Author: Jackie Balestra

FREE Document Shredding Event

August 19, 2017

Athens Services is hosting a FREE Document Shredding Event today, Saturday, August 19 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hermosa Beach City Hall Parking Lot.

Athens Services is providing document shredding services at no cost. This is your opportunity to clean out old files and properly dispose of personal papers without compromising your personal information. The paper shredding will be done onsite and you will be able to witness the destruction of your documents. After the documents are thoroughly shredded, the paper is recycled. There is no limit on how much you can bring. Please remove all binder clips!

USBA August Networking Mixer

August 18, 2017

The Unified Small Business Alliance hosts the monthly Networking Mixer tonight, Friday, August 18 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the USBA Headquarters in Torrance.

If you’ve never attended one of the USBA events, you should make a point to stop by – it’s always a very casual, friendly evening. Bring business cards and your 30 second elevator speech. Free admission, no membership dues, no strings attached.

For additional information and to RSVP, visit the website at

The USBA headquarters is located at 2501 West 237 Street, Suite A in Torrance.

Buy Tickets Now for the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance

August 17, 2017

This year, the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance will take place at Louis Zamperini Field with a special twist…. They’ve re-imagined the show and are taking it to an entirely new level by adding vintage airplanes to the Concours!

In addition to displaying the usual high standard of historic automobiles, they’ll be showcasing vintage aircraft in a side-by-side display.

The theme this year is “Elegance and Speed,” and the featured marques are Packard and Porsche. In addition to the featured marques, there are a total of twenty classes of automobiles featuring a variety of magnificent concours automobiles from all over the world.

Mark Lipps, President, MB Chamber of Commerce

August 18, 2017

Listen to The South Bay Show: Manhattan Beach 360!

This morning we’ll be chatting with Mark Lipps, President of the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce, about development along the Sepulveda Corridor and other business related topics.

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

Mark Nicholas, Manhattan Beach Studios

August 17, 2017

Listen to The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight!

Our guest is Mark Nicholas, owner of Manhattan Beach Studios. A creative professional, Mark has developed a broad range of expertise in photography, lighting, technical imaging, live and recorded video streaming and broadcast. This morning, we’re going to learn about the services Manhattan Beach Studios offers and how Mark can showcase you and/or your business in the best possible light.

Listen to the show live at 8 a.m. or via podcast anytime

Welcome Our New Sponsor – Credit Furst!

August 16, 2017

We all know how important your credit score is… you really can’t accomplish much without a good one. A bad credit score can ruin your chances of getting a mortgage, car loan, credit card, insurance or even a job! Your credit score matters and now is the time to give your’s a nudge in the right direction.

Get started with a professional credit review with Credit Furst. They offer a no-obligation initial credit report consultation to discuss your current situation. It takes less than 15 minutes and can open the door to your future!

Yogurtland’s Hope Cup

August 15, 2017

This week, yogurt fanatics will have the chance to spread hope at their local Yogurtland. With five new scratch-made flavors inspired by delicious desserts from around the globe, guests will not only be able to embark on a flavor journey around the world, but also have a chance to give back with the introduction of Yogurtland’s Hope Cup.

From now until October 1, guests are invited to try the five limited-edition flavors, Blissful Banana Toffee Pie, Molten Lava Cake Gelato, Spicy Sweet Chili Mango Sorbet, Simply Sublime Pear Tart, and Perfectly Roasted Pistachio Almond. Before customizing their yummy yogurt creation, guests will decide to fill an original Yogurtland cup or for an extra $1 they can choose to fill the Hope Cup and equally benefit the following three Yogurtland Cares supported charities:

Fantasy Football Draft Party @ Rock & Brews

August 14, 2017

Host your Fantasy Football Draft Party at Rock & Brews PCH through September 7, enjoy free wifi, and receive one complimentary appetizer with the purchase of any pitcher of beer!

This offer is good through September 7 and is dine-in only. It cannot be combined with any other offer and excludes signature wings. This flyer must be presented to the server to redeem. Offer Code 407-009-090.

Rock & Brews PCH is located at 6300 South Pacific Coast, Redondo Beach, CA, 90277.


CloudLibrary & Qello Concerts @ Redondo Beach Library

August 13, 2017

The Redondo Beach Public Library is pleased to announce that a new eBook and audiobook platform, cloudLibrary, has joined the digital collection. The Cloud Library app is not only clean and simple to use, it allows library patrons access to thousands of titles through their Redondo Beach library card.

Love listening to music? Seeing concerts? Watching music documentaries? Redondo Beach Public Library has got you covered with Qello Concerts. Qello is the only place to watch over 1700 of the most amazing live moments in music. It’s the world’s largest collection of full-length concerts and music documentaries streamed on-demand to just about any digital device. It’s like a never-ending concert ticket. Another great service available for free with your Redondo Beach library card. Membership really does has its privileges!

BaleenKitchen Reopens

August 12, 2017

BaleenKitchen at the Portofino Hotel in Redondo Beach has reopened following a complete renovation and redesign that began in January.

For the relaunch, they hired veteran Executive Chef Leandro Bongarra to do the menu highlighting Coastal California Cuisine. Chef Bongarra has previously worked as Executive Chef at Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood, as well as Chef de Cuisine at Stefan’s at L.A. Farm, working along Stefan Richter, runner up of the “Top Chef” season 5. He studied Culinary Arts at Le Courdon Bleu in Pasadena and at Scuola di Cuccina in Roma, Italy.

2017 Bite at the Beach Recap

August 14, 2017

Bite at the Beach 3Hosted by the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Southern California Gas, the fourth annual Bite at the Beach took place Saturday, August 12 at the MBS Media Campus in Manhattan Beach.

I’ve attended this food and beer pairing extravaganza every year since its inception and it’s historically attracted a local crowd. While it’s always terrific to run into friends and acquaintances, this year’s attendees came from all over Southern California to sample the impressive array of sips and bites. Of the 700 attendees, I knew only a handful, so word has definitely spread beyond our South Bay borders!

Torrance Partners in Policing

August 11, 2017

The Torrance Police Department presents the Partners in Policing (PIP) Class starting September 7.

PIP offers community members the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of a Torrance Police Officer and the opportunity to learn the inner-workings of your police department. Participants will hear from a wide variety of details within the Torrance Police Department, including K-9, Forensics, Traffic, SWAT and many others.

The program consists of 12 sessions, meeting every Thursday night from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Torrance Police Station beginning Thursday, September 7 and concluding on Thursday, November 30.

Anytime Fitness Opens in El Segundo

August 10, 2017

Anytime Fitness recently opened a new location in El Segundo.

Anytime Fitness is the largest health club chain in the world, with over 3,500 clubs worldwide. The El Segundo club is the newest member of the franchise and has almost 6,000 sq ft of brand new cardio, machines, free weights, and amenities such as Functional Training zone, TRX & Boxing, On-Demand Virtual Group Fitness classes, and private bathrooms and showers. It’s open 24/7, every day of the year!

MB Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Academy Now Accepting Applications

August 9, 2017

The Manhattan Beach Chamber is now accepting applications for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy for middle and high school children this fall.

The program will commence in October and run through the end of the school year, meeting once a week at Mira Costa High School.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a year-long program that teaches students in grades 6 through 12 how to start and run their own, REAL businesses. Students brainstorm business ideas, decide if they want to work by themselves or as a team, write a business plan, pitch their plan to investors for funding, and actually launch their own business or social movement. All of the learning is real and experiential. Students have the opportunity to leave the class as business owners, complete with a DBA and bank account.