Recurring Events

South Coast Botanic Garden November Events

November 1 – 30, 2018

South-Coast-Botanic-Garden-Activities-November-1The South Coast Botanic Garden offers visitors a wide variety of activities and events every month.

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

South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA, 90274.

View the November schedule of events below….

GARDEN CLEAN UP AND COMPOSTING
Saturday, November 3
9 am – Noon
$25 Members / $30 Nonmembers

Redondo Beach Library Activities for November

November 1 – 30, 2018

November-Library-ActivitiesThe Redondo Beach Library offers a variety of activities for all ages including music, writing, dance, language, reading, crafts and more!

A few require registration but all of them are FREE!

Check out the Calendar of Events listed below, or click on the flyer, print it and stick it on the fridge as a reminder!

Computer Class – Basic EXCEL
November 3 at 9:00am-10:30am
Main Library Computer Area
Registration is required due to limited seating.

ESMoA Experience #37: MATRIARCHS

October 18, 2018 – January 26, 2019

MatriarchsEl Segundo Museum of Art presents Experience #37: MATRIARCHS opening Thursday, October 18 and running through January 26, 2019.

Curated by two indigenous curators – Kristen Dorsey (Chickasaw Nation) and Jaclyn Roessel (Diné) – MATRIARCHS will feature multiple works by 12 contemporary womxn indigenous artists representing 14 indigenous communities. Four artists represent communities indigenous to California. Featured in the experience are an array of mediums including fashion, metalwork, photography, painting, basketry, and video.

“As Indigenous womxn, we have occupied essential leadership roles in our communities for centuries. While the forces of colonization have sought to dismantle our cultures and life ways, we have fought to maintain and preserve them – not only surviving, but asserting our Indigenous identities at every turn throughout history. Today, our womxn are leading and shaping movements to protect both natural resources and Indigenous bodies. Leading this critical work to heal, recover, and shape brighter, healthier futures, Indigenous womxn are occupying roles as activists, scholars, educators, doctors, attorneys, writers, artists, scientists, and social workers.

Meditation Circle

Every Tuesday

Meditation-CircleTorrance Memorial’s HealthLinks offers an opportunity to enhance meditation skills through a free, drop-in Meditation Circle for community members every Tuesday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 3 of the Hoffman Health Conference Center

Benefits of regular meditation include: quieting the mind, developing inner peace, adding balance to life, relaxation for health and well-being, and shared energy.

Some meditation experience is desired. If you do not have experience, call HealthLinks for details on “The Taste of Meditation” class. Drop-ins are welcome any time during the hour.

For additional information, visit the website at http://TorranceMemorial.org/SupportGroups or call 310-517-4711.

The Hoffman Health Conference Center is located at 3315 Medical Center Drive, Torrance CA 90505.

Redondo Beach Night Market *RESUMES SPRING 2019*

Every Wednesday

Redondo-Beach-Night-Market

Enriched Farms presents the Redondo Beach Night Market every Wednesday from 5 to 9 p.m. in the parking lot of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church.

The Night Market vendors offer an array of hot and prepared foods for purchase, in addition to hand-crafted merchandise such as skin care products and jewelry. This family-friendly event also features a DJ spinning tunes and seating.

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

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

Get Yoga & Get Social

Every Thursday

Get-Yoga-Get-SocialSoCal Yoga Social offers Get Yoga & Get Social 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.

Free Vinyasa Yoga Class

Every Sunday

Vinyasa-Flow-Free-ClassBack to Basics offers a FREE Vinyasa Yoga Class every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Plaza El Segundo.

This complimentary one hour Vinyasa class is suitable for all levels. Wear weather appropriate clothing, bring a mat, bring a friend! Classes are not held on holidays.

Namaste.

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

Back to Basics is located in Plaza El Segundo at 2008-C East Park Place, El Segundo, CA (right next to Lululemon).

First Fridays in Riviera Village

First Fridays

First-Fridays-in-Riviera-VillageRiviera Village presents First Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m. every first Friday of the month.

This free, monthly event is the place to be every first Friday! Head to the Village and enjoy live music, food samplings, gallery viewing, promotional offers and more while you dine and shop. Riviera Village merchants and art galleries stay open until 8 p.m. The energy will be fueled by live music at the north east corner of Avenue I and Catalina from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Village has plenty of metered parking on every street, along with a large metered parking lot in the triangle bordered by South Elena Avenue, Via El Prado and Avenida del Norte, and additional parking off South Catalina Avenue and Vista Del Mar. The parking fees are $1.50 per hour from 9am to 9pm and many meters conveniently accept credit cards for payment.

For additional information, visit the website at http://rivieravillage.net/.

Aquadeck Yoga

Mondays & Wednesdays

Aquadeck YogaShade Hotel Redondo Beach offers FREE Yoga on the Aquadeck every Monday and Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Gather a few friends for an hour long, all levels class. This event is ‘weather permitting’, so don’t show up if it’s raining. Attendees should wear comfortable clothing. Mats are available on a first come, first serve basis. It’s a terrific way to start the day!

Call 310.921.8940 to reserve your spot!

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

Shade Hotel is located at 655 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

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 infombac@citymb.info.

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

Mindfulness Drop In

First Wednesdays

Mindfulness 4Beach Cities Health District offers a FREE Mindfulness Drop-In the first Wednesday 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.

Community Beautification @ Seaside Heroes Park

Second Saturdays

Seaside-Heroes-Park-Community-Beautification-EventJoin volunteers at Seaside Heroes Park for the monthly Community Beautification Event the second Saturday of every month from 8 to 11 a.m.

All are welcome to get down and dirty and lend a hand cleaning, weeding, and dead heading – including groups or individuals who need community service hours.

Even though the park is small, it’s a huge job to keep it looking good. As of January 2018, there are over 900 work hours in this project, but once the entire park has received a once-over, it’s time to go back and start at the beginning. This is a labor of love and the organizers are immensely grateful to anyone who gives their time.

Whale Watching Excursions

December – April

gray-whale-south-bay-by-jackieWhale watching is a time-honored tradition along the California coastline and the South Bay offers a magnificent vantage point to witness one of the world’s great seasonal migrations.

The Gray Whale Migration runs from December through April with the whales travelling through our local waters from Alaska to Baja, Mexico and back. There have been an unprecedented number of Gray Whale sightings the past few seasons. In addition, several other species have been spotted including Fin, Minke, Humpback and Sperm whales, along with numerous Orcas (technically, not a whale!).

ESMoA Drawing Club

Every Friday

ESMoA - Just DrawEl Segundo Museum of Art hosts the Drawing Club every Friday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

In this informal drawing club, attendees will start with warm-up drawing exercises and then take inspiration from the featured artworks. No artistic experience is required and all supplies will be provided. This program is for adults.

Cruise at the Beach

Every Friday: April through October

Cruise at Ruby's - sbbjVroom, vroom! The Cruise is back!

Cruise at the Beach returns to Ruby’s Diner in Redondo Beach for the season!

Open to the public, this free event happens every Friday night through October and features a gathering of vintage automobiles on display in the Ruby’s Diner parking lot from 4 to 8 p.m.

Walking Tours of Historic Old Torrance

Fourth Sundays: May Through October

torrance historical society 3The Torrance Historical Society offers Walking Tours of Historic Old Torrance every fourth Sunday through October. This FREE docent-led tour begins at the Torrance Historical Museum at 1:30 p.m. and will point out many historic sites and landmarks in Old Torrance founded in 1912.

Kid’s Club @ The Point

Third Thursdays, May through December

Kids-Club-The_PointThe Point hosts the Mommy & Me (and Daddy’s, too!) Kid’s Club the third Thursday of every month, May through December, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Parents of pre-schoolers know it’s not always easy to keep kids stimulated and occupied, and it can be downright exhausting. Luckily, The Point is kicking off a monthly Kid’s Club to provide nothing but fun activities and good times for South Bay families, at no charge. Parents and their pre-school aged kids are welcome to come to The Point for arts and crafts, live entertainment, face painting, stilt walker, Smitten Ice Cream tastings and more!

South Bay Craft Beer Breweries

Craft beer tastingOver the last few years, the South Bay has become a major player in the Craft Beer Scene with numerous breweries, brew pubs, beer specialty shops and beer tours.

Breweries have become a favorite destination for not only beer aficionados, but those looking for an unpretentious neighborhood joint where they can kick back and enjoy a cold one.

New breweries are opening for business at an incredible pace, so be sure to check for updates!

The following is a list of South Bay breweries, brewpubs, tap and tasting rooms.

Third Fridays @ Strand Brewing

Third Fridays

Third Fridays @ Strand BrewingStrand Brewing Company presents Third Fridays, a celebration of local art and local artists.

Having spent the last seven and a half years using their brewery to create hand-crafted, small batch beer, Joel Elliot and Rich Marcello are excited to share their space as a gallery to host other local artists.

Third Fridays is a recurring event focusing on local artists and featuring their work in the Tap Room of the brewery. In addition to the art exhibits, the event features on-site food trucks and plenty of Strand Beer for purchase.

For additional information, please contact, Miah Smith at Miah@strandbrewing.com.

Strand Brewing is located at 2201 Dominguez Street, Torrance, CA 90501.

Athleta FREE Workouts @ The Point

Every Sunday

AthletaAthleta presents FREE Workouts every Sunday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. at The Point in El Segundo.

Join the Athleta crew for a FREE workout taught by local instructors on the grass in the Plaza. The schedule includes Yoga, Couples Yoga, Yoga Cycle, Pilates, Sweat & Sculpt and more. Get ready to get your sweat on during these fun workouts! All you need to bring is your mat, water and a friend!

Ride the Trains @ Wilson Park

First Sunday & Third Saturday

Southern-California-Live Steamers sbbjSouthern California Live Steamers invites the public to Ride the Trains at Wilson Park.

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.

Southern California Live Steamers is a 501(c)3 non-profit and an all-volunteer organization that provides free rides during public run days. Each volunteer is a member of the City of Torrance volunteer program.

Lunch & Dinner at the Arts *CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE*

Tuesdays & Thursdays

lunch & dinner at the artsEnriched Farms, Inc. presents the Food Truck Festival: Lunch & Dinner at the Arts every Tuesday and Thursday at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.

Featuring the best of Los Angeles area food trucks, the event offers free parking, a casual dining area and a safe, pleasant environment to enjoy the trendiest delicacies on four wheels. Foodies will experience the thrill of eating gourmet specialties such as fresh lobster rolls, Asian fusion cuisine, gourmet burgers, and exotic grilled cheese sandwiches.

Parking is free and there’s no admission. Meals range from $6 on up.

Every Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Every Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

prAna Community Yoga @ The Point

Every Saturday

prAna_YOGAprAna offers FREE Community Yoga every Saturday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. in store at The Point.

Tight, tense, and not flexible? The answer is Yoga. This class is designed to sculpt your body making tight areas more agile It also improves and makes many functional activities a lot easier on your muscles and joints. Variations and modifications are given to accommodate all levels and abilities.

Enjoy food and drinks after class, prAna provides the yoga mats, and it’s open to all ages and skill levels!

Second Sundays @ Two

Second Sundays

violinRolling Hills United Methodist Church presents Second Sundays At Two concert series at 2 p.m. on select second Sundays throughout the year.

RHUMC Music Director Charles Dickerson serves as Artistic Advisor for the series of free afternoon recitals and chamber music concerts from September through June, except December and the month of Easter, when there are other musical offerings at RHUMC. Admission is FREE but donations are appreciated! 100% of donations go directly to the artists.

For additional information, visit the website at http://rhumc.org/concerts-at-rolling-hills/.

Rolling Hills United Methodist Church is located at 26438 Crenshaw Boulevard, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274 (NE corner of Crenshaw & PV Drive North).

Yoga @ Shade Hotel Rooftop

Every Monday & Saturday

Shade Yoga 2 - sbbjShade Hotel offers a Yoga Class every Monday and Saturday morning on the rooftop Skydeck.

Gather a few friends for an all levels class taught by certified Yogi Katherine Guerra. The class begins at 10 a.m. both days and is an hour long.

This event is ‘weather permitting’, so don’t show up if it’s raining, and attendees should bring their own mat. It’s a terrific way to start the day!

Call 310-546-4995 to reserve your spot!

For additional information, visit the website at http://www.shadehotel.com/ or call 310-546-4995.

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

Hermosa Beach Drum Circle

Third Sundays

Sabina-sandovalThe Hermosa Beach Drum Circle takes place every third Sunday of the month from 12 noon to 3 p.m. just north of the Hermosa Beach Pier on the sand.

Local rock star drummer Sabina Sandoval facilitates this very popular drum circle which draws crowds of onlookers and participants. Drums and percussion instruments are provided so that no one is left out. Any donations received are used for the purchase, maintenance and repair of instruments and to keep the circle alive.

Rooftop Yoga @ Crowne Plaza

Every Friday & Saturday

Yoga-On-The-RoofCrowne Plaza Redondo Beach hosts free Yoga Classes Friday evenings and Saturday mornings every week.

Led by yoga instructor, Ryann MacMurdo, the classes take place on the roof top at pool side with an incredible ocean view. It’s a refreshing and rejuvenating way to end the work week and start the weekend!

Classes take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday evenings and 9 a.m. on Saturday mornings.

Attendees should bring a yoga mat, water and jacket in case of cool weather. These classes are free of charge – but gratuities are appreciated! There is a fee for parking in the structure.

For additional information, contact Ryann MacMurdo at 310-800-4924 or by email at ryann.macmurdo@gmail.com.

The Crowne Plaza Hotel is located at 300 North Harbor Drive in Redondo Beach.

El Segundo Museum of Art

Open to the public Friday through Sunday

ESMoA - sbbjThe El Segundo Museum of Art (ESMoA) opened its doors in January 2013 with the intent to make art more accessible through creative and interactive experiences designed to engage the community.

Founded by Brian and Eva Sweeney and curated by Bernhard Zuenkeler, ESMoA is a non-profit art space located in a new building next to the former post office on Main Street.

Vintage Car Rides @ The Automobile Driving Museum

Every Sunday

011@2013-03-25T03;27;04Southern California has a rich automotive history and the Automobile Driving Museum (ADM) is a favorite of car aficionados.

Located in El Segundo, the ADM exists to preserve automotive history. The ADM has an impressive, rotating collection of 130 classic, antique and historic cars on display.

Several Southern California collector car clubs showcase their vehicles at the ADM and on any given weekend you can find collections of particular makes and models.

South Bay Social Dogs

First Sundays

Canine Social Hikes - sbbjAll canines and their human companions are invited to attend the monthly Canine Group Hike the first Sunday of each month.

These monthly group hikes were created to give all dogs a much needed opportunity to enjoy a healthy outdoor activity in the company of other dogs and people.

Torrance Antique Street Faire

Fourth Sundays

Torrance Street Faire - sbbjJoin the vintage treasure hunt every fourth Sunday at the Torrance Antique Street Faire from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in historic downtown Torrance.

Over 200 sellers will be set up along the tree lined streets with antiques, collectibles, vintage clothes, furniture, jewelry, toys, tools, home decor and more…all on sale at bargain prices!

The monthly event features live entertainment with DJ Ozzie in the park, Stacy Robin & Friends in the Plaza and live music in front of the coffee shop and Just Luigis.

Torrance Beach Drum Circle

Second Sundays

Drum Circle - sbbjThe Torrance Beach Drum Circle meets on the beach every second Sunday of each month from 1 to 3:30 p.m. right below the Torrance Beach parking lot.

All ages and musical abilities are welcome to this FREE event; drums and percussion instruments are provided for everyone.

This is a casual group of friends and music lovers that enjoy sharing the joy of music with the community and it’s a particular pleasure when children get involved.

Point Vicente Lighthouse

Second Saturdays

There’s something romantic about a lighthouse….

If you’ve ever driven along the coast of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, chances are you’ve caught a glimpse of the Point Vicente Lighthouse. Built in 1926, the 67 foot high tower is perched on a cliff offering breathtaking views of the endless Pacific and its beacon can be seen from twenty miles at sea.

First Fridays @ First Concert Series

First Fridays

First-Fridays-at-FirstThe Classical Crossroads’ concert series, First Fridays at First, is graciously hosted as a gift to the community by FirstServe Community Services, the non-profit community service partner organization of First Lutheran Church & School in Torrance.

Talented rising artists from around the world are presented at First Lutheran Church at noon the first Friday of each month.

Swing & Sway

Second Fridays

Ballroom dancing is more popular than ever before and you don’t have to be a ‘star’ to take part in this popular pastime.

Walk In, Dance Out hosts Swing & Sway at the Joslyn Center in Manhattan Beach the second Friday of every month from 8 to 11 p.m.

If you’ve ever dreamed of tripping the light fantastic, this is your chance.

The South Bay ballroom dancing community is extraordinarily welcoming and encouraging, so even if you’re a beginner, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to practice your moves.

Torrance Cultural Arts Center

TORRANCE_CULTURAL_ARTS_CENTER - sbbjThe mission of Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation is to enrich the community through the performing arts by providing diverse cultural, educational and entertainment experiences of the highest quality.

Located at the heart of the South Bay, the Torrance Cultural Arts Center houses the James R. Armstrong Theatre and George Nakano Theatre. They offer a variety of live entertainment including dramatic, comedic and musical theater productions, concerts and other events.

Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center

rbpacThe Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center is the largest performing arts venue (1,457 seats) in the South Bay and showcases a variety of entertainment.

RBPAC plays host to the Distinguished Speaker Series, the Los Angeles Ballet, 3D Theatricals and live concerts including the Southern California Slack Key Festival, Aloha Falsetto Festival, Los Angeles Flamenco Festival, Los Angeles Guitar Festival and Gypsy Jazz Festival.

Palos Verdes Art Center

PVAC - sbbjThe newly remodeled Palos Verdes Art Center, a non-profit, community visual arts gallery and school, ‘inspires individuals to celebrate, appreciate and create art.’

Since 1931, when it was founded as a cultural arm of the planned community of Palos Verdes Estates, the Art Center’s exhibitions, educational and outreach programs have made the visual arts available, accessible and affordable.

Palos Verdes Performing Arts

palos verdes performing arts - sbbjPalos Verdes Performing Arts is a non-profit organization committed to providing the South Bay with a performing arts venue that is also available for community use. Throughout the season, PVPA stages an eclectic selection of productions, including the best of Broadway plays and musicals, revues and concert performances as well as classes and camps.

PVPA boasts the 450-seat Norris Theater for stage productions, the 300-seat Pavilion for concerts and the Upstairs Gallery for art exhibits.

Western Museum of Flight

IMG_1757 - sbbjOur fascination with airplanes doesn’t end with childhood. No matter the age, climbing into a cockpit is always a thrill.

When was the last time you pretended to be the Red Baron?

The Western Museum of Flight is a non-profit, educational institution dedicated to preserving and displaying aircraft history and artifacts of Southern California’s aviation heritage.

The South Bay Film Society

Do you enjoy watching the latest foreign and independent films but loathe driving to theaters in Pasadena or Santa Monica to see them?

The South Bay Film Society was created to bring the best of new foreign and independent films to the big screen in the South Bay.

The Society screens films shortly after they play art house theaters in West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Pasadena and well before the films are available on DVD.

Old Town Music Hall

Old Town Music Hall - sbbjThe motion picture industry has made dramatic advances since the invention of the first movie camera in the late nineteenth century – from the introduction of ‘talkies’ to 3D technology, the movies have come a long way – but have you ever wondered what it was like to watch a movie where the only accompaniment was live music?

Filmgoers can experience the Silent Era of film at the Old Town Music Hall. Since 1968, Old Town Music Hall has been screening vintage silent and sound films and presenting live concerts by some of the world’s finest performers of jazz, ragtime and popular music from the past.

Explore the Wild Side of the South Bay

The South Bay is world-renowned for its miles of delightful beaches and coastline – but did you know there are also hundreds of acres of woodlands, meadows and trails just waiting to be explored?

One of the South Bay’s best kept secrets is the surprising amount of natural habitat to be found in the area and it is the mission of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy to “preserve land and restore habitat for the enjoyment and education of all.”

They host a full calendar of popular activities, volunteer workdays, training programs and special events throughout the year including:

Lomita Railroad Museum

Lomita-Railroad-Museum sbbjThe Lomita Railroad Museum is dedicated to educating and informing the public about railroads — particularly of the steam era — the present, past, and future of transportation, the history of the U.S. Westward Expansion, the settlement of California, and the people who made this all happen.

The museum, located in Irene Lewis Park, is owned and operated by the City of Lomita and is overseen by the Lomita Parks & Recreation Department. Hours are Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum is closed for major holidays. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children under 12. FREE Parking is located in lot adjacent to museum. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.lomita-rr.org/

The Lomita Railroad Museum is located at 2137 West 250th Street in Lomita.

South Bay Farmers’ Markets Schedule

The South Bay has several terrific Farmers’ Markets throughout the week.

These are great community amenities that provide an opportunity to shop locally for the freshest, seasonal produce available.

Here’s a schedule by day of the week:

Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab & Aquarium

The Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium is ideally located at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier.

Open daily to the public free of charge, the Roundhouse is dedicated to teaching students and visitors about the oceans, marine life and the environment.

They offer a variety of programs including class field trips, volunteer opportunities, summer camps and more. Group tours are also available by reservation.

South Coast Botanic Garden

south-coast-botanic-garden-south-bay-by-jackieThe South Coast Botanic Garden is located on the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula and offers visitors a wide variety of activities and events.

The 87-acre Garden, known as the ‘Jewel of the Peninsula’, has more than 2,500 different species of plants from as far away as Australia, the Mediterranean and southern Africa. The Garden is situated in Sunset’s Zone 23, one of the most favored growing areas in the world.

About 100 trees and shrubs are rare mature specimens, infrequently seen elsewhere. The wide variety of plant life provides food and shelter to an abundant wildlife and bird population, and over 200 species of birds are sighted annually.

SEA Lab

Are you looking for ways to expand your child’s education? Expose them to the world at large? Teach them the benefits of stewardship? Engender an atmosphere of adventure and exploration?

A visit to SEA Lab accomplishes all this and more in a fun and stimulating environment. Nestled in a structure located on the west side of Harbor Drive and Herondo, SEA Lab boasts an enchanting microcosm of Southern California marine life.

Experience Terranea’s Birds of Prey

Mankind has employed birds of prey to hunt for thousands of years. Falconry is “the taking of wild quarry in its natural state and habitat by means of a trained raptor” and the sport has been around for a long, long time.

Have you ever had an opportunity to view a hawk or falcon up close and personal? Have you ever watched them hunt? Falconry is a fascinating pastime and if you’ve ever wondered about this ancient pursuit and would like to learn more about it, you’re in luck.

Seascape Trail in Palos Verdes

We wake up on weekend mornings and contemplate all the things we could and should accomplish with our free time. As everyone knows, keeping up with the Joneses is a full time occupation….but seriously, when was the last time you squandered away a perfectly good afternoon?

As Lin Yutang professed, “If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.” I think he’s onto something.

Treat Fido to Lunch @ Nelson’s

Many places claim to be dog friendly – hotels, parks, shops, even entire towns – but when it comes to dining, there are few and far between that actually practice what they preach. Fortunately, for our furry friends that frequent the South Bay, there is an establishment that encourages inter-species dining.

Nelson’s at Terranea in Palos Verdes is a casual dining venue, one of seven restaurant options at the resort. The freestanding structure is situated on a bluff overlooking the Pacific with magnificent views of Catalina.

IN-N-OUT Burger @ LAX

In and Out Burger @ LAXWhen you live in Southern California, it is predestined you will have friends and family come to visit. Often. Let’s be honest – hosting visitors can be a chore.

You want your guests to enjoy their time here in the Land of LA but you’ve done Hollywood Boulevard and lunch at the Ivy to death.

Hang Gliding at the Beach

Hang GlidingCruising along Vista Del Mar on any given afternoon you’ve probably seen the colorful hang gliders hovering above the dunes overlooking the Pacific.

Go ahead, admit it – you’ve wanted to stop and check out the action but for one reason or another kept driving.

Here’s an idea: Pack a picnic lunch, drive to Dockweiler State Beach, unfurl a blanket and spend an hour or two lounging on the beach watching a few adventurous souls take hang gliding lessons.

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