Author: Jackie Balestra

Free Holiday Parking in Riviera Village

December 6, 2019

FREE Holiday Parking in Riviera Village begins December 7 and will run through January 1, 2020…. just in time for some holiday shopping, noshing and primping!

The parking meters will be covered with plastic bags, or the display on the new solar powered IPS parking meters will read, “Happy Holidays – Free Parking.”

All other parking restrictions will be strictly enforced!

South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide

December 5, 2019

Buckle up everybody! All the big, South Bay holiday events will take place over the next two weeks. This is what happens when Thanksgiving falls later in the month and there are only three weeks until Christmas. There are so many fantastic events scheduled, but we’ve got one seriously congested calendar. You won’t be able to attend all your favorites, so plan accordingly. After about the 16th of the month, things quiet down considerably because everyone is busy with holiday shopping. FYI, this year, Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on Wednesday (which really throws a wrench into the work week and holiday travel). Speaking of New Year’s… this morning on The South Bay Show, we’ll be giving away two tickets to the Shade Hotel Manhattan Beach ‘Above the Clouds’ New Year’s Eve party. Tune in at 8 a.m. and we’ll tell you when to call in to win (714-242-5288)!

Redondo Beach Elks Lodge Celebrates 100 Anniversary

December 5, 2019

The Redondo Beach Elks Lodge is celebrating their 100 Year Anniversary today!

The history of Redondo Beach Lodge began on December 5, 1919, the date of their institution. On that day, the charter membership purchased for a consideration of $25,000 the original home of Redondo Beach Lodge #1378. This home, a two-story building, had been the Pacific Electric Building. The present home Lodge is located on that same site.

Cedric Jones & Nina Daniele from Beastie

December 6, 2019

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

Our guests are Cedric Jones and Nina Daniele from Beastie in Manhattan Beach. Beastie was a finalist in two categories for Best of Manhattan (Healthy Living and Best of Manhattan categories), and this morning, we’re going to learn all about Beastie and the various programs they offer.

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

Toy & Coat Drive

December 4, 2019

The Redondo Beach Police Department Domestic Violence Victim Advocacy Program has announced the annual Toy & Coat Drive now through December 13.

Donations will benefit local children in need and can be dropped off at the RBPD located at 401 Diamond Street.

Requested items include:
-Unwrapped new toys (aged 0 – 17)
-Gift cards
-New coats (children and adult sizes)

For additional information, contact Ericka at 310 379 2477 x2336.

Giving Tuesday 2019

December 3, 2015

Today is Giving Tuesday, a day recognized around the world to giving back.

Today charities, families, businesses, community centers and students will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Be part of the global celebration of a new tradition of generosity!

The South Bay has so many incredible service and non-profit organizations that can use your help, so let’s keep it loca!

Cyber Monday 2019

December 2, 2019

Today is Cyber Monday and if you do any shopping online, this is the day to take advantage of incredible savings.

Most sites will be offering FREE shipping and all sorts of discounts – 40%, 50%, 60% and more off merchandise!

This could be the day we BREAK THE INTERNET!!!


Rainy Day Activities

December 1, 2019

Seems the rainy season crept up on us a little early this year! (No complaints here!)

If you don’t feel like hanging around the house today, there’s always that holiday shopping list to make a dent in…. but if you’re already shopped out, why not take in one of the local cultural art offerings?

You can stop by the Manhattan Beach Art Center to see ImmersiO or go to ESMoA for Experience #43 PLANT.

The Automobile Driving Museum is doing their Sunday Drives today. You can call 310-909-0950 to see what cars they’re taking out today.

Small Business Saturday 2019

November 30, 2019

Today is Small Business Saturday!

With the holidays just around the corner, this is the perfect opportunity to make a dent in that shopping list while supporting local merchants. Approximately 83 cents of every dollar spent locally stays within the community and supports everything from team sports to infrastructure improvements.

The South Bay has numerous downtown areas which are home to a vast assortment of shops, services and dining establishments, including Riviera Village, Downtown El Segundo, Downtown Manhattan Beach, Artesia Boulevard, Downtown Hermosa, El Porto and more. You really can find everything you need right around the corner!

#OptOutside this Black Friday

November 29, 2019

Several years ago, REI decided spending time outdoors is more important than spending time shopping on Black Friday, so they give their employees the day off to #OptOutside.

We spend the majority of our time staring at screens… heck, you’re on one right now. But what if we looked up rather than down? Felt the cool breeze rustling through the trees rather than the cold slickness of our screens? More and more studies show the value of spending time outside. Not necessarily major excursions, but small jaunts to your local park, beach or wilderness area.

Happy Thanksgiving 2019!

November 28, 2019

Today, we give thanks….

I’ve mentioned before that Thanksgiving and the 4th of July are my favorite holidays….. maybe, because they’re uniquely American; maybe, because they revolve around family, friends and food; maybe, because it’s not about how much we spend; maybe, because I only cook a whole turkey once a year; maybe, because they both exemplify our desire for independence and freedom; maybe, because they remind us how much we have to be grateful for?

It’s all of that….AND, it’s a four day weekend! What’s not to love?!?

Thanksgiving Eve Party @ Hey 19

November 27, 2019

Silver: polished √
Glasses: sparkling √
Table cloth: wrinkle free √
Knives: sharpened √
Stuffing ingredients: chopped √
Pies: cooling √
Cranberry relish: stewing √
Turkey: brineing √

There’s nothing left to do tonight other than admire your handiwork…. and that will take all of three minutes.

Start a new tradition and head to Hey 19 for the annual Thanksgiving Eve Party featuring live music by Bishop’s Godmother.

Why should the turkey be the only one to get basted?

Hey 19 Public House is located at 4525 Calle Mayor, Torrance, CA 90505.

Lilly Swardstrom, PixelFish *ENCORE*

November 29, 2019


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

Our guest is Lilly Swardstrom, President of PixelFish and this morning, we’ll discuss what PixelFish does and the importance of quality content creation and the use of video in marketing. We’ll also learn what Lilly has done to be chosen as the Chamber Member of the Year award recipient at this year’s Best of Manhattan!

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

Nicola Lowrey, Medical Aestetics *ENCORE*

November 28, 2019


Listen to The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight!

Our guest is Nicola Lowrey, an NCCPA Board Certified Physician Assistant and this morning, we’re going to learn about the latest and hottest techniques in Medical Aesthetics and how Nicola can make you look your best. Don’t forget, the holiday season is just around the corner and you want to look fabulous!

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