Torrance Events

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South Bay Escape Room: Mortuary Mystery

June 1 – July 27, 2018

South-Bay-Escape-Room-Mortuary-MysteryThe South Bay Escape Room: Mortuary Mystery is BACK! The Volunteer Center is offering the community another chance to explore the basement of their historic Torrance building – a former mortuary dating back to 1929 – for an interactive fundraiser. Beginning June 1 and running through July 27, the local nonprofit is presenting South Bay Escape Room: Mortuary Mystery – a fundraiser that mixes local history with spooky, fictional fun in an immersive experience.

“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.”

Community Beautification @ Seaside Heroes Park

Second Saturdays

Seaside-Heroes-Park-Community-Beautification-EventJoin volunteers at Seaside Heroes Park for the monthly Community Beautification Event the second Saturday of every month from 8 to 11 a.m.

All are welcome to get down and dirty and lend a hand cleaning, weeding, and dead heading – including groups or individuals who need community service hours.

Even though the park is small, it’s a huge job to keep it looking good. As of January 2018, there are over 900 work hours in this project, but once the entire park has received a once-over, it’s time to go back and start at the beginning. This is a labor of love and the organizers are immensely grateful to anyone who gives their time.

Walking Tours of Historic Old Torrance

Fourth Sundays: May Through October

torrance historical society 3The 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.

Torrance Antique Street Faire

July 22, 2018

Processed with MoldivThe monthly Torrance Antique Street Faire takes place on Sunday, July 22 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event features 200+ 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!

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.

Shakespeare by the Sea

July 27 & 28, 2018

Shakespeare by the Sea - sbbjThis season, Shakespeare by the Sea presents two brand new productions staged at venues throughout the South Bay. Performances of The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Winter’s Tale will take place during July and August.

The Merry Wives of Windsor – a rollicking romantic comedy which tells of Falstaff’s folly: courting two married women at the same time. It’s mischief and mayhem galore.

The Winter’s Tale – the story of Leontes, a King who banishes his family wrongfully, and is taught the meaning of forgiveness through the inspired plan of a wise, loyal woman.

Luau Party Fundraiser

July 28, 2018

Luau-PartyThe Torrance Rose Float Association will host the annual Luau Party Fundraiser on Saturday, July 28 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ken Miller Recreation Center.

The family friendly event features live music, a spectacular Hawaiian show, plenty of island food, photo booth and activities for the kids. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite Hawaiian shirt, dress or grass skirt, if they dare. The evening will include opportunities to support the Torrance Rose Float Association with drawings and a silent auction.

The cost is $50 for adults; $25 for children 3-12, Under 3 free.

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the webiste at http://www.torrancerosefloat.org or call 310-618-2425 or via email at info@torrancerosefloat.org.

Movies in the Park – Torrance

July 28, 2018

movies in the park - sbbj 2The City of Torrance Community Services Department and local Homeowners Associations are proud to sponsor Movies in the Park.

These movie nights will take place at various parks throughout the city this summer. Everyone is welcome and admission is free. Pack up a picnic basket, blanket and lawn chairs and join friends and neighbors for an evening of family-friendly cinematic entertainment as the parks convert into outdoor movies theaters.

International Surf Festival

August 1 – 5, 2018

International-Surf-FestivalThe annual International Surf Festival will take place Wednesday, August 1 through Sunday, August 5.

The host city for this year’s Festival is the City of Redondo Beach. The event promotes the four South Bay beach cities, the world’s best lifeguard service, and physical fitness for thousands of participants.

Scheduled events include the Los Angeles County Lifeguard Medal of Valor Dinner, Charlie Saikley Volleyball Tournament (better known as 6-man!), surfing championships, the Dick Fitzgerald two-mile beach run, sand soccer, the Velzy-Stevens Pier to Pier Paddleboard Championship, sand castle contest, beach volleyball and several other activities.

National Night Out

August 7, 2018

National-Night-Out-2016The annual National Night Out takes place this year on Tuesday, August 7.

This unique crime and drug prevention event is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. The National Night Out campaign involves citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 15,000 communities in all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.

This annual event is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness by generating support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs; strengthening neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and sending a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Social Security Workshop

August 11, 2018

Social-SecurityAdult Financial Education Services will offer a workshop on Maximizing Social Security on Saturday, August 11 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Assembly Room at the Ken Miller Recreation Center.

For many Americans, Social Security is the single largest asset they have in retirement, and greater than 90% of all recipients do not maximize their Social Security benefits. Advance planning is essential and the decisions you make today can have a tremendous impact on the total amount of benefits you stand to receive over your lifetime.

This educational workshop will provide you with much needed information to help you understand the system, coordinate spousal and survivor benefits, minimize taxes, and maximize your personal benefits.

Whether you’re single, married, divorced, or widowed, there may be ways to maximize the lifetime Social Security benefits you receive.