Ongoing Events

Adventure to Santa – a DreamWorks DreamPlace @ South Bay Galleria

November 5 – December 24, 2016

Adventure to SantaSouth Bay Galleria presents Adventure to Santa – a DreamWorks DreamPlace beginning Saturday, November 5. The experience offers guests an unforgettable journey inspired by a child’s most memorable experience: meeting Santa Claus.

Adventure to Santa – A DreamWorks DreamPlace is an immersive holiday experience that starts with Kung Fu Panda, seamlessly blending storytelling with cutting-edge technology. It features dynamic animation, entertaining light shows featuring the mischievous antics of Po and friends, as well as a private visit with Santa.

Of course, you’ll want a few keepsake photos of this amazing experience! Photo packages can be pre-purchased by visiting www.SouthBayGalleria.com and booking a reservation.

L.A. Defenders

November 11, 2016 – April 1, 2017

Los-Angeles-D-FendersThe L.A. D-Fenders, the development team of the Los Angeles Lakers, start the 2016-17 season with their first home game on November 11 at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo.

Enjoy an up-close-and-personal game with opportunities to meet the players, coaches, refs and Lakers’ Girls, complete with photo ops and autographs!

Experience #25: BRAIN @ ESMoA

October 16, 2016 – February 12, 2017

BrainEl Segundo Museum of Art presents Experience #25: BRAIN, opening on Sunday, October 16 at 10 a.m.

An introduction by Marc Pachter, Director Emeritus, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, is scheduled for 2 p.m. The art experience will run through February 12, 2017.

A Peek into Chicano Art

October 26 – December 31, 2016

A-Peek-Into-Chicano-ArtTIME4ART presents the Opening Reception of A Peek into Chicano Art from the private collection of Cheech Marin on Wednesday, October 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Manhattan Beach Art Center.

The program begins at 7 p.m. and features the work of Chaz Bojorquez, Einar and Jamex de la Torre, David Flury, Margaret Garcia, Gronk, Jacinto Guevara, Wayne Alaniz Healy, Adan Hernandez, Frank Romero, Alex Rubio, Vinvent Valdez, Andy Villarrea, George Yepes, Jaime “Germs” Zacarios. The exhibit is curated by Homeira Goldstein, Chairman of the Board TIME4ART

The exhibition will run from October 26 through December 31. Gallery Hours are Wednesday through Saturday: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM; Sunday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Closed on Monday, Tuesday, and holidays.

Mindfulness Drop In

First Wednesdays

Mindfulness.jpgBeach Cities Health District offers Free Mindfulness Drop-In the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

Take 30 minutes to downshift and practice mindfulness techniques.The monthly sessions will be led by trained Beach Cities Health District staff. No prior experience with meditation or mindfulness is required.

Please arrive a few minutes early to sign in and get settled.

Wonder of Dinosaurs @ SBG

Every Day

Wonder-of-DinosaursSouth Bay Galleria is now hosting Wonder of Dinosaurs!

Wonder of Dinosaurs features museum quality robotic and static dinosaurs. The dinosaurs are beautifully displayed and accompanied by signs that provide information that you will find both educational and fascinating. The Exhibition is a walk through at your own pace, self-guided tour.

While the robotic dinosaurs have been known to make adults jump back, the entire exhibit is family friendly for even the youngest of children.

Parents’ Night Out

Every Friday & Saturday

Parents-Night-OutAdventurePlex offers a Parents’ Night Out every Friday and Saturday from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Here’s your opportunity to show the kids a great time and give yourself a guilt-free adult night out. Your children will have as much fun as you learning a new activity from an AdventurePlex class instructor, creating arts and crafts, playing games, challenging themselves in sports and, of course, exploring all five levels of the famed play structure. A healthy dinner is provided as well!

Voyager Whale Watching Excursions

December – April

gray-whale-south-bay-by-jackieWhale watching is a time-honored tradition along the California coastline and the South Bay offers a magnificent vantage point to witness one of the world’s great seasonal migrations.

The Gray Whale Migration runs from December through April with the whales travelling through our local waters from Alaska to Baja, Mexico and back.

There have been an unprecedented number of Gray Whale sightings the past few seasons.

Cruise at the Beach

Every Friday: April through October

Cruise at Ruby's - sbbjVroom, vroom! The Cruise is back!

Cruise at the Beach returns to Ruby’s Diner in Redondo Beach for the season!

Open to the public, this free event happens every Friday night through October and features a gathering of vintage automobiles on display in the Ruby’s Diner parking lot from 4 to 8 p.m.

Storytelling Seminar

Third Tuesdays

storytellingJim Mueller, producer of the South Bay Stories Show, hosts a Storytelling Seminar every third Tuesday at the Joslyn Center at 12:30 p.m. in the Sunset Room.

The main focus is the participants. Jim discusses storytelling principles and techniques, but it’s mostly the stories of the participants.

Athleta FREE Workouts @ The Point

Every Sunday

AthletaAthleta presents FREE Workouts every Sunday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. at The Point in El Segundo.

Join the Athleta crew for a FREE workout taught by local instructors on the grass in the Plaza. The schedule includes Yoga, Couples Yoga, Yoga Cycle, Pilates, Sweat & Sculpt and more. Get ready to get your sweat on during these fun workouts! All you need to bring is your mat, water and a friend!

Ride the Trains @ Wilson Park

First & Third Sundays

Southern-California-Live Steamers sbbjSouthern California Live Steamers invites the public to Ride the Trains at Charles H Wilson Park.

They host public run days on the first Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the third Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. every month. The trains are located at the eastern end of the park near the picnic tables.

Southern California Live Steamers is a 501(c)3 non-profit and an all-volunteer organization that provides free rides during public run days. Each volunteer is a member of the City of Torrance volunteer program.

Lunch & Dinner at the Arts

Tuesdays & Thursdays

lunch & dinner at the artsEnriched Farms, Inc. presents a weekly Food Truck Festival 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.

Every Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Every Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Every Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

FREE Pilates Class @ The Point

Second Saturdays

PilatesFitPilates and Pilates Place will offer a FREE Pilates Class every second Saturday 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 in 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.

Second Sundays @ Two

Second Sundays

violinRolling Hills United Methodist Church presents Second Sundays At Two concert series at 2 p.m. on select second Sundays throughout the year.

RHUMC Music Director Charles Dickerson serves as Artistic Advisor for the series of free afternoon recitals and chamber music concerts from September through June, except December and the month of Easter, when there are other musical offerings at RHUMC. Admission is FREE but donations are appreciated! 100% of donations go directly to the artists.

For additional information, visit the website at http://rhumc.org/concerts-at-rolling-hills/.

Rolling Hills United Methodist Church is located at 26438 Crenshaw Boulevard, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274 (NE corner of Crenshaw & PV Drive North).

Yoga @ Shade Hotel Rooftop

Every Monday & Saturday

Shade Yoga 2 - sbbjShade Hotel offers a Yoga Class every Monday and Saturday morning on the rooftop Skydeck.

Gather a few friends for an all levels class taught by certified Yogi Katherine Guerra. The class begins at 10 a.m. both days and is an hour long.

This event is ‘weather permitting’, so don’t show up if it’s raining, and attendees should bring their own mat. It’s a terrific way to start the day!

Call 310-546-4995 to reserve your spot!

For additional information, visit the website at http://www.shadehotel.com/ or call 310-546-4995.

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

Hermosa Beach Drum Circle

Third Sundays

Sabina-sandovalThe Hermosa Beach Drum Circle takes place every third Sunday of the month from 12 noon to 3 p.m. just north of the Hermosa Beach Pier on the sand.

Local rock star drummer Sabina Sandoval facilitates this very popular drum circle which draws crowds of onlookers and participants. Drums and percussion instruments are provided so that no one is left out. Any donations received are used for the purchase, maintenance and repair of instruments and to keep the circle alive.

Downtown Torrance Artisan & Flea Market

Second & Fourth Thursdays

Downtown Torrance Artisan & Flea MarketSupport local merchants and get a jump start on the weekend at the Downtown Torrance Artisan & Flea Market!

Every second and fourth Thursday, Old Town Torrance takes to the streets with gifts, arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing, antiques and more! The twice monthly event features live music, tastings and product demonstrations and runs from 4 to 8 p.m.

Torrance expert Dave Brownlee of Antique Appraisals will place a value on your treasures for $3 per item.

Downtown restaurants and shops will stay open late with sidewalk sales and Marketplace specials.

Rooftop Yoga @ Crowne Plaza

Every Friday & Saturday

yoga at Crowne PlazaCrowne Plaza Redondo Beach hosts free Yoga Classes Friday evenings and Saturday mornings every week.

Led by yoga instructor, Ryann MacMurdo, the classes take place on the roof top at pool side with an incredible ocean view. It’s a refreshing and rejuvenating way to end the work week and start the weekend!

Classes take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday evenings and 9 a.m. on Saturday mornings.

Attendees should bring a yoga mat, water and jacket in case of cool weather. These classes are free of charge – but gratuities are appreciated! – and attendees will receive free parking validation.

El Segundo Museum of Art

Open to the public Friday through Sunday

ESMoA - sbbjThe El Segundo Museum of Art (ESMoA) opened its doors in January 2013 with the intent to make art more accessible through creative and interactive experiences designed to engage the community.

Founded by Brian and Eva Sweeney and curated by Bernhard Zuenkeler, ESMoA is a non-profit art space located in a new building next to the former post office on Main Street.

Vintage Car Rides @ The Automobile Driving Museum

Every Sunday

011@2013-03-25T03;27;04Southern California has a rich automotive history and the Automobile Driving Museum (ADM) is a favorite of car aficionados.

Located in El Segundo, the ADM exists to preserve automotive history. The ADM has an impressive, rotating collection of 130 classic, antique and historic cars on display.

Several Southern California collector car clubs showcase their vehicles at the ADM and on any given weekend you can find collections of particular makes and models.

South Bay Social Dogs

First Sundays

Canine Social Hikes - sbbjAll canines and their human companions are invited to attend the monthly Canine Group Hike the first Sunday of each month.

These monthly group hikes were created to give all dogs a much needed opportunity to enjoy a healthy outdoor activity in the company of other dogs and people.

Torrance Antique Street Faire

Fourth Sundays

Torrance Street Faire - sbbjJoin the vintage treasure hunt every fourth Sunday at the Torrance Antique Street Faire from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in historic downtown Torrance.

Over 200 sellers will be set up along the tree lined streets with antiques, collectibles, vintage clothes, furniture, jewelry, toys, tools, home decor and more…all on sale at bargain prices!

The monthly event features live entertainment with DJ Ozzie in the park, Stacy Robin & Friends in the Plaza and live music in front of the coffee shop and Just Luigis.

Torrance Beach Drum Circle

Second Sundays

Drum Circle - sbbjThe Torrance Beach Drum Circle meets on the beach every second Sunday of each month from 1 to 3:30 p.m. right below the Torrance Beach parking lot.

All ages and musical abilities are welcome to this FREE event; drums and percussion instruments are provided for everyone.

This is a casual group of friends and music lovers that enjoy sharing the joy of music with the community and it’s a particular pleasure when children get involved.

Point Vicente Lighthouse

Second Saturdays

There’s something romantic about a lighthouse….

If you’ve ever driven along the coast of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, chances are you’ve caught a glimpse of the Point Vicente Lighthouse. Built in 1926, the 67 foot high tower is perched on a cliff offering breathtaking views of the endless Pacific and its beacon can be seen from twenty miles at sea.

First Fridays @ First Concert Series

First Fridays

First-Fridays-at-FirstThe Classical Crossroads’ concert series, First Fridays at First, is graciously hosted as a gift to the community by FirstServe Community Services, the non-profit community service partner organization of First Lutheran Church & School in Torrance.

Talented rising artists from around the world are presented at First Lutheran Church at noon the first Friday of each month.

Swing & Sway

Second Fridays

Ballroom dancing is more popular than ever before and you don’t have to be a ‘star’ to take part in this popular pastime.

Walk In, Dance Out hosts Swing & Sway at the Joslyn Center in Manhattan Beach the second Friday of every month from 8 to 11 p.m.

If you’ve ever dreamed of tripping the light fantastic, this is your chance.

The South Bay ballroom dancing community is extraordinarily welcoming and encouraging, so even if you’re a beginner, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to practice your moves.

Tour the South Bay by Segway

We’ve all heard of the Segway but have you been on one yet?

South Bay Mobile Tours operates out of Riviera Village in Redondo Beach and offers a variety of tours around the South Bay by Segway. Instruction takes all of twenty minutes and before you know it you’re off on an adventure.

The $20 mini tour provides the perfect opportunity to get a feel for the technology. Standard tours cover approximately five to six miles and costs $82 per person. Riders will explore the waterfront along the Strand, Pier and Marina.

Torrance Cultural Arts Center

TORRANCE_CULTURAL_ARTS_CENTER - sbbjThe mission of Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation is to enrich the community through the performing arts by providing diverse cultural, educational and entertainment experiences of the highest quality.

Located at the heart of the South Bay, the Torrance Cultural Arts Center houses the James R. Armstrong Theatre and George Nakano Theatre.

Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center

rbpacThe Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center is the largest performing arts venue (1,457 seats) in the South Bay and showcases a variety of entertainment.

RBPAC plays host to the Distinguished Speaker Series, the Los Angeles Ballet, 3D Theatricals and live concerts including the Southern California Slack Key Festival, Aloha Falsetto Festival, Los Angeles Flamenco Festival, Los Angeles Guitar Festival and Gypsy Jazz Festival.

Palos Verdes Art Center

PVAC - sbbjThe newly remodeled Palos Verdes Art Center, a non-profit, community visual arts gallery and school, ‘inspires individuals to celebrate, appreciate and create art.’

Since 1931, when it was founded as a cultural arm of the planned community of Palos Verdes Estates, the Art Center’s exhibitions, educational and outreach programs have made the visual arts available, accessible and affordable.

Palos Verdes Performing Arts

palos verdes performing arts - sbbjPalos Verdes Performing Arts is a non-profit organization committed to providing the South Bay with a performing arts venue that is also available for community use. Throughout the season, PVPA stages an eclectic selection of productions, including the best of Broadway plays and musicals, revues and concert performances as well as classes and camps.

Western Museum of Flight

IMG_1757 - sbbjOur fascination with airplanes doesn’t end with childhood. No matter the age, climbing into a cockpit is always a thrill.

When was the last time you pretended to be the Red Baron?

The Western Museum of Flight is a non-profit, educational institution dedicated to preserving and displaying aircraft history and artifacts of Southern California’s aviation heritage.

The South Bay Film Society

Do you enjoy watching the latest foreign and independent films but loathe driving to theaters in Pasadena or Santa Monica to see them?

The South Bay Film Society was created to bring the best of new foreign and independent films to the big screen in the South Bay.

The Society screens films shortly after they play art house theaters in West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Pasadena and well before the films are available on DVD.

Old Town Music Hall

Old Town Music Hall - sbbjThe motion picture industry has made dramatic advances since the invention of the first movie camera in the late nineteenth century – from the introduction of ‘talkies’ to 3D technology, the movies have come a long way – but have you ever wondered what it was like to watch a movie where the only accompaniment was live music?

Filmgoers can experience the Silent Era of film at the Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo. (Read More)

Explore the Wild Side of the South Bay

The South Bay is world-renowned for its miles of delightful beaches and coastline – but did you know there are also hundreds of acres of woodlands, meadows and trails just waiting to be explored?

One of the South Bay’s best kept secrets is the surprising amount of natural habitat to be found in the area and it is the mission of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy to “preserve land and restore habitat for the enjoyment and education of all.”

They host a full calendar of popular activities, volunteer workdays, training programs and special events throughout the year including:

Lomita Railroad Museum

Lomita-Railroad-Museum sbbjThe Lomita Railroad Museum is dedicated to educating and informing the public about railroads — particularly of the steam era — the present, past, and future of transportation, the history of the U.S. Westward Expansion, the settlement of California, and the people who made this all happen.

The museum, located in Irene Lewis Park, is owned and operated by the City of Lomita and is overseen by the Lomita Parks & Recreation Department.

South Bay Farmers’ Markets Schedule

The South Bay has several terrific Farmers’ Markets throughout the week.

These are great community amenities that provide an opportunity to shop locally for the freshest, seasonal produce available.

Here’s a schedule by day of the week:

Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab & Aquarium

The Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium is ideally located at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier.

Open daily to the public free of charge, the Roundhouse is dedicated to teaching students and visitors about the oceans, marine life and the environment.

They offer a variety of programs including class field trips, volunteer opportunities, summer camps and more. Group tours are also available by reservation.

South Coast Botanic Garden

south-coast-botanic-garden-south-bay-by-jackieThe South Coast Botanic Garden is located on the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula and offers visitors a wide variety of activities and events.

The 87-acre Garden, known as the ‘Jewel of the Peninsula’, has more than 2,500 different species of plants from as far away as Australia, the Mediterranean and southern Africa. The Garden is situated in Sunset’s Zone 23, one of the most favored growing areas in the world.

SEA Lab

Are you looking for ways to expand your child’s education? Expose them to the world at large? Teach them the benefits of stewardship? Engender an atmosphere of adventure and exploration?

A visit to SEA Lab accomplishes all this and more in a fun and stimulating environment. Nestled in a structure located on the west side of Harbor Drive and Herondo, SEA Lab boasts an enchanting microcosm of Southern California marine life.

Experience Terranea’s Birds of Prey

Mankind has employed birds of prey to hunt for thousands of years. Falconry is “the taking of wild quarry in its natural state and habitat by means of a trained raptor” and the sport has been around for a long, long time.

Have you ever had an opportunity to view a hawk or falcon up close and personal? Have you ever watched them hunt? Falconry is a fascinating pastime and if you’ve ever wondered about this ancient pursuit and would like to learn more about it, you’re in luck.

Seascape Trail in Palos Verdes

We wake up on weekend mornings and contemplate all the things we could and should accomplish with our free time. As everyone knows, keeping up with the Joneses is a full time occupation….but seriously, when was the last time you squandered away a perfectly good afternoon?

As Lin Yutang professed, “If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.” I think he’s onto something.

Treat Fido to Lunch @ Nelson’s

Many places claim to be dog friendly – hotels, parks, shops, even entire towns – but when it comes to dining, there are few and far between that actually practice what they preach. Fortunately, for our furry friends that frequent the South Bay, there is an establishment that encourages inter-species dining.

Nelson’s at Terranea in Palos Verdes is a casual dining venue, one of seven restaurant options at the resort. The freestanding structure is situated on a bluff overlooking the Pacific with magnificent views of Catalina.

IN-N-OUT Burger @ LAX

In and Out Burger @ LAXWhen you live in Southern California, it is predestined you will have friends and family come to visit. Often. Let’s be honest – hosting visitors can be a chore.

You want your guests to enjoy their time here in the Land of LA but you’ve done Hollywood Boulevard and lunch at the Ivy to death.

Hang Gliding at the Beach

Hang GlidingCruising along Vista Del Mar on any given afternoon you’ve probably seen the colorful hang gliders hovering above the dunes overlooking the Pacific.

Go ahead, admit it – you’ve wanted to stop and check out the action but for one reason or another kept driving.

Here’s an idea: Pack a picnic lunch, drive to Dockweiler State Beach, unfurl a blanket and spend an hour or two lounging on the beach watching a few adventurous souls take hang gliding lessons.

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