Special Events

Redondo Beach State of the City Address

February 24, 2017

State of the City redondoThe Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Bureau presents the annual State of the City address on Friday, February 24 at 7 a.m. at Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach & Marina Hotel.

Mayor Steve Aspel will speak on how the city is managing its resources, what was accomplished last year and how the City is preparing for 2017.

Pre-sale tickets are $45, at the door, $50.

Black History Celebration

February 24, 2017

Black-History-CelebrationThe Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce and Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce are proud to present the annual Black History Celebration on Friday, February 24 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Torrance Marriott

Hosted by Emmett Smith, award-winning journalist and freelance National News Correspondent for ABC News, the event will celebrate and honor the outstanding achievements of the following individuals:

LEGACY AWARD – Olympic Gold Medalist: Valerie Brisco-Hooks
INPIRATIONAL SPIRIT AWARD – CSUDH Student: Asia Watkins
LEGACY AWARD – American Soul/R&B Group: The Emotions
BUSINESS LEADERSHIP AWARD – Attorney, Advocate & Commentator: Areva Martin

Comedy by the Beach

February 24, 2017

Comedy by the BeachComedy Pop Up presents Comedy by the Beach on Friday, February 24 beginning at 8 p.m. at Samba Brazilian Steakhouse in Redondo Marina.

Come enjoy a night out with some of LA’s funniest comics! The event will be hosted by Feraz Ozel (2 Broke Girls, Comics Unleashed) and will feature comics Chris Franjola (Chelsea Lately, Getting Doug with High), Jill-Michele Melean (MADtv, Reno:911!), Al Jackson (Comedy Central Presents, Last Comic Standing, John Oliver Standup Show), Drew Lynch (America’s Got Talent Finalist, Maron) and Sean G Grant (Maron, Jimmy Kimmel Live!). Along with all that great comedy, attendees will also enjoy a special selection of Brazilian inspired drink specials.

General admission tickets are available starting at $10 online at http://tinyurl.com/zz682t6 and $15 at the door. There is plenty of onsite parking for only $2 with validation.

Mustang Car Show (New Date)

February 25, 2017

ADM Mustang Car ShowThe Automobile Driving Museum and South Bay Mustang Owners present the Mustang Car Show on Saturday, February 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Stop by and marvel at some of the finest examples of this classic American muscle car! The event will feature the People’s Choice Awards for Best Paint, Best Interior, Best Engine, Best Coupe and Best Convertible.

If you would like to register your car, the registration fee is $15 per vehicle and includes entry for one exhibitor and a guest.

General admission is a suggested donation of $10 per person, $8 for seniors and $5 for children aged 11 to 17. Kids 10 and under get in FREE.

Dancing with the South Bay Stars VI

February 25, 2017

Dancing with the South Bay Stars VIThe Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation is proud to present Dancing with the South Bay Stars VI on Saturday, February 25 at 8 p.m. at the Armstrong Theater.

The event pairs local ‘celebrities’ with professional dancers in a competition to raise funds for the Foundation and the participants’ nonprofit organization of choice. This season, eleven of the South Bay’s brightest stars will slip into their dancing shoes, take the stage and strut their stuff!

Torrance Rose Float Association Celebration Dinner

February 25, 2017

Rose FloatEveryone is invited to the Torrance Rose Float Association 2017 Celebration Dinner on Saturday, February 25 starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center.

Join in the celebration of the City of Torrance 2017 Be Your Own Knight Rose Parade Float. The event includes dinner, the Annual Meeting, and installation of Officers and Board of Directors.

Tickets are $15 per person. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Torrance Antique Street Faire

February 26, 2017

The monthly Torrance Antique Street Faire takes place on Sunday, February 26 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event features 200+ sellers with 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, free parking and pet friendly – can’t beat that!

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.

Oscars Viewing Party

February 26, 2017

Shade Oscar PartyShade Hotel Manhattan Beach will bring the excitement of Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre to the South Bay with a black-tie Oscars Viewing Party on Sunday, February 26 starting a 4 p.m.

Guests will be able to walk a red carpet and root for their favorite films and stars during the live Academy Awards telecast. Guests will also be eligible to “win with the stars”! Upon entry, each guest will choose a name tag of a nominee out of a bag and wear it all night. If their nominee ends up winning, they get to go up on Shade Hotel’s stage to win simultaneously with the telecast. Admission is free but table service is recommended as the event is expected to get crowded.

For additional information, visit the website at http://www.mb.shadehotel.com. To book table service, please call 310-469-3466.

Shade Hotel Manhattan Beach is located at 1221 N. Valley Drive, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

Save Santa’s Float

February 27, 2017

Save Santa's FloatThe Manhattan Beach Santa Float needs your help!. Chosen by the Leadership MB class of 2017, the class project, Save Santa’s Float, will improve the structure, and modernize the neighborhood holiday float to enhance family experiences through photo opportunities, seating, lighting, and updated technology, all while maintaining the integrity and nostalgia that has been part of the community for over 60 years.

The project is scheduled for completion by May 2017, and its ultimate success will be determined by how much support is received from community members and businesses.

Fourteen stores in Downtown Manhattan Beach are pitching in to help Save Santa’s Float. All stores listed below have agreed to donate 10% of their total sales on Monday, February 27 to the Leadership Manhattan Beach Class of 2017 project, Save Santa’s Float. Spread the word!

Waterfront Information Center Open House

February 27, 2017

waterfront information center 2The Waterfront 3-D model has arrived in Redondo Beach! The community is invited to view the model at the Open House on Monday, February 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Waterfront Information Center.

View the model and learn more about the proposed project with fellow Redondo Beach community members. There will be a presentation by Fred Bruning, CEO, CenterCal Properties.

PTN Mardi Gras Celebration

March 2, 2017

Mardi Gras kids_FINALThe Miyako Hybrid Hotel hosts the annual Mardi Gras Celebration benefiting Pediatric Therapy Network on Thursday, March 2 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Celebrate Mardi Gras PTN-style with live jazz music and delicious food and beverage tastings from local restaurants and breweries including the Depot, Red Car Brewery & Restaurant, Restoration Kitchen & Wine, HT Grill, Torrance Bakery, Strand Brewing Company, Ise-Shima and more!

Hermosa Beach State of the City Address

March 3, 2017

HB 2017 State of the CityThe Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau proudly host the State of the City Address by Hermosa Beach Mayor Hany Fangary on Thursday, March 2 at 6 p.m.

The event, sponsored by Athens Services, takes place at the Beach House Hotel located at 1300 The Strand. Mayor Fangary’s presentation will cover the city’s most recent accomplishments, pertinent updates, current projects and future plans. The State of the City Address is a terrific opportunity for people to truly understand how the city government operates while meeting with the very people who maintain its success.

A light buffet of appetizers and a no-host bar is set for 6 p.m., and the presentation by Mayor Fangary commences at 7 p.m. The event is free and the public is invited to attend. Parking is available by valet at the Beach House Hotel or in the garage adjacent at 13th Street.

Fishtivities @ SEA Lab

March 4, 2017

Fishtivities MarchSEA Lab presents Fishtivities: A Celebration of Green Sea Turtles (in honor of St. Patrick’s Day) on Saturday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Activities include a Green Sea Turtle egg hunt, an interactive craft, and opportunities to feed and touch live animals. At 12 p.m. the daily fish feeding will take place followed by a tour of the touch tanks.

The cost is $5 per person (3 and under are free) and $2 per cup of food for the fish feeding.

Become a SEA Lab Member and enjoy membership benefits such as:
-Free admission for four guests to special Fishtivities
-1 private morning weekday tour each year (scheduled ahead of time)
-1 free fish feeding pass

Color Celebration Gala

March 4, 2017

sbhoaSouth Bay Hands On Art presents a Color Celebration Gala on Saturday, March 4 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Toyota Automotive Museum.

South Bay Hands On Art is celebrating 30 YEARS of bringing art to South Bay children, and more specifically, over 8,000+ RBUSD students each year. SBHOA also brings art to nearby communities, helping inner-city schools and Senior Centers through the Reaching Out program formed and led by 21-year SBHOA veteran, Stefani Conniff.

SBHOA has one fundraiser per year where the sole beneficiary is the South Bay Hands On Art program. This year, breaking from the traditional “show up & art” party, SBHOA board members decided to go all out with a gala honoring the docents and Past Presidents of SBHOA. SBHOA is doing 30 days of giveaways right now to promote the gala!

Adrienne’s Search for Children’s Cancer Cure Fundraiser

March 4, 2017

Adrienne'sThe Woman’s Club of Hermosa Beach presents the annual Adrienne’s Search for Children’s Cancer Cure Fundraiser on Saturday, March 4 at the Kiwanis Hall.

The event takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. and benefits Cancer Support Community – Redondo Beach. The evening will feature a catered dinner, a huge silent auction, live music, magician, arts and crafts for the kids and a cash bar.

Tickets are $35 per person and free for kids 12 and under. It’s going to be a fun night for a great cause!

For additional information and ticket purchase, call 310-940-9200 or visit the website at http://www.womansclubofhermosabeach.org/

The Kiwanis Hall is located a 2515 Valley Drive in Hermosa Beach.

Paint & Brew Party @ Scholb Premium Ales

March 4, 2017

scholbScholb Premium Ales will host a Paint & Brew Party on Saturday, March 4 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Attendees will get creative and paint their own masterpiece while enjoying craft beer. Step by step instruction will be provided, along with some helpful tips and guidance in this two hour class. All essential material are included, such as canvas, brushes, paint, easel, smocks, and most importantly…craft beer!

The cost is $35 per person. Tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paint-brew-party-scholb-premium-ales-tickets-31477226231?aff=eac2.

For additional information, contact Jeff Fieger at (808)277-6387 or via email at irie_art@aol.com or visit the website at http://www.drinkscholb.com/.

Scholb Premium Ales is located at 2964 Columbia Street, Torrance, CA 90503.

Lady of Magic @ Rock & Brews PCH

March 4, 2017

Lady of MagicDiners at Rock & Brews PCH will get to experience the Lady of Magic up close and personal on Saturday, March 4 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Lady of Magic, Sisuepahn Phila, will entertain guests at their tables with her own brand of magic. Who knows what tricks she may have up her sleeve? Be amused and delighted while enjoying great food and cold brews!

There is no cover charge, all ages are welcome and it’s dog friendly!

For additional information, visit the website at http://ladyofmagic.com/.

Rock & Brews is located at 6300 South Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

South Bay Stories Show

March 4 & 5, 2017

South Bay Stories ShowSouth Bay Stories presents two performances on Saturday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 5 at 1:30 p.m. at the Second Story Theater in Hermosa Beach.

The event features 10 performers, including one of America’s leading humorist and story tellers, Dylan Brody, relating their personal stories. The show promises variety, excitement, and laughs, and in keeping with SBSS tradition, there’ll be musical storytelling by Corbin Jones.

ESMoA Experience 27: ELSEGUNDISSIMO

March 5, 2017

elsegundissimo 2El Segundo Museum of Art presents Experience 27: ELSEGUNDISSIMO on Sunday, March 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with curatorial remarks at 2:00pm.

ELSEGUNDISSIMO is a crowd-sourced Experience, based on community feedback. What could be done better in the city? What are the sore spots, the sticking points, the areas that need improvement?

FREE Stretch Classes

March 5 & 11, April 2 & 8, 2017

StretchballYoga Cycle in Manhattan Beach and Shine Studio in Redondo Beach will present FREE Healthy Stretch Classes led by South Bay health, fitness and nutrition expert, Julie Heath.

Creator of the StretchBall™, Julie will lead instruction on an effective method that will help participants enjoy the stretch of yoga and the relaxation of massage. The StretchBall™ class will include techniques to gently loosen tight muscles in hips, back, hamstrings, chest, shoulders and more…. in literally, seconds. Roll your way to feeling great!

Upcoming free class schedule:

March 5 & April 2, 11am-12pm @ Yoga Cycle 2015 Manhattan Beach Blvd. #110, Redondo Beach (424) 456-4161

Taste of Blue Zones

March 5, 2017

Taste-of-Blue-ZonesBeach Cities Health District hosts Taste of Blue Zones on Sunday, March 5 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Manhattan Beach Civic Plaza.

The event will feature an array of healthy samples from 25 popular Blue Zones restaurants, including Just Poke, Silvio’s Brazilian BBQ, Zinc at Shade and Hermosa Beach Fish Shop, among others.

The Thoughtful Feast: Supper in a California Basque Boardinghouse

March 5, 2017

basque dinnerA Basq Kitchen, in collaboration with Culinary Historian Richard Foss, present The Thoughtful Feast: Supper in a California Basque Boardinghouse on Sunday, March 5 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at A Basq Kitchen.

One of the great dining experiences of the Western US is the Basque boardinghouse supper, a communal event at which guests sit at long tables and enjoy an array of starters followed by portions of roast lamb, braised chicken, french fries, vegetables, cheeses, and dessert.

Free Fitness Weekend

March 10 – 12, 2017

The next Beach Cities Free Fitness Weekend takes place Friday, March 10 through Sunday, March 12.

QUESTION: What’’s better than breaking a healthy sweat at a top fitness studio?

ANSWER: Doing it for free!

Switzer Center Women of the Year Awards Luncheon

March 10, 2017

switzer 2017The Switzer Learning Center is proud to present the Women of the Year Awards Luncheon on Friday, March 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.

For nearly two decades, Switzer Learning Center has honored women who have made significant contributions to the South Bay through their work in the community. This year is no exception, as the Center will once again honor four incredibly dedicated, hard working, innovative and generous women who have left indelible marks in the South Bay. The honorees are Sue Chen, Paula Del Vicario, Merrietta Fong and Peggy Tremayne.

Camp Expo

March 11, 2017

camp-expoThe Meadows School PTA will host the annual Camp Expo on Saturday, March 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Manhattan Beach Middle School.

Yes, summer is just around the corner! Now is the time to plan how your children will spend their days. This free event is open to all families and kids and features over 40 camps and a silent auction. Enjoy food trucks and bring your bike and helmet for free bike safety training.

For additional information, visit the website at http://www.Meadowsschool.org.

Manhattan Beach Middle School is located at 1502 Redondo Avenue in Manhattan Beach.

Friends of Redondo Beach Art Membership Drive Event

March 11, 2017

Friends of Redondo Beah ArtsFriends of Redondo Beach Arts is proud to announce the annual membership drive event Be a Friend, Building Community Through Art on Saturday, March 11 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Woman’s Club of Redondo Beach.

This year, the event will feature art workshops, music, dancing, a silent auction, food, wine, and beer. Ticket prices will include a 2017 FRBA membership, a souvenir wine glass, exposure to local artisans and other surprises.

FRBA is the organizational arm of TEDxRedondo Beach and supports visual arts, public art, music, art education and scholarships, poetry, talks on creative and intellectual content, and efforts to give arts and culture greater visibility in civic life. They collaborate with other community groups and support the work of the City of Redondo Beach’s Public Art Commission.

Torrance Firefighters Association Spaghetti Dinner

March 11, 2017

spaghetti-dinner-fundraiser-south-bay-by-jackieThe Torrance Firefighters Association presents the annual Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, March 11 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the Ken Miller Auditorium.

Bring the entire family to this special annual event and enjoy all the spaghetti you can eat for a very worthy cause! All proceeds benefit the Alisa Ann Ruch California Burn Foundation Summer Camp for burn patients.

Friendship Bowl

March 11, 2016

Friendship BowlWalk With Sally presents the Friendship Bowl on Saturday, March 11 from noon to 4 p.m. at Palos Verdes Bowl.

Ready, set, STRIKE! The Friendship Bowl is Walk With Sally’s high-energy spring fundraiser!

Round up your families, friends, kids, moms, dads, grandparents, teens, schools, corporations, teachers, bankers, florists, pastors, coaches, cops, doctors, nurses, dentists, neighbors and EVERYONE you know to help Walk With Sally raise funds for children impacted by cancer. Bowl as an individual or with a team. The goal is to raise $80,000, which will support 16 new Walk With Sally friendships. Sign up early and be one of the first five fundraisers to reach $250, and you’ll earn a Walk With Sally swag bag.

Full Moon Yoga @ Terranea

March 12, 2017

Full-Moon-YogaTerranea Resort presents Full Moon Yoga on Sunday, March 12 at 7 p.m.

The class will take place on the Ocean Lawn under the full moon and is open to both guests and locals. Yogis of all levels are welcome, and participants are asked to bring a yoga mat and $20 to contribute to a local charity.

Space is limited, and reservations must be made by calling The Spa at 310-265-2740.

Taste of the South Bay

March 17, 2017

Taste of the South Bay 2The LA Kings are “going green” this year with their annual Taste of the South Bay presented by Freedman Geilman Group, the Official South Bay Realtors of the LA Kings. The event is scheduled on St. Patrick’s Day, Friday, March 17 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the new Shade Hotel in Redondo Beach.

The event, attended by select kings players and alumni, will feature bites from some of the South Bay’s most noted restaurants, and a chance to mingle with Kings players.

Arts & Crafts Faire

March 18, 2017

Arts & Craft FaireThe Torrance Craftsmen’s Guild presents the Arts & Crafts Faire on Saturday, March 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ken Miller Recreation Center.

The Arts & Crafts Faire features an array of handmade crafts – everything from candles and quilts to sculpture, clothing and jewelry. Attendees can look forward to a door prize and opportunity drawing, music by DJ Ozzie and food and beverages available for purchase. This event raises the funds needed to support scholarships to high school senior students within the Torrance Unified School District.

For additional information, visit the website at http://www.torrancecraftsmensguild.org/.

The Ken Miller Recreation Center is located in the Torrance Cultural Arts Center at 3341 Torrance Boulevard, Torrance, CA (at the corner of Torrance Boulevard and Madrona Avenue).

Waterfront Education Spring Open House

March 18, 2017

Spring Open HouseWaterfront Education presents the Spring Open House on Saturday, March 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at SEA Lab.

Come see the new Marine Innovation Hub at SEA Lab. It’s your chance to meet some awesome Discovery Leaders and learn about WE’s classes. Touch a variety of marine animals and find out about water conservation. Make and test an underwater ROV (remote operated vehicle) and participate in a rain gutter regatta. They will have a variety of craft and hands-on exploration stations. Join them on the water for paddle board and kayak excursions.

General Admission is $5 per adult. Kids 14 and under are free with paid adult. Kayak and SUP excursions $10 per person. Space is limited so reserve your spot early.

Somos Locos

March 18, 2017

Somos LocosThe Manhattan Beach Art Center, City of Manhattan Beach Parks & Recreation Department, and California Locos presents SOMOS LOCOS, an ephemeral extravaganza bringing together the best in street, skate, surf, punk, art, athletics and music on Saturday, March 18 from 1 to 9 p.m.

SOMOS LOCOS is the latest stop on the California Locos pop-up tour of evolving exhibitions and historic cultural events.

Spring into Fitness 5K Walk/Run

March 19, 2017

spring into fitnessThe Luminaries and NOVAs, two Auxiliary support groups of Torrance Memorial Medical Center, will host the inaugural Spring into Fitness 5K Walk/Run on Sunday, March 19 at South Coast Botanic Gardens in Rolling Hills Estates.

Proceeds will support the renovations of the Torrance Memorial Pediatric Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Torrance Memorial Medical Center is a nonprofit community hospital that has undergone major renovations in the past few years. The next planned transformation will provide upgrades and innovations to the Pediatric Unit and NICU. As mother-child tax-exempt 501(c)(3) service organizations, The Luminaries and NOVAs of Torrance Memorial Medical Center are committed to raising funds to support this next phase of renovation at the hospital. Proceeds will help create a modern updated hospital unit for premature infants and sick children.

LUNAFEST

March 19, 2017

Lunafest 2016Soroptimist International of Manhattan Beach presents LUNAFEST, a traveling film festival, on Sunday, March 19 at 2 p.m. at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.

The festival spotlights the work of a diverse array of talented women filmmakers with intelligent, funny, and thought-provoking themes. LUNAFEST connects women, their stories and their causes through film and offers an opportunity to see short films which you may otherwise never have access to. All of the net proceeds are donated to charity, including the Breast Cancer Fund and Soroptimist programs, to advance the status of women in the community.

Advance tickets are $35. Tickets for students under 21 with ID are $15.

Planning Ahead: Aging Symposium

March 22, 2017

ADIA AdAdia In-Home Care, a non-medical, in-home care service, will host Planning Ahead for your Aging Loved One Symposium on Wednesday, March 22 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Silverado Beach Cities.

The event is for family members and individuals seeking education about aging, led by industry leaders from different aspects of the older adult industry including ADIA, Aspire 211, Debbie Hoffman, Dedicated to Downsizing, Family Connect Care, Heart Light Placement for Seniors, Keller Williams, and R. Christine Brown, APC.

Learn about the documents your family needs for future estate and tax planning, medical decisions and financial planning. Learn how to pay for long term medical care and how to avoid the pitfalls of assuming Medicare will cover long term care costs. Learn if your family is a good candidate for professional money management so bills are paid on time and assets are protected.

Opening Reception: All Media Art Show

March 24, 2017

All Media Art ShowThe Manhattan Beach Art Center presents the Opening Reception: All Media Art Show on Friday, March 24 from 6 to 9 p.m.

This FREE event features select works of Mira Costa High School students from the 9th through 12th grades, showcasing their experimentations and explorations in a variety of artistic media. Now in its 17th year, the MCHS Art Show at the Manhattan Beach Art Center continues a strong tradition of civic partnership and support to the emerging artists of the local community.

“For many students, the annual show at the Art Center is their first time showing their work in a public space,” said Kate Martin, Art teacher at Mira Costa.

What’s Up For Kids Expo

March 25, 2017

What's Up For Kids ExpoThe Torrance Cultural Arts Center presents the annual What’s Up For Kids Expo on Saturday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Activities include continuous entertainment, hands-on activities and craft area, fantastic giveaways, door prizes, and Cover Kid Photo Contest. Kids can enjoy games with our DJ, performances, a treasure hunt and so much more while parents visit over 60 exhibitors with information on summer camps, classes and activities for the whole family.

Visit the Fleur de lis Photography booth at the Expo and your child will have a chance to have their photo taken and be entered into the Cover Kid Photo Contest for the Summer issue of What’s Up for Kids Magazine. Sittings are on a first come, first serve basis.

What’s Going On: The Marvin Gaye Experience

March 25, 2017

Marvin Gaye Experience 2The Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation presents from the Guest Artists Series, What’s Going On: The Marvin Gaye Experience on Saturday, March 25 at 8 p.m. at the James Armstrong Theater.

The Marvin Gaye Experience is Brian Owen’s tribute to the legendary artist and includes music spanning Gaye’s career. Early solo hits Can I Get a Witness and I Heard It Through the Grapevine share space with You’re All I Need to Get By and other classics. And any Marvin Gaye song list would be incomplete without perennial crowd-pleasers Let’s Get It On and Got To Give It Up.

Cherry Blossom Festival

March 26, 2017

Cherry-Blossom-festivalThe City of Torrance invites the community to celebrate the first signs of spring under the blooming cherry trees at the annual Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival on Sunday, March 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The community is invited to bring blankets and picnic under the blossoms. Columbia Park has more than 110 cherry blossom trees, which have been donated by Soka Gakkai International – USA. In Japan, cherry blossoms, or sakura, are a symbol of hope, virtue and new beginnings. They also symbolize clouds due to their nature of blooming en masse, and are an enduring metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life.

South Bay Food Swap

March 26, 2017

South Bay Food Swap 3The community is invited to the South Bay Food Swap on Sunday, March 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Honest Abe Cidery.

South Bay Food Swap is an eclectic gathering of artisan food lovers, who exchange extraordinary, handmade and homegrown food creations. Their mission is to bring together the community by sharing a love and passion for creating, and growing, fabulous food representative of various cultures and world travels.

Free Fitness Weekend

April 7 – 9, 2017

The next Beach Cities Free Fitness Weekend takes place Friday, April 7 through Sunday, April 9.

QUESTION: What’’s better than breaking a healthy sweat at a top fitness studio?

ANSWER: Doing it for free!

Jalopies at the Juice Joint

April 8, 2017

Jalopies at the Juice JointThe Automobile Driving Museum presents Jalopies at the Juice Joint, a 1920s poker night, on Saturday, April 8 from 7 to 11 p.m.

The event is a fundraiser for the ADM and features a Big Band, swing dancing, poker tournaments and all those classic automobiles. Attendees will enjoy food, beverages and good times while supporting the ADM’s mission to offer more educational programs to all children, such as the new STEAM Days (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) and scholarship opportunities for students wishing to pursue careers in the automotive industry.

Breakfast & A Visit with the Bunny

April 15, 2017

easter bunny 1The City of Torrance Community Services Department hosts the annual Breakfast & A Visit with the Bunny at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center Toyota Meeting Hall on Saturday, April 15 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The program will include a pancake breakfast, balloon show, cookie decorating, crafts and a photo with the Bunny.

Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at the City of Torrance Registration Office located at 3031 Torrance Boulevard.

For additional information, call (310) 618-2930 or visit the website at https://www.torranceca.gov/.

The Torrance Cultural Arts Center Toyota Meeting Hall is located at 3330 Civic Center Drive in Torrance.

South Bay Women’s Conference

May 5, 2017

South Bay Women's Conference 2017 2The South Bay Business Women’s Association presents its annual conference Women of Impact & Influence on Friday, May 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Torrance Marriott South Bay.

This inspirational event centers on awarding scholarships to deserving South Bay women to pursue degrees in business. It is also an opportunity for education, motivation and networking with new, like-minded connections.

Armed Forces Day 5k Run/Walk

May 20, 2017

Torrance-Armed-Forces-Day-5K-2The Torrance Chamber of Commerce and the Village Runner present the annual Armed Forces Day 5k Run/Walk on Saturday, May 20 at Del Amo Fashion Center starting at 8 a.m.

The event will feature split timers every mile, computerized finish times, water stations and sponsor refreshments. Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each division and a gift certificate to Village Runner stores. All runners will receive a cool t-shirt.

Pre-race packet pick-up at Village Runner located in Riviera Village at 1811-A Catalina Avenue in Redondo Beach. Late registration begins at 6:30 a.m. at the event.

For additional information and registration, visit the website at http://www.villagerunner.com/torrance-armed-forces-day-5k/?utm_source=eNEWSLETTER+%7C++Thursday%2C+February+23+-+Wednesday%2C+March+1%2C+2017&utm_campaign=Torrance+eNewsletter+217&utm_medium=email

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