Author: Jackie Balestra

Rocktoberfest Volunteer Opportunity

September 29, 2021

Volunteers are needed for Rocktoberfest taking place at Seaside Lagoon from Friday, October 15 through Sunday, October 17.

It’s going to be three days of live music from your favorite tribute bands, along with great food and beverages.

Tickets are $25 to $30 and as a volunteer you would attend for free!

There are five shifts available, and three to four volunteers are needed to cover each shift. This way, everyone will have a chance to wander around the festival during their shift and enjoy themselves.

Western Museum of Flight Needs Volunteer Docents

September 26, 2021

The Western Museum of Flight is recruiting volunteer docents!

If you live in the South Bay and would like to volunteer at the museum on a regular basis, please email

For additional information, visit the website at

The Western Museum of Flight is located at Torrance Airport, 3315 Airport Drive, Red Baron #3, Torrance, CA 90505.


Los Cancioneros Master Chorale Auditions

September 20, 2021

Calling all singers!

Los Cancioneros Master Chorale is returning to in-person rehearsals on October 5.

Auditions for skilled singers in all voice parts will be September 28 in Torrance.

To make an appointment, contact Yu-Fahn Yuen at or visit

All singers must be vaccinated and agree to wear a mask during rehearsals.

Artistic Director Allan Petker has planned a stellar season of music for this 72nd season!

Submit Nominations for Redondo Beach Community Awards

September 14, 2021

The Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce will present the annual Redondo Beach Community Awards on Thursday, October 28 at 11:30 a.m.

There are so many amazing individuals in the community and the Chamber invites you to submit nominations for both the “Man and Woman of the Year” Awards which will be presented at the Chamber’s annual Community Awards Ceremony.

Nominees do not have to be Chamber members and political figures are not eligible for the award.

The award is presented to two individuals who have distinguished themselves by significantly contributing to our community in the following areas:

The Halloween Ball with Chef Michael Shafer & Hank Parker

September 13, 2021

Today we’re going to learn about a very special event, the 25th annual Halloween Ball taking place at The Depot on Sunday, October 17 from 4 to 8 p.m.

My guests are Chef Michael Shafer, owner of The Depot and Hank Parker, CPA, and Senior Executive Partner at PDM, LLP. Hank is currently treasurer of the Torrance Police Foundation and was previously chairman.

The Halloween Ball is a hugely popular event with hundreds of attendees and this year, the event will benefit the Torrance Police Foundation.

Live Your Dream Award Applications

September 8, 2021

Soroptimist’s Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.

The Live Your Dream Awards offers three levels of cash awards. Eligible applicants can submit their application between August 1 – November 15. Ultimately, a Live Your Dream Awards finalist has the potential receive up to $16,000 to help offset tuition costs, purchase books, get transportation, or find reliable childcare so she can worry less about how to pay her bills and focus on reaching her dreams.

Remembering 9/11 with Barbara Devereaux

September 7, 2021

Today, we’re going to discuss an event that happened twenty years ago with a guest that experienced it firsthand.

This podcast has always been South Bay centric, but this particular event affected everyone in the world, including all of us here in the South Bay, so I thought it was important to commemorate the occasion.

We’re talking about the events of September 11, 2001.

This week is the 20th anniversary of that terrible day, which we can really only compare to a previous generations’ Pearl Harbor.

LA Kings Ice Opens Today

September 4, 2021

LA Kings Ice at Promenade on the Peninsula, the former Promenade Ice Chalet, has completed an extensive remodel. The rink is scheduled to open today.

Located within the popular Promenade on the Peninsula located on the northern side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the rink closed September 16, 2020, due to the area’s widespread COVID-19 lockdown. The indoor rink, opened by the shopping center in 1981, has served as an iconic area location for both figure skating and hockey for 40 years.

Vote Now for the Best of Manhattan

September 3, 2021

The nominations are in and voting has begun for the Best of Manhattan!

The Best of Manhattan strives to recognizes those businesses and leaders who make Manhattan Beach the tremendous city it is. Each year the community has an opportunity to vote on their favorites in several categories.

Voting ends at midnight on September 21. To vote, visit the website at

Tickets are now on sale for the Best Of Manhattan dinner and awards gala to be held on Thursday, October 21 at 5 p.m. at the Westdrift. To purchase tickets, visit the website at

South Bay Jam

Every Thursday

Barclay Roach presents the South Bay Jam every Thursday night at Patrick Malloys at 9:30 p.m.

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. Every week you’ll hear music played in new and unique ways and it’s the perfect way to kick-off the weekend!

For additional information, visit the Facebook page at

Patrick Malloys is located at 50 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.

Tour de Pier with Renee Vachon

August 30, 2021

Today, we’re going to learn about the annual Tour de Pier event taking place on Sunday, September 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Manhattan Beach Pier and Strand.

My guest is Renee Vachon, Event Producer and Sponsorship Coordinator for the Tour de Pier, and Director of Operations for the Uncle Kory Foundation for Brain Cancer Research, a beneficiary of the Tour de Pier.

For additional information, visit the website at

Wescom Offers Scholarships

August 30, 2021

Coming off a time of hybrid or distance learning in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, high schoolers across Southern California are heading back to school, many for the first time in-person in more than a year. To help ease the transition, Wescom Credit Union announced that it will support local students and families by providing Sylvan Learning Center Scholarships as part of its overall #WescomKindness initiative.

Taco Tuesdays @ The Brews Hall

Every Tuesday

Make Tuesdays Chingon! The Brews Hall presents Taco Tuesdays all day long at both locations!

Enjoy specials on street tacos, Margaritas, queso and more at George Lopez’s Chingon Kitchen.

If for some strange reason, you’re not in the mood for tacos (???), there are four different food concepts and two breweries to choose from: George Lopez’s Chingon Kitchen, Chicken T.W.I.L.I., Rock & Fish Grill, Colin Cowherd’s The Herd, Buzzrock Brewing and George Lopez Brewing.

For additional information, visit the website at

Football Brunch @ The Brews Hall

Every Saturday & Sunday

The Brews Hall presents Football Brunch all season long, every Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 to noon at both locations.

Grab your seat for the game and enjoy a brand new brunch menu with amazing drink specials!

There are four different food concepts and two breweries to choose from: George Lopez’s Chingon Kitchen, Chicken T.W.I.L.I., Rock & Fish Grill, Colin Cowherd’s The Herd, Buzzrock Brewing and George Lopez Brewing.

For additional information, visit the website at

The Brews Hall is located at 73 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 and 21770 Del Amo Circle East, Torrance, CA 90503.