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Adopt a Goat!

December 12, 2018

Support the Palos Verdes Land Conservancy by adopting a goat!

Every year, a herd of goats is brought in to naturally mitigate invasive plant species – and they leave behind that all-important natural fertilizer!

A herd of goats can clear one acre of land per day. You can help cover the cost of one goat with a $100 gift for one day or $500 for one week. Donors to the Adopt-a-Goat program will be invited to an exclusive photo session with the goats in the spring. If you are donating in honor or in memory of someone, please be sure to provide the appropriate name and mailing address (not an email address) so an acknowledgement card can be sent.

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


Gentle Yoga @ The RB Main Library

December 11, 2018

The Redondo Beach Public Library presents Gentle Yoga tonight, tuesday, December 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Teri Thompson, a certified Yoga Teacher, and some of her students, will demonstrate how to modify yoga poses for unique body issues. Learn the many benefits of gently yoga and how it may help you.

This program is free and open to the public, no registration is required. You can participate or just watch. If you want to participate, wear comfortable clothing and bring a beach towel or yoga mat.

For additional information on programs and services at Redondo Beach Public Library, call (310) 318-0675, option 5, or visit the website at http://www.redondo.org/library.

The program is in the 2nd floor Meeting Room at Redondo Beach Main Library, located at 303 North Pacific Coast Hwy in Redondo Beach. Free underground parking is available at the Library.

Nominations Now Being Accepted for Switzer’s South Bay Women of the Year

December 10, 2018

The Switzer Learning Center is now accepting nominations for the annual South Bay Women of the Year.

Think of a woman who is truly a shining star. Someone who has made a difference in our community or helped changed some aspect of the South Bay.

They will honor four women who have made a significant contribution to the South Bay through their work in the community, in areas such as education, business, healthcare, services to at-risk youth, special needs children and young adults, volunteerism and other fields, or a young woman who has shown a commitment to making a difference in the future.

Please complete the nomination form by Friday, December 17 and your nominee may join the ranks of other influential women in the South Bay.

An Independent Selection Committee will select the finalists. The winners will be recognized at Switzer’s South Bay Women of the Year event on Friday, March 29, 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Torrance-South Bay.

To submit a nomination, visit the website at https://www.switzercenter.org/whats-happening/women-of-the-year-2019/.


Free Holiday Pet Portrait Party & Open House

December 9, 2018

Peninsula Center Pet Hospital will host a FREE Holiday Pet Portrait Party & Open House on Sunday, December 9 from 1 to 4 p.m.

The event features complimentary holiday pet photos, holiday treats, and a chance to meet the veterinarians and staff of Peninsula Center Pet Hospital and tour the facility. Sponsored by Weber Accetta Real Estate Group and Peninsula Center Pet Hospital as part of their continued community outreach Neighborhood Spotlight.

For additional information, visit the website at http://weberaccetta.com/2018/11/08/neighborhood-spotlight-dr-giselle-mayer-with-peninsula-center-pet-hospital/

Peninsula Center Pet Hospital is located at 728 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274.

Free Holiday Parking @ Redondo Pier

December 8, 2018

Free holiday parking starts today at the Redondo Pier!

The free parking is available from December 8 through January 1, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

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

The Redondo Pier is located at 100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

Last Boil of the Year!

December 7, 2018

Ragin Cajun is cooking up the final Crab & Shrimp Boil of the year today and tomorrow!

Get your fill of snow crab, king crab, Dungeness crab, soft shell crab, Louisiana blue crab, tons of shrimp and more, including the entire regular menu.

Bring your Friends, bring your family and get messy…. because messy food is the best kind!

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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

Ragin Cajun is located at 525 South Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, CA.

Lomita C.E.R.T Class Offered in January

December 6, 2018

The City of Lomita, along with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, will be hosting a three day CERT Course on January 12, 19, and 26, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Following a major disaster, fire and rescue resources may be unable to immediately respond to all those in need. In such a crisis, it will be neighbors assisting neighbors until emergency response personnel can arrive. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training provides residents with the skills and tools necessary to take care of themselves, their families, neighbors, and coworkers in the event of a disaster.

The CERT Training is offered free of charge and includes hands-on training in the following units:
• Disaster Preparedness
• Disaster Fire Suppression
• Disaster Medical Operations
• Light Search and Rescue Operations
• Disaster Psychology and Team Organization
• Terrorism
• Course Review and Hands-On Drill Simulation

After being CERT trained, participants will have the opportunity to participate in additional trainings and drills hosted by Lomita CERT.

For additional information and to register, contact Daniella Knighton at d.knighton@lomitacity.com or (310) 325-7110 x119.

Sand Sledding in Hermosa

December 5, 2018

Every year, dunes are created at the Hermosa Pier to protect the beach from winter storm surges.

It should come as no surprise locals take the opportunity to enjoy a little sand sledding. It’s a ton of fun…. and a lot warmer than snow sledding!

Video courtesy of JP PhotoGuy Cordero.

Tasting & Trivia @ Smog City Brewing

December 4, 2018

Soroptimist International of Manhattan Beach will host Tasting & Trivia tonight, Tuesday, December 4 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Smog City Brewing.

Get ready for Tasting and Trivia 3.0! Bring your friends and compete in Trivia games. Ticket includes tasting, taco cart, games and a raffle ticket. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team. It’ll be loads of fun!

Tickets are $30.

For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/325223508065868/.

Smog City Brewing is located at 1901 Del Amo Blvd, Suite B, Torrance, CA 90501.

El Segundo Santa Sleigh Ride – Tonight’s Route

December 3, 2018

Tonight is the first night of the El Segundo Santa Sleigh Ride.

The website provides the dates and times but no routes. I found this route for tonight on the ESPOA Facebook page.

Healthy Living Campus Update

December 2, 2018

Here’s an update on the Beach Cities Health District Healthy Living Campus….

“We are working closely with residents to re-imagine our 11-acre campus and chart the future of preventive health in the Beach Cities for the next 50 years. Our vision is to purposefully transform the aging former hospital site into an intergenerational Healthy Living Campus where current and future generations of Redondo, Hermosa and Manhattan Beach residents can come to engage around health, form meaningful connections with one another and be well.”

Tom Bakaly, BCHD CEO

Freestone @ Hey 19

December 1, 2018

Hey 19 Public House presents Freestone tonight, Saturday, December 1 from 9 to midnight.

Get ready to rock with this classic rock cover band! Enjoy live music, weekend specials, and craft cocktails!

Call (310) 378-8119 to make a reservation so you can eat, drink, dance.

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

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

Subscribe NOW to Keep Up with Holiday Events!

November 30, 2018

The holidays are here…. and the best way to keep up with what’s going down in the South Bay – especially this time of the year – is to subscribe to the South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide.

Every Thursday morning, you’ll receive an email detailing local activities and events. You can subscribe by scrolling down the left side of any page of the website where you’ll find the SBBJ Weekend Guide and the RSS Feed subscription boxes.

Did I mention, it’s FREE? What are you waiting for???

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Holiday Cards Wanted in El Segundo

November 29, 2018

Attention El Segundo residents!

A local business on Main Street is decorating their windows for a community/small town/family theme and want to make YOUR holiday card part of the display.

How fun will it be to stop by and see your family hanging in the window? They’ll be cutting up the cards to create a festive scene and in order for this to work, they need about 50-75 cards.

If you would like to donate your card to be a part of the “Gundo Greetings” please drop your card off in the little silver mailbox on the porch of 760 Sheldon Street!

They need as many as possible by today!

Post Thanksgiving Mindfulness Drop In

November 28, 2018

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.

For additional information call Tiana Rideout at 310-374-3526, ext.139 or visit the website at http://www.bchd.org/mindfulness

Beach Cities Health District is located at 514 North Prospect Avenue in Redondo Beach. The event will take place in the chapel located on the first Floor.

It’s Giving Tuesday!

November 27, 2018

We have a day for giving thanks, we have Black Friday, we have Cyber Monday and now we have Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.

Today charities, families, businesses, community centers and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Be part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity!

The South Bay has so many wonderful organizations that can use your help, so let’s keep it local this year!

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


Cyber Monday

November 26, 2018

Today is Cyber Monday and if you do any shopping online, this is the day to take advantage of incredible savings.

Most sites will be offering FREE shipping and all sorts of discounts – 40%, 50%, 60% and more off merchandise.

Best of all, it’s a great way to avoid the shopping hoards!

VetFest Beer-B-Que Recap

November 25, 2018

Kinecta Credit Union teamed up with the Manhattan Beach Rotary Club on Sunday, November 11 to host VetFest Beer-B-Que at Kinecta’s headquarters in Manhattan Beach in honor of Veteran’s Day.

The event welcomed 600+ attendees and raised more than $35,000. All proceeds from the event will support Team Rubicon, United Services Organizations, and Operation Mend, which are nonprofits benefiting veterans.

In addition, Gene Simmons, lead singer for the rock band KISS, was in attendance showing his appreciation for veterans. The event included live music, barbeque, and craft beer from Rock & Brews, which Simmons is a co-founder of.

Small Business Saturday

November 24, 2018

Today is Small Business Saturday!

With the holidays just around the corner, this is the perfect opportunity to make a dent in that shopping list while supporting local merchants. Approximately 83 cents of every dollar spent locally stays within the community and supports everything from team sports to infrastructure improvements.

The South Bay has numerous downtown areas which are home to a vast assortment of shops, services and dining establishments, including Riviera Village, Downtown El Segundo, Downtown Manhattan Beach, Artesia Boulevard, Downtown Hermosa, El Porto and more. You really can find everything you need right around the corner!

This season, shop local and keep those all-important tax dollars in the neighborhood!

#OptOutside this Black Friday

November 23, 2018

Four years ago, REI decided spending time outdoors is more important than spending time shopping on Black Friday, so they give their employees the day off to #OptOutside.

We spend the majority of our time staring at screens… heck, you’re on one right now. But what if we looked up rather than down? Felt the cool breeze rustling through the trees rather than the cold slickness of our screens? More and more studies show the value of spending time outside. Not necessarily major excursions, but small jaunts to your local park, beach or wilderness area.

The South Bay has miles of beach and hiking trails and there are all sorts of ways to get on the water: paddleboarding, sailing, kayaking, outrigging, pedal boating and more!

To learn more about the benefits of being outdoors, visit the REI website at https://www.rei.com/blog/news/a-dose-of-the-outdoors.