Author: Jackie Balestra

Narrators Toastmasters Group

October 23, 2017

Narrators Toastmasters Manhattan Beach group meets every Monday night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Lido di Ristorante.

As we head into fall, here’s a thought: energize your life by joining Toastmasters. Why not attend a Toastmasters meeting and learn how to improve your speaking skills and develop the means to become a dynamic presenter? Conquer your fear of speaking, and have a whole lot of fun at the same time! Show up, learn, have fun!

Admission is FREE for all guests and visitors, so you can just drop by. Narrators Toastmasters meets every Monday at Lido di Manhattan Ristorante.

South Bay Women of the Year Nominations

October 22, 2017

The Switzer Learning Center is now accepting nominations for the 18 annual South Bay Women of the Year.

Think of a woman who is truly a shining star. Someone who has made a difference in our community or helped changed some aspect of the South Bay.

They will honor four women who have made a significant contribution to the South Bay through their work in the community, in areas such as education, business, healthcare, services to at-risk youth, special needs children and young adults, volunteerism and other fields, or a young woman who has shown a commitment to making a difference in the future.

FREE Compost Giveaway

October 21, 2017

Athens Trash Service is will host a FREE Compost Giveaway today, Saturday, October 21 from 8 a.m. to Noon at Wilderness Park.

This event is for Redondo Beach Residents only! Bring proof of residency and your own sturdy containers (no plastic bags). Shovels will be provided and the first 100 participants will receive a free tote bag.

For additional information, call 888-336-6100.

Wilderness Park is located at 1102 Camino Real, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.


El Segundo Citizen of the Year Nominations

October 20, 2017

The El Segundo Chamber is currently accepting nominations for the 2017-2018 El Segundo Citizen of the Year.

There are no specific requirements for being selected other than the winner must be a resident of El Segundo and has made a positive impact on the community. The winner will be announced at Mattel’s Chamber Salute to El Segundo on November 15, 2017.

Citizen of the Year nomination forms are available at the El Segundo Chamber of Commerce located at 427 Main Street and at Industrial Lock & Security located at 401 Main Street. You will also find the application posted on the El Segundo Chamber Facebook page and can complete the form online on the El Segundo website at

South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide

October 19, 2017

Last week I mentioned how insanely popular Halloween has become in recent years and the numerous events taking place here in the South Bay. Since then, I’ve received information on several brand new events that are sure to be a ton of fun – Carnevil Harbor Invasion; Halloween Costume Contest & 80s Dance Party with Richard Blade; Halloween Scare Down in Downtown; and This is IT – The Scariest Night of the Year. I’m glad most of this year’s Halloween events are spread out over the month because I plan on attending as many as I can!

The Great California Shake Out

October 19, 2017

Are you ready for The Big One? Join millions of people who will drop, cover and hold at 10:19 a.m. today, Thursday, October 19 in the 2017 Great California ShakeOut!

The popular catchphrase ‘Life’s a beach!’ holds true for those fortunate enough to live and work in the South Bay. It’s no secret the idyllic location and lifestyle has a tendency to breed contentment. However, there are certain conditions one should never disregard and the fact is, this is earthquake country.

Buy Tickets NOW for South Bay Scream

October 18, 2017

Berry Bly Productions presents South Bay Scream on Friday, October 27 at The Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club. This is the hottest Halloween party in the South Bay and you don’t want to wait to buy your ticket because it sells out every year!

The festivities get under way at 9 p.m. with DJs spinning the hottest club and dance tunes in three separate rooms. The celebration includes multiple dance floors, performance artists, tarot readers, scary creatures, lighting and visual effects, smoking patio, parking and much more.

Shade Hotel Redondo Beach Celebrates One Year Anniversary

October 17, 2017

shade-0ne-yearOn Friday night, Shade Hotel Redondo Beach, the premier luxury boutique hotel on the forefront of the Redondo Beach Revitalization Project and the second of the Shade brand, celebrated its one-year anniversary. The elegant bash, held in honor of its highly successful first year, was free and open to the public to thank its loyal guests and community.

With a red-carpet arrival and champagne flowing, the affair hosted approximately 650 guests, including Redondo Beach Mayor Bill Brand, and took place on all three levels of the hotel’s fully dedicated events building and included drink specials; a DJ spinning contemporary beats; a live band; prizes; and a complimentary champagne toast for the first 100 guests. Attendees celebrated underneath the stars against a spectacular nighttime marina view.

Dinner @ The Arts

October 17, 2017

Enriched Farms presents the weekly Dinner @ The Arts Food Truck Festival at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center tonight.

Dinner at the Arts is held every Tuesday from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Featuring the best of Los Angeles area food trucks. The event offers free parking, a casual dining area and a safe, pleasant environment to enjoy the trendiest delicacies on four wheels.

For additional information, visit the website at

The Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center is located at 1935 Manhattan Beach Boulevard in Redondo Beach at the northeast corner of the intersection with Aviation Boulevard.

Journey of Faith, Pastors Jason Cusick & Greg Piken

October 20, 2017

Listen to The South Bay Show: Manhattan Beach 360!

Our guests are Lead Pastor Jason Cusick and Community Pastor Greg Piken with Journey of Faith in Manhattan Beach and this morning, we’re going to learn about the programs and services they offer in addition to their Thanksgiving Boxes.

Listen to the program live at 8 a.m. or at your leisure

Dr. Ronald Rosso, Peninsula Plastic Surgery

October 19, 2017

Listen to The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight!

Our guest this morning is Dr. Ronald Rosso, Medical Director of Peninsula Plastic Surgery, Chief of Plastic Surgery for Emergency Room Services at Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Rosso is also the Chief of Plastic Surgery for ER Services for Healthcare Partners Medical Group in the South Bay. This morning, we’re going to learn a little about plastic surgery in general, and the various services and expertise Dr. Rosso provides his clients.

More Healthful Hints from Omid

October 16, 2017

Succeed with Omid is a personal trainer and health coach for holistic mind and body fitness… and one of this website’s sponsors.

Personal Trainer Omid treats each client individually, creating a customized program to fit their needs and goals. His personal training services involve not only fitness instruction and exercise coaching, they include health coaching and nutrition guidance. Succeed with Omid will create a personalized training program unique to your starting point, past medical issues and injuries, and determination, to generate results.

Omid also regularly posts videos dealing with specific physical issues. Here’s a forearm stretch for neck and shoulder pain….

Rockefeller to Open New Location in Riviera Village

October 15, 2017

I was walking by the former Jonathan’s location on Catalina Avenue the other day and saw a notice taped to the window. Turns out, The Rockefeller will be opening a new location in Riviera Village!

The Rockefeller has locations in Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach and are expanding their brand south. Now, folks living on the hill, in Torrance and South Redondo Beach will no longer have to head north for a Rockefeller fix.

Hatha Yoga in the Garden

October 14, 2017

The South Coast Botanic Garden offers a new series of classes, Hatha Yoga in the Garden, every Saturday and Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. through November 15.

Start your day with an invigorating yoga class in this beautiful venue! Attendees should wear comfortable clothing and bring a small towel and yoga mat.

Classes are $15 and the price includes admission to the garden if you’d like to stay after the class.

For additional information, visit the website at

The South Coast Botanic Garden is open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm and is located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274.