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The Great Pumpkin Hunt

October 1 – November 30, 2017

The-Great-Pumpkin-HuntThe South Coast Botanic Garden hosts The Great Pumpkin Hunt October 1 through November 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

After a sneaky squirrel and ravenous rabbit ate last year’s prized pumpkin, the birds of South Coast Botanic Garden (ravens, owls, hummingbirds and hawks) have teamed up to save this year’s patch. They’ve secreted the pumpkins away to a clandestine location. Can you help find the missing pumpkin patch? Armed with your birdwatcher’s map, travel through the grounds of South Coast Botanic Garden in search of the hidden abodes of our feathered friends and collect the clues left in their bird houses. The clues will lead you to the South Coast Botanic Garden Pumpkin Patch.

The hunt will be family-friendly, imaginative, adventurous, and will require some hiking through the nature trails. Put on your tennis shoes and dust off the strollers for an afternoon of fresh air and an energy burning excursion!

Creative Entertaining: : A Showcase of Tabletop Designs & Lifestyle Speakers

October 26, 2017

Creative-EntertainingLas Candalistas presents Creative Entertaining: A Showcase of Tabletop Designs & Lifestyle Speakers on Thursday, October 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion.

Attendees will enjoy wine, appetizers and live music by local recording artist, Laura Savitz. Don’t miss the table top design inspirations by local designers Konni Tanaka and Kate Lester.

The speaker series includes Aida Mollenkamp, local star of Food Network, Cooking Channel, cookbook author; food and travel expert; Jenny Barker, floral designer; and Gerie Davies, fashion consultant. Shop at Las Candalistas boutique and take part in a silent auction.

Fall Carnival & Halloween Spooktacular

October 27 – 29, 2017

Fall-Carnival-Halloween-SpectacularThe Palos Verdes Chamber of Commerce presents the Fall Carnival & Halloween Spooktacular Friday, October 27 through Sunday, October 29 at the Peninsula Shopping Center.

This family-friendly event features rides and games for all ages! Big kid carnival rides include the Zipper, Super Shot, Century Wheel, Tornado, and Kamikaze. For the younger set, don’t miss favorites like the Carousel, Drop Zone, Super Slide, Bear Affair and Dizzy Dragons.

Enjoy Trick or Treating at the Peninsula Shopping Center 0n Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enter the Costume Contests for great prizes on Saturday at 2 p.m. (Five age groups: PreK, K-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th grades & High School).

Purchase carnival wristbands for unlimited carnival rides. Advance purchase wristbands are $25, at the event $30. Each wristband is valid for either Saturday, October 28 OR Sunday, October 29. Wristbands are not valid for game play and are not transferrable. All sales final; no refunds or exchanges. Lost tickets will not be honored.

Exene Cervenka: Lipstick Sunset Exhibition & Benefit Concert

November 3 & 4, 2017

Exene-Cervenka - Lipstick SunsetPalos Verdes Art Center presents the Opening Reception: Exene Cervenka – Lipstick Sunset on Friday, November 3 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The event features recent collage art by the acclaimed poet, artist, author, and vocalist of the band X. Exene’s collages mix images and text in a pairing that she has compared to the music and words of songs, creating tableaux that recall Joseph Cornell’s enigmatic boxes, Constructivist design of the Russian revolutionary avant-garde, and the cut-ups of beat artist/writer Brion Gysin – filtered through a lens of punk/folk Americana.

Rooted in her practice of art journaling begun in the mid-1970s, Exene’s collages combine handwork and appropriated images, written words and found text. Similar to her songs, the narrative is not long storytelling, but presents strongly lit windows to a world both perplexing and highly personal.

The exhibition will be on view through November 26.

Solar Powered Future Forum

November 4, 2017

Environmental-Priorities-NetworkThe Environmental Priorities Network presents a Solar Powered Future Forum on Saturday, November 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St Luke’s Presbyterian Church.

This FREE event will provide the information necessary to take part in, and benefit from, the solar-powered revolution that is occurring all around us. The community is invited for light morning refreshments, a Q&A with three speakers discussing rooftop solar panel systems, plug-in electric vehicles and electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Visit tables from local groups providing information related to the forum, speak with owners displaying a variety of plug-in electric vehicles and network with others. If you are interested in learning more about rooftop solar and/or plug-in electric vehicles and how to take advantage of them, this is the event for you.

Sea Salt Workshops @ Terranea

November 4, 2017

sea-salt-workshopsTerranea Resort is offering a series of Sea Salt Workshops on the first Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Sea Salt Conservatory.

Explore Terranea by Land and Sea with an experience highlighting the resort’s Farm-to-Terranea philosophy. Sea Salt Workshop attendees will enjoy an intimate workshop, salt pairing, and wine, as they learn about the resort’s sea salt harvesting process with Terranea’s award-winning chefs.

Veteran’s Day Observances in the South Bay

November 11, 2017

veterans-day-2012If you plan to honor our warriors this Veterans Day, the following is a list of local military memorial sites located throughout the South Bay. Official services are planned at most of these sites. Contact city offices for specifics.

Gardena: Roosevelt Memorial Park & Mortuary, 18255 South Vermont Avenue

Gardena: War Memorial at Gardena City Hall, 1700 W. 162nd Street

Hawthorne: Hawthorne Memorial Center, 3901 West El Segundo Boulevard

Thanksgiving Day Trail Hike @ Terranea

November 23, 2017


Head to Terranea Resort for a Thanksgiving Day Trail Hike on Thursday, November 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

What better way to work up an appetite than by joining Terranea’s Naturalist for a picturesque guided hike around the property on Thanksgiving Day? Guests will have no guilt digging into some pumpkin pie after this invigorating hike! This active holiday offering will also include a visit to the Point Vicente Lighthouse.

Tree Lighting @ Terranea

December 3, 2017

terranea-holiday-tree-lightingTerranea Resort celebrates the start of the season with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Sunday, December 3 at 5 p.m. at Catalina Terrance.

Guests will enjoy lively entertainment, holiday crafts for all ages, and spirited music from local entertainment. Share your holiday spirit and bring an unwrapped gift to donate to Toys for Tots. Entry to the event is complimentary with a toy donation.

Afterwards, enjoy a special Tree Lighting Dinner at Catalina Kitchen, where DT Prime Kitchen, the signature steak night buffet, will be served. The cost for adults is $65, children 4-10 $29 (under 3 free).

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza @ Terranea

December 31, 2017

new years eve - sbbjTerranea Resort presents the annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza on Sunday, December 31.

Countdown to 2018 in style in the Marineland Ballroom. The evening will include a deluxe open bar, three delicious courses and dessert bar. Bring an appetite and plan on dancing the night away!

Advance purchase tickets are $125 for adults, $90 for children 12 – 20 and $40 for children 2 to 11. VIP tables are available and advance reservations are required by calling 310-265-2836.

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at

Terranea Resort is located at 100 Terranea Way in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

PVPA boasts the 450-seat Norris Theater for stage productions, the 300-seat Pavilion for concerts and the Upstairs Gallery for art exhibits.

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:

Palos Verdes Performing Arts

palos verdes performing arts310-544-0403
27570 Norris Center Drive
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
Jackie Says: This 450 seat theater produces a variety of concerts – from a Beach Boys Tribute band to some of Broadway’s finest performers. The Irving Berlin White Christmas concert is sure to get the whole family in the holiday spirit.

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:

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.

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.