March 15, 2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re temporarily switching gears to act as a clearing house for hyper-local news. We’re receiving COVID-19 updates and information from multiple, reliable sources. In order to distribute all of this information in a timely manner, we’re posting announcements to the Daily Blog page as we receive them.
Almost every South Bay event scheduled for the summer has been cancelled, postponed or reconfigured as a virtual event. There are still several events scheduled through the end of the year, which will be reevaluated by the host organizations in the coming months and we’ll update the website as we receive that information. We’re posting virtual and live stream events to the Special Events page.
We’re all in this together and we’ll get through this together, even though we can’t physically be together. #SouthBayStrong
Beach Cities Health District’s Center for Health & Fitness is now offering FREE, on demand Virtual Exercise Classes for the foreseeable future via Zoom. For on demand classes, visit the You Tube page at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBJD64KWm7XAh6p0eaBIUSEo5N_0qwJdv
They also offer Live Virtual Classes with unlimited access to all live classes for $22 a month. To register, visit https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/3720be6b63d74aa2bc9e38d3bda4340c.
To learn how to join a virtual group exercise class, visit https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting.
The Torrance Art Museum doors may be closed to the public at the moment, but they’re busy with several special online projects on the website and social media to keep you entertained, educated and engaged in the weeks ahead.
Open-sourced content to keep the community engaged through this period – a new online project for friends and supporters that will introduce 7 artists per week for the original run of the Spring Exhibitions from April 4 – May 16. The first 7 choices are already online – with 7 more appearing every Saturday around noon.
To submit your work or recommend a friend for future choices send materials to TAMchoicecot@gmail.com with the subject line Hobson’s Choice and your name.
Join the TAM Staff as they share personal essays exploring artists and works of art that inspired and/or influenced their own lives. It’s a fun and informative journey we know you’ll enjoy.
The Torrance Rose Float Association enters the City of Torrance Rose Float in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade each year. They are a 100% volunteer non profit organization. The Association is responsible for the parade entrance forms and fee, the design contest, working with our float builder to finalize the design and obtain tournament approval, supplying the volunteer float decorators and raising funds to cover a portion of the costs.
A large portion of the costs have been provided by the City of Torrance, but due to the COVID-19 crisis, that participation is in serious doubt. There have been 65 City of Torrance floats in the Tournament of Roses Parade since 1914. The Torrance Rose Float Association works hard to continue this long standing community tradition.
If you love the Rose Parade, you also love flowers!
The current COVID pandemic has taken its toll on performing arts organizations and performing artists. In hopes to support these artists, who are critical to our success, the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation has created TOCA To Go.
Know someone who is missing the excitement of a live performance? Got a special occasion that you want to celebrate, or need a special gift you want to send to someone? Try TOCA TO GO!
With just a few clicks, TOCA will send a performer to your home, place of work or other location. Performers who travel will maintain social distance.
Just select a performer/performance and fill out the form at https://torrancearts.org/toca-to-go/. You will be contacted for additional information and to schedule your personal performance!
June 4 – September 26, 2020
ESMoA presents Experience 26: OOMO, a solo exhibition of photographic artist Nicole Maloney. The OOMO digital cube is a conceptual interactive art sculpture depicting human oneness and our symbiotic association with technology. OOMO asks the world to stand in awe instead of in judgment of one another.
OOMO| OUT OF MANY ONE: Maloney is on a mission to capture every face in the world on the OOMO digital cube to prove that out of many, we are one. One humanity. Our differences are vast, but our similarities are colossal. OOMO confronts man’s symbiotic relationship with technology by broadcasting each selfie on both a communal and global scale. OOMO represents humanity’s moral imperative: to seek peace and tolerance so that every man, woman and child will see the other as they see themselves.
Maloney’s seminal work began with the original OOMO cube installation located in downtown Los Angeles March 2014. This analog cube is a permanent public art piece confronting prejudice with tolerance. It stands 2.44 meters made of steel and aluminum resting on one point. The cube displays photographic images featuring the diversity of man through a mixture of faces printed on stainless steel on five of the six sides.
June 8 – July 5, 2020
The Associate Artists’ exhibition is online now at https://www.destination-art.net/onlineartshow and most of the art work is available for purchase. For inquiries, email email@example.com.
Prizes will be awarded in several categories. Awards juror is the esteemed Frank Minuto. Visitors to the Virtual Gallery will be able to vote for their favorite painting for the Art Lovers’ Choice Award, which will be announced at the end of June.
June 10, 2020 – End of Summer
Are you looking for more space and time for you and your four-legged friend to take a stroll? The special dog walking hours will allow you to enjoy the Garden with your best four-legged friend throughout the summer. Visit the Garden on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Be sure to secure your reservation early. These days will be popular!
For additional information, ticket purchase and to schedule a reservation, visit the website at https://southcoastbotanicgarden.org/event/special-dog-walking-hours/.
The South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes, CA 90247.
June 17, 2020
The world has felt like a scary place the past few months. While many businesses around us closed, South Coast Botanic Garden remained open as a much-needed place of hope for our community.
Staying open has been no small feat. We acted swiftly and thoughtfully to implement solutions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of staff and visitors, working under guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
While we remain open as a safe place for all, it certainly is no longer business as usual. Many of the Garden’s typical sources of funding — including public programs, classes, plant sales, festivals and event rentals — have all been put on hold. The Garden is losing an estimated $4,000 per day during this crisis — a hard hit for our small organization.
That is why we are asking for your help today. You can help us weather this storm! Can we count on your support of our 2020 Flourish Fund with a fully tax-deductible gift today?
Your gift of any amount will allow our beautiful Garden to flourish for years to come and continue to unite people through nature. We are grateful for your continued and generous support. Any amount you can contribute helps.
June 20 – July 11, 2020
Heading into quarantine, ShockBoxx put out an international call for art, asking artists working with any medium or style to capture their experience of lock down during the global pandemic.
This show received over 650 submissions from 250 artists and after a tough jury process, the results are in and will be exhibited at the gallery.
Given social distancing guidelines, the Opening Reception will happen via Zoom (479-922-3404) Password (006346).
The gallery will also be open for this show, so come in and check it out, just wear a mask and Don’t Touch Your Face.
For additional information, visit the website at https://www.shockboxxproject.com/.
ShockBoxx is located at 636 Cypress Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA.
July 1, 2020 DEADLINE TO SIGN UP
Enjoy a little friendly competition with your neighbors! Celebrate 4th of July by decking out the outside of your home this year! Participation is open to all El Segundo residents.
If you wish to participate, you must sign up at https://secure.rec1.com/CA/el-segundo-ca/catalog no later than Wednesday, July 1st. Homes must be decorated before 10:00 AM on July 2nd.
Judging will be done on Thursday, July 2nd and winners announced on El Segundo social media pages and website.
Winners will receive a prize delivered to their homes on Friday, July 3rd.
July 5, 2020
The Lomita Farmers’ Market will launch initially with tons of fresh certified produce and 8 vendor booths!
Due to public health requirements, they have had to modify the Market a bit for the safety of everyone. At this time, they’re not able to have live music or other types of food or beverage vendors, but they hope to add these elements once they get the all-clear from the City, County and State, and it’s safe to do so. They look forward to when they can have local bands, other food vendors and businesses who are eager to come and help celebrate the community. Until then, they need to follow safe practices.
Please wear a mask whenever possible, use the Hand Sanitizer stations before and after any transactions, maintain 6 feet of social distance and follow the signs. They are setting up a one-way traffic flow around the city hall building starting in the parking lot. (Click on the site plan.)
For additional information, visit the website at https://www.lomitachamber.org/lomita-farmers-market/.
The Lomita Farmers” Market is located outside City Hall at 24300 Narbonne Avenue, Lomita CA 90717.
July 8, 2020
The webinar will focus on executing proper health protocols and instilling consumer and employee confidence. The purpose of this webinar is to educate business owners on the tools and resources to help them mitigate COVID-19 as businesses slowly reopen.
The event will have a panel of experts from Kaiser Permanente, Beach Cities Health District, and Healthstar Technologies.
This event is FREE!
Please register to receive the zoom link at https://business.manhattanbeachchamber.com/events/details/zoominar-public-health-the-facts-the-options-and-a-plan-of-action-9752.
July 11, 2020
The Depot will host a BBQ & Afternoon Get Together on Saturday, July 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot.
Bring your camp, lounge or beach chair for an afternoon of food, drinks and live music with tunes by Andy & Renee.
Cover charge is $20. Cash only for food and beverages.
To make a reservation, call 310-787-7501.
The Depot is located at 1250 Cabrillo Avenue, Torrance, CA 90501.
July 11, 2020
Enjoy screenings of popular movies this summer under the stars! Bring low beach chairs, blankets, snacks and popcorn for a fun, hot summer night with family, friends and neighbors.
-Saturday, July 11: Frozen II
-Saturday, July 25: The Angry Birds Movie 2
-Saturday, August 8: The Secret Life of Pets 2
This event is FREE to attend!
For additional information, visit the website at http://www.lomita.com/cityhall/announcements/Lomita-Parks-Special-Events-2020.pdf.
Lomita City Hall is located at 24300 Narbonne Ave, Lomita, CA 90717.
July 26, 2020
The event features 150+ sellers offering antiques, collectibles, vintage clothes, jewelry, LP’s, toys, tools, plants, home decor and more. Have your antiques appraised for only $3, enjoy a free crafting activity with Karen’s Krafts 4 Kids and live music.
Rain or shine, free admission and pet friendly!
2020 DATES: 1/26/20 2/23/20 3/22/20 4/26/20 5/24/20 6/28/20 7/26/20 8/23/20 9/27/20 10/25/20 11/22/20 12/27/20
For additional information, call (310) 328-6107 or visit the website at http://www.torranceantiquefaire.com/.
The Torrance Antique Street Faire is located at 1317 Sartori Avenue in downtown Torrance.
July 30, 2020
Grab a cocktail and your computer, it’s time to get happy! Join the third virtual Happier Hour to benefit Keep It Sacred Sister (K.I.S.S.). The event features celebrity guest appearances, a special musical performance, a comedy show, exclusive giveaways and more! Want to win one of the giveaways? If you purchase a ticket, you will be automatically entered to win all of the exclusive prizes in store!
The day before the event, you will receive the Happier Hour menu that will list all of the exclusive details for the evening, including the Zoom ID & password. Make sure to tune in so you don’t miss out on all the fun! Let’s drink, share in some laughter and be happy!
August 1 – 29, 2020
Grab a few beach chairs and gather your family, friends and neighbors for a casual, relaxing evening of entertainment the South Bay way. Click on the flyer, print it out and stick it on the fridge, cause you don’t want to miss all the fun!
These events are FREE to attend!
All pier events are weather permitting. Concert schedule is subject to change.
For additional information, visit the website at http://www.redondopier.com/events/.
The Redondo Beach Pier is located at 100 Fisherman’s Wharf in Redondo Beach.
October 3 & 4, 2020
The event features stories with life themes: growing up, living through life’s changes, romance/love has many forms and many faces, and exploring new people, places and ideas. In “Can’t Wait…”, Steve Goldstein recounts his amazing life and the search for Jolly John. In “The Answer is Beneath Our Feet”, well-known South Bay horticulturist Mike Garcia tells how he came to be in So Cal and offers his perspective on personal action to help reverse climate change. In “Selfish or Selfless?”, Catherine Graham relates fulfillment and sacrifice while foster parenting. Three other storytellers and South Bay’s favorite local stand-up comic, Chuck McPeak, will make you laugh, touch and inspire you. No evening of storytelling is complete without music. Composer and accordionist Stanley Oropesa will perform a musical story and musical interludes
Tickets are $20 per person.
October 17, 2020
Headlining will be the rock group Crow Hill Band, a South Bay favorite that has been electrifying the LA area with their rock tributes covering several decades of music. This unique band is made up of executives from across the aerospace, medical, retail and marketing industries. The lead singer, Laryssa Densmore, a rocket engineer, is a breast cancer survivor. Deborah Bakke, the owner of The Standing Room, is also a breast cancer survivor – making this the perfect match for hosting this event to help raise awareness for our South Bay family. Special guests include Charis Rey, Steve Smythe, Behind Schedule and Brent George!