Palos Verdes Events

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South Bay Farmers’ Markets Schedule

South Bay farmers' MarketsThe 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:

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).

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.

Point Vicente Lighthouse *LIGHTHOUSE TOWER IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, GROUNDS & MUSEUM OPEN DURING MONTHLY OPEN HOUSE*

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.

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Activities for February

February 1 – 29, 2020

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy offers a calendar full of special activities and monthly events.

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.”

For additional information and registration, visit the website at https://pvplc.org/ or call (310) 541-7613.

Take a look at what’s on tap for February….

Opening Reception: Habitat California – Flora & Fauna

February 8 – April 18, 2020

The Palos Verdes Art Center presents the Opening Reception of Habitat California: Flora & Fauna on Saturday, February 8 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Habitat California: Flora & Fauna is an invitational and juried exhibition featuring the plants and wildlife of California in the shifting ecosystems they inhabit. The exhibition presents over 80 works of art in wide-ranging styles and media, including plein air landscape paintings, botanical drawings, and sculpture as well as video and internet art. Topics include:

* Continuing the California Landscape and California Impressionist traditions
* The intersections of urban, suburban, and wildlife habitats
* The effects of climate change on wildlife and botanical habitat and species
* Explorations in new media featuring California flora and fauna and their ecosystems

Contemporary works will be accompanied by historic botanicals and paintings by noted California artists. The Juror is Tulsa Kinney, editor and co-founder of Artillery, a contemporary art magazine based in Los Angeles established in 2006.

Winter Flashlight Tour @ SCBG

February 21, 2020

The South Coast Botanic Garden will host the Winter Flashlight Tour on Friday, February 21 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

This is the final Winter Flashlight Tour of the season. Explore the night sky with experts and telescopes from the South Bay Astronomical Society.

The Winter Flashlight Tours allow you to explore the Garden in a new light, literally and figuratively. Discover new sights, sounds, smells and mysteries of the Garden during this self-guided tour while learning all about the beautiful sky above!

Tickets are $4/$9. Free for members!

For additional information, visit the website at https://southcoastbotanicgarden.org/event/winter-flashlight-tours-2020-02-21/.

The South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes, CA 90247.

G.Y.M. Class (Goats, Yoga & Mimosas)

February 22, 2020

The South Coast Botanic Garden presents G.Y.M. Class (Goats, Yoga & Mimosas) on Saturday, February 22 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Enjoy the benefits of yoga, bask in the fresh air of the Garden, and hold your poses alongside Nigerian Dwarf goats! According a recent Huffington Post article, this new fitness trend is “the cutest way to find your center!” Bring a yoga mat and sense of humor.

The fee for Members is $48, for non-Members, $54. Your purchase for goat yoga includes a 60-minute yoga session followed by two mimosas (or juice), plus bottled water, a 30 minute tram tour and admission to the Garden all day.

No experience required. Participants must be at least 10 years old, 21+ for mimosas. Must bring valid ID for alcohol. Space is limited, advanced registration required.

Laugh Zone

February 22, 2020

Calling all high school and young adults with special needs!

Laugh Zone is gearing up for another creative, original, fun event featuring Karaoke with Good Vibrayshuns and magic with Brandon Achers on Saturday, February 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church Parish Hall

Come enjoy a night of food n’ fun with old and new friends! No pressure– no obligation, just a cool opportunity to spice up a typical Saturday night. Get inspired.! It’s going to be the best time you’ve had this year… no joke!!

Admission is a suggested donation of $1 at the door.

Please RSVP to laughzone@yahoo.com to secure your seat.

St. Francis Episcopal Church Parish Hall is located at 2200 Via Rosa, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274. Park in the lower lot and take stairs up. Handicap parking located at entrance drive.

BeachLife Backyard Games

February 29, 2020

Tito’s Vodka will sponsor the Beachlife Backyard Games every month at a different location in the South Bay leading up to the BeachLife Festival in May 2020.

The BeachLife crew wants to stay busy in the off season, while giving back to the community. They’ve partnered with Tito’s Handmade Vodka to throw some BeachLife Backyard Games for charity.

It’s always FREE to enter, super FUN, and they’ll donate $1,000 to local non-profits every time.

In addition to the games, the events will feature live music and after parties!

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Activities for March

March 1 – 31, 2020

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy offers a calendar full of special events and monthly activities.

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.”

For additional information and registration, visit the website at https://pvplc.org/ or call (310) 541-7613.

Check out what’s on tap for March….

Special Events

Designs for Dining Fundraiser

March 6, 2020

St. Francis Episcopal Church presents the annual Designs for Dining fundraiser on Friday, March 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Benefitting the St. Francis Outreach Scholarship Fund, this annual event features creative trends in entertaining and themed-table designs. Other highlights include guest speakers, boutiques, demonstrations, and silent auction. A light lunch and refreshments are included in the ticket price and will be served throughout the day.

Chef Robert Bell of Chez Melange and Mama Terano will give a talk, “37 Years: The Life of Chez Melange.”

Tickets for the event are $45 in advance and $50 at the door.

For additional information, call (310) 375-4617 or visit the website at http://www.stfrancispalosverdes.org.

St. Francis Church is located at 2200 Via Rosa, at the northwest entrance to Palos Verdes Estates, off Palos Verdes Boulevard.

Peninsula Cars & Coffee

March 7, 2020

The Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance presents Peninsula Cars & Coffee every first Saturday (March 7) of each month from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Promenade on the Peninsula parking structure top deck.

Attention car hobbyists and enthusiasts! Bring you hot rod, custom, muscle car, sports car, antique, classic or exotic or other special interest car or truck…. or just yourself! It’s the perfect opportunity to meet other South Bay gear heads!

This event is FREE to attend for both the public and those displaying a vehicle.

For additional information, visit the website at https://www.pvconcours.org/peninsula-cars-and-coffee.

Promenade on the Peninsula is located at 550 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274. Entrance to the top deck of the parking structure is located on Indian Peak Road.

Social Irrigation

March 13, 2020

The South Coast Botanic Garden presents Social Irrigation on Friday, March 13 from 6 to 9 p.m.

End your week in the most fun and relaxing way possible! Check out the Garden’s newest program, Social Irrigation. Bring your friends and family and let them take care of the rest. Beer, cider and wine will be available for sale onsite. Pre-purchase picnic box meals so it’s ready when you arrive, courtesy of Torrance Bakery. Of course, you are welcome to bring your own picnic as well.

This month’s event features The Blue Breeze Band, an award-winning dance party band that specializes in Motown, R&B, Soul, Funk, Jazz and Blues. This is the perfect family night out with yard games and plenty of space for the kids to dance and have some fun. So grab your blankets, chairs, and dancing shoes!

Tickets are $9/$12/$16.

Whale of a Day @ Point Vicente

April 18, 2020

Los Serenos hosts the annual Whale of a Day event on Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Point Vicente Interpretive Center.

Co-Sponsored by Los Serenos de Point Vicente and the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, the event celebrates the migration of the Pacific Gray whale from the frigid waters of the Arctic seas to the warm lagoons of Baja California. Attendees will enjoy food, entertainment and education on the PVIC grounds.

Admission is FREE, parking is FREE.

Free parking will be available at the Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall located at 30940 Hawthorne Boulevard, with free shuttle service to and from the event site. There is no onsite parking.

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 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.

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:

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.

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.