Author: Jackie Balestra

Hudson House

514 North Pacific Coast Highway
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Cuisine: New American Gastropub
Jackie Says: This space has a great vibe – it’s a cross between a speakeasy (dark and intimate) and Irish Pub (comfortable and friendly). The eclectic menu changes regularly and has a little something for everyone. The prices are very reasonable and they offer over 50 types of beer.

Not an Art Fair

May 16, 2020

ShockBoxx will host Not an Art Fair on Saturday, May 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. via Zoom.

Every artist dreams of making it big at Art Basel Miami, or Frieze, or LA Art Fair, or The Other Art Fair, or The Start-Up Art Fair, or the SUPERFANCY Art Fair, or the STREET ART Fair, or the Fair Trade Art Fair, or The Art Fair Art Fair, but have you ever been presented with an opportunity to get fired up about attending the first ever, “NOT AN ART FAIR?”

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The Great Peninsula Virtual Sidewalk Sale

May 17, 2020

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Virtual Sidewalk Sale Friday, May 15 through Sunday, May 17.

Many of the businesses on the peninsula have teamed up for a sidewalk sale like nothing you’ve ever seen! Everyone is encouraged to shop local (now more than ever!) and please encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same.

Tour de Pier *POSTPONED*

May 17, 2020

The annual Tour de Pier will take place on Sunday, May 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Manhattan Beach Pier.

This unique fundraising event brings one of the hottest indoor fitness activities – stationary cycling – to the gorgeous outdoors. The Tour de Pier includes four 50-minute sessions beginning at 9 a.m. 1,700 cyclists will be riding on 350 stationary bikes while overlooking the breathtaking Pacific Ocean. The area’s best instructors and celebrity guests will spin riders through four 50-minute sessions with energizing music and loads of excitement. Participants can ride solo for all four sessions or be a team captain and recruit up to three teammates to register and ride as a team.

In addition to the cycling portion of the Tour de Pier, the event will include a Health & Fitness Expo with a number of fitness and health related sponsors and kid’s Fun Zone with games, activities and entertainment.

The Tour de Pier is organized to raise funds for the local cancer community including The Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, the Uncle Kory Foundation and Cancer Support Community.

Ride in place – move charity forward!

Tour de Pier Live Stream Fundraiser & Fly Over

May 17, 2020

A Virtual Tour de Pier will take place on Sunday, May 17 from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. via Facebook Live and Zoom.

Although the eigth annual Tour de Pier stationary cycling fundraiser (originally scheduled for May 17th) has been postponed to a later date due to COVID-19, the Tour de Pier organizers and its highly motivated supporters will continue the fight to raise money and awareness for cancer research.

For the first time, the Tour de Pier will live stream the virtual commemorative show, Fight and Flight hosted by sports broadcaster and Tour de Pier celebrity ambassador, Chris “Geeter” McGee to memorialize the award-winning fundraiser that draws nearly 10,000 in attendance annually.

November 15, 2012: Plaza El Segundo Tree Lighting

Now that the Manhattan Beach Pier is all decked out for the holiday season, it’s time for a tree with all the trimmings. Head to Plaza El Segundo Friday, November 16 for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. The festivities run from 3 to 9 p.m. and include horse-drawn hay rides, live music, store specials and a visit from Santa. For details visit

November 29, 2012: Riviera Village Holiday Stroll

Listen to The South Bay Show – SBBJ Spotlight: We have a distinguished panel of guests this morning to tell us all about the annual Riviera Village Holiday Stroll which happens on Thursday, November 29. We’ll be speaking with Redondo Beach Councilman Steve Aspel, President of the Riviera Village Association Michael Morales, restaurantuer Andy DiGirgis of Tapas & Vino and proprietor of the Catalina Cooking Store, Don Koeberle.

November 14, 2012: Italian Mixer @ Dolce Vita Cafe – Recap

Mammamia! What an incredible evening! Mario Martinoli of Dolce Vita Cafe, Daiana Baldanzi of Academy of Foreign Languages, Bianca Dellepiane of Bridges to Italy, Cosimo Pizzulli of Pizzulli Family Wines and Chase Hoyt of Wine Doctor hosted a fabulous wine tasting event last night at Dolce Vita Cafe! Cosimo presented four of his amazing wines – a Sangiovese, Dolcetto, Barbera and Nebbiolo – and Mario paired each one with an authentic pasta dish. Over fifty foodies and oenophiles attended the event and it was such a success, I imagine they’ll be planning another one in the not too distant future. There was a raffle for a wine saving device from Wine Doctor and luck was on my side once again! I think this was the third time I’ve won the raffle at these events so I’m now officially removing myself from future drawings. If my name is picked again, I will gracefully recuse myself! Pinky-swear!

MB Chamber Virtual Brunch & Learn

May 20, 2020

The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce will host a Virtual Brunch & Learn on Wednesday, May 20 at 10:30 a.m.

Robyn Stein, Director of Business Development at BAMit, will talk about tools that business owners can use to help market their business in the current economy.

This event is FREE to attend!

ZOOM link will be sent after registration.

For additional information and registration, visit the website at

Torrance Cultural Arts Center

TORRANCE_CULTURAL_ARTS_CENTER - sbbjThe mission of Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation is to enrich the community through the performing arts by providing diverse cultural, educational and entertainment experiences of the highest quality.

Located at the heart of the South Bay, the Torrance Cultural Arts Center houses the James R. Armstrong Theatre and George Nakano Theatre. They offer a variety of live entertainment including dramatic, comedic and musical theater productions, concerts and other events.

Preparing for Reopening & Business Assistance Webinar

May 20, 2020

The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the City of Torrance, invite you to virtually attend the webinar Preparing for Reopening and Business Assistance on Wednesday, May 20 at 1:30 p.m.

Learn about the #SmallYetStrong campaign and how to successfully re-open your business!

This event is FREE and all are welcome!

For additional information and registration, visit

November 12, 2012: Wine Tasting @ Dolce Vita Cafe

Tomorrow night, Tuesday, November 13, the Academy of Foreign Languages and Bridges to Italy are hosting a Wine Tasting Event with Pizzuli Family Wines at Dolce Vita Cafe in Riviera Village. You may be able to buy tickets at the door – depending on capacity – but if you don’t want to take any chances, order your tickets online here:

The Point Virtual Kid’s Club

May 21, 2020

The Point will host a Virtual Kid’s Club on Thursday, May 21 beginning at 11 a.m. on Instagram.

The Point in El Segundo has transformed its extremely popular outdoor Kids Club to a virtual jamout with The Beatbuds, with hopes of inspiring and entertaining one another during this crisis.

Families of all ages are invited to tune in for a forty minute jam session with The Beatbuds. The Beatbuds, who are signed by Justin Biebers’ manager Scooter Braun, create children’s music with a contemporary sound that the whole family can enjoy. Through their catchy tunes and interactive performance, the ‘Buds create a musical universe that guarantees children an educational and entertaining introduction to music!