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ESMoA Happy Hour Tour: The Lost Art of Oz with Brady Schwind

August 22, 2019

El Segundo Museum of Art presents Happy Hour Tour: The Lost Art of Oz with Brady Schwind tonight, Thursday August 22 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

This Happy Hour Tour of Experience 41: OZ is led by writer and creator of the “Lost Art of Oz” project, Brady Schwind.

Go beyond the rainbow to learn more about the illustrators of Oz, whose imaginations helped create one of the most popular book series of the last hundred years, and Brady’s quest to track down their missing original artwork.

Beer and wine for 21+. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. Drinks and light appetizers will be served after the tour in the Entry.

Learn more about the “Lost Art of Oz” project at https://www.lostartofoz.com.

As always, admission is FREE!

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

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

City of Torrance App

August 21, 2019

The City of Torrance now has an app available to citizens to directly report graffiti, coyote sightings, and shopping cart retrieval with photos, comments, and GPS coordinates right from the palm of their hand.

MyTorranceCA is available on iTunes and Google Play Store.

Pub at the Club Tix Discount

August 20, 2019

If you haven’t yet bought tickets for this year’s Pub at the Club, you’re in for a treat!

The event takes place at the Manhattan Beach Badminton Club on Sunday, September 8 from 2 to 5 p.m. and features 20 of the finest craft brewers and ciders, 10 spectacular wineries/bubbles and 10 amazing restaurants.

Tickets are $89/$109. When purchasing tickets on the Eventbrite page, use promo code SBJACKIE and receive a $30 discount!

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

The Manhattan Beach Badminton Club is located at 516 18 Street in Manhattan Beach.

Provide Your Feedback on TEEN CHOICE 2019

August 19, 2019

The City of Hermosa Beach wants your feedback regarding the recent Teen Choice 2019 event held on the beach last weekend.

A note from Hermosa Beach Mayor Stacey Armato…..

TEEN CHOICE 2019 shined a national spotlight on Hermosa Beach, and the City looked great! We had beautiful weather and an excited crowd of local teens having an unforgettable afternoon seeing great performances and listening to inspiring messages that denounced bullying and urged them to always stand up for themselves and their unique gifts and talents.

TEEN CHOICE 2019 was a joyful, family friendly event that attracted people from communities beyond the South Bay and resulted in not one single arrest related to the show or its audience. We were also pleased to see large crowds in Downtown businesses after the event. Because this was the first time the City hosted a live, nationally televised show with a large audience on its beach, TEEN CHOICE presented challenges for City staff, businesses and residents. We have heard some of their concerns, and our priority now is to get everyone’s feedback and learn from this experience.

Please take a moment to provide input on your experience related to different aspects of the TEEN CHOICE event by taking our survey at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc_Z32uWhQaIz3yA1IJ6DQsVuWvsHetpRuIdBxruiipWkO8uA/viewform.

We want your feedback so that we may evaluate and apply lessons learned from this experience to future events held in Hermosa Beach.

Project Barley Grand Opening

August 18, 2019

Project Barley celebrated their Grand Opening yesterday!

Project Barley is the newest craft beer brewery in the South Bay with roots in music, art, culture, sports, and most importantly…beer. The original inspiration coming from years of brewing music with local South Bay band, Barley.

Reps from the Lomita City Council, Chamber of Commerce, Assembly Member Al Muratsuchi’s office and Supervisor Janet Hahn’s office were all in attendance with a couple hundred locals. They currently have half a dozen beers on tap.

Project Barley is located at 2308 Pacific Coast Highway, Lomita, CA 90717.

Here are some pics from the event….

National Aviation Celebration

August 17, 2019

The Proud Bird will host the National Aviation Celebration starting today, Saturday, August 17 and running through Monday, August 19.

The Proud Bird is the perfect spot to celebrate aviation! There are 16 aircraft located throughout the property, interactive aviation exhibits, a Mile High Club Bar and Lounge with aviation-themed cocktails and stunning views of the LAX runways.

The event features $7 aviation-themed cocktails, complimentary guided aviation tours (12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.) and discounts for all LAX and airline employees. Now sit back, relax, eat, drink and enjoy the ride!

No reservations required.

For additional information, visit the website at https://www.theproudbird.com/blog/post/national-aviation-celebration.

The Proud Bird Food Bazaar & Events Center is located at 11022 Aviation Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045.

Live Music in the South Bay

August 16, 2019

I don’t know why, but summer and music just go hand in hand – and I’m in a music state of mind.

We all love attending the many free, outdoor concerts during the summer months, but don’t forget about all the indoor live music venues!

The Standing Room offers the South Bay Jam every Thursday night (local musicians) at 9 p.m. and Mitch Perry & Friends every Sunday night at 5 p.m. These are phenomenal shows! Bouzy Gastropub has live music every Wednesday and Saturday. Hey 19 Public House switches it up with live music some days and DJs on others. You don’t want to miss the Jazz Brunch and Reggae Sundays at the Lighhouse Cafe. Enjoy one of The Crow’s Nest famous cocktails while being serenaded at Tony’s on the Pier.

There are so many places in the South Bay to kick back, enjoy a cold one and enjoy some tunes by local bands and musicians!

For a listing of local live music venues, visit https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/live-music-venues.php.

Sunday Funday @ Port Royal Gas Dock

August 15, 2019

Last Sunday afternoon, we went down to Portofino Hotel/Baleen Kitchen for Sunday Funday and live music by Charis Rey & Friends.

Baleen has been offering live music at the small outdoor lounge/firepit area next to the restaurant for the last few summers. It’s a small area with limited seating and just wasn’t large enough for the number of people showing up.

This summer, they moved the venue to the gas dock at the end of the hotel parking lot where the marina office is located. It’s large enough for a handful of tables, umbrellas and other seating. There’s also a full bar and grill area offering a couple of menu items.

The music was terrific, the drinks icy cold, and the food was delicious! Throughout the afternoon, boaters, kayakers and paddle boarders would tie up at the dock to enjoy the music and grab a bite. The French Brigade showed up with several human friends, arriving on a giant paddle board!

There are only a couple more of these events scheduled this summer from 3 to 6 p.m. – Brent George on Sunday, August 18 and Arnie Vilches on Sunday, August 25.

For additional information, visit the website at https://www.hotelportofino.com/calendar.aspx.

The Portofino Hotel & Marina is located at 260 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

White Light White Night Final Tally

August 14, 2019

The final tally from this year’s White Light White Night fundraising event is in! Drumroll, please……

Thanks to YOU, Walk with Sally raised $475,000 to support their free programs and services. This will help WWS grow from supporting families in 53 cities to meeting the demand from children and families impacted by cancer in all 88 cities in Los Angeles county.

Well done!

To view the photo album from the event, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pg/walkwithsally/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10157302490041308.

New Services at Redondo Beach Library

August 13, 2019

The Redondo Beach Public Library is pleased to announce two new great services available for free with your Redondo Beach library card. Membership really does has its privileges!

Creativebug has been added to the selection of “Electronic Resources.” Creativebug offers over 1,000 video classes on painting, knitting, sewing, crafting, and more! Not only are the videos step-by-step, but there are downloadable patterns, templates, and recipes. Your library card gives you unlimited access.

Kanopy is now available in “Downloads and Streaming” services. Kanopy offers over 30,000 films – independent, foreign language, classic, documentary and more.

These services are FREE with your Redondo Beach Public Library card. Create your account and get started today.

For more information, visit the website at http://www.redondo.org/library or contact the adult information desk, (310) 318-0675, option 5.

Leadership Redondo Class of 2018

August 12, 2019

A letter from Leadership Redondo Class of 2018….

The Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce annually sponsors a leadership program for individuals interested in learning about Leadership and our community. Additionally, each leadership class identifies a need in the community and develops a plan to address the issue.

After meeting with members of the Redondo Beach Police Department, the Leadership Redondo Class of 2018 has identified a need. The Police Department lacks a safe and secure location dedicated to effective training of their specialized K-9 units. Currently, law enforcement dogs are trained in open, public parks, which are difficult to reserve and not well-equipped for K-9 operations. Fortunately, the City of Redondo Beach has an appropriate vacant space that can be utilized adjacent to Dominguez Park. However, this property requires substantial site preparation and installation of landscaping, irrigation and fencing.

I am writing to ask for your support in our efforts to provide a safe and secure training facility for the K-9s units who are an integral part of our Redondo Beach Police Department. We also anticipate other local law enforcement agencies utilizing this badly needed facility.

We are currently in the fundraising phase of the project. Our goal is to raise $15,000 from community participation by September 1st, at which time the site preparation and fencing phase will commence.

Please help us reach our goal and make your tax-deductible check to:

Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation
1611 S. Catalina, Ave # 204
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

(Indicate in the memo field “Leadership RB 2018”) Or if you prefer to donate via PayPal, visit paypal.me/leadershiprb2018. Your contribution will help assure the safety of South Bay communities. Thank you.

Sincerely, Sandy Avant
Leadership Class of 2018, Treasurer

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please reach out by emailing leadershiprb2018@gmail.com .

Charis Rey & Friends at the Baleen Gas Dock

August 11, 2019

Charis Rey & Friends will be playing outside of BALEENkitchen at Port Royal Marina Gas Dock today, Sunday, August 11 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Didn’t get Teen Choice Awards Tickets? No problem… this gig is free! Come on by and enjoy a full electric, full band, R&B experience!

For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1311025055728952/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1565385824659125.

BALEENkitchen is located at 260 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

Redondo Beach Chamber Office Moving to Riviera Village

August 10, 2019

The Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce is moving to Riviera Village!

The move is planned for Monday, August 12th. The Chamber office will be closed and phones will be down for a few days beginning today, Friday, August 10th and will be back to business Monday, August 19th.

The Redondo Beach Chamber’s new address is 1611 S. Catalina Ave, Suite 204. There is plenty of parking available and they look forward to welcoming you to their new offices!

Dinner at Kalaveras

August 9, 2019

We had dinner the other night at the new Kalaveras restaurant in Riviera Village located in the former Casa Pulido space.

Redondo Beach is the newest location for this growing restaurant chain. There are others in Montebello and Bellflower. The menu is Modern Mexican rooted in traditional Mexican dishes.

The menu we were given wasn’t the same as the menu on the website (possibly because they just opened or maybe they create a different menu for each location…. not sure about that). The place was packed and we were able to see several menu items as they went by us.

The nachos appetizer was gigantic and looked fantastic, but we planned to order entrees and didn’t want to fill up, so we passed on that dish.

We started with an appetizer of six potato and cheese taquitos layered on a bed of black bean sauce with pickled onion, greens and cojita cheese. It was a good starter, simple and tasty, and a perfect portion for three people.

The shrimp tacos were served on a soft corn tortilla with tomatoes, crisp cabbage, peppers and onion. Delicious and refreshing with just enough bite.

The Burnout Burrito was ENORMOUS…. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a burrito that size. Served dry, it was stuffed with steak and shrimp. My nephew loved it and I was impressed by the way he polished it off.

There were several other menu items that appealed, but we could only eat so much. It was our first visit but I definitely plan to return and try several other items!

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

Kalaveras is located at 228 Ave I, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

Win a Little Free Library @ El Segundo Art Walk

August 8, 2019

The El Segundo Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Custom Design & Construction for the El Segundo Art Walk on Thursday, August 15.

Stop by their pop up event at the Chamber office located at 427 Main Street from 5 to 7 p.m. For every book donated, your name will be entered to win one of their Little Free Libraries!

Spread the Spark of Creativity @ ESMoA

August 7, 2019

The El Segundo Museum of Art needs your input!

Help spread the spark of creativity by taking a survey. The survey is completely anonymous, and should take 5 minutes or less to complete it.

To take the survey, visit the website at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ESMoASurvey.

2019 Teen Choice Awards

August 6, 2019

The City of Hermosa Beach welcomes the 2019 Teen Choice Awards airing live on FOX from the beach south of the Hermosa Pier on Sunday August 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. (Pacific Time).

How to attend this FREE event…

South Bay Locals Only Wristbands
There will be a reserved area in the audience for local South Bay residents (Hermosa, Manhattan, and Redondo). A designated “Locals only wristband” will be required to access this area and will be available for pick-up at the East lawn of the Hermosa Beach Community Center (710 Pier Avenue) Thursday August 8 and Friday August 9 from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM. An adult must be present at the time of wristband pickup and must provide proof of residency. There is a maximum of four (4) wristbands per adult.

General Audience Wristbands
General Audience wristbands can be applied for online at http://www.teenchoice2019.com. All ages are welcome to attend as a general audience member, but you must be over 18 years of age to complete the online application. There is a maximum of four (4) wristbands per adult.

Getting to and from the event
It is HIGHLY recommend to use alternative transportation options in getting to and from the event as parking will be limited in the downtown area.

Rideshare: The Uber and Lyft Drop-off and Pick-up points will be on Pier Avenue between Manhattan Avenue and Palm Drive. Please use the designated rideshare drop-off and pick-up points only.
Bike Corral: Those biking to the event may drop off and lock their bikes in the bike corral located on the east side of Hermosa Avenue between 10th Street and Pier Avenue.

Traffic and parking impacts
From Monday August 5 to Monday August 12, public parking lots, city streets, the Pier, and the Strand may be temporarily impacted by the set-up and break-down of event-related equipment and infrastructure.

There will be street closures and traffic detours on Sunday August 11. The following closures will be in effect from 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM on Sunday August 11.

For additional information, visit the website at http://www.hermosabch.org/index.aspx?page=20&recordid=6210.

Torrance Partner in Policing Class

August 5, 2019

The Torrance Police Department presents the Partners in Policing (PIP) Class starting September 12.

PIP offers community members the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of a Torrance Police Officer and the opportunity to learn the inner-workings of your police department. Participants will hear from a wide variety of details within the Torrance Police Department, including K-9, Forensics, Traffic, SWAT and many others.

The program consists of 12 sessions, meeting every Thursday night from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Torrance Police Station beginning Thursday, September 12 and concluding on Thursday, December 5.

The PIP class is open to all those who reside or work in Torrance, and anyone else who has an affiliation with the City (i.e.; student in Torrance, member of a church in Torrance, member of a civic organization based in Torrance such as Kiwanis, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, etc). Participants must be 18 or older.

For additional information on the Partners in Policing class and to register, visit the website at https://www.torranceca.gov/government/police/community-affairs/partners-in-policing.

Registration for this class fills up quickly!

You will be notified via email approximately one week before class starts if you are accepted into the PIP class.

If you have any questions, contact Officer Fletcher at SFletcher@torranceca.gov or call 310-618-6391.


Bite at the Beach Discount Tixs!!!

August 4, 2019

Bite at the Beach is just six days away! Have you bought tickets yet?

If not, you’ll want to get in on this! Use promo code SBJACKIE and get a $15 discount!

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/6th-annual-bite-at-the-beach-2019-tickets-49578107454.

The MBS Media Campus is located at 1600 Rosecrans Avenue in Manhattan Beach.

Community Fitness Classes

August 3, 2019

The YMCA in partnership with Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center will be holding FREE Community Fitness Classes on Saturday, August 3 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park.

Classes meet next to outdoor exercise area and are for all fitness levels.
Zumba – Saturdays 9 to 10 a.m.
Basic Boot Camp – Saturdays 10 to 11 a.m.

These events are FREE and open to all! Come join in on the fun!

For additional information, visit https://torrance.ymcala.org/page/-/website%20files/Exercise%20in%20the%20Park%20may%20august%202019.pdf?_ga=2.105534275.1595431829.1560284725-1890167330.1560284725.

Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park is located at 25820 Vermont Avenue, Harbor City, CA 90710.