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Nelson’s Summer Concert Series

May 25 – September 15, 2018

Nelsons-Concert-Series-1Terranea Resort presents the Nelson’s Summer Concert Series starting on Friday, May 25. The series runs from Memorial Day Weekend through mid-September.

Fridays through Sundays from 6 to 9 p.m., guests will enjoy live music at Nelson’s cliff-side perch overlooking the deep blue. Local bands and musicians will play everything from Country and Reggae to Classic Rock.

Delicious food, fabulous music, incomparable vistas – this is how summer begins.

For additional information, call (310) 265-2766 or visit the website at

Terranea Resort is located at 100 Terranea Way in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Father’s Day Activities @ Terranea

June 17, 2018

Falcon-TerraneaTerranea Resort celebrates Father’s Day this weekend with activities for the sporting dad.

•Experience the unique sport of archery on the beautiful cliff-top range with sweeping views of Catalina Island. Skilled Archers will provide you with bow and arrow instruction, followed by shooting practice and games.

•Partake in a Private Falconry Experience and introduce Dad to the beauty and natural history of working birds of prey including falcons, Harris Hawks, and Eurasian Eagle Owls. Terranea’s falconer will show you how to identify these birds in the wild and discuss the important roles they play, not only at Terranea, but in the wider environment as well. Available Wednesday through Sunday at 9am.

Dad’s Day Out @ South Coast Botanic Garden

June 17, 2018

Dads-Day-OutThe South Coast Botanic Garden hosts Dad’s Day Out: A Father’s Day Celebration on Sunday, June 17 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Take Dad on an unforgettable adventure at the Garden! Hike through trails, design a memory box, and create burnt wood art. Afterward, relax at the Craft Beer station and enjoy a cold brew from Smog City Brewing and play a game of corn hole.

All Dads receive one complimentary beer. Drinks available for purchase on-site. This event is rain or shine. Kids Club is included with Garden admission or membership. RSVP highly encouraged!

For additional information, visit the website at

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

Champions for Children 5K Trail Run/Walk

June 23, 2018

Champions-For-Children-5KSouth Bay Children’s Health Center presents the annual Champions for Children 5K Trail Run/Walk on Saturday, June 23 starting at 8:30 a.m. at Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates.

The event will raise money and build awareness of the need for quality mental and oral health services for underserved children, teens and young adults throughout the South Bay and surrounding areas and will attract local dental and mental health professionals, community partners, families and local corporations.

Participants can run or walk the course as an individual or as part of a team. The day will be filled with family activities for children of all ages, vendor booths, a children’s festival and a wonderful, healthy team spirit.

The cost is $35 for adults and $25 for children under 13.

Malaga Cove Summer Art Shows

June 23 & 24, 2018

Malaga-Cove-Art-ShowThe Palos Verdes Art Center presents the Malaga Cove Summer Art Show on Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Malaga Cove.

The event takes place each month from April through September and features paintings, jewelry, ceramics, photography, wearable art and prints from artists from the seven art groups affiliated with Palos Verdes Art Center: Artists Open Group, Pacific Arts Group, Paletteers, Palos Verdes Painters, Peninsula Artists, Photographic and Digital Artists, and Third Dimension.

For additional information, visit the website at

Malaga Cove Plaza is located at the entrance to the City of Palos Verdes Estates on scenic Palos Verdes Drive West between Via Chico and Via Corta. There is plenty of free parking.

Celebrate Wellness

June 24, 2018

Celebrate-WellnessThe community is invited to join Cancer Support Community-Redondo Beach for the annual Celebrate Wellness food and beverage tasting event on Sunday, June 24 from 3 to 7 p.m. at South Coast Botanic Garden.

“We continue to listen and respond to the needs of the community, and are proud to say that we now offer more than 200 programs per month for cancer patients and their loved ones” said CSCRB Executive Director/CEO Paula Moore. “The funds raised at Celebrate Wellness help us provide these valuable support programs at no charge whatsoever to the participant.”

Lunada Bay Summer Concert Series

June 24 – August 26, 2018

Lunada-Bay-summer-concertsThe Lunada Bay Homeowners Association presents the Summer Concert Series on select Sundays beginning at 5 p.m.

Summer means backyard barbecues, ice cold lemonade, family vacations, trips to the beach and even better, the annual Lunada Bay Summer Concert Series. Fun, affordable and family-friendly, the Summer Concert Series features six bands performing at Lunada Bay Park and PV High School. This year’s lineup promises something for everyone with lots of local artists and new exciting headliners. A variety of food and beverages will be available for purchase at all events in support of LBHOA and local businesses. Plus look out for the “Kids Corner” offering arts and crafts.

Be sure to bring blankets, chairs, a picnic dinner and enjoy a wonderful evening in the park with family and friends.

The schedule is as follows:

St. Luke’s Garden Concert Series

June 24, 2018

Helix-CollectiveSt. Luke’s Presbyterian Church presents the Garden Concert Series on Sunday, June 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. on the lawn.

This month, the event features the music of the Helix Collective, a los Angeles based ensemble specializing in multi-media, collaborative performances and recording. Helix has released two critically acclaimed albums and has recorded scores for over a dozen films. Helix has a little something for everyone – those who like the classics straight up with a contemporary edge, or with populist appeal.

Attendees should plan to arrive early and picnic on the lawn. Dessert and coffee will be hosted by St. Luke’s. This is a FREE event and there is ample free parking available.

For additional information, call 310-377-2825.

St Luke’s Presbyterian Church is located at 26825 Rolling Hills Road in Rolling Hills Estates.

Summer Sunday Sounds

June 24, 2018

Kent-JenkinsThe Neighborhood Church presents Summer Sunday Sounds on June 24 beginning at 6 p.m.

These FREE, oceanside, summer concerts have been a Neighborhood Church favorite for years and features local musicians on the seaside patio. The bring-you-own picnic begins at 6 p.m. with the concert starting at 7 p.m.

This year’s season kicks off on June 24 with Kent Jenkins, a YouTube sensation and multi-talented artist. Kent Jenkins (Snubby J) is a Los Angeles-based musician, creator and entertainer known for his performances with the RimbaTubes, a homemade PVC Pipe instrument built with his father in 2007. What started as a hobby of making YouTube music videos, has since garnered Kent over 400,000 followers and 200 million video views worldwide.

A Romantic, Uplifting & Spiritual Evening

June 26, 2018

Ildy-LeeWayfarer’s Chapel presents a Romantic, Uplifting & Spiritual Evening featuring singer/songwriter Ildy Lee on Tuesday, June 26 from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Attendees can sit back and enjoy a tour around the world while European recording artist and TV personality Ildy Lee escorts you through many countries with songs in their original language. You will hear famous tunes in French, Italian, Spanish, Croatian, Greek, Hungarian Hebrew, Yiddish, Swedish, Russian, and of course English. She will also feature her own original songs.

A refugee from war-torn Hungary, Ildy Lee reached success through hard work, trust in a higher power, and faith in human kindness. Join her in this entertaining evening, which offers something for everyone.

Beauty of Nature Film Series

July 1, 2018

Beauty-of-Nature-Film-SeriesThe Palos Verdes Land Conservancy presents the Beauty of Nature Film Series: Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey on Sunday, July 1 at 5 p.m. at Peninsula High School.

Fred Beckey is the legendary American “Dirtbag” mountaineer whose name is spoken in hushed tones around campfires. This rebel climber’s pioneering ascents and lifestyle form an iconic legacy that continues to inspire generations.

The cost is $10 per person. Free for 18 years and under.

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at

Peninsula High School is located at 27118 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates, CA.

Music on the Meadows

July 4, 2018

music-on-the-meadowTerranea Resort and Saint Rocke celebrate Independance Day with Music on the Meadows on Wednesday, July 4 from 2 to 9 p.m.

Terranea invites guests of all ages for an afternoon adn evening filled with musical artists including headliners Al Jardine and Ambrosia.

General admission tickets are $65 (does not include parking). VIP Early Bird Admission Tickets include (1) Farm-to-Terranea box – includes one hot or cold food selection, one side and one dessert; (2) Drink tickets per person – Alcoholic or Non-Alcoholic Beverages available; Access to VIP Hangout Area; VIP Artist Meet & Greet (does not include parking).

Shakespeare by the Sea

July 8 – August 11, 2017

Shakespeare by the Sea - sbbjThis season, Shakespeare by the Sea presents two brand new productions staged at venues throughout the South Bay. Performances of The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Winter’s Tale will take place during July and August.

The Merry Wives of Windsor – a rollicking romantic comedy which tells of Falstaff’s folly: courting two married women at the same time. It’s mischief and mayhem galore.

The Winter’s Tale – the story of Leontes, a King who banishes his family wrongfully, and is taught the meaning of forgiveness through the inspired plan of a wise, loyal woman.

Malaga Cove Concerts in the Park

July 11 – August 29, 2018

Microsoft Word - OC Register Newport Beach August 08 2010.docThe Malaga Cove Business & Professional Association, in cooperation with the Palos Verde Police Officers Association, is proud to present Concerts in the Park.

The concerts will take place July 11 through August 29 at Farham Martin’s Park adjacent to the Malaga Cove Library.

The music starts at 7 p.m. but concert goers may arrive at the park as early as 3 p.m. to spread a blanket and claim a prime parking spot.

The concert schedule is as follows:

Freedom Breeze Fundraiser

July 15, 2018

Freedom-Breeze-2Freedom4U will host the annual Freedom Breeze Fundraiser on Sunday July 15 at 3 p.m. at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates.

Enjoy a fun evening in paradise while raising funds to benefit youth programs in the South Bay. The event features live music, dancing and special performances, as well as a silent and live auction. Enjoy samplings from the best local restaurants and mingle while sipping signature cocktails and wine. Tropical casual attire is encouraged!

Freedom4U’s mission is to identify, develop and release the potential of youth into their life purpose by offering peer-driven healthy activities such as creative arts, life skills, service projects, and leadership opportunities in the South Bay/Harbor Area of Los Angeles. The annual Freedom Breeze event is not only an important part of raising funds for the organization to continue to fund impactful youth programs, but it is also a chance to connect with all the wonderful people in the community.

RPV Movies in the Park

July 21, 2018

RPV-movies-in-the-parkThe City of Rancho Palos Verdes hosts Movies in the Park on select summer Saturdays at locations throughout the city.

•Saturday, June 16, 2018: Despicable Me 3 @ Hesse Park located at 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes
•Saturday, July 21, 2018: Coco (Drive-In Movie) @ at City Hall located at 30940 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes
•Saturday, August 18, 2018: Peter Rabbit @ Eastview Park located at 1700 Westmont Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with pre-movie activities and games for kids. Food trucks will be onsite, plus movie trivia and prizes for the whole family. Movies begin at dusk. Bring a low-slung beach chair and blanket, plus a jacket (it gets cold once the sun goes down)! July’s drive-in movie can be watched from your vehicle or in a beach chair.

For additional information, call 310.544.5260 or visit the website at

Celebration of Food & Wine @ Terranea

September 7 – 9, 2018

Celebration of Food & WineTerranea Resort presents the annual Celebration of Food & Wine Friday, September 7 through Sunday, September 9.

The celebration features multiple daytime and evening events with seasonal menus prepared by the resort’s award-winning culinary team. Events celebrate local and sustainably grown ingredients with wines to pair. Un past years, guests have enjoyed one-of-a-kind experiences like dining at the Beach Cove, a marine location naturally carved by nature and a popular spot for dolphin spotting.

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

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

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 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.

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:

Palos Verdes Performing Arts

palos verdes performing arts310-544-0403
27570 Norris Center Drive
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
Jackie Says: This 450 seat theater produces a variety of concerts – from a Beach Boys Tribute band to some of Broadway’s finest performers. The Irving Berlin White Christmas concert is sure to get the whole family in the holiday spirit.

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:

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.