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October 19, 2017
Last week I mentioned how insanely popular Halloween has become in recent years and the numerous events taking place here in the South Bay. Since then, I’ve received information on several brand new events that are sure to be a ton of fun – Carnevil Harbor Invasion; Halloween Costume Contest & 80s Dance Party with Richard Blade; Halloween Scare Down in Downtown; and This is IT – The Scariest Night of the Year. I’m glad most of this year’s Halloween events are spread out over the month because I plan on attending as many as I can!
There are just a few tickets left for this event…. 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! It runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons, September 28 to October 29. Tickets are $35 per person and must be purchased online in advance. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at http://www.volcenter.org/escaperoom. The Volunteer Center is located at 1230 Cravens Avenue, Torrance, CA 90501.
The South Coast Botanic Garden hosts The Great Pumpkin Hunt October 1 through November 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. After a sneaky squirrel and ravenous rabbit ate last year’s prized pumpkin, the birds of South Coast Botanic Garden (ravens, owls, hummingbirds and hawks) have teamed up to save this year’s patch. They’ve secreted the pumpkins away to a clandestine location. Can you help find the missing pumpkin patch? Armed with your birdwatcher’s map, travel through the grounds of South Coast Botanic Garden in search of the hidden abodes of our feathered friends and collect the clues left in their bird houses. The clues will lead you to the South Coast Botanic Garden Pumpkin Patch. The hunt will be family-friendly, imaginative, adventurous, and will require some hiking through the nature trails. Put on your tennis shoes and dust off the strollers for an afternoon of fresh air and an energy burning excursion! Admission is free for Members. For nonmembers, the event is included with General Garden Admission. Advance tickets are strongly encouraged. For additional information, visit the website at http://southcoastbotanicgarden.org/. The South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes, CA 90247.
The Point hosts the Halloween Family Fest today, Thursday, October 19 from 10 a.m. to noon as part of the monthly Mommy & Me Kid’s Club. The Halloween Family Fest is all treats and no tricks! There will be a monster party, pumpkin decorating, trick or treating around The Point, a photo booth, live entertainment, balloon animals and more! Costumes are encouraged! Stop by the registration table to pick-up the Kid’s Club activity schedule and exclusive member discounts. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.thepointsb.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=99. The Point is located at 850 South Sepulveda Boulevard, El Segundo, CA 90245.
Are you ready for The Big One? Join millions of people who will drop, cover and hold at 10:19 a.m. today, Thursday, October 19 in the 2017 Great California Shake Out! The Great California Shake Out is an annual opportunity to practice how to be safer and better prepared before, during and after big earthquakes. The Shake Out has been organized to encourage individuals, families, communities, schools, businesses and organizations to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies and to secure structures in order to prevent damage and injuries. It’s time to get ready. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.shakeout.org/california/.
The community is invited to the 2017 Safety Day Fair hosted by Kinetca Federal Credit Union today, Thursday, October 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Operations Center. The Safety Day Fair is in conjunction with the Great California Shake Out. Employees will participate in a Shake Out drill along with 9.5 million other Californians, followed by a safety fair for employees and local businesses. Attendees can speak with representatives and hear presentations about a variety of safety issues including earthquake and fire safety, active shooter safety, use of AEDs, TSA procedures and much more. Participating organizations include the American Red Cross, Department of Homeland Security, TSA, Office of Emergency Management LA, Apollo Insurance, LA Park Rangers, Ready America, Police Department, Cintas, Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital, Karma Rescue (w/canines), and many more. For additional information, visit the website at https://www.kinecta.org/. Kinetca is located at 2100 Park Place, El Segundo, CA, 90245. The event will take place at the Operations Center on the ground floor.
Don’t know if this has sold out yet, but it always does……. The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce presents The Best of Manhattan tonight, Thursday, October 19 at 6 p.m. at Verandas Beach House. The Best of Manhattan strives to recognize those businesses and leaders who make Manhattan Beach the tremendous city it is. Each year the community has an opportunity to vote for their favorites in several categories. On top of the fun awards, the evening will feature dinner and dancing. The community is encouraged to come out and celebrate all that makes Manhattan Beach so great. Tickets are $100 per person, a half table is $450 (5 seats) and a full table is $900 (10 seats). For additional information, visit the website at http://business.manhattanbeachchamber.com/events/details/the-best-of-manhattan-a-toast-to-the-top-8687. Verandas Beach House is located at 401 Rosecrans Avenue, Manhattan Beach CA.
Prime Charter School will host an Open House to meet the founders tonight, Thursday, October 19 from 6 to 7 p.m. at The Great Room Cafe. Interested families and students are invited for this fun and engaging evening. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about this innovative new charter school opening in Gardena in August of 2018. Light refreshments will be served. Prime Charter School is a tuition-free, public charter school, grades 6-12 and is currently accepting enrollment for 6th and 9th grades. For additional information and to RSVP, contact via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Great Room is located at 2810 Artesia Boulevard, Redondo Beach, CA 90278.
King Harbor Brewing Company hosts Ladies’ Night: Pints for Prevention tonight, Thursday, October 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. It’s going to be a fun night out celebrating women and raising money for Keep a Breast Foundation. The concept was simple – organize a night for women to get together over a pint of beer and participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For every pint of beer of sold, $1 will be donated to Keep a Breast Foundation. In addition, King Harbor Brewing has partnered with several women-owned, local businesses for the opportunity to do a little shopping while they sip! Participants include: Jus’ Poke – Redondo’s best poke; Brandy’s Sweet Temptations – craft beer confections; Soap Seas – handmade soaps by Christina; Social Butterfly Designs – stationary/prints by Jill; Pacha Hot Sauce- handmade Peruvian hot sauce; Good Morning Cactus – succulent arrangements; Forever Young Designs – handmade jewelry. It’s not just for the girls – guys are always welcome! For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/517403268599708/. King Harbor Brewing Company is located at 2907 182 Street, Redondo Beach, CA 90278.
Strand Brewing presents Third Fridays, a recurring event showcasing local artists and featuring their work in the Tap Room of the brewery. In addition to the art exhibits, there will be on-site food trucks and plenty of Strand Beer for purchase. This month’s event will showcase South Bay Faves on Friday, October 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. It’s a fun and fantastic collaboration where local art meets local beer! Local artists Soap Seas, Drica Lobo and OsoPorto will be displaying their work and merchandise. In addition, there will be an active acrylic water marbling workshop by The Marbled Mermaid. The event is Halloween themed with eats and treats catered by A Basq Kitchen. Come out and celebrate the fall season with your local South Bay brewery and local makers and artists. For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1716770375007911/. Strand Brewing is located at 2201 Dominguez Street, Torrance, CA 90501.
Athens Trash Service will host a FREE Compost Giveaway on Saturday, October 21 from 8 a.m. to Noon at Wilderness Park. This event is for Redondo Beach Residents only! Bring proof of residency and your own sturdy containers (no plastic bags). Shovels will be provided and the first 100 participants will receive a free tote bag. For additional information, call 888-336-6100. Wilderness Park is located at 1102 Camino Real, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.
The Beach Tennis Association hosts the annual Halloween Beach Tennis Tournament on Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22 at the 14th Street courts on the sand in Hermosa Beach. The tournament includes Mens/Womens Pro Division (single elimination) and Advanced +40 Division (pool play) on Saturday. Check in starts at 9 a.m. Sunday features Men’s/Women’s round robin and a potluck. Everyone must wear costumes on Sunday! Check in starts at 9:30 a.m. For additional information and registration, visit the website at http://www.beachtennisassociation.net/. The tournament will take place on the sand at 14 Street in Hermosa Beach.
Support local artists at the annual Hermosa Beach Fine Arts Festival on Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22. Formerly known as Hermosa Artwalk, the Festival has grown considerably over the years and now takes place on the lawn of the Community Center between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. both days. The event features the work of nearly 100 talented artists in a variety of mediums including photography, glass, metal, paintings, ceramics and mixed media. Attendees will enjoy live music and food for purchase along with arts and crafts for children. For additional information, visit the website at http://hermosafinearts.com/. The Hermosa Beach Community Center is located at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach.
The City of Rancho Palos Verdes hosts the annual Kid’s Music Fest & Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ladera Linda Community Center. Sponsored by RPV’s Kids Music N Motion, the event features musical games, activities and even a musical ‘petting zoo’ where kids can try all types of instruments. Area organizations, businesses and residents are hosting trunks for trunk or treating. This event is geared toward families with young children. Come dressed in costume for tons of Halloween fun. This event is free! For additional information, visit the website at http://www.rpvca.gov/1068/Trunk-or-Treat. The Ladera Linda Community Center is located at 32201 Forrestal Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.
Join the fun at the Tutor Time Fall Festival & Open House on Saturday, October 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The community is invited to this FREE event to celebrate the newly remodeled facility. The remodel boasts new paint and flooring, refreshed classroom designs, upgraded playgrounds and a new Kindergarten building. Attendees will enjoy face painting, games and prizes, photo booth, DJ and more. Food trucks will also be on-site providing food for purchase. Learn about the Infant, Toddler, Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, Jr. Kindergarten and School Age programs. For additional information, call 310.539.4890 or visit the website at http://www.tutortime.com/6013. Tutor Time is located at 2850 Sepulveda Blvd in Torrance.
Coast Fitness South Bay will host an Open House & Member Party on Saturday, October 21 from noon to 4 p.m. Voted the #1 Fitness Club in the South Bay on Yelp, this FREE family friendly event features a live DJ, food, fitness demos, samples, prizes and celebrities! Adults will enjoy beer and wine tastings, and fitness classes (cycling, bodypump, MMA and yoga) while the kids tackle an obstacle course, play whiffle ball and ooof ball, practice soccer drills and more. Meet the Rock’s costar from HBO’s Baller, Donovan Carter, check out an ooof ball fitness demo with Olympic Gold Medalist Steve Lewis and Olympic Bronze Medalist Tasha Danvers. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.coast-fitness.com. Coast Fitness is located at 5005 West El Segundo Boulevard, Hawthorne, CA 90250.
Ten Thousand Villages presents an Alebrijes Artisan Demonstration on Saturday October 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. Stop by and watch guest artisans Sergio and Saul Aragon will create an alebrijes figure. Alebrijes are brightly colored animal figures that are hand carved and painted by artisans from Arrazola, Oaxaco. They range in size from a few inches to a few feet tall, and no two are alike. Alebrijes are the primary means of support for the people of Arrazola. An exchange program with the Health Science Department of San Jose State University brings guest artisans to the US and supports replanting of the copal trees from which the alebrijes are carved. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/redondobeach#fndtn-home. Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit Fair Trade retail store and is located at 1907 South Catalina Avenue in Redondo Beach.
St. Francis Church will host the first annual Holy Hoedown on Saturday, October 21 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Get your Stetsons and dancing boots on! The guys and gals of St. Francis Episcopal Church are hosting the first family country hoedown fundraiser featuring live country music band, Big City. There will food to buy, music, line dancing, silent auction, western photos, a pumpkin patch, a country store with western merchandise and home-baked goods, and most importantly, really great fellowship! Admission donation is $5 for adults and kids under 5 are free. Proceeds will support the South Bay parish and its ministries. For additional information, call (310) 375-4617, or visit the website at http://www.stfrancispalosverdes.org. St. Francis Episcopal Church is located at 2200 Via Rosa in Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274.
Style on the Spot presents Be More Than Pink on Saturday, October 21 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Del Amo Fashion Center. Join Style On The Spot at the Del Amo Fashion Center for an afternoon of shopping, saving and support! The event will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. A $10 donation at the door will include exclusive discounts, food from mall restaurants and adult beverages. Check-in will be in the Outdoor Village past P.F. Chang’s. The first 100 to RSVP are guaranteed a gift bag filled with loads of VIP swag. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10 with cash and credit both accepted. A wall of purses donated from numerous stores in the mall will be up for raffle with all proceeds benefitting Susan G. Komen. Enjoy discounts from Kate Spade New York, Coach, Samuels Jewelers, J. Crew, H&M, A’GACI, Brooks Brothers, Claire’s, David’s Tea, GUESS, Hollister Co., J.Jill, Kipling, Lane Bryant, PacSun, Robert Wayne Footwear, The Shoe Box, Skechers, Vitamin World, 100% Pure, Aeropostale, The Body Shop, BOSS, Brookstone, Brow Arc, Disney Store, Famous Footwear, francesca’s, Godiva, Hanna Andersson, Kevin Jewelers, STACKED: Food Well Built, U.S. Polo Assn., and Windsor. Maya Moxley will be playing the ukulele and singing throughout the event. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/be-more-than-pink-tickets-38595007707. Del Amo Fashion Center is located at 3525 West Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90503.
R10 Social House and Gasser’s Lounge present Carnevil Harbor Invasion for five nights only at R10 Social House (October 21, 26, 27, 28, 31). Horror lovers and the Halloween obsessed are invited to experience a deranged immersive experience like never before. From the legendary degenerates behind a decade of insane parties across Southern and Central California, comes the next incarnation of the South Bay’s most immersive Halloween experience! Brace yourself for five mind-blowing nights of shock, horror, and indulgence led by the demon puppets of Dead Marionette Theatre. It is a 360 degree, fully-immersive experience with heavy and frequent use of strobe lights, lasers, pyrotechnics, sub-sonic sound, climate-altering effects, projectiles, and graphic and potentially offensive imagery. Performers, props, and special effects can and do come in direct contact with the audience, so it is not recommended for those who frighten easily. Held on the second floor of R10 Social House, expect a night filled with drinks and debauchery. It’s guarantee you won’t ever forget this Halloween experience…that is, if you make it out alive. Doors open at 7 pm – Strictly 21+ – ALL NIGHT Drink Specials! – DJ – Feature Show Begins at 11 pm – Post-show Dance Party!! (In case you haven’t partied yourself to death by the end of DMT.) Costumes are strongly encouraged! Tickets are $10 – $40. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/carnevil-harbor-invasion-tickets-38088042360. R10 Social House is located at 179 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.
I missed this show last year but will be going this year….. The Torrance Cultural Arts Center presents Vaud & the Villains on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at 8 p.m. at the James R. Armstrong Theatre. Every Saint Has a Past, Every Sinner Has a Future…. Vaud & the Villains is a 19-piece orchestra and cabaret show that’s 50% Revival, 50% Get Down, and 50% Circus. It’s a high-energy show full of love and diversity, something fun and over-the-top, with the slightest hint of innocent sexiness. Over the past decade, Vaud & the Villains have played some really huge venues (like the Hollywood Bowl and the Cannes Film Festival) along with smaller festivals and even dive bars. But no matter where they go, two things are certain: no two shows are ever the same, and the audience falls in love with Vaud & the Villains. Tickets are $20 – $30. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at https://torrancearts.org/vaud-and-the-villains/, call (310) 781-7171 or visit the box office. The Torrance Cultural Arts Center is located at 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA 90503.
The annual Halloween themed Torrance Antique Street Faire takes place on Sunday, October 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. Don’t miss the annual Pet Parade and Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest at 1:30, followed by the Kid’s Costume Contest. There will also be a special performance by The Zombie Cheerleaders of 360 Cheer. Rain or shine, free admission, free parking 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.
Narrators Toastmasters Manhattan Beach group meets Monday, October 23 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Lido di Ristorante. As we head into fall, here’s a thought: energize your life by joining Toastmasters. Why not attend a Toastmasters meeting and learn how to improve your speaking skills and develop the means to become a dynamic presenter? Conquer your fear of speaking, and have a whole lot of fun at the same time! Show up, learn, have fun! Admission is FREE for all guests and visitors, so you can just drop by. The cost is $9.50 per month for members. Pay for your own dinner and tip. Narrators Toastmasters meets every Monday at Lido di Manhattan Ristorante. For additional information, visit the website at http://1398.toastmastersclubs.org. Lido di Manhattan Ristorante is located at 1550 Rosecrans Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. The group meets on the enclosed patio in the back.
The South Bay Business Women’s Association hosts the monthly Let’s Connect Mixer at Chelsea Pub & Lounge on Tuesday, October 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This fundraising event is a great opportunity to meet local business owners and entrepreneurs Attendees will enjoy light appetizers and a no-host bar. Tickets are $5 for members and $15 for non-members. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at http://sbbwa.com/mixer-tickets. Chelsea Pub & Lounge is located at 1334 Hermosa Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.
The El Segundo Chamber of Commerce hosts a Lunch Networking Event on Wednesday, October 25 at 11:30 a.m. at Brewport Tap House. The lunch will feature a special presentation, “Instagram for BadAsses: Tips & Apps to Create Share-Worthy, Thumb-Stopping, Images & Video” with Roni Ramos from Harmony3Productions. If you think Instagram is only about beautiful, faraway places or amazing food, join Roni for tips, apps, and hands-on best practices on how to create images and video for your Instagram account. Check-in is at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch and the program at 11:45 a.m. The cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Please RSVP by Friday, October 20. For additional information and to make a reservation, contact the Chamber offices at 310/322-1220 or via email at email@example.com. Brewport Tap House is located at 204 Main Street, El Segundo, CA.
The Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce presents The Mixer on Wednesday, October 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Redondo Beach Historic Library. You know what they say…it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. This opportunity is designed to expand your business and social networks, so bring a smile and plenty of business cards. Bring a door prize for the drawing – its great extra recognition for your business! Tickets are $10 for Chamber Members and $20 for non-members. For additional information and to register, visit the website at http://web.redondochamber.org/events/The-Mixer-2293/details. Redondo Beach Historic Library is located at 309 Esplanade, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.
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.
The El Segundo Chamber is currently accepting nominations for the 2017-2018 El Segundo Citizen of the Year. There are no specific requirements for being selected other than the winner must be a resident of El Segundo and has made a positive impact on the community. The winner will be announced at Mattel’s Chamber Salute to El Segundo on November 15, 2017. Citizen of the Year nomination forms are available at the El Segundo Chamber of Commerce located at 427 Main Street and at Industrial Lock & Security located at 401 Main Street. You will also find the application posted on the El Segundo Chamber Facebook page and can complete the form online on the El Segundo website at http://www.elsegundochamber.com. If you would like an application emailed to you, please contact via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due by 5:00pm on October 27, 2017. For additional information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at (310) 322-1220.
This morning on The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight, our guest is Dr. Ronald Rosso, Medical Director of Peninsula Plastic Surgery, Chief of Plastic Surgery for Emergency Room Services at Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Rosso is also the Chief of Plastic Surgery for ER Services for Healthcare Partners Medical Group in the South Bay. We’re going to learn a little about plastic surgery in general, and the various services and expertise Dr. Rosso provides his clients. Don’t worry, if you missed the program, you can listen to it anytime at https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/dr-ronald-rosso-peninsula-plastic-surgery/. 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 Lead Pastor Jason Cusick and Community Pastor Greg Piken with Journey of Faith in Manhattan Beach. We’re going to learn about the programs and services they offer, in addition to their Thanksgiving Boxes. You can listen to the program live at 8 a.m. or anytime at https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/journey-faith-pastors-jason-cusick-greg-piken/. Tune in every Friday morning and discover what’s new in Manhattan Beach!
Have a fabulous South Bay weekend!