Category: Current Posts

The Daily Dose is a collection of my current posts as personal thoughts, tidbits, musings and more for all things South Bay. Get your daily dose right here.

Thanksgiving Leftovers!

November 27, 2020

Need another reason to love Thanksgiving? The leftovers!!!

The only thing I enjoy more than three day spent prepping and cooking a massive meal for friends and family, are the mounds of leftovers in the fridge.

Sure, you can heat up a plate of turkey, potatoes, stuffing and green beans but I prefer making the classic post-Thanksgiving sandwich. I bet most of you have your own version, here’s mine….

Happy Thanksgiving 2020 (The Lost Year)

November 26, 2020

This is now my traditional Thanksgiving Day post!

A couple of years ago, I looked all over for a Thanksgiving poem and couldn’t find one…. so I wrote one. Feel free to edit as suits your needs and use it at your own table tonight.

‘Twas the Night before Thanksgiving
By Jackie Balestra

‘Twas the night before Thanksgiving
No sleep to be found
Ten guests we’ll be hosting
One o’clock they’ll come ‘round

Two weeks making plans
Writing list after list
Digging out trays, pots and pans
You get the gist

Take Action This Morning to Oppose Unnecessary COVID-19 Restrictions on Businesses

November 24, 2020

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will be discussing possible changes to the Health Officer Order during the Tuesday, November 24 Board meeting. The Los Angeles County business community cannot economically afford another Safer at Home Order or more unnecessary restrictions being placed on businesses. Send a letter today to your County Supervisor letting them know you oppose the new Health Officer Orders, aligning with Supervisor Barger & Hahn.


November 23, 2020

I received this today from the Riviera Village Association…..


The requirement prohibiting outdoor dining in LA County HAS NOT YET BEEN PASSED!

We have been notified by one of the Beach Cities’ Mayors that Director Ferrera’s order requires a vote of the LA County Board of Supervisors TOMORROW (Tuesday) MORNING at 9:30AM.

All 11 Riviera Village Board members voted in record time to OPPOSE the BAN.

Help Save Resin!

November 22, 2020

We are all facing the harsh reality of these times which in so many ways makes us feel powerless. There are some things that bring light and hope and healing
to our community and are worth saving. The South Bay Artist Collective is one of them, which is why we are reaching out to you. We will not let it fail on our watch.

The mission of the South Bay Artist Collective is to support artists, audience, and youth in the South Bay so that together we can build a healthy, thriving art community.

A Tribute: Portrait of a Pier Through a Lifetime of Photography

November 21, 2020

John Post is celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the Manhattan Beach Pier with the first ever photo book, A Tribute: Portrait of a Pier Through a Lifetime of Photography

This hardcover book has more than 125 pages and over 140 photographs spanning the years 1969 through 2020. Images in black and white, 35mm and panoramas with the pier in all types of weather, times of day and happenings.

The new book is being offered at a special introductory holiday price of $85 plus tax with book pick-up at the John Post Gallery. This special price is for a limited time only and shipping is extra.

Send a Letter to Santa

November 20, 2020

Christmas is coming and Santa wants to know what to bring you!

The City of Torrance has teamed up with Santa to make sure he receives every letter sent to him. Santa accepts emailed letters and mailed in letters.

Send emails to Santa@TorranceCA.Gov and mail letters to Santa Claus at 3031 Torrance Boulevard, Torrance CA, 90503.

Santa also said he will write back to whoever sends him a letter! Don’t worry, all of your letters will get to him in time for Christmas. You can send your letters to Santa from November 19 through December 15.

Marsatta Thanksgiving Chocolate Special Edition

November 19, 2020

Marsatta Chocolate announced today the launch of their latest special edition chocolate in time for Thanksgiving, Cranberry and Gravy Bonbon Chocolate.

“This year has been a very difficult time for many families due to the global pandemic. Furthermore, many families will not be able to travel back home to see their loved ones” said Naomi Gardner, CEO of Marsatta Chocolate. “We wanted to provide a delightful experience that for one small moment, all their troubles can disappear.”

Los Angeles County to Implement Tighter Safeguards and Restrictions to Curb COVID-19 Spread

November 18, 2020

Los Angeles County to Implement Tighter Safeguards and Restrictions to Curb COVID-19 Spread

Starting this Friday, New Restrictions Will be in Place as COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations Significantly Increase

Effective Friday, November 20, Los Angeles County will tighten pandemic safeguards and restrictions as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to increase significantly. These safeguards and restrictions protect the public health and safety of our residents, and their ability to be served in our hospitals.

COVID-19 cases have more than doubled since the beginning of November and hospitalizations have increased from an average of about 900 a day to well over 1,000 a day in same time period.

Names on the Wall Project

November 16, 2020

The Torrance Historical Society is continuing its Names on the Wall project to gather and preserve the too-short life story of each of the 146 Torrance military personnel who gave their lives in service to our country.

To date, they are halfway to their goal of putting a face to each name.

They are looking for volunteers from the community to assist with research, and calling on the families and friends of Names on the Wall personnel to share pictures and written information with the Torrance Historical Society for this on-going project.

Riviera Village Spotlight: Laser Image Center

November 15, 2020

Charlotta welcomes you to the Laser Image Company located in Riviera Village. The Laser Image Company is a med spa focusing on “Education. Treatment. Results.”

Led by Dr. Rubaums, who ensures their highly trained staff is ready to educate you on the most advanced treatment options in skin care, laser procedures, injectables and body contouring. It is a “no pressure” practice atmosphere focusing on creating a custom treatment plan to correct and maintain healthy, younger looking skin for any age and type.

Alert South Bay: Regional Message on COVID-19 Threat – Key Messages

November 13, 2020


The case numbers continue to climb, and hospitalizations are slowly increasing, making what we do and how we behave matter more than ever. The state of California has hit the 1 million case count as of today. The past nine months have been hard on everyone, and we hear our communities’ concerns. Many are very fearful and feel isolated, while others miss their family and friends dearly. It’s an unprecedented time in the world’s history, and we ask that everyone remember that this is not permanent.

South Coast Botanic Garden Volunteer Opportunity

November 9, 2020

There are fun and safe Volunteer Opportunities at the South Coast Botanic Garden with the new night time light installation, GLOW.

This is your chance to experience the Garden in a whole new light and submerse yourself in beauty this holiday season while also giving back!

Volunteer at South Coast Botanic Garden’s GLOW, an after-dark walk through the Garden with thousands of lights, transforming it into the Garden Lights and Ocean Waters theme.

Volunteers will be loaded with swag and glow-in-the-dark supplies to help guide guests through the Garden and ensure a good time is had by all.

Last Chance to Vote for B.O.M.!

November 8, 2020

The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce has announced The Best of Manhattan Awards – Pandemic Version nomination/voting period from October 28 through November 8.

Now more than ever, the importance of recognizing excellence has been magnified by the extreme challenges the pandemic has forced upon us. Although we cannot meet in person this year to celebrate the very best, we can still recognize the outstanding efforts of the business community.

The nomination/voting period begins October 28 and will close at 11:30 pm on Sunday, November 8th. This will be the only round of voting. The three businesses that receive the most nominations in each category, will become the finalists.