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BCHD Seeks Applicants & Proposals for Non-Profit Agency Grants

February 20, 2020

Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) is currently accepting applications for its non-profit agency grants to enhance its ability to provide preventive health services in the community. Non-profits that provide physical and/or mental health programs are welcome to apply. The current application period will run from February 17, 2020 to March 16, 2020.

BCHD’s ad-hoc grants committee will select applications to recommend to its Board for funding. The BCHD Board of Directors will then approve grant applicants through their annual budget adoption at their May 27, 2020 Board meeting. Awardees will be notified in June and, upon signing the final contract, disbursements of funds will occur in FY 2020-2021 on a performance reimbursement basis.

The District funds programs that provide:
• Health education and prevention
• Support groups
• Health promotion
• Health maintenance
• Efforts to develop and test new approaches to solving problems within the health field
• Safety net programs for vulnerable and underserved populations (e.g., senior and homeless meal program)

To be eligible for consideration, the applicant must meet the following requirements: 1. The agency must be an incorporated nonprofit organization with a tax-exempt status under California State law and the Internal Revenue Code. 2. The agency must demonstrate the ability to provide proposed services. Greater consideration will be given to agencies with experience in delivering health related programs. 3. An agency does not need to be located within BCHD service area, but it must demonstrate the ability to make services easily accessible to those residing in Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach. 4. District funds must only be spent on the residents of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach.

For additional informatio and to download the grant application, visit the website at http://www.bchd.org/grants.


White Light White Night – SAVE THE DATE!!!

February 19, 2020

Walk With Sally has scheduled the 2020 White light White Night fundraising event for July 25, 2020.

They’re keeping it fresh and moving the event to a new South Bay location this year. They haven’t said where it will take place yet, but you know it will be FABULOUS!

So mark your calendar and stay tuned for the new location reveal! For updates, visit the website at https://www.walkwithsally.org/.


Torrance Chamber Seeks Nominations

February 18, 2020

The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to nominate individuals within the Torrance area and the surrounding communities to be honored at the Multicultural Celebration on April 17, 2020.

Download the Multicultural Celebration Nomination Form and submit your form by mail or drop-off at 3480 Torrance Boulevard, Suite 305, Torrance, CA 90503 or via email to Michelle@torrancechamber.com with “MC Nomination” included in the subject line.

Nominations must be received no later than Monday, March 9, 2020.

Download the form at https://files.constantcontact.com/63310378001/0385c1b4-b76a-4caf-bf26-6dfe3034b85b.pdf.


Culture and History are Everywhere You Look in Old Town Torrance

February 17, 2020

Just came across this article on Old Town Torrance in the LA Times.

They mention about eight local businesses but there’s SO MUCH MORE!

Best part? All parking in the downtown area is FREE!

Read the whole article at https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-01-31/what-to-do-in-historic-downtown-torrance


SBWC Seeking Scholarship Applicants

February 16, 2020

The South Bay Women’s Association is seeking Scholarship Applicants.

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. The deadline for applications is February 21, 2020.

For additional information and applications, visit the website at https://www.sbbwa.com/scholarships.

Vote for Your Favorite in Dancing with the South Bay Stars

February 15, 2020

There are only a few days left to vote for your favorite dancer and/or charity in the annual Dancing with the South Bay Stars event!

If you haven’t bought tickets to the show yet, you better get on it – they’re selling out fast!

If you can’t attend the performance, you can still support your favorite dancer or charity by voting online.

Just click on the picture and vote for your favorite at https://torrancearts.org/dancing-south-bay-stars-ix/.


Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

February 14, 2020

I appreciate that we have a day to celebrate LOVE – a day just to show those around you how much you love and appreciate them!

Having Valentine’s Day fall on a Friday can be tougher than usual if you haven’t already made dinner reservations BUT, there are other ways to celebrate!

Pack a picnic, go to the beach and watch the sunset; Take a romantic stroll through South Coast Botanic Garden; visit one of our local cultural arts centers and take in the current exhibition; enjoy tunes (and maybe some dancing!) at one of the many live music venues in the South Bay.

Then again, you always have the option to cook dinner at home and snuggle up with a romantic movie!

However you decide to celebrate LOVE, have a happy Valentine’s Day!

New Businesses in Manhattan Beach

February 13, 2020

There are a few new businesses that recently opened in Manhattan Beach…. and what a coincidence that I’m posting this just before Valentine’s Day!!!

DESIGNS BY MUSTI – Musti is a self-taught artisan and the talent behind all the jewelry. His collection is crafted with precious metals and the finest gemstones in brilliant color combinations that have always exemplified Musti’s work. They specialize in custom designs, but are also experts at reworking existing pieces, as well as repairs and cleaning service. The Valentines Day featured item is a diamond folded heart necklace. For all walk in and website clients, they’re offering 20% OFF with the promo code LOVEUS.

SLAY ITALIAN KITCHEN – Manhattan Beach resident and chef David Slay opened his newest restaurant, Slay Italian Kitchen, a couple of weeks ago to rave reviews. The location at 1001 Manhattan Avenue (formerly Jimmy’s Kouzina) has been freshened and will be featuring freshly made pastas, pizzas from hand-formed dough that is fermented for 48 hours with ingredients and of course, wines straight from their own Santa Barbara vineyard. Open nightly for dinner with weekend brunches beginning on Valentine’s Day!

BLUE DIAMOND JEWELERS – Blue Diamond Jeweler is founded on the idea that a satisfying life comes from quality relationships. This is what they strive to create with every client that walks through their doors. They want you to feel comfortable and welcomed, knowing that they want what is best for you – whatever that may be. They can accommodate any budget, restore the beauty of an aged treasure, or design a custom piece. If it’s important to you, it’s important to them. Mention this post and receive a $100 gift card!

Friends of the Parks Mixer

February 12, 2020

Join Hermosa Beach Friends of the Parks at the Seasonal Mixer for sips and snacks at Día de Campo, a modern surf lodge catering to those who want to disconnect, leave the day behind, and gather with friends and strangers over flavorful food and drinks.

Friends of the Parks and Dia de Campo will provide snacks/appetizers and extend happy hour pricing to the group (must have event wrist band) until 8:30 p.m.

Come learn more about HBFOP and how to get involved

Tickets are $8.50.

For additional information, visit the Eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hbfop-seasonal-mixer-tickets-93867820177.

Dia De Campo is located at 1238 Hermosa Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.

BCHD Social Hour @ The Slip

February 11, 2020

The Slip Bar & Eatery will host the monthly BCHD/Blue Zones Project Social Hour tonight, Tuesday, February 11 from 5 to 6 p.m.

Italians drink a glass of red wine with each meal…and they might just be onto something. Studies show that for people who have a healthy relationship with alcohol, enjoying a glass of wine rich in artery-scrubbing flavonoids can benefit the health of the mind and body. Unwind with new and old friends during Social Hour.

Attendees will enjoy discounted appetizers and the first glass of wine for $5.

The monthly Social Hour takes place the second Tuesday of each month from 5 to 6 p.m. at various venues throughout the South Bay. No registration is required, just show up!

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

The Slip Bar & Eatery is located at 120 North International Boardwalk in Redondo Beach.

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Mixt Closing in February

February 10, 2020

I mentioned a few weeks ago that a couple of the stores at The Collective would be closing.

Jeffrey Scott Vintage closed last month but Mixt will be open until February 26, Wednesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

If you haven’t been there, now is the time to go – Mixt is having a closing sale with everything 50% off!

The Collective is located at 324-326 Tejon Place, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274. (Just west of Malaga Plaza and behind City Hall.

Torrance Election / Register to Vote

February 9, 2020

Residents of Torrance will vote on March 3, 2020 in the first district election and that vote will decide the direction the City of Torrance will take for the next four years.

Visit http://www.torrancevotes.org to start researching candidates, discover your district and other important general municipal election information.

Only registered voters in districts 2, 4 and 6 will vote for their council Members.

Register to vote by February 17 at the Torrance City Clerk’s office, any Torrance public library or visit http://www.lavote.net.

Make an informed decision!

Kinecta Federal Credit Union’s 2020 Youth Scholarships and Teaching Grants for Growth

February 8, 2020

Kinecta Federal Credit Union has announced its highly anticipated 2020 Youth Scholarships and Teaching Grants for Growth program.

Beginning February 1 through March 1, 2020, eligible students and teachers can apply at https://www.kinecta.org/youth-scholarships/ and https://www.kinecta.org/teaching-grants/. Eight $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to help full-time students make higher education a reality, and six $2,000 grants will be given to teachers to help them bolster instruction and classroom projects.

All applications and supporting documents must be received by March 1, 2020, and Kinecta Scholarships and Teaching Grant winners will be announced on or around May 31, 2020. To date, Kinecta has awarded more than $208,000 to help 93 students to make higher education a reality and has helped 19 teachers to purchase supplies or fund classroom projects through its “Youth Scholarships and Teaching Grants for Grow” program.

“Kinecta Federal Credit Union is dedicated to helping young adults reach their academic goals and teachers enhance their classroom offerings,” said Latrice McGlothin, Community Engagement Officer, Kinecta. “In 2019, we received more than 200 submissions from prospective students and over 70 submissions from teachers. We are proud to offer eight $2,000 scholarships to full-time students and six $2,000 grants to pre-K to 12th-grade teachers this year!”

Application Guidelines

Students Scholarships:
Eligible applicants should be:
· 24 years of age of younger at time of application
· A high school senior applying for, or already accepted as, a full-time student at an accredited college or university, OR a full-time student attending and continuing at an accredited college or university.

Teachers Grants are open to:
· Pre-K to 12th-grade teachers certified in their state of residence, as well as home-school teachers
· Only ONE grant will be awarded per teacher, although there is no limit to the number of applications an individual may submit.
· Recipients must use grant funds to purchase supplies and/or fund a classroom project.

Evaluation and Selection Criteria

Students Scholarships: Eligible applicants must submit a written essay (minimum 1,000 words). Essay question: What do you consider your greatest success? And why do you consider it your greatest success.

Applications will be scored based on the following criteria:
· Essay – 40%
· Community Involvement – 20%
· GPA – 15% (transcripts required)
· Awards & Achievements – 10%
· Extracurricular Activities – 10%
· SAT or equivalent – 5% (transcripts required)

Teachers Grants will be awarded based on the information provided in the application. Several factors will be taken into consideration, including financial need, number of students impacted and project creativity.

For additional information about Kinecta Scholarships,visit the website at https://www.kinecta.org/youth-scholarships/.


More New Shops Open in Riviera Village

February 7, 2020

Dang! There are so many new businesses opening in Riviera Village it’s hard to keep up! Here are some of the latest…

Matty’s Crawdaddyies Serving Cajun and Creole seafood – 1723 S Catalina Ave
Hi-Fi Espresso Serving the highest fidelity in both coffee & fine goods – 1815 S Catalina Ave
Riviera House Serving coastal cuisine and craft cocktails – 1708 S Catalina Ave
The Punchbowl Serving cold pressed juices, fresh shakes, wellness shots, raw, vegan and organic – 1811 S Catalina Ave
Herb + Dew Apothecary Wellness Boutique Sells herbs and flower medicine – 1617 S PCH, STE I.
Poke Rainbow Serving inspired Hawaiian cuisine – 1811A S Catalina Ave

Rent a Classic Car from the ADM

February 6, 2020

Did you know you can now rent a classic car from the Automobile Driving Museum?!?

Yes! A selection of the ADM’s collection are now available for rent!

If you’re looking to rent a car for a private event, movie shoot, photo shoot, etc., email Alec Carlson at alecc@theadm.org for a quote.

The Automobile Driving Museum is located at 610 Lairport Street, El Segundo, CA 90245.

Redondo Beach Citizen’s Police Academy

February 5, 2020

The Redondo Beach Police Department has announced the annual Citizen’s Academy Class.

The Citizen’s Academy Class will be held on Thursday nights (new night) for 14 consecutive weeks, starting March 5th and running through June 3rd, in addition to a Graduation Night on June 11th. Classes will be held at the Police Annex from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The goal of the program is to educate citizens regarding police policy, There will be lectures, hands-on training, various demonstrations and a ride-a-long with a police officer. Topics covered in class include police training, SWAT, traffic, K-9’s, CSI, jail operations, undercover operations, etc.

They’ve received a lot of positive feedback from previous classes and will make this an enjoyable experience for participating citizens.

If you’re interested in signing up for the class, contact Officer Daryn Glenn at (310) 379-2477 x2493 or via email at Daryn.Glenn@redondo.org.

Spots fill up fast and there are only 30 seats. It will be first come, first serve and applicants will receive a letter of approval prior to the start of class.

ESMoA Now Accepting School Tour Reservations for Experience 45: STARDUST

February 4, 2020

Greetings teaching partners! This is a notification that ESMoA is now accepting School Tour Reservations for Experience 45: STARDUST.

Experience 45: STARDUST is a backstage pass to the world of creative systems and a showcase of the power of an artist collective. The Experience will be on view at ESMoA February 13, 2020 to May 16, 2020.

ESMoA’s 60-minute tours are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM and 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM and are led by a member of the ESMoA Schools Team. Sign up for your field trip at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040844aaaa2fa13-stardust.

They strongly encourage teachers who plan to bring their students to STARDUST to attend ESMoA’s Evening for Educators on Thursday, February 20 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Teachers may RSVP to schools@artlab21.org.

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

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

Redondo Beach Planned Road Closure

February 3, 2020

Pacific Coast Highway at Torrance Boulevard will be closed for street resurfacing and other road work starting today, Monday, February 3 at 8 p.m. through Tuesday, February 4 at 6 a.m.

Vehicle and pedestrian traffic will be re-routed.

Super Bowl Shopping Tradition

February 2, 2020

I know, I know…. I post this every Super Bowl Sunday, but it just cracks me up!

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.

Then there are the 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, toilet paper and paper towels.

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.

Trust me, it’s a hoot!

Affair of the Heart – Last Chance to Purchase Tickets!

February 01, 2020

If you plan on attending the annual Affair of the Heart Gala, you better get your tickets now because it’s almost sold out!

The Richstone Family Center presents the annual Affair of the Heart Gala: Speakeasy Soiree on Saturday, February 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Porsche South Bay.

The evening begins with a cocktail reception during which guests can bid on an array of unique silent auction items and enjoy a selection of wine tastings presented by Bristol Farms. The night continues with a gourmet dinner and live auction featuring once-in-a-lifetime experiences!

Celebrate the exceptional people who have shown tremendous commitment to their mission to treat and prevent child abuse, and are dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in need.

Tickets are $350 per person.

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

Porsche South Bay is located at 14610 Hindry Avenue, Hawthorne, CA 90250.