Pacific Palisades —Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s

Music at St. Matthew’s will inaugurate its 30th season of concerts in Pacific Palisades with a program on Friday, Oct. 10, at 8 p.m., featuring trumpeter David Washburn and The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s under the direction of conductor Thomas Neenan.

The program will include Johann Hummel’s popular Trumpet Concerto in E-flat, Beethoven’s ground-breaking 1st Symphony and “Bells” by Marc Falcone.

David Washburn is the principal trumpet of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He also holds the position of associate principal trumpet of the LA Opera orchestra and principal trumpet with the California Philharmonic. He has served as principal trumpet and soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Washburn is a member of the faculty at Chapman and Biola universities, UC Irvine and CSU University Long Beach. He has held teaching positions at CSU Northridge, Redlands University, Idyllwild School of the Performing Arts and the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. He received his Masters of Music, with distinction, from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and his Bachelor of Music from USC’s Thornton Music School.

For more information visit or (310) 573-7422. St. Matthew’s Church is located at 1031 Bienveneda Ave., Pacific Palisades. Admission is $35 ($10 students with valid I.D.). Children under 16 are free.

National Bike Challenge 2014 Results

In its third year, the League of American Bicyclists hosted the annual National Bike Challenge uniting over 47,000 bicyclists nationwide to compete for awards based on team, community, workplace, and individual performance. The Challenge motivates riders of all levels and experience to log bicycling miles for both transportation and sport.

Melissa Koepke, an employee of the Santa Monica Bike Center, said, “After seeing so many others commute by bike, it has made me appreciate my small commute that much more.”

In the workplace category, Santa Monica Bike Center employees pedaled over 17,000 miles to a first place finish in the Bike Shop/Bike Industry sub-category. City of Santa Monica employees finished 26th out of 276 in their workplace category. Koepke said, “I never added up the miles I would ride in a week until the bike challenge. It definitely makes me feel good to see the amount of miles I’ve ridden since the start of the challenge. It pushes me to want to do even more miles.”

The City of Santa Monica, the Santa Monica Bike Center and local advocates also joined forces to formulate a community-wide team called ‘Bike Santa Monica.’ City Manager, Rod Gould an avid rider for the team states, “In 2011 City Council made a significant community investment via the bicycle action plan.” Francie Stefan, another team rider and Transportation and Strategic Planning Manager for the City of Santa Monica, notes, “Santa Monica has seen an increase in bicycling by over 50 percent in only two years.”

Together team Bike Santa Monica placed 14th out of 1100 teams nationwide. “Nearly three years later, our success in the National Bike Challenge demonstrates the positive impact bicycling has in Santa Monica. To pedal 97,000 miles in five months is an outstanding accomplishment,” said Gould.

Wilshire Blvd — Business owner launches skin care line

Owner of Diana Ralys Skin Health and skin therapist Diana Ralys has announced the launch of her own skin brand under the same name, Diana Ralys Skin Health – Organic Beauty Essentials. The range offers more than 20 products designed to improve appearance and promote skin health that are free from harmful chemicals and ecologically safe. The range includes cleansers, toners, moisturizers, serums, specialty masks and products that exfoliate without causing irritation.

The products incorporate Aloe Vera juice in place of water, which improves skin moisture levels. Leucidal is a unique organic preservative derived from radishes or sauerkraut used in place of chemical preservatives. Products contain powerful peptides, herbal and fruit extracts, vitamins and essential oils, all especially chosen for their restorative and healing properties. To learn more about carrying the line or where to purchase products, go to

Diana Ralys Skin Health is located at 1821 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 630. Treatments are by appointment. Diana Ralys Skin Health products are available for purchase at Diana Ralys Skin Health center, online at and on

Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall has a Masters Degree in International Journalism from City University in London and has been Editor-in-Chief of SMDP since 2014. Prior to working at SMDP he managed a chain of weekly papers...

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