South Bay Weekend Guide

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South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide

April 25, 2019

Woof. There’s a LOT going on over the next few days…. and next weekend will be just as nutty. Am I the only one that gets frustrated when so many fantastic events take place on the same day? People are so spread out, attendance for every event is never what it could, or should, be. To encourage a robust turnout, some events are scheduled so they won’t have to contend with holidays, religious observations or other annual celebrations such as Mother’s Day (though sometimes, planning an event around those days can be an advantage). If I were planning an event, I’d first determine exactly when all the big, local affairs are scheduled so as to avoid competing with them. It would certainly be worth the time and effort to attract a larger audience. Anyhow, there are a few events I plan on attending this weekend, but I’ll be foregoing a lot more….

The Collings Foundation presents the Wings of Freedom Tour at Torrance Airport Thursday, April 25 through Sunday, April 28. This tour showcases fully restored bomber aircraft: a B-24 Liberator and B-17 Flying Fortress, B-25 Mitchell, TP-51D and P-40B. The public is invited to tour these World War II military planes or take to the skies for an unforgettable 30-minute flight experience. Admission for the tour is $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 years and younger. No reservations are needed for the tour. Flights aboard the B-17 and B-24 are $450 each per person. Flights on the B-25 Mitchell are $400 each. Guests are also invited to fly the greatest fighter on earth and get some ‘stick time’ in the world’s only full dual control TP-51D. Flight training is $2,400 for a half hour and $3,400 for one hour. There is also flight training offered in the P-40B for $2,200 a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour. There are only so many flights scheduled so make your reservations NOW! Call 978-562-9182 for flight reservations. For additional information, visit the website at Torrance Airport is located at 3315 Airport Drive in Torrance.

Las Candalistas presents the annual spring event California Dreamin’ today, Thursday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Catalina View Gardens. Guests will enjoy participating in a live panel of speakers that made their California dreams come true, including Nadine Nettmann, certified wine sommelier and mystery novelist. There will be plenty of shopping opportunities at Las Candalistas Creations, Gourmet Pantry and Garden Shop as well as many wonderful boutique vendors, awesome silent auction items and a chance to win an exciting experiential trip for two in California! Try out the Catalina View Wines or a refreshing local craft beer from the Strand Brewing Co. while you enjoy a delicious gourmet lunch by Chef Dora. The net proceeds will benefit Community’s Child, Trinity KidsCare Hospice and 1736 Family Crisis Center. Tickets are $75 and can be picked up at the entrance. In case of rain, your donation is much appreciated (sorry no refunds). Gates open at 10 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon. There is uneven ground in some areas, so please wear comfortable shoes. For additional information and ticket purchase, call 310-798-7499 or visit the website at Catalina View Gardens is located at 6001 Palos Verdes Drive South in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Del Amo Fashion Center invites the community to celebrate Earth Day with Recycling Events on Friday, April 26 from 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 27 from 12 to 6 p.m. Eligible items include unwanted and unused electronics including TVs, computer monitors, printers, fax machines, VCR’s, DVD players and answering machines. The disposal collection site will be located between Hometown Buffet off Carson and Del Amo Circle East. For additional information, visit the website at Del Amo Fashion Center is located at 3525 West Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90503.

The Downtown Manhattan Beach Sidewalk Sale will take place Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Over 75 stores slash prices so low – like 50-75% off! It’s time to clean out the closet and make room for all those great deals you’re going to find. Participating stores look forward to sharing the best deals and some stores start on Thursday with a “sneak peek” and local’s discount… just ask! For additional information, visit

The Surfer’s Walk of Fame Kickoff Party will be held Friday, April 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hermosa Beach Museum. The kickoff party will celebrate the new inductees to the 2019 Surfer’s Walk of Fame:
Pat Ryan – South Bay Legend
Liz Benevidez – Female Legend
Ron Garner – Pioneer Legend
The Beach Boys – Cultural Legend
This event is FREE to attend. Beer, wine and appetizers will be available for purchase and there will be live music on the patio. Immediately following the kickoff party, the South Bay Boardriders’ Club Big Wave Challenge Awards will be presented in the Community Center Theater, followed by Brad Jacobson’s film Chasing Lions. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at The Hermosa Beach Museum is located at 710 Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach. Enter west side of the building.

The annual Richstone Pier to Pier Walk for Wellness takes place Saturday, April 27 at the Manhattan Beach Pier. Participants will walk from the Manhattan Beach Pier to the Hermosa Beach Pier and back. Check in begins at 7:30 a.m. with the event getting underway at 8:30 a.m. The Walkathon is uniquely different from other walks as live music will take place along the route as well as food and beverage vendors, fitness trunk shows, photo-booth and more. The Pet Parade begins at 7:45 a.m. The Opening Ceremony and Awards for Top Fundraising Teams, Individuals/Pets and Best Dressed Pet is at 8 a.m. This is a family friendly event and children of all ages are welcome. All proceeds benefit the Richstone Family Center child abuse treatment and prevention programs. This is a very popular event and everybody will be there! Don’t miss this opportunity to take a few steps to help prevent child abuse. For additional information, registration and to make a donation, visit the website at The Manhattan Beach Pier is located at the western end of Manhattan Beach Boulevard in Manhattan Beach.

The SEA Lab and Tarsan Paddleboards present Clean Up Stand Up on Saturday, April 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Join the SEA Lab team and Tarsan for some springtime fun! The event will begin at The SEA Lab with a beach walk/clean-up and private touch tank tour with one of SEA Lab’s naturalist. Then, head to Tarsan (right next door) for a paddleboarding session with one of their awesome instructors! The cost is $40 per person. Registration is required. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at SEA Lab is located at 1021 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

Several South Bay cities will participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to drop off unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs or over the counter drugs (do not need to be in original container). This program is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
What you can bring:
•Unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs or over the counter drugs (do not need to be in original container)
What you can’t bring:
•Illicit substances such as methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana
•Hypodermic Needles (“Sharps”)
To find a drop off location near you, call 800-882-9539. A drive-thru drop-off location is at the Lomita Sheriff’s Station located at 26123 Narbonne Avenue, Lomita, CA, 90717.

The annual Spyder Surf Fest will take place on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pier Plaza in Hermosa Beach. The thirteenth annual Spyder Surf Fest will showcase the action sports industry’s most celebrated athletes, brands, fashion, music and more. The family festival will showcase interactive booths, orchestrate meet ‘n greets with the industry’s finest athletes and influencers and offer giveaways and prizes. Past notable surfers who have previously attended Surf Fest have include the legendary Tom Curren, Mark Occhilupo, Dane Reynolds, CJ Hobgood, Donovan Frankenreiter and many others. On Saturday, the City of Hermosa Beach will induct four new individuals into the “Surfers’ Walk of Fame”, including Pat Ryan as South Bay Legend, Ron Garner as Pioneer, The Beach Boys as Cultural Legend and Liz Benavidez as Female Legend. The honorees will join fellow inductees and surf legends Greg Noll, Dewey Weber, Hap Jacobs, Dale Velzy, Leroy Grannis, Warren Miller and many more. The inductees will be celebrated with a pre-party the evening before held at the Hermosa Beach Community Theater at 710 Pier Avenue, located within the historical Community Center. Pier Plaza will also amplify the sounds of musical acts Jamisen Jarvis, Kevin Sousa, special guests Little Dume, PARK WILD, Dylan Rouda, Alinea and Good Vibe. Kevin Sousa will be the MC. Assembly member Al Muratsuchi will speak on his bill AB 1782, where Surfing has become the sport of California and how we can work harder to be a more sustainable industry. Starting at 6:30 p.m., Surf Fest will continue its long-time, official, after-party tradition at Waterman’s Restaurant in Hermosa Beach to celebrate the surf industry along with the new Surfers’ Hall of Fame inductees. Participating brands include new presenting sponsor VANS “off the wall” and ELECTRIC sunglasses, as well as returning brands Sanuk, SPY, Quiksilver, Billabong, Hurley, VOLCOM, Vissla and more. National and South Bay-based non-profits will include Surfrider and others. For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at Pier Plaza is located at the western end of Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach.

The Torrance-South Bay YMCA celebrates the annual Healthy Kids Day® on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Healthy Kids Day is the national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids. Summer is the time for kids to get up, get out and grow. But for some kids, exposure to activities that stimulate the body and mind ends with the school year. In fact, research shows that kids are prone to gain more weight and fall behind in studies. This event is FREE and open to everyone! Bring your family and friends for a day full of active play, healthy foods, educational activities, performances, a photo booth, giveaways and more! Bring your membership cards for easy check-in. Non-members will need to register on event day. The first 400 kids will receive a FREE Healthy Kids Day t-shirt! A kid’s ball hockey clinic will be run by partners from the Los Angeles Kings. For additional information, visit the website at The Torrance-South Bay YMCA is located at 2900 West Sepulveda Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90505.

Creating Conversations will celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet local authors, shop books and exclusive IBD merchandise. Attendees will also enjoy coffee and treats from Mykie’s Coffee & Bakery Truck. The schedule of festivities is as follows:
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Browse, shop, and show some book love
11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Learn to Breathe with Sandy Abrams
11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Author Talk with Ellen Byron
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Mingle & Book Signing
12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lori Gottlieb & RaShawn Renée In Conversation with Terry Gilman
12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Mingle & Book Signing
This event is FREE to attend! For additional information, visit the website at Creating Conversations is located at 2850 Artesia Boulevard, Suite 101, Redondo Beach, CA 90278.

The Redondo Beach Art Group presents Weather or Not an art exhibition on Saturday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Redondo Beach Main Library in the second-floor meeting room. The show – which is based upon eight books found on the shelves of the Redondo Library – will also feature an art workshop and poetry reading. Refreshments will be served. This event is open to the public and FREE to attend. For additional information, visit the website at The Redondo Beach Main Branch Library is located at 303 North Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

Brewport Tap House will host a Birthday Bash on Saturday, April 27 from 2 to 6 p.m. They’ll be bringing the party outside to the back patio for an outdoor celebration. Chef Andrew will be manning the grill and serving up some great barbecue dishes. Attendees will enjoy live music on the Brewport stage and a great selection of craft beer and wine for purchase. Admission is free, you must be 21 or over to attend. For details, visit the Facebook event page at Brewport Tap House is located at 204 Main Street, El Segundo, CA 90245.

The South Bay Coastliners present The Big Broadcast of 1944 for four shows only on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Redondo Beach Women’s Club. The event is a USO show broadcast recreated in a setting that may have been used in the 1940s. Musical acts include Andrew’s Sisters; Gassman Brothers; Rockin’ Moroccans; Ready, Willing & Mabel; and of course, the Coastliner Chorus. Tickets are $30 and seating is limited. Buy a table and receive a free round of drinks or bottle of champagne! For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at or call 310-781-7171. The Redondo Beach Women’s Club is located at 400 South Broadway, Redondo Beach, CA.

Destination: Art presents the Gala Public Reception for The XXL Show on Saturday, April 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. The show will run through Memorial Day. It’s not only the first big art exhibition of 2019, it is also the first BIG ART show at the non-profit studio and gallery. Art lovers, collectors, and the curious are invited to attend this special show and sale, celebrating larger pieces by local artists. The public will enjoy the variety of art in the Studio and Gallery that can become a centerpiece of one’s home or office. Destination: Art also welcomes new artists to the Gallery, Doug Castleman and Lynn Mikami, who will be at the Gala Reception. Gallery Hours: Thursday – Saturday 11 am to 5 pm; Sundays Noon to 4 p.m. For additional information, visit the website at Destination: Art is located at 1815 West 213 Street, Suite 135, Torrance, CA 90501.

The Torrance Civic Chorale presents We Sing Tomorrow’s Songs on Saturday, April 27 at 8 p.m. at the James Armstrong Theater. Over 80 singers strong, the Torrance Civic Chorale is one of the premier vocal ensembles in the South Bay. This concert features the UCLA Klzemer Ensemble, in collaboration with the Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music. It will be a night of exhilarating music by young composers, and a fresh look at enduring standards. Tickets are $25. For more information and ticket purchase, visit the website at The James Armstrong Theater is located in the Torrance Cultural Arts Center at 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA 90503.

The monthly Torrance Antique Street Faire takes place on Sunday, April 28 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! 2019 DATES: Jan. 27 • Feb. 24 • Mar. 24 • Apr. 28 • May 26 • June 23 • July 28 • Aug. 25 • Sep. 22 • Oct. 27 • Nov. 24 • Dec. 22. For additional information, call (310) 328-6107 or visit the website at The Torrance Antique Street Faire is located at 1317 Sartori Avenue in downtown Torrance.

Friends of Redondo Beach Arts present the Spring Art Salon on Sunday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a private residence. The Program Presentation is by dP mosaics Patti Linnett and Debbie Collette, the preeminent mosaic artists of the South Bay. They have created many Public Art pieces for the City of Redondo Beach and are about to embark on their latest creation, the Sunset Silhouette Mosaic Mural for the Civic Center Police Wall. Attendees will enjoy beverages featuring Bloody and Virgin Marys and light brunch bites. Tickets are $35 for FRBA Members and $45 for Non-members. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at

Dr. Shari Carroll Pediatric Dentistry will host a Children’s Lego Party on Sunday, April 28 at 11 p.m. All children are invited to race cars, build cities and play games in the very cool kid’s play space. It’s not just for patients – bring a friend! RSVP is requested so they know how many kids to expect. For additional information and to RSVP, call (310) 357-4414. Dr. Shari Carroll Pediatric Dentistry is located at 1611 South Catalina Avenue, Suite 100, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

The Lomita Railroad Museum hosts the annual Garden Tea & Volunteer Appreciation on Sunday, April 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon with fellow supporters of the Museum. This is an excellent opportunity to meet the Museum Foundation Board and find out what’s been happening at the Museum for the past year and what the Museum plans are for the next year and into the future. The Sunday Afternoon Tea is one of the main fundraisers of the year for the Lomita Railroad Museum Foundation and is always a delightful afternoon of fun conversation and High Tea delicacies including a variety of scones, tea sandwiches, fruit and desserts. The cost is $30 in advance, $35 at the door. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at The Lomita Railroad Museum is located at 2137 250 Street, Lomita, CA.

The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce will host a Town Hall Meet & Greet on Wednesday, May 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Westdrift. The community is invited to meet with the new City Council to ask questions, give feedback and learn about what’s coming up in 2019. Get to know your council members and take this opportunity to tell them what you think. Tickets are $35 for Members and $55 for non-Members. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at The Westdrift Hotel is located at 1400 Parkview Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

Torrance City Council Member Tim Goodrich will host A Community Conversation: Revitalizing Old Torrance on Wednesday, May 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Toyota Meeting Hall. Council Member Goodrich campaigned during his re-election last year to bring technology businesses to Torrance. While he is working on many different ways to accomplish this goal, he came to realize that perhaps, the most effective way to do this, is to revitalize Old Torrance. Presenting on the topic will be Jeff Speck, nationally renowned City Planner and author of Suburban Nation and Walkable City, and Andy Wilson, Executive Director of the Alliance for Southern California Innovation. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. This event is FREE to attend. For additional information and to RSVP, visit Toyota Meeting Hall at the Civic Center is located at 3330 Civic Center Drive Torrance, CA 90503.

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California’s first and longest running house raffle is back – the 2019 Palos Verdes Dream House Raffle! A Midcentury Modern Estate in Pasadena, CA – or $5,000,000 – is just a $150 raffle ticket away for the lucky winner of the 2019 Palos Verdes Dream House Raffle. The first and oldest house raffle licensed in California, proceeds help fund Palos Verdes Art Center’s exhibition, education, and outreach programs, making the visual arts available, accessible and affordable in Los Angeles County. Designed by acclaimed architects Thornton Ladd and John Kelsey in 1962 as a Modernist Roman Villa for Kelsey and his family, this three bedroom, three and a half bath residence wraps around a pool open to the sky and features floor to ceiling glass, a formal dining room paneled in bleached teak, terrazzo, and concrete slab floors, and a guest house with full bath and separate entrance sited on a woodsy, secluded property in Pasadena above the Annandale Golf Club. Tickets are $150 each, 3-packs $400, 5-packs $600. Ticket order forms, complete rules and further information about the raffle are available on the Art Center’s website, Tickets can be purchased at the Palos Verdes Art Center, or by calling 888-528-8805. Deadline to purchase tickets is April 26, 2019 @ Midnight (PDT). The Palos Verdes Art Center is located at 5504 Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.

El Segundo Art Walk is now accepting Artist & Business Submissions for this year’s Art Walk which will take place the third Thursdays of June, July and August. This fantastic event was the hottest ticket in the South Bay last year. Creative business spaces in El Segundo are paired with different artists and open their doors to the public to display the artwork. Last year, over thirty plus businesses participated including Sleepy Hollow Studios, South Bay Custom Motorcycles, Tyler’s Surfboards and Big Door Studios. Many businesses also treated attendees to sips, bites, live music, entertainment and performance art. If you are a local artist or El Segundo based business, you want to get in on this! Applications must be submitted by May 1. Those selected will be notified by May 25, 2019. For additional information and to download the application, visit the website at

South Bay teen musicians are invited to audition for the inaugural Stomping Grounds Festival on Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Joslyn Center. Local teen musicians should bring their own instruments, cymbals and amp – PA system, drums, mics and a sound engineer will be provided. There is a 15-minute time limit on each audition. For additional information and to sign up for an audition time slot, contact via email at The Stomping Grounds Festival will take place on July 20, 2019 and will feature a community art show to showcase local artistic talent and 8 teen bands will perform to showcase and promote their enormous talent.

Friends of Redondo Beach Arts are creating a Surfing Mosaic Mural to be installed at the Redondo Beach Civic Center. It will be located along the Police Department entrance wall and visible from Pacific Coast Highway. The mural has been designed by Debbie Collette and Patti Linnett of dp mosaics and depicts silhouettes of surfers as they survey a large ocean wave cresting at sunset. Take this opportunity to support this beautiful project by purchasing a sponsorship brick. The mural is scheduled for completion Spring of 2019. This is an incredible opportunity to have your name, business, or commemorative inscription prominently displayed at the RB Civic Center, next to the Police Department entrance. There are only 100 bricks available (2 lines, 20 characters each) for $200 each. Make your tax-deductible donation today and help beautify the city by purchasing a brick to be installed next to the mural. Donations can be made directly at or make your check payable to: Friends of the Redondo Beach Arts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tax ID #26-4319304 and mail to: Friends of the Redondo Beach Arts President, 628 South Irena Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

Have you noticed? The South Bay has been beautified with six custom 6-foot Heart Art pieces created by local artists from the Hermosa Beach Artist Collective. Each of the unique Hearts was inspired by the iconic Richstone Heart logo and have been placed at a South Bay business to promote the Richstone Walk. On Saturday, April 27, all six Hearts will be displayed along the Strand at the Richstone Walk. Stop by all six Hearts to get your drawing card stamped and enter to win four Disneyland Park Hopper tickets. After the Walk, the Hearts will be auctioned online at Proceeds will help support Richstone’s mission to treat and prevent child abuse and domestic violence.

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy offers a calendar full of special activities and monthly events. One of the South Bay’s best kept secrets is the surprising amount of natural habitat to be found in the area and it is the mission of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy to “preserve land and restore habitat for the enjoyment and education of all.” For additional information and registration, visit the website at or call (310) 541-7613. View the schedule for May at

This morning on The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight, our guests are artists Michael Collins and Laura Schuler, Founders of ShockBoxx Gallery in Hermosa Beach and we’re going to discuss art, the mission of Shock Boxx Gallery, and the Cypress scene. Don’t worry, if you missed the program, you can listen to it anytime at 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 Chamber 360, we have a returning guest, Barry Fisher, Founder of GROW, a fresh market located in Manhattan Beach. We’ll discuss the upcoming CHERRY SEASON, Grow’s new delivery service and some of Barry’s adventures in produce over the last 13 years. Listen to the podcast at 8 a.m. or anytime at Tune in every Friday morning and discover what’s happening in Manhattan Beach!

Have a fabulous South Bay weekend!