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Join a BCHD Public Advisory Committee

April 24, 2019

The Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) Board of Directors is seeking qualified residents and high school students to serve on its advisory committees. All committee members have a direct impact on the health and wellness programs and services BCHD provides to the Beach Cities community. Meetings are generally held quarterly and scheduled for evenings.

The following committees are seeking candidates:

-Community Health Committee Identifies and advises the board on community health and wellness concerns, monitors the availability of community health resources and recommends areas for programs and services.

-Strategic Planning Committee Helps the board formulate and fulfill the vision, mission and goals of BCHD.

-Finance Committee Works with the board to ensure the financial health of BCHD.

Committee members must reside in Hermosa, Manhattan or Redondo Beach. Residents who wish to be considered must complete an application – available at http://www.bchd.org/committee – and submit a resume or curriculum vitae. High school students must complete a youth application and have it signed by three references. All applications are due by noon on Monday, May 6, 2019. Top candidates will be contacted for interviews and appointments will be announced in June. All terms begin July 1, 2019.Terms are two years for adult members and one year for high school students.

Community members with questions about the positions or application process should contact Charlie Velasquez at charlie.velasquez@bchd.org. High school students with questions should contact Shana Martinez at (310) 374-3426, ext. 161, or shana.martinez@bchd.org.

Completed applications can be faxed, emailed, dropped off or mailed to:

Beach Cities Health District Committee Appointments
1200 Del Amo Street
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Fax: (310) 376-4738
Email: Charlie.velasquez@bchd.org


Sign Up Now for Stomping Grounds Festival Auditions

April 23, 2019

South Bay teen musicians are invited to audition for the inaugural Stomping Grounds Festival on Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Joslyn Center.

Local teen musicians should bring their own instruments, cymbals and amp – PA system, drums, mics and a sound engineer will be provided. There is a 15 minute time limit on each audition.

For additional information and to sign up for an audition time slot, contact via email at teenmusic@yahoo.com.

The Stomping Grounds Festival will take place on July 20, 2019 and will feature a community art show to showcase local artistic talent and 8 teen bands will perform to showcase and promote their enormous talent.

The 2019 Stomping Grounds festival has been established with one purpose in mind – to provide a positive, creative and professional environment for youth to express and develop their musical and artistic talents. This is a free event for everyone who wants to attend and family and friends are encouraged to spend the day rocking out to some great music from local teen bands.

Call for Artists Deadline Extended to April 30, 2019

April 22, 2019

The Palos Verdes Art Center has put out an Call for Artist for Now Trending, the annual Alpay Scholarship University Student Juried Exhibition taking place from June 8 through July 7.

All current Southern California university art students are invited to mine the cultural landscape of Los Angeles for inspiration leading to the submission of dynamic new work to be showcased in PVAC’s annual Alpay Scholarship University Student Juried Exhibition, Now Trending.

Open to all current Southern California university art students:
·All media considered – new media encouraged
·No submission fee
·Up to three (3) submissions; please upload only one image for 2-Dimensional works or video; up to three images allowed for each 3-D work.
·Submission goals “the unexpected”
·Winning submission awarded $5000 scholarship
·Submission deadline, April 30, 2019
·Exhibition dates, June 8 – July 7, 2019

To apply, visit the website at https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=6470.


Volunteers Needed for 2019 Tour de Pier

April 21, 2019

Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach (CSCRB) is seeking volunteers to help with the seventh annual Tour de Pier outdoor stationary cycling event to take place at the Manhattan Beach Pier on Sunday, May 19. Gather your colleagues and friends for a fun day in the sun!

To help make a difference in your community and the lives of cancer patients, please sign up at http://www.tourdepier.com. Click on Volunteer to select your shift. Volunteers are needed on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19.

For additional information, contact Kelly at Kelly@cancersupportredondobeach.org or call (310) 376-3550.

Proceeds from Tour de Pier will benefit CSCRB, The Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research and The Uncle Kory Foundation for Brain Cancer.

CSCRB celebrates more than 32 years of free support, education and hope for cancer patients and their families.


Spring Fling with Smokin’ Smitty & The Masters of Music

April 20, 2019

Smokin’ Smitty & The Masters of Music will be playing at The Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach tonight!

The music starts at 9 p.m. Be sure to wear your dancin’ shoes because this band will have you on your feet all night!

For additional information, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/smokinsmittyandmastersofmusic?fref=ts.

The Lighthouse is located at 30 Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach.

Keep the Esplanade Beautiful Mixer Recap

April 19, 2019

I attended the Keep the Esplanade Beautiful Annual Community Mixer at HT Grill this past Wednesday night.

It’s such a fantastic, beautification focused, non-profit – and they really do keep the Esplanade clean and gorgeous – so I attend the event every year in support. This time around, they did a little outside-the-box thinking with regard to raising funds.

Last month, Keep the Esplanade Beautiful teamed up with Friends of Redondo Beach Arts for a Plein Air Painting event along the Esplanade. Over 20 South Bay artists focused their talents on memorializing the beauty of the Esplanade, and those particular works of art were up for bid in a silent auction at the Community Mixer.

I’m currently gearing up to redecorate my home, so I attended the event with the goal of bidding (successfully!) on several pieces of art.

I picked out three or four pieces I loved and wrote in my bids. Every ten minutes or so, I checked on the bid sheets…. lots of competition. I kept upping my bids, and just when I thought I would check them one last time, the bidding ended.

I was chatting with local artist, Richard Gould, while they announced the winning bids. Richard and I did a little back and forth bidding on one piece I really wanted by Leah Shirejian. I could tell he was determined to have it, so I didn’t push it, figuring my other bids would be successful.

Alas, not one of my bids prevailed. RATS!

But Richard, well, he successfully bid on four pieces…. including the one I lusted after. I congratulated him on his good fortune (and good taste)…. and then he GAVE me the painting. I was floored – and immediately offered to buy it from him, but he wouldn’t hear of it.

Well, hell…. that just made my night, week, month…. could be longer.

Did I mention that Richard is one of our talented, local artists? He’s a wood turner – which is different from a wood carver. His work is utterly unique and GORGEOUS. Visit his website at https://rgould88.wixsite.com/woodturning.

Thank you, my friend!

Hermosa Beach Summer Concerts to Continue! Yay!

April 18, 2019

The Hermosa Beach City Council agreed to award a contract for production and management of the popular Hermosa Beach Summer Concerts to talent management and event production company 5B Artists + Media. The company is committed to providing live musical performances that will be free to the public and feature high-caliber artists in August 2019 and 2020, with an option to extend to a third year.

City staff determined 5B Artists + Media was the most qualified of the event production companies that responded to the City’s Request for Proposals (RFP) to produce the annual series of musical performances that attract up to 10,000 to the sand south of the Hermosa Beach Pier.

In selecting 5B Artists + Media, the City staff cited the company’s extensive experience, strong desire to partner with local businesses and ensure the concert series remain a community event for all ages. In addition, the City staff cited 5B Artists + Media’s demonstrated ability to secure sponsorships. The company has offices in Culver City, CA, the United Kingdom and New York. It has over 10 years of experience producing concerts and events in six different countries with capacities ranging from 2,000 to 50,000.

In its proposal, 5B Artists + Media said it would rely on sponsorships – rather than City funds – to pay for the costs of providing the concert series, including security, portable restrooms and other services the City had provided in the past at no charge to the previous event production company. Under the agreement with 5B Artists + Media, the City would only have some indirect costs, such as staff time to plan and implement the concert series and parking for artists and the production team.

“We are so pleased to have such an experienced production company to continue this great tradition of live music on the beach,” said Hermosa Beach Mayor Stacey Armato. “We look forward to creating another great summer concert series with our new partners, 5B Artists + Media, a company with global reach that is committed to using its extensive connections to bring some great artists to Hermosa Beach to entertain our community.”

In addition to the Sunday concerts, 5B Artists + Media said it is willing to provide additional events on alternate days throughout the weekends, including movies, live performances and other activities that will use the stage it sets up for the concerts. The details of these events have not yet been determined.

Get Ready for Spyder Surf Fest!

April 17, 2019

The annual Spyder Surf Fest will take place on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pier Plaza in Hermosa Beach.

This fun-filled event is all about living the South Bay lifestyle! Put it on your calendar NOW because you don’t want to miss it!!!

Why South Bay by Jackie.com?

April 16, 2019

The South Bay by Jackie.com website is continuously being updated. I’m not exaggerating – pretty much all day, every day, someone is doing something to improve the website experience.

We’re constantly adding, removing, editing and updating posts and links as new information is received. Behind the scenes, there are the technical aspects of managing a website – everything from the speed with which a page opens, to programming, to obscure mechanical things I know nothing about and have no desire to. Then there’s the most crucial task – monitoring that all-important SEO (ensuring you’ll find the website online). To have your website show up on the first page of a Google search result is difficult, and getting and keeping your website as the number one search result is practically a full-time job.

As busy as we are keeping the website running smoothly, improving our SEO, and confirming the information we provide is correct and current, I really haven’t paid much attention to what other local websites are doing. So, my team and I recently spent a couple of hours browsing several South Bay, event-centric, hyper-local websites. Some provide valuable information for specific groups and do it well, others… not so much.

Here’s what I learned from this exercise….

-We discovered an alarming amount of incorrect and/or outdated information posted to many of these sites.
-Several sites are using automation to select events, and in the process, are including events outside the South Bay.
-The vast majority of these websites are side hustles, which means they’re not a priority to whomever is managing them.
-Many of these websites are literally copying and pasting information from my website onto theirs. (I’m not referring to the local service providers that have requested and received permission to feature the information on my website in their newsletters or on their websites for their clients use. That includes you, Mark!)
-We found a significant lack of consistency. That will happen when a website has several contributors with different styles, experiences and views.
-I was personally appalled by the dreadful grammar and spelling. We all make errors from time to time, but it’s an epidemic online!

South Bay by Jackie.com is my baby, and I put my reputation on the line the moment we launched it. So it’s important to me that it remain the most trusted, comprehensive and up-to-date, hyper-local website in the South Bay…. And that’s why over 400,000 people are using it.

Sign Up Now for Annual Richstone Walk

April 15, 2019

You’ll want to sign up NOW for the annual Richstone Walk taking place Saturday, April 27 at the Manhattan Beach Pier.

Participants will walk from the Manhattan Beach Pier to the Hermosa Beach Pier and back. Check in begins at 7:30 a.m. with the event getting underway at 8:30 a.m. The Walkathon is uniquely different from other walks as live music will take place along the route as well as food and beverage vendors, fitness trunk shows, photo-booth and more. The Pet Parade begins at 7:45 a.m. The Opening Ceremony and Awards for Top Fundraising Teams, Individuals/Pets and Best Dressed Pet is at 8 a.m. This is a family friendly event and children of all ages are welcome.

All proceeds benefit the Richstone Family Center child abuse treatment and prevention programs. This is a very popular event and everybody will be there! Don’t miss this opportunity to take a few steps to help prevent child abuse.

For additional information, registration, and to make a donation, visit the website at http://www.richstonefamily.org/.

The Manhattan Beach Pier is located at the western end of Manhattan Beach Boulevard in Manhattan Beach. #richstonewalk #richstonefamily

South Bay Water-Wise Garden Tour

April 14, 2019

The ninth annual South Bay Water-Wise Garden Tour is seeking beautiful and creative drought tolerant gardens to display for its self-drive tour in October.

For your garden to be considered, please contact by April 27. Call Peggy at 310-515-0934.

The proceeds from the garden tour go to support the Gardena Willows Wetlands Preserve.


Manhattan Beach PD DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint

April 13, 2019

The Manhattan Beach Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint today, Saturday, April 13, 2019 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. By publicizing these educational and enforcement efforts, the Manhattan Beach Police Department believes that drinking and driving, and driving while unlicensed, will be reduced.

This “Zero Tolerance” approach to enforcement sends a clear message to those who still don’t heed the warning to designate a sober driver before celebrations begin. Simply put, “If you are over the legal limit, you will be arrested.”

The public is encouraged to help keep roadways safe by calling 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver.

Sobriety and drunk driving checkpoint representing the dangers of drivers that are intoxicated above the legal limit by alcohol or other drugs while they are behind the wheel of a vehicule.

Park Smarter App Now Available in Riviera Village

April 12, 2019

All of the parking meters in Riviera Village now accept credit cards, but did you know you can pay for parking in Riviera Village from the Park Smarter app?

Simply download the app, set-up your account, scan the barcode on your meter with your smart phone, set your time and off you go! Monitor your time and add more time right from your smart phone.

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


South Bay Farmers’ Market Update

April 11, 2019

It has come to my attention that the Farmers’ Market schedule I have listed on the Recurring Events page has gotten so buried among all the other events, people aren’t finding it.

So I’ve decided to create a page just for local farmers’ markets. That way, you won’t have to scroll endlessly for the information. It’s now – literally – right at your finger tips on the menu bar!

Check it out at https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/south-bay-farmers-market.php.

The Pacific Stranded Ribbon Cutting

April 10, 2019

On Thursday, April 4 the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce performed a Ribbon Cutting ceremony for local business The Pacific Stranded.

Shop owners Daniel Inez and John Hudson established business on Hermosa Avenue a couple years ago. The success from predominantly being an online-based business has allowed them, for the first time ever, to open their doors to the public with new spring operating hours of 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday and noon – 5 p.m. Friday – Sunday!

Now customers can see firsthand the unique array of items for purchase up-close, in person. Artwork, street signs, pennants and pillows are just some of the great pieces that greet you upon entering. Everything is made locally, right here in Southern California.

“This is a very special shop. If you have a love of the South Bay, and especially of Hermosa Beach, visiting this location is a must. I’m looking forward to seeing their booth during Fiesta Hermosa over Memorial Day weekend! It’s sure to be a crowd favorite,” said Maureen Hunt, President/CEO of the Chamber.

Maureen and Chamber staff were on-hand to perform the ribbon cutting ceremony. Mayor Stacey Armato, Mayor Pro Tem Mary Campbell and Chamber Board member Manny Serrano attended to give their support, in the company of numerous friends and family.

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

The Pacific Stranded is located at 901 Hermosa Avenue, Suite K, in Hermosa Beach. Visitors can enter on the south side of the building.

This Week in the Garden

April 9, 2019

Check out what’s going on in the Garden this week!

For additional information, visit the website at https://southcoastbotanicgarden.org/.

South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274.


Hermosa Beach Launches Membership Program to Make Skate Park More Easily Accessible to Youth

April 8, 2019

The City of Hermosa Beach Community Resources Department is launching a membership program for users of the Hermosa Beach Skate Park today, Monday, April 8, that will eliminate the requirement for a parent or guardian to sign a liability waiver each time a child under the age of 18 visits the park.

“We want to encourage our young community members to exercise and enjoy the outdoors, and the Skate Park is a great place to skate safely,” said Hermosa Beach Mayor Stacey Armato. “After noticing a decline in Skate Park usage, the Community Resources Department developed this streamlined solution to encourage use of the Skate Park through annual memberships that eliminate the need for parents or guardians to have to sign a liability waiver every time a minor child uses the Skate Park.”

The Skate Park Membership Program is voluntary and will be available to all Skate Park users for a $10 annual fee. Skate Park users can purchase a membership at the Community Center offices from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday through Sunday. A parent or legal guardian must be present with anyone under 18 years of age to sign the liability form at the time the membership is purchased. A photo ID will be issued at the time of purchase, and members must present this ID to the Skate Park monitor to gain entry into the Skate Park.

Membership is not required to use the park. Daily liability waivers will still be available for those who don’t wish to purchase an annual membership.

The Hermosa Beach Skate Park is located at 710 Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach. It is open from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. It is also open noon to 7 p.m. on Hermosa Beach City School District holidays and vacation days.

Skaters in the park can use skateboards, scooters and in-line skates. All park users must wear a helmet, elbow pads and knee pads. In-line skaters must also wear wrist guards.

For more information about the Hermosa Beach Skate Park, please call the Community Resources Department at (310) 318-0280 or visit the website at http://www.hermosabch.org/index.aspx?page=28&recordid=1336.

Yacht Club Opening Day

April 7, 2019

Today is Opening Day for the local yacht clubs!

Port Royale, Redondo Beach and King Harbor Yacht Clubs celebrate the traditional beginning of boating season with this time honored event. Expect to see plenty of blue blazers, white pants and panama hats all over the harbor area.

Even though we enjoy boating year round here in Southern California, we still adhere to the tradition of firing off a canon to ‘break the ice’ so the boating season can begin.

These are generally private events for club members, so don’t show up unless you have a friend that can put you on the guest list…. but you can still enjoy the roar of the canons!

Lomita Motel Property Slated for Exciting Improvements

April 6, 2019

The Lomita City Council approved a contract to proceed with design of a public parking lot and pedestrian plaza on the vacant lot located at 24329 Narbonne Avenue, the former Lomita Motel site.

This property was acquired by the City in 2017. The conceptual design, which will be finalized in the coming months, includes a public plaza with an area that can be utilized to host pop-up shops, food vendors, and/or small business kiosks as well as approximately 10 public parking spaces in the rear of the property. The City has also received a $50,000 grant from the Kenneth Picerne Foundation to assist the City with the cost of construction of the project.

If you would like more information regarding this project, please contact Community & Economic Development Director Alicia Velasco at a.velasco@lomitacity.com or call (310) 325-7110 x122.

SBBWA Conference Break Out Speakers Announced

April 5, 2019

The South Bay Business Women’s Association has just announced the Break Out Speakers for this year’s conference, Ascend on Friday, May 10 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Torrance Marriott.

Which session will you attend?

DR. MIA SANDERS MADATI, “The Doctor Visit Uncovered: The Importance of Screenings”

REGINA LARK, “Physic Debris, Crowded Closets: The Relationship Between the Stuff in your Head & What’s under your Bed”

KIM O’HARA, “Write Your Book: Unleash a Movement, Mission and Quest”

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