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Nelson’s Summer Concert Series

May 27 – September 30, 2017

Nelsons-Summer-Concert-SeriesTerranea Resort presents the Nelson’s Summer Concert Series kicking off Memorial Day Weekend and running through the last weekend in September.

Every Saturday and Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m., guests will enjoy live music at Nelson’s cliff-side perch overlooking the deep blue. Local bands and musicians will play everything from Hawaiian Reggae to Classic Rock while the culinary team will whip up delectable creations to complete the Nelson’s experience.

Delicious food, fabulous music, incomparable vistas – summer is here and this is how it begins.

For additional information, call (310) 265-2766 or visit the website at

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

Lunada Bay Summer Concert Series

June 4 – August 27, 2017

Lunada-Bay-summer-concertsThe Lunada Bay Homeowners Association presents the Summer Concert Series in Lunada Bay Park on select Sundays.

The concerts gets underway at 5 p.m. each evening so be sure to bring blankets, chairs, a picnic dinner and enjoy a wonderful evening in the park with family and friends.

The schedule is as follows:

Malaga Cove Concerts in the Park

July 12 – August 30, 2017

Malaga Cove ConcertsThe Malaga Cove Business & Professional Association, in cooperation with the Palos Verde Police Officers Association, is proud to present Concerts in the Park.

Annual Rummage & Book Sale

August 18 & 19, 2017

Rummage-SaleSt. Francis Church will hold the annual Rummage & Book Sale on Friday, August 18 and Saturday, August 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sponsored by St. Motley’s and St. Anne’s Guild, the event features thousands of items including furniture, kitchen items, small appliances, decorative art, sporting goods, garden equipment, tools, toys, baby gear, holiday, jewelry, boutique items, clothes, shoes and more.

Proceeds support St. Francis’ buildings, grounds, outreach programs and charities such as the Salvation Army, Senior Services of Torrance, local animal shelters, St. Luke’s Shower Program, Mama Hill’s Help, Habitat for Humanity and Harbor Interfaith.

Malaga Cove Art Show

August 19 & 20, 2017

Malaga Cove Summer 2017 Art ShowsThe Palos Verdes Art Center presents Art at the Plaza on Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Malaga Cove.

The event takes place the third weekend of each month from April through September and features paintings, jewelry, ceramics, photography, wearable art and prints from artists from the seven art groups affiliated with Palos Verdes Art Center: Artists Open Group, Pacific Arts Group, Paletteers, Palos Verdes Painters, Peninsula Artists, Photographic and Digital Artists, and Third Dimension.

For additional information, visit the website at

Malaga Cove Plaza is located at the entrance to the City of Palos Verdes Estates on scenic Palos Verdes Drive West between Via Chico and Via Corta. There is plenty of free parking.

Lunada Market & Deli Grand Opening

August 20, 2017

Lunada-Market-and-Deli-Grand-OpeningThe community is invited to celebrate the Lunada Market & Deli Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Sunday, August 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lunada Market & Deli has been open for several weeks and is now ready to make it official – stop by and see what everyone is talking about! Vendors will be offering samples and the first 100 people to purchase $50 worth of merchandise, will receive a gift bag of sample products.

For additional information, visit the website at

Lunada Market & Deli is located at 2201 Palos Verdes Drive West, Palos Verdes Estates, CA.

Taizé Worship Service

August 22, 2017

Taize Worship ServiceSt. Francis Episcopal Church will host a meditative, multi-faith Taizé Worship Service of healing and wholeness on Tuesday, August 22 at 7 p.m. in the Chapel.

The service includes candlelight, periods of silence, chants and intercessory prayer with a Prayer Team leader, followed by a reception with light refreshments. Taizé is a calming and beautiful form of sung contemplative prayer developed in an ecumenical monastery in France. Director of Music, Youth & Arts, Dr. Jeannie Cobb, will lead the congregation in chanting, accompanied by USC graduate, Robert Backes (a protégé of Christopher Parkening) on classical guitar and Dr. Clayton Cobb on mandolin. Taizé services are offered monthly throughout the year on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Donations are welcome.

For additional information, call (310) 375-4617 or visit the website at

St. Francis Episcopal Church is located at 2200 Via Rosa, Palos Verdes Estates, CA.

RPV Movie in the Park

August 26, 2017

Rogue_OneThe City of Rancho Palos Verdes will host Movies in the Park on Saturday, August 26 at Hesse Park.

The community is invited to a FREE screening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. View the trailer at

Children’s activities begin at 6:30pm with Electrikids and food trucks will have food for purchase starting at 6:45 p.m. The movie begins at dusk (usually 8:15 p.m.).

For additional information, visit the website at

Hesse Park is located at 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.

Sea Salt Workshops @ Terranea

September 2, 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.

Portuguese Bend National Horse Show

September 8 – 10, 2017

Portuguese Bend Horse ShowPeninsula Committee Children’s Hospital Los Angeles presents the Annual Portuguese Bend National Horse Show Friday, September 8 through Sunday, September 10 at Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates.

The event features three days of riding events beginning at 8 a.m. each day.

The Children’s Area offers pony rides, petting zoo, moon bounce, games, prizes, face/hair painting, crafts and spin art, and will be open from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. on Friday and Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

A Wildlife Safari with live animals from around the world will take place on Sunday.

General admission is free on Friday and $5 per person on Saturday and Sunday. Children under 12 get in for free. Reserved seating is available at ringside tables (table of 10 for all three days is $450 or one day for $200) Individual seats at tables are $25 each.

Backyard BBQ

September 9, 2017

backyard-bbqStripe Café and Palos Verdes Art Center, together with Brouwerij West, present an end of summer Backyard BBQ on Saturday, September 9 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Stripe Cafe at PVAC.

The event features barbeque by Chef Daniel and music by Dennis Robicheaux & the Sophisticates, playing a blend of experimental psychedelic and alternative country, folk, blues & rock. Also playing is garage pop band Steppe Bison and singer-songwriter Carlos Michael Gutierrez’s project, CMG + We Are The Night, fusing the introspective soul of Lou Reed, the crooning of Elvis Costello, blended with the California Canyon folk-rock style. Accompanying the event is a pop-up art installation by Jill Smith.

California Coastal Cleanup Day

September 16, 2017

California Coastal Cleanup Day, a yearly beach and inland waterway effort to eliminate waste, will take place Saturday, September 16.

You’ve been recycling for years, reduced your water consumption, turned in the old gas guzzler for a cleaner fuel ride and maybe even installed solar panels. What more can be done? Funny you should ask. Join thousands of volunteers up and down the coast as they gather to remove trash and debris that eventually ends up in the ocean.

California Coastal Cleanup Day was first organized in 1985 by the California Coastal Commission. Last year, over half a million volunteers removed almost 18.3 million pounds of trash and debris in only a few hours from beaches, rivers and lakes throughout the state.

Beauty of Nature Film Series Double Feature

September 22, 2017

Beauty of Nature Film SeriesThe Palos Verdes Land Conservancy presents the Beauty of Nature Film Series Double Feature: Emptying the Skies and The Sagebrush Sea on Friday, September 22 at 3:30 p.m. at the Peninsula Center Library.

Emptying the Skies is based on a New Yorker essay by novelist Jonathan Franzen exposing the rampant poaching of migratory song birds in southern Europe. The Sagebrush Seashows the amazing wildlife of a 500,000 square mile sagebrush expanse.

The cost is $10 per person. Free for 18 years and under.

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at or call 310.541.7613.

The Peninsula Center Library is located at 701 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274.

Remember the Music

September 23, 2017

Remember-The-MusicThe National Merchants Association presents Remember the Music on Saturday, September 23 from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Ernie Howlett Park.

This year, the event will be in conjunction with the 60th Anniversary Celebration for the City of Rolling Hills Estates. This is an all ages festival featuring artists inspired by the sounds of American roots music. The event will feature lawn seating, a VIP tent, food trucks, beer vendors, arts and crafts, children activities and more.

Remember The Music is an annual roots music festival benefitting Alzheimer’s disease research organized by Betty’s Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Adult tickets are $15, children 12 and under get free admission to the lawn. The VIP Experience is $45 for adults and $10 for kids. Parking is $10.

Seaside Yoga Gathering @ Terranea

September 24, 2017

Yoga day - sbbjCelebrate National Yoga Month at Terranea Resort as they present the annual FREE Seaside Yoga Event on Sunday, September 24.

Open to the public, the free yoga event begins at 4:30 p.m. with an outdoor wellness marketplace. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with fitness experts from The Spa at Terranea who will share tips on exercise routines and staying fit. The feature event, a Sunset Yoga Class, will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Terranea’s 16,000-square-foot oceanfront Palos Verdes Meadows.

Homeless to Haute

October 15, 2017

Homeless-to-HauteAll About the Animals presents Homeless to Haute on Sunday, October 15 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Los Verdes Golf Course.

Homeless to Haute will showcase adoptable and rescued pets in the most fur-bulous fashion; strutting down the catwalk at the heel of professional models. All About the Animals a non-profit which saves and enriches the lives of unwanted pets in Southern California and beyond.

This fun-filled, furry, fashion show will feature vegan hors d’oeuvres and sunset champagne reception, a sumptuous three course vegan dinner and spectacular ocean views.

Tickets are $150 per person.

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at

Los Verdes Golf Course is located at 7000 Los Verdes Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.

Palos Verdes Pastoral

October 15, 2017

Palos-Verdes-Pastoral-2The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy in partnership with Terranea Resort present the annual Palos Verdes Pastoral: A Garden-to-Table Dining Experience on Sunday, October 15.

Only 200 lucky guests will experience California’s best in organic, handcrafted food and wine prepared by Executive Chef Bernard Ibarra. The event takes place under a harvest moon with breathtaking ocean views.

The evening will not only raise critical funds, but increase awareness of the important work of the Conservancy. All ticket proceeds will go to support the Land Conservancy and its restoration of open space.

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.