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World Kindness Day & Free Coffee

November 13, 2019

In celebration of World Kindness Day, Wescom Credit Union will treat Southern California residents to free coffee today, Wednesday, November 13.

Wescom will be picking up the tab for guests at twenty three of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf locations across Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

“For the last 85 years, Wescom has been committed to helping Southern Californians build better financial futures while also supporting local communities through acts of kindness,” said Tamar Atamian, Vice President of Marketing & Communication for Wescom. “#WescomKindness is deeply rooted in our organization’s tradition of people helping people, which is why we love to pour out some extra kindness on World Kindness Day by picking up the tab for guests at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf — one of SoCal’s most popular cafes.”

All participating locations of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® are available online at wescom.org/cbtl. Customer purchases will be paid by Wescom, up to $15 per transaction, beginning the moment the doors open in the morning of November 13 until $2,000-worth of bills are paid for at each of the 23 designated locations.

“We’re honored to partner with Wescom Credit Union for a fifth year to show guests our appreciation on World Kindness Day,” said Christy Smith, director of marketing, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®. “Wescom shares our community-driven values and through our collaboration we hope to spread a little positivity across Southern California.”

South Bay residents can grab their free coffee at the following Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf locations:

-Manhattan Beach: Rosecrans & Redondo — 1590 Rosecrans Ave.
-Torrance: Hawthorne & Del Amo — 20301 Hawthorne Blvd.

For additional information, visit the website at https://www.wescom.org/cbtl/.

Trivia Tuesday @ Hey 19 Public House

November 12, 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.

Terranea Activities for November

November 11, 2019

Terranea Resort is gearing up for the holidays with a variety of special events and activities.

The following is the schedule of events for November.

For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/pg/Terranea/events/?ref=notif.

Terranea Resort is located at 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.

Beach Cities Partnership for Youth Coalition Awarded 2019 Drug-Free Communities Program Grant

November 10, 2019

The Beach Cities Partnership for Youth Coalition was awarded a fiscal year 2019 Drug-Free Communities Program (DFC) grant in the amount of $125,000 by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), in cooperation with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The grant term is five years with total funding expected to be $625,000. The Coalition serves the Beach Cities of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach in California, a community of 123,398 people. The Beach Cities Partnership for Youth Coalition joins more than 150 community coalitions across the U.S. working to increase community-wide collaboration and decrease youth substance use. Recognizing that local problems need local solutions, DFC-funded groups engage multiple sectors of the community and employ a variety of strategies to address local substance use problems. Among the grantees, the Beach Cities Partnership for Youth Coalition is one of seven recipients from California.

In 2016, Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) – a preventive health agency serving the communities of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach since 1955 – identified substance use prevention and mental health as top health priorities for the Beach Cities youth population to address higher levels of substance use, suicidal ideation and anxiety than their statewide peers. BCHD is serving as the lead agency for the Coalition and will administer the DFC grant in the Beach Cities. “Since BCHD identified youth substance use as a health priority, more than 200 partners have joined us to form the Beach Cities Partnership for Youth Coalition, helping put the infrastructure in place to tackle some of the health challenges facing our community,” said Beach Cities Health District CEO Tom Bakaly. “Through the DFC grant, we’ll be able to accelerate these efforts and take a community approach to decreasing youth substance use, and ultimately help our students grow into healthy adults.” “In order to create safe and healthy places for the next generation, we must break through to our children now and educate them about the dangers of substance use,” ONDCP Director Jim Carroll said. “The Drug-Free Communities, administered by our office across the United States, are proven prevention programs tailored to do just that by meeting the specific needs in each community. We will continue expanding the number of community-based coalitions dedicated to the critical mission of stopping substance use among our youth before it starts.”

The Coalition was created in 2017 by creating five stakeholder committees: 1) Students, 2) Parents, 3) Mental Health Providers, 4) School Administrators and 5) Community Members to implement strategies to reduce youth substance use in a comprehensive, long-term manner. The goals of the Coalition are to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use. The Coalition will achieve its goals by employing strategies including engaging with policymakers to pass policies that reduce youth access to alcohol and marijuana, expanding collaboration with families impacted by substance use and working with local school and youth leadership to provide positive development opportunities so students are empowered to create a purposeful path for themselves and have the opportunity to be healthy, happy and to thrive – in and out of school. Since 2017, more than 8,000 Beach Cities students, parents, elected officials, business owners, clinicians and community partners have been engaged in Coalition activities. A community education series co-presented with a local nonprofit, South Bay Families Connected, has educated more than 6,000 parents on topics including alcohol, marijuana, vaping, mental health and resilience. More than 80 Beach Cities youth make up the Youth Advisory Council, an action-oriented, student-led group of 8th-12th grade students who are passionate about making a difference in the health outcomes of their peers. More than 75 community health providers, including clinicians serving students and families, have donated time and resources to support more than two dozen school and community events.

As part of the grant process, the Coalition was required to provide Involvement Agreements from the steering committee. The Coalition also received written support for the DFC Grant from Congressman Ted Lieu (CA – 33rd District) and representatives of six of the seven publicly elected bodies in the Beach Cities – the city councils and school boards in Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, along with the BCHD board.

Beach Cities Partnership for Youth Coalition Steering Committee Members: • Stacey Armato, Mayor, City of Hermosa Beach • Rachel Campbell, Campus Pastor, Wave Church, Hermosa Beach • Jennifer Cochran, Vice President, Board of Trustees, Manhattan Beach Unified School District • Kevin Cody, Publisher, Easy Reader • Doug Gardner, Board President, Hermosa Beach City School District • Moe Gelbart, PhD, Executive Director, Thelma McMillen Center for Alcohol & Drug Treatment, Torrance Memorial Medical Center • John Gran, President, Redondo Beach Kiwanis and Councilman, City of Redondo Beach • Nancy Hersman, Mayor, City of Manhattan Beach • Joan Stein Jenkins, City Prosecutor, City of Manhattan Beach • Keith Kauffman, Chief, Redondo Beach Police Department • Alice Kuo, MD, PhD, MBA, Professor and Chief, UCLA Internal Medicine and Pediatrics • Laura McIntire, Founder, South Bay Families Connected • Milton McKinnon, Acting Chief, Hermosa Beach Police Department • Vanessa Poster, Board President, Beach Cities Health District • Ella Scalabrini, Student, Mira Costa High School • Kelly Stroman, CEO, Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce • Anthony Taranto, EdD, Exec. Director of Student Services, Redondo Beach Unified School District • Gary Tsai, MD, Medical Director and Science Officer, Substance Abuse Prevention & Control, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health • Angela Wilson, LMFT, Director of Mental Health Programs, South Bay Children’s Health Center

Hermosa Beach Police Chief Recruitment Survey

November 9, 2019

The City of Hermosa Beach has initiated a recruitment for a new Police Chief.

The City Manager is interested in obtaining feedback from the community to guide the recruitment and selection strategies.

Please take a few moments to respond to the brief survey at http://speakuphermosa.org/surveys/police-chief-recruitment-survey.

ESMoA Activities for November

November 8, 2019

The El Segundo Museum of Art offers a variety of activities all year round.

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.

Check out what’s happening this month…

Absolution Brewing Food Drive

November 7, 2019

Absolution Brewing is collecting items for their annual Food Drive during the month of November.

You can drop off canned goods during regular business hours and when you share the love, receive a 10% discount per donation! Drink beer and use your powers for good!

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

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

City of Hermosa Beach New Website

November 6, 2019

The City of Hermosa Beach has officially launched a new, enhanced, and more accessible website!

The new site features easier navigation and an updated design.

Visit the new website is https://www.hermosabeach.gov/.


November 5, 2019

Switzer Family Center needs your help this season for their annual Adopt-A-Family program!

Many of the students at Switzer come from families in need. Some of their parents are struggling just to make ends meet, while other students live in foster care or group homes.

Adopt-a-Family this year and buy gifts for these students and their siblings who might not have any gifts without your help. You can choose to adopt individual students, an entire family, or donate money and an elf will do the shopping for you!

They’ll send you the children’s wish lists just in time for Black Friday shopping!

To participate, please complete the form at https://www.switzercenter.org/whats-happening/adopt-a-family/.

Manhattan Beach PD Supports Movember Campaign

November 4, 2019

During the month of November, some 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/.

BCHD Provides Residents with Covered California Assistance

November 3, 2019

Residents and employees of the Beach Cities have access to free assistance with Covered California enrollment – the state’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act – through Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) in Redondo Beach. Open enrollment, a time when individuals and families can explore and purchase health insurance policies for 2020, is open now through December 15, 2019.

BCHD has a team of certified enrollment counselors to assist Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach residents and families in applying for health insurance or simply reviewing their available health insurance options. Individuals employed by businesses in the three cities are also eligible for assistance.

To schedule an in-person Covered California appointment with BCHD, please call (310) 374-3426, ext. 256. All interested parties are also asked to bring the following information to their appointment:

• Name/birth date of each person being enrolled
• Social Security number of each enrollee
• Most recent income tax filings or annual income account
• Current health coverage status, if any

For additional information, visit the website at http://www.bchd.org/covered-california-medical or call (310) 374-3426, ext. 256.

Fall Back Tonight!

November 2, 2019

It’s the end of Daylight Saving Time and time to fall back. Set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed tonight!


85°C Bakery Café Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting

November 1, 2019

Del Amo Fashion Center is proud to announce the Grand Opening of the popular Taiwanese bakery 85°C Bakery Café taking place today, Friday, November 1. There will be a Ribbon Cutting ceremony starting at 8:50 a.m. with the doors opening to the public at 9 a.m.

The opening of 85°C Bakery Café, located on the Main Level at Del Amo Fashion Center, is an exciting addition to the portfolio of top-notch dining experiences and eateries coming to the center throughout 2019 and into 2020.

“We strive to bring our customers the best products and experiences possible by paying careful attention to the businesses we choose to collaborate with. We hope customers will appreciate the exemplary quality 85°C Bakery Café proudly represents,” remarked Director of Marketing and Business Development for Del Amo Fashion Center, Chris Yates.

Visitors to 85°C will receive a free tote bag with any purchase while supplies last November 1-3. Purchases of $20 or more will receive a free California state mug while supplies last November 1-3.

85° C offers over 50 varieties of Asian and European inspired desserts and pastries baked fresh hourly by award-winning master chefs, along with handcrafted drinks made-to-order. The name 85°C describes the bakery and café’s commitment to delivering high quality products, through thoughtfully designed recipes and baking processes. The bakery and café operate over 1,000 locations worldwide.

For additional information, visit the website at https://www.85cbakerycafe.com/.

85°C Bakery Café is located at 21540 Hawthorne Boulevard, #415, Torrance, CA 90503.

Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2019

There have been a ton of fantastic Halloween events over the last few weeks, but tonight is what it’s all about!

I hope you all have some wonderfully ghoulish plans for the evening. Before or after the door-to-door trick or treating, you might want to hit up some of the events listed at https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/special-events.php.


Kid Comedian Auditions

October 30, 2019

Senior Comedy Afternoons is looking for kid comedians to audition for the opening act of Senior Comedy Afternoons Happy Jolly Holidays taking place on Sunday, December 1 at 1:30 p.m. at the Proud Bird.

Budding comics just have to be funny for the senior audience for five minutes. And yes, you will be paid!

Auditions will be held on Sunday, November 10th at 4 p.m. at the Sunset Theater located at 1603 Aviation Boulevard, Redondo Beach, CA. 90278. Call 714-914-2565 for a time slot!

If you’ve got the goods you’ll be performing with seasoned comedy veterans like Brian Kiley, Jann Karam, and Mark Schiff as part of the BIG HOLIDAY SHOW! They’ve all been on Network TV many times over and can teach you a few things.

Think about growing up, aging, and your grandparents, when writing your act. These are all things you can relate to and so will the audience. Its all about the differences between the generations!

If you can’t make it to the auditions for any reason, please record your act on You Tube and then send your link to seniorcomedy1@yahoo.com and let’s see what you got! In person auditions are preferable.

Who knows where this can go? Your comedy career can start here!

Torrance Homeless Issue Public Meeting

October 29, 2019

The Torrance City Council and the Torrance Social Services Commission will be hosting a second Joint Meeting to discuss the growing homeless issue tonight, Tuesday, October 29 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Torrance City Hall.

The public is invited to attend and share their suggestions, concerns, and expertise.

For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/2310677235724538/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1571273571837565.

Torrance City Hall is located at 3031 Torrance Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90503.

John Post Photo Books Final Printing

October 28, 2019

Local photographer John Post is now taking orders for a final printing of his two books, Manhattan Beach Centennial 1912-2012 and Our South Bay Coastline.

Each 8.5 x 11 hardcover book contains 100 pages, and both books have been sold out for two years.

As a ‘final printing bonus’, with each book ordered John is offering FREE any one of his 19 posters. Visit http://johnpost.com/John-Post-Posters to view all posters.

He will be printing only the quantity of books ordered. To reserve and guarantee a book for the holiday, orders need to be received no later than November 7.

Order today at http://johnpost.com or call the John Post Gallery at (310) 376-6982. For more details about these two books, visit http://johnpost.com/Books

John Post Gallery is located at 808 Manhattan Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.


BCHD Micro Enrichment Grants

October 27, 2019

Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) is currently accepting applications for its Micro Enrichment Grants (MEG) to enhance its ability to provide preventive health services in the community. These grants can provide up to $5,000 per request in a fiscal year for small, one-time project-based health initiatives.

The current application period will run from October 7, 2019 to November 4, 2019. Grant award announcements will be made in December 2019. Multiple projects may be bundled on one application, not to exceed $5,000.

• Individuals or groups requesting MEG must be legal residents of or provide services to residents or employees in Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach. • The project must impact the health of the community within the scope of BCHD health priorities, mission and strategic goals.
• Funding cannot in any way be related to fundraising activities or sponsorships for charitable events.
• Funding cannot be related to the general operating budget of the applicant organization. Funding cannot be replacement funds so that a project’s current funding can be shifted to other programs of the applicant.
• Funding cannot be for basic research, defined herein as the pursuit of knowledge without immediate practical program or human application.
• The applicant must complete the MEG application form in its entirety for consideration. Incomplete applications will be returned.
• The applicant must sign an agreement and submit a final summary report at the completion of the project.
• MEG funding is intended for one-time projects and not intended to be an ongoing source of funding. Projects that have received MEG funding in the past are not eligible to receive funding for the same project.

Grants are awarded twice a year to programs that address one of the following health priority areas: nutrition and exercise, social-emotional health, substance use and cognitive health.

BCHD’s Micro Enrichment Grants have two application windows each year in March and October.

For additional information and to apply, visit the website at http://www.bchd.org/grants .

Halloween Prep

October 26, 2019

It’s time to get into a Halloween state of mind… and what better way to do that, than experience The Great Pumpkin Hunt at the South Coast Botanic Garden!

Halloween is just a few days away and while there’s not exactly a chill in the air (damn Santa Ana winds!), you can still enjoy an autumn excursion. This annual tradition will have you exploring picturesque areas of the Garden in search of hidden pumpkins, leading you to the unexpected. Bring your cameras and cell phones for plenty of fall photo opportunities along the way. Walking shoes, sunscreen and water bottles recommended. The hunt is family-friendly, imaginative, adventurous, and will require some hiking through the nature trails.

Admission is free for Members. For nonmembers, the event is included with General Garden Admission. Advance tickets are strongly encouraged.

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

The South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes, CA 90247.

El Segundo Chamber Accepting Citizen of the Year Nominations

October 25, 2019

The El Segundo Chamber is currently accepting nominations for the 2019-2020 El Segundo Citizen of the Year.

There are no specific requirements for being selected other than the winner must be a resident of El Segundo and has made a positive impact on the community.
(See application for additional information.) The winner will be announced at a Chamber event in November.

Citizen of the Year nomination forms are available at the El Segundo Chamber of Commerce located at 427 Main Street and at Industrial Lock & Security located at 401 Main Street. The application is also posted on the El Segundo Chamber Facebook page and on the El Segundo Chamber’s website at http://www.elsegundochamber.com. It is also is downloadable at https://files.constantcontact.com/cf2e37f6001/bc56a4a1-0c4f-48b2-ab34-027e80c9687a.pdf.

If you would like an application emailed to you, please make contact via email at info@elsegundochamber.org.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on November 1.

For additional information, contact the El Segundo Chamber of Commerce at (310) 322-1220.