Author: Jackie Balestra

Ride the Trains at Wilson Park!

June 15, 2019

Southern California Live Steamers invites the public to Ride the Trains at Wilson Park today from noon to 3 p.m.

They host public run days on the first Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the third Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. every month. The trains are located at the eastern end of the park near the picnic tables.

The rides are free but donations are appreciated to help keep the trains running so they can share their love of trains with the public.

For additional information, visit the Facebook page at

Hermosa Beach Strand Fire

June 14, 2019

This inferno happened yesterday morning on the 800 block of the Strand in Hermosa Beach.

A home under construction went up in flames at approximately 2 a.m. and damaged four other home. A man was arrested on suspicion of arson.

One firefighter sustained a minor injury and was treated – thank God it wasn’t worse.

Video courtesy of Kevin Cody of Easy Reader.

Redondo Beach Night Market is Back!

June 13, 2019

Native Harvest presents the Redondo Beach Night Market every Thursday night from 5 to 9 p.m. in the parking lot of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.

The Night Market vendors offer an array of hot and prepared foods for purchase, seating area, DJ, and kid’s corner for the little ones.

For additional information, visit the Facebook page at

The Night Market takes place in the parking lot of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church located at 301 Avenue D, in Redondo Beach.

South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide

June 13, 2019

It never fails…. Every Thursday, as soon as the Weekend Guide is published, at least one person will forward me information on an event happening that weekend. Even though we post those events to the website as quickly as possible, they never receive the attention they deserve and that’s a shame. If you have an event you want included in the Weekend Guide, we need to receive the information by Tuesday. Speaking of events getting attention, now is the time to start advertising for your big summer events. We normally run only 3 to 5 ads in the Weekend Guide, but as it swells with all those fabulous summer events, we have room to insert more ads (and our rates are fantastic!). Get your event all the attention it deserves!

ESMoA Experience #41: OZ

June 13 – September 21, 2019

El Segundo Museum of Art presents Experience 41:​ OZ​ from June 13 through September 21.  

Experience 41: OZ invites visitors to immerse themselves in the world of Oz created by storyteller L. Frank Baum. OZ is organized by Jeff Cason with curatorial support by Barbara Boehm and Eugenia Torre.

This Experience will feature over 80 artworks and artifacts from the original book and its inspired stories. On display will be all 40 books in the Oz series as well as original and rare framed illustrations by the Oz illustrators, W. W. Denslow, John R. Neill and more.

A Visit to the Automobile Driving Museum

June 12, 2019

Last week, I was in the neighborhood and stopped by the ADM for a quick visit.

They’re constantly rotating their collection and there were several cars on display I’ve never seen before. I also checked out the new Hot Wheels Garage for kids.

There’s always something going on at the ADM… car shows, classes, Sunday drives, swing nights (live music and dancing) and if you haven’t yet made plans for Father’s Day, stop in for a special ride and beer tasting!

For additional information and schedule of events, visit the website at

Subscribe to the South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide

June 11, 2019

The best way to keep up with what’s going down in the South Bay, is to subscribe to the South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide.

Every Thursday morning, you’ll receive an email detailing local activities and events. You can subscribe by scrolling down the left side of any page of the website where you’ll find the SBBJ Weekend Guide and the RSS Feed subscription boxes.

Did I mention, it’s FREE? What are you waiting for???

Teen Choice 2019™ to Broadcast from Hermosa Beach

June 10, 2019

TEEN CHOICE 2019™ will be broadcast for the first time from Hermosa Beach on Sunday, August 11, featuring performances by stars from TV, music, film and social media. This will be the first time the popular awards show, which gives teens the power to select the winners, will be broadcast live from a beach.

“We are so thrilled to host TEEN CHOICE 2019 in Hermosa Beach,” said Hermosa Beach Mayor Stacey Armato. “This awards show will be a great opportunity to showcase Hermosa Beach to audiences around the country and, even more importantly, provide our teens with an exciting and free musical event on their own hometown sand. The City of Hermosa Beach is working with the producers to ensure the security of the event and will be encouraging parents and teens to visit our restaurants and businesses while in Hermosa for TEEN CHOICE 2019 so that our businesses will benefit from the event. ”

TEEN CHOICE 2019 will air live from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on August 11 on the East Coast and via tape delay from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the West Coast on FOX.

An Art-Filled Weekend

June 10, 2019

I was such an artaholic this past weekend!

I managed to attend three of the local art events – the Hermosa Beach Fine Arts show, the preview of Experience 41: OZ at ESMoA, and the opening reception for Symbiosis at Resin Gallery.

If you missed the Fine Arts show, you’ll have to wait until next year, but Experience 41: OZ opens this Thursday and Symbiosis will run through June 15

Here’s a piece I purchased at the Hermosa Beach event by artist Kerry Stitt – Geode – acrylic resin on aluminum. It’s going to look SO great in my home…. I just have to decide where to hang it!

The LA Conservation Corps Celebrates the Legacy of the SEA Lab

June 9, 2019

The LA Conservation Corps announces that the SEA Lab will be closing at the end of June 2019. For more than 20 years, the SEA Lab has greeted hundreds of thousands of school-aged students from school trips, rescued and rehabbed thousands of fish and marine animals, maintained a native plant nursery, raised abalone, organized beach clean-ups and much more. The decision to shutter the doors was reached earlier this month after in depth deliberation between the staff and the Corps’ Board of Directors and in close communication with local partners.

Crawfish, Crab & Shrimp Boils @ Ragin Cajun

June 8, 2019

It’s crawfish season and Ragin Cajun will be serving it up all weekend!

Shipped fresh from Louisiana, guests can enjoy boiled crawfish, shrimp, king crab, snow crab, Dungeness crab and more. They’ll be serving between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. but be sure to order early before they run out!

For additional information, call 310-540-7403 or visit the website at

Ragin Cajun is located at 525 South Pacific Coast Highway in Redondo Beach.

Lomita Photo History Project

June 7, 2019

Celebrate Founder’s Day and share in the history of Lomita by helping the LA County Library create an online photo collection.

Bring your historic photos of pre-1980 Lomita to the Library’s booth during the Founder’s Day celebration on Saturday, June 29 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and staff will convert them into high quality digital images. They’re looking for community celebrations, street scenes, buildings, landmarks, people, cultural events, performances, and any other photos of the area’s history.