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Annual YMCA Tree Lot Open for Business

Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

By LILY TINOCO | Reporter

What better way is there to get into the spirit of the holidays than with a freshly cut tree?

Community members are invited to choose theirs with help from the Palisades-Malibu YMCA at its annual Christmas Tree Lot.

The tree lot offers a variety of fresh, first-cut trees from Oregon, showcasing a selection from table-top-sized to 13 feet. This year’s choices include Vintage, Nordmann and Noble Firs, with prices that range from $40 to $650.

Jim Kirtley, executive director of Palisades-Malibu YMCA, explained that the tree lot is an annual fundraiser for the YMCA. All proceeds stay local to help support different scholarships and programs.

“You’re spending money in your community, and it’s coming right back and staying in your community, helping other families,” Kirtley said to the Palisadian-Post. “It’s all about paying your own community forward.”

Kirtley said although he has been working the tree lot since the year 2000, it has been a tradition since at least the ’80s.

“I know it’s been happening long before me,” Kirtley said with a laugh, “maybe that’s a question we can ask the readers.”

This year’s tree lot will be slightly different, due to COVID-19 protocols in place throughout the county of Los Angeles and state of California: Kirtley said guests will be asked three wellness questions, and temperatures will be taken ahead of entering the lot.

The lot opened its doors to community members on Tuesday, December 1. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 3 to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., until the trees sell out.

This season, the tree lot is located at Simon Meadow Field at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Temescal Canyon Road.

Kirtley, who reported a great turnout to this year’s annual pumpkin patch event, which ran through the month of October, hopes the tree lot receives the same support.

“We had a much better year this year than last,” he said.

Additional Countywide Restrictions in Place as COVID-19 Surge Continues

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

Taking another step back in the path to reopening, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a temporary order requiring additional safety measures that took effect Monday, November 30, and extend through December 20.

“With the recent surge of COVID-19 across our community, we must take additional safety measures to reduce the risk of illness and death from this terrible virus and protect our healthcare system,” Director of Public Health Dr. Barbara Ferrer shared in a statement released Friday, November 27. “These targeted measures are in effect for the next three weeks, and still allow for many essential and non-essential activities where residents are always masked and distanced.”

Los Angeles County established thresholds on November 17 for additional actions if the five-day average of cases is 4,500 or more or hospitalizations are more than 2,000 per day.

Public Health is requesting that individuals remain in their homes and with their immediate households as much as possible, as well as reduce time spent with others outside of the household.

When it comes to gatherings, “all public and private gatherings with individuals not in your household are prohibited, except for church services and protests, which are constitutionally protected rights.”

Other restrictions include occupancy limits at various businesses, including 35% at essential retail, 20% at non-essential retail, 20% at personal care services and 50% at fitness centers with outdoor operations.

Museums galleries, zoos, aquariums and botanical gardens operating outdoors, as well as mini-golf, batting cages and go-kart racing, are all limited to 50% maximum occupancy.

According to the order, beaches, trails and parks remain open, but gathering at these sites with members outside of the household is prohibited.

“Golf courses, tennis courts, pickleball, archery ranges, skate parks, bike parks and community gardens remain open for individuals or members of a single household,” according to the order. “Pools that serve more than one household may open only for regulated lap swimming with one person per lane.”

Cardrooms and playgrounds—except those at childcare and schools—are closed under the updated order.

Schools and day camps may remain open adhering to reopening protocols, and K-12 schools and day camps with an outbreak—three cases or more over 14 days—should be closed for 14 days.

These updated restrictions follow last week’s Public Health Order, which stopped in-person dining and drinking at restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries throughout the county beginning Wednesday evening, November 25.

“There are 2,316 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 24% of these people are in the ICU,” according to information provided by Public Health on Tuesday, December 1. “The daily number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 has increased nearly every day since November 1 when the daily number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 was 799.”

As the Post went to print Tuesday, the number of positive cases of COVID-19 had reached 408,396 across the county when factoring in Long Beach and Pasadena, with 7,700 deaths. The number of positive cases reached 235 in Pacific Palisades, with 54 additional cases reported in Palisades Highlands.

“We know we are asking a lot from so many who have been sacrificing for months on end and we hope that LA County residents continue following Public Health safety measures that we know can slow the spread,” Ferrer concluded. “Acting with collective urgency right now is essential if we want to put a stop to this surge.”

Governor Gavin Newsom warned of potential additional statewide orders, but more detailed information was not yet available as the Post went to print.

Thanksgiving Interfaith Service Encourages Community to Gather Virtually in Gratitude

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben
Photo courtesy of Pacific Palisades Interfaith Clergy

By LILY TINOCO | Reporter

The Pacific Palisades Interfaith Clergy invited community members to a virtual Thanksgiving event on Monday evening, November 23—with a theme of “gathering as a community in gratitude.”

In previous years, attendees have congregated in-person at various locations, including Corpus Christi Church and Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine, for the service. More than 150 community members found a new way to come together due to the COVID-19 pandemic: Zoom.

“It’s a little different this year, obviously, than it’s been in the past,” Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben of Kehillat Israel Reconstructionist Congregation said at the start of the event. “We have this unique opportunity to welcome you from wherever you may be, literally in the entire world, to share this profound moment of gratitude together with all of us.”

Reuben, the official host of this year’s event, said the best message he can share with everybody in attendance is to search for the blessings in everyday life, no matter how small.

“Every single night, I take out a gratitude journal and I write three things I’m grateful for that day,” Reuben said. “Forces me to think back about that day and find the blessings within the challenges of my life … imagine if that’s how we greeted every single day, as a blessing treasure hunt.

“Where can I find that blessing? Perhaps in the extended hand of a loved one or a phone call, or in a memory, or in looking out through the window and seeing the beauty of where you live.”

Additional speakers throughout the event emphasized the challenges presented this year, but reassured attendees that there are still plenty reasons to be thankful.

Clergy from Corpus Christi Church, Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church, Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine, Community United Methodist Church of Pacific Palisades, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Palisades Lutheran Church and Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church spoke and were in attendance.

The virtual event featured a number of performances throughout the night, including the Palisades Presbyterian Chancel Choir rendition of “The Call of Wisdom,” music director Ross Chitwood of the Palisades Community United Methodist Church, Joe and Cyndi Ramirez from the Palisades Lutheran Church, and organist and musician Haesung Park from Saint Matthew’s.

“We can be thankful for the unexpected blessings that have come our way as a result of what this year has brought us,” Reverend Grace Park from Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church said. “Unexpected blessings such as friendship, the acts of love that we’ve encountered, the gift of comfort in our loneliness, the gift of patience and also the gift of wisdom to be able to see beyond what we are in right now.

“We come from many different faith traditions … but we can all come to the table in one spirit tonight: the spirit of Thanksgiving, giving thanks for what we see in our lives.”

The Gift of Giving

Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

Vittorios Owners Mercedes and Vanessa Pellegrini Donate to “Happy Trails”

By STEVE GALLUZZO | Sports Editor

’Tis the season for giving, and Mercedes Pellegrini and her daughter Vanessa like to get into the spirit.

Owners of Vittorio Ristorante & Pizzeria, the family-friendly Italian restaurant known for its garlic rolls and pizzas, the Pellegrinis have tutored for School on Wheels in the past and, for the last three years, have donated to Happy Trails for Kids, an organization founded by Palisadian Pepper Edmiston.

Vittorios, located at 16646 Marquez Ave., has been in the neighborhood since 1984, and Mercedes has owned it since 1990. Vanessa is now part owner and although they both live in the San Fernando Valley (Mercedes in Calabasas; Vanessa in Woodland Hills), they feel a special connection to the Palisades community.

“We started this event in December 2010,” Vanessa said. “It was the same year I was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) with brain involvement. Being a very spiritual and religious woman, my mother prayed to a Brazilian saint named Our Lady Aparecida (Our Lady Revealed). She is the patron saint of Brazil, and it’s been said that she performs miracles.”

Vanessa explained that she and her mother made a promise to do something for underprivileged children if she lived through the disease.

“Here we are 10 years later,” she said. “We have gifted over 2,000 kids in the last 10 years. Up until this year, we’d bus them in from the inner cities, feed them all the pizza, pasta and garlic rolls they could eat, and Santa would gift each child three presents for Christmas.”

This year, due to COVID-19, Vittorios is doing a virtual party for nearly 200 Happy Trails campers at the Carson Community Center this Sunday, December 6, so Santa can deliver his gifts safely while the children and caregivers are in their cars. There will be a box luncheon this year, and a mask and socks giveaway as well.

“All of our gifts are donated, and whatever toys we don’t have get donated we go out and purchase ourselves,” Vanessa added. “We wrap every gift at the restaurant with a team of dedicated elves, and these amazing individuals have been doing this since we started.”

Vanessa shared that they will be gifting to 188 kids this year.

“Each child will receive a pair of socks, a facemask, a winter backpack, a box lunch from Pinky’s Hot Box (donated by the Sons of the American Legion) and gifts from Santa,” she explained. “We are also raffling off three Christmas trees, also donated by the Sons of the American Legion.”

Edmiston, a longtime Vittorios customer, reached out to the Pellegrinis several years ago to see if they could team up with her, and Vanessa called the partnership “an amazing experience.”

Based in Santa Monica, Happy Trails for Kids is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing overnight summer camps and other year-round outdoor adventures for youth in the Southern California foster care system.

Also this weekend, Happy Trails is gearing up for its 10th annual Hike-A-Thon—which will take place virtually in 2020. The weekend-long event kicks off Friday, December 4, at 7 p.m. with a “Holiday Hoedown” Campfire Concert/Variety Show, concluding on Sunday with the Vittorios drive-through followed by a closing ceremony.

“Vittorios and our clients, as well as other Pacific Palisades clubs and organizations, fulfill Wish List items from the kids,” Vanessa said. “It’s quite an undertaking. This is a true Christmas story in which a good portion of Palisadians participate. It takes a village, and we are so blessed and grateful to be part of the Palisades village.”

For more information on Happy Trails for Kids or to make a donation, visit happytrailsforkids.org or text “HIKE4KIDS” to 71777 to give.


Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include information about the 10th annual Hike-A-Thon.

The Show Must Go On

“Lend Me A Tenor” Shines at Theatre Palisades Annual Awards Show

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

Each year, Theatre Palisades caps off its season with an annual meeting and awards show, and 2020 was no exception—though, for the first time, the evening took place via Zoom and four shows were under consideration instead of the typical five, due to a season that was cut short following restrictions put in place in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 60 attendees tuned into the Sunday night show, with people checking in from places like Pacific Palisades, Florida and Arizona.

“This is very different because we get to stay home this year, and no one had to fight traffic on the 405 or on PCH, and you didn’t have to look for a parking place,” show host Martha Hunter began. “You can sit here in your pajamas and eat a can of cold soup—we don’t know. Here we are.”

The meeting portion began with new Theatre Palisades President Philip Bartolf, who first recapped the 2019-20 season.

“We had hilarious fun with ‘Lend Me A Tenor,’ some suspense with ‘Mousetrap,’ acidic satire with ‘Ruthless! The Musical’ and finally laughs and tears with ‘Steel Magnolias,’” Bartolf shared, adding that the “Wait Until Dark” set is still up and ready for its actors—a show that has been placed in an indefinite holding pattern following the March shutdown of live theater.

Photos courtesy of Theatre Palisades

Though the season was cut short, Theater Palisades Youth and Theatre Palisades Actors’ Troupe have been delivering content virtually, including a Zoom performance of “The Sound of Music.”

Bartolf explained that Theatre Palisades continues to work behind the scenes, including with local playwrights to hopefully deliver a virtual play in the “not-too-distant future” and also revamping the organization’s website.

“Overall, we are in sound fiscal condition,” Bartolf shared. “I will say that, unlike other theaters in our league, we had a very strong balance sheet to begin 2020.”

Beginning in 2021, Bartolf said that there will be fundraising efforts to shore up the theater’s financial position, as well as looking into plans that other theaters have used and will use as they reopen, eyeing an optimistic return in the second quarter of the year.

As the meeting portion concluded, the awards ceremony kicked off with a reimagined version of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” featuring Doug Green, Holly Sidell, Courtney Shaffer, Peter Miller and Alexandra Banks. Lyrics had been rewritten to focus on COVID-19 and its effects on the theater.

The first set of accolades virtually handed out were the Off Board Awards, bestowed to Theatre Palisades Gardening Committee Head Diane Goldberg; Palisades Charter High School senior Eli Nagle for Technical and Set Construction; and Calvary Christian School eighth-grader Clayton Collins for Lighting and Sound Tech.

Bartolf thanked the award winners for their help keeping the theater moving and operations “spiffy.”

Before the next set of awards, a pre-recorded scene, “Gazette-Act III” from Edmond Rostand’s “Cyrano de Bergerac,” starring Bartolf and Wendy Taubin, streamed. Using a trick of Zoom backgrounds, the two, who recorded separately, were able to make it look like they were sharing a stage—including passing a prop.

Compliments rolled in through the comment section, with attendees saying, “Wendy is brilliant and beautiful,” as well as, “Great job, Phil.”

Technical awards were then given out by Manfred Hofer, who shared that as an actor, the show really starts to come together once “you’re dealing with all the other elements.”

President Philip Bartolf

“When you’re finally on the set, when you’ve got the costumes, when you’ve got the light and the sound all working,” he continued, “that’s the really exciting time when you know you’re about to open, you’re about to have an audience and it just adds another wonderful dimension to the work that you’re putting on.”

Joanne Reich, who designed posters for all four shows being considered, won the Graphic Design category for “Lend Me A Tenor,” with Marc Antonio Pritchett winning Sound Design for “Mousetrap,” June Lisandrello for “Lend Me A Tenor,” and Lighting Design for “Lend Me A Tenor” went to Sherman Wayne and Franz Kleinenberg.

Wayne, who was nominated for all four shows in the Set Design category, took home the award for “Lend Me A Tenor.”

“It was a very fun set to work on,” he shared. “I really enjoyed it and it was quite a challenge because I had to fit four rooms onto our smallish stage, but we were able to do it.”

As congratulatory messages rolled in through the Zoom chat, the next scene, featuring Mitch Feinstein and Hofer, provided a bit of comedic relief, taking on “The Fourth Ghost,” a short play by Arthur M. Jolly adapted from “A Christmas Carol” featuring the Ghost of Christmases Yet to Be.

Actors Awards were then handed out: First was the undisputed Cameo Award, which went to Hunter’s rescue shih tzu, Tallulah, for her role of Puddles in “Ruthless! The Musical.”

Supporting Actor went to Randy Oppenheimer and Supporting Actress to Hunter for their respective roles in “Lend Me A Tenor.”

Next, Green returned to the Zoom screen to present a moving tribute to those near and dear to Theatre Palisades who passed away this season: Arnold and Sigrid Hofer, Sherry Coon, and M.J. Lory.

“In this past year, we’ve lost not only most of our season but four of our most beloved—well, friends isn’t saying it strongly enough and members doesn’t come close,” Green shared before beginning a song.

Doug Green

Bartolf then presented the Featured Actress Award to Maria O’Connor for “Lend Me A Tenor.”

“I’m shocked, thank you so much,” she shared after winning. “I had a wonderful time doing this show and I had a blast with all my castmates.”

Lead Actress was awarded to Jenna Nicole Sullivan for “Ruthless! The Musical” and Lead Actor to Greg Abbott for “Lend Me A Tenor.”

“I’m speechless—thank you, thank you,” Abbott said. “This show was a joy to do and the cast was such a joy to work with. I’m thrilled and I can’t wait to work with these people again.”

Yvonne Robertson presented the Subscribers Award, which is the best play as voted on by subscribers, which went to “Lend Me A Tenor” for the 2019-20 season.

Past President Nona Hale was given the Lelah T. Pierson Award, which Bartolf explained is the highest award given out each year.

“It’s awarded to an individual who demonstrates constant sustaining support to the theater in fundraising, just overall outstanding participation in the affairs of the theater,” he shared.

The final two awards of the evening were Production, which went to Hunter, and Director, which went to Wayne—both for their work on “Lend Me A Tenor.”

“I think 75% of the job of a director is finding a great cast, I found that,” Wayne shared. “The best I’ve ever had. Beautiful people, worked hard all the way from first rehearsal to closing night. They had a ball, the audience had a ball and the whole thing worked so beautifully.”

He concluded his message by thanking Theatre Palisades for allowing him to do what he loves to do: work in the theater—a sentiment he shared that he knows other attendees feel too.

“It’s what feeds our soul, feeds our inner person,” he said. “Let’s just hope that soon, we’ll all be back together, doing what we love to do, directing and acting and costuming and all the stuff that just brings joy.”

After the final award was given out, Bartolf hosted a reception where attendees were encouraged to share a drink and conversation before signing off.

A Name Change?

I suggest we change the name of Marquez Ave—from Sunset to Bollinger—to Ashcan Alley. In the gutter and behind the wall opposite to the businesses lives trash: Styrofoam take-out containers, beer bottles and cans, cigarette butts, masks, and even a pair of shorts. And if you choose to walk on the sidewalk, be prepared to duck under, step over, go around debris. I have spoken to several people about this and apparently no one is responsible for this section of Sunset. So let’s change the name. Welcome to Ashcan Alley, Gateway to Marquez Knolls.

Rae Jeane Williams

Your Two Cents’ Worth

Chautauqua

I’m glad that they’re improving the crosswalk at Chautauqua and Corona del Mar. What LADOT needs to do next is fix the disaster at Chautauqua and PCH. When turning from Channel Road to PCH the green lights are barely visible so drivers sit there unaware that the light has changed. Also, cars continue turning in all directions well after the lights have turned red.


LAFD

Another big THANK YOU to Los Angeles Fire Department. A hiker rescue, cliff rescue and condo fire all in one week in the Palisades? They work so hard around the clock to keep us safe.


Mail Theft

Been hearing and seeing a lot of reports of mail theft and theft in general, please be careful Palisades! Consider installing a Ring camera if you haven’t already.


Thanksgiving

Although this past holiday was far different than usual, I have to say it was special in its own way. The spirit was just so lively. I felt it in the grocery store grabbing last-minute items, and I felt it in the kitchen when I was cooking besides my immediate loved ones. Just a distraction from all the noise, I hope everybody had a great Thanksgiving.


Shopping

A question for the community: what are your favorite local businesses for holiday shopping? I’d love to help keep our small businesses alive during these challenging times!


Restaurants

Reminder: If we want our restaurants to make it through the pandemic, it’s more important than ever to support them through takeout and delivery. Please consider placing an order in between all of those meals we are cooking at home. (And request no plastic cutlery while you’re at it!)


Got something to say? Call (310) 454-1321 or email 2cents@palipost.com and get those kudos or concerns off your chest. Names will not be used.

Neighborhood News

HoHoHo – To Go | Pacific Palisades

The 62nd annual Pacific Palisades Ho!Ho!Ho! will take place virtually this year as “HoHoHo – To Go”—kicking off December 6 and running through Christmas, December 25, with the theme of “We Choose Happy.”

Organized under the Palisades YMCA community events committee, this year’s festivities will include a Funniest Pet photo contest organized by Lisa Glantz, an online “Quizzo” family trivia game presented by the Pali High Ambassadors, letters to Santa, Zoom and FaceTime calls, as well as a drive-through Santa Experience (pending Public Health orders).

Prizes will include discounts, gift certificates and items from local restaurants and businesses.

“When faced with the idea of canceling 2020, all of the volunteers agreed that this year, more than ever, Ho!Ho!Ho! must go on to bring some joy, happiness and normalcy for our kids, and remind us that we are all here for one another,” Organizer Lou Kamer shared in a statement.

For more information, visit palitown.com or email palihohoho@gmail.com.            

—SARAH SHMERLING


Cocktails & Holiday Shopping | Pacific Palisades

The Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce is hosting a virtual cocktail and holiday shopping event on Tuesday, December 8, starting at 6 p.m.

Attendees will learn how to mix holiday cocktails with Jordan Catapano, owner and founder of This Girl Walks Into A Bar. They will also hear from local businesses with shopping ideas for gift lists, as well as time reserved for networking.

The event is free for Chamber members and $10 for non-members. For more information, visit palisadeschamber.com.          

—SARAH SHMERLING


Rain Barrel Installation Webinar | Pacific Palisades

The Los Angeles Sanitation and Environment’s Watershed Protection Program will host a free Zoom webinar, hosted by Mike Garcia of EnviroScape LA, to encourage city of Los Angeles homeowners to install rain barrels on their properties ahead of the rainy season.

“With many community members staying safe at home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” a press release explained, “there has been an increase among residents in DIY projects that foster green practices. Installing rain barrels is a simple way to conserve water, protect the environment and reduce water bills.”

The webinar will take place on Saturday, December 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

For more information or to sign up, visit eventbrite.com/e/rain-barrel-webinar-by-city-of-los-angeles-watershed-protection-program-registration-122165740017.            

—SARAH SHMERLING


Caruso Donates Portion of Proceeds to CRAF | Palisades Village

Palisades Village developer Caruso will be donating 50% of proceeds from Caruso-owned restaurants to the California Restaurant Association Foundation.

“The organization’s ‘Restaurants Care’ COVID-19 grant provides financial support to employees at the heart of the restaurant community in California, as they work to overcome the struggles resulting from the pandemic,” according to information provided in a press release.

Restaurants include Blue Ribbon Sushi and Hank’s at Palisades Village, as well as Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill, Bourbon Steak Los Angeles, Deluca’s Italian Deli, Emilia, Ombra, The Fountain Bar and Trattoria Amici at The Grove and The Americana at Brand.

The contribution will apply to all take-out and deliver orders placed directly with the restaurants listed—all of which are owned or operated by Caruso.

“In addition to the donation, Caruso has committed to supporting its own restaurant employees whose livelihoods would have otherwise been upended by the city and country restrictions,” the press release concluded. “Caruso will retain all restaurant employees with wages, gratuities and benefits.”

—SARAH SHMERLING

Pali High Artist Wins Houck Annual Thanksgiving Card Contest

The winning work
Photo courtesy of Houck Construction

By LILY TINOCO | Reporter 

Palisades Charter High School student Cece Dale was recently chosen as the winner of Houck Construction’s Thanksgiving Card Design contest—a contest that invited Southern California high school artists to submit an original piece of art that would be used for Houck’s Thanksgiving card.

The ninth-grader said she submitted a piece of work that highlighted the essence of both family and nature.

“I wanted to include nature because the time of the season that Thanksgiving comes around is when the leaves change color,” Dale said to the Palisadian-Post. “But I also feel like Thanksgiving itself is about family, so I wanted to put that in there as well. I ended up drawing a bunch of trees, and in the middle of trees, there is a house.”

She explained that she drew the piece on her iPad and printed it out onto a canvas.

Dale was awarded $1,000 from Los Angeles-based Houck Construction for a college fund, $1,000 matched from Jonathan Carr of Compass Realty and the opportunity to display her artwork at the Malibu Contemporary Art Gallery. She also won coaching sessions by internationally acclaimed photographer Bobbi Bennett.

The Malibu Contemporary Art Gallery, located on Cross Creek Road, hosted and sponsored an art exhibition on Thursday, November 19.

“It was really fun, it was kind of a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Dale said about the event. “I felt like I was a celebrity or something.”

Owner of the gallery Lori Mills praised Dale’s piece of work and the opportunity to support the youth and their artistry.

Cece Dale with Greg Brake of Houck Construction
Photos by Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

“The piece that she won for is so beautiful … the whole premise was this sense of home, which I think is so meaningful,” Mills said. “And it’s so important right now to support kids … so to give her this show and support our sense of community, it was a beautiful, positive moment in time.

“We’ve had our challenges the last number of months—especially owning a gallery—and I would say this was one of the highlights of this whole pandemic, having Cece’s show.”

Guests were invited to a patio outside the gallery, with regulations in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Only five or six people were allowed in the gallery at one time.

Dale said nine of her original pieces were also displayed at the exhibit, including work that she created before and after the submission of her original Thanksgiving card.

Dale explained that she has had an interest in art for years—since she was about 5 years old—and has drawn inspiration from the art around her: from her dad’s friends, who have a career in animation, to the comic books her mom would create to capture her family’s fun memories.

Dale creates digital media on ProCreate on her iPad, but said she enjoys opening her sketchbook and creating some pencil drawings as well.

The Marquez Knolls resident shared that she has taken art more seriously in the last year, and is learning a lot in her current art class at Pali High. She hopes to get into an advanced art class ahead of the upcoming school year.

Dale said she would love to land a job in animation “or somewhere in the cartoon world” in the future.

Winter Energy Savings

Photo courtesy of Aaron Gomperts

The Palisadian-Post has partnered with locally based environmental organization Resilient Palisades to deliver readers a weekly “green tip.”

In 2018, less than 50% of California’s energy came from clean, renewable energy sources. Although we’re doing pretty well relative to the rest of the country (second only to Washington state), we still have a long way to reach sustainability.

Palisadians can do their part to lower California’s energy footprint. Here are five energy-saving tips to begin:

Switch out all your incandescent and halogen bulbs to LEDs. Lighting accounts for approximately 12% of home energy use. LEDs cost more upfront but are 75% more efficient and last 48 to 100 times longer than incandescents. Most incandescent fixtures accept LEDs. Visit our local Anawalt’s Palisades Hardware if you have any questions.

Lower the temperature. Set your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower. Approximately 3 to 5% more energy is used for every degree above 68°F. If it’s time for an upgrade, consider a programmable thermostat that will help reduce waste by following your routine.

Wrap and set your water heater. Insulate your water heater with a heater blanket to offset 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide each year. And set it to 120°F for all your needs, including your dishwasher. You can buy heater blankets at Ace Hardware, Home Depot or online.

Alternatively, switch to a tankless water heater the next time you’re ready for an upgrade. Tankless water heaters can save up to a whopping 20% of a household’s annual water heating costs while reducing the need for thousands of gallons of dirty fuel.

Sign up for Green Power with LADWP. This program enables you to choose 100% renewable energy with 20% coming from new sources. Search “LADWP Green Power” to learn more.