1 ¾ cups whole whipping cream 2 cups 60% bittersweet dark chocolate chips 1½ tablespoons Frangelico liquor 1 tablespoon unsalted butter ¼ cup toasted hazelnuts In a medium saucepan, heat whipping cream to a simmer and remove from heat once the edges begin to bubble. Don’t leave cream unattended while cooking, as it might overflow. Place chocolate chips in a large, heatproof bowl. Pour cream over the chocolate chips. Let mixture rest for 10 seconds and then slowly stir, increasing speed as chips melt and the liquid begins to thicken. When the chips are completely melted and the mixture is smooth, add Frangelico and butter; stir slowly until incorporated.

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s a sommelier, I have been lucky enough to travel to most of the major wine-producing regions in Italy. When The Thinking Traveller invited me on a trip to Sicily, I did indeed pause to think. I realized that perhaps I’d spent so much time exploring the proverbial boot that I’d somehow missed the football. I decided to give it a kick. I planned on a few days with fellow writers (hopefully witty and prone to drinking) and planned my childcare strategy (hopefully free and with Grandma and Grandpa). What I did not plan on was falling in love. I fell in love with Sicily—madly, deeply and irrationally so. I speak of it in besotted tones to anyone who’ll listen. Delete that Francis Ford Coppola soundtrack and related Hollywood caricatures from your mind and get to know the real Sicily. Because of its geolocation, Sicily is both an island nation-state and a water-crossroads. Because Sicily’s political affiliation with mainland Italy is relatively new, Sicilians consider themselves Sicilians first, Europeans second and occasionally Italians … but only if pressed. Variously visited by the Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Normans, Visigoths, Byzantines, Capetians and Habsburgs, it’s a rich cultural compost that nourishes a culinary tradition without par outside maybe Shanghai or New York City. The meals I ate in Sicily—whether casual trattoria fare by the sea, elaborately plated multi-course meals or simple breakfasts—rank as the best dining I’ve ever done. If you like to eat, you’ll love Sicily. If you like wine, you’ll love Sicily. If you like unspoiled beaches, you’ll love Sicily. If you like handsome men, you’ll love Sicily. Just saying. Our itinerary was confined to the southeastern part of Sicily, considered by many to be the gastronomical epicenter—no offense to Palermo on the other side. Flights go through Rome into Catania and are likely to be filled with tanned Romans on weekend break or savvy Europeans who appreciate the villa culture of the island. The Thinking Traveller specializes in villa rentals that cater to families or larger groups, in addition to its local concierge services, which are superb. (Ask for Max, the British ex-pat who speaks Sicilian with both mouth and heart after 20 years of living la dolce vita there.) For our stay we were booked into Don Arcangelo all’Olmo, or just Olmo for short, and I am fairly confident that the Lord Jesus Christ vacations there when on holiday from His other duties. It’s that divine. You can sip your coffee (espresso, and a short pull) on your private veranda as citrus mixed with saline tang scents the air. Surrounded by lush lemon orchards, Olmo is the crown jewel in their rental portfolio, and yes, it’s

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where Jude Law and other British celebs are prone to hide out with their kids. But it’s also a homey place where you can wander down to the kitchen and help yourself to another coffee, as those of us with Starbucks-sized caffeine needs did each morning. The vibe of Olmo reflects that of the region, as the day’s rhythms are decidedly dictated by meals. Sicilians’ staple breakfast items are fresh fruit and pastry, and this briosche is often stuffed with gelato, likely made with local pistachios. I told you you’d love Sicily, where they eat world-class ice cream in a bread bowl. For breakfast. And as a pasta course is ubiquitous at dinner, Sicily isn’t for the gluten-sensitive. As someone who survived a disastrous summer gig at Olive Garden as a teenager, I admit that I rarely eat pasta at home. (PTSD is real, folks.) But those gelatinous, gigantic masses of corporate pasta have little in common with their Sicilian forbearers where shape, texture and sauce always trump portion. A plate of pasta at dinner is typically half a cup—if that—but is prepared with meticulous detail. My favorite was the Pasta cu Maccu, a regional favorite done with fava bean purée. Sicilian cuisine reflects the staples of the classic Mediterranean diet—pasta, tomatoes, seafood, lemons, EVOO and herbs—but is enhanced with local specialties like capers, sardines, raisins, pistachios, eggplant, tuna, swordfish and red chilies. My own dogged, drought-plagued lemon tree here in Los Angeles can only aspire to the lemony-lemonness of Sicilian lemons. Cue Limoncello, as humans tend to ferment whatever is most bountiful.

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On the topic of fermentation, what mainly drew me to this part of Italy was the opportunity to walk the vineyards of Mount Etna. The wines produced in this region are lately the darlings of the sommelier community in the U.S.—and with good reason. If you’re looking for a textbook example of what the French call “terroir,” or place expressed in wine, this is it. One doesn’t need to be a wine expert to taste the impact of volcanic soil in this area, and Sicily’s relative isolation from mainland Italy means its native varieties continue to flourish. Here, nerello mascalese, carricante and cataratto dominate, although international grapes like chardonnay and merlot have been more recently introduced. The must-see winery is Planeta, a family operation run by three cousins who were determined to prove that Sicily could produce world-class wines. That Sicilian wines get exported at all is largely due to their zealousness; otherwise, thirsty locals would jealously guard and drink them. Max also conveniently arranged to have Etna erupt while we were in the area, and while no one was in harm’s way, the sight of lava spewing into the evening air was indelibly dramatic. Now there’s a concierge for you. If pressed to pick a favorite day in Sicily, it would be a tossup between these two: a market morning spent in Siracusa, the legendary Greek town that defeated Athens in 413 and that gave us Archimedes, or hiking on Mount Etna with Lorenzo, our Italian vulcanologist who looks like JFK Jr. crossed with Brad Pitt. It was easy to stumble on that hike.

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For foodies, the legendary market of Siracusa is truly without compare. You can wander for hours amidst astonishing mountains of still-warm vegetables, nuts and citrus while fishmongers expertly hawk their wares with knives sparkling in the sun. The sheer sensory experience of the market is itself a holiday. It’s the finest farmers market you’ll ever find—you can trust this thinking traveller. And because I spent my childhood summers exploring Yellowstone National Park, I’ve always had a thing for geothermal activity. Hiking on Mount Etna is the real deal: strenuous and exhilarating and dangerous. Hire a guide from Etna Finder, and cross your fingers that you get Lorenzo, who besides being gorgeous is more importantly an impressive polymath who speaks something like seven languages. You’re welcome. I recently opened a new savings account, and no, it’s not for my kids’ college expenses. It’s for my next big birthday, which I plan to spend at Olmo with my closest girlfriends. Sicily is magic, and I can’t wait to go back (and eat, eat, eat) again. 

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Businesses Give Back “Businesses should look for causes their customers are passionate about and connect with those organizations to see what opportunities there may be to partner, even at a micro level. Terranea’s Full Moon Yoga came from a place of celebrating our beautiful, natural environment while giving back to the community.” – SHARON HOLTZ, THE SPA AT TERRANEA

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

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168 SCHNEIDER PROPERTIES/PALM REALTY BOUTIQUE Giveback Homes

171 KENDRA SCOTT Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach

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172 KELLOGG GARDEN PRODUCTS South Coast Botanic Garden

170 MOSS ADAMS Manhattan Beach Education Foundation

173 RYAN WEALTH MANAGEMENT GROUP/WELLS FARGO ADVISORS Manhattan Beach Rotary

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Businesses Give Back LUANN DEVELOPMENT LuAnn Fabian Owner

P.O. Box 1911 | Redondo Beach 310-428-3578 | luanndev.com

FAST FACT LuAnn has been personally instrumental in raising more than $13,000 for Corazón de Vida and continues to support students with college expenses and dental work.

Tell us about Corazón de Vida.

“In the past 22 years, the Corazón de Vida (CDV) Foundation has grown from supporting one orphanage to more than 10 orphanages throughout northern Baja. CDV’s mission is to end child abandonment by breaking the cycle of poverty. Each month the foundation coordinates volunteer bus visits from Los Angeles, Irvine and San Diego to the orphanages, taking more than 800 visitors a year. Donations of food, supplies, gifts and other life necessities are delivered during this multi-purpose trip. I took my first trip to the orphanages supported by the CDV in January and have been down to visit a total of 13 times so far this year.”

Do you involve your customers in supporting Corazón de Vida?

“Absolutely! I notify my clients and the people I work with when I am making a trip down to visit the children, and the donations just fly in. People want to help, but they just don’t know how. It’s up to me to ask—and when you ask, those who have a desire will help however they can. I have left my house in the morning and come home to find my entire front entry full of supplies to take to the children. It’s a great feeling knowing you are an instrument and allowing people to help when and where they can.”

What are the biggest benefits of making social responsibility a priority?

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capable at this time in their lives to help themselves.”

Tell us about one of your favorite experiences when you volunteered with CDV.

“In February I visited the Hacienda Orphanage, along with Sandra Franco of Carpet Pros and a few other mutual girlfriends. This orphanage has about a dozen teenage girls, and we decided to do something special for them. I reached out to one of my clients, Kim Magee who worked at Too Faced, and they supplied gift bags of makeup for each girl. They were valued at more than $200 per bag, which was beyond my wildest dreams for a donation. While on this trip one of the teen girls was in desperate need of braces, on the ride home the group leader asked for donations to get her braces, and Sandra and I were able to fund the entire amount. Corazón de Vida has kept in touch with us on her progress, and last month I revisited Hacienda and for the first time in almost a year saw that teen comfortably smile. My heart was so full that day, knowing her smile was because she was feeling better about herself and I was a very small part of making that happen.”

How do you build philanthropic relationships within our community?

“Since doing this work I have found that many people want to donate and supply assistance but just don’t how. In the simple act of being the vehicle of delivery, many have come together to send supplies, donate money and become a part of this without having to travel to Mexico. I think when people are all working toward a common goal—making our world a better place to live— you feel much more connected than you do when you just have a business relationship. Many of my business relationships have flourished as a direct result of being committed to Corazón de Vida as partners.”

What’s most rewarding about your work?

“When I leave Mexico, I cannot wait to go back to see the children. I know the little bit of time I spend there shows these children that someone cares about them and is willing to spend time with them. Their smiles, their hugs, their laughter keeps taking me back month after month.”

Do you host events to help the public learn about important topics?

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amily-owned and operated since 2007, LuAnn Development is managed by owner/ general contractor LuAnn Fabian and her son, Dominic Rouzaud. Along with a team of subcontractors, they offer services that range from a simple bathroom remodel to brand new, single family home construction. LuAnn’s team also provides full interior and exterior design services. The company supports the Corazón de Vida Foundation, a nonprofit organization established in 1994 that provides support for orphanages throughout Baja California, Mexico.

“Stay tuned for a special event announcement celebrating LuAnn Development’s 10-year anniversary servicing the South Bay with building services, which will include a fundraiser to support Corazón de Vida. Details will be available in the spring.”

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CORAZÓN DE VIDA 949-476-1144 corazondevida.org

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Businesses Give Back CUSTOM DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION 2001 East Mariposa Avenue El Segundo 310-815-4815 | VisitCustomDesign.com

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ustom Design & Construction is a design/build firm that specializes in every aspect of home remodeling, including architecture, engineering, interior design, project management and financing. Bill Simone and his wife, Jana, founded the company in 1986.

Tell us about Kings Care Foundation.

“Custom Design & Construction is proud to support the Kings Care Foundation, an award-winning, nonprofit children’s charity of the LA Kings. Formed in 1996, the Kings Care Foundation has donated more than $9 million in monetary and in-kind support to local organizations. Among the foundation’s ongoing pledges to the city of Los Angeles is a $1 million commitment to the departments of neurosurgery and pathology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, a $1 million donation to Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times to fund the construction of the camp’s Dining Hall and Activity Center, and a $2.5 million commitment to Discovery Cube Los Angeles to construct and maintain the Science of Hockey educational exhibit. Community programs such as Fit To Be King Runners Club, Bailey’s LA Kings Royal Readers and LA Kings Street Knights serve as cost-free or low-cost resources for the local community. It is through these grassroots initiatives, among others, that the team is able to effect positive change and promote health, education and recreation in LA.”

How did you choose to support this charity?

“We like to joke that we support the Kings Care Foundation because we are neighbors in El Segundo and our president, Bill Simone—a collegiate hockey player himself, is a die-hard Kings fan. However, we support the Kings Care Foundation because of its commitment to creating opportunities, raising funds and driving awareness for educational, recreational and health-related causes that we believe in. It’s inspiring that the foundation’s passion is to drive immediate results in our shared communities.”

Do you involve your customers in supporting the Kings Care Foundation?

“We love inviting our clients and trade partners to support the Kings Care Foundation with us. We find that when our clients are involved, it gives them more insight into Custom Design & Construction’s core values and helps drive additional support to the charity. It’s a win-win!”

How does community involvement translate to higher employee morale?

“Supporting the Kings Care Foundation impacts our employee morale as it allows us to bond over a good cause. It has allowed us to learn more about each other’s personal lives and what we are all passionate about.”

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Does your staff join you in your charitable efforts?

“Absolutely! Our staff enjoys supporting the Kings Care Foundation, especially the events. In September we sponsored the packet pick up, day-of booth sponsorship and even some competitive running in the 5K benefiting the Hydrocephalus Association. Since our team enjoys living a healthy lifestyle, we were eager to participate and are already planning our ‘team shirts’ for next year.”

FAST FACT Custom Design & Construction has twice been named Chrysalis Remodeler of the Year and is a three-time winner of California Remodeler of the Year, eight-time Qualified Remodeler Top 500 recipient and a Remodeling magazine Big 50 member.

What is on your bucket list?

“Custom Design & Construction is working with the Kings Care Foundation to produce an idea that has been in the works for a few months now. We are both excited to announce that we are planning to repurpose an old LA Kings ice cream truck and turn it into a mobile bathroom. Custom Design & Construction will implement the bathroom into the truck and the truck will be driven around downtown Los Angeles to serve the homeless community. Not only is this project creative and innovative, but it really will make a difference to our community. We can’t wait to finally make this idea into a reality and give the homeless community a feeling of home.”

Why work with a design/build firm?

“Because we design what we build and build what we design, Custom Design & Construction delivers unsurpassed value, job after job, time after time. Many of our projects receive national recognition including such prestigious awards as the Chrysalis Project of the Year, Qualified Remodeler Master Design Award and Professional Remodeler Industry Innovator of the Year, amongst many others.”

Tell us about your complimentary seminars.

“Any home remodeling project, large or small, is a big undertaking. Besides the financial investment, most remodels mean at least some disruption to your home life. That’s why it is so important to know exactly what to expect and to plan accordingly. Complimentary remodeling seminars at Custom Design & Construction are the perfect starting point for any major home improvement project. They will arm you with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions.”

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KINGS CARE FOUNDATION 310-535-4466 nhl.com/kings/community/kings-care

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AMARA RUGS

Adeel Malik & Nabeel Malik 23645 Madison Street Torrance 310-378-6999 amararugs.com

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mara Rugs is a South Bay-based, familyowned firm specializing in hand-knotted rugs including custom rugs. Owners Adeel Malik, senior partner, and Nabeel Malik, senior product designer, work to establish and nurture ties with skilled craftspeople from around the globe.

What would you like potential clients to know about Amara Rugs?

“Our goal is to connect people with art and natural materials. One of the things that is unusual about the work we do is that we focus on textural details, starting with the weft—or foundation—of a carpet. Then we work our way up using the best possible natural materials for either a traditional or a modern design. We are very aware of our responsibility for sustainable products, and for that reason we use mostly natural materials. No machines of any type are used in the making of our carpets; everything is done by hand. Every rug we make brings art and natural materials together. We make the most unique and beautifully constructed hand-knotted rugs.”

How does your firm help those in need?

“‘No child labor’ has become a rallying cry for consumers; however, refusing to employ children is just not enough. We work with weavers in areas where people are less fortunate and they struggle to fulfill even their basic living needs. In Lahore, Pakistan, with the help of local bodies, we provide opportunities to our weavers’ children for no-cost education. Health care is another issue in these areas. We have set up a facility where special care is offered to expecting mothers. It costs them Rs 5 (5 cents) to deliver a baby.”

Do you involve your customers in your charitable efforts?

“Yes we do. Last April when Nepal was hit with a devastating earthquake, we requested that some of our clients allow us to move their custom rug production to Nepal. In volume it makes a huge difference. The family of one of our weavers—who lost their home—insisted they would not accept any financial help. They just needed more work. This story was a very emotional experience for us. Our clients were supportive and kind enough to let us

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do this, and most of the profits were reinvested among these families in Nepal.”

What are the biggest benefits of making social responsibility a priority?

“It is a very important factor for us both in the U.S and overseas. We love what we do and so do our weavers. Our company culture allows everyone to experiment with creative ventures, especially in some rural areas of third-world countries when we are able to provide enough wages and facilities so weavers feel less worried about making ends meet. We see a positive impact not only on our weavers but as a whole for smaller rural communities.”

Tell us about your efforts to make your product and process sustainable.

“Most of the dyes used in our rugs are plant-derived and gathered within the local region where they are produced. The production of our rugs does not rely on electricity, which reduces the carbon footprint of our rug production significantly. This translates into a great sustainable product for our end user in the U.S.”  

How do you make your customers happy?

“The most important aspect of our custom rugs process comes by understanding the needs of our clients. Our teams at our four offices—in Nepal, India, Pakistan and Turkey—work together to bring our clients’ visions to completion. It’s about creating rugs people love, that people want to look after and pass on to the next generations. Our clients enjoy the details of their rug every time they look at it … that is what we are after!”

What is on your bucket list?

“We want to create a line of rugs for kids designed by kids, where we will take a kid’s drawing or artwork and convert it into a handmade rug. I saw my niece make beautiful drawings, and her parents placed them on the fridge and framed some. But we can make them into long-lasting floor art. We want to donate all the profits from this line to all the small efforts we are making. The target price will be a very reasonable $1,000 for a 5x7 rug, and in a couple of years we should be able to generate $2 million for donations.”

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FAST FACT Amara Rugs has four offices overseas: Nepal, India, Pakistan and Turkey.

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UNITY OF LIFE FOUNDATION, INC. 562-225-0566 | unityoflife.org

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Businesses Give Back BEZAIRE, LEDWITZ & ASSOCIATES, APC

Samuel B. Ledwitz & Devona E. Chiles

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he Law Firm of Bezaire, Ledwitz & Associates, APC assists clients in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, probate and estate litigation. Owner Samuel B. Ledwitz started the firm in 2007, the same year paralegal Devona E. Chiles founded Unity of Life, an organization that works to prevent and eliminate homelessness through family preservation and unification of communities. Ledwitz is a board member of Unity of Life, and his law firm donates to the charity’s Community Cares Program, which provides utility assistance and toiletry care packages to low/ moderate income individuals and families in need. The program is supported solely by the generous donations of individuals and companies in the community.

involvement, especially at the local level. Helping with a local charity allows people to see firsthand the positive impact a little effort can have on those in need. They are often inspired to get involved.”

Do you host events to help the public learn about important topics?

“There was a time in my life where I was a substitute school teacher. I always found great joy in seeing a kid’s face light up as he understood what I was teaching him. Education is so important. When I look to get involved in a charity, much of what I do is geared toward inner-city children and serving needs that will ultimately help them get to school and thrive in the classroom. This might be putting food in a child’s belly, or it might be making sure he gets dental care. I just want the kid’s face to light up. So I get involved with charitable organizations—such as Unity of Life and others— that do this good work.”

“Yes, we hold seminars on a regular basis to help individuals and families with their estate planning needs. These seminars are always free of charge and cover a number topics associated with estate planning and the current legal landscape.”

What’s one simple way a local business can reach out and make a difference?

“Get involved with a nonprofit organization that has a mission you can get behind. Figure out how your business can best serve a need—whether that be donating funds, sponsoring a specific program or event, or volunteering your time or expertise. What may appear as a small gesture on a business’ part may have a significant impact on the charity and the people they reach out to. Businesses should not hesitate to do so as often as possible.”

Do you involve your customers in supporting the worthy causes that you support?

“We often advise clients on charitable giving strategies as part of their estate planning process and make it known that as a firm we are involved with certain nonprofits and causes. However, it is important that our clients be encouraged to support causes that are personally significant to them. We take great pride in advising our clients through this process.”

How do you build philanthropic relationships within our community?

How does community involvement translate to higher employee morale?

“Employees feel good knowing that they are making a difference in their community, which translates into higher fulfillment in the workplace. It also facilitates relationshipbuilding and comradery among the employees themselves as they work toward a common goal.”

Who or what has had a positive impact on your life and influenced you to become a philanthropist?

Tell us about one of your favorite experiences when you volunteered with a charitable cause. “I was chairman of the board of a charter school in Long Beach, and we had someone come and provide eye exams for all the kids. Out of the 100 or so kids, seven of them needed glasses. How can you do schoolwork if you can’t see? It was really cool to be a part of that.”

What’s most rewarding about your work?

“I love the diversity of the people who come into my office. Our clients are the most incredible people, and interacting with them is incredibly rewarding on both a business and personal level. Plus, I never come in and have the same day as yesterday. It’s always different because my clients are all unique and deal with unique issues.”

What is on your bucket list?

“To create my own charitable foundation.”

“Regular engagement—not just when it is convenient but rather when it is needed most.”

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Does your staff join you in your charitable efforts?

Samuel has worked in law for 18 years and started his own firm nine years ago.

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GIVEBACK HOMES 310-545-4343 givebackhomes.com

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chneider Properties is a full-service, luxury real estate team representing buyers and sellers in the South Bay. As a lifelong resident and native, Nick Schneider—along with his team—specializes in single-family residential, new development, investment opportunities and residential leasing. Nick is also the founding member of Giveback Homes, a community of real estate professionals committed to social change by helping build homes for deserving families in both the developing world and locally.

How did Giveback Homes get started?

“I was searching for an avenue to incorporate giving into my everyday business, and it was through a conversation with my client during the purchase of his home that Giveback Homes was formed. My client was committed to bringing social change to the world, and real estate was the perfect platform to be able to turn a home transaction into a home for a deserving family.”

Do you host events to help the public learn about important topics?

“We’ve participated in local build days throughout Los Angeles and shared our involvement with the community in various ways, encouraging other Realtors and clients to join the Giveback Homes movement. The more members involved, the bigger the impact and difference we can all make together.”

Do you involve your customers in supporting the worthy causes that you support?

“For every home that I help buy or sell, I make a contribution in my client’s name to help build a home for a family in need. To date, I’ve been fortunate enough to build 10 complete homes for families in need.”

What are the biggest benefits of making social responsibility a priority?

“By embedding and operating our business with social responsibility, we have turned our interactions with our clients into an opportunity to make a difference for another family in need. This directly benefits the relationships we have with our clients, further strengthening the connection by building and maintaining trust. Giveback Homes provides tangible results by sharing stories, photos and updates of the families we are helping.”

What’s most rewarding about your work?

SCHNEIDER PROPERTIES/ PALM REALTY BOUTIQUE Nick Schneider, Realtor®

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“Seeing the impact a new home has on a family who was living in dire conditions is truly special. The act of buying or selling a home through us not only involves our clients in the process but also demonstrates their commitment to social change.”

FAST FACT To date Nick has built 10 complete homes for families living in extreme poverty.

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FEATURED CHARITIES PALOS VERDES PENINSULA LAND CONSERVANCY, HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES, VISTAS FOR CHILDREN, INC., CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY REDONDO BEACH, PANCREATIC CANCER ACTION NETWORK, TOYS FOR TOTS

THE SPA AT TERRANEA Sharon Holtz Spa Director

100 Terranea Way Rancho Palos Verdes 310-265-2740 Terranea.com/Spa

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he Spa at Terranea offers a full menu of wellness treatments including massage, facials, and hair and nail care. The spa’s fitness center and movement studio feature an array of classes and personal training options, and the Spa Café features healthy fare, including breakfast all day. Terranea hosts a Full Moon Yoga event monthly, where participants give a charitable contribution and 100% of the donations go to a selected local charity.  

yoga practices offered in our movement studio, but the uniqueness of the Full Moon practice paired with charitable giving is quite alluring.”

regime, a new radiance from a spa treatment, a rich hair color or a charitable yoga practice—our guests depart feeling their best.”

“Keeping Full Moon Yoga such a successful event is a dedicated team effort. These events touch associates resort-wide, including our instructors, Spa coordinators who take reservations, our marketing and PR that spread the word, and associates who assist with the set-up and outreach to the charitable organizations.”

“The opportunity to become part of a community of people who have yoga, reflection and giving in common allows participants to feel just a bit more connected. In a time when people feel less connected to the world and people around them, Full Moon Yoga helps build that sense of community while reconnecting with nature and yourself. We have many members who enjoy our

“Our incredible team of yoga instructors is very eager to participate in leading the Full Moon Yoga classes. They also help spread the word on a grassroots level in the local yoga community. Associates know they are contributing to Terranea being a wellness resource for our community, while also raising awareness and proceeds for great partners.”

What’s most rewarding about your work?

How do the philanthropic efforts of your business make our community a better place?

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How does community involvement translate to higher employee morale?

“Our talented team of professionals in the Fitness and Wellness Center, The Spa and The Salon work together to make a positive impact on our guests’ wellbeing. They personalize our guests’ experience to create extraordinary moments and ensure that they leave with a sense of renewal. Perhaps it’s a new workout

Does your staff join you in your charitable efforts?

FAST FACT Terranea hosts a Seaside Yoga Gathering for the community each fall and offers complimentary yoga classes throughout September in honor of National Yoga Awareness Month.

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FEATURED CHARITY

MANHATTAN BEACH EDUCATION FOUNDATION 310-303-3342 | mbef.org

MOSS ADAMS

Jim Schlager, Principal 2121 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 2390 El Segundo 310-477-0450 mossadams.com/privateclients

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im Schlager is a principal partner of Moss Adams, a firm that helps families and business owners with their tax, accounting and financial needs. Jim has worked in the financial industry for more than 25 years. Moss Adams supports the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation, an organization that raises funds to supplement state funding for the community’s children.

FAST FACT This year’s annual Wine Auction raised more than $1 million in one evening for the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation.

How do you support MBEF?

“Moss Adams is a corporate sponsor of the annual MBEF Wine Auction, held at the Manhattan Beach Country Club. Moss Adams was also a corporate sponsor for the first annual MBEF Golf Tournament held at the Virginia Country Club. We are proud to be a part of

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such a great organization that helps support our schools and our kids!”

Why did your firm choose to support the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation?

“We chose MBEF because the focus is about developing our community’s kids, an important goal for the future strength and health of the community as these kids grow to be the next generation of leaders.”

Do you host events to help the public learn about important topics?

“We host an annual party benefiting MBEF. It’s typically held two weeks prior to the MBEF Manhattan Wine Auction.”

How do the philanthropic efforts of your business make our community a better place?

“Giving back, in my mind, is what brings our community together. To use a cliché, giving back is ‘the glue that holds us together.’ The

people of this community embody this sense of responsibility, and they value giving back both actively and financially. It’s part of what draws people here.”

Do you involve your customers in supporting the worthy causes that you support?

“Most of our clients are families. At the center of these families are their children—planning for them and helping ensure that they are taken care of. This is a value I share with my clients, and on a larger scale, one we all share at the firm.”

What are the biggest benefits of making social responsibility a priority? “Social responsibility is about selflessness, not its benefits to us. However, there are inherent benefits—such as a strong community and the development of the next generation of leaders, which result from these acts of selflessness—that are not only worthwhile but indispensable.”

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CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY REDONDO BEACH 310-376-3550 cancersupportredondobeach.org

KENDRA SCOTT The Point

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endra Scott is a fashion accessories brand sold at retailers and specialty boutiques worldwide. The brand boasts a thriving web business and more than 50 namesake stores across the country. Since opening in April, Kendra Scott has partnered with Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach through their Kendra Gives Back Initiative, hosting instore Kendra Gives Back events and partnered with the nonprofit organization on their annual Girls Night Out event.

How do the philanthropic efforts of your business make our community a better place?

“Reminding the community that giving back is the truest form of success is very important to us. When our customers know their purchase made a difference to a local nonprofit, they leave our store feeling a sense of community, reminding them that they are a part of something bigger.

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830 South Sepulveda Boulevard, Suite 114 El Segundo 424-277-3700 kendrascott.com Our Kendra Gives Back Initiative takes an act as simple as shopping and turns it into something meaningful. Our community is our family, and we make it our goal to work together in order to support our family in any way we can.”

Do your customers influence your choice of causes to support?

“Absolutely. At Kendra Scott, we live by the mantra: ‘What Matters to You, Matters to Us.’ We seek out the organizations that our local community’s heart beats for, and we do what we can to support.”

How does community involvement translate to higher employee morale?

“At Kendra Scott we stand behind three pillars: Fashion, Family, Philanthropy. We love fashion, treat our customers and coworkers like our sisters, and wholeheartedly believe that giving back is the truest form of success. Our dedication to these pillars leads to an extremely low turnover

rate. When you work for this company, you aren’t just supporting a retail business—you are supporting a community and the belief that there is always a way to make a difference.”

How do you build philanthropic relationships within our community?

“The South Bay has an undeniable and moving sense of community. Since opening our doors in April, we have made a number of incredible partners within the nonprofit world through different networking events, word of mouth and helpful introductions. It’s remarkable and truly wonderful to work in such a tight-knit community.”

FAST FACT Since opening in April, Kendra Scott has raised $21,000 for Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach.

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Businesses Give Back L to R: Kathryn Kellogg Johnson and Adrienne Nakashima, CEO, South Coast Botanic Garden Foundation

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family-owned and operated company for four generations, Kellogg Garden Products has been a source of organic products for gardeners since 1925. Kathryn Kellogg Johnson owns the company with her brother Hap Kellogg. Kathryn’s father, H. Clay Kellogg, was one of the founding members of South Coast Botanic Garden—an 87-acre Southern California garden whose mission is to serve the community by providing a unique horticultural and wildlife habitat experience and to represent a model of excellence for land reclamation and sustainability. Her mother, Janice Kellogg, served as a volunteer at the garden for many years.

How did you choose to support South Coast Botanic Garden?

“Kellogg Garden Products’ mission is closely aligned with that of the South Coast Botanic Garden. We both promote and create beautiful and sustainable environments.”

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Tell us about one of your favorite experiences when you volunteered with this charity.

“At the garden we have been donating and releasing ladybugs and mantids through our subsidiary, Organic Control Inc. Seeing children throughout the garden crouched down, full of animation and hearing their laughter was pure joy! Nothing seems to capture the fancy of the smallest gardeners better than bugs. When you have living and breathing critters that you have released into your garden, you are less likely to select a toxic chemical to deal with an infestation. It creates a new awareness of the natural and organic gardening practices Kellogg has advocated for decades.”

What’s most rewarding about your work?

“It’s hard to pick! The people, gardening, nature and the environmental impact of what we do are all equally rewarding. In our industry, people love the outdoors, care about our environment and

they make the world a more beautiful place. Gardening with organic products provides an exceptional quality of life. Growing one’s own food can be a family event; it impacts a family’s health and well-being, provides endless conversation about how we are connected to the earth, the food we are growing and preparing, and it provides the connection to the healthy homegrown food we set on the table. It is rewarding to know that the products we provide build healthy soil, protect water, reduce air pollution and waste, and save millions of gallons of water.”

FAST FACT H. Clay Kellogg had a vision of converting a landfill into a beautiful demonstration garden, and South Coast Botanic Garden is one of the first botanic gardens in the U.S. built on a sanitary landfill.

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Businesses Give Back FEATURED CHARITY

MANHATTAN BEACH ROTARY mbrotary.org

L to R: Mark Burton, presidentelect of MB Rotary Shannon Ryan, president of MB Rotary Lauren Ryan, president of MBMS Interact

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hannon Ryan is a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors. She is the president of Manhattan Beach Rotary, an organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace. Shannon is also a Provisional Patroness with the Manhattan–Hermosa chapter of NCL, led a Girl Scout Troop for four years, was a trustee on the Little Company of Mary Foundation Board for three years and was a member of Leadership Manhattan Beach class of 2011.

How did you choose to support Manhattan Beach Rotary?

“My father, grandfather and great-grandfather were Rotary presidents. This year I am honored to serve as the president of Manhattan Beach Rotary, a very special club. My Rotary journey started in 1987 when my sister and I were awarded Rotary scholarships to be exchange students in Japan; it was the same year that professional woman were allowed to become members of Rotary. The Rotary motto ‘Service Above Self’ has spanned generations in my family. I am proud that my daughter Lauren Ryan is now continuing the legacy as the president of Interact—the youth club of Rotary—at MBMS.”

Tell us about one of your favorite experiences with Rotary.

“Last year I worked with the Manhattan Beach Host Town Committee for the Special Olympics. Rotary sponsored a concert in the park for our teams from Hungary and Nepal. What touched me the most was the joy of Rotarians, the Special Olympic athletes, the Host Town Committee and the community guests dancing under the stars in Polliwog Park. My daughter said, ‘Mom, I am not sure who is special needs—us or the athletes. They see so much joy in the world.’ It is a moment I will never forget.”

How do you build philanthropic relationships within our community?

“When you work side by side for a common goal, bonds are created that last a lifetime. Those bonds strengthen our community and give hope for the future.”

What’s most rewarding about your work?

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Shannon Ryan, CFP®, Financial Advisor Senior Vice President Investments

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“I have always been intrigued by money, especially the behavioral side of investing. Educating clients on strategies they can use to achieve their financial goals is very rewarding.”

FAST FACT In addition to Shannon’s philanthropic work, she is an author, a public speaker and a blogger on financial literacy for children.

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LAST BUT NOT LEAST

What the Elf? Let’s give that creepy, pointy-eared spy an early Christmas vacation. Written by Emily DeRenzis, aka “Gelato Mama” | Illustrated by Christine Georgiades

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’m going to skip the mushy love stuff this time and get right to the point: I, Gelato Mama, hereby do declare that we need to come together as a community and rid our lives of The Elf on a Shelf. When did Santa stop being enough for our children? Here you will find my persuasive argument. Santa has been around for centuries. This is true because I read it on the internet when I Googled: “How long has Santa been around?” How long has Elf been around? Barely a decade. A decade of middle-of-the-night panic attacks, creepy and competitive hiding spots and countless four-letter words directed toward “That Lady Who Did This To Us.” Santa was a saint. He gave to people less fortunate than himself. He was a kind man who liked mothers; he didn’t have this weird, twisted need to make mothers feel badly about themselves if they hate a weird little doll with creepy eyes. Santa’s eyes are crinkly and happy, not all judge-y and disapproving like Elf’s. Elf is seriously overdoing it. Every night, Elf? Every. Damn. Night you need to go and tattle to Santa about what went down in the Gelato House? That’s aggressive.

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You should totally chill, Elf. Nobody likes a tattletale. Santa simply has sporadic visits here and there, checking in occasionally like a normal person because Santa is a forgiving, rational man who knows that little children can be jerks sometimes, and it’s not always their fault. You were tooootally teacher’s pet, weren’t you, Elf? Smirking up there in the front of the class. Pretty sure Santa was voted “Most Likely To Succeed.” Elf’s magic only exists if you don’t touch his precious little Elf Self. Here’s a magical little Elf who is friends with Santa! DON’T TOUCH HIM! HE’LL BURN IN ELF HELL! Santa’s magic knows no bounds. The man can pay a visit to every house in the land (in one night), leave gifts and stuff stockings without waking anyone, eat endless amounts of cookies without getting full. I mean, he rolls in a sleigh driven by flying reindeer, for God’s sake. How can we even compare this? It’s getting embarrassing that Elf is even a thing at all.  I don’t mean to sound harsh; I just want the simplicity of the belief in Santa to be enough for our children. It still is for me. Happiest of holidays to you and yours! 

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