Saturday, March 05, 2005

What's up in Palos Verdes

Happy Whale of a Day. The City of RPV and the Los Serenos docents hosted their annual festival celebrating the migration of the grey whales at Point Vicente next to the Interpretive Center. It's always a great event and today was no exception. I worked kids games at the humungous jumping on, crawling, falling, contraption that the little ones love. What a blast!

Several fascinating Library events are coming up.

On Tuesday March 15, 7:00 PM at Peninsula Center Library Kres Mersky performs The Life and Times of Albert Einstein. It's the great scientist seen through the critical eyes of his secretary.

In celebration of Women's History Month, on Tuesday March 22, 6:45 PM (refreshments) at Pen Center is a talk by Prof. Eileen Smith of Marymount College on Jane Austin, Her Life and Her Works.

Learn how to organize the clutter in your life at the Clutterology workshop on April 2, 1 - 4 PM at Malaga Cove Library.

To celebrate Shakespeare's birthday, on April 23 from 10 AM - 2 PM at Pen Center hear a reading of The Taming of the Shrew by the Shakespeare Festival/LA.

All these programs are FREE. You can help support the Library by using the web site to purchase your books and other stuff from Amazon; processing your visas at Peninsula Center; disposing your old printer cartridges at all branches; and donating all your excess books to the used book sales. The Friends recently passed a milestone. Since 1990 they have raised $1 million from the sale of used books. Don't forget to join (or renew) the Friends.

Friend Rori Roje, Library Director Kathy Gould and I met with Mike Lansing, Director of the Boys and Girls Club of the South Bay at the San Pedro Club. What a great place for the kids to hang and learn and play. Rori does a super job helping the high schoolers prepare for college application. Mike is looking into the possibility of opening a B&G Club on the Hill, near Peninsula Center. I really think this is a fab idea. Let your City Council know your thoughts.

With a group of friends I had lunch last Wednesday with Dr. Tom McFadden, President, at Marymount College. That place is a jewel of the Peninsula. Tom told us about the college history and that he assumed the presidency in 1992 after moving here from Rochester, NY, where I lived for most of my life. He was dean at St. John Fisher college where wife Lee graduated. After lunch we were given a tour of the college. They are hoping to expand the library, build a gym and dorms for some 200 students, all things that are needed. I hope the RPV Council will approve the plan.


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