June 16, 2018
Father’s Day has never been as brunch-focused as Mother’s Day….probably because, historically, men didn’t spend as much time in the kitchen as women and wouldn’t consider a break from a hot stove a treat.
Here in the South Bay, there are plenty of pursuits perfectly suited for Father’s Day. The following are a few of my top picks….and the best part? You don’t need to make a reservation!
For the athlete – Volleyball Tournament in Manhattan Beach https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/fathers-day-volleyball-tournament/
For the car enthusiast – Sunday Drive & Beer Tasting @ the ADM https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/fathers-day-sunday-drive-beer-tasting-the-adm/
For the naturalist – Dad’s Day Out @ South Coast Botanic Garden https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/dads-day-south-coast-botanic-garden/
For the music aficionado – Ragtime Festival @ Old Town Music Hall https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/ragtime-festival/
For the waterman – El Segundo Summer Concerts in the Park: Beach Boys Tribute Band https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/el-segundo-summer-concerts-in-the-park-series/
For the sportsman – Outdoor Activiites @ Terranea https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/fathers-day-terranea/
Of course, dad will have to eat at some point…..and aren’t we fortunate to have so many fantastic, local restaurants? For a list of my favorites, check out the Dine Time page at https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/dine-time.php
Happy Father’s Day to all you fabulous dads!
June 15, 2018
Roman Aroma Italian Gran Caffe has teamed up with LA Imperial Dance for an evening of Wine & Dancing tonight, Friday, June 15 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Stop by Roman Aroma for a glass (or two) of vino and then head to the studio next door for a fun evening of dancing!
Admission is $25 per person.
For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1627354847363029/.
Roman Aroma and LA Imperial Dance are located at GreenStreet Center at 901/903 North Catalina Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA.
June 14, 2018
South Bay Fencing, a new fencing club has recently opened in Torrance. For those that may be unaware, I was a competitive fencer years ago and got my start at a club in Torrance.
Fencing is not as popular here in the States as it is in Europe and around the world, but it’s a fun and fantastic sport! Summer break is a great time for kids to try new activities and sports and they can start as young as six years old training at the club. Fencing is also a great way to get a leg up to get into universities with fencing teams (Stanford, UCSD, Columbia, Princeton, Penn State, etc). At my former club, 97% of student members were accepted into Ivy League schools….. just sayin’!
For additional information, call 310-756-8635 or visit the website at http://southbayfencing.com/.
Precision Athletic Fencing Club is located at 20038 Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance CA 90503.
June 13, 2018
The Strand House has launched a new, late night experience on the fourth floor balcony and bar, complete with a new menu, seating and fire pits!
Level 4 Late Night was created for guests who want to enjoy a more relaxing late night experience… something mellower than the scene at the StrandBar downstairs.
Level 4 opens on Friday, June 15 after dinner service at 11 p.m.
For additional information, visit the website at http://www.thestrandhousemb.com/.
The Strand House is located at 117 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.
June 12, 2018
On May 1, 2018, the Lomita City Council approved the Project Barley Microbrewery and tasting room to be located along Pacific Coast Highway just west of Cypress Street.
The new microbrewery will occupy a 3,500 square foot space and is planning to open sometime later this year. This is the second brewery approved by the City, with the first being Burnin Daylight which is currently under construction in Downtown Lomita along Narbonne Avenue just north of Lomita Bl.
For additional information on Project Barley, visit the website at http://abc7.com/business/new-brewery-slated-to-open-in-lomita/3488993/.
Project Barley Microbrewery will be located at 2308 Pacific Coast Highway, Lomita, CA.
June 11, 2018
Terranea recently debuted an all new public restroom facility located along the public coastal trails that wind through the property.
Providing welcome amenities for both the local community and visitors to the area is a long-standing priority for the resort and this new build will ideally make a day visit to Terranea and its surrounding beaches, hiking and biking trails even easier.
The new facility is located at the bluffs near Nelson’s restaurant, just off the coastal trail. Up to 70% of the materials used in its buildout were supplied from within a 5 mile radius. All toilets are equipped to meet low water flow standards; pre-consumer, recycled clay roof tiles were used to reduce energy demands; and brick pavers were repurposed from past projects; among other sustainable build initiatives.
June 10, 2018
The Torrance Beach Drum Circle meets today, Sunday, June 10 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. right below the Torrance Beach parking lot.
All ages and musical abilities are welcome to this FREE, family friendly event taking place every second Sunday. Drums and percussion instruments will be provided for everyone. It’s a classic South Bay scene where everyone enjoys co-creating spontaneous music together!
For additional information, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Torrance-Beach-Drum-Circle/249121861823812.
June 9, 2018
Terranea Resort presents the Nelson’s Summer Concert Series tonight, Saturday, June 9 from 6 to 10 p.m.
Enjoy live music by Wise at Nelson’s cliff-side perch overlooking the deep blue. Fijian-born “One-Man Music-Machine” Wise Katubadrau, aka Wise, has quickly garnered a solid fan base within today’s independent music scene. His signature “mash-up” mega-song rolls from one hit to the next, pairing the most unlikely of songs together in perfect unison. Wise writes and composes his own music in addition to playing a vast mix of covers. Conveyed through passionate lyrics, his songs touch on life experiences, relationships, faith and hope. Wise’s vibe and musical style is accompanied with a unique stage presence: He plays the acoustic guitar, while singing, while playing the drums with his feet. His raw, organic sound conveys a musical style that can’t simply be pinned to one genre. Wise fills his sets with an array of reggae, pop and soulful-influenced covers, and then backs them up with thought-provoking originals sang with crafty lyrics and a signature sound he’s honed into his very own.
For additional information, call (310) 265-2766 or visit the website at http://www.terranea.com.
Terranea Resort is located at 100 Terranea Way in Rancho Palos Verdes.
June 8, 2018
mealeap USA offers HADO ™ augmented reality gaming experiences in a brick and mortar location in the Hermosa Pavilion, and is completely mobile, with the ability to set up at off-site locations.
HADO ™ combines motion sensors, smartphones, sports and AR tech to create a whole new experience called Techno Sports. HADO ™’’s AR tech enables people to shoot the energy balls and pull up the shields that people have dreamed of since childhood.
I was invited to come by for a demo – and while I get a little queasy with 3D and VR, I didn’t have a problem with AR. The game involves two teams of 3 players, and if you’re into strategy, a coach on the sidelines. The playing field is a bit smaller than a volleyball court sans the net.
Players are provided with a headset and a smartphone to wear on your wrist. The phone screen controls the speed and size of the energy balls and shields. It’s just like a game of dodge ball, without the ball or the bruises – you’re still dodging and weaving. It’s a ton of fun and quite the workout!
meleap USA competes in the HADO ™ World Cup which offers a substantial grand prize, with teams from several countries represented. mealeap USA is now looking to recruit teams right here in the South Bay.
Mealeap USA is currently offering demos to businesses interested in team building, event organizers and anyone thinking about including the HADO ™ gaming experience at an event.
They plan on having demo events for the general public in the near future, so stay tuned for all the details.
This is gonna be fun!
For additional information, contact Damir Vranjes at 310-483-2080 or via email at email@example.com.
June 7, 2018
The summer concert season has begun!!! I’ve compiled a list of all the major Concert Series taking place throughout the South Bay this summer. In addition to our longtime favorites, the there are a couple of new ones this year. Some have already begun, while others won’t start until August. It’s going to be another fun-filled, musical summer in the South Bay! Enjoy!
Nelson’s @ Terranea: https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/nelsons-summer-concert-series-4/
Metlox Plaza: https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/live-music-metlox/
Del Amo Fashion Center: https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/summer-music-series-del-amo-fashion-center/
Lunada Bay Park: https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/lunada-bay-summer-concerts/
Concerts in Library Park: https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/el-segundo-summer-concerts-in-the-park-series/
Polliwog Park Concerts: https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/summer-concert-series-in-polliwog-park/
Concerts on the Pier: https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/redondo-beach-summer-of-music-concert-series/
Concerts on the Beach: https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/hermosa-beach-summer-concerts-3/
The City of Torrance hasn’t yet posted their schedule for the concerts in Wilson Park. I’ll post the info as soon as it’s available!
June 6, 2018
Torrance youth, don’t spend summer at home! Come to Summer Day Camp and enjoy fun-filled days participating in indoor crafts, outdoor games, walking field trips and an excursion every week!
The Recreation Services Division offers camps for children ages 6-14 during winter, spring and summer vacation. Each one week session includes arts, crafts, games, entertainment and a special excursion. Camp meets 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Participants may also register for extended supervision from 7:00 – 8:30 a.m. or 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Comfortable clothing, closed toe shoes and a sack lunch with a drink are required each day. Camp t-shirts are available for $7.00 per shirt and must be worn on all excursions.
Late fees are charged per camper beginning at 4:31 p.m. if you are not enrolled in afternoon extended care and at 6:01 p.m. if you are enrolled in afternoon extended care. Early drop off fees will also apply if a camper is not enrolled in morning extended care and is dropped off prior to 8:30 a.m.
Weekly Newsletters are available for each camp. They will be updated each week and will be available at the camp.
Summer Camp begins June 25, 2018.
For additional information and to register, call (310) 618-2720 or visit the website at https://www.torranceca.gov/our-city/recreation/day-camps?utm_source=Thursday%2C+May+31++-+Wednesday%2C+June+6%2C+2018&utm_campaign=Torrance+eNewsletter+237&utm_medium=email
June 4, 2018
Riviera Village’s new Digital Directory is being installed in front of the Soil kiosk at Vista del Mar and Catalina Avenue. The sign’s content is in design and it will be uploaded in a couple of weeks.
The eye-catching directory is helpful for both tourists in their searches – and for merchants and professionals so they can be found! The sign will also display Riviera Village happenings, events, and eventually shuttle information. Pretty nifty!
June 3, 2018
This complimentary one hour Vinyasa class is suitable for all levels. Wear weather appropriate clothing, bring a mat, bring a friend! Classes are not held on holidays.
For additional information, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/backtobasicsshop/
Back to Basics is located in Plaza El Segundo at 2008-C East Park Place, El Segundo, CA (right next to Lululemon).
June 2, 2018
Roman Aroma will host a Wine Tasting tonight, Saturday, June 2 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Winemaker Marco Cavalieri will be on hand to present the wines of Le Corti dei Farfensi from the Marche region. Sommelier Gessica Guidi will be pouring and answering questions as well. As always, delicious snacks will be available.
The price is $33 for 4 flights or $39 for 5 flights.
For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/813040115560818/.
Roman Aroma Gran Caffe is located at 901 North Catalina Avenue, Suite 100, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.
June 1, 2018
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy offers a calendar full of special activities and monthly events. Here’s what’s on tap for June:
Bettolino Kitchen Giving Tuesdays in JUNE for the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy – Go Italian on Tuesdays and a percentage of the sales from your delicious meal will be donated to the Conservancy for protecting the Peninsula’s unique areas and restoring native vegetation where rare wildlife can thrive. Reservations: 310. 375-0500
National Trails Day at Portuguese Bend Reserve, Saturday, June 2nd at 9am – 12pm. Celebrate our National Trails Day at Portuguese Bend Reserve by helping to repair trails and close social trails on this beautiful 900 acre reserve to promote responsible recreation! No experience needed. There is a small hike to the restoration site (15 minutes) and the event is not recommended for small children or disabled persons.
New! Blue Butterflies and Bagels Breakfast at George F Canyon, Saturday, June 2nd at 10am. Enjoy a family friendly morning of art, storytelling, music, easy habitat restoration and butterfly spotting. 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates, 90274.
Beautify Lunada Bay Volunteer Day, Sunday June 3, 9 am – 12 noon – Please join the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy and the Lunada Bay Home Owners Association from 9am-12pm to help work on a new pilot project to restore attractive, locally native, drought tolerant plants to open space areas in Lunada Bay. All ages and skill levels.
Nature & Me Storytime at George F Canyon, Friday, June 8th at 9:30am – 10am. PVLD librarian Marisa Perley shares books that open children’s eyes to the natural world all around them. Ages 2-5. 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates, 90274. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guided NATURE WALK by Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy at Portuguese Bend Reserve, Saturday, June 9th, 9am. Hike Burma Road to Rattlesnake Trail. Enjoy views of Altamira Canyon. This is a strenuous walk. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact (310) 541-7613 ext. 201.
4th Saturday Education Workshop, “Hawaiian Traditions Caring for the Earth,” at the White Point Nature Center & Preserve, Saturday, June 23rd, 11 am. Join Jennifer Allen, author of Malama Honua: Hokule’a – A Voyage of Hope who will share her insights and experiences during a 60,000 mile journey, navigated only by the stars, the birds, the wind, and the sea and its mission to nurture worldwide sustainability. Free. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro, 90731. For more information, contact (310) 541-7613 ext. 201.
1st Saturday Guided Family Nature Walks at George F Canyon Preserve by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy June 2nd, 10-11am. Bring the children for an easy, educational hike in this beautiful canyon preserve. Each month our naturalist will focus on a different aspect of the native habitat and wildlife that thrive here. All ages. Free. 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates, 90274. For more information, contact (310) 547-0862.
Outdoor Volunteer Day at Alta Vicente Reserve, Saturday, June 9th and 16th, 9am – 12pm. Help restore this unique canyon habitat home to many threatened and endangered wildlife species.
2nd Saturday Family Science & Storytime at George F Canyon Preserve by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, June 9th, 10-11 am. Join us in the nature center for hands-on science-based activities where children of all ages can learn about one of the unique animal species that make their canyon their home. Free. 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates, 90274. For more information, contact (310) 547-0862.
2nd Saturday Family Storytime at the White Point Nature Center & Preserve, Saturday, June 9th, 10am – 11am. Share the joy of storytelling with your children and introduce them to the beauty of the natural surroundings. Your family will enjoy spending time with retired Children’s Librarian Carla Sedlacek for stories and activities featuring nature themes, exciting props and songs. Free. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro.
3rd Saturdays Family Volunteer Day at George F Canyon Preserve by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, June 16th, 10-11 am. Put on your grubbies and take part in a kid friendly habitat restoration activity: plant seeds, care for native plants, and track wildlife. Children of all ages will begin to understand the role that they can play in nature conservation. Free. 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates, 90274. For more information, contact (310) 547-0862.
3rd Saturday Family Nature Walk at the White Point Nature Preserve by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, June 16th, 9am. This Naturalist led nature walk includes a visit to the Tongva Native Plant Gardens, where you will learn how early inhabitants of the peninsula used native plant species for thousands of years. Then walk the preserve’s paths through exquisitely restored coastal sage scrub habitat. Stop at a former gun emplacement to learn about the military history of the area. The walk concludes with a visit to the wonderful Nature Education Center with activities for all ages. This is a moderate walk. Free. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro, 90731. For more information, contact (310) 561-0917.
3rd Wednesday Wild Bird Walk at White Point Nature Preserve, Wednesday, June 20th, 8:30am. Explore the birds making a home in the restored habitat at this beautiful preserve. Binoculars supplied for beginners. The program is free. All ages welcome. White Point Nature Preserve is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro.
Outdoor Volunteer Day at White Point Nature Preserve, Saturday, June 23rd, 9am – 12pm. Help beautify the native demonstration garden and surrounding habitat. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro, 90731.
Native Plant Sale at White Point Nature Education Center, Saturday, June 23rd, 12pm – 2pm. Plants sold on first-come, first-serve basis. White Point Nature Preserve located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. For more information call (310) 561-0917.
4th Wednesday Wild Bird Walk at George F Canyon Preserve presented by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, Wednesday, June 27th, 8:30am. Explore the birds in nesting season making a home in the canyon. The program is free and all ages welcome. Location: 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates 90274.
Outdoor Volunteer Day at Native Plant Nursery, Saturday, June 30th, 9am – 12pm. Nurture seedlings and grow shrubs for habitat restoration projects all around the Peninsula. Reservations required by Wednesday, June 27th.
Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Days, Monday – Friday, 9am. Enjoy nurturing seedlings and help plants grow for habitat restoration projects. Must RSVP 48 hours in advance.
Sign up for any of these events at https://pvplc.volunteerhub.com/
May 31, 2018
Saint Rocke presents HiFi Soundtrack tonight, Thursday, May 31 at 8 p.m.
HiFi is a “Soundtrack” with the best hits from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Hi-Fi Soundtrack was formed out of pure love for the influential rock of those decades. Every member brings a different musical background giving the band a vast pool of influences that come out on stage – bands like the Cure, the Clash, Devo, U2, Sex Pistols, Ramones, The Cars, The Police, Social Distortion, Green Day, Foo Fighters and more.
Tickets are $5 or use the promo code LIVEMUSIC for a FREE pair of tickets (limited amount available). Doors open at 6 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m.
For additional information, visit the website at https://www.saintrocke.com/event/1691509-hifi-soundtrack-hermosa-beach/.
Saint Rocke is located at 142 Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.
May 30, 2018
I just discovered that Suburbia, the New American restaurant by Chef Tin Vuong located in Riviera Village, closed. A friend and I were going to stop in for sips and bites at the bar last Thursday and the doors were locked. Then I noticed the signage had been removed – but when we peeked in the window, we saw people seated at the tables.
I was standing on the sidewalk shaking my head, looking very confused, when someone exited the restaurant, so I asked him what happened. He said that it would now be Little Sister Redondo Beach (Little Sister is Chef Vuong’s eatery in Manhattan Beach) and would open the next day for a soft opening over the Memorial Day Weekend. I heard absolutely nothing about it closing so it must have been a quick turn around.
I really enjoyed the food at Suburbia and am sorry to see it go…. but I’m looking forward to experiencing Chef Vuong’s latest evolution!
May 29, 2018
Just in time for the Summer Brunch Season, Gabi James, Redondo Beach’s newest hotspot serving Spanish and coastal French-inspired cuisine, is now offering brunch service.
For the classic bruncher, Executive Chef Chris Feldmeier offers traditional items like Eggs Benedict, a Spanish Breakfast Sandwich with ham, cage free eggs, and Gruyere, served with french fries, and French Toast with lemon pastry cream and market berries, but guests will delight in his brunch specialties including housemade Merguez with eggs and mechouia served with an arugula salad and toast, Grilled Asparagus with poached eggs, brown butter, almonds and bacon, classic Pan Con Tomate with the option to add Manchego cheese, Jamon Serrano, or Tuna Conserva, and an ‘Ugly Drum’ Hash featuring Ugly Drum pastrami, cage free eggs and red onion, served with toast.
Favorites from the dinner menu are also offered at brunch, including the Tortilla Española, Citrus-Quince Salad, South Bay Caesar, and the grilled Flank Steak which is served with cage free eggs and breakfast potatoes, in addition to the arugula salad, for the earlier day part.
Vincenzo Marianella has created some specialty cocktails for brunch, including the Bourbon Buzz with bourbon, Amaro Ramazzotti, coffee, vanilla syrup, cacao and cream, and the Redondo Snapper with gin, mezcal, sherry and housemade Bloody Mary mix. Perfect for the warm summer days, Gabi James will offer two options of a Gabi James Sangria, with red or rosé wine. Bottomless Mimosas are also available for $19, with a choice of sparkling Brut or Rosé with orange or grapefruit juice.
Gabi James will begin serving brunch from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Dinner is served from 5 – 10 p.m. Thursday – Sunday and 5 – 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. This weekend, for the Memorial Day holiday, Gabi James will also serve brunch on Monday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and will be closed for dinner.
Reservations can be made through OpenTable or via phone by calling (310) 540-4884.
About Gabi James
Gabi James opened in early April in the iconic Zazou space on South Catalina Avenue in Redondo Beach. Owned by Sara Gabriele and her husband Adam Aro, Gabi James continues the 41-year Gabriele legacy in the South Bay dining scene, bringing people together for a memorable meal. Sara’s father, Guy Gabriele, initially brought the timeless traditions of European restaurants to the community with Manhattan Beach’s Cafe Pierre in 1977 (now Love & Salt), followed by Zazou in 1996. With [Guy] Gabriele’s backing, the restaurants have entered new chapters under the stewardship of his daughters, first with Sylvie Gabriele at Love & Salt, and now at Gabi James with [Sara] Gabriele and Aro. Executive Chef Chris Feldmeier’s (Osteria Mozza and Moruno) menu is inspired by Spanish and Coastal French cuisine, with notes of North Africa and Andalusia contributing to a symphony of flavors, infused with California soul and the rich history of the Gabriele family. The cocktail program by Vincenzo Marianella mirrors the Mediterranean experience with light, effervescent Gin & Tonics (the national drink of Spain), as well as a number of cocktails featuring vermouth and sherry. Spanish and French wines feature prominently on the wine list, continuing in the Gabriele family’s tradition of bringing unique and special wines to the South Bay. Aro’s highly curated beer list features a Spanish lager on tap, as well as hyper local selections from Southern California breweries, many made just for Gabi James. The convivial and open gathering space was designed with a coastal vibe in partnership with designer Ana Henton and local architecture firm Blanchard Fuentes design. Gabi James is open seven days a week for dinner: Sunday – Thursday from 5 – 10 p.m, and Friday and Saturday from 5 – 11 p.m. Located at 1810 S. Catalina Avenue in Redondo Beach, please call (310) 540-4884 for reservations.