Author: Jackie Balestra

Pub at the Club

August 16, 2018

Listen to The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight!

Our guests are Dean Schoppe and MaryAnn Borders from the Manhattan Beach Badminton Club and this morning, we’ll learn what attendees can expect at Pub at the Club taking place at the Manhattan Beach Badminton Club on Sunday, September 9 from 1 to 5 p.m. AND, you can get a $20 discount to the event on Eventbrite by using the promo code SOUTHBAYSPOTLIGHT.

Listen to the program live at 8 a.m. or at your leisure at

Gindaco Opens in Gardena

August 13, 2018

Japanese fast food chain, Gindaco, has opened in Gardena.

Jean Trinh of LAMAG couldn’t have said it better: “It’s a pretty big deal that Japan’s largest takoyaki chain, Gindaco, just landed in the South Bay with its first North American location. Gindaco is like the Starbucks of the takoyaki world, with nearly 500 outposts scattered throughout Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, and Malaysia.”

You can visit Gindaco at the newly renovated food court of the Tokyo Central Japanese Supermarket located at 1740 Artesia Boulevard, Gardena CA 90248.


PV Concours Aviation Line-Up

August 10, 2018

If you haven’t yet bought tickets for this year’s Palos Verdes Concours D’Elegance, you want to get on that now!

The Zamperini Field venue was such a huge success last year, they’re bringing back this exciting mix of classic autos and classic aircraft.

$35 Early Bird ticket pricing ends today, August 10, so take advantage of the savings while available! $45 General Admission price thereafter.

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at

Check out some of the aviation line-up!


Pints for a Purpose

August 9, 2018

Have a Pint for a Purpose at Smog City Brewing!

Every Thursday in August from 3 to 10 p.m., Smog City will donate a portion of sales to the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. Enjoy hand-crafted local beer while supporting the Conservancy. It’s what you call a win-win!

As a member of ‘1% for the Planet’, Smog City has joined this organization created by the Patagonia Company founders designed to promote corporate responsibility and help the environment. Please consider patronizing Smog City any Thursday in August and know that you will be helping the environment and supporting the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy.

South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide

August 9, 2018

The Manhattan Beach Chamber presents Bite at the Beach on Saturday, August 11 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the MBS Media Campus. Joe Terry and I will host a Facebook Live podcast of The South Bay Show: Manhattan Beach Chamber 360 from the event. The podcast, sponsored by Village Runner, will start at 2:30. If you don’t plan on attending (tickets have sold out) you can kick back with a cold one and watch…. it’ll be just like you’re there! You can tune in at

Rules Applying to Motorized Scooters

August 8, 2018

I received this from the MBPD…. it seems the new share scooters that are popping up around the South Bay are causing some issues. The following is specific to Manhattan Beach but it’s all common sense and should apply to all our local municipalities. Be safe out there!

Sea Change Celebrates National Oyster Day…. for a Week

August 7, 2018

Today is National Oyster Day and Sea Change has decided not to restrict this oyster shucking event to just one day.

Instead, Sea Change and the Oyster Bar will be featuring raw oysters, baked oysters and shooters beginning today, Tuesday, August 7 through Saturday, August 11. They will also be featuring different specials such as, $24 for a dozen which is usually $42.

For additional information, visit the website at

Sea Change at Chez Melange is located at 1611 South Catalina Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.


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Steve Collins, Hermosa Cyclery,

August 10, 2018

Listen to The South Bay Show: Manhattan Beach Chamber 360!

Our guest is Steve Collins, Partner and President of Hermosa Cyclery, and this morning, we’re going to discuss the relatively new scooter issues local municipalities are dealing with and bike share programs

Listen to the program live at 8 a.m. or at your leisure

Digital Dating Series Opportunity…. for the Over 50 Set

August 6, 2018

I was sent this information from our friend Bonnie at Senior Comedy Afternoons…. sounds like fun!

“I was recently contacted by a very famous casting company to reach out to YOU – my most wonderful audience members -to ask your participation if you’re looking for LOVE!

There’s going to be a very popular Digital Dating Series – that’s being supported by a name everyone knows – if you’re over 50.

New Businesses on Pier Avenue

August 5, 2018

I rode my bike to Hermosa Beach last weekend for the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball event and stopped for lunch on Pier Avenue. I had already seen the new Rebel Republic location in the former Mediterraneo space, but discovered a couple of other new businesses. The Baked Bear opened about a month ago and offers homemade ice-cream and cookies and ITA (specializing in Italian street food) literally opened the day we were there! If you get in to try either of these places out before I do, let me know what you think!



Celebrate National Sandwich Month with $5 Mickey’s Combo

August 4, 2018

Here’s something to sink your teeth into – August is National Sandwich Month and Mickey’s Italian Delicatessen is celebrating by offering one of their first sandwiches ever made and most popular, Mickey’s Combo, for only $5 throughout the month of August.

Yes, you read that right… only $5. This mouth-watering sandwich is made up of hearty Cotto Salami, Chopped Ham, Bologna, Swiss Cheese, Mustard, Mayo, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickles, Peppercini’s and Red Onion. This sandwich is perfect for a day at the beach, when you’re tight on cash or when you’re on the go.

Roseanney Liu, Author

August 9, 2018

Listen to The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight!

Our guest this morning is Roseanney Liu, the best-selling author of You did WHAT now?! and How to Survive Elementary School. Her third book Badassery 101: Ten secrets to be the Confident Boss of Your Life has just been released on Amazon, and will shortly be followed by a collaboration book, Mastering Your Inner Game and Phenomenal Women in September 2018.

Listen to the program live at 8 a.m. or at your leisure

Mural # 8: Hermosa Punk Rock & Skateboard Era

August 3, 2018

The Hermosa Beach Mural Project is thrilled to announce that the final design has been chosen for Mural #8. Art Director for M1SK, Daniel Inez, will paint his mural depicting the Punk Rock/Skateboard era of the 1970s and 1980s on the south facing wall of the city-owned parking structure at the northwest corner of 13th and Hermosa Avenue just west of Starbucks.

Hermosa’s punk and skate scene was centered in and around an abandoned Baptist Church on Manhattan Ave and is exemplified by the bands that originated and performed in that space such as Black Flag, Pennywise, and Descendants.