Manhattan Beach Events

South Bay By Jackie is your source for information about fun and interesting Manhattan Beach events.

Toyetic @ MBAC

January 12 – April 1, 2018

ToyeticThe Manhattan Beach Art Center presents the exhibition Toyetic running January 12 through April 1.

Toyetic is an entertainment industry term used to describe a figural toylike quality of an item. Toyetic is an exhibition focusing on artworks inspired and informed by the toy industry. The exhibition will include the work of emerging artist Chuck Hohng, who explores the issues of life, home and gender roles through the medium of traditional children’s toys; industry giant John T. Quinn, the Director of Character Art for Disney Consumer Products, whose art drives the look, direction and essence of today’s largest toy and character producer: the Walt Disney Company; and Ross Bonfanti, who uses discarded stuffed toys and local thrift shops finds, manipulating childhood objects to produce unique sculptures and mixed media works with concrete as a central medium.

For additional information, visit the website at

The Manhattan Beach Art Center is located at 1560 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

Costume Figure Drawing @ MBAC

First Thursdays

LIVE-Costume-Figure-Drawing-MBACThe Manhattan Beach Art Center presents LIVE: Costume Figure Drawing the first Thursday of each month from 7 to 10 p.m.

LIVE is a FREE series of Thursday night community-building activities designed to enhance artistic skills and develop presentation confidence in local artists. Small refreshments and good vibes will be provided. LIVE is open to everyone 16 years and older. Events are FREE but a donation of $12 is much appreciated to help defray costs.

Hang out with your friends and work on your figure drawing skills with a live costumed model. No instructors and no pressure – draw as you feel! Attendees should bring their own materials; easels will be provided if necessary.

For additional information, call (310) 802-5440 or contact via email at

Manhattan Beach Art Center is located at 1560 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

NextStep Charity Poker Tournament @ The 900 Club

February 24, 2018

NextStepNextStep presents the annual 900 Club Charity Poker Tournament on Saturday, February 24 starting at noon.

The 900 Club is a members-only establishment located in Manhattan Beach and this is your chance to gain entrance to this exclusive retreat! The event will bring together members the 900 Club, celebrity guests, local businesses and friends in support of NextStep.

Check-in starts at 11:30 with cards flying at noon. The buy-in is $100 and rebuys will be available. Players will enjoy free appetizers all day and free cocktails until 3 p.m.!

There are only 70 seats available so you have a real chance to win! Hey, it’s fun, it’s for a great cause and it’s tax deductible!

Active Shooter Seminar

March 5, 2018

Active-ShooterThe Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce will host an Active Shooter Seminar on Monday, March 5 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Manhattan Beach Library.

Manhattan Beach Media Campus has agreed to underwrite the cost of doing the seminar so it is FREE for all local businesses, Chamber members and residents.

The featured presenter is Jim William Potts, J.D. Jim has over 20 years in law enforcement and is a Certified Terror Investigator. He will offer safety tips in the event of an active shooter in malls, restaurants, on the street, office or school environments, and what to do when law enforcement arrives.

For additional information, visit the website at

The Manhattan Beach Library is located at 1320 Highland Avenue in Manhattan Beach.

Free Fitness Weekend

March 9 – 11, 2018

The next Beach Cities Free Fitness Weekend takes place Friday, March 9 through Sunday, March 11.

QUESTION: What’s better than breaking a healthy sweat at a top fitness studio?

ANSWER: Doing it for free!

Social Hour at Zinc @ Shade

March 13, 2018

wine-at-fiveZinc @ Shade Hotel will host the monthly BCHD/Blue Zones Project Social Hour tonight, Tuesday, March 13 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

Shade Hotel is located at 1221 North Valley Drive, Manhattan Beach, CA.

FREE Rain Barrel Distribution Program

March 17 & April 7, 2018

Rain-Barrel-GiveawayWest Basin Municipal Water District continues the FREE Rain Barrel Distibution Program with two events on Saturday, March 17 in Lawndale and Saturday, April 7 at Mira Costa High School.

Help conserve water with a FREE rain Barrel! You can be more water efficient by collecting and using rainwater in your garden. Rain barrels also help reduce the amount of water that flows into storm drains and waterways.

Participants must meet eligibility requirements and register in advance, Rain barrels are distributed on a first come, first served basis. No walk-ins will be allowed. Registration does not guarantee a rain barrel.

For additional information and registration, visit the website at

Saturday, March 17 from 8 a.m. to noon at Lawndale High School located at 14901 South Inglewood Avenue, Lawndale, CA 90260.

Saturday, April 7 from 8 a.m. to noon at Mira Costa High School located at 1401 Artesia Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

LMB 25th Anniversary Gala

March 24, 2018

LMB-GalaThe Leadership Manhattan Beach Class of 2018 presents the LMB 25th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Manhattan Medical Center.

The event is a fundraiser for the class project to install Bike Fix-it Stations in several high bike traffic locations within the city. The evening will feature casino games, live and silent auctions, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

You don’t have to be LMB alumni to attend – all are welcome!

Pre-sale tickets are is $75. After 2/15 the ticket price goes up to $100.

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at

Manhattan Medical Center is located at 1000 North Sepulveda Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

Free Fitness Weekend

April 13 – 15, 2018

The next Beach Cities Free Fitness Weekend takes place Friday, April 13 through Sunday, April 15.

QUESTION: What’s better than breaking a healthy sweat at a top fitness studio?

ANSWER: Doing it for free!

Palos Verdes Dream House Raffle

Purchase Tickets by Friday, April 27, 2018

Palos-Verdes-Dream-House-RaffleCalifornia’s first and longest running house raffle is back – the 2018 Palos Verdes Dream House Raffle!

An Oceanfront Estate on the island of Kauai in Hawaii – or $5,000,000 – is just a $150 raffle ticket away for the lucky winner of the 2018 Palos Verdes Dream House Raffle. The first and oldest house raffle licensed in California, proceeds help fund Palos Verdes Art Center’s exhibition, education, and outreach programs, making the visual arts available, accessible and affordable in Los Angeles County.