Author: Jackie Balestra

Trivia Tuesday @ Hey 19 Public House

November 12, 2019

Hey 19 Public House hosts Trivia Tuesday every week from 7 to 9 p.m.!

Put on your game face and prepare for an evening of brain power one-up-man-ship. Enjoy an adult beverage or have a bite to eat while putting all that trivial knowledge to use.

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Hey 19 Public House is located at 4525 Calle Mayor, Torrance, CA 90505.

Beach Cities Partnership for Youth Coalition Awarded 2019 Drug-Free Communities Program Grant

November 10, 2019

The Beach Cities Partnership for Youth Coalition was awarded a fiscal year 2019 Drug-Free Communities Program (DFC) grant in the amount of $125,000 by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), in cooperation with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The grant term is five years with total funding expected to be $625,000. The Coalition serves the Beach Cities of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach in California, a community of 123,398 people. The Beach Cities Partnership for Youth Coalition joins more than 150 community coalitions across the U.S. working to increase community-wide collaboration and decrease youth substance use. Recognizing that local problems need local solutions, DFC-funded groups engage multiple sectors of the community and employ a variety of strategies to address local substance use problems. Among the grantees, the Beach Cities Partnership for Youth Coalition is one of seven recipients from California.

Pastel Society Members Exhibition

November 9 – 23, 2019

The Pastel Society of Southern California hosts the annual Members Exhibition November 9 through November 23 at Riviera UMC.

The show features paintings by nationally recognized pastel artists, as well as local PSSC members from the South Bay and the greater Southern California area. There are nearly 50 high quality framed artworks on display, all of which are available for purchase.

“The PSSC was founded in 2009 by a dozen dedicated artists,” said President Otto Sturcke, “And now features MORE THAN 200 members with the goal to educate and illuminate the magic of pastel painting.” The PSSC is a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies.

South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide

November 7, 2019

A while back, I came up with this half-baked scheme to tweak the seasonal calendar in order to incorporate the marine layer months – it involved pushing the start of summer back to August. The main flaw with this proposal, is that the rest of the country’s weather actually adheres to the calendar seasons – apparently, May Gray/June Gloom is strictly a South Bay phenomenon. Anyway, I was speaking with someone recently, and we were discussing how ironic it is that once the kids are back in school and all the tourists have departed, we experience the best weather of the year. He called it “Local’s Summer”. Don’t you love that?!? It’s the perfect description for this time of year. Now that we’ve got figured that out, let’s do some weekending…..

Absolution Brewing Food Drive

November 7, 2019

Absolution Brewing is collecting items for their annual Food Drive during the month of November.

You can drop off canned goods during regular business hours and when you share the love, receive a 10% discount per donation! Drink beer and use your powers for good!

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Absolution Brewing is located at 2878 Columbia Street, Torrance, CA 90503.

Ed Lynch, Mychal’s Learning Place

November 8, 2019

Listen to The South Bay Show: Manhattan Beach Chamber 360!

We have a returning guest this morning, Ed Lynch from Mychal’s Learning Place, and we’ll learn about the upcoming Santa Stroll fundraiser and get an update on what’s happening at Mychal’s Learning Place these days.

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

VetFest 2019

November 7, 2019

Listen to The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight!

Mark Lipps will be sitting in as guest co-host again, this time as a representative from Manhattan Beach Rotary. This morning, we’re going to learn about the annual VetFest, taking place on Sunday, November 10 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Kinecta offices located at 1440 Rosecrans Avenue in Manhattan Beach.

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


November 5, 2019

Switzer Family Center needs your help this season for their annual Adopt-A-Family program!

Many of the students at Switzer come from families in need. Some of their parents are struggling just to make ends meet, while other students live in foster care or group homes.

Adopt-a-Family this year and buy gifts for these students and their siblings who might not have any gifts without your help. You can choose to adopt individual students, an entire family, or donate money and an elf will do the shopping for you!

MBAC Opening Reception: ImmersiO

November 1 – December 29, 2019

The Manhattan Beach Art Center (MBAC) presents the Opening Reception: ImmersiO, a solo exhibition by Swiss born and New York educated, Paris based artist Claudia Meyer on Friday, November 1 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Envisioned by Homeira Goldstein and Time4Art and organized by the Manhattan Beach Art Center with special thanks to the Cultural Arts Commission and the Manhattan Beach City Council, ImmersiO will be on view from November 1, 2019 to December 29, 2019.

Leaving the confines of the canvas, Claudia Meyer’s work bridges painting and sculpture, technology and nature, light and dark. Her monumental pieces explore the artist’s newfound interest in handwriting through immersive layered panels.

“Creating is about stimulating new ideas and finding ways to articulate them,” says Meyer about her work. She is often inspired by architecture, technology, poetry, and nature and seeks to create an uplifting dialogue and a source of reflection through colors, transparencies, lights, and shapes.

Claudia Meyer’s artwork is exhibited in carefully selected Art Galleries, Public and Private Institutions, Corporate and Private collections and Art Fairs all over the world, as well as being commissioned for public and private venues.

Manhattan Beach PD Supports Movember Campaign

November 4, 2019

During the month of November, some members of the Manhattan Beach Police Department will be displaying moustaches and moustache pins to show their support for prostate cancer awareness as part of the Movember campaign.

Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of prostate cancer. The goal of Movember is to “change the face of men’s health.”

Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. Men are encouraged to be aware of any family history of cancer and to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

ESMoA Experience #43: PLANT

October 24, 2019 – January 25, 2020

ESMoA is excited to present Experience 43: PLANT opening on Thursday, October 24, 2019 and running through January 25, 2020.

PLANT invites visitors to peek inside the studio of Amely Spoetzl, as well as explore her artworks, urban interventions, photographs, drawings, sculptures and more. Photographs of her artworks are created in collaboration with Bernd Zoellner.

The Experience will include an interactive component Thicket, where the visitor can actively contribute to its formation using drawing tools created by the artist.

The ESMoA Experience Award recipient for PLANT is Jasmine Nyende, a LA-based new media artist, whose work includes poetry, fiber art and experimental performance.