Category: Special Events

Mother’s Day Staycation @ Shade MB

May 1 – June 30, 2021

What are you doing for the most important woman in your life this Mother’s Day? Here’s an idea…. Shade Hotel Manhattan Beach is offering a special Mother’s Day Staycation package.

Treat mom to the special getaway she deserves – a one night, relaxing stay at the quintessential boutique hotel in Manhattan Beach – complete with a bottle of sparkling wine and $50 food and beverage credit.

This special package is available to book from May 1 through June 30. Rooms start at $349.

If you’ve ever craved favorite child status, this will do it.

Mother’s Day Staycation @ Shade Hotel Redondo Beach

May 1 – June 30, 2021

Shade Hotel Redondo Beach is offering a special Mother’s Day Staycation package.

Treat mom to the special getaway she deserves – a one night, relaxing stay at the ultimate, waterfront, boutique hotel.

Mom will appreciate a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and $50 food and beverage credit.

This special package is available to book from May 1 through June 30. Rooms start at $349.

To make a reservation, call 310-546-4995. For additional information, visit the website at

Shade Hotel is located at 655 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Activities for May

May 1 – 31, 2021

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy offers a calendar full of special events and monthly activities.

One of the South Bay’s best kept secrets is the surprising amount of natural habitat to be found in the area and it is the mission of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy to “preserve land and restore habitat for the enjoyment and education of all.”

For additional information and registration, visit the website at or call (310) 541-7613.

Check out what’s on tap for May…..

AlertSouthBay: Beach Emergency Evacuation Lights System TESTING at Torrance Beach

May 6, 13, 20, 2021

The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors will be TESTING the newly installed Beach Emergency Evacuation Lights System (BEELS) at Torrance Beach on Thursday, May 6 from 3 to 5 p.m. This is only a test. There is no active emergency.

What is BEELS?
• BEELS is a new beach evacuation alert system designed for all beachgoers, including those who are deaf or hard of hearing.
• During a beach evacuation, BEELS will flash white LED lights mounted on permanent structures and some lifeguard towers and broadcast an audible siren and an evacuation announcement in both English and Spanish.
• The announcement message will change depending on the evacuation type. The lights will flash slowly for a water-only evacuation and quickly for a complete beach evacuation.

Other beaches have audible sirens to warn visitors about beach evacuations. Still, BEELS is the first worldwide to incorporate flashing lights to alert those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Monopoly Party

May 6, 2021

The Hobin Company at Bayside Real Estate Partners will host a Monopoly Party on Thursday, May 6 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Co-sponsored by Pages Bookstore and Uncorked, The Wine Shop, this is the ultimate event where real estate and fine art meet the gaming industry! Come celebrate the release of the reinvented California Dreaming Monopoly game.

Kathleen Keifer, the celebrated Manhattan Beach-based artist of this special Cali-centric version of the iconic real estate board game will be on site to sign your copy of this special limited release.

LAAFB Youth Academic Recognition Celebration

May 6, 2021

The Los Angeles Air Force Base presents the annual Youth Academic Recognition Celebration on Thursday, May 6 at 5 p.m. via Zoom.

It’s that time of year when Los Angeles Air Force Base leadership recognizes students pre-K through 12 grade for Academic Achievement (School Year (SY) 19-20 and SY 20-21) in Perfect Attendance, Citizenship and GPA.

Parents can nominate their children to receive an award and attend the virtual celebration and pep rally.

PVAC Starry Starry Night

May 6, 2021

The Palos Verdes Art Center presents Starry Starry Night on May 6 at 6 p.m. online.

The community is invited to attend this virtual presentation on Vincent van Gogh by former Palos Verdes Art Center CEO, Bob Yassin, who will delve into the myth and history of one of the most beloved painters of all time, Vincent van Gogh.

This lecture is intended to provide a deeper understanding of van Gogh as a person, as an artist, and as a powerful figure in the history of modern art.

Ticket includes a gourmet dinner with wine. The dinner package should be picked up at PVAC on May 6 between 3:30 and 5:00 p.m.

Apply for BCHD Non-Profit Agency Grants

Deadline to Apply: May 7, 2021

Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) is currently accepting applications for its Non-Profit Agency Grants to enhance its ability to provide preventive health services in the community.

Non-profits that provide physical and/or mental health programs are welcome to apply. The application period will run until noon, May 7, 2021. BCHD’s ad hoc grants committee will select applications to recommend to its Board for funding. The BCHD Board of Directors will then approve grant applicants through their
annual budget adoption at their June 23, 2021 Board meeting. Awardees will be notified in June and, upon signing the final contract, disbursements of funds will occur in FY 2021-2022 on a performance reimbursement basis.

The District funds programs that provide:
• Health education and prevention
• Support groups
• Health promotion

SBBWA Annual Conference

May 7, 2021

The South Bay Business Women’s Association Annual Conference: Inspiration, Intention, Integrity will take place on Friday, May 7 live at Social Workplace and virtually.

This year will feature a much smaller, outdoor conference, along with an online component for those who feel more comfortable joining that way. The event will include four dynamic speakers — you won’t have to choose only one! There will also be a celebration for past Scholarship winners, highlights for valued sponsors, and vendor showcase via virtual shopping. Plus, all attendees (in-person or virtual) will receive an amazing swag bag!

Mother’s Day Soirée

May 7 – 9, 2021

The South Coast Botanic Garden will host a Mother’s Day Soiree Friday, May 7 through Sunday, May 9.

The Bar Society will be selling craft cocktails and mocktails at two beautifully designed bars, one set up in front of the Bohannon Rose Garden and the other in the Desert Garden. There will also be three Instagrammable photo moments to snag the PERFECT shot with Mom, including the popular L-O-V-E letters.

The photo ops will be set up all three days, but the bars will be open only from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (there will be extended hours to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays starting May 1), and from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. In addition to selling craft cocktails and mocktails, The Bar Society will also have small charcuterie boxes for sale. Both the drinks and the boxes are available while supplies last.

Hammitt Virtual Shopping Fundraiser

May 7, 2021

Hammitt Los Angeles will host a Virtual Shopping Fundraiser on Friday, May 6 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Check out the newest collections, get access to some major exclusives and receive an incredible gift with purchase for every order over $250!

This is a great opportunity to use your powers for good as a portion of the proceeds will support the Richstone Family Center.

RSVP is required. To RSVP, contact [email protected].

Portraits of Healthcare Heroes @ Destination: Art

May 7, 2021

Destination: Art is honored to host a very special exhibition Portraits of Healthcare Heroes with an Outdoor Reception and Gallery Viewing on Friday, May 7 from 5 to 8 pm.

Portraits of Healthcare Heroes is a tribute to front-line healthcare professionals at all South Bay hospitals and care facilities, painted by Carol Francis, Torrance clinical psychologist, licensed family therapist and Associate Artist.

This marks the first time in a year for an in-person reception at Destination: Art. A free copy of Dr. Francis’ book, Recovery after Trauma Work for Healthcare Workers will be given to all healthcare professionals who attend.

Manhattan Beach DUI Checkpoint

May 7, 2021

The Manhattan Beach Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, May 7 from 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

The purpose of the checkpoint is to promote public safety, increase the awareness of the dangers associated with drinking and driving, and deter impaired driving and unlicensed driving. The intent of the checkpoint is to encourage sober designated drivers. By publicizing these educational and enforcement efforts, the Manhattan Beach Police Department believes that drinking and driving and driving while unlicensed will be reduced.

Seaside Heroes Park Community Beautification Event

May 8, 2021

Join volunteers at Seaside Heroes Park for the monthly Community Beautification Event every second Saturday of the month (May 8) from 8 to 11 a.m.

All are welcome to get down and dirty and lend a hand cleaning, weeding, and dead heading – including groups or individuals who need community service hours. Even though the park is small, it’s a huge job to keep it looking good. As of October 2020, volunteers have put over 2300 work hours into the project. This is a labor of love and the organizers are immensely grateful to anyone who gives their time.

COME MAKE FRIENDS! DO GOOD! HAVE FUN! BE SURE TO BRING YOUR MASK TO WEAR. There will be waivers for everyone to sign so please arrive by 7:45 am, if possible, so you can begin the work at 8 am.

Meet at 22812 Kathryn Avenue in Torrance. Bring tools (if you have or will be supplied), sunscreen, water, energy.

Donations are also accepted via Paypal and personal check to cover the cost of water, tools, and promotion of the event.

Drive Up Shred Fest

May 8, 2021

Kinecta Federal Credit Union will host a FREE Drive Up Shredfest on Saturday, May 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

During Shred Fest, clean paper waste of all kinds is accepted for secure recycling. Accepted items include but not limited to: financial, legal documents, statements, receipts, tax and medical records, envelopes with plastic window, etc. (paper with staples or paper clips are acceptable).

As part of the event, the community will also be invited to contribute a $1 donation fee for every box of paper recyclables and Kinecta Federal Credit Union will match each $1 donation up to $500 with proceeds benefiting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.