Neighborhood News

First Family Mega Challah Bake | Castellammare

Chabad of Pacific Palisades and Palisades Jewish Early Childhood Center will host the Palisades first Family Mega Challah Bake on Saturday, January 13, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

“We are stronger together,” said Rabbi Zushe, director of Chabad of Pacific Palisades. “What better way to strengthen the bonds of community and family than bringing the two together to bake Challah bread, a practice that everyone, regardless of background, can enjoy?”

The event comes on the heels of the Mother and Daughter Challah bake, which was a “resounding success,” Zisi Cunin, co-director of Chabad, shared.

Challah is a braided bread, which is often topped with sesame or poppy seeds, served as part of Shabbat and holiday family meal.

For more information or to get involved, visit or call 310-454-7783.


Chamber InstallationPacific Palisades

The Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce will host its 2019 Installation Gala on Thursday, January 17, from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Riviera Country Club.

This year’s gala features “Dancing With The Chamber Stars” and a celebrity panel of judges, including Honorary Co-Mayors Janice and Billy Crystal, as well as Mario Lopez.

Tickets, which are $125, are now on sale at          


Traffic Accident Shuts Down PCHPacific Palisades

Pacific Coast Highway was closed in both directions for more than five hours on Thursday, December 27, after an accident involving a big rig caused power lines to go down.

The closure came around around noon between Sunset Boulevard and Temescal Canyon Road as crews from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power arrived on scene to find two occupants of a big rig trapped inside the truck.

Workers determined the line was still energized, and one crew member stayed with the truck occupants to make sure they remained safely inside the vehicle until it was safe to exit.

Caltrans later announced that all lanes had been reopened.

City News Service contributed to this report.


Mountain Lion AppearanceThe Highlands

A mountain lion was recently seen climbing over a fence at a home in The Summit area of The Highlands neighborhood of Pacific Palisades. Though human encounters with mountain lions are “rare” and the risk of an attack is “infinitely small,” they will occasionally kill and eat domestic companion animals, including dogs and cats.           —SARAH SHMERLING