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Class of 2024 Graduates From Pali High

Photo by Steve Galluzzo

By STEVE GALLUZZO | Sports Editor

As the sun slowly sank into the sea last Thursday evening, June 6, Palisades Charter High School faculty and administrators bid a fond farewell to the Class of 2024 in the school’s graduation ceremony on the football field, where 750-plus seniors were handed diplomas during a commencement themed by hope and optimism for the future.

The PCHS symphony orchestra, concert band and drum line, conducted by Peter Ye, got the thousands of family members and supporters packing the bleachers in a right frame of mind with their musical preludes followed by the processional tune “Pomp and Circumstance” as the graduates filed into the stadium from the tunnel steps leading from the quad.

Student Body President Rustin Kharrazi led the Pledge of Allegiance before Delaney Hutchinson, Theo King and Jiya Kumar harmonized a rendition of the national anthem.

This year, 26 graduates—10 more than 2023—participated in a multi-lingual welcome, addressing the gathering one by one, including Gavin Sternberg (Afrikaans), Amy Abdel Messeh (Arabic), Sydney Meza (American Sign Language), Mia Zuaiter (Danish) and Shira Berukhim (Dutch).

Acapali garnered thundering applause for its performance of “End of the Road,” and Principal Dr. Pam Magee gave the executive director/principal address, acknowledging this as one of the largest graduating classes in the last decade and congratulating all those completing graduation requirements for their adaptability amid virtual learning their freshman year.

Magee then introduced special guest speaker, Allison Holdorff Polhill, senior advisor for Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member Nick Melvoin, who spoke at last year’s commencement.

“My three kids graduated from Pali High not too long ago, and I don’t remember what was said or who said it,” she joked. “I recommend you do three things this summer: take a financial literacy class, spend as much time as you can with your friends and classmates, and ask your parents and grandparents what they were like at your age.”

“Small acts of kindness make a huge difference,” she continued. “Stop exploring the web and start exploring the world. We need your grit, your courage, your smarts and your ingenuity. I wish you happiness, fulfillment and joy.”

In his welcome address, Senior Class President Chukwunonso Kojo-Onwaeze said: “I left behind Nigeria, fear was around me, but I made this new world my own. Face the unknown and be ready to conquer. There’s an African saying ‘It takes a village,’ so for my family watching this livestream—this is all for you.”

Next, valedictorian Matthew Lee stepped to the podium and shared the importance of facing adversity—“from traffic on Sunset to every tech problem the world has thrown at us, to long days of conditioning workouts”—with people close to you.

Speaker Naila Ezekiel stressed having “faith over fear” while “no amount of guilt will change the past,” after which another musical interlude, arranged by Kumar and Jean Rodriguez titled “Pali High Graduation Medley 2024,” was performed by senior musicians and soloists. Anisa Watkins closed with “See you later Class of 2024!”

Then Dr. Chris Lee, director of Academic Programs and Guidance Services, offered insight and perspective to those watching and participating.

“I’m asking all of us prior generations to think of your own graduation, your worries and concerns,” Lee said. “Yes, online permanence can make us hesitant to challenge ourselves. No, cell phones and social media aren’t going away, but making mistakes is an essential part of your growth and development. Each of you has a bright future ahead.”

Magee and Lee conducted the presentation of diplomas as Karen Ellis, Tom Seyler, Heather Schon, Maggie Nance, Nicole Newbie, Elva Pouya, Synbdia Olmos and Bethany Hutchinson took turns reading off the names.

Finally came the moment the students had been anxiously waiting for all day, as Magee instructed them to flip their tassels from right to left to symbolize a transition into the next step on life’s journey.

With that, the graduates threw their caps into the air, hugged, high-fived, danced and took selfies to celebrate the four years they “made a splash” as Dolphins.

For more photos, see Page 9.

Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club Distributes Funds at Annual Grant Awards Night

Photo by Sarah Shmerling

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

Representatives from area nonprofit community organizations gathered on the evening of Tuesday, June 4, at Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club for the annual Grant Awards Night, where the 2024 grant recipients were revealed and congratulated.

“Through various fundraising endeavors, the PPWC members raise funds which are then awarded to a variety of nonprofit community organizations in the Palisades,” according to the event program. “Each year the grant fund distribution is decided upon by PPWC members. Each member of the club has an impact on our community via her vote.”

Local organizations have been awarded over $1 million in grants from PPWC over the decades. The three major fundraisers in 2023 were a snack bar at The Genesis Invitational at The Riviera Country Club, a silent auction and art show at Bruce Lurie Gallery, and the annual Holiday Gift Bazaar and Bake Sale.

PPWC President Samantha Dale spoke during the awards night, noting that the funds raised in 2023 “almost doubled” the year prior. She explained how the grants committee “diligently” thought about how to distribute the funds.

“Our teams were creative, thoughtful, and incredibly diligent in the execution of our fundraisers this past year,” Dale told the Palisadian-Post. “I am very proud of them, and happy to be able to support more organizations this year.”

Dale was joined at the podium by grant committee member Eve Haberfield, and the two read through the list of recipients, who rose from their chairs to applause.

When it comes to grants that will support local schools, Canyon School Booster Club, Friends of Marquez, Pali Quarterback Club, Palisades Charter High School, Palisades Enrichment Programs, Palisades High School Booster Club and PRIDE Booster Club were this year’s recipients. Grants will support initiatives like providing financial aid for the Paul Revere Charter Middle School robotics club and medical supplies for the Palisades Charter High School football program.

A Call 2 Peace Foundation, Chamber Music Palisades and Los Angeles Youth Orchestra were awarded grants to assist with musical initiatives, including funding a family-oriented concert in the Palisades.

Palisades Americanism Parade Association received a grant to support kids games and evening events for the Fourth of July, while Boy Scouts of America will use its grant to purchase “Excellence in Service” patches.

Cancer Support Community Los Angeles and griefHaven (run by Palisadian Susan Whitmore) will use grant funds to provide support for cancer and grief groups, respectively. Veterans Gardens will be able to provide updates to its park, while Palisades Village Green will pay for the trimming of its Tipu trees.

Meals on Wheels West and YMCA Palisades-Malibu each received grants to help feed community members. Other grant recipients include Malibu Orchid Society, Resilient Palisades, Sage & Seekers, The Mission I’m Possible: Foster Warriors, The People Concern, Voice for the Animals Foundation and Will Rogers Ranch Foundation.

“The Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club is a nonprofit organization that brings together energetic and socially minded women in friendship to serve others and our community through their philanthropic endeavors and to preserve the clubhouse facility of the enjoyment of the community for generations to come,” the program read.

This year’s grant committee included Maureen Roth, Haberfield, Margaux Glaser, Kat Holland and Sue Denness.

In a typical year, the club organizes and hosts the annual 90-year-plus birthday party for residents, a free flu shot clinic and a Red Cross blood drive.

Cinque Terre West Set to Close Restaurant

Photos by Steve Galluzzo

DELIzioso Cinque Will Remain Open With Extended Hours, Expanded Menu

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

While Cinque Terre West will be closing its Monument Street restaurant and wine bar effective June 23, Palisadians do not have to search far to enjoy Chef Gianbattista “Gianba” Vinzoni’s food, as DELIzioso Cinque will remain open.

“After much consideration, we have made the difficult decision not to renew our lease and will therefore be closing the doors of Cinque Terre West on June 23,” Gianba and Marlo Vinzoni wrote in an email to restaurant patrons sent May 31.

Gianba explained to the Palisadian-Post that they were given the option to extend their five-year lease, but elected not to, citing increases in prices of items he needs to craft the food the restaurant serves, including everything from eggs to flour and beyond.

“At the beginning, when we started, we were fairly priced,” Gianba explained. “After the pandemic, everything went to a level that is not sustainable anymore … it’s become impossible to sell stuff for an affordable price.”

He shared a couple of examples, like extra virgin olive oil which he said rose from $60 per case to $180, and butter, which went from $2.50 per pound to $7.

“It’s impossible to sell a pizza for $17,” Gianba said. “Now I have to sell it for $25 and I’m not making any money … It’s a daily battle to try to keep the numbers in line and give a good product.”

Gianba said that “people thought [prices] would stabilize or go back to normal,” but the “new normal” is living in a “very expensive state.” While the landlord has had to raise prices, Gianba does not blame them: “No one [is] to blame other than the economically difficult moments we are living.”

Cinque Terre West, known for its “regional Ligurian dishes … reminiscent of the small Mediterranean coastal villages of the Cinque Terre region Chef Gianba grew up in,” opened in May 2019. The wine bar—Enoteca Cinque by Cinque Terre West—followed in August 2021.

“We’re very thankful and blessed to have been doing this five years here,” Gianba said to the Post. “We got to meet a lot of great people.”

While Cinque Terre West and Enoteca Cinque’s “chapter[s] may be coming to a close,” DELIzioso Cinque—also located on Monument Street, in the space previously occupied by Sweet Rose Creamery—will remain open and provide an expanded menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The deli originally opened in January 2023. Gianba said its rent is smaller, so its margins are different.

“We are deeply grateful for the memories we have shared with you at Cinque Terre West and we look forward to creating many more memorable moments with you at DELIzioso Cinque,” the email read. “We invite you to continue enjoying Chef Gianba’s delicious cuisine, where you can indulge in some of your favorite dishes and discover new culinary offerings.”

When the Post spoke to Gianba, the hours and menu were still being finalized, but he confirmed diners would continue to find the restaurant’s beloved cornetti (croissants) and sandwiches, in addition to perhaps expanded grab and go options and pasta dishes.

Marlo and Gianba have lived in the Lower Las Casas neighborhood for over 20 years.

“We want to take this opportunity to express our deepest gratitude to each and every one of you for your loyal patronage and unwavering support over the years,” the Vinzonis wrote. “It has been an incredible journey, and we are truly grateful to have had the privilege of cooking for and getting to know all of you, our wonderful customers.”

Harvard-Westlake Names Palisadian Leo Craig Class of 2024 Valedictorian

Leo Craig
Photo courtesy of Ryan Craig

By LILY TINOCO | Assistant Editor

Palisadian Leo Craig was named Harvard-Westlake School’s valedictorian, celebrating four years of achievements.

The El Medio Bluffs resident said “it was a complete surprise” that he was chosen as valedictorian.

“It wasn’t something I set out as a goal, but it’s very nice knowing that teachers noticed my effort at school and my interest in their subjects,” Craig said to the Palisadian-Post. “Leaving Harvard-Westlake is very bittersweet—I’m very excited for college but I’m sad to leave a lot of friends, teachers and the community behind. I’ll definitely miss many people in my grade, and I hope to meet up with them again after we graduate.”

Harvard-Westlake is an independent, coeducational and college preparatory school for grades seven through 12.

“Harvard-Westlake strives to be a diverse and inclusive community united by the joyful pursuit of educational excellence, living and learning with integrity, and purpose beyond ourselves,” according to the school.

Craig was selected as valedictorian by the Harvard-Westlake faculty “on the basis of academic achievement and exemplary character,” Charles B. Thornton President and Head of School Richard Commons said.

“Leo Craig is a brilliant academician, who is insatiably curious about the world around him with a probing intellect and a keen interest in problem solving,” Commons said during the Friday, June 7, commencement ceremony. “Leo’s teachers describe him as intellectually vibrant, academically fearless and uniquely perceptive, but Leo’s contributions to our community aren’t contained to the classroom … Leo is fascinated by the study of sustainable transportation, environmental engineering and ecological conservation.”

Commons also went on to commend Craig for being a leader on the cross-country and track teams, a “buzzer-beating” historian on the History Bowl Team, and a “stand-out” trumpet player.

Craig was honored with the Jerry Margolis Jazz Award, given in honor of performing arts teacher Jerry Margolis, “who taught for 36 years beginning at the Harvard School for Boys, to a student who contributed to the jazz program during their time at the school,” according to the school.

“When Dr. Sullivan conferred the Jazz Award on Leo, he also gave him his vote for president in 2044,” Commons said. “I speak for many in wishing we didn’t have to wait that long.”

Commons then introduced Craig to the stage. As valedictorian, Craig was a keynote speaker at the commencement ceremony.

“We’re here today to celebrate the commencement of the Class of 2024, all 289 of us moving into a time of exciting unknowns,” Craig said. “If we stick to a predetermined path that we think will lead to guaranteed success, life’s biggest opportunities might just pass us by. Instead, let’s keep our minds open, and stay true to what’s in our heads and, even more so, our hearts.”

This summer, Craig shared plans of working at a restaurant as a busser until he heads to Yale University in August.

“I’m very excited for college and to see where the future takes me,” Craig said to the Post.

‘Jimmy Dunne Says’

Man with baby stroller walks in the autumn park at sunset

Being a Father

For Father’s Day, ask any dad.

We don’t want our kids spending money on any presents for us. We just want the cards.

Something where they tell us that a little bit of us—is a little bit of them.

Gifts—we don’t need. We’ve got plenty. That’s what Amazon is for.

But what we can’t buy on Father’s Day is what it means to have our kids in a room looking at us in the eyes—or feeling their hearts beating through a phone from across the country.

New to the job of being a grampie, I love watching my kids’ pals cruising around with their strollers and dangling their toes in the amazing waters of being parents.

A few thoughts for the young dads out there …

……………

Being a father.

Going in, I had no idea how to be a good one—and I feel like I know even less now. I’ve made thousands of mistakes raising our two girls so far, and I’m sure today will be no exception.

But I can tell you this.

Having a kid took about 10 minutes—and that’s if you include brushing my teeth, turning on the music and kicking the dog off the bed.

Becoming a father is something I’ve been working at every single day since my wife looked me in the eyes and said, “We’re having a baby.”

As their lives keep twisting and turning, I’m hanging on for dear life to one of the most treasured, glorious, inspiring, rich roles in my journey here on this earth …

Being a father.

……………

And if you think it’s all going by fast now, buckle in for the fastest ride in your life.

I was you 15 minutes ago.

And, trust me, along every step of the journey, gravity will be pulling you into meetings, into golf games, into your texts and emails, you name it.

Here’s my old-man advice.

Whenever you start feeling sorry for yourself and wishing you were somewhere else, imagine you’re 68. When you’d give your left arm to be able to go back and spend five minutes with them, just one more time.

And here’s why.

You can’t go back.

You can’t go back to the feeling of holding them, only minutes old—and welcoming them into the world.

To witnessing your wife holding her baby for the very first time.

To the joy of feeding them in their high chairs, driving ’em with their helmets on the back of your bike or reading to them in their beds, gently tucked under your arm.

To seeing your kids charge down the stairs at Christmas.

Or to standing in the back of an auditorium watching ’em sing or dance in a school play, or to cheering on the sidelines when they’re baby horses just trying their best to stand up in front of their friends.

I’m not saying it’s all pretty. No doubt about it: It is a roller coaster—with unbearable turns when you just can’t wait for the track to straighten out.

……………

You think you’re losing sleep when your kid is just a few months old?

Just wait until you’re in the back half of high school years. Or when your kids are home for summers in college.

Tell me how that feels, waiting up all night long for them to come strolling in the door.

But I can promise you this.

As they evolve, so will you. You will become a father and a man who does the right thing when the moment calls.

You’re going to know the meaning of a word that’s the biggest word in the world.

A word that has so many dimensions. So complicated. So rich. So awesome. So beautiful. 

So terrifying. A word that makes you so profoundly full.

Love.

And as days and years march on, it just gets better and better.

But the bonus to me? I thought the ride ended after college.

Nope.

You’re still on the team. You just don’t get to play as much.

They still want and need a dad. A voice of reason. Of balance.

Of integrity. Of honor. Of discipline. Who champions the wonder of it all.

Maybe not every day, but when they call, what a thrill it is to come in off the bench to get in their game.

……………

Give yourself a treat tonight before you go to bed.

Look in the mirror. Take a good long look.

And see in that mirror the generations before you—who would be so proud of the man you have become.

And give thanks for the greatest gift you could ever imagine.

The privilege of belonging to that sacred, honorable fraternity.

Being a father.


Jimmy Dunne is a modern-day Renaissance Man; a hit songwriter (28 million hit records), screenwriter/producer of hit television series, award-winning author, an entrepreneur—and a Palisadian “Citizen of the Year.” You can reach him at j@jimmydunne.com or jimmydunne.substack.com.

Green Tip: Confessions of an ‘Imperfect Environmentalist’

The Palisadian-Post has partnered with locally founded environmental organization Resilient Palisades to deliver a “green tip” to our readers in each newspaper. This edition’s tip was written by Lisa Kaas Boyle, environmental attorney and Resilient Palisades Zero Waste team member.


Nobody’s perfect, but every good thing we do adds up, just as the bad things do.

I am an environmental attorney who has done much to benefit the planet in my career, from helping draft federal legislation that banned plastic microbeads in consumer personal care products to leading the successful legal battle to stop Washington Mutual from building a city in Malibu on Ahmanson Ranch that would have destroyed the Malibu Creek Watershed and Surfrider Beach. (The land is now parkland!)

Courtesy of Sheila Morovati

I try to be environmentally low impact in my personal life—I drive an electric car, I don’t drink bottled water, for example. But, here comes the confession: I am far from a perfect environmentalist.

My friend and fellow Palisadian Sheila Morovati has written a book that speaks directly to me—and to us all.

In “Imperfect Environmentalist: How to Reduce Waste and Create Change for a Better Planet,” Morovati “encourages readers to adopt new behaviors and shift their perspectives so that they, too, can make a difference.”

“Imperfect Environmentalist” also dispels the myth that to be considered an environmentalist, one must be all in, or live “zero waste,” to have a meaningful impact on combating climate change. Small modifications, such as committing to eating eight plant-based meals per week or cutting out plastic utensils, can add up to a large impact.

Each chapter includes 10 action steps for readers to adopt in their daily lives to become more eco-friendly, resulting in a comprehensive manual of creative tips for eliminating “habits of waste.”

Just as Morovati’s book was published, I had a shock when a routine blood test showed my bad cholesterol was high. I couldn’t believe it. I’m thin, I exercise. What could be the cause of this dangerous condition?

My doctor asked me what I ate that week. I began, “Well, besides my morning tea with cream and my oatmeal with whole milk, I made ‘Marry Me Chicken’ for my family … ”

“What’s that?” asked my doctor.

“You take a cup of heavy cream, add parmigiana cheese … ”

He stopped me there: “That should be called ‘Kill Me Chicken!’ You are clogging up your arteries. Anyone in your family have strokes, blood clots … ”

“Ummm, yes and yes.”

“Well, you need to cut all that cream right now.”

I protested, “But my maiden name is Kaas, that’s cheese in Dutch. My father’s people moved from Holland to Wisconsin and kept making cheese. It’s literally in my blood.”

“No kidding … ” said my doctor. “Stop. Now.”

So I did. I await my next blood test to see the impact. But the impact of my ditching dairy, or at least reducing it (I am a Kaas), is not just on me. My action impacts the environment I fight to protect. There have been many Green Tips in this paper written by our Resilient Palisades Vegan Solutions team about the high climate change impact of factory farms and dairy.

So what I do for my own heath, and the health of my family, has an impact on the climate and environment we all share. The familiar adage is that acting locally has a global impact. So true. But the corollary (and coronary!) is that acting personally has a significant impact on our planet.

As imperfect as I am, I am learning, and growing healthier and better all the time. If you want to know more, read Morovati’s book (available at imperfectenvironmentalist.org) and join resilientpalisades.org in our friendly group of imperfect environmentalists working locally toward a better future for us all.

Your Two Cents’ Worth

Coffee

I wish Marquez Knolls had a coffee shop!


Olympics

Excited for Pali High alum and UCLA Bruin Miles Partain, representing USA in the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics in beach volleyball. He is exciting to watch!


Gladstones

With the news of many restaurants having to close, I am glad to see Gladstones offering an updated summer menu. It really is one of my favorite places to eat in town.


Youth

Regarding today’s youth: When was the last time they picked up a fishing pole…a musical instrument…a paintbrush…a pencil to paper. The expression of self now comes only from social media, and it’s draining the pool, creating a future of one-dimensional adults. Reflective experiences and developing interests makes for a well-rounded individual, not the pursuit of a “like”.


Lanes

I just viewed the Tramonto landslide lane adjustment from the pedestrian bridge and I am worried someone on a bike will be injured – there’s no shoulder at all. It looks dangerous.


Hyperion

I was fascinated reading Mr. Appleman’s Green Tip about the Hyperion plant. I learned some new things.


Patrick’s Roadhouse

Can the Post please do an update on Patrick’s Roadhouse? Wondering what happened after the GoFundMe.

(Editor’s note: Yes, we are working on an update for a future edition. Please stay tuned.)


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.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Juveniles

I have been made aware, as have many of you, that there have been fights involving juveniles in and around the village, and that videos of these altercations have been circulated online and in local outlets of news and information.

I realize that these instances are concerning to many residents for whom the issue of juveniles acting inappropriately in our community have become increasingly disturbing. Pacific Palisades Community Council has been discussing these matters at our meetings, and we have been helping find solutions by engaging the appropriate agencies.

Earlier in the year, when the disturbances were concentrated at Palisades Recreation Center, we implored the city’s Department of Recreation & Parks to work with us to install cameras that could pan, tilt and zoom to catch inappropriate conduct and help Los Angeles Police Department identify bad actors and address them. We asked LAPD to increase patrols and focus on areas of heightened disturbance.

Through a combination of community vigilance and LAPD allocating discretionary funds for other resources over to us, we were able to root out the disturbances at the park, reducing them markedly.

A few weeks ago, we were informed that the disturbances had moved to the LA City-owned parking lot on Sunset Boulevard. Businesses there had been adversely impacted by youth disturbances and we were asked to help.

At our urging, LAPD increased their patrols in that area after school and encouraged local businesses to hire a private security agency. The combination made a difference, and that area has seen a reduction in the concerning activity.

Still, residents and business owners are disturbed, and have asked to donate money for a plan to put more enforcement support in place. Now, we see video and reports of fights and unequivocally inappropriate, even toxic, activity in our common spaces.

Notably, LAPD has said that with the end of the school year approaching, the juvenile activity that has been occurring after school will noticeably recede, and Palisades Charter High School has sent out an email to all families reminding them of the importance of being aware of children’s whereabouts after school.

The communication stated that recently, there have been “disruptions occurring in the village, which are totally unacceptable,” and they ask parents to “check in with your children and ensure they are engaging in productive activities if they are in the village. Otherwise, they should be heading straight home.”

In light of all this, PPCC is working to craft a public/private partnership pilot where we can support the Council Office as they find a way to allocate some discretionary funding to LAPD, in order to enable an extra 15 to 20 hours of patrols in Pacific Palisades. Both LAPD Captain Rich Gabaldon as well as Councilmember Traci Park have welcomed the idea, and are discussing options.

We will keep the community abreast of developments and will continue to push for a solution. I welcome all ideas and suggestions from the community. Contact PPCC through its website: pacpalicc.org.

Maryam Zar
President, Pacific Palisades Community Council

St. Matthew’s Celebrates New Scoreboard With Ribbon Cutting

Photos courtesy of Leslie Fields

By LILY TINOCO | Assistant Editor

St. Matthew’s Parish School in Pacific Palisades recently celebrated its 75th anniversary with a series of events, kicking off with a “momentous” ribbon-cutting ceremony for a brand new athletics scoreboard.

The event—attended by preschool through eighth-grade students, faculty, staff and parents—marked the inauguration of the school’s new “state-of-the-art” scoreboard for Falcon Athletics. It took place on Blue-White Day, a St. Matthew’s tradition that helps build school spirit with a day of healthy athletic competition for all students to participate.

This year’s Blue-White Day was full of “boundless Falcon spirit,” celebrating with the school’s mascot, Freddie the Falcon, who was cheering students on from the sidelines. The day also welcomed a special guest to the school’s campus: Marty, a real life Lanner falcon, accompanied by falconer Cortney Vargas from Raptor Events.

“Embracing both tradition and progress, St. Matthew’s eagerly anticipates the positive impact of this enhancement on our vibrant community,” according to a statement. “Led by their esteemed Head of School Alley Michaelson, the ribbon-cutting ceremony symbolized a significant milestone in the school’s history.

“From now until next year’s Blue-White Day, the school will honor the rich history of St. Matthew’s Parish School. This milestone year is an opportunity for the entire community to come together and celebrate.”

St. Matthew’s Parish School announced the appointment of Michaelson as head of school on March 14, 2023. Michaelson is St. Matthew’s ninth head of school and the first alumna to take on the role, according to a statement.

“I am overjoyed and grateful to return to St. Matthew’s as the head of school,” Michaelson previously said. “I look forward to honoring the traditions and values St. Matthew’s holds dear while leading the school into its next chapter.”

St. Matthew’s is billed as an Episcopal co-ed school for students in preschool through grade eight. With a tagline of “serve, lead, flourish,” the school operates with a community character covenant, which addresses things like respect, responsibility, honesty, empathy and fairness.

Palisades Neighborhood News

Teen Cancer America to Host Rock ‘N Polo V | Will Rogers State Historic Park

Teen Cancer America, a nonprofit organization founded by musicians Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend from The Who, will host Rock ’N Polo V at Will Rogers State Historic Park on Saturday, June 15, at 12:30 p.m.

“We are galloping back to the stunning Will Rogers Polo Field for our fifth year of Rock ’N Polo,” Fundraising and Partnerships Director Michelle Aland said to the Palisadian-Post. “We love bringing the majestic sport of polo for a purpose to the Palisades.”

The event raises funds and awareness for the TCA mission, which is to develop specialized facilities and services for teens and young adults fighting cancer.

Festivities will include an afternoon polo match, live music by Ryan Ellis and DJ Von Bellows, and a “gourmet” lunch and desserts. There will be tastings from vendors, like Dolce Vida Tequila and Fall Brewing Company, as well as a silent auction, champagne divot stomp, magicians, raffle and more.

Additional vendors include Kendra Scott, Gifts2Have, Bluestone Sunshields and LA Sports Massage. Snapchat will be on hand with an “augmented reality mirror” for a chance to try out some of the app’s “most popular lenses.”

Children are invited to participate in the Kids Stick Pony Race, as well as an Activity Meadow, complete with henna hand painting, a visit from puppies of A Purposeful Rescue and more.

For more information, including to donate or buy tickets, visit polo24.givesmart.com.

—LILY TINOCO


Class of 1984 Reunion | Pali High

The Palisades High School Class of 1984 will host its 40-year reunion on September 7 at Embassy Suites LAX South Hotel from 6 to 11:30 p.m.

“Together we’ll ‘Rock the Casbah’ and ‘Party Like It’s 1999 (’84),’” wrote event organizers ahead of the reunion.

The reunion committee includes Marni Ivener Galef, Linda Peters Ellrod, Monique Kennedy, Doug Perry and Phyllis Miller, who “are working to make this an amazing celebration.”

Those who want to purchase tickets to attend are invited to register at reunioncommittee.com.

—SARAH SHMERLING


PPCC Board Meeting | Pacific Palisades

Pacific Palisades Community Council will host its next board meeting virtually on Thursday, June 13, beginning at 6 p.m. via Zoom.

The agenda includes guest speaker Kristin Ly, Bureau of Engineering project manager, who will “provide updates on the status of the Lateral Trail from Potrero Canyon to Temescal Canyon [Road],” according to PPCC.

New business on the agenda includes the election of PPCC officers for the 2024-25 term, which is set to begin July 1. The nominees are Sue Kohl (president), Quentin Fleming (vice president), Jenny Li (treasurer) and Beth Holden-Garland (secretary).

“As there are no contested seats, the election will be by acclamation of the board,” PPCC wrote in the agenda.

For the full agenda, including a link to the Zoom, visit pacpalicc.org.        

—SARAH SHMERLING


Thor’s Reptile Family | Palisades Branch Library

Palisades Branch Library will host Thor’s Reptile Family on Friday, June 14, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in a program designed for babies, toddlers and kids.

“Join us for a hands-on, entertaining and educational show featuring arthropods, amphibians and reptiles of all sizes for children of all ages,” read a synopsis of the event. “Go on Safari around the world, learning about various aspects of the animals presented, emphasizing who, how and their feeding habits.”

Herbivores, carnivores, insectivores and omnivores are all slated to be included.        

—SARAH SHMERLING


Father’s Day Concert | Palisades Village Green

The Westside Jazz Ensemble will play a free concert on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Palisades Village Green.

“The Westside Jazz Ensemble is an eight-piece jazz octet that has been delighting dance and concert audiences on LA’s Westside for over a decade,” Village Green President Cindy Kirven wrote. “They play four horn arrangements of classic swing melodies from the Great American Songbook.”

The ensemble’s ties to the Palisades include three members of the Palisades Oom PaPa band: dummer Greg Victoroff, tenor sax player David Schorr and Paul Wexler on stand up bass.

“The Westside Jazz Ensemble invites families of all ages to fox trot, jitterbug, sing along and enjoy familiar favorites,” Kirven concluded.

—SARAH SHMERLING