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Fourth Sundays: May Through October
The Torrance Historical Society offers Walking Tours of Historic Old Torrance every fourth Sunday through October. This FREE docent-led tour begins at the Torrance Historical Museum at 1:30 p.m. and will point out many historic sites and landmarks in Old Torrance founded in 1912.
September 28 – October 29, 2017
The Volunteer Center is offering the community a chance to explore the basement of their historic Torrance building – a former mortuary dating back to 1929 – during a new, interactive fundraiser. Beginning September 28 and running through October 29, the local nonprofit is presenting South Bay Escape Room: Mortuary Mystery – the first fundraiser of its kind in the nation which mixes together local history with spooky, fictional fun in an immersive experience just in time for Halloween!
“Escape the room” games have become very popular over the last several years. Participants are given one hour to solve a series of fun and challenging puzzles using strategically-placed clues, where both communication and teamwork are essential in figuring out how to solve the mystery and “escape.”
October 28, 2017
Head to downtown Torrance for this family friendly, fun-filled Halloween event with Halloween activities for all ages! The evening features a Trunk or Treat on El Prado from 6 to 8 p.m. with music and pumpkin painting sponsored by Patricia Wisman, Keller Realty; glitter face painting; music activities from Music Does It and more!
Check out the Haunted Bounce House at Cracked Vessel Vintage and Haunted Maze & Glow Room at Cheer 360! Stroll down the decorated streets of historic downtown Torrance and see which business gets your vote for best decorations. Most stores will be open late with candy for the trick or treaters and scary good sales! Enjoy selfie themed photo fun in Kennedy Park.
For the adults, there will be a vintage car show on El Prado, a Day of the Dead altar display at the Torrance Museum, fortune tellers, pendulum reading and tarot card readers, Escape Room at the Volunteer Center (advance tickets required, must be over 14).
October 28, 30 & 31, 2017
Around every 31st of October, supernatural phenomena seem to occur in Torrance. Home to the Kage No Michi Ninjutsu clan, this martial arts studio seems to be visited by spirits from another realm. Strange noises, unexplained events, and even missing persons have been reported. Despite this fact, the location remains a hotspot for thrill-seekers hoping to experience the supernatural around Halloween night by attempting to pass through this apparently haunted dojo.
Admission tickets start at only $5 and are available for purchase at the door. A ticket is required for entry to the maze.
In addition, there will be a FREE BLOCK PARTY on Halloween Night! On October 31, the maze will be accompanied by a FREE, family-friendly, Fall Festival Block Party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with games and fun for all ages. Food will be available for purchase.
October 28, 2017
The Crow Hill Band, a local Redondo Beach favorite, has played at venues and festivals throughout the South Bay. They play a variety of classic rock that features some of the most popular music including the Doobie Brothers, Santana, Journey, Eddie Money, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Beatles and even some awesome disco tunes. Check them out at http://www.crowhillband.com.
In addition, the event will have one of the largest cash prize Halloween Costume contests in Los Angeles, a must attend for some of the most creative and outlandish adult trick or treat revelers out there. First prize is $1000 cash, second prize is $500!
October 31, 2017
The Carnival is a safe, family friendly alternative to trick-or-treating. It will feature games, crafts, face painting, a photo area, spooky music by DJ Ozzie, a costume parade and much more! The costume parade will take place at 6:30 p.m.
Unlimited-use wristbands are $10 per child and are required to participate in carnival activities. Food will be available for purchase from on-site food trucks.
The event will take place, rain or shine. Dogs and other pets are not allowed at this event.
November 7, 2017
Come learn about how aging affects our memory. This FREE program will cover:
●The difference between normal aging and dementia
●What to do if there are memory concerns
●Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease – what is the difference?
●Diagnosis and treatment options
●Everyone is welcome to attend
If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Khryste Langlais, Director of Marketing at 424-488-6340.
Welbrook South Bay Senior Living is located at 3210 West Sepulveda Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90505.
November 8, 2017
The event features local small businesses, vendors and special guests including local City Council Members and other decision makers. Over 75 local, small businesses will be on site offering services, goods, information, advice and answering your questions. In addition, guests will enjoy free samples of local flavors and plenty of giveaways. Bring the whole family!
Admission and parking are FREE! Come out and support your local small businesses!
For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1599786456712457.
November 8, 2017
Sabine Schoepke of Shiny Little Blessings, will host a Launch Party to introduce her new and unique line of jewelry The Vintage Spoon Collection on Wednesday, November 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Community Room at Remedy Pharmacy in Torrance.
This new line was designed to help homeless families in the South Bay. Sabine created the “Buy a Spoon, Feed Mind, Body and Soul,” campaign to offer a holistic approach to serving local families in need. After searching for a way to give back, she partnered with Family Promise of the South Bay, which assists families in need through food, shelter, job, medical and other resources. Specifically, 15% percent of all sales from the Spoon Collection will directly impact local homeless families. The handcrafted spoons, forged with messages such as “love,” “brave,” “hope,” “dream,” “faith,” and more will retail for $49 apiece.
The launch includes a ribbon cutting with the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce, and holiday boutique. Featured guests include Torrance Mayor, Patrick J. Furey, singer/songwriter Ayline Artin and Oliver C. Brown (original member of KC & The Sunshine Band.) Live music, complimentary food and drink, drawings, grab bags and event specials will be available.
November 11, 2017
If 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