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Orlando’s Closes

June 18, 2019

I was saddened to learn that Orlando’s Pizzeria & Birreria, located on Torrance Boulevard and Prospect Avenue, recently closed for business.

Orlando Mule had returned to Canada over a year ago to renew his visa – his application was denied. They tried to keep the restaurant going without Chef Orlando, but the separation was tough on the young family. So last month, his wife Carole shuttered the restaurant and returned to Canada with their two children.

You can read all the details in the Easy Reader article at https://easyreadernews.com/orlandos-hidden-jewel-closes/.

Au revoir, Orlando’s – you’ll be missed!


Now Accepting Hometown Fair Battle of the Band Applications

June 17, 2019

the 47th Annual Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair is now accepting applications for the Battle of the Bands.

The fair will take place Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6. Band members must be 18 years and younger.

For additional information and the application, visit the website at http://www.mbfair.org/entertainment/#main-stage.

Send completed application to mark@marklipps.com.

L.A. Beer Week

June 16, 2019

It’s time to get your beer on!

L.A. Beer Week has begun and there are special events happening at breweries all over the South Bay.

For a complete listing of events, visit the website at http://www.labeerweek.com/.

Ride the Trains at Wilson Park!

June 15, 2019

Southern California Live Steamers invites the public to Ride the Trains at Wilson Park today from noon to 3 p.m.

They host public run days on the first Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the third Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. every month. The trains are located at the eastern end of the park near the picnic tables.

The rides are free but donations are appreciated to help keep the trains running so they can share their love of trains with the public.

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

Southern California Live Steamers is located at 2290 Washington Avenue, Torrance, CA 90501. Wilson Park is located at 2200 Crenshaw Boulevard in Torrance.

Hermosa Beach Strand Fire

June 14, 2019

This inferno happened yesterday morning on the 800 block of the Strand in Hermosa Beach.

A home under construction went up in flames at approximately 2 a.m. and damaged four other home. A man was arrested on suspicion of arson.

One firefighter sustained a minor injury and was treated – thank God it wasn’t worse.

Video courtesy of Kevin Cody of Easy Reader.


Redondo Beach Night Market is Back!

June 13, 2019

Native Harvest presents the Redondo Beach Night Market every Thursday night from 5 to 9 p.m. in the parking lot of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.

The Night Market vendors offer an array of hot and prepared foods for purchase, seating area, DJ, and kid’s corner for the little ones.

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

The Night Market takes place in the parking lot of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church located at 301 Avenue D, in Redondo Beach.


A Visit to the Automobile Driving Museum

June 12, 2019

Last week, I was in the neighborhood and stopped by the ADM for a quick visit.

They’re constantly rotating their collection and there were several cars on display I’ve never seen before. I also checked out the new Hot Wheels Garage for kids.

There’s always something going on at the ADM… car shows, classes, Sunday drives, swing nights (live music and dancing) and if you haven’t yet made plans for Father’s Day, stop in for a special ride and beer tasting!

For additional information and schedule of events, visit the website at https://www.automobiledrivingmuseum.org/events/.

Here are a few pics from my recent visit….

Subscribe to the South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide

June 11, 2019

The best way to keep up with what’s going down in the South Bay, 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???

An Art-Filled Weekend

June 10, 2019

I was such an artaholic this past weekend!

I managed to attend three of the local art events – the Hermosa Beach Fine Arts show, the preview of Experience 41: OZ at ESMoA, and the opening reception for Symbiosis at Resin Gallery.

If you missed the Fine Arts show, you’ll have to wait until next year, but Experience 41: OZ opens this Thursday https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/esmoa-experience-41-oz/ and Symbiosis will run through June 15 https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/opening-reception-symbiosis/.

Here’s a piece I purchased at the Hermosa Beach event by artist Kerry Stitt – Geode – acrylic resin on aluminum. It’s going to look SO great in my home…. I just have to decide where to hang it!

The LA Conservation Corps Celebrates the Legacy of the SEA Lab

June 9, 2019

The LA Conservation Corps announces that the SEA Lab will be closing at the end of June 2019. For more than 20 years, the SEA Lab has greeted hundreds of thousands of school-aged students from school trips, rescued and rehabbed thousands of fish and marine animals, maintained a native plant nursery, raised abalone, organized beach clean-ups and much more. The decision to shutter the doors was reached earlier this month after in depth deliberation between the staff and the Corps’ Board of Directors and in close communication with local partners.

The Corps is proud of the many successes that the SEA Lab and its dedicated staff garnered for the community, sea creatures, and Corpsmembers it served. The organization hopes to move forward in a spirit of celebration and remembrance.

Wendy Butts, the CEO of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps stated: “We’d like to celebrate the one-of-a-kind Marine Science facility we call the SEA Lab. The South Bay community has embraced us as we set out to educate visitors and encourage environmental stewardship. This program has been a great success for us. We’ll move on knowing that we accomplished a lot at the SEA Lab.”

The recent change of ownership of the building that has been home to the SEA Lab for many years prompted the Corps to take an in depth look at the financial and programmatic realities of running an aquarium and best serving the community and our Corpsmembers.

The staff is working to find new homes with various local partners for the marine animals currently in residence at the SEA Lab, and supporting Corpsmembers in finding their next jobs in the marine science education field. Butts shares, “Our SEA Lab Corpsmembers are extraordinary, passionate, inspiring young adults who have incredible goals ahead of them, many of which they say were sparked by their education, mentorship and empowerment at the SEA Lab.”

The Corps will be exploring options for keeping Corpsmembers involved in ocean conservation work in the Redondo Beach area through strategic partnerships with community-based organizations and will be continuing to explore opportunities for a presence in the South Bay in the coming months/years with the City of Redondo Beach and our current partners.

Maria Madrigal, the SEA Lab’s long-time staff member and current Director is resigning her post. She adds: “I am proud of all that we created and accomplished. I am honored for having the opportunity to share the marine environment with students of all ages.”

The SEA Lab team will hold its scheduled summer events as planned, including the June 15th Shark Saturday!, the June 22nd Redondo Beach Bluffs Habitat Restoration Volunteer Day, and the June 22nd Naturalist Sketching: Seasonal Changes of the Redondo Beach Bluffs. All events can be found on eventbrite and at http://www.lacorps.org/events.

The SEA Lab is first and foremost grateful to the community for its support. Including AES who graciously provided the property that housed the SEA Lab. Current Redondo Beach Mayor Bill Brand and other officials have been great champions of the facility. In addition to school classes and people in the community, the SEA Lab has also welcomed the local media, many who have visited and supported the SEA Lab.

About the Los Angeles Conservation Corps

The LA Conservation Corps is an environmentally focused youth development organization. We unleash the power of youth to preserve our natural resources and beautify our urban environments. Corpsmembers make Los Angeles’ underserved urban neighborhoods better places to live, work, learn and play. In the course of restoring the environment and serving their communities, youth are empowered to chart their own courses toward rising out of poverty.


Crawfish, Crab & Shrimp Boils @ Ragin Cajun

June 8, 2019

It’s crawfish season and Ragin Cajun will be serving it up all weekend!

Shipped fresh from Louisiana, guests can enjoy boiled crawfish, shrimp, king crab, snow crab, Dungeness crab and more. They’ll be serving between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. but be sure to order early before they run out!

For additional information, call 310-540-7403 or visit the website at https://www.ragincajuncafe.com/.

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

Lomita Photo History Project

June 7, 2019

Celebrate Founder’s Day and share in the history of Lomita by helping the LA County Library create an online photo collection.

Bring your historic photos of pre-1980 Lomita to the Library’s booth during the Founder’s Day celebration on Saturday, June 29 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and staff will convert them into high quality digital images. They’re looking for community celebrations, street scenes, buildings, landmarks, people, cultural events, performances, and any other photos of the area’s history.

Your photos will be scanned/copied, you will be asked to provide a brief description, and the information will be added to a digital online collection that can be accessed through the library’s website.


Get Yoga + Get Social

June 6, 2019

SoCal Yoga Social offers Get Yoga & Get Social on Thursday, June 6 and every Thursday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Woman’s Club of Redondo Beach.

Expensive pants and perfect poses is not what this is about… Yoga has been priced out of many people’s reach and so many segments of society are being excluded. SoCal Yoga Social created a 501(c)(3) to ensure that everyone can join and be a part of the interconnectedness that yoga is meant to bring. Yoga is not a commodity. However, they need donations to maintain a space, compensate instructors and to grow.

Once the class is over, stay for the after party! Attendees are encouraged to bring food and drinks and hang out for the social hour after class.

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

The Woman’s Club of Redondo Beach is located at 400 South Broadway, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

Volunteers Needed for South Bay Festival of the Arts

June 5, 2019

Calling all volunteers!

On Saturday, June 22, 2019 the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation will host the South Bay Festival of the Arts at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center, located at 3330 Civic Center Drive, in Torrance. The event will be open to the public from 11 am to 5 pm. Your help is needed to make this the best South Bay Festival of the Arts ever!

Thousands of people attend the Festival every year, and it takes a lot of people all working together to make the experience smooth and enjoyable for everyone. 300 volunteers are needed to fill shifts throughout the day. Your consideration is much appreciated!

Learn more about what volunteers do by visiting https://torrancearts.org/festival-volunteer/.

To register as a volunteer, visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe0HXsgvlIB2j4mr-8G6KKfxxEvQ-dsMDK2Tt2HVRL5UqTViQ/viewform

Police Training with Munitions

June 4, 2019

Just in case you’re hearing something that sounds like gunshots….

The Redondo Beach Police Department will be training with munitions at the Palos Verdes Inn, located at 1700 South Pacific Coast Highway, all this week from noon to 4 p.m.

City of Torrance New Voting Districts

June 3, 2019

On June 19, 2018, the Torrance City Council adopted an ordinance establishing by-district elections for City Council offices and approved an election calendar for the newly created districts. Previously, each Council Member was elected for a “At-Large” 4-Year term which means they serve in an “At-large” capacity and are allowed to live anywhere in the City of Torrance. However, when their 4-Year term expires, they will be required to live within the boundaries of the district that is on the ballot during that election in order for them to be able to run for a 4-Year term to that City Council district seat. The districts will be phased in during the next two election cycles. Next March, residents will vote for City Council Members for Districts 2, 4, and 6. Council Members for Districts 1, 3, and 5 will be voted on in 2022.

Find out what district you live in for the 2020 City Council District Election with the Voting District Interactive Map.

For more information on elections in Torrance, visit http://www.TorranceVotes.org.


New Escape Room in Gardena

June 2, 2019

Mob Accountant is a hot new mafia-themed escape room in Gardena! The game features a set of puzzles and clues which includes an in-character actor who optionally provides hints.

Games are open to the public but are also great for private parties, team building and corporate events. There are Team Building packages which include Improv Workshops and/or a Sales Strategies Seminar.

Hours of Operation: Tue-Sun 10 am-10 pm, 1 Hour / Up to 8 People

Regular price is $30 per person. Get $10 off by using Promo Code SBBJACKIE.

For additional information, call 323-301-5137 or visit the website at https://www.mobaccountant.com .

Mob Accountant Escape Room is located at 15501 South Vermont Avenue, Suite 108, Gardena, CA 90247.

Kinecta Federal Credit Union 2019 Scholarships and Teaching Grants for Growth Award Recipients

June 1, 2019

Kinecta Federal Credit Union announced the winners of its 2019 Youth Scholarships and Teaching Grants for Growth program recently at an Award Ceremony at its El Segundo Operations Center.

After receiving more than 200 applications from students and more than 70 submissions from teachers, Kinecta awarded eight $2,000 scholarships to help full-time students make higher education a reality and six $2,000 grants to teachers to help them bolster instruction and classroom projects. In addition, the Consumers Cooperative Society of Santa Monica, an association affiliated with Kinecta Federal Credit Union, awarded six students with $2,000 scholarships.

Winners were chosen by the Scholarship Program Selection Committee comprised of 23 Kinecta employees. Eligible students submitted a written essay on a personal experience and how it influenced their development. Applications were scored based on the essay, community involvement, GPA, awards and achievements, extracurricular activities and SAT or equivalent. The teachers’ grants were awarded based on the information provided in the application and several factors were taken into consideration, including financial need, number of students impacted and project creativity.

“Kinecta Federal Credit Union is committed to supporting young adults reach their academic goals as well as helping teachers bringing their classroom projects to life,” said Latrice McGlothin, Manager, Community Engagement at Kinecta Federal Credit Union. “Kinecta Federal Credit Union is devoted to helping young adults and teachers in the local community and is excited to be able to award them these scholarships and teaching grants”.

2019 Kinecta Federal Credit Union “Youth Scholarships and Teaching Grants for Growth” Scholarships Recipients include: Robert Peltekov, Alice H. Lee, Michael Ho, Austin Xavier Koehler, Sabrina Marie Chwalek, Ian D. Ross, Colin Ellis Pool and Angelina Quint.

2019 Kinecta Federal Credit Union “Youth Scholarships and Teaching Grants for Growth” Teaching Grants Recipients include: Marla Boyd Atkinson, Kindra Noell Anderson, Reyna Lorene Spainhour, Cheryl D. Carter-Harris, Michaela Carmichael and Traci Elizabeth Grizzle.

2019 Consumers Cooperative Society of Santa Monica Scholarships Recipients include: Carla Bridgette Mosquera, Richard Adrian Tirado, Elizabeth Adebimpe Tombrown, Genevieve Trang Barrett, Allanah Theresa Smith and Cindy Adiwidjaja.

For addtiional information about Kinecta, visit the website at http://www.kinecta.org. For additional information about the Consumers Cooperative Society of Santa Monica, an association affiliated with Kinecta Federal Credit Union, visit the website at http://www.ccssm.org.

Pictured below: Kinecta Federal Credit Union 2019 “Scholarships and Teaching Grants for Growth” Recipients with Keith Sultemeier, President and CEO Kinecta Federal Credit Union; Mary Yasui-Yamabe, Chair, Board of Directors Kinecta Federal Credit Union and Bert Fallon, Board Chair Consumer Cooperative Society of Santa Monica (CCSSM).

Freestone @ Hermosa Saloon

May 31, 2019

Hermosa Saloon presents Freestone tonight, Friday, May 31 from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Freestone returns to the NEW Hermosa Saloon! The inside of Hermosa Saloon has been remodeled and now has great sight lines and a stage. It is the perfect place to rock out with The Stone!

For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/638352656615551/.

Hermosa Saloon is located at 211 Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.


What’s Your Favorite Thing to Do During the El Segundo Art Walk?

May 30, 2019

The team at ESAW is writing an article for the upcoming El Segundo Art Walk Magazine called How to ESAW that will outline how to make a night of the event and they’re including a section with quotes from past ESAW guests.

If you’re interested in being included, please send your answer to the question: “What’s your favorite thing to do during the El Segundo Art Walk?”

If your quote is picked, they’ll list your first name/last initial. You could be FAMOUS!

Please respond with your reply to George Renfro at http://www.elsegundoartwalk.com.