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Gindaco Opens in Gardena

August 13, 2018

Japanese fast food chain, Gindaco, has opened in Gardena.

Jean Trinh of LAMAG couldn’t have said it better: “It’s a pretty big deal that Japan’s largest takoyaki chain, Gindaco, just landed in the South Bay with its first North American location. Gindaco is like the Starbucks of the takoyaki world, with nearly 500 outposts scattered throughout Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, and Malaysia.”

You can visit Gindaco at the newly renovated food court of the Tokyo Central Japanese Supermarket located at 1740 Artesia Boulevard, Gardena CA 90248.


Vote Now for Movies at the Beach

August 12, 2018

Hermosa Beach Friends of the Parks will host Movies on the Beach this September and they want you to vote for which movies to screen!

To cast your vote, visit the website at http://hermosamovies.com/movies-2/.


South Bay 2018 Homeless Count

August 11, 2018

The 2018 South Bay homeless numbers were recently released, and according to this article in the Daily Breeze, the situation in the South Bay isn’t getting any better.



PV Concours Aviation Line-Up

August 10, 2018

If you haven’t yet bought tickets for this year’s Palos Verdes Concours D’Elegance, you want to get on that now!

The Zamperini Field venue was such a huge success last year, they’re bringing back this exciting mix of classic autos and classic aircraft.

$35 Early Bird ticket pricing ends today, August 10, so take advantage of the savings while available! $45 General Admission price thereafter.

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at https://www.pvconcours.org/tickets-1

Check out some of the aviation line-up!


Pints for a Purpose

August 9, 2018

Have a Pint for a Purpose at Smog City Brewing!

Every Thursday in August from 3 to 10 p.m., Smog City will donate a portion of sales to the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. Enjoy hand-crafted local beer while supporting the Conservancy. It’s what you call a win-win!

As a member of ‘1% for the Planet’, Smog City has joined this organization created by the Patagonia Company founders designed to promote corporate responsibility and help the environment. Please consider patronizing Smog City any Thursday in August and know that you will be helping the environment and supporting the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy.

For additional information, visit the website at https://www.smogcitybrewing.com/.

Smog City Brewery & Taproom is located at 1901 Del Amo Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90501.


Rules Applying to Motorized Scooters

August 8, 2018

I received this from the MBPD…. it seems the new share scooters that are popping up around the South Bay are causing some issues. The following is specific to Manhattan Beach but it’s all common sense and should apply to all our local municipalities. Be safe out there!

With the increased use of motorized scooters throughout Los Angeles County, the Manhattan Beach Police Department would like to remind residents and visitors of the laws regarding the use of motorized scooters. The Manhattan Beach Police Department will be enforcing all Vehicle Code violations pertaining to the use of motorized scooters in the City of Manhattan Beach. Please do not leave any motorized scooter on private property or blocking a sidewalk. An operator of a motorized scooter must be at least 16 years old, possess a valid driver’s license or instruction permit, and wear a helmet. The following are some of the California Vehicle Code (CVC) laws pertaining to the use of motorized scooters:

CVC 407.5(a) – A “motorized scooter” is any two-wheeled device that has handlebars, has a floorboard that is designed to be stood upon when riding, and is powered by an electric motor. This device may also have a driver seat that does not interfere with the ability of the rider to stand and ride and may also be designed to be powered by human propulsion.

CVC 21221 – Every person operating a motorized scooter on a highway receives all the rights of and is subject to the same provisions applicable to any other driver of a vehicle. These provisions include, but are not limited to, driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs.

CVC 21235 – Operation of Motorized Scooters: Prohibitions

An individual operating a motorized scooter is not permitted to operate an electric scooter:

(a) Without a brake

(b) On a road/highway with a speed limit higher than 25 mph

(c) Without a fastened, properly fitted bicycle helmet meeting standards described in CVC 21212

(d) Without a valid instruction permit or driver’s license (any class)

(e) With passengers

(f) While carrying packages, articles, or bundles that keep him/her from having at least one hand on the handlebars

(g) On a sidewalk, unless necessary to leave or enter an adjacent property

(h) On a highway with raised handlebars requiring the operator to have his/her hands elevated above the shoulders

(i) Leave an electric scooter lying down on a sidewalk or park the scooter on a sidewalk in a position that blocks the path for pedestrians

(j) Attach the scooter or himself/herself to another vehicle while on the roadway

CVC 21229(b) – No individual operating an electric scooter is permitted to leave the bicycle lane unless it can be accomplished with reasonable safety and only after giving the appropriate signal in the event any vehicle could be affected by this movement

For additional information, contact Tim Zins, Community Affairs Sergeant at (310) 802-5186 or via email at tzins@citymb.info.


Sea Change Celebrates National Oyster Day…. for a Week

August 7, 2018

Today is National Oyster Day and Sea Change has decided not to restrict this oyster shucking event to just one day.

Instead, Sea Change and the Oyster Bar will be featuring raw oysters, baked oysters and shooters beginning today, Tuesday, August 7 through Saturday, August 11. They will also be featuring different specials such as, $24 for a dozen which is usually $42.

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

Sea Change at Chez Melange is located at 1611 South Catalina Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.


Digital Dating Series Opportunity…. for the Over 50 Set

August 6, 2018

I was sent this information from our friend Bonnie at Senior Comedy Afternoons…. sounds like fun!

“I was recently contacted by a very famous casting company to reach out to YOU – my most wonderful audience members -to ask your participation if you’re looking for LOVE!

There’s going to be a very popular Digital Dating Series – that’s being supported by a name everyone knows – if you’re over 50.

Do you want to date, but don’t know where to start? Do you need a push in the right direction? DATE MY GRANDMA/PA is casting a season of laughs and romance! This dating show gives grandchildren the power to pick candidates to date their grandma or grandpa. Do you think you can get past your date’s grandchildren? Are you willing to try?

If you’re SINGLE, over 50, and live in the Southern California area they want to hear from you!

Just apply to Casting@wyldsidemedia.com with your contact info, current photo and a little about your life story or fill in the blanks at https://dmg.castingcrane.com/

Why not give it a shot if you’re looking for LOVE! This could be a fun opportunity!”


New Businesses on Pier Avenue

August 5, 2018

I rode my bike to Hermosa Beach last weekend for the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball event and stopped for lunch on Pier Avenue. I had already seen the new Rebel Republic location in the former Mediterraneo space, but discovered a couple of other new businesses. The Baked Bear opened about a month ago and offers homemade ice-cream and cookies and ITA (specializing in Italian street food) literally opened the day we were there! If you get in to try either of these places out before I do, let me know what you think!




Celebrate National Sandwich Month with $5 Mickey’s Combo

August 4, 2018

Here’s something to sink your teeth into – August is National Sandwich Month and Mickey’s Italian Delicatessen is celebrating by offering one of their first sandwiches ever made and most popular, Mickey’s Combo, for only $5 throughout the month of August.

Yes, you read that right… only $5. This mouth-watering sandwich is made up of hearty Cotto Salami, Chopped Ham, Bologna, Swiss Cheese, Mustard, Mayo, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickles, Peppercini’s and Red Onion. This sandwich is perfect for a day at the beach, when you’re tight on cash or when you’re on the go.

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

Mickey’s Italian Delicatessen & Liquor Store is located at 101 Hermosa Avenue, Hermosa Beach CA 90254.


Mural # 8: Hermosa Punk Rock & Skateboard Era

August 3, 2018

The Hermosa Beach Mural Project is thrilled to announce that the final design has been chosen for Mural #8. Art Director for M1SK, Daniel Inez, will paint his mural depicting the Punk Rock/Skateboard era of the 1970s and 1980s on the south facing wall of the city-owned parking structure at the northwest corner of 13th and Hermosa Avenue just west of Starbucks.

Hermosa’s punk and skate scene was centered in and around an abandoned Baptist Church on Manhattan Ave and is exemplified by the bands that originated and performed in that space such as Black Flag, Pennywise, and Descendants.

The mural is expected to be completed with the unveiling and fundraiser currently scheduled to take place on Wednesday, October 3.

For additional information, updates and tickets for the event, visit the website at http://hermosamurals.org .

About the Artist:
Daniel Inez is a South Bay native who grew up in the Skate/Punk culture of the Beach Cities. He is a Redondo Union High School Grad, United States Navy Veteran, holds A Bachelor’s in Communication Arts from OTIS College of Art and Design, and is the owner/art director of M1SK and co-owner and founder of The Pacific Stranded. “When I was Design School, I was told to do what I know, so that’s what I’m doing and I am thankful for all the continued community support. As far as this project I am beyond stoked to be a part of Hermosa’s recognition of a subculture that has been a part of so many of our lives.”

About Hermosa Beach Murals Project:
HBMP is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit foundation (#27-1662126 ) dedicated to beautifying the business district of Hermosa Beach through art. By curating themes, commissioning local artists and actively fundraising, this fully-self funded foundation aims to bring stunning murals to life. Making A Positive Impact One Wall At A Time.


Redondo Beach Library Activities for August 2018

August 2, 2018

Library-Activities-AugustThe Redondo Beach Library offers a variety of activities for all ages including music, writing, dance, language, reading, crafts and more!

A few require registration but all of them are FREE!

The Summer Reading Program continues through August 25th. Children, teens and adults can sign-up at either the Main Library or the North Branch Library. Last day to collect Children and Teen Reading Prizes is August 25th

Summer Reading Program Craftapalooza at Main Library for Children and Teens
August 2 at 3:30pm-4:30pm
Main Library 2nd floor Conference Room
Make something ! Some activities support STEAM learning. STEAM means Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. Ages 4 years and up.

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Activities for August

August 1, 2018

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy offers a calendar full of special activities and monthly events. For additional information and registration, visit the website at https://pvplc.org/

Here’s what’s on tap for August:

Special Events

Pints for the Peninsula at Smog City Brewery with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. Every Thursday in August from 3 – 10 pm enjoy hand-crafted local beer and support the Conservancy at the same time. 1901 Del Amo Blvd., Torrance, CA 90501.

Guided NATURE WALK by Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy at Friendship Park, Saturday, August 11th, 9am. Take in some of the best harbor and Catalina views on the eastern side of the Peninsula. See habitat restored by the Conservancy for the Palos Verdes blue butterfly. 1850 W. 9th Street, San Pedro. Drive up to the parking lot; entrance is near corner of Western and 9th. For more information, contact (310) 541-7613 ext. 201 or sign up at www.pvplc.org/_events/NatureWalkRSVP.asp.

Trail Crew Training, Saturday, August 11th, 9am – 12pm. Learn techniques for trail assessment and erosion repair. Sign up at https://pvplc.volunteerhub.com/

Full Moon Hike at George F Canyon Nature Preserve, Friday, August 24th, 8:30pm. Advance reservations are required to join one of these guided night walks. Limited to 20 people, ages 9 and up. $12 per person. For more information and to RSVP: https://pvplc.org/_events/families.asp

4th Saturdays Education Workshop, Amazing Honeybees at the White Point Nature Center & Preserve, Saturday, August 25th, 11 am. Celebrate National Honeybee Day with award winning writer Aimee Lissantheia, author of The Amazing Adventures of Melissa B. Free. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro, 90731. For more information, contact (M-F) 310-541-7613 or (S-S) 310-561-0917 or sign up at https://pvplc.org/_events/WhitePointWorkshopRSVP.asp

Monthly Activities
Outdoor Volunteer Days at Alta Vicente Reserve, Saturday, August 4th & August 11th, 9am – 12pm. Help restore this unique canyon habitat home to many threatened and endangered wildlife species. Sign up at https://pvplc.volunteerhub.com/
1st Saturdays Guided Family Nature Walks at George F Canyon Preserve by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy August 4th, 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 (M-F) 310-541-7613 or (S-S) 310-547-0862 or RSVP at: www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.

2nd Saturdays Family Science & Storytime at George F Canyon Preserve by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, August 11th, 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 (M-F) 310-541-7613 or (S-S) 310-547-0862 or RSVP at: www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.

2nd Saturdays Family Storytime at the White Point Nature Center & Preserve, Saturday, August 11th, 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. RSVP at www.pvplc.org Events & Activities.
3rd Wednesdays Wild Bird Walk at White Point Nature Preserve, Wednesday, August 15th, 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. RSVP at: www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.
3rd Saturdays Family Nature Walk at the White Point Nature Preserve by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, August 18th, 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 (M-F) 310-541-7613 or (S-S) 310-561-0917.
Outdoor Volunteer Day at White Point Nature Preserve, Saturday, August 18th, 9am – 12pm. Help beautify the native demonstration garden and surrounding habitat. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro, 90731. Sign up at https://pvplc.volunteerhub.com/.
3rd Saturdays Family Volunteer Day at George F Canyon Preserve by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, August 18th, 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 (M-F) 310-541-7613 or (S-S) 310-547-0862 or RSVP at: www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.
4th Wednesdays Wild Bird Walk at George F Canyon Preserve presented by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, Wednesday, August 22nd, 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. RSVP at: www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.
Native Plant Sale at George F Canyon Nature Center, Saturday, August 25th, 10am – 12pm. Plants sold on first-come, first-serve basis. 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates, 90274. For more information, contact (M-F) 310-541-7613 or (S-S) 310-547-0862.

Native Plant Sale at White Point Nature Education Center, Saturday, August 25th, 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, contact (M-F) 310-541-7613 or (S-S) 310-561-0917.
Outdoor Volunteer Day at Native Plant Nursery, Saturday, August 25th, 9am – 12pm. Nurture seedlings and grow shrubs for habitat restoration projects all around the Peninsula. Reservations required by Wednesday, August 22nd. Sign up at https://pvplc.volunteerhub.com/
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 at: https://pvplc.volunteerhub.com/

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Redondo Beach General Plan Update: Parks & Open Space Survey

July 31, 2018

Now is the time to share your opinions on the Redondo Beach General Plan Update: Parks & Open Space Survey.

The City is in the process of updating the General Plan, including the Conservation, Recreation and Parks, and Open Space chapter. This section of the Plan provides guidance for the long-term preservation and enhancement of active and passive parks, and preserved open space throughout Redondo Beach.

Please take a moment to share your ideas for parks and open spaces in the City. This survey will ask your opinions about future parks planning including types of activities desired, age groups to plan for and types of amenities to enhance your experience at Redondo’s parks as the community plan Redondo’s future. Your feedback will assist the General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) as they review this topic and will help inform the Recreation and Parks Commission in future recommendations for parks facilities.

The GPAC will share their progress regarding open space and recreation, as well as other topics such as land use, at an open house tentatively scheduled for Fall 2018. The results of this survey will also be presented at the Fall 2018 open house.

The deadline to submit a response is 5:30 P.M. on Friday, August 31, 2018. Take the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RedondoParksSurvey.

If you have any questions or comments about the survey, contact PLANredondo@redondo.org.

Thank you for your time! To see a summary of responses (when the survey has concluded) or to learn more about the General Plan Update visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RedondoParksSurvey.


Public Art Unveiling: WAVES

July 30, 2018

The City of Redondo Beach will host an Unveiling Ceremony for the new public art installation, Waves, today, Monday, July 30 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.

Waves, a new artwork by artist Gordon Huether, was commissioned by the City and is the first public art commission funded by the John Parsons Public Art Fund. The 37’ x 15’ permanent, custom, large-scale aluminum sculpture adorns the exterior of the Performing Arts Center and distinguishes a major entry point of the City. The City’s Public Art Program boasts an inventory of 30 works, and Waves is an achievement in the City’s efforts to inspire community through public art. The gathering will be underneath the artwork in the Performing Arts Center’s west patio area.

The community is encouraged to attend this FREE event. Light refreshments will be served.

Selected by the Redondo Beach Public Art Commission from a set of 39 artist proposals, Gordon Huether’s Waves shares the dual inspirations of the physical properties of sound waves produced by live music performance and natural ocean waves and shifting tides. Mounted to the west-facing exterior of the Performing Arts Center, this concept infuses the installation with identifiable reference points that will spark a variety of interpretations and public engagement. The work is fabricated with rippling concentric fins of brushed aluminum that rhythmically emanate from the center of the work, emerging sinuously and gracefully from the wall and undulating in depth, height and length. The result is an installation that projects shadow and movement throughout the day and night. Measuring 15 feet in height and 37 feet in width, the sculpture is anchored by a vibrant blue plate, which provides an energetic field of color in contrast to the neutral exterior concrete wall. The artwork is illuminated at night to further enhance the dynamic nature of the installation.

For additional information, visit the website at https://www.redondo.org/depts/recreation/cultural_arts/public_art/default.asp.

The Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center is located at 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90278.


Sign Up Now for the Redondo Beach Citizen Police Academy

July 29, 2018

The Redondo Beach Citizen Police Academy began in the spring of 1994. The Academy’s purpose is to provide members of the community with a working knowledge of the Police Department along with the roles and responsibilities of its police officers. The goals of the program are accomplished through lecture, hands-on training, demonstrations and a “ride along” with a police officer.

The participants will meet for three hours, one night per week for fourteen weeks, in addition to a graduation night. The information covered includes police training, SWAT, traffic, criminal investigation, K-9, gangs and narcotics. There will be an emphasis on the patrol division, since it is this unit that has the majority of public contact.

The program is part of an on-going effort to improve police-community relations. It is strongly believed that the more information that the public has about the Redondo Beach Police Department, the less likely they will be suspicious, fearful or hold any misconceptions about police operations. Many conflicts are caused simply by a lack of understanding. The graduates of the program become not only better informed, but they can take back a solid foundation of information to the community. The result is a closer and more positive relationship between the Police Department and the community it serves.

The next class will start January 2019. However, they are considering adding an additional class for the Fall 2018, depending on the interest.

If you or anyone you know might be interested in participating in this program, please contact Officer Michael Diehr at his email address mike.diehr@redondo.org or by phone at (310) 379-2477 x2493. Officer Diehr will send out an application to you. Remember applications are taken on first come; first serve basis and seats are limited.


Mid-Summer Party @ Absolution Brewing

July 28, 2018

Absolution Brewing is having a Mid-Summer Party today, Saturday, July 28 starting at noon.

The event will feature sliders, sushi and gelato at noon, Firkin Tasting Session from noon to 4 p.m., a DJ set by Vox from 4 to 7 p.m. and live music by Barley from 7 to 9 p.m.

Tickets are only for the Firkin session, so if you just want to come and enjoy the music, food, and the array of beers on the wall, no ticket required! Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/absolutions-mid-summer-party-2018-firkin-session-tickets-tickets-47996980260.

Absolution Brewing Company is located at 2878 Columbia Street, Torrance, CA 90503.


Volunteer Opportunity

July 27, 2018

Calling all dudes and dudettes! The 2018 International Surf Festival is seeking volunteer Lifeguard Competition Judges.

They need 12 individuals on Friday, August 3 and 12 on Saturday, August 4. The training takes less than 15 minutes, and takes place the evening of the competition. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old

It’s incredibly fun, you’ll walk away with a free t-shirt commemorating the event, and be a part of a long-standing South Bay tradition! Tell a friend!

For additional information and to register as a volunteer, visit the website at https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2363362/false#/invitation.


Annual Tent Sale

July 26, 2018

Ten Thousand Villages will be having the Annual Tent Sale Thursday, July 26 through SUnday, July 29.

Once a year, Ten Thousand Villages fills a tent with unique Fair Trade products priced at 25% to 75% OFF usual retail prices. Many items are made from recycled or upcycled materials, and all help to preserve the traditional crafts and skills of a region. Clearing out the warehouse helps make room for more artisan purchases. (All artisans have been paid in full.)

Stop by the huge tent behind the store discover beautiful handmade items at amazing prices. If you are a regular Ten Thousand Villages shopper, you will appreciate these special items. If you’ve never been to the store, come and see what makes people passionate about the store and its mission. Stock up on handcrafted gifts and jewelry while helping artisans in developing countries!

Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit Fair Trade retail store, and is staffed by volunteers.

For additional information, visit the website at https://www.tenthousandvillages.com/redondobeach#fndtn-home.

Ten Thousand Villages is located at 1907 South Catalina Avenue in Redondo Beach.


White Light White Night Live Auction Items

July 25, 2018

White Light White Night takes place in just a few days and if you haven’t got your tickets yet, you better get on that!

Check out some of the live auction items up for grabs at http://go.walkwithsally.org/webmail/129421/486635283/33cee71bdda96ccfffa422dbd99fb4fbf8594e5f6b027444c7d5f895e1cb866c.

You don’t want to miss this!

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/white-light-white-night-2/.