Author: Jackie Balestra

Hila Reicks, Chic Doctor – Upcycled Furniture

January 4, 2018

Listen to The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight!

Our guest this morning is Hila Reicks, owner of Chic Doctor – Upcycled Furniture. Originally from Israel, Hila has been in the United States for the past 8 years and lives with her husband in Redondo Beach. She specializes in shabby chic furniture and home decor, and performs furniture CPR – carpentry, paint and restoration. She’ll also hunt down the perfect piece to your specifications.

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

Allison & Jason Kolb, Scholb Premium Ales

December 14, 2017

Listen to The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight!

Our guests this morning are Allison Kolb,Chief Executive Officer, and Jason Kolb, Chief Financial Officer and Head Brewer from Scholb Premium Ales. Scholb Premium Ales is a small craft brewery and tasting room located in Torrance and features a large variety of craft beer with clean, clear, direct flavors, served in an inviting kid and dog friendly atmosphere. This morning, we’re going to get the backstory on how and why Allison and Jason decided to start a brewery and how they’ve grown and succeeded.

Subscribe to the South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide

December 11, 2017

The best way to keep up with what’s going down in the South Bay – especially this time of the year – is to subscribe to the South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide. Every Thursday morning, you’ll receive an email detailing local activities and events.

You can do so by scrolling down the left side of any page of the website where you’ll find the SBBJ Weekend Guide and the RSS Feed subscription boxes.

Did I mention, it’s FREE? What are you waiting for???

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Time to Start Making New Year’s Eve Plans!

December 10, 2017

There are several big New Year’s Eve events here in the South Bay with a variety of themes to fulfill various tastes! Check it out!

New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball @ Shade Hotel MB

New Year’s Eve Havana Nights @ Shade Hotel RB

New Year’s Eve Ball @ The Portofino Hotel

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza @ Terranea


FREE Parking at Redondo Beach Pier

December 9, 2017

Need a little extra holiday cheer? How about FREE parking at the Redondo Beach Pier?!?

Everyone will enjoy FREE parking starting today, December 9 and running through January 2 (8 a.m. to 10 p.m) and local merchants will get a boost from additional foot traffic. If you want to shop smart this holiday season, shop local!

That’s what you call a WIN-WIN!


Hawthorne Holiday Home Decorating Contest

December 8, 2017

The City of Hawthorne Recreation and Community Services Department presents the Holiday Home Decorating Contest.

The contest is free to enter for all City of Hawthorne residents. All participants are required to have their lights and animation in operation on December 14 between 6 and 9 p.m. for judging purposes.

Awards will be given out to first, second and third place winners.

To participate, complete the registration form (see graphic) and return it to the CIty of Hawthorne Recreation Department located at 3901 West El Segundo Boulevard, Hawthorne, CA 90250. The deadline for entry is December 12.

MCHS Choirs – This Shining Night

December 8, 2017

Listen to The South Bay Show: Manhattan Beach 360!

This morning, our guests are Michael Hayden, Director of Choirs, and students from Mira Costa High School Choirs and we’ll be talking about the upcoming concert This Shining Night which will take place at the Mira Costa Auditorium on Friday, December 15 at 7 p.m.

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

South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide

December 7, 2017

If you can’t get in a holiday state of mind this weekend, you’re a total Scrooge – because we have another jam-packed weekend of fantastic holiday events. I know we all have our favorite affairs we attend every year, but I always recommend trying something different. You never know what you’ll discover and you just might find some new favorites! Look for me handling elf duties on the Manhattan Beach Santa Float tonight. I’ll be assisting the Chamber peeps in figuring out who’s been naughty and who’s been nice! See you out there!

Amirian Home Grand Opening

December 6, 2017

The community is invited to the Spanish inspired Grand Opening of Amirian Home today, Wednesday, December 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Hermosa Beach.

Amirian Home is an ultra luxury brand focused on bringing a European flair to homes. If you’re interested in spicing up and renovating your space in the new year, you don’t want to miss this!

For additional information, visit the website at

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to

Amirian Home is located at 219-221 Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach, CA.


2017 King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade

December 7, 2017

Listen to The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight!

Our guests are Tracey McMartin and Denise Harkins, Co-Chairs of the King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade Committee; Julie Coll, Co-Founder of the King Harbor Boating Foundation; Abbey Featherstone, Head Coach of the King Harbor Youth Foundation; and Ron Grassl, Sea Scout Skipper for the King Harbor Yacht Club. This morning, our guests are going to fill us in on what we can expect at the King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade this year. It takes place in King Harbor Marina on Saturday, December 9 and starts at 4:30. We’ll also learn about the charities that will benefit from the event.

Text to 9-1-1 Comes to Los Angeles County

December 5, 2017

Mobile users in Los Angeles County now have the ability to send text messages to 9-1-1, giving hearing and speech impaired residents, or those in situations where it is too dangerous to dial 9-1-1, a potentially lifesaving option.

“Call if you can – text if you can’t” is the slogan developed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as the new technology makes its debut in the most populous county in the United States.

Volunteer to be a YEA! Mentor

December 4, 2017

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is a groundbreaking and exciting program, offered through the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce, that empowers young people to take control of their future in a bold and powerful way, transforming students into CEOs of their own real businesses!

One of the most valued roles is the mentor assigned to work with each student business. Now is the time to sign up as a mentor for this year’s class. Over the course of six weeks, you will assist the students in the creation of their business plans, provide guidance and feedback as their businesses develop and help them prepare their investor panel presentation. Everything you need will be provided.

Redondo Beach Library Activities for December

December 1 – 31, 2017

Redondo-LibraryThe Redondo Beach Library offers a variety of activities for all ages including music, writing, dance, language, reading, crafts and more! A few require registration but all of them are FREE! Check out the Calendar of Events listed below, or click on the flyer, print it and stick it on the fridge as a reminder!

Web Design Program for children and teens ages 10-18 years old
December 2 at 10:30am-12:30pm
Main Library Children’s Storytime Room
Parent supervision is required. Bring your own charged laptop as electrical outlets are limited.
Free program but Pre-registration is required via