Author: Jackie Balestra

Torrance Beach Fourth of July Fireworks

June 26, 2017

I heard rumors about this late last year and just happened to come across it online this week.

The Palos Verdes FIreworks Committee created a site last year to raise funds to continue the Fourth of July fireworks show off Torrance Beach. They made it to nearly one third of the $65,000 objective, but fell short and consequently, there will be no fireworks display this year.

The donations will be held in an interest-bearing account at Malaga Bank and they will continue fundraising on an ongoing basis so that the event can be funded in perpetuity.

Bite at the Beach Discount!

June 25, 2017

Last week on The South Bay Show: Manhattan Beach 360! our guests were Mark Lipps and Brandon Oates from the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce and local musician Jack Tracy.

Mark announced on the show a special discount for our listeners purchasing tickets for Bite at the Beach! Tune in and get the promo code!

Vote for Shade Hotel MB

June 24, 2017

Shade Hotel Manhattan Beach is up for the Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards!

Show your love for the best little boutique beach hotel in Manhattan and receive a comp appetizer with proof of vote!

Voting ends July 1, so don’t wait, do it now!

You can cast your vote at

Shade MB Vote

Cookie Cutters Offers South Bay by Jackie Special!

June 23, 2017

Cookie Cutters – Haircuts for Kids, recently opened in the South Bay and provides families an amazing haircut experience that is fun for kids and stress-free for parents.

If you are a new client, mention ‘South Bay by Jackie’ and you’ll get $8 off the first haircut! Pretty sweet!

You can schedule an appointment online or call 855-KIDS CUT (855-543-7288).

For additional information, visit the Facebook page at

Cookie Cutters – Haircuts for Kids is located at 1751 Artesia Boulevard, Suite F, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.Cookie Cutter flyer

South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide

June 22, 2017

Its official – yesterday was the first day of summer – and our South Bay absolutely sparkles this time of year! There are so many fantastic events happening over the next few months, you really have to plan ahead and pace yourself. Now is the time to consult your calendar and figure out your must see/do events. There are an abundance of options, and unless you have the ability to clone yourself, you can’t attend them all. Decisions must be made! I hope to see you out there!

Blow Out Bingo @ Scholb Brewing

June 22, 2017

Scholb Premium Ales is celebrating LA Beer Week with several different events, and tonight, it’s all about Blow Out Bingo from 7 to 9 p.m.

Everybody loves playing Bingo and it’s even more fun when you pair it with craft beer! In addition to the games, the evening will also feature Stout Floats and Street Tacos. YUM.

Beer & Bingo….Bingo & Beer….either way, it’s a guaranteed fun night out….. and who knows, you might win something!

For additional information, visit the website at

Scholb Craft Brewery is located at 2964 Columbia Street, Torrance, CA.
Bingo @ Scholb

South Bay’s Got Talent Audition Deadline

June 21, 2017

The South Bay’s Got Talent competition is returning to the James R. Armstrong Theatre on Saturday, September 23 at 7 p.m.

Do you possess star quality? Have you been practicing and perfecting a talent that you want to share with the world? Are you ready to step onto the stage and into the spotlight? Then get ready for the 2017 South Bay’s Got Talent competition!

All talents and all ages are welcome to audition. Winners will receive scholarships for the 2018 World Championships of Performing Arts. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

MB Chamber Chat with Richard Montgomery

June 23, 2017

Listen to The South Bay Show: Manhattan Beach 360!

Our guests are Manhattan Beach City Council Member Richard Montgomery and MB Chamber President Mark Lipps, and we’re going to discuss the economic vitality of the city, Bite at the Beach, Manhattan Beach’s “A” award for cleanliness from Heal the Bay reports this week and other items of interest!

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

South Bay Festival of the Arts

June 22, 2017

Listen to The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight!

Our guests this morning are Chris Wolf, Dan Ashcraft and Ellenmary Michel and they’re going to tell us what attendees can expect at the inaugural South Bay Festival of the Arts taking place on Saturday, June 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center.

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

Riviera Village Summer Festival

June 21, 2017

Listen to The South Bay Show: Redondo Beach – More to Sea!

Our guest this morning is Corrine Ybarra and she’s going to tell us what attendees can expect at this year’s Riviera Village Summer Festival taking place this weekend, Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25.

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

Apollo Landing Set to Open Fall 2017

June 20, 2017

Apollo Landing 2Continental Development Corporation announces Apollo Landing, a new three building complex on the Rosecrans corridor that will include six new full-service and fast-casual restaurants. The 13,500 square foot property located at 2171-2191 Rosecrans Avenue in El Segundo is nearly 100 percent leased and is scheduled to open this fall.

“We are excited to introduce additional dining options that will serve companies located in Continental Park and provide even more great choices for the residents in El Segundo, Manhattan Beach and the surrounding cities,” said Richard Lundquist, President of Continental Development Corporation.

What’s Happening in the South Bay?

June 20, 2017

One of the best and most convenient ways to keep up with what’s going down in the South Bay, is to subscribe to the South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide or RSS Feed.

You can do so by scrolling down the right side of any page of the website where you will find the Weekend Guide and the RSS Feed subscription boxes.

Did I mention, it’s FREE? What are you waiting for???

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Redondo Beach Public Library Summer Reading Program

June 19, 2017

Sign up now for the Redondo Beach Public Library’s awesome FREE Summer Reading Program.

Join the Summer Reading Program and earn rewards, attend programs and enjoy special activities all summer long. This year’s theme is Reading by Design and there are programs for children, teens and adults.

Summer Reading Program dates are June 17 through August 26, 2017. These are FREE programs but sign-up is required! The program at the Main Library is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and the program at the North Branch Library is from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Ocean Market Grill Opens New Location in Torrance

June 18, 2017

Following the success of their first restaurant in Long Beach, Ocean Market Grill has opened the doors to their first South Bay location, cooking up the freshest seafood along with healthy plates just in time for summer.

As of the first week of June, the new location in Torrance has taken over the space previously occupied by The Counter in the Village Del Amo Center near the corner of Hawthorne and Torrance Boulevard.

Yogurtland Summer Flavors

June 17, 2017

Celebrate summer with a spoonful of Yogurtland’s five new, delicious, scratch-made flavors.

These new promotional flavors, available from June 5 to August 6, explore the tastes of summer and are inspired by summer experiences, and the fresh fruits and desserts that are associated with them – Home Grown Watermelon Sorbet, Sun Kissed Strawberry Shortcake, Sweet n’ Smooth Peaches and Cream Gelato, Larger than Life Mud Pie, and Picnic Favorite Apricot Mango Tart. Reminiscent of family outings and warm summer nights, these new yummy flavors are a perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day.