South Bay by Jackie, The Podcast

  • The Halloween Ball with Chef Michael Shafer & Hank Parker

    September 13, 2021

    Today we’re going to learn about a very special event, the 25th annual Halloween Ball taking place at The Depot on Sunday, October 17 from 4 to 8 p.m.

    My guests are Chef Michael Shafer, owner of The Depot and Hank Parker, CPA, and Senior Executive Partner at PDM, LLP. Hank is currently treasurer of the Torrance Police Foundation and was previously chairman.

    The Halloween Ball is a hugely popular event with hundreds of attendees and this year, the event will benefit the Torrance Police Foundation.

    For additional information on sponsorships, volunteer opportunities and ticket purchase, call 310-802-7830 or email

  • Remembering 9/11 with Barbara Devereaux

    September 7, 2021

    Today, we’re going to discuss an event that happened twenty years ago with a guest that experienced it firsthand.

    This podcast has always been South Bay centric, but this particular event affected everyone in the world, including all of us here in the South Bay, so I thought it was important to commemorate the occasion.

    We’re talking about the events of September 11, 2001.

    This week is the 20th anniversary of that terrible day, which we can really only compare to a previous generations’ Pearl Harbor.

    So I have a very special guest, my older sister, Barbara Devereaux and today, she’s going to share her 9/11 experience with us.

  • Tour de Pier with Renee Vachon

    August 30, 2021

    Today, we’re going to learn about the annual Tour de Pier event taking place on Sunday, September 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Manhattan Beach Pier and Strand.

    My guest is Renee Vachon, Event Producer and Sponsorship Coordinator for the Tour de Pier, and Director of Operations for the Uncle Kory Foundation for Brain Cancer Research, a beneficiary of the Tour de Pier.

    For additional information, visit the website at

  • Fiesta Hermosa Locale with Jessica Accamando, President of the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce

    August 23, 2021

    Today, we’re going to learn about Fiesta Hermosa Locale taking place Saturday, September 4 through Monday, September 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day in downtown Hermosa Beach.

    My guest is Jessica Accamando, President of the Hermosa Beach Chamber and she’s going to give us the inside scoop!

    For additional information, visit the website at

  • Endless Summer Beach Party with Roger Van Remmen, President & CEO of Richstone Family Center

    August 16, 2021

    Today, we’ll learn about the services Richstone Family Center provides the community and what attendees can expect at this year’s Endless Summer Beach Party which will take place on Saturday, August 28 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on a stretch of beach in Redondo.

    My guest is Roger Van Remmen, President and CEO of The Richstone Family Center, an organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse.

    For additional information, visit the website at

  • White Light White Night with Julie Cegelski from Walk With Sally

    August 9, 2021

    Today we’re learning about Walk With Sally’s biggest fundraiser of the year, White Light White Night, taking place on Saturday, August 21 on the rooftop of Campus 2100.

    My guest is Julie Cegelski from Walk With Sally, Julie has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 10 years and has been Program Director at Walk with Sally for the past 5+ years.

    For additional information, visit or

  • Love Letters with Dan Watt, Perry Shields and Cindy Shields

    July 5, 2021

    My guests are actor Perry Shields and actress/comedian Cindy Shields, the husband and wife team starring in this production of Love Letters, their first live production in over a year, and producer, director and choreographer, Dan Watt.

    Today, we’re going to learn about the upcoming production of Love Letters taking place on Saturday, July 10 at 3 p.m. in Torino Plaza at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center presented by The Art Attack Foundation.

    For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at

  • 4th of July Avenue I Fireworks & Festival

    June 28, 2021

    Today we’re going to learn about a brand new, local event – the 4th of July Avenue I Fireworks & Festival taking place on Sunday, July 4 from 2 to 10 p.m. in Riviera Village.

    My guests are Michael Bell, founder and co-owner of Bell Event Services and Jeff Ginsburg, President of the Riviera Village Association and President of Pike Properties, the event sponsor.

    To learn more about the event, visit

  • Jenna Gaudet, The Picnic Chick

    June 21, 2021

    My guest today is Jenna Gaudet, AKA, the Picnic Chick.

    Jenna’s business is based right here in the South Bay and when you see what she offers, you’ll wonder where she’s been all your life. There’s a reason for that – Jenna is a 17-year-old entrepreneur, so she hasn’t been around all that long.

    As a kid, Jenna loved going on picnics and spending time with loved ones in nature. As she grew up she discovered a love of sunsets. She eventually got into decorating for events and one of her favorite things to do is to watch the sunset while having a picnic. She wants to share her love of picnics and the outdoors.

    To learn more about The Picnic Chick, visit the website at

  • Epipalooza Benefit Concert with Guests Penny Royal

    June 16, 2021

    My guests are drummer and vocalist, Ethan Makauskas; rhythm guitarist, Elijah Blanchard; lead guitar and vocalist, Salem Darling and bass guitarist, Slater Heidrich from Penny Royal. Today, we’re going to learn about the upcoming Epipalooza Benefit Concert, taking place on Saturday, June 19 from 5 to 11 p.m. at South Bay Customs.

    For additional information about Epipalooza and to purchase tickets, visit

  • Michael Zislis & Jenna Record, The Zislis Group

    June 7, 2021

    I have two guests joining me from the Zislis Group – serial entrepreneur, restaurateur, hotelier and philanthropist, Michael Zislis and Jenna Record, Vice President of Marketing for the Zislis Group.

    Today, we’re going to learn about the latest addition to the Zislis Group’s restaurant roster, The Brews Hall in Hermosa Beach, and get an update on their other properties.

  • Rock the Cure Fundraiser / Beach Cities Relay for Life

    June 3, 2021

    My guests are Steve and Lisa Hodges, owners of Ragin Cajun Café; Laura Newton, Community Manager for the American Cancer Society; Melissa Dichiera, lead singer from Lady Zep; Sean Beardsley from The Hollowbody’s and Bobby Hahn.

    Today, we’re going to learn about the Rock the Cure event taking place on Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6 from noon to 5 p.m. in the parking lot of Ragin Cajun Café in Redondo Beach.

    Attendees will enjoy tunes by local rock bands Lady Zep, the Hollowbodys, Mason and Julez and The Avenues, and we’ll tell you everything you need to know about the Rock the Cure event.

  • The Automobile Driving Museum with Marisol Herrera

    May 31, 2021

    My guest is Marisol Herrera, Executive Director of the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo.

    Marisol will bring us up to speed about some of the upcoming events including the always fun Father’s Day Rides and Beer Tasting.

    To learn more about The Automobile Driving Museum, visit the website at

  • A Conversation with Torrance City Council Member Aurelio Mattucci

    May 17, 2021

    My guest is Torrance City Council Member, Aurelio Mattucci.

    Aurelio was elected to the Torrance City Council in 2018. He currently serves as Chair of the Transportation Committee, and as a member of both the Strategic Plan Committee and Citizen Development and Enrichment Committee.

    Today, we discuss a couple of issues Aurelio has been a staunch advocate of – the homeless, and TREES!

    To contact Council Member Mattucci, call (310) 618-2801 or via email at AMattucci@TorranceCA.Gov.

  • The Real Estate Market with Michele Lehman Brown

    May 10, 2021

    My guest is Michele Lehman Brown and today, it’s all about the insane real estate market.

    Michele is the Executive Director for the Real Estate Professionals Team at Keller Williams South Bay. She’s an experienced keynote speaker, a member of the California Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, the California Apartment Association, and was awarded the prestigious Realtor of the Year by the South Bay Association of Realtors.

    We discuss the various real estate markets (commercial, residential, rental, industrial, co-working space) and specifically, the different impacts COVID has had on each of them.

    Learn more about Michele at

  • RBEF Light Up the Night Fundraiser with guest Robin Garfield

    May 4, 2021

    My guest is Robin Garfield, Executive Director of the Redondo Beach Educational Foundation. As a parent, PTA Board Member and former School Site Council President, Robin’s volunteer work is to help improve the lives of students in her children’s schools and she feels fortunate to be able to do this at a district level for ALL students in Redondo Beach.

    Today, we’re going to learn about the Redondo Beach Education Foundation ‘Light Up the Night’ fundraising event taking place on Saturday, May 22 starting at 6 p.m. online. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at​.