Author: Jackie Balestra

New Businesses in Manhattan Beach

February 13, 2020

There are a few new businesses that recently opened in Manhattan Beach…. and what a coincidence that I’m posting this just before Valentine’s Day!!!

DESIGNS BY MUSTI – Musti is a self-taught artisan and the talent behind all the jewelry. His collection is crafted with precious metals and the finest gemstones in brilliant color combinations that have always exemplified Musti’s work. They specialize in custom designs, but are also experts at reworking existing pieces, as well as repairs and cleaning service. The Valentines Day featured item is a diamond folded heart necklace. For all walk in and website clients, they’re offering 20% OFF with the promo code LOVEUS.

Friends of the Parks Mixer

February 12, 2020

Join Hermosa Beach Friends of the Parks at the Seasonal Mixer for sips and snacks at Día de Campo, a modern surf lodge catering to those who want to disconnect, leave the day behind, and gather with friends and strangers over flavorful food and drinks.

Friends of the Parks and Dia de Campo will provide snacks/appetizers and extend happy hour pricing to the group (must have event wrist band) until 8:30 p.m.

Come learn more about HBFOP and how to get involved

Tickets are $8.50.

For additional information, visit the Eventbrite page at

BCHD Social Hour @ The Slip

February 11, 2020

The Slip Bar & Eatery will host the monthly BCHD/Blue Zones Project Social Hour tonight, Tuesday, February 11 from 5 to 6 p.m.

Italians drink a glass of red wine with each meal…and they might just be onto something. Studies show that for people who have a healthy relationship with alcohol, enjoying a glass of wine rich in artery-scrubbing flavonoids can benefit the health of the mind and body. Unwind with new and old friends during Social Hour.

Attendees will enjoy discounted appetizers and the first glass of wine for $5.

Manhattan House

1019 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Manhattan Beach, CA, 90266
(310) 574-2277
Cuisine: Italian Inspired
Jackie says: Manhattan House takes great pride in their farm-to-table philosophy, serving the freshest, seasonal food, much of which is grown locally. While there are many classic Italian dishes done exceedingly well, several offer a delicious twist on the traditional. (The Squid Ink Farfalle features Dungeness crab, breadcrumbs, tomato and pistachio!) The craft cocktail list is impressively classy and the rotating taps offer a wide ranging variety of brews. I should also mention that Thrillist named Manhattan House ‘Best Happy Hour in the South Bay’. ‘Nuf said!

MB Rotary Poverty Simulation

February 14, 2020

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

This morning, we’ll learn about the MB Rotary Poverty Simulation from guests Annie Hendrickson, Event Chair and MB Rotary Past President Ken Deemer. The event is scheduled for Saturday March 14 at the Joslyn Community Center.

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

Mixt Closing in February

February 10, 2020

I mentioned a few weeks ago that a couple of the stores at The Collective would be closing.

Jeffrey Scott Vintage closed last month but Mixt will be open until February 26, Wednesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

If you haven’t been there, now is the time to go – Mixt is having a closing sale with everything 50% off!

The Collective is located at 324-326 Tejon Place, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274. (Just west of Malaga Plaza and behind City Hall.

Torrance Election / Register to Vote

February 9, 2020

Residents of Torrance will vote on March 3, 2020 in the first district election and that vote will decide the direction the City of Torrance will take for the next four years.

Visit to start researching candidates, discover your district and other important general municipal election information.

Only registered voters in districts 2, 4 and 6 will vote for their council Members.

Register to vote by February 17 at the Torrance City Clerk’s office, any Torrance public library or visit

Make an informed decision!

Kinecta Federal Credit Union’s 2020 Youth Scholarships and Teaching Grants for Growth

February 8, 2020

Kinecta Federal Credit Union has announced its highly anticipated 2020 Youth Scholarships and Teaching Grants for Growth program.

Beginning February 1 through March 1, 2020, eligible students and teachers can apply at and Eight $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to help full-time students make higher education a reality, and six $2,000 grants will be given to teachers to help them bolster instruction and classroom projects.

More New Shops Open in Riviera Village

February 7, 2020

Dang! There are so many new businesses opening in Riviera Village it’s hard to keep up! Here are some of the latest…

Matty’s Crawdaddyies Serving Cajun and Creole seafood – 1723 S Catalina Ave
Hi-Fi Espresso Serving the highest fidelity in both coffee & fine goods – 1815 S Catalina Ave
Riviera House Serving coastal cuisine and craft cocktails – 1708 S Catalina Ave
The Punchbowl Serving cold pressed juices, fresh shakes, wellness shots, raw, vegan and organic – 1811 S Catalina Ave
Herb + Dew Apothecary Wellness Boutique Sells herbs and flower medicine – 1617 S PCH, STE I.
Poke Rainbow Serving inspired Hawaiian cuisine – 1811A S Catalina Ave

Rent a Classic Car from the ADM

February 6, 2020

Did you know you can now rent a classic car from the Automobile Driving Museum?!?

Yes! A selection of the ADM’s collection are now available for rent!

If you’re looking to rent a car for a private event, movie shoot, photo shoot, etc., email Alec Carlson at for a quote.

The Automobile Driving Museum is located at 610 Lairport Street, El Segundo, CA 90245.

Justin Randolph, Yoga Loft

February 7, 2020

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

Our guest is Justin Randolph, owner of Yoga Loft, a boutique yoga and wellness studio in downtown Manhattan Beach and this morning, we’ll learn about the benefits of yoga and how it can affect you physically, emotionally and psychologically.

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

Redondo Beach Citizen’s Police Academy

February 5, 2020

The Redondo Beach Police Department has announced the annual Citizen’s Academy Class.

The Citizen’s Academy Class will be held on Thursday nights (new night) for 14 consecutive weeks, starting March 5th and running through June 3rd, in addition to a Graduation Night on June 11th. Classes will be held at the Police Annex from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The goal of the program is to educate citizens regarding police policy, There will be lectures, hands-on training, various demonstrations and a ride-a-long with a police officer. Topics covered in class include police training, SWAT, traffic, K-9’s, CSI, jail operations, undercover operations, etc.

Ragin Cajun Mardi Gras Weekend

February 6, 2020

Listen to The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight!

Our guests are Lisa and Steve hodges, owners of Ragin Cajun Cafe and this morning, we’re going to learn about the big Mardi Gras celebration they have planned for Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23 from noon to 6 p.m.

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

ESMoA Now Accepting School Tour Reservations for Experience 45: STARDUST

February 4, 2020

Greetings teaching partners! This is a notification that ESMoA is now accepting School Tour Reservations for Experience 45: STARDUST.

Experience 45: STARDUST is a backstage pass to the world of creative systems and a showcase of the power of an artist collective. The Experience will be on view at ESMoA February 13, 2020 to May 16, 2020.

ESMoA’s 60-minute tours are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM and 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM and are led by a member of the ESMoA Schools Team. Sign up for your field trip at