Author: Jackie Balestra

South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide

September 16, 2021

I’m just gob smacked by the volume of kind words I’ve received since announcing the shutdown of the website. Everyone has expressed sadness over losing the service I’ve provided for 10+ years, but are genuinely happy, excited and supportive of my opportunity to travel the length and breadth of these United States and Canada….. and who knows, maybe even Central and South America! The door, or I should say, the road, is wide open and calling us. I plan to write about our travels, probably in blog format, and will place a banner on the website with that information should you wish to subscribe. The final Weekend Guide will be published on Thursday, September 30 and the website will cease to be maintained at midnight the same day, though it will still be available to view until the hosting subscription expires early in February since there are dozens of events already posted to the website through the end of the year.

Submit Nominations for Redondo Beach Community Awards

September 14, 2021

The Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce will present the annual Redondo Beach Community Awards on Thursday, October 28 at 11:30 a.m.

There are so many amazing individuals in the community and the Chamber invites you to submit nominations for both the “Man and Woman of the Year” Awards which will be presented at the Chamber’s annual Community Awards Ceremony.

Nominees do not have to be Chamber members and political figures are not eligible for the award.

The award is presented to two individuals who have distinguished themselves by significantly contributing to our community in the following areas:

The Halloween Ball with Chef Michael Shafer & Hank Parker

September 13, 2021

Today we’re going to learn about a very special event, the 25th annual Halloween Ball taking place at The Depot on Sunday, October 17 from 4 to 8 p.m.

My guests are Chef Michael Shafer, owner of The Depot and Hank Parker, CPA, and Senior Executive Partner at PDM, LLP. Hank is currently treasurer of the Torrance Police Foundation and was previously chairman.

The Halloween Ball is a hugely popular event with hundreds of attendees and this year, the event will benefit the Torrance Police Foundation.

Live Your Dream Award Applications

September 8, 2021

Soroptimist’s Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.

The Live Your Dream Awards offers three levels of cash awards. Eligible applicants can submit their application between August 1 – November 15. Ultimately, a Live Your Dream Awards finalist has the potential receive up to $16,000 to help offset tuition costs, purchase books, get transportation, or find reliable childcare so she can worry less about how to pay her bills and focus on reaching her dreams.

Remembering 9/11 with Barbara Devereaux

September 7, 2021

Today, we’re going to discuss an event that happened twenty years ago with a guest that experienced it firsthand.

This podcast has always been South Bay centric, but this particular event affected everyone in the world, including all of us here in the South Bay, so I thought it was important to commemorate the occasion.

We’re talking about the events of September 11, 2001.

This week is the 20th anniversary of that terrible day, which we can really only compare to a previous generations’ Pearl Harbor.

LA Kings Ice Opens Today

September 4, 2021

LA Kings Ice at Promenade on the Peninsula, the former Promenade Ice Chalet, has completed an extensive remodel. The rink is scheduled to open today.

Located within the popular Promenade on the Peninsula located on the northern side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the rink closed September 16, 2020, due to the area’s widespread COVID-19 lockdown. The indoor rink, opened by the shopping center in 1981, has served as an iconic area location for both figure skating and hockey for 40 years.

Vote Now for the Best of Manhattan

September 3, 2021

The nominations are in and voting has begun for the Best of Manhattan!

The Best of Manhattan strives to recognizes those businesses and leaders who make Manhattan Beach the tremendous city it is. Each year the community has an opportunity to vote on their favorites in several categories.

Voting ends at midnight on September 21. To vote, visit the website at

Tickets are now on sale for the Best Of Manhattan dinner and awards gala to be held on Thursday, October 21 at 5 p.m. at the Westdrift. To purchase tickets, visit the website at

South Bay Jam

Every Thursday

Barclay Roach presents the South Bay Jam every Thursday night at Patrick Malloys at 9:30 p.m.

Every Thursday night, some of the South Bay’s best musicians gather for an evening of live improvisational music. The house band jams with various musicians playing an assortment of instruments and just about every music genre is covered. Every week you’ll hear music played in new and unique ways and it’s the perfect way to kick-off the weekend!

For additional information, visit the Facebook page at

Patrick Malloys is located at 50 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.

Tour de Pier with Renee Vachon

August 30, 2021

Today, we’re going to learn about the annual Tour de Pier event taking place on Sunday, September 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Manhattan Beach Pier and Strand.

My guest is Renee Vachon, Event Producer and Sponsorship Coordinator for the Tour de Pier, and Director of Operations for the Uncle Kory Foundation for Brain Cancer Research, a beneficiary of the Tour de Pier.

For additional information, visit the website at

Wescom Offers Scholarships

August 30, 2021

Coming off a time of hybrid or distance learning in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, high schoolers across Southern California are heading back to school, many for the first time in-person in more than a year. To help ease the transition, Wescom Credit Union announced that it will support local students and families by providing Sylvan Learning Center Scholarships as part of its overall #WescomKindness initiative.

Taco Tuesdays @ The Brews Hall

Every Tuesday

Make Tuesdays Chingon! The Brews Hall presents Taco Tuesdays all day long at both locations!

Enjoy specials on street tacos, Margaritas, queso and more at George Lopez’s Chingon Kitchen.

If for some strange reason, you’re not in the mood for tacos (???), there are four different food concepts and two breweries to choose from: George Lopez’s Chingon Kitchen, Chicken T.W.I.L.I., Rock & Fish Grill, Colin Cowherd’s The Herd, Buzzrock Brewing and George Lopez Brewing.

For additional information, visit the website at

Football Brunch @ The Brews Hall

Every Saturday & Sunday

The Brews Hall presents Football Brunch all season long, every Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 to noon at both locations.

Grab your seat for the game and enjoy a brand new brunch menu with amazing drink specials!

There are four different food concepts and two breweries to choose from: George Lopez’s Chingon Kitchen, Chicken T.W.I.L.I., Rock & Fish Grill, Colin Cowherd’s The Herd, Buzzrock Brewing and George Lopez Brewing.

For additional information, visit the website at

The Brews Hall is located at 73 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 and 21770 Del Amo Circle East, Torrance, CA 90503.

White Light White Night 2021 Recap

August 25, 2021

After a virtual event last year, the annual White Light White Night fundraiser was back in-person this year, and in my not-so-humble opinion, it was better than ever!

White Light White Night is a great event for a great cause. Benefiting Walk With Sally, an organization that provides mentorship to children who’ve experienced loss through cancer, the night was a celebration of goodwill and support.

The event took place on a gorgeous Saturday evening on the rooftop of Campus 2100 in El Segundo. The footprint and attendance were smaller than usual, due to COVID precautions, but I believe that’s what made the night so special.

Most of us haven’t been to a big event in over a year and a half – I certainly haven’t – and locals came out in droves to see, be seen and support one of our local charitable organizations.

Day at the Beach Looking for Volunteers

August 24, 2021

The P.S. I Love you Foundation is looking for volunteers for the annual Day at the Beach on Saturday, September 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Manhattan Beach.

Day at The Beach is an extraordinary experience that matches over 300 adult volunteer mentors with over 300 at-risk children from different schools, shelters and foster care programs across LA County for a day of fun. The P.S. I Love You Foundation and its’ partners provide all of the necessities for a perfect beach day including t-shirts, boogie boards, school supplies, food, drinks, toys and games, and access to special activities like face painting, surf lessons, make-up lessons, and relay races.

Sunsational Sandcastles Contest Winners

August 23, 2021

Oceanographic Teaching Stations, Inc. (OTS), the non-profit that manages and operates the Roundhouse Aquarium, concluded its first-ever summer sandcastle contest, Sunsational Sandcastles, A Summer Sand Sculpture Contest.

Sponsored by Port of Long Beach, Chevron, the Langlois Family, Bayview Pediatric Dental Group and The Corrales Group, Sunsational Sandcastles attracted 16 sand sculpture entries with teams represented by families, schools and local organizations.

Sand sculptures were built on the beach, in school sand pits and locations ranged from Manhattan Beach, Long Beach, El Segundo and Hawaii. Each team built their sand sculpture individually and photos of each entry were submitted online. 70 votes were received virtually to determine the winners.