Author: Jackie Balestra

Barry Fisher, GROW – The Produce Shop

April 26, 2019

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

We have a returning guest, Barry Fisher, Founder of GROW, a fresh market located in Manhattan Beach and this morning, we’ll discuss the upcoming CHERRY SEASON, Grow’s new delivery service and some of Barry’s adventures in produce over the last 13 years.

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

Join a BCHD Public Advisory Committee

April 24, 2019

The Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) Board of Directors is seeking qualified residents and high school students to serve on its advisory committees. All committee members have a direct impact on the health and wellness programs and services BCHD provides to the Beach Cities community. Meetings are generally held quarterly and scheduled for evenings.

The following committees are seeking candidates:

-Community Health Committee Identifies and advises the board on community health and wellness concerns, monitors the availability of community health resources and recommends areas for programs and services.

Sign Up Now for Stomping Grounds Festival Auditions

April 23, 2019

South Bay teen musicians are invited to audition for the inaugural Stomping Grounds Festival on Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Joslyn Center.

Local teen musicians should bring their own instruments, cymbals and amp – PA system, drums, mics and a sound engineer will be provided. There is a 15 minute time limit on each audition.

For additional information and to sign up for an audition time slot, contact via email at

ShockBoxx Gallery Founders Michael Collins and Laura Schuler

April 25, 2019

Listen to The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight!

Our guests are artists Michael Collins and Laura Schuler, Founders of ShockBoxx Gallery in Hermosa Beach and this morning, we’re going to discuss art, the mission of Shock Boxx Gallery, and the Cypress scene.

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

Call for Artists Deadline Extended to April 30, 2019

April 22, 2019

The Palos Verdes Art Center has put out an Call for Artist for Now Trending, the annual Alpay Scholarship University Student Juried Exhibition taking place from June 8 through July 7.

All current Southern California university art students are invited to mine the cultural landscape of Los Angeles for inspiration leading to the submission of dynamic new work to be showcased in PVAC’s annual Alpay Scholarship University Student Juried Exhibition, Now Trending.

Volunteers Needed for 2019 Tour de Pier

April 21, 2019

Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach (CSCRB) is seeking volunteers to help with the seventh annual Tour de Pier outdoor stationary cycling event to take place at the Manhattan Beach Pier on Sunday, May 19. Gather your colleagues and friends for a fun day in the sun!

To help make a difference in your community and the lives of cancer patients, please sign up at Click on Volunteer to select your shift. Volunteers are needed on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19.

For additional information, contact Kelly at or call (310) 376-3550.

Spring Fling with Smokin’ Smitty & The Masters of Music

April 20, 2019

Smokin’ Smitty & The Masters of Music will be playing at The Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach tonight!

The music starts at 9 p.m. Be sure to wear your dancin’ shoes because this band will have you on your feet all night!

For additional information, visit the Facebook page at

The Lighthouse is located at 30 Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach.

Keep the Esplanade Beautiful Mixer Recap

April 19, 2019

I attended the Keep the Esplanade Beautiful Annual Community Mixer at HT Grill this past Wednesday night.

It’s such a fantastic, beautification focused, non-profit – and they really do keep the Esplanade clean and gorgeous – so I attend the event every year in support. This time around, they did a little outside-the-box thinking with regard to raising funds.

Last month, Keep the Esplanade Beautiful teamed up with Friends of Redondo Beach Arts for a Plein Air Painting event along the Esplanade. Over 20 South Bay artists focused their talents on memorializing the beauty of the Esplanade, and those particular works of art were up for bid in a silent auction at the Community Mixer.

South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide

April 18, 2019

We have Earth Day, the start of Passover, and Easter happening this week, so there’s a considerable number of events taking place over the next few days. It’s also spring break for several local school districts, with many families heading out of town for vacation. One of the best things about spring break is the lull in traffic… you can get almost anywhere in a reasonable amount of time! It also offers the opportunity to make a reservation at that popular, new restaurant you’ve been wanting to try, or gain access to cultural institutions that normally have long wait times, or nab tickets to theater shows that are usually sold out. Take advantage of these opportunities while you can because the calendar is only going to get more crowded as we get closer to the summer season!

Neptunian Woman’s Club Beach Bash *ENCORE*

April 19, 2019


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

Our guests are Jan Fleming and Sandy Savaiano from the Neptunian Women’s Club and this morning, we’re going to learn about the nearly completed, extensive renovation of the Neptunian Clubhouse and the Welcome Back Beach Bash fundraiser taking place on Saturday, May 11.

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

Greg Allen, President, Redondo Beach Firefighters Association Local 2787 *ENCORE*

April 18, 2019


Listen to The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight!

Our guest is Gregory Allen. Greg has served at the Redondo Beach Fire Department for 20 years and currently works as a Firefighter Paramedic. He is also the President of the Redondo Beach Firefighters Association Local 2787. This morning we’re going to discuss the possibility of the City of Redondo Beach contracting services with Los Angeles County Fire Department, the reasons to consider it, and the pros and cons.

Hermosa Beach Summer Concerts to Continue! Yay!

April 18, 2019

The Hermosa Beach City Council agreed to award a contract for production and management of the popular Hermosa Beach Summer Concerts to talent management and event production company 5B Artists + Media. The company is committed to providing live musical performances that will be free to the public and feature high-caliber artists in August 2019 and 2020, with an option to extend to a third year.

City staff determined 5B Artists + Media was the most qualified of the event production companies that responded to the City’s Request for Proposals (RFP) to produce the annual series of musical performances that attract up to 10,000 to the sand south of the Hermosa Beach Pier.

Why South Bay by

April 16, 2019

The South Bay by website is continuously being updated. I’m not exaggerating – pretty much all day, every day, someone is doing something to improve the website experience.

We’re constantly adding, removing, editing and updating posts and links as new information is received. Behind the scenes, there are the technical aspects of managing a website – everything from the speed with which a page opens, to programming, to obscure mechanical things I know nothing about and have no desire to. Then there’s the most crucial task – monitoring that all-important SEO (ensuring you’ll find the website online). To have your website show up on the first page of a Google search result is difficult, and getting and keeping your website as the number one search result is practically a full-time job.

Sign Up Now for Annual Richstone Walk

April 15, 2019

You’ll want to sign up NOW for the annual Richstone Walk taking place Saturday, April 27 at the Manhattan Beach Pier.

Participants will walk from the Manhattan Beach Pier to the Hermosa Beach Pier and back. Check in begins at 7:30 a.m. with the event getting underway at 8:30 a.m. The Walkathon is uniquely different from other walks as live music will take place along the route as well as food and beverage vendors, fitness trunk shows, photo-booth and more. The Pet Parade begins at 7:45 a.m. The Opening Ceremony and Awards for Top Fundraising Teams, Individuals/Pets and Best Dressed Pet is at 8 a.m. This is a family friendly event and children of all ages are welcome.