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December 7, 2017
If you can’t get in a holiday state of mind this weekend, you’re a total Scrooge – because we have another jam-packed weekend of fantastic holiday events. I know we all have our favorite affairs we attend every year, but I always recommend trying something different. You never know what you’ll discover and you just might find some new favorites! Look for me handling elf duties on the Manhattan Beach Santa Float tonight. I’ll be assisting the Chamber peeps in figuring out who’s been naughty and who’s been nice! See you out there!
Join the El Segundo Chamber of Commerce for some seasonal cheer at the Holiday Mixer tonight, Thursday, December 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Citizens Business Bank. Attendees will enjoy bites from El Segundo Catering Company, drinks, raffle prizes and more, while mixing and mingling with old friends and new. Donate a raffle prize or silent auction item to give your business a little extra recognition. Tickets are only $5 for Chamber Members and $10 for non-Chamber Members and will be available at the door. For additional information, contact the Chamber offices at 310/322-1220 or via email at email@example.com. Citizen’s Business Bank is located at 275 Main Street in El Segundo.
The North Manhattan Beach Business District presents the annual Holiday Open House & Walkabout tonight, Thursday, December 7 from 5 to 9 p.m. The Walkabout offers another fabulous opportunity to get your holiday shopping done in a fun and festive way. Participating shops, businesses and restaurants along Highland Avenue from 32 Street to 42 Street will stay open late for an evening of music, shopping, dining and entertainment. Merchants will be offering discounts, samples, snacks and libations making for a thoroughly enjoyable shopping experience. The kids will enjoy balloon art, face painting, artists, popcorn, raffle prizes and more. The area restaurants are sure to be busy, busy, busy, so reservations are highly recommended. Santa will be flying in from the North Pole, landing at the “Miracle on 34th Street” from 6 to 8 p.m.! Be sure to bring the wish list and camera! For additional information, visit the website at http://www.northmb.info.
The Unified Small Business Alliance hosts the FREE monthly Networking Mixer on Friday, December 8 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the USBA Headquarters in Torrance. The USBA invites everyone to this FREE networking event. Bring plenty of business cards and your 30 second elevator speech. They will be serving coffee and cookies. Free admission, no membership dues, no strings attached. If you’ve never attended one of the USBA events, you should make a point to stop by – it’s always a very casual, friendly evening. For additional information and to RSVP, visit the website at http://www.usba.club/. The USBA headquarters is located at 2501 West 237 Street, Suite A in Torrance.
The City of Hermosa Beach invites children of all ages to compete in the annual Sand Snowman Contest on Saturday, December 9 from 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. Just because the South Bay doesn’t experience cold, snowy winters doesn’t mean you have to miss out on traditional winter pastimes. The South Bay may not have snow but there’s sand….lots and lots of sand. So instead of building a snowman, how about building a sand snowman? It is recommended that you arrive early to claim a prime building site. Registration starts at 8:45 a.m. north of the Hermosa Pier at shoreline and building commences at 9 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for the Most Unique, Most Traditional, Best Dressed, Hermosa Beach Favorite and Funniest. Judging begins at 11:15 a.m. with awards being presented at 11:30 a.m. It’s time to assemble the construction crew, haul out the heavy equipment (pails, shovels, coal, corn cob pipe, etc.) and get into a winter state of mind. Awards and prizes are nice, but bragging rights are better. For more information, contact the Community Resources Department at 310-318-0280 or visit the website at http://www.hermosabch.org/. The event will take place at 15 Street at the shoreline.
Ruby’s Diner presents the annual Cruise at the Beach Christmas Car Show on Saturday, December 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Ruby’s parking lot. The Christmas edition of Cruise at the Beach is a South Bay tradition that keeps automobile aficionados returning year after year. Take a stroll among some of the finest examples of the Southern California car culture and marvel at this amazing collection of classic automobiles. Judging begins at 9 a.m. with the trophy presentation at 2 p.m. In keeping with the spirit of the season, please bring an unwrapped toy to benefit the Cheer for Children Christmas Toy Drive. If you wish to display a car or require more information, contact Larry Neville at 310-962-7438. Registration is $20. Ruby’s Diner is located at 245 North Harbor Drive in Redondo Beach.
The Redondo Pier Association hosts FREE Yoga on the Pier on Saturday, December 9 from 10 to 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and take part in this all level yoga class where the International Boardwalk meets the Redondo Beach Pier (the octagon below Kincaid’s). Participants should bring a yoga mat, towel and bottled water. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.redondopier.com/event/yoga-on-the-octagon-2/2017-05-13/. The Redondo Beach Pier is located at 100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.
Siri Berting Photography is setting up a Pop-Up Studio at MIXT in Hermosa Beach on Saturday, December 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The last Siri Pop Up was so successful, they’re doing it again! Sign up for 15 minute quickie black & white sessions per child or group. Shop for gifts at MIXT while you wait. Wrapping is complimentary! Siri Berting is a parent of two and a commercial and editorial photographer with over 15 years of experience shooting and working with kids. Siri has a constant flow of creative ideas and lots of tricks up her sleeve to keep kids engaged and having fun. For additional information and scheduling, visit the website at http://www.mytime.com/deals/CA/Hermosa-Beach/Home-&-Garden/Photography/siri-berting-photography/97386-41160?referrer=from_marketplace. Mixt is located at 422 Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.
The Automobile Driving Museum will host Shop Talk on Saturday, December 9 from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Car enthusiasts are encouraged to attend this interactive lecture series that will showcase the American automobile throughout history and learn about the current status of the collector market. The featured speakers are Jim Crabtree, noted professional car historian, and Phil Skinner, Editor of Kelly Blue Book and Old Cars. Scheduled Lectures:
November 4: Tiller to Tremor – Inception to 1929
December 9: Struggle for Survival – 1930 to 1942
January 13: Recovery & Revival – 1943 to 1972
February 17: Technology & Triumphs
March 10: Current Status of the Collector Market with Phil SKinner
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and include admission to the museum. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.theadm.org. Automobile Driving Museum is located at 610 Lairport Street, El Segundo, CA 90245.
The Redondo Pier Association presents the annual Holiday Concert & Santa on the Pier on Saturday, December 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. The event features live music and attendees are encouraged to sing along to all the holiday favorites. Santa will be holding court on the pier, so be sure to bring your list and be on your best behavior. The event also features giveaways and surfing Santa photos. Attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Love in the Mirror Toy Drive. Holiday tunes performed by a surf rock band on the Pier overlooking the deep blue…..this is how the South Bay celebrates the season! For additional information, visit the website at http://www.redondopier.com/. The Redondo Beach Pier is located at 100 Fisherman’s Wharf in Redondo Beach. FREE parking!
Dance West Dance Studio and the Metropolitan Ballet Company present The Nutcracker on Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10 at the James Armstrong Theater. There will be two shows daily at 2 and 7 p.m. Relive the classic story of Clara and Fritz as they dream of a land of magic. Revolving around Clara’s broken, and then magically repaired nutcracker, an evening of delight and ballet ensue with familiar favorites brought to life by this special company of dancers. Tickets are $17.50 and $19.50. For additional information and ticket purchase, call 310-781-7171 or visit the website at https://torrancearts.org/. The James Armstrong Theater is located at 3330 Civic Center Drive in Torrance.
Alpine Village presents the annual Christmas Faire on Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10 from 3 to 8 p.m. each day. Guests will get in the holiday spirit with festive lighting, decorations and music as Alpine Village is transformed into a cozy, Bavarian winter wonderland. The event features arts-and-crafts vendors set up throughout the Village, face painting, carolers, wine tasting, live entertainment, food samples and more. Santa will make a guest appearance each day of the Faire to take photos and hear what the children have on their wish lists for Christmas. Guests will also enjoy traditional German holiday fare including grilled bratwurst, Stollen and Gluehwein (Glowing Wine), the German version of spiced mulled wine. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.alpinevillagecenter.com/events-2/christmas-faire-dec-9-10/. Alpine Village is located at 833 West Torrance Boulevard in Torrance.
The King Harbor Yacht Club presents the annual King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade on Saturday, December 9. A longtime favorite of locals and visitors to the area, this hugely popular South Bay event gets under way at 4:30 p.m. in the main channel of King Harbor. As always, the Body Glove yacht Disappearance will lead off the parade with this year’s Grand Marshall, Vera Jimenez. The SUPs will be on the water at 4:30 followed by the boats lighting up the night at 5:30. If you plan to observe from shore, you can do so from any number of vantage points in King Harbor, from the Redondo Beach Marina, Redondo Pier, Portofino Hotel and Marina/Sea Wall, Seaside Lagoon Sea Wall and several restaurants with harbor views. King Harbor Marina/Moonstone Park will provide FREE bleacher seating provided the city. Seating is first come, first serve. Starting at 3:30 p.m. several food trucks will be available with an array of food for purchase. Access is from Marina Way. Boats participating in the parade will be judged by vessel type in several different categories. Awards will be given for Best Costumes, Best Lighting, Best Animation, Best Execution of Theme, Best in Fleet and the Overall Winner. All boats and SUPs are encouraged to participate and there is still time to register! To register, visit the website at http://www.KHYC.org or http://www.KHBF.org. Proceeds from the event benefit Waterfront Education, King Harbor Youth Foundation, Santa Monica Bay Maritime Training and Redondo Beach Rotary.
Shade Hotel Redondo Beach will host a Boat Parade Viewing Party for the annual King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade on Saturday, December 9 from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Guests will enjoy unobstructed picturesque views of the marina and parade from the hotel’s premiere viewing location on the Aquadeck. This family friendly event will include small bites from Sea Level Restaurant, cocktails, warm holiday drinks, cabana rentals and bottle service. Reservations are booking quickly so call soon! For additional information, visit the website at http://rb.shadehotel.com/ or call (310) 921-8950. Shade Hotel Redondo Beach is located at 655 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.
The 1200 block of East Acacia Avenue in El Segundo magically transforms into Candy Cane Lane every holiday season since 1919! The homes are festooned with lights and decorations beginning the second Saturday of December and Santa’s sleigh stops for a visit on certain nights through December 23. The street will be closed to through traffic through Christmas night, and most houses will still have their lights up through New Year’s weekend. The lights are generally on until about 10. The 1200 block of East Acacia Avenue is located west of Sepulveda and south of Imperial Highway in El Segundo. Check out the video courtesy of Civic Couch: https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/el-segundo-candy-cane-lane/.
April’s Fools Comedy Improv Troupe presents April’s Fools vs MCHS Comedy Sportz on Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Second Story Theater. Directed by Doris Usui, this is a special performance featuring an improv battle between April’s Fools and Mira Costa High School Comedy Sportz Team. You’ll laugh out loud when the audience suggestions are turned into comedy on stage. General admission tickets are $10 and $8 for seniors. For additional information and ticket purchase, call (310) 318-1705 or visit the website at http://www.AprilsFoolsImprov.com. The Second Story Theater is located at 710 Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach.
The City of Torrance Community Services Division presents the annual Christmas Boutique on Sunday, December 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wilson Park. The Christmas Boutique is a one-of-a-kind hand-crafted items only show featuring a variety of goods such as toys, ceramics, needlework, quilts, dolls, jewelry, T-shirts and sweatshirts, stuffed animals and many one-of-a-kind items. It’s a great opportunity to find gifts or decorations for Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Various food vendors will be on-site with food for purchase. In addition, there will be photo ops with Santa! For additional information, call (310) 618-2930 or visit the website at https://www.torranceca.gov/our-city/recreation/special-events/boutiques. Wilson Park is located at 2200 Crenshaw Boulevard, Torrance, CA.
The Lomita Railroad Museum presents Santa & The Polar Express on Sunday, December 10 from Noon to 4 p.m. The community is invited for a special reading of The Polar Express and photos with Santa. In addition, there will be face painters, balloon animals, holiday crafts, hot chocolate and cookies and tours of the museum. The price of admission is $15 per family and includes everything. Tickets are available online or at the door the day of the event. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at http://www.lomita-rr.org/calendar/. The Lomita Railroad Museum is located at 2137 West 250th Street, Lomita, CA 90717.
The El Segundo Chamber of Commerce and Chevron present the annual Holiday Parade on Sunday, December 10. The parade gets underway at 1 p.m. and is expected to end about 3 p.m. The route begins on Main Street at Imperial Avenue and proceeds south to El Segundo Boulevard. The grandstands will be located at Main Street and Holly Avenue on the west side of the street where parade entrant performances will take place. Floats will be theme decorated and Saint Nick will make his appearance at the end of the procession. Why not make a day of it? Prior to the parade, have lunch at one of the many area restaurants and afterward browse the local shops and knock a few items off your gift list. Floats, music, marching bands, antique cars, giveaways, Santa and more….can you think of a better way to celebrate the season? For additional information, visit the website at http://www.elsegundochamber.com/events-and-news.
Green Hills Memorial Park celebrates the season with the Let it Snow Holiday Festival & Memorial Tree Lighting on Sunday, December 10 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. This FREE annual event will take place at the Little White Church. Guests will enjoy holiday music, snow sledding, arts and crafts for the children, a festive hayride and caroling. Santa will be on hand to greet guests and pose for photos with the entire family. At 5:30 p.m. the memorial Christmas trees will be lit. Memorial ornaments will be provided and guests can write the names of loved ones on the ornaments and place them on the trees. The memorial Christmas trees will remain through the holiday season. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.greenhillsmemorial.com/calendar-of-events/. Green Hills Memorial Park is located at 27501 South Western Avenue, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.
The annual Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks sponsored by Skechers will take place Sunday, December 10! Manhattan Beach’s signature holiday event gets underway at 4 p.m. with a concert by the Hyperion Outfall Serenaders followed by the award-winning Mira Costa Jazz Ensemble at 5 p.m. and local favorite, Joe’s Band, will be ‘Rockin’ the Holidays’ at 6 p.m. Our own Lou Giovannetti will be Master of Ceremonies. Skechers’ Snow Park will be open from 4 to 6:30 p.m. with five 50′ sled runs, two snow play areas and snowmen available for family photos. A donation of canned goods, cash or a new, unwrapped toy is requested for admission to the Snow Park. The Bounce Park will have two huge slides and the Fire Dog bouncie for smaller children. The Holiday Fireworks start at 7 p.m. and will be synchronized to holiday music with an extended grand finale sponsored by Belkin. This is a hugely popular event so be sure to arrive early to nab prime seating – bring your own beach chairs and blankets! For additional information, visit the website at http://www.mbfireworks.com. The Manhattan Beach Pier is located at the western end of Manhattan Beach Boulevard.
The Strand House presents the annual Light Up the Night event on Sunday, December 10 from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. This Upscale Chef-Driven Cocktail Party offers the best view of the Strand and Manhattan Beach Pier from anywhere in the South Bay. An evening of fun, food and fireworks, this event coincides with Manhattan Beach’s annual Holiday Firework Show. (This spectacular show was featured on Travel Channel’s Jingle Brawl in 2013.) This is your front row seat for the best fireworks show in the country and The Strand House is the perfect location to gather with friends and family to enjoy this festive community event. The “House” is yours for the evening! Indulge in gourmet carving stations, a seafood tower and delectable desserts throughout the “House”. It’s an unbeatable atmosphere with festive music and dancing and of course, the famous Manhattan Beach fireworks spectacular display through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Tickets are $125 per adult, $50 for children 12 and under, plus tax & 18% gratuity. For additional information and ticket purchase, call 310.545.7470 or visit the eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/6th-annual-light-up-the-night-cocktail-party-for-the-holiday-fireworks-tickets-39785098300. The Strand House is located at 117 Manhattan Beach Boulevard.
The South Bay Women’s Conference hosts the monthly Let’s Connect Mixer at Strand Brewing on Tuesday, December 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This monthly fundraising event is a great opportunity to meet local business owners and entrepreneurs while mixing and mingling with like-minded individuals. There will be light appetizers provided and beverages for purchase. Tickets are $5 for members and $15 for non-members. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at http://sbbwa.com/. Strand Brewing Company is located at 2201 Dominguez Street, Torrance, CA 90501.
The City of Hawthorne Recreation and Community Services Department presents the Holiday Home Decorating Contest. The contest is free to enter for all City of Hawthorne residents. All participants are required to have their lights and animation in operation on December 14 between 6 and 9 p.m. for judging purposes. Awards will be given out to first, second and third place winners. To participate, complete the registration form at http://www.cityofhawthorne.org/latest-news/2017/11/14/holiday-home-decorating-contest and return it to the City of Hawthorne Recreation Department located at 3901 West El Segundo Boulevard, Hawthorne, CA 90250. The deadline for entry is December 12.
Here’s a heads-up on a few events you’ll want to plan for now!
This event listing is current as of yesterday, but new events are posted EVERY DAY, so be sure to check the website for updates at http://www.southbaybyjackie.com for details on these and other events happening throughout the South Bay.
Santa Tour Schedules:
Hermosa Beach Santa Sleigh: https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/hermosa-beach-santa-sleigh-ride-schedule/
Lomita & Rancho Palos Verdes Santa Sleigh: https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/lomita-and-rancho-palos-verdes-santa-sleigh-tour/
Manhattan Beach Santa Float: https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/manhattan-beach-santa-float-schedule/
Redondo Beach Santa Sleigh: https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/redondo-beach-santa-sleigh-tour-2/
Torrance Santa Float: https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/torrance-santa-float-schedule/
Free Holiday Parking
Downtown Hermosa Beach: December 1 through December 25
Redondo Beach Pier: December 9 through January 2 (8 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
Downtown Manhattan Beach: November 27 through December 26
Riviera Village: December 9 through January 1
I recently stopped in Tapas & Vino to meet a friend for a drink and discovered there’s a new chef in the house! Adrián Fernández García is a Spanish chef born into a family dedicated to the craft. From a young age Adrian knew his life and passion would be linked to the kitchen. He studied at the school of gastronomy of the region where he was born, Asturias, in the north of Spain. He then went on to work with some of the best chefs in Spain and Europe, including the Loya family, a strong influence for him. There, Adrián began to work professionally in the family restaurant, with a Michelin star and multiple gratronómica awards. This is the place where he acquired knowledge about the treatment of the best products available and everything necessary for a successful kitchen and restaurant. Adrian is passionate about traveling and has enjoyed working in different countries around the world. Be sure to stop by, check out the new menu and welcome Adrián to the neighborhood! For additional information and to make reservations, visit the website at http://www.tapasyvino.com/. Tapas & Vino is located at 1729 South Catalina Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.
This morning on The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight, our guests are Tracey McMartin and Denise Harkins, Co-Chairs of the King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade Committee; Julie Coll, Co-Founder of the King Harbor Boating Foundation; Abbey Featherstone, Head Coach of the King Harbor Youth Foundation; and Ron Grassl, Sea Scout Skipper for the King Harbor Yacht Club. Our guests will fill us in on what we can expect at the King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade this year, taking place in King Harbor Marina on Saturday, December 9 at 4:30. We’ll also learn about the charities that will benefit from the event. Don’t worry, if you missed the program, you can listen to it anytime at https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/2017-king-harbor-holiday-boat-parade/. Tune in every Thursday at 8 a.m. to keep up with what’s going down throughout in the South Bay!
Tomorrow morning on The South Bay Show: Manhattan Beach 360, our guests will be Michael Hayden, Director of Choirs, and students from Mira Costa High School Choirs, and we’ll be talking about the upcoming concert This Shining Night which will take place at the Mira Costa Auditorium on Friday, December 15 at 7 p.m. You can listen to the program live at 8 a.m. or anytime at https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/mchs-choirs-shining-night/. Tune in every Friday morning and discover what’s new in Manhattan Beach!
Have a fabulous South Bay weekend!