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December 13, 2018
Last weekend’s holiday events were pretty spectacular. The weather was perfect for the King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade (no wind, no swell, comfy temps) and the Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks could be seen for miles (clear skies, low humidity). I didn’t attend every event – there were just way too many – but I bet they were all just as wonderful. These much-loved traditions bring the entire South Bay community together – I always enjoy running into old friends and this year, I made a few new ones. It’s not over yet, as the fun continues this week!
The Women’s Club of Hermosa Beach is Caroling for a Cause tonight, Thursday, December 13 from 5 to 9 p.m. Sponsor a carol for yourself or send a friend or loved one a carol, sung by the members of the Woman’s Club of Hermosa Beach. This unique holiday offer is available for Hermosa Beach residents only! The cost is $10 per carol and payment can be made online at http://www.womansclubofhermosabeach.org. Proceeds benefit the WCHB, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. For additional information, contact via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shade Manhattan Beach hosts the annual Ugly Sweater Party tonight, Thursday, December 13 from 7 to 11:30 p.m. That’s right – it’s time to pull out those over-the-top holiday sweaters your eccentric aunt sends you and put them to good use! The evening features a sweater competition and small bites, while DJ Tony Gadachy keeps you on the dance floor all night! This event is FREE to attend. For bottle service, call 310-469-3466. (Wearing that sweater, you’re going to need bottle service!) For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/693378707698630/. Shade Hotel is located at 1221 North Valley Drive, Manhattan Beach, CA, 90266.
Corbin Jones & The West Coast Christmas Collective present Let it Swing! on Friday, December 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hermosa Beach Community Theatre. Enjoy favorite holiday movie songs and winter classics played by 17 musicians, aka “A Big Band” consisting of 5 trumpeters, 3 trombonists, 5 saxophonists, a guitarist, a pianist, a bassist, and a drummer. This particular cast features some amazing musicians who have performed, produced, and recorded with the likes of Beyonce, Jay-Z, John Legend, Anderson Paak, Cardi B, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Herbie Hancock, and so many more. There’s lots of street parking and a parking lot behind the community center. Come by at 7pm to enjoy holiday treats at the reception and hang with some of the band before the show. Celebrate this music, this season, and life! Tickets are $5/$10. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/corbin-jones-the-west-coast-christmas-collective-present-let-it-swing-tickets-52915068394. Hermosa Beach Community Theatre is located at 710 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.
The Torrance Civic Chorale presents Winter Miracles on Friday, December 14 and Saturday, December 15 at 8 p.m. at the James Armstrong Theatre. The Chorale has provided the South Bay with exceptional choral music, instruction and cultural enhancements since 1961. With 90+ singers, the auditioned Chorale is sponsored by the Cultural Services Division of the Community Services Department at the City of Torrance, with Irene Apanovitch-Leites as Artistic Director and Conductor. Tickets are $25. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at http://www.TorranceCivicChorale.org. The James Armstrong Theater is located in the Torrance Cultural Arts Center at 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA 90503.
The City of Torrance Community Services Department hosts Breakfast & A Visit with Santa on Saturday, December 15 from 9 a.m. to noon. Guests will enjoy a delicious breakfast of pancakes, sausage, fruit, juice, milk and coffee. The event also features Buster Balloon, music by DJ Ozzie. Additional activities include cookie decorating, holiday carols, and pictures with Santa (bring your own camera). Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at the City of Torrance Registration Office located at 3031 Torrance Boulevard. Advance registration is required. No walk-ins will be admitted. Reservations can be made by phone at (310) 618-2930. Seating is limited and baby carriages and strollers are not allowed in the dining room. Children under 10 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. For all the details, visit https://arts.torranceca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/13153/79?curm=12&cury=2018. The Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Toyota Meeting Hall, is located at 3330 Civic Center Drive in Torrance.
The Point will host a Holiday Block Party on Saturday, December 15 from 12 pm to 4 pm. Stop by The Point’s Holiday Block Party for fun, in-store activities, carolers, balloon animals, holiday airbrush tattoos and to drop off your toys for Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Donate a new toy or household item to receive a shopping and dining passport to unlock special holiday incentives at The Point. Visit the check-in area between the Umi and Superba Food + Bread restaurants to receive the passport. Participating locations include:
•Rabbit Ladders: Complimentary face painting and glitter tattoos.
•Kendra Scott: From 12-4 pm, stop in for the Kendra Gives Back event! Receive a 10% off discount, 10% of all sales will directly go back to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Plus, enjoy Sips & Sweets for adults and children’s holiday sundae station in-store.
•No Rest for Bridget: 20% off to guests who donate a toy from 12-4 pm
•Marmi: Save up to 50% on all fall/winter boots, shoes and handbags!
•Smitten Ice Cream: Buy one, get one free small ice cream!
•True Food Kitchen: 15% off to anyone who donates a toy!
•Athleta: 20% off one regular priced item (some exclusions apply).
•Soulcycle: Face painting for the kids in the studio!
•Mendocino Farms: Kids eat free from 12-4 pm (no purchase necessary), must show The Point exclusive passport.
•Superba Food + Bread: 15% off (dine-in only) for all who show their passport on December 15 throughout the event.
•Planet Blue: Visit Planet Blue and enter to win a $100 gift card.
For additional information, visit the website at http://thepointsb.com/events/1-events-the-point-toy-drive-holiday-block-party-to-support-childrens-hospital-los-angeles/. The Point is located at 850 South Sepulveda Boulevard, El Segundo, CA 90245.
The Redondo Beach Police Department and BeachLife Festival present Youth Battle of the Bands on Friday, February 8 at 7 p.m. at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. The event is a FREE concert where youth bands will perform and compete. All local youth bands are invited to participate. Applications are now being accepted and entries must be submitted by December 15. Auditions will be on January 5, 2019. For details, visit the website at https://www.redondo.org/depts/police/police_services/community_services_unit/battle_of_the_bands/default.asp.
Southern California Live Steamers present the annual Starlight Train Ride on Saturday, December 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. in Wilson Park. The adventure begins as you depart the station under the blanket of darkening skies. Your train will crawl through holiday displays and lights. This is a fundraising event. Tickets are $7. The trains are located at the eastern end of the park near the picnic tables. For additional information, visit the website at http://southerncalifornialivesteamers.org/. Southern California Live Steamers is located at 2290 Washington Avenue, Torrance, CA 90501.
The South Bay Women’s Chorus will perform a FREE Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 16 at 3 p.m. at South Bay Church of God. There will be a dessert reception immediately following the concert. Donations are welcome and appreciated. Plenty of free street parking. South Bay Church of God is located at 17661 Yukon Avenue, Torrance, CA.
For some reason, this event isn’t listed on the TOCA website, so call the box office for details….. Primo presents Lou Sings the Holidays on Tuesday, December 18 at 8 p.m. at the James Armstrong Theater. Ring in the season with Lou and some very special guests including Grammy nominated jazz/pop vocalist Jane Monheit, and a 23-piece orchestra as they sing and play all your holiday favorites! A Bronx, New York transplant, Lou Giovannetti has graced the Broadway stage, screen and TV and now lives and entertains in the South Bay. His infectious voice, unique style and repertoire can’t be beat. Tickets are $40/$50/$109. For additional information, 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.
The Lomita City Council and Staff will host the annual Holiday Open House on Wednesday, December 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Lomita City Hall. The community is encouraged to stop by for a visit with city employees and enjoy their famous hot apple cider and baked goods. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.lomita.com/cityhall/. Lomita City Hall is located at 24300 Narbonne Avenue, Lomita CA.
The City of Hawthorne celebrates the season at the Winter Wonderland Spectacular on Thursday, December 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Memorial Park. It’s a Santa Claus is Coming to Town Countdown! Attendees will enjoy a snow slide and winter play area, carnival games and prizes, inflatables for kids AND adults, photo ops with Santa, hot cocoa and more! The cost is $5 for kids 1 – 11 years old and $7 for kids 12 years and older. For additional information and registration, visit the website at http://www.cityofhawthorne.org/latest-news/. Memorial Park is located at 3901 West El Segundo Boulevard in Hawthorne.
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! Check the website for updates at http://www.southbaybyjackie.com for details on these and other events happening throughout the South Bay.
It was announced earlier this week that Willie Nelson is the first official BeachLife Festival headlining artist. The BeachLife Festival will take place May 3 through May 5, 2019. The full line-up will be announced in January. Get your tickets today at https://beachlifefestival.com/.
Order your Holiday Tamales from Hey 19 through December 31. Tamales are available by the dozen. Choose from short rib, carnitas, pollo or queso jalapeno, with rojo, verde or mole sauce. YUM! Tamales are $30 for one dozen. Call 310-792-4120 to place you order. Please allow 24 hour’s notice. Hey 19 is located at 4525 Calle Mayor, Torrance, CA 90505.
Support the Palos Verdes Land Conservancy by adopting a goat! Every year, a herd of goats is brought in to naturally mitigate invasive plant species and they leave behind that all-important natural fertilizer! A herd of goats can clear one acre of land per day. You can help cover the cost of one goat with a $100 gift for one day or $500 for one week. Donors to the Adopt-a-Goat program will be invited to an exclusive photo session with the goats in the spring. If you are donating in honor or in memory of someone, please be sure to provide the appropriate name and mailing address (not an email address) so an acknowledgement card can be sent. For additional information, visit the website at https://pvplc.org/.
Leadership Torrance is a 6-month program that provides participants the opportunity to gain exposure to key community leaders and explore important community issues. Participants will develop personal and professional leadership skills and learn how they can get more involved in their community. Since 1980, Leadership Torrance has been the premier leadership training program of the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce. Alumni have gone on to become CEOs, Elected Officials, Board Members and respected community leaders. As a member of the 2019 Leadership Torrance cohort, you will:
• Interact with influential South Bay leaders
• Engage in highly-visible activities that make an impact in Torrance
• Discover and enhance your leadership abilities
• Elevate your business relationships within the community
Applications are being accepted through December 31. Take your career and community presence to the next level in 2019. To view the application, visit the website at https://www.torrancechamber.com/leadership-torrance/.
The Manhattan Beach Police Department and the Beryl Heights Elementary School Girl Scout Troop 2205 have partnered to bring the Kid Kit program to Manhattan Beach. Kid Kits were created by Girl Scout Troop 2205 to bring a little comfort to children facing stressful situations. Kid Kits will be placed in Manhattan Beach Police Department patrol vehicles and will be used when police officers respond to calls involving children that may be traumatized by certain incidents. Kid Kits contain items for children of all ages. Officers will offer items from the Kid Kits to children to help soothe and occupy them. Kid Kit is a project created by Girl Scout Troop 2205 with proceeds from their cookie sales. As kindergartners and first graders, the troop used their money to help local charitable organizations but they wanted to create a project of their own. The girls wanted to help children in a time of need. They thought they could provide a gift to a child in a difficult situation that showed someone cared and was thinking about them. Thus, the idea of Kid Kits was born. Thanks to a generous donation from Pelican Cases in Torrance, Kid Kits has enough cases to not only get this program off of the ground, but to maintain and hopefully expand it through the years. The troop will continue to restock the toys and other items with money they earn. Girl Scout Troop 2205 hopes to encourage other Girl Scout Troops to adopt this program. Troop 2205 will gladly work with and train any Girl Scout Troops interested in developing similar programs in their areas. The Manhattan Beach Police Department would like to thank Girl Scout Troop 2205 for all their hard work and bringing this program to Manhattan Beach.
Click on the links to view the Santa Float/Sleigh schedules.
Redondo Beach: https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/redondo-beach-santa-sleigh-tour-2/
Manhattan Beach: https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/manhattan-beach-santa-float-schedule/
Hermosa Beach: https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/hermosa-beach-santa-sleigh-ride-schedule/
Lomita/Palos Verdes: https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/lomita-and-rancho-palos-verdes-santa-sleigh-tour/
Free Holiday Parking
Hermosa Beach: November 27 – December 25
Manhattan Beach: November 28 – December 26
Riviera Village: December 8 – January 1
Redondo Pier: December 8 – January 1
This morning on The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight, our guest is musician, Corbin Jones. Corbin & The West Coast Christmas Collective present Let it Swing! on Friday, December 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hermosa Beach Community Theatre and this morning, we’re going to learn what attendees can expect. Don’t worry, if you missed the show, you can listen anytime at https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/corbin-jones-let-swing/. 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, our guests will be Dennis Sullivan, Heather Nakamura, Sean Sáenz and Jessica Siegel from the new Gelson’s Store in Manhattan Beach. The Grand Opening took place last month and this morning, we’re going to learn all that Gelson’s has to offer the South Bay. Listen to the podcast live at 8 a.m. or anytime at https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/gelsons-manhattan-beach/. Tune in every Friday morning and discover what’s happening in Manhattan Beach!
Have a fabulous South Bay weekend!