Author: Jackie Balestra

Keep LA County Dining Grant Program

December 1, 2020

Restaurant Owners – What Can You Do With $30,000?

In an effort to assist restaurants affected by the COVID-19 restrictions, Los Angeles County is launching the Keep LA County Dining Grant Program.

The County of Los Angeles has launched a new grant program to provide up to $30,000 to restaurants struggling with the outdoor dining closure.

The “Keep LA County Dining” grant program launches this Thursday, December 4th. $30,000 in grants are available to each restaurant impacted.

To apply, visit

Questions and to apply? Contact Keep LA County Dining

Lather Up & Do Good!

December 1, 2020

Ten Thousand Villages is inviting customers to purchase a bar of soap beginning today, Giving Tuesday, and continuing throughout the season.

All donations will be given to Door of Hope and Beacon of Light in Wilmington.

Customers are encouraged to sign an ornament when purchasing the soap(s) donation, the ornament will be hung in the store window.

Let’s bring a little “Giving” to others during this holiday season.

For additional information, visit the website at

Ten Thousand Villages is located at 1907 South Catalina Avenue, Redondo Beach, Ca 90277.

Giving Tuesday: BCHD COVID-19 Fund

November 29, 2020

One way to help your neighbors on Giving Tuesday (that’s tomorrow!) is through the Beach Cities Health District COVID-19 Fund, which provides funds for area residents who are income-qualified and may need assistance with getting essential items like groceries, household supplies, prescriptions or even paying the rent.

Begun in April, the fund was established to help residents of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic either through illness, closures or a job loss. Since March, more than $28,000 has been raised to assist Beach Cities residents, but more help is needed.

Final Sandbar Concert

November 28, 2020

The final Sandbar Concert in King Harbor will take place tomorrow, Sunday, November 29 at 1 p.m.

The Brent George Band will be providing the tunes and everyone is welcome! Whatever it takes – paddleboard, kayak, jet ski, boat – be sure to get there cause you don’t want to miss it!

Really, it doesn’t get anymore South Bay than that!

See you all there!

Thanksgiving Leftovers!

November 27, 2020

Need another reason to love Thanksgiving? The leftovers!!!

The only thing I enjoy more than three day spent prepping and cooking a massive meal for friends and family, are the mounds of leftovers in the fridge.

Sure, you can heat up a plate of turkey, potatoes, stuffing and green beans but I prefer making the classic post-Thanksgiving sandwich. I bet most of you have your own version, here’s mine….

Happy Thanksgiving 2020 (The Lost Year)

November 26, 2020

This is now my traditional Thanksgiving Day post!

A couple of years ago, I looked all over for a Thanksgiving poem and couldn’t find one…. so I wrote one. Feel free to edit as suits your needs and use it at your own table tonight.

‘Twas the Night before Thanksgiving
By Jackie Balestra

‘Twas the night before Thanksgiving
No sleep to be found
Ten guests we’ll be hosting
One o’clock they’ll come ‘round

Two weeks making plans
Writing list after list
Digging out trays, pots and pans
You get the gist

Kinecta Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive & Giveaway

November 24, 2020

Kinecta Federal Credit Union raised more than $90,000 during its 47th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, which aided more than 1,000 local families in need.

During a drive-up event held at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson on November 22nd, families, selected by nearly 40 community-based organizations, received a bag of traditional Thanksgiving food items and a $75 gift card to help complete their holiday meal.

“We’re grateful for our employees, the community, corporate sponsors, members, and individual donors who contributed more than $90,000 to help local families enjoy the holidays with a nutritional meal,” said Latrice McGlothin, Kinecta Federal Credit Union, Community Engagement Officer. “With the pandemic, the need this year has been even more than previous years and it’s an honor to be able to help.”

Take Action This Morning to Oppose Unnecessary COVID-19 Restrictions on Businesses

November 24, 2020

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will be discussing possible changes to the Health Officer Order during the Tuesday, November 24 Board meeting. The Los Angeles County business community cannot economically afford another Safer at Home Order or more unnecessary restrictions being placed on businesses. Send a letter today to your County Supervisor letting them know you oppose the new Health Officer Orders, aligning with Supervisor Barger & Hahn.


November 23, 2020

I received this today from the Riviera Village Association…..


The requirement prohibiting outdoor dining in LA County HAS NOT YET BEEN PASSED!

We have been notified by one of the Beach Cities’ Mayors that Director Ferrera’s order requires a vote of the LA County Board of Supervisors TOMORROW (Tuesday) MORNING at 9:30AM.

All 11 Riviera Village Board members voted in record time to OPPOSE the BAN.

Help Save Resin!

November 22, 2020

We are all facing the harsh reality of these times which in so many ways makes us feel powerless. There are some things that bring light and hope and healing
to our community and are worth saving. The South Bay Artist Collective is one of them, which is why we are reaching out to you. We will not let it fail on our watch.

The mission of the South Bay Artist Collective is to support artists, audience, and youth in the South Bay so that together we can build a healthy, thriving art community.

A Tribute: Portrait of a Pier Through a Lifetime of Photography

November 21, 2020

John Post is celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the Manhattan Beach Pier with the first ever photo book, A Tribute: Portrait of a Pier Through a Lifetime of Photography

This hardcover book has more than 125 pages and over 140 photographs spanning the years 1969 through 2020. Images in black and white, 35mm and panoramas with the pier in all types of weather, times of day and happenings.

The new book is being offered at a special introductory holiday price of $85 plus tax with book pick-up at the John Post Gallery. This special price is for a limited time only and shipping is extra.

Send a Letter to Santa

November 20, 2020

Christmas is coming and Santa wants to know what to bring you!

The City of Torrance has teamed up with Santa to make sure he receives every letter sent to him. Santa accepts emailed letters and mailed in letters.

Send emails to Santa@TorranceCA.Gov and mail letters to Santa Claus at 3031 Torrance Boulevard, Torrance CA, 90503.

Santa also said he will write back to whoever sends him a letter! Don’t worry, all of your letters will get to him in time for Christmas. You can send your letters to Santa from November 19 through December 15.

Marsatta Thanksgiving Chocolate Special Edition

November 19, 2020

Marsatta Chocolate announced today the launch of their latest special edition chocolate in time for Thanksgiving, Cranberry and Gravy Bonbon Chocolate.

“This year has been a very difficult time for many families due to the global pandemic. Furthermore, many families will not be able to travel back home to see their loved ones” said Naomi Gardner, CEO of Marsatta Chocolate. “We wanted to provide a delightful experience that for one small moment, all their troubles can disappear.”