Author: Jackie Balestra

PVAC Call for Videos

April 4, 2020

Palos Verdes Art Center has issued a Call for Videos.

The team at PVAC is expanding their online presence with virtual exhibitions and e-blasts to members and friends. Theys would like to involve you, too.

PVAC will periodically post videos on their website that they receive from members and the community at large. This is an open outlet for creativity, so let your artistic visions flow and submit videos of any length and genre, be it dance, spoken word, animation, etc.

Don’t have a video? PVAC staff will be glad to help you make one.

AlertSB Joint Information Center Update

April 4, 2020


Safer at Home Directive Still in Effect: With warm weather forecasted or Los Angeles, please remember the Safer At Home directives are still in effect including the closure of all beaches, parks, and trails in Los Angeles County. Please be aware that “behavioral fatigue” may set in, especially when it’s tempting to go outside. Help stem the spread of COVID-19 by remaining in your homes, unless it is absolutely necessary to leave in order to perform an essential function.

Virtual Trips

April 4, 2020

This information was sent to me from Bonnie Barchichat of Senior Comedy Afternoons. Just because we’re all stuck at home, doesn’t mean we can’t travel to places near and far! Thanks, Bonnie!

Monterey Bay Acquarium

Griffith Observatory

LA Opera


Aquarium of the Pacific’s Aquarium Online Academy

National Gallery of Art – Washington DC

Musee D’Orsay- Paris

The Guggenheim – NYC

Lomita COVID-19 Updates

April 3, 2020

The City of Lomita has developed a stand alone website dedicated to COVID-19, which is continually updated as new information develops.

Covid-19 has been dominating the news cycle over the past several weeks. This is an unprecedented situation that is fluid and changing rapidly. We would like to assure our residents that we are monitoring it closely, and along with our partner agencies around us, adjusting as necessary.

For updates, visit the website at

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program

April 3, 2020

Over the past several weeks, there has been an outpouring of altruism and support from #NeighborsHelpingNeighbors in the Beach Cities. Now more than ever is the time for us to come together and look out and care for one another, especially our vulnerable populations – older adults and those with underlying health conditions.

Governor Gavin Newsom urged Californians to check in on vulnerable neighbors with a call, text or physically-distanced door knock. One way to help our community is to drop off Kindness Cards to neighbors letting them know you’re here to help!

Federal Stimulus Calculator

April 3, 2020

The Federal Government passed two measures in the last two weeks designed to aid those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Whether you are employed full time or part time, a gig worker, unemployed, or retired, you may be eligible for a stimulus payment.

Click here to use the calculator to see if you qualify for a stimulus payment.

COVID-19 Testing

April 3, 2020

There are two ways to get tested for COVID-19.

1) If a person develops symptoms of COVID-19 and has reason to believe they may have been exposed, they should call their health care provider or local health department before seeking care. If you don’t have a provider, call 2-1-1 for help finding a clinician near you.

2) The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) has established testing sites across LA County. Tests through LA County are free and strictly limited to residents of LA County who are in the most high-risk categories and most vulnerable.

What’s Blooming in the Garden this Week

April 3, 2020

Whether you’re planning a visit to the South Coast Botanic Garden, or trying to stay connected to the Garden from a distance, listen to the latest What’s Blooming in the Garden program.

Garden volunteer Georgiann Keller walks listeners through the most recent Garden updates and, of course, the latest plants that have come alive with spring.

Georgiann describes the scene with vivid detail, and the information can help you make the most out of your next visit!

Listen to the program at

Paycheck Protection Program Info

April 2, 2020

Yesterday, the Treasury Department released initial information for lenders and small businesses for the Paycheck Protection Program – the program that provides $349 billion in loans for small businesses, the self-employed, and independent contractors. These loans can be converted into grants based on an employer’s expenses.

Small business can begin applying for these loans this Friday, April 3, and the application is now available here.

To learn more, visit the Treasury Department website.

City of Hermosa Beach COVID-19 Update

April 2, 2020

To help keep the community informed, the City of Hermosa Beach is providing daily updates featuring the latest news about COVID-19, related local updates, and how the City is working to meet the needs of the community and protect public health.

Today’s Updates include:
City of Hermosa Beach Daily COVID-19 Update for 4.1.20
Message from School District Superintendent Pat Escalante
Hermosa Beach from Home Webpage

Please continue to follow public health experts’ recommendations to avoid spreading the coronavirus including frequent handwashing, avoiding others who are ill, keeping a safe distance from one another, and staying home if you are ill.

South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide

April 2, 2020

Earlier this week, President Trump extended the federal social distancing guidelines through April 30. Whether or not local governments will comply, or alter their own guidelines, is anyone’s guess at this point, but it’s safe to say Easter and Passover events will be called off {sigh}. The other big news this week is the closure of all county beaches. While I haven’t left the house in almost two weeks, there were hordes of people frolicking on the beach. Really??? I read a great quote the other day that truly puts our current situation into perspective, “Your grandparents were called to war. You’re being called to sit on a couch.” It seems that’s just too much to ask of a covidiot.

COVID-19 & California Webinar Teleconference

April 1, 2020

Join the South Bay Chambers of Commerce and Senator Ben Allen for a COVID-19 & California Webinar Teleconference on Thursday April, 2 at 3:15 p.m.

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all parts of our lives. With extended business closures and the slowdown of our economy, what does it mean for the South Bay community? Senator Ben Allen will update members of the business community on the next steps and what the business community should expect.

This is a FREE event but you must register!

Register for this valuable discussion at

COVID-19 Small Business Forum Webinar Series

April 1, 2020

This information is brought to you courtesy of the El Segundo Chamber of Commerce….

The COVID-19 Small Business Forum Series is now available. Valuable information is included on both the CARES Act and EIDL (SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan) for our small business community.

You are advised to contact your accounting resources, or Bixel Exchange is offering free one-on-one advising. Their contact information is included in the following link.

If you have questions or need additional assistance, please reach out to the El Segundo Chamber at We are here to offer assistance during these unprecedented times.