Esther Kang

Newly appointed Marymount president Dr. Lucas Lamadrid believes education is enhanced by a multinational student body

Newly appointed Marymount president Dr. Lucas Lamadrid believes education is enhanced by a multinational student body

by Esther Kang Just a few weeks into his presidency at Marymount California University, Dr. Lucas Lamadrid found himself in a dunk tank, at the urging of his neighbors. He’s living among university students in the school’s residence halls in San Pedro until his family joins him from North Carolina. “Then on Saturday I went…Read More→

 Esther Kang

Best Nursery 2016: Deep Roots

Best Nursery 2016: Deep Roots

For the sixth straight year, Deep Roots wins this Best of the Beach title for Best Nursery in the South Bay. Under the direction of John Bell, a former Mira Costa High School student, Deep Roots acts as much an informational resource for customers as it is a place to buy plants, particularly sustainable, drought-resistant…Read More→

 Esther Kang

Best Kids Land Camp 2016: AdventureCamp

Best Kids Land Camp 2016: AdventureCamp

Hosted inside AdventurePlex’s run-of-the-art facility, AdventureCamp is South Bay’s most popular land camp for kids ages 4 to 12. Activities include rock climbing, arts and crafts, music appreciation and other skill-building, self-esteem and social developmental activities. All camps are led by CPR and first aid-certified staff. AdventurePlex, 1701 Marine Ave, Manhattan Beach. 310-546-7708. adventureplex.org

 Esther Kang

Best Kids Indoor Play Facility 2016: AdventurePlex

Best Kids Indoor Play Facility 2016: AdventurePlex

Reigning titleholder AdventurePlex boasts an enticing facility with a five-level play structure with sports courts, two 35-foot high rock walls and a high ropes course. Located in Manhattan Beach, AdventurePlex is a part of a Beach Cities Health District program. The facility is not only open for kids but adults can enjoy it in team…Read More→

 Esther Kang

Best Medical Spa 2016: Spa Bella

As the first of its kind in the South Bay, Spa Bella offers a variety of beauty procedures in the comforts of a private day spa. Founded by Dr. Christine Petti, Bella takes on everything from non-invasive body contouring to light therapy and laser treatments, including liposuction, laser peels, skin rejuvenation, skin tightening and hair…Read More→

 Esther Kang

Best Cosmetic Surgeon 2016: Dr. Christine Petti

Best Cosmetic Surgeon 2016: Dr. Christine Petti

For a third-running year, Dr. Christine Petti of Palos Verdes Plastic Surgery Medical Center has been deemed South Bay’s favorite cosmetic surgeon. With 30 years of experience under her belt, Dr. Petti prides herself on achieving maximal results at minimal risk. When she’s not at her private practice, Dr. Petti provides her expertise on television…Read More→

 Esther Kang

Best Kids Birthday Party Location 2016: My Gym

Best Kids Birthday Party Location 2016: My Gym

For South Bay kids from 1 year to 8 years old, a birthday celebration at My Gym could be the best gift. With events ranging from zip line, bubble storm, circus tent adventures to cannon rides, puppet shows and sing-a-longs, the entire facility is transformed into a party palace for the birthday child and his…Read More→

 Esther Kang

Best Kids Camp 2016: Champ Camp

Best Kids Camp 2016: Champ Camp

A day at Champ Camp, one thing is guaranteed: your kids will be outside moving around and enjoying it. With an array of activities that includes relay races, arts and crafts, beach basketball, soccer, fort building, boogie boarding and charades, the Manhattan Beach-based summer beach camp prides itself on its open-ended approach to the program….Read More→

 Esther Kang

Best Fresh Produce 2016: Grow

Best Fresh Produce 2016: Grow

Grow is growing. In addition to expanding its flagship in Manhattan Beach, the grocery store opened a second location in downtown Los Angeles this past fall. “It’s been a good step up,” owner Barry Fisher said. “Our customers have been happy because we’re offering more products than ever before.” Its expanded repertoire of produce aside,…Read More→

 Esther Kang

Best Spa 2016: Trilogy

Best Spa 2016: Trilogy

Manhattan Beach’s Trilogy Spa, which celebrates its 10-year anniversary this month, continues to evolve beyond the scope of a typical organic day spa. By customer demand, the spa recently unveiled an express menu as well as a revamped retail section that includes a new line of wellness and active wear and spa tools. Most notably,…Read More→

 Esther Kang

PENINSULA LITERATURE: ‘White Road of Thorns’

PENINSULA LITERATURE: ‘White Road of Thorns’

A longtime Rancho Palos Verdes resident honors her mother’s legacy in a new book detailing firsthand accounts of the Japanese-American experience during WWII Mary Yoko Nakamura was just 12 years old when the Pearl Harbor bombings ignited a war between her motherland and adopted home. The Hawaiian born Japanese-American citizen does not remember too many…Read More→

 Esther Kang

DRONE ON

DRONE ON

A Palos Verdes father and son team serve the U.S. military with their meticulous–and discreet–inventions   No signage offers any clues about the nature of the business that takes place inside the beige-bricked building tucked across the street from Lawndale High School. For the Herbrandsons, who have occupied the space since 1974, discretion is key….Read More→

 Esther Kang

PENINSULA ARTS: Choral magic

PENINSULA ARTS: Choral magic

Dr. Joanna Medawar Nachef, the first female conductor from the Middle East, forms her own choral group for her adopted hometown of Palos Verdes High up on a wall in Dr. Joanna Medawar Nachef’s modest office at El Camino College hangs an old black and white page from a newsletter that dates back to Nov….Read More→

 Esther Kang

PENINSULA MEMOIR: An honorable agent

PENINSULA MEMOIR: An honorable agent

Rolling Hills resident Darwin Horn, 90, lives to tell extraordinary tales as crew member on a WWII minesweeper ship and as longtime U.S. Secret Service agent guarding nine presidents   This past September, 90-year-old Darwin Horn was taken back to a time he lived on a ship with 105 other men. The tall, sprightly Rolling…Read More→

 Esther Kang

GRILL MASTER

GRILL MASTER

A lifelong welder and his wife develop a high-end line of weather resistant grills for beachside homes   One of the first investments that George and Mary Sandoval made when they moved into their new oceanside home in Palos Verdes 20 years ago was a top-of-the-line barbecue grill. The couple loved to cook outdoors. But…Read More→

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