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BCHD Holiday Gift Bag Donations

December 1, 2017

Beach Cities Health District will be collecting Holiday Gift Bag Donations during the month of December.

Help spread holiday cheer this year by giving to older and disabled adults through the Beach Cities Holiday Gift Bag program. The Beach Cities Holiday Gift Bag program, funded by your donations, gives more than 250 bags to seniors and adults with disabilities filled with essential supplies like grocery gift cards, calendars, soap, kitchen towels, stamps, crossword puzzles, flashlights, batteries and more! Since 1998, friendly volunteers have enjoyed delivering holiday gift bags and this year we again invite community members and their families to join us in spreading cheer!

There are two ways to help:

Sign up to Deliver a Holiday Gift Bag. Volunteers and their families are invited to deliver cheer to older adults in the Beach Cities. Signups will be open from November 1 until all positions are filled.

Donate. Each gift bag costs $25 and one hundred percent of your contribution goes to the holiday gift bag project. For each $25 contribution you make, you may elect to receive a gift card to send to a friend or relative, letting them know that a holiday gift bag has been given in their honor.

For additional information and to volunteer or donate, visit the website at http://www.bchd.org/holidaygiftbags.


Hot’s Kitchen Closed

November 22, 2017

Well, shoot…. Hot’s Kitchen in Hermosa Beach closed last week. Apparently, a mixed use project will be built on that lot.

I always enjoyed eating at Hot’s as an alternative to the restaurants on Pier Avenue during weekend Strand cruises.

Hopefully, Chef Sean Chaney will be able to procure another beach adjacent location – I’m not sure how long I can go without a fix of his original tacos!


The Chalkboard Mag Pop Up Shop @ Pressed Juicery

November 21, 2017

Leading wellness lifestyle site, The Chalkboard Mag, will host a Pop Up Shop for holiday shoppers inside the Pressed Juicery location in Manhattan Beach.

The Chalkboard’s popular online curation of wellness staples, natural beauty products, cookbooks and sustainable home goods will be coming to life starting today and running through December 31.

Wellness-minded holiday gift items range from $5 to $200 and feature thoughtful home goods including candles, essential oils, potted plants and a stunning ceramic French press. There is truly something for everyone, whether treating yourself, bringing a hostess gift or purchasing a special item for a loved one.

Brands include Herbivore Botanicals, Elle Macpherson’s Super Elixir, Sun Potion, This Is Ground leather goods, Soma, Context, Vitruvi, Sweet Laurel Bakery, Compartes Chocolatier, Sun Potion, Yield Design Co, Youth to the People, Four Sigmatic, Canyon Coffee and Pressed Juicery X Sugarfina.

For those not able to shop in-store, all gifts will also be available in The Chalkboard Mag’s December shop at http://thechalkboardmag.com/.

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

The Chalkboard Mag is a guide to living well. Launched by Pressed Juicery in 2012 as forum for continued conversations on a healthy lifestyle, The Chalkboard is now a leading voice in the wellness lifestyle space, providing daily content on wellness, natural health, clean beauty, and non-toxic, balanced living. The Chalkboard brings its growing readership daily proof that a healthy lifestyle can be a stylish one too. Featuring curated, well-designed content, the team at The Chalkboard believes everyone has something to teach and everyone has something to learn, and that the journey towards wellness should be accessible, beautiful, fun, and just a little bit chic. For more visit http://www.thechalkboardmag.com.


Urbanists Happy Hour – Drink and Pretend the Rent isn’t so High

November 20, 2017

Abundant Housing L.A. and Abundant Housing RB host the Urbanists Happy Hour – Drink and Pretend the Rent isn’t so High today, Monday, November 20 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Redondo Beach.

The lobby bar at the Hilton Garden Inn is reserved for this event and it’s only 100 feet from the end of the Green Line! The group will have a chance to mix and mingle before discussing a little policy. Attendees are welcome to weigh in on the pro-housing policy agenda. Here’s a hint: Redondo must do it’s fair share!

If you rent in Redondo and are feeling squeezed out, you don’t want to miss this!

For additional information and to RSVP, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/151112025505322/.

The Hilton Garden Inn is located at 2410 Marine Ave, Redondo Beach, CA 90278.


Holiday Toy Drive

November 19, 2017

The Redondo Beach Visitors Bureau and local hotels will host a Holiday Toy Drive from November 13 through December 19.

They’ll be working with Redondo-based organization Cheer for Children to bring holiday presents to local Redondo families. Unwrapped gifts can be donated at participating Redondo Beach hotels, and select hotels are offering discounts for guests who donate presents – $10 off per night of their stay when they bring in a gift valued at $5 or more and book the Cheer for Children package online.

The Portofino Hotel & Marina, 260 Portofino Way
Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach, 300 N Harbor Drive
The Redondo Beach Hotel, 400 N Harbor Drive
Residence Inn Redondo Beach, 2420 Marine Avenue http://klick.is/2zXiqf6
Shade Hotel Redondo Beach, 655 N Harbor Drive
Homewood Suites Redondo Beach, 2430 Marine Avenue http://klick.is/2AFUeuZ
Hilton Garden Inn Redondo Beach, 2410 Marine Avenue http://klick.is/2hxjIWO


MB Young Professional Council

November 18, 2017

MB ChamberThe Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce is launching a new group for young professionals that are 40 and under!

The second think tank will take place on Monday, November 20 at 10 a.m. to discuss ideas, group structure, and establish a charity of choice for the group in 2018. A light breakfast will be provided.

For additional information and to RSVP, email Brandon Oates, YPC liaison at Brandon@manhattanbeachchamber.com.

Redondo Beach Hotel is located at 400 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90274.

Third Friday’s @ Strand Brewing

November 17, 2017

Strand Brewing Company presents Third Fridays, a confluence of local art and local beer.

Having spent the last eight years using their brewery to create hand-crafted, small batch beer, Joel Elliot and Rich Marcello are excited to share their space as a gallery to host other local artists.

Third Fridays is a recurring event focusing on local artists and featuring their work in the Tap Room of the brewery. In addition to the art exhibits, the event features on-site food trucks and plenty of Strand Beer for purchase.

For additional information, please contact, Miah Smith at Miah@strandbrewing.com.

Strand Brewing is located at 2201 Dominguez Street, Torrance, CA 90501.

Third Fridays @ Strand Brewing

Yoga on the Aquadeck

November 16, 2017

Shade Hotel Redondo Beach offers FREE Yoga on the Aquadeck every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m.

Gather a few friends for an hour long, all levels class. This event is ‘weather permitting’, so don’t show up if it’s raining. Attendees should wear comfortable clothing and bring their own mat. It’s a terrific way to unwind after work!

Call 310.921.8940 to reserve your spot!

For additional information, visit the website at http://rb.shadehotel.com/events-meetings/.

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


Soap Seas – Made in Redondo Beach

November 15, 2017

I’ve known Christina Wennstrom since she launched her company Soap Seas several years ago.

Christina exemplifies what it means to live, work and play in the South Bay. Her products epitomize the beach lifestyle and I’ve been a fan from day one. Handmade from all natural ingredients, her soaps, lotions, sprays, scrubs and lip balms look, feel and smell incredible.

Her products make fantastic gifts and Christina will create custom packages for all your holiday needs. But don’t forget to treat yourself – once you see her merchandise, you won’t want to give it away!

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

Social Hour @ Playa Hermosa

November 14, 2017

Playa Hermosa will host the monthly BCHD/Blue Zones Project Social Hour tonight, Tuesday, November 14 from 5 to 6 p.m.

Italians drink a glass of red wine with each meal…and they might just be onto something. Studies show that for people who have a healthy relationship with alcohol, enjoying a glass of wine rich in artery-scrubbing flavonoids can benefit the health of the mind and body. Unwind with new and old friends during Social Hour.

Attendees will enjoy discounted appetizers and the first glass of wine for $5

The monthly Social Hour takes place the second Tuesday of each month from 5 to 6 p.m. at various venues throughout the South Bay.

For additional information, visit the BCHD website at http://bchd.org/.

Playa Hermosa is located at 19 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA.

wine at five

Rock & Brews Holiday Party Catering

November 13, 2017

Rock & Brews Redondo Beach is offering a Family & Friends special for this season’s holiday parties – for every $500 spent, you’ll receive a $50 gift card!

Rock & Brews caters American comfort food prepared with the finest and freshest ingredients. With a wide variety of food to choose from, they can make your holiday party one your family, friends or co-workers won’t forget.

With 24 hours notice, they are able to deliver directly to you. For same day orders, please call (310) 378-4970.

To view the offsite catering menu, visit the website at http://www.rockandbrews.com/wp-content/uploads/Rock-and-Brews-Catering-Menu-r062317.pdf .


Manhattan Beach Community Police Academy

November 12, 2017

The Manhattan Beach Police Department is currently accepting applications for the 2018 Community Police Academy. The Academy is a ten-week program that is designed to educate residents and local citizens on various aspects of law enforcement. The first session will take place on Thursday, January 11, 2018, from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. at the Manhattan Beach Police Department. Classes will continue every Thursday and will culminate with a graduation ceremony on March 15, 2018.

Each session will highlight select sections (i.e. Patrol, SWAT, K-9, Traffic & Detectives) within the Department and feature instruction by police officers, support personnel, as well as management staff. This Academy is not intended to prepare citizens for street duty as police officers. Instead, participants will become closely familiar with the operations of the Manhattan Beach Police Department. At the same time, through this interaction with our residents, our officers get the opportunity to work toward building stronger community relationships.

To participate, an Academy application must be submitted for review to determine suitability for the program. Applicants must then meet the following criteria:
-Must be at least 18 years old
-Must reside or work within the City of Manhattan Beach
-Must not have felony convictions
-Must not be wanted for any crime
-Must submit to a limited background check (to include: warrants & criminal history)

For more program information, please call Officer Kristie Colombo (310) 802-5184 or via email at mbpdcpa@citymb.info.

Academy applications and brochures are available on the city website at http://www.citymb.info/city-officials/police-department/programs-and-services/crime-prevention.


Veteran’s Day @ Rock & Brews PCH

November 11, 2017

Rock & Brews PCH salutes those who rock….. and VETERANS!

Today is Veteran’s Day, and Rock & Brews will be serving up FREE pulled pork sandwiches for all veterans, armed forces members and first responders!

This offer is for dine in only and a valid military or first responder ID is required. One sandwich per guest during restaurant hours at participating locations.

It’s a small way to say THANK YOU for all those wearing a uniform!

For additional information, visit the website at http://www.rockandbrews.com/location/redondo-beach.

Rock & Brews PCH is located at 6300 South Pacific Coast Highway in Redondo Beach.


Wine Tasting @ Roman Aroma

November 10, 2017

Roman Aroma Gran Caffe will host a Wine Tasting tonight, Friday, November 10 from 6 to 10 p.m.

This tasting will feature Mr. Belloni, Export Manager of Cantina Aldegheri and Ms. Gessica Guidi, sommelier. As usual, there will be all kinds of tasty snacks available.

The cost is $30 per person.

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

Roman Aroma is located at 901 North Catalina Avenue, suite 100, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.


Jason Ferg @ The Lighthouse Cafe

November 9, 2017

Singer, songwriter and MC Jason Ferg performs at The Lighthouse Cafe tonight, Thursday, November 9 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Kick off the weekend at this FREE happy hour performance and get groovy while Jason saturates the atmosphere with soulful vocals to promote love and inspire greatness

Enjoy $5 PBR & Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Lighthouse Chopp, Ahi Tacos (2), Fried Mozzarella Sticks (5) Pulled Pork Sliders (3), Chicken Quesadilla, and Pepperoni Pizza, and $5 drinks including any import Draft, well cocktails, house wines, Jack Fire Shots and Lighthouse Big Ginger.

For additional information, visit the website at http://www.thelighthousecafe.net/

The Lighthouse Cafe is located at 30 Pier Avenue Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.


Decorate the Torrance Rose Parade Float

November 8, 2017

If you want to be part of one of the longest standing South Bay traditions, read on!

There will be an Orientation Meeting for anyone interested in volunteering to decorate the City of Torrance entry for the 2018 Tournament of Roses Parade. The meeting will take place on November 16 at 7 p.m. in the Katy Geissert Library.

Decorating dates for the float are November 25, December 2, December 26 and December 30.

For additional information, visit the website at http://www.torrancerosefloat.org.

The Katy Geissert Library is located at 3301 Torrance Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90503.


Election Day

November 7, 2017

It’s election day here in the South Bay, and for those cities with items on the ballot (Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates), today will determine the course of governance for the near future.

Make your opinion count – GET OUT AND VOTE!!!


MBPD Supports Movember

November 6, 2017

There’s some groovy facial hair popping up in Manhattan Beach!

This year, from November 1 through November 30, members of the Manhattan Beach Police Department will be displaying moustaches and moustache pins to show their support for prostate cancer awareness as part of the Movember campaign.

Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of prostate cancer. The goal of Movember is to “change the face of men’s health.”

Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. Men are encouraged to be aware of any family history of cancer and to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

The Manhattan Beach Police Department is proud to be part of this movement to generate awareness for those whose lives have been affected by prostate cancer.

For additional information, visit the website at: https://us.movember.com/.


Fall Back

November 5, 2017

It’s the end of Daylight Savings Time and time to fall back. Be sure to turn you clocks back one hour at some point today. The last thing you want to do is show up for work an hour early tomorrow.

What on earth will you do with that extra hour? I’ll be SLEEPING!


November Blue Plate Special

November 4, 2017

Beach Cities Health District offers a new Blue Plate Special at area restaurants every month.

For the entire month of November, everyone will receive 20% off select healthy dishes at Hermosa Beach Fish Shop, Lido di Manhattan and Fitch’s Kitchen Monday through Thursday.

Each month, the Blue Plate Special (20% off a healthy dish) will be offered at three restaurants in the Beach Cities. This cannot be combined with any other offer and substitutions are not permitted.

For additional information, visit the website at http://www.bchd.org/.