Author: Jackie Balestra

Survios VR Arcade First Anniversary Special Offer

February 15, 2019

Time flies when you’re having fun! Survios VR Arcade had a super awesome first year and to celebrate, they’re offering BOGO 50% off on all VR sessions.

Bring your friends and family in for Buy One, Get One ½ Half Off on all VR sessions through February 27. There’s no better time to share the love! Offer not valid for online bookings. Cannot be combined with other promotions.

For additional information, call at 310-750-9035 or visit the website at

Survios VR Arcade is located at 3525 West Carson Street, Suite #176, Torrance, CA.

South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide

February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day everybody! Just about every restaurant in town is offering romantic dinner specials…. and they’ll all be slammed. Even if you have a reservation, chances are you’ll end up waiting a while to be seated. In the event you haven’t made a ressie yet, the occasion can still be salvaged. Surprise your special someone and whisk them off for a romantic lunch; call in an order to a favorite restaurant, get it to go or have it delivered (hmmm, a cozy, indoor picnic could be just the thing); of course, you can always cook a special meal (No excuses! There are millions of easy recipes on the internet!). And since Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers anymore, you can do any of these things with a good friend or large group. If you’re dead set on eating out, check out my favorite restaurants on the Dine Time page at You might get lucky and snag a table!

Mend Hearts this Valentine’s Day with Richstone Family Center

February 14, 2019

Roses are red, violets are blue; Richstone mends heart, and so can you!

Support the Richstone Family Center this Valentine’s Day, mending hearts, preventing child abuse and building strong families in the South Bay since 1974.

For additional information, visit the website at

@richstonefamily #richtstonefamilycenter #truelove

Randy Renner, South Bay Social

February 15, 2019

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

Our guest is Randy Renner, Founder of South Bay Social. Randy left his career in Tech to start a publication company in the South Bay that would base itself on the innovation of social media but with the reliability of print, and this morning, we’ll learn about the genesis of the app, the ability to bring community messaging together, and his passion for small businesses.

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

Dancing with the South Bay Stars VIII

February 14, 2019

Listen to The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight!

Our guests this morning are Chris Wolf, David Kartsonis, Bill Ruth, Brian Singer and Michelle Rand from Dancing with the South Bay Stars VIII, taking place on Saturday, February 23 at 7 p.m. at the James Armstrong Theater. The event pairs local ‘celebrities’ with professional dancers in a competition to raise funds for the Foundation and the participants’ nonprofit organization of choice. This season, nine of the South Bay’s brightest stars will slip into their dancing shoes, take the stage and strut their stuff!

Winners of the Youth Battle of the Bands

February 12, 2018

Whoops! I did a recap of the Youth Battle of the Bands a few days ago, but forgot to list the winners – my bad!

On Friday, February 8, 2019, the Redondo Beach Police Department in partnership with BeachLife Festival held its first Youth Battle of the Bands at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. Over 650 people were in attendance to see 47 young musicians representing 11 talented bands perform and compete. And the WINNERS are….

NextStep Poker Tournament Recap

February 11, 2018

This past Saturday I attended the annual NextStep Poker Tournament at The 900 Club in Manhattan Beach.

I’ve played in this tournament for years – not only is it a ton of fun, it’s for a fantastic cause. NextStep is an internationally recognized non-profit that makes life-changing rehab and fitness accessible and affordable to individuals living with paralysis. Today, most of these individuals are deprived of the resources they desperately need to live long, healthy and happy lives. NextStep’s goal is to open NextStep paralysis recovery centers across the country to ensure an improved quality-of-life and a continuum of care for this underserved population. By offering standardized activity-based therapy programs and interventions, based on research; our centers provides the best chance for recovery, independence, and health.

Youth Battle of the Bands

February 9, 2018

Last night I attended the Youth Battle of the Bands sponsored by the Redondo Beach Police Department and BeachLife Festival at the 1,500 seat Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.

Eleven local youth bands performed followed by a set by legendary guitarist Bobby Cochran (Steppenwolf). The kids ranged in age from 11 to 18 and to say they were amazing would be an understatement. These kids ROCKED! Their talent and stage presence blew everyone in the audience away and left their jaws hanging. From punk to rock to alternative, cover songs and originals, the sheer amount of talent on one stage was overwhelming.

SBBWA Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

February 8, 2019

The South Bay Business Women’s Association is now accepting Scholarship Applications from South Bay women .

The South Bay Business Women’s Association is a nonprofit organization that offers financial aid through its scholarship program. These awards are presented to the winners at the annual South Bay Women’s Conference, which will be held this year on May 10.

Women who are graduating high school seniors, currently enrolled college freshman or students continuing with post-graduate work may apply. Applicants must reside in the Greater South Bay area.They are accepting applications for scholarships through February 24, 2019.

Manhattan Beach Candidate Forums

February 7, 2019

Attention Manhattan Beach voters! There will be two Candidate Forums for the upcoming General Municipal Election on March 9.

• Hosted by the American Martyrs Altar Society on Thursday, February 14 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at American Martyrs Welcome Center, 700 15th Street, in the Saint Kateri Room.

• Hosted by the Senior Advisory Committee/Dine&Discover on Thursday, February 21 from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Joslyn Center, 1601 N Valley Drive.

The VOTE BY MAIL ballots are mailed the first week of February.

Mindfulness Drop In @ BCHD

February 6, 2019

Beach Cities Health District offers a FREE Mindfulness Drop-In the first Wednesday (today!) of each month at 5:30 p.m.

Take 30 minutes to downshift and practice mindfulness techniques.The monthly sessions will be led by trained Beach Cities Health District staff. No prior experience with meditation or mindfulness is required. Please arrive a few minutes early to sign in and get settled.

The event will take place on the second floor, Center for Health and Fitness, Silver Room.

For additional information call (310)374-3426 ext. 110 or visit the website at

Happy Chinese New Year!

February 5, 2019

According to the Chinese 12-year animal zodiac cycle, this is the year of the Pig. Each Chinese zodiac year begins on Chinese New Year’s Day.

According to the chinese astrology, 2019 is a great year to make money, and a good year to invest! 2019 is going to be full of joy, a year of friendship and love for all the zodiac signs; an auspicious year because the Pig attracts success in all the spheres of life.

To learn more about the Chinese New Year and Chinese zodiac, visit the website at

Bartlett Senior Center Temporary Closure

February 4, 2019

The Bartlett Senior Center will be closed beginning today, February 4 for approximately 3 to 4 weeks in order to paint the facility interior.

The Senior Lunch program will not be available during this time. For alternative senior meals sites in the Torrance and the South Bay area, visit

For updated information about Bartlett Senior Center’s closure for painting or questions about the information above, call the City of Torrance Bartlett Senior Center program staff at (310) 320-5918 or (310) 618-2468.