Author: Jackie Balestra

Mural #9 Sneak Peek

October 14, 2019

I took a bike ride through the alleys of Hermosa the other day and came across the latest mural in progress, part of the Hermosa Beach Murals Project.

Mural #9: Beatnik Alley will be unveiled on Wednesday, October 23 at 6 p.m. at Pier Plaza. I cropped it so you won’t see the whole thing until it’s finished!

The community is invited to celebrate Hermosa’s Jazz and Beat counterculture with the unveiling of Mural #9 Beatnik Alley as interpreted by artist Timothy Robert Smith. The mural unveiling will take place at 6 p.m. at Pier Plaza and is FREE and open to the public. The fundraiser reception will follow at Waterman’s at 6:30 p.m. The event features a live and silent auction and live entertainment.

New Mural @ Mickey’s Deli

October 13, 2019

Whether it be your everyday millennial or an out of town visitor, getting a picture in front of that famous wall art that is going viral all over social media is a definite must. Murals have taken Los Angeles by storm, from sports arenas to restaurants to blank canvas’ on the street corner- this wall art tells a story and we are here to listen, or should I say observe. It’s eye-catching, it’s intriguing and it always holds some kind of meaning or prominent message. Hermosa Beach is no stranger to this, and it is an exciting moment for the locals and the family-owned and run business of Mickeys Deli to be getting their very own mural on the back wall of the beloved neighborhood store.

The Jokers @ American Legion Post 184

October 12, 2019

The Jokers, a South Bay-based classic rock band, will perform tonight, Saturday, October 12 from 8 to 11 p.m. at the American Legion Post 184.

The Jokers’s music line-up for the evening includes party and dance favorites by Tommy James and the Shondells, The Byrds, The Miracles, Edwin Star, Stones, Beatles, Turtles, Tom Petty, Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Rascals, Eagles, The Doors, Van Morrison and The Mindbenders. And not to be left out, The Moody Blues, Santana, Sly and the Family Stone, James Brown and Stevie Wonder.

Ruby’s Diner Car Show

October 11, 2019

There are only a few more weeks left to catch Cruise at the Beach at Ruby’s Diner!

Open to the public, this free event happens every Friday night through October and features a gathering of vintage automobiles on display in the Ruby’s Diner parking lot from 4 to 8 p.m.

Enthusiasts are encouraged to bring their hot rods, street rods and muscle cars and strut their stuff. A favorite with local car enthusiasts, this popular event has grown tremendously over the years and features vintage and classic cars from all over Southern California.

A Tunisian Dinner @ Barsha

October 11, 2019

I recently attended a Press Preview Dinner at the new Barsha Restaurant in Hermosa Beach.

The eatery is the most recent venture from Lenora and Adnen Marouani of Barsha Wines & Spirits in Manhattan Beach.

Lenora is a classically trained chef who previously worked at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Las Vegas and was the Executive Chef at a Beverly Hills hotel, in addition to curating merchandise at her former boutique, The Souk. Adnen, originally from Tunisia, has extensive experience in the restaurant industry, working as a sommelier in Los Angeles and running a major Las Vegas hotel kitchen.

Their experience and success at Barsha Wine & Spirits – serving small bites and boutique wines – was the ideal precursor for their foray into a full service bar and restaurant.

South Bay Jam @ The Standing Room

October 10, 2019

Barclay Roach presents South Bay Jam tonight, Thursday, October 10 at 9″30 p.m. at The Standing Room.

Every Thursday night, some of the South Bay’s best musicians gather for an evening of live improvisational music. The house band jams with various musicians playing an assortment of instruments and just about every music genre is covered – rock, blues, jazz, rap, disco, country and more.

Every week you’ll hear music played in new and unique ways. Can you think of a better way to kick-off the weekend?!?

For additional information, visit the Facebook page at

South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide

October 10, 2019

MammaMia! Oi Vey! OMG! Halloween has gone off the rails! For several years now it’s been reported that people have been spending more money on Halloween festivities than during the entire holiday season. I believe it, because for the last few years, I’ve received way more Halloween event info than any other special occasion (just take a look at the number of Halloween events on the website). I have a theory about this. There is so much that defines and divides us: culture, religion, politics, even food (vegetarian, pescatarian, beegan, vegan, flexitarian) but Halloween seems to be the one occasion we can ALL delight in. What’s not to love about a night of ghoulish fun, spooky costumes and all those delightful, mini candies? For one night, we put aside all our differences and revel in the macabre…. and that’s a good thing, don’t you think?

Brenna Humphreys, Walkthrough Productions

October 11, 2019

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

Our guest is Brenna Humphreys of WalkThrough Productions and Select South Bay. Walkthrough Productions is a boutique video and 3-D marketing agency with its own distribution channel, This morning, we’re going to learn about WalkThrough Production and Select South Bay and what they can do for you.

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

Hands on Brewing with Breville® Espresso Machines @ Klatch

October 9, 2019

This is for anyone that has a fancy coffee maker at home but isn’t quite sure how to use it…..

Klatch Coffee will host Hands on Brewing with Breville® Espresso Machines today, Wednesday, October 9 at 5 p.m. at the Redondo Beach location.

Klatch baristas will share working knowledge of the Breville® Espresso Machines to help you make the PERFECT drinks at home.

Klatch is walking distance from the pier and beach or you can sit and enjoy a latte or cold brew on the patio.

This event is FREE to attend

Shrimp Week @ Ragin Cajun!

October 8, 2019

Calling all shrimp lovers! Ragin Cajun will celebrate that fabulous crustacean all week long during Shrimp Week from October 7 through October 13!

Only once a year can you indulge in all your favorite shrimp dishes, including Shrimp Creole, Stuffed Shrimp, Jumbo Shrimp Roll, Tequila Shrimp, Shrimpnado, Shrimp Cake, Buffalo Shrimp Po-Boy, and Shrimp Mac n Cheese!

Enjoy live music and drink specials while you’re chowing down on all that shrimp! In addition, you’ll want to try the famous Boudin Balls, stuffed with pepper jack cheese, served with Cajun aioli. YUM! It’s a SECRET menu item ONLY available October 7 through October 13!

Rejoice in Art!

October 10, 2019

Listen to The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight!

Our guests are Lynn Attig, Joe Mancuso, Desmond O’Hagan and Dave Wolfram from Destination: Art, and this morning, we’ll learn about the upcoming Rejoice in Art show scheduled for Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at Riviera UMC.

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

Hope For The Holidays Adopt-A-Family Program

October 7, 2019

Walk with Sally’s Hope For The Holidays Adopt-A-Family Program is now accepting applications.

All of the Walk With Sally programs deal with cancer in one way or another. Whether they have someone who is currently battling, have lost someone, or are dealing with the aftermath, cancer can cause a huge emotional and financial burden on a family. By sponsoring a family this holiday season, you/your company/organization will be able to directly impact a family in need by bringing gifts and holiday cheer!

Waterfront Education Fall Classes

October 6, 2019

Just because Fall Session 1 is coming to a close does not mean the adventure has to end! Waterfront Education is offering several more sessions from now until the end of the semester in mid-December.

There is still room in the remaining fall sessions for the Ocean Exploration, Mad Scientist, Blue Discovery, and STEM Sailing classes. They will also be offering TWO clubs starting next week: the Innovators Club and the Girl’s Tide Pool Team.

It’s going to be a fun-filled fall season!

For additional information and registration, visit the website at

Torrance Memorial Events & Lectures

October 5, 2019

Torrance Memorial offers a number of different classes and support groups to help improve your health and nurture the mind and spirit.

Classes in general health education, mind and body, health and wellness, life skills and much more are offered on a regular basis.

Registration is required for ALL classes.

For additional information and to register, call (310) 517- 4711 or visit the website at

Volunteers Needed for Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk

October 4, 2019

Help make the 11th annual Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk the best ever!

This popular annual event will take place on Sunday, October 27 and they need volunteers!

The following opportunities are available on event day: Vendor Assistants, Check-In Helpers, Water Assistants, Medal Helpers, Clean Team, Finish Line Helpers and
Tear Down Helpers.

While they’ll try to accommodate everyone’s preferences, please understand that they may need to place you in a position where a worker is needed most.

To sign up to volunteer, visit the website at