South Bay Weekend Guide

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South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide

August 17, 2017

It always gets a little crazy this time of year in the South Bay…. there is so much going on, it can be a bit overwhelming. There are five different events I’d like to attend later today, but I can only make it to two. I made it to the first El Segundo Art Walk in June, but completely missed out on Shakespeare by the Sea this season. I had planned to watch La La Land on the beach in Hermosa Saturday night until I checked my calendar and saw I had another event scheduled. There are a couple of Grand Openings I’m planning to stop by, and I will definitely be on the beach again Sunday night for the Day of the Dead concert. Speaking of the Hermosa Summer Concert series…. I absolutely adore these events and have been to most of them. Some of the bands have been fantastic and others, not so much, but it really isn’t about the music. It’s the biggest social scene of the year! You run into friends and acquaintances from all over the South Bay and beyond and it’s a ton of fun. There is really nothing better than having your toes in the sand on a sultry summer evening surrounded by friends and family listening to music….. but I have some concerns. Last weekend there didn’t seem to be much of a police presence – I saw one cruiser parked in the alley. The crowd was huge (maybe 8 to 10 thousand?) and people were playing fast and loose with the ‘rules’. There were a ton of dogs on the beach (gross) and no effort was made to disguise the amount of alcohol being consumed – red cups, wine glasses, shots and kegs were glaringly obvious. In the past, people made an effort to at least look like they were abiding by the rules….not so much anymore. As long as everyone behaves and no fights break out, things will go on as usual. But if people feel they can ignore the laws and things get out of control, then these events will come to an end, and I’d hate to see that happen. So if you’re out there this weekend, have fun, stay cool, leave the dogs at home, and if you must imbibe, please keep it on the down low. These are family friendly events with lots of kids in attendance, so let’s keep it clean and safe!

Beach Cities Health District hosts Volunteer Day this morning, Thursday, August 17 from 8 to 11 a.m. Businesses, organizations and residents of the Beach Cities are invited to come together to volunteer in school gardens in Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach to help prep them for the upcoming school year. Activities include planting, harvesting and removing weeds in the gardens. Efforts support Beach Cities Health District’s LiveWell Kids obesity prevention program. Check in is at 8 a.m. at Alta Vista Park in Redondo Beach. Register online at Alta Vista Park is located at 801 Camino Real, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

The Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) presents the Manhattan Beach Open as part of the AVP Pro Tour Gold Series beginning today, Thursday, August 17 and running through Sunday, August 20. The Manhattan Beach Open is known as the Super Bowl of beach volleyball – big stage, big money and big reward, as AVP stars enshrine their name on the Manhattan Beach Pier. The second tournament of the series, and the last of the four California tournaments, this year’s edition goes “old school” with a 32-team format, double that of all the previous events on the schedule. Biggest field of the season… matches on nine courts… immortalized winners… all at the AVP Gold Series Manhattan Beach Open. General admission to the AVP Pro Tour is free to the public with VIP tickets featuring upgraded viewing and hospitality. For additional information, visit the website at The tournament takes place on the south side of the Manhattan Beach Pier.

The business owners of Downtown Manhattan Beach are hosting a Sunset Beach Party on the AVP/Manhattan Beach Open Skydeck tonight, Thursday, August 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. Hangout with players from the tour and last year’s champs as they are crowned at the Pier Ceremony while sampling food from MB’s finest restaurants. Jamieson Jarvis will be playing as you arrive and The Lucky Ones will be playing into the sunset. Enjoy amazing sunset views from the AVP Skydeck… unlike any other view in the South Bay. Tickets are $45/$55/$100…. but it gets better! There’s a special discount code for the SBBJ audience! You’ll get a 10% discount on either General Admin or VIP seating using the promo code, Jackie_SBP2017! Woohoo! For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at The event will take place next to the Manhattan Beach Pier.

The community is invited to attend the FINAL El Segundo Art Walk of the season tonight, Thursday, August 17 from 5 to 9 p.m. Located in the Downtown and Smoky Hollow districts, over thirty creative El Segundo businesses will open their doors for studio tours and become a pop-up gallery displaying original artwork of Los Angeles based artists. ESAW pairs artists with local businesses to display their work on the premises. Yes, it is an art walk, but the art is only half of the attraction. The venues are what make the event so unique. El Segundo has an abundance of remarkable and historic architecture, most of which house businesses not open to the general public. The opportunity to gain access to these distinctive spaces makes for an extraordinary experience. The evening features fine art, live music, great food and studio tours. It’s fun and it’s FREE! Trust me, you don’t want to miss this! For additional information, visit the website at

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Gloria Plascencia, Arts Commissioner for the City of Hawthorne, presents Dance, Music and Color – A Group Exhibition tonight, Thursday, August 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Moshi Moshi Mambo. The community is invited and encouraged to attend this FREE, one-night-only event. Enjoy sips and lite bites while celebrating music, dance and the arts. For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at Moshi Moshi Mambo (formerly LAX Restaurant) is located at 11433 Hawthorne Boulevard, Hawthorne, CA 90250.

Tonight is the final local production of the season……. Shakespeare by the Sea presents two brand new productions staged at venues throughout the South Bay. Performances of MacBeth and Taming of the Shrew will take place during July and August. Macbeth: “By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.” Seduced by supernatural prophecy, Macbeth and his Lady embark on an ambitious quest to win the Scottish Throne. In the aftermath of their success, we glimpse a world torn apart when a volatile, paranoid tyrant becomes King. The Taming of the Shrew: When rebellious Katherina stands in the way of her younger sister Bianca’s marriage, fortune hunter Petruchio is enlisted to “tame” the elder daughter, freeing a path for Bianca’s motley suiters. From their first meeting, sparks fly and the ultimate battle of the sexes ensues – leaving us to wonder, who is taming who? The next performance of MacBeth takes place tonight, Thursday, August 17 at 7 p.m. at Terranea Resort, 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes. No outside food permitted. Food and beverage available for purchase onsite. $10 parking. So grab a few lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic basket and settle in for a theater production by the greatest playwright of all time. These shows are free and open to the public. All seating is on a first come, first serve basis. For additional information, visit the website at

Hennessey’s Manhattan will host Scholb Brewing’s Endless Summer Beer Dinner & Tap Takeover tonight, Thursday, August 17 at 7 p.m. The evening features a four course dinner paired with Scholb Premium Ales. Reservations are now available for $45 per person. For additional information and to make a reservation, call 310-546-4813. Hennessey’s is located at 313 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA

St. Francis Church will hold the annual Rummage & Book Sale on Friday, August 18 and Saturday, August 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sponsored by St. Motley’s and St. Anne’s Guild, the event features thousands of items including furniture, kitchen items, small appliances, decorative art, sporting goods, garden equipment, tools, toys, baby gear, holiday, jewelry, boutique items, clothes, shoes and more. For additional information, call (310) 375-4617. St. Francis Church is located at 2200 Via Rosa, Palos Verdes Estates, CA.

The City of Redondo Beach hosts Summer Family Movies in Alta Vista Park every Friday night in August. This FREE event is open to the public and the community is invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and popcorn down to Alta Vista Park at dusk and enjoy a night of cinema under the stars. The schedule is as follows:
August 18 – Union Pacific
August 25 – Bells are Ringing
For additional information, visit the website at Alta Vista Park is located at 715 Julia Street, Redondo Beach, CA.

The Palos Verdes Art Center presents Art at the Plaza on Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Malaga Cove. The event takes place the third weekend of each month from April through September and features paintings, jewelry, ceramics, photography, wearable art and prints from artists from the seven art groups affiliated with Palos Verdes Art Center. For additional information, visit the website at Malaga Cove Plaza is located at the entrance to the City of Palos Verdes Estates on Palos Verdes Drive West between Via Chico and Via Corta. There is plenty of free parking.

The El Segundo Chamber of Commerce and El Segundo Police Officers Association present the annual Main Street Car Show on Saturday, August 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the 100 to 500 blocks of Main Street. The Main Street Car Show is open to all pre-1975 custom classic street rods, antique sports cars, race cars and special interest cars. The event also features live music and a raffle with some great prizes. This event is FREE and open to the public. For additional information or to register a car for the show, visit the Eventbrite page at The event will take place on Main Street in El Segundo, CA 90245.

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Kate Lester Home will celebrate the opening of her brand new shop with a Grand Opening Weekend on Saturday, August 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, August 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kate Lester Interiors is a luxury residential interior design firm specializing in new construction and custom designed interiors – and now the community is invited to browse her new Home shop. Stop by and see all the goodies Kate has in store! Attendees will enjoy libations and VIP shopping….rumor has it the mimosas will be flowing! For additional information, visit the website at Kate Lester Home is located at 837 Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach, CA.

The Western Museum of Flight Celebrity Lecture Series presents ‘Funding Amelia: Amelia Earhart’s Product Promotions’ on Saturday, August 19 at 11 a.m. Historian and author, Barbara Schultz, will present a history of the wide range of commercial product endorsements that helped to finance Amelia Earhart’s flying adventures. This fascinating story reveals the early age of celebrity product endorsements. In the 1930’s, executives of major commercial companies recognized the value of having their products identified with famous people. Barbara’s book Endorsed by Earhart: How Amelia Financed Her Flying will be on sale and she will be available for autographs. Learn about the person behind the public persona and which products Amelia was willing to endorse and those she would not. It’s a fascinating story. Admission is free for museum members and $5 for non-members. For additional information, visit the website at The Western Museum of Flight is located at 3315 Airport Drive, Torrance, CA 90505.

The City of Torrance presents a FREE Concert in the Park on Saturday, August 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Wilson Park featuring the Bone Daddys. A new performance venue, the Wilson Park Gazebo will host a variety of entertainment year round. Pack up some chairs, blankets and picnic baskets and gather family and friends for a beautiful summer evening in the park! For additional information, call 310-618-2376 or visit the website at Wilson Park is located at 2200 Crenshaw Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90501.

Hermosa Beach Friends of the Parks and the City of Hermosa Beach present Movies at the Beach every Saturday night in August. The movies will be screened on the beach just south of the Hermosa Beach Pier. The fun begins at 6 p.m. with the move starting at 7:30. Everyone is welcome to enjoy this FREE community event! Attendees should bring blankets, beach chairs and picnic baskets. Refreshments, t-shirts, caps and blankets will be for sale on site with all proceeds benefitting Hermosa Beach Friends of the Parks. The schedule is as follows:
Aug 19 – La La Land
Aug 26 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
For details, visit the Facebook page at

Shade Hotel Redondo Beach presents Bourbon, Blues & BBQ on Saturday, August 19 from 7 to 10 p.m. on the Sky Level. Enjoy Shade’s open-air Sky Level and celebrate summer at the Bourbon, Blues & BBQ event! This country themed event is a great way to spend a hot summer night and enjoy breathtaking views from Palos Verdes to Malibu. Ticket includes entry to the event, an unlimited BBQ feast, hand-crafted bourbon or vodka drink ticket, and an awesome Blues band! The rooftop bars will also be open for cocktails, beer, wine and other options (cash bar available). Tickets are $55 per person and include food and one bourbon or vodka cocktail. Use the SBBJ discount code BBQRB and receive a 25% discount!!! Attendees must be 21+ with valid photo I.D. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at Shade Hotel is located at 655 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

The City of Manhattan Beach Parks & Recreation Department presents the annual Kids Extreme on Sunday, August 20 at 9 a.m. at Begg Pool and Field in Polliwog Park. This event promotes a fun and healthy way for kids to have a feeling of accomplishment and encourage self-esteem. Participants should be ready to swim, run and go over, under, through and between various obstacles. Mud, tires, hay, water, walls, and much more will be provided to challenge your physical ability. Participants must bring a swim suit, goggles, running shoes, shorts, shirt, towel(s), sunscreen, water and a change of clothes. Every athlete will receive a participant medal. The first 25 children registered will receive a FREE T-Shirt. Trophies will be given for 1st to 3rd place per age group for boys and girls. The cost is $40/$45/$50. For additional information and registration, visit the website at Begg Pool is located at 1402 North Peck Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

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The community is invited to celebrate the Lunada Market & Deli Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Sunday, August 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunada Market & Deli has been open for several weeks and is now ready to make it official – stop by and see what everyone is talking about! Vendors will be offering free samples and the first 100 people to purchase $50 worth of merchandise, will receive a gift bag of sample products. For additional information, visit the website at Lunada Market & Deli is located at 2201 Palos Verdes Drive West, Palos Verdes Estates, CA.

The South Bay Coastliners and Westminster Chorus will host a FREE Ice Cream Social on Sunday, August 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Torrance. Take a step back in time at this free, family-friendly event hosted by the always entertaining South Bay Coastliners and the world champion Westminster Barbershop Chorus and guest quartets. Ice cream sundaes will be served all afternoon. This event is a fundraiser as well as a fun-raiser in support of the groups’ musical outreach. Admission is free. Donations are welcome. For additional information, visit the website at or First United Methodist Church is located at 1551 El Prado Ave., Torrance, CA.

Hermosa Beach Kiwanis presents the annual Taste at the Beach on Sunday, August 20 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Hermosa Beach Community Center. The event is one of Kiwanis’ special social fundraisers and features fine wines, craft brews, favorite dishes from local restaurants, a silent auction and live music. Guests will receive an ID badge, a commemorative wine glass and unlimited sips and bites. Chat with locals, listen to live jazz by the Brian Sission Trio, and casually tour the facilities, including the famous Hermosa Beach Historical museum just steps away. Tickets are $55 per person. For additional information, visit the website at The Hermosa Beach Community Center is located at 710 Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach.

The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation is proud to present Summer Fest on Sunday, August 20 from 4 to 9 p.m. in front of the Depot Restaurant. Guests will enjoy a delectable BBQ buffet by Chef Shafer, hosted beer, wine and martini bar, silent auction, and live music. The event will benefit the Foundation’s new Junior Leadership Torrance [JLT] program designed to influence and inspire the future leaders of our community. Tickets are $100 per person and all donations are tax deductible; the TACC Foundation is a 501(c) 3 organization. For additional information and ticket purchase, call (310) 540-5858 or visit the website at The Depot is located at 1250 Cabrillo Avenue in Torrance.

I was there again last Sunday with a bunch of friends, what a scene! Saint Rocke and LA Car Guy present the 2017 Hermosa Beach Summer Concert Series! The concerts will take place Sundays in August from 5 to 8 p.m. on the south side of the Hermosa Beach Pier located at the base of Pier Plaza. These concerts are some of the most popular events in the South Bay and the crowd numbers well into the thousands. Arrive early to claim a prime viewing spot because EVERYBODY will be there! The schedule and band line-up are as follows:
Sunday, August 20 – Day of the Dead featuring Cubensis, Melvin Seals of the Jerry Garcia Band, and special guests
Sunday, August 27 – Super Diamond with special guest
Visit the Hermosa Summer Concerts Facebook page for updates and event information at The concerts will take place on the south side of the Hermosa Beach Pier.

Beach Cities Health District presents Zumba in the Park, every Monday in August as part of the FREE Summer Fitness Series. Get ready to dance your way into shape this summer! Every Monday night from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the public is invited to participate and move at their own pace and all ages are welcome. This FREE community-wide event brings together the community, fitness and fun! Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and athletic clothing. Classes will be led by certified Zumba® instructors from the Center for Health & Fitness. Zumba in the Park was a huge hit last summer and it’s even more popular this year! You don’t want to miss this! For additional information and registration, visit the website at Lincoln Elementary, 2223 Plant Ave, Redondo Beach, CA 90278.


The South Bay Women’s Conference hosts the monthly Let’s Connect Mixer at The Shoe Box on Tuesday, August 22 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. It’s always a fun and casual evening! Tickets are $5 for members and $15 for non-members. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at The Shoe Box is located in Del Amo Fashion Center at 21540 Hawthorne Boulevard, Ste 429A (Inside mall near Nordstrom), Torrance, CA.

Here’s something new and different (well, new to me)……. St. Francis Episcopal Church will host a meditative, multi-faith Taizé Worship Service of healing and wholeness on Tuesday, August 22 at 7 p.m. in the Chapel. The service includes candlelight, periods of silence, chants and intercessory prayer with a Prayer Team leader, followed by a reception with light refreshments. Taizé is a calming and beautiful form of sung contemplative prayer developed in an ecumenical monastery in France. Director of Music, Youth & Arts, Dr. Jeannie Cobb, will lead the congregation in chanting, accompanied by USC graduate, Robert Backes (a protégé of Christopher Parkening) on classical guitar and Dr. Clayton Cobb on mandolin. Taizé services are offered monthly throughout the year on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Donations are welcome. For additional information, call (310) 375-4617 or visit the website at St. Francis Episcopal Church is located at 2200 Via Rosa, Palos Verdes Estates, CA.

The Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Regional Mixer on Wednesday, August 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Seaside Lagoon. Mix, mingle, make new friends and meet up with other local business owners at this popular annual event. Guest will enjoy live entertainment, opportunity drawings, great food from local Chamber member restaurants and more. The cost is $10 for any Chamber members and $20 for non-members. To register, call 310-376-6911 or visit the website at Seaside Lagoon is located at 200 Portofino Way in Redondo Beach.

All the local Summer Concert Series have begun and one has already concluded for the season, so be sure to check the schedules at so you don’t miss any of your favorites!

Here’s a heads-up on a few events you’ll want to plan for now!

These are just a few of the special events taking place. New events are posted EVERY DAY, so be sure to check the website for updates at for details on these and other events happening throughout the South Bay.

This morning on The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight, our guest is Mark Nicholas, owner of Manhattan Beach Studios. A creative professional, Mark has developed a broad range of expertise in photography, lighting, technical imaging, live and recorded video streaming and broadcast. This morning, we’re going to learn about the services Manhattan Beach Studios offers and how Mark can showcase you and/or your business in the best possible light. 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 360, our guest will be Chef Greg Hozinsky from The Zislis Group and we’ll learn what Greg has been up, get an update on the recent fire at The Strand House, and talk about our very favorite subject – food! You can listen to the program live at 8 a.m. or anytime at Tune in every Friday morning and discover what’s new in Manhattan Beach!

Have a fabulous South Bay weekend!