Author: Jackie Balestra

Tuesday Night Crafts n’ Laughs

November 19, 2019

The Gundo Comedy Festival presents Crafts n’ Laughs tonight, Tuesday, November 19 at 9:15 at Flights Beer Bar.

Every Tuesday night, comedian Dave Williamson presents a line-up featuring the best professional stand-up comics in Los Angeles. Crafts n’ Laughs has become one of the most popular playgrounds in the city for working comics to hone their material and to have a good time with fun South Bay regulars.

This show is FREE, and welcomes anyone looking for a fun, affordable night out. Flights offers great food and an amazing craft beer selection.

John Gran, Redondo Beach District 4 Council Member

November 21, 2019

Listen to The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight!

Our guest this morning is Redondo Beach Council Member John Gran. John was elected to serve on the District 4 City Council Seat in April 2017 and is currently facing a Recall effort supported by the Redondo Beach Fire Union and a local citizen’s group because of his decision to keep the local Redondo Beach Fire Department and not outsource fire services to LA County Fire.

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


L.A. Times Riviera Village Article

November 18, 2019

I came across this article in the L.A. Times a few days ago….

Funny that they didn’t mention the store whose merchandise they quote in the article’s opening paragraph. FYI, it’s FERNANDO’S! One of my favorite shops in Riviera Village!

https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2019-11-15/four-hours-redondo-beach?fbclid=IwAR1Ce_ZkuU687-62ZmYpvEs4Ep5f7G84VIV-IvsYdWCbylGCO29CmP3O3CA

Take a Sunday Drive at the ADM!

November 17, 2019

Every Sunday, the Automobile Driving Museum take guests for a ride in three of their magnificent automobiles!

This may be the only automotive museum in the world that offers such an opportunity. No more admiring from a distance. This is your chance to experience the thrill of riding in a piece of history.

Call ahead to find out which cars they’ll be taking out today!

The ADM is a non-profit organization and offers a variety of ways for you to lend your support. Suggested donation: Adult $15, Child (11-17) $5, Children under 10 get in FREE, Senior $10, Family of Four $25.

Cubcoats Now Open @ Del Amo Fashion Center

November 16, 2019

Del Amo Fashion Center is proud to announce the addition of the wildly popular Cubcoats to their portfolio of top notch retail offerings for Holiday 2019.

Launched in 2017, Cubcoats are a line of soft, zip-up hooded sweatshirts that easily covert into stuffed animals for children. With over 113 prototypes originally created, eight-character variations available, along with specialty lines and extensive character content, Cubcoats has become a viral sensation.

Decorate the Torrance Float for the 2020 Tournament of Roses Parade

November 15, 2019

If you want to be part of one of the longest standing South Bay traditions, read on!

Show your South Bay pride and have fun with friends, family and total strangers decorating the City of Torrance’s 2020 entry into the Tournament of Roses Parade.

The orientation meeting will take place on Thursday, November 21 at the Torrance City Council Chamber

Decorating dates for the float are November 30, December 7, December 26 and December 30. If you want to volunteer, you need to fill out the application by November 21.

The Art of Giving Online Bidding is Now Open!

November 14, 2019

The Art of Giving Catalog is now LIVE!

Bid on original art, experiences, party packages and more. Proceeds benefit programs for Friendship Foundation, Richstone Family Center and more.

Some works have already sold, so go check out all the AMAZING pieces the artists have donated on the website, where you can also buy tickets to the event on November 16!

Its going to be an EPIC night, so come out and support local arts in your community!

Visit the website at https://sbac.tofinoauctions.com/artofgiving2019/catalog.


World Kindness Day & Free Coffee

November 13, 2019

In celebration of World Kindness Day, Wescom Credit Union will treat Southern California residents to free coffee today, Wednesday, November 13.

Wescom will be picking up the tab for guests at twenty three of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf locations across Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

“For the last 85 years, Wescom has been committed to helping Southern Californians build better financial futures while also supporting local communities through acts of kindness,” said Tamar Atamian, Vice President of Marketing & Communication for Wescom. “#WescomKindness is deeply rooted in our organization’s tradition of people helping people, which is why we love to pour out some extra kindness on World Kindness Day by picking up the tab for guests at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf — one of SoCal’s most popular cafes.”

Maureen McBride, Tabula Rasa Essentials

November 15, 2019

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

Our guest is Maureen McBride, proprietor of Tabula Rasa Essentials in Manhattan Beach and this morning, we’ll learn a bit more about Maureen and Tabula Rasa and how she FINALLY won an award at this year’s Best of Manhattan event.

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


Nicola Lowrey, Medical Aestetics

November 14, 2019

Listen to The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight!

Our guest is Nicola Lowrey, an NCCPA Board Certified Physician Assistant. This morning, we’re going to learn about the latest and hottest techniques in Medical Aesthetics and how Nicola can make you look your best. Don’t forget, the holiday season is just around the corner and you want to look fabulous!

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


Trivia Tuesday @ Hey 19 Public House

November 12, 2019

Hey 19 Public House hosts Trivia Tuesday every week from 7 to 9 p.m.!

Put on your game face and prepare for an evening of brain power one-up-man-ship. Enjoy an adult beverage or have a bite to eat while putting all that trivial knowledge to use.

For additional information, visit the website at http://www.hey19publichouse.com/.

Hey 19 Public House is located at 4525 Calle Mayor, Torrance, CA 90505.

Beach Cities Partnership for Youth Coalition Awarded 2019 Drug-Free Communities Program Grant

November 10, 2019

The Beach Cities Partnership for Youth Coalition was awarded a fiscal year 2019 Drug-Free Communities Program (DFC) grant in the amount of $125,000 by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), in cooperation with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The grant term is five years with total funding expected to be $625,000. The Coalition serves the Beach Cities of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach in California, a community of 123,398 people. The Beach Cities Partnership for Youth Coalition joins more than 150 community coalitions across the U.S. working to increase community-wide collaboration and decrease youth substance use. Recognizing that local problems need local solutions, DFC-funded groups engage multiple sectors of the community and employ a variety of strategies to address local substance use problems. Among the grantees, the Beach Cities Partnership for Youth Coalition is one of seven recipients from California.

Pastel Society Members Exhibition

November 9 – 23, 2019

The Pastel Society of Southern California hosts the annual Members Exhibition November 9 through November 23 at Riviera UMC.

The show features paintings by nationally recognized pastel artists, as well as local PSSC members from the South Bay and the greater Southern California area. There are nearly 50 high quality framed artworks on display, all of which are available for purchase.

“The PSSC was founded in 2009 by a dozen dedicated artists,” said President Otto Sturcke, “And now features MORE THAN 200 members with the goal to educate and illuminate the magic of pastel painting.” The PSSC is a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies.