Author: Jackie Balestra

Super Bowl Shopping Tradition

February 2, 2020

I know, I know…. I post this every Super Bowl Sunday, but it just cracks me up!

We all have our Super Bowl Sunday traditions, and for many residents of the South Bay, it’s the Super Bowl Sunday 10k. It’s a super fun, time honored event and a terrific way to start the day.

Then there are the other traditions I look forward to. We attend a friend’s Super Bowl party every year and I always call to ask what I can bring…. for completely selfish reasons. I love going to the supermarket on Super Bowl Sunday. Trust me, you’ll want to give this a try…

Affair of the Heart – Last Chance to Purchase Tickets!

February 01, 2020

If you plan on attending the annual Affair of the Heart Gala, you better get your tickets now because it’s almost sold out!

The Richstone Family Center presents the annual Affair of the Heart Gala: Speakeasy Soiree on Saturday, February 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Porsche South Bay.

The evening begins with a cocktail reception during which guests can bid on an array of unique silent auction items and enjoy a selection of wine tastings presented by Bristol Farms. The night continues with a gourmet dinner and live auction featuring once-in-a-lifetime experiences!

Gelson’s Pint Night with Strand Brewing

January 31, 2020

Gelson’s Pint Night will feature Strand Brewing Beers today, January 31 from 4 to 7 p.m.

They’ll be featuring Blonde Ale, Beach House Amber Ale, 24th Street Pale Ale and Little Bear IPA.

Attendees will receive a FREE pint glass with the purchase of any Strand Beer by the glass.

Enjoy $2 off Tapas (excludes burgers and sushi)!

For additional information, visit the website at

Gelson’s Manhattan Beach is located at 707 N Sepulveda Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

Thursday Night South Bay Jam

January 30, 2020

If I didn’t have to be up early Friday mornings to do The South Bay Show podcast, I would go to this event every Thursday night. Yes, it’s that good!

Barclay Roach presents South Bay Jam tonight, Thursday, November 21 at 9:30 p.m. at The Standing Room.

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 – rock, blues, jazz, rap, disco, country and more.

The Collective Shops Closing

January 29, 2020

I’m sorry to report that two of the shops at The Collective in Malaga Cove, Jeffrey Scott Vintage and Mixt, will be closing their doors.

Jeffrey Scott Vintage will be closing the end of this month and Mixt will close in February.

If you haven’t been to either shop, 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.)

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Toiletry Drive

January 28, 2020

Senator Ben Allen is organizing a Toiletry Drive from Monday, January 27 through Friday, February 28.

They are accepting donations of the following items in regular or travel sizes: soap, shampoo, hand sanitizer, lotion, toothbrushes and more. They will also be collecting hand and bath towels, socks and blankets.

Items may be dropped off at Senator Allen’s District Office located at 2512 Artesia Boulevard, Suite 320, in Redondo Beach, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For additional information, contact Senator Allen’s office at 310-318-6994.

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City of Manhattan Beach Budget Survey

January 26, 2020

The Manhattan Beach City Council and administration are preparing recommendations for the annual budget and they want to know what matters most to you via the Budget Survey.

You can tell them what YOUR budget priorities and the most important areas the City should invest in for the upcoming year. Are you ready to contribute? Take the quick survey today at

Waterfront Education Spring Registration

January 25, 2020

Waterfront Education is now registering students for Spring classes.

It’s going to be a spring full of tide pooling, microscopes, kayak adventures, and so much more! As winter break comes to a close, discovery leaders are preparing to welcome students back into the Marine Innovation Hub. They’re dusting off the microscopes, bringing out the kayaks, and recallingfavorite marine science facts!

This year, they’re offering core classes, such as Ocean Exploration and Mad Scientist, as well as bringing in some new and exciting courses, such as Power Boating! They’ve formed new partnerships, hired new educators, and are adjusting to a new environment. Building a pier between classrooms and the ocean continues!

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

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