Sunday, December 17, 2006

Palos Verdes Rocks

Every once in a while your palosverdesblogger writes a piece on Palos Verdes, not too often since it is hard to keep from bragging about this paradise we live in. One of the nice things about being an elected official is that you are invited to all the Christmas parties. (I’m glad that people have finally gone back to the traditional “Christmas” parties after a few years of using the PC “holiday.”) With four cities on the Hill, we get to attend four city parties, and several others hosted by homes associations, the Chamber of Commerce, the League of Women Voters, and several lesser organizations. It is a wonderful time.

The Rancho Palos Verdes city party was held at the newly opened Point Vicente Interpretive Center, our jewel of a natural history museum overlooking the Pacific.

Earlier that day I lectured to the new docent class on the Geological History of Palos Verdes, how two million years ago PV rose out of the Pacific Ocean and finally joined with the mainland LA basin about 100 thousand years ago. The docents were interested in my predictions about Palos Verdes in 100 thousand years from now.

If the geological future is like the past (a good bet), the PV hill will be 130 feet higher, reaching 1600 feet, the current beach will be the fourteenth terrace, slippage along the San Andreas Fault will have moved LA and Palos Verdes two miles closer to San Francisco and slippage along the Palos Verdes Fault will have moved us 1/6 mile closer to Santa Monica. Depending on whether we are in an Ice Age (likely) or into another interglacial period, the sea level will be 300 feet lower than now or at its present level. When the current global warming ends, land prices in Palos Verdes are going to be really, really, really … high.

The Rolling Hills Estates party/parade was a blast. The Library had a marching entry that won third place. Pictures are found on the Library web site at under Director Kathy Gould’s blog. I’m the guy in the long red coat with the tall black hat looking like a cross between a portly British Revolutionary War soldier and the Music Man. My friend James is the Lion King.

The Library has been hosting a combination art show and musical festival during December. “Art in Our Library” is a community art exhibit at the Peninsula Center Library. This year’s theme, “A Picture Tells a Thousand Words” features artwork from local and Southern California artists through January 8. Music in the Library featured harp, piano and flute performances thus far, with the following events upcoming (all at Peninsula Center Library):

Dec. 18 at 7PM -- JJ’s Sunset Syncopators Dixieland Jazz group
Dec. 19 at 4:30PM -- Los Cancioneros Master Chorale
Dec. 21 at 7PM -- PV Symphonic Brass Quintet
Dec. 22 at 4PM -- Dr. Linda Mazich Govel & Students, Piano Recital

Tonight at The Annex is a holiday mixer sponsored by Freedom4U.

The Annex is a teen center funded through a partnership of the Library District and doners, the Peninsula Friends of the Library and Freedom4U, a non-profit organization under the direction of Greg Allen. Freedom4U focuses on creative arts, leadership and community service that promotes these healthy and safe options to local teens. The party promises international appetizers and drinks, with music and comedy by teens. It’s time to go.

Rock On! – Palos Verdes.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now everyone will want to move here.


9:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dearest Palos Verdes Blogger/Docent/Ex-Rochesterian,

What beautiful pictures, and you and Lee are so fortunate to live in "paradise".

Merry Christmas from our hearts and home to yours,

Shari and Matt

11:21 AM  
Blogger pappy said...

Stated packing up already

12:44 PM  
Blogger fetching jen said...

Stifle yourself! It's 39 degrees in Sacramento today. Brrrrrrrr.

2:47 PM  
Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

12 19 06

Hey Bill:
I have never been to Palos Verdes, but just am quite curious. It looks absolutely stunning! I found the home page of the city and you really do live in paradise

Hey Pappy and FJ:)

9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dad, don't you miss the snow just a little bit????

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PV Rocks was a great post as I’m a big library USER AS WELL AS FREQUENT user of THE SHOPS NEXT TO THE Annex /// My hair, nails etc etc

Thanx for promoting it all.!!


7:09 PM  
Blogger Bill Lama said...

NO!! I can look at snow in the mountains above LA. It looks cold..... brrrrr

7:12 PM  

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