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Young Entrepreneurs Academy Now Accepting Applications.

September 20, 2019

The Manhattan Beach Chamber is now accepting applications for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy for middle and high school children this fall through September 20.

The program will commence in October and run through the end of the school year, meeting once a week at Mira Costa High School.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a year-long program that teaches students in grades 6 through 12 how to start and run their own, REAL businesses. Students brainstorm business ideas, decide if they want to work by themselves or as a team, write a business plan, pitch their plan to investors for funding, and actually launch their own business or social movement. All of the learning is real and experiential. Students have the opportunity to leave the class as business owners, complete with a DBA and bank account.

The Chamber is currently looking for middle or high school students between the ages of 11 and 18 who are interested in starting their own business. Applications are being accepted, and student interviews are conducted, on a rolling basis. YEA! will grant admission to a maximum of twenty four students annually.

Applications for the 2019-20 academic year are now being accepted.

For additional information on the program, visit the website at https://www.manhattanbeachchamber.com/yea/
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Get Tickets Now for Boots, Brews & BBQ

September 19, 2019

The annual Boots, Brews & BBQ event is going down this Saturday, September 21!

Dust off your boots and put on a cowboy hat! Get ready to feast on barbecue dishes, sample craft beers from local breweries, and enjoy a tequila tasting or your favorite cocktails at our open bar.

Work on your aim at the shooting ranges, play blackjack, spin the Booze Wheel, partake in live and silent auctions, and dance the night away!

It’s going to be fun, fun, FUN! You don’t want to miss this, so purchase your tickets NOW!

Tickets are $125.

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at https://www.switzercenter.org/whats-happening/boots-brews-and-bbqs-2019/.

Switzer Learning Center is located at 2201 Amapola Court, Torrance, CA.

South Bay Kitchen Solutions Grand Opening

September 18, 2019

South Bay Kitchen Solutions will celebrate their Grand Opening today, Wednesday, September 18 at 5 p.m.

The community is invited to stop by and check out the new showroom. Attendees will enjoy free swag, bites and prizes.

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

South Bay Kitchen Solutions is located at 2100 North Sepulveda, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.


Trivia Tuesday @ Hey 19 Public House

September 17, 2019

Hey 19 Public House hosts Trivia Tuesday every week from 7 to 9 p.m.!

Put on your game face and prepare for an evening of brain power one-up-man-ship. Enjoy an adult beverage or have a bite to eat while putting all that trivial knowledge to use.

For additional information, visit the website at http://www.hey19publichouse.com/.

Hey 19 Public House is located at 4525 Calle Mayor, Torrance, CA 90505.

Sunday Funday Update

September 16, 2019

It was another fantastic Sunday Funday at the Portofino dock yesterday. There was some cloud cover, which worked out nicely, since it can get a bit hot back there when the sun shines.

There was a good sized crowd – Feed the Kitty has a big local following – and local boaters and hotel guests made the most of the cooler weather.

From what I understand, Portofino will continue the event for the next few weeks, sometime into October. I heard they will then move it back to the fire pits, possibly expanding the space into the waterside patio area under Baleen. The boaters seem to prefer that location since they can bring their dinghies right up alongside, but there really wasn’t much standing room for other attendees. The patio area will provide plenty of space and seating if they decide to use it. I hope so since I plan on spending many more Sunday afternoons there!

Happy Monday, everybody!

Waterfront Education Offers New Classes

September 15, 2019

Waterfront Education is now offering three New Classes for high schoolers.

Do you have a high schooler who is interested in hands-on, in-depth, and outdoor-focused education? Does your student love the ocean but is tired of learning in the classroom? Then you might want to consider these three exciting new offerings from Waterfront Education!

Marine Biology: Student will leave as experts in marine biology, learning both in and out of the classroom, conducting experiments, performing field work, and exploring our local marine ecosystem!

Sailing: Come learn how to sail during this 12-week course! Students will gain knowledge in basic sail theory and seamanship while building teamwork skills and exploring the beautiful coastline firsthand.

Marine Mega-fauna: Explore all the amazing, large, and charismatic animals in the ocean, from whales to birds to sharks! Students will learn about these incredible creatures both in the classroom and on the water!

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

Gelato-go Grand Opening

September 14, 2019

Gelato-go will celebrate their Grand Opening today, Saturday, September 14 in downtown El Segundo from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

We’re experiencing a mini heat wave this weekend and can you think of a better way to cool down than with a refreshing gelato?

For additional information, visit the website at https://www.gelatogo.net/locations-2/.

Gelato-go is located at 417 Main Street in El Segundo.


El Segundo Community Police Academy

September 13, 2019

The El Segundo Police Department has announce that the next Community Police Academy will be starting on October 2, 2019.

This free, 10-week session, will meet every Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. Apply now by contacting Sergeant Eric Atkinson at eatkinson@elsegundo.org and get an inside look at the El Segundo Police Department.


More New Restaurants in Riviera Village

September 12, 2019

It seems like it was just yesterday I blogged about several new restaurants opening in Riviera Village… well, there’s more!

You may have visited the Hermosa Beach location and now The Hook & Plow has opened in Riviera Village. The restaurant features locally sourced and organic seafood, meats, produce, and other ingredients. In addition, all of their wines and craft beers also come from California, some are just miles away.

Rock’n Juice is now open as The PunchBowl. Their juices and smoothies are 100% organic and vegan.

The Swell Deli is going to open in the former Eyedentity location. I hope it’s a full service deli, not just sandwiches. It would be nice to have a selection of charcuterie in the Riv!

There’s also a place called Matty’s Crawdaddies that’s been under construction for a while… we’ll have to wait and see!

Live Music @ Primo Italia

September 11, 2019

Primo Italia now has Live Music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night!

Owner Lou Giovannetti is the South Bay’s own bel canto and his infectious voice, unique style and repertoire can’t be beat. Stop in for dinner or a nightcap, sit back and relax, while Lou and friends go deep into the Great American Songbook.

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

Primo Italia is located at 24590 Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance, Ca 90505 (Hillside Village).


Crafts n’ Laughs @ Flights Beer Bar

September 10, 2019

The Gundo Comedy Festival presents Crafts n’ Laughs tonight, Tuesday, September 10 at 9:15 at Flights Beer Bar.

Every Tuesday night, comedian Dave Williamson presents a line-up featuring the best professional stand-up comics in Los Angeles. Crafts n’ Laughs has become one of the most popular playgrounds in the city for working comics to hone their material and to have a good time with our fun South Bay regulars.

This show is FREE, and welcomes anyone looking for a fun, affordable night out. Flights offers great food and an amazing craft beer selection.

For additional information, visit the website at https://flightsbeerbar.com/events/.

Flights Beer Bar is located at 5119 West El Segundo Boulevard, Hawthorne, CA 90250.


ESMoA OZ Artwork for Sale

September 9, 2019

Don’t miss your chance to own amazing artworks!

Five original murals created for ESMoA Experience #41 OZ by renowned Los Angeles artists Aiseborn and Kopyeson are for sale to the general public.

The murals depict the most famous locations in Oz, including the Poppy Fields, Yellow Brick Road, Emerald City, Munchkinland, and the Witch’s Castle. They reach up to 15′ in height.

They are magical. They are original. hey are one of a kind.

All proceeds benefit ESMoA’s Education Department.

For further information or purchase, contact Winnie Lam at winnie@lamstudiola.com.

Hide & Seek: Art Meets Nature Debuts @ SCBG

September 8, 2019

Anticipation met with excitement this past week when the team from LACMA helped to install the Garden’s newest exhibit Hide and Seek: Art Meets Nature, Works from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art at South Coast Botanic Garden.

The project represents a pivotal moment for the Garden and for LACMA, as the art museum packs up its galleries for a major renovation project and the Garden opens its gates to a selection of notable works for long-term display. The sculptures will be placed in the back 40 acres as a compliment to the two permanent sculptures already on display in the formal collection areas.

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.

Mysti the Mermaid Trailer

September 7, 2019

The annual Sunscreen Film Festival West will take place Friday, October 18 through Sunday, October 20 at the Hermosa Beach Community Theater.

The Sunscreen Film Festival West (SSFFwest) will present this year’s selection of short films and features from several different countries. Screenings will begin on Friday and run through the weekend, culminating with the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, October 20.

Here’s a sneak peek of a locally made film, Mysti the Mermaid, that will be screened this year: https://vimeo.com/335057940.

For additional information, complete schedule of events and ticket purchase, visit the website at http://www.ssffwest.com/.

AC Lounge Now Open for Lunch

September 6, 2019

AC Hotel Los Angeles South Bay’s first floor AC Lounge is now officially open for lunch!

The opening of the AC Hotel Los Angeles South Bay has brought a new dining option to the bustling area. The AC Lounge, located on the first floor of the hotel, serves up a diverse and delectable assortment of seasonally-inspired options on its Rooted on Maple menu, curated by Executive Chef Dustin Taylor.

Featuring both indoor lounge seating and an expansive patio, the AC Lounge is the perfect place to go guiltless or indulge. Choose from a Beyond Burger with vegan cheddar or opt for the Wagyu Burger topped house made nacho cheese or opt for an Ancient Grain Bowl or snack on Avocado Toast. Pair lunch with a cocktail like the Immunity Boost made with turmeric or the Agua Fresca Stinger made with fresh watermelon for a refreshing midday sip. And don’t forget to treat yourself to a sweet ending with a Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwich.

Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For additional information, visit the website at https://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/restaurant/laxae-ac-hotel-los-angeles-south-bay/.

AC Hotel Los Angeles South Bay is located at 2130 East Maple Avenue, El Segundo, CA 90245.

ESMoA Now Accepting School Tour Reservations

September 5, 2019

Educators! ESMoA is now accepting School Tour Reservations for Experience 43: PLANT!

Experience 43: PLANT is a comprehensive exhibition showcasing the work and practice of German artist Amely Spötzl. Since childhood, Amely has played with, and been intrigued by plants and structures found in nature. PLANT will be on view at ESMoA October 24, 2019 through January 25, 2020.

Reservations are available on a first-come first-serve basis. ESMoA’s 60-minute tours are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:30am to 10:30am and 11:00am to 12:00pm and are led by ESMoA Schools Docents or a member of ESMoA Staff. Sign up for your field trip at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040844aaaa2fa13-plant.

To request an ESMoA-funded bus, sign up for your slots, confirm you are requesting a bus, and email schools@artlab21.org for confirmation and next steps.
Please note that bus scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis and preference will be given to Title 1 schools; limited to 2 buses per school.

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

El Segundo Museum of Art is located at 208 Main Street, El Segundo, CA 90245.

New Retailers @ The Point

September 4, 2019

The Point in El Segundo continues to roll out emerging and popular concepts, including the addition of four new brands, between now and spring 2020.

“The Point is home to the newest and hottest shops, eateries and fitness offerings in the area. We’re thrilled to add Outerknown, Van Leeuwen, Bonobos and Warby Parker to The Point’s unparalleled mix of world‐class and innovative merchant concepts.” said Collette Navarrette, West Coast director of marketing at Federal Realty Investment Trust.

Outerknown (Opening September 2019)
California‐based sustainable lifestyle brand Outerknown, founded by professional surfer Kelly Slater, is pleased to announce the opening of its first brick‐and‐mortar store. The retail space serves as an immersive experience bringing Outerknown’s coastal‐inspired men’s & women’s apparel and mission “For People & Planet” to life.

Van Leeuwen (Opening Spring 2020)
Upscale Brooklyn‐based ice cream shop Van Leeuwen is expanding to LA and opening at The Point in spring 2020. The popular ice cream shop — known for on‐point takes of classics like mint chip and strawberry, as well as unique seasonal specials and vegan renditions — has gotten significantly bigger since its days as a food truck. Always celebrating what’s in season and the best the world has to offer, Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream crafts some of the best scoops in the country.

Bonobos (Now Open)
Inside the 1,274‐square‐foot space, you’ll find clothes, of course. But unlike a traditional boutique, you won’t be walking out carrying your purchases — at least, not right away. Here, you try on your intended merchandise and order it through Bonobos.com onsite. With the brand’s concept of creating a one‐on‐one shopping experience, which shifts the focus more to a customer’s needs rather than the store’s inventory, Bonobos is revolutionizing the way men are shopping in a physical space with a digital component.

Warby Parker (Now Open)
Warby Parker, the American e‐retailer of sunglasses and prescription eyeglasses has 20 physical retail locations, including its Southern Californian expansion with its eighth store opening at The Point. There are classic and funky frames that will surely please any glass wear fanatic. On top of the regular styles they carry, there are always new collections in the works. This year’s Fall Collection will debut on Thursday, September 12th at The Point’s upcoming event, Fashion on Point.

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

The Point is located at 850 South Pacific Coast Highway, El Segundo, CA 90245.

Register Now for Skechers Friendship Walk

September 3, 2019

Register now for the annual Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk taking place on Sunday, October 27.

Support local education and children with special needs by signing up for this special walk which goes from the Manhattan Beach Pier to the Hermosa Beach Pier and back. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. with the walk starting at 9 a.m.

Online registration is $30 per person. On-site registration is $35. Everyone receives a free t-shirt with registration.

For additional information and to register, visit the website at http://www.SkechersFriendshipWalk.com.

Interactive Aquarium Classes @ The Roundhouse

September 2, 2019

Join the amazing Roundhouse Aquarium educators for this fun-filled series of Interactive Classes hosted in the Roundhouse Aquarium classroom on the Manhattan Beach pier!

In this four-part series, explore the sights, sounds, and animals of our local ocean waters. Dive into marine science in these hands-on classes to explore things from the microscopic to the huge, from the abiotic to the biotic, and from the usual to the amazingly unusual!

September 5 – Plankton! – Conduct a plankton tow and learn the importance of these amazing creatures while looking at your collection under the microscope.
September 12 – Pressure! – Conduct fun experiments and explore how animals survive in the deep depths of the ocean.
September 19 – Sink of Float? – Use the scientific method to explore the concept of buoyancy. Create your very own boat and see if it can rise to the challenge!
September 26 – Invertebrates! – Learn about various terrestrial and marine invertebrates and conduct a squid dissection!

Sign up for the whole series or your favorite individual class.

For additional information and registration, visit the website at http://www.waterfronteducation.org/interactive-aquarium-classes-with-the-roundhouse.

The Roundhouse Aquarium is located on the Manhattan Beach Pier at 2 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.


Sea Level Appoints Executive Chef Craig Hopson

September 1, 2019

Industry recognized Chef Craig Hopson has taken over the kitchen from Chef Aaron Robbins at Sea Level Restaurant & Lounge.

A revered waterfront location with picturesque views of the King Harbor Marina, Sea Level Restaurant and Lounge sits on grounds of the premiere luxury boutique hotel, Shade in Redondo Beach. It opened in October 2016 along with the second location of the Shade Hotel brand.

Hopson hails from a small town outside of Perth, Australia called Geraldton. As a teenager dreaming to be a professional surfer, Craig stumbled on a restaurant job which allowed him to surf during the day and work at night. When he realized he had the talent and true passion to become a chef, he traded in his surfboard for four-years of schooling and apprenticeships around the country. He then moved to Europe to train at some of the world’s best restaurants. Stateside, he rose through the ranks quickly and lead some of Manhattan’s (NYC) most prestigious kitchens before landing in LA to further his creative journey as a chef. Most recently Hopson was the Executive Chef at Farmhouse in Beverly Center. Previously in New York City, he was Executive Chef at Artisanal, Picholine, One if by Land, Two If By Sea, Le Cirque and Beautique before starting his career in LA at Everytable. As evidenced by the list of successful restaurants, Chef Craig has so far had an illustrious career in the industry and has proven to be a trusted partner to restauranteurs both in New York and Los Angeles – two of America’s best food cities.

Outside of the kitchen, Hopson is an avid surfer. He is a part of Surfrider Foundation that works to protect our oceans, beaches and harbors and is proud to make Sea Level a certified Ocean Friendly Restaurant. One of his favorites aspects of being the Executive Chef at Sea Level is being near the water every day.

Hopson has updated the menu that features innovative California Coastal Cuisine with a twist. With a focus on fresh locally sourced seafood, he plans to continue developing an approachable menu with simple and robust flavors paired with creative presentation that is suitable for everyone who visits. He has recently rolled out a new menu at Sea Level Restaurant and Lounge and one of his select favorites is the Olive oil Poached Halibut with Lemon Verbena, green tomato caponata and fresh red tomato vinaigrette. New menu options include: Grilled Spanish Octopus, Heirloom Tomato Toast, Local Burrata & Strawberries, Grilled Yellowfin Tuna, Roasted Salmon Filet with summer squash, White Clam Pizza with charred corn and bacon, desserts and more.

Sea Level is open to guests of the hotel and the public for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, 7 days a week. Reservations are recommended.

For additional information, visit the website at http://rb.shadehotel.com/dine/.

Sea Level Restaurant and Lounge is located at 655 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.