Dr. Rev. Sunny Kang was just 21 years old — a college junior in Wisconsin — when he accidentally founded his first church.
Everyone has seen it, the movie poster for Bruce Brown’s “The Endless Summer.” John Van Hamersveld was barely into his 20s when he designed it on his kitchen table while living in Dana Point and working for John Severson at Surfer Magazine.
James W. Gruessing, Jr., the artistic director of Palos Verdes Performing Arts, though most of us still think of as simply “the Norris,” comes across as self-assured and commanding. And so, when asked about his initial interest in theater, his answer is surprising. “I was always a very shy kid,” he says. “I never wanted […]
by Robb Fulcher The Portuguese Bend National Horse Show was given little chance of success when it was founded 57 years ago. This month, from September 5 to September 7, the prestigious competition and family fair will celebrate its 57th year. The horse show has become one of the peninsula’s iconic events, earning national recognition […]
The Palos Verdes Art Center will present the 5K for Alzheimer’s Fun Run and Walk on Saturday, September 6 at 8 a.m. The 3.1 mile course will start and finish at the Art Center. The run will coincide with an exhibit at the center titled, “Floating Man: The sketchbook Drawings of David Rinehart,” which opened […]
by Robb Fulcher The Norris Center for the Performing Arts is experiencing a growth spurt at age 32, with fresh community outreach efforts, bold additions to its state-of-the-art theater and pavilion, and a name change to Palos Verdes Performing Arts. The impetus for much of the center’s change came from a marketing survey headed by […]
If you appreciate classic cars, the sight of them on the road makes your pulse beat a little faster. This is the environment they were built for, withthe engines roaring or put-putting and showing their striking silhouettes among modern, cookie-cutter vehicles. Peninsula residents enjoy a hefty dose of that experience one Saturday a year, when […]
Shortly after retiring in 2000 as president of toy maker giant Mattel, where he spent 22 years, Ned Mansour became the caretaker of Mattel executive Joe McKay. Mansour’s friend had been diagnosed with colon cancer. For six months, Mansour drove McKay to medical appointments at UCLA and ran errands for him. McKay was divorced and […]
I have long been a fan of “They Have A Word For It,” a book about language that illustrates the ways in the ways that complicated ideas can be expressed in a single word. There are words in other cultures that mean, “the person in an office who always seems to be wandering around” and […]
When Robert Lansdorp’s daughter Stephanie threw a surprise 75 th birthday party for her dad at the West End Racquet & Health Club last November 15, it quickly morphed into something much more than just a party. “It became a celebration of his life and the positive influence he’s had on so many people,” recalled […]
Tackling the Tasmanian devil-Jack Bark and two Aussies paddle across 190 miles of bad water, from from Australia to Tasmania
Jack Bark grew up in a household obsessed. His father Joe Bark, the legendary waterman and founder of Bark Paddleboards, taught him the beauty of the ocean at an early age. Now, 20-year-old Jack has become a legendary paddleboarder himself, conquering races across the globe while passing competitors atop his family’s boards. “I’ve been paddleboarding […]
It all started three years ago, when Heffernan-Schrader spotted a patch of dirt at the driveway of her daughter’s preschool, Valmonte Early Learning Academy.
This spectacular film is a comprehensive look at the history of surfing, from its origins as a tiny subculture to its widespread resurgence – and surfers’ ongoing obsession with the sport. Stacy Peralta directs this critically lauded opener to the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.CMA is turning the film screenings into a surfing celebration! Wear Hawaiian shirts, check out vintage a vintage woody wagon and surfboards and enjoy good eats from the “Meat in the Middle” food truck. (Ten percent of food sales will be donated to FRIENDS of CMA.)
Three years ago David Stanton retired from his career as a school teacher and literacy specialist. He is now busier than ever. For starters, he was appointed musical director of the Palos Verdes Symphonic Band in May of 2011. As the director, he is in charge of rehearsing the 70-member ensemble, planning their musical programs […]
PENINSULA CHARITIES – Outward turning: Volunteer extraordinaire Marion Martelli, who devotes herself to the struggling and less fortunate, begins to look to ‘legacy’
by Robb Fulcher Marion Martelli doesn’t take her life on the Peninsula for granted. Moved by the struggles of others, she has served less fortunate people for decades. She has helped connect countless people with everything from homes, jobs, books and toothbrushes to education, and has helped female students struggle for equality in traditionally male-dominated […]