Author: Jackie Balestra

Father’s Day Events

June 16, 2018

Father’s Day has never been as brunch-focused as Mother’s Day….probably because, historically, men didn’t spend as much time in the kitchen as women and wouldn’t consider a break from a hot stove a treat.

Here in the South Bay, there are plenty of pursuits perfectly suited for Father’s Day. The following are a few of my top picks….and the best part? You don’t need to make a reservation!

For the athlete – Volleyball Tournament in Manhattan Beach

For the car enthusiast – Sunday Drive & Beer Tasting @ the ADM

Wine…. and Dancing!

June 15, 2018

Roman Aroma Italian Gran Caffe has teamed up with LA Imperial Dance for an evening of Wine & Dancing tonight, Friday, June 15 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Stop by Roman Aroma for a glass (or two) of vino and then head to the studio next door for a fun evening of dancing!

Admission is $25 per person.

For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at

Roman Aroma and LA Imperial Dance are located at GreenStreet Center at 901/903 North Catalina Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA.


South Bay Fencing (sword fencing, that is!)

June 14, 2018

South Bay Fencing, a new fencing club has recently opened in Torrance. For those that may be unaware, I was a competitive fencer years ago and got my start at a club in Torrance.

Fencing is not as popular here in the States as it is in Europe and around the world, but it’s a fun and fantastic sport! Summer break is a great time for kids to try new activities and sports and they can start as young as six years old training at the club. Fencing is also a great way to get a leg up to get into universities with fencing teams (Stanford, UCSD, Columbia, Princeton, Penn State, etc). At my former club, 97% of student members were accepted into Ivy League schools….. just sayin’!

Nancy Wilcox, South Bay Coalition to End Homelessness

June 22, 2018

Listen to The South Bay Show: Manhattan Beach 360!

We have a returning guest this morning, Nancy Wilcox, co-chair of the South Bay Coalition to End Homelessness and we’ll be discussing the homeless crisis and learn what is being done to end homelessness in the South Bay.

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

Angela Wilson & Lisa Daggett-Cummings, South Bay Children’s Health Center

June 21, 2018

Listen to The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight!

Our guests are Angela Wilson and Lisa Daggett-Cummings from the South Bay Children’s Health Center and this morning, we’re going to learn about the programs and services available at The South Bay Children’s Health Center and the annual Champions for Children 5K Trail Run/Walk on Saturday, June 23 at Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates.

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

Father’s Day Special: All About Dad

June 14, 2018

Listen to The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight!

This morning we’re celebrating dads and offering suggestions on how to spend Father’s Day in the South Bay with the most important and influential man in your life. We welcome you to join in conversation with questions, comments and favorite dad stories. Call (714) 242-5288 between 8 and 9 a.m.

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

Strand House L4 Late Night

June 13, 2018

The Strand House has launched a new, late night experience on the fourth floor balcony and bar, complete with a new menu, seating and fire pits!

Level 4 Late Night was created for guests who want to enjoy a more relaxing late night experience… something mellower than the scene at the StrandBar downstairs.

Level 4 opens on Friday, June 15 after dinner service at 11 p.m.

For additional information, visit the website at

The Strand House is located at 117 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.


Dave & Buster’s Opens in Del Amo Fashion Center

June 12, 2018

DSC00180Last week I attended a media preview at the new Dave & Buster’s in Del Amo Fashion Center.

Full disclosure: I’ve never been to a Dave & Buster’s and was startled by the raucous reception we received upon entering. A dozen delighted employees greeted us with cheers, horns, and smiling faces.

As we were checking in, a member of the marketing team offered to take us on a tour of the 35,000 square foot facility – you read that right – 35, 000 square feet of wall to wall fun. We were given a couple of drink coupons and a card loaded with $20 for game play.

Dave & Buster’s offers New American food, an array of fun, innovative beverages, and the biggest and best arcade games, including several proprietary games, under one roof…. one HUGE roof.

Project Barley Microbrewery Approved by the Lomita City Council!

June 12, 2018

On May 1, 2018, the Lomita City Council approved the Project Barley Microbrewery and tasting room to be located along Pacific Coast Highway just west of Cypress Street.

The new microbrewery will occupy a 3,500 square foot space and is planning to open sometime later this year. This is the second brewery approved by the City, with the first being Burnin Daylight which is currently under construction in Downtown Lomita along Narbonne Avenue just north of Lomita Bl.

For additional information on Project Barley, visit the website at

New Public Facilities @ Terranea

June 11, 2018

Terranea recently debuted an all new public restroom facility located along the public coastal trails that wind through the property.

Providing welcome amenities for both the local community and visitors to the area is a long-standing priority for the resort and this new build will ideally make a day visit to Terranea and its surrounding beaches, hiking and biking trails even easier.

ESMoA Experience #35: GROUNDED

June 7 – September 22, 2018

GROUNDEDEl Segundo Museum of Art presents Experience #35: GROUNDED, opening Thursday, June 7 and running through September 22.

GROUNDED is about the work of two prominent Southern Californian photographers: John Divola and Zoe Crosher. Each has done a major project very different from the other’s but with a common theme – LAX.

Drum Circle @ Torrance Beach

June 10, 2018

The Torrance Beach Drum Circle meets today, Sunday, June 10 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. right below the Torrance Beach parking lot.

All ages and musical abilities are welcome to this FREE, family friendly event taking place every second Sunday. Drums and percussion instruments will be provided for everyone. It’s a classic South Bay scene where everyone enjoys co-creating spontaneous music together!

For additional information, visit the Facebook page at

Drum Circle