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Keep LA County Dining Grant Program

December 1, 2020

Restaurant Owners – What Can You Do With $30,000?

In an effort to assist restaurants affected by the COVID-19 restrictions, Los Angeles County is launching the Keep LA County Dining Grant Program.

The County of Los Angeles has launched a new grant program to provide up to $30,000 to restaurants struggling with the outdoor dining closure.

The “Keep LA County Dining” grant program launches this Thursday, December 4th. $30,000 in grants are available to each restaurant impacted.

To apply, visit http://keeplacountydining.lacda.org.

Questions and to apply? Contact Keep LA County Dining

Lather Up & Do Good!

December 1, 2020

Ten Thousand Villages is inviting customers to purchase a bar of soap beginning today, Giving Tuesday, and continuing throughout the season.

All donations will be given to Door of Hope and Beacon of Light in Wilmington.

Customers are encouraged to sign an ornament when purchasing the soap(s) donation, the ornament will be hung in the store window.

Let’s bring a little “Giving” to others during this holiday season.

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

Ten Thousand Villages is located at 1907 South Catalina Avenue, Redondo Beach, Ca 90277.

Giving Tuesday: BCHD COVID-19 Fund

November 29, 2020

One way to help your neighbors on Giving Tuesday (that’s tomorrow!) is through the Beach Cities Health District COVID-19 Fund, which provides funds for area residents who are income-qualified and may need assistance with getting essential items like groceries, household supplies, prescriptions or even paying the rent.

Begun in April, the fund was established to help residents of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic either through illness, closures or a job loss. Since March, more than $28,000 has been raised to assist Beach Cities residents, but more help is needed.

“This year, because of COVID-19, people are in need of a higher level of care than was expected to keep people safe in their homes,” said Melissa Andrizzi-Sobel, Director of Community Services for BCHD. “The COVID-19 Assistance Fund is helping residents in addition to our typical caseload of homebound older adults with groceries, household supplies, rent and transportation to their doctor’s office.”

“This fund has helped BCHD take a holistic approach to helping the community and expand our safety net to the community for those who have been financially impacted, “ said Andrizzi-Sobel. We were recently able to help a family where both parents have been laid off and they needed help with money for rent.”

Contributions to the BCHD COVID-19 Assistance fund are tax-deductible and can be made online at https://www.bchd.org/covidhowhelp.

Residents wishing to submit donations by check can mail those to Beach Cities COVID-19 Fund, 1200 Del Amo Street, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

Final Sandbar Concert

November 28, 2020

The final Sandbar Concert in King Harbor will take place tomorrow, Sunday, November 29 at 1 p.m.

The Brent George Band will be providing the tunes and everyone is welcome! Whatever it takes – paddleboard, kayak, jet ski, boat – be sure to get there cause you don’t want to miss it!

Really, it doesn’t get anymore South Bay than that!

See you all there!

Thanksgiving Leftovers!

November 27, 2020

Need another reason to love Thanksgiving? The leftovers!!!

The only thing I enjoy more than three day spent prepping and cooking a massive meal for friends and family, are the mounds of leftovers in the fridge.

Sure, you can heat up a plate of turkey, potatoes, stuffing and green beans but I prefer making the classic post-Thanksgiving sandwich. I bet most of you have your own version, here’s mine….

Start with a couple of slices of sturdy Jewish rye bread (DO NOT TOAST!); slather mayo and place lettuce on one or both sides; place several slices of turkey; pour some gravy on top; spread a layer of mashed potatoes or yams; add a layer of cranberry relish; smoosh some stuffing on top; drizzle with sweet potato/carrot puree (this is a top secret recipe).

Voila! You’re ready to watch some football!


Happy Thanksgiving 2020 (The Lost Year)

November 26, 2020

This is now my traditional Thanksgiving Day post!

A couple of years ago, I looked all over for a Thanksgiving poem and couldn’t find one…. so I wrote one. Feel free to edit as suits your needs and use it at your own table tonight.

‘Twas the Night before Thanksgiving
By Jackie Balestra

‘Twas the night before Thanksgiving
No sleep to be found
Ten guests we’ll be hosting
One o’clock they’ll come ‘round

Two weeks making plans
Writing list after list
Digging out trays, pots and pans
You get the gist

Away, away to all the stores
Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, to Vons we go
Park the car, through the doors
Not a free cart in sight, RUH RO!

Two days of cooking, the kitchen’s a mess
With gadgets used only once a year
There’s joy in the chaos, I must confess
Heirloom platters, gravy boat, china so dear

Come the morn, all burners aflame, oven racks full
Sink overflowing with plates, cups and bowls
Into a bun my hair I’ll pull
Plated together the ultimate goal

Old recipe cards tied up in bows
Savory sweet potato/carrot puree
Tenderly cooked long and low
The time is nigh, prepare the buffet!

Favorite dishes lined up in a row
Mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole
Ruby red cranberry relish aglow
Don’t forget the crescent rolls!

At last the bird
Deep fried, golden, moist
Cuts arranged in thirds
White, dark, drumstick, diner’s choice

Twill be a feast for those we hold close
To each a heaping plateful
A time for prayer, a time for toasts
A time to be forever grateful

Del Amo Fashion Center Holiday Lights

November 25, 2020


Del Amo Fashion Center is lit up for the holiday season as a Selfie Destination.

Holiday lights and a GIANT reindeer are located in Outdoor Lifestyle Wing between P.F. Changs and Lazy Dog Cafe.

Take Action This Morning to Oppose Unnecessary COVID-19 Restrictions on Businesses

November 24, 2020

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will be discussing possible changes to the Health Officer Order during the Tuesday, November 24 Board meeting. The Los Angeles County business community cannot economically afford another Safer at Home Order or more unnecessary restrictions being placed on businesses. Send a letter today to your County Supervisor letting them know you oppose the new Health Officer Orders, aligning with Supervisor Barger & Hahn.

The business community has shown increased compliance with all Health Officer Orders and many have invested their livelihoods in keeping their customers and employees safe, their business afloat, and supporting their employees. More restrictions on businesses will result in additional job loss and decreased community morale. We must find a balance between economic recovery and protocols to keep the public safe.

By closing outdoor restaurants that have taken necessary precautions and followed all safety protocols, more Angelenos will come together in unsafe private conditions. Take action today and tell the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors that you do not support further unnecessary restrictions on businesses.

How can you take action?

1. Share this one click with your network of businesses and have them share and complete ASAP [the BOS meet today 11/24 at 11:30 AM] — https://bit.ly/2J9Ebys

2. Call in to the LA County Board of Supervisors Meeting today. Here is a link to the agenda for the meeting this morning: http://bos.lacounty.gov/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=_CfyzS-3PKo%3d&portalid=1&mc_cid=8714574469&mc_eid=91df5a40a8


November 23, 2020

I received this today from the Riviera Village Association…..


The requirement prohibiting outdoor dining in LA County HAS NOT YET BEEN PASSED!

We have been notified by one of the Beach Cities’ Mayors that Director Ferrera’s order requires a vote of the LA County Board of Supervisors TOMORROW (Tuesday) MORNING at 9:30AM.

All 11 Riviera Village Board members voted in record time to OPPOSE the BAN.

Additionally, we have gotten wind that one of the supervisors does NOT support the Outdoor Dining Closure and this is our chance to be heard. The general public does not know that this is going to a vote, so nobody is opposing it at this time. But all of us have the power to generate hundreds of comments and unify our voices.

The Riviera Village Association IMPLORES you to do the following:

1) Leave an “Oppose” comment in regards to Agenda Item S-1, specifically the prohibition of Outdoor Dining. Make it clear that we’ll accept a 50% reduction in restaurant capacity — it’s all compromise. We need to generate a massive amount of comments to make our voice heard.
Leave your “oppose” comment at https://publiccomment.bos.lacounty.gov/.

The full Agenda can be found at http://bos.lacounty.gov/LinkClick.aspx .

2) The Mayor of Redondo has expressed his opposition to the prohibition of Outdoor Dining, and it would be helpful to have the Hermosa and Manhattan Mayors do the same through e-comments. If you have a direct line of contact to either, please reach out to them.

We’re running out of time! Please comment on the matter ASAP so it becomes part of the public record.

Thank you for your help! We can do this!

Help Save Resin!

November 22, 2020

We are all facing the harsh reality of these times which in so many ways makes us feel powerless. There are some things that bring light and hope and healing
to our community and are worth saving. The South Bay Artist Collective is one of them, which is why we are reaching out to you. We will not let it fail on our watch.

The mission of the South Bay Artist Collective is to support artists, audience, and youth in the South Bay so that together we can build a healthy, thriving art community.

In 2016, our city of Hermosa did not have a single art gallery or studio; not even formal art classes in our schools. Four years later, our space, Resin, is a destination for art and creativity, teaching and inspiring youth and connecting artists, audiences, and students to the transformational power of expression. We’ve become a family and a home for local artists. However, without in-person events and fundraisers, our non- profit, volunteer-based program lacks the funding we need to support our programs in 2021.

Our Youth Program is at the heart of our vision. Through this program alone, we have reached over 400 children from the age of 7-17, including students from our partner programs with Friendship Foundation, Richstone, and Walk With Sally.

With our powerful Creative Wisdom Tools Program, we go far beyond “art class.” We give our students tools to deal with the stress and anxiety that has flourished during the months of quarantine. Robbed of the vitality of daily life interactions and largely confined to screens, our kids need an antidote. At Resin, we provide a safe, nurturing environment with a curriculum that builds self-awareness and emotional strength, and gives students an outlet to express their feelings and build resilience.

We use the magic of artistic expression: being fully present and deep in the imagination.

So many people have benefited from what we do at Resin. We know that the economic hardship we face right now is being felt all over the world. It is not easy to ask for help, but it is imperative. Losing our home at Resin would be a blow to our Collective that would be difficult to recover from. Our commitment and spirit is indomitable, but we need help from the community. Now more than ever, our community needs SBAC. We can’t let this life-changing program fall by the wayside as a casualty of the pandemic. If you can see the value in what we bring to the community, can you contribute to saving our programs?

Yours in service,

Rafael McMaster, Founder

To make a contribution, visit https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/the-collectives-fundraiser-a-critical-moment-in-our-future.

A Tribute: Portrait of a Pier Through a Lifetime of Photography

November 21, 2020

John Post is celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the Manhattan Beach Pier with the first ever photo book, A Tribute: Portrait of a Pier Through a Lifetime of Photography

This hardcover book has more than 125 pages and over 140 photographs spanning the years 1969 through 2020. Images in black and white, 35mm and panoramas with the pier in all types of weather, times of day and happenings.

The new book is being offered at a special introductory holiday price of $85 plus tax with book pick-up at the John Post Gallery. This special price is for a limited time only and shipping is extra.

Reserve your copy now at http://www.JohnPost.com.

Have it to enjoy for the holidays and all year long!

Send a Letter to Santa

November 20, 2020

Christmas is coming and Santa wants to know what to bring you!

The City of Torrance has teamed up with Santa to make sure he receives every letter sent to him. Santa accepts emailed letters and mailed in letters.

Send emails to Santa@TorranceCA.Gov and mail letters to Santa Claus at 3031 Torrance Boulevard, Torrance CA, 90503.

Santa also said he will write back to whoever sends him a letter! Don’t worry, all of your letters will get to him in time for Christmas. You can send your letters to Santa from November 19 through December 15.

Marsatta Thanksgiving Chocolate Special Edition

November 19, 2020

Marsatta Chocolate announced today the launch of their latest special edition chocolate in time for Thanksgiving, Cranberry and Gravy Bonbon Chocolate.

“This year has been a very difficult time for many families due to the global pandemic. Furthermore, many families will not be able to travel back home to see their loved ones” said Naomi Gardner, CEO of Marsatta Chocolate. “We wanted to provide a delightful experience that for one small moment, all their troubles can disappear.”

Marsatta Chocolate’s R&D department led by head Chef, Jeffray D. Gardner, led the initiative for chocolate than can inspire change during Thanksgiving. “This was a challenging task with this new aspect of infusion” said Jeffray D. Gardner. “We didn’t want to lose the authenticity of the gravy, with it’s bold and savory favor with overtones of an Umami favor profile that rarely is infused in chocolates but can add a dynamic twist.”

Many attributes of the Cranberry and Gravy Chocolate is inspired by the décor theme of Thanksgiving, particularly the rustic exterior color of the bonbon. The chocolate requires multiple-days of preparation to deliver the highquality experience. “What’s special about the chocolate is the journey through the anticipation” said Jeffray Gardner. “First you taste the cranberry. Next the all-natural and organic chocolate comes in. Finally the gravy overtones takes it to the next level, but it works really well.”

The Cranberry and Gravy Chocolate is the latest in a series of special editions that have been launched by Marsatta Chocolate. Past special editions include the Vegan Wild Mint Bonbon and the Pumpkin Spice Bonbon.

Marsatta Chocolate is located at 4604 Del Amo Blvd, Torrance, CA, 90503.

They can be reached at (310) 318-0489, or online at http://www.marsatta.com.

Marsatta Chocolate, founded in 2003, is a Southern California based producer of premium chocolates. Headquartered in Torrance, California, Marsatta sells their chocolates at their factory store and online at their website.

Los Angeles County to Implement Tighter Safeguards and Restrictions to Curb COVID-19 Spread

November 18, 2020

Los Angeles County to Implement Tighter Safeguards and Restrictions to Curb COVID-19 Spread

Starting this Friday, New Restrictions Will be in Place as COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations Significantly Increase

Effective Friday, November 20, Los Angeles County will tighten pandemic safeguards and restrictions as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to increase significantly. These safeguards and restrictions protect the public health and safety of our residents, and their ability to be served in our hospitals.

COVID-19 cases have more than doubled since the beginning of November and hospitalizations have increased from an average of about 900 a day to well over 1,000 a day in same time period.

The first measures, effective this Friday, are:

• For non-essential businesses permitted to operate indoors—including retail stores, offices, personal care services—occupancy will be limited to 25% maximum capacity.
• The number of patrons at outdoor restaurants, breweries and wineries will be limited to 50% max outdoor capacity.
• The number customers at cardrooms, outdoor mini-golf, go-karts and batting cages will be limited to 50% maximum outdoor capacity.
• Services at personal care establishments may only be provided by appointment to customers wearing face coverings by staff wearing face coverings.
• Services that require either the customer or the staff to remove their face covering, such as facials and shaves, are not permitted.
• Food and drinks cannot be served at these establishments to customers.
• Restaurants, breweries, wineries, bars, and all other non-essential retail establishments must close from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
• Outdoor gatherings remain the only gatherings permitted, and they must only include 15 people maximum who are members of no more than 3 households.

The Health Officer Order will be amended to reflect the above restrictions.

At this time, the County is reporting 2,884 cases as the five-day average and 1,126 hospitalized patients.
The County continues to anticipate the potential continued surge of cases and hospitalizations. The County has established thresholds for additional actions if cases or hospitalizations continue to increase.

If the five-day average of cases in the County becomes 4,000 or more or hospitalizations are more than 1,750 per day, the following restriction will be added:
• Outdoor and indoor dining at restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars will be prohibited and these businesses will only be able to offer pick-up and delivery. Businesses in this sector are being notified via email by DPH, which will work with them to ensure a smooth transition.

If the five-day average of cases in the County becomes 4,500 or more or hospitalizations are more than 2,000 per day, the following restriction will be added:
• A Safer at Home Order will be instituted for three weeks. The Order would only allow essential workers and those securing essential services to leave their homes.
• A 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. curfew would be mandated, with essential workers exempt.

“Los Angeles County is at a critical moment to save lives and curb the spread of COVID-19. I urge our residents, businesses and community leaders to heed this warning and follow these heightened safeguards so that additional restrictions do not need to be imposed,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “We are so grateful that many of our residents are wearing face coverings, keeping physically distanced and avoiding gathering with people they don’t live with, but we need everyone to do their part and follow these measures. Lives and livelihoods are at stake and our entire community will be affected by our collective action if we do the right thing.”

For the most current data and information about COVID-19, visit the Department of Public Health’s website.

Names on the Wall Project

November 16, 2020

The Torrance Historical Society is continuing its Names on the Wall project to gather and preserve the too-short life story of each of the 146 Torrance military personnel who gave their lives in service to our country.

To date, they are halfway to their goal of putting a face to each name.

They are looking for volunteers from the community to assist with research, and calling on the families and friends of Names on the Wall personnel to share pictures and written information with the Torrance Historical Society for this on-going project.

Visit the web site to view the list of the 146 names at http://www.torrancehistoricalsociety.org/opportunities/namesonthewall.html.

If you would like to assist with this project, please contact Jerry Ronan at 310.328.1972 or GTRonan@aol.com or call the Museum at 310.328.5392.

Riviera Village Spotlight: Laser Image Center

November 15, 2020

Charlotta welcomes you to the Laser Image Company located in Riviera Village. The Laser Image Company is a med spa focusing on “Education. Treatment. Results.”

Led by Dr. Rubaums, who ensures their highly trained staff is ready to educate you on the most advanced treatment options in skin care, laser procedures, injectables and body contouring. It is a “no pressure” practice atmosphere focusing on creating a custom treatment plan to correct and maintain healthy, younger looking skin for any age and type.

While caring for your skin is serious business and is to be taken seriously, the team at Laser Image Company makes certain you have a little fun in the process (just look at their Instagram). The Laser Image Company offers monthly specials as well as monthly memberships. Why not up your self-care game today?

The Laser Image Company
1728 S Catalina Ave, STE 4
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
P: 310.543.9073 | http://www.thelaserimagecompany.com
Facebook & Instagram: @thelaserimagecompany

Alert South Bay: Regional Message on COVID-19 Threat – Key Messages

November 13, 2020


The case numbers continue to climb, and hospitalizations are slowly increasing, making what we do and how we behave matter more than ever. The state of California has hit the 1 million case count as of today. The past nine months have been hard on everyone, and we hear our communities’ concerns. Many are very fearful and feel isolated, while others miss their family and friends dearly. It’s an unprecedented time in the world’s history, and we ask that everyone remember that this is not permanent.

Please remember that gathering with anyone outside your household is not without risk as we head into the holidays. Still, the most prudent thing we can all do is to not gather with older high-risk relatives. And for those who do, remember outdoors is safer than indoors, and wearing a face covering is strongly recommended to reduce the risk of exposures. The spacing of older and more vulnerable individuals is important. While we feel these members are family, find a new family tradition other than hugging to greet each other. Wear face coverings when around others and, if possible, quarantine for 14-days before seeing family.

And remember, if you are experiencing loneliness, The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LAC DMH) has published materials in multiple languages to address mental health & wellbeing needs and concerns that can be accessed by clicking here. You can also call the LACDMH’s 24/7 Help Line at (800) 854-7771.


The topic of the COVID-19 has educators and parents wondering how best to talk to their children and students to help reduce worry and anxiety. Here are some helpful conversation tips when talking to children about COVID-19:

-Remain calm and reassuring: Children react to both what you say and how you say. They will pick up cues from the conversation you have with them and others.
-Be available to talk and listen: Make time to talk to your children. Be sure your children know they can come and talk to you.
-Don’t be afraid to discuss coronavirus: Not talking about it makes kids worry more. Look at the conversation as an opportunity to convey the facts and set the emotional tone.
-Provide honest and accurate information: Give children information that is truthful and appropriate for their age and developmental level.
-Be developmentally appropriate: Don’t volunteer too much information as this may be too overwhelming. Instead, try to answer your child’s questions.
-Avoid language that may blame others and lead to stigma: Remember viruses make anyone sick. Avoid making assumptions about who might have coronavirus. Bullying or negative comments made towards others should be stopped and reported to schools.
-Teach children everyday actions to reduce the spread of germs. Help children into the habit of handwashing and wearing a mask and remind them how important physical distancing is in slowing the virus’s spread.
-Communicate with your school: Talk to your school nurse, school counselors, school psychologist, or school social worker if your child is having difficulties resulting from anxiety or stress related to the coronavirus.


Today, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a travel advisory urging visitors who enter the state or who are returning home from travel outside the state to self-quarantine to slow the spread of the virus. The travel advisories recommend against non-essential out-of-state travel, ask people to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state or country, and encourage residents to stay local.

In addition to urging individuals arriving from other states or countries to self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival, the states’ travel advisory recommends individuals limit their immediate household interactions. The advisories define essential travel as travel for work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security.

South Coast Botanic Garden Volunteer Opportunity

November 9, 2020

There are fun and safe Volunteer Opportunities at the South Coast Botanic Garden with the new night time light installation, GLOW.

This is your chance to experience the Garden in a whole new light and submerse yourself in beauty this holiday season while also giving back!

Volunteer at South Coast Botanic Garden’s GLOW, an after-dark walk through the Garden with thousands of lights, transforming it into the Garden Lights and Ocean Waters theme.

Volunteers will be loaded with swag and glow-in-the-dark supplies to help guide guests through the Garden and ensure a good time is had by all.

There is a good amount of standing involved, so this would be perfect for 16+ year olds.

To register as a volunteer, visit https://sites.google.com/southcoastbotanicgarden.org/glow-volunteer-central/home.

Last Chance to Vote for B.O.M.!

November 8, 2020

The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce has announced The Best of Manhattan Awards – Pandemic Version nomination/voting period from October 28 through November 8.

Now more than ever, the importance of recognizing excellence has been magnified by the extreme challenges the pandemic has forced upon us. Although we cannot meet in person this year to celebrate the very best, we can still recognize the outstanding efforts of the business community.

The nomination/voting period begins October 28 and will close at 11:30 pm on Sunday, November 8th. This will be the only round of voting. The three businesses that receive the most nominations in each category, will become the finalists.

Finalists will be announced on Thursday November 19th. The finalist that received the most nominations will be announcedas the winner on Sunday, December 13th. Details to follow on how and where you can tune in on December 13th.

Nominate The Best of Manhattan in each of the following six categories:

• Positive Pandemic Pivot
• Women-Owned Business
• Dine MB (outdoor version)
• Small & Mighty
• Healthy Living
• Best of Manhattan

The Best of Manhattan Awards was created in 2013. In addition to the above categories, the BOM Committee will identify and announce the Bob Meistrell Local Legend Award, The Chamber Member of the Year Award, and has added a special 2020 recognition of the MBFD and the MBPD.

For a full description of each award category and to nominate your choices for the Best of Manhattan Awards, visit the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce website at https://www.manhattanbeachchamber.com/bom.

For inquiries, contact Kelly Stroman, President/CEO of the MBCC at Kelly@manhattanbeachchamber.com or Jill Brunkhardt-Taylor, BOM Awards Chairperson, at jillbrunkhardttaylor@chevron.com.

PVPLC Opportunity Drawing & Special Gift with Donation

November 7, 2020

Donate to the Palos Verdes Land Conservancy by November 15 to receive a special gift and be entered in an opportunity drawing!

Join the Legacy Circle by November 15 and receive a thank you gift of a Terranea overnight suite and entry in the opportunity drawing.

Join the Mariposa Circle by November 15 and receive a thank you gift of a Terranea overnight luxury room and entry in the opportunity drawing.

Support the PVPLC with a gift of $500 by November 15 and you will be entered in the opportunity drawing for:

-A weekend bungalow plus a $100 gift card
-Dinner for two at two restaurants

For additional information and to make a donation, visit https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/PVPLC/GiveEarly2020.html .

GLOW Tickets on Sale Now

November 6, 2020

The South Coast Botanic Garden presents Garden Lights & Ocean Waters (GLOW) from November 21 through January 10.

This visually stunning light exhibition will transform the beloved and lush botanical oasis into a nighttime oceanic experience you won’t soon forget. The Garden’s fan-favorite collections like the Bohannon Rose Garden, Banyan Grove, Desert Collection and Living Wall will dance with light in this festive installation for the first-ever nighttime art installation.

Opening to the public on November 21 and running through January 10, 2021, this after-dark walk through the Garden is set to an artistically curated soundtrack featuring a little something for everyone, from original electro-pop songs produced specifically for GLOW by DJ Jerzy to Baja surf music, Train and Vivaldi.

Timed-ticket reservations are required for all visitors, however, Members have a chance to reserve their tickets before anyone else. Member Presale for discounted tickets of $24.95 begins October 22. The general public can purchase their tickets for $34.95 starting November 6. Sustainer, Supporter and Garden Circle members will receive TWO complimentary Golden Tickets, good for reservation-free entry.

Guests can reserve tickets for as early as 5:30 p.m. and as late as 8:30 p.m. throughout the exhibit, with 9 p.m. tickets available on select dates.

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at https://southcoastbotanicgarden.org/glow-plan-your-visit/. For help over the phone between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. call (424) 452-0920.

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

Riviera Village Parklets Program Extended

November 3, 2020

The Riviera Village Association (RVA) is proud to have helped their businesses when they needed it the most.

The Redondo Beach City Council approved the extension of the RVA’s Special Event Permit through May 31, 2021.

Come by the Village to shop and eat at the outdoor dining garden parklets. Enjoy safe, distanced, outdoor dining! In relation to the extended RVA Special Events permit approved by the city, retailers can set-up sidewalk sales anytime through 5/30/21. Bargain hunters, hit The Village for your next great find!

Thanks to the RVA volunteer board members, BeachLife Festival, City of Redondo Beach, City Staffers and everyone that helped make this happen!

Adopt a Family at Switzer Learning Center

November 2, 2020

Switzer Learning 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/.

For more details, contact Beth MacAller at 310-328-3611 or development@switzercenter.org


Fall Back!

November 1, 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!



Hope For The Holidays Adopt-A-Family Program

October 29, 2019

Walk with Sally’s Hope For The Holidays Adopt-A-Family Program is now accepting applications.

All of the Walk With Sally programs deal with cancer in one way or another. Whether they have someone who is currently battling, have lost someone, or are dealing with the aftermath, cancer can cause a huge emotional and financial burden on a family. By sponsoring a family this holiday season, you/your company/organization will be able to directly impact a family in need by bringing gifts and holiday cheer!

In order to participate, donors are responsible to spend a total of $50 per family member with a minimum of $200 per family. They will provide you with the family’s wish list to utilize your shopping. Gifts must be wrapped and labeled. Gift cards can be a supplement, however they encourage shopping using the provided wish list and giving the children something fun to open.

New this year: There will be no volunteer delivery option. They’re asking that each donor be responsible for setting a day for delivery directly with the family. Contact information will be provided when your family is assigned. Please contact Julie Cegelski at 310-322-3900 or at jcegelski@walkwithsally.org if you have any questions regarding this change to the program.

If you are interested in participating, fill out the Hope for the Holidays Donor Participation Questionnaire at https://www.tfaforms.com/4862646.

MBPD Movember Campaign

October 28, 2020

During the month of November 2020, 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 more information visit the website at https://us.movember.com/.

#WescomKindness Initiatives Support Educators, Students & Families Impacted by Distance Learning

October 27, 2020

Known for its commitment to giving back to the communities it serves, Wescom Credit Union today announced two #WescomKindness initiatives to support educators, students, and families impacted by educational and financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Wescom has donated more than $53,000 in tutoring scholarships via Sylvan Learning, funded more than $6,500 in teachers’ projects across Southern California via DonorsChoose, as well as created an online resource to assist students and their families as part of its mission to help Southern Californians build better financial futures.

Wescom will be funding tutoring scholarships through two Sylvan Learning Centers in the South Bay – Gardena and Torrance. Additionally, Wescom helped fund projects through DonorsChoose.org for teachers and classes at Lincoln Elementary School in Torrance and Cimarron Avenue Elementary School in Hawthorne.

“We are proud to support teachers, students, and their families across Southern California through #WescomKindness at a time when they need it most,” said Tamar Atamian, Vice President Marketing, Wescom Credit Union. “The COVID-19 pandemic has put a strain on our education system and many students are affected by challenges brought about by distance learning. We’re also very aware that many families are facing increased financial pressures during this time. At Wescom, we believe that money should never be an obstacle for a student going to college or having access to resources that improve learning. Working with partners like Sylvan, we are hopefully able to make a difference in these students’ lives.”

Tutoring Scholarships for College-Bound Students
Wescom donated more than $53,000 to support college-bound students via tutoring scholarships fulfilled by Sylvan Learning Centers across Southern California, in or near the communities where Wescom maintains a local branch. Eighteen Sylvan Learning Centers participated, awarding services such as SAT/ACT tutoring and college application essay writing assistance to 38 deserving juniors and seniors attending local public high schools.

“We’ve seen firsthand how many families have been impacted by COVID-19 and, especially, distance learning,” said Emily Levitt, Vice President of Education, Sylvan Learning. “Thanks to Wescom, these students in Southern California will receive the extra tutoring help they need to overcome some of those challenges as they continue to prepare for college. We are thrilled to partner with Wescom to bring these resources to our valued student communities.”

To further support college-bound high school students and their families Wescom has created an online resource to provide them with practical information—like decoding financial aid terms—to learn about the different ways to pay for college. Wescom also offers their Smart Option Student Loan® by Sallie Mae®, which can be an ideal solution to help families pay for college expenses not covered by scholarships, grants, and federal loans. Wescom’s GenEdge Account, designed for young adults ages 15 to 17, helps students learn how to build wealth, maintain it, and use the tools to reach their financial goals. For more information, visit wescom.org/college.

Funded Teachers’ Projects Throughout Southern California
Beginning in the Spring and continuing into the Fall as school districts throughout Southern California required students to attend classes remotely or do some form of distance learning, many teachers quickly realized they needed additional materials to help their students access the curriculum, or to make their virtual classroom more engaging. To address these needs, Wescom funded more than $6,500 across 61 individual teachers’ projects identified through DonorsChoose.org, an education crowdfunding nonprofit that puts needed funds directly into classrooms.

Some examples include:
• Art supplies for students to be creative at home during this challenging time for a classroom in Anaheim
• Chapter books that students could read together with their classroom while remote in Covina
• Headphones with microphones to filter out the distractions while distance learning for elementary school students in Costa Mesa
• Chromebooks to improve the distance learning experience for middle school students in Pasadena
• Books to create a diverse classroom library, so students could broaden their perspectives for a middle school in Ontario
• Portable desks to give students a place to do their schoolwork for a middle school in Oxnard

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

Reopening Updates & Protocols

October 25, 2020

Reopening Updates and Protocols for Personal Care Services, Schools, Family Entertainment Centers, Wineries and Breweries.

Please see the revised County Health Officer Order (HOO) on Public Health’s website: “Reopening Safer at Work and in the Community for Control of COVID-19:
Blueprint for a Safer Economy- Tier 1,” dated October 23, 2020.” at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/HOO/2020_10_23_HOO_Safer_at_Home.pdf.

The order was revised to:
• permit batting cages, miniature golf, and go-cart racing for outside services;
• permit personal care establishments to offer services indoors with modifications;
• clarify permitted food services at indoor malls and shopping centers;
• increase the percentage of students with IEPs and ELs and other high-need students allowed at any one time on a K-12 campus from 10% to 25%; and
• permit schools to reopen TK-2ndgrades for classroom instruction only with a waiver application approved by Public Health.

Please also see the revised County Health Officer Order on “Conditional Opening of Wineries and Breweries for Outdoor Dining Operations with Modifications,” dated October 23, 2020 and the revised Appendix I protocolon wineries and breweries at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/HOO/2020_10_23_HOO_Breweries_and_Wineries.pdf.

SBAC Announces Resin Closure

October 24, 2020

South Bay Artists Collective has announced the closing of Resin and its artist workshop and creative lab in January 2021.

For the past three years, Resin has been a creative hub for artists, youth art classes and wellness activities for the South Bay community.

SBAC and Resin are fully funded by generous donations from corporations, foundations, individuals and class revenue, but like so many businesses has been impacted by COVID with limitations on artist events and in-person class restrictions. To adapt to the situation in 2020, many activities were moved online in the form of virtual art shows and Zoom art classes demonstrating the ability for SBAC to be a virtual organization.

“It is unfortunate that COVID has impacted our ability to serve our community,” says Rafael McMaster, Founder of SBAC. “Resin’s building is closing, but the Collective’s spirit doesn’t live within a building. We will continue to unite the South Bay through art and creativity in 2021 and beyond.”

Over the past three years Resin has hosted award winning art and creativity programs and developed youth art partnerships with Richstone, Walk with Sally, Friendship Foundation to offer these programs to children in need. As a visual arts gallery, Resin has hosted 25 shows featuring 300+ artists to over 3,000 audience members and grown from a founding group of 20 artists to a network of over 380 artists today.

Looking to 2021, SBAC will focus on its core proficiencies as an artist network and partnership hub to continue developing the South Bay art scene. With strong community partnerships and non-profit service work, SBAC represents a turnkey solution for partnerships to the local art scene as an organization by, and for, local artists. SBAC will continue looking for fresh inventive ways to keep our community inspired and get the latest works in front of them. “As a non-profit, we are committed to social uplift through creativity, service, and art. This is really just the beginning of our next phase – our organization is so young – we are just getting started!” states McMaster who cites that he already has some great potential projects partnerships in the works for 2021.

Resin will continue offering youth art after school programs, holiday camps and Creative Wisdom classes through the end of January. Gallery shows and events, with artwork viewings arranged by appointment for social distancing and safe viewing, will be hosted at Resin through January. SolidARiTy, an ‘art-for-social-justice’ art auction supporting Claris Health and SJLI – Social Justice Learning Institute will be on display through October 2020.

After January, McMaster and the SBAC crew are looking to continue their award-winning youth programs beyond Resin. “We are going to need a little bit of help, and a little bit of luck – to arrive at a new solution or location to continue our visual arts program. I see firsthand the massive impact our programs make on our students – many of whom are at-risk youth or dealing with personal challenges for which these social emotional tools – and creativity as a positive coping skill – are making all the difference in their lives and development amidst uncertain times.” McMaster continues both his optimism and outreach to the South Bay community, “Whether our supporters have access to potentially available space for our program, or donations big or small – every little bit helps towards the Collective continuing to serve the South Bay for years to come. As I am 100% volunteer, this is all about gathering our community resources and bringing them to the front lines of making a difference locally through creativity and art. We’ve seen the power firsthand over the last three years. I feel confident the best is yet to come.”

To donate directly, visit https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/the-collectives-fundraiser-a-critical-moment-in-our-%20future.

Sunset Silhouette Mosaic Wall Project Completion

October 23, 2020

Friends of Redondo Beach Arts is proud to announce the completion of the Sunset Silhouette Mosaic Wall Project!

The gorgeous new mural is located at 401 Diamond Street in Redondo Beach and is ready for your viewing pleasure and enjoyment!

FRBA hopes to continue finding new collaborative projects such as this one. In this light, they are asking for your continued or new support by renewing or joining the Friends. They are already cogitating they’re next projects and your support makes that possible.

To support FRBA, visit the website at http://www.friendsredondobeacharts.org/donate.