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MBPD Child Restraint Enforcement Week

March 26, 2017

Beginning March 26 through April 1, the Manhattan Beach Police Department will be participating with several Los Angeles County law enforcement agencies in conducting a special enforcement program focusing on juveniles who are not properly restrained within a motor vehicle.

Motor vehicle crashes remain the number one cause of death for children and young adults. Despite this, more than ninety percent of the children who attended safety seat checkups in the Los Angeles area were buckled up incorrectly. In 2014, over 6,000 children under the age of 14 were killed or seriously injured as a result of vehicle crashes in California, sixty three percent were unrestrained.

California law requires children to ride in a safety seat or booster, in the back seat, until they are at least eight years of age. Children must also ride rear-facing until they are two years of age, unless they are at least 40 pounds or is at least 40 inches tall. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advises parents and caregivers to keep children in each restraint type, including rear-facing, forward-facing and booster seats, for as long as possible before moving them up to the next type of seat.

Safety is our highest priority. The best car seat is the one that fits your child, fits your vehicle and one you will use every time your child is in the car.

If you have any questions, please contact Traffic Sergeant Scott Combs (310) 802-5166.

City of Hawthorne Mural

March 25, 2017

Artist Skye Amber Sweet will be painting a mural in Hawthorne all day today and tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Holly Park.

The public is encouraged to stop by to see the work in progress. This public art project is graciously being donated to the City of Hawthorne.

For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1221614781287493/

Holly Park is located at 2058 West 120 Street, Hawthorne, CA 90260.


Comedy by the Beach

March 24, 2017

Comedy Pop Up presents Comedy by the Beach on Friday, March 24 beginning at 8 p.m. at Samba Brazilian Steakhouse in Redondo Marina.

Come enjoy a night out with some of LA’s funniest comics! The event will be feature comics Ben Gleib (Idiotest, Chelsea Lately, @midnight), Alonzo Bodden (Last Comin Standing Winner, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents), Alex Thomas (Def Comedy Jam, The Jamie Foxx Show), Eleanor Kerrigan (Dice Undisputed, Entourage) and hosted by Brenton Biddlecombe.

Along with all that great comedy, attendees will also enjoy a special selection of Brazilian inspired drink specials.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. There is plenty of onsite parking for only $2 with validation.

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at http://www.comedypopupla.com/.

Samba Brazilian Steakhouse is located at 207 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

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Restaurant for Roses @ Chado Tea Room

March 23, 2017

We all saw the fabulous Torrance Float in this year’s Parade of Roses. Well, they raise funds all year long to make the float happen every year. Here’s your chance to contribute!

The Torrance Rose Float Association invites the community to the next Restaurant for Roses event today, Thursday, March 23 at the Chado Tea Room from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Downtown Torrance. Come for a sip of tea and delicious food and support the Torrance Rose Float Association.

Chado Tea Room will donate 20% of your purchase to the TRFA fundraiser. Don’t forget to bring the flyer or just show them this post!

The Chado Tea Room is located at 1303 Prado Avenue, Torrance, CA 90501.

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South Bay by Jackie Special @ The Mermaid

March 22, 2017

Don’t forget! Killer Shrimp at The Mermaid is offering the ‘South Bay by Jackie Special’ through March 31!!!

Order an entree from the Killer Shrimp menu and get a free appetizer! Tell your server, “I want the ‘South Bay by Jackie’ Special, please!” That’s the easy part….now you’ll have to figure out what to order. Will it be the Steamed Mussels or Clams, Popcorn Shrimp, Crab Fries, Killer Nachos or something else??? So many choices….

For additional information, visit the website at http://www.killershrimp.com/.

Killer Shrimp at The Mermaid is located at 11 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.


.99¢ Burger Tuesday @ The Rockefeller

March 21, 2017

Take advantage of the best burger deal in town at 99¢ Burger Tuesdays at The Rockefeller!

Seriously, the burgers are .99¢ from 5 to 10 p.m. every Tuesday at both locations. All you have to do is order a glass of beer or wine with it….you shouldn’t have any problem with that. They change the recipe every month. One per customer, cannot be combined with any other offer.

For additional information, visit the website at https://eatrockefeller.com/#menu-item-3083.

The Rockefeller is located at 1209 Highland Avenue in Manhattan Beach and 418-422 Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach.

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Spring Has Arrived!!!

March 20, 2017

Spring officially begins this morning at 9:29 a.m. PDT!

With that much needed, wet winter we just experienced, there will surely be some massive blooms this season (time to stock up on anti-histamine!).

A friend of mine took a drive out to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park last weekend and the wildflowers were SPECTACULAR… and if you hadn’t noticed, it’s pretty spectacularly green all over the South Bay, too!

Here’s to Spring!!!


An Afternoon of Irish, Celtic, and World Folk Ballads

March 19, 2017

Daniel Wheeler will be performing a variety of Traditional and Modern Irish, Celtic and World Folk Ballads on Sunday March 19 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Coffee Cartel.

This special event is in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day weekend! 🍀 As a musician and composer, Daniel has a unique style of blending modern alternative rock and folk, with classic soft rock and world folk music, bridging the gap between generations.

This event is open to the public. There is no over charge, however, patronage of The Coffee Cartel products and refreshments while enjoying the music is always encouraged and certainly would help the local small businesses in the area thrive, as well as boost the local music scene. Stop by for a while and have a listen.

For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1955002178062449/.

The Coffee Cartel is located at 1820 S Catalina Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

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Hawthorne Rising

March 18, 2017

Just in case you missed it last week, there was an article in the Daily Breeze detailing the economic resurgence happening in Hawthorne! Woohoo!


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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!!

March 17, 2017

There will be no shortage of St. Patrick’s Day festivities around the South Bay today. From El Segundo to the Hill, it will be a celebration of all things Irish.

Break out the green, learn the lyrics to Danny Boy, practice your jig, enjoy some corned beef and cabbage, a pint or two of Guinness and by all means, a dram of whiskey.

If you’re feeling really ambitious, memorize a line or two from the works of James Joyce, Oscar Wilde or Samuel Beckett.

Have a great time out there – but do yourself and everyone else a favor – DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE! Take a cab, bus, bike, Uber, Lyft, See Jane Go, or have a designated driver!

Have a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day!


Lunch @ The Arts

March 16, 2017

Enriched Farms, Inc. presents the weekly Food Truck Festival: Lunch at the Arts, every Thursday afternoon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.

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. Foodies will experience the thrill of eating gourmet specialties such as fresh lobster rolls, Asian fusion cuisine, gourmet burgers, and exotic grilled cheese sandwiches.

Parking is free and there’s no admission. Meals range from $6 on up.

For additional information and a list of food trucks, visit the website at http://www.enrichedfarms.com/#!food-trucks-/c1xdl.

The Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center is located at 1935 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Redondo Beach CA 90278. (Located at the Northeast corner of the intersection with Aviation Blvd.)

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USBA Networking Event @ Fu Yuan Low Chinese Restaurant

March 15, 2017

The Unified Small Business Alliance hosts the monthly Networking Mixer tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Fu Yuan Low Chinese Restaurant.

The USBA invites everyone to this Buffet Style Networking Event. The cost is $13 per person and includes food, soda, hot or iced tea, tax and tip, or $16 if you wish to add a glass of Battaglini Wine.

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 plenty of business cards and dress to impress!

For additional information and to RSVP, visit the website at http://www.usba.club/.

Fu Yuan Low Chinese Restaurant is located at 26 Peninsula Center, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274. NOTE: Restaurant is on Indian Peak Road but address shows 26 Peninsula Center.


Wine @ 5 at Second Story

March 14, 2017

Second Story Restaurant at The Belamar Hotel will host the monthly BCHD/Blue Zones Project, Wine @ Five tonight, Tuesday, March 14 from 5 to 6 p.m.

Italians drink a glass of red wine with each meal…and they might just be onto something. Studies show that for people who have a healthy relationship with alcohol, enjoying a glass of wine rich in artery-scrubbing flavonoids can benefit the health of the mind and body. Unwind with new and old friends at Blue Zones Project’s Wine @ Five.

The first glass of wine is $5 and attendees will enjoy discounted appetizers.

Wine @ Five takes place the second Tuesday of each month from 5 to 6 p.m. at various venues throughout the South Bay.

For additional information, visit the BCHD website at http://bchd.org/.

Second Story Restaurant at The Belamar Hotel is located at 3501 North Sepulveda Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.


Volleyball Coaches Needed

March 13, 2017

The City of Torrance Youth Volleyball Program depends on volunteer coaches and is looking for a few good men and women to volunteer this season.

Volleyball is an eight-week program and the games begin April 22, 2017. Coaches set their own practice times, and the games are played in the Dee Hardison Sports Center at Wilson Park located at 2400 Jefferson Street.

If you are interested, you must complete the following forms and be cleared to be eligible to receive your team roster. All steps should be completed by March 21, 2017.

Step 1: Complete a Volunteer Coach’s application online at http://www.TorranceCA.Gov/VolunteerProgram.htm
Step 2: Pick up a Volunteer Fingerprint Form in Human Resources, 3231 Torrance Blvd.
Step 3: Interview with the Youth Sports Supervisor

City policy requires volunteers to be fingerprinted annually.

The cost for your child to participate in this program is $69, but as a thank you, parents who volunteer to coach, will receive a full refund after the equipment has been returned at the end of the season. For more information, call Patti Goldenson at (310) 781-7517.


Athleta Sunday Funday for Mothers & Daughters

March 12, 2017

Athleta at The Point is hosting a Sunday Funday for Mothers & Daughters today, Sunday, March 12 from noon to 5 p.m.

Stop by to shop the womens and girls lines and enjoy Pressed Juice samples (12-2pm), nail wraps from Jamberry, a braid bar (12-3pm) and a Soap Seas pop-up (2-5pm).

Everyone who RSVPs will also receive a special shopping pass valid for full-price and sale merchandise. To reserve your special shopping pass, RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/athleta-the-point-motherdaughter-sunday-funday-tickets-32302133551 and an invite will be waiting for you at the store! (Print out or show your confirmation email at the store to receive your Friends & Family pass.)

This event is FREE to attend!

For additional information, visit the Eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/athleta-the-point-motherdaughter-sunday-funday-tickets-32302133551.

Athleta is located in The Point at 830 Sepulveda Boulevard, Suite 112, El Segundo, California 90245.


FREE Pilates Class @ The Point

March 11, 2017

FitPilates and Pilates Place offer a FREE Pilates Class every second Saturday (that’s today!) from 9 to 10 a.m. at The Point Plaza.

Tight, tense, and not flexible? The answer is Pilates. This class is designed to sculpt your body making tight areas more agile and at the same time, focuses on increasing abdominal and back strength. It also improves and makes many functional activities a lot easier on your muscles and joints. Variations and modifications are given to accommodate all levels and abilities.

Attendees should bring a yoga mat and water and dress accordingly.

For additional information, visit the website at http://www.thepointsb.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47.

The Point is located at 850 South Sepulveda Boulevard, El Segundo, CA 90245.


Los Angeles Ale Works Grand Opening

March 10, 2017

I recently attended the Grand Opening of Los Angeles Ale Works in Hawthorne. The Mayor, City Council Members, City Staff, beer lovers, locals, and a large contingent of Space X employees were on hand to celebrate this already popular brewery.

They opened their doors in January and already have a loyal following from local businesses in the surrounding industrial neighborhood, hence, the Space X employees.

The brewery encompasses ten thousand square feet with a comfortable patio with picnic tables and string lights, and an open floorplan tap room with a generous bar and two and four person tables.

They currently offer eight brews in cans and more on tap.

For additional information, visit the website at http://www.laaleworks.com,

Los Angeles Ale Works is located at 12918 Cerise Avenue, Hawthorne, CA 90250.

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Back to School Night at Zinc@Shade

March 9, 2017

In an effort to help raise much needed funds for South Bay Education Foundations, zinc@shade at Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach has launched a weekly Back to School Night campaign.

Designed to encourage social gatherings in support of local schools, the popular restaurant and lounge will donate 15% of each check for guests seated from 6 p.m. to close every Thursday night to the local education foundation of their choice. Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, and Peninsula education foundations will benefit.

“There is an incredible amount of support for the schools in the South Bay, and we want to honor that support,” said Michael Zislis, owner of Shade Hotels. “Back to School Night at zinc@shade gives friends, family and co-workers a great reason to get together for a good time and a good cause, knowing that a percentage of their check will help local schools. We are excited to see which Ed Foundation gets the most support.”

zinc@shade offers an energized, contemporary setting with an exceptional selection of wines and beers, as well as a full bar and eclectic lunch, dinner and brunch menus curated by Executive Chef Ashley Oates featuring a broad selection of bites, salads, gourmet pizzas and entrees. Dining in available is the lounge or al fresco on the terrace. In addition to Back to School Thursdays, guests can enjoy half priced beer, wine, cocktails and appetizers for Shade Hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For reservations and information about Back to School Night at zinc@shade, call (310) 546.4995.

Shade Manhattan Beach is located at 1221 North Valley Drive in Manhattan Beach.

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Shop at Whole Foods Torrance to Support TEF

March 8, 2017

Whole Foods Market in Torrance at Rolling Hills Plaza will donate 5% of net proceeds today, Wednesday, March 8 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to the Torrance Education Foundation

Do your weekly shopping and help support TEF! No RSVP or ticket purchase necessary, just come and shop. Stop by and say “Hi” at the TEF table and pick up a free coloring book.

For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/184227312067208/.

Whole Foods Market is located at 2655 East Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance, CA.


Get Out and VOTE!!!

March 7, 2017

It’s election day here in the South Bay, and for those cities with items on the ballot, today will determine the course of governance for the near future.

Make your opinion count – GET OUT AND VOTE!!!