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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.

Celebrate Wellness

June 25, 2017

Celebrate Wellness 3The community is invited to join Cancer Support Community-Redondo Beach for the annual Celebrate Wellness food and beverage tasting event on Sunday, June 25 from 3 to 7 p.m. at South Coast Botanic Garden.

Reserve your seat at this extraordinary garden party celebration that will amaze and delight food and wine enthusiasts or anyone who appreciates an opportunity for a great culinary experience.

Leisurely stroll through the garden on a summer afternoon while sampling delectable cuisine and beverages from some of the finest South Bay restaurants, wineries and breweries.

St. Luke’s Garden Concert Series

June 25, 2017

The Artisan Guitar EnsembleSt. Luke’s Presbyterian Church presents the FREE Garden Concert Series on Sunday, June 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. on the lawn.

This month, the event features the music of The Artisan Guitar Ensemble comprised of Max Mendoza, Andre Giraldo and Daniel Ramirez, a Southern California-based guitar trio, performing exemplary chamber music. Their eclectic sound exemplifies music’s power to evoke joy and pleasure.

Attendees should plan to arrive early and picnic on the lawn. Dessert and coffee will be hosted by St. Luke’s.

Sea Salt Workshops @ Terranea

July 1, 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.

Palos Verdes 4th of July Celebration

July 4, 2017

Old-Fashioned 4th of JulyThe City of Palos Verdes Estates proudly presents An Old-Fashioned Fourth of July on Tuesday, July 4 beginning at 9:30 a.m.

This free community event is a favorite with locals and visitors alike. Pack a picnic basket and plan to make a day of it. Enjoy family games, face painting, magic show, patriotic music, food and more.

Children are encouraged to decorate their bicycles in red, white and blue and participate in the Patriotic Bicycle Parade.

If you plan to take part in the Apple Pie Contest, you should arrive early to submit your entry.

For additional information, visit the website at

All activities take place on the playing fields of Malaga Cove School located at 300 Paseo Del Mar in Palos Verdes Estates.

Rancho Palos Verdes 4th of July Celebration

July 4, 2017

fourth of JulyThe City of Rancho Palos Verdes presents the annual 4th of July Celebration on Tuesday, July 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Point Vicente Park and RPV Civic Center

This year’s event features live entertainment, food booths, kiddie carnival rides, games, arts and crafts, pie eating contest, a hula hoop contest and much, much more! Admission is free and complimentary shuttle service along Hawthorne Boulevard will be provided. On-site parking will be available for $5.

For additional information, call 310-544-5260 or visit the website at

Point Vicente Park and RPV Civic Center are located at 30940 Hawthorne Boulevard in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Opening Reception: Pastel Impressions

July 8, 2017

pastel impressionsMalaga Cove Library will host an Opening Reception for a group show featuring selected works of The Pastel Society of Southern California on Saturday, July 8 from 3 to 5 p.m.

The show features original paintings by nationally recognized pastel artists, as well as local PSSC members from the South Bay and the greater Southern California area. Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays, Noon to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; with other hours by appointment. Most of the artwork is available for purchase. The exhibit will be on display through July 29.

The community is also invited to hear a free talk on the “Art of Pastel Collecting” by Otto Stürcke during the opening reception.

For more information, call the Library office at 310-377-9584 or visit

Malaga Cove Library is located at 2400 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates, CA.

Beauty of Nature Film Series: The Big Year

July 9, 2017

Beauty of Nature Film SeriesThe Palos Verdes Land Conservancy presents the Beauty of Nature Film Series: The Big Year on Sunday, July 9 at 5 p.m. at Peninsula High School.

This high-flying comedy concerns a trio of competitive bird watchers who vow to win a contest by spotting and recording as many avian species as humanly possible. Based on Mark Obmascik’s nonfiction book. Cast includes Steve Martin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson. (2011; 100 min)

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

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at

Lunada Bay Summer Concert Series

July 9, 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:

Shakespeare by the Sea

July 9 – August 17, 2017

Shakespeare by the Sea - sbbjThis season, Shakespeare by the Sea presents two brand new productions staged at venues throughout the South Bay. Performances of MacBeth and Taming of the Shrew will take place during July and August.

Macbeth: “By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.” Seduced by supernatural prophecy, Macbeth and his Lady embark on an ambitious quest to win the Scottish Throne. In the aftermath of their success, we glimpse a world torn apart when a volatile, paranoid tyrant becomes King.

Malaga Cove Art Show

July 15 & 16, 2017

Malaga Cove Summer 2017 Art ShowsThe Palos Verdes Art Center presents Art at the Plaza on Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16 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.

Chefs & Cellars

July 16, 2017

Chefs & CellarsThe Palos Verdes Art Center and Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education presents Chefs & Cellars on Sunday, July 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Catalina View Gardes.

The community is invited for an epicurean afternoon in the vineyard! Guests will enjoy mouthwatering tastes from over 15 of the South Bay’s premiere restaurants, accompanied by wine, beer, and spirits by many of California’s foremost makers.

A silent auction featuring vacation getaways, paintings by local artists, a private tour on board a retired naval ship and more, accompanies special art activities for guests to enjoy.

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.

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.

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.