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BeachLife Festival – Single Day Tickets on Sale NOW!

February 21, 2019

BeachLife Festival single day (Friday, Saturday, & Sunday) tickets are now available for purchase.

Act fast, because only a limited number of single day tickets are available at this price!

General admission single day tickets are $95 each.

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at https://beachlifefestival.com/tickets/.

This Week in the Garden

February 20, 2019

Lots 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.

Music Trivia

February 19, 2019

Head to Saint Rocke for Music Trivia tonight, Tuesday, February 19 and every Tuesday night starting at 7:30 p.m.

The event is hosted by Julian “Mr. 80s” Douglas and features happy hour all night and weekly raffles. First place wins $75, second place wins $50.

General admission is FREE but you must register. Ticket does not guarantee seating. For table reservations, please call 310.372.0035.

For additional information and registration, visit the website at https://www.ticketweb.com/event/music-trivia-tuesday-saint-rocke-tickets/9128125?REFERRAL_ID=twfb.

Saint Rocke is located at 142 Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach, California 90254.

The City of El Segundo Wants Community Members Input

February 18, 2019

The City of El Segundo is in the developing stages of a website redesign project and they want your help!

Community members are invited to provide feedback on the current website (http://www.elsegundo.org) and ways they can improve it to better fit the community.

Below is a link to an 8 question survey about the current website offerings. They would appreciate you taking the time to complete the following survey by February 27.

Your input is greatly appreciated.

To participate in the survey, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WSK6HQ7

California Water Service Rate Hike

February 17, 2019


California Water Service Company (CalWater, or CWSC), the private water company that services approximately 1/3rd of Torrance homes and businesses, has proposed to increase water rates by 16.4% in one area and 7% in another area over three years. While the cost of everything goes up over time, this proposed increase comes at a time when CalWater already charges significantly more than the Torrance Municipal Water system. How much more? Referencing the 2017 chart below, you can see their rates are approximately 31% higher, before any of the proposed increases.

If you’re opposed to this increase, here are the steps you can take to oppose it:

1.Attend the Public Utilities Commission hearing and provide public comment. The PUC has the authority to override the proposed increase or reduce it. The meeting will take place Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 at the Torrance City Council chambers at 7 p.m.

2.Although attending in person is most effective, an emailed comment is also acceptable. You can email public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov.

3.If you prefer to mail your comment, you can send to: CPUC Public Advisor, 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102, referencing proceeding number A.18-07-001.

The Interludes – Romantic Pairings: The Guitarist and the Soprano

February 16, 2019

Classical Crossroads’ The Interludes concert series presents the Romantic Pairings: The Guitarist and the Soprano today, Saturday, February 16 at 3 p.m. at First Lutheran Church & School.

The concert features guitarist Aaron Haas with soprano Anastasia Malliaras and Guitarist Jaxon Williams with soprano Laurel Irene. The Beverly Hills National Auditions committee wrote about Aaron Haas and Anastasia Malliaras, “A unique presentation of original voice/guitar cycles of Spanish composers sung in Ladino, Spanish, and English – their repertoire also includes Native American songs.” About Laurel Irene and Jaxon Williams, they wrote, “The contrast of this soprano/guitar duo prompted committee to offer a shared recital to both duos. Laurel and Jaxon offer fun repertoire of American music of 20th and 21st centuries.” All of these fast-rising artists are currently or recently in USC’s renowned Thornton School of Music graduate programs.

Admission is FREE.

For additional information, visit the website at http://www.palosverdes.com/ClassicalCrossroads/TheInterludes.htm

First Lutheran Church & School is located at 2900 West Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90503.

Survios VR Arcade First Anniversary Special Offer

February 15, 2019

Time flies when you’re having fun! Survios VR Arcade had a super awesome first year and to celebrate, they’re offering BOGO 50% off on all VR sessions.

Bring your friends and family in for Buy One, Get One ½ Half Off on all VR sessions through February 27. There’s no better time to share the love! Offer not valid for online bookings. Cannot be combined with other promotions.

For additional information, call at 310-750-9035 or visit the website at http://www.playsurvios.com.

Survios VR Arcade is located at 3525 West Carson Street, Suite #176, Torrance, CA.

Mend Hearts this Valentine’s Day with Richstone Family Center

February 14, 2019

Roses are red, violets are blue; Richstone mends heart, and so can you!

Support the Richstone Family Center this Valentine’s Day, mending hearts, preventing child abuse and building strong families in the South Bay since 1974.

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

@richstonefamily #richtstonefamilycenter #truelove

This Week in the Garden

February 13, 2018

In between all the predicted rain, there’s plenty of opportunity to play in the Garden!

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.

Winners of the Youth Battle of the Bands

February 12, 2018

Whoops! I did a recap of the Youth Battle of the Bands a few days ago, but forgot to list the winners – my bad!

On Friday, February 8, 2019, the Redondo Beach Police Department in partnership with BeachLife Festival held its first Youth Battle of the Bands at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. Over 650 people were in attendance to see 47 young musicians representing 11 talented bands perform and compete. And the WINNERS are….

First Place: Alinea – Lance Meliota, Shannon Ennis, John Barry Jr. , Ben Tyler
Tied for Second Place: Behind Schedule – Zerik Griffin, Jacob Greif, Jacob Dick, Jaden Bailey, Elijah Hughes
Tied for Second Place: XYZPDQ – Dax Corcoran, Julian Bailey, Salem Darling, Nicolette Obuljen
Third Place: Totally Mental – Austin Bourdages, Ryan Deack, Aava Velasco

The RBPD want to thank all the wonderful sponsors, volunteers and audience members for being part of this community outreach event!

NextStep Poker Tournament Recap

February 11, 2018

This past Saturday I attended the annual NextStep Poker Tournament at The 900 Club in Manhattan Beach.

I’ve played in this tournament for years – not only is it a ton of fun, it’s for a fantastic cause. NextStep is an internationally recognized non-profit that makes life-changing rehab and fitness accessible and affordable to individuals living with paralysis. Today, most of these individuals are deprived of the resources they desperately need to live long, healthy and happy lives. NextStep’s goal is to open NextStep paralysis recovery centers across the country to ensure an improved quality-of-life and a continuum of care for this underserved population. By offering standardized activity-based therapy programs and interventions, based on research; our centers provides the best chance for recovery, independence, and health.

The 900 Club team made sure all the attendees were well fed and never had an empty glass. They certainly know how to host an event!

I’ve played well over the years but never made it to the final table…. but I did this time! I was dealt decent cards and was on top of my game. Seriously, I was so stoked to make it, I didn’t care how long I lasted and I was thrilled to finish in sixth place!

Put this event on your calendar for next year…. I’ll see you there!

To learn more about NextStep, visit the website at http://www.nextstepfitness.org/.

WLWN Save the Date!

February 10, 2018

The date has been announced for this year’s White Light White Night event! It will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019!

Youth Battle of the Bands

February 9, 2018

Last night I attended the Youth Battle of the Bands sponsored by the Redondo Beach Police Department and BeachLife Festival at the 1,500 seat Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.

Eleven local youth bands performed followed by a set by legendary guitarist Bobby Cochran (Steppenwolf). The kids ranged in age from 11 to 18 and to say they were amazing would be an understatement. These kids ROCKED! Their talent and stage presence blew everyone in the audience away and left their jaws hanging. From punk to rock to alternative, cover songs and originals, the sheer amount of talent on one stage was overwhelming.

Visit my Facebook page for videos of the bands.

Guitarist Bobby Cochran and Sargent Jeff Mendence (Love this look on your face, Jeff!)

SBBWA Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

February 8, 2019

The South Bay Business Women’s Association is now accepting Scholarship Applications from South Bay women .

The South Bay Business Women’s Association is a nonprofit organization that offers financial aid through its scholarship program. These awards are presented to the winners at the annual South Bay Women’s Conference, which will be held this year on May 10.

Women who are graduating high school seniors, currently enrolled college freshman or students continuing with post-graduate work may apply. Applicants must reside in the Greater South Bay area.They are accepting applications for scholarships through February 24, 2019.

For additional information and to apply, visit the website at https://www.southbaywomensconference.com/scholarships/?inf_contact_key=632571675f35a3f81140d7f1ef0467b9fb26bd8b18106298e9a4f6525de9ab33.

Please spread the word to local women applying to or returning to college!

South Bay Women's Conference

Manhattan Beach Candidate Forums

February 7, 2019

Attention Manhattan Beach voters! There will be two Candidate Forums for the upcoming General Municipal Election on March 9.

• Hosted by the American Martyrs Altar Society on Thursday, February 14 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at American Martyrs Welcome Center, 700 15th Street, in the Saint Kateri Room.

• Hosted by the Senior Advisory Committee/Dine&Discover on Thursday, February 21 from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Joslyn Center, 1601 N Valley Drive.

The VOTE BY MAIL ballots are mailed the first week of February.

Mindfulness Drop In @ BCHD

February 6, 2019

Beach Cities Health District offers a FREE Mindfulness Drop-In the first Wednesday (today!) of each month at 5:30 p.m.

Take 30 minutes to downshift and practice mindfulness techniques.The monthly sessions will be led by trained Beach Cities Health District staff. No prior experience with meditation or mindfulness is required. Please arrive a few minutes early to sign in and get settled.

The event will take place on the second floor, Center for Health and Fitness, Silver Room.

For additional information call (310)374-3426 ext. 110 or visit the website at http://www.bchd.org/mindfulness.

Beach Cities Health District is located at 514 North Prospect Avenue in Redondo Beach.


Happy Chinese New Year!

February 5, 2019

According to the Chinese 12-year animal zodiac cycle, this is the year of the Pig. Each Chinese zodiac year begins on Chinese New Year’s Day.

According to the chinese astrology, 2019 is a great year to make money, and a good year to invest! 2019 is going to be full of joy, a year of friendship and love for all the zodiac signs; an auspicious year because the Pig attracts success in all the spheres of life.

To learn more about the Chinese New Year and Chinese zodiac, visit the website at https://chinesenewyear.net/.

Bartlett Senior Center Temporary Closure

February 4, 2019

The Bartlett Senior Center will be closed beginning today, February 4 for approximately 3 to 4 weeks in order to paint the facility interior.

The Senior Lunch program will not be available during this time. For alternative senior meals sites in the Torrance and the South Bay area, visit https://www.torranceca.gov/Home/Components/News/News/3686/16?utm_source=Thursday%2C+January+31+-+Wednesday%2C+February+6%2C+2019&utm_campaign=Torrance+eNewsletter+256&utm_medium=email.

For updated information about Bartlett Senior Center’s closure for painting or questions about the information above, call the City of Torrance Bartlett Senior Center program staff at (310) 320-5918 or (310) 618-2468.

Super Bowl Sunday!

February 3, 2019

Super Bowl Sunday Traditions

February 2, 2019

We all have our Super Bowl Sunday traditions, and for many residents of the South Bay, it’s the Super Bowl Sunday 10k. It’s a super fun, time honored event and a terrific way to start the day.

I don’t run the 10K these days, but there are other traditions I look forward to. We attend a friend’s Super Bowl party every year and I always call to ask what I can bring…. for completely selfish reasons. I love going to the supermarket on Super Bowl Sunday. Trust me, you’ll want to give this a try…

Timing is everything. You’ll want to wait until an hour, or an hour and a half, prior to kick-off before heading to the store….and you can’t be in a rush.

The first thing you’ll notice, there are no grocery carts available. No baskets either. Then you’ll notice that the store is unusually crowded. That’s when your reptilian brain will take note of the fact that every cart is being pushed by men….men you’ve never seen in your store before…..men that have no idea where anything is.

They’re wandering aimlessly up and down the aisles grabbing anything that seems appropriate to the occasion: beer, chips, salsa, Jagermeister, packaged ribs, tequila, cheese dip, canned chili, pre-made chicken wings, pretzels, onion dip, air freshener and toilet paper.

Once you have all the items on your list, you’ll head to the register only to find insanely long lines of men wearing hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts and jackets featuring various team logos, pushing overflowing shopping carts of the aforementioned items.

It’s a scene I never grow tired of!