Author: Jackie Balestra

Torrance Library Book Sale

January 24, 2020

Friends of the Torrance Library will have the quarterly Book Sale starting today Friday, January 24 and running through Sunday, January 26 at the Katie Gessert Library.

The Friends of the Torrance Library offers a great selection of books on a vast array of topics, all at bargain prices. Bring a grocery bag on Sunday, January 26 and you can fill it with great books for only $5.

Friday, January 24 – 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Friends Members only! Join at the door for just $5!
Saturday, January 25 – 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Public Sale
Sunday, January 26 – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Bag Sale, fill up a grocery bag for just $5

South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide

January 23, 2020

I’m a planner, not a procrastinator, so when I received notice that my driver’s license will expire this year, I immediately went online to make an appointment at the DMV. I tried every DMV office north to the valley and south to Orange County and there wasn’t one appointment available. Not one! They’re always telling us to make appointments instead of walking in, so this is not only frustrating, it’s outrageous. (Pardon the rant, I had to vent.) On a much brighter note, I attended the inaugural MLK Jr. Day Celebration at the Redondo Beach Civic Center this past Monday night. What a lovely remembrance! Kudos to the RBPD Community Engagement Board, specifically, Tonya McKenzie, Dr. Marcus Goodloe and Captain Jon Naylor for organizing such a wonderful event. They also unveiled a new MLK Jr. memorial bench in front of the police station, so when you’re in the area, stop for a moment, take a breath and have a seat. I may have to do just that after dropping in at the DMV without an appointment.

Ten Thousand Villages

January 30, 2020

Listen to The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight!

Our guests are Tom Hoffarth and Karen Branhoust from Ten Thousand Villages in Redondo Beach’s Riviera Village and This morning, we’re going to learn what makes Ten Thousand Villages so unique and how, why and what the shop supports.

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

Vote for Travel + Leisure’s 2020 World’s Best Hotel

January 22, 2020

Know how you can give our local hotels some South Bay love? Vote in the Travel + Leisure 2020 World’s Best Awards.

By participating in the Travel + Leisure 2020 World’s Best Awards, you’ll be entered into the giveaway for a chance to win one of five international travel prizes.

It’s a win-win!

To vote, visit

Susan Wilcox, Wild & Scenic Film Festival

January 23, 2020

Listen to The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight!

Our guest is Susan Wilcox, Director of Development for the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy and this morning, we’re going to learn about the annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival taking place on Sunday, January 26 at 4 p.m. at West High School in Torrance and what attendees can expect.

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

Hermosa Beach Chamber Announces 2019 Man & Woman of the Year

January 19, 2020

The Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau proudly announces the 2019 Man and Woman of the Year award winners.

Man of the Year is John Horger and Merna Marshall is Woman of the Year. The Entrepreneur Couple of the Year is Erin and Hilary Condren.

Merna and John will be honored at the Chamber’s annual Installation Gala, sponsored by Athens Services and King Harbor Brewing Company. Additionally, Erin and Hilary Condren will be honored as the Entrepreneur Couple of the Year.

Elevate Talks Now Accepting Applications

January 18, 2020

The South Bay Women’s Conference is now accepting application for Elevate Talks.

There will be a few changes to the schedule of the Conference this year, but one popular segment remains: Elevate Talks. Five women will each present a 5-minute talk, using 20 rapid-fire slides with only a few seconds per slide to keep things moving. The goal for Elevate Talks is to end with an impactful call-to-action that coincides with our theme and mission. Also, it should inspire us all to take action to elevate other women in our lives.

BeachLife Festival Announces Artist Line Up

January 17, 2020

BeachLife Festival is proud to announce its return May 1 through May 3 with legendary performances by Steve Miller Band, Counting Crows, and Ziggy Marley & Stephen Marley’s Bob Marley Celebration headlining the three night event.

Additional acts include UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Fitz and The Tantrums, LIVE, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, WAR, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Chevy Metal feat. Taylor Hawkins performing Queen, Grace VanderWaal, and more.

Tickets are on sale NOW at!

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Manhattan Beach Boards & Commissions Vacancies

January 15, 2020

The City of Manhattan Beach is seeking community-minded individuals to fill vacancies on the City’s Boards and Commissions.

There are seats available on the Board of Building Appeals, Parks & Recreation Commission, Cultural Arts Commission, Parking & Public Improvements Commission, Library Commission and Planning Commission.

To be considered for one of these seats, you must be a resident of Manhattan Beach and a registered voter.

You must submit your application by April 15, 2020.

To download an application, visit the website at

Chez Melange to Close

January 14, 2020


Chez Melange, the beloved South Bay restaurant that you’ve frequently celebrated special occasions, birthdays, graduations for decades has just announced that they will be closing their doors on February 29th or sooner, after 37 years in business.