South Bay Weekend Guide

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South Bay Weekend Guide

February 16, 2017

There are lots of fun and exciting events happening over the next few days (Wolves! But we’ll get to that later.) I’m going to get up on my soapbox for a moment….. I’ve had several people approach me at recent events asking about Measure C, which the residents of Redondo will vote on, on the March ballot. People are confused, very confused, as to its impact. Measure C will shut down CenterCal’s proposed Waterfront revitalization. The group that put this measure together want to build a swimming pool where the Seaside Lagoon is, at taxpayer cost. This group is adding to the confusion by trying to tie the future of the AES site with the Waterfront. The AES site has nothing to do with Measure C. The AES site is private property currently up for sale. In my opinion, it is going to be many years, probably decades, before anything actually happens on that site. Why? Because Redondo residents have the power to decide zoning, and no competent developer is going to purchase that site without guarantees they’ll get the proper zoning to build their project. That’s exactly what happened with Measure B, when AES tried to change the zoning and the residents voted it down. Don’t believe anyone that tells you the power lines will come down, or anything else pertaining to the AES site. The AES site is in no way connected to the Waterfront project. The Redondo Marina is in bad shape and it’s not just the decrepit parking structure. The Marina frontage needs to be raised by several feet (I think 7 to 9 feet) due to rising tides. Anyway, this is a big, important matter and your vote will decide the future of our waterfront. Educate yourself – go down to the marina, see the model, ask questions. While you’re at it, sit down with someone from R.O.W. and ask them what their plan is…. and who will pay for it.

The City of Manhattan Beach Parks & Rec Division will host a Farewell Party for Idris Jassim Al-Oboudi today, Thursday, February 16 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Police/Fire Conference Room. After 30 years of work and service to the City of Manhattan Beach, the community is invited to celebrate and honor Idris, and bid him farewell and good wishes, as he embarks on his new career as Director of Parks and Recreation & Community Services for the City of Carson. After the official celebration the party will continue at Zinc @ Shade Hotel during Happy Hour. The Police/Fire Conference Room is located at 420 15 Street in Manhattan Beach. Zinc @ Shade Hotel is located at 1221 North Valley Drive, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

Los Angeles Ale Works will host a Grand Opening Celebration & Ribbon Cutting event on Thursday, February 16 from 4 to 10 p.m. The community is invited and encouraged to stop by and check out the City of Hawthorne’s first brewery. The Ribbon Cutting ceremony will happen at 4 p.m. and the LAAW family has a few special surprises for attendees. The festivities will continue throughout the weekend. Food and treats will be provided by Peaches’ Smokehouse & Southern Cooking ( and Teebsie ( If you plan to attend, please RSVP! For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at Los Angeles Ale Works is located at 12918 Cerise Ave, Hawthorne, California 90250.

The Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau want to remind everyone that the Application Deadline for the 23nd annual Hermosa Beach Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 11 is due by Friday, February 17 at 5 p.m. More than 100 local businesses, civic organizations and school marching bands take part in the seven-block parade down Pier Avenue. The Irish theme of Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated by all the participants including bagpipers from the Emerald Society, floats, horses and four-legged friends from the Irish Setters Club of Southern California. In what has become a popular tradition in Hermosa Beach, the parade draws more than 15,000 spectators who come to enjoy the family-friendly event as well as the great dining, shopping and beautiful beach weather that Hermosa Beach has to offer. The rain date is March 18. For additional information, visit the website at

Terranea Resort presents a Painting & Wine Class on Friday, February 17 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Taught by Christie and Daniela of Snowflake Productions, the theme for the class will be “Sunset”. This event is for those 21+ and offered for $100 per person. For additional information and to reserve your spot, call (310) 265-2851 or visit the website at Terranea Resort is located at 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.

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California’s first and longest running house raffle is back for its fifteenth year – the 2017 Palos Verdes Dream House Raffle! An Oceanfront Masterpiece — or $4,000,000 — is just a raffle ticket away for the lucky winner of the 2017 Palos Verdes Dream House Raffle. Designed by renowned California architect Aaron Green, a protégé and associate of Frank Lloyd Wright, the 1959 residence is an exemplar of Midcentury Modern design. Situated on the Palos Verdes bluffs, the three bedroom, two bath, wood and stone home features a dramatic gabled roof, open-space floor plan, massive stone fireplace, redwood paneled walls, pool, enclosed garden, barbecue, hot tub/spa, attached two car garage and ocean views. Tickets are $150 each; three for $400 or five for $550. Raffle proceeds benefit the Art Center’s ongoing visual arts education, exhibition, community and outreach programs. 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 call 310.541.3039. The PVAC is located at 5504 Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.

The Automobile Driving Museum and South Bay Mustang Owners present the Mustang Car Show on Saturday, February 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by and marvel at some of the finest examples of this classic American muscle car! The event will feature the People’s Choice Awards for Best Paint, Best Interior, Best Engine, Best Coupe and Best Convertible. If you would like to register your car, the registration fee is $15 per vehicle and includes entry for one exhibitor and a guest. General admission is a suggested donation of $10 per person, $8 for seniors and $5 for children aged 11 to 17. Kids 10 and under get in FREE. For additional information, visit the website at or call (310) 909-0950. The Automobile Driving Museum is located at 610 Lairport Street, El Segundo, CA 90245.

The Torrance Refinery Action Alliance invites the community to take part in a Rally & March to Ban MHF on Saturday, February 18 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Columbia Park. This is a family friendly, peaceful, and non-partisan demonstration. All who want to ban MHF/HF are welcome! The March & Rally is fully permitted by the City of Torrance. Homemade signs are welcome and encouraged. There will be music at the rally and a concert at 9:30am with song fighter Ross Altman and musical storyteller Charlie King. Al Muratsuchi, Assemblyman for District 66, will be speaking. TRAA president and other community members will speak about why this battle is important, what progress has been made and what still needs to be done. There is one parking lot off Prairie, two off West 190th, and one off 186th. There is a neighborhood across Prairie Avenue where you can park and walk over the bridge to the meeting location. Meet at the amphitheater by the Prairie Parking lot at 10am sharp! Location is towards the NE corner of the park. March distance will be just over one mile round trip, ending where it began at W. 190th and Prairie Ave. Rain or shine, the rally will take place! If you have any questions regarding the demonstration, contact TRAA’s outreach coordinator, Cathleen Clay via email at or call (424) 263-5034. Columbia Park is located at 4045 West 190 Street in Torrance.

The Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce presents the President’s Day Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The family-friendly event welcomes residents and visitors to browse through merchandise on the sidewalks of Pier and Hermosa Avenues and take advantage of enticing discounts. Restaurants are also offering various specials and several businesses have in-store activities for the kids. “Our Sidewalk Sales bring the community together and provides an opportunity for our shops to showcase their unique taste. Hermosa is home to many interesting, independently-owned retailers that have apparel, home décor, extraordinary gift ideas and tasty snacks that deserve our attention,” said HBCCVB President/CEO Kimberlee MacMullan. For additional information, visit the website at

The South Bay Coastliners present their annual barbershop show, Beau Jest: The Musical on February 18 and February 19 at the James Armstrong Theater. Beau Jest: The Musical is a spoof based on the old movie and book. Guests will include the LA South Towns Show Chorus of Sweet Adelines, the Ready, Willing and Mabel mixed quartet, chapter quartets, and the Rockin’ Moroccan Big Band. There are two shows on Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and one show on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased online or at the box office. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at or call 310-781-7171. The James Armstrong Theater is located at 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA 90503.

The Hermosa Beach Artist Collective presents the Closing Reception: Water & Wood on Saturday, February 18 from 4 to 9 p.m. at Hermosa Design. The exhibit showcases the work of 60 South Bay artists in a variety of mediums. The Closing Reception features live painting demonstrations and the audiences will receive voting cards to pick their favorite piece. The exhibit is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, visit the Facebook page at Hermosa Design is located at 618 Cypress Avenue in Hermosa Beach.

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Brookdale Senior Living is hosting a FREE Ballroom Dance on Saturday, February 18 at 7 p.m. The event features the Retro Swing Quintet – they’ll be taking requests and playing all your favorite dance tunes. Strut your stuff on the 24 x 18 wooden floor, enjoy a FREE buffet, wine, and other beverages, and free valet parking. This event aims to showcase the new facility. As this is a FREE event, it will probably sell out quickly, so you’ll want to RSVP ASAP. Please RSVP to Joy at 310-543-1174 or via email at Brookdale is located at 5481 West Torrance Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90503.

The South Bay Underground Theatre Group, in conjunction with The Sunscreen Film Festival, is hosting the Underground Monologue SLAM on Saturday, February 18 at 8 p.m. at the Sunscreen Lab. The SLAM was so popular last time, they’re bringing it back! Attendees will experience an evening of monologues and comedy hosted by Todd Doram. The winner will receive $100 and two VIP badges to the Sunscreen Film Festival West. Second and third place winners will receive two VIP badges to the SSFFWest. Drinks are included in the $15 cover charge. IF you want to participate, send in a self-taped, 2 minute or less, monologue to Twelve finalists will be selected to participate in the Monologue SLAM and will perform live in front of 40 audience participant judges. Send in your video by February 12. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at The Sunscreen Lab is located at 553 Mary Ann Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90278.

YES, THERE ARE GOING TO BE REAL WOLVES AT THIS EVENT! The South Coast Botanic Garden presents The World of Wolves on Sunday, February 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. The World of Wolves is an exciting presentation allowing up close and personal interactions with ambassador wolves like Damu and his friends. Project Wildsong presenters will give an overview about wolves and discuss topics such as wolf habitat, diet, physical characteristics, pack structure and the ways in which wolves communicate. Feel free to bring blankets or lawn chairs to sit on. David Polis said, “Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the stars and the mountains above. Let them look at the waters and the trees and flowers on Earth. Then they will begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education.” To bring these words to life, Project Wildsong brings objects that can be held and touched to help foster a deeper and meaningful connection between two worlds. Registration for this event is required. Online pre-registration is highly recommended. Admission runs from $3 (children, non-members) to $12 (adult, non-member). For additional information, visit the website at The South Coast Botanic Garden is open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm and is located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274.

Torrance Memorial’s Young Physicians & Professionals Alliance (YPPA) will host a Fat Tuesday Beer Tasting on Tuesday, February 21 at 6 p.m. at Smog City Brewing Company. Mardi Gras is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than to indulge in a few local craft brews? Proceeds will support construction of Torrance Memorial’s new Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. YPPA was established to bring together young physicians and professionals in the South Bay to engage in dynamic social gatherings to increase support for Torrance Memorial. Admission is FREE for YPPA members. Non-members pay $10. For additional information and to RSVP, call 310-517-4728 or visit the Facebook page at Smog City Brewing is located at 1901 Del Amo Boulevard Suite B, Torrance, CA 90501.

The Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce presents The Mixer on Wednesday, February 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Joe’s Crab Shack.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! Attendees will enjoy appetizers and a no-host bar. Tickets are $10 for Chamber Members and $20 for non-members. For additional information and to register, visit the website at Joe’s Crab Shack is located at 230 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

Primo Italia presents the Frank Sinatra 100th Birthday Celebration with a whiskey paired, four course dinner on Wednesday, February 22 at 7 p.m. This one is going to be fun. Guests will enjoy a curated dinner experience paired with special whiskeys and complimentary appetizers. As you sip, you’ll be taken through a musical history of Frank Sinatra’s classics by our own local bel canto, Lou Giovannetti, accompanied by pianist George Emmerson. If you’re a fan of the Great American Songbook and telling tales, this is a night you won’t want to miss. The cost is $85 per person not including tax and gratuity. Seating is very limited.

The Menu:

-Rognone di Vitello alla Jack Daniels (sauteed veal kidneys with Jack Daniels sauce, artichokes and lentils) paired with Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select
-Risotto al Zafferano (saffron risotto with baked bone marrow) paired with Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select
-Brasato di Bue (braised short ribs with onions and polenta) paired with Jack Daniel’s Select Single Barrel
-Pere in Camincia con Gelato (poached pears with homemade gelato) paired with Jack Daniel’s Select Single Barrel Rye

For additional information and reservations, call 310.378.4288 or visit the website at Primo Italia is located at 24590 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance ca 90505.

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The Redondo Beach Elks Club hosts the monthly Ballroom Dance on Thursday, February 23 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The event features Liz Holmes and the Retro Swing Dance Band playing all your favorite ballroom dance tunes and tempos including foxtrot, swing, waltz and more. The large dance floor offers plenty of room to strut your stuff. If you don’t feel like dancing but just want to enjoy some great music, the venue offers theater-like seating and a cash bar. A donation of $10 at the door is suggested. For additional information, visit the website at The Redondo Beach Elks Lodge, 315 Esplanade, Redondo Beach, CA.

It’s that time of year again! Time to choose your favorites in the Easy Reader News Best of the Beach poll! It’s a great opportunity to let your local service and product providers know how much you appreciate them. Voting ends on February 19! To cast your votes, visit the website at

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, so be sure to check the Ongoing Events page and Daily Blog on my website at for details on these and other events happening throughout the South Bay.

Yesterday morning on The South Bay Show: Redondo Beach – More to Sea, our guest was Dan Lipton, Owner of TravelHost Beach Cities Media Group. Lots of local inside info on this show! You can listen to yesterday’s show via podcast here: There’s ‘More to Sea’ every Wednesday morning at 8 a.m.!

This morning on The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight, our guest was Dylan Brody, humorist and storyteller, and Jim Mueller, producer of the South Bay Stories Show. Dylan will be performing in the South Bay Stories Show on March 4 & 5 at the Hermosa Beach Second Story Theater. Don’t worry, if you missed the program, you can listen to it via podcast here: Tune in every Thursday at 8 a.m. to keep up with what’s going down in the South Bay!

Tomorrow morning on The South Bay Show: Manhattan Beach 360, we’re switching things up and doing an On Location Podcast from the Manhattan Beach Chamber offices with the new Chamber President and CEO, Mark Lipps. You can listen to the program live at 8 a.m. or anytime via podcast here: Tune in every Friday morning for the latest from Manhattan Beach!

The South Bay Show is now scheduling On Location Podcasts. If you are interested in scheduling a podcast of The South Bay Show at your business, give me a call at 310-418-6851.

Enjoy the President’s Day holiday, stay dry, and have a fabulous South Bay weekend!